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Sea Link finds no favour with NHAI SURAJ NANDREKAR PANJIM, AUG 31

IN BRIEF Supply vessel, barge collide at Mumbai A supply vessel collided with a barge at Indira docks off Mumbai Coast early Tuesday but there was no casualty or any oil spill, officials said. “A supply vessel came in contact with a barge carrying steel coils. The barge listed about seven degrees as a result,” an Mumbai Port trust official said, adding no vessel has capsized, nor were there any casualties. The accident took place when the Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) ‘Beas Dolphin’ collided with coastal vessel (barge) ‘Nand Hajara’ at Indira Dock. – (PTI)

Suspected terrorist attacked in Tihar A Delhi court on Tuesday sought a response from Tihar jail authorities after a suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist appeared before it with a bandaged face complaining that he had been attacked inside his cell. Taking a serious view of the incident, Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann directed the jail authorities to transfer Salman to another cell. – (PTI)

Shripad wants review of NH widening HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, AUG 31

Bhartiya Janata Party MP Shripad Naik has urged the government to review the proposal for widening of the National Highway 4-A. Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha under Rule 377, he pointed out that the widening of roads is always welcomed but Goa has the unique problem that any widening of the highway will result in dislocation of the large number of residential and commercial establishments on both sides. He said the decision to widen the highway should, therefore, be re-examined in the interest of the people to be affected. He wondered what kind of compensation the affected would get for rehabilitation and resettlement.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s dream project, the Vasco-Dona Paula Sea Link, has not found favour with the National Highway’s Authority of India (NHAI). The project which will connect Dona Paula to Vasco has not found favour as the officers feel that it would be another white elephant, officials told Herald. The State government has recently appointed German firm Louis Berger as consultants for the proposed sea link, which will conduct feasibility study within 18 months. The consultant will study the economic, financial, social feasibility of the project and also indicate the type of bridge most suitable at the site. At a meeting held recently, which was attended by the NHAI chairman Brijeshwar Singh, NHAI general manager, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, PWD minister Churchill Alemao, the NHAI pointed out there was not much traffic count for the project. “The NHAI officials felt that since there was not much traffic available it would not be feasible to invest so much of amount,” sources, speaking on condition

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Feels it would be a wasteful expenditure. Says not enough traffic count on the route. Suggests hop in - hop out speed boats for ferrying commuters and vehicles, like the one’s in Malaysia, Singapore. Link to start from Siridao, which is hardly 3 to 4 km from Zuari Bridge. To cost approximately Rs 2400 crore.

of anonymity told Herald. Instead, sources added, the NHAI officials pointed out that the developed countries like Malaysia, Singapore and others have taken options of starting hop-in, hop out ferries. “The officials said that these speed boats pick up vehicles and commuters from one end and take them to another end in quick time,” sources said adding “the NHAI was of the opinion that this will be much cheaper and without any environment impact.” The State has already made a provision of Rs 100 crore in this budget for the consultancy and other related expenditure for the project. However, the government has come in for severe criticism from Opposition as well as various quarters over the project. Sources in the government also told Herald that the NHAI

officials felt the project would be a wasteful expenditure as the bridge will start somewhere from Siridao, near Bambolim, which is hardly three to four km from the place where the new Zuari bridge is set to come up as part of NH17 widening. “If the bridge will come so close to the Zuari Bridge, the NHAI has questioned the need of the Sea Link”, sources said. Further, sources informed that the Sea link will cost the State approximately around Rs 2400 crore. When this was pointed out to the officials in the PWD, they said that with this amount bridges across entire Goa can be built. With the State all set to celebrate the golden Jubilee year in 2011, one feels would it not be right for the Digambar Kamat government to try and connect (Continued on page 11)

Tar balls: Govt vows emergency plan HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 31

The government has promised to put an emergency plan in place by Wednesday evening to tackle the tar ball menace along the Colva-Sernabatim-Betalbatim belt along Salcete’s coast, even as fresh deposits of the oily substance was spotted along the coastal belt on Tuesday. Fire men and labourers got down to the mammoth task of cleaning tar balls on the beach on Tuesday along the Colva stretch of the coastline. The Goa State Pollution Control Board officials also made their presence felt at the beach with a mobile laboratory and collected samples of the oily substance. Environment Minister Aleixo Sequeira along with Tourism Minister, Nilkhant Harlankar, Tourism Director Swapnil Naik, Valanka Alemao, Colva Panch Calvert Gonsalves inspected the beach and took stock of the situation. Sequeira said the government will work out an emergency plan of action by Wednesday after receiving report from the Pollution Control Board. “We are trying to clean up the beach stretch as fast as we can. As of now, the Goa Pollution Control Board has collected the samples and the report will be available within 48 hours. Hopefully, by Wednesday, we will be able to

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Tainted players barred from practice, to face PCB inquiry PTI LONDON/KARACHI, AUG 31

Pakistan’s tainted trio of Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif were on Tuesday barred from practice and summoned to face PCB’s internal inquiry at the High Commission in London as the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal grew in proportion with the arrest of three more persons. On a day of swift developments, the players were barred from team practice in Taunton amidst intense speculation that they could be suspended by the PCB under pressure from their British counterparts. Even as the spotlight was on the players, three persons, including a woman, were questioned as part of an investigation into money laundering before being released on bail. Two men and a woman, all from London, were questioned Monday night as part of an investigation into money laundering before being released on bail, HM Revenue and Customs said in a statement. A 35-year-old woman from the Croydon area along with a 49-year-old man in North London were arrested to investigate a second, separate, criminal investigation into allegations of cricket match-fixing. Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed said that the three players did not have nets with the rest of the team because they were

NRIs get right to vote PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 31

Women engaged in clearing the Colva beach of tar balls on Tuesday.

put in place an emergency plan to tackle the situation”, informed the Minister for Environment, Aleixo Sequeira. The minister disagreed that the coastline has been hit by a disaster, adding that the State has witnessed tar balls surfacing along the coast year after year. He also said the Mumbai oil spill has nothing to do with the tar balls and refuted reports of any oil spill in the sea. “The Mumbai spill has nothing to do with the tar balls. The tar balls surfacing along the coast is an annual phenomenon in Goa. They say that the tar balls settle on the sea

bed during off season and land on the shore during monsoons”, he said. The Tourism Minister said no effort will be spared to clean up the beach as early as possible. He said the department has already deployed workers for the clean up work. While a Coast Guard helicopter hovered over the Arabian Sea this morning, the fire services led by Assistant Fire Divisional Officer, Prakash Parab told newsmen that the entire exercise will require a large army of workers to clean up the beach stretch.

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Incidentally, the Environment Minister claimed that none of the village panchayats on the coastal belt affected by the tar balls have complained either to him or to the Tourism Minister about the oily substance. “I came to know of the situation following a complaint from Valanka. Otherwise, none of the panchayat bodies have drawn my attention to the menace on the beach”, Sequeira added. Meanwhile, the carcass of a dolphin was washed ashore on the Colva beach Tuesday morning. Related reports on page 2

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) will now have a right to vote in elections, with Parliament on Tuesday passing the relevant bill, even as government promised to bring in comprehensive electoral reforms legislation soon. Replying to a debate on the Representation of People (Amendment) Bill, 2010 to allow NRIs to exercise their franchise in Indian elections, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said the government would hold a national consultation on comprehensive electoral reforms in two to three months. Rajya Sabha had passed the bill yesterday. “The Ministry is making all round efforts for comprehensive electoral reforms and we want to hold a national consultation on it in two to three months time,” Moily said, responding to the demand for complete electoral reforms from members. He said the Election Commission had in its report on electoral reforms made 22 recommendations of which six had already been implemented. The rest of the recommendations, he said, were currently being examined by a department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee and it would be taken up for imple-

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Captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif were barred from practice and summoned to face PCB’s internal inquiry at the High Commission in London. Two men and a woman, all from London, were arrested and questioned as part of an investigation into money laundering before being released on bail. A report claimed Scotland Yard investigators last weekend recovered wads of cash worth 50,000 pounds in captain Butt’s hotel room.

preparing for a meeting at the Pakistan High Commission in London tomorrow. “The three are not practicing today and they have to go to London to attend the meeting at the High Commission in connection with the ongoing investigations into spot-fixing. They will face PCB’s internal inquiry committee,” Yawar said. Although Yawar did not specify whether the three players would be subjected to another round of interrogation by the Scotland Yard, there was speculation that the players could be questioned again. However, there was no official confirmation. Pakistan has retained all the three players named in the scandal in their one-day squad for

the series against England and the team plays a practice match at Taunton on September 2. A Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman said that no player would be suspended until a final inquiry report into the charges against them was delivered to the board by Thursday. The spokesman declined to comment when asked if the accused players would be considered for the first T20 on Sunday if the report didn’t come in by that time. Yawar said that the three players had been called to the High Commission where the High Commissioner has invited a leading British legal expert to be present along with PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt.

EC to probe foreigners names in election rolls HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 31

The Election Commission of India will probe the inclusion of foreigners name in the State’s electoral rolls, Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr S Y Quraishi said here on Tuesday. Recently some villagers groups had pointed out to the inclusion of foreigners names in the electoral rolls. Responding to this query while addressing a press conference at the International Centre, Quraishi said he had received some complaints in this regard. “We are investigating the complaints of foreigners names being included and will take action only after receiving the report,” he said.

Goa is amongst the States that have foreigners being included in the voters’ list. He said that besides Goa few other States have also pointed out similar instances of foreigners getting enrolled as voters. “Each and every complaint received by the commission is investigated. We see that each and every person is attended to,” he added. Further, Quraishi said that the commission cannot control the media players indulging in paid news syndrome. “Our role comes in picture only when the candidate exceeds the expenditure ceiling. We cannot question the media, our powers extend only to candidates,” Quraishi told reporters. He said it is for the Press Council of India to give the guidelines for the media. When pointed out that electronic media is not covered by PCI, Quraishi admitted that there is a lacunae and special body needs to be formed covering all the media. The CECI said that the paid news issue extends beyond the election period. He said that paid news and money power is a big concern for the commission, which is being tried (Continued on page 11)

Free foodgrains distribution an order, SC to Pawar PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 31

The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it clear that it had ordered free distribution of foodgrains to the poor instead of allowing it to rot and rejected Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar’s contention that it was a suggestion which cannot be implemented. “It was not a suggestion. It is there in our order. It is part of our order. You tell the Minister about it,” a Bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma told the government

counsel Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran. The issue of foodgrains rotting in godowns was also raised in the Lok Sabha by the BJP which accused the Government of not abiding by the apex court’s order. Pawar said he had not got a copy of the court order but assured the House that Government will honour the decision of the Supreme Court. “This government will honour the decision of the Supreme Court. Members’ suggestions

will also be considered,” he said responding to the issue raised by Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj.

The Supreme Court hearing on the issue of rampant corruption in the Public Distribution System (PDS), also ordered the Government to launch criminal prosecution of those using bogus ration cards in the country. At the fag end of the hearing, the judges expressed displeasure at the “casual manner” in which the Union Minister chose to treat its earlier order. “We have seen some newspaper reports. Generally newspaper reports are not correct, but it said that the Minister

(Pawar) had said it was only a suggestion. The apex court passed the observation while responding to Pawar’s recent contention that the apex court had on August 12 merely suggested free distribution of foodgrains and ruled out the same on the ground that the Government was already saddled with a subsidy of Rs 66,000 crore for foodgrains. The apex court had on August 12 asked the Centre to consider free distribution of foodgrains to the poor instead of allowing

it to rot in Food Corporation of India godowns. The court had passed the direction while dealing with a public interest litigation filed by civil rights group PUCL on rampant corruption in Public Distribution System (PDS) besides rotting of food grains in FCI godowns. The apex court also on Tuesday minced no words in expressing displeasure at the manner in which corruption was breeding in the PDS system and said, there has to be “zero tolerance” level to check the menace.

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Pin down tar ball source, govt to NIO, Coast Guards HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 31

With the tar balls invading the beaches across the State, the government has sought assistance from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard to identify the vessel, which may have possibly discharged oil in high seas. Addressing a press conference, after a joint meeting with the Goa State Pollution Control Board and the NIO, Minister for Environment Alexio Sequeira disclosed that his ministry has sought details of the ship which may have crossed through the coastline in last 72 hours. “I visited the beaches at Colva, Betalbatim and Velsao, along with Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar, he said adding that this was a normal phenomenon during monsoons. It has been happening year after year every during monsoons,” he stated

adding that “the situation is not as alarming as it has been reported in the print and electronic media.” Nonetheless, he continued, “we have decided to take the matter seriously and studying possibility of some rogue vessel undertaking bulging of its oil tanks into the high seas off Goa.” Sequeira said that in this regard we have sought assistance from the NIO which has assured full cooperation. “The samples of the tar balls have been handed over to the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) and the NIO, which will conduct tests in their laboratories. We have also asked them to finger print the hydrocarbons in the tar ball,” he said adding “this process can help us lay hands on the rogue vessel.” The minister said that the government has also sought help from the Indian Navy, Coast Guard to seek details of the vessels which may have

been crossed the Indian territorial waters as well as the Exclusive Economic Zone in the last 72 hours. “This would be a long process and cannot be done immediately but if we are able to find the vessel, action would be initiated,” he said. The minister said that he had taken up the issue of tar ball in July this year with the Union minister for environment, who had assured to look into the matter. Meanwhile, Sequeira said, the tourism minister has directed his department to ensure that all the beaches are cleaned immediately so that it does not cause any problem to the visiting tourists. “We have asked the GSPCB to speak to agencies involved in hazardous waste with regards to disposing off the tar balls,” Sequeira said adding “the Tourism Minister has also directed the department to seek assistance of additional manpower if need be.”

Shantaram seeks Central help HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 31

Raja Sabha MP Shantaram Naik has appealed to the Union Minister of Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh to send a team of experts to Goa to examine the causes which lead to the collection of tar balls on Goa sea coast every year and the steps to be taken to prevent such occurrences. In a letter sent to the Ramesh today, Naik referring to the nuisance caused by tar balls on the Goa coast on Monday said that the tar balls have marred the beauty of South Goa coastline from Sernabatim to Betalbatim. General impression is that this is an annual feature, and that, every year the tourism department has to clean up the affected beaches and that is all, Naik says in his letter. Naik says that, one fact is apparently clear that it is the passing ships along the coastline which are the culprits.

They discharge their waste which either surfaces before being deposited in the sea bed or waste gets erupted in monsoon due the act of nature, Naik says. The question needs to be examined that whether the Captains of the ships concerned can flout the rules and cause damage to the coastlines of the countries they pass bye, in a fragrant manner, Naik said in his letter. There must be international conventions to regulate such behaviours which, India has to invoke, Naik said in his letter “We have also to find out whether there is any mischief involved in causing damage to an internationally known tourist destination,” Naik adds. An effort should also be made to identify the ships which discharge their waste into the sea by following the procedure otherwise than that would violate the environmental and other laws, Naik said in his letter.

NEERI to study tar ball phenomenon HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 31

Tar balls buried on beach!

The government has said that the Union Ministry of Shipping and Environment and Forests have ordered NEERI to conduct a detailed study on the annual phenomenon of tar balls surfacing along Goa’s coastline. Environment Minister Alexio Sequeira said the Goa government took up the issue with the Ministries of Shipping, besides Environment and Forests and the process has got underway. “The government is serious on the matter, but has got limited powers. I had raised up the issue with Union Minister for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh during my meeting with him two months ago. Ramesh has ordered a study and the process is now underway”, he added. Sequeira further said the coast guard also has their own limitations given their territorial jurisdiction, adding that action will follow only after the completion of the study.

Ill-equipped to deal with the tar balls, labourers deployed to clean up the beaches are found disposing off the oily substance by burying them in pits dug right on the beach. The labourers dug up small pits on the shore to dispose off the tar balls. At some places, the oily substance was disposed off in the vegetation on the landward side of the beach. When contacted a senior official, he admitted that disposing off the tar balls in pits on the beach is not the scientific way of getting rid of the oily substance. Assistant fire divisional officer, Margao Prakash Parab said the oily substance needs to be transported at a designated place.

Dr Joe shuns car washers, chides Kerkar HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 31

Consultant to Corporation of the City of Panjim Dr Joe D’Souza has criticised artist Subodh Kerkar for supporting car washers in the city knowing very well the activity has been draining the city of its all-important resource – water. In a letter addressed to all the councillors, Dr Joe mentioned that Panjimites were not in favour of the car washers as they were stealing water from the municipal garden and public well. Dr Joe said it was rather disturbing to know that non-residents like Subodh Kerkar, Dilip Borkar, amongst others, were championing the cause of an illegal activity that causes accumulation of water resulting in spread of vector-borne diseases. Dr Joe advised Subodh Kerkar that if he was so sympathetic towards the car washers he should employ them in his own house and not force the illegal activity on Panjimites. CCP Commissioner Elvis Gomes, who has received the letter, said it was for the councillors to decide over the issue at the next meeting. Many of the councillors feel that that the car washers be absorbed by the CCP.

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Firemen and labourers engaged in clearing the Colva beach of tar balls, on Tuesday.

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CEC evades questions on reliability of EVMs HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 31

Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr S Y Quraishi today evaded queries on whether the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) could be tampered or not but suggested that the machines could be improved.

There has been a debate on the reliability of EVMs with Opposition Parties questioning their reliability. However, addressing a press conference here, Quraishi reposed faith in the EVM technology, which he said had stood the test of time since it was first introduced in 1982.

“The procedure of EVM usage was vetted both technologically and administratively to keep out malpractices or manipulation consistently over a period of time,” he said adding “The EVM technology has improved considerably ever since it was first introduced in 1982.”

“We have elaborate procedures and a technical experts committee outside the commission (ECI), which authorises any changes or improvements which are to be made," said Quraishi. "The machines have gone under a lot of improvement and we try to counter, prevent or an-

Goa government in its submission to the High Court has rejected the contention of people affected by Mopa airport project that land for the Greenfield airport project should be acquired by Central government and not by the State. Advocate General Subhod Kantak told the court today that the state government will own Mopa airport even though it will be managed by a private party. “As the project is for the state’s purpose, the State government has a power to acquire land for setting up of the airport, which is owned by government,” AG told Court. The Division Bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice D G Karnik and Justice F M Reis were hearing a bunch of writ petitions filed by locals allegedly affected by land acquisition for Mopa airport project at Pernem. The petitioners had contended that the State government is not the appropriate authority under the Land Acquisition Act, 1984 and conseq u e n t l y, h a s n o l e g a l competence to initiate acquisition proceedings for Union. “The Central government has no role to play in the matter of land acquisition. Their role in the project is just to provide licence for the functioning of the airport,” Kantak said. AG also made it clear that the airport will be built on BOOT basis in which the company will build, own and operate it for some years. Advocate Mahesh Sonak, appearing for the petitioners, argued that invocation of urgency clause under Section 17 of the Act and consequently dispensing with inquiry under Section 5A was illegal and arbitrary since there was no material for invoking the clause. The AG clarified that as per the report submitted by the government appointed committee, it was clear that Dabolim airport would rach the saturation point by 2014 and hence there was a need to set up a new airport on emergency basis by 2012-13 and

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RAIN OR SHINE WE DON’T MIND! A couple, sheltering under an umbrella, enjoys the beauty of the monsoon sea at Miramar beach on Tuesday morning. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

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A delegation of Pilerne Citizens Forum on Tuesday met the Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr S Y Quereshi and placed before him inconsistencies in implementing the CEC guidelines in enrolling voter names in the electoral rolls in Goa. Adviser to PCF, Adv Yatish Naik, said PCF presented several documents and facts to Quereshi to bring to his notice that mamlatdars in the State were not

following CEC procedures to register voter names in electoral rolls. “In the 20-minute meeting we showed the commissioner different replies given by mamlatdars,” he said. Adv Naik said Quereshi has assured them he would go to New Delhi and issue proper directives to look into the matter and directed them to meet his secretary Bernard John. Accordingly, the PCF delegation met John at 3 pm today and also explained the matter to him in detail, he stated.

He said John was present with another officer and the State Chief Election Officer Gonesh Koyu. Both Quereshi and John have expressed, prima facie, it appeared that Election Commission guidelines were not followed and the matter needed further investigation, he mentioned. Adv Naik said that John asked the delegation to get in touch with him on September 10 on the matter. “The CEC’s secretary assured us that he would tell us on that day what steps they have taken in the matter,” he added.

The PCF has asked Quereshi scrutinise whole electoral rolls in Goa and on completion of the job, delete whichever names have been added without following the election guidelines. The forum made it clear that if the CEC failed to look into the matter it would knock the doors of the High Court. Adv Naik said Quereshi has asked for a detailed report from his secretary on the facts placed before him by PCF on inconsistencies by mamlatdars in following CEC guidelines to enlist voter names.

Heavy loss at Fatorda due to high voltage Residents of Fatorda on Tuesday noon suffered heavy losses after a high power voltage left their electrical appliances and consumer durables damaged. Around 150 residential houses located near the PWD office and neighbouring Dongorwaddo bore the brunt of the high voltage at around 2.30 pm, leaving TVs, LCDs, refrigerators, air-conditioners, besides tubes and bulbs destroyed. Assistant Engineer, Santosh

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hence the clause was invoked. The petitioners have also claimed that despite the objection raised by the locals, the government has gone ahead with the acquisition. It also alleged that at the time of fresh acquisition, government has not considered the area, which was marked in the first notification of 2003. Sonak explained that in 2003, a notification was passed approving acquisition of 78 lakh sq land for Mopa airport however the said proceedings were allowed to lapse in 2004. “In 2008 a fresh notification was issued covering much larger area than the earlier one,” he said. Sonak also told the Court that no proper justifications were given for lapsing of earlier notification. “They said that it was due to political reason,” he said. However, Kantak said as per new notification 83 lakh sq meter area is acquired, which is just five lakh sq meter more than the earlier one. “This includes the villages and agriculture fields of the locals,” Sonak alleged. Kantak, in his additional affidavit filed before the Court stated that at the time of earlier acquisition, most of the petitioners did not raise objections and as such taking the said situation into consideration, a fresh notification was issued with urgency clause in 2008. Court questioned that how could the government take these people for granted and think that no objection would be raised. Earlier, Sonak pointed out that the Central government order for an airport at Mopa was based on a condition. “The land can be acquired for new airport provided the State government closes down airport at Dabolim,” he said quoting the order dated May 1, 2000. Sonak told the court that till date there was no such proposal; on the contrary the government is spending money on Dabolim expansion. The Court will hear the argument of the union government tomorrow.

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ticipate any malpractice in advance," he said. The BJP has already called for an all-party meeting to discuss the efficacy of EVMs in elections, after a Hyderabad-based researcher Hari Prasad triggered a controversy by claiming that EVMs could be tampered with.

Goa can acquire land for Mopa, govt informs HC

Lolyenkar, who rushed to the spot, was confronted by the agitated residents as they blamed the power department for negligence and demanded compensation. The residents pointed out that power department officials had attended to the problem last night, but asserted that they should have come this morning and rectified the fault “Besides, LCD and refrigerators, grinders and mixers were destroyed during the high voltage”, informed an affected resident John Men-

donsa. Squarely blaming the power department for the sheer negligence, Mendonsa demanded that the affected be compensated by the government. Another resident Reshma D’Souza maintained that as many as four TV sets, besides refrigerators and other household items were damaged, causing a loss of Rs four lakhs. “Why should the people suffer for the fault of the power department? The government should compensate us for the

huge losses,” she demanded. Assistant Engineer Lolyenkar said the high voltage might have occurred as the neutral was found cut. “It may be the cause of the internal fault of the transformer. I will find out what exactly has happened,” he assured, but said there is no provision for compensating the affected people. “You may make a representation to the higher ups for compensation. It is for the government to decide,” Lolyenkar added.

Gokuldas elected Balli sarpanch

MARGAO: Gokuldas Gaonkar is the new sarpanch of Balli panchayat. In the elections held on Tuesday, the presiding officer Guna Tuemkar declared Gokuldas elected unopposed after receiving his lone nomination paper. After his election, the new Sarpanch said the body has been formed with the support of local MLA Babu Kavlekar and Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao. He said the new body would take up development with support of Alemao.

Chief Election Commissioner Dr S Y Quraishi has said that the Election Commission of India has decided to celebrate January 25 as the “National Electors Day”. The day will be celebrated every year beginning from January 25, 2011. Dr Quraisi said that the ECI was established on January 25, 1950 under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and therefore the day assumes great significance to the electors of this country. He said the electoral system in India has undergone lot of changes and innovations but the core substance and spirit has remained the same. Time has come to document these innovations. One of the innovations, he said, included creation Booth Level Officers (BLO) System

which is a very effective one. Addressing a press conference in Panjim, Quraishi said that an expansive nationwide pro gramme would also be conducted on January 25, 2011 to induct 2 crore youngsters turning 18 that month. “It will be democratic India's greatest festival". "We are celebrating national voter's day on January 25, when the ECI was founded sixty years ago, one day before the country became a republic," Quraishi said, while speaking to the

media after chairing a conference of chief electoral officers from the west zone, which includes Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Daman and Diu and Dadra, Nagar Haveli. "We want to give the youth a sense of participation in the election process. This segment (youth) is generally omitted from the voter's list because very often they are cynical about democratic processes," Quraishi said. The CEC also said that a nationwide programme covering 8.5 lakh voting booths across the country would be held on January 25, to award election photo identity cards to 2 crore youngsters, who turn 18 that month, making them eligible to vote. "The functions will be held simultaneously all over the country on Jan 25," he said


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Govt puts fish plant land acquisition on hold HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 31

Agitation by Velim villagers against the proposed fish meal plant at the Cutbona fishing jetty drew first success, with the government on Tuesday deciding to keep on hold the land acquisition process to acquire land admeasuring 30,000 square meters for the project. The government’s decision comes a day before the planned dharna called by the Velim villagers near the Velim Panchayat hall on September 1 morning to protest against the fish meal project. At a high-level meeting held at the residence of Velim MLA and Water Resources Minister, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, it was further decided to appoint a consultant to carry out a comprehensive study on the existing fishing jetty at Cutbona and the requirements for further expansion. The meeting was attended by the Fisheries Minister, Joaquim Alemao, Land Acquisition Officer, Agnelo Fernandes and Velim Sarpanch Reny Caeiro. “The government has decided to keep on hold the land acquisition process till the consultant submits its report on all aspects of the fishing jetty”, informed Fisheries Minister, Joaquim Alemao after the meeting. Alemao said the Fisheries department will invite Expression of Interest to appoint a consultant to not only study the fish meal plant, but all aspects of expansion of the fishing jetty. Referring to the objections raised by the villagers against the project, Alemao threatened to take the fish meal plant to North Goa. Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues expressed his happiness that the Fish-

eries Minister has respected the sentiments of the people who are opposed to the project. “The land acquisition process has been kept on hold. I have requested the Fisheries Minister to carry out a comprehensive study on the existing jetty and the requirements of future expansion, including dredging of the mouth of River Sal”, Filipe Neri added. Deputy Collector, Land Acquisition Officer, Agnelo Fernandes told Herald that his office will not go ahead with the land acquisition process following instructions from the Fisheries Minister. Velim Sarpanch Reny Caeiro thanked the local MLA and the Fisheries Minister for respecting the sentiments of the villagers. The Velim gram Sabha had on Sunday unanimously resolved to oppose the fish meal project tooth and nail and had vowed to sit on a day-long dharna outside the Panchayat hall on September 1 to protest against the refusal by the fisheries director and the land acquisition officer to come down to the village and explain the project. Meanwhile, the Velim Civic and Consumer Forum has extended full support to the clarion call for a dharna on September 1 at 10 am at the Velim Panchayat to oppose the acquisition of cultivated Khazan lands. Welcoming the decision of both the Velim and Ambelim Panchayats and the gram Sabha resolutions to strongly oppose the acquisition of land admeasuring 30,000, Forum Convenor Ramona Almeida said that the villages of Velim and Ambelim have realized the environment impact this project will cause to the community in and around Velim.

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Cutbona Boat owners briefing media on their stand on the controversial fish meal plant.

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Maintaining that a fish meal plant would have solved many a problem of the mechanized fishing industry, the Cutbona Boat Owners Union, however, said the boat owners will not press for the fish meal plant at Cutbona if the villagers of Velim and Ambelim are opposed to the project. Allaying apprehensions of the villagers on the fish meal plant, the boat owners offered to meet the villagers along with the Fisheries Minister Joaquim Alemao and Director of Fisheries to reassure them the fish meal project will not take place against their wishes. A boat owner Patrick Cardozo said that the boat owners would not mind if the government drops the fish meal project, but appealed to the government to set up ice plant, parking, workshop and other facilities at the jetty to meet the requirements Boat Owner Roosevelt Alemao said the boat owners will soon have a joint

meeting with the agitating villages to reassured the people that they will not demand a fish meal plant against their wishes. He said the fisheries Minister and the Director of Fisheries will meet the village to allay apprehensions on the land acquisition process. Another boat owner John Barretto said the boat owners have been carrying out the fishing activity from the Cutbona jetty with the support and cooperation of the local villagers. “Around 300 mechanised fishing boats operate from Cutbona. The owners are all Goans, while 50 per cent of the boat owners hail from Velim, Ambelim and Betul. The industry supports around 500 families, while around 50,000 are directly or indirectly depend on their livelihood on the fishing industry”, he added. Barretto said the mechanized boat owners have been facing difficulties in the drying of fishing and to dispose of excess fish catch in recent times. “We

were first drying the fish at Zuari and the activity was later shifted to the Verna plateau, which was stopped after the setting up of the industrial estate. Fish drying has been stopped at the Naqueri plateau after the land was acquired for the food park. Where are going to dry the fish or dispose off the excess cash. On the one hand, villagers stop trucks transporting fish across the border, while they are opposed to the setting up a fish meal plant at the jetty”, he said. “We need a fish meal plant, but let the government give us an alternative place if the project at Cutbona is scrapped”, he demanded. The boat owners contended that land admeasuring 30,000 square meters is required at the fishing jetty to provide infrastructure such as a ice plant, vehicular parking, storage etc Patrick said that fish meal plants set up at Mumbai, Gujarat and other states along the west coast would show they are non-polluting.

Woman killed under train wheels at Vasco

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Local fishermen arrange their nets before venturing into the sea at Caranzalem.

Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

Uproar at Carmona Panchayat meet over Rahejas HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 31

The Carmona Panchayat witnessed uproar at the monthly meeting on Tuesday after Panch member Orlando Da Silva protested against the refusal by the sarpanch to discuss the panchayat decision to hold inspec-

tion of the Raheja property without placing the construction file before the panchayat body. Orlando later lodged a complaint with the Colva police alleging that he was abused and threatened by three persons during the meeting. Based on the complaint, the COlva police

has registered a case against Francisco Fernandes, Denzie Ferrao and Joao Francisco D’Costa under section 353, 504 and 506 (2) of the IPC. On the other hand, Sarpanch Estaquio D’Costa lodged a complaint with the Orlim outpost against Orlando for causing dis-

MMC to attach petrol pumps if rent not paid HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 31

Saying that the Civic body means business, Margao Municipal Chief officer Y B Tawde has said that the Municipality would go for attachment of the petrol pumps if the oil companies fails to pay the rent arrears within 15 days. Rejecting the plea of the oil companies to grant one month’s time to deposit the rent arrears, the MMC Chief Officer said that the Civic body has already

served a notice on Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum to clear their dues amounting to nearly Rs 35 lakhs within 15 days. “We have served the demand notice on the two oil companies. As per the procedure, around 15 days are given to the parties to clear the arrears within 15 days”, Tawde said, adding that the Civic body would go for attachment after the companies fails to deposit the rent arrears within the period.

The Territory manager of Bharat Petroleum had asked the Civic body to grant one month’s time to deposit the rent since they have to obtain approval of higher authorities for deposit of the rent, including arrears. IN fact, the petroleum companies has told the Civic body that any action of closing down the petrol pumps would inconvenience the public, warning that the situation might lead to law and order problem in Margao.

Will meet demands before Sept 5, Babush to teachers HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 31

Education Minister Babush Monserrate has assured the All Goa Secondary School Teachers Association to resolve all demands of the teachers before Sept 5. The assurance was given to a delegation of the Teachers Association which called on him to discuss all pending issues of the teachers, including implementation of Part-B. Association President Vithoba Desai said that Bhaskar Nayak who is in-charge of distribution of laptops to the teachers, have also promised to disburse laptops to all the applicants before

Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

Boat owners not to press for facility

Margao traffic measures reviewed The South Goa district Collector G P Naik on Tuesday reviewed the implementation of measures suggested by the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to streamline traffic and garbage collection in the city. The meeting comes four days after the Chief Minister came down on the streets of Margao to personally take stock of the worsening traffic system and garbage collection. Margao Municipal Chief Officer Y B Tawde submitted that the Civic body has already taken up the work of clearing tree branches and grass from the pavements. Tawde further informed that he has already moved a proposal to Director of Municipal Administration for four garbage compactors.

September 5. The delegation thanked the Education Minister for his prompt intervention and commitment to fulfill the demands of the teachers. The delegation have expressed high hope regarding the fulfillment of their demands and anticipated better co-operation from the Education Minister. Dessai bought to the notice of the Education Minster that earlier in V Pay Scales teachers were paid Part-B Scales which have to be automatically carried in VI Pay Scales. He informed that while implementing the VI Pay Scales the teachers have

Ajay Devgan fined Rs 100 for smoking at Inox Courtyard

been erroneously placed in PartA Scales which are categorically recommended for untrained and non-teaching category of employees. The delegation informed the Education Minister and the Education Secretary that the Education Department is discriminating and meting step motherly treatment to the Aided School Teachers. The Minister was appraised about the delay in payment of aided school teachers and was requested to direct the Education Department to release Salary, T.A., D.A., Bonus, Arrears and supplementary bills in time.

turbances and disruption of the meeting proceedings. In his complaint, Orlando alleged that the trio abused him with filthy language, adding that one of the accused even charged towards him, but was prevented by the police from assaulting him. He contended that the Sarpanch disallowed his request to raise the issue of serving him the inspection notice without placing the Raheja construction file before the body.

Sarpanch Estaquio, however, stated that Orlando raised a point which was not listed on the agenda, adding that he was ready to discuss the issue, but only after transacting listed business. “But, the panch raised an uproar and disrupted the meeting. He even abused me personally”, the Sarpanch claimed. The Sarpanch denied that the three youngsters has abused or made charged towards Orlando during the meeting.

A 40-year-old widow from Karnataka, but residing at Asoidongri- Chicalim died, af ter a speeding local passenger train hit her while crossing the railway track near the airport railway bridge at Chicalim on Tuesday morning. According to Vasco Railway Police, Kashturi Gangawa died when she was dashed by speeding ‘Vasco-Kulem’ local train. It is learnt that the deceased had failed to notice the train, as when the train reached under the bridge and since bushes are grown up close to the track, she failed to notice the train while crossing the track. Police informed that the deceased was working as labourer in a bottling unit in Sancoale and she was rushing to catch a bus at the airport stop. Vasco Police have registered a case of unnatural death.

Panjim Police will shortly issuing notice to Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan to pay a fine of Rs 100 for smoking in public while on the sets of his movie “Golmal 3” at Inox Courtyard in May. The police action follows a complaint filed by the Director of Health Services Rajnanada Desai to Crime Branch in June, against the actor who was once fined for smoking in Chandigarh. Desai’s complaint was in reply to National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) that asked Health Services to fine the actor as he did not obey ‘no smoking in public’ rule. The complaint letter was transferred to North Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas who in turn has directed Panjim police to issue a notice of fine of Rs 100 to Devgan for

smoking in public. Deputy Superintendent of Police Deu Benaulikar said that they will issue a fine notice to the actor, shortly. NOTE in a complaint to State Tobacco Control Cell and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had asked for a stringent action against the Bollyywood actor as he was becoming a habitual offender of the ‘no smoking in public’ rule. Local newspaper had flashed photographs of Devgan smoking on the sets of the movie at Inox courtyard with the film director Rohit Shetty standing an arm’s length away on May 20. NOTE General Secretar y Shekhar Salkar has already in the past dragged the Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan to Court for directly or indirectly promoting smoking.


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S H O RT TA K E S Students, teachers felicitated

Garbage woes cause nightmare for Cortalim, Sancoale locals HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, AUG 31

The PTA of Government High School, Xeldem, felicitates teachers and students in the presence of Curchorem MLA Shyan Satardekar.

CURCHOREM (HC): The Parents Teacher Association of Government High School, Xeldem, organized a programme to felicitate students and teachers for the impressive results in the board exams of April 2010. Curchorem MLA Shyan Satardekar praised the school for getting cent percent results in a rural school where most students are from economically backward families. Principal of Government College, Quepem, Bhaskar Nayak, advised students to be experts in their field of vocation, since only experts can survive and prosper in today's world. Replying to felicitation by the PTA, Headmaster Shankar P Dessai said the school's performance has been due to the hard work of teachers, students and office staff. He also appreciated the parent for the kind cooperation extended by them from time- to-time. Deputy Sarpanch Sidharth Gauns Dessai, PTA Chairman Mohandas Gauns Dessai and ADEI Y B Valaulikar spoke on the occasion. Sarpanch Benidita Fernandes was also present at the function. Shekhar A Gauns Dessai compered the programme and later proposed the vote of thanks.

Bhajani Saptah performed

Heaps of garbage has been lying at the entrance of Cortalim fish market for the past many days with authorities, including panchayat officials, preferring to ignore the hazard. In fact, what is alarming is that the garbage which has become a breeding ground for worms which have been going around the market place and also the filthy water generated from the garbage due to rains is also giving terrible time to traders and public. Admitting that the garbage had been lying for the past many days, Cortalim- Quelossim Sarpanch Anthony Miranda said the garbage contractor has been instructed to clear the garbage bin in the market every 15 days, for which he is paid Rs 2,000. Miranda further informed that he had told the market vegetable vendors that they will have to dispose off their waste independently or enter into an a agreement with the contractor to dispose their garbage by paying the contactor. “They had agreed for this. However, I don’t know what has happened thereafter,” Miranda told Herald and said he would get in touch with the contractor. Meanwhile, in the neighbouring Sancoale Panchayat, the

Dr Fonseca releases book on health HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, AUG 31

Transport Minister Sudin Dhavlikar (extreme left) plays a musical instrument while his brother and Priol MLA Deepak Dhavlikar (extreme right) looks on at the Bhajani Saptah at Bandora. Photo by Amresh Parab

MARCEL (HC): A 24-hour Bhajani Saptah was performed at the Shri Mahalaxmi temple in Bandora-Ponda. The Saptah commenced with a ritual performed by Priol MLA Dilip Dhavlikar, brother of Transport Minister Sudin Dhavlilkar. Bhajans were sung by various Bhajani Mandals and locals during the Saptah, which commenced at 12 noon on Friday and concluded 24 hours later. According to Transport Minister Sudin Dhavlikar, the ageold tradition of celebrating the Saptah, which was stopped due some reasons, was resumed by his father some nine years ago. “My family will continue to support this tradition,” said Sudin Dhavlikar.

Goa NYC workers in Delhi

NCP President Sharad Pawar along with Nationalist Youth Congress workers from Goa.

PANJIM (HND): The Nationalist Youth Congress workers from Goa under the leadership of Gregorio Fernandes participated in the national workshop on ‘Indian Youth- New Perspective and Horizon’ in New Delhi recently. Apart from Fernandes, the other youth who participated in the workshop included Santosh Divkar, Shankar Naik, Prasanna Nagvekar, Anuraj Salgaonkar, Ramrao Rane, Edwin Fernandes, Ram Mandrekar, Pallav Nagvekar and others. The NYC workers met the Union Minister for Agriculture and NCP president Sharad Pawar, Rajya Sabha member Tariq Anwar, Minister for State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma, NYC-Goa observer Sonia Gupta and other party leaders. The NYC workers explained in brief the present situation of the party to the NCP president and their aim to strengthen the party by enrolling youths from all the 40 constituencies in the State. The NYC workers also submitted a memorandum to the President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil for the implementation of national youth agenda.

Sewing machines distributed PANJIM(HND): The Rotary Club of Dabolim distributed 30 sewing machines to needy women in and around the Bogmalo-Chicalim area. Out of the machines distributed, 15 are hand operated while the rest are foot operated. The sewing machines were obtained through a matching grant programme from 3 International Rotary clubs, viz RC Oceanside, RC Baltic Riga and Rotary e-club of District 7890 from USA. The programme was carried out at the premises of the Bogmalo Panchayat in the presence of Dabolim Club President, Rtn Avez Mohidin, Secretary, Rtn. Amit Tapadia, Rtn Prakash Saraswat of RC Vasco-da-Gama and Rtn. Bharat Kamat of Rotary e-club of District 7890. Also present at the function were Urbano Rodrigues Sarpanch VP Bogmalo Chicolna, Laxuman Kaulekar - President Gomantak Dhangar Samaj Onnati Mandal and member VP Bogmalo Chicolna and other members of VP Bogmalo Chicolna Arun Naik, Shalini Lucas and Sebastiana D'Cruz, says a press release.

Noted pathologist Dr Sushila Fonseca has recently released her book 'Know Your Fever', a health book on various aspects of fever. The book explains in simple language how the home caregiver should manage a case of fever efficiently and when the caregiver needs to call the doctor. The book also describes the illnesses that give rise to a fever, thereby enabling the caregiver to provide the patient with better home care and help the doctor arrive at a final diagnosis more quickly. The caregiver will also understand the doctor's management of the patient more clearly and therefore co-operate with the clinician in a more effective manner. The book is available at most of the leading book-stores in Goa. Dr Fonseca has been practicing pathology for over 33 years. She has worked at BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai, and Goa Medical College and at present runs her own laboratory in Fontainhas-Panjim. Her observation of reactions of worried family members and patients with fever, over the years, is what has inspired her to write this book. Earlier works written by her and published by Insight Books (a publication of the Daughters of St Paul, Mumbai) are Good Health Practices for the Family, What I Should Know about HIV/AIDS (both on non-fiction), while her books on fiction are 'The Story of the Diamond Ring', 'Touched By Love' and 'Rebecca's Inheritance'. She also has several health articles and short stories published in some issues of national magazines, like Women's Era and ALIVE.

Garbage overflows from the bin at Cortalim fish market.

garbage issue dominated the fortnightly meeting of the panchayat with some members complaining that the contractor was not clearing the garbage bins. The members informed that since the garbage bills were pending for over two months, the contractor had refused the clear the garbage. They said that the gram sabha had requested that the bills be kept pending since the amount was very high. The issue came up after two locals intervened in the meeting alleging that the contractor apart from abusing them was

refusing to clear the bins. Contractor Joaquim Silveira told Herald that since June this year, he had not been paid by the panchayat. Refuting the allegations that the amount was high, Silveira said he had collected garbage which was lying accumulated for more than 4 months. “The earlier garbage contractor had backed out. The BDO told me to immediately start collecting the garbage, which I did and now that some disgruntled elements are complaining that the bill amount is high,” Silveira told Herald.

Admitting that the bill for June-July was high, he said that this had happened because he had to collect accumulated garbage. Silveira further informed that he had no complaints if the panchayat had to give the work to any other contractor. He said some locals had spread the word that he was paid Rs 60,000 per month, when in reality not a single rupee was paid to him so far. He said since for the last 2 years he was lifting carcass free of charge although he was entitled to be paid.

GCA concerned about environment: Narvekar

BY HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 31

Bombay High Court at Goa today admitted petition by a local seeking to demolish illegal structure of a prominent five star hotel at Utorda. The Division Bench comprising of Justice D G Karnik and Justice F M Reis admitting the petition has kept it for final hearing after three weeks. The petitioner, Alexio Pereira had claimed that the five star resort had undertaken construction of illegal RCC structure (1+1building) in No Development Zone, violating the law of the land. Through the petition, Pereira had brought to the court notice that the said illegal construction is in violation of the High Court order in connection to the writ petition filed by Goa Foundation in 1999. “Till and until the survey and inquiry is completed, no new licence for any type of construction in CRZ-III zone shall be issued or granted, and no new structure of whatsoever nature shall be allowed to be constructed in CRZ-III zone,” the order reads. “All these directions stated above are in relation to the CRZIII zone in Goa in terms of the CRZ notification,” it added. However, the petitioner had claimed that the construction of said illegal structure begin in 2008 in violation of CRZ rules. Advocate J Coelho Pereira, representing petitioner, told

court that though the court has granted stay on the construction work, the municipality has not yet taken any steps towards demolishing it. The High Court in its order dated October 14, 2009 and October 21, 2009 had directed the municipal council to seal the ongoing construction. The lawyer pointed out that a show cause notice was also issued by Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) over illegal structure way back in November 13, 2009, but till date no action has been taken. Advocate Surendra Desai, appearing on behalf of the resort made it clear that the entire resort was built in 1990 after taking valid permissions from the authorities. “When the resort was built, the CRZ notification was not in force. The company opted for renewal of the said licence in 2006 and 2007 respectively and accordingly the work of the new structure started in 2008,” he told Court. Objecting to it, Court pointed out how a company can opt for a licence to carryout construction in No Development Zone. Meanwhile, a writ petition filed by Goa Foundation over illegal structures of the said resort in 1992 would be also taken up for final hearing along with above matter. “The resort is in deviation in construction approved plan and has added basement to the main building without prior permission,” the writ petition says.

UPCOmiNg EvENTS National Nutrition Week

PANJIM(HND): Every year, the Goa College of Home Science commemorates the National Nutrition Week from September 1 to 7 by organizing numerous activities to create awareness of the ‘importance of good Nutrition and a healthy life style.’ This year the plan includes a host of activities such as a Dieticians Meet, Nutri Mela (sale of nutritious food), and various competitions. The prizes for the competitions will be sponsored by Nestle India Ltd. On September 2 at 2.30 pm there will be a lecture titled ‘recent developments in food technology’ by Arun Pantheeradi, Factory Manager, Usgao, Nestle India Ltd, which will be open to the general public. Interested persons should contact Madhavilatha, faculty at the college during working hours on tel: 0832 2227603. Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar inaugurates rain harvesting project at Goa Cricket Academy, Porvorim. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, AUG 31

Aldona MLA and Goa Cricket Academy (GC A) President Dayanand Narvekar on Tuesday evening inaugurated the rain harvesting project at GCA Porvorim. The project has been set up by Environmental wing of Lila Technologies. Speaking on the occasion, Narvekar said GCA not only ensures the state-of-the-art facilities for cricketers, but also cares for environment in and around its campus. “It is with same commitment that rain water harvesting is implemented for entire premises and the site, including community ground water recharge. The total cost of the project is about Rs 10 lakh,” informed Narvekar. “The GCA does not depend on tap water from the government. Instead, it has made its own arrangement of water by digging two bore wells, which

caters to the requirement of water of Cricket Academy,” he said. “The rainwater harvesting done in this campus is an exemplary work that sends a strong message of the need for rainwater harvesting to others,” said Narvekar. Narvekar further said the Cricket stadium, which will be built at Tivim, will also be environment friendly stadium. “Rainwater harvesting project will also be set up at Tivim Cricket stadium and the use of solar energy will be made. The existing infrastructure of the village will not be disturbed,” said Narvekar. Officer In-charge of Lila Technologies Pradip V Samokadam stated that this is the first of its kind water harvesting project in private sector in Goa. “About 30,412 cubic metres of rainwater will be harvested per year. The rainwater harvesting scheme for the premises has been done in two ways, storage

Laying of water pipeline in Cansaulim raises eyebrows HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, AUG 31

The digging of road ostensibly for laying of water pipeline at Lar de Estacao in Cansaulim in the peak of the monsoons has perplexed villagers over the motive behind the pipeline. A villager phoned Herald to inform that he had strong doubts that the pipeline could be for a controversial hotel project at Primeiro Wado in Velsao. When contacted, Sarpanch Jose Manuel Fernandes said the pipeline was being laid for some houses which were facing water shortage. Fernandes further informed that during the tenure of the then sarpanch Blanch Barros Pereira, a resolution was passed to that effect. “Recently, a group of people had come to me to approach PWD Minister Churchill Alemao for laying of the pipeline,” he told Herald and added that the pipeline was only meant to solve

Photo by Alvaro Colaco

HC admits petition seeking demolition of illegal structure at Utorda

Labourers dig the road for laying the pipeline at Cansaulim. Photo by Alvaro Colaco

the water crisis in that area. Concurring with the sarpanch, PWD Assistant Engineer Mr Kunju denied that the pipeline was meant was any commercial use. He said it was only meant to solve the water crisis of the people. He however, could not explain if the PWD had obtained permission for road digging saying that his Technical Assistant Mohan Naik was at the site and

he would be aware of those details. POWER LINE WARNING Newly laid underground 11KV power cable lines in the Village Panchayat areas of Nagoa, Verna, Nuvem and part of Majorda (Majorda S/S, Calata, Korillowada Majorda Church and Guirim), fed from Majorda S/S and Verna S/S, along with its associated equipments will be test and will remain charged thereafter.

sump for rooftop rainwater as well as recharge of excess sump water to existing bore wells from the administrative building and by diverting the storm drain water to recharge pits provided with appropriate side bore or central recharge bore,” said Samokadam. Samokadam further informed that the ground water will be recharged with six recharge structures, three side recharge bores, two central recharge bores and two storage sump tanks with filters. “The rainwater is distilled water and hence most of the contaminations will flow down during the first week of rain. The rainwater available after the first week will be quiet good. By recharging the well and ground with rainwater, the quality of ground water also enhances,” said Samokadam. GCA General Secretary Prasad Phatarpekar welcomed the gathering and proposed the vote of thanks.

Khola sarpanch polls on Sept 2 HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, AUG 31

The nine-member Khola Panchayat is set to elect its new sarpanch on September 2. According to Canacona BDO sources, election for the appointment of Khola Panchayat sarpanch is fixed for Thursday in the panchayat office. It may be recalled that the post had fallen vacant, after sarpanch Archana Velip was voted out of power in a no-confidence motion successfully moved by five panchas. Since then the charge is looked after by Deputy Sarpanch Ujwala Velip, who after resigning from her post, called back her resignation letter. Even though a clear confirmation is still evading, sources informed that Ujwala Velip is tipped to be the next sarpanch of Khola when the panchas will meet on Thursday to elect a new sarpanch. There are reportedly moves from one of the panchas to contest the sarpanch elections, revealed the sources.

Konknni course in roman script

PANJIM(HND): Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (TSKK) will conduct a Konknni Course in Roman script. Konknni course in Roman script uses a modern linguistic approach to teach Konknni to beginners who either do not know Konknni at all or have some knowledge of Konknni. Though spoken Konknni will get primary stress, reading Konknni in Roman script will also be insisted upon. Classes will be held from 9.45 am to 12.45 am from Monday to Friday from September 15 to October 14. Regular attendance will be insisted upon. Throughout the course there will be test of oral proficiency and reading Konknni in Roman script, says a press release. Admission is strictly on first come first served basis. To apply for the course, contact TSKK.

Mass for workers

PANJIM(HND): The Holy Eucharist would be celebrated for workers on September 3 at Mary Immaculate Church, Panjim at 1:15 pm. This mass is being organized by the Directorate of Tourism. A priest will be available for confession from 12:30 pm onwards. All are invited to this Thanksgiving celebration, says a press release.

Course in homeopathy

PANJIM(HND): Fr M Britto (SJ) from Mumbai will be conducting an In-dept course in homeopathy on September 4 and 5 at Lar De Estundates, Altinho Panjim, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. The course is meant only for those who have attended his basic and/or advance course earlier, says a press release. For details contact on 9850783887 or 9822158143.

POWER SHUTDOWN SEPT 1

BENAULIM: Between 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Benaulim Panchayat area, Bhindi, Manddo, Maria Hall, Benaulim beach, Ambexior area.

SEPT 2

COLVA: Between 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Pedda Benaulim, Canoa, Benaulim, Colva, Per-Seraulim. SIRSAIM: Between 9 am to 4 pm. Areas affected are Sesa Goa, Bander, Dhangarwado, Sirsaim, Cansa, Petrol Pump, Volvonem, Poira, Sikeri and surrounding areas. TALEIGAO: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are NIO substation, Caranzalem, Alto Nagali, NIO Institute, Miramar, Raj Bhavan, Taleigao, Marvel, Odxel, Dona Paula and surrounding areas.

SEPT 3

ANJUNA: Between 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Vagator, Shapora, Zorwado, Chivar, Kumbarwado, Sterling Resort, Badem and Assagao Panchayat areas.

WEATHER REPORT Max Temp: 29.90C Min Temp: 23.50C Humidity: 89% Rainfall past 24 hrs: 022.0 mm Seasonal Total: 2864.1 mm Forecast: Occassional spells of rain or thunder shower would occur in some areas.


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Pg 7 Vrundavan Hospital organises medical camp HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 31

Vrundavan Hospital and Research Centre, Mapusa organized a free diabetes detection, general medicine and an eye check-up camp recently at Trinity Church Community Hall, Arpora in association with Royal Goan Beach Club, Baga and the Lions club of Arpora and Nagoa. Agnelo Dias, Sarpanch of Arpora inaugurated the camp in the presence of Dr Digambar Naik, renowned Consultant Physician and Cardiologist and founder of Vrundavan Hospital and Research Centre, Jatin Naik, advocate and president of 'Utt Goyankara', Caetan D'Mello, Marketing Manager for RGBC, Navnath Naik, marketing executive for RGBC and Khalil Saeed, ex- sarpanch of Arpora. Dr Digambar Naik then educated the gathering by giving a lecture on 'diabetes- a life style disease.' Dr Digambar Naik along with Vrundavan Medical team consisting of Dr Swati Kumar URS, Dr Pandurang Shiralkar, Dr Nitin Sawant, Dr Soniya Choudhary were then seen examining the patients and offering them specialist consultation. The camp ended with a vote of thanks given by Agnelo Dias, Sarpanch of Arpora. Vrundavan Hospital has been constantly organizing camps in the fields of Cardiology, Nephrology, Orthopedic, Vascular Diseases as part of its social responsibility and has been felicitated on a number of occasions, says a press release.

Vidya Vikas Mandal celebrate Founder’s Day HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 31

Vidya Vikas Mandal celebrated their 39th Founder’s Day in Kare Law College Hall, Margao recently with Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar Shrivastav as the chief guest. Prof Dileep Deobagkar, VC of Goa University was the guest of honour. The key note speaker for the function was Adv Ramakant Khalap. R G Kare, President of Vidya Vikas Mandal welcomed the gathering. On this occasion the Mandal felicitated Prof Dileep Deobagkar. The Mandal also felicitated the senior teachers of the institution for their service in the Mandal over the years, which included G G Kondli and V G Patil from Damodar College, Ravi Kunkolienkar and Manoj Hede from Kare Law College, Principal V V Powar and V K Garge, from RMS Higher Secondary, Hilda Barbosa and Shamim from Vidya Vikas Academy. The Mandal also felicitated retiring teachers M E Abranches and Florence Rebello both from Damodar College and G M Naik from RMS Higher Secondary. The rankers were also felicitated. The founder members of the Mandal were felicitated, RG Kare, the president Vasant Virginkar, Shanu Pai Panandikar, U N Bene, Ganesh Daivajna and Sheela Gaunekar were felicitated. On this occasion the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Journalism was inaugurated. The function was concluded by a vote of thanks by Vice-President of the Mandal, Ganesh Daivajna.

Students felicitation function organised HERALD CORRESPONDENT CURCHOREM, AUG 31

The Parents Teacher Association of Government High School, Xeldem, organized a programme to felicitate students and teachers for the impressive results in the board exams of April 2010. Curchorem MLA Shyan Satardekar praised the school for getting cent percent results in a rural school where most students are from economically backward families. Principal of Government College, Quepem, Bhaskar Nayak, advised students to be experts in their field of vocation, since only experts can survive and prosper in today's world. Replying to felicitation by the PTA, Headmaster Shankar P Dessai said the school's performance has been due to the hard work of teachers, students and office staff. Deputy Sarpanch Sidharth Gauns Dessai, PTA Chairman Mohandas Gauns Dessai and ADEI Y B Valaulikar spoke on the occasion.


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ust as there can be no smoke without a fire, there can be no tar balls without an oil spill. When tonnes of slimy tar balls suddenly start to pile up on Goa’s beaches, you can be reasonably certain that a huge oil spill somewhere is responsible. And when the authorities start to tell you that this is ‘normal’ during the monsoon, you need to ask how many times it has occurred during the last 20 years. Chances are that they don’t know. That’s because it isn’t ‘normal’ in the middle of the monsoon. Tar balls normally surface on Goa’s beaches just before the monsoon, when the South-West Monsoon winds begin to blow, create rough sea conditions and churning up the sea. At present, this slimy muck is continuing to pile up on our most important beaches, which play host to roughly 2.5 million tourists each year. Even as the administration has started, belatedly, to clean the beaches, Director for Tourism Swapnil Naik has at least been honest enough to say that the tar balls are due to an oil spill ‘somewhere’ in the sea, and that he has no idea when they will stop washing up ashore. Velsao beach in South Goa is the most badly affected; tar balls have piled up around a foot thick, making that part of the beach look like a huge, ugly rock. Yesterday, this newspaper carried a photograph of Sernabatim Beach, which appeared almost as bad. Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar and Environment Minister Aleixo Sequeira, who visited the affected beaches yesterday, need to devise a strategy to protect Goa’s beaches. One cannot be complacent just because this is the off-season. If this had happened in the middle of the tourist season, it could have caused an exodus of tourists. The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) has confirmed that one of the most common causes for tar balls is the dumping of oil overboard by a passing ship. The lighter fractions of the oil evaporate, while the heavier elements mix with water to form a thick, sticky emulsion that looks like chocolate pudding. The wind and waves stretch and tear the patches of emulsion into smaller tar balls. There seems to be a fair bit of unanimity that this minidisaster has been caused by an oil spill. But what gives ships’ captains the idea that they can dump oil or wash out their bilges in India’s territorial waters or in its 200-km wide exclusive economic zone (EEZ)? It has to be India’s slack laws and their even slacker implementation. Why was the oil spill responsible for these tar balls neither reported nor detected? Protecting our coastline and our beaches is the job of the Indian Coast Guard. But that is the one outfit that has remained significantly silent. India launches its own satellites and has among the best satellite imaging systems in the world. It should be perfectly possible not only to detect oil spills, but also identify the ships responsible for them, so that they can be made to pay dearly for the damage they cause. The tools are all out there. All the Coast Guard and the state government need to do is to get their act together.

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hile the government’s idea of handing over the job of breaking up and towing away the MV River Princess to Salgaocar Mining Industries Pvt Ltd is the best option under the present circumstances, it could end in unmitigated disaster unless the company is asked to furnish an encashable performance guarantee, of at least the amount it would have cost for one of the other bidders to remove the ship. Without solid collateral, the whole exercise could end in further and greater disasters.

Match fixing S N D Poojary, Miramar Cricket is supposed to be a game of ‘glorious uncertainty’. The bookies and match fixers are trying to reduce that degree of uncertainty. Presently, cricket has become a hostage to business houses. There is more focus on money than the game. Cricketers have stickers of different products all over the body, as if they are house-to-house salesmen. Where there is big money, corruption and match fixing cannot be far behind. There is a need to go back to traditional cricket, with white dress, unblemished bats and regular caps. Ban business houses from the game!

Thick & thin skins Dr Dominic Dias, Nuvem ‘New, but not necessarily improved’ (‘A fist full of salt’, Herald Mirror, 29 August), says that the new team in charge of the column does not like Dr Oscar ‘crying all over the media’ (your words) about ‘allegations’.

100 Years Ago

PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

1 September 1910 ‘Govt not shaky’

The Governor of Goa stated vehemently that there is no basis for rumours being spread over the political situation in Lisbon.

Bill on National progress

The Hon’ble Public Works Minister will introduce a bill on National Progress in the Parliament, specifically on agricultural works undertaken by the department.

Budget approved

The Budgetary Council met in the Lower House to allot the amount recommended by the Minister of Navy.

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the media, in its rush to earn, is failing to voice the people’s concerns, says FReDeRicK NoRoNHA

he other day I caught up briefly with a college friend of many moons ago. As his wife and son were browsing titles in the bookshop, we both got chatting. “How,” my lawyerfriend asked me, “is the media scene doing these days?” For some time now, I have been convinced that the media and journalists are undergoing a rapid and unrecognisable metamorphosis. Contrary to my usual optimistic approach, I think we definitely need to be concerned here. From being respected ‘watchdogs of citizens’ interests’, the media is being increasingly seen as opportunistic, selfish, subservient to the powers-that-be and participants in varied motivated games. This is not an exercise in throwing stones. It affects us all, accredited or otherwise, freelancers or full-timers, columnists or contributors, humble proof reader to editor. This changing perception is not entirely without reason. The logic of sheer numbers explains things in part. The media has grown phenomenally. More papers are fighting fiercer competition battles. And in the media marketplace, you can bet it’s definitely NOT the best man or woman who wins! (This is not to suggest that the Press worked fine in the past. There was definitely cause for concern then too; but awareness simply wasn’t that high.) Anusha Rizvi’s first directorial venture ‘Peepli [Live]’ has made audiences do a quick rethink about the efficacy and idiocy of particularly the television media. But we need to extend that debate to ask questions about a wider section of what is increasingly becoming the Froth Estate (intentional typo!), whether it is electronic or print. Some may see Peepli [Live] as a satire on farmer suicides. But that’s just the peg. The real story is about an increasingly trivialised Indian media. But trivialisation is not the only issue. Of course sensationalism sells. The sound byte is most important in the TV, satellite and cable world. After years of official domination and a belated launch (as far as the private sector goes) in our small state, the idiot box is turning increasingly influential in Goa too. It is an agenda-setter here. But this trend is not restricted to the small screen. Mainstream media in Goa, too, is focused on a narrow definition of what is ‘news’, and each paper tries to

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Devil’s ADvocAte look more like the other. If one newspaper lands a sensational story, the others’ staff could be lambasted for not getting it first! A generation ago, even till the early 1980s, media in Goa was a monopoly. The Navhind Times dominated the English language scene, while (Marathi) Gomantak ruled the other side of the linguistic fence. Experiments at creating a ‘people’s paper’ in Konkani (Novem Goem) soon came unstuck. There were just a handful of accredited correspondents. Most were close to the government of the day (whichever the party), and they comprised a small circle that was very influential, chummy and largely closed to new entrants. In those times, if one even managed to get a letterto-the-editor published, it was possible to draw a whole lot of attention through it. A little earlier, Goa of the 1960s saw the demise of the Portuguese-language media (except for OHeraldo, which continued till 1983). Its replacement was a more commercialised, more populist, yet just as closed media, closely aligned with industry, particularly mining, which was speedily gaining in clout. That death of the Portuguese-era media was only to be expected. It had been discredited, thanks to its close links with the colonial power, and its existence was politically incorrect (and

A Remo’te controlled lorna’tic!

powerful hum droned piercingly through my lounge. I gasped. “Hey sadhu-bai,” I yelled at my eccentric parrot Cocky, “What’s with the Hare Krishna chant and... those horrendous shades?” Have you ever seen a parrot wearing sunglasses? Shudder…! “Ssssh,” she shushed me, ���I’m preparing to perform at my big concert in Central Park. You know, like Simon and Garafao’kel.” “Gaaarafao’kel?” I blanched. “You’ve been tippling the garafao?” “No, shh’tupid,” she croaked, “I’m preparing to duet with my idol in her big US comeback – I will be performing with... Lorna.” “Ha, ha, ha,” I roared, “And you’ll be replacing who... Chris Perry?” She glared witheringly. “The Perry sons,” she spat, “will be beaming with joy for us.” “No doubt,” I chortled, “Miles, Giles, Tiles... and... Smiles?” “Shaddup!” she screeched, “The Perry brothers have nothing to do with Lorna’s big US comeback. Can’t you guess who I will be?” “You, my dear,” I giggled, “Will be... all mixed up! So... Wilmix?” “Avttea!” she yelled, “Watch this…” Perched on one end of the sofa, she waggled slowly from side to side on bow-legs, tossing back non-existent locks and warbling: “Shabba-dooba-dooba, Shooba-dooba-dhobi, Paarampara-pom…” “Yaaay,” I screamed, comprehension dawning, “Ma homey... Remo!”

When you accuse a politician (your USP) of corruption, extortion, drug peddling or even murder, it does not really affect him. No politician in the history of Liberated Goa has resigned after an allegation. They are thick skinned, immune, and ignore it. But ‘ordinary mortals’ like Dr Oscar are ‘honourable men’, who do not like their reputations to be sullied publicly. They would rather resign than bear their names being spoilt. But evidently, that does not make sense to you. It was good of you to admit that ultimately, you are interested only in boosting your sales, and a court case will help you do that… To hell with ‘journalism for a cause’? Thanks for telling us that.

Realism and illusion Soter D’Souza, Socorro The news report ‘Dr Oscar against development affecting ethos, culture of state’ (Herald, 31 August) does not spell out what sort of development, in the opinion of this ‘reasonable realist’ would affect the ethos and culture of the state. Is the politics of making emotional and vague statements ‘realistic’, in terms of entertaining the gullible public and, at the same time, not antagonising the exploitative forces? Does not the in-migration of the rich with their posh lifestyles into our villages, affect the ethos and culture? Do not gated communities in our villages impact the ethos and culture? If Gram Sabhas opposing this type of development is anarchy, Dr Oscar, please tell us what is democratic development?

A suitable candidate Miguel Vas, by email It is indeed a pleasant surprise, to learn from ‘It’s mix and match at Betalbatim!’ (Herald, 30 August) that Avertano Furtado is seen as a probable candidate in Navelim against Churchill Alemao. I whole-heartedly welcome this news. Furtado comes from a family that has traditionally steered the destiny of Navelim village – his father, the late Mr Jose Furtado, was its first Sarpanch. Regrettably, this family has played second fiddle to people of far

inconvenient too) for post-1961 governments. It represented an elite fast overtaken by events. *** Peepli [Live] catches attention. It became the first film from India to reach the highly regarded Sundance Film Festival. How thinly-disguised its fiction is, is anybody’s guess. No wonder it drew attention from journalists, including on Delhibased media critic Sevanti Ninan’s website, thehoot.org. But we, in tiny Goa, seem to lack the gene that allows us to be critical of our past. We are also forgetful and don’t invest too much time or energy in such matters. Who can forget that the first part of the 20th century in Goa was spent in obdurate caste battles among the Catholics (Bamons versus Chardos), which spilled over into the media too? Newspaper wars on caste lines now seem unimaginable (though caste rivalry among Hindus shaped post-Liberation politics). In more recent times, we have little-noticed proxy battles and lobby wars of other kinds that dominate our media. In the last decade or so, the media has got polarised on political lines. Even at news conferences, the bias becomes very clear. Depending on who is in the line of fire, news conferences can get abruptly terminated, or dragged along a particular direction.

‘Party lines’ in Goa means a pseudo-war between the Congress and the BJP. This is strange, given that the two parties are like Siamese twins, whose politicians hop across party lines with alacrity. Neither offers policies that would make a difference to the lives of the people or build a sustainable future for Goa. The Congress, being in power, naturally has the ability to influence journalists and win them over. But don’t be misled into thinking that the main rival contender for power, the BJP, hasn’t managed to consolidate its influence in the media. BJP-friendly journalists were given plum posts when a newspaper loosely affiliated with the party was launched. Ideologies of communalism, casteism, even pseudo-spiritualism, or the very genuine concern over corruption in Congress times, are all harnessed to push the party’s chances. This cannot but skew media functioning. In recent times, we have seen tiny ‘newspapers’ set the agenda by raking up all kinds of communal flames and creating an agenda that a wider group buys into. They do so knowing fully well that the state is neither keen on tackling communalism, nor is the vitriol read by those who would notice the communal bias and be concerned about it. The media, in its rush to earn – even faster – is failing in its commitment to voice the people’s concerns. Being ad-driven, our newspapers are about the cheapest in the world. But what good is that if the reader is seen as almost dispensable, and is no longer given the importance (s)he once was? We let politicians use newspapers to settle scores. Mickky Pacheco can grab the headlines by targeting John Fernandes. Ravi Naik will turn the heat on Mickky in turn. Ravi’s number will come next… The media doesn’t seem to be least concerned about being made use of to settle someone else’s scores, as long as such dramas create some sensation and fuel sales, of course. Young television journalists in Goa are willing to talk about the pressures to constantly ‘break’ hot news, and keep story-sizes down to minimum. All this is good for business, and draws both audiences and advertisers. But what does it do for journalism? Goa will have to wait for its own Peepli [Live] before we even start thinking deeper about these new trends.

“Yes clown... Down with Brown!” she cackled, “Pack that Smack!” “Seriously, nutcase,” I snapped, “Remo’s in distant Goa. However do you expect to imitate him from so far away? Hellooooo…” “Hellooo Rajiv Gandhi,” she chortled. “Remo’s training me himself, by... Remo’te control, Heh heh heh.” “And that wacky, waddly dance he did with Lorna in Campal – the elevator – will you be doing that too?” I giggled. “Why,” she glared furiously, “do you call it the.... elevator?” “Because,” I roared, “it has no steps!” “Well, ignoramus,” Cocky blasted back, “I’m not imitating his dancing, thank you very much; just that beautiful sound you heard today.” “That ghostly... humming?” I gasped. “It’s not ghostly,” she snapped, “just spiritual. Hammer, hammer…” “Excusez moi,” I said, “As I recall, Remo sang... Humma, humma.” “Your mistake,” bit Cocky, “That’s the male version. I’m female. Our version is... ‘Hammer, hammer’, as taught by our hammer guruji.” “Hammer guruji?” I puzzled, “Who…?” “Hammer Sardessai, the great Goan Bollywood singer,” laughed the popat hysterically.

Goa is gearing up for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Liberation on 19 December. On the 10th Anniversary, there was a special midnight Assembly session, when legislators bragged about their achievements. The late M Boyer in one of his songs had responded that the number of murders in Goa during those 10 years had surpassed those during 450 years of Portuguese rule! Apart from murders, rapes, frauds, bribery, drugs, cheating, corruption, forgeries, manipulations, suicides, accidents, defections, bail jumping, countermanding, robberies, thefts, scams, deforestation, illegal mining, debauchery, anticipatory bails, waning agriculture, misrepresentations, peddling, molestation, migrants, garbage, hill cutting, illegal constructions, etc, words strange to most of us before Liberation, its greatest gift to us is the ‘GRILL’, starting with the front door. A luxury in Portuguese times, it has now become a necessity for peaceful living in ‘free’ India, and virtually made us prisoners in our own homes. Could we say, without exaggeration, that it will be more of a gold-plated anniversary than a golden one?

Cricket’s ‘Judases’ Sebastian A Mascarenhas, Siolim

up a lot of evidence. For the Goa Police to say the case is 60 per cent cracked is as good as saying it is zero per cent cracked; that is the sorry state of affairs of the police force today.

Dabolim pilferage racket Jerome Goes, London

Cricket just got hit for another six by ‘spot fixing’ (Herald, 30 August). It brought memories of match fixing by the erstwhile captain of the Indian cricket team in years gone by. ‘Spot fixing’ has really undermined the game, and cricket is the appalling loser. The gentleman’s game has been sacrificed at the altar of Mammon. Gambling in Cricket should be nipped in the bud. The ‘Judases’ have found new ways to destroy this lovely game.

‘Breakthrough in Dabolim fuel pilferage racket…’ (Herald, 27 August) is amusing. Petroleum pilferage operations have been going on for years, not only at Alto Dabolim, but also at Sancoale and Loutolim, where there was a fire and a person was killed some years back. Is it time for Goans to start taking the law in their own hands? They have lost faith in the politicians, the police and the authorities, who should have put stop to this petroleum pilferage and adulteration racket years ago.

Justice for Naresh?

Not 500 years!

Arwin Mesquita, Abu Dhabi I am sure that many like me are growing increasingly impatient that Naresh Dourado’s murderers have still not been found. The brutality of the murder should have thrown

“Well, your ‘hammering’ is giving me a right royal headache, like your dear Lorna’s ‘Bebdo’,” I snapped. “What a douche-bag,” she blasted, “You have no appreciation of art whatsoever. And here’s me thinking you’re a great fan of Lorna’s.” “Well,” I said slowly, “I’m not exactly a crazy Lorna’tic from the asylum like you, but I think she’s a great Goan icon. What’s your excuse?” “Oh boy.” My parrot went into a paroxysm of giggles. “Don’t you see how Lorna’s... changed the face of Goa?” “By singing about drunkard Bebdos and Pisos like you?” I chuckled. “Nah, stupid,” Cocky went on, “She’s single-handedly responsible for the mass influx of outsiders into Goa – everybody sings her anthem.” “Whaaat?” I gasped, “Lorna invited all those bhailos to Goa?” “Indeed,” she shrieked. “Her song invites them to come – yo, yo, it says.” “Which song?” I furiously demanded to know. “Haven’t you heard Yo Bhaile Yo?” screeched the bird, collapsing in mirth. The popat always knows. [If you just arrived: Langoti ‘Long’ John Silva is a globe-trotting Goencar, always accompanied by his wise-cracking parrot Cocky]

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day Golden or gold-plated jubilee? Jonas Correia, Aldona

lesser calibre than themselves in politics. Avertano is a gentleman. He is kind, softspoken and always ready to lend a helping hand. I wish him every success and urge the people of Navelim to support him, so that he can clean the Aegean stables of Navelim politics.

By Francis Rodrigues

John Abreu, President, Comunidade of Taleigao The news item ‘Taleigao Comunidade celebrates 500 years’ (Herald, 21 August) is incorrect. The Portuguese led by Afonso de

Albuquerque re-conquered Goa on 25 November 1510. As such, the special privilege accorded by the Portuguese to Taleigao Gauncars to present the first corn to the Governor of Goa certainly did not take place in August 1510. Therefore, the 2010 feast cannot be the completion of 500 years of ‘Konnsanchem Fest’ in Taleigao.

Anti-Christian remarks Col Cyril P D’Souza (Retd), Calangute The recent remarks by Khanapur BJP MLA Prahlad R are to be condemned by one and all. The MLA said that “Indians need to weed out Christians”. What does he mean by this, when he has received most of his education from Catholic institutions? Such statements only go to show what is on the mind of hardcore BJP elements. And the BJP is trying to woo minority votes in Goa…?

Idle jewellery Michael Vaz, Merces Monday’s newspapers say that jewellery worth Rs2,000 crore is lying ‘idle’ in Goa’s households, temples and churches. The report has surfaced on the eve of the Golden Jubilee of Goa’s Liberation. It would be meaningful if due thought is given to utilising this wealth to alleviate the sufferings of the masses, without barriers of religion, region or caste.

Public, not police Julius Carvalho, Dubai It is great injustice for Herald to show a picture of thieves caught by alert Dabolim residents posing with Vasco police. They were apprehended by the public, but the photo makes it look as if PSI Filomena D’Costa and her team arrested them! The cops were sleeping all these days, and thieves were having a great time. Finally, when apprehended by the alert public, the shameless cops got their picture clicked with the thieves. You should have shown the picture of those brave persons who caught the thieves. The DGP should reward them, so that in future the public will keep closer watch on suspicious persons in their neighbourhoods.

Paths of Wisdom A ray of hope and light

Once Wealth and Poverty approached a merchant and introduced themselves as Goddesses. The merchant offered his salutations to both of them and said: “May I know what brings you to my humble tenement?” The Goddess of Wealth said: “We want you to judge and tell us as to who is more beautiful between us two?” The merchant was in a fix. He knew he was between the devil and the deep sea. If he were to declare wealth as more beautiful than poverty, poverty would curse him. If he were to declare poverty as more beautiful than wealth, wealth would forsake him. However, he regained his composure and said: “I have great respect for you both. Would you please act according to my instructions? Then only, I can judge properly.” The Goddesses agreed. He said: “Mother wealth, would you please go to the entrance (gates) and walk into the house? Mother, poverty! Would you please walk from here towards the gates? I can have a good look at you both, from near and far.” The two Goddesses did walk as the merchant wished them to. Then the merchant happily declared: “Mother wealth! You appear very beautiful when you enter the house. Mother poverty! You look very beautiful when you leave the house!” The Goddesses appreciated the wit and wisdom of the merchant. The Goddess of wealth happily stayed in his house while the Goddess of poverty cheerfully walked away. When a serious problem confronts us, if we look within and think calmly, a ray of hope and light will beam forth and show us the way. (Source: Sri Sathya Sai Baba stories and parables)

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opinionated Cotigao, Chorao residents MEDIA - The Grime of our Times By Caetano de Abreu

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ith our media ranting left, right, and center, about so called breaking-news which just happens to be a hearsay with no studied nor any investigative contents, the end result being the readership continues to grapple in the dark dungeons of total ignorance which is out of chicanery and manifested sensationalism brought about daily in those hallowed pages where truth is a word from the past which earlier was evinced fiercely, and staunchly defended by those daredevils of the editorial sections of the Press against the high-handedness of the government which gratified them with rampant arrest against the malpractices which In all aspects was duly and fearlessly reported. Gone are the days when Press meant business and feared for that rectitude and propriety thus no money could ever buy their integrity nor their soul for a few coins thus, I can recollect the eminence of our Indian stalwarts like Karanjia, Goenka and others from those decades of honesty, donning the pen with munificence to bring the news as should be and not gilded in Gold as is happening in contemporary circumstances, which per se has gone beyond redemption. I cannot only mention the doyens of Indian Press, as here in Goa we had arrayed personalities like Cunha, Prazeres de Costa, Messias Gomes, Mario Cabral e Sa, Lambert Mascarenhas, to name a few, who adjudicated their position as editors with flair and gusto never missing a single by-line to give credit where it was due irrespective of publisher's policies, and neither suppressing any news for the benefit of the government and its acolytes. Alas! Those were the days when the penmanship was the inborn might never to be cowered against the stashed odds to the utmost satisfaction of the readers. As of now, an entire new breed of journalism is roving within the portals of decency where sleaze, sensationalism, and filthy lucre are a thought for the day, irrespective that news brought forth are not worth a dime. Nevertheless, they are still fooling the people and getting away with it and all because the money is overtly exchanged, as in modern terminology can be so described as Paid News. The ignominy of the so called Paid News takes its origins from man's greed which cannot be circumvented and neither nullified as it has already traversed the threshold of indecency where what people read is not the subject matter but to hallucinate people's mind is the hot topic which is corrupting the entrails of the powerful media and thus reverting to momentary sleaze with future being subjective to abject immunity as the case be. There were times when the media used to report what were the actual events and not concocted fabrication at the behest of powers that be. Ergo the reason, although the pressmen were relatively needy, however they were high on integrity and could not care a less when threatened. Thus the end result was the readership used to obtain the genuine facts in lieu of fabricated news. The chicanery and manipulations are blunt on our faces but yet we choose to ignore the rot which is emanating and creeping from the fourth estate, which in other words our tolerance and non comprehension has reached the nadir of ignominy on what is reported and is giving way for the owners of the media to wallop in moolah with honesty and up-righteousness being kept aside to fester while the prevalence of no morals is something which is sought and ultimately acquired. The joke being narrated here in Goa is that with debauched morals, the media is all out to sweep and lick, just to please the Government (whichever Party as long as it is in power), thus reporting whatever is ordered to be circulated to fool the public it is executed at the earnest, never even trying to investigate and state the actual facts, as would a dedicated journo emphasize, as for media the governmental advertisements (more than enough to survive) is what they want, and if anyone crosses that forbidden line of assailing the powers that be, the Government just ceases its largesse. The end result being that we the readers are forced-fed to read the utter rubbish with no substance of whatever kind. No wonder then that the same newspapers are termed as Governmental mouth pieces with people opting to read between the lines and somewhat envisaging about the actuality. The media today is all show and glitz as depicted by electronic media and for them no news means good news, as if the whole world is sleeping, never contesting that actuality do exists and is rotting the system, but yet they are cocooned in their own make believe world. In general, people are in want of news and not canards fabricated by the fourth estate. However, what we get are paid advertisements exploiting the good deeds of the politicians or printing the inaugural functions which cover the public loos, conducted at the behest of the same while hot potatoes like the blatant scams ravaging the country side or the illegal mining activities seemingly conducted by our own ministers and bureaucrats for their own development funds, or to seek the solution for our never ending garbage tribulations, or the drip of water oozing from our taps while the minister is concerned with his own welfare and that of his daughter; the corroded by-ways and highways; the price rise on essential commodities; the murder and robberies taking place in our serene ambience; the unnecessary deforestation of our pristine milieu; the paradoxical electricity where everything seems to go wrong; the take-over by outsiders with their own brand of language, culture, and ethics; the flesh-trade which is corrupting our youth; the drug scenario where the quote is the price at some international market which encourages the locals to indulge in that nefarious activities but never in India; and many other subjects where the pressroom should be abuzz with never ending scribbling to bring forth the honesty of the Press where probity should be the order of the day and not on contrary. Politicians are the bane of transparency, and as per their latest foray, it was found that Media is purchasable commodity for under its aegis, the Politicians for all their atrocities, under the protection of the fourth estate, are in relative comfort zone from where is emanating the disillusion that all is well in the western front, never realizing that its downfall is not only in making money but in up-keeping its anomalistic ethos which can be considered an lesson in futility. I agree that being a contributor to some newspapers I should have kept these thoughts to myself, nevertheless thanks to valiant efforts of late Prabhash Joshi, P. Sainath, and others the reporting is emerging as the most serious threat to our collective credibility with the system being seriously institutionalized as the media is approaching politicians with a package deal as how best to exploit the gullibility of readers while on election campaign. To aggravate the matter, there seems to be an accord with the authorities to let the advertisements take off even during the lapsed time. Thus how about waking to realities and let not the grime soil our conscience?

Seminar at Mapusa PANjim, Aug 31(HND)

The Abbé Faria Post Graduate Department of Psychology at St Xavier’s College, Mapusa, Goa, will be organizing a two day national seminar on “Employee Well-Being: Current Trends and Future Prospects” on September 24 and 25. For information call on 9822825885.

unhappy over govt’s plans Public hearings fixed for Sept 24, 30

HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, AUG 31

If the displeasure of some residents is any indication, the government’s plans to declare two wildlife sanctuaries at Cotigao and Chorao as Critical Wildlife Habitats may have ruffled a lot of feathers. This could be the case at least at the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, at the proposed public hearing on September 30. According to sources, not only residents at Cotigao, but even surrounding villagers from Gaondongrim and Poinguinim, whose sustenance is largely dependant on forest activities for day-to-day survival, are likely to resist government’s move, which would not only curb, but totally wipe out their chances even to walk through the forest areas. It may be recalled that government is proposing to declare these two sanctuaries as critical wildlife habitats for the purpose of scheduled tribe and other traditional forest dwellers (Recognition of Forests Rights) Act, 2006. Two public hearings are fixed of the State Level Expert Committee (SLEC) over the issue at Chorao on September 24 at 11

am and at Cotigao on September 30 at 11.30 am in the respective panchayat halls. It is learnt that residential

wildlife sanctuaries areas of Nadkem, Endrem, Keri and Bhuttal falls entirely in the wildlife sanctuary at Cotigao, after it was promulgated in 1985. Since then, several unsuccessful attempts were made to shift residents from these areas, but the process never took any serious turn. Besides, roads and pathways run across the wildlife sanctuary areas for the people to travel to their respective residences, which are situated in all the directions of Sanctuary Park, informed sources. With the recent move of the government to declare Cotigao as Critical Wildlife Habitat, not only these people but several other residents fear that their movements will be restricted unnecessarily. Besides, residents fear that they will be unduly harassed even considering their regular practices as extreme offences

under the Critical Wildlife Habitat Act, once declaration comes into effect. When contacted, Cotigao Sarpanch Rajesh Gaonkar said when people learnt about government’s move some 8 months ago, residents had raised objections on the issue in a gram sabha and accordingly a resolution was passed in that regard. When pointed out that government has called for any objections only based on documentary evidences in the public hearing in the village on September 30, Gaonkar said: “As per the Traditional Forest Dwellers Act 2006, our village has appointed a 12-member village committee.” “The committee will attend the public hearing on behalf of the residents to object the intended declaration of Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary as Critical Wildlife Habitat, besides others having relevant documents will also submit objections to the SLEC,” said Gaonkar. “People don’t want that authorities in future to harass the inhabitants with more vigor, once equipped with stringent measures provided in the Critical Wildlife Habitat Acts and laws,” Gaonkar reiterated.

Parrikar visits dilapidated govt school at Bicholim Seeks basic amenities for students

PHERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, AUG 31

Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday visited the Government High School at Kudchirem-Maulingem, Bicholim, and inspected the dilapidated school building. The visit was in the wake of recent complaints from the school students, who recently boycotted the classes due to lack of basic amenities, including lesser number of teachers. During the visit, Parrikar instructed engineers to complete the work of new school building as fast as possible, which is undertaken at the cost of Rs 1.5 crore. Parrikar also advised authorities to complete at least two rooms to make temporar y arrangement of the students. Mayem MLA Anant Shet, Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) Chief Engineer Rego, Kishore Gaonkar and PTA members accompanied Parrikar. Rego assured to complete 50% of the work by January end 2010.

Private bus owners allege harassment from KTC staff HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 31

Private Bus owners today alleged harassment from Kadamba bus employees in a meeting with the Transport Director Arun Desai and other officials in Panjim. Nearly 30 private bus owners rather gheraoed the Director seeking justice following which Desai declared to hold a joint meeting with Transport officials, KTC and private bus owners in mid-September. In an hour-long meeting, grievances such as clash of timings between KTC and private buses, KTC charging low bus fare on the same route where private buses also ply, direct shuttle services not abiding by rules, etc were discussed. “I have photographs to show that shuttle KTC buses halt to board passengers between the start and end points. Besides, the low bus fare on long routes is giving us stiff competition…” said a bus owner outside the director’s chamber following the meeting. The meeting though did not result in any outcome, the Director assured to look into the matters and host a joint meeting to develop better coordination between the KTC and private bus owners. “Regarding the direct shuttle service issue, I have instructed KTC officials to conduct an inspection. Whereas other matters are concerned, we will study and work to streamline all these,” Desai told reporters. Poor sanitation at Panjim and Margao bus stands was also discussed to which officials have assured quick cleanliness.

Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar visits Kudchirem School. Photo by Vishant Vaze

Parrikar expressed concern over non-provision of basic amenities for the school despite having provisions of crores of rupees for the schools. It may be recalled that the school PTA members had expressed resentment against lackadaisical attitude of the education department in providing required number of teachers.

Besides, students were not examined in English paper, compelling them to boycott the classes for two consecutive days a few days ago. The issue was then handled by Parrikar, who visited Education Director Celsa Pinto. Later, Pinto assured to provide teachers for English subject and other subjects like History and Mathematics.

Agonda fisherman feared drowned off Mumbai coast HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, AUG 31

A 30-year-old fisherman from Agonda was feared drowned off the Mumbai coast while returning from a late night fishing jaunt early Sunday morning. According to sources, Ramdas Khushali Pagi accidentally fell into the sea at about 5 am on Sunday while the fishing trawler he was working as ‘Arya-man’ was reaching to take berth at Sason dock in Colaba-Mumbai. The other crew members immediately carried out search operation, which reportedly failed to find the missing fisherman. The trawler owner reportedly filed a missing report with Colaba Police. On getting the news about the tragic incident back home on Monday afternoon, as many as 15 close relatives, including Pagi’s brothers and well-wishers, besides ward Panch Tipu Pagi, reached Colaba in two different vehicles early Tuesday morning to assist the search team. However, there is still no sign of missing Pagi, even as the sea off the Navy House at Colaba is reported as extremely nasty with heavy rains and intense winds. “Even the two boats arranged by trawler owner Machinder Gorak Naqua couldn’t be used to pursue the search operation,” informed Agonda Panch Tipu Pagui over phone. Till late Tuesday evening, there was no trace of the missing local from Agonda. According to sources, while the owner assured all help, actual search in the troubled waters of Colaba coast was not possible. It is learnt that the fishing trawler, which reached Colaba coast passed Saturday midnight, anchored 100 mtrs away from

the dock, nearby to Navy House and at about 5 am had just started the engine to reach the port for marketing the trip’s fish catch. It was at that moment that Ramdas was seen falling off board. The crew, who reportedly saw Ramdas fall, then made valiant searches and alerted others, but to no avail. Ramdas is known to work on fishing trawlers at Mumbai for the last 10 years, but since three years he was working as ‘Aryaman’ on this same trawler. He has old parents, a married elder sister and two brothers.

Assagao resident held for selling pirated CDs HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, AUG 31

Mapusa Police on Tuesday afternoon arrested a 53-year-old man from Bountawaddo Assagao on charges of selling duplicate and pirated CDs in the Mapusa market. According to Mapusa Police, the customers, who had gone to purchase CDs from ‘Suresh VCD and DVD Store’, located in Mapusa Municipal Council market, found that Suresh Tukaram Morajkar was selling pirated and duplicate CDs. The customers brought the fact to the notice of Mapusa Police, who raided the shop immediately and confiscated 20 CDs of popular Konkani tiatrists and renowned Hindi singers. The accused was arrested under Section 292 of IPC and was later released on bail. Some of the CDs confiscated on Tuesday had obscene pictures on them. PSI Kesarkar is investigating the case.

Bandora residents urge govt to shift site of catering college HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, AUG 31

Villagers from Bandora Panchayat have requested the State government to shift the proposed site of a catering college from Farmagudi-Ponda. According to the villagers, the project site is in close proximity to Gopal Ganesh Devasthan and it will affect religious atmosphere. During the recently held gram sabha, villagers had raised objection to the catering college citing temple, which is in close proximity. The temple committee members have urged the government to consider its demand and shift the project to other location in Farmagudi. According to reports, the land, which belongs to Goa State Tourism Corporation, has been given approved for the catering college project. “Thousands of devotees visit the Gopal Ganpati Temple, which was built by our former Chief Minister Late Bahusaheb Bandodkar. Once the catering college comes, then it will surely disturb religious atmosphere, as various non-vegetarian items will be cooked,” said Gopal Ganpati Devasthan, Farmagudi, member Govind Gaude. “The proposed site is barely few metres away from the temple and we urge the authorities to consider our request,” added Gaude. Villagers claimed that they are not opposing the catering college, but wants it be relocated. They further claimed that the project had supposedly identified site near Goa Engineering College, but some politicians with vested interest wants it near the temple. Villagers have raised strong objection to the project and has warned authorities to agitate if their demand is not considered. “We are not against the catering college project, but we don’t want it near the temple. There are numerous places where it can be set up, but sadly one influential politician from Marcaim constituency is favoring it to the reason best known to him,” claimed Govind Gaude.

GTDC to celebrate mass HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 31

Goa Tourism Development Corporation will celebrate the Holy Eucharist on September 8 at Mary Immaculate Church, Panjim at 1:15 pm. A priest will be available for confession from 12:30 pm onwards. All are invited for this Thanksgiving celebration, says a press release.

Dr Rebello urged to help save Goa HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, AUG 31

Appeals to social activist Dr Oscar Rebello not to distance himself from the Goa Bachao Abiyan (GBA) have been growing, with residents of Khola also joining in the chorus in requesting Dr Rebello to help save and preserve Goa for Goans. Comparing Dr Oscar Rebello to Dr Jack De Sequeira, who helped preserve Goa’s identity during the Opinion Poll, Khola Bachao Abhiyan President Precopio Fernandes stated that Dr Rebello should play a similar role in safeguarding Goa's identity. "This is all the more necessary when some so-called Goans are now making moves to merge the State to some districts of Karnataka state," said Fernandes. “It seems the history is being repeated by a different mentality now hell-bent on to do away with Goa’s identity, instead of preserving this identity for posterity.” “Earlier it was Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar, whose attempts to merge the then union territory into Maharashtra were foiled. Now, recent statements by a top politician appear to dilute the State’s identity by demanding the merger of some areas from neighbouring Karnataka state into Goa.” Criticizing such a statement in strong terms, KBA President Fernandes said: “With this type of a mindset in the present day government, I call upon Dr Oscar Rebello not to distance himself from the GBA. I would request him to come back to GBA and help save Goa and preserve it for Goans.” “Some of these politicians who made their political careers by siding with Goans’ local demands in the past have now been blinded by success," Fernandes added.

Proposed site for the catering college, in the background is the Gopal Ganapati Temple at Farmagudi-Ponda. Photo by Amresh Parab

“It is also learnt that first, the area near the GEC was identified for the project, but I don’t know what made to change the venue,” said Gaude. The temple committee has already made representation to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Goa Tourism Corporation Chairman Shyam Satardekar and Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halankar and hope they will consider their demand as the land belongs to the tourism corpo-

ration and in association with them the catering college is being setup. “We have requested the government and hope they will seriously consider our plea. We are determined to oppose the project if it is not shifted. In no way we are going to allow the project. Villagers from Bandora Panchayat have extended support for the cause and I hope they will stay with us,” said Gaude.

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SC to re-examine own judgement in Bhopal gas leak case PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 31

Students dressed-like Krishna and Radha performing at Kaniyaka Parameswari College on the occasion of ' Krishna Jayanthi ' in Chennai on Tuesday.

Caste to be included in census: govt PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 31

Bowing to demands by several political parties, the government today said it has decided to include caste in census and the formality of endorsing it is expected at the next Cabinet meeting. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Lok Sabha

that all political parties had supported the idea of including caste in census and there was no need for any “apprehensions” over the issue. His statement came after leaders of BJP, JD(U), BSP and Samajwadi Party wanted to know as to what happened to the government's promise on caste census, particularly since

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villages like Divar, Chorao and many other places, which have been demanding bridges for decades. Instead of taking up the sea link, one feels it would be more meaningful of the government taking up such projects which will connect the villages to the towns by road. When contacted the PWD, none of the officials were ready to comment on the issue. Principal Chief Engineer (PCE) J J S Rego said that he was not present for the meeting as he was not the PCE then and Chief Engineer J N Chimulkar refused to make a comment on the issue.

EC to probe foreigners names to be addressed through proper ways. He said that a special expenditure monitoring cell has been formed and detailed guidelines are prepared to control the money power.

Fourteen years after it had diluted charges in the Bhopal gas leak case, the Supreme Court today decided to re-examine its own judgement that led to lighter punishment of two years imprisonment for the accused including former Union Carbide India Chairman Keshub Mahindra. The court sought response from the seven accused on the CBI plea seeking restoration of the stringent charge of culpable homicide, which attracts a maximum punishment of 10 years' jail term, against them for the world's worst industrial disaster that left over 15,000 people dead and thousands maimed. In chamber proceedings, a bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justices Altamas Kabir and R V Raveendran, issued notices on the curative petition filed by CBI seeking recall of the apex court's 1996 judgement that had diluted the offence.The curative petition was filed after a nationwide outrage over the trial court judgement in the 26-year-old case following which the Centre appointed a

‘Even if PM sweeps the floor, CWG venues won’t be ready’ PTI AHMEDABAD, AUG 31

Taking a dig at the Centre for tardy pace of construction of venues for Common Wealth Games (CWG), Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said even if Prime Minister wipes the floor, venues would not be ready for the games. “I don't know what is happening in the Common Wealth Games. Even if the PM (Manmohan Singh) starts wiping the floor, the venues won't be ready for the game,” Modi said at a function here. “CWG people had four years to get the venues ready, but they are still struggling. They should have given it to Ahmedabad (Municipal Corporation), which would have built those stadiums in time,” Modi said. Alleging misuse of CBI by Congress after arrest of his close aide Amit Shah in Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, Modi said, “Delhi sultanate thinks that CBI can save them every time. But even CBI cannot save them from CWG debacle,”:

Narendra Modi

Modi also warned the union government to stop threatening Gujarat in the name of CBI. Modi said development of Gujarat was like service to the nation for him. “I do not need to do something separately. To ensure that no person in Gujarat falls sick and to ensure that people of the state get proper employment is my way of service to the nation,” the CM said. Modi also challenged the Union government calling it

Exercise caution on Ayodhya issue, BJP tells MPs PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 31

With the Allahabad High Court set to deliver its verdict on the

Ayodhya title suit next month, senior BJP leader L K Advani today asked party MPs to “exercise caution” while making

Group of Ministers (GoM) to recommend steps including ways to get the punishment enhanced. The charge under section 304 part-II was diluted to section 304A by a bench comprising the then Chief Justice A M Ahmadi and Justice S B Majmudar on the plea of the accused in the 1984 gas disaster case. Today's decision of the court was communicated to the Attorney General G E Vahanvati and the matter will be heard after the completion of process of service of the notice. The CBI has sought reconsideration of the September 13, 1996 apex court judgement which had whittled down the charge to 'causing death due to rash and negligent act' against Mahindra and six others. Besides Mahindra, Vijay Gokhale, the then Managing Director of UCIL, Kishore Kamdar, then Vice President, J N Mukund, then Works Manager, S P Choudhary, then Production Manager, K V Shetty, then Plant Superintendent and S I Quereshi, then Production Assistant were convicted and sentenced to two years' jail term by a trial court in Bhopal on June 7 this year.

statements on the sensitive issue. “On Ayodhya, L K Advani asked MPs not to make statements which are against national interest...As a national political party, we should make statements by exercising caution when the verdict is delivered,” BJP Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia said here. He was briefing reporters on proceedings of the BJP parliamentary party meeting here. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court is likely to deliver the verdict on title suits next month. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said

the party would launch an agitation on the issue of enemy properties in the country. "While we supported a bill on enemy properties based on the ordinance promulgated by the government, we are opposed to any amendments aimed at benefiting an individual...we have already voiced our fears that government could issue a fresh ordinance based on amendments,” Ahluwalia said. He said out of 2,100 enemy properties in the country, 1,400 are located in Uttar Pradesh. "Out of the 1,400, 11,00 belong to Raja of Mehmoodabad,” he said. During the meeting, which was also attended by BJP President Nitin Gadkari, BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani expressed “satisfaction” on the role of party MPs during the monsoon session which ends today. “He expressed satisfaction in BJP's role in protesting and supporting bills keeping in mind national interest,” Ahluwalia said.

as 'Delhi sultanate' and asked it to compete on development front. “Even development is hurting some people. I have challenged this Delhi sultanate, come and let us compete on development front, but they are not ready," he said. “You (Union government) have the entire country and ours is a small state. It is my challenge that Gujarat would be ahead of the Delhi sultanate despite this,” Modi said.

The trial court verdict had sparked an outrage with activists and political parties seeking an appeal against it, maintaining the accused had been tried under a less stringent provision of law. All the accused were tried as per the 1996 judgement of the apex court under section 304A of Indian Penal Code which attracts a maximum punishment of two years' imprisonment for causing death by a rash and negligent act. The CBI, which described the case as one of the rarest of rare cases, had urged the apex court to invoke its inherent power in public interest to address and remedy errors apparent on the face of record in the 1996 judgement. The apex court had on March 10, 1997 also dismissed the petition filed by an NGO, Bhopal

Gas Peedith Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti, seeking a review of the 1996 judgement diluting the charge. After the public outrage against the trial court verdict, the GoM (Group of Ministers) of the Centre on Bhopal gas tragedy recommended on June 20 that CBI file the curative petition. It also decided to fix criminal liability against former UCC CEO Warren Anderson and seek his extradition from the US. In the curative petition, the CBI said the 1996 verdict suffered from serious errors as the charges under Section 304 Part II of IPC against the accused were quashed by the apex court without any consideration of the material placed by the prosecution at that stage. “Besides, in the course of trial, categorical evidence has now come to light, which un-

equivocally points to the commission of offences under Section 304 Part II of the IPC by the respondents/accused persons," the curative petition said. “This curative petition is an attempt by the State to set right this gross miscarriage and perpetuation of irremediable injustice being suffered by the victims in particular, the society at large, and the nation as a whole,” CBI said.


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Goa iron ore exports up 10.8% REUTERS PANJIM, AUG 31

Iron ore exports from Mormugao Port in Goa may rise 10.8 percent to 46 million tonnes in the current financial year, from 41.5 million tonnes a year earlier on increased shipments, the head of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) said on Tuesday. "Current trends appear to be supportive and the number of iron ore exporters using port facilities is continuously increasing, while the existing exporters are also augmenting their quantities," said Praveen Agarwal, chairman of MPT. Other than Mormugao Port, Goa's Panaji Port Dock located in its capital city Panjim also exports iron ore. Together, they accounted for about 47 percent of India's total iron ore exports so far this financial year, making Goa the country's largest iron ore exporting state. India's iron ore exports in April to July was at 32.86 million tonnes, up 4.68 percent from a year ago, data from the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries shows. Most of Goa's shipments comprise the powdery iron ore fines that are mainly purchased by China that houses the world's largest steel industry and which blends them with high-grade ores acquired from Australia and Brazil. In 2009/10 ended in March, India shipped 117.37 million

PTI MUMBAI, AUG 31

tonnes of iron ore mainly to China, up 10.7 percent from the previous year as steel mills in the country stepped up production on expectations of higher global steel demand. EXPANSION Agarwal said the port plans to increase its cargo handling capacity by 3 million tonnes per annum, all meant for iron ore shipments. "In FY 2010-11, Mooring Dolphins 4, 5 and 6 will be completed, providing two more ship positions compared to last year," said Agarwal, referring to new iron ore terminals. He said the outlook for iron ore exports remain bright de-

spite a ban by neighbouring Karnataka on exports of the raw material last month. "There may not be any significant drop (in Goa's iron ore exports), even if the (Karnataka) ban continues," he added. Out of 56 million tonnes of iron ore exported from Goa last year, only 6 million tonnes came from Karnataka, Agarwal said. But, shipments of iron ore from elsewhere in India, the world's third-largest exporter, could be hit due to the ban, trade sources said. COAL IMPORTS GROW The port also plans to triple its coal handling capacity to 18

Govt may incentivise use of 'smart' metres AGENCY NEW DELHI, AUG 31

The government is likely to incentivise the use of smart metres at homes, enabling users to monitor their power consumptions in real time and save on electricity bills by over 15 percent, officials said. A smart metre is a device that uses smart grid technol-

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ogy, which integrates power generators and consumers to balance supply and demand. It enables differential charges. At the peak hours charges will be more while at off-peak time or normal hours charges will be lower. This allows users to prioritise things and balance consumptions accordingly.

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Irish delight at Lalit PANJIM (HBD) -- InterContinental the Lalit, Rajbaga, Canacona has invited liqueur lovers to some smooth Irish delight. The offer is open at all the outlets at resort, including the exclusive Mediterranean restaurant Sirrocco. According to the food and beverage manager, Rishi Neoge, the Lalit will offer some of the smoothest liquer from Ireland at very attractive prices. A 60 ml drink is available at an all-inclusive cost of Rs 200. The offer is on till September 30, 2007. The Lalit has also launched the wonder waters offer wherein guests can sample some of the well-known natural mineral water brands of the world. Some of the prominent brands include Tw Nant, which is a natural spring mineral water from Ceredigion Wales, launched in 1989. Sole is sparkling natural mineral water from Italy. This premium natural spring mineral water originates from the pure surroundings of Vrujci Spa located at the base of mount Suvobor in the heart of Serbia. This premium natural spring mineral water originates from the pure surroundings of Vrujci Spa located at the base of mount Suvobor in the heart of Serbia.

Sensex down 61 pts despite fastest GDP growth in 3 years PTI MUMBAI, AUG 31

The BSE benchmark Sensex today ended 61 points lower, led by energy giant RIL, on weak global cues, despite the Indian economy growing at the fastest pace in nearly three years. Markets opened on a weak note, taking negatives cues from US markets and losses suffered by the Asian equities. Even impressive GDP data failed to lift the investor sentiment and the Sensex closed the day lower by 60.99 points, or 0.34 per cent, at 17,971.12.

‘India can be hub for food processing’

Sam Pitroda, adviser to the prime minister on public information infrastructure and innovation, representatives of power generation and distribution companies, smart metre manufacturers, researchers and officials will meet here Wednesday and take a decision on this. 'The meeting will be focused to encourage the use of smart grid technology in India,' Shekhar Sanyal, country head of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) said. 'We work in close association with power ministry. They are helping in research and might incentivise use of the technology at household level,' Sanyal added. Smart grid technology is an integration of communication, IT and power technology. 'It will transform the way we use energy. You can monitor your air conditioners, lights, televisions and other appliances in real time through smart grid technology,' said John Scott, director of network innovation at KEMA Consulting. He said just by optimising the uses, smart metres can help reduce power consumption by more than 15 percent. Aban Offshor, 780, 781.7, 744.55, 765.45 Abb Ltd., 784, 784, 773.05, 779.3 Abg Shipyard, 235.5, 235.5, 226.1, 229.4 Acc Limited, 869.45, 876, 858.25, 870.35 Adani Enterp, 627, 664.9, 619, 650.1 Aditya Birla, 805.5, 819, 796.1, 813.75 Allahabad Ba, 206.5, 210.85, 201.5, 209 Alstom Proje, 719, 719, 701.6, 709.15 Ambuja Cemen, 121.5, 126.4, 119.15, 125.55 Andhra Bank, 149.2, 152.8, 148.2, 151.85 Ashok Leylan, 72, 74, 71.35, 73.6 Asian Paints, 2685.25, 2792, 2685.25, 2762.65 Axis Bank Li, 1276.85, 1340, 1150, 1330.65 Bajaj Hindus, 113.5, 114.95, 112.15, 113.95 Bank Of Baro, 797, 821.9, 792, 804.95 Bank Of Indi, 441, 448.7, 437.25, 442.35 Beml Limited, 1005, 1012, 999.6, 1009 Bharat Elect, 1670, 1799, 1642, 1660.3 Bharat Forge, 345.8, 352.15, 345, 349.8 Bharat Petro, 769.3, 776.8, 742.1, 761.25 Bharti Airte, 323, 328.3, 315.25, 327.35

million tonnes per annum by 2014/15 from the current 6 million tonnes by constructing two more coal terminals to cater to rising demand, Agarwal said. The port's coal imports saw a marginal fall to 2.09 million tonnes from April 1 to Aug. 30 this year, from 2.4 million tonnes in the same period last year, due to non-availability of railway wagons that transport imported coal to the users. MPT handled 5.64 million tonnes of coal imports in the 2009/10 financial year. "We can do 5 percent to 10 percent more this year, provided the railway rakes are available," said Agarwal.

AGENCY NEW DELHI, AUG 31

India could become a global outsourcing hub for food processing by 2012 to meet the world food demand, Minister for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahai said Tuesday. 'The food processing sector has the potential to become the outsourcing hub for the world and India will be feeding the world in the years to come,' said Sahai, releasing a study on the sector by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Yes Bank. He said the ministry has announced various incentives and schemes to support new ventures. 'The sector is a muscular dwarf, which has the capacity and capability to do for rural India what IT has done for the urban India,' Sahai added. S K Bansal, chief executive, Mother Dairy, said there was a need to harness the enormous potential that this industry has to offer. 'To harness the potential of the sector we have to gear up to align with the real time global demand pull, which is increasing international taste for Indian foods,' said Bansal.

Bhel, 2438, 2440, 2392.95, 2406.6 Bhushan Stee, 1820, 1834.7, 1806.8, 1817.5 Biocon Limit, 343, 344.8, 335.4, 339.9 Bombay Dyein, 560.2, 569.95, 540.1, 551.3 Bosch Limite, 6089, 6089, 5940, 5976.1 Brigade Ente, 135.2, 139.7, 135, 138.1 Cairn India, 335, 335.5, 330.1, 332.55 Canara Bank, 502, 519.95, 495.1, 513.95 Central Bank, 177.6, 180, 175.65, 179.4 Century Text, 475, 482, 471.5, 479.8 Cesc Ltd, 374.5, 384.4, 368.55, 377.55 Chambal Fert, 66.5, 67.45, 65.3, 66.45 Chennai Petr, 244.15, 244.65, 235, 237.45 Cipla Ltd, 304, 306.8, 302, 303.25 Colgate Palm, 795, 842.8, 789, 825.55 Container Co, 1275, 1308, 1246.6, 1304.4 Crompton Gre, 299.3, 301, 293.15, 296.3 Cummins Indi, 726, 740, 718.5, 737.5 Dabur India, 207.85, 210, 205, 209.25 Deccan Chron, 127, 127, 123, 124.15 Dish Tv Indi, 50.8, 50.85, 49.45, 50.65 Divi’s Labor, 743, 756.5, 738.1, 743.95 Dlf Limited, 307, 307, 297.25, 301.95

Telecom major, Bharti Airtel, today announced the launch of data services in Thailand and Malaysian markets. The move by the New Delhi-headquartered company, which already has operations in 19 countries in Asia and Africa, is aimed at strengthening its global data portfolio, a release issued here said. The service offerings launched in the two south-east Asian nations include IPL, managed MPLS and ethernet, it added. In Thailand, Bharti has partnered with True International Gateway while in Malaysia, it has tied-up with Telecom Malaysia for the launch, the release said. "The launch...enables us to cater to two of the fastestgrowing international bandwidth markets," Bharti Airtel's CEO for global data business, Ajay Chitkara, said.

MPT takes measures to eliminate coal pollution HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, AUG 31

In a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) has taken a decision to mechanise the entire coal handling operations at Berth No 11 which is adjacent to Vasco da Gama city. MPT was under pressure from the Government of Goa, Goa State Pollution Control Board, and NEERI to initiate this measure. The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court has directed MPT to take urgent measures to curb coal dust pollution. The chairman of MPT, Praveen Agarwal, IRS, said that in addition to the above measures, and in order to completely eliminate the coal dust pollution, henceforth the storage and handling of coal at Berth No 11 will be in covered domes, and even the retrieval from the ship’s holds will be through continuous bucket / worms screw reclaimers to be conveyed by tube / pipe conveying systems to the storage

domes. The chairman has further confirmed that the entire coal storage areas will be painted ‘white’ to prove that there is no pollution. The evacuation of coal from Berth No 11 will be only by railway rakes, so that no portion of the coal passes via the roads of Vasco da Gama, other roads of Goa. Requests for Qualification (RFQs) were invited by MPT. In response, 13 reputed infrastructure companies, either bidding individually or in consortium with other infrastructure companies, both Indian and foreign, have submitted their RFQs. The overwhelming

Manufacturing pushes economy up 8.8% PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 31

Driven by robust manufacturing, the Indian economy grew by 8.8 per cent in the first quarter of this fiscal, the fastest pace in around three years, despite partial withdrawal of economic stimulus packages. The growth numbers prompted some industry groups to forecast that the economy would revert to high expansion mode of 9 per cent in 2010-11, after two successive years of slowdown due to the impact of global financial meltdown. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee exuded confidence that the economy would grow at least by 8.5-8.75% during the current financial year. Manufacturing, which bore the brunt of the slowdown that began in 2008-09, grew by 12.4 per cent during April-June, 2010, against 3.8 per cent in the same period last fiscal. Agriculture and allied activities expanded by 2.8 per cent versus 1.9 per cent, according to the official data released today. The Finance Minister said, "...encouraging point is 12.4 per cent growth registered in manufacturing... I am quite confident about whatever was projected in the economic survey ...that GDP growth will not be less than 8.5-8.75 per cent." However, there are certain areas of concern, especially in the services sector, where growth rate moderated. While finance, insurance, real estate and business serv-

Dr. reddy’s, 1346, 1374.9, 1342, 1364.45 Edelweiss Ca, 49, 51.3, 48.2, 49.45 Educomp Solu, 552, 555.9, 538.45, 545.5 Eih Limited, 155, 181.1, 137.75, 140.2 Engineers In, 326, 327.45, 323.7, 325.25 Essar Oil Lt, 124.9, 125.5, 121.55, 122.8 Essar Shippi, 99.9, 99.9, 95.7, 98.45 Exide Indust, 150, 150, 145.35, 147.6 Federal Bank, 341.65, 347.45, 337, 340.05 Financial Te, 1356, 1385.9, 1341.6, 1357.75 Gail (india), 457.8, 464.95, 452.25, 462.05 Gammon India, 209, 215.8, 206.1, 210.8 Glaxosmithkl, 1900, 1900, 1842.4, 1860.7 Glenmark Pha, 287, 288.45, 282.1, 285.6 Gmr Infrastr, 57, 57.5, 55.1, 55.7 Godrej Indus, 199, 201.4, 192.4, 195.9 Grasim Indus, 2040, 2069, 1996, 2021.15 Great Offsho, 383.8, 384.75, 374.05, 376.3 Gtl Infra.Lt, 45.65, 45.75, 44.8, 45.2 Gujarat Mine, 120.5, 121.3, 118.95, 119.8 Gujarat N R, 56.1, 56.35, 54.5, 55.4 Gujarat Stat, 115.1, 116.6, 114.6, 115.1 Gvk Pow. & I, 46.5, 46.5, 44.55, 45.2

Hcl Technolo, 393, 397, 378.45, 382.55 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2125, 2140, 2112.3, 2134.25 Hdfc Ltd, 621, 631.45, 613.3, 627 Hero Honda M, 1785, 1804.35, 1669.9, 1791.55 Hindalco in, 165.9, 167, 162.35, 166.4 Hindustan Co, 57, 57.75, 54.7, 56.3 Hindustan Ma, 72.3, 73.6, 71.25, 72.15 Hindustan Pe, 532.5, 537.4, 518.3, 525.85 Hindustan Un, 263.2, 265, 262.65, 264.5 Hindustan Zi, 1065, 1065, 1022.6, 1046.35 Housing Dev, 258.5, 259.9, 248.9, 252.25 Icici Bank L, 962, 981.5, 960, 977.7 Idea Cellula, 70.5, 72, 69.2, 71.55 Ifci Ltd, 58.75, 59.45, 58.05, 58.75 India Cement, 106.45, 108.4, 105.8, 107 India Infoli, 93.55, 94, 91, 93.25 Indiabulls F, 138.75, 140.5, 136.4, 139.6 Indiabulls R, 170.5, 170.9, 164.6, 167.35 Indian Bank, 247.95, 251.5, 244.7, 248.45 Indian Hotel, 105, 107.7, 102.1, 102.9 Indian Oil C, 410.8, 414.9, 406.05, 411.15 Indian Overs, 127, 127, 121.3, 124.7

ices grew by 8 per cent during April-June this fiscal against 11.8 per cent in the same period last year, community, social and personal services expanded by 6.7 per cent against 7.6 per cent. Despite partial withdrawal of economic stimulus packages, the growth rate at 8.8 per cent is highest since the last quarter of 2006-07, when the economy expanded by close to 9.5 per cent. In a partial roll back of the stimulus, the government had rolled back excise duty by 2 per cent -- from 8 per cent to 10 per cent in the last week of February. While the economy clocked 8.6 per cent growth in the March quarter, it had registered 6 per cent in the same quarter last fiscal. China, the only large country with higher growth rate than India, witnessed 10.2 per cent growth in the same quarter ended June 2010. The numbers however failed to enthuse stock markets, since the growth rate fell below the expectations of 8.99.4 per cent pegged by many economists. BSE benchmark Sensex fell nearly one per cent to 17,869 points. "Given this trend in GDP growth, we expect to close the year with an overall performance of close to 9 per cent," FICCI President Rajan Bharti Mittal said. Assocham President Swati Piramal pegged the growth rate at 8.6-8.8 per cent. Indus Dev Ba, 121, 122.9, 120.25, 121.55 Indusind Ban, 229.35, 230, 219.2, 221.65 Infosys Tech, 2685, 2724, 2676.15, 2713.85 Infra. dev., 178, 179.95, 175.05, 178 Ispat Indust, 18.95, 18.95, 18.5, 18.65 Itc Ltd, 160.3, 164, 158.5, 163.15 Ivrcl Infras, 154.1, 157.85, 151.6, 157.1 Jai Corp Lim, 257.45, 259.75, 251, 254 Jaiprakash A, 113, 113, 108, 109.05 Jet Airways, 765, 780, 705.1, 721.3 Jindal Saw L, 199, 202.7, 197, 201.95 Jindal Steel, 697, 698.9, 676.75, 684.25 Jsw Steel Li, 1133, 1145, 1116.8, 1131.25 Kotak Mahind, 847.8, 849, 818.55, 828.55 Lakshmi Mach, 2152, 2163.7, 2111.05, 2137.35 Lanco Infrat, 68.5, 68.5, 65.1, 66.1 Larsen & Tou, 1826, 1826, 1790, 1813.65 Lic Housing, 1201.4, 1225.45, 1200, 1202.6 Lupin Limite, 366, 366, 348.15, 356.4 Mahanagar Te, 61.65, 62.4, 60.8, 61.2 Mahindra & M, 611, 629.5, 605, 626.7 Maruti Suzuk, 1234.35, 1264.45, 1228,

Manufacturing, however, could slow this fiscal, Piramal said, adding that pressures are building on growth rate since manufacturing has not been doing too good of late. The size of Indian economy was Rs 17.12 lakh crore in the first quarter. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said although the growth rate of manufacturing sector is likely to be low during the rest of the year, the agriculture sector will register good performance. He pegged the growth rate at over 8.8 per cent this fiscal. "It (first quarter GDP growth) is on expected lines. The overall GDP growth in this fiscal would be slightly better than 8.5 per cent as projected earlier," Ahluwalia said. Meanwhile, economists said RBI would continue with tight monetary policy to check inflation in view of the strong economic growth. "I expect RBI to continue with tight monetary policy stance and hike policy rate by 25 bps in September 16 review," said Samiran Chakrabarty, Chief Economist, Standard Chartered Bank.

response to the Notice Inviting Tenders (NIT) issued by MPT is mainly due to the fact that the country requires to import huge amounts of metallurgical and thermal coal and coke for the Power Plants and Steel Mills which are coming up in the region. Rough estimates suggest that the Nation may have to import 200 metric million of coal by 2014-15. Most of these imports will take place at Ports in southern India. Some of the bidders are GVK, JSW Infra, IL&FS, Sterlite Industries, Mundra / Adani Port Limited, Gammon Infrastructure, Punj Lloyds, Gangawaram Port Limited, and others. The project is to be developed on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, which has been a great success in the Port Sector. The rated capacity of the terminal is 4 MMT per annum, but if the demand increases, the terminal will be capable of handling up to 7 MMTPA, provided sufficient railway rakes are available for evacuating the imported coal.

KTDC plans medical tourism PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUG 31

Kerala Tourism Development Corporation is working out a medical tourism package seeking to cash in on growing worldwide interest in Kerala as an ideal destination to combine treatment with holidaying. The scheme was being evolved as a collaborative venture of superspeciality hospitals, foriegn tour operators and state agencies, KTDC Chairman Cheriyan Philip said in a release today. The greatest attraction of Kerala is that the cost of treatment would be much less for a ange of health problems including those related to heart, nerves,bone and eye compared to expenses in America, European countries or the Gulf. KTDC would make arrangements for the stay of medical tourists in its hotels in prime locations like Munnar and the state capital at affordable rates.

BOARD MEETINGS Aegis Logistics  Ankur Drugs  Koutons Retl  APL Apollo  Moldtek Tech  Suraj Inds  Source: Indiainfoline.com

MF FUNDA BHARTI AXA MUTUAL FUND has decided to revise the exit load structure for Bharti AXA Equity Fund (Eco plan, Regular plan and Institutional Plan) and Bharti AXA Focused Infrastructure Fund. The changes will be effective from September 01, 2010. Accordingly, the exit load which is currently charged at 1% if redeemed within 1 year from the date of allotment will be revised to nil (including SIP / STP).

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Rashtriya Ch, 80.1, 81.2, 78.8, 79.4 Rel. nat. re, 37.25, 37.55, 37, 37.25 Reliance Cap, 763.1, 770.7, 747.2, 758.4 Reliance Com, 161, 161.6, 155, 156.05 Reliance Ene, 1148, 1148, 1061.5, 1076.81 Reliance Ind, 858.9, 864.9, 835.15, 842.05 Reliance Ind, 944.65, 949.95, 915, 919.2 Reliance Pow, 152.75, 153.9, 151.1, 152.3 Rolta India, 164, 164.1, 160, 162.85 Satyam Compu, 80.55, 80.9, 78.5, 80 Sesa Goa Ltd, 316.1, 319.3, 313.6, 317.8 Shipping Cor, 160.2, 161.7, 160, 160.95 Siemens Ltd, 700, 704.9, 687.25, 692.6 Sintex Indus, 362, 362.85, 349.35, 355.4 Sobha Develo, 339, 339.9, 320.45, 329.05 State Bank O, 2790, 2790, 2741.6, 2766.4 Steel Author, 186, 187.05, 185, 186.7 Sterlite Ind, 152, 153.1, 149.5, 151 Sun Pharmace, 1760, 1785, 1736.6, 1762.4 Sun Tv Netwo, 472.4, 484, 470.1, 477.7 Suzlon Energ, 46.5, 46.65, 45.85, 46.25 Tata Communi, 329.95, 337.35, 325.25, 333 Tata Consult, 840, 847.7, 830.2, 843.75

Tata Motors, 985, 1014.9, 981.35, 1010.35 Tata Power C, 1221, 1232.9, 1214, 1222.4 Tata Steel L, 524.1, 527.65, 515.55, 522.7 Tata Teleser, 22.65, 22.9, 22, 22.4 Tech Mahindr, 651, 651, 634.9, 638.25 The Ge Shpg., 298, 298.5, 291.25, 297.2 The Phoenix, 233, 268, 226.8, 237.95 Thermax Ltd, 738, 760.8, 738, 758.15 Titan Indust, 2999.8, 3004.9, 2917.7, 2931.6 Torrent Powe, 335.25, 341, 331.35, 339.1 Triveni Engg, 96.3, 97.4, 95, 96.25 Tv18 India L, 87.1, 89.2, 86.25, 88.55 Uco Bank, 110.1, 112.25, 109.55, 111.4 Ultratech Ce, 919, 919, 900.7, 902.5 Union Bank O, 338, 339.65, 327.3, 329 Unitech Ltd, 78.5, 78.5, 76.25, 77.55 United Phosp, 182.4, 187.7, 179.2, 184.35 Videocon Ind, 259.5, 263.15, 253.5, 256.5 Vijaya Bank, 79.5, 79.5, 77.8, 78.95 Voltas Ltd, 203, 204, 194.5, 200.15 Wipro Ltd, 397.6, 402, 393.35, 400.25 Yes Bank Lim, 315, 315, 302.55, 311.2 Zee Entertai, 289.1, 292, 280.6, 287.15


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India assures all help to displaced Tamils in Lanka PtI COLOMBO, AUG 31

India today assured Sri Lanka's war-displaced Tamils of all kind of assistance, as Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao visited the IDP camps in the country's north to get an over view of the process of their resettlement. "We are prepared to assist to the best of our capacity and do whatever we can," Rao, who arrived here last night, told the locals in Vavuniya. She visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Vavuniya this morning and asked about their welfare. Rao flew this morning to the Wanni security forces headquarters and travelled by road to the IDP camps. She visited the Chetikulam Menik Farm IDP camp and later headed for a meeting with the Vavuniya Government Agent. The Foreign Secretary is scheduled to inspect de-mining programs in the north before heading for Jaffna. In order to facilitate and enable rapid resettlement and rehabilitation of the IDPs, India has deployed seven de-mining teams in the neighbouring country. In June 2009, India announced Rs 500 crore for relief and rehabilitation and resettlement in Northern and Eastern

Taiwan to deploy cruise missiles PtI TAIPEI, AUG 31

Sri Lanka. The immediate relief assistance last year included 2.5 lakh family relief packs which were mobilised by Tamil Nadu Government; deployment of an emergency field hospital for six months and two consignments of medicines for the use of the IDPs. India also sent three consignments of 2600 MT each of shelter material and distributed 70,000 agricultural starters packs to revive agricultural activities. It had also gifted 55 buses to Northern, Eastern and Central Province besides conducting an artificial limb fitment camp. Recently New Delhi gifted four lakh cement bags for resettling IDP families to assist them to repair their damaged

houses. India has announced construction of 50,000 houses for the IDPs in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. It is also assisting Sri Lanka in several infrastructural projects in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka including railway lines, harbour, cultural centre, stadium and vocational centres. Rao is scheduled to visit Mullaittivu in the north and Trincomalee in the East tomorrow before returning to Colombo in the afternoon of the same day to interact with Tamil and other leaders. She is expected to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister G L Peiris on Thursday before flying home.

Taiwan plans to deploy its own cruise missiles by the end of this year, a lawmaker and military pundit said on Tuesday, reflecting continued tension with China despite warming ties. Taiwan began mass producing the Hsiungfeng 2E cruise missiles after it acquired "key components" needed to manufacture the missiles, and will start deploying them this year, lawmaker Lin Yu-fang told AFP. Lin, a member of the ruling Kuomintang party, declined to specify the range of the missiles or the number to be put into service. President Ma Ying-jeou gave an order in 2008 for the production of 300 Hsiungfeng 2E cruise missiles, according to the Taipei-based China Times. The paper said Hsiungfeng 2E, which was developed by the military-run Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, has a range of around 800 kilometres (500 miles). The institute has spent 2.2 billion Taiwan dollars (68 million US) each year since 2000 on developing the missiles, whose name means Brave Wind, and managed to expand its range from 600 to 800 kilometres, it said.

Pachauri refuses to quit IPCC before completing 5th report

"I am in no position to speculate on what that decision would be." "I have been elected to continue the fifth assessment process. But I am a servant of the IPCC and of course I shall decide abide by any decision that the ICC takes," he added. The Inter-Academy, founded in 2002, assembles leading scientists and engineers from all nations to provide peer-reviewed advice to international bodies.

PtI UNITED NATIONS, AUG 31

UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri, facing criticism for errors in a landmark report, has refused to quit, saying that he will remain with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change till the fifth report is produced in 2014. "At the moment, my mandate is very very clear. I have to complete the fifth assessment and now I feel that I have an additional responsibility in seeing that the reforms are carried forward on the strength of the IAC (Inter-Academy Council) recommendations," Pachauri said. "Till such time that I see anything different, I feel the task that I have begun is something that I can't walk away from," he said. Pachauri was responding to queries yesterday about how he intended to implement several recommendations made by the InterAcademy Council, which conducted a review of the working of the IPCC following widespread criticism stemming from erroneous conclusions in its fourth report. Following a review of the procedure and processes of the IPCC, the InterAcademy Council committee released a report on Monday, which urged "fundamental changes" to the management of the IPCC.

These recommendations included cutting down the tenure of chair of the IPCC, which currently consists of two six-year terms. The committee, however, stressed that its present conclusion was not based on media reports that had raised questions about Pachauri's earnings from his consultancies with carbon trading companies and calls by some groups that he should resign. "An organisation like this needs to have its leadership constantly changed to increase the vitality here," said Harold Shapiro, chair of InterAcademy Council committee, adding that the suggestion was "not in anyway connected to Pachauri or any other leader of the IPCC."

Pak flood victims frustrated with medical care ReuteRs MUZAFFARGARH, AUG 31

Flood victims walk through floodwaters as they go back to their villages at Shikarpur, from Sukkur, to reach their homes in the village of Jacobabad, about 78 km (40 miles) from Sukkur, in Pakistan's Sindh province on Tuesday.

China to give state-run unions more power over pay ReuteRs BEIJING, AUG 31

The Chinese government will give its state-run unions more power to negotiate pay claims and seek to ensure union leaders are not just installed by their firms as proxies of management, state media said today. A burst of strikes in China hit Japanese companies and their suppliers in recent months, bringing into focus low pay and the often difficult conditions many Chinese workers toil under. Beijing tempered its usual wariness of social unrest and did not crack down harshly on much of the recent industrial action, most of which seems to have been directed at foreign companies. China has been lifting minimum-wage levels across the country as it tries to boost domestic consumption to make it a driver of economic growth, and ease a reliance on exports. Now the government wants its official unions -- which all come under the control of the ruling Communist Party -- to have more say in dealing with

pay raises and not to be so closely connected to companies, the official China Daily said. “Democratic election is a key standard to measure the effectiveness of a trade union,'' it quoted Guo Wencai of the umbrella All China Federation of Trade Unions as saying. The report said many union leaders are appointed and even paid by the same companies whose workers they are supposed to represent. The government ''hopes to end the practice of companies appointing union leaders or assigning someone from their human resources department to act as union leader, because it hampers a trade union's independence and its ability to protect workers' rights'', the newspaper paraphrased Guo as saying. A Japanese official said after talks with Chinese counterparts over the weekend that China believed it was understandable for its workers to demand higher wages after foregoing pay increases during the worst of the economic crisis.

Beijing also wants unions to be responsible for collective negotiations of wages. The newspaper quoted Wang Yupu, deputy head of the All China Federation of Trades Unions, as saying that in two years time ''all trade unions nationwide would carry out collective negotiations on wages''. Training would be provided to ensure union members receive the best deal out of such negotiations, Wang added. With about 80 percent of companies in China either privately run or foreign owned, ''trade unions must protect the interests of migrant workers'', the official said. The strikers mostly belonged to China's 150 million strong migrant labour workforce, which flows from villages to cities and industrial regions to look for work. Chinese unions rarely support strikes or confrontations with employers. Many private companies do not have unions, or if they do they are controlled by management. Some union officials have been pressing for

US to release stamp on Mother Teresa PtI WASHINGTON, AUG 31

The United States Postal Service has announced that it will release a postage stamp honouring Mother Teresa on September 5. "The US Postal Service will pay tribute to Mother Teresa, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work," the USPS said in a statement. "Noted for her compassion toward the poor and suffering, Mother Teresa, a diminutive Roman Catholic nun and honorary US citizen, served the sick and destitute of India and the world for nearly 50 years," it said. The postage stamp would be unveiled at a function in Washington on September 5. The stamp features a portrait of Mother Teresa painted by award-winning artist Thomas Blackshear II of Colorado Springs in Colorado. Every year, the US Postal Service releases a series of commemorative stamps, honouring people, places and institutions.

Victims of Pakistan's floods queued to get medical treatment today as doctors complained of a shortage of medical supplies to treat a rising number of patients. Monsoon floods have receded in some areas but aid agencies fear disease, food shortages and malnutrition may create new crises as people head back to their shattered towns and villages and try to rebuild their homes and lives. “Whatever stock of medicines we have is about to finish and the number of patients will increase in the coming days,” said Ashiq Hussain Malik, medical superintendent of Muzaffargarh's main district hospital in Punjab province. “Nearly 60 per cent of patients are suffering from gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, skin and eye infections and the patients who are coming here are in a pretty bad condition.” The United Nations has warned of imminent waterborne diseases, including typhoid fever, shigellosis and hepatitis A and E, and vector-borne dis-

eases like malaria and dengue fever. The floods have left one-fifth of the country under water, an area the size of Italy. Some Pakistanis have grown increasingly angry with the sluggish government response, and are turning to Islamist charities, some of them tied to militant groups. The floods have killed more than 1,600 people and left at least 6 million homeless. Muzaffargarh hospital is treating 1,000 flood victims and that number is likely to rise. People lay on the floor or were using their own rope beds because of a lack of space. “I came to hospital around dawn and I'm still waiting for my number,'' Naseem Bibi said as her five-year-old daughter, suffering from diarrhoea, slept on the ground. “Only those people who have acquaintances in the hospital are getting medical treatment. No one is looking after poor people like us.'' The government is faced with the daunting task of securing enough aid for relief operations, meeting the needs of people who will want compensation for destroyed homes and livestock, and blunting long-term economic pain.

US ends combat in Iraq but instability lingers ReuteRs BAGHDAD, AUG 31

The US military formally ends combat operations in Iraq today as President Barack Obama seeks to fulfill a promise to end the war despite persistent instability and attacks that kill dozens at a time. US troop numbers were cut to 50,000 in advance of the August 31 milestone in the 7-1/2year- old war launched by Obama's predecessor, George W Bush, whose stated aim was to destroy Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons was found. The six remaining US military brigades will turn their focus to training and advising Iraqi police and troops as Iraq takes on responsibility for its own destiny ahead of a full withdrawal of US forces by the end of next year. “ The stor y is not about 50,000. The story is that we are continuing to be committed to Iraq, but our commitment is going to change,” the outgoing US military commander in Iraq, General Raymond Odierno, said last week.

“It's no longer one that is focused solely on a military commitment. We are building a different relationship with Iraq, one that's focused on economic development, one that's focused on technological development, one that's focused on political development and cultural development.” Obama promised war-weary US voters he would extricate the United States from the Iraq war. Almost 1 trillion dollars have been spent, and more than 4,400 US soldiers and over 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed since the 2003 invasion. Obama's Democratic Party is battling to retain control of Congress in elections in November. Vice President Joe Biden flew into Baghdad yesterday. Despite Tuesday's largely symbolic deadline for combat operations to end, the 50,000 US soldiers staying on in Iraq for another 16 months are a formidable and heavily armed force. Iraqi security forces have already been taking the lead since a bilateral security pact came into force in 2009.

New mothers get enough, but not good sleep: study ReuteRs NEW YORK, AUG 31

It may come as news to new parents but a US study has found that mothers do get enough sleep in their babies' first few months -it's just not good quality. Researchers from West Virginia University in Morgantown followed a group of new mothers and found, on average, the women got just over 7 hours of

sleep a night during their babies' first four months. That amount is generally what is recommended for adults, and, based on past studies, more than the average American gets. But the study found that sleep is also frequently disrupted with the women typically being awake for a total of two hours a night which was worrying as sleep problems and exhaustion

may contribute to postpartum depression and impact work performance. Researcher Dr Hawley E Montgomery-Downs, an assistant professor of psychology, said the study challenges a central assumption about new mothers' typical sleep patterns. She told Reuters Health that the general assumption had been that most new mothers

are not getting enough hours of sleep so the advice on how to combat daytime fatigue has focused on countering sleep deprivation, such as nap when your baby naps. The current results, reported in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, suggest that new mothers' highly fragmented sleep is the cause of daytime fatigue. That sleep pattern, Mont-

gomery-Downs said, is similar to what is seen with certain sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, where people log enough hours in bed, but get little restorative, good-quality sleep. Sleep occurs in repeated cycles that each last 90 minutes to two hours. Depending on how often a new mother is waking up, she may get few or no full cycles of sleep, Mont-

gomery-Downs noted. “We need to think about what kinds of strategies can help consolidate sleep'' for these mothers, Montgomer y-Downs said. One tactic, she suggested, could be for breastfeeding mothers to find time to pump milk and store it in bottles so that they do not have to be the one to always get up with the baby.

Pachauri emphasised that the recommendations would have to be debated by the 194 governments of the IPCC at the upcoming meeting in Busan, South Korea in October. "These will be debated by all the governments of the world and they would then decide what's to be implemented, when it is to be implemented," the scientist said.


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In his 22-year career span, for the first time, ace designer Wendell Rodricks has designed a collection solely for men. This time his inspiration: the handsome, flirtatious cowboys of Argentina! Herald gets an exclusive with the fashion guru of minimalism on his ‘Tango Argentina’ BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES or 22 years, Wendell Rodricks has been creating sheer magic on the bodies of women as he churned out successive creative fashion expressions; clothes that caress the skin with their pureness and softness, clothes delicious to touch. And always, Goa has been his inspiration. This time, our guru’s new fashion language has draped the bodies of the male hunks. Though it was his debut menswear collection, the fashion guru’s simple yet vibrant clothes were absolutely impressive at the Van Heusen India Men’s Week, over the weekend at Delhi. So, what inspired our designer with a magic wand to dress men? Wendell enlightens, “All the fashion shows I participate in mostly revolved around dressing women. So, this time it was a new discipline for me. I admit, I was very tempted to put in a few women, but I didn’t. I even went without a showstopper; I said let the show ride on its own. It was that strong.” Titled ‘Tango Argentina’, his collection was inspired from the macho Gauchos cowboys on Argentina’s pampas. He elucidates, “When I holidayed in South America, I was so impressed with Buenos Aires; the white boulevards and pink flowers, everything was so romantic. I saw these cowboys who inspired my collection. I realised that this was a race that was so good looking, both the men and women.” Elaborating on his collection, Wendell says, “I used a lot of handwoven fabrics, crepes, linens, wools, cottons, silk and satin. I used a variety of interesting weaves. For the colour palate, I just stuck to red, white and black. But I used 27 different fabrics for just 22 garments.” His clothes exuded layered looks and sheer tones and included a range of reversible trousers, cardigan style shirts, draped kurta shirts and velvet patterned Nehru coats. He adds, “We even had sailor shirts and I hand-printed tattoos on them.” Some real interesting snippet of information is got when Wendell discusses the male models. He says, “Normally, they walk around with frowns and super macho looks. But for my collection, I told them to be relaxed. I asked them to smile and flirt with the women in the audience, and that worked very well. This is usually seen in the eyes of Argentinians.” So, anything of Goa in this collection? The reply is, “My approach and style is always light and minimalistic.” As for his reward from the audience, Wendell says, “The collection went down very well with the audience. They were very appreciative and they loved the collection. I guess because it was a macho, masculine collection and yet had a feminine touch to it, the slick feminity of the tango dance. So, even women can buy them.” Tired after just touching down Goa from Delhi but absolutely happy, he concludes, “At the end, we received orders not just for the clothes but for the accessories like shoes and bags as well.” Perhaps, it is safe to conclude that Goan men will start getting eager as now they too get a chance to get attired by this ace fashion designer!

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WENDELL’S UNIQUE WORK CULTURE Over 22 years, many have asked Wendell Rodricks why he doesn’t spread out beyond his studio in his Colvale village and open a factory. But the designers replies, “If we grow too commercial, our garments will lose that personal touch. I cannot work in that atmosphere.” It is amazing to learn of the numerous concepts for trends going out of his workspace in the village. He says, “I make my associates aware of this. I always infuse a sense of pride in them and in what they do. I make them understand how God has given them creative hands.” Wendell doesn’t believe in the employer-employee relationship. He says, “We work as one family towards a common goal of excellence.” The designer has also gone a step ahead and along with his partner Jerome, instituted awards of excellence for his staff. Recently, he felicitated and awarded them with regard to the number of years put in. Trophies, which he took personal interest in to create, made of wood, polished stainless steel and acrylic were awarded to the staff. People who put in five years of service got a bronze medal attached to the trophy along with 5 per cent of their annual salary. Similarly, those who put in 10 years got silver with 10 per cent of annual salary and those who put in 15 years got gold and so on.

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Those who say that retirement is boring haven’t met Onofre Fernandes. This former banker, along with practising beekeeping, has a collection of bottles some of which are more than a century old. Herald takes a closer look at this interesting personality and his trove of collectables

Cruiskeen Lawn Mitchell's Old Irish Whisky bottle

BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES hough he lives in a quite little village, he doesn’t spend a single day in idleness. Twenty years into his retirement, Onofre Fernandes has taken up the role of a collector, whether it is bottles, coins, currency notes or even bees! Living in the quiet but verdant village of Macazana in South Goa, he even dabbles in gardening and has grown more than seven varieties of mangoes in a single plot. “As soon as I retired, I wanted to do something interesting. I started collecting antique bottles, some of which were with the family from the beginning while some were gifted to me by family and friends. When my friends first heard of what I was doing, some of them came up to me, asking, ‘Why are you collecting trash?’ I explained to them that you don’t just collect things that have a price tag. It is important to collect things that have history or that teach you something. I have come across collectors who collect either something which is highly valuable or has no value at all,” says Onofre as he proudly shows his years of hard work wrapped up in a bottle. His innumerable collection of ancient bottles includes Cruiskeen Lawn Mitchell's Old Irish Whisky bottle, also known as Little Brown Jug, made of porcelain. This porcelain bottle is also displayed at the Walker House Museum in Kincardine, Ontario. Another bottle is the House of Lords Whiskey bottle which clearly has the patent embossed that says ‘reuse of bottle prohibited’. Different Case Gin bottles dating back to 1870-1920, some embossed with J T Beukers-Schiedam are also part of the collection. Salt Glazed Gin clay bottles with the characteristic ear near the neck of the bottle is a product from the 1850-1920. Onofre has several bottles of these varying in heights. Other bottles include Brooke’s Lemos Limited cordial bottle which has the register and ‘only contents sold’ embossed on it. Another interesting bottle is the Hiram Codd Patent bottles, also known as ‘goli soda’ bottle in Goa. Onofre has a collection of the pre-World War II bottles which were manufactured in Germany, some with the Almond trademark and others with the Cross Swords trademark which were sold in Panjim when it was called Nova Goa. “Earlier, I would collect the

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bottles and keep them very carefully, but now, thanks to the internet, I can learn more about their history and value. These bottles are no longer available in the market. I am not inclined towards collecting machine made bottles as they will simple cluster the house,” says 78-year old Onofre. His other hobby is beekeeping, something that is very rare in Goa. The reason he is doing it is simply because the bees improve fruit fertility by 10 percent. “I thought of this idea a long time back but put it to modern use now. First I used a trap but now I use a cut pipe covered on both ends with a small opening. I place these bees which are small in size and do not sting. They cross-pollinate the fruits and the produce increases. These bees are very vulnerable so the trap has to be kept away from ants by applying grease on the hooks so that ants don’t eat them. I also keep the trap away from smoke and the harsh rays of the sun,” informs Onofre. Onofre is also a big fan of the rhinoceros and has collected various tribal artworks related to the animal. From the deep jungles of Kenya to the tribes in the high mountains of Meghalaya, Onofre has collected wood carvings made out of different woods like ebony, soapwood, mahogany and other materials like green marble, brass and leather. All those in or approaching retirement can learn from Onofre and take up a hobby that will fill up your days and light up your life.

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billboard with Hollywood actress Julianne Moore posing in the buff for a fashion campaign has been banned in Venice after it was deemed "inappropriate". The 49-year-old actress, famous for such scenes in films like ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘Boogie Nights’, ‘The End of the Affair’ and ‘Short Cuts’, is now at the centre of controversy in Venice over a racy Bulgari billboard featuring her lounging naked on a velvet divan, petting two lion cubs. The ‘Laws of Attraction’ star stripped off for a recent shoot for Bulgari handbags, the promotional poster for which was to be erected in the city's famous St Mark's Square. But Venice's recently elected mayor, Giorgio Orsoni, deemed the picture, which shows Moore posing with only a handbag protecting her modesty, too risque. Having nothing against Julianne or her work, personally, Orsoni is planning on replacing her naked photo with a less racy one of a fully clothed Moore modeling Bulgari jewels instead. Asked why he was opposed to the nude, but tasteful billboard, Orsoni stated: "An advertisement showing a nude woman on a divan is not appropriate for St Mark's Square." The city council argues that such advertising by Hollywood stars brings in much needed funds for restoration, but has been criticised for supposedly salacious subject matter. Banning the ad won't stop visitors to the square of seeing less of Moore though. She can currently been seen without all her clothes on the big screen in ‘The Kids Are Alright’.


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GOA’S HEARTBEAT Wednesday, 1 Sep, 2010

WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? The 39th Shri Krishna Janmastami Mahotsav, organised by Ram Mandir Seva Samiti, Vasco will be held on September 1 from 8pm. The Lambert Mascarenhas Award, the Felicio Cardoso and the Cyril D’Cunha Photojournalist Award will be handed over to working journalists whose articles have been published from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2010. It is organised by the Goa Union of Journalists. Call 9822179125 or 9822175940. 30th Tiatr Competition, organised by Kala Academy, Panjim will be held from September 21 at the Kala Academy. Call 2420452. ‘Wednesday Night Live’ will take place on Spetemeber 1 from 7.30pm onwards at The Mix, Arpora. The All Goa Toroloco Tequila Cocktail Competition is on for bartenders, both experienced and amateurs. Call 2262922, 2253377 or 2407030-71. A Junior Oratory Contest for the late Avertano Furtado Rolling Trophy, organised by the Lions Club of Loutolim will be held on September 4 at the Margao Municipal Hall, Margao. Call 9552002878, 9860606994 or 9923029197. All Goa Major Ranking Table Tennis Tournament, organised by the JCI St Inez and the Panjim Table Tennis Club, will be held from September 16 to 19 at the SAG Indoor Stadium, Campal, Panjim. Call 93264129171. A health check-up camp, organised by Lions Club of Cortalim and Vidhyanagar Residents Welfare As-

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AT THE WORKSHOP “Acting, is not acting,” Vipin said aloud, with a happy smirk. Sanjay nodded in agreement. The small, agog gathering, comprising most young, aspiring actors and scriptwriters at the workshop seemed slightly perplexed at this statement. Vipin went on to clear the air. “Acting is being. As an actor, when you take on a character, you don’t act like the character, you be the character,” he appendages. ‘Be the character’ - an imperative that the actor sticks by. It has definitely translated to his work. Who can forget the impact the surly Nandakishore Avasti, the father of Ishaan Avasti had on us through the movie ‘Taare Zameen Par’? We were convinced that Vipin Sharma (aka Nandakishore Avasti) was a quick-tempered, frumpy, insensitive man, when to the contrary Vipin is cheery and approachable. The convincing result of the character came from ‘the being’.

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HERALD FEATURES magazine that answers all your unasked questions is what any reader, especially women, would want when it comes to reading material. As Marathi is an important language of Goa, a state where Marathi films, drama and literature have a vast audience and readership, the launch of a Marathi magazine for women is what many are awaiting, and that is exactly what they will be getting, with Hema Malini at its helm. For the last 23 years, the women's magazine in Hindi, Meri Saheli, has maintained its mammoth readership and become a household name all over the country. As its Editor, Hema Malini brought to the magazine her incredible charm, rich experience, valuable insights and her feminine sensibilities and established a solid rapport with the Hindi-speaking woman. Now, she is slated to address yet another section of women, who have similar interests, dreams and sentiments but speak a different language—Marathi. The Marathi-speaking sibling of Meri Saheli, titled Maajhi Saheli, will draw from the treasure-troves of Meri Saheli, New Woman, Homemaker and Arogya Sanjeevani, the well-established magazines from the Pioneer Book Company Pvt Ltd stable, and enrich them with authentic Maharashtrian flavours. Packed with rich content and the right dose of glamour, it will address every issue that is of interest to the women of today, be it fashion, beauty, health, parenting, career, sex, travel, self-help, celebrities, Q & As, marriage, relationships or women's issues.

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BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES ipin Sharma and Sanjay Chouhan jointly headed an acting and script-writing workshop yesterday, August 31 at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. The former an actor and the latter a scriptwriter, have worked in major mainstream movies with the Indian film fraternity. Herald got an exclusive with Vipin Sharma and Sanjya Chouhan: “As Indians fed on typical, filmy cinema we believe that acting is recreating previous acts or imitating other actors. That is not so,” he starts out. The workshop seeks to get this message across he informs. One more reason behind the workshop is to tap into the state’s talent, which Vipin and Sanjay believe is aplenty. This is a first in a series of three workshops which will be held later in the year. While this one introduces acting and scriptwriting, the second seeks to create a script and the last, a screening. Overlapping each other these three workshops work towards one goal – to create a Goa-centric film with local talent involved in all aspects of its film making. And will the story have women on beaches and dance sequences in front of churches? “No,” came the quick reply and a follow up to it, “The real Goa is what we’re focusing on, its people, its culture and not the idea behind what Goa is all about.” The concept hit him when he came here for the first time. “I’ve lived in Canada and been witness to a large number of ethnicities living together. When I came here I saw the same thing, it reminded me of Canada,” he says. This and many other aspects of the Goa un-captured on Bollywood film reels infatuated him about the place and created in him a desire to give back; the main reason behind the project and the workshop. Sanjay Chouhan’s contribution to ‘Dhoop’ made the film real and believable – two elements a film needs to get a message across to the audience. “Hindi scriptwriting has three sections to it, which don’t overlap, like with films in the West,” says Chouhan. He is speaking of the story, the screenplay and the dialogue. These three sections are separately pursued in Hindi cinema, allowing a mix of ideas through various languages to enter Hindi film is his point. He stands by the aspect of songs in Hindi cinema and highlights that they should be in tandem with the script, unlike with what is present in Actor Vipin Sharma Hindi cinema.

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sociation will be held on September 5 from 9am to 5pm at Airway Public School, Vidhyanagar Residents Welfare Association, Zuari. Call 9921346559 or 9881104640. ‘The Goan Voice of Reason’ by Juino Souza will be released on September 3 at 5:30pm at the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim. Call 2417772 or 2411971. A state-level seminar and workshop, organised by the V M Salgaoncar College of Law and the Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune will be held on September 4 from 10am in Panjim. Registration closes on Septemebr 2. Call 2462225. An inter-school drawing and photography competition will be organised by Big Foot , Loutolim. The competition is in two categories; for Std V-VII the theme is Ganesh for prosperity and for VIII-X the theme is Ganesh festival celebrates unity and love. Registration closes on September 22. The winners will be announced at the Bal Mela at Big Foot in the month of November. Call 2777034. Ghan Barse Re’, an exhibition of paintings by Shridhar Kamat, a tribute to BB Borkar through the visual media will be on display from September 4 to September 8 at Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. ‘Save the Girl Child’ will be the theme for the state level inter-college street play competition organised by the Directorate of Health as part of the implementation of the Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique Act on September 21 and 22 at the Maquinez Palace, Panjim.

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BY ASMITA AGGARWAL oa-based debutante designer Troy Costa impressed audiences on Day 2 at the Men’s Fashion Week, New Delhi. His penchant for white and blue could be seen as an expression of his love for the sky and sea. He wowed everyone with his sharply tailored suits, pin tucked ivory white shirts, Prince of Wales check pants, dori work, mesh designs, asymmetrical pockets and pin striped faded denim, but it was the fabulous accessorisation that stood out. “Neon green and golden loafers were part of my love for detailing and obsession with perfection. I don’t want to be just limited to the country as my dream is to make it big internationally,” said Troy. All his jackets were not lined and the linen was wafer thin and interestingly his denim bandhgala was raw washed (not enzyme washed so that it doesn’t pucker) giving it a beautiful symmetrical shape and fit.

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SPORTS GOA, Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

Varca draw with Carmona HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, AUG 31

Varca Sports Club came from behind to hold Carmona Sports Club to a 1-1 draw in GFA Third Division league at St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim on Tuesday. Varca were trailing 0-1 at the lemon break. Carmona enjoyed a slight edge over their opponents in the opening session and created umpteen forays into the rival territory. They went into the lead in the 30th minute when

Columban Noronha punished the rival goalkeeper with a snap shot. Stung by the setback, Varca regrouped quickly and tried heir best but their efforts proved futile as the rival defence thwarted the rival attacks with neat tackles. Crossing over, Varca put up an improved display and raided the rival area. They were rewarded in the 65th minute when Pires fired home from close range to put his team on equal terms.

Cuncolim HSS, St Alex win HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, AUG 31

Cuncolim United Higher Secondary and St Alex Higher Secondary, Curtorim entered the semi-finals of Zone IV interhigher secondary football tournament at Tilamol Panchayat ground, Quepem on Tuesday. Cuncolim United shunted out Damodar Higher Secondary, Guddi, Paroda 4-1 via the tiebreaker. There was no score at full time. In the tie-breaker, Wilander Fernandes, Faban Khan and Stanley Silva were on target for the winners while Jolan D’Costa

converted for Damodar. St Alex Higher Secondary, Curtorim downed Government Higher Secondary, Canacona 20. St Alex were leading 1-0 at half time. St Alex wrested control throughout the proceedings and ensured that their defence was compact . They did not give the rival forwards much space to manoeuvre inside the territory. Having kept the rivals under control, St Alex began to make forays into the rival territory and in such move Ryan Fernandes’ smart shot deflected from Akshay Bhandari’s leg and eluded the rival goalkeeper. Crossing over, St Alex Higher Secondary put the issue beyond doubt when Cleston Fernandes dribbled past a couple of defenders and punted the ball to the far corner of the net.

C’wealth exhibition HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, AUG 31

The Commonwealth Express exhibition train on Sports and IT will arrive for public viewing at Vasco-da-Gama station on September 6 at 8 a.m. The train will leave Hubli on September 6 at 1 a.m. and will leave Goa at 8 p.m.

Nagoa Sporting rally to hold ABC HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, AUG 31

An equaliser from Vency D’Souza seven minutes before the final whistle helped Nagoa Sporting salvage a point against ABC, Arambol 1-1 in GFA’s 3rd Division match at Chapora ground on Tuesday. Luis D’Souza had given Arambol the lead in the 65th minute. In Group B, after round one, ABC and Nagoa join Parish

Youth, Vagator and Arpora SC on one point each after their 22 draw on Monday. Chapora Yuvak Sangh are yet to play their first match. The match between St Christopher SC and BAFF at St Christopher ground, Tivim was abandoned after 17 minutes. Referee Prasad Surlankar had no option but to call the game off as the rain got heavier, making the pitch waterlogged.

In Group C, after round three, BAFF are leading the group with 9 points. Youth Sports Club, Colvale, Sirsaim Sports and Welfare Club and Football Clube de Sanquelim are all on six points each. Eagle SC and St Christopher have yet to pick up a point. In another match, Holiday Sports Club, Arpora were awarded three points as Adarsh Yuvak Sangh failed to show up for the re-arranged second half

match at Anjuna ground. Holiday SC were leading 2-0 from the first game. In Group D, PVC Association and St Sebastian, Mapusa have got six points each, although St Sebastian have played an extra game. Holiday SC, Arpora, Adarsh and Sai Avtar have three points each. Sai Avtar have played a game extra. Guirim Youth and Cultural Association are yet to pick up a point.

St Anne’s Institute win Canacona title HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, AUG 31

St. Anne’s Institute, Agonda emerged champions of Canacona Taluka in U-14 Subroto Mukherjee inter-school football tournament at Devabhaga ground, Canacona. They beat Shri Katiyani Baneshwari V idyalaya, Kindlem in the penalty shoot-out 2-0. The finals, played amidst heavy rain proved to be a drab affair, and no goals could be scoredand the match had to be decided via the tie-breaker. Plim Fernandes and Lewis Fernandes of St. Anne’s were the only two who successfully executed the penalty shootout. Not a single player from Katiyani Baneshwari could score. Earlier, St. Anne’s defeated

St. Anne’s Institute, Agonda winners of U-14 Subroto inter-school football tournament for Canacona Taluka. Photo: Kathy Pereira

Government Middle School, Palolem 3-0 with goals being scored by Plim (2) and Aman Komarpant (1).

PE teacher, Agnelo Pereira must be credited for moulding the students with suitable training. School principal, Fr. Mathew

Fernandes, Headmaster Pio Vales, congratulated the students and the teacher for the feat.

St Anthony’s, Fatima, Holy Rosary advance HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, AUG 31

St Anthony’s High School, Majorda, Fatima Convent High School, Margao and Holy Rosary Convent High School, Nuvem stormed in the semi-finals of Salcete Taluka girls inter-school football tournament at Government ground, Manora, Raia on Tuesday. St Anthony’s defeated Sacred Heart of Jesus High School, Carmona 2-0. All goals came in the first half. St Anthony’s dominated the proceedings from the

Curtorim Gym up

PANJIM (HSD) -- Curtorim Gymkhana crashed into the finals of 1st All-Goa 9-a-side Reis Magos Panchayat cup soccer organised by Verem Boys with a 3-0 win over Cana-Benaulim Sports Club at Verem Panchayat ground, on Tuesday. Curtorim started brightly, but managed to take the lead only in the 28th minute through striker Agnelo Martins who scored through a solo effort and then he made it 2-0 in the 38th minute. It was Curtorim’s Nickson Castan, whose hot blooded shot hit the watery pond before entering the goal.

St Xavier top HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, AUG 31

St Xavier's High School, Mapusa defeated St Joseph High School, Calangute in Bardez Zone Subroto U-17 football tournament finals on Saturday. Calcinto Pinto netted a hattrick for Xavier's and Lestern Martins added the fourth goal. In the U-19 Zone 1 girls final, St Xavier's HSS, Mapusa defeated St Theresa HSS, Candolim. In the U-19 Zone 1 boys final, St Xavier's HSS, Mapusa overcame Govt HSS, Sanquelim.

Kingfisher Goa Pro League: Dempo v Sesa FA, Tilak stadium, Vasco. Kick off 4.15 p.m,. 3rd Division football: St Sebastian SC, Benaulim v. United Boys of Dando, Dando ground; Verna SC v. United Club of Utorda, Verna ground. Kickoff 4 p.m. Salgaocar TT, Maharudra Hall, Tana, Cortialim, 4 p.m.

start and created a couple of forays into the rival territory. They were rewarded when Samentha Mendes hoodwinked couple of defenders and beat the rival goalkeeper with a deft placement. St Anthony’s increased the lead midway in the opening session when Genieve Fernandes punished the rival defenders with a snap shot. At the other end, Sacred Heart were subdued as they could not stitch a decent move to trouble St Anthony’s.

Fatima Convent beat Bethany Convent High School, Sao Jose de Areal 4-2 via the tie-breaker. The teams were locked in a goalless draw at the end of regulation time. Both Fatima Convent and Bethany Convent displayed attacking football and there was plenty of action but the defenders were stubborn and kept their citadel intact till full time. In the tie-breaker, Eva Fernandes, Senita Tavares, Gretchan Rebello and Meril Rodrigues

were on target for the winners while Janice Gomes and Nestilina Olveira converted for Bethany Convent. Holy Rosary Convent, Nuvem downed Perpetual Succour Convent, Navelim 2-1. There was no score at half time. Holy Rosary went into the lead through Manisha Albuquerque who slotted past the rival with a stiff grounder. Valanka D’Sa doubled the lead with a snap shot while Vega Fernandes scored the consolation goal for Perpetual Convent.

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Ya s h p r e s e n t l y b e i n g trained at the Naval Officers Institute (NOI) under Rehman Sayed had recently won the Pune Open Squash championship. Aakansha Salunke is the other participant representing Goa in the girls category and presently being played in Chennai.

Yash emerges squash champ Goa’s Yash Fadte emerged overall champ at Punj Llyod All-India Inter-School South Zone squash championship in Chennai on Sunday. Yash came back from a two game deficit to beat Yashwanth Raghav 5-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 claiming the boys U-11 event.

Sereno’s Friends triumph HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, AUG 31

Sereno’s Friends, Real Benaulim beat United Club of Benaulim 2-1 to win the All-Goa football tournament organised by S.S .Sporting Club at Iilleant ground, Benaulim. The teams were tied 1-1 at half time Real Benaulim went ahead mid-way in the opening session when Caraciol Fernandes fired home after he picked a pass from Carlos Fernandes. However, their joy was shortlived, as ten minutes before

half time Santan Fernandes neutralised the lead with a stiff grounder off a pass from Cajie Fernandes. With the match heading for the tie-breaker, Laxmikant Kurade struck the match-winner when he unleashed a long ranger that gave no chance to United’s goalkeeper. Sereno’s Friends, Real Benaulim were richer by Rs 15,000 while United Club had to settle for Rs 10,000. Fo l l o w i n g p r i z e s w e r e

awarded: First goal of final: Caraciol Fernandes of Real Benaulim. Best defender of tournament and final: Santan Fernandes of United Club of Benaulim. Best goal of final: Laxmikant Kurade of Real Benaulim. Best goalkeeper of tournament: Nelson Fernandes of United Club of Benaulim. Edwin Baretto, Sarpanch of Cavelossim was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Agnelo Fernandes, Pascoal Pereira and Reginaldo Da Silva.

Niraj, Gauri win chess crowns HERALD SPORTS REPORTER CANACONA, AUG 31

Niraj Saripalli won the All-Goa U-17 State selection chess tournament (open) while Gauri Hadkonkar clinched the U-17 girls title at Shri Datta Mandir hall, Nagorcem,Canacona, conducted by Canacona Sports Academy in association with Sports Authority of Goa along with the Goa Chess Association. Final round results: (Top 5 boards): Niraj Saripalli (6.5) bt Omkar Damle(5), Vageesh Tendulkar (5.5) drew with Kapil Pavse(5), Vivek Shetye (4.5) drew with Akhilesh Rai (5.5), Punarm Acharya (5) bt Saeesh Bandod-

kar(4), Kedar Acharya (4) lost to Vinay Shetye (5). Girls category final round results (Top 5 boards): Gauri Hadkonkar (5) bt SukanyaChari (3.5), Apoorva Naik (4.5) bt Nadia Dias (3), Trupti Naik (3) lost to Aishwarya Thorat (4), Aditee Prabhugaonkar (4) won against Sachee Bandodkar (2), Urvi Bandekar (3) bt Deepali Nagarsekar (2). Final standings in the open category: Niraj Saripalli (6.5) out of 7 rounds, Akhilesh Rai (5.5), Vageesh Tendulkar (5.5), Omkar Damle (5), Kapil Pavse (5), Tatvesh Sawant (5). The final standings in the Girls category are: Gauri Hadkonkar (5) out of

5 rounds, Apurva Naik (4.5), Aishwarya Thorat (4), Aditee Prabhugaonkar (4), Sukanya Chari (3.5). Ramesh Tawadkar, MLA, was the chief guest and gave the prizes in the presence of Ashesh Keni, Dr. Aman Prabhugaonkar, vice-president, Canacona Sports Academy, Sharendra Naik, secretary, Canacona Sports Academy and Anant Agni. Standrick Colaso was the chief arbiter along with Sanjay Kavlekar. Prizes were awarded to Prajot Pagi, Saeer Petkar and Abhilash Raiker for being best players from Canacona.

Throwball players of Goa, Mozam Khan, Shaikh Jalalodin, Priya Sinha, Nikita Samant, Vaibhavi Kalangutkar and Neha Kudtarkar who won the first place at the 1st Asian Throwball Championship in Sri Lanka alongwith SAG executive director, VM Prabhudesai, asst. secretary (programme) Navin Acharya, Throwball Association secretary, Hanif Shaikh, vice-president, Arshad Shaikh, treasurer, Faiyaz Beig, members, AR Khan and Sarhan Shaikh and coach Sadic Beig.


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GOA, Wednesday, 1 September, 2010

RTI Act applicable to GCA, avers SAG HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 31

The Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) has informed the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) that it does come under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005. The SAG, as such, has asked the GCA to abide by the guidelines published in the Official Gazette Series III No 15 dated 8/7/2010. Vinayak A Naik, SAG’s joint director (accounts) and Public Information Officer (PIO) disclosed that the GCA was in-

formed about the same on August 30 since the “SAG has been providing assistance through various means such as sparing the services of coaches, sports infrastructure as when requesitioned by GCA.” Vinayak also pointed out that the GCA has representation as a constituent member of SAG in its general body as well as the Governing Council. Further the “GCA has recently signed the MoU with SAG on 27/7/2010 to book the Nehru Stadium from 27/7/2010 to 25/10/2010 to hold

the ODI match between India and Australia to be played on October 24.” The SAG has clarified that given the position, under the purview of Clause 2 (h) of the Act, it considers GCA as public authority and hence the GCA’s contention that `provisions of RTI Act 2005 are not applicable to GCA’ does not hold good. Meanwhile, social activist Aires Rodrigues, stated that if the GCA claims that it has nothing to do with the Goa Government, then it should return to the Government the land admeasuring

1,30,328 square metres at Tivim which has been leased by the Government for building a cricket stadium. Aires also stated that: “The GCA should look for its own ground and security arrangements to hold the ODI scheduled on October 24 if it has nothing to do with the Government.” The Goa State Information Commission is scheduled to hear the complain filed by Aires against GCA for its refusal to furnish information under the Act on September 3.

9-a-side football at Loutolim HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, AUG 31

The Miracles Youth Club, Vanxem, Loutolim will organise an all-Loutolim open 9-aside Arcanjo Memorial Football tournament from September 12. Details may be obtained from Aggee Gonsalves or Domnic Dias on 9822150845.

Nehru stadium to be fully covered for ODI HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, AUG 31

The Nehru Stadium at Fatorda will be provided full cover so as to provide rain protection for the 3rd ODI match between India and Australia on October 24. Dayanand Narvekar, GCA president, said that even if it rains on the previous day, the match could be played the next day. The covers which will be procured from Chandigarh will cost around Rs 10 lakh. Narvekar said that three more members have been added to the

managing committee and three more will be co-opted, so that the total number will go to 18. The GCA will also hold South Zone Under -19 One Day matches from October 20. Narvekar explained that the BCCI had directed them to appoint six committees – security, match, media, logistics, medical, ticketing and sponsors obligations. The GCA had formed these committees earlier, but as per the Pendse Commission recommendation had scrapped them, Narvekar stated.

Joseph Pereira, Tony Dias, Fr. Aquilo Gomes,Peter Vaz unveiling the new jersey of Sporting Clube De Goa.

Sporting unveils new jersey Talasha, Ivana, Natasha get further Dempo backing HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, AUG 31

HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 31

Internationals Talasha Prabhu (swimming), Ivana Maria Furtado (chess) and Natasha Palha (tennis) have been confirmed as Dempo Goodwill Brand Ambassadors by the House of Dempo for yet another year ending March 31, 2011. The renewal was solely due to the fact that three girls have raised the bar as far as their performances go, having shown high standards of consistency. This confirms with the Dempo policy, and hence the renewal. Talasha, Ivana and Natasha have displayed tremendous improvement which caught the Na-

tional attention. It was due to a superior exposure through high level coaching, experience and heavy support provided by Shrinivas Dempo, chairman of Dempo Group of Companies through substantial financial resources that the threesome could scale greater heights, which have made Goa and Goans very proud. Talasha has gone to earn a place in the National swimming squad for Commonwealth Games, which is a first for any Goan, while Ivana became the youngest girl at just 11 to earn a place to compete in National Premier Women’s Chess to be held in Orissa following her superlative showing at National B

event in Assam recently. Ivana will now compete with top rated WGMs of India besides the top six players rated from last year’s Premier event in what can be described as the crème de la crème championship. No doubt it is a rare honour. The way Ivana displayed her talent, even drawing with GMs in Assam, caught the attention of the chess afficionados. It is creditable that Ivana participated in the National B event on her own. And now, because of her superlative showing, she has been invited for the main event. Ivana is expected to earn 27 ELO rating points after her Assam event.

Sporting Clube de Goa, after two months of intense preparation under a new technical team of coach Alex Alvares, technical director Pascoal Pereira and asst. coach Anthony Pereira have geared up for the season with the unveiling of their new jersey at the hands of deputy commissioner of customs Tony Dias, Fr. Aquilo Gomes alongwith captain Joseph Pereira and president, Peter Vaz. Earlier, the team alongwith Peter and other officials attended their traditional start of the season’s eucharistic service at Taleigao church. Sporting were scheduled to kick-off their Goa Pro League

campaign against Faria Strikers at Duler tomorrow, which has been postponed due to poor ground conditions. The real test for the team lies ahead with the Federation Cup scheduled in Goa mid-September, but the club will then have their three foreign players in key positions of central defence, midfield and striker. The following squad has been named for Goa Professional League. Felix D’Souza, Gerard D’Mello, Sidhesh Morje and Koushik Ghosh (goalkeepers). Fulganco Cardozo, Mathew Gonsalves, Samananda Singh, Adil Khan, Elvino Fernandes, Michael Faleiro, Rojen Singh, Boboi Singh, Mario Mascarenhas and

GOA DIARY Trek to Dudhsagar

PANJIM (HSD) – The Off Trail Adventure will organise a trek to the Dudhsagar Waterfall in Collem on September 5. Pick up near Santa Monica Cruises, Panjim will be at 7 a.m. and at Mabai Hotel, Margao at 8 a.m. Details may be obtained from Bianca Dias on 9960054428.

7-a-side football at Tivim

PANJIM (HSD) – The Real Madrid Sports and Cultural Club, Tivim will organise an inter-Tivim 7-a-side football tournament on September 5 from 10 a.m. at Tivim village panchayat ground. Details may be obtained from Prajot on 9923144246 or Noel on 9822126277.

Gym,fitness centre inaugural

PANJIM (HSD) – The Universal Gym and Fitness Centre for ladies and gents by Kundaikar Family will be inaugurated on September 1 at 10.30 a.m. bt Tourism Minister and chairman HSG board, Nilkanth Halankar in the presence of guest of honours, Goapl Sawant (sarpanch), Rajesh Volvoikar (ward member), Datta Palekar (international player) and Jayant Sambhaji (journalist).

Rovan Pereira (defenders). Joseph Pereira, Agnel Colaco, Anthony D’souza, Freiman Peixot, Bisheshwor Singh and Itomba Singh (mid-fielders). Pritam Singh, Joychandra Singh, Agnelo D’Souza and Avelino Fernandes (strikers). UNDER -20: Jovel Martins, Joyner Lourenco and Daison Cardozo (defenders). Mackroy Peixote, Joston Pereira, Pedro Gonsalves and Valzinho Fernandes (midfielder). Steven Barreto (forward). Technical Team: Pascoal Pereira (technical director), Alex Alvares (coach), Anthony Levino Pereira (asst. coach), Gurdeep Singh (physio), Shanu Kankonkar (kit-in-charge) and Angelo Albuquerque (manager).

Seminar at Campal

PANJIM (HSD) --The Sports Wing of Brahmakumaris will organise a seminar for sportspersons on September 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. at indoor stadium, Campal on ‘Excellence in sports through Rajyoga meditation’. The programme is being organised as part of `Fit Nation campaign’. The rally is oriented to inspire sportspersons to bring into focus the connectivity of human mind with body, thus sportspersons developing an understanding of how success/failures are dependant on mental health. The rally will cover its journey from Sawantwadi at 6.30 a.m. on September 4 and thereafter will arrive at Dhargal at 7.30 a.m. Brahma Kumaris will address students from Janata High School between 8.30 and 9.30 a.m.; 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. at Saraswat College, Mapusa and People’s School, Camurlim. The rally, thereafter, will move from Mapusa to Panaji indoor stadium.

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NUTRITI SAG coaches with V.M. Prabhudesai, Dr Ganesh Dutt Chugh, Bruno Coutinho and senior coach Chandrakant Chede.

SAG refresher course concludes

HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, AUG 31

The 15-day refresher course conducted by SAG concluded with the executive director V.M. Prabhudesai awarding certificates to the coaches at the valedictory function in the SAG premises on Monday.

Prabhudesai was satisfied with the progress of the coaches and said that the orientation will continue each year to upgrade the knowledge. Dr. Ganesh Dutt Chugh, SAI’s senior coach, Gandhinagar guided the participants who were evaluated through a writ-

ten and practical exam. The report was submitted to Prabhudesai. SAG’s Director of coaching, Bruno Coutinho, who personally monitored the course was confident that the coaches will del i v e r, a s t h e y w e r e a n enlightened lot.

He promised to conduct similar courses in other games as well. Anil Arolkar welcomed. Sandeep Naik compered and later proposed the vote of thanks. Hemant Angle presented an overview.

Chief guest Sandeep Jacques alongwith the finalists of 4th all-Goa Advocates Super Soccer tournament organised by Panjim Lawyers Forum at Campal on Sunday.

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Vijender unhappy with CWG selection trials

Fedex, Clijsters, Venus, Roddick off and running us open

He has been picked for both the Commonwealth and the Asian Games but Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh on Tuesday said he is still unhappy with the way selection trials for the two events were conducted as some "deserving" boxers have been left out. "I am not happy with the way trials were done. International referees and judges were brought and it seemed like a tournament but what is the point of doing all this when the boxers are not even told their scores," the middle weight 75kg pugilist said from Patiala after the squads for the October 3 to 14 Commonwealth Games and the November 12 to 27 Asian Games was announced.

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Bradley to stay on as US coach Bob Bradley has agreed to stay on as United States coach for another four years to include the 2014 World Cup, US Soccer said. The 52-year-old, who steered the US to the second round at this year's World Cup finals in South Africa, will retain the job until the end of 2014 after agreeing to a four-year contract extension. Tomorrow's announcement puts an end to the widespread rumours linking Bradley with the vacant position at English Premier League club Aston Villa.

‘I was approached by illegal bookmaker’ Australian cricketer Shane Watson today said he was approached by a suspected Mumbai gangster, linked with bookmakers in India, during the tour of England last year. Watson's revelation came after the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the all-rounder was approached in the bar of the team's West London hotel, the Royal Kensington Garden, after the Lord's Test, while wicketkeeper Haddin was confronted during the World Twenty20 tournament last year.

'IPL players were approached for spot-fixing' Indian Premier League (IPL) cricketers had been approached about spot-fixing over the last two-and-a-half years, former India player Atul Wassan said on Tuesday. Wassan told Reuters that a couple of IPL players, whom he would not name, confided to him that they had received approaches about spot-fixing which they had turned down.

Sania in 2 round PTI NEW YORK, AUG 31

Sania Mirza won her fourth match on the trot to cruise to the second round of US Open but it was an early exit for Somdev Devvarman, who lost his opening round in the men's singles event. Sania, who entered the women's singles as a qualifier, scored an easy 6-3, 6-2 win over

ICC promises ‘prompt action’ against guilty AGENCIES LONDON, AUG 31

The International Cricket Council promised that ‘prompt and decisive action’ will be taken against Pakistani players if they are found guilty of ‘spot-fixing’ in the fourth Test against England in London. The ICC has not yet suspended any of Pakistani players after the scandal broke out on Sunday but made it clear that the world body will not be lenient on any cricketer found guilty. "The integrity of the game is of paramount importance. Prompt and decisive action will be taken against those who seek to harm it," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement after meeting the top brass of Pakistan and England cricket in London on Monday. "However, the facts must first be established through a thorough investigation and it is important to respect the right of due process when addressing

serious allegations of this sort. "Make no mistake - once the process is complete, if any players are found to be guilty, the ICC will ensure that the appropriate punishment is handed out. We will not tolerate corruption in this great game. ICC, ECB and PCB are committed to a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket," he said in the statement. Lorgat said ICC's Anti-corruption and Security Unit has already started investigation into the allegations. "All allegations of betting irregularities or fixing of matches or incidents within matches are investigated thoroughly by ICC's internationally respected anticorruption and security unit and this case is no different. "Currently, senior ACSU investigators are in the United Kingdom conducting inquiries into the allegations directed at some Pakistan players during the recently concluded Test against England at Lord's," said Lorgat.

missed time because of a sprained left kneecap, and landed awkwardly on that leg early in the second set. Roddick turned 28 on Monday, and after beating Stephane Robert of France 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, the ninthseeded American was asked what significance he attributes to his age. In typical Roddick fashion, he injected his reply with some humor. Clijsters is “special,” too. The Belgian won the U.S. Open each of the past two times she entered, in 2005 and 2009, and she stretched her winning streak in New York to 15 matches Monday despite a brief blip. The No. 2-seeded Clijsters began her title defense with a 6-0, 7-5 victory over 104th-ranked Greta Arn of Hungary. It was an afternoon of mostly straightforward results, although two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling was stretched to five sets before edging 214th-ranked qualifier Andreas Haider-Maurer, who finished with 34 aces. The tournament started Monday morning in a mostly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium with Oudin’s 6-3, 60 victory over 143rd-ranked qualifier Olga Savchuk of Ukraine.

United Friends Club beat Curtarcares United 6-4 via the tie-breaker in the pulsating final clash under floodlights of Kuwait Indian Football Federation league 09-10 for the glittering J P D’Mello memorial trophy organized by KIFF Kuwait recently at Kazma Stadium, Adeliya. Curtarcares United took the early lead through their star players Zico and Roland Fernandes but the spirited United

Friends Club put up a brave fight and in the first half itself they levelled the score through their hardworking players Rosario and Godwin Fernandes (2-2). The second half too started at a fast pace and the teams tried very hard to overpower each other but their efforts bore no fruits and the match went into the extra-time. In the tiebreaker United Friends Club outplayed their opponents Curtarcares United 4-2. Earlier the teams were es-

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He had failed to qualify for the Australian Open and the Wimbledon and lost in the first round of the French Open. A second round appearance at the US Open last year remains his best performance in the Slams. It took Sania one hour and 17 minutes to dispatch her rival and set up a second round clash with Russian 20th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Proteas to go ahead with series against Pak

We were warned over deliberate no-balls: Hair

UNI JOHANNESBERG, AUG 31

Following allegations of ‘spot fixing’ against several Pakistani players, many nations might think twice or even thrice before playing against them, but South African cricket board has decided to go ahead with the upcoming series in United Arab Emirates (UAE). ''The tour of Pakistan is part of the ICC Future Tours' Program, which we have to honour, unless instructed otherwise by the International Cricket Council. As such, the tour will go ahead as planned,'' Cricket South Africa chief executive officer Gerald Majola said. However, he refrained from commenting on current match fixing scandal involving Pakistan players. ''We will not comment on the scandal itself, as we do not want to compromise any processes currently in place to deal with this matter,'' he stated. The series, which starts on October 27 in Abu Dhabi, consists of two T20s and five ODIs.

corted by school teams and children with balloons. Special guest Ajai Malhotra, India’s Ambassador in Kuwait, was introduced to the players by KIFF president, Fidelis Fernandes. Speaking on the occasion, Malhotra congr atulated the organisers for their commendable efforts for a full fledged league running throughout the year outside India and promoting the Indian football in Kuwait. Later the organizers released a colourful 44-page souvenir

naments in places like Sharjah that the Pakistanis were bowling (deliberate) no balls and wides. They also mentioned the possi-

bility of strange dismissals," the former Australia umpire was quoted as saying in the Herald Sun on Tuesday. Hair, however, said that ACSU could not come out with any specific evidence that time. "But they have not been able to get any proof," he said. His comments came a couple of days after a spot-fixing scandal rocked international cricket. Scotland Yard detectives had also visited the Pakistan dressing room after the third day's play to question some players, including captain Salman Butt.

International Cricket Council (ICC) are underway. "There is a case going on over here with Scotland Yard," Ijaz was quoted as saying by a website. "This is only an allegation. There is still no charge or proof on that account. So at this stage there will be no action taken." The Pakistan team arrived in Taunton in west England on Monday to play a warm-up game for a seven-match one-day series

against England which starts on Sunday. The ICC's anti-corruption unit has been asked to submit a report on its investigation within the next three days. ICC president Sharad Pawar told reporters on Monday the issue had been discussed in a teleconference by the head of the council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit Ravi Sawani, Ijaz and his English counterpart Giles Clarke.

AGENCIES LONDON, AUG 31

Former Test umpire Darrell Hair is not surprised by the recent match-fixing scandal as he claimed that ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) had issued a warning a decade ago mentioning the possibilities of Pakistan bowling deliberate no-balls in matches. "It didn't shock me at all," Hair said. "When the ICC's Anti-Corruption unit was formed they spoke to all the leading umpires and said there were concerns in tour-

No action without proof: PCB AGENCIES ISLAMABAD, AUG 31

Pakistan will not suspend any players being investigated for alleged corruption without proof of wrongdoing, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt says. A newspaper report alleging three players had been bribed to fix incidents in last week's fourth test against England has rocked the cricketing world and probes by British police and the

l KIFF League for J P D’Mello Trophy in Kuwait

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fellow qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal in the firstround match. Somdev, who earned a direct entry into a Grand Slam for the first time, went down fighting against the South Africa's Kevin Anderson 3-6 4-6 3-6 in his first round in the men's singles event. The defeat means that Somdev has not gone beyond the first round in Grand Slams this season.

United Friends Club reign supreme through Malhotra. Fidelis highlighted the tremendous support accorded by his KIFF colleagues and in a special way Bader Naser Al Kharafi, Chairman of Gulf Cable and Electrical Company for sponsoring the KIFF League, Asad Al Banwar, Chairman of Kazma Sports Club for providing the stadium. The final was officiated by FIFA referee Franky Fernandes who was specially flown from Goa. He was assisted by Derrick Gomendes, Jerry Mello and P. A. Tony.

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Younis sends legal notice to News of the World PTI KARACHI, AUG 31

Former captain Younis Khan has sent a legal notice to British tabloid 'News of the World', which claimed in a report that he like several Pakistani cricketers had signed Mazhar and Azhar Majeed as his agents in the United Kingdom. Reliable sources close to Younis told PTI, that Younis instructed his lawyer Ahmed Qayyum to issue the notice to the tabloid for publishing the report. "Yes, the notice has been sent and in it Younis has demanded that the newspaper publish a denial and also pay damages of USD 10,000 towards the flood relief fund for the millions of Pakistanis displaced by the floods," a source said. "The brothers approached Pakistani players to sign them during the 2006 tour and Younis refused," the source added. The source also claimed that Younis was one of the few Pakistani players, who had refused to sign the Majeed brothers as their agent in England.

Court notice for PCB, Sports Ministry

PTI ROSARIO (ARGENTINA), AUG 31

PTI LAHORE, AUG 31

Indian eves suffered their heaviest defeat in the history of women's hockey World Cup when they were mauled 1-7 by the defending champions Netherlands in their opening match here. Penalty corner specialist Maartje Paumen scored a hat-trick while Marilyn Agliotti, Ellen Hoog, Kim Lammers (2) were the other goal-scorers for the Netherlands. Rani Rampal scored India's lone goal in the 22nd minute from a powerful strike.

A Pakistani court today issued notices to the Sports Ministry and the nation's Cricket Board (PCB), asking them to file responses on the spot-fixing scandal by September 7. Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif issued the notices while hearing a petition filed by advocate Chaudhry Ishtiaq Ahmed, who demanded exemplary punishment for the accused players, saying the allegations had tarnished the country's image.

The court's notice was not addressed to anyone specific in the PCB and did not summon any official of the board. In his petition, Ahmed said the players involved in the scandal should be tried on charges of treason and their properties be seized. He said PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt should be included in any probe into the matter. Ahmad, who filed the petition yesterday, said the players had further damaged Pakistan's already tarnished reputation in world cricket and deserve severe punishment.

Bologna hold Inter Milan serie a AGENCIES MILAN, AUG 31

Rafael Benitez suffered a disappointing debut on the Inter Milan bench in Serie A as his side were held to a 0-0 draw by Bologna. The Nerazzurri only woke up during the final 15 minutes of a game which they also risked los-

Robinho completes Milan move AC Milan have signed Brazilian forward Robinho from Manchester City on a permanent deal. The Brazilian forward was unsettled at City and spent the second half of last season on loan at Santos. A statement from AC Milan read: "AC Milan announces it has acquired player Robinho on a permanent deal from Manchester City.

in the first round at New York for the first time. The sublime bit of shotmaking was nearly identical to a back-tothe-court, through-the-legs passing winner Federer hit against Novak Djokovic in the 2009 U.S. Open semi-finals. More Grand Slam champions were slated to play first-round m a t c h e s Tu e s d a y, i n c l u d i n g Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova during the day, and No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal at night. The top-seeded woman, 2009 U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki, was to play 2010 NCAA singles champion Chelsey Gullickson of the University of Georgia in Tuesday’s final match. Williams hasn’t been too shabby at this tournament, either, with titles in 2000 and 2001, two runner-up finishes and nothing worse than a fourth-round loss. She looked pretty impressive Monday, becoming only the fifth woman with 200 Grand Slam match wins by beating Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4, 6-1. It was Williams’ first match since a June 29 loss at Wimbledon; she

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Rathore fails to qualify for CWG In a shocking development, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, silver medallist in Men's Double Trap at the Athens Olympics, failed to qualify for the Commonwealth Games after he did not turn up for the selection trials held in Pune. The Indian shooter has not been in the best of forms in the recent months. He also performed poorly in the last trials in March 2010. It was not known why Rathore missed the trials.

AP NEW YORK, AUG 31

This trick shot by Roger Federer was most definitely real. He’s even hit it before. The five-time U.S. Open champion was up at the net when his first-round opponent, 96th-ranked Brian Dabul of Argentina, lofted a lob. Federer spun around to sprint toward the baseline. A couple of steps before reaching the wall behind the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and with his back to the net, Federer swatted the ball between his legs. The shot landed in a corner beside Dabul, who raised his eyebrows and shrugged. It was part of a remarkable 46-4 edge in winners for Federer during his 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory on Monday night. It also was the highlight at Flushing Meadows on Day 1 of the tournament, when past U.S. Open champions Andy Roddick, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters all advanced, as did surprise 2009 quarter-finalist Melanie Oudin, while 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt lost

Randhir resigns from SAI's Gov Body Upset over not being invited for the Arjuna Award function, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Randhir Singh today resigned from the Governing Body (GB) of the Sports Authority of India (SAI). In a letter to Sports Minister M S Gill, he said, ''I don't see any point in continuing my position as a GB member as it could pose embarrassment to several of your officials, more than me personally, in the long run.''

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ing at the Stadio Dall'Ara, but they were unable to find a winning goal. The result leaves them two points behind city rivals AC Milan, who thrashed Lecce 40 yesterday to set the pace at the top of the table, after the o p e n i n g ro u n d o f l e a g u e matches.

Atletico Madrid thrash Gijon la liga

AGENCIES MADRID, AUG 31

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Diego Forlan struck twice as Atletico Madrid started their Primera Division campaign with a 4-0 win over Sporting Gijon.

Jose Manuel Jurado netted early on and Forlan added two more in the 40th and 64th minutes. The scoring was completed in injury-time when substitute Simao Sabrosa curled home a brilliant goal.


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