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All 12 defence personnel including a Lt.Colonel on board a MI17 Indian Air Force helicopter were killed today after it crashed in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh close to the borders with China. The helicopter had got airborne from Tawang for Guwahati and at 12.05 pm it went down near Bomdir in Tawang. The three crew members, eight IAF men and a lieutenant colonel were killed in the tragic crash. This is the ninth air crash recorded by the IAF this year. The IAF immediately ordered a Court of Inquiry into the causes for the accident. Though initial reports had suggested that there was an explosion on the helicopter before it crashed, defence sources denied it. Defence Minister A K Antony, in the evening, expressed profound grief at the loss of lives of defence personnel in the crash. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu too condoled the deaths.

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Bajrang Lal Takhar created history by notching up the first rowing gold medal for India in the Asian Games. 29-yearold Bajrang, an army man, stole the spotlight on Friday. Starting in lane 3, he led the 2000m race from start to finish and rowed his way to gold in 7 minutes and 4.78 seconds.

UPA rallies behind PM; Goa-Mumbai strategy on Monday cruise service HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, NOV 19

The Congress core group is meeting here on Sunday to formulate a strategy for breaking the logjam for the last six sittings in in parliament that meets now on Monday. The second meeting of the extra-constitutional body of the party in three days is to decide how far the government can go on the opposition’s demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the 2G scam and other controversies. With the new Congress working committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body under the party constitution, not yet constituted, this informal body meets every week and takes all political decisions. It consists of the Congress president, her Political Secretary Ahmed Patel, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee and P Chidambaram. Mukherjee may approach the

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With multiple scams apparently weighing on their minds, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi today spoke out against the (Continued on page 10)

opposition on Sunday evening for rapprochement after the core group meeting,.

ESMA to put brakes on stir? HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

In a major blow to the striking bus operators, the State government today invoked the Goa Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1988 (ESMA) onwards prohibiting strikes in any form. Transport Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar said “The operators are unnecessarily striking. They will cause loss to the people,” adding that the strike during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will carry a wrong impression on people visiting Goa. Dhavalikar said that those

buses participating in the strike will have their temporary permits cancelled. The All Goa Private Bus Owners Association has called for a strike on Monday protesting against the government’s apathy to adhere to their demands. The association has expressed their unhappiness over disallowing private buses to operate from Margao old bus stand. They have also claimed that Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) was harassing them and that government has failed to stop the same.

Galaxy of stars to light up IFFI

Madhuri Dixit, Ajay Devgan and Freida Pinto HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

Galaxy of stars including Madhuri Dixit, Ajay Devgan, Freida Pinto, Manoj Bajpayee will make their presence felt for the 41st edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010. South Indian film legends like Mani Ratnam, veteran film producer Dr D Rama Naidu and Revathy Menon, will also attend the 10-day festival, beginning from November 22. Director of Film Festival S M Khan also confirmed the presence of renowned singer Ila Arun along with Subhash Ghai, Manisha Koirala, Rima Sen and Raima Sen for the festival. The festival will be inaugurated with the Om Puri starrer movie West is West, a movie sequel to East is East (1990).

Khan said that the screening of West is West movie will mark the inaugural of the festival, which has the competition section of international cinema open globally. The film is on an Indian origin family from Punjab and their younger sibling. The director feels that the competition would be tough this year as the best movies will be screened for the festival. “This year films from Canada, America and other European countries will be also screened. The section was earlier open only to the films from Asia, Africa and Latin America,” he stated. Legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra is said to be the chief guest for the function along with Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The Congress worry is that the opposition appeared in no mood to yield after getting emboldened from the Supreme Court’s snub on the prime minister delaying for 11 months and then refusing sanction to Dr Subramanian Swamy, president of the Janata Party, to prosecute former Union Telecom Minister A Raja for the 2G scam. With the opposition getting no word from the government to end the impasse, Congress prince charming and General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and HRD and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal mounted a defence of the prime minister being blamed for allowing the 2G spectrum loot by ally Dravida Munnetra Kazagham’s (DMK) ministers Dayanidhi Maran and A Raja and the Supreme Court chiding him for inaction and silence. “I don’t think he is in an embarrassing position at all,” Rahul Gandhi snapped back when (Continued on page 10)

gets approval HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

Goa may be soon classified as the most well-connected State in the country if government’s attempt to have a cruise service on the Goa-Mumbai route succeeds. The government has in-principle decided to start GoaMumbai cruise service, said an official. The steamer service for Goa-Mumbai was discontinued in 1990 whereas its replacement catamaran died a natural death as it failed to appeal to people. However, the government now wants to start a cruise on Goa-Mumbai sea route once again which will be run on the public private partnership (PPP) mode. “The government has de-

cided in-principle to have cruise on Goa-Mumbai route and things will materialize in a few months time,” said the official. But the question still remains will the cruise service attract people when Goa is well connected through air, rail and road? “Why not? Market does exist which we need to revive — catamaran could not survive. People could not actually enjoy their sea voyage as they had to sit in one place for hours and it was most boring,” the official added. Given the ground realities and the travel options to Mumbai at hand, the cruise services will have to dish out something special to stay afloat in the competition.

India rebukes Iran for plea on Kashmir KASHMIR NEW DELHI, NOV 19

India for the first time did not stand by Iran and abstained on Thursday from the United Nations General Body meeting that passed a Canada-sponsored resolution against its human right violations, in a tit-for-tat retaliation to its spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei equating Kashmir with Afghanistan and Gaza in Palestine. (Continued on page 10)

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Vasco councillors Tourism Dept seeks more time to remove Princess cry for revenge against Mickky HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

Seven of the victorious councillors of the Mormugao Municipal Council owing allegiance to Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza have demanded action against Mickky Pacheco who they accused of threatening them and their supporters if they supported candidates fielded by the Nationalist Congress Party during the recently held council election. Addressing a press conference on Friday, ex-chairperson of MMC Kritesh Gaonkar, along with the seven of eight councillors said they wanted some kind of action against Pacheco for his unwanted meddling in Vasco during the election campaign. Fiola Rego, Neny D’Souza, Smita Landez, Lavina D’Souza, Pascoal D’Souza, Premanand Nanoskar and Jerry Fernandes were the seven councillors present at the briefing. When questioned what action they were demanding against Pacheco, the councillors were not specific, but maintained the NCP high command, which had been apprised of the matter, should act in some manner. The councillors maintained that Mickky, along with some Congress leaders had joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders to defeat the NCP candidates, but failed miserably.

Mickky, along with some Congress leaders had joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders to defeat the NCP candidates, but failed miserably.

-- Vasco councillors The matter was reported to the NCP high command, but no action seems to have been taken, it asserted. Gaonkar said their supporters were threatened by Pacheco, who had used money as well as muscle power during the election campaign. Jerry Fernandes too joined Goankar in condemning Pacheco’s actions. Answering questions posed by the media on the leadership issue of the council, Jose Philip’s wife Neny D’Souza clarified she was never interested in the top post of chairperson, but was ready to serve under able leaders for Vasco’s development. To another question, Neny said her husband wanted to handover the post of NCP president to Pacheco for the growth of the party because the Benaulim MLA had shown promise of getting elected more MLAs for the party.

The Tourism Department has decided to seek more time from the High Court as it has already crossed the deadline of November 7, to initiate actual work of removing M V River Princess, grounded in shallow water at Candolim beach. On the other hand Salgaocar Mining Industries Pvt Ltd, (SMIPL) has issued notice of contempt against the government for failure to abide by order of the High Court . The High Court in its September 8 order had directed the government to take appropriate measures for removal of the vessel and commence work within two months from the day of the order and in any event, remove the ship

before the onset of the next monsoon. The SMIPL has charged that the government has committed contempt by ignoring Court directive and said it will make an appropriate motion before the High Court by way of contempt petition. Though the government has now accepted the bid of Mumbai based company -- Arihant Ship Breakers Pvt Ltd, the government is yet to formally issue the work order and hence, decided to seek extension of time, said government sources. Meanwhile, the Tourism Department has forwarded the proposal to the government and waiting for its response, he added. As per the bid the company will require d to pay a security deposit by

No NH widening without House panel nod: Parrikar HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

Continuing its protest against the proposed national highways 17 and 4A, the BJP today said that the alignment cannot be done without an approval of the House Committee which is yet to meet. Addressing a press conference on Friday, Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar sought to know why the government has not convened a meeting of the house committee yet even as it was constituted in August comprising ministers and MLAs to deliberate on the issues related to widening of national highways.

He demanded that the meeting should be called immediately. Parrikar said when information sought under the Right to Information Act (RTI), even National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has conceded that alignment would be decided by the House Committee once the resurvey committee submits its report to the government. On the other hand the government has been dragging its feet in convening a meeting. Parrikar clarified that its not that people do not want wider roads but they would not accept unilateral decision of the NHAI

Now, freight rate decision for mining trucks rests on govt

Senior citizen offers help to peers

“As the mining companies failed to give the reports over offered rates, the committee has decided to meet on next Wednesday and take the decision,” All Goa Mining Truck Owners Association (AGMTOA), president Nilkhant Gawas said after the meeting. He said that the association has full faith in the government and believes that the decision will come in their favour. Today’s meeting; fourth one in last one month, was attended by various representatives from mining companies along with AGMTOA members. The association, which has been demanding four times hike in the freight rates, has also threatened that government will have to face the consequences

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With mining companies and truck owners failing to reach consensus, the ball is entirely in State government’s court to decide freight rates issue. The meeting called by the State government appointed committee over freight rates headed by Transport Director Arun Desai, once again remained inconclusive as the mining companies failed to provide the offered rates as against demanded by the truck owners. The committee, which will be meeting on November 24, will be preparing detail report taking into consideration the demands of the truck owners, which will be later forwarded to the state government for the approval.

if they do not pay heed to their demand. The committee during its last meeting had directed mining companies to present a detail report today over the rates that they are offering to the truck owners. However, the companies remained silent over the matter. The state government’s restriction over tonnage and timing had made it difficult for the truck owners to conduct the business as the rates paid too are very less. Currently, companies like Fomento Private Limited pays Rs 8 per tonne per kilometre. While Sesa Goa pays Rs 6 per tonne as against Dempo and Salgaoncar who pays Rs 5 per tonne per kilometre.

A senior citizen residing at Canacona has once again come forward to offer his 'Xanti Asro' premises at Dramapur along the highway for senior citizens travelling to attend the IFFI programmes at Panjim as well as the novena and feast at Old Goa. Natividade De Sa, who owns a place 'Xanti-Asro' at Dramapur, annually welcomes the aged to use his place free of cost for rest and relief during their journey to and from Old Goa and Panjim. This year, De Sa also intends to serve Kanji (pez) to travellers free of cost, besides his customary offering of refreshment to senior citizens who get tired while visiting or returning from the IFFI programmes and the novena and feast at Old Goa. "Like me, senior citizens from Canacona, Balli and beyond in South Goa easily get tired on the bumpy roads and need a break to relax during their long journey," says De Sa.

Grounded flight returns to Moscow

Devotees seeking blessings of the deity at Hari Mandir as Margao celebrated the Dindi festival on Friday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

VASCO: After having been grounded for eights days at Dabolim airport, the Russian Aeroflot charter aircraft flew back to Moscow on Thursday evening. The plane had suffered extensive damaged due to a bird hit incident and was stranded at the Dabolim airport due to unavailability of jacks since November 11. All seven tyres of the plane had caught fire after the pilot had applied emergency brakes.

Sexual assault accused acquitted HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

A youth charged for sexually assaulting a four year old girl in 2009 was today acquitted by Children’s Court for want of evidence. Ajay Jaiswal (26) from Uttar Pradesh booked for sexually assaulting the victim in his rented house on April 27, 2009 was freed as the evidences failed to coincide with the prosecution case.

Vasco police had charged that while the victim was playing alone outside her rented house, Ajay allegedly grabbed her to his neighbouring room and abused her. At the time of the incident, the victim’s father had left for work and the mother was busy cooking at home. The mother when realized her daughter was missing, she searched the premise and found

the minor in the house of the accused “She witnessed that her daughter was sexually assaulted and later filed a complaint against him,” Advocate Siddhart Desai who represented he accused old Herald. Ajay was arrested on the very same day and since then was lodged in Sada-sub jail. Desai argued before the Court that Ajay was falsely implicated as

the victim’s family had problems with him. “The forensic report was negative. Besides, Goa Medical College report had also stated that there were no positive physical signs of recent sexual assault or molestation and therefore did not give its opinion,” Desai said. “There were also no bruises laceration or tears,” he added. The prosecution had examined six witnesses.

Garbage menace returns to haunt Canacona HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, NOV 19

The garbage menace has returned to haunt residents in the taluka, as heaps of waste is being dumped at isolated areas within city limits. A number of isolated locations within the municipal areas have been turned into dump yards by a few people, who are now in a haste to prepare for the tourism season. Unwanted material and other

waste, including leftover food, are being dumped at a bypass in Devabhag, making the road unbearable for motorists. This bypass road is primarily being used by vehicles to take a s h o r t c u t t o a n d f ro m Palolem. Incidentally, this area also has an open canal of the Chapoli dam, while paddy fields and the Devabhag football ground are also located in the vicinity.

way of a performance guarantee of Rs 10 crore. The government will pay the company Rs 99 crores for removing the grounded vessel by cutting and removing the vessel or its parts including any

It may be recalled that the Canacona Municipal Council's (CMC) , ignoring stiff opposition from residents of Agonda and Khola, had acquired a roadside land at Dumane outside the municipal limits as its garbage site. According to sources, the CMC has still not developed the site,nor has it cordoned off the area. Garbage compactors are sometimes seen stationed at the site.

"CMC reportedly plans to build a garbage treatment plant at Dumane, but garbage is presently being dumped at different locations, which includes sites beyond the railway tracks at Gulem and near the Devabhag bypass as well," a source told Herald. Last year, farmers cultivating sugarcane plantations had suffered losses after a fire to destroy the garbage spread to the nearby cultivations.

on the expansion. He further pointed out that in terms of toll charges people will have to shell out Rs 280 to reach from one end to the other. Moreover he asked why Goans should bear cost of widening as suggested by NHAI. According to a Porvorim resident Dinesh Vaghela, who has received information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the NHAI plans to spend Rs 1872 crore and has already spent Rs 1.47 crore for Detailed Project Report (DPR). He says about 10,000 trees would be cut for expansion of the highway in Goa.

section that may be found buried below the sand in the sea bed. As per technical bid submitted by the company it will require 40 mts of access on the beach to carry out the removal successfully.

Kid crushed under Tempo HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, NOV 19

In a tragic mishap, a two-andhalf year old boy from TiskUsgao died on the spot after he came under the rear wheels of a tempo at Upper Bazaar in Ponda on Friday afternoon. According to Ponda police, the incident took place when Omkar Pravin Lad along with his mother, who are natives of Kudal, had gone to the market. The child suddenly walked away from his mother. A tempo was proceeding on the road, noticing the child on the road the driver tried to steer the vehicle away. However, the child was fatally knocked down. The tempo driver, Francis Vales of Aggasaim has been detained.

It has also assured to restore the beach to its original condition on completion of the work. The methodology proposed by the company is to initially remove the ship upto about 2 and 3 mts above the water level as they would need the structure for carrying out below the water level. The sand inside the vessel as well as around the vicinity of the vessel would be removed while carrying out the work. The company estimates that they could remove about 700-800 cubic meters of sand everyday but expect to remove the entire sand in about 100 days subject to weather condition and entire work will be completed in 180 clear working days.

Mushtifund swears against donations HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

Buckling under a complaint, the city-based Mushtifund Saunstha has decided it will not accept donations for admissions to pre-primary by the end of this week. In reply to one Kashinath Shetye from Alto-Fondvem, Ribandar, Suhas Sardesai, Secretary of the Saunstha, wrote they would soon advertise in the newspaper regarding the same. Sardesai further communicated to Shetye that the management had decided to change his receipt from donation to deposit. Shetye had raised a banner

Dy collector to seek funds for renovating Margao bus stand

of revolt against donations and approached the Judicial Magistrate First Class at Panjim alleging the police and the education department had not acted on his complaints. He maintained accepting donations was a rampant practice in many schools across the State. In this regard, he had cited section 13 of the Right to Education Act 2009 which states no school or person should while admitting a child collect any capitation fees. Shetye had charged that the Saunstha’s pre-primary school had demanded capitation fees in the form of donation of Rs 10,000. He said the school had made it very clear to him that the admission of his son would be subject to the payment. The JMFC had issued notices to the police and the education department on an application filed by Shetye.

Cow slaughter accused granted bail HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 19

Deputy Collector Johnson Fernandes along with representatives of other agencies inspecting the KTC Bus stand on Friday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 19

Margao Deputy Collector Johnson Fernandes has said he would submit a detailed report to the government seeking funds to spruce up the KTC bus stand in Margao. Briefing newsmen after conducting a joint inspection of the bus stand with representatives of various government agencies, the deputy collector said there are many things which would require government funds to put things in order. The inspection was carried out at the request of GOACAN with a view to improve the pathetic condition of the bus stand operating from a temporary shed over two decades now. The delegation inspected the sanitation facilities at the bus stand, the canteen, garbage and

sewage disposal, besides facilities for the commuters. This is the second inspection of the bus stand by various agencies and the deputy collector was candid enough in admitting that there’s little improvement in the situation, but promised to put the sanitation facilities in place. “The agencies and NGOs want an eco-friendly environment for the commuters at the KTC bus stand. We will now approach the government for funds to put things in place. A decision has been taken to open one toilet and a free urinal for the benefit of the commuters”, he said. Replying to a question over the garbage disposal problem at the bus stand, the deputy collector said that the agencies will take appropriate steps with co-

ordination with the Margao Civic body. GOACAN Convenor Roland Martins said that something positive has come out of the inspections at the KTC Bus stand and exuded confidence that things will make a headway by new year. “We had invited all departments, including Health, Legal metrology, Margao Municipal Council to take note of the situation at the bus stand. The K TC canteen kitchen and the disposal of sewage waste was also inspected today”, he added. Martins lamented that the rates for using the toilets at the bus stand has been raised arbitrarily without realizing that the Margao bus stand is not a tourist place, but is used mostly by the common man.

The persons who were arrested in connection with the slaughter of 87 cattle in the open space at Baina beach on Thursday morning were let out on bail. The Anjuman Khairul Islam (AKI) furnished a personal surety bound of Rs 5000 each for the arrested accused, said Vasco police. AKI representative Adam Zumma said they would petition Chief Minister Digamber Kamat and Chief Secretary Sanjiv Shrivastav to enable them to continue the annual practice of 'Kurbani'. "We have been conducting the 'Kurbani' of cattle near the Baina seashore with the permission of the Mormugao Municipal Council and this has been going on for many years," said Zumma. "The slaughter of cattle was being carried out after taking all precautionary measures to ensure hygiene in the makeshift area," he said. Upset with the authorities for stopping the slaughter of cattle, the AKI has said that the Goa Meat Complex is unhygienic and it would be practically impossible to conduct 'Kurbani' at the Goa Meat Complex in Usgao-Ponda.

Margao basking in festivities HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 19

A festive atmosphere gripped the Commercial Capital on Friday as the traditional Dindi festival, the Dandiya Blast and the 10-day shopping festival got under way in the city this evening. The entire city wore a festive look as the traditional Dindi festival attracted thousands of devotees from far and wide this year. People lined up at the Hari Mandir area to seek blessings of the deity, while outstation artists performed near the Temple as part of the 101 year old tradition. The Goa police maintained a strict vigil as the men-in-uniform were deployed in strength across the city, especially along the procession route, against the backdrop of last year’s bomb blast on Diwali eve. The palki procession commenced from the Hari Mandir area around 9 pm and will wend its way along with traditional route to the Vithal Mandir. The Dindi festivities will culminate at Hari Mandir on Saturday

CM Digambar Kamat releasing balloons to mark the commencement of the shopping festival in the city. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

evening. Just before the commencement of the Dindi procession, Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat declared open the 10-day shop-

ping festival organized by the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with the ESG to coincide with the ensuing IFFI festival.

The Chief Minister released colorful gas balloons to mark the commencement of the 10day event in the presence of MMC Chairperson Sushila Naik, Chief Officer Prasana Acharya, City Fathers, GCI President Cesar Menezes and others near the Lohia Maidan. In his brief address, the Chief Minister said the 10-day event will be organized on a larger scale next year and hoped the festival will become a success with people taking advantage of the discounts and offers from the shopping centres. Before the shopping festival got underway, around 40 traditional Dindi revelers accompanied by the Fire services brass band came in a procession from Big G centre to the Lohia Maidan. Meanwhile, the Dandiya Blast 2010 organised by Samraat Club of Margao got underway later in the evening at the Nagesh gardens, Borda, Around half-a-dozen groups participated in the Dandiya blast, the organizers stated.


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MMC says yes to mobiles, no to reimbursement of bills HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 19

Believe it or not, Margao Municipal City Fathers on Friday gave their stamp of approval for brand new mobile sets for their official use, which may cost the civic body nothing less than a whopping Rs 1 lakh. A suggestion put forth by Chief Officer Prasanna Acharya that the councillors can be reimbursed their telephone bills amounting to Rs 500 per month did not find favour with the City Fathers, who insisted for the new sets. The issue over the purchase of new mobile sets was informally discussed after elections to the Standing Committee and Subjects Committee, with Chairperson Sushila Naik initiating the discussions to elicit opinion of the city Fathers.

Most of the City Fathers gave their green signal for the purchase of new handsets, notwithstanding that the proposal would cost the MMC Rs 1 lakh, with the Chairperson imposing a slab of Rs 5000 per set, even though many a Councilor was found insisting for a handset each costing Rs 6000. Councilors in the previous body had enjoyed the mobile phone facility along with Municipal officials. While most of the outgoing City Fathers have surrendered their cell phones to the Civic body, it is learnt that they cannot be put to use because of wear and tear. This has raised a serious question why the Civic body had to go for mobile phones for the councillors spending large sum of tax payer’s money when they are rendered literally redundant

after five years. When contacted, Margao Municipal Chief Officer Prasanna Acharya said he had unofficially suggested to the City Fathers that reimbursement of Rs 500 per month per councillor would have been the best option as that would have saved the cost of purchasing the cell phones for the 20 councillors. The suggestion has found support with Civic officials who contended that the reimbursement system would have saved the cost of the purchase of new mobiles and their maintenance. Incidentally, while the City Fathers discussed at length the cell phone facility, none sought to know the financial position of the civic body, the huge outstanding arrears running into crores of rupees and how to streamline the recovery system.

Councillors without backing left high and dry in Margao HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 19

Margao Municipal Councilors who did not find favour with the city’s powers that be find no place in the statutory committees constituted by the civic body, even as Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s cousin brother Laxmikant Kamat was unanimously elected the Chairman of the subject Committee. In the elections held on Friday, all the posts of the Standing Committee and the Subjects Committee were filled up unanimously. Outgoing MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho’s wife, Pratima, Raju Naik and Arthur D’Silva, were amongst the councillors who do not figure on the Statutory Committees. The members of the Standing Committee comprises of

Sadanand Naik, Mayenkar Dhananjay Raghuvir, Tito Cardozo and Damodar SHirodkar. The Municipal Chairperson is the ex-officio Chairperson of the Standing Committee. Members of the Subject Committee consisting of markets, gardens and library are Babita Naik, Joseph D’Silva, Vinay Shirodkar and Dayanand Deulkar. Municipal Vice Chairperson Gonzaco Rebello is the Chairman of the Market committee. As far as the subject Committee on Sanitation, development and garbage is concerned, Rosy Pe r e i r a , S a n g e e t a A u d i , Laxmikant Kamat, Carmina Rodrigeus and Bindiya Naik were elected the members, who in turn unanimously Laxmikant as the Chairman of the Committee.

Meanwhile, Councilor Sadanand Naik sought to know from the chairperson why notice of the meeting has not been sent to the Curtorim MLA, Reginaldo Lourenco as the two wards of the Housing Board area of the city are now part of the new Curtorim constituency. The Chief Officer Prasanna Acharya and the Chairperson Sushila Naik maintained that the suggestion would be taken note of as and when the situation arises, as the housing board area of Margao Municipality is now part of the Curtorim Assembly constituency. Naik also demanded to know the whereabouts of drain slabs which were earmarked for the outgoing Councilors in the last body, but were not put to use in the wards

Colva police ignore order to stop illegal renovation within CRZ HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 19

Strange it may seem, but true. The office of the deputy collector, Margao had to issue two stopwork orders to the Colva police within a space of less than a week directing them to stop renovation work allegedly undertaken by a beach resort in Colva. The lethargy of the Colva police had even taken the Collectorate officials by surprise and the officials are now planning to bring the lax attitude of the police to the notice of the police higher ups. Sources in the know said the Deputy Collector, Margao had issued the first stop-work order notice around five days ago. The notice, however, was ignored with the police not initiating action and work at the resort continuing unabated.

Local NGOs, who had complained against the renovation work in violation of the CRZ regulations, again moved the deputy collector’s office for an immediate stop to the work. Faced with the embarrassing situation, the deputy collector, sources said, issued another stop work order, but the NGOs have now complained to the CRZ authorities in Panjim that work still continues at the site. When contacted, the Colva police claimed that police had indeed gone to the site after receiving stop work order, but have no knowledge whether work at the site had come to a stop or not. In the meantime, the CRZ authorities in Panjim have sought a report from the deputy collector on the situation and the deputy collector is believed to have shifted the blame on the police for the delay in stopping the work.

Fisher folk celebrate Tulsi vivah at St George Island

Canoes anchored at Grande Island as the fishing community celebrated Tulsi Vivah. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 19

The fishing community from Vasco, Bogmalo, Calangute and other areas gathered on the controversial St George Island off Baina coast to celebrate the annual Tulsi vivah festival and to offer prayers at the holy cross. People turned up in huge numbers amid fears of losing their traditional place of worship to the Navy. The island has been in controversy in recent times following its acquisition by the Indian Navy sighting security reasons. The fishing community fears that the Navy could well block their access to the islands in a similar way that it blocked entry to the Anjediva Island off Karwar. The traditional Tulsi Vivah and prayers at the Cross commenced on Thursday morning

as the fishing community along with family members and other devotees visited the islands off Baina coast in their decorative canoes and offered their prayers. People were later seen at a small stretch of beach on the island, presently occupied by the Indian Navy, while many also visited the lighthouse atop the island. "The present Tulsi, which was earlier close to the shore, was once damaged due to rough weather and was shifted to a safe place around 30 years ago," recalled a fisherman, Devida Girap. "We have strong faith that with the annual celebration of Tulsi Vivha and prayers at the Cross, all fishermen would be safeguarded from all evils," said Girap. Many fishermen said they did

not have any problem if the Navy acquired the island, provided that fishing activities should not be stopped in the area. "Fishing is our livelihood and we should not be denied access to the island to perform the annual rituals," said Girap. A poojary, Ganesh Bhatt, who conducting the rituals on the island said the rituals followed were similar to the ones performedin in temples. "The presence of a large number of people makes the occasion special and they have strong religious faith," he said. The Flag Officer of Goa Naval Area, had earlier assured that fishermen's interest would taken into consideration even though the island is acquired and had assured that devotees would not be denied access from shrines on the island.

Police flush killer gang from hideout HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

Crime Branch sleuths today arrested an Ahmednagar (Maharashtra) based contract killer and his two accomplices, who were hiding in a village at Bicholim. A fourth accomplice, Amol however managed to give the police a slip. “Ajit Nair, Jagjit Nair and Daniel, all 24, were arrested from a flat near Bicholim bus stand today afternoon,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Chandrakant Salgaonkar told reporters. Nair had fatally shot Supa (Ahmednagar) village deputy Sarpanch Bapusaheb Kandekar on November 13 and since then he was missing. It is learnt that one Rajaram Shelke who had political rivalry with Bapusaheb had engaged Ajit’s gang to kill the latter. The gang was apparently paid Rs 3 lakhs to execute the plan. “Sopa police had intimated us suspecting the killers were in Goa after which we laid a trap and caught them,” he added. The threesome was netted when they were on their way back to Ahmednagar. It is learnt that they were renting out a room with the help of one Patil, whose details are yet to be gathered. “We will trace him (Patil) first and find out whether he is also involved in the crime or whether he helped the accused unknowingly,” said an officer.

‘Outsource Margao garbage collection’ HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 19

Terming as “rusted” the garbage collection mechanism of the Margao Civic body, GPCC general secretary on Friday came out in support of outsourcing garbage collection in the commercial capital. He said the MMC has failed to put an effective system of garbage collection in place over the years, adding that work of garbage collection ought to be outsourced to meet the requirements. On the cost involved in outsourcing garbage collection, Sardessai said the government should bear the cost of the collection of waste by private parties from the residential households. “I am told that the MMC has 40-odd sweepers on the rolls. How many of them are deployed in the Fatorda area of the City remains unknown”, he said, adding “when Fomento is all set to dispose off the city’s garbage with a waste treatment plant, the MMC has not yet geared up to streamline waste collection”. The GPCC general secretary has disclosed plans to call on the Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat to discuss the burning garbage collection system and work out a permanent solution. He told this to newsmen during his visit to Ward No 8 along with ward Councilor and MMC ViceChairperson Gonzaco Rebello to take stock of the grievances of the residents. “This is part of the exercise of going back to the people post Municipal polls and take note of their grievances. I have promised the people that all the roads in Madel will be hotmixed after the rains”, he added.

Disability awareness campaign underway HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

The National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (an all India organization) in collaboration with ONGC will organise a countrywide disability awareness and sensitization campaign till November 30. The campaign was flagged off on November 16, in New Delhi. Thereafter programmes in various parts of the country are being organized by coordinating agencies nominated in each of the states from November 19 to 27. The organisers said the thrust

of the campaign is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). With this campaign the National Trust aims to enhance sensitivity towards issues related to disabilities among the general public as also create awareness among the affected families about resources available in the entire country. The press note issued by the organisers states that though Goa is relatively better placed in the field of disabilities compared to many states in India a lot more remains to be done, especially in the rural areas of Goa.

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Short takeS Novel writing competition

PANJIM (HND): Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA), an organisation working for the promotion and development of Konknni in Roman script, will organise novel writing competition in Konknni Romi script only. The manuscript should be typed on A4 size paper (single side) and should be of minimum 50 pages. The best three novels will be awarded Rs 15000, Rs 10000 and Rs 5000 respectively. The last date of submitting the script is January 31, 2011. The manuscripts in triplicate may be sent to the Secretary, Dalgado Konknni Akademi, AF-6, first floor, Campal Trade Centre, Panjim. For details call DKA’s office on 2221688 or 9881810832.

Diwali contest results declared

CALANGUTE (HC): The Prabhuwada Deepavali Utsav Sameeti recently organised various competitions to mark the Diwali celebration at Calangute. The Narkasur contest was won by Fondeshwar Bal Yuvak Sangh (Cobra Vaddo, Calangute), while Sai Ganesh Mandal (Porba Vaddo, Calangute), Vhatari Mandal Jimmy Boys, Murlidhar Yuvak Sangh (Naikka Vaddo), Shree Shantadurga Fondeshwar Yuvak Sangh (Porba Vaddo) and Royal Boys (Cobra Vaddo) claimed the other prizes. In the traditional Aakash Kandil competition, first place was bagged by Dinesh Chari, while Pramod Satarkar (Ponda), Pravin Rane (Poriem), Sandeep Gurov (Poriem) and Sarvesh Chair (Cumbharjua) bagged the second, third, fourth and fifth places. In the record dance competition (below 12 years), Rashika Shirodker (Mapusa) claimed the honours, while Pruta Parrikar (Ganeshpuri, Mapusa), Shruti Naik (Saligao), Shruti Nerurkar (Mapusa) and Sayukta Morajkar (Calangute) bagged the other prizes. In the above 12 years category, Tanvi Pai (Merces), Sarvangi Dessai, Saish Naik, Pooja Sanganvkar and Laxmi Rajput (Arpora) bagged the honours. In the Fancy Dress competition, Disha Raikar, Akansha Paswan, Bhakti Naik and Isha Raikar won the prizes. DySP Deu Banaulikar, who was the chief guest for the function, gave away the prizes to winners along with local Panch and former Calangute deputy sarpanch Rupa Chodankar and Panch Filipe Dias.

Children’s Day celebrated

Shiv Sainiks along with the children of ‘House of Kathleen’ at Assagao. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

PORVORIM (HC): Shiv Sena, Mapusa unit, celebrated Children’s Day with the children housed at ‘The House of Kathleen’, Assagao. The Shiv Sainiks visited the children and distributed cakes, biscuits, sweets and gifts. The Shiv Sainiks present include Philip D’Souza, Siddharth Mandrekar, Sunesh Sawant, Sidhesh Falari, Shirish Simepurkar, Pinto Gaude, Narendra Moraskar, Siddesh Simepurkar, Subhash Mandrekar, Gurucharan Naik, Kamlesh Kushwara and Ramkrishna Naik. The care taker of the House appreciated the gesture of Shiv Sena.Speaking to media, Shiv Sena Adhoc member Philip D’Souza said children are the gifts of the Almighty God. “All the children in the country do not get an opportunity to celebrate Children’s Day. Few fortunate children celebrate Children’s Day with their parents and teachers at home and in schools,” said D’Souza. “But there are numerous children, who are ignored on this special day and those are downtrodden street children. Shiv Sena decided to celebrate Children’s Day with these children by spending some time with them and bring smile on their faces,” said D’Souza.

Panch claims Calvim locals want motorable bridge, not footbridge HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 19

Aldona Panch Freddy Pontes has claimed that most residents of Calvim have demanded a motorable bridge from Calvim Island to CaronaAldona and not a footbridge from Calvim bundh to Chowgule Mining area at Mayem. He was reacting to a report in the Herald regarding a public demand for a footbridge between Calvim bundh and Chowgule jetty side in Mayem. "A couple of people are in favour of footbridge to be able to have a short cut or direct access to the ore loading docks of a mining company. The footbridge would connect the island to the loading docks or the jetty and not island village

to the mainland of Aldona," said Pontes. Claiming that the distance from Calvim ferry point to Aldona is only 1 km, Pontes said he along with other residents had resolved the ferry problem with the River Navigation Department (RND). "The RND is now providing better and prompt ferry service to the commuters," said Pontes. Pontes questioned claims that a resident, Theodore D'Souza, had given an NOC for a footbridge. "The 4700 sq mtrs. field, known as 'Bhati' in Survey 20/1 is owned by the Communidade of Aldona, Boa Esperansa, and that communidade has not given any NOC for the footbridge," said Pontes. "If the footbridge is con-

structed at the site suggested by a few people, it would destroy fields, marshlands and habitat of the migratory and endangered birds." "Further, there is no bus service or even a proper tarred road from the other side of this allegedly requested bridge. There is only a mud road used by trucks to dump ore on barges which would be very dangerous for students and other commuters on bikes and in private cars," said the ALdona Panch. "People would have to walk through fields and marshlands for a distance of about 300 meters from main road to reach to the point." "Instead of a footbridge, residents of Calvim need a proper motorable bridge from Calvim to Carona-Aldona," he said.

Diwar VPs remove debris from collapsed jetty at Old Goa HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, NOV 19

With the River Navigation Department not showing urgency to carry out dredging work of the Old Goa Jetty, two panchayats on Diwar Island along with local MLA Pandurang Madkaikar on Thursday took the initiative to carry out the work along the Old Goa Diwar Ferry Route near Old Goa Jetty. It may be noted that 15 days ago, a portion of the age-old jetty situated close to the Old Goa-Diwar ferry route had collapsed in the Mandovi river close to the Old Goa-Diwar ferry route. This had posed difficulties to the ferry services along the ferry route and due to the debris ferry services were suspended a number of times in

the past few days. Local MLA Pandurang Madkaikar along with sarpanchas of Goltim-Navelim and Sao Mathias had requested the Captain of Ports to attend to the problem, but their requests apparently fell on deaf ears. With no option left and with the feast of St Francis Xavier fast approaching, Madkaikar took the initiative to clean up the debris from the area by putting up a JCB crane at the site. "This jetty is an ancient jetty had become weak and I along with the Old Goa panchayat had frequently requested the RND Department to reconstruct the jetty," Cumbarjua MLA Pandurang Madkaikar said. "But the RND Department did not take any action in the matter. When the jetty col-

lapsed, the debris had hindered the movement of ferries along the Old Goa ferry route, especially during the low tide," he said. "I then asked the panchayats of Divar village to arrange a crane to remove the debris from the ferry route." "Actually, this work should have been undertaken by the RND department, but the procedure followed by the department is so complicated that the RND and Captain of Ports do not know what has to be done and they are just sending files from one place to another," complained the MLA. Goltim-Navelim Sarpanch Mario Pinto stated that dredging efforts were largely initiated by local MLA Pandurang Madkaikar.

MLA urges people to retain folk culture HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, NOV 19

Pale MLA Pratap Gawas has called upon the people to retain folk culture in the State. He was addressing the gathering during the inaugural function of National Cultural Festival organized by Manojkumar Youth Association, Amona, in association with Lions Club of Marcel and Nehru Yuwa Kendra, Panjim. The festival was sponsored by Goa Art and Cultural Department and Sesa Goa Vedant Group at Shantadurga Amruteshwar Devasthan, Amona, on Tuesday. Lions Club Marcel President Gajanan Parab, Divisional President Sagar Sakordekar, NYK Convenor Kalidas Ghatwal, Sesa Goa Manager Abdulla Khan, Security Manager Mahesh Mahajan, Geeta Gawas, Congress Sewa Dal President Ramesh Sinari and President Manojkumar Ghadi were present on the occasion. On the occasion, teacher Yoganand Nagvekar, international artist Francis D’Costa and Gajanan Parab were felicitated by MLA Gawas. Earlier, Parab welcomed the gathering, Samiksha Naik compered the function, while Manojkumar Ghadi gave introductory speech and also proposed the vote of thanks. About 250 artists from Punjab, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Rajasthan, Assam, Orissa, and Goa presented folk cultures of the respective states. All the artists were felicitated by social worker Yeshwant Pai with a memento after the programme.

Students showcase talent at Bal Vigyan Melava HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 19

The Psycho-Science Mobile Laboratory of District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Porvorim in association with Department of Science and Technology, Saligao and Inner Wheel Club of Mapusa organized a Bal Vigyan Melava at the DIET premises here on Sunday. Twelve schools from Bardez taluka participated in the Bal Vigyan Melava. Different science projects such as Hydro-electric Power Plant, toothpaste, tube train, newtons cradle, magnetic crane, etc. were showcased by

the students during the exhibition. The students also participated in a skit competition organized on the occasion. Chief Guest of the programme was the Project-Scientist of Goa State Council of Science and Technology Dr Mohan Girap, while President of Inner Wheel club Of Mapusa Dr Laxmi Bharne was the guest of honour. In his address, Dr Girap said the east coast of India is most vulnerable to climatic changes and natural hazards mainly for two reasons. "In the first place, there are many major rivers along the

East Coast that drain their water into the Bay of Bengal and secondly, the east coast has a very gentle topography for a vast span of horizontal distance," he said. "As against this, the West Coast has got only two rivers, the Narmada and the Tapi, draining their water into the Arabian Sea and west coast has a higher coastal topography and relief for very small horizontal distance," Dr Girap added. Dr Girap informed that while climatic change has been a natural phenomenon, in recent times these changes have been manifold because of human in-

terference with nature. "However, Goa is a comparatively safer state on account of its location as compared to other states," said Dr Girap. Dr Bharne complimented the DIET for organizing the Bal Vigyan Melava and thereby providing an opportunity to students of Bardez to display their scientific skills. Earlier, students of DIET presented a welcome song, while DIET Vice-Principal Govind Halwaldar welcomed the gathering Secretary of Inner Wheel Club of Mapusa Prerna Mainker later proposed the vote of thanks.

‘Korta Ti Vatt’ wins Tiatr contest HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 19

‘Korta Ti Vatt’, a tiatr written and directed by Avito Fernandes and presented by Goykaranchi Konkani bhas, Songit, Kala ani Sanskrutai Kendr-Merces, bagged the first prize at the XII annual all Goa Tiatr competition organized by Vandana Productions in collaboration with Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi and Directorate of Art and Culture-Goa at Pai Tiatrist auditorium of Ravindra Bhavan-Margao recently. The competition was judged by Gokuldas Borkar - an alumni and ex-lecturer of Kala Academy’s school of drama, Br Inacio D’Souza - a renowned violinist and presently Principal of Pilar Music School, Margao and Neville Mascarenhas of Quepem - a creative writer, Konknni activist and staunch Tiatr mogi. ‘Kusvo’ staged by Ami Daizi Fatorda, scripted by Conciecao Fernandes and directed by Avinash Chari was awarded the second prize for best performance while ‘Udorgoth’ produced by Britona Dramatic Academy, penned by Augie D’Mello and directed by Sachin Chougule stood third. ‘Pacharem’ by Alfi Art Productions, Divar, ‘Thembe’ by Krist Kreation, Divar, Kalliz Dukhoilem by Youth Creation Taleigao and ‘Faleam Konnem Poilam’ by Shri Ganaraj Sangit Sanskrutik Mandal – Quitula were awarded consolation prizes. Following individual prizes were awarded: Best direction to Avito Fernandes for ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, second to Avinash Chari for ‘Kusvo’. Best male actor Tushar Mandrekar as ‘Crowon’ in Udorgoth, second Ajit Kamat as Raul Pinto in ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem’.

Best female actor Aesica Barreto as Dr Minu in ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, second to Samiksha Desai as Dr Sonia in ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem’. Best setting for Shyam Kalangutkar and Kapil Chari ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem’, best light effect to Keshav Kerkar ‘Thembe’, best band to Agusto de Panchwadi and group for ‘Kusvo’, best make up to Fermino Goes - ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, best costume Suzeta Pereira ‘Kusvo’, best background music Sourabh Karkhanis - ‘Udorgoth’, best script Augie D’Mello - ‘Udorgoth’, best lyrics Peter Camilo - ‘Udorgoth’. Best singing male solo Seby Dias - ‘Pacharem’, second Francis Pinto - ‘Kusvo’, best female solo Sonia Shirsat - ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem, second Livia Menezes – ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, best duet Anthony Fernandes and Sonia Shirsat – ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem’, second Conceisao and Reema – ‘Kusvo’, best duo Minoslla and Judith – ‘Faleam Konne Poilam’, best trio Deepthi, Preethi and Jocelynn – ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, best quartet Camilo Sisters – ‘Udorgoth’, best comedian Bento Vales Satyanarayana – ‘Thembe’. Special prizes for child singers were awarded to Kareen Mascarenhas – ‘Kusvo’ and Shanice – ‘Thembe’. Merit certificates were awarded to Rupesh Jogle Jayson – ‘Kusvo’, Nazareth Pinto as Dr Souza in ‘Kusvo’, Rama Naik as Bassappa in ‘Faleam Konne Poilam’, Ivy Pereira as Hazel in ‘Kusvo’ for acting, Robert Rodrigues for stage setting – ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, Johnny D Silva in ‘Udorgoth’, Andrew D’Souza in ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem’ for solo singing The prize distribution ceremony is scheduled on November 21 during the presentation

uPCoMInG eVentS Fr Agnelo’s Day at Pilar

PANJIM (HND): People from all walks of life will throng to Pilar to pay visit to Venerable Father Agnelo D’Souza, a Goan saintly priest, on his 83rd death anniversary to be held on November 20. For every passerby, it will appear that Pilar is celebrating a feast of Fr Agnelo. Fr Agnelo is not yet canonized a saint by the Holy Mother, the Church to call this day a feast day. It is very devoutly called Fr Agnelo’s Day. Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão will preside over the solemn high mass at 9.30 am. Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Madras - Mylapore, Chennai Lawrence Pius Dorairaj, will preach the homily on the life of Father Agnelo during the high mass. To pay tribute to this great son of the soil, the masses will begin at 5.30 am, 6.45 am, 8 am, 11 am, 4 pm and 5.15 pm. Bishop Lawrence Pius Dorairaj will celebrate a mass in Tamil at 12.15 pm. The 6.15 pm mass will be celebrated in English.

Health complex opening

PANJIM (HND): Diwar Citizens Shikshan Saunstha will hold the inauguration of Madkaikar Educational and Health complex on November 21 at St Aloysius HS, Diwar, at 5 pm. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will be the chief guest. North Goa MP Shripad naik will be the guest of honour.

Lok Adalat in Panjim

PANJIM (HND): A mega Lok Adalat will be held on November 21 in the court of the Civil Judge, Senior Division, and Chief Judicial Magistrate, Panjim, from 10 am onwards to take up the cases u/s 138 of Negotiable Instrument Act of ICICI Bank Ltd, Kotak Mahindra Prime Ltd and Kotak Mahindra Bank, pending in Tiswadi taluka for settlement.

RBI’s outreach programme

PANJIM (HND): Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in association with State Bank of India and other banks will hold an outreach programme at Khola-Canacona on November 21 at Shree Laxmi Narayan temple, starting at 11 am. Executive Director of RBI, H R Khan, will be the chief guest. Regional Director, Maharashtra and Goa RBI, J B Bhoria, with other officers of RBI, banks, government and local administration, NGOs, SHGs, farmers’ clubs and others will participate in the programme. Various presentations on RBI’s roles and activities will be made during the programme. Reserve Bank of India is undertaking outreach activities in selected villages in the country with the objective to create awareness about RBI and its relevance to the common man.

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Art of Living course

PANJIM (HND): Art of Living course will be held at Mapusa from November 22 to 26, from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm at Saraswat School, Khorlim-Mapusa. Learn Sudarshan Kriya, Yogasana, Pranayam, meditation, spiritual knowledge and achieve healthy body, peace of mind and live a stress free life. The age limit for the course is 19 years and above. For registration and details, contact Ganesh Zantye on 9326123654 or 9421194343.

Programmes at Vasco

PANJIM (HND): The Satya Sai Organisation, Vasco will hold a four-day event with a number of community-oriented programmes from November 20 to 23. One of the highlights of this celebration would be the blood donation camp to be held on the occasion of the 85th birthday of Bhagawan, Shri Satya Sai Baba on November 20 at Tilak Ground Complex, Vasco. Those interested in donating blood are requested to kindly visit the venue on the above date. On November 21, there will be quiz, drawing and craft competition for the Bal Vikas Children at Samithi Hall Tilak Ground from 5.30 pm to 6.40 pm, followed by the Bhajan by Bal Vikas students. On November 23, there will be Sai Palkhi procession starting from 6 pm from Samitthi Hall, Vasco, followed by Bhajan, cultural programme by Bal Vikas students and prize distribution at Vidhyahiraj Bhawan, Vasco.

Legal literacy camp

PANJIM (HND): Bicholim Free Legal Aid Cell, Salgaocar College of Law, in association with North Goa District Legal Services Authorities and Bicholim Taluka Legal Services Committee will conduct a legal literacy camp on November 21 on ‘Right to Information Act’ at Bicholim Municipality Hall at 4 pm. The purpose of this camp is to create awareness on various laws which affect the people in their day to day life. It will also enable the people to use legal systems effectively. The camp will be addressed by advocates and is open for public. For registration, contact Rohan Shirodkar on 9545560863. Avito Fernandes

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RTI workshop

PORVORIM (HC): Asha Human Rights Association (AHRA) will conduct a free Right to Information - RTI Workshop on November 27 from 10 am to 12 noon,at Asha Centre, Sweet Home Building, 1st Floor, Near Majorie Pharmacy, Opp. Kenkre Hardware, Mapusa. The public will be given full RTI guidelines on how to use the Right to Information Act effectively. RTI activista, advocates, NGO's, teachers, students and the public are invited to participate in the RTI workshop. Further details are available on 2256445 or 9822166876. Fermino Goes

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Power Shutdown NOVEmbER 20 NEURA: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Neura Panchayat, Dayanand Arya HS, Alvares Saw Mill, Gudiwada and surrounding areas. CARAMBOLIM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Calwado, Volwado, Jyoti Estate, Pether, Central Government Employee’s Colony, Ella farm, Dineshnagar and Katyebhat. SANGUEM (HC): There will be no power supply to Quepem municipal areas and Ambaulim panchayat area from 9 am to 2 pm on on November 20, due to a power shut down on the 11 KV feeder of the Quepem electricity office for the purpose of tree cutting and maintenance. NOVEmbER 21 MAPUSA: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Karaswaddo, Pedem, Sport complex Peddem, Vrundhavan Hospital, Sattadar complex, Acoi, Cunchelim and surrounding areas. OLD GOA: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Dotorbhat, ICAR, SFX colony, market complex, House of Bom Jesus apartment of Old Goa and Dauji.

St Estevam gram sabha

PANJIM (HND): The Gram Sabha of the St Estevam will be held on November 28 at 10 am in the panchayat premises.

Exhibition of sweets

PANJIM (HND): Goa Chamber of Commerce - Women’s Wing - will organise an exhibition of traditional sweets prepared by women entrepreneurs on December 7 and 8 at the Chamber’s Surendrababu Timblo Hall, from 10 am to 7 pm. Women engaged in commercial preparation of Christmas sweets can display their sweets in the exhibition and get additional business. Public will get to sample sweets of various vendors and place their orders for the festival. Women entrepreneurs interested in exhibiting their products may contact GCCI on 2424252.

Carol singing contest

MARGAO (HR): Betalbatim Cricket Club will hold its traditional all-Goa carol singing competition on December 18 at Betalbatim. Attractive prizes worth Rs 25000 in addition to trophies will be at stake for the contest to be held in two categories schools and open. For entry forms and other details contact email: betalbatimcricketclub.75@gmail.com or Franklin on 9822104181, Xavier on 9850101376, Wilma on 9970551010 or teacher Lorraine Godinho at St Jude’s HS. Entries on a first-come first-served basis will be accepted upto December 9.


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Short takeS Novel writing competition

PANJIM (HND): Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA), an organisation working for the promotion and development of Konknni in Roman script, will organise novel writing competition in Konknni Romi script only. The manuscript should be typed on A4 size paper (single side) and should be of minimum 50 pages. The best three novels will be awarded Rs 15000, Rs 10000 and Rs 5000 respectively. The last date of submitting the script is January 31, 2011. The manuscripts in triplicate may be sent to the Secretary, Dalgado Konknni Akademi, AF-6, first floor, Campal Trade Centre, Panjim. For details call DKA’s office on 2221688 or 9881810832.

Diwali contest results declared

CALANGUTE (HC): The Prabhuwada Deepavali Utsav Sameeti recently organised various competitions to mark the Diwali celebration at Calangute. The Narkasur contest was won by Fondeshwar Bal Yuvak Sangh (Cobra Vaddo, Calangute), while Sai Ganesh Mandal (Porba Vaddo, Calangute), Vhatari Mandal Jimmy Boys, Murlidhar Yuvak Sangh (Naikka Vaddo), Shree Shantadurga Fondeshwar Yuvak Sangh (Porba Vaddo) and Royal Boys (Cobra Vaddo) claimed the other prizes. In the traditional Aakash Kandil competition, first place was bagged by Dinesh Chari, while Pramod Satarkar (Ponda), Pravin Rane (Poriem), Sandeep Gurov (Poriem) and Sarvesh Chair (Cumbharjua) bagged the second, third, fourth and fifth places. In the record dance competition (below 12 years), Rashika Shirodker (Mapusa) claimed the honours, while Pruta Parrikar (Ganeshpuri, Mapusa), Shruti Naik (Saligao), Shruti Nerurkar (Mapusa) and Sayukta Morajkar (Calangute) bagged the other prizes. In the above 12 years category, Tanvi Pai (Merces), Sarvangi Dessai, Saish Naik, Pooja Sanganvkar and Laxmi Rajput (Arpora) bagged the honours. In the Fancy Dress competition, Disha Raikar, Akansha Paswan, Bhakti Naik and Isha Raikar won the prizes. DySP Deu Banaulikar, who was the chief guest for the function, gave away the prizes to winners along with local Panch and former Calangute deputy sarpanch Rupa Chodankar and Panch Filipe Dias.

Children’s Day celebrated

Shiv Sainiks along with the children of ‘House of Kathleen’ at Assagao. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

PORVORIM (HC): Shiv Sena, Mapusa unit, celebrated Children’s Day with the children housed at ‘The House of Kathleen’, Assagao. The Shiv Sainiks visited the children and distributed cakes, biscuits, sweets and gifts. The Shiv Sainiks present include Philip D’Souza, Siddharth Mandrekar, Sunesh Sawant, Sidhesh Falari, Shirish Simepurkar, Pinto Gaude, Narendra Moraskar, Siddesh Simepurkar, Subhash Mandrekar, Gurucharan Naik, Kamlesh Kushwara and Ramkrishna Naik. The care taker of the House appreciated the gesture of Shiv Sena.Speaking to media, Shiv Sena Adhoc member Philip D’Souza said children are the gifts of the Almighty God. “All the children in the country do not get an opportunity to celebrate Children’s Day. Few fortunate children celebrate Children’s Day with their parents and teachers at home and in schools,” said D’Souza. “But there are numerous children, who are ignored on this special day and those are downtrodden street children. Shiv Sena decided to celebrate Children’s Day with these children by spending some time with them and bring smile on their faces,” said D’Souza.

Sr Luiza is PSA chief

Panch claims Calvim locals want motorable bridge, not footbridge HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 19

Aldona Panch Freddy Pontes has claimed that most residents of Calvim have demanded a motorable bridge from Calvim Island to CaronaAldona and not a footbridge from Calvim bundh to Chowgule Mining area at Mayem. He was reacting to a report in the Herald regarding a public demand for a footbridge between Calvim bundh and Chowgule jetty side in Mayem. "A couple of people are in favour of footbridge to be able to have a short cut or direct access to the ore loading docks of a mining company. The footbridge would connect the island to the loading docks or the jetty and not island village

PANJIM (HNB): Sr Luiza Fernandes was elected as the new president of the Pilar Sisters Association (PSA), known as Pilar Sisters, on November 11 at its Headquarters at Loutolim. Twenty-nine PSA members had gathered recently for the XVIII General and Elective Assembly held every two years. Along with Sr Luiza Fernandes, the new team includes Sr Nancy Barreto from Galgibag, who was elected as the first councillor, and Sr Elsa Fernandes from Betalbatim as the second councillor. Pilar Sisters was formed on September 8, 1988, through the inspiration of the X General Chapter of the Society of Pilar as collaborators to bring the message of Jesus to the poor and marginalised, especially women and children. Sr Luiza Fernandes was the vice president for past four years of the Pilar Sisters. Sr Nancy Barretto is presently serving in the mission of Greater Noida, Delhi and Sr Elsa Fernandes was working at the New Age Printing Press at Verna. The Pilar Sisters presently consist of 48 members, working in seven states, Goa, Nagar Haveli, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh. The services of the outgoing President Sr Nina Lopes and Sr Sabina Sardinha, the second counsellor, were gratefully acknowledged by the members of the General Assembly.

Guardian Angel feast CURCHOREM (HC): Parishioners of Curchorem on Sunday celebrated the feast of Guardian Angel with great enthusiasm and religious fervour. Superior of Padri Pio Seminary, Navelim, Fr Waldeim Rodrigues was the main celebrant. Delivering the homily, Fr Rodrigues called upon the families to protect each other as how the Guardian Angel is protecting us. The Holy Eucharist was followed by procession with the statue of Guardian Angel. A large number of people, including parishioners, took part in the celebration and procession. In the evening, a Konkani drama ‘Novo Dis Udetana’ by comedian Domnic was staged in Ravindra Bhavan Hall, Curchorem, in aid of Fr Agnel Konkani Primary School, Curchorem.

structed at the site suggested by a few people, it would destroy fields, marshlands and habitat of the migratory and endangered birds." "Further, there is no bus service or even a proper tarred road from the other side of this allegedly requested bridge. There is only a mud road used by trucks to dump ore on barges which would be very dangerous for students and other commuters on bikes and in private cars," said the ALdona Panch. "People would have to walk through fields and marshlands for a distance of about 300 meters from main road to reach to the point." "Instead of a footbridge, residents of Calvim need a proper motorable bridge from Calvim to Carona-Aldona," he said.

Diwar VPs remove debris from collapsed jetty at Old Goa HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, NOV 19

With the River Navigation Department not showing urgency to carry out dredging work of the Old Goa Jetty, two panchayats on Diwar Island along with local MLA Pandurang Madkaikar on Thursday took the initiative to carry out the work along the Old Goa Diwar Ferry Route near Old Goa Jetty. It may be noted that 15 days ago, a portion of the age-old jetty situated close to the Old Goa-Diwar ferry route had collapsed in the Mandovi river close to the Old Goa-Diwar ferry route. This had posed difficulties to the ferry services along the ferry route and due to the debris ferry services were suspended a number of times in

the past few days. Local MLA Pandurang Madkaikar along with sarpanchas of Goltim-Navelim and Sao Mathias had requested the Captain of Ports to attend to the problem, but their requests apparently fell on deaf ears. With no option left and with the feast of St Francis Xavier fast approaching, Madkaikar took the initiative to clean up the debris from the area by putting up a JCB crane at the site. "This jetty is an ancient jetty had become weak and I along with the Old Goa panchayat had frequently requested the RND Department to reconstruct the jetty," Cumbarjua MLA Pandurang Madkaikar said. "But the RND Department did not take any action in the matter. When the jetty col-

lapsed, the debris had hindered the movement of ferries along the Old Goa ferry route, especially during the low tide," he said. "I then asked the panchayats of Divar village to arrange a crane to remove the debris from the ferry route." "Actually, this work should have been undertaken by the RND department, but the procedure followed by the department is so complicated that the RND and Captain of Ports do not know what has to be done and they are just sending files from one place to another," complained the MLA. Goltim-Navelim Sarpanch Mario Pinto stated that dredging efforts were largely initiated by local MLA Pandurang Madkaikar.

HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, NOV 19

Pale MLA Pratap Gawas has called upon the people to retain folk culture in the State. He was addressing the gathering during the inaugural function of National Cultural Festival organized by Manojkumar Youth Association, Amona, in association with Lions Club of Marcel and Nehru Yuwa Kendra, Panjim. The festival was sponsored by Goa Art and Cultural Department and Sesa Goa Vedant Group at Shantadurga Amruteshwar Devasthan, Amona, on Tuesday. Lions Club Marcel President Gajanan Parab, Divisional President Sagar Sakordekar, NYK Convenor Kalidas Ghatwal, Sesa Goa Manager Abdulla Khan, Security Manager Mahesh Mahajan, Geeta Gawas, Congress Sewa Dal President Ramesh Sinari and President Manojkumar Ghadi were present on the occasion. On the occasion, teacher Yoganand Nagvekar, international artist Francis D’Costa and Gajanan Parab were felicitated by MLA Gawas. Earlier, Parab welcomed the gathering, Samiksha Naik compered the function, while Manojkumar Ghadi gave introductory speech and also proposed the vote of thanks. About 250 artists from Punjab, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Rajasthan, Assam, Orissa, and Goa presented folk cultures of the respective states. All the artists were felicitated by social worker Yeshwant Pai with a memento after the programme.

Students showcase talent at Bal Vigyan Melava HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 19

The Psycho-Science Mobile Laboratory of District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Porvorim in association with Department of Science and Technology, Saligao and Inner Wheel Club of Mapusa organized a Bal Vigyan Melava at the DIET premises here on Sunday. Twelve schools from Bardez taluka participated in the Bal Vigyan Melava. Different science projects such as Hydro-electric Power Plant, toothpaste, tube train, newtons cradle, magnetic crane, etc. were showcased by

the students during the exhibition. The students also participated in a skit competition organized on the occasion. Chief Guest of the programme was the Project-Scientist of Goa State Council of Science and Technology Dr Mohan Girap, while President of Inner Wheel club Of Mapusa Dr Laxmi Bharne was the guest of honour. In his address, Dr Girap said the east coast of India is most vulnerable to climatic changes and natural hazards mainly for two reasons. "In the first place, there are many major rivers along the

East Coast that drain their water into the Bay of Bengal and secondly, the east coast has a very gentle topography for a vast span of horizontal distance," he said. "As against this, the West Coast has got only two rivers, the Narmada and the Tapi, draining their water into the Arabian Sea and west coast has a higher coastal topography and relief for very small horizontal distance," Dr Girap added. Dr Girap informed that while climatic change has been a natural phenomenon, in recent times these changes have been manifold because of human in-

terference with nature. "However, Goa is a comparatively safer state on account of its location as compared to other states," said Dr Girap. Dr Bharne complimented the DIET for organizing the Bal Vigyan Melava and thereby providing an opportunity to students of Bardez to display their scientific skills. Earlier, students of DIET presented a welcome song, while DIET Vice-Principal Govind Halwaldar welcomed the gathering Secretary of Inner Wheel Club of Mapusa Prerna Mainker later proposed the vote of thanks.

‘Korta Ti Vatt’ wins Tiatr contest HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 19

(L-R) Sr Nancy Barreto, Sr Luiza Fernandes, the new President of the Pilar Sisters, and Sr Elsa Fernandes, at their headquarters at Loutolim.

to the mainland of Aldona," said Pontes. Claiming that the distance from Calvim ferry point to Aldona is only 1 km, Pontes said he along with other residents had resolved the ferry problem with the River Navigation Department (RND). "The RND is now providing better and prompt ferry service to the commuters," said Pontes. Pontes questioned claims that a resident, Theodore D'Souza, had given an NOC for a footbridge. "The 4700 sq mtrs. field, known as 'Bhati' in Survey 20/1 is owned by the Communidade of Aldona, Boa Esperansa, and that communidade has not given any NOC for the footbridge," said Pontes. "If the footbridge is con-

MLA urges people to retain folk culture

‘Korta Ti Vatt’, a tiatr written and directed by Avito Fernandes and presented by Goykaranchi Konkani bhas, Songit, Kala ani Sanskrutai Kendr-Merces, bagged the first prize at the XII annual all Goa Tiatr competition organized by Vandana Productions in collaboration with Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi and Directorate of Art and Culture-Goa at Pai Tiatrist auditorium of Ravindra Bhavan-Margao recently. The competition was judged by Gokuldas Borkar - an alumni and ex-lecturer of Kala Academy’s school of drama, Br Inacio D’Souza - a renowned violinist and presently Principal of Pilar Music School, Margao and Neville Mascarenhas of Quepem - a creative writer, Konknni activist and staunch Tiatr mogi. ‘Kusvo’ staged by Ami Daizi Fatorda, scripted by Conciecao Fernandes and directed by Avinash Chari was awarded the second prize for best performance while ‘Udorgoth’ produced by Britona Dramatic Academy, penned by Augie D’Mello and directed by Sachin Chougule stood third. ‘Pacharem’ by Alfi Art Productions, Divar, ‘Thembe’ by Krist Kreation, Divar, Kalliz Dukhoilem by Youth Creation Taleigao and ‘Faleam Konnem Poilam’ by Shri Ganaraj Sangit Sanskrutik Mandal – Quitula were awarded consolation prizes. Following individual prizes were awarded: Best direction to Avito Fernandes for ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, second to Avinash Chari for ‘Kusvo’. Best male actor Tushar Mandrekar as ‘Crowon’ in Udorgoth, second Ajit Kamat as Raul Pinto in ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem’.

Best female actor Aesica Barreto as Dr Minu in ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, second to Samiksha Desai as Dr Sonia in ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem’. Best setting for Shyam Kalangutkar and Kapil Chari ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem’, best light effect to Keshav Kerkar ‘Thembe’, best band to Agusto de Panchwadi and group for ‘Kusvo’, best make up to Fermino Goes - ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, best costume Suzeta Pereira ‘Kusvo’, best background music Sourabh Karkhanis - ‘Udorgoth’, best script Augie D’Mello - ‘Udorgoth’, best lyrics Peter Camilo - ‘Udorgoth’. Best singing male solo Seby Dias - ‘Pacharem’, second Francis Pinto - ‘Kusvo’, best female solo Sonia Shirsat - ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem, second Livia Menezes – ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, best duet Anthony Fernandes and Sonia Shirsat – ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem’, second Conceisao and Reema – ‘Kusvo’, best duo Minoslla and Judith – ‘Faleam Konne Poilam’, best trio Deepthi, Preethi and Jocelynn – ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, best quartet Camilo Sisters – ‘Udorgoth’, best comedian Bento Vales Satyanarayana – ‘Thembe’. Special prizes for child singers were awarded to Kareen Mascarenhas – ‘Kusvo’ and Shanice – ‘Thembe’. Merit certificates were awarded to Rupesh Jogle Jayson – ‘Kusvo’, Nazareth Pinto as Dr Souza in ‘Kusvo’, Rama Naik as Bassappa in ‘Faleam Konne Poilam’, Ivy Pereira as Hazel in ‘Kusvo’ for acting, Robert Rodrigues for stage setting – ‘Korta Ti Vatt’, Johnny D Silva in ‘Udorgoth’, Andrew D’Souza in ‘Kalliz Dukhoilem’ for solo singing The prize distribution ceremony is scheduled on November 21 during the presentation

uPCoMInG eVentS Fr Agnelo’s Day at Pilar

PANJIM (HND): People from all walks of life will throng to Pilar to pay visit to Venerable Father Agnelo D’Souza, a Goan saintly priest, on his 83rd death anniversary to be held on November 20. For every passerby, it will appear that Pilar is celebrating a feast of Fr Agnelo. Fr Agnelo is not yet canonized a saint by the Holy Mother, the Church to call this day a feast day. It is very devoutly called Fr Agnelo’s Day. Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão will preside over the solemn high mass at 9.30 am. Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Madras - Mylapore, Chennai Lawrence Pius Dorairaj, will preach the homily on the life of Father Agnelo during the high mass. To pay tribute to this great son of the soil, the masses will begin at 5.30 am, 6.45 am, 8 am, 11 am, 4 pm and 5.15 pm. Bishop Lawrence Pius Dorairaj will celebrate a mass in Tamil at 12.15 pm. The 6.15 pm mass will be celebrated in English.

Health complex opening

PANJIM (HND): Diwar Citizens Shikshan Saunstha will hold the inauguration of Madkaikar Educational and Health complex on November 21 at St Aloysius HS, Diwar, at 5 pm. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will be the chief guest. North Goa MP Shripad naik will be the guest of honour.

Lok Adalat in Panjim

PANJIM (HND): A mega Lok Adalat will be held on November 21 in the court of the Civil Judge, Senior Division, and Chief Judicial Magistrate, Panjim, from 10 am onwards to take up the cases u/s 138 of Negotiable Instrument Act of ICICI Bank Ltd, Kotak Mahindra Prime Ltd and Kotak Mahindra Bank, pending in Tiswadi taluka for settlement.

RBI’s outreach programme

PANJIM (HND): Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in association with State Bank of India and other banks will hold an outreach programme at Khola-Canacona on November 21 at Shree Laxmi Narayan temple, starting at 11 am. Executive Director of RBI, H R Khan, will be the chief guest. Regional Director, Maharashtra and Goa RBI, J B Bhoria, with other officers of RBI, banks, government and local administration, NGOs, SHGs, farmers’ clubs and others will participate in the programme. Various presentations on RBI’s roles and activities will be made during the programme. Reserve Bank of India is undertaking outreach activities in selected villages in the country with the objective to create awareness about RBI and its relevance to the common man.

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Art of Living course

PANJIM (HND): Art of Living course will be held at Mapusa from November 22 to 26, from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm at Saraswat School, Khorlim-Mapusa. Learn Sudarshan Kriya, Yogasana, Pranayam, meditation, spiritual knowledge and achieve healthy body, peace of mind and live a stress free life. The age limit for the course is 19 years and above. For registration and details, contact Ganesh Zantye on 9326123654 or 9421194343.

Programmes at Vasco

PANJIM (HND): The Satya Sai Organisation, Vasco will hold a four-day event with a number of community-oriented programmes from November 20 to 23. One of the highlights of this celebration would be the blood donation camp to be held on the occasion of the 85th birthday of Bhagawan, Shri Satya Sai Baba on November 20 at Tilak Ground Complex, Vasco. Those interested in donating blood are requested to kindly visit the venue on the above date. On November 21, there will be quiz, drawing and craft competition for the Bal Vikas Children at Samithi Hall Tilak Ground from 5.30 pm to 6.40 pm, followed by the Bhajan by Bal Vikas students. On November 23, there will be Sai Palkhi procession starting from 6 pm from Samitthi Hall, Vasco, followed by Bhajan, cultural programme by Bal Vikas students and prize distribution at Vidhyahiraj Bhawan, Vasco.

Legal literacy camp

PANJIM (HND): Bicholim Free Legal Aid Cell, Salgaocar College of Law, in association with North Goa District Legal Services Authorities and Bicholim Taluka Legal Services Committee will conduct a legal literacy camp on November 21 on ‘Right to Information Act’ at Bicholim Municipality Hall at 4 pm. The purpose of this camp is to create awareness on various laws which affect the people in their day to day life. It will also enable the people to use legal systems effectively. The camp will be addressed by advocates and is open for public. For registration, contact Rohan Shirodkar on 9545560863. Avito Fernandes

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RTI workshop

PORVORIM (HC): Asha Human Rights Association (AHRA) will conduct a free Right to Information - RTI Workshop on November 27 from 10 am to 12 noon,at Asha Centre, Sweet Home Building, 1st Floor, Near Majorie Pharmacy, Opp. Kenkre Hardware, Mapusa. The public will be given full RTI guidelines on how to use the Right to Information Act effectively. RTI activista, advocates, NGO's, teachers, students and the public are invited to participate in the RTI workshop. Further details are available on 2256445 or 9822166876. Fermino Goes

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Auditorium of Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. The award winners are requested to personally collect awards. For details contact Agnelo Borim on 9822983541.

Power Shutdown NOVEmbER 20 NEURA: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Neura Panchayat, Dayanand Arya HS, Alvares Saw Mill, Gudiwada and surrounding areas. CARAMBOLIM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Calwado, Volwado, Jyoti Estate, Pether, Central Government Employee’s Colony, Ella farm, Dineshnagar and Katyebhat. SANGUEM (HC): There will be no power supply to Quepem municipal areas and Ambaulim panchayat area from 9 am to 2 pm on on November 20, due to a power shut down on the 11 KV feeder of the Quepem electricity office for the purpose of tree cutting and maintenance. NOVEmbER 21 MAPUSA: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Karaswaddo, Pedem, Sport complex Peddem, Vrundhavan Hospital, Sattadar complex, Acoi, Cunchelim and surrounding areas. OLD GOA: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Dotorbhat, ICAR, SFX colony, market complex, House of Bom Jesus apartment of Old Goa and Dauji.

St Estevam gram sabha

PANJIM (HND): The Gram Sabha of the St Estevam will be held on November 28 at 10 am in the panchayat premises.

Exhibition of sweets

PANJIM (HND): Goa Chamber of Commerce - Women’s Wing - will organise an exhibition of traditional sweets prepared by women entrepreneurs on December 7 and 8 at the Chamber’s Surendrababu Timblo Hall, from 10 am to 7 pm. Women engaged in commercial preparation of Christmas sweets can display their sweets in the exhibition and get additional business. Public will get to sample sweets of various vendors and place their orders for the festival. Women entrepreneurs interested in exhibiting their products may contact GCCI on 2424252.

Carol singing contest

MARGAO (HR): Betalbatim Cricket Club will hold its traditional all-Goa carol singing competition on December 18 at Betalbatim. Attractive prizes worth Rs 25000 in addition to trophies will be at stake for the contest to be held in two categories schools and open. For entry forms and other details contact email: betalbatimcricketclub.75@gmail.com or Franklin on 9822104181, Xavier on 9850101376, Wilma on 9970551010 or teacher Lorraine Godinho at St Jude’s HS. Entries on a first-come first-served basis will be accepted upto December 9.


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Water sports activity poses threat to swimmers along Baga coast HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 18

A spurt in water sport activities along the beaches of Calangute and Baga has posed a serious threat to tourists and locals who bathe in the sea. Banana boats, jet skis, bumper tubes and power boats of water sports operators zoom in and out without any regard to the safety of the general public or tourists. The Drishti Surf Life Team has also been finding it difficult to monitor swimmers due to the water sports activities all over the Calangute-Baga stretch. Some have complained that though the high court has laid down specific guidelines for the tourism department to regulate water sports activities,

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these guidelines have not been implemented. John Lobo, General Secretary of Goa Shack Owners Welfare Society, has criticized the government for ignoring all safety norms and risking the lives of tourists who frequent the beaches. "The Water Sports operators have been allotted a special place below the Tourist Hotel on a queue system basis where no shacks are allowed to come up. But surprisingly, these activities are seen all along the CalanguteBaga coast," said Lobo. "Tourists relaxing on the beaches find it difficult to bear the noise pollution and foul smell of the engines." "The speed boats and jet skis leave a residue of half burnt fuel like kerosene and is bad

for the fish as it forms a film on the water," Lobo added. When contacted, many water sports operators agreed that a few of their fellow operators have not been strictly adhering to safety norms. When contacted, Deputy Director of Tourism Mr Parsekar said : "The tourism department had demarcated areas for bathing and water sports activities based on a detailed study undertaken by various government departments, but sadly nothing is working." "As per the notification, areas at Baga, Calangute (near Charlston Hotel) and Calangute Main beach have been demarcated as bathing areas and no water sports activity are permitted," added Parsekar.

GOAMAP chides Churchill for claims on mining jobs HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 19

The Goa Federation of Mines Affected People (GOAMAP) has taken strong objections to the manipulation of mining generated employment indulged in by Minister Churchill Alemao. GOAMAP stated that Alemao had stated that mining industry generates employment for five lakh people in an interview published in 2010 issue of UAE Goan Review. “GOAMAP considers this as the gross manipulation of statistics and demands Churchill Alemao to make the names of five lakh people employed by mining industry public. GOAMAP also wants to know from Alemao the break up of as to how many people of the five lakh are employed on contract basis and those on permanent basis”, demanded Convenor Sebastian Rodrigues.

After 13-year wait, MPT manages to evacuate retired employee

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 19

A resident of Benaulim Evencio Quadros has said that work on the construction of drain was being taken up by the PWD following orders passed by the Deputy Collector, Margao. In a statement issued on Friday in connection with the stoppage of the drain work by the Benaulim sarpanch and local residents, Quadros said that the deputy collector on the last date of hearing on November 16 had issued directions to the PWD to construct the drain on the side of the three-meter road. Referring to the statement by the Benaulim sarpanch Carmelina Fernandes that people are ready to get themselves arrested and ready to sit in jail, but will not allow the drain to take shape, he said that it appears that the sarpanch does not want to see the good work being done by the PWD and is objecting the drain for her personal reasons.

MPT workers demolish the old residential house of MPT near the jetty at Mormugao. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 19

It took the MPT nearly 13 years to evacuate a retired employee from an old residential house at Jetty, Mormugao. MPT labourers on Friday morning demolished a residential house, which was illegally occupied by a port employee for nearly 13 years after his retirement. "Adbul Sattar had retired

Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho along with MMC Chairperson Suchita Shirodkar and TTU operators. Photo by M Prabhav

Moves to shift the Tourist Taxi Union (TTU) information counter from terminal building of Dabolim International airport were kept on hold, following the intervention of Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho.

Tripurari Poornima on Sunday HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 19

The Tripurari Poornima Festival will be held at VithalapurSankhali on November 21. The highlights of the festival will be procession of Lord Shrikrishna at 7 pm, sailing of lamps in river Valvanti at 7.30 pm, Swardhara programme by Pt Prabhakar Karekar and Asha Khadilkar at 8 pm, Palakhi procession of Lord Vithal Rakhumai at 11 pm, killing of demon Tripurasur at 11.30 pm, release of Sarang (balloon lamp) in the sky at 11.35 pm, fireworks at 11.45 pm and boat show at 12 midnight, followed by prize distribution. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will be the chief guest while Speaker Pratapsingh Rane will preside over the function. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, MLA Pratap Gawas, MLA Anant Shet and GTDC Chairman Shyam Satardekar will be guests of honour.

Two unnatural deaths reported in Calangute HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 19

from service in 1997 but he was not ready to evacuate the old residential houses of MPT," said Deputy MPT Chairman P C Parida. "Sattar should have evacuated the house within four months of his retirement, but he refused to do so and approached the court to legalise his stay." "Sattar along with his family were staying in the MPT prem-

MLA steps in to stop shifting of TTU info counter at airport

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He said GOAMAP is of the considered opinion that Alemao has been inflating the employment figures to only protect his family businesses including his Minister brother Joaquim Alemao involved in mining that is rapidly destroying Goa. GOAMAP, however, congratulated Alemao for admitting in the same interview that in case mining in Goa is stopped, government will fall. “This is very true considering the fact that it is the mining companies that are involved in running the Goa government. So from this it becomes clear that Alemao is totally insensitive to the gross ecological destruction of Goa including the western ghats and wants mining to carry on so that government does not fall”, Rodrigues said, and urged the PWD Minister to wake up from his slumber and stop being an advocate of mining industry.

This was decided at a joint meeting attended by Godinho, Airport Director D Paul Manickam, newly elected Mormugao Municipal Council Chairperson Suchita Shirodkar, Councillor Sudesh Kolgaonkar, Airport OSD Narendra and TTU office bearers in the airport.

The TTU had sought the intervention of Godinho, after airport authorities had directed TTU to shift their information counter from the terminal building at international arrival point to some other alternate location. The airport officials had claimed this was necessary since the airport was planning changes to create space for passengers at the airport. Following Godinho's intervention, airport officials assured to resolve the issue and agreed to consider the grievances of taxi operators by providing space in the terminal building for the information counter. "TTU operators were aggrieved that airport officials wanted to shift the information counters," said Godinho. "The information counter of the taxi operators has been near the International arrival point for many years. The sudden shift would have caused inconvenience to the taxi operators," he added.

ises without paying rent, power bill and water bill, which worked out to about Rs 3 lakh." "We had waived off these outstanding dues when Sattar assured to vacate the house," Parida added. The district court dismissed Sattar's petition and his petition was also rejected in the high court. "When he refused to obey the guidelines, we initiated action to evacuate house under evacuation proceeding after his plea was rejected in the high court," said Parida. The MPT sought the assistance of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Mormugao police force to demolish the house. Hussan Shaikh Sattar, the younger son of Adbul Sattar, has alleged that they were yet to receive the court order and accused the MPT of forcefully evacuating them.

Two unnatural deaths were reported at Calangute on Friday. According to Calangute Police, one Sevilla Francisco Rodrigues (25) of Mandur-Tiswadi, who along with his cousin were strolling on the Calangute beach on Friday, collapsed on the beach. He was rushed to the GMC at Bambolim, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. In the second case, Nirmala Bhagwan Kundaikar (70) of Saligao passed away at GMC hospital after she was hospitalized while she had a fall in the house. The body was handed over to relatives for final rites. Both cases were handled by PSI Gaurish Parab.

Farmers meet at Parra on Sunday HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 19

A farmers meeting has been convened by the panchayat of Parra at Salis Vaddo, Parra on Sunday at 5.30 pm. The meeting will be addressed by Calangute MLA and EDC Chairman Agnelo Fernandes while the sarpanch of Parra will also address the farmers. The farmers will be guided on various schemes available with the government departments.


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or a state accustomed to being top-rated in most things, it was a rude shock that the National Geographic Society’s Centre for Sustainable Destinations named Goa among the 10 worst beach destinations in the world for 2010. This does not mean that Goa is unpopular, or that Goans are not hospitable. The survey is an assessment of authenticity and stewardship; of the qualities that make a destination unique, and a measure of their ‘integrity’, says National Geographic. The Society polled a panel of 340 well-travelled experts in a variety of fields, including historic preservation, sustainable tourism, ecology, geography, site management, indigenous cultures, archaeology, travel writing and photography. They were asked to evaluate only those places with which they were familiar, using six criteria – environmental and ecological quality; social and cultural integrity; condition of historic buildings and archaeological sites; aesthetic appeal; quality of tourism management; and outlook for the future. This means that in managing the environment and cleanliness of its beaches, in preserving the traditional ethos of its villages and towns, as well as its historic buildings, and in creating a sustainable tourism infrastructure, Goa is among the worst 10 of 99 beach destinations assessed worldwide. Most ominous of all, it gives this state a thumbs-down in terms of the outlook for its future. Goa’s Tourism officials, including Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar and Director of Tourism Swapnil Naik will no doubt be dismayed by the verdict, but is it really surprising? Our beaches and coastal villages have become garbage dumps. No effort has been made to preserve traditional architecture; the Calangute-Baga road is identical to any crowded shopping street in Mumbai. Waste management, sanitation and overall cleanliness have been going steeply downhill. Panelists’ comments quoted on the National Geographic website feature on the survey said of Goa: “The former Portuguese colony has been overpowered by ‘uncontrolled tourism development with no regard for the local culture or environment. The hotels could be anywhere in the world, and they cater to European charter tourism, focused on cheap, all-inclusive resorts. Overcrowding, pollution, overbuilding, and drug abuse have destroyed one of the world’s finest stretches of beach. Unplanned development leaves the area with severe problems, from lack of sanitation, pollution of waterways, and erosion. This is regrettable because the state of Goa features outstanding natural and cultural heritage. Many of the historic structures are giving way to faceless modern architecture. Outside of the main tourist areas, the environment is still pristine but is being bought up by developers intent on building unsustainable resorts. There are many foreign-run businesses. There is little encouragement for locals to protect the environment and culture.” Need anyone say more? Such assessments are taken extremely seriously, as the pedigree of the rating agency – the National Geographic Society – is impeccable. It will be a setback for efforts to bring in well-heeled, upmarket tourists. But there is no need to despair. What we do need to do is to take cognisance and make the necessary course changes. As the survey report itself says, “Each of the destinations rated has an opportunity to improve.”

Subsidised golf?

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he Tourism Department will soon invite expressions of interest (EoIs) to set up an international standard golf course in Goa, under public private partnership (PPP). Whether we need a golf course or not is a matter of debate. But even assuming that we do, why should it qualify for a subsidy of up to Rs50 crore? Should the Indian ‘aam admi’ taxpayer have to pay so that wealthy Japanese tourists can play golf cheaply in India? This is robbing the poor to subsidise the idle-rich; it cannot be tolerated!

Security bogey Peter Fernandes, Curca Was the Indian Navy sleeping when terrorists attacked Mumbai using the sea route? Then, why does the Navy want to take over Goan islands for security reasons? Isn’t it their job to go several miles deep into the ocean and keep coastal areas secure? That’s what the Coast Guard is all about. The Navy seems to be following the policy of locking the cabinet and leaving the doors of the house open to intruders. The defence forces are in the habit of acquiring prime areas to set up establishments. They get everything from A-Z in their canteens. They are also found in the midst of dense civilian population. It will come as no surprise if, in future, residential quarters are built for Navy personnel, ostensibly for

100 Years Ago

PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

20 November 1910 Colonial views on India

The Colonial writes saying that India is one peaceful region and the most orderly although it spends about 400 Contos out of its budgeted 974 Contos on Military expenditure.

Wedding at Bombay cathedral

Took place at the Cathedral of Bombay the wedding of the Governor of that Presidency Sir George Clarke with Lady Reynolds.

Portugal, the new republic

Brazil and Switzerland officially recognized the implementation of Portugal as the new Republic.

Republican denotation

The Republican Government denoted to the Capitulary Vicar that it was not against any professed religion.

Debate has evoked mixed responses, but reservation factor may weigh in, says tEotonio r de soUZa

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y previous OPinionatED column reflected upon how new inventors follow the old inventors across the history of Goa. This opened a lively discussion about a recent book published in Portugal and entitled “A Invenção de Goa”. A poll is currently open on Goa-ResearchNet cyber-forum. It tends towards disapproval of the use of the term ‘invention’, while there are a few takers and a few others who are not averse to accepting the idea with reservations. The author of the book, Angela Barreto Xavier, is aware of the debate and made a short debut by proxy, but has so far shied away from direct participation in the debate despite invitations to do so. Intentionally or not, the discussion of the “Portuguese invention of Goa” has been shifted to places away from Goa. Conferences and roundtables are organised in Paris, New York, and Lisbon, where contrary native voices may not easily interfere or disturb the superior understanding of a superior scholarship. In Portugal itself, the commemoration of 500 years of Portuguese conquest of Goa has evoked muted responses. There is an exhibition of select bibliography on the Conquest of Goa by Afonso de Albuquerque in the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and the presentation at the Casa de Goa in Lisbon, of a documentary entitled “The Other”, produced by Francisco Veres Machado. Both these events are scheduled for 25th of this month. These are laudable initiatives, but a near anti-climax to 500 years of the epic history of Estado da Índia. One historic reality that is discussed very little is the collaboration or participation of many actors of different nationalities in the so-called “invention” of Goa attributed to the Portuguese. Merchants, religious and adventurers from many nationalities enabled the Portuguese to run the show. From my own earlier research, it is clear that without active collaboration of the Goan Hindu businessmen, tax-collectors, and diplomatic agents the Portuguese administration in Goa would have been short-circuited very much earlier than it did. As an illustration, a little known Florentine, John of Empoli, accompanied Afonso de Albuquerque in his maiden voyage to India in 1503, and later took part in the conquest of Goa and Malacca. He left a first hand eyewitness account of the conquest of Goa by Albuquerque. But he also filed a complaint before King Manuel against ill-treatment at the hands of Albuquerque. The Medici Pope at that time, Leo X, backed his case before the Portuguese crown for compensation. John Empoli was duly compensated by being

Historical Explorations appointed factor of the Indonesian island of Sumatra in 1515, where he suffered a series of natural disasters which destroyed his factory and belongings. He died of an epidemic during a diplomatic mission to China a couple of years later. He was only one of the many Italian traders and merchants who contributed to the Portuguese venture in the spice trade. Incidentally, right from the 13th century, the Genoese and Florentines contributed to the training of the Portuguese in ship-building, navigation and cartography, helping the initial integration of Portugal in the European market. The pay master appointed by Afonso de Albuquerque after the conquest of Goa was a Florentine, Francesco Corvinelli. A later governor, Diogo Lopes de Siqueira also chose another Florentine, Piero Strozzi, as his factor for the Coromandel coast. The Portuguese may have been spirited crusaders, but were ill-equipped with skills for commercial operations to rival the Italians. John Empoli wrote a letter to his father in July

november rain

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here was nothing much happening in Goa during the past week besides the preparation for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and the new Chairpersons of the civic bodies getting the feel of their seats of power. On the national scene, there were of course more skeletons tumbling out from the cupboards of politicians like A Raja, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and of course, Suresh Kalmadi of CWG fame. I was at my wits end as to what topic to dwell upon. As I was sitting by my PC with a blank look, there was a deafening sound of thunder. In no time, the sun had disappeared and it had become dark all around. And before I could go to my window to investigate the reason for the sudden change in the intensity of day light, it began to pour cats and dogs. That is what made me write on the November rains in Goa. I was immediately reminded of the hit

‘convenience sake’. Goa government should not fall prey to this security bogey.

Two month away rule J F Jackson, Calangute I congratulate Svatantra Sarjano for his excellent article ‘Why this Visa problem?’ (Herald, 18 Nov). I retired to Goa 10 years ago and spend an average of Rs 3,50,000 each year, with the local population. The expats, over the years, have grown to accept bi annual trips out of the country, amidst the total lack of infrastructure, migrants and the appalling stench of rotting garbage. But to most, the 60 day rule was the final straw, they have left forever taking with them poor opinions of Goa. I travel a lot to south east Asia where expats from many countries have retired. These are made welcome and are encouraged to form associations which regularly meet with local officials and the police to discuss items of mutual benefit. Is there any chance of this happening in Goa? None!

Biblical misinterpretation Paul Rodricks, Caranzalem Some Catholic or Christian letter writers randomly quote scriptures or comment on Biblical matters and personages. This reflects their superficial understanding from the perspective of personal faith. Historians and theologians supported by archaeological findings have evidently proved that the Jewish and Christian Bible is not exclusive. All the teachings, sayings, laws, rites and rituals are steeped in ancient literature, including Hinduism. We, Christians, ought to appreciate humanity’s common religious heritage. Realisation that the Bible is an updated compendium of literature long predates the Bible itself. These writings need defence rather than misinterpretations attached to Biblical literalism.

Konkani survived Nelson Lopes, Chinchinim Labelled as the lingua franca of Goan cooks and butlers, Konkani survived all odds, discrimination and due recognition by colonial

1514. In it he referred to Timoja as lord and governor of Honavar, married to a daughter of the ruler of Gersoppa, a vassal of Vijayanagar. It mentions the participation of Timoja in the conquest of Goa with 60 fustas (pinaces) and 4000 warriors. It also describes how on 25th November, the Portuguese engaged nearly ten thousand Rumi defendants of the castle of Goa before daybreak along four fronts for the attack which lasted four hours. The vivid description of Empoli refers to blood and corpses that showed up along the river banks during the week following Goa’s capture. During three and half months that followed, the Portuguese dismantled the historic Muslim monuments and mosques and built a new castle and new walls with stones that were recovered and brought more stones and wooden beams from the suburbs of the city. Nearly 150 Portuguese died of fatigue and malnutrition. Afonso de Albuquerque was widely known for his policy of mix-marriages as a colonial strategy.

This strategy produced a social class that was known in Goa as “descendentes”. Their genealogy has been traced recently in three bulky volumes authored by Jorge Forjaz and José Francisco de Noronha and published by the Fundação Oriente. We are told by a Portuguese historian, Luis Filipe Thomaz that there were six thousand descendentes in Portuguese India in the nineteenth century, but that only two thousand remained on the eve of the Indian takeover. A detailed study of this class during the closing decades of the Portuguese colonial history in Goa is a desideratum, to permit us to understand their political role in the wake of Goa’s freedom struggle. We know from the existing studies that their relations with the local elites were hostile, marked by ethnic and colonial superiority and by disregard for the native local culture. It would be interesting to trace the linkages of the surviving descendentes and some native collaborators in the post-liberation political resistance organised in Portugal. Could it be also linked to the neoorientalist scholarship that is showing up in recent times? It is but natural that while 500 years of Goa’s conquest by the Portuguese, and 50 years of Goa’s liberation from colonial rule are being commemorated, we take stock of the impact of colonial rule and the benefits derived from the post-colonial dispensation. The assessment is bound to be coloured by varying viewpoints of different interested social groups. However, while the reality of globalisation gives many individuals and social groups worldwide an opportunity to express their feelings of support or frustration, there is no doubt that the historic destiny of Goa will always be decided by the Goans in Goa. I chose to commemorate the two fold event by providing an opportunity to the ethnic Portuguese and Goans in Portugal to learn Konkani, the soul of Goan culture. A short course of Konkani language and Goan culture at the Universidade Lusófona, in Lisbon, was meant to be only a commemorative and symbolic action to call attention to the need to compensate for the 500 years of the colonial past. I believe that Lusofonia can win hearts and become Lusofilia through a linguistic dialogue, by learning each other’s language, not just by teaching Portuguese language. There is a long way to go in that direction! The Konkani course was successfully realised and the participants were awarded certificates on 16 October, at the Casa de Goa in Lisbon. May Portuguese-Konkani dialogue grow and flourish during the coming 500 years.

song ‘November Rain’ sung by the band ‘Guns N Roses’. The year 2010 has been the second wettest year for Goa in the past hundred years. One thing is for sure, if the rains continue the way they have been going so far, this could well be the wettest year Goa will experienced in the past century. Be that as it may, call it the unseasonal rains or an extended south west monsoon or north eastern monsoon or wet weather caused by the cyclone ‘Jal’, the rains have succeeded in making our lives less pleasant. In my lifetime, I have never heard of people going out with an umbrella or rain wear in the month of November. The pot holes on the roads are only getting deeper and wider. The worst part is that we are not in a position to blame the authorities. They are quick to blame the weather for their inability to repair the roads. The frequently changing weather pattern could give sleepless nights for the weather-man. The other day I happened to be at a

By adelmo Fernandes wedding reception which was held in an open-air hall during the night. It so happened that it rained heavily during the afternoon. The only prayer on the lips of the bridal couple during the reception could probably be “Lord please hold back the rains”. Interestingly enough, God seems to have listened to their prayers as it did not rain during the time the reception was in progress. An hour later, the heavens opened. Well, the newly married couple now considered the rains as a shower of blessing. I was reminded by my better half that it did rain on our wedding day twenty-three years ago. I reminded her that we got married in the month of September and not November. Now the big question on everybody’s mind is whether it will rain during the International Film Festival of India, and during the Old Goa feast, or whether it will rain on Christmas day and even on New Year day. Well, with the rains being as unpredictable as they are this year, you will never know.

Letters to the Editor Letter of the Day

Absurd comments

Martin Beney, by email

I am appalled by the level of comments made by Goa’s Tourism Director in response to the National Geographic placing Goa in the 10 worst tourist destinations (Herald, 19 Nov). Firstly, with regard to the comment “On the social and cultural front, Goans are said to be friendly and hospitable people.” Has your Tourism Director had no education at all? Social in the sense used has nothing to do with “being sociable”! It instead refers to the impact of tourism on the social and cultural values of Goan society. Secondly, I cannot conceive how your Tourism Director can possibly consider that “historic buildings and archaeological sites are much better than the ones abroad”, let alone in London. Perhaps, he could use the internet himself to view some of these sites in London and other places. I suspect he will be in for a rude shock. Of course, the National Geographic survey is not referring to “being better” but, instead, to the state to which these sites are maintained and preserved for future generations. Perhaps, the decline in tourism over the last few years can be explained by having a director who plainly has very little knowledge of the world outside Goa. powers. It is the Goan identity which we are proud of. State reorganisation in India has been on linguistic considerations which propelled us into statehood. Determined efforts by the tiatrist have kept Konkani language’s head up in the face of persecution. Unfortunately, they were not included in the band of freedom fighters. How many freedom fighters can claim any share in the protection and promotion of Konkani to date? Is the organisation bereft of worthy successors? Actions speak louder than words.

Goan decimation James Moraes, Cuncolim Said to be a victory for BJP, freedom fighters, and like minded organisations decision to stop the Governors visit to NRP Sagres a Portuguese navy ship, was a senseless thing to do. The so called freedom fighters, some of whom were cheats and had been convicted for robberies were imprisoned which led them to their present status. As a result, they obtained all facilities. The real freedom fighters are the ones who saved Goa by the opinion poll. Today, because Portuguese ruled Goa, these freedom fighters enjoy benefits like pension, reservations etc. Such anti Goans will sell Goa to the highest bid-

der. This is a gimmick by anti Goans who are out to gain political mileage.

Unnecessary hue and cry Cruz Barneto, Maina A big hue and cry is being made by the Chief Minister regarding the bus stops erected by some corporates. At least the aam aadmi gets shade and protection from the sun and rain. The CM is obviously better off as he is travelling in an AC car provided to him at the cost of our taxes. For a man who cannot get the garbage problem in Margao solved for years on end, his determination and zeal to remove bus shelters is ridiculous. The government would do well to build bus bays and shift the bus shelters behind so that the traffic flow does not stop. Such a decision puts the general public like us into great inconvenience. Hope better sense prevails which is usually not the case in Goa.

Stop the pension Carlos Fernandes, by email The pension paid to the freedom fighters should be abolished just the way privy purses paid to the Maharajas was abolished

by Indian government. Fighting for freedom is voluntary and none was forced into it with an offer for pension. Pension can be paid only to those who may have lost their source of income or are rendered incapable to work. It looks like these FFs had participated in the freedom struggle for getting pension and other benefits at the cost of the taxpayer. We may have got freedom from foreign rule but are yet to get freedom from corruption, crimes, mismanagement and favouritism. Freedom fighters would be well advised to free Goa from the above ailments.

Gas pipeline Dr Carmo Costa-Viegas , Assolna The proposed gas pipeline through Goa should be properly studied. The farmers of Ponda, Bicholim, etc are wise to object to this project. The recent blasts at San Bruno, should be an eye opener for us. The number of deaths recorded in the last five months is shocking. We have carelessly allowed a nuclear plant to come up right on our border, with absolutely no improvement in our power scenario. We conveniently push for highways into fertile fields and destroy our food resources and wildlife.

Heaping humiliation Marcos Alemao, by email Today’s OPinionatED ‘What’s in a name?’ by Joaquim Correia Afonso (Herald, 19 Nov) has put pseudo freedom fighters and many of their ilk into a tight corner when they had demanded that the Chief Minister of Goa remove Portuguese names from roads and public places by 19 December 2010. We Goans also demand that government erases names of bogus freedom fighters from the list by 18 December 2010. We will not participate in the celebration of the golden jubilee of Goa’s liberation. If the Chief Minister does this, the exchequer will not be drained of lakhs of rupees withdrawn towards their pension every month. Goa was not liberated but taken over by force. The so called freedom fighters then took credit and now enjoy all the facilities.

Paths of Wisdom The Final Judgement When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne, and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then, he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the righteous people on his right and the others on his left. Then, the King will say to the people on his right, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the Kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.” The righteous will then answer him, “When Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and gave you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me!” Then, he will say to those on his left, “Away from me, you that are under God’s curse! Away to the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil and his Angels! I was hungry, but you would not feed me, thirsty, but you would not give me a drink; I was a stranger, but you would not welcome me in your homes, naked but you would not clothe me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.” Then they will answer him, “When Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or a naked or sick or in prison, and would not help you?” The King will reply, “I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.” These, then, will be sent off to eternal punishment, but the righteous will go to eternal life.” (Matthew 25;31-46)

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Goa Bagayatdar - Goa’s largest Co-operative Society

ursuing the very spirit of cooperation from the grassroot to the apex level Goa Bagayatdar constantly helps farmers to prosper through timely supply of reliable agricultural inputs and aid in producing high quality horticultural products while strengthening our distribution reach. While the society takes pride in having established itself as the largest co-operative society in Goa, its efforts do not pause here. In all that Goa Bagayatdar does, and will do, it is always aware of an increasingly competitive environment. In this environment, the society has endured and matured with foundation of greatest potential: cooperative culture, co-operative networking, market insight and respect for both the producer and the consumer.

Hence as a result of unparalleled dedication and commitment towards work and people the society prides itself in offering farmers and other co-operative society members the maximum remuneration for their horticultural produce while also supplying the consumers quality goods at very competitive rates. This is the village based Cooperative Society of the Horticulturists from all over Goa. The Society is known for the disciplined working with the following objectives: (i) Members are given maximum rates for their horticultural produce. (ii) The Consumers are supplied with quality goods at reasonable rates. (iii) Ready market place is made available for the goods produced by small scale and Home Indus-

tries, this generates employment and economic prosperity. (iv) The Employees of the Society are offered best terms and conditions. (v) The Society pays good amount to Govt. in the form of Sales Tax, Income Tax, TDS, Market Fees etc. Also this Society is the medium for implementation of various Govt. Schemes to horticulturists. (vi) This Society has made available all the commodities to general public under one roof and keep price stabilization and control on the market. The Society observes and implements fully all the principles of co-operation which are essential for co-operative sector. These principles are: (i) Voluntary and open Membership: The Society has kept membership open to any horticulturist (having horticultural land under his cultivation) from Goa. Membership is given to both men and women without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed and religion. Besides, co-operative societies are also its members. The society also enrols nominal members who may not have horticultural land under their cultivation, but are otherwise valid customers. (ii) Democratic Member Control: The Annual General Body Meetings are largely attended by the members from all over the states and are interactive forums. The members make very valuable suggestions with respect to the policies of the Society. The Society has an elected Board of Directors and the members have equal voting right. The election for the Board of Director’s are held after every four years and Chairman/Vice Chairman are elected every year. The Society is professionally managed with a professional and experienced Managing Director and the Staff. (iii) Autonomy & Independence: This Society does not have any political interference or pressure from Govt or from any external agency. This Society is well known for its co-operative autonomy. This society runs its business on its own terms and conditions subject to the control of the board elected by the members. (iv) Member Economic Participation: The Bye laws provide that the members while selling the produce to the Society have to buy shares at least equal to 5% of the value. The Society has built up reserves as the member preferred low dividends. The members bring in deposits as and when the Society needs money for its business. The So-

Goa State Co-operative Bank growing in membership, resources, assets and profits

ciety also pays them better rates of interest (but lower than the borrowing rate through banks) while buying the produce from the members, at least one percent additional incentive is given. (v) Education, Training & Information: The farmers are imparted training from time to time in Coordination with Agricultural Dept. and ICAR on the related subject, under various State & Central Govt. Schemes and projects. The Society also conducts various training workshop/programmes, for the employees on the topics like customer relationship, selling of pesticides and fertilizers, computer training etc. the reputed industrial organizations like Zuari, Kirloskar etc. in co-ordination with this Society conducts training programmes for farmers and members of this Society on the issues related to agriculture. (vi) Co-operation among Cooperatives: The Society is a member of Goa Rajya Sahakari Sangh. Although the transactions are on mainly cash basis, the Society gives credits while doing business with Co-operative Societies. The Society has 59 Co-operatives Societies as its members and one Director is elected by such Co-operative Society Members. (vii) Concern for Community: The Society does the community service by timely providing the general public all the essential commodities under one roof at low rates. The Society plays the roll of controlling the market prices during the recess time. During trade strikes, scarcities of commodities etc. The Society encourages excellence by giving awards annually to the children of members and employees. (viii) Socio-Economic development: The Society has ensured Socio-Economic development and also brought into its fold women and weaker sections through out the state, by effectively controlling the price level in the state. The Society has continuously obtained Audit rating ‘A’ class for last many years. The first Bagayatdar Bazar with self service counter was started at Ponda in the year July 1989 and this Bazar led to a big success for the Society. With this success story of Bazar concept the Society started spreading its wings and opened new Bazars at 10 different location. The Society continues to enjoy the Audit Rating ‘A’ for last many years. The Goa State Co-operative Federation declared “Goa Bagayatdar” as the “Best Co-operative Society” in the Year 1999. The Society also bagged following two prestigious awards: Goa State Best Co-op Society Award – 2001and NCDC Award for Cooperative Excellence – 2002.

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he Goa State Co-Operative Bank Ltd had a humble inspiring beginning on November 7, 1963 It was founded as Apex financing agency in the cooperative sectors in then Union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu with S Khushaldas as its first Chairman. The first Chairman and the Board were the people with deep and abiding ideals, faith, vision, optimism and entrepreneurial skills. These dedicated men in-charge of the Society had a commendable sense of service and duty imbibed in them. The Bank was initially set up to help the members in distress. Its objective was to provide finance to the needy members in the then Union territory of Goa, Daman & Diu and bring up their financial standards. The Bank provides more interest on deposits and loans to agriculture and allied activities. The Bank also provides all types of loan schemes like urban loans, consumer loans, loan against gold, loan against NSC, Loan against Pigmy, Non-agricultural loan, Weddings of dependent members of the family, loan for Repayment of debt and to meet expenses of medical treatment etc. to suit the dreams and desire of the members. During this cataclysmic cavalcade of history, the Bank as a financial institution and its members could not of course remain unaffected by the economic consequences of the major events. Thanks to sustained and assiduous efforts over 40 years after

its inception, the Bank had gained strong foundation in terms of its membership, resources, assets and profits. By 1970, the Bank was fulfilling all the banking needs of its customers. During the late seventies, the Bank grew from strength to strength. The Bank had established the branches not only in Goa, but also in Daman & Diu. The Bank chose a motif to symbolise the Bank's emblem - a fitting and appropriate characteristics of a Bank that believed in hard work, a search for all that is good, a team spirit to achieve its objectives and a selfless service to its members and customers. The Bank has grown in stature, progressed in its social and economic objectives and produced an image of what an ideal bank should be. In the year 2002-03, the Bank's gross income crossed the Rs 21.38 lakhs. Last two decades the bank has witnessed a steady growth in the business. The bank has a network of 64 Computerised branches out of which 30 branches are Inter-connected at Central location and re running on CBS. At present Bank is under the leadership of Chairman Ramchandra G Naik Mule, Vice Chairman Shri Rameshbhai Bamania, other board of Directors and. Pandurang G Mandrekar, Managing Director-I/C. In 1994, Reserve Bank of India conferred the bank with "Scheduled" status. The has also entered into tie-up agreement with AVIVA Life Insurance Co Ltd for selling their Life Insurance Prod-

u c t re g u l a r l y t h ro u g h i t s branches on commision basis in order to boost fee based income of the bank. The Bank has also Executed MoU with State Govt for implementing the "Dayanand Social Security Scheme" of the Directorate of Social Welfare, Govt of Goa, during the year, for distributing monthly pension to the vulnerable sections of the Society in the State During the year 2009-2010, the Bank has earned Net profit

of Rs.92.69 Lacs after making all the required provisions. The Bank has been able to post this profit mainly because of war footing efforts put on for effecting recovery from chronic defaulters. The Bank has shifted in its own premises in EDC Complex at Patto Plaza, Panaji. The building consists of basement, ground floor and upper seven floors with total super built-up area of the building of 3,536 sq mts.

Our Lady of Milagres Urban Coop Credit Society increasing in strength

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ur Lady of Milagres Urban Co-operative Credit Society Ltd was established in the year 1994 with its first branch at Mapusa, in the Communidade Building on May 22, 1994, at the hands of Dr Wilfred D'Souza, the then Chief Minister. The Chief Promoter and Founder Chairman was Mathew Braganza and with the able and dedicated support from other fellow promoters/Directors, the Society has grown from strength to strength. For the year ended March 31, 2010, the Society has earned a Net Profit of Rs 27.35 lakh and the deposits have increased to Rs 2468.43 lakh as against Rs 2014.46 lakh the previous year, while the advances increased to Rs 1361.09 lakh as against Rs 1238.80 lakh last year. The membership which was 12268 last year increased to 13087 as on March 31 2010. The non performing assets are Rs 41.83 lakh with NPA% being 3.07%. The net NPA percent of the society continues to be 0.00%. The share capital of the Society is Rs 101.82 lakh, the reserve fund & other funds are Rs 255.63 lakh, while investments with banks is Rs 1130.00 lakh. The society has been paying dividends to the members since inception and the dividend proposed for the year ended March 31, 2010 is 10%.

Schemes and Financial Assistance for cooperative societies

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he Department of Cooperation has brought out various welfare schemes for the development of Co. operative movement in the State of Goa. The various types of Coop. Societies are being provided with the financial assistance to strengthen their financial base in the form of: 1. Govt. Share Capital, 2. Managerial Subsidy, 3. Loan/cum –Subsidy for construction of Godown, 4. Guarantee Scheme for Deposits mobilized by PACS/TFSCS, 5. Furniture Fixture Loan/ Subsidy. The pattern of financial assistance available under the schemes for the development of different Co. operative Societies are as

follows: Pattern of Financial Assistance to Primary Agricultural Credit Cooperative Societies A. Government Share Capital Contribution: Up to Rs 25,000 soon after re-organization and later on further share capital to the extent of Rs.50,000 incase of societies having business of less than Rs5 lakh and Rs.75,000 incase of societies having business of more than Rs 5 lakh. B. Assistance for Retail Outlets: i) Share capital contribution up to Rs 25,000 for small size retail outlets set up by such societies. ii) Loan up to Rs 11,250 for purchase of furniture, fixtures and fittings for each Retail outlets.

iii) Subsidy up to Rs 3,750 for purchase of furniture, fixtures and fittings for each Retail outlets. C. Managerial Subsidy: Up to Rs 7500 per retail outlets spread over a period of 3 years @Rs.2500/- per year. Primary Agricultural Credit Cooperative Societies/ Marketing Cooperatives/Consumer Cooperatives: Assistance for construction of godown: from P.D.A. or Town and Country Planning as the case may be and technical approval from Competent P.W.D. Authority shall be submitted to the Registrar through the Asstt. Registrar under whose jurisdiction the applicant society comes.

india Two years after Mumbai attack; NSG yet to get base in Kolkata PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 19

Tasked to conduct an agile and swift operation in case of a terror strike anywhere in the country, commandos of the elite NSG have still not been able to place their feet at their base in Kolkata even two years after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The government had created four new NSG hubs at Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai in May last year in the aftermath of the Mumbai incident and had earmarked Kolkata and Hyderabad to have regional bases of the commando force with full capabilities for training and camping of the men to perform 'quick' counterterror and counter-hijack duties.

However, though the land has finally been identified at Dankuni in West Bengal's Hooghly district after a series of meetings between senior state government officials and successive NSG chiefs, the transfer of land is yet to happen, sources involved in the process said. It is expected that the land will be transferred soon and construction work at the site by the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) would begin, they said. The NSG has begun creating infrastructure at the land in Hyderabad. "It was decided that the hubs at Hyderabad and Kolkata will merge with the bigger regional

centres but due to glitches in identifying a land and transfer of ownership, the commandos at the Kolkata hub are rendering their duties from a location next to the international airport in the city," the sources said. The delay in the process has led to problems relating to training and regular practice of the commandos in Kolkata who either have to take the services of the state government's training establishments or go to the NSG's original garrison at Manesar in Haryana. While the new hubs already have a specialised strength of 241 commandos for anti-terror duties, the regional centres will have 5150 personnel, when fully operational.

The NSG has also decided to operationalise its dog and bomb disposal squads at all its hubs. "The regional centres have been approved with a sanctioned strength of 5150 personnel each as regional bases with integrated facilities, while the regional hubs have a smaller component of personnel located at tactical locations for quick response," Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken had told Rajya Sabha on March 3 this year. "Keeping in view the growing incidence of terrorism in the country, the regional centres and hubs have been created to ensure speedy deployment of the force, in optimum strength, at the sites on need basis," he had said.

‘Bigg Boss’ grabs global headlines with Pamela Anderson and A certificate PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 19

n The show reportedly got it's Pamela Anderson dancing to the tune of highest TRP's the day 'Dhak Dhak Karne Laga' in a miniscule sarong Anderson entered the house, on Bigg Boss and the I&B's ministry order to push the show's timings beyond prime beating the record set by the time after charges of "obscenity", have viewing figures of rival show helped the popular Indian reality TV show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', gain global headlines. The entry of the Hollywood bombshell hosted by Bollywood and the mob that welcomed her at the megastar Amitabh Mumbai airport had made news in international newspapers like the Guardian and Bachchan. New York Post. Wall Street Journal is now debating whether the 'Baywatch' babe is "too much for Indian prime time" given the government labelling the content of the show "objectionable" and giving it a virtual A certificate. British tabloids like the Daily Mail and

Sun are following the 43-year-old's antics in the house closely, from her entry into the house in a white saree to a sun bath taken with actor Ashmit Patel who is a selfconfessed fan. Anderson has been flown in to boost audiences for the fourth season of 'Bigg Boss',

hosted by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, which has already caused scandals with onscreen relationships and verbal spats between participants. The show reportedly got it's highest TRP's the day Anderson entered the house, beating the record set by the viewing figures of rival show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', hosted by Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The Playboy Playmate is reportedly getting a whopping Rs 2.5 crore for her three day stint in the house. Colors had earlier approached British actress and Playboy model Kelly Brook for the show, but she had turned down the offer. Anderson is the second Western celebrity to appear on the show, late reality star Jade Goody also starred on the 2008 series, only to leave soon after entering the house after receiving her cancer diagnosis from doctors.


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Nanavati Commission questions Zadafia PTI AHMEDABAD, NOV 19

The Nanavati Commission probing the 2002 post-Godhra riots today questioned former Gujarat Minister of State for Home Gordhan Zadafia in-camera. Zadafia was questioned for over 90 minutes by retired Justices G T Nanavati and Akshay Mehta. After emerging out of the commission office here, Zadafia said, “I was called by the Commission and I have answered their questions”. The G T Nanavati-led commission has tabled the first part of its report on 2002 riots on the Godhra train burning incident in the state assembly and is now probing various aspects of post-Godhra riots in which more than 1,000 people were killed. Zadafia, is the ninth person to be questioned in-camera by the commission in last few months, in connection with the 2002 riots. Police officials questioned by the commission in-camera so far are M K Tandon, V K Solanki, M T Rana, P B Gondia, A A Gupta, A B Qureshi, G D Solanki and V S Gohil.

Explosion hits New Zealand’s largest coal mine; 27 missing AGENCIES WELLINGTON, NOV 19

An explosion ripped through New Zealand’s largest coal mine on Friday while about 30 people were underground, officials said. Five workers, dazed and slightly injured, stumbled to the surface hours later, while more than two dozen were missing. Police said that shortly before the blast the electricity went out in the mine, which may have caused ventilation problems. That may have contributed to a build-up of gas underground. The explosion was powerful enough to blow one driver off his machine deep in a tunnel, and one mine safety expert said gas was a possible cause of the blast, although spokeswoman Barbara Dunn stressed it was too early to say why it occurred. Rescue teams and emergency workers rushed by helicopter and by road to the mine, located in remote and rugged mountains near the town of Atarau on New Zealand’s South Island. They cannot enter, however, before they make sure there is no gas build-up. “They’re itching to get in there and start looking for other people and a bit frustrated at having to stand and wait,” police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said. Tony Kokshoorn, the mayor of nearby Greymouth, told National Radio that it was unclear at what depth the explosion

happened but that it was clear that it was very large. Kokshoorn put the number of miners unaccounted for at up to 30. Peter Whittall, chief executive of mine operator Pike River Coal Ltd., said 27 people were missing — 15 miners employed by the company and 12 local contractors. The coal seam is reached through a horizontal tunnel 1.4 miles (2.3 kilometres) in length that bores into a mountain toward the seam, which lies about 200 yards (metres) beneath the surface. Whittall said five workers had walked out of the mine: a pair that included the machine operator who was blown off his vehicle one mile (1.5 kilometres) into the access tunnel. Three more came out later. One of the men had been able to make a call on his cell phone before reaching the surface, he said. While the condition of the missing miners was not clear, the prospect that they could be alive but trapped recalls the dramatic saga of 33 Chilean mine workers who spent 69 days a half-mile (about one kilometre) deep in a collapsed gold and copper mine. They were rescued last month in an event played out on international television that captivated the world. Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee said the explosion at the New Zealand mine happened at about 3:45 pm (0245 GMT, 9:45

Musharraf has ‘slim chances’ of winning Pak polls: Holbrooke AGENCIES WASHINGTON, NOV 19

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has “very slim” chances of regaining power in the 2013 elections, and any return to military rule in the country would be a disaster, a senior US official said on Wednesday. “He has about as much chance of coming back to power as (former Soviet) President (Mikhail) Gorbachev,” The News quoted Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, as saying to a gathering of US diplomats and security experts. Last month, Musharraf had announced in London that he had created a new party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, with an objective to compete in the 2013 polls. Musharraf also said that he believed he had “an even chance” of regaining power in Pakistan. However, Holbrooke said that Musharraf ’s comments should be taken with “considerable scepticism”, and that the former ruler was responsible in large part for the current struggle against extremism in the region. “Musharraf comes back and wins a democratic election? Fine. But as I indicated earlier, the chances of that are very slim,” he maintained.

pm EST) and the last contact with any of the miners was about half an hour later. They had not spoken to any of the missing miners during that time. Two of the men who came to the surface were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. “They’re being interviewed and we’re trying to determine ... the full nature of the incident,” Whittall said. It was not immediately clear if all of those underground were together or in separate groups. “There is concern that ventilation inside the mine shaft may be compromised by the power outage,” Dunn said. Mine safety expert David Feickert said the blast could have been a gas explosion. “There are different kinds of explosions that can occur in a coal mine — methane gas, coal gas and so on,” he said. “If rescue teams can go in, that’s good news indeed.” St John Ambulance service said three rescue helicopters and six ambulances had headed to the mine. Rescue crews were assembled at the opening of the mine but had not yet entered as it was unsafe to do so until it was clear there was no buildup of gas. Brownlee said emergency exit tunnels were built into the mine but that he didn’t know if they could be accessed by the miners.

Chinese more concerned about my successor: Dalai PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 19

The Dalai Lama today said that the issue of his successor was not a “serious question” for him and that “it is more a concern of the Chinese”. “That is not a serious question for me. It looks like the Chinese government are seriously looking. I made it very clear in 1961 that whether the institution of Dalai Lama should continue or not should be debated,” the 76-year-old Buddhist spiritual head, who described himself as a “son of India”, said. The Dalai Lama said that in

Ramdev for Ram temple construction PTI FAIZABAD, NOV 19

Yoga guru Ramdev today said the High Court verdict on Ayodhya issue was “a well balanced decision” and favoured construction of a Ram temple. Ramdev said that many Muslim delegations met him in the past and voiced support for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. “I am in contact with Muslims religious leaders. They are in favour of construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya,” he claimed.

Indian artillery inflicted maximum damage to Pak during Kargil PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 19

The Indian artillery, assisted by the Bofors gun and multi-barrel rocket launchers among others, caused the maximum damage to the Pakistani Army during the Kargil war, a fact now admitted by neighbour. As per the official list of Pakistani soldiers who have been killed during the war period, put up on its website by the Pakistani Army, about 190 of the over 400 dead were killed because of shelling by the Indian Army. The reasons for the maximum number of deaths given by the Pakistani army was “En Arty shelling” or “En shelling”. ‘En’ stands for Enemy, an obvious reference to Indian troops. The Indian soldiers also killed another about 160 of regular Pakistani army men in exchange of fire with their hand-held assault weapons or as Pakistan puts it, “En Action”. Besides the exchange of fire, the Indian Army men also killed about 90 Pakistan Army personnel by shooting them down. The reason given to such deaths was “En fire”. Even the Indian Air force, which bombarded certain territories captured by a mixture of Pakistan troops and militants,

killed regular armymen. It was not just the Indian army that Pakistan had to fight but also rolling stones and avalanches. About 30 enemy troops died in this category. Interestingly, one of them was killed in lightning. Among other reasons for deaths given were also helicopter crashes. The Pakistan Army which had been denying its role in the conflict has quietly put the names of 453 soldiers and officers killed in the battle on its website. The names of those who died in Kargil are tucked away in a list of thousands of personnel killed while on duty that has been posted in the “Shuhada’s Corner” (Martyrs Corner) of the website. The very first page of the long list of martyrs includes the names of Capt Karnal Sher and Havildar Lalak Jan, who were both killed on July 7, 1999 in Kargil and awarded Pakistan’s highest milit a r y a w a rd , t h e N i s h a n - e Haider.Several others were posthumously given other gallantry awards like the Tamgha-eJurat (Medal of Courage). A majority of those who died in Kargil were soldiers from the Northern Light Infantry (NLI), a paramilitary force that was made a regular regiment of the Pakistan Army because of its performance in the 1999 conflict.

case majority of people among the Buddhist feel that the institution (of Dalai Lama) is not relevant, then it will cease. “It is not much important for Tibetan Buddhist culture or people. It is quite silly to think that this should continue. It depends on the circumstances. But as far as Tibetan struggle is concerned, we have a politically elected leadership,” he said at the HT Leadership Summit here. “It (the issue of succession) is more a concern of the Chinese than me,” he said on the issue of succession. Observing that the 20th cen-

tury was “the century of violence”, he said, the 21st century should be of dialogue. “Any conflict cannot be solved by violence. The 20th century was the century of violence...according to some historians, over 200 million people were killed. This immense violence including nuclear weapons failed to bring any permanent peace to the world, so it was (a) waste.” He said that as far as spirituality is concerned, various branches of Buddhism have many young leaders who are inclined and can emerge as good spiritual leaders.

froM PagE 1 UPA rallies behind PM;

asked to comment on the PM’s situation after the Supreme Court’s harsh comments. PM rues: Insiders said Sibal spoke out after the PM rued in the Congress core group meeting at his residence on Thursday that he did not get political support from eminent legal luminaries Sibal and P Chidambaram holding high positions. They could have guided the legal officers in handling the 2G case in the court appropriately, he said. Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, who was not present in the meeting, also got brickbats for his inept handling. The Supreme Court’s comments on 11 months of delay on the prime minister’s part in not granting sanction to Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy to prosecute former Telecom Minister A Raja has come handy for the opposition to make conjectures that Dr Manmohan Singh may also have a hand in the scam. Dustbin: Sibal used his legal experience to blast Swamy for donning the role of an investigating officer and trying to secure sanction based on newspaper reports and trying to paint the prime minister guilty. Swamy knew he would be thrown out of court and his petition dumped into the dustbin if he tried to make a case based on the newspaper reports and hence he sought to get a political mileage by writing letters to the PM, Sibal said. ‘The PM will not allow any wrongs in his government and that is why Raja was made to resign, Shashi Tharoor was made to resign, Ashok Chavan made to resign,” he said and challenged if anybody in the BJP-led government resigned after the Tehelka expose. Even before Rahul and Sibal spoke out, another Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi came out in full support of the PM on Thursday, saying the whole world knows he is a man of integrity and dignity and the party will stand by him through thick and thin. Silence deafening: The opposition is at a loss to find the government holding back from any counter offer to end the deadlock in parliament, pointing out it is the responsibility of the government to run parliament and its silence is deafening. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) warned that the government cannot tire them by sitting tight on their demand for a JPC probe. Speaking on the sidelines of the CPI(M) central committee meeting here, its politburo member and Member of Parliament Sitaram Yechuri said the party will not relent on the demand for a JPC on 2G, as “we are very clear that there is no other way out now particularly after the Supreme Court coming into the picture and trying to draw in the prime minister.” Mukherjee had promised them after a failed luncheon meeting on Tuesday to get back to them Wednesday evening after talking to the PM, but there is no word from him since then. Instead, he appealed to the opposition to allow parliament to function. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a bank function here, he expressed anguish over parliament not being allowed to transact its business and pointed out that “When I or the government oppose JPC, it is not that the matter should not be investigated.” Anti-Yeddy posters: While the BJP, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) and Samajwadi Party members rushed into well of both the houses shouting “We want JPC,” they were countered by the Congress members coming to the front of the aisle with posters of “Throw out most corrupt Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.” Even Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda rose in his seat, with a poster, in tandem with the Congress members. BJP President Nitin Gadkari in Lucknow and other party leaders in Delhi continued to rule out removal of Yeddyurappa from the chief ministership, but the party sources said he can be out any time as the party’s core group felt its attack on the Manmohan Singh government will be blunted unless the chief minister is sacked for the alleged land scams.

Graft, greed ...

“cancer of corruption” and rising “graft and greed”, saying these are putting in danger the very basis of independent India. Singh and Gandhi, speaking at a function organized to commemorate the birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi, made it clear that high economic growth had brought along with it new challenges in the march towards ‘social democracy’ which the country aspires for. Observing that there was a “tide of rising expectations” accompanying high economic growth, Singh said, “We confront the challenge of revitalising institutions of development administration and getting rid of the cancer of corruption in our public life.” Gandhi said the country’s economy may “increasingly be dynamic, but our moral universe seems to be shrinking... Graft and greed are on the rise. The principles on which independent India was founded, for which a generation of great leaders fought and sacrificed their all, are in danger of being negated.” She said, “The issue of fairness is important in any democratic society. The broad mass of people must believe in the fairness of the system, if it is to survive.” Noting that she was “conscious of the gap between promise and delivery”, the Congress chief said, “what we need is a more effective and efficient government.” The remarks assume significance as these come in the backdrop of a number of scams, like in 2G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games and Mumbai’s Adarsh Housing Society, in which allegations have been levelled against senior leaders of Congress and a key ally.

India rebukes Iran

The Ministry of External also summoned Iran’s Charge De Affairs Reza Alaei on Friday and issued a demarche for Khamenei impinging on the country’s territorial integrity. The row is over the Iranian leader’s appeal to the Muslim elite worldwide to back the “struggle” in Jammu and Kashmir, equating it with the “nations” of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. The government sources said the Iranian leader’s comment factored in India’s decision not to stand by Iran as it has always been doing to oppose the UN resolutions against it. His comments are a matter of “serious concern,” they said. India disapproved Khamenei’s message to Haj pilgrims that “today the major duties of the elite of the Islamic Ummah is to provide help to the Palestinian nation and the besieged people of Gaza, to sympathise and provide assistance to the nations of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Kashmir, to engage in struggle and resistance against the aggressions of the United States and the Zionist regime.”


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Political prisoners release: Suu Kyi rules out compromise with junta PTI WASHINGTON, NOV 19

Myanmar ’s just-freed pro democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi says she will not compromise with the junta on her demand for the release of all political prisoners, even as she hopes the resource-rich nation can emulate China’s growth sans human rights violations there. Suu Kyi, who was released on November 13 after spending 15 of the past 21 years in detention, said she was ready for talks with the junta but except on the issue of political prisoners, whose release is her top priority. In the give-and-take with the junta, there is one area the 65year-old leader of the National League for Democracy said she will not compromise — the release of political prisoners. “The release of political pris-

Rajapaksa sworn in for second term PTI COLOMBO, NOV 19

Sri Lanka’s charismatic President Mahinda Rajapaksa was today sworn in for an unprecedented second six-year term amid a boycott by opposition parties, as he vowed to turn the war-torn country into an economic “wonder” of Asia. Rajapaksa, who turned 65 yesterday, was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Ashoka D Silva during a colourful open air ceremony held at the sea front at the Presidential Secretariat, followed by a tri-service military parade by thousands of troops and a 21-gun salute. Security was tight for the ceremony, which was telecast live, as the Sri Lankan capital wore a festive look for the occasion for which a public holiday had been declared. The event, graced by foreign dignitaries like Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed and Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Thinley, was boycotted by the opposition United National Party and the Marxist-Leftist JVP, both backers of Sarath Fonseka, jailed former army chief who was defeated in the January presidential polls by Rajapaksa. “We take this decision (of boycotting the event) to mark our protest to the exorbitantly expensive ceremony,” deputy leader of the UNP, Karu Jayasuriya, said.

Germans invent sausage toaster REUTERS BERLIN, NOV 19

Two Germans fed up with eating Bratwurst sausages not fried to perfection have come up with a ‘’Wursttoaster’’, or sausage toaster, to ensure caterers no longer have an excuse to serve anything less than the best. Marco Bruns, 25, said he and his business partner Felix Rennies, 28, came up with the idea after being less than impressed with English efforts to pull off the popular German snack on one of their frequent trips to Britain. ‘’We went to a market where there was German Bratwurst but we discovered the English don’t have a clue how to cook them — they were completely brown on one side and completely white on the other side,’’ he told Reuters. The pair consequently realised it was not all that easy to cook the perfect Bratwurst, and Rennies, a trained engineer, came up with the idea to automate the cooking process ‘’so that the perfect Bratwurst would always be easily achievable.’’

oners certainly,” she was quoted as saying by CNN. “And I don’t think actually if we get to the negotiating table, the military will say we don’t believe in the release of political prisoners. I don’t think it works like that. That’s one of my top priorities.” Suu Kyi, who studied in Lady Sri Ram College in New Delhi, said she maintained her sanity through meditation during her long spells of imprisonment. Commenting on the November 14 election in Myanmar, which was criticised by the West as being a sham, she said she does not believe the new assembly will be accountable to the people. “One of the reasons why we decided not to take part in the elections was precisely because we didn’t believe that there was going to be any major change.”

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Govt admits irregularities in rice export PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 19

In disclosures which can add to

its troubles, government on Friday admitted that PSU officials did not follow transparent

norms in export of non-basmati rice to some African countries during UPA-I tenure, resulting in huge profits to private parties. The matter has been referred to the Central Vigilance Commission, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said in the Lok Sabha. Show cause notices have also been slapped on the officials allegedly responsible for “hugely disproportionate” profits to private parties and “denial of legitimate profits to PSUs”, he said in a statement, adding the “possibility of collusion” cannot be ruled out. These transactions were completed during December

2007-March 2009 by PSUs under the Commerce Ministry, when it was headed by Kamal Nath, now Minister for Road Transport and Highways. Sharma’s disclosure can add to the woes of the government already facing the heat on various scams in 2G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai. The government had banned export of non-basmati rice in the wake of escalating prices in the domestic market. However, on diplomatic ground, it allowed export of limited quantity to some African and the least developed countries. But the predetermined terms

of contracts between foreign buyers and domestic suppliers (with small margins for the PSUs) led to “hugely disproportionate profits accruing to private parties, namely the foreign government nominated domestic suppliers in India,” Sharma said. These parties have since been blacklisted. The lack of due diligence on the part of officials resulted in a “denial of the legitimate profits of the PSUs,” he said adding, all records have been forwarded to the CVC. The enquiry was ordered following questions on the integrity of the process of relaxation of export ban on diplomatic ground, he said amidst din.

Govt pegs sugar output at 24.5 MT for 2010-11 season PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 19

India’s sugar output in 2010-11 season is estimated at 24.5 million tonnes against the annual domestic demand of 22.5-23 MT, the government on Friday informed Rajya Sabha. “The production of sugar during current sugar season (October-September) 2010-11 is provisionally estimated at

about 24.5 MT against the provisionally estimated demand of about 22.5-23 MT,” Minister of State for Food and Agriculture K V Thomas said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. India, the world’s second largest sugar producer, had produced 19 MT in the 200910 season. The government’s initial estimate is 1 MT lower than the industry’s forecast of 25.5 MT for the 2010-11 season. The minister said there is no proposal to impose import

duty on raw and refined sugar before December 31, 2010. Early last year, the Centre had permitted duty-free import of raw and refined sugar up to December 31 this year. India imported about 6 MT of sugar to meet the domestic demand. On decontrol of the sugar sector, Thomas said: “No decision has been taken by the central government to decontrol the present controls over the sugar sector.” The government fixes the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane every season. FRP is the minimum price that mills have to pay to cane farmers for buying their produce. Besides, it also fixes the sugar quota to be sold every month in the open market as well as through ration shops.

Five IIM-A students spurn cash for ‘care’ AGENCIES AHMEDABAD, NOV 19

Five management students at the top business school IIM-A have opted to work in the social sector during summer placements, spurning chances of securing top corporate jobs. Four students from the 2010-12 PGP batch opted to work for Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA), a dream project of former President A P J Abdul Kalam, despite shortlisted for interview by top corporate groups. Another student with interest in governance and public policy formulation would be doing internship under Prem Das Rai, a Member of Parliament from Sikkim and a former IIM-A alumnus, IIM-A sources said. The number of students opting out of the lucrative corporate internship offers to join projects in social sector has been higher in the concluding summer placements this year as compared to last three sessions, IIM-A said. A batch of 378 PGP (Post Graduate Programme) students sought internship roles in the summer placement process that concluded today. The process saw participation from 102 recruiters. “There were opportunities available to students in politics, grassroots innovation and national development. For the first time, students

voluntarily rejected earlier cluster firms to take up such opportunities,” Recruitment Secretary at IIM-A Movin Jain said. Of the 102 recruiters, the investment banks and consulting groups offered maximum internship roles. Royal Bank of Scotland gave 22 offers. Consulting giants Accenture and Ernst & Young made 10 offers each, while McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group made offers to six students each, an IIM-A statement said. Finance remained the top pick of students again this year. Nearly 39 per cent of students opted for roles in finance, investment banking, private equity, corporate banking and treasury roles. Twenty per cent of the students opted for roles in consultancy domain, 19 per cent chose marketing, 11 per cent IT/system and 9 per cent went for in general management. Students will be doing internship in firms from diverse sectors such as social gaming (Playdom), advertising (Ogilvy & Mather), credit rating (Onicra) and rural finance (IFMR), the statement said. “The number of offers per firm saw a significant increase resulting in the largest batch so far being placed in a fewer number of firms than last year,” Placement Chairperson Saral Mukherjee said.

IRDA gives clean chit to LIC PTI HYDERABAD, NOV 19

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) on Friday gave a clean chit to Life Insurance Corporation of India, the largest insurance company in India, in alleged violation of rules pertaining to transfer of profits among its various schemes. The insurance watchdog earlier said it would launch investigation in to the books of LIC pertaining 2009-10.

Bharti Airtel crosses 20 cr users, launches new logo

J Harinarayan IRDA chairman said there is no violation committed by the LIC and it was just an actuarial shortage as to the current actuarial estimates. An investigation done earlier by IRDA revealed that there was deficit of around Rs 14,000 crore in one account covering annuity policies that offered high assured returns. “This is not a real cash shortage. It is an actual a shortage basically means they will project the gap between the liabilities and assets assuming a certain pattern of liability and assuming a certain generation of income from the investments made,” he told media

IOC to launch FPO in Jan AGENCIES NEW DELHI

AGENCIES NEW DELHI, NOV 19

Telecom major Bharti Airtel has announced that it has crossed the significant milestone of 20 crore customers, reinforcing its leadership position in global telecom, reports CNBC-TV18. It has also launched a new identity in 19 countries in Asia and Africa. Announcing this, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti airtel said, “Fifteen years ago Bharti airtel started its journey in India with a promise of delivering world class and affordable services. Today, as we expand on the global stage, this new brand identity gives us the opportunity to present a single, powerful and unified face to our customers, stakeholders

Sensex hits 2-month low PTI MUMBAI, NOV 19

Stock markets on Friday tumbled to a two-month low, with the BSE benchmark Sensex declining over 345 points on intense selling, mainly in RIL and SBI, amid political uncertainty triggered by the 2G spectrum row. After an extremely volatile session, the Bombay Stock Exchange’s 30-share index Sensex plunged by 345.20 points or 1.73 per cent to settle at 19,585.44. The last time Sensex closed near today’s level was at 19,594.75 on September 17. The bellweather index has lost a steep 7 per cent in past two weeks.

Aban Offshor, 802.35, 846.5, 775, 792.75 Abb Ltd., 685, 874, 685, 829.05 Abg Shipyard, 257.75, 259.9, 247.75, 256.75 Acc Limited, 874, 884, 863, 866.6 Adani Enterp, 589, 591.9, 575.3, 582.75 Aditya Birla, 759, 776, 750, 772.85 Allahabad Ba, 155, 160.4, 152.1, 159.45 Alstom Proje, 580, 584, 575, 579.8 Ambuja Cemen, 104, 105.9, 102.05, 105.45 Andhra Bank, 130.5, 132.45, 127.8, 130.75 Ashok Leylan, 68.5, 68.5, 65.65, 66.6 Asian Paints, 2120, 2137.95, 2100.15, 2124.5 Axis Bank Li, 1270, 1277.1, 1230.5, 1262.2 Bajaj Hindus, 106.4, 110.95, 104.45, 110 Bank Of Baro, 686, 686, 653.6, 676.05 Bank Of Indi, 323.9, 330, 318, 329.3 Beml Limited, 1012, 1012, 980.1, 1002.65 Bharat Elect, 1760, 1785, 1725, 1777.25 Bharat Forge, 263.8, 280.2, 254.7, 275.35 Bharat Petro, 553, 555.45, 539.55, 542.65 Bharti Airte, 260, 267.5, 258.15, 266.65 Bhel, 2330, 2350, 2277, 2318.75 Bhushan Stee, 1545, 1545, 1465, 1496.5

Biocon Limit, 284.9, 284.9, 277.3, 283.35 Bombay Dyein, 525, 544.9, 516.1, 541.15 Bosch Limite, 4878, 5040, 4700, 5000.35 Brigade Ente, 136.4, 141, 134, 139.6 Cairn India, 289, 291, 281.2, 288.35 Canara Bank, 421.3, 427.5, 415.25, 425.5 Central Bank, 143, 144.5, 140.55, 143 Century Text, 464, 471, 451.65, 468.65 Cesc Ltd, 391.3, 399.7, 388.1, 392.45 Chambal Fert, 58.1, 60.3, 58.1, 59.75 Chennai Petr, 266, 267.7, 252, 255.9 Cipla Ltd, 312, 316, 306.1, 314.95 Colgate Palm, 728, 747.95, 722.05, 729.8 Container Co, 1325, 1325, 1285, 1303.95 Crompton Gre, 242, 250, 240.1, 246.9 Cummins Indi, 559.5, 572, 559, 563.2 Dabur India, 182.05, 188.25, 180.1, 187.5 Deccan Chron, 139, 142.3, 136, 140 Dish Tv Indi, 37.2, 38.7, 36.6, 38.5 Divi’s Labor, 688, 706, 685, 702.85 Dlf Limited, 294, 297, 280, 287.05 Dr. reddy’s, 1285, 1315, 1273.55, 1307.8 Edelweiss Ca, 402.2, 404.45, 395, 400.05 Educomp Solu, 602, 603.5, 584.3, 590.9

Eih Limited, 123.5, 125.8, 120.5, 122.6 Engineers In, 405, 417.7, 396.2, 400 Essar Oil Lt, 128.5, 131.25, 124.6, 130.1 Essar Shippi, 86.15, 86.15, 83.2, 84.9 Exide Indust, 118.8, 119.3, 117.1, 118.3 Federal Bank, 278.7, 295, 272.3, 292.3 Financial Te, 1396.5, 1405, 1359, 1393.75 Gail (india), 420.05, 435, 418.5, 433 Gammon India, 205.25, 206.5, 200, 202.55 Glaxosmithkl, 2133, 2179, 2119, 2160.45 Glenmark Pha, 271, 278.55, 264, 276.65 Gmr Infrastr, 58, 59.75, 56.85, 59.2 Godrej Indus, 162.2, 166.9, 159, 162.05 Grasim Indus, 2635, 2635, 2575, 2601.8 Great Offsho, 440, 445, 431.65, 440.1 Gtl Infra.Lt, 40, 40.8, 40, 40.55 Gujarat Mine, 118, 120.85, 115.25, 119.95 Gujarat N R, 71.6, 72.25, 70, 71.8 Gujarat Stat, 87, 92.65, 87, 92.35 Gvk Pow. & I, 41.5, 42.2, 41.1, 42 Hcl Technolo, 404.4, 404.4, 392, 394.35 Hdfc Bank Lt, 1942, 1946.8, 1914.5, 1928.85 Hdfc Ltd, 2750.05, 2775.5, 2715, 2759.45 Hero Honda M, 1880, 1880, 1833.35,

1849.2 Hindalco in, 161.8, 166.3, 158.2, 163.85 Hindustan Co, 116.35, 117, 112.2, 115.8 Hindustan Ma, 73.7, 73.7, 72.2, 73.1 Hindustan Pe, 329.3, 338, 329.3, 336 Hindustan Un, 237.1, 241.35, 230.8, 240.05 Hindustan Zi, 1062, 1065.35, 1034.05, 1054.55 Housing Dev, 249.9, 249.9, 242.2, 246.9 Icici Bank L, 898, 904.9, 883.05, 901.1 Idea Cellula, 56.4, 57.45, 55.25, 56.7 Ifci Ltd, 51, 52.2, 50.2, 51.95 India Cement, 114.75, 115.45, 108.3, 114.95 India Infoli, 100.1, 104, 98.4, 101.6 Indiabulls F, 144, 151.9, 143, 149.4 Indiabulls R, 154, 168.95, 154, 168.3 Indian Bank, 207.1, 215, 202.6, 211.3 Indian Hotel, 114.9, 115.7, 112.85, 115.25 Indian Oil C, 310.2, 320, 309.45, 318.65 Indian Overs, 92.1, 94.65, 91.3, 93.8 Indus Dev Ba, 116.05, 117.8, 113.75, 116.35 Indusind Ban, 182, 185.9, 174.1, 180.05 Infosys Tech, 2635, 2648.05, 2576.05,

and partners around the world. It reinforces our promise to deliver innovative services and a superior brand experience to our 2000 crore customers across Asia and Africa.” The new face of Airtel is youthful, international, inclusive and dynamic – representing the journey of the first Indian brand to go truly global. The new identity underlines Airtel’s willingness to embrace everything that is new. The red colour, which is an integral part of the brand, continues to represent the energy and dynamism that has made Airtel the success it is today. The new curved addition to the logo is a symbol which will help ensure instant recognition across diverse international markets. 2616.35 Infra. dev., 164, 164, 158, 160.9 Ispat Indust, 17.8, 18.45, 17.7, 18.35 Itc Ltd, 266, 268.9, 265, 266.15 Ivrcl Infras, 167.7, 168.5, 160.05, 163.05 Jai Corp Lim, 228, 234, 226.15, 232.2 Jaiprakash A, 127.1, 128, 123.7, 125.85 Jet Airways, 503.2, 515.7, 502, 510.05 Jindal Saw L, 190.25, 194.95, 187, 193.8 Jindal Steel, 600, 661.7, 600, 657.6 Jsw Steel Li, 1179, 1182.5, 1137.45, 1171.1 Kotak Mahind, 750.8, 788.8, 744.5, 784.5 Lakshmi Mach, 1950, 1950, 1896.1, 1917.8 Lanco Infrat, 59.05, 62.8, 59, 62.25 Larsen & Tou, 1525.05, 1619.75, 1475.1, 1606.9 Lic Housing, 969.8, 974.7, 930, 962.75 Lupin Limite, 1770, 1788, 1733.2, 1768.5 Mahanagar Te, 64, 64, 61.45, 61.85 Mahindra & M, 552, 560.9, 542.2, 555.4 Maruti Suzuk, 1250, 1254.8, 1237.05, 1241.5 Max India Lt, 175.5, 185, 172.65, 184.3 Maytas Infr., 190, 195.5, 185.55, 194.3

persons after a function organised by IIRM here. He said the LIC generates a lot of surplus which technically belong to share holders. “The LIC is used to meet the shortfall with this cash flow. It is entirely possible in the years to come that this imbalance will be rectified. So at the moment it is not a cause of concern and these figures are disclosed in their annual account,” Harinarayana said. LIC, in a statement, earlier said the deficit is only a notional actuarially estimated figure for a period of over 20 years as different from a financial deficit or an investment loss.

State-owned Indian Oil Corporation today said it expects to launch its follow-on public offer in the third or fourth week of January. “IOC’s follow-on public offer (FPO) would be expected in the third or fourth week of January,” Chairman B M Bansal told reporters here. The government plans to offload 10 per cent of its equity holding in the state-run refiner through the FPO and an equal stake would be diluted by the PSU company. Following the stake sale, the government's holding in IOC would reduce to 64.57 per cent from the existing 78.92 per cent. IOC’s share sale programme is expected to garner close to Rs 20,000 crore. The company said it has hired six investment banks Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, ICICI Securities, Morgan Stanley, SBI Capital and UBS to manage the public offer. The mega offer is a part of the government's Rs 40,000

Moser­baer (, 64.3, 65.3, 63.5, 64.5 Mrpl, 70.1, 71.65, 69.85, 71.45 Nagarjuna Co, 161, 166.5, 159.6, 163.75 Nagarjuna Fe, 30.4, 31.55, 30.4, 31.3 National Alu, 408.05, 417.95, 400.05, 410.15 Neyveli Lign, 147.75, 148.5, 144.5, 147.75 Ntpc Ltd, 204.05, 205.85, 202, 204 Oil And Natu, 1030.3, 1039, 1020, 1027 Omaxe Limite, 93.45, 93.5, 91.1, 92.8 Oriental Ban, 340.15, 345, 330, 337.45 Pantaloon Re, 405.5, 409.85, 390, 404.4 Parsvnath De, 111, 115, 109.75, 114.35 Petronet Lng, 81, 83.5, 80.35, 83.15 Power Fin Co, 280.2, 295, 280.2, 293.25 Power Grid C, 105, 105.9, 103.05, 103.65 Praj Industr, 83, 85.9, 82.1, 85.3 Punj Lloyd L, 140.25, 143.95, 137.1, 138.4 Punjab Natio, 997, 1005.1, 978.2, 1001.15 Rajesh Expor, 124, 125, 121.05, 121.8 Ranbaxy Labs, 453, 458, 442.1, 454.25 Rashtriya Ch, 79.6, 80.7, 78.3, 79.65 Rel. nat. re, 45, 47, 45, 46.3 Reliance Cap, 664.9, 677.8, 656.5, 673.5

crore disinvestment programme this fiscal. Under the follow-on public offer, the government will divest a 10 per cent stake in the company, translating into 24.27 crore equity shares. In addition, the company would also issue fresh equity equivalent to another 10 per cent stake in the company, amounting to 19 crore shares. Apart from IOC, the government has lined up stake sales in Hindustan Copper, Manganese Ore India Ltd and SAIL, among other PSUs, this fiscal.

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Malaysia ready to act as India’s gateway into ASEAN: PM PTI KUALA LUMPUR, NOV 19

In a boost to bilateral ties, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on Friday said his country was ready to facilitate entry of Indian entrepreneurs into South-East Asia and act as

India’s gateway into ASEAN. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a grouping of ten countries of the region. “I reiterate that Malaysia will do what is necessary for Indian entrepreneurs to increasingly

view Malaysia as a strategic commercial destination – a destination that can play a key role in their business’ onward growth and international expansions.” “Given the very strong formal and personal relationship

between both governments, I am confident that we can provide the right political ambience which will result in the burgeoning of commercial activities between the two countries and between ASEAN and India,” he said.

Sibal wants market price recovery HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, NOV 19

The Department of Telecom (DoT) officials were in tizzy on Friday over the new Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal’s order to start proceedings to recover market price of the spectrum granted to 122 new applicants and 13 existing operators instead of cancelling their licences altogether. The orders come on the heels of the telecom regulator TRAI wanting cancellation of 62 of the 122 licences for overshooting the rollout deadline of one year specified in the sanctions by resigned minister A Raja in January 2008. Sibal wants recovery of the market price before their contracts are struck off and wants the same market price of spectrum from other beneficiaries, new and old. The officials, however, do not know how to work out the market value of the spectrum to start the recovery proceed-

K’taka HC upholds iron ore export ban AGENCIES BANGALORE, NOV 19

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Firms make hay in mobile handset market UNI LUCKNOW, NOV 19

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ing, at least not when the cases are pending for alleged scam in the Supreme Court and High Courts. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has calculated the potential loss of Rs 1.70 lakh crore based on the revenue earned in the subsequent 3G spectrum auction early this year, but the DoT has taken the stand in the Supreme Court that the figure is presumptive and cannot be accepted as the real market value. The officials are, however, frightened that they will be shown the door if they try to justify Raja’s policy of “first come, first served” before Sibal and point out that the players benefiting from the policy will move the court if the recovery

proceedings are started. They also do not know how to satisfy Sibal that DoT could not have conducted the auction in the 2G spectrum allocation as TRAI had itself said that it would amount to denial of the “level playing field” to be able to compete with the established mobile phone operators. “The government should recover the supposed revenue loss from allocations made without auction, but it requires a mechanism that we have to find out and get it legally vetted before kicking off any recovery,” an official said. An alternative is to levy a legally sound fee on the beneficiary telephone operators to cover up the loss as the increased tele-density yields

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Verna trounce Dramapur HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 19

A splendid hat-trick by striker Anthony Rego helped Verna Sports Club thrash Dramapur Sports Club 5-3 in GFA Third Division play-offs at Curtorim ground. The score was 1-1 at the break. Verna dominated the proceed-

ings with Vijay Rego opening the account in early moments. Wilson Fernandes doubled the lead in the 35th minute. Changing ends, Verna were in total command with striker Anthony Rego stricking thrice in the 64th, 73rd and 80th minutes. Dramapur netted through Royston Vaz, Trevor Pinto and Tony Ferrrao.

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Sagar stars for Candolim HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 19

A fine brace by Sagar helped Can-

dolim Sports Club get the better of Nagoa Sporting Club 2-0 and book their place in the finals of Anjuna-Caisua Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Chapora Yuvak Sangh at Chapora ground on Friday. Scoring once in each half, Sagar struck in the 10th and 38th minutes respectively.

HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 19

Goa were sitting pretty as they skittled out Jharkhand for 267 and enforced the follow-on on the third day of Ranji Trophy

League match at GCA stadium, Porvorim on Friday. Jharkhand, in their second innings were 14 for no loss and were trailing Goa (1st innings 583) by 302 runs. It was Shadab Jakati who rattled Jharkhand, claiming four wickets for 77 runs. S S Bandekar and R R de Sousa got two wickets each and Amit Yadav got one. It was orthodox slow left arm bowler and vice-captain Shadab who gave Goa the breaktrough claiming the wickets of S Prasad, R Shukla and I R Jaggi in quick succession, the later being bowled out on 50. R Shukla (lbw) went out for nought.

Goa (1st innings) 583. Jharkhand (1st innings): M S Vardhan c Ratra b Bandekar 17, S Prasad c Kamat b Jakati 18, R Shukla lbw b Jakati 0, I R Jaggi b Jakati 50, S S Tiwary lbw b D'Souza 4, D A Chougule c Ratra b Jakati 16, Rajiv Kumar c Naik b D'Souza 41, S P Gautam b Bandekar 0, V R Aaron run out (Vidyut) 72, Kuldeep Sharma lbw b Amit Yadav 30, S S Quadri not out 0. Extras 19. Total (all out; 108 overs; 438 mins) 267. Fall: 1-37, 2-39, 3-39, 4-84, 5-114, 6-127, 7-128, 8-176, 9-259, 10-267. Bowling: S S Bandekar 23-5-63-2, R R D'Souza 17-4-37-2, S B Jakati 36-12-77-4, SB Yadav 18-8-21-0, Amit Yadav 14-6-51-1. Jharkhand (2nd innings): M S Vardhan not out 8, S Prasad not out 6. Extras 0. Total (3 overs) 14 for no loss. Bowling: S B Jakati 1-0-5-0, S B Yadav 1-0-2-0, S Vidyut 1-0-7-0.

V R Aaron was the lone Jharkhand batsman who put up a valiant fight with a well made 72. D A Chougule was Shadab’s fourth victim today. Jharkhand, resuming at 38 for

1, folded at 267 in 108 overs. They started on a disastrous note today losing the second wicket with just the addition of one run. And then, they lost the third wicket also at 39.

Margao Footballers win HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 19

Margao Footballers beat Youth of Ambelim 6-5 via the tiebreaker to enter the quarter-finals of 7th Rosary Cup football tournament at Rosary ground, Zorrivaddo, Davorlim on Friday.

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The winners of Jackito Memorial major ranking TT tournament with their trophies and certificates alongwith Dr Rufino Monteiro, Fr Wilfred Fernandes, Ashok Mhambre, general secretary, GTTA, Lenny Do Rosario, GTTA, Noel Estibeiro, TT coach and Fr Ralin De Souza, DBO Director.

Dempo face Bengal in Super Cup Goa spikers HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 19

I-League champions, Dempo will lock their horns with Federation Cup champions, East Bengal on December 1 for Super Cup at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium, Delhi under floodlights. In the recently concluded ILeague, Dempo lifted their fourth League title, while Churchill finished second with newly promoted Pune based side, Pune FC clinched third spot.

Among the individual awards, Mohammed Rafi bagged best player trophy, while India international, Subrata Pal has been chosen as the best goalkeeper for the year 2009-10. Churchill striker, Odafe Onyeka Okolie once again stood out among the strikers and was elected best forward, while the best defender trophy went to Salgaocar SC’s Brazilian recruit Luciano Sabrosa with Anthony Pereira emerging the best among midfielders.

Armando Colaco was adjudged as the best coach, while the Fair Play Trophy went to JCT Phagwara. Meanwhile, Col. Gautam Kar has been nominated for AFC Match Commissioner of the year 2010 award. The AFC annual award ceremony will be held at Sunway Hotel Resort on November 24 in Kuala Lumpur. The other nominees are Abdul Ghafoor Abdul Hameed from Maldives and Talal A. Syailmeen from Jordan.

S M Taleigao sail through HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 19

Sao Miguel de Taleigao defeated Betalbatim Sporting Club 3-1 to storm into the quarter-finals of 2nd All-Goa Eslinda Alemao memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Cuncolim Union at Cuncolim ground on Friday. Sao Miguel were leading 2-1 at half time. Sao Miguel enjoyed a lion share of exchanges and repeatedly tested the rival keeper with sorties. Their aggressive approach paid dividends when

striker Gautam Kankonkar fired home off a cross from Jesvil D’Souza in the very 2nd minute. However, their joy was short lived seven minutes later when Denzil Rogtao netted Betalbatim’s only consolation goal in the 9th minute. Stunned, Sao Miguel created many forays into the rival territory and were rewarded in the 11th minute when striker Gautam Kankonkar was fouled by Betalbatim’s defender Joston Fernandes inside the ‘D’ and An-

thony Pereira made no mistake with the resultant spot kick to send the rival keeper in the wrong direction. Stung by the setback, Betalbatim regrouped quickly and made a couple of orchestrated raids with Hayston D’Costa and Bonnie D’Costa firing sorties but Taleigao keeper kept his citadel intact to the end. Crossing over, Sao Miguel inflated their tally when Pascoal Pereira punished the rival keeper with a scorcher.

Guirdolim, Salcete, Ambelim win HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, NOV 19

G u i rd o l i m C l u b d e f e a t e d Colmorod Ratwaddo SC 21 in the GFA U-16 soccer at Rosar y ground on Fri-

day. In GFA U-14 soccer, United Boys of Palolem managed to hold AA de Majorda-UtordaCalata 1-1 at Deogagh ground.

Salcette FC thrashed Curtorim Gymkhana 3-0 at Don Bosco ground, Fatorda. Ambelim SC beat Rossman Cruz Nagoa SC 3-2 at Assolna ground.

India not very strong side: UAE coach AGENCIES NEW DELHI, NOV 19

The Indian National team has been handed a reality check of where they stand and the clamour of the team having improved by winning the twin Nehru Cups, which had second rate teams any ways, and the AFC Challenge Cup has fallen apart less than two months prior to the Asian Cup.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) approved the expensive project of keeping the national team players together hoping that the team gives a good fight at the major competition in Qatar but going by the disastrous results India have had in the friendlies, it is fair to state that the ‘improvement’ talk has been merely lip-service. Coach Bob Houghton had mentioned in his press conference ahead of the game against Iraq stating that they always wanted to play against higher ranked teams and now that they have, the display has left a lot to be desired. “We’ve lost three games ina-row now, so it couldn’t be worse for us,” he added. The Men-in-Blue are to play some club sides from UAE and even good results against those teams won't restore the belief that this set of players can get decent results at the Asian Cup. Meanwhile, with such a scoreline, it is hard to believe that a goalkeeper can still be praised for his performance but Subrata Paul is an exception to this rule. Such was his display against the West Asian nation that the UAE coach Srecko Katenic reserved words of praise for him. “The Indian goalkeeper was brilliant and he made some really good saves in some very difficult situations. I think he was simply superb the way he handled things at the back on the goal line,” said Katenic. However, the Slovenian coach didn’t rate the Indian team highly for obvious reasons and

it was reflected in his post-match comments when he didn’t regard the result against the Menin-Blue as a true reflection of his team’s potential! “I think our performance was good. India aren’t a very strong side, so I won’t think too much about this result,” said the 47year-old.

disappoint sub-junior volleyball HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 19

Goa boys were left looking clueless as their opponents combined effortlessly in the 33rd Sub-Junior National volleyball championship at Shri Kantirava Stadium, Bangalore. In Pool A boys, Delhi beat Goa 21-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-21. Then Manipur beat Goa 25-18, 25-19, 25-14. In the last group match, Uttarakand beat Goa 27-25, 2517, 25-11. Earlier, TN had walloped Goa. In the girls section, Karnataka beat Goa 25-11, 25-7, 25-18 and Assam beat Goa 25-18, 25-8, 2518, 20-25, 15-13. Tamil Nadu qualified for the boys quarter-finals keeping their unbeaten record intact.

Goa divers excel

national school games HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 19

Goa bagged a gold, a silver and three bronze medals in diving at the recently held 56th National School Games from November 10 to 15 in Solapur, Maharashtra. Genevieve Atala D’Costa bagged a gold, a silver and a bronze in 3m springboard, 1m springboard and highboard respectively. She also emerged girls U-14 individual champion. Aalhad Vivek Chati claimed two bronze in 1m and 3m springboard respectively in U14 boys category. Abhijit J. took away one bronze in highboard in the boys U-14 category. All the three divers were trained by coach P Narasimhalu.

GOA DIARY Bardez zone play-offs

PANJIM (HSD) -- The Third Division play-off matches Bardez Zone will kick off at 3.45 p.m. Matches ending in draws after the stipulated time shall be decided by penalties.

Throwball selection trials

HERALD (HSD) – The selection camp for men and women teams which will be participating in the Senior National throwball championship at Erode, Tamil Nadu from December 3 to 5 will be organised on November 20 at Valpoi and Mapusa. Selections for the women’s team will be at Saraswat Vidyalaya ground, Mapusa at 7 a.m. while the men’s selection camp will be at the ground behind Unity HS, Valpoi at 3 p.m. A total of 12 members will be selected in both categories. Details may be obtained from Sadic Beig on 9422445067 or Abdul Rehman on 9422446259.

2-a-side soccer at Arlem

MARGAO (HC) -- Papu Boys, Arlem will organise their All-Goa 2a-side soccer tie-breaker on November 20 near Shanti Hotel, Arlem, at 7.30 p.m. The winners and runners-up will take home Rs 6,000 and Rs 4,000 respectively. Spot entries will be accepted. Details may be obtained from Franky on 9673051665.

Tie-breaker at Chinchinim

PANJIM (HSD) -- Our Lady of Hope Parish Youth, Chinchinim will organise their 9th All-Goa 3-a-side football tie-breaker on November 21 at Chinchinim church ground from 10.30 a.m. onwards. The winners and runners-up will fetch Rs. 4,444 and Rs. 2,222 respectively. Spot entries will be accepted.

Soccer festival at Santa Cruz

HERALD (HSD) – St Anna Sports and Cultural Association, Santa Cruz will organise their 2-day soccer festival for girls U-14, U-10, U-17 and boys U-14 on November 20 and 21 at 8 a.m. at Santa Cruz village ground. Spot entries will be accepted.


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Super thriller at Candolim on Sunday l Goa’s Allan to lead with red colour poncho for first time

Venky’s buys Rovers l

First Indian firm to own EPL side

PTI LONDON, NOV 19

The expert motocross riders from across India with Goa’s leader Allan Sequeira (05) snapped after a practice session at Gomes Race Track at Anna Vaddo, Candolim on Friday. HeRALD sPORTs RePORTeR PANJIM, NOV 19

Goa’s ace rider, Allan Sequeira of Shirvodem, will be the only one sporting the prestigious red colour poncho by virtue of being the undisputed leader at the much awaited Round 2 of TVS Sports and Tourism Goa Gold Cup Motocross Championship 2010 organised by Gomes Sports Academy at Gomes Race Track, Annad Vaddo, Candolim on Sunday at 2 p.m. Allan is leading the pack of India riders with a tally of 34 points with Delhi’s Maninder Singh (Prince) second with 31 alongwith Jatin Jain of Nagpur also with 31 points. Badal Joshi with 28 pointes is next. This is the first time that a Goan rider, Allan, will be leading the pack, stated Ashley Gomes, the chief motocross savvy or-

ganiser, who has been working overtime for the past week preparing the tricky but sporting track in which riders from across India are eagerly looking to prove their mettle. If Round One was a thrilling affair, the Sunday race will be super thriller and Ashlwy rightly echoed: “All roads will lead to Anna Vaddo in Candolim on Sunday for the second round of the Championship.” Nearly 50 riders will set up a fast and furious pace. The ambitious goal set by Ashley is to bring motocross in India to the next level with well designed lay-out consisting of table tops, step downs and step-up, cambered and off-camber corners on the track. The track is designed to be safe with all jumps having been proved to be doable. Ashley has invested heavily to bring the standard of mo-

tocross to a higher level. The circuit is not a Sunday spin in the field type track, riders will have to work at it and some will find parts not for them. But the aim of the track is to make better riders. Twenty-five riders have already reached the venue and were seen at the track before the official practice session on Saturday at 3 p.m. Besides Allan, it will Mohammed Kadar, Javed Sheikh, who will form the main Goan challenge. For the first time in the history of the sport, 15 riders will form the starting grid in the foreign open class. “It will surely be a treat to watch. Motocross racing is one of the most visually appealing forms of motorsports, with riders performing seemingly death-defying leaps, turns visibly at the edge of traction and the effort of riders clearly

Blatter promises ‘new’ FIFA, admits change needed AFP ZURICH, NOV 19

World football chief Sepp Blatter on Friday promised that a "new FIFA" would choose the 2018 and 2022 hosts for the World Cup next month but admitted that changes would be needed in the future. Blatter said that world football's governing body and its showcase event were gaining more than sporting stature. "Having this importance also in the economy, then we have a

political dimension," he told journalists following an executive committee meeting to discuss the World Cup bidding scandal. "Now we have to have a look at how to act in the future to avoid such situations, definitely this is an item which is now under scrutiny," he added, a day after FIFA ethics committee banned two executive committee members for one to three years over bribery or misconduct. Blatter said all nine bidders

were expected to bring top political leaders to back their final pitch to host the 2018 and 2022 events in Zurich on December 2. "A new FIFA is taking the responsibility to decide on the two World Cups in 2018 and 2022," FIFA's president said. England, Russia and joint bids by Spain-Portugal and NetherlandsBelgium are in the running to host the 2018 World Cup while Australia, the United States, Japan, Qatar and South Korea are bidding for 2022.

visible as they move their bodies around their motorcycles to balance the bikes for maximum speed,” summed up Ashley. Meanwhile, Allan will be riding a different bike as the old one’s shock absorber gave way. He had a strenuos practice session this evening and had a word of praise for Ashley for being instrumental in launching motorsport in the State and organizing the races on continuos manner and managing the show very professionally. “I myself was allowed to use the track in the past and I am grateful to Ashley for all his support and my growth,” he pointed out and added that the SAG and especially its Executive Director, V M Prabhudesai was also providing full support along with the other staff including assistant secretary Navin Acharya.

‘Rest needed before SA series’ PTI NAGPUR, NOV 19

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to request the Indian cricket Board that some of the players like him and Suresh Raina, who have been playing non-stop for the last six months, be given some rest ahead of the important tour of South Africa. If the BCCI relents, then it might well be that Dhoni and Raina will be allowed to take rest for the upcoming five-match ODI series against New Zealand and be in fine fettle for the away series against the Proteas.

Poultry giant Venky's today became the first Indian company to own an English Premier League club when it completed the takeover of Blackburn Rovers for USD 36.8 million. A newly established British subsidiary called Venky’s London Limited paid 23 million pounds (USD 36.8 million) for a 99.9 per cent stake in the northwest England side and will make an unconditional offer for the remaining shares. "The Board of Blackburn Rovers Football and Athletic plc (BRF&A) today announces the sale by BRFC Investments Limited (a company indirectly wholly owned by the Jack Walker 1987 Settlement) of its 99.9 per cent shareholding in BRF&A to Venky’s London Limited, a newly formed company owned by the Rao family of India for a sum (including contingent consideration payable) of £23 million or 17.17 pence per share," a club statement said. "Venky's London Limited will be making an equivalent uncon-

ditional offer (mandatory under the Takeover Code) to the minority shareholders, holding the remaining 0.1 per cent of the shares in BRF&A," it added. Paul Egerton- Vernon, chairman of the Jack Walker Settlement Trustees, said he is pleased to be passing on the Rovers to the Rao family. "We have been impressed with their enthusiasm for the club and their plans and ideas for future investment to develop it further as well as their wish and commitment to preserve the legacy of Jack Walker. We are particularly pleased that the Club will continue in family ownership and that the existing management team at the Rovers led by John Williams will continue unchanged," he said. "Over the last 10 years, the global appeal of the Premier League has grown significantly and it is only natural that, as we have seen at other clubs, international ownership and investment should increase." Venky’s Chairperson Anuradha Desai said her company would work hard to ensure that

Lanka draw Test AFP GALLE, NOV 19

Tharanga Paranavitana hit an impressive 95 and Mahela Jayawardene a solid 58 to help Sri Lanka draw the opening Test against the West Indies today. Sri Lanka, following on 202 runs behind, reached 241-4 in their second innings when play was called off due to rain after tea on the fifth and final day. Thilan Samaraweera was unbeaten on 19 and Angelo Mathews on five not out. The West Indies now go into the second Test of the threematch at Colombo next week in a confident frame of mind, having dominated the opening match against favourites Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium. Paranavitana, dropped on 53, guided Sri Lanka to safety with a defiant 87-run stand for the third wicket with former captain Jayawardene, who batted patiently for his second successive half-century. The West Indies bowled well in the extended morning session, with paceman Kemar Roach grabbing two wickets off successive overs in a lively opening spell after the hosts had resumed at 89 for no loss. The West Indies had a chance to put more pressure on Sri Lanka when Paranavitana edged off-spinner Shane Shillingford, but skipper Darren Sammy failed to hold on to the ball at first slip when the batsman was on 53. The tourists then struggled for success as Paranavitana and Jayawardene took no risks dur-

FA to compensate Liverpool for Gerrard injury ReuTeRs LONDON, NOV 19

The English Football Association will compensate Liverpool for the hamstring injury Steven Gerrard suffered playing for England against France on Wednesday. The Liverpool skipper is set to be sidelined for up to four weeks with compensation estimated by British media to be around 500,000 pounds ($800,000) to cover the cost of his wages. In a statement on Friday, the FA said: “The FA have in place comprehensive insurance to cover injuries sustained to players on international duty. “The FA is one of a small number of countries that has a voluntary insurance scheme to cover players wages should they suffer injury on international duty. “Liverpool do not need to pursue us for compensation as our insurers will cover the wages for Liverpool as this was clearly a legitimate injury.” Gerrard limped off after 85 minutes of England’s 2-1 friendly loss to France at Wembley Stadium. England manager Fabio Capello came under heavy fire after the defeat via a Twitter outburst from Liverpool fitness coach Darren Burgess who called the Italian’s decision to keep Gerrard on after an hour “amateurish”. Capello had said Gerrard would only play for an hour but after injuries in the match to Rio Ferdinand and Gareth Barry, the Italian decided to keep him on until he too was injured.

ing their stand to boost their team's chances of drawing the match. Shillingford, who took four wickets in the first innings, also kept the pressure on the batsmen with his disciplined bowling and was rewarded for his hard work when he dismissed well-set Paranavitana. Paranavitana, 44 overnight, missed out on his third Test century when he was caught at first slip by Sammy while attempting to steer the spinner. He hit eight fours in his 219-ball knock. Jayawardene, who scored 59 in the first innings, reached his half-century in style when he lofted part-time spinner Brendan Nash for a straight six. He also hit seven fours in his 134-ball knock. Nash removed Jayawardene in his next over, holding a return catch for only his second wicket in Test cricket. The tourists started the day with pace from one end and spin from the other, succeeding in getting a wicket in the morning's fifth over when Roach bowled opener Tillakaratne Dilshan (54) with a yorker. Dilshan, who added just 10 to his overnight score of 44, hit five fours in his 78-ball knock for his 16th Test half-century. He added 102 for the opening wicket with Paranavitana. Roach nearly got the wicket of skipper Kumar Sangakkara with his next delivery, which was turned to square-leg but Andre Russell failed to hold on to a sharp chance. The fast bowler did not have to wait long for his second success as he removed Sangakkara in his next over, caught by Sammy in the slips after scoring just four runs.

Blackburn Rovers remains one of the best run clubs in the EPL. "We are delighted, proud and humbled to be associated with Blackburn Rovers, a team with whom we share many values and ambitions. Going forward we plan to focus on leveraging the global influence in establishing Blackburn Rovers as a truly global brand. "We will absolutely respect the Jack Walker legacy and will be actively supporting the organisation to ensure that Blackburn Rovers remains one of the best run clubs within the Premier League. We are particularly pleased that the deal has the full support of the Walker Trust, the Chairman and the management team who will of course remain in place with our full support," she said. "Blackburn Rovers is an historic institution that has won the Premier League and we want the fans to embrace us so that we are able to do our best in the interests of the Club." Venkateshwara Rao, Joint Managing Director of Venky's, said his company is committed to investing money for the club's well being. "We are all truly honoured to be working with such an historic club and are committed to creating a long-term financial platform which the Club can use to realise its obvious potential on and off of the field. It is as a

team that this Club has succeeded in the past and it is as a team that this Club will achieve great things in the future," said Rao, who previously valued the takeover at 46 million pounds (USD 73.5 million). Blackburn Rovers would not comment on whether the new owners would pay off the club's debt that stood at 21 million pounds (USD 33.6 million), according to its last full-year results. The club was relegated in 1999 and, aside from promotion in 2001 and a League Cup title in 2002, Blackburn has mostly occupied mid-table in the EPL since then. It is 14th in EPL standings ahead of Sunday's match against Aston Villa.


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PTI GUANGZHOU, NOV 19

Bajrang Lal Takhar created history by notching up the first rowing gold medal in Asian Games as India climbed to the 11th position on the table, riding on the performance of the rowers who added three more medals to the kitty on the seventh day of competitions here today. Apart from Bajrang Lal’s gold in men's singles scull, the Indian men's eight team grabbed silver and the women claimed the pair bronze to make it a very fruitful day at the International Rowing Centre here. The shooters, who have been a pale shadow of themselves at the Aoti shooting range, accounted for a bronze with Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Mansher Singh and Zoravar Singh Sandhu finishing third in the men's team trap event. With the addition of four medals, India's medal tally climbed to two gold, eight silver

Barjang Lal Takhar celebrates on the podium during the medals ceremony for the men's single sculls rowing final in Guangzhou on Friday.

and ten bronze as they moved one rung up the ladder to the 11th spot. India had finished tenth on the medals table in the last Asian Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26. Commonwealth champion Dinesh Kumar also had a good as he became the second Indian boxer to assure himself of a medal by advancing to the light heavyweight 81kg semi-finals after out-punching Korean Jinho Heo. Paramjeet Samota was the first Indian to assure himself of a bronze by reaching the semifinals of 91+ weight category. Two other boxers -- Vikas Krishan and V Santosh Kumar -also won their respective bouts to cruise into the quarter-finals. The women's hockey team also kept themselves in the reckoning for a bronze medal with a thumping 13-0 victory over minnows Thailand but star cuiest Pankan Advani, who

fetched India's first gold medal, was knocked out of the snooker singles competition by China's Junhui Ding. It was the 29-year-old Bajrang Lal, an army man, who stole the spotlight today by fetching the second gold medal for India. Takhar led the 2000m race from start to finish and rowed his way to the gold with a few lengths of boats to spare in 7 minutes and 4.78 seconds. The gold, that followed the two silver medals won in the men's light weight event yesterday, took the medal haul from rowing to five. Rajasthan-born Bajrang Lal, who won Asian championship gold last year in Korea and was the pre-event favourite, was followed across the finish line by Chinese Taipei's Wang Ming Hui (7:07.33), who took the silver, and Iraq's Haeider Hamarasheid (7:10.10), who won the bronze.

Later the women's duo of Pratima Puhana and Pramila Minz, both in their teens, grabbed the pairs bronze in 7 minutes and 47.50 seconds, well behind gold medal winners China, who crossed the finish line far ahead in 7:22.06. The rowing event came to an end with the Indian men's eight team clinching the silver, by clocking 5:49.50, way behind hosts China who timed 5:37.44, but well ahead of bronze medal winners Uzbekistan (5:55.96). The Indians -- Lokesh Kumar, Satish Joshi, Saji Thomas, Jenil Krishnan, Anil Kumar, Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Manjeet Singh and Girraj Singh -- finished more than a boat and half length ahead of the third-placed team. India's veteran shooting trio of Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Mansher Singh and Zoravar Singh Sandhu managed to edge out hosts China by one point for the team bronze medal in the men's trap event. In squash, ace racqueter Saurav Ghosal kept the tricolour fluttering by progressing into the semi-finals of the men's singles squash event, even as the women players Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal bow out of medal contention. Teenage archer Deepika Kumari led the Indian women's archery team into the pre-quarterfinals with a creditable display, which also helped her qualify for the next round along with another budding youngster Rimil Buriuly. More fancied compatriots Dola Banerjee and Laishram Bombayla Devi put up a flop show.

Shooting coach Thomas to quit following dismal show PTI LONDON, NOV 19

India's chief national shooting coach for 17 years, Sunny Thomas, today said he will quit his post after the Asian Games owing to the dismal display in the ongoing event at Guangzhou. "I had a meeting with all the shooters yesterday and told them that I am quitting. I have already informed the secretary general of NRAI Baljit Singh Sethi that I don't want to continue after the Games. I have been a

chief national coach for too long, 17 years and I feel I am a misfit in the system," Thomas told PTI on Friday. Thomas said he was leaving for Delhi on November 25 after the conclusion of the shot gun events that commenced on Thursday and will attend a meeting of the technical committee on November 27 before going back to Kerala on the 28. "I will still be connected with shooting as I am the vice president of the federation.”

Sania moves into quarters PTI GUANGZHOU, NOV 19

Sania Mirza toppled sixth seed Chinese Shuai Zhang to seal a quarter-final berth in the women's singles while Somdev Devvarman and Karan Rastogi routed their rivals to move to pre-quarterfinals of the men's singles in the Asian Games on Friday. Unseeded Sania, a silver medallist at the 2006 Asian Games, scored a 6-2, 6-2 win in the second round at the Aoti Tennis Centre. However, for Somdev and RasSania Mirza hits a return to Zhang togi it was just a stroll in the Shuai of China during their women's park as they demolished their singles second round tennis match rivals easily. Seventh seed Rasin Guangzhou on Friday. togi took the court first and

crushed Myalikkuli Mamedkuliyev of Turkmenistan 6-0, 60 in just 45 minutes. Second seed Somdev then thrashed Jabor Mohammed Al Mutawa of Qatar with an identical scoreline in just 37 min-

utes. In the men's doubles matches later, Somdev combined with Sanam Singh to beat Johnny Arcilla and Ruben Gonzales of Philippines 6-4, 6-2 and advance to the quarter-finals.

My shot selection has been a problem: Dhoni Third Test in Nagpur Starts at 9.30 am PTI NAGPUR, NOV 19

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said he is "not really bothered" about his Test form but conceded that "poor shot selection" has been a problem for him for quite some while now. "About my batting, I have been playing quite well both in match situations as well as in the nets. I am middling the ball well. But some of the decisions I took while batting has been wrong. I have chosen to play wrong shots while batting with the tail-enders. Actually, when you bat with tail-enders, you tend to take more initiative and try and play big shots and get out in the process. I am really not bothered about my form," the skipper said ahead of the third Test against New Zealand starting here tomorrow. When asked about Suresh Raina's poor form, the skipper defended the UP youngster. "He has not scored only in a couple of matches. He is a positive player and often gets out playing big shots." The Indian team for the second day in a row couldn't have a proper net session due to heavy afternoon showers. Only Sachin Tendulkar batted for around 20 minutes before players returned to the dressing room. Asked whether this is ideal preparation for a Test match, Dhoni said that sometimes it helps not to practice too much. "It may be a blessing in disguise that we aren't getting enough time to practice. We are playing

so much that it's better not to push oneself too much," he said. Dhoni also defended the fourbowler theory and ruled out the possibility of trying something different in this coming Test match too. "Playing four bowlers has been something we have been doing and I don't see playing an extra pacer is an option. Although this pitch will provide some help but then we aren't looking at playing five bowlers," he replied. He feels that in the absence of Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth will put their hand up and respond. "This is an ideal opportunity for youngsters to respond to the pressures of international cricket. About Zaheer's injury, I am more than hopeful that he will be available for the South Africa series," the 29-year-old from Ranchi said. Talking about India's bench strength in bowling, the captain said, "What we have is the best available option. You need to give youngsters exposure but there are times when experience matters a lot." However, when asked about the team's bowling woes, Dhoni conceded lack of options has been a problem. "Unlike earlier times, we don't have too many part-time bowling options now. (Virender) Sehwag is taking care of his shoulders. I can't take a risk with the World Cup being around. It's the same with Sachin. Now we have one option in Suresh Raina. But we are looking at Sachin bowling a few overs before lunch and tea," the captain said.

Tackling Indian lower-order is real challenge: Vettori PTI NAGPUR, NOV 19

New Zealand have been on even keel with India in the two drawn Test matches so far but skipper Daniel Vettori has warned his side against getting complacent as countering India's lower-order led by Harbhajan Singh is a "real challenge" for the visitors. "The team will be judged by the performance of this Test match and not by the results of the earlier two," Vettori told reporters on the eve of the final Test which will start at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha tomorrow. The left-arm spinner, who would turn 32 in another couple of months, said the performance of his team has improved a lot since their 0-4 drubbing in the previous ODI series in Bangladesh. "You always hope that the team plays it's best cricket. Unfortunately in Bangladesh, the team didn't play well. Also Bangladesh played really well. Fortunately, our performance improved and the boys responded well," the captain said. More than devising a strategy to stop Sachin Tendulkar from scoring his much-awaited 50th Test century, Vettori feels that combating the Indian lower order is a massive challenge. "It (Tendulkar's hundred) is not a focus for us. He will get it sooner or later. He scores a century in every three Test matches. He is too good a player," Vettori said. "They (Indian lower order batsmen) have really taken the game to us. It will be a real challenge," he said. The Black Caps' captain said Harbhajan, who scored back-to-back hundreds in the previous Test, hasn't been in his elements as a bowler but has the experience to come back strongly. "It's been difficult for him (Harbhajan) as he didn't get the results but he has a vast repertoire of experience to come back strongly," he said. The other major headache for the Kiwis is the explosive form of opener Virender Sehwag. Sehwag is the leading run-getter in the series with 324 runs. "Does anyone have an idea about how to tackle Sehwag? Anyone would be keen to know. He is one player who can intimidate the bowlers and put in a lot of pressure. It's always a challenge to bowl to batsmen like Sehwag, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle," Vettori said. Asked about the Jamtha strip, Vettori hoped it will have something for the bowlers.

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IFFI is dawning upon the Goan horizon. This will be its 41st in the running and the seventh in Goa. It will be held from November 22 to December 2. In a chat with Herald, Manoj Srivastava, the CEO of the Entertainment Society of Goa, gives a comprehensive update and road blocks too will be an obstacle to the festival’s flow, especially when it comes to delegate travel from the venue to their hotels and back. Srivastava recognises that and assures a smooth flow. Safety and comfort of the delegates and guests are both a major concern that has been looked into. There will be no hassle in those areas, he states. Looking into the future, the ESG from this year onwards will be maintaining a delegate profile which will keep a note of the films viewed by the delegates. This information will then be processed and used for the later festivals. “Gender, age group and other such factors affect what type of a movie a person would go for. By collecting this information, we can form some ideas that will help us better the film choice for the coming years,” said Srivastava, adding that it definitely gives the festival a professional touch. Films aside, the Shopping and Food Festival, organised by the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI) and the ESG will move beyond the capital city of Panjim. “Margao will be the other city that will give ground to food festival. Compared to last year, it will be much larger, with a wider publicity,” Srivastav said. This directly implies more involvement from the Goan people. Yes, A special Portuguese it is not film-related involvecuisine might be introment, but one cannot deny the fact that to the common duced at this year’s IFFI. Goan, IFFI is all about the activity outside the theatres. The confirmation will be The smaller, more local acreceived shortly tivities, which did not take place at last year’s IFFI and will not be seen this year too Manoj Srivastava, is a disappointment to many CEO, ESG Goans. The ESG does argue that the Festival is mainly film related and should be kept such. But as mentioned earlier, IFFI is something of a religious festival to most of the people of Goa – bright lights, a variety of food, street performers, a general buzz of cheer in the air and the like. With a mention of food, a special Portuguese cuisine might be introduced at this yea’s IFFI Srivastava says, adding that confirmation of the aforesaid will be received shortly. On a parting note, with a small smile Srivastava says, “IFFI is the time for fun. We assure everyone a safe and secure festival this year.”

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BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES esides Christmas and the New Year, film connoisseurs from Goa and the world over have the International Film Festival to look forward too in the very beautiful state of Goa. Since its beginning in Goa in the year 2004, which arguably was among the better presented festivals, sources at the Entertainment Society of Goa have confirmed that eminent filmmaker Yash Chopra along with other film personalities will be inaugurating the festival on November 22 at the Kala Academy in the city of Panjim, the epicenter of the Festival. A decision by the organising body will see a number of film personalities being felicitated for their achievements in and their contributions to their respective film industries. This will take place at the inaugural ceremony, the closing ceremony and in between the two, Srivastava said. Yash Chopra and Manoj Bajpai are two main names. Felicitation of film personalities had ceased for a period of seven to eight years, until this year. With Orissa completing 75 years of its cinema, the states film industry will be a focus during the festival. Six or seven major films depicting a spectrum of Oriyan cinema from the past up to the more recent will be screened. “Since the Oriyan film industry is the focus Oriyan film personalities will be felicitated too,” Srivastav stated. Two lounges, the actors and the directors will be opened by Manoj Bajpai and Rahul Bose and Vishal Bhardwaj and Madhur Bandarkar, respectively. On the Bollywood front, this year’s IFFI will witness the likes of Madhuri Dixit, Gulshan Grover, Vivek Oberoi, Riya and Raima Sen, Mahesh Manjrekar, Sohail Khan, Juhi Chawla, and Prem Chopra besides others. On the international front, ESG officials are trying to rope in New York based Indian film director and producer Mira Nair and Taiwanese-American Academy Award winning director Ang Lee. The film delegations which include the countries of France, Italy, Germany and Georgia, whose film industry is the country focus, will see a number of prominent directors, actors and filmmakers at the festival informed Srivastav. The aforementioned film personalities will be staying at five star hotels, Vivanta by the Taj Vivanta in Panjim and Cidade de Goa in Dona Paula and the other two are Fort Aguada by Vivanta and the Taj Village by Vivanta in Sinquerim. Unseasonal rains, which have caused inconveniences for plenty of vehicles

Babluani’s Udzinarta mze (The Sun of the Sleepless), Sergei Parajanov’s Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (The Legend of Suram Fortress) and Georgy Shengelaya’s Pirosmani will be screened during the festival. Qualified as one of the world’s best-kept secrets of international cinema, Georgian cinema is considered sharp in style, imagery, poetry yet savage, innovative, visceral, energetic and at the same time rooted in literature, the arts as well as cognition. Out of the four movies shortlisted for the country focus section at IFFI, Pirosmani deals with the life of Georgian painter, Niko Pirosmanashvili. Manoj Srivastava, CEO, Entertainment Pirosmani Society of Goa (ESG) said, ‘Georgian cinema has a beauty of its own. Deeply rooted in history and literary arts, the art form has evolved over the 100 years since the country S u r a m first started making movies. The films selected this year are an excellent collection.”

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HERALD FEATURES our films by talented directors from Georgia will be showcased at the International Film Festival of India’s (IFFI) 2010 in the Country Focus section. The Ambassador of Georgia to India, Zurab Katchkatchishvili and Nana Janelidze, co-scriptwriter of the inaugural film Monanieba (Repentance) is expected to be present for the screening on November 23. The film won the special jury prize at the Cannes film festival in the 1980s. Other films including Temur

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Four of Becker’s films to be screened at IFFI in Goa

Goandirector, Rajendra Talak in action during ‘O Maria’(above) and Cory Goldberg playing a major role in the film (right)

Retrospective on well known French director Jean Becker at IFFI 2010 HERALD FEATURES nternational Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010 will have special retrospective on French filmmaker Jean Becker. Son of filmmaker Jacques Becker and the brother of cinematographer Etienne Becker, Jean Becker is a well known French film director, screenwriter and actor. Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), co-host for the festival, announced that, in all, a total of four films would be screened as part of retrospective in honour of the legendary filmmaker. The retrospective will open with Becker’s film L’été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer), a film he made after taking a break of close to twenty years. In 1961, Becker made his first film Un nommé La Rocca (A Man Named Rocca) followed by three films, including Tender voyou (Tnder Scoundrel) (1966), that were critically and commercially successful. He returned to cinema after a 20 year-gap with L’été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer) which went on to become a massive success. The film was nominated for the Palme d’ Or at the Festival

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de Cannes and also got four Caesars (1984). The lead actress Isabelle Adjani won the César, for her depiction of a vengeful woman in the movie. Becker’s other films including Elisa (1995), Dialogue avec mon jardinière (Conversation with My Gardener) (2007) and Deux jours à tuer (Love me No More) (2008) will also be screened during the festival beginning from November 22. Manoj Srivastava, CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) said, “The legendary French scriptwriter and director Jean Becker is a competent director in his own right and he is an excellent scriptwriter. Witty and yet profound, through his work, he is able to strike the right balance between humour and deep human emotions. We are extremely happy to host Jean Becket at IFFI 2010 in Goa.” More than 8,952 delegates from across the world are expected to be part of the film fest which will end Dec 2.

HERALD REPORTER he actor featuring in the ‘An Incredible India’ campaign is playing a major role in Rajendra Talak’s ‘O Maria’, which will premiere at the IFFI 2010. Cory Goldberg, an American national is playing a major role in the film, which speaks of a foreigner vacationing in Goa. “I saw Cory in the Incredible India campaign. He was shown bathing an elephant and finally signing an incredible India card. He was appealing to me and thereafter I started looking out for him,” said Talak, national award winning, director. Talak began scouting for the actor in Mumbai and contacted several agents. “Finally, I managed to get him,” he said. The film also features Shernaz Patel, Sulabha Arya, Tiku Talsania, Meenacshi Martins, Aryan Khedekar, Kavin D’mello, Rosefern and John D’Silva beside others. The music for the film is provided by Remo Fernandes, who has also sung three songs on the sound track of the movie album. Cory has shot in Goa for 25 days and his entire dialogues are in English. “There was no issue during dubbing as he speaks English in the movie,” Talak said. Talak said that he has already received Censor Board certificate for the film. “This film will appeal to all the Goans and I expect good response from the delegates for IFFI,” he concludes.

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Saturday, 20 Nov 2010

WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? The second Casa da Moeda Festival will be held till November 21 at Casa da Moeda, Panjim. Visit casadamoedagoa.wordpress.com. A jumble sale, organised by Sethu is open for collection. Organisers must be informed before November 20. Email reachus@sethu. Call 6513749. The 3rd All India Annual Art Competition and Exhibition 2010, organised by Bhikuram Jain Foundation, New Delhi is open for entries. Registration closes on November 30. The exhibition and the award presentation ceremony will be held on February 12, 2011. Call the Kala Academy, Panjim on 2420452. ‘Our Cultural Diversity’, a workshop for in service school teachers up to the age of 48 years, organised by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, New Delhi will be held from December 1 to 11. The schools intending to depute their teacher can visit the Department of Art and Culture, Patto, Panjim. Call 2438103. Solo Dance Competition for under-16 year olds, organised by Omkar Cultural Association, Colvale will be held on December 30 at Kala Academy. Registration is open. Entry forms are available at the K a l a A c a d e m y, P a n j i m . C a l l 9673997188 or 9823306652. Festival of Carols, organised by the Kala Academy will take place on December 19 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. The 20th Ranga Sammelan and Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar: Felicitation of Dr Ashok G Ranade for his contribution towards music will be held on December 17 and 18 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. ‘Shiksha Abhishek’, a joint cultural event that will fea-

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HOROSCOPE ture students from the ages of age 4 to 50 years in bands, duets and solos, organised by Taught To Teach Music School Society will be held on November 21 at 4.45pm at Emerald Lawns, Parra. Call 2256165 or 2264425. Daily Kayaking Expeditions by Goa Kayaking will be held on November 20 and 21 in the Mandovi, Zuari and Nerul rivers. E m a i l goakayaking@gmail.com. Visit w w w. g o a k a y a k i n g . c o m . C a l l 9422056037 or 2541715. ‘Jazz by the Sea’ with a performance by Saskia Laroo will take place on November 20 at the Aah Goa restaurant in Nerul, respectfully. It is organised by Heritage Jazz. VII Annual South Asia Media Summit, organised by the International Centre Goa will be held on November 22 at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. It will be inaugurated at 10.30am. Call 9765404391 or 2452805-10. Dream Catcher, an exhibition of paintings by Suman ‘Milan’ Khanolkar will be open to public viewing from November 21 to 28 from 9am to 8pm at the Gallery Gitanjali. Call: 9823253361 Masks from Scrap a creative mask-making workshop by Suman Milan Khanolkar will be held for children from the age of 10 to 15 years on November 21 at Gallery Gitanjali. Call: 9823253361 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims will be observed by GOACAN. There will be public programmes held at the Municipal Garden, Panjim at 5pm on November 20 and at Municipal Garden, Margao at 4pm on November 21. Both programmes will be concluded with a candlelight procession.

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HERALD FEATURES he Culture Club of Goa, Salvador Do Mundo joined hands with the Tiatr Academy of Goa on the November 17 at 6.30pm to celebrate a 15-day tiatr-related awareness workshop in the form of an environmental Konkani play, which included songs in the form of duos, ‘choukos’ etc, all composed by well known local artiste Francis Fernandes and Jerry De Souza. A large crowd witnessed a glittering presentation by 25 participants and their parents, who were trained by resource persons Kunal Malarkar and Shantaram Pawar. Music was arranged by award winning musician Ashley Fernandes with innovation of rock music set to Konkani songs which was well received by the young audience. Speaking on the occasion, the President of Culture Club, Anselm Fernandes praised TAG and its president Tomazinho Cardozo for his vision and wholehearted support of the first ever 15-day Tiatr Workshop held in Salvador Do Mundo.

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Photo by JoeGoaUK HERALD FEATURES he Casa da Moeda Festival held in 2009 received a great response and prompted its organisers to have its second offing, the ongoing 2nd Casa Da Moeda Festival which will go on till Novermber 21, 2010. This time around, the focus has shifted form the house and its history to the other things we love – books, writing and music. The festival kicked off on November 19 with a talk by Professor Lee Siegel on Hypnosis in Hindi. Siegel is a LA-born novelist, translator and professor of religion. After receiving a D.Phil. degree in Indian Studies from Oxford University, he was hired as a professor of Indian religions at the University of Hawaii where he continues to teach. He is currently in Goa as a Senior Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies doing research on the history and practice of hypnosis in India. This talk was followed by a session on the poetry of Manohar Shetty. Shetty is one of Goa’s best known and loved poets who has published three books discuss some of the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins. November 21, the last day of the festival, will have a herof poems with his works being translated into Italian, itage walk by Bookworm called ‘Cholta Cholta’ at 10am Finnish, German and Slovenian. Today, the second day of the festival have a session by (meeting time 9:45am). The walk will take the group around Professor Isabel Santa Rita Vas on an introduction to Harold the historic São Tomé area. Charges for this walk – Rs.100. The walk will be followed by a reading of Margaret MasPinter at 6pm. Noted playwright and writer, Isabel Santa carenhas’ new ‘The Disappearance of Irene dos Santos’ by Rita Vas is a professor of English literature and founder of The Mustard Seed Art Company (1987—). Her session will the author herself at 6pm. Mascarenhas is a consulting elucidate about the life and work of Harold Pinter, in this, editor, columnist and novelist and Director of Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts. The fourth edition of her book his 80th birth anniversary year. This will be followed by a session on ‘Gerard Manely Hop- ‘Skin’ will also be launched during the evening. The evening and the festival will culminate with a concert kins: Priest and Poet’ by David da Silva at 7:15pm. Da Silva by Sonia Shirsat at 7:30pm. is a Mumbai-based Barrister-at-law and has an MA (English All events are open to the public with seating available Literature) from Oxford University. He has read poetry and literature for various schools and colleges. He will read and on first-come-first-served basis.

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Jazz to be the Flavour of the Season BY COLIN SAVIO COELHO azzing up their evenings are the Friday night live jazz and the Tuesday night scintillating jazz themes at Poco Loco, the restaurant at Royal Goan Beach Club, Arpora. The exquisite line-up on Friday, comprising Yvonne Gonsalves – vocals, Bernhard Schmidt – saxophone, Xavier Peres – keys, Colin D’Cruz bass guitar and Lester Godinho – drums, started the season with a bang. As promised, they thrilled music lovers with great jazz and a promise that there is a lot more in store. The music was enriched with some eye-catching dance performances. Said Chris Diplock, General Manager, Royal Goan Beach Resorts Pvt Ltd, “Throughout the season these musicians will be joined by various international artistes visiting Goa. They will jam with the band, as only jazz musicians can.” As for the Tuesdays which are also dedicated to Jazz, Steve and Kitu and Elvis Lobo are the musicians who are set to enthrall all. The season promises to be a musical riot. With a promise to bring on the best to the stage, Chris set the tone for an eventful season on Friday. Adding to the music waves emanating from stage, the choicest of Mexican cuisine will also be available to sizzle things up. Jazz surely seems to be the tone of this season.

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MOVIE REVIEW

Guzaarish Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapoor Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Rating: uzaarish is one of those films that are not meant to entertain so much as to shake you by the intensity of their content and the force of their performances. Ethan Mascarenhas (Roshan), one of India’s most famous magicians, has been a quadriplegic (someone paralysed below the neck) for 12 years following an accident during one of his acts. In this period, he has written a book and hosted a radio show and inspired many with his positive outlook to life in spite of his condition. However, Ethan is slowly losing his will to live with his handicap. As a result, he appeals for euthanasia – an act of ending one’s life as a way to end suffering – with the help of his lawyer friend Devyani (Shernaz Patel). Those close to him, like his nurse of 12 years, Sophia (Aishwariya), who neglected her marriage so she could look after Ethan, Nayak (Suhel Seth) who has been Ethan’s doctor since the time he suffered the accident, and his two caretakers are upset with his decision but nonetheless support him in his effort to end his own life legally. One day, a young magician, Omar (Roy Kapoor), lands up at Ethan’s house, urging Ethan to teach him some of his tricks. Ethan takes on Omar under his tutelage, passing on knowledge of magic that only he possesses. The film is about the last few days of Ethan and the people most affected by his handicap and eventual death. Hrithik is terrific with his performance as a character who does not want to live any more. Whether it’s taking on raindrops, taking command of a pupil or even just a funeral, Hrithik delivers with a calm appropriate to his bearded-messiah avatar. Bhansali is among the few directors who enable Aishwarya to shed her trademark artificiality and she delivers her most heart-felt performance in years. Aditya Roy Kapoor stands out as Omar with a performance that is sure to win him some recognition, and fans too. Bhansali deserves as much credit for the splendid direction as Sudeep Chatterjee for the breathtaking cinematography. The music, again by Bhansali, and the artistic visual imagery that the film evokes act as lifesavers when the screenplay gets a bit monotonous. Overall, Guzaarish is a simple story woven in a fascinating net of fervent sentiments, alluring photography, and stimulating dialogues. Definitely worth a one-time watch at least!

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson Director: David Yates Rating: t’s finally here! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 flies into theatres this weekend. It feels like it’s been such a long time since we’ve seen Harry Potter on the big screen, it’s nice to finally continue the series with a film that is stronger than the last. In this film the Potter world takes a turn for the worse and our three lovable characters have to find a way to fight back. We begin by remembering one big thing, Professor Dumbledore is dead and now nothing is safe. The three friends relationships are put to the test and they must now rely on one another more than ever despite Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. What stands out most in the film is the acting. These three kids are amazing. Not only have they somehow all managed to not become power-hungry creatures but they also can act, that too superbly. All three main characters and the outstanding supporting English cast who have literally left no English actor out at this point, all gave wonderful performances. Apart from Alfonso Cuaran’s Potter film, this was quite possibly the second darkest Potter film with some almost scary, definitely tense and sad moments that leave the audience feeling quite fulfilled. In fact there was plenty of apparitions, flying, fighting and torturing. The end, if you can call it that, too is impressive and leaves you angry, angry that you will have to want a number of months for the next part. But this is just as tantalising because, according to the book, the second half builds to a spectacular climax that brings our hero to what was always his destiny. Definitely a well-made film and a reminder that the end of this epic series is just around the corner, this film is a must see for all Harry Potter fans. Courtesy www.cinecurry.com

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Tony and I have decided to divorce: Eva Longoria

Christina left Battered and Bruised after Filming

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opstar Christina Aguilera who is making her film debut with Burlesque says that filming left her so bruised that she often looked like she had been in a car accident. The 29-year-old plays an aspiring singer who becomes a burlesque performer in the film which also stars Cher. The exhausting dance rehearsals left her with injuries. “Getting down on my knees for some of the movements bruised me. I bruise easily, but I looked like I got in a car accident on some of the days,” said the Grammy winning singer. Christina who did a cameo in Get him to the Greek this year, plays the role of a waitress-turned-cabaret dancer, Ali Rose, in her debut. Apart from the pain, Christina is having a blast with costar Cher. While working alongside Cher, Christina picked up tips on everything from makeup to marriage. The singer had filed for divorce from husband Jordan Bratman, 33, last month and is quietly seeing Matthew D Rutler, a set assistant from the movie. but Aguilera says the main man in her life is her son Max, who will be 3 in January. The singer admits balancing motherhood and her career isn’t easy but hopes her work ethic sets an example for her son. “One day he will be able to look back at my body of work and feel proud of it. Hopefully it will motivate him to be an individual himself and really go for what he wants out of life.”

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ctress Eva Longoria has filed for divorce from husband, basketball player Tony Parker, just a few days after her publicist said they are not separating. The Desperate Housewives star filed papers to end her three year marriage citing irreconcilable differences in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday. She has also requested that her maiden name Eva Jacqueline Longoria to be restored. “It is with great sadness that after seven years together, Tony and I have decided to divorce. We love each other deeply and pray for each other’s happiness,” she said. The divorce comes after reports that Tony has been exchanging personal texts with a mutual female friend for nearly a year. The couple famously tied the knot in a $1.5 million wedding at a 17th century castle in Paris in July 2007 in presence of her co-stars Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman.

Rani smokes, abuses in No One Killed Jessica

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fter playing variety of roles, Rani Mukerji will be seen in a completely different avatar in No One Killed Jessica as she plays a cigarette-smoking, abuse-hurling journalist. “Director Rajkumar Gupta wanted me to give the impression of a strong journalist and to represent media as it is. I have seen a few female reporters smoke. I am just playing you all... so you can’t put me in trouble for this,” Rani, a non-smoker, told the press. The film’s first look was unveiled and Rani was seen using Hindi abuses in the trailer of the film which deals with model Jessica Lall’s murder case. Jessica was shot dead by Manu Sharma, son of a Haryana politician, in 1999. Rani said she didn’t have to go an extra mile to play the role in No One Killed Jessica, which also features Vidya Balan. “Thanks to my career, I have met a lot of reporters and anchors. So I didn’t have to meet anyone specific for my characterisation in the film. Rajkumar just wanted me to use my experience with journalists to be like them in the film,” she said. Gupta says abuses were imperative to Rani’s role. “The abuses have been used to define attitude and not in a derogatory sense. These days abuses are a part and parcel of conversational language and we didn’t feel that there was any harm in using them,” said Gupta.

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Akshay and Twinkle holidaying in Goa

kshay Kumar is known to be a workaholic but somehow he has managed to tear himself away from shootings, scripts narrations, dubbing, rehearsals and endorsements etc and has taken off for a three-day holiday to Goa with wife Twinkle to their bungalow at Anjuna beach. It’s not just couple time. Their son Aarav is with them. Twinkle’s mom Dimple Khanna and her favourite cousin Karan along with his mother and sister and her daughter have also joined the Kumar family on the holiday. The pakka family man, Akshay loves to be surrounded by his and Twinkle’s family members on their holidays. Akshay loves water sports and that’s another reason for the break in Goa. He plans to take the assorted parivaar wallas out into the sea for water activities like jet skiing, wind surfing and scuba diving. The actor has managed to steal time from his work, but one he gets back he will have to take on gruelling double shifts for Rohit Dhawan’s Desi Boyz and hectic promotions for Tees Maar Khan. Akshay has been working round the clock for Khatta Meetha, Action Replayy, Patiala House and Tees Maar Khan. This is the only break he has managed in a long time.

Switch off the Night Light for a Depression Free Morning

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Study shows Second Sight is for Real!

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ar from being a parlour trick, many of us are blessed with the ability to look into the future or the gift of second sight. Influencing events before they happen is also within our potential, suggests Professor Daryl Bem, physicist and part-time magician-turned-psychologist, who set out to investigate the phenomenon. Bem, of Cornell University in New York State, US, carried out nine different experiments involving more than 1,000 volunteers. All but one came down on the side of the psychics, according to the journal New Scientist. The odds against the combined result being down to mere chance or being a statistical fluke are 74 billion to one, said the professor. He said the science world should open its mind to the possibility of the paranormal, says a leading UK newspaper. In one experiment, students were shown a list of words to memorise. They were later asked to recall as many as they could and finally they were given a random selection of the words to type out. Not surprisingly, they were better at remembering some words than others. But spookily, these tended to be the words they would later be asked to type, suggesting a future event had affected their ability to remember. In another experiment, the students were shown an image of two curtains on a computer screen and told one concealed an erotic picture. The students chose the curtain hiding the naughty picture slightly more often than could be explained away by chance. Importantly, the position of the picture was randomly allotted by a computer which did not make its decision until after the volunteer chose one curtain or the other.

leeping with the lights on could leave you with a nasty hangover the next day, a study says. Researchers have warned that the glow emitted by a TV or the reassuring presence of a night-light could actually impact mental health. It is the latest in a long line of warnings about the potential dangers of disrupting the body's natural sleep-wake cycle, says a leading UK newspaper. Studies have also shown that working in night shifts can increase breast cancer risk. Last month, a study linked night-time light with weight gain. Researchers from Ohio State University in US looked at the effects of exposing rodents to dim light during their sleeping hours. At the equivalent of having a TV switched on in a darkened room, the lamp used was not bright, but it was enough to affect the animals' behaviour. Those exposed to the dim light showed more symptoms of depression compared to the hamsters in the stan-

dard light-dark cycle. Further tests showed differences in the structure of a brain region called the hippocampus. Researcher Tracy Bedrosian from Ohio State University said, “The hippocampus plays a key role in depressive disorders, so finding changes there is significant. Even dim light at night is sufficient to provoke depressive behaviour.” Bedrosian's colleague neuroscientist Randy Nelson said, “The light was a very low level, something that most people could easily encounter every night.” They presented the findings at the Society for Neuroscience's annual conference held in the US.

The World's First Tilting TV is Out

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lectronics giant Sony has launched what is being billed as the world's first television with a screen which can be tilted backwards, which the company says is optimum for comfortable viewing. Apparently, a slight backwards lean of six degrees is now the best position for a TV set as many of us mount modern flat-screens on furniture a foot or two above the ground. The new range can be slotted into the tilting position to achieve what its makers say is the optimum picture, as we slump down on our plush, comfortable sofas. It comes as design experts say we are increasingly choosing glossy, shiny TV screens which complement our homes' style even when they are switched off, says a leading newspaper.

The ‘Monolithic’ TV screens, priced at 1,300 pounds for a 40-inch screen, are available in state-of-the art 3D models, and can either be set up vertically or slotted to a six-degree backwards lean. “Most people don't put their televisions at waist height any more, they set them up a foot or two off the ground,” said Tim Page, Sony Europe's senior manager of technology marketing. “With more minimalist, uncluttered styles for furniture, it suits the trend to place the television where it's in a less obtrusive position.” Sony researchers say a six degree lean is the ideal angle - any less does not make much of a discernible difference and any more could lead to the screen reflecting ceiling lights. (Trends Courtesy: Agencies)

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