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41st IFFI rolls out today A boat is all set to take part in the boat competition on the occasion of Tripurari Poornima, the festival of lights and lamps at Vithalapur, Sanquelim, on Sunday night. (Report on Page 2)
Aftab, Gracy to compere inaugural HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 21
Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Monday. Addressing a press conference today evening, Chief Minister Digamber Kamat said that Hindi film director Yash Chopra and Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan will be present as the chief guest and guest of honour, respectively for the inaugural ceremony. The 10-day festival will see screening of 300 films from 61 countries. “The films will be screened in eleven auditoriums in Panjim and Margao. Reema Sen will be ‘thali’ girl for the inaugural while actor Aftab Shivdasani and actress Gracy Singh will compere the function,” he told reporters. Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni who is unwell will however not make it for the event. From this year onwards, films from across the globe will be competing for the prestigious awards, which is calculated at
Bus owners call off stir HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 21
The All Goa Private Bus Owners Association (AGPBOW) today withdrew their strike scheduled for Monday following Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s assurance to resolve their issues. AGPBOA President Sudip Tamankar confirmed the development. “The chief minister met us today and assured he will hold meetings to solve our grievances. Accordingly, we decided to call off the strike,” he told Herald. Angered over the recent decision of not all allowing private buses to operate from the old bus stand in Margao, the association last week decided that private buses will remain off (Continued on page 14)
Bollywood actress Gracy Singh at the inaugural of IFFI Shopping & Food Festival on 18th June Road, Panjim on Sunday. (Report on page 3).
Rs 90 lakhs (2,00,000 US$). Festival Director S M Khan said that it was felt that very important films are being produced in America and Europe and hence there was a need to bring it in the competition section. “The scope for competition section was widened after an experts’ committee led by Kamal Hassan suggested for the same. We have received good response from the European filmmakers,”
he stated. The festival that received 350 films for the competition section, last year has since then increased to 450 this year. The international competition will have 18 films including three Indian films, which will be judged by a five member jury led by Polish filmmaker Jerzy Antczak. Other jury members include Emmy award winning Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnars, Aus-
tralian legendary actor Mick Molloy and French filmmaker Oliver Pere and South Indian film actress Revathy Menon. The Indian Panorama will present a cluster of 26 feature and 21 non-feature films from the best and promising film makers from across the country. India’s premier film school, Film and Television Institute of India, celebrates its Golden Jubilee with the screening of five nonfeature films.
Highway meet at Margao today, Churchill cries foul HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 21
Even as the National Highway Diversion Committee is gearing up to hold its first meeting at the Lohia Maidan on Monday, Public Works Development (PWD) Minister, Churchill Alemao on Sunday said the government would compensate the land losers with market rate and will start the highway project only after the rehabilitation of the displaced people. Alemao, however, did not spare the non-governmental (NGOs) as he lashed out at them for poking their fingers everywhere by opposing the government’s developmental projects. The PWD minister took the platform of the inauguration of the Dr Francis Luis Gomes district library in the city here to touch on the controversy sur-
The government would compensate land losers with market rate and will start the highway project only after rehabilitation of the displaced people. — Churchill Alemao rounding the highway project, as churches across Salcete on Sunday made announcements
on Monday’s public meeting at the Lohia Maidan organized by the diversion committee. Alemao said the government is committed to expedite work on the NH-17 and raised apprehensions that the Zuari bridge will collapse within six years if a new bridge is not put in place within the time frame. Indicating that the government is also committed to save the houses of the people affected by the highway expansion project, Alemao said the government has reduced the number of houses listed for demolition from 569 to 130. “Even if 100 houses finally face the axe, the government would (Continued on page 14) l
PAGE 2 NGOs back demand for realignment of highways
Masterstrokes will salute cinematographer V K Murthy and versatile producer D Ramanaidu – the two recent recipients of Indian cinema’s highest honour, Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Two films, each associated with them are lined up for screening. In the Tributes section, IFFI will pay homage to those who lived a full cinema life by offering screenings in memory of those film personalities who are no more. “They are Bina Rai, Pamela Rooks, Sujit Kumar, Keshu Ramsay, Debu Deodhar, Pankaj Advani, Nirmal Pandey, Tahir Hussain, Vishnuvardhan and Ravi Baswani,” Khan added. Centenaries of five unforgettable cinema talents – Ashok Kumar, B R Panthulu, Motilal, Nadia and RajaParanjpe– are also being observed by screening their films. A new section ‘Academy Interest’ is being introduced from 2010. A special screening of India’s official Oscar entry this year ‘Peepli Live’ is being organised, to enable a unique international platform to position an Indian film in the run-up to the academy awards. This year onwards, three Indian films from Panorama would
Yeddy won’t budge, claims support of 120 PTI NEW DELHI/BANGALORE, NOV 21
Under mounting pressure to quit, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today struck a defiant note and cancelled his visit to Delhi amidst strong indications that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may ask him to step down. The chief minister, who is facing allegations of corruption and nepotism, dropped his plans to fly to Delhi in the evening for a meeting with BJP President Nitin Gadkari who was authorised this morning to take a decision on Karnataka. “The senior leaders have expressed their views in today’s meeting and then authorised me to take a decision on Karnataka. But I will discuss the issue again with Yeddyurappa before taking a decision,” Gadkari said.
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PAGE 3 Goa emerging as ideal film shooting destination: CM
Going by the star-studded cast of Golmaal-4, the film promises to be a bigger hit than Golmaal-3.
GOA, MONDAY, 22 NOVEMBER, 2010
CIVIC FORUM Fishermen’s woes ViSHAL D’COSTA, CuNCOLim
There has been a long pending demand from Cortalim jetty fishing boat owners to repair and extend the jetty by another 50 metres. The government has totally neglected fishing industry in Goa. The jetty has become a graveyard for sunk and abandoned fishing trawlers which need to be cleared. Trawler owners also need to provide proper accommodation and sanitation facilities to their workers. At present, more than 100 workers are accommodated at the net shed alongside the trawlers, which poses a great health hazard to the locals in the vicinity. Most of the workers are from other states without a proper health certificate which must be made mandatory prior to employment. Trawler owners also need to provide proper accommodation and insurance facilities to their workers.
Colva sabha adjourned due to poor turn out HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 21
Poor turn out at Colva gram sabha forced the agitated members to force adjournment of the meeting on Sunday. When the meeting was called to order by the Sarpanch Angela Borges, only around 12 members were present. The meeting was later adjourned for 15 minutes as per the meeting rules, but agitated gram sabha members who had turned up for the meeting demanded the adjournment as the meeting was to discuss a host of issues affecting the Panchayat body. When contacted, Panchayat secretary said that only around 25 members turned up for the meeting. The secretary said the gram sabha members present felt there was no point in continuing with the meeting with only a handful of members and sought for adjournment. Left with no option, the Sarpanch Angela Borges adjourned the meeting to December 12.
Highway expansion a ploy to grab land: Chimbel Samiti HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, NOV 21
Stating that the highway expansion project is only a ploy to grab land from Goans, John Lobo of Ribandar Chimbel Rakhonn Samiti stated that the government is out to sell Goa to the highest bidder in the name of development. Citing an example, Lobo said that in Corlim when the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had requested for 10,000 sq mtrs of land, the government is acquiring 20,000 sq mtrs of land. “This shows that the government, under the garb of highway expansion, is planning to grab prime Goan land, which will be then sold to the highest bidder,” he added. Lobo was speaking at a meeting called by the Chimbel locals at Immaculate Conception Chapel to oppose the government plans to go ahead with the highway expansion project, which will displace thousands of people and also lead to demolition of several religious places. “The 400-year-old Immaculate Conception Chapel will be affected due to the expansion, and the insensitivity of the
Congress government only goes to show that they care a damn about the religious sentiments of the people,” Lobo said and added that the Chimbel locals will not rest till the issue is resolved in their favour. Another Chimbel villager Paul Fernandes, who incidentally will be the worst affected, alleged that the government, particularly the PWD Minister, is not listening to the people’s demand to divert the highway because the alternate route will cut the cost to half, which will ultimately lower the commission the ministers would otherwise earn. Criticising Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s announcement that the government will pay market value to those affected, Paul posed a question: “Will the market value compensate for the mental trauma suffered by the people who will be displaced from their houses they have been residing for centuries?” Paul further said that a State government is supposed to take care of its people and not bow down to the Centre. “However, in Goa, the government has become a puppet of the Centre and is least bothered about
JOE GONSALVES, ST iNEz
The Poinguinim gram sabha on Sunday passed off peacefully, as police were on standby amid fears of trouble over Poinguinkarancho Ekvott’s demand for complete ban on tourism activities on GalbigabaTalpona coast. It may be recalled that some residents of Poinguinim under the banner of ‘Poinguinkarancho Ekvot’ (PE) had called for complete ban on tourist activities under Wildlife Protection Act, as Galgibaga beach is classified as CRZ-I being a ‘Turtle-Nesting’ site and hence the village coast up to Talpona is eco-sensitive. Incidentally, Galgibaga Panch Caitano Barretto, who is also PE convenor, was the prime target of few members who took him to task for leading the campaign for banning tourism activities on Galgibaga-Talpona beach stretch. Barretto was also targeted for opposing a golf-course at Talpona. Interestingly, Barretto, claiming support of his people launched a signature campaign and collected nearly 500 signatures of the people to oppose any tourism-related activities, including a golf-course promoted by a Delhi-based party at Galgibaga-Talpona beach stretch. Anticipating trouble, a strong
Margao’s chaotic traffic scene ALLwyN GEORGE, CARmONA
Tripurari Poornima celebrated with pomp
Provide cover for meter-box PRAViN u SARDESSAi, ADPAi
An exposed meter box existing on an electric pole near Canara Bank in Ponda has been lying neglected for quite a long time. It does not have any protective cover and sullies the image of the Electricity department. Even the pre-monsoon work held this year did not yield any relief to the meter box. Since the meter box is in a pitiful state of affairs, a cover would certainly revive the sagging image of the Electricity department. It is hoped that early positive action is taken in the interests of the general public.
Poinguinim residents attending the gram sabha on Sunday. Photo by Kathy Pereira
police force was present outside the meeting hall, but the meeting after transacting budgetary/expenditure requirements was soon called-off. Since beginning, the meeting was unruly with two groups (one opposing and another demanding licenses for seasonal tourism activities) trading charges at each other. At the end, no resolutions, especially imposing complete ban on tourism activities on village coast or ban on golf-course at Talpona could be passed and issues remained deadlocked. The group vociferously demanding seasonal permits to operate tourism activities at Galgibaga-Talpona coast was told in no uncertain terms by the panchayat to first bring NOCs from CRZ, Forest Department and Tourism department. One group demanded permits to operate seasonal shacks, huts and allow rent-outs of rooms saying it has become its livelihood. The group headed by Panch Barretto under the banner ‘Poinguinkarancho Ekvott’ pressed for passing of different resolutions completely banning any tourism-related activities, including rent-out of rooms to foreigners and golf course. PE’s contention is that Galgibaga is only one of three beaches in the State solely preserved for turtle nesting and being classified as CRZ-I is a eco-
sensitive zone and it should be protected in that form at any cost. However, other members took the PE group and especially Panch Barretto to task for demanding withdrawal of lifeguards and removal of lifeguard tower from Galgibaga beach (who termed it as illegal on turtle nesting beach), saying lifeguards deputed there are not only for tourists but to protect locals as well, as questioned whether the panch will take responsibility for any drowning incidents at the beach. A representative from BDO observed the proceedings, while Sarpanch Tejaswini Deykar chaired the gram sabha in the presence of most other panchas. Panch Janardhan Bhandari, who is also Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Committee vice president, was conspicuous by his absence. Meanwhile, on Saturday, tension flared up in Galgibaga after over 30 people went to question a Navelim resident temporarily staying at Galgibaga for his close association with ‘Poinguinikarancho Ekvott’, after which the matter was reported to police. The Navelim native is reportedly targeted by the group for helping to draft applications for PE who are demanding complete ban on tourism activities.
NGOs back demand for realignment of highways
JOAquim CORREiA-AfONSO, BENAuLim
This is in reference to the news item “MMC chief has no immediate plans to solve parking woes” (Herald, 17 Nov). In this connection, I bring to your notice that MMC has its own way of ‘solving’ the parking problems. There is an acute shortage of parking space, especially for four-wheelers in Margao. I also question the decision to have ‘no parking’ along the road leading to SBI, Malbhat Branch, on the eastern side. The road is wide enough to allow parking of cars on the eastern side as well as permit the free flow of traffic in both directions, plus parking of heavy vehicles on the western side. But MMC seems to have developed a knack of creating problems to every solution.
HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 21
Fake currency JONAS CORREiA, ALDONA
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Presence of Hollywood director Ang Lee is yet not confirmed for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010, scheduled to begin on November 22, IFFI organizers today said. Festival Director S M Khan said that attempts are on to get Lee for the festival. “We are trying to get him on November 29 or November 30 when Taiwanese package of films will be screened,” he told reporters. The 10-day festival kicks-off on Monday, will be inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in the presence of veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra as the chief guest, Ajay Devgan as the guest of honour among others. IFFI officials informed that Lee is expected to shoot in Goa for his forthcoming film ‘Life of Pi’ and his arrival coincides with IFFI schedule. The filmmaker had directed movies like Sense and Sensibility (1995), Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon (2000).
HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, NOV 21
I regret to say that the main road opposite St Inez Church, Panjim, has become a perfect death-trap for pedestrians who wish to cross the road to go to Church and vice versa. Twowheeler and four-wheeler drivers proceed with maximum speed and show no mercy to pedestrians, many of whom are senior citizens like me. Children also face the same dilemma and remain helpless spectators with no protection from any source. Signboards for speed limits at this spot are not there. As a result, traffic moves without caring for pedestrians. I was a victim, a few years ago, when a scooter collided with me. Very recently, it was my wife who was a victim of a collision with a Tata Sumo car. The driver proceeded without stopping. I therefore request the concerned authorities, especially the Councillor or the Mayor of Panjim to look into the matter and take remedial measures to install speed breakers near St. Inez Church so as to avoid accidents.
Many people are put to loss due to the circulation of fake currencies of Rs 1,000 and 500 denominations. Authorities have failed to check and contain this anomaly. When these notes are detected by banks, the currency is not returned to the depositor on the pretext that it is not genuine. The depositer cannot claim it from the person/party who gave it to him. The bank also does not give any memorandum to say that it has confiscated the note. RBI should intervene and direct banks to return the fake notes after stamping a ‘counterfeit’mark on both sides or issue a memorandum to that effect to the customer.
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 21
Police ensure smoot conduct of gram sabha at Poinguinim
Speed breakers opposite St Inez Church
When Goa had a CM from Margao, the people from all over Salcete rejoiced hoping that Margao's traffic/parking woes will get solved. The traffic police is ever so quick to issue challans to two wheelers and car owners. The burning question that needs to be immediately addressed is: Where do we park our vehicles when there is no available space? Businessmen and office goers park their vehicles early in the morning and the vehicles remain there for the whole day. It is a common sight whereby shop owners keep soft drink trays to prevent people parking their vehicles in front of their establishment so that they get a smooth flow of customers to their premises. No discipline in parking is followed wherever space is available. The railway under bridge at Comba has been a waste as people still stay in queue at the railway gate and the road under the bridge turns into a swimming pool in the rainy season. Railway over bridges at Comba and at the old railway gate are like merry go rounds meant only for two wheelers. The CM and the new MMC need to seriously sort out Margao’s chaotic traffic scene in right earnest.
the welfare of Goans,” he stated. A local, Eliteiro Fernandes, said the NH4A bypass road should remain as a Major District Road (MDR) and should not be converted into a 4-lane highway as currently there is smooth flow of traffic and there is no need of further expansion. “If at all, the government wants to increase the width of the road, it can do so by acquiring 3-5 mtrs of land on either side,” he suggested and added that in this way, everybody will be spared. Giving another suggestion to save houses and the chapel in Chimbel, Eliteiro said that a flyover can be built. Another local, Peter Fernandes, said if the government goes ahead with the project, the Chimbel village will be divided into two and the villagers will face a tough task of travelling from one place to the other. When questioned, what the locals will do if the government does not bow down to the wishes of the people, Peter said that it will prove to be a death knell for democracy in Goa and the beginning of dictatorship. “However, we will not go down without a fight,” Peter warned.
Ang Lee’s attendance at IFFI unsure
That boats that participated at the Tripurari Poornima competition at Sanquelim. Photos by Samir Umarye HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, NOV 21
Tripurari Poornima, the festival of lights and lamps, was celebrated with great pomp at Vithalapur, Sanquelim, on Sunday with boat competition being the attraction for the tourists and devotees. The festival of Tripurari Poornima is a State level festival celebrated by the Vitthalapur Ustas Samiti in association with the Department of Art and Culture, Department of Information and Publicity and Department of Tourism. Tripurari Poornima is the full
moon day in the Kartik month in a traditional Hindu calendar. The day celebrates the victory of Lord Shiva over demon Tripurasura and the destruction of the three cities, Tripuri, made by demons. The Diwali festivities conclude on Tripurari Poornima and since the last several years, the festival at Sanquelim has gained importance at the State level because of the boat competition. The programme started at about 7 pm with the procession of lord Shrikrishna, followed by sailing of lamps in river Valwanti.
On the occasion, a pro gramme ‘Swaradhara’ was staged by Pt Prabhakar Karekar and Asha Khadilkar, followed by palanquin procession of Lord Vitthal Rakhumai, killing of demon Tripurasur, releasing of ‘Saranga’ (balloon lamp) in the sky, fireworks and a boat show. Thousands of people from in and around Bicholim participated in the programme. The GTDC has also arranged s p e c i a l b u s s e r v i c e f ro m Calangute, Miramar, Mapusa and Panjim. Locals and foreign tourists attended the pro gramme.
Various NGOs including the Village Groups of Goa and the Goenchea Xetkarancho Ekvott expressed their support and solidarity to the National Highway Diversion Action Committee in their demand to realign the National Highways 4A and 17 away from the densely populated and eco-sensitive areas in Goa. VGG pointed out that the present alignment will spell the death knell for the traditional Goan way of life, dividing and fragmenting village communities in addition to destroying rivers, wetlands, paddy fields and forested hills which are so very vital to the provision of basic necessities required for the survival of the common man. “It is also grossly unfair that Goans should have to pay toll for the use of roads that they have been using for generations now after being forced to give up their scarce and precious ancestral land. VGG also pointed out that prices of all day to day commodities will shoot up, causing great hard-
ship to ordinary Goans because of the toll that transporters will be compelled to pay in order to use the proposed National Highways”, stated Edwin Pinto. Meanwhile, the GXE has expressed shock at the insistence of the Government in pursuing this arbitrary and destructive project in spite of numerous representations pointing out that survival of a sustainable Goa and the construction of these highways are mutually exclusive. “Goans are reminded that the proposed highways are passing through densely populated villages, which is against the fundamental principles of Hhghway design. If the width of the roads are allowed to be increased beyond 20 meters, our villages shall be permanently bisected and destroyed. GXE states that as exhibited at Verna plateau, 20 meters right of way shall more than suffice for even the Margao-Panaji road for many years. Inter State traffic between Maharashtra and Karnataka can very well use the Golden Quadrangle which runs just to the
east of our State”, the GXE said. In a statement, the GXE reminded the people of Goa that Union Minister for Environment & Forests Shri Jairam Ramesh has rightly warned people in far away Ranchi not to follow Goa, which is being freely cited as an example of a land being irreversibly destroyed in the name of development. The CM's irresponsible statements in the press connecting the high rates of accident deaths in our State with the NH proposal show the levels to which our representatives are ready to stoop to force their model of development on us. It is certain that if an independent study of the environmental, social and economic impacts of the proposed road expansion is carried out first, the project shall be dropped on the grounds of the irreversible loss to Goan environment, water and food security, as well as destruction of the villages and the unique Goan society and culture, an invaluable asset to the entire humanity.”, the GXE added.
GOA, MONDAY, 22 NOVEMBER, 2010
Goa emerging as ideal film Film Archives to boost restoration of aging films shooting destination: CM HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 21
P une-based National Film Archives of India (NFAI) is strengthening its move to make films, which are on the threshold of being vanished. Director of NFAI Vijay Jadhav who is leading a poster campaign exhibition at IFFI said that the ‘theme based’ competition aims to salute the long range of distinguished Dadasaheb Phalke awardees.
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 21
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today reiterated that Goa is fast emerging as an ideal film shooting destination. “To a certain extent, we have excelled in creating film culture in Goa. The government has adopted various policies like Film Finance Scheme, Single Window clearance, easy access to film shooting location and other schemes which is indeed for getting a very good response,” Kamat replied to a query by a national media person, at a press briefing. The state has developed itself as the hot film shooting destination over a period of time with a number of films being often shot here. Apart from Indian filmmakers, most foreign filmmakers also prefer Goa for movie shoots. A recent Bollywood flick ‘Golmaal 3’ was entirely shot here, which was sequel of Golmaal, Golmaal Returns, all coming from the same director Rohit Shetty. There have been many other movies which were and are being shot here, annually. “The popularity is increasing among
The state-of-the-art Dr Francis Luis Gomes district library was finally inaugurated on Sunday, with Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat announcing the government’s plans to build a hi-tech central library at Panjim. After inaugurating the modern district library in the presence of PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao, the Chief Minister said the government is committed in giving a big boost to the library movement in the state, adding that he department of Art and Culture has taken the responsibility to take the movement to the grass roots. “The libraries need to be vibrant. We have to bring the younger generation back to the libraries. The library buildings should be vibrant”, he said Saying that reading enriches
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 21
It’s lights, camera, action!
filmmakers from Bollywood, Hollywood, and regional films,” an ESG official said. Entertainment Society of Goa once collected as much as Rs 21-lakh from the permissions granted for film shooting. Interestingly, the corporate sector is also turning to Goa’s ambiance for producing their advertisements. ESG Chief Executive Officer Manoj Srivastava in September had announced that Goa will promote itself as a destination for shooting films during IFFI 2010.
“We are trying to attract people. How do you attract people? We have to give them benefits and make it easier for them to shoot,” Srivastava said. “Goa has enough to shoot. Except snow, the state has everything. Even if you want to create a desert scene, it can be done having the beach as the background,” he further said. ESG is a nodal agency created by the state government to promote film culture and film related activities in Goa. Goa has recorded 600 film shooting days in the last calendar year.
Bollywood Actress Gracy Singh today flagged off the Shopping and Food Festival (SFF) on the 18th June road, as a part of the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010, to begin on Monday. Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) in collaboration with the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI) has hosted the two-year-old event, which is on the sidelines of IFFI. The inauguration was in the presence of Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, Director of Film Festival, S M Khan, ESG CEO Manoj Srivastava, President
Centre for Cultural Relations to open office HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 21
The Centre for Cultural Relations will have a regional centre in Goa at the newly-inaugurated Dr Francis Luis Gomes library building in the city here. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that the Chairman of the prestigious Centre for Cultural Relations Dr Karan Singh will be in Goa on Tuesday morning to inaugurate the centre in the state. “The regional centre in Goa will give a big boost for art and culture and the local artists,” he said. knowledge, the Chief Minister said that government is committed to take the library movement to the grass roots by inculcating reading habits amongst the younger generation. “The younger generation should take benefit of the facility. The parents have the responsibility to ensure that their wards avail the library facility”, he
added. Paying rich tributes to Dr Francis Luis Gomes, the Chief Minister said that Dr Gomes was a great nationalist and a true patriot having represented Goans in Parliament. PWD Minister Churchill Alemao said Digambar Kamat government is working for the common man of the state. “With
the support of the Chief Minister, a lot of development projects have been taken up in the state by the PWD and RDA departments”, he said. He underlined the need to lay sewerage network in Goa, adding that Navelim and Margao constituencies will soon be connected to the sewerage network. Foundation stone for the Dr Francis Luis Gomes district library was laid on the eve of the 2007 Assembly polls in the presence of former Chief Minister, Luizinho Faleiro and present Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. The building has been built by the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, while the Art and Culture department has assumed the responsibility of running and the maintenance of the library.
Kamat mum on demand for jobs in library HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 21
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat maintained a stoic silence over the demand for jobs for locals in the Dr Francis Luis Gomes district library inaugurated, even as the police tightened security as residents of Ward No 16 assembled outside the library building demanding jobs. While the Savio-Pratima duo along with their supporters came with banners and placards demanding jobs outside the library building, PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao demanded 50 per cent of jobs in the library for the unemployed youth of Navelim constituency. However, while everyone expected the Chief Minister to speak out his mind on the demand for jobs, Kamat did not touch the subject at all during his address at the inauguration function. What further agitated the protestors outside the library building was the fact that the Chief Minister even did not show any courtesy to approach them and hear their grievances. Incidentally, the PWD Minister interacted with the protestors along the road before heading to the library building. Later briefing newsmen, former MMC Chairperson Savio
Residents of Ward No 16 demanding jobs in the Dr Gomes district library.
Coutinho said the Chief Minister has meted step motherly treatment to the youth of ward No 16 as far as employment is concerned. “Our youth have been demanding jobs in the library, but their applications have not been entertained till date. We fail to understand why this step motherly treatment from our local MLA, who is the Chief Minister of the state”, he said. “We conducted our protest
in a peaceful manner, hoping the Chief Minister will hear our grievances, but in vain”, Savio added. His wife Pratima said that it is an insult to the people that the Chief Minster left the venue without even seeking to know their grievances. The residents carried out banners and placards demanding to know whether they will get any employment in the library and further demanded to know
Aquem sabha demands notice to builder of mega project HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 21
The Aquem Baixo gram sabha on Sunday demanded that the panchayat issue a show cause notice of a builder at Goraksheewadi to stop the mega housing project with immediate effect. The gram sabha member also adopted a resolution asking the Panchayat to re-auction the Panchayat shops as per rules. At the gram sabha meeting held on Sunday, the mega housing project coming up on land admeasuring around 40,000 square meters dominated the meeting with agitated members demanding an immediate stop to the project. Members pointed out that the housing project is coming up in a low lying area and raised
The five films include Parwana directed by J K Nanda, Rojulu M a r a y i d i r e c t e d b y Ta p i Chanakya, Baishey Shravan directed by Mrinal Sen, Marthanda Varma directed by P V Rao and Ashok Kumar directed by Raja Chandrashekhar. “ T h e N FA I h a s re c e n t l y launched a digital restoration project where rare Indian films are restored digitally with a view to safeguarding the content for posterity,” he said.
The director however seems upset that the industry was not lending its full-cooperation to NFAI in archiving and restoring movies. “ We n e e d t o p re s e r v e movies for future. Even after several reminders they are delay in giving respective film copies. At time when it is sent, we have to go through more procedures to get its complete details,” he stated. Jadhav also rued that some
Actress Gracy Singh flags off food fest
CM inaugurates Dr Gomes library HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 21
“We have 41 panels based on 41 Dadasaheb Phalke awardees from 1969 onwards. The idea is to ensure that the current generation is aware of the awardees,” he said. The exhibition will open on Monday at 11:30am. He further said, that the NFAI had succeeded in restoring nearly 200 classic films out of which five will be screened at the IFFI this year in a Bluer ray disc format.
apprehensions that the entire area will be inundated during monsoons.. The members recalled the decision of the gram sabha not to permit filling up of low lying area in the village. The project was also opposed on grounds that the existing infrastructure in the village fall short of the requirements, with members contending that the project would only compound the problems relating to water supply, power and garbage disposal. Some members also demanded to know from the Panchayat body whether the land in question is tenanted one or not. They demanded that the Panchayat make available the records of the land in question, including the orders from the District Collector to ascertain the status of the land.
It was pointed out that the even the High court had recently directed some of the village Panchayats not to issue occupancy certifications to projects if the Panchayats have failed to provide garbage disposal facility. After much discussions, the gram sabha told the Sarpanch to issue the show cause notice to the owner of the project by next week. Meanwhile, gram sabha members pointed out that the shops leased by the Panchayat body has not been re-auctioned by the body since the last 12 years. Members pointed out that rules mandates the Panchayat to auction the shops every three years, with one member claiming that one of the shops has been transferred in violation of the rules.
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the step motherly treatment meted out to the voters of Ward No 16. Meanwhile, the police maintained a strict vigil by deploying armed policemen along the road as a precautionary measure. Re l a t i o n s b e t w e e n t h e Coutinho’s and the Chief Minister have hit rock bottom after the Municipoal poll with the former accusing Kamat for trying to sabotage Pratima’s prospects in the elections.
Orissa native found dead HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 21
A 44-year-old native of Orissa was suspected to have been murdered in his room at a construction site in Porvorim on Sunday. According to Porvorim Police, deceased Ganga Mandal along with his son Sanyasi (21) had arrived from Orissa on Sunday morning. Police further informed that the duo was staying in a room at the construction site in Porvorim. His son, Sanyasi, left for Mapusa in the morning to make some purchases. However, when Sanyasi returned at about 10.30 am, he found his father, Ganga, dead.Porvorim Police rushed to the spot and conducted panchanama and later sent the body to GMC Hospital at Bambolim for postmortem.
GCCI Cesar Menezes and Vice President GCCI Manguirish Pai Raiker. Officials informed that more than 200 vendors have participating in the festival. “The response from the vendors is encouraging. We expect a successful festival as it will offer attractive discounts to customers besides giving on-the spot prizes to lucky winners,” an official said. Srivastava said, “This year IFFI synergizes global participation, high profile glamour, world-class entertainment and internationally applauded films. We want to extend that excitement and buzz beyond the theatres to the
Furtado rants over sub-leased CCP properties
people of Goa. The shopping and food festival will embody the spirit of IFFI with the perfect mix of fun, entertainment, and great cuisine”. Shoppers can benefit from a variety of discounts at varied outlets all at once. Offers which would have normally been spread out across the year are now being offered in a span of one week. One lucky shopper stands to win a special gift worth approx Rs.10, 000 from Mahindra Holidays every day, by shopping at any one of the retail partner stores of the IFFI Shopping and Food Festival, both at Panjim and Margao.
Margao had its first lucky winner on November 20, with Jaganath K Hede winning a 2 nights, 3 days stay at one of the top holiday destinations in India The aim of the festival, like last year, is to provide incentives to all the retailers during this festive season and to simultaneously present fabulous opportunities on shopping for customers. The industry foresees five percent rise in the business after the SFF as it embraces good response from the retailers and businessmen. The festival surrounds Panjim and Margao city during the whole film fest.
Uproar at Areal sabha over scrap yards
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Corporation of the City of Panjim councillor from ward No 10 Surendra Furtado has questioned why corporation officials were dragging feet over initiating legal proceedings against sub-leased properties thus depriving its cash-strapped coffers of income that could bring it out of the red. Furtado claimed for the last five years he has been spearheading a campaign to revert back all the shops in the ‘Praca do Comercio’ which have been illegally sub-let by the original tenants of the CCP as the rent being paid by them was not more than Rs 200 to Rs 300. He charged that the original tenants have flouted the law and sub-let the originally leased establishments by accepting lakhs of rupees and were now receiving hefty rents. At the centre of Furtado’s argument is a sub-leased shop (No 4/4) that was sealed by the corporation’s technical department a week back on directions from the Commissioner Elvis Gomes. The shop, which was carrying out renovations, was originally leased out to M/s Vernekar Diesels. Sources in the CCP said as far as the sub-leasing of the shop (now a readymade garments showroom run by Arrows for the last five years) was concerned legal proceedings were on. There are many such properties in the city, they stated. Furtado argues, “If legal proceedings were on then how was the shop allowed to carry on the renovations.” He has demanded with the Mayor and the Commissioner to explain why they haven’t acted seriously in the matter. The councilor has made a serious charge asserting money in lakhs has changed hands to give a nod to the showroom owner to renovate, but failed to spell out the names of the recipients of the amount.
Uproar marked the gram sabha meeting of Sao Jose de Areal panchayat on Sunday as members took the panchayat body to task on a host of issue. Agitated members demanded immediate revocation of all NOCs issued to scrap yards, a workshop and a stone crusher sans conversion sanad and other mandatory procedures. The members pointed out that local villagers are forced to comply all rules and regulation even while obtaining a house number and demanded to know why the same rules are throw to the winds when it involves outsiders engaged in these businesses. Demanding to know how the Panchayat body had granted NOC for the controversial workshop in the village, the members demanded that eh NOC issued to the workshop be revoked within eight days time. The issue of the land filling activity also came to the fore when members demanded to know filling of low lying land in the village. When the members were informed that the owner’s contention that he is not involved in the land filling activity, they demanded that the Panchayat immediately lodge a complaint to the police, besides the Town and Country Planning department and the
flying squad. There was uproar over the absence of the Sarpanch Liberata Travasso for the meeting. Members demanded to know the absence of the sarpanch when she has convened the gram sabha meeting. The members also took the secretary to task over the delays in holding the gram sabha meetings. Members pointed out that while the Panchayat has been prompt in holding the montly meeting, the gram sabha meetings are not being held as per the law. Discrepancies over the meeting minutes also plunged the meeting into pandemonium. Changes effected in the minutes by using white eraser left the members fuming and it was finally resolved to ask the Panchayat to complaint to the Salcete Block Development Officer to inquiry into the tampering of the minutes book. The gram sabha was later adjourned to December 5.
national winning movies are not in NFAI’s store though Directorate of film Festival has succeeded in getting all these. “Since 1913 the film industry has produced over 43,000 feature films and only 5000-odd movies are in NFAI archives,” he said. NFAI’s main aim is to preserve art of cinema and film culture, and with the coming of digitization, it indeed helps further, he further said.
Garbage dominates Davorlim sabha HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 21
Garbage collection and disposal dominated the gram sabha proceedings of the Davorlim-Dicarpale Panchayat, on Sunday. While gram sabha members demanded to know from the Chair the efforts made by the Panchayat to solve the garbage menace, Sarpanch Francisco Colaco said that the Panchayat had been trying to find a suitable site for garbage disposal, but in vain. He said the Panchayat is still in the process of identifying the land to treat garbage and other waste generated in the village. The issue over the government’s move to acquire land admeasuring 1.15 lakh sq meters to set up the multi-purpose utility project also came up for discussion. Some of the members demanded to know why the government is acquiring the land when the locals are in dire need of the land for housing as well as for other purposes. A gram sabha member Antonnetta demanded to know how the government can acquire the land of the original inhabitants when the same was protected by the ancestors for posterity. She maintained that most of the garbage generated in the village is from the new buildings coming up in the village, adding that the original inhabitants take care of their garbage woes. She lamented that local MLA Churchill Alemao has not bothered to hear the grievances of the people on a host of issue. Meanwhile, Anand Sawant drew attention of the gram sabha to the truck parking at the Power House junction and the inaction of the police and other authorities to the dangers. Sawant suggested holding a protest at the junction on December 5 since the authorities have been dilly dallying on the issue.
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Cong workers protest against PM to come under ambit of Lokpal bill TV news story on Sonia PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 21
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Congress workers in various parts of Andhra Pradesh today protested against the telecast of a "blasphemous" news feature against Sonia Gandhi by a television channel owned by party MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. State Health Minister Danam Nagender and Information Technology Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, who were ardent followers of late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, led a sitin in front of the former Chief Minister's statue at Panjagutta Centre here while scores of Congress workers held a protest outside the Sakshi channel's head office in Banjara Hills here. MLCs P Sudhakar Reddy and Ganga Bhavani also took part in the agitation. Heavy police force was deployed outside Sakshi office and the protesting Congress
workers were taken into custody for defying prohibitory orders. Youth Congress workers also staged protests outside Sakshi offices at Karimnagar, Chirala, Nellore and other places demanding an apology from Sakshi management over the telecast of the story against Sonia and Congress party. They also burnt copies of Sakshi Telugu newspaper owned by Jagan. Congress MPs from Telangana, who met at the residence of G Vivekananda, demanded that Jagan, the MP from Kadapa, immediately tender an apology to Sonia Gandhi as well as the party for telecasting such "blasphemous" story. Senior Congress MLA P Shankar Rao also demanded an apology from Jagan on the issue. Meanwhile, party sources said a translated transcript of
High Command seeks report from AP unit PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 21
Stung by the attack launched on party chief Sonia Gandhi by a television channel owned by belligerent MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, the Congress High Command today sought a report from the Andhra Pradesh unit on the issue. "The party has sought a report from the state unit on the issue (telecast of a programme on Sakshi television channel)," AICC Media Department Chairman Janardhan Dwivedi said. the story that was telecast on Sakshi TV on Friday, and repeated on Saturday, was sent to the Congress high command
Sakshi, the 24-hour Telugu news channel owned by the Kadapa MP, had launched a frontal attack on Gandhi as well as the organisation in a one-hour programme yesterday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also targeted along with the "coterie around Sonia" for the "sorry state of affairs in Congress." Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said a view on the issue would be taken once the report is received from the state unit. for perusal and necessary action even as the high command sought a report from the PCC on the episode.
After several abortive attempts, government is once again working on a law for establishment of the institution of Lokpal to go into allegations of corruption against public functionaries, including the Prime Minister. The draft Lokpal Bill, 2010 provides for filing of complaints of allegations of corruption against Prime Minister, ministers and MPs with the Lokpal. According to the Bill, the Lokpal shall consist of a Chairperson who is or has been a Chief Justice or a judge of the Supreme Court. It will also have two members who have either been the judges of the Supreme Court or the Chief Justices of the High Courts. The Lokpal Bill has had a long and chequered history. Legislations in the past had included the Prime Minister within the ambit of the bill only on a few occasions. The current bill provides for inquiry against Prime Minister but it has to be routed through
the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Lokpal can hear it only if it is cleared by the Speaker. The National Commission for Review of the Working of the Constitution in 2001 had recommended that the Prime Minister be kept out of the Lokpal's purview since he occupies a unique position and is the head of the entire governmental structure. The Commission, headed by retired Chief Justice M N Venkatachaliah, had said that the Prime Minister as the symbol of stability and continuity of the regime should not be exposed to the risks of well-orchestrated attempts to malign his image and reputation. The draft bill also provides that complaints against ministers and MPs should be routed through either the Lok Sabha Speaker or the Rajya Sabha Chairman and be heard only if they are referred by the presiding officers to it. The Lokpal can also enquire into act or conduct of any person other than a public functionary if it is necessary for the
purpose of inquiry into any allegation of corruption. Any complaint inquired by Lokpal cannot be referred to Commission of Inquiry Act. Under the bill, the Chairperson and members of Lokpal shall be appointed on the recommendations of a committee consisting of the Vice President as its Chairman, Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, Home and Law Ministers and Leaders of Opposition in both Houses of Parliament. The Leader of the House, other than the House in which the Prime Minister is a member of Parliament, will also be a member. No sitting judge of the Supreme Court or Chief Justice of a High Court shall be appointed without consultation with the Chief Justice of India. The Chairperson and members will ineligible to hold other offices like an MP or MLA, office of trust or profit. They shall also severe their connection with any political party or conduct and management of business. They should also cease to prac-
tice any profession. The Chairman and members will office for a period of three years or till they attain the age of 70 and shall be appointed by the President of India. They can be removed by the President on the grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity proved by an inquiry made by a committee consisting of the Chief Justice of India and two other judges of the apex court next to the CJI in seniority. The Chairman or the members have to be informed of the charges against him and given a reasonable opportunity of being heard in respect of those charges. The idea of Lokpal emanated from the office of Ombudsman prevalent in Scandinavian countries. The first legislative attempt at Lokpal in India fell after the bill was passed in the 4th Lok Sabha in 1969 but could not get through in Rajya Sabha. Subsequently, Lokpal bills were introduced in 1971, 1977, 1985, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005 and in 2008.
Sakshi re-telecasts story sans anti-Sonia remarks PTI HYDERABAD, NOV 21
A day after airing a story critical of Congress and its chief Sonia Gandhi, Sakshi television channel owned by Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy took a U-turn today, re-telecasting it after deleting adverse references to her and claiming that it had not targeted her. Though Sakshi TV announced that the 8 AM show scheduled today would be a "re-telecast" of the episode aired on Friday night (and repeated on Saturday morning), viewers got to see a version that was totally different from the earlier one. The anchor-part as well as the voice-over in today's story were clearly recorded afresh while all the adverse remarks against Sonia were deleted. The bold headlines that criticised Sonia as well as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too were dropped. The master title of the programme "Hasta-
gatam" became "Congress@125" in today's telecast. At the same time, Sakshi CEO Priyadarshini Ram said the story was not against either Gandhi or Singh and maintained that there was no intervention by Jagamnohan with regard to the content of the TV channel. "It was not a story against...either Sonia Gandhi or Manmohan Singh. It was a current story that was based on the 125 years of the Congress party, how it was faring... "Jaganmohan Reddy, on the day of the inauguration of this media house, made one specific statement saying that this channel would be unbiased, truthful and clear-headed. There is no effort from Jaganmohan Reddy or intervention by him on the content of Sakshi television," Ram said. Sakshi also showed a clipping of the channel's inaugural function wherein Jagan sought to assert that his media has nothing to do with Congress.
"Sakshi is a most balanced and independent media. This has no affiliation with any political party," Jagan had said. Highlighting this statement, Sakshi claimed that it telecast the (Friday's) episode on Sonia "as an independent media. Our analysis on Sonia and Congress party was in line with our independent stance. "We never criticised Sonia Gandhi," the channel claimed late last night even as a host of Congress bigwigs, including Chief Minister K Rosaiah, former Chief Minister N Janardhana Reddy, several state ministers and PCC chief D Srinivas, strongly condemned the "blasphemous story". The special story on Friday was telecast to mark the 125th anniversary celebrations of Congress. It had said the grand old party was on a "rapid degeneration" across the country and even Sonia herself was facing rough weather in Rae Bareilly constituency.
Govt prepared for Parliament debate on spectrum issue: Moily Favours revamp in university system PTI CHENNAI, NOV 21
Accusing the opposition of adopting 'undemocratic' methods by stalling proceedings in Parliament, Government today said it has nothing to "suppress" in 2G spectrum allocation and that it was prepared for a debate on the issue. "The opposition has chosen to stone and run away... stall Parliament. This is undemocratic method. We have nothing to hide and nothing to suppress. We have a Prime Minister of impeccable character and integrity," Law Minister Veerappa Moily told reporters at the airport here. The Government was prepared to discuss the issues raised by the opposition, he said, adding that "more than the Joint Parliamentary Committee, Parliament is the highest forum. "We are not running away from debate and we are ready to debate and ready to interact with the opposition and anyone...the right forum is Parliament," Moily said. Asking the opposition, which is adamant on its demand for a JPC probe, to face a debate in Parliament, he said they were just "throwing stones and running away. This
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Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily today called for an end to Universities adding programmes to generate funds and said the entire University system should be revamped to make them more Universal. Delivering the sixth convocation address at the SRM University at its campus in suburban Kattankulathur, he said the recent tendency by most of the varsities to add programmes with the aim of generating more funds must stop. ''There is a need to revamp the entire University system and define the size, scope and operation of universities very clearly,'' he added. ''Universities in India need to be made more 'universal' is not correct." Replying to a question, he said "If there is any culprit to be brought to book we are open...that can be discussed in Parliament," Moily said.
if they are to flourish,'' he noted. Moily said about 16,000 colleges were affiliated to 400-odd universities (excluding deemed and self-financed) aided by the Central and the State governments. ''Most of the states are opening up establishment of private universities to plug the gap between the need and availability of institutions for higher learning,'' he said, adding, ''barring a few exceptions, our universities are not universal in nature.'' Stating the latest ranking of world universities showed that India has a long way to go in higher education, Moily bemoaned that ''the once proud university system, the best in Asia after the Second World War, has fallen on very bad times.'' To a question on CongressDMK alliance in the light of the spectrum controversy which led to the exit of A Raja from the Union Cabinet, Moily said it was very strong.
"Sonia is not a good orator and cannot address a gathering fluently. Her mass following is on the decline," it had said. "Sonia is neither the President of India nor the Prime Minister but she is dictating the politics of the country," the headlines read, even as several critical remarks were made against her in the voice-over. "He has been just a rubber stamp," Sakshi had remarked, taking potshots at Manmohan Singh in the light of the recent observations of Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum case. However, all these remarks were deleted in the fresh episode telecast this morning. The episode, on the other hand, referred to the various allegations faced by the Congress governments and the criticism of Sonia Gandhi on a host of issues, including her foreign origin. "But still, Sonia stood tall and emerged a powerful leader," the voice-over noted.
Man charred to death, wife hurt as car catches fire PTI MUZAFFARNAGAR, NOV 21
A 27-year-old man was charred to death and his wife sustained severe burn injuries when the car in which they were travelling caught fire on the DelhiDehradun national highway near Khatoli here, police said today. Pranay Kumar Jain, an engineer by profession, and his wife Samata (26), who got married two days back, were on their way to Delhi from Saharanpur yesterday when their car collided with a cemented pipe and caught fire, the police said. While the man died on the spot, his wife was rushed to a hospital, they added. In another incident, two brothers Ayaan (8) and Zishan (7) were burnt to death when they accidentally caught fire in their house in Khundwa village in Saharanpur district yesterday. They were declared brought dead by the hospital, police said.
Shiv Sena activists shout slogans as they burn a poster of Rakhi Sawant during a demonstration in Amritsar on Sunday. The protest was held against Rakhi Sawant's alleged use of vulgar language in her reality show 'Rakhi Ka Insaaf' aired on a private channel.
India can emerge as largest producer of Cobalt-60: DAE PTI MUMBAI, NOV 21
India has the capacity to emerge as the largest producer of Cobalt-60, a radioactive isotope which can be widely used for food preservation and medical product sterilisation, a senior Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) official has said. Cobalt-60 is obtained as the by-product from the Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs), a large number of which are operational in the country. "India can produce up to 2.5 mega curie of Cobalt-60 by using all the PHWRs operating in the country and thus become the largest global producer of the isotope which is extensively used in food preservation process as well as medical product sterilisation," A K Kohli, Chief Executive of Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT), said at a meeting of Indian Nuclear Society here yesterday. BRIT, a commercial wing of the DAE, is making use of 12 PHWRs by loading Cobalt-59 as a central rod in them and getting Cobalt-60 as a by-product, he explained. Food irradiation is a physical process in which food and agricultural commodities, in prepacked form or bulk, are exposed to a controlled
amount of radiant energy to achieve desirable effects such as inhibition of sprouting, delay in ripening, killing of insect pests, parasites, pathogenic and spoilage micro-organisms. Although India faces certain logistical problems, especially in transportation of the radioactive isotope, it has been exporting Cobalt-60 to Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Kohli said. Speaking at the meeting, former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar said the PHWR is a good source of Cobalt-60 and added that the loading and unloading of the isotope from PHWRs should become a simple activity. He said India should make a quick transition from producing Cobalt-60 and work towards production of caesium, a radioactive element which emits less gamma ray, is easily transportable and economically viable. Also, since the half-life period of caesium is longer than Cobalt-60, changing of source in the food irradiators can be done at longer intervals, he said. "We must speed up caesium production from the reprocessing waste so that we get the additional benefit of easy
waste management." India is a pioneer in radiation food processing technology. DAE and Food Corporation of India should take up the challenge of establishing mega food irradiation plants at three to four places in the country, said V K Iya, Member, Board of Trustees, Indian Nuclear Society (INS). DAE has set up, through public private partnership, several food irradiation facilities for preservation of various types of agricultural products including spices, potato, onion, cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables. Food processing technologies developed by DAE were approved by the World Health Organisation and other agencies nearly two decades ago. "In India, radiation processing of food can be undertaken both for export and domestic markets. For export, food could be processed for shelf-life extension, hygienisation and for overcoming quarantine barriers," according to an INS paper presented at the meeting. Radiation processing can be used for restructuring cost of bulk commodities in export market and for selling valueadded packaged commodities directly in retail markets, the paper said.
Kerala’s ritual dance-drama gets UNESCO recognition PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, NOV 21
Considering its outstanding value and vulnerability, UNESCO has recognised ‘Mudiyeettu’, an age old ritualdrama of Kerala as an "intangible cultural heritage of humanity". This dance-drama tradition that form part of the Goddess Kali cult is the second Kerala art form being included in the UN list for preservation as human cultural heritage after the classical theatre ‘Kudiyaattam’, which was accorded the coveted status a few years ago. ‘Mudiyeettu’ is a ritualistic art evolved as part of the ‘Bhadra Kali’ (Goddess Durga) cult performed in some of the temples in Kerala, whose origin could be traced to as back as 9th or 10th century AD. With seven characters and seven elaborate scenes, it is enacted annu-
ally in an open space adjacent to Bhadra Kali temples after the harvest season, seeking the divine blessings of the Goddess for the well-being of the village community. Based on the mythical story of battle between Kali and Darika the demon, the play is performed by artists in heavy costumes in the background of ‘Kalamezhuthu’, tantric drawings using organic dyes on the floor amid beating of drums. The ritual dance-drama begins with the discourse of Lord Shiva and Narada, and it progresses through the entry of Darika and Kali followed by their grim battle concluding with the slaying of the demon by the Goddess Like the famed ‘Ram Leela’ of north India, the play drives home the message of the ultimate triumph of the good over the evil. ‘Mudiyeettu’ is more of an offering
than an art form for its performers, says Keezhillam Unnikrishnan, the best known contemporary exponent of the tradition and a member of one of the four traditional performing families of the art form. "Unlike classical theatres Kathakali or Koodiyattam, ‘Mudiyeetu’ is considered a sacred offering to Goddess
Kali rather than a medium of pure entertainment. It derived the name Mudiyettu from the tall and glittering headgear worn by the artist who appears as Kali," Unnikrishnan told PTI. Now there are only nine performing troupes and four traditional families in the state who regularly enact the play. The UNESCO recognition is based on the performance and history of these families residing at places like Koratty, Keezhillam, Pazhaoor and Kunnakal in Kerala, he said. As a ritualistic art, ‘Mudiyeettu’ demands greater preparations and self-discipline on the part of the artist than any other art form, he said. The actors have to follow strict ‘vrata’, or a period of renunciation of all worldly pleasures several days be-
fore the staging. A total of 32 pieces of specially washed clothes are worn by them. Even if we perform outside temple, we will never use other than organic colours for ‘Kalamezhuttu,’ drawings on the floor depicting various episodes from the Goddess myth. "These all are connected with the spiritual undercurrent of the art form," he said. According to classical and folk art scholars, what makes Mudiyettu unique is its fusion of pan-Hindu mythology with purely local folk beliefs and rituals. Along with Kali, Darika, Lord Shiva and sage Narada, characters with a local flavour like Koimbata Nair and Kooli appear in the play. When the drama scales to its tempo to the accompaniment of percussion instruments like chenda
(drum), elathalam (cymbal) and chanting of verses, the entire atmosphere gets electrified and even the thrilled audience will begin to participate in the ‘war’ in the concluding scenes, artists said. Now a waning art with younger generation showing hardly any interest, the UNESCO recognition is expected to give Mudiyettu a revival and opening opportunities for more research into its history and evolution, Unnikrishnan said. "International recognition will surely give a boost to the age old art and contribute to its promotion. A traditional artist like me believes it is due to the blessings of Goddess that received such a status of world heritage", he said. "It will give us strength to hand over the torch of the legacy to the next generations," he said.
Three die after being hit by trains; locals disrupt services PTI MUMBAI, NOV 21
Three persons were killed and another seriously injured after being hit by speeding suburban trains in separate incidents near Vikhroli station today, sparking protest by locals that led to disruption of services on the Central Railway (CR) for nearly two hours. One person each was fatally hit by trains in three incidents while crossing the tracks at suburban Vikhroli since this morning, Government Railway Police (GRP) Commissioner Tukaram Chavan told PTI. Another person was seriously injured in the fourth such mishap of the day and admitted to Rajawadi Hospital, he said. Only one of the deceased, Zeebodh Gupta (18), has been identified, police said. Following the mishaps, a huge crowd led by local MNS legislator Ram Kadam blocked railway tracks at Vikhroli at around 1.30 PM, bringing train services to a halt. The crowd blamed the incidents on lack of foot over bridge (FOB) near the station and demanded prompt action by the railways on their longpending demand for an overbridge.
Swedish youth jumps from hotel PTI JAIPUR, NOV 21
A Swedish youth allegedly jumped from the second floor of a hotel due to depression in Ajmer district of Rajasthan, police said today. However, he survived with fracture in his leg, they said. Martin (19) went to Ajmer from Jaipur with his friend Mark Robes on Friday night and was staying in a hotel. He took the step yesterday due to some depression, the police said. He is now doing well in hospital and the embassy of Sweden has been informed, they said.
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Dilapidated Sanguem roads neglected ‘Creative Samruddhi Scheme’ launched HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, NOV 21
HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, NOV 21
The road to Selaulim Dam via Pajimol and also the road to Uguem from Saudimoll are in dilapidated condition and need urgent repairs. Besides, the road at Uguem junction is also in dilapidated condition. The road at Saudimoll is in the worst condition with no traces of tar at a distance of about 200 mtrs. The condition of the road to Selaulim Dam is no different either with total stretch of road proceeding to the dam from Pajimol developed craters. Visitors find it difficult to travel to the dam. Similarly, the road at Uguem junction proceeding towards Chirband and near Uguem Bridge is also in bad shape, which needs urgent attention from the PWD authorities. At Saudimoll, the condition of the road is worsened at a sharp turn and vehicle riders many a times are seen driving their vehicles on the wrong
The Creative Multipurpose Cooperative Credit Society Ltd, Sanquelim, has introduced ‘Creative Samruddhi Scheme’ by which customers will be able to get 40% discount on any purchase of household items. Addressing a press conference, Co-operative Society Chairman Ramapati Pitre informed that the scheme is newly launched and is attractive for those who are planning to buy items over Rs 10,000 and less than Rs 1 lakh. “We will give them 40% dis-
The dilapidated condition of the road proceeding to Uguem-Saudimoll, Sanguem. Photo by Alfred Fernandes
side to avoid from running over potholes, thereby risking their lives. At Uguem, though the portion of the road was hot mixed a couple of years ago, the condition of the road looks as if the same was tarred a decade
ago, thereby raising all possible doubts over the quality of the construction work of the road. The situation and the use of the worsened roads is made all the more difficult in the absence of street lights at many
places. The citizens have urged the authorities to immediately repair the roads at Uguem junction, Saudimoll and from Pajimol to Selaulim Dam to avoid any accidents from taking place.
Seminar on environment education for sustainable development
K’taka native dies of self injuries
HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 21
Saraswat Vidyalaya’s Purushottam Walawalker Higher Secondary School of Arts, Science and Commerce, Khorlim-Mapusa, in collaboration with the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) will organize a threeday National Level Seminar on ‘Environment Education for Sustainable Development’ from November 25. The seminar will be organized at the Auditorium hall of the Goa State Museum, PattoPanjim, to mark the International year of Biodiversity 2010. Briefing media persons at Mapusa, Purusthottam Walawalker Higher Secondary School Manager Dr Deepak Gaitonde informed that the National Level seminar will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on November 25 at 9.30 am. “About 100 teachers, academicians and researchers from within and outside the State will participate in the seminar,” informed Dr Gaitonde. Programme Coordinator Sujit Kumar Dongre stated that the natural resources are finite and hence it should be used judiciously. “The main objective of organizing this seminar is to develop an in-depth understanding of various issues and concerns related to environment and its sustainable development, to under-
HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 21
Dr Deepak Gaitonde addresses the media in the presence of Sujit Kumar Dongre, Purusthottam Walawalker Higher Secondary School Principal Subhash Naik and Supriya Netravalker. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker
stand and discuss the impact of modern lifestyles and consumption pattern related to environment and also to discuss whether the issues related to environment protection, sustainable development are effectively taught in classrooms,” said Dongre. Chief Programme Coordinator Supriya Netravalkar said in the seminar, various sessions related to themes like environmental issues, biodiversity and climatic change, coastal environment and sustainable development, impact of large projects on Indian Ocean waters and the role of education for sustainable development in formal education have been planned. “Apart from these thematic areas, two films ‘Home’ and ‘Inconvenient Truth’ will be
screened. A group exercise to identify environmental issues to be incorporated into the curriculum will be taken up,” said Netravalkar. “A field visit to ecologically fragile and environmentally important areas like Chorao will be taken up to have fresh hand information of the systems and various environmental impacts they are facing,” added Netravalkar. Purusthottam Walawalker Higher Secondary School Principal Subhash Naik said the basic aim of the seminar is to identify ways to live in harmony with nature. “Resource faculties from within and outside the state will present their views and the proceedings of the seminar will be distributed to the educational institutions,” said Naik.
Cancer afflicted children bid adieu after Goa visit ends
The cancer patients playing in the gym at the Benaulim community centre on Sunday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 21
These cancer afflicted children finally bid adieu to Goa on Sunday after a three day visit to the beaches, temples and churches across the state. Around 70 patients from the Tata memorial cancer hospital had embarked on a train journey to the state on November
18 sponsored by the Konkan Railway Corporation. Incidentally, this has become an annual feature for the cancer patients as this is the sixth year since these children from the Tata hospital, Mumbai are brought to Goa for sight seeing. Says S Deshmukh, medical social worker of the Tata Hospital: “The main objective be-
hind bringing these children to Goa is to help them overcome depression. Some of these children have been undergoing treatment from one year to three years. The trip to Goa helps them to overcome their depression”. “While the KRC has sponsored a three-tier train journey to Goa, the trip has also been sponsored by Tony from Malad,” he added. During their stay in the state, these patients have visited the Old Goa Churches, the Mangueshi Temple and the beaches at Calangute, Miramar, Colva, besides other places. Sunday saw these children visiting the world famous Colva beach and were later spotted at the Benaulim Community Centre headed by Dr Hubert Gomes. Dr Gomes along with other members of the Centre spent some time with the children and expressed their satisfaction over the pleasure trip to the state.
Uguem Chapel feast celebrated HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, NOV 21
The feast of Our Lady of Piety Chapel, Uguem, was celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour at Uguem on November 14. Hundreds of villagers from Uguem and neighbouring areas flocked to Our Lady of Piety Chapel, Uguem, to seek the blessings of the deity. Sanguem Parish Priest Fr Patrick Luis sfx was the main celebrant for the feast mass, while Fr Octaviano Da Cunha
delivered the homily. In his preaching, Fr Da Cunha stressed on the need for a change among the masses and appealed the parishioners to seek forgiveness from the sins to make Earth a better place for living. Fr Da Cunha also emphasized on the need for concern about nature and the immediate need among the parishioners to come forward to stop the wanton destruction of forests and our environment by the mining activities in the region.
Uguem Chaplain complimented the parishioners for the wholehearted involvement in the development of the Chapel premises and for conducting the liturgy during the novena masses. In the evening, a football final match was held between Dicarpale Sports Club and Wilred Leisures, Curtorim, where Dicarpale defeated Wilred Leasures by 2-1. A Konkani drama ‘Tuzo Ghanv, Mhojem Nanv’ was also staged on the occasion in aid of the Chapel.
A 25-year-old native of Belgaum-Karnataka, but residing at Assagao, succumbed to self stab injuries on Saturday. According to Calangute Police, Sanjay and his wife were working as sweepers. On Saturday, Sanjay’s wife went to her aunt’s place at Madda Vaddo, Calangute, as Sanjay was allegedly harassing her after consuming alcohol. Police further informed that Sanjay after having been drunk went in search of his wife at Calangute and started calling her out to go home. However, his wife refused to accompany him and in a rage, he went to stab his wife with a chopper. However, Sanjay himself sustained stab injuries and when he made another attempt he was prevented from doing so by his wife’s relatives, while Sanjay fell and bled. “Sanjay then requested them to take him to the hospital and 108 Ambulance was summoned to shift him to a nearby hospital. However, he was declared dead while being rushed to the hospital,” informed police.
2 seriously hurt in Karmalghat mishap HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, NOV 21
In a freak accident, two persons from Carmona-Curchorem were grievously injured after the van in which they were traveling went off the road at the foot of Karmalghat on Sunday afternoon. According to Canacona Police, Omni van (GA-09 A-4396), which was proceeding from Karwar towards Margao went off the road and turned turtle before landing inside the woods. Rohidas Gaonkar and Nitesh Naik, who suffered injuries, were first shifted to CHC before shifting them to Hospicio in Margao. The van suffered extensive damages especially to its front portion.
Bicholim PHC to keep eye on mosquito breeding sites HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, NOV 21
The Primary Health Centre Bicholim has decided to conduct surprise checks at the construction sites and other mosquito breeding sites to keep a check on the situation. It may be recalled that about 22 cases of malaria were detected in Bicholim since the last one month and the PHC had issued a notice to concerned authorities in this regard. To avoid any further damage, the PHC has now decided to conduct surprise checks in various locations. According to Health Officer Dr D’Souza, malaria cases in the city have come down and since the last eight days, they have detected three cases. “We have served notices to those who are not keeping cleanliness and have also spotted sites, which would be breeding grounds for mosquitoes and spread insecticides,” he added.
Bardez Bazaar centre burgled HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 21
The Bardez Bazaar was once again burgled by miscreants on Sunday night. Unknown culprits effected entry into the Bazaar located at Gogol and decamped with cash of Rs 1000, besides goods worth Rs 3000. The miscreants entered the shopping centre by breaking open the locks of the shutters.
count on purchase of any item, including TV, Fridge, gold coin or even motorcycle,” said Pitre. “They can purchase the item from any shop and they have to get the quotation and deposit only 60% amount stated in the quotation,” added Pitre. The scheme is somewhat like the multi-level marketing. To avail the benefit, a person should become a member of the Society by paying Rs 500 as membership fees. Later, he has to submit the quotation along with the 60% amount of the item to be purchased. The amount remains with the bank till the time he
gets two members for the bank, who are willing to buy worth the same amount. “It is not exactly the MLM scheme as is seen, but we break the chain only when one gets two members and we immediately give him 40% discount, which he would never get,” explained Pitre.
“If the customer wants, we also give him cash back after the end of the chain, which is the entire amount of the item. So in this way, he invests only 60% and gets 100% within no time,” added Pitre. The Co-operative Bank is located at Gokul Building, near Radhakrishna Temple, Sanquelim.
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Richness of Portuguese connections
Vol No CX No: 292 Goa, Monday 22 November, 2010
Turning trash into gold
eed is a district in Maharashtra’s drought-prone Marathawada area. In a good year, it gets about 25 inches of rain. Goa gets about 120 inches. Beed is the place where seven women found a traditional and sustainable solution for the farmer – earthworms. Asha Bhise was a middle-class woman like any in Goa. She was a cashier at the Bank of Baroda. In 2001, Asha got tired of her job and decided to cultivate earthworms. Though the incentives were good, the project was not too popular. But she saw a pilot vermicompost project at the local agricultural office, and decided that she too could do it. In 2003, armed with her voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) money and a loan from a bank (totalling Rs15lakh), Bhise became the first woman to start a commercial vermicompost farm. She was joined by six other women and formed a selfhelp group. All were wives of farmers. They wanted to supplement their family’s meagre income. Earthworms break down organic matter into compost and enrich the soil. More importantly, they improve the soil’s capacity for water retention. Earthworms do this without using any costly chemicals. Vegetable waste and cow dung sustain the worms. The waste is fodder for the worms; the cow dung nurtures the soil and keeps it cool when water is sprinkled. Their prolific breeding makes replenishing worm stock unnecessary. She bought about 110 kg of earthworms at Rs800 per kg and set up the business. Within 40 days, she harvested 20 tonnes of compost. All of it was bought by farmers within days. Ms Bhise says earthworms are recession-proof. Depending on quality and size, they fetch a market price of between Rs1,000 and Rs1,500 per kg. Even at these prices, earthworm farmers can barely keep up with demand. Farmers from all corners of Maharashtra are their customers. “Most of them want compost, but we encourage them to buy earthworms and teach them how to breed them,” says Ms Bhise. Since organic grains and vegetables fetch higher prices, an increasing number of Maharashtra’s farmers have turned to earthworms. For example, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies offer very attractive prices for organically grown aloe vera. Using earthworms, an aloe vera farmer can earn a profit of up to Rs 25,000 per hectare (10,000 sq metres) per month. Earthworms are a one-time investment. They multiply easily. A kilogramme (600 to 800 worms) produce up to 5,000 eggs a week. Within six weeks, they are ready for reproduction. Every seven to 10 days, the earthworm lays an egg containing seven embryos. Three to seven worms emerge from each capsule. The earthworm’s life span is two years. Ms Bhise, for example, has not needed to buy new earthworms after she began in 2003. As a bonus, she collects earthworm excreta to make an organic pesticide and pest repellant. Bhise got help from the Maharashtra Agriculture Department, like financial help to set up the unit, selling earthworms at concessional rates, and buying vermicompost. The Goa Agriculture Department needs to examine whether it offers similar benefits. If not, it should formulate appropriate schemes. Earthworm cultivation also helps in soil regeneration. People have already discovered the magic of earthworms, but a government intervention can be the multiplier required to make it a sustainable livelihood. For example, when the Pune municipality made it compulsory for all housing societies, hotels and restaurants to develop their own compost pits, demand for earthworms exploded. Farmers can benefit from this. Why can’t Goan municipalities do likewise? This will not only reduce the overwhelming problem of garbage facing our towns, but also create openings for entrepreneurs to get into new viable self-employment opportunities like Ms Bhise and her colleagues.
Educational trip Mario Mascarenhas, St.Inez This is with response to the article ‘National geographic places Goa in 10 worst beach spots’ (Herald, 19 Nov) which I totally agree with. However, I disagree with the comments made by the tourism director. Quality of tourism management in Goa is very pathetic, if one takes a look around the beaches, specially Calangute, Candolim, Baga, etc. It ranges from poor maintenance to Lamani harassment to the tourist. Some historical buildings in Europe are well preserved and much better maintained. The six criteria is evidence enough of Goa’s 10th position selected by National Geographic. If given an opportunity, it would worth visiting London so that correct information may be obtained on historical buildings, so as to set the record right.
Moral policing Nelson Lopes, Chinchinim The Government has finally imposed re-
Goans have been instilled with the trait to be exploratory and be rich in culinary art, says dR Joe d’soUza
t is about five hundred years encounter with Goan history and its destiny. In 1510, it was Afonso de Albuquerque who first set foot on the Goan soil thus heralding the eventful interactive relationship between Goans and the people of Portugal. The frowning pessimist sees the glass half empty but the optimist smiles seeing it half full. I pen this article as a mark of respect to 500 years of Goan Portuguese historic ties and to my forefathers for enriching our rich Goan culture and garnishing it with a variety of Portuguese traditions. I am happy that the great tolerant, amiable and affable Goans down the generations have made and kept Goa as a paradise on earth. It is with sadness and that I view the generation of today that is responsible for the rape and degradation of Goa due to haphazard mining, unsustainable tourism and corruption. Being born in Goa during the colonial regime, I perhaps would be amongst the dwindling tribe who were an active part of Goan-Portuguese history. Those born after December, 1961 would only experience the richness of this special relationship of Portugal with Goa through history books , cultural events, delights of culinary art, heritage pleasantries, musical extravaganzas, genetic biodiversity, quality medical health care system and engineering and sanitary marvels handed down to us from the past. My aunt Laura D’Sousa actively fought for Goa’s liberation and for self determination. She never ignored and despised Portuguese art, culture and its people. We must respect history and historical sentiments. We must learn from history so that we may be able to avoid mistakes and avoid history’s repetitions. Thanks to the Portuguese, the rich, diverse and the integrated Goan culture is perhaps the best in the world. I am proud to have a blend of Portuguese influence, sweet, sour, hot and bitter which has allowed me to look upon myself with pride. It has held my head high in a society rich in mutual admiration and respect for our ecosystem. While acknowledging the right of some elements seeking publicity through disruptive measures and undermining the true sentiments of the majority of Goans; these “self styled patriots” – freedom fighter and smugglers, who have their axe to grind, should not impose their views on us. The goodness and the fragrance of Goan-Portuguese history, will remained cherished by the majority of Goans, who draw benefit from the rich and strong bondage with the Portuguese
Goodness Catalyzed people. We all know that a few decades-old Nehru Bridge and the Jagjivan Ram foundation stone over the Mandovi Bridge came crumbling down. Today, we are aware of the rising incidents of crime, and are reeling under the challenges of garbage menace and sanitary ills but we can take great solace that the centuries old “ Ponte de Linhares” and the excellent drainage system laid by the Portuguese is keeping Goa from traffic chaos and free of floods, epidemics and other disasters. We must learn to count our blessings and also accept the contribution of Portuguese to our value system, our religious practices, and our legal perceptions, which is globally appreciated. Let us not undermine the role of Portuguese, who instilled in Goan the trait to be exploratory and be rich in culinary art. Goan sea farers, cooks, migrants amongst Goans besides doctors, engineers, politicians, entrepreneurs, etc., are still bringing into Goa fame and ushering economic prosperity, due to the affable and inherent superiority of the rich blend of Goan culture. This has instilled a sense of adventurism, receptiveness and eagerness to learn and adapt,
oo many people thinking negatively has become a habit. And we wonder why there are so many people who can stay positive and are happy despite negative circumstances surrounding them. We want to think the same way but it seems that we can’t get out of our negative thoughts. A classic example is a glass that is half-filled. Instead of seeing it as a half-empty glass, we can choose to see it as half-filled glass. If we do not dwell on negative thoughts, we shall be in a happy disposition and our lives will be more satisfying and rewarding. When we are positive ourselves, someone else being negative about life can really drag us down or slow down our efforts, perhaps their negativity just makes us feel down. It is, therefore, better to avoid those who have negative traits. We have to do some good and make them more positive, but remember that ultimately, people are all different. Sometimes we can’t change others, but we can always change
strictions on some controversial channels. India has advanced from highly suggestive temple art, land of Kamasutra, kissing ban in films et al. Religion, morals and home influence has lost its potency. Films, fashion channels and porn videos impact moral fibre and has corrupting influence on formative minds. Example is the best motivator and the parents must live by what they preach. Having persons of rectitude can influence others to make the change.
In need of a leader Sagar Chari, Tivim After the Jose Philip fiasco, four names were apparently short listed by the local command – Sangeeta Parab, Surendra Sirsat, Pandurang Raut and Dr Carmo Pegado. Under Dr Pegado (when he was the acting president) the party had added some 25,000 members to the block and district committees. He was the acting president when Dr Wilfred de Souza abruptly left after almost 10 years at the helm. Dr Pegado is the senior most in the party. It is high time that the central leadership
Smitha Bhandare Kamat
tolerate and disseminate value systems thus making Goa a paradise on earth known for its unity amidst diversity. It is the warmth of the rich Goan culture and heritage, handed down the generations that have transformed Goan men and women as world leaders not only in the spiritual world but also in economics, politics and science. Whether it is in Europe, USA or even in the UN, Goan presence is conspicuously sublime. It is all because Goa and Goans have accepted invasions down the ages with dignity and added value to lives by treating history with respect. Let not a few self styled patriots, a few smugglers amongst us who pose themselves as freedom fighters bring out a sour taste to the sweet and delightful Indo-Portuguese relationship. It is true that the Portuguese government and its ambassadors over recent years, have honoured and entertained “individuals” who have contributed precious little to Indo-Portuguese relationship, except for entertaining those in power in the Portuguese Consulate in Goa. It is equally true that I have brother-in-law, now in Portugal, who has been actively cementing Indo-Portuguese cul-
tural ties. I have not gone for the various Portuguese Day celebrations but rather hosted occasions as member of the Goan club not because I want to pose as a pseudo patriot but because being a low profile individual, I may not be an “apple in the eyes” of the Portuguese authority, nor an “eye of the storm” in the controversy over those who refused to the invitation to “on board dinner party” on Sagres. The ship, incidentally, visited Goa and anchored at Mormugao harbour commemorating the 500 years of Afonso de Albuquerque’s setting foot on the Goan soil. Being actively involved in understanding genetic biodiversity and ecosystem stability, I have realised the immense contribution of men involved in science, and medicine towards improvement of quality of lives of people in Goa. Even recently, I have jointly published data on the effects of pollution on fisheries and economic prosperity of Goa, in collaboration with scientists from University of Porto (Portugal). Knowing the details of Indo Portuguese symbiotic relationship and growth and to be drafted by the governments of India and Portugal, a commemorative book will be written furnishing details of the contributions of the Portuguese influence on Goa and Goans. We Goans are proud of our history. Portugal may have been relatively poor compared to the rest of Europe but Portuguese people have always shown Goans a large heart. Personally, I always entertain visitors from Portugal to Goa. President Tony Dias, Messias Tavares of Club National, as well as President Francisco Martins of Club Vasco de Gama in Panjim are aware and have helped me in my efforts to entertain visitors from Portugal in their respective clubs. The RTP Channel from Portugal have broadcasted several episodes from Goa and has opened the window of Goa to the rest of the world. They displayed positive images, thus strengthening Indo-Portugal relationship in all walks of life. Because of the RTP Channel, the field of commerce, tourism and other cultural activities has improved and given a good exposure. As for my final remarks in the passing, I am proud of my Hindu ancestry and the richness of Hindu philosophy, however I am grateful to my forefathers for accepting Christ, for it is his teachings and sacrifices that has instilled in me the sense of simple living and greater thinking, and it is the Portugal connection which has catalyzed this goodness in the quality of my life.
ourselves and the way we think. On the other hand, there are people who are born to be naturally optimistic and happy. No matter what storm comes into their lives, they always think positively. Thinking positively is a way of life. In order for us to live a successful, positive life, we must have a positive attitude. It is very essential to develop a positive attitude. You can’t have positive success without a positive life and you can’t have a positive life without a positive attitude. The ability to think positive is a result of a positive attitude toward life. This reminds me of a story of a couple who were travelling in a bus. They decided to get down at some place. After the couple got down at some place, the bus moved on. As the bus moved on, a huge rock from the mountain fell on the bus. The bus was flattened and all on board were killed. The couple upon seeing that, said, “We wish we were on that bus”. What made them think this? Well, if they
A C Menezes, Chinchinim
United Nations Organisation (UNO) was formed in 1945 after the end of the Second World War. The victorious powers i.e., USA, USSR, Britain, France and China formed a small clique within the UNO called the Security Council (SC) and armed themselves with veto powers. There was a time when the SC had successfully imposed its will on the world stage but now slowly it is becoming irrelevant and like an old soldier, may slowly whitter away. Therefore, if India secures a permanent seat with or without veto power, it may well turn out to be a pyrrhic victory.
Grand send off Olencio Fernandes, Nuvem I salute my fellow brothers from Khariwado, Vasco, for the grand send off with brass band in attendance, to the Portuguese naval ship “Sagres”. It is disgrace on the part of our politicians to refuse the invitation for lunch on board the ship. Public were not allowed even a visit. It is sheer stupidity of those who instituted the protest and the ensuing support it received. The community of Khariwado have done a excellent job. Keep united at all times. Your action is an eye opener to all Goans.
Back to square one Vincent Fernandes, Arossim The article ‘Sometimes you just have to laugh’ by Peter Fernandes (Herald, 15 Nov) made me ponder. Hypocrites have flexed their music by usurping democracy. In the mad race for worldly comforts, corrupt elements get them faster and in better measure than those who have talents. For the last 49 years, waves after waves of exploitative businessmen with gangs of migrants, have dominated Goans with the help of parasitic bureaucracy and mounting pressure of materialistic politicians. Every time we vote to effect a change and try to weed out corrupt politicians, we are back to square one. This is despite
had remained in the bus instead of deciding to get down, the resulting time delay could have been avoided and the rock would have fallen after the bus had passed. This was positive thinking on the part of the couple, but it does not happen in everyday life. We must thank God for this and readily opened the doors of happiness to each one of us even though others may cloud our sunny skies. Even though we are in a situation in which we are helpless and there seems to be nobody out there to give us a helping hand, let’s initiate the change and appreciated life as it unfolds in front of our eyes. By being positive, we can see the challenges as opportunities for us. We must appreciate people in our life who have stood by us through thick and thin. Friends help each other through good times and bad. Feel positive about them and feel lucky to have good friends in life.
Letters to the Editor
Letter of the Day
takes serious steps in ensuring a clean image person to the beleaguered party once for all.
By arlette azavedo
the fact that Goa constitutes a 82 percent literate electorate.
Dignity of labour Paulo Mascarenhas, Panjim Our good editor in his editorial ‘Jobless utopia’ (Herald, 15 Nov) says that according to annual employment survey, the jobless rate in Goa is higher in India and whilst ending the same, he asks readers whether something is missing here, because the migrants are seen well-employed in Goa. Something is amiss and that is the knowledge of dignity of labour that our teachers forgot to give Goan youth. Today, security people all throughout the state are non Goans. Jobs like labourers, masons, barbers are done by migrants. Is this because of our ego? Instead of preparing the youth for white collar jobs, it is necessary that our schools include a vocational subject that teaches them the dignity of labour.
Pakistani barbarism Jerry Fernandes, Vanxim I refer to the news item ‘Pak Barbarism in full display’ (Herald, 13 Nov) of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in Pakistan. She was arrested under section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal code, after making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad that carries the death penalty. In Pakistan, Christians are targeted on any flimsy ground. Can American and other civilized countries please step in and save
the life of this poor woman and put pressure on Pakistan to stop such incidents?
Children, take heed Merlyn Fernandes, Sao Jose de Areal This is with reference to the news item ‘Unhappy Youngsters could turn to Sex and Substance’ (Goa’s Heartbeat, 19 Nov). The study, like other previous researches, proves that dysfunctional family environment and unsupportive school atmosphere can prompt many children and teens to seek love and approval elsewhere. Feeling unloved and unhappy, these individuals easily mistake sex for love and readily submit to peer-pressure for acceptance. A lack of self worth thus triggers a chain reaction of promiscuity and substance abuse. It is time for parents to tune in to their children and tune out the television.
Reality of evolution Paul Rodricks, Caranzalem Bernard Simoes’s letter ‘Evolution theory a Hoax’ (Herald, 19 Nov) unwittingly places himself in the category of ‘bigoted and unreasonable’ individuals in the light of Church’s acceptance having herself ‘recognised the scientific value of the theory of biological evolution.’ In 1951, Pope Pius XII upheld: “the doctrine of evolution, in as far as it inquires into the origin of the human body as coming from pre-existent and living matter—for the Catholic faith obliges us to hold that souls are immediately created by God.” In 1996, Pope John Paul II broadly embraced science and reason: “…new knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis.” This goes to show that scientific proof in favour of evolution existed before.
Cuncolim’s gutters Ivan Moraes, Cuncolim Congratulations to Vishal D’costa and oHeraldo for publishing a photograph of the open gutter over which pedestrians have to walk to reach the Cuncolim bus stand. Cuncolim Municipal Council’s city fathers are blind to hardships faced by local com-
muters. All that Cuncolim needed was a bus stop with a bus bay and not a bus stand with the entire infrastructure as no buses originate from Cuncolim. The supposedly state-of-the-art bus stand has been constructed and commissioned without any proper approach roads to it, making it dangerous for the daily commuters who have to walk on the gutters along the NH17.
Highway woes Norman da Silva, Navelim I refer to your editorial ‘Lowdown on the highway’ (Herald, 11 Nov) and support the NHDAC in not demanding width reduction of NH. Highways are designed to maintain certain high speeds for faster travel. The Aam Admi government is hell bent to push it through populated areas thus making common man pay toll, bear noise and dust pollution and be exposed to the danger of explosion in case of accidents pertaining to fuel laden tankers which ply the route. The present alignment is not feasible and should be dropped. The over Rs 1872 cr earmarked should be utilised to build highways preferably through the hinterland. At present, all their actions and statements are anti people and smell of a kick back.
Post liberation mess I C Mascarenhas, Panjim The recent arrival of the Portuguese vessel ‘Sagres’ raised quite a few eyebrows. Five hundred years ago the Portuguese came in search of trade, not to invade Goa. They were requested by the Hindu population to defend them from oppression. However, it was shocking to note that the ‘Sagres’ was allowed in Goa. On the other hand, we must remember the warmth of the Portuguese. Goans have lately been in a hurry to obtain Portuguese passports to gain EU entry. Post-liberation Goa has turned into a big mess. The remaining Goans have to face discrimination, unemployment and insecurity,as a result.
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The Power and Prestige of Press Journalism -iV
enerally, a team of journalists work in a newspaper office. Reporting and subbing are complementary and equally important functions in the editorial department. The editorial department, in fact, has a tremendous role of compilation, at times, piecing together news in the right context. Staff journalists are expected to handle a variety of tasks including picture research and sub-editing, depending on the number of staff employed.
The editorial department is headed by the editor under him there are sub-editors, correspondents, special reporters, reporters and freelance journalists, photojournalists etc. Newspaper editor and sub-editors sit at a desk most of the time, however, editors may attend local events.
INTERNAL In the editing section there are various key positions and duties involved with it. These titles and descriptions vary, depending on the segment of the
industry and the specific organization. And since the overall industry trend seems to be toward the incredible shrinking of editorial staff, expect to see many of these jobs conflated soon if they haven’t already been. 1. Editors: work tirelessly
every day to produce daily papers, filling long hours with a wide variety of roles. They have to work within a time frame, a budget that must make a profit. In large publishing organizations, editors usually preside over specific desks—national, foreign, finance, arts, new fiction, or biography. They plan the contents of the publication and supervise its preparation. They decide what will appeal to readers, assign topics and oversee the production of the newspaper. They must be able to co-ordinate the efforts of a team. In smaller publications, they do it all—and a fair amount of the writing and layout as well. Edition Plan Editors working on newspapers and magazines should have sound knowledge of newspaper law.
Their duties include:
Writing Although newspaper editors have many duties, they are still expected to write original articles frequently. News editors will generally write analysisbased copy that allows them to remain in the newsroom to co-
ordinate their sections; features editors can expect to write lengthier profiles or features, including interviews. Leads Story leads and tips from the community are also often sent directly to the editor. It is her job to discern which leads can
produce interesting and informative stories, and to match them to writers capable of “running down” the lead to produce good copy. Assignments Editors are responsible for scheduling daily and weekly assignments on their “budgets,” lists of the contents of their sections that they produce every day. Editors hear pitches from their writers, and assign stories that they or the editor-in-chief believe will be of interest to writers. Copyediting The editor is responsible for all of the copy that runs in her section. Spelling and grammar errors, inconsistencies, incorrect facts or fabricated reporting are ultimately her responsibility. Layout At most newspapers, especially small- to mid-range papers, the editor is also responsible for “laying out” his own section- the process of fitting articles and graphics on a section’s pages so that they are
readable and aesthetically pleasing. Other Duties In addition to copyediting and writing and layout work , newspaper editors manage writers and interact with the local community on a regular basis. Administrative duties include
Six Signs That You Should Run From Your New Job
o you’ve finally landed a new job and you’re thrilled. Hopefully, your new position will be one that provides you with support, great opportunities and plenty of recognition for your successes. Unfortunately, a company that seems like Cinderella during the interview process can end up looking more like an ugly stepsister once you actually join the team. Here are six real-life, obvious signs that it’s time to run away and never look back! 1. You ask your new boss for supplies and she hands you a pencil and a small notepad - and nothing else. While not all companies can afford to outfit employees with state-of-the-art laptops, mobile phones, palmtops and company credit cards, it is important that you are given the tools that you need in order to do your job. If you aren’t, or if the company questions you every time you ask for a new pen, it could be an indication of financial stress. 2. You were shown to your desk on your first day at work, given a company manual and haven’t been spoken to since. Even if you have years of experience, you should always be given some kind of orientation or training during your first days on a new job. The companies that are known as the best places to work all have substantial training programs and processes in place to make sure new employees feel comfortable and supported right from the start. Be wary if you feel like you have been left to go it alone. 3. Every time you tell someone about your new job with the company they raise their eyebrows and say ‘Re-
ally? Wow... good luck with that.’ A company’s reputation isn’t always completely accurate, but it does usually stem from legitimate information. Good companies to work for are typically wellknown and well-respected in their communities. In fact, you should ask others in your industry and the local business community what their thoughts are about the company when you are doing your initial research. If everyone you ask has a negative tale about your new employer, the chances are that their impressions have some validity. 4. After two weeks on the job, you are already halfway to becoming the employee with the most seniority. One of the biggest issues for human
resources professionals today is employee retention. You will notice that most of the country’s top companies have employees who have been around for years. Lengthy employee tenure is often a sign that the company is doing something right. ‘I joined a firm and learned that the company had seven other employees come and go in the past year,’ says Sarah, a public relations executive. ‘What’s worse is that it was only a five-person operation. That should have been the first
sign that the company was not a great place to work.’ 5. You answer the phone while the company’s secretary is away from her desk and find that the voice at the other end is a debt collection agency calling for the third time that week. While this sounds unbelievable, this actually happened to one worker, who said other employees at the company were eventually instructed to not answer the phones. ‘It became a joke with all of us,’ she commented. ‘We used to run out and cash our pay cheques as soon as we got paid and were always afraid that they were going to bounce!’ If you see any signs that your company is in real financial or legal trouble, get your C.V. back out on the market. 6. You notice that every day for the last five days, at least one person has run crying from your boss’s office. While not everyone’s boss is a bundle of joy, you should expect to be treated with respect in the workplace. If you see signs that the executives running your company make all of the other employees shake with fear, burst into tears or work on edge all the time, look for a greener pasture. There are companies out there that find success without putting employees through the ringer. You will not know everything about your new company until you put in your time, but if you get a bad feeling right away, there is probably a good reason for it. Trust your instincts when you start a new job, and know what qualities you want to see when you walk into the office. Doing so can keep you from being stuck in a dead-end situation that leaves you frustrated and unfulfilled.
hiring writers, planning budgets, negotiating contracts with freelance writers, etc. Professional Skills A good editor must have all the qualities of a good reporter, the ability to write and edit articles, take speedy decisions, a questioning mentality and an awareness of current affairs, and be well informed about a broad range of subjects. Also essential is an excellent sense of language and grammar, as well as basic computer skills. Editors must possess a sound knowledge of their market, and take the initiative in looking for new authors and new subjects. They need to put forward innovative ideas and establish the style of the publication. Editors have to pay close at-
By Maria de Lima Pereira tention to readership surveys, market trends, and everything that’s happening in new media in addition to just making sure that the news is covered. Educational Qualifications Most editors hold a college degree in either English language or journalism. Sometimes, other college majors are acceptable, more so in the fields of technical or special-interest writing. School and college experience in your field of editing is always an added advantage. Responsibility If an editor’s job description sounds like the kind of work you would enjoy, you must first understand that the pressures of the job are great, and one is constantly working against time to meet deadlines. The job also carries great responsibilities, for the editor is the one who takes the fall for printed inaccuracies. Working as a newspaper editor can be a rewarding experience for those who love news and hard work. But it is not a job for the faint of heart. (to be continued)
TOP 10 TIPS TO SUCCESS AT WORK N
ever escalate problems up to your Manager. 1. Try to communicate up solutions, and ask your manager to help with strategy and communications. Never communicate up a problem to your manager with no answer. For example, do not say this: “The new search engine we just launched is unstable and the help desk is getting a ton of calls. What should we do?” This is better: “Our team is working on the problem. We are talking directly to the users to identify the source of the problem. We may need your help to communicate with the manager of the help desk, but let us work on it and see if we can fix it quickly.” This is also good: (to your manager).... At today’s staff meeting, everyone seemed concerned with the delays on the version 2 rollout, I’d like to organize a small workgroup to get this on track. Sound OK? ..... What’s the best way to approach Karen and Tom?” 2. Place information on the wall of your cube or office that tracks performance using unedited (raw) data. This is a subtle but powerful way to communicate to your co-workers and management that you are serious about your projects and raw data is always seen as a credible measure of performance. So you are broadcasting your performance (to anyone that walks by) without looking selfserving. For example, I had this hit count above my desk for several years: 3. When mistakes are made in your group, jump to the head of the line to take responsibility. This does not make sense, does it? Things always go wrong. Look for an opportunity to take responsibility for something that goes wrong in your group, even if it is not directly your fault. Meet face to face with your manager and take full responsibility. Keep the communication to your manager short and don’t provide excuses.
Use words like this: “I take responsibility for this screw-up”. “Total brain failure on my part”. “I should have seen this coming.” “I will fix it.” or this is even better: “Fingers are being pointed at the support team for this problem, but it’s really my fault, I should have anticipated this and communicated to the support team in advance.” 4. Cancel any project that has lost momentum or is going sideways. Try to keep positive momentum on all your projects. But also be totally honest. Constantly selfevaluate your work. If you are not making progress, try to sidestep obstacles and consider a complete change in strategy. If you are leading a project that has lost momentum, have the courage to end it. Co-workers and managers will respect candor and personal responsibility. For example:”Hey team, this is my project and it is going nowhere. My fault. Let’s end it now and move on to something better .....” 5. Use the “Power of Pretzels” to make friends and influence coworkers. One of the best ways to get noticed in a large company is to surprise your co-workers with food. The best idea is to put out small snacks like titbit chivda etc., near your cube each afternoon and invite co-workers and managers to stop by and have a quick pretzel break. Don’t underestimate this one. 6. Coach management to use or fix their personal computers. The senior types in your organization may have weak computer skills. And they may be reluctant to call the Help Desk to get help. Find any way to be the personal help desk person to your boss or senior management. Doesn’t matter if it’s not your job, it creates an opportunity to bond with the senior people. 7. Actively re-direct credit and thanks to others. When a project is done, send an e-mail to all involved (including all management above) announcing the project
was completed successfully and particular thanks is owed to ______. This is a powerful strategy to get management to see you as a leader. For example, a short voice mail to a manager saying this: “Mary, just wanted to say what an outstanding job Jim did on the re-design project. He had the key idea on .....” At the end of the year when everyone is doing performance reviews, think of people outside your immediate group that helped you on a project in the past year. Send that person’s manager and the manager one more level up, a note that recognizes the work of that employee. For example write this: “Aniket and Lorraine, At our
staff meeting today we discussed our performance reviews for 2003. I asked my team for names of people outside our group that made big contributions to our projects. Prajwal was at the top of list for troubleshooting the server problem when we launched the new enhancements. That was huge. Just a quick note in recognition of Jack’s work in the past year, and we look forward to working with your team in 2004. 8. Use face-to-face meetings or the phone to communicate bad news or to disarm people that are blocking your projects. Never communicate negative opinions or bad news using e-mail, chat or voicemail. Pick up the phone or setup a face to face meeting. If you receive an e-mail with negative opinions or if you are copied on an e-mail debate where negative opinions are shared, do not “reply to all” to continue the
debate. Call the person directly and say, “ Tom, I’m reading this good e-mail debate on the project, I wanted to call you directly to understand your view on this....” You will be amazed at how quickly people calm down when you call them or meet with them face to face. If you are not getting the collaboration you need on a project, call the key person and say: “Hey John, I know you guys are very busy, but your group has all the talent on this project, we need your help to .....” E-mail is an excellent channel to communicate positive news because it can be easily forwarded to others. Tom, Just a quick note to say thanks for putting Mary on the search engine project. She found the cause of the error message and fixed it. Now all if fine. Thanks again. Mark cc: Mary 9. Avoid long meetings by taking the initiative to organize short meetings and respond quickly to any e-mail and phone calls. Nothing will sap your energy and productivity more than long conference calls or half day meetings. If you do not respond quickly to e-mail or phone calls, problems can grow and you will be invited to long meetings to discuss the problem. Try to be pro-active by quickly responding to all communications channels and take the initiative to organize the meetings so you can keep them short and productive. 10. Dress one level - up that of your co-workers. This is a subtle thing. You don’t want to look clearly more casual or less casual than your co-workers........just better. Do it this way. Go to an upscale store like Nordstrom wearing the cloths you typically wear at work. Find a good salesperson and tell them this is what I wear every day. I want to look better. Not less casual, just better. Let them take if from there. It will cost you, but you will make it back in career advancement.
You And Your Emotions By-Leah Evanka
As you grow up, your body goes through many changes. One of them is , but very important to your life, is your Emotions. And they can be very frustrating for some teenagers. At such times, you feel like your mind is going for a toss. This is because, for one moment you feel like you're on top of the world and suddenly the next minute, you feel like sobbing into your pillow. It’s completely normal and it’s nothing to worry about, unless you feel that your emotions are getting out of control. Then, you would need to do something about it to make things better for you. For a start, you could consider talking to a trusted friend or to your parents. Here are some of the emotions or feelings you might have experienced or are experiencing. LOVE: Oh boy! That’s surely one feeling every teen tends to go through. First love or first crushes can be exciting, romantic and it may feel like the most important thing in the world. But sometimes crushes can also be painful and upsetting, especially if the person you have a crush on does not even know you exist! When you like someone and that person seems to feel the same way about you, the one question you will have on your mind is, "is it love?" At such times, it’s hard to know what the other person is thinking. Does he/she feel the same way about you? If yes, then does he/she like you for the person you are or just for your looks? These questions alone can send you on a roller-coaster of emotions. Everyone wants to be loved and cared for. And everyone loves the feeling of being in love. But it does not mean that you have to wake up one morning desperate to find yourself a girlfriend/boyfriend. It’s cool to be single. You will find a great deal of confidence and independence. Well, only time will reveal everything to you, and show you the way things are, and the way it will turn out. It may turn out to be love. But it probably is not, because it hasn't had time to develop
into the closeness and maturity which is needed for it to develop into love. If you do find true love then you should consider yourself lucky. For those of you who haven’t found love yet, don’t worry as that special person who will sweep you off your feet is somewhere in this world waiting for you. And when the right time comes, you will meet him/her. Do not rush into things as you will make hasty decisions. Love needs time and patience. ANGER : Ever yone goes through this feeling. And mind you, it can become uncontrollable sometimes. But you must remember that just because you are angry, it does not mean that you can go and scream at some poor innocent soul who has absolutely no idea what’s happening to you. That would be so unfair to them. Messing up your room by flinging things around is not the best way to get rid of your anger. This is because after your bout of anger has ended, it will be you who has an extra chore of cleaning up the mess and chaos that you created. Instead, try and find some healthy ways to express and channelise it. You can talk to your parents or your trusted friend(s) to try and find out and analyse to find out what’s causing you to get
so angry. Its no use having negative energy around you. Meditating for 15 minutes, taking deep breaths will help you calm down. You can also try this simple exercise the next time you feel your head getting really hot: close your eyes and count to 10 or more depending on how angry you are. It’s no use being angry all the time. So lose that frown and put on your best smile! JEALOUSY: It’s hard to escape from this one. Everyone gets bitten by the green eyed monster at one time or another . It may make you really mad that your best friend is so good looking and people flock around him/her. But you can focus on some of your own good traits that he/she does not possess. Maybe you can make people laugh or you are more trustworthy than your best friend. It’s not cool to make an enemy of the person/ people you are jealous. It does not do you any good, and you will always have that negative energy around you. Who knows, you certainly never can know, that the person you are jealous of may actually be envying you. So try not to become jealous of anyone. And, if you do, focus on your own positive traits and talents. You
are a very special unique person, so don’t compare yourself to other people. Do this and you will get through this emotion and overcome it just fine without there being any negative energy left in you and without hurting anyone. GRIEF: - Grief can be caused when a friendship or a relationship ends. Moving house can also spark feelings of grief. If a relationship has just ended with someone you loved. It could be that the person has passed away, unfortunately in this case you have to bear that loss and continue as you are still alive. If you have been jilted, don’t mop about all day. Instead, tell yourself that the person who has jilted you doesn’t deserve the special person that you are. And that because you are special, you need someone who is a good person and who loves you for the special person you are. When you think in this way, you will not only make yourself feel better, but you will also set high standards for yourself. If you have just ended a friendship, don’t bicker or complain about the other person to other people. Instead, take what you have learnt from your previous friendship into your new one and give it your 100per
cent. Remember that it’s always good to be honest with your friends. So if your friendship with someone is causing you pain and worry, talk to him/her about it. Do not go around town complaining about what your friend is doing. The feelings or emotions mentioned above are some of the most common emotions every teen goes through. Beginning from joy to depression and heartbreaks, everyone experiences them, including adults. D o n’ t l e t h e a r t b re a k s o r heartaches stop you from living your life. Pain only helps make us a stronger and more mature person. I know this, as I have gone through it. And I did not let the other person bring me down. Instead, I have moved on in life leaving that person far-far behind. It’s good to forgive people. But most important is the fact that before we do this, we must learn to forgive ourselves, because hey, you have to live with yourself after all. We should learn from our mistakes and never repeat them again. So enjoy life, smile as much as you can,have a fixed goal in life and work on getting to it.
GOA, MONDAY, 22 NOVEMBER, 2010
opinionateD Erstwhile colonialism bludgeoned By STePhen DIaS
t must be realised that true freedom fighters have never accepted “public dole” from the Goa Government. Freedom fighters like Laura D’Sousa, and others suffered due beatings by police of the colonial regime and yet they respected the enrichment the Portuguese left behind in terms of culinary art, culture, heritage, public health and engineering. The blending of indo-Portuguese life-style has given Goa a distant edge over the rest of india in the field of tourism and made Goans acceptable as a “superior race”, all over the world. True freedom fighters loved everything about the integration of indo-Portuguese values, which we still adopt and proudly exhibit. Today, those who claim themselves as freedom fighters only seek publicity. it was the Salazar regime which true freedom fighters resisted, and so did the Portuguese people. Today Gandhiji stands tall in gardens of Lisbon and elsewhere in Portugal and in the world. We Goans must resist tooth and nail any attempt by timber-smugglers of the Portuguese era, who claim to be self styled freedom fighters from destroying any form of art handed to us down the generations. Portuguese have contributed and enriched our culture and Goan way of life. We, therefore, must thank them for bringing into Goa, the message and the teachings of Christ. Portuguese ship NRP Sagres, visited and berthed at Mormugao port of Goa recently on a goodwill visit. The bJP and RSS including few freedom fighters objected to the celebrations of completion of 500 years of the arrival of Portuguese explorer vasco-da-Gama in Goa. These agitations were held under the banner of “Deshpremi Nagrik Samiti” and slogans were shouted like “Sagres Go back”. Protestors said that the Portuguese rule was marked with oppression, harassment and torture and questioned how anyone celebrates the arrival of oppressors. The visit was a part of its circumnavigation of the world. This vessel was on goodwill visit to strengthen the relations and ties with india. The ship consisted of a 15 member crew, 35 cadets from the Portuguese naval academy, 15 foreign cadets and also our Goan crew. The celebrations were strongly objected to by the destructionists who earlier did not approve the name given to our existing Panjim Municipal garden now known as Jardim Garcia de orta. This was already inaugurated by Mayor of CCP, Carolina Po. Garcia de orta was not Portuguese but a Jewish physician, naturalist and pioneer of tropical medicine and one of the active botanists of india. He had some knowledge of Marathi, Konkani, Sanskrit and Kannada. He evidently kept a laboratory and botany garden in Panjim Municipal Garden which was known as Jardim Garcia de orta. He performed an autopsy on a cholera victim, the first recorded autopsy in india. He had settled in Goa in the year of 1538 and died in 1568 at Santa Fe. Let me asked a question to these freedom fighters, why did they wait to oppose the name given by the Mayor, until the Garden is inaugurated? Coming back to the NRP Sagres visit at Mormugao, i would like to know why there was an agitation by the bJP and RSS with the support of few freedom fighters and why did they warn the people of not joining in the celebration of the Portuguese arrival? Luckily, there was tight security at the venue where they were protesting. otherwise, the situation could have gone out of control. However the Consul General Dr antonio Sabido de Costa, said that everybody has the right to express objection. He also said that he respected the feeling of these protestors in their agitation and said that they were here only on a goodwill visit and for the love for their ex-colony of Goa known as “ Estado da india Portuguesa” and its people. This stop over at Goa, was part of its 2010 circumnavigation around the world and marked the arrival of the Portuguese to the orient and Extreme orient, 500 years ago. The agitation got a bad name on world stage and reflects an ugly image and immaturity on the part of the agitators, for rejecting the Sagres visit to Goa. it is, therefore, a shame that “the degenerates” amongst the so called freedom fighters –instead of taking on the corrupt Goan politicians, or the expansionist activities of the indian Defence forces which are marginalising Goans in their own homeland, or addressing the issues of mega housing and real estate scams – are sitting pretty and acquiring double pension at the cost of the public finances. it is a shame that in the name of freedom fighters these parasites are also taking benefit for their children and other family members. Goans must take on some timber smugglers and the cheats who pose as freedom fighters and are bent on undoing and undermining all the good things the Portuguese left for us in the field of public health, sanitation, art and culture, music besides genetic biodiversity. Come on you little spoilers, take on the ill-effects caused by alcoholism, gambling, casino menace and importantly corruption ills threatening Goan society instead of flogging the dead horse of erstwhile Portuguese colonialism.
IAF to provide aerial protection to major cities PTI NEW DELHi, Nov 21
aiming to prevent any 9/11 type attack in the country, the indian air Force is planning deploying detachments of fighter aircraft close to major cities to thwart any such attempts of terrorists by using the aerial route. under its plan, a small detachment of three to four dedicated aircraf t would be deployed close to major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, bangalore and Pune to provide cover against any threats from hijacked aircraft, low speed and high speed aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (uav), micro-light aircraft, paragliders, balloons and remote-controlled aeromodels. "at present also, the iaF provides aerial protection to these cities but under the new plan, it will have dedicated aircraft round-the-clock for carrying out these responsibilities," senior Defence Ministry officials told PTi here. The protection provided to these cities would be same as that provided to the national capital during the Commonwealth Games and the Republic Day parade, they added. During the Republic Day and the independence Day, the iaF deploys fighter aircraft at Hin-
"n At present also, the IAF provides aerial protection to these cities but under the new plan, it will have dedicated aircraft round-the-clock for carrying out these responsibilities. don air base and frontline fighters such as Su-30 MKi, MiG-21 'bison' and MiG-29 are kept on operational readiness mode at air bases in bareilly, uttar Pradesh, Sirsa and adampur in Haryana and Srinagar to tackle any possible intrusions. The plan to provide aerial cover to these cities was formulated by the iaF following the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai two years back after intelligence agencies suggested that nonstate actors might launch an aerial attack. officials said that to provide a robust aerial cover to these cities, the iaF will also go ahead with strengthening of its ground-based infrastructure and enhance capabilities for an early detection of incoming enemy aircraft.
Members of the Indian National Cadet Crops (NCC) perform a dance during the 62nd NCC day celebrations in Kolkata on Sunday. The NCC, a voluntary organisation which recruits cadets from secondary school and colleges, was formed in 1948 to develop social services and leadership skills among participating Indian youth under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence.
Adoption of person over 15 yrs 'valid' if customs permit: SC PTI NEW DELHi, Nov 21
adoption of a person even after the statutory maximum age of 15 years prescribed under the Hindu adoption and Maintenance act, 1956 is "valid" provided local cupermit it, the Supreme Court has ruled. a bench of Justices Mukundakam Sharma and anil R Dave passed the judgement while dismissing an appeal by legal heirs of atluri brahmanandam challenging the property title of anne Sai bapuji, adopted son of Late anne Seetharamaiah who died intestate (without a will) on august 7, 1981. it was the case of the appellants that bapuji was not entitled to any ownership title of the disputed property in andhra Pradesh's Krishna district as he was adopted at the age of 18 years, contrary to Section 10 (iv) and Section 16 of the act which mandated that only a person below 15 years can be adopted. The andhra Pradesh High Court had dismissed their plea on the ground that adoption even after the 15 years age limit was permissible
under the 'Kamma' caste's tradition and hence valid. Following the ruling of the high court, they appealed in the apex court. Dismissing the appeal, the apex court said it was true that the act provided for a statutory maximum age of 15 years for the purpose of adoption. "but there is also an exception provided therein to the aforesaid required qualification which provides that if there is a custom or usage applicable to the parties permitting persons who have completed the age of 15 years being taken in adoption, such a person could also be validly adopted. "on the other hand, the effect and the implication of Section 16 of the act is that if there is any document purporting to record an adoption made and is signed by the person giving as well the person taking the child in adoption is registered under any law for the time being in force and if it is produced in any court, the court would presume that the adoption has been made in compliance of the provisions of the act unless and until it is disproved," Justice
Sharma, writing the judgement, said. in the present case the apex court said bapuji had produced a bonafide adoption deed which clearly mentioned that the customs in the Kamma community permitted adoption of a person even after 15 years of age. "There is no denial of the fact in the present case that the respondent was more than 15 years of age at the time of his adoption. but the respondent (bapuji) has relied upon the exception provided in section 10 (iv) and has proved by leading cogent and reliable evidence like that there is a custom in the 'Kamma' community of andhra Pradesh for adoption of a boy even above the age of 15 years. Therefore, the aforesaid exception which is engrafted in the same part of the provision of Section 10 of the act was satisfied. Since the aforesaid custom and aforesaid adoption was also recorded in a registered deed of adoption, the court has to presume that the adoption has been made in compliance with the provisions of the act," the bench said.
Hospital here on May 2009 and was handed over to the Welfare Home for Children at Sarita vihar. after medical examinations, the minor's date of birth was assessed to be april 12, 2009 and she was declared as an abandoned child by the Child Welfare Committee. The court appointed the couple as guardians of the abandoned child after a Welfare Home for Children official Lata Nair deposed before the court that they had no objection to the couple adopting the child.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said he was contemplating retirement within months and a final decision on it will be taken after consultations with the political leadership and Parliament-in-exile. The 76-year-old leader, who has been living in india in exile since 1959, expressed hope that he could return to his homeland before his death. "i think within next six months," the Tibetan leader told Karan Thapar's Devil's advocate programme when asked whether he was retiring as was being speculated. He, however, promptly added that "i do not know. May be next few months. i think may be." The Dalai Lama said he will firm up his decision on retirement after discussions with the Tibetan Parliament-inexile. "i want to inform them about my intention although i briefly mentioned (about it) already," he said. Justifying his decision, he said the Tibetans in exile have already put in place a political set-
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of the petitioners is allowed," said the court while permitting the adoption. The couple had pleaded that they already had two sons, but owing to Mahiba's operation they had no chance of becoming parents again. They also submitted that being of indian origin, they were in a better position to protect the interest of the child. The couple also produced 'no objection' certificate issued by Central adoption Resource agency (CaRa) for inter-country adoption of the child. The child was found abandoned by officials of Kalawati
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up in 2001 and since then major decisions are being taken by the political leadership. "Since then my position is something like semi-retired position. The major decisions are in the hands of political leadership. in order to utilise full democracy, i felt better i am not involved in any sort of these works," he said. asked whether the institution of Dalai Lama would continue even after his demise, he said if his death came within next few years, then most probably the people concerned including Mongolian and the Himalayan range of buddhists would like to keep it. on how the next Dalai Lama will be chosen as China is apparently not sympathetic to the institution, he said "i think they (China) are more concerned about the next Dalai Lama." hen asked whether he was reluctant to nominate his successor, he only suggested that if people really want, then a having a deputy Dalai Lama can be considered in the event of his death or being too old. "if people really want to keep this institution, then at the time
of my sort of death or too old, then if necessary some kind of deputy Dalai Lama or something, i do not know what kind of appropriate name (should be)..i do not know...someone carrying my sort of work," he said. asked whether his successor should be from Tibet or from the diaspora community, the spiritual leader said if his death occured while remaining "outside" then logically the next reincarnation should be from outside Tibet to carry forward his works. The Dalai Lama said, "Since many years ago, i made it very clear. if my death occurs while we remained outside, then logically the very purpose of the new reincarnation is to succeed the works started by previous life. "So, reincarnation should be something to carry continuously my sort of struggle. So, therefore logically reincarnation will be outside Tibet." The Tibetan leader was asked whether his recent comment on having a female Dalai Lama was serious and he replied in affirmative.
Lalu dismisses poll surveys, claims RJD-LDP victorious
Abandoned Delhi girl gets US-based parents n The couple had a uS-based couple has found pleaded that they a new member to complete already had two their family -- an abandoned sons, but owing to minor girl from Delhi. in its order, a Delhi court Mahiba's operation allowed the couple to become they had no chance guardians of the girl. "i allow the petition and ap- of becoming parents point Daniel Ratnasekar vin- again. They also cent and Mahiba Sweetlyn submitted that being vincent (resident of Texas in uSa) as guardians of the minor of Indian origin, they female child," district judge were in a better Rakesh Kapoor said. "it will be in the welfare of position to protect the minor child if the prayer the interest of the
Dalai Lama says he is contemplating retirement
Bollywood actors Dakssh Ajit Singh (L) and Gavie Chahal (2R) and actress Mannat Singh (C) pay their respects at the Golden temple Sikh shrine in Amritsar on Sunday. The stars visited the city as part pf a promotional tour of their upcoming Bollywood film "Tere Ishq Nachaya" directed by Ravinder Ravi and produced by Kesar Singh.
RJD supremo Lalu Prasad today rubbished the exit polls conducted by news channels that projected a landslide victory for the ruling NDa in bihar assembly elections and claimed the RJDLJP alliance would form the government with a two -third majority. "i have been in politics since 1977, and understand the pulse of the people better than anybody. according to my assessment, the RJD-LJP alliance will come to power as the electorate has rejected the NDa outright," the former chief minister told reporters. angry over the news channels broadcasting exit polls midway through the elections,
Prasad alleged the media was doing a "dirty work" to help its "benefactors". Prasad said contrary to the psephologists' claim that women voters favoured NDa, it was the RJD-LJP combine that had obtained support of the women as they belonged to the poor and downtrodden communities, which have been the core constituents of his alliance. if the surveyors were so sure of the outcome of the assembly polls, then why did not they specify which seat is going to which party? he asked. "i will meet the EC with a full delegation seeking a ban on the survey and exit polls after the conclusion of the assembly poll process," he said. Prasad also accused the print
media of "lop sided" coverage of the elections and said the reports were not news, but views. The leaders and workers of the RJD-LJP combine have suffered "mental torture" due to "paid news" in the newspapers apparently to benefit their benefactors, he alleged. Prasad appealed to the Election Commission to conduct the counting with transparency, by keeping a watch over the poll officials, including observers, and ensure that the results were announced only after proper verification. LJP general secretar y Satyanand Sharma and its media in-charge Lalan Chandravanshi also echoed Prasad's observations, saying the survey outcomes are "preposterous".
Genetic Infertility treated successfully at Mumbai hospital PTI MuMbai, Nov 21
a woman with a rare genetic disorder 'Robertsonian Translocation', resulting in infertility, has delivered a healthy baby girl at the Jaslok Hospital and Research Center. "With this first invitro Fertilisation (ivF) using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), india joins a handful of countries that have accomplished successful management of this disorder," Dr Firuza Parikh, Director, assisted Reproduction and Genetics at Jaslok and former Professor at the Yale university School of Medicine, uSa, said. The baby girl was delivered yesterday at city's
Jaslok hospital, Parikh said adding that this case report was published as a cover article in the peer reviewed 'Journal of Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy' (January- June 2010). attributing the success to her team of 40 individuals particularly Dr Prochi Madon, Dr arundhati athalye, Mr Nandkishor Naik and Dattatray Naik, Parikh explained, "We are born with 46 chromosomes which occur in pairs. Each chromosome of a pair is a mirror image of the other. although this harmony is maintained in nature, an occasional slip results in a translocation." "as the name suggests, a segment or an arm of one chromosome transports itself onto another
chromosome and one such rearrangement is called a Robertsonian Translocation after the american geneticist Dr W Robertson," she said. "The rearrangement can occur in males and females who do not manifest any clinical symptoms. The problem manifests when the couple tries to conceive," Parikh said. "an embryo derives half its chromosomes from the father and half from the mother. Hence if the chromosome with extra genetic material goes into the embryo, the amount of genetic material of that chromosome triples resulting in miscarriage or mental retardation," the in-vitro fertilization (ivF) expert said. The embryos were screened using Pre-implan-
tation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Eleven years ago, Parikh and Madon established PGD for genetic disorders for the first time in india at the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre. Parikh who led this procedure, said, "PGD requires years of perfection, team work and a thorough knowledge of reproductive biology and genetics. The couple first undergoes iMSi (intracytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection). in this procedure the egg and the sperm are magnified 7000 times. With the help of a sharp pipette a single sperm is injected into the egg and the resulting embryo is ready for PGD when it reaches the eight cell stage."
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US expert saw hundreds of centrifuges in N Korea
With Afghan control by 2014, Obama sees combat end
REUTERS WASHINGTON, NOV 21
AFP LISBON, NOV 21
A US nuclear scientist saw hundreds of centrifuges in North Korea this month, sources familiar with the matter said buttressing the case that Pyongyang has a uranium enrichment program that would give it a second way to obtain fissile material for bombs. One source said yesterday the expert, Stanford University's Siegfried Hecker, was told by North Korean officials they had 2,000 centrifuges operating but the US team that visited the country was unable to verify that. ''But it certainly looked like an operating facility (to the US team),'' the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. North Korea has said it wants to return to stalled aid-for-disarmament talks but both Seoul and Washington have dismissed its pledges to denuclearize as insincere. ''Presumably, (Pyongyang's nuclear program has) taken a new turn. And presumably it's taken the turn that we were hoping ... it wouldn't take and we were trying to forestall,'' the same source said.
President Barack Obama said for the first time he wants US troops out of major combat in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the date he and other NATO leaders set for moving Afghans into the lead role in fighting the Taliban. Allies had different interpretations of that target's meaning. Capping a two-day summit of 28 NATO leaders in this Atlantic port city, Obama said that after a series of public disputes with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and despite the likelihood of more to come, the US and its NATO partners have aligned their aims for stabilizing the country with Karzai's eagerness to assume full control. "My goal is to make sure that by 2014 we have transitioned, Afghans are in the lead and it is a goal to make sure that we are not still engaged in combat operations of the sort we're involved in now," Obama told a closing news conference. For some US allies, 2014 is more than a goal when it comes to shifting their troops from a combat role. "There will not be British troops in large numbers and they won't be in a combat role" by 2015, British Prime Minister David Cameron said. But he added, however, Britain has no intention of abandoning
n We may be helping to train their army, we may still be delivering a lot of aid, in effect, because we don't want this country to go back to being a lawless space where the terrorists can have bases. Afghanistan any time soon. "We may be helping to train their army, we may still be delivering a lot of aid, in effect, because we don't want this country to go back to being a lawless space where the terrorists can have bases," Cameron told Sky News television. Canada is ending its combat role in 2011. If Obama's expectation about ending the US combat mission in 2014 holds, it would mark a turning point in a war now in its 10th year, a conflict that once appeared headed for success but that drifted into stalemate during George W Bush's second term in the White House. Obama entered office in 2009 pledging to end the Iraq war, which he opposed from the outset, in order to shift forces, res o u rc e s a n d a t t e n t i o n t o Afghanistan, a fight he says the US cannot afford to lose.
It remains far from sure, however, that even an expanding and improving Afghan army will prevail without US combat support. As the US experience in Iraq showed, insurgencies can prove more resilient than predicted and newly assembled government security forces can take longer than expected to become competent and experienced enough to stand on their own. At their annual gathering, NATO leaders also proclaimed "a true fresh start" in relations with Russia. They agreed to construct a missile defense over Euro p e , s i g n e d a l o n g - t e r m partnership accord with Afghanistan and expressed hope that the US Senate would act quickly to ratify a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia that some Republicans oppose.
Lanka asks ICRC to scale down their operations PTI COLOMBO, NOV 21
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Sri Lankan government has asked the Red Cross to scale down their presence and operation in former conflict areas of Jaffna and Vayunia without giving any reason, the ICRC said. The International Committee of the Red Cross vacated their offices in Eastern province last year following a similar request by the government. "We have been asked to close the offices in Jaffna and Vavuniya and requested to operate from the head office in Colombo," Sarasi Wijeratne, spokesperson for the ICRC told reporters. "No reason has been given for the government decision. However we will discuss with the government on ICRC's work in Sri Lanka," she was quoted as saying in weekly newspapers. During the war which ended 18 months ago, the ICRC played a crucial role of manning no man's land separating former LTTE held regions and areas of government control and carrying out humanitarian activities. In the final phase of the war ICRC and UN agencies found their access restricted to the embattled regions. Earlier in the month the government made it compulsory for the INGOs/NGOs get registered and obtain certificate to operate from the ministry of defence.
US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, held an unplanned meeting on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Lisbon in an effort to build confidence between the two nations, a White House official announced. "They were able to go aside into a room by themselves and talk for 15 to 20 minutes," White House spokesman Ben Rhodes told reporters aboard Air Force One before it landed in Washington late Saturday. "It was informal, it wasnâ€™t planned." Only a translator accompanied the two leaders at their impromptu summit, US officials said. NATO and Russia agreed earlier Saturday to jointly examine a missile shield to defend Europe and boost the flow of supplies to the Afghan war, burying a period of tensions between the former Cold War foes. The day before, the Western military alliance had agreed to set up an anti-ballistic missile defence system to protect Europe's populations against rogue rocket attacks and invite Russia to cooperate. The two sides agreed to study how this cooperation would work, but Medvedev warned Russia would have to be treated as an equal partner if it is to participate.
US envoy due in Asia amid new North Korea nuclear concern REUTERS
The top U.S. envoy on North Korea heads to Seoul on Sunday to discuss ways to thwart Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions amid fresh concerns about its uranium enrichment program. Stephen Bosworth's visit to the main regional powers this week comes amid a flurry of reports about the North's developing nuclear program. Analysts say the reports are part of the North's time-honored strategy to gain leverage in negotiations. Bosworth will meet his South Korean counterpart Wi Sung-lac and the country's foreign minister, Kim Sung-hwan, on Monday for talks on ways to resume stalled aid-for-disarmament talks with the North, officials said. A foreign ministry official in Seoul said reports that the North was building a uranium enrichment facility would also be raised during his visit, but could provide no further details. Bosworth will travel to Tokyo
and Beijing after his stop in Seoul. South Korea's Wi will also go to Beijing on Monday. Sources familiar with the North's nuclear ambitions said in Washington on Saturday that a U.S. nuclear scientist saw hundreds of centrifuges in the North this month, adding to worries it is seeking a second way to obtain fissile material for atomic bombs. Atomic experts who visited the North's main nuclear complex this month also reported seeing construction of another new facility, believed to be an experimental light-water reactor, and there have been reports of activity at a nuclear test site. North Korea, which walked out on talks to disable its atomic arms program last year, has said it wants to return to the negotiating table. Experts say this is a sign that sanctions are hurting its economy. Analysts say by showing off its nuclear hand, it is seeking
US, Russian presidents hold impromptu summit
to boost its capability to win concessions. "This is no surprise at all, though it is real concern," said Kim Tae-woo at the Korea Institute for Defense Analysis. "North Korea has said it wants to sit down for six-party talks, and this will absolutely increase its leverage." It is difficult to verify any reports on North's nuclear programs because international nuclear inspectors were expelled from the country some 18 months ago. The North's reported nuclear advances come nearly two months after Kim Jong-il initiated the transition of power to his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, and analysts say he wants to use nuclear muscle to boost his son's credentials with the powerful military. Analysts say the younger Kim will continue with the North's nuclear program in state with a military-first policy because it is ultimate bargaining chip to win concessions in negotiations
USAID Mission Director Walter North (R), US Ambassador Scot Marciel (2nd R) look on as Indonesian Marine and Fisheries Affairs Minister Fadel Muhammad (C) holds up seaweed at Nusa Penida in Klungkung, Bali island, on Sunday.
Israeli soldiers 'walk free' in Gaza human shield case AFP JERUSALEM
Two Israeli soldiers received suspended sentences and demotions on Sunday for using a Palestinian child as a human shield by making him check for bombs during the 20082009 Gaza war, army radio said. Te radio's correspondent, who attended the sentencing in a military court, said the two were each given suspended terms of three months imprisonment and were demoted from the rank of staff sergeant to sergeant. The military spokesman's office had no immediate comment on the sentencing of the two men, who were convicted on October 3 for forcing a nineyear-old boy to search bags believed to be booby-trapped during Israel's 22-day war on Gaza which erupted in December 2008. Gerard Horton, a spokesman in the West Bank for Genevabased rights group Defence for Children International (DCI), described the sentence as "unbelievable." "Do the Israeli authorities think that a three-month suspended sentence is an appropriate punishment for two heavily-armed soldiers treating a nine-year-old boy as a human shield?" He told AFP that the trial appeared designed to deflect attention from accusations in the Goldstone report, a UNmandated study by South African judge Richard Goldstone which accused both Israel and the Palestinians of war crimes during the three-week war. "It's purely for international consumption," Horton told AFP. "It's to look like you're doing something busy after the Goldstone report, in order to get the UN off your back. It's not a genuine attempt to enforce the law or to send a message that this is not appropriate conduct for the army to engage in." Goldstone recommended that the report's findings be transferred to the Interna-
Al Qaeda claims parcel bomb plot cost $4,200 AGENCIES WASHINGTON, NOV 21
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), suspected of sending parcel bombs in a narrowly foiled attempt to destroy cargo aircraft, has issued a detailed account of the plot, according to a US-based terrorism watchdog group. IntelCenter, a non-governmental organization that monitors jihadist militant groups, reported late Saturday that AQAP has published purported details of last month's parcel plot in its English-language online magazine, Inspire. It described the plot as 'Op-
eration Hemorrhage' and said it was conducted at a cost of $4,200. In a 'strategy of a thousand cuts', the group vowed smaller, more frequent attacks on US targets. 'We have never seen a jihadist group in the Al Qaeda orbit ever release, let alone only a few weeks after, such a detailed accounting of the philosophy, operational details, intent and next steps following a major attack,' IntelCenter chief executive Ben Venzke said. 'This may represent a new level of interaction by jihadi groups following an operation and is a far cry from the days of shadowy claims and questions
as to who was actually responsible.' Venzke said that AQAP is likely to 'follow through with additional innovative and varied strikes'. The Yemeni-based AQAP differs from the so-called core Al Qaeda, which prefers to mount spectacular, more difficult attacks that have proven difficult since the Sep 11, 2001 strikes in the US. 'To bring down America we do not need to strike big,' AQAP wrote. 'In such an environment of security phobia that is sweeping America ... the aim is to bleed the enemy to death.'
Rhodes said Obama and Medvedev had developed what he called "a very strong rapport." "They like each other. They like to see each other," the spokesman said. "They like to get along and consult about things." According to administration officials, the meeting was initiated by Obama, who later described it as "very cordial." Obama also talked to Medvedev about his earlier meeting with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia. Georgia fought a five-day war with Russia in August 2008 when Russian troops poured into the country after fighting broke out between Georgian and separatist forces in South Ossetia. One of the officials quoted Obama as saying that the meeting with Medvedev was aimed at reducing "misunderstandings
that can lead to unintended consequences." The two leaders also discussed the new START nuclear arms treaty with Russia and the chances for its early ratification by the US Senate. "They had a very cordial conversation about it," an administration official said, adding that Medvedev expressed confidence "in the president getting it done." T h e t re a t y - - s i g n e d b y Medvedev and Obama at an elaborate ceremony in Prague in April -- restricts each nation to a maximum of 1,550 deployed warheads, a cut of about 30 percent from a limit set in 2002. The agreement, a top Obama foreign policy initiative, replaces a previous accord that lapsed in December 2009 and also requires ratification by Russia's lower house, the Duma. Senate Republicans have said they need to be sure that the US nuclear arsenal will be modernized and that the treaty will not hamper US missile defense efforts -- but some acknowledged privately that they did not want to hand Obama a major diplomatic victory before the elections. Earlier, the Russian leader warned that his country would withhold its own ratification of the START Treaty until it passes in Washington.
In another article from the latest edition of the group's magazine, one member describes a strategy of economic damage, rather than human casualties, by forcing 'the West to install stringent security measures sufficient enough to stop our explosive devices would add a heavy economic burden to an already faltering economy'. The October plot was disrupted, but the $4,200 operation 'will without a doubt cost America and other Western countries billions of dollars in new security measures. That is what we call leverage', another AQAP member wrote.
tional Criminal Court if Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement fail to conduct "credible" investigations into the war. Israel rejected the report as "biased." I s r a e l ' s S u p re m e C o u r t banned the army from using human shields in October 2005. Since then, DCI had documented 15 breaches of that ban in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Horton said. "This is the only case out of those 15 where anyone has been prosecuted -- and they get a three-month suspended sentence," he added. During the trial, the boy, identified as Majd R, sad he feared
for his life as one of the soldiers ordered him at gunpoint to open a suspect bag. "I thought they would kill me. I became very scared and wet my pants," he said in an affidavit given to DCI. The military court recognised that when the incident occurred in January 2009, the troops had been under "difficult and dangerous combat conditions" and had gone several nights without sleep. Israel launched its 22-day offensive against the Gaza Strip in December 2008 in a bid to halt Palestinian rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled territory. The fighting killed some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.
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UAE important for India’s energy security: Patil PTI DUBAI, NOV 21
Ahead of her first visit to oil-rich UAE, President Pratibha Patil has sought greater integration of the economies of the two countries, citing immense untapped investment potential for Emirati businesses in India’s growth story. Patil said the UAE is important for India’s energy security and the two countries share a common destiny in the contemporary world. Patil left New Delhi today for a visit to the Emirates which is home to a 1.5 million strong Indian community. “We have a huge stake in each other’s success, and to that extent ours is a relationship that is of strategic importance,” Patil said in an interview to UAE’s WAM news agency ahead of her visit. She said the trade relations between the two countries were healthy but there is greater potential which needs to be realised. “There is need for greater integration of our economies, higher flow of trade and investment. Cooperation in energy and environment are assuming importance in our relations as also cooperation in counterterrorism, tackling the global economic crisis, education and many other issues. UAE is important for our energy security,” she said. Patil underscored that India is committed to pursue a common strategic vision for promoting regional peace and security and for the enhancement of the relations with the UAE in the political, economic, security and cultural fields. Pointing out that during 2009-2010, the bilateral trade stood at USD 43 billion, excluding trade in oil, the President said the two countries should set an objective of touching the USD 100 billion mark in trade
n There is need for greater integration of our economies, higher flow of trade and investment. Cooperation in energy and environment are assuming importance in our relations as also cooperation in counter-terrorism, tackling the global economic crisis, education and many other issues. UAE is important for our energy security. -- Pratibha Patil in five years. Terming UAE a part of India’s extended neighbourhood, the President said the purpose of her visit was to take the historical and civilisational links forward and to interact with the business and Indian communities. Asked to comment on the level of Foreign Direct Investment in India coming in from the UAE, she said the figure stood at USD 1.5 billion but it is small in comparison to the potential that exists. “India is currently the second most attractive investment destination in the world. But there are signs that UAE investors are now turning their attention to emerging economies and we need to facilitate this process so that our economies get integrated more and more and the complementarities of our interests will lead to mutually beneficial and enduring partnership,” she said. She said sectors like infrastructure needed colossal investments in India and investors from the UAE can benefit from the opportunity. Patil said the involvement of Indian oil companies in the UAE has been low as compared to Western countries, however many Indian firms are involved in the sector in areas such as oil-field services, pipeline construction and maintenance. “One of the objectives of my visit is to
discuss India’s participation in large infrastructure projects such as Railways, Oil and Petro-chemicals sectors,” she said. She also said UAE’s investors and sovereign funds like Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Abu Dhabi Investment Council can take advantage of the major disinvestment programme that is underway in public sector undertakings in energy, power, minerals, shipping and other areas in India. Speaking about Indian expatriates in the UAE, the president said their welfare was a high priority for the government. A survey released earlier this year by UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Trade revealed that the investments of a group of large UAE companies in India reached 5.7 billion dirhams up until the year 2009 accounting for 1.4 per cent of the total foreign direct investments in India. According to the survey, the UAE is the largest Arab country, and the 10th globally, in terms of the total FDI inflow into India. Globally, it comes after Mauritius, Singapore, the USA, the UK, Holland, Japan, Turkey, Germany and France. The report also showed that India is the UAE’s largest trade partner, while the UAE is the number one trade partner for Indian exports, and the second largest trade partner in terms of Indian imports, coming in the second place after China.
Fiat may not meet sales target PTI MUMBAI, NOV 21
Having sold only 24,000 units till October, Italian auto giant, Fiat, seems unlikely to meet its sales target of 46,000 units for this calendar year (2010), attributing it to stiff competition in the market place. The company had earlier targeted doubling its sales in 2010 at 46,000 units, as against the 23,000 units it sold in 2009. “Yes, we are facing stiff competition — there is a possibility of us falling short of our sales target of 46,000 units set for this year,” Fiat India’s President and CEO, Rajeev Kapoor, told PTI here. The company is now looking at new strategies to boost the sales of its two premium cars — Punto and Linea. “We have adopted some new strategies to boost our sales and we are hopeful of success in the coming days,” he said. Tata Motors and Fiat inked an equal joint venture in 2007 to build cars and also produce transmission sets and engines at the Ranjangaon facility near Pune. Since 2009, Fiat India has launched the Fiat 500, Linea sedan and the Grande Punto hatchback. These cars are sold through Tata Motors dealerships and so far Fiat India has sold close to 47,000 units. Presently, the company has a 175-strong dealership network pan-India.
400% rise in cases of suspicious transactions PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 21
Cases of suspected terror financing and crime related money went up by almost 400 per cent in the country’s banking and monetary channels keeping enforcement and intelligence agencies on their toes during the last financial year. More than 17,000 Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) were generated by the financial intelligence wing of the government with the maximum reports of such transactions being received and reported by the banking channels of the country. But there is no information with the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) on what the law enforcement agencies like CBI or ED did with the information provided by the FIU, officials said. According to the data submitted by the FIU to the Union Finance Ministry, a total of 17,209 STRs — which gave rise to a reasonable ground of suspicion that the transaction may involve the proceeds of crime or financing of activities related to terrorism — were received as compared to 4,409 such reports in the 2008-09 fiscal. “The huge increase of such reports indicates that the Indian financial channels are being used extensively to conduct transactions of huge amounts within the country and to foreign shores. The selected reports have been sent to intelligence and enforcement agencies for action within their legal domain,” a top Finance Ministry official said. “The number of STRs received from banks showed more than 160 per cent growth in 2009-10 as compared to 2008-09,” the report said, underlining the quantum jump in the reportage of such sensitive and crucial financial reports from banking and other institutions dealing with huge cash. While other financial institutions reported 2,872 of such cases, intermediaries reported 2,497 cases in the data compiled by the FIU till March this year.
All financial institutions of the country are bound under the law to submit a report of such suspicious transactions in their channels to the FIU which subsequently sends it to various enforcement agencies like the Income Tax department, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for action. An STR includes details of all accounts, transactions, individuals and legal persons or entities related to a suspicious transaction. More than 1.83 crore Cash Transaction Reports (CTRs)— with more than Rs 18 lakh crore of money value in them – were also reported to the FIU which monitors these transactions to check money laundering and forex violations by individuals and organisations. The CTRs too doubled this year as a total of 1,83,06,235 transactions (with minimum Rs ten lakh in each) were reported this fiscal as compared to 55,11,150 reports during 200809. The public sector banks were the largest contributor under this category with 1,05,06863 CTRs while private banks registered with 65,52,597 reports, foreign banks 3,17, 578 and co-operative banks 9,29,197 such reports, the report said. The cases of detecting Counterfeit Currency Transactions (CCRs) grew “more than 250 per cent during 2009-10 as compared to 2008-09”, the report said. 1,27,781 CCRs with a face value of Rs 10 crore were detected during 2009-10 as compared to 35,730 incidents with a face value of Rs seven crore during 2008-09. Private banks in the country bore the maximum brunt of the fake Indian currency usage as they reported 1,52,594 of such cases to the financial intelligence wing of the Finance Ministry. One CCR includes details of one instance of counterfeit currency detected by a bank.
Scrabble expects 50% revenue from H’wood movies in 2 yrs PTI MUMBAI, NOV 21
Turkey based 232 MW rental power ship 'Kaya Bey' is docked at Karachi Port Trust. The world's largest ship-based rental power plant will begin supplying Pakistan with electricity next month to try to mitigate the country's crippling shortages, company official said.
SEED to implement PNB’s financial inclusion project PTI MUMBAI, NOV 21
Public sector lender Punjab National Bank has awarded contract to execute its financial inclusion project to a for-profit NGO named SEED, which claims to be the largest agency offering business correspondents to banks and implement CSR initiatives of corporates. “With over 2,500 business correspondents (BCs), we are the largest such entity in the country working in over 100 districts implementing
financial inclusion (FI) projects across 17 states. Recently the second largest public sector lender PNB has awarded us the contract to execute its FI project across the country. “We do this service for 13 other banks which have mandate in 17 states,” SEED Society for Educational Welfare & Economic Development) founder and managing director Anirban Roy told PTI over phone from Delhi. Under the PNB contract, which involves around Rs 25 crore, SEED will help open biomet-
ric linked savings accounts for villagers in 1,300 villages across Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in the next 15 months. Roy further said with these FI contracts, he will be hiring 10,000 more BCs this year and aims to take his topline to around Rs 100 crore in the next five years from the current Rs 20 crore. SEED was formed in Delhi late 2006 to implement the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, first of PSUs and then of private cor-
porates. The organisation today undertakes community intervention projects under CSR, and reassessment & rehabilitation (R&R) category for mining, oil & gas and other industries by conceiving and implementing development programmes. Recently it also got into financial inclusion project, besides offering infrastructure and skill development support to the rural poor, Roy said.
Scrabble Entertainment, engaged in converting 2D content to 3D, is expecting 50 per cent of its revenues to come from Hollywood movies in the next two years, a top company official said. The only Indian firm to be 2k DCI-compliant has a current revenue of Rs 75 crore and expects a three-fold growth in its earnings at Rs 250 crore by FY 13. Of this, about 50 per cent will come from Hollywood movies, the official said. “The film industry has undergone a paradigm shift in the last two years with the entry of 3D movies. Hollywood production houses are releasing their movies in India at the same time as their global releases. We expect about 50 per cent of our revenues to come from such movies,” Scrabble Entertainment’s CEO, Ranjit Thakur, told PTI here. Revenues from Hollywood movies have increased from a mere eight per cent in 2008 to 18 per cent currently. While in 2009, the total box office collections stood at Rs 2,800 crore, of which Hollywood movies contributed around 16 per cent at Rs 450 crore, the figures are expected to touch 4,000 crore and 840 crore, respectively, in 2011, Thakur said, adding that the Hollywood films would contribute around 21 per cent to the total box office numbers. Thakur attributed the growth in revenue-figures to the changing lifestyle of the people, an increase in income, revolutions in the technology space and a spurt in the number of multiplexes. “Now a small town like Latur (in Maharashtra) can experience a 3D Hollywood number at the same time a metro city does. We see that in the next three years all the 1,000 screens present across the country would be DCI-compliant. With this, we also expect English movies to be dubbed in several regional languages and released at the same time. This will attract more viewers,” he added. After the huge success of ‘Avatar’, several production houses are coming out with such 3D movies and it is expected that about 43 such movies are in the pipe-line for release in the country next year. The three-year-old media firm, which coverts 2D content to 3D, has so far converted around 220-screens in about 75 multiplexes across the country, including in Tier II and III cities. It plans to add another 525 screens to its portfolio across 175 theatres by end2011. Scrabble, along with six major Hollywood studios in 2002, established the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), which not only laid down requirements and specifications for digital cinema but also helped studios to prevent piracy of content and monetise it to a greater extent.
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prez heads on maiden visit to Uae, Syria To explore trade ties in infrastructure, petroleum PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 21
President Pratibha Patil today left on her maiden visit to the UAE and Syria during which India will be exploring ways to further expand its trade ties and enhance cooperation in the fields of infrastructure investment and petroleum. “My visit will, I am confident, reaffirm India's interest to strengthen ties with countries in these regions, which are a part of our extended neighbourhood,” Patil said before leaving on her nine-day tour that will take her to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE and later to Damascus. Noting that India has enjoyed historic, warm, friendly and multifaceted relations with the UAE, she said, "Our relationship with the UAE is free of any irritants which enables us to focus on the many positives that define our relationship.” Patil, who is visiting the UAE at the invitation of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will be meeting the top leaders in that country on a whole range of issues aimed at further consolidating bilateral ties. “I look forward to my dis-
cussions with His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, as well as other dignitaries, so that we can look at ways and means to further strengthen our bilateral ties in order to realise the full potential that exists between our two friendly countries.” Accompanied by a business delegation, the president would be addressing the captains of business and industry in the UAE. Patil said bilateral trade which stood at a modest figure of around USD 180 million in the early seventies, is today valued at USD 43 billion, which makes the UAE one of our leading trade partners. While emphasizing the possibilities of further expanding our trade, Patil said she will highlight the tremendous scope for investing in India's infrastructure. “Our fast growing stable economy with its strong fundamentals, makes India an attractive investment destination,” she said. With UAE being one of our leading suppliers of crude oil, it plays an important role in the energy security of India, Patil said continued cooperation in this sector is important
The highlight of the president's visit to the UAE will be launching of an Indian Workers Resource Centre designed to provide a 24-hour helpline and counselling services to workers from the country who are in distress. The UAE has 1.75 million Indian expatriates, a major chunk of the 5 million Indians in the Gulf region. Patil would inaugurate the new premises of the Indian Islamic Centre in Abu Dhabi. In the second segment of her tour from November 26, the president will be visiting Syria with which India enjoys traditionally friendly ties. Damascus has been actively cooperating with India in the UN and NAM. Significantly, Syria has expressed support for India's permanent membership of the UNSC. India, too, on its part, has always supported all just Arab causes, and has consistently supported the return of the Golan Heights to Syria, which remains occupied by Israel since 1967. Patil said she was looking forward to continuing discussions with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, who had visited had India in June 2008, on bilateral, regional and international issues.
CBI to send Letters rogatory to UK for probe on CWg scam PTI NEW DELHI, Nov 21
CBI will soon send Letters Rogatory to the United Kingdom for questioning Ashish Patel and seeking financial details about his two firms A M Films and A M Cars for allegedly making arrangements for the Queens Baton Relay (QBR) at exorbitant rates. While the CBI is questioning sacked Deputy Director General
(Marketing) of the Organising Committee of Common Wealth Games (CWG) Sanjay Mohindroo and sacked Joint Director General of OC T S Darbari, their statements needed to be verified and corroborated from Patel as well, official sources said. Patel has been named in both the cases that have been registered by the CBI in connection
with the QBR, a function which was held in London and attended by President Pratibha Patil. CBI sources said the LR will be sent as soon as possible as the questioning of Patel was necessary for unravelling the knots in the case. The first case was registered under criminal conspiracy (120-B) cheating (420), 468 and 471 (forgery) of IPC and some sections of Prevention of Corruption Act against Darbari, Mohindroo and Patel owned A M Cars and Vans. In this case, the CBI has alleged that the accusedofficials of Organising Committee in conspiracy with the London-based transport firm and its Director awarded work to A M Cars and Vans at exorbitant rates without following the standard tender process, CBI said. The work was awarded on the false premise that the firm was on the panel of Indian High Commission, Lond o n . Tw o e m a i l s w e r e allegedly forged by the officials of Organising Committee to justif y the selection of the firm, CBI said.
The president will be addressing Indian and Syrian business persons and launching the IndiaSyria Business Council. “We seek to increase the level of our bilateral trade which stands at a modest USD 540 million. As Syria intends to open its markets and embark on massive development, there should be plenty of opportunities for India to expand its economic links,” she said, adding Syria is also important to India for its energy security. The president was seen off at Rashtrapati Bhawan by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh besides Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and Army Vice Chief PC Bhardwaj. Both the UAE and Syria support the Indian position on Kashmir issue and back New Delhi's quest for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. India's engagement with Syria in the hydrocarbon sector has been rewarding and stateowned OVL has investments in Al-Furat Petroleum Company which has struck oil in one block. Union Minister of State for Power Bharatsinh Solanki and three MPs are accompanying the president.
Hrithik Roshan hospitalised PTI
MUMBAI, NOV 21
Actor Hrithik Roshan was today hospitalised for an allergic reaction to an antibiotic that he had. Hrithik's spokesperson said he was admitted to Kokilaben Hospital late afternoon today for an allergic reaction to an antibiotic that he had. “He is under observation and will be discharged tonight. He is much better now and recuperating", the spokesperson said. “His Guzaarish' released this Friday and the actor was busy with promotions. He was supposed to attend a promotional event and took the medicine before leaving. But, he had an allergic reaction,” sources close to the actor said. Meanwhile, the 36-year-old actor explaining his condition said, “Doctors confirmed that I experienced allergic reactionto an antibiotic. My lungs just closed. Throat went into spasm, could not breathe.” “Lips became 10 times their size. I was rushed to the hospital on time. I am under observation and will bedischarged late night. But all good. It's always good.” Striking a positive note, he said, "I am now celebrating from here (hospital bed). No difference,” he added. PTI MR
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be making it to the international competition category. The 21 non-feature films in the section will showcase the best of the talent from across the country. ‘Achtung Baby’ (Beware), a documentary film in English that narrates the story of how even after six decades after Nazi Germany surrendered, a minority continues to be obsessed with racial purity will be screened. ‘Going the Distance’, a digital film in Nagamese will also be screened, which revolves round the life of a lady living with HIV/AIDS. “This movie is an attempt to portray her life’s journeyphysical, emotional and spiritual journey as she moves ahead in life,” an IFFI official said.
Bus owners call off stir
road on November 22. Speaking to Herald, Kamat said that he asked the association members, to stop protesting over petty issues. “I have assured them to hold meetings to solve their grievances,” he said. The first meeting on the Margao issue will be held on Monday and Tuesday, which will be chaired by the minister. Tamankar earlier had alleged that many issues to be sorted out are pending and that the government has not shown willingness to resolve them. Their other demands included improvement at Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) bus stands in all the major cities in Goa, to allow private buses to display advertisements as allowed on KTC buses, delay in submitting RC books, and an office for their association at the KTC terminus. The latest traffic changes effected in Margao has also irked the association members. Kamat said that another meeting with regards to these complaints will be discussed in a joint meeting of the transport minister, director of transport, transport secretary and KTC officials. Reacting on fresh assurances, Tamankar said that further action will be decided after the two meetings.
Highway meet at Margao
compensate the affected people at the market rate”, he said, adding that the government should first rehabilitate the displaced people and the proceed with the project. Incidentally, Alemao said he was the lone person who had opposed the expressway when other MLAs and political leaders were silent on the project. “I understand the sentiments of the people. That’s the reason I and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat impressed upon Union Minister for Surface Transport Kamal Nath to reduce the width of the highway to 45 meters and 35 meters to save houses and other structures”, he added. Residents of Nuvem, Verna have come out openly against the national highway passing through River Sal and other water bodies. They have warned the government to do a rethink on the highway passing through the water bodies or face their wrath.
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Tata Power to invest Rs 5,000 cr in wind energy by 2017 PTI MUMBAI, NOV 21
Ratan Tata-led Tata Power aims to have at least a 25 per cent of its power generation or around 8,000 MW from clean sources by 2017 and will invest around Rs 5,000 crore in wind-energy alone, a top company official said. “We have set ourselves a target to achieve 25 per cent of our total generation from clean sources by 2017. These will comprise wind, solar, hydro, geo-thermal and gas. In wind-power alone, we will be investing around Rs 5,000 crore,” Tata Power’s Executive Director-Strategy & Business Development, Banmali Agrawala, told PTI here. The company, which presently has a little over 200 MW of wind capacity, plans to give a strong thrust to wind-energy as “it is the most commercially viable and established form of renewable energy,” he said. The company is presently in the process of rolling-out 150 MW and an additional 750-800 MW will be added at the rate of around 100-150 MW annually through to 2017. It costs around Rs six crore for generating 1 MW of wind-power presently, Agrawala said. In solar, the company aims to have 300400 MW capacity by 2017. The first steps will be taken by end-this year with the commissioning of a 3 MW plant at Mulshi in Maharashtra, he said. Tata Power is also all set to sign a Power
n “We have set ourselves a target to achieve 25 per cent of our total generation from clean sources by 2017. These will comprise wind, solar, hydro, geo-thermal and gas. In wind-power alone, we will be investing around Rs 5,000 crore.” -- Banmali Agrawala Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Gujarat Government for a 25 MW plant to be commissioned by end-2011. “This plant will be set up in Mithapur on land owned by Tata Chemicals and we hope to sign the PPA by end-this month,” Agrawala said. In geo-thermal, Tata Power is already engaged in a 240 MW project in Indonesia in a joint venture with Origin of Australia, which it plans to commission in five-years. Tata Power and Origin hold a 47.5 per cent stake each with the balance held by a local company. “We are eyeing another 600-700 MW in Indonesia and also other markets with a good geo-thermal potential by 2017. Apart from Indonesia which lends itself to geothermal, we feel there is a great potential in Africa and we plan to scout for assets there as well,” Agrawala said. It costs around USD 3.5 million to generate 1 MW of power (geo-thermal) and while Agrawala would not give any investment figure, going by the above, it could entail a total investment of between Rs 8,500-9,000 crore for the 600-700 MW.
“We would like to work with our partner, Origin, not only in Indonesia but also in other markets as well,” he said. For gas-based power, Tata Power has applied for gas allocation, he said, adding that the company possesses the expertise in this field and has also zeroed-in on potential sites. “We are presently fine-tuning our plans here,” he said. “Pricing of gas is still an issue and there needs to be a greater clarity on policies. Once these issues are sorted out, we will go full-steam ahead on gas,” Agrawala said. On hydro, in which the Tata Group has been present for nearly a century, the company is contemplating bidding for a clutch of projects in Himachal Pradesh, Tata Power’s Executive Director-Operations, S Padmanabhan, said. Tata Power, which now has a capacity of 447 MW in hydro, is presently engaged in constructing a 114 MW plant in Bhutan in a joint venture with the Bhutanese Government. It is also developing an 800 MW plant in Nepal in a joint venture with Norway’s SN Power.
SBI’s strike withdrawn, says Union PTI KOLKATA, NOV 21
SBI employees union today said the proposed two-day nation-wide from November 25 has been called off after an assurance from the government on pension issue. Senior vice-president of SBI Staff Association M V Murli said that the government had assured the bank management that pension of employees and officers would be brought at par with that in other nationalised banks. “The management in turn has communicated to us that the pension would be hiked,” Murli told reporters here today. The association had earlier threatened that the two-day strike would be followed by an indefinite strike if its demands were not met. According to Murli, the higher pension for SBI staff would benefit 1.7 lakh employees including 60,000 officers. The increased pension would be given with effect from November 1, 2007, he said. The association was also opposed to the merger of SBI’s associate banks with itself.
Fish landing dwindling in main centres, says CMFRI report UNI KOCHI, NOV 21
Marine fish landing in the country has shown an overall decline in 2009, particularly from Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa, the main fish catch centres in the country. According to the Annual Report 2009-2010 released by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute(CMFRI), the marine fish landings in the country during 2009 were estimated at 3.16 million tonnes, a decrease of about 43,891 tones of fish when compared to the previous year. The West Coast remains more productive, contributing 56 per cent of the total catch in the country, while the remaining 44 per cent is contributed by the east coast. However, the fish landing in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh had shown an increase during the same period, it said. The decrease of fish catch was very much in Goa with the annual catch being 71,391 tonnes in 2009 as against 110,508 tonnes in the previous year. There was a decline of 35.4 per cent, the report pointed out. According to the report Ker-
ala coast stood the first in the country in terms of the highest quantity of 517,591 tonne of fish catch during the period. But this was 22 per cent less compared to the previous year. Pointing out a 15.9 per cent and 11.9 per cent decrease of fish catch in Karnataka and Maharashtra, respectively compared to the previous year, it said the estimated marine fish landing at Karnataka was 277,553 tonnes as against 330,060 tonnes in 2008. In Maharashtra the total catch was 3.16 lakh tonnes as against 3.59 lakh tones during the year 2008. However, the decrease in fish landing has not affected Andhra Pradesh as the marine fish landing along the state’s coast showed an increase during the past five years with an all time high catch of 283,795 tonnes in 2009. This was a 25 per cent increase than the previous year, it said. Tamil Nadu had also improved its catch in 2009 as the estimated marine fish production from the state was 481,783 tonne, registering a 16.5 per cent increase than the previous year. According to the report Gu-
jarat, the other main fish producing state in the country, also recorded a ten per cent increase compared to the previous year. The total catch during the period 2009 was 507,597 tonne. Palagic resources continued to be the principal component of fisheries contributing 52 per cent of the total fish catch in the country, followed by demersal with 28 per cent, crustaceans 16 per cent and Molluscs four per cent, it said. The oil sardine- ‘Sardinella longiceps’, continued to be the largest contributor to the marine fish resources with 12.4 per cent accounting for 392,486 tones, while the share of penaeid shrimps was 8.9 per cent contributing 232.313 tonnes (8.9 per cent) during the same period. Indian Mackerel, catfish and threadfin breams also registered increased catch during 2009, while cephalopods suffered a setback by 20 per cent, it said. The mechanised sector yielded 74 per cent of the total catch, while motorized and artisanal recorded 22 per cent and four per cent of the catch, respectively, along the coastline, the report said.
Alok Industries mulls Rs 800 cr capex in next 2-yr period PTI MUMBAI, NOV 21
Leading textile player, Alok Industries Ltd has drawn up Rs 800 crore capex plan for the next two years period, a top company official said here. “We have invested Rs 7,000 crore in the last six year’s period in our expansion programme. In the next two year’s period, we will further invest around Rs 400-450 crore per annum for our on-going expansion plans,” Alok Industries CFO, Sunil Khandelwal told PTI on the sidelines of a conference here. The company will finance the said funds through internal accruals and debt, Khan-
Oz mutual sector ‘new pillar’ against banks, says treasurer Treasurer Wayne Swan said on Sunday he wanted to build Australia’s credit unions and building societies into a ‘’new pillar’’ that could compete with the country’s four big banks. The government has harshly criticised the big banks for putting up interest rates for mortgage holders in excess of the latest rise in the underlying rate set by the central Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). Swan said in a television interview the major banks had ‘’behaved badly’’ towards borrowers, indicating an ongoing reform process was aimed at building up the mutual sector. ‘’The government is determined to see a new pillar in the banking system, particularly based on our mutual sector,’’ he told Channel Nine. ‘’Particularly based on our credit unions and our building societies. They are safe and they’re very competitive. ‘’They’re supervised in the same way that
Centre rejects WB proposal for JICA loan PTI KOLKATA, NOV 21
Concerned over the “alarming state of West Bengal’s debt burden”, the Centre has rejected the state’s proposal to seek funds for a nearly Rs 2,500 crore thermal power project from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a senior state power ministry official said. “The project has now been kept in abeyance as the Centre feels the state’s debt burden has reached an alarming position and denied to take up the loan proposal with JICA,” said the official. “The 6th unit of Bakreshwar Thermal Power Project estimated at Rs 3,300 crore was scheduled to be built with a soft loan from the JICA”, he said.
banks are supervised, and, of course, you can get a far better deal, particularly say when you’re looking for a mortgage if you go to a credit union you maybe able to get up to 100 basis points better in terms of your mortgage. ‘’The big banks behave in an arrogant way because they feel confident that their customers won’t walk down the street to get a better deal.’’ Swan said the global economic crisis had resulted in a ‘’concentration’’ in the banking system which had left a need for more competition. The issue has been taken up by the conservative opposition, which has introduced a bill to give the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) more powers to deal with the banks. The Labor government has a wafer-thin majority in parliament, and is dependent on the support of independents and one Green MP.
Gujarat floats Rs 1000 cr loan UNI AHMEDABAD, NOV 21
The Gujarat government has announced sale of Government Stock (securities) worth Rs 1,000 crore for a 10-year tenure to finance capital expenditure for its development programmes. Auction of the securities will be conducted by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at its Mumbai office on November 23. The loan will be repaid as par on November 24, 2020, an official announcement said here today. While the government claimed it has been following sound principles of prudent financial management, it envisaged a revenue deficit of Rs 4356 crore during 2010-11.The state’s public debt liabilities stood at Rs 97,378 crore as on March 31, 2010.
Loylty Rewardz eyes to double revenue annually PTI MUMBAI, NOV 21
As more and more people move to plastic money, the city-based Loylty Rewardz Management, which claims to be the largest loyalty management firm in the world, is eyeing to double its revenue annually to take it to Rs 500 crore by 2015. The Freedom Rewardz programme, which it conceptualized last year for the State Bank Group, is the world’s largest loyalty programme for debit card holders with over 83 million customers and is growing by 1.8 million every month. When Loylty Rewardz won the SBI contract last year, its membership stood at only 35 million, Loylty Rewardz Management founder and chief executive Bijaei Jayaraj told PTI. Since then the debit card turnover of the SBI Group touched Rs 800 crore in October from Rs 240 crore. Also, from April 2009 to July 2010, the average number of transactions at partner outlets rose 25 times while the transaction amount at partners has increased by 40 times by the State Bank Group debit card customers, he said,
Commenting on the textile industry scenario, Khandelwal said, after the global slowdown in 2009, the textile industry is now on a reviving path. The domestic textile market is growing at about 11 per cent per annum now. The exports also expected to grow at around 20 per cent per annum during the next five years. The Indian textile industry would more than triple from the present size of USD 78 billion domestic and USD 26 billion of exports in 2010. The industry is estimated to cross USD 220 billion-mark, which includes USD 140 billion domestic and USD 80 billion of exports markets by 2020, he said.
A view of the Rajasthan Pavilion at the 30th India International Trade Fair in New Delhi today.
REUTERS SYDNEY, NOV 21
delwal said, adding that it has already made a rights issue aggregating Rs 449.59 crore last year and an QIP of Rs 425 crore in March 2010. The company also seeks funds through government’s TUFF scheme, which is expected to revive now, he said. During FY10, the company had incurred a capital expenditure of Rs 1,522.90 crore across various divisions. A major portion of these were towards Phase III and Phase IV expansions, which have been fully completed, setting up of second Continuous Polymerisation (CP) Plant at Saily in Silvassa, expansion of texturising and regular capex.
adding the loyalty scheme being run by American Airlines is the second largest in the world with 75 million customers. Its other major clients include Deutsche Bank, Citi, StanChart, and Reliance Mobile among others. According to a McKinsey & Company report, the size of the domestic loyalty market is USD 20 billion — in terms of the value of the loyalty points when considered it as Rs two for every transaction of Rs 100, Jayaraj said. The Mumbai-based firm helps banks, hotels, mobile operators, and organised retailers among others to manage their growing customers by offering them end-to-end customer management solutions by conceptualising and designing their plans, apart from managing rewards redemption, Jayaraj said. “We handle the entire gamut of operations in loyalty programmes, starting from designing the programme to marketing and implementation support like website management, call centre, etc,” he said.
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SPORTS GOA, Monday 22 November, 2010
Goa in commanding position HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 21
Goa were in a commanding position with a crucial 68-run first innings led as they bowled out
Orissa for 188 on the second day of Cooh Behar U-19 cricket tournament at BITS Pilani ground, Zuarinagar, Sancaole. A five-wicket haul by Vithal Gawas struck the cord for Goa, as Gawas along with spinner Amogh Desai caused maximum damaged to Orissa’s batsmen. Goa while commencing their second innings lost opener Amogh Dessai with 5 runs as Goa finished the second day
with 11 on the scoreboard Resuming at the overnight score of 218, Goa added only 40 runs to finish their first innings at 258. Top scorer Darshan Misal missed his ton as he finished his innings scoring 91 runs and all-rounder Sayed Badiuzzama added 21 runs. Orissa fumbled at the beginning as their opener made way to the pavilion in the fourth over, with seamer Vithal Gawas bowling Subhrajyoti Mishra for four. Orissa managed to pile up runs thanks to a crucial 80-run second wicket partnership between Pallabendu Mishra (39) and Pratik Das (44). Similarly, the fifth wicket partnership added 62 runs, between Sujit Lenka (21 runs) and highest scorer for Orissa, Sumitish Praharaj 48. Vithal Gawas finished with 37 for 5, Amogh Desai 40 for 3, while Ganeshraj Narvekar and Darshan Misal took one wicket each.
Oratory ahead HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 21
A second half strike by midfielder Francis Andrade helped Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda overcome SSC Loutolim 1-0 to advance into the quarter-finals of All-Goa Bro Eulalio Vas memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Don Bosco Oratory at Don Bosco Oratory ground on Sunday. There was no score at half time. Don Bosco’s persistent forays paid off when Francis Andrade’s well executed free kick gave no chance to the rival keeper soon after resumption. Stunned by the setback, Loutolim made concerted efforts to neutralise the lead but all in vain.
Benaulim advance HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 21
United Club of Benaulim played their hearts out to nose out Cuncolim Union 3-1 via the tiebreaker to enter the quarter-finals of 2nd All-Goa Eslinda Alemao memorial intervillage football tournament organised by Cuncolim Union at Cuncolim ground on Sunday. Senel Fernandes, Alfred Fernandes and Lucas Fernandes netted for United while Deepak Velip was the lone scorer for Cuncolim.
Kingfisher Pro League football: Churchill Brothers v. Salgaocar SC, Tilak Maidan, Vasco, 4 p.m. Third Division football: Miracles SC v. Mandopa SC, Curtorim ground, 4 p.m; Candolim SC v. Xetrapal SC, Duler Stadium, Mapusa, 3.45 p.m; Paradise SC v. Cabesa Sports and CA, Santa Cruz ground, 3.45 p.m; Sateri SC v. Siridao SC, University ground, 3.45 p.m. Fr. Basilio Andrade football: Baina SC v. Navelim SC, Musson ground, Majorda, 4.30 p.m. Bro Eulalio Vaz memorial soccer: Betalbatim SC v. Wilred Leisure SC, Curtorim, Don Bosco ground, Fatorda, 4.30 p.m. Eslinda Alemao memorial soccer quarters: Parish Youth, Nuvem v. Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda, Cuncolim ground, 4.30 p.m. 7th Rosary Cup soccer: Dom Dum Boys,Valpoi v. St Cruz Boys, Davorlim, Rosary ground, Zoriwado, Davorlim, 4.30 p.m. Anjuna-Caisua Panchayat Cup soccer semis: Calangute Association v. Clube Sao Minguel de Taleigao, Chapora ground, 4.30 p.m. Flame of Unity veterans soccer: Sporting Veterans Raia v. M a rg a o Ve t e r a n s , M a b a i ground, Per Seraulim, 4.30 p.m.
Sporting edge past Sesa FA HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 21
Sporting Clube de Goa registered a narrow but convincing 2-1 victory over Sesa Football Academy in GFA’s Kingfisher Professional League at Duler stadium, Mapusa on Sunday. The victory was a birthday gift to Peter Vaz, president of Sporting Clube de Goa. The match hardly rose to the expectations with both teams
U-17 football selection trials
PANJIM (HSD) – The DSYA will conduct football selection trials to select the State U-17 boys to represent Goa at 56th National School Games Championship at Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar) from December 17 to 27. North District boys may report to Nita Pednekar, TSO on November 23 at Peddem sports complex, Mapusa between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. South District boys may report to Guilson Baptista, APEO on November 25 at Rai Manora ground, Margao between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. State level selection trials will be on November 29 at village panchayat ground, Santa Cruz between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Players may report to Yogesh A. Parab, TSO. Bonafide students studying upto Std. X born on or after 1/1/1994 are eligible and may report alongwith identity cards, authority letter from the head of the institution and kit.
PANJIM (HSD) --SCC Loutolim defeated CAC Cansaulim 1-0 to cruise into the semi-finals of Fr. Basilio Andrade football tournament at Musson ground, Majorda. Royston Fernandes was the scorer for SCC.
adopting a defensive approach. It was U-20 Valzino Fernandes who latched on to a fine through pass from Sporting’s medio B. Niroshan Mani and slotted past a hapless looking Sesa keeper Shayan Roy. Sesa fought back and equalised with a fine build up. Lezly Fernandes squared to Valerio Rodrigues who intelligently set up Sidroy Alfonso on the right flank and the last named
The change of ends saw Sporting creating good chances with their midfielders working in tandem with the strikers. Sesa on the other hand were left clueless as the Sporting defense marshaled by Mathew Gonsalves and Keita Boubacar, hardly allowed them a sniff at their citadel. Sesa’s substitute keeper Jason
D’Mello kept them in the match when he brilliantly parried away Bisheshwar Singh’s effort for a corner in the 70th minute. Sporting continued their attacking flair and minutes later promising U-20 winger Joel Martins, a former Sesa protégé, won them the three points when he rocketed home an effort from the edge of the area giving no chance whatsoever for Jason.
Goa Varsity footballers excel
HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 21
The victorious Goa University football team arrived today with the West Zone Inter-University championship and All-India inter-university runners-up trophy. The team was received by Milton Fernandes, assistant director of physical education and sports of Goa University alongwith his colleagues at Tivim Railway Station. Goa University performed extremely well at the West Zone and All-India inter-University
football championship. They played four matches at the West Zone with three wins against Nagpur, Mumbai and LNIPE and a loss against the hosts, Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur. Goa led the table with six points to clinch the West Zone championship, followed by the runners-up Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya with four points while Mumbai secured the third position with four points and LNIPE bagged the fourth place with two points. At the all-India championship,
Goa played six matches, of which they won four against Kerala University, Punjab University, Mizoram University and Calcutta University, drew one against Devi Ahilya University and lost one against Punjabi University. Dileep Deobagkar, vice-chancellor of Goa University, Dr. M M Sangodkar, registrar, Dr. Susana de Sousa, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs and V M Prabhudesai, Executive Director SAG, congratulated the team for their spectacular performance.
Calangute Association lift Bardez Cup HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 21
Hot favourites Calangute Association prevailed over Candolim Sport Club 9-8 via the sudden death in the finals to lift the 4th Bardez Cup inter-village football tournament organised by United Club of Nerul at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim on Sunday. Candolim began the proceedings on a bright note but Roy Das failed to find hit the target in the 5th minute with the Calangute defense off guard. Candolim again came close to scoring in the 20th minute but a good try by Joelif Simoes hit the post and rebound into play. In the closing minutes of the first half, a Bruno free kick was brilliantly saved by the Candolim keeper. Changing over, Candolim shot into the lead in the 11th minute through Joelif Simoes who headed home a Wenseslav Rebello free kick. Stung by the reverse, Calangute fought back and could have restored parity in the very next minute but Audumber failed to capitalise a Bruno free kick. Calangute finally found the equaliser in the 60th minute when Blake chested the ball off Bruno and slot it past Candolim keeper Morje. In the penalties, Calangute kept their nerves to beat Can-
Calangute Association with the winners trophy.
dolim 8-7 on sudden death. Cliff Fernandes, Bruno Coutinho, Francis Fernandes, Sherwin Lobo, Samir Chodankar, Agnelo Fernandes, Sanju Korgaokar and Vijay Parsekar converted for Calangute while Samir Naik, Shankar Palienkar, Joelif Simoes, Stan Souza, Kliebber D'Souza, Jose Lopes and Sagar Bathkande were on target for Candolim. Agnelo Fernandes, Calangute
MLA was the chief guest. The prizes were given away by the guest of honour, Agnelo D'Souza, sarpanch, Nagoa-Arpora in the presence of Anand Shettigar, sarpanch, Candolim, Alex Fernandes, sarpanch, Calangute, GFA members Alirio Lobo, Babli Mandrekar, Uday Lingudkar and Francis Fernandes, ex-GFA. C a l a n g u t e p o c ke t e d R s 30,000 while Candolim had to
be content with the runners-up trophy and Rs 20,000. Following individual prizes were given: Best Half Joelif Simoes (Candolim). Best forward Sagar Bathkande (Candolim). Best defender Samir Chodankar (Calangute). Best goalkeeper Agnelo Fernandes (Calangute). Special prizes for Hansen D'Souza and Russel Fernandes (UC Nerul). Bruno D'Sousa compered.
St. Anna’s football camp HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 21
St. Anna Sports and Cultural Association, Santa Cruz organised a two-day soccer festival camp for U-10, U-14 and U-17 girls and U-14 boys of Santa Cruz on November 20 and 21. In all, 61 youngsters participanted. Victoria Fernandes, MLA and chairperson, PDA Mormugao was the chief guest while Dr. Clovis Pinto was the guest of honour. Vice-president, Flossy Dias presided. Speaking on the occasion, Victoria congratulated and appreciated the efforts of the or-
ganisers and lauded their initiative of encouraging the local youth specially girls. Dr. Pinto stated that he was extremely happy seeing the youth taking interest in football. He later distributed jerseys to the participants sponsored by DSYA. The participants were coached under the guidance of Francisco D’Souza, NIS and assisted by C S Araujo, former Crown Club player, Mariano Araujo and Melywin Araujo. Earlier, Assumpt Gonsalves, president, welcomed and compered. Carmo Vaz, treasurer, proposed the vote of thanks.
Mahima Fernandes, Jude Diniz and Niam Leitao swam across river Mandovi on November 21 seen alongwith coach Inas.
The U-10, U-14, U-16 boys and girls at maiden football festival organised by St Anna Sports and Cultural Association of Santa Cruz at Santa cruz ground, alongwith Derick Netto, C S de Araujo.
GOA, Monday, 22 November, 2010
Allan finishes 2nd, maintains overall lead
Motocross riders zoom at the first turn at Gomes Race Track, Anna Vaddo, Candolim on Sunday.
Photo: Rozario Estibeiro
Jatin, Vishal emerge 2nd round champions
Goa’s Allan Sequeira is airborne as he does a table top at TVS Sports and Tourism Goa Gold Cup FMSCI motocross championship organised by Goa Motor Sports Association and Gomes Sports Academy at Gomes Race Track, Anna Vaddo, Candolim on Sunday. Photo: Rozario Estibeiro HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 21
Goa’s sensation, Allan Sequeira of Shirvodem (Margao) came
second in the MX2 foreign motorcycles class and that enabled him to maintain the overall leadership position with a tally of
67 points in TVS Sports and Tourism Goa Gold Cup FMSCI motocross championship organised by Goa Motor Sports Association and Gomes Sports Academy at Gomes Race Track, Anna Vaddo, Candolim on Sunday. Allan now enjoys a clear 10point lead over overall second Jatin Jain of Nagpur. Badal Doshi of Mumbai and Maninder Singh of Delhi are overall joint third with 42 points. It was Jatin’s today today as he emerged tops at the end of gruelling two motos, which were hotly contested by 14 riders. A huge Sunday crowd was treated to a scintillating display in somewhat wet and tough conditions which saw Jatin move from the third position in the first to first in the second moto. There were thrills and frills aplenty especially in the first six laps as the riders tried to outdo the other at breakneck speed. It was Gourav Khatri of Jaipur who maintained the lead throughout the first moto with Allan close on his heels in the second place. Jatin finished third. Jatin maintained the lead in the second moto and was a picture of confidence as he strode majestically to emerge the ulti-
Fluent win for Salgaocar Veterans
mate winner. Allan encountered a serious problem at the start of the second moto as the radiator of his new 250cc bike began leaking. Yet, dexterous that he is, he managed to complete the race with much difficulty. That enabled him to finish overall second Fourteen riders from Goa (3), Nasik, Nagpur (2), Jaipur, Pune, Nagpur, Delhi, Mumbai (3) and Coimbatore started at the grid demonstrating superb control and mastery over the machine. In the amateur class in which seven riders participated, Vishal Barguje of Pune took the pride of place followed by Jalani Subedar (Dharwad) and Ashish Anil Kupade of Sangli. Barguje was way ahead of the others in the five-round moto. Dnyaneshwar Barguje, former national motocross champ, gave away the prizes. Earlier, Anthony Menezes, president of All-Goa Karate Do Association and Abelina Menezes, ZP member flagged off the race at the grid. Ashley Gomes, president of Goa Motor Sports Association and Goa Sports Academy proposed the vote of thanks. Results: MX 2 – Jatin Jain 1, Allan Sequeira 2, Gaurav Khatri 3. Amateur class: Vishal Barguje 1, Jalani Subedar 2, Ashish Kupade 3.
Liverpool win REUTERS LIVERPOOL, NOV 21
Liverpool showed it can cope just fine without injured captain Steven Gerrard, easily beating last-place West Ham 3-0 Saturday after scoring all three goals in the first half. Glen Johnson and Maxi Rodriguez scored either side of a Dirk Kuyt penalty against a lackluster West Ham team, whose performance only increased the pressure on manager Avram Grant. Liverpool had several chances to increase the lead but goalkeeper Robert Green pulled off two stellar saves within seconds of each other to deny long-range shots from Fernando Torres and Christian Poulsen. With Gerrard out for a month with a hamstring tear sustained on England duty, manager Roy Hodgson called for his players to step up to fill the void. The visiting fans were less than impressed, and many left before halftime. Those who stayed directed their anger at manager Avram Grant with chants of “You’re getting sacked in the morning.” The easy win came at a good time for Liverpool after two poor performances in a 1-1 draw at Wigan and last Saturday’s defeat at Stoke which ended a sixgame unbeaten run. Raul Meireles looked better in a more accustomed central position, filling Gerrard’s place, while Johnson and Rodriguez also did well and even the muchcriticized Christian Poulsen had his best game since joining in the summer. West Ham has not won at Anfield in the league in 47 years.
Betalbatim thrash Ambelim
gfa u-14 league HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 21
Bresources Betalbatim Sporting Club walloped Ambelim Sports Club 16-0 in the GFA U-14 league at Betalbatim Sports complex on Sunday. Betalbatim led 6-0 at half time. Betalbatim outplayed their opponents in all departments as their opponents failed to function. The highlights of the day were a brilliant hat-trick by Mathew D’Costa and Paxton Gomes. Christopher D’Costa, Josley Fernandes, Ronil Fernandes and Mayesh Rathore scored a brace each while Jaison Valles and Daisy Rebello shot on target.
Ronaldo, Messi ’tricks light up La Liga
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (left) celebrates with forward Bojan Krkic after scoring against Almeria during their Spanish League football match at Juegos del Mediterraneo stadium in Almeria. REUTERS MADRID, NOV 21
Barcelona blasted Almeria 8-0 to match their biggest ever away win but remained second in La Liga behind Real Madrid who thrashed Athletic Bilbao 5-1 on Saturday. World Player of the Year Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick for Barca, taking his tally for the season to 13, while substitute Bojan Krkic scored twice, Andres Iniesta and Pedro bagged one apiece and Santiago Acasiete netted an own goal. Barcelona's biggest away win since they hammered Las Palmas by the same scoreline in 1959 led to struggling Almeria sacking their coach Juan Manuel Lillo soon after the match. At the Bernabeu, La Liga top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo also bagged a hat-trick to move on to 14 goals, while Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Ramos also netted to ensure Jose Mourinho's side maintained their onepoint advantage at the top. With nine days to go until unbeaten Real visit the Nou Camp the Madrid side have 32 points from 12 matches. Barca have 31 points and have opened up a seven-point lead over third-placed Villarreal who drew 1-1 at home with local rivals Valencia, who are fourth with 21.
V illarreal's Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi equalised in the 73rd minute to cancel out Aritz Aduriz's 21st-minute opener. I n j u r y - h i t Va l e n c i a h a d Lithuanian defender Marius Stankevicius sent off 10 minutes from time but Villarreal could not find a winner and lost their 100 percent home record. VILLA BACKHEEL Pep Guardiola rested Gerard Pique and put youth team player Andreu Fontas alongside Carles Puyol at the back but he had little to do as his side tore the hosts apart. David Villa's backheel amidst a crowd of defenders completed a neat one-two with Messi, and the Argentine fired past Diego Alves from the edge of the area in the 17th minute. Almost immediately, Iniesta made it 2-0 by pouncing to score as a defender deflected a pass in the area with his leg and in the 27th similar panic led to Acasiete steering Maxwell's cross into his own net. Fontas demonstrated his class with a majestic long pass out of defence for Pedro to scamper clear and score in the 35th and two minutes later Messi burst into the area on to Pedro's pass and scored at the second attempt. Guardiola took off Xavi and
Iniesta for the second half and Almeria forced Victor Valdes to touch a shot on to the crossbar, but the action was soon back down the other end. Bojan picked up Messi's through pass and made it 6-0 after squirming between three defenders in the 62nd, and Messi completed his hat-trick after Alves could only parry Villa's long-range shot. Messi set up Bojan for his second in the 73rd and a bewildered Alves could only smile and shake his head as he went to pick the ball out of the back of the net yet again. RONALDO FREEKICK Jose Mourinho was watching from the stands at the Bernabeu, completing his two -match touchline ban, and saw his side race into an early lead with Gonzalo Higuain's clever turn and shot in the 19th. Portugal's Ronaldo doubled the advantage with a low drive on the half-hour after a great cushioned lay-off from Mesut Ozil before Spain striker Fernando Llorente pulled one back for the visitors. Angel Di Maria won a penalty in the 57th which Sergio Ramos scored and Ronaldo netted a fierce freekick and then Real's second penalty to wrap up the win in the last minute.
Bharati to lead Goa HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 21
Salgaocar Veterans seen alongwith Fr. Jose Antonio Costa, Lawrence Gomes, Sanjiv Nagvekar. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 21
A hat-trick by Derrick Pereira helped Salgaocar Veterans score an easy 5-0 win against Goa Diocesan Priests in an exhibition football match at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Sunday. Salgaocar were leading 1-0 at half time. Salgaocar took the lead
when Derrick Pereira netted just before the break off a cross from Derrick Gomes. Earlier, Diocesan keeper Fr. Benjamin Victoria thwarted three goal scoring initiatives by Derrick, Vishant Pednekar and Roque Carneiro. Changing ends, Derrick completed his hat-trick comfortably
with the Diocesan defense crumbling down. Fr. Valentine Alvares tested the rival defense line with constant attacks and kept keeper Richie Sanches on his toes. Salgaocar secured two more goals at the fag end, when Domingos Vaz increased the tally to 5-0.
The victorious Chicalim Youth Club after defeating Cross Boys in Mormugao Zone GFA 3rd Division PlayOff alongwith coach Ligorio Monteiro, Chicalim panch Francisco Nunes, manager Sebastiao Abranches. Photo: M Prabhav
Bharati Gaonkar will lead the state women baseball team for the 25th Senior National baseball championship at Indore, Madhya Pradesh from November 22 to 27. Team: Deelaxmi Avati, Ravita Gaudes, Anuja Mudhalkar, Gauri Padkar, Sukhada Kajrekar, Karishma Gaude, Sampada Annadalli, Neha Bhomkar, Savita Velip, Dipti Gaude, Disha Kerkar and Sweta Kuvelkar.
Saligao soccer camp HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, NOV 21
The GOA Learning soccer school Diwali football coaching camp came to an end on Saturday at Saligao ground. The course was conducted by English FA qualified football coach Aldrid Da Costa. The 16day camp was aimed at teaching football basics to boys aged 10 to 14. The coaching also improved the boys team work and communication skills. Chief guest, Saligao Sporting president, Tony Remedios gave away the certificates. Guest of honour, Sporting Clube de Goa’s ace midfielder, Bibiano Fernandes encouraged the youngsters to work hard in order to become successful footballers.
Chinchinim football coaching camp held
Ronaldo challenges Barca to score eight against Real REUTERS MADRID, NOV 21
Cristiano Ronaldo challenged Barcelona to try and score eight goals past his Real Madrid side when asked for his views on the champions' earlier 8-0 thrashing of Almeria in La Liga. The Portugal forward scored a hat-trick in his side's 5-1 hammering of Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu, taking his tally for the season to 14, one ahead of Lionel Messi in the La Liga goalscoring charts. The Argentine World Player
of the Year had netted a hattrick in Barca's romp over struggling Almeria, but Ronaldo was less than impressed with their efforts when questioned by Spanish television pitchside at the Bernabeu. ''(The 8-0 win) It doesn't tell me anything,'' Ronaldo said yesterday. ''Let's see if they score eight against us on Monday.'' ''I'm pleased to have scored but the most important thing is that the team won. I'm fighting to win the league. The top scorer's award isn't important to me.''
Unbeaten Real Madrid travel to face second-placed Barcelona on Nov 29 with a one-point advantage over the champions. Barca's victory over Almeria equalled their record away win achieved in 1959, when they won by the same scoreline in Las Palmas, but their coach Pep Guardiola refused to read too much into it with Madrid their next opponents in the league. ''We didn't look to send a warning out to anyone here today,'' Guardiola told reporters. ''We played to a great level as
we have in other games. In the first half (when they scored five) we had the same number of occasions as in other games, and today we put them away.'' The victory led to the swift sacking of Almeria coach Juan Manuel Lillo, a good friend of Guardiola's. ''It has been an uncomfortable situation for him and me,'' Guadiola added. ''I have known him for many years. He's a fantastic person and a great coach. We've just beaten the side with the third best defensive record in the league.''
T20 cricket at Manorva will be able to participate. Those
PANJIM (HSD) -- Manorva Sports and Cultural Club, Chapora, will organise their 6th AllGoa season ball T20 cricket tournament for GCA registered teams at Caisua-Anjuna Panchayat ground, Chapora, from November 28. Limited teams
interested may collect entry forms on or before November 25. Details may be obtained from Nilesh Chodankar on 9823495928, Jeevan Palyekar on 9975715157 or Ganesh Phadte on 9850450909.
PANJIM (HSD)--Curtains came down on 14th annual PJF football coaching camp held from November 6 to 21 at Boa Vista ground, Bastora. In all, 50 boys participated. Brahmanand Sankhwalkar, administrator, Sesa Football Acad-
emy was the chief guest. Fr James Mascarenhas, Rector SFX, Bastora and Sr Pauline Fernandes, Holy Cross High School, Bastora were the guests of honour. Camp director, Pascoal Joao Fernandes proposed the vote of thanks.
Bastora football camp
HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22
The football coaching camp organised by Our L ady of Hope Parish Youth, Chinchinim for U-15 boys con-
cluded on Friday. In all, 90 budding players attended the 15-day camp. Caitano Francis Fernandes (Catao), ex-international football player was the chief guest and gave away
the certificates and trophies to the participants in the presence of youth animator, Fr. Sucorro Colaco and other invitees. The organisers expressed their gratitude to-
wards SAG for supporting the camp with a coach and other equipment. The follow-up of the camp will be held weekly for the players every Saturday.
The trainees at the 14th annual PJF football coaching camp at Bastora alongwith Brahmanand Sankhwalkar, P J Fernandes, Celvin Fernandes, Guillu Fernandes and others.
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LEFT TO RIGHT: Competitors (left-right) Jin Yuan of China, Kareema Saleh Jasim of Bahrain and Sudha Singh of India go over the water jump in the women's 3,000m steeplechase final in the athletics competition in Guangzhou on Sunday. Preeja Sreedharan (left) embraces compatriot Kavita Raut after Sreedharan won gold and Raut won silver in the women's 10,000m final in the athletics competition. Ronjan Sodhi smiles after winning the men’s double trap individual final. Somdev Devvarman celebrates his win over Zhang Ze of China during the men's singles quarter-final tennis match at the Aoti tennis centre.
Athletes provide sparks as India bag 3 gold PTI GUANGZHOU, NOV 21
The athletes provided a huge boost to the country's lacklustre campaign in the 16th Asian Games by fetching two gold medals while Ronjan Sodhi brought an end to the gold drought in shooting as India bagged as many as nine medals to climb to the 8th position on an eventful ninth day of competitions here today. After a disappointing medal collection on the first week of competitions, long distance runner Preeja Sreedharan and steeple chaser Sudha Singh stole the thunder with their gold-winning feats on the track. Ace shooter Ronjan Sodhi finally brought an end to the shooting contingent's gold drought by taking the honour in the men's double trap event. With the addition of nine more medals, India's medal tally climbed to five gold, 11 silver and 17 bronze. India had finished tenth on the medals table in the last Asian Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26. India, who had slumped to the 14 position, jumped to the 8th spot on the rostrum mainly because of the three gold medals they fetched today. China continued their dominance and remained atop the
table with a stunning medal tally of 145-71-70 while South Korea (55-46-61) and Japan (30-53-62) were in the second and third spots respectively. The 31-year-old Sodhi, the world record holder shotgun shooter, made amends for his colleagues' miserable campaign and provided the first gold medal from the shooting range, which has not been too productive for the Indian shooters so far. Kavita Raut fetched a silver in the women's 10,000 m run while star tennis player Sania Mirza and grapplers Ravinder Singh (60 kg Greco Roman) and Sunil Kumar Rana (66 kg Greco Roman) were among those who claimed individual bronze medals. Sodhi teamed up with Asher Noria and Vikram Bhatnagar to claim the bronze in the double trap team event while the women's archery team comprising Dola Banerjee, Deepika Kumari and Rimil Buriuly also chipped in with a bronze. Somdev Devvarman also assured India of at least a bronze medal by storming into the semifinals but Karan Rastogi went down fighting to top seed Denis Istomin in the men's singles tennis quarter-finals. Pugilists Vikas Krishan and Manpreet Singh also assured themselves of atleast a bronze by
romping into the semi-finals. After a generally disappointing show, Sodhi turned the tide for the shooters as he clinched the top honours with a score of 186 after being second behind China's Pan Qiang at the end of the qualification stage. Sodhi, part of the silver winning squad in the same event four years ago at Doha in Qatar, also reeled in the team bronze for India with his stupendous effort at the Guangzhou Shotgun Centre. Sodhi shot 139 (47, 44 and 48) and was four shots behind China's Qiang going into the finals competed by six men and shot 47 in the final while the host nation shooter flopped with a 38 for an overall tally of 181. This was the first gold from the much-heralded shooting squad after they started competing on November 13 and it was also the eighth medal hauled in by the marksmen and women who have so far won one gold, three silver and four bronze medals. While Sodhi won the top honours in the individual, he combined with Asher Noria and Vikram Bhatnagar (16, 130) to rake in the team bronze medal with a combined aggregate of 403. In the showpiece athletics event, long-distance runner Preeja Sreedharan clocked a per-
Sandeep’s brace gives India win PTI GUANGZHOU, NOV 21
Sandeep Singh fired in two penalty corner goals as India defeated Japan 3-2 to notch up their fourth consecutive win and finish at the top of Group B in the hockey competitions of the Asian Games here today. Sandeep kept a cent per cent record in penalty corners today, converting the two short corners India earned in the day with precision in the 38th and 62nd minutes to see his team finish the group stages on an impressive note. The other goal-getter for India, was captain Rajpal Singh in the 31st minute. For Japan, Hiroki Sakamoto (21st and 63rd minutes) scored both their goals from field efforts, once in each half. With four wins out of as many matches, India finished on top of Group B with 12 points, while arch-rivals Pakistan finished second with nine points. India will now take on the Group A runners-up Malaysia, who beat China 4-2 in another league tie, in the semi-final on November 23 while Pakistan will be up against formidable Korea in the other last four match. India coach Jose Brasa did not mince his words over his team's shoddy display but said he was not worried about their opponent in the semis. "I am not happy. The boys created tension for us. We won anyway and that's all that matters. But we have to improve. We topped the pool. It makes no difference who we play against in the semis," the Spaniard said. sonal best of 31:50:47 in the women's 10,000m final. Kavita Raut, who won the bronze in the women's 10000m at the Commonwealth Games last month, walked away with the silver with a personal best
timing of 31:51.44. Later, Sudha Singh fetched India's second gold medal in track and field events and fifth overall by winning the 3000m Steeplechase event with her personal-best timing.
Sudha made up for her poor outing at last month's Commonwealth Games, clocking 9:55.67s to take the honours at the Aoti Main Stadium. The Indian hopes of a gold medal in the women's singles tennis event were dashed when Sania Mirza settled for a bronze after losing to third seed Akgul Amanmuradova in the semi-finals. Sania lost the long-drawn-out battle, that lasted two hours and 49 minutes, against the bigserving Uzbek rival 7-6 (7), 3-6, 4-6 by committing a number of forehand errors to exit from the competition. Indian women archers settled for a bronze in the team event after missing out on an opportunity to stun world number one South Korea in the semifinals shoot-off. After qualifying for the semifinals with an easy 214-202 victory over North Korea, the Indian trio of Dola Banerjee, Deepika Kumari and Rimil Buriuly were leading by two points at 167-165 after 18 of the 24 arrows against South Korea. In the bronze medal play-off against Chinese Taipei, India were trailing from the beginning and they were four points behind after 18 of the 24 arrows. India scored 56 from the last six arrows as against 51 by their
Batsmen put India in control and Chetan Chauhan in late 70’s and early 80’s. The two Delhi players have only themselves to blame for missing out on welldeserved centuries as loose shots led to their dismissals. While Sehwag scored 74 off only 73 deliveries with the help of 12 fours and a six, Gambhir who has just been made the ODI
captain for two matches played an useful innings of 78 with the help of 12 boundaries. It was again Sehwag who provided the momentum as he send the New Zealand bowlers on a leather hunt blasting his way to 26th half century in Test cricket. Gambhir, who is slowly regaining his touch, was the per-
New Zealand 1st innings: B McCullum c Dhoni b Sharma 40, T Southee c Sehwag b Ojha 38, A McKay b Sharma 5, C Martin not out 2. Extras: 9. Total: 193 all out. Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-16, 3-42, 4-43, 5-51, 6-82, 7-124, 8-159, 9165, 10-193. Bowling: S Sreesanth 12-4-28-2, I Sharma 18-4-43-4, P Ojha 19.3-2-57-3, Harbhajan Singh 17-2-59-1. India 1st innings: Gautam Gambhir c Taylor b Southee 78, Virender Sehwag c and b Vettori 74, Rahuk Dravid batting 69, Sachin Tendulkar batting 57. Extras: 14. Total: 292 for 2. Fall of wickets: 1-113, 2-192. Bowling: Chris Martin 13-0-58-0, Tim Southee 13-3-41-1, Andy McKay 18-5-47-0, Daniel Vettori 30-3-101-1, Kane Williamson 3-0-18-0, Martin Guptill 5-0-16-0.
fect foil to his partner taking singles and giving Sehwag more of the strike. After Sehwag’s departure, Gambhir looked even more fluent with his drives while Dravid quietly settled down. Gambhir completed his 13th half century hitting Vettori over deep midwicket for a boundary. Just when he looked like getting set for his 10th century in Test cricket, he needlessly flashed a Southee delivery to be caught by Ro s s Ta y l o r a t gully ending a fruitful 79-run second wicket stand.
Captaincy, a dream come true: Gambhir PTI NAGPUR, NOV 21
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid run between the wickets on the second day of the third Test cricket match against New Zealand at the Vidarbha Cricket Association, Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday. PTI NAGPUR, NOV 21
India's famed top order batsmen capitalised on Virender Sehwag's flourishing start as the hosts took firm control of the third and final cricket Test against New Zealand with a solid batting display here today. After dismissing the Kiwis for 193 in the first innings, the Indians reached a comfortable 292 for two at close on the second day, taking a 99-run first innings lead at the VCA stadium. Virender Sehwag (74) provided a flying start alongwith Gautam Gambhir (78) while Rahul Dravid (69 batting) and Sachin Tendulkar (57 batting) consolidated the position for the hosts with an unbroken 100-
run partnership for the third wicket. Monday can turn out to be an eventful day as Tendulkar, was a picture of concentration. He looks determined not throw it away as he requires another 43 runs to complete the historic milestone of 50 centuries in Test cricket. He completed his half century after punching part-time spinner Martin Guptill to the sweeper cover region for three runs. The kind of applause he received after completing his 59th half century, one can imagine what will happen if he reached the coveted landmark. The maestro, who was only perturbed by a few short balls from Tim Southee, hit some de-
lightful strokes on both sides of the wicket. Those included a cover drive and steer off S o u t h e e , a n a r ro w l i ke straight drive and a cut off McKay and a drive through the mid-wicket boundary off Martin. With Dravid (69 batting, 167 balls, 8x4) also looking good for his 31st Test century, the hosts would ideally like to pile up a huge score in order to avoid batting last on this track. The Tendulkar-Dravid duo had added exactly 100 runs for the unbroken third wicket stand. However, if India are in the box seat, credit should go to the start provided by opening duo Sehwag-Gambhir -- inarguably India’s best opening pair in Test matches since Sunil Gavaskar
Handed over the responsibility of captaining India in the first two ODIs against New Zealand in Mahendra Singh Dhoni's absence, opener Gautam Gambhir today said leading the national team in the upcoming series is a dream-come-true moment in his career. Gambhir was yesterday named captain of India's ODI team for the first two ODIs against New Zealand after the selectors decided to rest five senior players, including regular skipper Dhoni. "It's a dream-come-true moment for any player to lead his country. I am obviously excited about it and hopefully we would do well," Gambhir told reporters after the second day's play in the third and final Test between India and New Zealand here today. Asked whether his concept and visualisation about captaincy is different from Dhoni, he said, "I know that there are ups and downs in captaincy. I have experienced that while leading the Delhi Daredevils and Delhi Ranji Trophy side. Everyone has a different way of going about his job. It's more about being in-
stinctive.” "You can't think beforehand about a particular situation. You have got to take instinctive decisions and back yourself." If the left-hander was excited about the prospect of leading the national side, there was disappointment on missing out on a three-figure mark having got out on 78 after playing a loose shot off Tim Southee's bowling. "You want to make the most of the opportunities. So it's pretty disappointing that despite being involved in two century partnerships in back-to-back Test matches, I couldn't convert it. Hopefully, we will get those in South Africa," Gambhir said. About how the match has panned out, the opener feels that the ball has already started turning and a first innings lead of around 300 can clinch the issue for the home team. Asked about his lack of runs much throughout the past season, Gambhir attributed it more to his recurring knee injury rather than poor form. "After Asia Cup, I wasn't playing three or four Test matches at one go. When you play three to four Test matches, it helps a lot to get back into form," he said.
opponents to win the close contest 218-217. Indian wrestlers started their campaign impressively with Ravinder Singh and Sunil Kumar Rana clinching bronze medals in their respective weight categories in the Greco-Roman style here today. Even though Ravinder could not repeat his Commonwealth Games gold-medal winning effort, he opened India's account in wrestling by winning a bronze in the 60kg category and then another Delhi Games gold medallist Rana doubled the joy with another bronze in the 66kg. While CWG gold medallist Ravinder defeated Muhammad Aliansyah of Indonesia 9-3 in the repechage to bag the bronze, Rana got the better of Sutep Oomchompoo of Thailand 4-2 to register his name in the medals tally. Indian men spikers' dream run in Games came to a screeching halt after they were thumped 0-3 by Thailand in the quarter-finals. After impressive wins against Japan and Qatar in the league stages, the Indian men's volleyball team failed to register a hattrick of wins, going down
fighting 20-25 23-25 22-25 to Thailand in the last eight round. The Indian women spikers, on the other hand, slumped to their third consecutive defeat in four matches after they were thrashed 0-3 by Kazakhstan in their preliminary Group B, match. The Indian eves were no match for the Kazakh girls who spanked them 18-25 9-25 1025 in little more than an hour. In tennis, second seed Somdev, ranked 106 on the ATP circuit, fought back from 1-4 down in the opening set to complete a 64, 6-4 win over lowly ranked Chinese rival Zhang Ze in one hour and 51 minute during which he called tournament director Chen Shu of China to court one to settle a controversial ruling by umpire I M Chahoo of Korea. Preeti Beniwal gave India a rousing start in women's boxing as she advanced to the 60kg quarterfinals with a thumping win in the discipline which made its Asian Games debut today. Beniwal out-punched Mongolia's Erdene Suvd Oyungerel 8-2 in the pre-quarterfinals. India thrashed Qatar 3-0 in their opening pool B match of the men's squash team event.