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HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 21
Exactly three years after he had ditched the party at the last minute, Taleigao’s unattached legislator and Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate today rejoined the Congress party ending months of speculation. Monserrate had ditched the Congress during 2007 Assembly elections when he filed his nomination on UGDP ticket at the last moment after getting the
Congress ticket. The Congress claimed that Monserrate had not only joined the party but also merged the UGDP, a claim which has been categorically rejected by the regional outfit’s senior members. Ending months of speculation Monserrate finally submitted his membership papers to the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subash Shirodkar, in the presence of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Calangute
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IN BRIEf 40 ill after chlorine gas leak Over 40 people, including women and children, were taken ill and some of them fell unconscious after chlorine gas leaked from a cylinder of water supply department on Monday, officials said in Berhampur, Orissa. – (PTI)
Pak violates ceasefire again In the second ceasefire violation in as many days, Pakistani troops on Monday fired at a forward outpost along the International Border (IB) in Jammu where the BSF foiled an infiltration bid by militants. – (PTI)
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Digambar Kamat welcomes Atanasio Monserrate back into Congress party fold, on Monday. Photo by Rozario Estiberio
Minister downplays return HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 21
Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate who rejoined the Congress party today said that not much should be read into development and termed it as the return of the prodigal. “The entry was long overdue we were just waiting for a green signal from the party High Command and AICC President Sonia Gandhi,” Monserrate told reporters after joining the party.
47 killed in Chinese coal mine PTI BEIJING, JUNE 21
An explosion in a coal mine in central China today killed 47 miners while 28 others were brought out to safety in yet another major mishap in the collier y sector notorious for accidents. The blast occurred in coal mine when a pack of gunpowder kept underground detonated trapping 75 miners in Weidong district at around 1:40 am (local time) the State Administration of Work Safety said. The official said 28 miners were brought out to safety while 47 were confirmed killed. The cause of the explosion is still unknown. Preliminary investigations said that the mine with a production capacity of 98,000 tonnes was operating illegally and the mine owner Liu Jianguo was arrested, state media reported. Of the 28 miners rescued six were reported to be in serious condition including one person who suffered more than 78 per cent burns.
“It is the return of prodigal. Not much should be read into the development,” he asserted thanking the AICC president, chief minister and the GPCC president for allowing him to rejoin the party. Asked whether there was any compromise on the Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat, which he opposed in 2007, he said “There is no connection between the IT habitat and me joining the Congress.”
MLA Agnelo Fernandes, Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco, GPCC office bearers and his supporters. The minister alongwith Valpoi MLA Vishwajeet Rane was due to join the party in December last but due to some differences the entry could not happen. While Monserrate joined today, Rane who is also the Health Minister would join the party in few days, GPCC President Subash Shirodkar said. Sources said the health minister is in Delhi for the final round of talks with Congress High Command. The exact deal between the Congress and Babush could not be ascertained as both maintained that the entry was unconditional. Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that the party welcomed Monserrate into the party fold “unconditionally”. “Monserrate has entered the Congress without any conditions,” Kamat said. Asked whether there would be any portfolio reshuffle after Monserrate’s entry into Congress, he replied, “the question does not arise as the entry is unconditional.”
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GoM recommends Rs 1,300 cr package PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 21
The Group of Ministers on Bhopal gas disaster today recommended a Rs 1,300 crore package for the victims enhancing the compensation for the kin of dead to Rs 10 lakh and for permanently disabled Rs five lakh. The GoM, headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram, concluded four-day deliberations and submitted its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which will be considered by the Union Cabinet at a special meeting on Friday. The Ministers recommended fresh steps to seek extradition
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 21
The Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday rejected anticipatory bail applications filed by the absconding former tourism minister Mickky Pacheco and his aide, Officer on Special Duty, Lyndon Monteiro even as the defence tried to highlight contradictions in the police investigation. The accused have been named as main accused in the Nadia Torrado death case who died on May 29 in Chennai hospital, a fortnight after she consumed rat poison. The Single Bench of Justice A S Oka in a special seating heard both the applications. The Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court assigned the matter to Justice Oka as applicants approached him after Justice N A Britto, on June 18, declined to hear them saying ‘’not before me’’. The senior counsel Surendra Dessai appearing on behalf of the accused pointed out that the prosecution has made contradictory claims as regards to alleged involvement of the ac-
Notary had expired licence HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 21
The Goa Police Crime Branch officials have confirmed that the licence of the Margaobased Notary Adv Joey Rodrigues, who notarised former tourism minister Mickky Pacheco’s affidavits filed in the court had expired. The affidavit sworn before Notary Joey Rodrigues at Margao on June 14 has been submitted by Pacheco to the High Court along with his anticipatory bail application. (Continued on page 2)
cused in the death of Nadia Torrado. The accused has been framed for “extraneous reasons.” On one hand prosecution has been holding the accused responsible for the death of Nadia and on the other it has claimed that the accused have borne
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 21
Will the government finally set up the kabrastan for Margao’s Muslim community at Sonsodo? Well, a high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Monday morning has strongly favoured setting up a kabrastan for the Muslim community at Sonsodo near the Christian cemetery.
In fact, the meeting has told the Margao Municipal Council to begin the process of acquiring land admeasuring around 30,000 square meters behind the existing cemetery at Sonsodo. Chaired by the chief minister, the meeting issued instructions to government agencies, including the Town and Country Planning Department to issue all required NOCs to the civic body for the acquisition of land. The meeting was attended
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Rs 10 lakh for death Rs 5 lakh for permanent disability Rs 1 lakh for temporary disability Rs 2 lakh for serious ailments
to the victims. He said the Centre would foot Rs 750 crore in this regard. Madhya Pradesh Minister Babulal Gaur, who is also a member of the GoM, expressed dissatisfaction over the package saying the state has demanded a Rs
5,000 crore package. On the legal front, the GoM recommended that the Centre will file a curative petition in the Supreme Court to seek restoration of the stringent charges filed in the CBI chargesheet against the accused in the case. In 1996 the apex court had reduced the charge from Section 304-Part II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) to Section 304 A (criminal negligence) of IPC. While Section 304 II provides a maximum imprisonment of 10 years, Section 304 A provides a maximum jail term of two years.
Mickky’s troubles worsen BJP ready for truce, but as HC rejects bail plea Nitish keeps it guessing medical treatment cost of the deceased amounting to Rs 50 lakh. And this is quite contradictory, he said. He further highlighted that in her dying declaration that was recorded before the Special Executive Officer of Thane, Nadia had absolved accused of any culpability. Also, the injuries pointed out by the prosecution on the body of Nadia were superficial and no evidence has been produced to indicate that he provoked her to end her life. The prosecution counsel also alleged that the government is after accused because of pressure from some women organisations. On the other hand Public Prosecutor Carlos Ferreira told the Court that the first post mortem report received from Chennai stated the cause of death as “poisoning and its complications with multiple contusions” and has mention of injuries found on the body. He highlighted that a mobile set and a laptop of the accused has been missing and that her (Continued on page 2)
Meet favours kabrastan at Sonsodo
Muslims oppose Sonsodo site for kabrastan
of former chief of Union Carbide Warren Anderson and filing of a curative petition in the Supreme Court to restore stringent charges against the accused in the gas leak disaster that claimed over 15,000 lives nearly 26 years ago. Surface Transport Minister Kamal Nath, a member of the GoM, told reporters that the dead would get Rs 10 lakh while the permanently disabled will get Rs five lakh, those temporarily disabled will get Rs 1 lakh. Those afflicted by cancer and other serious ailments will get Rs 2 lakh, Nath said adding the money would be given after deducting payments already made
This barren land is being targeted by the government to set up the kabrastan at Sonsodo for the Muslim community. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar
amongst others by Margao Municipal Chairperson Savio Coutinho, Chief Officer Y B Tawde, Chief Town Planner and senior government officials. Sources said the meeting deliberated on the burning controversy at length in the wake of directions passed by the Delhi-based National Commission for the Minorities to acquire land for the kabrastan within
six months. It is learnt that the meeting did not touch upon the demand from certain quarters in the Muslim community to allot land for the burial grounds in Aquem. The meeting also did not take up the issue of a cemetery as requested by the Our Lady of Grace Church, Margao. When contacted, Margao Municipal Chairperson Savio
Coutinho said that as per the instructions from the Committee, the proposal to have a kabrastan at Sonsodo would be placed before the Council meeting scheduled on June 28. In fact, the June 28 meeting of the Council was scheduled to deliberate on the long-pending demand of the Muslim community for a kabrastan in the city since the existing burial grounds at Pajifond has reached a point of saturation. “The Council was scheduled to discuss the kabrastan at its meeting on June 28. The proposal made at today’s meeting convened by the chief minister would be placed before the Council meeting,” he added. Incidentally, at their last meeting on the burning kabrastan issue, the City Fathers could neither identify any suitable land for the kabrastan nor take any concrete decision. Instead, the civic body had passed the buck on the district collector, South to identify and shortlist sites for the burial grounds.
PTI NEW DELHI/PATNA, JUNE 21
After the tough talk and retaliation, BJP today appeared keen on not breaking its alliance with JD(U) in Bihar while Chief Minister Nitish Kumar kept the cards close to his chest. “The potter does not want his pot to break,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said hinting that despite differences with the JD(U), the BJP would like the alliance to continue.
He, however, made it clear that though his party wanted to work with the JD(U) for the development of Bihar, it would not compromise on self-respect. Stepping in to apparently cool down tempers, senior leader L K Advani, who is in favour of the 15-year old alliance continuing in the run-up to the assembly polls in the state likely in October this year, discussed the developments with Bihar’s BJP unit chief C P Thakur.
He has only returned flood relief amount of Rs 5 crore that I've given him 2 years back. What about rate of interest?
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‘Govt should take over heritage Poor infrastructure hindering properties for commercial use’ growth of heritage hotels: Mathur HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 21
Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) has proposed that Goa government should take over crumbling properties and develop it. “There are many heritage properties in ruin. These properties can be taken over and dev e l o p e d b y G o a To u r i s m Development Corporation (GTDC) and handed over for running on commercial basis,” IHHA’s executive member Ajit Sukhija told reporters. He said that the first priority of such developed heritage property should be given to the owner. “If not then the state government can maintain it or go for auctioning of the same,” Sukhija added. The association feels that a push by the government will help in preservation of heritage houses, many of which are in bad shape due to family dispute and other related issues. IHHA’s President Maharaja Gajsingh of Jodhpur believes that in Goa there is so much potential, where a heritage building or a structure can be
developed into productive assets (especially hotel business). “The main purpose is to protect these structures from being deteriorating. People owning such heritage structures need to make aware about its importance,” he said. IHHA has decided to approach all those heritage structure owners to join hands with them and try to develop and maintain the same for better prospects. Maharaja Gajsingh owns chain of heritage hotels in Rajhastan. Similarly, Sukhijha himself has converted his 1888-built ancestral house at Fountainhas into a heritage hotel, ‘Panjim Inn’, located in the heart of the city. The general body meeting of IHHA, which held in Panaji on Sunday also pointed out that the government should bring out a financial package for heritage hotel owners, which will get them much-needed monetary assistance. “In 2008 the state government had proposed financial assistance to heritage house owners through ‘heritage house scheme’, but it is in limbo,”
Sukhijha said. Sukhijha cleared that Goa government had planned a concession in form of cash incentives to the tune of 25 percent for the project upto 50 lakhs, where the interest won’t exceed 4 percent. “But the proposal is yet to get the approval…its still on papers,” he lamented. The meeting also decided to demand for a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) to heritage structure. “As per TDR, any builder can opt for development rights of a building if he purchases the rights from heritage structure,” Sukhijha cleared. IHHA feels that government officers, while on official visits, should be made to stay in heritage hotels rather than in fivestar resorts, Sukhijha said. The Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG) in association with the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has listed 1000 heritage structure in Panaji and around 3,500 structures across the state. However, only two hotels in Goa are classified under IHHA by Union Tourism Ministry.
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 21
Bettered infrastructure facilities in country’s rural areas pose hindrance for development of heritage hotels in the country, a senior heritage hotel officer said. “More then 80 percent of heritage structures are in rural areas of the country, which are ignored and needs attention. But there are various aspects that restrict us from developing these structures into a productive asset,” Rakesh Mathur, president, Welcome Heritage told reporters. Mathur, in his recent meet with the Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selija pointed out various difficulties that one has to face while taking up heritage development project in rural areas. “The most important is the cost, which is very high. Be it while converting a heritage building into a hotel or its further maintenance. The structures in rural areas are very broad and strong, which need huge investment for its facelift,” he said. The lack of skilled workers
and the infrastructure facilities in these areas are yet another key hindrance for the development, he added. “Apart from this, once the business is set we have to suffer losses along with profit. Being a seasonal business there is no stability of income,” Mathur lamented. He feels that in order to develop these structures, the center government need to provide financial assistance to the owners, which will give a better prospect to the locals. Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA), President Maharaja Gajsingh of Jodhpur, feels that development of better infrastructure facilities in rural areas will make a difference by attracting larger number of tourists. “Tourists don’t prefer to go in rural areas, where we have maximum numbers of heritage structures. The economy of rural areas can be changed, if developed in a more productive way employing large section of people,” Maharaja said. He said that the heritage
tourism does not only provide direct employment through hotels but also provide indirect employment to various peoples linked with the industry. “The conversion of heritage structure into a hotel or any other business provides employment opportunities to the locals, either in form of tourist guide, an entertainer; a craftsman with his stall….It improves the standard of living,” Maharaja stated. Maharaja, who owns chain of heritage structures in Rajhastan, has 90 percent locals employed in his business. Maharaja said that the richness of heritage structures cum hotels has attracted large number of domestic tourists compare to foreigners. “The main purpose of heritage movement was to increase the foreign tourists flow in the country. But the scenario is different now. More and more Indian travellers are checking in heritage hotels. The ratio was 80:20 earlier with foreigners leading the chart but now it is domestic tourists with 40:60 percentages,” he cleared.
Rivals make hay as Mickky stays away
Churchill, Valanka to reopen Benaulim office, distribute fertilizer bags
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao along with daughter Valanka distributing free fertilizers to farmers of Benaulim. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 21
With Benaulim MLA Mickky Pacheco on the run since the last fortnight with the Crime branch hunting him in the Nadia Torrado death case, PWD Minister and Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao along with daughter Valanka made their presence felt in Benaulim on Monday. Though the obvious reason was to distribute free fertilizer bags to the 200-odd farmers, both Churchill and Valanka announced the revival of their office in Benaulim from August 15 and cherished the fond memories the Alemao family had with the Benaulikars in the late 80’s and 90’s. The decision to revive the Alemao’s office in Benaulim comes at a time when Pacheco has publicly set his sight on the new Nuvem constituency. “Benaulim and my daddy Churchill had close ties since 1989. This constituency had
elected my daddy many times, we cannot forget this kind gesture from the people. Benaulim people are our people. I told daddy, who is representing Navelim, that Benaulim people are our people and we have to give the fertilizers to the farmers from Benaulim”, Valanka added. Valanka who had nursed the ambition to contest the Lok Sabha polls from South Goa in the past said the people are welcome to their residence with any difficulties. “From August 15, we are opening our office in Benaulim. I and ZP Chairperson Maria Rebello will sit in the office to resolve the grievances of the people”, she said. Churchill told the people that he cannot forget them for their love and affection since the 80’s. “I had won the Benaulim in 1989 with the highest voting. You are responsible for my victory. I became the first Catholic chief Minister after you elected me as
hC issues notices to PWD, contractor in contempt plea HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 21
The High court has issued notices to the PWD and the Dongorim bridge contractor in a contempt petition filed by the farmers of Aquem-Baixo. The farmers who are Interv e n e r s i n Wr i t Pe t i t i o n No.297/2010 filed before the High Court of Bombay at Goa, have in their Contempt Petition prayed that the Court be pleased to initiate the contempt proceedings against the respondents namely Anil S Ringane, the Executive Engineer of PWD Division VI and the Contractor Mrs Bernadette D’Silva of M/S DC Construction in accordance with the Contempt of Courts Act 1971 which includes punishment in accordance with law. Claiming to be agriculturists belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes, the petitioners said they have in possession of their respective properties consisting of paddy fields and are dependent on the income received from these properties. They alleged that the respondents have commenced construction activity in the adjoining properties, which construction is for the proposed RCC bridge linking Dongorim
and Firgulem in the village Panchayat of Navelim in Navelim constituency. They stated that on account of the construction activity undertaken by the respondents, who have been dumping construction material like mud, rubble, stones etc in the paddy fields of the petitioners; that the dumping of the material is on a large scale and is being done in a haphazard manner, that the respondents have dug huge trenches in the property for constructing the approach road to the proposed bridge etc.
your MLA. I made this history because of all of you”, he added. “My daughter has told you of the plans to re-open the Benaulim office. She has started social work. I will approach the land lady for the office premises”, he added. Saying there are ups and down in politics, Alemao gave an example of a village doctor, when people abandoned their trusted doctor as they wanted fast recovery, only to realize later that the quick medicine was not give the much desired relief. “When I was representing Benaulim, I was in power for a few months. But now, the people of Navelim are fortunate to get the development works as I hold the portfolios of PWD and RDA”, he added. Alemao said he has cleared a number of developmental projects in Benaulim village, including drainages and roads and assured to hot mix the internal roads in the village after the monsoons. Before distributing the fertilizers – which he has already done so in his Navelim constituency, Alemao reminded that he has borne the expenses towards the fertilizers. And, he made it clear that he would continue his gesture the next season as well, indicating that the Alemao’s appears set to return in the new Benaulim constituency comprising of the villages of Benaulim, Colva, Seraulim, Varca, Orlim, Carmona and Cavelossim – the last four village which are now part of Navelim constituency represented by the PWD Minister.
Khola house burgled in daylight HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JUNE 21
In a daylight robbery, burglars decamped with cash and gold ornaments with Rs 1.60 lakh from a residence at Saleri-Khola on Monday. In her police compliant, one Ashmita Nandu Pagui told Canacona police that some culprits gained entry into her house in their absence between 10 am and 6.30 pm by removing rear side roof tiles. She claimed that the culprits had decamped with cash of Rs 40,000 and gold ornaments like chains, bracelets, earrings, rings, worth around Rs 1.20 lakh.
hunt for Mickky intensifies HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 21
With the high court rejecting the bail application of former Tourism minister, Mickk y Pacheco, the Colva police resumed its hunt for the Benaulim along the coastal belt on late Monday evening. As news of the high court rejection of his bail plea reached the Margao district headquarters, a police team from the Colva police station went in search of the eluding former Minister along the coastal belt. The police team made its presence felt in Colva, Betalbatim and Majorda as part of the hunt for the MLA. Police sources in the know, however, say the police were unsuccessful in laying their hands on the former Tourism Minister, even as the police wondered whether the Benaulim would surrendered to the Crime branch or knock the doors of the Supreme Court for bail. A senior police official, when contacted, said the hunt for the former minister resumed late this evening after his bail plea failed to find favour with the High Court. The hunt for the former Minister comes against the back-
drop of his so-called visit to the office of the Notary Adv Joey Rodrigues located in the congested New Market of the Commercial capital. The police had to face flak over its failure to lay their hands on the eluding former minister during his visit to the city. Senior police officers, however, say the police are still verif ying whether the former minister had visited the notary’s office in Margao or whether the notary register was despatched to Pacheco’s hideout for his signature.
Vehicles damages property at Benaulim HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 21
A Swaraj Mazda van rammed against a telephone pole, compound wall and a Swift vehicle at Pedda-Benaulim on Monday morning. Benaulim Deputy Sarpanch Stanley Fernandes said the vehicle went off the road and crashed on the telephone pole
before it rammed against the compound wall causing damage. The incident occurred around 10.45 am, he said. It is believed the driver of the ill-fated vehicle suddenly got fits and lost control before crashing on the compound wall. The Colva police are investigating.
Illegal hutments come up in Margao
A view of the hutments near the KTC bus stand. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 21
Illegal hutments have re-surfaced in the open fields near the KTC bus stand here, with the authorities turning a blind eye to the illegalities. In fact, the hutment dwellers have literally converted the open fields into a scrap yard, with bundles of scrap waste lying dumped all over the area. Local farmers have bitterly complained over the presence of the migrants and the waste dumped in the fields. They complained that they
cannot cultivate the field because of waste and defecation by the migrants in the fields. “Why is the government dragging its feet to crack a whip on the migrants. We cannot even step in the fields due to foul odour and human excreta all around”, informed a farmer. Incidentally, the Margao Municipal council had razed down illegal huts from the KTC and other areas of the city, but the same have resurfaced right under the nose of the authorities.
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belongings were destroyed and her room cleaned even before the funeral. Also, a maid who was present in the house with the victim when she consumed Ratol has been untraceable. The prosecution also tried to make out a case against Pachecho by submitting a list of criminal cases pending against him at various police stations in the State and that he is of violent nature. The court accepted the prosecution’s case that Pacheco’s custody would be required for completing the investigation and dismissed his anticipatory bail application. The Court also took objection to the fact that the second accused, Lyndon had not disclosed that he was asked to remain present in the Court on June 15. The accused had withdrawn his bail application after he was asked to remain present in the Court that was filed by him through his mother. Thereafter, he filed a fresh application.
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Notary had expired licence
The Maina Curtorim police has registered a case against a resident of Navelim for hill cutting at Cavorim-Chandor. The police has registered a case under section 17-A of the Town and Country Planning Act following a complaint lodged by Town Planner Rajesh Naik. Meanwhile, the Maina Curtorim police has arrested a woman for alleged forgery and cheating a credit cooperative society.
A major fire gutted a shop at the KTC Bus stand here late Monday night. Fire personnel said goods worth around Rs 90,000 has been gutted in the major fire. The incident is believed to have occurred due to a suspected short circuit. Fire personnel said they had found a cylinder inside the shop and the same was removed out of the premises, thus averting a major tragedy.
Earlier, Adv Aires Rodrigues had alleged that Adv Joey Rodrigues notary licence had expired. When contacted sources in the Crime Branch confirmed that the licence had indeed expired on October 10, 2009 Adv Aires Rodrigues has been further informed by the Head of Notary Services that the government did not renew the licence of Notary Joey Rodrigues as there is a disciplinary enquiry pending against him. The State Registrar and Head of Notary Services is conducting an inquiry on the directions of the Law Secretary following a complaint filed by one Joao Pereira of Utorda against Adv Joey Rodrigues for forging and manipulation of a Power of Attorney committed by him in his capacity as Notary.
hill cutting case filed
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GOA, TUESDAY, 22 JUNE, 2010
I have no role to play in Babush’s entry into Cong, says Subhash GPYC wants thorough probe into Taleigao assault
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 21
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Subhash Shirodkar today said unattached legislator Atanasio (Babush) Monseratte’s entry into Congress was cleared by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the Congress High Command and he had no role to play. In 2008, Monserrate along with supporters had been accused of assaulting Youth Congress workers in his Taleigao constituency, while they were peacefully demanding the setting up of the Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology (IT) habitat in Dona Paula. The legislator had also led a mob and attacked the Panjim police station in which several policemen were injured, which is being investigated by CBI. The case is scheduled to come up for hearing on June 23. When these cases per pointed out to the GPCC president he just tried to pass on the buck to the Congress high command and the president. "The Congress High Command has taken stock of the criminal background of Monserrate. They have taken the final
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decision, not us", Shirodkar told reporters. Monserrate has a string of criminal cases against him, which includes extortion, assault, etc. Monserrate has a string of criminal cases against him, which include extortion and assault. The Congress in 2008 had dropped its then Finance Minister Dayanand Narvekar from the cabinet for being chargesheeted in the 2001 Ticketgate scam. When this was pointed to Congress office bearers none of them were ready to come on record and comment on the matter.
The Education Minister Atanasio Monseratte may have joined the party but the party’s youth wing still wants a thorough probe in the merciless attack on their members allegedly by the Taleigao legislator’s supporters. Speaking to Herald GPYC president Sankalp Amonkar said admitting Monseratte into Congress was a decision taken by the High command and they had have nothing against it. “We are loyal soldiers of the party and we have nothing to say on party’s decision,” Amonkar stated. However, he added, “our stand on the December 18, 2007 incident wherein the Youth Congress members were assaulted in Taleigao remains the same.’ “We want a thorough probe in the matter,” he said. “Monseratte joining Congress does not make any difference to us but we want that whoever is guilty in the assault case be punished,’ he stated. In 2007, Monserrate along with supporters had been accused of mercilessly assaulting Youth Congress workers in his Taleigao constituency, while they were peacefully demanding the setting up of the Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology (IT) habitat in Dona Paula. The IT project, which was personally endorsed by Gandhi, was being opposed by Monserrate, in whose constituency the project was envisaged. Amonkar also said the Youth Congress still want the project to go ahead as it will provide employment to Goan IT professionals who are working elsewhere in the country.
Babush cannot merge UGDP into Cong: Radharao HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 21
Terming reports that Education Minister, Babush Monserrate has merged the UGDP into the Congress as utter nonsense, senior UGDP leader Adv Radharao Gracias has asserted that Babush cannot merge the regional party into the Congress party. Party Secretary General Anacleto Viegas has further said that GPCC president Subhash Shirodkar is day dreaming if he has made the statement that Monseratte has merged the UGDP. Reacting to a statement made by GPCC President Subhash Shirodkar, Radharao said there is no question of Monserrate
merging the UGDP into the Congress. “How can Babush merge the UGDP into the Congress. The Taleigao MLA is not even a member of the UGDP since the last two years after his expulsion from the regional outfit”, he said, and demanded to know whether a non-member can merge the party into another outfit. ‘Babush was only a party MLA. He is not the UGDP”, he said, but said that the party would wait and see how the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly decides on the matter. Saying that trend suggests that Assembly Speakers have not been doing justice in maters of mergers and disqualification.
“More often than not, we have seen that speakers have given their rulings in favour of the political parties they belongs to. Let us wait and see in the presence case”, he added. Calling for an Amendment withdrawing powers of the Speaker to decide on the question of mergers and disqualification, Adv Radharao said “the speaker is the sole authority to decide on such matters. More often, the Speakers have decided cases without observing the principles of natural justice. Asked to outline the next course of action if the Congress insists that Babush has merged the UGDP into the national party, Radhrao said “we are a political
Porvorim Action Committees chief pooh-poohs govt claims Says nobody is prepared to demolish structures
NH17 Porvorim Action Committee Vice Chairman and Spokesman Dr Ravi Chodankar addresses the gathering at Porvorim. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JUNE 21
NH17 Porvorim Action Committee Vice Dr Ravi Chodankar has stated that though the government claims that 45 sq mtrs of land would be acquired for road widening for national highway, in reality an additional 5 mtrs setback will have to be left from either side of the road. Dr Chodankar was speaking at the meeting organized by NH17 Porvorim Action Committee in Azad Bhavan, Porvorim, on Monday evening. “Though the government claims that 45 sq mtrs of land will be required for widening of national highway, but considering the setback of 5 mtrs to be left from either side of the road, the government will acquire 55 mtrs of land and as such more structures then specified will go in for demolition,” stated Dr Chodankar. “The proposed highway will render more than 10,000 people unemployed and if government does not pay heed to our suggestions and demands, then the
people will be forced to come on the road to get the grievances redressed,” added Dr Chodankar. He further said the government says that 50% of the people from Porvorim are prepared to demolish part of their structures to pave way for widening of the road. “This is a blatant lie. Nobody will agree for the demolition of their structures, which have been built with their hardearned money. We are living in democracy and hence people have every right to voice their grievance. The government should not use dictatorial tactics to suppress voices of the people,” said Dr Chodankar. Corporation of the City of Panjim Councilor Patricia Pinto said Porvorim has now developed into a city and hence it was decided to incorporate it in the City of Panjim in 2002. “No highway can pass through the city. Porvorim is located almost on the coastal belt and hence government has no right to destroy this coastal city,” voiced Pinto.
Sai Acupuncture Research Centre Director Dr M B Prabhu said if the national highway comes into existence, there will be heavy vehicular traffic in Porvoirm moving at the speed of 120-130 kms per hour. “The residents will face a lot of difficulties in crossing the roads. Prior to building my Research Centre at Porvorim, I had enquired with the Town and Country Planning and other related departments about the national highway,” he added. He further said the national highway will not pass through Porvorim and hence he had invested crores of rupees towards purchase of land and construction of Research Centre. “All my expenditure will go down the drain if my structure is demolished,” said Dr Prabhu. Committee Advisor Dinesh Vaghela suggested that the action committee should submit a memorandum to the Governor obtaining signatures of the residents of Porvorim. “Panchayats of Penha de Franca, Socorro, Salvador-do-Mundo and Marra-Pilerne should adopt resolution objecting to the national highway and if the government does not pay heed to the grievances, then people should observe total bandh at least for four hours in a peaceful manner,” said Waghela. NH17 Porvorim Action Committee Chairperson Fatima D’Sa stated that not only residential and commercial structures, but also religious structures will be demolished if the proposed national highway becomes a reality. “The time has come for the people of all religions, caste and creed to come together and oppose the proposed national highway,” said D’Sa. Rajaram Parker, Fr Oscar Quadros and Pratima Narvekar also spoke on the occasion.
3 Calangute locals held for assault HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JUNE 21
Calangute police on Sunday arrested three persons from Calangute on charges of assaulting a resident of Madda Vaddo, Calangute. According to Calangute police, Gonsalo Silveira (28), Bernard Silveira (34) and Domacian Silveira (60), all residents of Tivai Vaddo, were arrested
and later released on bail on charges of assaulting Joao Fernandes (43) of Madda Vaddo on Sunday. Police informed that the incident occurred outside a resort at Naikka Vaddo, Calangute, where the Sao Joao bash was in progress. Police further informed that an altercation took place between the accused and Joao, where the Silveiras hit Joao with
knuckleduster and hit him on head and nose, injuring Joao. According to Calangute police, a gold chain and a bracelet went missing after the attack. Joao was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention. After a complaint was filed by Ivy Fernandes, wife of Joao, all the three accused were arrested by Calangute Police and later released on bail.
party, having office bearers and a list with the Election Commission Meanwhile, Secretary general Anacleto Viegas said political leaders are joining the Congress because the party is like a magnet for the corrupt to make money. “None of us are joining the Congress. The Executive Committee is intact. Babush should show which members are joining the Congress”, he added. Viegas recalled that the political leaders such as Churchill Alemao, Mickky Pacheco and others had tried to finish the UGDP, but the party has survived till date because of people’s support.
‘Monsoon likely to intensify in next 3 days’ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 21
South-west monsoon has slipped into a weak phase and is unlikely to make any major progress for next couple of days, says Met department. “The weakening of the monsoon currents is on with subdued rainfall activity over most parts of the state. We expect monsoon currents to get intensify in next three days,” official stated. “Once the monsoon current develops, the state will receive a good amount of rainfall,” official added. In the absence of rains, the maximum temperature has gone upto 32 degree Celsius against 28 degree Celsius last week. Last week, the state witnessed widespread rainfall with gusty winds and thunderstorms with Met department recording 16 inches of rainfall for the month of June. The monsoon had hit Kerala coast on May 31, while Goa received its first monsoon showers on June 10. The cyclone Phet that originated in the Arabian Sea last week had halted further development of monsoon current across the country. The Met department predicts more then 98 percent of showers for the state.
After mangoes, FDA now raids banana godowns No illegalities found, more raids to continues: FDA chief HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 21
Close on the heels of the raids where harmful chemicals were discovered in the artificial ripening of mangoes, the Food and Drugs Administration on Monday conducted raids at four places to check if bananas were ripened in a similar fashion. Raids were conducted at Margao (at the KTC Bus Stand), Vasco, Ponda, Mapusa and Panjim. However, no chemicals were found at any of these places, according to FDA Directior Salim Veljee, who maintained more surprise raids were in the offing.
The proposed site at Sonsodo appears to be unacceptable to the Muslim community. In fact, the general secretary of the Sirvodem Masjid, Abdulmatin Daud Carol – who had filed a petition before the National Commission for Minorities – has said the Sonsodo site will not be accepted by the Minority community. He said even the minority panel has not taken kindly to the state government’s decision to set up the kabrastan at Son-
powder is used in the process, he stated. VASCO REPORTER ADDS: FDA officials Rajaram Patil and Shivdas Naik on Monday conducted raids at two godowns in the port town. However, the officials did not find any chemicals like Calcium Carbide. All the fruit merchants in Vasco are using natural means, Agarbathi incense sticks and dry cow dung for ripening, since these means are considered as natural means of ripening. “It appears that fruit merchants have become more cautious, af ter raids were conducted to curb ripening of
mangoes using chemicals,” said Salim Veljee. He further said if the fruit merchants have become cautious and turned towards natural means of ripening, then their purpose is served to curb such activities, but FDA will still keep a track on fruits merchants. MARCEL CORRESPONDENT ADDS: The FDA officials raided one godown in Mapusa and two at Upper Bazaar in Ponda to check if bananas were ripened using chemicals. FDA officials Abel Rodrigues and Flavia D’Souza conducted raid at Mapusa, while Nelson Fernandes raided two godowns at Ponda.
Eatable packets seized in Margao raid HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 21
GOACAN conducted a surprise raid at the Kadamba Bus Standat Margao on Monday as part of the ongoing awareness week on consumer rights and got officials of the Department of Legal Metrology and Directorate of Food and Drug Administration to book offences against the owners of the shops for violations of the Acts & Rules in force. The department of legal Metrology also seized 342 packets of eatables from the six shops located at the Bus stand. Volunteers of Civic and Consumer forums participated in the raid at the bus stands following complaint from public that the eatables were being sold in the stalls without authorized labels. GOACAN Coordinator Roland Martins said the raid was being conducted to convey a message to the government to first clean up its one house before asking people and other establishments on unhygienic eatables. Martins and the KTC depot incharge, Luis had a verbal duel after the activists demanded to know why no complain box is being installed at the bus stand. “The goods were being sold
. Officials conducting a raid at the stalls at the KTC bus stand on Monday.
to the people in violation of rules. There was no name of manufacturer, price, address and other details. This has been going for a long time despite complaints”, he said, adding that the forum activists have first focusing on the bus stand because the stalls are patronized by the common man. FDA Inspector Rajiv told
newsmen that similar raids will continue as food and other items are being sold without the mandatory labels. Martins said that GOACAN is concerned that these shops have been granted licences by KTC Ltd and using their vantage position at the Bus stand exploit the consumers by putting these food items for sale. He said the
Restore eco-sensitive area in Galgibag to original form: HC HERALD REPORTR PANJIM, JUNE 21
The Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday issued directions to restore the eco-sensitive area to its original form in Galgibag beach where a by pass road was being built. The authorities have been also directed to file a compliance report by August end. In reference to a news item published in one of the English dailies, Adv Norma Alvares had written a letter seeking intervention of the High Court. The newspaper report had highlighted that area earmarked for construction of by-pass road was adjacent to the turtle breeding area in Galgibag. Treating the matter as suo motto public interest litigation, the High Court had then appointed Adv Alvares as amicus curiae in this petition. Through her letter she had sought to know whether the bypass road project had received approval from the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority under the CRZ notification. Whether an environment impact assessment study was carried out for the road project, particularly with reference to its impact on the turtle breeding g ro u n d s o f G a l g i b a g a n d whether the same has been approved by the ministry of environment. And whether NOC from the forest department has been obtained under the Wildlife Pro-
Sonsodo site for kabrastan opposed by Muslim community HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 21
Veljee said the recent raids to check ripening of mangoes had alerted the banana sellers and they probably hid the chemicals. We know these people are not angels and our raids will continue, he asserted. He informed FDA inspectors Sanjot Kudalkar and Rajaram Patil raided two places in the new Panjim market and one at a godown in Chimbel to see if artificial banana ripening was being done. The inspectors found incense sticks (agarbatti) smoke being used to ripen the bananas and as such nothing could be done because the law says action can be if only calcium
sodo. He said the Minority Commission had observed that the state government is not at all willing to allot suitable land for Muslim Kabrastan as it does not have the will power to do so due to the reasons best known to them. Carol said the state government instead of acquiring land at Sonsodo should imp l e m e n t t h e re s o l u t i o n s adopted by the Goa Legislative Assembly way back in 1999, which was tabled by then ML A and present Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat.
tection Act. During last hearing GCZMA informed the Court during mud filling and construction of road was initiated about year ago but was stopped due to opposition from local villagers. It had also informed the Court that no approval was granted for the construction of the road and the construction was in violation of the provisions of the CRZ notification, 1991 and an offence under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. Thereafter, the PWD was directed by the GCZMA to forthwith stop further construction of the road and to restore it to the original condition by the removing the earth filling. The GCZMA had sought action taken report from the PWD about steps taken for restoration
but no report was submitted to it, claimed GCZMA in its letter. However, when the matter came up for hearing on Monday morning Advocate General Subodh Kantak told the Court that construction activities have been stopped. Considering the development the Court directed that area distorted should be restored to its original position.
Photo by Santosh Mirajkar
Bus stand is visited by thousands of commuters daily besides the bus conductors and drivers who purchase food items from these shops. “Today’s action was planned to send a strong message to the shop keepers, manufacturers and suppliers that the Consumer Forums will not tolerate this abuse of the law”, he added.
One dies in Keri mishap HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, JUNE 21
A 28-year-old native of Kerala, but residing at Keri-Sattari, died, after his scooter skidded off the road near Excise gate at Keri on Monday at about 3 am. According to Valpoi police, Roy Sebastin, who was proceeding from Chorla Ghat towards Keri, died on the spot when his Dio scooter kidded off the road near excise gate. Roy was employed at a plantation at Keri, owned by his relatives.
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s H o Rt tA K e s Cong congratulates CM
PANJIM(HND): The Congress party is happy and congratulates Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and his government for inaugurating the new residential premises ‘Goa Niwas’ at New Delhi, for the benefit of the people of Goa, says a press release issued here. The press release states further that Goa Sadan was too small to cater the needs of Goans who used to visit the National Capital for their work. Now, Goa Niwas will be able to serve better the needs of accommodation in Delhi. It has come to the knowledge of the party members that the tariff that has been fixed by the government is not within the reach of the common man. Altinho Gomes, Secretary, GPCC has written a letter to the chief minister on behalf of the Congress party to immediately reduce the tariff from Rs 1500 to Rs 500 per head, which is the common demand of the Congress workers. Mr Gomes further says that he is confident that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will consider the genuine demand of the workers to help the common man.
SS wants traffic signals installed at Guirim junction HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JUNE 21
The Shiv Sena delegation on Monday morning handed over a memorandum to Additional
(Bardez pramukh) called on Sawant, since the District Collector was on leave, and discussed the matter regarding installation of traffic signals at
Curtorim PHC cleanliness drive PANJIM(HND): PHC Curtorim conducted recently a cleanliness drive at Aquem Baixo Village Panchayat along with Sarpanch of Village Panchayat, Aquem Baixo. Health Officer, Dr Shashi Parkar along with Rajesh and Sanitary Inspector Jose Antao issued notices to hotels who had disposed their kitchen waste in the open. The sub-centre staff Radhika Pagui and Jose Almeida MPHW aided in the cleaning of the drains. Notices were also issued to certain establishments for the lack of hygiene. Pesticides were also sprayed in the area. An awareness lecture was also organised with the distribution of posters educating the public on hygiene and a clean environment. Primary Health Centre, Curtorim is also planning to conduct cleanliness drive on a larger scale to increase their IEC activities, says a press release.
KBM felicitates students
The Shiv Sena delegation handing over the memorandum to Additional Collector, North Goa, N R Sawant. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker
Collector, North Goa, N R Sawant demanding installation of traffic signals at Guirim Junction. The Shiv Sena delegation comprising Upendra Gaunkar (rajya pramukh), Umesh Salgaonkar (deputy rajya pramukh), Sunil Santinezkar (deputy taluka pramukh) and Philip D’Souza
Guirim Junction. During the discussion, the delegation told Additional Collector Sawant that they had submitted a memorandum to the District Collector on May 3, 2010, requesting to install electronic signals at the Guirim (Green Park) junction.
“It is more than a month since the memorandum was submitted, but no action has been taken by the government regarding installation of traffic signals at Guirim Junction nor any reply has been sent to them,” said the delegation. “Since accidents continue to take place at the junction, causing damage to life and property, the government should not delay in installing the signals,” said the delegation. Additional Collector Sawant agreed that Guirim needs to be attended to by the authorities and make it safe, both for pedestrians and motorists. He told the delegation that a report is sought by his office from Superintendent of Police Traffic. He has also instructed his staff to send a reminder to the traffic cell. He advised the delegation to call on him after a week to discuss the developments. “If the matter is not taken up seriously and urgently by the government, then Shiv Sena will be left with no option, but to stage a ‘rasta roko’ at the Guirim Junction, which has become a death trap for the general public,” warned Shiv Sena delegation.
Foundation stone laid for Margao’s first public AC toilet BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 21
MP Shantaram Naik felicitating a student of KBM Vidhya Bhuvan school.
PANJIM(HND): The Konkani Bhasha Mandal (KBM) recently felicitated eight students of KBM’s Vidhya Bhuvan primary school in 2004 who secured a distinction in the March 2010 SSC examination. Speaking on the occasion, Member of Parliament Shantaram Naik complimented KBM for imparting excellent primary education in Konkani. These students could pass the board examination with flying colours only because of their strong foundation at the primary level, Naik added. KBM President Prashant Naik said that students of Vidhya Bhuvan Primary school have excelled not only in the educational field but also in cultural and literary activities. He appealed to the managements of schools from Margao to admit students of Vidhya Bhuvan School into Std V without any objections. President of Rotary Club of Margao Ashesh Keni, KBM Vice President Serafino Cotta, General Secretary Nityanand Naik, PTA President Dr Gunaji Desai and School Manager Pandarinath Parab were also present.
The Margao Municipal Council will play host to the city’s first air conditioned public pay toilet. Two days after throwing up the renovated garden with water fountains to the public, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the Rs 12 lakh air conditioned pay toilet in the Municipal garden. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat laid the foundation stone in the presence of MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho, Vice-Chairperson Raju Naik, GPCC general secretary Vijay Sardessai and others. In his brief address, the Chief Minister said efforts are being made to make the Margao Municipal garden the best in the entire state. “We will make the Margao Municipal garden the best in the state. Beautification work on the Children’s park stands completed”, he said Aware that most of the public toilets are lying in a day state, Kamat said the air conditioned
PANJIM(HND): Worldwide Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) conference was held from June 13 to 17 at Vancouvver British Columbia, Canada. 18 different countries from the world participated in this conference. Around 6000 MDRT members were present at this conference. Prasad Arjun Shirodkar and D S Prabhu, MDRT members from Mapusa branch represented LIC of India in Canada, says a press release.
Minister for Revenue, Jose Philip D’Souza and Domrine Charitable Trust donated note books to the needy students of Vasco constituency at the hands of Jose Niclau D’Souza. Also present are Clement D’Souza, Socorro Estibeiro, Arnald Rego, Paxiao Monteiro and others.
PANJIM(HND): It is for the information of customers of BSNL Goa that telephone bills of their landlines dated 7 June 2010 and BSNL – Mobile dated 5 June 2010 have already been dispatched. Customers are requested to pay the bills on or before the pay by date, to avoid interruption of services. Incase of non receipt of bill, duplicate copies can be obtained from the nearest BSNL Customer Service Centre.
Governor Dr S S Sidhu addressing the meeting of the State Level Anti-Ragging Monitoring Cell, on Monday at Raj Bhavan. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 21
Governor Dr S S Sidhu chaired the meeting of the State Level Anti-Ragging Monitoring Cell, on Monday at Raj Bhavan. While welcoming the participants, the Governor indicated that this is the right time to review the situation when schools, colleges and the university are going to start their academic session. The Governor expressed his satisfaction that as per the reports received by him, there have been no incidents of ragging in the State of Goa for the last one year, for which he
Workshop on Community Radio at Dona Paula HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 21
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat laying the foundation stone for the AC toilet at the Margao Municipal garden. Photo: Santosh Mirajkar.
toile will help visitors to the garden, and hastened to add that public toilets in the city will either renovated or constructed anew to meet the sanitary requirements. “Sulabh is constructing an air conditioned toilet in the garden. Besides, plans are afoot to rectify all public toilets and if necessary to build new toilet blocks by razing down the old ones”, he assured. MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho said there will be many visitors to the Municipal garden now that the beautification work is finally taking shape. “There will be more visitors and the proposed
toilet will help stop people from urinating in the open”, he said. Coutinho said the air conditioned toilet will set a new trend on the sanitation front and did not rule out the possibility of modernizing the existing toilets. Meanwhile, the BJP has demanded to know whether the air-conditioned is meant for the aam admi or the Kaas admi. “When almost all the public toilets are in a mess, the Chief Minister has thought it fit to built an air-conditioned toilet. He should have first put these toilet”, Nayak added.
The International Centre Goa, Comet Media Foundation and the Community Radio Forum in association with the UNESCO and the Freidrich Ebert Stiftung will be organizing a three-day workshop on Community Radio: Tuning into Diversity 2, at the International Centre, Goa- Dona Paula. The workshop will be inaugurated by Hon. Shri Pratapsingh Rane, President, The International Centre Goa and Speaker, Goa Legislative Assembly on June 23 at 9.30 am. The workshop will be attended by expert practitioners of community radio from various parts of India. For detailed programme, visit www.internationalcentregoa.com . For free registration or details contact Arjun Halarnkar- Program Manager on 9765404391 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Need to adopt original tiatr format, says TAG chief HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 21
Prasad Arjun Shirodkar and D S Prabhu, MDRT members from Mapusa branch.
No incidents of ragging in State, says Governor
Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) organized a meeting of tiatr artistes as well as Khell-Tiatr artistes recently at TAG's Conference Hall, Campal, Panjim. The purpose of the meeting was to decide about the correct format of tiatr as well as that of Khell-Tiatr. According to a press release issued by Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG, says that the most of the Konkani tiatrs staged in the recent times are not as per the original format of tiatr. He requested the artistes that the original format must be preserved. The veteran artistes from the field of Tiatr and Khell-Tiatr along with the artistes of present times attended the meeting. After a thorough discussion it was decided that the presentation of tiatrs must have the following aspect so that the uniqueness of Goan Tiatr is preserved, promoted and developed. The details are: 1-Tiatr: A story is divided into 6 or 7 parts. Each part can be called one act but in tiatr language it is called a 'podd'ddo'. Hence a tiatr can have six to seven 'podd'dde'. The story begins in 1st 'podd'ddo', runs without any disconnection through all 'podd'dde' and ends in the 6th or 7th 'podd'ddo' as the case may be. The tiatr begins with an opening song 'Kantar'. It may be a solo, duet, trio etc. Its theme has no relevance to the theme of the play. Therefore, the tiatr script should be written in such a way that the part of the story in every 'podd'ddo' must have a meaningful happening as far as possible. (2)Comedy in the Tiatr: The history of the tiatr is a witness
to the fact that no tiatr has become successful without comedy sequences in it. Hence tiatr since its inception, always had comedy sequence in every 'podd'ddo' and the comedy sequence was directly linked to the theme of the play. In other words the comedy sequences in tiatr were integral part of the theme of the play. (3)"Canto": 'Canto' is a small song mostly one verse and one chorus or two verses and one chorus. 'Canto' is the result of emotions of the happenings in the story of the tiatr which are expressed through singing. In the past there used to be practically one 'canto' in every 'podd'ddo' in the tiatr. Hence, inorder to maintain the characteristics of tiatr, there should be at least four 'cantos' in four of the six or seven 'podd'dde' of the tiatr. (4)Kantaram:(i)Kantaram were also called as 'side show' of the tiatr. The themes of these kantaram had no relevance to the theme of the story of the tiatr. Infact one, two or three kantaram were presented in between two 'podd'dde' on the road scene so that enough time is provided to have new stage setting done behind the curtain. It also provided enough time for the artistes to change their costumes. In brief kantaram are songs which are sung in between every two 'podd'dde' and which have no relevance whatsoever to the story of the tiatr. (ii)Types of kantaram:- Kantaram are of following types:solos, duets, duos, trios, quartets, etc. In the past, if there were twelve kantaram in a tiatr, it always had atleast two duets, one or two duos, a quartet and even a quintet besides solos. This package of variety of songs
is the uniqueness of the Goan tiatr. The exact nature of solos, duets, trios, quartets as depicted in the past is as under:(a) Solo:- Normally it was called a 'clown'. They use to have comedy as well as non comedy solos. A solo is a song sung by one singer. However, singing a solo kantar in front of the curtain by one singer and allowing singing in different voices for one or two lines or for the chorus behind the curtain was also permitted in the past. The same trend needs to be strengthened. (b) Duet: - If a song is sung by a male and a female singer then such a song is called a duet. The lyrics of all duets sung on the tiatr staged in the past were an interaction between two different characters. Hence, this nature of duet needs to be preserved. There should be at least two duets in a Tiatr. (c) Duo:- It is a song sung by two male singers or two female singers. Lyrics of this song too were of interactive nature as in the case of duet. This trend of duos should also be encouraged. There should be at least one duo in a Tiatr. (d) Trio: - It is a song sung by three singers which may include all males or all females or males and females. The lyrics of trios were also interactive in nature as in the case of duets or duos. There should be at least one trio in a Tiatr. (e) Quartet:- Quartet is a song sung by four singers which may include all males, all females or males and females. The lyrics of this song too were displaying interaction between the different characters through singing as in the case of duets, duos and trios. There should be at least one quartet or quintet in a Tiatr.
(f) Choral Kantar:- TAG has also observed the new trend on singing a song in different voices on the tiatr stage. Such songs are very pleasant to hear and enrich the quality of Konkani songs. Such songs should also be encouraged. Hence, there should be at least one choral song which may be a choral duet, choral duo, choral trio, choral quartet etc. The songs listed at 'b', 'c', 'd', and 'e' which were presented on the tiatr stage in the past had the following characteristics: (a) Each singer was a different character in the theme of the song. (b) The lyrics were composed in such a way that there was complete interaction between the various singers on the stage. (c) Due to this, every song appeared to be musical presentation on a particular theme. (d) These songs were comedy songs as well as non comedy songs. (e) These songs were based on various issues such as social, political, religious, and historical; etc. TAG will preserve this uniqueness in Tiatr. A tiatr must have a minimum of 10 songs and maximum of 14 songs. These songs must include at least two duets, one duo, one trio, one quartet and one choral song be it choral duet, duo, trio or quartet besides solo songs. TAG is of the opinion that the present tiatrists should venture in bringing innovations on the tiatr stage but should take care that the format of tiatr should not be disturbed or altered. TAG is of the view that in this technological developed atmosphere, all compartments of tiatr must be technologically taken to greater heights without adversely affecting the unique format of Tiatr, adds the press release.
complimented the various authorities dealing with the matt e r. H o w e v e r, D r S i d h u cautioned that we cannot be complacent on this important issue and emphasized that vigilance is required all the time to prevent the menace of ragging in the educational institutions. The Governor also drew the attention of the participants towards the latest UGC notice indicating that ragging being a criminal offence and regulations having been framed for prohibiting, preventing and eliminating ragging, which needs to be
brought to the notice of all concerned. The Secretary (Higher Education), Dr M Modassir, briefed the participants about the various issues connected with the amendments of Goa Prohibition of Ragging Act, 2008 and setting up of a helpline to facilitate implementation of the Act. The Commissioner and Secretary to Governor, Narendra Kumar, DGP B S Bassi, Vice Chancellor Prof Dileep Deobagkar, besides Heads of Department of Higher Education, Education, Technical Education and others participated in the meeting.
upcoming events Sao Joao at Alor Resort
PANJIM(HND): This is the second year that Sao Joao is being celebrated at Alor Grande Holiday Resort, Candolim on June 27 from 10 am to 7 pm. The function has been planned on a grand scale with lots of festivity around the poolside, with Competitions like Best Copel, Best Sao Joao outfit and Bingo to keep the crowd entertained. Goa’s band ‘Brothers in Arms’ with Country Jude (one man band), DJ Ryan and DJ Jay to provide foot tapping music along with RJ Godfrey to keep the gathering in a festive mood, says a press release.
Art of Living course
PANJIM(HND): Art of Living course designed by H H Sri Sri Ravi Shanker, has been organized at Sri Sri Management Studies, Borda, Margao and Dada Borkar Hall, Sanquelim from June 22 to 27 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. The course has a powerful breathing technique ‘Sudarshan Kriya’ which will be taught and is very effective for stress and stress induced ailments such as depression, diabetics, hyper tension, etc. Interested persons contact Dr Venkatesh Hegde on 9422063255.
IITs, IIMs, and now IIPH...! HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 21
Bright Indian students aspiring to be engineers and managers make every effort to qualify for admission to an IIT or an IIM. These are the best institutes of technology and management established and funded by the Government of India. They are recognized as world class institutions. There are also some institutions like BITS-Pilani and the Xavier Institutes in Jamshedpur and Bhubaneswar established through private initiative that have achieved a comparable status. These are well-known to students and employers alike. According to a press release, the Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPH) as new comers are hardly known. The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is an innovative, first-of-its-kind, public/private initiative that aspires to substantially strengthen the public health system in India by setting up a number of Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPH). This is a recognition that public health has grown as an academic and practical discipline. It is also a response to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for training and research in the area of public health. In inaugurating PHFI on March 28, 2006, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh said: “I am confident that the institutions established by the foundation will build bridges with other institutions in many countries to collaborate and share knowledge and collectively
shape the future of global public health.” Three IIPHs are currently running in Delhi, Gandhinagar and Hyderabad. The fourth IIPH is being set up in Bhubaneswar, and the fifth is likely to be placed in Shillong. The Governing Board of PHFI includes senior government officials, eminent Indian and International academic and scientific leaders, civil society representatives and industry leaders. Board members include: Rajat Gupta, Chairman, PHFI, (McKinsey Consultants) Montek Singh Ahluwalia (Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India), Amartya Sen (Nobel Laureate)and other prominent industrialists and citizens. The President of the Foundation is Prof K Srinath Reddy, the Chief Medical Advisor to the Prime Minister. The Marian Institute of Healthcare Management (MIHM) is set up to train managers for public and private organizations serving healthcare, including the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries, and health service providers. The MIHM has sought and has been granted recognition by PHFI. With PHFI help MIHM will soon grow into an institute of national importance. The core MBA courses offered by MIHM are designed in collaboration with XLRI. Linkages are being established with other top management institutes. For more information contact the Marian Institute of Healthcare Management. Phone 0832 – 2230021 / 6515048, says a press release.
IGNOU admission date extended
PANJIM(HND): The due date to seek admissions for July 2010 academic session in IGNOU has been extended with a late fee of Rs 200 upto July 30, 2010, only Bachelors and Masters degree programmes. Admissions are open for two new programmes: BA and MA in Psychology. The prospectus-cum-application form can be obtained from IGNOU study centres at Damodar College, Margao; Dhempe College, Miramar, JSS College, Dharwad; RPD College, Belgaum; BGVS Arts College, Sadashivghat, BK Arts College, Chikodi. For details, contact the IGNOU Regional Centre, Alto Porvorim on 2141553. Admission to B.Ed and MBA programmes for January 2011 is done through an entrance test. The prospectus for these programmes is also available at the above centres.
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Metro enters Gurgaon, cable theft only glitch on day 1 PTI NEW DELHI/GURGAON, JUNE 21
Gurgaon got a little nearer to Delhi today as the Metro train service reached the millenium city but the inaugural day was marred by theft of signalling cable between two stations, leading to delay in train services for some time. Without much fanfare and sans a formal function, the 14.47-km link connecting Qutub Minar with HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon was thrown open to the public at 8 AM as services commenced simultaneously at both stations with jubilant commuters hopping on to the first train for a ride. Passengers can hope to cover the entire 14.47 km in around 27 minutes at a rate of Rs 18 and the minimum ticket rate is priced at Rs 8. However, the trains started running slow due to the theft of signalling cable between Sultanpur and Qutub Minar stations by unidentified persons, following which they were run on manual mode. Though DMRC said the theft delayed the train services only by five to ten minutes, passengers complained the services got delayed by 30 to 35 minutes in the evening due to bunching of trains. This is the second such incident in DMRC's history as a 108-metre-long section of the signalling cable was stolen between Indraprastha and Yamuna Banks stations in September last year.
A metro train heads towards the IFFCO Chowk station of the Delhi Metro Rail in Gurgaon,on Monday. The metro is the pride of the city of 14 million, where commuters were long forced to rely on rickshaws, motorcycles or smoke-belching buses.
Two trains were flagged off from Qutub Minar and HUDA City Centre stations by the station controllers at 8 AM after which the services began. DMRC Directors held a special puja and a 'havan' at the Qutub Minar metro station before the services began. A brand-new broad gauge train entered the HUDA City Centre station at around 8.50 AM.
With this, Gurgaon became the second satellite city to get Metro connectivity after Noida where it reached last November. Till 8 pm today, the ten stations on DelhiGurgaon route grossed over Rs 2.45 lakh from sale of tokens and smart cards and registered a footfall of over 30,000. Qutub Minar and HUDA City Centre Metro stations were the busiest.
Arjun denies speaking to media on Bhopal gas tragedy UNI NEW DELHI, JUNE 21
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Arjun Singh today denied having said that he had
nothing to do with the release of Bhopal gas tragedy prime accused and Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson after the gas leak tragedy in 1984. In a statement issued by his office, Singh also denied having spoken to the media and made the statement that ''he had no locus standi'' in the release of Anderson. A media report on Saturday
Chouhan surprised over Singh's statement PTI BHOPAL, JUNE 21
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan has expressed surprise over his predecessor Arjun Singh's statement that he had nothing to do with the release of Warren Anderson after Bhopal Gas Disaster in 1984. "It is unbelievable that Arjun Singh had no connection with the administrative action of releasing Anderson and sending him to Delhi by a state government plane," Chouhan, who is now abroad, said in a statement late last night. The Chief Minister said that such irresponsible statement was not expected from a senior and experienced politician like Singh. He said that the victims of Bhopal Gas Tragedy would not get any justice until the truth about release of Anderson was made public. The Chief Minister expressed hope that Singh would reveal the truth to the public without any further delay and said, "This was not any political issue but an important question related to human sensitiveness". had quoted Mr Singh as having said that he had no role in Anderson leaving the country after the tragedy which left more than 15,000 dead and thousands others affected by the poisonous gas. The report had quoted Singh as saying that he had nothing to with the matter. The statement released by the former Minister today de-
scribed the media reports as incorrect. Anderson was arrested in Bhopal on December 7 but bailed out within hours and flown to Delhi in a state government plane. Circumstances surrounding the UCC chief's release and subsequent flight from India remain a mystery
Bhujbal wishes best for 'Thackeray Jodo' campaign PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 21
Reacting to the 'Thackeray Jodo' campaign initiated by Shiv Sainiks, to unite estranged cousins Raj and Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister and former Sena leader Chhagan Bhujbal today wished it all the best. "It is good if Uddhav and Raj come together. No one would think that cousins should be parted or the party to be divided," Bhujbal told reporters here. Sena leaders have started the campaign to bring together Sena executive chief Uddhav Thackeray and MNS chief Raj. "I was in touch with both the cousins when they parted ways and my best wishes are with the campaign," the Deputy Chief Minister said. The campaign was initiated after Marathi votes were divided between Sena and MNS during last Assembly polls, spokesperson of the campaign, Satish Walanju said. With this campaign, which is purely on the basis of public support and has no involvement of any political leader, the aim was to bring the two cousins together, Walanju said.
Managing municipal school kids big task: MCGM tells HC PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 21
Managing students in municipal schools is a big task as the children come from slum areas, do not have a good family background and have bad habits, the Municipal Council of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has said in an affidavit before the Bombay High Court. The MCGM affidavit was filed before the High Court in reply to a petition filed by the mother of a seven-year-old child seeking for issuance of guidelines to municipal schools with regard to providing children with a safe and secured environment. Sherbano Khan approached the HC after her son, Sohail Mohammad, studying in second standard in a BMC school in suburban Sion, lost vision in his left eye after one of his classmates accidentally jabbed a pencil into his eye on January 15. According to the petition, the school authorities and the teacher did not take immediate steps to provide medical treatment to Sohail. The HC had on June 8 directed the MCGM to file its reply to the allegations. "Children coming to municipal
n Children coming to municipal schools are from slum areas and at times are not from a good family and thus have bad habits. These kids have a high impact of movies on them and fight for petty issues. The lady teachers find it very difficult to manage such fights. schools are from slum areas and at times are not from a good family and thus have bad habits. These kids have a high impact of movies on them and fight for petty issues. The lady teachers find it very difficult to manage such fights," the reply filed by Ram Chhotelal Pasi, Beat Officer Schools of Sion Ward, BMC states. It further claims, it is very difficult to prevent occurrence of
BJP responsible for present mess: JD(U) PTI PATNA, JUNE 21
The ruling JD(U) in Bihar today held ally BJP responsible for friction between the two over flood relief advertisements, but said it wanted to continue ties with the saffron party "in true spirit". "We hold BJP responsible for the present mess arising out of the developments over (Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra) Modi... But, we want to continue the relationship between the two parties," JD(U) national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari told PTI. "The alliance should continue. It is the need of the hour to keep the people away from 'jungle raj' which was unleashed by RJD-LJP combine and Congress earlier," he said, adding the ties should continue in true spirit. Tiwari said had the BJP prevented the advertisements from being published at the time of its National Executive here on June 12 and 13 that showed Modi holding hands with Kumar and the other advertisement about the relief for Kosi flood victims from Gu-
jarat, the situation would have been averted. "What we (alliance) did with full commitment for the uplift of minorities has come a cropper because of the advertisements for which the BJP alone is responsible," Tiwari said. "People know that Bihar has a different political background. Everybody knows that the leader of the alliance is Nitish Kumar ... so what is the problem with the BJP in accepting the truth when elections are around the corner?" he asked. He said if the chief minister objected to his Gujarat counterpart electioneering in Bihar, the BJP should concede it instead of stating that it would be decided at an appropriate time. Tiwari asked the BJP to ponder over whether it would really gain from campaigning by Modi. "Are people of the state prepared to accept Modi as a leader? Will he be able to convince the electorate?" He suggested that both sides be open to a threadbare discussion on these issues.
Gujarat aims to become gateway of tourism development PTI AHMEDABAD, JUNE 21
People witnessing the Air India Express crash site on Monday where the flight from Dubai had crashed on May 22, at Kenjar near Bajpe airport in Mangalore killing 158 people.
Noted academicians lobbying for VTU’s vice chancellor post HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, JUNE 22
With the term of vice chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum, Prof H P Khincha set to end on June 30, the fourth VC for the university is likely to be named within the next one week. Although several noted academicians in the state are lobbying for the post, principal of National Institute of Engineering Mysore Prof M S Shivakumar is expected to emerge as the consensus candidate due to his vast experience as an educationist and administrator. The VTU has already nominated former VC of Goa University B S Sonde and NAL director A R Upadhya as its VC search committee members from the university
executive council and academic senate. Once the governor and government appoint their search committee members, the four will recommend finally probables for the coveted post shortly. Highly placed sources in the government said Prof M S Shivakumar, who served as registrar of VTU besides being academician of repute in NIE, is a strong contender for the post. “Shivakumar has rendered an outstanding job as registrar of VTU and brought many changes during his tenure to improve the functioning of VTU. For many years, he also has been associated with the field of engineering serving as principal of NIE and member for various noted organisations. His name was dropped at the last moment by the four-
member panel of search committee members three years ago when Prof Khincha was named as VC. The panel is certain to pick him this time,” sources within the VTU circle informed. It was also understood that the outgoing VC Dr H P Khincha is trying for an extension for the post which is unlikely to be extended for another year, though he is eligible to get another year’s extension as VC. “At least three other persons are in contention for the post including VC of Tumkur University Dr S C Sharma. As the latter already is the VC of Tumkur University, he may not be considered,” said sources. “The government is keen on having somebody with a rich experience in
the field of engineering. Principal of BVB Engineering College Hubli Ashok Shettar and Principal of UVCE Bangalore Dr K R Venugopal are the two able candidates for the post,” sources observed. A case filed by former VC of VTU Dr K Balaveera Reddy against Prof Khincha over violation of Copyright Act by the latter and the recent allegations leveled by former VC Selvidas against Khincha of making atrocity on her may also come in the way of Khincha’s claim to get extension as VC. Sources said the government may consider Ashok Shettar at the last moment if the lobby of leaders from north Karnataka to appoint an academician from this region clicks.
Gujarat Government is positioning the state as the gateway for tourism development in India and making the sector the engine of growth by 2025. "By 2025 tourism sector would overshadow industries, agriculture and services sector in terms of growth. It is time to focus on tourism which has the potential to move Gujarat's economy," Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said here today. He was giving details about the 'Gujarat Tourism Conclave 2010' to be held on June 24. According to Vyas, Gujarat has requisite infrastructure in terms of airports, road network, transport services, hotels and hospitals which are necessary for tourism development. "Gujarat would soon become the gateway for tourism development in India. Tourism would become a major source of economic activities in the near future." Vyas said travelling to any destination in North or South India would become cheaper and safer if the tourist lands in Gujarat and plans tour from here. "Having achieved top slots in industrial development and infrastructure, it is time to concentrate on tourism, with special focus on health and wellness theme," the Health Minister said. "Gujarat offers a diverse choice for tourists, ranging from Asiatic lions, migratory birds to big rivers and dams," Vyas noted. "Medical tourism would be top on the agenda of the Gujarat Conclave," Vyas said.
such incidents in the future unless there is awareness on the part of the children and their parents regarding good behaviour. "With regard to the case of Sohail, the teacher of the class had checked his eyes and since there was no redness or bleeding, she asked him to wash his eyes and then sent him home along with a peon of the school to inform the parents about the incident," the reply reads. A division bench of the HC comprising of Justices Ranjana Desai and Nishita Mhatre had on the last hearing come down heavily on the civic body as to why first aid was not administered by the school to Sohail. The matter will come up for
hearing before the HC tomorrow.
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'Honour' killings: SC seeks reply from Centre, 8 States Scare on IndiGoa PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 21
Taking note of the recent spurt in 'honour' killings, the Supreme Court today sought response from the Union Government and eight States on steps taken to prevent such incidents. A Bench of Justices R M Lodha and A K Patnaik issued notice to the Centre and the States of Haryana, Punjab, UP, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar, Himachal
Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh on the PIL filed by Shakti Vahini, an NGO. The NGO voiced grave concern over the increasing number such killings allegedly carried out at the instance of khap panchayats (caste councils). The PIL alleged that the Union/States have neither taken any preventive steps which are required to be done to combat such crimes which involves mass
fury nor drafted a policy/mechanism to protect such couples and individuals. "The States have remained mute spectators of such crimes and have remained completely silent on even strengthening the law enforcement to combat such crimes. The States have not drafted any monitoring mechanism for keeping a watch on such crimes. "In many cases they have
failed to prosecute the people who are involved in disturbing public tranquility. This has resulted in severe violation of fundamental rights under Article 14 (equality before law) and Article 19 (freedom of expression and speech) of the Constitution of India, the PIL said. According to the NGO, the khap panchayats were resorting to crimes like torture, mutilation, rape, forced marriage, im-
prisonment within the home and even murder. "These crimes are intended to protect the family honour by preventing and punishing women for allegedly violating community norms of behaviour, particularly sexual behaviour. "Women have been abducted, arrested or raped and are often blamed for shaming their families. Reasons for honour killings can be as trivial as talking to a man,
or as innocent as suffering rape. These crimes are often collective and premeditated," the NGO states citing a number of honour killings reported in the media. The NGO urged the apex court to direct the respective Governments to constitute a special cell in each district where young couples can approach for safety measures. This can prevent honour killings to a certain extent, it said.
flight, tyre bursts PTI SRINAGAR, JUNE 21
Over 160 people onboard an IndiGo flight from Delhi had a narrow escape today when one of the tyres of the aircraft burst while landing at the airport here. "The tyre of the flight coming from Delhi burst during landing at around 1:10 AM," Airport Director Mohammad Israr said. All 158 passengers and six crew members are safe, the airline said. Israr said the tyre had been replaced and the IndiGo flight 6E-551 was ready for take off. The Airbus A-320 was operating on the Bangalore- DelhiSrinagar- Jammu sector and the incident happened soon after it landed at Srinagar airport, airport sources said here. Airline spokesperson said that a tyre was found damaged during routine inspection by aircraft engineers and had to be changed. "The IndiGo team had carried out necessary inspection, and changed the tyre to ensure we meet all safety standards. Owing to this development, there has been a delay in the flight take-off from Srinagar,"
the spokesperson said. The incidents adds to a string of close calls for various flights. On June 16, an Air India plane from Mumbai to Delhi with 140 passengers and six crew members had a close shave when it suffered a bird hit while landing at the city airport here, a day after two tyres of the same aircraft were found deflated on landing at Delhi. Earlier this month, an Air India Express Dubai-Pune flight with 112 passengers on board, dropped several thousand feet over Muscat air space after hitting an air pocket, giving anxious moments to those on board. About a week later, a mid-air collision was averted by pilots as a Jet Airways and an Air India plane came 'dangerously close' on the same flight path over Tamil Nadu. Air India flight IC 671 and Jet Airways flight 9W 4758, carrying nearly 250 passengers and crew, came close to colliding with each other at a height of 17,000 feet near Trichchirapalli air space, triggering an Air Traffic Collision Avoidance siren in both the planes.
Pak troops fire near Jammu border AGENCIES SRINAGAR, JUNE 21
Violating the ceasefire yet again, Pakistani troops fired at a forward border outpost along the international border in the wee hours of Sunday drawing retaliation from Border Security Force troops. An IED explosion also took place along the border line. "There was a cross-border firing from Pakistan's Suragpur post on Abdullia border outpost along the international border in R S Pura sub-sector, around 30-km from Jammu", the official told PTI. BSF jawans guarding the Border Outpost and patrolling party took positions and retaliated, resulting in exchange of small arms fire, he said, adding it continued for nearly
one-and-half hour intermittently and was continuing intermittently since then. "There was also an explosion triggered by IED near the border line. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the explosion and firing on this side of the border," he said. It was not immediately known whether the explosion was carried out by any intruding militant or anybody else, he said. Massive search operation has been launched in the area, the official said, adding further details would be known latter. Pakistani troops had violated the seven-year-old ceasefire on the LoC on Sunday, firing at Indian positions at Machhil sector in Jammu and Kashmir killing two porters and injuring two jawans.
Name in merit list confers no right over post: CAT PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 21
The Central Administrative Tribunal has held that mere appearance of a person's name in the merit list does not confer the candidate any right over a post. "Mere inclusion of name in the result notice does not confer any right upon the candidate over the post. While every care has been taken in preparing the result, DSSSB reserves the right to rectify errors and omission if any," the Tribunal comprising members Shailendra Pandey and Meera Chhibber said. It passed the order on a petition by Subodh Gahlot seeking claim on the post of Assistant Superintendent in the office of the Director General of Prisons. Gahlot had contended that he and another candidate got
equal marks in the examination but he was not selected by the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) for the post despite that fact that he was senior in age. The DSSSB had rectified the merit list, after it claimed that it had "inadvertently" not taken into account the age of candidates, but did not select the petitioner for the post, saying Gahlot was found junior to another candidate, following which he approached the Tribunal. The Tribunal said that the senior-most person from among the candidates who had secured equal marks had correctly been nominated for the post. "In view of above, no relief can be given to the applicant in the given circumstances," it said.
Body scanners for Tihar prisoners! PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 21
Tihar prison is likely to install body scanners to screen inmates to check smuggling of narcotics and restricted items like alcohol inside its premises. "We are considering installing body scanners inside the prisons so that the inmates can be screened to prevent them from carrying restricted items like drugs and alcohol inside the jail premises," B K Gupta, Director General of Tihar Prison said. Officials said that most of the prisoners lodged inside the jail have a history of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Despite strict checking, "we have caught prisoners carrying these restricted items inside," Gupta said. "Prisoners hide these restricted items, which they get from people who come to meet them, inside their body cavities like rectum or earhole which cannot be detected during normal checking," said S u n i l Gupta, law officer of Tihar jail.
Even after security officials at the gates have checked every person properly, these items make their way inside, he said. The issue came to light after a prisoner's post-morterm report revealed presence of alcohol in blood last year. "It was surprising as to how alcohol reached inside the jail premises. An inquiry was set up to find out as to how the prisoner had access to alcohol," Gupta said. Following the inquiry, G S Meena, Deputy Commissioner, West, wrote to the Lieutenant Governor to allow installation of body scanners inside the jail. The jail authorities have used body scanners on trial basis. "Body scanners are very expensive. We have used them on trial basis in two prisons," B K Gupta said, adding that no prisoner was caught as they were aware that the body scanner will catch them if they carry any restricted item. "We are conducting more such trials before we finally decide to install them," he said.
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Declining Values in Goan Society
Vol No CX No: 159 Goa, Tuesday 22 June, 2010
This time with sincerity?
head of every Legislative Assembly session, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) threatens that it will take the government to task and expose all its scandals. Then, when the session actually begins and the public is expecting to see lots of fireworks and controversy, they get a taste of it just for the first day or two, after which events settle down into the usual dull routine. On Sunday, BJP Goa President Laxmikant Parsekar told reporters that his party would expose the ‘family members’ of ministers in the Digamber Kamat-led government who are acting as ‘dalals’ and ‘collection agents’. “Wait and see; we will expose everyone playing the role of dalal and collection agent during the upcoming assembly session,” he promised. The Mandrem MLA alleged that every infrastructure project in the state is tendered for a price. He said corruption is rampant at all levels of governance, including work orders given by the Public Works Department (PWD), recruitment for government jobs, excise scams, illegal mining and the police-politician-drug nexus. He said cabinet ministers are increasingly getting into criminal activities, and that there was a “total failure” of the law and order machinery, reflected in a sharp increase in cases of murder, rape, drug peddling, etc. In a slightly different vein, he said that Congress-led governments had increased the state’s dept liability by almost 100 per cent over the last five years to over Rs7,000 crore, leading Goa into a debt trap. This means that each and every Goan has a debt of Rs45,000 on his or her head, and the administration’s reckless expenditure on the creation of redundant assets is responsible for this. Most of these, he said, are not assets but liabilities, with a high capital cost and even higher recurring expenses. The examples he cited were the proposed Kala Bhavan at Zuarinagar, the proposed Vasco-Dona Paula Sea Link, and the under-utilised bus stands at Honda, Shiroda and Cuncolim. He also claimed that during the past three years, the bureaucracy had expanded by 20 per cent, giving Goa the dubious distinction of having the highest government-servant-topopulation ratio in the country with zero improvement in administrative services, because massive nepotism and corruption was involved in the recruitment process. We are glad the BJP is aggressively taking on the government and exposing its bad deeds. After all it is the main opposition party in the state and that is what the role of the opposition is supposed to be in a democracy. We are also glad that the BJP executive committee has ruled out any attempts to topple the Congress-led coalition government before the next assembly election scheduled in 2012. Declaring that the BJP was “not interested in coming to power with the help of these sorts of people”, Mr Parsekar said the BJP would go to the people’s court in 2012 and let them vote the party to power. The problem is, the BJP makes dramatic promises to expose the government before every Assembly Session, only to disappoint during it. We hope that the coming session will be different, and that all the government’s misdeeds will be laid down on the floor of the House. That is why we have listed each one of Mr Parsekar’s announcements above; we intend to hold him and his party to its promise.
enior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has criticised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s action of returning Rs5 crore in aid given by the Gujarat government for Kosi flood relief as a “childish act”. Mr Sinha should also enlighten the public about how Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s action of deliberately placing full-page advertisements in the Patna newspapers to embarrass Mr Kumar was any less childish.
Root and moot causes Tabrez Mahamad, Davorlim With due respect for Arwin Mesquita’s letter (‘Behind the Kabrastan’, Herald, 18 June), I would like to point out that what he terms as an ‘unnecessary controversy’, incidentally, is the fundamental right of every citizen of India and not just Goa. It has been a subject of concern for Goan Muslims since well over 30 years, long before the so-called influx of migrants from adjacent states became noticeably distressing to Goans. These migrants are from all religions, and the majority of them are obviously not Muslims. Still, it seems the Muslim migrants catch the eye of the Goan watchdogs, as they assertively dress differently. Again, it is the right of every Indian to do so. While we Goans boast of our cultural diversity to foreigners, it is of course a liability on our part to have true religious and cultural tolerance. Mesquita suggests that the non-Muslim Goan population runs the risk of alienating Goan Muslims. I can hardly
100 Years Ago
22 June, 1910 Postal Theft • At Bicholim a postal worker was sacked due to theft of postal bonds.
Land Claims • Following the Inquiry undertaken
over vast agricultural region of Embarcem which the “Sanvordenkars” are claiming as being their own, it was found that there are the Tillers and actual owners, besides the Treasury, who are paying regularly the Fiscal duties, and as such the claims are nullified, awaiting prosecution.
Burglaries Unreported • The burglaries taking place at the
trade places, taverns, or private houses are seldom reported about, as the miscreants are rarely caught and punished
Pro-life should not mean only opposing abortions, but increasing the dignity of the oppressed, says Dr JOE D’SOUZA
rading of charges and countercharges over the death of young Nadia Torrado shows how morality and respectability in Goa are at their lowest ebb. We seem to specialise in dubious firsts. We had the first toppled woman chief minister, the first countermanding of elections, the first defection after the anti-defection law was enacted, the first temporary chief minister for two weeks, the first state to legislate against a Supreme Court judgment, so as to save a fivestar hotel faced with the SC’s demolition orders, the first state with 120 inches of rainfall to pass a Legislative Assembly resolution calling itself a ‘water deficient state’. And, starting with the death of Scarlet Keeling to the suicide of Nadia Torrado, it seems rape and suicide – with ‘accidental death’ written dubiously all over it – is the flavour of the times. It is amusing to observe that the Goa Police have somehow been made to look guilty of both underperformance and over-enthusiasm. In the case of Scarlet, they were faulted for concealing facts. In Nadia’s case, the police are accused of transforming an accident into a murder by her family members. Why do we interfere in the work of the police? Normally, the family members of the deceased leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of it all. They want all help and assistance from the police and the government. In the circumstances leading to Nadia’s death, this is especially so. So the argument of the family members that her body should not be sent for a second post mortem seemed suspicious. In fact, that the police sent the body for a second autopsy should be commended. In the Aarushi murder case in Noida, even the father was jailed initially as a prime suspect. Therefore, accusing the police of harassment or writing to human rights organisations accusing the state administration of harassment was totally ill-founded and dubious. Haste makes waste. In its hasty decision of going public over what it said was an accidental death, the family unnecessarily dragged itself into the charge of abetment to suicide. When a young woman married for less than seven years dies under suspicious and mysterious circumstances, it is duty of the police to make thorough and transparent investigation of the case. The
NADIA TORRADO CASE family should know that the police would have to answer responsibly to the courts, as well as insurance companies or lending and funding institutions with which Nadia may have had dealings. Public money is involved. Insurance payments are not made until the cause of death is accurately determined. There are no payments in the case of suicide, while there are for murder and accidents. No one can deny the fact that Nadia was a close friend of a politician in power (now out of office and in hiding), and political blackmail cannot be ruled out. Public fury often comes as a package deal with public glory. Politicians and sportsmen must accept this reality. It is sadly true and that the aam admi often dies like a rat in Goa, as (s)he does not have political patronage or economic power. Not only does the aam admi die by consuming Ratol, but even feni. In Nadia’s case, the Margao to Mumbai to Chennai to Loutolim journey for relief, medical treatment and investigation by all those connected to the Ratol episode in the ongoing investigation may have involved up to Rs1 crore in private and public money, unlike the thousands who die on Goan roads with little or no strain on the public exchequer.
A Tale of Two Meetings
The Accidental Activist
his is the story of two meetings. One took place in North Goa and the other in South Goa. One saw 300 people turn up, the other featured reportedly a thousand people. And they together represent what is both, wrong and right with Goa. The first meeting consisted of a bunch of amateurs. All ordinary everyday folk who responded to the GBA call to make a ‘chain in the rain’. They were protesting the delay in the finalization of the Regional Plan. They were there because each one was personally affected and concerned about the rape of their land while they waited eternally for a proper planning document to be put into place. No one had paid them to be there. They belonged to no party. Nobody had organized buses to transport them to Panjim. They had put work, house and family on hold to come and protest. And they protested peacefully. The other meeting featured supposedly a thousand angry people who threatened to cut off the hands of the police, if they touch their beloved minister. This is both disturbing and shocking. They were there in support of their local MLA who is absconding and wanted in a case of abetting suicide – maybe even having a direct hand in it. They raved and ranted against the police – who were doing their job. They wanted their man free no matter what.
think that he does not do the same. What we need is a proper burial ground for our Muslim brethren, not some kind of hypothetical situation we may have faced if we had acted differently.
Sebastian Mascarenhas, Siolim The qualifying stages for the 16 contestants of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa witnessed a magnificent game between fivetime world champions Brazil and Cote D’Ivoire. What enthralled television audiences in Goa and India – sans Kaka’s controversial send-off – was a superb display of football by the Brazilians. The way the South Americans demolished their opponents with the first and third goals was truly a display of samba soccer at its pinnacle. Brazil’s short passing, which moved in tandem towards the Ivorian goal, was a treat I will never forget. It is resplendent of one of the world’s greatest footballing nations. Even Sven Goran Ericsson shook his head in disbelief. The Brazilians with their accuracy and flair surely deserve a sixth crown if they repeat their immaculate display during the knock out stages.
Goa Niwas for whom? Xavier Louis, Margao With fanfare, Goa Niwas was inaugurated in New Delhi, built with hard-earned tax payer’s money for the benefit of the 40 thieves. How is the aam admi benefited? Can (s)he avail accommodation at Goa Niwas when the rates are so exorbitant?
Medical scams Stephen Dias, Dona Paula The startling revelation by the media about the role of politicians and practitioners in the purchase and distribution of ‘free’ insulin by the Goa Medical College and the Health Department must be investigated. It benefits only Novo Nordisk, an insulin manufacturing company from whom several crores of rupees of insulin was purchased using public money and injected into gullible victims wrongly pronounced as diabetics by manipulating ‘free’ diabetes testing.
Being a police case involving public money and societal causes, what is normally considered by the family as a private affair comes into the public domain. It is definitely not a natural or purely accidental death. To get to the root cause of the death, the police have to delve into the tricky emotional angles of the deceased. Were Nadia’s activities above board? Was she insecure owing to lack of support from family and exploitation by friends? Was the deceased deceived, jilted, jostled and conned, and put under pressure to use a poison as toothpaste? Was the deceased under control of a ‘powerful personality’, as a result of which she was compelled to take her own life out of helplessness? Last, but not least, was the poison administered forcibly? Nadia’s statement, recorded in a hospital in Thane, near Mumbai, was under physical agony and mental torture, with those under suspicion of causing her death in close proximity. What makes the family doctor so cocksure to come out in the open and make a statement that Nadia was not pregnant? Did the doctor know all about Nadia’s itinerary and schedule while her estranged husband was abroad? In any case, what is wrong if the Goa police take up the investigation with diligence to ensure that any such
suspicion is thoroughly investigated by DNA finger printing, to rule out any recent pregnancy or even medical termination of pregnancy (MTP)? There could be implications not reported by the autopsy report made at Chennai. Pregnancy, abortion, blackmail, harassment, divorce, estrangement, family squabbles, property disputes, settlement of compensation, extra marital involvements, insecurity, exploitation, etc, can all have grave repercussions on the mind of an individual. People in these situations often find themselves like a ‘kati patang’ (loose or cut kite), drifting helplessly on the winds of fate. For the police, getting to the root cause of the motive behind Nadia’s death was dauntingly complex – so near yet so far – since the family members were uncooperative. Without ruling out the possibility of it being an accident, the Goa Police had to find out conclusively whether it was a murder or a suicide – whether voluntary or abetted – by bringing out the motive. This draws into the ambit of suspicion all those near and close to Nadia; as suspects or as accused in committing the crime, even by abetment. Incidences of divorces, separations, intolerances, exploitation and deceit are at an all-time high in Goa. From the Mahanand episode to Nadia’s demise, a string of murders – of local woman as well as foreigners – coupled with many suicides, estrangements and separations inflicts our society. It is time for society at large, as well as religious institutions, to wake up to the reality of declining morality, exploitation and deceit mushrooming in our society. Instead of concentrating on building concrete religious structures, legal or illegal, we must lay stress on human life and values. Pro-life should not only mean opposing abortions, but also increasing the dignity of the oppressed and exploited. In particular, we must stand up against exploitation of woman for monetary gain or temporary sexual exploits. William Barreto, Nadia’s husband, was unable to save his marriage and lost his wife too. It takes two hands to clap. The problems of husband and wife must be analysed in their entirety and understood in totality. Religious and social institutions must endeavour to save marriages and the lives of people by stemming the degradation of values in our society.
Justice and law obviously had no meaning to them. While the first meeting was of people who were asking government and administration to do their job, the second was demanding that they not do it. And therein lies all that is right and wrong with Goa. A worthy meeting saw a turnout of 300. A meeting organized to threaten and obstruct justice saw a turnout of more than double that. The GBA meeting did not have the support of a single MLA. Not one elected representative has offered to help or take their demands further. Everyone is sitting on the fence. The meeting to support Mickky Pachecho had the support of the NCP and many supporters who all spoke in support. One wonders what it cost the minister to get so much support. And whether these outraged citizens would have leapt so heroically to his defence had it been their daughters who had died a horrible lingering death. And, as evidence has unravelled that points more clearly to the minister’s clear involvement – are any of these worthy citizens spending sleepless nights? In those two meetings you have exactly what the bane of Goa is. The ordinary man struggles along, trying to get the government and elected representatives to basically do their job. Creating a viable Regional Plan and putting it into place in time is not some
By Venita Coelho
great favour that the government is doing us. It is no less than their job. The elected MLAs on the other hand, seem to get away with murder. And the second meeting told you why. Who gives a damn about the larger good of Goa her people as long as you have your vote bank that will stand by you through thick, thin and suicide? As the Chief Minister was famously reported to have said to the Village Action Committee – ‘I don’t rely on your votes’. What that means is that democracy has been completely hijacked. And it doesn’t take much to do that. Find yourself a nice little vote bank, preferably a migrant one. Woo, pay and support it – and to hell with Goa and her people. You are sure you will be re-elected. And then the real Goan can stand in the rain for hours demanding you do your job – there is no way he can make you accountable. The ‘Chain in the Rain’ was a small meeting, but one that Goa has reason to be proud of. It is the latest initiative in a long struggle that is truly a people’s struggle, untainted by politics. The meeting to support Mickky Pacheco stinks of political manipulation. It is also bankrupt of all morality The next time you are called upon to stand up and be counted – make sure that you know which meeting you are turning up for. In your choice lies the salvation or destruction of Goa.
Letters to the Editor
Letter of the Day
Do we need this ground?
Dr Seby Mesquita, Colva
The proposed ground at Colva in front of the Church is an ill-conceived project. More than 31,000 sq metres of low-lying land has been acquired, without a plan in place. Development is needed, but one cannot ignore damage to the environment and other consequences. Approval for land acquisition has been obtained by distorting facts. It was claimed that no water course or drainage channel exists at the site. This is false. Water from nullahs 1km north, and half a km east and west discharge water into these fields. The BDO has approved the playground citing the lack of one in the village. But there is a playground near Colva beach. It was built after reclaiming paddy fields, but is rarely used for sports and more for car parking and the night bazaar! Rain water used to be harvested at the proposed site. Documents of the Comunidade of Colva reveal that the last time the sluice gate was built was in 1977. I was a student of Infant Jesus High School and have vivid memories, the ‘tollem’ used to be adorned with beautiful water flowers and visited by migratory birds. There would be water from October till March, recharging the village wells. The sluice gate can still be built and will cost just a few thousand rupees, but no one is interested as it is a very small amount; no kickbacks. Nowadays there is water scarcity at so many places. But, rather than preserving and continuing this simple, time tested and cost-effective method of water harvesting, we are destroying it. The project proposes to fill the land to a height of half a metre. This will require a huge quantity of soil, which will most probably come from hill cutting. It will create two ecological disasters. Looking at the unscrupulous means used to get approval, one can only conclude that this project is meant basically to misappropriate public funds by deceiving the public that it is for ‘development’. Each week we see Dr Jindal and Dr Wiseman Pinto issuing press statements about Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmes. They never say who sponsored these CMEs. It is well known that pharmaceutical companies illegally sponsor them. Doctors entertain themselves, wining and dining at the cost of the pharma companies in the name of CMEs, which are basically pharma public relations exercises.
Smoking and youth Errol D’Souza, Porvorim It is appalling to see youth – both boys and girls – indulging in the smoking habit. Smoking cigarettes and shisha-hookahs has become a modern trend among the youth. The government has made it compulsory to display pictures depicting the dangerous effects of smoking on the human lungs on
cigarettes packs. But neither this nor price hikes has any effect to discourage youth from smoking. In the end, we must all realise some hard facts. No matter how much the government does to stop smoking, it will not work; smoking will not decrease. It only increases day by day. How sad!
Suppression Joseph Pereira, Divar We have no total freedom, although we believe firmly in the democratic doctrine preached by Abraham Lincoln. Often, our freedom of expression is suppressed by newspaper editors, and this is the main reason we are not able to expose corruption in this state. Often, journalists do not give important coverage if ministers and high ranking officers
are involved. That is why till this day, people of Goa are unaware of which minister’s son is involved in the drug trade with the police. Miss Lucky was pleading to come to Goa to testify about the involvement of the minister’s son, but pressure did not permit her testimony. Big money is involved to keep these matters under cover. In the above case, journalists got their share for keeping silent. But the media cannot keep everything under the carpet. They have to expose a few things, just like the Police Department has to show some arrests. How could Atala and Dudu dominate and consolidate the drug trade? Could it be without the support of high ranking political figures?
Jobs for minorities J M de Almeida, by email The army of unemployed educated Goan youth has grown in geometrical proportion. The few government jobs available are for auction; the one who makes the highest bid gets selected. Written tests and interviews are conducted, but it is merely a farce; merit and qualifications have no relevance. Those selected are not only incompetent, but a burden on the public exchequer. During the three years of Digambar Kamat’s government, the minority Catholic and Muslim communities have been subjected to injustice in matters of employment in government service. Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar has recently proved this, with facts and figures. He castigated the Catholic MLAs for not providing jobs to their community, except the MLAs of Navelim and Loutolim. It is high time that the Goa government reserves a quota for the minorities, as is being done by Andhra Pradesh. In the coming Assembly session, MLAs belonging to the minority community need to forcefully demand reservation of a quota for the Goan minority communities, whose unemployment figures are galloping. Till then, the recruitment process should be stayed to avoid further injustice to the minorities. Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.
Paths of Wisdom An argumentative tendency It is quite common today that young people get into arguments with others. Once a young man aged 22 years went to Sankara who was teaching his disciples. He interrupted and asked Sankara why should all humans not be treated as equal as the same blood flowed in their veins. Sankara smiled at this young man and replied that the blood flowing through the young man’s veins was hot and fast and so he was trying to push things too far. It is not possible for man to distinguish between permanent and impermanent things. One can adopt the notion of non-duality or advaita in one’s own thoughts and attitudes, but it is not possible to equate everything in the world, in practice. The young man insisted that this does not seem right. He stated that to him, the proper thing appeared to be to treat all living beings in the same manner. Sankara recognised that if this young man continued his present train of thought he was likely to reach some absurd conclusions. Sankara decided at once to teach him a lesson and immediately asked whether he had a mother. The young man replied that his mother was alive and he respected her very much, and that he also had two sisters. When questioned about his status he affirmed that he was married and that his wife had come with him to the ashram. When questioned further by Sankara, he replied that his mother-inlaw was in good health then asked him if he had a mother-in-law. The young man replied that the mother-in-law was quite hale and healthy. Sankara asked if all these people were women. Sankara 5hen asked if he regarded all the women equally and treated them as tsuch. In this world of multiplicity one has to recognize qualitative and quantitative differences. (Source : Stories and Parables ‘Oka Chinna Katha’)
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World Cup 2010 By IrINEu GoNSAlvES n June 11 2010, 32 teams began their quest for the glittering FIFA World Cup Trophy. The football World Cup is without doubt the biggest sports event in the world. The enthusiasm, joy and excitement that have engulfed South Africa in recent weeks have not been witnessed since Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. Even though, our country does not feature anywhere in the competition and is unlikely to do so in the near future, at least in our lifetimes, the World Cup always lights up our enthusiasm. And true to the rising football fever, every conversation starts or ends with football. Certainly, people don’t call football ‘the beautiful game’ for nothing As the World Cup Championship in South Africa rolled into its second week, viewers across the world were in for some nasty surprises. Brazil, the favourite team of most Goans have to redeem themselves in the eyes of their legion of supporters after their insipid game against North Korea. This year’s Brazil isn’t the Brazil of 1994 or 2002. Their new players just don’t compare with the Romarios, Bebetos, Dungas, Ronaldos, Ronaldinhos, or the Roberto Carlos’ of years past. Kaka’s form is a big worry for Brazil. Kaka is a shadow of the player who was voted the best in the world by FIFA in 2007. Unless he hits form, it will be very difficult for Brazil to make a significant headway. Brazil are in the ‘Group of Death’. They have to play Ivory Coast and Portugal. But we have to remember that Brazil is Brazil, and it will be difficult to beat them if they hit form at the right time. As of now they are struggling. Spain, the European Champions have what they need to accomplish the task. It appeared before the competition got underway, that Spain will be the leading challenger in this edition’s World Cup. But they lost to rank outsiders-Switzerland. The biggest upset so far. Spain’s frontline moved the ball well, but when faced with a herd of Swiss defenders, they lacked imagination. The player who impressed most was Barcelona’s midfielder Iniesta. His rampaging runs down the left flank was a treat to the eyes. He sent in numerous crosses to Villa and Silva and fought gallantly. Swiss defending was exceptional. History weighed England down. Individually England have better players than most of the teams in the World Cup. But somehow, they are not clicking. With Rooney and Heskey up front, Lampard and Gerrard in the midfield, John Terry and Cole in the back, they have enough to win it all. However, it will need some luck as well. But we all know how demanding the British fans and the press can be. In their minds, since England invented soccer, then England should be the best at it. But of course it’s not that simple. For the Brits, it never has been. And this time is not different. The game that was eagerly awaited was Ivory Coast vs. Portugal. But the game was a damp squib. Cristiano Ronaldo disappointed. He had only one good shot on target. The Ivory Coast “Elephants” are the best African team at this year’s World Cup. With Didier Drogba on the pitch after suffering an injury to his forearm, they may well repeat the success that Senegal found in South Korea/ Japan. Drogba is simply the best African player. With his class, speed, and finishing touch, he’s going to be a terror for the defenders. As they are in the “Group of Death”, they are going to have to play the best soccer of their lives in order to advance. Nigeria gave a good account of themselves against Argentina. Even against Greece, they were in control of the match until a moment of madness saw Kaita red carded for foolishly kicking out Greece’s player. The sending off played a big part in the game. Greece bolstered the attack by substituting a defender for a forward and mounted relentless attack. That was expected.
India for visible anti-terror collaboration PC, Malik likely to meet PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 21
Strengthening of police cooperation will be high on agenda of the upcoming SAARC Home Ministers' conference during which India is expected to press for visible collaboration by member countries in the fight against terrorism. Home Minister P Chidambaram, who will represent India, is also expected to press for early ratification by Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal of the SAARC Mutual Legal Assistance agreement on criminal matters to ensure that terrorism is combated effectively. India is expected to underscore that if any country is serious about fighting terrorism, its cooperation should be visible in terms of information-sharing and other aspects, sources told PTI. The conference in Islamabad on June 26 will also discuss ways to strengthen the Colombobased SAARC Terror Offences Monitoring Desk and Drug Offences Monitoring Desk, which are the nodal agencies for fight against these scourges, they said. A new proposal for maritime security and anti-piracy under the SAARC format will also be discussed. The proposal has been mooted by Sri Lanka and Maldives. The main issue on the agenda will be strengthening of cooperation among police forces of the eight member countries for dealing effectively against terrorism. The conference will deliberate on ways to implement police networking and exchange of information, sources said. A mechanism for police cooperation is already in place for the last two years but it has not
really taken off, the sources said, adding India will underscore the need for making it an effective tool to fight the menace of terrorism afflicting South Asia. The Mutual Legal Assistance agreement, reached at the SAARC Summit in Colombo in 2008, has also not been ratified by Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal and India is expected to press them to do so quickly. The conference will also discuss issues related to SAARC visas in the backdrop of proposals for expanding this category of travel documents. At present MPs, judges, 100 identified business leaders, sports persons and 150 journali s t s a re availing SAARC Visa facility. This will be reviewed at the upcoming conference. India is open to the idea of liberalisation of visas to enable more people to people contacts but underlines the need to keep security interests in mind. SAARC comprises India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik is likely to hold a separate meeting with his Indian counterpart P Chidambaram on the sidelines of the third SAARC interior ministers’ meeting scheduled to be held in Islamabad on June 26. According to sources, during the meeting, both the ministers would discuss the new dossier concerning the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that India recently handed over to Pakistan. Pakistan is also expected to raise the issue of India’s alleged involvement in the Balochistan insurgency, The Daily Times reports.
Raj surrenders in rioting case, granted bail PTI OSMANABAD (MAHA), JUNE 21
Devotees taking part in a religious procession to honour Hindu goddess Maha Mariamman in Patiala on Monday.
ISRO to launch satellite to study greenhouse gases PTI CHENNAI, JUNE 21
With growing importance being placed on climate change and mitigation strategies, India's space agency ISRO is in the process of launching a satellite to study greenhouse gases, "In the next 2-3 years, ISRO will carry out the first of the launches which will be dedicated to (studying) greenhouses gases like carbondioxide, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide and things of that kind," Planning Commission Member and former chief of ISRO, Dr K Kasturirangan told reporters here
today. The satellite was in design stages and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, which will play a substantial role in the funding of this project, has asked ISRO if the measurements relating to the gases could be made globally. "The US and Japan have already put such satellites and the idea is to see if India can look at the greenhouse gases using satellite sensors," Kasturirangan said. He said the Environment Ministry has decided that such missions will be also supported in
a big way by it. "So there is going to be a partnership. ISRO alone is not going to do it. The Ministry will have a substantial role in that partnership. How much and what kind of terms (of funding), they will work out," he said. Such an effort will not only be useful in policy-making but also act as evidence of 'something happening,' he said. ISRO was also planning a 50 metre tall geosynchronous altitude imaging mission to monitor vegetation, flooding and probably even forest fire, Kasturiranan said.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray today surrendered before a local court in a case of rioting registered against him in 2008 and was later released on bail. Raj was granted bail by a judicial magistrate (first class) in Umergaon village of Osmanabad on a bond of Rs 15,000. He was accompanied by his lawyer Sayaji Nangre. The MNS chief was arrested on October 21, 2008, in Ratnagiri in connection with an agitation launched by his party against north Indians. The party had claimed that north Indians deprived the sons of the soil from getting employment in the state. Following arrest of Raj, riots broke out in Mumbai, Jalgaon, Aurangabad and various other parts of the state. Several cases were registered against the MNS Chief and his supporters. In the case registered at Umergaon court, Raj has been booked under IPC sections 336 (dangering life or personal safety of others), 337 (causing hurt by such act), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act which endangers human life) and 109 (abatement of offence). Raj got bail for all the offences.
Labourers plant saplings at a paddy field in Amritsar on Monday.
Gadkari to decide on ties with JD(U) PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 21
Amid the growing rift with JD(U) in Bihar, BJP today said a decision on continuing the alliance will be taken by party president Nitin Gadkari after consultations with the State unit. Bihar State unit chief C P Thakur called on senior BJP leader L K Advani this morning to discuss the status of the party's alliance with JD(U). After the meeting, Thakur told PTI, "Advani has asked me to meet Gadkari by this evening to apprise him of the new developments in the alliance. A decision on the issue will then be taken by the party president." Top BJP leaders at the Centre and in Bihar favour continuance of the alliance but at the same time are prepared to go it alone in the Assembly elections in the state which are likely to be held
in October. Advani and his group, as well as Bihar deputy chief minister and BJP leader Sushil Modi do not want to snap the 15-year
Quit, Paswan tells Nitish
PTI PATNA, JUNE 21
With the JD(U)-led NDA alliance under strain in Bihar, LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan today asked Chief Minister Nitish
Strike hits normal life in Kashmir PTI SRINAGAR, JUNE 21
A separatist-sponsored strike to protest the death of a teenager in police firing disrupted normal life in the Kashmir valley today even as curfew-like situation prevailed in the city with security forces strictly imposing prohibitory orders. Life in the valley came to a standstill as shops and business markets, educational institutions and semi-government off i c e s re m a i n e d c l o s e d i n response to a call given by both factions of Hurriyat Conference against what they called "systematic killing of innocent youths". Nineteen-year- old Javid Ahmad Malla, who was returning home after attending funeral of his cousin, Mohammad Rafiq Bangroo, was killed and four others were injured when CRPF personnel opened fire on a group of agitating youth trying to set on fire the mobile bunker of 161 battalion of CRPF at Noorbagh locality of the old city. The death sparked off massive protests in the city till late last night resulting in injuries to 45 people, including ten policemen. Residents of old city complained that curfew has been imposed as they were not allowed to move out of their houses, but police denied having imposed curfew and said law enforcing agencies were strictly implementing the prohibitory orders. Despite stringent restrictions, people took to streets in Sanatnagar area of uptown city and Shalimar on the banks of Dal Lake to protest the alleged "unabated" violation of human rights in Kashmir. People also came on roads in
3 policemen injured in ultra attack PTI SRINAGAR, JUNE 21
Three policemen were today injured when heavily-armed militants launched two attacks on police personnel and fired rifle grenades at a security camp in Sopore town of North Kashmir today. All the three attacks took place within a span of two hours this morning. A police spokesman said two policemen were injured as heavily-armed ultras attacked a police party in the main chowk of the town, 55 kms from here, around 10.40 am. Handwara town of Kupwara district to protest against the killing of Malla and two others in old city within a week. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad termed the situation in the Valley as calm. "Barring minor protests in some parts, the situation in the rest of the city is calm," Farooq said. "There isn't any curfew in a strict sense, we just have imposed Section 144 of CrPc. The rest of the valley is peaceful and we expect it to remain placid throughout the day," he said. Minor protests broke out in Shalimar area of the city and Handwara in Kupwara district, which were soon dispersed, he added. He said restrictions have been imposed in the areas of old city falling under police stations of Safakadal, Maharajganj, Khanyar, Rainawari and Nowhatta.
NRIs help raise blood money for Indians in UAE prison AGENCIES SHARJAH, JUNE 21
Indian expatriates in UAE have raised a fund of over Rs 62 lakh to help fellow countrymen languishing in prisons because of their inability to pay blood money. Indian Business and Professional Council, Sharjah, and the Indian Golfers Society-UAE, raised a sum of 500,000 dirhams (Rs 62.14 lakh) at a golf tournament dinner to create a fund, on Saturday.
"We are doing this to help our fellow Indians as part of our social responsibility," Chairman of both the organisations Sudesh Aggar wal said in a statement. The initial beneficiaries of the fund would be chosen from a group of 13 workers who have been shortlisted for receiving such an aid. Under Shariah law, blood money is the compensation paid by an offender to the relatives of the victim. It is paid not only for murder but also in case
the responsibility of an unnatural death like in an accident falls on a person. "Lot of funds are needed for the cause and the IGS and the IBPC-Sharjah shall continue this drive and write to companies in the UAE to contribute towards the Fund as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility," chairman of both the organisations Sudesh Aggarwal said in a statement. Aggarwal will head the Humanitarian
Fund Management Committee, which will have Bharat Bhai Shah, Dr G M Bajpai, and K V Shamsudheen as members. "Forty percent of the fund shall be put at the disposal of Indian Community Welfare Committee, an organisation working under the direct supervision of Indian Consulate in Dubai, for the release of non-criminal Indians who are in the UAE jails for non-payment of blood money," he said.
old ties with JD(U). "We are prepared to fight the elections alone if we are forced to do so. But, we would like the alliance to continue," Thakur said.
The Indian Punjabi Society will also have a member in the Committee as the society contributed 133,889 dirhams to enable the fund reach the 500,000 dirham-target. Lauding the initiative, Indian Consul General in Dubai Sanjay Verma said this will go a long way in helping the needy. He said this might act as a catalyst for other organisations to assume part of their social responsibility.
Kumar to quit if he felt that BJP was "really a communal party". "Don't enact a drama. If you (Kumar) really think that BJP is a communal party, rush to Raj Bhavan immediately (and resign)," Paswan told a press conference here. Charging Kumar with taking BJP's support for clinging to power, LJP chief questioned why the chief minister was averse to his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi's visit to Bihar. He dubbed BJP as spineless and JD(U) as a party playing fraud with people and trying to cheat minorities.
He expressed confidence that a decision, either in favour of the alliance with JD(U) or against it, will be taken within a fortnight. JD(U) President Sharad Yadav had also said yesterday that though the events of June 12 when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar returned the flood relief money given by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi were "unfortunate", it would not affect the alliance. In Patna, Kumar sought to downplay the flood aid row with ally BJP, saying there was no cause for tension. "Tension mat lijiye, relax kijiye (Don't take tension, relax)," Kumar replied to a volley of questions. He was asked about suggestions by BJP leaders that he should reconsider his decision on returning Rs 5 cr or spell out his strategy whether he wanted to continue the alliance with the saffron party.
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Gaza decision to ensure security’ AGENCIES JERUSALEM, JUNE 21
The decision to ease the civilian restrictions on the Gaza Strip enables Israel to focus on security-related issues, including the smuggling of weapons into Gaza, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu said during an address to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee (FADC) on Monday. “The cabinet decision to lift the civilian blockade on Gaza and tighten the security blockade is the right decision for Israel, because it negates Hamas propaganda’s main claim,” the prime minister said. He added that the move would enable Israel and its “friends around the world” to “address our significant demands in the security department.” Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself by preventing Hamas and Hizbullah – through which, he said, Iran “tries to keep Israel in its hold” – from acquiring weapons with which to attack Israel. “The cabinet decision is aimed at this, at tightening the security blockade,” he said.
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US, China on collision course over helping Pak build nuke reactors AGENCIES WASHINGTON, JUNE 21
The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) meeting in New Zealand starting on Monday is likely to witness the US and China locking horns over the latter's decision to help Pakistan set up two nuclear power plants. The US has already voiced its concerns over Beijing's decision to provide technical and logistic support to Islamabad over the planned 650-megawatt reactors in Punjab's Chasma region, and is likely to try and forge a consensus on updating the rules designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
The Obama administration fears that Pakistan, which has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) yet, would divert some technology to its nuclear weapons programme or to another country, especially when the country has a history of nuclear proliferation. It is pertinent to mention here that in 2004, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, who is considered as the father of Pakistan's nuclear programme had confessed to selling nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran and Libya. However, China and Pakistan maintain that the US had itself sealed a similar deal
to sell nuclear fuel and technology to India in 2006 even though New Delhi had not signed the NPT, The Times reports. Experts also believe that it would be difficult for the White House to forge a consensus against China's deal with Pakistan, mainly because of its civil nuclear deal with India. "Because Washington pressed the NSG and China to exempt India from NSG trade sanctions, it is now more difficult to complain about China's desire to export reactors to Pakistan," Mark Hibbs, a nuclear expert at the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said.
Nuke row: Iran bars two UN inspectors Reuters TEHRAN, JUNE 21
Iran has barred two UN nuclear inspectors from entering the Islamic Republic, a senior official was quoted as saying on Monday, in a further escalation of an international dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. The United Nations Security Council on June 9 imposed a fourth round of sanctions on the major oil producer because of nuclear activity the West suspects is aimed at making bombs. Tehran denies the charge. The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi, said the two inspectors were declared persona nongrata for filing an ''untruthful'' report by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the country's nuclear work. Salehi, in comments carried by the ISNA news agency, did not name them nor give details over what elements of the report he did not believe were accurate, adding Tehran had asked the UN agency to replace the two inspectors. There was no immediate com-
ment from the IAEA, but a diplomat confirmed that Iran had notified the agency of the ban. Theodore Karasik, research director at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, said Iran's move was ''the first of what will be many retaliations'' for the sanctions. ''It is part of the escalation ladder of tit-for-tat that is now beginning to emerge,'' he said in Dubai. In its latest report on Iran in late May, the IAEA said the country was preparing extra equipment to enrich uranium to higher levels and also continued to stockpile nuclear material. Enriched uranium can provide fuel for nuclear power plants, or material for bombs if refined much further. The nine-page report showed Iran pushing ahead with higherlevel enrichment and failing to answer the agency's questions about possible military dimensions to its nuclear work and address concerns about possible undisclosed activities. Washington, which was leading the push to impose new UN sanctions, at the time said the
Kabul releases Taliban suspects after jirga deal Reuters KABUL, JUNE 21
A sculpture of boatmen rafting in a riverside park is seen submerged by the Min River in Fuzhou in southeast China's Fujian province, on Sunday. China said the week-long torrential downpours has taken 175 lives with 107 people missing in southern China.
Pak still courting terror groups: US report AGENCIES WASHINGTON, JUNE 21
Pakistan is still courting militant groups and needs to abandon militancy as a tool of its foreign and domestic policy as this has the potential to backfire, a new study has warned. "Pakistan's decision to support some militant groups has been counterproductive and a key objective of US policy must be to get Pakistan to end its support to militant groups", leading US think tank Rand Corp has said in its latest study. "The US should continue to make this position clear as it began to do so in 2010", the report said. Similarly, other states and international organisations, such as China and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, should issue similar statements. The report said Beijing had become increasingly concerned about militant groups, including the Uighur groups that have used Pakistani soil for training and sanctuary. The country's policy of use of militancy is not new and acquisition of nuclear weapons by Islamabad appears to have em-
boldened its support of militant groups by dampening its concerns about Indian retaliation, the think tank said in its latest report 'Pakistan: Can the US secure an insecure state?' Rand has said that the policy of supporting militants began to backfire after 9/11, some changes were discernible in 2010 following the capture of top Taliban leaders like Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. "But Pakistan has not yet made a systematic break with militant groups", the study, released on Monday said. The Rand said rising number of terrorist plots in the US with roots in Pakistan, were the outcome of Islamabad still following a strategy of keeping links alive with some groups. Citing the botched Times Square bombing, the report said it was an example of how militant groups, some with shadow links with the government can export terrorism far beyond Pakistan's border. The US is not getting its moneys worth for all the billions it is pumping into Pakistan as aid, and the report suggests that Washington should withhold some aid until Pakistan makes "discernible progress".
While acknowledging that Pakistan has met some goals in the hunt for wanted terrorists, but has also at times undermined the US interest, the report said. The report by the American think tank said that the Pakistani Army has limited success in its counter insurgency operations against Taliban in the tribal areas close to Afghan border. "The performance of the army in operations like Al Mizan in South Waziristan suggest serious deficiencies in conducting cordon-and-search operations and holding territory", the report said. It said that US assistance and training was helping in building the capacity of Pakistani forces, but the Pakistan army appears reluctant to establish "such a close relationship". The US should continue seeking alternative routes for re-supply, including through Iran and Central Asia. The Rand is a non-profit study group frequently hired by the Pentagon. The report was produced by a division of Rand that receives Pentagon funding, but was not specifically commissioned by the government.
Dubai has 25,000 security cameras, number set to grow UNI DUBAI, JUNE 21
A woman casts her vote during the second round of the presidential elections in Miranda town, Colombia southwest, on Sunday.
11 die in floods around Ghanaâ€™s capital Reuters ACCRA, JUNE 21
At least 11 people were killed after heavy rains caused flooding around Ghana's capital, destroying homes and washing out roads, emergency officials in the West African country said on Monday. Two bodies were found on Sunday in a flooded tunnel and nine more were recovered during a search and rescue operation in the Greater Accra region overnight, said Kofi Portuphy, coordinator of the National Disaster Committee. Police said many others were feared dead. ''We have had several reports from the affected areas of people missing,'' said police spokeswoman Olivia Turkson, adding some residents climbed trees as their homes were swept away. Seasonal rains in West Africa, which tend to start in June and last through October, often cause deadly floods. Ghana is one of the region's top economies, the world's second biggest supplier of cocoa and Africa's second largest gold miner.
Shocked after the murder of a top Hamas commander in a posh hotel recently, Dubai is all set to increase the number of security cameras from its current strength of 25,000. Dubai police chief Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim said, ''We have plans to spend Dh 500 million (Rs 600 crore) on security technology this year with the aim of installing cameras everywhere.'' ''There are 25,000 security cameras in the Emirates and the number will increase as the force begins installing a new type of smart camera that can rotate to cover what were once 'Dead Spots,'' he added.
Fourteen suspected Taliban prisoners have been released in Afghanistan after their cases were reviewed as part of a peace deal that seeks to win over insurgent foot soldiers, an official said on Monday. Twelve prisoners were freed from US detention in Bagram while two would-be suicide bombers were released from Afghan custody, said deputy attorney general Fazl Ahmad Faqiryar. Hundreds of suspected militant prisoners, many without access to lawyers or other rights, have been languishing in jails run by foreign and Afghan forces for years. The decision to review the cases came after a peace "jirga," or gathering, of Afghan tribal leaders and other notables earlier this month approved a plan by President Hamid Karzai to seek a peace deal with moderate elements of the Taliban, who have waged an insurgency since being overthrown in 2001. Among other things, the plan
called for the cases of all Taliban suspects to be re-examined, with allegations that many were imprisoned on false charges or by flimsy evidence.
IAEA report underscored Iran's refusal to comply with the international requirements. Iran, the world's fifth-largest oil exporter, has reacted angrily to the latest sanctions, branding them ''illegal''. Lawmakers have warned of a reduction in ties with the IAEA. Citing Salehi, ISNA said: ''Iran last week announced that these two (inspectors) would not have the right to enter Iran due to submitting wrong ... information as well as disclosing classified information before the proper official time.''
''Their report was utterly untruthful and ... we asked that they would not ever send these two inspectors to Iran and instead assign two others,'' Salehi said. Diplomats said Iran may be focusing on a dispute over some nuclear equipment which inspectors said had gone missing from a site in Tehran. Iran told the agency it had started researching the production of uranium metal, raising Western concerns because this material has both weapons and civilian applications, according to the IAEA report.
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Pepsi FIFA WC offer PANJIM (HBD) – Pepsi has launched a new promotion during the FIFA World Cup period. Pepsi offers an opportunity for consumers to get merchandise of their favorite players like Didier Drogba, Kaka, Fernando Torres and Messi. Consumers need to collect two labels of a 2 litre Pepsi and get a large-sized poster featuring one of these stars for free. With two labels of 2 litre Pepsi and Rs 25, consumers get to take home one Pepsi sipper while consumers get to add to their wardrobe a Edun T-shirt with the players’ names on it by collecting three labels of 2 litre Pepsi plus Rs 100. The offer is valid on Pepsi 2 litre PET packs only and the merchandise can be collected at around 50 redemption centres across Goa.
Offer on Fastrack watches, sunglasses PANJIM (HBD) – Fastrack, untill July 18 is offering a flat 20% off on all Fastrack watches and sunglasses anywhere in India. Fastrack Watches prices post discount start from Rs 475 onwards. Fastrack Sunglasses prices post discount start from Rs 555 onwards. This offer is available on all Fastrack watches and sunglasses at all exclusive Fastrack stores, all the World of Titan showrooms, all Titan Eye Plus outlets, large format chain stores like - Shoppers’ Stop, Central, Lifestyle, Blue Sky, Westside and all leading multibrand watch and sunglass outlets across India. Log on to www.fastrack.in for more information.
Fathers Day offer at SMRC Heart Centre PANJIM (HBD) – Vivus-SMRC Heart Centre marks Fathers Day by offering a 20% discount for a complete health check-up until June 27, 2010. Dr Ramdas Nayak, Chief Interventional Cardiologist and Electro physiologist at Vivus-SMRC, Goa says, “It’s been observed that men have greater risk for getting heart attacks and with old age the chances increases. Along with lifestyle modification (Diet and exercise) I would also recommend periodic health check-up. Periodic medical check up is a must in old age as far as elderly Medicare is concerned. This includes routine check ups mainly looking out for Hypertension (High BP), diabetics, cholesterol and ECG”.
Dewar’s blended Scotch now in Goa PANJIM (HBD) – The House of Dewar’s having to its name over 300 awards and medals, has now made available its blended Scotch Whisky in Goa. Dewar’s 12 Year Old gets its distinct flavour and aroma from its patent “marrying process” which takes Scotch whiskies from different regions of Scotland and ages them for a further period of six months in exclusively reserved vintage oak casks. Further rendering a rich sweetness and elegant finish to Dewar’s is the Aberfeldy single malt.
Airtel’s voice-blogging PANJIM (HBD) -- Bharti Airtel gave social networking a voice with the official unveiling of Airtel Blog – the world’s first voice-blogging service. With nearly 2 million users having experienced it in the first 3 months of its launch, Airtel Blog is currently the world’s fastest growing voice-oriented social networking service. With this, Airtel has brought the power of social networking on voice to its mobile customers – where they can share recorded voice updates with their followers – fans, friends or family. Celebrities across India, are already building their voice-blog follower base including, but not limited to Amitabh Bachchan, Arshad Warsi, Lara Dutta, Neetu Chandra, VJ Ranvijay and Sonu Nigam. They are using their Airtel Blog to share voice updates to reach out to their fans, who receive SMS updates of the posts. Fans can then dial-in at their convenience to listen to the voice blog. Airtel Blog is also being used by communities as well as individuals to connect with their followers and keep track of their friends and families. Airtel Blog is powered by Bubble Motion – a pioneer and leader in voice messaging and social communication for mobile phones.
Sensex rise 306 pts PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 21
Stock market benchmark Sensex today rallied 306 points to settle at its highest level in more than two months, buoyed by the end of the regulatory dispute over ULIPs and China’s move to make the yuan more flexible. The 30-share barometer of the Bombay Stock Exchange, which fell marginally on Friday following a seven-day winning streak, recovered smartly on aggressive purchasing in metal and financial stocks to finish at 17,876.55, up 305.73 points, or 1.74 per cent. This is the best closing of the Sensex since April 9. The bellwether opened on a strong note, tracking firm global cues, and never looked back. During the session, the Sensex breached the 17,900 level, but ended slightly below that mark.
IRDA to frame new guidelines on ULIPs PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 21
After winning the turf war with market watchdog SEBI on ULIPs, insurance regulator IRDA today said it would frame new guidelines for these products to make them more attractive for policy holders. "Certainly, yes," Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) chairman J Hari Narayan said when asked whether the insurance regulator would unveil new guidelines for ULIPs to make them attractive for investors. The government has ended the turf war between IRDA and SEBI, saying unit linked insur-
RBI deputy: Too soon to judge impact REUTERS NEW DELHI, JUNE 21
It is way too early to judge the concrete impact on the rupee and on other variables of China's pledge to let the yuan appreciate gradually, Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn said on Monday. He said a sense of reassurance has set in post the yuan pledge and one should not be worried about the short-term volatility of the rupee post the pledge. "Let us not get into it. Let us wait and watch," Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla said when asked what impact a yuan revaluation would have on the Indian economy. Chawla also said India would support financial regulation reforms when leaders of the Group of 20 major economies meet over the weekend in Toronto.
ance plans (ULIPs) will be regulated by IRDA. On Friday night, President Pratibha Patil issued the Ordinance, explaining that the life insurance business shall include any unit-linked policy or scrips or any such instruments. The government has also constituted a high-level committee chaired by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, which will sort out all issues of jurisdiction regarding hybrid products. The committee on hybrid products will include the Finance Secretary, the Financial Services Secretary and heads of RBI, IRDA, SEBI and the Pen-
sion Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA). SEBI in April took the market by surprise when it banned 14 life insurance firms from issuing fresh ULIP schemes. However, IRDA asked the life insurers to ignore the SEBI order and the matter then went to the Finance Ministry, which advised them to move the court. In the meantime, the ministry had asked them to maintain the status quo. ULIPs account for more than 50 per cent of the life insurance business and the money collected from policy holders is invested in equities.
IDFC looks to strengthen distribution PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 21
PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 21
Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) is scouting for a distribution partner to help it market its asset management company's (mutual fund) products. "We are looking for an overseas distribution partner. We are interested in a strategic partner and are open to a stake-sale to that partner," an IDFC spokesperson said. IDFC MF is interested in distribution of its products overseas and this is where an overseas strategic partner would be able to add value, the spokesperson said.
World stocks up as yuan move triggers risk rally REUTERS BEIJING, JUNE 21
World stocks hit a five-week high, oil jumped and the euro rose briefly on Monday after China pledged at the weekend to unshackle the yuan, easing tensions with the West and boosting confidence in the global economy. Spot yuan climbed to its highest level against the dollar since its last revaluation in July 2005 in a clear signal that Beijing was sticking to its word that it would allow greater currency flexibility. Coming just days before a Group of 20 summit in Toronto, China's move would boost purchasing power and demand in the world's third largest economy, encouraging investors globally to buy risky assets. A higher yuan would also help temper inflation in China by pushing down import prices, which in turn could mean Beijing would have less
need to tighten monetary policy aggressively. "China's flexibility comment has shown that it has confidence in its own economy and that is good news for the global economy, which is lifting commodity prices and therefore miners," said Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown. MSCI world equity index rose 1 percent, hitting its highest level since mid-May. The FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.4 percent, rising for the ninth straight session to hit a 5-1/2 week peak, with basic resources stocks being the biggest gainers. Emerging stocks rose 2.3 percent to a six-week high while emerging sovereign debt spreads tightened 8 basis points to 302 bps, their narrowest in five weeks. US stock futures rose around 1.5 percent, pointing to a firmer open on Wall Street later.
"The move appears to reflect increased confidence that the Chinese and world economies are growing in a stable and sustainable fashion," UBS said in a note to clients. "Almost certainly, China's leadership would not have taken this step unless they were confident about economic and financial stability." US crude oil rose 1.4 percent to $78.25 a barrel while spot gold hit a record high of $1,264.90 an ounce, helped by the fall in the dollar, which lost around 0.1 percent against a basket of currencies. The euro rose to a onemonth high near $1.2490 before erasing gains to $1.2382, down 0.4 percent on the day. Breaking the peg might mean China needs to buy less US dollars in intervention, which would leave it with fewer dollars to buy US Treasuries, but also less need to diversify its holdings into currencies like the euro.
Vision Group enters hospitality space HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 21
Vision Hotels, an auxiliary venture of the Vishwasrao Dempo Group has announced its entry into the hospitality sector with its five star property The Crown Goa at Panjim. Headed by Rajesh Dempo, aided by his elder brother Yatish Dempo, the company specializes in construction and property development. Future plans include heritage hotels, luxury retirement homes, service apartments and restaurants. The Crown Goa is a 43 room, five star luxury hotel with facilities designed to meet the needs of business as well as leisure travelers. Perched on a hillock, it offers a panoramic view of Panjim city Aban Offshor, 728, 750, 728, 744.85 Abb Ltd., 862, 878.9, 860.25, 869.85 Abg Shipyard, 261, 263.4, 257, 258.5 Acc Limited, 862.25, 886, 862.25, 882.65 Adani Enterp, 547.8, 548.9, 538.25, 539.85 Aditya Birla, 780, 812, 780, 805.25 Allahabad Ba, 163.5, 163.5, 161.55, 161.8 Alstom Proje, 591.1, 611, 591.1, 607.2 Ambuja Cemen, 119, 120, 117.55, 118.15 Andhra Bank, 132.1, 142.85, 131.1, 135.15 Ashok Leylan, 63.5, 63.9, 63, 63.25 Asian Paints, 2389, 2457, 2380, 2429.65 Axis Bank Li, 1220, 1252.1, 1220, 1247.3 Bajaj Hindus, 111.5, 113.4, 111.1, 112.1 Bank Of Baro, 700.1, 724, 700.1, 721.05 Bank Of Indi, 335, 342.7, 334.9, 340.8 Beml Limited, 1028, 1047, 1023.1, 1036.35 Bharat Elect, 1775, 1812, 1770.1, 1801.45 Bharat Forge, 282, 293.75, 282, 290.3 Bharat Petro, 526.9, 529.75, 524.1, 526.55 Bharti Airte, 266, 268, 264.35, 264.85 Bhel, 2430, 2467.7, 2428, 2461.3 Bhushan Stee, 1372, 1447.9, 1372, 1442.25
and the river Mandovi. Cradled amidst famous heritage sites, it’s a brisk walk to Fontainhas, Adil Shah Palace and the Panjim Church. The architecture and interiors of The Crown Goa draws inspiration from distinctly
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Goan elements – its rich historical heritage and spectacular landscapes. The Crown Goa’s tastefully furnished rooms offer comfort, space and all of the facilities demanded by the modern sophisticated traveler. Complete with spacious well
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equipped banquet halls; the Regal Room and the Riverfront are perfect for special occasions. Eden Garden is an ideal location for intimate gatherings while the Hanging Garden pool-side restaurant offers an exclusive experience combining fine dining in an outdoor setting overlooking the winding river. The Crown Goa has all the trappings of a luxury get-away. Overlooking the swimming pool, extending onto the Mandovi River winding into the horizon is the multi-cuisine café, Harbour Cafe, The Crown Goa’s signature 24 hour restaurant which offers a range of cuisine making it unique in the culinary circuit of the city. The Crown Goa also houses a spa and gymnasium.
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Cox and Kings to raise Rs 2,000 cr Travel firm Cox and Kings (India) today said it would raise Rs 2,000-crore of equity and debt to fund its expansion plans and has sought approval from the Board. "We have sought our Board's approval to raise Rs 1,000 crore equity and Rs 1,000-crore debt to fund our future expansion which also includes merger and acquisition plans," Cox and Kings (India)'s CFO Anil Khandelwal said. He said he is looking at a few travel companies, both domestic and overseas, for acquisition, but things were still at an initial stage and nothing has been finalised as yet. The company is looking at multiple opportunities in the travel segment and there could be more than one acquisition.
"We want to be ready with resources whenever such an opportunity emerges and hence we have approached our Board with the proposal to raise finance," he said. Cox and Kings (India) has appointed global merger and acquisitions specialist, Peter Diethelm, as a strategic adviser to the Board recently. The company is in the process of finalising the mode of raising the Rs 1,000-crore of equity. "We are looking at all options, the mode will be decided soon," he said.
BOARD MEETINGS Gujarat Terce JIK Inds Steel Strp Whls Industrial & Pru Saregama India Sumeru Inds Source: Indiainfoline.com
MF FUNDA TATA MUTUAL FUND has approved June 22, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of Tata Equity Opportunities Fund. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be Rs 0.50 per unit. BIRLA SUN LIFE MUTUAL FUND has approved June 25, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under the dividend options of Birla Sun Life Infrastructure Fund-Plan A and Birla Sun Life Dividend Yield Plus. The fund house has decided to distribute Rs 0.73 per unit under Birla Sun Life Infrastructure Fund-Plan A and Rs 0.71 per unit under Birla Sun Life Dividend Yield Plus, as dividend on the face values of Rs 10 per unit. SBI MUTUAL FUND has approved June 25, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under quarterly dividend option of Magnum Income Fund - Floating Rate - Long Term Plan - Regular. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be Rs 0.10 per unit for Individual and HUF Investors and for Other Investors as on the record date. UTI MUTUAL FUND announced the launch of a new scheme UTI Dynamic Bond Fund. The new fund offer has opened on June 16, 2010 and closes on June 23, 2010. The scheme will re-open for purchase and redemption not later than 30 days from the closure of the NFO period. Eligible Investors: The fund is open to resident individuals, institutions as well as to NRIs and FIIs. New fund offer price: During the NFO, the units will be sold at face value of Rs 10. Plans and Options: Growth and Dividend option with payout and reinvestment facilities Minimum Application Amount: Minimum Initial investment is Rs10,000 and in multiples of Rs 1 thereafter. Exit Load: 0.50% if withdrawn on or before 30 days from date of investment Benchmark Index: CRISIL Composite Bond Fund Index IDFC MUTUAL FUND has approved June 22, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option in IDFC Fixed Maturity Plan - Quarterly Series 55. The quantum of dividend will be entire appreciation in net asset value of dividend option since inception until June 22, 2010 subject to availability of distributable surplus. KOTAK MUTUAL FUND has announced the revision of exit load structure for Kotak Quarterly Interval Plan Series 1. The changes will be effective from June 17, 2010. Accordingly, for redemptions / switch outs on or before 45 days from the date of allotment of units the exit load charge is 1%. For redemptions / switch outs after 45 days from the date of allotment of units the exit load charge is nil. JM FINANCIAL MUTUAL FUND has approved June 21, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under idend option of JM Interval Fund - Quarterly Plan 1. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be up to realised appreciation in the NAV of the plan / option till the record date.
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HE R A L D
GOA, Tuesday, 22 June, 2010
Chinmay, Anushka steal show HeRaLD sPORTs RePORTeR PANJIM, JUNE 21
Chinmay Kamat and Anushka Kuvelkar shared a common trait at the Rich Builders All-Goa Major Ranking Tournament both the upcoming youngsters won triple crowns at the season’s first tourney organized by Goa Badminton Association at indoor stadium, Campal, here on Sunday. Chinmay won the under-16 boys singles title beating Prathi Naik 21-18, 7-21, 21-19 in a close fought encounter. Later partnering Rahul Chandrashekar in the under-16 boys doubles event, the talented pair defeated Yash Angle and Prathi Naik 2115, 17-21, 21-15. The duo also clinched the under-19 boys doubles crown by upsetting the top seeded pair of Sharmad Mahajan and Aniket Shenoy 22-20, 12-21, 21-19. Anushka Kuvelkar stamped her class winning her events with comfortable ease. In the under-16 event she beat Pranjal Chimulkar 21-6, 21-8 and then defeated Anura Prabhudesai 21-
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The finalists at Rich Builders badminton alongwith Gaurish Dhond, Narahar Thakur, Richard de Sousa, Baburao Naik, Sashank Naik, Sandeep Heble, Roy Athaide, Vinayak Kamat.
14, 21-12 to emerge winner in the under-19 category. Anushka partnering Pranjal Chimulkar claimed the triple crown winning the under-16 girls double event, defeating Anura Prabhudesai and Riya Kosambe 218, 21-8. Govind Navelkar, back after a gap of two years after completing his NIS, set the stadium alight with a commanding display, to beat reigning men singles champion Floyd Araujo 21-4, 21-12 in an exhilarating show. Govind partnering former State champion Pankaj Navelkar then bagged the men double
winning the men doubles event, defeating Floyd Araujo and Navneet Nasnodkar 21-9, 21-19. It was a sweet double for Cancio Mascarnhas too, who won the veterans 45+ event beating Tanaji Sawant 21-18, 21-13. Cancio and Vinayak Kamat then won the veterans doubles event defeating Santosh Prabhudesai and R Borkar 18-21, 21-11, 21-16 in a see- saw battle. In the other final events, Anura Prabhudesai beat Emilia Silveira 21-9, 21-11 in the under-13 girls singles category, Dhruv Angle beat Tejan Fallary 21-12,
21-18 in the under-13 boys singles event and Sharmad Mahajan beat Aniket Shenoy 13-21, 2113, 21-15 in the boys under-19 event. Gaurish Dhond distributed the prizes in the presence of GBA secretary Narahar Thakur, Richard De Souza (MD, Goa Forest Development Corporation), GBA office- bearers Baburao Naik, Shashant Naik and Sandeep Heble and NIS c o a c h e s Ro y A t h a i d e a n d Vinayak Kamat. Shashank Desai won the promising player prize. Pradosh Silimkhan compered and proposed the vote of thanks.
Goa fail to beat Meghalaya
Shirodkar, Bhakta re-elected to GOA
chances of progress in the competition. In the other fixture, Karnataka drew 1-1 with Uttarakhand. Karnataka finished top of the group after accumulating 7 points and qualified for the semi-finals alongwith Uttarakhand who finished second with 4 points. Goa and Meghalaya bowed out of the competition on 3 points each. Speaking to Herald, Goa U-
HeRaLD sPORTs RePORTeR PANJIM, JUNE 21
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Goa failed to qualify for the semi-finals stage after going down to Meghalaya 0-1 in the quarter-final group stage of Dr. B.C Roy trophy U-19 Junior Nationals at Mohun Bagan ground, Kolkata on Monday. The score was 0-0 at the breather. Meghalaya scored 15 minutes before the end to bury Goa's
Dham-Dhoom champs HeRaLD cORResPOnDenT VALPOI, JUNE 21
Hosts Dham-Dhoom Sports Club, Valpoi, emerged champions in All-Goa 6-a-side football tournament at Valpoi municipal ground, here on Sunday. They beat Young Boys of Massordem 4-0 in the finals. Abdul khan (2), Safin khan (2) scored for the Valpoi team. Babani netted for Young Boys. In all, 12 teams participated. In first semis, Young Boys, Massordem-Sattari, defeated Parra Boys Mapusa 1-0. In second semis, Dham Dhoom defeated Friends United, Mapusa 5-0. Dham Dhoom were awarded Rs 4000 while Young Boys got Rs 2000. Sayyed Wassiuddin gave away the prizes.
19 coach Lino Pereira said, “The boys gave a good account of themselves today, but unfortunately we did not take our chances." The team can go home with their heads held high knowing they improved on last year’s performance. More importantly, the players got much needed exposure from the tournament which will improve their performance next season.
Launching Boys win Agalli trophy HeRaLD cORResPOnDenT MARGAO, JUNE 21
Launching Boys, Agalli beat Al Hilal Boys, Agalli 1-0 via the tie-breaker to clinch the interAgalli 4-a-side football tourn a m e n t o rg a n i s e d b y S t Anthony’s Boys, Agalli in an absorbing final at Agali ground. Launching Boys put up a better display in the second session with their forwards and midfielders working in tandem. Midway in the second session, Fredrick Vaz came close to scoring but his try missed the mark narrowly.
The teams were locked goalless at the end of regulation time. In the tie-breaker, Launching Boys emerged victorious scoring through FredrickVaz. Launching Boys bagged Rs 4000 while Al Hilal received Rs 3000. Fo l l o w i n g p r i z e s w e r e awarded; First scorer of final Fredrick Vaz. Best defender Joel Barbosa. Lawrence Pereira of Margao Footballers was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Daisy Fernandes was the guest of honour. In all, 16 teams participated.
Navelim Sporting beat Verna HeRaLD cORResPOnDenT MARGAO, JUNE 21
Navelim Sporting Club came from behind to beat Verna Sports Club 3-1 and sailed into the quarter-finals of 34th Cana Benaulim Football tournament organised by Cana Benaulim Sporting Association at St John Baptist ground, Dando – Benaulim on Monday. There was no score at half time. Verna were the first to struck rhythm and they surged ahead
when John D’Costa headed home off a cross by Martino in the 33rd minute. Unfazed, Navelim regrouped with Francis Fernandes and Dominic Cabral in control of the midfield and it was Dominic who neutralized the lead for Navelim with a neat finish from close range. Verna rued their luck as rival goalkeper Johnathan Faleiro brought off a splendid save from the penalty taken by Manuel. Navelim snatched the lead
as striker Sanford Cardozo latched on to pass by Milton Gomes in the 53rd minute and scored. They consolidated their position eight minutes later as striker Roelteo D' Costa found the net from inside the box with a right-footed shot. Earlier the chief guest, Fr.Victor Viegas, chaplain of Patrocinio Chapel was introduced to the players by club president, Agnelo Fernandes and organizing secretary, Constancio Fernandes.
Sambabatty Boys triumph
34th cana Benaulim soccer: St. Anthony's Club Colva v. Maina SC, St. John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim, 4.45 p.m. gumboots soccer: Mistake Boys, Sernabatim V. Allelulia Boys, Navelim, church ground, Orlim, 4.30 p.m. Bandodkar Memorial soccer semis: Nagoa Sporting v. Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda, MPT ground, Vasco, 4.45 p.m.
Karthik brought in for Sehwag
MARGAO (HC) -- Sambabatty Boys, Orlim beat Fernando Boys 5-4 via the tie-breaker to emerge champions in All-Goa Sambabatty Boys 2-a- side tie-breaker finals at Anteamoll ground, Orlim on Monday.
Sambatty Boys were richer by Rs 5000 while Fernando Boys had to be content with Rs 3000. Rosario Pimenta, was the chief guest and gave away the prizes.
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Elvis Fernandes put Real Benaulim into the lead with a stiff grounder after he picked up a through pass from Carlos Fernandes. Stung by the setback, Carnival Cruises fought back gallantly and repeatedly raided the rival citadel and their hard work paid off when Mario found the net with a pile driver
Subash Shirodkar, was re-elected president of Goa Olympic Association’s (GOA) executive committee at the general body meeting at Shiroda on Saturday. Gurudatta Bhakta was also reelected as general secretary and so also was Anil Madganvkar as treasurer. Chetan Kavlekar will be the joint secretary. Raju Mangueshkar, Lenny Gama, Girish Chodankar were elected as vice-presidents. Mac Vaz, Prakash Phadte, Sideshwar Naik, Gurudas Natekar, Irwin Soares have been elected as members of the executive committee.
Football tourney at Carambolim PanJiM, JUne 21
The 2nd Friends Sporting League Cup 2010 interward football tournament for Old Goa, Corlim and Carambolim players organised by Friends Sporting Club of Carambolim will be played on June 26 and July 4 (finals) at Carambolim panchayat ground. In all, eight teams will participate in the tournament to be played on league-cum-knockout basis. Rs 6666 (winners), Rs 3333 (runners-up) will be awarded. Team may contact Sameer on 9421151086 or Benzy on 9762325101 upto June 24.
Chanderpaul, Nash lead Windies fightback agencies DAMBULLA, JUNE 21
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash cashed in on a flat pitch to score centuries and lift West Indies to 424 for four on Day three of the second Test against South Africa in St Kitts on Sunday. Windies finished 119 runs behind the touring side, who declared their first innings on 543 for six, and the match was heading for a draw with two days remaining. Chanderpaul reached the close on 151 not out, including 10 fours and a six, but Nash fell for 114. The pair added 220 runs for the fourth wicket, moving the score from 151 for three to 371 when Nash was run out by brilliant fielding from AB de Villiers after hitting 14 fours and one six.
Real Benaulim enter quarters
Real Benaulim,Varca defeated Carnival Cruises 2-1 to storm into the quarter-finals of Gumboots Boys football tournament organised by Gumboots Boys of Orlim at church ground, Orlim on Monday. The teams were tied 1-1 at half time.
giving no chance to the rival goalkeeper. Real Benaulim put up a better display and showed signs of revival in the second session and the first 20 minutes belonged to them. Columban Noronha ‘s smart header crashed into the net off a well executed cross from Carlos Fernandes.
The Goa tennis ball cricket boys and girls teams, winners of 18th Junior National championships, which were accorded a warm welcome on their arrival by the officials of Goa Tennis Ball Cricket Association and Sports Authority at Margao Railway Station on Sunday alongwith Kanta Naik, Girish Chodankar, Ropesh Naik, Uday Dangui, Haresh Parsekar, Hemant Khot, Deepali Sawant.
India have flown in Dinesh Karthik as a stand-by player for injured Virender Sehwag as the visitors gear up for Tuesday's last league match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka. The stumper batsman arrived in Dambulla on Monday morning as Sehwag pulled his right hamstring during the match against Pakistan on Saturday and is a doubtful starter. “We flew in Karthik as a standby for Sehwag. But we will have to await the Asian Cricket Council's clearance to play him in tomorrow's match against Sri Lanka," said team India manager Ranjib Biswal. If Sehwag is ruled out of the remainder of the Asia Cup, he will return home for treatment.
Dhoni reclaims ODI No. 1 spot, India rise to 2nd PTi MUMBAI, JUNE 21
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday regained the number-one batting position while his team returned to the second spot in the ICC ODI Championship after back-toback victories in the ongoing Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. Dhoni, who had started the tournament in third place trailing number-one ranked Michael Hussey of Australia by eight ratings points, scored 38 not out against Bangladesh and 56 against Pakistan. These match-winning efforts, combined with Hussey's batting failure with the bat against Ireland in Dublin last week, has helped the India captain to jump two places to regain top spot while the Australian left-hander has been pushed down two
places to third. India's successive victories in the Asia Cup also ensured that it returns to number-two position in the ICC ODI Championship. With India to face Sri Lanka in their last group stage match tomorrow before meeting again in the final on Thursday, Dhoni's side can afford to lose one match without conceding their second place. However, if India lose both those matches, they will drop
to 118 ratings points which will give South Africa possession of number-two spot. Sri Lanka, in that scenario, would rise to 111 ratings points. M e a n w h i l e , S r i L a n ka ' s Tillakaratne Dilshan leapfrogged India's iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar into fourth spot while India opener Gautam Gambhir has rocketed seven places to 17th spot after scores of 82 and 83. In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has moved four places to 14th spot while India's pace and spin combination of Praveen Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja have also made upward movements. Praveen has jumped seven places to occupy 20th position while Jadeja has vaulted 12 places to sit in 21st position.
India will stay focussed, says Harbhajan agencies DAMBULLA, JUNE 21
Harbhajan Singh, who hit the winning six in the see-saw match against Pakistan, has said India won't lose their focus in the Asia Cup after the high of beating their arch-rivals. He had launched the penultimate ball of Saturday's contest to pull off a thrilling victory which secured India's place in the final against Sri Lanka. “You obviously feel proud and happy that we won the game against Pakistan, but this tournament isn't over yet," Harbhajan said after India's practice session on Monday. "There are two more important matches to play, and we are looking to finish the tournament on a good note." Harbhajan also stressed that his focus was mainly on his bowling and not on his batting. “I'm not an all-rounder," he said. “Firstly, I'm a bowler who can bat a bit and I want to keep it like that. I don't take too much of pressure on myself by being called an all-rounder." Ahead of the Asia Cup, M S Dhoni had spoken about the dearth of quality fast-bowling allrounders in India, and Harbhajan also highlighted the lack of multiskilled cricketers. “There was only one all-rounder India has produced, that was Sir Kapil Dev," he said. "After that forget Kapil Dev, we haven't even produced an all-
Federer escapes with victory agencies WiMBLeDOn, JUne 21
As Monday afternoon wore on, Roger Federer rallied, then rolled, crawling from beneath a 5-7, 4-6 hole to capture the final three sets, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0 against Alejandro Falla of Colombia ranked 60th, in Wimbledon. Women's 11th seed Marion Bartoli, 12th seed Nadia Petrova and 21st seed Vera Zvonareva also went through to the second round in straight sets, while 27th seed Maria Kirilenko made it in three sets. Switzerland's Patty Schnyder, who was playing her 56th Grand Slam, the most of any player in the women's draw, lost 6-0, 6-2 to Taiwan's Chan Yung-Jan, who got the first win of the championships.
rounder half as good as Kapil." India have a decent record against Sri Lanka in bilateral series over the past few years, but have fallen short against them in several multi-team tournaments. Harbhajan said India needed to be wary of the Sri Lankan side. “They are a very good side, if you see their batting line-up, they have a very good line-up, Mahela Jaywardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews," he said. “Their bowling is also
quite good, we need to play as well as we can." The visitors' chances received a blow when experienced opener Virender Sehwag was forced out of the tournament by a hamstring injury. The Indian squad had a new member joining them on Monday morning after Dinesh Karthik was flown in as a replacement. Karthik and Saurabh Tiwary, one of whom is likely to take Sehwag's place in the XI for India's two remaining matches,
both had lengthy batting sessions in the afternoon. Harbhajan remained confident of a good performance despite missing three of their most experienced players. “All the players who are here have performed well whenever given the chance, whether it's Pragyan Ojha, Dinesh Karthik or Virat Kohli," he said. “I think we shouldn't think of them as youngsters, they are here because they are good enough.
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Hasan (50) and Umar Akmal (50), Pakistan made an intimidating 385 for seven, their highest score in ODIs, after electing to bat. Bangladesh settled for batting practice, making a listless 246 from their 50 overs. Juanid Siddique, who fell three runs short of his maiden hundred, and Imrul Kayes raised 160 runs for the second wicket, batting as if they were in a Test-match situation. Siddique struck six fours and
two sixes during his 144-ball essay while Kayes, who took 24 balls to get off the mark, consumed 110 balls for his 66. For Pakistan, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif, Afridi and Imran Farhat took a wicket each. Both sides have crashed out of the tournament while India and Sri Lanka will play in the final on June 24. Tomorrow, India meet Sri Lanka at 2.30 p.m.
Pakistan crush Bangladesh
Captain Shahid Afridi smashed a blistering 60-ball 124, his second century in the tournament, to steer Pakistan to a resounding 139-run win over Bangladesh in an inconsequential Asia Cup match here on Monday. Powered by Afridi's blitzkrieg and useful half-centuries from Imran Farhat (66), Shahzaib
can't change the wind, you can “ Mou meuta thuim konnuim “You however adjust your sails - Anonymous fonddtta - Anonymous
BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES ne question on everyone’s minds while attending a motivational course is ‘How long will I be able to pay attention?’ Imagine talking to children as young as 12 years old; their focus keeps shif ting and to make them listen to you is really a feat. But Laxmi Khalap Bhatt enjoys every moment of it. A counsellor from Mapusa who is now settled in Florida, USA since the last ten years, Laxmi conducts workshops for children and women in the US and has conducted a two-day workshop at Mapusa, in the beginning of the academic year to help in goal setting and to motivate students, especially in the age group of 12-16 years. “It was quite successful. I got a lot of calls from parents saying that they saw a change in their kids. I myself was a bit worried in the beginning of the workshop wondering how I will be able to connect to the students but they were very receptive once I started,” says Laxmi who introduced mind games and activities between her talks to freshen the minds of the children. “Everyone can get fed up listening to long lectures, even our brain needs a break. What I do is, I first conduct a half hour talk wherein I gave them a lot of examples. I follow this with some fun activity and then resume with another talk. Most of the activities involve methods of focus and memorising techniques.” According to Laxmi’s observation, children in India are more respectful in a very traditional way. They respect elders because they are taught to do so at home and find it rude to correct someone elder to them. “This can have its drawbacks too as the children will not be able to question anyone. They might feel inferior and lack a positive attitude. Some children don’t open up when they see their parents around, they shy away. Once the language barrier is crossed and you gain the confidence of the children, they really participate in the workshop. My workshops usually help in build-
mon It is quite com be for children to ders moulded by el their into forms of eby own liking, ther eir h t g erodin individual ald identities. Her to n i delves n ca aspects which ve ti h a ve a n e g a ung e ff e ct o n yo ally minds, especi ing up confin re ild dence and gainIndian ch
ing grasping power. Culture does have an influence on every individual but that should not be a reason to diminish our uniqueness.” Praising the education system in India, Laxmi says, “India has a good basic foundation especially with regard to Mathematics and Science. Even in the US, parents teach their children at home while in school they teach it in a very complicated method. Eventually, Indian students tend to do well in America. Some Americans also approach Indians for tuitions. In India, it is important for every school to have a counsellor and the syllabus should be more practical- than theory-based as practicals make students learn on their own.” Previously, Laxmi gave tuitions for Math and Science and SATs in Florida. She now runs a website called Narishakti which motivates women to interact on the internet, share recipes and even share their achievements. “I would like to advise parents to treat their children with equality. Don’t compare them to other children as it puts them down. Prevent taunting them by calling them dumb or goodfor-nothings; children too have feelings and your words might scar them for life. One more thing that I noticed is that parents often tell their children’s complains to the teachers in front of the child, which is not right. Appreciate the good things in your children and don’t criticise them in front of others. Parents should be motivating and encouraging to their children. This encouragement will surely payoff in building a brighter future for the children,” says Laxmi.
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Conquering the Treacherous Southern Seas BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES here is a very fine line between being adventurous and being crazy. After I complete my voyage, I will know which one I am,” were interesting words uttered by 42 year-old Commander Dilip Donde before he set forth on his ‘Solo Circumnavigation under Sails’ on August 19, 2009. The project was flagged off by the Chief of Naval Staff at Mumbai. Cdr Donde successfully completed his voyage on May 19, 2010. Today, quiz him as to which category he belongs to and he humorously replies, “No one will ever admit to being crazy. So, I leave it to others to gauge me.” In the same light mood, he continues, “Since I am successful, people are calling me adventurous but had I not succeeded, they would have been all out saying, ‘I told you so crazy man’.” The ice is broken and the conversation sails smoothly. In fact, one look at him and you notice that he comes across as most unassuming. No exaggerated flourish in language or articulation. Yet, he is the gallant man who has set a new Indian record: the first solo circumnavigation of the world. To question him on the challenges of his voyage is surely an understatement, right? The reply is, “Full of challenges, great fun!” And he goes on to elucidate on adventure, “The fact that I am with the Indian Navy for the last 20 years is adventurous in itself. I am a professional diver. I have been to Tibet on foot through the Himalayas. I have skied in Manali and indulged in many more adventurous events.” Even his participation in this project is brushed off with a, “Oh! I just liked the idea and found it exciting.” Sponsored by the Indian Navy, the project named ‘Sagar Parikrama’, was aimed at putting the name of an Indian on the Solo Sailing map of the world and to gather important information about weather conditions and other data prevailing in the southern ocean. So, what can the commander tell us about the southern seas? There is an air of mystery when he explains that he has encountered the winds that sailors call the ‘Roaring 40s’, ‘Fearsome 50s’ and ‘Screaming 60s’. Cdr Donde says, “Sailors equate sailing the southern ocean to climbing Mount Everest. Not many venture into the southern hemisphere where there is very little land mass and so the winds are not obstructed and blow violently. The waves are really, really huge. It is very cold too.” Expounding further, he says, “You never know what the sea can throw at you. One moment you are sailing in perfectly smooth conditions and the
me in the ti t s r fi e th For , tory of India is h e m ti ri a m ailor has a s o l o s d the globe ate circumnavig . And this in successfully n our very o a boat made o il ( D iv a r s own Goan . ed ‘Mhadei’ island), nam e an exclusiv Herald gets r y commande ts u g e th h it w s to Mumbai before he flie next moment your boat could be pitching and rolling ready to topple with bad weather conditions. You need to always be alert as you are alone. Even at night you need to keep waking up to check that everything is going fine.” The commander attributes a lot of his success to the ‘Mhadei’, which is named after river Mandovi and is based on Goan tradition of honouring the Boat Devi of Goa. He says, “She is a wonderful beauty and attracted a huge fan following throughout my voyage. She is the first of her kind sailing yacht in the country and is home grown which is a proud feat for the Goans.” Constructed in Goa with the pioneering efforts of Aquarius Fibreglass Pvt Ltd, Goa, the ‘Mhadei’ is built at a cost of Rs 4.15 crore and is a 56 feet long sail boat based on design acquired from Van de Stadt Design Bureau, Netherlands. And how interesting was it to meet the different kinds of people as Cdr Donde anchored at the four ports, Fremantle (Australia) 4,000 Nms (7,200 kms), Christchurch (New Zealand) 3,600 Nms (6,480 kms), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) 5,000 Nms (9,000 kms) and Cape Town (South Africa) 3,200 Nms (5,760 kms) respectively? He says, “People were excellent and very helpful in all four ports. I didn’t get much time to sightsee as at each port I would first rush in search of hardware stores for repairs and maintenance of the boats.” And what lessons did the brave heart learn from the mysterious, majestic howling sea as he sailed her waters? The reply is, “It is humbling when you realise how insignificant you are in the scheme of things.” The commander goes on to talk about his connect with the boat. He says, “You are totally dependent on your boat as you are thousands of miles away from land; if she sails, you sail and if she capsizes, so do you.” Did the sailor enjoy his ‘aloneness’ during the ample free time? Laughing, he replies, “Actually, there is hardly any free time during sailing. You need to cook for yourself and look after your boat through repairs and maintenance. But yes, I caught up on my reading and kept in constant touch with the world through my blogging as ‘Mhadei’ is fitted with internet broadband. The response was huge; loads of comments from all over the world.” To aspiring sailors, Cdr Donde advises, “Go for it, start sailing. It’s fun! It is not as difficult as it is made out to be.” And his concluding plea to Indians is, “Look after your seas. Oceans the world over are clean and as we sail, we connect with a lot of wild life. But in India, unfortunately, this doesn’t happen.”
Amanda Bynes retires from Acting at 24
he’s the Man’ star Amanda Bynes, who started working at the age of seven, has decided to retire from acting at the ripe old age of 24 because she doesn’t find her career ‘fun’ anymore. The ’Hairspray’ star and Forbes young rich-lister used Twitter to announce she had quit the film industry because “being an actress isn’t as much fun as it may seem. “If I don’t love something any more I stop doing it,” she told her 300,000-plus followers in a series of frank tweets on the weekend. “I’ve never written the movies and TV shows I’ve been apart of. I’ve only acted like the characters the producers or directors wanted me to play. Being an actress isn’t as fun as it seems. If I don’t love something anymore, I stop doing it,” Bynes posted.“I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first. I’ve retired,” she added. She later thanked her father for his “words of wisdom” and the advice that “the truth will set you free”. Bynes has appeared on screen since the age of seven, when she was first cast in a confectionery advertisement. She shot to fame on US kid’s channel Nickelodeon and was given her own skit show, ‘The Amanda Show’, before starring in teen gender-bender comedy ‘She’s The Man’ in 2006 and as Penny Pingleton in musical smash ‘Hairspray’ in 2007. The California native has had a recent run of bad luck, being cast as the female lead in 2009 comedy ‘Post Grad’ only to be replaced by ‘Gilmore Girls’ star Alexis Bledel before shooting. She filmed a pilot for the ABC sticom ‘Canned’, which was cancelled in the same year, and a five-year deal to design a clothing range was cut short when the company involved went bust about the same time. ‘Hairspray 2’ was also canned. Bynes, who reportedly earned $2.5 million in 2007 and was named the fifth highest-paid celebrity under 21 by Forbes, said her lack of creative involvement in her screen roles was behind her decision to quit. Her latest film ‘Easy A’, also starring Emma Stone and ‘Friends’ actress Lisa Kudrow, is due for release in September.
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areena Kapoor is happy that she has a loyal set of friends, family members and supporters around her who help her keep her chin up. “And then of course there is Saif,” she gushes. “He has been around for so long and keeps me happy and smiling.” Kareena was referring to the low phases in her life when uncharitable remarks are made about her or her performance. Though the actress doesn't mind healthy criticism, she isn't amused when comments are made without any provocation or reason. “I have realised over a period of time that the higher you go, more and more people will try to pull you down. I used to
hear about this from my sister (Karisma) but had experienced this first hand only recently. It isn't really funny actually," Kareena added. Even as their professional relationship grows, the emotional bonds between Kareena and Saif appear to be strengthening. Kareena has also started to bond with Saif's two children from his earlier 13 year-old marriage with Amrita Singh. It may still be some time before Kareena gets to do Mommy duties but that sure is the road down which she is headed. For the time being Kareena is just getting to know Saif's daughter Sara and son Ibrahim, both of whom live with their mother.
GOA’S HEARTBEAT Tuesday, 22 June, 2010
WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? Night school classes for Std VIII and Std IX will take place in the last week of June from 6pm to 9:30pm at the Housing Board School, Gogol. It is conducted by the Adult Education and Welfare Association, Vidhyanagar-Margao. Call 9422059808. Shambhavi kriya, as part of the 7day Inner Engineering Program is being held till June 22 at Clube Gaspar Dias Hall, Miramar, Panjim. It is organised by the Isha Foundation. Call 9822100305. ‘The Value of Art – Understanding the Art Market’, a lecture as part of a lecture series by Kanchi Mehta (art curator, consultant and historian) will take place on June 23 and 25 at 6.45pm at the Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. A garage sale will be held every Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Seconds to Go, Mapusa. ‘A new world…VISION 2050’, a creativity contest on graphic designing on the subject, will be held on July 10 and 11. Registrations close on June 28. Call 9423885224 or 2225153. Visit www.mgmgoa.com. ‘Coconut Heritage Photography Contest’, organised by Heritage Jazz is open for registration till July 10. Entry forms are available at Champs and Big G in Margao and Champs, Magsons, Don Bosco Oratory and the Gonsalves Mansion in Panjim. Entries should be submitted at the Gonsalves Mansion, Campal. Visit www.heritagejazz.com. Call 2228010. A 2-week Free Monsoon Dance Workshop for Children and Adults, organised by Xtremers Dance Group is being held till June 26 at Margao, Panjim, Ponda and Mapusa. Call 9823712572 or 9823469258. A basic pranic healing workshop, conducted by grand master Choa Kok Sui will be held on June 27 from 9:30am to 5:30pm at the GORC Hall,
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Va s c o . C a l l 9 9 2 3 7 5 2 5 6 9 , 9325503194 or 2515703 Kirtan orientation classes, organised by Kirtan Vidyalay, Borim will take place every Sunday from 4pm to 6pm at The Padmavi Hotel, Ponda. Call 9421097435 or 2333061. Free course on fashion designing, refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) and beautification, conducted by the Government Polytechnic, Panjim, under its Community Develeopment through Polytechnic Scheme is open for registration till June 30. Visit the Government Polytechnic, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2432667, 2225973, 2465448 or 9850226366. Consumer rights awareness week, organised by GOACAN will be held from June 19 to 25. Write to GOACAN, Post Box 187, Margao, Goa, 403 601. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Mango and coconut seedlings, lime layers, lime seedlings and chickoo grafts are being sold by the Zonal Agricultural office, Canacona at the farms in Kodar, Ponda. The Monsoon Jumble Sale, organised by the YMCA, Women’s Forum will take place on July 4 at the YMCA, Campal, Panjim. Call 9623525442, 9822582022 or 2227112. The qualifying round of the State Level Dance Competition, organised by the Samrat Club, Kapileshwar will take place on June 27 at 3pm at the Vishwahindu Parishad Hall, Khadpabandh, Ponda. Personality development workshop will be held at the Detroit Institute, Jose Falcao Road, Panjim, from June 24 for a period of two weeks. Contact 9822131835 A course in Pilates exercise will be held in Anjuna. A preventative exercise that improves core-strength, poster, balance and coordination – see and feel the results after the first session. Contact: 9623524492
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Kya Hai’ from the film ‘Umrao Jaan’ while budding Goan dancer Vaishnavi Pai Cacode’s dance performance mesmerised the audience. Konkani film actress Lalan Dessai compeered the entire show. Goan dancers Kunti Makwana and Apravi Kamat presented fabulous dance performances on live songs sung by Abhilasha Chellam, Apoorva Gajjala and Annapurna Sakhardande. Kunti presented a dance on ‘Vande Mataram’ while Apravi showed her finesse to the foot-tapping ‘Aaja Nachale’. The splendid ‘lavani’ dance presented by Prutha Parrikar on Apoorva Gajjala’s live song ‘Cham Cham Karta’ received a standing ovation. Earlier Prof Vithaldas Nagvekar, Member of Goa State Cultural Development Committee lit the traditional lamp to mark the inauguration of Revolution Day celebrations in the presence of Ramesh Hodarkar, Dattaprasad Sawkar, Naresh Timble and Vishal Pai Cacode. Daughter of poet B B Borkar, Padma Vajram Aiyangar and many other prominent Goans were present at the function.
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TAG outlines Guidelines for Tiatr HERALD FEATURES he Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) organised a meeting of tiatr artistes as well as khell-tiatr artistes on June 20, 2010 at TAG's Conference Hall, Panjim. The purpose of the meeting was to decide about the correct format of tiatr as well as that of khell-tiatr. Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG, brought to the notice of the tiatr artistes that most of the Konkani tiatrs staged in recent times are not as per the original format of tiatr. He requested the artistes that the original format must be preserved. Veteran artistes from the field of tiatr and khelltiatr along with the artistes of present times attended the meeting. After a thorough discussion it was decided that the presentation of tiatrs must have the following aspects so that the uniqueness of Goan Tiatr is preserved, promoted and developed. The format followed is that a tiatr should have its story divided into 6-7 parts with each act called a ‘podd’ddo’. The story begins with the first ‘podd’ddo’ and runs without any disconnection through all ‘podd’dde’ and ends in the last ‘podd’ddo’. The tiatr should begin with an opening song called ‘kantar’. It may be a solo, duet, trio etc. Its theme has no relevance to the theme of the play. Therefore, the tiatr script should be written in such a way that the part of the story in every ‘podd’ddo’ must have a meaningful event. Comedy sequences are an integral aspect of tiatr hence every ‘podd’ddo’ had a comic sequence which was directly linked to the theme of the play. ‘Canto’ is a small song, mostly one verse and one chorus or two verses and one chorus. ‘Canto’ is the result of emotions of the happenings in the story of the tiatr which are expressed through song.
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09:30 Blackmail 12:30 Maa Ka Chamatkar 16:00 Gangster 20:00 Sarkar
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12:00 Adventures of Tarzan 16:00 Aag 20:00 Meri Jung: (new) 23:20 Buddha Mar Gaya
08:00 Loha 12:00 Bal Bramhachari 16:00 Bulandi 20:00 Watan Ke Rakhwale
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‘Kantaram’ on the other hand, are songs which are sung in between every two ‘podd’dde’ and have no relevance to the story of the tiatr. A tiatr must have a minimum of 10 songs and maximum of 14 songs. These songs must include at least two duets, one duo, one trio, one quartet and one choral song be it choral duet, duo, trio or quartet besides solo songs. TAG is of the opinion that the present tiatrists should venture in bringing innovations on the tiatr stage but should take care that the format of tiatr should not be disturbed or altered.
HERALD FEATURES hile the whole state is gearing up to celebrate the feast of St John the Baptist, the tiny village of Salvador de Mundo showed the world how you can have fun the right way, by hosting an eco-friendly Sao Joao celebration on June 20. The celebration, which clearly stated that there was no prizes, no plastic, no alcohol, no sponsors, no chief guest and no competition, was a completely unique idea to celebrate a festival. “Our basic aim was to revive the old traditions and train youngsters to keep the traditions alive for the future generations,” said Mario Fernandes, one of the organisers. The celebrations which saw a huge attendance, mostly through the propagation on one social networking site, had a multilayered aim. “We tried to promote our age old traditions, to give a platform for the younger people to perform, to pass on a message of the ecology of a place and to foster cross community harmony,” explained Mario. Everything done was a voluntary service, where people came together to cook the meals a day in advance. “People voluntarily came forward to donate rice, fish and everything else; the food items were all traditionally Goan, with pez, olsande, sanna, along with chicken xacuti,” said Mario. The children were encouraged to make items and
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HERALD FEATURES oung and budding Goan artistes performed to a packed auditorium in the musical concert ‘Gomantswar’ presented by Vaishnavi Creations at Tilak Smarak Mandir, Pune. The event was organised on the auspicious day of ‘Goa Krantidin’ by the Pune Goans’ Social Union, Pune in association with Department of Art and Culture, Goa. The musical extravaganza started with the invocation song ‘Gananayakay Ganadhishaya’ presented by Rajesh Madgaonkar with a dance performance by child artist Prutha Parrikar. Mugdha Gaonkar then presented ‘Goenche Naav Vhad Karun’ – a composition of Bakibab Borkar paying homage to freedom fighters. Akanksha Kamat, Ashwek Shanbhag, Mugdha Gaonkar, Annapurna Sakhardande presented various popular songs like ‘Chanyache Rati’, ‘Shravanat Ghan Nila’, ‘Narava Krishna Saman’, ‘Maze Rani Maze Moga’ and others. Saregamapa fame finalist Abhilasha Chellam took to the stage with a popular mujra Abhilasha Chellam and Apoorva Gajjala number ‘Dil Chiz
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Goan Artists enthrall All at ‘Gomantswar’
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sing mandos. “We had made copelas (floral headgears) for the first 100 people who came in, the children were thought so that they could make them for future times,” said Mario. “Others were encouraged to sing Mandos and other Konkani songs so that they would keep the music alive,” he added. Traditional copelas, food items and the per formance of the Mandos by the Goa Youth Brass Band led by Ashley Fernandes and the young violinists led by Senon D’Souza, was a real treat to the revellers who had come in.
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FIFA makes plans for drawing of lots REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 21
A team could advance from the group stage of the World Cup for the first time ever by having their name drawn out of a hat later this week. With results and standings in six of the eight groups being so close, a number of teams in each section could all finish level on points, goal difference and goals scored as well as matches between themselves. The provision for a team to advance by the luck of drawing lots is buried away in Article 39 near the end of FIFA's book of World Cup regulations and has never been activated. Replays and playoffs were used in the World Cup until 1958 and since then, despite the expansion of the tournament from 16 to 24 and then 32 teams, all qualifying issues have been settled by the six fac-
tors used to determine a team's group ranking. The first is obviously points, followed by goal difference in all matches, and if that is equal then goals scored. If two or more teams are equal on the basis of those criteria, then head-to-heads come into play. If teams still cannot be separated then the greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams involved is used and finally, if they are still equal, FIFA draws lots. FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot told reporters Groups A, C, D, F, G and H could yet be decided by the drawing of lots. ''The possibility still exists in six groups out of the eight,'' he told reporters. Any draw would take place at Soccer City at 7 pm local time (1700 GMT) after the last group matches that kickoff at 4 pm and 11.30pm for the games starting at 8.30pm and would be conducted by a member of the World Cup Organising Committee.
South Korea target win over Nigeria AFP DURBAN, JUNE 21
South Korea play winless Nigeria in their final Group B match here on Tuesday in the knowledge that a win would seal their berth in the last 16 stage of the World Cup. The South Koreans, bidding to reach the second round for only the second time in eight World Cups, kicked off their group campaign here with a 20 win over Greece, but then crashed 4-1 to Argentina to stand second in Group B. Nigeria staggered from an opening 1-0 defeat to the Argentinians to a crucial 2-1 loss at the hands of the Greeks, who meet table-topping Argentina in their final group match, also on Tuesday. So for the Koreans, it all hinges on their final group game against Nigeria, a fact not lost on coach Huh Jung-Moo.
Nakamura has b’day wishes
AFP GEORGE, JUNE 21
Reanne Da Silva from Panjim proudly displays the Portugal flag after the 7-0 victory over North Korea on Monday. Photo: Rozario Estibeiro
Former Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura, is hoping he can celebrate his 32nd birthday on Thursday by playing a key role on Japan's World Cup showdown with Denmark. But Nakamura said he could prove his worth when the Blue Samurai and the Danes clash for Group E's second last 16 slot with the Netherlands already assured of going through. "Just one play could change the whole situation and I want to work hard for that one moment," Nakamura told reporters at Japan's training base here. "Whatever they say about me now, everybody has ups and downs. They should work harder when the sun is not shining on them," he said.
French players to wrap themselves in blankets three days ago. Coach Diego Maradona needs no introduction to Greece. Apart from watching video recordings of a 2-0 loss to South Korea and 21 victory over 10-man Nigeria, he has faced them in the World Cup. His mind will rewind to June 21 1994 at Foxboro Stadium in the United States and a 4-0 triumph in which he scored once and Gabriel Batistuta completed a hat-trick with a penalty 60 seconds from full-time. But darker days lay ahead with Maradona kicked out of his last World Cup as a footballer for failing a drugs test and Argentina failing in their quest for a third title after winning at home in 1978 and in Mexico eight years later. Many observers believe a third title could come on July 11 in Johannesburg, but Maradona
former European champions with no choice but to win as well and leave mathematicians to sort out the goal difference. "We learnt a lot from our mistakes against the Koreans and still have hopes of getting through. We will do our best against Argentina," promised Dimitris Salpingidis who equalised against Nigeria. But many wonder if Greece would have won in Bloemfontein had Nigerian Sani Kaita not lost his head before half-time and been sent off for a wild assault on an opponent. It may not be a four-goal hiding this time, but having won on the field against the Greeks, Maradona is likely to repeat the feat as a coach and set his team up for a second round showdown against the Group A runners-up.
Argentina set for another victory AFP JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 21
Form and history favour Argentina against unpredictable Greece on Tuesday when Group B at the World Cup draws to a close. The South Americans have been the most impressive performers so far in the four-yearly spectacle being hosted by South Africa, defeating Nigeria 1-0 and South Korea 4-1 at Johannesburg stadiums Ellis Park and Soccer City. And striker Gonzalo Higuain has scored the only hat-trick to date at the tournament, using his head and feet to torment the Koreans in the afternoon sunshine before 82,000 appreciative onlookers. Now they take a four-hour coach journey north from their Pretoria base to Polokwane for a floodlit match at a stadium where freezing conditions forced
knows the World Cup is a marathon not a sprint and the steepest obstacles come in the knockout phase. So far, so good for Argentina, though, who have been pleasant on the eye with workaholic World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi doing just about everything except score. "I have to congratulate my players because everything they have done so far has worked out well. I am very happy at this World Cup," said Maradona after a training session. While only a heavy loss at Peter Mokaba Stadium and victory for South Korea over Nigeria could deprive Argentina of a place among the last 16, the Greeks are desperate for points. A draw would suffice if Nigeria defeat South Korea in Durban, but an Asian triumph leaves the
SA, French hopes hang by a thread Bafana win, it could prove to be irrelevant. That is because if Mexico and Uruguay play out a draw in their match in Rustenburg, which takes place at the same time as the France-South Africa clash,
well and finish the competition in style by winning." Host nation South Africa will Everton midfielder Steven face a French side in disarray in Pienaar said the South Africans their final group match on Tueshad tried to put the pain of their day with both sides knowing 3-0 defeat behind them. their fate is out of their hands "It is normal for a professional but hoping for a miracle. footballer to be disapTODAY’S MATCHES The Bafana Bafana pointed after losing a crashed to a 3-0 defeat Mexico v. Uruguay, 7.30 p.m. game, but you have to foragainst Uruguay in their secget about it," he said. ond group game following France v. South Africa, 7.30 p.m. Anelka's exclusion lays an opening day draw with Nigeria v. S Korea, 00.00 hours bare the divisions within Mexico, leaving them rooted the French camp in a disat the bottom of Group A Greece v. Argentina, 00.00 hours astrous World Cup camwith a single point and a paign for the 1998 World minus-three goal difference. the Latin American sides would Cup winners. France, finalists in 2006, have progress. FIFA has dismissed fears that flopped in South Africa, suffering But France and South Africa Mexico and Uruguay may cona miserable 2-0 reverse against will take hope from the fact that spire to draw in their final Group Mexico following a goalless Mexico and Uruguay will be A match in order qualify todraw with Uruguay, with French keen to avoid facing the impres- gether for the last 16. coach Raymond Domenech ad- sive Argentinians in the last 16 A similar scenario occurred mitting: "We need a miracle - the likely fate for the runners- in 1982 when Germany and Ausnow." up in group A. tria played out a dire goalless French woes deepened SatSouth Africa coach Carlos Al- draw to squeeze out Algeria. urday when they kicked star berto Parreira said: "There is reAnd at Euro 2004, the Swedes striker Nicolas Anelka out of the spect for the French, but we do and Danes - another pair of World Cup after a foul-mouthed not fear them. We want to play neighbours - drew 2-2 to elimitirade aimed at Domenech. nate the furious Italians. There is sure to be fervent Domenech insists the consupport for the host nation at spiracy theory is irrelevant. Bloemfontein's Free State sta"I am not bothered about the dium but even if the Bafana others. We have to play and do our thing and the other match is not my problem." AFP AFP BLOEMFONTEIN, JUNE 21
Mexicans hint draw will do RUSTENBURG, JUNE 21
Cuauhtemoc Blanco has insisted Mexico will not be worried if they can do no better than draw with Uruguay in Tuesday's World Cup clash, a result which would send France home. The Group A match takes place against a backdrop of fears that the two Latin American sides will contrive a result that ensures they both progress to the last 16 at the expense of the 2006 runners-up. Apart from trusting in the integrity of the management and players of the two squads, France's main hope of avoiding that scenario lies with the fact that Mexico need to win the match to top the group and avoid a likely second-round tie against on-form Argentina, who look virtually certain to top group B. Veteran forward Blanco however insists that the Mexicans are not giving any thought to who they will face in the first knockout round. "It just doesn't matter," he said. "In any case, we are mentally strong to beat anyone. "We have no problems facing Argentina in the next round. It would be a great game against a fantastic side." Uruguay will go into the match as clear favourites to top the group but Blanco said Mexico would not fear anyone after their win over troubled France. "We know Uruguay are a great team and they have great individual players, like Diego Forlan but we are not scared of them."
Vuvuzela: Uniquely African, made in China AP BEIJING, JUNE 21
If those buzzing, honking vuvuzelas are marring your World Cup experience, don’t expect much sympathy from Chinese businesswoman Gua Lili. Gua’s Guangda Toy Factory in the eastern manufacturing hub of Yiwu has produced and shipped more than 1 million of the plastic trumpets, whose sound has been likened to a swarm of angry bees. Production is steaming ahead at up to 20,000 units per day. Chinese media report that up to 90 percent of the vuvuzelas sold in South Africa during the World Cup were made in China, mainly by factories in the provinces of Zhejiang, where Yiwu is located, and Guangdong to the south. And if you thought the noisemakers’ would just fade away after the World Cup ends next month, Gua is betting you’re wrong. “We believe the market for vuvuzela trumpets will expand after the World Cup as people from more countries began to love them,” she said.
You're a good soldier Choosing your battles Pick yourself up And dust yourself off And back in the saddle You're on the frontline Everyone's watching You know it's serious We're getting closer This isnt over The pressure is on You feel it But you've got it all Believe it. When you fall get up Oh oh... And if you fall get up Oh oh... Tsamina mina Zangalewa Cuz this is Africa Tsamina mina eh eh Waka Waka eh eh Tsamina mina zangalewa Anawa aa This time for Africa Listen to your God This is our motto Your time to shine Dont wait in line Y vamos por Todo People are raising Their Expectations Go on and feed them This is your moment No hesitations Today's your day I feel it You paved the way Believe it If you get down Get up Oh oh... When you get down Get up eh eh... Tsamina mina zangalewa Anawa aa This time for Africa Tsamina mina eh eh Waka Waka eh eh Tsamina mina zangalewa Anawa aa Tsamina mina eh eh Waka Waka eh eh Tsamina mina zangalewa This time for Africa
Courts fast-track justice AFP CAPE TOWN, JUNE 21
South Africa's special World Cup courts are handing out swift justice, many for petty offences committed by foreigners, defying the fears of violent crime that dogged the host before kick-off. The 56 dedicated courts have handed down 10 convictions and one acquittal in more than 20 cases that have seen mainly foreigners in the dock since opening at the end of May to fast-track World Cup crimes. “The majority of accused persons are non-South Africans," Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, told AFP. Fears over high crime levels, with an average of 50 killings a day, were a major concern ahead of the World Cup with a British company marketing stab-proof vests for fans and headlines warning of possible machete attacks. But while armed robbers have hit during the tournament, charges range from fraud, drunken driving, ticket scalping and marijuana possession to assault. The most high-profile case so far was the arrest of two Dutch women for bringing 36 women to a World Cup match in orange miniskirts made by a brewery, in a case of “ambush marketing". The courts -- which cost 45 million rand (six million dollars,
4.8 million euros) -- run for 15 hours a day with 256 prosecutors and advocates working countrywide in two shifts. On a public holiday this week, the Cape Town magistrate's court sat for the first appearance of a local man accused of robbing a Mexican tourist. On Saturday, the city's regional court heard a case of a knife-armed robber threatening to kill a group of Americans fans after they returned to a rented house, local media reported. “We start at eight in the morning and it goes up until 11 in the evening. All of us are here. There's none of us who are on call," said senior prosecutor David Jacobs who is based at the magistrate’s court. “Our objective is to deal with the cases as soon as possible." The new World Cup courts were set up to not burden the already backlogged justice system and will remain open two weeks after the July 11 final. The sentences have been quick and tough. A trial in a Johannesburg court this week took 20 minutes to sentence a cellphone thief to five years in jail, the Saturday Star reported. “Because the eyes of the world are on us, this court has a duty to send a strong message that these kinds of crimes will not be tolerated," the prosecutor
was quoted as saying. A Nigerian would-be ticket tout was sentenced this week to three years in jail after he was found with 30 match tickets. And two Zimbabweans and one Nigerian were sentenced to up to 15 years for the armed robbery of three journalists covering the Portuguese team. The speed of convictions has raised some concerns about whether the rights of the suspects are being respected. “While justice delayed is justice denied, expedited justice too has inherent dangers," the leading Star newspaper said in an editorial. “We are all innocent until proven guilty. We are also all entitled to a fair defence. These rights can never be subverted to a short-term goal." The high number of foreigners behind the crimes led South Africa's police chief Bheki Cele to accuse non-South Africans of taking advantage of the country's rampant crime rate. “We have observed a trend where foreigners commit crime -- taking advantage of the fact that we have an unacceptable crime level -- to tarnish our credibility and image," he was quoted as saying earlier this week. For prosecutors like Jacobs, the new system has offered a glimpse of justice working without delays.
GOA, Tuesday, 22 June, 2010
Dunga brands Kaka red card ‘totally unjustified’ n It was a totally unjustified dismissal of Kaka, he was fouled and yet he was punished. The player who commits the foul escapes the yellow card, I have to congratulate him for that.
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Brazil coach Dunga insisted the controversial dismissal of star midfielder Kaka was 'totally unjustified' as the five-time world champions beat the Ivory Coast 3-1 to reach the World Cup last 16 on Sunday. Kaka was sent off for a second yellow card in the final minutes for pushing Abdelkader Keita, but the Ivorian wildly exaggerated the impact of the shove by falling to the ground, dramatically clutching his face. Having earlier picked up a yel-
low card for a push on Yaya Toure on 85 minutes, Kaka was shown red three minutes later when Keita ran into the Brazilian, who was looking the other way. "I won't make any comment about the red card," fumed Kaka after the game. "I think all of you saw the image and everything else, so I have nothing further to say.” The images are there for all to see and you are able to see what really happened." Dunga was left almost speechless by the sending off which now sees the Real Madrid star suspended for the final Group G match
French team resumes training AFP KNYSNA, JUNE 21
The France World Cup squad resumed training here on Monday a day after they went on strike over the expulsion of forward Nicolas Anelka. The 21-man squad jogged round the pitch while embattled coach Raymond Domenech chatted with his coaching staff. The forward, who plays for English Premier League champions Chelsea, arrived back in London early Monday, after his teammates had refused to take part in a session on Sunday. Amid extraordinary scenes at their training base in South Africa and in full view of TV cameras, team captain Patrice Evra had a shouting match with fitness coach Robert Duverne before the scheduled session, forcing Domenech to intervene. When the players refused to train, a furious Duverne stormed off and threw his stopwatch across the pitch in frustration.
arrives in London
The players' mutiny prompted FFF did not at any point try to protop French Football Federation tect the squad," the players said. "It took a decision based (FFF) official Jean-Louis Valentin to resign, saying he was "dis- solely on facts reported by the press, without consulting the gusted" by the players. Domenech read out a statement players." France, the 1998 World from the players expressing their Cup winners and 2006 runnersopposition to the decision to kick up, are supposed to be preparAnelka out of the squad and said ing to face host nation South they deplored the way the dress- Africa on Tuesday in their final ing room bust-up between him group Group A game with qualand Domenech had been revealed ification on the line. Evra refused to blame Anelka on by sports daily L'Equipe. "We regret the incident at half- Saturday, saying the real problem in time of the France v Mexico match, the squad was a "traitor" who had but we regret even more the di- leaked the incident to the media. French Sports Minister Rosevulging of an event which was only the squad's business and was part lyne Bachelot said the nation and parcel of the life of a top-level felt "great indignation" at the team," the statement added. "The implosion of the squad and said rench bank Credit Agricole SA suspended one of its television advertisements featuring top French players after the national team boycotted a training session at the World Cup. The move on Monday came after an international uproar over the team’s refusal to practice a day earlier, after striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home for insulting the French coach, the company said. The fast-food chain Quick also said it is cancelling an advertising campaign with Anelka because of the player’s poor image.
she would hold crisis talks with the players and Domench in South Africa on Monday. Domenech, an eccentric man who has admitted he consults astrological charts, said he believed he had taken care of Anelka's outburst before it found its way into the press. "He did not react in the most suitable fashion, but it was just a guy sitting in his corner and muttering - that would not have mattered had it stayed there," he told TF1 television. "What was important was that it made the front page of a newspaper, and that exposes the internal life of the squad. "I sorted out the problem internally, and as far as I was concerned it was done and dusted." The press poured scorn on the squad. "This France team has shamed us all" commented tabloid Le Parisien which had a front-page headline saying simply: "Mutiny". "Each day, the Blues set new standards of unacceptable behaviour," it said.
against Portugal in Durban on Friday. "It was a totally unjustified dismissal of Kaka, he was fouled and yet he was punished. The player who commits the foul escapes the yellow card, I have to congratulate him for that," said Dunga. "We are left a bit in doubt, what do we have to do in order not to receive these yellow cards? "We are not sure who will replace Kaka for the next game, we will think about it over the next few days." Brazil booked their place in the
knock-out phase thanks to goals either side of half-time by Sevilla's Luis Fabiano, on 25 and 52 minutes, and Galatasary's Elano, who converted a Kaka cross on 62 minutes. Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba scored a late consolation goal for the Elephants. Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson felt the second yellow card against Kaka was warranted and said the Brazilians should not complain after there was more than a hint of handball in Luis Fabiano's second goal. "I heard Brazil complain a lot,
but I don't think they should, it is extra difficult when Fabiano is allowed to use his hands. It was not just once, it was twice," said the Swede. "They were allowed to take a two-goal lead and that changed everything." But former England boss Eriksson feels Brazil have the mark of potential world champions. "I think the Brazil team can go all the way, they have quality especially in defence," he said. "You need to be almost perfect to beat Brazil. In every way they are good, they are very good."
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made his goal more beautiful. "Well, that is true, it seems as though the ball hit my hand and the second time it hit my shoulder," he said. "But to make the goal
more beautiful there needed to be a bit of doubt." After scoring his first goal, Luis Fabiano celebrated by showing six fingers in honour of his daughter's sixth birthday.
I handled ball twice, admits Fabiano
Luis Fabiano admitted he had handled the ball - not once but twice - for his second goal in Brazil's 3-1 World Cup win over the Ivory Coast which took the five-time champions into the last 16. The Sevilla striker's second strike on 52 minutes saw him beat three defenders with three touches, but the first appeared to be with his hand and the second with his shoulder. The man-of-the-match admitted handling the ball, but argued that the element of doubt just
Capello back in charge as Terry mutiny fizzles out AFP RUSTENBURG, JUNE 21
A supporter of Brazil holds a replica of the World Cup Trophy and other supporters cheer prior to the Group G first round match Brazil v. Ivory Coast at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, on Sunday.
Wives and partners of Danish players, one of them showing her wedding ring, cheer before the start of Football fans blow vuvuzelas during the Group F first round match Slo- the Group E first round football match between Denmark and Cameroon at Loftus Verfeld stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria. vakia v. Paraguay at Free State Stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein.
Soccer fever has gripped South Africans as people play football at South Beach in Durban.
Fabio Capello was firmly back in control of England's World Cup campaign on Monday after a player revolt launched by John Terry fizzled out, leaving the former captain isolated. Te r r y h a d l a u n c h e d h i s abortive coup by promising to air a string of grievances at a squad meeting, even if that meant upsetting Capello. Versions of what went on in the meeting on Sunday evening vary but leaks from inside the camp to the English media were unanimous in indicating that no other senior player had been prepared to back the Chelsea defender. Humiliatingly, Terry was reportedly persuaded not to say anything for fear of triggering a direct confrontation with the Italian which could have plunged England's campaign into even deeper crisis ahead of their crucial meeting with Slovenia on Wednesday. Terry's mute presence at the meeting was in sharp contrast to the tone he adopted at a press conference on Sunday, where he had boasted of his readiness to do some straight talking. "If we feel something has to change, we owe it to the country and the manager to say it in that meeting tonight," Terry said. "If it upsets him or any other player, so what." Terry had also claimed that he had the backing of up to eight other members of the 23man squad but it seems none of them were willing to risk the wrath of Capello by questioning the way he runs things on or off the pitch. According to one version of events, Terry's bullish public statement had angered his teammates and he was told not to rock the boat any more ahead of the meeting with group C leaders Slovenia in Port Elizabeth. That is a match England must win to ensure they avoid their earliest exit from a World Cup since 1958. Inevitably, Terry's outburst has been interpreted as a bid to undermine Capello's position and take revenge on the Italian, who stripped him of the captaincy in February after it was reported that the Chelsea captain had been involved in an extra-marital affair with the mother of former team-mate Wayne Bridge's child.
FIFA drops referee after dropped call AGENCIES PRETORIA, JUNE 21
Controversial referee Koman Coulibaly was left off FIFA’s list for the next batch of World Cup matches following the error that cost the United States a victory against Slovenia. Yahoo Sports had revealed on Friday that Coulibaly was “highly unlikely” to take any further part in the tournament after being given a poor evaluation by assessors following his decision to disallow Maurice Edu’s 86thminute goal. FIFA confirmed yesterday that Coulibaly will not play any part in Tuesday or Wednesday’s matches, which will include team USA’s critical Group C finale against Algeria. Instead, as they step into the arena of Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday with their World Cup life at stake, the Americans will be officiated by a man who has just witnessed a combat far more brutal than any game in the tournament. Belgian referee Frank De Bleeckere will prepare himself for the occasion by watching a DVD of the movie “Gladiator” before taking center stage in a game that decides the USA’s destiny – with a victory guaranteed to put the Americans through to the last 16. “I don’t look at reputation or anything that has gone before,” De Bleeckere said. “I will watch the previous games of USA and Algeria to help me understand their tactics and work on my positioning. But I will watch ‘Gladiator’ first.”
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Portugal in seventh heaven
Portuguese supporters in jubiliant mood following the team’s huge victory against North Korea at Green Point stadium in Cape Town on Monday.
North Korea have lost both their games and will head home after their last match against the Africans. A Raul Meireles strike put Portugal in front with the Porto midfielder pouncing in the 29th minute. But it wasn't all oneway traffic, with North Korea creating their own chances as they powered forward on the counter-attack. The game changed though with three quick second-half goals from Simao, Hugo Almeida
and Tiago that left North Korea shellshocked before substitute Liedson banged in the fifth. Captain Cristiano Ronaldo got the sixth, ending his two-year international goal drought, before Tiago made it seven. North Korean coach Kim Jong Hun took responsibility for their collapse. "In today's match, our players I think played to their full potential but tactically speaking it fell apart and we could not block their attacks and that's why they
‘Beautiful’ Portugal have work to do, says Queiroz
We can't score goals: Italy supremo
"I would like to express my great satisfaction to my players for the wonderful way they played, their great attitude, their reverence to the game. It was beautiful football, a great day," he said. "In terms of self confidence, scoring goals always improves confidence. When we played like we did today, it is obviously a great motivation for the next match." With Brazil already qualified from Group G, Portugal now have four points to Ivory Coast's one, leaving Didier Drogba's team with only an outside chance of making the knockout rounds. Queiroz though said Portugal's reputation would be at stake against Brazil. "We are closer to the round of 16, but we don't want Brazil to score any goals because this will put our reputation, our prestige into question," he said, adding that his team had big ambitions. "Let's enjoy the moment. It was a great game. We must keep faith with the Portuguese team who are here with one objective and that is to show the best football possible and to go as far as we can. "We were very determined to win this game but the game we played today will not help us overcome Brazil. We have to muster the same performance again."
Italy Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete on Monday lamented the world champions' goalscoring problems after a second successive drab World Cup Group F draw. The Azzurri were held 1-1 by unfancied New Zealand less than a week after Paraguay restricted them to an identical result. During their last seven matches only one forward, Fabio Quagliarella, who is not even first choice, has scored a goal from open play. And Abete says this problem is affecting the players. "For some time now we've had great difficulty in scoring goals, that's a fact backed up by the numbers," he said. "Probably there is a strong realisation of this and hence when we concede a goal or fail to score one, we get struck by nerves or excessive worry which results in us rushing rather than taking our time to construct a move."
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A merciless Portugal tore North Korea to shreds in a 7-0 rout on Monday, putting them within reach of the knockout rounds and eliminating the Asian nation from the World Cup. With Brazil already qualified from Group G, Portugal now have four points to Ivory Coast's one, leaving Didier Drogba's team with only an outside chance of making the round of 16.
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Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz reminded his players Monday that they might have scored seven goals but they only got three points in their rout of North Korea. Queiroz, a former assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, said they still have a tough job ahead against Brazil on Friday to ensure they qualify for the last 16. "Now we must concentrate all our attentions on our last match in order to get to the round of 16," he said. "We got seven goals but only three points. We need to be more ambitious and determined for the next phase." Queiroz was nevertheless delighted at how his team performed, praising them for playing "beautiful" football.
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scored so many goals," he said. "As a coach, it was my fault for not playing the right strategy. "As they game went on, Portugal became more aggressive and after we conceded the first goal, the desire and wish to equalise led to my team's collapse." Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz made four changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Ivory Coast, with Tiago replacing the injured Deco and Simao, Almeida and Miguel in for Danny, Liedson and Paulo Ferreira.
The revamped team started brightly on a slippery pitch after persistent rain. Ronaldo signalled his intentions by unleashing a long-range strike on two minutes that goalkeeper Ri Myong-Guk did well to collect. Ricardo Carvalho also had an early chance, rattling the post with a header, as Portugal set about their task with vigour. The opportunities were coming thick and fast as Portugal used wingers Simao on the right and Ronaldo on the left effec-
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Portugal...............7 North Korea........0 Switzerland.........0 Chile....................1 Spain...................2 Honduras...........0
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Chile continued their dream World Cup run with a 1-0 defeat of 10-man Switzerland here on Monday to move within touching distance of the last 16. The South Americans climbed to the top of Group H after second half substitute Mark Gonza-
lez finally broke down a steely Swiss defence in the 75th minute. Chile, who had beaten Honduras 1-0 last week, will be assured qualification if Monday's late game between Spain and Honduras ends in a draw. Switzerland, stunning 1-0 winners over favourites Spain in their first match, were up
Argentina coach Diego Maradona says that Brazilian star Luis Fabiano can score all the goals he wants off unwhistled handballs, but there is only one "Hand of God" goal. The Argentine legend, who famously netted his controversial goal with a handball against England in a 1986 World Cup quarter-final, spoke here Monday ahead of his team's final Group B match on Tuesday against Greece. Maradona did not miss the chance
against it after going a man down on 30 minutes when Valon Behrami was sent off. The West Ham midfielder was given his marching orders by Saudi Arabian referee Khalil Al Ghamdi for a tangle with Arturo Vidal after he appeared to elbow the Bayer Leverkusen player in the face. Chile, who had impressed with their attacking passion in their opening 1-0 win over Honduras, had the first shot on target when Italy-based Carlos Carmona fired in from 20m, the ball safely scooped up by Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio. Carmona then ensured he would miss Chile's closing Group H match with Spain on Friday by picking up a yellow card for a challenge on Behrami in the 21st minute to add to the one he received last week. Four minutes before the interval Hitzfeld made a tactical switch, pulling off striker Alexander Frei and replacing the team captain with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta. After the break Chile's Argen-
Spain two good for Honduras AFP JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 21
Striker David Villa hit two stunning goals, and missed a penalty as Spain returned to form with a 2-0 victory over Honduras at the World Cup Group H match on Monday. Villa scored a brilliant solo goal in the 17th minute, threading through the Honduran defence and lashing home with his right foot. Villa added a second in the 51st with a fierce drive
to tweak rival Brazil and Fabiano, who admitted after Sunday's 3-1 victory over Ivory Coast that his second goal was scored after the ball bounced off his hand and shoulder. "Brazil is not playing well as it is," Maradona said. "But Brazil can take it all, even if they have to use their arms." After the ball went in off his hand in 1986 in what was eventually a 21 victory over England, Maradona's landmark line was that the goal was "a little bit the head of Maradona and a little bit the hand of God." When asked about Fabiano compar-
Yong-Jo's shot was parried by Eduardo, only for Mun In-Guk to head the rebound over the bar. The Portuguese came out after the break pushing hard for the second goal which inevitably came on 53 minutes with Meireles slicing open the Korean defence with a pass to Athletic Madrid's Simao who slotted the ball past Ri. North Korea were in disarray and let their guard down again three minutes later when Fabio Coentrao beat his man on the
left and sent a lovely cross to Hugo Almeida who made no mistake with a powerful header. Portugal were rampant and the fourth goal came soon after when Ronaldo picked out Tiago in the box and he clinically sidefooted home before Liedson volleyed in the fifth with nine minutes left. Ronaldo made the most of a lucky bobble to get the sixth in the 87th minute before Tiago rubbed salt in the Korean wounds with a late deft header.
Chile pip 10-man Switzerland
from outside the box but failed to complete a hattrick by shooting wide from the penalty spot 11 minutes later. The European champions, who fell to a shock 10 defeat to Switzerland in their opening Group H game, squandered a hatful of chances in a one-sided game against the Central Americans. After Spain lost their opening game 0-1 to Switerzerland, this was an improved performance
from the Euro 2008 winners with Villa a constant threat while Honduras rarely threatened. The 28-year-old rattled the crossbar on seven minutes from 30 metres out, then Barcelona's Sergio Ramos went close with a header on 11 minutes. Honduras midfielder Danilo Turcios earned the first yellow card on eight minutes for trying to interfere with a quickly taken free-kick.
Sorry Fabiano, only one ‘Hand of God’ goal: Maradona AFP PRETORIA, JUNE 21
tively North Korea finally got a shot at goal on 10 minutes with defender Cha Jong-Hyok whipping a 30 yard piledriver just past the upright. As the rain returned, the Koreans were starting to look handy and far more aggressive than when they lost 2-1 to Brazil, surging forward to threaten the Portgual goal. The Cholima were certainly not intimidated and could have taken a shock lead when captain Hong
ing his goal to Maradona's own "Hand of God" feat, the hero of Argentina's run to the 1986 World Cup crown said there is simply no comparison. "No no, he had it on the arms. It's quite obvious. Twice he hit the ball on his arm," Maradona said. French referee Stephane Lannoy, however, made the bigger impression upon Maradona by laughing with Fabiano moments after missing the handball call. "The tragi-comic thing was the referee's smile after the goal," Maradona said. "I didn't see the referee when I
scored the goal against England. I looked at the people and it was a goal. "Yesterday the referee was laughing. What do you say to that? Brazil is not playing too well but Brazil manages to score when it is necessary." Maradona also had a rough assessment for European sides, notably France after a rift between its coach and top players, pre-Cup favorite Spain after a first-match loss to Switzerland and Italy after the Azzurri settled for a 1-1 draw with New Zealand.
GROUP G M W D L F A P Brazil (Qualify) 2 2 0 0 5 2 6 Portugal 2 1 1 0 7 0 4 Ivory Coast 2 0 1 1 1 3 1 North Korea 2 0 0 2 1 9 0 GROUP H M W D L F A P Chile 2 2 0 0 2 0 6 Spain 2 1 0 1 2 1 3 Switzerland 2 1 0 1 1 1 3 Honduras 2 0 0 2 0 3 0
Sania crashes out Wimbledon AGENCIES WIMBLEDON, JUNE 21
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza crashed out in the first round of the women singles event in Wimbledon after slumping to a straight sets defeat against Angelique Kerber of Germany on Monday. The 113th ranked Sania lost 4-6, 1-6 to the
55th ranked Kerber in little more than an hour. Sania still has a chance as she will compete in the doubles event partnering Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Italy's newly crowned French Open champion Francesca Schiavone fell at the first hurdle losing 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 to Russian Vera Dushevina. (Another report on P 13)
tinian coach Marcelo Bielsa replaced midfielder Vidal with Gonzalez. Alexis Sanchez thought he had scored in the 49th minute, celebrating ecstatically only to then see out of the corner of his eye the linesman's flag raised for offside. It was all Chile now as the ball rarely left the Swiss side of the Nelson Mandela Bay pitch. On 55 minutes the Europeans were let off when Gonzalez jumped over the white wall only to head a corner high. Trigger happy Al Ghamdi then dished out three yellow cards in the space of one minute to Swiss defender Reto Ziegler and Chilean duo Gary Medel and Matias Fernandez to take the tally to eight with one red and still 20 minutes on the clock. Chile finally made the breakthrough they had been threatening for so long when Esteban Paredes, who had only entered the fray 10 minutes earlier as a replacement for Matias Fernandez, raced around Benaglio and found Gonzalez who headed
into an empty goal. Switzerland almost grabbed an unlikely last minute equaliser when substitute Eren Derdiyok shot just wide of Bravo's left post. Small consolation but the Swiss set a new World Cup record of 559 minutes played without scoring a goal, to overtake Italy's mark of 550 minutes.