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IN BRIEF Kasab refuses to appear in court Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday refused to appear before the Bombay High Court through a video conference link saying he was not interested in hearing arguments on confirmation of his death sentence but the judges told his lawyer to find out his grievances. Kasab, who had thrown tantrums by spitting at a webcam on Tuesday, told jail officers that he would not come for the video conference. – (PTI)

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CHALO PANJIM! Valpoi by-poll counting today HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, OCT 20

The fate of both candidates, Vishwajeet Rane (Congress) and Santosh Haldankar (BJP), who contested the Valpoi by-election on Monday, will be known by Thursday afternoon. A large number of supporters from both parties are expected to be transported from various parts of Valpoi constituency to Panjim to know the fate of their candidates. Sources in BJP informed that vehicles have been arranged to transport the supporters and well wishers to Panjim, where counting will take place. Supporters of Vishwajeet Ra n e i n Va l p o i h a v e a l s o arranged vehicles to transport people to Panjim. On Wednesday evening, some former and candidates for the forthcoming municipal election were seen contacting their supporters and well wishers to go to Panjim. It is learnt that about 50 per-

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sons from each ward of VMC area have been contacted to be taken to Panjim. In some wards, jeeps have been arranged, while in some wards buses are arranged to transport people to Panjim. Supporters of Vishwajeet Rane, who are confident of his victory, also informed that a rally will be organised to celebrate the victory at Valpoi on Thursday evening. Meanwhile, supporters of both candidates, Rane and Haldankar, were unwilling to predict

the votes polled by their candidates in the elections. The Congress candidate went to the people with three issues, development, employment, and women empowerment. The BJP candidate went to the people with issues like illegal mining, besides allegedly exposing irregularities in the Rs 200 crore ongoing beautification project in Valpoi. It may be recalled that while the overall voting was 83%, the average voting percentage was (Continued on page 2)

Incessant rain hits paddy cultivation HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

The incessant rains in the past couple of days came in as a misery to farmers as it destroyed nearly 25 per cent paddy cultivation across the State. Speaking to Herald, Agriculture Director Satish Tendulkar said that the crop is mostly affected in North Goa. The worst affected talukas are Pernem, Bardez and Ponda. “Harvesting could not be done because of the unending rainfall. Whereas fields at Velsao (Mormugao) village, where harvesting was almost complete, are destroyed…We have received several complaints from these villages,” he said. As a result of this, he said, the paddy cultivation is likely to drop by 20 per cent as rains continue to lash Goa.

Asked whether the affected farmers will be compensated for losses, Tendulkar replied that they are yet to take a decision. While, 70 per cent harvesting in Salcete taluka has been complete, farmers of Canacona taluka are yet to garner paddy crop. “Canacona is a low lying area and as waters get accumulated, it damages crops. But harvesting in Tiswadi taluka has been good,” he said. Goa covers 31,000 hectare land under paddy cultivation that produces 1.20 lakh tonne. According to official statistics, more than 15,000 Goan families are dependent on farming. “Harvesting of only 20 per cent kharif crop is complete as on date, and 80 per cent paddy is still in the field. Some crop

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Job visas only for highly skilled foreigners PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 20

The Government has decided that only highly-skilled foreigners, drawing annual salary of over USD 25,000, would be given employment visas but has lifted the cap on the number of overseas workers that can be engaged in a project. In an order, the Home Ministry nullified a Labour Ministry circular that capped foreign workforce to one per cent of the total strength in a project, with a minimum of five and maximum of 20 people. The removal of the cap is expected to help power and steel projects, among others. “An employment visa is granted to a foreigner if the applicant is a highly skilled and/or qualified professional, who is being engaged or appointed by a company/ organisation/ industry/ undertaking in India on contract or employment basis,” according to the Home Ministry guidelines.

Govt okays welfare scheme for mother and child PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 20

To check rampant under-nutrition and anaemia among women and children, the Government on Wednesday approved the implementation of a Rs 1000 crore scheme for the welfare of mother and child. The Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on a pilot basis in 52 select districts for the remaining period of the XIth five year plan. The scheme will be implemented by using the infrastructure, personnel, systems and structures of ICDS including support of health systems along with the additional personnel on contractual basis as approved in the scheme. The plan will be centrally sponsored with 100 per cent assistance from the Centre. Accordingly, Rs 390 crore and Rs

610 crore have been allocated for 2010-11 and 2011-12 respectively, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters after the CCEA meeting. Under the scheme, cash transfers will be made to all

pregnant and lactating women as incentives based on fulfillment of specific conditions relating to mother and child’s health and nutrition. All Government/PSUs (Central and State) employees will (Continued on page 2)

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Under the scheme, cash transfers will be made to all pregnant and lactating women as incentives based on fulfillment of specific conditions relating to mother and child’s health and nutrition. Each pregnant and lactating woman will receive a total cash incentive of Rs 4,000 in three installments between the period from the second trimester of pregnancy to the child attaining the age of 6 months. The beneficiaries would be pregnant women of 19 years of age and above for first two births. Each beneficiary will be required to open individual account in the nearest bank or the post office for cash transfer.

CWG: Centre cracks whip on builder PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 20

The Rs.183 crore bank guarantee furnished by Commonwealth Games Village builder EmaarMGF was on Wednesday ordered to be confiscated on charges of irregularities, as the ED prepared to question top officials of the OC for alleged foreign exchange violations. A Rs 760 crore bail out package given by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for Emaar-MGF, a private builder, also came under the scanner, sources said.

As the multi-pronged probe into alleged corruption and financial irregularities in the Games scam gathered momentum, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) seized files relating to various construction works carried out by CPWD and DDA.

Official sources said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is likely to issue summons to top OC officials including Secretary General Lalit Bhanot in a case of alleged foreign exchange violation related to the Queen Baton Relay in London. Bhanot said he has not received any summons by the ED. Cracking the whip, the Government ordered legal action against the private builder Emaar-MGF after the DDA detected “irregularities” and deficiencies in the Games Village.

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UK to cut 500K public sector jobs PTI LONDON, OCT 20

In the largest public spending reform since World War II, Britain on Wednesday announced sweeping changes that are expected to nearly 500,000 public sector jobs losses and perceptions of Prime Minister David Cameron leading a government by thousand cuts. Outlining the ‘slash and burn’ measures in the House of Commons, Chancellor George Osborne said at least 83 billion pounds need to be saved during the term of the current parliament until 2015 so that along with tax rises, Britain’s deficit of 156 billion pounds can be eradicated. Millions of people who were glued to their television screens soon realised that the jobs they were doing would soon be lost. “It is a hard road, but it leads to a better future,” Osborne told lawmakers in a long anticipated statement to outline the coalition government’s long-term fiscal plans. These included many Indianorigin professionals working at various levels of the economy in Britain, including universities whose funding has taken a major hit. Osborne said: “Today is the day when Britain steps back from the brink, when we confront the bills from a decade of debt. It is a hard road, but it leads to a better future.” Osborne did not announce cut in British aid to India, but said the Department for International Development will “change the way it delivers in order to achieve maximum impact with the aid the UK provides, and to further improve transparency and accountability.”

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NGO urges Alexio to scrap Two NGOs helped in busting Porvorim sex racket Fresh inquiry likely 20-point project at Verna five male employees and the lady parlour owner Mahalaxmi Mishra for It was the initiative between two human trafficking and pushing the girls NGOs, thousands of miles away from GSCW may carry out a fresh inquiry covering in the flesh trade. They were recently each other that led to the cracking of the entire episode of the raid on the alleged bailed out by Children’s Court. alleged sex racket at a Porvorim beauty busting of sex-racket. GSCW is presently car“We have submitted the report to rying out an inquiry in wake of request by the GSCW in wake of Nagaland SCW parlour on October 9. This has been mentioned in the re- NSCW that suspected foul that the rescued asking for the details of the raid,” Police port submitted by the Goa Women po- Naga girls may have been falsely implicated. Inspector Ezilda D’Souza said. GSCW chairperson Ezilda Sapeco said that lice to the Goa State Commission for Meanwhile, family members of six after concluding the present inquiry, the com- Nagaland victims arrived in Goa today Women (GSCW). The one-page report has given a mission may launch a fresh inquiry of the were not the given the custody of the chronology of the events before and entire incident. girls as Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) after the raid at ‘Lotus’ beauty parlour. had ordered that their custody be The police team had rescued 11 north Protective Home. handed over to Nagaland police. The raid also resulted in the arrest of eastern girls and lodged them at Merces Bardez SDM Dashrat Redkar told HerHERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 20

Voice of Villagers representing the villages of Nagoa, Verna, Loutolim, Cortalim and Quelossim have urged Loutolim MLA and Power Minister Alexio Sequeira to scrap the 20-point housing project proposed at Verna. Referring to Sequeira’s statement expressing concern over the non-employmet of locals in the Verna Industrial estate, John Philip Pereira said the existing 20-point program housing sites have been literally turned into mini-Baina and demanded that the Minister scrap the proposed 20-point housing project in the village. “When the local villagers were crying foul over the failure by the industries at the Verna Industrial Estate to employ local youth, the MLA did not pay heed to the requests of the villagers to stop bringing industries at the estate. Now, since Sequeira has finally realized that locals are hardly employed in the Verna Estate, we make a humble appeal to him to scrap the 20-point program. Otherwise, Sequeira will realize 10 years from now that the proposed 20-point program is inhabited only by the

migrants like many existing housing sites under the program”, he added. He also demanded that the government drop the plan to acquire one lakh square meters of land at Verna for a sub station when acquired land admeasuring 33,000 sq mts is lying idle. Meanwhile, Convenor of the Voice of Villagers Edwin Pinto told newsmen it was good that the Loutolim MLA has publicly admitted that the Verna Industries Association have failed on all fronts in regard to the Verna Industrial Estate, both in terms of its infrastructure, implementation of pollution and environmental laws as well as failure to safeguard the social fabric and demographic balance of the surrounding area. “The Voice of Villagers wonders what Sequeira was doing for the four terms that he has presided over the Loutolim constituency as its MLA and as Chairman & Director of the GIDC Board and during his term as Industries Minister. It is shocking that he so openly admits the neglect of his responsibilities on all fronts, to his constituents in particular, and to the people of Goa in general”, Pinto said, adding “since elections are prob-

ably are round the corner, the Loutolim MLA has now awoken to proclaim a newly discovered devotion to his voters”. He pointed out that this is the same Alexio Sequeira who only recently, publicly came out in strong support of the SEZs, even after his voters unequivocally demonstrated their total opposition to SEZs, forcing his government to bow down to public opinion by scrapping the SEZ policy for Goa. “Voice of Villagers would like him to explain why he did not insist on proper planning and environment impact assessment at that time, with a proper garbage management plan, water and power infrastructure and well oiled systems in place for strict implementation of various laws, especially considering the size and potential impact of the Verna Industrial estate”, he said, adding that though the Chief Minister and the Environment Minister have both openly admitted the failure of the government in managing the Verna Industrial Estate, the GIDC brazenly ploughs on with its plan of acquiring even more land from the luckless villagers for expansion of this malignant sore of a Verna Industrial estate.

The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Wednesday, directed the State government to file an affidavit in a Miscellaneous Civil Application filed by the Citizen’ s Committee on Noise Pollution. The Division Bench comprising of Justice D G Karnik and Justice F M Reis asked the government to disclose the names as well as addresses and phone numbers of all the officers concerned, who will be responsible for monitoring of complaints received from citizens regarding

noise pollution throughout the State. It may be recalled that the said Committee was formulated, after the High Court while disposing off a writ petition had directed the State Government to constitute such a committee to enforce the noise rules effectively in the state. The seven member Citizen’s Committee on noise Pollution comprises of Antonio De Souza (Calangute), Francois D’Souza (Candolim), Ranjana Saudagar (Calangute), Floriano Lobo (Anjuna), Desmond Alvares (Anjuna), Nivarutti B

Rs 375 cr collected as royalty on mines

Workers cleaning fish before selling the same to hotels long Colva beach on Wednesday.

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

Thanks to the Centre’s decision to charge royalty on ad valorem basis, the state has been able to collect Rs 375 cr in the form of royalty on mines for the first two quarters of the current financial year. Moreover, the Mining Department expects to achieve its projected target revenue of Rs 500 crore through royalty on ore for 2010-11. Director of Mining Arvind Lolienkar told Herald that streamlining of royalty collection is paying off for the department which has surpassed the figure of Rs 292 crore collections for last financial year, of which the department managed to earn Rs 286 crore just from iron ore export. “The royalty is now strictly collected ad valorem which is almost twelve times more than the per tonnage royalty enforced earlier,” he said. Lolienkar said that for last fiscal till August 13, 2009, the duty of just Rs 8 per tonne was charged on the exports, which has touched 100-plus mark after turning it into ad valorem. The duty will vary depending on the international pricing. The department has tightened its royalty collection methodology by executing several checks to ensure that leak-

age is zero. The exporters are asked to deposit the royalty by 10th day of every month and they have to file returns by 15th day of every month. The director explained that the royalty has to be deposited in two treasuries of State Bank of India, one each in Panjim and Margao. “We have done away with multi-treasury facilities which were creating complications,” he said. The treasury challan is also now divided into four parts. The original remains with the payer, duplicate to be enclosed with the treasury receipt, triplicate to be submitted along with treasury challan to department and the forth one along with the returns. Goa has exported 15 MT ore till September 15, this year as against total 42 MT ore exported last financial year. Chief Minister Digamber Kamat’s recent announcement that ships carrying ore consignment cannot leave the port without No Objection Certificate (NOC) of the department is also working out well for revenue collection. Sources stated that the ships leaving Panjim minor port are taking the NOCs while those using Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) are yet to follow the procedure.

Sirodkar (Morjim) and Prasad Shahapurkar (Mandrem). The members of the Committee had filed a Miscellaneous Civil Application in the High Court praying for directions to the Goa Police to effectively implement the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000, along with the guidelines laid down by the Environment Protection Act, 1986. The petitioners had stated that even though many concerned citizens had complained on several occasions to the police, barring some petty fines and

Campal ground might be lost to encroachers soon! HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

The State Government will have to look out for alternate place to conduct Republic Day parade as PWD is likely to lose Campal Parade Ground to encroachers in the near future. It’s over six months now that some hawkers and their families have made Campal Parade ground their home by putting up ramshackle huts on one side of the ground. But surprisingly PWD office is not aware of the invaders on its property. When this reporter contacted the PWD officer incharge, he said he would look into it even as he claimed that they removed some encroachment in the past but huts keep coming up. The Campal parade ground is though owned by PWD, is maintained by the Corporation of the City of Panjim (CCP). When contacted, a CCP official, while acknowledging that they do maintain it, said that they requested PWD several times to remove the encroachments but nothing has been done so far. A CCP corporator on condition of anonymity said the encroachers are being protected by a powerful politician and that is why the PWD has not dared to touch them.

Definition row: CM assures relief to diploma holders HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

Diploma holders, who feared losing their recognition as ‘engineers’ got a temporary relief with chief minister assuring to look into their grievances. Thousand-odd diploma holders who are currently practicing as structural engineers and had registered after 1995 were not eligible to be registered as ‘engineers' after recent amendment of ‘The Goa (Regulation of Land Development and Building Constructions) Act 2008 and the Land Development and Building Constructions Regulation 2010’. The three member delegation of Registered Civil Engineers Association (RCEA) (diploma holders) along with Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco today met Chief Minister Digamber Kamat at his official residence at Altinho. “We explained to them, how

this new amendment is going to affect the livelihood of more then 1000 diploma holders in civil engineering. He has now assured that the Act would be amended in the next assembly

session,” Lourenco told reporters after the meeting. He said that chief minister has agreed to act as per the earlier guidelines of the Act, according to which structural diploma holder with ten years field experience would be registered as engineers. “The degree holder would require three years experience,” he stated. The meeting also decided that the point of registering before 1995 would not be considered now. “Every year nearly 120 students holds diploma in their hand and after an experience of ten years they register themselves as engineers. If this acts comes into force, all these diploma institutions will have to shut down,” RCEA, treasurer, Mario Almeda, said. He added saying that the act will curtail several rights of the diploma engineers.

Shambu Bhau to be feted HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

Govt asked to file affidavit on noise pollution HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

ald that as per the order, the rescued victims currently lodged at Protective Home at Merces will be handed over to Nagaland police. Nagaland police who were to arrive today reschedule their arrival for Thursday morning, due to unavoidable circumstances. “The team has reached Mumbai today. They will land Goa tomorrow after which we will complete the formalities,” he said. Four Mizoram girls were already released on Tuesday morning.

warnings, no stringent action was taken against the offenders of the acts of noise pollution. In view of the grievance made by the Petitioners, the High Court has now directed the State Government to file an Affidavit which will contain the names, addresses and contact numbers of all the officers, not below the rank of the deputy superintendent of police, who will be responsible for receiving and monitoring complaints from concerned citizens regarding activities of noise pollution throughout the State.

Amended P’yat Act notified HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

The Goa Panchayat Raj (amendment) Act which kicked off controversy when introduced in Goa Assembly last year -- was finally notified last week after making certain changes in the Act. The Goa Panchayat Raj (amendment) Act 2010 which was passed by the Goa Assembly on July 29, 2010 and assented to by Governor on October 11, was notified on October 15. The amendment to the Act was opposed on grounds that section 47-B of the Act, took powers off panchayat and vested them in panchayat secretary. The section 47-B which empowered the Secretary read that “the secretary shall execute the order passed by any authority in any appeal or petition made before such authority under the provisions of this Act or rules framed thereunder, if the panchayat fails to execute the same within the time limit as specified in such order and in case no time limit has been specified, within one month of passing of such order.” Thanks to widespread opposition the Governor S S Sidhu returned the Act for re-reconsideration and the changes

were incorporated in the Act and new sections added to the Act. The section 201B says “a revision shall lie against any order passed by any authority under this Act to the district court within whose jurisdiction the subject matter of the dispute lies.” Further, every revision application shall be filed within thirty days from the date of the order. And thirdly, the decision of the district court shall be final and binding on the parties to the revision. Every such revision shall be decided as expeditiously as possible and endeavour shall be made to decide the same within a period of three months from the date on which it was filed. Further amendment says the deputy sarpanch of the panchayat shall exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and functions of the Sarpanch of the Panchayat, whenever the Sarpanch is absent or is on leave or resigns from office or expires or is disqualified or is incapacitated from functioning or if a motion of no confidence is passed against him under section 51 of this Act, until the sarpanch resumes his office or the post of sarpanch is filled by election, as the case may be.”

Margao municipal sweepers complain of broom shortage HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 20

Candidates contesting the ensuing polls for the Margao Municipal Council make promises galore to improve the civic amenities, one may say. But, hold on. Wednesday saw Municipal sweepers bitterly complaining over shortage of brooms and baskets for the daily cleaning of the city. In fact, agitated sweepers nearly threatened to strike work over the glaring shortage of sweepers and brooms -- basic implements to clean the road sides and other public places. Inquiries have revealed that the Civic body has stopped tendering the purchase of these items for quite some time and the items are procured from some retailers based on the requirements. The sanitary section, when

contacted, over the pathetic situation pushed the blame on the stores saying the responsibility of procuring brooms and baskets lies with the department. General secretary of the Goa Municipal Employees Association Anil Shirodkar said a team of union members would call on the Chief Officer Prasanna Acharya and brief him about the situation. “You cannot expect the employees to put up good work when basic implements are not make available at their disposal”, he said. This is not the first time that the Civic body has been found wanting to procure basic items required to maintain sanitation and health. Few months ago, Civic officials had informed City Fathers at a meeting that the Civic body could not carry out fogging and anti-larvae spraying for want of chemicals.

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Shambu Bhau Bandekar Satkar Samitee will be felicitating social worker and litterateur Shambu Bhau Bandekar for his contribution to the society, on Thursday evening. Chairman of the committee Ramakant Khalap told media persons that the felicitation is organized on the completion of 60 “fruitful” years of Bandekar’s life to the services of the society. Union Minister for Power Susheelkumar Shinde, Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat and others will be presiding over the function at Kala Academy.

Improvement notice served on 35 hotels

Flying squad keeps tight check HERALD REPORTER

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The flying squad constituted by the election authorities continued its drive against illegal election banners for the second day on Wednesday. If the authorities had removed around 61 banners put up at public places on Tuesday, another 43 were removed on Wednesday. Returning Officer, Johnson Fernandes informed that the drive against illegal display of banners would be intensified as part of the drive against the banner. He pointed out that his office has permitted the contesting candidates to put up two banners so as to make awareness in the respective wards. This concession has been granted to the candidates even though no banners can be put up at public places under the Goa Defacement of Property Act.

In its drive since July, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has issued improvement notices to 35 hotels in the State while seven hotels were slapped with deficiency notices. Of the seven hotels – two each are located in Panjim and Margao. All the seven will not be able to conduct business until operations are rectified, said Salim Veljee, Director, FDA while speaking to Herald on Wednesday. During July, August and September, 289 hotels, gaddas, sweet marts et al, were raided by FDA to check if hygienic conditions are maintained in eateries and secondly, food items sold are not adulterated. While with hotels it’s mainly the conditions of the kitchen and food served that comes under scanner – the FDA official

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Inspection of sweet marts on cards

The FDA is now gearing up for a drive to check sweet marts across the State ahead of the Diwali festival, when the people buy sweets most. The FDA official said they would go about strictly checking sweet marts across the State before Diwali. Though so far Goa has not witnessed grave cases of food adulteration as it happens in other States, precautions need to be taken as lot of sweets now come from outside the State. also check if water given in hotels is filtered. “We also check if water filter is installed in the hotel, quality of water and whether the filter is in working,” adds Veljee.

FROM PAGE1 Valpoi by-poll counting today over 86% in village areas and less than 65% in the municipal area. Counting of votes will start at Goa College of Home Science, Campal-Panjim, at 8 am. Though the forthcoming municipal elections are not fought on party lines, many candidates contesting the Valpoi Municipal Council election are anxiously awaiting the by-election results so that local MLA supports them during their ongoing election campaign. It is learnt that after the result of by-poll is declared, the picture in municipal wards, especially those wards where too many candidates are contesting, will be clear well in advance before the poll date on October 31. Our Panjim reporter adds: The election authorities have said in a release that they have

made elaborate arrangements for counting of votes at the lone counting centre. Rane, who is the health minister in the Digambar Kamat government, resigned from his assembly seat in August to gain entry into the Congress Party. Meanwhile, all licenced premises for the sale of liquor located within the areas comprising of the Corporation of City of Panaji shall be closed on October 21 on account of counting for the Valpoi by-poll. 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.

Welfare scheme for mother and child be excluded from the scheme as they are entitled for paid maternity leave. Each pregnant and lactating woman will receive a total cash incentive of Rs 4,000 in three installments between the period from the second trimester of pregnancy to the child attaining the age of six months. It is expected that in the initial years with cash incentives, around 13.8 lakh pregnant and lactating women in 52 identified districts may avail of the benefit under the scheme. The beneficiaries would be pregnant women of 19 years of age and above for first two live births. Each beneficiary will be required to open individual account in the nearest bank or the post office for cash transfer. There will be steering and monitoring committees at all levels to oversee implementation and monitor the progress. An IGMSY cell within

the Ministry of Women and Child Development will also be set up. The objectives of the scheme are to improve the health and nutrition status of pregnant, lactating women and infants by promoting appropriate practices, care and service utilisation during pregnancy, safe delivery and lactation. High levels of under nutrition and anaemia among adolescent girls and women in the country are compounded by early marriage, early child bearing and inadequate spacing between births. Improvement in nutritional status of women especially during pregnancy and lactation requires access to health care services, enhanced food and nutrient intake, family care, skilled counselling support and a hygienic environment which are essential for mothers.

Incessant rain hits paddy cultivation has germinated on the plant itself…” he added. The department has meanwhile asked respective zonal agricultural officers to inspect the fields, carry out a survey and prepare a data of losses. “Complaints of damages of standing crops is being reported almost everyday,” a senior agricultural officer said. Arecanut farmers demand compensation: Since the rains have also damaged arecanut cultivation by nearly 20 per cent, farmers have demanded the Agriculture Department to compensate for their losses. Tendulkar said that farmers have furnished applications for compensation through Goa Bagayatdar Cooperative

Society. “We have not taken any decision because of the on-going code of conduct (owing to the just-ended Valpoi election and its counting on Thursday). Nonetheless, we have asked our officers to conduct a survey and evaluate their losses, as the production is hit because of diseases, also,” he said. The department has been offering subsides to farmers at each level of the crop production till its final products are for sale. “We give support prices when the farmers place these products for sale,” the officer said.


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BJP announces list of candidates for Margao HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 20

The BJP on Wednesday announced its list of candidates for the ensuing polls to the Margao Civic body. Party MLA Damu Naik said the party will field candidates in 16 wards and would extend support to other candidates in the remaining four wards of the 20-member Municipal body. The list was released in the presence of Party leaders Narendra Sawaikar, Sharmad Raiturcar, former MMC Chairperson Kamlini Painginkar and others. The

party-backed candidates fielded by the party were also present. Replying to a question, Damu said there is no harm to extend support to other candidates or to accept support for the BJPbacked candidates support from other groups. “These elections are not held on party lines. The party had ruled the Margao Civic body for four years and eight months under the leadership of Kamlini Painginkar and had given a stable council. Again, the BJP has fielded candidates to give the people a stable council”, he said, while making an

appeal to the citizens of Margao to support the party-backed candidates. When newsmen drew his attention to ward No 13 and 19 where the candidates Leena Katkar and Carol Poinguincar respectively are being backed by the Margao Loksamiti, Damu said “the BJP is supporting these candidates in these two wards. If Leena and Carol are also being supported by other groups, we have no problem”. He said the BJP is supporting the Independent candidates, namely Piedade Norohna in BJP-backed candidates with party leaders at a press conference. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

‘Support to others strategic move’ HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 20

Terming its decision to extend support to candidates other than the ones backed by the party in Margao as ‘strategic”, BJP MLA Damu Naik has said that the party has decided to back former Chairperson Piedade Norohna in ward No 3 of the Margao Municipal Council in lieu of her support to the party-backed group in the civic body in the last five years. “The party has decided to support Piedade Norohna on moral grounds as she stood by the BJP backed group in the Margao civic body,” he said. ward No 3, Purnanand Chari in ward No 8, Raju Naik (5) and Carol Poinguinkar (19). “The party has taken the permission of these candidates to support their candidature and they have no objections”, he added. Replying to a question, he said the Congress leaders had manipulated reservation of wards to benefit candidates in certain wards, adding that the BJP and the people of Margao and Fatorda would give a befitting reply by defeating the candidates. Among the prominent BJP

Naik replied in the negative when asked whether the party is facing a dearth of candidates in both Margao and Fatorda prompting the party to support the four candidates. “Technically speaking, Piedade along with Ciriaca was with the BJP during the last five years. Not because they were anti-Congress, but for the development of Margao city,” he added. Incidentally, it was Piedade who played spoilsport to the Congress chances of wresting the Fatorda seat from the BJP in the last Assembly polls. Her presence in the fray in the Assembly polls caused a division of votes, resulting in the defeat of Congress candidate Vijay Sardessai.

candidates in the fray are party leader Rupesh Mahatme in ward No 20 and two-time Councilor Narayan Fondekar, who is contesting the polls for the third time in a row. Another sitting Councilor in the fray is Raju Shirodkar in Ward no 6. Former Chairperson Kamlini Painginkar is not in the fray this time after her ward No 17 was reserved for OBC this time. The party-backed candidates are Narayan Apa Naik (1), Priya Kamat (2), Sushma Velip (4), Raju Shirodkar (6), Sugandh Bandekar (7), Durgadas Prabhu (9), Nutan

Minor sexually assaulted HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

A nine-year-old girl hailing from Caranzalem was sexually assaulted on October 16. Mother of the minor girl filed a complaint with Panjim town police accusing an unknown per-

son of sexually assaulting her daughter. According to the complaint, the unidentified man sexually assaulted the nine-year-old victim at Caranzalem beach on October 16. “The accused also assaulted and warned the girl not to disclose the incident to anybody,” said the Panjim police. A case under section 8 of Goa Children’s Act, 2003 has been registered against the unknown accused even as he is untraceable. The minor was medically examined at the Goa Medical College (GMC) today evening and the report is awaited.

Theft complaint filed against security guard HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

Anit Sinha, a security guard has been accused of stealing three laptops and a pen drive all valued at amounting to Rs 1.45 lakh, from an IT office. The incident occurred in the office of Sify Technologies between October 18 and 19 reportedly after office hours. Mithun Khandolkar, an IT engineer complained that the electronic devices contained important and confidential information. A case under section 381 (theft by servant) has been registered with the Panjim town police while the suspect is absconding. It is learnt that Sinha, hailing from Assam was employed with the Company for some time, handled the office keys. His photograph and other details have been flashed at all important locations including police stations, border check-posts and other places.

Kundaikar (10), Narayan Fondekar (11), Demu Kavlekar (12), Leena Katkar (13), Deelip Bandekar (14), Maya Karapurkar (15), Mahananda Gawande (16), Damodar Shirodkar (17), Anand Shirodkar (18) and Rupesh Mahatme (20).

Businessman’s hotel room ransacked HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

A Pune-based businessman today filed a complaint with the Panjim town police that unknown burglar(s) ransacked his hotel room and decamped with cash of Rs 79,200. Sachin Narayan Vichaye arrived in Goa on a business trip o n Tu e s d a y m o r n i n g a n d checked-in a city hotel.

He informed the police that while he was asleep in the hotel room between 2 am and 7 am today, unknown persons flicked away with the cash amount. The police suspect the thief may have entered through the balcony door as it was open. The identification details of the suspect are being carried out while the investigation is underway.


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s h o rt tA K e s ameer elected JCi president VASCO(HR): Ameer Narendra Shet Tanavade was elected president of Junior Chamber International Vasco for 2011 during the recently concluded Chapter Conference at Janta Vachnalaya, Vasco. Ameer will be the 46th president of the Chapter, which was started in 1966. The other chapter governing members includes Prashant Pednekar, Revelino Dias and Harish Tanawade (vice presidents), Avina Fernandes (secretary), Santosh Chari (treasurer) and Sushma Kaskar, Sarvesh Surlekar and Sujay Desai (directors). The closing ceremony was convened by President Vishal Dessai, while past president of JCI Vasco Yogesh Shet, Liladhar Kumbharjuvekar, Santosh Sawant, Ranu Keny and Basillio Fernandes and Zone Vice President Yogesh Kerkar was present on the occasion.

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‘Candidates fighting BMC polls on own strength’ HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, OCT 20

With campaigning for Bicholim Municipal Council (BMC) elections gaining momentum, BJP and Congress leaders have claimed that they have not finalized any candidates at the party level. “The party has not taken any resolution to support any candidate and as such the election will be contested by the respective candidates on their individual strength,” said Congress leader from Bicholim, Naresh Sawal. Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar said candidates have not been finalized at the party level. According to sources, BJP is making an effort to figure out their candidates directly or indirectly. Among the 42 candidates, who are in the fray, prominent

SSC seating arrangements for Mapusa centre HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, OCT 20

Students of Mater Dei, Saligao interacting with the children of slum dwellers.

PANJIM (HND): A of group of scouts and guides of the Mater Dei, Saligao, accompanied by the Principal, Ms C Lobo and a teacher Terence D'souza, recently visited one of the slums in the vicinity and interacted with the dwellers. The interaction spanned various activities from games to discussion of issues such as hygiene, pollution and health problems, with the help of pictures and charts. Practical demos were also given for improving hygiene and sanitation by the scouts, while the guides organised meaningful games for the children. The entire school chipped in with every child contributing useful articles for distribution. The interaction was to commemorate Founder's day of Mater De which is annually observed with awareness and reaching-out programmes, in keeping with the philosophy of the founder and late Principal of the school Prof Anacleto F X Lobo, says a press release issued here.

Children performing Dandiya at Sateri Nagesh Temple, Nagali, Taleigao.

Mental Health Day observed

Adv Vallabh Dessai addresses the gathering in the presence of Adv Povitra Naik, Adv John Fernandes and Sister Superior of Mission of Charities.

QUEPEM(HC): The Taluka Legal Service Committee Quepem recently observed Mental Health Day at Mother Tereza Mission of Charities House, Igramol-Quepem. On the occasion, Adv John Fernandes spoke on the subject ‘Duties of citizens towards mental people’. Adv Povitra Naik spoke on ‘Mental Health’ and appealed those present to be positive in their way of thinking, which will improve their life, while Adv Vallabh Dessai spoke on legal aid.

legal awareness camp held at Moira

The information pertaining to seat nos of students allotted in various centres for answering SSC exam of October is given below. The main centre at Mapusa will be St Mary’s Convent High School, Mapusa. On November 1, seat nos 80228 to 80544 at St Mary’s Convent HS, and seat nos 80545 to 81031 at St Britto HS, Mapusa. On November 2, seat nos 80228 to 80599 at St Mary’s Convent HS and seat nos 80600 to 81031 at St Britto HS. On November 3, seat nos 80228 to 81031 at St Mary’s Convent HS. On November 4, seat nos 80228 to 80476 at St Mary’s Convent HS and seat nos 80477 to 81031 at St Britto HS. On November 8, seat nos 80228 to 80619 at St Mary’s Convent HS, and seat nos 80620 to 81031 at St Britto HS. On November 9, seat nos 80228 to 80619 at St Mary’s Convent HS, and seat nos 80620 to 81031 at St Britto HS. On November 10 seats nos 80228 to 81031 at St Mary’s Convent HS.

n The party has not taken any resolution to support any candidate and as such the election will be contested by the respective candidates on their individual strength. candidates among them include BMC Chairperson Rajaram Gaonkar, Vice Chairperson Usha Kadkade, Councillors Ajit Birje, Kamlakar Teli, Jayandranath Govekar and former councillor Shashikant Naik Halarnkar. Ward 9 is likely to witness keen tussle between Chairper-

son Rajaram Gaonkar and former councillor Shashikant Halarnkar, as it will decide the fate of the chairperson. However, due to reservation of wards, Rajaram Gaonkar is contesting from Ward 9, while his wife Tanuja has not filed her nomination and has decided to support Usha Kadkade, who has filed her nomination from Ward 7, which belongs to Tanuja. It is learnt that both the parties, BJP and Congress, have planned a strategy taking into consideration the forthcoming assembly election and the exact picture will be clear by the next week. Though people have decided to give an opportunity to new faces, major stress is given to women candidates, as the post of chairperson is reserved for women.

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PANJIM (HND): Association of Plastic Surgeons of India will organise a CME on ‘Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’ on October 23 and 24 at the Auditorium of Goa Medical College (GMC) for plastic surgeons and post-graduate students. The CME which is coordinated by the Plastic Surgery Unit of the GMC will be inaugurated by the Dean, Dr V N Jindal. The invited faculty consists of experts from UK, Delhi, Kolkata, Dehradun and Mumbai. The programme is restricted to 40 people. The experts will be available for consultation at Plastic Surgery OPD (2495327) from 9.30 am to 11.30 am.

The results of North Goa taluka level competition organised by Directorate of Art and Culture for standard V to Vll (Junior Group) and VIII to X (Senior Group), held recently, have been declared for following events: Tabla, Harmonium, Guitar, Keyboard, Violin, Indian Classical Vocal, Light Music, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Monologue and Western Solo. The results are displayed on the notice board in the office of the Directorate of Art and Culture and the same will be forwarded to the respective winning schools. Results for South Goa will be declared soon. The results of other events like Drawing, Essay and Poetry Competition will be declared in due Course of time, says a press release issued here.

Storm heaven for Fr Agnelo’s canonization: Fr Hilario HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, OCT 20

With almost a month remaining to celebrate the day of Goa's saintly priest, a special letter has been written to all devotees of Fr Agnelo D'Souza. Fr Hilario Fernandes, vice postulator for the process of canonization of Venerable Fr Agnelo, has written a special letter to inform devotees to offer special prayers to obtain a first class miracle to further the process of his sainthood. "I am happy to inform you that we are studying a few special cases of healing obtained through the intercession of Ven. Agnelo. We have been meeting the concerned doctors. In the coming days, let us storm heaven to get at least one miracle approved," wrote Fr Hilario in the letter. The 83rd death anniversary of Ven Fr Agnelo will be held on November 20, while the nineday novena services will start on November 11. 'This is the will of God - Your Sanctification' (1 Thes. 4/3) is

Dr Rajesh Dhume speaks at legal awareness camp recently held at Village Panchayat Hall Moira, Bardez.

PANJIM (HND): A legal awareness camp/World Mental Health Day camp was recently held at Village Panchayat Hall, Moira, Bardez. Dr Rajesh Dhume spoke on ‘Mental Health and Depression’, Adv P Banaulikar spoke on ‘Senior Citizen Right's’ and Adv S Patil spoke on ‘Free Legal Aid.’ An open question answer session was also held. Dy Sarpanch Doris D'Mello compered and presided over the function. He explained the purpose of holding such camps Vote of thanks was proposed by Dy Sarpanch Doris D'Mello. The function was held under the auspices of the Bardez Taluka Legal Services Committee, says a press release issued here.

Feast at Velim PANJIM (HND): The feast of the ‘Matievello Rakhneacho Khuris’ will be celebrated on October 23, at Nagdollem, Velim, Salcette. The Eucharistic celebration will be held at 9 am and the main celebrant will be Velim Parish Priest, Fr Romano Gonsalves. This year, the feast will be celebrated by the family of Lida Joao from Baga, Velim.

lok adalat PANJIM (HND): The Ponda Taluka legal services committee will organise the mega Lok Adalat in respect of cases under section 138 of Negotiable Instrument Act on October 24 from at 10 am onwards in the court of Senior Civil Judge and JMFC, Ponda. The public in general, litigants and Advocates may apply to the court to place their matters under the said Act, says a press release issued here.

Medical camp at Vasco

Fr Hilario Fernandes praying at the tomb of Fr Agnelo in Pilar Monastery

the theme chosen for this year, states the letter. "God calls all of us, without exception, to be holy. Blessed Joseph Vaz, whose fourth death centenary we celebrate this year is a fine example of this fidelity and growth. So is our Ven. Agnelo. Both tried to do God's will at all time," stated Fr Hilario, in the letter to the devotees. Most Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao,

Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and Daman, will preside over the Solemn High mass on November 20 at 9:30 am. The novena masses starting on November 11 will be held daily at 5.30, 6.45, 8.00, 9.15, 10.30 in the morning and 4, 5.15 & 6.15 (English) in the evening. At the end of every Mass, there will be special prayers over the sick.

Tag to stage tiatr in honour of rosario rodrigues HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, OCT 20

Wheel chair donated by Mapusa traders to Hanumant Pednekar. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

“Yuvak Sangh should organize the workshops on drawing, public speaking and performing arts for the benefit of the students,” said Mayekar. Divakar Vengurlekar and Sharad Mayekar also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, Aldona Yuvak Sangh President Sukhanand Naik welcomed the gathering, Gurudas Malik compered the function, while Primary School Headmistress Rani Rane proposed the vote of thanks.

Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) will organise a special function to commemorate the birth anniversary of the most popular Khelltiatrist, late Rosario Rodrigues on October 24 at Pai Tiatrist JAF Auditorium, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, at 10 am. Anil-Olga’s popular Khell-Tiatr ‘Xim Mer Asonk Zai’ will be staged on this occasion. Late Rosario Rodrigues, who hailed from Benaulim in Salcete was a trend setter in Khel- tiatr who wrote and directed more than 75 dramas. He took this art form to various parts of the country, including the gulf. In 1971 Rosario innovated and staged two khells on the stage; other directors also followed this pattern. In 1976 Rosario instead of two plays, staged a full length drama of 3 hours ‘Fattim Paulo’ which was a big success. Other directors also emulated this pattern. As a tribute to late Rosario Rodrigues and transmit his contributions to the modern generation, TAG will celebrates his birthday where all tiatr lovers are allowed to attend.

Dr Manoj, Mansavi awarded

PANJIM (HND): Dr Manoj Subhash Kamat and Dr Ms Manasvi M Kamat were awarded the ‘Best Research Paper Award in Empirical Finance’ at the Manubhai M Shah Technical Session on Empirical Issues in Finance at the 63rd All India Commerce Conference 2010 organised by the Indian Commerce Association (ICA), recently. The award consists of a Gold Medal, Award Citation, and Merit Certificate. Dr Manoj has obtained a Doctorate in finance from IIT Mumbai and is post Doctoral Fellow in the subject, while Dr Manasvi has a PhD in International Business. They had the honor of being the first recipient of the award instituted in memory of distinguished academician, researcher, former Vice Chancellor and past president of the ICA, Prof M M Shah, says a press release issued here.

Friday Balcao PANJIM(HND): Friday Balcao the fortnightly discussion event will be held on October 22 and will focus on the use of RTI to combat bribery & corruption in Goa. Friday Balcao will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm, at the Goa Desc Resource Centre, No 11, Liberty Apartments Feira Alta, Mapusa and is open to members of the public. Interested citizens wanting more information on Friday Balcao can e-mail to goadesc@gmail.com.

Trek at Tambdi Surla

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portunity to showcase their talents. “Winning is not important as participation. Students should not get disheartened if they do not get prize, but should strive to improve upon their shortcomings and perform better in the next competition,” said Dhumal. In his speech, Ranjan Mayekar urged the students to continue taking part in various competitions, irrespective of whether they win or not.

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PANJIM (HND): Wildtrek Adventures will organise forest trek on October 24, bird watching, adventure sport, food and snacks in the jungles of Tambdi Surla. Transport from Panjim will also be arranged for the participants. For enquiries call Dr Prithvi Amonkar (9822123458) / Savio Fernandes (9822155805), says a press release issued here.

‘winning is not important as participation’ Yogita Naik bagged the first prize in the drawing competition organized by Aldona Yuvak Sangh in the premises of Primary School at Aldona during the Shardotsav. Kushal Kerkar and Harshad Pednekar bagged the second and third prizes respectively, while consolation prizes were given to Devanganga Chodankar, Rockseni D’Souza, Sunita Bazari, Mayuresh Chari, Teja Naik, Satyan Mashelkar, Samson Mir a n d a , D i a g o Fe r n a n d e s , Shubam Chari and Akruti Madkaikar. On the occasion, on behalf of Mapusa traders, journalist Prakash Dhumal gave a wheel chair to a handicapped person Hanumant Pednekar from Aldona. Prizes to the winners of the drawing competition were distributed by chief guest Dhumal and guest of honour dramatist Ranjan Mayekar. Dhumal complimented the Aldona Yuvak Sangh for organizing the drawing competition for students, thereby providing them with an op-

Cultural talent search contest results declared

PANJIM(HR): The Goa Province of World Malayalee Council (WMC) -- an organization of Malayalam speaking people – will organise a free homoeopathic medical camp at St Teresa High School, at Mangor Hill in Vasco on October 24. Joseph P J, Local President told a press conference on Wednesday here that they intend to cover economically backward people residing at Mangor Hill. The camp will be conducted by Dr Beena Martins along with other homoeopathic practioners, he said. Dr Beena Martins said all kinds of recurring problems and some incurable diseases can be effectively treated with homoeopathy treatment.” The WMC which is an associate of World Malayalee Council (WMC) works for the betterment of the society. The WMCGoa was formed in August 2008. The WMC - Goa has earlier conducted free diabetic camp at Zuari Nagar and blood donation camp at Hotel Park Hyatt. Also school uniforms were distributed to forty AIDS affected children in Vasco, informed Joseph.

osteoporosis detection camp PANJIM (HND): Free Osteoporosis Detection Camp will be held at Pereira Medicare Hospital, Khorlim, Mapusa on October 24 from 9 am to 1 pm by orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Ryan Pereira, says a press release issued here.

retreat for childless couples PANJIM (HND): Parish Priest of Carambolim Church, Fr Conceicao D’Silva will hold a special All Goa Healing Retreat for childless couples on five consecutive days from October 22 at Carambolim Church from 7.30 am to 1 pm followed by mass and adoration of Blessed Sacrament. During the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Fr Conceicao D’Silva will pray individually on childless couples, says a press release issued here.

Poetry writing contest MARGAO(HR): Konkani Bhasha Mandal will organise an All Goa Konkani poetry writing competition for young poets in the memory of renowned poet late Bakibab Borkar as per annual schedule. The competition is open for poets in the age group of 15-25 years. Each participant can send three Konkani poems and the poem should not be more than 250 words. Interested participants should send their poems by November 10 to Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Konkani bhavan, Vidyanagar-Margao, states a pres note issued by KBM president Prashant Naik.

Powerline warning The public of Mapusa, Bardez is informed that the newly erected 400 KVA transformer at Sattadhar complex, Pedem, 200KVA transformer at Haldankar Residency, Karaswaddo and 200KVA transformer at Selina Estate, Acoi, along with the newly erected 11KV HT single circuit line will has been test-charged and will remain charged thereafter. Public of the area is cautioned to keep away from the line and equipment.

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Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao releases the Konkani album ‘Police Porjek’, at Cuncolim, in presence of the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Good Health Church, Cuncolim, Fr Arlindo D'mello, Commissioner of CCP, Elvis Gomes, Senior Police Officials, SP Tony Fernandes, SP Arvind Gawas, SP Bosco George, PI Sammy Tavares and Comedian Agostinho.

October 22 MERCES: From 9 am to 4 pm. Areas affected are Mestabhatt, Carmichem Bhatt, Bhuttem Bhatt, Alua Hotel, Chamunda Enclave, Bondir, Football ground, St Cruz VP Library and surrounding areas. NEURA: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Neura Church and surrounding areas of Neura. October 23 NEURA: From 9am to 5pm at Neura Panchayat, Dayanand Arya HS, Alvares saw mill, Gudiwada and surrounding areas. October 25 PERNEM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas of VP Torxem will be affected. October 26 PERNEM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas of VP Ozarim will be affected. October 27 PERNEM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas of VP Dhargal will be affected. October 29 PERNEM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Khareband, Paraste in Pernem Municipal


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Khandola comunidade accused of illegally transferring land to developer HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, OCT 20

Members of Khandola Communidade in Ponda taluka have accused their managing committee members of illegally transferring communidade land to a real estate developer. Members have strongly objected to the lease agreement, wherein it is learnt that the communidade land at Candola admeasuring 9,500 sq mtrs have been allotted to a developer at the rate of Rs 30 per sq mtrs. Members claimed that the managing committee has violated laws and for self-interest granted the 99-year lease. “Presently, the value of the land is about Rs 5,000 per sq mtrs. We will not allow such illegality in the area, however we feel the area could be utilized for community projects,” said the members.

n Members have strongly objected to the lease agreement, wherein it is learnt that the communidade land at Candola admeasuring 9,500 sq mtrs have been allotted to a developer at the rate of Rs 30 per sq mtrs. Members further claimed that the managing committee fraudulently went ahead with the deal and even drafted a sale-deed in the name of the developer. “This is just not acceptable and in no way we are going to allow this to happen. The land is being carelessly given in the

hands of real estate giants and this is not in the interest of the village,” said Madhu Gaonkar, ex-attorney, Candola Communidade. “The committee members without taking other members into confidence went ahead the deal,” claimed Gaonkar. Another ex-attorney, Raghunath Gaonkar, said similar proposal had come to him a couple of years ago, when he was the attorney, however it was declined. “When I was the attorney, this proposal had come to us, but we rejected it,” stated said Raghunath Gaonkar. With a hope, members have approached all the concerned government authorities urging to look into the matter. They even have requested to dissolve the Candola Communidade managing committee. “I hope at least Governor

will look into the matter seriously. We have also handed over a memorandum to Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza and are hoping for favourable reply,” said Somnath Naik, member, Candola Communidade. “We also urge our local MLA Deepak Dhavlikar to look into the issue at the earliest,” added Naik. However, Candola Communidade Attorney Arvind Gaonkar has refuted all allegations, saying the process undertaken is legal and has the nod from every department. He further said the deal is not yet finalized and accused the opposing party of vested interest. He said he will come to the press with full documents and plan of the project, which he claimed will benefit Khandola village.

Truck skids off road, occupants safe

Stating that decades ago the Government of India had abolished the princely purses, and the State government had passed the Land to The Tiller Act, vice-President of Goynche Niz Mogi Kamala Parsekar has demanded to know why the Mokashe land controlled by the Ranes is not handed over to the people who till Mokashe land. Seeking answers from the Goans, particularly the people of Sattari, Parsekar has further questioned why the people of Sattari have not stood up against the Ranes and instead have chosen to remain at their doormats. In a press release issued here, Parsekar has further alluded that the low literacy

The sand-laden truck that skidded off the road at Devabhag-Canacona.

n Parsekar has alluded that the low literacy rates in Sattari taluka and its backwardness in other social indicators is because the resources meant for development of infrastructure were diverted. rates in Sattari taluka and its backwardness in other social indicators is because the resources meant for development of infrastructure were diverted. “Instead, the people are happy with the petty handouts dished out by the Ranes,”

‘Bridal & Beyond’ opened at Parra

she said and added that people of Sattari should have stopped accepting the looted items like jewellery, medicines and other goods from the Rane’s . She has also stated that people of Sattari are no different from other people and are endowed with the same capacities. She further faults the people for choosing to be meek slaves of the Ranes despite being manipulated, cheated and threatened by the Ranes to retain their hold. “Election results will once again prove the nature of people of Valpoi and Sattari in particular,” Parsekar says and concludes by asking: who is responsible for high illiteracy and backwardness in Sattari, is it the people of Sattari or the Ranes?

Conference on Goa’s response to proclamation of Portuguese Republic HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, OCT 20

Parish priest of St Anne’s Church, Parra, Fr Roland Carvalho at the inaugural function of ‘Bridal & Beyond’, a self-styled designer shop at Parra. Photo by Thomas Fernandes HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, OCT 20

Parish priest of St Anne’s Church, Parra, Fr Roland Carvalho inaugurated a self-styled designer shop ‘Bridal & Beyond’ at Parra on Sunday. A host of political personalities including Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes, Saligao ZP member Michael Lobo, Parra Sarpanch Bene-

The yatris and activists of Goenchea Xetkarancho Ekvott and members of the Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI) gathered outside the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), an ICAR-funded extension office managed by the Goa Directorate of Agriculture at Margao Farm, to protest KVK overstepping its mandate and doing research trials of GM crops. They also protested against the connivance in the stealing of a local Goan variety of brinjal ‘Agasaim’ to create the ‘Event’, technical jargon for genetically modified version of a known cultivated crop ‘variety’ or ‘cultivar’ GO-112. The Kisan Swaraj Yatra that began on Gandhi Jayanti in the land of his birth, will end at the Rajghat in Delhi on December 11 after awakening the nation through rallies in 20 states over 71 days, a press release issued here states. On October 19, the KSY yatris and villagers of Dulapi took out a procession from Dulapi

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to Syngenta’s Santa Monica Plant in which about 120 farmers and citizens of Dulapi under the banner of Dulapi Nagrik Kruti Samiti, braved the rains to make their voice heard at the Syngenta gate in Corlim, amidst tight police security. They then went to ICARGoa, Ela Farm, Old Goa, where Dr N P Singh, Director of ICAR Research Centre, briefed the yatris on the steps taken by ICAR to promote organic farming in Goa and to boost the crop yields in consultation with the small and marginal farmers. He lamented that the Directorate of Agriculture does not consult the ICAR on agricultural techniques while framing its policy and schemes. He also categorically stated that the KVK-North Goa, under the control of ICAR was not involved in the Bt Brinjal trials in Goa earlier this year. He agreed that the KVK does not have a research mandate, which is the sole responsibility of ICAR's research stations and State Agriculture Universities.

6-lane highway: Cortalim locals seek MLA’s help to save houses

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A truck driver and two other occupants escaped with minor injuries, after a sand-laden tipper skidded into a paddy field at Devabhag-Canacona on Wednesday morning. According to reports, the sand-laden truck (GA-02 U2278) was proceeding towards Agonda, however on reaching Devabhaga, it went down the road after loose soil on its left gave away. The truck later fell one its side into the field below. The truck driver Mahesh Velip, besides a cleaner and another person in the cabin, escaped with minor injuries and were reportedly given first-aid and later discharged from a local hospital. Locals complained that the narrow road at Devabhag is often responsible for such mishaps and presence of cattle in large numbers is making driving even more dangerous at the site.

Goenchea Xetkarancho Ekvott protests GM trials

dict D’Souza among others attended the inaugural ceremony. The ‘Bridal & Beyond’ is the brainchild of designer specialist Sandra Lobo of Parra. The new venture is located along the main road of Parra-Mapusa and caters to the requirements of wedding, christening, communion, besides other casual wears.

To mark the centenary of the Portuguese Republic, the Consulate General of Portugal in Goa and CLP/Instituto Camões will organise a conference ‘Recollections on Goa’s response to the proclamation of the Portuguese Republic’ on October 23 at the residence of the Consul General, Fr Agnelo Road, Altinho, at 6 pm. Percival Noronha, Fátima Gracias, Manohar Usgaonkar, Délio Mendonça, M Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues and Mário Cabral e Sá will speak on changes in the Goan scenario after the proclamation of the Portuguese Republic with regard to relations between the State and the Church; changes in the status of women; reforms in the field of education and socio-political changes resulting from the new legal and administrative system. For more information, contact Consulate General of Portugal, ph: 2421524/25, e-mail: consulado@goa.dgaccp.pt or Instituto Camões, ph: 6647737/2422237, e-mail: clpicpanjim@gmail.com.

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Reeling under pressure of the possibility of their houses being razed to make way for 6lane highway, a group of residents called on Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho and expressed their fears over the issue. The residents, mostly from 1st Arvale in Cortalim, were shaken after field staff of National Highways Authority of India visited their houses that are likely to make way for the highway project. The residents informed Godinho that 60 houses were identified by the field staff at 1st Arvale alone. Moved by their sorrowful faces, Godinho immediately phoned Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to have first hand information on the

Govt agencies directed to use complete picture of State Emblem

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Ministry of Home Affairs has directed the government agencies who are authorized to use the State Emblem of India for official purposes to depict the complete picture of the State Emblem together with the motto ‘Satyameva Jayate’ in Devanagari script inscribed below the profile of Lion Capital. A communiqué received from the Home Ministry, has informed the State administration to ensure that the motto ‘Satyameva Jayate’ is not omitted from the State Emblem and strict action should be taken against any violation to the instructions. Incomplete display of the State Emblem of India is

a violation of the State Emblem of India (prohibition of Improper use) Act, 2005 and the State Emblem of India (Regulation of use Rules 2007). The State Emblem of India is the official seal of the Government of India. It is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of Asoka. The Emblem consists of the profile of the Lion capital showing three Lions mounted on the abacus, with a Dharma Chakra in the centre, a bull on the right, a galloping horse on the left and outline Dharma Chakras on the extreme right and left with the motto ‘Satyameva Jayate’ written in Devanagari script below the profile of the Lion Capital. The Ministry of home Affairs-Government of India further informs that State Emblem of India is incomplete without the motto ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed in Devanagiri script below the profile of the Lion Capital. The Home Ministry has further observed that various government agencies are using the State Emblem of India on their stationery, publications, seals, vehicles, buildings, websites etc often omitting the motto “Satyameva Jayate” and only depict the profile of the Lion Capital.

new development and also sought appointment with him along with the residents. Godinho also informed Kamat that henceforth he be invited even for small meetings concerning the highway. Kamat informed Godinho to wait for the joint presentation, where every MLA affected by the project would be invited. Meanwhile, in his personal effort to address this serious issue, Godinho informed the residents that he would get in touch with Union Minister of Surface Transport Kamal Nath during his visit in Goa and would also invite the residents for an audience with the Union Minister, if required. Godinho reiterated his demand for a flyover from Cortalim junction to Pazentar near Toyota Showroom, as it would solve the problem even if it meant investing little more in order to save the cluster of houses on that stretch.

Book on litany released PANJIM (HND): 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 book will be available at the office of the World Apostolate of Fatima at Panjim. For details contact: 2420342/2422160/982215146.

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he ‘seekers’ of the Sanatan Sanstha do not give up easily. In 2008, some of them set off a bomb that exploded in a cinema theatre in Panvel, Navi Mumbai, which was screening the film ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, on 20 February that year. The Sanstha had claimed that the film insulted the Hindu religion. Later that year, on 31 May, they planted a crude bomb in the Vishnudas Bhave auditorium in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, where a Marathi play, ‘Aamhi Panchpute’, was being staged. Luckily, it failed to explode. This play, the Sanstha had alleged, caricaturised Hindu deities and ‘desecrated’ Hindu sentiments. The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, an umbrella organisation which has a large number of Sanatan ‘seekers’ among its leaders and members, had earlier staged protests against the screening of the movie and the staging of the play. Undeterred by their failure at Vashi, these ‘seekers’ once more planted a bomb, on 4 June, at the well-known Gadkari Rangayatan auditorium in Thane. The bomb was kept on a bicycle in the auditorium’s parking lot. It exploded when four employees of the theatre tried to remove the plastic bag from the bicycle on which it was kept. Altogether, seven persons were injured. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari – a diploma holder in electrical engineering – and Mangesh Dinkar Nikam. According to the police, Nikam, who had worked for a contractor who dug wells, sourced the explosives, while Gadkari prepared the electronic circuit. The bomb was made of gelatin sticks (dynamite) wrapped in an Ammonium Nitrate and Fuel Oil (ANFO) mixture. This is commonly used in quarries and mines. It is the same kind of explosive allegedly used by the Indian Mujahiddeen in the serial bomb blasts in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi, during 2008. Police allege Gadkari and his wife entered the auditorium car park on a motorbike. As patrons must pass a metal detector before entering the auditorium, he kept the explosives in the parking area. Both waited till the blast went off, after which they left. The motorcycle, whose number was on the car park register, allegedly belonged to the Guru Krupa Pratishthan of the Sanatan Ashram in Panvel. It was also used to visit the Vashi auditorium, and finally led to the identification of the two main accused. Both the main accused lived in the Sanatan Ashram in Panvel, where the bomb was allegedly assembled. After their interrogation, police arrested four others – Vikram Vinay Bhawe, Santosh Sitaram Angre, Dr Hemant Tukaram Chalke and Haribhau Krishna Divekar. All of them are in the Taloja jail near Mumbai. Their trial is still on. This pattern – of the main accused living in the Sanatan Ashram and carrying out these activities to further the Sanstha’s campaigns – was repeated in last year’s blast in Margao, where Malgonda Patil and Yogesh Naik died when the bomb they were allegedly carrying in their scooter accidentally exploded before it could be planted in the crowded area where the Narkasur competition was being held at Margao. Eight people are in jail in that case, while three are absconding. According to the police, in both cases, the accused firmly maintain that though they operated from the Sanatan Ashram to enforce the organisation’s campaigns, the Sanstha had nothing to do with the bomb blasts. On the other hand, the Sanstha is all set to resume its campaign against Goa’s traditional Narkasur Diwali celebrations, which it claims glorifies the demon Narkasur instead of Lord Krishna. There is a very real fear that some more ‘seekers’ may misguidedly try to enforce the organisation’s writ. Therefore, the police needs to keep the Sanstha under very close watch. We cannot afford another bomb blast!

Manimal Farm Agnelo P. Furtado, Chinchinim Bravo to Dr Joe D’Souza for his article ‘The Farmhouse at Porvorim’ (Herald, 18 Oct) It’s survival of the filthiest in Goa’s political barnyard. An Israeli stud horse named Atala sprinted from Lucky Farmhouse and ran all over Facebook at photon speed. The grasseating (marijuana and other psychotropic fodder) animal put blinkers on the sleeping police department and caused nightmares to the home minister and Roy the stable boy. Now all ye village bumpkins! In this 5lap jackpot there are only one and a half laps left to the finishing line. Hedge your bets and let us all ‘Satte pe pattevallas’join in the chorus ‘Old McDigu had a farm, Paisa Liya Liya Lo.’

Church transparency Michael A. Fernandes, Batim Lately the Church of Goa has been in the news thanks to alert members of the community who point out to lapses in man-

100 Years Ago PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

21 October 1910 Educational reforms again

The President of the Overseas Council who had earlier shelved the Educational Reforms due to political turmoil will be presenting the same at the next session of the Parliament.

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fter the successful running of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) we are on a high and the next logical question will naturally be when are we hosting the Olympics. But that is easier said than done as the pre-CWG obstacles so correctly proved. Commonwealth Games president Mike Fennell admitted that he was even asked when he would announce the cancellation of the Games. That’s how bleak the picture appeared to be just weeks before the commencement. “No, don’t criticize the press. It was their writings that led to correcting the mistakes to make it a successful event,” he said bluntly. Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, however, is a different kettle of fish. Facing numerous charges of corruption and tolerated till the completion of the Games, he is still under the scanner. To embellish his already tarred reputation he called Prince Charles “Prince Diana” (doesn’t he know the difference between male and female names?) and named the Mayor incorrectly. The trouble with these sports officials is that they stick to power for too long. An outer limit of three years should be made mandatory. Kalmadi quoted Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru by saying “success doesn’t come without setbacks” which in this case is a clear understatement. Being a sports official his command over the English language too should be better or else he will be no different from the hockey officials who attend international meetings. They are not able to exchange even a few words and therefore fail to make a point when rules are summarily changed to benefit the European pattern of the game. Kalmadi has also been snubbed during the CWG and now has to face the music for his errors of omission and commission. The probing panel is headed by former Comptroller & Auditor-General (CAG) V.K.Shunglu who will have to submit his report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh within three months. The OC has been asked to show all the documents to agencies probing allegations against corruption. A slew of investigating agencies – from the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) – that have

agement like the sale of church land and other treasured assets of the Church like the Souto Maior property at Caranzalem, and the Sta Monica property at Vanxim. The news item ‘Church Bodies call for saving environment’ saw the usual spokespersons, advocating a return to agriculture and horticulture. They were silent about the huge land sale by the Church authorities at the cost of agricultural tenants who were offered meagre amounts for the land they live on. The Curia Patriarchal was only the caretaker of the bequeathed lands. Not the owner. A caretaker cannot sell the land. Everyone espouses the cause of RTI, so too should the Church maintain complete transparency. After all it is maintained by money from the Catholic community and Jesus did say “Nothing shall remain hidden”.

Vote with care, Vasco Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco The out-going Council of the Vasco Municipality had a top-post rotation understanding. If the current chief did not step down, chaos ensued. Developmental work in the Port Town came to a halt. The common man had to suffer. On October 31every eligible voter in the Port Town must exercise their franchise and vote for candidates who will give stability to the Council. Not voting will bring in non-deserving candidates and make a mess of Vasco for the next five years. Each vote is precious. We need to use it judiciously.

Throw this bunch out! Jeremiah D’souza, Cansaulim

All is well CM

The Colonial Budget which was supposedly approved and implemented is still on hold.

Allwyn George, Carmona I commend the article ‘Aam Aadmi unfurls flag of revolt …’ by Cedric da Costa (Herald,

In the field events we also scored well, specially shooting, weight-lifting. In hockey to we did well to win the silver medal, the first time at the CWG. I saw the game against England and we played quite well. Of course it is no longer the game of old (you can turn round and around, only a lady partner is missing) and the artistry we were noted for has gone out of the window. Our Spanish coach Jose Brasa has done a good job and should be given his due, not snubbed by not inviting him to meet the Prime Minister. However, the final loss by eight goals was quite shocking and probably a record, dubious no doubt. Even Australian hockey coach Ric Charlesworth (a former Olympian) has blamed our bureaucracy for our dismal deterioration hockey standards. He was particularly critical of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and he should know because he did a brief stint (a few months only, before pulling

out) with the Indian team. That’s the trouble with Indian sport where we are only obsessed with cricket with its big money and even bigger scams. Where is former India Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi now? Well and truly on the mat. His biggest mistake was his encounter with Shashi Tharoor. It opened a whole can of worms and the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) finally decided to act, after giving him a long rope. Now Modi is a persona non grata and even his passport is being impounded because he was out of the country for quite a while, But why in the first place give him so much unfettered power and this too after his dubious criminal reputation abroad. For me the IPL is akin to the great Roman spectacle of throwing Christians to the lions, a massive tamasha were all the wannabes got together, more to be seen than seeing. The “chota rajas,” page 3 folks who pay Rs 1 lakh for admission to the after-match parties. Why, even industrialist Vijay Mallya spoke in favour of them and wanted them to be continued. Some priority, this? Is it any wonder that the cricketers too tend to fall prey to these distractions and Yuvraj Singh seems to be going the Kambli way? We have a whole set of youngsters like Suresh Raina and Co who are not only knocking at the doors but have already acquired a certain status both in Test cricket and other formats, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” my guru Frank Moraes used to say, so does money, because money begets power. But why do politicians also join in all this. Haven’t they their own role to fulfill? Why is former Maharashtran strongman Sharad Pawar messing about with the BCCI? Should he not devote his energies to his Agriculture portfolio? It is in a shambles and he could well have been stripped of the portfolio for his failure to perform. He may have been the youngest Minister at 31, the youngest Chief Minister at 38 with Progressive Democratic Government (PDF) but that was all light-years ago. It’s time that he is made to see the writing on the wall, if he does not see it himself. That’s what administration is all about. It is the higher echelons that have to call the shots.

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been working in tandem are set to bring the entire OC, its contracts and works in the ambit of a sprawling investigation. We sincerely hope the deadline is kept and appropriate section taken against the guilty. It should be a deterrent for future events of such a magnitude. Accountability should be the keyword. Too often have we seen panels set up but the findings never known or at best gathering dust in bureaucratic files. As for the sports events are concerned we fared much better than in previous CWGs and ended up second after Australia. Saina Newhal did us proud by winning the last gold that clinched second place. She is a true champion and may she keep away from the flare of fame unlike her near-namesake Sania who is now just “garam hawa” but still manages to get more than her due in the media.

ne season following another, as the sweet song from Fiddler on the Roof so deftly describes our slow but steady progress through life. It seems only the other day we were singing Christmas carols and merrily welcoming in the New Year. Valentine Day in February gave a special excuse, if one was really needed, to tell those you love how you really feel. A sentimental break perhaps, but there is nothing quite like hearing it. Also Carnival, a colourful 4-day festival, of revelry and fun, celebrated around the world, although it varies from country to country. Carnival culture was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese. Tourists come to Goa in droves to join in the celebration. Then comes boisterous, windy, March with its rushing winds to bear us into the long and sometimes doleful weeks of Lent. March is the time to pay taxes and renew commercial licenses. April is exam time and to some it is a busy school year. April is a good time to look into what living in the light of the Resurrection of Jesus should mean for us. If we are an Easter people, as the early Christians claimed, we would better have something to show for it. What we should show, first of all, is joy. This is totally in line

Major D. Miguel de Alarssao submitted to the Government the research works undertaken by him on rubber cultivation.

The Marquis of Soveral was allowed to receive at the earliest his entire salary which was kept pending by the earlier Government.

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Facts of Life

The care-a-damn attitude of the Sarpanch and his Panchas will be the ruin of the villages of Cansaulim-Arossim-Cuelim. Ferwin Saldanha has exposed himself by alleging that the Gram Sabha resolutions were fabricated. Martha Saldanha’s reported statement that the Gram Sabha has no powers is enough grounds to have her disqualified. We must remove this bunch of self-seeking people and choose suitable representatives.

Soveral gets full salary

Sports officials should only have a 3-year term says erVeLL e. MeneZeS

with what Jesus spoke about so often and promised so fully to his followers. April is followed by fiery May. Most of us do not need a reminder that this month is especially dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother. So whether you are one of those who longingly recall May processions and novena devotions, it’s a time of celebration that will bring you nearer to Mary and therefore to her son. After all “to Jesus through Mary” is more than a slogan. It’s the absolute truth. May is one of the delightful months for school children. A month of holidaying; endless days at the beach and long nights hanging out with friends, which can make the most tired parental heart both sing and whimper in the face of their boundless energy. It’s June again and is still a very popular month for marriages. Also, school expenses. In June the monsoon bursts forth with its fury. The rain is observed in its cosmic complexity inspiring awe and elation, frustration and depression. It is accepted as a part of the annual cycle of life. It’s the time to rest on your oars. The monsoon reaches its climax in July.

By Marc de Souza The month most hated by the poor is comes to a close on August 31. In Portuguese there’s a saying: “Agosto, mes de desgosto“- August, a month of grief. September is loved by all, because it fills the granary with the products of the new crop. It is known as the month of flowers, bringing mirth and joy. It is when the Hindu community celebrates the birthday of Ganesh, with a spirit of openness and goodwill which reflects the goodness of the Hindu way of life. Lord Ganesh is a God of good luck and wisdom, remover of obstacles and a patron of learning. If you think you detect a strong missionary strain at this time, it is because October is the month of the missions, when we are reminded of the clear command of Jesus “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news”. November is a colourful month, what with Diwali, the festival of lights and all things nice, light over darkness. In this month the Muslim world celebrates Bakri-id with thanksgiving and praise to Allah. Of course, December means Christmas and Christmas gifts; for Christmas comes but once a year. What we need is a month that’s free!

Letters to the Editor Letter of the Day

Honour for Goan musicians

Armando Gonsalves (Owner/Founder: Heritage Jazz & Konkani Rocks), Campal

There is no doubt that musicians from Goa, despite their significant contributions to the world of music in India have not got their due. Whether it is stalwart Anthony Gonsalves who created Indo-Western fusion music whose notations are encyclopaedic; or Chris Perry who has done yeoman service to the cause of Goan music yet died a frustrated man; or the brothers Joe and John Gomes one of whom is reportedly languishing in an old-age home; or the nightingale in question in recent discussions, Lorna, who has brought cheer to Goans across the world... All of them should have been honoured in no uncertain manner. These wonderful people have done yeoman service to us all, and have brought smiles to thousands worldwide. I have nominated Anthony Gonsalves and Lorna for the prestigious All India Karmaveer Award of which Remo and I are past recipients. I hope that they will get the coveted prize. I believe there are many Goans of great heart and spirit who will take this campaign forward with our forward thinking media. 18 Oct). It is high time that the CM and his team realise that the people are fed up with tall promises and no action. All eyes are on GBA’s next plan of action to uproot the MLAs who are responsible for leading Goa to anarchy and giving a safe haven to the builders’ lobby. I really admire the CM, pretending all is well despite the public resentment against him and his colleagues.

Chop GFA deadwood Irineu Gonsalves, Verna GFA elections are due on October 24. Shivanand Salgaocar in 2003 was the best thing to have happened to Goan football. Joaquim Alemao in 2007 tuned GFA into a cesspool of politics. GFA needs men of integrity. Both Peter Vaz and Srinivas Dempo, contesting for the post of GFA president are men of integrity and both have football pedigree. Football is bigger than individuals, not the reverse. The GFA executive committee should be a blend of experience and new faces. Deadwood must be chopped off to make way for new entrants who are experienced and who have guided their clubs over the years. They will bring fresh ideas.

Islanders’ woes A Heredia, Chorao

The NHAI is not in favour of the Sea-Link project, a dream project of our CM Digamber Kamat, as it would be wasteful expen-

has correctly and rightly spared no one in the tourism line at all levels. He has shown no fear of our corrupt ministers and bureaucrats. Roger D’Souza could have sharpened his sword to a finer edge, when commenting on this article. What this country sorely needs is a violent revolution, if not an army takeover. This will cook the goose of our Ministers on the hottest flame they could ever imagine.

Spend more on athletes Sidonio Mendes, Chandor A developing country like ours could ill-afford the CWG. Suresh Kalmadi stated that the medals won by our athletes are the statement of India organizing the games. Speaking of medals in hockey, Australia drubbed us 8-0, still India was decorated with silver. If a small fraction of this huge money was properly spent on our athletes all these years, their prospects would have been better. The only asset of these games is the world class infrastructure built in Delhi. We hope the venues will be used for regular national and international competitions. And I pray the hockey fields and running tracks should not be dug up to play cricket matches.

diture. If the CM wants to help the aam admi, help the island people of Chorao, Divar, Vanxim, Calvim and many more who have to face huge hardship due to lack of proper ferry boats. Instead of going for the Sealink project, build bridges connecting these islands to the mainland. Wake up Mr CM, get your priorities right before the State’s golden jubilee celebration and bring some cheer to the islands.

Don’t erase history

Power to Gram Sabhas

Marcos Alemao, Varca

P L Fernandes, Old-Goa We at the V.P level should support Arvind Kejrival’s suggestions to the Goa Law Commission. It would be prudent, for the Law Commission to put up a draft for public scrutiny and comments for enactment of the required amendment to the Act. The Gram Sabha should have the power of impeachment of the erring Sarpanch or public servant. Kejriwal’s suggestions are fit for inclusion in the Act which was meant for devolution of powers to the people.

Cook their goose David Furtado, Candolim Main edit article ‘Tourism and the Goan nemesis’ by Anthony Simoes (Herald, 12 Oct) was not a readymade document off the shelf, but a well-researched punch, delivered with the force of a sledge-hammer at the Goa government’s shameless attitude towards tourism in this state. Anthony Simoes

Paths of Wisdom

With reference to ‘Portuguese Hangover’ by Adelmo Fernandes (Herald, 14 Oct). Portuguese names on roads, institutions, gardens, etc. are historic events of Goa. No one can deny that the Portuguese ruled Goa for more than 450 years. History cannot be destroyed nor erased, Mr Fernandes. Portuguese ruled Goa so efficiently that Goans were very happy compared to today. Only those so-called freedom fighters revolted against the Portuguese, because they were not allowed to carry out illegal trades on the borders of Goa. The Government of Goa can create more gardens and roads and name them after Goan eminent persons. Letters should be brief 100 words or less, 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.

How to deal with a bad habit A man got into the habit of eating opium. It was not possible for him to control this habit. He was always in a kind of coma. A saintly person visited his city and was offering advice and comfort to many. The opium-eater also sought the advice of the saint. The saint said that his health was deteriorating and that he should give up eating opium. At this, the opium addict said that it was not possible for him to give it up. He requested the saint to give him some advice. The saint asked him how much of opium he used to take every day and was shown a certain lump as the quantity being taken every day. The saint got a piece of chalk, equal to the lump of opium and told him that he may continue eating opium but should not take more than the weight of the chalk each day. The opium eater was quite happy but he was also told that every day he should write ‘OM’ three times on a blackboard with that chalk. In this manner, the chalk was reduced in size every day and so the amount of opium which the person was eating also got reduced gradually and ultimately this habit was removed. (Source : Chinna Katha)

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Is gambling worth the gamble? By ALCINA DENNIS

Every man has two instincts that are very powerful; one is fear and the other is greed. We have this deep fear of losing the things we have acquired in life – wealth, family, friends, relatives, job, prestige, position – lest any of them go away from us. The other is greed, to get what has not become mine so far; to perhaps become a crorepati overnight. There is no stigma to gambling when family and friends come together for a game of cards for instance. It is a form of relaxation at the end of the day. It becomes an opportunity to play as well as ‘earn by luck’. In Goa, we have so many casinos catering to the well-todo and elite, floating casinos on the river Mandovi and many other on-shore casinos all over North and South Goa, where tourists and others flock for entertainment and play in the hope of winning hugely. The joy of initially winning or Beginner’s Luck, encourages an individual to play more and risk more. But as he goes on winning, his judgement gets clouded by greed and ego. He begins to think that he is invincible. The more he wins the greedier and more foolhardy he gets. He begins to throw caution to the winds. According to John Hay ‘True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home’. What exactly happens in gambling? The money leaves the hands of a person who is not smart enough to retain it and goes to the one who has outsmarted him, who is perhaps more intelligent than the one who lost. Thus, the desire for gambling becomes an addiction, because you find that you cannot stop yourself. You wish to play and risk till you lose all. Watch the TV serial ‘The moment of Truth’ and see how greed gets the better of the person in the hot seat. They are prepared to lose all sometimes, so as to get as much as they can. Only the wise are able to extricate themselves from the dangerous trap of winning and losing. There are other forms of gambling besides race courses and casinos. There is the murky world of betting, match fixing and spot fixing. Of late, we read about the spot-fixing fiasco that has tainted the lovely and interesting game of cricket. ‘Satta’ in cricket and other games is reaching alarming proportions. It is a potential source of terror and drug mafia funding. Whether or not these have a basis, they do raise an important question: Would it not make sense to legalize betting in India, as it is in almost all the developed nations? Criminalizing betting does not prevent it from happening. How will legalizing help? Here are a few thoughts: 1)It will bring black money in the open. 2)Will move the business out of the hands of criminals. 3)Will bring back money going to places where betting is legal. 4)Will reduce chances of match-fixing and spot-fixing. 5)It can be used to raise funds for charities. Prohibition never stopped people getting their hands on alcohol. It just made some of the alcohol unsafe. It makes sense to take betting and gambling out of the shady illegal nooks and crannies in the underground, where it now hides and make it a legitimate, regulated tax-paying business.

BJP to protest at resort housing rebel MLAs PTI BANGALORE, OCT 20

Intensifying its political war against the Opposition, ruling BJP in Karnataka today announced plans to stage a demonstration tomorrow in front of a private resort where 11 rebel disqualified party MLAs are being sheltered by JDS. BJP activists led by MLA Vijayakumar also held a demonstration in front of Siddaramaiah's official residence earlier in the day demanding release of the 11 MLAs. "Congress and JDS have held our MLAs as hostages. We will stage a demonstration in front of the resort tomorrow demanding their release," a group of ministers led by state's Home Minister R Ashok told reporters here. The 11 BJP MLAs and five Independents, who were also disqualified on October 10, have been camping in the company of JDS men ever since the turmoil in state politics early this month after they announced withdrawal of support to the B S Yeddyurappa government. The BJP's counter-offensive comes a day after Congress workers led by Opposition leader Siddaramiah staged a demonstration in front of Yeddyurappa's official residence yesterday accusing the saffron party

of trying to lure its MLAs for its survival. Flanked by five ministerial colleagues, Ashok said the anger vented out by Siddaramaiah against BJP and Yeddyurappa was nothing but "frustration" following failure by Congress to keep its flock together. "None of its MLAs has joined our party. If any one wants to leave your party, why accuse us," he said, apparently referring to Congress charge that the BJP has lured its Jagalur MLA, S V Ramachandra. Ashok questioned the acts of opposition parties in ferrying BJP rebels to hotels in Goa and Chennai and now giving "lessons to BJP on issues of morality". Congress, which is now dominated by "defectors" like Siddaramaiah and KPCC president Deshpande, was in the grip of fear of losing their MLAs, he said. Describing JDS as a "local political outfit", Ashok said that party has joined hands with Congress to topple the BJP government and warned "people will teach them a lesson". Congress is trying to shift the blame on BJP for defection of its MLAs as it was unable to contain the revolt that has broken out within its party against defectors ruling it, Ashok claimed.

Ministers Basavaraj Bommai, Govind Karjol, Umesh Katti, G Janardhana Reddy, who once spearheaded a major revolt against the government and Jagadish Shettar, who was part of the dissidence movement, were present. Rejecting the BJP charge that it was holding the rebel MLAs hostage, JDS state unit president H D Kumaraswamy asserted they were only giving "protection" to the legislators. "We have not kept BJP MLAs as hostage in a hotel or a resort. We are only giving them protection," he told a press conference here. Alleging the political atmosphere had been vitiated by the BJP and the state was reeling under political instability, he demanded that Yeddyurappa seeks a fresh mandate. Kumaraswamy, who has been the rallying point for the dissident MLAs, rejected BJP allegations that mining lobby was funding the opposition to dislodge the Yeddyurappa government and offered to face any probe in this regard. He warned BJP against renewing its "operation lotus" to poach on opposition MLAs, claiming its strength would drop to 80 from 105 as the ruling party's own legislators were opposed to it.

The Supreme Court today dismissed the petition filed by notorious poacher Sansar Chand challenging his conviction and five year sentence in a case of smuggling animal parts. The poacher had appealed against the ruling of the Rajasthan High Court which had found him guilty of smuggling claws, skin, teeth and other animal parts in Bhilwara in 2003.

An apex court bench comprising Justices Markandey Katju and T S Thakur did not find merit in the appeal filed by Sansar Chand, who has been booked under dozens of cases under the Wildlife Act. The apex court, during the hearing of the case earlier this month, had slammed Sansar Chand for selling skin of tigers and leopards and said the day was not far when human skin would be sold.

PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCT 20

Getting red signals from the rival faction in the party, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan has retracted his statement which virtually held state Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac responsible for bad handling of the lottery controversy by the LDF Government. In a clarification made last night, Achuthanandan said his statement at a meet-the-press at Kochi on Monday was "misinterpreted" by media as an indictment of Isacc, a CPI-M Central Committee member and a prominent face of the faction led by the party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan. Achuthanandan had admitted at the press meet that there were lapses on the government's part in thoroughly studying the Central Lottery Act and taking measures to check irregularities being indulged in by distributors, for which the officials could not be blamed.His remark was widely seen as an indictment of Isaac. While the Chief Minister's statement came as a deep embarrassment for the LDF engaged in a high-voltage civic poll campaign, the opposition Congress-led UDF was quick to seize on it to attack the rival suggest-

Cashless insurance scheme for vendors PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 20

SC dismisses poacher Chand’s appeal PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 20

Kerala CM goes soft against minister over lottery issue

SSB and Nepal border police personnel checking people crossing Indo-Nepal borderon the eve of the first phase of Bihar Assembly Election, in Virat nagar on Wednesday.

Indo-Nepal, inter-state border sealed off on eve of Bihar poll PTI PATNA, OCT 20

Bihar's borders with Nepal and West Bengal have been sealed and security put on a high alert as the stage is set for the first phase of Assembly elections tomorrow in which 47 of 243 constituencies go to polls. Superintendent of Police of Madhubani district Ajitabh Kumar said Modhwapur, Khutauni, Fulparas and Laukaha areas in the district have been sealed off and watch was being kept by SSB and other security agencies on any possible movement of trouble-makers. Similarly, a special watch is being kept in Supaul, Purnia, Kishanganj and Araria districts since this morning with specially-trained dogs mobilised for the purpose. Director-General of Police Neelmani said that elaborate security arrangaments have been made to ensure that the elections are free, fair and peaceful. "We have adequate number of CPMFs and armed policemen from other states at our disposal to maintain security," Neelmani said. Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kumar Anshumali told PTI, "Efforts have been made to man most of the polling centres with CPMF personnel. Also police patrolling between one polling station and another would be intensified." For the first time, he said, the Election Commission has introduced live webcast of the voting process from 20 per cent of the booths directly to be monitored by the district election officers, the office of Chief Electoral Officer Sudhir Kumar Rakesh and the Election Commission in New Delhi. The entire process of voting would be videographed, Anshumali said. "Over 45,000 personnel of the Central paramilitary forces have been made available by the Centre for free, fair and peaceful polls," a senior

official in the home department said. The state government had demanded 600 companies of central paramilitary forces, but the Central government agreed to provide 450 companies for the six-phase polls, an official said. Each company comprises 100 personnel and the deployment would be made directly under the supervision of the Election Commission, officials said. Prominent among the 631, including 52 women, contestants are senior Janata Dal (United) ministers, Vijendra Prasad Yadav, Narendra Narain Yadav, Renu Kumari, Hari Prasad Sah, Congress nominee Ranjeet Ranjan, wife of incarcerated former MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, State Congress chief Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser and Congress candidate Lovely Anand. The Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are contesting all 47 seats. The ruling JD(U) will be contesting 26 seats and its ally Bharatiya Janata Party in 21 seats. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is contesting 31 seats and its ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) 16 seats, while the Communist Party of India(Marxist) has put up candidates at seven seats. Communist Party of India has put up candidates in 11 seats, CPI(ML) in 17 and Nationalist Congress Party in 33 seats. Around 1.07 crore, including 50.2 lakh women and 3829 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise at 10,454 polling centres spread over the constituencies where the commission has plans to use 11968 (CU) and 13760 (BU) Electronic Voting Machines. Multi-cornered contests are lined up in all 47 Assembly segments of Saharsa, Madhepura, Madhubani, Supaul, Purnia, Araria, Katihar and Kishanganj districts. Major issues included post-Kosi flood management, rehabilitation of the displaced and a pending railway project in Madhepura.

Street vendors will now enjoy the benefits of cashless-based health insurance scheme, the proposal for which was approved by the Government today. The insurance scheme under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) presently covers BPL families only. The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Labour and Employment for extending RSBY to street vendors whose number according to a 2001 report is over 42 lakh. The Government proposes to cover all registered street vendors under RSBY by 2013-14, out of which 4.21 lakh are proposed to be covered in the current financial year, said an official release. The premium for the insurance scheme will be paid by the Central and State Governments in the ratio of 75: 25. For the North Eastern States and Jammu and Kashmir, the expenditure would be shared in the ratio of 90: 10.

Kashmir not UN business, says Tharoor PTI UNITED NATIONS, OCT 20

Asserting that the Kashmir issue does not fall under the purview of the United Nations, Congress MP and ex-UN official Shashi Tharoor has said there are specific instances when the world body can be involved in a countr y's internal matters but Kashmir is not among them. "It's only in very unusual circumstances, when a country seems unwilling or unable to handle a particular domestic situation that a Secretary General even has an opportunity to offer his good offices," Tharoor told PTI here. "But internal disturbances of a state, which is an integral part of India, is frankly not much the Secretary General's business," the former UN Under-Secretary General said. "We are neither unable, nor unwilling, nor have we invited the UN." He further pointed out that the involvement in the internal affairs of a country could be permitted when there was a complete breakdown of authority.

Belgaum cops display stolen goods HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, OCT 20

In one of the major display of the stolen and recovered items, Belgaum police disp l a y e d stolen items worth over Rs 61 lakh. Among the recovered materials, the department displayed 11,461 grams of gold ornaments, 2,602 grams of silver ornaments, two cars, 33 two wheelers, 27 mobile handsets apart from electronic goods and items and currency were displayed at the police headquar-

ters. The total value of the displayed items was Rs 61,11,318. S u p e r i n t e n d e n t o f Po l i c e Sandeep Patil handed over the materials and cash to some of the owners, who presented their claims supported with right documents. Meanwhile, Belgaum Police have now focused their attention to the attention diversion cases, wherein the culprits involved after diverting the attention of the citizens are looting them of their valuables.

Belgaum Police have got into the act of nabbing the gangs involved in this kind of act. SP Sandeep Patil said a special squad has been formed to deal with these cases. The police is making a thorough study of such cases in past and present and hope that this would help them in nabbing the criminals involved. In another development in the police department, SP Sandeep Patil has suspended a sub inspector and a constable

attached with the Camp Police here. SI SP Patil and Constable Vitthal Madar were suspended for allegedly thrashing one Kasimsab Mehboob Nadaf of Savadatti. Camp Police was looking out for Nadaf in a share scandal case. However, since Nadaf reached the police station with the anticipatory bail papers, the irked police had ruthlessly beaten up Nadaf in the police station after which he was admitted to the district hospital here.

ing it exposed the lack unity even in the cabinet. For quite some time, the UDF leaders have been targetting the government alleging it allowed lottery sharks to siphon off huge amounts from the state through sale of out-of-state lotteries. They also alleged that the lottery issue involved corruption and irregularities and accused sections in the government and the CPI-M of having unholy nexus with lottery operators. After losing the initial rounds of the battle, the LDF could deal a few punches at the rival following AICC spokesperson Manu Abhishek Singvi's appearance as counsel for a big lottery distributor in lottery case in the Kerala High Court. According to CPI-M sources, Achuthanandan's Kochi statement and the wide coverage and interpretation of it by media came as an embarrassement to the LDF in the concluding phases of the civic polls campaign. According to party sources, If Achuthanandan stuck to his statement and declined to make a clarification, the rival group would have taken up the matter with the central leadership. The 85-year-old veteran was dropped from the CPI-M Polit Bureau an year back following

a flare up in his long-drawn feud with Vijayan, in the wake of the latter being made an accuse in a corruption case relating to a hydro electric power contract awarded to a foreign firm when he was power minister in 1990s.

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New aid will improve Pak's anti-terror capabilities: Pentagon PTI WASHINGTON, OCT 20

Pakistani army, which is "wellequipped" to take head-on the terrorist safe havens, will be able to further improve its capabilities with the new USD two billion security aid, the Pentagon has said, amid reports that the US is frustrated with Islamabad's "unwillingness" to mount a campaign against militants. "We have always said that Pakistanis have the ability to conduct those operations, but it will be done at a time and place of their choosing," Pentagon spokesman Lt David Lapan told reporters. Lapan was responding to questions about reports that the US will announce a security assistance package totalling as much as USD 2 billion over the next five years to help Pakistan fight terrorism on its border

with Afghanistan. "It is all in improving their capabilities. It is not that they do not have capabilities, but continuing to improve capabilities across the force," Lapan said. "The Secretary (of Defence) said in the past that they (Pakistan) are the ones with foot on the accelerator. They have to decide what is most appropriate, but it is not for lack of cap a b i l i t i e s , " t h e Pe n t a g o n spokesman said. Lapan said that Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would meet Pakistani Army Chief of Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at the Pentagon tomorrow. The joint Defence Working Group of the two countries would also hold meetings at the Pentagon, he said. "Focus of

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those discussions will be flood relief, Pakistan-US counter insurgent efforts in our respective areas and follow up on our defence consultative group discussions." The proposed aid, news reports said, will help Pakistan purchase helicopters, weapons systems and equipment to intercept communications. The USD 2 billion package is on top of billions of dollars that the US has already given to Pakistan in military aid and a

USD 7.5 billion aid package over five years in non-military counter-terrorism assistance approved by Congress last year. Meanwhile, 'The Wall Street Journal' reported today there is increasing US frustration with Pakistan over what they see as Islamabad's unwillingness to mount a campaign against militants who have havens in North Waziristan and Balochistan. North Waziristan is the main

base for operations for the Haqqani network of Taliban that frequently attacks US forces in eastern Afghanistan and has close ties with alQaeda, which also takes refuge in the area. Leaders of the Afghan-Taliban are based in Balochistan. "The new military aid ... would

pay for equipment Pakistan can use for counter-insurgency and counter-terror operations. US officials say they hope the new aid could effectively eliminate Pakistan's objections that it doesn't have the equipment needed to launch more operations in tribal areas," the daily said.

Top Chinese official to visit India to repair strained ties PTI BEIJING, OCT 20

As China geared up to send a high-powered delegation to India to put the strained ties back on track, a state-run daily today cautioned that the two countries should to be guarded against efforts by elements from within and outside to derail ties. Zhou Yongkang, ranked ninth in the hierarchy of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), will be visiting New Delhi towards the end of this month to hold talks with top Indian officials, officials said here. The visit by Zhou, member the influential Politburo Standing Committee in-charge of political, legal and legislative agenda, has set off speculation that China is making efforts to warm up to India and to repair the damage caused by a host of issues, especially the denial of visa to Lt Gen B S Jaswal on the ground that he headed troops in Jammu and Kashmir, which China regards as disputed. After the incident, India had put on hold all the defence exchanges between the two countries. Zhou's visit is more or less confirmed but the dates are under finalisation, an official here said. His visit is being seen as a precursor to the visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in the next

few months. An article carried by the official China Daily, titled 'China, India made for each other' says both nations should stay at guard against elements trying to foment problems. "Of course, there are still some unresolved differences between the two countries, from border disputes left over by history to competition in energy, resources and markets, and some trade frictions and investment limitations set by India on Chinese enterprises," the article written by Du Youkang, Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at the Institute of International Studies, Fudan University said. It said India has always harboured a grudge against China's normal engagement with other South Asian countries and noted that the 1962 border conflict that interrupted healthy development of bilateral relations, and that their mutual trust is still to be restored to the highest level. "Some ill-intentioned elements are making use of some or all of these problems to create trouble and confusion," it said. "Now they need to step up vigilance, and guard against elements - inside as well as outside their countries – which try to create trouble and push bilateral relations off the tracks," it said. Diplomats here usually attach significance to write ups in the state media, especially on inter-state relations as they are presumed to have been cleared at the top of the Chinese government to send a subtle message.

Karachi reels under fresh violence; toll mounts to 55 PTI KARACHI, OCT 20

Pakistan's sprawling port city was rocked by renewed political violence after motorcycle borne gunmen opened fire in a busy market shooting down 12 people to take the toll of target killings upto 55 in the last five days. The attack in the city's biggest junk market for car spare parts took place late last night as the gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on passers by without stopping their bikes killing 12 people and wounding many others. Around 31 people were killed in different firing incidents including the attack in the Kabari market in Shershah area since yesterday, police and rescue officials said taking the overall toll to 55. As the clashes between ethnic Pashtuns and Mohajirs, settlers from India continued in the aftermath of MQM's cakewalk win in the Orangi parliamentary by-election, a senior ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Nabil Gabol demanded that the army be called in to control law and order situation. Most of the killings in the city with a population of more than 16 million has been attributed to armed gangs controlled by political parties. The port city is also the disembarkation point for US and NATO war supplies for troops in Afghanistan. The supplies are unloaded in the docks here and then taken over land to neighbouring country. As the news of the motorcycle borne killings spread, tension and fear gripped the city with some areas witnessing protests by the people. The wave of violence erupted in the city af ter the killing of MQM Provincial lawmaker Raza Haidar and it became more widespread during the polling held on Sunday to fill the vacancy.


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‘Super typhoon’ regains US-Pak dialogue France faces more protests as pension vote looms strength, heads for China faces prickly issues ReuteRs WASHINGTON, OCT 20

An aerial view of a damaged boat after typhoon Megi hit the coastal town of Maconacon, Isabela province, north of Manila on Wednesday. ReuteRs HONG KONG, OCT 20

A ''super typhoon'' regained strength and headed for southern China today after wreaking havoc across the northern Philippines, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 11 people. Chinese ports called in vessels as Typhoon Megi looked set to make landfall east of Hong Kong, one of the most crowded cities on Earth and long used to cyclonic storms which threaten between May and September, many after hitting the Philippines. Lives of more than 256,000 people were disrupted by Typhoon Megi, which isolated coastal and mountain areas in the rice-producing northern Philippines, said Noel Lopez, provincial administrator of Isabela province. Many had been evacuated in the path of the storm.

''This is the worst typhoon to hit our province in nearly 20 years,'' Lopez told Reuters, adding that 80 per cent of houses in four coastal towns had been damaged or destroyed. ''We're thankful to the Lord because there was minimal losses in terms of lives.'' Oil platforms in the eastern part of the South China Sea were evacuated today, a source said. Asia's top oil refiner, China's Sinopec Corp, suspended some small volumes of fuel loading destined for Hong Kong, another source said. ''It's one of the biggest (typhoons) in recent years,'' said Kong Wai, a scientific officer with the Hong Kong Observatory, adding that it was expected to make landfall on Saturday. Hong Kong's Cable Television said a Taiwan vessel had sunk in the storm and at least

one sailor died. About 2,500 fishing boasts in Haikou, the capital of the Chinese resort island province of Hainan, had returned to harbour yesterday and the city of Sanya was taking down billboards, the China Daily said, to prevent injuries. Trains from the city had been halted. Megi had winds in excess of 250 kph (155 mph) when it hit Isabela province on Monday. It lost strength overland, only to pick up energy again from the warm sea waters west of the Philippines. Tropical Storm Risk's (http://www.tropicalstormrisk.c om) projections show the storm hitting the Chinese coast between Hong Kong and Zhangzhou later in the week. In Thailand, flooding has killed at least 11 people in the past 10 days, and heavy rains meant there was a risk of flooding in parts of Bangkok today.

US and Pakistani officials today begin a third round of wideranging talks to broaden relations beyond the war against Islamist insurgents, but analysts expected little headway because of differing strategic interests. Officials plan to discuss everything from water to energy, but the three-day US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue will be overshadowed by the ongoing counterinsurgency campaigns in the Afghan-Pakistan border region and the strain the conflict has put on bilateral relations. ''Pakistani-US relations have taken a hit in the past few weeks,'' said Mark Quarterman, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. ''It's actually very timely that the US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue is occurring after this period so they can sit down and clear the air.'' Officials organized into 13 working groups – including agriculture, water, energy and law enforcement -- will meet today and tomorrow. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi wrap up the talks with a plenary session on Friday. Key issues for discussion will be a multi-year US military assistance package for Islamabad and floods that inundated an Italy-sized swath of Pakistan in August, causing 9.7 billion dollars in damages. ''The talks are important to Pakistan because they provide a way to broaden the discussion beyond just counterterrorism and to talk about things that are important to Pakistan: energy cooperation, trade, agriculture, a whole host of issues,'' said Lisa Curtis, an analyst at the Heritage Foundation

think tank in Washington. But the war in Afghanistan will dominate much of the conversation. ''The objective of the strategic dialogue will be to get us as close as possible to the same strategic page in Afghanistan and to make a public declaration to that effect,'' said Teresita Schaffer, the head of the South Asia Program at the CSIS. The series of rounds in the strategic dialogue that began in March comes as the two sides work to repair relations strained over the US-led war after a cross-border incursion by a NATO helicopter September. 30 resulted in fighting that killed two Pakistani border guards. The incursion, coming amid ramped-up US drone attacks on northwest Pakistan and US criticism of Pakistani failure to aggressively pursue al Qaeda militants, prompted Islamabad to close its border crossing near the Khyber Pass to NATO supply trucks for 10 days. ''Definitely these are the issues which we have been raising with them (Americans) and we will continue to raise with them,'' a senior Pakistani government official said on condition of anonymity. ''Such acts do not help war against terrorists, rather such acts complicate the issues.'' Differences over the war in the border region are strong. The US military is under pressure to show signs of progress in Afghanistan ahead of a December review by President Barack Obama to assess whether his war strategy is effective. The review may help determine how quickly to begin the transition to Afghan security control, a process Obama has pledged to start in July along with an initial withdrawal of US forces.

Tibetans protest in China over language policy ReuteRs BEIJING, OCT 20

Student protesters try to remove barbed wire in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta on Wednesday. The rally was held to protest against Yudhoyono's performance a year after he took office for his second term.

Fish oil no help for mother’s mood, baby’s development ReuteRs NEW YORK, OCT 20

Women taking fish oil capsules during pregnancy are not more likely to stave off postpartum depression nor boost the mental development of their babies, according to an Australian study. But they may help reduce their chances of giving birth too early and the only side effect they are likely to suffer from taking fish oil is increased belching, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers from the Women's and Children's Hospital in North Adelaide set out to test the effects of daily supplements of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which earlier studies have hinted might improve pregnancy outcomes. They looked at more than 2,000 Australian women who received either vegetable oil or fish oil containing DHA during the second half of their pregnancy -- a key time for fetal brain growth. The pills used in the study contained 800 milligrams of

DHA and 100 milligrams of another so-called omega-3 fatty acid as well. DHA is a building block of cell membranes and is especially important in brain development. ''Before DHA supplementation in pregnancy becomes widespread, it is important to know not only if there are benefits, but also of any risks for either the mother or child,'' said researcher Maria Makrides in a statement. The good news: the only side effect was belching, which was almost twice as common in women eating fish oil as in those on vegetable oil. The bad news: fish oil didn't do much to help avoid depression, with both groups hovering around 10 per cent in self-reported high levels of depressive symptoms. What's more, when psychologists evaluated toddlers at 18 months they found no differences in babbling, verbal comprehension and other language development, nor in cognitive measures such as exploring objects and forming concepts.

At least 1,000 ethnic Tibetan students, demanding protection of their culture, protested in a western Chinese town against curbs on the use of their language, residents and a rights group said today. The students marched through Tongren, also known as Rebkong, yesterday, without police interference, residents contacted by telephone and the London-based Free Tibet campaign group said. Tongren is a heavily Tibetan area of the Chinese province of Qinghai and the region where exiled Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was born. Three residents contacted by telephone said that at least 1,000 students had demonstrated, shouting slogans in support of protecting their culture.

China says in no rush to talk politics with Taiwan ReuteRs BEIJING, OCT 20

China is in no rush to begin talks with historic rival Taiwan over sensitive military or political issues, Beijing's top man in charge of policy towards the self-ruled island was quoted as saying today. Wang Yi, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, told overseas Chinese in New York that promoting economic ties with Taiwan was still the priority, state news agency Xinhua said. ''For the time being complex issues of politics or the military cannot be talked about, but various kinds of political dialogue can be opened to increase understanding,'' Xinhua cited Wang as saying. ''What is important is to seek and maintain the stable development of relations, for only then can setbacks be avoided,'' he added. ''The focus for the time being and to come is still to deepen economic cooperation.'' China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since 1949 when defeated Nationalist forces fled to the island following the Communist vic-

n For the time being complex issues of politics or the military cannot be talked about, but various kinds of political dialogue can be opened to increase understanding --- Xinhua cited Wang as saying tory in a civil war. While China has never renounced the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control, the two have signed a series of landmark trade and tourism deals since the election of the China-friend Ma Yingjeou as Taiwan president in 2008. China offered last week to open talks on military issues with Taiwan in a move that could cool a potential flashpoint in the Asia-Pacific region and help the warming ties, but it drew a cool reaction from the island. Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party has balked at any sug-

gestion of political talks, saying the two sides must trust each other more before seeking agreements on thorny political or military matters. Wang said that forces seeking the island's formal independence remained a threat to peace and stability, an apparent reference to feisty opposition parties which favour setting up a Republic of Taiwan, which China strongly opposes. If they are not ''effectively and completely controlled then it will be hard to basically stabilise the situation in the Taiwan Strait, and relations... may run the risk of stalling or going backward'', Wang added. President Ma said late yesterday he had no timeline for talking politics with China and would avoid any such talks until the two sides had finished with economic issues. Analysts say China is upping pressure on Ma to discuss political agreements. ''There's definitely a sense of urgency to get this thing going,'' said Raymond Wu, managing director of Taipeibased political risk consultancy e-telligence.

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France braced for another day of public sector strikes and protests today against unpopular pension reforms which are expected to be put before the Senate for a final vote later this week. Trade unions riding a wave of voter support are pushing to force President Nicolas Sarkozy, who faces an election in 18 months, to retreat on plans to lift the retirement age to 62 from 60. So far the government has stood firm even in the face of a fuel shortage caused by striking refinery workers. At least one million people demonstrated across France yesterday, the sixth such day of national protest since June and a sign of the most persistent challenge to economic reforms being enacted across recessionhit Europe. Sporadic outbreaks of violence flared on the fringes of some marches, notably in the

British aid group worker freed in Somalia ReuteRs MOGADISHU, OCT 20

A British contractor kidnapped in Somalia last week whilst working for Save the Children was ''on his way to a place of safety'', the charity said today. Regional officials in central Somalia said Frans Barnard was freed late last night some 250 km from the town of Adado where he was abducted. ''We continue to be concerned for him but at this point we are cautiously optimistic,'' Anna Ford, Save the Children's spokesperson in Nairobi told Reuters. Mohamed Mohamud, an official in the Himan and Heb regional administration said Barnard was now in the hands of the local administration and would later be handed over to the aid group.

southeastern city of Lyon, raising concerns for the authorities that small groups of agitators were trying to hijack the predominantly peaceful protests. Most political analysts expect the reforms to pass into law and for the dissent to gradually fizzle out. After 24-hour stoppages hit the rail and aviation networks yesterday, Wednesday's industrial action was likely to be less severe, however fuel shortages were a major problem. Nearly one in three of the country's 12,500 petrol stations were dry or running short, forcing the government to tap strategic reserves. Prime Minister Francois Fillion has promised fuel distribution will be back to normal within days.

''For us in the taxi trade, no fuel means no income and that means no food,'' Jean Gannichia, head of a taxi federation in the southern port city of Marseille, told LCI television. Marseille has been one of the centres of a protest movement that has strangled oil refineries and fuel distribution depots. Unions have vowed to continue open-ended strikes on the railways although the SNCF state rail company predicted some services, such as international links, would run near to normal. In addition to continued strikes at the railways and at the oil refineries, freight truck and delivery van drivers have said they will continue protests that include motorway goslows.


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Govt moots further equity infusion in AI PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 20

Government may consider infusing further equity of Rs 2,000 crore in cash-starved Air India, after it is expected to

grant the state-owned airline Rs 1,200 crore by next month."We can look at pumping another Rs 2,000 crore later," Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said today when asked whether the government could infuse more funds to enhance the the debt-equity ratio

of the ailing national carrier. "We have moved a Cabinet note for infusion of Rs 1,200 crore equity (in Air India). It has already been circulated (to members of the Cabinet). We

hope that a decision is taken by November," Patel said on the sidelines of a seminar on air traffic management here. "Air India's overall turnover would be higher. As there is a healthy growth of air traffic, the yields are better and costs are going down," he said.

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Intex unveils new range of DVD players PANJIM (HBD) -- Intex Technologies, a 14 year old IT hardware, mobile phone and electronics company has recently launched a new a new

range of DVD players for the home entertainment connoisseurs. This includes Intex Booster, R-1318, R-323, N-322 and N-77 The flagship model of the range is the INTEX Booster- a complete new age home entertainment solution with a set of

elegant quality speakers in the same package. This elegant looking model has a 5.1 channel Dolby digital sound output delivered through an in-built amplifier and two-way stereo speaker system for a theatre like audio experience. The player utilises an enhanced, state-of-the-art video decoding engine to deliver a sharper, more true to life video image. The unit has an elegant black and grey finish accented with soft blue LED giving it the perfect visual aesthetics for the home-entertainment corner of your room. Accompanied with a remote control, it is available at a retail price of Rs 4,990.

Diesel prices should be deregulated as early as AGENCIES NEW DELHI, OCT 20

Prime Minister's economic advisory panel has said that diesel prices should be freed from government control "as early as possible", a suggestion if accepted will lead to a price hike of Rs 2.87 per litre. "I think the sooner it (deregulation of diesel prices) is done

the better... I think it should be done as early as possible," Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) Chairman C Rangarajan told a news agency.

The government had on June 25 deregulated petrol price and said the same for diesel will be done soon. But with inflation rate continuing to remain at unmanageable levels, the government put-off the decision as any further hike in diesel price would lead to cascading effect. At present the retail price of diesel is Rs 2.87 a litre short of cost of production. Oil Secretary S Sundareshan earlier this week stated that "there is no thinking at this juncture" to deregulate diesel prices as "it will be unfair" to increase rates when inflation is already high. Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla had also said that it will not be a wise or prudent thing to deregulate price of diesel at a time when inflation is running so high. Wholesale price inflation

Sensex skids 111 pts PTI MUMBAI, OCT 20

The BSE benchmark Sensex today slumped 111 points, declining for the second straight session, as China's key interest rate hike and a strengthening dollar rattled investor sentiment. Sensex decline was in line with sluggish Asian markets, as sudden rate hike on Tuesday by the Chinese central bank raised apprehensions that the move could adversely impact overall fund flows. China's apex bank increased key rates by as much as 25 basis points for the first time in three years. The Bombay Stock Exchange's 30-share barometer, which had lost 186 points on Tuesday, ended the day at 19,872.15, down another 110.98 points, or 0.59 per cent - its lowest close since September 29, when the index had settled at 19,956.24.

Asked whether there would be a "bailout" for private airlines also, Patel replied in the negative but said the government and the Reserve Bank have already taken several measures to come to the aid of the aviation industry. "I don't think there is any bailout but some steps have been taken. RBI has given approval for debt restructuring as a special dispensation for the aviation sector and looking at its overall health," he said. Earlier, high-level sources had told PTI that the national carrier might ask for another Rs 2,000 crore from the government in the next financial year to repay its massive debts, after it gets Rs 1,200 crore in this financial year. Government had infused Rs 800 crore in the last financial year in Air India, which used to have an equity base of a mere Rs 145 crore and had placed orders for 111 aircraft — 43 from Airbus and 68 from Boeing — worth $ 11 billion. The sources had said that the airline would require

Rs 3,000 crore to Rs 4,000 crore annually to pay off its debt which is primarily on account of aircraft induction. The monthly interest burden on this count averages at Rs 200 crore, while the debt each month stands at about Rs 300 crore, they had estimated. Against this backdrop, the airline could ask for another tranche of Rs 2,000 crore as equity, some time in the next financial year, the sources said. The second tranche of government funds worth Rs 1,200 crore, to be released after a nod from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), is likely to be used for settling outstanding dues and not to enhance the airline's equity base. CCEA is likely to take up the proposal next month. According to official estimates, Air India is expected to incur a loss of Rs 5,656.62 crore in 2009-10. The airline had suffered a loss of Rs 2,226.16 crore in 2007-08 which rose to Rs 5,548.26 crore the following year.

HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, OCT 20

field of health and added that 100 billion dollars are required annually for infrastructure development. Gupta opined that simultaneously, the fiscal deficit has to be controlled and that as per

MPT facilitates unload of army HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, OCT 20

The Mormugao Port Trust did a commendable job on Friday by coming to the assistance of the army, who were in need of the services of a crane, for unloading two Vijayanta battle tanks. These tanks had been transported on wheeled trailers from Delhi for display at Margao, for the Corps of Signals centenary celebrations to be held in November.

The 75 tonne crane, belonging to the CME Department of MPT, is one of the few such heavy duty cranes available in Goa, and is normally kept strictly for use at the port. However, on a special request from the Armed Forces, the

MPT, who is ever willing to contribute towards the services rendered by the defence forces towards the country, readily extended the services of its crane. Being an all terrain crane, and therefore unwieldy and slow moving, it had to make its way to the recently constructed Shatabdi Dwar at Margao, late at night to avoid traffic blockage, where it was used to unload the cranes and place them in position. It must be noted here that the dedicated skilled operators and support staff willingly extended their services beyond the call of their normal duties to ensure that the operation went off smoothly and efficiently. The Mormugao Port Trust must, indeed, be lauded for its yeoman service and the Chief mechanical Engineer, KC Kuncheria, and the Plant Manager, Eddie Rodrigues, commended for acceding to the request of the army, by providing the crane absolutely free of cost.

CCIT interacts with CII luminaries

Pankaj Gupta, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax Department, Government of India addressed members and dignitaries of Confederation of In-

Seen in the photograph from left to right Cmde N Venugopal, Advisor CII Goa State, Naveen Kapoor, Chairman CII Goa Council, and Pankaj Gupta, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, Govt of India)

dian Industry of Goa at a meeting held on October 19, 2010 at a local hotel. Gupta broached on the subject with the challenges that India is facing with regard to its burgeoning population, poor standard education, improvement of social infrastructure indicators and the need to take care of the have-nots. He added that for all these measures, massive investments are required and that it is estimated that we require investment of about 6 percent of GDP in the field of education and 3 percent of GDP in the

the FRBM Act, the fiscal deficit should have reduced to 3 percent by 2009, in view of slower growth in 2008-09. Instead, the fiscal deficit zoomed to nearly 6.8%. Therefore, he felt that huge amounts of resources are required to control the fiscal deficit, and bring it down to reasonable levels. He added that the basic needs of the people have to be met, and thus, there is a need for higher investment in ‘core and social sectors.’ He, therefore, stated that all these challenges require that

rose to 8.62 per cent in September from 8.51 per cent in the previous month. Rangarajan said it would be appropriate to deregulate diesel prices when inflation reaches 7 per cent from 8.62 per cent, adding that inflation is likely to reach 6.5 per cent by December. The govt, on June 25, had decontrolled petrol price and

had said that diesel would move in free price regime shortly. At that time, an ad-hoc Rs 2 a litre increase in diesel price was brought into effect. Since June 25 decision, petrol prices have been raised twice, once in September and second time during the last week to reflect the rising trend in international crude oil prices.

Aban Offshor, 827.4, 828, 806, 810.4 Abb Ltd., 899, 908, 889.15, 895.8 Abg Shipyard, 300.95, 331.3, 300.95, 325.1 Acc Limited, 974.9, 984.9, 964.05, 969.55 Adani Enterp, 675.1, 675.1, 667, 670.65 Aditya Birla, 831.4, 839.3, 827.7, 829.45 Allahabad Ba, 227, 242, 226.25, 231.7 Alstom Proje, 823, 838.8, 805, 823.3 Ambuja Cemen, 138.05, 139.5, 136.1, 137.6 Andhra Bank, 168, 169.35, 165, 167.4 Ashok Leylan, 74.6, 75.9, 74.2, 75.5 Asian Paints, 2630, 2634, 2595, 2604.4 Axis Bank Li, 1465, 1477, 1451, 1455.2 Bajaj Hindus, 125.1, 130.45, 125.1, 128.45 Bank Of Baro, 964, 995, 960.25, 977.8 Bank Of Indi, 518, 532, 512.1, 527.3 Beml Limited, 1130, 1147.5, 1122, 1129.6 Bharat Elect, 1765.05, 1775, 1738.05, 1763.95 Bharat Forge, 367.7, 379.75, 367.7, 376.85 Bharat Petro, 707.75, 724.75, 706.65, 714.25 Bharti Airte, 325, 329.7, 318.8, 321.25 Bhel, 2500, 2516.9, 2488.25, 2499 Bhushan Stee, 511, 514.85, 501.5, 507.4 Biocon Limit, 455, 455.75, 441.25, 443.1 Bombay Dyein, 631.95, 639.3, 617.3, 626.15 Bosch Limite, 6070, 6132, 6060, 6099.35

Brigade Ente, 140.2, 142, 137.7, 138.3 Cairn India, 335, 339.4, 335, 337.55 Canara Bank, 630, 668, 624, 655.3 Central Bank, 201, 212, 200, 209.95 Century Text, 500, 507, 496, 500.6 Cesc Ltd, 378, 380.9, 374.5, 376.2 Chambal Fert, 84.35, 87.1, 83.6, 84.65 Chennai Petr, 250.1, 251.95, 249.5, 250.25 Cipla Ltd, 332, 336, 331.5, 333 Colgate Palm, 847.25, 855, 843, 846.2 Container Co, 1280.3, 1299.9, 1266.2, 1274.55 Crompton Gre, 306.35, 312.7, 303.95, 310.85 Cummins Indi, 723.05, 737.45, 723, 734.6 Dabur India, 103, 103.25, 100.5, 102.25 Deccan Chron, 127.25, 127.25, 124.3, 124.65 Dish Tv Indi, 54.4, 54.5, 53.45, 53.8 Divi’s Labor, 703.9, 706.75, 696.15, 702.1 Dlf Limited, 368.7, 372.3, 360.1, 363.4 Dr. reddy’s, 1628.6, 1629.75, 1574.1, 1584.5 Edelweiss Ca, 59.3, 60.25, 58.35, 58.6 Educomp Solu, 615.15, 618.45, 608.55, 610.75 Eih Limited, 133, 133, 130.6, 131.15 Engineers In, 356, 365, 352.8, 356.45 Essar Oil Lt, 140.5, 142.25, 137.85, 138.6 Essar Shippi, 109, 110.4, 106.6, 107.3 Exide Indust, 158.1, 161.9, 156.5, 158.9

taxes should be collected at accelerated annual growth rate. This is to mobilise resources since theIncome tax department has been able to multiply its collections around 5 times in a space of only 7 years, ie., from Rs 69,200 crores to Rs 3,38,200 crores between 200102 and 2008-09 and that in the year 2010-11, the target for collection is Rs 4,30,000 crores. In 2009-10, an amount of Rs 3,84,000 crores was collected and that there is the ever present necessity of mobilising more resources every year to meet the requirements of economic growth in a planned manner. Gupta also brought out a nice comparison of 'cost of collection' of their department and stated that taxpayers would be interested to know that growth in tax revenues has been accomplished without burdening the exchequer too much and that the Income tax department has reduced its ‘cost of collection’ from YoY which is less than that of the UK. However, he hastily added that the ratio of taxes to GDP in OECD countries is about 36%, whereas the ratio in India is only 11 to 12%. The country has a long way to go, and that the income tax department is expected to fulfill a variety of goals, functions and responsibilities, he added.

He added that Direct Taxes are a means to providing incentives to activities considered socially and economically and that It has been estimated that if all the exemptions/relief ’s are considered, then the government is foregoing more direct tax revenue than it collects. He informed the audience that the Income-Tax Act has 644 sections, with over 120 sections catering to exemptions, deductions, reliefs and rebates. He added that the in the IT Dept. all the returns are processed on computers and that the 'Refund Banker Scheme' allows direct credit of refunds to the bank accounts. He added that the applications for new PAN cards can be filed online and that the Income-tax returns can also be filed electronically as also TDS returns. He explained that they have also facilitated e-payment of tax and that the ‘Tax Return Forms' for salaried tax payers have been simplified. Gupta concluded by stating that the Direct Tax Code 2010 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha on 30th August, 2010 and is expected to be operative from April 2012. Apart from welcoming the Chief Commissioner, Pankaj Gupta, Naveen Kapoor, Chairman CII Goa Council extended a vote of thanks.

Indoco Remedies records 39% AGENCY MUMBAI, OCT 20 Indoco Remedies Limited, a global pharmaceutical company, has recorded a growth of 39 percent to Rs 1,323.4 million from Rs 954.3 million over the same quarter last year. PAT for the quarter grew by 65 percent to Rs. 152.60 million from Rs 92.5 million over the same

Federal Bank, 448, 460.7, 447.95, 456.65 Financial Te, 1170, 1170, 1138.2, 1143.05 Gail (india), 505.35, 512.8, 495.05, 496.05 Gammon India, 199.2, 202, 198, 199.3 Glaxosmithkl, 2365, 2378, 2347, 2361.1 Glenmark Pha, 309, 311.75, 301.25, 307.25 Gmr Infrastr, 54.45, 54.45, 53.5, 53.85 Godrej Indus, 218, 222, 216.35, 217.45 Grasim Indus, 2270, 2270, 2218, 2224.6 Great Offsho, 393, 399, 387.2, 389.2 Gtl Infra.Lt, 44, 44.85, 44, 44.2 Gujarat Mine, 138, 140.4, 136.15, 136.75 Gujarat N R, 63.7, 64.35, 62.75, 63 Gujarat Stat, 120.35, 128.25, 120.35, 125 Gvk Pow. & I, 42.75, 42.75, 42.15, 42.3 Hcl Technolo, 435, 444.75, 424.25, 426.1 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2369, 2372, 2328.1, 2335.55 Hdfc Ltd, 719.5, 719.5, 694.15, 697.9 Hero Honda M, 1836, 1855.9, 1830, 1838.7 Hindalco in, 203.2, 207.35, 201.2, 203.15 Hindustan Co, 63.15, 64.25, 61.9, 62.4 Hindustan Ma, 73.6, 73.95, 72.35, 72.55 Hindustan Pe, 493, 500.8, 488.35, 491 Hindustan Un, 293.5, 299.9, 291.5, 293.4 Hindustan Zi, 1234, 1262, 1220.5, 1227 Housing Dev, 270, 271.9, 266.05, 268.95

quarter last year. The second quarter unaudited results for the financial year 2010-11 were announced by the Board of Directors of Indoco Remedies Limited at their meeting held in Mumbai on October 20. Commenting on the performance, Suresh G. Kare, Chairman and Managing Director said, “With the economy

Icici Bank L, 1114, 1128.05, 1107.75, 1113.9 Idea Cellula, 71.85, 72.25, 69.5, 70.05 Ifci Ltd, 70.2, 72.8, 70.2, 70.85 India Cement, 113.5, 114.3, 111.1, 111.75 India Infoli, 114.4, 115.4, 111.1, 111.8 Indiabulls F, 182.5, 183.8, 176.1, 177.7 Indiabulls R, 205, 213, 186.9, 209.35 Indian Bank, 292.4, 294.5, 283, 284.95 Indian Hotel, 99.9, 100.7, 99.2, 99.7 Indian Oil C, 403.95, 410.8, 403.35, 409.2 Indian Overs, 155, 157.45, 152.5, 154.75 Indus Dev Ba, 159.2, 167.5, 157.8, 166.05 Indusind Ban, 266.15, 268.45, 259.25, 263.1 Infosys Tech, 3009.8, 3044.6, 2990, 3018.6 Infra. dev., 200.1, 202.25, 196.35, 198.85 Ispat Indust, 21.4, 21.55, 20.9, 21.05 Itc Ltd, 169.25, 171.3, 167.5, 168 Ivrcl Infras, 154, 156.65, 150.75, 151.45 Jai Corp Lim, 250, 251.95, 247, 248.05 Jaiprakash A, 126, 128.8, 125.7, 127.4 Jet Airways, 784.9, 811, 783, 791.5 Jindal Saw L, 219.75, 223.5, 212.3, 214.2 Jindal Steel, 705, 710, 697.25, 700.45 Jsw Steel Li, 1285, 1287, 1248.55, 1259.65 Kotak Mahind, 504.95, 514.5, 497.15, 501.6 Lakshmi Mach, 2865, 2898.8, 2815.05, 2841.25

Kotak Mah Bank reports 21% jump in Q2 profit PTI MUMBAI, OCT 20

Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) today reported a 21 per cent jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 364 crore for the quarter to September, helped by a healthy rise in advances. The lender's net profit stood at Rs 299.77 crore in the second quarter of the last fiscal. On a standalone basis, net profit from banking operations surged 55 per cent to Rs 195 crore, while the performance of its 16 subsidiaries together took the consolidated net profit to Rs 364 crore, the said in a statement here. The lender's advances grew 40 per cent to Rs 37,515 crore during the quarter under review, Chief Financial Officer Jaimin Bhatt said. The bank's CASA (current and savings account) deposit ratio, which are the cheapest sources of funds for banks, went up by over 3 per cent to

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31.9 per cent in Q2, and Bhatt said the bank is eyeing a 45 per cent rise in overall deposits this fiscal.

ING MF announces Change in the Expense Structure under 2 Schemes, with effect from 24 November 2010. ING Mutual Fund has decided to change the total expense structure of ING OptiMix Active Debt Multi Manager FoF Scheme and ING OptiMix 5 Star Multi Manager FoF Scheme, open ended Fund of Fund Schemes with effect from 24 November 2010. Accordingly, the annual recurring expenses would be 2.50% of Net Assets. In case an investor does not wish to continue to hold units in view of the said changes, they will have the option to exit the said scheme at the prevailing NAV, without any exit load. Exit option date: Between 25 October 2010 to 23 November 2010. IDFC MF to revise Exit Load Structure for Money Manager Fund Investment Plan With effect from 21 October 2010. IDFC Mutual Fund has decided to revise the exit load structure for IDFC Money Manager Fund – Investment Plan with effect from today. Accordingly, the exit load charge under Plan A, Plan B & Plan F under the scheme will be Nil. IDFC Money Manager Fund – Investment Plan has the investment objective to generate stable returns with a low risk strategy by creating a portfolio that is substantially invested in good quality floating rate debt or money market instruments, fixed rate debt or money market instruments swapped for floating returns and fixed rate debt and money market instruments. ICICI Prudential MF declares Dividend for Interval Funds Record date for dividend is 25 October 2010. ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund has announced the declaration of dividend on the face value of Rs 10 per unit under dividend option of ICICI Prudential Interval Fund II – Quarterly Interval Plan A and ICICI Prudential Interval Fund – Annual Interval Plan IV – Retail Option. The record date for dividend has been fixed as 25 October 2010. The quantum of dividend will be Rs 0.1133 per unit for ICICI Prudential Interval Fund II – Quarterly interval Plan A and Rs 0.4470 per unit for ICICI Prudential Interval Fund – Annual Interval Plan IV as on the record date. Birla Sun Life ST FMP – Series 1 NFO Period from 20 October to 21 October 2010. Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund has launched a new fund named as Birla Sun Life Short Term FMP – Series 1, a close ended income scheme with the duration of 139 days from the date of allotment. The New Fund Offer (NFO) price for the scheme is Rs 10 per unit. The new issue is open for subscription from 20 October and closes on 21 October 2010. The investment objective of the scheme is to generate income by investing in a portfolio of fixed income securities maturing on or before the duration of the scheme. The scheme will have only dividend and growth option. Further, dividend option shall have only payout facility. Default option will be growth. recovering, the pharma industry seems to be on the upswing. We are hopeful that this momentum will continue not only in the Asian region, but across the globe. It is heartening to see that domestic business has shown excellent growth along with international and API business. Further, the overall margins of the

Lanco Infrat, 67.35, 68.4, 66.3, 66.85 Larsen & Tou, 1988, 2029, 1985.8, 2005 Lic Housing, 1312, 1339.5, 1303, 1313.3 Lupin Limite, 423, 440, 421, 436.65 Mahanagar Te, 66.25, 68.35, 66, 66.6 Mahindra & M, 699.9, 709.9, 695, 699.1 Maruti Suzuk, 1490, 1508, 1485, 1490.7 Max India Lt, 173, 175.2, 169.05, 170.5 Maytas Infr., 204, 208, 202.05, 202.7 Moser-baer (, 68.8, 70.45, 68.2, 69.7 Mrpl, 79.2, 81.15, 73.05, 79.55 Nagarjuna Co, 154.05, 160.7, 151.65, 153.05 Nagarjuna Fe, 34, 34.65, 33.25, 33.65 National Alu, 400.1, 402.5, 398, 398.6 Neyveli Lign, 166, 168.4, 164.65, 165.65 Ntpc Ltd, 203.25, 207.8, 203.25, 205.4 Oil And Natu, 1348, 1365.7, 1340, 1350.45 Omaxe Limite, 148, 153.95, 145.6, 149.7 Oriental Ban, 480, 482.9, 466.5, 474.25 Pantaloon Re, 470, 479.8, 467.5, 469.25 Parsvnath De, 68.65, 70, 68.65, 69.5 Petronet Lng, 119, 124.7, 119, 122.8 Power Fin Co, 357.1, 368.3, 351.05, 363.3 Power Grid C, 105.8, 106.25, 103.75, 104.25 Praj Industr, 71.55, 72.2, 71, 71.2 Punj Lloyd L, 128, 128, 125, 125.5

Punjab Natio, 1297, 1311.8, 1290.6, 1296.45 Rajesh Expor, 100.2, 106.25, 100, 100.8 Ranbaxy Labs, 574, 595, 572.1, 587.1 Rashtriya Ch, 104, 107.8, 102.65, 103.65 Rel. nat. re, 39.45, 39.5, 38.8, 39.05 Reliance Cap, 826.9, 833, 819, 822.8 Reliance Com, 173.9, 176.7, 173.15, 174.05 Reliance Ene, 1180, 1180, 1162, 1165.5 Reliance Ind, 865, 873.95, 858.15, 861.05 Reliance Ind, 1039.4, 1064.4, 1038, 1049.45 Reliance Pow, 158, 159.2, 156.6, 157.55 Rolta India, 166.9, 166.9, 162.6, 163.2 Satyam Compu, 81.5, 82.4, 80.1, 81 Sesa Goa Ltd, 355.3, 357.65, 346.65, 348.2 Shipping Cor, 180.25, 183.9, 177.45, 179.05 Siemens Ltd, 792.1, 809, 792, 804.65 Sintex Indus, 428.5, 440.35, 414, 432.85 Sobha Develo, 352.5, 361, 351.2, 354.7 State Bank O, 3105, 3133.9, 3076, 3094.35 Steel Author, 217, 219.6, 214.3, 216 Sterlite Ind, 174, 174.45, 169.5, 170.15 Sun Pharmace, 2032, 2067, 2015.05, 2037.7 Sun Tv Netwo, 510.5, 513.6, 502, 504.35 Suzlon Energ, 58.8, 58.8, 56.25, 57.4 Tata Communi, 320.9, 320.95, 312.1, 313.3 Tata Consult, 964.5, 980.5, 956.2, 963.25

company for this quarter over the same quarter last year, are also very encouraging. To bolster its growth, the company has initiated an expansion / modernisation programme at its various plants and R&D centre and the same will help in catering to the various demands of its domestic and international markets”. Tata Motors, 1169.9, 1177, 1153, 1157.65 Tata Power C, 1384.95, 1397.8, 1373, 1391.55 Tata Steel L, 625, 629.5, 614.1, 615.7 Tata Teleser, 24.5, 24.5, 23.75, 23.85 Tech Mahindr, 743, 766, 692.9, 753.5 The Ge Shpg., 321.9, 323.9, 313.3, 320.15 The Phoenix, 246, 251, 240.25, 242.25 Thermax Ltd, 786, 790.35, 770, 775.3 Titan Indust, 3186.6, 3216.7, 3163, 3171.75 Torrent Powe, 315, 321, 314.95, 317.15 Triveni Engg, 118.05, 120.5, 117, 118.05 Tv18 India L, 84.05, 85.4, 84, 84.55 Uco Bank, 118.5, 121.55, 117, 119.2 Ultratech Ce, 1129, 1129, 1111.35, 1121 Union Bank O, 399.95, 407.5, 390.35, 393.7 Unitech Ltd, 88.2, 91.75, 87.25, 88.05 United Phosp, 188.75, 196.3, 187, 191.25 Videocon Ind, 263.4, 267, 261.1, 261.75 Vijaya Bank, 101.5, 105.35, 99.7, 102.55 Voltas Ltd, 234, 235.4, 229.65, 230.95 Wipro Ltd, 461, 472.5, 460, 464 Yes Bank Lim, 347.95, 353.95, 346.3, 352.35 Zee Entertai, 279, 283.25, 277.65, 279.05


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Coca-Cola posts strong Q3 results HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, OCT 20

The Coca-Cola Company reports strong third quarter operating results, with volume increasing 5% in both the quarter and yearto-date, ahead of long-term growth target and cycling 2% volume growth in the prior year quarter. Importantly, North America volume grew 2% in the quarter, building on our momentum in this key market as the company continues to evolve our franchise system and integrate the acquisition of CCE’s N o r t h American business. International volume increased 6% in the quarter. Eurasia and Africa volume grew 12% in the quarter, with broad-based growth across all business units and beverage categories, including 30% volume growth in Russia. India achieved its 17th consecutive quarter of volume growth despite record rainfall in the quarter and clocking very strong 37% growth in the prior year quarter. Pacific volume grew 11% in the quarter, clocking 6% growth in the prior year quarter. These results were supported by 12% growth in China, as well as growth of 11% in Japan, 19% in the Philippines and 13% in Korea.

Bayer selects environment champions HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, OCT 20

The Bayer Group in India recently announced the winners of the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy 2010 (BYEE 2010) competition from participants across the country. As a research-based enterprise, Bayer places great emphasis on promoting science education for young people and has, therefore, been committed to encouraging youth environmental programs for many years. In co-operation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Bayer organises and promotes à number of specific projects which aim to improve knowledge about the environment among young people and support them in their environmental commitment. One of these projects is the “Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Program”. The environmental champions from India – Vaibhav Tidke and Aswin Chandrasekharan, along with 48 winners from 17 other countries will travel to Germany from November 7 – 12, 2010 on a week-long all-expenses-paid study tour sponsored by Bayer. On this field trip, the students will get a first-hand experience of how sustainable environmental practices are pursued jointly by the people, government and industy. The excursion entails visits to various waste management and recycling sites as well as workshops on nature monitoring and conservation. The main criterion for judging the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy 2010 Program was active participation of the students in conducting a hands-on environmental project. Short-listed students were then interviewed to gauge their knowledge and communication skills. The two selected candidates from India have an exemplary academic record and have worked in their areas towards environmental protection.

Konark Group earmarks MOIL mulls power sector investment PTI MUMBAI, OCT 20

Textile major, the Konark Group, has earmarked a Rs 1,000 crore investment for a foray into power where it plans to generate 100 MW of renewable energy by 2013, a top company official said. “There is a huge potential in the power sector, especially in the renewable energy segment. Currently, this segment is at a very nascent stage and we thought that it was the right time to enter it. We plan to make an investment of Rs 1,000 crore by FY 13 for setting up plants for generating100 MW of renewable energy," the company's Director, ShonitDalmia, told PTI here. The 100 MW of power would be a mix of solar and wind energy, he said. The company has already received an allocation of 5 MW in Gujarat to set up a solar energy power project and expects to complete its construction by end2011.The power foray will be funded through a mix of internal accruals and debt. The company is also exploring the private equity option.

"Initially, we plan to fund our projects through debt and internal accruals. Once a few projects are commissioned, we will look at the PE option. A few PE firms have already approached us," Dalmia said. With not many players present in this segment, the company scents an immense potential here, giving it an opportunity to become a renewable energy independent power producer (IPP), he said. "Apart from Gujarat, we also want to set up plants in Rajasthan and Maharashtra. We have applied for necessary approvals to set up a 50 MW solar plant in Rajasthan," he said. The company would be deploying international technology partners for EPC for the Gujarat project, he said. "We are also in advanced stages of finalising wind power projects with installations likely in the southern and western parts of India," Dalmia said. The group is also exploring opportunities to generatepower through other cleantech models for spreading itspresence in the power sector, he said.

Mahindra Lifespace to enter new markets PTI MUMBAI, OCT 20

Leading commercial and residential property developer, Mahindra Lifespace Developers (MLDL), plans to enter new destinations such as Hyderabad and Nagpur by end of this fiscal, a top company official said. The company has also lined up a few new projects for launch within this period, the official said. "In Nagpur (at the MIHAN SEZ), we plan a 1.3 million sq ft of development in the next 6 months. This will be a combination of villas and apartments. In Hyderabad, we have a land parcel of 10 acres and we plan to launch our project there towards end of this fiscal," Mahindra Lifespace Developers' Managing Director and CEO, Anita Arjundas, told PTI here today. The company plans to develop around 1 million sq ft here as a joint development, the land owner being Om Metals, she said. The company will also be launching a mid market project

at Ghatkopar in Mumbai by end of this fiscal. This will comprise 2.25 lakh sq ft and "we are in the process of obtaining the necesary approvals," Arjundas said. In Chennai, the company plans to launch its second project (8 lakh sq ft) christened Iris Court in the third quarter, she said. It is also exploring the possibility of entering the Bangalore market, the Mahindra company official said. Mahindra Lifespace Developers has had a satisfying Q2 FY 11, Arjundas said, adding growth both in the top-andbottomline has been driven by brisk sales. "Sales off-take in our projects has been very robust and we expect this to continuegoing forward--customers are returning and this is good news," she said. In Q2 FY11, the company clocked an income of Rs 88.98 crore as against Rs 63.52 crore, up 40 per cent. Its PAT stood at 24.66 crore, up 42 per cent, as against Rs 17.34 crore in the year-ago period.

Rs 900 cr expansion plan PTI MUMBAI, OCT 20

Public sector Mini-Ratna company, MOIL Ltd, formerly Manganese Ore (India) Ltd, has taken up Rs 900 crore capital expenditure plan over the next 3-4 years period, a top company official said today. "We plan to expand valueadded production capacity and to enter into joint ventures with Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL) to set up ferro alloy plants in Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh," MOIL's Chairman and Managing Director, K J Singh told reporters here. MOIL will invest Rs 100 crore in SAIL JV and Rs 50 crore in RINL JV, apart from Rs 768 crore in mining expansion over the next 3-4 years period, he said. Both 50:50 JVs with SAIL at Chhattisgarh and RINL at Andhra Pradesh to set up ferro alloy plants will cost Rs 392 crore and Rs 206-crore, respectively. Both the plants will produce ferro manganese and silico manganese in order to secure further potential sources of demand for our high grade manganese ore, he said. "We are committed to maintaining our leadership position in the Indian manganese ore market by increasing our production capacity in line with demand growth, focusing on our value-added product line to capture industry trends, controlling costs and strengthening relationships with our customers," Singh said. The Indian steel industry is expected to continue to advance on a strong growth trajectory and the total installed domestic capacity is anticipated to be 121 million tonnes by 2011-2012. This is expected to result in continued demand for manganese ore, Singh said.

Govt announces MSP for rabi crops for 2010-11 AGENCIES NEW DELHI, OCT 20

The government on Wednesday announced a marginal hike of Rs 20 a quintal in the support price of wheat to Rs 1,120, but the prices of masoor and gram dals have been raised sharply by up to Rs 380 a quintal to encourage farmers to

grow more. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved the minimum support price (MSP) of rabi crops of 2010-11, Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters. The MSP of wheat, a major rabi crop, was at Rs 1,100 per quintal in the last season. The MSP is the price that the government pays to farmers while procuring their produce. The Centre procures wheat

and rice from farmers for public distribution system (PDS). As per the latest revision, the MSP of masoor dal has been raised by Rs 380 per quintal to Rs 2,250, while that of gram by Rs 340 per quintal to Rs 2,100 a quintal. The government has raised the MSP of pulses substantially this year to boost production and cut dependence on imports. The Agriculture Ministry is targeting to increase the pulses production to 16.5 million tonnes in 2010-11 from about 14.5 million tonnes in the previous year. The CCEA also approved increase in mustard MSP by Rs 20 to Rs 1,850 per quintal. Safflower MSP has gone up to Rs 1,800 from Rs 1680 a quintal. Barley MSP has been increased to Rs 780 from Rs 750 per quintal. The hike in MSP is based on the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). Higher support prices for kharif pulses had resulted in a sharp jump in acreage and production is estimated to rise to 6 million tonnes in the kharif season of the 2010-11 crop year from 4.3 million tonnes in the year-ago period.

Kotak Mah Bank posts 21% jump in Q2 profit PTI MUMBAI, OCT 20

Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) today reported a 21 per cent jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 364 crore for the quarter to September, helped by a healthy rise in advances. The lender's net profit stood at Rs 299.77 crore in the second quarter of the last fiscal. On a standalone basis, net profit from banking operations surged 55 per cent to Rs 195 crore, while the performance of its 16 subsidiaries together took the consolidated net profit to Rs 364 crore, the said in a statement here. The lender's advances grew 40 per cent to Rs 37,515 crore during the quarter under review, Chief Financial Officer Jaimin Bhatt said, adding the bank hopes to close this fiscal with a 35 per cent rise in disbursements. The general rise in cost of funds, following the repeated policy rate hikes by the Reserve Bank, reflected in the bank's net interest margin too, which slid by 0.3 per cent to 5.6 percent during the reporting quarter. The bank's CASA (current and savings account) deposit ratio, which are the cheapest sources of funds for banks, went up by over 3 per cent to 31.9 per cent in Q2, and Bhatt said the bank is eyeing a 45 per cent rise in overall deposits this fiscal.

‘Russia’s accession to WTO drawing closer’ AGENCIES WASHINGTON, OCT 20

Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation

(WTO) may be completed within the coming 12 months, but Moscow was still to negotiate the entry with other states, according to a top US official. US President Barack Obama's economic aide Lawrence H. Summers, who held talks with Russian First Vice-Premier Igor Shuvalov on Wednesday, said the breakthrough in the negotiations was reached after Moscow had announced its in-

tention to join the WTO alone, not as a member of a Customs Union which also comprises Kazakhstan and Belarus. Summers, who is director of Obama's National Economic Council, however, cautioned that it was too early to celebrate the success of Russia's 17-year bid to join the global trading body as Moscow was still to negotiate the entry with other states, including Georgia. Georgia has said it would block Russia's accession until Georgian customs officials are given access to its breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, recognised as independent by Moscow following five-day Caucasus war in August 2008. After Moscow talks, Summers said that Russia and the United States had acknowledged the necessity of solutions that would help Russia

join the WTO despite its sour relations with Washington's ally Georgia, RBC business wire reported. He said the situation required creative solutions so that Georgia's position did not prevent Russia's joining the WTO. Another Russian news agency reported that after his meeting with the US businessmen in Moscow, Summers was "astonished" at the possibilities they saw on the Russian market. He said it would help achieve Obama's goal of doubling exports. Russia's entry negotiations with Washington were one of the most difficult with stumbling blocks including imports of US chicken. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia could do without imports of chicken starting next year. He said although the two countries had built up a good rapport, no documents were signed yet, adding that Washington wanted to get certain promises from Moscow.

Ceat's Q2 profit dips to Rs 15.27 cr PTI MUMBAI, OCT 20

A steep rise in raw material costs has brought down RPG Group company and tyremaker, Ceat's net profit in Q2 FY 11 to Rs 15.27 crore as against Rs 61.47 crore in the year ago period. "Raw materials costs is a major concern and the main reason for our lower net profit in Q2 FY 11. They are up 40 per cent as compared to the same period last year," Ceat's Deputy Managing Director, Anand Goenka, told PTI here today. Rubber, an important raw material, today costs Rs 187 per kilogram as compared to Rs 90-100 per kilogram in the same period last year. "Rubber price has risen by nearly 100 percent," Goenka said. The Ceat official said that last year was an "abnormal one for the tyre industry" as raw materials prices had declined steeply due to the global economic downturn while the tyre market remained strong. The company clocked net sales of Rs 831.65-crore in Q2 FY 11 as against Rs 685.18-crore in the

year ago period. Asked if Ceat was contemplating an increase in its tyre prices, Goenka said "no price increases are likely in the short-term." However, the company would look at the market situation and what action its com-

petitors were taking sometime during Q4 and then take a call on a possible price increase, he said. Ceat's 130 tpd plant at Halol in Gujarat involving an investment of Rs 600 crore would be operational by next month, he said, adding around Rs 400 crore has already been spent

and the balance Rs 200 crore would be expended by end this fiscal. The company has invested Rs 35 crore in ramping up capacity at its Nashik plant from 165 tpd to 200 tpd, he said. On whether the company planned to expand its Halol plant, Goenka said that that would depend upon how the radial tyre market picked up. "Depending upon how the radial tyre market evolves, we will consider expansion at Halol." The company was outsourcing some products for two-andthree-wheeler tyres, which, he said "looks a good market and could give us good volumes." The company will not be making any investment in this, he said. There are no fund-raising plans presently and whatever investment needs to be done would be done through internal accruals and debt, he said. Presently, the company's debt stands at around Rs 700 crore. "Our debt-equity ratio is around 1:1 and we plan to continue to keep it consistent," Goenka said.

MOIL mulls Rs 900 cr expansion plan PTI MUMBAI, OCT 20

Public sector Mini-Ratna company, MOIL Ltd, formerly Manganese Ore (India) Ltd, has taken up Rs 900 crore capital expenditure plan over the next 3-4 years period, a top company official said today. "We plan to expand value-added production capacity and to enter into joint ventures with Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL) to set up ferro alloy plants in Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh," MOIL's Chairman and Managing Director, K J Singh told reporters here. MOIL will invest Rs 100 crore in SAIL JV and Rs 50 crore in RINL JV, apart from Rs 768 crore in mining expansion over the next 3-4 years period, he said. Both 50:50 JVs with SAIL at Chhattisgarh and RINL at Andhra Pradesh to set up ferro alloy plants will cost Rs 392 crore and Rs 206-crore, respectively. Both the plants will produce ferro manganese and silico manganese in order to secure further potential sources of demand for our high grade manganese ore, he said. "We are committed to maintaining our leadership position in the Indian manganese ore market by increasing our production capacity in line with demand growth, focusing on our value-added product line to capture industry trends, controlling costs and strengthening relationships with our customers," Singh said. The Indian steel industry is expected to continue to advance on a strong growth trajectory and the total installed domestic capacity is anticipated to be 121 million tonnes by 2011-2012. This is expected to result in continued demand for manganese ore, Singh said.


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Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda defeated Navelim Villagers Union 2-1 to storm into the finals of Sebastiao Rosario Dias memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Davorlim Sports Club at Zarrivaddo ground, Davorlim on Wednesday. The winners led 1-0 at half time. Don Bosco, who dominated the proceedings right from the start, went into the lead when

Silvano Crasto bulged the net from close range. Stung by the setback, Navelim tried their best but could not find success due to tardy marksmanship by their strikers. Crossing over, it was again Don Bosco who went all out to increase their tally and doubled the lead when Wilson Dias’ snap shot beat the rival keeper. Stunned by the double blow, Navelim went all out and managed to score the consolation goal through Wilson Rodrigues, late in the second half.

Klin to lead Goa HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, OCT 20

Klin Mendes will lead the State sub-junior football team which will participate in sub-junior National football championship for Coca Cola Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy 2010-11, West Zone, qual-

ifying round at Seoni, Madhya Pradesh from October 24 to 29. Other members of the team Quan Gomes (vice-captain), Aliston Fernandes, Austern Fernandes, John Pereira, Savio Vaz, Russell Vaz, Floyd Fernandes, Filburn Crasto, Sanito Colaco, Issac Negredo, Jesus D'souza, Shawyn Fernandes, Jorge Rodrigues, Avrhisto Fernandes, Elison Pereira, Leichembam Binaton Singh, Akshay Mandrekar, Joel Fernandes and Simon D'mello. Seby Rodrigues (coach), Gajanan Kambli (assistant coach).

Pandu, Raksha to lead State teams HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, OCT 20

Pandu Gawas and Raksha Prabhu will lead the State boys and girls softball teams in 23rd softball subjunior Nationals in Jammu and Kashmir from October 22 to 27. Other members of the boys team - Rahul Sarkar (vice-captain), Ajay Naik, Lindsay D’Melo, Krishnanad Prasad, Rahul Dessai, Lincio Noronha, Ridesh Mulgaokar, Ketan Shirnekar, Nikhil Ambi, Devu Bandodkar, Anuj Morajkar and Saurab Shirodkar. Sandip Chauhan (coach) and Sandesh Vaigonkar (manager). Other members of the girls team - Hira Madkaikar (vice-captain), Flocy Fernandes, Sukhanya Narvekar, Rochelle Fernandes, Nikita Fadte, Shreya Phadke, Sajan Kholkar, Harshada Murgaonkar, Anita Sharma, Shaheen Shaikh, Sanghavi Naik, Tanaver Beg, Varsha Kambali. Mamata Uskaikar (coach) and Glen Colaco (manager).

Kingfisher Pro League: Sesa FA v. Goa Velha SC, Duler stadium, Mapusa, 4 p.m. Third Division football: Holy Cross SC, Arambol v. Cunchelim SC, Siolim church ground; Baina SC v. Cross Boys, Tilak Maidan, Vasco; Chicalim SC v. Baina Y RC, Cansaulim ground; CDJ Ribandar v. Aivao United FC, Taleigao ground; Jawahar Club v. UC Mardol, University ground, Taleigao; Holy Cross SC, Arambol v. Cunchelim SC, Siolim ground; S & W Club of Zaimo v. Union of Chinchinim Villagers, Dramapur ground. Kick off 4 p.m. 37th Candolim Panchayat Cup soccer quarters: FC Siolim v. Saligao SC, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m. Sebastiao Rosario Dias memorial soccer: Wilred Leisure SC v. Parish Youth, Nuvem, Zorrvaddo, Davorlim, 4.30 p.m.


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Real win aristocratic duel with AC Milan AGENCIES MADRID, OCT 20

Cristiano Ronaldo delivered the knockout blow for Real Madrid in their aristocratic battle with AC Milan on Tuesday, as Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich maintained their own perfect Champions League starts. While Arsenal provided a breathtaking collective display in a 5-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk, nine-times European champions Real had the individual brilliance of the world's most expensive player to thank for their 2-0 win at the Bernabeu. Ronaldo poked a free-kick straight through the wall and set up Mesut Ozil to score a heavily deflected second less than a minute later as Real saw off the seven-times winners with a devastating one-two combination. Real and Milan make the record of Bayern Munich, the

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides opening goal from a free kick at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday.

Spain head FIFA rankings AGENCIES ZURICH, OCT 20

World Cup champion Spain maintained its hold on the top spot in the FIFA rankings, while the United States slipped to No. 25 after having played only exhibition matches since last summer’s tournament in South Africa. Croatia and Russia returned

to the top 10 following victories in 2012 European Championship qualifiers, and France bounced back into the top 20 af ter an historic low last month. The Netherlands was second ahead of Brazil, which swapped places with fourth-ranked Germany. Argentina was fifth, followed by England.

Dean excels for Crown HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA OCT 20

Dean D’Mello’s hat-trick helped Crown Club beat Nauxim Sports Club 5-1 in GFA’s Third Division at University ground, Taleigao on Wednesday. Crown led 1-0 at the lemon break. Dean opened the scoring five minutes before the breather.

Shortly after the break Sunil Pereira equalised for Nauxim. The last 18 minutes were played at high intensity as Dean netted in the 72nd and 76th to round off his hat-trick. Rohan Fernandes added in the 80th for Crown while teammate Sachin Bansi netted in the 86th to round off the win.

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four-times winners, look relatively modest and there was a lot less style about their 3-2 home win over CFR Cluj in Group E, which saw them come from behind to take the lead with two own-goals before Mario Gomez gave them breathing space. Arsenal, who beat Braga 6-0 in their opening fixture in Group H, rarely struggle for panache at their own stadium and they were altogether too much for Shakhtar in London. Alex Song, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere and Marouane Chamakh picked off the goals, with former Arsenal player Eduardo da Silva getting a late consolation for the visitors and a heartwarming ovation for himself. There was another goalscoring return of a sort as Chelsea won 2-0 at Spartak Moscow in Group F.

Asiad: Indian men’s hockey team to start against China UNI NEW DELHI, OCT 20

T h e Ind ia n men's h o c key team will take on Hong Kong China while the women will be up against Malaysia in their respective openers of the 16th Asian Games starting November 12 in Guangzhou, China. The men's team has its first match on November 15. They have been placed in Pool B alongwith Pakistan, Japan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong China, Hockey India said in a statement. Pool A comprises defending champions Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Oman and hosts China. Indian women will play their first fixture on November 13. The women competition will be played on a round robin format between China, Korea, Japan, India, Malaysia, Kaza-

khstan and Thailand. In the last Asian Games at Doha Indian men finished fifth while the eves won the bronze medal.

Competition schedule

MEN Nov 15: India v. Hong Kong China Nov 17: India v. Bangladesh Nov 20: India v. Pakistan Nov 21: India v. Japan Nov 23: Classification Matches (semifinals). Nov 25: Bronze Medal Match (gold medal match). WOMEN Nov 13: India v. Malaysia Nov 16: India v. Japan Nov 17: India v. Korea Nov 19: India v. Thailand Nov 20: India v. Kazakhstan Nov 22: India v. China Nov 24: Classification Matches (bronze medal match, gold medal match).

Yuri Zhirkov, who spent five seasons with Spartak's bitter Moscow rivals CSKA, set Chelsea on their way with his first goal for the club before Nicolas Anelka doubled the lead. Beneath the perfect quartet, Ajax Amsterdam maintained their hopes in Real Madrid's group by winning 2-1 at home to Auxerre, a result that took them level with Milan on four points. Goals from Brazilian strikers Lima and Matheus gave Braga their first points with a 2-0 win over Partizan Belgrade that leaves the Serbs bottom of Group H. Basel sprang a surprise in Group E by winning 3-1 away to AS Roma after two defeats,

FIFA official expects vindication in vote-selling probe REUTERS ZURICH, OCT 20

FIFA vice-president Reynald Temarii is confident an investigation into allegations he offered to sell his votes on the bidding to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will clear him of any wrongdoing. The Tahitian, also president of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), was accused by British newspaper The Sunday Times of asking an undercover reporter for NZ$3 million (2.27 million dollar) to fund a sports academy at the OFC headquarters in return for his votes. ''I have no intention of resigning and have asked for a personal hearing in front of the Ethics Committee,'' Temarii told the sports website www.insideworldfootball.com in Zurich yesterday.

Tuesday. "We were sharp and played technically at a good level," said while Olympique Marseille kept goals in the 13th and 14th manager Arsene Wenger, whose their Group F hopes alive as they minutes. side have Manchester United's laboured to a 1-0 home win "We needed to impose a group stage record 20 goals in against Slovakians Zilina. strong rhythm from the start, their sights. "I think our goals The only question mark over playing with the concentra- were down to them becoming Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid tion this type of game de- fatigued from running after the early in the season was a strug- serves, and we were able to ball." gle to turn their dominance into do that," Ronaldo told reChelsea, who like Arsenal goals but that problem is now porters. and Tottenham Hotspur are well behind them. While Real have scored five The Spanish league leaders goals in their three wins in dreaming of a place in a "home" followed up a 4-1 win over E u r o p e , A r s e n a l h a v e final in London's Wembley StaMalaga at the weekend with knocked in a whopping 14 dium, were efficient rather another performance of en- and they were irresistible in than brilliant at the Luzhniki ergy and guile, capped by taking Shakhtar apart on Stadium, scene of their painful defeat by Manchester in the 2008 Spartak Moscow 0 Chelsea . . . . . . . . .2 United final. Real Madrid . . . .2 AC Milan . . . . . . . .0 "I don't think the Marseille . . . . . . .1 MSK Zilina . . . . . . .0 players talked about last defeat at this Bayern Munich .3 CFR Cluj-Napoca .2 the stadium," coach Carlo Braga . . . . . . . . .2 Partizan Belgrade .0 Ancelotti told a news Ajax . . . . . . . . . . .2 Auxerre . . . . . . . . .1 conference. "It was not Roma . . . . . . . . .1 Basle . . . . . . . . . . .3 an easy game for us. We scored two great Arsenal . . . . . . . .5 Shakhtar Donetsk 1 goals."

India play Myanmar in 2012 Olympic qualifier AGENCIES MYANMAR, OCT 20

India will play Myanmar in the first round of 2012 London Olympics men's football competition on February 23 and March 9, 2011, in the home and away format. Thirty-five teams are in the fray for three-anda-half slots reserved for the continent. The 22 lowest ranked teams, based on the qualifiers and final round of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, were drawn to play in a home-andaway format on February 23 and March 9, 2011, with the winners making it to round two. The 11 winners from the first round will join the 13 highest ranked teams in the second round where they will again play in a home-and-away format on June 19 and 23, 2011. The 12 winners will then be divided into three groups of four teams each in the third round. Again, a home-and-away format from September 21, 2011 to March 14, 2012, will determine the winners who will represent the continent in the Olympics. Three second-placed teams from the third round will play in a play-off at a centralised venue from March 25 to 29, 2012, and the winners of this group will meet the representatives of CAF for a berth in the Olympics.

India had played against Myanmar in their 2008 Beijing Olympic qualifiers. They advanced to the second round after beating Myanmar 4-1 in Kolkata on February 4, 2007 before drawing 1-1 in Yangon three days later. Meanwhile, India are placed in Group B of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifying round along with Turkmenistan, Pakistan and the winner of play-off three. India had won the 2008 edition of the competition at home and qualified for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar for the first time after 1984. Defending champions DPR Korea were placed in Group D with Nepal, Sri Lanka and the winner of play-off one. The eight lowest-ranked teams out of 20, which entered the fray, will play off on a home-andaway basis and the four winners will qualify for the 16-team group phase. Bhutan will meet Afghanistan, the Philippines will take on Mongolia, Chinese Taipei will face Laos, and Cambodia will lock horns against Macau in the play-offs to be played on February 9 and 16, 2011. The group stage will be played between March 20 to 31, 2011 and the hosts will be announced later.

Beto stars in Dempo’s draw HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, OCT 20

Bhatikar Model HS, Margao third place winners of State level badminton U-17 girls championship. They defeated Saraswat High School, Mapusa. Standing (l to r): Manasi Gude, Dalreen Fernandes, Manisha Kakodkar. Sitting (l to r): Rajesh Chowgule (P.E teacher), Revati Pai Kane (headmistress), Minaxi Kanji (manager), Sarita Malkarnekar (assistant headmistress) and Damodar Zambaulikar (PE teacher).

A brilliant first half hat-trick from Beto was not enough to give his team victory, as Dempo Sports Club drew 3-3 with Salgaocar Sports Club in Kingfisher Pro League at Duler stadium, here on Wednesday. All six goals came before the interval. In an amazing five minutes, four goals were scored which saw Dempo opening the scoring and then seeing themselves having to claw their way back to level terms in this top of the table clash. Dempo started with Beto alongside Kalu at the heart of the midfield which saw Johhny

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Bros, Sporting in goalless draw

D’Cruz moving to the right wing. This allowed Beto to make his maverick strides forward and put pressure on the rival defence. Salgaocar’s two U-20 players, Gilbert Oliveira and Dawson Fernandes worked hard on either wing, creating plentiful chances for forwards Marcus Mascarenhas and Subhas Singh. In the 18th minute, Beto jumped highest in the box to head home a corner swung in by Valeriano Rebello. While the Dempo fans were still celebrating the goal, Salgaocar restarted play with great urgency. Gilbert Oliveira re-

ceived the ball on the right wing and dribbled forward before smashing the ball past Dempo custodian Tyson Caido. A minute later Salgaocar’s Marcus Mascarenhas fired in from a corner after Dempo’s Kalu failed to clear the danger. This left Dempo shell shocked but again they regrouped and progressed forward. Two minutes later, Beto let fly a 25-yard thunder bolt which beat outstretched Salgaocar custodian, Arnab Das Sharma at his far post. Immediately after the goal, experienced Nicolau Borges was

brought in for Mando Rao Desai on the left side. S i x m i n u t e s b e f o re t h e breather, Dempo’s Johhny D’Cruz picked out Beto in the box with a swinging cross and Beto was happy to oblige as he headed in for his third. Yet again, Salgaocar came back to equalise through Subhas Singh in the 41st. Tomba Singh won the ball and played it to Subhas, who strode in on goal and neatly placed the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Crossing over, the pace of the game died down and it looked as though both teams had given

a little too much in the first half. Beto came close with a free kick attempt after Cajetan Fernandes had brought down Clifton Gonsalves. It was Salgaocar who finished the strongest and looked more likely to snatch the winner. Substitute Beevan D’Mello came close for them on two occasions. One attempt was saved and the other rattled the top of the crossbar. Dempo move to 13 points from six matches, while Salgaocar have 12 points from seven outings. At Tilak Stadium, Vasco, Churchill Bros and Sporting Clube de Goa played a goalless draw.

Ambelim stun St Anthony’s Calangute walk past HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, OCT 20

St. Anthony’s High School, Monte de Guirim, winners of sub-junior Nehru boys hockey tournament for 5th consecutive year. They defeated Holy Spirit HS, Margao 3- 0 in the finals, and will be leaving to Delhi shortly. Top row (l to r) Anup Govenkar, Dattaram Kalsaunkar, Pawan Toralkar, Roger D’Souza, Vinay Tupkar, Ritesh Kushwana, Ashwin Chandy, Tomar Janmejay, Rakesh Yadav. Middle row (l to r) Luino Menezes (PE teacher), Fr. Paul Alvares (headmaster), Fr. Steve Rodrigues (principal), Fr. Gabriel Fernandes (manager), Victor Albuquerque (coach). Squatting (l to r): Siddesh Patekar, Francis Rodrigues, Pandurang Sakhalkar, Wayne Rodrigues, Ashpak Kinlekar, Manoj Toralkar and Glen Fernandes.

Ambelim Sports Club came from behind to defeat St Anthony’s Sporting Club, Colva 3- 2 to march into the finals of 2nd Dalton Fernandes memorial intervillage football tournament organised by Sarzora Sports Club at Government ground, Sarzora on Wednesday. Ambelim were trailing 0-1 at the breather. St Anthony’s held a slight

Gudashwar enter finals HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, OCT 20

Gudashwar Boys defeated Sunshine SC via penalty shootout 3-2 at Carambolim ground. The quarter-finals will be on October 24 between Redbull and Shriganesh SC.

Five Goans for World Youth chess HERALD SPORTSREPORTER PANJIM, OCT 20

Fr Agnel Higher Secondary School, Pilar winners of Zone II U-19 football. Kneeling down (l to r): Fleson, Jason, Milroy, Ivon, Reenoy, Darryl and Malcom. Standing (l to r): Clifford, Rollan, Canroy, Atish, Mario (coach), A. S Patil ( P.E. teacher), Addroy, Ajay, Jovino and Vishant.

Five Goan chess players are participating in World Youth Chess Championships 2010 being held at Porto Carras in Halkidiki, Greece from October 19 to 31. They are - Ivana Maria Furtado (girls U-12), Riddhi Zantye (girls U-8), Savant Riya (girls U10), Nitish Belurkar (boys U10) and Bhakti Kulkarni (girls U-18).

edge over their opponents in the opening session and created forays into the rival territory. Their persistent forays paid dividends midway in the opening session when Anthony Fernandes punished the rival keeper with an adroit placement. Stunned by the first half goal, Ambelim tried their best and made a couple of orchestrated raids but the opponent defenders were alert in frustrating the rival attacks. St Anthony’s had scoring chances but their forwards frittered away sitters. After resumption, Ambelim showed greater urgency in their

approach and floated an aerial ball into the rival territory which helped them to neutralise the lead when Joseph Pinto headed in off a flag kick taken by David. David doubled the lead after Babu floated the ball inside the box. Ambelim put the issue beyond doubt when Clinton Fernandes was brought down by a Colva defender and Babu made no mistake to send the rival keeper in the wrong direction with the resultant spot kick. With time running out, St Anthony’s managed to pull one more back through John Fernandes.

GOA DIARY Youth exchange programme

PANJIM (HSD): The Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Campal, will conduct State Level selection trials to select meritorious and outstanding SC and ST youth to visit other State/Union Territories under the inter-state exchange youth programme on October 29 at the Youth hostel, Mira Mar from 9.30 a.m to 1 p.m. Those with a flair for music, folk dances or leadership qualities may attend the selections along with the requisite ST/SC certificate. Those interested may report to Assistant Physical Education Officer, U D Navelkar at the venue at 9 a.m.

University selection trials

PANJIM (HSD) - Goa University will conduct selection trials on October 25 at 3 p.m. at University ground, Taleigao to select probables for football (men) and volleyball (women) teams to participate in West Zone inter-university football (men) championship in Jabalpur from November 7 to 12 and South West Zone inter-university volleyball (women) championship in Gwalior from November 11 to 15. Students from colleges affiliated to Goa University may report at the University ground alongwith a recommendation letter from the principal and kit.

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Calangute Association trounced Penha de Franca 3-0 to move into the semi-finals of 37th Candolim Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Candolim Sports Club at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim on Wednes-

day. Dominating the proceedings, Calangute took the lead in the seventh minute through Sherwin Lobo. Goaded by success, Calangute doubled the lead through Francisco Fernandes in the 18th minute. Cliff Fernandes rounded off the tally in the 48th minute. Penha tried to make a fight but could not penetrate the Calangute defence.


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Young guns tame Kangaroos AGENCIES VISAKHAPATNAM, OCT 20

Virat Kohli scored a magnificent century as India successfully chased their victory target of 290 in the second ODI against Australia, here, on Wednesday. Earlier, Clint McKay got the all important wicket of Yuvraj Singh to keep Australia in the hunt after India recovered from the loss of two early wickets at the start of their innings. Stand-in-captain skipper Michael Clarke returned to form with his fifth century to help Australia post a challenging 289 for three against India in the second ODI at the floodlit Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ADA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, here on Wednesday. After Ashish Nehra evicted the opening duo of Shaun Marsh (0) and Tim Paine (9), but Clarke (111 not out from 138 balls with seven fours and one six) and Hussey (69) steadied the ship putting on 144 runs together. Some big hitting by vice-captain Cameron White (89 from 49 balls with six fours and six overboundaries) -- with a couple

of them straight ones through umpire Billy Bowden -- spurred the Aussie scoring as they scored 49 runs in the five overs of batting powerplay between 43rd and 47th overs. Both White and Clarke were in a rampaging mood, Nehra, who had an impressive first spell of 4-1-3-2 had his figures destroyed towards the end as he returned with 57 runs from his 10 overs. The Aussie scored 114 in the last 10 overs, something that speaks highly of Clarke's innings that had the shades of recovery and then the dominance. Put into bat, Australia were clearly under pressure as the opening duo of Marsh and Paine were dismissed early by Nehra in an impressive first spell. Skipper Clarke and Hussey -the experienced duo of the newlook Australia side -- did the repair work, building their innings brick by brick. Batting sensibly, they first ensured that there was no more damage, giving the later batsmen some kind of foundation. With Indian third and fourth

bowlers -- R Vinay Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin both playing in their second ODI -- a little short on experience, Dhoni had to resort to part-time spinning duo of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh. The duo bowled 13 overs in between them with Yuvraj chipping in with a full quota but without any damage to the Aussies. Clarke, who scored just 35 runs from four innings in the two-Test series, essayed the role of an anchor to perfection, while southpaw Hussey looked to step up the tempo as the run-rate crept past 4.00-mark. The skipper took 77 balls to complete his half-century, while Hussey also joined in tandem getting to the 50-run mark in 61 balls as the duo began to look dangerous from Indian point of view. Rookie off-spinner Ashwin gave the crucial break when Hussey missed his short-length ball to be hit in front of middle for a leg-before-wicket. Hussey hit seven fours in his knock from 78 balls.

After Hussey's departure, deputy White gave a fine support to his skipper who was at his elegance best scoring his century from 132 balls, an innings that must have erased his bitter memories of a wretched Test series. Clarke developed some cramps in between but the Aussie skipper overcame the pain after getting some treatment and stood tall during his innings. Earlier, Nehra tested Marsh's patience with some toe-crushing line before the southpaw insideedged one to his stumps to depart without scoring. Run-rate hovering around

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Suresh Raina at the crease with one Powerplay to go I knew we had a chance. And Yuvraj, it was very important for him to get runs," Dhoni said after the match. Kohli smashed a career-best 118, while Raina's 71 not out and Yuvraj's 58 also played crucial role. "Kohli has been often criticised for giving away good starts and he batted perfectly today. We'll look to win the third game as well. We have eight to 10 games before the World Cup and we want to achieve more than just winning the games," he added. Dhoni's opposite number Michael Clarke also credited the

Indian batsmen for making the difference. "Cameron White's innings was unbelievable, I thought 290 was enough but India chased well. We'll try to rebuild. We are disappointed with the result. We'll try to do better in the first 15 overs in the second game," he said. However, he was happy with the efforts of his bowlers and said, "John Hastings did a fantastic job, (Mitchell) Starc has a bright future for Australia." Meanwhile, Man of the Match Kohli said he was struggling with his cramp during the winning effort. "I was struggling with cramps in my 70s and 80s. I just wanted

Australia: Shaun Marsh b Nehra 0, Tim Paine c Vinay Kumar b Nehra 9, Michael Clarke not out 111, Michael Hussey lbw Ashwin 69, Cameron White not out 89. Extras: 11. Total: 289 for 3. Overs: 50. Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-16, 3-160. Bowling: Praveen Kumar 9-1-51-0, Ashish Nehra 10-1-572, Vinay Kumar 9-1-71-0, R Ashwin 9-0-34-1, Yuvraj Singh 10-0-48-0, Suresh Raina 3-0-18-0. India: S Dhawan b McKay 0, M Vijay c Paine b McKay 15, V Kohlic Hopes b Hastings 118, Yuvraj Singh b McKay 58, S Raina not out 71, MS Dhoni b Hastings 0, S Tiwary not out 12. Extras: 18. Total: 292 for 5. Overs: 48.5. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-35, 3-172, 4-256, 5-257. Bowling: C McKay10-0-55-3, M Starc 8.5-0-51-0, J Hastings10-1-44-2, J Hopes 7-0-56-0, N Hauritz 10-0-54-0, S Smith 3-0-23-0. Man-of-the-match: Virat Kohli.

Sunny spell raises hope for ODI

lGCA committed to an efficiently organised match: Narvekar MARGAO, OCT 20

After a bright and sunny Wednesday, the GCA heaved a sigh of relief but still kept their fingers crossed for the next few days as hectic preparations were on for staging the final ODI between India and Australia on October 24 at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, here. Top GCA officials led by president, Dayanand Narvekar descended on the Nehru stadium on Wednesday and expressed happiness over the change in weather conditions prevailing over the State. Narvekar was in a cheerful mood after inspecting the pitch and other works at the stadium and briefed the media about the organisational plans for the ODI. “I am very satisfied with the work on the pitch done by the SAG groundsmen and the pitch

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Dhoni praises Kohli, Yuvi

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today praised the batting department for scripting a fivewicket win over Australia in the second ODI, which also helped the hosts take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series. "Yuvraj (Singh) and (Virat) Kohli got us back in the game and (Suresh) Raina supported Kohli well in the end. We wanted to see how much dew was around, I thought the spinners would get more turn but it turned out to be much flatter. "(Cameron) White took the attack apart, but with

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Kochi requests for more time

two, Paine tried to break-free at the other end with some edgy strokes but Nehra had his way in dismissing the wicket-keeper batsman to leave the Aussies reeling at 16 for two in two overs. Having already taken a risk, the wicketkeeper batsman came out to hit Nehra over mid-on but only to be gobbled up by Vinay Kumar inside the circle to give India a perfect start. The first ODI of the threematch series was abandoned because of heavy rains in Kochi. Margao will host the last and third ODI of the series on October 24.

to drag the game as much as I could to put my team in a winning position. (Murali) Vijay suggested that I just time the ball than hit it too hard. He helped calm me down. "With Yuvraj batting at the other end, it's always helpful because he can score quickly and take the pressure off you. We just decided to build a partnership and bank on the Powerplay," he said. Asked about batting at number three position, he said, "The team has shown trust in me to bat at No 3 and I'll just look to capitalise. Once the dew came in, the ball was coming on quite nicely and we tried to take advantage on that."

curator. It’s a commendable job done by Narayan Raju and his team who have been roped in from Bangalore by GCA. They have been judged among the best by ICC with respect to the preparation of the pitches for international cricket,” he added. Replying to the observations made by Venkat Sunderam, the chairman of BCCI grounds and pitch committee, the GCA chief said, “I am very happy that the rains subsided considerably and hope the dry weather prevails in Goa for the next few days,” stated Narvekar, who was on his third visit to the stadium since the ODI was awarded to Goa. Narvekar’s last visit was in July during the Bhoomi pooja of the pitch and was overwhelmed by the work done on the pitch and outfield. “Everyone involved here had done a fine job,” he pointed out. The GCA president admitted

he was tense yesterday and that the visit to the nearby Lord Damodar temple had answered his prayers. “We felt relieved that the Almighty has answered our prayers for the improvement in the weather. We hope the weather continues to be the same till the match is over.” “I was really tense and worried yesterday. The situation was terrible. Today there’s much respite and I hope it will be clear by tomorrow with a lot of sunshine so that the remaining works can be completed,” Narvekar said. Speaking on various new plans on the cards for the muchawaited ODI, Narvekar said that the GCA was keen in providing something for everyone. “Be it the senior citizens, be it special children or the players affiliated with the GCA, each one is being

taken care of. We will make a profit of Rs 50 lakh if everything goes on as per the plans. As per the BCCI guidelines and for better security, bunkers will be installed outside the stadium and CCTVs at strategic points outside and inside the stadium.” The GCA president disclosed that four towers will be used for the first time at the stadium and 100 men in plainclothes will be among the spectators to spot troublemakers. The GCA for the first time had reserved 30 seats for disabled people and 150 for senior citizens. Complimentary passes for the age-group category (boys and girls) will also be given, remarked Narvekar. He added that Chief Minister, Digamber Kamat, assured about deploying CSIF battalion for security purpose. With all the tickets being sold

out, the GCA chief appealed to the clubs not to sell the complimentary tickets which have been allotted to them so as to avoid a bad name for GCA. Vinod Phadke, vice-president, GCA, Prasad Fatarpekar, GCA secretary and Amrish Naik GCA member were among those present. Meanwhile, India and Australia are scheduled to arrive on Thursday afternoon and are likely to have two practice sessions on Friday and Saturday. Overall, Narvenkar said the match would be a turning point for cricket in Goa and he hoped Goans would avail the benefits to witness a good cricket match. The GCA has asked all State cricketers (2009-10) from under 14 to under 19 to collect complimentary passes on October 21, at Indoor Cricket Academy, Porvorim, from 10 am.

Dayanand Narvekar, Balu Phadke, Amrish Naik and other officials inspecting the Nehru Stadium pitch on Wednesday. Photo: Third Eye A roller being used at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Wednesday. Photo: Cedric Da Costa

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The IPL Kochi franchise, whose partners have been finding it difficult to form a joint venture company conforming to the norms of the Twenty20 League as stipulated by the BCCI, has asked the Board to provide them some more time to do the needful. "Yes (we have asked for more time). We are in an advanced stage of negotiations and need time to tie up technicalities," messaged the franchise's CEO Satyajit Gaekwad to a query from PTI. The franchise, which had been given 10 days to sort out its problems, today submitted its letter to the BCCI, which will now take a decision on the newlyformed team's fate in the fourth edition of the high-profile league. The legal team of the Cricket Board has been entrusted with the task of studying the letter which has been forwarded to Board president Shashank Manohar. "Today was the last day given to the the Kochi franchise for responding to the notice given to them. They held a few meetings in the last two-three days and submitted a letter which has been sent to the president (Shashank Manohar)," said BCCI's Chief Administrative Officer, Prof Ratnakar Shetty.

Warne questions move to axe Rajasthan Royals AGENCIES SYDNEY, OCT 20

Shane Warne the Rajasthan Royals captain for the first three seasons of the IPL, has questioned the league's governing council's move to scrap his side ahead of the fourth edition. The IPL governing council had ejected the Rajasthan and Punjab franchises on charges of transgression of shareholding and ownership norms, but Warne asked whether there were other reasons behind the expulsion. "Is it [the ejection] because the franchises have done something wrong or is there something sinister behind it," Warne

wrote in his personal blog. "Is there an ulterior motive? To me the IPL must be transparent, open, honest, and, above all, fair to all teams! They need to treat them equally; no teacher's pets! "All of the owners and investors showed a lot of faith and goodwill in the BCCI from the outset. They trusted

them to deliver on the massive predictions that led to the franchises being sold at figures never heard of in cricket. With the IPL exceeding all expectations, on all fronts, I find it staggering that the IPL has decided to throw two teams out," Warne wrote. Warne was also critical of the suggestion that Rajasthan did not have the best interests of the game in mind, citing examples of several of his team-mates who have gone on to represent their countries on the back of IPL success.


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Waking up the Journalist in Every Citizen Citizen Journalism, a social phenomenon that empowers every layman with the instrument of journalism, has caught up all around the world, and of late in India. To further this trend in the state, the JM Foundation is bringing the first citizen journalism course to Goa BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES igging out information, bringing facts to the fore and enlightening the general public is what the job of a journalist entails. Journalism has often proved to be a powerful tool for change. Bringing this power of journalism to the citizens of India is the Citizens Journalist Course, organised by the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism, in association with the Goa Union of Journalists. The certificate course will be held at the Inspectorate of Factories and Boilers (IFB), Altinho-Panjim from November 12 to November 14, 2010. Very often there are stories which each person as a citizen of India wants to highlight, be it corruption in the area or even a development which may not find appropriate space in the newspapers. “Every individual has within him the art of story telling. We expand this to the art of reporting and provide the citizen with journalistic skill sets. To report on matters which impact his life, his surroundings, his community and enh a n c e h i s ro l e a s a responsible civic representative in a democracy,” says Shishir Joshi, one of the founding members of Journalism Mentor (JM). The very term ‘Citizen Journalist’ comprises the two main aspects of the job, being a citizen and becoming a journalist. As a citizen it enables us to exercise the fundamental right of speech and expression through journalism about the problems faced by various communities, be it corruption or shortage of amenities. “There is a need for this kind of journalism as media companies may not have the resources to cover issues that beset a democracy such as ours, but not covering these problems does not wish away reality. It is here that the citizens can come up and voice

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their opinion and remember that the freedom of the press in India is an extension of the freedom of expression given to each citizen,” explains Shishir. Various news organisations urge the general public to contribute to the newspapers by sending in pictures of happenings, and offices are often flooded with such pictures but they rarely get printed; the reason for this is that it takes much more than just sending information. “Information, which could be factual needs to be verified, gathered appropriately, laws need to be understood, a certain style of writing needs to be adopted so that the reader can be engaged,” explains Shishir. Journalism by itself is an art and this art can be learnt by anyone, this is the basic aim of organising this course. The course is open to everybody, be it a student or a retired government official, everyone can be a Citizen Journalist. “A person who reports, consciously, on happenings around him, about good or not so good, qualifies to be a citizen journalist.” This three-day course will have a faculty of senior journalists including Frederick Noronha, Prakash Kamat and the two founding members of JM, Shishir Joshi and Aloke Thakore, who will teach participants basic report writing, editing and technology skills which will help write news stories and upload them on the website. The other faculty will include professionals from the field of law and police who will touch upon subjects of police laws, press laws and PILs, a specialist on Consumer courts on the laws which govern consumers. “The course will give the participants a certificate and the opportunity to upload their reports on their official website, www.citizensreport.in,” says Shishir, adding that the website will shortly be opening a Konkani page too, where reports filed in Konkani will be uploaded.

BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES t all begins in the evening, when the fireworks begin. After the initial round of ‘paus’, ‘girgirey’ and ‘sursurey’, comes the boom of the fire crackers, which in certain areas of the city are amplified by letting the crackers burst inside large plastic or metal barrels. ‘Ok! Some old man in the neighbourhood might be losing a few winks. How bad can it be?’ you think while looking up in the sky at that firework show. So you might limit your fire crack usage. Senior citizens apart, you have completely forgotten the dangerous effect your ‘fun fire cracker time’ is having on the animals. Speak with a variety of pet owners living in the city and the villages of Goa and they collectively agree that it is a definite concern. As the fire crackers start, they watch in despair as their pets – dogs and cats – scurry under a piece of furniture nearest to them. At this point, the underneath of large sofa sets, dinning tables

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An issue that is largely overlooked every festive season is that of the harmful effects fireworks have on the animal population. An interesting discussion, ‘My Dogs are Afraid of the Sound of Diwali Fire Crackers…Are Yours Too?’ to be held on October 29 at Earthworm Ecostore, Porvorim will introduce the issue. Herald brings forth its seriousness

and beds are areas to seek sanctuary for these animals. Season after season, pet owners bemoan about the terrified reactions of their dogs, cats and, in some cases, birds. Action however is rarely sought and year after year most pet owners unaware of preventive action do the best of their capabilities to calm their pets down. “The best I can do is take my dog to the room farthest from the noise and shut all the windows,” says the owner of a labrador. Her lab retreats under the living room sofa and refuses all meals. Owner of 6 cats and 4 dogs, a resident of Calangute will have a game or two with the entire lot. “It distracts them from the noise outside and eventually calms them down,” she says. Fortunate for these pets. What about the strays? The thousands that are living on the streets find refuge in any nook and cranny they can, quivering and whimpering the entire time. In households with negligent owners, pets have even got lost during the festive time of the year. It is learnt that the magnitude of the sound created makes these pets lose their orientation so much so that if they stray, they cannot find their way back. Imagine losing that brown eyed dog or that beautiful furry calico cat! In other more extreme cases, sources have witnessed dogs with their intestines entangled, their stomachs flipped over, all in an extended state of panic. Highly sensitive to the issue is Roopa Bandekar, owner of Earthworm Ecostore

and dog lover. Witnessing her own pet’s reaction to such fireworks was one reason behind organising this discussion. The others included introducing the seriousness of the issue at hand and creating a general awareness among the people. “Animal cases will be narrated by the vets present and precautionary measures, remedies and solutions with regard to the issue will be highlighted,” Swapna informs. It basically aims at sensitising the public towards this issue. Questions like “What do I do when I spot a panic-stricken stray?”, “Besides comforting my pet, what else should be done?” or “How do I get my pet to eat?” and many more will be answered at this discussion. It will be conducted by Dr John Hicks of International Animal Rescue, known in Goa as Animal Tracks, and Dr Astrid Almeida, veterinary director of Animal Tracks. In conclusion, keeping in mind the grandness of these festivities, it is sometimes not possible to control the noise or air pollution factor. But through it all, we have to ask ourselves, how can we overlook our animal companions, our faithful friends? Don’t we have a responsibility to them and their well-being? Shouldn’t we be as considerate to them as they are to us?


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? 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 43093, 2409490, 9822122436, 098209 85853 or 9822179125. ‘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.E-mail earthwormgoa@gmail.com. Call 2410871. An art exhibition by Smruti S Shirsat and Claudio Fiori will be held till October 24 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 will be held till October 23 at Ravindra Bhavan, Curchorem. Call 2438103. ‘Life in Pastels’ an exhibition by Nilesh Bharti will be held from October 22 to 28 from 9am to 8pm at Gallery Gitanjali, Fontainhes, Panjim. Call 9823253361 or 9823572035. The Sunset Charity Walk 2010 - Muskaan Goa will be held on October 23 from 3pm. The meeting point for the 5 km walk will be Taleigao Community Centre 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 from October 25 to 29 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. Training cum demonstration camps in agriculture and home science, organised by Farmers Training Centre, Ela, Old Goa

HOROSCOPE 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. Workshop on Pictorial Warning and the Role of the Media will be organised by the Voluntary Health Association of Goa (VHAG) on October 30 at Caritas Holiday Home, St Inez, Panjim, from 9am onwards. To register call 2221012 ‘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 goadesc@gmail.com. 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. Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar will be held from October 22 to 29 from 11am to 9pm at 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 Bhavan, Margao at 6pm on October 28.

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Scorpio M a p s a n d other detail-oriented items challenge your 23 Oct - 22 Nov patience. Share your confusion. Try to take greater care with your work today, even if you're usually a stickler for details. If you're as methodical as you can be, you should find much improved performance -- and time to goof off later.

Sagittarius If you feel lost

Capricorn Give yourself more credit than you have been; you know 22 Dec - 20 Jan exactly what you're doing. Your parents -- or ancestors - have some good advice for you today, so reach out to them in whatever way is easiest or most comfortable and see what they've got to say. Take your time!

Aquarius You'll be well loved today for your inspiring attitude of peace21 Jan - 19 Feb ful acceptance. Someone needs help, and you're the only one around who knows what to do -- or knows how to learn what needs doing. Your big brain should save the day once more, but that's all the reward you require.

Any obstacles that pop up today will be like bugs on your 20 Feb - 20 Mar w i n d s h i e l d . Keep truckin'! You aren't really sure what people are trying to tell you today, because their body language is way out of sync with their (relatively clear) words. You need to live with it for a few days.

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about which step to take next, just keep 23 Nov - 20 Dec going forward for now. You are really in the flow at work -- or doing chores around the house, or enjoying your favorite hobby. Whatever you find yourself doing, expect to get plenty done while having fun.

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DID YOU KNOW? A Country set between Two Worlds

eddy Pronunciation EDD-ee Function Noun Meaning 1:a current of water or air running contrary to the main current; especially a circular current 2: a contrary or circular current as of thought or policy Example Sentence As we watched from our boat, the spinning currents caused eddies in the water, creating an interesting sight.

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Turkey is a country located on the crossroads of two continents, namely Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia and its largest city, Istanbul is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. Set in the Anatolian peninsula which is one of the oldest continuously inhabited regions in the world, turkey is also believed to be the original location of the epic city of Troy. Among other notable features, this country is also the birth place of St Nicholas, the person behind the legend of Santa Claus, and King Mita of Mushki on whom the legend of King Midas with the golden touch is based. Interestingly, it was Turkey that introduced the tulip into the other country in the mid 18th Century.

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“Before you criticise someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticise them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.” – Frieda Norris DAILY GROOK DRAIN STRAIN by Francis Rodrigues flooded gutter after da rain, for a plumber it's a drain!

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Last ‘Riddle Me This’ Answer: Nothing

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Dr. T & the Women Proof Paris je t'aime Kung Fu Hustle

Maa Ka Chamatkar Bade Dil Wala Patthar Aur Payal Love Story Vishwavidhaata 08:30 12:30 16:00 20:00

Aadmi Khilona Hai Namastey London 36 China Town Namak Halal

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13:00 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 13:30 Papad Pol 14:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta... 14:30 Lapataganj 15:00 Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale 15:30 FIR 16:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta 16:30 Papad Pol 17:00 Gutar Gu 17:30 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 18:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta.. 18:30 Papad Pol 19:00 Gutar Gu 19:30 Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale 20:00 Papad Pol 20:30 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta 21:00 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 21:30 Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale 22:00 Lapataganj

11:30 Dill Mill Gayye 12:00 Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani 12:30 Mano Ya Na Mano 13:00 Rang Badalti

IDIOT BOX 11:00 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 11:30 Behenein 12:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 12:30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 13:00 Tere Mere Sapne 13:30 Hamari Devrani 14:00 Maryaada ... Lekin Kab Tak? 14:30 MasterChef India 15:00 Kaali: Ek Agnipariksha 15:30 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 16:00 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 16:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 17:00 Sasural Genda Phool 17:30 Saath Nibhana Saathiya 18:00 Tere Liye 18:30 Sabki Laadli Bebo 19:00 Saath Nibhana Saathiya 19:30 Sasural Genda Phool 20:00 Chaand Chupa Badal Mein 20:30 Behenein 21:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 21:30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 22:00 Tere Liye 22:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 23:00 Kaali: Ek Agnipariksha 23:30 Maryaada ... Lekin Kab Tak?

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11:30 Criss Angel Mindfreak 12:00 Breaking The Magician's Code 13:00 Ncis: Los Angeles 14:00 So You Think You Can Dance 16:00 Cyril: Simply Magic 17:00 Criss Angel Mindfreak

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11:00 Lie to Me 12:00 How I Met Your Mother 12:30 The Simpsons 13:00 MasterChef Australia 13:30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? 14:00 Friends 14:30 The Simpsons 15:00 Best of Koffee with Karan 16:00 How I Met Your Mother 16:30 The Simpsons 17:00 Lie to Me 18:00 MasterChef Australia 19:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 Best of Koffee with Karan 21:00 MasterChef Australia 22:00 Lie to Me

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11:00 La Liga H/ls 12:00 Serie A Show 12:30 Football League Show 13:00 UEFA Champions League 17:00 La Liga H/ls 18:00 The Masters of the Game 19:00 UEFA Champions League 22:00 Serie A Show 22:25 UEFA Europa League

11:30 Bangladesh Tour of England 13:30 Cricket's Greatest Upsets 15:00 Boycott's Best 16:00 Carlton Series 18:00 Australia Victorious 18:58 Cricket Headers 19:00 Champions Trophy Classics 20:00 ICC Knockout 20:58 Cricket Headers 21:00 Timed Out 21:30 Pakistan Tour of England 22:30 Cricket Extra

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SUDOKU 685

Instructions for Sudoku 9 x 9 letter: To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number from 1 to 9 must appear in each of the nine vertical columns, in each of the nine horizontal rows and in each of the nine boxes

SUDOKU SOL 684

HERALD CROSSWORD - 685 Across 1- Doles (out); 6- Openings; 10Memo heading; 14- Attentive, warning of danger; 15- Algerian port; 16- Clairvoyant; 17- Suit fabric; 18- Ballet skirt; 19- Hindu princess; 20- Topeka's state; 22Misers; 24- Damage; 26- Female beast; 27- Hybrid citrus fruit; 31Conger; 32- Bellowing; 33French market town; 36- Half a fly; 39- Makes lace; 40- Metallicsounding; 41- Caucus state; 42Boxer Laila; 43- Church council; 44- Long stories; 45- Boat propeller; 46- Thrifty management; 48- Ra, in ancient Egypt; 51Male sheep; 52- Meat-balls; 54Taste carefully; 59- "Hard ___!" (sailor's yell); 60- Half of zwei; 62- Fertile area in a desert; 63Advertise boastfully; 64- Biting; 65- ___ lift?; 66- Cairo cobras; 67- Devices for fishing; 68- Born before, senior churchman; Down 1- Face covering; 2- Zeno's home; 3- Sea swallow; 4- Energy units; 5- Vegetable appliance; 6Obtained; 7- Make ___ for it; 8- Courtyard; 9Cozy room; 10- Sharon's land; 11- Approaches; 12- Tears; 13- Goddess and sister of Ares in Greek mythology; 21- Gal of song; 23- Diver Louganis; 25- Redbreast; 27- Cheerio!; 28Asian sea; 29- Words of denial; 30- Beetle juice?; 34- Lennon's lady; 35- Below; 36- Fastfood option; 37- Did the butterfly; 38- New Orleans is The Big ___; 40- Inhabitant of the Innsbruck region; 41- Author Fleming; 43Starch used in puddings; 44- Anybody; 45- Beginnings; 47- Bounder; 48- Grain stores; 49- Exhaust; 50- Thaw before takeoff; 52- Pro follower; 53- Agitated state; 55- Scottish Celt; 56- Not new;

57- Pro or con; 58- Boris Godunov, for one; 61Radical '60s org.;

SOLUTION - 684


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TAG to honour Late Rosario Rodrigues HERALD FEATURES he Tiatr Academy of Goa will be organising a special function to observe the Birth anniversary of the most popular khell-tiatrist of Goa, late Rosario Rodrigues, on October 24 at 10am at the Pai Tiatrist JAF Auditorium, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. On this occasion, Anil-Olga’s khell-tiatr ‘Xim Mer Asonk Zai’ will be staged. Late Rosario Rodrigues was born on October 24, 1948 and hails from Benaulim. He was a brilliant student who showed keen interest in dramas. Benaulim was famous for khell-tiatrists and Rosario would write down the scripts for those who could not write. Gradually he started writing his own scripts and lent them to others. In 1969, he formed his own troupe and wrote his first khell ‘Menakxi’. During those days, there used to be khell-tiatr competitions. Two different directors would stage their ‘khells’ for a competition and results were normally declared based on a show of hands. In 1971, Rosario brought a change and staged two ‘khells’ on the stage. This was called a khell-tiatr as the khell was performed on the stage. He came up with khell-tiatrs of his own plays namely ‘Ami Fator’ and ‘Ekuch Rati’. Each khell in the khelltiatr was of one and half hours duration. ‘12 Vorsani’, ‘Patang’, ‘Patkin’, ‘Tem’, ‘Chedde Cheddvam’, ‘Ekleanuch Poila’, ‘Hindustani Cheddvam’ and ‘Frank Sinatra’ were some of his famous khell-tiatrs. In 1976, Rosario Rodrigues started a new innovation on the khell-tiatr stage. Instead of two plays, he staged a full length drama of three hours, titled ‘Fattim Paulo’. Rosario wrote and directed more than 75 dramas and was responsible for taking khell-tiatrs to each and every nook and corner of Goa and other parts of the country and even the Gulf. This great theatre personality expired at the age of 58 on August 5, 2003. TAG celebrates his birthday in order to keep the memories of late Rosario Rodrigues alive.

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BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES hat was once considered clothing for just a particular caste is now turned into a style statement for all, thanks to Goan designer Wendell Rodricks. Wendell enthusiastically announced the Kunbi Tribe Collection leaves and red from rice kunjee which will be showcased at the Announces the Kunbi Tribe mixed with iron filings and blue Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Collection which will be from indigo.” The Kunbis being Week on October 24 at 9:30pm showcased at the Wills the original inhabitants of the at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. land are facing a tough time. “Previously, there was caste Lifestyle India Fashion Week Most of their forests are cut and hierarchy in Goa and Kunbi saris on October 24 at New Delhi Wendell used the same land to were worn by the Kunbi tribe grow plants for the dyes. and not the affluent higher caste. It was a stigma Speaking to Herald about his collection, Wendell and women didn’t want to wear the sari as it said, “Four saris will be showcased at the collection. gave out their status. I would feel ashamed when Besides that there will be shirts, ‘kurtas’, tunics dignitaries who come to Goa were gifted Kashmiri and blouses all made of the same material, cotton. shawls instead of Goan clothing. This Kunbi sari I have been working on this project, researching is Goan and half of the stock will be sent to dig- and putting it together for a very long time.” Wennitaries and government officials,” said Wendell dell has beautifully mixed cotton and silk, woven in a press meet. and knitted textures, and will be adding silk The saris are available in different price ranges borders to the saris later in his collection. starting from Rs1,700 to Rs2,500 and differ in Fortunately, Goa is not behind in bringing out weaves. “I took the lines, checks and cut from its original piece of clothing, the traditional Kunbi the Kunbi sari and the material is cotton which is sari in designer look. very light and doesn’t feel like polyester or silk. Natural dyes were extracted like green from guava

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HERALD FEATURES t is now the first open air museum in Goa to go hi-tech. It is now automated. This technical marvel was inaugurated at the hands of Dr Delfim Correia da Silva, director of Instituto Camoes and lecturer in Portuguese language at the University of Goa. It was earlier blessed by Father Savio Rodrigues, SJ of St Britto, Mapusa. Upon experiencing the success of one of his museums, Casa Aurajo Alvares, Maendra Alvares, owner, Ancestral Goa recently took the decision of automating Ancestral Goa too. Around in the West for long time, this is the first museum in Goa to be automated. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat expressed his delight over this recent development in the state. At peak hours, the whole place is abuzz with activity. Groups of tourists moved from one spot to another clicking pictures at times getting awestruck especially when notice statues spoke. Maendra Alvares commissioned Shamir Deniz to automate Ancestral Goa. Deniz is a known figure in the world of technology. An artist by profession he heads Arabian Films a firm that creates special effects and 3D Animation. “Ancestral Goa was an outdoor project. With the kind of rains that lash Goa every monsoon and the hot climate in the summer months, every thing had to be made weather proof. We even had to opt for waterproof speakers,” said Shamir Deniz. The whole place is networked with cables running to the length of more than thirty kilometers. All the cabling is laid underground for on an average of over seven hundred to eight hundred people stomp around there every day. The script is written by Julio D’Silva, a veteran writer and reporter. The female voice for the narration was lent by Kavita Deniz. She did the narration in all three languages. Saish Deshpande lent his voice for the Hindi narration, while Julio D’Silva narrated in English and Konkani.

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BY RON FIDELIS hile newcomer Nikita Dias’ performance spoke volumes about her acting potential, Jane Rebello’s energetic performance as Bahumati, a Madrasi migrant’s daughter was also noteworthy. Interestingly, Joaquim Dias, the playwright, experimented with a Goan trying to speak Tamil thus showcasing how funny we’d sound trying the same instead of the other way round as customarily depicted in many other tiatrs. Bahumati’s Goan ‘nouri’ (meaning husband as pronounced by Bahumanti) whom she elopes with is Sucor D’Silva who plays Pedru; although he’d prefer to be called Peter for reasons best known to him. The most hilarious scene is one when Bahumati, in an attempt to save Pedru from being caught on a date with her in the garden, unsuccessfully hides Pedru in her huge ghagra. Antonnette Pereira’s solo on girl child discrimination and Seby Afonso’s solo on having faith in oneself were well received by the audience. And besides her expressive stint in a trio, Valencia Braganza’s line-long cameo appearance in the main play also got well enacted. The opening quartet symbolising Moronn (death), as an end that is inevitable was also nicely sung. An unlikely production person who stood out only due to his work was make-up artist Shantaram Powar. His efforts were seen clearly on the elderly grandfather’s face as well as that of Bahumati with her semi-burnt looking skin due to her constant exposure to the sun selling bhaji on the roads. Having successfully paid attention to minor but vital details, playwright Joaquim Dias’ tiatr kept the audiences preoccupied for all except the fag end of the last scene like many-a-playwright. Although it is indeed rude to leave when a performance is on, it is highly unlikely that people would want to listen to someone sermonising and summarising the tiatr after watching three hours of it already. A plot revolving around a typical Goan family, first they rent the outhouse to a South Indian and employ him as

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a truck driver happily thinking they are using him for their gain. But eventually, this driver buys off the truck and even offers to buy off the outhouse. Next, their son rents this outhouse to a foreigner called Jack who has been staying in Goa for nine long years running a booming business with one ‘Gotala from Anjuna’. Showcasing some good characterisation, the playwright showed each of these perpetrators as having a fixed motive – money. Luckily, for this Goan family, the wise old grandfather pays the house debt as well as protects his granddaughter from getting her cold drink spiked and then raped at the hands of Jack. Suraj Hoble playing Jack, with his tattooed arm, changes the energy of this play with the introduction of his character somewhere midway in the plot. Again shown very realistically, the gullible Goan grandson played enthusiastically by Rosario De Souza gets involved in the drug trade as a delivery boy, again for the money. But the grandfather played by Santan D’Mello manages to free him from the clutches of this lethal drug world. Unfortunately, none of what this family goes through would be part of their destiny if they had only listened to their grandfather’s good advice at the outset. Although good advice, nobody wanted to listen to him even at the fag end of the play as mentioned earlier. Vitorino Araujo, this time equipped with three wind instruments, gave us and the singers some great backing music.


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atrina Kaif and Imran Khan are presently shooting for their next film under the Yash Raj banner, titled Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. The stars have reportedly tasted the real taste of tight slapping on the face while, shooting for a scene. Katrina slapped Imran 16 times to make the sequence look authentic and perfect! The script of the film demanded an intense scene, where Katrina had to slap Imran. While shooting the scene Kat just faked the action of slapping her co star. But, Imran Khan, proving once again that he’s the nephew of Aamir ‘Perfectionist’ Khan, was not satisfied with the fake scene and wanted the scene to look real. He asked Katrina to slap him for real. But to his bad luck, Kat took 16 slaps to make the scene finally look perfect. Just to shoot for this one scene, Imran went under the knife and got 16 slaps right on his face to make it look real. Reports also suggest that Imran Khan has asked the editors of the film to include the best tight slap in the film, and cut out the rest of the recording. Well that definitely proves Imran’s professionalism. As for Katrina Kaif, hope she had a heart full of content after slapping a guy senseless!

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upert Grint has admitted he found action scenes in Harry Potter difficult as he rarely exercises. The 22-year-old British actor plays the role of Ron Weasley in the successful film adaptation of the bestselling novels by J K Rowling. With part one of the final installment scheduled to be released next month, Rupert has made the admission that he sometimes struggles in the movie’s more intense scenes. “There are loads of chase sequences, so we’ve been doing a lot of running. It’s been fun, but I don’t really do any exercise at all so it hit me quite hard,” he revealed. It wasn’t only Rupert who felt out of his depth. Colleague and love interest in the franchise, Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, also struggled to keep up during the action scenes. “I complained about how many muscles I pulled but actually it was so nice to be out in the forest and running around,” she revealed. Rupert has grown up on screen whilst filming the Harry Potter series and as a result faces the daunting proposition of attempting a career away from the trademark role, a scenario he’s not yet ready to contemplate. “I’m not thinking too much about it – I’m just enjoying a bit of freedom at the moment!” Rupert added. “But yeah, there is a plan to move away from this and establish a career.”

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Is Your Sex Life going Downhill and You don’t know why? Maybe You should check the Water You drink

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ver wondered if residual pharmaceuticals in drinking water without a drinking water filter attachment, were affecting you in any way? Wo n d e r no more. Drinking unfiltered water can lower your sex drive A s t u d y, r e cently published in the Aquatic Toxicology journal confirms our worst fears: pharmaceuticals in our water are not just affecting the sex life of fish but the sex life of humans, too. The findings show that Prozac and drugs like it are a real environmental danger to fish breeding levels in the wild. When researchers exposed male goldfish to water treated with the popular antidepressant drug Prozac, guess what happened? They produced up to 50 per cent less sperm. They also responded less

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wilight star Kristen Stewart has revealed she was offered a job as a stripper while researching her latest role. The 20-year-old had visited a strip club with the director of her latest film Welcome to the Riley’s. Stewart plays a 16-yearold stripper in the film and practised for hours to perfect the art of dancing around a metal pole. Stewart, who is dating Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, said she was left covered in bruises while rehearsing for her role. “I pole-danced for two weeks,” she said. “I had bruises all over my legs…it hurts,” she said. What’s more interesting is that when she visited a real life club for research the owners offered her a job without realising she was a Hollywood star. She said: “I went to a strip club with the director and the costume designer and it being an odd grouping of people going into a strip club in the middle of the afternoon, I was, like, straight-up offered a job.” Kristen plays a prostitute and underage stripper alongside James Gandolfini in the film which tells the story of a damaged man on a business trip to New Orleans. Gandolfini plays Doug Riley, a guy who seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman, Kristen’s character Mallory. The indie flick opens in limited cinemas across the UK next month.

ver since the announcement of Action Replayy, there have been speculations galore around whether the film was inspired from Hollywood science fictions. Quite a few names were being thrown around and the most amusing piece that came out a few months back was around Akshay Kumar playing Brad Pitt’s character from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. “I couldn’t stop laughing when this theory came out,” Vipul looks back in amusement, “I was quiet for all these months because the film was still being made and anything being said wouldn’t have accounted for much. However, quite a few murmurs have died their natural death ever since the film’s theatrical promo came out. Now that the songs are on air too, everyone knows that Action Replayy is as Bollywood as it can get.” “My belief is that if you focus on the element of science fiction, you end up sacrificing on emotions. I am a person who would rather focus on emotions than get overtly technical in the story telling,” adds Vipul.

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to pheromones the female fish release to attract males. Because existing sewage plants are not designed to eliminate trace elements of any drugs from the water supply, humans and the quality of their sex lives are at risk, too. Low levels of unprocessed Prozac are produced and enter the sewage cycle when a person urinates. Even if the drugs do degrade somewhat over time, more gets added to the mix every time we flush. So every time we drink water treated by those sewage plants, we ingest and accumulate concentrations of residual drugs into our bodies. Not just Prozac either. Think about all the other drugs people take in any given day. Then imagine concentrations of them amassing in our water supply, slipping through the municipality’s coarse sand filters and eventually into our glass of water. (By the way, it really should not be a surprise to anyone that Prozac decreases sex drive in humans. Eli Lily already lists it as one of Prozac’s possible side-effects.) Is it any wonder that our culture is so obsessed with and dependent upon sex-enhancement drugs like Viagra? We needed something to fight the effect of drugs in our water, didn’t we? How ironic that we chose to ingest yet another drug to combat its debilitating effects! There are more sane and practical solutions. To begin with, we could take a zero-tolerance stance on pharmaceutical pollution in water supplies. Not possible, you say? Sewage treatment plants in Europe have already done so along with the installation of the extra-fine micron filtration equipment required to filter drugs out of sewage. The microfilter technology is also available for domestic use in certain drinking water filters. Note: an absolute pore size of 0.1 microns or less is mandatory to remove residual pharmaceuticals effectively. Maybe it will be different now; especially when we know drinking water without the protection of a drinking water filter can affect the quality of our sex life!

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hey are everywhere when the weather turns warm, but a podiatrist warns flip-flops carry more risks than blisters and stubbed toes. Dr Rock Positano, the director of the Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, says the risk is not that people wear flip-flops — it is how they wear them. “I have no objection when patients say, ‘...What is the best way to wear these types of shoes?’ I always say, “Look, use your head; if you’re hanging out by the swimming pool or hanging out on the beach, they really cause no damage or no problem,” says Positano. “When people develop problems is when they wear them in an unusual situation, such as 5-mile hikes or standing on their feet for 5 to 10 hours on a trip,” he adds. Positano also says that is when he sees tendinitis, heel problems, Achilles tendon issues, ankle injuries, as well as injuries in other parts of the body. “Unfortunately, these shoes have no significant orthopedic support for the foot and the ankle. And of course, as Leonardo da Vinci taught us, the foot and ankle is the most important part of the body cause it makes contact with the body first. If the shock is not absorbed appropriately from the ground — it gets transmitted to other parts of the body. So what will happen — it will start as a foot issue, and then it will go to the lower leg, the hip, the knee, the back,” he says.

In a Wired World a Bout of Disconnection is Good for the Soul

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IGITAL technologies are connecting the human race in so many astonishing ways, it is no exaggeration to say that life itself is being transformed before our eyes. But is life getting better? In many ways, it is. Computers, smart phones and other digital devices perform countless wonderful tasks for us, and have enormous potential to enrich our lives in the decades to come. But in the past 15 years, we have unwittingly adopted a very particular philosophy for life in this new age: the more connected you are, the better. It is called digital maximalism, and it is a foolish way to live. Why foolish? Because when you are always staring at screens - your iPhone, your computer screen, your tablet, etc - you give up something that is enormously important in every facet of life: depth. Depth of thought, depth of feeling, depth of experience! Without depth, everything we do suffers - from the smallest everyday task, to the personal relationships that matter most to us, to how we think and work. In technologically advanced societies around the world, workers now sit at their desks all day shuttling crazily from emails to texts to tweets to Facebook updates to voicemails. According to one study, information overload in the workplace is costing the US economy alone nearly $1 trillion a year. Editor –in-chief: R F Fernandes. Editor: Ashwin Tombat. Chief Editor-Features: Christina Viegas.

But far more important than our performance at work - and undergirding it - is the effect that screen addiction is having on our inner lives. When you never stop to think about an idea for more than two minutes, when you cannot focus on a single conversation or sustain the attention to read a book, when it is impossible to spend a quiet half-hour with your child without checking your mobile, you really have no inner life at all. You are living a completely external life, one that is dependent on and reactive to the world’s demands. The point is not to run away from our gadgets, which are wonderful and full of promise. Rather, we just need to be more thoughtful about how we use them. It could be as simple as turning your mobile off and putting it in a drawer for a few hours each day. In the workplace, management can teach workers about the importance of spending time offline, and establish easy ways for them to do so. In recent years, the Intel Corporation, which has played a leading role in connecting the world, has done trailblazing experiments in disconnectedness. In some of its own offices, for instance, Intel instituted regular periods of "quiet time" when email and other distractions are shut down. In the home, families could establish screen-free rooms or days of the week when the internet connection is turned off.

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