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Goa’s plan outlay size fixed at Rs 3320 cr l
Rs 200 cr for specific projects
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
A model dons a bustier costing Rs 6 crore at the ORRA showroom in Jalandhar on Tuesday.
8 die as part of bldg falls At least eight persons, mostly children, were buried alive and three injured when a portion of a five-storeyed residential building crashed near Thane this evening, police and health officials said. Part of the building, `Sheshmahal’, located at Ulhasnagar on Mumbai’s outskirts, collapsed at around 5.30 pm, they said. Medical Officer of the state-run Central Hospital at Ulhasnagar B L Waghmare said eight people were killed and three others have been admitted for treatment. (PTI)
The Planning Commission of India has fixed Goa’s plan size at Rs 3320 crore for the year 2011-12, which is notably 22.51 % higher than 2010-11. The commission announced central assistance of Rs 60 crore and Rs 200 crore for specific projects in the State. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat met Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Dr Montek Singh Ahaluwalia for the finalization of the Annual Plan 2011-12 alongwith Deputy Chairman, Goa Planning Board, Dr Wilfred de Souza and senior officials of the Goa government. Kamat seeking financial assistance from the Centre, mentioned a few specific areas/ projects and requested for their consideration and sought assistance towards National Games, Solid Waste Management, sewerage in coastal belt, construction of Anganwadi centres, Central Library, festival auditorium / theatre and media centre. He also sought financial assistance for the programme of malnourished children and anaemic women. Says a Department of Infor-
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia during a meeting to finalise the annual plan outlay for 2011-12 of the State in New Delhi on Tuesday.
mation release, during the meeting Kamat mentioned that he has prepared the entire budget in the best interest and for “aam aadmi”. He said that his government has for the first time decided to spend funds to the tune of Rs. 500 crore for mining areas. He said that first time care has been taken of the social organizations in Goa which care for blind and special children, destitutes, elderly, orphans, widows, etc and have selected them for
provision of financial assistance. The chief minister informed that he has touched every section of the society including the women community belonging to the ST (Scheduled Tribes) namely “Bhadel”. He further emphasized that his government is committed to take full care of all disadvantaged, aged, vulnerable, destitute, all persons from ST, SC (Scheduled Caste) and OBC (Other Backward Classes) and
Protest against Jaitapur nuke plant rocks Ratnagiri PTI RATNAGIRI/MUMBAI, APRIL 19
A district hospital was ransacked and a few buses were torched today in violence during the Shiv Sena bandh in Ratnagiri against police firing that claimed the life of one of the locals protesting the controversial Jaitapur nuclear power project. The Maharashtra government ordered a magisterial probe into yesterday’s firing at the project site even as Home Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader R R Patil hinted at a Shiv Sena conspiracy behind the protests against the proposed 9,900 mw nuclear plant. Fresh protests were also reported from the area today. Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh accused the Shiv Sena of “politicizing” the Jaitapur issue and said that what happened there was “most depressing” and that it caused him “great anguish.” He hoped that issues surrounding the project could be discussed in a peaceful manner. Patil while ordering the magisterial inquiry also made it clear that the probe would look into whether the violent protests at
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the plant site and the attack on Sakhrinate police station was “politically motivated and part of a pre-planned conspiracy.” Patil, who made the announcement in the State assembly, however did not name anyone but voiced the government’s resolve that the project sees the light of the day. The project with six nuclear rectors of 1,600 mw each when built will be world’s largest nuclear plant. The Congress while suggesting that there could be a conspiracy behind the anti-nuclear power project agitation in Jaita-
pur cautioned people against :attempts by forces inimical to India’s economic growth”. Prohibitory orders were promulgated under section 144 Criminal Penal Code in the coastal Ratnagiri district when the bandh turned violent after protesters resorted to arson. Angry protesters vandalised the district civil hospital where the post-mortem of the police firing victim Tabrez Abdul Sayanekar was to be conducted, set afire a few state transport corporation buses and some vehicles.
other minorities and will try to bring them at par with others. The meeting was preceded by an earlier meeting under the chairpersonship of Sudha Pillai, Secretary, Planning Commission today for evaluation of the Resource Estimates of the State for finalization of the Annual Plan Size 2011-12. The Director (Planning) Anand Sherkhane, made a detailed powerpoint presentation on the (Continued on page 10)
17 die in chopper crash; pilot, five others survive PTI ITANAGAR/SHILLONG, APRIL 19
A Mi17 helicopter of Pawan Hans crashed while landing in the mountainous region of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh today killing 17 persons on board including three crew members but its pilot and five others miraculously survived with serious burn injuries. Seventeen persons were killed while two crew members including the Pilot Captain Varun Gupta and four passengers survived with grievous injuries, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Gamlin Padu said. The injured were rushed to the civil hospital at Tawang and would be airlifted to Guwahati tomorrow, he said. This is the second helicopter crash in Tawang district bordering China. An Indian Air Force(IAF) MI 17 chopper crashed minutes after take off on November 19 last year killing all 12 on board. The civilian MI17 chopper of State-owned Pawan Hans, manufactured in 1996, was on a regular flight to Tawang from the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, Pawan Hans sources said.
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Mickky’s 8-day ultimatum on medium row HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
Demanding an answer from the government to the demand of the parents to make English the medium of instruction by April 27, Benaulim legislation Mickky Pacheco on Tuesday served an eight day ultimatum on the government to either accept the parents’ demand or face action. “The government should either say yes or no to the parents’ demand. If yes, I will congratulate the government for acceding to the demand. If the answer is no, I know what I will do to force the government to meet the demand”, Pacheco asserted at a media briefing in the city here today. Saying that the Kamat government will get time till April 27 to unveil its stand on the issue, Pacheco warned that he would fight tooth and nail along with parents to ensure that English is introduced as the medium of instruction at the primary level. “I am a parent and I will
All-party team to meet Delhi official on Kharewado today HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 19
An all-party delegation along with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will meet Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan on Wednesday morning to discuss about the present turmoil at Kharewado and jurisdiction of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT). Addressing residents of Kharewado before leaving for Delhi on Tuesday evening, NCP wing chairman and Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza said that being local resident of Kharewado, he is in a better position to place the grievances of the fishing community before the shipping minister. Reiterating his stand, D’Souza said he has wholeheartedly supported the people of Kharewado. He rubbished claims that there is a difference between (Continued on page 10)
The government should either say yes or no to the parents’ demand. If yes, I will congratulate the government for acceding to the demand. If the answer is no, I know what I will do to force the government to meet the demand. not compromise in the interest of our children. All I am asking the government is to either say yes or no to the parents’ demands”, he added. Pacheco clarified that he is not against regional languages, including Konkani or Marathi, but said that the government cannot ignore the choice of the
parents. “I have been asking that the parents be given the choice to decide the medium of instruction. A couple of day back, parents from Benaulim had asked my role vis-à-vis the medium of instruction”, he said, adding that he would fight alongside the parents to get the demand fulfilled. Replying to a query whether English as medium of instruction at the primary level can be introduced from the coming academic year, Pacheco said ‘in the event, it cannot be implemented in the coming academic year due to some problems, the government should come out with a concrete assurance to get the demand implemented from the next academic year”. Saying that no one trusts the present government in the State, Pacheco said the government will have to sit down and discuss with the people demanding English on ways and means to implement it from the academic year. (Continued on page 10)
Dum screening panel yet to preview movie HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
The high-level committee formed by the government to watch ‘Dum Maro Dum’ is having a second thought on screening of the movie after the High Court verdict. The committee headed by Information Secretary Rajiv Verma had decided to watch the prerelease screening of the movie at Maquinez Palace Theatre and give their opinion to the Censor Board and State government, whether it is derogatory or not to the image of Goa. But the committee is now dilly dallying on the matter after the High Court bench on Monday dismissed the petition filed by a media professional seeking a ban on the movie. “There is no need to see the movie now. Even the chairman
of the committee is out of station on an official trip to Delhi,” Director Information and Publicity Department Menino Peres, said. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, a week ago constituted the high-level panel to watch the movie before its release on April 22 to ensure that the movie does not show Goa in negative light and hurt the people’s sentiments. The committee was formed after the Goa State Commission for Women lodged a police complaint against the makers of the movie for derogatory references to Goan women in the movie. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, when contacted, told Herald that they will examine the High Court’s order before taking any decision. (Continued on page 10)
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Jose Philip had urged CM to curtail MPT jurisdiction HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
Much before Kharewado people emerged in protest, Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza had written to the Chief Minister and Ports Minister, asking them to curtail jurisdiction of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT). The letter written by D’Souza to both the ministers on April 07, 2011 had urged that the State should move Cabinet decision to declare Vasco Bay, Baina Bay and villages of Bogmalo, Velsao upto Betul as traditional fishing villages. D’Souza had said that MPT should be confined within its actual operational area. He had also asked the chief minister to move to the Central Government who is empowered under Section 5 of the Indian Ports Act, 1908 to alter the limits of
Panjim local to be laid to rest today HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
The funeral service of 48-yearold Luis Philip whose faithful pet dogs, a day ago had refused to let his body be taken away for post-mortem, will be conducted tomorrow (April 20) at Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim at 3.30 pm, followed by burial at St Inez cemetery. Philip who was living alone at his house, in Panjim died a natural death on Monday morning. When people came to know about his death, they tried to shift his body from the house to be taken for post-mortem. But they encountered an unusual resistance in the form of his eight pet dogs, who refused to budge almost for one hour. Even the police failed to control the dogs as they did not allow Philip’s body to be touched after which police called in the help from Panjim Animal Welfare Society who managed to calm down the dogs and take them away for some time. The body was preserved in the GMC morgue.
Konkan Fruit Fest 2011 begins today HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
More than 200 farmers from Goa and Konkan region will be displaying more than 150 varieties of fruits in the annual ‘Konkan Fruit Fest 2011’ to be held alongside the Mandovi River, from April 20 onwards. Variety of fruits like mango, jackfruit, kokum, chickoo and others will be showcased from April 20 to May 1.
HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, APRIL 19
Pernem Police arrested a Nepali on charges of possessing charas worth Rs 20,000 at Arambol Beach on Monday midnight. According to Pernem Police, one Deelip Gopal Thapa was found possessing 40 gms of charas. Later, Thapa was produced before Pernem First Class Magistrate and was remanded to six days police custody. PSI Sachin Narvekar is investigating.
the port. Following massive agitation by Kharewado Affected People (KAP), the State Government has now formed an all party delegation which will be meeting union shipping minister on April 20 with the demand to denotify the land acquired by MPT. D’Souza, taking up the cause of fishermen, had said that MPT on the strength of certain notifications issued by the department of shipping, ministry of surface transport on May 24, 2000 has been terrorizing the coastal communities as also duly elected local bodies along the coastal stretches extending from Dona Paula to Cortalim and right upto Betul. “It may be noted that there is no MPT activity either at Betul or at Dona Paula so also at Cortalim,” the minister had said adding that MPT jurisdiction
covers one third of the coastal and riverine stretches of the State. The port trust has also declared that any activity within 50 yards on the landward side of the high tide line including traditional fishing activity would require the prior approval or permission from MPT. D’Souza said that MPT is trying to curb the traditional fishing activity and tourism related activities, which has been going on for the last several decades. “It is the only source of livelihood to the coastal inhabitants,” he alleged. Minister through his yet another later dated April 1, had asked government to withdraw the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) immediately, which was posted at Kharewado, fishing jetty.
Nepal delegation briefs GSCW on human trafficking HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
The Nepal-government has failed to address the basic issue of women trafficking in India and Goa. The officials who convened a meeting with the members of the Goa State Commission for Women (GSCW), in Panjim on Tuesday said that they did not discuss the issue. “We are here to know the functioning of the women commission, its schemes and response of police in trafficking cases. We have asked for the data from the police,” Hari Caudel, joint secretary for Ministry of Women & Child and Social Welfare (Kathmandu) said. Incidentally, Nepal government recently expressed grave concern over the increasing number of women, boys and girls and men being trafficked for multiple forms of exploitation. The delegation, who was here to discuss on Anti-Human Trafficking, was however unable to give the official data on internal human trafficking and cross-bor-
der situation. “Though we don’t have reliable official data, it is a serious concern. The number of cases has risen because of inflation and low economic growth. We are endeavouring on reducing these cases,” he said adding that Nepali women working on casinos was not a serious problem. The delegation left for Hyderabad after their day-long visit to Goa. Emerging out of the meeting, GSCW chairperson Ezilda Sapeco told reporters that the commission briefed the delegation on their functioning and other schemes. “Their (Nepal) main problem is poverty. The delegation is on study tour to India to put their system in place. They don’t have anti-human trafficking cell as in India and Goa,” she said. The Nepal government has officially recognized 26 out of 75 districts as ‘trafficking prone areas’. Caudel said that thousands are annually trafficked across Nepal’s border mainly to India, in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and other places for sexual and other forms of exploitation.
Decision on proposed cable-stayed bridge at Selaulim on April 27 HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
The visitors at Selaulim Dam are likely to get an aerial view of the reservoir and surrounding lush green areas with the proposed cable-stayed bridge at the Botanical Garden developed by Goa Forest Development Corporation (GFDC). The crucial decision on the proposal would be taken during the meeting of GFDC’s board of directors (BoDs) on April 27. GFDC Managing Director Richard D’Souza said that the BoD will deliberate on the issue on whether to go ahead with the proposal or not. The bridge will be constructed by Water Resources Department, which is managing the dam.
Rahul Gandhi coming on April 21 HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 19
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will arrive in the State on April 21 to inaugurate the gold mural of founder of Birla industries K K Birla at the BITS Pillani Goa, Campus, at Zuarinagar-Sancoale. Gandhi, who was scheduled to arrive in the State last month, had postponed his visit due to a leg injury, which he had sustained during a rock climbing activity in Karnataka along with his friends. Sources in Goa police informed Herald that Gandhi will arrive on April 21 at about 10 am to inaugurate the gold mural of K K Birla. He will later interact with students of BITS and will fly back at about 2 pm, due his busy election campaigning schedule in West Bengal. This is the second time that a member of the Gandhi family is visiting the BITS campus. Earlier, the BITS campus was inaugurated by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
Can overseas citizen of India vote, contest poll? HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
Is an overseas citizen of India entitled for voting rights, contest elections and have his name on the electoral roll? This question has come to the fore before Electoral Registration Officer of Benaulim constituency Pravin Barad following a disqualification petition filed against Carmona Pa n c h m e m b e r, J e r s o n Figueiredo from the membership of the panchayat body. Inquiry into the nationality status of the panch member have got underway before the Electoral Registration Officer following a complaint made by one Francisco Fernandes to the district Collector, South. In his complaint, Francisco maintained that Jerson is an unauthorized person under the People’s Representation Act on grounds that he is holding Portuguese Passport and hence called for the deletion of his name from the electoral roll. The panch member, however,
There’s no stoppage to the proceedings to acquire 4.21 lakh square metres of land for the proposed expansion of the NH-4A project though similar plans vis-à-vis NH-17 have lapsed earlier this month. For, unlike the NH-17 project, the authorities had already notified Section 3D of the National Highways Act vis-à-vis land acquisition for the NH-4A project within one year of the publication of Section 3A of the Act before the proceedings could lapse. In fact, if officials of the Margao-based Land Acquisition Office are to be believed, there’s a proposal before the Land Acquisition Office to acquire additional land along the NH-4A after the National Highway Au-
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
Nearly a decade after the Margao Municipal Council dumped Sonsodo waste to fill up lowlying paddy fields at Old Market, the civic body is bracing up for a similar exercise once again sans clearance from the Goa State Pollution Control Board. If the tenders floated by the civic body is any indication, the municipality has drawn up plans to dump a whopping 5000 cubic metres of ‘compost’ from Sonsodo to fill up acquired land at Madel for the parking lot and at the Colva circle triangle acquired for the rehabilitation of displaced kiosks owners. A perusal of the tender documents revealed that the entire operation towards the transportation of the “compost” from Sonsodo to Madel will cost the civic body a whopping Rs 60 lakh. When Herald contacted Municipal Chief Officer, Prasanna Acharya to throw light on the tender, he quipped that the tender has been floated to transport the ‘compost’ from Sonsodo to the land acquired by the civic body. “The Municipality had acquired the low lying land at Madel running parallel to the KTC-Old Market circle for parking. Similarly, the civic body had acquired the land at the old market triangle to rehabilitate the gadda owners displaced by the encroachment drive. The compost would be used for the purpose of land filling”, he said. But, when questioned whether the civic body has ob-
tained permission from the Goa State Control Board to carry out the land filling activity since the material involves waste and compost from a garbage dumping yard, Acharya replied in the negative, but hastened to add that the civic body has only issued the tender and the process to obtain pollution control board permission will be set in motion immediately. Residents of Madel had last time strongly objected to the Sonsodo waste used by the Margao civic body for land filling apprehending contamination of the underground water. Says local resident, Savio Dias: “The residents are trying to gather information and facts from the civic body over the tender and the safety measures, if any, mooted by the municipality”. The issue over the transportation of Sonsodo waste and compost to Madel for land filling had figured at the last meeting of the civic body. During discussions, Madel ward Councillor and MMC Vice-Chairperson Gonzaco Rebello had suggested to the civic body to take the local residents into confidence before taking up the work of land filling with the waste. Questions are raised whether the civic body would be only transporting compost or waste or rejects from the Sonsodo to the low lying fields. Moreover, questions are asked which agency would certify that the waste transported to the low-lying fields would be indeed compost or other waste.
thority accepted the realignment and diversions mooted by the local government along the Mollem-Dharbandora-Piliem stretch of the highway. “Officials of the land survey have been asked to prepare a report on the quantum of land that would be required for acquisition as per the changes made in the highway alignment. Accordingly, Section 3A of the National Highway Act would be notified for acquisition of the additional land”, remarked a land acquisition official. Information revealed that the proceedings to acquire land admeasuring 4.21-odd lakh sq mts will be taken to the logical conclusion unless directions come to the contrary from the concerned authorities. As reported earlier, land acquisition proceedings vis-à-vis NH-17 has come to a
grinding halt after the proceedings lapsed for want of notification of Section 3D of the National Highways Act. Officials admitted that the Centre will be required to start the process all over again by notifying Section 3A of the Act after receiving a nod from the State Government. So far, however, the State Government has not received any reply to its host of demands, including toll exemption for light motor vehicles, from the centre. PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao, who was in the national capital on Tuesday, said there was no meeting with officials of the Union Ministry of Surface Transport, saying the Goa government is still awaiting the Centre to respond to the House Committee recommendations on the NH-17 expansion project.
ARGs to aid IMD in real time mapping of rainfall next year SHWETA KAMAT PANJIM, APRIL 19
From 2012 onwards, Indian Meteorological observatory’s Goa office will be in a position to provide the exact inches of rainfall in the State. IMD will finish their task of installing Automatic Rain Gauges (ARG) at seven places across the state by the end of this calendar year in addition to the existing three ARGs. These ARGs will help IMD in real time mapping of rainfall. IMD’s Goa in-charge K V Singh said that the department is also in process of setting up Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) at Bali and Mormugao. This will complement the existing AWS at Panjim and Old Goa. “The details have already been forwarded to Mumbai office, who will be executing the pending work,” Singh said. AWS is an automated version of the traditional weather station, either to save human labour or to enable measurements from remote areas. The department which had embarked on the process of setting up ARGs across the State had to encounter
Saying that he was elected from Ward No V of Carmona Village Panchayat in the last Panchayat elections, Jerson said he cannot be disqualified or his name deleted from the electoral roll since he is a dual passport holder. Incidentally, the matter has acquired political overtones since Jerson is in the opposition camp in the Carmona Village Panchayat. Sarpanch Estaquio D’Costa, in his letter to the Election Commissioner and the District Collector, South, has called for initiating necessary action against the “unauthorized member” under the People’s Representation Act based on a resolution adopted by the gram sabha on grounds that Jerson is a Portuguese Passport holder. Jerson, however, has termed the resolution adopted at the gram sabha meeting as politically motivated, saying his detractors have been gunning for him since he has not been toeing the line of the powers that be.
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
Political instability has come to haunt the village Panchayat of Chinchinim. Seven members of the Panchayat have served a notice of no confidence against Sarpanch Olwyn Antao and his deputy Doura Fernandes, accusing them of their non-cooperative attitude in the implementation of developmental works. The seven signatories alleged that both the sarpanch and deputy have not been taking the members into confidence while taking decisions. The signatories include Constancio Fernandes, Agnelo Pascoal Xavier, Jovier Timotio Viegas, Philphina Pereira, Santos Rebello, Thomas Rebello and Archange D’Sa. Copies of the no-trust motion were entered in the office of the Block Development Officer, Salcete on Tuesday. This is the second time that Sarpanch Olwyn is facing a notrust motion against him in recent times.
MMC plans to dump ‘compost’ from Sonsodo at Madel
No stoppage to land acquisition for NH-4A expansion HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
has strongly objected to the complaint. In his submission before the election authorities, Jerson has stated that he is an Overseas Citizen of India Passport holder and is entitled to stay in India lifelong and enjoy all the rights of an Indian citizen. “My name on the ration card as well as on the Electoral Roll cannot be deleted since I am having all the rights of Indian citizen”, he maintained. In his submission, Jerson further maintained that an Overseas Citizen of India is entitled for the benefit of multiple entry and multi-purpose life long visa to India; exemption from registration with FRO for any length of stay in India; parity with NRIs in economic, financial and educational fields, except in matters relating to acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. “Under these rules, I can stay in India lifelong as a dual citizens of India and can also vote for any election”, he submitted before the inquiry officer.
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various bureaucratic hurdles. Officials stated that the no objection certificates from State government departments like water resources and forest delayed the process. The gadgets will be installed in the locations owned by these departments. The ARGs are planned at Tiska, Shiroda, Mollem, Bicholim, Cotigao, Kalem and Margao. They are already installed at places including Pernem, Mapusa and Valpoi. After much of communication, IMD has managed to get the required NOCs or the maximum locations and the work on installations of AWS and ARGs will begin soon. Singh said that it is not possible to install the equipments before this monsoon. Singh said that the idea behind installing these automatic gauges is to avoid any real time delay in gathering data. “Hence from next monsoon, will be in better position to gather data in advance,” he added. ARG will help to gather rainfall data every hour from remote and inaccessible areas that otherwise takes a couple of days or hours owing to the difficulties in
having proper communication channels between these places and IMD. The entire project is Rs 15 lakh as sanctioned by Union Ministry. Interestingly, by end of this calendar year, a much awaited Digital Cyclone Warning Dissemination System (DCWDS) would be also installed in the state, which will be operated by policemen at the police control room in Panjim. After a break of three years, IMD has decided to replace its old cyclone warning dissemination system (CWDS) which was based on analog. A high level committee headed by National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Director Dr Satish Shetye had suggested setting up of such device, after the existing system failed to receive information in advance over flood that hit Canacona Taluka followed by Phyan cyclone that almost missed the Goa coast. The system would be based on verbal communication which can be heard and noted down by the staff. It is a broadcast service, where the cyclone warning will be given verbally in the local language along with English and Hindi.
One of the cupboards which was ransacked by burglars in a flat at Aquem here this evening. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar
Burglars decamp with cash, gold from Aquem flat HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
Burglars continue to make merry in the commercial Capital, so it seems. In a daylight burglary, miscreants targeted a second floor residential apartment near the Power House, Aquem this evening and decamped with gold ornaments and cash, be-
UP tourist drowns at Arambol HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, APRIL 19
A 32-year- old tourist from Raichur-UP drowned in the Arabian Sea at Arambol Beach on Sunday evening. According to Pernem Police, Sunil Prasad and his friend, also from Raichur, had gone to the Arambol Beach. While both the tourists were in the waters, they accidentally slipped and were dragged by the strong currents. On noticing the duo struggling in the waters, a lifeguard rushed to their rescue, but could not rescue Sunil, while his friend was saved from drowning. Pernem Police on Tuesday fished out Sunil’s body with the help of the local residents. Police have sent the body at GMC Hospital in Bambolim for autopsy.
lieved to be valued over Rs 1.5 lakh. The incident is believed to have occurred when the inmates had gone out after locking the door. Upon returning home, the owner found to her surprise the lock missing and the door open, only to find the cupboards inside ransacked. Her worse fears came true
when she found the gold ornaments, consisting of chains, bracelets, earrings, besides cash from the cupboards missing. The Margao police headed by PSI Vidya Pagi rushed to Aquem this evening following the incident. PSI Pagi said that a police dog has been requisitioned to assist investigations in the incident.
Stop acquiring Fatrade fields, SAG told HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
Dentist turned politician, Dr Hubert Gomes has demanded that the Sports Authority of Goa should stop acquiring cultivable fields for football ground until a proper sports policy is in place in the State. “It should be a policy that is totally focused on developing sports and not a “land grabbing policy with ulterior motives”, he said. Dr Hubert, who was in the news recently regarding the Vaddi, Benaulim ground, said that some people have complained to him that certain influential politicians are trying to forcefully acquire fertile fields in Fatrade and convert the same into a football stadium. Refusing to name the politicians, Dr Gomes said he will do it at the right time and in the right way. “The Government has no moral right to acquire more fields for sports when the SAG does not know to manage its existing football grounds like the one in Benaulim. It appears that most of the SAG grounds are deliberately left in a pathetic condition so that they can be fraudulently leased to corrupt politicians at a later date”, Dr Gomes said. “The SAG fraud that has happened in my village should be an eye opener to every farmer and sports lover in Goa”, he cautioned and reasserted that he will “fight like a wounded lion” to get back the Benaulim SAG ground which is illegally leased to a private club.
Soaring mercury level may continue for few days: Met HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
Stating the soaring mercury level is likely to continue for next few days due to easterly wind movement, experts have predicted that the even temperatures at night are expected to remain on the higher side. Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Goa in-charge K V Singh said that whenever there is an easterly wind, the temperature shoots up. “The easterly wind delays the sea breeze because of which the day temperature increases,” he said.
Goa which is facing a mix of heat and humidity, has recorded maximum 35.8 degree Celsius temperature on Monday and minimum of 25.8 degree Celsius. The humidity was 81 per cent in the morning and later reduced to 69 per cent by evening. Singh said that heat in the air is not a new phenomenon for Goa, which records maximum temperature during April. The highest temperature for April was recorded in the year 1989 when on one day the mercury level had touched 39.8 degree Celsius. Last year, in April, the highest
temperature was 36.4 degree Celsius. “Usually, temperature crosses 36 degree Celsius in the April month,” he said. If days are hotter, nights are no longer cooler in the State. Singh said that due to cloudy condition, the night temperature also shoots up. On an average, the night temperature is hovering between 25 and 26 degree Celsius. “On Monday night, the temperature was 25.8 degree Celsius,” he said, adding that there is a possibility of thundershowers in the coming days due to the prevailing conditions.
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Mickky threatens to move HC if Churchill not booked Plans to lodge criminal complaints against ministers HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
Former Tourism Minister, Mickky Pacheco has threatened to knock the doors of the High Court if the Crime Branch fails to register a case against the PWD Minister Churchill Alemao in the PWD tenders case and announced plans to loge 10 other criminal complaints against different ministers. The Benaulim MLA has announced that he would shortly file another complaint against the PWD Minister.
“I am told that the file pertaining to his complaint against Alemao has reached the Goa Police to brass. I hope the police is following the due process of law”, Pacheco said, while addressing newsmen in the city here on Tuesday. Saying that skeletons will tumble out of the cupboards of ministers in the days ahead, Pacheco said he would sit and watch whether the same government which had asked him resign on false accusations seeks resignations from the ministers facing criminal charges.
“I have given all the documents containing evidence against the PWD minister. Let us see how the police go about the work”, he said, while disclosing plans to approach the High Court demanding action on his criminal complaint. When asked why he had waited for so long to lodge a criminal case when the alleged manipulation in the PWD manual took place in 2007, Pacheco said “I waited so that I have full proof with me as the matters involves fraud of crores of rupees”.
Pacheco says doesn’t care what NCP thinks on medium of instruction issue HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
Giving clear indications that he is distancing away from the NCP, Benaulim MLA has said the high command from Delhi or Maharashtra do not understand the problems and difficulties of the local people. Saying that he does not care what NCP thinks on the medium of instruction row, Pacheco told newsmen that he does not believe in parties that rule the state from Delhi. When asked whether he has severed his ties with the NCP, Pacheco shot back
that he is an elected member of the NCP, but hastened to add that he would certainly turned the tables, but the time has not yet come till date. Refusing to speak out his mind on moves to register a regional political party fearing his disqualification, Pacheco said “you know Speaker Pratapsing Rane. He would keep all other petitions behind and take up the disqualification petition if filed against me”. “I don’t believe in parties. I feel this is my right to fight for English as the medium of instruction. I don’t care what the NCP thinks on the issue”, he said, while replying
to a query whether his NCP is in support of English as the medium of instruction. “I am a Goan and we understand better the problems and difficulties faced by the people. High command from Maharashtra and Delhi does not understand our difficulties. Let us settle our problems here instead of by the high commands from Delhi”, he said. Incidentally, Pacheco made it clear that he would not bend on his stand on the medium of instruction row in the event his NCP takes a contrary stand on the issue.
HC disposes off PIL against illegal shipyards Officials told to complete probe in 4 months HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
The Public Interest Litigation filed by Franky Monteiro and Goa Foundation praying for closure of illegal shipyards operating on the banks of River Zuari in Loutolim has been disposed by the Bombay High Court with directions to the authorities to complete investigations into the allegations made in the petition and initiate necessary action to close down all such shipyards operating without the mandatory approvals within a time frame of four months. The petition was filed praying for closure of shipyards carrying out ship repair and building activities without mandatory CRZ approvals, GSPCB consent, TCP and panchayat approvals and conversion sanads, etc. The GCZMA filed an affidavit in reply explaining that show cause notices had been issued to the shipyards and that replies
had been filed by the said shipyards but the matter is pending in view of reports awaited from the Dy Collector, Margao. The GCZMA sought six months time to finish the investigation and take appropriate action against the defaulting shipyards. Justice Dharamadhikari and Justice F M Reis disposed the case directing the authorities ie GCZMA (Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority), GSPCB (Goa State Pollution Control Board), to complete the investigation into the allegations made in the petition and take necessary action to close down all such shipyards which are operating without mandatory approvals within a time frame of four months from today. The Village Panchayat of Loutolim and the Collector/Dy Collector was also directed to verify and take steps to close down shipyards operating without the required conversion sanads and technical
approvals from competent authorities. The court also directed the authorities to consider the say of the petitioner during the course of investigation. The petitioner, Franky Monteiro, expressed satisfaction on the directions of the High Court. “Authorities which had failed to act on repeated complaints made by him and other villagers for the last five years have been directed to take appropriate action as per law within the next four months”, he said, and exuded confidence that most of the shipyards operating on the banks of River Zuari in Loutolim village will have to close shop if the directions of the court are complied to in true spirit by the authorities. He said it is sad that the common man has to time and again approach the courts for justice after the authorities fail to take action even after repeated complaints.
Tuem Sarpanch voted out of office HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, APRIL 19
Tu e m S a r p a n c h P r a j a k t a Prakash Kan Naik was on Tuesday voted out of office by 4-0 votes in the seven-member panchayat. The no-confidence motion was moved by panchas Chitrsen Salgaonkar, Joaquim Fernandes, Suhas Naik and former sarpanch Vijayalakmi Naik. The four signatories to the motion supported the motion in a special meeting held at Tu v e m Pa n c h a y a t o f f i c e . Sarpanch Prajakta, Panchas Arjun Gawandi and Jose Lobo remained absent.
400 buses issued show cause notices HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
Acting with iron fist, around 400 buses were issued show cause notices by the State Transport Department for participating in the day long strike call given by private bus operators in the State. The department has also cancelled temporary permits of 50 bus operators, which remained off road on last Friday. A Transport Department official said that in total 394 buses were identified by the respective ADTs, which are been issued seven days show cause notices. Official said that the reply of the
notice will be placed before Road Transport Authority (RTA), which will later direct necessary action. The action would be in form of cancellation of temporary bus permits, permanently, as said earlier. As per the department figures, Margao ADT (South enforcement) issued maximum 101 notices followed by Panjim ADT (North enforcement) 90 and Ponda (86) notices. Further, in Bicholim 45, Mapusa 35, Vasco 32 and Quepem 5 notices were issued. All Goa Private Bus Owners Association (AGPBOA) had called for a strike on April 15 pressing for their long pending series of demands.
Retired teacher’s house burgled at Corlim HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, APRIL 19
Jewellery was stolen from the house of a retired teacher at CavaddoCorlim. According to reports, the incident came to light on Monday night, after a worker had come to Zena Sequiera’s house to put food for the house owner’s dogs. The worker noticed the front door latch broke. The worker immediately informed Zena’s neighbours, who in turn informed the house owner and Old Goa Police, who rushed to the site and conducted the investigation. Sources informed that the burglars have worked out a wellplanned theft, as Zena was in the hospital looking after her husband John. “When I came to know about the theft, I rushed to my residence and found five rooms ransacked,” Zena told Herald. “Gold belonging to me and my daughter was stolen. I don’t know what could be the total worth of the gold that was stolen from my house,” she added. “The house was locked since April 5. I went to my house last Friday and found it intact. I had one gold earring set, which is very unique,” she said. A dog squad was pressed into service late Monday night to provide clue. Old Goa Police said that the stolen jewellery included wrist watches, gold chains, gold rings, gold bracelet and earrings, bangles, necklaces, etc and some cash. Old Goa Police have registered a case of theft and is investigating the case.
The strike, which received a mixed response, was later called off following assurance from the Transport Director. The director, however, said that no assurance has been granted. Some of the demands, which were called illogical by the department includes improvement in students 50 percent concession scheme, to stop harassment of KTCL to private bus operators, permits to run on nationalized routes, permissions for hoardings/advertisements on buses, implementation of passenger tax, hike in subsidy scheme from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3.50 lakh and others.
1 held for misusing phone connection HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
The Panjim police have arrested an owner of a private firm for cheating the Indian government by misusing the telephonic connection. Ramanand Sharma, owner of ‘Pernial Solutions’ was arrested late on Tuesday night following a complaint filed by B R Bawaskar, Assistant Director, Department of Telecom, Maharashtra. The accused, as per the complaint letter, clandestinely set up the operations of providing services of International Long Distance calls by-passing the authorised channels of International Long Distance Operations. Police Inspector Ramesh Gaonkar said that the entire operations were found to be illegal. The firm was linked to a US based company ‘phoneweb.net’ that would outsource work to this local firm and data operators here would transcript the voice calls and upload it on the website.
Dy Collector seeks report on Zuarinagar fire mishap HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 19
Mormugao Deputy Collector and In-charge of Disaster Management Mormugao Taluka Levinson Martins on Tuesday sought a detailed report from all concerned agencies involved in Monday’s fire mishap at Zuari-Agro Chemical Limited (ZACL), Zuarinagar-Sancoale. South Goa District Collector G P Naik has initiated an enquiry into the fire incident and has appointed Martins as the investigating officer. After taking charge, Martins summoned ZACL officials, Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL), fire services, the contractor, Zuari Indian Oil Tanking (ZIOT) and Verna Police to seek detailed report of the incident. “Prima-facie suggests that fire broke out due to human error, but what exactly happened when the fire broke out is yet to be ascertained. However, initial report suggests that it was negligence on the part of heavy earthmover driver,” said Martins. He said that he would submit a detailed report to the Collector within two days and also seek report from experts for precautionary measures to be taken in the near future. Martins further said that he had directed the Verna Police to register an offence
against the company and the contractor. Verna Police complied with the instructions and registered an offence in this case. “When the fire broke out, the area should have been cordoned off to restrict the public from reaching the site, as only fire fighters and emergency officials are authorised
to be close to the site. Only after the situation is assessed, other people are allowed,” stated Martins. When pointed out that on Monday, children and elderly people were closely watching the fire incident, Martins defended the police force and said they have efficiently managed the situation. When the fire broke out, ZACL fire fighters and an emergency team arrived at the site within five minutes.
1-yr-old boy meets watery grave
PERNEM, APRIL 19 (HC): In a tragic incident, a one-year-old boy died after he accidentally fell into a bucket at New VadoMorjim on Monday night. According to reports, the incident took place in the rented room of a Nepali family, employed in a restaurant at New Vado. On Monday night, when the child’s parents were asleep, the child got up and went near the bucketful of water, when he accidentally fell into it. Pernem Police later sent the body for an autopsy. www.maacindia.com
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UPCOMING EVENTS Jewellery exhibition at Margao PANJIM (HND): Tara Jewellers will showcase their collections at a jewellery exhibition on April 20 and 21 from 10 am to 8 pm at the Hotel Nanutel in Margao. Tara Jewellers are offering attractive rebates, free cleaning and polishing of jewellery and 100% buy-back guarantee.
Chimbel Gram Sabha
PANJIM (HND): Gram Sabha of Village Panchayat Chimbel will be held April 24 at 10 am in Village Panchayat hall. Proposals may be submitted in writing to this by noon of April 21.
11th Kala Rang festival
PANJIM (HND): 11th Kala Rang festival of dance, music and theatre starting on April 21 at the Ravindra bhavan, Margao, will host a performance by Padma Vibhushan Kishori Amonkar on April 22 at 6.30 pm, while Anandi Ramachandran and her group will perform on April 23 at 7.15 pm. The five-day festival will begin with a program ‘Mile Su Mera Tumhara’ by Ravindra Sathe, Devaki Pandit and Poornima to pay tributes to Bharat Ratna late Pt Bhimsen Joshi.
Sangeet Samaroha at KA
PANJIM (HND):Yoga Prabha Bharati (Seva Sanstha) Trust will organise First Satguru Shree Shivkrupanand Swarm Sangeet Smaroha on April 17 at 6.30 pm at Kala Academy Open Air Auditorium, Panjim. Classical Vocalist Jayateerth Mevundi, torch bearer of Kriana Gharana style will be the performing artiste.
Three-day trek in Coorg
PANJIM (HND): Wildtrek’s will organise three-day trek in Coorg from April 28 with departure from Mapusa at 8 pm, from Panjin at 9 pm and from Margao at 10 pm. There will be choices of sleeper and sitting luxury coach. The cost towards travel and stay is Rs 4000 per person. For details call 9822123458 or 8796418565 by April 20.
Spanish course at Dona Paula
PANJIM (HND): Communicare, the centre for languages, will shortly start one-month course in Spanish for beginners at Dona Paula. The centre will also hold classes of twomonth duration for Hindi and Konkani and classes in Sanskrit for three weeks. For enrolment e-mail communica email@example.com or visit Cultural centre Communicare, Row House No 2, Vivendas Goesas, La Citadel colony, Opp Resort Cidade de Goa, Dona Paula. Ph 2456156/ 9561715525.
Tally-ERP 9 course at Zantye
PANJIM (HND): Narayan Zantye College of Commerce will conduct a certificate course in accounting package using Tally-ERP 9 software, from April 26. The programme aims at providing complete training in handling financial accounts in a computerised set-up using latest version of Tally software i.e. ERP 9. Various aspects of accounting for small and large organizations including VAT, TDS, Service Tax, etc., are covered in this programme. The college offers excellent teaching and learning facilities and Network Lab. Number of seats are limited. For details contact the college Office on phone 2361377/2363769.
Dum producers adamant on retaining offensive dialogues in foreign prints: Shantaram HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 19
Raj Sabha MP Shantaram Naik has said that the decision of the producers/exhibitors of Hindi feature film, Dum Maro Dum to retain the objectionable dialogues in the film to be exhibited in foreign countries, is an antinational act. In a letter faxed by him, on Tuesday, to Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambica Soni, Naik said “the producers/exhibitors are fooling the people of Goa and the State government, by indirectly saying that they would now defame and denigrate Goa and Goan women only on foreign soil.” The producers/exhibitors, it appears, have no regard for the people of the country and their dignity. Money is the only criteria in their mind, Naik said in his letter to Mrs Soni and copy of which was e-mailed to Herald.
Jhonny Crasto, Jacinto Fernandes, Diego Fernandes, Vijai Sardesai, Baptist Fernandes, Joaquim Fernandes and Lucas Fernandes at the holy week tiatr. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 19
Marking the beginning of the Holy Week, V ijai Sardesai through his charity foundation “We for Fatorda” announced a
language most with great cultural changes or with the integration of two cultures that speak two different languages. Arguably, things like social media may also have great influence on what new words becomes part of a language.
So are neologisms legitimate words or not?
A neologism is a newly-coined term, word or phrase that may be in the process of entering common use, but has not yet been accepted into mainstream language. Neologisms are often directly attributable to a specific person, publication, period, or event.
A neologism may be slang that has yet to find its way into mainstream conversation, or it may be the creation of a non-native speaker, who has made a grammatical error, for instance. The socalled “slip of the tongue” may also be seen as neologisms depending on its popularity.
Neologisms would seem to occur at a greater rate in cultures with rapidly changing technologies, and with greater means for information dispersal. It is unlikely a newly-created term is in common use, but it may become so if it is used often enough. Neologisms can come from a variety of places and might be gleaned from scientific or technical language. Now that the age of the internet is here, neologisms are more prolific than ever.
How do they become popular?
Neologisms can become popular through memetics, by way of mass media, the Internet, and word of mouth, and often become accepted parts of the language. Other times, however, they disappear from common use just as readily as they appeared. Acceptance of the public plays a large role in deciding whether a neologism continues as part of the language. It is unusual, however, for a word to enter common use if it does not resemble another word or words in an identifiable way. When a word or phrase is no longer “new”, it is no longer a neologism. Neologisms may take decades to become “old”, however opinions differ on exactly how old a word must be to cease being considered a neologism.
Contouring surgery performed
PANJIM (HND): RG Stone Urology and Laparoscopy Hospital, Goa’s Cosmetic Surgery Centre, for the first time in Goa, operated a 68 yr old woman with body contouring surgery by performing liposuction and tummy tuck. Cosmetic Surgeon at R G Cosmetic Surgery Centre, Dr Navdeep Chavan said, “68 y/o Maria approached RG Cosmetic Surgery Centre for consultation. On examination she was found to be a known case of hypothyroidism and had history of two abdominal operation in past.” Despite the age and other complications the operation was performed successfully and the patient was discharged from hospital with no stitch removal afterwards. Patient had resumed her daily duties from 2nd day and she has to wear pressure garment for six month. Scar line were given in natural crease and hidden under her inner ware.
Report on parity in pay scale
PANJIM (HND): The Coordination committee of Goa Government Employees represented by Saturninio Mesquita called on the Law Secretary, Chairman of the Committee constituted by the Government for parity in pay scales for all left out categories/Cadres of Govt Employees with a request to immediately submit the report to the Chief Minister. The Law Secretary promised to submit the report by April 21. The co-ordination committee of Goa Government Employees has appealed to the Chief Minister to finalise the implementation of parity in pay scales for all left out cadres/categories of government employees as assured recently concluded Assembly session.
Stage built for Bicholim school
What is a Neologism?
Many neologisms have come from popular literature and tend to appear in different forms. They may come from other languages, be derived by putting two words together, or they may be creative inventions outright - as in the case of “Jabberwocky”, from the famous Lewis Carroll poem. Linguistic specialists suggest new words often migrate into a
Vrundavan holds ECG workshop PANJIM (HND): Vrundavan Hospital and Research Centre in association with the Red Cross Society of India-Bardez recently conducted a one-day workshop on Electrocardiography (ECG) for family physicians. 50 doctors attended the workshop which was intended for physicians and practitioners who had some working knowledge of ECGs and wanted to improve their skills on ECG interpretation. The workshop was conducted at Vrundavan Hospital premises under guidance of Dr Digambar Naik Managing Director and prominent cardiologist and physician.
MAYEM (HC): ZP member Fondu Sawant on Saturday inaugurated the stage constructed for Government Primary School, Vathadev-Bicholim. Sarvan-Karapur Sarpanch Santosh Talkar, School Headmistress Shymal Sawant, Chitra Kulkarni, PTA President Ramakant Matonkar, Deepti Matonkar and Vanita Umarye were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Fondu Sawant said that the ZP fund will be utilized depending on the need of the village for all-round development.
Literature and Language
How do they come about?
Cinematograph Act, 1952. It appears that persuasive methods do not work with these people, Naik said. The MP in his letter said that as per the guidelines issued under section 5(B) (2) of the Cinematograph Act, 1952, visuals or words involving defamation of an individual or a body of individuals, or scenes that may endanger public order are not to be allowed. Scenes degrading or denigrating women in any manner are specifically prohibited as per the guideline and that, the producer has to ensure that human sensibilities are not offended by vulgarity, obscenity or depravity, Naik said. These guidelines are not merely India specific. Indian producer of film should not be so anti-national in their approach, as to disregard law of the land and embrace law of the foreign land, Naik said.
Sardesai announces sops for Fatorda
Govt buys minibuses for schools HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 19 Chief Minister Digamber Kamat handed over a cheque of Rs 9.02 crores to General Manager of Chowgule Industries N B Khandeparkar for supply of 84 minibuses, in presence of Minister for Social Welfare and Transport, Sudin Dhavaikar, under the ‘Gomant Bal Rath Yojana’ a scheme of Govt of Goa implemented through the social welfare department. The scheme is for the students residing in the rural parts of the state. The school buses are designed and manufactured by SML Isuzu Ltd, at their factory in Punjab. After fulfilling the latest order, Chowgule Industries would have supplied a total of 246 buses to Social Welfare Dept. The School buses are a boon for the students as their travel time from and to school will be significantly reduced.
It may be recalled that Mrs Soni had got the objectionable dialogues deleted after receiving the letter from Naik on April 9. The Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Deva Reddy had telephonically informed Naik of the same. In his fresh letter to Mrs Soni, Naik stated that “although the dialogues have been modified, the producers/exhibitors are going to retain the dialogues in the film prints which are going to be distributed overseas, which is unacceptable to the people of Goa.” Naik said the Central government should revise the decision of the Central Board of Film Certification with respect to Dum Maro Dum and, pending the decision of the Central government in revision proceedings, to declare the film as uncertified and suspend its exhibition as per the clear provisions contained in section 6 of the
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series of sops for the people of Fatorda. Speaking as the chief guest at Simon Gonsalves Lenten teatro “Challis Dis ani Challis Rati” at Dovandem in Fatorda, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary said that charity, in Christian thought represented the highest form of unselfish love to one’s fellow men. Describing charity as the foundation of all Christian values, Sardesai said that his charity foundation will undertake various activities in this direction during the Holy Week. On the occasion of Palm Sunday, Sardesai handed over a cheque of Rs 3,57,850 to the St Cruz Chapel Association, Dovandem towards the construction of the new chapel a Dovandem. Sardesai also had donated Rs 1 Lakh earlier for the maintenance of the same chapel bringing the total contribution of his charity to the tune of Rs 4,57,850 towards the St Cruz, Chapel. Sardesai also announced that “We for Fatorda” would donate a free hearse van and portable morgue for free use to any citizen of Fatorda and the same will be blessed on Easter Sunday by Fr Boulias Da Costa at Rosary Church, Fatorda. In keeping with his commitment to support agriculture and farming, Sardesai also an-
nounced that “We for Fatorda” would donate free seeds for all paddy farmers from entire Fatorda constituency. Speaking on the occasion the Director of the tiatro Simon Gonsalves elaborated on his plans to come out with a new tiatro “Government of God” next year. Outlining the importance of inculcating moral values through the medium of drama, Gonsalves thanked Sardesai for sponsoring two shows of his Holy Week tiatro in Fatorda this year. Complimenting Sardesai for being truly secular, Gonsalves said that Sardesai although a Hindu was actually following the good teachings of Christ and observing the Lenten period with fasting and penance. Calling upon people to elect such progressive and secular leaders, Simon Gonsalves said that progress could only be achieved with unity and only a secular and tolerant belief and approach could foster unity among all communities especially in Fatorda Former MMC Councillor Johnny Crasto, social worker Baptist Fernandes, President of Santa Cruz Chapel Association Joaquim Rosario Fernandes, Treasurer Lucas Roy Fernandes, Joint Treasurer Jacinto Fernandes and Secretary Diogo Rosario Fernandes were present on the occasion.
Erudite evening held at BITS Goa campus HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 19
BITS-Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus recently hosted an interactive session – ‘Sharing Diverse Writing Experiences’ – featuring eminent writers from Goa. The writers, who included Damodar “Bhai” Mauzo, Aniruddha Sen Gupta, Frederick Noronha, Isabel Santa Rita Vas and Jose Lourenco discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to literature, theatre and contemporary trends in writing. Damodar ‘Bhai’ Mauzo, Sahitya Akademi award winner and most-translated Konkani writer, began the proceedings by examining the past and present of Konkani as a literary langauage, bemoaning that a single language cannot survive multiple scripts, giving an example of how the rich heritage of Konkani was slowly being corrupted by its usage in other scripts. Veteran writer Isabel Santa Rita Vas, HOD of English at Dhempe College, Miramar, and founder of Mustard Seed Art Company spoke at length
about the neglected art of writing for theatre, describing also the many communitybuilding measures that theatre can undertake in its various forms. Jose Lourenco, a civil engineer and co-editor of the anthology ‘Inside Out’, talked about the importance of language and its many implications in today’s world. He described the various sources of inspiration possible for writing stories, citing each of his own short stories as an example. stage was Frederick Noronha, a writer, cyber-journalist and an enthusiastic blogger, who discussed the impact of technology on writing and publishing. Aniruddha Sen Gupta, engineer and professional writer, explained his transition from an engineer to an author, inspiring the students to choose their favoured vocations irrespective of their current field of learning. The symposium was greatly appreciated by the audience, ending with an informal interaction with the guest speakers.
Rane attends Hanuman Jayanti
PANJIM (HND): Speaker of Goa State Legislative Assembly, Pratapsingh Raoji Rane has said that the democracy has paved path for the development and welfare of the people and at the same time it compels us to discharge our duties in a more responsible manner. Rane was speaking at a cultural function organised by Hanuman Devasthan Committee Baherilwada, Keri, on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti on Monday. Speaking further Rane said that customs and traditions have vital importance in our lives as they fosters brotherhood and communal harmony in the society. He complimented the stakeholders of Hanuman Devasthan Committee for their zeal and enthusiasm to organise the function. He released a souvenir entitled ‘Bharari’ which highlights the achievements of the Devasthan Committee.
Ration quota for April
PANJIM (HND): During the month of April, 10 kgs of rice and 5 kgs of wheat per card will be distributed to Above Poverty Line cardholders (APL); 60 kgs of rice will be distributed to the families of Below Poverty Line (BPL) and 35 kgs to Antyodaya (AAY) categories families per card. 10 kgs of rice per card per month will be supplied free to the beneficiaries of Annapurna (ANP) schemes. Sugar will be distributed @500 grams per person per month to the families in all categories. Those cardholders who could not collect their ration quota for month of March may collect the same alongwith the quota of April. The Fair Price Shop owners have been directed to lift the stock of the commodities at the earliest and release the quota of April. They are also required to display the sample of the quality of commodities. Complaints related to non supply, quantity or quality of commodities supplied may be made to the Directorate of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Panjim.
Sardinha for trained coaches MAYEM (HC): South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha has stressed the need to create better sports coaches with well-equipped sports knowledge who can create ideal sportsmen and women in the State. He was recently addressing the gathering during the valedictory function of ground sports and group sports coaching camp for PT teachers organized by Bicholim Taluka Physical Training Teachers Association at BMC Hall, Bicholim. “Goa has become part and parcel of our day-to-day living in financial and other terms,” said Sardinha. Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar, BMC Deputy Chairperson Shashikant Halarnkar, President Ramchandra Garde, Secretary Mario Morius and Bicholim Taluka Association President Raufkhan Pathan were present on the occasion. On the occasion, teachers and students Nirupa Gawade, Suman Mulgaonkar, Rohini Mashelkar, Shubham Naik, Bharat Parab, Aishwarya Gadekar, Pratima Naik, Sunil Naik, Sushant Mayekar, Sujata Chapalkar, Akash Gawas, Sonali Gaonkar, Immanuel D’Souza, Sandesh Barazankar, Paresh Govekar, Vijay Kavlekar, Ashok Khanolkar, Eanklin Braganza Narayan Desai and others were felicitated. Nitin Naik compered the function, while Shafi Jamadar proposed the vote of thanks.
APRIL 20 MORJIM: From 9 am to 2 pm at Vidonger in VP Parcem. ASSONORA: From 9 am to 2 pm at Mulgao, Assonora, Parwada and surrounding areas. PONDA: From 7 am to 11 pm at Department colony, Nagamasjid and Varkhandem. APRIL 21 ASSONORA: From 9 am to 2 pm at Assonora bus stand, Ganeshnagar, St Clara and surrounding areas. PONDA: From 7 am to 11 pm at Tyresoles, Ganganagar, 6TTR, Khadapandh, Angarki, Ghapur, Ambegal, Pattantaly, Khadapabandh, Almeida High School area and Rani Construction. APRIL 23
ASSONORA: From 9 am to 2 pm at Kailasnagar, Moitem. PONDA: From 9 am to 2 pm at Tisk, Pansule, Dhushire, Sainagar, Pilyem and surrounding areas.
GOA, WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL, 2011
Handle language issue cautiously, writers urged
Vegetable, flowers vendors given monetary aid HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, APRIL 19
Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco releasing Tornni Xim book authored by Marcos Gonsalves. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 19
Vice President of the Goa Konkani Akademi V incy Quadros has said the burning issue of medium of instruction should be handled sensitively by the writers and experts in the field of education. “Otherwise, a day will come when there will be a vertical divide between Hindus and Christians. We need to sustain the long standing unity and harmony amongst the two major communities”, he said, while speaking at the book release function of Konkani writer and journalist Marcos Gonsalves titled TORNNI XIM’.
The function was organized by Sandcos Publication at Margao Municipal Hall. Curtorim M.L.A Alexixo Reginaldo Lourenco was the Chief Guest who later released the book TORNNI XIM’ and presented Gonsalves-Sparsh Award to the Social worker of Raia Romaldo Gonsalves on this occasion. Quadros further said “Though we are writers, we cannot play with the future of our children because of our emotions. We want their bright future. Otherwise these children will question as ‘what had we done?’ If we make mistake at this juncture, if we are misguided over the issue, then
Book on secularism released
there is danger to the future of our children”. In his address, the Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco called upon everyone just not to read the books but to take good from it and apply to one’s life. “By reading good books, we become the good citizens and good leaders of the society”, he added. Romaldo Gonsalves and Marcos Gonsalves(writer of the book) also spoke on the occasion. Sandra Gonsalves welcomed the gathering while Marcos Gonsalves proposed vote of thanks. Armando Fernandes compered.
Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho distributed cheques to 42 beneficiaries under the assistance to flowers and vegetable vendors’ schemes at his Upas Nagar office on Tuesday. “We had earlier distributed 32 cheques under the scheme and hundreds of people have already availed various government welfare schemes for free gas connections, house repairs, marriage assistance, etc,” said Godinho. Earlier, Godinho launched road works at Satrant in Issorcim and near Fatima Colony in Dabolim. Godinho also said the work on the remaining roads will be launched shortly so that most of the roads are ready before monsoons.
Hanuman Theatre given Rs 30 lakh for renovation HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 19
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat handed over a cheque of Rs 30 lakh to the Hanuman Theatre committee president towards renovation of the theatre. The chief minister was on a visit to Mapusa on Monday afternoon to offer prayers to Lord Hanuman on Hanuman Jayanti. After offering prayers, he delivered the cheque to Hanuman Theatre committee President Mahadev Natekar for renovation of Hanuman Theatre. Speaking to press, Kamat said since the dispute on the site selected for the construction of Kala Bhavan is going on, the State government has decided to provide financial assistance for the renovation of the Hanuman Theatre. Kamat further said that the State government is fully aware
that Kala Bhavan for the people of Mapusa and surrounding villages is the need of the hour. “The Directorate of Art and Culture had selected the site for the construction of Kala Bhavan. But since some people have raised their objection, the government could not go ahead with the project,” he informed. “The government would provide additional financial assistance for the upgradation of Hanuman Theatre, if needed,” Kamat said.
CM launches hot-mixing of roads at Loliem
‘Meditative Experience’ from today HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 19
Kumari Selja releasing Triumph of Secularism in the presence of Uday Bhembre, Luizinho Faleiro, Dattaraj V Salgaonkar, Digambar Photo by Sachin Ambdoskar Kamat and Rajan Narayan, on Monday. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 19
Union Minister for Culture, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Kumari Selja released a book ‘Triumph of Secularism” based on the historic Opinion Poll in Goa, co-authored by Journalists Rajan Narayan and Professor of History, Dr Sharon D’Cruz,. Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, former Chief Minister, Luizinho Faleiro, Ex-MLA, Uday Bhembre and Chairman of Goa Publications Private Limited and Industrialist, Dattaraj V Salgaonkar were present at the function held at Miramar in Panjim on Monday. Speaking on the occasion Kumari Selja showered praises on Goans for maintaining separate
identity of Goa and also for preserving secular values during the Opinion Poll. Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat in his address hoped that the book ‘Triumph of Secularism’ will get wide readership. The readers of this book will come to know what they have gained after Opinion Poll, he added. Former Chief Minister, Luizinho Faleiro and Adv Uday Bhembre also expressed their views and complimented Dattaraj Salgaonkar for getting Opinion Poll history recorded. Rajan Narayan urged the Union Minister to look into the problems faced by the researches. Earlier, Dattaraj Salgaonkar welcomed the guests.
The Goa Diocesan Centre’s annual meditative ‘experience’ for youth held every year during Holy Week ahead of of Easter begins tomorrow with around 40 youth from all over the state. The experience, which is a meditative experience on the life death and suffering of Jesus Christ, is jointly organised by the Diocesan Catechetical Centre and the Diocesan Youth Centre at Old Goa. “It is a once in a lifetime experience for youth who take part. It involves a series of sessions and prayerful experiences on the suffering of Christ. They can take part only once in a lifetime, which makes it all the more special,” Fr Olavo Caiado the director of the Diocesan Youth Centre said. The four day experience will begin on Wednesday evening and culminate on Easter Sunday April 24. The programmes include a special meal on Maundy Thursday, Way of the Cross on Good Friday an Easter night vigil besides other sessions.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, former minister Isidore Fernandes and others during the launch of hot-mixing of roads in Loliem-Polem. Photo by Freddy Rebello HERALD CORRESPONDENT POINGUINIM, APRIL 19
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Monday inaugurated the hot mixing of the road works in Loliem-Polem. Kamat along with PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar, Canacona MLA Vijay Pai Khot, former minister Isidore Fernandes, Loliem Parish Priest Fr Alyousis Gonsalves and other dignitaries inaugurated the hot mixing works. The hot mixing of the road works is taken in three parts – Maxem to Loliem, Loliem church to Peddem and NH-17 to Outraband and the estimated cost of these works is expected to cost over Rs 3.25 crore. Sources in PWD speaking to the villagers informed that they would take up further extension and widening of the road work in a phased manner. On the occasion, two locals raised the question of the pend-
ing development works to the PWD minister during his question and answer session. R F John of Shelli requested the minister to take up the hot mixing of the link road from NH17 at Shelli to Kazalker and the minister gave instructions to the PWD engineers to put up the file immediately. The PWD engineers present when further quizzed by the PWD minister said that the file was sent to the Union Ministry at New Delhi and that the project will be undertaken under the Pradan Mantri Gram Sadak Yogna. To this, the minister directed the PWD officials to take up this work under Goa State funding. Julio Fernandes of Peddem brought to notice of PWD minister that despite spending crores of rupees towards the water supply scheme, the people are yet to get potable drinking water. Executive engineer S M
Dhond stated that the clearance from the forest department was awaited and was pending. Former minister Isidore Fernandes lauded the efforts taken by Digambar Kamat in taking up various development schemes for the downtrodden. Kamat in his speech apart from the various development schemes undertaken by his government said that discrimination against should not take place and said that any girl child that is born, the government will immediately deposit Rs 25,000 on her name and the lactating mother will be given Rs 5000. He also said that Anganwadi workers honorarium has been doubled. Over 300 people attended the function and that included Prashant Naik, Mohandas Lolayekar, Bahu Chandrakant Prabhudesai and other social workers from all over Canacona taluka.
Taxi operators thank CM Pt Lolienkar’s ancestral home for slashing permit fee unlikely to be named heritage site HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, APRIL 19
HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 19
The North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association on Sunday expressed gratitude to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes for fulfilling their demands. At the largely attended meeting of North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association, the members led by its President Vasudev Arlekar and other executive members thanked the chief minister and the Calangute MLA for giving into their just demands. Elaborating on their demands met by the chief minister, Association General Secretar y Vinayak Nanoskar said: “The chief minister and Calangute MLA were kind enough to bring down the permit fee from Rs 5,000 to Rs 900, while scrapping the decision of Transport Department not to issue permits in the future to vehicles Maruti 800 cars.” Addressing the taxi owners, Kamat said: “I feel proud and privileged to be thanked at an open forum,” and congratulated the taxi owners for the gesture. “Our government sees that the Aam Admi benefits through various schemes launched, as we are not able to provide jobs to each and every Goan,” said Kamat. The chief minister assured to
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes lights the traditional lamp at NG Taxi meet at Calangute. Photo by Thomas Fernandes
look into their genuine difficulties and come to their aid one way or the other. He also said that he buys time to settle the problems as he goes deep into the same and try to resolve it to the best of his ability. Kamat called upon the taxi owners and drivers to believe in credibility of their own self as they become the first ambassadors of the tourists. MLA Fernandes thanked the taxi owners for their kind gesture and also called upon the taxi owners and drivers to be
the brand ambassadors as they are the ones who get the first feel of the international tourists and promised all his help and support to the Association. Earlier, North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association President Vasudev Arlekar welcomed Chief Minister Kamat and Calangute MLA Fernandes, while Vinayak Nanoskar proposed the vote of thanks. Others present included Association Vice President Ravindra Vengurlekar and Dr Jennifer Lewis e Kamat.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat virtually rejected the idea of declaring Pt Anjanibai Lolienkar’s ancestral home at Loliem as a heritage site, even as Canacona Kalakar Sangh (CKS) submitted a memorandum to that effect to the chief minister. Chief Minister Kamat and PWD Minister Churchill Alemao on the sidelines of their visit to launch hot-mixing of Loliem’s internal roads, inspected the ancestral house of late Pt Anjanibai Lolienkar. CKS had earlier submitted a memorandum to Kamat requesting to declare the now unoccupied house of Lolienkar as a heritage site and/or repair and open an art gallery or hold singing classes. Former Loliem sarpanch Mohandas Lolienkar (also a caretaker of the house), Konkani Bhasha Mandal President Prashant Naik and CKS office bearer Ajit Painginkar submitted the memorandum to the chief minister on behalf of Canconcar’s demand. The chief minister after inspecting the spacious twostorey house, having over 12 rooms all having bath rooms, after inquires reportedly remarked saying there is no such provision with the government
to declare the house as heritage destination. However, Kamat reportedly asked the concerned citizens to make over the house of Pt Anjanibai to the government either on lease or rent for certain period of time and only after that action could be undertaken to convert it into an art gallery or commence singing classes in it. It is reportedly learnt that ancient sites are already listed with the Department of Archives and the house of Pt Anjanibai reportedly is just about 70 years old and hence doesn’t fit into the ancient criteria. And this is the point, while apparently compelled the chief minister not to assure anything so as showing government’s inclination to declare the house as a heritage site, even though it has all other aspects to the magnificently built house. The house, maternal home of Pt Anjanibai Lolayekar, a vocal musician, lies unoccupied and non-maintained since her death in 1992. CKS, which is annually organising Sangeet Samelans in her memory, claimed the huge ancestral house in on verge of collapse and need government’s immediate attention. Pt Lolayekar during her prime time had earned fame and
name not only in Goa, but presented her classical songs in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and few more other states. Her contribution in classical singing has been duly recognized by Goa’s first chief Minister Bhausaheb Dayanand Bandodkar by felicitating her.
Yi Goa Council elects new chiefs HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 19
Dr Jennifer Lewis e Kamat and Atrey P Sawant were elected Chair and Co-Chair of the Yi Goa Council respectively for the year 2011-12 at the Yi Goa Annual Day 2011 held recently, Dr (Ms) Jennifer Lewis e Kamat holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Birmingham, UK. She completed her BE Civil Engineering from Goa College of Engineering. She is an Associate member of Chartered Engineer of Institution of Engineers (India), and presently on the managing
committee of the Goa State Center. She is the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee to the Technician Chapter of IEI Goa State Center and was an Officer-in-charge of AMIE Examinations 2009-2010. Atrey Sawant is Unit Head for Mandovi Drydock. Sawant has been working in shipbuilding industry for last six years. He is a graduate from Gogte Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Post graduate diploma of business management from NMIMS, Mumbai. He is a member of Rotary Club of Bicholim and CII.
Coping with the bad and worse
Vol No CXI No: 109 Goa, Wednesday, 20 April, 2011
Ordeal by fire
hree labourers injured. One earthmoving excavator, three trucks, one phosphoric acid tanker, one tempo, six cars and 23 two-wheelers gutted. When a naphtha pipeline bursts into flames, can one expect anything less? The inferno was at the gate of the Zuari Agro-Chemical Industry Limited (ZACIL) in Zuarinagar, Sancoale, causing damage to property worth crores of rupees. It broke out at about 11.20am, but could be brought under control only by 4pm. Naphtha is a petroleum product produced in oil refineries. It is an intermediate product from the distillation of crude oil, between the lighter aviation spirit and petrol, and the heavier kerosene. And while it may be somewhat less volatile, it is no less inflammable than petrol. It’s like playing with fire. Therefore, any excavation in an area that has a naphtha pipeline close by must be conducted extremely carefully, and only under the close supervision of qualified personnel. It seems that in this case, at least some of these precautions were conspicuous by their absence. Reports suggest that a heavy earthmoving excavator, which was doing work on the under-construction Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) natural gas pipeline, damaged the ZACIL underground naphtha pipeline – which runs from the port to the factory –while undertaking excavation work. Metal on metal generated a spark, as a result of which the naphtha in the pipeline burst into flames. It led to a big blast, with flames shooting 40ft high. This inferno engulfed all the vehicles that were parked near the gate of the industrial unit. Quick action averted a much larger catastrophe, as the ZACIL emergency team immediately plugged off the flow of naphtha in the pipeline and state fire fighters reacted quickly to prevent the flames from spreading, using tonnes of foam and other fire retardant chemicals. Ammonia tanks close by were doused in water. However, the residual naphtha in the pipeline continued to burn for nearly around five hours. The exact facts will only be known after the inquiry ordered by Minister for Factories and Boilers and Vice Chairman of the State Disaster Management Jose Philip D’Souza is completed. But prima facie, it must be stressed that delicate and dangerous operations like carrying out an excavation close to a pipeline carrying highly inflammable substances should not be left to operators of heavy earth moving machinery, but must be closely supervised by responsible and qualified personnel. It’s no use putting the blame on a “negligent” excavator operator. Safety consciousness must start at the top. A cavalier attitude towards safety and cutting of corners in such matters is a sure invitation for disaster. It is matter of providence that this incident did not result in a loss of life. Next time, one may not have the same degree of luck.
hen the Indian Railways started direct trains between Vasco and Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu to enable Goan pilgrims to reach the shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni during the annual feast, politicians scrambled to claim the credit for this train, which made an inconvenient journey much easier. All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Luizinho Faleiro, Public Works Department ( PWD) Minister Churchill Alemao and South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha, at various times, each sought to claim that it was his exclusive effort that led to the starting of the train. Now that the weekly train started by Union Minister for Railways Mamata Banarjee has been stopped – even though the Vasco-Napapattinam train was announced in this year’s Railway Budget – which one of them is going to take the ‘credit’ for the stoppage?
Governments have catapulted the world into a frenzy for not ushering in democracy, says CAeTAno de ABreU
f one takes into consideration the upheavals taking place at some different global arenas, one might visualise that Armageddon will arrive sooner than later to remind us that our halcyon days is just a pipe dream, to cozy ourselves through despondency and despair. It is unfortunate that India is a country rife with caste differences and inequities, and thus not, overtly or covertly, affected with the grimaces of the world. There is a talk abut inclusive growth which gives no solace to the downtrodden at large, who being uneducated are ignorant about the complexity of its meaning, as the same statement is not enacted into action, which deems to be a total paradox, in lieu of practical application. Inclusive growth can be a reality, if we work in tandem to improve our own lot by being diligent and conscious through nuances of life. We should not rely on government’s sops to improve our quality of life. We should be aware of malefactors, who are hell-bent to disrupt our tenor of gracious living, without any malicious intent. Therefore, what the government can execute to assuage the plight of the common man is to enact stringent laws against those vile perpetrators. They should earnestly request the people to work in unison for the betterment of the country, although the solution seems to be improbable on all counts, as avarice and greed takes overall precedence over welfare and justified means. I can add that the government should not act in a compulsive and authoritarian way. We live in a democracy and abide by the rules laid down before us by our own Constitution. Thus, the government should comply with exigencies. It is because of the domineering governments that the world is erupting into a frenzy to bring forth democracy and not dictatorship as witnessed at the time of Jasmine Revolution that took place in Tunisian Republic. The revolution erupted after a trader Muhammad Bonazizi immolated himself due to impounding of his wares and ill-treatment meted on him by a female municipal worker for which people revolted and subsequently ousted the ruler Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali who fled the country. Take the instance of Hosni Mubarak, who also is collaterally ousted with his assets remaining frozen after an uprising erupted at Tahrir Square. Or take instances of fate of the rulers of Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, Ivory Coast, parts of China, North Korea, Myanmar, etc., who are still holding the reins of their respective countries, some at gun
View From my PAnVddo point, evoking subtle slogan: “I for me and everything for me”, never even realising that their days are counted and the will of the people shall prevail. It is to be recalled that democracy and dictatorship are the tools of dominance utilised to capitalise in any given situation, and to make the matters worse ... at all times. United States of America are having elections every quadrennium, with not chance for the incumbent President to contest the third time around, but yet here in India, we allow the incumbents to contest perennially. The reason is that we are governed by some old fossils instead of bringing some educated and capable young entities well versed with modernity and intricacies of life. However, this exercise may sound good on paper, but it is in total futility, as Indians are acclimatised to follow their leaders. Whatever they enact is well accepted by the populace without any whimper, unless the political factions out of their own
Tongue in Cheek
vested interest, rally behind the obliging cattle, to raise their own banner of revolt. Historically, dictatorship commenced since the time of Sulla and the Caesars who ruled their empires with an iron hand to usher in “absolutism” in total contrast of the word “Demo” (people) and “Kratos” (rule), which was endowed on us by Greek civilisation since early times. For India, I fail to understand the grand wisdom of Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Indira Gandhi who being socialists, abolished the kingdoms of the Rajas to incorporate them to make India a whole. It is to be said that the Rajas could have been tyrannical or benevolent, as the word democracy was non-existent then, although there were no narrated grievances found in the books from the subjects either. The Maharajas or Rajas did govern their own respective fiefdoms from the fixed and established laws and as of now, India does require that type of rule if it wants to progress further in the ambit of comfort zone.
India is still far behind in reasoning that the world is changing for the better and those old dogmas and traditions are the things of the past. Though they should be preserved for posterity, it cannot create a hindrance to usher the modernity per se where everyone selfishly works for their own betterment and not otherwise. Nevertheless in India, the cheapest commodity, which is inflation proof and which is encountered everywhere is talk, without any substance or conviction to that gabber fest. People talk for the sake of talking, never even visualising that instead of talking and castigating the government, they can capitalise on their resources to bring forth the much awaited inclusive growth which is a necessity and not a paradox. We cannot become prisoners of eddies, we should master the tides, otherwise in lieu of being swans in the lake, we will be more known as the hobbled ducks. We, in India, can have a plethora of intellectual entities ruling the country, but we are still arrested within our own infirmities and acknowledging the foibles as being our own, thus how long we live with those feelings of dread when dishonesty is ruling our psyche of foreboding? With scams becoming emergent for the public awareness we should retrospect to salvage whatever is left of our dignity and find the easy way out. I concur that Indians, are not supine by nature, although we opt for the easy way out by being apathetic to the virulent maelstroms that are occurring more often than not. Although it can be expressed that Indians do not waste any strength to put it on constant display never mind the conditions that they are subjected to, as we have learnt to live coping between the good and the worse. God willing, it cannot further worsen the creepy feeling of doom as we are facing the nadir of ignominy. However, it can be said that whichever governments that are co-ordinating our future and ruling the country, cannot take overall people for granted as civil explosion will grope its way in and bring out the unlimited worse from human beings. Thus whatever is happening in Arab and the Left world will reverse back to India with soaring tide to engulf all the Indians and leave the country in tatters. Do we want that or should we guide collaterally all our efforts to being about that inclusive growth as oracled by the government?
oonam Pandey? Who is she? That would have been the standard question before the ICC World Cup. Poonam Pandey? Where is she? That is the question doing the rounds today. The name has become a house-hold name overnight, and all for the wrong reasons. If you haven’t heard of Poonam Pandey, you are either not a cricket fan or you are an octogenarian. Model Poonam Pandey had caused quite a flutter in the country, by announcing that she would parade nude if Team India lifted the ICC World cup. India won the finals and Poonam Pandey did the disappearing act. But unfortunately, she says she will keep up her commitment. Not that anyone was interested in the act. In the beginning, it seemed more like a publicity stunt. Made one wonder how low one can stoop to get a bit of publicity. But now that she is committed to the act, God save us. She says that she made the announcement to boost India’s chances to win the World Cup.. Can nudity be considered as an incentive for better performance on the field?
By Adelmo Fernandes
Was this one of the reasons that India lifted the World Cup? Well, we will never know the answer. She said her nudity can have a therapeutic effect on the team (whatever that meant). Nothing could be more absurd. To me it sounds more like a distraction to the players. Probably the only person who would know the effect it has had on the players would be the team Psychologist. It is true that during the Football World cup a model from Argentina had promised to run in the nude around the football stadium if Argentina won the FIFA World cup. Fortunately, Argentina was knocked out of the World Cup and we were saved the blushes. But then it must be said that there is a world of difference between the cultures of Argentina and India. Obviously, there was an outrage in the country with a PIL being filed against the model. Did Poonam ever give a thought to the feelings of the wives and girlfriends of the cricketers while making such an announcement? The game of cricket does not even need scantily clad cheerleaders to promote the game.
One saw the grounds filled to the brim during the World Cup matches and there were no cheerleaders around gyrating to the music. But then these cheerleaders have resurfaced during the IPLtournament. It must be said that the game of cricket is followed by people of all ages including children. The announcement by the model can have a bad psychological effect on young impressionable minds. She says that we were born nude. Does it mean that we have to move around covered only by a fig leaf? She says there is no vulgarity in nudity. Well, well she sounds more like the renowned painter M F Hussain. She also said that she prayed to God that she will go nude if India wins the World Cup. What kind of prayer is this? Poonam Pandey should restrict her nudity to the Bollywood scenes and not drag it to sports. We could do without it. We need to concentrate on a good game like cricket and would do without such distractions. If Poonam has forgotten about her commitment probably no one will feel the need to remind her.
Letters to the Editor Major disaster averted
been a disaster unprecedented.
Nelson Lopes, Chinchinim
This is a let down!
The tanks of petroleum, oil etc., are dangerous bombs waiting to be ignited in a flash. The road diggers should have been provided a map of layouts of such highly hazardous contents. They should have been equipped with at least minimum fire control material in an emergency. That there was no supervision by any responsible person, is apparent. Mostly, the digging is done by illiterate workers for whom safety and precaution is neither a concern, priority or a responsibility. The contractors cannot be absolved of their duties. It was just a miracle that the damage was limited to vehicles and minor casualties to a few men. Otherwise, it could have
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PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS
20 April 1911 Cake rechristened
The Newspaper ‘As Noticias’ reports that a confectionary shop affiliated to Democratic front to expound its republican fervour has renamed the Royal Cake to Alphonso Cake.
A German Newspaper requested the Scandinavian Scientists to give their opinion about the geniuses what is called ‘Deutschland’ with the answer being not so satisfactory.
Price list to be published
Satisfying the request of the General Administration we will publish on some other day the price list of the essential commodities consumed by the populace.
Chairmen’s names in triple
At the last session of the Municipal Corporation it was already incorporated the list in triplicate with the names of the Chairmen of Parish Councils for the next term.
Oscar Gomes, Benaulim I was surprised to read in your esteemed paper that Dr Hubert Gomes had withdrawn from the race for MLAs elections from Benaulim constituency. This is the same Dr Gomes who had made several statements in the past that come what may, he would never withdraw from the race. It appears that the cold feed that he has developed, can be attributed to inducements offered by his opponents. We, people from Benaulim, feel very much let down by these people who had assured to make a change to the political scene in Goa.
Rope in youth power Jerry Fernandes, Saligao Though the Congress party has been ruling for the past so many years, it has been selling Goa for a price and doing absolutely nothing in terms of development, employment, etc. and improving its image in Goa. The Congress has been the most indisciplined political party in the history of Goa. Most of their so-called state ‘leaders’ have openly indulged in anti-party activities. This makes the job of the Opposition much easier. The reason for this mess is because of the arrogant Central leadership. The Congress should get rid of the anti-Congress elements and rope in youth power.
Good Friday A C Menezes, Chinchinim According to the Catholic Church, Good Friday is always observed on a Friday that falls after a full moon day occurring during the period 21 March to 21 April every year. This year the full moon day was on 17 April and the previous full moon day was on the 19 March. Since observance of Good Friday oscillates wildly during a lengthy period of 31 days, it would have prudent on the part of the church to decide on the observance of Good Friday on a Friday that falls during the first week of April. After all, they say that Jesus Christ was crucified on Friday, 3 April, in the year 0033 AD.
Letter of the Day
The final eye-opener
Peter Andrade, Vasco
The incident in Zuari Industries, Zuarinagar, should serve as a final eye-opener to all Goans and especially the leaders of Vasco and its people. The two MLAs have been making a noise about the Oil tanks in Vasco and the ammonia tank near Sada. This periodic noise is never backed by action. Tanks belonging to Indian Oil Corporation were supposed to move to Zuarinagar, but both places are carrying out businesses in full swing. It is said that the ammonia plant was not in operation; otherwise the loss of property would have been monumental. A fire like the one which occurred yesterday that charred 39 vehicles can happen anywhere as the pipeline passes through densely populated areas of Vasco. What would happen if any incident occurs at the controversial ammonia tank where thousands of people live? If any fatalities occur, our local MLAs will shed crocodile tears and flowers will be purchased at the exchequer’s cost. Safety of human life should be accorded top priority in such matters. Making a noise sans any action can prove to be very detrimental, or are we waiting for a fatal tragedy to occur?
Corruption in Goa
Fight corrupt government
Anthony Soares, Candolim
D Justin, Panjim
Big scale corruption is ongoing in Candolim, property of ancestors have been sold through illegal means by forging signatures of relatives, we are planning to come out and demonstrate on the streets, crying for justice, for further details please contact the undersigned.
I fully support the views expressed by Augustus Alphonso under the caption ‘ Well done ‘Khariwadocars’’(Herald, 18 April). I fully support the Khariwadocars for their genuine cause. Augustus timely stated that ‘This is the beginning of such protests in Goa. People, when united ‘by common interest or social justice, will not tolerate foolish administration by the state government’’. The bold and determined people of Khariavaddo brought down the MPT and the corrupt Congress government to their knees. I humbly appeal to the people of Cortalim, Agassaim, Corlim, Ribandar and Porvorim to be united like the Khariwadocars and fight the corrupt Congress government when they come to annex land for the national highway expansion. The government can still save the houses of the true Goans by taking the highways through the hinterlands.
FORCE on back foot? Allwyn George, Carmona The FORCE rally at Margao provided a good entertainment but failed to deliver a stern message to the government. The parents demand to know the next action plan as no fresh deadline has been set. Parents have been repeatedly subjected to the same rhetoric at the rallies. Parents cannot afford to wait. I wonder what is holding back FORCE in intensifying the struggle? It seems to be a mystery as to why FORCE is always on the back foot and not surging ahead in spite of the momentum created by the agitation.
Dabolim airport Vicente E Do Rego, Dubai Goa’s 40 elected members are good for
nothing. They are useless and lack courage even after 50 years since the Portuguese left Goa. They cannot throw out the Indian Navy who illegally occupy Goa’s lone airport. They came on the pretext of liberating Goa but made it their permanent base. If Lawrence Fernandes goes on a fast unto death, then I am sure people will definitely be with him.
Why this disparity? Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco The Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) has recently started a Volvo bus service to Bangalore. It is understood that in order to increase the number of passengers on its return trip, a part of the booking of the tickets has been handed over to a private party from Bangalore. But the problem is that the first several seats of the bus are reserved for those who book with the private party. Those who book through KTC counter get the last seats. Why this disparity? This needs to be changed. Those who book at the KTC counter should be given the first preference and the remaining tickets should be handed to the private party.
Try this remedy! Samir Khan, Mapusa Despite the various reasons given by the Konkaniwadis and Marathiwadis, I, like many parents, fail to understand the logic behind the Medium of Instruction in Konkani and the government’s continued stand of denying grants to English medium schools. Certain people belonging to the upper caste majority community feel that it is their birthright to dominate others. If at all the government succumbs to the pressure exerted by the aforesaid groups, then they should take heed to my suggestion and not allow any English medium school to run, both existing and new. We must give equal opportunities to all children from the economically weaker or affluent sections of society.
Paths of Wisdom Carl Jung Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of Analytical Psychology. Jung is of ten considered the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is ‘by nature religious’ and to explore it in depth. Though not the first to analyse dreams, he has become perhaps one of the most well known pioneers in the field of dream analysis. He was a self-described natural scientist, not a theoretical psychologist. For Jung, this salient distinction revolved around his initial process of deep observation followed by categorisations rather than the reverse process of imagining what categories exist and then proceeding to seek for proof of and then discover that one was correct, always correct. Much of his life’s work was spent exploring tangential areas, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, and sociology, as well as literature and the arts; all of which were extremely productive in regard to the symbols and processes of the human psyche, found in dreams and other entries to the unconscious. He considered the process of individuation necessary for a person to become whole. This is a psychological process of integrating the opposites including the conscious with the unconscious while still maintaining their relative autonomy. Individuation was the central concept of analytical psychology. As a boy, he carved a tiny mannequin into the end of the wooden ruler from his pupil’s pencil case and placed it inside the case. He then added a stone which he had painted into upper and lower halves and hid the case in the attic. Periodically, he would come back to the mannequin, often bringing tiny sheets of paper with messages inscribed on them in his own secret language. This ceremonial act, he later reflected, brought him a feeling of inner peace. (Source Wikipedia)
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opinionated Jan Lok Pal Bill needs wider discussion By Raju VeRnekaR
With Government setting up a five member committee to draft a Jan Lok Pal Bill, the veteran social activist Anna Hazare called off his fast-unto-death and historic legislation is expected to be introduced in the ensuing monsoon session of the Parliament. The bill will be drafted by a committee chaired by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and will also comprise five members of the civil society represented by Hazare. The Joint Drafting Committee is expected to complete its work by June 30. Hazare has set August 15 as the deadline. There are several issues which will have to be taken into consideration. A bill prepared by the society seeks to place Lok Pal above the prime minister, defence authorities and even judges eventually making Lokpal a superior authority over the agencies like CBI, Central Vigilance Commissioner and vigilance wings of different Government departments. The Jan Lokpal Bill 2010 drafted by Justice Santosh HegadeLokayukta Karnataka, Advocate Prashant Bhushan and Magsaysay award winner Arvind Kejariwal has suggested that a committee of eminent non-government persons including persons like Magsaysay award winners be formed for selection of Lokpal. The Jan Lokpal should have powers to investigate and prosecute the guilty with time limit of one year for enquiry and one year for prosecution. Besides, the Jan Lok Pal bill also provides for the confiscation and attachment of property of the accused to recover loss due to corruption. It also seeks to make it mandatory for government servants to declare their properties. At present, CBI has powers to register FIRs against the accused but it is not independent and is at the mercy of the ruling party. Besides, the CBI comes under the control of Department of Personnel and Training of Union Home Ministry. Whereas the Central Vigilance Commissioner is an independent body, but it has no powers and functions merely as an advisory body. The only difference is that the CVC is appointed by a Committee comprising Lok Sabha Opposition leader and others as its members. In addition to the above two agencies, there are Vigilance wings of other departments like Income Tax and Central Excise but they are controlled by the respective department heads. CVC cannot direct CBI to initiate enquiries against any officer of the level of Joint Secretary and above on its own, because it has to seek the permission of that department. Similarly, it does not have powers to register a criminal case. Also, CBI does not have the powers over politicians. There are several cases of serious corruption in which officials and political executives are involved together. The civil society has come out with several suggestions which could put a tab on politicians and government officials involving in corruption. However, some of the provisions suggested by the society are apparently extra-constitutional. As per Lok Pal Bill prepared by the Government earlier, only those complaints forwarded by Speaker of Lok Sabha/ Chairperson of Rajya Sabha would be investigated by Lokpal. However, the civil society has demanded that Lokpal should have powers to initiate investigations suo moto in any case, and also to directly entertain complaints from the public. The government wishes to make Lokpal an advisory body. Lokpal, after enquiry, will forward its report to the competent authority and the competent authority will have final powers to decide whether to take action on Lokpal’s report or not. In the case of cabinet ministers, the competent authority is the Prime Minister. In the case of PM and MPs, the competent authority is Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha. However, according to the civil society, in the coalition era, no action would be initiated against the PM or any MP of the ruling party. For example, if there were such a Lokpal today and if Lokpal made a recommendation to the PM to prosecute A Raja or a report is made against the PM or any MP of the ruling party, will the house ever pass a resolution to prosecute the PM or the ruling party MP? As such, Jan Lokpal Bill suggests that Lokpal should have the powers to initiate prosecution against any one after completion of investigations, in any case. Besides Lokpal should also have powers to order disciplinary proceedings against any government servant. The society is of the opinion that a part of the CBI dealing with cases of corruption, should be merged into Lokpal so that there is just one effective and independent body to take action against corruption. Hazare and his supporters are of the opinion that Lokpal should have jurisdiction against MPs, ministers, PM, Government officials, judges, CVC and the entire vigilance machinery of government should be merged into Lokpal. The Government has proposed that the committee to select Lokpal should comprise Vice President, PM, Leaders of both houses, Leaders of Opposition in both houses, Law Minister and Home minister. However, the civil society is of the opinion that the selection committee should comprise members with judicial background, Chief Election Commissioner, Comptroller and Auditor General of India and international awardees (like Nobel prize winners and Magsaysay awardees of Indian origin) to ensure a detailed transparent and participatory selection process. Lokpal should have powers to investigate any case against PM even if it is related to foreign affairs, security and defence, the society feels. However, the Government is against such freedom being given to Lokpal. The society is of the opinion that in any case of corruption, the investigations should be completed within one year and the trial should get over within the next one year. Besides, Lokpal should have the powers to impose financial penalties on guilty officers and they should be made to pay compensation to the complainant. The loss caused to the government due to corruption should be recovered from all accused. Besides, punishment for corruption which is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years should be enhanced to minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment, the society feels. In view of the attacks against RTI activists and others, Lokpal should have powers to provide protection to such whistleblowers. At present, CBI does not accept cases where amount of alleged fraud is around Rs 1 crore. Therefore, the financial limit for amount of corruption should be Rs500 and above and not Rs10 lakh, the civil society has demanded. The efforts made by Hazare to weed out corruption are laudable, but they will be practicable only if agencies like CBI, CVC and the vigilance wings are merged. It is to be seen how Jan Lok Pal Bill fits into the constitutional set up.
Normal monsoon forecast for 2nd consecutive year PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 19
There is some good news for farmers -- the country is expected to receive normal monsoon rains for the second consecutive year. India Meteorological Department (IMD) today forecast normal monsoon season this year with the country likely to receive 98 per cent rains of the Long Period Average (LPA). The LPA is the average rainfall
over the past 50 years, which is 89 cm. However, weather scientists said that some pockets of the country, particularly the food bowl northwestern region could experience deficit rains. “Monsoon rainfall for the country as a whole is most likely to be normal. There is very low probability for the seasonal rains to be deficient,” Earth Sciences Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told reporters here.
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Shiney moves HC against conviction PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, who was sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping his domestic help, today moved the Bombay High Court challenging his conviction on the ground that it was a “perverse and illegal” judgement. Shiney maintained in the appeal that even after the victim testified under oath that neither rape nor sexual intercourse took place between them, still the lower court held him guilty. “Apart from the girl denying the alleged offence, even the medical evidence is in negative. Evidence given by doctors, who examined Shiney and the victim, stated that there are no injuries on the girl’s body. Even the semen and blood samples were negative of Shiney’s DNA,” the appeal stated. Claiming that the sessions court judge committed serious error, the appeal said, “Instead of giving benefit of existing lapses in medical evidence and also in the statement of witnesses, to the accused, the judge has given the benefit to the prosecution. Not a single stain of semen and blood was found on the private parts of the girl or the accused.” The actor’s appeal was admitted today and his plea for bail has been posted for hearing
n Instead of giving benefit of existing lapses in medical evidence and also in the statement of witnesses, to the accused, the judge has given the benefit to the prosecution. --- Shiney’s appeal on April 27 by Justice A R Joshi. “According to the testimony of a witness Rekha Mane, the girl was in a disarrayed condition and had come down running on the day of the incident. However, the CCTV footage of the building’s lift lobby clearly shows the girl coming down calmly with her hair neatly combed and tied and clothes in order,” the appeal claimed. On March 30, relying on circumstantial evidence, a fast track court had convicted the actor for raping his domestic maid at his suburban residence in June 2009. However, the actor was acquitted of the charges of criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement. The lower court while convicting Shiney, observed that it had considered circumstantial evidence.
Dreaded Maoist arrested in Orissa PTI BARIPADA (ORISSA), APRIL 19
A hardcore Maoist from neighbouring West Bengal, facing over 30 cases including murder, abduction and treason, and two others were arrested in Orissa’s Mayurbhanj district, police said today. The rebel was picked up during a joint raid on a house by CRPF and police from village Budhakhamari in Bangiriposi area, 45 km from here, last night, Mayurbhanj district Superintendent of Police Dayal Gangwar told reporters here. The Maoist, identified as Khokan Mahato (35) alias Khagen of village Simili under Jhargram police station of West Midnapore district in West Bengal, was an area commander, he said. The two others arrested were identified as an associate Naba Mahato and Jitendra Mahanta in whose house the ultra had taken shelter, the SP said. No seizure was made during the raid. Khokan was wanted in around 30 cases in West Bengal and three in Orissa, Gangwar said. The other cases in which Mahato is involved include extortion, kidnapping, murder and treason. The rebel had allegedly formed a club in his village which was used for engaging youths in Maoist activities.
Stamp out honour killings: SC PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 19
Terming ‘khap’ panchayat as illegal and honour killing as “barbaric and shameful”, the Supreme Court today said these should be stamped out “ruthlessly” and asked states to suspend district magistrates and SPs concerned if they failed to act against the offenders. A bench of justices Markandeya Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra said in a judgement that the new trends of ka n g a ro o c o u r t s , h o n o u r killings, “khap” panchayaths in northern India and “katta” panchayats in Tamil Nadu were barbaric and illegal, the perpetrators of which required the harshest punishment. “We have in recent years heard of ‘khap panchayats’ (known as katta panchayats in Tamil Nadu) which often decree or encourage honour killings or other atrocities in an institutionalised way on boys and girls of different castes and religion, who wish to get married or have been married, or interfere with the personal lives of people. “We are of the opinion that this is wholly illegal and has to be ruthlessly stamped out. There is nothing honourable in honour killing or other atrocities and, in fact, it is nothing but barbaric and shameful murder. Other atrocities in respect of personal lives of people committed by brutal, feudal-minded persons deserve harsh punishment,” Justice Katju said writing the judgement.
Cong accused of weakening campaign against corruption PTI PATNA, APRIL 19
Auto-rickshaw drivers vandalise a mini-bus during their strike to protest against the increase in taxes and the challan drive initiated by the traffic police in Gurgaon on Tuesday.
SC dismisses former cricketer’s bail plea in emigration racket PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 19
The Supreme Court today dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former cricketer Jacob Martin, facing arrest for alleged involvement in an emigration racket, saying no relief can be granted to him as he is running away from the law, and asked him to surrender. A bench headed by Justice H S Bedi, which refused to quash a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Martin in the case, said that “he has been declared a proclaimed offender” in the case and “he is running away from the law.” The bench turned down the former cricketer’s plea for 24 hours’ time to surrender. Martin,
an Indian Railways batsman who had played 10 one-day internationals for India, is facing a Delhi Police probe for his alleged involvement in an emigration racket. “For getting anticipatory bail, you have to show bonafide but your bonafide is very suspect,” the court said. The court passed the order on an appeal filed by the Martin challenging the Delhi High Court order refusing to cancel the nonbailable arrest warrant against him and dismissing his anticipatory bail plea. The High Court had on April 8 refused to grant him any relief saying the allegation against him is serious and he has done “disservice” to the game which is
To call Dalit by caste is an offence: SC PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 19
Calling a Dalit by his caste with a view to insulting him or her is an offence under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act), the Supreme Court has ruled, upholding the conviction of two persons in Tamil Nadu. A bench of justices Markandeya Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra also deplored the “two tumbler” practice prevalent in the state and asked the government to rid the menace, failing which it said the police and administrative officers concerned shall be liable for prosecution under the Act. In some parts of the state, there is a practice of serving food and beverages in separate tumblers for members of the Dalit and other castes. The accused Arumugam Servai and Ajit Kumar, who belonged to the ‘servai” backward caste community, were convicted by the sessions judge Madurai for calling the Dalits
Panneerselvam and Mahamani by their caste “pallan” and assaulting them. “The word ‘pallan’ no doubt denotes a specific caste, but it is also a word used in a derogatory sense to insult someone (just as in North India the word ‘chamar’ denotes a specific caste but it is also used in a derogatory sense to insult someone). “Even calling a person a ‘pallan’, if used with the intent to insult a member of the Scheduled Caste, is, in our opinion, an offence under Section 3(1)(x) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989,” Justice Katju writing the judgement said. The court said: “The appellant Arumugam Servai then insulted PW1 by saying you are a pallapayal and eating deadly cow beef. “Apart from the two injured eye-witnesses, there are 3 other eye-witnesses to the occurrence. The doctor has testified to the injuries.
close to the hearts of millions. As per a criminal case registered in 2004, Martin, a native of Gujarat, had taken a group of young cricketers to England that year and had facilitated the “illegal stay” of one of them on the basis of forged documents. According to the prosecution, one Nimesh Patel had alleged that he paid nearly Rs seven lakh to one Rajender Patel, the main agent for facilitating the “illegal emigration”, and Martin was the “main beneficiary”. The police had said that Patel had nothing to do with the game and was subsequently deported by the British authorities for want of valid immigration papers. “It prima facie appears to be a case of human trafficking behind the smoke screen of leading a cricket team abroad. The allegation against the petitioner is serious in nature,” the High Court had said while accepting the status report filed by the police in the case. Expressing anguish over Martin’s conduct, the court had said, “He claims to be an international cricket player, who has represented India abroad but prima facie appears to be illegally attempting to send people abroad by making them pose as cricket players, while they did not have even the basic knowledge of the game.”
Bihar deputy Chief Minister S K Modi today accused the Congress of “attempting to weaken” the campaign launched by the social activist from Maharashtra Anna Hazare against corruption and said the grand old party should take a lesson from the past. “Congress is trying to weaken the anti-corruption campaign launched by Anna... the party should take a lesson from the past and cooperate in the fight against corruption”, Modi told reporters. “It is unfortunate that the Congress is heading for a collision course against the mass movement against corruption”, he said, adding it might prove dear to the grand old party. Apparently referring to the controversy over audio CD, Modi said it was also unfortunate that a smear campaign had been launched against the cochair of the joint committee. He said the country was witnessing a similar situation which was witnessed at the time of “complete revolution” movement by Jaiprakash Narayan in 1973 against former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi. Her successor and son Rajiv Gandhi too had to feel the heat in 1988-89 because of his mistakes.
The apex court asked the administrative and police officials to take strong measures to prevent such atrocious acts. “If any such incidents happen, apart from instituting criminal proceedings against those responsible for such atrocities, the State Government is directed to immediately suspend
the District Magistrate/Collector and SSP/SPs of the district as well as other officials concerned and chargesheet them,” the bench said. The apex court said the Government should proceed against such officials departmentally if they do not prevent the incident despite having prior knowledge.
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Christian to head UK Hindu school PTI LONDON, APRIL 19
Britain's second state-funded Hindu school scheduled to launch in the east Midlands city of Leicester from September will have a Christian head teacher, Christopher Spall, promoters of the school have announced. Spall, who will shortly take over as the head teacher of the Krishna Avanti Primary School, is currently head of an international primary school in Kuwait. Described as "a practicing Christian" by I-Foundation, the
school's sponsors, Spall, 58, has earlier taught in state-funded and private schools across Britain, as well as abroad. Pradeep Gajjar, project director of the school, said Spall was the "outstanding candidate in a field of outstanding candidates." His appointment, Gajjar added, was evidence of the IFoundation’s commitment to welcome everyone. The I-Foundation also runs Britain's first state-funded Hindu school in Harrow, where the head teacher is Naina Parmar.
Indian Coast Guard to get 20 new vessels PTI NEW YORK, APRIL 19
German firm Tognum AG on Tuesday said it will provide another 20 new vessels to the Indian Coast Guard, the value of which is in the medium twodigit million euro range. The value of the contract, which has been signed by the Tognum subsidiary MTU Asia, is in the medium two-digit million euro range, the company said in a statement. In 2009, Tognum already signed two deals for engines and automation systems for the Indian Coast Guard with a total value of 32.5 million euro. "MTU has already sold more than 190 type 16V 4000 M90 engines to the Indian Coast Guard and Navy in recent years," said Peter Kneipp, member of the executive board of Tognum and responsible for the business unit Engines. The engines enable the patrol vessels to remain at sea for a prolonged period of time without having to return to base to replenish supplies.
‘Hitler’ movie focuses on non-violence PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
Writer-actor Nalin Singh, who makes his debut with 'Dear Friend Hitler', says the film is not pro-Hitler and rather highlights how Mahatma Gandhi's ideology of non-violence helps in winning any battle. 'Dear Friend Hitler' is a multilingual Indian drama based on the letters written by Gandhi to Adolf Hitler in which the former addresses the Nazi dictator as 'Dear Friend'. "The film shows the clash of two historical personalities - Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler...How these two leaders followed their respective ideologies to solve issues of their countries. Hitler used violence, while Gandhiji believed in nonviolence.
Sibal seeks consensus on higher education PTI PATNA, APRIL 19
Observing that India cannot progress without educating its youths, Union Minister Kapil Sibal today said political parties, civil society and media must reach a consensus for formulation of policies to take forward higher education in the country. "Our country cannot make progress without providing education to its youths, particularly at the university level and for this political parties, civil society and the media need to rise beyond 'politics' for formulation of the national higher education policy," Sibal said. The Human Resources Development minister was here to lay the foundation stone of the campus of the IIT, Patna at Bihta, about 30 km from here. There was a serious need to promote higher education in the country given the fact that the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in the universities in the country stood at only 14 per cent as against a minimum of 50 per cent GER in the developed countries, Sibal said. It was only by ensuring improvement in the GER in the universities that a country can produce intellectual property and generate the real wealth, he observed. The country needs 40,000 to
Our country cannot make progress without providing education to its youths, particularly at the university level and for this political parties, civil society and the media need to rise beyond 'politics' for formulation of the national higher education policy. -- Kapil Sibal 45,000 colleges in 2020 as against 26,000 colleges at present and 1000 universities by 2020 against 700 universities at present if it wants to treble the
GER from the present figure of 15 million to 45 million by that period, he said. He said it was not possible on the part of the Centre to fund the required infrastructure for higher education given the resources at its disposal, Sibal also advocated public-private partnership in this sector. He expressed concern at the shortage of teaching staff in the universities and colleges and said the varsities should run post-graduate and doctoral courses to produce teachers. Sibal was also concerned with lack of quality education in certain universities and colleges in the country and said in order to address the issue, the HRD ministry has created a National Knowledge Network (NKN) under which the students of a particular university can attend classes in another university or college on the internet. Sibal hailed the UPA government for its efforts to promote higher education in the country and said that the Centre was working tirelessly to improve education sector from primary to university level. The UPA government has set up 20 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIT), 30 universities, 8 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and 7 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) since 2004, he said.
Central funds not spent in Bihar, claims Paswan PTI PATNA, APRIL 19
LJP president Ramvilas Paswan today criticised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his failure to utilise funds for MG-NREGA in the state and asked him to bring separate status reports on implementation of MG-NREGA, power and water crisis, education and health. Paswan said the MG-NREGA was demand based and funds were released by the Centre to the states based on the labour demand arising at the field level. The NDA government in Bihar had failed to utilize MG-NREGA funds of Rs 471.66 crore during 2007-08, Rs 871.38 crore and
23% population in Shanghai above 60 PTI BEIJING, APRIL 19
Shanghai, China's most populous city and financial hub, now has the highest number of old people in the country with one out of its four registered citizens are above the age of 60. "The registered population of the municipality reached 14.12 million by the end of 2010 with citizens over 60 years of age numbered 3.31 million, or 23.4 per cent of the total registered population," said statistics released by Shanghai's Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs and the Senior Citizens' Work Committee. The total population of the city, including suburbs was stated to around 22.21 million. It is predicted that the number of registered elderly in Shanghai regarded as China's business hub, will be 4.3 million, or about 30 per cent of the city's total registered population by 2015. China's elderly population clocked in 167.14 million at the end of 2009, or about 12.5 per cent of the country's total population. It is estimated that China's elderly population will continue to rise in the 20112015 period, a Xinhua report said. According to global standards, a country or region is considered to have an "aging society" when the number of people over the age of 60 reaches 10 per cent or more of its population. Saddled with increasing numbers of pensioners, the city already relaxed one child policy permitting a second child two years ago. Also the city has relaxed the retirement age to reduce the burden on the pension funds. The retirement age in China now is 60 for males, 55 for female government officials and 50 for other female workers. People have to pay into the pension account for at least 15 years before they retire.
Rs 541.33 crore during 200809 and 2009-10 respectively, the former union minister claimed. "One can well imagine the status of MG-NREGA progress in Bihar for providing 100 days of wage employment to every rural household in every financial year for doing unskilled
manual work," the MP said and alleged that there was rampant corruption in execution of MGNREGA. The state government was also a total failure in tackling power and water crisis, ensuring quality education and health, he alleged and said the state government was busy in highlighting its achievements though there is nothing visible on the grounds. Paswan announced that the LJP would seek status report from the state government to substantiate as to what were the major changes seen on the front of electricity, health and education compared to the 15 year-rule of RJD.
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important initiatives of the state government and also the achievements made by the State on various sectors of the economy. The State delegation included Sanjay Srivastava, Chief Secretary, T M Balkrishnan, Secretary to Chief Minister, S. Kumaraswamy, Finance and Planning Secretary, Anand Sherkhane, Director (Planning) & Additional Secretary (Budget), Anupam Kishore, Additional Secretary (DMU), Michael D’Souza, Joint secretary Finance, Prasad Lolienkar, OSD to CM, Sanjit Rodrigues, OSD to CM, Bhaskar Nayak, Director, Higher Education and V B Saxena, Joint Director Planning amongst others. The Planning Commission’s members Dr Narendra Jadhav, Soumitra Choudhari and others were also present for the vital meeting for finalization of the plan size for the year 2011-12.
Mickky’s 8-day ultimatum
When his attention was drawn to the division within the Congress legislature party (CLP) on the issue, Pacheco said he is not concerned what happens in the CLP with the leaders fighting amongst themselves on petty issues.
him and the Kharewado Affected People (KAP) and claimed that some people in KAP had sidelined him to sabotage his political career. D’Souza assured to correct the minutes of the meeting, as Fr Bismark Dias, who is representing the KAP, was not satisfied with the minutes. “Chief Minister Kamat has asked me to carry the minutes of meeting, as all party delegates are scheduled to meet the shipping minister on Wednesday morning,” said D’Souza. Commenting on the controversial port jurisdiction, D’Souza said in his note to the chief minister that notification of the central government has provided a blanket jurisdiction to the port, as the notification covers nearly one-third of the coastal and river stretches of the State. “Such a vast jurisdiction of MPT in a small state like Goa, which is mostly confined to tourism and fishing, would adversely affect the State’s interest, thus MPT should be confined to its operational area as port jurisdiction,” he stated. For the interest of tourism and fishing community, the State has to adopt a cabinet decision to declare Vasco bay, Baina bay besides villages coast of Bogmalo, Velsao upto Betul as traditional fishing villages and urge the central government to alter the port limit, he said. He said that the central government is empowered under section 5 of Indian Port Act 1908 to alter the limit of the port. Mapusa legislator Francis D’Souza and Mormugao legislator Milind Naik are representing the Bharatiya Janata Party in the delegation.
Dum screening panel
“We will decide on anything only after examining the court order,” he said. Fox Star Studio International Private Limited officials had told reporters that the movie could not be screened before the committee on Monday as not all members are in Goa. The distributors were not given any commitment on organising the viewing of the film for the committee as few members were either in Delhi or Mumbai.
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Sebi to have own lab to nail market manipulators PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 19
With an aim to catch fraudsters early in their sinister designs, Sebi will soon set up a forensic accounting cell to identify any bungling in the books and regulatory filings of listed firms and market entities. At the same time, the market watchdog would also seek help from outside professionals, use latest technology software tools and put in place its own 'investigation laboratory' to churn out new investigative methods. The proposed measures would be a part of Sebi's attempts to keep ahead of corporate and accounting fraudsters, and market manipulators, who are suspected of using newer methods and technologies every passing day to manipulate the rules in the market, a senior Sebi official said. Having its own forensic accounting cell would help Sebi avoid any recurrence of Satyam-like scams, where irreg-
n Having its own forensic accounting cell would help Sebi avoid any recurrence of Satyam-like scams, where irregularities in the company's accounts went unnoticed for many years. _Official ularities in the company's accounts went unnoticed for many years, he added. Surveillance of markets is going to be one key area of focus for Sebi in the current fiscal and a proposal has been made to increase the effectiveness of its surveillance mechanism, the official said, adding that the same was discussed at the regulator's last board meeting. Accordingly, Sebi has decided to “create a forensic accounting cell to improve
quality of the financial information disclosed and to assist in detection of financial irregularities so as to serve as an effective early warning mechanism,” he added Besides, Sebi has also decided to use latest technology software tools, utilise the services offered by professional firms to set up an investigation laboratory, which will be used as an incubation room for innovation in investigative methods. Sebi had earlier in February implemented a new tool for speedy analysis of data and identification of possible violations like insider trading. The new tool, named Data Ware Housing and Business Intelligence System (DWBIS), will significantly enhance Sebi's investigation and surveillance functions and "generate reports that will better serve SEBI to identify, detect and investigate aberrations and market abuses that undermine market integrity.”
‘Next IMF chief may be Indian or Chinese’ PTI LONDON, APRIL 19
British Prime Minister David Cameron today said an Indian or Chinese could be the next chief of the International Monetary Fund, and played down the chances of his predecessor Gordon Brown taking over the key position. Discussing the possibility of Brown as the next IMF chief on BBC, Cameron said someone who “didn't know we had a debt problem in the UK" might not be the best person to run the IMF. The IMF, he said, should be led by someone 'extraordinarily competent', and suggested that the next IMF head could come from “another part of the world”, such as China or India. IMF chief are by convention from European countries - the current head is France's Dominique Strauss Kahn. The UK and other major economies have an effective veto on the appointment, the BBC reported. Strauss Kahn is scheduled to step down soon as managing director of the IMF.
A model poses next to a car from Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors at the Shanghai Auto Show in Shanghai on Tuesday. About 2,000 car and parts makers from 20 countries are participating in the Shanghai auto show, showcasing 75 new car models, 19 of them making their world premieres.
Three RInfra substations commissioned PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra), today said that it has commissioned three new 220kV extra high voltage (EHV) substations in the western suburbs to strengthen Mumbai transmission grid. These EHV substations, which have been set up at Goregaon, Gorai and Saki will help in significantly reducing losses and cope with the increasing demand for electricity in the metropolis, a press release issued here said. “We are committed to create world-class transmission network for Mumbai to meet its growing infrastructure needs. We would endeavour to ensure timely capacity additions for evacuation of power to facilitate all around growth of the city,” the company’s CEO and Whole-Time Director, Lalit Jalan, said. With the addition of these three, the company now has six EHV substations that would meet the growing power needs of the city, he said. RInfra has three EHV substations at Ghodbunder, Aarey Colony and Versova, the release said.
Magma’s insurance arm to start operations this fiscal PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
Kolkata-based non-banking financial company, Magma Fincorp, today said its insurance arm Magma HDI General Insurance will commence operations in current fiscal. “We have received the R1 license from the insurance regulator Irda. After other formalities including R2 and R3 licences, we hope to start operations by end-this fiscal,” Magma Fincorp’s Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Sanjay Chamria told PTI on the sidelines of a press meet here. Magma has signed a joint venture with HDI Gerling, part of Talanx Group, Germany’s third largest insurance group to start a general insurance company in India, which since has received R1 license from the insurance regulator. Magma will hold 74 per cent while HDI Gerling will hold 26 per cent in Magma HDI General Insurance Company, Chamria said. Meanwhile, Magma Fincorp reported significant increase in
disbursements, revenue, PAT and in assets under management (AUM) in Q4 FY 11 over corresponding quarter last year. The disbursements increased at a steady 41 per cent to Rs 1,955 crore while revenue increased 24 per cent to Rs 269.8 crore. The company recorded profit before tax (PBT) of Rs 66.4 crore and profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 44.9 crore, an increase of 57 per cent and 70 per cent respectively in Q4 FY 11 over the corresponding period last year. The AUM as on March 31, 2011 was Rs 10,907 crore. Magma registered annual disbursals of Rs 5,415 crore, up 33 per cent over the FY 10, resulting in improvement in its market share in the car, tractor and commercial vehicle segments. Annual revenues grew by 21 per cent to record Rs 874 crore and PAT registered in FY 11 was the highest ever for the company at Rs 122.1 crore, up 71 per cent. Commenting on the company’s performance, Chamria
said, “Magma has responded well to the market opportunities in all the product segments, be it commercial vehicles, car or the high yield products such as tractors, Suvidha (refinance) or SME loans. Aligned with the rapid growth in primary sales, Magma too has been able to grow its disbursals in Q4 by 41 per cent. “We successfully increased the share of our high yield products to 19 per cent from 13 per cent which along with superior treasury management and efficiency in handling cost of funds ensured we achieved NIM of 5.0 per cent for the year. On account of stringent write off policies and exemplary collections focus, Magma continues to have zero gross and net NPAs,” Chamria said. “With the expansion of its network in the Western and Southern markets, Magma is now at the cusp of an explosive growth and is looking to grow its topline by 50 per cent during FY 12 with specific focus on the high yield segments of tractors, used CVs and SME segment.
IProf raises Rs 22 crore funding PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
Noida-based e-learning company, iProf Learning Solutions, today said it has raised Rs 22crore in Series A funding from Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) and IDG Ventures India (IDGVI). The funds will be used to fuel aggressive expansion of iProf ’s e-learning centers (iProf iStudy Zones) in metros and Tier II and III cities throughout India and abroad, as well as for bringing a large number of new iProf products to market by continued partnerships with the country’s best professors, the company said in a statement. NVP India’s Executive Director, Mohan Kumar and IDGVI’s Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, Sudhir Sethi, will join the Board of the company. “India’s test preparation
market is expected to reach USD 1-billion in three-years. However, primary growth restraints to date have been the lack of strong teachers, the limited reach of classroom programs into Tier II and Tier III cities and the high price of classroom coaching for IIT/MBA courses,” iProf Founder & CEO, Sanjay Purohit, said. “To meet the needs of this growing market in India, iProf has created an innovative elearning marketplace by which a large number of courses can be provided in extremely engaging and interactive formats at an affordable price to millions of students world-wide. This is available to even those students who don’t have computer or Internet access,” he said. iProf Learning Solutions is an e-learning company and an operator of a chain of Wi-Fi-
enabled e-learning centers panIndia. Presently, the company has around 20 iStudy Zones operational which will reach 100 by end-2011. These centers are being opened both on a company-owned and franchisee basis. Students will be able to download various education contents in minutes from retail hotspots called iStudy Zones, the statement said. “We were drawn to NVP and IDG Ventures India because they are leading global investment firms with deep domain knowledge and a track-record for building successful companies,” Purohit said. iProf also announced that it has tied-up with IGNOU, the world’s largest open university with an enrolment of more than 3.2-million students. IGNOU has around 1,400 study zones across India and
has partnered with iProf to conduct diploma programs for 75 of its courses on the iProf platform. “iProf addresses the education infrastructure challenges that prevent quality education from reaching the 25 million student population in India. We are pleased to invest in an elearning pioneer such as iProf, and we believe the company can revolutionise the delivery of education in India,” Sethi said. NVP India’ Mohan Kumar said NVP is excited about the impact that iProf can make on the future of education in India, and “we look forward to working with the company and supporting the team as it innovates and expands its presence in this rapidly growing market.”
Videocon D2h crosses three million subscribers mark Videocon D2h, the direct-tohome (DTH) company promoted by the Videocon group, today said that it has crossed the three-million subscribers mark. “We have achieved the three-million mark as per our
planned targets and we are sure that we would add another million subscribers in the next 3-4 months,” Videocon Group's Director, Saurabh Dhoot, said in a statement. What is important at this stage is to continue the mo-
mentum not just by adding new customers but by delighting existing customers. “Our aim is to keep our customers happy because we feel that a brand is successful when their customers are satisfied,” Dhoot said.
Videocon D2h offers maximum number of channels in the market with a current count of 290 channels and services – it provides a very strong regional content for its specific audiences along with all the sports channels on board, the statement said.
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Exports post highest growth of 37.5% PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 19
Exports registered the highest ever growth of 37.5 per cent at USD 245.9 billion during 2010-11, demonstrating a robust demand for Indian merchandises not just in the western economies but in new markets like Latin America as well. Exports for March rose by a handsome 43.9 per cent to USD 29.1 billion compared to the growth in the same month in the previous financial year. “This is the highest annual percentage growth (in a financial year),” Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said after releasing the trade data. The stellar performance in exports has been made possible despite uncertainty in several European economies which are marred by debt crisis. Imports on the other hand grew at a lesser pace of 21.5 per cent despite increasing pressure on crude oil prices. Imports for 2010-11 aggregated USD 350.3 billion, leaving a trade deficit of USD 104.4 billion. Imports in March totalled USD 34.7 billion, up 17.3 per
To cross USD 300 bn in FY 12: FIEO PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) today said the country’s exports would cross USD 300-billion in 2011-12. “In FY 11, exports touched USD 246-billion and we expect it to reach the USD 300-billion mark in FY 12. Asia, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region and Africa have been the main contributors to this growth,” FIEO President, Ramu Deora, said in a press release issued here. Also, the signing of Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Asian countries is expected to raise Asia share in our exports to 55 per cent by 2014, he said. Deora said that engineering, chemicals, pharma and gems and jewellery would be the important sectors contributing to the increase in exports. These exports would be supplemented by traditional sectors, he said. FIEO expects the exports to grow to USD 500-billion by 2014-15. cent year-on-year. The country’s total merchandise trade has almost touched USD 600 billion -- half of India’s gross domestic product of USD 1.2 trillion. Sharma said while the government has not fixed any target for the current fiscal, “... we will continue to strive to increase it”.
India aims to achieve merchandise exports of USD 450 billion 2013-14. Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar said imports figures may be revised upwards leading to a trade gap increasing to USD 110-115 billion. The good show by exports has lessened worries on the current account deficit, which
Khullar said, is likely to be at USD 25-35 billion. Engineering goods grew 84.7 per cent to USD 60 billion led the show, followed by Petroleum products at USD 42.5 billion (up 50.5 per cent). Gems and jewellery grew 15.4 per cent to USD 33.5 billion, drugs and pharmaceuticals 15 per cent to USD 10.3
billion. Khullar said while there has been an improvement in demand in the US an even in EU, “my hunch is that export growth (also) came from new markets, particularly from Latin America.” Since the export growth had bottomed out in 2009-10, expansion in the last fiscal looked
good under the low base impact. However, “even if this base effect was not there the export growth would have been around 30 per cent,” Khullar said. When asked if the growth rate is sustainable, he said it will be a “pipe-dream” given the global economic outlook.
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SBI hikes lending rate; loans to become costlier PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
The country’s largest lender SBI today announced a hike of 25 basis points in lending rates, making loans more expensive for existing and new borrowers. The bank has revised the base rate upwards by 25 basis points (bps), or 0.25 per cent, to 8.50 per cent effective from April 25, State Bank of India (SBI) said in a statement. The SBI’s announcement comes a month after the Reserve Bank raised its lending and borrowing rates by 25 basis points each to 6.75 per cent and 5.75 per cent respectively. Also, the central bank is widely expected to hike key policy rates by at least 25 basis points in its annual monetary policy on May 3. SBI’s base rate is still the lowest among that of public sector banks’ which have set their base rates at around 9 per cent. The base rate of the largest private sector lender ICICI Bank is 8.75 per cent. Base rate is the lowest rate below which a bank cannot
lend to any one. SBI has also increased its Benchmark Prime Lending Rate (BPLR) by 25 basis points which would mean the existing borrowers also have to pay more for their loans. With this, BPLR would go up to 13.25 per cent. This will make EMIs for the existing loans dearer by at least 25 basis points. The bank last revised both the rates in February this year. SBI, however, has left deposit rates unchanged at current levels even when some of the public sector and private sector banks reduced rates on select maturities during the month. UCO Bank, Central Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Dhanalaxmi Bank slashed their deposit rates during the month. To bring in more transparency, the base rate was introduced replacing the Benchmark Prime Lending Rate (BPLR) in July, last year. The BPLR is used for determining interest rates on loans and advances sanctioned up to June 30, 2010.
Gems, jewellery exports up by 42% in FY 11 PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
Gems and jewellery exports surged by 42 per cent to Rs 1,96,470 crore in FY 11 over
the previous financial year following sharp rise in demand from countries like the US, Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) said today. The total gems and jewellery exports stood at Rs 1,38,752.29 crore in 2009-10. “The rise in exports was mainly due to growth in demand, especially from the US. The US imports of gems and jewellery from India went up by 50.4 per cent in 2010 compared to 2009,” GJEPC Chairman Rajiv Jain told reporters here. Looking at the present scenario, the gems and jewellery exports are expected to grow at a 15-20 per cent in this fiscal (2011-12), he said. The exports are mainly driven by cut and polished diamonds, which registered a growth of 55 per cent at Rs
1,28,671.67 crore in FY 11, he said. Of the total export basket, cut and polished diamonds constituted 65.49 per cent, followed by gold jewellery 29.86 per cent while coloured gems stones and others accounted for 4.69 per cent. Gold jewellery exports have also been on the rise and witnessed an increase of 28.23 per cent at Rs 58,668.03 crore compared to Rs 45,750.03 crore in the previous fiscal. However, shipments of coloured gemstones witnessed only a marginal increase of 5.60 per cent at Rs 1,434.11 crore against Rs 1,358.01 crore in the last financial year. “India is today looked upon as one of the leading players in the global arena and at GJEPC we believe that this growth will continue in the coming year as well,” Jain said.
BSE clocks highest-ever equity market turnover PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) today clocked its highestever equity market turnover of Rs 12,832-crore following large bulk deals in the Cairn India counter. The BSE’s turnover stood at Rs 3,391 crore on Monday. The volume on the BSE spurted due to the block deal in Cairn India which had registered a trading volume of Rs 9,919.22-crore. London-listed mining group Vedanta Plc has bought at least a 10.5 per cent stake in Cairn India from Malaysia’s state oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), which exited totally from Cairn India. “Major milestone achieved after eight years. Asia’s first bourse Bombay Stock Exchange Limited (BSE) has seen the fructification of the various initiatives undertaken as the equity market turnover touched an eight-year high of Rs 12,832 crore--highest amongst all Indian stock exchanges,” the BSE said in a statement here. For the first time in eight years, BSE has clocked higher turnover than the rival National Stock Exchange (NSE) turnover of Rs 10,826 crore, a BSE spokesperson said. The BSE 30-share Sensex advanced 30.66 points or 0.16 per cent at 19,121.83 in a volatile trading session today.
Sensex gains 31 points PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
After two sessions of heavy losses, the BSE Sensex gained 31 points in volatile trading today to close over 19,121 amid some buying in strong stocks despite weak investor sentiment. Smart rise in heavyweights like L&T, HDFC Bank, Bharti Airtel, ICICI Bank and TCS helped the Sensex end in the positive terrain. However, ITC, Infosys Tech, BHEL, Hero Honda, SBI and HUL restricted the gains. The 30-share Bombay Stock Exchange index, Sensex, moved between the positive and the negative terrains in early trade and hit 3-week lows, weighed down by weak Asian stocks. However, it regained in afternoon trade as European stocks rose in their early trading.
Aban Offshor, 680.05, 690, 656.35, 664.45 Abb Ltd., 830, 830, 812.1, 816 Abg Shipyard, 384, 388.7, 376, 386.35 Acc Limited, 1090, 1108.4, 1090, 1101.55 Adani Enterp, 641.5, 645.85, 620, 638.2 Aditya Birla, 895, 914.7, 884.95, 889.35 Allahabad Ba, 216.3, 217.95, 213.05, 216.3 Alstom Proje, 576.5, 586.4, 569.5, 577 Ambuja Cemen, 149.1, 151.9, 149.05, 150.55 Andhra Bank, 145.25, 145.25, 141.5, 143.5 Ashok Leylan, 53.7, 54, 52.35, 52.9 Asian Paints, 2587.75, 2587.75, 2550, 2569.15 Axis Bank Li, 1384, 1416.8, 1382.2, 1409.35 Bajaj Hindus, 78.6, 80.8, 77, 79.45 Bank Of Baro, 976, 982.5, 966.8, 978.4 Bank Of Indi, 488, 488, 479.05, 483.3 Beml Limited, 722.15, 732.1, 712.05, 715.9 Bharat Elect, 1820, 1859, 1804.05, 1828.65 Bharat Forge, 350.5, 354.5, 345.15, 352 Bharat Petro, 592, 607.9, 585.5, 605.1 Bharti Airte, 368, 378, 365.5, 376.45 Bhel, 2181.6, 2183.25, 2110.3, 2132.4 Bhushan Stee, 510, 522, 502.75, 520.75 Biocon Limit, 367.1, 370.1, 360.05, 362.65 Bombay Dyein, 385.65, 390.7, 381.3, 386
The BSE market share at end of trading today, was 54 per cent. The average market share in the equity segment has been around 21-22 per cent traditionally. The derivatives market has also seen some activity. The volumes clocked in the last three-months from January 2011 till date was Rs 192-crore. BSE is the only exchange offering delivery-based derivatives and aggressively promoting the same within the trading community. The Exchange initiated several innovative initiatives such as mobile trading (currently being promoted by several broking firms), BSE’s NEW BOLT trading terminal features, Fast Cast, E-Cast (allowing greater visibility on depth of market) and Pre-open trading in common scrips and also in scrips listed only on BSE. Implementation of faster processing systems has led to an increased response time of less than 10 ms from the earlier speed of 200 ms. OrderTrade ratio has also gone up from 5:1 to 19:1 in the last one year. There has also been an increase in capacity from 1,000 orders per second to 20,000 orders per second, the statement said. The recently introduced Smart Order Routing also has seen significant action at BSE with approvals in place for 12 members.
Bosch Limite, 6382.6, 6382.6, 6251, 6284.9 Brigade Ente, 94.65, 96, 94.4, 95 Cairn India, 335.15, 346.85, 333, 344.1 Canara Bank, 658, 660.25, 647.95, 657.65 Central Bank, 140, 142.9, 138.8, 140.35 Century Text, 363.5, 368.7, 361.15, 362.35 Cesc Ltd, 302.55, 308.4, 301, 306.7 Chambal Fert, 82.2, 85.6, 81.5, 85.2 Chennai Petr, 223.2, 228.95, 223.2, 225.85 Cipla Ltd, 315.1, 320.95, 313.6, 317.8 Colgate Palm, 888, 888.05, 871, 875.65 Container Co, 1267, 1283.9, 1245, 1256.3 Crompton Gre, 293, 295.6, 283.55, 283.95 Cummins Indi, 675, 701.25, 668, 694.25 Dabur India, 102.85, 103.9, 101.9, 102.25 Deccan Chron, 81.25, 83.95, 80.1, 81.3 Dish Tv Indi, 67, 67.7, 65.6, 67.2 Divi’s Labor, 701, 701, 681.35, 686.15 Dlf Limited, 233.5, 237.45, 228.7, 236.6 Dr. reddy’s, 1645, 1649.35, 1620, 1625.2 Edelweiss Ca, 38.3, 38.5, 38, 38.25 Educomp Solu, 456, 464.7, 451.35, 460.55 Eih Limited, 89.2, 90.3, 89, 89.8 Engineers In, 296, 297.9, 293, 295.35 Essar Oil Lt, 132.5, 133.65, 130.2, 132.1
Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corp., poses with models at Toyota G's Reiz concept car during Toyota presentation on the press day at the Shanghai International Auto Show on Tuesday.
IDBI Bank net soars 62% in Q4 PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 19
State-owned IDBI Bank today reported a smart 62.13 percent jump in net profit at Rs 516.25 crore for the quarter to March driven by lower provisioning and higher interest income which almost doubled and said the bank would focus on retail in the new fiscal. The youngest public sector bank also reported a massive 60 percent rise in annual profit at Rs 1,650.32 crore against Rs 1,031.13 crore y-o-y. The bank had a net profit of Rs 318.41 crore in Q4 last fiscal. Attributing the robust numbers to a massive ramp up in the overall asset quality which saw the bank halving the provisioning for bad assets, chairman and managing director R M Malla said here that the healthy numbers are result of a massive 91.9 percent rise net interest income at Rs 4,329 crore for the full year (Rs 2256 crore) and a nearly 20 percent rise in Q4
to Rs 676 crore (Rs 545 crore) “Going forward, while we will continue to improve our corporate loan business, a key driver of growth will be retail, which would see our current and saving accounts contributing to over 25 percent of our funds. We are looking at around 40 percent growth in our retail deposits. Towards this we will be opening 284 branches this fiscal,” he said. Total income in Q4 rose to Rs 5,700.65 crore from Rs 4,627.91 crore a year-ago. The bank declared a dividend of Rs 3.50 per share for the full year. One of the major drivers of this robust numbers has been a near halving of its bad loans-from Rs 542 crore in Q4 FY10 to Rs 281.90 crore in the reporting quarter, and for the full fiscal it rose to Rs 1876.87 crore from Rs 1681.69 crore. However, the bank made a technical write-off of Rs 447 crore during the quarter, thus the fresh NPA addition was only Rs 131
crore, said chief financial officer P Sitaram. Net interest income (NII) in Q4 stood at Rs 1,109 crore (Rs 762 crore), a growth of 45.5 percent. NII for the full year stood at Rs 4,329 crore (Rs 2,256 crore), recording a massive growth of 91.9 percent. Feebased income during the year showed considerable improvement to Rs 1,762 crore against Rs 1,435 crore y-o-y, recording a growth of 22.8 percent. Total business (deposits and advances) for the year stood at Rs 3,37,584 crore (Rs 3,05,869 crore), growing 10.4 percent. Deposits rose to Rs 1,80,486 crore for the full year (Rs 1,67,667 crore). Advances rose to Rs 1,57,098 crore (Rs 1,38,202 crore). As of end March, aggregate assets stood at Rs 2,53,378 crore as against Rs 2,33,573 crore. On fund raising, Malla said, he has a headroom for USD 1.15 billion, out of which he will mop-up USD1 billion through a medium term note issue. He, however, refused to offer a timeline.
GUVNL not to buy SECL premium-grade coal PTI VADODARA, APRIL 19
The Gujrat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has decided not to purchase A&B grade coal from South Eastern Coal Field Limited (SECL) due to steep hike in its prices. The hike follows Coal India limited (CIL) increasing prices of its premium A&B grades linking it to international prices. SECL is a subsidiary company of CIL. The CIL has said that it has revised the prices of A&B grades coal by 154 and 162 per cent respectively while
Essar Shippi, 97.1, 99.9, 97, 98.3 Exide Indust, 144.9, 144.9, 138.45, 140.05 Federal Bank, 439, 456.9, 436.3, 453.05 Financial Te, 869, 871.8, 857, 863.45 Gail (india), 463.95, 474.25, 455.7, 472.6 Gammon India, 119.9, 120, 116.9, 118.15 Glaxosmithkl, 2095.6, 2133.95, 2076.35, 2119 Glenmark Pha, 299.7, 305, 289, 292.4 Gmr Infrastr, 40.5, 40.55, 39.6, 40.25 Godrej Indus, 180.2, 184.7, 180.2, 182.3 Grasim Indus, 2480.3, 2492, 2375.55, 2400.5 Great Offsho, 277, 288, 277, 285.75 Gtl Infra.Lt, 36.4, 36.95, 36.4, 36.65 Gujarat Mine, 139.95, 143.1, 138.65, 142.55 Gujarat N R, 54.3, 55.8, 54.3, 55.7 Gujarat Stat, 97, 100.3, 95.7, 99.8 Gvk Pow. & I, 27.5, 27.6, 26.2, 26.8 Hcl Technolo, 465, 479.85, 465, 476.55 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2340, 2358.8, 2324.45, 2347.5 Hdfc Ltd, 688.3, 699.85, 686.95, 694.6 Hero Honda M, 1863, 1883, 1760, 1766.85 Hindalco in, 203.8, 205.95, 200, 205 Hindustan Co, 37.5, 37.9, 37, 37.5 Hindustan Ma, 66, 67.95, 65, 66.85 Hindustan Pe, 362, 375.15, 362, 373.15
prices of all other grades were being revised by 30 per cent, effective from February 27. Official sources said GUVNL has already communicated to SECL in this regard as the steep hike in prices of premium A&B grades of coal will impose a yearly heavy financial burden of Rs 260 crores on it. However, GUVNL has been continuing purchase of C to F grades of coal from SECL and Western Coal Field (WCL) for its coal based thermal power stations located at Wanakbori near Vadodara in Central Gu-
Hindustan Un, 280.55, 281.95, 276.3, 277.05 Hindustan Zi, 146.6, 147, 142.25, 144.15 Housing Dev, 180, 181.5, 176.05, 179.85 Icici Bank L, 1084, 1093.5, 1072, 1090.05 Idea Cellula, 66.5, 68.75, 66, 67.75 Ifci Ltd, 56.3, 56.3, 52.55, 53.4 India Cement, 97.5, 102.4, 97.5, 101.75 India Infoli, 72.9, 73.25, 70.75, 72.2 Indiabulls F, 161.35, 171.95, 158.35, 169.75 Indiabulls R, 144, 145, 140.1, 143.95 Indian Bank, 237, 237, 230.55, 232.9 Indian Hotel, 87.05, 87.85, 86, 86.35 Indian Oil C, 322.75, 333.4, 321.05, 331.95 Indian Overs, 158, 158, 149, 152.95 Indus Dev Ba, 146, 151.25, 145.7, 149.55 Indusind Ban, 274.6, 279.95, 270.75, 275.85 Infosys Tech, 2906, 2927, 2881, 2887.35 Infra. dev., 154.25, 159.1, 153.1, 158.25 Ispat Indust, 23.1, 23.35, 22.9, 23.1 Itc Ltd, 189, 191, 186.9, 187.5 Ivrcl Infras, 86.5, 87.8, 85.1, 87.25 Jai Corp Lim, 182.85, 184.65, 180.2, 182.2 Jaiprakash A, 96, 97.3, 94.15, 97 Jet Airways, 474, 486.5, 474, 484.45 Jindal Saw L, 199, 201.6, 197.9, 199.95
jarat, Ukai near Surat in South Gujarat, Gandhinagar in North Gujarat and Sikka near Jamnagar. While it uses lignite as fuel for the lignite based power station at Panndhro in Kutch district, they said. At the time of revision of prices of various grades of coal, CIL had said “the prices of premium grades of coal, A&B, has been linked to the international price and would now be offered at 15 per cent discount on the global spot prices.” “Rest of the grade, C to F, will now be 30 per cent dearer
Jindal Steel, 665, 670, 656.5, 661.55 Jsw Steel Li, 935.5, 940, 920, 936 Kotak Mahind, 446, 448.75, 440, 442.6 Lakshmi Mach, 2378, 2429.9, 2370.25, 2410.3 Lanco Infrat, 41.6, 41.95, 40.75, 41.6 Larsen & Tou, 1663, 1710, 1661, 1704.15 Lic Housing, 215.5, 228.85, 215.5, 227.2 Lupin Limite, 408.1, 412, 405.4, 409.25 Mahanagar Te, 48, 48.8, 47.55, 48.15 Mahindra & M, 714.1, 735.7, 714.1, 726 Maruti Suzuk, 1250, 1267.25, 1240, 1254.7 Max India Lt, 155.75, 159.7, 155.75, 158.8 Moser-baer (, 43.6, 46.2, 43.15, 45.75 Mrpl, 73.9, 73.9, 71.4, 72.35 Nagarjuna Fe, 30.7, 31.95, 30.7, 31.8 National Alu, 95.5, 96.25, 93.7, 95.15 Neyveli Lign, 111, 113.1, 110.1, 112.35 Ntpc Ltd, 184.8, 184.95, 182.5, 183.8 Oil And Natu, 286.05, 291.5, 283.2, 289.55 Omaxe Limite, 135.9, 135.9, 133.2, 133.4 Oriental Ban, 367.9, 369.7, 361.1, 364.4 Pantaloon Re, 273, 274.95, 261.2, 264.8 Parsvnath De, 44.9, 45.4, 44.15, 45.15 Petronet Lng, 134.4, 135, 131.75, 133 Power Fin Co, 248, 250.9, 245.05, 245.65
than the earlier notified price,” it further said. CIL produces about 20 million tonnes of grade A&B coal. Prior to the hike they were being offered at between Rs 1,710 and Rs 2,370 per tonne. These two grades will now cost between 3,690-4,100 per tonne, sources added. Grades C to F were available at prices ranging between Rs 1,860 and Rs 480 per tonne depending on the grades and the mines. These will now cost between Rs 2,418 per tonne and Rs 624 per tonne, they said.
Power Grid C, 104.75, 104.75, 103, 103.45 Praj Industr, 74, 76.7, 74, 76.15 Punj Lloyd L, 72, 72.5, 69, 71.6 Punjab Natio, 1183.55, 1192.05, 1177, 1184.1 Rajesh Expor, 99.45, 99.75, 97.1, 98 Ranbaxy Labs, 456.85, 459.8, 451.4, 456.8 Rashtriya Ch, 83.15, 84.9, 82.4, 84.55 Reliance Cap, 590.2, 604.5, 586.8, 600.1 Reliance Com, 105.9, 108.7, 105.4, 107.85 Reliance Ene, 1085.05, 1113, 1085.05, 1107.65 Reliance Ind, 655, 662, 644, 651.75 Reliance Ind, 1004.7, 1017.45, 998.75, 1011.65 Reliance Pow, 127.5, 129.1, 127, 128.25 Rolta India, 142.35, 146.35, 142.35, 145.45 Satyam Compu, 74.7, 74.7, 72.15, 72.85 Sesa Goa Ltd, 301.3, 310.05, 296.8, 307.15 Shipping Cor, 113.4, 115, 113.2, 113.8 Siemens Ltd, 830, 843.9, 818, 830.4 Sintex Indus, 163.5, 166.9, 161.45, 166.5 Sobha Develo, 289.8, 301.95, 283, 298.7 State Bank O, 2755, 2768.65, 2715.1, 2733.35 Steel Author, 167.25, 170, 167.25, 169.65 Sterlite Ind, 170.5, 172.1, 169.4, 170.4 Sun Pharmace, 432.55, 443, 427.4, 441.65 Sun Tv Netwo, 421.3, 430, 417.3, 420.2
Suzlon Energ, 54, 54.9, 52.55, 54.3 Tata Communi, 255.45, 259.7, 251.15, 257.6 Tata Consult, 1144.6, 1169.4, 1140, 1164.7 Tata Motors, 1198.9, 1213.95, 1188.35, 1201.3 Tata Power C, 1300.8, 1309.8, 1279.35, 1300 Tata Steel L, 608, 617, 605.05, 609.4 Tata Teleser, 17.45, 17.7, 17.2, 17.4 Tech Mahindr, 710, 719, 693.05, 708.9 The Ge Shpg., 305, 305, 276.3, 280.65 The Phoenix, 199, 201, 199, 200.3 Thermax Ltd, 658, 669.65, 654.5, 656.05 Titan Indust, 3890, 3960, 3860, 3934.95 Torrent Powe, 253, 253.85, 249.1, 250.8 Triveni Engg, 97, 97.3, 93, 96.05 Tv18 India L, 78.1, 80.45, 77.25, 79.1 Uco Bank, 116.2, 119.35, 114.05, 118.95 Ultratech Ce, 1044, 1049.9, 1021.55, 1032.5 Union Bank O, 338.2, 339.8, 331.5, 333.7 Unitech Ltd, 42.4, 43.3, 41.85, 42.85 United Phosp, 154.85, 158.2, 153.05, 157 Videocon Ind, 191, 195.65, 191, 195.05 Vijaya Bank, 87.5, 91, 86.45, 90.25 Voltas Ltd, 172, 173.8, 168.15, 172.3 Wipro Ltd, 444, 451.8, 439.5, 449.55 Yes Bank Lim, 325, 326.75, 318.35, 323.4 Zee Entertai, 125.9, 137.35, 117.9, 134.8
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Japan starts removing highly toxic water from reactor PTI TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA, APRIL 19
Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant today launched the key task of moving thousands of tonnes of highly toxic water from the basement of a reactor to a waste processing facility, as government mulled hiking consumption tax and power charges to raise funds for rebuilding the tsunamihit northeast. The operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), began removing 25,000 tonnes of highly radioactive water in and around the No.2 reactor's turbine building, which has an extremely high level of radiation exceeding 1,000 millisieverts per hour, after sealing cracks in walls of the unit and ensuring that all measures were in place to prevent toxic liquid from leaking. It said it plans to move about 480 tonnes of the water a day and it will take about 26 days to move about 10,000 tonnes to the waste facility near the No.4 reactor. The toxic water in the base-
nThe toxic water in the basement of the turbine building and a tunnel connected to the No 2 reactor needs to be moved quickly as it could spread into the nearby sea. The total amount of contaminated water accumulating in the plant's premises is estimated to be a little less than 70,000 tonnes. ment of the turbine building and a tunnel connected to the No 2 reactor needs to be moved quickly as it could spread into the nearby sea. The total amount of contaminated water accumulating in the plant's premises is estimated to be a little less than 70,000 tonnes. Facing its worst atomic crisis in decades following the March 11 magnitude-9 quake and tsunami that left nearly 30,000 people dead or missing, the DPJled government is considering hiking the current 5 per cent consumption tax to 8 per cent for about 3 years to raise money for reconstruction of the northeast, party lawmakers were quoted as saying by Kyodo.
If it materialises, tax revenues will increase about 22.5 trillion yen and the amount will cover much of the extra expenditures for reconstruction expected in the current fiscal year, the senior lawmakers said. The government has estimated that the damage from the natural calamities could amount to 25 trillion yen. Besides, authorities are mulling increasing electricity charges to help cover damages payments to people who suffered losses due to the atomic crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, government sources were quoted as saying. Such a hike could help in providing a portion of the compen-
sation payments that TEPCO may not be able to shoulder, they said, amid concerns within government and the electric utility industry that it would effectively force all Japanese people to share the burden of damages payments. Japanese officials also said the country would directly inform firms abroad, such as importers of Japanese products and shipping agents, of the crisis at the Fukushima plant, stepping up efforts to ease import restrictions overseas. The Japanese diplomatic missions will hold briefings for firms in London, Beijing and Shanghai by the end of this month to explain about the Fukushima emergency and its impact on the safety of Japanese farm and industrial products, they said. Tokyo also plans to organise similar events in the US, Hong Kong and Europe later. To date, about 60 countries and regions have introduced import restrictions on Japanese products over radiation fears.
Indian or Chinese could be IMF chief PTI LONDON, APRIL 19
British Prime Minister David Cameron today said an Indian or Chinese could be the next chief of the International Monetary Fund, and played down the chances of his predecessor Gordon Brown taking over the key position. Discussing the possibility of Brown as the next IMF chief on BBC, Cameron said someone who "didn't know we had a debt problem in the UK" might not be the best person to run the IMF. The IMF, he said, should be led by someone `extraordinarily competent’, and suggested that the next IMF head could come from "another part of the world", such as China or India. IMF chief are by convention from European countries - the current head is France's Dominique Strauss Kahn. The UK and other major economies have an effective veto on the appointment, the BBC reported. Strauss Kahn is scheduled to step down soon as managing director of the IMF.
Air controller axed for watching movie on duty PTI WASHINGTON, APRIL 19
Cambodian villagers who live along the Mekong River use ferry for transportation near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday,. Laos has deferred decision on erecting in the first dam on the lower Mekong River in face of strong opposition from neighboring countries including its closest ally, Vietnam.
Syria vows to suppress ‘armed revolt’ AFP DAMASCUS, APRIL 19
Syria has vowed to suppress an "armed revolt" undermining security in the country as protests spread and demonstrators clamoured for more democratic reforms. The interior ministry issued the warning as thousands of protesters dug in at a main square in the central city of Homs, vowing to stay put until their demands are met. "The latest incidents have shown that... armed Salafist groups, particularly in the cities of Homs and Banias, ha v e openly called for armed revolt," said a ministry statement carried by the official SANA news agency. It accused such groups of killing soldiers, policemen and civilians, and of attacking public and private property, and warned that "their terrorist activities will not be tolerated". The authorities "will act with determination to impose security and stability in the country" and will "pursue the terrorists wherever they are in order to bring them to justice and end the armed revolt", it said. The ministry called on people to "name the places where the terrorists and suspects are and not to allow them to live among them".
Activists reported that more than 20,000 demonstrators erected tents in the main square of Homs a day after 11 people were killed by security forces in the city and a nearby town during a day of massive nationwide protest. Syria has been rocked by deadly demonstrations since Saturday when President Bashar al-Assad vowed to lift nearly five decades of draconian emergency law -- a promise activists say is not enough. "More than 20,000 people are taking part in the sit-in at AlSaa Square (Clock Square) and we have renamed it Tahrir Square like the one in Cairo," rights activist Najati Tayyara told AFP from Homs. The protesters put up tents in the square, copying demonstrators in Egypt who forced out veteran president Hosni Mubarak in February after 18 days of protests in Cairo's emblematic Tahrir Square. "It is an open-ended sit-in which will continue until all our demands are satisfied," Tayyara said. "This despotic regime must change. We have been waiting for 11 years for reforms," said Tayyara of the 11-year rule of Assad, who succeeded his autocratic father Hafez following his death in 2000.
An American air traffic controller has been axed for watching a movie when he was supposed to keep an eagle's eye on hovering passenger aircraft. The lapse not only cost the controller his job, but a suspension also for his frontline manager and an unending embarrassment for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which had to take action last week after five personnel were found sleeping on the job. The controller, CNN quoting an FAA statement reported, was discovered watching a movie on a portable DVD player, while working in a radar position at the Cleavland Air Route Traffic Control Centre that handles high-altitude air traffic. For a little more than three minutes, the controller's microphone was activated, transmitting the audio of the 2007 crime thriller 'Cleaner' to all the planes in the airspace that the controller was supposed to be monitoring, the federal agency said. It said the controller's microphone got struck, preventing him from hearing incoming calls or issuing instructions to the aircraft during the incident.
Pak trying to secure drone technology from US: Gilani PTI
ISLAMABAD, APRIL 19
Demanding an end to the American drone attacks in the restive tribal belt, Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Pakistan was trying to secure the spy plane technology from the US and seeking enhanced intelligence-sharing so that it can act on its own against militants. Gilani raised the issue of drone strikes with a visiting Congressional delegation led by Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, and said American lawmakers should influence the Obama administration to agree on a joint strategy under which drone technology could be transferred to Pakistan. Addressing the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament after his meeting with Boehner yesterday, Gilani said he had told the US delegation about growing unrest among the public due to the missile strikes by the CIA-operated spy planes. "I told him that you will have to respect our political and military efforts if you want to succeed in the war on terror," he said. "We are trying to secure drone
technology from the US so that after gaining information from their intelligence reports, we can hit the militant hideouts in the tribal region," Gilani told the National Assembly. The war against terror is Pakistan's own war, which it will fight to eliminate an enemy that is posing a serious threat to the country, he added. Gilani said the US should pass on credible information to Pakistan's intelligence set-up and the country would itself take action against terrorists on its soil. Though Pakistan publicly opposes the US drone strikes in its tribal belt, analysts say there is a tacit understanding between the two countries on the attacks that have resulted in the elimi-
Fidel Castro resigns from Cuba party leadership AFP HAVANA, APRIL 19
Fidel Castro confirmed he had resigned from the top leadership of the Cuba Communist Party in an article published today, after the party approved a draft of economic reforms. "Raul knew that I would not accept a formal role in the party today," Castro said in an article on the Cubadebate.cu portal, referring to his brother Raul and his own absence from the party's new Central Committee, elected yesterday. Castro, 84, had served as first secretary in the Central Committee of the party -which underpins the country's Communist government -since the party's creation in 1965. Fidel said he had handed over the functions of the party head to Raul when he ceded power to his brother because of his own declining health in 2006, though he retained the first secretary title. "(Raul) has always been who I described as First Secretary and Commander in Chief," Fidel wrote in the article. "He never failed to convey to me the ideas that were
planned," he added. The move came after the sixth Communist Party Congress approved a flurry of measures yesterday aimed at keeping Cuba's centrally planned economy from collapse but without any broad embrace of market-oriented economic change. The changes inject a modicum of the free market into the island's economy ahead of a vote today expected to officially relieve 84-year-old Castro of his position as party head after more than four decades. The 1,000 delegates gathered in Havana for the fourday party congress approved some 300 economic proposals and elected a new central committee leadership. Reforms include the cutting of, eventually, a million state
Indian-American physician Siddhartha Mukherjee's acclaimed book on cancer, 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,' has won the prestigious 2011 Pulitzer prize in the general non-fiction category. According to the Pulitzer citation, the book by the New York-based cancer physician and researcher is "an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science". The Pulitzer for general nonfiction is awarded to a "distin-
guished and appropriately documented book of non-fiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category". It carries a USD 10,000 award. India-born Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Centre. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and The New Republic. In his book, Mukherjee re-
jobs, and decentralising the agricultural sector. Many of the measures have already been adopted over the past year, with the Congress now formally approving them. Results of the voting on leadership term limits will be presented today, when Fidel, who ceded power to his brother when he fell ill in 2006, would be finally, officially replaced as party chief. Raul, who turns 80 on June 3, likely would officially become the party's new first secretary. Raul Castro said on Saturday that he backed political term limits of 10 years at most for the top leadership spots, in a country he and his brother have led for more than five decades. Focus will also be on the party's number two position, which, could possibly signal the direction of eventual transfer of power in the years to come. Raul has rejected broader market-minded reforms like those adopted by China, saying they would be "in open contradiction to the essence of socialism... because they were calling for allowing the concentration of property."
Riots hit Nigeria as Jonathan wins presidential election PTI ABUJA, APRIL 19
Nigeria's electoral commission today officially declared President Goodluck Jonathan winner of the country's presidential election, as riots erupted in the largely Muslim north with people protesting the poll results. Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Attahiru Jega announced Jonathan's victory in the presidential elections. Jega said the incumbent president won by more than ten million vote margin and had enough spread of votes in the country's 36 states to avoid a runoff. INEC had earlier made election statistics public through an emailed press release but Nigeria's constitution mandates the chairman to make a public declaration which must be followed by
the issuance of a certificate of return to the winner. The vote count showed Jonathan, a Christian from the southern oil-producing Niger Delta, had beaten Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler from the north. Jonathan, 64, received 60.02 per cent of the vote as compared to 30 per cent for Buhari. Meanwhile, youths protesting Jonathan's victory killed several people and torched churches,
mosques and homes, including the house of Vice-President Namadi Sambo. Anti-riot policemen were deployed in the streets as protesters hit some northern states alleging rigging. Observers, however, have called the poll the fairest in decades in Africa's most populous nation. The Nigerian Red Cross said churches, mosques and homes had been burnt in rioting across the north and many people had been killed, but it was impossible to give a toll for now. Police has vowed to arrest demonstrators. In Kano state, residence of the ex-speaker of the lower parliament known as house of repre s e n t a t i v e s , G h a l i U m a r Na'Abba, was burnt down by the protesting youth. Angry protesters set tyres ablaze and barricaded streets even as anti-riot policemen tried
Indian American’s book on cancer wins Pulitzer PTI BOSTON, APRIL 19
nation of dozens of Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders, including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud. Relations between the US' CIA and Pakistan’s ISI were strained in the wake of the arrest of C I A c o n t r a c t o r Ra y m o n d Davis after he gunned down two armed men in Lahore in January. Though Davis was freed after over two million dollars was paid as "blood money" to the families of the dead men, ties between the two spy agencies are yet to be restored to an even keel and this has affected the CIA's drone campaign. In an apparent reference to the episode involving Davis, Gilani told Parliament that he had told Speaker Boehner that the relationships between the two countries should not be held hostage by a "single incident". He also insisted that drone attacks cannot resolve the issue of extremism and political support is needed to address it. Responding to the opposition's criticism of drone strikes, Gilani said his government would not compromise on national interests.
counts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories and deaths, told through the "eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out war against cancer".
An award-winning science writer, Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer's passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than 5,000 years. The "riveting, urgent and surprising" book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. It is a profoundly humane "biography" of cancer — from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic
battles in the 20th century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. "From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee's own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demandi n g re g i m e n s i n o rd e r t o survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease," according to information on the book on Pulitzer's website.
to disperse them, in Kaduna town. A home belonging to Vice President Namadi Sambo was among those set alight in the northern city of Zaria and a mob sought to burn a Christian woman alive in another area. Violent protests were also witnessed in other northern states of Gombe, Adamawa and Katsina. In Gombe, a dusk to dawn curfew was announced by the state police. Jonathan called on political leaders to call their supporters to stop violence. "I have received with great sadness the news of sporadic unrest in some parts of the country which are not unconnected with last Saturday's elections. I appeal to those involved to stop this unnecessary and avoidable conduct," he said in a nationwide broadcast.
Singapore to go for polls on May 7 PTI
SINGAPORE, APRIL 19
Singapore President S R Nathan today dissolved parliament to pave the way for general elections in the country on May 7, with influx of foreign workers likely to be key issue in the polls. "The President on the advice of the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has dissolved the parliament on Tuesday, April 19, 2011," an official statement issued from the Prime Minister's Office said. More than 2.31 million Singaporeans would be voting in the next general elections.
GOA, Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Dempo Jrs rout Betalbatim HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, APRIL 19
A brace each for Albino Pereira and Anslem Futardo gave Dempo Sports Club Juniors a 4-1 victory over Betalbatim Sports Club in GFA U-18 First Division at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Tuesday. Dempo led 4-0 at the lemon break. Vijil Rego pulled a consolation goal back for Betalbatim in the second half. At Poriat ground, Goa United Sports Academy and Churchill Brothers Sports Club p l a y e d o u t a 1 - 1 d r a w. Churchill led through an Agnelo Fernandes strike at the change of ends. Skipper Shekar Deeti scored ten minutes from the end to rescue a valuable point for Goa United.
Sodiem down Siolim, lift Daver trophy HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 19
Sodiem Sports and Cultural Association defeated Football Club of Siolim 2-0 to emerge champions in Rusi Daver Rolling Trophy inter-village football tournament organised by Adarsh Yuvak Sangh at Saligao Sporting ground, Tuesday. Sodiem shone in patches and came close to scoring at the fag end of the first half but Gopal Shirodker missed a good opportunity. Changing over, Sodiem exerted pressure on Siolim’s defense and shot into the lead in the 8th minute through Mukund Shirodker who headed home beating Siolim keeper Kalangutkar. Sodiem doubled the lead through Gopal Shirodker after Mayur Toraskar’s shot was blocked by the Siolim defense. Gopal Shirodker tapped the ball into the nylons giving his team a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Tennis ball cricket in Vasco HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 19
The 2nd All-Goa tennis ball cricket tournament organised by Sharwani Sports and Cultural Club of Vasco will be held from April 22 to 24 at MPT ground, here. The winners and runners-up will be awarded Rs 12,000 and Rs 7,000 respectively. Details may be obtained from Mickey on 9823163931 or Deepak on 9823114582
Down by two goals, Siolim tried hard to bounce back but their forwards failed to deliver when it mattered the most. Pradeep Pomburpekar failed to find the net from hand shaking distance a couple of times. The winners were richer by Rs 25,000 and the winners trophy while the runners-up had to be content with Rs 20,000 and a trophy. Fo l l o w i n g p r i z e s w e r e awarded: Best goalkeeper - Mahendra Toraskar (Sodiem). Best for ward - Mayur Toraskar (Sodiem). Best half - Reuben D'Sousa (Siolim). Best defender Dylan Noronha (Sodiem). Darryl Pereira, managing director, Reira Group was the chief guest and gave away prizes in the presence of Francisco Colaco, (deputy sarpanch, Reis Magos), L ucas Remedious (sarpanch, Saligao), Elizabeth Daver, (sponsorer of the tournament) and Gajanan Kerkar (GFA member).
The captain of Sodiem Sports and Cultural Association receiving the winners trophy from Darryl Pereira in the presence of other officials at Saligao on Tuesday.
Sesa’s Jaison brace sinks Sporting Clube D Bosco up HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, APRIL 19
A brace from Jaison Vaz, with a goal either side of half time gave 10-man Sesa Football Academy their first win, as they defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 in GFA’s U-18 First Division at Duler Stadium, here on Tuesday. Sesa were two goals up at the interval. Sesa captain Mario Lobo was shown the red card in the 78th minute for his second offence,
after lunging in two footed to bring down Sporting’s Jesvil De Sousa. Sesa did not give their opponents much time on the ball, closing them down well in midfield. Sporting’s goalkeeper Flobert Monteiro did not look too confident between the goal posts, as he failed to hold onto the ball on more than one occasion. Sesa took an early lead in the 11th minute, when Mauvin
Borges darted to meet a long ball and fired past the Sporting custodian, who had ventured off his goal line. Sesa netted again a minute before the breather, after Jaison controlled Gaurav Pednekar’s corner and shot low past a crowded box. After a good calculated build up, Sesa struck again twenty two seconds into the second half through Jaison who headed
home a cross from Olwin Cardozo. Within seven minutes of coming on for Sporting, Sunny Fernandes tapped in a re-bounder after the Sesa custodian saved a shot from Aslon Oliveira in the 72nd minute. Sesa have collected three points from two matches, while Sporting stay on three points af ter the same number of games.
HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 19
Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda defeated Chandor Sports Club 2-0 to enter the finals of Cavelossim Panchayat inter-village football tournament organised by SCC of Cavelossim at Fr Drunston and Wellington ground, Cavelossim on Tuesday. Oratory’s Valent Silva netted the first goal from a pass off Francis Andrade Roger doubled the score just before the final call.
Vasco finish runners-up, qualify Tennis ball cricket l Face Mohammedan Sporting on Tuesday
selection camp HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 19
Vasco Sports Club who finished runners-up in Second Division I-League qualification Group A in Madurai alongwith coach Gavin Araujo. HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, APRIL 19
Vasco Sports Club coach Gavin Araujo is looking forward to the final stage of Second Division ILeague after finishing second with 15 points from six matches in the qualifying round in Madu-
PANJIM (HC) - Dempo, Salgaocar, Churchill Brothers and Sporting Clube de Goa have been clubbed in Group A U-19 football tournament for I-League teams from April 26 to May 6. Kolkata will host Group B encounters which will feature East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Chirag United and Shillong Lajong FC.
GFA Second Division interdistrict play-offs: Curtorim Gymkhana v. Goa Police SC, Duler Stadium, Mapusa; Clube Sao Minguel de Taleigao v. Wilred Leisure SC, Nehru Stadium, Fatorda. Kick off 4 p.m. GFA U-18 Second Division: Vasco SC v. CDJ Ribandar, Tilak Maidan, Vasco; Goa Velha SC v. Paradise SC, Batim ground; Orlim SC v. Salcete FC, Orlim ground; Ave Maria AWC v. Davorlim SC, Rosary ground. Kick off 4 p.m. Crown Boys soccer: Mannar Boys, Morjim v. Ambelim SC, government school ground, St Cruz, 5 p.m. 13th Immaculate soccer quarter-finals: Union of Chinchinim Villagers v. Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda, Panchayat ground, Avedem, Paroda, 4.30 p.m. V M Salgaoncar soccer inaugural: Calangute Association v. Adarsh Yuvak Sangh, Saligao Sporting ground, 4.30 p.m. All-Goa Conceicao Colaco memorial soccer quarters: Chicalim Youth Club v. Sporting Club of Davorlim, Assolna ground, 4.45 p.m.
rai. “Our strength has been our goal scoring. We scored 26 goals in six matches and the great thing is the goals are coming from every angle,” remarked Gavin. Joy Ferrao netted six goals, while Koko Sakibo and
Sachin Gawas bagged five each. Koko was awarded the best striker of the group, while defender Julius Akipele was adjudged best defender. The Vasco team arrived back from Tamil Nadu on Tuesday and will not have too much time to
settle, as they leave for Shillong on Friday. They will take a bus to Mumbai, before flying out to Guwahati and then take a short four hour bus journey to Shillong. Vasco meet Mohammden Sporting in their opening match on April 26.
Neves stars for PY Nuvem HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 19
A superb brace by striker Neves Noronha helped Parish Youth, Nuvem beat St Rock’s Youth Club, Majorda 2-1 to storm into the quarter-finals of All-Goa Conceicao Colaco memorial intervillage football tournament organised by Shooting Stars Club of Colleavaddo at Assolna ground, Tuesday. Parish Youth led 1-0 at the breather. Parish Youth began on an aggressive note with their forwards and midfielders working in tandem to repeatedly raid the
Majorda goalpost. Midway in the first half, Neves broke the deadlock when he picked up the ball from his own half and punished the rival keeper with an adroit placement. The goal spurred the Nuvem lads to pile on pressure and came close to increasing their tally but their forwards either shot wide or straight into the safe hands of the rival keeper. On the other hand, St Rock tried their best to neutralise the lead and created many forays into the rival territory but their
efforts were nullified by their defenders with neat tackles. Crossing over, Parish Youth continued to held sway over their opponents and called the shots against the rival citadel. Their persistent forays bore fruit when Neves struck a second time to complete his brace with a snap shot. Stunned by the double blows, St Rock went into the attacking mode and scored the consolat i o n g o a l t h ro u g h A l v i t o Menezes. Neves Noronha was adjudged man-of-the-match.
Secondary Physical Education Teachers football tournament at Rosary ground, Navelim Tuesday. Midfielder Remy Colaco set the tone with an early goal as he beat the rival
keeper with a good placement. Remy doubled the lead with a stiff grounder. Captain Marcel Carvalho scored a brilliant brace to complete the rout.
SAG (Margao) trounce HSPETA HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 19
The Sports Authority of Goa (SAG), Margao trounced Higher Secondary Physical Education Teachers Association (HSPTA) 40 to sail into the finals of Higher
The following players have been selected for the final selections to select probables for pre-National residential coaching camp to select the State boys and girls teams for 19th junior National tennis ball cricket championship. Bicholim - Ramdas Varak, Paresh Phadte, Santosh Zore, Anup Kahndeparkar, Pankaj Khandeparkar, Abhijit Volvoikar, Anand Chodankar, Somesh Shirodkar, Shablo Ghadi and Nehal Mandrekar. Ponda - Shubam Phadte, Pranay Tari and Sachin Kupaskar. Mapusa - Praveen Kalandar, Riyaz Khan, Saiesh Palni, Akshay Naik, Anup Korgaokar, Prajot Arondekar and Saiesh Shirgaokar. Cunkolim-Mardol - Navesh Naik, Tejnath Khandolkar, Rohish Sangaokar, Mahendra Kalapurkar, Akshay Naik, Kedar Khandeparkar, Uttam Verekar, Diptesh Palkar, Siddhesh Kulekar, Prashant Phadte, Suyash Govekar and Mohandas Raikar. Campal - Gaurish Khandeparkar, Rahul Devlekar, Sainath
GFA beach soccer
PANJIM (HSD) -- A beach football tournament will be held in Goa around mid-May. Interested teams may inform the GFA by April 30.
Soccer fest at Tivim
PANJIM (HSD) – Real Madrid Sports and Cultural Club will lock horns with Bodiem Boys, Tivim in the soccer festival match organised by Real Madrid Sports and Cultural Club, Tivim on April 24 at Tivim village panchayat ground at 5 p.m. Details may be obtained on 9823686215.
Sao Jose de Areal soccer
MARGAO (HC) -- Davorlim Sports Club will take on SSC Loutolim in the opening match of 17th edition of Sao Jose de Areal Villagers Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club on May 1 at Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal. Wilred Leisure Sports Club, Curtorim, Union of Chinchinim Villagers, St Rock Youth Club, Majorda, Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim, Betalbatim Sporting Club, Guridolim Sports Club, Navelim Villagers Union, ICS, Paroda, CAC, Cansualim, Curtorim Gymkhana, Margao Sports Club, Pax of Nagoa and hosts Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club are the other teams participating. The winners and runners-up will be awarded Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively.
Margao Basketeers win YMCA title HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 19
Margao Basketeers defeated KJ’s 41 -36 in the finals of All-Goa YMCA Knights Basketball tournament at Porvorim court on Sunday. Margao’s Daley Fernandes surprised everyone with some skillful shooting and smart defending. He alone accounted for 17 points. he was ably supported by Spencer Viegas’ with 12 points. For KJ’s Akash was the top scorer with 14 points In the semi-finals, Margao Basketeers defeated hosts YMCA Knights while KJ’s beat Spacers. P M Vaz, president, Goa YMCA was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of guest of honour, Max Furtado,
The captain of Margao Basketeers receiving the winners trophy from P M Vaz at Porvorim on Sunday.
secretary, Alto Porvorim Sports and Cultural Club.
The winners and runners-up were awarded cash prizes along-
Kalangutkar, Amit Surlikar, Guarav Bhat, Atish Sawant and Akshay Madkaikar. Savordem - Amey Naik, Faiz Shaikh, Nikhil Naik, Roshan Naik, Mohidinsha Makandar, Saiesh Naik, Pranav Naik, Mohiddin Ahmed, Gouraksh Naik, Chetan Arondekar, Pratham Surlekar, Nitesh Kundaikar and Vikas Velip. Sattari - Prajit Gaonkar, Gauresh Gaonkar, Chandrakant Mandrekar, Sakharam Gosawi, Kiran Sawant, Tushar Mallik, Kaza Malik, Rajat Chanekar and Kamlo Sawal. Marmagoa - Anil Rathod, Anil Chawan, Ramesh Lamani, Abdul Seelam, Jaganath Pawar, Ashok Lamani, Santosh Lamani, Hanumant Rathod, Anil Chawan, Azim Patel, Govind Rathod, Pundalik Lamani and Deelip Pawar. Those selected may bring two photographs, original birth certificates and xerox copy alongwith full tennis ball cricket outfit. They may report to Nilesh Naik or Ajinkya Naik on April 22 at SAG tennis ball cricket ground, near swimming pool, Campal, Panjim at 3 p.m.
with trophies. The semi-finalists were also awarded cash prizes.
BITS Pilani win
MARGAO (HC) --Riding on a superb knock of 66 by Divesh Agarwal and fine bowling by Tariq Mujib (4-16) BITS Pilani CC scored a 96run win over Chowgule CC in A Division Salcete Zone cricket tournament at BITS Pilani ground, Zuarinagar. Vikrant Prabhu of Chowgule captured 5 wickets for 18. BITS Pilani CC 219 all out in 39.3 overs (Divesh Agarwal 66, Tariq Mujib 41, Aditya Agarwal 40, Shiv Sharma 21, Chandu Lamani 13. Vikrant Prabhu 5-18, Sunil Kangralkar 1-17, Sunil Rathod 3-26) beat Chowgule 123 all out in 29.2 overs (Mahesh Rao 31, Anup Vernekar 27, Rinkle Camara 17. Tariq Mujib 4-16, Shivkant Shukla 3-22, Pushkar Srivatsava 2-26, Chandu Lamani 1-33).
GOA, Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Flower in running for India coach job? AGENCIES NEW DELHI, APRIL 19
England cricket coach Andy Flower is among the few who have been reportedly shortlisted by the BCCI for the India job left vacant by Gary Kirsten, prompting a worried ECB to offer the Zimbabwean a new three-year deal. According to the Daily Telegraph, Flower, along with Duncan Fletcher, are among the shortlisted candidates for the post vacated by Kirsten after India's World Cup triumph. The ECB, which is determined to hold on to Flower after he guided England to the Ashes and World Twenty20 triumphs, is doing all it can to prevent the former wicketkeeper from being lured by India. “Andy Flower has been offered a new three-year contract as the England and Wales Cricket Board attempts to head off any moves for their highly rated coach from India”, the report said. “Telegraph Sport understands Flower is due to meet Hugh Morris, the managing director of the England team, at the end of the month to discuss his long-term future and the direction of the England set-up. It is thought that Flower is on a rolling staff contract which offers the same protection rights as any other full-time employee”. Flower, who has been on a holiday after England were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the ODI World Cup, has been noncommittal about his future. After the Ashes series, Flower had said that "personally I don't look much further forward than a few months". Like ECB, even the English players are keen to have Flower for another term. "I can't sing his praises highly enough," said wicketkeeper Matt Prior. "He has been fantastic. The main thing I love about Andy is he is honest. He is a good human being. There are no politics. He just wants to win. Any decision he makes is because he thinks it gives England the best chance of winning. "There is nothing else to him. That is really important. The other thing is he backs his players 100 per cent. To walk out on the pitch knowing your coach is backing you and giving you that support and responsibility to know and trust your game is huge," he added.
Real Madrid players take part in a training session in Madrid on Tuesday, on the eve of their Spanish Cup final match against Barcelona.
Puyol doubtful for clasico cup final AFP MADRID, APRIL 19
Barcelona defender Carles Puyol is in a battle to be fit for the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday, the second of four clashes with Real Madrid inside 18 days which will go along way to deciding both clubs' fortunes this season. It is perhaps an indication of the domination of the top two in Spain that their league meetings have become crucial in deciding the title while they have also both reached the final of the cup. Next week they will be back in action in the semi-finals of the Champions League. While some have claimed that the frequency of the games has taken away the intrigue from the meetings there was certainly plenty of anticipation
Lanka appoint Atapattu as batting coach AFP COLOMBO, APRIL 19
EPL FIXTURES WEDNESDAY Chelsea v. Birmingham Tottenham v. Arsenal SATURDAY Manchester United v. Everton Aston Villa v. Stoke City Blackpool v. Newcastle United Liverpool v. Birmingham Sunderland v. Wigan Athletic Tottenham v. West Bromwich Wolves v. Fulham Chelsea v. West Ham SUNDAY Bolton Wanderers v. Arsenal
Clijsters on track for French Open
Torres will break duck: Ancelotti AFP LONDON, APRIL 19
Fernando Torres will open his goalscoring account for Chelsea before the end of the season, Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti predicted on Tuesday. Speaking ahead of Chelsea's match with Birmingham City on Wednesday, Ancelotti was adamant that £50 million ($81.5m) striker Torres would find the net during Chelsea's remaining six games of the sea-
son. Torres has not scored in more than 11 hours of game time since joining Chelsea from Liverpool in the January transfer window. British bookmakers have even begun taking bets on whether the Spanish international will finally get off the mark for his new club. However Ancelotti predicted on Tuesday that Torres would break his duck this season.
ahead of the first head-to-head last weekend in the league which ended in a 1-1 draw. The debate since then has been about who can claim the psychological edge from that match as although the result practically guaranteed Barca the title, Real no longer considered it a realistic target, and so it was more about the performance. Barcelona remain eight points clear in the league after the game at the Bernabeu where Leo Messi put them ahead from the penalty spot before Cristiano Ronaldo replied also with a spot kick. It also marked the return of Barca captain Puyol who missed the last three months with a knee injury. With Eric Abidal also out after having an operation to remove a tumour from
Former captain Marvan Atapattu has been appointed as Sri Lanka's batting coach, the cricket board said on Tuesday. Atapattu, 40, joins interim coach Stuart Law for next month's tour of England, where Sri Lanka will play three Tests, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20. Sri Lanka Cricket said it would name a full-time successor for Australian coach Trevor Bayliss after the end of the England tour. Bayliss ended his four-year stint in the wake of Sri Lanka's defeat to India in the World Cup
final in Mumbai earlier this month. Atapattu's appointment comes a day after Tillakaratne Dilshan was named captain for the England tour following Kumar Sangakkara's resignation. Atapattu played the last of his 90 Tests in November 2007 and also featured in 268 onedayers during his 17-year career. The stylish right-hand batsman played the rebel Indian Cricket League towards the end of his career before taking over coaching assignments which included a stint with Singapore in 2010.
Ronaldo wants son to succeed him on pitch AFP MADRID, APRIL 19
Real Madrid's Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo said he hopes his nine-monthold son who he named after himself will one day succeed him on the football pitch. "I think he’s going to be very smart, at least smarter than me," the striker said during an interview with the club's television station, Real TV. "I will let him be whatever he wants. I won’t make him become a footballer. I’m not going to lie to you, I would like him to be my successor, but he will be whatever God wants him to be.”
"I’m a good father. I’m still learning. You cannot express the feeling of being a dad in words. It is impressive to wake up in the morning and see a person of your own flesh and blood," he added. The 25-year- old announced on his Facebook page on July 3 that he was the father of a baby boy, adding that mother's identity would be kept confidential and that he plans to raise the baby on his own.
Wimbledon champs get prize money boost AFP BRUSSELS, APRIL 19
AFP LONDON, APRIL 19
Kim Clijsters is on track to be fit in time for the French Open following the ankle injury she sustained while at a cousin's wedding, her physiotherapist told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. "Kim is able to walk about without crutches, She needs some four to six weeks to complete her recovery. We are perfectly on track," said Sam Verslegers. "If Kim can get back into training in four weeks, she would have two weeks in which to get ready for Roland Garros. But we are not there yet." Verslegers said that Clijsters was also recovering well from injuries to her shoulder and wrist. The Belgium world number two has won the last two Grand Slam tournaments - last year's US Open and the Australian Open in January. She has never won the French Open having lost twice in the final.
Wimbledon's singles champions will benefit from a prize money rise taking their earnings to £1.1 million ($2.9 million) at the 2011 Championships, organisers announced on Tuesday. If men's champion Rafael Nadal and women's winner Serena Williams successfully defend the titles they won last year they will bank a cheque that represents a 10 percent rise of £100,000 on the £1 million prize awarded 12 months ago. Although the rest of the world continues to endure tough times as the global financial recession continues, there is no sign of the All England Club tightening its belt. The singles runners-up will earn £550,000, the beaten semifinalists will get £275,000 and even a first-round loser pockets £11,500 for their efforts.
The total prize money for the 125th Championships, which run from June 20 to July 3, is now £14.6 million, a 6.4 percent increase on last year's amount. Phillip Brook, the new chairman of the All England Club, defended the annoucement of the rises on Tuesday and said: "Leading international sports events such as Wimbledon are all about the quality of the players on show. "In the competitive world of top-level sport, it is important that we offer prize money which suitably rewards the players both for the box office appeal they bring to the event and their supreme performances on court." Although Wimbledon remains one of the sport's biggest cash cows, the tournament's bosses are concerned that other tennis events in the United Kingdon could be hit by withdrawals from star players concerned by high taxation.
His sister Katia told Portuguese media several days later that Ronaldo had named his newborn son after himself. "He's called Cristiano just like his dad. Cristiano chose the name but we like it. He looks like his father and like me. He has the same eyes. We don't know the mother, we never met her," she told weekly newspaper Expresso. Ronaldo, the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year, is dating Russian model Irina Shayk.
his liver, Barça have struggled at the back. Coach Pep Guardiola has lost confidence in Gabriel Milito who has had a long battle with injuries over the last few seasons and so Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano have filled in at centre half. It was a welcome comeback then for Puyol ahead of key games but it turned sour when he pulled up in the second half with a hamstring strain. However, it is not as serious as first thought and there is a chance he will be ready for Wednesday. "I am very happy to be back and I only have a muscle problem now which has nothing to do with the knee injury. It was the perfect place to return at the Bernabeu and it all went fine until I felt
Jwala-Diju pair pulls out of India Open PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 19
India's top mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju will not participate in the India Open Super Series as the latter will undergo a minor surgery to get rid of his troubled back. Diju, who has been suffering from a recurring back problem for the last one year, has finally decided to go for a minor key hole surgery to regain complete fitness and would miss the April 26-May 1 tournament, the first Super Series in the country. "We won't be able to play in India Open as Diju has to undergo a minor key hole surgery. He has been having problems with his back for quite sometime and we decided it is the right time to go for the operation. It is sad that we won't be able to play at home but his health is a priority," one half of the mixed doubles pair, Jwala told PTI. The duo had won the India Open, when it was a Grand Prix Gold event, last year in Chennai. Meanwhile Jwala, who prefers playing in skirts, said though she is all for boosting the glamour quotient, wearing skirts should not be mandatory as it might affect a player's freedom. "I have always been comfortable in skirts but forcing players to wear them is not right. A player can wear a skirt if she is comfortable but making it mandatory is not right," Jwala said.
the back of my leg," said Puyol. "We will have to see how it goes whether I'll be alright for the final but at the moment it is looking difficult." Real coach Jose Mourinho fielded a defensive side at the weekend which included Pepe in midfield, whose job was to keep close to Leo Messi. "We went out from the start looking to win the game and I thought we played well. Everyone plays to their strengths and they (Real) are very strong at the back and they looked to counter-attack where they are strong also," Puyol added. "I don't think that game will influence the next one as a final is always different. We are looking forward to it. It should be a big occasion with two of the best teams in the world."
Windies bring in Haynes as batting consultant AGENCIES ST JOHN'S (ANTIGUA), APRIL 19
In the latest attempt to halt their decline, West Indies have brought in former top Test opening batsman Desmond Haynes as batting consultant for the upcoming series against Pakistan and India. T h e We s t I n d i e s Cricket Board (WICB) said in a statement that beyond Haynes' involvement they were aiming to appoint a full-time batting coach to work under head coach Ottis Gibson after the 2011 home series. "I have always said I wanted to be involved in West Indies cricket and help in any way I could," Haynes said in a statement released by the WICB. "This is a chance to help the young players with their development. I just want to see the players get better as we aim for improvement at all levels in West Indies cricket and get the team back to the halcyon days," he added. Desmond HaynesA member of the West Indies team during their golden years in the 1980's, Haynes played 116 Test matches and made 7,487 runs at an average of 42.29. For most of his career he opened with fellow Barbadian
Gordon Greenidge in one of the Caribbean's most profitable partnerships and he made 18 Test centuries. As a coach, Haynes had worked with South African all rounder Jacques Kallis and batsman Herschelle Gibbs and young West Indian batsman Darren Bravo. As well as Haynes, another former Test batsman Richie Richardson has recently been brought in as team manager. West Indies dropped their experienced batting trio of Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the opening two ODI games with Pakistan later this month. The series begins with a single Twenty20 game in St.Lucia on Thursday.
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GOA, WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL, 2011
Sangakkara, Sohal shape Deccan win PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 19
A quick-fire half-century by Sunny Sohal and an equally useful knock of 49 from captain Kumar Sangakkara helped Deccan Chargers register a 16-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League match here today. Opting to bat, Sohal (62, 41b, 8X4, 1X6) and Sangakkara (49, 35b, 8X4, 1X6) put on a 92-run stand for the second wicket to set a solid platform and post a competitive total of 168 for four, even though some disciplined bowling by the Daredevils at the end managed to put brakes on the Deccan scoring rate. But ultimately the total proved to be too big for the hosts, who seemed hardly in the race, losing wickets at regular intervals here at the Ferozshah Kotla ground. Even as David Warner (51, 48b 5x4 1x6) scored a valuable halfcentury and Yogesh Nagar (23, 11b 1x4 2x6) played a little
Rains wash out second match PTI BANGALORE, APRIL 19
The fourth edition of the Indian Premier League witnessed its first washout today with the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at Chinnaswamy Stadium here being called off without a ball being bowled because of incessant rains. The washout means both Rajasthan and RCB will share a point each from the encounter. For RCB, the washout came as a frustrating result as the one point did very little to help their cause. The Daniel Vettori-led side is now languishing at the second last position in the team standings with only three points from five matches. However, the one point took Rajasthan's tally to five from as many matches and they now rose to the second position in
cameo at the end but that was never going to be enough as the home team finished at 152 for seven in their allotted 20 overs. For the Hyderabad outfit, Harmeet Singh (two for 27) and Daniel Christian (two for 38) provided important breakthroughs while Ojha, Amit Mishra and Shikhar Dhwan chipped in with a wicket apiece. Chasing a target of 169, Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag came out firing all cylinders in his bid to give his team a positive start as he struck four boundaries off Christian's over, while Warner also gave him good company at the other end but the former's stay at the wicket was cut short by Harmeet Singh for a seven-ball 12. And the next two overs saw the hosts being pushed on to the back foot when Christian and Harmeet accounted for the wickets of Naman Ojha and Aaron Finch to leave the Daredevils reeling at 38 for three.
Deccan Chargers: S Sohal c Finch b Nadeem 62, S Dhawan b Pathan 8, K Sangakkara c Finch b Dinda 49, C White not out 31, D Christian b Hopes 8, B Chipli not out 5. Extras: 5. Total: 168 for 4. Fall of wickets: 14-1, 106-2, 129-3, 156-4. Bowling: A Dinda 4-0-33-1, I Pathan 4-0-28-1, M Morkel 4-0-31-0, J Hopes 4-0-36-1, S Nadeem 3-0-24-1, Y Nagar 1-0-13-0. Delhi Daredevils: D Warner c Teja b Dhawan 51, V Sehwag c Christian b Harmeet 12, N Ojha lbw b Christian 2, A Finch c Sangakkara b Harmeet 0, Venugopal Rao c Christian b Mishra 21, I Pathan c Chipli b Ojha 5, J Hopes not out 17, Y Nagar b Christian 23, M Morkel not out 8. Extras: 13. Total: 152 for 7. Fall of wickets: 28-1, 332, 38-3, 90-4, 99-5, 112-6, 144-7. Bowling: D Steyn 4-0-24-0, D Christian 4-0-38-2, Harmeet Singh 4-0-27-2, P Ojha 3-0-21-1, A Mishra 4-0-28-1, S Dhawan 1-0-7-1. Man-of-the-match: S Sohal.
Their winning momentum halted rudely, Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors would be keen to regain it quickly when they line up against each other in a fourth round match of the IPL here tomorrow. Both teams had made a strong start to their campaign with two excellent wins on the trot before losing steam through losses despite posting 180-plus totals in their third games. Sachin Tendulkar's superbly compiled maiden century in Twenty20 cricket for Mumbai went in vain when debutants Kochi Tuskers Kerala pulled the rug from under his team with a brilliant reply at their home venue. Fellow-debutants Pune were also forced to eat the humble pie by the winless Delhi Daredevils despite captain Yuvraj Singh's splendid double act -with the bat (66 not out) and the ball (four wickets) -- at their home ground, D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. A visibly disappointed Tendulkar had blamed his side's fielding, in particular the
dropped catch by Rohit Sharma off the team's pace spearhead Lasith Malinga's first ball, soon after the defeat. The master batsman has been in superb touch in all three games and in his maiden IPL ton, he revealed certain shots that many thought only India
Mumbai Indians v. Pune Warriors 4 p.m. Kolkata Knight Riders v. Kochi Tuskers Kerala 8 p.m.
PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 19
Delhi Daredevils batsman Yogesh Nagar is bowled out by Deccan Chargers bowler Daniel Christian at FerozShah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.
and Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni could play. Tendulkar remains Pune's biggest hurdle to regain the lost momentum, but there are others like Rayudu and Kieron Pollard, who hasn't had much to do with the bat so far, to complement the batting genius. Mumbai have depended mostly on Malinga in the beginning and Harbhajan Singh, after the Power Plays, in their bowling. While both have done their bit, others need to step up to the plate and complement them. Pollard was very expensive in the game against Kochi and did not get to bowl his full quota too while left-arm slow bowler Ali Murtaza was clobbered by Jadeja for consecutive sixes in the penultimate over to seal the win for the Tuskers. It remains to be seen whether he would be retained for the match against Pune. Pune would be happy with the form shown by burly New Zealander Jesse Ryder and Yuvraj Singh, who has carried forward his splendid form in the World Cup into the Twenty20 League.
Windies chief slams Sarwan graft rumours AFP GROS-ISLET, APRIL 19
West Indies cricket official Ernest Hilaire has blamed irresponsible reporting for rumours that batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan was being investigated for match-fixing. Hilaire was responding to an open letter from Guyana's Minister of Sport, Frank Anthony, which criticised the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for failing to protect Sarwan from the damaging allegations. Anthony had written the letter to the WICB seeking clarification on the matter, which made headlines in a few sections of the Caribbean media. "When properly assessed, the situation is to be blamed squarely on an erratic and unprofessional approach from some irresponsible media operatives, who reproduced the information from (an) anonymous blog without bothering to verify the source or veracity of what was before them," said Hilaire, the chief executice officer of the WICB. Hilaire informed the minister that the WICB had not spoken publicly about the matter because it does not have the authority to comment on such issues.
Kochi look to halt Knights run PTI KOLKATA, APRIL 19
In red hot form after back-toback wins, Kochi Tuskers Kerala would be aiming to halt Kolkata Knight Riders' three-match winning run when the two sides face off in their IPL match at the Eden Gardens here tomorrow. A few days ago Kochi Tuskers were all about a struggling bunch. After a couple of meek performances -- against Royal Challengers Bangalore and fellow debutants Pune Warriors India -- many wrote them off saying they were the weakest team in IPL Season 4. But things have changed dra-
matically after two matches. After beating heavyweights Mumbai Indians and holders Chennai Super Kings, Kochi have suddenly become giant-killers from underdogs. If the win over Mumbai brought Kochi to the limelight, the latest win will surely give some jitters to table-leaders Knight Riders ahead of their match tomorrow. Having turned the tide in their favour, Knight Riders will have some anxious moments against the resurgent Kochi, which has a former Knight in their ranks in McCullum. That the Kiwi glovesman, with two man of the match perform-
ances under his belt, is in explosive form will surely give some sleepless nights to the Knight Riders. It will be interesting to see what strategy the Knight Riders' think-tank in coach Dav Whatmore and mentor Wasim Akram put up against the McCullum. In McCullum and skipper Jayawardene, Kochi have an explosive opening while in experienced former India players in Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Aussie all-rounder Brad Hodge, they have a formidable middle-order. Their bowling -- in Rudra
Pratap Singh, R Vinay Kumar, Lankan Thisara Perera and old warhorse Ramesh Powar – may look the weak link but in the Twenty20 scheme of things it's difficult to underestimate any. After their 'choke' in Chennai, Knight Riders have been uber cool in their approach. Their top batsmen in Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary have been solid. Their bowlers too have hit the purple patch especially after Brett Lee and Shakib-al-Hasan joined to bolster the side. Against the spirited Kochi outfit, it will be a real test of their character.
Eden pitch under scanner AGENCIES KOLKATA, APRIL 19
All eyes would be on the Eden Gardens strip when Kolkata Knight Riders take on Kochi Tuskers Kerala in their Indian Premier League Twenty20 match in Kolkata on Wednesday. Recently in the news after India-England World Cup match was shifted out for lack of preparation, Eden Gardens was again in the spotlight after Kolkata Knight Riders match against Rajasthan Royals on April 17. After Rajasthan Royals were shot out for 81, the Eden 22-yard came under a lot of scrutiny and there are reports that the Knight Riders think-tank was not happy with curator Probir Mukherjee's work. However, the Eden curator Probir Mukher-
the standings behind Kolkata Knight Riders. The match was originally scheduled to start at 8.00 pm, but was delayed due to steady downpour. The on-field umpires, Rudi Koertzen and Billy Doctrove conducted two inspections -- first at 9.45 pm and then an hour later -before finally calling off the match. However, after the first inspection the umpires were hopeful of a 12-overs-a-side game following a slight lull in the drizzle. But no sooner expectations rose among fans about a possible rain-curtailed thriller, the drizzle came back to haunt, forcing the groundsmen to bring on the covers. With the drizzle showing no signs of relenting the umpires finally decided to call off the match after their second inspection at around 10.45 pm.
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jee said, "We have two strips for seven matches. So we will keep altering. It will be a different strip tomorrow. It will be a good sporting wicket." According to sources, CAB chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, Mukherjee and KKR team management surveyed the track and even asked the curator to prepare a firm pitch that will produce 'big' totals. But Mukherjee said he did not have any interference from both the parties. "I have full freedom. The slowness depends on how much dew is there and the wicket will behave that way. Wicket is slow because the 8pm start. Dew starts falling from 6pm," he said. Fuming at the track, Royals skipper and Aussie spin legend Shane Warne had termed it ordinary
and said it did not produce good cricket. "It was a pretty ordinary wicket. It did not produce good cricket. If it was easy to bat on they would have got the target in six or seven overs. But they were 64 after six overs. It took them 14 overs. It was a half decent wicket. It was so slow," Warne had said after their eight wicket loss to Knight Riders. But the curator slammed Warne's statements saying, "You cannot say wicket is ordinary when you play extraordinary cricket. Their batting was hopeless. "No doubt, he is a great cricketer. But I don't think he is a great human being. He should have said sorry for their batters and accepted that it was their mistake," he added.
ICC to rethink on WC teams
n The ICC’s Executive Following protests by some as- Board will reconsider sociate members, the ICC is now the composition of the going to reconsider its decision 2015 World Cup during to have only 10 teams for the the annual conference 2015 cricket World Cup. The ICC's Executive Board will in Hong Kong at reconsider the composition of the 2015 World Cup during the the end of June. PTI DUBAI, APRIL 19
annual conference in Hong Kong at the end of June 2011, according to the game's governing body. At the recent ICC Executive Board meeting in Mumbai on April 4, the Board decided to allow only the 10 full members to participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015. But the associate members like Ireland and the Netherlands took strong exception to the decision prompting the governing body to reconsider the issue. After receiving representations from the associate and affiliate members of the ICC, the ICC President Sharad Pawar has decided to request the Executive Board to reconsider. "I have given this matter further serious thought and will request the Board to consider this topic once more. I can understand the views of the associates
and affiliates and ICC will seek to deal with this issue in the best way possible," Pawar was quoted as saying in the media release. The Board had also confirmed its previous decision made in October 2010 that the next two World Cups (in 2015 and 2019) would comprise 10 teams. According to the release, these decisions were part of a strategic restructure of ICC events and the context and content for international cricket. As part of the restructure, a Test play-off for the top four teams was introduced and the ICC World Twenty20 was expanded to 16 teams. The Executive Board had also agreed in Mumbai that the 10 teams for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England would be determined on the basis of qualification.
He may have lost his opening slot to little-known Mumbaikar Paul Valthaty in this edition of the IPL, but big-hitting Australian Shaun Marsh isn't complaining. It's not the Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilscrist or inaugural edition's Orange Cap winner Marsh hogging the limelight in the fourth edition, but the 27-year-old Valthaty, who ensured two consecutive wins for the Punjab team courtesy his swashbuckling knocks that earned him back-to-back man of the match awards. "Paul is batting really well in this season and he is a fantastic player. He has done well for the Punjab team in the last two games which helped us secure two subsequent wins. He put us in a winning position in the last two games. I am looking forward towards watching him bat again," Marsh told PTI. Marsh received the Orange Cap for scoring most runs in the 2008 IPL tournament as an opener. Despite missing the opening four games of the tournament, the Australian was the leading run scorer in the first edition of the Twenty20 league. Marsh said he is happy with his present batting slot and is looking to make a comeback into the Australian one-day squad with his good show for the Kings XI in the IPL. "I had a great first IPL and had a lot of fun. I had few injuries
which somewhat made my ride a little bumpy one. I am confident that I can find the same rhythm and body right this time. Playing and performing at the highest level consistently is what I am aiming for. "I am feeling pretty good at the moment. It was a bit frustrating (getting injured) but you can't do much with the injury situation. Obviously, if I perform well in the IPL, then it will help me win back my place in the Australian team. If I score few runs, then I will be in their scheme of things," said the left-hander. Marsh said his ultimate dream is to play Test cricket for Australia. "It's my dream to play Test cricket for Australia. Wearing the baggy green is an ultimate for any Australian cricketer. My aim is to keep working hard and keep scoring runs and I am sure I will make it to the Test squad." Marsh also endorsed Michael Clarke as a "strong leader" and feels that a new era in Australian cricket beckons under his leadership.
Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011
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Then on, Masterchef Kapoor’s life has been one huge phenomenal success. But a 24x7 food channel could definitely be challenging? Masterchef confidently replies, “In India, we can safely assume three factors when it comes to entertainment – cricket, films and food. I think cricket and films have been vastly explored and perhaps even exploited. But food is left. So, I took up the challenge. I thought about my next step towards growth. I didn’t want it to be the normal moving from channel to channel. I said why not control my own destiny now. And for this I have to do something definitely bigger and better. That’s how the thought came up to start my own channel.” What is absolutely commendable is the fact that MasterChef Kapoor is the very first chef in the entire world to start his own television food channel. He enlightens, “When I voiced my idea, many laughed at me and said it won’t work. But then, even when I had voiced my idea of becoming a chef, many had laughed at me. So, in a way, it was kind of motivating for me; a feeling and belief that I will surely success this time too.” He expounds further, “Right from time I was a little kid, I was constantly self educating myself on much more than what the teacher thought me. I always wanted to be ahead of the times. And no pun intended, but I was ahead of the times when I started sanjeevkapoor.com ahead of timesgroup.com. (laughs heartily). And why did he name his channel, ‘FOOD FOOD’? Why did he use the word food twice? Smiling, he queries, “Why not? I got you to ponder, and that is exactly the effect I want to see on everyone. As for the explanation, well, the channel is much more than food and it is more than food. It is food with lifestyle. It is not only about calories and taste; it is about having fun, enjoying life with food around which the family and friends gather. We hope to celebrate food in all its splendour across multi platforms. BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS Elated about the successful launch of his 24 hour This channel is just one among many platforms to follow.” And excitedly he informs, “Madhuri Dixit is HERALD FEATURES brand ambassador who will be creating more lifestyle angle to our channel. She will bring in the s a young chef of just 20 years, a humiliating exHindi food channel, ‘FOODFOOD’ on January 24, our lifestyle perspective and lend mass appeal and yet do it with finesse.” perience made him promise himself to make his 2011, Masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor was down in Targeting the larger masses, ‘FOODFOOD’ will produce and package all its content in India. In order profession one that people would respect and to connect to audiences across the country, the channel will feature shows about food and food lifestyle take pride in and he did just that when he became Goa with family. In an exclusive with Herald, the like ‘Firangi Tadka’, ‘Sirf 30 Minutes’, ‘Sanjeev Kapoor’s Kitchen’, ‘Chef ka Muquabla’ and ‘Ready Steady more famous than even the general manager of that hotel. At the young age of 28 years, he had reached culinary expert dishes out nuggets of anecdotes Cook’ to name a few. The Masterchef enlightens, “Generally when people do food shows, they tend to keep it very niche, his professional peak when he was Executive Chef of a 300 on the ‘khazana’ of his passion for a very select group. I decided to go beyond and make it appealing to the masses. My channel is room hotel. He felt the need for much more than just move catering to all emotions of food. I am having food with fun, food with games, food with health, food from hotel to hotel and ‘Khana Khazana’ happened. This at a time, when cable TV was new and there was no food channel. And the show went on to become the longest running TV with Bollywood and much, much more. By God’s grace, the channel has taken off very well. The initial numbers are phenomenal and way ahead of the others on the same lines.” show of its kind in Asia with broadcasts in 120 countries and in 2010 had more than 500 million viewers. Inform the masterchef that today we have so many people who claim to be foodies and best cooks and host shows. What is And now when again he started feeling, “What next?” he goes on to launch his very own 24x7 Hindi food channel. The first quality about Masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor that reaches out and arrests me is his sheer humility, courtesy and the kind manner his opinion on this trend? He replies, “Yes, there is a big difference between best and best known. Just because you are hosting in which he speaks. I think we all have been through enough in life to know that the ‘truly great’ are simple, humble and a food show does not make you the best cook. But you definitely need to constantly educate yourself on every nuance of every kind of food. And you have to constantly be at it working very hard all the time alongside making a lot of sacrifices. There can disciplined people. Be they Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Aamir Khan or Masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor. What fuelled his flame of desire to be appreciated and acknowledged was an interesting experience when he was barely 20 be no stagnation. You have to keep working at whatever you’re doing and you have to keep constantly gaining knowledge. This years and chef of a 84 room hotel in Varanasi. He enlightens, “We used to have a lot of groups checking in from different parts is the only way you will stand out and be different.” Most urban women of today have a maid or cook. Others, even if they churn out the final meal, have maids to do the ‘miseof the globe. As chef, I understood that before cooking for someone, I need to understand and learn about what they like or dislike. So, a group was just about to check in and I went to the lobby to wait for them. Immediately, the general manager who en-place’ (to have all your ingredients prepared and ready to go before starting). Is this why there is relatively lesser passion in churning out good meals like the mothers of yore? Masterchef Kapoor advises, “All I can say is that whether you have maids was around inquired as to why I was waiting to talk to the guests and he curtly told me to go back to the kitchen.” He continues, “That’s what really bothered me. I wanted people to respect and appreciate people who cook in the background. helping out with the ‘mise-en-place’ or anyone else to help, just ensure you get into the kitchen and cook meals. Because even the junk food you cook at home is definitely healthier than when you eat from out.” And quite aptly in his endearing style he That was when I promised myself to make this profession one that people will take pride in.” concludes, “Like I always say, ‘The family that eats together stays together’.”
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Roberto Simone takes the Helm of Zuri Whitesands Business conglomerate Zuri Group Global has appointed Italian national Roberto Simone as the General Manager for its Goa properties – The Zuri Whitesands Varca Casino and Resort and The Retreat by Zuri
HERALD FEATURES obert Simone is known for his ability to intelligently influence others, best suited to presenting ideas, projects and concepts and above all a charming personality with positive attitude. His responsibility areas at The Zuri properties in Goa will include management of all 600 associates, ensuring the implementations of the operations in line with company targets and business plan, property management and development of human resources. A very hands-on manager with a creative streak, Simone has taken over his duties as a General Manager at The Zuri Whitesands, Varca Casino and Resort and The Retreat by Zuri, Goa. His bent towards a logical and systematic approach, coupled with his outgoing nature, makes him a natural communicator. Simone is an Italian national with an MBA in Finance from United Kingdom. He has also done his F&B Management programme from Cornell University. He started his hospitality career as a Sales Agent, Bar Manager, and Banqueting Manager before moving on to being a Food & Beverage Manager. His past experiences also include being the General Manager at Silversea Six Star Cruise in Miami, The Vine Hotel Design Hotel in Madeira Island and Vintage Hospitality which is a leading hotel of the World properties in Rome. Roberto has also served the role of a Deputy General Manager at the famous JW Marriott Capri Tiberio Palace Resorts in Capri Island. “I am excited to be part of the Zuri Group. It is an honour to work with a group whose motto is to deliver perfection and hospitality at international standards. I hope I can help create great vacation experiences for our guests at India’s best holiday destination – Goa. During my tenure at Zuri I wish to make business a lot more profitable and improvise on the art of managing world-class hotels and resorts in India,” he said.
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Fall in Love with Nature, the Australian Way
hile nature lovers across the world wish all humans to realise the significance of their natural surroundings, many Australians are turning towards caring for the environment as their way of life. Julie Astonis, an Australian housewife in Brisbane city is one such example. She and her communities North Lakes have stood out from hundreds of other communities in the Best Master-planned Community Competition. Even though autumn is approaching Australia’s Brisbane in April, one can still watch colourful blooming flowers in Julie’s exquisite little garden, as she tells that in her community, “each of us has a beautiful yard”. “There has been a deep rooted awareness of environmental protection, from children to elderly people. The whole community takes care of the environment as if they are taking care of their own garden,” said Julie. Talking about her people’s sense of care for environment, Julie said when people in the community take along their dog, they would always carry a garbage bag to deal with the dog’s excrement. “In our community, you will never experience the embarrassment of stepping on the dirty waste while you are walking on the grass,” said Jolie with a smile. “Taking care of the dog’s waste can also help to cul-
tivate children’s sense of responsibility!” “Gardening is the most popular club in our community,” she says. “A lot of retirees don’t just regularly organise gardening lectures, but also personally visit families in the community to provide gardening training.” As to protect water resources, the Australian government has imposed strict irrigation restriction on families, Julie says: “We certainly would not use tap water to irrigate the flowers!” She adds that almost every family in her community has a huge tank, used to store rainwater, which is later used as the resources of all outdoor water use, including car washing and watering the garden. “This year, we also specifically asked people to connect the water tank with our flush toilets, so they could save the use of tap water,” she added. Mentioning their primary school’s effort, the school encourages students to do more things beneficial to the environment, and asks them to write that on a paper to share with other students. Though the World Earth Day is round the corner, Julie feels environmental protection should not be marked only a particular day, instead “every day should be Earth Day”. In 2009, the 63rd UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare April 22 as World Earth Day. (Courtesy: IANS)
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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? ‘Fenny Fenny – Moods’, a photography contest is open for submission of photographs. It is organised by Big Foot, Loutolim. Submission of photographs closes on April 25. Entries to be handed over to BM Web Studio, Near Torsanzor, Aquem, Margao or Supply’s India, Shop No 17, Rosary Apts, Miramar, Panjim or CYMK Academy of Photography, Pankar Bidg, Khorlim Sim, Mapusa or Big Foot, Loutolim. Call 9822151419, 9881533456, 9822581232 or 2777034. ‘Indradhanush’, a 3-day cultural festival, organised by the Ganga-Zuari Academy will be held from April 22 to 24. There will be competitions in the areas of dance, singing, essay and drawing. Call 9822486204 or 9404434878. A workshop in cold ceramics facilitated by Ramdas Gadekar, organised by Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho-Panjim will be held from April 25 to 30 from 2pm to 6 pm at Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho-Panjim. Call 2421311. A Green Walkathon, organised by the Goa Marriott Resort will be held on April 20 as part of their Environmental Awareness Month celebrations all of April. It will begin at 4.30pm at the Marriott lobby. Call 2463333. A workshop in broken tile murals, facilitated by Aadhi Vishal, organised by Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts will be held from May 2 to 7 from 2pm to 7pm at Sunaparanta, Altinho-Panjim. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 2421311. ‘Liberate your Spirit’ (2nd Edition), Part 2 of the 4-part series of worship concerts, organised by Goa ForGiving, Heritage
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HOROSCOPE Jazz and Konkani Rocks will be held on April 24 at the Holy Spirit Church Square, Margao. COCO’JU, the Coconut and Cashew Fest ‘11, organised by Ancestral Goa, Big Foot, Lotoulim will be held from April 30 to May 2 from 9am to 5:30pm at Ancestral Goa, Big Foot, Lotoulim. Call 2777034. A painting exhibition by Datta V Navelkar will be inaugurated on April 20 at 10:30am at Kala Academy, Campal-Panjim. It will be on display till April 24 between 10am to 1pm and 3:30pm to 7:30pm. Call 2420452. ‘Role of Lok Yukta in Good Governance’, is the topic of the lecture to be delivered by Justice (Retd) N Santosh Hegde, former Justice - Supreme Court on April 25 at 6 pm at the International Centre Goa. This is the first in a series of 12 lectures. It is organised by the International Centre Goa and V M Salgaocar and Brothers Ltd. Call 2452805, 2452808, 2452809 or 2452810. Reunion-2011, a get-together of exstudents of the Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sanquelim, organised by its the Alumni Association will be held on April 23 from 4pm onwards in the College. Call 9545521710. ‘The European Influence in Goa and the German contribution to the IndoPortuguese Trade in the 16th – 18th Centuries’, a presentation by Luis de Assis Correia will be held on April 29 at 5:30pm at Fundação Oriente, Fontainhas-Panjim. Call 2230728 or 2436108. Summer Thrill, a summer camp for children which will include activities like dance, handicrafts, kitchen-gardening, snack-making, crab-catching, fishing, trekking, etc will be held from April 25 to 30 and May 12 to 21 from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Varca. Call 9960431362.
It's a great day for a debate or a conversation with someone 21 Mar - 19 Apr who intimidates you. You need to express yourself as truthfully -- and forcefully -- as possible today. Your great energy is just right for thinking for yourself, and you ought to be able to dream up something awesome!
Taurus Your fiscal philosophy is finally becoming as mature as you are. 20 Apr - 20 May Save more. You need to dip back into the financial world a bit today, no matter how distasteful you may find it. Try to shake things up in a way that keeps you from taking too many risks -- or any risks at all!
R e m e m b e r, Gemini there is more than one possible solution, so don't be too 21 May - 20 Jun dogmatic today. Work closely with someone - maybe someone new, or maybe someone you know well and trust deeply. See if you can get your people to give the two of you the space you need.
Someone wants to be of service to you today -- accept this assistance 22 Jun - 23 Jul with a smile. Your devotion to others is unquestioned, but you still feel the need to prove yourself to someone. Now is as good a time as any to make things work between you and that hard-toplease boss or relative.
You have the power to turn up the heat on your romantic life -- make 24 Jul - 23 Aug things sizzle! Your romantic life is getting a major upgrade -- watch for it! This may come in the form of a new crush, a new way of seeing the world or even a new, stronger wave of feelings for your constant companion.
Have faith that the worst is behind you, because it is. The 23 Aug - 22 Sep future is very bright. You want to make some progress today on one particular project -- and it just has to wait. Your frustration may spin out of control if you don't keep it in check, but you can get back to what's important soon enough.
It's never a waste of time to explore lofty ideas -- make 23 Sept - 22 Oct time for long discussions. You are feeling pretty positive now, under the circumstances, and you may find that expressing these feelings is the best way to lighten the spirits of those around you. Let them know!
Scorpio 'Larger' and 'louder' should be your watchwords today -23 Oct - 22 Nov so push things to the max. You're in the mood for some shopping -- but nothing too serious. You may just want to blow a few bucks on a luxury item that catches your eye, which should keep you from getting in too deep.
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Capricorn You and your friends are moving at different speeds. 22 Dec - 20 Jan Make an effort to connect. The progress you make today might very well surprise you -- and anyone else who's paying attention! Much of it takes place while you are lost in the flow, so you should be able to relax soon enough.
Aquarius If new people in your social group are rubbing you the 21 Jan - 19 Feb wrong way, give them time. Some aspect of your life improves in a big way later today -- possibly through your own efforts, but more likely thanks to nothing more than coincidence. Enjoy the windfall and have a fun day!
Are you aiming for perfection while something 20 Feb - 20 Mar wonderful is right in front of you? Defend your views today, no matter how harshly they may be attacked. You know that you're right, and you know that it's vital for you to take care of business before others get the upper hand.
elective relationships -- and they don't always last 23 Nov - 20 Dec forever. Your brilliant energy is making waves all around you, and might actually shake things up (in a good way) between you and a close friend. Sometimes you need to make a big change in order to enjoy what you've got.
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The Panama Canal is a 77km ship canal in Panama that joins the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. Built from 1904 to 1914, annual traffic has risen from about 1,000 ships in the canal’s early days to 14,702 vessels in 2008. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the canal had an enormous impact on shipping between the two oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via either the Strait of Magellan or Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. Created in 1913 by the damming of the Charges River, Gatun Lake is an essential part of the Panama Canal. The impassable rainforest around Gatun Lake has been the best defence of the Panama Canal. Today these areas have endured practically unscathed by human interference and are one of the few accessible areas on earth that various native Central American animal and plant species can be observed undisturbed in their natural habitat. It is suspected that the Cichla Pleiozona species of Peacock Bass was introduced by accident to Gatun Lake by a renowned Panamanian aquarist and doctor in 1958. Locally called Sargento these peacock bass are not a native game fish of Panama but are considered a premier game fish. The aggressive fish is an angler’s dream come true.
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Instructions for Sudoku 9 x 9 letter: To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number from 1 to 9 must appear in each of the nine vertical columns, in each of the nine horizontal rows and in each of the nine boxes
SUDOKU SOL 837
HERALD CROSSWORD - 838 Across 1- Bristles; 5- Uneven; 10- Coup d'___; 14- Writer Sarah ___ Jewett; 15- Middle; 16- Defense grp. since 1949; 17- Auto pioneer; 18Idaho capital; 19- Jutting rock; 20Comment at the bottom of a page; 22- "Hotel ___"; 24- Gave grub; 25- Addition column; 26- Indistinct; 29- Small object of curiosity; 33- Makes well; 34- Don Juan's mother; 36- Hosp. areas; 37- As a female, you could be queen or worker; 38- "______ by any other name…"; 39- Agency of the United Nations; 40- Hwy.; 41- Directed; 42- Electrician, at times; 44- Inactive; 47- Runners-up; 48Plains native; 49- Comedian Philips; 50- Laborer who handles sch.; 52- Floor coverings; 53- Diamonds, e.g.; 54cargo; 53- Sunburn protection; 58- Morales of Go back, in a way; 55- Oil of ___; 56- Draw near; "NYPD Blue"; 59- Climb; 61- Burn soother; 6257- Greek island in the Aegean; 60- Sugar suffix; Tolkien tree creatures; 63- Digression; 64- ___ shanter (Scottish cap); 65- Impetuous; 66- Admit; SOLUTION - 837 67- Baby blues; Down 1- Foot of a horse; 2- He sang about Alice; 3___-European; 4- Tranquil; 5- Exemplify; 6- Civil disturbance; 7- Comics canine; 8- Draft org.; 9Perpetuate; 10- Sheath; 11- Small mountain lake; 12- Not much; 13- Garment of ancient Rome; 21Beatty and Rorem; 23- Spider's creation; 25- Corpulent; 26- Beet variety; 27- Slow, musically; 28Western; 30- France's longest river; 31- Command; 32- Autocratic Russian rulers; 34- Angry; 35- Silent assent; 38- Irregular; 42- Uterus; 43Quarantine; 45- Listless; 46- Broke bread; 47Pre-Easter; 50- Lecherous look; 51- Annapolis
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Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011
Deep in his Deeds
Padma Vibhushan Kishori Amonkar to perform at 11th Kala Rang Festival
HERALD FEATURES adma Vibhushan Kishori Amonkar and Anandi Ramachandra and group will be performing at the 11th Kala Rang Festival of Dance, Music and Theatre which will commence at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on April 21, 2011. This year the festival is co-hosted by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao and West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur. The five-day festival will begin on with a programme ‘Mile Su Mera Tumhara’ by Ravindra Sathe, Devaki Pandit and Poornima, paying tribute to Bharat Ratna late Pt Bhimsen Joshi. Briefing newsmen, President of the Centre for Performing Arts, Kalangan Rajendra Talak informed that Padma Vibhushan Kishori Amonkar will perform on April 22 at 6:30pm, while Anandi Ramachandran and her group will perform on April 23 at 7:15 pm. The festival will be inaugurated at the hands of Managing Director of Cidade de Goa Anju Timblo. Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat has been invited as the Chief Guest, while Fatorda MLA Damu Naik will be Guest of Honour.
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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s nephew Manit engrossed in starting his new project – a sand castle
HERALD FEATURES he recently held free workshop on editing and post-production, titled, ‘The Art of Story Telling in Cinema’ was well-attended. Organised by the Entertainment Society of Goa and held at the Maquinez Palace in Panjim, the workshop’s trainers included Umesh Gupta, Senior Professor, Editing Department at Whistling Woods International and Neil Sadwelkar, film editor and Pixion postproduction consultant. The workshop featured different types of editing techniques on digital vis-a-vis film. It also featured the steps involved in the post production and technologies associated with postproduction.
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HERALD FEATURES he present Lokayukta of Karnataka and member of Jan Lokpal Bill Drafting Committee, Justice N Santosh Hegde will speak on the ‘Role of Lokayukta in Good Governance’ at the International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula. Justice (Retd) N Santosh Hegde, former Justice – Supreme Court will deliver the lecture on April 25, 2011 at 6pm in a programme open to all. This will be the inaugural lecture of the 12 lecture series, one every month, on Good Governance which is being organised by the ICG in collaboration with V M Salgaocar and Bros Ltd. Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly and President of ICG, Pratapsing Rane will be the Chief Guest. Former Advocate General of Goa and Life Trustee of ICG, Adv A N S Nadkarni will deliver the opening remarks. The lecture will be followed by interactions with the audience. Justice Hegde’s lecture will be preceded by a workshop organised with various local NGOs on participation of civil society in drafting Goa Lokayukta Bill in context of Jan Lokpal Bill. Other eminent speakers in this lecture series who would be invited include: D Anna Hazare – Social Activist; member of Jan Lokpal Bill Drafting Committee D Aruna Roy – recipient of Magsaysay Award; founder of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathana D Arvind Kejriwal – RTI Activist; recipient of Magsaysay Award; member of Jan Lokpal Bill Drafting Committee D Harsh Mander – Member, National Development Council D J M Lyngdoh – former Chief Election Commissioner of India D Justice (Retd) Jagdish Sharan Verma – former Chief Justice of India D N R Narayana Murthy – Founder-Chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited D N Vittal – former Central Vigilance Commissioner of India D Justice (Retd) P N Bhagwati – pioneer of Public Interest Litigation D Adv Prashant Bhushan, Sr. – Lawyer, Supreme Court of India; member of Jan Lokpal Bill Drafting Committee DSwami Agnivesh – Social Activist; founder of Arya Samascape team
Intricacies of Film Making explained at ESG Workshop
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ICG Good Governance to kick off with Lecture by Justice N Santosh Hegde
Rajan Narayan Kumari Selja releasing the book along with Dattaraj Salgaocar and Digambar Kamat
Saluting the Propagators of the Opinion Poll Uday Bhembre
HERALD FEATURES he Opinion Poll that helped Goa retain its unique identity in the year 1967 is a historical event that needed to be documented for the future generations. The efforts of two people, Dr Sharon D’Cruz and Rajan Narayan, to bring out the detailed chronicles of the events that led to the Opinion Poll and its success, can be seen in the book, ‘Triumph of Secularism’. The book was released at the hands of the Union Minister Kumari Selja, in the presence of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. Kumari Selja praised the efforts of the Damodar Mauzo Salgaocar family to bring the book out into the public, and praised the efforts of those who took part in the Poll. “The Goan people through the Opinion Poll have truly shown the triumph of secularism, the people did not vote along religious lines. Salute the people of Goa who continue to uphold the secular values and have to rise above divisions,” she said. Speaking at the release, Dattaraj Salgoacar pointed out that without the backing of the Nehru-Gandhi family, the Poll wouldn’t have been possible. “This is a tribute to the Nehru-Gandhi legacy to keep Goa’s identity and to allow the Goans to decide Goa’s political future,” he said, also pointing out his father, V M Salgaocar’s efforts to personally monitor the progress of the poll. The book, which claims to be the largest database of information compiled on the Opinion Poll, consists of documents, news articles and other research information. The documentation of the information is of utmost importance, according to Uday Bhembre. He said, “This book is an answer to the need for documentation.” He also spoke about how Konkani was es-
tablished as the state language and that if we did not have the Opinion Poll, we would not have enjoyed the freedom, democracy and self-governance that had been denied to the Goan people throughout the Portuguese rule. “The book is not a mere narration or memoirs but is history and pure history. Every conclusion drawn is supported by documentary evidence,” he added. Veteran journalist and co author of the book, Rajan Narayan pointed out the problems of research workers to do substantial work on Goa, saying that most of the information is in the archives around the country. He also pointed out that a sense of pride comes from the knowledge of your history, and that no matter how much one claims to know Goa, Goa will always be much more than that. Luizinho Faleiro praised the efforts of the Salgaocar family for aiding in bringing about the book, saying, “The Salgaocar family has always promoted everything Goan; I feel very nostalgic about this book, it will bring the Goan history in the letter of gold.” Narayan Bandekar and Shashikala Kakodkar
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Katie Price’s Only True Love
ctress Katie Price claims singer Dane Bowers is the only man she has ever loved, despite being married twice and having three kids from previous relationships. The 32-year-old star who is currently dating Argentinean model Leandro Penna has been married twice – first to Peter Andre and then Alex Reid, and has three kids from previous relationships but says Bowers was her one true love until he broke her heart. “I have been hurt before. I have been heartbroken badly, when I split from Dane. He was the only guy who completely taught me about having your heart
n advocate filed a case in the Allahabad High Court seeking a ban on the film Dum Maaro Dum on account of its “obscene and indecent contents”. Advocate Ashok Pande also sought a ban of public exhibition of the song Dum Maaro Dum of the film or to suitably modify it so that it “falls within the purview of morality and decency”. The court issued notice to the union government’s Censor Board as well as producer of Dum Maaro Dum on the use of “obscene language and inclusion of indecent and highly suggestive lyrics”. The petition also requested the court to stop the public exhibition of the film as it was also “found to be promoting intoxication that is punishable under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act”. The court issued notices to the Government of India and Censor Board and to the film producer, giving them three weeks’ time to give a detailed reply.
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Wednesday 20 Apr 2011
Another Case against Dum Maaro Dum!
broken,” she said. “Since splitting with Dane I have never let my barriers 100 per cent down with anyone. Being heartbroken, that hurt. It’s not a nice feeling,” she added
Ashish Chowdhry tones down to play Sexy Girl
ctor Ashish Chowdhry had to let go of his macho, welltoned look to play a sassy woman for a scene in upcoming comedy film Double Dhamaal. The actor had worked hard to build his muscles, but he agreed to tone it down on director Indra Kumar’s behest. Ashish is playing multiple characters with different looks and costumes in Double Dhamaal. So, one such character requires him to essay the role of a sexy woman who tries to seduce Sanjay Dutt. Since it would have been difficult to pull off this seductress act with a macho body, Ashish readily agreed to work on a leaner look, said a source. Double Dhamaal, produced by Reliance Entertainment and Maruti International, is a sequel to the successful Dhamaal. The sequel features Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Jaaved Jaaferi, Mallika Sherawat, Kangna Ranaut and Satish Kaushik, apart from Ashish and Sanjay and is set for a mid-2011 release.
Winslet feels Guilty about Free Time
ctress Kate Winslet finds it hard to make time for herself without feeling guilty and says that she has forgotten how to sit. “Any mother knows the last person you think about is yourself. I’ve been a mother for 10 years and I’m still trying to figure out how to give time to myself without feeling guilty about it. Sometimes I’ll sit down and I’ll go, ‘Oh it’s just nice to sit down,’ because truly, I’ve forgotten how to do that,” said Winslet. She added: “You forget to sit down and not worry about what needs to be done for the kids, just take time for yourself and pick up a book or read a recipe. I tell myself ‘Just Sit Down’ it’s a challenge.” Winslet has 10-year-old daughter Mia with first husband Jim Threapleton, and seven-year-old son Joe with second spouse Sam Mendes. “I think that for a lot of women, our 20s are a time of really figuring things out and figuring out what we’re really about. Of course, at the time, we think we know exactly who we are, we think we’ve done all the growing emotionally. And then along come our 30s and it’s all different again. I’m really enjoying my 30s, actually. I have so much more life experience than I did when I was 25 and that’s a real luxury,” she said.
Students develop Thought-controlled, Hands-free Computer for Disabled
n innovative technology that could enable people to operate a computer without using a keyboard or mouse – only their brainwaves – have been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev software engineering students. The BGU technology features a helmet equipped with 14 EEG connect points that sense brain activity. “The technology is designed to assist those who are physically disabled who might otherwise be unable to manipulate a computer mouse or keyboard,” said Rami Puzis. The student team, Ori Ossmy, Ofir Tam and Ariel Rozen, developed the prototype application for their bachelor’s degree project under the supervision BGU Prof Mark Last, Rami Puzis, Prof Yuval Lovitz and Lior Rokah. As part of a recent demonstration, a student composed and sent a hands-free e-mail using only thought combined with the adaptive hardware.
Women are More Open-minded than Men Happiness follows U-shaped Curve during Person’s Lifetime
study has showed that middle-aged people are the grumpiest and the reason for it is because happiness follows a U-shaped curve during a person’s lifetime. Bert van Landeghem, 29, an economist at Maastricht University in Belgium, said that satisfaction with life begins to recede in the late 20s and does not recover until well past 50. The reason for this is because as young adults, people are carefree and full of hope for the future, and by the time they have crossed their 50s, they have come to terms with the trials of life. The study found “a substantial dip in happiness during the middle of people’s lives is the equivalent to becoming unemployed or losing a family member”. While van Landeghem said happiness did return with age, he warned that older people did not actually recapture the spirit of their youth. They simply learnt to be satisfied with their lot. “A U-shaped happiness curve does not necessarily imply that a 65-year-old prefers his own life to the life of a 25-year-old,” he said. “Both the 25-year-old and 65-year-old might agree that it is nicer to be 25 than to be 65. But the 65-year-old might nevertheless be more satisfied, as he has learned to be satisfied with what he has,” he add. The research by van Landeghem will be presented at the Royal Economic Society annual conference at Royal Holloway, the University of London. Editor –in-chief: R F Fernandes. Editor: Ashwin Tombat. Chief Editor-Features: Christina Viegas.
new research has indicated that men are more decisive when making a choice whereas women are more open-minded. A gender gap exists where males tend to leap to judgments and females see more shades of grey. A study of 113 people asked whether each of 50 objects fitted partially, fully or not at all into certain categories and found women were 23 per cent more likely to select the ‘partial’ one. The ‘bones-of-contention’ were ones likely to stimulate debate such as ‘is a tomato a fruit?’ or ‘is paint a tool?’ It has been thought that a male/female split exists but the study said it is the first time it has been shown that men are more likely to leap to black-or-white conclusions. Psychologist Dr Zachary Estes, of Warwick University, said the women surveyed tended to be “much more nuanced in their responses”. Courtesy: Agencies Regd Office: St Tome Road, Panjim, Goa. Tel: 6658512, 6658500, 2224202, 2228083. Fax: 2222475. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.