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IN BRIEF Taiwanese woman sexually assaulted A 22-year-old Taiwanese woman was sexually assaulted allegedly by an auto rickshaw driver at a secluded spot in Vastrapur locality of the city late Sunday night, police said on Monday. “A case of rape has been registered against the auto rickshaw driver Monday morning, in Vastrapur police station of the city,” Zone I DCP Brijeshkumar Jha said. – PTI

SC questions CVC appointment The Supreme Court raised serious questions over how P J Thomas could be appointed as Central Vigilance Commissioner and continue in the post despite a corruption case pending against him. A bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia also wryly observed that Thomas as the Central Vigilance Commissioner will himself feel embarrassed due to the pending criminal case against him. – PTI (Detailed report on Page7)

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Mamata declares IFFI 2010 open Vows to pursue taxation issue with Centre


Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday declared open the 41st edition of International Film Festival of India, at the Dinananth Mangueshkar Kala Academy, Monday evening. Declaring open the function, Banerjee referring to the earlier statements by filmmaker Yash Chopra assured the film fraternity to pursue the taxation issue with the Central ministry. “Taxation is too much on the film industry and I assure I will pursue the issue with the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee,” she said amid thunderous applause. Further, speaking on IFFI she said the festival since inception had provided a forum for converging cinema from all parts of the world on one platform. The minister said that films were an effective medium to depict reality through creative tools. “As an event, the Festival provided an opportunity to the Indian film industry to compete with the best in the world,” she said.

Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and noted filmmaker Yash Chopra lighting the traditional lamp in the presence of Chief Minister Digamber Kamat, Speaker Pratapsing Rane, Forest Minister Felipe Neri, filmstar Ajay Devgn and others to open the International Film Festival on Monday.

The Minister said the 41st edition offered a treat to cine lovers in view of the excellent package of films being shown

during the 10-day Festival. Chief Minister Kamat, in his address outlined the initiatives taken by the State government

in facilitating the film industry within the State. The Chief Minister stated that the overall objective was to re-

position Goa as a film destination. He reiterated that all possible steps would be taken to promote the film industry and

proposals in this context were being considered. Kamat also highlighted some of the key initiatives taken for the 41st edition of IFFI, namely, the initiation of the e-ticketing system. Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, C M Jatua said if the edition of IFFI provided an opportunity for all forms of cinematic brilliance to be showcased together and provide wholesome entertainment to film buffs. Festival Director, S M Khan in his welcome address highlighted the key initiatives taken during the 41st edition of the Festival. During the inaugural function, several eminent film personalities graced the occasion including Ajay Devgn who was the guest of honour. Cine stars Aftab Shivdasani and Gracy Singh compered the inaugural function proceedings while actress Reema Sen was one of the invitees. During the Festival, 300 films will be featured from 61 countries. (Continued on page 11)

Meet wants NH alignment dropped Nobody asked Threatens to intensify stir from Nov 24 me to quit: Yeddyurappa HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 22

A host of political leaders including Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar and NCP MLA Mickky Pacheco joined hands with the National Highway Diversion Action Committee at an impressive meeting at the historic Lohia Maidan on Monday to demand dropping of the present National Highway alignment and scrapping of the toll fee structure. The National Highway diversion action committee warned of an unprecedented agitation after November 24 if the House Committee fails to address the genuine demands of the people at the meeting scheduled on Wednesday. Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar, BJP General Secretary Govind Parvatkar, NCP


People with candles at the Lohia Maidan during the meeting of the National Highway diversion action committee on Monday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

MLA Mickky Pacheco, former Minister, Matanhy Saldanha, UGDP leader Radharao Gracias,

CPI leader Raju Mangueshkar, Fatima D’Sa and social activists Dr Oscar Rebello, Adv Satish

Sonark and others shared the dais upon invitation from the (Continued on page 11)

Russian rape accused get ‘benefit of doubt’

Home Ministry official held for leaking info

the Indian Penal Code and section 8 (2) (sexual assault) of Goa Children’s Act 2003. Anil, in the later stage was granted conditional pardon to disclose ‘facts within his knowledge’ about the case and was made a State-approver. Goa government had announced speedy trial in the criminal case after drawing flak over incidents of sexual abuse on foreigners in the State. The nine-year-old’s mother had complained that Anil distracted her when she was resting on the rocks while Aman sexually abused her daughter in the waters at Kolamb in Arambol on January 26, 2010. The minor who was playing in the waters told the Court that

An IAS officer working with the Home Ministry was arrested on Monday for allegedly leaking sensitive information of commercial interests to some telecom companies on number portability issue. Ravi Inder Singh, a 1994 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, who was working as Director in the sensitive Internal Security division, was under surveillance of the Special Cell of Delhi Police and was arrested Monday evening, sources said. The sources said charges of abuse of official position, pecuniary benefits and illegal gratification under the Prevention of Corruption Act could be slapped against the official.


In a major embarrassment to the State, the two accused involved in the sexual assault on a Russian minor girl were acquitted by the Children’s Court on Monday on ‘benefit of doubt’. President P V Sawaikar acquitted Aman Bharadwaj and Anil Raghuvanshi on ‘benefit of doubt’. Pe r n e m p o l i c e h a d chargesheeted the accused on February 9 within 14 days of the offense. They had named 38 witnesses in support of the case. The accused were charged under sections 376 (rape), read with 511 (attempt to commit an offence) and 34 (common intention) of

she resisted Aman’s move but he caught hold of her tight and sexually assaulted her. The medical examination on the girl conducted by senior doctors from the Goa Medical College at Bambolim had revealed there was ‘digital vulval penetration and five scratches/abrasions over her body caused due to finger nail. The main accused, who went into hiding, was nabbed by Goa Police at Chembur in Mumbai on January 30 after Goa Police launched a massive manhunt. While, Anil was arrested from the KTC bus stand in the capital city. Both the accused had confessed to their crime. In the first ever fast-track trial, (Continued on page 11)


Toll free cab service soon!


Goa will be soon joining the league of metro cities like New Delhi and Mumbai, in providing a Toll Free Taxi Service in the State. The State Transport Authority (STA), which met recently, has directed Transport Department to formulate a policy in line with the Radio Taxi (cab) service, running in the cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Radio cabs, is a service which will provide a door-to-door service, by calling on Toll Free Numbers.

Talking to Herald, Transport Director, Arun Desai stated that the policy in lines with radio cab has been already formulated, which will be soon forwarded to the State government for approval. “I have already planned the policy. By this week, it will be sent to the government for approval,” he said. The initiative came after one Push and Tour Operator forwarded a proposal to STA demanding the permits to rent five cab services in the State. “Government cannot benefit one party hence it was directed

to form a policy. Soon after its approval, expression of interest will be called by next month,” Desai said. Radio cabs, is a service which will provide a door-to-door service, by calling on Toll Free Numbers. The Global Positioning Systems (GPS), a tracking system in the cab will help the concerned company’s call centre inform the drivers about passenger availability and monitor the whereabouts of each cab in the fleet. Though the radio cab concept was first introduced in 2003, it really took off in big way in 2006

when the concept was launched in New Delhi. It was only after that people began to realise the safety and convenience aspect of Radio taxi. A recent study by Dare, a magazine for entrepreneurs from the Cybermedia group, has found that Radio taxis will become common in five major cities and 12 smaller ones in the country by end of this year. However, it failed to mention the names. Goa already has black and yellow and tourist taxi services, which are catering to the needs of the locals and tourists alike.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday maintained his defiance, claiming that nobody in the party has asked him to resign as he met senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley. After ignoring summons by party leadership for two days, Yeddyurappa arrived here in the evening and met with 17 MPs from the State supporting him in an apparent display of strength. Later, he had a one-on-one meeting with Jaitley at the residence of state MP Prabhakar Kore ahead of his meeting with party President Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday. “Nobody has asked me to resign,” he told reporters here on arrival when asked whether he would be quitting as the BJP leadership wanted him to go. But, after the meeting with Jaitley when asked whether he was resigning, he said significantly, “I will not comment on speculation.” The Chief Minister, who was to come here on Sunday and was expected Monday morning, chose to go to Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh for participating in birthday celebrations of Sai Baba. In the evening, he came to Delhi with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by his special aircraft. On the charges of irregularities in land allotment favouring

his family members, Yeddyurappa said a judicial inquiry was already on in the matter. Top party leaders, including L K Advani, M M Joshi and Rajnath Singh, who met here on Sunday are understood to have decided that the Chief Minister’s continuance has become untenable and that he should be told to make way. The Chief Minister has, however, kept the party guessing on his moves. Yeddyurappa has reportedly told the party leadership that his removal might harm the first ever BJP government in the South, for whose formation he had played a key part. Yeddyurappa has earlier deputed a team of his loyalists, including Home Minister R Ashok, a prominent Vokkaliga leader, Higher Education Minister V S Acharya, a probable to replace the Chief Minister in the event of his exit, and some others to Delhi to persuade the party against change in leadership.


The 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was declared open by the Union Minister for Railways Mamata Banerjee amid some fireworks from the legendry filmmaker Yash Chopra. Chopra indirectly took a potshot at the poor infrastructure in the State for the organisation of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The filmmaker also criticised the amount of taxes being levied on the film industry, which he said is making it virtually very tough to produce a film in the country. Speaking at the inaugural function, Chopra started with the words that the State has done well so far from the year 2004 when it first hosted IFFI. However, he continued, much needs to be done to improve the standard of infrastructure for IFFI. “We need to have a plan to develop the infrastructure here so that international festivals and functions can be (Continued on page 11)

Govt may order JPC probe into 2G PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 22

The government could order a JPC probe into 2G spectrum scam as it came under intense pressure on Monday with the Opposition refusing to accept anything less than such a probe and some UPA allies making it clear that they were not averse to the move. At an all-party meeting called by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to end the deadlock in Parliament, the opposition unitedly pressed for JPC and rejected government’s proposal for attaching a five-member multi-disciplinary probe team with the Public Accounts Committee to go into CAG report. Even key allies of the UPA – Trinamool Congress and DMK, whose leader A Raja was forced to resign as Telecom Minister – seemed to be not averse to the JPC as they said the government had the responsibility of running Parliament, even if it meant by accepting the opposition demand.

Every time CM gives us an assurance, you publish this without asking us. How can you be so confident?





IFFI venues lack adequate security HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 22

Even as the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010 was kicked-off at Kala Academy today evening, the venues witnessed lack of security arrangements as security equipments were yet to be put in place. Superintendent of Police (Security) Tony Fernandes said that the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) was asked to arrange for the metal detectors but they were yet to get it. “We had requested for 20 metal detectors and 40 Door Frame Metal Detectors (DFMDs). They (EGS) assured to provide us by today evening or tomorrow,” he said. Goa Police is equipped with only nine metal detectors, which are installed at Kala Academy and INOX courtyard, while re-

maining locations are without security machineries. The officer said that the festival is however under strict security vigilance and that some 15 CCTVs are installed at the venues. “We are stressing at more security equipments also because of the approaching Feast of St Xavier on December 3,” he said. The IFFI inaugural function was held at Kala Academy with Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, ESG CEO Manoj Shrivastava and others. As many as 700 policemen and two platoons of Central Industrial Security Force have taken over the security cover at the venues.

Long queues irk delegates HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 22

“We have come to IFFI to watch movies and not to stand in queues for hours,” shouted an elderly man as he lost his patience waiting in a serpentine queue to collect his delegate pass. While it was expected, at least now, since Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) has five years of experience in organizing the event - things would be better. But members just couldn’t escape long queues at counter that delivered delegates passes. It remained crowded since Saturday and functioned in a la government department style.

The counter was closed during lunch break between 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock even as there was large number of people waiting anxiously to collect their passes. On top of it the delivery of cards was slow -- a registered member had to go to three counters to get his card and it meant standing in a queue for an hour and more. At counter 1, member had to verify his registration, at counter 2 - pay your registration fee and at counter 3 you could collect your card on submission of the receipt. And the registered members went through the grind cursing and calling names to the IFFI organizers.

A troupe performs a classical dance at the inaugural function of IFFI at the Kala Academy, on Monday evening.

Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

Finnish man injured due to reckless boating HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 22

Reckless water sport activities have come to the fore yet again as a 43-year-old Finnish national was injured after being hit by a dolphin trip boat at Baga beach on Sunday evening. The incident occurred at about 2.55 pm when Paul Andrews was swimming on the right edge of the red and yellow flag at Baga. The particular area is a favourite spot among swimmers and water sports operators and is a complete chaos zone. The water sports boats have been closely operating in the safe swim zone despite repeated requests by the lifeguards to be away. Andrews, who was at about 20 mtrs from the shore, was accidentally hit by the dolphin trip boat (GOA-044-WS). According to Drishti reports, lifeguards Viraj Valekar, Ajit Gawas and Gautam Kalangutkar observed that boat was coming onto the beach through the swim zone to drop onboard tourists close to the Finnish national when it misjudged and hit him. The lifeguards observed that the tourist was bleeding and rushed to administer first aid. Upon accessing the injuries, it was found that he had a deep cut above the forehead, another cut on the right palm while some bruises on the left arm. The cuts on the head and the right palm were too deep and hence medical attention was sought. An 108 ambulance service was requisitioned and Andrews was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Tourist taxi, bus permit fees hiked HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 22

The State Transport Department has hiked the permit fees of all the tourist taxis and buses registered under various categories. As per the draft notification issued under Goa Motor Vehicles rules, 1991 on May 12, 2010, the Transport Department has hiked the permit fees, which will be effective from today. As per the fresh notification, which will be termed as Goa Motor Vehicles Rules 2010, all Goa tourist taxis will have to shell out Rs 1000 as against Rs 150. Similarly, all India tourist taxis will have to pay Rs 5000 as permit fees as against earlier Rs 150. The permit fees for all Goa tourist buses and all India tourist buses have been also hiked to Rs 4,000 and Rs 5000 respectively as against Rs 300. Withdrawing, the earlier fees of Rs 150 and 70 each, the department has now asked the yellow/black taxies, auto rickshaw and motorcycles to pay Rs 500, Rs 300 and Rs 150 each. The all Goa maxi cabs will have to pay now Rs 2000 while all India maxi cabs have to shell out Rs 3000 as permit fees. The stage carriage permit fees are also hiked from Rs 300 to Rs 1500. The notification, which was based on the objections and suggestions received from the public over the said draft rules, was passed as the tourists operators failed to provide proper reasons for the objection. Transport Director Arun Desai confirmed that six objections were received by the department, but were not of much importance. Nearly, 4500 tourist buses and 2500 tourist taxis are operational in Goa. A hike in the permit fees by more than 10

percent has raised strong unhappiness amongst the tourist vehicle operators. “In a condition where there is hike in petrol, diesel and with increasing expenses of spare parts it’s not feasible to conduct the business. Government is also not thinking towards increasing the fare rates,” member of All Goa Tourists taxi Association said. He feels that rather than harassing tourists taxi operators, government need to think on improving their business. Since May, 2010 the associations like All Goa Autorickshaw Association (AGAA), Taximan’s Union (TU) and All Goa Taxi Unions Association (AGTUA) has been demanding for hike, which is Rs 10 for first three kilometers, currently. The hiked rates demanded by these unions also vary. AGAA are asking for Rs 20 for first three kilometers, while TU wants Rs 12 and AGTUA have demanded for Rs 15. Though the matter was put up before STA, it could not come to a conclusion. Accordingly, last week a meeting of tourist vehicle operators was called by transport director. The meeting was attended by representatives from AGTUA, AGAA, TU, Black and Yellow tourist vehicles association and airport tourist taxi association. During the meeting, Desai sought detail report on diesel prices, rates of spare parts and salary structure of 2006 and 2010. The report has been scrutinized by the director, which will be now forwarded to the state government for further decision. “The hike rates where last revised in 2006 hence there are chances that government might think over the proposal,” Desai stated.

NYC promises policy paper for Goan youth HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 22

The youth wing of the State Nationalist Congress Party, the Nationalist Youth Congress, on Monday said in the next 10 days it will form a new team that will decide on a state policy document having everything meant for guarding the interests and uplifting of the youth. Addressing a press conference on Monday, the national President of the student wing of the NCP, Nationalist Students Congress, Chand Babu Rahman said a policy document was being formulated for all States and the same will have something for Goa. Taking pot-shots at Congress youth icon Rahul Gandhi, Rahman chided, “Rahul uses youth as his trump card but has done nothing for them. He talks of youth but NCP alone has six youth MPs in Parliament, so one can imagine who is looking after the interests of the youth.” He said they were working towards a vision for the youth in Goa and India. However, before coming to finalising that vision there are many core issues that need to be resolved at the ground level and in this regard work has started, he asserted. The new President of the NYC in Goa, Tanveer Khatib said 70 per cent of the electorate in the countr y was in the youth bracket, but these were getting a raw deal. Our policy document for Goa will look at safeguarding the political representation, job potential and other interests of the youth, he asserted. Khatib said the youth were getting attracted towards the NCP and a proof of the same was yesterday nearly 600 youth, mainly from Ponda, joined the youth wing of the party in the presence of the party’s national secretary Jitendra Deshprabhu.

Govt outlets caught selling Goa left out of central vegetable for higher price zoo upgradation fund Harness wind energy from off-shore: Swedish expert HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 22

In a major scam, the outlets of Goa State Horticulture Corporation Limited (GSHCL) were found selling vegetables for higher price forcing the authorities to issue them circular asking them to desist from cheating common men. Director Orlando Rodrigues told Herald that around 300 GSHC-financed carts are found guilty of charging higher rates. “We have issued warnings to all these carts,” he said. The scam was revealed during random checking by GSHCL officials. It was found that the outlets were selling vegetables at higher than the controlled rates by the corporation. Rodrigues said that more shocking was the fact that these outlets were selling vegetables to bigger business houses in wholesale depriving the retail customers the benefits. The officials when first encountered the violations, they withdrew 44 carts but they were placed back keeping in mind

public requirements. They were leased to another lessee of Goan origin. GSHCL officials had caught some of the cart operators red handed selling the products by escalating the prices. The corporation in a recent board meeting decided to grant three opportunities to the franchises. First they will be issued warning, later penalty of Rs 2000, third would be penalty of Rs 5,000 and finally, if they don’t mend their business, their cart will be withdrawn permanently.

“Our aim is to provide vegetables at subsidized rates to people. We also give 15 percent selling price to vendors for adhering to our prices. Our nominal rates of each vegetable are fixed at all horticulture carts,” Rodrigues stated. The vegetables available at these carts are potatoes, onions, tomatoes, carrots, green chillies, cabbage, cauliflower, lady finger, French beans and cluster beans, prices of which in the markets are sky-rocketing. “We have instructed the vendors to prominently display GSHCL price list at all carts so that buyers are not cheated. The vendors are also asked that maximum quantity to be sold to each individual shall not exceed two kilograms of each item or as directed by the corporation from time to time,” he further said. Besides, the beneficiaries are given the responsibility to use weighing balance which is stamped and certified by the department of weights and measures.

Activists drag Vasco civic chief, deputy to court HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 22

Social activists and candidates, who lost in the recent Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) polls, have dragged the MMC chairperson, vice chairperson and councillors to court over elections to the general and reserved wards of MMC. Social activists and candidates have filed a petition in the South Goa District Court, Margao, under Section 22 (1) of Goa Municipalities Act 1968 against MMC Chairperson Suchita Shirodkar, Vice Chairperson Manesh Arolkar, former MMC chairperson and councilor Sharad Chopdekar and newly elected councillors Tukaram Redkar and Premanand Nanoskar. Petitioners Andre Fernandes, Yuraj Salgaonkar, Andrew D’Cunha, Alfred Azavedo, Urmila Salgaonkar and Mohana Salgaonkar have collected documents under the RTI, stating rampant usage of provisional OBC certificate signed by Mormugao Deputy Collector Levinson Martins, who was incidentally the returning officer during election. Urmila Salgaonkar, who had contested against MMC Chairperson Suchita Shirodkar, has filed a petition against the chair-

Arolkar’s financial returns reveal a robust real estate business, but his affidavit claimed Rs 3.6 lakh as annual income, while a talathi report puts it at Rs 11.4 lakh.

person stating that Shirodkar hails from Malvan-Maharastra and does not qualify the criteria for OBC certificate as provisional, not as per the criteria of caste by birth and migrant before 1968 and not checked by scrutiny committee. Petitioner Andrew D’Cunha, who questioned the OBS status of Manesh Arolkar, explained that caste of father/parents, ceiling of income and migrant from a lower caste not a part of creamy layer before December 19, 1968, are considered for OBC certificate, but Arolkar has misinterpreted the facts to the returning officer in the document submitted. “Arolkar’s financial returns reveal a robust real estate business, while his ration card and affidavit filed with nomination claimed a modest Rs 3.6 lakh as annual income, while a talathi report puts it at Rs 11.4 lakh, his status has

remained unchecked before the election scrutiny committee,” said D’Cunha. Similarly, OBC status of the newly elected Councilor Tukaram Redkar from Ward 5 and Councilor from Ward 19 Premanand Nanoskar has been questioned by petitioners Yuraj Salgaonkar and Mohana Salgaonkar. The petitioners claimed that both, Redkar and Nanoskar, hails from Maharashtra and thus they does not qualify the criteria for OBC as certificate is provisional, not as per criteria of caste by birth and migrant before 1968 and not checked by scrutiny committee. Besides, both the petitioners have cited as many as 13 other grounds, including corrupt practices by obtaining false caste status certificate. Sharad Chopdekar, former MMC chairperson and councilor from Ward 6, has also been dragged in the court for alleged malpractices against him by petitioner Andre Fernandes. Fernandes has alleged that the Desterro parish priest in a Sunday mass had expressed gratitude towards Chopdekar, who is alleged to have donated Rs 1 lakh of the promised Rs 7 lakh donation, towards building of a classroom.


Goa has skipped the list of States, which have benefited from the Central funds for upgradation of Zoos. As per the information released by Press Information Bureau (PIB), the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), during 11th Five Year Plan has provided a financial assistance of Rs 48.39 crores to the zoos located in 24 states, except for Goa. When asked, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF), Dr Shashi Kumar stated that he is not aware about the matter. “As I have not got any such information, it won’t be wise to comment,” he said. Goa’s smallest zoo-Bondla is getting a major facelift at a tune of Rs 20 crore, to be partially funded by the central government. The amount will be made available in phase manner for next one decade. The first phase has been already received by the state. However, the amount does not figure in the information given by the Ministry of State

Necklace worth Rs 42,000 burgled

for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh in a written reply to a question by Mohammad Ali Khan in Rajya Sabha today. Dr Kumar also failed to explain why the amount was not figured. The statistics reveals that Tamil Nadu has been awarded the highest financial assistance at the tune of Rs 7.17 crore followed by Andhra Pradesh (6.57 crore), Karnataka (Rs 6 crore), Madhya Pradesh (Rs 29 crore), Mizoram and Rajasthan (Rs 27 crore each). As per the available data, for the year 2007-08, the CZA has award 14.66 crores to all the 24 states, while in 2008-09 the amount came down to Rs 13.90 crore. For the year 2009-10, Rs 14.40 crore was made available to the states whereas for 201011, the CZA has given a financial assistance of Rs 5.42 crore. “The CZA provides a financial help to all the states with a view to improve the upkeep of animals, including housing, veterinary and other infrastructural facilities,” PIB press note reads.


India ranks among top five countries in the world for harnessing wind energy and Goa could do better by looking at the option of tapping this unexploited resource to add to its power generation capability, feels Prof Tore Wizelius from Sweden, a world authority on wind energy generation. Prof Tore will be in the State for the next five days creating awareness and educating technical education teachers on tapping wind energy and how the same could be put to use for the State. Tore’s training programme, which began on Monday at the Directorate of Technical Education in Porvorim, is being conducted in association with the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research Extension Centre Goa. The wind energy expert, who has written several books on windpower, says though there

is not much potential in tapping on-shore wind energy in Goa, the State, which has a 105-km long coastline, could look at harnessing the resource offshore like in Denmark. The Swedish national, who has worked on several community projects, will also look at the cost-efficiency of running windmills in the State. Tore, who is in Goa for the first time, will give his stamp of approval on the wind quality in the State to gauge what quantum of this en-

Pernem local’s arrest exposes Belgaum-Goa criminal nexus


Burglars decamped with a gold necklace and camera worth Rs 42,000 from a rented tourist hut at Agonda on Saturday night. Canacona Police late Sunday night informed that A Raja along with his family, who hail from Vasco, had gone for a weekend holiday and were staying at a beachside room at Val-Agonda. On Saturday night, some persons in the cover of darkness reportedly took away his wife’s necklace and a camera from the room, while the family was fast asleep. Police suspects that the culprits may have used a wired stick or rod to pull out the belongings through a window grill from the room occupied by Raja and his family. Canacona Police further informed that the cost of the necklace and the camera is about Rs 42,000 and police is investigating the case. Incidentally, several tourists in the past have complained of thefts in their rented room, but sources told Herald barring only a few most prefer not to lodge any complaint with the police. Meanwhile, likewise in the past a few youth from Agonda are reportedly gearing up to form groups to keep an eye on such culprits who target tourists in the village.

THE WIND MAN: Tore Wizelius

Rajesh Vishram Naik of Pernem, who was arrested by Beglaum Police on Saturday. HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, NOV 22

The nexus between criminals in Belgaum and Goa has been exposed with the arrest of Rajesh Vishram Naik of Pernem by Belgaum Police, in connection with two country-made pistols recovered from him on Saturday. Belgaum district police Chief Sandeep Patil’s statement, who on Saturday said that "this is only the tip of the iceberg," cannot be taken lightly, at least by Goa Police. What is more serious is that confessions made by Rajesh to Belgaum Police go on to state that the nexus has been oper-

ating from Goa from quite some time. According to the police, Rajesh, a construction worker, has confessed that two persons, including a Bengali construction worker, whose details along with their mobile numbers he has disclosed to Belgaum Police had allegedly provided him the country pistols that were recovered from him. Rajesh also revealed that he was in possession of these pistols for over six months and that he was on a hunt for a customer who could fetch about Rs 2 lakh per pistol. CPI Vishwanath Kulkarni of

Vadgaon Rural Police station said police will be getting the custody of Rajesh probably on Tuesday for further enquiry. Thus, after full interrogation, the police expect to unearth some of the minute details about his accomplices and the nexus, which the police feel could have strong links in Goa. It may be also interesting to see role of construction workers from Bijapur having strong presence in Goa in this illegal trade as the northern police range in Karnataka with its headquarters in Belgaum had seized about 51 country-made pistols in September, this year, from Bijapur district alone. The Belgaum-Goa links in this regard could be deeper as Akash Desai, the notorious drug peddler from Belgaum who was rearrested by Belgaum Police in September has made revelations about his Goan links in drug trade. The fact that notorious criminals, supari killers and gangsters from Goa and north Karnataka engaged in crimes at different levels allegedly use these pistols is evident from the crimes in the recent past. “We are definitely interested working in co-ordination with Goa Police,” SP Sandeep Patil told Herald.

ergy could be generated. Associate Prof at NITTTRE Alan Rocha, who works closely with Prof Tore, says, “Roughly, there are 20 hybrid windmills in the State and out of these few are actually running. Hybrid means these windmills are supplemented by solar energy as backup because wind speed on-shore in the State was not consistent.” Prof Rocha informed that the average wind speed in Goa was 3.5 metre/second to 4.3 metre/second which can be used to operate small wind turbines. “We haven’t been able to calculate the accurate speed because there are only two wind masts, one at Pernem and the other at Canacona, which are insufficient,” he observed. Director of Technical Education Vivek Kamat making his point said the State could look at 10 per cent of its power generated through wind energy. He also called for making available specific data of wind speed in the State.

Para-sailor falls off boat at Baga, injured HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 22

A para-sailor was injured after he fell off a boat at Baga early Sunday morning. According to Drishti reports, lifeguards at Baga beach observed two parasailing boats conducting their rides facing each other at about 400 mtrs from the beach. However, both boats got interlocked with each other. While one jerked off straight into the water, the other managed to stay upright. Lifeguards Viraj Valekar and Ajit Gawas immediately rushed to the site and observed one boat had picked up its parasailor had accidentally landed in the water. The parasailing tourist was checked and found to be normal. The other boat went ahead and could not be traced. However, a tourist was brought to the tower by the water sports operator for first aid. The lifeguards realized that the tourist was the second parasail involved in the accident. A few burn marks were noticed on the body due to heavy rubbing of the parasail rope. Para sailor Neeraj Vithalani was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention.



Guv petitioned against Organisers deny politics in meet against highways illegal beach beds HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 22

Beach shack owners and hoteliers are back to their tricks of putting more deck beds and beach umbrellas than what is permitted. And since the tourism department, despite being aware of the fact that illegal deck beds are put up along most of the popular beaches, has done noting to curb it, complaints have now reached the governor. Four residents of Baga have petitioned the Governor S S Sidhu complaining about encroachment on Baga-Calangute beach stretch by hoteliers, water sports operators and shacks by putting up more deck beds than permitted. In their letter to Governor dated October 7 , 2010, one Simon D’Souza and three others have alleged that most of the hoteliers, water sports operators and shacks have put up 50-70

NIA opposes bail to Margao blast accused HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 22

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Monday opposed the bail application filed by accused Prashant Juvekar in the Margao bomb blast case. In a reply to the bail plea, the NIA firmly opposed the application filed by the accused, saying the offense in which the accused is involved is serious in nature. ON the contention of the accused that he is entitled for bail as he has been in custody for 90 days now, the NIA has submitted that the Agency has filed an application in the court seeking extension of the custody of the accused in the case. The bail plea will come up for arguments in the court next week.

St Xavier litany

The annual prayers/litany of the Patron Saint Francis Xavier will be held at the Margao office of All Goa Toddy Tappers’ Association at 10 am on November 26. Association president Gaspar Afonso has appealed to the members to attend the prayer service followed the fellowship.

decks beds thereby encroaching on the beach with the blessing of the tourism officials. The tourism department despite being aware of has taken no action against them. When contacted, Director of Tourism Swapnil Naik, conceding the fact, said that the department was preparing to have a drive to remove all illegal encroachments on the beaches. “We will shortly have a drive to remove all encroachments,” he said. Their task becomes difficult as they have to rely on police for the drive. Nevertheless, the department appears seized of the matter. The department’s special force comprising of ex-service men will soon go on the field and it will help them to keep check on the miscreants, Naik added. He said last year the department had seized about 70 deck

beds which were illegally put up and also licences of three shack owners were cancelled. However, he said the moment demolition squad reaches the beach --- all illegal deck beds are removed immediately. “The moment we reach there the message is passed on to other shack owners as a result we are not able to nab many,” he lamented. But department is expecting to have better control this season as it’s special force will be deployed soon and they need not reply on police. Special force: The first batch of tourism security force comprising 35 ex-service will begin their five days training on November 29 before they are deployed at various beaches and at tourist spots. The department has selected sixty people whereas at later stage even locals will be inducted, said the tourism director.


There was nothing politics at the public meeting organized by the National Highway Diversion Action Committee at the Lohia Maidan, Margao on Monday, the organizers may say. But, may an eyebrow was raised over the presence of BJP leaders Manohar Parrikar and Govind Parvatkar, MLA Mickky Pacheco, Radharao Gracias on the dais. And the question of realignment of political forces gained ground when UGDP Leader Radharao Gracias urged Parrikar to drop the BJP ideology to get the backing of Christian and Muslim communities to defeat the Congress. And, the UGDP leader gave an open invitation to the PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao to come out of the Congress and join with Parrikar and Pacheco for the good of Goans. “No

Quepem tense as villagers confront mining company HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, NOV 22

Te n s i o n g r i p p e d C a v re m Quepem on Monday morning, after about 150 villagers gathered at a mining company over non-compliance with assurances by the mine management to the Pollution Control Board. Residents of Cavrem have claimed that a mine at CavremQuepem is operating without permission from the Pollution Control Broad (PCB). Presently, the hearing in respect of the mine is under

process before PCB. It is learnt that at the hearing on November 19, 2010, the management of the mine had assured the PCB officials that they will not start the motor to pump water, will not start the plant and will use machinery only to make road and put the rejection dump in order. However, the villagers claimed that in violation of the assurances given to the PCB, the management operated the mine and pump water. Irked with non-compliance of assurances given to PCB, about

Chairman of RTA, Margao Johnson Fernandes inspected the KTC bus stand on Monday along with the owners of short distance route buses to identify suitable area for a stand for these buses. The inspection was carried in view of the demand by the bus owners to earmark suitable land for the parking of the short distance route buses.

Johnson told newsmen that the short distance buses which have been diverted via Ana Fonte will be provided with a suitable stand at the KTC bus stand. General secretary of the All Goa Bus Owners Association Sudip Tamankar said the Chief Minister has assured them that no injustice will be done to the owners of buses plying on the short distance routes. He declined to comment on

150 villagers had gathered at the mine gate to highlight the issue on Monday at about 7 am. In the meantime, Quepem pol i c e h e a d e d b y P S I Ra h u l Damsheker rushed to the site to maintain law and order. The villagers remained outside the gate till 1 pm, after which they dispersed. No untoward incident was reported. However, Cavrem seems to be tense due to the operation of the mine. The villagers are determined not to allow the mine to operate.

the future course of action, but said a delegation of the bus owners will again call on the Chief Minister with their grievances. “Gross injustice has been done to the short distance bus owners. We have already met the Chief Minister who have assured not to mete out any injustice to the bus owners”, Tamankar said, while exuding confidence that the Chief Minister will not allow injustice to the bus owners.

Act against cruelty to animals: activists HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 22

Animal lovers from South Goa called on the South Goa Additional Collector Y B Tawde on Monday and demanded action against those involved in meting out cruelty to animals last week in the district. In a memorandum submit-

29 indicted for stoning Colva panch house MARGAO: The Crime branch has filed an indictment against 29 persons in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao in connection with the stoning of the house of Colva Panch Calvert Gonsalves. The court has served notices on the persons named in the charge-sheet for appearance later this week. They have been charged with rioting, unlawful Assembly and other sections under the IPC, sources said. The Crime branch had investigated into the complaint filed by the Colva Panch stating that his house was stoned by a mob at the height of the agitation over Konkani CD Dogui Bodmas.

ted to Tawde, the animal lovers pointed out that the Collector, as the chairman of South Goa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals was informed about the probability of illegal slaughter last week. They, however, lamented that the office of the Collector did

not act promptly, allegedly resulting in the illegal slaughter of more than 100 bulls. While demanding strict against against those involved in the cruel act, the activists requested the Collector to provide enough protection to the animals and the activists working for animal welfare.

“We expected you to use your powers and ensure that no such illegal cruelty acts against animals take place in the future”, the memorandum stated. Tawde later told newsmen that he would forward the memorandum to the district Collector for necessary action.

Social activist Kashinath Shetye has alleged scam in conversion of Goa Housing Board (GHB) land at Colvale. In a letter to Directorate of Vigilance, Shetye and 12 others have alleged Chairman of the Housing Board Nilkanth Halarnkar of being involved in the scam. He alleged that the land was acquired at the instance of GHB for the purpose of housing projects of the Board but it has now been allotted to Nilkanth Halarnkar Trust. “He (Chairman of the GHB) apparently in an effort to chan-

including Christians and Muslims. This is my ideology”, he said, while giving a public guarantee that the BJP would only pursue an ideology for the good of the people of Goa. Interestingly, a cautious Pacheco—who was sitting next to Parrikar on the dais – told the gathering that the media might use a photograph to send wrong signals to the people that he is supporting the BJP and Parrikar. “I have come for the meeting to express my solidarity with the people agitating against the present alignment”, Pacheco added.

The Maina Curtorim police arrested a maid servant for allegedly stealing gold ornaments from a house at Curtorim today. PI Sidhant Shirodkar has

claimed that the police has recovered the gold ornaments worth Rs 1.20 lakh from the maid, a resident of Macazana. The maid is presently cooling her heels in the Maina Curtorim police lock up.


Former Minister Mickky Pacheco has moved the Sessions court to grant him permission to travel abroad and to issue directions to the Crime branch to release his passport. Pacheco also moved another application seeking the return of the laptop and other office equipments to him which were seized by the crime branch in the Nadia Torrado death case. Adv Anacleto Viegas said the Benaulim MLA has prayed to the court that he be allowed to travel abroad without seeking the court permission on grounds that he is a regular visitor abroad having business offices in the USA and other countries. Adv Viegas further said that Pacheco has moved the court to direct the Crime branch to return the laptop and other equipments saying nothing incriminating was found till date. The court has issued notices on the crime branch to file a reply on the two applications.

Coast Guard detain 11 for unloading scrap material HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 22

Coast Guard has detained 11 persons on charges of illegal unloading of scrap material, cylinders and furnace oil from an anchored ship at Mormugao port on Sunday afternoon. The Coast Guard has also detained two canoes in this connection. According to Commandant Coast Guard, Goa, DIG N V Narasimha, two canoes which were seen in suspicious manner near an anchored vessel were detained by the regular patrolling ship of the Coast Guard. “During the investigation,

the people who were on the canoes claimed that they have unloaded scrap material, cylinders and furnace oil in exchange with some eatables and fish with the vessel,” said DIG Narasimha. He further informed that the persons, who were detained from the canoes, confessed that they had exchanged fish, fruits and other eatables with the vessel crew, who had helped them unload cylinders, lubricant oil and some scrap material from the vessel. He said later the Coast Guard handed over the 11 people along with the seized material

to the Custom Authority. Custom officials confirmed that they have initiated proceeding against the persons who were involved in unloading seized six oil barrels, two canoes, cylinders and scarp material from the vessel. It may be recalled that such type of incidents have become regular as for the last many years, annual nearly four to five such cases are reported by the security agencies.

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Activist alleges scam in Colvale land conversion HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 22


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RTA chief inspects Margao KTC bus stand HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 22

doubt, Churchill Alemao is a mass leader, but he has to quit the Congress to be with the masses,” Radharao said. He told Parrikar that the Christian and Muslims are not backing the BJP because of ideological differences. “The Christians and the Muslims are blindly supporting the Congress during polls. They are wary of the BJP’s ideology. Change your ideology and the minorities will back you and your party,” Radharao said, and explained how the Congress take the votes of Christians and Muslims for granted. Incidentally, the Leader of the Opposition gave a public guarantee that the Christians and Muslims need not worry about the BJP ideology. “My ideology and the ideology of the BJP is that Goa should remain with Goans. Our ideology is not only for the good of the Hindus, but all communities,

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nel lands acquired for the projects of the GHB, to his own use, has chosen to abuse his position in power as Minister for Housing and Chairman of the GHB has made a show of allotting Trust which he heads…,” the letter to the Vigilance department and Director General of Police, reads. The complainants said that this has resulted a loss to the exchequer of more than about Rs 57-lakh. “The loss has been deliberately and willfully caused to the exchequer by the wholly questionable allotment of land acquired for Housing Board housing projects,” the letter further reads. The complainants have also

roped in other unnamed politicians and bureaucrats of corruption, misappropriation and loss to exchequer. Shetye and others have also pointed out that the Chairman has allotted 23,000 m2 at a throwaway price of Rs 1000 per m2 which land is worth about Rs 4,200 m2, to an institute of hotel management and the ownership is not known. They have estimated a loss of Rs 7.36 crores to the exchequer through the alleged illegalities. Several attempts by Herald to contact Halarnkar and GHB Managing Director turned futile, till late night.

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S H O RT TA K E S ‘Ladies Musical Show' held

Goan priest suspended by Archbishop of Chicago SPECIAL CORRESPONDENt PANJIM, NOV 22

Antonette Mendes presents the photographs of Regina and Joao Agostinho Fernandes to Sharmila Fernandes.

PANJIM (HND): The birth anniversary of Regina Fernandes, the first lady of the Tiatr stage was celebrated at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao by organising a ‘Ladies Musical Show’ of female artistes of Tiatr stage. The roles of males were enacted by the females only. The show presented solos, duets, trios and quartets besides skits by female artistes. Solos by Sharon, Bushan, Bushka and Rosy Alvares were very impressive while Jessie Dias/Rosy Alvares, Felcy/Fatima and Anjela/Roma sang entertaining duets. Duos by Dorothy/Esilda and Sonia/Bushan also received good applause. A trio of young children Violet, Josepha and Vhorty, and their quartet with Maria Cardozo were well appreciated by the audience. Two hilarious skits were presented - the first skit was acted by Clara, Joana, Aplonia, Valencia and Fatima while the second skit featured Anjela, Rudolfin, Chitra and Sonia Fernandes. Antonette Mendes was the chief guest. She thanked TAG for inviting her to the function and expressed her gratitude to the people. TAG President Tomazinho Cardozo welcomed and vicePresident Roseferns proposed vote of thanks. Sharon Mazarello and Irene Cardozo compered the function.

Legal literacy camp organised PANJIM (HND): The Santa Cruz free legal aid cell of VM Salgaocar College of Law in association with the North Goa District Legal services committee, Tiswadi, conducted a legal literacy camp on ‘Property Rights’ recently in Santa Cruz. Adv Yatish Naik spoke on property rights prevalent in Goa and its drawbacks while Adv Nishiganda Shet highlighted the importance of RTI and the procedure that needs to be followed. Nafisa Barreto introduced the speakers. Vote of thanks was proposed by Natashi Pai. Prof Shabber Ali and Cell- incharge, Shubangi were also present.

Free medical camp held CURCHOREM(HC): Guardian Angel Parish Youth, Curchorem, in association with NUSI Wockhardt Hospital, PanzorconiCuncolim, organized a free medical camp in the premises of Guardian Angel Church on Sunday. The camp was conducted by MD Cardiologist Dr Rohit Modi and Dr Anthony R Over hundred patients availed the benefit of the camp. For patients of 50 years and above, ECO was done compulsorily and for patients 35 years and above, ECG was done, besides blood sugar, BP was also checked of all the patients. NUSI Wockhardt Marketing Officer Diksha Shenvi explained the procedure of the camp and said the main aim of conducting the camp was to create a cardiac awareness among the masses so that they should not neglect their health and ignore initial symptoms of sickness. She further informed that they will conduct a series of health lectures for the people, once in a month. “The NUSI Wockhardt Hospitals want to give best and convenient health care to the residents of this State,” she added. Earlier, Guardian Angel Church Parish Priest Fr James Torres inaugurated the camp. Welcoming the guests, Fr Torres explained the need of the camp and the reason to bring medical experts to check the health of the common man. The parishioners thanked Parish Priest Fr Torres, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Trinidade Monteiro and members of the Parish Youth for providing them free medical benefits.

Fr Neville Monteiro, pastor of the privately-owned Saint Pius V Shrine at Lake Zurich, has been suspended by the Archdiocese of Chicago and threatened with excommunication for not fulfilling church requirements, according to a report in Chicago’s ‘Daily Herald’. Fr Neville has been forbidden from exercising certain Catholic holy orders because he has not fulfilled church requirements, says a 5 November ‘notification’. The letter says that ceremonies such as marriages or the sacrament of penance performed by Fr Neville while suspended will be null and void in the “eyes of God and the Church”. The archdiocese has also warned that if he “does not seek to regularise his situation and continues the illegitimate exercise of priestly ministry”, he could be excommunicated. Saint Pius V Shrine is not part of the

The zatrotsava of Madkai Navadurga starts from the third day of Karthik Krishna Paksha (24 November this year) and ends on the ninth day (30 November this year). On Wednesday, it will launch with Gandha Pooja with Maha-Abhisheka. At noon will be Maha-Naivedya, Maha-Arti will be at 8pm. The second day will be the Punha-pratisha Din with Alankar Pooja of Shri Ravalnath and Shri Betal. On Friday 26 November, there is a drama by Naguesh Maharudra Nirmiti from 8.30pm to 10.30pm followed by Sukhasaanotsava. On Saturday there is a drama by Shet Madkaikar Samaj from 8.30pm to 10.30pm followed

Government of India has prohibited the manufacture for sale and distribution of the drug Rosiglitazone and its formulation for human use with immediate effect in the country. Hence all the manufactures located in this State as well as all the drugs distributors, wholesalers and the medical stores/chemist and druggist in the State are hereby directed to stop the further manufacture for sale as well as sale and distribution of the said drug in the State with immediate effect. All the drugs wholesalers are also directed to recall all the supplies of the said drug distributed to the retailers from the market and return the unused stocks to the manufacturers. All the doctors, hospitals, nursery homes, are advised to take note of the above banned drugs and return the stocks.


Chintamanis will hold jewellery exhibition on November 27 and 28 at Hotel Nanutel, Margao and from on November 30 to December 1 at Hotel Mandovi in Panjim, to bringing the very best of Hallmarked gold jewellery, IGL certified diamond jewellery. Chintamanis specialise in highend customised jewellery including bridal gold and diamond jewellery for weddings. Old gold will be accepted as exchange against new ornaments.

Yuri Alemao addresses the gathering on his birthday celebration function at Cuncolim. Also present are Dr Prakash Kurade, Chairperson of Cuncolim Municipal Council, Devendra Dessai, Fr Arlino D Mello , parish priest of Cuncolim, Zilla Panchayat member, Cleofasio Dias and others.

Dr L U Joshi awarded in London HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

Dr L U Joshi, Ex-Director (Scientific), Govt of India and Ex-Chairman, Goa State Pollution Control Board was awarded the prestigious, ‘International Environment Excellence Award’ at a glittering function held recently at the hands of Rt Baroness Verma, FRSA at Indo British Friendship Banquet in London for his remarkable role in environment protection in India and abroad. Dr Joshi’s work on environmental pollution carried out at the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA and in Australia at the Commonwealth X-Ray and Radium Laboratory at Melbourne and the Environment Laboratory of the Atomic Energy Commission at Lucas Heights, Sydney, were highlighted

ON THE MOVE: The Rathotsava of Shri Navadurga temple at Madkai in progress

by Lalkhi Utsava. On Sunday, there is a cultural programme ‘Abhang Dhara’ by Ruturaj Music Circle, Porvorim, followed by ‘Goemchi Sasai’ by Rangamel Veling from 10.30pm to 2.30 am and then Roupya Shibikotsav (Navami Palkhi) at 3.30am and Nowkarohanotsav at 4.00am. On Monday 29 November is the Navam/Maha-Parvani, with Mahabhisheka from 9am to 2.30pm and Maha-Naivedya (ufar) at 3pm, offered by Mahajans of Shri Navadurga Saunsthan, Madkai. The last day, Tuesday 30 November, has an early morning Rathotsava at 5.30am and another at 4.30pm. The deity is worshipped in the Rath with decorated flowers and Pataka

archdiocese. But while it does not provide staffing for the shrine, the archdiocese does oversee priests who serve there. The shrine's website says that it offers the “Roman Catholic Traditional Tridentine Latin Mass”, and has been “providing the Holy Mass, Traditional Sacraments and ministering to discerning Catholics who prefer to avoid liturgical

novelties and errors”. Fr Neville was ordained a priest by the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. He came to Chicago area more than seven years ago, the report says. He was supposed to receive approval from the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George to serve in the Catholic Church, but the archdiocese says that this requirement was never fulfilled, and that he assumed the title of pastor for Saint Pius V Shrine without being appointed to such an office by the archbishop. He has also failed to respond to the archdiocese since the revocation of his duties in 2003, which has led to the recent suspension. In any marriage that he solemnises in the future, “the couple have not received and will not receive the sacrament of matrimony. Consequently the couple are not married in the eyes of God and the Church,” the notification states.


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Madkai Navadurga Zatrotsava to start on Wednesday


n Fr Neville has been forbidden from exercising certain Catholic holy orders because he has not fulfilled church requirements, says a November 5 ‘notification’.

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Gudi. The Rath is taken all around the Temple Prakara and then to Parampai village, where the deity is kept for the darshan of all devotees, after which it is again brought to the temple in the evening. The Zatrotsava ends with Sabha Pooja at 8.30pm. During these seven days, thousands of devotees visit the temple to receive the divine blessing of Shri Navadurga Devi. The Navadurga temple at Borim is the first to hold its annual Zatrotsava in Karthik Shukla Paksha as per the Hindu Calendar, held around 20 November every year. The Navadurga temple at Kundaim will hold its Zatrotsava in Margashisha Shukla Paksha, on 15 December.

Dr Joshi has led several scientific delegations – to South Asia Regional Seas programme of United Nations Environment Programme at Bangkok and ‘World Coast 1993’ at Netherlands on Coastal Zone management of World Nations. He has also conducted scientific work and control of environment pollution in the field of atomic energy. He is credited with setting up

Goa State Pollution Control with analytical, physical and microbiological laboratories equipped with sophisticated instruments by obtaining funds from the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi. Dr Joshi also got the laboratories recognised by National Accreditation Board of Laboratories (NABL) in a short period of six years as the Chairman of Goa State Pollution Control Board. Dr Joshi also brought transparency in the working of the Board. He also made operational three mobile laboratories and display units installed a various places indicating the pollutant concentrations. Dr Joshi also set up a weather monitoring station. He was instrumental in mechanising the system for coal handling, thereby reducing coal pollution in Vasco.

Dance contest at Valpoi

VALPOI (HC): Phoenix SocioCultural Association, Valpoi, will organize All Goa Solo and Group dance competition at Valpoi on November 27. For solo dance competition, last date of registering is on or before November 24 and the final 10 participants will be selected after audition at Unity High School Multipurpose hall, Valpoi, on November 24 at 3 pm. The winner will be awarded Rs 3,000 and runner up will be awarded Rs 1,500. For group dance competition, interested groups may register their names online on or before November 24 on Winner will be awarded Rs 10,000 and a trophy and the runner-up will be awarded Rs 7,000 and a trophy. For details, contact Sayyad Sarfaraz on 09423307276 or Narhari Shirodker on 09823484482.

CM attributes success of cooperative movement to Rural workers HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat attributed success of cooperative movement in Goa to the sincere and dedicated work of Co-operators in rural areas. He said co-operative sector has taken strong roots in Goa. Chief Minister was speaking as chief guest at the concluding function of the National Co-operative week celebrated in Goa at various places from November 14 to November 20, 2010. The function was jointly organized by the Goa State Co-operative Union Ltd and National Co-operative Union of India at Patto, Panjim yesterday. Further Kamat said, it was an appropriate decision of the cooperative sector to dedicate the celebration to the memory of the first chief minister of Goa late D B Bandodkar, when Goa is celebrating his centenary year. Late Bandodkar, he said, laid corner Stone for co-operative movement in Goa through Sanjivani Sugar Factory. Kamat said he started as cooperator and worked to establish network of market yards in Goa. Kamat assured all possible help for the growth of co-operative movement in Goa. The chief minister also presented Co-operative Awards for the best service rendered in the upliftment of co-operative movement in the State. The awards were presented to Vinayak Naik, former MLA and chairman of Pirna V K S S Society, (best co-operators); best chairman award was presented

to Dharma Chodankar, former ML A and chairman of The Bardez Bazar Consumer Co-operative Society; best secretary award to Vishwanath Sitaram Redkar, Nandini Co-operative Milk Co-operative Society, Ladfem, and best society award was presented to Vividh Co-operative Society, Curdi-Sanguem. Dr Chandrapal Singh Yadav, president of National Co-operative Federation of India, Sec-

retar y D C Sahoo, Dharma Chodankar also spoke on the occasion. Ramchandra Mule, Chairman of Goa State Co - operative Union, Panjim, welcomed the guests, Srikant Naik campared the function. Umesh Shirodkar, vice chairman proposed the vote of thanks, P K Velip Kankar, Registrar of Co-operative Societies was also present on the occasion.

St Francis Xavier’s novenas from tomorrow HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

The nine-day novena to Saint Francis Xavier will be held from November 24 till December 2, culminating with the annual Feast of Saint Francis Xavier on December 3 at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Witness to Christian Values in the footsteps of Francis Xavier and Joseph Vaz’ (Fransisk ani Juze Vaz - Hanche Dekhin, Kristi Totvank Sakxi Dium-ya). The theme focuses on Francis and Joseph as role models who imbibed the Spirit of Jesus in their lives of humility, generosity and self-sacrifice and who inspire us to trail the path of Christ in our world even today. During the course of the Novena from November 24 to December 2, Masses will be celebrated at 6 am, 7.15 am, 8.15am, 9.30 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 3.45 pm, 5.15 pm and 6.15 pm. On November 28 and on December 2, an additional Mass will be celebrated at 5 am. However, no Mass will be celebrated at 10.30 am on November 25 and 30. But on November 30, the 11.30 am Mass will be postponed and celebrated at 12.30 pm soon after the InterReligious Meet. The Novena Mass will be celebrated daily at 8.15 am in parishes of Navelim, Paroda, Calangute, Candolim, Penha Da Franca, Bicholim, Cansaulim, Aldona, and Nagoa-Salcete. Besides Konkani, Masses will also be celebrated in the following languages: English Mass daily at 6.15 pm, Marathi on November 27 at 11.30 pm, Tamil on November 28 at 11.30 am, Malayalam on November 28 at 12.30 pm, Hindi

on November 28 at 2.30 pm, Portuguese on December 1 at 11.30 am. Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and Daman, Rev Filipe-Neri Ferrão, will celebrate a Mass for Priests and Vocations on November 28 at 3.45pm. A Mass for the sick will be celebrated on December 2 at 3.45 pm. Special Masses have also been planned for Couples for Christ November 28 at 9.30 am, the Pilar Society on December1 at 5.15 pm, Charismatic Renewal on December 2 at 9.30 and the Goa Jesuits on December 3 at 6 pm. An inter-religious meet for peace and communal harmony through dialogue will be held on November 30 at 10:30 am. Leaders of different religious communities will address the gathering. The feast of Saint Francis Xavier will be celebrated on December 3, with a Solemn High Mass at 10.30 am. The Main Celebrant for this year will be his Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai. Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrão, Archbishop-Patriarch Emeritus Raul Nicolau Gonsalves and Bishop Aleixo Dias, Bishop of Port Blair will concelebrate at the Feast Mass. On the same day, Masses will be celebrated at 4 am, 5 am, 6 am, 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 12.30 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm (English). The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be administered daily from November 24 to December 2, between 5.30 am to 10.30 am and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm in the Sacristy of the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa. For further details and updates, visit website: w w w.

Mario Menezes’ audio album released

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao releasing Mario Menezes 4th Konkani audio album titled ‘Music,’ at Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

On the occasion of his 25th production ‘Futtleli Boxi’ at Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao, Mario Menezes recently released his 4th Konkani audio album titled ‘Music’ at the hands of the PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao. Speaking on the occasion, Alemao appealed to the audience to buy CDs, DVDs released by popular tiatrists and encourage them in their ventures to keep Konkani language flourishing among the Goans. Mario Menezes appealed the audience not to buy pirated CDs,

instead to buy only original products and help those who put in much effort to give the best. Mario Menezes, has previously released three audios ‘Xezari’, ‘Ostorecho Valor’ and ‘Mai ani Pai’. His fourth album ‘Music’ was also released in Dubai and Abu Dhabi during the Gulf tour. Minister and his wife Fatima Alemao were welcomed by Mario Menezes’ two daughters Riosha and Rioma with a bouquet of flowers. The programme was compered by L awr y Travasso.

CME programmes organised at GMC

CII workshop on ‘India-The Big Picture’ HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

Coinciding with the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will organise a one day ‘India-The Big Picture’ Workshop on November 24 at Vivanta by Taj, Panjim, at 10 am to give an insight into the varied shooting destinations and specialised services that India has to offer. The first Workshop - ‘Experience India : Shooting locales and Service specialists’ will focus on creating awareness on the benefits of shooting in India with views of experts, decision makers and line producers. Discussions will highlight rare shooting spots, production facilities and services. A high profile delegation from various State Tourism boards and Key policy-makers from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

are expected to address the Workshop. The second Workshop, ‘Getting your movie to Global Film Festivals & Markets’ will be addressed by a panel of eminent members which include L Suresh, President, Film Federation of India, Meenakshi Shedde, India Consultant, Berlinale & Dubai International Film Festival & Curator, Worldwide Film Festivals, Srinivasan Narayanan, Director, Mumbai Film Festival, Uma Da Cunha, film critic and curator, Global Film Festivals amongst others. The discussions would centre around the dos and dont’s of visibility of films at the global film festivals, in the television markets and understanding the changing trends. The Workshops will be attended by film producers, exhibitors, distributors, post-production companies and industry leaders.

Dr Wiseman Pinto along with the doctors at the series of CMEorganised at GMC. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

The Goa Medical College in collaboration with the Indian Academy of Cytologists organised a series of CME (Continuing Medical Education) Programmes in the GMC The first CME Programme was held on the topic Backache and the faculty was Dr Odette Gomes, Head of Occupational therapy T N Medical College and B Y L Nair hospital, Mumbai Central, Mumbai. This was chaired by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto. The second CME were slide seminars conducted by Dr Shameem Shariff, ex professor and head of Pathology Department St Johns Medical College, Bangalore and presently Profes-

sor of Medical Education MVJ Medical College, Bangalore, Dr Grace Da Costa, Professor and Head of Pathology, Grant Medical College and Sir J J Group of Hospitals, Mumbai and Dr Ramdas Naik, Professor of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. This CME was chaired by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto. In the third CME Dr Jose Philippe Alvares Consultant Gastroenterologist, Apollo Victor Hospital Margao spoke on viral hepatitis and blood transfusion .This CME was chaired by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto. All the CMEs were well attended and the Goa Medical Council gave CME accreditation to all these scientific sessions.


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Diocesan Centre for Missionary Animation launched at Old Goa HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, NOV 22

The Diocesan Centre for Missionary Animation (DCMA) was recently launched at Old Goa. Archbishop Emeritus Raul Gonsalves opened the main door and lit the signboard of the Centre. In his message, Archbishop Gonsalves said he wanted this place to be used for some important purpose and was delighted that the Centre has taken up the challenge of the New Evangelization proposed by Pope Benedict XVI in his Motu Proprio promulgated on 21 September 2010 establishing a new Dicastery: The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao then blessed the premises. In his message during the Prayer Service, Archbishop Ferrao said the new centre matured through the two Missionary Congresses held at Pilar in 2009 -- the Goa Mission Congress and the Western Region Mission Congress -- which were organized under the direction of Fr Mario Saturnino Dias. Earlier, Director of the Centre Fr Mario Saturnino Dias welcomed the invitees gathered in front of the Centre in the campus of the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa. Among them were some of the Heads of the Diocesan Bodies of the Archdiocese, many priests, religious and a significant number of lay people.

Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao blesses the premises of the Diocesan Centre for Missionary Animation (DCMA) at Old Goa.

He explained the vision of the Centre for Missionary Animation as well as the vision of the Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC), which are housed together. "Our vision is not just to proclaim the Good News by word of mouth, but to witness the Good News through our life of love and service in the footsteps of Apostles, drawing inspiration from Saint Francis Xavier and Blessed Joseph Vaz," he said. Fr Dias remarked that people of other faiths flock in thousands to Old Goa daily to see Saint Francis Xavier's relics in the Basilica.

"They want to know more about Jesus, Christianity and Catholic Church. The CEC is for these people, many of whom have distorted knowledge about Jesus, Church or Christianity and are eager to know the truth," he said. Fr Dias said the CEC will maintain correspondence with the willing enquirers, conduct Bible Correspondence Course, show slides on Catholic faith throughout the day during the Office hours,. "The CEC will also make available a counsellor to clear doubts about faith and start a helpline (Ph: 2284149 during

SS holds taluka-wise meets to address people’s woes HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 22

Shiv Sena has detailed various activities carried out by its adhoc committee headed by Convenor Ramesh Naik after the party was handed over the task of looking after the affairs of Goa by its High command on August 13, 2010. In a press note, Convener Ramesh Naik and Ad-hoc committee member Philip D’Souza stated that the ad-hoc committee members organized talukawise meetings and had detailed discussions about the problems faced by the people, with the Shiv Sainiks addressing the local issues. “During the course of last three months, Shiv Sena took up the issue of garbage menace a t M a p u s a , Pa r r a , C a n c a , Calangute, Vagator and Vasco with the concerned authorities,” states the press note. “Shiv Sena also submitted memorandum to the Director of Tourism bringing to his notice the non-functioning of tube lights in the coastal areas of

Tawadkar demands compensation for farmers

Calangute and Vagator and with the persistent follow up, got the areas lit up.” “ The memorandum was also submitted to the police department to abate the nuisance of beggars, lamanis and other quacks in Goa. The PWD was petitioned to give regular water supply to Calangute.” “Issues of the KTC bus stand at Mapusa and Mapusa Municipal market were taken up strongly with Kadamba Transport Corporation and Mapusa Municipal Council. In the interest of the people, safety issues of dangerous electrical installations were also taken up with the electricity department at Mapusa.” “The Kamgar Sena Workers Union was launched successfully and hardships and injustice to workers were redressed by starting legal proceedings. The casino workers grievances were also looked into,” added the press note. Ramesh Naik and Philip D’Souza further stated that the

postal department was urged to give first preference to the locals while recruiting the staff in their department. Irregularities at petrol pumps at Vasco were taken up with the oil companies. Shiv Sena also opposed strongly the handing over of two islands to the Navy. Besides, social events like ‘dahi handi’, vegetable carvings classes and competitions, mother’s day celebrations, children’s day celebrations were organized by Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena opened its branch offices in Mapusa, Ponda and Pernem and other strategic places in the State. “Lot of people have recognized the work of Shiv Sena and expressed willingness to join the party. Shiv Sena has been successful in developing faith in the minds of the general public that their party is fighting against injustice, pursuing demands and needs of the people of Goa and striving to preserve the culture of Goa,” states the press note.

office hours and Ph: 2285850 after office hours) to express the love of God for those who find no meaning in life and in desperation are on the brink of committing suicide," said Fr Dias. Rector of the Bom Jesus Basilica Fr Savio Barreto and member of the Committee appreciated the efforts of the new Centre, that includes the Basilica Committee. The function began with a prayer led by Sr Bromadine Palokaran, SCC, a member of the DCMA Executive Committee, while Sr Adrianne H.C. compered the proceedings.

Workshop on Pranic healing HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, NOV 22

Dr Anjali Shackleton will conduct a basic and advance workshop on Pranic healing at Porvorim and Miramar. The basic workshop will be conducted on November 27 and 28 at Defence Colony, Porvorim, while the advanced and psychotherapy workshop will take place on January 21, 22 and 23, 2011 at Clube Gaspar Dias, Miramar, Panjim. The workshops will be conducted between 10 am and 5 pm. Following the workshop, there will be free regular skill enhancement sessions and group meditations. "The workshop aims to bring about positive results to help people in their everyday life. It will teach self healing, distant healing and meditation techniques for physical, mental, emotional and psychological well being," says Dr Shackleton. Further details are available with Dr Anjali Shackleton on Ph: 2451080, 9987062209 and 9769967835.

Teachers are guiding lights: Vishwajeet


Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar has submitted a memorandum to Canacona Forest office, demanding an immediate solution to the losses caused to families in Canacona taluka due to the presence of wild animals. Submitting the memorandum to Canacona range RFO Narayan Phal Dessai, Tawadkar also submitted another 50 claims of the affected farmers, whose plantations like Kulagars, paddy and sugarcane fields, etc, containing plantations like banana, pineapple, coconut, papayas, etc, are regularly destroyed by monkeys, wild boars, peacocks, rats, etc. Tawadkar informed Herald that 300 applications were collected by forest and agriculture officers from the affected people of Canacona taluka two weeks ago. It may be recalled that the animal menace prompted Tawadkar to convene a meeting at Poinguinim with the Forest and Agriculture officers, a month ago. The officers were asked to chalk out ways and find means to curb or minimize such menace in future. The concerned departments reportedly responded positively to the pleas. Later, departments concerned accepted compensation claims from some of the heavily affected farmers and households, whose plantations, crops, fruits and roof ceiling were destroyed.

Students performing on the stage on the occasion of 13th Cultural Event Day celebration of Taught to Teach Music School Society, Mapusa, at Parra. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 22

Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane said teachers play an important role in shaping and developing the personality of the students. He was speaking after inaugurating the 13th Cultural Event Day celebration of Taught to Teach Music School Society, Mapusa, at Emerald Lawns, Parra. “Teachers are like guiding lights imparting knowledge and preaching students to become independent and strong individuals,” said Rane. The health minister further said the Taught to Teach Music School Society deserves compliments for organizing the event and thereby providing an opportunity to the students to showcase their talents. “The dedication of the teach-

ers is of paramount importance to bring out the talents in the students,” added Rane. Speaker Pratapsing Rane said music not only gives happiness to viewers, but also helps to develop confidence in the students. Apart from studies, the parents should encourage their children to learn music also. Chairman of El Shaddai Pastor Mathew Kurrian said teachers should impart good moral values to the students so that they become the citizens of good character. “The focus of the teachers should be on all-round development of the students to enable them to face the challenges of life,” said Kurrian. Founder of Taught To Teach Music School Society San Antonio said about 1,000 students

are studying in their four schools at Mapusa, Porvorim, Margao, Bicholim and Siolim. “We are imparting training in various music courses like Piano, Drums, Violin, Guitar, Trumpet, Flute, Saxophone, Tabla, etc. The students are prepared for the exams conducted by Trinity College and Rock School, London,” informed Antonio. Earlier, Health Minister Rane lighted the traditional lamp. The prizes to the students who stood first in examination of various music courses were distributed by Vishwajeet Rane, Pratapsing Rane, Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza, Pastor Mathew Kurrian and Economic Development Corporation Vice Chairperson Nitin Kunkolienker. Avina Madeira compered the function.

Foundation Day celebration at Anjuna HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 22

The Congregation of Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth, Sancoale, will celebrate its 75th Foundation Day at St Michael’s High School Hall, Anjuna, on November 24 from 10 am. The day is also marked as Founder’s Day. The Sisters of the Congregation and over 400 downtrodden children will celebrate the 75th anniversary of

its Foundation. St Michael’s High School, Anjuna, Headmistress Sr Libia Fernandes said the day has been celebrated as Founder’s Day marking the 75th Anniversary of the Holy Family of Nazareth Congregation. On the occasion, the Founder’s life qualities will be put on stage through songs and plays, besides entertainment programmes, informed Sr Fernandes.





Of Highways and Highwaymen

Vol No CX No: 293 Goa, Tuesday 23 November, 2010

Idiot box addiction


n a survey conducted by the Social Development Foundation (SDF) of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) among children and parents all over the country (including Goa), it emerges that most Indian children between the ages of 6 and 17 watch television for more than five hours a day! This puts Indian children on par with their US counterparts. Just the other day, addressing ‘The Hindustan Times’ Leadership Summit in New Delhi, former US President Al Gore lamented that Americans are developing shorter attention spans because they watch five hours of television a day. So, at least in terms of television viewing, India is already a superpower! The parents, says the survey, are of the opinion that TV programmes are getting worse, because of derogatory language and adult themes in shows that air from 7pm to 10pm. Does that mean the parents don’t watch these shows themselves? Unlikely, but the survey does not enlighten us about this. Excessive viewing of television has scientifically been linked to a greater risk of obesity, as well as aggressive and violent behaviour amongst children. An adult (or child) who watches five hours of TV a day is far more likely to be obese than one who watches for less than an hour. Most kids are already addicted to television long before they enter school, the survey says. Two-thirds of infants and toddlers watch a screen for an average of two hours a day. Kids under six years old watch an average of about three to four hours of ‘screen media’ a day (TV, videos and DVDs). Alarmingly, 56 per cent of four- to six-year-olds, when asked to choose between watching TV and playing with their friends, preferred television. Children spend more time watching television than any other activity except sleep, the survey found. The survey also highlights that children younger than 8 years cannot uniformly distinguish between real life and fantasy or entertainment, and that they quickly learn that violence is an acceptable solution to resolving problems, particularly if the aggressor is the hero. Children who watch violent shows are more likely to hit their playmates, argue, disobey authority, and are less willing to wait for things. The news is not much better for older kids. Pre-teens and teens (eight to 18 years) spend between four to six hours a day in front of a TV screen. But, the survey said, the longterm effects of television on academic achievement were unclear. Be that as it may, it seems clear that parents need to step in and create activities for their kids that can wean them away from excessive television viewing. Otherwise, their prospects in life will suffer.

Learn from Nepal


wo managers from a new casino in Goa are finding to their cost that the police and judiciary in Nepal are much tougher than their counterparts back home. Jasbir Singh Gill recruited 14 Nepalese girls in Kathmandu to work in his casino, but was arrested on the charge of trafficking in women when the parents of one of the girls complained. When his boss Harish Bhagwan Suryavanshi went with documents to prove that it was bonafide recruitment, he was jailed too. While this seems very unjust, one point is noteworthy. A Kathmandu district court has ordered them to be in custody till their trial is concluded. It seems foreigners accused of crimes in Nepal face obligatory imprisonment, even if their alleged offences are bailable, to prevent them from escaping the country. If the police and judiciary in Goa were more stringent on these aspects, we would not have Atala-type ‘gotalas’.

Building a completely new highway will be cheaper than widening nH17, says antHony SiMoeS In 1999, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government conceived a major super-highway dream, to speed up transport on India’s then perceived trunk routes. Finances were to be independent of any budgetary provisions; funded by a cess of one rupee on every litre of diesel and petrol sold. Because of this, it did not matter whether we had an NDA government or a UPA government in Delhi. This (ongoing) fully financed project would never get sidelined. As vehicular traffic increased, so would income, neutralising any inflationary pressures. As a first step, the two-lane National Highways (NHs) connecting Bombay, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai would be four-laned. This was called the Golden Quadrilateral, covering a total length of about 5,500 kilometres. Simultaneously, work was to start on two sixlane highways – one running north to south from Srinagar to Kanyakumari, and another running east to west from Silchar in Assam to Porbandar in Gujarat – a total of approximately 7,000 kilometres. To carry out all these projects, the central government formed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), an autonomous body that reported directly to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and did not fall under the Ministry of Surface Transport (MoST). States like Goa, which are nowhere near these super-highways, were expected to get spur roads connecting their existing two-lane highways to the new trunk routes. After 11 years, what are the plans of the Goa government? Has it asked MoST to provide a spur road connecting the Golden Quadrilateral and the Srinagar-Kanyakumari super-highway to NH4A and NH17? Instead, the Goa government is now trying to four- or six-lane NH17. What a massive duplication of infrastructure! Or has the north-south link been surreptitiously shifted westwards? Don’t be surprised if the NHAI in its infinite wisdom has included the four/sixlaned NH17 as part of the Srinagar-Kanyakumari north-south link. That will be the beginning of the end of Goa’s coastal belt as we know it. The loss will be irreparable; the devastation permanent. When the Konkan Railway was being pushed


Jonas Correia, Aldona

Benedicta Almeida, Assolna

Most meetings of any organisation or bodies are held on Sunday for larger attendance. There is great disappointment when these meetings are postponed by half to one hour due to lack of quorum. What is funny is that the delayed meeting becomes legally constituted even if the attendance is poor. People, therefore, feel reluctant to come for meetings. Moreover, agenda is diversed, which compounds the problem and prolongs meetings. Some try to dominate the proceedings and deny others the opportunity to speak. As a result, people stage a walk out as they are fed up. It is time quorums for all meetings are abolished. Meetings should start, progress and end on time.

Freedom fighters, GBA, NGOs, other organisations, and all Goans should come forward to oppose NH17 and NH4A alignment. PWD minister should first check all the roads taluka-wise which are destroyed. NH17 is a project which serves self interests of concerned few and people are objecting to the same. We are in a democracy, people’s voices are to be considered. Demolishing houses will hurt the sentiments of people. Government is of the people, for the people, and by the people. The benefits of Konkan Railways are enjoyed by non-Goans.

23 November 1910 Civil registration laws

Laws of the Civil Registration which are being decreed, makes compulsory the registration of Births, nuptials, and deaths.

Government decision

The local government decided that the services undertaken from different Secretariats should be from 10am to 1pm.

Minister studies substitution

The Home Minister is in the process of studying the manner of substituting the religious orphanages which were affected by the Decree of 8 October through the intervention of the Government.

Decree to be issued

The Separation of the Church from the State affairs is going to be decreed very soon.

Children’s day Blossom Cabral, Nagoa Children’s day was celebrated recently on 14 November all over the country. On this joyous occasion, cultural programmes and competitions were held making the child free to participate and enjoy. This auspicious day is also the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Parents who inculcate good habits and discipline at a nascent stage can hopefully expect their wards to emerge as responsible adults. In turn, children should also respect their parents, teachers and society at large.

CM’s advice Mac A, Velim It was interesting to read a recent story of how our CM Digambar Kamat gave a keynote speech and advised all those in the media to have a stronger social conscience. Perhaps, someone should read his speech back to him. Government is known to turn a blind eye to issues concerning Goans. We have MLAs who are seen more in the papers for their side jobs in running lounge bars in their constituency, or the other thug MLA who has overseas businesses. Our CM’s speech should be read at the next assembly session.

In many places, it will be too close to existing railroads, which may have to add extra tracks. It will require too much re-location of existing pipelines, fibre- optic cables, power transmission/distribution lines, transformers, etc. An honest cost/benefit analysis will unravel an unmitigated techno-economic and social disaster. We will be leaving future generations an unwanted legacy of a permanent nightmare. The most cost-effective option is to leave the existing two-lane NH17 as it is, to cater to the needs of traffic originating and terminating in Goa. A four-lane super-highway can be separately built as a corridor through Goa to hasten transport between Maharashtra and Karnataka, in the hinterland, where land is cheap, and the area sparsely populated, keeping displacement and demolition to a bare minimum. The alignment for this road has already been surveyed in detail; it’s the original alignment of the Konkan Railway. The Narrative (Vol 1) is available at the Goa Foundation. Vols 2 & 3 (Estimates/Quantities, etc) are available with the Railways. The cost of the highway will be very low, be-


attended a remembrance get together for a friend’s father this weekend. As he spoke about his father and all that he stood for, I was reminded strongly of my own father – indeed of an entire generation that we are now losing. A generation of educated, middle class, government servants – who lived life on very strict terms and to very high values. They believed in honesty and integrity and lived by their commitment. My father was entitled to an official car, but the one time his driver gave us a lift to college, he begged us not to tell Dad or he would have got fired for misuse of official property. When, during a union agitation, the union leader abused all the officers as thieves, my father stepped forward and slapped him. The Union leader was a skinny Bengali and collapsed on the spot. Everyone waited in tension, because the Unions were legendary for their violence and aggression. When the leader came around, he simply said ‘This man dared to slap me because he is an honest man.’ After that, whenever the officers were gheraoed, Dad always got home early because the agitators would slip him out the back gate. Austerity was part of their code as well. We never wasted anything. Nor did we ever buy anything that Dad considered wasteful. In later years, he was baffled by the idea of brand names that

Oppose alignment


through coastal Goa instead of the hinterland, the corporation filed an affidavit before the Justice Oza Commission claiming the KRC would run 120 trains per day and put bus owners and truck owners out of business. The re-alignment activists, it said, were in cahoots with the bus/truck owners. Today, the KRC is struggling to run 120 trains per week, and just 10 per cent are freight trains. That is behind the four/six-laning of NH17. But in Goa, it makes a mockery of town/village planning and road design. Over the last four decades, huge numbers of dwellings have been built on either side of the existing two-lane highway. All of them will have to be demolished, at a tremendous financial and social cost, as land prices are very high. The existing horizontal and vertical alignments will have to be adhered to, but will hamper the hi-tech vehicles now being manufactured. The plan will need too many on/off ramps, clover leafs and interchanges to allow Goan traffic to access and leave NH17 as proposed, unless the NHAI visualises the Goa stretch merely as a corridor for through traffic between Maharashtra and Karnataka.

TheAccidental Activist

Abolish quorums

100 Years Ago

Politically incorrect

cause of the superior quality of the survey done by J Y Marathe, former Engineer-in-Chief of the Central Railway. In this plan, the Zuari Bridge is only 213 metres long. At present, the KRC bridge is 987 metres long, with an added total of 850-odd metres of viaducts on either side. It avoids the Mandovi crossing altogether (nearly 860 metres). Instead, it has two bridges of 22 metres and 45 metres length across the Mhadei and Khandepar rivers. Because of the nature of the terrain, earthworks will be a bare minimum. It will greatly benefit the mining industry in North Goa and reduce the sufferings of the people now badly affected by mining traffic. The toll collected from mining traffic will be huge, because of high tonnage and a large number of trips. To prevent traffic from using the existing NH17 to avoid toll, vehicles with non-Karnataka and non-Goa licence plates should not be allowed to cross-into Karnataka from Goa, unless they pay double the toll charged for the super-highway. Similarly, vehicles with non-Maharashtra and nonGoa licence plates should not be allowed to cross into Maharashtra from Goa without paying double-toll. Interestingly, on his last visit to Goa (for Eduardo Faleiro’s birthday), Kamal Nath gave Chief Minister Digambar Kamat an ultimatum. Either give Goa’s clearance by 31 October or he will shift the highway out of Goa via Karnataka. Digu-bab should have taken the offer, since the original SrinagarKanyakumari six-lane highway was supposed to go that way, before the NHAI surreptitiously shifted it to the NH17 route to cut costs. They are running out of money because they originally understated costs to get the north-south and east-west links sanctioned. Now the chickens of their earlier chicanery are coming home to roost. These links will anyway prove to be an environmental disaster, by causing flooding, especially in areas of heavy rainfall. Already, year after year, large sections of India’s new highways get washed away in floods. But that is only to be expected; all these super-highways have been built piecemeal by dozens of different contractors, with no holistic approach in terms of environmental impact assessments. It’s an unwanted legacy.

pushed the cost of objects into the stratosphere. It was beyond his comprehension that people could pay five figures and more for things like jeans. The habit of getting my wardrobe off the footpath has stayed with me all my life. That generation also had a very active social conscience. They had lived through the birth and first cycle of Naxalism. They had also inherited first hand, much of Gandhi’s philosophy. ‘Inclusion’ wasn’t a fancy word in our household – it was simply what we did in everyday life. Growing up in Calcutta, we children wished the rickshaw wallas, thanked the shop keepers, and played cheerfully with the children from the small ghetto next door. Long after Dad was gone, we began to discover just how many people he had helped out, how many children he had given an education to, all the small causes he had supported. The men of that generation were all Spartan, to a surprising degree. They walked wherever they could, or took the bus. Train travel was a huge novelty for us children, and even now when I stand on a railway platform, I feel a tingle of excitement and adventure. Catching a plane, on the other hand, feels much like catching a bus these days. We shared our remembrances of the father who had died. But

We need to move on

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

Over the past many days, there have been several letters to the editor praising Portuguese rule in Goa. Some said that administration during the Portuguese regime was clean and that there was no corruption with rare instances of crime and murder. Others commented that discipline and respect for life existed during colonial times and Portuguese imparted good education. There may be some truth in it. I was not born during Portuguese rule and therefore am unaware whether Goa was like heaven-on-earth as is being portrayed. But I will not trade my freedom for anything in the world. Freedom is precious. Even birds like parrots realise the true value of freedom, despite being caged. Given an opportunity, they will fly away. Some have said that during Portuguese times, one could sleep with the homes open. Can this be construed as freedom? We should be proud of our country and stop praising the previous regime. Fighting corruption is everyone’s duty and should not be confined to freedom fighters only. We should move on. It will be prudent to close the debate and be happy in our present circumstances.

Ubaldo Braganza, Margao I fully support the condemnation of the visit of NRP Sagres to Goa by Serafino Cota. and Co. The Portuguese came to celebrate achievements of the 16th century. It hurts us and revives revive bitter memories. Marcos Alemao’s (Herald, 19 Nov.) love and admiration for Portuguese stems from his ignorance towards history. The Portuguese wanted to convert all Goans to ‘brown Portuguese’ to be the King’s loyal subjects. A decree was passed in 1684 abolishing Konkani usage and they failed in an attempt to replace it with Portuguese. The colonialists tried their best to keep Goa backward - economically, educationally and culturally. There were no jobs then in Goa, except mining. Goans went elsewhere in job search. At the time of liberation, only Liceu, a teachers training school and the medical college existed. In comparison, there were hundreds of colleges and several universities in the neighbouring states. M Alemao wrote of Mahanand’s crimes. The Portuguese, themselves, were the fiercest criminals. They enforced the dreaded inquisition. Camp Lazarus in Old Goa was a stark reminder. The Portuguese held public

we were also sharing our memories of those who had made us what we are. By today’s yardstick, our parents would be considered losers. They never managed to build homes, they never owned cars, and they never put away a fat bank balance. But they achieved what we are finding so difficult to do. They achieved lives cleanly and lived decently. They were moral compasses for their children and for those around them. Growing up, we looked down on Dad’s staid middle class life, with the arrogance of the very young. We felt that he was old fashioned and regressive and we were the young rebels who would usher in change. It was only in later years that I learnt to appreciate that in his own way, my father had supported the best kind of change there was. ‘Social inclusion’, ‘Values’, ‘Moral Integrity’ – we learnt the labels later, but we saw them in action, in our parents lives. Now we are slowly losing that generation. And what a loss it is. As the gap between the privileged and the unprivileged widens into a gulf, as consumerism washes over India, as simple values are swamped by the creed of getting ahead, we need more than ever the remembrance of past people. These are simple people who lived simple lives. It is time to remember all our parents and all that they gave to us.

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day

Oppressive colonialists

By Venita coelho

“Auto de Fe’s” to ‘celebrate’ inhuman torture and death. Marcos Alemao now has the freedom to write letters which was not available to his predecessors in colonial Goa.

Ill-effects of alcohol Samir Khan, Mapusa Apropos your news item “45% Goans alcoholic” (Herald, 10 Nov) This is, indeed, shocking. Alcohol has been the scourge of human society since times immemorial. Soaring crime rates, mental illness surges, and broken homes bear mute testimony to alcohol’s destructive power. Alcohol is a disease. What is the benefit of revenue accrued from the sale of liquor when its impairment is much higher than its income from sale? We must take concrete steps to end this evil by banning sale of liquor, like in Gujarat.

Unforgiving silence Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar PM Manmohan Singh’s long silence and inaction on the 2G spectrum scam is unforgivable. The corrupt have to be dealt with an iron hand. The string of scams and the

escalating rise in graft and greed is a matter of great concern. Severe punishment needs to be handed down. This will give the government some teeth in punishing the corrupt.

Traffic snarl Domingos S D’Souza, Calangute Just over a fortnight back during the end of October, the traffic police were seen experiencing the daunting task of controlling/regulating the traffic jam along the Calangute/Baga stretch of road. The nightmare of unimaginable chaotic traffic standstill can snowball into a potentially dangerous and catastrophic situation with the arrival of international tourists. Supply of essential services to numerous hotels, restaurants and beach shacks have come to a virtual standstill posing inconvenience to business and tourists alike. Government authorities connected with safety management and traffic control will not have any clue in case of an emergency. Tourism authorities should give an urgent and serious thought to have a viable contingency plan (till a new diversion by-pass road is connected to Baga beach) so as to avoid a huge traffic snarl.

Untrue rumours Joel Fernandes, Cuncolim This has reference to the letter ‘Evolution theory a hoax’ by Bernard Simoes (Herald, 10 Nov) He claims that evolution theory consists of lies and hoaxes which were proven wrong 50 years ago. Now this itself appears to be a lie, to mislead readers. Who proved it wrong and how? When? Maybe he got hold of a rumour.

Shelter confirmation Joaquim Correia-Afonso, Benaulim There has been a hue and cry regarding the so called “bus stops” erected by some corporate bodies. These are neither “bus stops” nor “bus shelters” They are shelters for commuters, who are provided with protection from the sun and rain. It is for the benefit of the common man.

Paths of Wisdom Mother’s Role Lord Krishna visited Queen Gandhari to console her after the Kurukshetra battle. She accused Him: “Though You are God, how could You be so partial. You supported the Pandavas, but could not save at least one son out of the hundred sons I bore.” Krishna replied: “Sister, I am not responsible for the death of your children. You are responsible.” Gandhari replied: “Krishna how can You be so hard hearted to accuse me thus?” Krishna replied: “Sister, you gave birth to a hundred sons but did you ever cast your loving glance on at least one of them? You chose to remain blindfolded. You could not see for yourself how your sons were faring. Your sons are indeed the most unfortunate ones because they could not enjoy their mother’s tender care and affectionate glance. How could they grow into disciplined, dutiful and righteous heroes? Mother is the first teacher and preacher”. “Just think for yourself the situation and compare it with that of Queen Kunti. Kuntî from the moment of her husband’s death, brought up her sons with great care and affection. She was with them both in the palace and in the house of wax as well. The Pandavas would never do anything without the blessings of their mother. They could earn My grace not because of their individual talents but because of Kunti’s constant prayer to Me: ‘Oh Krishna! You alone should protect them.’ Those who are not fortunate enough to enjoy the loving glance of their mother cannot earn the divine vision, nor can they win the love of God.” Thus Lord Krishna enlightened Queen Gandhari on the role of the mother. (Source : Chinna Katha)

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I did nothing wrong

SC questions Thomas’ appointment as CVC



ill the nightmarish build up to the CWG eventually be overlooked? This is tantamount to the same as food grains rot while millions starve. A ‘River Princess’ can be lucrative for some. But it is left negligently to destroy the Candolim beach with absolute impunity. Buck passing in government, from State to the Centre, from one department to the other, down the line to the managers, farmers and finally the people who are eventually to pay for it, is a national sport! There may be Commissions, CAG Reports, et al. Those indicted may resign, be suspended or be transferred or “the law will take its course”. Justice? Penalties? Fines? Jail? Forget it! The guilty will normally, in due course, be reinstated enabling continuance in like manner, perhaps in another place, and even be much sought after to advise others how to play the system and not to get caught. In quick succession, the media has bought to light CAG report , the 2G scam, the Adarsh scam on the heels of the Sukhna scam, collapsing illegal buildings in Delhi and violations of land use laws and rules, illegal mining and land grab in Karnataka and corruption prevalent in every institution everywhere, without exception It is raining scams. Parliament itself has not covered itself in glory due to political expediency and coalition dharma. The BJP has a chance to point fingers at the Congress and so, at the time of writing, it is not permitting parliament to debate and discuss a strategy to prevent the skeletons from tumbling out of the Congress’s cupboard. Goa now reflects all that is plaguing India, being firmly integrated with the motherland. Our politicians after protecting their own interests first, protect the interests of the industrialists, mining barons, builders, real estate, casinos and migrant lobbies against the interest of the Goan aam admi. The politicians-police-criminal nexus as seen in the Atala drugs case, the wrong tourism policies, illegal mining and mega constructions, delay in amending the TCP Act, delaying RP 2021 etc., are bringing people onto the streets in protests that are sought to be prevented by the draconian British section 144. The trust deficit between the law abiding people and the government is widening. We can be disciplined and highly productive despite it all as proved by the opening and closing CWG ceremonies and our sports persons performances. The cost overruns are estimated at Rs 75,000 crores! UN data shows 76% Indians live on less than $2/day! All this has exposed incredible India to the world and also to us Indians (including our sportspersons) as callous, inefficient and corrupt. We are supporting a government with politicians and bureaucrats who are supposed to be the steel frame of India, but are mainly responsible for corroding and corrupting our lives and the soul of our nation! With the help of RTI, internet, sting operations, all the excesses and injustices, sins of commission and omission have been revealed. Unfortunately, our legislators and those in power have made themselves exceptions to rule of law, so corruption and nepotism reign supreme. Political expediency pushes honesty, truth, justice, into the background, and prevents us in reaching out to support one another to live in peace This is one of the main causes of rise of Naxalism, Maoism and such injustices become a source of recruitment for terrorists. Pakistan has been fomenting trouble resulting in explosive situations in Kashmir. We have intolerant citizens who, with the local government playing politics, will permit their writ to run and harass or even kill if one does not subscribe to their way of life or beliefs. We have garbage producing, spitting and littering habits and take hygiene lightly. The media holds a mirror to expose rampant corruption, human rights violation, injustices and vast disparities in values and living standards of people across the nation. We cannot let problems like Ayodhya and Kashmir fester. We cannot continue development at the cost of human right violations, vanishing flora and fauna, poisoning of atmosphere and water sources. It is obvious that in today’s world we must drastically change our whole skewed system of governance with all our false values and notions. What is funny is everyone indicted in a scam or illegalities claims sanctimoniously “I did nothing wrong” and his party bats for him! I was merely following the practice followed by so many before me, or I was merely following orders? So far, none of those giving the orders or following illegal practices or any bigwig, been brought to justice. What is disgusting is to see the Congress and BJP, which is akin to the pot calling the kettle black, each justifying the scams and wrongdoings by pointing out to what was similarly done by the other in the past. And the funniest thing is claiming how their party minister eventually resigned when remaining became untenable, in the highest tradition of public probity! We Indians, one and all, must get back our spine and conscience .We must know what is wrong against rules and laws and not only follow it ourselves scrupulously, but also refuse to succumb to easy inducements and refuse to do wrong and what is not in public interest! It is a good sign that doyens like Ratan Tata and Rahul Bajaj are speaking up! When Ashok Chavan was forced to step down as CM, it was very difficult to find anyone clean to replace him. The new incumbent now finds it difficult to find untainted persons for his cabinet. The Lok Ayukta of Karnataka says it is difficult to choose a good fish when the whole basket has rotten fish! There is little difference between the Congress, BJP and their coalition partners. This scam Raj has to end and make no mistake, we the people will have to end it! We can only join or contribute to it at our own and the nation’s peril.

The Supreme Court today raised serious questions over how P J Thomas could be appointed as CVC and continue in the post despite a pending corruption case, prompting a sharp response from the Government that if impeccable integrity was an eligibility criteria all judicial and constitutional appointments would be open to scrutiny. A bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia also wryly observed that Thomas as the Central Vigilance Commissioner will himself feel embarrassed due to the pending criminal case against him as in every case the CBI will be dealing with him. "Without looking into the file, we are concerned that if a person is an accused in a criminal case how will he function as CVC," it observed after Attorney General G E Vahanvati placed records of documents pertaining to Thomas's appointment in a sealed cover. The bench said it will go


through the file and posted the matter after two weeks. "We will sit together and go through the file," the bench also comprising Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar said. The name of Thomas figures in the chargesheet filed in Kerala in a palmoleine import case. After the file was placed before it, the apex court bench queried whether the eligibility criteria of having impeccable integrity has been met by Thomas before he was appointed as CVC. The bench told Vahanvati that the issue as to how Thomas will

function as CVC when his name is there in a chargesheet will crop up at every stage. The AG sought to clarify that there was no involvement of Thomas in the palmoleine import case and the sanction to prosecute him had not been processed. "Let us proceed on assumption that at every stage there will be allegations that you should not process a file as Central Vigilance Commissioner as you are accused in a criminal case. How will you function as CVC?," the bench said, adding "In every case the CBI has to report to him." "Under the service jurisprudence, a person cannot even be considered for promotions when a chargesheet is pending against him," said the bench. "At this stage as a chargesheet is pending against him since 2002, he is not even considered to be promoted. We are only suggesting whether he will be able to function as CVC. He himself will be an embarrassment," it said.

The retirement age of the teachers in the medical colleges has been raised from 65 to 70 years by the Health Ministry on the recommendation of the Medical Council of India (MCI). It has, however, put on hold another MCI recommendation to raise the age of the medical practitioners in the central government services also to 70. The government had earlier raised the retirement age of both doctors and medical teachers from 60 to 65 years. Increase in the retirement age of the medical teachers comes on the heels of the ministry agree to the MCI's recommendation to allow up to 250 undergraduate students for MBBS by reducing the student-hospital bed ratio from 1:8 to 1:5. The MCI had made the twin recommendations to stop exodus of experienced hands and specialists to the private medical colleges. It has also recommended outsourcing of the teaching jobs to the retired and private sector doctors to cope with the acute shortage of the teaching faculty in the government medical colleges due to spurt in the private colleges.


Farmers and tribals protest against the UPA land acquisition policy in New Delhi on Monday. Protesters demand government to stop forcible acquisition and eviction of people from land, water, forests, rivers and to stop displacing people from habitats, rural and urban, without prior alternative and acceptable rehabilitation.


If your child brings home a DVD full of cartoons and comics, don't think he is wasting time instead of studying. It may be one of the DVDs the National Council Of Educational Research And Training (NCERT) is producing for the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) that wants to recommend them to students. Right now the council is engaged in producing DVDs on science, mathematics and history. Once these are completed, it will take up other subjects too. These DVDs are both in English and Hindi. Since many private publishers have already gone into the production of the education CDs and DVDs to cover various courses, the NCERT also felt these could be a better media than the books that an increasing number of students feel boring and difficult to grasp. The mathematics and science formulas dreaded by the students are sought to be made easy and interesting by presenting them in the form of cartoons.


own model to achieve the purpose of making cities safer. This, of course, will be done with the involvement of a number of stakeholders, including relevant local authorities and civil society which reaches out to the grassroot levels. These models and strategies can then be replicated


Kamal for relaxing environment, forest laws

Ishrat case: Guj issues notification for new SIT PTI AHMEDABAD, NOV 22

The Gujarat government today informed the high court that they have issued a notification for formation of new Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others. Division bench of Justice A M Kapadia and Justice B N Mehta, after the submission of government pleader, disposed of the contempt of court petition filed by one Gopinath Pillai. Gopinath Pillai, father of Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, who had died in the encounter, had filed a contempt petition against the state government for not complying with the high court's earlier order of September 23 to issue notification of formation of SIT within two weeks. During the hearing of the case, the state government through its pleader said that it had issued notification for the formation of new SIT, which had been notified in the gazette on

November 19. During the last hearing of the contempt petition, the state government had assured the court that it will issue the notification soon. Government pleader had also said that the delay had been caused as the state government had approached the Supreme Court against the high court order. However, the SC had rejected the Gujarat government plea challenging the HC order of forming a new SIT on November 12. Members of the new SIT include Karnail Singh, a 1984 batch Delhi cadre IPS officer whose name was suggested by Union Home Ministry; Mohan Jha, a 1985 batch Gujarat cadre officer named by the state government; and Satish Verma of 1986 batch suggested by the petitioner. Mumbai-based Ishrat Jahan (19) was killed in an encounter along with Javed Ghulam Sheikh, Amjad Ali and Jisan Abdul Gani by crime branch officials near Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

Delhi moves to make urban areas safe for women Amid concern over incidents of sexual harassment in public places in the capital, Delhi has joined four other cities across the developing world in a UN initiative rolled out today aimed at formulating strategies and indigenous models for making urban areas safer for women. Launched in Cairo, Kigali, Quito, Port Moresby, along with Delhi simultaneously, the safe cities programme of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) will specially focus on issues of slums and poor urban dwellers, besides sexual harassment in public places, a problem which a UN official said has been "neglected". Under the cross-regional programme, each city will contribute to developing its

Medical teachers to retire at 70

across major cities of the world, said Anne F Stenhammer, Regional Programme Director, UNIFEM, South Asia. "Based on available country data, 15 to 76 per cent of women in the world experience physical, sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. Yet... sexual harassment in pub-

lic spaces remains a neglected issue, accepted as a normal part of women's lot and life in the city," Ines Alberdi, Executive Director of UNIFEM told a press conference here. She said solutions for issues of women can be effectively devised only when women are part of the decision making process. In choosing the five cities -the capitals of India, Egypt, Rwanda, Ecquador and Papua New Guinea -- the major factor was willingness of the governments in lending support to the programme and potential for strong partnerships with civil society organisations. "All five cities show great promise. Their governments have pledged strong support, in partnership with civil society, specialists and other UN agencies," she said.

Rajiv Kale, Director, Delhi government's Department of Women and Child Development, said the women of the capital do feel insecure while using public spaces and crowded public transports, and the problem also needs a long term change in mindset. "A baseline survey conducted by Jagori (government resource centre) very clearly highlighted that being a woman is itself a risk factor in the capital and that women feel insecure in crowded public places, due to poor lighting on roads and lack of clean public toilets," he said. Kale said change needs to be brought about in every department and is possible with greater participation of women, as also by sensitising persons manning public transport like bus conductors and drivers.

Kamal Nath, the environment and forests minister in the UPAI government, is upset with the environment and forest laws in his new avatar as road transport and highway minister. He wants them relaxed, keeping in view of the changed scenario instead of the courts and his erstwhile ministry putting brakes on the developmental projects, causing inconvenience to the people. In an informal chat with journalists, he said there should be at least some leniency in case of roads that would have been built long, long ago, maybe even 100 or 200 years ago. Kamal Nath said a minister with development bent of mind will solve issues instead of harassing the people with all kinds of laws to make their life miserable. He recalled how he had resolved a long-pending dispute over violation of the forest laws concerning the Nagpur High Court. It happened to fall under the "Zudpi" forest as per the 200-year old revenue records despite standing in the middle of the city. He made the Maharashtra government to carry out afforestation in 2000 hectares as a compensation and there ended the matter. The minister cited the ban clamped by the Supreme Court on the construction of a 200year old road in Madhya Pradesh that passes through his constituency. The ban was slapped since the patch on the JabalpurNagpur highway passes through the Pench National Park in Seoni district.

Remarks against PM, Sonia by Jagan channel serious: Moily PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 22

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily today termed as a "serious issue" the telecast of a programme on rebel Congress MP Jaganmohan Reddy-owned TV channel, projecting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in bad light. "It is a very serious issue... I have received the reports from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah and PCC", Moily told reporters here. However, he refused to answer whether disciplinary action was in the offing against Jagan. He also said that the party high command had not summoned Rosaiah to Delhi over the issue. Taking a serious note of the issue yesterday, Congress had sought a report from the state unit, even as the channel repeated the programme without some critical captions and voice-overs. Sakshi, the 24-hour Telugu news channel owned by the 38year-old Kadapa MP and son of late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, had launched

a frontal attack on Sonia as well as the organisation in the onehour programme. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also targeted along with the "coterie around Sonia" for the "sorry state of affairs in Congress." Rejecting allegations that the programmes showed the Congress President or the Prime Minister in bad light, Sakshi CEO Priyadarshini Ram said the story was not against either Sonia or Singh and maintained that there was no intervention by Jaganmohan with regard to the content of the TV channel.





Pg10 Universities should be prolific in research: PM PTI PUTTAPARTHI (AP)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday stressed the need for universities to focus on research to sustain the rapid progress made by the country in fields like information technology and bio-technology. “Our scientists and technicians have already achieved renown in several areas. Information technology, the pharmacological sciences and biotechnology, space and nuclear technology easily come to mind. If we are to sustain and expand this, it is vitally important that our universities become more prolific in research on a much larger scale,� he said.





FROM PAGE 1 IFFI 2010 opened The Indian Section of the Festival will feature centenaries of five unforgettable cinema talents – Ashok Kumar, B R Panthulu, Motilal, Nadia and Raja Paranjpe. Some of the prominent films being featured in the Competition Section including three Indian films are Apart Together from China, On Foot from Iran, Valley of Strength (Gei Oni) from Israel and Taipei Exchanges from Taiwan. The Indian representation includes Moner Manush in Bengali and Vihir in Marathi.

Yash lashes out at Centre hosted,” Chopra, who has produced several block buster movies, said. He urged the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to please do something at the earliest to improve the situation. “Every year, the international festivals abroad are getting better and better and we need to do something before time is running out,” he said adding “…I know Goa can do it. If it can build a multiplex in six months it can do much more.” Chopra said what is necessary is a Convention Centre, 10-screen theatre and conference rooms. Chopra also criticised the centre for meeting out step motherly treatment to the film industry. “There are so many taxes coming up that it would virtually be a difficult task to produce films in future,” he said pointing out at the GST, VAT, copyright, Service Tax and stamp duty.

Meet against NH alignment National Highway Diversion Action Committee.The ruling Congress and the MGP were conspicuous by their absence. Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat and PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao came under sustained attack from the speakers for pushing the present highway alignment on the people of Goa. Alemao came in for sharp criticism for his statement promising compensation for the land losers and rehabilitating the house owner, with speakers demanding to know how much compensation the government would award to the victims. In his address, Parrikar assured the gathering that he would not keep quite in the Assembly if the government does not accept the demand for highway diversion. Accusing the ruling politicians for selling Goa to outsiders, Parrikar said that the ongoing battle is not just fight against the highway, but a battle to protect the land from being sold to outside parties. NCP MLA Mickky Pacheco came down heavily on the government for drawing the highway alignment without any study. Seeking to know whether highway can pass through markets and densely populated village, he said the government should take advise from experts to draw up the proper alignment and vowed to stand by the agitating people till the end. “I have not come here to oppose the highway, but to demand the right alignment. It appears the ministers and the government does not know how to build a national highway”, he said and urged the people to stay united till the genuine demands are accepted by the government. In his address, former MLA Matanhy Saldanha said though Goa will be celebrating 50 years of freedom from the Portuguese regime, the people are forced to continue the fight for liberation from the corrupt and the land sharks. “This highway is not for the benefit of Goa and Goans, but is being pursued for selfish ends”, he added. Social activist Dr Oscar Rebello said that the Chief Minister and other elected representatives from Salcete think that they are bigger than the people. “The time has come to teach these politicians a lesson and show them that the people are bigger than them”, he said. Saying that the crux of all issues fought by the people finally boils down to land, he said the people are fighting to preserve the land and warned that the battle would continue against the government for trying to take away the same. Adv Radharao Gracias said the people per se are not opposed to the highway but called for realigning the highway scientifically. “The BOOT concept is not acceptable to the people of Goa. The highway alignment at Gorvotti-Nuvem clearly shows the hand of land sharks behind the alignment”, he asserted. In his fiery speech, CPI Leader Raju Mangueshkar said Churchill Alemao has no right to decide on the highway alignment. “Goans are not fools. Alemao should understand that the highway is not a trawler business, but requires road engineering”, he said, while demanding a White Paper on the National highway. Patricia Pinto, in her address, demanded to know the tearing hurry by the government to build the highway and urged the government to take the people into confidence before executing the project. Convenor of the Highway diversion action committee Sunil Desai warned that the people will not rest till the present highway alignment is dropped and the toll fee scrapped. While demanding total transparency in the alignment of the highway, Desai called for protecting the heritage structures, including religious structures while drawing a new alignment. The people lit candles and sought the blessings of Mother Mary for help and guide the ongoing agitation. Fatima D’Sa, George Barretto, Adv Satish Sonark, Jose Paul Coutinho, Prajal Sakhardande, Abijit Prabhudessai, Sidharth Karapurkar, Nazario Pinto and Mehboob Khan also spoke.

Accused get ‘benefit of doubt’ the proceedings in the case concluded in just over three months on May 12 but the main accused claim about he being juvenile had dragged the proceedings further. The main alleged accused Aman came out with the wrong claim that he was a juvenile. The Court had ordered ossification test to ascertain his age, which proved that he was major in age. After this, when the case came up for judgement again, last week, Advocates D Dhond and Swapnil Nashinolkar representing Aman told the Court that the witness who was testified as an interpreter to the minor victim and her mother is herself a victim in a rape case at Colva which had happened in December last year.

US Congress resolution backs India’s UNSC bid PTI WASHINGTON, NOV 22

Lauding India's commitment to global peace and development of the South Asian region, a resolution introduced in the US House of Representatives has appealed to the United Nations to take necessary steps to make New Delhi a permanent member of the Security Council. The resolution by Congressman Gus Bilirakis gives the sense of the House of Representatives that the UN should forthwith take the procedural actions necessary to amend Article 23 of the Charter of the United Nations to establish India as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. The resolution, which has been sent to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for necessary action, noted that India is the largest democratic country in the world in which all political views are freely expressed and respected. India is the world's second most populous country, with

Taliban chief, foreign ultras killed in attack PTI PESHAWAR, NOV 22

A Pakistani Taliban commander and two foreign fighters were among nine militants killed in a US drone attack in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region, officials said today. The slain commander, identified as Mustafa, was associated with Sadiq Noor's group, and was said to be a key Taliban figure in North Waziristan The identity of the foreign militants could not immediately be ascertained though Arabs, Chechens and Uzbeks operate in the region. The nine rebels were killed when a drone fired two missiles at a house in Mirali area of North Waziristan Agency yesterday. Six militants were killed instantly while three bodies were retrieved later from the rubble of the house, officials said. North Waziristan is a magnet for jihadis seeking to fight NATO forces in Afghanistan. The area has witnessed the largest concentration of drone strikes this year.

Canadian teenager sweeps American Music Awards REUTERS LOS ANGELES, NOV 22

Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber swept the American Music Awards yesterday, overshadowing Eminem to take home four prizes, including artist of the year. The fresh-faced pop singer also won statuettes for favorite pop album, breakthrough artist and favorite male pop artist. Since the awards are determined by fans' online voting, the 16-year-old star was unquestionably the frontrunner. His millions of young female fans reportedly account for a hefty portion of overall Twitter messaging traffic. Eminem and country trio Lady Antebellum, who led the contenders with five nominations each, had to make do with some scraps. Eminem won a pair of prizes in the rap/hip hop field, losing to Bieber in his three other categories.

The resolution by Congressman Gus Bilirakis gives the sense of the House of Representatives that the UN should forthwith take the procedural actions necessary to amend Article 23 of the Charter of the United Nations to establish India as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

over one billion citizens residing within its borders and is one of the largest contributors of troops to UN-mandated peacekeeping missions, it said. The resolution also said that India has demonstrated a strong commitment to global peace and promotion of the peaceful development of the South Asian region. "... it is the sense of the House

of Representatives that the United Nations should forthwith take the procedural actions necessary to amend Article 23 of the Charter of the United Nations to establish India as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council," it said. Meanwhile, Louisiana's Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, have discounted unending speculation that they may run for the White House in 2012. Jindal is adamant about running for re-election in Louisiana and Hillary says she loves her job as America's top diplomat. “I'm running for re-election in 2011,” Jindal told NBC on Sunday. “I am running to be governor of Louisiana. There will be other candidates running for president.” When asked if he would consider running as vice president on the Republican ticket in 2012, Jindal left the door open.

Haneef to return to Australia for compensation talks: report PTI MELBOURNE, NOV 22

Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef, wrongly accused of terror links in Australia, is returning to the country next month for compensation talks, local media said today. Haneef, along with his wife Firdous and three-year-old daughter Haniyah, will arrive in Brisbane in December for the mediation session as one of the final steps in his bid to secure a compensation payout for his ordeal, 'The Australian' reported. Haneef has also expressed a desire to return to Australia "permanently", according to the report. In July 2007, Haneef was held in custody for 12 days before being charged with recklessly giving support to a terrorist organisation when his mobile phone SIM card was linked to a terrorist attack in Britain the same year. Haneef was arrested at Brisbane airport, as he was returning to India on family leave to see his wife, who had just given birth. He was working at the Gold Coast Hospital at the time.

‘Children safer in Afghan cities than London, NY’


Afghan cities are like a network of villages where children may well be safer than in London or New York, NATO's top civilian envoy to Afghanistan has

New Lanka Cabinet takes shape Rajapaksa includes 59 in his 2nd six-year term PTI COLOMBO, NOV 22

Sri Lanka's powerful President Mahinda Rajapaksa today unveiled an expanded 59-member cabinet for his second six-year term as he retained his prime minister and foreign minister while rewarding with ministerial berths several MPs, including leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, who supported his government on a key amendment. Rajapaksa, 65, chose to keep with himself the key Defence and Finance portfolios and retained Prime Minister D M Jayaratne for a second term. The President's brother Basil Rajapaksa, the main political strategist of his administration, also kept his post of Economic Development Minister. G L Peiris, the incumbent foreign minister, also retained his position. Newly-appointed ministers along with 31 other deputy ministers took the oath of office before Rajapaksa at the

Presidential Secretariat, ahead of the presentation of the first budget of his second term. Ministerial portfolios were offered to several MPs who pledged their support to the government during the crucial

mon opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka during the presidential election in January, also became a partner of the coalition government, accepting a Cabinet portfolio. Its leader Rauf Hakeem has

Rajapaksa, 65, chose to keep with himself the key Defence and Finance portfolios and retained Prime Minister D M Jayaratne for a second term. The President's brother Basil Rajapaksa, the main political strategist of his administration, also kept his post of Economic Development Minister. G L Peiris, the incumbent foreign minister, also retained his position. vote on 18th amendment to the Constitution which removed the term limits for the presidency. The previous Cabinet under Rajapaksa had 41 ministers in it. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the leading party representing the Muslim minority which had supported the now jailed com-

been appointed as the new Justice Minister. Sri Lanka has introduced several senior ministerial portfolios similar to the Singaporean system and appointed 10 veteran politicians for such positions. Functions and operational procedures of the newly introduced senior ministers in the

Prince Charles breaks Royal protocol for flood-hit family AGENCES LONDON, NOV 22

Prince Charles recently broke the Royal protocol by signing an autograph for a flood-hit family. He visited residents in Cornwall to lend his support after torrential downpours hit the county last week. Among them were Tony and Meg Hendy whose home in St Blazey had been deluged with water and mud. T h e P r i n c e , w h o w ro t e ''Charles 2010'' in the autograph, apologised for the ''shaky writing'' because he ''never writes standing up''. Photographer Paul Williams, who witnessed the unique signing, said the Prince seemed “genuinely touched” by their plight. “The Hendys, whose house

was one of the worst affected, was the only property that he visited,” the Daily Mail quoted Williams as saying. “He seemed genuinely touched by this couple and said if he could help in anyway he would. Then Mrs Hendy asked him for an autograph.” “As everyone knows Royal protocol means that the Queen

and Prince Charles never give autographs. They may sign visitors books or official documents, but autographs never.” The Prince offered to help in anyway he could and was then asked by Mrs Hendy: “Can I be really cheeky please sir and can I have your autograph for my young son Tom?” “Charles astounded his protection squad and asked them to find him some paper, which they did.” “Then with a detective holding a file for him to rest on, he whipped out his Royal Parker pen and scribbled 'CHARLEY 2010' on it.” “ They've gone from the depths of despair losing all of their belongings just before Christmas to having a Royal visit and obtaining an unheard of souvenir,” Williams added.

Chinese regions fight back against Mandarin surge REUTERS GUANGZHOU, NOV 22

From the remote mountains of Tibet to the soaring skyscrapers of Shanghai and Guangzhou, an unlikely issue has emerged to both anger and unite China's disparate peoples -- their language. The country's 1.3 billion people may be almost all exclusively educated in one tongue, the official medium of Mandarin, but decades of its promotion has failed to stifle popular attachment to regional vernaculars and dialects. The banishing or planned banishment from the airwaves and classrooms of languages such as Cantonese, Shanghainese and Tibetan has sparked rare public protests, as people push back against a government with little time for cultural diversity. At a rally in the booming southern city of Guangzhou in late July, protesters thronged against police and shouted obscenities, demanding the protection of their mother tongue, Cantonese. ''The protesters were very united. We all had just one aim: to protect our own language,'' said Michelle, one of the self-proclaimed ''cultural defenders'' at the rally who asked her full name not be used because of the sensitivity of the issue. Protests against cornerstones of government policy are rare in a country where the

ruling Communist Party values stability above all and comes down hard on dissent. ''Cantonese people speak Cantonese!'' many yelled, in a surprisingly venomous retort to authorities, and a passionate defence of culture that caught officials -- more accustomed to simmering unrest over issues like land grabs, corruption and pollution - off guard. A subsequent protest, organised via an online campaign and buzzing chatrooms was soon smothered by police and Internet censors in a sign of unease by the Party at any challenge to its rule. Still, the government did back down slightly, promising that Cantonese broadcasting would continue in Guangzhou, making it one of the few places in China where state-run radio and television make wide use of the vernacular. POWERFUL POLICY LEVER: Only about half of China's 1.3 billion people speak Mandarin, according to government surveys. Visit the vast and poor countryside and the chances of hearing pure Mandarin spoken as an everyday language are practically nil. Throughout China's long and turbulent history, the nation's emperors and rulers have been driven by a desire to unite the country and to standardise speech as a powerful policy lever. Diversity hasn't been a priority for Beijing

when seen in this context, and critics sometimes say Beijing's pro-Mandarin policies can amount to cultural intimidation. In October, ethnic Tibetan students took to the streets in the western province of Qinghai to protest against what they view as the marginalisation of Tibetan in the education system in favour of Mandarin. The requirement of Mandarin to succeed professionally in China has forced many young Tibetans and others to prioritise Mandarin over their mother tongues. While such pockets of linguistic angst across China almost certainly won't snowball into broader unrest, continued erosion of language variety could feed deeper-rooted resentment given the centrality of speech to cultures. ''It's really a worry for us, because we've seen the cultures of other ethnic minorities, including the Tibetans, slowly fade and become assimilated. If Beijing can persuade the next generation of kids to use Mandarin, then they've succeeded to an extent,'' said Hong Kong-based activist Choi Suk-fong who helped organised protect Cantonese protests in the financial hub. Cantonese does at least have a powerful backer in Hong Kong's popular Cantopop music and film culture. Many young Chinese can sing in Cantonese at karaoke without being able to speak a word.

executive President-led Cabinet were not immediately clear. Key portfolios such as Defence and Finance continue to remain under Rajapaksa. However, the President's son Namal, who entered Parliament in recent general election, has not been picked for any position. A total of 12 junior ministers were promoted in the shake-up, which expanded the Cabinet to 59. Rajapaksa also created a new post for "international monetary cooperation" and made exdeputy finance minister Sarath Amunugama in charge of the portfolio, which is aimed at coordinating Sri Lanka's ties with foreign lenders. The President won the election for an unprecedented second term in January defeating Fonseka, following which the 18th amendment to the Constitution was adopted in Parliament that removed the term limits for presidency.

Sikhs protest decision to bar 'Palki' PTI LAHORE, NOV 22

Sikh elders have protested a decision by Pakistani authorities to bar the community from organising the 'Palki' procession at Gurdwara Janamsthan in Nankana Sahib to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. Authorities said their decision to bar the procession, which goes from Gurdwara Janamsthan to seven other gurdwaras in Guru Nanak's birthplace, was based on security concerns. However, Pakistan Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee president Sardar Bishon Singh said that if Muslims are freely allowed to observe their rituals, there should be no restrictions on Sikh festivals in the name of security. "People from the Barelvi school of thought have taken out religious processions on the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed with security and the same facility could be extended to Sikhs," Singh argued.

said. "The children are probably safer here than they would be in London, New York or Glasgow or many other cities," Mark Sedwill said during an interview to be aired on Monday on Children's BBC (CBBC). He made the comment in response to a question from the show's presenter about reports the programme, Newsround, had received from Afghan children in Kabul who said they felt unsafe on the streets because of the risk of bombs. "In Kabul and the other big cities, actually, there are very few of those bombs," Sedwill said. He said most children, even in places like the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, go about their daily lives in safety. "So it is a little bit like a city of villages," he said.


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Regulate MFIs: Reddy PTI MUMBAI, NOV 22

Former Reserve Bank governor Yaga Venugopal Reddy has said the microfinance institutions should be regulated as they are no better than moneylenders. "Profit-seeking MFIs should be studied…as they do not come under the laws relating to money lending or usury…

.After all, they are no better than moneylenders", the Reddy said here today. PTI caught up with the former governor here today a few hours prior to the launch of his second book in as many years since the still lingering global financial crisis erupted and he left the office. Reserve Bank Governor Duvvuri Subbarao will launch the book titled 'Global Crisis, Recession and Uneven Recov-

ery' this evening. The book is published by Orient BlackSwan, an imprint of Orient Longman. The book is collection of his speeches at various, but were not disseminated to the public, since his previous book entitled 'India and the Global Financial Crisis: Managing Money and Finance,' published in late 2009. India's crisis man, as he has been nicknamed following his successful steering of the monetary policy during his stint at the Mint Road from 2003 to September 2008, further says, "microfinance is a respectable area, and the impressive profitability of our profit-seeking MFIs has attracted investments from private equity funds globally. There may therefore be merit in a detailed analysis in a sort of supervisory review, to check any incipient tendency towards irresponsible usurious lending by such profitseeking MFIs." The comments from the former central banker, who left RBI just a few days before the full blown onset of the global financial meltdown that pulled in the global economy into a deep recession, assume importance in the light of the ongoing crisis in the Rs 10,000-crore microfinance industry in the country, following the Andhra Ordinance and the RBI setting up a panel to look into the entire gamut of MFI business.

S&T dept to give 70% soft loan to Pharma Ind PTI MUMBAI, NOV 22

Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan welcoming Indian President Pratibha Patil upon her arrival for a meting in Abu Dhabi on Monday as she begins an official visit to the United Arab Emirates.

Department of Science and Technology is ready to provide a soft loan up to 70 per cent for Pharma Industry Research and Development projects, a senior scientist said. “DST will provide 70 per cent of the project cost which can be paid back in three years and this unsecured loan is given at a simple interest of three per cent per annum,” Dr G J Samathanam, Advisor and Head of Technology Development and Transfer Division of DST told PTI on the sidelines of the twoday ‘International Conference on Clinical Trials’ concluded here on Saturday. The repayment of the loan will be in 10 annual equal instalments after the project period, he said. The Department will also share 50 per cent of the cost to build clinical trial infrastructure in the country to improve the quality of drug in the international markets, he said. In addition, the department has so far provided infrastructure in 35 national laboratories including setting up of a Special Pathogen Free (SPF) monkey facility in the outskirts of Mumbai, to match the pharma industry needs so that they can compete in the world market better, Samathanam said. He also invited the Association of Clinical Research Organisations (ACRO) of the confederation of Indian Industries to step in to design the guidelines which would help augment regulatory clearances. During the panel discussion at the conference, Samathanam emphasised the need for doing clinical research in an ethical manner and in a bid to emphasise on regulatory transparency, he invited all stakeholders of the industry to help design guidelines for regulatory clearances. “Clinical research cannot be complete without ethics being observed. At the same time, focus should be laid on training researchers about processes and ethics, so that the outcome is optimum,” he said. Grant-in-aid will be given to industry including new and small for R and D projects involving clinical trials (Phase I, II and III) of developing drugs for neglected diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, kala-azar and filarial, he said adding currently Ranbaxy and Bharat Serum are conducting trials. There are more than 100 collaborations with 40 companies are beneficiaries of 60 loans, he said.

Hike in onion export NASSCOM suggests flexible price fails to improve working for women in IT industry ber of women in the mid and senior-level posidomestic market tions. Despite many efforts by the companies UNI BANGALORE, NOV 22


Steep hike in onion export prices has failed to improve domestic market scenario as the vegetable continues to be expensive at a retail price of Rs 35 a kg in Delhi. Besides, onion continues to be expensive in the wholesale market, even after the agri-cooperative and onion export regulator NAFED hiked the commodity export price last week to USD 150 a tonne. The NAFED’s decision to increase minimum export price (MEP)from USD 375 a tonne to USD 525 a tonne for this month was necessitated by sharp increase in retail price of the vegetable at Rs 40 a kg over a fortnight period. The measure, the cooperative had hoped, would help bring down the onion price below Rs 30 per kg. However, trade sources inform that onion is being sold between Rs 25-30 a kg in wholesale market in Azadpur, which is Asia’s biggest fruit and vegetables market. They add this has been the prevalent rate for the last 4-5 days. Good quality onion at retail outlets in Delhi is available at Rs 35 a kg while poor quality wet onions are being sold at Rs 30 a kg. The country has shipped 10.10 lakh tonnes of onion so far this fiscal, against 12.99 lakh tonnes in the year-ago period, the official data showed. India exports onions to Bangladesh, the West Asia, Singapore and Malaysia. Prices of onion have risen because of supply crunch due to rain, triggered by cyclones in the South and heavy downpours in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Onion Merchants Association Azadpur market President Rajendra Sharma told PTI. Maharashtra ranks first in Onion production with a share of 18 per cent.

Sensex gains 372 points PTI MUMBAI, NOV 22

BSE benchmark Sensex made a strong recovery today, soaring 372 points, driven by buying in heavy weights including Infosys and ICICI Bank, coupled with recovery in European markets. Snapping last week’s losing spree, the Bombay Stock Exchange 30-share sensitive index Sensex started the week on a strong note and settled with a gain of 372.15 points or 1.90 per cent at 19,957.59. It was the biggest surge since November 4. The barometer had shed nearly three per cent last week. The National Stock Exchange’s wide-based Nifty also saw a handsome rally of 119.70 points to finish above the 6,000-mark at 6,010.

Aban Offshor, 779.9, 801, 771.35, 794.1 Abb Ltd., 840, 858.2, 825, 851.55 Abg Shipyard, 408.3, 422.8, 394.15, 414.35 Acc Limited, 1028, 1038, 1016.3, 1026.4 Adani Enterp, 747, 775, 733.5, 751.05 Aditya Birla, 790.25, 799.65, 784.8, 792.45 Allahabad Ba, 252, 258.8, 250, 257.35 Alstom Proje, 687, 710.95, 687, 704.3 Ambuja Cemen, 146.25, 148.25, 145.05, 146.2 Andhra Bank, 172.15, 176.25, 170.25, 174.8 Ashok Leylan, 74.35, 75.15, 73.5, 74.6 Asian Paints, 2651.15, 2685, 2611, 2659.35 Axis Bank Li, 1400, 1453.8, 1370, 1430.6 Bajaj Hindus, 118.15, 120.15, 115.15, 119.3 Bank Of Baro, 944.1, 974, 919.4, 966.65 Bank Of Indi, 472, 489.9, 457.05, 487.9 Beml Limited, 1093.05, 1100, 1080, 1085.85 Bharat Elect, 1695, 1714.9, 1675, 1709.4 Bharat Forge, 365.1, 374.35, 353.05, 372.6 Bharat Petro, 720, 722, 703.9, 717.1 Bharti Airte, 334.15, 339.9, 334, 336.95 Bhel, 2265, 2278, 2232, 2270.2 Bhushan Stee, 490.05, 494.8, 473, 490.1 Biocon Limit, 400.15, 406.95, 392.25, 405.3

Bombay Dyein, 535, 556, 525, 551.85 Bosch Limite, 6440, 6515, 6382, 6400.4 Brigade Ente, 128.3, 130.85, 125.2, 128.5 Cairn India, 315, 323.65, 314, 320.35 Canara Bank, 748, 793.7, 748, 778.9 Central Bank, 218.6, 223.25, 212.2, 221.9 Century Text, 464, 479, 454.6, 476.8 Cesc Ltd, 372, 372, 360.5, 369 Chambal Fert, 91, 91, 83.8, 85.45 Chennai Petr, 232.5, 240.2, 231.4, 237.9 Cipla Ltd, 345.95, 350, 338.55, 348.1 Colgate Palm, 897.7, 940, 863.3, 879.6 Container Co, 1301, 1311.2, 1301, 1307.8 Crompton Gre, 331, 335.8, 329.1, 330.9 Cummins Indi, 771, 775.7, 757, 770.05 Dabur India, 98, 99.4, 95.15, 96.15 Deccan Chron, 122.1, 124.45, 119.05, 123.2 Dish Tv Indi, 65.4, 66.9, 63.15, 66.55 Divi’s Labor, 674, 678.2, 656, 657.85 Dlf Limited, 311, 320.45, 308.2, 318.7 Dr. reddy’s, 1770, 1781.65, 1740.05, 1762.7 Edelweiss Ca, 57.9, 58.9, 56.1, 57.55 Educomp Solu, 605.5, 634.4, 582.45, 630.2 Eih Limited, 121.75, 121.75, 117, 117.95

Engineers In, 342, 342, 334, 336 Essar Oil Lt, 132.15, 134.2, 129.45, 133.6 Essar Shippi, 106.6, 111.8, 101.8, 106.45 Exide Indust, 163, 170, 162.05, 168.75 Federal Bank, 450, 463.45, 445.65, 459.75 Financial Te, 1018, 1025.2, 990, 999.7 Gail (india), 494, 497.8, 485.25, 495.15 Gammon India, 182, 184.85, 175, 179.65 Glaxosmithkl, 2235, 2273.95, 2230.5, 2261.85 Glenmark Pha, 355.5, 363.7, 350.1, 356.95 Gmr Infrastr, 49.35, 50.8, 47.65, 50.3 Godrej Indus, 202, 206, 198.9, 204.7 Grasim Indus, 2215, 2264, 2215, 2253.4 Great Offsho, 372.1, 373.9, 364.45, 367.2 Gtl Infra.Lt, 43.85, 44.2, 43.5, 43.75 Gujarat Mine, 141, 144.45, 140.1, 142.6 Gujarat N R, 56.1, 56.7, 54.95, 55.4 Gujarat Stat, 114.6, 115.3, 112.5, 113.75 Gvk Pow. & I, 42, 43.3, 41.6, 42.95 Hcl Technolo, 378.1, 392.95, 371.05, 390.25 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2321, 2390.95, 2306, 2379.9 Hdfc Ltd, 699.9, 720, 699.25, 719.1 Hero Honda M, 1937, 1964.55, 1912.6,

1954.6 Hindalco in, 214.1, 217.95, 212.55, 214.8 Hindustan Co, 59, 59, 57, 58.3 Hindustan Ma, 70, 71.3, 69.15, 69.5 Hindustan Pe, 446, 450.55, 433, 447.95 Hindustan Un, 300.25, 303, 297, 299.65 Hindustan Zi, 1169.3, 1184.45, 1158.2, 1176.55 Housing Dev, 232.95, 233.45, 225.5, 230.55 Icici Bank L, 1152.9, 1193.15, 1145.15, 1180.05 Idea Cellula, 75.5, 75.85, 71.7, 72.2 Ifci Ltd, 68.2, 69.8, 67.95, 69.5 India Cement, 114.35, 114.6, 111, 114 India Infoli, 109, 114, 105.25, 113.1 Indiabulls F, 188.4, 203.4, 187.25, 198.2 Indiabulls R, 174.7, 181, 168.55, 179.6 Indian Bank, 286.5, 295.9, 277.15, 294.25 Indian Hotel, 99.15, 100.8, 98.75, 100.55 Indian Oil C, 397, 397, 383.6, 385.7 Indian Overs, 156, 161, 154.25, 158.75 Indus Dev Ba, 180, 182.65, 170.65, 180.45 Indusind Ban, 267.2, 282.7, 264.55, 279.65 Infosys Tech, 2971.35, 3068, 2971.35,

Increasing levels of attrition among women employees in the Information Technology sector saw the industry body NASSCOM seeking flexible work atmosphere for the fair sex to help raise their families. Speaking at the Diversity and Inclusivity Summit which began here today, NASSCOM Chairman Harsh Manglik said the main reason behind the women dropping out of the jobs in the IT-BPO sector was due to family reasons. ‘’With an increasing number of woman engineers passing out of college every year, and a social shift towards greater acceptance of a working spouse, the IT industry provides a safe and friendly environment for the working women. ‘’But it has to do more to facilitate her raise the family. By providing flexible work atmosphere, we can ensure that there is a sustained increase in the number of women in mid-level and senior management positions in the IT industry,’’ he said. Mr Maglik, who is the Chairman and Geography Managing Director, Accenture India, observed that women who return from a maternity period or a break due to family reason tend to feel ‘outdated’ and disconnected from the sector. Here the IT companies should help them out and make them feel at home by minimising the ‘’intimidating’’ feeling they may undergo. He expressed disappointment over the num-

3043.7 Infra. dev., 186.5, 193.9, 185.1, 193.2 Ispat Indust, 18.2, 18.3, 17.7, 17.9 Itc Ltd, 171.25, 176.4, 170.4, 175.9 Ivrcl Infras, 126.5, 130.55, 122.5, 130.05 Jai Corp Lim, 232, 271.1, 225.1, 262.3 Jaiprakash A, 121.7, 126.3, 121.25, 125.8 Jet Airways, 873.7, 900.9, 852, 892.85 Jindal Saw L, 200.5, 203.95, 198.25, 200.4 Jindal Steel, 650, 664.2, 648.6, 657.85 Jsw Steel Li, 1246.2, 1256, 1218.45, 1251.35 Kotak Mahind, 468, 483.6, 463, 481.45 Lakshmi Mach, 2555, 2650, 2533, 2613.25 Lanco Infrat, 64.6, 66.2, 64, 65.35 Larsen & Tou, 2053, 2065, 2035.5, 2044.35 Lic Housing, 1299, 1313, 1281.8, 1293.8 Lupin Limite, 495.4, 496.9, 480.1, 488.75 Mahanagar Te, 57.4, 58.6, 56.8, 57.7 Mahindra & M, 756, 772, 734.4, 766.55 Maruti Suzuk, 1410, 1428, 1395, 1420.95 Max India Lt, 160.25, 162, 157.55, 161.25 Maytas Infr., 190.15, 193, 187.15, 191 Moser­baer (, 61.5, 62, 60.15, 61.55

Mrpl, 74.9, 76.2, 73.15, 75.7 Nagarjuna Co, 133.05, 134.9, 128.15, 133.85 Nagarjuna Fe, 35.95, 36, 33.25, 33.5 National Alu, 380, 385, 375.2, 380.3 Neyveli Lign, 146.3, 146.7, 141.75, 145.7 Ntpc Ltd, 186.3, 186.3, 182, 183.25 Oil And Natu, 1260.05, 1305, 1245.05, 1296.75 Omaxe Limite, 144.4, 145, 141.9, 143.7 Oriental Ban, 462.95, 476.95, 450.1, 474.15 Pantaloon Re, 438, 447, 435, 444.85 Parsvnath De, 61.9, 61.9, 59.05, 61.15 Petronet Lng, 114, 119, 113.15, 116.85 Power Fin Co, 342, 351.45, 342, 350 Power Grid C, 101, 101.9, 98.7, 101.45 Praj Industr, 71.05, 72.4, 70.1, 71.7 Punj Lloyd L, 116, 116.6, 112.65, 114.7 Punjab Natio, 1294.95, 1318.5, 1268.2, 1307.45 Rajesh Expor, 112.2, 116.05, 110.75, 115.2 Ranbaxy Labs, 560.5, 575.35, 558.25, 571.7 Rashtriya Ch, 110.8, 111.3, 102.55, 103.65 Reliance Cap, 691, 705.95, 671.35, 700.25

and the industry body, their proportionate numbers remained very low, he said. However, it was in contrast to the bottom of the pyramid or in the entry level, where their ratio had gone up to 40 per cent and may reach 45 per cent by the end of this year. The current number of woman working in the IT space was six lakh, he said. ‘’So we must ensure that the progressive pipeline do not get very thin quickly,’’ he said. Ms Suchitra Eashwar, Senior Director, NASSCOM, regretted that women rising to the level of CEOs or CXOs remained absymally low and were less than four per cent. ‘’Where do the women disappear. Let’s explore this,’’ she said. Ms Eashwar said NASSCOM had initiated steps to ensure diversity and inclusivity in the IT space and aimed to promote Women’s Entrepreneurship and Supplier Diversity amongst companies. It also was working towards engaging and partnering with government at the state and national level to enable greater participation of diverse groups in the economy. Managing Director of Brittania Industries, Vinita Bali, said diversity was not about having increased women workforce or about having certain percentage of women in the company. ‘’Diversity without inclusion is a blunt sword,’’ she observed. She called upon the women to be courageous and be ready for any role in the hierarchy of the company.

Reliance Com, 149.9, 151.7, 147.15, 149.45 Reliance Ene, 1180, 1198, 1136.6, 1164.21 Reliance Ind, 770, 829, 751, 817 Reliance Ind, 1003.5, 1016.45, 997.2, 1012.25 Reliance Pow, 168.25, 173.5, 166.75, 170.95 Rolta India, 168.6, 170.2, 163.2, 169.25 Satyam Compu, 70, 71, 68.2, 68.6 Sesa Goa Ltd, 332.1, 335.95, 328.5, 334.45 Shipping Cor, 155, 158.4, 152.8, 156.5 Siemens Ltd, 792, 798.9, 782.1, 796.05 Sintex Indus, 221.55, 223.8, 216.15, 218.1 Sobha Develo, 312.65, 318.8, 311, 317 State Bank O, 3001.25, 3050, 2980.55, 3039.85 Steel Author, 189.8, 190.45, 186.1, 189.35 Sterlite Ind, 176.1, 178.7, 171.55, 175.25 Sun Pharmace, 2235, 2244.1, 2148.75, 2230.85 Sun Tv Netwo, 501.6, 510.05, 486.25, 497.9 Suzlon Energ, 52.15, 53.05, 51.85, 52.25 Tata Communi, 289.15, 294, 286, 291.9 Tata Consult, 1016, 1043, 1011.5, 1039.1

Tata Motors, 1206, 1233.7, 1191.05, 1227.7 Tata Power C, 1306.85, 1355, 1305.15, 1347.75 Tata Steel L, 610.55, 627.05, 608.7, 624.85 Tata Teleser, 20.65, 20.8, 20.25, 20.6 Tech Mahindr, 680.25, 686.8, 673.1, 683 The Ge Shpg., 364.1, 372.8, 363.2, 368.2 The Phoenix, 218, 229.45, 215.3, 217.55 Thermax Ltd, 879, 893.4, 869, 877.3 Titan Indust, 3698, 3840, 3698, 3811.8 Torrent Powe, 277, 279.9, 270, 277.35 Triveni Engg, 98.05, 109, 98.05, 107.5 Tv18 India L, 78, 80.35, 78, 79.6 Uco Bank, 141.9, 152.4, 140.75, 150.95 Ultratech Ce, 1110, 1110, 1087, 1099.85 Union Bank O, 371.6, 379.7, 369.2, 377.45 Unitech Ltd, 68, 70, 66.85, 69.7 United Phosp, 186, 188.55, 181.8, 187.2 Videocon Ind, 213.9, 219.7, 206.8, 218.6 Vijaya Bank, 103.3, 106.15, 101.8, 105.2 Voltas Ltd, 248, 248.95, 242.05, 246.15 Wipro Ltd, 405, 420, 400.85, 418.3 Yes Bank Lim, 322, 330, 320, 328.4 Zee Entertai, 144.95, 145.95, 140.85, 145.1


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Movers & shakers Nanu Enterprises: A multifaceted growth BHARATI PAWASKAR

The great entrepreneur of his times – Crisna Nanu Naik fondly known as Bhaoo – who started as young as 15 and is still going strong at ripe 87, is a living legend, heading Nanu Enterprises, a group of private limited companies – Nanu Engineers, Nanu Resorts, Nanu Estates, Nanu Investments, Nanu Industries and Nanu Farms, to name a few! Bhaoo, an industrious and visionary, is the Chairman of the above said group of companies. Believing that sky is the only limit and inspiring people around him and moving ahead with strong family ties Nanu, today, is a name in civil and electrical infrastructure, hospitality, real estate, manufacturing, financing, farming and much more. The growth graph of Nanu is heading for the platinum jubilee now with only three years left to complete 75 years of non-stop journey. Bhaoo started with a general merchandise shop at Betalbatim way back in 1938. He had to shoulder the responsibility of the family and the shop at a very young age. Later in 1957 he started wholesale business as importers-exporters in general merchandise in Margao. Years later from 1972, with the entry of Bhaoo’s three sons Pravas, Narayan (Mahesh) and Sandesh, the business grew manifold. From 2000 onwards Bhaoo’s grandsons have stepped in Niresh, Naval and Sankalp with now seven of them working together meticulously. It’s a family business, after all! Pravas and Narayan graduated together – Pravas with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Narayan in Civil. The real upward journey kick started in 1973, with M/s Electro Engineering Enterprises and M/s N K Naik & Associates. 1977 witnessed the birth of manufacturing mosaic tiles and cement blocks – Kristile Cement Products. Later in 1980 they entered into Real Estate business as Sapana Real Estates. The journey took an interesting turn in 1981, with Sapana Ceramics that indulged with the production of tiles and bricks. It was a half-completed project. After we purchased it, Pravas went to Germany and Italy to learn the techniques of running this German make model. They commissioned the factory in 1982 with the production of 36,000 bricks per day. Pravas tells with pride that it was second such plant in India, fully automatic. However, later, due to the non-availability of required clay and the cost of the coal and oil gone up, this plant had to be closed in 2002. Nevertheless it was operating for 20 good years. Some part of this premise is used for electrical switchboard manufacturing unit – Nanu Industries. With Nanu Resorts (1993) at Betalbatim beach and Nanutel (1997) at Margao operating full-fledged, Nanus are planning to start a chain of 3-star hotels all over India. Venturing into other fields Nanus started Basaltic Metal mining and crushing plant, fully automatic with a capacity of 1000 tonnes per day at Conquirem, Valpoi. Early this year ‘manufactured sand’ project kick started. “This washed sand manufacturing unit is getting good response and so one more crushing plant at Dodamarg (Maharashtra) is scheduled to commission next year,” tells Pravas. Nanu Farms, situated at Rivona, is the ancestral property of 75 acres developed for plantations – bananas, nuts, spices and coconuts are the main crops taken from 1962. Later additional 125 acres was acquired at Sulcornem. “It is a solace for my father who visits it twice a week for rejuvenation. It’s his hobby to toil in the soil at this age,” tells Pravas, who himself has spiritual inclinations. Yoga, morning walk, sudarshan kriya and reading are a part of his daily routine. A family man, versatile Pravas loves globetrotting. In his recent tour to Norway he witnessed the midnight sun. Experiencing the goodness of a joint family business Pravas

Tata Docomo launches 3G services in M’rashtra circle

Workshop on packaging of processed foods on Nov 26


has an excellent piece of advice – “Stay united. Working together is best for expanding the business with division of the responsibilities. Different businesses could be handled by different members in the family, each contributing according to his capacity and calibre. Have regular meetings and clear misunderstandings. Remain transparent in all matters – be it family or business.” Pravas got involved with the Art of Living in the beginning of the millennium. Within a year he became the President of the Organising Committee that was in charge of AoL Goa state. Speaking on the subject he shares, “My association with the Art of Living Foundation has helped me to introspect and look within.” Praising the sudarshan kriya, Pravas says, “It brings in the coolness of mind. It helped me to control my anger and blessed me with peaceful sleep and zero stress of whatsoever kind.” As a Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Sri Sri Institute of Management Studies, a Management College at Margao, Goa, he along with Dr Venkatesh Hegde, R S Kamat and Arjun Chowgule, work for the betterment of the society. Pravas is also an apex member of AoL, Goa state. With total faith in God – Ramnathi being his Kuldev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar his spiritual Guru, Pravas does Sudarshan Kriya daily. Active in the devasthan committee he is a member of Ramnathi Charity Trust. He was instrumental in setting up Ambika Yoga Kutir in Comba, Margao in 1999. In real estate it is the quality and time that counts while in real life adding life to our years is important. Believing in this concept Pravas speaks high of his Guru who has been instrumental to change his outlook towards life. Mentioning AoL programmes like Brahmanaad (Noida), Antarnaad (Pune) that were recorded in the Guinness Book he explains – “Brahmanaad witnessed 1250 sitarists performing together, while Antarnaad saw 2700 vocalists singing in one voice. Annabrahma was held on 2 November this year in Ahmedabad, where 5600 vegetarian dishes were presented on one platform and later distributed to 35,000 under privileged children.” Pravas has witnessed his charismatic spiritual Guru speaking to mesmerised crowds, thousands in numbers, touching their souls, transforming their lives and blessing them each with peace of mind. “Guruji brings discipline into our lives,” says Pravas adding, “I remember AoL Silver Jubilee function held in Bangalore in 2006 where 25 lakh people had gathered and lived together peacefully for 3 days.” Such rich experiences have added vigour to the life of this multifaceted personality. Pravas, in his early sixties, has a long journey ahead with no additional baggage of stress, thanks to Sri Sri! Pravas means journey in Marathi. So since journey itself is thy name Pravas – travel light! Bon voyage!

The Tata Docomo, the GSM arm of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra), today formally launched its 3G services. “It will equip customers with dual advantage and trusted service from the well known house of Tatas,” President of Tata Teleservices Ltd, Pankaj Sethi, told reporters, here. The 3G network, set up with assistance of NTT Docomo, supports high speed internet access with speed up to 21.1 mbps and also supports HighDefinition voice (HD voice) for a superior voice experience on calls, Sethi said. “While 3G is next generation of mobility with its better voice clarity, fewer call drops and high speed internet, the impact is likely to have on consumers lives is much greater,” Chief Operating Officer of the company, Anupam Verma said. The company also announced attractive and innovative plans like small screen plan and large screen plan, for consumer to upgrade to 3G life. The plan option is ranging from Rs 750 to Rs 200 offering 750 to 5000 free call minutes, they said.

N C Saha, Director, Indian Institute of Packaging, addressing the press in the presence of Air Cmde P K Pinto AVSM, Director General, GCCI, and Mr J B Pinto, Executive Secretary, GSIA. HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) will organise a workshop on “Packaging of Processed Foods for the Cottage, Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs” on November 26 at The Taj Vivanta, Panjim. The workshop aims at disseminating information on the trends and technology in the packaging of processed foods, create awareness about the importance of packaging and also to promote the export market with the use of innovative packaging design & development, standardization, etc. The workshop will focus on creating awareness of the importance of packaging among

the cottage, micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Seminars have also been conducted in other cities like Guwahati, Delhi, Agartala and Tirupati to target SMEs and MSMEs located across the country. Individuals involved in the manufacture of traditional processed food products, representing these industries have been invited to participate in the workshop without any registration fee. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane will inaugurate the workshop while Ashok Sinha, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt of India and K R Prasad, Deputy Director (I/ C), MSME, Goa will also attend.

The workshop will be addressed by Dr U Venkateswarlu, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India and N C Saha, Director, IIP along with other faculty members of IIP. Addressing media persons, NC Saha, Director, HP stated that The emergence of globalisation and liberalisation of trade policies has had a phenomenal effect on the Indian society like an increase in the population of the middle class, transformations in the lifestyle, increase of literacy and a boom in the retail market. At present, India ranks fifth among 30 emerging retail markets in the developing countries. The organised retail market is also expected to grow from 2% to 20% of the total retail industry in India by 2015, he added. He further stated that the IIP is taking initiatives to help industries involved in packaging to benefit from these advancements. These industries need special attention for their upgradation in terms of technology and technical expertise for their sustenance in this competitive world. With an expectation of around 100 participants, these industries are showing a positive response to these initiatives.

Caculo Ford celebrates 500 Figos on Goa roads HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

Caculo Ford, the authorised dealers for Ford delivered the 500th Figo in Goa. Since its launch, Figo has captured the imagination of new car buyers across India and the response has been extraordinary. Figo buyers have appreciated best-in-class features, good looks, superior drive ability and above all, very affordable pricing. Ford Figo has received overwhelming response from its customers in Goa. The innumerable bookings that are pouring in only reflect that today’s customers want to buy products that offer value for money and make them feel great about making a smart choice. The Ford Figo comes with 2 year/1,00,000 kms warranty and with service intervals of 10000 kms per year. Ford reassures its commitment and confidence in the Ford Figo.

Manoj Caculo, Chairman, Caculo Motors Pvt Ltd, handing over a special gift and car keys to Mr and Mrs Bento Lopes, 500th Figo customer in Goa. Also seen in the picture is Harish Borkar, General Manager, Caculo Ford.

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Goa bundled out for 167

overnight score of 11 for 1, Goa wound up at 167 with Keenan Vaz being the lone warrior. Opener Srinivas Fadte contributed 26 and Darshan Misal 24. Once again it was medium pacer Soumendra Das who did

most of the damage as he sent three Goan batsman to the pavilion taking his tally to seven wickets. He was ably supported by Ankit Yadav and Sumitosh Praharaj (two wickets each) and Suryakanta Pradhan one. Orissa began on a promising note scoring 72 runs without loss until Srinivas Fadte applied the brakes dismissing opener Subhrajyoti Mishra on 39. Thereafter, it was no looking back for skipper Ganeshraj, who finished with an impressive figures of seven maidens, conceding 13 runs and taking three crucial wickets in 12 overs.

Mandopa went into the lead in the 5th minute through Climax Pereira. Miracles levelled the score in the 29th minute through Adson Fernandes. Minguel made it 2-1 for Mandopa in the 39th minute.

Crossing over, Mandopa once again dominated and Nelvy D’Costa struck the second time in the 50th and 56th minutes respectively. Miracles managed to pull one more back through Rama Rathod.


tado in the 15th minute off a pass by Anthony Fernandes. Customs dominated the proceedings after the setback and equalised through Daniel Noronha. Frankie Mascarenhas scored the match-winner in the dying minutes for Customs. Jose Santimano was outstanding for Real Madrid while Francis Dias, Domnic Cabral outshined in the midfield and Trevor Paira excelled as a goalkeeper for Customs. Francis Sequeira (Franky), social worker, Colva was the chief guest.


Despite the 68-run first inning lead, Goa were bundled out for 167 in their second innings setting a target of 232 for Orissa in Cooch Behar U-19 cricket tournament at BITS Pillani ground, Zuarinagar, Sancoale on Monday. Goa hit back in the last 12 overs, taking four wickets which saw Orissa finishing the day at 97 for 4, thanks to skipper Ganeshraj Narvekar’s 3 for 13. Orissa require 136 runs on the final day tomorrow. Keenan Vaz emerged Goa’s top scorer, contributing 62 runs. Earlier, resuming at the


Mandopa prevail over Miracles in 3rd Division

MARGAO (HC) --Mandopa Sports Club blanked Miracles Sports Club 4-2 in the GFA Third Division play - off at Curtorim ground, on Monday. Mandopa led 2-1 at half time.

Customs in semis

Customs and Central Excise, Panjim stormed into the semifinals of 7th All-Goa Flame of Unity’s veterans football tournament organised by Flame of Unity, Per-Seraulim, Colva defeating Real Madrid Veterans, Per-Seraulim, Colva 2-1 at Mabai ground, Per-Seraulim, Colva on Sunday. The score was 1-1 at the interval. Real Madrid opened their account first through Joaquim Fur-


Crowd pullers Calangute Association defeated Clube Sao Minguel de Taleigao 2-0 to book their place in finals of the Anjuna-Caisua Panchayat Cup Inter-Village football tournament organised by Chapora Yu v a k S a n g h a t C h a p o r a grounds on Monday. In a well contested semi-final, the teams played well but failed to find the net at lemon break. Changing over, Calangute gathered momentum and took the lead in the 54th minute through Sherwin Lobo. Down by a goal, Taleigao tried to bounce back into play but their forwards failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities that came their way. Cliff Fernandes made it 2-0 for Calangute in the dying minutes.


Youth of Sirlim prevailed over Dramapur Boys 5-4 via the tiebreaker to storm into the finals of VJT Cup football tournament organised by VJT Events Management at church ground, Chinchinim on Monday. There was no score at full time. With both team goalkeepers proving effective under their respective bars, none was able to score. Youth of Sirlim had the last laugh in the tiebreaker.


Parish Youth, Nuvem eliminated

GFA Third Division soccer play-offs: BAFF v. Moira SC, Duler Stadium; United SC, Seraulim v. Socio Cultural Club, Loutolim, Nagoa ground; Paradise SC v. Cabesa S & CA, Taleigao ground. Kick off 4 p.m. Bro Eulalio Vas memorial soccer: Union of Chinchinim Villagers v. Chandor Club, Don Bosco Oratory ground, Fatorda, 4.30 p.m. Eslinda Alemao memorial soccer: Sao Miguel de Taleigao v. Navelim Villagers Union, Cuncolim grounds, 4.30 p.m.

Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda 65 via the sudden death to sail into the semi-finals of All-Goa 2nd Eslinda Alemao memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Cuncolim Union at Cuncolim ground, on Monday. There was no score at full time. Don Bosco forwards did not lag behind and a couple of scoring chances by Francis Andrade, Wilson Dias and Vincent Barbosa were the worst offenders as they spurned ease scoring chances.

At the other end, Parish Youth nearly struck the match-winner when Joaquim Rodrigues’ close range shot kissed the crossbar much to their disappointment. In the tie-breaker, Tony Colaco, Selwyn Dias, Neville Fernandes, Cedar Colaco, Neville Fernandes and Agnel Dias were on target for Parish Youth while Sanjay Borkar, Selwyn Crasto, Ovildo Dias, Vincent Barbosa and Francis Andrade converted for Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda.

Wilred Leisure ahead MARGAO (HC) -- Wilred Leisure Sports Club registered a fluent 2-0 win over Betalbatim Sporting Club to march 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, Fatorda on Monday. Wilred Leisure led 1-0 at half time.

Wilred Leisure’s persistent forays were rewarded midway when Xavier Dias’ rasping shot crashed into the net. At the other end, Betalbatim were a subdued lot as they failed to function as a cohesive unit. Wilred managed to double the lead late in the second half when Agnel Martins punished the rival keeper with deft placement.

Odafe’s superb brace sinks Salgaocar HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 22

Churchill Brothers scored a fluent 2-1 win over Salgaocar Sports Club in Kingfisher Professional League at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Monday. All goals came in the second half. Odafe Okolie continued his shooting spree as he shot two in the midst of a rain of yellow cards to fellow teammates for allegedly wasting time. Odafe struck Churchill’s first cord in the 50th minute, when he was brought down in the box by the rival defendersandtherefereedidnotdelay in pointing to the dreaded spot. Odafe made no mistake in converting it. Fifteen minutes later, Odafe doubled the lead and completed his brace, when Zakeer Mundapara served the ball. Odafe broke the offside trap and scored. Salgaocar substitute Milagres Gonsalves was dangerously brought down by keeper Lalit Thapa in the box and striker Ryuji Sueoka made no mistake in reducing the margin following the spot kick award which saw goalkeeper Lalit Thapa being ordered off the field with a double booking Zakeer Mundampara, Dinesh Thounaojam and Vinay Singh were the others who received yellow cards each.

Striker Odafe in the thick of action at Tilak Maidan on Monday. Photo by M Prabhav

Vailankani lift Beach Football Cup HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 22

Tough fighters Vailankani, Benaulim came from behind to outclass Something Unique, Benaulim 4-3 via the sudden death to lift the Beach Football Cup organised by Jo-John Friends, Benaulim at Vaddie-Trinity beach, Benaulim on Sunday. Something Unique had a couple of senior players who went ahead in the first session through Logie Fernandes but Vailankani youngsters fought

back and secured the equaliser two minutes before the hooter when Paulwin D'Silva struck a ferocious right footer past rival keeper Agostinho. In the tie-breaker, Vailankani were successful through Concy, Paulwin, Ronaldo and Kenneth while Cedric, Logie and Rony netted for the losers. The winners were richer by Rs 10,000 while the losers had to settle for Rs 6,000. Adv. Valanka Alemao was the chief guest and gave away the

prizes in the presence of guest of honour, Piedade Baptista and special invitee Antonio Fernandes. Following individual prizes were awarded: Best goalkeeper Melvito (Young Strikers, Sanvordem). Special prize Richard (YSC). Best defender Mackwin (Vailankani). Best striker Logie Fernandes (Something Unique). Man- of-the-finals Paulwin (Vailankani). Jose Francis compered. Anthony Rodrigues proposed the vote of thanks.


Siridao Sports Club had to wait for the dreaded tie-breaker to overcome Sateri Sports Club 43 in GFA’s Third Division playoffs at university ground on Monday. The score was 1-1 at full time. Sateri took the lead in the 55th through Sachin Kundekar. Siridao managed to pull back the important equaliser in the 75th through Girish Kundiker. Alinton Vaz, Praveen Naik, Clifton Marcus and William D’Mello converted from the spot for Siridao. Sateri scored through Nilesh Kunkolkar,Vinay Sawant and Girish Kundikar.

St Cross Boys advance rosary cup football


St Cross Boys, Davorlim downed Dum Don Boys,Valpoi 2-0 to enter the quarter-finals of 7th Rosary Cup football tournament at Rosary ground, Zorrivaddo, Davorlim on Monday. All goals came in the first half. Cross Boys who had a lion share of exchanges went into the lead in the 18th minute when Sonny Gomes bulged the net giving no chance to the rival keeper. Spurred by early success, Cross Boys mounted pressure and doubled the lead in the 22nd minute when Rosebud Gomes slotted past the rival keeper with a stiff shot.

Portais U-14 selection trials

PANJIM (HSD) – Portais Sporting Club, Chimbel will conduct football selection trials to select their U-14 team to participate in GFA’s U-14 league football championship (Ilhas Zone) from November 30. Selection trials will be held from November 23 to 26 at Don Bosco School ground, Panjim from 4 p.m. Players born on or after 1/1/1997 are eligible and may report to Ryan Cardoso (9689939825) alongwith their original birth certificates and three photographs.

Basketball at Mira Mar

PANJIM (HSD) – KJ’s Basketeers will organise their 3rd All-Goa men’s basketball knock-out tournament from December 14 to 17 at Youth Hostel, Mira Mar. Cash prizes will be awarded. The last date for entries is December 11. Details may be obtained from Glen on 9850466555, Dilip on 9420165476 or Lambert on 9422593897.

Veterans football at Candolim

PANJIM (HSD) -- PVC Association, Parra in collaboration with Bardez Veterans will organise an All-India Veterans invitational football tournament from November 24 to 27 at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim. The participating teams comprise Air India, Salgaocar SC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Golden Gunners, Mumbai, Shivaji SA, Kolhapur, Ponda Veterans, Raia Veterans and hosts Bardez Veterans. The winners will pocket Rs 50,000 while the runners-up will take home Rs 30,000. Besides, individual prizes will also be awarded. Two matches will be held in a day, at 3.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. In the inaugural matches, Bardez Veterans will meet Ponda Veterans while Salgaoncar will lock horns with Shivaji SA. The finals are slated for November 27 at 4.30 p.m.

Tie-breaker at Orlim

PANJIM (HSD) – St Michael Boys, Orlim will organise their 12th All-Goa 3-a-side football tie-breaker on November 27 at Orlim church ground from 9 p.m. The winners will be richer by Rs. 20,000 while the runners-up will pocket Rs. 15,000. Spot entries will be accepted. Details may be obtained on 9637722844 or 9404757334.

Varsity basketball trials

PANJIM (HSD) – The Goa University will conduct basketball (men) selection trials on November 24 at 3 p.m. at university basketball court, Taleigao to select the university team to participate in West Zone Inter-University basketball (men) championship organised by Jai Narayan Vyas University from December 6. Students from colleges affiliated to Goa University may report with their college identity card and kit.

Candolim overcome Xetrapal HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, NOV 22

Sameer Savoiverekar netted a delightful first half free kick to help Candolim Sports Club overcome Xetrapal Sports Club 3-2 in GFA’s Third Division play-offs at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Monday. Candolim led 3-0 at the breather. Raghu Shirodkar missed a last minute penalty for Xetrapal which would have seen his side draw level and send the game into the tie-breaker. Candolim worked hard in the first half to close down their opponents and managed to counter attack down the wings with much success. Xetrapal were unlucky to lose, but they did not convert their chances in front of goal and re-

lied too heavily on forward Bradley Lobo to come up with the goods, but his efforts were in vain. In the 7th Candolim’s Paul Cardozo was in the right place at the right time to tap in after Xetrapal custodian Devanand Govekar spilled the ball while trying to deal with a cross from the left. After 25 minutes, Xetrapal came close to equalizing when Bradley Lobo’s free kick was deflected onto the bar. Minutes later at the other end, Sameer curled the ball over the wall and into the net from a free kick to double Candolim’s lead. Four minutes before the interval, Candolim netted through Caetano Xavier, who drove home a thunderous drive which

gave the Xetrapal keeper little chance to save. After the lemon break, Xetrapal looked like a revitalized side. Within the opening exchanges, Xetrapal managed to pull a goal back through Bradley Lobo after he cleverly latched on to teammate’s Raghu’s through ball. The next 15 minutes belonged to Xetrapal as they continued to push forward spurred on by a large vocal crowd. In the 64th Xetrapal’s Praveen Goltekar moved through a crowded box and kept his composure to net Xetrapal’s second. Candolim held onto victory after escaping a last minute scare, when Raghu hit his penalty wide of the goalkeeper’s left post.

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SPORTS GOA, Tuesday, 23 November, 2010


The I-League 2010-11 fixtures have been revised by AIFF and it will now kick off on December 3. On the opening day, Pune FC will take on Mohun Bagan in Pune, while Chirag United will host AIFF XI in Kolkata with JCT facing HAL in Delhi. Mumbai will meet Air India and Viva Kerala will take on Salgaocar also on December 3. Churchill Bros will engage Dempo on

December 4 at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda. The number of teams in the 2010-11season is 14. ONGC and HAL are the newly promoted teams in this edition of I-League, while AIFF XI have replaced Mahindra United, or else the place would have gone to Sporting Clube de Goa who had made a plea to that effect when Alberto Colaco was the general secretary. Ardent Sporting fans could not be faulted

3 Dec, 2010 3 Dec, 2010 3 Dec, 2010 3 Dec, 2010 3 Dec, 2010 4 Dec, 2010 4 Dec, 2010

ROUND I Pune FC Vs Mohun Bagan Chirag United v. AIFF XI JCT Mills v. HAL Bangalore Mumbai FC v. Air India Viva Kerala v. Salgaocar Churchill Bros v. Dempo East Bengal v. ONGC

7 Dec, 2010 7 Dec, 2010 7 Dec, 2010 8 Dec, 2010 8 Dec, 2010 8 Dec, 2010 8 Dec, 2010

Round II Salgaocar v. Chirag United JCT v. Churchill Bros Air India v. Viva Kerala Mohun Bagan v. HAL AIFF XI v. ONGC Dempo v. East Bengal Mumbai v. Pune FC

11 Dec, 2010 11 Dec, 2010 12 Dec, 2010 12 Dec, 2010 12 Dec, 2010 12 Dec, 2010 13 Dec, 2010

Round III Chirag United v. Air India Dempo v. JCT Mills ONGC v. Salgaocar Churchill Bros v. Mohun Bagan East Bengal v. AIFF XI Viva Kerala v. Pune FC Mumbai FC v. HAL

17 Dec, 2010 17 Dec, 2010 17 Dec, 2010 18 Dec, 2010 18 Dec, 2010 18 Dec, 2010 18 Dec, 2010

Round IV JCT Mills v. East Bengal Air India FC v. ONGC Mohun Bagan v. Dempo SC Salgaocar v. AIFF XI Mumbai FC v. Churchill Bros Pune FCv v. Chirag United Viva Kerala v. HAL

22 Dec, 2010 22 Dec, 2010 22 Dec, 2010 23 Dec, 2010 23 Dec, 2010 23 Dec, 2010 23 Dec, 2010

Round V East Bengal v. Salgaocar AIFF XI v. Air India Dempo SC v. Mumbai FC JCT Mills v. Mohun Bagan ONGC v. Pune FC Churchill Bros v. Viva Kerala Chirag United v. HAL

29 Dec, 2010 29 Dec, 2010 29 Dec, 2010 29 Dec, 2010 30 Dec, 2010 30 Dec, 2010 30 Dec, 2010 30 Dec, 2010

Round VI East Bengal v. Air India Salgaocar v. Pune FC JCT Mills v. Viva Kerala Churchill Brothers v. AIFF XI ONGC v. Churchill Bros AIFF XI v. HAL Dempo SC v. Chirag United Mohun Bagan v. Mumbai FC

3 Jan, 2011 3 Jan, 2011 3 Jan, 2011 4 Jan, 2011 4 Jan, 2011 4 Jan, 2011

Round VII Air India v. Pune FC HAL v. Salgaocar Chirag United v. JCT Mills Dempo v. ONGC Mumbai FC v. East Bengal Viva Kerala v. Mohun Bagan

8 Jan, 2011 8 Jan, 2011 8 Jan, 2011 8 Jan, 2011 9 Jan, 2011 9 Jan, 2011 9 Jan, 2011

Round VIII East Bengal v. Pune FC Mumbai FC v. Viva Kerala Salgaocar v. Churchill Bros AIFF XI v. Dempo Mohun Bagan v. Chirag United JCT Mills v. ONGC Air India v. HAL

14 Jan, 2011 14 Jan, 2011 14 Jan, 2011 15 Jan, 2011 15 Jan, 2011 15 Jan, 2011 16 Jan, 2011

Round IX Churchill Bros v. HAL Chirag United v. East Bengal ONGC v. Viva Kerala Salgaocar v. Mohun Bagan AIFF XI v. Mumbai FC JCT Mills v. Air India Dempo v. Pune FC

18 Jan, 2011 18 Jan, 2011 18 Jan, 2011 18 Jan, 2011 19 Jan, 2011 19 Jan, 2011 19 Jan, 2011

Round X Viva Kerala v. East Bengal ONGC v. Mohun Bagan Churchill Bros v. AIFF XI Chirag United v. Mohun Bagan Pune FC v. HAL Dempo v. Salgaocar AIFF XI v. JCT Mills

22 Jan, 2011 22 Jan, 2011 22 Jan, 2011 22 Jan, 2011 23 Jan, 2011 23 Jan, 2011 23 Jan, 2011

Round XI East Bengal v. HAL Viva Kerala v. Chirag United Mumbai FC v. ONGC Pune FC v. Churchill Bros Air India v. Dempo Mohun Bagan v. AIFF XI Salgaocar v. JCT Mills

29 Jan, 2011 29 Jan, 2011 29 Jan, 2011 29 Jan, 2011 30 Jan, 2011 30 Jan, 2011 30 Jan, 2011

Round XII East Bengal v. Churchill Bros Viva Kerala v. AIFF XI Pune FC v. JCT Mills Air India v. Mohun Bagan Chirag United v. ONGC HAL v. Dempo Mumbai FC v. Salgaocar

3 Feb, 2011 3 Feb, 2011

Round XIII Air India v. Salgaocar Viva Kerala v. Dempo

5 Feb, 2011 5 Feb, 2011 5 Feb, 2011 6 Feb, 2011 6 Feb, 2011 12 Feb, 2011 12 Feb, 2011 12 Feb, 2011 12 Feb, 2011 13 Feb, 2011 13 Feb, 2011 13 Feb, 2011 19 Feb, 2011 19 Feb, 2011 19 Feb, 2011 20 Feb, 2011 20 Feb, 2011 20 Feb, 2011 20 Feb, 2011 26 Feb, 2011 26 Feb, 2011 26 Feb, 2011 26 Feb, 2011 27 Feb, 2011 27 Feb, 2011 27 Feb, 2011 4 Mar, 2011 4 Mar, 2011 4 Mar, 2011 4 Mar, 2011 4 Mar, 2011 5 Mar, 2011 5 Mar, 2011 8 Mar, 2011 8 Mar, 2011 8 Mar, 2011 8 Mar, 2011 9 Mar, 2011 9 Mar, 2011 9 Mar, 2011 12 Mar, 2011 13 Mar, 2011 13 Mar, 2011 13 Mar, 2011 13 Mar, 2011 13 Mar, 2011 13 Mar, 2011 2 Apr, 2011 2 Apr, 2011 2 Apr, 2011 2 Apr, 2011 3 Apr, 2011 3 Apr, 2011 3 Apr, 2011 9 Apr, 2011 9 Apr, 2011 9 Apr, 2011 9 Apr, 2011 10 Apr, 2011 10 Apr, 2011 11 Apr, 2011

for their speculation that given the type of relations existing between two towering personalities, it could well have been a ploy to push the team to the Second Division. Certainly, there is no proof in the matter as the decision after Mahindra’s withdrawal was taken by the committee. But it could have well been influenced, like it has happened when warning Churchill for his right utterances on the poor standards of refereeing.

Pune FC v. AIFF XI Chirag United v. Churchill Bros Mumbai FC v. JCT Mills HAL v. ONGC Mohun Bagan v. East Bengal Round XIV Dempo v. Churchill Bros ONGC v. East Bengal AIFF XI v. Chirag United HAL v. JCT Mills Mohun Bagan v. Pune FC Salgaocar v. Viva Kerala Air India v. Mumbai FC Round XV East Bengal v. Dempo Pune FC v. Mumbai FC Churchill Bros v. JCT Mills Chirag United v. Salgaocar HAL v. Mohun Bagan Viva Kerala v. Air India ONGC v. AIFF XI Round XVI AIFF XI v. East Bengal Air India v. Chirag United Pune FC v. Viva Kerala Mohun Bagan v. Churchill Bros JCT Mills v. Dempo HAL v. Mumbai FC Salgaocar v. ONGC Round XVII East Bengal v. Mumbai FC Pune FC v. Air India Salgaocar v. HAL AIFF XI v. Churchill Bros JCT Mills v. Chirag United Mohun Bagan v. Viva Kerala ONGC v. Dempo Round XVIII East Bengal v. JCT Mills HAL v. Viva Kerala AIFF XI v. Salgaocar Churchill Bros v. Mumbai FC Dempo v. Mohun Bagan ONGC v. Air India Chirag United v. Pune FC Round XIX Mumbai FC v. Dempo Mohun Bagan v. JCT Mills Pune FC v. ONGC Air India v. AIFF XI Salgaocar v. East Bengal Viva Kerala v. Churchill Bros HAL v. Chirag United Round XX Air India v. East Bengal HAL v. AIFF XI Pune FC v. Salgaocar Viva Kerala v. JCT Mills Mumbai FC v. Mohun Bagan Chirag United v. Dempo Churchill Bros v. ONGC Round XXI ONGC v. HAL Dempo v. Viva Kerala JCT Mills v. Mumbai FC East Bengal v. Mohun Bagan Churchill Bros v. Chirag United AIFF XI v. Pune FC Salgaocar v. Air India

Round XXII Dempo v. AIFF XI Pune FC v. East Bengal Viva Kerala v. Mumbai FC Chirag United v. Mohun Bagan Churchill Bros v. Salgaocar ONGC v. JCT Mills HAL v. Air India Round XXIII 22 Apr, 2011 East Bengal v. Viva Kerala 23 Apr, 2011 HAL v. Pune FC 23 Apr, 2011 Air India v. Churchill Bros 24 Apr, 2011 JCT Mills v. AIFF XI 24 Apr, 2011 Mohun Bagan v. ONGC 24 Apr, 2011 Salgaocar v. Dempo 25 Apr, 2011 Mumbai FC v. Chirag United Round XXIV 29 Apr, 2011 Salgaocar v. Mumbai FC 29 Apr, 2011 ONGC v. Chirag United 30 Apr, 2011 Churchill Bros v. East Bengal 30 Apr, 2011 AIFF XI v. Viva Kerala 1 May, 2011 Mohun Bagan v. Air India 1 May, 2011 JCT Mills v. Pune FC 1 May, 2011 Dempo v. HAL Round XXV 7 May, 2011 East Bengal v. Chirag United 7 May, 2011 Mumbai FC v. AIFF XI 7 May, 2011 Viva Kerala v. ONGC 8 May, 2011 Pune FC v. Dempo 8 May, 2011 HAL v. Churchill Bros 8 May, 2011 Air India v. JCT Mills 8 May, 2011 Mohun Bagan v. Salgaocar 15 Apr, 2011 16 Apr, 2011 16 Apr, 2011 16 Apr, 2011 17 Apr, 2011 17 Apr, 2011 17 Apr, 2011

City rout Fulham, Blackburn win Blackburn 2 Aston Villa 0 Argentine compatriot Carlos Tevez score twice Fulham 1 Man City 4 as City eased the pres-

the sixth minute and set up Yaya Toure for City’s third after just 35 minutes. In between, another Argentine, Pablo Zabaleta, made it two, before Tevez provided the final flourish after halftime. City are on 25 points, three behind joint leaders Chelsea and Manchester United. Chelsea lost 1-0 to Birming-

ham City on Saturday and United beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at Old Trafford. Arsenal, in third on 26 points, lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Mancini’s multi-millionpound squad had scored only three goals and taken five points from their last five matches to leave their fans frustrated with the Italian and his cautious style.

Inter lose again as Eto’o does ‘Zidane’ headbutt

Venky’s to rename Blackburn stadium


Manchester City turned on the style in front of Diego Maradona to humble Fulham 4-1 on Sunday and reclaim fourth place in the English Premier League. Maradona, a guest of Fulham at Craven Cottage, watched his


Inter Milan's crisis intensified on Sunday with a 2-1 defeat at Chievo, where Samuel Eto'o appeared to commit a Zinedine Zidane-like headbutt that could result in a lengthy suspension. Inter president Massimo Moratti gave coach Rafael Benitez his backing after last weekend's derby defeat by leaders AC Milan, but another loss has left the Spaniard exposed with the champions now nine points off top spot. Eto'o was not cautioned by the referee for his headbutt, but the Cameroon striker could be punished retrospectively. He scored Inter's consolation goal late on after Sergio Pellissier and Davide Moscardelli put Chievo two up. Second-placed Lazio also lost ground on Milan after a 1-1 draw at Parma that left the gap at

sure on manager Roberto Mancini. In Sunday’s earlier game, Blackburn Rovers gave their new Indian owners an immediate return with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Ewood Park. Tevez struck first for City in

three points. Milan SERIE A had beaten Fiorentina 1-0 on Genoa ............0 Juventus ....2 Saturday. Catania ..........1 Bari ..............0 Juventus won 20 at Genoa on Sun- Parma ............1 Lazio ............1 day to go third, Cesena ..........1 Palermo ......2 fourth-placed AS Lecce ............2 Sampdoria ..3 Roma beat Udinese Chievo ..........2 Inter Milan ..1 2-0 on Saturday. With fives sides Brescia ..........1 Cagliari ........2 above Inter after 13 Napoli ............4 Bologna ......1 games, last season's treble winners have a fight chest after being hit by the deon their hands to win a sixth fender earlier. In the pick of the other Sunsuccessive scudetto given their day matches, Giampaolo Pazzini poor form and injuries. Pellissier's first-half header and scored a hat-trick in Sampdoria's Moscardelli's second-half strike thrilling 3-2 win at Lecce, where secured Chievo's victory, but the Sampdoria striker Antonio Casgame will be remembered more sano was again omitted followfor the league's top scorer, Eto'o. ing his row last month with the In a moment of madness sim- club president. New Cagliari coach Roberto ilar to France midfielder Zidane's assault on Italian Marco Mater- Donadoni got off to a winning azzi in the 2006 World Cup final, start with a 2-1 comeback vicEto'o headbutted Cesar in the tory at Brescia.


Premier League club Blackburn Rovers are set to have their home ground Ewood Park renamed by their new Indian owners, a newspaper report said on Sunday. Poultry giant Venky's, which sealed a £54-million ($86.07million) deal on Friday to become the first Indian company to own a Premier League club, would name the ground after itself or another sponsor, the Indian Express newspaper reported. "We need to improve the brand Blackburn Rovers. The management thus far has done a good job but has not been proactive enough. We are looking to change that," Venk y's chairperson Anuradha Desai was quoted as saying. "We are looking to spread the name of Blackburn Rovers wherever we can. India is our major target," she said.

Benitez under pressure ahead of CL REuTERS MILAN, NOV 22

Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez is under immense pressure for a win in the Champions League this week but a number of his colleagues are also under the Spotlight. Holders Inter know a home victory over Twente Enschede in Group A on Wednesday will seal progress to the last 16 with a game to spare but their form is so bad that nothing is being taken for granted. Injury has ravaged Benitez's side but a derby defeat by AC Milan two weekends ago, Sunday's 2-1 reverse at Chievo and the 3-1 loss to Tottenham in the Champions League have led to reports his job could be under threat if Inter lose to Twente. ''I am a professional coach and I have had situations like this before and I know the only way out of it is to work hard and do even more,'' Benitez said. ''It's a difficult situation with a team that has won so much. It's not easy for them.'' Jose Mourinho, who inspired Inter's treble triumph last term

before leaving for Real Madrid, is under no such pressure at the Bernabeu with his side already through but his conduct in Wednesday's Group G game at Ajax will still be under scrutiny. The combative Portuguese has just served a two-match domestic touchline ban for arguing with a referee while he faces a separate punishment for a spat with Sporting Gijon coach Manuel Preciado. Mourinho, who suggested Gijon had not made a serious attempt to beat Barcelona earlier this term, must make sure Real are fully motivated in Amsterdam to avoid similar accusations from group rivals AC Milan as they seek qualification at Auxerre. But with the Clasico against Barcelona the following Monday, Mourinho may be tempted to rest players as Ajax try to take the race for the second qualification spot to the final game. PASS MASTERS Barca boss Pep Guardiola is less likely to rotate his squad given the 2009 winners are not yet through to February's first

knockout round although a S Moscow v. Marseille win at Panathinaikos in Braga v. Arsenal Group D on Wednesday will secure progression. Basle v. CFR Cluj-Napoca Barca battered Almeria 8Ajax v. Real Madrid 0 on Saturday in contrast to Chelsea v. MSK Zilina those other pass masters Arsenal, who surrendered a Roma v. Bayern Munich 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at home P Belgrade v. S Donetsk to London rivals Tottenham Auxerre v. AC Milan Hotspur. ''When you have to detion. liver, we can't. That's worrying Amid the other main permubecause that's part of our job,'' tations across the groups for manager Arsene Wenger said. A f t e r t h e 2 - 1 d e f e a t a t progression to the knockout Shakhtar Donetsk last time out rounds, Tottenham will go in Group H, Wenger will want through from Group A with a no more scares in wrapping up win against Werder Bremen and at least a draw at Braga on Tues- Manchester United need just a day which would seal qualifica- draw in Group C at Rangers. FC Copenhagen can celebrate tion. Fellow Frenchman Claude with a victory in Group D at P u e l c l u n g t o h i s j o b a s Rubin Kazan while AS Roma can Olympique Lyon coach in Octo- join already-qualified Bayern ber after a string of poor results Munich in going through from while his side missed their first Group E if they beat the Gerchance at a Champions League mans and Basel draw with CFR last 16 spot with a 4-3 loss at Cluj. Benfica in their previous Group Spartak Moscow can follow B game. Group F leaders Chelsea into A win at Schalke on Wednes- the next round with victory at day would complete qualifica- home to Marseille.

Indian Strikers emerge champs HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

Indian Strikers emerged champions in Eslinda Alemao memorial trophy’s 2nd edition 7-a-side football tournament organised by Churchill Brothers and sponsored by Kuwait Goan Association (K.G.A) at Sabah Hospital (MOH) ground under the auspices of Kuwait Indian Football Federation (KIFF). In the finals, Indian Strikers defeated Goa Maroons via the tie-breaker. Goalkeeper Nelson Victor outshone for Indian Strikers throughout the tournament. Indian Strikers are being coached by Robert Bernard and managed by William Stronach. In all, 14 clubs (15 teams participated) affiliated to KIFF participated. The winners and runners-up were awarded trophies and individual gifts. Sharon Alemao D’Costa was the chief guest. Dr. Wanda Alemao Dangle was the guest of honour. Denis D’Costa and Dr. Pravin Dangle were also present. Elvira Monica D’Souza was the special guest. Vice-president of KGA, Luis Cardoso, a strong supporter of the club and a football lover was conspicuous by his absence. Speaking on the occasion, Sharon congratulated the winners and runners-up and applauded KGA for successfully completing five years of the club. President of KGA, Salvador Dias expressed his gratitude towards Churchill Brothers for sponsoring KGA for consecutive three years. He also appreciated Goa World, Arab Times, Kuwait Times and the Indian Embassy for providing publicity, the participating teams, sponsors, KIFF managing committee, referees sub-committee, KIFF referees, Tom Gracias, sales manager Canon, Tony Gracias, Al Ashriya

Printing Press, Manoj Cardoso, Ranifa Dias Rodrigues, Amaldo Fernandes, Socorro Fernandes, Valerian Viegas, John Fernandes, Avinash Rogtao, Edwin Tavares, Peter Fernandes, Magno Goes, Michael Fernandes, Anthony Rebello, Manuel D’Costa, Bento Fernandes, Felix Fernandes, Vinod Talekar, Kenneth Fernandes, Angela Monteiro, Joseph D’Souza, Luciano Fernandes, Reagan Mascarenhas, Xavier Mascarenhas, Sydney Menezes, Jose Pereira (Joeboy), Conceicao D’Souza, Laurent Pereira and the spectators. Other sponsors of the tournament were Gulf Cable and Electrical Industries Co, Churchill Brothers, Goa; Mughal Mahal, Dana Optics Co, Bhasin Co, Al Zahem and Malhotra, Lipton, National Bustan Co, Lulu Hypermarket, Wire Control, Fitwell Tailors, M&M Confectionery, Al Qattan Travel Agency, Mahatta Stationery, Good News Group, Lara Productions, Kitco. Following individual prizes were awarded: First scorer of the finals - Ian D’Souza (Goa Maroons). Best goalkeeper of the finals- Nelson Victor (Indian Strikers). Best goalkeeper of the tournament - Martin Dias (UFC). Best disciplined team - Rangers

Football Club. Oldest player of the tournament - Filipino Vaz (UFC). Best defender - Jacob Dias (KGA). Best striker - Kennedy Ferrao (Goa Maroons). Highest scorer - Bernard Pires (KGA) and Kennedy Ferrao (Goa Maroons). Man-of-the- match Nelson Victor (Indian Strikers). Player of the tournament Gabriel Fernandes (Goa Maroons). Following were awarded mementos: Dedicated player - Anthony Fernandes (goalkeeper, CRC Chinchinim). Joseph Correia - player of Goa Maroons. Commendable service towards KGA - Lawrence Cardoso. KGA’s supporter - Sushant Naik. KGA’s

dedicated goalkeeper - Conceisao Rodrigues (Connie). KGA’s dedicated players - Jimmy Gouveia, Christovam Colaco, Jacob Dias, Tiago Fernandes. Avinash Rogtao - great efforts and dedicated support to KGA. Agustino Fernandes, Agnello Borges, Xavier Fernandes and Vinod Talekar - dedication towards KGA. Merwyn Pereira compered. DJ Cheslee D’Souza provided scintillating music and sound. Dancing Shadows consisting of Tanya Fernandes, Jenesia Filipe, Sinatra Dias, Amanda D’Souza performed a choreographed dance during the break. A football quiz was also held.

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Somdev takes centrestage, India maintain 8th spot

Dravid, Somdev-Sanam win gold; Sania-Vishnu silver; Dhoni put Mary Kom creates history; Indian archers win bronze; Jamesboy enters men's canoe single India in driver’s seat 200m final; Boxer Santosh assures medal

Somdev Devvarman (right) and Sanam Krishan Singh celebrate as they win the final of the men's doubles tennis competition at the Aoti tennis centre in Guangzhou on Monday. PTI GUANGZHOU, NOV 22

Tennis star Somdev Devvarman took centre stage by fetching a gold medal in doubles event and also becoming the first Indian to reach the final in men's singles as India clinched three medals to maintain their 8th position on the tenth day of competitions in the 16th Asian Games here today.

Somdev teamed up with Sanam Singh to claim the title in the men's doubles event and inched closer to a historic singles gold by moving into the final on what turned out to be a fruitful day for him. Sania Mirza and Vishnu Vardhan had to be content with a silver in mixed doubles while the men's archery team comprising Rahul Banerjee, Mangal Singh Champia and Jayanta

Talukdar bagged a bronze in the team event. With the addition of three more medals, India's medal tally climbed to six gold, 12 silver and 18 bronze to maintain their 8th position on a day which saw the athletes drawing blank. Hosts China continued to reign supreme and consolidated their posision atop the medal table with a stupendous haul of 15477-73 while South Korea (6151-66) and Japan (32-59-67) were in the second and third. Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) and Kavita Goyat (75kg) assured India of at least two bronze medals in women's boxing by advancing to the semifinals with contrasting wins. Santosh Kumar also advanced to the semi-finals in the men's section. After launching their campaign in spectacular fashion by fetching two gold medals, the athletes returned empty-handed today while the grapplers, who acconted for two bronze medals yesterday, came a cropper in Greco Roman competitions. The women's hockey team went down to China 1-2 in their last league match but were still in contention for a bronze medal. The day clearly belonged to Somdev as he pipped Japan's Tatasuma Ito 6-2 0-6 6-3 in the semifinals to set up the summit-clash with top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. Later, he and Sanam Singh combined superbly to win first gold medal for India in the tennis event in this edition of the Games as the sixth seed pair shocked second seed Chinese Gong Maoxin and Li Zhe 6-3 67(4) 10-8 in the final. However, gold eluded Sania yet again as she and Vishnu Vardhan, seeded sixth, lost the mixed doubles final 6-4 1-6 2-10 to sec-

Kumble team sweeps KSCA polls AGENCIES

n Kumble defeated Former Indian Test skipper Anil Wadiyar by 43 votes Kumble was early Monday de- in a close contest clared 'elected' president of and his entire team, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) in a tough including speedster fight. Javagal Srinath as Association sources told IANS well-past midnight that secretary has won in out of 1,080 votes polled, ace 23 of 24 zones leggie Kumble secured across the state BANGALORE, NOV 22

559 as against 516 by incumbent president, Srikanthadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, scion of the erstwhile Mysore royal family. However, the official announcement of the outcome has been delayed and held up due to a tie in a city-based club. 'Kumble defeated Wadiyar by 43 votes in a close contest and his entire team, including speedster Javagal Srinath as secretary has won in 23 of 24 zones across the state,' the sources said. Srinath defeated former international umpire A.V. Jayaprakash by 245 votes by polling 644 against 399 by the latter. It is only in Mangalore zone, Wadiyar team succeeded while Kumble team swept 2the polls in 22 zones and both teams

tied up in one club. 'As counting for other posts in the management committee is still progressing, we are not in position to officially declare the results. Recounting has been ordered in the club where there has been a tie between pro-Kumble and pro-Wadiyar,' an official said but declined to be named. A total of 1,489 voters, including 1,260 life members and 229 zonal clubs from across the state were eligible to vote in the election held Sunday for the next three-year tenure. Similarly, former medium pacer Venkatesh Prasad, former all-rounder Roger Binney and industrialist Sadanand Mayya were elected for the three posts of vice-president. Kumble team's candidate for treasurer post is businessman Tallam Venkatesh. 'We will officially declare the results by morning,' the official added.

Ali, Misbah lead Pak fight AGENCIES ABU DHABI, NOV 22

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali led Pakistan's fightback with half-centuries apiece to keep South African hopes of enforcing the follow-on at bay on the third day of the second Test today. Misbah finished with 77 not out to guide his team to 317-6 at the close after Ali (90) and Asad Shafiq (61) also contributed in a fight for survival with Pakistan still needing another 68 to avoid following on. Abdul Rehman was the other unbeaten batsman without scoring. Pakistan trail South Africa's first innings score of 584-9 declared by 267 runs on an Abu

Dhabi Stadium pitch which is still not offering any real help to the bowlers. South Africa pushed hard to enforce the follow-on and to press their chances of winning the two-match series after the first Test in Dubai ended in a draw last week. Misbah, who reached his sixth Test half-century with consecutive boundaries off Dale Steyn, has so far hit nine boundaries and a six during his 150-ball knock and will have to continue on day four to avoid the follow-on. South Africa's bowlers, led by Steyn (3-78) and left-arm spinner Paul Harris (2-71), managed just

one wicket in the morning session and two each in the second and third. Misbah added an invaluable 107 for the fifth wicket with Shafiq and then 46 for the sixth with Adna Akmal, who fell five overs before the finish, to Harris, after scoring 17. Steyn had removed Younis Khan (14) and Ali in the space of five balls to raise hopes of enforcing the follow-on as Pakistan slumped to 156-4 from 153-2 soon after lunch. But Misbah and Shafiq defied all such attempts, batting confidently to thwart the South African pace-cum spin attack.

ond seed Taipei pair of Chan defend its bronze medal, which Yung Jan and Yang Tsung Hua. they earned four years ago in In the showpiece athletics Doha. event, medal prospects ManThe Indian trio of Jayanta deep Kaur and Manjeet Kaur fin- Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and ished disappointing fourth and Mangal Singh Champia fought fifth with below-par perform- through challenging conditions ances in women's 400m final. to clinch the men's team bronze In women's hammer throw, after beating Chinese Taipei in national record holder Hardeep the Archery competition. Kaur started with a foul attempt Like the women, the Indian before attaining her best effort men defeated Chinese Taipei of the day, 60.54m in her third but with a more comprehensive attempt, to finish fourth. 220-216 margin as compared to Spearheaded by Saurav the women's 218-217 victory in Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa, In- the bronze medal play-off. dian men's and women's racIn chess, Indian women q u e t e r s c a m e o u t w i t h a drubbed Mongolia to climb to heartening performance to end the joint top position while their the day on an unbeaten note in male counterparts slipped to the the squash team events. fourth spot with a shocking deIndian men blanked Japan 3- feat at the hands of lower-rated 0 in their opening encounter of Philippines after the fifth round. the day and then went on to seIn rugby, despite suffering cure their third straight prelim- heavy defeats in all three league inary league victory in the event, matches, the Indian men's team thrashing Saudi Arabia with an qualified for the quarter finals identical scoreline. as only nine teams are in the fray. In the women's section, ChiIndia, who were thrashed 43-5 nappa, Dipika Pallikal and Anaka by Korea in the opening pool B Alankamony ripped apart the chal- match yesterday, were today lenge of Chinese racqueters 3-0 in drubbed 61-0 by China and 42-12 the first outing. They then secured by sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka a victory over arch-rivals Pakistan. to finish at the bottom of the group. India slumped to a 1-2 defeat Yet, they qualified for the at the hands of defending cham- quarter finals and will play the pions China in their last round- winners of pool B at the Unirobin match but still qualified versity Town stadium tomorrow. for the bronze medal play-off India swamped Bangladesh 34game against Japan in women's 20 in their opening encounter as hockey competitions. women's kabaddi made its Asian With three wins and as many Games debut today. defeats, the S u r i n d e r Sania and Vishnu Vardhan Kaur-led side display their silver medals finished its on Monday. round-robin league proceedings at fourth position with nine points and will get a chance to

I’m ready to grab the opportunity, says Yusuf PTI NAGPUR, NOV 22

Critics have often lashed out at his susceptibility against short balls but dashing Baroda allrounder Yusuf Pathan is confident that he will be able to overcome the technical deficiencies that bothered him during the first phase of his ODI and T20 career. "I have worked hard on my technique and ready to grab the opportunity that has come my way," Yusuf, who has made a comeback in the national team for the first two ODIs, told PTI over telephone from Vadodara. Asked whether he is still bothered about short-pitched stuff, Yusuf said, "In modern cricket the opposition team also devises a gameplan to get a batsman out. Despite the rival bowlers' planning, I have been scoring runs consistently in domestic cricket. I have scored 195 (138 balls) against Haryana, also had a good Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 outing which means I have been scoring runs." Yusuf has scored 295 runs in three Ranji Trophy games and has also taken 14 wickets with his off-breaks including a 10wicket haul. "I have always taken my bowling seriously and have got the results," the all-rounder, who has scored 376 runs and taken 21 wickets in 37 ODIs, said.


Rahul Dravid produced a monumental 191 as India tightened the noose around New Zealand by taking a huge 373-run lead on the third day of the third and final Test at the VCA Stadium here today. After declaring their first innings a mammoth 566 for eight declared built largely around Dravid's marathon knock and captain Mahendra SIngh Dhoni's 98, the Indian bowlers went flat out in the final hour as the visitors reached 24 for one when stumps were drawn. Harbhajan Singh trapped opener Tim McIntosh (8) leg before, leaving New Zealand with a huge task of scoring 350 runs to avoid innings defeat. With two days left, Indian bowlers have enough time at their disposal to get the remaining nine New Zealand wickets and clinch the series 1-0. Having scored his 31st Test century, Dravid was unlucky to miss out on his fifth career double hundred as he mistimed a lofted shot off Kane Williamson's bowling to be holed out in the deep by Martin Guptill. He played 396 deliveries hitting 21 boundaries in the process. If Dravid's batting was about accumulation of runs, Dhoni's innings of 98, for the better part, was all about flair and adventurous strokes. After reaching the 90's, the Indian captain was seen hobbling and seemed to have injured his right foot. In his bid to complete his fifth Test century quickly, Dhoni offered the simplest of return catches to his opposite number Daniel Vettori. Dhoni's 98 came off 156 balls and with the help of 12 boundaries and a six. Meanwhile, Dravid, who have

I have been able to work successfully on my flaws: Dravid PTI NAGPUR, NOV 22

n Basically, I was opening

the face of the bat

Rahul Dravid was a satisfied man after his marathon in- towards cover and that nings of 191 and more so was causing trouble. So because he had been able to get rid of the few tech- when Andy McKay was nical glitches he had devel- bowling, the idea was oped in his batting of late. to play as straight as “I had not batted well against the left-arm pacers possible. That was one during the Australia series. area I worked on (He was troubled by Doug -- Rahul Dravid Bollinger and Mitchell Johnson). So I went back to NCA and worked on my flaws have never really bothered about with the coaches there and also the questions. It's always been spoke about it to Gary(Kirsten). about how I feel emotionally, "Basically, I was opening the physically and spiritually and face of the bat towards cover whether I am giving my hundred and that was causing trouble. per cent or not. These are a few So when Andy McKay was bowl- boxes I always mentally tick before ing, the idea was to play as a series," he told the reporters. straight as possible. That was Dravid, however, felt that credit one area I worked on,” said the should go to the bowlers for dishero of India's third day's play. missing Kiwis for 193. "Kiwis have His poor run before the New batted very well in the series. We Zealand series came in for a lot of have scored excess of 450 quite often criticism but Dravid felt that there but it's the bowlers who helped us was no point thinking about that. in getting a big lead. The first session "Look questions are bound to tomorrow will be very crucial. be asked if you are not scoring "If we can get a few wickets runs. It's just that when you are till the ball is new and hard just 23 or 24, people ask different like their bowlers did it today, questions and when you are 37 it would be great. The pitch is or 38, they ask different ques- still pretty flat and the ball isn't tions. That's part and parcel of turning much. It's still a good modern day cricket and you have batting track. Once the ball gets got to accept that. The best way older it will be easier for the to come back is to score runs. batsman to settle down and "As far as I am concerned, I score runs," Dravid assessed.

Bhupathi & Co in 2nd round atp world tours finals AGENCIES LONDON, NOV 22

India's Mahesh Bhupathi on Monday advanced to the second round of the ATP World Tours Finals after he and his partner Max Mirnyi defeated Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach in straight sets at London. Bhupathi, who gave the Asian Games in China a miss to play in the season-ending USD 5,070,000 ATP event, and Mirnyi won 7-6(2), 64 over the pair of Poland's Kubot and Australia's Marach. The third-seeded Indo-Belarussian combination, who had won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris title eight days ago, needed one hour and 33 minutes to win the Group B round-robin

match. Earlier, Poles Marcin Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenberg were off to a great start with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory over Indo-Czech duo of Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy at the opening day Round Robin.

Federer sets up Murray clash

Group B top seed Roger Federer set up a meeting with the Scot on Tuesday - with a 6-1 6-4 victory over David Ferrer. Murray could not have had a better start to his campaign at the end-of-season eight-man event on Sunday as he raced to a 6-2 6-4 victory over Robin Soderling, who was the form player going into the tournament and last week overtook Murray to become the new world number four.

McKay ‘apologises’ for dismissing Sachin AGENCIES NAGPUR, NOV 22

Delighted at having as big a first Test wicket as Sachin Tendulkar, New Zealand paceman Andy McKay "apologised" to the Indian public for denying the maestro of what would have been his 50th Test century. "I apologise to the crowd," he smiled when asked how it felt to disappoint millions of fans who were anticipating Tendulkar's 50th Test ton. The iconic batsman was dismissed for 61. "I am very happy to have got Sachin's wicket. A few more would have been great," said the left-arm quick bowler. Questioned on what exactly was the plan to get Tendulkar out, he said, "I wanted to bowl a quick delivery. It was a quick delivery and it produced the result." Earlier in the day, the whole had an indifferent time with the bat before the start of this Test se- country waited in anticipation ries now has two centuries to show of Sachin Tendulkar's 50th Test for his effort having scored the first century but it was disappointone in the first Test at Ahmedabad. ment as he was out as early as It wasn't one of his smoothest the second over of the day. Needing 43 runs to complete of efforts and was more about patience and intense concentra- what would have been a first in tion. Nevertheless, it was an effort the history of Test cricket, debuthat was worth its weight in gold, tant McKay got rid of the maesconsidering that there was a mini- tro of the very third ball he slump in the morning session faced. VVS Laxman (10), who has enafter Sachin Tendulkar (61), VVS Laxman (10) and Suresh Raina (3) joyed a fantastic season so far, started off in style, with a shortgot out in quick succession. From their overnight 292 for arm pull of McKay and caressing two, India were suddenly 328 the same bowler through the for five, when Dhoni and Dravid covers. However, Chris Martin bowled a lethal inswinger that came together. Along with Dhoni, the former sent the Hyderabad batsmen's India captain added 193 runs leg-stump cartwheeling. Raina, who is in woeful form for the sixth wicket to consolidate India's position in the of late, didn't last long offering match from where they can only a simple bat-pad catch off Vettori look forward to one result and to substitute Brian Watling at forward short leg. that is a victory. New Zealand 1st innings: 193 India 1st innings (overnight 292-2): Gautam Gambhir c Taylor b Southee 78, Virender Sehwag c and b Vettori 74, Rahul Dravid c Guptill b Williamson 191, Sachin Tendulkar c Hopkins b McKay 61, VV S Laxman b Martin 12, Suresh Raina c sub (Watling) b Vettori 3, MS Dhoni c & b Vettori 98, Harbhajan Singh c McCullum b Martin 20, Ishant Sharma not out 7, S Sreesanth not out 0. Extras: 22. Total: 566 for 8 (declared). Fall of wickets: 1/113 2/192 3/296 4/309 5/328, 6-521, 7549, 8-562. Bowling: Martin 28-4-82-2, Southee 29-5-94-1, McKay 315-120-1, Vettori 58-7-178-3, Williamson 11-0-45-1, Guptill 7-0-27-0, Taylor 1-0-3-0. New Zealand 2nd innings: Tim McIntosh lbw b Harbhajan Singh 8, Brendon McCullum not out 15, Gareth Hopkins not out 1. Total: 24 for 1. Fall of wicket: 1-18. Bowling: S Sreesanth 3-1-13-0, Ishant Sharma 22-0-0, Pragyan Ojha 3-1-2-0, Harbhajan Singh 3-0-9-1.