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IN BRIEF US cities announce Ravi Shankar Days Two US cities, Denver and Milwaukee, have announced April 20 and 23 as “Sri Sri Ravi Shankar day” in honour of his humanitarian and spiritual contributions worldwide. The two cities join 12 other USA cities that have earlier proclaimed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Days, an Art of Living foundation press release said The proclamations were signed by John Hickenlooper, the Mayor of Denver and Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee. – (PTI)

10 pro-Taliban militants killed Ten pro-Taliban militants were killed and eight others injured in aerial and ground attacks by security forces in the restive Orakzai tribal region of northwest Pakistan, official sources said. Four militants were killed and eight more injured in a ground offensive in Sanghra area of Orakzai Agency. A security personnel was also injured in the clashes. Six more militants were killed when gunship helicopters bombed targets in Sanghra, Kasha, Shakar Tangi and Mashti areas. – (PTI)

G-20 split on bank tax The finance ministers of the world’s 20 leading economies today promised more reforms in the financial sector, but failed to support an IMF proposal to impose a global tax on banks. The IMF’s proposal to establish a global tax on banks came following the still lingering global financial turmoil which was primarily caused by the Wall Street banks. – (PTI)

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Dares BCCI to sack him l Threatens to expose ‘people’ PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 24

Unfazed by the all-round attack on him, Lalit Modi today made it clear that he will not resign as IPL Commissioner and threatened to “expose some people” even as he dared the BCCI to sack him in Monday’s Governing Council meeting. With the dice heavily loaded against him in the Monday meeting and indications that he may be sacked, Modi said people were pressurising him to resign and dared his detractors to remove him. Modi made his views public by tweeting his remarks even as top BCCI officials met informally to consider the strategy for Monday meeting where a resolution is likely to be brought forward for removing him if he absents himself. The BCCI President Shashank Manohar, vice-President Arun Jaitely, secretary N Srinivasan, IPL vice-Chairman Niranjan Shah, finance and media committee chairman Rajiv Shukla and Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty were present at the meeting which went through documents to prepare the grounds for laying charges against Modi. Elsewhere, Modi got the backing of franchise owners, including Vijay Mallya Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta, who hailed him for the success of the IPL and said he should be given a chance to redeem himself. “People pressurising me to resign - I can tell you (it) will not happen. Let them remove me then,” he wrote. “What we have done has been there for all of you to see for the past four years. No one can take that away,”

he said. He also had a hint of threat to his opponents. “Wait for the IPL to finish. I will reveal the men who have tried to bring disrepute to the game and how we stopped them from doing it,” he said. “I am not the type to quit. Have faith. Did not create this to just walk away because

tion goes to show how Media can misuse their power. Don’t get influenced by all these baseless stories. Truth will prevail soon. Trial by media and no chance to present the facts is like the Wild West. Wait and the facts will be delivered,” he added. Modi’s tweets show that he is in no mood to go down without a fight and has set the stage for a bitter showdown with the BCCI bosses who today rejected his emotional plea to defer the governing council meeting l People pressurising me to five days. resign - I can tell you (it) will byAttempts by Sharad Pawar to not happen. Let them remove persuade Modi to step down and me then. not to precipitate matters appeared to have failed. l What we have done has “He (Modi) may say anything. been there for all of you to A decision will be taken on April see for the past four years. 26 at the Governing Council meeting,” Manohar told waiting reNo one can take that away. porters after the meeting. l Wait for the IPL to finish. I The action unfolded early in will reveal the men who have the morning with Mallya meeting tried to bring disrepute to the union minister and former BCCI President Sharad Pawar at his resgame and how we stopped idence. them from doing it. Although it is not known what was discussed, Mallya threw his l I am not the type to quit. weight behind Modi. Have faith. Did not create “I think Modi must be given this to just walk away some opportunity at some point because X Y Z says what he of time to explain himself. This feels like. whole controversy has become an unnecessary toofan. Yes, there (Lalit Modi in his series of tweets) may be some questions about the way in which IPL runs. Clearly X Y Z says what he feels like”, he said in an- some governing council members may not other tweet. be happy. Let all that be properly investiModi, who has been in the eye of a storm gated,” he said. after Income Tax raids on IPL and its franThere were unconfirmed reports that chises’ offices allegedly revealed financial Pawar wanted the BCCI to give an honirregularities, also accused the media for ourable exit to Modi, whom he had backed putting out unverified stories about his when the scandal initially broke out. But dealings. no BCCI official confirmed such a develop“Media putting stories without verifica- ment.


Azgaonkar makes case for cash-strapped panchayats Says more funds need of hour


Expectations from panchayats are increasing every year. However, the budgetary allocation for them is at its low creating financial crunch during many instances, Panchayat Minister Manohar (Babu) Azgaonkar said today. Azgaonkar said if the Government was serious enough to empower panchayats, it should sanction more funds to these grassroot-level bodies, which are the backbone of the State’s administration. Azgaonkar explained that weaker panchayats in the State approach him for financial help. “But since there is low allocation of funds for my ministry, I can’t provide necessar y help to them,” he said. “Panchayat members often

India, Pak PMs may meet at SAARC PTI ISLAMABAD, APRIL 24

Pakistan has said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from regional countries during the SAARC summit in Bhutan, leaving open the possibility of an encounter between him and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Though the Foreign Office had earlier said that no meeting between Gilani and Singh had been scheduled on the sidelines of the SAARC summit to be held in Thimphu during April 28-29, an official statement said the Pakistani prem i e r w o u l d meet his counterparts in Bhutan.

PANCHAYAT TOPPERS CATEGORY ‘A’ (Population from 8,000 to 6,000) First prize: Shiroda, Second: Chicalim, Third: Priol. CATEGORY ‘B’ (From 6000 to 5,000) First prize: Kilabag, Second: Colvale, Third: Loliem. CATEGORY ‘C’ (From 5,000 to 2,500) First prize: Pilgaon, Second: Molem Third: Mauxi. CATEGORY ‘D’ (From 2,500 to 1,500) First prize: Dumashe, Second: Advalpal, Third: Shirgao. argue that there no funds for development but for that to happen, I too need to get funds from Finance Department,” he explained. Azgaonkar informed that he has already written to the Finance Minister Digambar Kamat for more funds. “The Government often criticizes me on the development front. But with a budget of just

Rs 6 crore, how can I do justice to over 150 panchayats?, he asked. Azgaonkar was speaking at the ‘Panchayati Raj Day’ jointly organised by Directorate of Panchayati Raj and Girda, Ela, Old Goa. Addressing the function, Panchayat Secretary V K Jha said that a lot more needs to be done (Continued on page 2)

CBI wants to introduce plea bargain PTI KOLKATA, APRIL 24

The CBI today said it favours introduction of plea bargain, whereby a defendant is offered an opportunity to plead guilty usually to a lesser charge or to the original one with a recommendation of a lighter than the maximum sentence, to reduce the number of pending cases. “We would like to introduce the system of plea bargaining so that we can expedite the process of justice and reduce the number of cases pending in the country,” CBI Director Ashwini Kumar told reporters here today. Stating that at present there were 9,000 cases pending in the country including 740 in West Bengal, he said if the new system were introduced it would reduce the number of cases to a considerable degree. “This is where we want to prioritise.”

Sleuths search Patel’s office, collect papers PTI RATNAGIRI (Maharashtra), APRIL 24

Income Tax officials have collected some papers from the New Delhi office of Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel in connection with the IPL controversy. Confirming this, NCP chief Sharad Pawar addressing a party convention here said, “the authorities never questioned Patel in this connection. Only some papers were collected from his office in New Delhi”. Rubbishing the charge that his party or ministerial colleague Praful Patel was involved in any alleged wrongdoing relating to the T20 league, Pawar said “NCP or Praful Patel has nothing to do with the IPL controversy. “We welcome the inquiry instituted by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the IPL episode. We are unnecessarily being dragged into the controversy”, he said. An email was sent from the office of Patel by his daughter Poorna, IPL’s hospitality manager, to former Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor regarding projections of evaluation of IPL franchises a couple of days before the auction of two new franchises — Pune and Kochi. The information, Patel had claimed, was already in public domain.

Let truth come out: Tharoor


Shashi Tharoor, who resigned as minister of state for external affairs after being in the eye of the IPL storm, today said “truth” should come out on the issue and asserted he doesn’t need to quit public life as he has committed no irregularity. “Many facts have come out after my resignation. Let truths come out. While handing over my resignation, I had asked the Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) to conduct a thorough investigation into the whole issue,” he said at a party reception.

Congress mocks instability fears HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 24

Asserting that a group within G-7 is closely associated with the Congress, GPCC General Secretary Vijay Sardessai has said no one should harbour any doubts about the stability of the Digambar Kamat-led Congress Government. Saying that the Kamat Government would complete its full term in office, Sardessai said the Government cannot be dislodged by the G-7, saying “we also have people in G-7. Nothing would happen to the Government”. He was speaking at a twoday mega eye camp jointly organised by the Kalashree Mahila Mandal, Margao and the Fatorda Women Welfare Association after its inauguration at the hands of the Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat at the Ravindra Bhavan here today.

Sardessai’s statement on G-7 assumes significance given his close proximity to Revenue Minister, Jose Philip D’Souza and Education Minister Babush Monserrate, besides NCP MLA Nilkhant Harlankar. Saying the Congress High Command has strongly rallied behind the chief minister, he said the party’s top functionaries are now aware of the rackets of some leaders in the State. Sardessai’s statement on G7 assumes significance given his close proximity to Revenue Minister, Jose Philip D’souza and Education Minister Babush Monserrate, besides NCP MLA (Continued on page 2)

Govt okays tax relief scheme for industrial units HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 24

The Goa Government has approved an additional period of benefit of tax exemption under Goa Value Added Tax Defermentcum-Net Present Value Compulsory Payment Scheme, 2005, to some categories of industrial units. According to the notification issued by the Finance Department, a small scale/medium scale/large scale industrial unit which is registered under the said Scheme and whose entitlement to avail the benefit of NPV or the tax exemption for the inter-State sales, for the balance un-expired period computed on 31-03-2005, expires or expired after 01-04-2007 but before 3103-2010, shall be entitled to an additional period of tax exemp-

tion of one year beyond its normal entitlement in terms of entry 68 or entry 85 of the Second Schedule appended to the Goa Sales Tax Act, 1964 (Act 4 of 1964). Second, a small scale/medium scale/large scale industrial unit which is registered under the Scheme and whose entitlement to avail the benefit of NPV or the tax exemption for the interState sales, for the balance unexpired period computed on 31-03-2005, expires after 31-032010, shall be entitled to an additional period tax exemption of two years beyond its normal entitlement in terms of entry 68 or entry 85 of the Second Schedule appended to the Goa Sales Tax Act, 1964 (Act 4 of 1964). Third, a small scale industrial

According to the notification, a small scale/medium scale/large scale industrial unit which is registered under the said Scheme and whose entitlement to avail the benefit of NPV or the tax exemption for the inter-State sales, for the balance un-expired period computed on 31-03-2005, expires or expired after 01-042007 but before 31-03-2010, shall be entitled to an additional period of tax exemption of one year beyond its normal entitlement in terms of entry 68 or entry 85 of the Second Schedule appended to the Goa Sales Tax Act, 1964 (Act 4 of 1964). unit who graduates into medium scale industrial unit on or before 31-03-2011, shall be entitled for one year extra benefit of NPV under the said Scheme, in addition to its entitlement being certified by the Commercial Tax Department, after considering the additional benefit available to such units as mentioned above. NOT ELIGIBLE: The following industrial units will not be en-

titled to the benefit of additional period of tax exemption. These include the industrial units which have been declared by the Central Government as of high polluting nature and to whom the tax exemption has been extended by the Government under special order and also the industrial unit whose tax exemption/entitlement of benefit of NPV expired on or be-

fore 01-04-2007. Third, the industrial units which are covered by the Schedule appended to item No. (ii) of sub-clause (e) of clause 2(A) of the said Scheme. The small scale industrial unit upon its graduation into medium scale industrial unit the period of entitlement to the extent it remains un-utilised on the date of its graduation. Transfer of ownership of any industrial unit during the period of such additional entitlement will require prior approval of the Commissioner of the Commercial Taxes, failing which the request for benefit under the said Scheme will be rejected, the notification signed by Vasanti Parvatkar, under secretary (finance) said.





rights organisations vow to get justice for torture victim HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 24

US ships Cruiser USS Shiloh (CG67) and USS Lassen (DDG82) docked at Vasco port. The vessels are participating at the ongoing Malabar CY 10 joint exercise, which will continue till May 2.

Malabar exercise begins HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 24

The 14th edition of ‘Malabar’, the annual bilateral Indo-US defense exercises commenced on Friday, off the Arabian Sea with the participation of destroyers, frigates class ships, nuclear submarines and aircraft. A joint statement issued by both countries – the Indian Navy and the U S Navy – was read out by Flag Officer of Goa Naval Area Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai at a press briefing onboard INS Mysore on Saturday morning in the presence of CTF-70 Admiral Kavin Donegan, Commanding Officer of INS Mysore Captain Atul Jain, Commanding Officer of USS Shiloh Methew Loughlin and officers from both navies. “The exercise is primarily aimed at deriving mutual benefit from each other experience such as training exchanges, information exchange and technical cooperation,” said Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai. “Both navies need to periodically exercise at sea to build interoperability, to share best

practices and share common ideas in the interest of maritime security,” added Pillai. The 14th edition of Malabar features ships from CTF 70 of the USN 7th Fleet which is based in Yokosuka, Japan. The CTF would include the Cruiser USS Shilon, Destroyers USS Chaffee, U S Lassen, and Frigate USS Curts and in addition Los Angeles class nuclear powered submarine USS Annapolish, two P3C Orion aircraft and 28 member U S Navy special force team will participate in the exercise, which will go on till May 2. The Indian Navy deployed its INS Mysore, Delhi class guided missile destroyer and three guided missile frigates INS Godavari, INS Brahamaputra and INS Tabar, in addition one Shishumar class submarine, INS Shankush and Sea Harrier fighters’ aircrafts and other fixed and rotary wing aircraft. About 3,000 defense personnel from both countries will be involved in the exercise, but this seems to be a modest exercise compared to the 12th edition,

when 8,500 officers from both countries had taken part in the exercise which included the participation of Ronald Reagan Strike Group (RRSG) Navy’s 7th Fleet including USS Springfield submarine, and a P3C Orion aircraft. Both navies categorically denied that aircraft carrier would be the part of the exercise and CTF 70 Admiral Kavin Donegan said this was because of topographic reasons, log distance and other factors. Donegan said the joint exercise is primarily aimed at deriving mutual benefits from the experience of the two participating expertise and confidence gained through interoperability during such exercise has proved to be immense use, particularly during humanitarian and disaster relief operation. “The thrust of this year’s exercise would be anti-submarine warfare, surface firing, maritime interdiction operations, visit board search and seizure and submarine operation,” said Pillai.

Film festivals integrate humanity: Governor

Governor Dr S S Sidhu inaugurating the 15th European Film Festival at Maquinez Palace, Panjim on Saturday. HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 24

Governor Dr S S Sidhu today stressed the need for larger exchange of artistic creations like films across the world saying it brings humanity together cutting across all barriers, through audio-visual media. He was addressing the gathering at the opening ceremony of 15th European Film Festival which got underway at a glittering ceremony at Maquinez Palace, here. Dr Sidhu said that cinema has tremendous capacity to unite people of the world by overcoming man-made barriers and expressed satisfaction that India is major cinema hub, being the largest producer of films in the world. The governor said that the unique event of the film festival was yet another landmark achievement in our continuing efforts to strengthen interna-

tional cooperation, friendship, understanding and economic progress, amidst many multi-dimensional challenges that we are faced with – whether political, economic and social. In this backdrop, he said the East and the West are rapidly intermingling and a never before in the past, making renewed creative and enduring effort to come closer. The film industry, which is a powerful integrator of humanity and a contributor to economic and artistic progress of the nations, has a significant role to pay towards the noble cause of international peace, mutual understanding ,goodwill and fellowship, he said. The governor further said that the delegation of European Union to India has started a new chapter of friendship and cooperation with Goa through this initiative. “I am sure that this film festival will bring best of

European films which will provide detail perspective of life, problems, socio-cultural values of people of Europe”. He said the European Union has provided us an opportunity to have a close look at the creative genius of its people by organizing the 15th European Unin Film Festival in Goa. The venue – Goa- is appropriate in more than one way, he said emphasizing that Goa is developing its own film culture. He further said that the film finance scheme is being reoriented by the state government. Goan actors, singers and musicians, he said, have contributed immensely to the Indian cinema. At the festival, an audio visual tribute had been paid to Goa’s first film maker Al Jerry Braganza who made the first Konkani film Mogacho Anvdo more than 60 years ago. Goa, he said, has occupied a prominent place in the film festival.

Piracy: The exercise will also focus on tackling the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden. The concern of India and US navies over growing piracy were clearly evident during press briefing on board INS Mysore at Mormugao Port, Vasco on Saturday. “Anti-piracy operations are one of the best examples where two navies can coordinate with each other. We are conducting similar kind of exercises which are usually held during anti-piracy operations,” said Flag officer Commanding Goa Area (FOGA), Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai. He said the joint exercise would also highlight the sea piracy and cited the example of recent piracy in Somalian coast. “The Malabar exercise has proved to be operationally beneficial particularly during the ongoing anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden,” added Pillai. He said that piracy in Somali is a complex problem which could be dealt with cooperation and participation from different countries.

Women’s and children’s rights organizations have promised to take up the torture of the 12-year old minor girl by a Mumbaibased family, even as the Margao police has forwarded the case to their Mumbai counterparts for further investigations. Bailancho Ekvott Convenor Auda Viegas said the brutal assault on the girl is unprecedented in nature. Viegas, who was called by the Margao police when at the girl reported the matter to the police station, said there are scars all over the body of the minor girl. “The family cannot be allowed to get away with the torture. Justice needs to be done to the young girl”, he said. In this connection, Viegas disclosed plans to take up the matter with the Goa State Commission for Children, besides Non-Governmental Organisations in Mumbai to take the matter to its logical conclusion. “The people who have unleashed the brutality on the young girl should not go unpunished. The NGOs and the commission working for the welfare of children will be involved to get justice for the young girl”,

Preethi, the 12-year old victim girl with a broken hand. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

she asserted. Referring to the contention of the family that the girl had met with an accident, Viegas sought to know if the

When politics interferes with police functioning! HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, APRIL 24

Efficiency can sometimes be a liability in the police department. In once such case, political interference in police department has once again come to the fore and this time the victims were two police constables attached to Usgao outpost in Bicholim taluka. According to reports, there was an accident between a truck (KA-22-A-6475) and Trax (GA-01-B-5511) at Usgao-Bicholim on April 13. After the two police constables attached to Usgao outpost rushed to the site, Trax driver Somnath Raghuvir Naik and Gurudas R Naik started arguing with them and demanded that the truck driver be handed over to them and they would solve the issue their way. Following the law, the police constables rejected the demand. Enraged with this, the duo attacked the constables, threatened of dire consequences and also told them about their political links. Since the duo was not ready to listen, the police arrested them under Section 353 IPC for obstructing government servants in discharging their duty. However on Friday, the two police constables were surprised when they got transfer letters and were asked to join Goa Reserve Police. “It all happened because of political interference and it is really sad that the cops are getting this reward for their prompt service,” a source from police told Herald.

Questions remain over selection of consumer panel members HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 24

Consumer rights activists and several forums associated with consumer issues across Goa are gearing up for a busy Sunday morning to deliberate on the appointment of two members to the State Consumer Redressal Commission, an issue which has reached the Chief Minister in the form of several petitions. The activists, village groups and forums, women’s collectives and individuals had petitioned the CM’s office urging him to intervene and ensure that the two persons to be appointed as members of the Commission were honest, competent and integral individuals having a respectable standing in public. But some of the legal fraternity members, who spoke to Herald on condition of anonymity, mentioned contrary to the several petitions to the CM and the Director of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs the Government has approved the recommendation of the Selection Committee of the Commission for appointment of one member, who is a retired Government servant from the Goa Civil Service. They revealed his appointment is for a two-year term as the maximum age for retirement is 67 years for any member of the Commission as per the Consumer Protection Act (CPA). The aggrieved members said the 65-year-old male appointee is far from competent and as per the Act doesn’t have the adequate knowledge and at least

10 years of dealing with problems relating to law to handle the Commission having jurisdiction over matters ranging upto Rs one crore. It is likely that his appointment order will be issued next week as the term of one of the two members comes to an end on April 30, 2010. Around 50 petitions have reached both the CM and the Director of Civil Supplies expressing their apprehensiveness over the appointment of the two members to the Commission. The petitions point out the fact that the recommendation of the members is being done by a senior justice who had forwarded the name of Adv Harsha Naik for the post of President of the North Goa Cons u m e r D i s p u t e Re d re s s a l Commission. It may be recalled Adv Harsha Naik, who was appointed as President of the forum on December 16, 2009, for a fiveyear term was unceremoniously terminated from the post as she was found below age, a fact that had missed the attention of the Selection Committee headed by the senior justice. Legal members said there were other competent members among the seven who were interviewed by the Selection Committee for the post of member of the State Commission. According to them one woman candidate, a very senior member in the legal field, was told by the Law Secretary during the interview he had no questions to ask looking at her bio-data, which he found impressive. No

other questions were asked by the senior justice and other member of the Selection Committee, they stated. They revealed another male candidate who was also very much eligible for the post had been left in the lurch though his interview went on for a long time. The candidate, as per requisites of the Consumer Act, has a reputable public standing, they stated. Surprisingly, they mentioned, one more male candidate, who appeared for the interview, had served as member of the district forum for a full five-year term. His candidature too was found unsuitable for the post, they mentioned. The members have raised questions about the functionality of the Commission after April 30. Even though the Commission will function from May 1 onwards, it will not be able to pass orders with just one member who will be the in-charge. As per the CPA for an order to be passed it is mandatory to have two members, they informed. It is learnt from reliable sources re-interviews will take place for the appointment of the second member but that will happen only in June when the President of the Commission (the senior justice), who is on the Selection Committee, is expected to arrive to attend to consumer cases for two days. Till then what happens to the functionality of the court is the question doing the rounds of the corridors of the Commission.

Symposium aimed at gathering support for turtle conservation HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 24

The 30th annual symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation will be used to garner support for several public petitions on issues of importance to marine turtles and their habitats, including one asking that ports and large infrastructural projects are kept at least 25 km away from critical marine turtle nesting habitats. The symposium being held in the South Asian region for the first time in its 30 year history took off on Saturday in Goa at the Kala Academy, here. It has brought together a diverse range of participants from around the world, including

students, academics, activists and conservationists. Over 700 individuals from 70-plus countries across the world are attending the event, making it one of the largest international conferences on ecology and conservation to be held in India. Some of the best known biologists and conservationists in the field are participating in the symposium that ends on April 30. Dr Kartik Shanker, from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, and President of the International Sea Turtle Society, said, “We wanted to zoom out for a bird’s eye view of the world of turtles; the many ecosystems and habitats

girl had indeed met with an accident, why the family did not sent her back to Goa all this time. Meanwhile, Margao PI Santosh Desai said the police late last night registered offenses under the Juvenile Justice Act, Goa Children’s Act and other provisions of the IPC and has referred the matter to the Superintendent of Police to forward the case to the Mumbai counterparts. Commenting on the allegations made by the victim girl, PI Desai said the girl has been brutally tortured and was not given provided basic food by the Mumbai-based family. “This is a clear case of torture and brutality”, he said, adding that it is for the Mumbai police to take the case to its logical conclusion. As reported by this newspaper, 12-yearold Preethi had alleged that the Mumbaibased family which has offered to look after her education and well being nearly half a decade ago, tormented and tortured her in recent times. “The scars all over her body indicate the extent of brutality unleashed on the young girl,” PI Desai added.

they use including sandy beaches, sea-grass meadows, coral reefs and open seas.” He observed, “We wanted to draw attention to the human communities and livelihood issues in coastal areas and lay the foundation for a more practical and inclusive conservation approach.” The symposium also includes two key regional events – a South Asia mini symposium which will overview research from within the region as well as a Fisheries Forum which will serve to foster greater engagement between conservationists and fisheries representatives. “This is an excellent opportunity for organisations and researchers from across the region

to interact, collaborate and discuss various issues related to coastal and marine resources and their conservation, from the perspective of marine turtles as global flagship species,” Dr Shanker said. The event is being organised by the International Sea Turtle Society in partnership with the Government of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Centre for Ecological Sciences/Indian Institute of Science (IISc), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT), Foundation for Ecological Research, Learning and Advocacy (FERAL) and Dakshin Foundation.

The mangled Hyundai Getz, which was involved in a collision with a Mahindra pickup at Goa Velha-Agassaim bypass on Saturday. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

KRC footbridge near Margao flyover weak: pedestrians HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 24

Pedestrians in the Commercial Capital have complained that the Konkan Railway Corporation’s footbridge near the Margao flyover has turned weak for want of maintenance. Regular users of the footbridge pointed out that the railings have become weak while the concrete has petered off from the steps. Local businessmen having establishments on the Khareband side of the bridge said the government did not take up periodic maintenance of the bridge since its construction around seven years ago. A trader said that the bridge was the sole link between Khareband and Margao side of the city before the Goa government built another footbridge a year ago. “Since its commissioning, the footbridge was not even illuminated by the government. This despite the fact that the bridge was mostly used by the aam admi”, remarked another trader. When contacted, KRC Sr Public Relations Manager, Baban Ghatge feigned ignorance about the status of the bridge and said the KRC has till date not received any complaint from any quarter till date. He, however, assured to ask the technical cell of the Corporation to ascertain the facts by inspecting the footbridge at the earliest.

The footbridge near the Margao flyover that has come into sharp focus. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

from page 1 Azgaonkar makes case for cash-strapped panchayats

for the development of panchayats. “In Goa though the literacy rate is 82 per cent, per capita income is on the higher side and being a world famous tourist destination, there is lot of scope for better development of the State especially at village level,” he said. Former Speaker and ex-sarpanch of Candolim Tomazinho Cardozo felt that changing mindset of the people will help in bringing changes at village level. “Unless we change our mindset, we cannot bring change in our villages. First, we must develop ourselves,” he maintained. Director of Panchayats, Menino D’Souza presented the awards to panchayats in different categories for their performance.

Congress mocks instability fears

Nilkhant Harlankar. In his address, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said the camp is being organised not with an eye on elections but to ensure that the facilities benefit the common man facing eye problems. He appealed to people of Margao and Fatorda to take maximum benefits of the eye camp. “The mega camp is being oragnised by women’s NGOs. Our efforts should ensure that no woman is left out from availing benefits of the camp”, he said. Kamat admitted that it has become a fashion to organise eye and other camps on the eve of elections, but said the two-day eye camp is organised purely for the benefit of the masses. Around 50 doctors and specialists attended to the patients from both Margao and Fatorda constituencies. The two-day camp will conclude on Sunday.





Drugs, cash worth rs 25 lakh seized in Calangute raid HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 24

Drugs and foreign currency worth a staggering Rs 25 lakh were seized by police in a raid in Calangute late Friday night. A 39-year-old Nigerian national has been arrested in this connection. Acting on a tip-off, a police team, led by Calangute PI Nolasco Raposo, nabbed the Nigerian, Monday Felix Odede, near the Calangute Post Office at Naikka Vaddo, Calangute while he was waiting for some customers. Police caught Odede in possession of 465 gms of cocaine worth of Rs 23.25 lakh, 45 gms of

MDMA valued at Rs 90,000, 300 USD and 50 Euros valued at Rs 1.01 lakh, a small electronic weighing scale, mobile phone and other items, all valued at about Rs 25.33 lakh. Expressing happiness over the seizure, PI Raposo also had a word of praise for his team, comprising Subhash Malwankar, Santosh Govekar, Waman Naik, Luen Pereira, Datta Shirodker and Rajesh Shirodker. This is the largest seizure of drugs since PI Raposo took over the responsibility of Calangute police station. Earlier, a resident of Calangute was also arrested in possession of cash worth of Rs 20 lakh in regard to drug dealings.

Bus topples at Matol-Verna junction, 27 wounded

St Inez Creek

Parrikar to study charges of illegal constructions HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 24

Panjim MLA and Chairman of Sub Committee Manohar Parrikar to study the projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has said that he will study the allegations of illegal constructions mushrooming around St Inez Creek, a Rs 17 crore project which is taken up for development under the centrally funded scheme. Parrikar's intervention came after JNNURM’s sub committee members and citizens raised their apprehensions about the structures bordering this creek. “There should be proper access to the creek. The area surrounding the creek is declared as no development zone,” Par-

rikar told Herald today. "I will investigate into the matter. I have received certain representations on this issue," he added. The St Inez Creek criss-crossing the capital city of Panjim is scheduled to be taken up for upgradation under JNNURM. The project is hanging fire due to technical difficulties. In the last sub committee meeting the members including Patricia Pinto, Nandkumar Kamat, Dr Joe D'Souza and others strongly expressing their discontent over the constructions that have sprung along the water body. "It’s only because of all these illegalities that the project has been kept on hold. We can go ahead with the beautification

of the creek once all these illegal constructions and hutments are removed," Dr D'Souza, member of sub-committee said. CREEK: Dr D’Souza said that the water body has been officially declared as creek to control flooding during monsoons. "The Central Government in its directives under JNNURM has ordered the State Government not to carry out any sort of construction within 15 mts of the creek, which is a natural water body and need space for its beautification," Dr D'Souza stated. A lone JCB working at the site near the St Inez Creek has levelled mud to lay a seven meter broad road on more than 300

DM orders setting of 4 police check posts HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 24

An injured passenger receives medical attention at the Hospicio Hospital, Margao. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 24

In yet another incident of reckless driving in Mormugao taluka, over 27 persons were injured when a speeding bus toppled at the Matol-Verna junction near Fr Agnel Ashram, Verna on Saturday morning. Verna police acted swiftly and shifted the injured passengers in 108 ambulances and police patrol jeeps to the Hospicio Hospital, Margao. Most of the injured passengers were workers at the Verna Industrial Estate and others included a teacher and a 10-year-old girl. Eye-witnesses claimed that the bus was proceeding in a reckless manner and the driver, Majunath Lakhade, tried to turn near the Matol-Verna junction at a high speed when the bus skidded on the road towards the driver side and dragged to a distance of nearly 10 metres. As luck would have it, there were no vehicles along the Verna bypass, which converges at the Matol-Verna junction, at the time of the mishap or else the mishap could have been a major tragedy.

Boy killed, 6 hurt in mishap HERALD CORRESPONDENT COLLEM, APRIL 24

A 6-year-old boy from DattagadBethora died while six others were injured in a road mishap about 15 kms from the Mollem check post along the PanjimBelgaum highway on Saturday evening. According to Collem PI Manoj Mardolkar, the incident took place when a family, consisting of two men, four women and the deceased, Sarfroz Khan were traveling in a jeep (GA-09-A2663) from Belgaum to Ponda. At about 6 pm, the jeep reached Anmod ghat when one tyre got punctured and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The jeep went off the road and turned turtle, injuring all occupants in the vehicle. Collem police rushed to the site and shifted the injured to the ID hospital at Ponda. Sarfroz was, however, declared dead on arrival. Collem police is investigating the case.

According to Verna police PI Jivba Dalvi, 21 persons including the driver were discharged after medical aid at the hospital. Six passengers, Aurora Colaco (40) of Nuvem, Mohammad Rasul (50) of Margao, Bhagesh Varik (31) of Canacona, Umesh Salbhai (29) of Nuvem, Sanjana Naik (34) of Sanvordem and Abhi Mathew (30) of Kerala have been admitted at Hospicio, police said. “While some of them have head injuries and fractures, the others have been kept for observation,” PI Dalvi said. SP South Goa Alan De Sa also visited the site to take stock of the situation. The driver, Majunath Lakhade, has been arrested under Sections 279, 337, 338 of IPC and police has recommended the cancellation of the bus driver’s license and the bus permit. Saturday’s accident come barely one-and-half months after 27 persons were injured in port town when a speeding bus rammed the roadside barricade and fell into in a nullah near the Goa Shipyard.

2 arrested for hiring, mortgaging cars using forged documents HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 24

Police on Saturday arrested two persons for their involvement in hiring three cars from the capital city and changing their registration numbers. Two of the vehicles were mortgaged using forged documents. The names of the two accused as furnished by Town Police are Santosh Gaonkar, 32, and Govinda Lamani, 26. Two more people, Mukund Shankar Gondhali and Robin Gyanchand (both in the 30s), who are the main accused, are absconding, the police said. Mukund and Robin, both residents of Betim, had hired the cars – a Toyota Innova and two Wagon Rs – belonging to three different people from St Inez and Mala, here. Krishna Atmaram Godkar of St Inez complained that Mukund and Robin induced him to handover his Toyota Innova (GA-07-C5015) and two Wagon Rs belonging to Shaikh Hassan of St Inez and Vicky Naik of Mala. Godkar said they were given to understand the vehicles were hired between April 2 and April 20, 2010, for a company named Goa Property Consultancy. But later on after inquiries realised they were being cheated, he mentioned. PI Sandesh Chodankar said the Innova car was recovered and two people arrested today evening. “We also recovered two Wagon Rs which are not of this crime registered,” he stated. The PI said Mukund had forged the documents and made a RC book in his name. We are likely to make arrests as this appears to be an organised racket, he mentioned.

Assault victims booked HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, APRIL 24

Adding insult to injury, John Fernandes and Pobre Fernandes, who were allegedly assaulted by two persons on Friday, were booked by Quepem police on Saturday on charges of blocking mining traffic. This has evoked strong condemnation from the Quepem Taluka Mining Affected People’s Front (QTMAPF), at a meeting in Quepem on Saturday. It may be recalled that Herald’s correspon-

dent John Fernandes and Pobre Fernandes were assaulted on Friday, when John tried to click photos of mining traffic congestion at Quepem. John Fernandes and Pobre Fernandes later filed a police complaint against the accused, Prasad Faldessai and Eupociano Pereira with the Quepem police. Faldessai and Pereira later filed a counter police complaint accusing John and Pobre of blocking the mining traffic. Quepem police then booked all four persons under Section 151 CrPC.

In a bid to further streamline mining traffic in South Goa’s hinterland, the South Goa District Magistrate, G P Naik has directed setting of four additional police check posts to monitor and regulate trucks transporting mining ore. The District Magistrate further issued direction to mining companies operating in the Sanguem-Quepem region to obser ve the High Court directions on mining operations in both letter and spirit. This was conveyed by the Magistrate to representatives of mining companies at a meeting held at the District Collectorate, Margao on Saturday morning. Officials of various government agencies, including Traffic and Transport attended the meeting. Naik told Herald after the deliberations that he has issued instructions to set up additional police check posts at Gudemol, near the Sanjivani factory, at Dharbandora and at Mollem. “The work on erection of check posts would commence

from tomorrow. The work is expected to be complete in all respects by Tuesday. The check posts would be operational by Tuesday evening or Wednesday”, Naik said. According to him, fresh instructions have been issued to the mining companies to stop plying of mining trucks after 5.30 pm. As per new instructions, the transporters are required to load the trucks with mining ore till 5.30 pm. “This will be effectively monitored by the police personnel manning the check posts. Any violations by the transporters will be viewed seriously”, the District Magistrate added. This is the second time the District Magistrate; South has issued directions to set up check posts to regulate mining traffic in the Sanguem-Quepem region. Earlier this month, the District Magistrate had erected five check posts including the two posts at Tilamol and Ambaulim and the authorities are regulating and reviewing the transport problems, although eyebrows have been raised over the success of the check posts.

meter stretch on the bank of the creek. Though the members call it illegal, Anil Counto of Alcon Group, which is laying the road has said that he has received all the necessary approvals from the departments like North Goa Planning and Development Authority, Taleigao Panchayat and from Coastal Zone Management Authority. However, Dr D'Souza alleged that all the government machinery is backing up the illegalities. "Without government support such thing cannot last for long," he added. The St Inez creek beautifica-

tion project has missed the first slot of projects forwarded to center for fundings under JNNURM.



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License fee hike hits construction activity HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 24

Construction activity in Mapusa town has taken a hit, as civic authorities have hiked the construction license fee steeply with effect from April 1. The construction license fee for a residential house of an area of 100 sq mts, which was Rs 4,950, has been increased to Rs 9,500, while for commercial constructions, the builders will have to pay construction license fee of Rs 11,000 for an area of 100 sq mts instead of Rs 4,950. Municipal authorities claimed that they have not hiked the construction license fees. They are charging construction fees at the rate of 1% on the total cost of construction only, but the total cost of production is

being arrived at based on the revised formula stipulated by Public Works Department. “The cost of construction has increased many folds during the last four years. Hence PWD has suggested the revised formula,” said the authorities. Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) has also increased the house tax by 10% effective from the current financial year. Further, MMC have now included the garbage tax of Rs 200 in the house tax. While giving the explanation for increase in house tax, MMC Chairperson Roopa Bhakta said as per the government gazette notification, the house taxes are required to be revised upward by 10% after every four years. “Accordingly, we have re-

vised the house tax this year. With regard to inclusion of garbage tax in the house tax, it was observed by MMC that the residents were hesitating to pay garbage tax of Rs 30 per month. Due to the difficulties experienced by MMC in collection of garbage tax on monthly basis, the council in

mapusa its meeting decided to charge the flat rate of Rs 200 per year and include it in the house tax,” she added. She further said collection and disposal of garbage is a major problem to MMC. “The council has therefore started to collect the garbage on door-todoor basis and nominal fee of Re 1 per day was being charged

for the service,” she added. “But we did not get positive response from the public and the garbage was still thrown alongside the roads. Hence, MMC was compelled to stop the practice of collecting garbage fee of Re 1 per day and levy flat charge of Rs 200 and include it in the house tax. The revenue of the council will also increase by this move,” said Bhakta. Bhakta said MMC has acquired a land of about 4,000 sq mts at Cunchelim for setting up garbage treatment plant. “The Pollution Control Board has approved the site, but since some residents have raised objection and the matter is pending before court, we could not start the work,” said the chairperson.

“As soon as the clearance is given by the court, we will go ahead with the work on the treatment plant. Meanwhile, MMC is disposing off the garbage on Assagao Plateau after treating it chemically,” said Bhakta.

Restricted water supply HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 24

There will be restricted water supply on April 25 and April 26 to the entire Bardez and Bicholim talukas due to abnormal turbidity of raw water from Valvant river at Podocem water treatment plant, says a press release.

Foundation stone for Dhargal bridge HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 24

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will lay the foundation stone for the construction of bridge between Tharmas to Ozari Sangaowada in Dhargal constituency on April 25 at 11.30 am in the presence of Minister for Panchayati Raj, Manohar Azgaonkar and other officials. The proposed bridge under GSIDC will facilitate the people of Tharmas and Ozarim Sangaowada for better and easy commuting amongst the villages. The bridge shall also benefit the people of imbhrampur, Pednem, Halan, Ozarim, Colvale and Mapusa.

Structural fire engineering need of hour: Kumar

Narendra Kumar, Acting Chief Secretary inaugurating the one day seminar on continuous professional development on the theme ‘Technical Advances and Material Technology-Fire Safe Construction held at Maquinez Palace in Panjim recently. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 24

Narendra Kumar, Acting Chief Secretary appreciating the role of Fire and Emergency Services said there is need for developing and procuring the codes that could predict the consequences of a fire accident and also the measures to be taken to prevent it. Structural Fire Engineering is the need of the hour, he added. Mr Kumar was speaking at the inaugural function of the one day seminar on continuous professional development on the theme ‘Technical Advances and Material Technology-Fire Safe Construction held at Maquinez Palace in Panjim on Friday. He favoured holding such types of seminars and opined that such seminars help the members of Fire services learn the latest in fire technology on the structural front. There is need for designing buildings

with fire safety aspects, he added. G B Menon, Fire Advisor (Retd) Ministry of Home Affairs, G o ver nment o f Ind ia a nd Founder President of National Association of Fire Officers in his speech said, 120 cities across the country are prone to natural disasters. While appreciating the need for quick response to reach the site of emergency, he cautioned against complacency and emphasized the need to learn lessons from incidents and to familiarize with processes so that a real emergency can be efficiently handled. Convener of the seminar and Director of Fire and Emergency Services, Goa, Ashok Menon, welcomed the guests and the delegates. Rajneesh Chopra, President I.F.E.(I), Uttar Pradesh Chapter and M.D. Fire Safety Control U.P. was also present. SFO Ajit Kamat proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Dayanand Rao compered the function.

‘Besides animals, Vets responsible for public health’ HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, APRIL 24

Claiming that veterinarians play a crucial role in the link between animals, their owners and society at large, Dean of Bombay Veterinary College Dr Abdul Samad on Saturday stated that vets are responsible not only for animal health, but also animal welfare, public health, food safety and food security. “The responsibilities of the veterinary profession are much broader than one of animal health alone. All over the world, vets are responsible for public health issues which include food safety, biosecurity, zoonotic disease spread and socio-veterinary interactions,” said Dr Samad. Addressing a seminar, organized by the department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences (AHVS) at Nanutel, Margao, to mark the World Veterin a r y D a y, h e s a i d t h e responsibilities of veterinarians towards society and public health in recent emerging animal origin diseases had increased manifold. It has long been known that 60% of known infectious diseases are common to humans and animals (whether domestic or wild), 75% of recent emerging human diseases came from animals and 80% of the pathogens that could potentially be used in bioterrorism are zoonotic, said Dr Samad. “It is also known that human populations need a regular diet of protein particularly from milk, eggs or meat, and that a deficiency can also be a public health problem.” Dr Samad emphasized that the World Veterinary Day serves as an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of veterinarians to society.

He averred that the only way to minimize the impact of new hazards is to adapt the existing systems of animal and public health governance at world, regional and national levels in a harmonized and coordinated manner. “From the animal health perspective, the theme ‘One World, One Health’ should eventually lead all countries to make a firm commitment to establish mechanisms for the early detection of disease outbreaks, as well as allowing rapid implementation, by veterinarians, of any required preventive or therapeutic measure directed to animals,” said Dr Samad. Veterinary Officer of the Investigating Unit at Tonca Dr Rajaram Naik elaborated the risk and challenges of the veterinary profession in view of public health in relation to zoonotic diseases. Descriptive information was presented in respect of vital zoonotic diseases like Japanese B Encephalitis, Bovine Spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Rabies, Brucellossis, Hydatid Cyst, Toxoplasma. Latest modern approaches towards clinical veterinary diagnostic procedures were explained by Dr Rajaram Naik in his presentation. The function was chaired by AHVS Deputy Director Dr Savio S Vaz, who welcomed the guest and all the delegates. Veterinary Officer at CurtiPonda Dr Vilas Naik narrated the significance of the World Veterinary Day and explained the Veterinarians pivotal role in Animal welfare. The Seminar ended with vote of thanks by AHVS Assistant Director Dr Vasudev Bhaje.

upcoming events Chapel blessing

The renovated Chapel of Our Lady of Merces, situated in Vaddem, Vasco da Gama.

PANJIM(HND): The Chapel of Our Lady of Merces, situated in Vaddem, Vasco da Gama, built in 1732, which is one of the oldest chapel in Mormugao has now been renovated and extended. The blessing of the renovated chapel has been scheduled on April 25 at 5.30 pm at the hands of his Excellency, Most Rev Alwyn Barreto, Bishop of Sindhudurg, followed by a solemn Eucharistic celebration. A host of clergymen including the priests who have earlier served in the Vasco parish, local politicians and other dignitaries are expected to be present for this auspicious function. The chapel has been extended to facilitate the accommodation of the faithful for better participation in the Liturgical acts and to preserve the aged interiors of the chapel. Speaking on the renovation works one of the confraria members, Carlos Almeida said that the major funding of this project has been done by the Confraria de N Sra das Merces. The renovation and extension work was carried out under the guidance of renowned Engr Ernesto Moniz, he said. The construction was entrusted to M/s Arsenio & Associates, Mapusa and the three imposing alters were restored to their pristine design by Agnelo Fernandes from Margao, who is considered to be a master in restoration of old artifacts, Carlos said. Utmost care was taken to preserve the original architecture and interiors of this centuries old Chapel, he added. The Parish Priest of St Andrew’s Church, Fr Antonio da Costa, has congratulated the Confraria and the Fabrica Committees and has requested the parishioners to attend this memorable event in large numbers.

Tiatr festival

PANJIM(HND): On the occasion of the chapel feast of Queens of Angels, Zuari, Goa Velha, the Queens of Angels Club will be organizing a Tiatr Festival for 6 days commencing from April 25. This dramas will be of top tiatr directors, including one directed by Babit de Zuari along with the local artistes from Zuari, Goa Velha, called ‘Hem Tumkam Sogleank’ to be staged on April 27 as per the tradition of the village. The shows will commence at 7.30 pm, says a press release.

Bro Johnson’s retreats

PANJIM(HND): Bro Johnson Sequeira will be conducting retreats at Emerald Lawns, Parra on April 26 and 27 and Blue Berry, Verna on April 28 and 29, between 10 am to 5 pm, says a press release.

Gram sabha at Chimbel

PANJIM(HND): The voters of Chimbel are hereby informed that the first ordinary gram sabha of V P Chimbel is scheduled for May 2 at 10 am in village panchayat hall. The last date to submit proposals in writing is upto April 27 at 12 noon.

Cookery, bakery classes

PANJIM(HND): A comprehensive course on low fat bakery and cookery classes will be conducted from April 27 by Fatima Moniz in Margao. The course includes cakes with decoration, desserts (hot and cold), pies, tarts (sweet and savoury), breads, cookies, souffles, mousses and veg/non-veg dishes. The cuisine will be Portugese, Goan, Continental, Italian, Indian etc. Eggless cooking will also be taught. Contact Fatima on 2776035 or 9370275702 for details.

Contacto Goa on RTP

PANJIM(HND): The 51st episode of Contacto Goa will be broadcast on RTP international (Portuguese channel) on April 27 at 1:15 pm and 7 pm and April 28 at 6:45am. Further episodes of Contacto Goa will be broadcast every 15 days on Tuesdays at the same time as given above, says a press release.

Communication skills workshop

PANJIM(HND): Mastering communication skills workshop will be organised by X-TRENDZ from April 26 at Margao. For details and registration contact 9657210949.

Chicalim gram sabha

VASCO(HR): Chicalim Panchayat has convened a general gram sabha in the panchayat premises on April 25 at 9.30 am. The gram sabha will deliberate on issues like determination of priorities of the work to be undertaken by the panchayat, approve project proposed under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, identification of beneficiaries under various schemes of the government and discuss on the proposals received from gram sabha members. Besides, the panchayat will place and approve the annual statement of account for 2009-10 and place an annual administration report for 2009-10.

Sangeet Sammelan

MAYEM(HC): Sammrat Club Sanquelim in association with Department of Art and Culture will organize the first Sammrat Youth Sangeet Sammelan at Shivaji memorial hall, Sanquelim, on April 25 at 10 am. Artistes Vikrant Naik, Sumedha Desai, Pushpshil Malik, Pritimala Dhawaskar, Laxmikant Khandekar, Rupesh Gawas and others will perform on the occasion and they will be accompanied by Raya Korgaokar, Dayanidesh Kosambe, Amar Mopkar and Prasad Gawas.


PORVORIM: Between 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Khana Khazana, PDA Colony, Tarun Bharat Multigraphics, Teen Builiding, O Coqueiro, Resicom, Gao scan centre and Gauri apartment and surrounding areas. PORVORIM: Between 2 am to 5.30 pm. Areas affected are Britannia House, Gopal Nagar, Torda, Ramachowad t/c, Alto Torda and surrounding areas.





S H O RT TA K E S Medical camp organised

Aleixo shocked over staff absence at Mapusa power dept HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVROIM, APRIL 24

Dr Amey Velingkar checks a senior lady at the medical camp at Canacona. Photo by Kathy Pereira

CANACONA(HC): Forum for Senior Citizens of India organized an orthopedic medical camp for senior citizens from Canacona taluka on Wednesday. About 110 senior citizens were examined for orthopedic problems by a team of doctors led by specialist Dr Amey Velingkar in Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) hall, Chaudi. The camp was inaugurated by Canacona Mayor Shamsunder Dessai in the presence of CMC’s Deputy Chairman Dilip Kenkre, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Principal R S Naik, Inter-continental Lalit Resort Liason Officer Guilherme Martins and others. In his welcome speech, Canacona Taluka Co-ordination Committee of Forum for Senior Citizens of India Chief Suresh Nagarshekar requested the senior citizens to care for their health by regularly taking medical assistance. CMC Chairman Dessai reiterated his commitment to extend help of CMC for the senior citizens forum in the manner they requests. The orthopaedic team of Dr Velingkar consisted of Dr Eknath Nail, Dr Anant Pai, technician Babloo, besides a representative from CACHET Pharmaceuticals Rupesh were present on the occasion. Forums Secretary Ratnakar Kankonkar proposed the vote of thanks.

Birthday celebration

Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira paid a surprise visit to the electricity department at Mapusa recently. After Sequeira called for the muster roll, he was shocked to see that over 30% of the staff did not report for duties on time. He directed Executive Engineer Ulhas Kerkar to mark those staff as ‘absent’ and take disciplinary action. Speaking to media, Sequeira said he had received complaints from the general public that some of the staff of the electricity department at Mapusa never report for duties on time due to which they face a lot of incontinence. “Discipline is a must, without which the administration cannot function properly. It is for this reason, I paid a visit to the electricity department in the morning to check whether all the staff report for duties on time or not,” he said. “Even if the staff goes for Census work, he/she has to inform his superiors about it and then go. It has been observed that under the cover of Census work, some staff does no report for duties in many government de-

CALANGUTE(HC): Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Dr Wilfred D’Souza celebrated his birthday among the residents of Anjuna on Friday. Residents of Anjuna were proud to have Dr D’Souza among them, who later cut the birthday cake on the stage. The residents are hosting the 10th Annual Fellowship Week at St Michael’s Church, Anjuna. Dr D’Souza was the guest of honour for the felicitation function of his priest Brother Rumauldo D’Souza along with his other brother Michael. The three brothers shared the stage along with St Michael’s Church, Anjuna, Parish Priest Fr Agapito D’Cunha, sfx, while cutting the cake. Earlier, the guests including Dr D’Souza were accorded a warm welcome to the Parish of Anjuna with bouquets.

Paibir is secretary of MPT

PANJIM(HND): Rajendra P Paibir recently took over as the new Secretary of Mormugao Port Trust. Paibir has been appointed by the Ministry of Shipping, Govt of India and will head the general administration department of MPT. According to a press release, Rajendra Paibir, of Goan origin, is a Post Graduate in Organic Chemistry and holds a Masters Degree in Administrative Management from the University of Mumbai. He has also attended extensive Professional Training in "Integrated Transport Planning and Cargo Handling in Sea Port" at Germany and has studied some of the most modern European Ports like Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Bremenhaven, etc before joining Mormugao Port. Paibir was the Traffic Manager at Cochin Port. Paibir began his career in the Port sector as an Officer in the Traffic Department of Mumbai Port Trust and has vast experience in handling various Commercial, Operational, Administrative and other Managerial functions after working in the premier Ports of Mumbai and Cochin. He has worked on several committees constituted by Mumbai and Cochin Port for formulating and implementing Port policies and also assisted the Ministry of Shipping and the high profile Inter-ministerial Group for the study conducted on Dwell time of cargo in Indian Ports. He is also a visiting faculty at the National Institute of Port Management, Chennai and Indian Institute of Port Management, Kolkatta, adds the press release.

Youth convention at Saligao seminary HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 24

The Goa Diocesan Youth Centre will be organising for the first time, “Summertime with Jesus” a youth retreat cum convention at Seminary of Our Lady, Pilerne-Saligao from April 29 to May 2. The convention promises to bring together over a 100 youth representing every parish in the Diocese and will be based on the theme, “Shine like Stars in the World”. Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão will address the youth

during the convention and also celebrate the concluding Mass. Bishop of Sindhudurg Allwayn Barreto, the Western Region in charge of Youth will attend the convention. The highlights of the programme include, a concert by gospel band, a host of activities, cultural events and of course time with the Lord. The Diocesan Youth Centre organises conventions every three years where all the youth come together, says a press release.

partments,” added the power minister. He has directed the executive engineer to be strict with the staff and leave no room for the general public to complain about the functioning of the department. Executive Engineer Kerkar admitted that some staff report for duties late. “As directed by the power minister, I will the mark the staff, who reported late, as ‘absent’ and will also issue them a memo,” said Kerkar.

‘Reddy brothers will not submit to pressure’ HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, APRIL 24

Former chief minister Dr Wilfred D’Souza cuts his birthday cake at Anjuna. Photo by Thomas Fernandes

n Discipline is a must, without which the administration cannot function properly. It is for this reason, I paid a visit to the electricity department in the morning to check whether all the staff report for duties on time or not.

KPCC president R V Deshpande has stated that Reddy brothers of Bellary may not submit their resignations even as the Congress party high command is putting pressure on the BJP to drop them from the cabinet. “Already, the Congress party has left no stone unturned to make Reddy brothers resign from the cabinet in Karnataka but in vain. We have made all sorts of protests inside the assembly and outside, but the Reddy brothers are unlikely to bow down from any kind of pressure,” he added. He was responding to questions from media persons during his visit to Belgaum for a party programme on here. Deshpande said his party in Karnataka was powerful enough to fight against corruption and ministers like Reddys. After Reddys continued to be in the cabinet despite pressure from the opposition, the party high command began demanding their resignations. The Congress high command was not making any kind of revenge politics by asking their resignations, soon after the party asked Shashi Tharoor to step down as union minister. “The Reddy brothers are adamant. The party wanted to see them out of the state cabinet for long. Efforts are being made at all levels to make them resign

to their posts,”' he added. Deshpande accused the Karnataka government of weakening the panchayat system in the state by halting funds. “The government is supposed to hold elections to the panchayats to avoid the appointments of administrators to them. Against the rules, the government appointed administrators to the panchayats and delayed to hold elections. The state government is neglecting the panchayat system as it does not have faith left in the decentralisation of power,” he alleged. He said the state government was totally bankrupt and that most of the funds being spent in Karnataka on various works had been released under different projects by the Centre. “Even after two years of being in power, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has failed to overcome power crisis in the state. He is not ready to halt power supply to many of those industries which failed to settle the power bills, but has announced that he would not spare any of the farmers who failed to pay the power bills,” he said. ”For two years, Yeddyurappa said he would give free power to the farmers. In reality, there is no power to supply to the farmers at all. He has taken all the farmers in the state for a ride by halting power supply to the villages,” he charged.

Belgaum p’yat polls on May 12, filing of nominations begin HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, APRIL 24

Elections to 8,114 seats in 464 panchayats in Belgaum district will take place on May 12. Filing of nomination papers to contest the panchayat polls commenced from Wednesday and will continue till April 28. Scrutiny of the papers would be conducted on April 29 while May 3 is the last date to withdraw the candidature. Counting would be done on May 17. Elections to the remaining 21 panchayats will be held after their term gets over. Of the 8114 seats, the reserved seats include SC (984), ST (763), Backward Class ‘A’ (2,137), Backward Class ‘B’ (562) and general category candidates (3,668). As many as 3493 seats have been reserved for women. A total of 21,75,015 voters (11, 13,398 men and 10, 61,617 women) will exercise their franchise while 2629 polling stations will be set up, of which 890 are considered sensitive and 820 as hyper-sensitive booths. The taluka-wise break-up of panchayats and candidates includes Belgaum taluka (51 pan-

chayats and 971 candidates), Khanapur taluka (51 panchayats and 971 candidates), Hukkeri taluka (49 panchayats and 753 candidates), Bailhongal taluka (45 panchayats and 670 candidates), Gokak taluka (51 panchayats and 1027 candidates), Savadatti panchayats (38 panchayats and 630 candidates), Ramdurg taluka (35 panchayats and 503 members), Chikkodi taluka (65 panchayats and 1,172 candidates), Raibag taluka (33 panchayats and 796 candidates) and Athani taluka (46 panchayats and 1,003 candidates). One administrator, assistant returning officers and 72 additional returning officers have been appointed to all the panchayats and a total of 14,451 staff will work for the polls. Deputy Commissioner Dr J Ravishankar is the district chief returning officer. Election code of conduct is in force since April 15 and will continue till May 18. Meanwhile, Dr Ravishankar has instructed the people to deposit their weapons with the police till the completion of the polls.

Students urged to become ideal citizens HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, APRIL 24

Former union law minister Adv Ramakant Khalap has called upon the students to become ideal citizens of the country with divine knowledge they learn through different educational institutions. Khalap was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the annual social gathering of Government Primar y School, Menkurem, recently. Pirna Urban cum Sahakar Jal Chairperson Naresh Sawal, School Headmistress Luiza Naik, Sarpanch Nakul Naik, ex-headmaster Madhav Joshi, Anant Parab and students representative Bablo Gaad were present on the occasion. In his speech, Sawal called upon the students to take Menkurem village to greater heights. On the occasion, Madhav Joshi was felicitated for his meritorious service in the field of education.

Legal literacy camp at Ponda

PANJIM(HND): Legal literacy camp will be organized on May 4 at 4 pm at Vagurme Verem Gram Panchayat Hall, near Shantadurga Tempe, Vagurme in Ponda taluka, with a view to spread consciousness about the legal rights and duties of citizens, specially tribal/rural population, women/children, disabled or handicapped and weaker sections of society.

Govt to confer voting rights to Indians living abroad, MP told HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 24

Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vylar Ravi informed Mr Shantaram Naik during Question Hour today that Government is interested to confer voting rights on Indian passport holders who are working or living abroad, and that efforts are being made in that direction. When Mr Naik submitted through a supplementary that citizens who go abroad to work on ships or in gulf countries, they are deprieved of their voting rights, Mr Ravi said that election laws require deletion of names of person who remain absence for more than six months from their residence. However, the minister assured Naik that as , declared by the Prime Minister, the issue is under the consideration of the government and, said that, the Government will also take up the matter with the Election Commission . Mr Naik asked the Minister whether it is true that even after being registered as Overseas Citizens of India, people have to have lifetime visa endorsement on their passport, the minister said that problems related to this matter will be sorted out. Replying to the main question of Mr Naik Mr Ravi said as on

Migration and effects on Goan identity on HCN HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 24

A one hour panel discussion on the effects of migration on Goan identity hosted by Juino De Souza in Straight-Talk will be telecast on Sunday 25th April at 11am and again the same night at 9pm on HCN, Goa’s leading 24 hour news and entertainment channel. Watch the Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Mr Eduardo Faleiro speak on how emigration has resulted in raising the standard of living in Goan households while at the same time bringing social problems including loneliness and insecurity faced by women and elderly as is revealed

Belgaumites deprived of civic amenities: Kumar HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, APRIL 24

Urban Development Minister Suresh Kumar has acknowledged that Belgaumites are deprived of their rights in terms of civic amenities despite paying taxes regularly. Speaking to reporters after reviewing development works here on Tuesday, Kumar claimed that lack of co-ordination between various departments was the root cause behind the inconvenience the people of Belgaum are facing. He instructed officials to stop blaming each other for the lapses and work sincerely to ensure basic civic facilities. On the chief minister’s special grant of Rs 100 crore released to undertake development works in the city, the Minister said works were moving at a snail’s pace. The minister also instructed the corporation officials to instruct private medical practitioners and building construction contractors to make their own arrangements for safe dumping of medical waste and debris. Suresh Kumar, who visited Kote Kere (Fort Lake) in the morning, said the lake was not maintained properly, and was stinking unbearably as morning walkers stroll across the walkers track around the lake. The Minister instructed the authorities to establish more fountains in the lake and urged for a citizens forum, which can help the administration in developing the lake.

Sunday pizza brunch at Kenilworth

PANJIM(HND): The Kenilworth Beach Resort and Spa, Utorda, Salcete will organize the Sunday Pizza Brunch on April 25. A wide variety of delicious pizzas will be on offer, with various toppings and preparations. The Sunday Pizza Brunch is open between 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm every Sunday with an exhilarating ambience. For details and reservations call 6698888.

by the Goa Migration Study2008. The other panelist on the show include the Director, International Centre Goa, Nandini Sahai, noted Architect, Dean D’Cruz and former Chairperson, Goa Women’s Commission, Dr.(Mrs) Pramod Salgaokar. Among the other issues discussed are: Whether the politicians need migrants for vote banks? Whether migrants should be allowed to vote in Goa? How to address the challenges of migration with respect to limited carrying capacity of the small state of Goa and whether demanding special status will be of advantage? Whether there should be a policy to control and regulate excessive migration. The repeat telecast will be on April 29 at 9 pm.

31st March, 2010, a total number of 5,73,324 persons of Indian origin have been registered as Overseas Citizens of India, and that , as on 31st March, 2010, approximately, 9,285 applications Overseas Citizens of Indian are pending for registration. Minister informed Mr Naik that registered OCIs are issued on OCI registration certificate

and a life-long multiple entry, multi purpose visa for visiting India. Minister further said that registered OCIs are granted conceptual parity with Non-Resident Indians I respect of all facilities available to them in economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural of plantation properties’



Maoists can be tackled through panchayati raj institutions: PM PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 24

sections in governance," he said. Singh said PRIs have been given special importance in the implementation of various government schemes in the 11th Five-Year Plan as they understood the local issues well. "Our government is aware of the difficulties being faced by Panchayats. It has been our continuous endeavour that basic facilities are provided to PRIs and arrangements for (devolution of) funds, functions and functionaries be made to them," he said. "This will help giving a new shape to the services rendered by the Panchayats," he said. Noting that the government had under the 13th Finance Commission announced a share to the Panchayats from tax collections, the Prime Minister said this would give PRIs the status of local self-governance units in the real sense. Expressing the hope that the conference would discuss all the issues, which were inevitable for making PRIs more effective and transparent, he said the recommendations of the meet would be seriously looked into and after examination, the government would take necessary action. Earlier, Singh presented awards for Effective Implementation of Panchayats' Empowerment and Accountability Incentive Scheme to Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Sikkim. He also released a two-volume report for 2010 on the status of Panchayati Raj. Rural Development and Pachayati Raj Minister C P Joshi said the government intended to build a new India through the Panchayats by empowering the villages.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said challenges posed by Maoists could be countered by empowering rural poor and marginalised sections through Panchayati Raj Institutions. "We should pay special attention to ensure that PRIs function effectively in remote and backward areas, which include tribal areas. This will help us in tackling the challenges such as the Maoist menace," he said inaugurating a conference to celebrate the National Panchayati Raj Day. Singh said participation of Panchayats in various development programmes was essential as "they understand the local needs." "Panchayats not only make direct participation possible for the marginalised section of society in governance, but also play an important role in ensuring transparency and accountability in the functioning of government institutions and officials," he added. Describing the day as "historic" for PRIs, he said it was on this day in 1993 that the 73rd Constitutional Amendment was implemented to enable the three-tier Panchayats to take responsibility of governance. "This has made decentralisation (of power) possible up to the grassroot level. The impact of the 73rd amendment is now very clearly visible. It has empowered the common man and poor, and has brought about changes in the power equations in rural India," he said. Expressing happiness over the regular conduct of Panchayat elections, Singh said over 28 lakh people have now officially become part of the country's democracy through about 600 district panchayats,

6,000 intermediate panchayats and 2.3 lakh gram panchayats. Noting that 33 per cent reservation for women has been implemented in the PRIs, the Prime Minister said it was a matter of pride for the country that today about 10 lakh women work in rural India as elected representative, which is more than the number of reserved seats. "With the implementation of the proposed 50 per cent quota for women in PRIs, their number is expected to increase to 14 lakh in these institutions," he added. The Prime Minister said apart from the women's reservation in PRIs, there are arrangements for providing quota for SCs and STs in proportion to their population, while some states have provided reservation to OBCs too. "The objective of all these measures is to enhance direct participation of weaker

‘CWG-hit people will be compensated’

mulayam hopeful of renewing ties with Left



Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said steps have been taken to provide compensation to those affected by development works in the run up to the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi. "People whose houses or shops were demolished to facilitate the Commonwealth Games project will be compensated soon. I have asked (PWD Minister Raj Kumar) Chauhan to direct the DDA to distribute the compensation amount within a week," she said at a function near Azadpur flyover here. Chauhan said the government has completed 14 of the 24 CWG-related projects and is well on course to meet the deadline with respect to the remaining development programmes.

Hoping for reconciliation with the Left, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today said his party had committed a mistake by supporting the UPA-I after the Communists withdrew support on the nuclear deal issue. Yadav, who is trying to regain the lost bonhomie with the Left by joining the nation-wide strike by 13 parties on April 27 against price rise, said that deliberations with the Left in this regard would be held after the stir. Asked whether the strike call would bring Samajwadi Party closer to the Left, Yadav said he had raised the matter at a meeting of parties in Delhi earlier this month. "They (Left) agreed on it and said that talks in this regard would be held after April 27," he told reporters. On differences between the two sides, Yadav

said "not only they, we too had committed a mistake... what was the need to extend support to the UPA government when the Left had parted ways with it". On the phone tapping issue, the SP president said that it would be raised in Parliament as it was a "violation of the fundamental rights". He claimed that it was the efforts of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Sharad Yadav besides himself that forced the government to give an assurance for a probe in the IPL controversy in the Lok Sabha. "All the issues would be taken up in the probe and we would also demand tabling of the report in the House," Yadav said evading a reply to whether he would demand resignation of the union ministers allegedly involved in the controversy. To a question on CBI informing the Superme Court that it

would consider closure of the disproportionate assets case against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, he said that "all were aware as to why I am being framed and why Mayawati is being let off". The SP chief appealed to the people of the state including intellectuals and traders to make the strike successful, saying that it would highlight the plight of the common people who were reeling under inflation. Attacking Uttar Pradesh government, Yadav said that if the union government was responsible for framing wrong policies, the state governments were responsible for the failure of the public distribution system. The Left had warmed up to the SP's arch-rival BSP in the aftermath of the nuclear deal issue in 2008 but Mayawati's party has decided to stay away from the April 27 strike.

Anu Malik decides to stay in Indian Idol PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 24

A five headed snake found in Subramanya, Near Mangalore in Karnataka.

‘Dynamic’ models to forecast monsoon PTI PUNE, APRIL 24

Aiming precision in the monsoon forecasting, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) is planning to develop "dynamic" prediction models, supplementing the existing statistics-based systems. The programme to be given effect from next year will involve various meteorological institutes in the country that will work on the proposed 'National Mission on Monsoon' being undertaken at the instance of the Ministr y of Earth Sciences (MoES). "Use of reliable dynamic models will improve accuracy in weather and monsoon predictions", said Ajit Tyagi, Director General, Meteorology, IMD, at the just-concluded session of South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SACOF) here. The IMD officials who participated in the deliberations said

various international dynamic prediction models would be studied to devise a five year monsoon forecast plan for India. These dynamic models--models that put greater accent on physics of atmospheric flow and processes--- for forecasting monsoon will function in addition to the statistics-based ones that are being employed at present.

After days of speculations, music composer Anu Malik has finally decided to continue as a judge on the fifth season of 'Indian Idol'. It was reported that Malik was miffed with the channel after he learnt that he was getting less money than co-judge Sunidhi Chauhan. The singer had some other creative issues as well. Malik denied that his remuneration was an issue and said that he has decided to stay with the show after judges were given veto power to recall a contestant even after being evicted by the public voting.


Centre flayed for ‘phone tapping’ PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 24

The CPI(M) today asked the government to own up responsibility for tapping phones of top leaders, including Prakash Karat, to "serve its political purpose" and sought guidelines to prohibit such surveillance. The party also demanded that intelligence bodies be brought under Parliamentary oversight and codification of surveillance on grounds of national security and criminal activity. Referring to reports in a magazine about tapping of phone calls of four political leaders including CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, the party Politburo said it was a "serious matter" that government was using intelligence agencies to serve its political purpose. The report shows that the government is using the intelligence and security agencies "to ser ve its political purpose to spy upon opposition leaders and to keep track of even its own allies and party leaders," it said. Asking the government to own up responsibility and take action against those

who ordered the sur veillance, the party said, "Such acts subvert the democratic system and breeds an atmosphere of illegality in the higher echelons of the government. They cannot be tolerated". To ensure that such illegal acts do not recur, the government should place in Parliament a clear set of guidelines prohibiting the use of intelligence and security agencies for any form of surveillance of political leaders and their activities, it said Further, the instructions on tapping of phones and surveillance on grounds of national security or investigation of criminal activity must be codified, the party said, demanding that intelligence and security agencies "must be subject to Parliamentary oversight". Reacting to the report, Karat had told PTI last night that the phone tapping by the government was "illegal and intolerable. The government has to own up responsibility and take action against those responsible". Meanwhile, BJP today


slammed the Government on the issue of phone tapping of senior politicians, saying that it was resorting to such "despotic actions" as it has failed on all fronts. "In the garb of tracking terror, the Government is tracking politicians and even their own cabinet ministers from alliance partners. Apparently the Government has failed on all fronts, making them seemingly insecure and prompting such despotic actions," party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said. He demanded a "clear statement" on the issue from the Prime Minister and "none else" in Parliament. "BJP would like to question that in perception of the Government, if the cabinet ministers are not safe, if the chief ministers are not safe, then who is safe in this country," Rudy said. He termed the alleged phone tapping as an "outright violation of laws and bizarre infringement of our fundamental rights."

2 militants killed PTI JAMMU, APRIL 24

Two militants, including a self-styled Hizbul Mujahideen commander, were killed in a gun battle with troops in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir today. Acting on a tip off, troops of 26 Rashtriya Rifles and police launched a search operation in Manoi area of Gandoh tehsil, 240-km from here, last evening, a senior army official said.





BDR to set up new intelligence unit PTI DHAKA, APRIL 24

Bangladesh's paramilitary BDR, which witnessed a bloody mutiny last year, is set to establish a new full-fledged intelligence agency with three wings comprising 67 officers, in a bid to unearth any possible unrest

within the border force. The three wings of the intelligence agency would be the Border Security Bureau (BSB), Regional Intelligence Bureau (RIB) and Unit Intelligence Branch (UIB), the 'Daily Star' reported today. About 67 officers will lead the three wings with the help of about 2,700 members. Twenty per cent of the officers will be recruited from among the civilians while 30 per cent from retired army officers and the rest 50 per cent from serving army officers. A Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) official involved with the matter said that BSB will have 765 members to be headed by a Colonel. The RIB will work in all the seven divisions and UIB in each BDR battalion under the leadership of a Brigadier General and a Major respectively. One unit of RIB will be constituted with 125 members, while a unit of UIB will have 25 members, he said.




GOA, Sunday, 25 April, 2010

Curtorim win

MARGAO (HC) -- A first half strike by Wellson Fernandes helped Curtorim Gym to overcome Verna SC 1-0 and move into the semi-finals of Immaculate Conception Festival Football tournament at Avedem Panchayat ground, Paroda on Saturday.

Coca Cola Celebration Cup soccer (semi-finals): CDJ Ribandar v. Piedade Youth Association, 4 p.m; Don Bosco Oratory v. Carambolim Sports Club, Santa Cruz ground, 5 p.m. St. Anthony's festival soccer (quarters): Rosary Youth of Davorlim v. SFX, Borim, Mapa, Panchwadi, 4.30 p.m. Taca Goa U-20 soccer: Salgaocar Sports Club v. Sesa Football Academy, Tilak stadium, Vasco; Goa Velha Sports Club v. Vasco Sports Club, Duler ground, Mapusa; Merces Club v. Paradise Sports Club, Taleigao ground; Macasana Welfare Club v. Aivao United FC, Curtorim ground. Kick off: 4.15 p.m. St Anthony super soccer: Betalbatim Sporting v. Young Strikers, Benaulim, Colva ground, 4.30 p.m. Salgaocar memorial veterans soccer: Customs and Central Excise v. Margao Sports Club, Nagoa panchayat ground, 5 p.m. Sodiem Siolim Super Soccer: Sodiem Siolim v. Saligao United Club, St. Anthony church ground, Siolim, 4.30 p.m Pilerne Panchayat Cup intervillage soccer: Penha de Franca v. Candolim Sports Club, Maddanim ground, Pilerne, 5 p.m. Immaculate Conception festival soccer: Margao Sports Club v. Navelim Sporting Club, Avedem Panchayat ground, Paroda, 4.30 p.m. Alvernaz and Lalush Alemao memorial soccer: Parish Youth, Nuvem v. Curtorim Gymkhana, Varca ground, 4.30 p.m. All-Goa inter-village soccer, organised by Siridao Sports Club, near church ground, Siridao. Alvares memorial beach soccer: Bogmalo 7788 v. Europe Connection; Friends of Gems v. Beach Speedo, Bogmalo beach, 4.30 p.m. 9-a-side cricket, organised by Vailankanni Sports Club, Kavlem, Ponda, near Panchayat ground, Kapileshwari, Ponda, 9 a.m. All-Goa cricket, organised by St Caitan Cricket Club, Merces, Voilem bhat ground, 9.30 a.m. Annual cycle race organised by Rotary Club of Panjim, from Club Tennis de Gaspar Dias, Mira Mar, 7 a.m. Dawn-to-dusk basketball, organised by Regina Mundi Basketball Association, Regina Mundi School, 8 a.m.

Geovin stars for Carambolim

Crown Club and Carambolim players vie for the ball at Santa Cruz ground on Saturday. Photo: Rozario Estibeiro.


Geovin emerged the star for Carambolim Sports Club scoring


Don Bosco, Fatorda thrashed Wilred Leisure, Curtorim 4-0 in the inaugural match of St Anthony’s super soccer organised by St Anthony Sports Club, Colva at Colva ground on Saturday. Valente Silva scored in the 22nd 35th and 55th minutes while Francis Andrade scored in the 45th minute. A free kick by Peter Pereira was brilliantly saved by Don Bosco goalkeeper Agnelo Furtado. Meanwhile, Agnelo D’Costa of Wilred Leisure was given the yellow card. Earlier, the tournament was declared open by Fr Agnelo Dias, assistant parish priest, Colva church in the presence of Arun Sansgiri, ex-president, St Anthony Sports Club, Colva.

all the goals against Crown Club and St Estevam which enabled his team to qualify for the semifinals of 1st Coca-Cola Celebration Cup (Ilhas Zone) at Santa


Sporting Club of Davorlim beat St Anthony’s Sports Club, Paroda 4-3 to move into the quarter-finals of All-Goa Cayman Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Curtorim Gymkhana at Curtorim ground on Saturday. Davorlim led 1-0 at the breather. In an evenly fought encounter, chances were far and few with the defences of the teams not allowing the rival attackers much space. Davorlim surged ahead in the 25th minute when Bruno Costa unleashed a stiff shot which beat the rival goalkeeper. At the stroke of lemon beak, St Anthony’s nearly found the equaliser but striker Manush Olveira was the culprit as he ballooned over from close range. Crossing over, St Anthony’s


Holders Salgaocar Veterans scored a comfortable 4-0 win over Verna Veterans to move into the semi-finals of Salgaocar Memorial Veterans Soccer organised by Prime Sports Club, at Nagoa panchayat ground, on Saturday. Salgaocar surged ahead through striker Domingos Vaz who latched on to a Lawrence

Gomes free kick which beat Verna goalkeeper Inacio Gama. Soon, Alfred Fernandes scored two quick goals for Salgaocar. After the change of ends, Lawrence rounded off the tally for Salgaocar. Earlier, chief guest Domingos Dias, Nagoa Sarpanch inaugurated the tournament in the presence of guest of honour, Caitu D'Silva, Soccorro Coutinho and club secretary, Boaventura Leitao.

Nagoa trounce Vailankani PANJIM (HSD) -- Nagoa Sports Club trounced Vailankani Sports Club 5-0 to move into the semi-finals of Sodiem Siolim Super Soccer tournament at St. Anthony church

Cruz school ground on Saturday. In the first match, Carambolim got the better of Crown Club 2-1. Geovin opened the scoring for Carambolim to help his team take a 1-0 lead. Soon, Ivan Araujo drew parity for Crown sending his dipping shot, from the centre, into the net, beating Carambolim goalkeeper Dayesh. However, in the second half, Geovin sealed the match in favour of Carambolim taking advantage of a defensive lapse and scoring past a hapless Crown goalkeeper Calvin Afonso. In another crucial match, Geovin once again emerged hero for Carambolim as he pumped in three goals to help his team overcome St Estevam Sports Club. Geovin opened the account for Carambolim by sending his 30-yard shot into the net. Rochi Fernandes scored the equaliser for St Estevam, and put his side on top as they needed only a draw to go through to the semi-finals. Crossing over, Carambolim

ground, Siolim, on Saturday. For Nagoa, Kalpesh Naik and Rajesh Salgaocar scored a brace each while Gaurish Naik rounded off the tally.

put up a better performance and repeatedly raided the rival citadel but their for wards wasted gilt edged scoring chances. St Anthony’s piled up tremendous pressure on the rival citadel and their hard work finally bore the fruit in the 47th minute when Boloro Colaco was brought down by Davorlim defender Melwyn Figureido inside the danger zone. Manus Oliveira converted the spot kick to put his team on level terms. In the ensuing tie-breaker, Melwyn Figueiredo, Levinson Figueiredo and William Niasso were on target for Davorlim while Anthony Dias and Pascoal Dias converted for St Anthony’s. Earlier, Winnie Fernandes, Deputy Sarpanch, Curtorim, was introduced to the teams by Alex Dias, treasurer, Curtorim Gymkhana.

took advantage of a defensive St Estevam and Geovin added his second goal by pouncing on a clearance from St Estevam’s goalkeeper to give his side a 21 lead. Attempts by St Estevam’s Rochi were denied on a couple of occasions by Carambolim’s goalkeeper Dayesh Murgaonkar. First, Dayesh dived to his left to keep out Rochi’s rasping drive and then leapt into the air and saved a goal bound bicycle kick from Rochi. Geovin put the final nail in the coffin of St Estevam scoring his hat-trick in the dying minutes. In another match, St Estevam thumped Crown Club 4-0. Rochi Fernandes (3) and Brewster Afonso were the scorers. In the semi-finals on April 25, CDJ, Ribandar will meet Piedade Youth Association at 4 pm while Don Bosco Oratory will cross swords with Carambolim at 5 p.m. The winners will meet in the finals to decide the winner of the Ilhas Zone Coca-Cola Cup.

PY Assonora up

PANJIM (HSD) -- Parish Youth Assonora trounced Parish Youth Bicholim 3-0 in the 2nd All-Goa 7-a-side Parish Youth Football Tournament organised by St. Clara’s Parish Youth, Assonora in memory of Viviana Fernandes at Parish ground, Assonora. Simpson Almeida (2) and MA Francis scored for PY Assonora. In another match, PY Parra overcame PY Colvale 3-2. Joaquim scored a hat-trick for Parra while Aiden scored a brace for Colvale.


Saligao United scored a facile 4-1 win over United Club of Nerul to move into the quarterfinals of 17th Pilerne Panchayat Cup inter-village soccer tournament organised by Pilerne Sports Club, at Maddanim ground, Pilerne on Saturday. Saligao led 1-0 at the breather. Saligao took the lead in the 10th minute through Christopher D’Souza. Nerul restored parity in the second session through John Vaz. Martin Fernandes doubled the lead for Saligao in the 54th minute while Pravin Jadev found the net in the 65th minute. Nester Dias rounded off the tally for Saligao in the 65th minute.

GOA DIARY National sailing championship

PANJIM (HSD) -The six-day laser 25th national sailing championships will be held from Aprilo 27 to May 2 in Goa under the aegis of Laser Class Association of India, whose President is Lieutenant General I J Singh, AVSM, VSM, Commandant, Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME). He is also the chairman, Yachting Association of India’s National (Asian Games and Olympic) classes committee. He will be assisted by Major General A V Subramanian, VSM, vice-president and other office-bearers. The event is being hosted by Goa Yachting Association (GYA), under Cesar Menezes, president GYA with the organizing secretary being Hakim Sabir. The associate sponsor for the event is ‘Wave View Sports and Media.’ First held in 1986, the laser class is one of the most popular and organized yachting classes globally with large number of boats racing in all parts of the world and their numbers continue to grow fast.

Kayaking at Dona Paula

PANJIM (HSD) -- Goa Kayaking will conduct its 8th introduction to kayaking and training programme 2010 for children above 9 and adults with a basic knowledge of swimming at Vainguinim beach, Dona Paula from May 7-10 and May 14-17. Equipment, flotation devices, kayaks, paddles along with sessions of expert instruction and practice will be provided. The programmes are being conducted in association with Goa Tourism, with back up of safety services, life guards and related equipment, according to the organisers. Entries may be given at Angleys Sports, opposite Municipal Garden, Panjim on 2223119 or at Nobert’s Fitness Studio, Mira Mar - Dona Paula Road on 2462182.

Ball badminton trials

PANJIM (HSD) – The selection trials for selecting the Goa ball badminton men and women teams will be held on April 27 at Porvorim ground, near Maruti temple, from 4 to 5 p.m. to select the State teams to participate in 55th National Ball Badminton Championship to be held in Koornul, Andhra Pradesh in the first week of May. Those interested may contact Rupesh Thanekar or Anand Gaonkar, coaches, Goa Ball Badminton Association

Korfball selection trials

PANJIM (HSD) – The selection trials for Goa korfball team will be held on April 27 at Porvorim ground, near Maruti temple, at 4 p.m. to select the team to participate in the 6th West Zone Championship to be held in Ahmedabad in the first week of May. Those interested may contact Ashok Salgaocar, general secretary, Goa Korfball Association.

Dawn-to-dusk basketball tourney

PANJIM (HSD) – The dawn-to-dusk basketball tournament organised by Regina Mundi Basketball Association will be held on April 25 at Regina Mundi School, Chicalim from 8 a.m. In all, 16

teams will participate. The winners and runners-up will receive prizes.

Football camp at Assolna

PANJIM (HSD) -- The closing ceremony of summer football camp organised by Lions Club of AVC will be held on April 25 at SAG ground, Assolna at 4.30 p.m. In all, 110 boys and girls of AVC schools are participating. Fr Lucio Dias will be the chief guest while Joaquim Pereira, Sarpanch, Assolna VP will be the guest of honour. An exhibition match between camp selection and Sirlim U-16 will be held. Former football coaches and other football personalities will also be felicitated.

Football scholarship programme

MAPUSA (HR) – The men’s football scholarship programme conducted by Chowgule College in collaboration with Vasco Sports Club to select players in the age group of U-18 and U-20 will be held on April 26 to May 8 at Chowgule College, Margao, from 8.30 to 10.30 a.m and 4.30 to 6.30 p.m. Eligibility: U-18 – those born on or after 1.1.1993, while U-20 - those born on or after 1.1.1991. Details may be obtained from Richard Hood on 9923931985.

Taca Goa U-20 kicks off today

PANJIM (HSD) -- The 2nd Division Taca Goa U-20 kicks off on April 25, at Curtorim Santa Cruz and Taleigao ground, at 4.15 p.m. Merces Club, Macasana Welfare Club, Paradise Club, Youth Sports Club, Colvale, Aivao United Youth Club, Sarzora Sports Club, will be participating.

Super chess housie at Dona Paula

PANJIM (HSD) – The Super Chess Housie VI Chess Tournament organised by Chess Activity Centre in association with The International Centre Goa, will be held on May 1 and 2 at The International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. The tournament will be played in three age group categories, those born in 2000 or after, those born between 1994 and 1999 and those born between 1986 and 1993. Only 40 participants in each category will be accepted. The tournament will be played on Swiss League System. In super chess housie, anyone who predicts the first five positions in advance will receive a prize after purchasing a housie. The last date for entries is April 29. Details may be obtained from Sanjay Barve on 9403176657 or 2451143.

IPCL in September

PANJIM (HSD) – The Indian Premier Corporate League T20 selection trials will be held soon in which selection of players will be based on trials from all affiliated units of ITCF India. The league will start in September and the matches will be telecasted live. Details may be obtained from Pankaj Dhamija, commissioner IPCL on 9417490074 or 9041369074.


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Mysterious Moments Soldiers of God through a Pinhole marching on in Goa

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Technology involved in the art of photography has advanced in recent times with the likes of digital cameras and a load of new inventions. Yet,pinhole photography continues to hold its ground. Today, on World Pinhole Photography Day, Herald unravels the mystery shrouding these cameras

BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES n an era where everyone is racing towards anything digital, from music players to cameras, all in the quest to make life easier, there are some people who prefer to abide by the older techniques. While photography has advanced a million leaps ahead with the myriad software and cameras in the market now, the charm of the pinhole camera still continues to enchant many. The charm of the pinhole camera is that it is so simple to operate and even to make. The pinhole camera is a basic version of the camera and can be made at home using film roll or photographic paper and shoeboxes or matchboxes by making it light proof. The camera is made by piercing one side of the box and placing the roll or the paper on the interior of the other side of the box. A flap attached over the pinhole works as a shutter and the hole works as a lens. The loading of the roll or photo paper should be done in complete darkness. The camera uses simple principles of physics of light to create the images onto the film roll. The images that are seen through the pinhole get inverted and are transmitted onto the film; the final product will come as a flipped over image, upside down and reversed. While taking a picture, point the camera at the object you want to shoot, and depending on the lighting, the shutter may have to be kept open for a specific period of time, this could extend from 30 seconds to even 4 minutes. Once the picture is taken, the paper or roll has to be developed, which is another meticulous procedure. Since these cameras need an extremely low shutter speed, they cannot be used to capture moving


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items but are ideal for capturing landscapes and still objects. Although pinhole photography is based upon simple principles, it is far more complex than normal photography. For one, the final product is a mystery to the photographer. “With the absence of a viewfinder, the photographer has to calculate the appropriate angle, distance and the light to create an image,” says Edson Dias, a pinhole photographer who is part of the Goa Centre for Alternative Photography (Goa CAP). The pictures captured can be both, in black and white and colour, depending on the film roll used. The Goa CAP has been propagating the idea of pinhole photography since January this year and has four pinhole photography artists in Goa. “This kind of photography is catching up around the world, while in Goa it still has a long way to go,” says Dias. The simple yet complex nature of this camera is what enraptures those who try their hand at using it. “If you click a picture from a normal camera it is the machinery that is doing most of the work, but in case of the pinhole camera, you have the joy of making your very own camera out of simple things, and also, the thought process behind clicking the mystery picture is equally intriguing,” he adds. On the occasion of the World Pinhole Photography Day, the Goa CAP is organising an International Pinhole Photography Contest, which invited people from all over the globe to participate in the maiden contest. The 40 photographs that are competing will be on display at the Art Chamber, Calangute till May 9, 2010. The cameras used to click these pictures are made from scrap material like shoeboxes, peeled tomato cans and tea boxes. The Centre also holds regular workshops to propagate the idea of pinhole photography.

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Go ahead -- flatter the heck out of somebody you want something from. And be honest. It's (21 Mar – 19 Apr) the best possible time to start a new exercise routine, start eating more vegetables or whole grains or just recommit yourself to healthy living. You can make almost any system work!

If it isn't a flirty birdie landing on your birdhouse! And nibbling your bird feed! Your sweet nature (23 Sep – 22 Oct) shows up in a big way today and helps you forgive someone who does feel some measure of contrition. In fact, the two of you may move quickly from enemies to close allies.

Well, if there's a cutie you've got your eye on, why not ask them to the beach? Now is the time (20 Apr – 20 May) to end old feuds or to make new friends -- your social energy is perfect for endearing yourself to others! You may want to get your friends to ease up their own struggles, actually.

Sometimes the unconscious mind and the conscious mind aren't on the same page. Details are (23 Oct – 21 Nov) important today -- much more so than usual -- and you need to be ready to handle the small stuff as soon as it comes up. Your peers are amazed at what looks like prescience!

Too many cooks in the kitchen just make things confusing. Don't get overwhelmed! You need (21 May – 21 Jun) to dispense some advice to those in need today -- though they may not be receptive! Find creative ways to make your points and you might be able to reach them before it's too late.

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This is a day for some, how to put it, um, mm: love. And you're really into someone. Someone (23 Jul – 22 Aug) approaches you with a question or an introduction and you surprise them (and yourself) by shying away, at least at first. Sometimes you just feel the need to let others shine.

Today, find something you don't know anything about and start getting to know it. Someone close (20 Jan – 18 Feb) -- maybe your mate -- has different ideas about the future than you think they do, and you need to get back on the same page. It's not that hard, but you do need to start talking soon!

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Some cleanup is overdue. Clean out any old junk you've saved. And let in sunshine! Are you (19 Feb – 20 Mar) judging yourself too harshly? If your past is any judge, the answer is probably yes, but that shouldn't stop you from making a change today. Ease up and let yourself have a pass this time.


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brand well says, “It was incredible how Mr Obama used the Internet to reach out to maximum number of youth. He used the Internet and social media to brand himself and this resulted in 45 per cent of the youth going out to vote for him. Research has revealed that fifty per cent of HR professionals Google search you on the Net and assess you even before you go to them for an interview. One out of five people are disqualified even before they are called for an interview as the HR personnel would have found something objectionable on the profile; it could BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS be anything – a remark, a reaction to a situation, just anything. Or perhaps a lie about qualifications HERALD FEATURES ou are not special. You are not a beautiful or poor communication skills!” Inform Mr Kumar that social networking first or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything started off for exactly what it is: to socialise on else,” said Tyler Durden in Fight Club. In such a the Net. So, it isn’t fair that people, especially the scary scenario where we understand our insignif- youth are pressurised to constantly position icance on this magnificent globe with its majestic themselves to get noticed. To which the reply mountains, brilliant skies and mighty oceans, it is, “That is why I advice them to make various gets even scarier when you are reminded that profiles; segregate your professional and your you are just one little speck among the billions of personal profile. You can conceal your personal human beings. “This is where personal branding interactions. You have that choice. But when it comes in,” say the experts. Mr Ravi Kumar, founder comes to your professional profile, you need to of ‘Live More’ in Hyderabad, an organisation pro- stand out. This is a hugely popular medium to viding alternate life solutions who was down in enhance your brand. Don’t let others perceive Goa for an interactive session on ‘Personal Branding you the way they want to. Instead, you take control and Social Media’ at the International Centre Dona of your brand.” He continues, “I always advise Paula enlightens, “Today, if you are not Google- people not to limit themselves to their jobs. Your able, you don’t exist. You need to have an online job is just one aspect of your life. You are much, presence. When people check out your profile, much more than just what you do. So, project all they should find relevant content. That’s how you aspects of your personality and life.” will brand well.” He concludes, “You are perceived by the way Citing the example of the US President, Mr you project yourself. You are the CEO of your own Kumar who helps youngsters and students to company, that is, ‘Me Incorporated’.”

With various genres of music hitting the market, one kind that has always stood out is Gospel Music. In Goa, the Gospel band, ‘Soldiers of Goa’ has made quite a mark on the minds of many youngsters. Herald finds out the inspiration behind their commitment BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES hen a youngster’s life goes haywire, it’s quite common for parents to rush to pray for their children’s wellbeing, usually sans their children. Rene Mesquita, Director of the band Soldiers of Goa, is giving parents an opportunity to bring their children with them for a musical treat with a divine message. Soldiers of God consists of five energetic young boys, Keegan Pereira, Valdo Fernandes, Anslem Fernandes, Austin Gomendes and Chris Da Costa, all studying in Class IX of Loyala High School, Margao, along with music director, Rene by their side. “Each boy has a quality; they sing Alto, Soprano, Base and Tenor for different songs. It took us nearly a month to practice for all the 20 songs and give it a great touch. The music pleases not just the youth but even the elders who come along with the children and grandchildren for the show,” says Rene, who has been working with choirs for the past 34 years and is currently a music, mathematics and science teacher at Loyola High School. “I have conducted a number of choirs and had my own choir called ‘Little Town Choir’ for about 15 years,” adds Rene. Rene is a talented singer, musician and dancer and was inspired to form the group in an attempt to give something back to God. Proceedings of the shows are used to help a cause, either for renovation of churches or helping those in dire need of medical or financial assistance. “The name ‘Soldiers of God’ came to my mind as a soldier with a mission of peace. The best part of the mission comes from the youngsters of the society. Jesus said ‘the kingdom of God belongs to children’ and as such, this youngsters were brought on the stage,” says Rene. So far, the band has performed two shows to an overwhelming audience and will perform next on May 1, 2010 at Betalbatim Church 7pm and then on May 14 at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao at 7pm. The band sings English hymns beginning with ‘Look All Around’, a hymn about the creation of the world. The show also includes ‘Deva Mhojea’, a hymn composed by Rene. Each hymn starts with a brief explanation with slides and lyrics of the hymn displayed on the LCD, which assists the audience to sing along. The presentations have been prepared by Francisca Da Costa. “My message for the people is to encourage youngsters in the field of music. Gospel music is surely touching the souls of people,” concludes Rene.


Herald Captures Exclusive Moments of Bollywood Stars down in Goa

Lunching at Gawin's Restaurant: Kunal Khemu, Tusshar Kapoor and Arshad Warsi

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GOA’S HEARTBEAT Sunday, 25 April, 2010

WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? The Kala Academy Annual Prize Distribution Function will take place at the Kala Academy on April 25 at 5:30pm. Call 2420452. A musical programme ‘Padmashree M Boyer Hanchea Kantarancho Ugddas’ which will highlight memorable songs sung by the late M Boyer will take place on April 28 at Goa Velha (Zuari), Taleigao on May 6 and the Ravindra Bhavan, Sanvordem on May 23. It is organised by Konkani singer Andrew D’ Souza and the Tiatr Academy of Goa. The 15th European Film Fest 2010 is on from April 24 to May 5. It is organised by the Entertainment Society of Goa and the Delegation of the European Union to India. The films will be screened at the Maquinez Palace, Panjim. The festival is free and open to all. The Pinhole Photography Contest 2010 exhibition will be held on April 25, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day at the Art Chamber, Calangute. It will be open to the public till May 10. Other events like workshops, lectures, photography quiz will run alongside the exhibition. Call 2277144. A filmmaking workshop, organised by Lotus Group will take place from April 26 to May 8. Call 9822586058. A communication aides training programme, ‘Tell Me More’ for children with language impairments will be held in the month of May. The last date to register is April 27. Call 65137489. E-mail A one-day multi-lingual literary festival for the youth will take place at the Institute Menezes Braganza, Panjim on April 25. It is organised by the Institute Menezes Braganza, Panjim. Call 2224143. The Mr and Ms Youth Eye Contest is open for auditions. It is hosted by Mandovi Entertainment. Call 9764215051 or 9403879759. ‘Bob Dylan Don’t Look Back’ and ‘Pink Floyd The Wall’ will be screened at Art escape, Benaulim on April 25 at 7:30PM and 9:30PM respectively. Call 9820695272,

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HERALD FEATURES he 42nd governing body meet held on June 15, 2009 had taken a decision under agenda item no 9, titled, ‘Calendar of events’ of Entertainment Society of Goa wherein one of the senior governing body members, Tomazinho Cardozo had proposed to host a Konkani Film Festival in the month April 2010 as it was coinciding with the date of the release of the first Konkani film. The governing body had approved this decision and the chief executive officer, Manoj Srivastava was supposed to take appropriate action on the same. But today, after the passage of nine months, the ESG has failed to remember the Konkani Film Festival directives and instead are engrossed into organising of ongoing European Film Festival. Mr Tomazinho Cardozo, a governing body member and strong supporter and promoter of the Konkani language stated, “When I had inquired with the CEO as to why we are not having a Konkani Film Festival, he said he was just following orders from Delhi. He should have pushed for a Konkani Film Festival on grounds that yesterday was a big day for Konkani cinema.” It is interesting to note that in the past too, various complaints were lodged with the Chief Minister of Goa, Mr Digambar Kamat by the governing body members, members from the film fraternity and artists’ community about the attitude of the CEO in sidelining and neglecting the Goans and promoting outsiders. Some of the members on anonymity said, “These are deliberate acts of the CEO who has come here to settle his personal agenda and we will strongly take up the matter now with the CM.”

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HERALD FEATURES he Feni Tastic Treasure Hunt’ organised by Madame Rosa Distillery during the Cashew distillation season, finally culminated with Advocate Vinoj Daniel winning the lucky key to the Goan Treasure Chest which comprised of the exquisite ‘Feni’ decanter. According to company sources, “Goan Treasure is a Limited Edition Decanter which is the most exclusive and expensive among the Collectors’ items of ‘Feni’ decanters available. The same is also being showcased by the company at the ‘Goan Brew – High Spirits and Healing’ ‘Feni’ festival that is currently on at Ancestral Goa, Big Foot.”


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The 15th European Film Festival 2010 opened in the capital city by Governor of Goa S S Sidhu. One among the many dignitaries, noted Indian film critic Aruna Vasudev, lighting the traditional lamp and (left) CM, Digambar Kamat honours Konkani cinema’s first filmmaker, the late Al Jerry Braganza’s wife, Bernadette with a shawl

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Curtains opened on the 15th European Film Festival 2010 last evening. But Konkani Film Festival still in the cans

HERALD FEATURES he students of the Kala Academy School of Western Music fascinated the audience with the performances they put up for the Annual Day function. The students showcased their talents with the nurturing they received from their teachers. From ensembles to solo performances and choirs, every piece was brilliantly presented. The event also saw the prize distribution for the best students of the Academy at the hands of Pratapsingh Rane, who is also the Chairman of Kala Academy. The guitar ensemble strummed an Funny Quote easy listening tune followed by a joyful “ To get something melody and another soulful melody done, a committee should conof the piano duets by Fatima Rodrigues sist of no more than three men, and Ingrid de Noronha, and Nathan two of whom are absent. ” Fernandes and Cassandra Moraes. The String Ensembles’ relaxing tunes of – Robert Copeland the violin were a real treat, and the Junior Sting Ensemble’s performance DAILY GROOK of ‘Pepperoni Pizza Pie’ was performed FOOD FAD by tiny kids who performed flawlessly. by Francis Rodrigues Aditya D’Costa, sporting a tie desecond generation signed with piano keys, gave a brilliant yuppies in a hurry, solo performance at the piano, a tune which began soft then turned complex with his fingers don't want tradition flying across the keys. just coke-not-curry! The guitar solo by Delroy Martins was so smooth and earthy it must have surely transported some of the listeners to the verdant countryside. The Kala Academy choir’s performance of ‘Super Mum’, a cute ode to all mothers who Instructions are ‘overworked and very underpaid’ made the audience smile with for Sudoku the interjected jokes. The senior choir Blew Its Own Trumpet about SUDOKU SOL 537 the experiences of the choir at Kala Academy very skilfully woven 9 x 9 letter: into a song. The keyboard solo performance by Michelle do Rosario To solve a Sudoku got the audience singing ‘Super Trouper’ as she played the song, folpuzzle, every numlowed by another performance at the keyboard by Reanne Mendes. ber from 1 to 9 must The clarinet ensemble, which by itself is a rare sight to see children appear in each of playing the clarinet, performed the Konkani song ‘Mhojo Goddacho the nine vertical Pav’, which got the audience clapping to its beats. Followed by a solo columns, in each of performance at the saxophone by Anthony Fernandes, it is very rare the nine horizontal to see this instrument skilfully used by the youth. The event was rows and in each of brought to an early close with the final performance of the Solfagio the nine boxes students. The Kala Academy in Goa is a perfect example of East meets West, according to Rane, who congratulated the academy on its excellent work. “The sky is the limit for anyone who seeks to excel, I congratulate all who have taken up to learning music, which needs time and patience to master,” said Rane.

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9881568756 or 9323590051. ‘Summer T 10’ will feature Remo Fernandes and his band ‘The Microwave papadums live in concert on April 30 at the Rajendra Prasad Stadium, Margao from 6pm onwards. It is organised by 9 entertainment and Turbog. Call 9922562192. A musical performance by the Choir of Santa Cecelia of the Rachol Seminary will take palce on April 27 at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. Call 2653083. ‘Portrait and Nature Photography’ sessions for children over the age of seven, facilitated by Assavri Kulkarni will take place on April 28, 29 and 30 between 4pm to 6pm at the Sunaparanta–Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. Documentary films ‘Dissolve’ and ‘Funny Business’ will be screened on April 26 at 6:45pm at Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. The 8th Introduction to Kayaking and Taining Program 2010, organised by Goa Kayaking will take place from May 7 to 10 and May 14 to 17 at the Vainguinim beach, Dona Paula. Call 9422056037 and 2462182. E-mail Musician Harri Stojka and his band will perform at Zeebop, Utorda on May 1 at 7.30pm. Call 9922023293 or 2228010. Visit Experimath, A Workshop for Parents to Teach Children Basic Mathematical Concepts through Learning by Doing will take place on May 1 from 9:30am to 4pm at the Sethu Centre, Altinho, Panaji. The last date to register is April 28. Call 6513749. ‘Punjabi Food Festival’ will run through the month of April at Delhi Darbar, Panjim. Call 2222544, 2423252, 3232801 and 2420205. Festival of Biryanies and Curries will run all through the month of April at Foodland, Miirmar. Call 2462326 and 3292803.


Advocate Vinoj Daniel seen opening the Goan Treasure chest. Also seen are Mr Kirit Maganlal, chief executive of Magson Super Centre and Mr Arun Gawas, sales officer of Madame Rosa Distillery


Beatle Mania – Symphonic Style B

eatles music is something that has remained popular through the years. This everlasting music is also very famous in Goa and has remained popular for time immemorial. Now Beatles’ music is available to the audience that loves those melodious songs, but in a symphonic style. The group ‘101 Strings’ has brought out the instrumental form of all Beatles favourites. There are 58 lovable hits from the Beatles all arranged in a harmonious concerto. The group ‘101 Strings’ is a symphony that believes in imparting easy listening to its audience. It was founded by producer/engineer Dick L Miller in 1957. Miller made the orchestra a band name by incorporating his innovative ways. They have produced 200 albums, mostly on particular topics like some well-known artist or songwriter, a TV or movie theme, etc. True to the trademark productions brought out by ‘101 Strings’, the album has great reverence for melody, pristine sound and overall production and it sets

a nice ambience for listening. It is evident that the group has concentrated on using the resources of piano, guitar and some mild rock and roll structures. But the string section, to live up to the name of the group, can be vividly heard in the front (beginning) and at the centre (midway) through the track. The album has tracks like ‘Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and others that are not heard much today, but are yet popular and bring in the feeling of nostalgia. There are also the popular tracks ‘Norwegian Wood’, ‘Do You Want to know a Secret’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Yellow Submarine’, ‘Hey Jude’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Michelle’ and ‘Ticket to Ride’ besides a host of others. Goans would identify well with this album of Beatles favourites. The melody could make a pleasant relaxing evening even more relaxing.

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GOA, Sunday, 25 April, 2010

Pg14 Sao Minguel enters semis

colormax imperial rolling trophy HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 24

Sao Minguel de Taleigao registered a 6-3 win via the tiebreaker over Candolim Sports Club to move into the semi-finals of Colormax Imperial Rolling Trophy soccer tournament, organised by United Sports Club Nerul and sponsored by Jaysing Rane at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim on Saturday. The teams were locked 2-2 at the end of the regulation period. Taleigao took the lead in the 5th minute when Victor Lobo sent a cross to Valencio Estricio, who smashed the ball into the goal giving no chance to Candolim goalkeeper David Rebello. Taleigao could have increased the lead but Vardhan Haldankar and Victor Lobo missed scoring opportunities. After the lemon break, Candolim entered the field with renewed ideas and found the equaliser in the 3rd minute when Harish Divkar sent a long pass to Francis Rebello whose powerful header went into the goal after deflecting Ramesh Martin of Taleigao. Taleigao regained the lead in the 17th minute when Abhay found the net. Finally Candolim found the equaliser through Kliber D’Souza in the injury time. In the tie-breaker Taleigao scored through Anthony Pereira, Caitan Pinho, Samson Pereira and Cedric Piexeto while only Manuel Crasto converted for Candolim.




GOA, Sunday 25 April, 2010

United beat Tottenham

Inter Milan go top with win

Hull and Sunderland were reduced to 10 men just seconds before the break at the KC Stadium, with Jimmy Bullard also missing a penalty for the hosts in the 41st minute of a badtempered match. Hull's US striker Jozy Altidore was shown the red card for apparently headbutting Sunderland defender Alan Hutton, who had thrown the ball at him after a touchline clash. Hutton, who lay on the ground clutching his face, was also sent off for violent conduct. West Ham are 17th with 34 points while 18th-placed Hull remained on 28 with two matches remaining and a vastly inferior goal difference. Burnley, on 27 points, will be relegated if they lose to Liverpool tomorrow. Heavily-indebted Portsmouth, who drew 2-2 at Bolton Wanderers, are already down. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's header earned a valuable point for Wolves as they moved within touching distance of Premier League safety against Blackburn. Nikola Kalinic had already hit the post for the visitors when Ryan Nelsen diverted home a deep corner with his knee to

Inter Milan returned to the top of the Serie A with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Atalanta at San Siro on Saturday night. Inter is top with 73 points, two more than AS Roma which can retake the lead with a win at home to Sampdoria on Sunday. Inter were slow to find its rhythm and Simone Tiribocchi gave Atalanta an early lead. Jose Mourinho’s side recovered though and goals from Diego Milito and McDonald Mariga put Inter ahead at halftime and Cristian Chivu secured the result midway through the second period with his first of the season.

Hull all but relegated, West Ham on brink of safety Arsenal…0 Man City…0 Bolton…2 Portsmouth…2 Hull…0 Sunderland…1 Man Utd…3 Tottenham…1 West Ham…3 Wigan…2 W’hampton…1 Blackburn…1 AGENCIES MANCHESTER, APRIL 24

Ryan Giggs scored two penalties for Manchester United to keep the pressure on Chelsea in the Premier League title race by beating Tottenham 3-1 on Saturday. The 36-year-old Giggs started and ended the scoring in the second half to take the defending champions two points clear of Chelsea, which hosts Stoke on Sunday. Tottenham captain Ledley King equalized with a header after Giggs’ first spot kick, but Nani restored United’s lead before the Welsh midfielder struck again. Tottenham still occupies fourth spot, but Manchester City would move into the last Champions League place by winning at Arsenal in Saturday’s late match. Hull City were all but relegated from the Premier League today after losing 1-0 at home to Sunderland while West Ham United beat Wigan Athletic 3-2 to move to the brink of safety.

send them into the break ahead. A pair of Jody Craddock volleys were as close as Wolves had come before Ebanks-Blake nodded in Stephen Ward's cross. Keith Andrews hit the post but Wolves held on to stay clear of danger. Hull's loss to Sunderland means that anything but a win for Burnley against Liverpool on Sunday will confirm Wolves have avoided relegation for the first time in a Premier League campaign. Arsenal and Manchester City ground out a 0-0 draw on Saturday which mathematically killed off the Gunners’ Premier League title hopes and left City stuck in fifth. Making his first start since November 7 after a long injury lay-off, Robin van Persie almost snatched an 86th-minute winner at Emirates Stadium with a free kick that shaved the post after City had lost goalkeeper Shay Given with a shoulder injury. With only two games to play, Arsenal have 72 points and are seven behind leader Manchester United. Despite Tottenham’s loss, City are still a point behind Spurs in fight for fourth place and the last Champions League spot.

Barcelona down Xerez, stay atop AGENCIES MADRID, APRIL 24

Barcelona beat last-place Xerez 3-1 to stay top of the Spanish league ahead of title rival Real Madrid. Jeffren Suarez and Thierry Henry put Barcelona 2-0 up before Mario Bermejo cut the lead in half with a rising shot in the 25th minute. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s secondhalf goal re-established the two-

goal cushion as Barcelona moved four points clear of Madrid, which plays at Zaragoza later Saturday. Barcelona has 87 points from 34 games. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola chose to start with regulars such as Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique on the bench ahead of a must-win Champions League match against Inter Milan on Wednesday. Both players featured in the second half at the Camp Nou stadium.

Ricardo Cardoso, Dempo’s U-18 goalkeeper who has been selected by Tata Football Academy to undergo a long term training at Jamshedur from May 3. He is the only Goan to have earned place at the TFA after the selection trials. R i c a rd o , s o n o f e x - D e m p o renowned goalkeeper Eugenio Cardoso and brother of Goa’s ace athlete Steffi has donned colours for Goa in Lisbon and Andaman Nicobar tournaments.


United Club of Benaulim pulled out a 3-1 win via the tie-breaker over Navelim Sporting Club to move into the quarter-finals of All-Goa Eslinda Alemao memorial inter-village football tournament organized by Sporting Club of Davorlim at Davorlim ground, on Saturday. There was no score at the end of the regulation period. As the match was nearing its end, Benaulim piled up pressure with Sheldon’s rasping drive missing the target narrowly. In the tie-breaker, Polvin D’Silva, Sheldon Rodrigues and Tyson Rebello scored for Benaulim while only Jaison Pereira converted for Navelim.



Coca-Cola Cup: Geovin stars for Carambolim Pg. 11

Sao Minguel enters semis Pg. 14

United beat Tottenham Pg. 15


RCB demolish Deccan Qualify for CLT20

ner Rahul Sharma for a sedate 19 from 32 balls. Anil Kumble led from the front Earlier, Kumble took four for with the ball with a four-wicket 16 to bowl out Deccan Chargers haul to help Royal Challengers for a paltry 82 in 18.3 overs. Bangalore crush Deccan ChargPraveen Kumar took two for ers by nine wickets in the third 18, while Jacques Kallis took place play-off match in the In- two for three and Nayan Doshi dian Premier League in Mumbai, took one for 17 on his debut in on Saturday. a splendid bowling performance Chasing 83 for victory, Ban- by Bangalore. galore cruised to 86 for one in Anirudh Singh top-scored 13.5 overs to win with 37 deliv- with a steady innings of 40 from eries to spare and seal a place 39 balls and Venugopal Rao in the Champions League made 24 with the duo putting Twenty20 tournament. on 43 runs for the sixth wicket, Kevin Pietersen finished off but the rest of the batsmen things with a quick innings of failed to come to the party on 29 from 21 balls, while Rahul a slow wicket. Dravid finished unbeaten on 35 Kumble and Kallis triggered from 30 balls. a lower order collapse as Deccan Jacques Kallis was the only lost their last four wickets in wicket to fall when he was the space of 12 deliveries withcaught and bowled by leg-spin- out the addition of a single run. Deccan Chargers: A Gilchrist c Kallis b Kumble 4, M Mishra lbw b P Kumar 0, Anirudh Singh b Kallis 40, Rohit Sharma c Pietersen b P Kumar 0, A Symonds c Uthappa b Steyn 2, D Smith b Kumble 5, Venugopal Rao c White b Doshi 24, R Harris lbw b Kumble 3, Rahul Sharma b Kallis 0, Harmeet Singh not out 0, P Ojha c Kallis b Kumble 0. Extras: 4. Total: 82 all out. Fall of wickets: 4-1, 4-2, 15-3, 27-4, 35-5, 78-6, 82-7, 82-8, 829, 82-10. Bowling: A Kumble 3.3-0-16-4, P Kumar 4-0-18-2, D Steyn 3-1-11-1, Nayan Doshi 4-0-17-1, Kevin Pietersen 1-0-10-0, B Akhil 1-0-6-0, Jacques Kallis 2-1-3-2. Royal Challengers: Jacques Kallis c and b Rahul 19, R Dravid not out 35, Kevin Pietersen not out 29. Extras: 3. Total: 86 for 1. Fall of wickets: 36-1. Bowling: R Harris 3-0-14-0, A Symonds 3-0-17-0, P Ojha 3.5-0-22-0, Rahul Sharma 3-0-24-1, Harmeet Singh 1-0-7-0. Man-of-the-match: A Kumble


The new IPL team of the Sahara India will be known as 'Sahara Pune Warriors' as the corporate house unveiled the name and logo of its franchise at a grand ceremony here today. The team will make its debut in the 2011 season along with the Kochi franchise. Speaking on the occasion Subrata Roy, Chairman Sahara Group said, "It is a moment of great pleasure for us to present the identity of the Pune IPL team for the people of the city and cricket enthusiasts across the world."


Italy grab 2-0 lead over Czechs in Fed Cup REUTERS ROME, APRIL 24

Praveen Kumar is congratulated by team-mate Kevin Pietersen on the wicket of Mohnish Mishra on Saturday.

MI, CSK clash in finals today PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 24

Mired in a financial scandal, the Indian Premier League's third season is set for a grand cricketing finale nonetheless with Mumbai Indians, sweating over talismanic skipper Sachin Tendulkar's fitness, taking on Chennai Super Kings at the D Y Patil Stadium here tomorrow. Ahead of the final tomorrow, Mumbai are keeping their fingers crossed over Tendulkar's finger injury. The split webbing in his right hand could not have come at a more inopportune time for

Mumbai who made their maiden entry into the Twenty20 event final by outsmarting Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday in the first semifinal. A final call is to be taken on

More Sports on Pages 11, 14, 15 his availability later today but if he's forced to sit out it will be a huge blow to Mumbai's hopes of clinching the coveted title for the first time in three years. Tendulkar has been in terrific form and was also declared the

Sahara Pune Warriors new IPL team

best batsman in the IPL awards function last night after notching up a tournament-high tally of runs (570 runs) going into the final. Though the batting great has led his team astutely, others have also contributed significantly to pilot the Mumbai outfit into the summit clash. Notable performers among these are Saurabh Tiwary, who has come good at every opportunity, Ambati Rayudu, who has also doubled up as a wicket keeper and done a fairly good job, and the big-hitting West Indian all rounder Kieron Pollard.

Sandeep, Prabhjot, Deepak dropped AGENCIES NEW DELHI, APRIL 24

Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh and strikers Prabhjot Singh and Deepak Thakur were on Saturday dropped from the 18-member Indian squad for the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia. The squad: Rajpal Singh (Capt), Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh, Mandip Antil, Arjun Halappa, Sarvanjit Singh, Sreejesh PR, Bharat Chetri, Sardar Singh, Dhananjay Mahadik, Amit Prabhakar, Rupinder Pal Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Ravi Pal Singh, Prabodh Tirkey, Bharat Chikara, Vikas Pillay, Danish Mujtaba.

Italy moved to the brink of a place in the Fed Cup final with straightsets singles wins from Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone putting the holders 2-0 up against the Czech Republic today. Pennetta fought back in both sets to seal a 6-4 7-5 victory over Lucie Hradecka in the first rubber on the Foro Italico's clay, which will host the Rome Masters next week. Italy number two Schiavone barely broke sweat in dispatching Lucie Safarova in the second singles match, winning 6-0 6-2 as the sun began to shine.


Sachin, Ojha take honours l

BCCI top brass boycott function


Kumar (Royal Challenger Bangalore) and Zaheer Khan (MumMumbai Indians captain Sachin bai Indians). Tendulkar was named ‘best batsDelhi Daredevils' A B de Vilman' while Deccan Chargers' liers was declared the ‘best Pragyan Ojha bagged the ‘best fielder' while West Indian Kieron bowler' honour at the inaugural Pollard was named for ‘best IPL Awards Night here. debut performance' for his suThe tournament's most properb all-round show with the lific batsman, Tendulkar, who bat and ball. turns 37 today, has 570 runs in Among other Jury Awards, his kitty from 14 matches with Kallis, who also has 11 wickets five half-centuries. from 15 matches, was named He beat competition from for the ‘most consistent perRoyal Challengers' batsmen formance' award. Jacques Kallis (553 runs from The jury consisted of Lalit 15), Robin Uthappa (374 from Modi (chairman), Sunil Gavaskar, was also named ‘best batsman' 15), Chennai Super King's Suresh Brian Lara, Javagal Srinath, Raina (463 from 15) and Murali and ‘best captain' in the Viewers' Simon Taufel and Harsha Bhogle. Vijay (432 from 14) for the Jury Choice category. The Awards Night was boyLeft-arm spinner Ojha is the Award for ‘best batsman'. cotted by the top brass of the Tendulkar, who is uncertain most successful bowler of IPL BCCI. The entire IPL Governing to lead Mumbai Indians in to- III with 21 wickets in his kitty Council, barring Sunil Gavaskar morrow's IPL final against Chen- from 15 matches. and I S Bindra, also shunned the He beat competition from event though most of the playnai Super Kings after splitting his right hand webbing during teammate Ryan Harris, R Ashwin ers came to attend the cerethe first semifinal on April 21, (Chennai Super Kings), R Vinay mony. Riders); Best Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar (MumJury Awards Best Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai In- bai Indians); Best Captain: Sachin Tendulkar dians). Best Bowler: Pragyan Ojha (Deccan Charg- (Mumbai Indians); Best Bowler: Pragyan Ojha ers). Best Debut Performance: Kieron Pollard (Deccan Chargers); Best Commentator: Ravi (Mumbai Indians). Best Dramatic Performance: Shastri; Most Stylish Player: Robin Uthappa Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai Indians) . Most Con- (Royal Challengers Bangalore); Most Fan sistent Performer: Jacques Kallis (Royal Chal- Friendly Cricketer: Adam Gilchrist (Deccan lengers Bangalore). Best Breakthrough Chargers); Best Fielder: Suresh Raina (Chennai Performance 2008: Brendon McCullum (Kolkata Super Kings) Statistical Awards Knight Riders). Best Breakthrough Performance Most Economical Bowler: Ravichandran Ash2009: Anil Kumble (Royal Challengers Bangalore). Best Fielder: AB de Villiers (Delhi Daredevils). win (Chennai Super Kings); Fastest Hundred: Best Ground: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Ben- Yusuf Pathan (Rajasthan Royals); Highest Pergaluru. Best Stadium Experience: DY Patil Sta- centage of Runs Scored in Boundaries: Virender Sehwag (Delhi Daredevils); IPL Captains’ Award: dium, Navi Mumbai Indian Cricketing Legend I Would Want in my Viewers’ Choice Awards Best Catch: David Hussey (Kolkata Knight Team: Kapil Dev.

IPL franchises support Modi PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 24

With knives out against Lalit Modi, a host of owners of IPL franchises, including Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, today came out in support of the beleaguered T20 league commissioner. Tweeting about the IPL controversy, Khan, who is shooting for his home production "Ra 1" said, "IPL controversy: fast, furious & too much noise. Like the T20 itself. hope it gets resolved as fast too for our friend

Lalit & franchises." Terming the IPL awards function last night as very nice, Khan, co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, said "had a great time. Could not stay back as had a shoot in the morning. All of us smiled through a tinge of sadness." Royal Challengers Bangalore's Vijay Mallya said that despite media bashing it was heart warming to witness applause by Owners/ Players for Lalit Modi at the awards for the fine job he has done. "It was so nice to see Lalit smile despite all hell breaking

loose in the media. U have 2 give it 2 him for making IPL what it is !", actress Preity Zinta, copromoter of Kings XI Punjab, posted in her tweets. Shilpa Shetty of Rajasthan Royals said she supported full and fair investigations. "Full and fair investigation of IPL will compel loud mouths 2 shut up by realisin tru value of 6th largst sportin event in World", Shilpa said in her tweets. Zinta hit out at the media charging the "ill-informed" media was following a herd mentality.

She rejected reports that Modi owns a stake in her team through Aakash Aroura. "Who is going to question them & ask 4 accountability 4 ruining peoples names? Will the real journalists and respectable publications pls stand up ! We all want the truth not assumptions made and disguised as d truth!" She also said the media should get its facts right and worry about lawsuits for writing nonsense. "Akash Aurora is my close friend & he only attended IPL 2 support me," she tweeted.