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DARk ClouDS ovER CWG Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, England undecided AGENCIES NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

NMC wants special package for J&K The National Mazdoor Conference has appealed to the All Party Delegation to provide a special financial package of Rs 5000 crore to J&K to fund the expenditure of the 6th Pay recommendations for employees and pensioners. – (PTI)

Man shot dead in Anjuna bar HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, SEPT 22

In an incident that sent shock waves in Anjuna, a 23-year-old man from Ghumal Vaddo, Anjuna, was shot dead by an unknown person in a bar at Anjuna on Wednesday evening. Incidentally, the deceased Samprit Chandrakant Malwankar was the main accused in a murder case in 2009 and was released recently. According to Anjuna police, the incident occurred at about 7.30 pm when an unknown person on a motorcycle shot at Malwankar, who was in the bar run by his own family. Police informed that the assailant made good his escape from the site. Grievously injured Malwankar was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought-in dead. Police further informed that after the shooting incident, top officials met at Porvorim and decided on a nakabandi to nab the culprit. PSI Anant Gaonkar is investigating the case.

With just 11 days to go for the Commonwealth Games, participation of some of the top nations is in doubt with Australia, New Zealand and Canada still undecided on sending their teams for the October 3-14 Games. England admitted their participation is “on a knife-edge” while Scotland athletes delayed their departure to Delhi and Wales also set a deadline of tomorrow evening for the organisers to certify all venues and Games Village are safe and secured. These countries are worried that they still have not been able to visit the venues and have warned that “full strength” teams may not be able to come for the Games. The dengue outbreak, shooting at the Jama Masjid, the “filthy” living conditions at the Games Village, a pedestrian bridge collapsing and the falling of a ceiling tile at wrestling hall of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the showpiece stadium of the Games, have raised serious question in the minds of the participating countries. Besides Scotland, other participating countries like New Zealand, Canada, Australia and England are also having second thoughts over sending their teams for the Games. Australian Sports Minister

Encircled: Part of a ceiling that fell off at Nehru Stadium.

Ceiling parts fall Games venues shut PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

In further embarrassment, parts of a ceiling at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main Commonwealth Games venue, fell today but the Centre and Delhi Government remained unfazed by the all-round attack over such incidents and instead targeted the media for highlighting “minor glitches”. Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Mark Arbib said that team officials, who are in Delhi, have raised “grave concerns” about hygiene and cleanliness in the Games Village where the athletes are to stay.

Consultancy @ Rs 70 cr The Public Works Department will pay Rs 70 cr as consultancy fees to Nibon Suido Consultants Co Ltd for managing the JICA project. Nibon was selected from among the nine consultants. SURAJ NANDREKAR PANJIM, SEPT 22

An amount which could have financed many a small muchneeded project or other development related works, the State Government is to spend it just on consultancy fees. The Public Works Department will pay Rs 70 cr as consultancy fees to Nibon Suido Consultants Co Ltd for managing the JICA project. Nibon was selected from among the nine consultants who had bid for the JICA project funded by the Japanese Bank International Corporation. JICA, an ambitious project initiated by Sudin Dhavlikar who was the then PWD minister, is focused at developing sewage lines around Margao area besides Calangute, Baga and Mapusa. It also intends improving

water supply to South Goa. The project to be undertaken at a cost of Rs 1000 cr is financed by JBIC at 0 % interest while the Centre will shoulder the responsibility of repaying the loan. After initial unexplainable delays by the State Government over implementing the project, the PWD has finally started the

Commonwealth Games venues and Athletes Village will have a complete lockdown from midnight tonight with entry to be allowed only to those carrying valid passes. A large number of armed policemen, including paramilitary personnel, have been deployed across the stadia and village. Sophisticated gadgets have also been installed at the stadia. “The lockdown will start from this midnight,” a senior

“We are concerned and we are seeking more information from the high commission and asking them to have discussions with their Indian counterparts”, Arbib was quoted as saying by

ABC Sport. Australian Commonwealth Games Association chief executive Perry Crosswhite says he would support any athlete who withdraws from the Games.

Mickky pleads for his laptops, mobile phones HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

job and appointed the consultants in June. Information from the Department says the PWD will pay the consultants 1424.99 million Japanese yen. Sources in the Department disclosed that as per the terms of the agreement and as per JICA guidelines, the consultants are to be paid on monthly claims raised by them. Sources also revealed that the consultants will prepare a project management plan (PMP) in keeping with the project schedule and assist PWD in preparation of PMP, preparation of tender documents, supervising construction work and reporting to related authorities. They will also prepare detailed designs for each sub-component and assist PWD to

Former tourism minister Mickky Pacheco has moved the court for the release of his laptops and mobile phones seized by the Central Bureau of Investigation probing into the alleged immigration and money laundering racket. Pacheco’s lawyer Adv Srikant Nayak on Wednesday filed the application before the Margao court seeking directions to the CBI to release the seized laptops and the mobile phones. Notice has been served on the CBI to file a reply on the application filed by the Benaulim MLA and the application is likely to come up for hearing before the court tomorrow morning. In his application, the MLA maintained that the investigating agency can very well obtain all details in respect of the calls made from his three mobile

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land compensation at future value? HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

The National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Sonia Gandhi may force the Government’s hand to include resettlement and rehabilitation in the new land acquisition bill proposed to be introduced in Parliament in the upcoming winter session in November. It is also likely to recommend the principle of “land for land” incorporated in the Bill to ensure that the tribals and farmers ousted get land besides compensation for the land acquired. The Prime Minister has already assured Rahul Gandhi to bring the Bill in the forthcoming Parliament session. A note circulated by Dr Narendra C Saxena, former Planning Commission secretary, as a member for consideration in the NAC’s meeting here on Friday also recommends that the compensation to the land owner should be determined on the basis of future value of land. The price of land shoots up manifold once development takes place and as such the land owner should enjoy fruit of the development instead of the current practice of paying the rates prevailing at the time of acquisition, Saxena stresses. His note says land acquisition should go in tandem with rehabilitation of the displaced and

What the new Land Acquisition Bill proposes…

To recommend the principle of “land for land” to ensure tribals and farmers ousted get land besides compensation for the land acquired. Compensation to land owner be determined on the basis of future value of land Land acquisition to go in tandem with rehabilitation of displaced and displacement to take place only after complete resettlement and rehabilitation. Re-defining “affected people” as those who were either “displaced” from their home, land or agriculture field or had lost 50% or more of their assets or income. the displacement should take place only after complete resettlement and rehabilitation. It says rehabilitation would deem to be completed only when the earnings of the project-affected people were brought above the

poverty line. It also calls for re-defining the “affected people” to be compensated under the proposed law as those who were either “displaced” from their home, land or agriculture field or had

PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

made light of the criticism over the preparations and counselled the media to “see the positive aspects” of the mega sporting event rather than portraying a “negative image”. Talking in unison, they insisted that the Games were “not collapsing” and all problems were being addressed. “I would like you tell very categorically that these minor glitches and hitches do come around... ” Dikshit told reporters.

lost 50 per cent or more of their assets or income. Saxena’s note stressed that a minimum 10 per cent of the project cost should be spent on rehabilitation and resettlement, excluding compensation. He was asked by Sonia Gandhi to study and suggest changes in the land acquisition bill introduced in Parliament during the first term of the UPA Government that remains pending. “Today, project-affected people are no longer in a mood to suffer passively. Consequently, there has been growing protest and militancy leading to tensions, conflict and violence... A well intended, liberal and comprehensive resettlement and rehabilitation policy is, therefore, required not only to protect the interests of the displaced... but also in the public interest to ensure quick acquisition and faster access to such acquired land, says Saxena in his preface to the note. He also wants the right to information to all project-affected people and people’s organisations about all aspects of the projects, including environmental assessment and the resettlement and rehabilitation plan, started on land acquired from tribals or farmers. The information, he says, must be provided in the “language of the people.”

police official said. The security has been stepped up across the city after firing incident at Jama Masjid injuring two Taiwanese. Delhi Police have conducted various drills, including antisabotage checks once they take over possession of the venues, the official said. Apart from around 80,000 Delhi Police personnel, over 17,500 paramilitary personnel, 3,000 commandos and 100 anti-sabotage check teams will be deployed across the city. “I think I understand why Dani Samuels decided not to go. She contacted us and told us and we accept that, and (she) probably will not be the last one. I’m sure we’ll potentially

SC declines urgent Ayodhya petition Bulk SMSes, MMSes banned

As a measure of abundant caution in the face of Ayodhya verdict, the Government today banned bulk SMSes and MMSes for three days with immediate effect. PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

The Supreme Court today declined to hear urgently a plea to postpone the Ayodhya title suit verdict and barring any lastminute intervention it will be delivered by the Allahabad High Court as scheduled on Friday. A Bench of the court while refusing to hear the petition filed by retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chand Tripathi earlier in the day on the ground it did not have the “determination” said it will be listed before an-

Nuke, thermal power plants under study HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

A Western Ghats ecology expert panel headed by Madhav Gadgil will be scrutinising proposed nuclear power park at Jaitapur and four thermal power plants in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra from the angle of protection of environment during their 9-day visit from October 4. There will be field visits to the proposed thermal power plants at Bhopam and Dhopave on October 5 and 6 respectively and open consultations on likelihood of impact of these plants on the rich ecology of the Western Ghats, the Environment Ministry sources said. Similar visits and open consultations are slated on the under-construction thermal power plant at Jaigad on October 7 and Finolax power plant on October 8, followed by similar exercise on the proposed nuclear power park at Jaitapur. The visit also covers study of deforestation in the two districts, discussions with Chiplun and other area activists as also with those of Kolhapur and Sangli at Kolhapur and with Dabhol creek, Nate and Malvan fishermen.

other Bench. The Bench comprising Justices Altmas Kabir and A K Patnaik, however, refused to list the petition for tomorrow saying it did not have the “jurisdiction” to fix the date for hearing after the counsel for the petitioner pressed for the same. All eyes were on the apex court on how the petition will be treated today with just two days left for the keenly awaited verdict on the 60-year-old Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute.

get others that decide for the same reasons.” Canada also hinted that it is ready to pull out of the Games if India quickly fails to fix the problems. In a teleconference Tuesday with Canada’s advance team of sport and security officials in Delhi, Commonwealth Games Canada president Andrew Pipe said: “This would have been an opportunity for India to shine. Instead, I think, it risks considerable international embarrassment unless some of these deficiencies can be addressed. It is not as if the Indian government has been unaware of these problems - and that is, I think, the source of so much frustration on the part of many of us.” New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said that he would support any athlete who decides not to participate in the Commonwealth Games and added: “They have to make their own decision on whether they feel comfortable or not with the risks involved.” The prime minister said that it was up to the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) to decide whether or not to send a team. Sport Wales has asked the organisers of the Commonwealth Games to confirm that the event venues and the accommodation arrangements are fully ready and safe to enable it decide on its next move.

Divorce can’t be purchased: SC

The Supreme Court ruled that divorce cannot be purchased by a spouse by paying a lumpsum amount to the other party. “No court can assume jurisdiction to dissolve a Hindu marriage on the basis of the consent of the parties de hors the grounds enumerated under Section 13, unless of course the consenting parties proceed under section 13B of the Act. – (PTI)

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CM calls for end to IFFI squabble HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 22

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today said that the squabbling between State and Central Government authorities over the organisation of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) needs to stop. Kamat, who met Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni in Delhi yesterday, said that the minister was kind enough to accept Goa’s suggestions. “The MoU for the forthcoming IFFI was finalized and the minister accepted our suggestions,” he said. Kamat also said that the ESG would curate one country focus, a foreign perspective, operate the short film centre, etc as part

of its scope of work. “DFF and ESG will further work in a more homogeneous manner because this is the country’s international film festival and under no circumstances do we want to give an impression that DFF and ESG are working in different directions,” Kamat told reporters. Kamat also said both the opening and closing ceremonies of this year’s International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be outsourced to an event management agency (EMA). Kamat said that the decision to outsource the organisation of these events to an EMA was necessary to create hype about the festival. “The opening and closing ceremonies need more hype and

the I & B ministry felt that an EMA may be asked to manage the ceremonies of the festival. Both the ceremonies were earlier organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,” Kamat said. “The ministry has decided that they will form a committee to decide how best to hold the opening and closing ceremonies,” Kamat said. The committee will be headed by the IB Secretary, joint secretary (films-IB), director general of Directorate of Film Festivals and chief executive officer, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), Kamat said, adding that expenditure for both the events would either be funded by the IB or raised through sponsors.

Chorao locals threaten to boycott Sept 24 hearing HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 22

The residents of Chorao who are up-in- arms against the Department of Forest over its proposal to declare Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuar y as Critical Wildlife Habitat (CWH) have now threatened to boycott the public hearing scheduled on September 24, which they had requested the office of the Conservator of Forest postpone it to September 30. Sarpanch Pandurang Bandodkar had made the submission to the department of forest requesting it to conduct the hearing on Sunday however his request was turned down. Speaking to Herald, Esperance Rodrigues, Convenor of Chorao Civic and Consumer Forum (CCCF), said the department has been desperate to declare Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanc-

tuary as CWH and has declined their genuine request. While she claimed that islanders are happy with the visits of the migratory birds and according to their knowledge there is no fear of extinction of any of the species , they are completely opposed to turn it into CWH. “This is indeed very disappointing. Why would the forest department not want to hear the views of the islanders? Unless the department is just hellbent on doing what it wants. However, we have decided not take the matter lightly,” she said. The CCCF has also written to Minister of Forest, Filipe Neri Rodrigues to take stock of the situation and postpone hearing in the interest of islanders else they will be compelled to boycott it. Till date villagers have not

received the basic information from the department . Moreover, the guidelines to notify the CWH were not followed and elected local representatives was thrown out of the State Level Expert Committee(SLEC), alleged the Covenor. Also, SLEC did not provide the gram sabha with complete and correct information on the proposed CWH. Fearing that land sharks and hoteliers are eager to grab their lands the residents have decided to intensify their agitation. “The people of Chorao are bracing themselves to enforce their “right to know” as well as their “right to say no” and will take our battle forward from September 27 all the way to the office of Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Environment and Forest,” declared CCCF Convenor.

Lawyer serves notice on Petitioner told to delete 2 central ministry, State over MPT’s expansion respondents in HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 22

Adv Andre Antonio Pereira has served a legal notice on the Union Ministry of Surface Transport (Dept of Shipping), Ports Wing, Govt of India, and the Goa Government to restrain Mormugao Port Trust from further expansion contending it had no business to enter the private village of Mormugao. In the notice, Pereira has asked parties concerned to respond to the notice within a period 60 days on the steps taken to restrain MPT from expansion. If the parties fail to respond favourably in the matter, I shall be constrained to move the appropriate court of law, he stated. The advocate, who is an expert in Communidade law, said he was compelled to serve the notice on learning of a report in a section of the media where MPT had asked the State Government to clear pending projects. Pereira maintained MPT’s expansion will displace “indigenous” people and the State Government had no right or business to entertain the claims of MPT in the private village of Mormugao. The senior advocate further contends that consequent to development by MPT there has been growing burden on the land belonging to the ‘Gaunkars’ of the village of Mormugao and Vaddem and it has progressively extended over land belonging to villages of Chicalim and Sancoale. Pereira noted that the State Government had failed to take action on illegal constructions and slums on land belonging to the Communidade of Mormugao and Vaddem and other nearby Communidades. He stated that the MPT has no title to any land within the village of Mormugao and its expansion plans at the cost of the local population wasn’t acceptable. Further the intentions of MPT to build a fishing jetty at Katem-Baina, again, a locality in Mormugao village, were flawed as the same will bring in more encroachments, slums, pollution and other problems, he explained. Pereira has warned MPT’s plans to build a new jetty would be detrimental to the operation of the Dabolim Airport where aircraft land as there will be chances of bird hits on account of the new development.

Drive to check bogus ration cards from Oct 14 HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEP 22

The Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (CSCA) has planned a drive from October 14 to check bogus ration cards in circulation and has appealed cardholders to surrender the same within two weeks. Gurudas Pilarnkar, Director of CSCA speaking to Herald on Wednesday said the action has been initiated in pursuant to Supreme Court direction to the Union Ministry. The department will also take action against those holding bogus ration cards and it has already found 87000 bogus ration cards, he said. In 2007, it conducted an exercise wherein all ration cards were re-registered and, accordingly 4,41,000 ration cards were prepared as per declarations submitted to the department. However, only 354000 cards were actually collected and balance 87000 are still lying with the department. “We had announced that ration card will be handed over only to a family member whose name is reflected in the ration card and upon signing the registrar to avoid any misuse,” said Pilarnkar giving probable reason why so many ration cards were never collected. The department has now treated all those 87000 ration cards as bogus. Though the department had carried out re-registration in 2007, it suspects there are more bogus ration cards in circulation and wants to have house-to-house survey from October 14 to check usage of illegal ration cards.

Ghali case HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 22

Bombay High Court at Goa today asked the petitioner to delete names of two government officials from the list of respondents in a contempt petition for granting service extension to the services electrical inspector R A Ghali. The division bench was hearing contempt petition filed by Anthony Rebello against Power Minister Aleixo Sequiera, Chief Electrical Engineer Nirmal Braganza, Power Secretary S Kumarswamy, Undersecretary Umeshchandra Joshi and Advocate General Subodh Kantak. The bench said that since Nirmal and Umeshchandra are already served show cause notices in other similar contempt petition, their names be deleted from the present. The matter will be next heard on Monday along with other two similar contempt petitions. In the present petition, the petitioner pointed out that Ghali has been appointed without following the Constitutional scheme as spelt out by the Supreme Court in its earlier judgment. High Court on December 1, 2009 had granted leave for a period of five days to the Government in response to latter’s application seeking leave to extend Ghali’s appointment on November 21, 2009.

Attempt to murder case registered HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

The Colva police have registered a case of attempt to murder against one Sudan D’Costa for assaulting one Lawrence Fortes at Seraulim last night. The police said the accused allegedly assaulted the victim with an iron pipe on his hands, legs and other parts of the body. The police have registered the case following a complaint received from the victim’s wife. The police are investigating.

NUSI Wockhardt hospital opens in Cuncolim HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

Super speciality health care and medical tourism will receive a big boost in the state with Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat inaugurating the state-of-the-art Rs 60 crore 180 bedded NUSI Wockhardt hospital at Panzorconne-Cuncolim on Wednesday. Welcoming Wockhardt Hospitals to the State, Kamat said that citizens of Goa will now benefit from the world class professional healthcare that Wockhardt Hospitals will bring to the State. “Quality health is one of the most needed services for the people and I am sure that with the coming of a leading healthcare group like Wockhardt Hospitals to Goa, this will be met”, he said, and hoped the health care facility will meet the requirements of the common man. In his address, PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao lauded the contribution of NUSI-Wockhardt in the health care sector and exuded confidence that the hospital will meet the requirements of all sections of the population. Chairman of Wockhardt Group, Dr Habil Khorakiwala said the Goa hospital is a major

milestone in their quest for providing quality healthcare to all. “Our achievements in the past 20 years signify our commitment to pursuing and matching global standards in healthcare to create an environment where continuous improvements creates new benchmarks in the quality of care delivered to our patients”, he said. Dr Khorakiwala said that specialists from Goa and outside will take care of patients in cardiology, including consultants from Mumbai, Singapore, UK, Chandigarh and other places. “These specialists have years of experience and have performed hundreds of open heart surgeries”, he added. Saying though the facilities are indeed world class, Dr Khorakiwala, however, said the prices are affordable by the common man. “The hospital will work 24x7 in respect of emergencies. There’s an ambulance and pharmacy which will be open round-the-clock”, he added. Replying to a question, he said that NUSI and Wockhardt have agreed to have a long-term partnership to provide world class health care facility.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat along with PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao seen inaugurating the NUSI Wockhardt hospital at Cuncolim. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

Ms Zahabiya Khorakiwala said the NUSI Wockhardt Hospital is a multi-speciality tertiar y care hospital equipped with advanced hitech equipments and techn o l o g y, h a v i n g h i g h l y qualified expert consultants team. She said the 180-bedded hospital, of which 43 are critical care beds, has five op-

eration theatres meeting international standards, dedicated ICU ambulance, 24x7 emergency line, dedicated dialysis and physiotherapy centres and round the clock pathology services. In his address, Chairman of NUSI/ITF Trust Capt N A Hiranandani said that NUSI has always been at the forefront when it

comes to providing a better life for the people. “Health definitely comes at the top of that list. I am confident that our collaboration will prove to be a blessing for the people of Goa”, he added. He said the hospital will continue will bestow benefits on the seamen and their families.

Hospital inauguration held NUSI vows efforts to increase monthly under police protection CM, Churchill call for amicable solution HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

Cuncolim literally resembled a garrison town on Monday with the authorities mobilizing the entire South Goa police force near NUSI Wockhardt hospital at Panzorconne during the hospital inauguration. The day passed off without any untoward incident as the 24 NUSI employees peacefully protesting outside the venue, even as Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat and PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao calling upon the NUSI-Wockhardt management to resolve the labour dispute amicably. Incidentally, Cuncolim MLA Joaquim Alemao boycotted the inauguration ceremony along with Cuncolim Municipal Council in protest against the failure to resolve the grievances of the 24 employees. The employees protesting outside the hospital thanked the people of Cuncolim for boycotting the inaugural ceremony and charged vested interest for bringing bus loads of people for the function. Over 150 policemen were deployed in Cuncolim this morning to maintain strict vigil against any one from creating disturbances near the hospital. Acting South Goa Superintendent of Police, Tony Fernandes said the entire police force from the

district, besides Goa Reserve Police was deployed in Cuncolim as a precautionary measure. “Last night, the police had removed black flags put up near the hospital. We decided not to take any chances”, he said. The police tasted a partial success in their plan when the retired seafarers were invited for talks with NUSI Chief Abdulgani Serang on their longpending demand for a hike in ex-gratia monetary assistance, thereby pre-empting the retired seafarers from protesting near the hospital venue. Meanwhile, PWD Minister Churchill Alemao appealed to NUSI-Wockhardt management to solve the labour dispute with the employees at the earliest. Wockhardt Chairman Dr Habil Khorakiwala replied saying that the labour problem is under study and will be solved on a priority basis. After Dr Habil publicly gave a positive reply to Alemao’s request, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat expressed his happiness over the stand of Wockhardt management and hoped that the problem will be resolved at the earliest. The 22 employees of then NUSI hospital had been agitating outside the hospital venue for the last 18 months, demanding that they be reinstated and paid all back wages as per labour rules.

Navy in process to obtain NOC on Grandy & Pikini Islands HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 22

Flag Officer of Goa Naval Area Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai stated that Indian Navy is in the process to obtain No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the State government to acquire Grandy and Pikini Islands in the Arabian Sea off Baina Coast to avoid security threat to airfield and runway approaches of Dabolim airport. Speaking to media, Pillai said Navy is in the process to obtain NOC from the State government to acquire few portions of both the islands that are under the possession of the State government and private owners. “Securing both the islands, Grandy and Pikini, which are closely located to the approach way of runway and airfield of Dabolim airport, is important to secure the islands to avoid security threats to the aircrafts,” said Admiral Pillai.

He further informed that the State government would look into all security aspects over acquisition of islands, while the District Collector South Goa has given suggestion on the acquisition and the Ministry of Defence has agreed over the acquisition. “Indian Navy has created a new force called the Sagar Prahari Bal (SPB) to protect Naval bases and border the coastline areas. SPB will comprise 1,000 personnel and will have 80 fast interception crafts for sea front patrolling, while five fast interception crafts would be stationed in Goa shortly for coast security,” he said. “The process is in progress to strengthen the radar chain to improve communication between the ships and officers and similarly with other security agencies,” said Pillai. The islands located off the

Baina coast were partly acquired by the Navy during its inception in Goa, while few portions are owned by a private owner and the State government. The Pikini Island is located barely one kilometer from Katem-Baina shore, while the Grandy Island, where major tourism activities for scuba diving takes place, besides other activities like picnics, would be around 5 kms off Baina shore. The Grandy Island has a watch tower on top of the island and a dilapidated Portuguese era bridge. Since the Island is strategically located in the Arabian Sea for warfare activities, Navy officials are regularly posted. The island also has a small temple and a cross, which are worshiped annually during ‘Tulshi Lagin’ festival by both the Catholics and Hindu fisher folk community.

2 fast attack vessels arrive HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 22

In what could be a major boost to State’s maritime security, two Water Jet Propelled Fast Attack Crafts (WJFAC), INS Kondul and INS Cankarso, arrived in the State on Wednesday morning to secure the Goan coastline at Mormugao Port Trust (MPT). Arrival of these two ships will increase the operational capabilities of Goa Naval Area, which has been operating with only one ship, Fast Attack Craft INS Bitra, for the past two years. Flag Officer, Goa Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai along with Commodore Ajay K Chhabra, naval officials and family members were present to welcome the two ships at MPT. INS Kondul and INS Cankarso, commissioned at Vizag in June, were under trial and workup, sailed in Goa. These would be the fifth and sixth WJFAC’s under the Car-Nicobar Class of Crafts

that India began building in 2007. The Navy will have a total of 10 FACs under this class and they would be based all along the 7,500 km long coastline of the country. Speaking to media, Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai said both Kondul and Cankarso have been indigenously designed and built at GRSE Ltd Kolkata, while Kondul was commanded by Cdr SR Patil and Cankarso by Lt Cdr Arun Bahuguna. In a press note, Navy PRO Commander M C Joshi stated that the ships are almost entirely Indian in design with an indigenous weapon package and are designed for maritime patrol. They are named after Kondul and Cankarso Islands in the northern group of Lakshadweep Islands. What makes Kondul and Cankarso special is that the ships are capable of very high speeds

and in a chase can achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ships are fitted with modern state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment. The crew comforts and operational preparedness have also been carefully balanced. The ships are thus equipped and capable of accomplishing their designed roles of rapid interception, anti-poaching, antipiracy and Local Naval Defence. The ships are 46-m long and 7.5-m wide and are manned by a crew comprising four officers and 40 sailors. Their main armament is 30 mm CRN-91 gun made by Ordnance Factory Medak and a modern fire control system designed and manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited, Chennai. Additionally, the ships are armed with shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles, MMGs, LMGs and various other small arms.

monetary assistance HERAL D REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

Declining to specify the time frame when the retired seafarers will get a hike in the monthly ex-gratia assistance, general secretary of the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) Abdulgani Serang has said that all out genuine efforts will be made to increase the monthly monetary assistance to the retired seafarers. Serang had a meeting with the agitating retired seafarers from Goa brokered by the District Magistrate, South G P Naik at the District Collectorate here on early Wednesday morning. Coming out of the Collector’s office after a near hour-long meeting, Abdulgani told newsmen that efforts were definitely on from NUSI to convince the Seafarers Welfare Fund Society to effect a hike in the ex-gratia relief for the retired seamen, but declined to give any time-frame. On the other hand, president of the Retired Seafarers Association, Afron Dias said the NUSI general secretary has agreed for a hike in the ex-gratia assistance and will get back to the retired seafarers within two weeks. Abdulgani said the ex-gratia relief is being handled by the Seafarers Welfare Fund Society (SWFS). “Of the 16-member SWFS, NUSI has only two members on the body, but our efforts are on to get the monetary assistance hiked. The SWFS is responsible to more than 20,000 retired seafarers all over India”, Abdulgani said. Saying the SWFS is hit by paucity of funds with more and more seafarers retiring every year, he said the Society has formed a Task Force to augment the fund for the benefit of the retiring seamen. Replying to a question, Abdulgani said the Task Force has been formed under the Chairmanship of the Director General of Shipping, adding that NUSI will take up the matter even in Delhi to put pressure on the concerned people to get the monetary relief hiked. “I cannot commit on the amount, but we will definitely try to increase the monetary assistance. We cannot quote the figure right now, but something will be worked out by the Society”, he added. Abdulgani said the NUSI is the only Union which takes care of not only the serving seafarers, but the retired seamen as well. “We have introduced a scholarship scheme for the children of seafarers pursuing education after XII”, he said. District Collector, G P Naik said the meeting between the representatives of NUSI and retired seafarer was convened by him in view of the likelihood of law and order problem at the inauguration of the NUSI Wockhardt hospital at Panzorconne-Cuncolim. “The NUSI general secretary has assured to make collective efforts to look into the grievances of the retired seafarers. We are only concerned about the law and order”, he added.

Camilo kicks off poll campaign HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

The State Election Commission is yet to issue notification on the forthcoming polls for the civic bodies in the State, but that has not deterred many a aspiring candidate to kick off their campaign in style. Camilo Barreto – husband of sitting Margao Municipal Councillor Livramenta Barreto – is one such candidate, who has started his election campaign in right earnest. Camilo’s election banners are prominently seen in the Borda ward, where he is planning to contest from in the ensuing polls. A huge banner requesting voters of Ward No 9 (Borda) to vote and elect Camilo Barreto has come up at a prominent place in the ward. Incidentally, Camilo is planning to cross swords against Tito, the son of former MLA and Minister, Luis Alex Cardozo. Ward No 9 has been in the news in recent times with reports stating that moves are afoot to reserve the ward for the Scheduled Tribe. In fact, the reports gained credence following a meeting between the Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, GPCC General Secretary Vijay Sardessai and Luis Alex Cardozo at the residence of the Chief Minister last week.

Mining company denies blocking Adwalpal nullah HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEP 22

Even as irate Adwalpal villagers claimed that the mining firm had blocked the nullah, the lawyer representing mine owner in the High Court refused the same. An hour-long discussion today centered on as to whether the ‘nullah’ existed in the mining lease or not. Adv Norma Alvares, representing petitioners, referred to last year’s inspection report that the nullah was blocked, altered and diverted to the agricultural field.

She requested the court to direct to comply with suggestions in the report. The defence however argued that petitioners were introducing new issues every now and then without any facts and figures. The division bench of Justices D G Karnik and F M Reis asked Alvares to figure out the existing nullah in the map to substantiate her arguments. “Show the existing nullah. We are unable to conclude … we are not satisfied,” said the bench reserving orders on the petition.


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State provides personal security to Ravi’s sons HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 22

The State Government today provided personal security officers (PSOs) to Home Minister Ravi Naik’s sons – Roy and Ritesh after revelations about a ploy to kill one of them. Superintendent of Police (Security) Tony Fernandes told reporters that the decision was taken on recommendation of senior officials after the pistol-wielding gang chief Michael Fernandes confessed to accepting a ‘supari’ to kill Roy Naik. The officer said that home minister’s security from ‘Z’ security was elevated to ‘Z plus’ security in May after a security review meeting. When contacted the police spokesperson SP Atmaram Deshpande declined to divulge information. “We don’t discuss security measures,” was his pat reply to a question on security to Naik’s sons. The notorious gangster

n Superintendent of Police (Security)Tony Fernandes told reporters that the decision was taken on recommendation of senior officials after the pistol-wielding gang chief Michael Fernandes confessed to accepting a ‘supari’ to kill Roy Naik. has more than 30 cases of dacoity, chain snatching, vehicle thefts, robbery and impersonation cases in Goa. Fernandes had murdered a person in Karnataka before coming down to Goa and forming a gang of robbers. Meanwhile, Roy (35) is already embroiled into controversies following allegations by Fiona, mother of the deceased Scarlet Keeling Eden of administering drugs to her daughter. Lately, his alleged involvement also cropped up in the much-touted police-drug mafia nexus wherein Lucky Farmhouse, ex-girlfriend of drug peddler Atala accused the men of having links with drug mafia.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of a press conference called by the chief minister, Director General of Police Bhim Sain Bassi admitted there was a threat to the Home Minister Ravi Naik’s family. “There are some inputs that make it necessary to provide security to the home minister’s family,” Bassi told reporters. He however refused to reveal the nature of threat to the home minister’s family. “We cannot discuss the security issues,” he said. “Initial inputs reveal there was a need for security to be provided and whenever we feel there isn’t any need we will withdraw that,” he stated.

Thieves target Ordhofond Bridge, decamp with phone cables, pipes HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, SEPT 22

Thieves decamped with telephone cables and GI pipes, worth about Rs 50,000, from Ordhofond Bridge at Bhatpal-Canacona on Tuesday night, affecting over 70 phones in the locality. According to sources, BSNL authorities in a complaint filed with Canacona Police on Wednesday evening stated that three different types of cables and eight GI pipes of 100 mm diameter have been cut and removed from the Ordhofond Bridge at Bhatpal. It is learnt that the police reportedly took the BSNL team to Ordhofond Bridge for on-thespot assessment, before registering the complaint of theft of BSNL properties. The culprits decamped with 110 mts of copper cables of different sizes, which have been cut on both ends of Ordhofond Bridge, while eight GI pipes, four on either sides, are removed probably to make it easy to pull the heavy cables through the other pipes, which remained untouched on the bridge. All the eight GI pipes have also gone missing along with the three types of cables. Sources informed that these telephone cables were serving about 70 BSNL landline subscribers at Ordhofond, Partagal, Gotcomolem, besides other surrounding areas from a telephone exchange situated at Shristhal near Canacona Industrial Estate. The telephone services to these many sub-

Betim duo acquitted HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 22

Two men were acquitted by a Panjim Court of threatening over phone to kill one Joaquim Rebello. Prosecutor had charged Shoukat Shaikh and Nooruddin alias Noor Mohammad, both residents of Betim of abusing and verbally threatening to kill the complainant. The threat was basically to refrain complainant Rebello from deposing against the pair in a case of attempted murder, forming unlawful assembly and other offences of Indian Penal Code. The duo represented by Adv Swapnil Nasnolkar argued that there was no concrete evidence to prove the guilt. Judicial Magistrate First Class acquitted the accused for lack of evidence. “There is no iota of evidence to convict the accused. Prosecution has not proved the ingredients of threatening and threat to kill charges,” the court ordered. The prosecutor earlier examined four witnesses but the court was not convinced with the testimony to prove the guilt of the accused. JMFC ‘C’ Court Shabnam Shaikh observed, “It is common experience that when rustic people have some quarrel or difference amount themselves they generally hurl insulting abusive and/or filthy words against each other. Merely from the use of such words in heated moments it cannot always be said that those words were used with the requisite intention of threat…”

scribers are totally disrupted since the theft, which reportedly came to light only past Wednesday afternoon. It is learnt from BSNL sources that not many came to BSNL offices with complaints of nonworking of their phones, but a phone linesman who reportedly went towards Ordhofond to attend a couple of non-working complaints, was surprised to find that there was no connectivity to any of underground cables beyond the bridge. On further examining, the lineman reportedly found that the cables have gone missing from the entire bridge and accordingly reported the theft to his superiors at the main BSNL office. BSNL sources suspect that the theft may have taken place on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, but expressed surprise that the theft had taken place along the highway, where vehicles passes throughout the night, besides police patrolling on highway routes has still gone unnoticed. It may be recalled that Canacona Police Station Sarvajanik Ganeshostav Mandal’s idol was taken in procession on Tuesday night amid presence of almost entire police force participating in the late night immersion activity, locals suspects that the culprits used this opportunity to strike at the other side of the police station. With this theft, the expected loss to BSNL is anticipated at about Rs 75,000, including other incurring expenses like transportation, labour, etc, to lay the cables.

NCP throws challenges at GPYC chief HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 22

The Nationalist Congress Party on Wednesday dared Youth Congress chief Sankalp Amonkar to produce evidence of corruption against its minister Jose Philip D’Souza or even file a complaint. The NCP will give a befitting r e p l y t o A m o n k a r, s a i d spokesperson of the party Trajano D’Mello, who has reacted sharply to some of the utterances made by the youth leader after the September 5 convention in Mapusa where Jose Philip spoke of strengthening his party’s base in all 40 constituencies. The NCP Spokesperson, however, indicated they may now not go ahead with the filing of the complaint against Amonkar for allegedly misappropriating the Canacona relief fund collected by GPYC. Explaining this D’Mello observed there was a reason behind not filing the complaint, but this doesn’t mean they were not concerned about where the relief money has gone. Political ethics keep us back from filing the complaint, he stated and added, “The money was for the people and there is something called the people’s court. Let people too decide on the issue in their court and call for probity and accountability from the youth leader.” He has once again lashed at Amonkar and some of the leaders for being naïve in their utterances about the alliance and called their political history as poor. “Let me recall the 2002 assembly elections when the Congress decided to go alone

n The NCP Spokesperson, however, indicated they may now not go ahead with the filing of the complaint against Amonkar for allegedly misappropriating the Canacona relief fund collected by GPYC. and failed to become the single largest party,” he reminded. He said in that year Saligao went to NCP and Congress lost Tivim, Siolim and Vasco to the Bharatiya Janata Party which came to power. NCP made big inroads in these constituencies and the division of votes gave BJP the advantage, he stated. So, he mentioned, the alliance was no more a choice of the local leaders but a necessity endorsed by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar to keep communal forces at bay. “I say with conviction there are hired agents of communal forces who have infiltrated into the Congress,” he asserted. D’Mello said Amonkar, who has spoken against the alliance, should accept NCP’s challenge of contesting the municipal elections on his home turf in Vasco and win.

Goan hangs to death aboard ship HERALD CORRESPONDENT LONDON, SEPT 22

A waiter working on cruise ship Arcadia hanged himself after being caught stealing tips from an on-board restaurant while the ship was docked at Southampton. An inquest was told that Sumith Gawas, 22, killed himself in his cabin on the P&O Cruises ship while it was in dock at the port. Gawas, from Collem, was a junior waiter at a self-service restaurant on board Arcadia when he was caught emptying the tips box by colleagues in the early hours of July 16 this year. He was confronted by supervisor Dharmendra Jadhav. He tried to hide £140 in notes he had taken, but they were found. One of the key-holders for the box in which passengers could leave tips for crew at the end of a voyage, Gawas was said to be popular with colleagues. After being caught, Gawas was told to go to his cabin. His cabin mate Joel Fernandes left for work the next morning, but came back later to get some cigarettes and found Gawas hanging. £800 in cash was found in his possession, which was more than he would have earned. The Coroner recorded a verdict of suicide and said the shame of the theft had led him to take his life. Police ruled out any foul play.

Saudi national detained for overstaying HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 22

Immigration Police at Dabolim airport on Wednesday morning detained a 21-year-old Saudi Arabia national on charges of overstaying in the country. The Immigration Police detained Kalid Abdula at Dabolim airport while he was leaving the State. According to Vasco Police, the accused, who was later handed over to Vasco Police, was arrested on charges of overstaying in India and after the charge sheet was filed, he was locked in judicial custody at Sada Sub Jail. The accused had come down to Goa on his tourist visa on July 28 and had valid visa till August 31, but despite his visa expiry, he was staying in Goa till date.

John opts for new lawyer HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

Accused in the Russian woman rape case, John Fernandes has once again opted for a new lawyer to defend him in the criminal case. Former lawyer of former Tourism Minister, Mickk y Pacheco, Panjim-based Adv Amit Palyekar appeared for John in the South Goa Sessions Court on Wednesday in place of citybased criminal Lawyer, Adv AnacletoViegas. John has so far changed four lawyers as his pleas for bail found no favour with the courts. Adv Rajiv Gomes was the first to defend John in the rape case, followed by another city-based criminal lawyer, Adv Mike Mehta. In between, John also engaged the services of Mumbai-based criminal lawyer, Adv Ashwin Naik to argue his bail application in the Bombay High Court. The accused later settled for Adv Anacleto Viegas as trial in the rape case commenced two months ago on a day-to-day basis. When contacted, Adv Viegas said he allowed John’s sister to take back the file following some differences on the bail petition which was filed in the Supreme Court recently. “As a lawyer, I was not informed the bail application filed in the Supreme Court. There were some differences after which I told John’s sister to take the file. I have no problem if the accused has engaged another lawyer”, Adv Viegas said.

Road contractors’ work boycott continues HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

Road contractors under the banner of All Goa Road Contractor’s Association has continued their boycott of the works in Div VI & XXV worth around Rs 12 crore. It’s now nearly two weeks since the boycott began and the contractor’s have further decided to continue with the boycott till their money is paid by the government. Association President Subhash Desai said the contractors have

requested all the PWD Executive Engineers not to float new tenders till the finance position improves. Complaining that the cash assignment is not issued on time even after getting the funds allotment order, the contractors have now decided to meet Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat and PWD Minister to air their grievances. “We will continue with the boycott till the government releases funds and clear our payments amounting to crores of the rupees”, Desai added.

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Citizens to urge CM to hold all party meet on Sept 24 HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

Concerned Citizens for Peace have decided to call on the Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat on Thursday morning requesting him to convene an all party meeting to ensure peace and communal harmony in Goa on September 24 – when the Allahabad High Court is expected to give its verdict on the Babri Masjid Ram Janmabhoomi land dispute at Ayodhya. This was decided at a meeting of social activists held at the Grace Church hall on Wednesday evening. At the meeting, the activists decided to appeal to Goans to ensure peace and communal amity by not celebrating or opposing the Allahabad High Court verdict. Activist Mohandas Lolienkar told newsmen that a delegation of concerned citizens for peace will call on the Chief Minister and request him to immediately convene an all party meeting. “This will help in creating a right atmosphere in the State on the eve of the court verdict. We earnestly feel that the people should desist

from celebrating or opposing the court verdict. The government should take note of the same and ban celebrations or opposition via processions”, Lolienkar said. The Concerned Citizens for Peace has appealed to all the people residing in the State and belonging to any religion to maintain peace and calm, whichever way the verdict may go. They also appealed to the people not to fall prey to any rumours, as these have in the past, proved to be strong weapons to instigate one community against another and give rise not only to hatred but also to assaults, murders, rapes and other types of violence. “People should be cautious against SMS or other forms of communication that may be used for spreading vicious propaganda aimed at disturbing the traditional communal harmony prevailing in the State”, the citizens said, adding “Goans, let us remain united and vigilant. Let us take recourse to the law enforcing agencies should any disturbances occur”, appealed Prajal Sakhardande, Jose Maria Miranda and Sayed Iftiyaz.

Kamat urges people to maintain peace HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 22

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today urged all citizens to maintain peace in view of the Ayodhya verdict, which is likely to be passed by the Supreme Court on September 24. Addressing a press conference after chairing a high level security meeting which was attended by Home Minister Ravi Naik, Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, DGP Bhim Sain Bassi, DIG and both district superintendents, Kamat said that the police have taken all precautionary measures to avoid any untoward incident. “We reviewed the arrangements and decided that all steps be taken to avoid any untoward incident,” he said adding “we have also asked both the district collectors to hold peace meeting in their areas”. “I request to all people not to fall prey to false propaganda of a few and respect the Supreme Court judgement whatever it may be,” he stated. He said the Section 144 is invoked in North District for the forthcoming bypolls in Valpoi will also be imposed in South Goa. “Under no circumstances peace in the state should be disturbed,” he said.

Rajasthan trio drugged, looted at Caranzalem HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 22

Three tourists from Rajasthan were drugged and looted of valuables and a hired motorbike by a miscreant at Caranzalem on Tuesday. Govind Agarwal along with two others rented-out a guesthouse room at Caranzalem w h e re t h e y e n c o u n t e re d Pradeep Jal of Haryana. “The suspected accused befriended the trio and he allegedly hosted a drink-party. The Rajasthan friends were offered to drink alcohol but Jal refrained himself from drinking,” DySP Deu Benaulikar said. Taking advantage of the drunken situation, the suspect took away their valuables and fled. When the tourists regained consciousness, they saw that their mobile handsets and the motorbike bearing registration number GA-01-T-9082, all worth Rs 62,000, were missing. A complaint was thereafter

Princess hearing today HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 22

The Bombay High Court at Goa will take up M V River Princess case for final hearing on Thursday. The Division Bench of Justices D G Karnik and F M Reis hearing the petition filed by River Princess Hatao Manch today decided after Salgaonkar Mining Industries Private Limited turned down government’s proposal to deposit Rs 10 crore for the removal of the vessel. SMIPL on Monday had told the Court that it cannot accept fresh modifications in the terms and conditions asking the company to hike the bank guarantee from Rs 1 crore to Rs 10 crore. The company was also asked to deposit the money from the scraps of the vessel to the court till the entire vessel is cut and re-floated.

filed with the Panjim Town Police Station. While, the suspect is still at large, the police have managed to trace the motorbike, which was abandoned at Porvorim. “We have released a sketch of the suspect as per descriptions provided to us,” said the officer.


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s H o Rt tA K E s ZIL scholarships awarded PANJIM(HND): Zuari Industries Scholarships for the year 2010-11 has been awarded to two meritorious students, one each in Engineering and Agriculture. These scholarships are awarded based upon merit cum need i.e. 85% for merit and 15% for the income status. The minimum eligible percentage criteria for scholarships in Engineering and Agriculture are stipulated for eligible candidates securing minimum 70% and 60% overall marks in HSSC respectively. This year’s scholarship in Engineering is awarded to Muhammad Muhsin P Saleem of Mangor-Hill, Vasco da Gama who secured overall 92.2% in HSSC. He has secured admission in National Institute of Technology, Farmagudi, Ponda while scholarship in Agriculture is awarded to Ashutosh U Shet, Tilve of Ponda, who secured overall 68.83% in HSSC. He has secured admission to College of Agriculture, Dapoli for B.Sc. (Agriculture) degree course. Zuari Scholarships were instituted more than 30 years ago and are being awarded regularly every year to eligible candidates and carry cash award of Rs12,000 each per annum. The company sponsored candidates are paid scholarship of Rs 48,000 each during the tenure of their respective degree courses, says a press release.

Communal Harmony Day held

CURCHOREM(HC): Guardian Angel HSS, Curchorem, recently celebrated Communal Harmony Day to mark the festivals, Feast of Our Lady of Nativity, Id and Ganesh Chaturthi. During the school assembly, the significance of the three festivals was explained. Later, passages from Quran, Bhagavad Gita and Bible were read on the theme ‘We are all brothers and sisters’. A class wise Matoli competition was organised to mark the day. Each group comprising five students displayed maximum number of items on the Matoli. There were as many as 39 varieties of fruits and vegetables, both locally found and collected from the forests.

Free legal aid clinic held

PANJIM(HND): A free legal aid clinic was held recnelty at the Mediation Centre, Goa State Legal Services Authority, New High Court Building, Lyceum Complex, Altinho, Panaji. Senior Advocate, R G Ramani and Advocate Shivan Dessai presided over the clinic. Advice on various issues was sought by the parties. Issues on matrimonial dispute, partnership business and service matter were discussed with the parties. The presiding officers gave advice to approach the concerned authority to settle their disputes. The next such Clinic will be held on October 16 at 10.30 am to be presided over by Senior Advocate, M S Sonak and Advocate, J Godinho. The parties who desire to avail free legal advice should bring the necessary case papers/documents, says a press release.

MFG holds health camp in Collem

Dr Keshav Priolkar along with others at the health camp at Shigao. Photo by Alfred Fernandes

SANGUEM(HC): Mineral Foundation of Goa recently organized a health camp at Matoji-Shigao in Collem Panchayat. The camp was held under the leadership of ZP member Darbandora Rashmi Lambor. During the course of the camp, which was attended by over 65 villagers, the doctors conducted general check and also examined the villagers for diabetes and blood pressure. After the examination, free medicines sponsored by Mineral Foundation of Goa were given to the patients. The patients were examined by Dr Keshav Priolkar and was assisted by Neetala Gawas and Sameer. ZP member Lambor, Manish Lambor and Panchayat Member Sudhakar Gaonkar were also present on the occasion.

Anganwadi opened at Calangute

New Aganwadi at Calangute. HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, SEPT 22

A new Anganwadi was inaugurated at Gaura Vaddo-Calangute recently. Calangute ZP member Abeline Menezes inaugurated the Anganwadi in the presence of Child Development Project Officer Vinaya Govekar, Caretaker Sejal S u s h a n t M a t k a r, V i s h a V Simepuraskar, Chaya Khadkade, Roshan Naik among others. This is the seventh such Anganwadi in Calangute under the initiative of Sejal Sushant Matkar. Speaking at the inaugural event, Menezes called upon the women to make the best of various schemes launched by the government and assured wholehearted co-operation. Vinaya Govekar explained the importance of Anganwadis in the development and growth of children at the young age. Govekar spoke of child development through the Anganwadi with less stress on the child by way of interior games, learning of poetry with playful atmosphere, which is the need of the

Sanguem citizens feted for service to society

The felicitated citizens along with Sanguem MLA Vassudev Meng Gaonkar and others at the function. Photo by Alfred Fernandes HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, SEPT 22

Sanguem Jaycees recently felicitated six citizens from Sanguem for their social work and valuable service to the society at a function held at Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, Sanguem. Sanguem ML A Vassudev Meng Gaonkar was the chief guest for the felicitation function, while Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal President Ramkrishna Gurav, Jaycees State Secretary Shekhar Naik, Sanguem Jaycees President Pankaj Naik, businessman Subhash Phaldessai and Santosh

Saraswat Talent Hunt at Mapusa HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, SEPT 22

Saraswat Vidyalaya High School, Khorlim-Mapusa, will organise a one day ‘Inter-school Saraswat Talent Hunt’ on September 25. Addressing a press conference at Saraswat College, Mapusa, Headmaster Sanjiv Prabhu Dharwadkar said the programme is being organised as a part of the centenary year celebration. “The school was founded on March 2, 1911, and is one of the oldest institution that has rendered services in the field of education since the last 99 years. In view of this, our institution has organised several programmes at taluka, State, National and International level,” informed Dharwadkar. The mega event would witness participation of eight schools from the Mapusa city. In all, there are 10 onstage and off-stage events. The on-stage events include Poetry Recitation, Fancy dress competition, Group Dance competition, General Knowledge Quiz competition and Story telling competition. The off-stage events include Face Painting, Greeting card making competition, wealth out of waste competition, Origami Competition and Pot Painting competition. The winning school will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 2,100, runner’s up (Rs 1,100) and third place (Rs 750). Besides, they will also be awarded mementos and certificates. Saraswat Education Society Treasurer Ramnath Naik Burye, Samir Umarye and Rajendra Joshi were present for the press conference.

Dessai were among others who were present for the function. Speaking at the function, Sanguem MLA Gaonkar appreciated the Sanguem Jaycees for the work they have been doing for the betterment of the society and also complimented Sanguem Jaycees for organising various programmes in Sanguem, particularly for the youth sector and the students. Businessman Subhash Phaldessai claimed that the service rendered to the society never goes into waste but is remembered by the people for long

and the felicitation function organised by Sanguem Jaycees is one such example. Those felicitated on the occasion were Piety Fernandes (Excise Inspector), Ulhas Naik (Government Servant), Medini Morajkar (Nurse), Salvador D’Souza (KTC Driver) and Ethelvian D’Souza (School Teacher). The felicities were provided with a shawl, coconut and a memento by the chief guest and other dignitaries. Earlier, Pankaj Divkar welcomed the guests and the gathering, while Sudesh Yeragi proposed the vote of thanks.

Training programme postponed

PANJIM(HND): A four days Training programme in Poultry Development organized by Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, at farmers Training Centre, Curti-Ponda scheduled to be held from September 22 stands postponed.

VASCO(HR): Lions Club of Mormugao will organize an awareness programme on Cervical Cancer at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Vasco, on September 26 at 10.30 am. According to a press note issued by Lions Club of Mormugao President Daniel D’Souza, cancer of the neck of womb (cervix) is the most common form of cancer affecting Indian women. “On the positive side, cervical cancer has a long precancerous stage and can be cured 100% if detected in this stage or early stages. Screening and prevention of this cancer is therefore possible,” states the press note. Dr Nimish Pillai, Gynaecologist MPT Hospital and Dr Shailesh Kamat, practicing Gynaecologist from Vasco, will delver lectures during the awareness programme. The Club has urged the women to attend the awareness programme and avail the benefit.

Sanguem Taluka Legal Services Cell in association with South Goa District Legal Services Authority recently organized a free legal aid cell for the SSC students at Miracles High School, Sanguem. Adv Anjali Phaldessai and Adv Anand Gaonkar were the resource personnel for the camp. Adv Phaldessai spoke in detail of various provisions relating to Goa Children’s Act and the duties of children towards their parents, elders and teachers. Adv Phaldessai also briefed the students on various offences which come under the purview of the Act and punishment prescribed for the same. Adv Gaonkar gave a gist on the Ragging Act and what acts of the students could amount to ragging. Besides, the students were also made aware of the punishments prescribed under the Act and how the school/college authorities are required to act following complaints from the students. The camp was co-ordinated by Helen Afonso. School Headmaster Fr Michael Rebello and teacher Filastro Cardozo also participated in the smooth conduct of the camp. Adv A Fernandes compered the camp, while Fr Michael Rebello proposed the vote of thanks.

Mormugao MLA Milind Naik inaugurates Santhigiri Hospital in the presence of Councilor Lavina D’Souza, Gomantak Ayurvedic College, Shiroda, Principal Anura P Bale and others. HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 22

Considering the growing adoption of Ayurvedic medicine in today’s modernized world, Santhigiri Healthcare and Research Organization, Kerala, started 15bedded Ayurveda and Siddha Hospital near Tilak Maidan Road, Khariwado-Vasco. Mormugao MLA Milind S Naik inaugurated the hospital in the presence of Gomantak Ayurvedic College, Shiroda, Principal Anura P Bale, Councilors Lavina D’Souza, Arnaldo Francis Rego, FAGMA President T Ravi Sankar, Ayyappa Charitable Trust, Goa, Chairman U K Nair, Santhigiri Ayurveda and Siddha

Hospital Partner Prasad P C, Santhigiri Ayurveda and Siddha Hospital Medical Officer Dr Ushakiran, Area Manager R Hareesh among others. Immediately after its inauguration on Sunday morning, the hospital conducted a free medical consultation camp for about 50 patients. After three years operation of Santhigiri Vasco OP Clinic, Santhigiri Organization opened new 15-bedded Hospital at Khariwado, while the Clinic would be continued in Vasco. Speaking to media, Area Manager R Hareesh informed that Santigiri Hospital is especially concentrating on treatments for

Governor Dr S S Sidhu along with Chinar Corps of Sadbhavana Children Education (Study) Tour members from Baramulla District of Jammu and Kashmir led by Major Pankaj Kumar at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.

Children on an education tour from Baramulla District of Jammu and Kashmir comprising 43 children including teachers called on Governor of Goa Dr S S Sidhu at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. Organised by 29 Rashtriya Rifles (Grenadiers) of Chinar Corps of Indian Army, the tour named “Watan ki Sair”, is lead by Major Pankaj Kumar. They will be touring various states of the country under “Operation Sadbhavana” launched to provide exposure to the children of Jammu and Kashmir. Governor Sidhu welcomed

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Awareness on cervical cancer

Portuguese course PANJIM(HNB): The Xavier Centre of Historical Research at Alto Porvorim will conduct a Portuguese basic course - reading and conversation. Classes will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from October 4 to December 17. For details, contact office: 2417772 or www.xchr.in, states a press note.

Vishwa Konkani Yuva Mell PANJIM (HND): Vishwa Konkani Yuva Mell will be celebrated on November 28 at Kalaangann as a part of First World Konkani Cultural Convention. There will be five contests namely singing - solo and group, dancing – group, skit - group and compering. Team getting highest points in all five contests will be declared as ‘the best Vishwa Konkani youth group’ and will receive cash prize of Rs 25000. Youth in the age group 15 to 35 years, both Konkani and non-Konkanis can participate in these contests. Last date for registration is November 15. Only the first 20 groups registering their names will have the opportunity to participate. Winners will receive attractive cash prizes, trophies and certificates. All the contestants will receive a certificate of participation. Along with these contests, ‘Miss Konkani Photogenic’ and ‘Mr Konkani Photogenic’, ‘Miss Konkani World’ and ‘Mr Konkani World’ contests will also be held on the same day. For more details contact Kalaangann office (0824-2230489/2232239) or Kalaangann website (www.kalaangann.com).

Workshop on Haiku writing PANJIM (HND): Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts will organise a workshop in the art of writing Haiku by Kala Ramesh - a well known Haiku poet, on October 22 and 23, from 10 am to 1 pm or 3 pm to 6 pm. The conduct of the workshop depends of the number of participants, which is a minimum 20. The haiku workshop would be presented in simple steps on how best to write one and get published too. For more details contact Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts, 63/C-8, near Lar de Estudantes, Altinho, Panjim, ph: 2421311, info@sgcfa.org.

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J&K children on education tour meet Governor

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Ayurveda hospital begins operation in Vasco

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hour rather than going through the ordeals of immediate learning with heavy loads of school books. Govekar felt that the parents should send their children to the Anganwadis for their meaningful growth and development, which is available at the Anganwadis. According to Sejal Matkar, the Anganwadi has been equipped with the required food grains and necessary school items to take care of the requirements of the children. Chaya Khadkade welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries, while Roshan Naik proposed the vote of thanks.

Free legal aid for SSC students held at Sanguem

the group to Goa and informed them about various developmental and allied activities taking place in the state besides replying to their various queries to fulfill their quest for knowledge of the state. Dr Sidhu said Goa is traditionally peaceful state and people are hospitable. It is the only place in the country to have the Common Civil Code. In highest per capita income, Goa tops the list of states in the country. Like Jammu and Kashmir Goa too has talented artisans, he added. Dr Sihu called upon the children of Jammu and Kashmir to uphold the nationalism above all and become the ambassa-

dors of peace, communal harmony and non-violence to build a strong Jammu and Kashmir. The Governor appealed to the teachers accompanying the students to guide and mould the students to be confident and achieve their objectives. The Children and teachers interacted with the Governor and conveyed their feelings about the Army Sadhbhavna tour. Major Pankaj Kumar, the group leader apprised the Governor of the motive of the Operation Sadbhavana and the goodwill activities started by the armed forces in the insurgency affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

Paralysis, Spinal Disorders, Back Pain and Neck Pain, Spondylosis, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Psoriasis and other skin problems, Neurological Disorders, Joints and Muscular pains, etc. “There will be a special Diabetic OPD for the public every second Sunday from 9 am to 12.30 pm. We are planning to conduct Ayurvedic camps in different parts of the State for the benefit of the people,” said Hareesh. “Panchakarma and seasonal rejuvenation treatment packages according to body constitution will be available after the consultation with the Ayurvedic physician,” added Hareesh.

PANJIM(HND): The Raia Civic and Consumer Forum (RCCF) will organise its monthly general meeting of consumers on September 26 at 4 pm at Our Lady of Snows High School, Raia. The meeting will focus on various civic and consumer issues such as Rights of LPG consumers, safe, comfortable and affordable transport, road safety and traffic management, our money our rights, law and order, nutrition, year of gram sabha, flat owners rights, health and sanitation and environment protection. Various service related issues of the post office, electricity, BSNL telephones, and PWD water supply, dairy will also be discussed.

Blood Donation Camp

PANJIM(HND): Blood donation camp will be organized on September 26 at Goa Medical College, Bambolim. For details contact Samrudha Jeevan Foundation, Vijay Samant, Co-odinator, Goa on 9881663980, Manuel D’Souza on 9922436922.

YHAI trek to Pali waterfalls

PANJIM(HND):Youth hostels Association of India – Porvorim Unit will be organizing a one day trek to Pali Waterfalls on September 26. A special bus will leave from hotel Ruchi, Patto near Ambedkar Gardens, Panaji on September 26 at 8 am. Those interested are requested to register their names with Ashok Gadag – 9423888820 or Gautam Mangalorekar – 9422450377.

Past Students’ meet

More Shivneri buses for Goa soon HERALD CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI, SEPT 22

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) plans to increase its fleet of AC Volvo (Shivneri) buses which ply the Mumbai-Goa and MumbaiPune routes. However, this might not happen too soon, as the corporation is expected to raise funds for these buses. To generate revenue to buy the new buses, MSRTC has decided to display advertisements on the existing Shivneri buses. Said a corporation spokesperson, "Considering the class of passengers travelling in the AC buses, we expect to get premium advertisements." MSRTC managing director Deepak Kapoor said that advertisement space would be leased on all the 72 Shivneri buses for a period of three years.

Peace Committee members meet convened HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, SEPT 22

Quepem Deputy Collector Agnelo Fernandes has convened a meeting of the Peace Committee members from Sanguem and Quepem talukas at Quepem deputy collector’s office on September 23 at 3 pm.

PANJIM(HND): Shree Damodar Higher Secondary School of Science will be organizing its first Past-Student meet on September 26 at 10 am in the school premises. The meeting is expected to be attended by many students as the school has taken initiative to invite personally via mails/ emails and telephone calls its past students since 1989. Along with the past students the dignitaries invited for the meeting are Bhiku Pai Angle, Educationist, Bhai Naik, President of the Mathagramasth Hindu Sabha and U V Ballikar, Principal of the Higher Secondary School.

Cleft lip facial deformity camp

PANJIM(HND): Cape Crano Facial Foundation in association with Dr Pai Hospital, Vasco will conduct a cleft lip, palate and facial deformity camp on September 24, from 10 am to 1 pm. A team of doctors headed by surgeon Dr Sunil Richardson who is specialized in facial surgery will be available at the camp. Free consultation will be provided to all patients with all types facial deformities, including cleft. Poor and needy patients with cleft, palate and facial deformities will be selected for free surgery. Dr Pai and Dr. Sunil Richardson has appealed to Goans who suffer from above problems to take benefits of the camp. For further details, contact Pai Hospital, Vasco.

POWER SHUTDOWN THuRSDAy OLD GOA: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Dotorbhat, Edmar building, SFX residency, House of Bom Jesus, Market, Dhauji and Vicinity of Old Goa.

WEATHER REPORT Max Temp: 30.00C Min Temp: 23.80C Humidity: 80% Seasonal Total: 3273.5 mm Forecast: Occassional spells of rain.


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Illegal land filling activities keep Merces panchayat busy Another violation comes to light

North Goa Flying Squad In-charge and Deputy Collector (district recovery officer) Francisco X L Ferrao along with the Merces Panchayat authorities at the site where an excavator was used to level the land, which was illegally filled earlier. Photo by Manuel Vaz HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, SEPT 22

The Merces panchayat seems to have its hands full with illegal land filling activities going on in full swing at various places in the village and on Wednesday, it was the area along the Merces-Ribandar road where panchayat authorities made their presence felt to halt work on an alleged illegal land filling and leveling activity being done with the help of an excavator. And the ironic part was that the panchayat had a little while earlier served notices in the same area seeking explanation over the illegal land filling activities being undertaken. Speaking to Herald, Deputy Sarpanch Yateen Palekar said no sooner they left the area after serving notices, the work commenced and they came to know about it only after one of the villagers informed over the phone. “We immediately rushed to the site and told the person operating the excavator to halt the work and called up Old

Goa police to initiate action,” he added. Though Old Goa police constables made their presence felt at the scene, they were reluctant to conduct the panchanama since the incident occurred in a private property. One of the constables informed Herald that the police can file FIR in such cases only if they get orders from the TCP department. Later, in-charge of the North Goa flying squad and deputy collector (district recovery officer) Francisco X L Ferrao arrived with his squad and attached the keys of the excavator and also took the driver for interrogation. “I would initiate stringent action against Rego since this is the second case of illegal land filling in which his name has cropped up,” informed Ferrao and said that in the earlier case at Bhutem Bhat, along NH17, he had already served notices to Rego. Later, the panchayat authorities showed Ferrao to what extent the illegal land filling has

been done in the area and called for his co-operation to stop such activities in the village. Merces Panch Alexander Rego, who claimed to be the owner of the property, also arrived on the scene and made allegations that the ruling panel is conducting such inspections only to harass and extract money from him. When Herald questioned whether he has documents to prove ownership of the land and whether he has the relevant licences to conduct the land filling activities, Rego claimed that everything is being done legally. However, when asked to produce copies of the documents, Rego shot back and questioned the authority of the media in seeking evidence. “Whatever documents needed to be produced will be submitted to the court and the concerned authorities,” he said and in a threatening tone informed that he has handled such types of reporters in the past.

Sonsodo waste treatment plant

Will Acharya’s re-entry as CO affect MMC’s plan to finalise consultant? HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

Even as the debate rages in the corridors of the Margao Municipality over the government’s decision to bring back Prasanna Acharya to preside over the Civic affairs, his return comes at a time when the Civic body is on the verge of finalizing the consultant to monitor work on the construction of the garbage treatment plant at Sonsodo. It was during the tenure of Acharya that the Civic body had appointed Ahmedabadbased P U Asnani as the consultant without inviting Expressing of Interest as per the instructions of the highpowered committee headed by Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat. Incidentally, MMC Chief Officer Y B Tawde had more than a month ago invited Expression of Interest to finalise a consultant to oversee the construction

of the waste treatment plant by Fomento at Sonsodo and monitor the ongoing work. However, though the Civic body received offers from outstation parties, including P U Asnani, the process could not move ahead after the Municipality abruptly postponed the pre-bid meet at the eleventh hour. The bids also have not been opened till date though a month has passed since the date to open the bids expired. Sources in the know said the high-powered Committee headed by the Chief Minister will now take a decision on the appointment of consultant to monitor the construction of the treatment plant at Sonsodo. It is not known whether the high powered committee will scrap the Expression of Interest process already underway to appoint the consultant or will leave the appointment of the consultant to Civic body like in the case of Asnani.

MMC councillors cry foul over changes in composition of wards HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

Even as the controversy surrounding the reservation of Margao Municipal wards for OBC and STs remained unresolved till date, a fresh row has surfaced over the composition of areas of the wards. The Municipal polls may be just 40 days away, but some of the Margao Municipal wards have undergone changes at the last minute. Changes in the composition of wards have come to light in at least two wards represented by sitting Councilors Raju Naik and Babita Naik. As far as Ward No 5 represented by Raju Naik is concerned, it has come to light that a part of ward No 4 – having around 192 voters -- has been included in the ward. The Councilor came to know of the development when he collected the electoral roll from the Mamlatdar’s office. “I was stunned when an entire new area was included in Ward no 5. But, the sudden changes will not affect me in any way”, he said, while blaming vested interests for ef-

fecting changes in the ward. Another ward that has witnessed a change in the ward was the one represented by Councilor Babita Naik. “When I went through the electoral roll, I came to know that a part of the neighbouring Borda ward having around 200 voters stands included in my ward. I have no knowledge how this change has been effected and by whom”, she added. Meanwhile, members of the Independent panel comprising of Cyoydon Madeira, Laurel Abranches and Socorro D’Souza has lodged their strong objections and opposed reservations of ward being carried out without observing proper rules and regulations nor on the basis of any existing population data/statistics. “The entire process of reserving wards is manipulated with malafied and vested interests in order to curtail the freedom and fundamental rights of citizens and prospective candidates:”, they said in a joint representation to the Director of Municipal Administration and Chief Secretary.

Ruling Councilors were tightlipped over the sudden decision to bring back Acharya to head the Margao Municipal administration when he was shunted out of office just five months ago at the height of the controversy when he had accused certain councilors for extorting money from the builders.

Trinidad PM sacks Goan house manager HERALD CORRESPONDENT LONDON, SEPT 22

Armando de Souza, the executive house manager of Trinidad & To b a g o Prime Minister Kamla PersadBissessar ’s official residence has been sacked, and a member of the Defence Forces is to be recruited to run the multi-million dollar mansion in La Fantasie, St Ann’s. In addition, 15 defence officers are to be assigned to the household staff. De Souza, a Portuguese national who grew up in Goa, was dismissed three weeks ago after a breach in the confidentiality policy of the official household was reported to the Prime Minister. He was summoned for a meeting with Capt Gary Griffith, security adviser to Ms Persad-Bissessar, who informed him his services had been terminated. Previously working at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain, de Souza was brought to the Prime Minister’s Residence as executive house manager in 2007, under the previous PM Patrick Manning. His salary as executive house manager was $30,870 (Rs14.50 lakh) per month. Previous PM Manning preferred his household staff to be foreigners, including 20 Filipinos, an Indian, a St Lucian, a Swede and de Souza. Three weeks ago, the new PM’s office announced an end to sub-contracting of staff from Hyatt and Udecott. Sources said PersadBissessar felt locals should be hired in preference over foreigners, and planned to replace the foreign staff with locals.

Awareness on alcoholism HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 22

The AA Kurpa Group of Cavelossim along with the AA Intergroup (Goa), Margao will hold an awareness program on alcoholism at the Holy Cross Church school premises, Cavelossim on September 26 from 10 am to 12 noon. The AA Group of Cavelossim will also celebrate 16 years of service. Parish Priest of Holy Cross Church, Cavelossim Fr Nelson Colaco will be the chief guest, while Cavelossim sarpanch Edwin Barretto will be the guest of honour. Psychiatrist Dr Lawrene Rodrigues has been invited as the special invitee.

Sanguem Revenue office functions sans full-fledged Mamlatdar HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, SEPT 22

The Taluka Revenue office in Sanguem is working without a full-fledged Mamlatdar since the past many months. The post is lying vacant at the Sanguem Mamlatdar’s office for over three months, more specifically after the transfer of Korjuenkar. Since the transfer of Korjuenkar, Joint Mamlatdar Amol Gaonkar is holding the post of Sanguem Mamlatdar in addition to his own duties. Incidentally, the office of the Sanguem Mamlatdar on paper is equipped with the posts of two Joint Mamlatdars and a Mamlatdar. However since last many months, Amol Gaonkar is single-handedly managing the affairs of the office of the Sanguem Mamlatdar. While there are no complaints over the style and functioning of Amol Gaonkar and his managing the affairs despite many odds he has to face in day-to-day working, what irks the locals is the government apathy towards the re-

mote Sanguem Taluka by not filling the vacant posts of Mamlatdar and one Joint Mamlatdar for quite some time. Presently, all work which includes hearing of tenancy and mundkar cases of the Mamlatdar and that of the Joint Mamlatdar, day-to-day administrative matters, disposal of mutation applications, law and order situation and the like are handed single-handedly by Gaonkar without any complaints.

Rivona ZP member Navnath Naik had recently urged for the immediate filling of the post of Sanguem Mamlatdar, as remote villagers at times had complained of facing hardships and problems in the absence of a full-fledged Mamlatdar at Sanguem. Naik claimed that the situation is compounded whenever Joint Mamlatdar Gaonkar has to rush to attend urgent meetings called by the bureaucrats and other top officers. In such cases, the citizens

from the remote areas visiting the Mamlatdar’s office are compelled to return back without getting their work done, which mostly pertains to swearing of affidavit’s or other minor works relating to issuance of residence certificates, income certificates, ration cards, etc. The citizens have called for immediate filling of the vacant post of Mamlatdar and Joint Mamlatdar at Sanguem Mamatdar’s office to ease the problems faced by the locals.


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Kiss Olympics 2020 goodbye!

he New Delhi Commonwealth Games were supposed to be the ‘best ever’. Like the 2008 Beijing Olympics did for China, the 2010 Commonwealth Games were supposed to showcase India as an emerging superpower. But what has the expenditure of tens of thousands of crores of rupees of taxpayer money achieved so far? Quite the opposite; it has reinforced every negative stereotype that India wanted to erase. The Games infrastructure is in a shambles. Delhi is in the grip of a Dengue epidemic. The Games Village has been denounced as “unliveable”. Top athletes from around the world are looking for the teeniest-weeniest excuse to withdraw from the competition. Not just New Zealand, but even tiny island-states like Jersey and Guernsey are threatening to pull out. Can one blame the athletes? Just the risk of getting malaria or dengue in India’s mosquito-infested capital city is justification enough to withdraw. A single attack of either of these diseases could rule them out of competition for a year. They would then be unable to compete in qualifying events for the 2012 London Olympics. Which of them would want to take that risk? Worse, they could have a bridge collapse under them or a false ceiling fall on them… Or, God forbid, they could get shot by a terrorist! The Commonwealth Games was to be a stepping stone to an ambitious Indian bid for the 2020 Olympics. That plan has surely crashed as dramatically as the pedestrian bridge that fell yesterday. The abysmal state of Games preparations has put paid to the possibility of India being awarded any large sporting event for the foreseeable future. We might as well kiss Olympics 2020 goodbye, even before we’ve had a chance to say ‘hello’. The corrupt and incompetent CWG officialdom has failed the country on all fronts. Quite apart from the cost overrun for the Games – the budget is believed to be rapidly approaching Rs20,000 crore, not counting expenditure on infrastructure – staggering levels of corruption have been uncovered by statutory agencies like the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). This veritable kickback carnival has raised eyebrows at the very highest levels of world sport. Many Games facilities are still being built, like the bridge that crashed – the slab for the walkway was being cast when it came down. Most of the residential towers in the athletes’ village – the jewel in the crown of any sporting event – are leaky and debris-laden, filthy and smelly, incomplete and dangerous. So are some of the facilities, if the collapse of a false ceiling in the weightlifting area is any indication. None of the Games venues has had any proper safety certification. This can become an unacceptable risk for a top athlete. It is only when these facilities are put under operational pressure that we will know whether everything holds up. We sincerely hope they do. Notwithstanding the colossal calumny of the Suresh Kalmadis of the Indian sporting firmament, this country’s pride is at stake. Still, all we can do at this moment is cross our fingers…

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hen the Indian police send samples for forensic tests to laboratories in other states, it takes months for the results to come. So high is the demand for forensic laboratory facilities that if Goa had a properly functioning facility, it would surely earn enough to pay for its own cost of operation. Why, then, instead of spending the money required to hire the right personnel, set up the equipment and get the laboratory functioning, does the government persist with its PPP rackets?

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united party, positive administrative policy, will boost confidence at polls, says erVeLL e MeneZes

ashing in on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) lack of cohesion or direction, the Congress Party too has been lulled into a complacency that can be dangerous because resting on one’s laurels can both be contagious and counter-productive. It must project a cohesive, united front devoid of any signs of disunity and must adopt a clear cut administrative policy with which they can confidently face the next general elections. If Rahul Gandhi is to take over as Prime Minister in 2014, the groundwork must begin now. He must be initiated in all aspects of governance, especially the working of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Telling the Dongia Gondh tribals “I will always remain your siphai in Delhi” is all very well but will he be able to reverse the current Congress policy of distributing tribal lands to the many corporations that are seeking it? Will there be more Vedanta reversals to follow or is this the one swallow that does not a summer make? The Congress should go about getting to the root of its problems, not its symptoms, as in the case of Kashmir, which is burning and the Maoists insurgency that is fast spreading. It has to fix its administrative problems from within the party. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh keeps switching from politician to bureaucrat far too often. He began well but after the nuclear issue seemed to get on a needless high. At the moment, he is almost ineffective, as his lacklustre speech on Independence Day clearly proved. But he doesn’t have to prove his worth as he is firmly ensconced in the government, without having to go to the electorate. There also should be a tacit understanding between Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh before announcing policies. The Prime Minister must institutionalise his government’s interaction with the party and the NAC. There is no point in the government announcing a decision or policy and then stalling it in the face of criticism from within the party. If the party is to go to the 2014 elections brimming with hope, it should also set its State Governments in order to say nothing of boosting its opposition in non Congress states. Kashmir and Goa are both in a pathetic state of affairs. May be the Abdullahs have had too long a reign there, and it must change. They cannot deal with the current wave of insurgency. As for Goa, we know

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Glestone Fernandes, Cuncolim

Nelson Lopes, Chinchinim

The government’s decision of seat reservation to STs and OBCs is a slap on the face of our Constitution. Caste system is being patronised by our corrupt politicians to satisfy their greed. The erstwhile constituent assembly headed by Dr Ambedkar declared India to be a secular and democratic republic and assured its citizens of justice, equality, liberty and fraternity. If the BJP is being criticised for its alliance and ideologies of the Sangh Parivar which champions the concept of Hindutva, then the Congress is no better for its unconstitutional ideologies of dragging this country into an era where caste system was a dominant factor.

The bold decision by the Fabrica and the parishioners has paid dividends. The space on the sides of the church and the compound has been decongested. This has improved parking, and has rendered the religious service disturbance free. The blaring sound pollution of the music and announcements has been eliminated. In spite of the pandal, accommodation is insufficient for the surging crowds at all masses. The village fair is now well organised and the movements are orderly. However, it is not central to religious activity. The faithful have appreciated the new environment during the religious services which helps them to concentrate devoutly, thus creating a peaceful and spiritual environment.

Rampant corruption Wenzel D’Mello, Mapusa PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

23 September 1910 Frequent crimes

The frightening frequency of crimes taking place within our midst is a serious cause of concern which demands from the Government to hold inquiries and arrest the same from the grass-root levels so as not emerge again.

Disapproval expressed

The Russian-Japanese Treaty which took place have raised heckles within the Diplomatic corps throughout the world, the consequences are deliberated on a war footing.

Inventory of assets

Corruption owes its origin to bottlenecks by half hearted and inefficient control of daily necessities. The Aam Aadmi has either to suffer or to lubricate the bottlenecks. Many essential commodities have gone scarce and the common man cannot afford to buy them. Corruption has spread its tentacles on a national level with the Commonwealth Games in its embrace. Corrupt politicians have done more harm than good to their country and state as their only goal is to enhance their personal growth. Such corrupt politicians and administrators should be exposed and the harshest punishment be meted out to them. Those found guilty of corruption, and other malpractices should be exposed and dealt with very severely. In such cases, the poor Aam Aadmi ends up as the victim.

An Inventory is taking place for the assets of “Mitra” so as to know the exact revenue to be collected.

Garbage disposal a must

Dangerous bridge

The Goa police has made it mandatory for every one who gives his house on rent to furnish proper identity. Has any government authority thought of keeping a check on their sanitary conditions? These people dump their garbage anywhere. The same afflicts those irresponsible people who live

Through our medium we request the authorities to examine the bridge at ‘Bandivaram’ of Assolna which is found in precarious stage and unfit for motorable access.

only too well that the party is in shambles, heading in different directions and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat depicting the picture of a leader, to say the least, – one who only makes promises but never keeps them. Easily, the weakest CM we ever had. The party should send Rahul Gandhi himself with sweeping powers to try and check the glaring nose-dives of the Congress. The AICC observers they keep sending are either impotent or claim a share of the corruption pie. But the Cabinet is due for some changes. There are some who under perform and others who over perform, but incorrectly. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar must go. The escalating rise in the prices of food stuff is a clear example. Even the Supreme Court has stepped in and told the gov-

Francis A Soares, Santa-Cruz

ernment to distribute grain instead of letting it rot in the godowns. It is a wonder that the BJP has not taken up the issue, considering that they oppose many lesser or even non issues. Then there is the issue of the farmers’ suicides, and nothing seems to be done about it for years. May be his post as president of the Board of Control of Cricket in India is too demanding and takes too much of his time to attend to the Ministerial portfolio that he carries. Then P Chidambaran hasn’t proved as effective as Home Minister. Not only has he allowed the Maoist movement to thrive, but he also seems to have made a mess of the Kashmir problem. We haven’t had a good Home Minister for a long

Mind plays such unkind tricks

ave you ever suffered from a morbid dissatisfaction with your daily life, or been haunted by the feeling that the years are slipping by too fast and you are not becoming the person you always wanted to be? If you have been feeling down, it could be you are sending yourself negative messages. I seem to be going through that phase in a depressed mood, when everything seems depressing. Recently, I have been finding myself standing uncertainly in the middle of a room, or staring blankly into a cupboard, because I have completely forgotten what I wanted to do, or to find. Or dial a number, and just as some one answers, forgotten who I was calling. I wonder where words go when you want them. “Get some butter out of the ...”. You snap your fingers, “Out of ... you know, the place to keep things cold”. “The freezer!“ Someone asks. In exasperation you shout out, “No! That thing over there in the corner!” “Oh, you mean the fridge?” “Yes, the fridge”, you reply in a tone which implies that, though you have forgotten its name temporarily, there is no reason why everyone else should have done

Congress no better

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time. The previous incumbent Shivraj Patil was quite ineffective. One wonders who the last competent Home Minister was ? But all this will be overshadowed by Babri Masjid court ruling on Friday which is clearly a red letter day for the country. It will surely be shades of the Emergency declaration in 1975, in which a whole band of Opposition members were arrested. The sad part of it all is that the wheels of justice grind so slowly in our country. The Union Carbide Bhopal gas tragedy dragged on for over 30 years and that judgment too was watered down by political considerations. The Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson should have never been allowed to leave the country at any cost. The Babri Masjid demolition took place in December 1992 and the case is still delayed for nearly two decades. It was the Narasimha Rao Government that allowed it to take place. Will this Congress Government be strong enough to do the just thing? The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is already telling the BJP leaders to go into hiding. And stalwarts like L K Advani, Bal Thackeray and Company must surely be marking time, and deservedly so. Looking back in retrospect, don’t we know that it all began with Advani’s Rath Yatra? Like a Frankenstein monster it rolled on, crushing all opposition in its wake. It was a day to forget in our history. That a democracy like ours should have allowed these religious bigots to ruin the secular fabric of our country, is an absolute disgrace. It will, surely be a landmark judgment, which is looked forward to by the whole country, and it is time to show its true mettle. Will we be strong enough to go through with it? We have cowed down to threats by the Shiv Sena for too long, which, in the past, has threatened that Mumbai will burn, if Bal Thackeray is arrested. And our Maharashtra Chief Ministers were too scared to act. This only made the Sena stronger and more belligerent. Now, of course, the Sena is divided and is not even half as strong as it once was. So that may help in decision making. We sincerely hope that good sense will prevail and so will justice because any responsible government should do what it has to or else what is governance for?

so. Worse luck! I remember the time I had the birthday party. “Meet my best friend...”. I searched frantically for his name, looking glassy eyed into my best friend’s smiling, expectant face. I made so many mistakes that I had a complete mental black out. As the poet says: The mind can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. This was my lucky day, or so I thought. On three occasions, I looked down and found a coin lying at my feet. Three times! Then I found a fourth coin, it hit my ankle before resting on the floor. It was then that I knew I had a hole in my pocket. I must confess I often don’t keep appointments, show up for events, or even the RSVP to an invitation. This happened recently on two occasions on the 90th birthday of two inspiring dear ladies Dolly D’Souza and Doulu Sequeira of Miramar. There was a time I used to fume when people didn’t keep their word. Once everything seemed as fresh and new, but we cannot be teenagers forever. It is hard work being an adult. I seem to have embarked upon a voyage of discovery quite unlike any other. Well, the times as they say, are a changing. I don’t know why our minds

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play such unkind tricks on us at such inopportune moments. Should I put it down to encroaching old age? Would I be right? But I hope that my prospective will be clear and concise about the true worth of things in the days to come. Just when I felt like giving up and thought that things could not possibly get worse, positive thoughts crossed my mind: like it or not, to feel better, you need to think better. There is always room for improvement, whatever your age. There is no such thing as defeat. Being a little concerned about the ability to remember things, I embarked on a memory training course where pupils are taught to memorise more than 50 unrelated objects in a certain sequence. I enjoyed doing the course and thought I learned a lot. The other day, a ceremony was held at the completion of the course. Very proudly I attended and was presented with my graduation certificate. After leaving, I spent the next hour or so searching the parking lot, streets and by streets. I couldn’t remember where I had parked the car. That’s the tale of my woes!

Letters to the Editor Letter of the Day

Is this good governance?

J M de Almeida, Porvorim

Good governance in various government offices involves strict discipline and adherence to the rules. However, today, in most of the Goa Government offices, we find that there is neither discipline, punctuality nor any strict implementation of rules. It is a pity that most of the heads of departments or offices are never punctual to attend their offices – discipline must come from the top echelons of administration for others to follow. Secondly, government vehicles are misused day in and day out. They are used to drop school/college going children; for family shopping and the officials even go for private parties. In the process the public funds contributed by the ‘aam aadmi‘ are widely misused. The log books of vehicles are doctored and indicate the use as ‘official’ when the rules say that full details of the journey ought to be recorded. In this process lakhs of rupees are spent on fuel at the cost of the tax payer. in posh houses. Our municipality and panchayat has failed miserably to dispose its own garbage. Garbage is strewn everywhere. The government must make it mandatory for those who give their premises on rent to follow proper sanitation and garbage disposal rules. Failure to do so will result in a stinking mess which will give rise to diseases.

Goa needs an MMD Vishal D’Costa, Cuncolim Great injustice is being done to the Goan seafarer. The Mercantile Marine Department (MMD) Goa is in existence since ages but is lying dormant. For a small formality like Dangerous Cargo (DC) endorsement, examination and so on, the seafarer has to rush to the MMD in Mumbai to get it done. This involves additional expenditure. On an average, 120 Goan marine engineer officers pass out from the Institute of Maritime Studies in Vasco and other institutes all over India and an additional 180 Goans qualify to become navigating officers. A fully functional MMD in Goa will cater to the needs of Goan seafarers, generate local employment and bolster India’s foreign exchange index. Our MPs must take up the issue with the ministry of shipping so that Goan seafarers get what they rightly deserve.

Strange decision, isn’t it? Joaquim Goes, Cortalim The U turn on the casino issue is a sign of decay that has set in within the Digambar Kamat-led Congress-NCP combine. The cabinet’s decision to allow the casinos to continue their operations in the Mandovi River barely a month after the Power Minister faulted them for discharging raw sewage and garbage into the river, only shows that our elected representatives have forgotten their moral and civic responsibilities. The current policy is that you either swim with us, or we will forcibly drown you.

CWG: A big bungle Jayesh Rane, Bhandup, Mumbai This refers to the report ‘CWG bridge collapses’ (Herald, 22 Sept). Loopholes in the organisation of CWG have made this event critical for the government. The corruption scandal in the CWG, terrorist attacks, and the under construction footbridge collapse all point out to the inept manner in which the event is organised. The fears expressed by CWG chief Mike Fennell with respect to the unprepared ness of the residential complex needs to be seriously noted. Proper management and team co-ordination is valuable when organising events

of such a magnitude. It is sad to note that politicians, who are playing the main role in the CWG, do not worry of the nation’s prestige.

Lorna sings unfazed Ayres Sequeira, Salvador do Mundo Goans danced to the foot tapping Konkani hit of ‘ek, don, tin, nachoea ami kumpasar’ when it was first released. ‘Bebdo’ was on top of the Konkani music chart. Calangute made Goa proud. Then suddenly the punchy voice went into a spell of silence only to be heard of 25 years later with the song ‘portun aikat muzho tallo’. Today Lorna sings unfazed over how destiny treats her. She delights her listeners with her unique style of singing. Her contribution to ‘Konkani Mae Bhas’ is immense. Rainbow FM had recently aired a brief on the musical career of Lorna on her birthday. Sadly, her contribution has gone unrecognised.

Honest Vasco PO Yolanda Menezes, Divar On 7 Sept my brother in law’s 5 passports were stolen in Panjim. The whole family was distraught as they were to return back to Kuwait on 13 September. On 9 Sept, a registered letter was received by us at my Divar residence from the Vasco Post office saying that said passports were found dumped at Vasco Post office. The same were promptly handed over to us by the Vasco da Gama Post master and his team of dedicated officials. This kind gesture on the part of the Vasco da Gama postal office deserves full appreciation for being prompt and honest.

Beach development? Augustus Alphonso, Vasco. Every time I write letters, I expect positive results from concerned authorities but until now I still wonder what has happened to the Rs 200 crore grant from the Central govt. for development of beaches in Goa. I can’t understand anything about our government’s commitment to its people, but I have learnt only one thing:- Until and unless citizens revolt, nothing changes for the better in Goa. What a shame !

Paths of Wisdom Give up attachment Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful and charming princess in Greece. She was not only beautiful but also adept in shooting, hunting and running. In fact, she had earned the title of “the fleet-footed princess.” Many handsome and heroic princes desired to win her heart and hand. So, the princess hit upon a clever plan. She announced that she would marry the young man who would beat her in a foot race. Hundreds of young warriors came to race with her but she always out-ran them. At last one young hero was bent upon outrunning her. He sought the advice of a wise man. He explained to him about the fleet-footed princess and her challenge. He also expressed his regret over the fact that many young warriors were being put to shame by the princess. The wise man said: “Don’t worry; you take within your pocket several shining pieces of jewellery and gems. As you run, go on dropping one piece after another on the racing track at strategic points.” On the day fixed for the race, the young man equipped himself with fine pieces of jewellery. The young man and the princess started running. Both of them were good runners. Whenever the princess was on the point of outstripping him, the young man would softly drop a dazzling piece of jewellery. The princess spontaneously stopped to pick up the lovely piece of jewellery that was after all on the racing track. She was confident that inspite of the halts she would be able to outrun her rival. These brief but frequent halts made him reach the goal ahead of her. Thus the young man won the race as well as the heart and the hand of the princess. Why did the fleet footed princess lose this time? It is all because of her love for jewellery. (Source : Sathya Sai Baba stories and parables)

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OPinionatEd Games bridge collapse: government Will education in India reach a flashpoint?

By S Kamat

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apil Sibal seems to be a man in a hurry. In government, all men who are in hurry leave a trail of unfinished projects or create messes which their successors have to break their heads at. Thus Sibal continues in his ingenuousness to go pell-mell with his RTE (Right to Education Bill) and other policy formulations without looking at the base reality. One such reality is that there are no teachers to educate those who want to learn. Furthermore, there is an acute scarcity of good teachers be it in primary schools, middle level schools, high schools, colleges – PUC and graduate, universities, medical institutes, engineering colleges, IIT’s, IIM’s etc etc. The list is long. Thus, the basic infrastructure of education which is the teacher, is non-existent today. By hiding this reality, we continue to talk about the largest technical manpower pool in the world, the largest English speaking population in the world etc., little realising that this scenario is not going to be there for very long. Within a generation, the quality of teaching in our educational institutions will drop alarmingly and it would not be surprising that our people will be asked to get themselves certified by foreign universities before they can be considered for enrolment for higher education or research. Thus, when Kapil Sibal should have created a National Mission for Teachers and pursued that to upgrade the quality and quantity of our teachers, he is looking at education from the other end. Apart from the severe shortage of teachers, other aspects of education infrastructure that have to be looked at are blackboards, toilets, libraries and playgrounds for schools. Similarly, in colleges, good lab facilities both in the regular and professional colleges are very much required. Standardisation of syllabi and certification of courses offered since private colleges have mushroomed, and one is not sure of the course content, the quality of teaching and whether these courses lead to better employability, remains to be seen. The attitude of government to teachers must also change and they should not be treated as just another set of workers, but due respect should be given to them along with the assurance that salaries are paid to them on time etc. There have been situations in the last few years when teachers who came out in protest on the streets for genuine grievances were caned and lathi-charged like common hooligans. This has to stop and teachers have to be given their due respect. Their problems should be looked into and resolved before they come to a flashpoint. However, nothing of the sort was done as one saw last year, when the teachers at the IIT’s and IIM’s, claimed, in another breath, that the government was a jewel in its crown, and then resorted to collective action. They were forced again to come on to the streets and involve themselves in a hunger strike. Are these instances of respectful governance in a priority area like education? Will the teachers at these institutions have the motivation to remain in their jobs after all this? Or will they, at the first given chance, fly off to foreign universities where they will get much more emoluments? Also, will those considering a teaching career be inclined to join academia after seeing the irresponsible attitude of the government towards teachers? No wonder then that Sibal has now realised that the IIT’s and IIM’s do not have enough teachers. MPs vote themselves and the UPA-2 acquiesced to higher pay to the extent of three times of what they were drawing. Against this background, they would have given the teachers their due at the time of the strike. Then, Kapil Sibal’s problem of a shortage of teaching staff would have probably been a tad less.

ordered to pay injured Rs 3 lakhs PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

The Delhi High Court today directed the city government to pay Rs 3 lakhs to the labourers who were seriously injured when a foot overbridge collapsed outside the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue of the Commonwealth Games. The court also asked it to pay Rs 1 lakh to those who suffered fracture injuries in the incident. 27 labourers were injured, five of them seriously, when the under- construction foot overbridge caved in yesterday. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan came down heavily on the Labour department of the Delhi Government for failing to monitor as to whether the workmen were provided with adequate safety equipment at the site or not. The court directed the Deputy

Actually your officers are not working... . Keeping in view the gravity of the accident, the DCP (Crime Branch) is directed to investigate and proceed as per law,” the court said. Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) to investigate the matter. “Actually your officers are not working... . Keeping in view the gravity of the accident, the DCP (Crime Branch) is directed to investigate and proceed as per law,” the court said. The bench also directed the deputy labour commissioner and assistant labour commissioner of Delhi government to visit all construction sites within a week and file an affidavit by the next date of hearing. The court passed the directions while hearing a public in-

terest litigation filed by People's Union for Democratic Rights. The NGO sought the court's direction to Delhi government to pay basic wages to labourers working at various construction sites for the Commonwealth Games projects. The collapse of the 95-metre long hanging bridge, which was intended to be a showpiece and connect the parking lot of the stadium with other side of the street in Lodhi Road area, was an embarrassment for the government at a time when it is facing questions from the CWG Federation over preparedness for the Games. The government had announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to each of those who sustained grievous injuries and Rs 50,000 to the other injured. The court warned the Labour department officers of contempt proceedings in case they failed

UP Police chanting a new mantra to prevent violence PTI LUCKNOW, SEPT 22

“Protect thy neighbour” is the new mantra of the Uttar Pradesh Police to check any possible untoward situation in the aftermath of the verdict on the Ayodhya title suits slated to be pronounced on September 24. Keeping in mind possibility of any trouble after the verdict is delivered on September 24, UP Police is giving the responsibility of protecting the minorities to members of the majority community. “An exercise has been carried out where members of both the communities depending on their population in the respective areas has been asked to pledge to protect each other,” Additional director general of Police Brij Lal told PTI. He said the exercise was part

of a special scheme to check communal tension and was being implemented for the first time in the State. As a part of the exercise, registers have been prepared at police stations in sensitive areas through peace committees. Members of majority community, irrespective of their religion, have been asked to give in writing that they will protect religious places and property of the minorities, sources said. Fresh peace committees have been constituted at village and locality levels for keeping an eye on the situation and alert the force in case of trouble. Senior police officers, including those at the headquarters, are in constant touch with village heads, local leaders and influential people of the area and taking their assistance. A list of notorious persons

has been prepared and those who had been involved in any anti-social activities or riots in the past are being nabbed. The State police had already roped in government employees, teachers and retired personnel in every area to check occurrence of any anti-social activities with their support. “A diary has been prepared in every district having number of credible and responsible persons of the area, who can help police,” the officer said. This diary will help the officers to call these persons and ask them to maintain communal harmony, he said. The diar y also includes names of local religious leaders, including maulanas and pujaris of temples and village heads, to issue appeals for maintenance of peace and communal harmony.

PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

The wage boards for working journalists and other newspaper employees will submit an interim report on their recommendations by October 31 this year, with all hearings having been completed. Chairman of the wage boards Justice G R Majithia said this when he met Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge along with several other members of the boards. “A commitment was also given by the delegation to submit the final report by December 31, when the term of the boards come to an end,” said general secretary of the Confederation of Newspaper and News agency M S Yadav.

SMS comes in handy to appeal for peace PTI LUCKNOW, SEPT 22

With just two days to go for the Ayodhya title suits verdict, social organisations andindividuals are making peace appeals through SMS. The votaries of temple and mosque are also using technology for asking their supporters to pray for a verdict in their favour. Among those who have reached out to their supporters is the VHP leader Pravin Togadia, who has sent messages asking the people to pray for a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya after 450 years of struggle and sacrifice of Hindus. Mahant Jugal Kishore Sharan Shastri of Ram Janki mandir in Ayodhya, who also runs a weekly and a social welfare organisation by the name of “Ayodhya ki Awaz” has been

PTI KENDRAPARA (Orissa), SEPT 22

The Health Department in Orissa has shown the doors to a group of lowly paid staffs who allegedly got jobs by resorting to fraudulent means. At least 17 youths who recently got jobs at Kendrapara district headquarters hospital here may find themselves behind the bars. Reason - they took the hospital authorities for a ride and got selected using forged merit certificates. We have sacked nine attendants and sweepers who were

Kashmiri Pandits regret MPs talking with separatists PTI LUCKNOW, SEPT 22

Kashmiri Pandit migrants settled here have regretted that the Union government was ready to talk with law breakers while the peace loving community, which has been uprooted from its native land, was still being neglected. “Those who have been breaking the law and been with odds with the law enforcers all through are the ones who have become the voice of Kashmir and Kashmiriyat,” Patron of All India Kashmiri Samaj B N Sharga here said. His comments came against the backdrop of an all-party parliamentary delegation visiting Jammu and Kashmir to assess

the ground reality there. “All the resources and money in crores of rupees are being pumped in for the people who desist the Indian government. The peace loving natives of the Valley, who had to flee because of atrocities by these very people, are living as refugees in penury and inhuman conditions,” Sharga said. Appealing to all organisations of Kashmiri Pandits to speak in one voice to make their presence felt before political leadership, he said the government should be wary of separatists. General Secretary of the Kashmiri Pandit Association, Lucknow, Kedar Nath Bakshi said the government in Delhi should see through the designs of

forces which after forcing the Pandits out were now after the Sikhs. These forces are working on a plan to settle traders and business owners of a particular community in Kashmir. “Will this not harm the unique features of Kashmir and Kashmiriyat by which separatists have been taking pledge,” he asked. Meanwhile curfew remained in force in the Kashmir valley for the 11th day today even as the death toll in the ongoing agitation rose to 104 after a youth succumbed to his injuries in a hospital here. Although curfew was relaxed in a phased manner across the Valley yesterday, the authorities

decided to impose it today apparently in view of the weekly agitation calenderissued by hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The death toll in the ongoing agitation today rose to 104 after a youth, allegedly injured in firing by security forces on September 13 at Humhama in Budgam district, died, the spokesman said. Sajad Ahmad Pandit, a resident of Shiekhpora in Humhama area, succumbed to injuries at SKIMS Hospital here early this morning, he said. The hardline leader had exempted the day from protests and strikes, and asked people to carry out their normal activities.

A police spokesman said the preceding night passed off peacefully while the law and order situation across the Valley so far was normal and under control. “There are no reports of any untoward incident from any where in the Valley so far," the spokesman said. Curfew restrictions continued to remain in force in all the major towns of Kashmir Valley, including the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir Valley has been in grip of violent protests since June 11 when a 17-year-old boy was killed after he was hit by a tear smoke shell fired by police to disperse protestors at Rajouri Kadal in the interior city.

Growing urbanisation requires advance planning, says prez PTI

KOLKATA, SEPT 22

President Pratibha Patil today said growing urbanisation in the country required advance planning and proper mass transport and transit facilities for a better living. “Urban population in India is increasing. Today half of humanity live in cities and the 21st century is likely to be the century when cities would have dominant human habitants,” she said after laying the foundation for the Joka-BBD Bagh Metro Rail Project here. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee, apart from leaders of Trinamool Congress were present at the func-

tion, but no one from Left Front West Bengal government were present. Incidentally, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was not invited to the ceremony organised by the Railways. “I received no invitation,” the chief minister had said yesterday when asked if he was going to the programme at Joka. The president said, “As the population of cities grow, it is essential to have mass transport and transit system that facilitates movement within the city. In their absence city dwellers would depend on private transportation leading to congestion, pollution and more fuel consumption.” Describing metro rail as an

Devotees immerse an idol of Ganesh in Bhopal on Wednesday.

sending SMS to people for peace and communal harmony. “Desist from clashing with each other in the name of Ram or Allah”, is the refrain of the SMS sent by Shastri who had earlier organised a Shanti Sadbhav Yatra (peace march) in Ayodhya. A group had also been sending messages to Muslim brothers for offering special prayers for a judgement in their favour which could pave the way for restoration of Babri mosque. “People have been advised to desist from any tactics which could lead to any kind of reaction from the other community and asked to accept the verdict in the right spirit and not express either happiness or sorrow in public,” Niab Imam of Idgah and member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangimahli, said

AP Congress leader’s son dies in US PTI

WASHINGTON, SEPT 22

The teenager son of aCongress leader from Andhra Pradesh died in an accident in Florida after the car he was travelling in skidded off the road and plunged into the water. Venkata Sai Reddy Ragidi (17) and his sister Mounika Ragidi (19), native of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, were visiting Florida along with a friend Harika Gunna Reddy (25), a native of Naperville, Illinois, when the accident took place, said the Telugu Association of North America (TANA). Harika, who was driving a Nissan Sentra, steered the car into the grassy median of State Road 405 near Orlando, Florida. When she tried to re-enter the roadway, Harika over-corrected and her car skidded over the right shoulder and overturned and entered the water submerging all three people in the car last Thursday.

17 employees get marching orders for forging documents

A roadside vendor selling fruits during relaxation in curfew in Srinagar on Wednesday. UNI

Wageboards for scribes to submit report

to comply with the orders. Similarly, it asked the concerned central government departments to follow the orders with regard to safety measures. “Have you filed the FIR against contractor M/s PNR Infra Projects Ltd or the principal employer,” the bench asked the State government's counsel Najmi Waziri. Waziri, on his part, told the court that an FIR has been registered. The bench also directed that the enhanced payment should be made through bank draft to legal representatives of labourers as they are undergoing treatment at hospitals. It also asked them to provide adequate medical treatment to the victims. The bench, meanwhile, directed the Government to recover the ex-gratia amounts from the contractor and officials.

No forceful land acquisition: Mamata Announcing a slew of metro extension projects connecting the metropolis with the southern and northern fringes, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today said there would be no forcible acquisition of land for the purpose. “We are against forcible acquisition of land. In the Railways we have made it a policy not to acquire land forcibly for any proj-

ect. We will not acquire land forcibly for the new metro project from Joka to BBD Bagh,” Banerjee said at the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the 16.72 km project by President Pratibha Patil. Terming the Rs 2,619 project as a “dream project”, she said, “It would help lakhs of commuters reach BBD Bagh from the extreme south...It is a longstanding demand of the people

living in these areas.” The Joka-BBD Bagh route would have 13 stations – some overground and some underground, she said. The railway minister also announced inclusion of Noapara, Dakshineswar and Baranagar in the metro railway map. Baranagar and Noapara will be the nodes from where further extension up to Barrackpore and Barasat will take place.

effective system for mass transport, Patil pointed out, "It gives people a convenient, comfortable and affordable mode of travel."

She said the Joka-BBD Bag stretch would link South 24 Paraganas district to the heart of the city. “This will no doubt boost the existing network and

add to it substantially,” she said. The 17-km stretch to be built at an estimated cost of over Rs 2600 crore will connect Joka in South 24 Parganas district to

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BBD Bagh, the central business district of the metropolis, and help in decongesting the arterial Diamond Harbour Road. “I am also optimistic that a project such as this which is sensitive to the concerns of the local people will be completed in time and be a source of pride for all,” she said. Metro construction is of a very complex nature requiring application of several new technologies in the field of civil, electrical, signalling and telecommunication engineering, the president said. “It is important to take proper care from planning to execution and maintenance,” she said, adding that planning requires preparing work schedules and executing them in a manner that does not disrupt normal life.

recruited on contractual basis on July last. They drew salary for last two months after which it was found out that they did not merit selection for the job, said Bharat Keshari Sahoo, the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO). The certificate and mark sheets which the jobholders had produced were found to have been forged, the CDMO informed. Eight more attendants and sweepers now on the job are also under the scanner.

In all probability, they would also be served with the marching orders in a week time. We are waiting for the inquiry reports from the schools and mass education department before retrenching them from the contractual jobs, he said. The sacked employees committed fraud by producing fake documents. As its a penal offence under IPC, the matter has been referred to Superintendent of police for legal action.

Leh victims yet to get dwelling units

A month after the devastating cloudburst in Leh, safe and permanent dwelling units for victims who have lost their homes are yet to come up. No permanent structure has been installed for the homeless so far despite assurances being given by the authorities, (PTI).

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Three gangmen run Lalu making all-out over by train bid to re-emerge PTI BAREILLY (UP), SEPT 22

Three gangmen, working on railway tracks, today died when they were run over by a train here, railway officials said. The gangmen were working on the rail track damaged due to heavy rains near Chakkalate halt when they were run over by an express train, they said. The attention of the workers, identified as Antram, Nausey and Pratap Singh, was diverted due to a helicopter flying overhead. The victims did not see the approaching

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Pushed to the margins of Bihar politics, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who till a few years back dominated the State's political landscape, is set to wage a do-or-die battle in the coming assembly elections to reemerge as the top leader. Between 1990 and February, 2005 Lalu held undisputed sway over Bihar's caste-dominated politics by deftly manipulating minority votes and the Mandal dynamics. In last year's Lok Sabha elections, Prasad entered into an alliance with LJP president Ramvilas Paswan to plot a great come-back, but instead suffered serious reverses. Standing in the crossroads of political future, Prasad's one surefire strategy will be to exploit the near-certain division in 'secular' votes in the elections. RJD general secretary Ramkripal Yadav expressed as much when he said, “Our aim will be to garner as many secular votes as possible in the elections.” The RJD is also waiting anxiously for the declaration of list of candidates by the Congress in order to tailor its list accordingly. RJD, however, is not the only contender for the secular vote pie. For instance, Congress, buoyed with the success of Rahul Gandhi and other central leaders' visit to the state, is contesting from all 243 seats in a determined bid to make a major dent in secular votes. Among others eyeing for secular votes are the BSP of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, Samajwadi Party of

Mulayam Singh Yadav, besides the Left parties comprising the CPI, CPI-M and CPI-ML (Liberation) which have announced that they would put up common candidates in around 200 constituencies. Nitish Kumar, on the other hand, is keen to bite into the minority vote cake. His NDA is banking on the launch of a number of development and welfare schemes for the minorities in the past five years. State JD-U president Vijay Kumar Chowdhury is hopeful that the bringing to justice of the Bhagalpur riot offenders by reopening the cases will get reflected in the election in favour of his party. “Our party will bag a sizable chunk of minority votes because of a number of measures the NDA government has taken for the uplift of the minorities. I am sure the voters will keep the fact in mind,” Chowdhury said. Till 1998, Lalu, when he was at his peak, pulled nearly 30 per cent of the votes in Bihar elections. In February, 2005 Assembly elections, Lalu garnered near 25 per cent votes which included Muslim and Yadav votes in majority. In the same election, Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party played a spoiler to Lalu taking away nearly 12.3 per cent of popular votes including those of the most backward castes mostly Paswans - and Muslims. It made a dent in the RJD vote bank which resulted in the increase of NDA’s seats tally up to 93, though there was no such rise in NDA’s vote percentage.

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Consultancy @ Rs 70 cr evaluate the pre-qualification bid for making final decision in selecting the bidders and also help the Department to liaison with JICA. Sources, however, felt that the consultancy fees for the project were extremely high. “They are paid @ 7 per cent, which is too much considering the size and area of work”, they said. Further they opined that the plans and designs for the project were prepared by PWD officials and were ready and as such there was no need to appoint consultants at such a high price. The newly appointed JICA Project Director A M Wachasunder, however, told Herald that the consultants are being paid as per the market rate. “The prevailing consultancy rate is 7 per cent and as such we have followed the same”, he said. Wachasunder, former principal chief engineer of the PWD, also said that the consultants will support the PWD for the project until completion of the work scheduled to end in 2014.

Mickky pleads for his laptops phones from the cell phone companies. He pointed out that there is no need to seize the phones when the call information can be obtained from the companies. The former minister said one of the laptops belongs to Viola, while the second is not in working condition. The four laptops and the mobile phones were seized by the CBI during raids conducted at his Betalbatim residence-cum-office a fortnight ago. Meanwhile, the Natekar assault case came up for hearing before Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao on Wednesday, but Adv Naik said the case was adjourned as one of the witness failed to turn up for the hearing. Pacheco is named as a accused in the assault on the Junior Engineer Natekar when the later complained of assault on him at the hands of the former minister at the Betalbatim office.


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Pak calls for US intervention in Kashmir PTI NEW YORK, SEPT 22

Pakistan has asked the international community, particularly the US, to intervene in Kashmir in resolving the contentious

issue which is central to peace in the region. “The occupation cannot continue. The rights of the Kashmiri people cannot continue to be denied,” Pakistan Foreign Min-

ister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Tuesday. “We call upon the United States particularly, which is pressing so responsibly for peace in the Middle East, to also invest its political capital in trying to help seek an accommodation for Kashmir,” he said while speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York-based think-tank. Qureshi asserted that resolving Kashmir was central to p e a c e i n t h e re g i o n , a n d likened it with finding a solution to the Palestinian conflict as a fundamental step for peace in the Middle East. “It has always baffled me that the international community has long recognised that the Palestinian question is the core issue

to peace in the Middle East, but does not seem to understand that, similarly, until the status of Jammu and Kashmir is resolved, real peace in South Asia will remain elusive,” the minister said. “We are convinced that sustainable peace can only offer the best guarantee for ensuring a bright and prosperous future for the over one billion people inhabiting the region,” he added. Qureshi, who is here to attend the General Assembly and seek more aid for flood-victims, said the present turmoil in Kashmir is homegrown and was not coming from outside. “Today, the Kashmiri youth, children and women have once again highlighted the occupation and suppressive policies of occupation in Indian held Kash-

mir,” he said. “Surely the world can recognise that this resistance is internal and visceral. It may be easy for some to dismiss the uprisings as outside agitation, but no one any longer can seriously believe this,” he added. “The international community must recognise that the people of Kashmir in an entirely indigenous upsurge are demanding their right to self determination,” Qureshi continued, noting that the "the UN has long recognised this and now it is the time for the international community to do something about it.” Qureshi further said that resolving the Kashmir issue would also help combat anti-terror activities in the region.

A group of people pray and make offerings of flowers at a temple during Buddhist Poya day in Colombo, on Wednesday. The full moon of each month, called Poya Day, is a day of religious observance for the Buddhists and a public holiday in the country.

China threatens to step up Japan row Demands release of detained trawler captain PTI NEW YORK, SEPT 22

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Wednesday asked Japan to release “immediately and unconditionally” the skipper of a Chinese fishing trawler detained a fortnight ago and warned of “further actions” if Tokyo failed to do so. “I strongly urge the Japanese side to release the skipper immediately and unconditionally,” Wen, who is here for the annual UN General Assembly session, said addressing a meeting of representatives of Chinese nationals and ChineseAmericans. “If Japan clings to its mistake, China will take further actions, and the Japanese side shall bear all the consequences that arise," he was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency. His comments came as Japan

extended till September 29 the Japan relations had witnessed custody of the captain of the improvement and developfishing trawler, who was de- ment, thanks to years of eftained off the Diaoyu islands in forts by both sides, but the East China Sea on September 7 good momentum had now sufby Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) fered severe damage and Japan vessels for ramwas solely reming his boat Wen demanded Japan sponsible for into them causit. “swiftly correct its mising damage. He urged the We n d e - takes” to bring the bilatJapanese govmanded Japan eral ties back to the ernment to “swiftly correct track, a move that will be swiftly correct its mistakes” to its “mistake” so bring the bilat- not only conducive to the as to bring bieral ties back to bilateral ties, but also to lateral ties back t h e t r a c k , a the world’s peace, coopon track, saying move that will eration and developthis conforms be not only conto not only the ducive to the bi- ment. fundamental inlateral ties, but terests of both also to the world’s peace, co- peoples, but also the world operation and development. trend of peace and cooperaThe Chinese Premier, who tion. arrived here on Tuesday on a Wen said it was downright three-day visit, said the Sino- illegal and unjustifiable for

Quartet keeps pressure on Israel over settlements Reuters UNITED NATIONS, SEPT 22

The Quartet of West Asia peace mediators urged Israel to extend its settlement moratorium and called on Palestinian and Israeli officials to ensure their nascent direct peace talks continue. The statement issued by the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly came just days before Israel’s settlement is due to end on September 30 – a deadline that many fear imperils the fragile peace negotiations. “The Quartet noted that the commendable Israeli settlement moratorium instituted last November has had a positive impact and urged its continuation,” said the statement, a draft of which was first seen by Reuters on Monday. The Palestinians have threatened to leave the negotiations if settlement construction resumes when the partial moratorium expires, while Israel has said it will not extend the freeze, even for a limited period. The United States is trying to maintain momentum in the peace talks, which resumed on September 2 in Washington with a diplomatic push from President Barack Obama, and has set a target of resolving the main issues in the decades-long dispute within a year. State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said US West Asia peace envoy George Mitchell held a number of meetings with both Israeli and Pales-

Japan to detain the Chinese fishermen and trawler and refuse to release the captain of the boat, asserting that the Diaoyu islands are China’s “sacred territory”. Japan’s action has inflicted great harm on the Chinese skipper and his family and enraged all Chinese across the world. China was forced to take necessary counter-measures as the Japanese side turned a deaf ear to the repeated protests from the Chinese side, Wen said. In China, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said yesterday that the incident had sev e re l y d a m a g e d b i l a t e r a l relations. “Japan holds the key to solving this problem. The Japanese side should correctly understand the situation and return the captain immediately and unconditionally,” Jiang said.

Vatican bank president blames ‘error’ for probe Reuters ROME, SEPT 22

An ‘error of procedure’ at the Vatican bank is being exploited to attack the Vatican with a money-laundering investigation, the bank’s president said in an interview published on Wednesday. Vatican bank officials are under investigation for suspected money laundering and police have frozen 23 million euros (30.21 million dollar) of its funds, Italian judicial sources said on Tuesday. The bank’s president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi told financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore he felt humiliated by the investigation and that it was all centered around a mistake. “An error of procedure is being used as an excuse to attack the institute, its president and the Vatican in general,” Gotti Tedeschi told the paper.

Paris Hilton refused entry in Japan

tinian officials yesterday, including at least one meeting where all three sides met together. Crowley said that meeting was attended by the chief negotiators for Israel and the Palestinians, Yitzhak Molcho and Saeb Erekat. “We are working as hard as we can demonstrate our commitment to the process and encouraging the parties to do everything possible to keep the negotiations moving forward,” Crowley told a news briefing. He said the three discussed the possibility of future meetings among Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but added he was “not aware there are any scheduled at this point.” A planned news conference by Quartet representatives including Mitchell, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was scrapped at the last minute, a cancellation UN officials attributed to power problems in the building and schedule delays. Crowley denied the delay reflected any division of opinion over the statement or the way forward on the peace progress, saying he was not aware of any “controversy” during the meeting. “I can attest to the technical challenge,” Crowley said, saying an elevator outage was part of the problem. “We all walked up six flights of stairs to the Quartet meeting,” he said.

African leaders said they could do more to meet UN goals to slash extreme poverty and urged stronger leadership among developing countries to tackle hunger and disease and attract investment. “If Africa fails to achieve the MDGs, the world would have failed,” South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told a summit of the UN General Assembly yesterday reviewing progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals agreed to in 2000. While the world looks set to halve poverty and hunger by

2015, the United Nations agrees countries are behind on other goals such as improving education and maternal health, reducing child mortality, combating diseases including AIDS, promoting gender equality and protecting the environment. UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon is set to announce a multibillion-dollar strategy today – the last day of the poverty summit – to boost women’s and children’s health. The goals have been set back by the global economic crisis, which has forced some rich donors to cut development assistance as they try to trim their budgets and focus on job losses.

Israel’s state-appointed inquiry into the lethal storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May is almost complete, the chief investigator said on Wednesday after one of his fellow panel members died. Set up in hope of stemming international fury at Israeli marines’ killing of nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists aboard one of the ships, the Turkel Commission is also providing material for a separate inquest at the United Nations. One of the five Israeli investigators, 93-year-old former ambassador Shabtai Rosenne, died of heart failure overnight but a spokesman said the commission’s work would stay on schedule. Interviewed on Israel's Army Radio, the panel chairman, retired Supreme Court justice Jacob Turkel, said he was undecided on whether to replace Rosenne.

Paris Hilton walks at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, as she departs from Japan on Wednesday. Reuters TOKYO, SEPT 22

Socialite Paris Hilton was refused entry into Japan where she was scheduled to promote her fashion range after she admitted of cocaine possession before a Las Vegas court. The immigration officers refused to let the 29-year-old socialite into the country. She was quizzed at Tokyo’s Narita airport for six hours before being placed at the Airport Rest House. “Paris was contractually bound to her business trip and didn’t want to let down her brands and many Asian fans,” thesun.co.uk quoted her spokeswoman as saying. “She is trying hard to do the responsible thing, but this is beyond her control. She is very disappointed,” the spokeswoman added. Just hours before her visit, Hilton appeared in the Las Vegas court and pleaded guilty of possessing cocaine and obstructing a policeman. She was given a 12-month suspended jail term.

UK watchdog suggests school pregnancy classes Reuters LONDON, SEPT 22

Britain’s health watchdog called on Wednesday for a major overhaul of maternity services to help save the lives of mothers and babies, suggesting schools could host antenatal classes to help pregnant teenagers. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said vulnerable pregnant women, such as drug users, non-English speakers, victims of domestic abuse and those under 20, often did not attend

antenatal appointments. However, the watchdog said they needed medical care the most, with women living in areas of high deprivation in England five times more likely to die during or after childbirth than those in affluent areas. Their babies are also twice as likely to be stillborn or die shortly after birth. “Although these women represent a small proportion of those having babies in the UK each year, they and their unborn children deser ve the

Gaza flotilla inquest nears end: chairman Reuters JERUSALEM, SEPT 22

African leaders urge action on poverty goals Reuters UNITED NATIONS, SEPT 22

He said the operation in question “was a normal treasury operation and it involved a transfer from accounts of the Vatican bank to other accounts of the Vatican bank.” He added that in the past 10 months the bank “has been adapting all its internal procedures to be in harmony with int e r n a t i o n a l t r a n s p a re n c y standards.” Gotti Tedeschi and the bank’s director-general Paolo Cipriani have been put under investigation by Rome magistrates Nello Rossi and Stefano Fava in a case involving alleged violations of European Union money laundering regulations. The Vatican expressed “perplexity and amazement” at the actions by the Rome magistrates and “utmost faith” in the two men who head the bank, officially known as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR).

same level of care as anyone else,” said Dr Gillian Leng, NICE's deputy chief executive. The new guidance from NICE calls for antenatal services to be made more flexible, saying traditional services did not often meet the needs of vulnerable women. Among the suggestions is the setting up of antenatal classes in some schools and colleges. Britain has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Europe. Figures last year indicated that there were 41.9 con-

ceptions for every 1,000 under18 girls in 2007. “Any barrier that prevents a pregnant woman from getting the care that both she and her baby need ... poses a preventable risk to both mum and baby,” said Jane Brewin, chief executive of baby charity Tommy’s. “Making maternity services both accessible and able to meet the often complex needs of these women is vital in mitigating these circumstances and helping their babies be born healthy.”


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Farm output rise to ease food inflation: Ahluwalia REUTERS NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

India's food inflation will ease on higher farm output, and headline inflation should also decelerate to around 6 percent by December under a revised data series, the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission said. "This (food inflation) will definitely go down," Montek Singh Ahluwalia told Reuters on Wednesday. India's annual headline inflation, with a revised base year of 2004/05 from 1993/94, eased in August to 8.5 percent on an annual basis. Under the old series, the reading stood at

9.5 percent. "I expect in the new series (WPI) in December we will be in the range of around 6 percent," Ahluwalia said. Analysts fear that floods in some parts of the country could keep food inflation high in near term due to problems transporting supplies of vegetables, fruits and cereals. While the floods have not significantly damaged crops so far, they have contributed to rising food inflation, which accelerated to 14.64 percent in August from a year earlier. Ahluwalia said agricultural output growth in the current fi-

nancial year ending March could be around 5-6 percent from a year earlier, upwardly revised from an earlier estimate of 4.8 percent, but it would not lead to further inflationary pressures. "If you are producing more agricultural products it will have a lowering effect on agricultural prices. So the net effect can never be inflationary," he said. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last Thursday extended its fight against inflation, but signaled that a tightening cycle that has seen five rate hikes this year may be nearing an end.

Crisil to buy US's Pipal Research PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 22

Rating agency Crisil said it has signed an agreement to buy the business of US-based KPO Industry Pipal Research Corporation for 12.75 million dollars. "This is an important milestone in the Crisil journey, enabling us to further strengthen our leadership position in the high-end KPO space," Crisil MD and CEO Roopa Kudva said. Crisil's KPO division Irevna and Pipal combination will be uniquely positioned in the high-end analytical offshoring space with the widest range of services, geographic locations, and customer diversity.

Best Western plans hotels in Goa HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 22

Best Western International currently having more than 40 new hotels in Asia and the Middle East in various stages of development and expecting to have more than 235 Best Western properties by the end of 2011, the chain now plans to open a hotel in Goa, the company announced. Additional Best Western properties in India are expected to open in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. India’s Tourism Secretary recently cited a need for an additional 150,000 hotel rooms over the next three years due to escalating tourism, the hotel chain recently opened the Best Western Premier Vedic Village Spa Resort within the popular tourist destination of Kolkata. This 150-acre property is one of the few resorts to offer both Ayurveda and Naturopathy treatments. The global hotel chain currently has more than 160 properties, representing 8,400 rooms, in various stages of operation, rebranding, and development in mainland China, Taiwan, India, Bangladesh, Pak-

istan, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, Japan and the Middle East. "Local hotel developers across Asia, the Middle East and other emerging regions are attracted to our unique membership model, the global strength of our brand and the marketing support we provide to each of our more than 4,000 hotels worldwide," said Best Western's President and CEO David Kong. Best Western also launched Bhuvana My Spa in Asia in early 2010, the first spa concept for the chain, at several new Best Western Premier hotels in Thailand and Indonesia. The Bhuvana My Spa concept will expand to the chain's hotels in Malaysia, India, Oman and Bahrain in 2011. Bhuvana My Spa properties offer authentic and relaxing treatments by professional therapists in a tranquil and inviting atmosphere. Asia and Middle East development highlights for Best Western in 2010 include: 12 new hotels in China; 10 new hotels in India; 6 new hotels in Japan; 1 new hotel in South Korea and 10 new hotels in Southeast Asia.

In addition, Best Western is expanding its presence with new hotels in other emerging markets, including Africa, South America, New Zealand, Ukraine and Russia. In West Africa, the chain opened its first Premier property, the Best Western Premier Accra Airport Hotel, in Ghana, which is home to one of the largest chocolate producers in the world. It is a full-service, 4star hotel with 113 rooms, a jazz club and a five-story atrium decorated with African art. . Best Western has also recently opened two new hotels in Nigeria: the Best Western Island Hotel in Lagos and the Best Western Premier Port Harcourt Hotel in Port Harcourt. South America 2010 development highlights for Best Western include: The chain's goal is to have 14 hotels in Argentina and Uruguay by the end of 2010, making it the largest hotel chain in the region The first Best Western Premier hotel in Chile, the Best Western Premier Marina Las Condes, features a top-floor pool and atrium Also opening this year will be a five-star Best Western Pre-

mier hotel in Peru with a fullservice plastic surgery clinic and recovery spa adjacent to the hotel Best Western is also expanding in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, with 10 new hotels expected to be open by the end of 2011. The three-star Best Western Sevastopol Hotel recently opened in Sevastopol, Ukraine, the first Best Western hotel in the country. Plans are underway to open five more properties in Ukraine by the end of 2011 and Best Western also plans to open the chain's first three new Premier properties in Russia, including hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Additionally, five new properties are in the pipeline for New Zealand, including hotels in the popular tourist and historical destinations of Casa Bella and Taipa Bay Resort on North Zealand's North Island. With more than 4,000 hotels worldwide, Best Western offers travelers more than 308,237 quality guest rooms located in approximately 80 countries and territories.

BSNL listing only after financials improve: Govt PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

The government has made it clear that it will not go public with state-run BSNL until the financial performance of the telecom PSU improves. "The issue of listing would be taken after the performance of BSNL improves to get the right valuation and after obtaining the views of different stakeholders, like staff union and associations," DoT said in a reply to queries sent by Public Accounts Committee on performance of BSNL. The disinvestment in BSNL will pave the way for the IPO and consequent listing on the stock exchanges. BSNL has posted its first ever net loss of over Rs 1,822 crore in the last financial year from a net profit of over 574 crore in 2008-09 and over Rs 10,183

Sesa looks to raise borrowing HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 22

Sesa Goa Ltd, a unit of Vedanta Resources Plc, said on Wednesday it will seek shareholders' approval on October 18 to raise its investment and borrowing limits. Sesa Goa wants to raise its investment and borrowing limits to acquire a 20% stake in Cairn India Ltd through an open offer. Its parent, Vedanta Resources, has proposed buying up to 60% in Cairn India, including the 20% stake that Sesa Goa hopes to acquire. Sesa Goa said it wants to lift its investment limit to Rs 16000 crore from the current Rs 7125 crore, while the borrowing limit should be raised to Rs 15000 crore. It didn't disclose its current borrowing limit.

R-Retail to enter cash-and-carry business PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 22

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL's) retail arm, Reliance Retail, plans to enter into the cash-and-carry business by opening at least three outlets in the next six to eight months, a source said. The company, had, in early 2009, jettisoned its plans to enter into wholesale trading, citing the then prevailing market conditions as its reason for doing so. Besides, some top officials in the company had also quit then. "The company is back with a bang. It is soon going to announce its revived cash-andcarry business plans and will

open three outlets over the next six to eight months," the source told PTI here without divulging further details. As per existing plans, Reliance would not enter into any foreign joint venture but go solo in the business, the source said. The company has already identified locations and work was on for the construction of the outlets with an area spread over 1.5 lakh square feet each. This is, however, a scaling-down of the company's initial plan to open its stores at 15 locations, mostly Tier-II centres such as Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Rajkot and Salem. Reliance's entry into whole-

Sensex dips below 20K-mark; RIL, L&T major losers PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 22

A day after scaling the 20,000-mark, stock market benchmark Sensex fell from its high level and ended about 60 points down as investors preferred to book profit amid weak global cues. Snapping a three-day consecutive rally, the Bombay Stock Exchange’s 30-share index closed lower by 59.83 points, or 0.30 per cent, at 19,941.72, with most of the losses coming in from RIL, L&T and IT pack. Markets had regained the 20,000-mark yesterday after a gap of 32 months on persistent fund flows. Even today, the key index rose to a high of 20,105.54 in early trade but failed to hold on to gains till end due to mild profit-booking.

sale assumes significance at this point as the market is abuzz with reports of global retailers such as Wal-Mart, Tesco, Metro and Carrefour expanding their presence in India and with the Government likely to ease FDI norms in both the

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wholesale and retail formats. Early this year, Reliance hired 47-year-old expat Gwyn Sundhagul, Chief Marketing Officer and Director at Tesco Lotus, Thailand, to head its value formats and spearhead its wholesale plans. Value formats sell goods such as soaps, biscuits and vegetables and contribute 70 per cent to the total sales of Reliance Retail. In Reliance Industries' last annual general meeting, its Chairman, Mukesh Ambani, had told shareholders that the company targets a Rs 10,000 crore revenue from Reliance Retail by FY14. Its current revenue is

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pegged at Rs 4,000 crore and it expects a 25-30 per cent growth in its top-line. However, the bottomline would be lower as the generic formats such as Reliance Fresh and Delight have yet to become EBITDA positive. Reliance Retail currently operates 15 formats such as Reliance Fresh, Reliance TimeOut, Trendz and Digital and Jewels, among others. Cash-and-carry would be the sixteenth format that would sell goods to those with a sale tax certificate such as modern retailers, fruits and vegetables resellers, restaurants and hotels and small mom and pop and kirana stores.

Edelweiss Ca, 55.2, 55.75, 53.9, 54.3 Educomp Solu, 620, 624.3, 603, 609.9 Eih Limited, 140, 141.95, 138.6, 140.25 Engineers In, 351.25, 362.3, 350.15, 355.5 Essar Oil Lt, 137.1, 137.45, 132.65, 134.1 Essar Shippi, 115, 117, 111.75, 116.45 Exide Indust, 157, 159, 154.55, 156.5 Federal Bank, 371.8, 375.3, 366.55, 369.8 Financial Te, 1390, 1418.65, 1365.15, 1386.55 Gail (india), 480.15, 483.15, 471.8, 476.2 Gammon India, 210.7, 225, 208, 223 Glaxosmithkl, 2070, 2104, 2012.1, 2087.3 Glenmark Pha, 287, 289, 281.1, 284.25 Gmr Infrastr, 58.25, 58.5, 57.4, 57.95 Godrej Indus, 225, 230.4, 217.25, 220.7 Grasim Indus, 2235, 2244.8, 2190, 2202.35 Great Offsho, 388.8, 388.8, 376.35, 381.45 Gtl Infra.Lt, 46.5, 46.75, 45.9, 46.1 Gujarat Mine, 136.3, 139.35, 133.35, 135.95 Gujarat N R, 62.05, 62.95, 60.3, 60.6 Gujarat Stat, 109, 109.4, 107.7, 108.25 Gvk Pow. & I, 48.05, 48.55, 46.6, 47 Hcl Technolo, 430, 431.95, 418.8, 421.1

Hdfc Bank Lt, 2470, 2490, 2450.3, 2481.65 Hdfc Ltd, 723, 736.5, 717.5, 733.7 Hero Honda M, 1809.9, 1819, 1764, 1814.1 Hindalco in, 191.95, 193.65, 187.4, 189.75 Hindustan Co, 63, 63.35, 60.8, 61.1 Hindustan Ma, 76, 76.25, 75, 75.2 Hindustan Pe, 541, 546.55, 532.7, 540.2 Hindustan Un, 295, 299, 289.35, 298 Hindustan Zi, 1079, 1082.8, 1051, 1053.75 Housing Dev, 280, 283.3, 270.45, 273.25 Icici Bank L, 1124.45, 1136.9, 1114, 1126.1 Idea Cellula, 76.15, 78.1, 75.6, 76.2 Ifci Ltd, 64, 64, 61.4, 62.1 India Cement, 119, 119.9, 114.85, 116.35 India Infoli, 113.4, 114.9, 112, 113.4 Indiabulls F, 146.15, 149.4, 143.55, 144.4 Indiabulls R, 185, 186.3, 177.85, 179.5 Indian Bank, 269.8, 269.8, 267, 269 Indian Hotel, 105.9, 106.7, 102.8, 104 Indian Oil C, 439, 441.8, 429.4, 434.65 Indian Overs, 139.1, 139.9, 138, 139.15 Indus Dev Ba, 141, 147.5, 140.6, 146.45 Indusind Ban, 267, 269.9, 262, 263.55 Infosys Tech, 3060.5, 3062.9, 2994.45, 3014.3

crore in 2004-05. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had constituted a committee headed by Sam Pitroda to look into the reasons for BSNL''s poor performance and suggest ways to improve it. The Pitroda panel had suggested among other things, 30 per cent disinvestment in the telecom PSU. The proposal met with stiff opposition from the employees'' unions and associations of BSNL, which were against any move to offload government''s equity in the company. Meanwhile, DoT has constituted an internal committee headed by Member (Services) to look into the recommendations of Sam Pitroda panel and give its report after taking inputs from BSNL management and employee associations.

BSNL, which has been facing competition from private players, saw its market share (GSM and WLL) declining to 11.44 per cent in June 2010 from 15.64 per cent in March 2008. The case of granting Navratna status, under which cash-rich PSUs are given a certain autonomy with regard to investments and other financial transactions, to BSNL will also be considered only after its listing. The apex committee under chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary in its meeting held in July 2008, had made the listing of Central PSUs a pre-condition for granting Navratna status. Besides disinvestment, Pitroda commitee also suggested voluntary retirement to over one lakh staff as part of steps to improve BSNL''s financial health.

Dr Batra's clinic in Goa this year HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 22

After the successful launch of its new, international homeopathic clinics in Muscat, Dubai and London, Dr Batras’ Positive Health Clinic Pvt Ltd, the world’s largest Homeopathic Healthcare Corporate plans to set up a clinic in Goa as well. Areas of treatment will cover chronic diseases like seborrhoeic dermatitis, respiratory ailments, hair loss, psoriasis, weight management, women and children’s ailments, other lifestyle and stress-related disorders, among others. Also part of their expansion plans, Dr Batra’s will be opening new clinics in Mysore, Coorg, Jammu, Jodhpur, Mysore, Pondicherry, Nasik, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Patna Nagpur etc.

RBI extends rural banking outlet target

PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

The Reserve Bank has postponed by a year its plan to open banking facilities in all villages with a population of over 2,000 till March 2012, thus bringing its policy in line with the government''s budget announcement. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had, during his budget speech this year, announced plans to provide banking facilities to such habitations by the end of March 2012. However, the apex bank had earlier formed a sub-committee to draw up a roadmap "to provide banking services through a banking outlet in every village having a population of over 2,000, by March 2011." This roadmap followed a report in August, 2009, of a high level committee on Lead Bank Scheme constituted by

the RBI with Usha Thorat as Chairperson. "It is advised that the date of providing banking services through a banking outlet in every village having a population of over 2,000, is revised to March 2012," the RBI said in a notification. However, the date of March 2011 has been kept as an intermediate target. In his budget speech, Mukherjee had said: "It has been decided to provide appropriate banking facilities to habitations having population in excess of 2,000 by March, 2012." The Thorat-led committee had found that there were 129 un-banked blocks in the country. By February 2010, the number of such blocks had declined to 93. Low population density, inhospitable terrain, law and order problems and non-availability of basic infrastructure

Govt to make common toll tech mandatory: Nath

had been indicated as the main impediments in providing banking facilities in these areas. "Such banking services may not necessarily be extended through a brick and mortar branch but can be provided through any of the various forms of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) based models," the second quarter review of the monetary policy 2009-10 had said. The latest RBI notification also said there has been inconsistency and lack of uniformity in data provided by the state level banking committees. "In view of (this). It has been decided to modify the format of the statements so as to obtain detailed information about allotted villages and progress in opening banking outlets in the allotted villages," it said. The apex bank also plans to undertake quarterly monitoring of the progress in opening banking outlets in un-banked villages.

PTI KOLKATA, SEPT 22

The government would make common toll technology mandatory for car owners across India, Minister for Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath said today. "We will implement the common toll technology by the middle of next year and make it mandatory," Nath told reporters on the sidelines of AIMA convention here. He said that the government was also talking to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers for this. Nath said that the government had appointed a committee under the UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani, who had suggested this proposal. On construction of roads, he said that although the target was to construct 20 kilometers of road per day, only 13 kilometer were being done now. In the current year, nearly 9,000 to 10,000 kilometer would be awarded for construction, compared to 7,500 kilometer last year. In West Bengal, the ministry had awarded 600 kilometer at a cost of Rs 6,000 crore. Infra. dev., 194, 198.45, 192.75, 194.85 Ispat Indust, 23.4, 23.55, 22.25, 22.55 Itc Ltd, 171.35, 175.8, 171.35, 174.7 Ivrcl Infras, 166.1, 168.8, 164.6, 167.2 Jai Corp Lim, 266.05, 266.05, 257.1, 260.8 Jaiprakash A, 123.85, 124.9, 118.5, 119.65 Jet Airways, 780, 797, 774.4, 792.05 Jindal Saw L, 206.2, 209.5, 203.7, 206.2 Jindal Steel, 708.15, 712.4, 699.1, 704.85 Jsw Steel Li, 1274, 1286.7, 1245.5, 1256.75 Kotak Mahind, 491.1, 495.9, 483.45, 491.45 Lakshmi Mach, 2445, 2480, 2410, 2423.45 Lanco Infrat, 67.5, 69.25, 67.25, 68.3 Larsen & Tou, 2039.9, 2057.35, 1968.4, 1991.65 Lic Housing, 1325, 1332.4, 1277.35, 1300.85 Lupin Limite, 387.55, 389, 380.5, 385.05 Mahanagar Te, 64, 65.7, 63.45, 63.7 Mahindra & M, 687, 701.65, 671.5, 681.9 Maruti Suzuk, 1420.25, 1470, 1420.25, 1463.85 Max India Lt, 170.4, 172, 164.85, 168.2

Maytas Infr., 212.1, 227.8, 207, 224.9 Moser-baer (, 67.45, 71.75, 66.8, 71.15 Mrpl, 80.8, 80.8, 78.6, 79.3 Nagarjuna Co, 159.9, 163.25, 159.9, 161.55 Nagarjuna Fe, 31.25, 31.5, 30.9, 31.25 National Alu, 405.1, 410.5, 404.25, 406 Neyveli Lign, 159.25, 160.9, 157.5, 158.35 Ntpc Ltd, 208, 209.25, 206.65, 208.35 Oil And Natu, 1410, 1418.8, 1395, 1402.65 Omaxe Limite, 142, 143.65, 136.4, 140.95 Oriental Ban, 449.9, 451.75, 439, 446.15 Pantaloon Re, 488.5, 492.45, 481.1, 486.1 Parsvnath De, 138.8, 141.1, 136.6, 140.4 Petronet Lng, 108.7, 108.9, 106, 106.95 Power Fin Co, 343.5, 345.7, 333.55, 337.95 Power Grid C, 105.75, 106.8, 105.3, 105.85 Praj Industr, 77, 78.45, 76.2, 77.1 Punj Lloyd L, 121, 127.95, 120.15, 127.05 Punjab Natio, 1288.5, 1296.9, 1265, 1270.5 Rajesh Expor, 80, 103.1, 80, 101.3 Ranbaxy Labs, 565.85, 568.95, 552.2, 556.4

BOARD MEETINGS EIH Karuturi Glob Zee Entert Source: Indiainfoline.com

Rashtriya Ch, 84.4, 84.4, 82.35, 83.05 Rel. nat. re, 40.4, 40.6, 39.55, 39.85 Reliance Cap, 841, 843, 816.05, 823.15 Reliance Com, 174.1, 174.9, 167.75, 169.7 Reliance Ene, 1155, 1179.99, 1155, 1160 Reliance Ind, 890, 898, 870, 874.4 Reliance Ind, 1034, 1043.7, 1015, 1020.05 Reliance Pow, 163, 163, 158.8, 159.85 Rolta India, 176, 176.4, 172.05, 173.2 Satyam Compu, 96.5, 109.35, 96, 107.7 Sesa Goa Ltd, 340, 343.4, 330.5, 334.95 Shipping Cor, 161.8, 163.9, 161, 162.8 Siemens Ltd, 782, 791, 778, 788.6 Sintex Indus, 360, 362, 350.35, 357.95 Sobha Develo, 379.8, 379.8, 363, 367.65 State Bank O, 3115.8, 3158.9, 3098.2, 3148.7 Steel Author, 205.8, 209.9, 205.15, 207 Sterlite Ind, 170, 173.9, 170, 173.3 Sun Pharmace, 1949, 1983.75, 1914.7, 1921.75 Sun Tv Netwo, 514.05, 519.5, 502.5, 508.3 Suzlon Energ, 56.15, 56.35, 54.4, 54.85 Tata Communi, 330, 330.95, 324.05, 326.1 Tata Consult, 956, 960, 930, 935.25

Tata Motors, 1098.9, 1109, 1059.25, 1070.9 Tata Power C, 1311, 1319.7, 1301.6, 1315 Tata Steel L, 619, 628.3, 613.4, 618.85 Tata Teleser, 23.3, 23.35, 22.8, 23 Tech Mahindr, 737, 798.8, 735, 787.95 The Ge Shpg., 312.1, 312.45, 303.8, 307.3 The Phoenix, 252, 252.1, 238.2, 241.1 Thermax Ltd, 790, 806.5, 782.3, 789.8 Titan Indust, 3170, 3234, 3170, 3223.2 Torrent Powe, 333, 335.8, 330, 333.55 Triveni Engg, 107, 114.8, 106, 114.15 Tv18 India L, 91.25, 96.7, 89.1, 95.85 Uco Bank, 117, 117.35, 114.1, 115.65 Ultratech Ce, 1102, 1102, 1040.35, 1049.85 Union Bank O, 385.55, 389, 376.1, 379.8 Unitech Ltd, 86.05, 86.85, 83.35, 84.95 United Phosp, 190.9, 190.9, 185.25, 187.15 Videocon Ind, 262, 264.2, 258.1, 261.55 Vijaya Bank, 82.75, 83.3, 81.6, 82.3 Voltas Ltd, 233, 233.95, 226.1, 230.5 Wipro Ltd, 436, 444.8, 430.5, 439.65 Yes Bank Lim, 328.65, 333.7, 325.7, 332.35 Zee Entertai, 295.35, 308, 294.2, 306.45


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NHAI's land-for-VGF plan goes off road

AGENCY NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

Following protests over the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has dropped its plan to allow developers to use land along expressways for commercial purposes instead of seeking viability-gap funding (VGF). The government had planned to build all expressways through public-private participation and not on an annuity basis or Engineering Procurement Contract (EPC). To make unviable expressway projects viable, NHAI had planned to give land along expressways to the developer for commercial utilisation. “The plan to make expressways viable by giving land for commercial development has taken a hit and does not seem to be happening now,” said a senior NHAI official. The government has plans to build around 18,000 km of expressways in the country by 2022. In the first phase, the road transport and highways ministry had identified 11

Elder Pharma QIP issue closes PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

Drug firm Elder Pharmaceuticals today said it has closed its qualified institutional placement (QIP) issue for raising nearly USD 50 million (about Rs 228 crore). "The last date for the closure of the QIP issue was Sept 21, 2010," the company said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Elder Pharma in an earlier filing to the BSE had said that its QIP issue was to open with the floor price at Rs 414 per share, thus setting the price band for the issue between Rs 415 and Rs 419. Besides, the drug firm has recently made an offer to acquire UK-based NeutraHealth Plc for nearly 9.80 million pounds (about Rs 70.60 crore).

Bill as per GoM's views: Mines Secy PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

Amid a furore over 26 per cent profit-sharing with locals under the proposed new mining law and demands for watering down the provision for PSUs, the Mines Ministry today said its final draft will go with the recommendations of the Group of Ministers. "Based on the discussion of the Group of Ministers (GoM), the final draft of the new mining bill is being prepared by the Mines Ministry and will be placed before the GoM. After that it is to be sent to the Cabinet," Mines Secretary S Vijay Kumar told PTI. Last week, the 10-member ministerial panel headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrived at a consensus on the Mining Bill, which, among other things, makes it mandatory for companies to share 26 per cent of the profits

from mining with project-affected people. The GoM will meet soon to clear the final draft of the Bill. Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is a part of the GoM, has sought a "special consideration" for PSUs like SAIL and NMDC, a proposal termed by industrialist-turned politician Naveen Jindal-led Jindal Steel and Power as discriminatory. The firm has also termed the proposed 26 per profit-sharing regime to be too high. Besides Jindal, the Tatas have also criticised the proposed levy and asked the government not to charge it as a separate tax, saying that social obligation is part of the operating cost of the company. The new Bill has proposed that companies share 26 per cent of the profits from mining with the locals who lose land. For such profit-sharing, the

Operators up network for BlackBerry services PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

Directed by the goverment, telecom companies are understood to have partially upgraded their networks for lawful interception of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) services only. The solution for encrypting enterprise mails, however, remains elusive. This has been a major cause of concern which has prompted the government to ask BlackBerry service provider RIM to enable monitoring or face termination of service. Some of the operators have submitted compliance report for BBM to the Department of Telecom (DoT) which had asked the service providers to upgrade their technical capability for lawful interception facility of BlackBerry services, if not upgraded. "A compliance report that the network has been technically upgraded to intercept all BlackBerry services by legal enforcement agencies (LEAs) for lawful interception, must be provided to this office by September 22, 2010," DoT had said in its communication to the operators. According to sources, one of the leading operators offering BlackBerry services, has said that the matter was taken up with the Canadian firm Research in Motion (RIM) and it

has suitably upgraded technical capability for lawful interception of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) services alone. Another operator, who did not wish to be named, said they are working with the RIM and intelligence agencies to address the issues, indicating there was some progress in BBM services but no headway made in the enterprise mail. When contacted an RIM spokesperson said from Mumbai, "We are working with the operators and the Government of India to address the issues." RIM, which is in discussions with the government to provide a mutually acceptable solution for interception of encrypted data on the device, was given a 60-day reprieve till October to come out with a solution or face a ban. The DoT's order came within days of the company asserting that it "cannot compromise the security architecture of its enterprise solution." RIM is continuing discussions with governments in India, UAE and other countries, as well as with service providers, and "believe we have made good progress in those discussions," RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie had said last week. "I am optimistic that a positive and constructive outcome can be achieved," he had said in a conference call with analysts

last week. Balsillie, however, stressed that while it is "respectful of government needs and fully cooperating to comply with lawful requirements on an industry standard basis, we cannot compromise the security architecture of the BlackBerry enterprise solution. "RIM simply has no ability to read the encrypted information and has no master key or backdoor key to allow access," the company has been saying, while noting that it is a "fundamentally important security feature" for its corporate clients. RIM has been given a 60-day reprieve by the Indian government to continue services in the country on the condition that the Canadian firm would have to ultimately set up a local server to continue with its full services beyond November. RIM provides corporate email and instant messaging services to about one million users in India. The DoT told telecom service providers that "the date and time demonstration of legal interception system (LIS) and legal interception mechanism (LIM) in this regard shall be intimated to all shortly." All leading operators, including state-owned BSNL and MTNL, offer BlackBerry services in India with a total subscriber base of over one million.

GoM has proposed creation of a District Mineral Foundation, for disbursement of benefits to the locals. It also proposes that in case a mine is non-functional, or running in losses, the firms should compensate the people affected by land acquisition by paying them an amount equal to the royalty given to state governments. The royalty paid by mining companies to state governments runs into hundreds of crores of rupees. The new Bill seeks to expedite the grant of mineral concessions in a transparent manner and attract big-ticket investments in the sector. Mines Minister B K Handique had earlier said the ministry plans to introduce the Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament to replace the existing Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation (MMDR)

Weston enters mobile market PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

Consumer electronics firm Weston today announced its entry into the Indian mobile phone market with plans to garner a sales of Rs 250 crore in the next one year from its new business. The company also said it plans to set up a new facility for making mobile phones at Dehradun. It is expected to be operational by next year. "Our vision is to introduce the most affordable handsets in India keeping in mind the features to price ratio," Weston Mobiles Senior Vice President and Business Head Pankaj Sharma said in a press statement. The company said it will initially launch its mobile phones in north and eastern states of India and subsequently introduce in other parts of the country . Sharma said the company hopes to sell one lakh mobiles per month and achieve a turnover of Rs 250 crore by the end of the first year. "A new unit for mobile phones will be set up in Sela Que in Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal with a capacity of five lakh GSM and CDMA cell phones per month," he said. At present, the company said it will procure cell phones from OEMs and its other overseas plant.

Private trusts can pay 9.5% too: EPFO PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

Brushing aside apprehensions, retirement fund manager EPFO today said PF trusts set up by corporates can pay a higher interest rate of 9.5 per cent for 2010-11 as they may also have surplus in their accounts. "The recognised provident funds (PF) would not find any difficulty in paying 9.5 per cent rate of return to its depositors as they follow the same cash accounting system followed by EPFO," Central Provident Fund Commissioner Samirendra

stretches in 12 states — Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharshtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Goa — to set up 3,530 km of high-speed six- to eight-lane expressways. The government provides viability-gap funding of up to 40 per cent of the total project cost in a normal road project executed in private participation. Yamuna Expressway, a 165km state government project connecting Delhi to Agra, is being developed by Jaypee Infratech. Jaypee, had been given tolling rights for 36 years and land to build townships. But farmers refused to give their land for townships. “Even with the support of the UP government, acquiring land for Yamuna Expressway project in the state has been difficult and mired in controversies. Acquiring land for building towns alongside our projects will be much more difficult,” said a senior NHAI official who did not want to be

Chatterjee said. "We found surplus of Rs 1,731.57 crore when we analysed the accounts on accrual-based system. Similarly, they (exempted funds) would also find surplus following the same accounting method," he added. Earlier on September 15, EPFO's Trustees raised interest rate on provident fund deposits to 9.5 per cent for 201011 benefiting nearly 4.71 crore employees of both public and private sectors. There are over 3,000 recog-

nised provident fund trusts which manage a huge corpus of about Rs 2 lakh crore. These trusts, which are set up by corporates to manage provident fund of their employees, are required to pay a rate of return that is not less than the rate paid by EPFO. As the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the highest policy making body of the EPFO, had decided to raise the interest rate by a percentage point to 9.5 per cent, the PF trusts will also be required to match the rate of return.

"None of the recognised provident fund has approached us so far with a complaint that they cannot manage 9.5 per cent rate of return for this fiscal," Chatterjee said. Some media reports had suggested that it would be difficult for the recognised provident funds to give 9.5 per cent return as they may not find surplus in their accounts. EPFO, Chatterjee said after reconciliation of account on accrual-based system found that it had a surplus of Rs 1,731 crore.

Act, 1957. The new legislation is being framed at a time when UPA Chief Sonia Gandhi has voiced concerns over land acquisition norms. Gandhi had said she favours the Haryana model, where farmers are provided lucrative compensation in addition to annuity for 33 years.

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Will Goa learn from the CWG Fiasco?

BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES ight now India is in the global glare for an awfully ugly incident: the chaos and mess at the Common Wealth Games’ village. The world is heaping scorn on Delhi calling the venue for the Games as filthy and dangerous. In the recent past, India has seen a vital thrust forward in terms of economy and many other positive aspects of growth. And it is no secret that this has not gone down too well with the envious first world countries. So, as many are speculating, is the world media going overboard in tarnishing India’s image? But then, aren’t incidents like the collapse of a bridge and sheets of a roof crashing down and unlivable conditions for the athletes tangible proof of the dangerous mess? And to exacerbate matters, Delhi Chief Minister, Shiela Dixit playing down the incident insensitively by saying the over bridge was meant for ordinary spectators and not for the athletes. So the common person’s life doesn’t matter? Or Lalit Bhanot recklessly making statements that sanitary standards were subjective and cleanliness wasn’t really a major issue to be ashamed of implying that Indian standards of hygiene were poor. Perhaps this could be one vital reason why the hygiene factor of manufacturing ‘Feni’ becomes a matter of concern for the global market as they question the cleanliness of our Goans crushing the cashew apples with their legs, while the world flashes their elite smiles as they sip their fine wines without a thought to the grapes crushed by human feet of foreigners. Interestingly, Goa will be hosting the National Games in a few years. Are there lessons to be learnt from the CWG fiasco? In fact, Goa will attract even more attention as everybody outside of this state, loves to love Goa for all the wrong reasons. Goa will have even greater problems to tackle with shady agencies queuing up to cater to the lewd lot who will flock to the state. Conversion with our bureaucrats and others from the sports fraternity regarding what Goa can learn from the CWG mess in hosting the National Games elicits interesting comments. Many opine that it is still premature to discuss National Games in Goa as the NG which was to take place in 2007 in Jharkand is yet to happen. But isn’t India notorious for readying stuff in a mad rush at the eleventh hour? For, last year’s Iffi, workers were painting the huge decorative reels at 4:20 pm while the inauguration ceremony was to begin at 5:30 pm. Okay, that too can be overlooked, but not structures getting readied in a mad rush where people can loose their lives. There is no urgency on their part to get things going. Last minute finishing touches are being compared to our great big Indian weddings where there is always something to be done right till the ‘saath phere’. All we can say is that, either our officials are absolutely confident of their expertise and skill in successfully completing the job and subsequently hosting a successful National Games. Or they are just being lethargic and will end up in even greater mess than CWG. For Goa and Goans’ sake, we just hope that Goa can be united in standing out as an example to the rest of the country.

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Digambar Kamat, Chief Minister: “Just day before yesterday, I was in Delhi to inspect the swimming pool complex for the CWG and I personally think the air-conditioned infrastructure was in excellent condition and ready for start of the Games. As for the chaos, we Indians have a habit of doing the finishing touches at the very last moment even when it comes to our homes and personal lives. It happens to be a specialty of Indians. Considering the Games that should have happened in Jharkand in 2007 have still not even taken place, it gives Goa ample time to get prepared. We need to be cautious and see that everything falls in place at the right time.”

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himself to do the lights for his second last play before he died. Incidentally, at this very show of the play ‘Amkam sogleank zai’, Brian also got his first chance to be on the professional stage when he did a small entry as a replacement. Although known to be a powerful act as a comedian in tiatr circuits today, character roles done by him are what have been haunting the audiences ever since this kid took up acting as his profession. The only directors he hasn’t yet worked with (but would probably love to, given his decision to be a tiatrist till the day he dies) are Jacob, Mario Menezes and John D’Silva. “Due to my family’s disposition, I have been treated just like another son by most tiatrists and have thus always dwelt amongst these warm sentiments among the tiatrists. People like Roseferns, comedian Sally, Luis Bachan and many more are an inspiration to all us youngsters entering the tiatr world like me,” he says, recognising their ever-so-humble and down-to earth stance vis-à-vis certain few with an attitude problem as he agrees. “The problem lies in the fact that we seem to be content getting noticed and popular in our own little worlds,” he analyses at the end of a small discussion. Brian here goes on to admit that he too like many more tiatrists needs to find time to get some technical knowledge about theatre apart from his inborn talent that he most definitely seems to have. “We think we know too much,” he answers, when asked to analyze the close-mindedness of a few tiatrists

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Dr Susana de Souza, director of Sports and Youth Affairs: “I like to ask people just ask one question what proof is there for all the reports about the CWG mess. Take my case for instance, I slogged it out so much and we had such a successful Queen Baton Relay in Goa and yet what rubbishing reports are being written about me everyday. It is very annoying but we just need to ignore such false reports. As for the CWG, perhaps there are many political issues which I don’t want to get into. As for us in Goa, all of us need to join hands together and portray Goa in the best manner and our media should help us in this and not tarnish Goa. Everybody should be united and put things together.”

V M Prabhudesai, Executive director of the Sports Authority of Goa: “The incident in Delhi is very unfortunate and it is highly irresponsible on part of authorities to make reckless comments that put India in bad light. But, I also think the media is over reacting. First they reported a budget of Rs 35,000 crores and in no time now they say it is Rs 70,000 crores. By the time they Games start they will increase it to Rs 100,000 crores. They need to understand that the common person in India will just lap up whatever they report, so they need to be very cautious. As for the fiasco, chaos and confusion at CWG, this happens when too many agencies are involved. Right now they have seven to eight operating, you just need to have one. This is an important lesson that Goa can pickup up from CWG’s mistake. In fact, we in Goa could learn a lot.”

Gurudatta Bhakta, general secretary, Goa Olympic Association: “The biggest lesson for us to learn is to start preparing well in time. It is an indelible fact that the Games are going to take place in Goa, so why wait? China and Russia didn’t wait. In fact, in comparison the Chinese have handed over the athletes’ village to the Asian Games Federation for the Asiad that will start only in November. We surely do have the capacity to host one of the best National Games, we just need to focus our will into doing that in time. It is always good to complete our work before schedule.”

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Known as ‘The Kapoor khandaan of Konkani tiatrs’, the Fernandes family has been entertaining the Goan masses for years and the grandson of the clan, Brian, is following in the same talented footsteps BY RON FIDELIS eginning from Brian’s grandfather who was also popular as ‘batha gotto’ to Roshan and of course Brian’s dad Peter Fernandes (Peter de Benaulim), the Fernandes family indeed seems to be a creatively inclined lot as opined by tiatr writers in the past. Popularly known as Brian though born Broyan Joanito Fernandes, this young lad decided to do tiatrs right from his tenth standard at Holy Trinity Benaulim. “I remember during my fifth or sixth standard, I would be taken to dad’s tiatrs like ‘Onnbem’ (Mushroom) and ‘Sankistaum’ (Sacristan) and so I always wanted to be like him,” says Brian, 23. Next door neighbour to veteran tiatrists Menino de Bandar and the late Rosario Rodrigues, Brian was apparently first encouraged by Rosario

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towards theatre workshops et al and especially the tiatr competition which certain professional tiatrists almost fear due to the technical stance of the theatre art form as opposed to a ‘free’ art form in professional tiatrs. Extremely grateful to his dad for composing ‘kantarams’ for him, Brian has so far stayed away from writing but definitely has plans in the pipeline as a tiatrist. Energy is this actor’s forte. On stage, his energy is so vibrant that he never fails to get a reaction from the crowds. “I really hate it when I don’t get a reaction. It gives me sleepless nights as I begin to think I’m missing something in my performance that I should be paying notice to.” And then again when he opines something like ‘if a person is ignorant about something, it is better to educate that person rather than mock him’ – we know for sure he is from the newer generation with such fresh perspectives. Rather promising talent among the upcoming comedians today, he sums up as he promises to direct his own tiatr someday, saying, “Only after gaining the required technical skill and knowledge that is.”

oing something after a long time can cause a person to become nervous at the act; this is what happened to Sridevi who walked the ramp after a really long time, so long that it left the actress nervous and led her to almost fall flat on her face on the ramp. The ‘Chaalbazz’ actress walked the ramp in Neeta Lulla’s showstopper outfit at the Lakme Fashion Week 2010. Sridevi, visibly nervous, almost tripped twice in the figure hugging gown which had a long tail trailing behind. The mermaid-ish silver grey gown was probably too much to handle for this diva of the 80s. But the little obstacles didn’t detour her, she maintained her composure and completed the walk perfectly. Sridevi admitted that walking on the ramp was hard for her, “It was great but at the same time very hard for me,” she said. Lulla, who celebrated her 25th anniversary, however didn’t make a big deal about the little trips. “As far as I think, it happens sometimes when you walk the ramp after a long time,” she said. On the contrary, Lulla was ecstatic about having Sridevi walk in her creation. “It was fantastic that on my 25th anniversar y, Sridevi walked the ramp and so many people actually made it to the show,” she said.

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op diva and actress Jennifer Lopez, who is reportedly set to join the American Idol judge's panel after signing a USD 12 million contract, might face her former husband Ojani Noa who will audition for the show. It has been reported that Noa, a former waiter from Cuba who became Lopez's first husband when they married in 1997, is planning to sing on the show in Los Angeles and will even serenade the rumoured judge with one of her own songs. “Ojani Noa will be in line at the Forum to try out for American Idol in front of his ex-wife. He escaped Cuba and married Jennifer Lopez, now he wants to be the American Idol. Of course he will sing a Jennifer Lopez song,” said Noa's manager Ed Meyer. As it turns out, Noa does have a very good voice, reportedly good enough to qualify for the initial rounds of American Idol auditions. “He can certainly sing, that's for sure, but given his history with Lopez, he's not getting a showcase on American Idol,” said a longtime JLo insider.

To ensure no Lopez embarrassment, ‘Idol’ screeners will be prepped to ferret out Noa, if he does show up at one of the audition cities. A key problem could be Noa's reported plan to don an elaborate disguise in order to fool the Idol team and slip into the pool of candidates who make it in front of Lopez, Randy Jackson and JLo's fellow new judge, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Word has it that Noa also has a convincing fake ID to help with the whole scheme. At 36, he's well past the Idol cut-off age of 28. Noa harbours a deep-seated anger against his ex-wife – whom he believes has wronged him for years and has hurt him financially. Ironically, all of Noa's plans to make big bucks stem from cashing in on his marriage to the superstar. It started with Lopez firing Noa as manager of her Madre's restaurant in 2002. Over the years, JLo has used her substantial legal muscle to quash his plans to write a tell-all book and turn it into a film, a scheme banned by their divorce agreement.


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? 36th Tiatr Competition, organised by Kala Academy, Panjim is on at the Kala Academy. Call 2420452. Maha Satsang with Sri Sri Ravishankar will be held at Colva Beach on September 25. ‘Taxi to the Dark Side’, directed by Alex Gibney will be the film for viewing and study at Temenos: The Film Study Circle on Thursday September 23, 5:30pm onwards. For more information contact: 9423316395 / 9823572035 /9823253361 The All Goa Toroloco Tequila Cocktail Competition is on for bartenders, both experienced and amateurs. Call 2262922, 2253377 or 2407030-71. ‘Loco About Choco’, the chocolate festival, organised by Goa Marriott Resort, Campal, Panjim is being held till September 26 at AZ U R and the Cake Shop, Goa Marriott Resort. Call 246 3333. Ninth session of the film appreciation course ‘Imago: The Language of Film’, will be held at Gallery Gitanjali, Fontainhas on Friday September 24 at 5:30pm. For more information call 9423316395 / 9823572035 /9823253361 2nd Short Film Screening and workshop organised in association with Shamiana - The Short Film Club will be held on Saturday, September 25 from 3pm to 5pm. The workshop is open to all. For registrations contact Arjun Halarnkar, Programme Manager, ICG on 9765404391 1st Art Camp is organised by International Centre Goa in association with Indian Ateliers, Goa Sunday. The camp from September 26 to 28 will feature artists including Ajay Deshpande, Dinkar Jadhav, Harshada Kerkar, Somnath Dikpati and Viraj Naik. Call 2452805-10 The State Level Youth Festival 2010, organised by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs will be held to select young persons for the National Youth Festival 2011. The North District Level Youth Festival will be held on September 30 and October 1 at Gomantak Maratha

Samaj Hall, Panjim. The 10th Goa State (under-16) interschool Tennis Ball Cricket Championship for boys and girls and the 7th State (under-19) inter-higher secondary school championship for boys and girls, organised by the Goa Tennis Ball Cricket Association and the Sports Authority of Goa will take place from October 3 to 5 at Vasco and Campal, Panjim South District Youth Festival will be held on October 7 and 8 at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. Registration closes on September 27 at 5pm. Visit www.dsya.go.gov.in to download application forms or collect them from the office of the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Campal. Panjim. Call 2463197 Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Alto Porvorim will conduct a Portuguese basic course - reading and conversation. Classes will be held from 6pm to 8pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from October 4 to December 17. For details contact: 2417772 Workshop on the Art of Writing Haiku by Kala Ramesh, a well known Haiku poet will be held on October 22 and 23 at 10am to 1pm or 3pm to 6pm at Sunaparata – Goa Centre for the Arts. The 3rd All India Annual Art Competition and Exhibition 2010, organized by Bhikuram Jain Foundation, New Delhi is open for entries. Registration closes on November 30. The exhibition and the award presentation ceremony will be held on February 12, 2011. Call the Kala Academy, Panjim on 2420452 Painting competition for children on the theme ‘My India, My Dream’, organised by Radio Mirchi and Faber Castell, will be held at Clube Gasper Dias on September 26. Two categories will be open, juniors Std II to V, and seniors std VI to VIII. For more information visit www.radiomirchi.com, or call 6656666

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Subodh Kerkar’s Works to feature in Ruhr Biennale 2010 HERALD FEATURES enowned artist Subodh Kerkar has been invited to participate in Ruhr Biennale 2010, which is the first Biennale to be organised in Duisburg, Germany. The theme of the Biennale revolves around ‘Water’ and will have Fifty artists from fourteen different countries participating in the mega event. Apart from Kerkar, artists from India included in the show are Sushil Kumar, Rajan Fulari and Jyotee. Pamela Singh, an artist of Indian origin will represent USA. Subodh Kerkar will have a major presence at Ruhr Biennale. Twenty-two of his works including thirteen sculptures and nine installation photographs have been air-lifted for the show. One

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of his large sculptures, created using an old Goan canoe, will also be showcased at the Biennale. Most of Subodh’s works are based on his favourite theme, ‘Water’ and the artist has tried to address water as a global issue through his installations. He says, “Water is the essence of civilisation. The world owes its existence to water. Civilisations are born on the banks of rivers. Civilisations sprout, are cherished and evolve alongside water. Water, especially potable water is expected to be scarce in the years to come if we do not conserve it, respect it and use it with discretion.” The Biennale will be inaugurated on the October 3, 2010 and will be on until the November 30, 2010.

36th Tiatr Competition 2010-11 - Day II

Falean Konnem Poilam R E V I E W

12:30 Diljale 16:45 Police Force 20:00 Kohraam 23:45 Chhodon Naa Yaar

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BY RON FIDELIS or a name that was almost a cross between the movie ‘Tomorrow never dies’ and the song, ‘If tomorrow never comes’, yesterday’s ‘tiatr’ called, ‘Falean konnem poilam’ had its fair share of drama. A peek into the lives of a family, the play shows a reversal of discrimination wherein the girl is given everything and the boy is ill-treated instead. A novel contrast nonetheless, the use of UV lights glowing figures of animals and their movements depicting a story almost after each scene, was the other novelty element of this ‘tiatr’. Another element that can be called novel yet, was the use of four brass instruments – three trumpets, (two playing firsts) and a saxophone. Among the sea of amateurs in this ‘tiatr’, the band that was sounding good with the added brass did provide the required respite with the music interludes within the ‘cantar’. Maybe this assistance from the band was also responsible for the singers enacting their character-states during this interlude part and not standing still and looking nervous instead. And while it does take courage to perform on stage in front of an ‘active’ audience like at the ‘tiatr’ competition, singer-songwriters like Robert, Marciano and Minoslla played their parts well in the duets, trios and quartets. Then again, two songs on communal integration were well received by the audiences. And even though the professionals sitting in the audience may have visualised a much intense performance given the script, the dialogues did seem to get a reaction from the crowds at certain places. The play is an expression of playwright Rosario Fernandes who first entered this competition in 1997 and was also fairly inconspicuous dressed as Mahanand yesterday. In a ‘cantar’ that provided a paradox just like his play does, Mahanand asked for forgiveness, while the lawyer next to him gave the public the option of hanging him – for the crimes he ‘may’ have committed yet. Rama Naik who first came on stage in 1980 came across as a powerful character possibly due to his baritone as compared to Margarida Mendes who clearly

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BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES he Daniel Pearl World Music Days are back for the seventh year in memory of the slain journalist and musician who was brutally decapitated in Pakistan by terrorist groups. The concert which is being organised by the American Centre Mumbai and Kala Academy in association with Radio Mirchi will be held today at the DMK Hall at Kala Academy. “Daniel Pearl World Music Days are held annually to pay tribute to Daniel Pearl who was a journalist and a musician, paying tribute to his life and work,” says Christine Dal Bello from the American Centre about the concert. The Daniel Pearl World Music Days are conceptualised to spread awareness throughout the world and to promote tolerance and understanding among humanity, through music with the motto ‘Harmony for Humanity’. “In India, we have various programmes held by the centre in fields of journalism, music and other fields to create an understanding between people of the United States and India,” says Christine. “The concert in its third year will host two music groups, The Pulp Fiction and Hipnotribe. The Pulp Fiction is a band that performs more of funk music and they will be opening the concert, followed by the performance by Hipnotribe,” said Christine. Hipnotribe is a Mumbai-based band that brings together music and styles from all over the world. As a part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, on September 24 there will be film screenings of two documentary films and a feature film at the Black Box, Kala Academy. The documentary films are ‘Flow: For the Love of Water’, which is an investigation into the world water crisis, and ‘A Man Named Pearl’ about a man Pearl Fryer who is dissuaded from moving into a white neighbourhood. The feature film ‘Mighty Heart’ starring Angelina Jolie is about Daniel Pearl’s wife, Mariane Pearl’s frantic search to locate her journalist husband after he goes missing in Pakistan.

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showed an improvement in her performance since her first in 1971. Naik plays Bassapa, a migrant turned politician - his drive being money, like many. Again driven by their own reasons, the ill-treated boy and his wife finally leave the house of his parents and his crooked sister. With each character given their own motive to their actions in this ‘tiatr’, what gradually gets somewhat clear to the mind when the play reveals the repercussions to the respective motives, is the title ‘Falean konnem poilam’. And here is the gossip part – while among the professional tiatrists coming to watch these competition ‘tiatrs’, Fermeeno Goes was spotted backstage on day one, for this troupe from Quitula yesterday, it was Tony de Ribander. Wonder who we can expect in the next ‘tiatr’ called ‘Besaum’, coming up on September 27, to be put up by United Dramatic Association, Carambolim.

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Sateri down Cabesa HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, SEPT 22

Sateri Sports Club defeated Cabesa Sports and Cultural Association 4-1 in GFA’s Third Division at Santa Cruz ground on Wednesday. The score was goalless at the lemon break.

Vinay Sawant netted a brace and Hemant Kunkolkar and Minesh Kunkolkar scored one each. Neville Araujo scored a consolation goal for Cabesa. In another match, Aivao Youth Club defeated Panjim Footballers by a solitary ground at Taleigao ground.

UC Benaulim edge past PY Nuvem HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 22

United Club of Benaulim downed Parish Youth, Nuvem 1-0 to storm into the semi-finals of 34th St Joseph Festival intervillage football tournament organised by Dramapur Sports Club at Dramapur ground, on Wednesday. The all-important goal came in the first half through Steve Baptista.

Parish Youth dominated the proceedings but it was United Club of Benaulim who scored the all-important goal in the 20th minute when Steve Baptista headed in a cross from Carlisto Rebello. Parish Youth also dominated in the second half. Albino Pereira’s try hit the crossbar. They nearly levelled the score but Remy Colaco muffed a sitter.

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Salgaocar ‘two’ good for Mumbai Salgaocar 2 Mumbai FC 0 Bagan 1 Lajong 0 HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 22

Salgaocar SC were off to a confident start in the 32nd Federation Cup with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Mumbai FC in the second Group D league match at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on Wednesday evening. Salgaocar Ghanaian striker Yusif Yakubu put the Karim Bencherifa coached side in front in the 36th minute before Anthony Barbosa wrapped the game in favour of the Goan outfit in the 89th minute. Mumbai FC were down to ten men after goalkeeper Nidhinlal was sent off following a clumsy tackle on Anthony Barbosa a minute later. The three points put Salgao-

car at the top of the Group D ladder and will take on Shillong Lajong FC on September 24 in their second group league match. Ten-men Mohun Bagan registered a 1-0 hard fought victory over last year’s runners-up Shillong Lajong FC in their opening group league Federation Cup match. Muritala Ali scored the winner

in the 19th minute before Bagan’s defender Kingshuk Debnath was given the marching order following the second yellow card in the 40th minute. Bagan started the match on an aggressive note and combined well upfront with Muritala and Chidi giving tough time to Lajong’s defence. The Kolkata giants notched up the only goal when former

Mahindra United striker, Muritala headed in Snehashish Chakroborty’s flag-kick to put Stanley Rozario coahed side in front. Lajong did have their chances and came close to level the terms on few occasions, but alert Shilton Paul played a crucial role in Bagan’s victory as they came out victorious in the end to draw full points.

Sesa FA face Churchill today HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, SEPT 22

Sesa Football Academy head coach Clifford Chukwuma has expressed the belief he has in his men ahead of the crunch match against Churchill Brothers in the Federation Cup Thursday’s showdown at Tilak Maidan

Vasco. Clifford realizes that the Churchill players are much more physical than his team but on a good day he believes his players can defeat any in the I-League. “Against Chirag we lost because my boys gave too much respect to the opponents, but they are

more than capable of causing an upset. I believe in them and now it is up to them to believe in themselves.” Clifford also remarked that his team is not based around individuals but instead is made up of great team work and spirit.

Snyter stars in St Xavier’s victory lRosary down Carmel, win women’s title

HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, SEPT 22

A brace from Snyter Fernandes put Xavier’s, Mapusa on the road to victory as they defeated Fr Agnel, Pilar 5-1 in Goa University inter-collige football tournament at university ground, Taleigao on Wednesday. Xavier’s were leading 2-1 at the breather. Xavier’s Snyter continued his good form from the semi-finals by getting himself into many good goal scoring opportunities. Xavier’s were reduced to ten men after Pedro Gonsalves saw red in the 68th. In the opening minutes, Snyter received a ball from the left but fired wide. Moments later from a similar cross, Snyter made no mistake as he fired Xavier’s into the lead. After just 15 minutes Xavier’s doubled their lead through Jovito Fernandes who smashed in a low drive from the edge of the box. Ten minutes before the interval Fr Agnel snatched a goal back through Joyner Lourenco who tapped into the net after the Xavier’s custodian did well to save a penalty. The referee checked with his linesmen and there was a little discussion before the goal was eventually given. After the change of ends Fr Agnel went in search of the equaliser but could not break down the Xavier’s defence. Snyter who had been injured moments earlier, came back onto the field to coolly net his second of the match in the

St Xavier’s, Mapusa, winners of Goa University inter-college football championship alongwith Dr Sangodkar, Milton Fernandes.

63rd. Five minutes later Pedro Gonsalves was brought down in the box. Pedro got up on his feet to roll the ball home from the penalty spot. After scoring he ran to celebrate by taking his shirt off and placing it on the corner flag.

The referee showed him the red card. Down to ten men, Xavier’s continued to push forward and this time Mandarro Desai found the back of the net to give Xavier’s a 5-1 victory. Dr M.M Sangodkar, Registrar, was the chief guest and handed

out the trophy and medals. Earlier, Rosary College, Navelim defeated Carmel College, Nuvem 2-0 to win the women’s title. Genevive Martins scored in the 24th and Ageema Fernandes doubled the lead in the 48th minute.

Nagoa overcome PY Vagator HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, SEPT 22

Nagoa Sporting Club overcame Vagator Parish Youth 3-2 in GFA’s Third Division at Chapora ground on Wednesday to qualify for the play-offs. Nagoa led 1-0 at the breather. Nagoa finished second in the group with eight points while

ABC, Arambol topped the group with ten. Nagoa took the lead after just ten minutes through Francisco Coutinho. L arel D’souza equalised three minutes after the breather for Vagator. It was Vagator’s turn to take the lead when Shelton Fernandes hammered home in the

57th. The lead lasted only three minutes as Sanjay Kundolkar levelled. Nagoa were back in front when Rajuver Salgaocar found the winner in the 67th. In another match at Quitula ground, a last minute penalty from Manber Narvekar was enough to see Sinquerim SC, Mayem overcome Quitula SC 1-0.

Chandor rout St Sebastian HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 22

Chandor Club thrashed St Sebastian Club of Aquem 6-3 in GFA’s Third Division League at Padribhat, Sao Jose de Areal on Wednesday. Chandor Club were leading 4-1 at the breather. Chandor rocked the rival citadel in the 6th minute when Leo Menezes fired home from close range. Chandor piled on pressure and created a couple of forays

into the rival territory. Fraxier Gomes doubled the lead when he punished the rival goalkeeper with a snap shot. St Sebastian regrouped and took the fight to the rival camp when Cajetan Dias reduced the margin in the 20th minute. Chandor went on the offensive and repeatedly raided the Aquem citadel. They found success when Clifford D’Costa struck twice in 40th and 43rd minutes. Crossing over, Chandor’s Leo Menezes scored with a stiff grounder to complete his brace. Fraxier Gomes scored a brace in the 77th minute. St Sebastian reduced the margin when Darwin Dias com-

pleted his brace scoring in the 70th and 80th minutes. At Camurlim ground, Socio Cultural Club, Loutolim recorded a fluent 5-2 win over Arlem Youth Association 5-2. Socio Cultural Club, Loutolim led 4-0 at half time. Socio Cultural Club took the lead in the 6th minute through a spot kick. Mandar Naik then converted a spot kick in the 6th minute. Hilario Fernandes, who was in his elements, scored a hat-trick (16th, 31st and 42nd minutes). Royston Fernandes added his name to the scorers list in the 61st minute. For Arlem, Brian Carvalho and Allwyn Dias reduced the margin.

Goa prevail over J&K Federation Cup football: Viva Kerala v. Chirag United, 2 p.m; Sesa Football Academy v. Churchill Brothers 4.15 p.m, Tilak Maidan, Vasco. 3rd Division football: A.A. De Moira v. Augustias SC, Quitula ground; St Anthony's Club, COLVA v. C.R.C. Chinchinim, Dando ground; Davorlim SC v. Dramapur SC, Areal ground; Our Lady of Gloria v. Raitura SC, Loutolim ground; Odxel SC v. CDJ Ribandar, Taleigao ground; Crown Club v. Portais Sporting Club, Santa Cruz ground; Carmel SC v. United Club of Telaulim, Navelim ground. Kick-off at 4 p.m. St Joseph Festival soccer: Navelim Sporting Club v. Betalbatim Sporting Club, Dramapur ground, 4.30 p.m. Gold Silver Rolling Trophy soccer: United Club of Nerul v. Parish Youth, Nuvem, Rosary ground, Navelim, 4.30 p.m. Benaulim /Navelim constituency soccer (inaugural): Varca Sports Club v. Cavelossim Boys, Ximbumoll, Benaulim , 4.30 p.m.

HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 22

Goa defeated Jammu and Kashmir 2-1 to enter the quarterfinal of 56th National School

Games Under-19 football championship at Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. Alber Gomes and Rakesh Kumar were the goal getters.

Infant Jesus, Fr Agnel, Rosary, Cuncolim ahead HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, SEPT 22

Infant Jesus High School, Colva, Fr Agnel Multipurpose High School, Verna, Our Lady of Rosary High School, Fatorda and Cuncolim United High School, Cuncolim marched into the second round of Salcete Taluka under-17 inter-school football tournament organised by Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs at Government ground, Manora, Raia on Wednesday. Infant Jesus thrashed Bhatikar Model High School, Margao 6after leading 2-0 at half time. Infant Jesus dominated the proceeding and never allowed their rivals any space to manoeuvere. The highlight was a brilliant hat- trick by Baptist Fernandes. Sunil Shetty scored

twice while Richard H drove the last nail into Bhatikar’s school coffin. Fr Agnel made short work of Government Multipurpose High School, Borda 6-0. Fr Agnel led 2-0 at the break. The highlights of the day were a brace each by Rolland Colaco and Cyril Pereira. Shenoy C and Peter Fernandes were the other goal getters. Rosary prevailed over St Mary’s High School, Varca 4-3 via the tie-breaker. The teams were locked goalless at the end of regulation period. In the tie-breaker, Mahendra Dammie, Frolin Dias, Anthony Miranda and Brendon Sequeira were on target for the winners while Constancio Rodrigues, Umesh K and Royston Cardozo converted for St Mary’s.


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India U-19 girls beat Jordan HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 22

India U-19 beat Jordan 2-0 in AFC U-19 women's championship 2011 qualifiers at Kamalpur Stadium, Dhaka. The Indian girls took the deserved lead in the 19th minute through striker Rinaroy Devi Salam while capitalising on Jordan's week defence. India doubled the lead five minutes later, when midfielder Jabamani Soren found the back of the net. India will take on hosts Bangladesh in a must-win situation on September 24.

Cocktails and Dreams top

PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 22

HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, SEPT 22

Cocktails & Dreams, Palolem won the 11th edition of 7-a-side mini-lightning football tournament organised by Fatima Sports and Cultural Club, Ordhofond at Tovsem ground, Ordhofond, Canacona on Sunday. The winners made the short work of St. Sebastian, Loliem in the finals 4-1. They won Rs. 5000. Terence Lobo of Dream & Cocktails who scored two goals in the finals bagged the highest scorer prize with a tally of six goals. Loliem had to be content with the runners-up prize of Rs. 3000. In the semis, Palolem beat Canacona Youth 3-2 and St. Se-

IPL meet on Sept 27

Cocktails & Dreams, Palolem, captain receiving the trophy from Narayan Dessai and Daya Pagui at Ordhfond, Canacona on Sunday.

bastian got the better of UBC, Ponsulem 2-0. Narayan Dessai was the chief guest. ZP (Poinguinim) Daya

Pagui was the guest of honour. They gave away the prizes. Albert Fernandes proposed vote of thanks.

The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League will meet here two days before the Cricket Board's AGM and the only item on the agenda is the accounts for IPL-III held in March-April this year. "The Governing Council of IPL will meet in Mumbai on September 27. The lone item on the agenda of the meeting is the accounts for IPL-III which then would be presented at the AGM," BCCI sources said today. The AGM, at which the Governing Council will be re-constituted and its tenure reduced to one year through an amendment to the Board's memorandum of rules and regulations, is to be held on September 29.

Gaonkarwada top Sumit wins best physique title HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 22

Gaonkarwada team receiving the winners trophy from MLAs Pandurang Madkaikar, Rajesh Patnekar, Vismay Prabhudesai and others. Photo: V Vaze HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, SEPT 22

Gaonkarwada Sports Club won the football tournament organised by Bicholim Sarvajnik Ganesh Mandal at Shivaji Maidan Bicholim. They won the trophy sponsored by Vismay Prabhudesai in memory of Bhanudas Prabhudesai. Noda Brothers won the runners-up trophy and a cash prize.

Best defender Dai. Best forward Nandakishor. Best goal Sidhant. Best half Tushar. Best player Deepak Tilve. Man-of- the match Nilu. Semi-final losers Prince Mulgao, Vijayanand Mayem. They were awarded individual prizes. MLA Pandurang Madkaikar, MLA Rajesh Patnekar, Vismay Prabhudesai, Shreepad Kunbharjuvekar, Satish Gaonkar ghave away the prizes.

Sumit Naik of PES College, Ponda won the Mr GVM’s best physique award in all-Goa intercollege invitational best physique competition organised as a part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of G.V.M.’s G.G.P.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Ponda at the college auditorium. G.V.M’s College and Don Bosco, Panjim were declared joint winners for the team championship. Principal of G.V.M, P.M Bhende welcomed. Gurudas Balchandra of Balchandra Technologies gave away the prizes alongwith Gauresh Pawar from Power Max Fitness in the presence of seven times Mr. Goa and National competitor Abhijeet Shirodkar and Vishant Gaude. The event was organised under the supervision of the

The winners of all-Goa inter-college invitational best physique competition organised by G.V.M.’s G.G.P.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Ponda

DPE of the college, Betty D’Silva who also proposed the vote of thanks. Results: Upto 60 kg: Prashant Gawas (Narayan Zantye), Mahendra Naik (Chowgule’s), Shivkumar Naik (Don Bosco). Upto 65 kg: Viju Desai (Don Bosco), Manoj Shet (DMC) and Akkeshetty Rao (Chowgule).

Upto 70 kg: Francis Fernandes (PCCE), Chandrahas Deykar (Rosar y) and Rohit Phadte (G.V.M’s). Upto 75 kg: Sumit Naik (P.E.S), Pelvio D’Costa (Rosary) and Harshad Dhulapkar (V.M. Salgaocar). 75 kg and above: Rahul Kurdekar (G.V.M’s), Piyong Pinto (Chowgule) and Abhishek Lotlikar (Rosary).

Spurs pay the penalty as Arsenal win league cup REUTERS LONDON, SEPT 22

Samir Nasri slotted home two extra time penalties in quick succession to send Arsenal through to the last 16 of the English League Cup with a 4-1 rout of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. League One (Third Division) Brentford served up the night's big upset and triggered scenes of jubilation in west London by knocking out Premier League Everton 4-3 on penalties after holding the visitors 1-1 in normal time yesterday. With the score also 1-1 after the 90 minutes at White Hart Lane, French midfielder Nasri shattered Spurs' hopes with two spot kicks in the space of three minutes early in extra time. Second-half substitute Andrey Arshavin delivered the final blow with a low shot from the edge of the box in the 105th minute. Second Division Burnley savoured the night's other upset with a 1-0 home win over their former manager Owen Coyle's Premier League Bolton Wanderers. Struggling West Ham United won 2-1 at Premier League rivals Sun-

derland and, in another all top-flight clash, Stoke City beat Fulham 2-0, while Birmingham City saw off third division Milton Keynes Dons 3-1. Arsenal were by far the better team in the first half against Spurs and went ahead in the 15th minute with England under-21 international Henri Lansbury scoring his first senior goal for the club. The arrival of Robbie Keane after the break revived Spurs and the Irishman equalised just three minutes into the second half with a shot that rolled into the net despite goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski getting his hands to the ball. Keane could have wrapped it up for the hosts in the 83rd when he smacked a shot against the left upright. The match started after a minute's applause for former England international Bobby Smith, centre-forward in Tottenham’s double-winning side of 1960-61, who died on Saturday aged 77. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, serving a one-match touchline ban for his behaviour at Sunderland on Saturday, watched from the directors' box.

Ronaldo inspires Real to 3-0 win over Espanyol

Seven-a-side football tourney in Kuwait HERALD CORRESPONDENT KUWAIT, SEPT 22

St Rita High School, Maina Curtorim, winners of South Goa inter-school volleyball championship organised by NYK.

Tennis ball cricket teams HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 22

Sagar Naik of SAG RCC Marcel and Gauri Kundaikar of Goa Police will led the Goa State men and women teams respectively for 21st Senior National Tennis Ball Cricket Championship in Nagpur from September 27 to 30. Other members of the women team are Swapna Hal-

dankar (vice-captain), Pratima Parab, Sharmila Naik, Manjita Chari, Dhanashri Gaude, Dixita Naik, Arti Kurtarkar, Dhanashri Naik, Manisha Manguskar, Radhika Gujar and Laxmi Naik. Other members of the men team: Dattatrai Shikerkar (vicecaptain), Tek Bahadur, Naresh Parsekar, Amey Dongrekar, Akshay Naik, Shaikh Mohsin,

Sarvesh Gawade, Gaurav Naik, Sushant Kerkar, Vishal Naik and Tushar Sawant. Teams were selected after their performances in the prenational coaching camp at Kunkolim from September 2 under the guidance of Nilesh Naik and Haresh Parsekar, SAG coaches. Teams will leave Goa on September 24 by train.

The Goa State cricket men and women teams alongwith SAG’s executive director, V.M. Prabhudessai, treasurer Ashraf Pandial, joint director (coaching) Bruno Coutinho, asst secretary Mahesh Naik, GTBCA secretary Ropesh Naik, coaches and managers.

Road running race

MARGAO (HC) -- Cortalim Gymkhana will conduct their 36th All Goa road running race from Margao (Marliz) to Cortalim on October 2. It will be held in three categories – seniors, juniors (14 years and below) and girls. Rs 4,000, Rs 2500 and Rs1500

will be awarded in seniors while the juniors and girls will receive Rs2000, Rs 1,000, Rs 700, Rs 1200, Rs 700 ad Rs 500 respectively. Those interested may report at the venue with medical fitness certificates in Margao at 6.30 a.m.

PYKKA taekwondo HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 22

The SAG-PYKKA taekwondo competition will now be held from 4-6 October for North and South Districts with the finals on October 11 at Campal.

After a stupendous success in the very first year, Indian Football Federation Kuwait (IFFK) will kick off the season with a 7-a-side football tournament to be held on September 24 at Salmiya Baladiya Stadium from 7 a.m. Teams and players affiliated with IFFK will show their skills after a five month hiatus. Meanwhile, the following were elected at the first Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday at Indian Academy School, Salmiya-Kuwait. President Adolph D’Souza. Vice-president Derrick Gomindes. Gen. secretary Kevin Vaz. Treasurer Cajetan Ferrao. Sports Secretary Midas Fernandes. Asst gen. secretary Jose Afonso. Asst.

Ribery suffers ankle injury REUTERS BERLIN, SEPT 22

Bayern Munich's France playmaker Franck Ribery limped off with an ankle injury midway through their 2-1 Bundesliga win at Hoffenheim and the club fear the Frenchman could be out for some time. Ribery helped end Bayern's league goal drought stretching back to August 20 when he weaved into the area and saw his curled drive palmed away by goalkeeper Daniel Haas, only for Thomas Mueller to tuck away the rebound just past the hour.

Condolence meeting

PANJIM (HSD) -- A condolence meeting for late Pramod Mehta will be held on September 25 at Mehta Hall, Vasco da Gama, on Saturday September 25 at 6.30 p.m. He was a badminton player and the chief benefactor of Vasco Table Tennis Academy. The condolence book will be kept open from 6.30 -7.30 p.m.

Goa sub-junior boys and girls teams for 37th sub-junior national basketball at Kavgra, HP, from September 24-31. Sitting (l to r): Samson D'Souza coach, Luis Fernandes coach, Shekar Jain secretary GBA, Fr. Wilfred Fernandes, Don Bosco’s Administrator, C. F. Vaz president GBA, Mabel Rodrigues and Olencio Dias. Photo: Rozario Estibeiro

sports secretary Luciano D’Souza.. Registrar Amaldo Fernandes. Media & public relations head Alexandro Gomes. Executive members Siddique T.V, Nishad Ahmed, Mansoor Kunnatheri, Abdul Razzaq, Cosmo Fernandes. Adolph has been in the forefront of Indian football soccer for the last three decades in Kuwait. He is actively involved in Veterans Football Club. The grand IFFK football League will start on October 1. To make the competition more exciting this year, the IFFK members have decided to give away gift vouchers worth KD 4000.000 to the best performing teams and players. Matches will be officiated by the only Indian expatriate professional referees body in Kuwait, Indian Football Referees Association (IFRA). To know how best one can support IFFK and for sports schedules and details, one may contact Indian Football Federation Kuwait via email: iffkuwait@gmail.com or visit the website: www.iff-kuwait.com

Real Madrid’s Argentinean forward Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid against Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.

la liga REUTERS MADRID, SEPT 22

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty and created a goal for Gonzalo Higuain to inspire Real Madrid to a lethargic but ultimately comfortable 3-0 La Liga win over Espanyol.

Bento sets sights on Euro 2012 AP LISBON, SEPT 22

Portugal’s new coach Paulo Bento said Wednesday his immediate aim is to turn around the national team’s fortunes after it took only one point from its first two qualifying games for the 2012 European Championship. “It’s a difficult mission,” Bento said Wednesday but he added, “We still have a chance to get back on track.” Bento urged fans to fill Porto’s Stadium of the Dragon for next month’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Denmark. Four days later, Portugual plays Iceland away in Group H. “Our whole focus is on the next two games,” Bento said. “We have the quality to make it.” Portugal produced indifferent performances in a 1-0 loss at Norway and a 4-4 draw at home against lowly Cyprus. The winless run constituted Portugal’s worst start to a qualifying campaign since 1996. Carlos Queiroz, who was fired earlier this month, sat out those two games after being suspended for misconduct. The team was also missing the injured Cristiano Ronaldo in those matches and lacked an inspirational playmaker after Deco and Simao Sabrosa both retired from international football following the World Cup. The 41-year-old Bento’s only

Arsenal's French player Samir Nasri celebrates scoring his first penalty against Tottenham Hotspur during the League Cup third round football match at White Hart Lane in London.

previous senior coaching experience was at Sporting Lisbon between 2005-09. The Portuguese Football Federation tried unsuccessfully to hire Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho as an interim coach for its upcoming qualifiers, but the Spanish club rebuffed the approach. Bento, hired on a two-year contract, said he was not upset about being second choice. “I don’t feel bad about having been the second choice behind one of the world’s best coaches, if not the best,” he said.

It was the Portuguese forward's first goal of the season and a third consecutive league victory for Real that lifted them to the top of the table ahead of Wednesday's matches. Both teams had a player sent off with around half an hour remaining and Espanyol were reduced to nine late on. Real coach Jose Mourinho criticised the poor state of the pitch after the game and also complained about the packed calendar, Tuesday's match coming after his players were in action in the Champions League today and in La Liga on Saturday. The visitors began brightly on a pleasantly warm night at the Bernabeu and an unmarked Jose Callejon volleyed just wide of Iker Casillas's goal in the sixth minute. Real responded immediately when Mesut Ozil sent Angel Di Maria clear and the Argentina

winger's curled strike was palmed narrowly over the crossbar by goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. Espanyol's solid start was spoiled just before the half hour when Luis Garcia handled a Ronaldo free kick in the wall and the referee pointed to the spot. The Portuguese scored with his first attempt but was ordered to retake for what appeared to be encroachment into the area. Espanyol made an energetic bid for an equaliser in the early stages of the second period and the impressive Joan Verdu forced a sharp save from Casillas in the 53rd. Real central defender Pepe then picked up two yellow cards in quick succession and Ernesto Galan was shown a straight red shortly after when he chopped down Ronaldo. The game opened up and both teams had chances before Ronaldo released Higuain with a fine through ball and he beat Kameni with a powerful low shot. France striker Karim Benzema replaced Higuain and made it 3-0 with almost his first touch, hooking the ball into the net from inside the area. Espanyol defender Juan Forlin was dismissed late on after picking up a second yellow, apparently for dissent. In the earlier kickoffs, David Lopez put Athletic Bilbao ahead against visiting Real Mallorca just before halftime, Mikel San Jose netted a 62nd-minute penalty and Inigo Perez scored in added time to give the Basque club a 3-0 win. Osasuna clinched their first victory of the season, coming from behind to beat promoted Real Sociedad 3-1 thanks to goals from Walter Pandiani, Javier Camunas and Carlos Aranda after Raul Tamudo had given Sociedad the lead in the 16th minute.


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Organisers face Fennell today n Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Fennell, whose visit was scheduled earlier, had given time till today to the organisers to take immediate steps and sort out issues in the residential zone of the Village, which he said has "shocked" advance parties from New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland because of its unhygienic conditions. PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

The embattled organisers of the scandal-marred Commonwealth Games will have a lot of explaining to do to their international boss Michael Fennell when he arrives here tomorrow on the opening of the much-criticised Athletes' Village. Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Fennell had shot off a letter to Cabinet Secretary

India meet Serbia in Davis World Group tie PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

In an extremely tough draw, India were today pitted against world number four Serbia, for their first round tie in the elite World Group of the Davis Cup. For India, who retained their World Group berth by beating Brazil 3-2 in the play-offs, it will be an away tie, to held from March 4 to 6 next year. The draw was made in Brussels today. The formidable Serbians have already qualified for this year's final after beating Czech Republic 3-2. They will clash with France in the Championship tie in December. Serbia, top seeds in the elite 16-team World Group, have world number two Novak Djokovic and two other top-50 players in Janko Tipsarevic (34) and Viktor Troicki (47) in its ranks apart from Nenad Zimonjic, world number three in doubles. At present, India do not have any top-100 player, though Somdev Devvarman (117) and Rohan Bopanna (473) showed that in Davis Cup rankings counts for little as they disposed off challenges from world number 27 Thomaz Bellucci and 74th ranked Ricardo Mello, respec-

I feel safe in India: Johnson AGENCIES CHANDIGARH, SEPT 22

Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson expressed satisfaction with security arrangements and said that he feels safe playing in India. “I feel safe and we are happy with the arrangements,” the fast bowler quoted when he was asked about the tight security surrounding the players. Johnson further said that he feels that playing India on their soil is always a “huge challenge” irrespective of whether the hosts are at the top or bottom of ICC rankings. “I don’t think about rankings too much. Coming and playing here (in India) itself is a challenge. Players like (Sachin) Tendulkar, (Rahul) Dravid and (Virender) Sehwag lend depth to the batting department while their bowling attack, which has Harbhajan Singh is also great,” Johnson told reporters here. Asked if India, being the hosts and the No. 1 Test team in the world, would hold any psychological advantage over the visitors in the two-Test series, which starts in Mohali October 1, Johnson said, “It’s huge challenge and the rankings don’t matter.” In the presence of quite a few young pacers -- like Peter George, James Pattinson and Mitchell Strac in the Australian team, Johnson said, he would love to take up the leadership role and help the young quickies by giving useful tips during training sessions.

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tively in the play-offs against Brazil last week. India's non-playing captain S P Misra rued luck was not on their side but vowed to put up a fight against the strong opponents. "It's worst possible draw for us. We could have got a home tie, had any of the other five teams from Spain, Russia, France, USA and Czech Republic been drawn against us," Misra told PTI. "Nevertheless, we will fight it out. Nothing is decided till you play the last rubber. The players will get a chance to prepare for the tie playing big tournaments such as Australian Open. So we can hope that things may change in the run up to the tie," he said. Since it will be winter during that time in Serbia, they may host the tie indoors. "That's what we presume. Hard courts are suitable. Let's see how it pans out," Misra said. India and Serbia are tied 1-1 having met twice in the tourney. The last time the two sides squared off was also a World Group first round tie in 1988, which Serbia, then as Yugoslavia, won 3-2 in New Delhi. Prior to that, the only time they clashed was way back in 1927, when India won 3-0.

Sania-Camerin enter quarters UNI TASHKENT, SEPT 22

After throwing up her singles match, Sania Mirza raised her game in the doubles and entered the quarter-finals of Tashkent Open WTA Tour event with her new partner Maria Elena Camerin of Italy here today. Playing in front of Indian Embassy personnel at the Olympic Tennis Centre, Sania and Elina put out the Ukrainian sisters Lyudmyla and Nadiya Kichenok 6-2, 6-3 in an encounter which lasted abount an hour. The Indo-Italian pair will take on Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania and Magdalena Ry barikova of Slovakia, who upset third seeds local star Akgul Amanmuradova and Belarusian Darya Kustova 7-5, 7-6(13) for a place in the last eight. Speaking at a post match conference Camerin, former top 35 ranked doubles player, said she looked forward to a long relationship with Sania as they were friends off court too. She was sure that she along with the Indian ace will do well here as both could concentrate on the doubles as they had fallen down in the singles, she added.

on Monday, detailing the "unlivable" conditions at Athletes' Village, which along with a footbridge collapse near the main Games venue yesterday, had triggered withdrawal of two highprofile athletes besides pull out threats from some countries. Fennell, whose visit here was scheduled earlier, had given time till tomorrow to the organisers to take immediate steps and sort out issues in the residential

zone of the Village, which he said has "shocked" advance parties from New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland because of its unhygienic conditions. There is also speculation that Fennell may meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to urge him take urgent action to save the Games. "The final preparations for the Games Village have been of concern to the CGF since viewing the residential zone along with a number of Commonwealth Games Associations advance parties on September 15," Fennel had said in a stronglyworded statement. "Many issues remain unresolved and I wrote to the Indian Cabinet Secretary, expressing my great concern with the preparedness of Athletes Village.

PTI PORT ELIZABETH, SEPT 22

Left-arm pacer Isuru Udana recorded the first hat-trick of the Champions League Twenty20 as Wayamba Elevens crushed Central District by 75 runs in their last league match of the Twenty20 tournament, here today. Already out of the semi-final contention, it was a consolation win for the Sri Lankan side, who haven't won even a single match so far. Wayamba put up a modest total of 144 for six and then bundled out the Kiwi side for a paltry 70, riding on Udana's spectacular hat-trick that came in the third over of the Central innings. Udana removed Brad Patton (1), Mathew Sincliar (0) and George Worker (0) in his second over to trigger a batting collapse. Udana first dismissed Patton caught behind in the fourth ball and Sinclair was stumped down the leg side off a wide delivery. The left-arm paceman then bowled Worker to trigger wild

celebrations. The New Zealanders never recovered from the deadly setback and could not even bat for the quota of 20 overs, as they were skittled out in only 15.3 overs. Spinner Ajantha Mendis (3/14) was also successful as Kiwi side cut a sorry figure, heading home without any win. Bevan Griggs (19) was the highest scorer for the Central District as only four batsmen reached the double digit mark. Earlier, the Sri Lankan batsmen also struggled but small contributions from from most of the players helped them set a modest target. Mahela Jayawardene (20) and Mahela Udawatte (23) steadied the Lankan innings after the early fall of Jeevantha Julatanga (6). Skipper Jehan Mubarak was top scorer for Wayamaba with a 26-ball 31. Shalika Karunanayake (15) and Shalika Karunanayake (12) put up a useful unbeaten 31-run stand for the seventh wicket to take their side close to 150-run mark.

Rohit, Virat don’t listen to seniors: Yuvraj

praised Kohli and said he had full faith on the young batsman. “As long as wickets were there, and Virat was in with Whitey, we knew it was about one good over,” he said. “Virat also bowled well and his spell was critical. Virat and my spell at the middle overs was crucial. Dillon and Steyn also bowled really well in the end.” “I was disappointed with my performance in the previous game. But no better time to step

Star Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has said that Team India youngsters, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, don’t listen to the seniors and do what they want to do. From his own experiences, Yuvraj apparently knows how one feels after some initial successes in the international cricket. “You have some success and you think, ‘Yeah, I can do the same things on the field all the time,’ which is not possible,” said Yuvraj, who has been criticised many a times for being indulging in too much outside activities that resulted in his poor on-field performances. “Then after playing for India, you think, ‘I can do whatever I want,’ which is also not possible. It’s just immaturity. No experience, so you make mistakes and hopefully you learn something from them, and from the older players”, Yuvi said. Though it appears that Yuvraj tried to guide them and share his own experiences, the youngsters simply don’t seem to listen to him. “I see a lot of youngsters like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who are very talented and flamboyant. As a senior I tell them not to make the same mistakes I made, and try to guide them to a better tomorrow.”

The last-over heartbreak against Mumbai Indians in the previous match still fresh in his mind, Bangalore Royal Challengers batsman Virat Kohli said he was happy that he could take his team to the semifinals of the Champions League here on Tuesday. In their last tie against Mumbai Indians, Kohli, despite hitting two fours in the last over, couldn’t take his team home as they fell short by just two runs. However, in their do-or-die match, the Delhi batsman blasted a couple of sixes and a four in the 17th over to help his team overhaul the 160-run target and beat Lions to seal a place in the semis. “Really happy to be there till the end, and the team won. I was really disappointed that I couldn’t finish it off in the last game despite taking it to the last ball. Happy to do it this time,” said Kohli, who scored an unbeaten 49, said. “T20 games turn in one over. I was waiting for it, and it came in the 17th over. I messed up with Uthappa’s run out and apologised to him. He is a good friend, doesn’t mind that,” he added. RCB skipper Anil Kumble

compatriots – Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu and Melbourne Games 1500m gold medallist Lisa Dobriskey - also decided to skip the Games due to injuries, seriously depleting the star presence in the CWG after the withdrawal of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Chris Hoy, David Rudish, Shelly-An Fraser among others. England and New Zealand issued warnings to clean up the mess quickly if the Games is to be held while Scotland delayed their tomorrow's scheduled departure of its athletes. Despite the scathing criticism from the CGF chief, the Organising Committee said that the matter was not something for which it should be ashamed of and it was due to different perceptions in standard of cleanliness.

up than in the next game. Nice to go back to Durban. Hope Chennai makes it there,” he said. His counterpart Alviro Petersen, however, backed his team and said they put up a good fight. “We fought all the way and played as a team. Our success should not be measured by where we finished, but by the obstacles we crossed,” he said.

AGENCIES NEW DELHI, SEPT 22

Michael Hussey plays a reverse sweep in Champions League T20 at St George'sPark,Port Elizabeth,on Wednesday.

Chennai win, face B’lore in semis

AGENCIES PORT ELIZABETH, SEPT 22

Chennai Super Kings outclassed Warriors by 11 runs to qualify for the semi-finals, in the final Group A match, in the Champions League Twenty20, in Port Elizabeth, on Wednesday. R Ashwin took three for 24 to restrict Warriors to 126 for eight in 20 overs in reply to Chennai's 136 for six but both the sides qualified for the semifinals. The South African Twenty20 champions made it to the last four when their score crossed 109, while Chennai's victory ensured their porgress. Ashwell Prince (9) was the first wicket to ball when he was brilliantly caught by Justin Kemp at first slip off R Ashwin. Jacobs tried to attack Jakati but only managed to hole out to Michael Hussey at deep midwicket to be dismissed for 32. Suresh Raina struck in his first over with the wicket of Colin Ingram for 17, who was caught on the midwicket boundary. Justin Kreusch hit a brisk 25 before he was stumped off Ashwin, while Mark Boucher was caught at long-off by Justin Kemp for a quick 25 from 18 balls. Earlier, medium pacer Justin Kreusch's superb spell with the

ball helped Warriors restrict Chennai Super Kings to 136 for six in their 20 overs. Kreusch showed great control as he claimed three for 19 in four overs; he was ably supported by Rusty Theron, who took one for 16 in his four overs. Michael Hussey, who hit a steady 50 from 39 balls, laid a good foundation as he put on 63 runs in 52 balls for the opening wicket with Murali Vijay, who hit a brisk 35 from 27 balls. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished unbeaten on 31 from 21 balls as Chennai's middle order batsmen struggled to get going on a slow pitch. Electing to bat, Murali Vijay got off the mark in style, hitting Lonwabo Tsotsobe through point region for the first boundary of the innings. While Michael Hussey was content to rotate the strike, Vijay came up with the boundaries. He flicked Theron through the leg side for a four and then lifted Tsotsobe over midwicket for a six. After a quiet start, Hussey decided to break the shackles as he charged down the wicket to Tsotsobe and chipped it over mid-on for his first four. Chennai seemed content to keep their wickets intact in the

With series against some top sides lined up, India coach Gary Kirsten said the team couldn’t have asked for a better buildup to the 2011 World Cup. India will play Australia, New Zealand and South Africa prior to the quadrennial extravaganza, scheduled to start after exactly India will play 150 days. Australia, New “We could not have asked Zealand and for a better build-up to the ICC South Africa Cricket World Cup, with 13 ODIs prior to the against top opposition,” said quadrennial extravaganza, Kirsten. “I think we have a good idea scheduled to of what the make-up of the start after exactly 150 days. squad will look like as long as

there are no unforeseen injuries. Our form has been a little patchy this year but as everyone knows, winning a World Cup is about the confidence of the team in the crucial moments of the big games.” “With a lot of teams capable of beating each other, it will make for some exciting matchups,” Kirsten added. The tournament kicks off with India playing Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19. Kirsten, one of the 10 players to have scored 150 or more in a single world cup innings, holds the record for the highest individual score in the tournament. The former South Africa opener

smashed 188 not out against the UAE in the 1996 edition. New Zealand’s Glenn Turner, another member in the exclusive 150-plus club, carried his bat to score an unbeaten 171 against East Africa, in the very first match of the inaugural edition in 1975. The New Zealander, however, admits that the thought of scoring a double century never crossed his mind. “I did not think about the 200 because we ran out of time. I never really fancied my chances,” said Turner. “Then we had no idea about the one-day game. Now they play so much more, there are

field restrictions and they have brought in the rope a bit. All this helps the batsmen score quick runs. The batsmen are a lot more aggressive these days, unlike in our times.” While Turner may not regret missing out on a double ton, Kirsten’s former opening partner Andrew Hudson, who scored 166 against the Netherlands in 1996, does. “I got out in the 41st over but if I had batted through maybe I might have got a 200. But it was still a fantastic knock in terms of my career,” said Hudson, who is now Cricket South Africa’s Chairman of Selectors.

first few overs as they reached 37 for no loss after six. The introduction of spin in the form of Nicky Boje saw Chennai change gears. Vijay greeted him with a huge six over midwicket and then swept him for a four, while Hussey used the reverse sweep for the second boundary of the over for 16 runs from the over. Kreusch broke the opening stand in his first over when he bowled Vijay with a full delivery for 35. Hussey looked to accelerate the run rate as he slammed Botha for a four and six, in the 12th over. Kreusch then pegged Chennai back when he claimed the wicket of the in-form Suresh Raina, who was brilliantly caught at long-on for six. In the very next over, Hussey fell after completing his halfcentury. The left-hander made 50 from 39 balls before he was bowled by Botha as he tried to sweep him across the line. Subramaniam Badrinath also perished in similar fashion when he tried to heave Kreusch across the line but missed and was bowled for two. Captain Dhoni and Anirudha Srikkanth dealt mainly in singles for the next few overs before the former cut loose.

Bravo, Pollard turn down Windies contracts

Series ahead of WC excites Kirsten AGENCIES DUBAI, SEPT 22

"It (cleanliness of Games Village) is not such a big issue which we should be ashamed of. This will not affect the Games. For us and for you it is clean. But they (the foreign countries) have a different standard of cleanliness. "It is a matter of difference in perception," Secretary General of the OC, Lalit Bhanot said. "Anyway, we have now upgraded the level of cleanliness which should be there according to them. We will complete the cleaning up of the Village in next two days," he said yesterday. The build-up to the Games, starting on October 3, have been marred by a series of controversies, including corruption allegations against the organisers, threats of terror attack and dengue fever.

Udana shines in Wayamaba consolation win

Happy to take RCB to semis: Kohli AGENCIES JOHANNESBURG, SEPT 22

The condition of residential zone has shocked majority of CGAs that are in Delhi. "However, with the Village to be officially opened on September 23, timely acceptable solutions to prepare for the arrival of athletes are of paramount importance," he said. Within hours of CGF chief's scathing attack on the organisers, world champion Australian discus thrower Dani Samuel led the pull out bandwagon citing Sunday's gun attack on two tourists and the recent outbreak of dengue fever here. Another world champion, England's Phillips Idowu, who was the defend his 1500m gold he won in 2006 Games, followed suit, saying that his safety is more important than the medal. Hours before Idowu's pull out,

AGENCIES ST LUCIA, SEPT 22

All-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard have not accepted the one-year central contracts offered to them by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), cricket website has learnt. The contracts, worth US$80,000, require the players to make themselves available for West Indies at all times, but Pollard in particular has already shown a reluctance to do so. In June, he turned down a place on the one-day leg of the

West Indies A-team tour to England in favour of his deal with Somerset for the Friends Provident t20. In addition to his Somerset deal, Pollard plays for his home country of Trinidad & Tobago, was signed by the Mumbai Indians for the maximum payable amount of $750,000 to play in the 2010 IPL, and played for South Australia in the Twenty20 Big Bash, where he topped the charts with 190 runs in six innings at a strike rate of 145.03. Both Mumbai and South Australia qualified for the 2010

Champions League Twenty20, in part because of Pollard's contributions. Bravo also plays for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL (for an undisclosed amount), and this season was signed by English county Essex just to play on finals day of the Provident t20. He has also turned out for Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean T20, where he made 116 runs in three innings and took six wickets with an economy rate under six. The WICB offered 25 players contracts on August 31 - ten of them were development contracts worth $25,000 - and gave the players until September 10 to accept them. If any player chose not to accept the contract, the board said it would make alternate offers. According to the Nation, 22 of the players have signed the contracts, while one wanted an extension and two indicated they would not accept. The Board also said at the time that those outside the contract list would still be able to represent West Indies.

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