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Sports: Chance for youngsters Goa: Govt workers campaigning to prove mettle - Dhoni Pg 16 for polls to face suspension Pg 3 Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearsay of little children tends towards the formation of character. —Hosea Ballou

CWG probe gathers steam The probe into the Commonwealth Games gathered steam with the ED registering a case for alleged Foreign Exchange violation, Income Tax sleuths conducting searches in the premises of businessman Sudhanshu Mittal. – (PTI)

Sanatan plans fresh Narkasur campaign HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 19

Notwithstanding consequences it faced in the Margao blast at a function to slay demon Narkasur in October 2009, Sanatan Sanstha (SS) plans to launch fresh campaign against the event of ‘glorifying’ the demon. “Our campaign is against glorification of Narkasur. We want that Lord Krishna who killed the demon should be glorified,” Sanatan managing trustee Virendra Marathe told reporters today. Marathe claimed that Narkasur-slaying competitions have not only mushroomed in recent years but have also been commercialized, which glorify the demon instead of the Lord. Several huge and small Narkasur effigies are made and burnt on every Diwali eve to mark the legendary battle wherein Krishna had killed the demon. Every lane and by-lanes have the demon’s effigies made by groups of people, mostly youth. The display of Narkasur effigies, usually seen at competitions is dramatically assassinated by another effigy of Lord Krishna, which is more sedate and smaller. “We are not against Narkasur

Our campaign is against glorification of Narkasur. We want that Lord Krishna who killed the demon should be glorified. — Sanatan Managing Trustee Virendra Marathe effigies but it should not be glorified. Our campaign will be peaceful and educative,” he reiterated. He said that the campaign will be supported by several from another Hindu right-wing organization - Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. On October 16, the State observed first anniversary of the blast, which claimed lives of two Sanatan members Malgonda Patil and Yogesh Naik when an

improvised explosive device (IED) accidentally exploded while they were allegedly ferrying it to the crowded area where the Narkasur slaying competition was being held at Margao. National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its chargesheet said that the explosion was carried out to create fear in the minds of the people attending Narkasur competition and booked 13 Sanatan members in the case.

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Goa’s Heartbeat: Priyanka shies away from intimate scene Pg 4 Cabinet reshuffle likely on Friday FROM OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI, OCT 19

The Union Cabinet reshuffle is likely on Friday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may carry it out before leaving on a weeklong 3-nation tour of Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam from Sunday. This will be the first reshuffle of the UPA-II ministry since it took the reigns 17 months ago in June last year. Dr Manmohan Singh had himself talked about the reshuffle possibility before Parliament’s Winter Session (beginning on November 9) while talking to editors here last month. The Congress President’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and MoS in PMO Prithviraj Chavan have already communicated possibility of the reshuffle to the allies but left it for the PM to discuss the names with their leaders. Sonia Gandhi reportedly asked the Prime Minister last week to complete the reshuffle to enable her to carry out the exercise of forming her new team in the Congress immediately after a one-day AICC session here on November 2. She has to decide the names before the session as general secretaries in the new setup have to be also inducted in the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to be constituted in the session. The Prime Minister’s media adviser is in Hyderabad with him and he could not be reached.

Nagaland cops to arrive today 6 rescued girls to be questioned HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 19

Nagaland police will arrive in Goa tomorrow to assist Goa women police in the investigation of human trafficking case wherein 11 girls were rescued from a beauty parlour at Porvorim on October 9. Police sources informed that a team of senior Nagaland police officers will be recording statements of six Nagaland girls who are presently lodged at State Protective Home at Merces. Women police had carried out a raid at ‘Lotus’ beauty parlour and rescued 11 girls hailing from Mizoram, Nagaland and Belgaum who are reportedly victims of human trafficking. Sources had informed while only two girls are professional beauticians remaining were lured to Goa with a promise to teach them the skills. On bringing them to Goa, they were pushed into flesh trade. Six persons including five male employees and parlour lady owner Mahalaxmi Mishra were arrested on charges of trafficking and forcing the girls into prostitution. Since, one of the rescued victims is a minor, the alleged ac-

cused are slapped with an offence under Goa Children’s Act 2003. “Nagaland team has been gathering information from its Goa counterpart via telephonic conversation. They will not only be recording statements of the rescued victims but may also interrogate the alleged accused,” said the source. Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) recently dashed a letter to Goa State Commission for Women (GSCW) expressing concern whether the Naga girls are really involved in the flesh trade or are falsely implicated. Sources further informed that four Mizoram girls who were also housed at State Protective Home at Merces have been escorted back to Mizoram by a team of Aizawl police today morning. Mizoram police in a similar action back there had rescued 10 girls and arrested three people, who wanted to send them to Goa. While, women police is carrying out its investigation and SDM conducting an independent inquiry, Goa State Commiss i o n f o r Wo m e n i s a l s o conducting a parallel probe.

It was Delhi next: Headley AGENCIES NEW DELHI, OCT 19

Pakistani American terror suspect David Headley has told Indian investigators that he had scouted Delhi for another strike at potential targets, including the Prime Minister’s residence and key defence complexes. Headley, who has confessed his role in plotting the 2008 Mumbai attack with LeT leaders and was arrested last year in the US, told a team of Indian interrogators in a US prison that he was in Delhi in March 2009, said sources who refused to be identified. During his Delhi trip — four months after 10 terrorists sneaked into Mumbai from the sea and killed 166 people over three days — Headley videographed 7 Race Course Road, the prime minister’s official residence, Raksha Bhavan and the National Defence College (NDC) in the heart of the capital, the sources disclosed. A four-member team of Indian investigators interrogated Headley in June this year after he entered into a plea bargain with the US government offering to be available to foreign investigators for any questioning related to terror plots he was scheming with the LeT and Al Qaeda. The 49-year-old Pakistaniborn revealed that he found “minimal security” at the NDC that appeared a “vulnerable target”. The security cover at the

Kasab spits on webcam PTI MUMBAI, OCT 19

Known for his mood swings, Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, today spat on a webcam during hearing in Bombay High Court on confirmation of his death sentence, prompting the judges to sternly tell him not to throw tantrums and behave properly. Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R V More gave the warning when they saw Kasab arguing with policemen and spitting on the camera during the video conference, specially arranged for him to hear the 26/11 case. prime minister’s residence appeared too tough to break through and his Pakistani handlers were not interested in striking at the Raksha Bhavan, an office-cum-residential complex for defence personnel, Headley is believed to have told the investigators. He later spoke to his co-conspirator, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, another Pakistani terrorist who is also in a US prison. He said his Pakistani handlers were more interested in attacking the NDC and had even started working on the idea with a help from an unknown person in Nepal, sources said.

The banks of the Ganga littered with debris from Durga idols after immersion, in Kolkata on Tuesday.

After suicide bid, kidnap accused now flees IPHB HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 19

An accused in a kidnap case who created panic in the Children Court, last week by attempting suicide, today escaped from the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour (IPHB) where he was admitted. Sameer Sheikh and four other inmates were brought out of their respective treatment rooms for lunch within the premise at about 1:15pm when

the alleged accused dodged the security and fled. “We have flashed his photograph and identification details to all local police stations and our Mumbai counterparts to trace him. A case of escape from legal custody is registered against him,” Agassaim Police Inspector Vishwesh Karpe said. Sheikh had slit his throat with a piece of blade in the open court hall, moments after the judge remanded him further cus-

Kisan Swaraj Yatra reaches Goa Insists on embracing organic farming


In the land of three Ss – Sun, Sea and Sand, torch-bearers of sustainable agriculture movement in the country entered with the slogan of three Fs – Food, Farmers and Freedom. Kisan Swaraj Yatra, which began its journey from Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati in Gujarat on October 2, touched the soils of Goa on Tuesday. The agro-movement leaders claimed that the march aims at creating awareness on deepened agricultural crisis due to which several farmers ended their lives. The attempt is to find methods to enhance farming and livelihood. “We want to reach out to all farmers across the country and

encourage them on sustained and organic farming. We are insisting farmers to embrace organic farming that will provide livelihood and food security to small farmers, maintain quality

of the soil which in turn will help healthy harvesting and finally poison-free water,” Kavita Karugati said at Panjim today. The bus-yatra has plans to travel across 20 States of India

Punjab ryots reeling under debt: farmer HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 19

Balwinder Singh is a courageous farmer. Not because he came thousands of miles from his village in Punjab to Goa to encourage the coastal state farmers but because he chose not to gulp down bottle of pesticide to get rid of penury. Balwinder, belonging to cot-

ton belt of Malva, states that his village is debt-hit. He said that it’s a wrong notion that Punjab is doing marvelous in agriculture. “The promises by politicians there have fallen flat. Farmers are reeling under debt and forced to kill themselves,” he said on the sidelines of yatra today. (Continued on page 11)

and interact with several thousand farmers and like-minded people. The final stop of yatra will be at Rajghat in Delhi on December 11. The key issue that prompted to launch the yatra was an unabated suicide by farmers in the recent past. “Our mission is to give a message to the government that they have to heed to our demands to encourage organic farming and shun away the ‘poisonous’ farming,” she further said. The members comprising of 300-odd farmers and others also intend striking interaction with the government addressing problems faced by the farmers. “ We endeavour to free farmers from the growing (Continued on page 11)

tody for kidnapping a four-yearold boy in May. He was rushed to Goa Medical College for treatment but was discharged soon as the injuries were minor. On committing this act, the alleged kidnapper attracted yet another charge of ‘attempted suicide’, which is registered at Panjim Town Police Station pending his transfer warrant. His arrest in the case was (Continued on page 11)

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Rs 48 cr Co-op bank scam: police sitting tight on case HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 19

Two complaints and one reminder but Panjim Police are yet to complete investigation in alleged securities scam of Goa State Co-operative Bank Ltd (GSCBL) that has caused a loss of over Rs 48 crore to the Bank. Three years have lapsed since the first complaint was filed against then chairman of the Bank, Prakash Velip and managing director Ramakant Phal. Adv S R Rivonkar, who was appointed by the Bank on advice of its House Committee (HC) to probe the 2004 purchase of securities, in his report to the Bank recently, has revealed that police are actually sitting tight on the case. “Police have not taken any action except for recording statements of R R Phal and T V Verlekar, who were then manager accounts and member of Investment Committee (IC). Moreover, whatever investigation done till now, is not as per the procedure and is not in proper direction,” says Adv Rivonkar. Police have not recovered docu-

ments from the Bank concerning alleged irregularities even as offences involved are serious in nature and attracted sections 406 (breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and criminal conspiracy under section 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), he further pointed out. According to Adv Rivonkar, police have not included section 420 and section 120B while registering FIR. Moreover, police have not yet called then president of the IC and who was mainly involved in taking decision to purchase the bonds at a higher price than its face value. With Police making no headway in investigating he has advised the Bank to initiate proceeding under section 156 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code before JMFC seeking direction to the investigation agency to conduct the investigation according to law and submit report within time, under its supervision, so that all the offenders are booked and punished according to law. The first complaint was filed on April 5, 2006 against Velip and Phal for fraudulently purchasing 1812

deep discount bonds of M/s Noida Toll Bridge Company Ltd. The bonds were purchased on July 13, 2004 at a higher price of Rs 35, 950 per bond as against prevailing face value at Rs 5000 per bond. The purchases were made against approved policy of the Bank. Another complaint was filed on June 6, 2006 against both - for fraudulently investing and purchasing deep discount bonds from Karni Syntex Pvt Ltd, Oswal Trade Links Pvt Ltd, Enarzier Commerce Pvt Ltd, again without adhering to the investment policy of the Bank. The action of the IC to purchase bonds caused substantial loss to the Bank and is expected to be more than Rs 48 crore as per the records. “Such an action of IC clearly suggests a fraud committed by the members of the IC which could be for no other reason but some personal gain. Further, all offences are non bailable in nature and required immediate action by the police,“ says Adv Rivonkar asking the Bank JMFC to compel police to expedite investigation.

Goa handicrafts head for ‘Gift Fair’ at Noida HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 19

After making their mark during recently held Common Wealth Games (CWG), Goa Handicraft Corporation now eyes the ‘Indian Handicraft and Gift Fair’ to promote its products. Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation’s (GHRSSIDC) delegation has already made their way to Noida, displaying Goan handicraft in Asia’s

largest exhibition, which kicked off on October 18. “This is our third year of participation. We expect a good response after an impressive camping at CWG,” GHRSSIDC, managing director Nikhil Desai said. The four-day exhibition, organized by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), has over 2000 exhibitors from all over India displaying more than 850 product lines,

Goa has displayed various products ranging from gifts items, decorative, furnishing, fabrics, flooring, decorative lightings, jewellery, accessories and many more. “We want to introduce Aparant to the people outside Goa. We have failed to increase the brand value of Aparant. This exhibition is an opportunity to get Aparant connected to people across world,” Desai stated.

styles and designs. Desai said that being Asia’s largest exhibition, this fair is unique as it has only Indian participation for display. “Buyers from developed and developing nations will visit and sought supplies of wide and varied range of products from India to cater to all segment of consumers in their respective countries,” he stated.

Oct 21 is a Dry Day in Panjim HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 19

...‘Chances of recovery bleak’ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 19

The worst fears of the Goa State Co-operative Bank Ltd (GSBCL) have come true. The House Committee (HC) appointed by it has confirmed that the securities purchased in 2004 on recommendation of then Investment Committee (IC) headed by chairman Prakash Velip was fraud on the Bank and chances of recovery of the funds are bleak. A three member HC headed by Pale MLA, Pratap Gawas appointed by the Bank recently submitted its report to the Bank. The HC has clearly indicted the then chairman on the grounds that the final decision making was vested in him for purchase of securities. “The IC did not take necessary advice from experts before investing in the bonds. It also did not take the cognizance of RBI circular wherein prudential guidelines on investment in non-SLR securities were issued to the Bank,” says HC in its report. “The IC consisting of the then chairman, the then managing director and the then general manager (accounts) who were bound to protect the interest of the bank failed to do so and in fact committed breach of criminal trust,” it said. The HC has now suggested that the Bank should

obtain legal opinion as to whether an appeal can be filed before appropriate legal authority praying for direction to the inquiry officer for speedy disposal of the case and place the legal opinion before the board of directors’ approval. HC findings: The Board of Directors in its meeting on April 30, 2003 approved its investment policy for 20042005. On May 23, a three member IC was constituted and final decision making power was vested in the chairman pertaining to securities. The IC purchased deep discount bond from –Karni Syntex Pvt Ltd, -- Rs 35.87 crore, Oswal Trade Links Pvt Ltd, Rs 4.56 crore and Enarzier Commerce Pvt Ltd, Rs 8.31 crore. The IC invested the funds of the Bank in a loss making company duping the Bank to the tune of Rs 48.74 lakh. The securities were purchased from parties and agents other than authorized companies. RBI guidelines on investment in non-SLR securities not followed. Prima Facie all the RBI norms laid for investment in non-SLR investment was violated with ulterior motive. Investments were made despite of written objections by five directors of the bank then.

Tourist injured in hit-n-run off Calangute beach HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, OCT 19

A 25-year-old tourist from Hiamchal Pradesh was injured, after he was accidentally hit by a water sports boat at Calangute on Tuesday. According to Drishti reports, Ashish Dev and eight others from Himachal Pradesh were swimming in a water sports zone at Calangute. However, despite warnings by Drishti lifeguards, the group continued swimming in the dangerous water sports zone. While swimming, Dev was accidentally hit by a water sports

boat’s outboard motor and received severe incisions on the thigh and elbow joint. Sources further informed that Dev was bleeding profusely when brought to the tower and was immediately administered first aid. As the bleeding continued, the Drishti Team rushed Dev to Primary Health Centre, Candolim for further treatment. The Drishti Surf Life team however could not identify the exact boat, which hit Dev. He was rescued by Dristhi lifeguards Dinanath Halankar and Amit Shinde.

Two houses flooded in Pale-Velsao HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, OCT 19

Two houses were waterlogged and a road inundated for about 3 hours at Pale-Velsao, due to overflow of a lake due to heavy rains that lashed the State on Tuesday. According to Velsao-Pale Sarpanch Olga D’Souza, the water overflows from the lake whenever there is heavy rain. “The water in the lake had been blocked for fish breeding. As the water began to overflow, the road got inundated and waterlogged two houses,” the sarpanch said adding that later the water was released. Fire brigade and officials from the revenue department also visited the site.

Local fishermen busy sorting out their catch early Tuesday morning at Colva Beach.

Cong to support 13 for Mapusa polls HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, OCT 19

Close on the heels of BJP extending support to some aspirants contesting the municipal elections, Congress Party has decided to support 13 candidates, who are contesting the Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) election. Briefing press persons, Mapusa Congress Block President Vijay Bhike said the Congress party has decided to support Roohi Patre (Ward 1), Minority Cell of Mapusa Chairman Firojkhan Patahan (Ward 2), Michael Carasco (Ward 3), Subhash Kalangutker (Ward 5), Roopa Bhakta (Ward 6), Prakash

Good news to farmers whose paddy fields and coconut groves were destroyed by wild animals! The government has plans to compensate for the losses incurred by them. According to Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar, the government officials concerned would visit Shree Parashuram Temple

Hall, Poinguinim, on Thursday morning and accept compensation claim forms from the affected farmers and residents. “The compensation claimants/affected farmers have to bring copies of Form I and XIV along with the claim forms,” informed Tawadkar. It may be recalled that several residents in the taluka, especially in Galgibaga and Sadolxem,

claimed that Monkeys damaged their house roof tops and other domestic cultivations. There are similar complaints by farmers of Poinguinim, Loliem, Cotigao, Gaondongrim and Shristhal that their paddy fields, especially at flowering stage and beyond, are badly destroyed by wild boars, peacocks and other animals. Farmers at Agonda and Khola


The State Level Steering Committee has recommended compounding fine on tobacco products on the spot to avoid stocking of confiscated tobacco products till the case gets over. (SLSC) which met recently has decided that any shop with more than 50 gms of tobacco product would be fined under COPTA (Rs 200) on the spot. “The time had come when we need to compound fine on the spot after seizing gutkha or any tobacco products rather then waiting for the case to get over,” Dr Shekhar Salkar, SLSC member and General Secretary

too have cited destruction of their paddy fields by wild boars, besides monkey menaces causing losses due to breaking of roof tiles. Last week, some residents joined by Poinguinim MLA and sarpanchas of Ponguinim and Loliem-Polem held a meeting with the Forest and Agriculture officers and called for suitable compensation, besides to work out ways to curb such activities.

Cuncolim civic chief, dy locked in straight fight HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 19

Call it a sheer coincidence or otherwise, the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Cuncolim Municipal Council are locked in straight fights in their respective wards in the polls for the civic body. While the CMC Chairperson Devendra Desai is pitted against Nilesh Purushottam Kunde in ward No 4, the Vice Chairperson Landry Mascarenhas is facing a challenge from another youthful face Alvis Almeida in ward No 8.. While both Devendra and Nilesh are known supporters of the local MLA and Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao, Nilesh and Alvis claim to have the support of the people in their battle against the Chairperson and vice-Chairperson. In fact, Ward No 4 of the Cuncolim Municipal Council is witnessing an interesting battle of the ballot between Devendra and Nilesh. While Devendra is seeking re-election from the ward, Nilesh A known supporter of local MLA and Urban development Minister, Joaquim Ale-

mao, the CMC Chairperson says the Civic body with the support of the Minister has ushered in lot of development work in the last five years. On the other hand, Nilesh opined that whatever development that has taken place in the town has not benefited the general public and vowed to take up all round development of the town. Both Devendra and Nilesh are not leaving any stone unturned to woo the voters in support to their candidature. In ward No 8, the vice-Chairperson is locked in a straight fight against Alvis Almeida. Landry says that he has ushered in lot of development work in the ward during the last five years. And, he says that providing jobs to the unemployed youth from his ward with the help of the Urban Development Minister will be his top most priority now. “The people of my ward will speak of my work during the last five years. I am confident they will stand by me in the hustings”, he said. Landry’s plans to get re-elected from

Bhivset (Ward 7), Ilma Braganza (Ward 8), Ashish Shirodker (Ward 9), Neeta Gurudas Natekar (Ward 10), Conceicao Dias (Ward 11), Devki Moraskar (Ward 12), Ashok Govekar (Ward 13) and Sheetal Walke (Ward 14). Interestingly, Ilma Braganza and Prakash Bhivset enjoy support from both BJP and the Congress party. “Out of the 13, at least 10 candidates will emerge victorious,” said Bhike. “The Congress has not offered support to any candidate from Wards 4 and 15 nor to Subhash Narvekar, who is contesting from Ward 2,” stated Bhike.

Compounding of fine recommended on tobacco products

Canacona farmers to get compensation HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, OCT 19

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the ward, comprising of the areas of Murida and Dandor,have been strongly challenged by his rival Alvis Almeida. Almeida, says the voters of ward no 8 are looking for a change this time. “The people had given a chance for the sitting councilor last time and are now looking for a change”, he said, adding that a lot needs to be done in the ward. While this is the first time that Alvis is seeking election to the Cuncolim Municipal Council, Landy is bidding to play a second innings in the Civic body and may be in strong contention for the post of CMC Chairperson if re-elected.

Sawant elected SMYS President

PANJIM (HND): Bhisaji R Sawant was unanimously elected as the President of Shree Mahalaxmi Yuvak Sangh, Talaulim during the general body meeting elections held recently. Dilip S Nagvenkar was elected the Vice-President, and Digambar S Sawant, the General Secretary.

for National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE), said. He said that after seizing gutkha in the raid, we needed to store it till court case gets over. “The case procedures are tedious, you need to store the products for years and by the time the case gets over the material you seized reduces in quantity. Hence the fine is also less,” he added. The committee has also decided to keep a close watch on those violating anti-tobacco acts during forthcoming IFFI. Plain cloth police will be posted at the venue, who will track the violator and compound the fine, on the spot.

With regard to Subhash Narvekar, Bhike said Narvekar had contested the last assembly election in 2007 on the JD (S) ticket against the alliance candidate Ryan Braganza. “Narvekar has still not joined the Congress party and he still continues to be in JD (S). Hence, Congress cannot support him,” informed Bhike. Now with both, BJP and Congress, having declared its support to the candidates contesting the municipal election, the campaigning will assume new dimensions and it will be a straight fight between BJP and Congress to gain power and rule Mapusa Municipal Council.

One held for assaulting KG kid HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 19

The Colva police arrested one person for trespassing into a school at Varca and allegedly assaulting a KG student on Tuesday. Colva police informed that the accused Avertino Baracho was arrested under section 448, 323 and 504 of the IPC, besides section 8 of the Goa Children’s Act following a complaint lodged by the school management. In the complaint, it was stated that the accused allegedly trespassed into office of the complainant and heaped abuses, before entering the classroom and assaulting a KG student. The police are investigating.

MMC directed to hear kiosk owners LEGAL CORRESPONDENT PANJIM, OCT 19

The High Court of Bombay at Goa today directed the Mapusa Municipal Council to hear the kiosk owners before deciding on the demolition of six kiosks in the city. Disposing off the petition against the demolition of six kiosks by the Mapusa Municipal Corporation, the court issued directions to the MMC to first issue a show cause notice to the kiosk owners, and only after proper hearing is given to the owners concerned, decide on demolition and that too only if necessary. The Division Bench, comprising Justice D G Karnik and Justice F M Reis disposed off the petition filed by one Vilas Kurtarkar and 5 other kiosk owners. The petitioners had stated that the MMC had directly issued the notice for demolition of the kiosks without giving any hearing to them. The Court, after giving the above directions, subsequently disposed off the writ petition.


Five persons, including three Russians and a Karnataka duo, were saved from drowning by Drishti Surf Life Team at Candolim and Calangute on Tuesday. According to Drishti reports, Russian couple, Andvery Karpov (27) and Tatiana Ryabora (27), though warned by the lifeguards not to venture into the rough sea either failed to understand the language of the lifeguards or did not pay heed to their requests and ventured into the rough sea only to be caught in a rip current. The couple was rescued by lifeguards Sanjay Yadav, Ravindra Korgaonkar and Sakharam Salgaonkar. In another incident at Calangute, Brazukina Lada (28) from Russia was saved from drowning by lifeguard Gopal Narvekar. A Karnataka duo of Bhanu Prasad (28) and Prasanna Kumar (24) were saved from drowning at Candolim coast by lifeguards.

All licenced premises selling liquor located within the areas comprising of the Corporation of City of Panaji will remain closed on October 21 on account of counting for the Valpoi by-polls, which will take place at Goa College of Home Science, Campal. A government release states that the licenced premises having licence for “Bar and Restaurant” will be allowed to keep their restaurants open for serving food only. The Bar counter, however, in these premises will be closed and no liquor will be allowed to serve on the day. The owner of the licensed premises having “Bar & Restaurant” will have to display a board in the premises that no liquor will be served and that the restaurant will be open for serviing food only. The counting of votes will begin at 8 am in the hall no 1. Over 83.08 percent of 17,920 voters cast their votes in the bye-elections held yesterday. Two candidates – Vishwajit Rane (Congress) and Narhari Haldankar (BJP) -- were in the fray for the bye-election. In a release, the election authorities said that they have made elaborate arrangements for counting of votes at the lone counting centre.

Conviction of reckless drivers upheld HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 19

The District and Sessions Court today upheld conviction of two bus drivers sentenced to six and two months imprisonment, respectively in separate cases of reckless driving. Pandurang Dhargalkar, 40, was sentenced to six months imprisonment and fine of Rs 5000 by Mapusa Judicial Magistrate First Class for recklessly driving the passenger bus that claimed the life of a youth. The incident occurred at Porvorim near Karnataka Bank on June 23, 2004 when Pandurang driving the bus bearing registration number GA-01-V-0019 bumped into a two wheeler resulting in the death of a 19-year-

old rider Ketan Kamat. He, however, moved Principal District Judge contesting the JMFC order but to no avail. PP Subhash Shirodkar had argued that the pillion rider Ravind r a C h o p d e ka r, w h o a l s o suffered injuries in the accident, was an eye witness. In a separate order, Principal Sessions Judge upheld two months imprisonment sentence of another bus driver Kishor Naik, 48, of causing the accident at Guirim injuring his passengers. PP Shirodkar during the course of trial produced three women passengers and an eye witness Narayan Kalangutkar whose statements disclosed that the driver was negligently driving the bus.

Power scenario as bad as it was 30 years ago! FREDDY REBELLO POINGUINIM, OCT 19

Goa State has witnessed many changes in governance in the last 30 years and powers that be, but the electricity power scenario in the State is in a bad condition. In Goa, there are over 2,900 kms of low tension electricity lines that are over 30 years old and the replacement for these conductors is going on at a snail’s pace and power consumers complaining of frequent power failures. In Poinguinim constituency, there are 67 distribution transformers installed at various places in the capacity ranging from 63 to 100 KVA and from that there are 29 transformers which are over 30 years old and need replacement, as it cannot meet the ever-growing needs of the consumers. It may be recalled that in the recent Assembly session, Power Minister Alexio Sequeira had stated that the department had already started various preventive measures through Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme and Renovation and Improvement Scheme to minimize the snapping of conductor by replacing corroded/deteriorated High Tension and Low Tension line, conductors, poles and line materials. Since the last five years, 17 persons met with fatal injuries due to electrocution in the State and the

list includes seven persons from the electricity department and rest are civilians, who came into contact with the dangling live wires. Besides, 107 cattle were reported to have succumbed during the last five years due to electrocution. It is observed that the ageing trees alongside the electricity cable fall on them and disrupt power supply. Further, pruning of tree branches over and under the electricity cables is undertaken by the electricity department personnel at a slow pace and more so after the advent of monsoon. It is learnt that there are many RCC pole manufacturers in the State from whom the electricity department procures same through tenders and the poles have to be directly delivered by the manufacture to the division office at Panjim, Margao, Vasco, Verna, Bicholim, Ponda, Mapusa and Curchorem and not to the sub division offices and sub divisions. This exercise results in a lot of waste of public money. To cite an example, there is one unit located at Polem that manufactures RCC poles and the same are sent directly to the division office. Whenever there is need for poles, the same has to be transported from Margao division office to Canacona. At Polem in Loliem, it is observed that about 20 poles are corroded and are on the verge of meeting the dust with the cables.


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Govt workers campaigning for civic polls to face suspension HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 19

Beware, government servants! You may face suspension if found campaigning for candidates contesting the ensuing elections to the civic bodies. Candidates contesting the elections too have received a warning or two with the election authorities threatening to remove all banners beyond the permissible number. These warning was issued by Returning Officer for the Margao and Cuncolim civic bodies Johnson Fernandes after candidates drew his attention to government servants actively campaigning for certain candidates in Margao. A visibly upset Fernandes said the erring government servants would attract strict punishment, including suspension if found violating the service rules. “The government servants are guided by the service rules,

which bars them from campaigning in the polls,” Johnson reminded. Johnson was reacting to a point raised by BJP-backed candidate, Rupesh Mahatme, who sought to know whether the Returning Officer would initiate any action if he captures on video campaigning for certain candidates. On the question of displaying banners by the contesting candidates, the Returning Officer said the candidates would be allowed to put up only two banners in the ward. Making an appeal to the candidates to forthwith remove banners beyond the permissible number, the Returning Officer warned that the banners would be removed by the flying squad if found violating the norms. “As per the guidelines, banners cannot be put up under the Defacement of Property Act. But, I have decided to allow candidates to display two banners so as not to dampen the enthusiasm of the contesting candi-

dates,” he added. Incidentally, while the instructions were issued to the candidates at a meeting held at the Ravindra bhavan on Tuesday noon, the flying squad constituted by the election officials went about their task removing banners from many areas of the city this evening. The Returning officer told newsmen that the State Election Commission has appointed expenditure monitoring observers to keep a track on the expenses of candidates. Replying to a query, he said there is no harm on the party of candidates to display photograph of political leaders on banners, saying the elections are not fought on party lines. “Political leaders are free to canvass for any candidates. Just because some banners are showing political leaders on the banners, it does not mean that polls are held on party lines,” Johnson said.

Madgao Loksamiti fields 14 candidates

Madgao Loksamiti leaders announcing the list of 14 candidates whom they would be supporting Margao election. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 19

Madgao Loksamiti on Tuesday announced its list of 14 candidates for elections to the 20member Margao Municipal Council, with Samiti leaders asserting that it is not concerned whether some of its candidates have the backing of the BJP or other political outfits. “The Loksamiti is not concerned if our candidates have the support of the BJP. This election is not fought on party lines,” Samiti spokesman Mohandas Lolienkar said.

He was reacting to queries from newsmen that the Samiti is backing the candidature of Leena Katkar in Ward No 13 and Carol Poinguinkar in Ward no 19, who have been overtly supported by the BJP in Margao. In fact, the BJP has claimed that Leena Katkar is the official candidate of the party in Ward no 13 and that the party is supporting Carol Poinguinkar in ward no 19. Asked what action the Samiti would take in the event its candidates after getting elected switched sides to the BJP,

Lolienkar said the Samiti will resort to various options, including going to the people to expose the candidate. The Loksamiti faced a barrage of queries from newsmen over the choice of particular candidates being supported by the panel. Replying to a query, Lolienkar and other Samiti members feigned ignorance when newsmen pointed out that one of there is a matka agent, while another is the wife of a builder. Lolienkar, however, said that the Samiti can act only initiate action against the matka bookie

only if prosecuted by the court and added that the panel has no problem in supporting the wife of a builder. He said the Samiti has decided to support the candidates after scrutinizing their applications. Lolienkar said the Loksamiti is a confluence of people from all sections of society and from all walks of life, who have one fundamental goal to make Margao more loveable and live-able. “We have pledged to move on from being mere complainants about the civic problems of Margao. Our mission is to build a team of solution providers and to choose leaders who will the carry the voice and will of the people of Margao’, he added. The 14 candidates supported by the Loksamiti are Gregario Dias (1), Ignes Crasto (2), Piedade Norohna (3), Anwar Sayyed (5), Babita Naik (7), Purnanand Chari (8), Raju Madkaikar (11), Leena Katkar (13), Dhananjay Mayenkar (15), Sandra Fernandes (16), Avinash Shirodkar (17), Mohammed Iqbal (18), Carol Poinguincar (19) and Damodar Shirodkar (20).

Diploma holders reject definition of ‘engineers’ HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 19

The Registered Civil Engineers Association (Diploma Holders) has raised serious objections to the definition of “Engineer” and “Structural Engineer” in the recently notified “The Goa (Regulation of Land Development and Building Construction) Act, 2008 and the Land Development and Building Construction Regulations 2010. Terming the definition in the notification as unfair and legally unjust to all diploma holders of civil engineering, the Civil Engineers said they have been practicing for more than 10-20 years and have been denied their source of livelihood with the coming in force of these regulations. “Registered Civil Engineers currently practicing as structural engineers have been denied their right to practice under def-

inition No 129 of these final regulations”, said a registered Civil engineer and demanded that Civil engineers practicing as structural engineers prior to these regulations should be allowed to continue their practice as before. In this connection, the Registered Civil Engineers Association(Diploma Holders) have made representation to the Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, Members form the steering committee including the Chief Town Planner & also Chairman of North Goa PDA, Reginaldo Lourenco and Chairman South Goa PDA Mauvin Godinho. Commenting on the draft stating that a Civil engineer could be a diploma civil engineer with minimum 10 years of professional experience, they said the government order is totally unfair to the self-employed diploma civil engineers

Davorlim residents serve ultimatum over illegal truck parking HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 19 Residents of Davorlim have served an eight-day deadline on the district authorities to stop the illegal parking of trucks near the Aquem Power House junction or threatened to come on the streets and launch an agitation against the nuisance. The residents led by Anand S Sawant and others of LayamatiDavorlim submitted a memorandum to the district Collector contending that truck parking near the junction was causing hardships to the motorists from Davorlim entering Margao city, adding that the presence of large number of trucks was blocking the view of the main road, causing accidents. “As a rule, no truck could be

parked near the junction. The Citizens of Davorlim have been the worst sufferers and they had on an often alert the government to make necessary arrangements for the trucks by making available to them the parking facility”, the residents in their memorandum. Anand said the residents will have no option than to come onto the streets if the government fails to remove the illegal parking with immediate effect. “It is unfortunate that the traffic authorities have till date not cracked a whip against the illegal truck parking inspite of objections raised by the residents”, he said, adding that the residents will continue with the agitation till the illegal truck parking is stopped by the authorities.

who have risked starting their consultancy practice by investing in offices, staff etc as the government has not been able to provide them with employment. “We live in a word where we believed in the survival of the fittest. If the diploma holder is not competent to practice, he will not be able to continue

his private practice or consultancy anyway”, the engineers said. The Registered Civil Engineers Association(Diploma Holders) have further asked the government whether these regulations are a back-door entry to outside Architects & Engineers to set shop in Goa.

Ration card holders in Salcete yet to receive their monthly quota MARGAO: Just 11 days to go for the current month to end, and ration holders in many parts of Salcete are yet to receive their monthly quota of ration this month.

Card holders have been making umpteen trips to the fair price shops, only to return with the same answer from the owners they are yet to receive their quota. When contacted, Salcete Civil

supplies officials informed that people will receive their ration late this month on account of late supply of the quota of rice, wheat and oil. “The civil supplies department received the quota only on

Friday. The fair price shop owners have started lifting their quota and the card holders will receive their ration in a day or two”, informed a Salcete Taluka Civil Supplies official.


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S H O RT TA K E S Legal camp at mollem

COLLEM (HC): Sanguem Taluka Legal Service Committee and JMFC Sanguem jointly organized a Legal Literacy camp for the students of Std IX and X of Abhinav Vidyamandir High School Mollem at Mollem Panchayat Hall recently. Adv Rupa Prabhu Gaonkar of JMFC Sanguem and Adv Pandurang Parab were the key speakers for the programme. School Headmaster Sharad Chandra Khandeparkar and JMFC Head Clerk Elanna Alfonso were also present on the occasion. Speaking on ‘Anti-ragging’, Adv Rupa Gaonkar said involvement in ragging activity in schools or educational institutes is a crime. Many students lost their career as well as their lives by committing suicides due to ragging cases. Adv Pandurang Parab spoke on Free Legal Aid. Earlier, School Headmaster Sharad Chandra Khandeparkar welcomed the dignitaries.

Ankita represents Goa

PANJIM (HND): Ankita Hudedagaddi, a student of St Mary's Convent HS, Mapusa represented Goa in the recently concluded National Science Seminar, held at Bangalore, organised by the National Council of Science Museums. The topic for deliberation was ‘India and World Science - Are We Really There?' She competed with 34 contestants from the different states of the country. Ankita, a student of Std IX, in her deliberation averred that despite India's phenomenal scientific temper and great achievement in science and technology, a great deal still needs to be done to overcome the impediments in India's march towards becoming a global super power in the field. She asserted that there should be greater allocation of funds for research and development and despite improved infrastructure, a lot still needs to be done to eradicate India's poverty, illiteracy corruption and the likes that halt India's march towards progress.

Tanveer is NYC chief

PANJIM (HC): Tanveer Khatib, has been appointed president of Goa State National Youth Congress (NYC). Other members appointed are: Working President, Nitin Pandit; Sr Vice - President Edwin Fernandes and Gregorio Fernandes; Vice – President Charanjeet Sapre and Ram Manjrekar.

Book on litany released

PANJIM (HND): Rev Fr Avinash Rebelo, spiritual advisor of the World Apostolate of Fatima, and Fr Peter da Gama, jointly released a book ‘An Evening in Goa’ written by Chairman of the Apostolate, Francis S Barreto, at a recently held gathering of members on the occasion of the 93rd Anniversary of the last Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. The book is meant to be an all inclusive reference guide for anyone wishing to partake in the uplifting traditional Litany left behind by the Portuguese. The Litany, popularly known as the ‘Ladainha’ or ‘Ladhin’ is sung in Konkani, Latin, or Portuguese, to celebrate important occasions. The book will be available at the office of the World Apostolate of Fa t i m a a t Pa n j i m . Fo r d e t a i l s c o n t a c t : 2420342/2422160/9822151468.

IDA Goa conference held

IDA National President, Dr L Krishnaprasad lighting the traditional lamp to mark the inauguration of 9th Goa State Dental Conference.

PANJIM (HND): Indian Dental Association (IDA), Goa organised its 9th State Dental conference on October 9 and 10 at Alua, Verna. The function which evoked good response from Goa dentists was inaugurated by chief guest Dr L Krishnaprasad, National President of IDA. Organising chairman, Dr Shashikant Sardessai welcomed the gathering. Dr Meena Aras, Dr Manohar Dhume, Dr Chandrashekar Shetty and Dr Celso Fernandes spoke on the occasion.

CRG holds health camp

PANJIM (HND): Children Rights in Goa (CRG) in collaboration with Mapusa Municipal Council and Vrundavan Hospital and Research Centre, recently held a health camp for children in and around Mapusa Municipal Market. General health checks including blood tests were conducted on forty five children during this camp titled ‘Health for All Children’. The camp was a part of CRG’s endeavour to work towards the implementation of the Goa Children’s Act. Medical Officer, Dr Swati Divkar conducted the camp. Mapusa Municipal Council facilitated the camp by providing space and refreshments to the children after the check up. Support was also received from the President of the Fisherwoman’s Association, Shashibai Govekar.

Inter-school quiz held

PANJIM (HND): The Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera recently organised an inter-school quiz for students at Club Gaspar de Dias, Panjim, in which sixty students from twenty eight schools participated. The team of Soham Gaunekar and Kunal Naik of Sharada Mandir won the first prize, Shaswat Salgaonkar and Gauri Kenkre of Mushtifund HS won the second prize, whereas third prize went to Mangesh Sonawane and Atharv Joshi of Kendriya Vidyalaya INS Mandovi. Four other teams received consolation prizes. The event was sponsored by DB Bandodkar Group of Companies and Pastry cottage, Panjim. The quiz was conducted quiz master Adv Harshvardhan Bhatkuly. Professor Raghuveer Vernekar co-ordinator of Goa Institute of Management Studies was the chief guest.

Don’t get misled on garbage treatment plant: Mauvin HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, OCT 19

Trying to clear the air over setting up of a modern garbage treatment plant in Cortalim, Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho assured the residents that he would setup a modern and scientifically managed plant which would put an end to the garbage menace, which is practically taking its toll on every household in the constituency. Alerting his constituents on the conspiracy of spreading wrong information so as to instigate the residents against the plant, Godinho said the spread of disinformation by his handful of rivals had already begun. Godinho said this at a gas stove distribution function in his office, where he also appealed to all, including community leaders, to first know the facts about the plant rather than spreading information based on mischievous rumours. Informing that the proposed site was less than a kilometer away from his office and constituency residence, Godinho said he would in fact be the first victim in the event of any stench emanating from the plant. “Would I allow a plant which emanates stench and put my

Restrictions on liquor HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM OCT 19

In view of general elections to 11 municipal councils in 9 Talukas, the government has restricted the quantity of liquor which can be transported from one place to another or possessed by any person without permit. The restrictions apply to areas within the jurisdiction of municipal councils of Pernem, Mapusa, Bicholim, Valpoi, Margao, Cuncolim, Quepem, Curchorem-Cacora, Sanguem, Mormugao and Canacona to three quart bottles of Indian made foreign liquor other than beer and six bottles of beer for any person including his family. Three quart bottles of country liquor for any person including his family. The restrictions will remain in force from October 30 to October 31 and on the day of counting of votes on November 1. All licensed premises for the sale of liquor located within the jurisdiction of above mentioned Municipal Councils will remain closed above stated period, says a press release issued here.

Godinho gives away a gas stove to one of the beneficiaries. Photo by Alvaro Colaco

reputation at stake,” Godinho asked and said he would ensure the best of technology to run the plant. He also said apart from the six panchayats, all other stakeholders including the Navy and AAI would have to bear the expenses in running and maintaining the plant. Snubbing the argument that each village should take care of its garbage, Godinho said in practical this was not possible, firstly because major part of the constituency was being affected by the flying zone and secondly it would also not be possible since garbage generated from each village would not be suffi-

cient enough and financially viable to run their own plant. Making a case for the site that was chosen in principle, Godinho said though unofficially garbage was already being dumped, the site was an ideal place given the fact that apart being away from human habitation also has natural features to run the plant. Earlier, Godinho distributed gas stoves to 52 beneficiaries under the Goa Grameen Urza Yozanna. Godinho thanked his staff, panchayat members for their efforts in making the government schemes reach out to the deserving and the needy.


With kith and kin of the politicians contesting the forthcoming municipal elections, Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho has sounded a word of caution to the electorate. Stating that the electorate will have to decide whether they are in favour of family raj or people’s raj in Goan politics, Godinho regretted that politics was soon turning out to be that of a family affair. “Politics in Goa is now turning to be that of kith and kin,” Godinho told journalists although he did not mention names. Strongly opposing `family raj’ in politics, Godinho said that although his constituency was carved into two, he could have very well promoted one of his own family members into the political scenario. “But I will never do that. The moment any of my family members enters politics I will withdraw from politics,” Godinho told journalists and added that in this municipal elections, the voters will have to make a choice between the two.

Campaigning gains pace in Canacona HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, OCT 19

Three-time councilor of Palolem-Devabhag until 2005, having served six years as chairperson, Rajendra Dessai has now eyed a neighbouring ward to enter Canacona Municipal Council (CMC). Incidentally, as days near for municipal elections, campaigning has gained momentum in most wards, especially the one having some election wizards in the fray. S i m i l a r i s t h e t re n d i n Ward 8 (Sawantwada/Bhagatwada), where two former chairpersons are locked in a bitter tussle, as a third seasoned candidate too gearedup to turn the tables against the former two. Interestingly, with doors b l o c ke d i n h i s o t h e r w i s e favourite and parent Ward 10 (Palolem-Devabhag) after it was reserved for women, most successful CMC’s chairperson in the past Rajendra Dessai has thrown his hat in neighbouring Ward 8 (Sawantdada/Bhagatwada). After he failed in his attempts

to enter municipal for the fourth time during the last municipal elections, Dessai has a daunting task on taking the might of former chairperson Sameer Dessai and Ajit Bhagat. Addressing press persons on Monday, Dessai after releasing his election manifesto at the hands of a senior scribe Ajit Painguinkar, said: “Many of my people-oriented works, which I initiated during my council’s membership in previous years are still kept in the lurch.” “This is the main reason why I decided to seek re-entry from a new ward, when voters began to ask me,” he said. Dessai, who displayed a file containing various resolutions he moved in CMC as councilor and chairperson between 1987 and 2005, said the present council prefers only to hang-on to power, hardly caring for any people-oriented developments in the council. “Land acquisitions for garbage dumping, Chaudi Cemetery, municipal rest house at Palolem, Chaudi Weekly bazaar,

Dynamic Art Entertainment tops dandiya contest HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, OCT 19

Dynamic Art Entertainment, Panjim, bagged the first prize in the Dandiya and Garba competition organized by Samrat Club of Por vorim at Shree Nilkant B r a h m e s h w a r Va n a d u r g a Sansthan, Porvorim. Second and third prizes were awarded to Santeri Dandiya Kalasangh, Corjuem, and United Cultural Association, Pale-Uskai. The participants, who were given prizes for the best individual performances include Siddhi Srivastav Swapnil Talgaonkar, Sumitra Kerkar, Pritesh Karmalkar, Smita Raikwar, Sunny Faide, Swati Dessai, Shashikant Fondekar, Mandakini Sawant, Sunil Naik, Swati Upalle, Akash Jadhav, Disksha Dessai, Nutan Kankonkar, Sangeeta Andorlekar, Ditpi Pathak and Shrudha Amonkar. Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Saligao MLA Dilip Parulekar said though the Garba Rass and Dandiya dances are popular in Gujarat state, they are being performed in other parts of the state too with equal enthusiasm during the Navratri festival.

Mauvin fears ‘kith & kin’ politics in Goa

turning/parking space at Palolem, Mini-Fish Market at Palolem, playground at Kindlem, municipal garden and Children park, roads at Patnem, Devabhag and at Bhikarwada are some of the works initiated by me, but were never taken to its logical end except for Dumane garbage site that too due to court order and for Chaudi Cemetery after public outcry,” he said. “If councilors have any nick to do public work, they should avoid visiting ministers’ residences and instead meet the ministers in their official offices to get the files moved,” added Dessai. Stating that getting a Ravindra Bhavan in Canacona is his passion, he said he also has a vision to decongest the Bhagat/Sawandwada for healthy living of local residents, if elected or otherwise. “I will work to remove various blockades people had to face as a result of few projects, besides improvements in internal roads of Ward 8,” he said.

As part of the centenary year, Saraswat Vidyalaya High School, Khorlim-Mapusa, organised State level Bhajan competition. Shri Bhumika Panchayatan Bhajani Mandal, Parra, bagged the first prize, Shri Shantadurga Bhajani Mandal, Kavale-Ponda, won the second prize, while the third prize was bagged by Shri Shantadurga Kala Kendra, Dhar-

UN Day Celebration

PANJIM (HND): United Nations Day will be celebrated in the State on October 24. On this day the UN Flag flies along with the National Flag in the State Capital and the District Headquarters on all buildings where the National Flag flies regularly. The UN Flag, however, will not be flown on Raj Bhavan, buildings housing Legislative Councils, Legislative Assembly and the High Court. The government departments/offices/public sector undertakings at Panjim and district headquarters which are expected to fly the National Flag regularly are directed to fly the UN Flag, along with the National Flag on October 24, says a press release issued here.

Healing session at miramar

PANJIM(HND): Workshops will be conducted on ‘Magic of Energy Chips’, Pranic Healing and Group Meditation at Club Gaspar Dias, Miramar-Panjim. The free Pranic Healing Session and Group Meditation will be conducted on October 30 from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, while the ‘Magic of Energy Chips’ workshop will be conducted on October 31 from 10 am to 6 pm. For further details, kindly contact Dr Anjali Shackleton on Ph: 2451080, 9987062209 or on email:

Inter-school computer quiz

PANJIM (HND): SRS Computer Services, Ponda will organise Nineteenth All Goa Inter-School Computer quiz on November 28 at 10 am. The quiz will consist of written test of 50 minutes covering general computer concepts, Windows, LINUX, Word processor – Word, Spreadsheet – Excel, Internet and Flowcharts/Algorithm. Student of standard V to X can participate in the Quiz with maximum of two entries from any school. The quiz however, will be conducted on individual basis. Last date for submitting entry form is October 27. For details/entry forms, contact personally or email; or write to Sagar R Sakordekar, SRS Computer Services, Varad building, Shantinagar, Ponda. Ph 2313329/2318734.

mobile phones for operating water pumps: A presentation HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM OCT 19

Institute of Engineering, Altino Panjim in association with Government Polytechnic, Altino, will organise a presentation on ‘Latest Trends in Use of Mobile Phones for Control of Water Pumps’ at Government Auditorium of Govt Polytechnic Altinho, Panjim, on October 20 from 3 pm to 5 pm. This useful cost effective system for starting and stopping water pumps from remote lo-

cations it has been installed in a number of places in Maharashtra. The system has been invented by Santosh Oswal , CEO Ossian Agro Automation Pvt Ltd Pune, who will be speak on the occasion and Dr V N Shet, Goa College of Engineering will be the other speaker. Seats may be reserved by calling Dilip Sahakari (9822164782) or D’Mello (9822175357), says a press release.

Goan dentists attend EAO conference HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM OCT 19

PANJIM (HND): A team of reputed Goan dental surgeons and implantologists, Dr Allwyn de Menezes, Dr Anil Da Silva, Dr Piedade Fernandes, Dr Sanjeev Vas, Dr Savio Lorenco and Dr Gregory Pereira, attended 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseo integration (EAO) held recently in Glasgow, Scotland. The meeting was held in collaboration with ADI, BSSPD and British Society of Oral Implantology and chaired by Dr Paul Stone (General Secretary EAO board, Chairman, Specialty Advisor Board in Implant Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh). The EAO comprises of speaker faculty of over 40 highly respected scientists and clinicians from around the world to clarify some of the important issues and latest technological advances in the field of oral implantology, says a press release issued here.

MLAs should ensure public utilises govt schemes: MP HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, OCT 19

Saligao MLA Dilip Parulekar inaugurates the Dandiya and Garba competitions at Porvorim. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

“The Samrat Club of Porvorim deserves compliments for organizing the competitions of Garba and Dadiya dances, thereby providing an opportunity to the locals to see different forms of dances,” said Parulekar. Social worker Rohan Khaute said the Samrat Club should organise a workshop on Garba and Dandiya dances for youth so that youth will learn techniques of these dances. In his welcome address, Samrat Club of Porvorim President Rajkumar Dessai said this is the first time that their Club has organized the competition of Garba and Dandiya dances.

“In all, 10 groups participated in the competitions. The Club will organize such competitions in performing arts in future also to enable the residents of Porvorim and surrounding areas to showcase their talents,” said Dessai. M e e n a G a i k a r, S a m e e r Sakhalker and Shantaram Pawar were the judges for the competitions. Prizes to winners were distributed by the guests. Earlier, Saligao MLA Dilip Parulekar lighted the traditional lamp. Devidas Kudav compered the programme, while Anuj Harmalker proposed the vote of thanks.

Elected representatives should ensure that all government schemes reach the doorstep of public said the South Goa Member of Parliament, Francisco Sardinha said while addressing the gathering at the 6th Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), held at Molem in Sanguem recently. Speaking further, Sardinha said that apart from distributing scheme-wise pamphlets to the public, the government officials should also pursue the schemes at the public level for their successful implementation. "If needy people fail to take the benefit of these schemes, wrong people would be tempted to avail them," he cautioned. He also appealed to the people to use various government schemes for the development of their villages. The public information campaign of the PIB is aimed at informing the public about various public welfare schemes of the central government. The chairman of the State Law Commission Ramakant Khalap, stressed on the need for one window implementation for var-

Parra mandal excels in bhajan contest HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, OCT 19


gal-Pernem. The best ‘pakhvaj Player’ prize was given to Sameer Naik, best harmonium player prize was given to Sharad Palni and the best singer prize was awarded to Mahabaleshwar Chari. Besides, all the groups were given honorarium of Rs 1,000. Prominent musicians and singers in the field of bhajan, including Mahendra Pal, Vishant Pilgaonkar and Krishna Chari,

were the judges for the competition. Speaking on the occasion, musician Krishna Chari told the groups about the importance of various facets while performing bhajans. “Bhajan is a source by which we pray to God for mercy and seek his blessings and it should be sung in proper tone,” said Chari. “The words used should be properly pronounced and even

the music should be rhymed with the other singers,” added Chari. Saraswat Vidyalaya Society’s Secretary Narendra Kamat, Headmaster Sanjiv Prabhu Dharwadkar, Rama Raul and Rajendra Singbal were among others present for the function. Teachers including Govind Phadke and Bholesh Naik took special efforts to make the programme a success.

MP South Francisco Sardinha inaugurating the 6th Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) at Molem.

ious schemes of the state and the central schemes and suggested that village panchayats should be the focal point for all government departments for implementation. He was of the opinion that proposed Public Service Accountability Act, which is being drafted by the State Law Commission, would ensure smooth implementation of government schemes. Remarking on number of government schemes covering agriculture, education, health, housing, women and child welfare, senior citizens etc, Khalap said that there should not be a single person under below poverty line category in Goa. Sadly however, there still exists number of BPL families in the state, and government officers should find causes for the same he added. Right to Information Act can help the people in streamlining these

schemes, he observed. The deputy director of PIB-Goa, Dilip Deshpande welcoming the gathering said that many people are aware of the state as well as central government schemes, but have no idea how to take their benefit and that Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign seeks to address this shortcoming. Chief reporter of Tarun Bharat daily, Sagar Jawadekar, spoke on Right to Information Act. The lead district manager (South Goa) of the SBI, Arvind Velingkar spoke on government schemes linked to banks. Project officer of the RDA, Reshma Naik informed about schemes like Swarna Jayanti Gram Swayamrozgar Yojana and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. The function concluded with an entertainment programme by Ganesh Kala Mandal, Canca, Mapusa.


PERNEM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Amai in VP Virnoda, Konkan Railway DTC.

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PERNEM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Junuswada, Marathwada in VP Mandrem, Girkarwada, Kepem in VP Arambol and surrounding areas.

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Fibre boats to help people cross River Galgibaga HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, OCT 19

Residents of Loliem and Poinguinim are set to get government’s transportation facility, to facilitate their movements across River Galgibaga, beginning October 23. According to sources in River Navigation Department, whose officials inspected either side ferry points of river Galgiabga last week, has already approved a file pertaining to allocation of two fibre boats along with posting of two motormen to operate it. A reliable source informed that government’s sanction has been obtained and two fibre boats will be transported by land on Friday evening.

“Posting of two motormen also stands approved and boats will start operating its trips from Saturday morning,” added the RND source. Each boat will have capacity of accommodating 8-10 passengers at a time and will make as many trips as required. Several residents, including school-going children, were complaining bitterly, as the local ‘tar’ services were nonoperational since the last 3 months. The route, which shortens distances between the two villages and other prime two like Chaudi, is preferably used. According to locals, in the absence of ‘tar’ service, students and locals had to forcibly take up nearby Konkan Railway

Bridge, which has risked their lives and also resulted in dangerous mishaps in the past. It may be recalled that both village panchayats, LoliemPolem and Poinguinim, funded local canoe in Galgibaga River between Maxem and Galgibaga areas. However, the residents claimed erratic service many times, as the ‘Tareo’ failed to turn-up, severely hindering and unconvincing people’ movement across the areas, where people travels to reach Church, temple, schools situated on either sides. However, residents still cast aspersions whether fibre boats can be operated during low tide unhindered, as water level recedes.

Indian culture is unique: professor HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, OCT 19

Professor of Goa University Rohitashv Sharma said the India culture is rich and diverse and as a result unique in its own way. He was speaking as the chief guest at Kavi Sammelan organized by Sarvajanik Durga Pooja Samiti at Mapusa. “Our manners, ways of communicating with one another, etc, are one of the important components of our culture. Even though we have accepted modern means of living, improved our lifestyle, our values and beliefs still remain unchanged,” said Prof Sharma. “It is necessary that every

one should be proud of Indian culture and should strive to preserve it,” added Sharma. Sharma complimented the Sarvajanik Durga Pooja Samiti for celebrating the Navratrotsav and organizing the Hindi Kavi Sammelan on the occasion and said the Indian culture tells us to multiply and distribute joy and happiness and share sadness and pain. “It tells us that with this, we can develop co-operation and better living among ourselves and subsequently make this world a better place to live in. The youths of today are getting attracted towards western culture, whereas the foreigners are fascinated by the Indian culture and are trying to adopt

it,” said Sharma. Sarvajanik Durga Pooja Samiti President Ramakat Pande stated that they are celebrating Durga Pooja for the last 15 years in Goa, in which the large number of people from different communities participates. “This year, we have organized the Kavi Sammelan to provide an opportunity to the budding poets of Goa to listen to the poetry of well-known poets of other parts of the country,” said Pande. Later, Dr Aditya Prasad Tripati, Akhilesh Sing (Varanasi), Arjunsing Chand (Jhansi), Babu Chouhan (Rajasthan) and Suresh Chandel (UP) participated in the Kavi Sammelan.

Newly elected office bearers of Verna Industries Association along with Chief Minister Digamber Kamat, Power Minister Alexio Sequiera and MIAT Chairman Nitin Kuncolikar. Photo by M Prabhav

Cyril elected VIA president HERALD REPORTER VASCO, OCT 19

Cyril Pereira was elected presi-

dent of Verna Industries Association (VIA) at the 12th annual general body meeting of VIA at La-Paz Garden Hotel, Vasco, on Saturday. Officer bearers, who were elected unanimously, are Prashant Rege (secretary), Prashant Shinde (treasurer) and

Prizes disbursed to winners of Shardostava Utsava HERALD CORRESPONDENT COLLEM, OCT 19

Mollem Shardostava Mandal recently distributed prizes to the winners of various contests, organized during the Shardostava Utsava at Government Primary School, Mollem. Mollem Sarpanch Govind Gaonkar was the chief guest for the programme. Mollem Panch Gauresh Parkar, Rama Gaonkar, Santosh Verenkar, Prashant Pilgaonkar and Mandal President Prasad Vaigankar were present on the occasion. In his speech, Govind Gaonkar congratulated the winners and appealed to the students to participate in activities for their all-round development. Winners of Ghumat Arati contest are Sateri Arati Mandal, Shigao (first), Paikdeo Arati Mandal, Nandran-Mollem (second) and Kalnath Kala Cultural Club, Souzamal-Collem (third). Consolation prizes were awarded to Yuvak Mandal Gandhinagar, Collem, Keibag Maya Prasanna Arati Mandal, Zariwada, and Zambavalim Bhajan Mandal Zambavalim, Mollem. In the individual prizes, best Samel player prize was awarded to Raghu Gavathankar of Kalnath Mandal, best Ghumat player prize went to Chandrakant Gaonkar of Paikwada Arati Mandal and best singer prize was bagged by Vishwas Velip of Sateri Arati Mandal, Shigao. In the Rangoli contest, Kailas Gaonkar bagged the first prize, while second and third prize were won by Eliston Fernandes and Khrishikesh Gaonkar. Consolation prizes were awarded

to Manasvi Gaonkar, Pallavi Kolvekar and Abhijit Chari. In the musical ball contest, first three prizes were awarded to Arpita Kunbhar, Apurva Parvadkar and Neha Paryenkar, while in musical chair contest, first three winners are Shubham Suzare, Abhijit Chari and Rahul Manohar. Earlier, Prasad Vaigaonkar welcomed the gathering, Ramanath Gawde compered the programme and later proposed the vote of thanks.

Damodar Kochkar (joint secretary). Other executive members elected are Blaise Costabir, Ramesh Patil, Clare Noronha, Durguesh Angle, Pradip D’Costa, Ravi Rebello, Rajesh Prabhu, Sanjay Kare, Agustin D’Souza, Gokuldas Kenkre, Satish Kenkre, Vishwanath Kochkar and Hilary D’Souza. Durguesh Angle compered the function, while President Cyril Pereira welcomed the guests and Parshant Rege proposed the vote of thanks.


Volvoi Sarpanch Vinayak Vengurlekar was on Monday voted out in a no-confidence motion by 3-1 votes in the five-member panchayat. Panchas Vijay Sawant, Sudhir Naik and Laxmi Naik voted in favour of the motion, while outgoing Sarpanch Vinayak Vengurlekar voted against the motion. Panch Prashanti Tari remained absent.


Advocate John Fernandes of Quepem has been appointed as a notary by the State government to practice through out Quepem taluka with effect from September 17. Advocate Fernandes, who has been practicing law for over 11 years, is based at Quepem town. He has been appointed notary under Notaries Act 1952.

Konkani film to premiere in Kuwait PANJIM (HND): For the first time in the history of Konkani films, an international premiere of ‘Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo?’ produced by ShaMaz Films (Goa) will be held in Kuwait to give the much needed international exposure for Konkani films. The film will be released as an international premiere on October 22 at 3 pm at

Cinescape Metro (Farwaniya), owned and managed by Kuwait National Cinema Co. On October 22, three screenings of the film will be held at 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm and 8 pm. On October 23, the screenings will be held at 3.30 pm, 5:30 pm and 8 pm and on October 24, the screenings will be at 5.30 pm and 8 pm.

The film has screenplay, direction and is produced by Sharon Mazarello with cinematography by Domnic Dias and music by Blathazar Fernandes. It features Sharon Mazarello, Pradip Naik, Franky Gonsalves, Wilson Mazarello, comedy supremo Humbert, comedian Eddison, Fermeeno Goes and special appearances by Anjela

Moraes, Roseferns and Menino de Bandar, among others. For ticket reservations log on to or contact 99391452, 99540232, 99376171, 99106617, 97883981, 66502572, 65825964, 66153265, 66512602, 99732917 or email:





Wanted leaders with humility

Vol No CX No: 264 Goa, Wednesday 20 October, 2010

Govt in line for ‘imperfect ten’


he ill-fated River Princess remains put. On Monday yet another tender was floated and the process for removal of the vessel begins all over again, ten years after it got stuck along the Sinquerim beach. There were two final contenders for the job - Titan Salvage and Madgavkar Salvage, whose bids were to be considered by the government, as Salgaocar Mining Industries Private Limited and River Princess Hatao Manch both withdrew their offers to remove the ill-fated vessel for free, citing reasons that the performance guarantee of Rs 10 crore demanded by the government was too high. Titan Salvage held an edge over Madgavkar Salvage after submitting that it would execute the project within six months, beating its rival who had said it required three years to complete the work. However, the bid submitted by Titan, including a handwritten note, did not comply with the tendering rules and Madgavkar threatened to take legal recourse over it. The State Disaster Management Authority meanwhile conducted a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and decided against going ahead with the eighth tendering process as it was fraught with legal loopholes. It sounds rather strange and one if left to wonder over the seriousness of the government in getting the ship off. Instead of thoroughly preparing a set of requirements and clauses, the government is caught on the wrong foot for quite some time. This is the eight global tender which has been scrapped. And one is amused by the fact that River Princess has weathered all the pulls and pressures from various political parties and bidders, besides villagers and the fishing community. The common man has every reason to doubt the initiatives, because every time a move is made to get the vessel out, the government has run into various hassles resulting in a huge waste of time and public money. Keeping these anomalies in mind, the government has floated a fresh global tender – the ninth one. The last date for submitting the bids is November 1. It is also known unofficially that government is ready to relax some conditions if the bidder is found to be technically competent to execute the job. There have been enough of tenders, charges and counter charges. It’s time to give one last push to River Princess. The government has wasted enough time on issues, which it could have avoided. The aam aadmi has run out of patience. It’s time to put the act together. Please make your intentions very clear. This is the ninth tender. And for heaven’s sake, don’t make it an ‘imperfect ten’.

Rains! Come some other day


ll eyes are on the third and final one-day cricket match between India and Australia slated for October 24. Goa has resurfaced on the cricket map after a nineyear gap. The April 6, 2001 ODI between Australia and India had hit the headlines after cricket fans with genuine tickets were left stranded outside the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda. This time around, every thing appears well laid out, at least till now. Unfortunately, it has been raining for the past several days. Hope the weather Gods smile on us.

Mobile summons Carlos Conceicao, by email I have been issued a notice by the Dy SP Traffic for “Speaking on the mobile while driving” on Sept 3, 2010 at 18.20hrs. I am surprised as I was not out in Margao on the above date and time, nor are there any calls on my mobile phone records. I went to Margao police station to inquire; they told me to go to Panaji police station. I have the right to know the following: on what basis they issue such notices; what proof do they have; is this a money-making racket; what precautions should law-abiding drivers take – cover their number plates?

Pigs become bosses Aditya More, Dona Paula The lead on your editorial page ‘The farmhouse at Porvorim …’ by Dr Joe D’Souza (Herald, 18 Oct) is an insult to the intelli-


20 October 1910 Honouring Guzman’s memory

Lately a grand reunion took place in France to honour the memory of the great Aviator Fr. Bartholomew de Guzman correlating the victory over space with Free Thought.

Raposo granted extension

Was extended for another 60 days, the established term to follow the career of his choice the Graduate Antonio Simao Raposo, Delegate of the District of Bicholim.

Brazil Lisbon sea lane The Brazilian Government has authorized the Lloyd’s Brazil to establish a shipping line from Brazil to Lisbon.

De Melo in Republican Party

Mr. Jose Pinheiro de Melo, President of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce left the Progressive Party to affiliate with the Republican Party.

stop calling them ‘honourable leaders’, call them ‘humble servants’ says PLAsTino D’CosTA


f anybody watched Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli play for their school in their early teens, or for that matter practice at the nets of Bombay’s Azad Maidan, and if one had to predict who would be the more successful of the two, without a doubt most would select Vinod Kambli. Such was the dominance of Vinod that it was very obvious that even if both played for the country, Kambli would be the more successful of the two. That said, their brand of cricket was so special that it kept most commuters on foot, shuttling between Victoria Terminus and Churchgate stations and using the Azad Maidan shortcut opposite the Bombay Gymkhana, always spellbound and awestruck. That usually meant these commuters would be missing connecting trains, losing sales calls, delaying appointments and unable to reach their destinations on time. But there was no denying the fact Vinod was always the more belligerent and promising. Today if Vinod honestly reflects as to why his career did not take off on expected lines, among other follies, arrogance and flamboyance would have had something to do with it. Of course there were lost opportunities, injuries that played spoilsport for Vinod, but the major difference between an average career for Vinod and a great career for Sachin was arrogance versus humility. Cricket is a performance oriented sport; you perform or perish. The system although tainted at the moment, on match fixing allegations, is designed to measure performance based on the runs you make or the wickets you take. Having talent helped, but eventually it was Sachin’s humility that played a part in him becoming the greatest cricketer of all time. Great people are generally humble and competent modern systems are generally designed to reward humble people. Arrogant leaders might have led dictatorial states in the past, by keeping their citizens fearful of everything around them, but those kind of dictators have no place in a democratic setup, specially if there is a strong and transparent media presence. Strong media presence with a combination of educated citizens who are able to decipher actual news vis-à-vis fake, is one combination most arrogant leaders are unable to manipulate and eventually meet their fate. The arrogance of Republican George Bush Jr. is the reason Democrat Barack Obama

Life Lessons became the President of the United States. Of course economic meltdown helped. In a generally democratic world where arrogance is usually punished, how come Goa has not found a way of showing the door to its arrogant leaders? We can tolerate them for one term maximum, but the public have a chance to rectify their mistake when they appear for a re-election. Have we got so used to arrogant leaders around us, who go to the extent of playing politics over a pothole or a streetlight? Why do we give these leaders so much control of our lives? There are instances where our leaders do the most corrupt and immoral things in the afternoon and on the same day lecture their citizens on morality over a toast raising ceremony at some evening reception party. Our inability to speak freely and make up our own mind has seriously jeopardized our thinking ability. The more the processes, licenses, and permissions you need from leaders, the more they show you who is boss and an arrogant one at that. Great leaders usually provide solutions

A Diseased nation

State of Health


he other day I had a chance meeting with one of my ex-GMC professors at a party. He has an uncanny knack of conversing in medical language. After a preamble, we had wide ranging discussions on day-to-day issues. Since corruption is the main issue, I decided to ask his views on it. Here are some excerpts: I: Sir what is your opinion about rampant corruption at all levels. Prof: This cancer is eating the vitals of our nation from inside out. It has metastasized, has spread its tentacles all over and now has reached ‘higher’ centres. I: So what are the remedial measures? Prof: The prognosis is not very good. But gene therapy will have a promising cure. I: Sir, sorry I didn’t get you exactly. Where does this therapy fit in? Prof: Sorry my dear boy, I should have said young gene instead. All old tumours have to be excised and new blood has to be infused. I: Sir, after CWG is over, do you think those responsible for

gence of your readers. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, if I remember rightly, the pigs became the bosses. The same has happened in Goa. The scum has floated to the top. No wonder nothing is being done about overflowing septic tanks in particular or the sewage system in general. We all know what the staple diet of pigs in Goa has always been. Hence no attempts are being made to solve the garbage and sewage problems facing the state.

Mental health alert Blossom Cabral, Nagoa World Mental Health Day was recently celebrated on October 10. Mental illness needs to be controlled early; else it can deteriorate rapidly and become extremely expensive. It can be triggered by stress and erratic emotional behaviour. The daily grind itself can take a toll on our body and mind. When the mind becomes fragile, medication or therapy must be sought. Mental illness is on the rise in Goa. Good cheer and laughter can keep away negative feelings away. Think positive, think bright.

Nightmare roads Stuart Cabral, Nagoa It becomes a motorist’s nightmare to drive on Goan roads. Backaches, headaches, neck pain are the common man’s penance for the sin of driving on Goan roads. Recent talks about the six-lane highway coming to Goa have given the people of Goa sleepless nights. Instead of pursuing the highway, government should first look at fixing the roads in Goa which are in shambles.

Flawed justice Tony Alphonso, Siolim The recent Court ruling regarding the Ayodhya issue as well as the Karnataka disqualification plea shows that our justice system is becoming slack and not guided by reason and justice. People will lose faith in the judicial system. The Police and the Court must remain aloof from the filth of politics and religion. Unfortunately in India it is more of Ram and Allah than unity, peace and justice. We have to seriously think over this if we want to see India as a great nation.

to a problem that might arise in their work area. In Goa most leaders create the problem, so that they are automatically called upon to be part of the solution. Lousy leaders usually thrive on chaos, the more the chaos the more they control the population. This is the reason leaders loathe smart and efficient systems, because it threatens their leadership and might render them obsolete. Great leaders are usually never insecure of their leadership; their thumb rule is to usually have subordinates that are smarter than them. That gives them an edge as a team, to perform better and stay ahead in the race. That also makes sure the leader is always humble and listening to smart advice from his subordinates. Lot of Goan leaders are seen promoting their offspring into the political arena, nothing wrong with that, but are any Goan leaders ready to listen to ideas from their offspring, for that matter is any offspring ready to point out the mistakes of their political parents? Narayan Murthy’s highly qualified children can change their names, walk into Infosys premises

and get selected for a job based on their merit. Infosys as a policy till date has not encouraged offspring taking over management, because the organization is beyond petty power struggles. Arrogance is killed at the doorstep of Infosys and that makes them the most humble organization always geared towards customer service. Google founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page found themselves too young and inexperienced to run day to day affairs of the scale Google was turning out to be. They immediately hired Eric Schmidt as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Google. Even though all the three run Google as a triumvirate, it takes audacity on the part of the founders to handover the company operations to an outsider. Narayan Murthy, Sergey Brin, Larry Page can be termed as humble leaders whose performance is measured by the results their companies declare. No big talk over the mike can mask their performance like our leaders resort to, because the audience they usually address, are not used to listening too much prose, they listen to facts and figures. Performance oriented systems usually put pressure on leaders to perform or face consequences. Goans must come out of the dictatorial mindset of the past, which might have delivered great results, but there are enough checks and balances to stop corruption, high handedness, nepotism, red-tape even in a democratic setup. For that to happen we the citizens must use our voting power judiciously. We could make a start by changing our vocabulary and start addressing our leaders from ‘honourable leaders’ to ‘humble servants’. This will have dual advantage, it will remind the leaders every time that they should be humble towards their citizens and more importantly remind the citizens that leaders are selected to serve us. Measuring performance of leaders might not be as easy as counting runs and wickets in cricket, but surely before selecting a leader we can set benchmarks they should achieve. There is an old saying that goes something like this, “Fool me once, Shame on you, Fool me twice, Shame on me”. If we go by this proverb, and the amount of times we have been fooled by our leaders, Generation Next Goans will be branding us in their history books, as Most Shameless Goans of all Time.

scams will be brought to book? Prof: Oh, (smiling cynically and brushing aside my query with a wave of his hand) these minor hiccups will die down. The post-operative period will be uneventful. After all the operation was successful! I: Coming to the state politics, Sir, I would appreciate your views on much talked about politician-police-drug dealer nexus. Prof: It’s like a hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid nexus where one is dependant on the other. When the system goes wrong investigations are ordered. I: So we will have the results soon from investigation? Prof: Don’t be so naïve my boy. These investigations like many others always remain in suspended animation. I: And Atala? Prof: When you utter his name my blood boils and pulse starts racing. After his bail, people responsible developed amnesia or may be Alzhiemer’s Disease. Atala did a bypass via Nepal and is now in the pink of health. I: What is the prognosis of the chronically ill River Princess? Prof: She has been examined by top world specialists. Two-

Faulty bank loan policy

S. Kamat, Alto Betim

I took an enterprising vegetable vendor to one of the leading nationalised banks in Panjim. He wanted a loan for two vehicles to supply vegetables to clients and another to buy produce in bulk from Karnataka. The bank seemed stuck with the principle of asset based lending; despite knowing that bad loans against assets are often stuck in expensive litigation. In a competitive economy bank lending should be based upon the applicant’s capacity to pay rather than his asset base. Banks need to change if they want to reverse the picture in Goa where it is understood that deposits far exceed bank credits to customers as brought out in the last State Level Banking Meeting. Will the banks change for the better and give loans based on the capacity to pay? Then they will see their credit targets being met.

Ethics needed

Spare teachers

Juliano Baptista, Cortalim

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

Despite the call from the GBA barely 300 turned up in Panjim to protest the Government’s dilly dallying over RP2021. People of Goa do not deserve the efforts of Village groups and the GBA. After whining about all our problems we vote the same rogues into power. The social workers who put hours of tireless work are branded as ‘opposers of progress and development’. The problem with us is we believe that anything illegal becomes legal as soon as we benefit from it. We put public welfare way down the pecking order. No one says do not make money, but money must be made with the application of proper ethics.

It would be in the fitness of things to spare teachers from election duties so that they can concentrate on teaching their students in their respective schools. The state is at the threshold of elections to the Municipal bodies. Hopefully the teachers will not be called to carry out the election-duties. The task could be handed over to the staff of the state Government drawn from other departments.

Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar Interviews to recruit government staff are a farce since the candidates are chosen and finalized even before the letters of interviews go out to aspiring candidates. Merit and competency are irrelevant with ministers calling the shots. The heads of departments have to be blamed for not having the spine to tell the ministers that all recruitment should be on merit. The office of a very high constitutional post has been stuffed with his family and friends. His personal secretary, a clerk from CCP was brought in on a gazetted officer’s pay scale. Amongst other errands, he walks the official’s pack of dogs. Staff recruitment systems seem to have gone to dogs.

year survival rate is only 30 percent if she is bed-ridden, I mean seabed-ridden. Treatment is rather difficult. Some have opted for corrective surgery and then transport. Many veterans have shown interest for her permanent cure from time to time but have developed cold feet at the exorbitant Rs 10 crore bank guarantee. I: Sir give me your valuable opinion on the Donapaula-Vasco Sea Link. Prof: These political bigwigs don’t know what they want. Take it as foot-in-mouth syndrome. I: But sir, why we all keep quiet when we see that there is chaos in every aspect of life? Prof: Because we have been conditioned, programmed and tuned by our ancient culture, innumerable invasions and our upbringing. Since the virus of corruption at every level has plagued us, rabid politicians bite every day whoever come across their path, rapes, murders, dacoity…all diseases have become endemic. And so, we have developed immunity over a period of time, our yogic and meditation culture notwithstanding.

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day

Recruitment farce

By Dr Pradeep V Kamat

Sports Reservations Prof Robert Castellino, Calangute I fully support the opinion of Aires Rodrigues in his letter (Herald, 18 Oct) that politicians should be banned from holding post in sports federations. Several ministers, even without basic knowledge of the sport are directly inducted into sports bodies. Instead every sport should appoint a patron minister or influential politician to lend official support to the game. Also 50 per cent of all posts in sports bodies at the national and state level must be reserved for sportsmen who have participated at the national or state level. We have reservations everywhere else, why not in sports?

Destroy the Destroyers Nitin Kamat, via E-mail How long are we going to be manipulated by the political classes who protect and promote crime and anti-Goan policies? How long are we going to be fooled by

lies, denials and a few favours from the politicians? How long will we tolerate the injustice and hardships forced upon us? We are divided amongst ourselves. For how long will we live without dignity, respect and peace? We need to destroy the Destroyers by ousting them from the power that they have misused to remain in their chairs rather than serving and developing Goa and its unique identity.

People’s revolution Allwyn George, Carmona When I travel abroad I compare the conditions back home in Goa and India with the places I visit. Foreign infrastructure, airports, public transport, roads and other amenities are far superior to ours. My heart weeps and sadly I accept nothing is going to change. Our politicians know that the Goan electorate will be fooled at the next elections too. Once elections are round the corner we will be fooled once again by the same politicians by hollow promises, liquor, money, sarees etc. Goans need to realize that politicians are like blood-sucking parasites which must be removed and thrown out. Goa needs a movement led by the Goa Bachao Abiyan to dump all today’s politicians who with land mafia and corrupt bureaucrats are plundering the state. We need a people’s revolution …

Original names forever Jerry Fernandes, Saligao If Goans are still retaining Portuguese names in public places it is because they are proud of their unique identity. Forget the distorted and the exaggerated stories on Inquisition and other things. Portuguese brought us cashews, chillies, mangoes, football, good habits, which gave us our unique IndoLatin Goan culture. No one can erase Goa’s by merely changing a few historical names here and there. What about Goans with Portuguese names? Bombay became Mumbai, Madras Chennai and Calcutta Kolkata, but the original names are still used. Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

Paths of Wisdom Struggle A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. On that day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It just seemed to be stuck. Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shrivelled wings. The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shrivelled wings. It was never able to fly. What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was Nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance. (Author unknown)

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PM against blindly aping the rich world PTI HYDERABAD, OCT 19

Warning that development model followed by industrialised nations has the potential to threaten the existence of developing countries, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that there was a need for exploring a more sustainable path for growth. Inaugurating the annual meeting of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World here, Singh said the sharing of intellectual property rights was a major a roadblock in collaborative research efforts for commercial applications. "We need to address this problem head on", he said. The Prime Minister said that the developing world faces a common challenge like combating tropical diseases, transforming traditional agriculture and predicting and tackling natural disasters. "These problems of underdevelopment do not receive

adequate attention in the advanced industrialised countries. Nor should we expect others to solve our problems," he said. "We have seen how the path of development followed by industrialised countries has the potential to threaten our existence and way of life. If we can find a path that does not unduly constrain our ability to deal effectively and quickly with basic challenges of development, we should follow it in our enlightened self-interest," he said. However, the developing world is constrained by the lack of well-organised systems and critical mass of expertise in scientific establishments, he said, adding that these countries need to invest more in science and technology. Referring to the problem of IPR sharing, he said the approach of 'open source' is being tried now in the software world and in the field of drug discovery.

Sena for ban on burqa PTI MUMBAI, OCT 19

Shiv Sena, which is facing flak over forcing Mumbai University to drop Rohinton Mistry's acclaimed book, today opened a new front, calling for a ban on burqa (veil) worn by Muslim women. "If the burqa is to be used to steal children, then we demand that it be banned as per law," an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana' said. The demand is in reference to a burqa-clad woman stealing a two-monthold child from a municipal hospital here recently. Referring to France risking the wrath of the Islamic world by banning 'burqas' and other fullbody robes worn by some Muslim women, the editorial said the French President had taken a 'revolutionary step' to ban the burqa. "When burqa was banned in Turkey by Kemal Pasha, Islam did not come in between. Why only is it so in India," it said. Indian-born Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry has voiced dismay over Mumbai University providing "deluxe service via express delivery" in quickly dropping his Booker Prize nominated book 'Such A Long Journey' from college syllabus following a demand by the Shiv Sena.

BJP demands JPC probe into Games corruption PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 19

Going all out against the UPA Government on corruption in Commonwealth Games projects, the BJP today sought to drag the PMO into it and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe while announcing that it would raise the issue in Parliament. At a special press conference here, BJP President Nitin Gadkari targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his entire cabinet, alleging that the Prime Minister himself sanctioned advances to Organising Committee head Suresh Kalmadi. "Are you not directly responsible for all this mess? Is the whole cabinet not responsible for CWG chaos and corruption?" Gadkari said, raising questions for the Prime Minister. He also sought to bring Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in the line of fire, saying as members of the Organising Committee they were also accountable. "His (Kalmadi's) credentials are known to the country. What Suresh Kalmadi is and what he

Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nitin Gadkari holds a copy of a report by his party on alleged corruption in the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

has done is known to everybody in the Congress party. Has the Prime Minister released these advances on his advice? And before releasing these advances why did he not follow the rules?" Gadkari demanded to know. Claiming to have documentary evidence, Gadkari said, "The first advances released to Suresh Kalmadi were by the Prime Min-

ister. He has signed it. Why? and why was there no control over it." Gadkari demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation into all aspects of the Games, especially the role of the political leadership. He said the "concrete evidence" collected by the BJP would be submitted to the JPC.

Nitish claims RJD-Cong pact, Lalu denies PTI PATNA, OCT 19

3 kids dead in blaze near Khanapur HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, OCT 19

In a spine chilling incident of fire that took place in Khanapur taluka, three little sisters died on the spot, while their mother received serious burn injuries. Suspicions have been raised regarding the incident that took place at Hireangroli village near Khanapur late Monday afternoon. Sanjana Shrikant Aralikatti (4) and her sisters Sushmita (2) and Renuka (7) succumbed to burn injuries, while they were being shifted from government hospital at Khanapur to District Hospital Belgaum. Their mother Savita 30) has been admitted to the District Hospital Belgaum, where her condition is stated to be serious. According to police, the incident occurred when Savita, a house wife, who was cooking, the kerosene container fell down and fire broke immediately in the kitchen of the house.

We always had a firm belief that they are fighting separately only to join later. Their purpose is clear. They act separately against us, but are together in all things. Nitish Kumar

I rule out any possibility of a post-poll pact with the Congress to form the government. There is no possibility of the RJD seeking support of Congress to form government. Lalu Prasad

"We are going to pull off a spectacular victory and form a government on our own," he said. On Singh's statement yesterday, Prasad said, "There is no truth in that. I have spoken to Singh. He has denied having

made such a statement." Meanwhile, dismissing Congress accusations that the NDA Government was responsible for the backwardness of the state, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said Sonia Gandhi should answer why Centre was

"scuttling" 25,000 mw power generation proposals by denying coal-linkages to Bihar. He wondered as to why clearance was denied to the state for ethanol production and why the party was silent on the Kosi rehabilitation package. Reacting to Gandhi's charge that non-Congress governments have done nothing for the development of Bihar in the last 20 years, the BJP leader said that it was Congress which kept RJD "alive" for 15-years by lending it crucial support. Making a comparative analysis, Modi said in a press statement that during 2000-01 and 2004-05, Congress-RJD government spent only Rs 5322 crore on rural development, while the NDA government spent Rs 16,175 crore between 2005-06 and 2009-10 on this front. In 2000-01, the then CongressRJD government had spent Rs 1825 crore on construction of houses under Indira Awas Yojana, whereas the NDA government had during 2005-06 and 200910 spent Rs 8952 crore on it.

Cong has not done any favour to Bihar: Advani


Asserting that central funds did not belong to the Congress, senior BJP leader L K Advani today attacked the Prime Minister and the UPA chairperson for their statement on central assistance to Bihar saying they had not done any special favour. "They should know that central funds do not belong to the Congress. It is hard-earned money of tax payers and people of the country," Advani said without naming Singh and Gandhi. "There is a federal system in India and in keeping with it, the Centre has to provide funds to states without any discrimination. The federal structure has to be respected at all cost," he said addressing election meetings in Motihari and Muzaffarpur. It would be better, Advani said, for those raising the issue of central assistance to come

forward for an open debate on the issue with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and senior party leader Arun Jaitley. Advani defended Nitish Kumar describing him as the most able Chief Minister the state has ever had. "People have adjudged Kumar as the most able CM the state has ever had," Advani said. Claiming that the NDA government deserved a reward, he said, Kumar had come up to expectations and aspirations of the people and deserved another term of five years to bring Bihar in the category of the most developed states. It was expected that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would see the development in Bihar and praise the work done by Kumar, he said. "But unfortunately it didn't happen." Showering praise on the chief minister, Advani said Kumar had

proved his mettle as railway minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. "We expect that the people of the state will repose their faith in Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi (deputy chief minister) and give another chance to serve them," he said. Opposing promotion of 'parivarwad (dynastic rule)' in politics and alleging that the RJD was hand-in-glove with the Congress, Advani said "the Congress is equally responsible for the jungle raj and anarchy that gripped the state during the 15-year rule of Lalu Prasad-Rabri Devi." Advani also criticised the Prime Minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for supporting Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement that the state had not merged with India, "but only acceded to it under certain conditions and under an agreement."

Movies keep me going: Padmapriya PTI CHENNAI, OCT19

Popular actress Padmapriya, who was singled out for special mention by the National Film awards jury recently for performances in various roles, is not one to wallow in self-pity after having missed out on the top honour but has remained focused on movies which, she says, drives her. "I am never disappointed in life it is the movies which keep me going not the awards. What you talked about ‘Pokkisham' (Tamil) being neglected by all Award ceremonies in Tamil Nadu. If I take all these things, the burdens of the world on my shoulders, .. I’ll stop working," she told PTI. The jury made a special mention for the "range and skill of

an actor to portray varied characters in films of different languages". Padmapriya had essayed diff e re n t ro l e s i n ‘ Pa z h a s s i Ra j a ’ , ' Ku t t y S r a n k ' ( b o t h Malayalam) and 'Pokkisham' (Tamil). 'Kutty Srank' in fact got the award for the best feature film. On the Kerala state film jury not adjudging her the best actress, (she won only supporting actress award), she said "It does not make a figment of difference to a person like me.I don’t do movies for the awards. The a w a rd s a re m a d e f o r t h e films.The films are not made for the awards." Padmapriya, as she is popularly known, has won several awards from media and private organisations for her perform-


The South Western Railway will shortly commence the regular rail traffic on the newly laid double railway line between Ramnagaram and Channapatna. Thus, as the part of statutory inspection by Commissioner of Railway Safety (Southern Circle), a speed trail will be conducted on the newly laid double railway

line between these stations of the SWR on October 21 between 3 and 7 pm. During the speed trail, trains will run at a speed in excess of 100 kmph on the newly laid railway double line and subsequently regular train services will be introduced on the newly laid railway double line, according to a press release from SWR.


BIHAR POLL BATTLE HOTS UP Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today claimed that the RJD and Congress were in cahoots as evident from the statement of RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh but its party chief Lalu Prasad ruled out any such tie-up. "The statement of Singh has proved that the game has been fixed between Congress and RJD. We always had a firm belief that they are fighting separately only to join later. Their purpose is clear. They act separately against us, but are together in all things," Kumar told reporters here. Singh had said yesterday that the RJD would seek the support of the Congress in the event of a hung assembly. The RJD chief, however said, "I rule out any possibility of a post-poll pact with the Congress to form the government. There is no possibility of the RJD seeking support of Congress to form a government in case of a hung assembly”.

Channapatna rail set to start

I am never disappointed in life it is the movies which keep me going not the awards. --Padmapriya ances in Malayalam blockbuster ‘Pazhassi Raja’, Kutty Srank and ‘Bhoomi Malayalam’. This includes a filmfare award for the best supporting actress in

Pazhassi Raja. Asked about her receiving awards one after the other these days, she retorted: It is just not these days..since I started (acting).She had been to Kerala a few days ago for receiving the 'Bhima-Surya' best actress award for 'Pazhassi Raja' and 'Bhoomi Malayalam.' Right from her first Malayalam movie ‘Kaazcha’ six years ago (in which she won the Asianet film award for the best new face of 2004), Padmapriya has played varied characters, especially in Malayalam films. In 'Pazhassi Raja' directed by Hariharan, she was the tribal ‘Neeli’ who fights the British, sword et al.She familiarized herself with martial arts to play the demanding role and also learnt 'Kalaripayattu’.

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ISI actively ‘aided 26/11 attacks’: report PTI LONDON, OCT 19

Pakistani spy agency ISI was heavily involved in preparations for the Mumbai terror attacks, according to classified Indian government documents based on LeT operative David Headley's interrogation obtained by 'The Guardian'. The newspaper said that a 109-page report into the interrogation of key suspect Headley, 50, a Pakistani-American terrorist arrested last year and de-

tained in the US, makes detailed claims of ISI support for the attacks. "Under questioning, Headley described dozens of meetings between officers of the main Pakistani military intelligence service, the ISI, and senior militants from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group responsible for the Mumbai attacks", the report said. Headley reportedly claimed that a key motivation for the ISI in aiding the attacks was to bol-

ster militant organisations with strong links to the Pakistani state and security establishment who were being marginalised by more extreme radical groups. "Headley, who undertook surveillance of the targets in Mumbai for the operation, claims that at least two of his missions were partly paid for by the ISI and that he regularly reported to the spy agency. "However, the documents suggest that supervision of the militants by the ISI was often

chaotic and that the most senior officers of the agency may have been unaware at least of the scale and ambition of the operation before it was launched", the report said. According to the report, European and American security services now feared that LeT was moving from what has been a largely regional agenda focused on Jammu and Kashmir to a global agenda involving strikes against the west or western interests.

FROM PAGE 1 Kidnap accused now flees IPHB

however prolonged as Panjim Police decided to wait until the chargesheeting of the kidnap case against him. Now that he has escaped custody, cases of kidnapping and attempting suicide will remain hanging fire.

Kisan Swaraj Yatra reaches Goa

impoverishment and misery heaped on them by an industrial system of agriculture…We do not approve their diabolical GM, hybrid seeds and poisonous chemicals that ruin bio-diversity, soils, rural economy and health,” a farmer from Sabarmati said. They have urged farmers not to resort to killing themselves and suggested their fellowmen to adapt to a toxic-free, debt-free, pro-nature, affordable system of bio-diverse agriculture based on local resources and innovations to improve net income and growing wholesome food for all. The members also had a meeting with the ICAR officials today. At a meeting held at Grace Church hall, Margao, Miguel Braganza of Organic Farmers Association of India (OFAI), welcomed the farmers from all over India and informed the good effects of organic farming.

Gajanan Halli of Vidharba in Maharashtra said “Corporates are brain washing the people into buying multinational products and people become slaves of these products like toothpaste which was never used in the rural earlier”.

Punjab ryots reeling under debt: farmer

The loans keep on mounting. Intense depression and penury coupled with no encouragement from the State force the farmers to end their lives, he said. Balwinder said that the State government is well informed about the issues of ailing farming community. “But they are not bothered. Loans are given to the farmers but what’s the use when they can’t pay the debt back,” he questioned. The pesticide menace has also hit this farming village. Balwinder said that according to a survey, pesticides are found in blood of locals. “Through German test of hair and urine, uranium is detected in their bodies,” he added. Mentally retarded kids are born. The state of people is worst, Balwinder said. The scenario has also cast shadow on the social fabric in this village. “It’s difficult to get a bride for youths here. Parents are ready to give their daughter to sweeper or clerk but not a farmer,” he said. Balwinder said that Punjab’s villages have lesser people taking up farming which should be a matter of concern for policy makers.

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Three bluechip IPOs to hit Eduardo Faleiro to be felicitated on Oct 26 Dalal Street in Jan-Mar 2011 of State and has handled various portfolios. These include external affairs, economic affairs, fertilisers, electronics and ocean development. As Commissioner of NRI Affairs, he has helped to create opportunities for the youth abroad. His work comprised of a strong business and economic content. The Goa Chamber of


Enormous appetite in the market, says Disinvestment Secretary PTI


The public offerings of three bluechip navratna companies -- SAIL, Indian Oil and ONGC -- will hit Dalal Street in the first quarter of next year, a top government official said today. “During the first quarter (January-March) of next calender year, we will see the public offerings of SAIL, IOC and ONGC," Disinvestment Secretary Sumit Bose told reporters here during the roadshow of Coal India IPO. When asked whether these big public issues could flood the primary market, Bose said we can adjust three issues in three months that means each month (January, February and March) there will be one big ticket issue. "There is enormous appetite in the market," the Secretary added. Coal India Ltd's Rs 15,000-crore mega IPO that closes on October 21 will help the Centre narrow its fiscal target. Steel Authority of India's first phase follow-on public offer (FPO) is estimated to garner about Rs 8,000 crore. SAIL Chairman C S Verma, yesterday, said that the first tranche of the company's 20 per cent share sale programme could be launched in mid December and if that deadline is missed the same will happen in January-February 2011. The government plans to sell 5 per cent stake in Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and 10 per cent in Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to raise about Rs 21,000 crore this fiscal. The government plans to launch its disinvestment plan in a big way in the last quarter of current financial year, as it is chasing the target of raising Rs 40,000 crore by March 2011 through offloading its stakes in state-owned firms. "We are hopeful of achieving that target of (Rs 40,000 crore)", Bose said. "The entire process is not limited to managing only fiscal deficit but goes to corporate governance and widespread ownership by public," he said. Bose, however, did not divulge the break-up figures of these three follow-on public offerings. The details of FPO of petroleum major Indian Oil will be decided shortly, he said adding the firm is likely to invite applications for the appointment of merchant bankers in the next couple of days. However, the government, Bose added, will not go ahead with the public issues of the trading company MMTC and steel producer RINL in the current fiscal. "We will look at (RINL) it in the next fiscal," he said. On amount and time of the IOC public issue, he said the modalities would be decided later. Similarly, the modalities for disinvestment of oil giant ONGC would be finalised in the coming days, he added.

Coal India IPO oversubscribed 1.57 times AGENCIES MUMBAI, OCT 19

Coal India Ltd's Rs 15,000 crore mega initial public offer, the country's largest so far, got demands for 1.57 times of shares on offer hours before closure of the second day of the issue on Tuesday. The issue attracted bids for 99.11 crore

shares against 63.1 crore equities on offer, as per the data available till 1600 hrs on the

National Stock Exchange. The issue is priced in the range of Rs 225 and Rs 245 a share. The government is divesting 10 per cent of its stake in CIL -- the world's largest coal producer. At the upper end of price range, Coal India public issue is worth Rs 15,475 crore and at the lower end it would fetch about Rs 14,211.81 crore. The offer closes on 21 October. For institutional buyers the IPO will close tomorrow. Issue price will be decided by a Group of Ministers on 23rd October. Primary market analysts believe participation from retail investors will pick up in the last two days, as they usually follow the trend of institutional investors. Besides, there is one additional exclusive day re-

served for them (21st October). The navratna company is expected to list on the domestic bourses by 4 November. Anil Ambani Group company Reliance Power's public issue, which mopped up Rs 11,500 crore in January 2008, was India's biggest IPO before the ongoing CIL public offer. CIL is the largest coal producer and coal reserve holder in the world, contributing 82 per cent of total coal production in India. Citigroup Global Markets India, Deutsche Equities India, DSP Merrill Lynch, Enam Securities, Kotak Mahindra Capital and Morgan Stanley India are book running lead managers to the CIL IPO.

Eduardo Faleiro, Commissioner for NRI Affairs, recently completed 70 years of age. Having had a very impressive track record in serving the people of Goa and also in his capacity as Member of Parliament, he is the first Goan MP who joined the central cabinet as Minister

Halarnkar inaugurates new HP gas distributorship HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, OCT 19

Goa LPG Regional Office of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited has commissioned a new LPG

distributorship at Tivim on 17 October 2010. This is the 29th distributorship of HP Gas in the State of Goa. The showroom of the new distributorship located at St Christopher Centre was inaugurated by Tivim MLA and Honourable Minister of Tourism, Nilkanth Halarnkar, in an informal function.

Speaking on the occasion Sr Regional Manager-LPG, HPCL Goa M Vasanta Rao informed the gathering that there was an HP gas agency in Tivim earlier, which was terminated in 1998. Thereafter, the area was attached to HP Gas distributor of Bicholim for LPG supplies.

ferred to the new distributorship. A new consumer number would be advised by this new distributor to all the existing HP customers. In case any local Bharat Gas consumer needs to transfer to the new HP Gas Agency for convenience sake, the same is possible.

The new distributorship will supply LPG cylinders in Tivim, Rivona, Nanoda and part of Assonora. The existing HP gas consumers in the area will be automatically trans-

Vasanta Rao has requested all consumers and the local consumer forum to co-operate with the new distributorship in providing good customer service.

FIIs keep Rupee stable amid volatile trade PTI MUMBAI, OCT 19

In volatile trade, hefty foreign fund flows into stocks kept the rupee nearly stable to close at 44.35/36 against the US currency despite sharp fall in domestic equities. In a two-way fluctuation at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic unit opened lower at 44.42/43 a dollar from yesterday's close of 44.36/37. Later, it dropped further to the day's low of 44.55 on good dollar demand from importers as well as initial weakness in local equities. Strong dollar overseas against its six major rivals too impacted the rupee sentiment. The dollar index was up by 0.45 per cent in London today. However, sustained capital inflows amid dollar selling by exporters and banks helped the rupee to bounce back to a high of 44.19.

Foreign Institutional Investors pumped in over $4 bil-

lion in the current month so far, taking the total inflows in 2010 till October 18 to nearly a record $23.7 billion. Late selloff in stocks weighed on the rupee and it fell back to settle the day at 44.35/36. The BSE benchmark Sensex closed down by 185.76 points or 0.92 per cent. Meanwhile, global crude oil was quoting around $ 82 a barrel in London this afternoon. The rupee premium for the forward dollar ended mixed on alternate bouts of buying and selling. The bench-

mark six-month forward dollar premium payable in March finished slightly weak at 125- 127 paise from 126-1/2-128-1/2 paise on Monday while far-forward maturing in September settled higher at 235-237 paise from 228-1/2-230-1/2 paise previously. The Reserve Bank of India has fixed the reference rate for the dollar at Rs 44.46 and the euro at Rs 61.85. In cross-currency trade, the domestic unit firmed up against the pound sterling, the euro and the Japanese yen. The rupee improved further to Rs 69.92/94 per pound sterling from Monday's close of Rs 70.49/51 and remained firm at Rs 61.58/60 against the euro from Rs 61.63/65 previously. It, however, recovered against the yen to Rs 54.40/42 per 100 yen from its last close of Rs 54.59/61.

Bicholim Urban Co op Bank posts handsome profits HERALD CORRESPONDENT Bicholim Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd Chairman Umesh Zantye said the bank has posted a profit of Rs 1,05,42,271 last year despite long standing competition from apex banks.

ing was attended by Vice Chairman Dr Shekhar Salkar, Directors Ramchandra Garde, Shashikant Sardesai, Gurudatt Sanzgiri, Vinayak Shirodkar, Gajanan Kanekar, Ramanand Natekar, Dr Shivanand Gawas, Pallavi Salgaonkar, Sudesh Naik and Praveen Zantye and Managing Director Sudesh Parrikar.

Zantye was recently addressing the annual general body meeting at Hirabai Zantye Memorial Hall, Bicholim. The 25th general body meet-

Zantye announced 10% dividend to shareholders and stated that the share capital amounted to Rs 816.08 lakh, Reserve fund (Rs 1,437.82


Sensex falls on profit booking PTI MUMBAI, OCT 19

For the first time in about three weeks, stock market benchmark Sensex today closed below the psychological 20,000-mark, plunging 186 points in the last hour trade on heavy profit booking in blue-chips like Infosys, DLF and Tata Steel. The National Stock Exchange's 50-share Nifty index also finished the day lower by 0.80 per cent at 6,027.30. Analysts said fund requirements of the mega IPO of Stateowned Coal India Ltd (CIL), which were expected to rise about Rs 15,000 crore, and a slowdown in the foreign fund inflows contributed to the Sensex's fall. Despite firm cues from overseas markets, the Bombay Stock Exchange's 30-share barometer ended lower by 185.76 points, or 0.92 per cent, at 19,983.13 -- its lowest close since September 29, when the index had settled at 19,956.24. Since then, it had been closing in the 20,000 plus range.

Aban Offshor, 885.1, 885.1, 852.7, 865.6 Abb Ltd., 849, 943.8, 849, 926 Abg Shipyard, 281.15, 295.4, 275.35, 293.65 Acc Limited, 1025, 1040.2, 1012.55, 1018.3 Adani Enterp, 694.45, 706, 683.3, 693.65 Aditya Birla, 871.6, 884, 858.1, 868.95 Allahabad Ba, 241.9, 242.4, 234, 236.95 Alstom Proje, 850.05, 862.05, 834, 847.75 Ambuja Cemen, 142.75, 143.5, 138.8, 141.2 Andhra Bank, 169.35, 169.95, 162.1, 163.55 Ashok Leylan, 76.25, 76.9, 73.7, 73.9 Asian Paints, 2734, 2734, 2670, 2675.75 Axis Bank Li, 1572, 1583.7, 1556.1, 1570.35 Bajaj Hindus, 132.5, 135.45, 131.2, 133.45 Bank Of Baro, 925.15, 952, 925.1, 942.2 Bank Of Indi, 575, 585.9, 551.1, 558.45 Beml Limited, 1166.05, 1170, 1136.3, 1144.65 Bharat Elect, 1888.8, 1910, 1850, 1872.35 Bharat Forge, 374.9, 374.9, 365, 368.85 Bharat Petro, 758, 760, 742.4, 747.05 Bharti Airte, 356.95, 359.9, 349.65, 352.9 Bhel, 2619.8, 2627.7, 2574, 2581.25 Bhushan Stee, 512, 516.85, 492.4, 499.5 Biocon Limit, 409, 415.6, 397.25, 410.95 Bombay Dyein, 648.7, 669, 633.9, 650.65 Bosch Limite, 6215, 6239, 6072, 6089.4

Commerce and Industry has, therefore, taken the initiative to form a committee to felicitate him for his meritorious service on 26 October 2010. Ramakant Khalap and Cesar Menezes are the convenors of the committee. In this connection, it must be observed that the media had been briefed on the devel-

Brigade Ente, 145.6, 149.6, 145.1, 145.7 Cairn India, 340.95, 341.75, 335, 336.7 Canara Bank, 627, 633, 609.1, 618.85 Central Bank, 198.1, 199, 192.9, 194.15 Century Text, 545, 545, 517.2, 524.4 Cesc Ltd, 411, 411, 392.25, 396.35 Chambal Fert, 74, 75.35, 67.5, 74.1 Chennai Petr, 255, 260, 252.15, 255.5 Cipla Ltd, 332.2, 340.3, 332.15, 337.2 Colgate Palm, 850, 863.95, 850, 859.1 Container Co, 1333.95, 1336, 1305, 1313.8 Crompton Gre, 335.25, 338.1, 320.7, 323 Cummins Indi, 738, 738, 728.3, 730.35 Dabur India, 108.55, 109.5, 106.2, 107.05 Deccan Chron, 137, 138.9, 134.2, 136.05 Dish Tv Indi, 54.6, 55, 54, 54.6 Divi’s Labor, 723.5, 733.8, 716.05, 725.7 Dlf Limited, 383.9, 386.4, 374.25, 382.65 Dr. reddy’s, 1562.95, 1586.1, 1544.15, 1560.4 Edelweiss Ca, 59.9, 63.25, 58.25, 62.4 Educomp Solu, 638.95, 641.8, 623.1, 628.05 Eih Limited, 140.4, 142.6, 138.6, 140.2 Engineers In, 350, 352.9, 346, 347.35 Essar Oil Lt, 141.9, 141.9, 136.6, 139.75 Essar Shippi, 115.5, 117.65, 112.3, 113.25 Exide Indust, 172.7, 172.7, 167.65, 168.85

Federal Bank, 422, 425.35, 412.25, 415.75 Financial Te, 1192, 1192, 1162.1, 1173.05 Gail (india), 485, 498.65, 485, 490.15 Gammon India, 212.8, 213.85, 210.25, 211.05 Glaxosmithkl, 2276, 2304.9, 2260.1, 2293.4 Glenmark Pha, 311.95, 316, 301, 306.7 Gmr Infrastr, 59.05, 59.55, 58.25, 58.7 Godrej Indus, 230.7, 230.7, 219, 221.25 Grasim Indus, 2353.05, 2369, 2312.65, 2344.8 Great Offsho, 390, 394, 381.5, 384.8 Gtl Infra.Lt, 45, 45.7, 44.55, 44.7 Gujarat Mine, 140.05, 141.7, 136.25, 138.3 Gujarat N R, 63.9, 64.5, 62, 62.65 Gujarat Stat, 118, 118, 115.15, 116.7 Gvk Pow. & I, 47, 47.25, 45.6, 46.05 Hcl Technolo, 430, 435, 427, 433.15 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2435.15, 2448, 2390, 2405.75 Hdfc Ltd, 734, 734.7, 709, 717.35 Hero Honda M, 1843, 1850.05, 1828, 1844.15 Hindalco in, 211.8, 217.25, 210.8, 214.7 Hindustan Co, 64, 67.35, 63.2, 65.25 Hindustan Ma, 74.65, 74.8, 73.2, 73.5 Hindustan Pe, 518, 521, 508.6, 511.95 Hindustan Un, 298.6, 300, 293.25, 295.8 Hindustan Zi, 1200, 1201.2, 1170, 1175.65

lakh), deposits (Rs 22,696.25 lakh), advances (Rs 13,863.68 lakh), investments (Rs 9,469.02 lakh) and working capital (Rs 25,079.27 lakh). Shareholders including Ravi Jalmi, Sudesh Gawas, Kamlesh Bandekar, Deu Pal, Gurudas Zantye and Vishant Vaze put forth their suggestions for the upliftment of the bank. Dr Salkar proposed a vote of thanks.

Housing Dev, 279.5, 281.7, 269.4, 273.9 Icici Bank L, 1141, 1141.9, 1118.25, 1126.2 Idea Cellula, 72.5, 73.4, 70.3, 70.75 Ifci Ltd, 69.8, 73.9, 69.7, 73.15 India Cement, 120, 121.95, 116.9, 118.75 India Infoli, 125, 125.45, 119.6, 120.6 Indiabulls F, 170, 188.5, 170, 182.2 Indiabulls R, 199, 199, 184.6, 189.6 Indian Bank, 310.25, 313.4, 293.75, 300.05 Indian Hotel, 103.4, 103.75, 100.6, 102.2 Indian Oil C, 426.95, 429.25, 418.75, 422.55 Indian Overs, 148.5, 154.3, 146.55, 149.7 Indus Dev Ba, 156, 159.8, 154.2, 157 Indusind Ban, 280, 285, 272, 280.25 Infosys Tech, 3060, 3085.65, 3037.05, 3076.3 Infra. dev., 208.75, 208.75, 200.5, 207.05 Ispat Indust, 23, 23.15, 22.4, 22.6 Itc Ltd, 172, 173.35, 169.6, 172.45 Ivrcl Infras, 163, 164.95, 160.6, 162.7 Jai Corp Lim, 266.8, 266.8, 259.2, 261.55 Jaiprakash A, 135.5, 136.35, 129.75, 131.95 Jet Airways, 825, 837.35, 815, 820.9 Jindal Saw L, 214.4, 215.9, 209, 211.8 Jindal Steel, 741.7, 744.7, 720, 725.1 Jsw Steel Li, 1374, 1376, 1314.1, 1336.45 Kotak Mahind, 512.8, 516.25, 498, 503.2 Lakshmi Mach, 2451.25, 2523.4, 2424.95,

opment at a conference organised by Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Bandekar Bhavan, T B Da Cunha road on 18 October. Important luminaries like Kamal Nath, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Governor of Goa Dr S S Sidhu and Goa’s Speaker Pratap Sing Rane are expected to grace the felicitation ceremony on 26 October, when Eduardo Faleiro will be presented with a silver salver, a shawl and a portrait.


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MF FUNDA Religare Mutual Fund has declared a maiden dividend of 12% (Rs 1.200 per unit on a face value of Rs 10), in . The record date for dividend is October 22, 2010. Tata Select Equity Fund has declared a dividend of 50% (Rs 5.00 per unit on a face value of Rs 10). The record date for dividend is October 22, 2010. All investors registered under the dividend option of the scheme as on October 22, 2010 will receive this dividend. Franklin Templeton Investments India has announced dividends in (FIOF), (FIF) and (20’s Plan, 30’s Plan & 40’s Plan). The record date for the dividend is October 22, 2010. Religare Mutual Fund has decided to convert Religare Infrastructure Fund, a close ended equity scheme with a maturity of 3 years (maturing on 22 November 2010) into an open ended equity scheme with effect from 23 November 2010. Accordingly, the load structure has been proposed to be altered. It includes for transactions through Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) and Systematic Transfer Plan (STP). The exit option can be availed between 22 October 2010 to 22 November 2010. Sahara Mutual Fund has announced the introduction of daily / weekly Systematic Transfer Plan (STP) in all the open ended schemes with effect from 20 October 2010. For all the open ended schemes of Sahara Mutual Fund except Sahara Taxgain Fund, the minimum STP is Rs 100 and in multiples of Rs 1 for daily frequency and Rs 500 and in multiples of Rs 1 for weekly frequency. Religare Mutual Fund has unveiled a new fund named as Religare Fixed Maturity Plan – Series III – Plan F (370 Days) under Religare Fixed Maturity Plan – Series III – Plan A to F. The tenure of scheme is 370 days from the date of allotment. The scheme offers growth and dividend payout option. The minimum application amount is Rs 5000 and in multiples of Rs 10 thereafter. Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund has announced the introduction of daily dividend option (reinvestment facility) under the institutional plan of Birla Sun Life Floating Rate Fund-Long Term Plan with effect from 21 October 2010. The option will be offered at Rs 10/- each at par on 21 October 2010. UTI Mutual Fund’s closing date for the NFO of UTI – Fixed Maturity Plan – Yearly Series, is 25 October 2010 instead of 29 October 2010. This opened for sale on 18 October 2010. The date of allotment of the units under the plan will be 25 October 2010. The minimum amount for application under Regular Plan is Rs 10,000 and thereafter in multiples of Rs 10 (increased from Rs 1).

2492.5 Lanco Infrat, 71.3, 71.6, 69, 70.15 Larsen & Tou, 2041.5, 2069.05, 2025.1, 2043.35 Lic Housing, 1452.95, 1464.65, 1402.25, 1413.25 Lupin Limite, 409.9, 414.5, 405.3, 411.5 Mahanagar Te, 66.5, 66.95, 65.1, 65.35 Mahindra & M, 729.05, 732.1, 694.1, 705.05 Maruti Suzuk, 1492, 1507, 1472.3, 1497.2 Max India Lt, 171, 171.1, 163.6, 165.4 Maytas Infr., 214.5, 215.9, 210.15, 211.45 Moser-baer (, 70.55, 71.1, 68.3, 69.2 Mrpl, 82.1, 83.35, 81.1, 81.7 Nagarjuna Co, 152.75, 155.25, 151.1, 152 Nagarjuna Fe, 32.55, 32.95, 31.15, 31.5 National Alu, 415, 417, 408.05, 410.9 Neyveli Lign, 172.1, 173.4, 166.45, 167.5 Ntpc Ltd, 215.3, 216.65, 212.65, 214.65 Oil And Natu, 1390, 1395, 1354.75, 1362.45 Omaxe Limite, 146.95, 150, 146.55, 147.7 Oriental Ban, 507.45, 507.45, 481.15, 486.5 Pantaloon Re, 511, 520, 500.5, 503.35 Parsvnath De, 141, 142.2, 137.1, 138.1 Petronet Lng, 113.45, 114.25, 111.6, 113.3 Power Fin Co, 365, 368, 357.15, 363.8 Power Grid C, 109.5, 110.7, 108.65, 109.5 Praj Industr, 80, 81.7, 78.65, 80.15

Punj Lloyd L, 135, 137.15, 130.15, 132.1 Punjab Natio, 1302, 1325, 1302, 1310.05 Rajesh Expor, 106.6, 106.85, 100.25, 100.6 Ranbaxy Labs, 580.2, 590.4, 574.5, 586.15 Rashtriya Ch, 87.4, 87.85, 84.65, 85.95 Rel. nat. re, 41.05, 41.3, 40.1, 40.35 Reliance Cap, 858.15, 863.5, 838, 848 Reliance Com, 179.05, 183.85, 178.2, 180.55 Reliance Ene, 1205, 1208, 1171.31, 1178.7 Reliance Ind, 913.8, 915, 885, 899.25 Reliance Ind, 1046.7, 1054.8, 1030.55, 1049.65 Reliance Pow, 166.65, 167.35, 164.2, 165.05 Rolta India, 170.95, 170.95, 168.05, 169.1 Satyam Compu, 86.7, 87.6, 84.05, 84.4 Sesa Goa Ltd, 360, 360, 345.25, 350.15 Shipping Cor, 192, 192, 182.05, 183.8 Siemens Ltd, 821.25, 825, 810, 815.35 Sintex Indus, 435.9, 436, 422.75, 426.8 Sobha Develo, 375, 377, 365.1, 370.25 State Bank O, 3218, 3267.9, 3215, 3247.4 Steel Author, 227.2, 228.6, 220.75, 221.9 Sterlite Ind, 176.85, 177, 172.8, 174 Sun Pharmace, 2039, 2077, 2021.6, 2064.4 Sun Tv Netwo, 521.3, 526.4, 521.1, 523.35 Suzlon Energ, 58.6, 58.9, 56.8, 57.45

Tata Communi, 333, 339.85, 329.95, 333.1 Tata Consult, 944.05, 954.7, 869, 942.6 Tata Motors, 1134.4, 1139.65, 1093, 1102.95 Tata Power C, 1441.7, 1468.4, 1411.35, 1425.85 Tata Steel L, 654.95, 658.95, 619.3, 626.6 Tata Teleser, 23.2, 23.6, 23, 23.25 Tech Mahindr, 768.5, 774.3, 760.45, 766.65 The Ge Shpg., 334, 334, 320.65, 322.9 The Phoenix, 248.1, 261.85, 248.1, 253 Thermax Ltd, 829, 834, 801.05, 803.95 Titan Indust, 3390, 3390, 3313, 3331.8 Torrent Powe, 330.1, 332.6, 327.15, 330.15 Triveni Engg, 123.15, 126, 120.6, 122.25 Tv18 India L, 92, 93.3, 91, 91.35 Uco Bank, 128, 128, 120.65, 122.1 Ultratech Ce, 1106.05, 1120, 1085, 1089.85 Union Bank O, 395, 400.55, 384.55, 388.9 Unitech Ltd, 95.4, 95.4, 92, 93.6 United Phosp, 184.85, 184.85, 181.05, 181.75 Videocon Ind, 291, 291, 276.35, 279.45 Vijaya Bank, 90, 91.25, 89.2, 90.55 Voltas Ltd, 244.85, 245.75, 236.6, 239.2 Wipro Ltd, 459.05, 468, 454, 462.5 Yes Bank Lim, 345.65, 352.9, 343.75, 351.4 Zee Entertai, 296, 296.8, 288.6, 294.6


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Karnataka iron ore ban results in 14.20% export dip AGENCY CHENNAI, OCT 19

Iron ore handled at major ports has dipped, resulting in a 14.20 percent drop corresponding to nearly six million tonnes. The main reason for this is Karnataka’s ban of iron ore exports coupled with a sluggish Chinese demand. The drop is for the first half of the current fiscal

ending 30 September 2010 as compared to available figures during the same period last year. Iron ore handled in the first half declined to 36 mt (42 mt) due to the ban. The ban on exports became effective from 26 July, and has affected Chennai, Ennore and new Mangalore ports. The aforesaid ports are heavily

dependent on iron ore from Bellary and Hospet regions of Karnataka. Iron ore handling declined by nearly half in the first six months of the current fiscal at Chennai and New Mangalore ports. Chennai handled 20.71 lakh tonnes (43 lakh tonnes) while New Mangalore handled 21 lakh tonnes (42 lakh tonnes), according

to first data released by the Indian Ports Association.

Karnataka is the second largest producer of iron ore

and produces nearly 45 mt of the 225 mt mined in the country, annually. In contrast, the new Mormugao port that gets iron ore from mines located within Goa, saw a 6.84 per cent surge in iron ore handling to 13.62 mt (42 mt) during the first half. K Ravichandran, Senior Vice President, ICRA Ltd, said the fall in iron ore traffic in some of the major ports was also due to slowdown of iron

ore demand in China. This fall occurred in the first quarter of 2010-11 and subsequent restrictions on iron ore transport and exports, imposed by the Karnataka Government in the second quarter. Iron ore export growth is facing a downtrend and a near term progressive outlook may halt in its tracks, unless the Karnataka issue is sorted out, he said. In Chennai, not a single

tonne of iron ore was moved or exported after August 15. Similar was the case of Krishnapatnam and Mangalore, said an industry source. The entire drop in iron ore traffic can be fully attributed to the export ban by Karnataka. It is not only ports, but even the State of Karnataka is losing out on huge revenues in the form of Forest Development tax and also royalty, said Mr Raghavendra Rao, Head (Cor-

porate Communications), MSPL Ltd, one of the largest exporters of iron ore. Despite the drop, the overall traffic at major ports was marginally positive during the first half when compared with the corresponding period of last year. Traffic at ports saw a marginal increase of 1.23 per cent to 271 million tonnes (mt), compared with 268 mt in the same period last year.

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Siolim Sodiem squeeze past FC Siolim HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, OCT 19

Mukund Shirodkar netted in the 90th minute to give Siolim Sodiem Sports and Welfare Association a 2-1 win over rivals Football Club of Siolim in GFA’s Third Division at St Anthony’s church ground, Siolim on Tuesday. FC Siolim led 1-0 at the lemon break. Pradeep Pombuphekar received his second yellow card and was sent off in the 74th minute for FC Siolim, which allowed Sodiem to take advantage

Nana Bros lift Mayuri trophy HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, OCT 19

Don Bosco HS, winners of U-16 boys PYKKA North Zone soccer tournament seen alongwith Clifford Chukuwama, Sesa FA coach, Fr. Dominic Savio, principal, Don Bosco HS, Celvin Fernandes, SAG coach, Francis Raposo and Kalidas Ghatwal. They beat Fr Agnel HS, Pilar.

Sherel stars for St Estevam Maina Friends Circle up HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, OCT 19

Ha t - t r i c k h e ro S h e re l Menezes handed victory to Santo Estevam as they overcame Batim Youth Club 3-0 at University ground, Taleigao on Tuesday. Sherel opened the scoring in

the 18th minute. Just before theBreak, Sherel punted in for his second. After change of ends, both teams pushed forward in search of a goal, but the match belonged to Sherel as he struck 19 minutes from time tocomplete his hat-trick.

Tie-breaker at Britona PANJIM (HSD) – Penha de Franca SC will organise their All-Goa

3-a-side tie-breaker on October 23, near village panchayat, Penha de Franca, Britona at 7 p.m. The winners and runners-up will take Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively. Spot entries will be accepted.


Maina Friends Circle beat All Friends, Curtorim 4-3 via sudden death in Fr. Gervasio Pinto memorial football tournament organised by Angel Boys of C u rc h o re m a t F i g u e i re d o ground, Curchorem on Sunday. The teams were locked in a goalless draw at full time. After change of ends, Maina missed an open goal when a shot from Shamba Kurtikar went straight in the hands of keeper Oswin Rodrigues of Curtorim. In the sudden death, Tony Dias, Oswin Rodriguese and Diago Dias scored for All Friends while Alex Mascarenhas, Brendon Fernandes, Leroy Vaz and

Melbon Gonsalves netted for Friends Circle. Meanwhile, Star Boys of Quepem defeated Rosary Youth, Davorlim 2-0 on Saturday. In the very 3rd minute Jovin Fernandes converted a corner kick and opened the account for Star Boys. In the 10th minute, Alan Rodriguese doubled the score. Rosary Youth made a couple of attempts to score but to their bad luck did not manage to shoot on target. Joseph Fernandes of Quepem got the red card. In another match, Chris Boys got the better of Rebello Pandels, Maina via the tie-breker 42. The teams were goalless at the end of regular time.


Nerul Sports Club defeated Friends XI, Vaddem 2-0 to move into the quarter-finals of 37th Candolim Panchayat Cup intervillage football tournament or-

ganised by Candolim Sports Club at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim on Tuesday. After a barren first half, Nerul shot into the lead in the 10th minute of the second half through Leroy Almeida off a Dynaneshwar cross. Down by a goal, Vaddem tried to level the score but their forwards failed to find the net. Nerul doubled the lead in the 20th minute through a solo effort by Mousim Agha.


Fr Agnel Youth Club, Paroda stunned St Anthony’s Sporting Club, Colva, 2-1 to move into the semi-finals of Sebastiao Rosario Dias memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Davorlim Sports Club at Zorivado ground, Davorlim on Tuesday. Fr Agnel were trailing 0-1 at half time. St Anthony’s held the upper hand in the opening session and called the shots against the rival citadel. Their persistent forays were rewarded when John Fernandes bulged the net midway. Crossing over, Fr Agnel came back strongly and tormented the rival citadel with orchestrated raids. Patrick Lima equalised with a snap shot in the 43rd minute. With time running out, Fr Agnel struck the match-winner when striker Antonio Fernandes punished the rival keeper with an adroit placement.

of the extra man and score two late goals. Sodiem had fewer chances on goal but they managed to take full advantage with their direct approach on the goal and made thorough use of limited opportunities. FC Siolim will feel disappointed after not taking their chances but they were not clinical enough on occasions. Melroy D’souza did well to distribute the ball in midfield. With just 40 seconds gone

on the clock FC Siolim took the lead through Pravin Govenkar who headed in a corner taken by Melroy D’Souza. After the interval, FC Siolim continued to apply pressure down the wings but could not extend the lead. In the 83rd minute, FC Siolim keeper, Joseph Britto did well to save a shot from Dylan Noronha but Rakesh Va i n g a n k a r s m a s h e d t h e equaliser into the top corner of the net to put Sodiem on level terms.

In the last minute, Sodiem intercepted the ball from their opponents and the ball fell to Rashiketh Salgaonkar and he played the ball across the goalmouth for Mukund Shirodkar to tap in easily. During the match, the FC Siolim team protested that one of the Sodiem players arrived late and should not have been allowed to take the field as a substitute. The Match Commissioner clarified that he had seen the player present before the match.

Sanquelim Eagles triumph l GWS cricket cup in Dubai

Nana Brothers, Tikhazan, Mayem defeated Math XI, Mayem 3-0 to win the late Mayuri Sawant football trophy at Gaonkarwada Mayem ground on Tuesday. The winners took home a trophy and Rs 3,000 while the runners-up had to be content with Rs 2,000 and a trophy. Prizes were distributed by Mayem sarpanch, Nilkanth Nagvekar, panchas, Tulshidas Chodankar, Kajal Karbotkar, Sanjay Arondekar, Laxman Sawant, Santoshkumar Sawant and social worker Vassudev Gaonkar.


Vijayanand SC, Tikhazan, Mayem emerged victorious in Bicholim Taluka level football organised by Raunak Cricketers, Kumbharwada Mayem and sponsored by Goa Sena. They defeated Simran Club, Mayem in the tie-breaker. At the regulation time, the teams settled for a 1-1 draw. The winners walked away with a trophy and Rs 7,000 while the runners-up had to be content with a trophy and Rs 5000. Mayem sarpanch, Nilkanth Nagvekar, panch Tulshidas Chodankar, Mayem Bhuvimochan Narrik Kruti Samiti president, Kashinath Mayekar, Raunak president, Ramesh Harmalkar and Vithal Narvekar were present at the prize distribution ceremony.

Sanquelim Eagles, Dubai won the GWS cricket cup 2 0 1 0 o rg a n i s e d b y G o a n Welfare Society, Dubai at Zabeel Park cricket ground, Dubai. In the one-sided final, Sanquelim Eagles defeated Jolly Tiger Golden team by 21 runs.

Batting first, Sanquelim scored 39 runs in 4 overs with the help of a blistering performance from Sher Khan, who was awarded man-of-thefinal and man-of-thetournament. He was well supported by Feroz Aga, captain Younus and Firdous of Sanquelim Eagles. Jolly Tiger scored 18 runs

in 4 overs with good bowling performance by Feroz Aga, Younus, Sher Khan and left arm pacer Irfan (Tajuddin) who was awarded best bowler prize of the tournament. Earlier, Sanquelim Eagles defeated Valpoi SC, Ponda and in the semi-finals they defeated The Unknown Virus.

organised by Rossman Cruz Sports Club at Nagoa ground, on Tuesday. There was no score at half time. Both teams went into the attack and kept either goalkeepers busy. They had their scoring

chances but the forwards frittered away numerous chances in ideal positions. After the break, both teams continued in the same vein with their forwards testing the rival

goalkeepers with snap shots. With time running out, Verna made last ditch efforts which bore fruit when John Fernandes found the roof of the net.


Verna nose out Betalbatim Sporting HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, OCT 19

Verna Sports Club defeated Betalbatim Sporting Club 1-0 to enter the quarter-finals of Nagoa Cup inter-village football tournament

St. Mary’s High School, Ponda emerged Ponda taluka champions in U-14 girls football tournament. They defeated St. Anthony’s High School, Shiroda in the finals 4-0. Valenie Fernandes outclassed for St Mary’s scoring all the four goals. Squatting (l to r): Sindhuja, Dishna, Alifa, Velanie, Divya, Nishirl Fernandes, Valdivia. Sitting: Jesuraj (P.E. teacher), Sr. Annie Paul (headmistress and manager) and Sr. Shaila Chacko (superior). Standing: Tarika, Swati, Juvena, Elishka, Sijourney, Nomita, Sequoah and Neyshirl Vaz.

State taekwondo team for Nationals Kingfisher Pro League: Dempo Sports Club v. Salgaocar Sports Club, Duler Stadium, Mapusa; Churchill Bros Sports Club v. Sporting Clube de Goa, Tilak Maidan, Vasco. Kick off 4 p.m. Third Division football: Dabolim Youth SC v. Quellossim SC, Cansaulim ground; Nauxim SC v. Crown Club, University ground; Canacona Sports Academy v. Dramapur SC, Dramapur ground. Kick off 4 p.m. Utorda Lourdes soccer: United Club of Benaulim v. Raia Sporting, SAG ground Utorda, 4.15 p.m. 37th Candolim Panchayat Cup soccer quarters: Calangute Association v. Penha de Franca, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m. Sebastiao Rosario Dias memorial soccer: Don Bosco Orator y, Fatorda v. Navelim Villagers Union, Zorrivaddo ground, Davorlim, 4.30 p.m. Dalton Fernandes memorial soccer semis: St Anthony’s Sporting Club, Colva v. Ambelim Sports Club, Government ground, Sarzora, 4.30 p.m.


The State taekwondo team which will participate in 29th Senior National taekwondo Championship from November

20 to 22 at Billaspur, Chattisgarh. The team will leave Goa on November 16 under the guidance of Francis Dias, manager and Maria Dias. The team has

been trained at the non-residential month long camp by Theophile Lowe, Sunil Sharma and other SAG coaches. Men’s team: Aman Kumar, Ajay Chouhan, Sumit Tiwari, A.

K. Shukla, Zille Singh, Siraj Khan, Rajiv Ranjan and Dinku Singh. Women’s team: Innocencia Miranda, Apeksha Raikar, Diksha Kerkar, Sanida Fernandes and Elisha Furtado.

The State taekwondo team along with R.D. Mangueshkar, president TAG, Francis Dias, manager, Sunil Sharma, coach, V. M Prabhudessai, executive director, SAG, Deepak Mandrekar, secretary, Peter Fernandes, treasurer, Theophile Lowe, coach and Maria Dias, manager.

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GOA, Wednesday, 20 October, 2010

Rooney issue hovers over Bursaspor clash REUTERS LONDON, OCT 19

Alex Ferguson will reveal the most eagerly awaited Manchester United team of the season an hour before tomorrow's Champions League match against Bursaspor, and if Wayne Rooney is not in it Old Trafford will be abuzz. Rooney, who made his spectacular United debut against Turkish opposition with a hattrick in a 6-2 thrashing of Fenerbahce in 2004, was left out of their previous Champions League match, a 1-0 win in Valencia in September, and the subsequent premier league game against Sunderland. Ferguson said his key striker was struggling with an ankle injury, but Rooney, after playing 90 minutes for England last Tuesday, insisted there was nothing wrong with him and had no idea why Ferguson said he was injured. Ferguson left him on the bench for all but the last 20 minutes of Saturday's 2-2 home l e a g u e d r a w w i t h We s t Bromwich Albion and refused afterwards to discuss his decision. British media seized on the ''rift'', claiming that Rooney has refused to sign a contract extension and recalling the surprise exits of former United favourites such as David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jaap Stam after they got on the wrong side of the Scot. Ferguson does not like to be second-guessed by anyone, but if he overlooks last season's double player of the year and United continue to struggle, he will be

in for one of the roughest rides of his career. If Rooney wins a return to Ferguson's starting line-up on Wednesday for the Group C match, he will likely play alongside the Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov. If Rooney misses out, Mexican striker Javier Hernandez is favourite to partner Berbatov. The draw against West Brom, after United had been leading 2-0, was their fifth draw in eight Premier League games this season. They are already five points adrift of leaders Chelsea. They should get back to winning ways against Bursaspor, move to seven points and into a strong position to advance from Group C. Ferguson, though, will be wary of another upset against Turkish opposition. United lost at home to Besiktas last season in their first home European defeat for four years, although by then they had qualified for the knockout stages of the 2009-10 competition. In 1996, Fenerbahce handed United their first home defeat ever in the Champions League/European Cup. Bursaspor, however, are not in that class. They have lost their last six European games without scoring and have never scored in their five European away matches. In this campaign they lost 1-0 at Rangers and were thumped 4-0 at home by Valencia. They also drew 2-2 at the weekend, against Karabukspor, and lead the Turkish league with 20 points from eight games.


PARKING LOTS The four wheelers of spectators with general ticket. 1. Open ground behind KTC bus stand, Margao: Vehicles from Panjim, Vasco and Ponda. 2. In front of OSIA Multiplex: Vehicles coming from Colva, Cuncolim, Quepem. 3. SGPDA pick-up stand: As soon-as KTC and OSIA parking lots are full, vehicles will be parked in this parking lot. 4. Premises of Ravindra Bhavan: This parking lot will be used as an emergency parking lot.

5. Open ground near wholesale fish market: This parking lot will be used as an emergency parking lot. 6. Open space in front of stadium: Police vehicles, emergency and Government vehicles on ODI-duty. 7. Lane near swimming pool: OB Vans. 8. Inside stadium: Only VVIP/VIP cars and players’ coaches. Two-wheelers of spectators will be parked on the football ground behind the swimming

pool. TRAFFIC FLOW 1. The stretch of road from Silva Bar at Ambaji junction to Fatorda junction will be closed for general traffic. Only the VIP car pass holders and the residents will be allowed. 2. Vehicular traffic from Arlem side will be diverted at Arlem Junction to Nuvem bypass or Eastern bypass to proceed for their onward journey. Ticket holders will be diverted via Nuvem bypass to reach the parking lot behind the KTC bus

stand, Margao. 3. General ticket holders approaching Margao from Colva, Cuncolim, Quepem will be allowed to park in front of OSIA Multiplex. 4. Fatorda bound vehicular traffic coming from Margao city will be stopped at Borda near Eurico De Silva house and diverted via Curtorim Circle - Eastern bypass for onward journey. 5. Local buses proceeding to and coming from Ronda/Borim side will be diverted to take the

route via Borda/eastern bypass or Nuvem bypass for onward journey. 6. Heavy vehicular traffic movement will not be allowed from Verna to Arlem Junction via Nuvem and vice-versa from midnight of October 24 till the end of the match. Heavy vehicles will be diverted from Arlem Junction towards Borim via Rassai road for onwards journey to Vasco/ Verna. 7. The Mumbai Bus Stand will be temporarily shifted from the KTC Bus Stand to old Bombay

Bus Stand situated on the wholesale fish market road, Madel-Margao on October 24. 8. The small stretch of road from Davandem to Arlem will be temporarily closed with barricading till the end of the match. 9. The Agalli, Margao to Fatorda Junction road will be physically blocked and only ticket holders and residents will be allowed. 10. No vehicle will be allowed to be parked on all the approach roads of Fatorda stadium.

My balance-sheet proves my credentials: Peter l

Tonito, Savio back up Sporting Clube chief for GFA top post


Politicians should restrict themselves to their own field like providing infrastructure and legislative matters and leave football administration in the hands of administrators, thundered GFA presidential candidate Peter Vaz of Sporting Club. The sentiments were also echoed by Tonito Botelho, who is contesting for the post of member from Ilhas Zone. “If politicians were so much in love with football, Goa ought to have had by now 11 stadiums in 11 Talukas and one would not have had to wait for over three years now to have floodlights at Nehru stadium at Fatorda,” stressed both Peter and Tonito at the press conference in the city on Tuesday, which was also addressed by Savio Messias, GFA secretary. “There has been too much involvement of politicians in the run up to the elections, so much

Peter Vaz addressing the media alongwith Tonito Botelho (left) and Savio Messias in Panjim on Tuesday.

so in Salcete, politicians from different camps have come together to seek votes and ask some candidates to withdraw from contest. That no single candidate succumbed to the unprecedented pressures, speak volumes. That’s the victory of Fair Play and football over politicians. There was tremendous pressure on me also to withdraw, but I resisted it because a large number of clubs asked me not do so. And, I had to respect their intelligent views,” explained Peter. “Anyone is free to contest in a democratic set up like ours.

YBT allegations defamatory: Dionisio HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, OCT 19

Diniosio Sardinha, who is contesting the election to the post of member from Salcete Zone at the forthcoming GFA elections on October 24 has termed the accusations leveled against him about the alleged match-fixing by Young Boys of Tonca president, Nelson D’Cunha as published in a daily (not Herald) as false and defamatory. “I am a candidate contesting the GFA elections from South Goa and the said article has adversely affected my image and also my reputation as an individual. The article has in fact lowered my image and has created an adverse image which would in turn affect my chances of getting elected in the elections. The article has been published with a malafide intention of discouraging me from contesting the GFA elections and also with oblique motive to defeat my chances of getting elected,” Dionisio pointed out. Denying the allegations, Dion-

iso countered, “The allegations are absolutely false and mischievous and therefore denied by me.” Dionisio has taken strong objections for the words, “Often seen on the corridors of Dempo House to collect donations after donations from Srinivas Dempo.” “I deny the same,” he remarked. “The article has caused me mental agony and harassment,” he added. Dionisio has served a notice on Nelson and the secretary of YBT and sought an apology as yesterday’s press note was issued by YBT’s president.

n Dionisio has served a notice on Nelson and the secretary of YBT and sought an apology as yesterday’s press note was issued by YBT’s president.

There is total freedom. And, if anyone has contributed for football upliftment and much more, if one has been deeply involved in GFA activities and pro grammes and delivered, it is but natural and expected that such persons would be best suited for the future job,” reasoned out the Sporting Clube de Goa chief. “I have been closely associated with GFA for long, having worked for over a decade now. For the past three years I have assisted with the planning and execution of Duler Stadium at Mapusa. I have coordinated with

Kochi franchise partners in negotiations

the architect, provided material and manpower and expertise in construction. Be it in administration or programmes, I have made myself available. I never said no to any GFA plan, even to the extent of looking after legal matters whenever the GFA was forced into litigation,” Peter reasoned out. “The issue of Campal Stadium was also taken up by me alongwith Dr Rufino Monteiro. The Caranzalem ground has been reverted to GFA and it will be returfed and used exclusively for youth development activities, which is a priority area.

The final phase of Duler stadium has been planned already. I have hands-on experience as I have been an active participant and not a silent observer,” said Peter. “I have presented my balance sheet for the past three years. Let my opponents, who were also there in GFA present theirs and let the people and clubs be the impartial judges. It’s not proper to brag about oneself, and I don’t want to do that. And only fools would say that all this has been done in just one day or that records are being broken. But, in any case anyone’s work has to be evaluated, assessed

gether,” he added. Tonito also backed Peter for the top job stressing that the work already done by Peter all these years needed to be recognised and rewarded by the clubs. Clubs will surely read through the machinations of some people at the election time, Tonito elaborated. “Everyone knows the forces who think they have arraigned the power to decide for all of Goa who should be or not be in the GFA committees. Voting for candidates of their choice is a fundamental right guaranteed to all the clubs with permanent membership of GFA,” Peter expressed. “Let me finish the work that I have undertaken. The clubs will surely appreciate that the administration has to be streamlined, decentralised and modernized. Sub-committes need to be reactivated and empowered. We need more hands. I don’t want to fool the clubs with a promise of Rs 50,000 because the clubs are my biggest assets. There is lot more to be done. It is by joining our hands that we can achieve much more because Together Everyone Achieves More. I believe in TEAM dictum,” Peter summed up. Both, Savio and Tonito are contesting as members. Victor Fernandes, Sporting’s vice-president was also present.

Warne backs embattled Ponting


The various partners forming the consortium that successfully bid for the Kochi IPL franchise had a series of meetings here today to come to a settlement and form a joint venture company that will hold the franchise rights for the cash-awash Twenty20 League. "There were meetings this afternoon and negotiations are on. All consortium partners were present. They are having another meeting tonight," said sources in know of the developments. The crux of the dispute is who will run the affairs of the franchise, bought from the Cricket Board for a staggering USD 333 million, once the JV was formed. The investors include corporate firms Anchor Earth, Parinee Developers, Rosy Blue and Film Wave - who hold 75 per cent of the equity.

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before pronouncing the judgement,” pointed out Peter. “And, I leave to the wisdom of the clubs to do that job in a fair manner.” “I am above politics. My main goal is to bring about total unity among the Goan football fraternity. As such, I was surprised that two of Goa’s football personalities pronounced in open that some people bring honour to the GFA president’s chair and others want the chair to get honour and also that football should not go in the wrong hands. I wonder whether these statements were necessary in the first instance against people who have served and are serving the cause of Goan football,” voiced Peter. Savio Messias pledged his support to Peter following his withdrawal from the contest for president’s post, simply because they had always worked together in the past. “I filed my nomination because both Shrinivas and Shivanand Salgaocar were not in the race initially when I contacted them and also because I was not sure that Peter would be contesting finally,” Savio said. Appealing to clubs to vote for Peter, Savio said that GFA can boast of top football administration, even better than that of Bengal and that time is ripe to take it to still greater heights. “For that, we need to work to-


Embattled Australian captain Ricky Ponting is the right man to regain the Ashes from England, according to former legspinner Shane Warne. Ponting returned to Australia to fierce criticism from former players and media pundits after their 2-0 series loss to India, which saw them slump to fifth

in the Test rankings, and suggestions he should relinquish the Test captaincy. Warne himself had questioned Ponting's tactics on Twitter during Australia's seven-wicket loss in the second Test in Bangalore, particularly the field set for spinner Nathan Hauritz. ''How the hell can Hauritz bowl to this field?'' Warne posted on Twitter last week. ''Feeling for Hauritz, terrible!! What are these tactics? Sorry Ricky, but what are you doing?'' Ponting has since said that Hauritz had set the field and on Tuesday Warne attempted to defuse his initial comments, saying they were not a criticism but an obser vation as he watched the match unfold. ''My tweet about Ricky's fields for Nathan Hauritz for (two) overs has been portrayed as a rift between myself and the Australian captain and journos have tried to start a slanging match between us; what rubbish,'' Warne wrote on his personal website ( today. ''Commentators on the match,

cricket journalists and even the Indian captain, MS Dhoni, have agreed with my tweet. It was an observation, not an attack! ''I have and always will support the Australian cricket team but, as a cricket commentator, I have to be honest, forthright and express my opinion. If people don't like it so be it.'' Warne added Ponting, who has faced calls to step down from the captaincy to concentrate on his batting, had his full support as he led their attempt to recapture the Ashes from England. ''Ricky, to me, is the right man to lead Australia for the Ashes,'' Warne wrote of the series that begins on November 25 at the Gabba in Brisbane. ''It's a great opportunity for him to show his leadership and captaincy skills.” ''He also looks in super touch with the bat. I am sure he's going to fill his boots this summer.” ''This Ashes series is going to be the biggest of his and the Australian team's career.” ''I think Ricky is at his best when he shows his Tassie devil side which is, aggressive with a dash of flair.''

n Warne said Ponting, who has faced calls to step down from the captaincy to concentrate on his batting, had his full support as he led their attempt to recapture the Ashes from England.

Olympic champion Merritt suspended AGENCIES NEW YORK, OCT 19

US Olympic and world 400 metres champion LaShawn Merritt has been suspended through July 2011 after testing positive for a banned substance found in a male enhancement product, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Monday. The Beijing Olympic and 2009 world gold medallist had three samples test positive for prohibited testosterone prohormones, the anti-doping agency said in a statement. He was suspended for 21 months, beginning October 28, 2009, the date of his first sample. Merritt had accepted a provisional suspension in April "as a result of positive drug tests caused by his use of an over-the-counter male enh a n c e m e n t p ro d u c t , " t h e American's attorney, Howard Jacobs, said in a statement at the time. The statement said Merritt had used the over-the-counter product, which contained DHEA and pregnenolone, following the 2009 season. Merritt acknowledged again on Monday he had made a mistake and said he was appreciative the three-member arbitration panel "agreed that I have never taken any substance to gain an advantage on the track," he said in a statement. "I look forward to returning to competition as soon as possible and proving that my prior successes, including at the Olympic Games, were achieved honestly and fairly," he added.

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Chance for youngsters to prove mettle: Dhoni PTI VISAKHAPATNAM, OCT 19

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said Shikhar Dhawan is likely to make his one-day debut in their match against Australia here tomorrow. 12 more ODIs to go before the World Cup and Dhoni said they were preparing in the right direction though they were getting a bit more cautious and resting their main players for the tournament happening in the sub-continent. With the stars in the much vaunted batting line-up not in action against Australia, it will be a chance for the youngsters to prove their mettle ahead of the World Cup, Dhoni said. Dhawan is thus likely to open the innings with Murali Vijay in the absence of the regular openers Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir. "Shikhar is most likely to be considered for a debut," Dhoni said and added that it's very difficult for a batsman to make the grade. Having played Challengers Trophy alongside Dhawan in 2005, Dhoni has established himself in the Indian cricket while the Delhi opener is yet to play an ODI. Dhoni feels it's difficult for an opening batsman as the competition is lot more tougher up the order. "Both of us scored in the Challengers in Mumbai. I got a chance to establish myself in the national team (he had just played one ODI series in Bangladesh).” "As a wicketkeeper- batsman, you have got to fight with five, six or at best 10 players. But being an opener, you have to fight with more batsmen and you have to consistently do well," Dhoni said.

"There has been ups and downs in his (Shikhar) career but he has been quite consitent. As an opener it's quite tough, as you have Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir all at the same level. It's good that he got a chance finally. Hope he scores and the bench will become stronger." "It will be a big learning curve for all youngsters. It's very important to live in the present... Small and basic things that needs to be done correctly to make a mark at the big level. I won't put extra pressure on them. Take one game at a time and give it your best shot," Dhoni said. Asked about their World Cup preparation, Dhoni said: "In last few series, we have not played with our strongest side and rested most players. Maybe injuries were a bit more concern, we are a bit cautious," Dhoni said about the rotation policy of the selectors and added, hopefully in the next

series "I will get some rest." "We don't want our big players to get injured before a tournament especially when it's happening in India. Hopeful everyone will get fit and for World Cup," he said. Apart from the remainder two ODIs against Australia, India will play five limited overs matches against the visiting New Zealand and then will tour South Africa for another five one-dayers. Dhoni further said the track looks damp and there was some concern about the dew factor. "It looks like a good track, but it will look different tomorrow before the start. It appears a bit damp. Yesterday, there was a lot of dew... We have to see and decide (at the tosses) accordingly." It was in the same Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Dhoni first shot into limelight with a 123-ball 148 against Pakistan in 2005. Ask India captain about it and he will be quick to point out that it's history now. "That time was different... It's a different tournament. Every tournament you have to start from scratch. I have some happy memories of first game, I played here.” "To be on top, you have to get prepared for every game. It's not about the past, not about the future, it's all about present. It has become a two-match series. We hope for best," Dhoni said. "Stadium has improved since 2005. In 2007, it looked like a completely different stadium. There are better facilities now. It's special every time you come here. Hope somebody, either a batsman or bowler, does something special tomorrow." Dhoni says that whether it's his smashing 148 or Yuvraj Singh's 95, it's always been some kind of a memory associated with the VDCA ground. "Everytime the ground has brought something new... Aisa lagta hai, next time hoga toh retirement ho jayega (It seems I will retire the next time I play here,") he joked.


Shikhar Dhawan punches the ball down the ground during training session in Visakhapatnam, on Tuesday.

Fatorda Gears Up For Final odi

Workers mopping the Nehru Stadium pitch covered with tarpaulin at Fatorda on Tuesday. At left, Venkat Sundaram, chairman of the ground and wicket committee, BCCI supervising the ground work at the stadium. Photos: Third Eye and Cedric Da Costa

Work in full swing


Scattered thunder storms predicted


Scattered thunder-storms have been predicted in Goa from October 20 to 26. The day temperatures will hover between 29 and 31 degrees C. while the temperatures at night will be around 24 degrees C. WEATHER FORECAST OCT 20 Scattered thunder-storms with wind from south south-west at 10 kmph. Temperature: 31 (high-day), 24 (low-night). OCT 21 Scattered thunder-storms with wind from south south-west at 11kmph. Temperature: 30 (high), 24 (low). OCT 22 Scattered thunder-storms with wind from south south-west at 10 kmph. Temperature: 29 (high), 24 (low). OCT 23 Scattered thunder-storms with wind from south south-west at 8 kmph. Temperature: 30 (high), 24 (low). OCT 24 Scattered thunder-storms with wind from north north-west at 8 kmph. Temperature: 30 (high), 24 (low).

The fate of Goa’s ODI between India and Australia on October 24 at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda will be left to Rain Gods, which have lashed the State for the past few days. SAG Executive Director, V M Prabhudessai was confident that the rains would subside after a somewhat dry spell late in the evening today. “I am hopeful that there will be no rains in the coming days. Let’s hope that it will be sunny and that the match is played,” pointed out the SAG official. Prabhudessai who camped for the whole day

at the stadium said that work was in full swing as plans were to provide everything perfect for the match. The entire staff has been working hard to put the pitch and off-field in good condition. When the rain stopped the covers were removed and a light roller used on the pitch to give the strip more firmness. The groundsmen covered the field whenever rains clouds burst and when there was a dry spell the workers pulled out the covers. Even as incessant rains continue to lash the State, preparations for the all-important ODI remained un-

affected with the GCA working round the clock keeping their fingers crossed for the D-day. The District authorities convened a joint meeting along with GCA on Tuesday evening at the stadium to review the overall arrangements. Speaking to Herald, District Collector G P Naik informed that majority of works entrusted to various stakeholder were nearing completion. “We have reviewed the arrangements and hope that everything should be ready in the next few days. South Goa SP Allen De Sa has drawn up elaborate plans.

against time to ensure that the pitch is well protected from the showers Goa is experiencing at the moment. Although, there was little respite from the rain for the entire day, the groundsmen hoped that there would be a good two days of sunny weather to ensure a good outfield for the match. At present, the conditions around the pitches meant for the net were soggy and almost unplayable, while the main pitch was well protected to ensure no water

seeped on the playing pitch. "The humidity levels in the air are advantageous for the pitch conditions," stated Sundaram. The outfield was being dried using rollers while groundsmen were involved in draining the water clogged on the tarpaulin that was used to cover the outfield. Despite the rains threatening to play spoilsport, hectic preparations were on in full swing with the stands, the sight screens and the scoreboards being readied.

Will the Rain Gods play spoilsport? BY CEDRIC DA COSTA PANJIM, OCT 19

Someone most worried and running from pillar to post is none other than Delhi-based Venkat Sundaram, chairman of the ground and wicket committee, BCCI who has been camping at Nehru Stadium and he along with his team, hope that nature relents and the India-Austrlia ODI would be possible on Sunday. Hectic activity is underway at the Nehru stadium, as everyone concerned is fighting


Under-fire Michael Clarke today said he deserved the criticism after a string of poor shows in their 0-2 Test series loss and the stand-in skipper said that it's time to look forward and return to winning ways. Clarke, who scored just 35 runs from four innings in the two-Test series, said, "My performance in the Test series wasn't good enough so I deserved that criticism and I am very disappointed about that." But he said he was not under pressure to perform in the limited overs matches as they play the second ODI against India tomorrow. The first ODI was washed out after a heavy downpour in Kochi. "I am not at all under pressure. Everybody is entitled to voice their opinion. I can't change that. I'm training very hard as possibly as I can. I'm really excited about these two one-day games. My main priority is to win the two ODIs. We are really excited about the bright weather, hope it continues tomorrow." Asked about the status of their frontline pacer Doug Bollinger, Clarke said they were yet to decide on him. "He is going well, though he has not done enough bowling though. It's an important day for him today, he will have to bowl at the nets. Physio is happy with his improvement. But we need to make sure he bowls 10 overs for us tomorrow, otherwise I don't think it's worth a risk." Bollinger had to pull out of the second Test in Bangalore because of an abdominal strain. Asked whether they were short of match practice after the washout in Kochi, Clarke said both the teams did not get to bat or bowl so this could not be an disadvantage. "We have no excuse, we have one day to get ready and give our best tomorrow. It's about getting what you can do today.

It's a huge one-day series, there are a lot of new guys. It's going to be fantastic experience. It will be tough. India have got a young squad but there is a lot of talent out there," Clarke said. The skipper said the Aussies always enjoy playing in India the youngsters would get a lot of experience. "I enjoy coming to India. It's a wonderful place to come here. Apart from the Test series result, we had a really good time. I'm looking forward to match. Fans love seeing competitive cricket and we Australians bring that." Clarke said they were yet to decide on the XI but stated that opener David Warner and rookie left-arm pacer (Mitchell Starc) might be drafted in. "Warner is a very exciting player. He had a lot of success in T20 format...” "As far as Starc is concerned, there is a big chance for him to make his debut tomorrow. But I am not sure whether they will play tomorrow. Once we have training, we will decide on that." Similar to that of India, Aussies too look thin on experience in the absence of regular skipper Ricky Ponting, allrounder Shane Watson and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson -- all of whom were rested from the series. The fast bowling line-up too has thinned by injuries to Shaun Tait, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle among others. C l i n t

McKay, John Hastings and Starc will look to make a mark in this short series. Hasting and Starc, by the way, are yet to play in an ODI. The third and final match of the series will be held in Margao, Goa on October 24.

n I am not at all under pressure. Everybody is entitled to voice their opinion. I can't change that. I'm training very hard as possibly as I can. I'm really excited about these two oneday games. My main priority is to win the two ODIs. We are really excited about the bright weather, hope it continues today.










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An outlet of a colossal food chain has recently opened in Goa and is receiving a huge response since its opening day. The number of young Goans visiting multinational food outlets in the state is showing a rise and Herald deduces the reasons behind this BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES e have all been witness to those thirty – give or take a few – seconds of television advertising that show those delicious pieces of pizza floating across the screens or those happy faces digging into ice cream cartons. We have heard the brand, we know what they offer, but it is not within our reach. Until it is, of course. Then we all want to check it out. Similar to what happened at the recently opened KFC where beelines of people were waiting to get in, some of whom had never tasted KFC before. Keeping in mind the novelty factor and the hype created around its opening, one can say that these people are not here to try out just the food, but rather everything else the store has to offer. Since the later part of the 90s, Goa has seen a few openings of multinational food chain stores in the state. Barista Lavazza, the expresso bar was among the first. Then came the ice cream parlour (Baskin@Robins), the sandwich store (Subway) and the pizza place (Domino’s Pizza) and more recently KFC. The food caterings are one major reason people visit and re-visit such outlets. You take a certain raw food item and make a dish out of it. A good cook will bring the same flavour to your taste buds every time and yes, you will keep coming back for more. Exactly what such outlets do. “Foods that are offered by such outlets have a signature taste. If you have sampled it and you’re fond of it, you will make sure you come again, with friends,” says June Monteiro, in her early 20’s. Remember those days when we were small and the kitchen was where we kept coming back to, every time we were hungry or got great smells? To an extent, this can be analogised. There are other factors too to the steady rise in number of young people visiting these outlets. Location, for one, matters. Like one student, Rizwan Sheikh


says about the recently opened KFC, “I think the location of the store is great, away from the heart of the city, which is always full of traffic or traffic jams.” The store also happens to be located in the vicinity of many of Panjim’s high and higher secondary schools and colleges. One will definitely see a bunch of students at such outlets. As most students use public transport to get around the city and as city transport is not as fast as most students would like it to be, outlets like these should be located within walking distance of the educational institution. And they are, in most cases. So around lunch time, in between practicals or classes or after a tiring day of sitting in a classroom, students unwind here. It is a common sight – college students or school students in uniform sitting around a table sharing a light conversation and enjoying their time. Besides the lively ambience, these outlets also increase the number of places to simply catch up with friends, sit around and eat to your hearts content. That apart, visiting such outlets is considered trendy by the youth. In time, these places become hang-out hubs. “The prices are not as bad as made out to be,” says another student Sonia Pednekar. “I will be able to hang out with friends more than once a week with the pocket money I receive,” she says with a smile. Many agree to this, adding that they would love to bring their families here as well, for late night meals outside of home. The place itself, most having aesthetic interiors with bright coloured tables and chairs and youthful, happening music, not to mention offers on the food draw young people to these outlets. It is the presentation of store that says, ‘Hey, what’s up. A warm welcome to you’ and in they head. “Openings like this not only mean more variety in food and places to chill, but also a little job opportunity for those summ e r s , l i ke i n t h e movies,” an interesting insert from a young voice comes in.

Hues of Life… in Pastels Highlighting common daily sights through paintings using mediums like watercolours, pastels and charcoal, is artist Nilesh Bharti’s forte. Herald explores his works and learns about the knowledge he will impart art enthusiasts during his watercolor workshops BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES ife in Pastels’ is an exhibition of Nilesh Bharti’s works which will be displayed at Gallery Gitanjali from October 22 to 28, 2010. Nilesh will display 30 paintings created using mediums like pastels and charcoal and a few in watercolour. Nilesh will also be giving a three-day workshop on watercolour for adults which will be held from October 20 to 22 while a session on exploring watercolours for children will take place on October 23. “Painting is an art that gives happiness and satisfaction. If the painter is satisfied with his work, that is enough to attract an audience. Watercolour is a tough medium and most of the fine art colleges teach this and acrylic as basic mediums. Once you ace one medium, it is very simple to use the same techniques with different mediums like poster colours, acrylics and others. The workshop will include a slide show of my landscape paintings, educating them about watercolour flows, techniques, forms and how to give minor details to bring the painting to life. Once the workshop is completed, the participants will have to submit one


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Goa Government asked to aim for Value Tourism not Hippies and Backpackers


ugh Gantzer, one of India's first travel writers, shoots straight from the hip. Little wonder that, at a travel fair in Goa, he gunned for hippies, backpackers and even ‘rubbish tourism ministers’, saying they were sullying Goa’s image as a top tourist destination. Gantzer, a seventh generation Anglo-Indian, raised a lot of eyebrows at the just concluded International Travel Mart (ITM)-Goa for his no nonsense report card on the state of Goa's tourism. In his mid-70s now, Gantzer has written nearly half a dozen travel books and lent his voice to nearly 60 travel documentaries. He said the sensational sexual assault and death of British teenager Scarlett Keeling at Anjuna beach two years ago, had already got Goa a lot of bad press in Britain, a country which contributes to half of Goa’s foreign tourist population of 500,000. “The negative publicity Goa had been receiving after the British girl’s death was on the wane,” said Gantzer but he went on to mention how fresh messy incidents involving ministers is tarnishing Goa’s image further. Gantzer is a tourism industry expert who resides in Musoorie. He was referring to former tourism minister Francisco alias Mickky Pacheco, a Nationalist Congress party (NCP) legislator who was forced to step down after facing a slew of criminal charges, which included culpable homicide, money laundering, bigamy, and assault. Gantzer, who has been tracking tourism trends throughout the country, said it was time Goa bade goodbye to hippie and backpack- oriented tourism, which first put Goa on the global tourism map nearly 40 years ago. “I have been criticised for saying this, but Goa has to say goodbye to the hippies and backpackers. This class of tourism inevitably is associated with drugs and that never makes for a healthy spectacle,” Gantzer said. He continued, “Goa has moved on. Tourism in Goa should move on too. Goa needs to aim for the high spending tourists. The authorities have to decide between volume or value tourism. It’s a small state. Volume will fur-

painting which will be displayed for the exhibition,” says Nilesh, whose exhibition will be inaugurated on October 22 at 7pm. “The exhibition of their work will give the participants encouragement. Before concluding the workshop we will discuss their paintings and how to improve on them. Art has to be improvised upon so I think even three days are enough to learn. I will educate them about line and colour perspective. Drawing lines are difficult so I will introduce them to watercolour

ther put a stress on the state’s resources,” he said. Illustrating, Gantzer said young Israeli backpackers who make a beeline to India and follow the Goa-Rajasthan-Himachal circuit immediately after their compulsory military stint were not a healthy tourism advert at all. “I have nothing against Israelis. But in the army, they are trained to hate dark skinned Arabs. And they carry their mindset when they come here. It completely puts off other tourists and can create tensions between them and the locals,” he said. Gantzer also said, the manner in which coastal land is being sold to Russians and other foreign nationals is deplorable and the trend needs to be arrested, if possible, by enacting legislation. “Goa must protect its natural resources if it has to protect its tourism. Inaction by the government is really deplorable. The government needs to act and stop sale of such large tracts of land to foreigners if the state needs to protect its identity and tourism, both,” he added. (Courtesy: IANS)

flow where you place water and allow the paint to freely mix and then give shape and form for the painting. I want the participants to be natural and paint with their point of view,” adds Nilesh. Pastels are very rarely used as a medium and Nilesh elaborates on his choice of medium. “Most of the painters use layers over layers of pastel making it heavy and it has problems of spreading and falling off. I use thin layers that are very light.” ‘Life in Pastels’ is an exhibition that will feature scenes from Nashik – Nilesh’s hometown, and Mumbai, where Nilesh completed his art education in JJ School of Art. “From my fine arts days, I used to sit near Ganga Ghat, a place which was very close to my college in Nashik. I used to go there early in the morning with a small piece of paper, sit calmly amidst the beautiful climate and paint whatever I saw. The morning dew lending a foggy effect, the early sunrise adding long shadows and the previous night’s rain still moistening the ground, these elements helped me paint beautiful paintings, some which I completed in pastels and brought along for the exhibition. In Mumbai, I was fascinated by the historic structures like the Gateway of India, the Taj hotel standing strong opposite it and the CST Station. I have used colours like brown, black and blue to get the desired effect and I use my own technique of working with pastels,” says Nilesh who recently won the first prize in Bombay Art Society's 2010 Award for the Best Landscape Painting.










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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? ‘Sanzh Sitar’, organised by the sitar students of Faculty of Indian Music and Dance, Kala Academy will be held on October 20 at 5pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. An art exhibition by Smruti S Shirsat will be held on October 20 from 10am to 7.30pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. ‘Natyotsav 10’ a multilingual drama festival (Hindi, Konkani, Kannada and Marathi), organised by West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur and the Directorate of Art and Culture, Panjim willl be held till October 23 at Ravindra Bhavan, Curchorem. Call 2438103. The All Goa Dandiya Competition will be held on October 23 at Shree Audumbar Datt Devasthan Vhodlem Bhat. Call 9423311742 or 9422452394. Art Exhibition of Ganjifa paintings, curated by Kavita Shah, will be held at the Kala Academy Art Gallery from October 25 to 29 Training cum demonstration camps in agriculture and home science, organised by Farmers Training Centre, Ela, Old Goa will be held in three villages. The camps will be held on October 25 at Orlim, Salcete, on October 26 at Barcem-Shirlem and on October 28 at Collem. The agriculture camps will be held in the panchayat halls while the home science in the anganwadi centre. ‘Use of RTI to combat bribery and corruption in Goa’ will be the topic to be discussed at the fortnightly session of Friday Balcao, to beheld on October 22 at Goa Desc Resource Centre, Mapusa. E-mail A series of CME’s, organised by the Goa Medical College and Indian Academy of Cytologists will beheld on October 28, 29 and November 1. The second CME will be an operative workshop. It is organised by the Goa Medical College and the Goa Ophthlmological Association. The CME’s will all be held at the Goa Medical College, Bambolim. Call 2458718. ‘Life in Pastels’ an exhibition by Nilesh Bharti will be held from October 22 to 28 from 9am to 8pm at Gallery Gitanjali, Fontainhes,



HOROSCOPE Panjim. Call 9823253361 Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar will be held from October 22 to 29 from 11am to 9pm at the The International Centre Goa, Dona- Paula. There will also be interactive workshops and discussions with crafts persons from October 22 to 29 from 10:30am to 11:30am and cultural performances by faculty and students of Kala Academy Goa on October 21, 23, 26, and 29 at 6 pm at the Centre. Italian Film Festival organised by the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry will be held at the International Centre Goa, from October 22 to 24. For more information contact: 9765404391, 2452805-10. A Mega Musical Extravaganza organised by Buyao Theatres Goem will be held at the Pai tiatrist Auditorium, Ravindra Bavan, Margao at 6pm on October 28. A homeopathic Seminar on the topic of ‘Homoeopathic Approach to Disabilities of Children’ organised by the Research Institute of Global Holistic Therapies, Siolim will be held at Hotel Sathyaheera, Mapusa on October 24 at 10am. Contact: 09623888151 The celebrations of the Birth anniversary of Khell-tiatrist Rosario Rodrigues organised by the Tiart Academy will be held on October 24 at the Pai Tiatrist JAF Auditorium, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao at 10am. “My dogs are afraid of the sound of Diwali fire crackers….are yours too?,” A Discussion on the topic of the Safer Festivals That Include Our Animals organised by International Animal Rescue will be held at the Earthworm Ecostore on October 29 at 5:30pm. Contact: 2410871 or email: India’s First Citizen Journalism Course, a certificate course by the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism in association with the Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ) will be held from November 12 to 14 at the Inspectorate of Factories and Boilers (IFB), Altinho, Panjim. Call 94224 4 3 0 9 3, 2409490, 9822122436, 098209 85853 or 9822179125.

You're feeling more connected with those around 21 Mar - 19 Apr you. Ask for new input and opinions. You need to get out there and make the most of all this great energy! It's all about action for you right now, so see if you can scare up something cool to do with your friends or colleagues.

Taurus W h a t y o u hope for your future can begin t o d a y. S t a r t 20 Apr - 20 May new plans and create new goals. You can't spend your way out of your bad mood or weird situation today, so leave your wallet where it belongs. No matter how frantic you feel, you know you will be calm again in no time flat.

Take note that Gemini everything you like today has an air of nonjudgmental ac21 May - 20 Jun ceptance. Listen carefully when people try to give you advice today - even if you're sure you've got it all taken care of. It's too easy to ignore wisdom on a day like today, but you'll need a little extra soon.

Work on your ability to tell the good from the bad. Discernment will 22 Jun - 23 Jul save the day. Your mind is quick and sharp, and you should find that your energy is perfectly suited to debates, quizzes and other tests of mental agility. It's a great time to assert your point of view.

Keep your opinions to yourself today - your emotions 24 Jul - 23 Aug could cause too much conflict. You snag a new P.O.V. from someone whose wisdom is unquestioned -- but it still makes you wonder who's right. Your amazing mental energy helps you sort it all out and absorb it all quickly.

Some secrets are slipping out and could do some dam23 Aug - 22 Sep age. Plug up those leaks today! Your sense of right and wrong is intensified today -and you might have to enforce justice! It could even be you that's in need of schooling, so make sure you're ready for anything.

You're more critical of things than you think. Today will re23 Sept - 22 Oct m i n d y o u o f your role. You are totally focused on your people today -- and with good reason! Most of them are up to some shenanigans or in need of some solid advice, and you're just the person to bring them back on track.

Scorpio It's good that you've been bold, but just be careful you don't 23 Oct - 22 Nov push too hard today. It's all about beginnings today -- for you and for most others. You may want to try a fresh start with an old argument, or you may want to launch your own business. As long as it's starting today, it should go well.

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Capricorn Tense about falling behind? It's your ambition telling you 22 Dec - 20 Jan to get up and a t ' e m ! Yo u r family's needs may come first today -- but that could mean problems at work later on. It's not the best time to deal with too much at once, so prioritize quickly and decisively.

Aquarius You've been chipping away at a major problem, and results 21 Jan - 19 Feb are starting to s h o w. Yo u r newest idea is a killer -- and at least one of the right people is willing to listen! Turn on that mad-scientist charm and see if you can recruit others to your side, because you need to get going on this one.

Expect to get some breathing room in your social calendar 20 Feb - 20 Mar -- cancellations abound. You feel totally in the flow when watching movies, reading books (or even tech specs) or any other activity that focuses your attention. If you have to split your time, it might be tough to get by.



shouldn't inhibit your communication -- aim for 23 Nov - 20 Dec face-to-face connections. You are all fired up with positive energy -- you just need something to do with it! Fortunately, you probably have a few ideas kicking around in there that just need a spark to ignite.






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11:30 Baat Hamari Pakki Hai 12:00 Saas Bina Sasural 12:30 Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka 13:00 Baat Hamari Pakki Hai 13:30 Saas Bina Sasural 14:00 Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka 14:30 Baat Hamari Pakki Hai 15:00 Saas Bina Sasural 15:30 C.I.D 20:00 Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka 20:30 Baat Hamari Pakki Hai 21:00 Kaun Banega Crorepati 22:00 Saas Bina Sasural 22:30 Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka

11:30 Pavitra Rishta 12:00 Dil Se Diya Vachan 12:30 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 13:00 Jhansi Ki Rani

13:30 Pavitra Rishta 14:00 Sanjog Se Bani Sangini 14:30 Preet Se Bandhi Yeh Dori... 15:00 Dil Se Diya Vachan 15:30 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya 16:00 Pavitra Rishta 16:30 Jhansi Ki Rani 17:00 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 17:30 Preet Se Bandhi Yeh Dori... 18:00 Sanjog Se Bani Sangini 18:30 Mera Naam Karegi Roshan 19:00 Dil Se Diya Vachan 19:30 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya 20:00 Jhansi Ki Rani 20:30 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 21:00 Pavitra Rishta 21:30 Preet Se Bandhi Yeh Dori... 22:00 Sanjog Se Bani Sangini

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11:25FIA F1 World Championship Raceday 14:10FIA F1 World Championship Chequered Flag 14:55Game 15:25Glitch 15:55AFC Champions League 18:00K1 World Grand Prix 20:00The Immortals 20:30Simply the Best 21:00Score Tonight 21:30Nike Football Locker Room 22:00Sport Express 22:25AFC Champions League

11:30 Fina Aquatics World 12:00 Barclays Premier League 14:00 PGA Grand Slam of Golf 17:00 Premier League Highlights 18:00 Winter X Games 13 Classix 19:00 Goals! 19:30 Global Football 20:00 Sportscenter India 20:30 Sportscenter Asia 21:00 Bpl Express 22:00 Sportscenter India 22:30 Sportscenter Asia 23:00 Hitz 23:30 Planet Speed

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12:30UEFA Champions League 14:30The Inside Story 15:00Italian Serie A 17:00WWE: Bottom Line 18:00Mass Participation 19:00Planet Powerboat 19:302010 Zimbabwe Tour of South Africa 21:30Mobil 1 The Grid 22:00FIFA: Futbol Mundial 22:30WWE: Bottom Line 23:30UEFA Champions League

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Fugdi Competition at Brittona – a Spinning Success

Jinneche Panvdde released at Pilar



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HERALD FEATURES olk dances are a part of our tradition and culture and speak volumes about the forms of entertainment our ancestors indulged in. But many of these art forms are dying out due to modernisation. Doing their bit to preserve the traditions of one such folk dance is the Bandai Sanskrutik Mandal, Charmanus-Badem, who organised the First All Goa Fugdi Competition, which was recently held at the Brittona. The competition saw the coming together of various cultural groups, mainly the Mahila Mandals from all over the state. Aimed at preserving the culture and traditions of the folk dance, the competition saw a good turn out with 18 groups participating. The first place went to the Kagreshwar Mahila Mandal, Pernem; the second prize was given to the Anantsahi Mahila Mandal, Savoi Verem, while the third place was won by the Mahuli Butnath Mahila Mandal, Nanoda.

HERALD FEATURES ecretary to the Archbhisop, Fr Joaquim Loiola Pereira releasing the Konkani book 'Jinneche Panvdde' (Steps of Life), a collection of poems, at Pilar hillock on October 13. Also seen Fr Sergio Mascarenhas sfx along with the author of the book, Pio Esteves. This is the sixth book from the author.

Exquisite Wines, Creamy Liqueurs and the Goan Night Sky A good deal: Cedric Vaz and Sumeth Singh

Sharing a light moment: Elton and Charmaine

Lessons on wines: Sommelier Callie Van Neirkerk

A happy man: Sumeth Singh

BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES ne of India’s leading importers and distributors of premium wines and spirits recently hosted a wine cocktail event at a city hotel. Apparently, the interesting tipples were new world wines (wines from countries that originally didn’t traditionally produce wines) and comprised of some “exquisite wines and deliciously creamy liqueurs,” as described by the crowd who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the evening. Present at the party were sommelier, Callie Van Neirkerk, general manager, Distell Group, Anabelle Poggenpoel, Trade and Marketing manager, Asia Pacific, Jan Du Bruyn, Regional Business manager, Asia Pacific and Sumeth Singh, CEO, Aspri Spirits. Enlightening people about the beverages, sommelier Callie Van Neirkerk said, “Our wine has a reputation of being South Africa’s most widely awarded name in wine. With India being recognized as one of the fastest growing wine markets in the world we wanted to instate our brand with a company that can safeguard the brand’s reputation.” From the Vaz family, it was good to see the esteemed Valentino Vaz accompany his sons Mac and Cedric. In fact, with the affable Cedric around, ever yone was seen beaming from ear to ear, feeling absolutely comfortable. Ditto with Mac who


ensured even a teetotaller was satiated with fresh orange juice, despite being a night of wines. And yes, Conrad Vaz was also seen enjoying the evening. The family didn’t need to say much with regard to the drinks as guests were seen thoroughly enjoying the fruit cream liqueur. When some top guns from the Indian Navy were spotted, Mac’s information was, “There is a gentleman and a warrior in every armed forces’ officer, ” and he joked with, “Thought, for tonight, they are only gentlemen.” He ensured that his friends, Commander P Nitin along with his wife Pavan and Commander Siraj Azad, had a great time and proudly stated, “They are top guns of the Indian Navy; from the White Tigers squadron.” Sumeth Singh, CEO, Aspri Spirits was a happy man as he circulated with the guests who were seen relishing their exquisite wines and liqueurs as they sipped, swished and sipped some more and Valentino’s band provided the perfect renditions for the night.

(Top) Mac Vaz with his friends and (below) Valentino’s Band

Laughing prettily: Anabelle Poggenpoel

For me? An orange juice will do:Mac Vaz and Richard Dias say “Cheers” Photos by Chiquitita D’ Sousa and Rozario Estibeiro

36th Tiatr Competition 2010-11 - Day XIV KORTA TI VATT R E V I E W

BY RON FIDELIS laying to a packed audience, Korta Ti Vatt put up by Merces group had Aniceto Lourence, Jessica Gomes, Bonny Alvin, the Coutinho sisters from Margao, little Maythan and his songwriter dad Tony de Ribandar entertaining everyone with their songs. Expecting innovation, as it is playwright-cum-director Avito Fernandes’ trademark at such tiatr competition shows, fewer songs were written on Goa-going-gone, which was a welcome change here. With everyone having their own ways of expressing and analyzing the ‘save Goa’ situation exemplifying migrant vote banks and dignity of labour politics, the overall theme remained the same with only the target audiences changing with every song. As for the plot that had many with tears in their eyes, it focused plainly on human emotion and how the younger generation gets carried away with fast life, forgetting their roots ever-so-easily. Some great stage setting by Antonio Barretto with gimmicks shown at many points, the play has comedians Mathew D’Souza and Leopoldo Rodrigues playing a tanned, skinny Laurel and a plump fair Hardy respectively. Akin to movies, UV lights showed a train at the start of a scene and end of another depicting travel of the characters to and from their small green village to the city. The next impressive thing in this well directed play apart from a brilliant performance by three new-comers (Remizia D’Souza, Valencia D’Souza and Jenifer Araujo), was an on-stage change of scene and stage setting. Burdened by debts taken to pay for his neighbour’s daughter’s medicine studies, Uncle Jose walks towards his favourite place of peace, the zhor (stream), as if he were on a treadmill. Here, the little hut on stage slides out through the right flank while a flowing stream slides in through the left. The first half shows the painstaking efforts


of Uncle Jose, who even steals his wife’s gold, to hopefully get it back once his neighbour’s daughter became a doctor. Incidentally, the first scene setting the background to this story discloses that all is not well between the two neighbouring families. Yet, Uncle Jose is coaxed into helping this family by an elder so their village could get a doctor. Imagine the plight of this village and especially Uncle Jose when she doesn’t even remember them after finally becoming one. However, setting up a paradox without anyone even noticing was not only this playwright’s forte, but it also gave us a much closer look at human emotions and why and how they go awry, once given total economic and social freedom. The second half analyzing the whys and hows of this unbelievable ingratitude, goes on to a point when the audiences finally went, ‘ooooo’ in sync, when the plot reveals that the son of this doctor is dying and in desperate need of a kidney transplant. And guess what, the only available kidney donor who matches happens to be the daughter of the now dead Uncle Jose – the same handicapped girl who was deprived of her own childhood upbringing because this doctor’s studies were a priority for her father. Just like her father, she offers to help. All this interplay of emotion however gradually shows both these families distancing their egoistic differences; all their ire now directed towards their ungrateful doctor. With characters in the cast well-supporting the plot, Vitorino Araujo’s music hit the spot with four blowing instruments while Dipak Amonkar had a tough job with the lights, given the elaborate settings and direction. A rather deep tiatr, another noteworthy innovation here is how the playwright goes beyond the saying, ‘an eye for an eye’ to ‘an eye for an eye would ultimately make the world go blind’. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro









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riyanka Chopra was a bundle of nerves when she was told by director Vishal Bhardwaj that a passionate lovemaking scene was to be shot between her and senior actor Anu Kapoor for the movie Saat Khoon Maaf during the last shooting schedule in Coorg. The actress who has done steamy scenes with the likes of Shahid Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor in the past shied away from lying in bed with Anu Kapoor. The reason being cited is that Priyanka respects Anu as a senior and wasn’t comfortable in doing the hot scene with him. Priyanka did not express her apprehension to director Vishal Bhardwaj directly. Rather, she sent the feelers through her assistant. Talking about Priyanka’s refusal to do the scene, Anu Kapoor said, “Vishal ne mujhe bola ki Priyanka sharma rahi hai. Maine usko bola toh fir scene hi kaat do na? (Vishal said to me that Priyanka is feeling shy. So I told him to chop off the scene).” However, Vishal shot the scene separately with Priyanka and Anu. On the editing table, the shots would be clipped together in such a way that the audience would find it hard to figure out that the two actors did not shoot together. That’s where the cunning of any filmmaker comes handy.



Emma Watson wants Fun in her Life


arry Potter star Emma Watson is experiencing the side-effects of fame. The young actress says that she has lost out on the carefree life that most people her age lead, because of her busy film career. Watson who is studying literature at Brown University, said that she is happy combining college with her acting commitments. “I need to have more fun, like anyone my age. I’m always working, I’m addicted to work. My head needs to rest. I don’t have an ordinary day because I’m trapped between two different lives. One day I’m filming, the next I’m off to college, the next day I’m home, then I’m designing clothes. There are no typical days for me,” said Watson. However, the 20-year-old has urged her young fans to stay true to themselves and live life to the fullest. “I think you should be yourself because otherwise, you’ll be on the wrong path and the results are not going to be pretty. Be yourself, be honest.

Don’t take it too seriously, that’s been one of my biggest mistakes. You’re young, just have fun,” said the British actress. Watson who is one of the richest women in the UK, rose to international fame at the age of 11 when she was chosen to play young witch Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter franchise.

MJ’s nephew Austin Brown preps for Debut



It’s challenging to shift roles: Deepika

eepika Padukone will be seen in two back-to-back films – as the free-spirited Aaliya in one and as the intense Kalpana in the other. The actress revealed that shifting roles was quite challenging for her. “I did Break Ke Baad and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey immediately one after the other. So I think it was very challenging for me in terms of my mind space to shift from the character in a romantic modern-day love story to the one in a period film,” said Deepika. Break Ke Baad, also starring Imran Khan, directed by Danish Aslam and produced by Kunal Kohli, is the love story of a young couple who break up and try to come back together. Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, helmed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, is a period film set in the Chittagong of British India. It revolves around a se-

ustin Brown is following in some pretty big footsteps: The young artist is the nephew of Michael and Janet Jackson. Then there’s his mom, Rebbie, who charted two top 10 R&B hits of her own in the ‘80s. But Brown contends he’s unfazed by the inevitable comparisons. “A lot of people say I sound like the male version of my mother,” he says. “That sound is part of who I am. You know, I can’t help where I come from, but I do love where I come from.” Now the singer/songwriter/musician is ready to see how much listeners will love his self-described ‘energetic groove and soul’ sound. Coming in the next few weeks will be a video mash-up of three tracks from his debut album, 85. Directed by producer Tom DeSanto (X-Men, Transformers), the video will be chock-full of video effects and, Brown adds, “a lot of throwback dancing.” Signifying the year Brown was born, 85 is slated for release next year under the artist’s label, the Royal Factory. Onboard as primary producer is Jerkins (Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige), who met a then-13-year-old Brown when he was at Neverland working with Michael. A ‘band geek’ in high school, Brown began piano lessons at age 4 and now also plays guitar, bass and drums. Tracks from the album mesh Brown’s vibrant tenor with live instrumentation, melodic progressions and chord changes inspired by Motown, the Beach Boys and the Beatles. “Multigenerational music that’s fun and has a swing to it... that’s the music I want to make,” a foot-stomping Brown says as he snaps his fingers.

ries of attacks that took place on a single night, April 18, 1930, and its aftermath. The film, based on Manini Chatterjee’s book, stars Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika in the lead. While the characters of both the films are quite diverse on the face of it, the 24-year-old actress revealed the core characteristics were pretty similar and hence she relates to both of them. “Even though the films are set in different times, both the characters – Aaliya and Kalpana – are very strong, independent women. They are girls who have their own set of ideals, girls who want to be independent; so in that way I have identified with both characters,” she said. While Break Ke Baad is set to come out on November 26, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is slotted for a December 3 release.

Meet the First Singing Robot Bilingualism is Good for the Brain S with Facial Expressions


e all know that Japan is the land of robots and their latest creation shows that Japan is trying to put its robots on a whole new level. There now is another robot that comes from Japan, that can look and sing like a real human being. Japan had earlier come out with robots that could mimic our looks, but now robots can sing as well as humans. The robot, known as the HRP-4 diva bot, will match the sound of an actual singer as well as singer’s facial expressions. In order to achieve this, HRP-4 diva bot is using a software program called VocaListener to watch the human mouth and then memorise particular notes. “Last year, we used Yamaha's Vocaloid software to synthesise notes directly. But this year, we have used our own technology,” called VocalListener. Besides that, this robot is using Vocawatcher algorithm that examines facial tics and motions that follow each of the notes. It can only be said that HRP-4 diva bot looks and works amazing, but what the future holds for this robot still remains a question.

peaking two languages on a regular basis can improve mental performance, says a study conducted by researchers from the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto. Bilingualism can delay Alzheimer’s disease symptoms by a span of four to five years, the study confirms. The longer a person has spoken two or more languages, the greater the cognitive effects, which are much stronger in the case of children and older people, as compared to youngsters. “Being able to use two languages and never knowing which one you're going to use right now rewires your brain,” says Ellen Bialystok of York University in Toronto, Canada. The study looked at 100 people who could speak two languages and 100 people who could speak only one language. Bilingual people have an ability to stop irrelevant or interfering information from entering the brain, allowing them to concentrate on relevant information, the researchers explained. “We have demonstrated in at least two separate studies of several hundred people that – all else being equal – people who have spent their lives speaking two

Tired? Not interested in sex? Mister, you might be in Andropause


lmost everyone has heard of menopause in women but could there be a matching condition in men? Guess what! There is such a thing as male menopause, though that’s not what it is called. The hormonal change is real and so are a multitude of symptoms that can accompany it, from a loss in libido or erectile dysfunction to fatigue or depression. And, yes, sometimes even night sweats. Every woman who lives long enough will experience menopause – a permanent pause in her menstrual cycle that signals the end to the steady stream of the hormone oestrogen her body makes. Conversely, the hormone faucet in men never turns off. But the flow of testosterone does begin to gradually decrease at a rate of about one percent a year beginning at age 30. And for some men, the result over the years can be simply unpleasant or potentially life-changing. While some call it male menopause, doctors often call these age-related hormone changes in men ‘andropause’ – from the word androgen, a term to describe hormones such as testosterone. As for its commonness, it is unclear how many men develop andropause. A study of more than 3,000 European men published in a medical journal suggests the number is only perhaps two percent of the population. Diagnosing andropause can pose quite a challenge as there is no single way to test for it. Studies have defined low testosterone in men as 250 nanograms per decilitre, while others cite 300. Men in their 20s and 30s typically have testosterone levels in the 600 range.

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languages are better able to cope with Alzheimer's,” Ellen says, pointing out that they show symptoms of the disease up to four years later than monolinguals. Even after the disease starts to destroy areas of the brain, bilinguals are able to keep functioning, she adds.

Having said that, it should be remembered that “Every man is different,” said Dr Erik Castle, a urologist. “You may have a 70-year-old who is healthy, never smoked, eats right, has low testosterone, but is fine. You have another, maybe he didn’t live so cleanly and now is unhealthy and not feeling well.” For proper diagnosis factors such as erectile dysfunction, reduced sex drive, fewer morning erections as well as fatigue, problems walking long distances, bending or stooping should be closely looked at. And even if testosterone levels are low and a person feels tired, the problem could be something else entirely – diabetes, thyroid issues, a side-effect from medication or alcohol abuse. Signs and symptoms of andropause include lower-than-normal testosterone without signs or symptoms, changes in sexual function, changes in sleep patterns, physical changes such as more fat, less muscle bulk and strength, swollen or tender breasts, hair loss and emotional changes such as depression, difficulty concentrating or remembering things, etc.

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