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60 kids take ill after eating mid-day meal About 60 students of a municipal Urdu medium school at Bopodi near here were hospitalized on Friday after they developed symptoms of food poisoning, police said. – (PTI)

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Shah named accused in Sohrabuddin case PTI AHMEDABAD, JULY 23

CBI today filed a chargesheet in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case naming Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah as one of the accused and charged him with murder, kidnapping and extortion. The chargesheet filed in the court of Magistrate A Y Dave also said Sohrabuddin was killed because he had terrorised the marble traders in Rajasthan. It named Shah as an accused along with four IPS officers DIG D G Vanzara, SPs Rajkumar Pandian and M N Dinesh and DCP Abhay Chudasama, besides DSPs M L Parmar and N K Amin among others. The voluminous chargesheet has been filed against 12 cops under IPC Sections 384 (extor-

tion), 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of valuable evidence of offence) in the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin and killing of his wife in November 2005. The accused have also been charged under sections 120-B (conspiracy) 342 (wrongful confinement), 364 (kidnapping and abducting to murder), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent and wrongfully confine a person) and section 368 (keeping in confinement kidnapped

or abducted person). Three persons who have been shown as accused and are yet to be arrested include Shah, Yashpal Chudasma, Chairman, ADC Bank and Ajay Patel, Director, ADC Bank. According to the chargesheet, “elimination of Sohrabuddin was being used for extortion by the accused to establish an element of fear in the minds of the businessmen and others.” There was rivalry between Sohrabuddin and Hamid Lala gangs in the a r e a s o f R a jsamand, Nathdwara and Udaipur in Rajasthan known for marble mining trade, the chargesheet said. Taking advantage of the same, the “accused from Gujarat and Rajasthan entered into a criminal conspiracy to eliminate Sohrabuddin.”

State NSUI chief attacked at Assonora HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JULY 23

National Students Union of India (NSUI) State President Sunil Kawathankar was attacked by two persons at Assonora on Friday night. According to Mapusa Police, the incident occurred at about 8.45 pm when Kawathankar and his friends were proceeding in his car from Panjim towards Bicholim. Two unknown persons riding a motorcycle trailed them and blocked the car near Assonora. They pelted stones at Kawathankar, who was driving the car, and fled away. Kavthankar sustained face injuries and was admitted to Vrundavan Hospital at Mapusa. Mapusa Police PI Rajesh Kumar is investigating the case. It may be recalled that the Goa Crime Branch had recently issued summons to Kawathankar, who had lodged (Continued on page 11)

Scarlet case: Witness Bus travel to cost identifies accused more from Aug 1 HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

Murli Sagar, a key witness in Scarlet death case today identified both the accused before the Goa Children’s Court. The witness pointed out both the accused in the court when Public Prosecutor S R Rivonkar, asked him whether he can identify Samson D’Souza and Shana (Placido Carvalho). However, Advocate Ryan Menezes, appearing on behalf of accused D’Souza raised objection stating that Sagar’s chief examination was over. The objection was ruled out by the Court. Sagar, working in a beach shack was present at a place where Scarlet spent last few hours, before her death. During cross examination, the witness did a volte-face on his earlier deposition before police made on February 24, 2008. He contradicted his earlier statement that on the fateful night Scarlet was comfortable

with Samson and was sitting on his bike. Murli Sagar had said that he had seen Samson holding Scarlet from behind. Sagar was also caught on wrong foot when he changed his statements about his and accused’s presence with Scarlet in the shack. He also said that he never told police that when he came out of the toilet, he met Masala and that when he came to the bar; Masala was shouting “how can these people give Ecstasy to her (Scarlet)”. The witness also cleared that he never made a statement, asking Scarlet, whether she intended to live with him. Sagar, originally hailing from Mumbai refused that he had asked for cocaine from Samson as recorded in the police statement. He told the court that he did not face any action for consumption of drugs on account of his (Continued on page 11)

BJP leaders refuse lunch with PM PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 23

Top BJP leaders today refused to lunch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, angry over CBI summons to a Gujarat Minister, close to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, inviting a strong rebuke from Congress which accused them of attempting to subvert Supreme Court-ordered investigations. The war of words gave indications of a plunging relationship between the Congress and the BJP ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament beginning Monday over CBI summons to Gujarat minister Amit Shah.

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Travelling in public transport will be expensive in Goa from August 1, onwards.

“We will be meeting Transport Director on Monday, requesting him to complete the procedure within a week. Unless we get the notification in writing, we cannot go ahead with the new rates” After the State Government notified the newly sanctioned hike, the private bus operators have decided to implement it from August 1 onwards. “The new rates will be implemented from August 1,” All Goa Private Bus Owners Association, general secretar y Sudip Tamankar told Herald. Tamankar confirmed that the State Transport Department has already come up with notification on State Official Gazette over hike in bus fares, which will be signed by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, today evening. “We will be meeting Transport Director Arun Desai on

Monday, requesting him to complete the procedure within a week. Unless we get the notification in writing, we cannot go ahead with the new rates,” he stated. When asked, Desai said that the entire procedure is been completed and now it’s up to the transporters to decide on the implementation. “We have already come up with notification on Thursday… now let the bus owners decide when to go as per the new rates,” he said. It may be recalled, it’s only after consistent warning of strike by private operators that department conceded on the hike. However, they failed to convince the government over their demand of 20 paisa hike. Claiming that hike by 10 paisa, as offered by the State Government earlier, won’t help fetch additional income for the first nine kilometres, the private bus operators on Monday managed to get assurance from the chief minister over 15 paisa hike for each nine-kilometre stretch. As per the hike, for first three kilometres Rs five will be charged whereas for every ninekilometre stretch 60 paisa will be charged per kilometre. (Continued on page 11)

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Offshore casinos’ sewage polluting Mandovi: panel Asks Govt to initiate steps for disposal HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

The State Government came in for severe criticism from the legislative panel for allowing offshore casinos and cruise vessels to release raw sewage into river bodies. In a report tabled in the Goa Legislative Assembly, the Adhoc Committee for Ports Administration has asked the State Government to initiate proper measures to dispose sewerage, garbage and oil. “The committee is aghast to learn that the gaming vessels, casinos and boat cruises are releasing all kinds of waste into the Mandovi River thereby causing water pollution,” the panel headed by Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar has stated in the report.


Gaming vessels, casinos and boat cruises are releasing all kinds of waste into the Mandovi River thereby causing water pollution.


There are seven offshore casinos and nearly a dozen pleasure cruise vessels populating the Mandovi River.


Congress-led coalition government has not taken any steps to prevent collision of vessels.


Despite temporary NOC, the vessels continue to cause hindrance to iron ore barges, trawlers etc.

“The committee is surprised that the government did not take cognizance all these years of the waste that the vessels were releasing into the Mandovi River,” he further stated. There are seven offshore casinos and nearly a dozen pleasure cruise vessels which populate the Mandovi River. Kavlekar, a Congress legislator also lambasted the Congress-

led coalition government for not taking any measures to prevent collision of vessels in the Mandovi River, in which hundreds of river barges ply transporting ore from the mining belt to the trans-shippers anchored port wards. “The committee is disgusted to acknowledge that the government has not taken any (Continued on page 11)


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CM assures to make RP 2021 public by year end


Says less complicated taluka plans will be released earlier HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

The much-awaited Regional Plan (RP) 2021 will be out at the end of the year but in the next 15 days, taluka plans for Pernem and Canacona having less complications will be released while those of other talukas will be released at a later date. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat made the statement on the floor of the House on Friday while replying to a question tabled by Fatorda MLA, Damu Naik who sought to know the delay in releasing the RP 2021. The finalisation of RP 2021 is a mammoth task, about 8600 objections and suggestions had to be taken care of before finalising RP 2021, he said justifying delay caused in releas-

Goa police to seek info after NIA’s Headley probe ends HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

Nearly 10 days after the 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind David Coleman Headley spilled beans that Goa was also on the terror strike agenda, Goa police is awaiting interrogation report from the National Investigation Agency. Police spokesperson Superintendent of (Special Branch) Police Atmaram Deshpande said they are awaiting the NIA to share information after the latter wraps up the case probe. “We have not sought the report as yet but since Goa is figured in the interrogation, we are certain that information will be shared with us. We are waiting for the NIA to wrap up the probe,” he said. The report also holds importance since Headley carried out a comprehensive recce of certain installations on the state’s coastal belt. As per the inputs by central agencies, he was reportedly in Goa for two weeks and stayed at Anjuna and Arambol. Goa Intelligence Cell, earlier this year, revealed that Headley did conduct a survey of vital installations including Chabad house at Anjuna. These places were immediately provided thorough security cover. Meanwhile, sources said that Centre had asked Goa to substantiate on Headley’s visit here. NIA returned back to India after a sustained interrogation of the Pakistani-American national in the US where he is behind bars. According to Headley’s fresh claims, the Al-Qaeda supported 313 Brigade, led by Ilyas Kashmiri planned to attack Delhi, Pune, Goa and Pushkar.

House panel to study NH4A, NH17 widening HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao has said that House Committee will be constituted to allay fears regarding widening of NH-4A and NH– 17. The committee will be headed by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat while affected MLAs will be included in the committee, announced Alemao on the floor of the House on Friday while responding to resolution moved by Leader of the Opposition, Manohar Parrikar. The PWD Minister said, neither he nor the chief minister has any intentions to demolish houses of the people for road widening but committee will be constituted to look into objections raised, he said while requesting Opposition Leader to withdraw the resolution. Parrikar tabled the resolution that said the widening of NH4A/NH-17 be finalised only in consultation with those who are impacted and that it should be constructed by bypassing cities and villages. Also, House should resolve that there should be no toll collected on NH -4A and NH17 within the State. Parrikar deliberated on practical difficulties that might arise if current plans for widening of two national highways are executed.

ing the final plan. “It was tough task considering the objections and suggestions received, he stated. The task force submitted the draft RP 2021 to the government in September 2008 and also the broad-based surface utilisation plan, which was accepted and notified subsequently. The finalisation process of the plan incorporating comments and views of village panchayats, municipal councils and others regarding correction of existing roads, Eco-I and Eco-II areas, existing settlement vis-àvis the satellite images, is in progress. And, efforts are on to complete the same as soon as possible, he said. He also clarified that no permission for constructions has been given on the basis of draft

Regional Plan 2021 and the RP 2001 is still in operation. Private Members Resolution: While replying to Bill moved by Curtorim MLA, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Kamat stated that villages have been categorised in RP 2021 to restrict constructions of building endangering their topography. Curtorim MLA recommended that the government should amend the Town and Country Planning Act and other relevant laws in a manner as to ensure that no authorities are allowed to grant permission to construct buildings exceeding ground plus one floor in villages specially, in small localities. The resolution however was withdrawn following assurance by chief minister.

The crack in the hull of the River Princess has widened further and there are fears that the ship might break into two, even as two companies are involved in a tussle to win the bid to remove the stranded ship. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

Legislative panel slams govt for sorry state of ferry boats HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

A legislative panel has slammed the government for the sorry conditions of the ferry boats plying in the rivers across the state. “The committee deplores the sorry state of affairs in the River navigation Department and recommends that the government should conduct a survey and take final decision so that the new ferry boats come into operation at the earliest,” the ad-hoc committee on River Navigation, headed by Quepem legislator Chandrakant Kavlekar said in the re-

port which was tabled in the House today. The committee observed that the department has a full fledged marine workshop at Betim with the required infrastructure which attends to minor and major repairs of the ferries. “However, the number of under repair ferries are more than the ferries operating across the state waters,” the committee pointed out. “The committee recommends to replace all the old ferry boats with new ones and to look after their maintenance and repairs from time to time,”

the report says. The committee has also desires that the government allocates sufficient funds to the River navigation department for purchasing new ferry boats and repairing the ones whose repairs are economically viable. “The government may approach the concerned central ministry for technical expertise to ascertain whether it is economically viable to repair the 15 non-operating ferries,” it says adding “the central ministry may also be requested to provide at least 10 new ferry boats to the state of Goa.”

House informed on schemes for dhangars HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

Minister for Social Welfare Ramkrishna Dhavalikar in a written reply to the Goa Legislative Assembly during the monsoon session informed that the ‘Water Storage Tank’ scheme for the Dhangar community could not be implemented due to non-receipt of applications from panchayats. The objective of the scheme is to provide water storage tanks of 500 litres capacity for human consumption as well as for cattle rearing in hilly and remote areas where a sizeable community of Gouly (Dhangar) population resides. Dhangar families who are notified as OBCs and having income less than Rs 1.50 lakh per annum are eligible for the scheme. To a question posed by Quepem MLA Babu Kawlekar,

the Social Welfare Minister replied in all four schemes were formulated for welfare of the Dhangar community during the year 2009-10 out of which three were approved by the Government. He informed further the Water Storage Tank could not be implemented due to non-receipt of applications from panchayats. Dhavalikar revealed a scheme titled ‘Gouly Urjya Yojana’ was under the consideration of the Government. The minister further informed two schemes – Bicycle to Gouly Students and Shikshan to Gouly Girl Students – were implemented during the year 200910. The budgetary provisions for the welfare of the Dhangar community during he year 2009-10 was to the tune of Rs one crore. He said the Government had made a budgetary provision of

Rs 7 lakh to implement the Bicycle to Gouly Students scheme and Rs 8 lakh for the Shikshan to Gouly Girls scheme for the year 2010-11. A provision of Rs 32 lakh has been made for the welfare of the community during the same year, he stated. The population of Dhangar families resides in remote and hilly areas like Sattari, Sanguem, Quepem and Canacona. Due to the difficult terrain, besides other reasons, the bicycle scheme has been implemented for students from Std VIIIth onwards in an effort to make it convenient for them commute to school without any difficulty. The Shikshan to Gouly Girl scheme has been implemented for students passing Std X and taking admissions to Std XI or any other vocational and diploma courses.

Committee on Keep mamlatdars out of sluice gates auctioning: Oppn human rights HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

The Opposition on Friday demanded that mamlatdars should not have any say in auctioning of sluice gates on grounds of corruption. “There is huge corruption in auctioning of sluice gates and the government should order enquiry,” said Leader of the Opposition, Manohar Parrikar on the floor of the House during “Question Hour” on Friday demanding mamlatdars should not be allowed to interfere in auctioning of the sluice gates. However, Revenue Minister Jose Filipe D’Souza replied, mamlatdar remain present in the capacity of supervisor during auctioning while auction is being conducted by the tenants association. To which, Parrikar suggested that in such cases mamlatdar from outside should be posted so that there is no scope for manipulation as tenants associations are literally harassed by mamlatdars. The tenants association has to obtain approval from the mamlatdar if it wants to withdraw money above Rs 5000, and mamlatdar in return demands 10 per cent commission, stated Parrikar. Some more MLAs also pointed out that tenants associations are being harassed and

mamlatdars should not be allowed to interfere in any way. The Speaker Pratapsing Rane too said, tenants association should be left free and mamlatdars should have no role to play. The Revenue Minister eventually agreed to look into alleged irregularities by mamlatdars and consider the demands made by the members.

St Cruz MLA demands community hall at Merces PANJIM (HR): St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes, through a private member’s resolution, recommended that a modern community hall with all necessary facilities be built at Merces. She said modern community hall is needed in Merces which is famous for its craft and sports talents. It has been identified as census town but does not have a community hall for public functions, cultural programmes and other creative activities. PWD Minister Churchill Alemao asked her to submit a proposal and her demand would be met. The resolution was withdrawn on assurance given by the minister.

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PANJIM (HND): Is the Government committed to establish the Goa Human Rights Commission and what was the progress into the matter as on June 30, 2010? This was the question tabled by Santa Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes in the House to Home Minister Ravi Naik. In his written reply Naik informed the MLA that as per Section 22 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1933, the chairman and members of State Human Rights Commission shall be appointed by the Governor after obtaining recommendations of a committee formed for the purpose. The committee consists of Chief Minister as the chairperson and Speaker, Home Minister and Leader of Opposition as its members. Naik, who is not attending the assembly due to health reasons, further informed the committee was to meet on June 21, 2010. However, the meeting was adjourned and the same is scheduled to be held shortly, he replied. There is no mention of the reason for adjournment of the meeting. On a question whether there was a move to refer case of human rights violation from Goa to Maharashtra Human Rights Commission, the minister replied in the negative.

HPCC approves 71 proposals; likely to employ 8359 persons HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

About 71 proposals were approved by High Powered Co-ordination Committee (HPCC) in the last four years with a proposed investment of Rs 3655.78 crore and proposed employment potential of 8359 persons, informed Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in its written reply to a questioned tabled by Curchorem MLA, Shyam Satardekar during Question Hour on Friday. As assured in the House in the last session Kamat, said reversion process for taking back plots allotted that were left unused, has been initiated. Altogether 34 plots have been taken reverted for noncommissioning of projects whereas in case of two plots reversion process has been initiated and hundred show cause notices have been issued, he said. Action will also be initiated against those who have not fully utilised full area of the plot. However, exception has been made in cases where industries have plans to put up plants at future date, he said further adding that the authorities have been asked to conduct survey to determine whether area of the plot allotted is used for landscaping and lawns and to take action in such cases. Kakoda Industrial Estate: The Chief Minister assured Curchorem MLA the government will like to build a structure to house Auto Plaza and allot units to genuine applicants. He also requested the MLA in identifying genuine applicants as half of the applications received were not genuine and hence, there has been delay in allotting plots for Auto plaza.

Children’s Court today set August 2 for final arguments in the case trial of sexual assault on a nine-year-old Russian girl, following which it will pronounce its verdict. The prosecution led by PP Poonam Bharne submitted the ossification test of the main accused Aman Bharadwaj confirming he was between the age group of 19 and 22 years old. Bharne earlier relied on his credentials including school leaving certificate and employers’ card that also confirmed he is above 18 years old. Following this confirmation, the Court fixed up the date to conclude the case trial, which was paused on the judgment day in May. The issue arose when the alleged accused told the Court that he was 17 years old, a figure against his earlier statement before the police and Court that his age was 20. In his application he even said that the Court was not competent to try him, for, he was a juvenile. He took a U-turn, ironically on the very same day when the Court was to pronounce its verdict on May 12 after the trial concluded in a record break


Speaker Pratapsing Rane granted leave to withdraw the Registration (Goa Amendment) Bill, 2008, in the Monsoon Session of the Goa Legislative Assembly on Thursday. The Bill was passed more than two years back to restrict foreigners from buying land in Goa. It had raised eyebrows after it was passed in the Assembly. It may be recalled Dayanand Narvekar, who was then Law Minister, had asserted the bill meant to “ban” foreigners from buying properties in the State didn’t mention anywhere its intentions of banning foreigners from buying land. He had maintained there was no mention of foreigners in the bill. Since it was a Central Act, the Union Home Ministry didn’t agree to the amendment.

Govt to work out mechanism to collect cess on imported milk HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

The State Government has agreed to work out a mechanism to collect cess on imported milk on regular basis and also, to ask milk dealers who were slapped with show cause notices for non-payment of cess, to make representation to the government. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat accepted to have a mechanism in place to collect cess on milk that comes from outside Goa while responding to a question posed by Poiguinim MLA, Ramesh Tawadkar. Currently, arrears amounting crores of rupees are due from milk dealers as they stopped payments after one of the companies went to Court. Kamat said, subsequently all dealers stopped payment of cess.

The notification imposing cess on milk coming from outside Goa was introduced on August 8, 2001 and initially, cess was paid by the dealers, he said. There are about ten dealers included Goa State Co-operative Milk Producers Union Ltd, that owe crores of rupees in the form cess to the department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services (AHVS). The Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar suggested that the government to write off all the dues as it will be now very difficult for the government to prove the case after so many against the dealers who have not paid their cess. He also pointed out that main clause in the notification says, “Cess has to be paid on milk imported from outside

and sold here. What if milk imported was converted into lassi or curds and then sold? How will the department prove that they are claiming cess on milk sold here?” he queried. Parrikar also pointed out practical difficult in recovering pending dues from milk dealers. The department will not able to recover even some lakhs from dealers even if their properties are attached, he said making a case that the government should write off arrears. While Kamat accepted to immediately put in place some mechanism to collect cess on daily basis but said, “It will not be possible to write off total dues but let them make a representation and we will work out something.”

Govt paints rosy picture on garbage situation! HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

Despite the menace of garbage plaguing the state, the government seems to be sitting comfortably thinking that things are well under control. In its reply to the ad hoc committee on municipal administration, the government has given a rosy picture of the garbage situation in the state. “All the 14 municipal authorities in the state have partly implemented the Municipal Solid Waste (management and handling) rules 2000. The role of the government is to provide land for acquisition of land for landfill sites and related infra-

structure,” the reply which was tabled in the house said. Further, it says, “all the 14 municipalities have identified landfill sites with due authorization of Pollution Control Board. “The 10 municipal authorities and Corporation of City of Panjim are already in possession of sites. The land acquisition of Mapusa, Curchorem-Cacora and Valpoi municipalities is under progress,” the reply says. The government has said that all the municipal authorities have taken steps in setting up of ward wise composting stations for treatment and disposal of bio-

Sexual assault on Russian minor: Final arguments on August 2 HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

Registration Bill of 2008 withdrawn

time of three-months. This was even as all 16 prosecution witnesses were examined in the case by the court. This had prompted the Court to hold back its judgment and to order an inquiry in his age under section 7-A of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2000. Aman was then subjected to ossification test at Goa Medical College at Bambolim in June. Aman, hailing from Uttar Pradesh along with his accomplice Anil Raghuvanshi of Madhya Pradesh was charged with sexually assaulting the Russian minor when she was bathing in

the water lake at Arambol, on January 26. While, Aman sexually abused her, Anil played the role of diverting attention of the minor’s mother who was resting on the beach rocks closeby. The duo was arrested in Chembur and KTC bus stand respectively after a massive manhunt launched by the Goa police. Pernem police filed a charge sheet against the pair within 14 days from the date of the incident in February. The Court granted conditional pardon to Anil and made him a state-approver in the case to disclose facts.

Adv Palekar to continue representing Lyndon HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

Adv Amit Palekar, who withdrew as the lawyer for former Tourism Minister Fransisco Mickky Pacheco, will continue to represent Lyndon Monteiro another accused in Nadia death case “Palekar and senior advocate Surendra Desai will represent me in my anticipatory bail petition which will come for hearing before the Supreme Court,” Monteiro told reporters here.

In a sudden decision, Palekar had withdrawn himself as Pacheco’s lawyer. South Goa based lawyer Anacleto Viegas is now representing Pacheco in the court. Monteiro said that Palekar will also fight his case when it would be chargesheeted. Sources stated that Palekar withdrew himself from the case after he was booed by Pacheco’s supporters outside Bombay High Court at Goa. Palekar has lost series of bail petitions for Pacheco.

degradable portion of solid waste. “Steps have been taken to construct sanitary land fill sites for disposal of non-biodegradable portion of solid waste. Both these steps will ensure effective management of solid waste of solid waste in municipal areas and control its impact on public health and environment,” the reply says adding “…the Mormugao and Bicholim Municipal councils have already set up waste treatment plant.” It further states that the government has released Rs 35.40 cr grants to the municipal authorities.

CM assures to step up patrolling in Mapusa HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

The Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Friday informed the House that patrolling in Mapusa city will be increased in the night after 12 pm due to increase in the cases of robbery. The Opposition had raised the issue during “Zero Hour” on Friday in view of the robbery in Laxminarayan temple on Thursday night wherein burglars stole cash, silver and gold ornaments worth Rs 5 lakhs. Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar along with Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza asked what kind of patrolling is being carried out in the city as burglars even dare to break –in at places close to Mapusa police station. Laxminarayan temple is located within one kilometer from Mapusa Police Station, he said. Robberies in Mapusa market is a regular feature and at least, one shop is looted once a week, he said expressing need for heightening patrolling in the city. D’Souza suggested there has be special patrolling during Ganesh Chaturthi during which time most robberies take place when people go to their native places.


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Mickky arrested, released in forgery case

Remanded to 14-days judicial custody in Nadia’s death case HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 23

Former tourism minister Mickky Pacheco coming out of the Margao Police Station. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 23

It was a day when former tourism minister Mickky Pacheco’s 14-day judicial custody with the Crime Branch finally ended on Friday morning, but not before the MLA had to spend a couple of hours in the custody of the Margao police following his sudden arrest in the 2008 forgery case lodged by her estranged wife, Sara. It was only later in the evening that Pacheco was relodged at the Sada Sub Jail, Vasco after Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Margao ordered his release in the forgery case upon furnishing bail of Rs 10,000, with directions not to leave the country and to make himself available before the police for investigations.

Nadia’s brother to be referred to GMC HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 23

Konrad, brother of late Nadia Torrado would be referred to Goa Medical College at Bambolim after he suffered medical complication, tomorrow, family sources said. 22-year-old MBA gold medalist is currently undergoing treatment at Institute of Psychiatric Behaviour (IPHB) for depression. “Konrad is not recovering. He still cannot come out from the traumatic phase his family is undergoing. This has also affected his physical health,” said family sources. Incidentally, Konrad went into depression a day after his mother Sonia was arrested on July 17. Family members immediately rushed him to IPHB for psychiatric treatment. He is since then on anti-depressant pills. Sonia was arrested for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence. She was lately released on conditional bail. Crime Branch officials, investigating the mysterious death of the 27-year-old Nadia, on June 20, had quizzed Konrad in IPHB.

In another development, the South Goa Sessions Court this evening granted interim anticipatory bail to the former minister, with the court directing the police not to arrest him till Tuesday, pending hearing of his anticipatory bail applications. Pacheco approached the Sessions Court fearing arrests by the police in the criminal cases registered against him at the Margao, Colva and Quepem police stations. The former tourism minister was taken into custody by the Margao police no sooner the JMFC remanded him to 14 days judicial custody. Armed with a transfer warrant, a team of Margao police brought the former minister to Margao Police Station and arrested him in the

forgery and cheating case lodged by his estranged wife Sara. The Margao police had in 2008 registered a case of forgery and cheating after Sara complained that Pacheco allegedly forged his power of attorney and transferred her property. He, however, was released on bail later in the evening and later taken back to the Sada Sub Jail. In his anticipatory bail applications, Pacheco has feared that he may be arrested by the police in forgery cases registered at the Margao and Quepem police stations following complaints lodged by his estranged wife Sara. Sources said the criminal case pertaining to the Colva Police Station relates to Section 353 and 501 (ii) of the IPC.

After spending 14 days in the custody of the Crime branch, former Tourism Minister, Mickky Pacheco was on Friday lodged at the Sada sub-jail after Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao remanded him to 14 days Judicial custody in the Nadia Torrado death case. In another development, the South Goa sessions court this evening heard arguments on Pacheco’s bail application. Additional sessions Judge B P Deshpande reserved orders on Pacheco’s bail plea to Monday. The former Minister’s legal counsel, Adv Anacleto Viegas submitted to the court that the former Minister is entitled for bail on grounds the prosecution has not made out any case against his client. Adv Viegas drew attention of the Additional sessions Judge that the high court in its order rejecting Pacheco’s bail application had stated that the courts should not be influenced by the observations made in the order while deciding bail plea of the former Minister. Adv Viegas made the submission after Public Prosecutor Sarojini Sardinha submitted that the high court in its order rejecting Pacheco’s bail had ob-

served that there’s prima facie case against the accused. The defense counsel further said that the investigating agency is still not clear whether they want to charge Pacheco for culpable homicide not amounting to murder of for abetment of suicide, saying sections 304 and 306 of the IPC are not compatible. On the other hand, the public prosecutor Sarojini Sardinha said that the former Minister is seeking for bail on grounds that the Session of the Legislative Assembly has commenced from July 19 and will continue till July 30. She, however, pointed out that the high court, while rejecting Pacheco’s bail plea, had observed that the MLA is free to approach the court seeking permission to attend the Assembly session. After hearing arguments, Judge Deshpande has reserved his order to Monday. Earlier in the day, the former Minister was produced before the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao after the expiry of his 14 days remand in police custody. After arguments, the JMFC remanded Pacheco to 14 days Judicial custody and the former Minister was taken to the Sada Sub Jail, Vasco.

Delete foreigners’ names in electoral rolls, demands BJP HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JULY 23

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Spokesperson Rajendra Arlekar has expressed concern over the issue of foreign nationals figuring in the electoral rolls of the State. Addressing a press conference in BJP office on Friday afternoon, Arlekar said BJP demands a thorough examination of the electoral roll and delete names of foreign nationals. “It is a cause of concern and the recent exposure of foreign national possessing Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) and ration card is just a tip of ice berg,” claimed Arelekar. It may be recalled that recently, Mormugao Deputy Collector Levinson Martins had directed election authorities to delete the names of a Nepali couple from the electoral register, after Mormugao Mamlatdar’s office noticed that the couple from Adarshnagar-Chicalim are foreign nationals. Besides, the couple also declared that they possessed ration

card. Martins had stated that the couple was not entitled to posses such legal documents being foreign national. Thus, he directed to delete their names from the electoral roll and scrap their ration card. “We strongly suspect that besides Nepalis, there are Bangladeshis and Pakistanis, who have illegally immigrated into India and managed to register their names on electoral roll and possessed ration cards,” alleged Arlekar. He said BJP demands that the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) should take an initiative to carry out thorough verification drive in entire State to delete the names of foreign nationals from the electoral roll. “Possessing legal document like ration card by foreign national is a cause of concern and this is nothing new, as earlier a Russian was also found possessing ration card,” added Arlekar. He further said the Nepali couple,

possessing ration card issued in 1995, suggest that officials in Mamlatdar’s office are lethargic and action should be taken against the person who had issued ration card to foreign nationals. Arlekar along with the BJP workers met Deputy Collector Levinson Martins on Friday morning to appreciate their initiative to unearth such illegal things. BJP has also demanded that present verification process of inclusion and deletion of names from the electoral roll is completely chaotic, as people had to wait in queue for whole day. “How could only three electoral officials manage people from four constituencies of Mormugao taluka and that too when they have given hearing date and timing to hundreds of people at same participle hour,” asked Arlekar. He demanded that administration should think over it and relieve people from facing such a hardship.

Civil Supplies crackdown on hotels, 73 cylinders seized MARGAO (HR): Officials of the Civil Supplies department cracked a whip against hotels and eateries using domestic LPG cylinders in their premises for commercial use. Led by Civil Supplies inspector, John Fernandess, Salcete taluka, the team seized as many as 73 domestic LPG cylinders in coordination with officials from Bharat Petroleum.

The team raised hotels in the heart of the Commercial Capital and later checked establishments at Borda, Fatorda, Madel, besides some hotels in the villages of Colva and Davorlim. Inspector John Fernandes informed that the raid was conducted following complaints from NGOs that many establishments were using domestic LPG cylinders in the commercial establishments in flagrant violation of the rules. He said the rampant use of domestic LPG cylinders in commercial establishments have hit supply of cylinders for domestic use. The Civil supplies inspector has warned erring hoteliers and owners of eateries that the department will carry out random checking of the premises to unearth illegal use of the domestic cylinders.

Delay in payments affects animal birth control program in Margao HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 23

Delayed payments by the Margao Municipal Council and space constraints at the dog shelter has hit Animal Birth Control (ABC) program in the Commercial Capital. If the coordinator of South Goa Welfare Trust for Animals Sandra Fernandes is to be believed, the dog shelter can tackle the stray dog nuisance if basic facilities and payments are made on time. Fernandes further said the monthly payment of Rs 11,000 to the NGO by the Civic body has been found inadequate to meet the requirements. That’s not all. She said the Civic body has not been making the payments on time, saying that payments for the month of June has not been made till date. She, however, solicited public support for the ABC project and said the dog shelter can seen a turn around with little assistance from the government and public support. “we can even perform 30 operations if the shelter is further extended. The government should also depute a doctor to carry out the operations”, he added. Saying that the MMC has defaulted payment of the Rs 11000 pertaining to the month of June, Fernandes said “We cannot run the shelter without the payments. The cheque should come atleast by the fifth of every month. There are a lot of things we have to procure,

Doctors examined in Russian’s rape case HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 23

The South Goa Sessions court on Friday examined in camera two doctors in the Russian woman rape case. The two doctors, Dr Silvano Sapeco and Dr Kulkarni were examined by the prosecution in support of its case in the court of Additional sessions Judge, B P Deshpande. While Public prosecutor Bhanudas Gaonkar appeared for the state, Adv Anacleto Viegas represented accused John Fernandes. The court has already issued summons to the Russian rape victim for examination in the case as the Additional sessions Judge is conducting the trial of the case on a day-to-day basis.

including medicines with this money”, she added. On sterilizing 100 dogs a month, Fernandes said it is not possible to sterilize 100 dogs with Rs 11,000 and space constraints. MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho has complimented the NGO for carrying out the Animal Birth Control Program despite odds.

Admitting that the Civic body has not been prompt in making the payments on time, Coutinho said the effect of the ongoing work will be felt in the future. Incidentally, Coutinho handed over the cheque to the NGO today at the dog shelter, Sonsodo and promised to make timely payments in the future.



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s H o Rt tA K e s Rosary PTA meet held

MMC meet deliberates on sanitation facilities HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JULY 23

PTA members of the Rosary High School, Miramar: (left to right) Vinita Chico, secretary, Purshottam Pai, treasurer, Sunil Das and Marilyn Afonso, members, Maj Venugopal Nair, chairman, Thecla Rosario, principal, Adriano Godinho, jt treasurer, Sanjeev Sardessai, past chairman, Sarita Carvalho, headmistress and Silvestre Estibeiro, jt secretary.

PANJIM(HND): The Annual General Body Meeting of the PTA of The Rosary High School, Miramar was held recently at Joao de Deus hall, Panjim. The Headmistress, Sarita Carvalho welcomed the gathering. The PTA chairman, Major Venugopal Nair speaking on the occasion urged the parents to get actively involved with their children and monitor their performance in academic field. The top three rankers from the school at the SSC examination were felicitated along with those students securing the highest marks in each subject. Principal Thecla Rosario gave away the prizes. P E teacher Nameshwar Sangle, who completed 20 years of dedicated service was presented with a memento. Members of the Badminton team which emerged champions at the state level were feted by the school. The treasurer Purshottam Pai presented the PTA accounts while Headmistress Sarita Carvalho explained the grading system to be introduced in class X and answered the queries pertaining to the same.

Chandan heads Lions Club

The Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) in its ordinary meeting held recently deliberated on the proposed renovation and maintenance of the municipal toilet in the market. Chief Officer Dashrath Redkar informed that MMC has received a proposal from Sanitation Consultation Services, Navi Mumbai, that they would repair the existing toilet in the market at a cost of about Rs 5 lakh and would run it as a pay toilet. “The Sanitation Consultation Services will keep a deposit of Rs 30,000 with MMC and electricity and water bills will be paid by them,” informed Redkar. The councilors gave their consent to the chief officer to have a dialogue with the party, but stressed that the agreement should be for five years initially and it could be renewed further, based on the performance of the company. Councilor Rohan Kavlekar said labourers engaged by MMC do not collect the garbage properly during rainy season. “Labourers are not wearing raincoats and as soon as it starts raining, they stop the work and take shelter in the houses or shops. Hence the MMC should not pay them the allowance for the purchase of raincoats and instead MMC should give them raincoats,” suggested Kavlekar. Some councilors complained that the labourers do not use gloves while collecting garbage. The chief officer immediately summoned the representatives

Rotary Club lauded for service to poor HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, JULY 23

Lion Chandan Naik addressing the gathering.

PANJIM(HND): Lion Chandan K Naik heads the new Board of Directors of Lions Club of Margao. The 46th installation ceremony of the Board of Directors of Lions Club of Mapusa District 324.D2 headed by Lion Chandan K. Naik was held recently at Mapusa residency at the hands of Dr Sidney Pinto do Rosario, while Dasharath M Redkar, Dy Collector/SDO/CO was the chief guest for the function. Lion Theofilos Fernandes and Lion Chandramohan Nasnodkar were elected both Secretary and Treasurer respectively. The other Board of Directors are as follows: Immediate past president Norbert D’Souza, first vice-president Prakash Haldarnkar, second vice-president Vithaldas Patel, third vice-president Anandrao Nasnodkar, asst secretary Prashila Haldankar, asst treasurer Narayan Nagvekar, lion tamer Felix Pinto, tail twister K D Bhat, bulletin editor Mohan Kavlekar, PRO Gurudas Natekar, directors D Kumar Pillai, Suresh Kurne, Ramdas Malgaonkar, Purushottam Patel, Ramesh Pancar, Gopal Kanekar, Sangita Kesarkar, Anandrao Nagvenkar, Harbajan Singh, Gopaldas Arlekar, membership committee chairman Visvasrao Nagvenkar. Earlier, Lion Norbert D’Souza, outgoing president welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries of the evening function, while Theofilos Fernandes, incoming secretary proposed the vote of thanks.

Hindi workshop organised

PANJIM (HND): Corporation Bank recently organised a daylong Hindi workshop for its officers. Deputy General Manager B B Tejappa said that liaison officers nominated in the branches should take up the work of implementation of national language Hindi earnestly. He urged all the officers to motivate the other staff members to make sincere efforts in official language implementation, by doing their internal work in Hindi. During the day-long proceedings, participants were informed about the provisions of Official Language Policy of Government of India and methods of implementing it by way of various theoretical and practical sessions. Pradhyapak, Hindi Teaching Scheme Devkinandan Pathak, Bank of Maharashtra Manager G P Gupta, Sr Manager (Hindi) Canara Bank Vanita Gadiyar and B B Tejappa delivered lectures, during the workshop. The workshop was attended by official language liaison officers of 44 branches of Goa zone of Corporation Bank. B B Tejappa presented prizes to the winners of best liaison officer contest, held for last year. A quiz competition titled ‘Rajbhasha Gyan Pratiyogita’ was also arranged on the occasion. Officer (OL) N Saravanakumar compered the workshop.

Ravishankar is Vasco panel chief VASCO(HR): T Ravishankar was unanimously elected president of Ayyappa Seva Samithi, Vasco, for the 11th consecutive occasion for 2010-11 in the recently held annual general body meeting at Samithi premises Vasco. Ravishankar has headed the Samithi on 17 occasions, as he was earlier the president from 1990 to 1997 and has been heading the Samithi successfully since the last 11 years. Other office bearers elected are M Muraleedharan (secretary), E Devadassan (treasurer), N Sadasivan (vice president), K K Sivarajan (joint secretary), Binu Nair (joint treasurer), U K Nair, C P Ajith Kumar, P Mohanan, Vinod Kumar, S Vinod (members) and Ajit Kurup, T Chandrasekaran, K Gopinathan and RaviPillai (co-opted members). Damodar Kashinath Gaunekar and Anil Kumar are the internal auditors of the Samithi for 2010-11 and M/S D S Pawooskar & Co was appointed as the chartered accountants.

Rotarian Ashok Saraswat has termed the Rotary Club as the association that wipes the tears of poor and downtrodden sections of community. He was addressing the gathering during the installation ceremony of newly elected board at Hirabai Zantye Memorial Hall, Bicholim. Newly elected President Rajkumar Kamat, sitting president Prithviraj Desai, Damodar Prabhu, Gaurish Dhond and Sandesh Burye were present on the occasion. The newly elected members were administered oath of office by Prakash Saraswat. On the occasion, a website was also inaugurated. Earlier, Prithviraj Sardesai welcomed the gathering, Damodar Prabhu presented the annual report, while Pradeep Laad proposed the vote of thanks.

Councilors of Mapusa Municipal Council participate in the discussions. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

of the Union of MMC and warned that MMC will have to take necessary action in case labourers do not work in rains wearing raincoats and gloves. Chief Officer Redkar further informed that press persons have requested for a press room in Mapusa. He proposed that the existing room in the Chacha Nehru Park can be modified and converted into two rooms, one each for Library for the children and media. The proposal was however accepted by the council members, but suggested that the Press Room should be given on condition that when MMC decides to renovate the Park, it should be vacated. The chief officer said MMC has received a letter from Deputy Superintendent of Police stating that movement of vehicles in municipal market should be restricted from the security point of view. The council after detailed dis-

cussion decided that the MMC should close the gates to prevent entry of vehicles inside the market. The issue of putting up a board of Municipal Council in Devanagri script figured in the discussion. Chief Officer Redkar said as per the notification issued by the Directorate of Official Language, the name board can be put up in English, Hindi, Konkani and Marathi languages. Subhash Narvekar stated that since Konkani is the official language, the name in Konkani should appear above Marathi. The councilors also offered their consent for the same. Councilors Rohan Kavlekar, Milind Anvekar, Vinod Phadte, Ryan Braganza, Subhash Narvekar and Ashish Shirodkar participated in the discussion. The meeting was chaired by M M C C h a i r p e r s o n Ro o p a Bhakta. Municipal Engineer Vishnu Naik also attended the meeting.

ICAR Foundation Day organised HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JULY 23

North Goa based Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of ICAR Research Complex, recently celebrated ICAR Foundation Day at its premises by conducting ex-trainees convention. SSP Tendulkar, Director, Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Goa, inaugurated the programme. Fr Inacio Almeida, Y.K. Natesh, DGM, Zuari Industries Ltd were present. Speaking on the occasion Tendulkar appreciated the pro-active role played by ICAR and KVK during the recent years, which have seen many technologies being developed and used by the farmers. Fr Inacio Almeida in his speech appreciated the contribution of scientists from ICAR and KVK for the farming community for the last 25 years. Earlier, Dr S Subramanian, In-charge Director, welcomed the gathering and gave a detailed account of the importance of commemorating ICAR Foundation Day. During the technical session, Mr Hoble, ZAO, Tiswadi, gave a detailed account of various schemes of the Department of Agriculture for the benefit of the farming community while Geeta Pansare, Manager, NABARD gave a detailed account of various schemes of NABARD for the farming community. Various queries raised by the participants during the group discussion were answered satisfactorily by the subject matter specialists. Participants who were trained in 10-day training in seed and planting material production at KVK during May, 2010 were distributed the training manual at the hands of the guests, on the occasion. The programme was compered by H R Prabhudesai, Scientist while V Y Gaonkar, programme coordinator and in-charge, KVK, proposed the vote of thanks.

Canacona camp focuses on chronic renal failure HERALD CORRESPONDENT POINGUINIM, JULY 23

A team of government doctors conducted a day-long orientation camp for residents of Canacona taluka on Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) at the Canacona Municipal Council Hall on Thursday. The team, which was specifically made to answer to the woes of the people, gave lectures on the incidence of cases of CRF from child birth onwards. The team also presented a slide show of the functioning of kidneys, how they are affected due to food habits and the precaution that has to be taken. Canacona taluka is plagued by high incidence of kidney failure, the issue which was even raised in the Assembly in 1999 by ex-MLA Isidore Fernandes and then health minister Francisco Sardinha had directed for a formation of a team of medical experts to find out high incidence of kidney failure in Canacona taluka. The study remained inconclusive and till date the medical fraternity is yet to pinpoint on the exact cause of high incidence of CRF in the taluka. It is learnt that majority of CRF patients in Canacona hail from ST, fishermen and Christian community and majority of them are women. Urology specialist Dr Madhumohan Prabhudesai, Dr Salkar, Dr Amol Mahaldar, Chief Medical Officer of Directorate of Health Services Dr Ravindra Nadkarni, Nephrologists Dr Amol Mahaldar

Dr Salkar and Dr Madhumohan Prabhudesai at the orientation camp on control of kidneys at Canacona. Photo by Freddy Rebello

without any proper diagnostic tools prescribe medicines which do them no good. The doctors displayed a new machine where urinary samples can be taken on the spot and report of the functioning of the kidney and other functioning of the body can be taken in a short period of time. “Presently, the portable gadget is available at Hospicio in Margao and new instruments will be procured and Anganwadi workers will be trained to use the equipment and around 44,000 people of Canacona will be under the scanner of this hitech machine,” said Dr Amol Mahaldar. Dr Mahlaldar, a Nephrologist by profession, said he will visit Canacona once a month to monitor the CRF case study in Canacona.

CLAPS convocation ceremony organised

Group meditation at Panjim


Union Law Minister V Moily will preside over a Regional Conference on the Recommendation of the 13th Finance Commission scheduled to be held from July 25 at 9.30 am at Marriott hotel, Panjim. The conference will be attended by at least five Chief Justices of the State High Courts and Law Ministers of several states. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will attend.


CLAPS India (Club Leadership and Personality for Students) recently organised its fourth Convocation ceremony for the members of the five Centres in Goa. The students were from HKG to Std X, divided juniors and seniors. The ceremony, which was conducted at the end of one year of training, was held at Rotary Hall (Vasco), International Centre (Panjim), Kare Auditorium (Margao), IMA Hall (Ponda) and Mapusa Residency (Mapusa). The first year Silver members were presented certificates of Appreciation, second year Gold members received certificates of Excellence, third year Diamond members were awarded certificates of Achievement, while the fourth year Platinum received certificates of Dedication. In all, 275 students received the awards at the five centres in the presence of parents, fac-


The State Government has no intention to hand over Cabo-deRama fort to a private party however its renovation will be undertaken this year. As also, restoration of Chapora fort will start this year, told Babush Monseratte, Minister for Archaeology while responding to a question tabled by Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kawlekar during Question Hour. The restoration of these forts will be carried out through Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and he will ensure that no disturbance is caused to any of the community or religious activity. The Caba-de-Rama fort has a chapel at the entrance and residents fear that their entry will be restricted once restoration work starts, said Kavlekar seeking clarification from the Minister. In a written reply to a question tabled by Siolim MLA, Dayanand Mandrekar, the minister also informed the House that restoration work of Fort Mormugao has also been taken up whereas 80 per cent work of restoration of Fort Reis-Magos has been completed. Also, restoration work of forts at Alorna and Khorjuve will also be taken up during this financial year. The Government has made a provision of Rs 50 lakh for restoration of Chapora fort and incurred expenditure of about Rs 51 lakh in the last three years on St Estevam and Cabo-de-Rama fort.

upComing events Guru Pournima at KA

PANJIM(HND): Kala Academy’s faculty of Indian Music and Dance celebrates ‘Guru Pournima’ on July 25 with a day long programme at the Black Box of Kala Academy, Panjim. The programme will commence at 10 am with ‘Guru Pujan’ and followed by various programmes of classical music and dance presented by the students, while Kala Academy’s Rural Music Centres will be celebrating ‘Sangeet Melawa’ on July 26 at the Block Box. The selected students of the Rural Music Centres from Pernem, Valpoi, Sankhali, Sanguem, Quepem and Canacona will perform Indian Classical Vocal and Instrumental music programmes and the students of Curchorem dance class will perform Bharatnatyam. The programme will be commence at 10 am and will conclude by 5 pm.

Eco Trek

PANJIM(HND): Eco Trek to Cabo De Rama Fort will be organised on Sunday, July 25 between 7 am to 6 pm, to cater to all those who were unable to attend the previous trek. The trek begins at Malorem and will explore the fort. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Drinking water, trekking shoes, raincoats and umbrellas should be carried by every participant. The bus leaves Mapusa at 6.50 am, Panjim at 7.20 am and Margao at 8 am. The fees are Rs 300 inclusive of transport, lunch and snacks. Limited seats available contact: Arati 9822522119, Nitin 9823124828, Pankaj 9822735737, Amit 9422442973 and Parab 9422445444.

NCCF meet

and Canacona Health Officer Dr Murlidharan CHC enlightened the people on how to take care of their kidneys. Dr Madhumohan, Dr Salkar, Dr Amol and other doctors with the help of slide show told the gathering of the ways treatment is done with modern technology equipments at GMC Hospital in Bambolim and other hospitals in the State, where these hospitals are well equipped. Dr Madhumohan urged the people to go in for immediate steps to consult specialists doctors whenever irregular urinary flow takes place in a person, swelling of legs, lack of appetite and pain in the back or other parts of the body. Dr Salkar and Dr Mahaldar and others were of the same opinion and said people from rural villages go to quacks who

Moily to attend conference

No handing over of Cabo-de-Rama fort to private party: Govt

PANJIM(HND): The Nuvem Civic and Consumer Forum (NCCF) will organise its monthly general meeting of consumers on Sunday, July 25 at 10 am at Mae dos Pobres High School, Nuvem. Among the issues to be discussed are gram sabha proposals, malaria and other vector borne diseases, violations of packaged commodities rules, weights and measures, road safety and traffic management, identity cards and benefits for senior citizens, food adulteration and medicine safety. Various service related issues of the post office, PWD water supply, Goa Dairy Milk, electricity, ration and kerosene supply, home delivery of LPG cylinders, banking, BSNL telephones and Cable TV will also be discussed.

Retreat at Verna, Parra

PANJIM(HND): Br Johnson Sequeira will be conducting retreats at Blueberry Verna on July 27 and 28 and at Emerald Lawns Parra on July 29 and 30, between 10 am to 5 pm.

Farmers meet

PANJIM(HND): Agriculture Minister Vishwajeet Rane will guide the farmers about the newly introduced developmental schemes of the Department of Agriculture at farmers meet which will be organized by the Directorate of Agriculture at Panchayat hall, Gaondongri on July 24 at 10.30 am.

Francon secures 100% results in saloon rating


The students that participated in the CLAPS programme.

ulty and invitees. The year-long programme was designed to help young students enhance their personality and develop leadership skills for achieving success and happiness. The programme had practical sessions on the four MFAs (Major Focus Areas) of Leadership, Personality enrichment, Communication and Public speaking and Character building. The programme also included 10 key workshops on effective study skills, value of time, vocabulary power, emotional in-

telligence, health and happiness, speechmaster, I CAN, Ad Fun, personality challenge and friendship keys. Apart from regular weekly sessions, the students also had outings and visits to educational and industrial sites. The programme also included an overnight leadership camp for the senior students, vacation camps and an all-Goa team talent contest CLAPSICO between the five centres. The programme was conducted by the faculty team of Live Life India.

Dr Anjali Shackleton will organise a group meditation as part of Pranic Healing at Gasper Dias club, Miramar-Panjim, on July 25 from 5 pm to 7 pm. While the meditation will be for half an hour, participants will be encouraged to raise queries relating to the meditation or pranic healing. Entry is free for all. Currently based in the State, Dr Shackleton obtained her MBBS from King Georges Medical College, Lucknow and went on to get her MD in Community Medicine from the same college. Besides serving as project manager in the State Nutrition Resource Centre, a UNICEF project on maternal and child health in Uttar Pradesh, Dr Shackleton was the state coordinator for the District Technical Support Teams in the NLEP (National Leprosy Elimination Programme) in Karnataka. She also served as Public Health Consultant for the INGO Action Aid in the tsunami-affected areas in Sri Lanka.

The successful students of Francon’s Marine Academy, Bandfoll Chinchinim HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JULY 23

Francon’s Marine Academy, Bandfoll Chinchinim excelled with 100 percent result in the recently concluded All India Exit Examination for Pre-Sea Saloon Rating (CCMC). After an extensive training session of six months, a total of 25 students appeared for the All India Exit Examination approved by the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS). The batch started on 1st January 2010 and appeared for exam on 19th June 2010. The results were announced on 20th July 2010 This is the 7th time Francon’s Marine Academy has achieved 100 percent result. In a press-release, the Managing Director of Francon’s Marine Academy Mr.Franco.B. Martins attributed the performance to his dedicated and experienced teaching faculty and support staff. Mr Martins reiterated that he is committed to provide his students with the best of facilities and infrastructure at Francon’s Marine Academy.

POWER SHUTDOWN July 24 TALEIGAO : On 24 July between 9:30am to 12pm. Areas affected are Kevnem, Nagali, Ravalnath Apts., Santissmo Waddo, Kerant, Borchem Bhat, Eugene Wado and surrounding areas.



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Margao lacks infrastructure to fight fires, says Parab HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 23

Maintaining that the available infrastructure to fight fires in the commercial capital is grossly inadequate, Assistant Fire divisional Officer, Margao, Prakash Parab has said it is high time the stake holders put the necessary infrastructure in place before a disaster strikes the Commercial Capital. Delivering a talk on the fire accidents and safety requirements in the city here organized by the south Goa Journalists Association on Thursday, Parab further said the agencies should get rid of congestion in the markets to avert any stampede in times of emergencies. Parab recalled that he had recommended installation of as many as 40 fire hydrants across the city way back in 1999, but lamented that not even one hydrant has taken shape till date. That’s not all. Parab said the concerned agencies should immediately lay a dedicated water supply line – connecting the Selaulim water line to the heart of the city – to meet any eventuality. “Fire hydrants sans a dedicated water line will not help fight fires. The dedicated line is required to maintain the desired water pressure in the hydrants during fire fighting operations”, he added.

Gold, cash stolen from Marcel house HERALD CORRESPONDENT PONDA, JULY 23

Gold ornaments, cash and about 3000 Euros, all worth about Rs 8.14 lakh were stolen from a house at Christian Wado, Marcel, on Thursday. According to Ponda Police, the maid employed with the Lobo family on July 20 has been suspected of the theft. According to the complainant Anna Jude Lobo, the theft took place sometime between 8.30 am and 3.30 pm, when Anna had left for work. The complainant further stated that the maid suspiciously went to sleep once she left her residence on the pretext of being unwell. The room in which the maid went to sleep had the cupboard which had all the valuables. At about 11.30 am, the maid left Lobo’s residence informing Anna’s mother that she was going for shopping, but the maid failed to return. The incident came to light only when Anna came back to her residence.

‘Sonsodo fire, a case of sabotage’ HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 23

Assistant Fire Divisional Officer, Margao Prakash Parab has asserted that the raging fire at Sonsodo in February 2009 was due to sabotage. Commenting on the fire at Sonsodo, Parab said it is a clear case of sabotage and the fire cannot be attributed to any accident or methane gas at the yard. “If the fire was due to any methane gas, it would have started from the middle and not from the side of the dump yard”, he said, adding that the 2009 fire at Sonsodo was a clear case of sabotage. He wondered why there has been no fire accident at Sonsodo in 2010, even presuming that the 2009 fire was due to formation of methane gas at the site. The Assistant Fire Divisional Officer said the Margao Municipality and other agencies should join hand to put the fire hydrants in place in the New market and Gandhi market area. He said pending laying of an

dedicated underground water line, the authorities should immediately build an overhead water tank at the old fish market area and connect the two fire hydrants installed in the market. Similarly, he said the authorities should build an overhead tank having one lakh litre capacity, besides four fire hydrants at Sonsodo to meet outbreak of fire. Incidentally, Parab said he has no idea whether the high rise buildings coming up in the city are checked for installing fire safety equipments, saying the Margao fire division office has no powers and the work is undertaken by the head office. “I have no records whether any of the buildings have installed fire safety equipments. I am totally in the dark about these fire safety equipments”, he added. Saying that Fire services often draw flak for delays in reaching the spots, Parab said that he had in the past written to the government agencies to ban double parking in the markets, especially on the turns. “The fire tenders find difficulty in approaching the markets, especially on the turns. Banning parking on the turns would help a great deal in removing the bottlenecks”, he added.

Patient’s relative injured in Asilo hospital HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JULY 23

She had accompanied a patient but ended up receiving 11 stitches on her head when a heavy wooden photo frame fell on her at Asilo Hospital in Mapusa on Friday. The incident occurred at about 9.30 am when one Prabhalata Naik of Assagao had gone to the hospital along with her sister-in-law Tejaswini, who was to be operated in the afternoon. Prabhalata was sitting on the benches kept in the corridors of the hospital when the photo suddenly came crashing down on her. On hearing Prabhalata’s screams, nurses and doctors rushed to her and got her shifted in the hospital and offered medical treatment. She received 11 stitches on her head. In the meantime when Siolim MLA Dayanand Mandrekar got the information that a woman from his constituency sustained grievous injuries, he rushed to the hospital. He also informed about the incident to the health minister. Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane rushed to the hospital and enquired about the well-being of the patient. He immediately directed Medical Superintendent Dr Sanjeev Dalvi to call 108 Ambulance and get the head

Soil erosion threatens Majorda-Utorda beach

The Majorda beach hit by soil erosion. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 23

The Majorda-Utorda beach stretch has faced the brunt of nature’s fury, with the beach witnessing extensive soil erosion this monsoon. A visit to the beach has revealed that a significant portion of the beach has been affected by the rising sea water.

Photo by Sidharth Mehta

Last year too, the MajordaUtorda stretch of the beach was hit by soil erosion, prompting village Sarpanch Visitation D’Silva to take up the matter with the Water Resources department to implement beach protection measures. The sarpanch has said that the nature’s fury has affected the Utorda beach, besides Ma-

jorda and said the Panchayat has already taken up the beach erosion with Water Resources Minister, Filipe Neri Rodrigues for action. The process has begun to put in place beach protection measures along the MajordaUtorda beach stretch a la Betalbatim’s Sun set beach. “I have been assured that work on protecting the Majorda-Utorda beach will commence after the monsoons in October. Hopefully, some measures will be in place before the onset of the next monsoons”, the sarpanch added. Meanwhile, Betalbatim’s Sun Set beach has successfully withstood the fury of the nature as the protection measures implemented has prevented soil erosion. Though the boulders placed along the shore has helped to prevent soil erosion, locals says the government should carry out repairs wherever any breach is spotted along the beach.

Locals to have 26% share in mining companies: CM

2 male bodies recovered in Vasco

ments,” he said in the House. He also stated that the State is making concrete efforts to see that the mining companies do not evade royalty. “In the last 10 years we have collected Rs 292 cr as royalty from the mining industry,” he stated admitting it could be m o re i f t h e l e a ka g e s a re plugged. “We have taken concrete steps to see that no vessel leaves the Panjim port unless the authorities confirm it has paid the royalty,” he said adding “similarly we have also written to the finance minister that similar mechanism should be set up at the MPT.” The MPT has to check whether the royalty is paid for the vessel which leaves the port, he stated. Further, he said Goa will build

Vasco Police on Friday recovered two male bodies in two different places in Vasco. In the first incident, Vasco Police found the body of a man believed to be in his forties close to a bar near Valmiki Building, Baina-Vasco. The deceased was wearing light blue long sleeves shirt, black trouser, bleached hair with beard and moustaches and body complex whitish in colour. At about 3 pm, Vasco Police found one more male body, also believed to be in his forties, at an abandoned building near Va s c o Ra i l w a y s t a t i o n , Mestawado-Vasco. Vasco Police has registered a case of unnatural death in both the cases and has preserved the bodies for identification at Hospicio in Margao.


Chief Minister Digamabar Kamat today said that the locals will have 26 per cent share in the mining companies when the Centre government’s amendment on MMRDI Act comes into existence. Replying to cut motions tabled by the Opposition in the assembly, Kamat stated that when that happens lot of problems of villagers would be sorted out. “The amendment says that locals of the area where mining is conducted will have 26 per cent stake in the company,” Kamat said adding “the government is also going to take some concrete steps while finalising the State mining policy.” “The State policy is only delayed due to these amend-

Two hurt in Candolim mishap CALANGUTE (HC): Two persons were injured, after the car in which they were travelling rammed into a display board of a stores at Vaddy, Candolim, in the wee hours of Friday. The impact of the accident was such that the structure of Shantadurga Store was broken into two and came down crashing on Tata Indigo Marina car (GA-01-S-7554). The occupants escaped with injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital. The occupant Swaroop Kumar, who was grievously injured, was later shifted to GMC Hospital in Bambolim, while driver Bipin was discharged after medical attention.

two or three concrete transport corridors exclusively to transport ore using funds from the State’s mining industry. Kamat said mining industry had agreed to shell out Rs 500 crore towards a corpus for creation of mining related infrastructure. “The mining corridors will be created in Goa at the cost of exporters. The mining industry has agreed to pay the costs,” Kamat further said, adding that a steering committee under the chairmanship of the chief secretary had already been set up to oversee implementation of the exclusive mining corridors. Road accidents, involving mining trucks have been on the rise of late. The accidents in the mining belt had triggered a lot of outcry.


Russian held overstaying NGO threatens to move HC for PORVORIM (HC): Mapusa Po-

over slag used in landfill HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 23

The Green Goa Foundation has threatened to approach the High Court if the contractor engaged to build the Assolna Cavelossim bridge fails to clear the industrial slag used as land fill for the approach road within 10 days. In a representation to the Goa State Pollution Control Board, PWD, District Magistrate, South, Cuncolim police, besides Assolna panchayat, the Foundation sought directions to the contractor to remove the slag and build the road with rubble and mud packing as mandated under the PWD Roads Manual. He alleged that truck loads of industrial slag is being used for landfill for the approach road to the bridge, adding that the slag is deposited in large quantities on the acquired paddy fields on the Assolna side of the bridge. “The Industrial slag contains pollutants and is environmentally unfriendly. The paddy fields, water bodies and the river are on the verge of being polluted as the industrial slag finds its way into these bodies”, the Foundation said, adding that the contractor is duty bound to bring in mud and rubble stones for the land fill.

lice arrested a 37-year-old Russian national on charges of overstaying in the country. According to Mapusa Police, Ilva Rusnnar, who was residing at Green Hill at Mandrem, was overstaying in India without valid passport and travel documents. When the police on duty at Mapusa Kadamba bus stand noticed the Russian national loitering at the bus stand, they requested him to produce the passport. However, on checking the passport, police found that the validity of the passport has already expired. Ilva Rusnnar was booked under Section 14 of Foreigner’s Act, Section 79 of Foreigner’s Order 1948 and Passport Entry into Indian Rule 1950.

scanning done of the patient at GMC Hospital at Bambolim.

However, when he was informed there was nobody to go with the patient, he said: “I will personally get the scanning done at GMC and send the patient back to the Asilo Hospital.” The woman was later sent to GMC Hospital through the 108 ambulance for scanning purpose. Later, the health minister carried out an inspection of Asilo Hospital and was shocked to see the pathetic condition of the hospital. When he noticed that even minor repairs of electrical structures were not attended to by the hospital staff, he reprimanded Medical superintend Dr Dalvi. Siolim MLA Mandrekar stated the condition of the Asilo Hospital has become horrible. “The plaster of the roof and walls has peeled off at many places and water is seeping in the building through the roof. The walls are soaked and the mangled electricity wires are hanging, posing threat to the lives of the people,” added Mandrekar.


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Vol No CX No: 189 Goa, Saturday 24 July, 2010

Dangerous precedent


he ruling of the International Court of Justice at The Hague that Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia was ‘legal’ under international law sets a dangerous precedent. International affairs experts say the groundbreaking ruling will have immediate implications for separatist movements around the world, bolstering demands for ‘independence’ by secessionist outfits in Northern Cyprus, Somaliland, NagornoKarabakh, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria. In fact, it might facilitate the break-up of Kosovo itself, as the Serb majority around the northern town of Mitrovica has ‘broken away’ from the Albanian-dominated former Serbian province. Kosovo unilaterally declared its ‘independence’ on 17 February 2008 with US backing, after nearly 10 years of operating independently with international supervision, when it was nominally an autonomous province of Serbia. Kosovo’s ‘independence’ has been recognised by 69 countries, but it needs a nod from 100 countries to join the UN. Court President Hisashi Owada said international law contains no “prohibition on declarations of independence”. The court, therefore, concluded that Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence “did not violate general international law”. Ten of the 14 judges on the Bench endorsed Kosovo’s independence, while four opposed it. Specifically, the verdict says it was not in violation of UN Resolution 1244, which contains no provisions to prevent a unilateral declaration. The court has actually ruled on an extremely narrow and specific issue – whether there is anything in international law to rule secession illegal. After hearing submissions by UN members, from Serbia and Kosovo – as well as examining the few precedents in international law and how a country like the Soviet Union broke up into its constituent republics – it gave a ruling that essentially relies more on omissions than substantive precedent or practice. This suggests that issues of sovereignty rely not so much on international law as on geo-politics. The US, the world’s only superpower, has thrown its full weight behind Kosovo, right from when the territory declared its ‘independence’. Kosovan Prime Minister Hashim Thaci was in America at the time of the International Court’s judgment, and US VicePresident Joe Biden publicly reiterated American backing for Kosovo’s independence before the verdict. After the judgment, Mr Biden telephoned Serbian President Boris Tadic to assert Washington’s support for Kosovo, hinting that if Serbia accepted the ruling, the US would support its entry into the European Union (EU). Right now, Serbia says it will ‘never’ accept Kosovo’s independence (the decisions of the International Court are not legally binding). It has support from Russia, which has said the ruling gives no legal basis for secession. However, if the two succumb to the seductive cocktail of US pressure and enticements, it could have far-ranging implications. Tomorrow, if a rebellious province in a country (hypothetically, it could be Baluchistan in Pakistan or, say, Kashmir or one of the North-Eastern states in India) declares ‘independence’, secures US backing and ‘recognition’ from a few dozen of its client states, its declaration could conceivably be considered ‘legal’. That is why India must think a hundred times before it even considers recognising Kosovo’s ‘independence’.

Due negligence

the study of the Art Bill reveals a nightmarish scenario, states AVertHAnUs l. d’soUZA


here is a growing tendency, in recent times, for pharmaceutical firms and for the medical establishment in general, to rush into prescribing solutions for problems of which they are still only vaguely aware. The process of “research” has often been driven, not by the need to understand a problem but by the need to become the first to market a solution so that one gets the maximum financial benefits from putting a product in the market. The prestige of being the pioneer in that particular area of research also has its own attraction. Often, the scientist himself/herself, or the team working on a problem, are not responsible for the over-enthusiasm in announcing the product to the world; the research institute or the company’s research and analysis department is most often responsible for a premature promotion of the so-called “solution” to the problem. In an extremely competitive world, it is understandable that institutes or establishments are driven to push products or processes with a view to harvesting most money; or, as it is called in today’s marketing jargon – capturing the greatest share of the market. Unfortunately, the governments of our time are not immune to the pressures, driven by financial considerations instead of fulfilling their obligations as custodians of public safety and morality. Corruption and intrusive manipulation of public policy making by industry has become only too evident in the past few decades. This has led to massive public health disasters all over the world. Examples are too numerous to elaborate, but one can cite the better known instances of the promotion of penicillin as “the miracle drug”, the world-wide use of Enterovioform and Mexaform as prophylactics against travellers diarrhoea, the sudden eruption of Mad Cow disease, the promotion of commercially manufactured Infant Foods to replace Mothers’ Milk, and so on. The Bill which is to be introduced in the next session of Parliament, known as The Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Regulation) Bill - 2010, is an outstanding example of the Government of India rushing in to “capture the major share of the market” in the growing business of surrogate motherhood. From a prima facie reading of the draft Bill, it becomes evident that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is in a hurry to push through legislation on a matter to which it has not given sufficient attention. The first impression one gets is that the Government wants to control the entire enterprise of surrogacy. The 2009 report of the Law Commission described ART as

MorAl ConsiderAtions an “industry” worth Rs.25,000 crore. Even the Supreme Court of India was aghast by the Law Commission describing surrogacy as an industry. “With all due respect to the Law Commission, how can they call something with regard to children as an industry?” the Court observed. The Solicitor General of India, Mr. Gopal Subramaniam, in his arguments before the Supreme Court, asked: “In the end, we have to ask if this is a country where people are going to enter a contract to buy or sell children.” The proposed legislation is a clear attempt by the Government of India to “control” the entire field of surrogacy in India. It is quite evident that no attention has been paid to the ethical questions related to Artificial Insemination techniques and the renting out of wombs to carry out pregnancies for other women – whether fertile or infertile. Even Chapter VII of the draft Bill does not address the ethical issues although it is titled: “Rights and Duties of Patients, Donors, Surrogates and Children.” The proposed Bill seems to be overly concerned with the problems concerned with Sourcing, Storage, Handling and Record Keeping for gametes, embryos and surrogates. It proposes an elaborate

Knowing the Future

Tongue in cheek


he FIFA World Cup 2010 is now history. There were many heroes on the football field. While the likes of Wayne Rooney, ldona MLA and former Finance Minister Dayanand Steven Gerard, Kaka, Ronaldo could not leave their mark at Narvekar’s revelations about the Goa government’s Mines the World Cup, It was players like Thomas Muller, Diego Forlan Department shows that mining companies in Goa have no and Milosav Klose who left an indelible mark on the World Cup. accountability whatsoever. The department is grossly understaffed But far away from South Africa where all the football action was and utterly clueless about ground realities, blindly stamping the taking place, in a little town in Germany, Paul an Octupus was challans produced by mining representatives and giving mining making world news. It correctly predicted the results of the companies a free run. matches where Germany featured and also predicted the results There is no check on actual production from the mines or ad- of the semi-finals and the finals. Obviously some hated Paul, while herence to environmental and other regulations, as department others loved him. But no one could ignore him. Paul became both personnel operate only from the office. Meanwhile, the state’s a hero and villain overnight. How many of us would not want to tribal population is getting displaced and marginalised. As know what the future has in store for us? How many of us do not Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar pointedly asked, is the ad- read what the stars have to foretell every weekend when we read ministration waiting for the day when Goa gets its own Maoists? the newspaper? Indeed a human being’s urge to know the future


organizational structure for Registration of IVF clinics and provides for the processing of complaints. It proposes to bring all IVF clinics under the control of the Government. The Preamble states that “The bill details procedures for accreditation and supervision of infertility clinics (and related organizations such as semen banks) handling spermatozoa or oocytes outside of the body, or dealing with gamete donors and surrogacy, ensuring that the legitimate rights of all concerned are protected, with maximum benefit to the infertile couples/individuals within a recognized framework of ethics and good medical practice.” This is significant because this is the only area in which the Government seeks to exercise control of the functioning of private clinics. Why is a similar control not exercised on all other private health institutions? It is very significant that the Bill was drafted by a committee of lawyers and bureaucrats from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with only four medical doctors, who, apparently have a vested interest in the “business” of surrogacy. An obvious omission is the absence from the drafting committee of any representative of the National Human Rights Commission and the Na-

tional Commission for Women. The absence of inputs from these two Commissions is glaringly obvious. Although the draft Bill speaks about protecting the rights of “all concerned” there is no evidence whatsoever of the protection of the rights of the child(ren) conceived and brought to birth by surrogate mothers. The most critical chapter VII of the draft Bill, which addresses the “Rights and Duties of Patients, Donors, Surrogates and Children,” is the most ambiguous and most confusing. It is full of contradictions e.g. while sub-section (1) states that “Subject to the other provisions of this Act, all information about the donors shall be kept confidential and information about gamete donation shall not be disclosed to anyone other than the central database of the Department of Health Research, except with the consent of the person or persons to whom the information relates, or by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction”, sub-section (5) specifies that “The identity of the recipient shall not be made known to the donor.” The obvious implication of such legal provisions is that children born to surrogate mothers are deprived of knowledge of their parents. A prominent publication rightly criticizes such an arrangement in a recent article titled my father’s name is “Donor.” The study of this Bill gives rise to the nightmarish scenario in which a super-surrogate “Data Bank” emerges which is the only source of information about parentage. Donors of gametes or sperms have no information about the end result of their contributions, the surrogate mother is not informed who the donors are, and the children begotten from such arrangements will be unaware of their biological parentage. The only source of information will be the “Central Database of the Department of Health Research.” And from our past experience of trying to get any reliable information from any Departments of any Government, we are assured of a massive flood of confusion The Government is unable to control the economy; it is struggling to feed millions of citizens who are literally dying of starvation; it is unable to provide basic education to more than half of the population; it cannot guarantee basic services such as potable water and disposal of human and municipal waste in urban areas; it has not yet been able to immunize children against preventable diseases . . . law and order in many parts of the country remains an intractable problem, and the Government is now proposing to enter the “lucrative” business of surrogate motherhood.

has thrown open the science of Astrology, or is an art-form? Those who are in the business predicting other people’s future have themselves made it big. Astrologers may predict your future and in doing that their future seems secure. Of course there are various ways by which people predict the future. There those who ‘read’ the lines on your palm. It is believed that no two people in the world have the same type of lines on the thumb. That is precisely why a thumb impression is as good as a signature. Probably even better, since unlike the signature, the thumb impression cannot be forged. Be that as it may, it is understood that some people can tell your future by just looking into your eyes. It is not for nothing that the eyes are said to be the windows of the soul. But many a time Man has used birds and animals to know their future. In India the parrot does the job of predicting your future. How much of that prediction comes true is anybody’s guess. The

By Adelmo Fernandes roadside fortune-teller makes a living by telling your future. And the gullible public are led to believe that the future will be as predicted. Some may even possess psychic powers to be able to read the future. But then we need not be astrologers to predict the future with some degree of accuracy. Edwin Teale said “Time and space – time to be alone and space to move about – these may well be the scarcities of tomorrow”. Looking at today’s world nothing could be further than truth. The Met department’s job is to predict the weather. But then many a times Nature has proved the weatherman wrong. When rain is predicted, the sun comes out in all its glory. At the time of the elections, politicians would love to have someone predict the results only if it was predicted that they would win the elections. A prediction is always good if it is to our advantage. Otherwise people will not believe in the prediction even if it is made by an octopus.

Letters to the Editor Drugs drama B V S Priolkar, Margao The former girlfriend of an alleged drug dealer indicated a nexus between a minister’s son and the police with the drug trade. Immediately, the minister’s son called a press conference, refuted the charges, and warned of a defamation case. Perhaps he was not aware of the outcome of a similar case filed by the Advocate General. Next, a ‘Sena’ led by the son in a morcha burnt an effigy. Then some self-styled leaders made statements warning about ‘caste bias’. When the IGP said that the police may interrogate those named, the minister pleaded illness and got himself ‘admitted’ to avoid further queries. Finally. in the Assembly, the CM refused to hand over the case to CBI.


24 July, 1910 Mapping Villages

The Secretariat from the Patriarchal Palace at Panjim has requested the Vicars from all the Parishes to expedite the mapping of the villages and dispatch the same as early as possible.

River Navigation

The Inland River Navigation Services have suspended its traffic from Panjim to Verem until further notice.

Canoe Transportation

The functions of embarking and landing the passengers and cargo from the canoes plying from Aldona, Pompurpa, Ecoxim, and Britona, was awarded for a price of 90 rupees.

Appeal Refused

It is reported that the appeal forwarded by the Hindus of this State to His Majesty’s Government in Portugal for the admission in the primary schools was refused for bare minimum knowledge of the Portuguese Language.

Both father and son say they are innocent. Then why all this tamasha of morcha and ‘caste card’? What is wrong with a CBI inquiry? Let the truth come out for everybody to know who is innocent.

Cong for non-Goans Croydon Medeira, by email A wonderful statistic brought before the public during the ongoing Assembly session is about the number of non-Goan security guards employed by the government. Mandrem MLA Laximikant Parsekar said that out of 500-odd security guards employed, over 300 were non-Goan, which is more than 50 per cent. Congress governments at all levels – Panchayat, Zilla Parishad, Council, MLA or MP –always support non-Goans; in jobs, government schemes, facilities, or even rehabilitation in natural disasters. Goans are left to die or fend for themselves.

Caste politics Praxy Fernandes, St Cruz Goa may be the most literate state in India, but surely it is the least educated one. Just because the Leader of the Opposition and the NSUI President have pointed out lacunae in the police probe on the politician-drug peddler nexus or, for that matter, on the cricket ticketgate scandal does not mean the people have to resort to caste, ‘samaj’ and religious politics to defend themselves. Has Parrikar at any point of time used the phrase ‘Bahujan samaj’? Did he talk about the nexus having anything to do with caste and religion? Then why are people defending their political masters on the basis of ‘samaj’ and caste? What has happened to our education in Goa? Degrees and certificates do not make one educated. How can the police summon anyone for alleging a nexus? This is suppressing freedom of speech. Strange and disgusting!

MPs neglect Goans Tulsidas Malkarnekar, Railway Pravasi Sangh Goa has three MPs; two ruling and one opposition. But all of them, including one who was earlier a union minister, have failed to safeguard the interests of Goans in employment and other benefits from the Konkan Railway.

Letter of the Day

Catholics want jobs

Roy N D’Silva, Margao

I have been reading letters in the newspapers asking all Catholic MLAs why Catholics are being deprived of government job opportunities. This was pointed out not by any Catholic, but by the BJP Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar, who said that only 9 per cent of 9,000-odd jobs have been given to the minorities in government departments. This is less than the number of jobs he gave to minorities during his tenure! For this, first and foremost, I would like to blame the religious heads – especially the Catholic priests – who time and again propagate among the faithful that they should elect the same old faces, and that they have full faith that with them the minorities will be protected and benefited. But, alas, what do we get barring a few advertisements in Church souvenirs for the cultural programmes that we are famous for? The Hon’ble Chief Minister has the support of nearly 6,000 Catholic voters in Margao constituency. But how many Catholics has he given jobs to? It is hardly 2 per cent, as per the records. And what about Catholic ministers like Joaquim Alemao and Churchill Alemao; how many minorities they have given jobs to? With a 70 per cent Catholic population in their constituencies, Joaquim has given only 5 per cent and Churchill only 17 per cent. Only Aleixo Sequeira has helped many Catholics in the Electricity Department. Will our priests please learn from the above facts? Instead of asking for advertisements and donations to the Church and for dances from these politicians, who have amassed huge wealth at our cost, why don’t they ask for jobs for our Catholic brethren, instead of forcing them to migrate to foreign countries? See Narayan Rane. As MLA, he convinced the Railway Minister and Railway Board to develop Sawantwadi Station as the main terminal in the Konkan, and got two new trains sanctioned between Sawantwadi and Mumbai. In contrast, our MPs have failed even to maintain the daily train between Vasco and Mumbai via Miraj and the Vasco-Bangalore train via Londa and Hubli, which were running before conversion from metre to broad gauge. Our MPs have also failed to enable unemployed Goans to secure jobs in the Konkan Railway. Even vending stalls on platforms in Goa have gone to non-Goans! One ex-MP, who is now a minister in Goa, and had earlier strongly opposed the Konkan Railway passing thorough Goa, is today offering shops on Konkan Railway stations to non-Goans for a price, keeping Goa’s unemployed youth high and dry. Shame!

Religion & country Joseph Lawrence, Navelim The letter ‘Not by God’ by Constancio Fernandes (Herald, 17 July) has two basic errors

(I speak as a Roman Catholic; I cannot speak for other religions). His point that all religions are man-made is false. The Catholic religion was created by God himself, through his son Jesus Christ. After God created man, he noticed that man was making idols of strange ‘gods’ and worshipping them, instead of Him. So He sent His only son to show us the way. Jesus set up the Roman Catholic Church and made St Peter its head (First Pope). I also do not agree that one’s country comes above religion. If you follow your religion properly, you will also be a good citizen. Christ told us: “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” It is clear that the two are separate and cannot be compared. God created the whole universe, including the Earth and all countries. A ‘creation’ cannot be superior to its ‘creator’. Even when the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was dying, he did not say: “Jai Bharat.” He called out to his God…

Change crisis Rodney de Souza, Assagao Once again, there is an acute shortage of small currency. One rupee and two rupees notes have become extinct. The five rupee note survives, with patches and stitches. The once big family of coins has become smaller; but in coins, a small family is rarely a happy family. All coins up to 25 paise are extinct. The 50 paise coin is rarely seen and the rest are getting scarcer by the day. Only the beggar and the eunuch are happy, for obvious reasons. The vendor in the market is not affected. He just rounds off your purchases to the next ten rupees. He also happily gives toffees and cough lozenges in place of coins. But though toffees have become legal tender in Goa, the customer has no reciprocal right to pay for his purchases in toffees. As always, the common customer is at the receiving end.

Drugs case vs Nadia Irineu Gonsalves, Verna The Goa Assembly has been witnessing noisy scenes. Manohar Parrikar does his homework well. He deserves to be in the Opposition (no pun intended), as he brings public awareness of the shortcomings of the government. However, he falls short in suggesting remedies. It was clear after Tuesday’s proceedings in the House that the Congress-led government is under stress. The Manohar Parrikar-led opposition is demanding that the drug case be handed over to the CBI, and rightly so. Some ruling legislators are walking the tightrope of conflict of interest and have joined the opposition cacophony. Whether this is out of concern or just to grind an axe with the Home Minister is another matter. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat should know that people are watching and expect the case to be pursued just as keenly as Nadia Torrado’s. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander; in both the cases high profile ministers are involved. Or, this disgraceful case will become a political liability and a deep embarrassment for the Congress.

Paths of Wisdom

The World’s Hatred If the world hates you, just remember that it has hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But, I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it; that is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you; ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you too; if they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours too. But they will do all this to you because you are mine; for they do not know the One who sent Me. They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not come and spoken to them; as it is, they no longer have any excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me, hates my Father also. They would not have been guilty of sin, if I had not done among them the things that no one else ever did; as it is, you have seen what I did, and they hate both, me and my Father. This, however, was bound to happen so that what is written in their Law may come true: ‘They hate Me for no reason at all.’ The Helper will come – the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God and who comes from the Father. I will send him to you from the Father, and he will speak about me. And you, too, will speak about me, because you have been with me from the very beginning. (John 15: 18-26)

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Dangerous trends



ll the world’s a stage. And the “nataks” going on in Karnataka is a symptom of all that is going terribly wrong in our country. Affluence and modern lifestyles which are drifting far from Nature, have upset the balance everywhere and in everything. Government and society reflect all that is bad and ugly, pushing the good into the background. The respected Lok Ayukta in Karnataka resigned since he could not keep duelling with the government that reinstated those he suspended and went after those who exposed corruption. Even after L.K.Advani got him to withdraw his resignation, assuring him that all his requirements to function effectively in his office would be met, the government reluctantly acceded to give him necessary powers, but kept the MLAs out of his ambit! The sanctity of the Legislative Assembly is regularly desecrated by unruly behaviour of its members and the opposition is resorting to daily sleep- in protests, whilst the ruling dispensation seems to have every intention to stay in power by condoning crime and corruption. In the Bihar Assembly, 67 unruly MLAs are suspended for unruly behaviour, slippers flung at the Speaker and a woman member threw several flower pots around and had to be dragged out of the premises! Out of 28 States, 14 States and also Kashmir are in turmoil with caste, religion, regional disputes or home grown active terrorist outfits. The recent non fruitful talks in Pakistan with Foreign Ministers Krishna and Qureshi shaking hands but with sharp outbursts during Press conferences is not a good sign. About Qureshi’s taunt that our FM constantly required advice from Delhi, I would have asked whether I should take advice from America, China or the ISI! However I am glad our FM did not stoop to Qureshi’s level! All future talks, with Pakistan playing a clever game to keep Kashmir on the boil to destabilize and keep India out of Afghanistan, must end with a joint statement and no Press Conference thereafter, which brings matters back to square one. The most dangerous trend is the increasing violence in our political establishment and the mindset of the people. The government controls or influences all four Estates, the Executive, Legislature, Judiciary and the Press. It has long been recognized that society prepares the crime, the criminal merely commits it! India is a vast and complicated country with plenty of divisions in caste, creed, cuisine, language, wide disparities in living styles and culture. A foreigner put it nicely when he said he has never met an Indian! They are either Punjabis or Keralites, or Goans etc. Our Constitution preaches unity in diversity, and this one beautiful thing that the world admires us for, is in danger of being blown away! India lives in the space and bullock cart ages simultaneously. The present knowledge explosion and communication technology, with powerful mediums like Television and Internet have raised expectations and there is a scramble for money and power to achieve instant success by hook or by crook. We have bred politicians who are a product of this degradation. The various policies by this breed of leaders like reservations and out-of- turn privileges are creating more and more divisions and themselves encouraging corruption and violence by all manner of guiles to subvert the law and remain in power. This has brought our Nation into unsustainable development, permanent damage to integrity and character of the people, breeding of internal violence visà-vis Maoists, Naxalites and internal bred power centres that can control the government and subvert the law. In Goa we have the Politicians-Police –Drugs nexus. The government refuses to have a CIA or NIA impartial investigation. How can the police be trusted to investigate its own members impartially? The policemen involved are out on bail, the model Lucky Farmhouse who claimed to have recorded evidence was not contacted on one excuse or another. In the meantime the arrested drug dealers are out on bail and investigation delayed so trail becomes cold and there is plenty of time for cover up, intimidating or bribing of witnesses. The police were unable to find politician Mickky Pacheco absconding for about a month, or his aide Lyndon Monteiro. They could approach the courts up to the Supreme Court during this time, and when all avenues were exhausted, they gave themselves up, after which the police became overactive. More than a month later, they arrested and took into custody the mother of the victim for interrogation of destroying evidence. She is a respected school teacher, not a hardened criminal who has not absconded or asked for preventative detention bail etc., and they could have interrogated her at her residence or conveniently whenever they wanted! These are dangerous trends. Coming to the monsoon session of our Assembly, the Opposition is highlighting various ills, but we do not see any serious will to chastise or punish those responsible or make good the loss to the public exchequer. The Opposition has no solution, and all this is nicely brought out in the air-conditioned Sulabh toilet discussion. It is all good fun. Never mind if there are absolutely no Sulabh toilets in Shiroda or Mandrem constructed in the last 4 years or people have to use the open grounds. The Sulabh toilet constructed at Pomburpa Springs is unattended to, and was stinking during the Sao Joao festival. After joking that the person using the air-conditioned toilet will not come out in a hurry, the CM assured that all files for request of Sulabhs in various constituencies have been cleared by him; next question! I trust that our burning issues like Garbage and sewage control, River Princess, price control of essential commodities, illegal mining, infrastructure for sustainable development, stray dogs/ cattle , finalization of RP2021, TCP Act and Police Bill in line with the Supreme Court directions will be addressed with a sense of great democratic responsibility.

Mumbai attack probe ‘must do’ for Pak: US PTI WASHINGTON, JULY 23

The US wants Pakistan to continue to investigate the Mumbai terror attack and bring to justice those responsible for the carnage, saying these are "must do" things for that country for the benefit of the region as a whole. State Department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters at his daily news briefing yesterday that the US would continue to discuss with Pakistan the need to probe the November 2008 attack that killed 166 people. "There are things, clearly, that Pakistan must do. Certainly, continuing to investigate and bring

to justice those who are responsible for the Mumbai attack is an important element," Crowley said. "It's important to Pakistan. It's also important to India. And we will continue our conversations with Pakistan on the things that it needs to do not only for the benefit of Pakistan but the region as a whole," he said. The spokesperson said the US policy is to fully cooperate with Pakistan on terrorism and to continue to work closely to help Pakistan battle the insurgency that now is a threat to Pakistan itself. "We've seen significant progress by Pakistan over the past year. It's an area that was part of the Strategic Dialogue that our governments just had in Islamabad," he said. India has blamed Pakistanbased terror outfit Lashkare-Taiba for masterminding the attack, and the lone Pakistani gunman captured alive following the raid has been awarded a death sentence by a court. A trial is also on against seven suspects, including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, in Pakistan but India has said Islamabad should do more to bring the masterminds to book.

His impeccable command over Urdu and acting skills make Tom Alter the perfect choice for the director of play 'Ghalib' for the role of the legendary poet. M Sayeed Alam, whose 'Ghalib' has seen 33 productions across the country, says he chose Alter for the role for three reasons. "First Alter's Urdu is too good. He has a great command over the language. Secondly, his complexion almost matches with what Ghalib is described as and thirdly their age. Alter, who is 60, plays the role of Ghalib as a 67-year-old," Alam told PTI. This weekend two productions of the play will be staged in Chandigarh and the national capital. According to Alter, he also identifies himself with Ghalib on some accounts. He has been play the role of the poet since 2008.


The Bombay High Court has ruled that sexual relationship with a woman on a false promise of marriage does not amount to rape. Acquitting a Yavatmal man in a rape case, the single Bench High Court here observed that sexual relationship after promising marriage and reneging on it does not amount to rape. Justice Ambadas Joshi set


A hen that changes its colour frequently owned by a farmer at a coastal hamlet near here has evoked keen interest not only among lay men but also the scientific community. The Zoologists here are studying the phenomenon as it was the first such documented case. The six-year old bird, which was black originally, changed its colour four times in the last six years without shedding its plume or any other physical problem. The bird turned black-and white

aside the Yavatmal Session Court order convicting Sandip Rathod (now 42) under IPC section 376 (rape). The victim was allegedly 16 years old in 1996. The court said the victim's age has been proved to be around 18 when the incident occurred. Rathod, then 30 years old, was serving at a forest office near the victim's house. He developed physical relations with her and promised mar-

riage. She informed her parents when she became pregnant and Rathod was arrested following a complaint lodged by her parents. Charged with repeatedly having sexual relations with a then "underaged" girl on and before November 11, 1996, the sessions court sentenced him to 10-year rigorous imprisonment. Two years later, the convict moved the High Court.

twice in 2009 while it remained pristine white so far this year, Selvaraj, from Mukkola village, who owns the wonder bird, said. "The change of colour of its feathers was noticed after it laid eggs for the first time. The black-coloured bird then became pure white within a year. Its health remained alright and it did not manifest any other abnormality," he said. According to Dr Oommen V Oommen, a Emeritus Scientist with CSIR, who has been observing the hen since 2008, it is a "rare phenomenon" which deserved detailed study.

Cabinet Secy tenure may be 4 years: Govt PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 23

The government today clarified that the tenure of the Cabinet Secretary has not been fixed at four years but an incumbent may be given a maximum of four years in the post in "public interest". "The Central government may, if considered necessary in public interest, give extension in service to a Cabinet Secretary in the Central Government for such period or periods as it may deem proper subject to the condition that his total term as such Cabinet Secretary does not exceed four years," an official release said.

CBI officer handling 2G scam shunted HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, JULY 23

The Centre has shunted out a CBI officer who had made a significant breakthrough in the investigation into the Rs 60,000-crore 2G spectrum scam of the Telecom Ministry that could have helped the agency take Communication Minister A Raja to court. Vineet Aggarwal, an IPS officer of 1994 batch of the Maharashtra cadre, has been relieved from the CBI on the ground that his central deputation ended in April and he is required to go back to the parent state. He is now back in Mumbai as the additional commissioner, Central Region, Mumbai Police.

First Alter's Urdu is too good. He has a great command over the language. Secondly, his complexion almost matches with what Ghalib is described as and thirdly their age. Alter, who is 60, plays the role of Ghalib as a 67year-old. "I love poetry like Ghalib did and yes I am impulsive like him," he said. Alter is remembered the most for his role as a British officer in the movie 'Kranti' and his stint on the small screen on the longrunning show 'Junoon'. 'Ghalib' is a lively, entertaining and educative account of the intriguing man named Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib - a master yet a rundown poet, privileged yet pitiable elite, extravagant yet poor noble, de-

Scientists studying hen that changes colours

Sex on false marriage promise not rape: HC

Amaranth pilgrims style their hair with holy symbols of Lord Shiva as they shout religious slogans at Jammu highway, Nagrota on Friday.

Tom perfect for Ghalib role: director PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 23

A CRPF personnel stands guard on a deserted road in downtown Srinagar on Friday during restrictions. Authorities imposed strict restrictions in Srinagar follwing Khankhah-e-Moula challo call given by the breakaway Hurriyat conference.

vout yet self effacing lover, irreverent yet pious husband and self-seeking yet altruistic person, said Alam. "This is what one comes across while watching 67-yearold Ghalib narrating memoirs of his life to his first biographer Maulana Altaf Hussein Hali," he said. Alter takes Hali and audiences to an array of scenes depicting the poet in his childhood, youth, mid-age and old age. One also gets to hear

several ghazals including a good number of them hitherto unheard. The Padma Shri winner, who plays the older Ghalib, doubles up as the anchor. The Pierrot’s Troupe production, the theatre company headed by Alam, is credited with successfully rediscovering the genre of biographical drama with plays on Maulana Azad, K L Saigal, Begum Akhtar and Ghalib in New Delhi. "Our company has done two plays on the legendary Urdu poet – 'Ghalib' and 'Ghalib in New Delhi'. 'Ghalib in New Delhi', a comic play which sees the poet coming to the national capital, has seen more than 295 productions till date," he said. The company will also stage a new play on Ghalib's letters. "However, there will be no Ghalib in this play. It is only about people to whom Ghalib wrote letters. Alter will play one of such characters," Alam said.

HC stays order on CAG report PTI PATNA, JULY 23

The Patna High Court today stayed its previous order on whether or not the allegations levelled in a PIL in connection with the CAG report were a fit case to be referred to the CBI, in a major reprieve for the Nitish Kumar government. After an almost two-day hearing on the interlocutory petition filed by the state government seeking modifications in its order dated July 15, a division bench comprising Chief Justice R M Doshit and Justice S K Katriar also stayed its directive to the CBI director and Joint Director to be present in the court on July 26. Advocate General P K Sahi told PTI that the bench had put a stay on paragraph 18 and 19 of its July 15 order wherein both these two points were elaborated.

The six-year old bird, which was black originally, changed its colour four times in the last six years without shedding its plume or any other physical problem. The bird turned black-and white twice in 2009 while it remained pristine white so far. "It is an uncommon, freak case. We do not want to sacrifice

the bird, we are attempting external examinations only", Dr Oommen told PTI. "Blood and hormone samples of the bird have been collected in 2008, 2009 and 2010 continuously and analysed. Estrogen (female sex hormone) count is found to be very high in the hen than the normal rate, which could be the reason for the phenomenon," Dr Oommen said. The chicks of the bird were also being observed as the farmer had reported that one of them appeared to have the same tendency as the mother bird.

BJP fights back on persecution of Gujarat HM HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, JULY 23

The Bhartiya Janata Party on Friday got into a fighting mode, accusing the government "unashamedly" misusing the CBI to implicate Gujarat Minister of State for Home (independent charge) Amit Shah, a close confidant of Narendra Modi, in what its leaders described as falsely implicating him in a concocted case of an alleged hand in elimination of Kausar Bi, wife of Sohrabuddin Sheikh killed in a fake encounter by the state police in 2005. Turning down a Prime Minister's lunch invite on Friday extended to create a cordial atmosphere for the upcoming Parliament's monsoon session from Monday, the party leaders excused themselves saying that the CBI summons to Shah on the eve of the session have vitiated the atmosphere for any kind of discussions. Dr Manmohan Singh had invited BJP Parliamentary Party chairman Lal Krishna Advani, BJP President Nitin Gadkari and Parliament Opposition leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley over a luncheon meeting at 1 pm, but the last two instead held a Press conference at the party headquarters exactly at that time to announce the boycott. "We had agreed to attend but decided Thursday night in

a meeting at Advani's atmosphere that it would be improper on our part to lunch with the PM in the atmosphere vitiated by the CBI act. We knew something amiss is to happen in Gujarat and hence Advani had told Pranab da( Finance Minister Mukherjee) a day earlier to stop it," Sushma Swaraj said. Jaitley asserted that the CBI was politically motivated in cooking up a concocted and false case against the Gujarat Minister, choosing the time politically convenient to the ruling Congress. Shah will fight his legal battle while the BJP will fight politically, he said. "What kind of precedent the government wants to set? If the Gujarat home minister is to be hauled up in this case, is the Union Home Minister also going to be prosecuted for the killing of a Maoist leader and a gentleman by a central security force," he asked.

Noida Park: SC begins final hearing PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 23

The Supreme Court today began final hearing to examine the alleged violation of forest and environment laws by Uttar Pradesh government in the construction of statues and memorials for Dalit leaders at a park in Noida near here. The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) had sought some time to file a report but a special forest bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said it will not adjourn the matter and, if required, any report could be filed at a later stage of hearing. "We are not inclined to adjourn the matter," the Bench, also comprising Justices Aftab Alam and K S Radhakrishnan, said allowing the petitioners, who have challenged the Rs 650crore project, to advance their arguments. Senior advocate Jayant Bhushan, appearing for some Noida residents, alleged the UP government utilised the forest land for non-forest use by con-

structing memorials of Dalit leaders on 33 hectares of land for which it had uprooted 6194 trees. He submitted that the state government has not taken per-

We are not inclined to adjourn the matter," the Bench, also comprising Justices Aftab Alam and K S Radhakrishnan, said allowing the petitioners, who have challenged the Rs 650-crore project, to advance their arguments. mission under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, for going ahead with the project which was near the eco-fragile zone of Okhla bird sanctuary which is less than 500 metre away from the Park. The authorites in Noida has also not adhered to the September 14, 2006, notification of the

MoEF relating to the Environment Impact Assessment. "State government cannot take the law into its hand," the counsel said adding the Noida authorities should not be allowed to claim fait accompli in the matter on the grounds that a large portion of the work on the project site has been completed. However, the Bench interrupted the counsel and wanted to know from him how he claimed that the land in question was a forest land. "How can we identify that the land in question is forest land? Has it been recorded in the revenue record that it is a forest land?" the Bench told Bhushan who said the land was a manmade forest. To butress his arguments, he said the data obtained through satellite imaging of the area by the forest survey of India makes it clear that till 2006, 21.77 hectares of land was having trees to make it fall under the category of 'open forest'.






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measures to prevent accidents and collisions in the inland waterways of Goa,” the report states. The committee said it is unhappy that the vessels, which are berthed in the Mandovi River, appear to be having a permanent berthing. “Even though temporary NOC has been issued, the vessels continue to cause hindrance to iron ore barges, trawlers etc,” he said adding “…the committee recommends that the vessels be berthed in such a manner that they do not cause hindrance to iron ore barges, trawlers and vessels plying in the river.”

State NSUI chief attacked

a campaign to demand that the drug-nexus case be handed over from the Crime Branch to central agencies. Kawathankar is leading a State-wide signature campaign demanding the handing over of police-drug peddler nexus case to central agencies like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or National Investigating Agency (NIA). “Crime Branch is trying to suppress the campaign against them,” Kawathankar had said, adding that the signatures would be handed over to Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.

Scarlet case

statement before the police. The matter has been deferred till July 30, when Scarlet’s mother Fiona Mackeown will depose before the court. Both Samson and Placido are chargesheeted for drugging, raping and leaving Scarlet to die on the beach on the intervening night of February 17-18, 2008. Scarlet, a British teenage girl, had died while holidaying in Goa. She had come to India with her mom, siblings and mother’s boyfriend.

Bus travel to cost more

Pak Army chief gets extension PTI ISLAMABAD, JULY 23

Pakistan's powerful army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has been given a three-year extension of service ending months of suspense over his future, with the government citing continuity in counter-terrorism operations for extending his tenure. The 58-year-old Kayani, who replaced former President Pervez Musharraf as army chief in 2007, was to retire on November 28. He is the second top most Pakistani General to get an extension in recent years. His predecessor Per vez Musharraf gave himself a tenure of nine years as the Army Chief. The decision to extend his tenure was announced by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in a televised address to the nation last night. "In the best interests of the

country, I have decided in my capacity as Prime Minister to give Gen Kayani an extension of three years from November 29, 2010 while relaxing the existing policy and after consulting President Asif Ali Zardari," Gilani said. Musharraf had hand-picked Kayani to succeed him in 2007 superseding Gen Tariq Majid, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. Kayani's extension would effectively kill the chances of the next senior most three-star general Lt-Gen Khalid Shamim Wyne, who may be given a sop as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff. Defending his decision to extend Kayani's tenure, Gilani said: "This decision has been made in the light of (Kayani's) effective role in the war against terrorism and different law enforcement operations".

ICJ deems Kosovo independence declaration legal REUTERS THE HAGUE, JULY 23

Kosovo's unilateral secession from Serbia in 2008 did not violate international law, the World Court said Thursday in a decision with implications for separatist movements everywhere. The non-binding, but clearcut ruling by the International Court of Justice is a major blow to Serbia and will complicate efforts to draw the former pariah ex-Yugoslav republic into the European Union. It is likely to lead to more states following the United States, Britain and 67 other countries in recognizing ethnicAlbanian dominated Kosovo, which broke away after NATO intervened to end a brutal crackdown on separatism by Belgrade. It may also embolden break-

away regions in countries ranging from India and Iraq to Serbia's war-torn neighbor and fellow former Yugoslav republic Bosnia to seek more autonomy. "The court considers that general international law contains no applicable prohibition of declaration of independence," Judge Hisashi Owada, president of the ICJ, said in the clear majority ruling delivered in a cavernous hall at the Hague-based ICJ. "Accordingly it concludes that the declaration of independence of the 17th of February 2008 did not violate general international law." Serbian President Boris Tadic insisted Kosovo remained part of Serbia, a statement which, alongside the unequivocal nature of the ruling, threw confusion over Serbia's path toward EU membership, seen in the West as a way to stabilize the

Balkans. "Serbia will never recognize the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo," Tadic said. News of the court's decision prompted celebrations in the Kosovo capital Pristina, where people drove through the streets waving Kosovo, US and British flags and shouting "USA, USA!" US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said everyone should move beyond the issue of Kosovo's status and seek cooperation. Kosovo Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni said the ruling would compel Serbia to deal with it as a sovereign state. "I expect Serbia to turn and come to us, to talk with us on so many issues of mutual interest, of mutual importance," Hyseni told Reuters. "But such talks

can only take place as talks between sovereign states." In the flashpoint northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica, Albanians fired bullets in the air and let off firecrackers while Serbs gathered in their part of town and international forces blocked bridges across the river dividing the two sides. In Serbia the Orthodox Church, which has deep roots in Kosovo, rang church bells and led prayers. Serbia's dinar currency hit alltime lows, forcing the central bank to intervene for the second day in a row. Serbia lost control of Kosovo in 1999 when a 78-day NATO bombing campaign ended a two-year war between Serbia and ethnic Kosovo Albanians, and put in place a UN administration and a NATO-monitored ceasefire.

N Korea threatens physical response to US military drill

After nine kilometres people will have to shell out 55 paisa per kilometre as against 45 paisa. Diesel which was hiked by almost Rs five forced the bus operators to demand for a hike in bus fare.

Medvedev signs total drink driving ban AGENCIES MOSCOW, JULY 23

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill enforcing a zero alcohol limit for drivers, the Kremlin said on Friday. Current legislation allows drivers to get behind the wheel with a small amount of alcohol in their blood. The bill was approved by the lower house of Russia's parliament, the State Duma, earlier in July. State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov earlier said tougher punishments for drunk driving, enforced in the past few years, including the suspension of drivers' licenses and penalties of up to 15 days in jail, had been effective.


Ri Tong-il, a spokesman for North Korea, is mobbed by the media at the 17th Asean regional forum in Hanoi. AGENCIES SEOUL, JULY 23

North Korea today threatened a "physical response" to planned military exercises by the US and South Korea this weekend, as tensions on the Korean peninsula dominated a regional security forum in Hanoi. The regime did not specify what that response might be, but said it interpreted the launch on Sunday of four days of naval and air drills in the Sea of Japan

Venezuela, Colombia rift widens AGENCIES CARACAS, JULY 23

Latin American countries have appealed to Venezuela and Colombia to preserve regional peace by negotiating an end to their dispute over claims the former is harbouring Colombian rebels. Their calls, echoed by regional organizations and the United Nations, came as the dispute escalated Thursday when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cut all diplomatic relations with Colombia. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva spoke by telephone with Chavez and outgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and offered to mediate. Marco Aurelio Garcia, special adviser for International Affairs of Brazil's presidency, said: "I think the conflict is unfortunate, but we are convinced that with the establishment of the new (Colombian) government the conflict will be solved immediately." Brazil is helping and will keep on helping through dialogue between the two sides." The Peruvian government urged Venezuela and Colombia to retake the "dialogue and comprehension level they should have." Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Garcia said: "As a Peruvian and a South American or a Latin American as well, I'd like to see the dialogue and cooperation between the two countries reestablished."

as another sign of US "hostility". "It is a threat to the Korean peninsula and the region of Asia as a whole," a North Korea spokesman, Ri Tong-il, told reporters at the Asean regional forum. Ri said the drills harked back to 19th-century gunboat diplomacy and violated North Korea's sovereignty. "And [our] position is clear: there will be physical response to the threat imposed

by the United States militarily," he said. Operation Invincible Spirit will involve 8,000 US and South Korean troops, 200 aircraft and 20 ships, including the nuclearpowered aircraft carrier the USS George Washington. The meeting in Hanoi has quickly become the stage for a war of words between the north and the US, although there has been no direct contact between the countries' delegates. The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said "isolated and belligerent" North Korea would have to end its "campaign of provocative, dangerous behaviour" if it wanted better relations with the US and the rest of Asia. North Korea has pulled out of six-party talks on its nuclear programme and is blamed for the March sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean navy vessel, in which 46 sailors died.


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Applications on prescribed form are invited by 12th August, 2010 (19th August, 2010 in respect of applications received only by post (by post) from candidates residing in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim,J&K, Lahaul and Spiti district and Pangi subdivision of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, A & N Islands or Lakshadweep or abroad). Pay scale(Approx total emoluments p.m. excluding HRA & TA) & upper age limits immediately follow name of the post. The date for determining eligibility of all candidates in every respect shall be the normal closing date prescribed for receipt of applications viz. 12.08.2010. DEFENCE MINISTRY 1. One Senior Scientific Officer, Grade-I (Instrumentation) in DGQA, Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Defence Quality Assurance Service. The post is also suitable for Physically handicapped persons with disability viz. Hearing Impairment(HH) or Orthopaedically Handicapped / Locomotor Disability / Cerebral Palsy with OL(One Leg affected). Rs.10000-15200(T.E. Rs.22050)(Pre-revised). 40 yrs Qualifications : Essential : A. Educational : Master’s Degree in Electronics / Applied Physics / Physics / Opto Electronics or B.E. / B. Tech in Electronics / Instrumentation from a recognized University or equivalent. B. Experience : Four years’ practical experience in Production / Development/ Quality Assurance in the relevant field. MICRO SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISES MINISTRY 2. One Assistant Director, Grade-I(Electrical) in Micro Small & Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises. The post is reserved for OBC candidates. The post is also suitable for Orthopaedically Handicapped i.e., One Leg (OL) or Hearing Handicapped(HH) affected persons. Rs.8000-13500 (T.E. Rs.17640) (Prerevised). 38 yrs. Qualifications : Essential : A. Educational : Degree in Electrical Engineering from a recongized University or equivalent. B. Experience : Three years’ experience in a technical / Industrial concern in the production of light electrical machinery and appliances.

Essential : A. Educational : Post Graduate Degree in Ancient Indian History and Culture or Cultural Anthropology or Art History or Fine Arts including Drawing Painting or Museology from a recognized University / Institution or equivalent OR Diploma in Textile Design or Fine Arts from a recognized University / Institution or equivalent. B. Experience : Five years’ experience of research connected with Handicrafts and Traditional Textiles or Folk Arts and Crafts or Museology or Indology Archaeology including three years’ in a Museum or comparable Institution or as a lecturer connected with any aspect of Indian culture. MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OF DELHI 4. One Assistant Education Officer(Physical) in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. The post is to be filled up by Male candidates. Rs.15600-39100+Rs.6600 (Grade pay) (T.E. Rs.29970). 40 yrs. Relaxable upto 5 years for the employees of MCD. Qualifications : Essential : A. Educational : Master’s degree in Physical Education from a recognized University or equivalent. OR Master’s degree of a recognized University or equivalent and degree in Physical education from a recognized University or equivalent. B. Experience : Seven years’ experience in imparting training in physical Education in Educational Institute / Youth Welfare camps with two years’ administrative experience.


TEXTILES MINISTRY 3. One Deputy Director(Design & Documentation), Ministry of Textiles, Office of Development Commissioner(Handlooms), National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum. Rs.1560039100+Rs.6600 (Grade pay) (T.E. Rs.29970). 40 yrs. Qualifications :

Ref. No. F.1/143/2009-R-III. It is notified for information of all the concerned that the recruitment to two posts of Lecturer(Physics) in Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Administration (Advertisement No. 17, Item No. 8) published in the leading Newspapers/ Employment News on 12-09-2009 has been cancelled.


Age limit as on 12-08-2010. The age limit shown against S.No.2 is relaxed age limit for OBC candidates. The age limit shown against all other S.Nos is normal age limit.


Age is also relaxable for certain other categories.


Quals are relaxable at Commission’s discretion.


NOTE : Candidates with disabilities[as indicated against Item(s)] can apply to the respective posts even if the post is not reserved for them. However, such candidates will be considered for selection to such posts by general standard of merit. Persons suffering from not less than 40% of relevant disability shall alone be eligible for the benefit of reservation and other relaxations as permissible under the rules.


Prescribed EQs are minimum & mere possession of same does not entitle candidates to be called for interview. Where number of applications received is large the Commission will short list the candidates to be called for interview


Fee Rs.50/- payable in form of Central Rectt. Fee Stamps ONLY to be affixed on application form. No other mode of payment is acceptable. No fee for SC/ST/ Physically handicapped Candidates. No fee for women candidates of any community. Candidates abroad should enclose fee receipt issued by Indian Embassy/Mission.


For detailed information of posts, instructions & application format relating to Advt No. 14 please refer Employment News dated 24-07-2010 or visi Commission’s website i.e. Complete applications with enclosures shd be sent to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069, so as to reach him on or before prescribed closing date i.e 12-08-2010.


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BoI, Shiroda branch celebrates Kisan Divas

From left to right are N G Nisargan, senior manager, BoI, Panjim zonal office, Shriram Dhaimodkar, Ponda taluka zonal agricultural officer, Govt of Goa, D P Fernandes, Sr branch manager, Shiroda branch and G V Wagle, Staff of BoI.

PANJIM (HBD) -- On the bank’s Nationalisation Day, Bank of India, Shiroda branch, celebrated ‘Kisan Divas’ by organising a function at Vizar, Panchwadi. Sriram Dahimodker, Ponda taluka zonal agricultural officer who was specially invited for the function, spoke at length on the different schemes and subsidies available to the farmers from the Government of Goa and requested the farmers to avail the benefits. D P Fernandes, senior branch manager of Shiroda branch welcomed the guests. N G Nisargan, senior manager from Bank of India, Panjim zonal office, spoke about financial inclusion and about the special importance given to Panchwadi village by the bank. Sanction letters were issued to 5 Self Help groups and 4 farmers and mango saplings were distributed to those present. G V Wagle, Staff of the bank compered the function and R B Patil, asst manager proposed the vote of thanks.

RBI may need to get more aggressive REUTERS MUMBAI, JULY 23

Inflation in India has spread beyond food and fuel prices and is becoming entrenched, meaning the RBI may have little choice but to tighten policy more aggressively than now expected. A majority of economists polled by Reuters this week expect the RBI to raise interest rates by 25 basis points for a fourth time since March in its quarterly review on July 27. Most also expect the central bank to notch up rates by just another quarter point before the end of the year, given a tightening of market liquidity in recent weeks and uncertainty about the strength of global recovery. However, trends in broad money growth, the credit-deposit ratio and rising imports suggest inflationary pressures are likely to remain and may pose a bigger challenge later on, calling for a more aggressive action. PACE OF IMPORT GROWTH MAY WIDEN TRADE GAP FURTHER

With India expected to grow more than 8 percent this year and next, imports are expected to pick up. Since export growth is weak, rising imports threaten to push up the trade deficit up substantially, in turn widening the current account deficit, which reached $13 billion in the January-March quarter, its biggest since 1981.

A more decisive monetary tightening to curb domestic demand would help keep India's external imbalances in check. RESERVE MONEY GROWTH THREATENS TO PUSH INFLATION HIGHER Reserve money has been rising rapidly in recent months. Before the financial crisis, reserve

Jet Q1 net at Rs 3.5 cr

Meet on SILS held at Apollo Victor Hospitals PANJIM (HBD) -- Endosurg.10: SILS, a 3-day first of its kind “National hands-on course and Workshop in Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery” was recently held at Apollo Victor Hospitals, Margao. The conference was held to discuss new techniques in laparoscopy where the entire operation is done through a single hole in the belly button making it literally a scarless surgery as the scar will get buried inside the naval. More than 60 Senior Laparoscopic surgeons, Urologists and Gynecologists alike from all parts of the country and from Goa attended the event and received training for the same. This event was lauded as a landmark conference for SILS, only the second in as many as 7 years after the obesity conference held in Coimbatore in 2003. The hands-on course was one-of-a-kind largest training facility in the country till date and helped the delegates learn this new technique on animals. Twelve senior practicing surgeons in the field of single port surgery were a part of the faculty tutoring the delegates. The live workshops on 5 different surgeries on this innovative technique were demonstrated by 5 different surgeons from various parts of India. Victor Albuquerque, Victor Hospitals and Medical Services Ltd, Margao Goa in his address spoke about his interest in bringing the latest in health care to Goa and about the achievements Laparoscopy and other departments has brought to Apollo Victor Hospital and Goa. He was also all praise for Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan for his pioneering works making the hospital one of the best laparoscopic center in the country.

Idea Q1 PAT at Rs 196.4 cr PANJIM (HBD) -- Idea opens the first quarter of the new fiscal year with a 13% QoQ growth of Minutes on Network, on the back of similar percentage growth in the preceding two quarters, demonstrating the burgeoning size of the company’s operations. Hyper-competitive market conditions caused an ~5.4% decline in the Average Realised Rate (ARR) to 44p per minute, inspite of which, revenue was up 11.8% QoQ (~5.4% after normalisation for the full quarter impact of the Spice amalgamation wef March 1, 2010). The previous quarter EBITDA margin was 25.2%, which after excluding the one-off year-end reversals of Rs 60 crore, normalised to ~ 23.4%. Against this normalised margin, there is a QoQ drop of ~1.9%, entirely due to non-operational reasons, viz, a provision of higher spectrum charges (~0.9%) pending the TDSAT judgment, and the impact of the Spice amalgamation for the full quarter (~1.1%). Therefore operational factors continue to neutralise the ARR decline. Interest of Rs 40.4 crore against payment for 3G auction fee has been capitalised. Cash Profit was Rs 721.3 crore, whereas PAT for the quarter was Rs 196.4 crore, on a standalone basis.

Sensex ends flat; Bharti up 4 pc PTI MUMBAI, JULY 23

After touching a fresh 30-month high today, the BSE benchmark Sensex ended little changed at 18,130.98 points as cautious funds booked profits. Recording a rise for the third successive day, the 30-share barometer of the Bombay Stock Exchange closed higher by 17.83 points, or 0.10 per cent, at 18,130.98. This translates into an overall 0.8 per cent rise in the Sensex for the week ended July 24, the third consecutive week of gains for the benchmark index. The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty also registered marginal gains to end 0.13 per cent higher at 5,449.10 points.

money consistently led broad money growth, the central bank's key monetary gauge. Between 2000-2007 the annual change in reserve money had a 0.6 correlation with the year-on-year change in M3. That dropped to 0.4 for the 2000-2010 period because of massive liquidity injections during the financial crisis.


India's largest private carrier Jet Airways today posted a net profit of Rs 3.52 crore in the first quarter ended June 30, as against a loss of Rs 225.33 crore in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. The company's total income rose from Rs 2,428.36 crore in QI FY 10 to Rs 3,023.21 crore in the AprilJune quarter of this fiscal, the airline said in a filing to Bombay Stock Exchange.

CESC to invest Rs 2000 cr into solar REUTERS MUMBAI, JULY 23

Power utility CESC Ltd is looking to invest 20 billion rupees to develop a 200 mega-watt (MW) solar power project in the state of Rajasthan, ViceChairman Sanjeev Goenka told a news conference on Friday. "For the first phase, the work is going to start in the next 2-3 months. We have already acquired 300 acres of land near Bikaner," Goenka said. The project will be developed over a period of five years and the company is in talks with some firms for technology partnerships, Goenka said. India, whose grid-connected solar power capacity is close to 3 MW, recently launched its solar policy framework, National Solar Mission, that aims to increase it by more than 300 times to 1,000 MW by 2013. Aban Offshor, 847.2, 858, 837, 840.8 Abb Ltd., 850, 850, 835.05, 838.7 Abg Shipyard, 256.35, 259.9, 252.5, 254.45 Acc Limited, 816.6, 825.45, 808.2, 819.95 Adani Enterp, 564.8, 564.95, 548.6, 556.35 Aditya Birla, 841, 841, 816, 818.5 Allahabad Ba, 179.1, 188.05, 178.25, 185.2 Alstom Proje, 655.85, 712, 652.05, 704.4 Ambuja Cemen, 115.2, 115.5, 113.4, 115 Andhra Bank, 143.85, 147.5, 143.6, 145.85 Ashok Leylan, 74, 74, 72, 73.25 Asian Paints, 2521.9, 2548, 2510, 2520.55 Axis Bank Li, 1365, 1395, 1365, 1389.95 Bajaj Hindus, 115.5, 117.55, 115.1, 115.6 Bank Of Baro, 715.6, 733, 715.6, 725.2 Bank Of Indi, 405.85, 406.9, 396.1, 402.95 Beml Limited, 1039.9, 1039.9, 1015, 1020.55 Bharat Elect, 1811.65, 1894.8, 1805, 1846.85 Bharat Forge, 336.35, 339.05, 330.55, 331.85 Bharat Petro, 641.7, 645, 630, 632.1 Bharti Airte, 304.45, 316.5, 302, 313.8

A spate of firms have rushed in to tap the fledgling sector. Areva Renewable, a unit of France' Areva , is considering solar-thermal projects in India, it said in April. Bharat Forge has said it is targeting 100 MW of solar power projects over a 3-4 year period. Apart from solar power, CESC has also achieved financial closure for a 600 MW thermal power project at Haldia in West Bengal and the firm would pump in around 33 billion rupees to develop the project, the work for which will commence shortly. The firm is also reviving another 600 MW power project

Bhel, 2425, 2465.5, 2420, 2460.2 Bhushan Stee, 1582, 1592.9, 1561.15, 1571.55 Biocon Limit, 333.85, 335.7, 319.1, 320.95 Bombay Dyein, 541.7, 545.7, 532.15, 536.65 Bosch Limite, 5844, 5844, 5726, 5742.6 Brigade Ente, 139, 139.9, 135, 135.4 Cairn India, 326.9, 333.25, 325.5, 326.45 Canara Bank, 489, 490, 480, 481.35 Central Bank, 153.6, 161.45, 149.8, 157.75 Century Text, 468.9, 468.9, 455.95, 461.45 Cesc Ltd, 408, 408, 396.05, 397.85 Chambal Fert, 67.95, 68.85, 67.95, 68.3 Chennai Petr, 257, 260.5, 255.4, 258.95 Cipla Ltd, 330, 330, 325, 325.55 Colgate Palm, 854.85, 854.85, 845, 846.3 Container Co, 1400, 1407.1, 1367.1, 1378.15 Crompton Gre, 291.2, 296.4, 286.5, 288.5 Cummins Indi, 596.5, 600, 590.15, 595.25 Dabur India, 210, 213.3, 209.55, 211.5 Deccan Chron, 140.1, 140.1, 136.15, 136.85 Dish Tv Indi, 45.85, 46.4, 45, 45.1 Divi’s Labor, 780.1, 785.9, 767.5, 769.9

in Balaghar in West Bengal by investing 32 billion rupees, Goenka had said in April. Earlier on Friday, CESC had reported flat April-June net profit at 1.1 billion rupees, despite a 34 percent growth in sales to 10.82 billion rupees, as a rise in fuel prices hurt tarrifs and profits. "Steep rise in fuel price impacted the power purchase price and tariffs significantly which impacted our net profit". SPENCER'S DEAL DELAYED CESC, which also runs retail chain Spencer's, has been looking to raise funds by selling a stake in the unit but a potential deal with a private equity firm

Dlf Limited, 329, 331, 320.6, 322.5 Dr. reddy’s, 1368, 1386.9, 1277.15, 1365.3 Edelweiss Ca, 517.5, 524.45, 506.35, 509.9 Educomp Solu, 628.5, 629.9, 610.7, 613.55 Eih Limited, 128.95, 131.4, 126.8, 127.7 Engineers In, 347.25, 349.7, 337.4, 338.35 Essar Oil Lt, 134.5, 135.85, 132.15, 133 Essar Shippi, 84.4, 85.7, 83.2, 83.6 Exide Indust, 135.5, 136.4, 132.9, 133.95 Federal Bank, 356.1, 360, 353.8, 355.05 Financial Te, 1328, 1328, 1290, 1294.9 Gail (india), 474.45, 476.8, 461.5, 464.85 Gammon India, 219.25, 223, 219.25, 220.5 Glaxosmithkl, 2040, 2094.7, 2029, 2076.75 Glenmark Pha, 283, 284, 278.3, 280.9 Gmr Infrastr, 60.35, 61.2, 59.3, 59.6 Godrej Indus, 183.4, 185.6, 179.6, 180.1 Grasim Indus, 1830, 1847.9, 1815, 1827.5 Great Offsho, 429.8, 429.8, 421.05, 422.4 Gtl Infra.Lt, 46.85, 46.85, 45.6, 45.8 Gujarat Mine, 124.5, 124.8, 122.1, 122.45 Gujarat N R, 64.4, 64.65, 63.55, 64.05 Gujarat Stat, 105.45, 105.45, 103, 103.65 Gvk Pow. & I, 46.1, 46.3, 44.9, 45

Hcl Technolo, 375, 377.8, 371.7, 372.8 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2069, 2069, 2025.9, 2038.6 Hdfc Ltd, 3025.55, 3042.9, 2982.4, 2993.45 Hero Honda M, 1955, 1976.95, 1934.3, 1950.65 Hindalco in, 158.8, 159.3, 157, 158.1 Hindustan Co, 137.55, 137.6, 133.7, 134.5 Hindustan Ma, 73.4, 73.9, 72.1, 72.3 Hindustan Pe, 442.2, 445.3, 431.15, 436.5 Hindustan Un, 262.4, 264.15, 260.3, 261.95 Hindustan Zi, 1015, 1017.9, 982.4, 993.4 Housing Dev, 281.7, 281.7, 267.7, 269 Icici Bank L, 915, 920.8, 905.4, 912.85 Idea Cellula, 66, 69.15, 64.6, 68.65 Ifci Ltd, 62, 63.15, 58.55, 59.45 India Cement, 108.5, 108.8, 106.5, 106.9 India Infoli, 101.05, 102, 98.25, 98.65 Indiabulls F, 163, 163, 158.2, 159.5 Indiabulls R, 168.05, 168.1, 163, 164 Indian Bank, 247, 252.2, 242.1, 251.35 Indian Hotel, 103.5, 103.8, 101.4, 101.75 Indian Oil C, 376, 376.7, 370.9, 373.25 Indian Overs, 115.55, 116.7, 112.75, 115.55 Indus Dev Ba, 123.25, 123.9, 121.1, 121.65

fell through on valuation deadlock. "We were in talks with a particular private equity firm, but it could not go through because of the valuation issues," Goenka said without elaborating. But the plan to divest stake in Spencer's is not shelved, he said. "We are in the process of dialogues with 2-3 other private equity players". Spencer's is looking to add 200,000 square feet this fiscal, and expects revenues of around 9.5 billion rupees in FY11, Goenka said. Under Spencer's, CESC currently has 900,000 square feet of retail space. Revenue from retail business stood at about 9 billion rupees in FY10, Goenka had said in April. "We have achieved a profitability at the store level. Overall Spencer's should breakeven in next 18 months".

Indusind Ban, 207.4, 214, 206.5, 212.05 Infosys Tech, 2787, 2870.05, 2765, 2786.45 Infra. dev., 196, 196, 191, 192.25 Ispat Indust, 18.35, 18.65, 18.15, 18.2 Itc Ltd, 300, 302.7, 298.25, 301.65 Ivrcl Infras, 191.55, 191.7, 183.9, 184.4 Jai Corp Lim, 251, 258.7, 248.2, 249.9 Jaiprakash A, 132, 132.5, 128.3, 128.7 Jet Airways, 633, 634.6, 611.1, 613.75 Jindal Saw L, 205, 207, 202, 202.5 Jindal Steel, 652, 658, 636.4, 639.9 Jsw Steel Li, 1220, 1230.5, 1191, 1197.65 Kotak Mahind, 778, 778, 765.1, 769.75 Lakshmi Mach, 2029, 2031.3, 1990, 1992.05 Lanco Infrat, 68, 68.45, 66.65, 66.95 Larsen & Tou, 1939.8, 1945.05, 1930, 1937.85 Lic Housing, 1045.55, 1050.7, 1031, 1036.3 Lupin Limite, 1875, 1909.35, 1867, 1897.2 Mahanagar Te, 66.7, 68.05, 66, 67.2 Mahindra & M, 632, 641, 626, 627.9 Maruti Suzuk, 1365, 1372.7, 1346.3, 1358.2 Max India Lt, 159.5, 164.45, 155.4, 156.5 Maytas Infr., 209.9, 211, 204.25, 205.9

However, with a rise in economic activity the correlation is likely to get tighter. A pickup in money supply growth, will serve as another important signal of inflationary pressures ahead. RISING GAP IN CREDIT-DEPOSIT GROWTH TO ADD TO PRICE PRESSURES Bank credit is growing at an annual pace of around 22 percent while deposits grow at a 15 percent clip. So the credit-deposit ratio has widened to 73.44 percent in July from around 70 percent at the start of this year, climbing above the monthly average of the past five years of 69 percent. The Reserve Bank of India will need to raise policy rates to push more money back into deposits and slow credit growth, reducing the disparity between the two.

BOARD MEETINGS Hindustan Zinc Andhra Petro Indiabulls Fin Indian Bank Ashirwad Cap Indian Oil Corp Balrampur Chini Kamat Hotels Bio Green Inds Kesoram Inds Sun Pharma Adv Maruti Suzuki Eicher Motors Ferro Alloys Tata Sponge Fineline Circ Nicco Parks Tele Techno Force Motors United Bank Godrej Cons Vishal Mall Himalya Intl Hindustan Compo Source:

MF FUNDA HDFC MUTUAL FUND has approved July 28, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of HDFC Short Term Opportunities Fund. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be Rs 0.0415 per unit for Individuals & HUF and Rs 0.0387 per unit for Others, subject to availability of distributable surplus as on the record date. AXIS MUTUAL FUND has filed offer document with SEBI to launch Axis Dynamic Bond Fund, an open ended debt scheme. The scheme will offer units of Rs 10 each for cash (subject to applicable load) during the new fund offer. The scheme will endeavor to generate optimal returns while maintaining liquidity through active management of a portfolio of debt and money market instruments. The scheme offers growth option and dividend option. The dividend option has the facility of quarterly payout and reinvestment and half-yearly payout and reinvestment. Minimum Application Amount: Minimum of Rs 5,000 and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter. Benchmark Index: CRISIL Composite Bond Fund index Entry Load: Nil. Exit load: 0.5% if redeemed/switched out within 6 months from date of allotment. Ninad Deshpande would be the designated fund manager of the scheme. CANARA ROBECO MUTUAL FUND has filed offer document with SEBI to launch Canara Robeco Yield Advantage Fund, an open ended debt scheme. The scheme will offer units of Rs 10 each for cash (subject to applicable load) during the new fund offer. The scheme offers growth option and dividend option. The dividend option has the facility of quarterly payout and reinvestment and monthly payout and reinvestment. Lump sum Investment: Minimum amount: Rs 5,000 and multiples of Re 1 thereafter. Systematic Investment Plan: Minimum installment amount - Rs 1,000.00 and Rs 2,000.00 for monthly and quarterly frequency respectively and in multiples of Re 1.00 thereafter. Benchmark Index: CRISIL MIP Blended Index. Load Structure: Entry Load: Nil Exit load: 1% if redeemed / switched-out within 1 year from the date of allotment. Nil if redeemed or switched out after 1 year from the date of allotment. Ritesh Jain would be the designated fund manager of the scheme. FRANKLIN TEMPLETON MUTUAL FUND has announced change in fundamental attributes of Templeton Monthly Income Plan with effect from July 26, 2010. The following are the proposed changes. Revised Name of the Scheme: Templeton India Low Duration Fund Type of Plan Introduced: Growth Plan. Load Structure: Entry load charge will be nil for the scheme. Exit load charge will be 0.50% of the NAV if investors who redeem/switch out such investments within 3 months from the date of allotment. Minimum Application / Redemption Amount: Minimum investment Rs 10,000 additional/redemption amount of Rs 1,000. This addendum forms an integral part of the Scheme Information Document. All the other terms and conditions will remain unchanged.

Moser-baer (, 68.1, 68.3, 66.8, 67.2 Mrpl, 80.7, 82.3, 80.2, 80.6 Nagarjuna Co, 184.1, 186.4, 182, 183.05 Nagarjuna Fe, 32.5, 32.5, 31.55, 31.65 National Alu, 442.9, 442.9, 433.2, 435.45 Neyveli Lign, 158.5, 159.3, 155.35, 156.2 Ntpc Ltd, 205.9, 206, 201.25, 202 Oil And Natu, 1278.05, 1282.8, 1255.5, 1259.95 Omaxe Limite, 111.75, 112.55, 108, 109.45 Oriental Ban, 355, 368.45, 355, 363.65 Pantaloon Re, 497, 497, 455, 458.55 Parsvnath De, 132.95, 137.45, 129.6, 130.6 Petronet Lng, 84.2, 86, 83.65, 84.55 Power Fin Co, 329.75, 329.75, 316, 317.45 Power Grid C, 102.4, 102.4, 100.6, 101 Praj Industr, 83.1, 83.1, 77.55, 78.45 Punj Lloyd L, 137.7, 137.7, 133.8, 134.65 Punjab Natio, 1060, 1067.7, 1047, 1050.7 Rajesh Expor, 89.05, 90.1, 88.05, 88.15 Ranbaxy Labs, 459, 460, 446.15, 447.7 Rashtriya Ch, 89.8, 89.9, 87.1, 87.25 Rel. nat. re, 44.5, 44.75, 43.9, 44.05 Reliance Cap, 822, 823.5, 790.5, 795.3

Reliance Com, 191.2, 191.35, 187.2, 188.75 Reliance Ene, 922.1, 982, 922.1, 952 Reliance Ind, 930, 932, 903.35, 908.7 Reliance Ind, 1063.95, 1070.9, 1056.8, 1060.45 Reliance Pow, 174, 174.65, 172.65, 173.25 Rolta India, 177, 181.4, 175.65, 176.55 Satyam Compu, 90, 91.7, 89.6, 91.15 Sesa Goa Ltd, 369.7, 373.3, 363.2, 364.9 Shipping Cor, 161, 162, 157.25, 158.3 Siemens Ltd, 727.85, 734.75, 721.8, 727.9 Sintex Indus, 365.95, 370, 359.6, 365.5 Sobha Develo, 341, 354.35, 338.5, 346.2 State Bank O, 2481, 2503.75, 2476, 2496.8 Steel Author, 207.55, 208.65, 205.5, 206.85 Sterlite Ind, 176.4, 178.7, 172, 174 Sun Pharmace, 1760, 1763.9, 1734.1, 1740.5 Sun Tv Netwo, 443, 447, 433.25, 434.9 Suzlon Energ, 60.5, 60.7, 59.25, 59.45 Tata Communi, 286.8, 289.5, 279, 285.35 Tata Consult, 850, 850, 835.1, 839.3 Tata Motors, 842.1, 846.95, 831.4, 838.4 Tata Power C, 1338, 1338, 1321, 1323.8

Tata Steel L, 541, 548.9, 533.5, 535.65 Tata Teleser, 22, 22.15, 21.65, 21.85 Tech Mahindr, 755, 759.85, 742, 746.7 The Ge Shpg., 283.4, 284.5, 280.1, 283.9 The Phoenix, 231, 235.65, 225.15, 229.8 Thermax Ltd, 813, 814, 772.05, 776.25 Titan Indust, 2801, 2801, 2739, 2772.7 Torrent Powe, 353, 355, 345, 345.95 Triveni Engg, 101, 104.45, 100.05, 102.75 Tv18 India L, 81.5, 82.5, 80.75, 81.2 Uco Bank, 87.5, 92.8, 85.15, 91.1 Ultratech Ce, 852.95, 852.95, 822.9, 829.35 Union Bank O, 325, 329.8, 322.15, 326 Unitech Ltd, 85.75, 87.8, 83.85, 84.2 United Phosp, 185.25, 185.25, 180, 180.55 Videocon Ind, 220, 220, 214.6, 215.75 Vijaya Bank, 70.9, 71.4, 69.05, 70 Voltas Ltd, 209.25, 211.8, 205.85, 207 Wipro Ltd, 417.05, 430.45, 410.55, 412.45 Yes Bank Lim, 300, 304.4, 298.8, 301.85 Zee Entertai, 304.5, 306.4, 295.5, 298.25


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PMEAC sees economy growing faster PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 23

The Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council today said the economy would expand by a faster than expected 8.5 per cent this fiscal, but cautioned that high inflation, low farm productivity and poor infrastructure could turn the story sour in the medium-term. Describing inflation as a source of worry, the PMEAC today said containing surging prices, improving farm productivity and improving infrastructure is essential to put the country on a nine per cent growth on a sustainable basis. Wholesale prices based inflation was 10.55 per cent in June, owing to higher fuel and food prices. Releasing the Economic Outlook for 2010-11, PMEAC Chairman C Rangarajan said inflation at 10.55 per cent is more than double the comfort zone and the Reserve Bank should take either strong monetary action or "baby steps" to arrest it. "A bias towards (monetary) tightening is necessary," the former RBI governor said. The RBI is slated to review its monetary policy on July 27. Rangarajan, however, said inflation would start easing by August-September and cool to 7-8 per cent by December before falling to 6.5 per cent by this fiscal end. This fall, he said, would come on the back of better farm sector output. He said the agriculture sector is likely to grow by 4.5 per cent, industry 9.3 per cent and services by 8.5 per cent and

these together would help push economic growth this fiscal to 8.5 per cent. It had earlier projected 8.2 per cent growth. He said normal monsoon would help grow farm output, after two years of poor rains. Agriculture output grew 0.2 per cent last fiscal and 1.6 per cent the previous year. However, overall low farm productivity could still come in the way of nine per cent growth projections in the long run, the PMEAC cautioned,

while calling for improving water and soil management along with better farm practices and cultivation of a wider range of crops. "We need to develop an integrated approach to these issues," Rangarajan said. The third area which could halt the expected nine per cent growth story were infrastructure bottlenecks, particularly in power, the Council said. Ridiculing shortage of power supply, he said, "As against a planned target for creating

78,740 mega watts, it appears we would be lucky to get 62,000 mw by March, 2012." But the nine per cent economic growth, the Council felt, was possible thanks to high investment and savings rates of 38.4 per cent and 36 per cent that year. Rangarajan said the Council has assumed recovery to be slow in the West, although it ruled out a second bout of recession like the one following the 2008 global financial crisis. Pointing out that fuel has be-

come a limitation in the power sector, Rangarajan stressed on broadbasing fuel usage to nuclear power, natural gas and renewable sources, while reducing the proportion of coal. The Council expected manufacturing segment in particular and industrial sector in general to continue with high growth momentum. "Overall, we expect manufacturing output to expand by about 10 per cent in 2010-11 and the general index (industrial production) to register almost ten per cent. Capital goods output will register high growth, as will durable consumer goods," he said. The PMEAC also expected services to continue to show buoyancy, though some segments in the community and personnel services will not be as strong. It projected software and BPO activity to expand significantly in 2010-11, both in domestic and exports fronts. Also, it forecast steady expansion in financial services. Rangarajan said capital flows will be sufficient to cover current account deficit estimated to be 2.7 per cent of GDP this fiscal and add to the forex reserves. Even as he expected portfolio investment, which is the foreign fund inflows in the capital markets, to decline to 25 billion dollars this fiscal from 32 billion dollars last fiscal, Rangarajan said robust FDI inflow will more than make up for the decline.

Glenmark’s Goa unit bags another USFDA nod HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, JULY 23

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has received the health regulator's nod to market and distribute generic contraceptive pills, Norethindrone Acetate, in the US market. "The approval marks the second product approval by the USFDA from Glenmark's hormone facility located in Goa," the company said. The approval for Norethindrone Acetate tablets in 5 mg strength, is granted by the US Food and Drugs Administration (USFDA) to Glenmark Generics

Govt okays 18 FDI proposals PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 23

The govt approved 18 foreign investment proposals worth Rs 2,245.32 crore, with the major inflow being accounted for by Transcend Infrastructure for setting up communication and broadcasting towers business. Transcend Infrastructure (TIL) proposal entails FDI inflow of Rs 1,932 crore, a finance ministry statement said. The company plans to build, acquire and lease towers for the communications and broadcasting sectors, it added. Meanwhile, the govt has rejected 10 proposals, including those of M&M, INX Media , Telcordia Tech and Siemens. Besides, 21 other proposals have been deferred and involve companies like Wipro, Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Jagran Media Network, Essar Capital Holdings (India), UTStarcom India Telecom and Verizon Comm India. The other proposals cleared include that of Frigorifico Allana for setting up a JV, involving FDI of Rs 125 crore. The proposal of GETIT Infoservices, involving FDI of Rs 96 crore, has also been cleared. The company plans to increase foreign equity and undertake "additional activity relating to publishing", the statement said.

Inc, a subsidiary of group firm Glenmark Generics, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said in a statement. The company will commence marketing and distribution of the product immediately, it added. Norethindrone Acetate is the generic version of Duramed Research Inc’s ‘Aygestin’ and is also indicated for the treatment of secondary amenorrhea, endometriosis and abnormal uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance, the company added.

Danish Co Grundfos to make India its R&D base AGENCY CHENNAI, JULY 23

Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos is planning to make India its global research and development (R&D) base, a top company official said Friday. The $4.5 billion-turnover company is also setting up a new facility at Sriperumbudur near here to cater to neighbouring country markets. 'We have 16 acres of land at Sriperumbudur where we plan to build a bigger facility and move in there by 2012. However, details about the capital expenditure, the products to be made and the markets to be served are being discussed,' Grundfos India MD N K Ranganath said. The 12-year-old, Rs.208crore Grundfos India is responsible for markets in Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives. Launching a new range of water pumps targeting the domestic residential segment under the DAB brand belonging to group company DWT, Italy, he said Grundfos is planning to convert Grundfos India's Thoraipakkam facility here into a R&D centre to house around 300 engineers over the next five years. 'Recently a small R&D division with 30 engineers has

Umesh Naik, the first customer of the Roadstar FEFA with carrying capacity 68 cylinder and 1527 cc diesel engine. Also present from left to right are M Vasanta Rao, regional head HPCL, Rahesh Tangri, MD Rahesh Motors and Vijay Thakur, institutional sales, Premier Ltd.

been set up to develop software to be embedded in water pumps. This is being done on an experimental basis as the group's global R&D is based out of Denmark now,' he added. Meanwhile, Grundfos India has taken up a small space at Marg Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to start exports of water pump components. Speaking about the DAB range of water pumps, he said: 'Our Grundfos pumps are targeted at institutional segment and it is premium priced. How-

ever we found there is a latent demand for our energy efficient pumps at mid market segment. But in order to tap that segment effectively this new range is added.' Though belonging to the same group globally the Grundfos and DAB range of products were sold by different marketing channels and only in India both the brands will be sold by one company, Grundfos. The total Indian pump market (including industrial) is estimated to be around Rs. 4,500 crore.

World's cheapest laptop at $35 REUTERS MUMBAI, JULY 23

India has come up with the world's cheapest "laptop," a touch-screen computing device that costs $35. Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal this week unveiled the low-cost computing device that is designed for students, saying his department had started talks with global manufacturers to start mass production. "We have reached a (developmental) stage that today, the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything," he told a news conference. He said the touchscreen gadget was packed with Internet browers, PDF reader and video conferencing facilities but its hardware was created with sufficient flexibility to incorporate new components according to user requirement. Sibal said the Linux based computing device was expected to be introduced to higher education institutions from 2011 but the aim was to drop the price further to $20 and ultimately to $10. The device was developed by research teams at India's premier technological institutes, the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science.







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BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES hat is service? A service is one where one does certain activities in the interest of another. Every service contains a set of ethics within its core that act as a fulcrum towards providing maximum benefit to the people. Upon joining a service, an individual should abide by these ethics. Among the various fields present the ethics of a journalist should be highly stressed upon, because “The very nature of his job is directly connected in the interest of the public,” says a senior reporter with a local English daily. He adds, “We have to take our jobs very seriously as our expressions form the undercurrents for public thought, the repercussions are on a vast number of people.” The point made here is simple, the larger the people influenced the more responsible and ethical one should be. The main question to be addressed here is how one can apply journalistic ethics to their job. “Don’t sum it up as a job,” comes the strong voice of an equally strong colleague. “As soon as you view it as a petty, money minded, nine to fiver, your focus shifts to simply making money and the essence of your work is diluted.” Journalists whole-heartedly agree that this is not acceptable at any cost in the field of journalism. “Journalism is a freedom. A freedom drawn from the people,” stresses Prakash Kamat, president, Goa Union of Journalists and chief correspondent, The Hindu. He elaborates, “It is certainly not our freedom to misuse. We are accountable to the people. As this is the case, an entrance of norms is made,


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BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES itches, werewolves and ghoulish giants once were creatures of our nightmares but of late, they have been transformed into endearing heroes, heroines and trustworthy friends. The journey of the young, orphaned boy who lives with his aunt’s family, spending a life of an outcaste until one fine day, he finds out that he belongs to a world poles apart from the normal life he had been leading, is what enchanted the readers, making it one of the fastest selling books in history. The book, which started out as an attempt to rise above the normal way of living, made the author an ideal example of the rags-to-riches story. In a span of just five years, JK Rowling made millions of fans go gaga over the magical world she described. Much to the relief of some parents, the Harry Potter series drew their playstation-savvy kids to the reading habit. “I was really happy when my son said that he wanted to read a book!” exclaimed Amelia Coutinho. “The first novel my son Rafael started reading was Harry Potter,” says Nita Noronha e Costa. “I was really intrigued by the way Rowling wrote her books, her way of describing the fantasy was just amazing and her writing kept me engrossed; I could just read and not want to put the book down,” says Gail Gonsalves. The craze for the book had gone to such an extent that some fans even sat up all night reading the book, and when their parents would object to it, they thought of ways to keep reading without their parents realising it. “I would wait for the lights to go out and then huddle under the blanket and read the book in torchlight, not bothering about my eyesight,” says Nikita Fernandes. “What is so fascinating about the book is that it keeps you wondering what happens next, the fascination of the spells and the experiments that the students keep attempting is what keep the reader interested,” says Rafael D’Costa. From the Summoning Charm – Accio, to the Patronus Charm – Expecto Patronum the charms and spells have been on the tips of the tongues of all Potter fans. Characters like Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, the Weasley twins and Hargid have made this series even more likable with their unique antics and personalities. On the other hand, the mere mention of Voldermort and his followers can instill fear and hatred into hearts of those who love being good. “The various spells and the characters were so interesting. Dumbledore for example is my favourite, he’s got this aura about him and is the most practical of them all, never ridden by his emotions,” says Gail. “There were times when we would discuss the stories and come up with our own theories about the series. Some of my friends were so addicted to


which when stuck to, gives a journalist credibility and integrity. By the very dynamic of our profession there should be no compromise on principles, values or ethics.” Giving an answer to the question posed, journalists in the state feel that for the maintenance of credibility of the media, the people within it should regulate themselves. “Self regulation is the best regulation. The concept of ethics itself is laced with self-regulation,” says Kamat. Explaining his statement he adds, “When persons in the media do not keep a check on their actions, they will waver in the public eye. As soon as this happens, external bodies, the government to begin with, will play regulatory body to the media, challenging its freedom of expression.” The danger of this becoming a reality is constantly lurking in the shadows. Hence to retain its autonomy, journalists should all the more keep a check on their ethics. “Work in tune with your conscience,” says the reporter. All said, ethical dilemmas, present themselves often in a journalist’s life. And choices have to be made in time. What is a journalist to do then? “An individual’s personality comes to play here. There is no standard answer here. Do not compromise on your values and be very clear about the constitutional principles,” journalists collectively agree. In the case of extremes, like sting operations for example, “Make sure they are conducted in the public interest and answer the larger question, ‘How far can I infringe upon an individual’s personal life in the interest of the public?’,” aptly concludes Prakash Kamat.


the books that they had email IDs and passwords with terms from the series,” says Nikita. The love for such a dark and scary world of witchcraft and wizardry has garnered a lot of debate, but nonetheless, the books and movies still are a rave. “The series has become such a phenomenal success because he is a realistic boy in this fascinating world, he is a regular kid who has his limitations, and against all this he still goes on,” says Jugneeta Sudam, of the book club, Pageturners, who are organising a one-day workshop on Harry Potter, in association with the International Centre Goa. Jugneeta says this will open the world of books to children and bring them back to the reading habit. “Wizards have always held our fascinations, and the marketing of the books that release worldwide on the same day is another factor for its popularity,” says Nita. “The reason why it has gained appeal is that it is basically a tale of good over evil, and it gives you the reason for why there is evil and why there is good, the lust for power and the prohibition of the evil use of this power,” explains Nita. While there are people who are happy about the fact that there were people reading, there were another set of people who think that these books should have age restrictions as the books that came later are more mature and the story delves in darker areas of death, and the very graphic fight of good against evil. “The last book especially, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is full of adventure, it’s like what Harry has been studying in the past years, he is able to put into practice here; it is the ultimate showdown of good versus evil,” says Rafael. “The children today are socially aware, and you can’t keep them away from reality,” says Nita. “Children today don’t want fairytales, they are already presented with the truth of life on a platter in the form of the television and the internet, and so there is no topic now that can be considered taboo,” says Jugneeta. There can be no argument about the popularity of the series and the fact that it continues to weave its charm among all the readers.

Gwyneth Paltrow talks of Battle with PPD


ollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow has disclosed that she suffered “the darkest and most painfully debilitating” time of her life when she had post-natal depression after the birth of her second child. The actress stated that she was engulfed by depression after the birth of her second child. On her blog, she wrote that she had expected to experience a similar “euphoria” to that she had after giving birth to her first child, her daughter Apple, in May 2004. Instead, she said she suffered five months of post-natal depression. She wrote: “When my son, Moses, came into the world in 2006, I expected to have another period of euphoria following his birth, much the way I had when my daughter was born two years earlier. Instead I was confronted with one of the darkest and most painfully debilitating chapters of my life.” “For about five months I had, what I can see in hindsight as postnatal depression, and since that time, I have wanted to know more about it.” On her blog which includes recipes, dieting tips and lifestyle advice, she then added articles by gynaecologist Dr Laura Schiller on how to tackle post-natal depression. Paltrow won an Oscar for her role in the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and is married to British musician Chris Martin, the singer of the group Coldplay. The Twilight Series’ ‘Eclipse’ star Bryce Dallas Howard, 29, also faced the same problem. She posted a detailed account of her own upsetting post-birth experience with son, Theo, who’s now 3. Here’s an excerpt: “Before Theo was born, I had been in good humour about my 80-pound weight gain, but I was now mortified by it. My house was a mess. I believed I was a terrible dog owner. I was certain I was an awful actress and worst of all, I definitely felt I was a rotten mother--not a bad one, a rotten one. Because the truth was, every time I looked at my son, I wanted to disappear.”

Acting blind is difficult: Deepika


ead actors playing visually challenged characters is not new, but for Deepika Padukone it was a first. She describes it as her toughest role yet. That’s right! Deepika, the ‘bindaas’ Bollywood babe who plays the lead character of Pinky Palkar in Yashraj Films’ ‘Lafangey Parindey’ opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh, is visually challenged in the film. Deepika reveals that she had to do extensive research on the behaviour and life of blind people by meeting and observing them closely. “For me, this role out of all the films that I have done was the most challenging. It’s not been easy. It required a lot of focus and concentration,” stated the 24 year old. In the film she is needed to do skate dancing, while pretending to be blind, and mastering this too took considerable time. In fact, the process for the shooting required all the cast members (Deepika, Neil, director Sarkar and others) to have


Over the last decade, one book series has left readers world over spellbound, Harry Potter! Holding a workshop on the Potter series, the Pageturners hope to get children back to the reading habit. Herald garners in Potter’s appeal to Goa’s residents

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a feel and understanding of the things that sightless people do to carry on their daily lives. Much care was needed when scenes were being shot for the film as Deepika and every other person had to behave in a certain way to make it appear realistic on screen. The catch was to look and act blind while actually seeing everything. Director Pradeep Sarkar, of ‘Parineeta’ fame, was a great help to Deepika and explained everything in a very practical way. While Deepika is a blind girl living a typical ‘mumbaiya’ lifestyle, Neil essays the part of ‘one shot Nandu’. This character is that of a boxer who fights blindfolded in the ring.









GOA’S HEARTBEAT Saturday, 24 July, 2010

WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? A Konkani literary contest in the Roman script, organised by the Goan Review Art Foundation (GRAF) is open for registration till July 31. Call 2630139. Applications for various music examinations are open at the Bal Bhavan, Campal Goa. Registration closes on August 16. Call 2226823. A blood donation, eye check-up and diabeties detection camp, organised by the Panjim Ambulance and Welfare Trust and the blood bank of the Goa Medical College will take place on July 24 at Hotel Manoshanti. Call 9823015533. Gurupoornima Mahotsav 2010, organised by Samarpan Dhyan Parivar, Goa will be held from July 24 to 26 at the Mandovi Sabha Mandap, Porvorim. A Konkani Musical Programme on National Integration held under the Tiatr Academy of Goa’s (TAG) scheme, ‘Production of Musical Programmes on Patriotism/ National Integration/ Communal Harmony’ will be held on July 27 at 7pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. A physical fitness test for referees, conducted by the Goa Football Association will take place on July 25 at 6:30am at the PJN Stadium, Margao. Call 2225532. ‘Art Event 2010’, free art workshop, organised by the Society for Promoting Arts, Culture and Education (SPACE) and supported by the Directorate of Art and Culture will be held till March 2011 every Sunday from 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Bartholomeu’s School Hall or at the Dayanand Bandodkar High School. Call 9922898694 or 9850871608. ‘Giving Voice to India’, a music workshop conducted by soprano Patricia Rozario and pianist, writer, composer and broadcaster, Mark Troop will take place from July 27


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t a recent event held at its premises, the International Centre Goa introduced Kota Hospitality, which has started a multi-cuisine restaurant at ICG. The restaurant also caters for seminars, parties, etc. The event also acted as a mode of promoting the various facets of ICG, which is a popular venue for conferences and seminars.


Khatta Meetha

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director. Final word? More of a ‘khatta’ than ‘meetha’ experience.


Cast: Akshay Kumar, Trisha Krishnan Director: Priyadarshan Rating: hen Priyadarshan and Akshay Kumar join hands, you expect the theatres to reverberate with laughter. Let’s not forget, the team has regaled us with some terrific entertainers in the past. Naturally then, you expect ‘Khatta Meetha’ to take the legacy forward. Unfortunately, ‘Khatta Meetha’ is noise, more noise and only noise, while the content takes a complete backseat. ‘Khatta Meetha’ raises a finger at the corruption in government establishments, but what it tries to say, or expose, has been witnessed over and over again. In fact, it’s the writing, or more rightly, the absence of it, that makes matters worse. The beginning is good, the middle falters and the end is exasperating. Struggling road construction contractor Sachin Tichkule (Akshay Kumar) is doomed. There is no chance that his dreams will ever come true, simply because he has no money to bribe. To make matters worse, the new Municipal Commissioner turns out to be his ex girlfriend (Trisha), who now hates him. The film reveals the extent of corruption and bribery rampant in the system and the ingenious means you have to adopt if you want to survive in today’s times. While the romantic track is the weakest link with the songs forced down your throats without valid situations, the flashback portions, depicting Akshay as a college student, are just hard to digest. Even the end is worn out and doesn’t give the feel of contentment that one expects at the conclusion of a film. Priyadarshan’s handling of the comic sequences is noteworthy, especially in the first half of the film. The repair-and-paint sequence at Asrani’s mansion is sure to bring the house down. Ditto for the conversation that Asrani has with multiple people, in person and also on phone. Also, the road roller sequence is a laughriot and prior to that Johny Lever’s sequence of repairing the road roller is truly funny. But a few isolated sequences aren’t enough to hold the film together. Akshay plays the common man with gusto. He looks his part and more importantly, not once do you feel that he’s repeating himself. However, he goes over the top in a few sequences. Trisha carries the Plain Jane look well, but fails as an actress. On the whole, ‘Khatta Meetha’ is a major letdown from the accomplished


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to 31 at the Kala Academy, Panj i m . V i s i t w w w. a s s o c i a t i o n 10.html. E-mail Call 9011051950. A pranic healing session by Dr Anjali Shackelton will take place on July 25 at 5pm at Clube Gasper Dias, Miramar, Panjim. Register is open. It is free and open to all. Call 2451080 or 09987062209. Guru Pournima and Sangeet Melava will be held on July 25 and 26 from 9.30am to 6pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. Scrapbooking will be the subject of the first workshop by Design Inspirations which will take place on July 25 from 3.30pm to 5pm. Call 9881696445. ‘What Lies Within’, an intuitive art workshop with Deviprasad C Rao,. Organised by the Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim will be held from July 28 to 30 from 10am to 12.30pm at the Sunaparanta. Call 2421311. An art exhibition by Dr Jose Pereira will open on July 24 at 5pm at the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Alto-Porvorim. Call 2417772. The finale of the art camp, ‘GO AA’ will take place on July 25 from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Kerkar Art Complex, Calangute. It will be on display till July 31. Call 2276017. ‘Kidney: Silent (Sufferer) Work Horse’, an interactive session, organised by the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula will take place on July 24 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the International Centre Goa. Call 9765404391 or 2452805-10. The 7th felicitation function of the SSC toppers of the schools in Loutolim and Raia will take place on July 25 at 11am at Ancestral Goa, Big Foot, Loutolim. Call 2777034. ThefinalsoftheThirdAllGoaMajorRanking Table Tennis Tournament (Junior Girls), organisedbyShreeMangirishVidyaDayiniSamstha, Mangeshi will take place on July 24. Call 9422593131.


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Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber Director: Phillip Noyce Rating: he inexplicability of Angelina Jolie’s super-human existence is officially off the charts. Why? Because while she isn’t busy adopting half of the Third World, maintaining a position as a Goodwill Ambassador, and keeping Brad Pitt amused, she’s pulling off yet another bad-ass action film. This summer’s highly anticipated blockbuster, ‘Salt’, directed by Phillip Noyce could potentially stand toe-to-toe at the box-office with last weeks booming success, ‘Inception’. As a highly accomplished CIA officer, Evelyn Salt is a diamond in the rough. On the evening of her anniversary, she’s called in for a last minute emergency cross examination of a Russian prisoner, and a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Without any solid explanation, Salt immediately takes off and initiates the goose-chase of the century to avoid disclosing the truth behind her identity. Firstly, the film deserves a round of applause for a 100-minute run-time. Salt w a s t e d z e ro t i m e a n d achieved its “bad-ass” quota quite deftly, and without the typical Action/Thriller fluff. The story unravels itself with gripping suspense, though with a certain grace and fluidity. As for performances, there was more than one occasion for cheesy, declarative dialogue – though they were sufficiently overshadowed by solid acting. What didn’t work were the chase scenes which, though well-executed and visually stirring, were indisputably unrealistic. Overall, if twisty-turny action-thrillers starring Angelina Jolie are your cup of tea, then you’re in luck for that’s exactly what ‘Salt’ is. Courtesy and Movies showing at ‘Talkie Town’


HERALD CROSSWORD - 613 Across 1- Misanthrope; 6- Heroic adventure tale; 10- Cairo cobras; 14- Put up with; 15Bluenose; 16- Shrivelled, without moisture; 17- Break into and steal from; 19- Beat it!; 20- Aha!; 21- Appear; 22Release; 23- "... ___ the cows come home"; 24- Produced in the bone marrow; 26- Wide street; 28- Dinner course; 29Quizzes, trials; 30- Area of 4840 square yards; 33- Utter defeat; 38- I could ___ horse!; 39- Apparel; 42- Protected from the sun; 47- Heavenly body; 48- Comradeship; 52Actress Balin; 53- Home ______; Culkin movie; 54Busy as ___; 55- Bibliography abbr.; 56- Hog fat; 57- Replace; 59- Airline to Tel Aviv; 60- Assist, often in a criminal act; 61- Challenges; 62Broad valley; 63- Beatty and Rorem; 64- Bikini blast; Down 1- Natural environment; 2- Mistreating; 3- Weariless; 4- Advantage; 5- Fam. reunion attendee; 6- Carousal; 7- Disney mermaid; 8- Gadget; 9- Candle count; 10Acquiescence; 11- Zone; 12Capital of Czech Republic; 13Bristly; 18- ___ sow, so shall...; 22- Novelist Deighton; 24- Think; 25- Nerd; 27- Advanced degree?; 30- According to; 31Cmdr Data's was named Spot;

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SPORTS GOA, Saturday, 24 July, 2010

Pg16 Salgaocar rope in 19 new faces HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, JULY 23

Salgaocar Sports club have been on a busy shopping spree in the transfer market with a total of 19 new signings for the upcoming season. Among them is prolific Nigerian striker Yusif Yakubu with over 100 goals in Indian football to his credit. This year, Salgaocar plan to field a Third Divison side in the GFA League consisting of their youth team players to keep them active. Karim believes this will give them valuable senior match experience. Karim has gone a step further

by inviting junior players to participate in the pre-season training. "I have invited junior players such as Gilbert, Plecio, Joseph and Clifton to benefit from the preparation camp," stated Karim. He believes these players can break into the senior squad in the future. Karim Bencherifa is the head coach and he will be assisted by Mario Soares and Peter Valles. Current players: Macklas

Moraes, P e t e r Costa, William Colaco, Daniel Fernandes, Baldeep Singh (defenders); Francis Fernandes, Cajetan Fernandes, Anthony Barbosa, R o c u s Lamare, Beevan D’mello, (midfielders); Milagres Gonsalves, Alvito Rodrigues (for-

wards). J u n i o r p l a y e r s : Ke e n a n Almeida, (defender); Rosario Mendes, Standly Fernandes (midfielders); Dawson Fernandes (forward). New signings: Arnab Das Sharma, Karanjit Singh, Monotosh Ghosh (gk); Jagdeep Singh, Daniel Vales, Jaspal Parmar, Sayed Farid, N. Kali Alaudwen, Khelemba Meitei, Chinta Rao, Rino Antao, Sohail Akhtar (defenders); W. Tomba Singh, K. Thoi Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, (midfielders); Marcus Mascarenhas, S. Subhash Singh (forwards). Foreign players: Luciano Sabrosa (defender) and Yusif Yakubu (forward). Asian player: Ryuji Sueoka (midfielder).


Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim registered a fluent 3-1 win over Raia Sporting Club to enter the semi-finals of Muriel Faleiro memorial inter-village football tour-

nament organised by Parish Youth, Nuvem at church ground, Nuvem on Friday. They were leading 2-0 at the breather. Cavelossim dominated the proceedings and had a lion share of the exchanges with their for-

wards repeatedly raiding the rival Raia goal at regular intervals. Their aggressive raids paid dividends when striker Raju Cardozo punished the rival goalkeeper with a deft placement. Cavelossim piled on the pressure, created a couple of forays and Alex Rodrigues doubled the lead with a snap shot. Crossing over, Santa Crux Club continued in the same vein and Elloy Pereira rounded off ethe tally. Raia Sporting Club managed to reduce the margin off Mauricio D’Souza.

Betalbatim pip Curtorim Gym, enter quarters HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JULY 23

Betalbatim Sporting Club defeated Curtorim Gymkhana 1-0 to move into the quarter-final of 25th Fraxier inter-village football tournament organised by Young Strikers ,Benaulim at St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim on Friday. There was no score at half time. The second half saw plenty of action with Betalbatim scoring what ultimately turned out to be the match-winner when substitute Nickson Falcao bulged the net after he received a pass from Joe Max Fernandes.


Nitish Belurkar collected two points after two rounds in World School Chess Championship in Turkey. He beat Gok Ozan Berkey of Turkey. Riya Savant is on 1.5 points after two rounds. She beat Guclu Yazmur of Turkey.

GOA DIARY Trek to Netravali

PANJIM (HSD) – A trek for beginners to Netravali will be held on July 25. The bus will leave from Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao at 7.15 a.m. Details may be obtained from Arnold on 9637895133 or Terence on 9850116114.

Tie-breaker at St Cruz

PANJIM (HSD) – The Unity Boys of St. Agostinho, Santa Cruz will organise their 1st allGoa 2-a-side football tie-breaker on July 25 at St Agostinho ground, Santa Cruz at 11 a.m. The winners and runner-up will be awarded Rs. 6,000 and Rs. 4,000 respectively. Spot entries will be accepted. Details may be obtained on 9011929661 / 9637505057.

25th Fraxier soccer: Young Strikers ,Benaulim v. St Rock’s Youth Club, Majorda, St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim, 4.30 p.m. Calangute interward soccer: Porba Vaddo v. Agar Vaddo, Calangute Association ground, 4 p.m. 39th Custodio memorial soccer semis: Navelim Sporting v. United Club of Saligao, Raia panchayat ground, 4.30 p.m. Vagator Parish Youth Trophy football semis : Parish Youth Nuvem v. Sodiem Siolim Sports & Cultural Association, Ozrant ground, Vagator, 4.30 p.m. All Goa major ranking table tennis tournament organised by Shree Mangirish Vidya Dayini Samstha, Mangeshi, finals, Wagle hall, Mangueshi, 4 p.m.


SPORTS GOA, Saturday, 24 July, 2010

France World Cup squad suspended AP PARIS, JULY 23

France coach Laurent Blanc will drop all 23 World Cup players for his first match in charge next month as collective punishment for the team’s embarrassing fiasco in South Africa. The French Football Federation has suspended the sqaud for their next match, a friendly against Norway in Oslo on August 11. The French federation said Friday in a statement it had granted Blanc permission to suspend the players at the coach’s request. France was eliminated in the group stage at the World Cup, failing to win a game. The players also refused to train as a protest after Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home

following an expletive-laced tirade at then coach Raymond Domenech. Blanc refused to speak to reporters when he left the federation’s headquarters Friday. Blanc is set to announce his squad on August 5. France’s disappointing performance in South Africa came after the team also failed to win a game at the 2008 European Championship, also under Domenech. Outgoing federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes has launched an investigation into the players’ actions. The commission should deliver its conclusions to the federation by August 15. Escalettes handed his resig-

Nuno sets out objectives AGENCIES LISBON, JULY 23

Veteran striker Nuno Gomes is looking forward to getting back into the groove with Benfica, and before they meet Monaco in a friendly match he has spoken of the club’s long-term objectives this season. The 34-year-old striker was part of the side that claimed the Portuguese Liga last season, edging out surprise challengers Braga, and also played a significant role as O Glorioso progressed deep into the Europa League. Speaking to Benfica TV, the former Fiorentina man pinpointed the Supertaca encounter against Porto has the “prime objective” of his side this season, with the second being “to retain the title”. “ The championship is upon us and, obviously, we have huge expectations,” he affirmed.

Speaking of the forthcoming challenge against Monaco, he appeared relaxed about the friendly, indicating: “I hope it's a big party. After all, it will be a practice match for our team to try to get us in shape as quick as possible, but we want to win and give joy to the fans.” Benfica host les M o n e gasques on Saturday.

Saunta Vaddo defeated Gaura Va d d o B 4 - 2 v i a t h e t i e breaker in Calangute interward football tournament organised by Boys of Gaura Vaddo at Calangute Association ground on Friday. Gaura Vaddo opened the account in the 6th minute through Caitan Fernandes off a long pass from Agnelo Mascarenhas.

Saunta Vaddo got the equaliser in the dying minutes through Cosma Carrasco off a pass from Blake Haldankar. In the tie-breaker, Joaquim Fernandes, Deep Govekar and Samad Sayeed were on target for Saunta Vaddo while only Felix Fernandes converted for Gaura Vaddo. Caitan Fernandes of Gaura Vaddo was adjudged man-of-the match.


Following are the results of 3rd all-Goa major ranking TT tournament (junior girls), organised by Shree Mangirish Vidya Dayini Samstha, Mangeshi. Quarter-finals: Devika Sood defeated Laxmi Shetye 9-11, 114, 11-4, 11-7, Anchal Verlekar

beat Roshani Gopani 11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8, Akshata Naik defeated Nisha Mahambre 1315, 11-5, 13-11, 11-6 and Eleanor Do Rosario beat Kafira Rodrigues 11-4, 11-6, 11-9. Semi-finals: Devika Sood beat Anchal Verlekar 11-9, 11-9, 119; Eleanor Do Rosario defeated Akshata Naik 12-10, 11-7, 11-7.



The Brazilian Football Federation says it has invited Fluminense coach Muricy Ramalho to lead the national team. Federation president Ricardo Teixeira tells the O Globo TV network he invited Ramalho on Friday in Rio de Janeiro. Teixeira says that before the appointment becomes official, Ramalho must first talk with his Rio club, with which he has a contract until the end of the year. Ramalho will replace Dunga, who was fired just days after Brazil’s disappointing loss to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of World Cup in South Africa. ESPN’s website says that at the end of the meeting Ramalho told reporters: “Who wouldn’t want to coach Brazilian national team?”

Barca take closer look at Ozil

BARCELONA, JULY 23: Mesut Ozil's performances in South Africa have raised interest from La Liga champions Barcelona. With doubts raised over whether Barcelona can get the transfer of Cesc Fabregas done this summer, the Blaugrana are looking at other possible alternatives to the Arsenal star. According to a report in El Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan powerhouse are closely monitoring the situation of Werder Bremen and Germany star Ozil just in case they fail to secure the services of Fabregas. Ozil was one of the revelations of the 2010 World Cup

Ribery depressed but not worried about future REUTERS BERLIN, JULY 23

Saunta Vaddo in last eight HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JULY 23

nation earlier this month and the federal council unanimously appointed Fernand Duchaussoy as caretaker president on Friday. “I’ve just been elected by all French football families,” said the 67-year-oild Duchaussoy, referring to the amateurs and pros. Duchaussoy said earlier this week it would be difficult for Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema to play for France after both players were issued the preliminary charges for their alleged involvement in a sex scandal with an underage prostitute. Duchaussoy added he will have a meeting with Domenech in the coming days and will ask him for an explanation over the players’ poor results.

Ramalho set to coach Brazil

France forward Franck Ribery, placed under judicial investigation by French authorities this week on suspicion of soliciting sex with an under-age prostitute, is depressed but not worried about his career. ''There are moments in life that are stressful and depressing. This is definitely one of those moments,'' the Bayern Munich playmaker told the German tabloid Bild newspaper in an interview published today. But he added: ''No, I'm not worried for my future or my career, neither in the national team nor with Bayern. I'm convinced I'll win back the trust of people who maybe doubt me at the moment.''

and the left footed playmaker had been linked with a move away from Werder Bremen. The 22-year-old's current contract with the Hanseaten is due to expire in the summer of 2011 and Werder are believed to be ready to cash in on Oezil this summer. A fee in the region of €15-20 million could be enough to lure the star away from the Bundesliga side. However, Barcelona face stiff competition in the race for Oezil's signature. Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Juventus have all been linked with the attacking midfielder, too.

Henry torments defence but Spurs rally to win REUTERS HARRISON (New Jersey), JULY 23

Thierry Henry has scored more important goals during his career but few promised as much hope to a new legion of fans than his strike for the New York Red Bulls in a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. It was almost like old times for the former Arsenal forward as he tormented the Spurs defence with a single moment of magic, beating his opponents to connect with a seemingly harmless cross, before nonchalantly flicking it into the back of the net. By his own standards, it was not a goal that will feature on his highlights reel but the significance of it was not lost on him or the 20,000 fans that packed into the New Jersey stadium to watch his American club debut in the friendly encounter. Following in the footsteps of Pele and David Beckham, Henry swapped Barcelona for the Big Apple last week but has arrived in the US as a soccer missionary and facing the same contrasting pressures of adulation and criticism as his predecessors. His supporters and paymasters expect him to help convert more Americans to the sport while his detractors accuse him of turning his back on Europe and taking an early pension fund from the MLS, a notion the Frenchman has disputed since his arrival. ''The goals are going to come,''

Eriksson eyes Premier return AGENCIES LONDON, JULY 23

Former England boss SvenGoran Eriksson, who has been linked with the Fulham job, has "unfinished business" in the Premier League, says his agent. The Swede is the front runner to replace Roy Hodgson after Fulham's attempt to lure Martin Jol from Ajax ended in failure. "It's a very attractive club, not just for Sven [but there has been] no contact whatsoever," said Athole Still. "We've know for some weeks Sven's one of the managers under consid-

eration." Eriksson is unattached after taking charge of Ivory Coast at the World Cup, and is thought to be keen to return to England, where he was previously involved with Notts County and Manchester City. He was sacked as City boss in 2008 by thenowner Thaksin Shinawatra when the team were ninth in the P re m i e r League, a decision Still claims had little to do with the team's performance on the pitch. "He was in my view outrageously sacked from his position," he said.


New York Red Bulls' Thierry Henry celebrates with teammate after scoring against Spurs.

he told a news conference after yesterday's match. ''The reception was tremendous and every time I touched the ball they cheered. It was important for me to feel at home.'' After spending his first week on a whirlwind tour around New York's major television networks and feted like a pop star, Henry joined the masses and caught a public train to his match. As luck would have it, his first opponents were familiar foes from his days in north London. If ever he needed extra motivation, the sight of a Spurs jersey was enough to fuel his competitive juices.

Forlan to visit Kolkata IANS KOLKATA, JULY 23

After former World Cup stars Romario and Branco, it is now the turn of a current football celebrity Diego Forlan to visit Kolkata at the month end. The Uruguayan, who received the Golden Ball as the best player in the just concluded football World Cup, would arrive in the city July 30 to participate in a show by a newly-launched Bengali entertainment channel Mahuaa Bangla. "Forlan will arrive July 30 and stay here till August 1. He will participate in a reality show being organised by the channel," said event promoter Celebrity Management Group executive director Bhaswar Goswami. Goswami refused to divulge further details about Forlan's visit.

Goa will retain Santosh: Mariano BY CHARLES D’SOUSA MARGAO, JULY 23

Coach Mariano Dias sounded optimist that his team would do well and retain the Santosh Trophy in the National Football Championship in Kolkata. Go are Goa: five time winners and seven time runners-up. “I feel our chances are very good,” Dias told Herald. “We are looking forward to defend the title and I think we have a realistic chance. I know it would be a tough task but we do stand a chance, if we play to our full potential,” Dias said. Joaquim Abranches, Marcus Mascarenhas, Bevan D’ Mello have ben ruled out due to injuries. John Dias suffered an injur y while playing against Churchill Bros in the practice match . Coach Dias has made light of the problems. “We have a good

bench strength. John’a injury is not serious and he will recover soon.” Goa who won last year with a quality line-up, with players like Felix D’Souza, John Dias, Nicholas Rodrigues, Covan Lawrence to name a few will have to overcome the formidable challenge from West Bengal, Karnataka among others. Last year ’s captain Felix sounded upbeat. “We can win the tournament but everything depends on how well we perform as a team. It is not about an individual. It is a collective effort.” Today, the Goa probables put up a good display even when Churchill fielded four foreigners – Nigerian new signing from Vasco Koko Saiko, Iranian defender Samiena, Serbian Leonard and Ireland’s Joseph. Churchill employed their usual

PROBABLE SQUAD Goalkeepers - Felix D’Souza and Laxmikant Kattamani. Defenders - John Dias, Rowi l s o n Ro d r i g u e s , C o v a n Lawrence, Fulgencio Rodrigues and Mathew Gonsalves. Midfielders - Godwin Franco, Nicholas Rodrigues, Joseph Pereira , Nicolau Borges, Savio Carneiro. Forwards - Peter Carvalho, Cavin Lobo, Branco Cardozo, Cliffton Gonsalves. build-up but could rarely beat the Goa defence led by Rowilson Rodrigues. Witj Abranches being ruled, Dempo’s promising striker Cliffton Gonsalves will have to shoulder additional burden. The 23-year-old is the son of former international striker Camilo, who was the member of the Goa

squad which won the Santosh Trophy in 1983 in Kolkata and 1984 in Chennai. “I had seen the medal when I was young but felt its importance when I came into big time football,” said Cliffton, who added: “And it is a great motivational factor.It’s a big honour for our family and we are all proud of dad.” Meanwhile, the Goa squad is likely to feature: Goalkeepers Felix D’Souza and Laxmikant Kattamani. Defenders - John Dias, Rowi l s o n Ro d r i g u e s , C o v a n Lawrence, Fulgencio Rodrigues and Mathew Gonsalves. Midfielders - Godwin Franco, Nicholas Rodrigues, Joseph Pereira , Nicolau Borges, Savio Carneiro. Forwards - Peter Carvalho, Cavin Lobo, Branco Cardozo, Cliffton Gonsalves.

Goa squad downs Churchill Brothers HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, JULY 23

The Goa Santosh Trophy probables took revenge over Churchill Brothers for their loss on Tuesday with a 2-0 victory in a friendly match at Chowgule College ground, Margao on Friday. For the Goa players it was a much needed morale booster and also the last opportunity for the players to leave an impression on coach Mariano Dias before he finalises the squad on Saturday. Joseph Pereira was credited with the first goal after seeing his cross from the left enter the net off a deflection from a Churchill defender. After the lemon break; Peter Carvalho intercepted a loose ball in the Churchill area to walk the ball into the net for Goa's second. Coach Mariano was happy with the team’s improvement

Coach Mariano Dias, manager Lawrence Gomes, goalkeeping coach Mario Aguiar and physio Akash Chopra at Chowgule ground, Margao on Friday. Photo: Aldrid Da Costa

since the first encounter, especially with the defence which stood strong and kept a clean sheet against a Churchill side which included new signing Nigerian striker Koko Sakibo. "There was a

good penetration from the defence and we had a lot of good build up play in the midfield, but we need to be sharper in front of the goal,” stated Mariano. Churchill Brothers patron,

Iraq’s battle for football control turns sectarian

PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao was in attendance. Sponsors Kinfisher plan to release the squad at a press conference, which will also include a fashion show to showcase the new team jersey.

His first few touches showed that while he had perhaps lost a yard of pace, he still possessed all his predatory instincts and it was no real surprise that he broke the deadlock after 25 minutes and gave his team a 1-0 lead at halftime. For the faithful and the curious who had come to see him play, that was his last significant contribution to the game. As soon as the halftime whistle was blown, he took off his first Red Bull number 14 shirt and handed it to Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and did not return for the second half.

Iraq is again dangerously close to being banned from international football for alleged government meddling in the leadership of Iraqi Football Association after armed men stormed into the headquarters last week waving arrest warrants. The battle over who will lead Iraq’s most popular sport after an election set for Saturday has become a window into Iraq’s sectarian politics that has officials struggling to form a new government more than four months after inconclusive March elections. The political bickering between the current Shiite prime minister and his Sunni-backed rival over who will lead the government has spilled over into Iraq’s football with the government backing Shiite candidate Falah Hassan against the Sunni incumbent Hussein Saeed. The Shiite-dominated government has long wanted to purge Iraq’s sports association of any officials with alleged ties to the deposed regime of Saddam Hussein. FIFA’s official rules say national football bodies must be independent, and as recently as last month it threatened to suspend France after President Nicolas Sarkozy made noises about reforming its own federation.

Inter eyeing Forlan AGENCIES ROMA, JULY 23

Serie A champions Inter Milan are preparing to launch a bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan. Forlan was one of the stars of the recently concluded World Cup and won the Golden Ball as his side reached all the way to the last four in South Africa. Although Atletico have repeatedly issued hands-off warnings, a big enough offer from the treble holders could tempt the La Liga side to consider selling their best players. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports the Nerazzurri are preparing for the departure of want-away striker Mario Balotelli and Forlan would fit the bill nicely. President Massimo Moratti admitted his admiration for t h e s t r i ke r, saying: "He is really strong and gets better

year after year." The only factor that might work against the Uruguayan is his age. At 31-years-old, the striker is already bucking convention by his stunning form and there are fears it may not last long. If that argument does win out, then Il Corriere dello Sport reports the Scudetto holders might consider Villarreal's Guiseppe Rossi. The 23-year-old Italian was hugely impressive last season and quickly became one of the most sought after players from La Liga. Dello Sport reports a €20 million bid could be on the cards.

Chhattisgarh, MP, Delhi win MP 3 Delhi 2 Sikkim 0

Arunachal 1 Uttar Pradesh 0 Chhattisgarh 1


Madhya Pradesh notched up their first win in Santosh Trophy National Football Championship defeating Arunachal Pradesh 31 to keep their qualification hopes alive for the place in the next round. Javed Manihar scored a brace, while Neelesh Pilai added one for Madhya Pradesh before Rallo Raj Kumar pulled one back for Arunachal Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh now have three points from two matches, while Arunachal Pradesh failed to even garner a point from their two encounters and are out of contention. Delhi continued their undefeated streak when they scored a 2-0 win over Uttar Pradesh to brighten their chance for a place in the pre-quarterfinal. Both the teams came into the match after registering wins over their respective rivals from their opening encounters, but

it was Delhi who looked better than their opponents. After a pale first half, Tuishim Mashngva broke the deadlock in the 60th minute and before Uttar Pradesh could have recuperate from the damage, Bhuvan Joshi made it 2-0 in the 78th minute scoring from the spot. A point will be enough for Delhi to see them through to the next round, while for Uttar Pradesh , it will be a must win situation against Arunachal Pradesh in their last group league encounter. Wasim Raza 31st minute strike was enough for Chhattisgarh to edge past Sikkim in their opening group league match. After registering a thumping 4-0 victory over Haryana in their first match, Sikkim failed to repeat the same magic against Chhattisgarh and now have blurred their chances for a place in the next round, while on the other hand, the win has put Chhattisgarh in a commanding position and will just need a point from the their next encounter against Haryana to qualify for the prequarters.

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Bopanna & Co in Atlanta quarters

In BrIef Jitender, Lekha named for Arjuna Award


Former women's world Champion Lekha K C and Olympian Jitender Kumar are among the three boxers who have been recommended for this year's Arjuna awards. N Usha is the third pugilist whose name has been forwarded by the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) for the awards which are traditionally given on August 29 - to mark the National Sports Day.

Ex-hockey Olympians rally behind Pargat A number of former Olympians and international hockey players have come out in full strength to campaign for Punjab Sports Director Pargat Singh, who is contesting for the post of President of Hockey India (HI), the elections for which are scheduled for July 28. Former three time Olympian Col (retd) Hari Pal Kaushik interacting with media persons said that the former Olympians and international players had decided to contact and convince membervoters of state units to garner support for Pargat.

‘Murali tougher to face than Warne: Ganguly Paying glowing tributes to Muttiah Muralitharan, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said he would rate the Sri Lankan a tougher spinner to face than his long-time competitor Australian Shane Warne. "I don't want to get into comparison but I would prefer Warne. Murali is more accurate and has more variations so tougher to face," Ganguly told reporters.

Lego model sales skyrocket thanks to Becks

At $300, Lego’s Taj Mahal model replica is considered the biggest and one of the most advanced models developed by Lego Group to date. Lego Taj Mahal model comprises 5,922 pieces. This model, targeted to the advanced Lego builder, is only available for purchase via Lego's online store, which is where international football sensation David Beckham picked up his. In a recent live webchat with fans, Beckham expressed his love for the building blocks saying, if I was not a footballer I would love to be a Lego model builder.

LG agree multi-year deal with Red Bull South Korean-based LG Electronics announced a multi-year deal with Formula One title contenders Red Bull in addition to their existing sponsorship of the sport. No financial details were given at the German Grand Prix. LG's logo will appear on the Red Bull cars and driver overalls and helmet visors. Red Bull have won five of the season's 10 races with Australian Mark Webber and Germany's Sebastian Vettel, as well as taking nine out of 10 pole positions.

McCullum wants to open for NZ in Tests Brendon McCullum has staked his claim to open the batting for the Black Caps Test side, saying he wants to give the team a flying start at the top of the order. Having given up the Test wicket-keeping gloves to ease the strain on his body, McCullum has stated his intention to lift the Black Caps off the bottom of the test pile. McCullum rattled off names such as Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Matthew Hayden, who had succeeded as all-guns-blazing test openers. ' I wouldn't play conventionally. There's a lot of aggressive Test openers around now. It's probably something we haven't really looked at,'' McCullum said.

Ben Hilfenhaus of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Salman Butt, who was caught out from behind.

Pak need 40 runs to register historic win AGENCIES LONDON, JULY 23

Pakistan is on the verge of its first Test victory over Australia in 15 years, requiring 40 runs to level the two-match series with two days remaining following impressive performances from Mohammad Aamer and Imran Farhat. After Aamer claimed 4-86 as Australia was bowled out for 349 to leave Pakistan requiring 180 to win, Farhat scored 67 to steer his team to 140-3 at stumps on the third day at Headingley. Farhat hit nine fours in 95 balls, while Azhar Ali is unbeaten on 47 with five boundaries in 104 deliveries. Australia opening bowler Doug Bollinger was the pick of the attack, taking 2-37 from eight overs. Earlier, a belligerent 77 from allrounder Steven Smith allowing Australia to set Pakistan a tricky target that would have seemed unimaginable after its first innings of 88. Smith's innings lasted 100 balls and included two sixes and nine fours, as Australia's last three wickets added 103 runs. Michael Clarke hit 77 from 143 balls, including seven fours, while Ricky Ponting made 66 from 116 balls, with seven boundaries. Australia began the day on 136-2 and, after surviving a series of appeals on Thursday, Ponting's good fortune continued when he edged a delivery from Mohammad Asif just wide of second slip at the end of the

second over of the day. But the captain's luck finally ran out in the next over, when Ponting slashed at a wide delivery from Aamer and was caught by tumbling wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. Michael Hussey was Aamer's next wicket, nicking the third ball of the 48th over to Umar Akmal at second slip for 8. In Aamer's next over, he bowled Marcus North for 0, to leave Australia five wickets down and still trailing by six runs. That left Clarke as Australia's sole specialist batsmen and he brought up his 50, from 99 balls, in the 52nd over with a single from Aamer. A power failure in Leeds meant the players had to continue without a scoreboard or the services of the television umpire. Clarke and Tim Paine survived to lunch only for Clarke, having batted for four hours, to perish in the second over of the afternoon session, caught behind off Asif. Danish Kaneria claimed his first

wicket of the test with one of the worst balls of the match, a rank long hop that Paine chopped straight to Umar Gul at cover in the 75th over while on 33. However, Smith and Mitchell Johnson added 37 potentially crucial runs to increase Australia's lead to more than 100, before Johnson was lbw to Asif in the 85th for 12. Ben Hilfenhaus hit three fours during the 88th over bowled by Aamer before he was caught on 17 by Umar Akmal at first slip off Kaneria. Smith brought up his first test 50 with a sweep off Kaneria three overs later, then hit successive sixes off the same bowler, including one that landed on the roof of the rugby stand. Smith was bowled in the 96th over by Gul, but by then the lead had been extended beyond the 176 that Pakistan had notoriously failed to reach at Sydney in January — when Australia overcame a 206-run deficit to win by 36 runs.

Australia (1st innings): 88 all out (33.1 overs). Pakistan (1st innings): 258 all out (64.5 overs). Australia (2nd innings): S Watson b Amin 24, Katich b Aamer 11, Ponting c Kamran Akmal b Aamer 66, Clarke c Kamran Akmal b Asif 77, M Hussey c U Akmal b Aamer 8, North b Aamer 0, Paine c Ali b Kaneria 33, Smith b Gul 77, M Johnson lbw b Asif 12, Hilfenhaus c U Akmal b Kaneria 17, Bollinger not out 0. Extras: 24. Total: all out 349 (95.3 ovs). Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-55, 3-144, 4-158, 5-164, 6-217, 7-246, 8-283, 9-320, 10-349. Bowling: Aamer 27-6-86-4, Asif 26-4-83-2, Gul 15.3-1-80-1, Amin 6-1-12-1, Kaneria 21-2-74-2. Pakistan (2nd innings): Farhat b Bollinger 67, Butt c Clarke b Hilfenhaus 13, Ali not out 47, Amin c Paine b Bollinger 0, U Akmal not out 2. Extras: 11. Total: 140 for 3 (37 overs). Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-137, 3-137. Bowling: Bollinger 8-1-37-2, Hilfenhaus 6-1-16-1, Johnson 9-1-39-0, S Watson 5-1-18-0, Smith 9-2-24-0.

Rohan Bopanna and his partner Kristof Vliegen progressed to the doubles quarter-finals of the Atlanta Tennis Championships in USA with a straight set win over Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana. The Indo-Belgian pair recorded a 6-3, 6-4 win against the Thai combination in the opening round of the $531,000 hard court ATP event. Mankad-Battsitone in Poland Challenger semis: Harsh Mankad and his American partner Brian Battistone extended their run at the Poznan ATP Challenger tournament after a hard earned win over Martin Alund and Diego Junqueira to enter the semi-finals. Mankad and Battistone overcame a second set lapse to beat the Argentinian pair 6-3, 5-7, 10-4 in the quarter-finals of the euro 85,000 clay court event. They will next take on Daniel Munoz-De La Nava of Spain and Portugal's Rui Machado, who stunned second seeds Tomasz Bednarek and Frank Moser 6-2, 7-6 (5) in their quarter-finals.

Cavendish wins Tour’s 18th stage AP BORDEAUX, JULY 23

Mark Cavendish of Britain again showed he’s one of cycling’s best sprinters, winning the 18th stage of the Tour de France in a final dash on Friday as Alberto Contador retained the yellow jersey. The 25-year-old Cavendish collected his fourth Tour stage win this year and 14th of his career in the flat 198-kilometer (123-mile) ride from Salies-deBearn to Bordeaux that was likely to favour sprinters. Cavendish made it look easy: Within the last several hundred meters, he swerved left to get around two riders including Norwegian sprint star Thor Hushovd, then moved back right to cross all alone. At the finish, Cavendish looked back over his shoulder, almost seeming to taunt his rivals, winning by several bike lengths. Julian Dean of New Zealand was second, and Italy’s Alessandro Petacchi was third. “It doesn’t matter whether you win by a lot or half a bike length,” he said, after clocking 4 hours, 37 minutes, 9 seconds, the same time awarded to the main pack. “I just wanted to win.” With his third place, Petacchi swiped the green jersey awarded to the best sprinter from Hushovd, who finished 14th in the stage and gave up any hope of recovering it by the final stage Sunday on Paris’ Champs-Elysees.

Azhar denies romance with Jwala PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 23

Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin today sought to scotch speculation of his romantic relationship with Jwala Gutta, saying the ace badminton doubles player is just a "good friend." According to media reports, Azharuddin has been dating 26year-old Jwala and is on the verge of filing for divorce from his wife of 14 years Sangeeta Bijlani within a week. However, Azharuddin, a Congress MP from Moradabad, rubbished all such reports, terming them as baseless, fabricated and in bad taste. "These reports are completely rubbish, baseless and are in bad taste. I am very hurt by all these. I know Jwala, she is a good friend of mine and to write such reports which are completely false and fabricated is disgusting," a livid Azharuddin told PTI.

BCCI invites bids for TV rights till 2014 PTI MUMBAI, JULY 23

The Cricket Board (BCCI) today invited bids for television broadcasting rights for the coverage of home matches to be played by India till December 2013. The bid documents have been made available from today upon payment of Rs five lakh, BCCI said in an advertisement published in a national daily. The bidding parties will need to fulfill the eligibility criteria and other requirements as specified in the bid document. The last date for bid submission is July 30.

Azhar said these are motivated by people in the Badminton Association of India, who want to tarnish his image since he tried to contest for the presidential elections last month. "These are planted stories and motivated by people, who are against me in the Badminton Association of India. I think they should look into their homes first before casting aspersions

on others and make such allegations," he said. "Jwala is a very good player and she is a great prospect for the country. She has been doing well and will win many medals for the country in future. So I just want to requesteverybody to just leave her alone and not get her into this cheap controversy," he added. World number seven mixed doubles player Jwala is married

to India's ace shuttler Chetan Anand, who is also the current national champion. According to sources, Jwala and Chetan do not enjoy a cordial relationship and are not staying together at present. They are also practicing separately. According to the media report, which quoted a source from the Andhra Pradesh Badminton Association, Jwala was seen many times with Azharuddin after her practice session at the Gachibowli stadium. The 47-year-old cricketer was also spotted with Jwala during the Asian Badminton Championship in Delhi. Azharuddin played 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for India and has two sons -- Asaduddin and Abbasuddin -- from his eight-year marriage to first wife Naureen. After his divorce with Naureen, he married Bollywood actress Sangeeta Bijlani.

Inquiry panel submits report to HI, no conclusions drawn PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 23

The inquiry panel probing the sex scandal that has rocked Indian hockey submitted its report to Hockey India today amid indications that the committee had only given a factual account and refrained from drawing any conclusions on coach M K Kaushik's conduct. HI, on its part, will submit the report of the five-member inquiry committee to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) tomorrow. "We have received the report from the committee. We will

study and discuss the report thoroughly and accordingly give our recommendations and submit it to SAI tomorrow," HI secretary general Narinder Batra said. Chairman of the inquiry panel, Rajiv Mehta said the committee received testimonies from both the parties – coach M K Kaushik and complainant Ranjita Devi -and no other evidences were required for the probe. "We have had lots of testimonies from both the parties as well some other players and manager of the team Madhu Yadav and we don't need to talk

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to any individual further. We have given our report," he said. It is learnt that the panel, comprising Rajiv Mehta (chairman), Zafar Iqbal, Ajitpal Singh, Sudarshan Pathak and Anupam Ghulati, refrained from drawing any conclusion and only presented facts in their report to HI. According to HI sources, the federation is also expected to refrain from giving any conclusion in their recommendation to SAI and will leave the entire matter on the government body as Kaushik was appointed by SAI.

Sehwag retains No.1 spot in ICC Test rankings AGENCIES DUBAI, JULY 23

India may have flopped in the opening Test against Sri Lanka but opener Virender Sehwag held on to the number one spot, while Sachin Tendulkar gained a place to be seventh in the latest ICC rankings for batsmen issued on Friday. Sehwag, who scored 109 and 31 in the Test, which India lost by 10 wickets, has opened up a 14-point gap over second-placed Kumar Sangakkara. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's iconic off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who spent a record 214 Tests and 1,711 days in the number-one spot, retired from Test cricket at the third spot in the bowling chart. The 38-year-old, who finished with 800 wickets from 133 Tests, bowed out in third position behind Dale Steyn of South Africa and Pakistan's Mohammad Asif after climbing two spots in the latest rankings following figures of 5-63 and 3-128 which set-up a 10-wicket victory for Sri Lanka in the first Test of the threematch series in Galle. The bowlers dropping in the latest rankings include off-colour Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, who was down one spot to 22nd, Rangana Herath (31st, down six


Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara criticised the ICC ranking system, saying it is "unfair", even though the island nation is in sight of becoming the topranked Test side after spanking India in the first match of the three-Test series in Galle on Thursday. Asked whether the players take seriously a system that has India at number one despite not having won a series in Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka since

Hamilton crashes REUTERS HOCKENHEIM, JULY 23

Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton suffered a costly crash in practice for the German Grand Prix today while rivals Ferrari and Red Bull showed off their speed. McLaren's Hamilton had to sit out all but 12 minutes of the afternoon session, which ended with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso on top, after skidding off and smashing sideways into the tyre wall before lunch. The 2008 world champion, a winner at Hockenheim in 2008, still managed to set the seventh fastest time despite completing just 10 laps after lunch to add to the eight he did in the morning. Teammate Jenson Button, the reigning world champion who is 12 points behind the younger Briton, ended the first session third fastest but was only 15th in the second. Overall leaders McLaren had hoped to get some testing miles on their new floor and 'blown diffuser' but the wet conditions made that difficult. While they struggled, Ferrari and Red Bull filled the top four places. Ferrari's double world champion Fernando Alonso was fastest with a lap of one minute 16.265, 0.029 quicker than home favourite Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull. The German's Australian team mate Mark Webber was fourth behind Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa. The morning session, run in heavier rain with cars skidding and spinning as if on an ice rink, saw Force India's Adrian Sutil top the timesheets with compatriot Michael Schumacher lapping second slowest. Sutil, always good in the rain, took advantage of a drying track towards the end of the session to post a best time of 1:25.701.

places) and Pragyan Ojha (58th, down by nine places). In the Rankings for Test batsmen, Indian opener Gaut a m G a m b h i r, middle- order batsmen Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, and captain Mah e n d r a Singh Dhoni have failed to retain their places. Gambhir has slipped six places to 10th position, Laxman has fallen two places to 15th position, Dravid h a s dropped one place to 18th place while

Dhoni has fallen four places to the 40th spot. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain

Kumar Sangakkara has swapped places with his predecessor Mahela Jayawardena.

1993, Sangakkara said, "You should have asked that question to Haroon Lorgat (ICC chief executive) who was here." "If rankings can't be understood by the public, the players, or the administrators, what's the use of having rankings? If you want rankings, they should count towards playing a Test championship," he said. Sangakkara said for the ICC ranking system to be acceptable, the FTP should be "fair", with each side playing each other at least once, home or away. "Rankings need to be fairly done. A fair FTP is the first step towards having proper rankings. Once every two years each side should play each other at least once, home or away. That's how you get a fair deal when it comes to Test cricket," he said. Sri Lanka themselves were ranked number two last year without having won a Test in India, Australia and South Africa,

a spot they lost after their away loss to India. About his own side's dismal record in the three countries ranked higher than them, Sangakkara said, "I don't think we have played enough Test cricket away. Two Test matches here, two Test matches there, I think that's not good. We need to play Tests regularly. "We have a very good balanced attack, pace and spin. From 2006 to 2009 we have done well. We have won in New Zealand, in England, and in Pakistan. South Africa, Australia and India are the three places that we need to win. We need to play often in those places," said the suave Lankan skipper. Interestingly, the current Test ranking system does not give extra weightage to victories away from home. The rating points earned or conceded are calculated based on the difference between where the teams stood before the start of the series.

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Yuvi did not evade tax: mother


India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh's mother Shabnam on Friday sought to clear the air on reports that the her son owes a whopping 96.43 lakh in service tax on his income from the first and second Indian Premier League season. Denying reports that Yuvraj concealed his IPL income from the Income Tax department, Shabnam said the King's XI Punjab batsman was paid only for playing and not promotional activity. "The fact is that during the

IPL, Yuvraj's agreement with M/s KPH Dream Cricket Pvt Ltd entitled him to a certain sum which was paid to him only for his services of playing for the team. Therefore, there is no breakup of earnings as mentioned in the news report," she said in a statement. Shabnam said Yuvraj's tax consultants Raman Aggarwal and Associates, through a letter to the Superintendent, Office of the Commissioner of Central Excise and Service Tax, Chandigarh, has already clarified the matter. Quoting from the letter, Shabnam said, "It is respectfully submitted that the consideration received by the assessee (Yuvraj Singh) is only for playing cricket and the assessee is not indulging in any kind of promotional activities... the promotional activities has to be taken by the Franchisee (Kings XI Punjab) and the assessee is not even allowed to do any promotional activity individually. "I'd reiterate that all Yuvraj received from the franchisee was the sum for playing cricket for Kings XI Punjab and there were no individual promotional activities or income thereof."