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16-yr-old Valpoi girl dies, locals cry foul HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, JULY 25

Grief is itself a med’cine – William Cowper

IN BRIEF Parliament Session With the plunge in Government-BJP relations, stage is set for an acrimonious Monsoon Session of Parliament that begins on Monday as Opposition prepares to corner the UPA on price rise and other issues but the treasury benches may take heart from the fact that parties on the other side are divided on Hindu terror and Gujarat events. The opposition will press for an adjournment motion on price rise issue. — (PTI)

From Sada to GMC: Mickky complains of chest pain

It was a bitter end to 16-yearold Utkarsha Parab’s struggle for life after she breathed her last at GMC on Sunday morning. Utkarsha, a resident of Brahma Karmali in Valpoi and a student of Bhumika Higher Secondary School, PoriemSattari, started vomiting pro-

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 25

Former tourism minister Mickky Pacheco, the main accused in the mysterious death of his close friend Nadia Torrado, has been admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim after he complained of chest pain. “He was brought from Sada sub jail to the hospital at about 5 pm, as he complained of chest pain. He is admitted to Coronary Care Unit and is under observation,” informed Medical Superintendent Dr Rajan Kunkolienkar while talking to Herald. He however did not cite any health complications, at this juncture. “Pacheco’s health status will be thoroughly monitored and further decisions will be taken accordingly,” he further said. This is the second time that Pacheco complained of chest pain. Earlier this month, while in judicial custody, Pacheco was admitted to H o s p i c i o i n M a rg a o w i t h complaints of hypertension and chest pain.

A BITTER TURN OF EVENTS 16-year-old Utkarsha Parab reportedly abducted by her aunt Snehal from Bhoomika HSS, Poriem on July 16 l While enroute to Bicholim, she phones father Uday that she’s visiting aunt Snehal l Smelling foul play, Uday files complaint with Bicholim police who initially refuse l Police swing into action and unite the girl with her parents l The girl vomits and is later hospitalised, doctors suspect food poisoning case l The 16-year-old girl dies in GMC on Sunday l Utkarsha stated in her dying declaration that her aunt abducted her and forcibly fed prasad, sheera and soft drink l

Agitators at Valpoi Police Station demanding the arrest of all those involved in the death of Utkarsha Parab. Photo by Ashraf Khan

Rain stops KRC in its tracks Margao-Mumbai trains cancelled HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 25

The heavy rainfall that pounded the Konkan region over the past 24 hours, forced the Konkan Railway Corporation on Sunday to cancel train services on the Margao-Mumbai route following the sinking of railway tracks at the Ratnagiri section. The Mumbai-bound Konkan Kanya train departing from Margao on Sunday evening was cancelled, while the KRC authorities have cancelled other trains on the Goa-Mumbai route till further notice. KRC Sr Public Relations Officer, Baban Ghatge, who headed to Ratnagiri along with KRC Regional Manager, told Herald that all train services between Goa and Mumbai have been cancelled with immediate effect. He said the Mandovi Express departing Margao on Monday morning has been cancelled. He said the KRC is taking stock of the situation at Ratnagiri, adding that the train services will be resumed only after the situation improves in Maharashtra.

fusely a couple of days back. She was later shifted to GMC for suspected case of food poisoning. The girl’s health condition began deteriorating on Saturday. It is alleged that she was forcibly fed sweets laced with rat poison by her aunt Snehal. According to Valpoi police, Utkarsha in her dying declaration stated her aunt abducted

Ghatge said that other long distance trains moving on the Konkan Railway route have been rescheduled or diverted in view of the situation. Meanwhile, the KRC has arranged transshipment of railway passengers stranded at the Ratnagiri Railway Station. Ghatge said that passengers stranded at Ratnagiri will be transshipped by the Jodhpur Express. Meanwhile, south-bound passengers stranded at the Marg a o Ra i l w a y S t a t i o n l a s t night reached Mangalore by the Mangala Express, informed Ghatge. Over three hundred passengers heading towards Mangalore and Kerala were stranded late last night following disruption in railway services at Ratnagiri. Konkan Railways has been badly hit with many trains cancelled on several other routes after the ground under the tracks caved in near the Nivsar station in Maharashtra. Many long distance trains have been cancelled too.

LeT eyes C’wealth Games PTI LONDON, JULY 25

India fears that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for the Mumbai carnage, may attempt to strike during the October Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and has voiced its concerns to the US, according to a media report. The fears were conveyed by the Indian Army leadership to Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was in New Delhi on Friday and Saturday, The Sunday Times said in a dispatch from Islamabad. LeT carried out the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 that killed 166 people and India fears that the group might target the country again. After his arrival in Pakistan, Mullen had yesterday said that the LeT has expanded its operations to Afghanistan and the West and has become more active throughout the region. The paper said the LeT has joined forces with the Taliban in a new alliance to kill western soldiers in Afghanistan. In the past few weeks NATO commanders are convinced that LeT are behind a string of attacks and influx of fighters into eastern Afghanistan.

Goa to have paperless district court soon HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 25

The Union Law Minister Dr M Veerappa Moily today said that Goa would soon have a paperless district court. Moily disclosed this while briefing media persons after chairing the Western Region Review meeting for improving justice delivery and other matters, in a starred hotel at Panjim. He said the Centre has decided to have at least one paperless court in every High Court and one court in every district court. “This will help the aam admi. The 13th Finance Commission has sanctioned Rs 100 crores for the computerisation of courts,” he stated. Further, he continued, “Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has

assured him that Goa would soon have a paperless court.” He said the government is making all efforts to reduce pendency in courts by starting morning and evening fast track courts. “The government is of the view that no cases should be pending in the court for over 3 years,” he said adding “...we expect Goa to be one of the foremost State in the country for being one of the smallest State.”

“Goa should be one of the first arrear-free courts. I hope it will be a reality,” he said. Moily also stated that Goa could become an international arbitration centre as the State is one of the most favourite tourism destinations. “Arbitration is one of the important aspects of the Government of India as all our cases are right now being referred to Singapore and we are losing a lot of revenue,” he said. “We have many mediation centres at Delhi, Ahmedabad and Bangalore and need to upgrade them,” Moily said adding “since Goa is an international tourist destination it can make a good arbitration centre and we will like to improve it as a moderate arbitration centre.” (Continued on page 2)

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CBI nets Shah

The elusive former Gujarat minister surfaced after four days and made a dramatic appearance at the BJP office in Ahmedabad. He later drove down to the Gandhinagar office of the CBI and surrendered

her and forcibly fed prasad, sheera and soft drink. The news of Utkarsha’s death spread like wild fire. Tension rent the air in Valpoi as villagers of Brahma Karmali, Nagargao-Valpoi, demanded stern and prompt action against those involved in the crime that led to her death. A large number of villagers, (Continued on page 2)

GMC doctors keep autopsy report on hold HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 25

The doctors in Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim on Sunday conducted post-mortem on Utkarsha Parab after a delay of few hours as victim’s family pressed for stern action against accused Sneha Gaonkar and her parents. The cause of death is reserved by the doctors. The post-mortem on the 16-year-old girl, which was scheduled at morning, finally was conducted in the evening. Utkarsha’s family members had refused the consent for autopsy pending action against the accused. Utkarsha died of suspected rat poison which was allegedly fed to her in the food by her aunt Snehal on June 16. “The autopsy was scheduled in the morning but was (Continued on page 2)

Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at the CBI office in connection with his alleged involvements in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in Gandhinagar on Sunday. PTI GANDHINAGAR, JULY 25

After eluding the CBI for four days, former Gujarat minister and Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah was today arrested by the probe agency in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and sent to jail shortly after he made a dramatic appearance at a BJP briefing. Forty-six-old Shah, who resigned from the Modi government yesterday following a charge sheet b e i n g f i l e d against him, turned up at the BJP office in Ahmedabad, where he denied all the charges against him. He then drove to the Gandhinagar office of the CBI and surrendered before the agency which arrested him and produced him before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate A Y Dave.

Surprisingly, the CBI did not press for custody of Shah, who has been charged with murder, extortion, kidnapping and five other sections under IPC for the killing of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi in 2005. He was remanded by the magistrate in judicial custody for 13 days till August 7 and taken to Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad. “I have full faith in the judiciary and I am sure the allegations against me will be cleared by the courts,” Shah said after he appeared during a press conference called by state BJP president R C Faldu at the BJP headquarters in Ahmedabad, ending the suspense of his whereabouts since Thursday when he was first summoned by the CBI. Shah claimed that he was innocent and said that charges against him were “fabricated,

politically motivated and were on the instruction of Congress government” and demanded that his entire questioning by the CBI should be video graphed.

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Order on Mickky’s bail plea today HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 25

The South Goa session court will decide the fate of former To u r i s m M i n i s t e r M i c k k y Pacheco as the court will pronounce its order on the bail plea in the Nadia Torrado death case. The Benaulim ML A is presently lodged in the Sada Sub jail, Vasco after the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao remanded him to 14 days Judicial custody after the expiry of his 14 days police custody. This is the fourth time that Pacheco has approached South Goa sessions court for bail – with his previous anticipatory bail plea and two regular bail applications not finding favour with the Court. Additional sessions Judge B P Deshpande will pronounce his order on Pacheco’s bail plea on Monday morning, even as the legal counsel for the former Minister, Adv Anacleto Viegas submitted before the court on Friday that the MLA is entitled for bail as the crime branch has failed to make any case out against his client. Even as the Prosecution has vehemently opposed the bail application, citing the high court order, stating there’s prima facie case against the former Minister,

Adv Viegas has drawn attention of the court to the same high court order clearing stating that the order should not in any way influence the presiding officer while deciding on Pacheco’s bail application. Adv Viegas, while submitting that Pacheco has become a victim of those who are in power, said the former Minister is not in a position to influence or otherwise interfere with the investigations of the case as he wields no power. In his petition, Pacheco had contended that he had been thoroughly interrogated by the police over a period of two weeks, adding that his petition for anticipatory bail was rejected on grounds that he was required for custodial interrogations. In this respect, Adv Viegas submitted that no further custodial interrogations is now available for the crime branch on the expiry of extended remand period on July 23. Meanwhile, the anticipatory bail applications filed by Pacheco will come up for hearing before the Sessions Court on Tuesday. Pacheco had filed for anticipatory bail fearing arrest in criminal cases registered at the Margao, Quepem and Colva police stations

Paroda locals oppose mega housing project HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 25

The Paroda gram sabha on Sunday strongly opposed a mega housing project proposed at Karalem area of the village. At the Sunday gram sabha meeting, gram sabha members opposed the mega housing project on grounds that the village has no garbage disposal facility and other infrastructure facilities. Members of the gram sabha also objected to the open air hall proposed at Karalem on grounds that the project would disturb the peaceful environment in the area. On the mega housing project, the gram sabha passed a resolution that the Panchayat should not entertain any files for multidwelling units in view of the poor infrastructure, especially relating to garbage disposal. Sarpanch Sharmila Vaz informed that the Panchayat body would fully support the views expressed at the gram sabha meeting. She said the Panchayat would not approve any file pertaining to mega housing projects. She pointed out that the Panchayat had returned the file from the builder, who has put in a plan to build 20 flats and 16 shop.

Agassaim residents vow to oppose hotel HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, JULY 25

Sending a strong signal that they will not allow a mega project in their village, the Agassaim gram sabha on Sunday unanimously opposed a five-star hotel which is to come up along Moita-Dandi belt. The villagers stood up to say “No” when asked whether they were interested in the project. The villagers have also decided to take on the hotelier, who has challenged the panchayat resolution opposing the proposed hotel as per the decision taken by the gram sabha. The gram sabha expressed the need that the panchayat lawyer be briefed properly and

given all the documentations so that a fight can be put up in the court against the hotelier. Leading the discussion, a lawyer from the village Adv Esperdiao Dias wanted to know from the sarpanch and the secretary whether in the first place they had inspected the place where the hotel is proposed to come up. However, both the sarpanch Piadade Fernandes and secretary confessed that they had not seen the place but gave their (panchayat) backing to the villagers in opposing the project. But a villager Shrish Lawande expressed doubts in the panchayat saying their mere lip service would not show their real intentions. “The words should be transformed into action, and it is only then the villagers will know that the panchayat is against the project,” Lawande said much to the applause of the villagers. Mr Dias claimed that he was informed that the hotelier had managed to get CRZ clearance. He said that the panchayat had not given him the copy and wondered as to how the hotelier could get CRZ clearance when the area is full of mangroves and added that if need be the CRZ clearance would have to be chal-

lenged. Dias also informed that the area proposed for the hotel was earlier home to Kadamba port and said the area is a heritage site with a rich history. Dias also gave a grim picture of the ill effects posed by big hotels and said these was evident in Panjim and other coastal areas in Goa. He said that prostitution, drugs are freely available and wondered whether the villagers wanted such type of activity to come up in their village. Appealing to the villagers not to get carried away by the baits thrown at them in the form of jobs which are mostly low paid, Adv Dias said the dangers posed by the hotel are much more than the goodies it claims to offer. Tony Fernandes social worker also spoke at the gram sabha and called upon the villagers to unite against the project without any fear. The gram sabha also formed a committee called `Save Agassiam Village Environment’ under the presidentship of Adv Esperdiao Dias. Some villagers were also of the view that its MLA Francisco Silveira be made a member of the committee. Prominent among those present was Konkani writer Dilip Borkar and panchas.

Teachers demand Part-B scales

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 25

A joint delegation of all teachers associations called on Chief Minister Digambar Kamat at his official residence and demanded the implementation of Part-B of VI Pay Scales. The delegation brought to the notice of the C.M. that VI Pay Commission, under the chairmanship of Mr. Justice Krishna, have merged several earlier scales and the number of corresponding scales in the VI Pay have been reduced. “Owing to the merger of scales, the primary, the secondary and the higher secondary teachers are placed in a common scale known as PB-2 with a common grade pay of ` 4200/-. In order to do away with this anomaly the pay commission has speci-

fied relevant scales for different categories of teachers under Part-B of VI Pay Scales”, they pointed out. The Chief Minister was also informed that the Central Govt. controlled Schools like Navodaya & other central schools have already implemented Part-B Scales to their staffs. The Govt. of Goa have erroneously implemented Part-A to the teachers whereby only the replacement scales are granted, the delegation added. The delegation fervently asked the C.M. to implement Part-B and give solace to the teachers. The C.M. was convinced after discussion with the delegation and immediately issued directions to the officers to expedite the matter, informed spokesperson of United Teacher’s Association Vithoba Desai.

Loutolim meet demands deletion of non-resident names

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the tenants. “It is necessary to verify the names on the electoral rolls as landlords have given NOCs for tenants”, remarked Gram sabha member Franky Monteiro. He maintained that non residents of the village have got their names included in the elec-

including Utkarsha’s father Uday Parab and the accused’s husband, marched to the Valpoi Police Station on Sunday and demanded immediate arrest of the accused’s parents, who abetted the crime. Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas, Deputy Superintendent of Police Bossuet Silva and Valpoi Police PI Shivram Vaigankar assured the agitating mob that they would arrest the culprits soon.The mob, which had gathered at 11.30 am, began to disperse only at about 6 pm, after police brought some relatives of the accused allegedly involved in the case, including accused’s father and mother, to the police station for interrogations. The mob dispersed after placing strong demands with the police. The mob demanded immediate arrest of the relatives of the accused, who are involved in the crime. They also demanded suspension of duty officer (PSI) of Bicholim Police Station, who they said according to deceased’s father Uday, did not co-operate when he went to lodge missing complaint of his daughter at Bicholim Police Station on July 16 afternoon. The deceased’s relatives, who had refused to claim the body from GMC, finally agreed at about 6 pm, when SP Arvind Gawas, DySP Bousset, PI Vaigankar, Bicholim PI Harish Madkaikar assured to arrest all persons involved in the crime and give justice to the aggrieved family.Earlier, the mob turned violent breaking flower pots at Valpoi Police Station. Meanwhile, Uday Parab, who was brought to Valpoi Police Station, was seen weeping and shouting for justice. “I lost my daughter, but now I must not lose justice. Punish all who are guilty,” cried Uday. Meanwhile, prime accused Snehal Gaonkar is cooling her heels at Valpoi Police Station since Friday. Since the accused has 5month-old baby, the baby was brought to the Valpoi Police Station by her relatives on Sunday. Valpoi Police, who had earlier registered the case as kidnapping, have now registered it as kidnapping and murder. Meanwhile, the Nagargao Panchayat gram sabha on Sunday unanimously passed a resolution demanding thorough inquiry into the death of Utkarsha and stern action against those involved in the crime. Utkarsha Parab’s struggle for life after she breathed her last at GMC on Sunday morning. Utkarsha a resident of Brahma Karmali in Valpoi and a student of Bhumika Higher Secondary School, Poriem-Sattari, starting vomiting profusely a couple of days back. She was later shifted to GMC for suspected case of food poisoning. The girl’s health condition began deteriorating on Saturday. It is alleged that she was forcibly fed sweets laced with rat poison by her aunt Snehal. According to Valpoi police, Utkarsha in her dying declaration stated her aunt abducted her and forcibly fed prasad, sheera and soft drink. The news of Utkarsha’s death spread like wild fire. Tension rent the air in Valpoi as villagers of Brahma Karmali, Nagargao -Valpoi, demanded stern and prompt action against those involved in the crime that led to her death. A large number of villagers, including Utkarsha’s father Uday Parab and the accused’s husband, marched to the Valpoi Police Station on Sunday and demanded immediate arrest of the accused’s parents, who abetted the crime.Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas, Deputy Superintendent of Police Bossuet Silva and Valpoi Police PI Shivram Vaigankar assured the agitating mob that they would arrest the culprits soon. The mob, which had gathered at 11.30 am, began to disperse only at about 6 pm, after police brought some relatives of the accused allegedly involved in the case, including accused’s father and mother, to the police station for interrogations. The mob dispersed after placing strong demands with the police. The mob demanded immediate arrest of the relatives of the accused, who are involved in the crime. They also demanded suspension of duty officer (PSI) of Bicholim Police Station, who they said according to deceased’s father Uday, did not co-operate when he went to lodge missing complaint of his daughter at Bicholim Police Station on July 16 afternoon. The deceased’s relatives, who had refused to claim the body from GMC, finally agreed at about 6 pm, when SP Arvind Gawas, DySP Bousset, PI Vaigankar, Bicholim PI Harish Madkaikar assured to arrest all persons involved in the crime and give justice to the aggrieved family. Earlier, the mob turned violent breaking flower pots at Valpoi Police station. Meanwhile, Uday Parab, who was brought to Valpoi Police Station, was seen weeping and shouting for justice. “I lost my daughter, but now I must not lose justice. Punish all who are guilty,” cried Uday. Meanwhile, prime accused Snehal Gaonkar is cooling her heels at Valpoi Police Station since Friday. Since the accused has 5month-old baby, the baby was brought to the Valpoi Police Station by her relatives on Sunday. Valpoi Police, who had earlier registered the case as kidnapping, has now registered it kidnapping and murder. Meanwhile, the Nagargao Panchayat gram sabha on Sunday unanimously passed a resolution demanding thorough inquiry into the death of Utkarsha and stern action against those involved in the crime.

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 25

Loutolim gram sabha members on Sunday cried foul over the ongoing exercise of verification of voters list and demanded the verification drive should also ascertain the names of voters wrongly included in the electoral roll. Terming the verification exercise as faulty, as the drive takes care of inclusion, deletion and correction of names, agitated gram sabha members demanded that the Panchayat verif y whether the names already included in the list are valid or not. Gram sabha members contended that large number of voters have been wrongly included in the electoral rolls in recent times following NOCs given by

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toral roll, Saying that the gram sabha has resolved to ask the Panchayat to verify names on the electoral rolls, Monteiro and other gram sabha members said that whichever names wrongly included in the roll should be detected. They demanded that the Panchayat should compile the list and submit the same to the Salcete Mamlatdar for necessary changes.

Gram sabha members also questioned the Sarpanch and secretary on the alleged controversial Regional plan. They questioned the Sarpanch whether the panchayat has made necessary correspondence to the authorities not to give effect to the controversial RP plan. Meanwhile, gram sabha members demanded demolition of what they termed as an illegal wall built in the middle of low lying paddy fields by a shipyard owner. They pointed out that the structure is not violating rules relating to land filling in low lying fields, but is causing hazard to the neighbouring fields. Members also objected to the payment of fees to the lawyer from panchayat funds in matter relating to RTI applications.

rejection of proposals on flimsy grounds irk Chimbel locals HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, JULY 25

Opposing the practice of the Chimbel panchayat to place gram sabha proposals at the panchayat meeting and not allowing these to be discussed at the gram sabha, the villagers demanded that proposals from the public should be discussed at the gram sabha itself, failing which the purpose of holding the meeting gets defeated. Initiating the discussion, Paul Fernandes cited the rejection of his proposal by the panchayat body on flimsy grounds which states that he has made allegations and used abusive language. He sought to know, where, in his entire proposal, he has made allegations or used abusive language and questioned whether the panchayat has a right to reject public proposals. Continuing with the subject, Govind Shirodkar opined that proposals are meant to be discussed at the gram sabha where the villagers can adopt necessary resolutions. He then lambasted the practice adopted by the panchayat of discussing the proposal at the body meeting and refusing to allow some proposals to be discussed at the gram sabha,

Tree crashes on traffic police tempo HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JULY 25

and stated that such practice tramples on the fundamental rights of the villagers. Replying to the queries, Sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolkar informed that the public proposals are placed at the panchayat meeting so that the members can discuss the same and decide which proposals can be allowed to be taken up for discussion at the gram sabha. However, another villager Tukaram Kunkolkar felt that it is a wrong practice on the part of the panchayat, which takes away a villager’s right in a panchayat set up. “If such practice continues, the very purpose of holding a gram sabha will be defeated,” he added. Earlier, a heated discussion ensued between Tukaram Kunkolkar and the Sarpanch Chandrakant over the pending proposals of the previous gram sabha as Tukaram sought to know whether these proposals will be accommodated at this meeting. When the sarpanch agreed to take up the proposals, Tukaram demanded for an assurance from the Sarpanch that if any proposal still remains pending he would adjourn the meeting for the next Sunday. However, Sarpanch

Chandrakant refused to accede to the demand but assured that all the proposals would be accommodated. Later, Sarpanch Chandrakant outlined the development works that have been completed in the village and also the development works that would be undertaken in the near future, which was well received by the villagers who, in turn, assured the sarpanch that they would always back him in the positive development of the village. The issue of the need of a village school was also discussed at length with the villagers demanding that the panchayat should initiate the process of setting up a residential school for ST students and urge the State government to fund the same. As the earlier gram sabhas had witnessed abrupt end due to unruly behaviour by the public, Old Goa PI Francis Corte personally remained present for the meeting to ensure smooth functioning of the gram sabha. He also saw to it that nobody spoke out of turn and only with the permission of the Sarpanch Chandrakant, which was primarily responsible for a peaceful gram sabha.

Chinchinim locals oppose NH widening through residential areas HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JULY 25

A brand new tempo belonging to Vasco Traffic police was damaged, after a tree came crashing down on it on Sunday. It may be recalled that after repeated requests and a patient wait, the Vasco traffic police had received a new tempo to utilise it for lifting two-wheelers, violating parking norms in the port town. However, the vehicle was damaged, after a tree came crashing on it even before it could be utilised for the purpose for which it was bought. The Vasco Traffic police was supposed to put the tempo into service from Monday. “We got it recently after repeated requests and it was to be put into service from Monday, but prior to that, it got damaged on Sunday,” said Traffic PI Darmesh Angle. Earlier, the Vasco traffic police had tied up with Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) to utilize its vehicle to lift the two wheelers. Since MMC had other obligations, they were not able to allot its vehicle full day for traffic.Traffic police felt that since they needed a full-fledged tempo exclusively to be used for lifting two wheelers, the traffic police demanded to their higher ups and recently got it sanctioned.

Chinchinim villagers on Sunday unanimously opposed widening of the NH-17 passing through residential areas and have demanded a bypass a la Cuncolim and other villages. At the Sunday gram sabha meeting, villagers raised their apprehensions about the widening of the existing highway by demolition residential houses in the Dandeavaddo section. After much discussions, the gram sabha members resolved to opposed the widening of the highway tooth and nail and have demanded construction of a bypass to avoid demolition of residential hosues. The gram sabha resolution comes against the backdrop of the NHAI decision to reject the state government contention to restrict the width of the highway passing through Chinchinim to 35 meters. Earlier, the Panchayat had opposed the NH-17 if the widening means destruction of the residential houses. Sarpanch Allwyn Antao joined the villagers in opposing the highway widening and has requested the state government

struction licence,” informed the panchayat secretary. With the reply of the panchayat secretary, there was a heated discussion on the matter. Naik sought to know how panchayat can issue ‘No Objection Certificate’ to the Serula Communidade when they had applied to the Collectorate of North Goa for acquisition of land for the construction of indoor stadium. “Further, no approval was obtained by the panchayat from the gram sabha prior to issuing NOC to the Serula Communidade,” said Naik. Rajesh Amonkar said since the Serula Communidade has already sold the plots, there is no point in arguing or pursuing the matter with the Collectorate of North Goa and the panchayat should issue construction licenses to the people who have applied for it. “The panchayat should look out for another

open space for the construction of indoor stadium,” suggested Amonkar. Bhiku Sawant said the panchayat does not get revenue from the dealers of two- and four-wheelers, who are operating in Porvorim. “Few years ago, panchayat is to charge tax of Rs 25 per vehicle to the dealers of four-vehicles. The dealers were paying the tax, but later the panchayat stopped collecting it from the vehicle dealers,” said Sawant. “The panchayat should investigate under whose instruction tax collection from four-wheeler dealers was stopped,” added Sawant and suggested that the panchayat should charge Rs 500 per vehicle for four-wheeler dealers and Rs 100 per vehicle for two-wheeler dealers. Eknath Narvekar suggested that the panchayat should con-

and the central government to construction a bypass in the fields. He pointed out that even a 6-lane highway can be building along the bypass since no residential house would go for demoltion. The gram sabha also witnessed discussion on the use of the public garden in the market place for religious functions. The issue came to the fore when it was pointed out that organsiers of the Ganesh Mandal have again approached to the Panchayat body for permission to have the function in the garden. After much discussions, the gram sabha resolved not to permit any religious function in the public garden. Incidentally, the Panchayat body had opposed granting of permission for use of the garden for religious purpose by 7-3 votes. Meanwhile, the gram sabha meeting also discussed other pressing problems facing the village, including the old market, the proposal for a new market complex, the dilapidated primary health centre and other issues.

Bedlam at Penha-de-Franca meet

HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JULY 25

The Penha-de-Franca Gram Sabha on Sunday witnessed noisy scenes over the issue of indoor stadium in the panchayat area. Discussing on the issue, R N Naik said the panchayat had sent the proposal to the Collector of North Goa in 1995 pertaining to acquisition of 3,000 sq mtrs of land for construction of indoor stadium. “Since the matter has been pending for long time, the panchayat should pursue the matter and acquire the land,” suggested Naik. Panchayat Secretary M S Mardolkar informed Naik that the Serula Communidade has already converted the land into 13 plots and sold them. “Provisional NOC was issued for it by the panchayat in 2005. The buyers of these plots have applied to the panchayat for grant of con-

duct the survey of kiosks operating in the panchyat area and take action against those who are operating illegally. Olavio Braganza said some house owners are not paying house taxes because the panchayat has not charged them house tax as per the government notification and hence demanded that the panchayat should look into the matter at the earliest. Earlier on behalf of the panchayat, Vinod Kumbharjuvekar presented the Statement of Accounts of Income and Expenditure for the period from April 2010 to June 30 2010. During the three months, the panchayat has collected Rs 8.35 lakh by way of House, Professional and Hoarding taxes and Rs 2.58 lakh through Construction License and other fees.

Valpoi girl dies

autopsy report on hold

delayed as the girl’s family demanded thorough action. They even refused to claim the body then, due to which we had to re-schedule the autopsy,” said the source. Later in the evening, when senior police officials assured the parents of proper case investigation, the Parab family agreed to proceed with the medico-legal formalities. The body was handed over to the family after an hour-long post-mortem at about 7pm. Social activist Tara Kerkar, who is supporting family’s battle for justice to Utkarsha, has demanded thorough inquiry into the case. She insisted that the police should act against Sneha’s parents who were reportedly present at home when the girl was held hostage.“Snehal’s parents should also be quizzed as they were allegedly present when their married daughter committed the crime,” Kerkar demanded talking to Herald. Snehal was initially booked for attempt to murder when Utkarsha was alive and was being treated at GMC. But police slapped charges of murder and arrested the aunt when the schoolgirl breathed her last at 6.15 am on Sunday. The case is booked under Goa Children’s Act 2003 against Snehal, who incidentally is a mother to few weeks old baby.

Paperless district court LITIGATION POLICY: The Union Minister said that the Centre as well as the States would have their own litigation policy. “If you see major litigations across all courts in country are from the States and the Centre. We need to vacate this space in courts through litigation policy,” he said. “The litigations by States and Centre amounts to 30 percent cases which need to be reviewed and vacate the unnecessary litigations. This would also help the common man,” the minister opined.


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HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JULY 25

Goa Bachao Abhiyan has strongly objected to the proposed introduction of a new Bill to amend the Goa Town and Country Planning Act in the current session of the Goa Legislative Assembly. In the press note issued here, this new Bill seeks to throw open hill slopes, fields, khazan lands, low lying areas and water bodies for construction which are presently prohibited under Section 17A of Goa TCP Act 1974, expressly to protect the hill slopes and fields against 'conversion' for construction. “This Bill is totally opposite to the demand made by GBA to freeze construction on eco-sensitive zones,” the press note read. It further says that the proposed Goa TCP [Amendment] Bill, 2010 is being hurriedly

pushed by the Goa Government to undo the safeguards added to the Goa, Daman & Diu TCP Act, 1974 through the insertion of subsections 2 and 3 in Section 17A. This Bill puts the slopes and fields at risk of "development" once again. The three objectives of the proposed amendment are, need to specify Authorities to implement provision regarding punitive measures, enable Government to frame Rules and Regulations for implementation of provisions under 17A and to do away with ‘Undue control’ and scope for ambiguity implied in the present provisions under 17A. “The proposed Bill is totally silent on the first two objectives, whereas, under the third objective, it has introduced two sub sections, which removes the condition of seeking permissions from TCP under Section 17A,” it said urging the MLAs

to object the proposed Bill. The GBA suspects the proposed Goa TCP [Amendment] Bill, 2010 for it may allow illegal constructions and constructions, which are prohibited while the finalisation of RP 2021 is constantly delayed. “A similar amendment to section 16/ 16A was brought about to bring in projects through the back door to bypass the Regional Plan 2021 process for the Government's projects, many of them outsourced to private organisations,” the NGO alleges. The GBA demanded that the proposed TCP Amendment Bill be junked, and instead the TCP Act review committee should be asked to give its recommendations in a stipulated time frame, through a consultative process which includes a bottom-to-top planning process and revocation of section 16/16A.

Rag picker drowns in septic tank HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JULY 25

A 45-year-old rag picker from Bagalkot-Karnataka, but residing at Baina-Vasco, drowned in a septic tank at an under-construction house at New-Vaddem, Vasco, on Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred when Gangawa Madar along with her two partners, who were picking rags along the railway lines at New-Vaddem, had rushed for shelter from heavy showers in the under-construction house. Since Madar wanted to cover her body with tarpaulin coat, she went inside the house, while her other partners were outside. Madar failed to notice the underground septic tank of a height of about 2.30 mtrs, which was filled with water and partly covered with tarpaulin and fell inside. As Madar failed to come out of the house, her partners, who were outside the house, went inside in search of her. People then spotted Madar’s body inside the tank and summoned Vasco fire brigade to fish out the body.

Elements involved in drug nexus behind attack: NSUI HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 25

National Student’ Union of India (NSUI) today charged that those involved in the drug nexus were behind the attack on their Goa Unit president Sunil Kawthankar. “We strongly feel that this is an attack carried out by elements who are threatened by our signature campaign against police-drug mafia nexus in Goa,” NSUI national delegate Gautam Bhagat said in a press note. Kawthankar was attacked on Friday night while he was enroute to Assnora village to meet activists for anti-drugs signature campaign. He has been instrumental in launching the campaign demanding a federal probe into the nexus, which is currently investigated by Crime Branch. The state chief met the Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, a couple of days ago to appraise him about the failure of Goa police in the nexus probe. Unfazed of the recent attack, the NSUI is determined to con-

tinue their campaign. “Goa NSUI will not stop our movement against the police-drug mafias. This attack has not weakened us. We appeal to all students of Goa to join us in our movement against the Police-Drug mafias nexus,” Bhagat said. Kawthankar was attacked when some unidentified men on Bajaj Pulsar motorbike threw a huge stone on the windshield of the car, which was driven by the students’ leader himself. The stone smashed the windshield and hit his face leaving him severely injured. Along with him were three other activists in the car, who escaped unhurt. The sensational nexus probe led to arrests of seven tainted police officials and an alleged Israeli drug peddler Yaniv Benaim aka Atala, all of whom are currently released on conditional bail. Meanwhile, Crime Branch sleuths is yet to meet Lucky Farmhouse Amori who alleged she has complete evidence to prove the nexus between drug lords, policemen and politician in Goa.

Reduce pending cases in courts, says Moily HERALD NEWS DESK

Moily speaking at the Regional meeting on implementation of 13th Finance Commission Recommendations in improving justice delivery and other matters in the city today.

No more rejection of mining plans applications by RCM HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 24

Henceforth, Regional Controller for Mines (RCM) will not able to reject applications seeking mining plans in respect of mining leases. Thanks to decision of the Central Information Commission (CIC) of June 7, information on mining plans for mining leases operating in Goa approved by the RCM will now be freely available to the public. Earlier , the RCM routinely rejected applications for mining plans in respect of individual mining leases on the grounds that the commercial interest of the lessees might be compromised if information in these plans reached rival party. Thus several applications for copies of mining plans in the State had been rejected by the RCM on the grounds that these could not be disclosed under Sections 11 (1), 8 (1) (d) and 8(1) (j) of the RTI Act. As a result, several appeals came to be filed before the CIC against such or-

ders. On February 5, this year, the CIC sought assistance from the Ministry of Mines to settle the matter. The necessary clarifications were provided to the Information Commission by the Ministry of Mines in March 2010. The Ministry of Mines held that certain parts of the mining plan of any mining lease could be disclosed by Public Information Officers under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. It held the applicant can be given information pertaining to location, and accessibility of the mine as given by the mine operator in chapter 1 and chapter 2 of the mining plan. Also, information about mine drainage, mineral rejects and disposal of wastes and other information provided in Chapters 6, 7, 8 and 9 of part A of the mining plan and the environment management plan provided in Chapter 11 of Part B of the mining plan, can be given to the applicant. The Ministry of Mines has been advised by the Information

Commissioner to have all its public authorities put up the various parts of the mining plans that can be disclosed, on their respective websites so that citizens do not have to file repeated RTI queries in the matter. It has been granted time of two months to carry out this decision. The Goa Foundation (GF), an NGO keeping a watch on illegal mining has recommended that all those who filed applications under RTI for information about mining plans should now file fresh applications for the information permitted by the CIC. The information that can be disclosed would cover most information about the mine, its approved dump management plan and environment management plan. The applicant should also request for the relevant maps which are annexed to these chapters and GF is willing to assist any person in this process, appealed Dr Claude Alvares, Director, GF.

Selaulim Dam begins to overflow

PANJIM, JULY 25 Union Minister, for Law and Justice Dr M Veerappa Moily has sought cooperation of Chief Justice, Judges and legal luminaries of High courts, District Court and other courts in reducing the large number of pending cases in various courts in the country in next four to five years. He said the Central Government has made a special provision of fourteen thousand crores of which Rs five thousand crore have already been released to states and balance will be released soon. He told the states to prepare road map for five years in this respect. Moily was speaking at the Regional meeting on implementation of 13th Finance Commission Recommendations in improving justice delivery and other matters in the city today. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Law Minister of Chattisgarh Ramvichar Netam, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Justice Mohit Shah, Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Justice Mokhopadhya, Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court Justice Jagadish Bhalla, Chief Justice of

Madhya Pradesh Justice Rafat Alam, Law Secretary Neela Gangadharan, Advisor TK Vishwanathan, Judges of High Courts, Law Secretaries and other legal luminaries attended the regional meeting. Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, Law Secretary Pramod Kamat, Secretaries in the state administration graced the occasion. Speaking further Moily said, this is the fifth meeting in the series being held in the country. Indian Judiciary is the largest, excellent judiciary in the world. However, Justice delivery needs to be improved. Moily told the states to prepare their own state Litigation policy within a year. This he said will improve the pace of justice delivery system. He said there are 62 vacancies in the region and these vacancies will be filled soon. Union Minister dealt upon various issues like classification of cases, fast track courts, Ecourts projects, setting up of more CBI courts and Family Courts and related subjects. The Union minister told the states to improve the justice delivery system through morning

CMC flayed for allowing structures along the coast HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JULY 25

Residents continue to object the presence of temporary structures along the coast and protest the partisan attitude of Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) in setting things right in view of its own terms and conditions imposed while issuing temporary permits. It may be recalled that recently, after a resident submitted a complaint to CMC over the large presence of temporary structures on coastal belt demanding action, another resident of Palolem submitted yet another complaint to act against the presence of temporary structures permitted during last tourism season at Palolem. Displaying a copy of his complaint to the civic office, complainant

George Dinniz told Herald that according to municipal rules, not a single temporary structure either for storing materials or otherwise is permissible after the permit period expires. “But there are several structures untouched since the tourism season ended, keeping as it is at several places in Palolem,” added the complainant. “I totally disagree with some civic officials taking umbrage when such structures are pointed to them, mostly taking an excuse that people need to store or protect from rains, their dismantled materials,” said Dinniz. “To protect these materials, one need not keep the commercial huts intact, one can dismantle all structures as per rules and still preserve and protect it

Cow menace upset Bicholim traders HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, JULY 25

Water overflowing the spillway at Selaulim Dam in Sanguem. HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, JULY 25

With monsoon in full swing, the Selaulim Dam in Sanguem began to overflow since Saturday, thereby once again giving the visitors to the dam the breathtaking view of the monsoon water overflowing the spillway. While last year, the overflow had commenced on July 15, this

year the overflow is delayed by nearly 10 days despite there being heavy monsoon showers in the State since the last many days. Ironically, despite Sunday being the first day of the water overflowing the spillway, a large number of visitors were seen thronging to the dam site since morning. Incidentally, what surprises

Photo by Alfred Fernandes

the visitors is the continuation of Goa Forest Development Corporation charging the visitors the entry fee of Rs 10 and Rs 5 for adult and children below 12 years respectively. In the last budget Assembly session, it was addressed that the entry fee at the Selaulim Dam would be scrapped, but the GFDC continues collection of entry fee unabated.

and evening courts. Some of the states like Gujarat has shown encouraging results he said. Regarding Lok Adalats he said Law Secretaries of the states should make efforts to hold more Lok Adalats to dispose the cases. He said guidelines of Central Government to spend the amount allocated to states, make it clear that the amount should be spent on improving justice delivery system through Lok Adalats, Mediation centres, strengthening of present legal system. The amount should not be spent on construction of buildings. Referring to Goa where about 28000 cases are pending Moily said, with some efforts Goa can become arrear free State as far as pending cases are concerned. He also said, Goa can be developed as Centre for International Arbitration. Kamat said, efforts of the Prime Minister are to touch the hearts of common man. Law and Justice directly touch the hearts of common man. Kamat said, Goa has started video conferencing to record the witnesses. He said, Goa is the only state in the country to set up children’s Court besides Juvenile courts.

Merchants from Bicholim are upset over Bicholim Municipal Council’s (BMC) negligence in keeping a check over cow menace in the area. Speaking to Herald, some shopkeepers from Bicholim market claimed that BMC never closes the gates of the market and cows enter the building during the night. “The gates are never closed during the night and this becomes a safe place for stray animals including cows, dogs and other animals, especially during heavy rains,” informed a shopkeeper. “In the morning, when we come we have to clean the entire area and drive them from the gates,” added the shopkeeper. It may be recalled that theses gates were erected some years ago, after similar problems were

nBMC never closes the gates of the market and cows enter the building during the night. -- Shopkeepers

encountered by shopkeepers in the area. “It is surprising that the BMC has no control over cow menace in Bicholim and the problem is serious, especially during market day,” said aggrieved shopkeeper. It may be noted that cows pose problem on the roads and even in the market. Recently, a rabies infested cow had injured about 15 persons in Bicholim on the market day, while earlier another cow died while giving birth to a calf on the road. The deputy collector when asked earlier had assured that he would look into the matter of cow menace, but nothing fruitful has come out.

from rains, like most others are forced to do,” he reasoned. “I had complained that structures continue to stand at Palolem and more importantly even electricity connection, supposed to be again a temporary connection is not disconnected,” Dinniz told Herald. He also informed that the concerned party has not removed the structures which were erected during last tourism season and even electricity connection is not disconnected. Dinniz other then submitting his complaint to the chief officer, CMC, Canacona has marked copies to the Electricity Department, Goa Tourism Development Corporation and Collector (South) praying for suitable action against the defaulting temporary license holders.

Rains wreak havoc in Bicholim HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, JULY 25

Strong winds and rain caused havoc in Bicholim taluka on Sunday with loss of property worth lakhs of rupees. According to Bicholim fire service, they attended over eight calls from different parts of the taluka. At about 1.20 pm, two Alto cars belonging to one Sanjiv Karapurkar from Sasthiwada-Bordem were totally damaged when a jackfruit tree fell on them. Two houses at Narve and Velgaum Pale were also damaged. At Narve, a house belonging to one Sunil Mandrekar was damaged when a tree fell on the house, while at Velgaum-Pale, a house belonging to Satyawan Haldankar was damaged. Several cases of tree falling were reported at Dhawaskarwada-Karapur, Mayem and other places. At Pale and Bordem-Bicholim, trees fell on electricity wires and disrupted electricity supply in the area.


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ShoRt takeS Malaria awareness held

CURCHOREM (HC): A malaria awareness programme was recently organised by NSS unit of Smt Chandrabhaga Tukoba Naik Higher Secondary School, Curchorem, Cacora Curchorem Municipal Council and upgraded Primary Health Centre Curchorem. The students from CTN Higher Secondary School took part in the rally, which was organized on the occasion. CCMC Chairperson Maruti Naik flagged off the rally near railway station and after covering major part of the town, the rally was concluded near Municipal Council building. The rally was addressed by Curchorem Health Centre Chief Medical Officer Dr Ganpati Kakodkar. He appealed to the students to take care of the surroundings, especially during monsoon so that malaria can be controlled. CCMC Chairperson Maruti Naik appealed to the students to help the municipal council while carrying out various awareness programme. The staff of Primary Health Centre and the municipal council were present for the rally. Shripad Modak compered the function, Principal Vaman Bhadri welcomed the gathering and expressed sincere thanks to the municipal council for supporting the activity.

Temple beautification work

Mayem MLA Anant Shet inaugurates the beautification project at Shyampurush temple at Sarvan-Bicholim. Photo by Vishant Vaze

MAYEM (HC): Mayem MLA Anant Shet has requested the people to maintain cleanliness in the Shyampurush temple and surrounding areas. He was addressing a gathering at the inaugural ceremony of the beautification work of Shyampurush temple at Sarvan Bicholim on Sunday. The beautification of the temple is being taken up at a cost of Rs10 lakh. Engineer S Y Naik, Rohidas Ghadi, Rama Kubal, Sanjay Narvekar, Ladko Kinalkar and others were present at the function.

Street children paid visit

PANJIM (HND): As part of community services banking activity, Shyamal Acharya, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, Mumbai local head office, visited Hamara School, school for street children, recently at St Inez and spent some time with them. He distributed sweets to the children. He also donated a cheque amount of Rs 1,42,683 favoring Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust. This assistance is towards meeting the cost of books, school uniforms, bags, rainwear and shoes of all the students. On this occasion, Acharya complimented the Trustees for the wonderful work carried out by them towards upliftment of the weaker section of the society and guiding them towards becoming responsible citizens.

Meritorious students feted

CANACONA (HC): The Canacona branch of State Bank of India (SBI) recently felicitated 11 meritorious students and a school from Canacona taluka at a function in St Tereza of Jesus high School, Chaudi. The honored students are from last year’s SSC, Higher secondary and college section, while the Government High School at Khola was felicitated for securing 100% results in SSC examinations during that year. Shri Mallikarjun College of Arts and Commerce, Canacona principal Dr Jagmohan Singh was the chief guest. In his speech, Dr Singh advised students to emulate the great leaders of yesteryears and of the present generation. “Hard work does pay, but at the same time also try to influence yourself with the extraordinary deed in your lives preceded by the likes of those great leaders,” Dr Singh said. The felicitated students are Sahil Dilkush Naik Dessai of Shri Katyani Baneshwar Vidyalaya, Kindlem for topping the taluka in the SSC exams last year, Swapnil Subhash Kalekar (X), Teja Molu Velip (XII-Com) and Kavita Khushali Namshikar (XII-com) for standing first in Canacona in the CBSE conducted examination answered through Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (Canacona). Arpan Warik (XII-Com) of S S Angle HS School, Maxem, Tereza Tina Fernandes (XII-Arts) ,Cherry Sonia A Pereira (XIISc),Venisha Fernandes XII (Vocation CGDM) and Prajoth Premanad Pagi XII (Voc-CRM) all of Govt Higher Secondary School, Mastimoll, Gaurav Satish Bhat (TYBA) and Arti Balkrishna Pagi (TYBCom) from Shri Mallikarjun College were also felicitated.

51st red ribbon club opened

PANJIM (HND): Deputy Director (Surveillance) Goa State Aids Control Society Dr Elmira Pereira inaugurated the NSS Unit and 51st Red Ribbon Club at Fr Agnel College of Arts, Commerce and BCA, Pilar recently. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Pereira enlightened the students on HIV/AIDS, prevention, care and support and treatment services provided by GSACS. She also interacted with the students and staff and replied to their queries. Jeunesse D Fernandes, Consultant - Youth Affairs spoke on the importance of RRC, role of students as RRC members and activities to be undertaken. Principal Fr Fredrick Rodrigues, NSS Program Officer Jayesh A Raut and Professor Anthony D’Souza were also present. During the function, a Konkani Book authored by Jayesh A Raut on Goan freedom struggle was released. The students of the institute performed various dance programmes including a special dance spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention.

Sattari locals demand IPPAI discusses globalisation, security and governance action against mining HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JULY 25

Residents of Ambeli-Sattari hand over memorandum to Sattari Mamlatdar Satish Dessai. Photo by Ashraf Khan HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, JULY 25

Residents of Ambeli-Sattari have demanded action against mining activities at Ambeli. In a memorandum submitted to Sattari Mamlatdar Satish Dessai on Tuesday, the residents have complained that the mining rejects dumped at open area have being washed away by rains and have entered their

GNA dismayed over delay in renewal of notaries’ licences HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JULY 25

Newly elected Goa Notaries Association (GNA) Chairman Adv S N N Karmali has expressed concern at the abnormal delay made by the Law Department in the matter of renewal of licenses of notaries. Karmali was recently addressing the legal fraternity during annual general body meeting of GNA at Club Tennis de Gaspar Dias, Miramar-Panjim, where he was elected GNA chairman. He called upon the law minister to take steps to ensure that renewal is granted before the expiry of license period. The GNA also resolved to hold an All India Notaries Convention in Goa soon to press its demand of revision of notaries fees, which were prescribed a year ago. Other officer bearers elected are Gopal V Tamba (secretary), Santosh Sawkar (vice chairman), Subhash Sawant (treasurer), Meera N Medhekar (Panjim), Ashok G Naik (Vasco), G V Khandeparkar (Ponda), T V Naik (Mapusa), A V Prabhudessai (Margao), Vithu Naik (Sanguem) and Prashant Rajadyaksha (Quepem) as members.

fields and destroyed crops. The mining rejects have also polluted the rivulet, which joins Madei River, in the village. Ambeli village, which comes under Khotodem Panchayat and known for agriculture activities, is under threat of water pollution and destruction of crops, claimed villagers. The villagers have requested

the concerned authority to take necessary action to save their crops from destruction and rivulet water from pollution. Copies of memorandum have also been submitted to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, health minister, opposition leader, Director of Mines, Khotode sarpanch, Valpoi police and zonal agriculture officer Valpoi.

Bicholim school students benefit from medical camp

A team of doctors treats students during a free medical camp at Bicholim. Photo by Vishant Vaze HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, JULY 25

About 680 students of Shri Shantadurga Higher Secondary School, Bicholim, availed benefit of the free medical camp, which was organised by Mineral Foundation of Goa on Friday. The medical camp was inaugurated by PTA President Narayan Mashelkar in the presence of Secretary Mahesh Sawaikar, Rupali Desai of MFG, Principal Gerald

Delanay and Sanjay Tendulkar. Dr Rajendra Sakhardande, Dr Dabhale, Dr Krishna Mahatme, Dr Munkekr, Dr N.R.Patil and Dr S V Angadi examined the patients. All the students were provided free medicines. Earlier, Delanay welcomed the gathering, Sanjay Tendulkar compered the function, while Sanjeev Assagaonkar proposed the vote of thanks.

Discussions on globalization, security and governance marked the penultimate day’s discussion at the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI) conference in Fort Aguada Beach Resort, Sinquerim. A session was held on the topic ‘Can Corporate India play a pivotal role in re-inventing Bharat and have we in India missed the infrastructure bus?’ Elaborating on the topic and the concept of India and Bharat, Piyush Pandey, executive chairman and creative director of Ogilvy & Mather, felt that the India-Bharat should not be an urban-rural divide. Sunil Alagh, chairman of SKA Advisors, opined that India is all about money and Bharat is all about votes, which should not be in their concept of re-inventing Bharat. Supporting the India-Bharat concept, Ela Bhatt, founder of

Piyush Pandey, executive chairman and creative director of Ogilvy & Mather, addressing the IPPAI conference in Sinquerim.

SEWA said: “Business of making a profit in itself is not bad. However, there should be plenty of space for competition and co-operation in a corporation. Bringing products to Bharat today has become fundamental to make profits. A Chain is as strong as its weakest link, for which Bharat needs to be equal to

sustain development,” said Bhatt. IPPAI Director General Harry Dhaul, CERC Chairman Dr Pramod Deo, NDTV Senior Anchor Siddharth V Patankar, author Gurcharan Das and SREI Infrastructure & Finance Chairman & MD Hemant Kanoria were the other speakers at the conference.

Uprooted trees disrupt traffic in Azzosim HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, JULY 25

Traffic along the Old Goa-Pilar highway was disrupted for over three hours on Friday evening, after two huge mango trees uprooted on the road in Azzosim. According to Old Goa Fire Station Officer Michael Braganza, two huge mango trees uprooted on the road, damaging electricity poles, besides causing problems to the traffic along the road. The officials rushed to the site and cleared the uprooted tree. The wires of the electricity poles were entangled into the uprooted tree, which were later removed and the road was cleared for traffic at about 6 pm.

A mango tree uprooted on the road at Azzosim, damaging electricity poles and wires. Photo by Kanzil Rodrigues

Schools for special children need help: Panjim Rotary president

Book on mando to be released HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JULY 25

Scholar, artist and musicologist Dr Jose Pereira's book 'Song of Goa' will be released at a special function in Hotel Mandovi on July 30. Dr Pereira has co-authored the book with the US-based priest-psychotherapist and musician Dr Antonio da Costa, and the late outstanding composer Michael Martins (1914-1999) of Orlim, who led film orchestras in Bombay and did pioneering work in compiling Konkani songs way back from 1954 onwards. The 497-page hardbound book is priced at Rs 450, and is co-published by the Saligaobased Goa, 1556 and Broadway Publishing House, an affiliate of Goa's largest bookstore. This book contains an exhaustive section on the lyrics, score and translation of Goan mandos

-- a dance-song that conveys the emotions of love, and more. The mando has also commented on contemporary events, mainly political: such as the treaty between Britain and Portugal, the Abkary Act, which gave Britain control over Goa (1878). This book by Pereira et al gives an overview of Goan song, and then goes on to de-

scribe the Mando, its romantic, political and social worlds. It includes an anthology of mandos -- covering some 180 pages. There is also a commentary spanning some seventy pages on the different types of mandos. Included in this book is a bibliography of Konkani spelling, and a guide to the rules of Saxtti (the Konkani spoken in the Salcete area) elision. There is a section focussing on the lives of three major composers, and some "lesser" ones. For the launch function, Dr Francisco Colaco of Margao will speak on the mando, while litterateur Dr Maria Aurora Couto will focus on the intellectual contribution of Dr Pereira, who is currently down in Goa. Curtorechim Sallkam, led by the redoubtable Victor da Costa, will perform at the function, to be held at 4.30 pm.

Rotary Club of Panjim Riviera members distributes uniforms to the students. HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, JULY 25

Rotary Club of Panjim Riviera President Nitin Kenkre has stressed the need to provide helping hand to the schools for special children. He was addressing the gathering while distributing uniforms to the students of special school run by Keshav Sewa Sadhana at Bicholim on Thursday. School Headmistress Ketki Khanolkar, Pratibha Kenkre, Pallavi Salgaonkar, Veronica Velho, Siddharth Zantye, Rajesh Salgaonkar, Mahesh Pai and Deepa Jambhle were present. On the occasion, 89 students were given uniforms by the guests. Earlier, Ketki Khanolkar welcomed the gathering, while students presented the welcome song and prayer.

Sanquelim college’s students’ council installed HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, JULY 25

The Students’ Council of Government College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Sanquelim, was recently installed, with Principal Dr B A Gomes administering the oath of office to the Council members. In his welcome address, Dr Gomes spoke of the College Students’ Council as a symbol of students’ empowerment and an extension of democracy. N B Bhat, Associate Professor in Physics who opted voluntary retirement after 22

years of service in the college, was given a warm farewell by the principal. Chief guest Dr R Hajirnis, Principal of MES College, Zuarinagar, cautioned the students against being too complacent and satisfied with just their college courses and degrees. He exhorted them to seriously consider adding value to their personality by equipping themselves with a wide variety of art and skills, while constantly trying to be innovative in their approach. Assistant Prof Avinash Patil,

convenor of Students’ Welfare Committee, introduced the members of the Students’ Welfare Committee. Other office bearers are Assistant Prof Nilesh Natekar, Assistant DrVaibhav Chindarkar, Assistant Prof Manda Parab and Assistant Prof Shilpa Satoskar (joint convenors), Bonita da Silva (general secretary), Sumedha Joshi (cultural secretary), Petrisan Andrade (sports secretary) and Sneha Gawas (ladies representative). Class Representatives are

Amol Vaze (TY BCom), Swati Morajkar (TYBA), Babaji Gaonkar (TY BSc), Adam Khan (SY BCom), Mahendra Vaze (SY BA), Anushka Balo (SY BSc), Jiby John (FY BCom), Shraddha Bhise(FY BA A), Ainal Shah (FY BA B) and Pronoy Baidya (FY BSc). Steffi Quintal compered the programme, while Sumedha Joshi proposed the vote of thanks. The programme ended with a musical entertainment programme by Petrisan Andrade, George Nandiyala and Group.

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uPCoMInG eVentS Retreats at Verna, Parra

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

Rangoli competition

VASCO (HR): All Goa Bhausaheb Bandodkar Janmashatabdi Samaroha Samiti (Mormugao Taluka) will organise Rangoli competition at Shri Maharudra Hanuman Sausthan Sabhagruha, New Vaddem, Vasco, on August 1 from 10 am to 12 pm. The competition consist of powder Rangoli depicting a portrait of late Dayanand Bandodkar of size one by one metre. The competition will be restricted to the residents of Mormugao taluka only and winners would be awarded with cash prize Rs 1,500 (first), Rs 1,000 (second) and Rs 750 (third). For further details, contact Liladhar Kumbharjuvekar on 9822347838 or Yogesh Shet on 9764385055.

Lokmanya Tilak punyatithi

PANJIM (HND): Lokmanya Tilak Punyatithi will be observed on August 1 in the New Secretariat, Porvorim. On the occasion, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will garland the portrait of late Lokmanya Tilak at 11 am. All the officers and staff members of the Secretariat are requested to attend the function and be present in the open space at New Secretariat, Porvorim at 10.50 am on August 1.

PoweR Shutdown JULY 26 MAPUSA: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Sattadhar Arcade Pedem, Pedem stadium, Kamat galaxy, Prudential paradise and surrounding areas. JULY 28 MAPUSA: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Hotel Preeti International, Kamarkazan and nearby surrounding areas. JULY 31 MAPUSA: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Mapusa Industrial Estate, Alto Duler and nearby surrounding areas.


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Hawk contract, cultural deal on anvil during UK PM’s India trip PTI LONDON, JULY 25

A 500 million-pound deal for BAE systems, Britain's biggest defence contractor, to supply Hawk jet trainers is expected to be among a string of highprofile contracts to be signed during Prime Minister David Cameron's two-day visit to India commencing on Wednesday. There is also likely to be a major cultural agreement involving museums, 'The Observer' reported today. Cameron is taking with him seven Cabinet ministers and a huge trade delegation, including representatives from BAE as well as from Rolls-Royce, Standard Chartered Bank, construction group Balfour Beatty and the British Museum. BAE has set up joint ventures with the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics in Bangalore. The Indian group makes BAE's Hawk trainer aircraft under licence. Dick Olver, BAE's Chairman, said British business needed to think about India becoming as important a trading partner as America. "We need to build a second special relationship." According to the Sunday Tele-

graph, BAE Systems will announce a 500 million-pound deal to build 57 Hawk trainer jets in collaboration with their Indian partners HAL near Bangalore, as a centrepiece of Cameron's visit. Cameron, who will first fly to Bangalore, the hub of "infotech" and innovation, will visit along with Business Secretary Vince Cable and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker the headquarters of Infosys, the cutting edge IT firm based in the city. Cameron is expected to make a keynote speech there calling for an "aspirational partnership" between Britain and India. George Osborne, the Chancellor of Exchequer, will visit Mumbai, the financial capital of India, while David Willetts, the Universities and Science Minister, will travel to Chennai to promote university tie-ups. Meanwhile, Jeremy Hunt, the Culture and Sport Secretary, will go to Delhi, which is hosting the Commonwealth Games in October. In Mumbai, Osborne will ring the bell to open the day's trading to the headquarters of top computer software companies.

On Thursday, Cameron will be accorded a ceremonial reception in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. Besides holding talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, Cameron is scheduled to meet Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Discussions about the growing threat of LeT, the Pakistanbased terrorist group behind the Mumbai attacks in 2008, will be on the agenda of meetings between British Foreign Secretary William Hague and India's security chiefs. Cameron and Singh will announce a new forum of top British and Indian chief executives to explore how to dismantle regulatory barriers to trade and make recommendations to their governments. "It will make a significant impact," Commerce Minister Anand Sharma told the Sunday Telegraph. "When the captains of Industry meet in an institutionalised forum, with the composition decided at the highest level, it's surely a major step forward. We have seen it can make a difference with the United States, Russia and France," he said.

People paying obense to their Guru's on the occassion of Guru Purnima in New Delhi on Sunday.

Congress launches padayatra against BJP govt in Karnataka PTI BANGALORE, JULY 25

Amid sounds of bugles, beating of dums, bursting of crackers and slogan chanting – "Bellary Bacchao and BJP Hatao" – opposition Congress on Sunday launched its campaign against two-year-old BJP government in Karnataka with its Bangalore to Bellary padayatra protesting against illegal mining and its administrative failures. Veteran Congress leaders K Sriramulu and K H Ranganath, putting aside their old-age and ill-health, inaugurated the 320km padayatra at the Freedom Park here in the presence of a well attended gathering of partymen. Sriramulu, who was a minister in the late D Devaraj Urs ministry and credited with launching a battle against hotel owners for charging higher rates for food items served to customers and fixed prices for every eatables, symbolically handed over a handful of soil to KPCC President R V Deshpande urging upon the party to save "Karnataka from

Water level rises in Ganga PTI GHAZIABAD, JULY 25

The water level of the Ganges in Bijnore district has increased in the last 24 hours and is flowing only six inches below the danger mark, officials said. The water level has increased due to the discharge of additional water from a barrage on the river. The danger mark is set at 193.8 metre from sea level and water in Ganga is now flowing at 193.2 metre, they added. The district administration has informed villagers that they will shifted from villages to safer places if water level crosses the danger mark. Flood water inundated the fields and the irrigation department is monitoring the situation, they said. Ghaziabad district magistrate Hredesh Kumar said the administration is keeping an eye over the rising water levels and flood relief materials have been put in place. Incessant rains have flooded many parts of Uttar Pradesh and the state government has released Rs 6 crore as relief for affected.

BJP rule". The ceremony was in tune with Congress's campaign "walk for saving the state". Former minister K H Ranganath handed over a sapling to opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah, who is leading the "oust BJP" agitation to take up the task for protecting resources of the state, in the backdrop of Congress stir accusing Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa government of its "failure" to check "loot of resources". The principle opposition party, to ensure that its movement against saffron party government enjoyed the support of cross section of people and shorn of political barriers, roped in freedom fighters like H S D o re s w a m y, J n a n a p e e t h a awardee U R Ananthamurthy, noted writer Baragur Ramachandrappa, B T Lalitha Naik, Prof Ravivarma Kumar and C S Dwarakanath, former chairman of Backward Classes Commission. Doreswamy and Anantmurthy slammed the BJP rule and Srira-

mulu charged the government of focussing its attention towards mobilising resources to fund elections. "The administration has gone astray. There is a need to bring it on track", Anantamurthy said. Senior Congres leader Oscar Fernandes said "the padayatra is meant to send message to the people about misrule of the BJP government". The Lokayukta probe had brought forward the issue of irregularity in mining and the Chief Minister himself has admitted to illegal mining in the state and demanded the government to act. Siddaramaiah charged that government betrayed people and allowed illegal mining and illegal export of iron ore. "Yeddyurappa himself conceeded that during his regime 1.5 crore tons of iron was illegally exported", he said, and declared the padayatra was not for "political gains, but to awaken the people about the misrule by BJP government, which should quit".

Kudankulam-I to start functioning by Dec PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

The much-delayed first unit of Kudankulam nuclear power plant, being built with Russian collaboration, will be operational by December, setting in motion the roadmap that the two countries are working on in the field of atomic energy cooperation. The two countries will discuss the next steps in the roadmap besides other issues when Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao travels to Moscow on August 2 for Foreign Office Consultations. Under the roadmap, a number of nuclear reactors would be set up by Russia in India, sources said here. Four of the reactors are envisaged to be established in Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu and one in Haripur in West Bengal, with scope for more in future. The 1000 MW Kudankulam-I will be commissioned by December, nearly three years after work began on it, the sources said. The plant will be made operational irrespective of whether

the proposed nuclear liability legislation is enacted. The liability bill, which provides for compensation in the event of an accident, has got caught into a controversy with several political parties demanding its redrafting. Russia, whose nuclear industry is state-controlled, is not too hung up on passage of the liability bill unlike the US which has insisted on such a law before its companies could start business in India. The second unit of Kudankulam power plant will be made operational within six months of commissioning of the Unit-I. The proposal to set up a Russian nuclear plant in Haripur is facing resistance from local people but the government is hopeful of convincing them about its utility and allay their apprehensions. During her visit, Rao will also discuss issues related to defence cooperation under which Russia is upgrading Sukhoi fighters. The two countries are also working to develop 5th generation stealth fighters.


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each one of us can be a real hero, writes PeteR FeRnandeS

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hy is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top brass making such a song and dance about the charge sheeting of Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)? That’s because he is no ordinary junior minister. In fact, Mr Shah is BJP big boss L K Advani's blue-eyed boy. He has been in charge of ensuring that Mr Advani gets elected to the Lok Sabha from the Gandhinagar constituency term after term. But that’s not the only reason. He also is a member of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's inner circle. One of those who helped Narendra Modi build his ‘iron man’ image after he became chief minister in 2001, Mr Shah has been handling the Gujarat Home Ministry independently (officially, the CM is Home Minister), and claims that thanks to his ironfisted stewardship, there have been no major bomb blasts or terrorist strikes in Gujarat (not entirely true). A consummate politician, he is known for an uncanny ability to read the voter's mind successfully. But, with the CBI filing its charge sheet against him, the 46-year-old wunderkind – who once won an election with the highest-ever margin in Gujarat – is in deep trouble, having resigned and, after initially hiding, been arrested and sent to jail yesterday. And though it is fairly obvious that the Congress government at the centre has given the CBI its blessing to go after him for mainly political reasons, the fact is that the mass of evidence collected by the agency can under no circumstances be dismissed as a frame-up. Though BJP leaders have publicly declared political war against the CBI's action in New Delhi – they boycotted the Prime Minister’s lunch on Friday in protest against the CBI summons to Mr Shah – privately, many of them admit that his goose seems to be cooked. The CBI chargesheet says the gangster Sohrabuddin was extorting money from owners of marble factories in Rajasthan, together with one Tulsi Prajapati. In 2004, Sohrabuddin threatened the owners of RK Marbles, who was extremely influential. The minister ordered the then Deputy Inspector General of Police D G Vanzara to kill Sohrabuddin. The story of how Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter in 2005, how his wife Kausarbi was killed by a lethal injection, her body burnt and the ashes scattered in the Narmada River, and how Tulsi Prajapati was killed later in a separate fake encounter, has been carefully investigated and documented not by the CBI, but by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed at the behest of the Supreme Court and headed by Gujarat cadre IPS officer Geeta Johri. The SIT report also says that Mr Shah brought pressure on the then Additional Director General of Police (Crime) G C Raigar, who directed SIT chief Ms Johri to suspend the inquiry and took away the papers under the guise of scrutiny. In sum, the CBI’s case is that Amit Shah ordered the killing of a gangster named Sohrabuddin, not because he was a terrorist or a threat to national security, but because the latter had tried to extort money from someone important to the minister. After the fake encounter killing, Mr Shah himself is alleged to have extorted money from two builders, to keep them out of the case. The CBI says it has meticulous telephone records, statements from the builders and other evidence to back its charges. So, the prognosis for one of Gujarat’s shining stars and Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s right hand man does not look at all good. He was the man most likely to have taken over as CM from Narendra Modi if the latter became prime minister. Now, he is in jail facing murder charges. What was that they said about those who live by the sword…?

Poor joke Floriano Lobo, Goa Su-Raj Party With due respect, Dr Oscar Rebello (‘Reworking the Script’, Herald, 23 July) is a novice on Goa’s politics. He should refrain from making an ‘apolitical joker’ of himself. If he wants a political ‘super script’, it is available in our party’s programme at www.goasu-raj.org. Goa Su-Raj is offended by his likening it to the BJP or UGDP. We do not associate with the likes of G7. In 2005, Goa Su-Raj forced the electoral process to go ahead in Taleigao. We did not allow the ‘King of Loan Sharks’ to become unopposed King of Taleigao and make a travesty of democracy. GSRP will never give an entry to this breed of politician. Ten solid years is proof enough. If Dr Oscar must poke fun at us, it is best he does his homework well.

Mouths of babes Geraldine Patel, Miramar My grandson was extremely upset when the CBI refused Gujarat Minister Amit Shah his demand for the list of questions they were going to ask him. He said if the minister had been given the questions, students in

n India, for the most part, an aura of awe surrounds Bollywood stars, as fans admire the reel heroes as real ones. Bollywood movies depict supermen and superwomen, with heroic stance and spirit, ultimately victorious over evil. Nevertheless, the injustice in our society, corruption in our government institution, violence on our streets, violation of human rights, unimaginable scale of poverty, illiteracy, and other social evils compel people to search for a champion to cleanse the system. It is an enormous, almost impossible task for one hero to accomplish. These movies entice us with an unrealistic utopia, but in a way they beckon us to challenge the status quo in society, and explore new horizons to create a better situation in our own small way. Everyone needs a hero in life to bring about a positive change. Ironically, most people seek, the hero they long for, outside their being, not realizing that the hero lies within oneself. In the recent past, Goa has become the laughing stock of our Nation, and the world at large. With each passing day, Goa and Goans seemingly enact a tragic scene for what could be a new Bollywood movie; and it is a movie without a hero. The irony of this enactment by our people is that it is tragic to our beloved State, but comical to the rest of the world. Even more heartbreaking is that nobody seems capable of deciphering the evil that has infected every strata of our society. This drama could be headed for a perfect melancholy, unless society is ready for true introspection and the transition back to the values that had sustained us for so long . The change will not come from outside, it should spring forth from within each citizen, to cause an unrelenting movement to fight the evil which has drained our society to its lowest ebb. Inner reflection should lead us to selflessness, and empty us of our greed, for greater good of the society. Should someone ask why we have no hero, I would truthfully say I do not have the correct answer, but intend to find one. I thought our police force might give us a good hero, since they are the protectors of the executive component of democracy. There are several instances wherein they have done good to the state by nabbing criminals near and far. However they are not consistent and upright always . More often than not, they act at the behest of the Home Minister

and other legislators, which is abysmal and disgraceful to our democracy. Not a single case involving “big brother” has had a logical conclusion. This attitude of our police force has triggered corruption and crime to a new level, resulting in a society where justice is unsustainable. The victims are yearning for justice, in vain. We elect our legislators to be that hero to purge the system of evil decay, and bring in a positive change for peaceful and prosperous dwelling. The unfortunate reality is that we are unsuccessful. With great caution, I could identify one or two, but most are unworthy of even a salute. Our legislators have betrayed the people, and are the true scoundrels in this “Live Bollywood Show.” The latest twist to this ongoing dismal production is the catch (not really - he handed himself over - fortunately or unfortunately police could not nab him) of Mickey Mouse, who hid himself in a hole for almost a month. To his disadvantage, Mickey Mouse had shown disregard to the public ethic and moral standard of society on several occasions. Guilty or not, time will tell. However, to be somewhat sympathetic, he was

Did you win a booker prize? No. Did you achieve success hitherto unimagined? No. Did you reach peaks unattained? No! Are you a great entrepreneur? Oh No! Yet you are high, high on life. Strange! ell, where does the “high” come from, I wonder! Some spunk or perkiness or even some perversity, always made you take the path less trodden. Youth makes you oh so reckless and sanguine! But the path less trodden, often comes up with curves and turns, you never imagined. It makes you go through such adversity, that you never dreamed of. You strive and strive, because you are in the midst of a journey from where there is no going back. YOU CHOSE IT! And now IT CHOOSES YOU! There is no way out. There is no turning back. You cannot let go. You cannot just give up. The ones looking up to you need you to walk ahead. Their journey started with yours and you need to bring it to a point where you enable them thus, such that their independent journey can begin. Along the way, you fought with many demons and now you realize it was only the society within you and its prescribed ideas

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Sub-standard buildings Marcos Alemao, Varca The Chief Minister’s statement that the new Collectorate building constructed in steelreinforced cement concrete will last only for 25 years (Herald, 18 July), is unbelievable. Buildings constructed during the Portuguese era with only bricks and ‘chunna’ stand erect after over 400 years. This proves that the government puts up bad buildings. The condition of the Collectorate building, constructed a few years back, is shaky. The building adjacent to Hospicio, constructed not many years back, has been repaired several times, whereas the old Hospicio hospital building still stands erect. Obviously, the material used is substandard, in order to loot public money.

Regional Plan? P L Fernandes, Old Goa We are eagerly waiting for the Regional Plan 2021 to know whether our observations and suggestions are taken into account.

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caught up in the web of nasty political power desperados. I say this because, when other legislators or their kin were involved in a crime, neither the police nor the political parties showed any such interest in bringing justice to the victims. Perhaps, we could find a hero in our NGOs. The NGOs mushroomed to redress the wrong in society, but evil continues to proliferate unbrokenly right under their noses. What can we gather from such an inference? Does it prove that NGOs are ineffective, and perhaps exist for their own gain? Even if one chooses to not notice, it is obvious that NGOs become quite visible and vocal when a big fish is caught in the net, but they brush aside what is politically insignificant. Like other institutions, the NGOs dance to the politicians’ tune, to gain mileage for their own selfish interest. Only when the NGOs truly and sincerely take up the cause of the voiceless, without succumbing to pressure from the ruthless politicians and lobbyists, will they have a chance to redeem themselves and be heroes for generations to come. At present, the NGOs are viewed with suspicion, and rightly so, for they have their own

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his school were thinking of hiring a lawyer to insist that the school also give them the question paper before the next exam!

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agenda to pursue. For a long time, the people of Goa lived as true heroes, but lost the intuition somewhere down the line. This is clearly reflected in the escalation of maladies in our society today. First and foremost, Goans failed because we place an unconditional trust on corrupt politicians, as we continue to vote them. Recently, a great number of people came out to support the beleaguered Tourism Minister; and in another instance, to support the Home Minister, and his son. Are we supporting truth and justice, or blindly digging our own graves? Are we so limited by our fears and doubts, that we fool ourselves by taking bribes and engaging in other illegal actions on behalf of our politicians, to live as their slaves? We have become so steeped in the crab mentality, which is causing a greater downfall. Most Goans fight among themselves over a small piece of land or property. Yet they allow outsiders to take advantage. There are a few noble souls, but as a society we live like villains. Each one is concerned about his/her own welfare, uncaring of their neighbours. At one time, such behaviour was unthinkable. For us to witness contentment over the downfall of our neighbour, rather than lending a helping hand, leads to our own defeat and disgrace. This is not “Goanness.” In what used to be a viable society, the hero has been lost! It is very unusual for a Bollywood movie to be produced without a hero. This is why Goa’s “live Bollywood show” is distasteful. The Bollywood movie heroes decipher the evil intentions of the villain and impede his scheme in time, to save society. How can we Goans allow this “live show” to continue without a hero who would pave the way to victory in our war against the rogues who decimate our society? A big question lingers! From where will a hero arise to transform the evil structure and its builders, which have created an inescapable web of seduction and deception in Goa? If we fully appreciate our true worth and the power given to us by our Creator to participate in building a just society, reversal and renewal is inevitable, with His help. Let us rid ourselves of selfishness and greed, and be filled with honour and the courage to embrace benevolence and charity. Know for sure, Eternal Paradise will be our reward. Each one of us will be a hero!

that you were wrestling with. Often, you tried to walk on a herd journey, of looking for material success and social validation and obsessive compulsive habits. You wanted to belong and be a part of all the rest. And now you realize that the journey was your borrowed journey. It wasn’t your journey at all. So you embark on your own. Right or wrong, it is just your own. You have nothing to boast of but a childhood dream realized, and a youthful passion satisfied. Not many people you know would dare even half as much! On the way, you learnt many a thing and suffered many a travail. That opened your eyes a little more to others and their suffering. Now you value empathy more than success. You value strength more than achievements. You value people who touched your heart more than the expectations fulfilled. You can do only so much for them and they can do only so much for you! The rest has to come from within. So you reach this stage when you have climbed uphill, amidst a road of thorns and pebbles, slipping and unsure, and suddenly you reach a clearing, from where you can see horizons flooding your skies, limitless and infinite. The valley lies before you and shows you that point from where you had begun and you realize

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Goans are totally disgusted at the witch-hunting of the Torrado family, especially when they need to tide over grief and loss. Teacher Sonia is adorable, effective and friendly. Her son is an MBA gold medalist. The dailies have been stifling the ‘vox populi’ until recently. The NCP leadership, too, maintained a stoic silence for long. Why are the police pursuing this one case with such vigour and vengeance? Many sensational cases of murder, suicide, corruption, sex, drugs and dacoities are crying for justice, but are not being followed-up enthusiastically. Nobody holds any brief for Mickky. Extra-marital relationships are characteristic of the rich and powerful – even Hillary Clinton has had to face them. Mickky has only himself to blame for evading arrest, but public memory is short, and Mickky will bounce back. Meanwhile, the biggest beneficiaries of this drama are the manufacturers of Ratol, who are smiling at all the free publicity.

Vendetta Augusto Monteiro, Loutolim I do not know Mickky Pacheco personally, but I am told that as a person, he was gentle, caring and helpful to the needy. What happened between Nadia and Mickky is of no concern to the public. It was with consent of Nadia and her elders, who benefited from association with Mickky. What surprises me is the intense efforts by the police to implicate Mickky; to convert a suicide into a murder. Surprisingly, a greater crime – the infamous drugs nexus with the police and politicians – is pushed under the doormat. To those who are scripting this political vendetta, I need to ask – have you never sinned?

Tiatr trauma Caetano Mascarenhas, Raia I was appalled to learn from an advertise-

how far you have really travelled and how difficult the path has been. You take a deep breath and then exhale. You have arrived! Well, as little or as much one can! And now there is repose like the calm unruffled waters of a deep river, not so much from without, as from within. You made the choices you wanted to. They define you as you are today. And look, you have come through it all! Stronger? Perhaps. Wiser? Maybe. Humble? Definitely. You love the people around you; you have a measure of worldly success. But you no longer need any of those to complete you now. You are within yourself, a whole. And you are high on life. You have no more agonizing goals. You realize your life was a goal in itself. That you lived it the way you wanted, was in itself a joy, however big or small that might seem to others. You do not look for reasons anymore to be high on life. You do not look for social validation. You create your own path and you walk as strongly as you can on it. That you survived it all and can still laugh and smile and be joyous and lose yourself here and there, every now and then, and celebrate every new morning, is reason enough to be high on life!

Letters to the Editor

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When the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) and village groups questioned the delay, the excuse was shortage of qualified personnel. When Town and Country Planning is a portfolio in the hands of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, we expect it will get priority, to avoid people coming out on the streets. We are eager to know whether the muchpublicised participatory process has worked.

By Sajla Chawla

ment (Herald, 18 July) that a tiatrist intends to stage a tiatr under the name ‘Nadia’, presumably about the unnatural death of young Nadia Torrado. It is public knowledge that the tragic death is being investigated by the police, who have so far arrested two individuals. Since the death is the subject-matter of a criminal investigation, how can the concerned authorities permit this issue to become a matter of public entertainment? It not only infringes on the privacy of the deceased Nadia Torrado and her family, but could influence an ongoing police investigation. The tiatrists should avoid putting up stage performances commenting on events relating to the death of Nadia Torrado till the conclusion of the criminal process.

Stop stale fish Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco St Cruz Congress MLA Victoria Fernandes has raised a valid point about stale fish being sold in the Panjim Municipal Market. Actually, this problem is all over the state. Putrid and rotten fish, often unfit for human consumption, is sold at the Vasco fish market, that too at an exorbitant price. This happens more during the monsoon, when fish is in short supply. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) should keep a close watch on the sale of

stale fish in the market. Fish is a perishable commodity, and it should have a prescribed time limit for its sale. Keeping it in ice does not prevent its decomposition; regular checks and confiscation of stale fish is the only solution. The FDA should act in the same way it moved against the sale of artificially ripened fruits.

Joaquim at sea Melson F M Louis, Margao It is ridiculous that Fisheries Minister Joaquim Alemao has served a 15-day deadline on fishing boat owners to give consent for the proposed fishmeal plant project at Cutbona jetty (‘Joaquim serves ultimatum over fish plant’, Herald, 17 July). Or, he says, the plant will be shifted to North Goa. The proposed fish meal project site is under the Village Panchayat of Velim. Boat owners have got no authority to give consent for the project. Neither can the Fisheries Minister impose the project against the wishes of the villagers. Fisheries Minister Joaquim Alemao is aware that the Velim village panchayat and Gram Sabha are completely opposed to the proposed project, which requires 1.20 lakh sq metres of precious ‘khazan’ farming land.

Myth and reality Arwin Mesquita, Abu Dhabi Michael D’Souza’s letter (‘Golden Goa Myth’, Herald, 16 July) lacks the correct perspective. Migrant Goans in other parts of India and other countries, even along with migrants from other areas, are not large enough to change the local state or country’s identity, culture or language. We all appreciate that migration happens, but this should not be to the destruction of the adopted state or country’s own identity. Goans migrated overseas have quickly integrated into the local identities, culture and languages. Is this happening in Goa today, or is it vice versa? Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

Paths of Wisdom Mathru bhakti must precede Îshwara bhakti Revere your parents, especially the mother. There was once a place, which was hit by a hurricane so wild that all the houses were razed to the ground, and people had nothing to eat and nowhere to lay their heads. Among the worst hit were a mother and her two sons. The elder bow was a gem of virtue; he felt responsible for the safety and care of the family; he loved his mother, and sought to win her love and blessings, more than anything else. The mother with the younger child was going out begging and keeping alive on the little they could get from the famine-stricken land. Soon, she found that she was too weak even to walk a few steps and so, the elder son had to go begging, all alone, to feed the family. He said, falling at her feet, he would do what she was doing and collect food for all. He wanted that she should not over-exert, and worsen her health. How could three live on mere handfuls? The son too was rendered weak. With faint voice and fainter steps, he moved towards a zamindar’s [house and called out for a morsel. The lady of the house called him in and led him to a plate whereon she served some food. But he tottered into an upright position, and fell plump on the floor. The zamindar came running into the room and placed her ear near the dying boy’s mouth, so that she could catch the last words that emerged from his lips. He was saying: ‘No, no! First she must be given food. My turn comes next‘. You may be able to pay back any debt; but, the debt you owe your mother, you never can repay. Those who claim to be devotees of God must have this credential; they must revere the mother! (Source : Chinna Katha)

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empers run high in gatherings and meetings held at different places at Kakumoddi, Tilamol and Curchorem due to wild fluctuations in road widening from 6-lane to 4lane road. It is a violent swinging from 65 metres to 45 metres may be even reduced to 35 metres and even to 30 metres depending on the voice of the people. The viewpoints at the meetings were many. Speakers said that widening of road from Tilamol to Curchorem is government’s devilish plan because it will ground to dust the nest of hundreds of people who have built it with their hard earned money. They ask, “Why the road can’t be twisted and turned to find a bypass on the periphery of this place instead of widening it in thickly populated area by destroying houses? Aggrieved people said the existing road is sufficient for normal traffic and wondered for whose benefit the government was widening the road by spending crores of public money. Some one said, “It is evident that the present widening is done to enable the mining lobby to transport ore. Despite people clamouring for a by-pass road for mining activity, the politicians kept on giving assurances of its construction. But till date, nothing has been done about it. Really, falsehood is easily discovered.” The politicians do not have the interest of the people at heart. They are not concerned that green fields disappear and houses are demolished and people thrown out on the street; they are not worried that our forests are raped and hills are flattened due to illegal mining; they are not disturbed that mine dust flies in the air and settles in our lungs bringing us closer to death, prematurely. Never trust politicians. They go on giving false promises. Their attitude is to get rich and to hell with honesty and old values. Some who attended the meeting sounded a note of whip at election time, “If politicians play with the sentiments of the people, then they would teach the politicians a lesson of the consequences in the coming assembly elections.” There was an inaudible repartee to this: “Politicians do not care for our Goan votes who grunt... no, no, no –squeak like pigs. They have their own vote bank made up of outside-ghantis and inside-stooges. Every time we have the same old corrupt politicians because political parties are interested in winning. So, they give election tickets to the same characters who they think are certain to win the election with -ghantis and stooges.” Some villagers warned that if their demands are not met by the elected representatives, they would knock the doors of the court. A villager joked: “Even if the people go to Court to stop the wide, wild widening of road, politicians look at justice as a woman with a pair of scales in her hands where there is enough room for cheating because there is a blindfold over her eyes.” Stooges of government say, “The persons whose houses are destroyed will get compensation. Aggrieved people say, “It will be so meagre that they will not be able to build similar shelter with the compensated money. They will not be able to live even like earthworms under the stone. They ask, “Should Tilamolkars and Curchoremcars whose houses are destroyed abandon their ancestors land and live in flats in cities? Is the government’s intention somewhat like Marie Antotoinette of France who said, “No bread, eat cake”?” People who had invested all their savings in the construction of a bungalow, now the government will ruin their life by throwing many families on the street.” The government expects the people to take things lying down. Not to question the wide, wild widening of the road, but to sing the song “Que Sera Sera - what ever will be, will be.” Government wants a community to be Rip Van winkle clones and go to sleep. It appears that the land acquisition plan of the government is heading for roadblock. If the administration marched forth with brute force to execute their devilish plan, people will defy it with people’s might to set things right. It would be like ‘The Farmer And The Cranes’ in Aesop’s fable. When the cranes made their feeding ground on the newly sown wheat plough land, the farmer tried to drive them by brandishing an empty sling but when the birds did not move; the farmer charged his sling with stones and killed a great number of birds who at once abandoned his plough-land. Really, when words suffice not, blows must follow. Samson had the power on his hair; the resident affected by the axe of NHA has the power in their unity. Really men, like nails, lose usefulness when they lose their direction and begin to bend. The NHA force of the government is a persecuting force. The affecting person’s force is a crying force. I must say that any force which is continuous force will be the winning force. Observation tells us that the continuous force of a crying child gets the milk.

Deepika in lip-lock with Neil Agencies MUMBAI, JULY 25

This is funny. Neil Nitin Mukesh had to kiss Deepika Padukone on screen for their forthcoming film L afange Parindey and the actor reportedly got cold feet. Not because he’s a virgin screenkisser and, well, Deepika has the experience of kissing Saif Ali Khan before camera for Love Aaj Kal... but, apparently, because Neil’s had a no-kiss policy in all his films so far. His first director Sriram Raghavan had thrown a fit when Neil refused to kiss Rimi Sen. In his second film, Tera Kya Hoga Johnny, director Sudhir Mishra insisted Neil kiss Shahana Goswami. But the actor refused. Even in Jail where there was a love-making scene with Mughda Godse, Neil refused to kiss the sultry actress. But Lafange Parindey director Pradeep Sarkar pulled the plug on Neil’s chastity vow. A source from the set said it was a long, torrid smooch comparable in intensity and duration to the Aamir Khan-Karisma Kapoor kiss in Raja Hindustani. And Neil was nervous! To be kissing the lovely Deepika!

PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

BJP on Sunday accused the CBI of working in a partisan manner by targeting Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, where it has governments, and ignoring the Andhra Pradesh angle in the Sohrabuddin case as the Congress is in power in that state. "Sohrabuddin Sheikh was a terrorist from whose premises in Indore nearly 300 AK47s were recovered. He used to operate an inter-state gang. "Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are under CBI radar but the Andhra Pradesh angle (in the fake encounter case) is not being investigated at all as Congress is in power there," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told PTI. The Rajya Sabha MP was confident that Gujarat Minister Amit Shah, arrested today by CBI in the case, would come out clean, claiming that the case against him was weak. "Amit Shah has already resigned and will go through the process of law. But BJP's al-

legation of gross misuse of CBI by the government is too well-known," Prasad said. "The entire case against Shah is based upon sweeping investigations by CBI without any legally sustainable evidence. This motivated investigation would boomerang on the Congress," Prasad said. The CBI case against Shah is based on phone intercepts, which is not admissible as evidence in a court of law, BJP sources claimed. Among the senior policemen arrested in the case include IPS officers from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh cadre. Meanwhile, Union Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday said the Congress has nothing to do with the CBI naming former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah as an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. "Congress has not made Shah an accused, it is the CBI which has chargsheeted the former Gujarat minister. CBI has made Shah an accused so he should follow the legal course and tell the court whatever he has

to say," Sibal told reporters. 46-year-old Shah, has been slapped charges of murder and kidnapping in the fake encounter killing of alleged gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi in 2005, He resigned as Gujarat Home Minister yesterday. On BJP giving clean chit to Shah, the HRD Minister said every leader in the party was doing so. "But the issue is whether the court would give him a clean chit," he said. On BJP's allegation that chargesheet against Shah was already prepared, Sibal said "We are in the government, but we don’t know anything about it. They (BJP) are outside the government and must be knowing more than us," he quipped. "If Shah wants he should challenge the case against him in the court, if he wants he can apply for an anticipatory bail for the second time. It's upto him," he added. "I dont want to indulge into this. CBI is the agency which issued summons, filed the chargesheet and made Shah an accused," Sibal said.

Speculation rife over Uma’s return to BJP PTI BHOPAL, JULY 25

Several months after she quit t h e p re s i d e n t s h i p o f h e r Bharatiya Janashakti Party, speculation is rife about the possible re t u r n o f f o r m e r M a d h y a Pradesh Chief minister, Uma Bharti to the BJP. The BJP central parliamentary board which met recently in New Delhi was expected to firm up the decision to bring back Bharti into the party but nothing of that sort happened. It was expected that after the party's decision to take back Jaswant Singh, it would be just a matter of time before Bharti was also taken back into it. Following this, the Madhya Pradesh BJP president, Prabhat Jha said that a decision on Bharti's return to the party would not be taken at least for some time now. Jha has gone on record as saying that there was no proposal before the party's state unit to bring back Bharti to it. He has also been maintaining that the BJP state unit has nothing to do with the return of Bharti and says that a decision on this will be taken only by the party's central leadership. Right now, no one can say when she may come back to the party, but in case she does a homecoming, she will have to answer a lot of uncomfortable questions.

She has said numerous times that come what may she will never return to the BJP and that the party had become a closed chapter for her. BJP leaders in Madhya Pradesh appear to be totally averse to the idea of Bharti's returning to the party as they fear it may change power equations in the State. Still, there are some leaders including a few ministers who till recently were talking of Bharti returning to the BJP. Their statements reached such a point that the party's central leadership had to advice them not to speak to the media on Bharti's issue. It was under Bharti's leadership that the BJP had won the December 2003 assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh after 10 years of Congress rule with Digvijay Singh as Chief Minister. After those elections, she resigned within eight months thinking that she can become the Chief Minister when she wished to do so. But that never happened and she was expelled twice from BJP, first when she dared L K Advani to take action against her and the second time after Shivraj Singh Chouhan became Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister against her wishes. If Bharti returns to the BJP, she would not be the first politician to come to a party after severing ties with it.

Advani slams govt’s Pak policy PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

Pharmacists shout slogans as policemen use force to disperse them as they stage a protest against Cabinet Minister, Punjab, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura during a protest in Amritsar, on Sunday. The protesters demanded a revision in their pay-scales besides other demands.

16 pro-Marathi activists get conditional bail in Belgaum

Mishra takes over as Hubli DRM

HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, JULY 25

The Third District Additional Sessions Court in Belgaum has granted conditional bail to 16 pro-Marathi activists, including former MES ML As Manohar Kinekar, Digambar Patil and former mayor Vijay More, who were arrested in connection with violence that broke out in the district following a pro-Marathi rally in the city on July 12. All the released activists will have to be present at the Market Police Station, Belgaum, on the first and 15th of every month for inquiry over the cases registered against them. They also have been ordered to cooperate in the process of investigations and should not attempt to destroy evidences against them. According to the police, the Marathi activists not only indulged in violence acts at the DC office premises during the rally, but also tore a hoisted Kannada flag at the premises and raised an MES flag.

Praveen Kumar Mishra

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Praveen Kumar Mishra has taken over as Divisional Railway Manager, Hubli Division. DRM Mishra has taken charge from Adesh Sharma, who has been transferred to South Central Railway, Secunderabad. DRM Mishra was Chief Engineer (Construction), Western Railway, Mumbai. He was instrumental for commissioning of 157 kms Latur-Kurdwad Gauge Conversion of Central Railway for passenger traffic and was in-charge for Ratlam-Khandwa Gauge Conversion and Dahod-Indore New Broad Gauge line projects on

Western Railway. He comes from Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) of 1981 batch. After graduating in engineering in 1981, he has done his MBA (Post Graduate Diploma in Public Management and Policy) with specialization in Infrastructure and Finance and Public Enterprises Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. He has also studied Transformational Leadership, Negotiations and Project Management in H John III Heinz School of Public Management and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, USA. DRM Praveen Kumar Mishra has worked in various capacities such as chief engineer (construction), Central Railway, chief bridge engineer, North Central Railway, Divisional Superintending Engineer (Co-ordination) of Allahabad Division, Deputy Chief Engineer (Track Machines) and Deputy Chief Engineer (Concrete Sleeper Plants) in Northern Railway. He is an active sportsman and continues to take keen interest in Sports.

After Bihar, rice husk power to light up TN, Bengal villages PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

Three years after lighting up electricity deprived remote villages in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh with power harnessed through rice husk, the team behind the venture is now looking at a similar task in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu as well. Beginning with Tamkuha, in Bihar's West Champaran district where villagers stopped travelling kilometres to the nearest city to charge their mobile phones, the 'Husk Power System' designed by NRI entrepreneur Gyanesh Pandey has gone on to dispel darkness in over 125 villages since 2007. "The conventional technologies and grids had failed to deliver for the pervasive energy starvation in the country and I wanted to find an environment-friendly non-conventional source and low cost of energy," Pandey told PTI. A native of Bihar's Baithania village, Pandey chucked a promising career in the semiconductor industry in the US to return to do good in India. The engineering and graduate management along with friends Ratnesh Yadav, Manoj Sinha and Charles W Ransler started the husk power system company aimed at bringing power to empower the rural population. Assisted by S K Singh, a scientist in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Pandey's team re-

jigged the decades-old technology of biomass gasification deployed by rice millers in Bihar to power their mills using rice husk, perhaps the only bio-waste in the lives of rural folk. "The process is called gasification, where the husk is burnt in controlled conditions to produce a combustible mixture of gases (smoke). This gas is filtered and fed into an engine that drives an alternator to produce power," says Pandey. The idea was not only to provide electricity but also to provide it at a rate lower than the cost of the current alternative significantly keeping a unit profitable enough to ensure its long term functioning. "The baseline price is Rs 80 per month for two CFLs + mobile charging (approx 50W) per month. Users get discount as they purchase more than 100 W. The baseline price is less than the fixed charges levied by the state grid (Rs 250 in Patna). The idea is to slash the cost of the alternative by atleast half," says Ratnesh. Remoteness of the locations required that the operations be carried out as much as possible by the locals and that demanded the entire model to be simple enough in execution. The mantra was to keep it cheap and simple, and after many trials, a near optimal model took shape. Around 200 locals run the operations today.

Rains lash Konkan, train passengers shifted to safety PTI

MUMBAI, JULY 25 Heavy rainfall in coastal Konkan region for the last two days has disrupted road and rail traffic, with officials shifting 1,500 stranded train passengers to safety in Ratnagiri district on Sunday. The passengers were on board the Madhusagar Express, which was stranded near Nivsar in Ratnagiri district after a portion of the railway track caved in last night.

Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday slammed the Government's Pakistan policy, claiming that it was completely alienated from public opinion of the day. "Presently, New Delhi's Pakistan Policy is really in a shambles," the former Deputy Prime Minister wrote on his blog and pointed out that a vital touchstone for judging the government's handling of foreign affairs has been approach to its western neighbour. Advani said the prime purpose of India's Pakistan policy must be to force "this neighbour of ours to abandon terrorism" and recalled the "uncompromising" stand of the BJP-led gove r n m e n t o n c ro s s - b o rd e r terrorism that had forced then Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf to return "emptyhanded" from the Agra Summit in July 2001. "Starting with the Prime Minister's blunder at Sharm-elSheikh when he announced delinking the issue of Indo-Pak dialogue from the issue of Pakistan's cross-border terrorism, to the External Affairs Minister's recent performance in Pakistan, never before has India's Pakistan policy been so completely alienated from public opinion as it

is today," he wrote. Advani expressed surprise at External Affairs Minister S M Krishna ignoring his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi's attempts at bracketing Home Secretary G K Pillai with Jamaat ud-Dawa Hafeez Saeed. The BJP leader wrote that his surprise turned to outrage with Krishna's public "admonition" of Pillai's remarks on the eve of the meeting outlining ISI's role in the Mumbai terror attacks. "... our own minister added injury to the Pakistani insult by publicly admonishing Pillai not for any fault of his but for the signal service he had rendered the country by exposing the ISI's role in the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai," Advani wrote.


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Aussie election focuses on immigration cuts lREUTERS CANBERRA, JULY 25

Both sides of Australian politics committed to cut immigration numbers today, angering busi-

ness, as the campaign for the August 21 election enters its second week. Opposition leader Tony Abbott promised to curb the im-

migration intake from 300,000 people a year last year to around 170,000 a year, and to ensure population growth slows to around 1.4 per cent from more than 2.0 per cent. ''What we would do is manage the programme to bring it down to what we think are sustainable long-term numbers,'' Abbott told reporters today. But the government hit back and said the immigration intake was already falling to around 230,000 people this year, due to a crackdown on student and temporary work visas, and would fall further to around 145,000 people by 2012. ''All that he has done is look at the projection for the follow-

ing year, claimed that it is his own policy and thought he could get away with fooling the Australian people,'' Population Minister Tony Burke told reporters. Australia is going through an immigration boom as it seeks skilled workers and in a tight labour market, and former prime minister Kevin Rudd had championed population growth from about 22 million to 36 million by 2050. But the move had upset many people in crowded outer suburbs around the biggest cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, where government services are struggling to keep up with growth and where housing is becoming less affordable.

Turkey to abide by Iran sanctions AGENCIES ISTANBUL, JULY 25

Turkey will abide by the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran if they are binding, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said here Sunday. Davutoglu made the statement shortly after a meeting with his Brazilian and Iranian counterparts Celso Amorim and Manouchehr Mottaki in Istanbul. The Turkish foreign minister said Turkey would make all contributions to talks between Iran and EU on Iran's nuclear issue. He suggested Istanbul as a venue for the negotiation to resolve controversies over Iran's nuclear program through diplomacy. Davutoglu said what they were doing was laying the groundwork for talks between Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. He said that Turkey was trying to help launch international talks as soon as possible. "If there is a problem, parties must discuss it," he said. In May, Turkey and Brazil signed a uranium swap deal with Iran under which Iran committed to give 1,200 kg of low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20-percent enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.


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34 killed, 28 missing after China floods AGENCIES BEIJING, JULY 25

The US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington leaves for joint naval and air drills with South Korea at a naval port in Busan. AGENCIES SEOUL, JULY 25

The United States and South Korea on Sunday kicked off their largest joint war game in years, with a nuclear-powered American aircraft carrier prowling off the east coast of South Korea while North Korea threatened to retaliate with its nuclear weapons and reportedly put its military on an alert for war. Rising tensions demonstrated how tenuous peace remained on the divided peninsula after the Korean War was temporarily halted in a ceasefire between the US-led United Nations forces and the communist troops from

North Korea and China 57 years ago on Tuesday. The current spate of tension was sparked when a South Korean warship was blown up in March, killing 46 sailors. A team of investigators from South Korea, the United States and other countries that joined the UN forces during the war determined in May that North Korea torpedoed the ship. Sweden, which did not join combats of the war, participated in the part of the investigation that concluded that the torpedo was "manufactured by North Korea," but not in the intelligence analysis that determined

that the torpedo was fired by a North Koran submarine. North Korea has called the investigation a "fake." China, a North Korean ally in the war, also rejected it. Meanwhile, the United States and South Korea announced new sanctions against North Korea last week when their foreign and defence ministers travelled together to the inter-Korean border in a symbolic gesture of confronting the North. On Sunday, in a show of their combined military power, a fleet of U.S. and South Korean naval ships and submarines sailed into waters off the east

coast of South Korea, led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, one of the biggest ships in the US Navy. Japan, a historical rival of the two Koreas but an ally of South Korea and the United States in their confrontation with North Korea, dispatched military observers in the fourday exercise. The drills mobilized 20 ships, 8,000 troops from both allies and an unusually large number of warplanes: more than 200 aircraft, including the F-22 Raptor fighter, which joins an exercise in South Korea for the first time.

Putin promises bright life to Russian spies PTI MOSCOW, JULY 25

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a former KGB sleuth himself has promised "bright life" to 10 Russian spies exchanged with the US, including 'hot spy' Anna Chapman, and even sang patriotic songs with them. Putin blamed 'betrayal' as the cause of busting Russian spy ring in the US and pledged to provide 'decent' jobs to the failed spies swapped under a deal between the two countries.

"I am sure they will work in decent places, I am sure they will have an interesting and bright life," Putin told reporters during his visit to Ukraine. Putin, himself a former KGB spy in East Germany, for the first time disclosed to his pool reporters that he had met with the 10 deported agents including 'hot' spy Anna Chapman and sang 'patriotic songs' with them, NTV reported. "We talked about life. We sang but not with a karaoke box. We

sang to live music and we sang 'Where the Motherland Begins' and other such songs," Putin said replying to journalists yesterday. Putin declared that he knew all the betrayers by name and any further action against them was the matter for the secret services, which 'live under their own laws'. "This was a result of betrayal. They (traitors) always end up in a gutter, taking to drink or drugs," he said.

Obviously on the basis of his own personal experience as KGB agent in Germany he said the life of a spy was very tough. "Imagine - they have to master a foreign language as your own mother tongue, think and speak in it, fulfil tasks in the interests of their motherland for many years without counting on diplomatic immunity," Putin said in his televised comments. He confirmed that the agents cover had been blown as a result of treachery.

At least 34 people have died and 28 others have been declared missing after floods and landslides caused by the torrential rains over the past two days ravaged parts of western and central China. More than 12,400 people have been evacuated from the area. According to Xinhua, the National Metrological Center has said the torrential rains would continue to pound China's central and southwest regions on Sunday. Water levels on the upper reaches of the nation's longest river 'Yangtze' are at their highest since 1987 and water levels on its middle and lower reaches are above warning levels for the first time since 2003. Meanwhile, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has ordered local authorities to prepare for "more serious floods and disasters", as some major rivers saw water rising above their warning levels.

The world's largest and smelliest plant, Lois the corpse flower, came in bloom Saturday in the US fourth largest city, attracting thousands of curious Houstonians a day. Now nearly six feet (1.8288 meters) tall, the flower, technically known as the Amorphophallus titanium plant, was the second corpse flower that ever bloomed in Texas and the 29th corpse flower that did so in the United States, said the Houston Museum of Nature Science, owner of the plant. The flower, nicknamed Lois after a staffer's mother, has been in the museum for six years, since the museum paid 75 dol-

lars for a tuber from a US nursery, said Nancy Greig, director of Cockrell Butterfly Centre of the Museum. The plant is so special because it's totally unpredictable, said Greig. No one knows what triggers a corpse flower to bloom and no one knows when it will bloom in its about forty years of lifetime, she said. The museum had predicated that Lois would bloom two weeks ago. The line to see the flower was out the door Friday morning, once word got out that it would bloom soon. The flower gives off smell like decomposed animals to attract insects, Greig said. It can be in bloom for a few days, but may not bloom for years --if ever.

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Brazil, speaking Sunday ahead of a trilateral meeting with their Iranian counterpart, said they still believe in the nuclear swap deal signed between the three countries in May. Turkey and Brazil mediated and persuaded Iran during a meeting in Tehran in May to store 1,200 kilograms of its low enriched uranium in Turkey until the fuel for Tehran's research reactor is delivered. The Tehran agreement was, however, rejected by world powers as insufficient. The United Nations Security Council then imposed a new resolution and fresh sanctions on Iran last month in response to its nuclear program, which the West believes is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. However, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday said he believes the swap deal could still be useful as a diplomatic tool. "The Tehran agreement has created a frame-

work," he said during a press conference with Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim. "This is a facilitating instrument for increasing confidence building measures." Davutoglu and Amorim met prior to a scheduled luncheon with their Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki. "We will always encourage Iran to take a flexible position. I think that's in their interest," Amorim said. "But I think that other countries should act accordingly." "We believe Iran should be able to pursue a peaceful nuclear program, but also give the world assurances that it has no military component." Amorim is in Turkey as part of a Middle East tour that will also take him to Israel and Syria. Turkish officials said the meeting with Mottaki was added at the last minute at the request of Tehran. The meeting comes one day before European Union foreign ministers reportedly plan to approve the "toughest ever" sanc-

Israel on Sunday dismissed moves by the UN Human Rights Council to open its own probe into a deadly raid on a Gazabound aid flotilla, saying the panel was biased. "This panel of experts is not intending to look for the truth but to satisfy the non-democratic countries which control the Human Rights Council, who have an automatic anti-Israeli majority," a senior Israeli official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity. His remarks came two days after the UN body named a panel of experts to investigate whether the commando operation, in which nine Turkish activists were shot dead, breached international law. Although Israel has yet to respond officially to the council's request for cooperation, the government was widely expected to refuse to have any-

AGENCIES NEW YORK, JULY 25

The devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to cause a whopping 17,000 job losses in the nearby coastal states, impacting employment in the fishing and aquaculture industries, a report said. The BP oil spill, which happened in April, had resulted in thousands of barrels of oil spilling into the sea, affecting marine life. "Though the full environmental and economic consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak will not be known for some time... nearly USD 1.2 billion in output and 17,000 jobs will be lost in the Gulf Coast states by the end of this year," global financial services group Moody's has said. The report was prepared by Moody's Analytics Inc, which deals with economic research and analysis. "Of the five states affected, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, the two

hardest hit are Louisiana, with its heavy dependence on fishing, aquaculture and oil extraction, and Florida, with its tourist industry," the report noted. Following the disaster, which claimed 11 lives, US President Barack Obama imposed a sixmonth moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling. The move, affecting about 33 rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, could impact hundreds of jobs in the region. The report noted there would be long-term environmental and economic problems resulting from the oil spill, which may affect the economic outlook for the Gulf Coast or the nation. "Some of the most likely involve higher industry costs, through insurance premiums and stricter federal oversight, which may deter future oil drilling in the Gulf," it added. Earlier this month, BP had succeeded in plugging the oil leak. It has, so far, shelled out nearly $4 billion towards clean-up efforts.

Russia donates 2,805 tons of wheat to WFP AGENCIES ADDIS ABABA, JULY 25

Visitors line up at the Houston Museum of Natural Science to catch a glimpse, and a whiff, of the rare Corpse Flower, which emits a carrion-like stench when it blooms to attract pollinating insects.

Turkey, Brazil FMs: Iran nuke agreement still alive AGENCIES ANKARA, JULY 25

AFP JERUSALEM, JULY 25

US oil spill may claim 17,000 jobs

World’s smelliest plant blooms AGENCIES HOUSTON, JULY 25

Israel slams UN rights council’s flotilla probe

tions against Iran during a meeting in Brussels. Davutoglu also said that Iran had expressed willingness to hold talks with the European Union about its nuclear program after the end of the month of Ramadan in early September. Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign affairs chief, wrote to Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili last month inviting him to resume negotiations. "Mottaki confirmed that he was in favor of the meeting after Ramadan. Obviously that depends on the flow of developments, but nobody is against holding the meeting in principle," Davutoglu said. He was referring to comments made by Mottaki before his latest visit to Turkey. The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan ends in the first half of September. "As soon as possible we are trying to start negotiations again between Iran and P5+1 and we will also do our best in order to start the technical negotiations as soon as possible," the Turkish foreign minister added.

4 militants killed in US drone attack AFP ISLAMABAD, JULY 25

At least four people were killed and five others injured in a US drone attack launched Sunday in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of South Waziristan, according to local media reports. At about noon time, a US drone reportedly fired four missiles at a house in the area of Shaktoi in South Waziristan, a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, which is believed to be a stronghold of the Taliban militants. The house targeted is believed to be one of the residences of the deceased Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsood who was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in August 2009. A vehicle parking near the house was also reportedly blown up by the missiles fired by the US drone, said local sources. Sunday's strike is the second of its kind in the past two days. On early Saturday morning, a US drone fired five missiles at a suspected militant hideout in South Waziristan, killing at least 16 militants and injuring many.

Russia donated on Saturday 2, 805 metric tons of wheat to World Food Program (WFP) Ethiopia. Alexandr Letoshnev, Charge d' Affaires of the Russian Embassy in Addis Ababa, said the Russian government commended Ethiopia's success in the agriculture sector. He said his country will remain a development partner of the country. The people and government of Russian will assist the development activities in Ethiopia, Alexander said. Lynne Miller, WFP Ethiopia deputy country director, thanked Russia for its generosity and said the number of people affected by the drought is dwindling.

Mexico police find 51 in mass grave REUTERS MONTERREY, MEXICO, JULY 25

Police have unearthed at least 51 bodies in a mass grave outside Mexico's business capital Monterrey since Thursday, a grisly sign of the escalating drug violence in the northern city, authorities said. Acting on a tip from an informant yesterday, investigators have been digging up a rural area 12 miles east of Monterrey, uncovering dozens of corpses, some burned beyond recognition, others with bullet wounds, said the governor of Nuevo Leon state, where Monterrey is located. “(Investigators) believe these could be people related to organized crime, a product of war between these cartels,” Governor Rodrigo Medina told reporters. “This is the level of violence we expect when these groups clash.” Many of the victims found in the mass grave were believed to have died as recently as two weeks ago, police said. Wealthy Monterrey, whose residents earn on average twice

as much as other Mexicans, was until recently an oasis of relative tranquillity amid the drug violence that has gripped northern Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an army-led crackdown on drug cartels after taking office in late 2006. But the modern, highrise city is no longer immune. Cartels have dumped their victims in streets, staged brazen kidnappings and even blocked off major roads to thwart the police. Drug-related violence has killed more than 25,000 people th ro u gh o u t Mexic o sin c e Calderon launched his campaign, sending a chill through northern Mexico and alarming the United States, which worries the mayhem could spill across the border. Financial markets, which in the past have not viewed the violence as a major risk, are now paying closer attention. The assassination of the frontrunner for governor just days before state elections earlier this month prompted a sell-off in the peso.

thing to do with it. An official statement is expected out later this week. Speaking to Israel HaYom newspaper, a senior official from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said there was no chance Israel would cooperate with such a "biased" investigation. "It is clear that this is a biased committee with a biased mandate, which was established by a council that deals with Israel in a tendentious and truly obsessive way," he told the paper, which is considered close to Netanyahu. However, the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot daily reported that Israel was likely to agree to cooperate with the work of another UN committee examining the raid, an international panel proposed by UN chief Ban Ki-moon which will include both Turkish and Israeli participation. Although the committee has

not yet been set up, Israel has been in consultations with Ban over its composition, the paper said. In return for its cooperation, Israel has asked that the committee begin its work only after the Jewish state has completed its own internal probe, and that the panel's findings take precedence over all other international probes into the raid, the paper said. Israel has consistently rejected calls for an international independent investigation into the raid and instead launched two internal inquiries. Troops involved in the raid say they resorted to lethal force only after being attacked when they rappelled from helicopters onto the deck of the Turkish passenger ferry Mavi Marmara in international waters. But the activists who were on the ship say the naval commandos opened fire as soon as they boarded.

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Heramb dental lab in Goa PANJIM (HBD) -- Heramb Dental Lab has recently installed a Ceramill CAD/CAM system from Amanngirrbach, Austria in its spacious premises at Caranzalem. Narendra Azgaonkar The system has the capacity to carry out in-house production of artificial teeth made of Zirconium oxide which has high degree of bio-compatibility, impressive aesthetics and longevity. This latest digital technological advancement in dentistry will offer quick and affordable solution to patients seeking replacement of missing teeth and restorations of damaged teeth. Dentists from different parts of Goa were introduced to the latest and advanced Austrian based technology in dentistry which is based on Computer Aided Designing (CAD) and Computer Aided Machining (CAM). The applications of the new technology was introduced by Dr Suresh Mishram & Dr Aquaviva Fernandes. Prof Dr Suresh Mishram, ex-Dean of Govt Dental College, Mumbai, presented the problems that arise due to metal ceramic crowns. He stressed the latest metal free (CAD CAM) crown have many advantages and should be given as first choice to the patient. The uses and many advantages of the new technology was substantiated by Dr Aquaviva Fernandes, professor dental college.

PTI NAGPUR, JULY 25

Wardha Congress MP Datta Meghe and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda have asked the Income Tax department to make sincere efforts to earn the confidence of tax payers in the country. On the occasion of 150 years celebrations of I-T department here, Meghe said, "Though the direct tax collection was going up every year, there were still many eligible persons who are out of the I-T gambit and needs to be brought in." Darda in his speech said there is a greater need to change the outlook of the department towards the tax payers. "Tax payers should be treated with more friendly manner. Computerisation of the entire process should reduce the grievances of the tax payers," he said. It was high time that the litigations be discouraged and powers be delegated to appealing authorities. GDP and tax collection ratio were not matching and more revenue and more payers should be brought in to the net, he said. Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, M D Kabra, Vidarbha region and Director General of National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT), G G Shukla were also present on the occasion. "From a humble beginning of Rs 57,000 crore at the time of independence, direct tax collection has now gone up to Rs four lakh crore," Kabra said.

Mutual Fund Scheme Name A

Key to abbreviations: R Price: Repurchase Price; S Price: Sale Price; (D): Dividend; (G): Growth NAVs (Rs)

A

AIG India Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) India Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) Infrastructure and Economic Reform - Regular (D) Infrastructure and Economic Reform - Regular (G) Axis Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Tax Saver Fund (D) Tax Saver Fund (G)

12.22 12.22 9.41 9.41 10.95 10.95 11.63 11.64

B

Baroda Pioneer ELSS 96 25.58 Growth Fund (D) 29.05 Growth Fund (G) 51.57 Infrastructure Fund (D) 10.10 Infrastructure Fund (G) 10.10 Bharti AXA Equity Fund - Eco Plan (Bonus) 17.85 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (D) 12.56 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (G) 17.85 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (QD) 13.72 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 17.77 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.52 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 17.77 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (QD) 13.66 Focused Infrastructure Fund (D) 10.63 Focused Infrastructure Fund (G) 10.63 Focused Infrastructure Fund (QD) 10.63 Tax Advantage Fund - Eco Plan (D) 12.51 Tax Advantage Fund - Eco Plan (G) 22.99 Tax Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.49 Tax Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) 22.92 Birla Sun Life Advantage Fund (D) 93.90 Advantage Fund (G) 160.45 Basic Industries Fund (D) 28.79 Basic Industries Fund (G) 104.37 Buy India Fund (D) 25.61 Buy India Fund (G) 42.18 Commodity Equities - Global Agri - Retail Plan (D) 14.01 Commodity Equities - Global Agri - Retail Plan (G) 14.01 Commodity Equities - Global Commodity - RP (D) 11.79 Commodity Equities - Global Commodity - RP (G) 11.79 Commodity Equities - Global Metals Plan -RP (D) 12.40 Commodity Equities - Global Metals Plan -RP (G) 12.40 Dividend Yield Plus (D) 14.78 Dividend Yield Plus (G) 82.68 Equity Fund (D) 75.31 Equity Fund (G) 267.80 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 22.94 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 85.09 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan B (D) 12.86 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan B (G) 12.86 India GenNext Fund (D) 14.03 India GenNext Fund (G) 23.13 India Opportunities Fund - Plan A (D) 19.71 India Opportunities Fund - Plan B (G) 54.12 India Reforms Fund (D) 10.46 India Reforms Fund (G) 10.46 Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (D) 13.08 Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (G) 17.81 Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (D) 12.78 Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (G) 13.31 International Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 8.44 International Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 8.44 International Equity Fund - Plan B (D) 9.14 International Equity Fund - Plan B (G) 9.14 Long Term Advantage Fund (D) 13.10 Long Term Advantage Fund (G) 14.18 Long Term Advantage Fund - Series 1(D) 12.75 Long Term Advantage Fund - Series 1(G) 12.75 Midcap Fund - Plan A (D) 24.76 Midcap Fund - Plan A (G) 112.02 Midcap Fund - Plan B (D) 14.14 Midcap Fund - Plan B (G) 14.14 MNC Fund (D) 86.16 MNC Fund (G) 200.22 New Millennium (D) 13.75 New Millennium (G) 19.80 Pure Value Fund (D) 16.26 Pure Value Fund (G) 17.35 Special Situations Fund (D) 10.15 Special Situations Fund (G) 10.15 Tax Plan (D) 46.44 Tax Plan (G) 13.24 Tax Relief 96 (D) 86.66 Tax Relief 96 (G) 11.69 Top 100 Fund (D) 15.00 Top 100 Fund (G) 21.60

C

Canara Robeco Emerging Equities (Bonus) Emerging Equities (D) Emerging Equities (G) Equity Diversified (Bonus) Equity Diversified (D) Equity Diversified (G) Equity Tax Saver (D)

18.79 15.49 22.45 24.51 24.47 53.80 20.95

Equity Tax Saver (G) F.O.R.C.E Fund - Retail Plan (D) F.O.R.C.E Fund - Retail Plan (G) Infrastructure (D) Infrastructure (G) Multicap (D) Multicap (G) DWS Alpha Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Alpha Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) Alpha Equity Fund - Wealth Plan (D) Alpha Equity Fund - Wealth Plan (G) Investment Opportunity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Investment Opportunity Fund - Regular Plan (G) Investment Opportunity Fund - Wealth Plan (D) Investment Opportunity Fund - Wealth Plan (G) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G) DSP BlackRock Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) Focus 25 Fund (D) Focus 25 Fund (G) India T.I.G.E.R. Fund - Regular Plan (D) India T.I.G.E.R. Fund - Regular Plan (G) Micro Cap Fund - Regular Plan (G) Natural Resources and New Energy - Regular (D) Natural Resources and New Energy - Regular (G) Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (D) Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (G) Small and Mid Cap Fund (D) Small and Mid Cap Fund (G) Tax Saver Fund (D) Tax Saver Fund (G) Technology.Com - Regular Plan (D) Technology.Com - Regular Plan (G) Top 100 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Top 100 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G)

25.44 12.94 12.94 18.09 22.71 14.29 15.40 16.73 76.86 13.38 16.01 26.49 38.23 13.24 17.31 13.06 13.97 50.49 15.97 10.45 10.45 19.75 48.45 16.51 13.93 13.93 29.44 84.46 15.92 17.36 12.78 17.16 24.46 33.49 21.45 95.43

E

Edelweiss Absolute Return Equity Fund (D) Absolute Return Equity Fund (G) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund -A (D) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund -A (G) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund -B (D) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund -B (G) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund -C (D) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund -C (G) ELSS Fund (D) ELSS Fund (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan A (D) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan A (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - plan B (D) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan B (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan C (D) Escorts Growth Plan (D) Growth Plan (G) High Yield Equity Plan (Bonus) High Yield Equity Plan (D) High Yield Equity Plan (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Leading Sectors Fund (D) Leading Sectors Fund (G) Power and Energy Fund (D) Power and Energy Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G)

10.90 10.90 13.77 13.78 13.82 13.82 13.86 13.86 19.13 19.13 11.26 12.35 12.27 12.27 10.93 12.91 78.03 13.70 12.04 13.67 9.06 9.06 11.44 11.44 14.42 17.98 11.88 50.63

F

Fidelity Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) India Growth Fund (D) India Growth Fund (G) India Special Situations Fund (D) India Special Situations Fund (G) India Value Fund (D) India Value Fund (G) International Opportunities Fund (D) International Opportunities Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund (D) Tax Advantage Fund (G) Fortis China-India Fund (D) China-India Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Future Leaders Fund (D) Future Leaders Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Sustainable Development Fund (D) Sustainable Development Fund (G) Tax Advantage Plan (ELSS) (D) Tax Advantage Plan (ELSS) (G) Franklin Asian Equity Fund (D) Asian Equity Fund (G) Build India Fund (D) Build India Fund (G)

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21.64 34.20 11.83 11.83 16.38 18.07 11.09 11.09 12.92 12.92 19.03 21.20 8.81 8.81 12.02 17.29 11.02 32.59 9.55 9.59 9.95 19.12 11.57 12.70 11.05 13.87 10.32 10.32 12.39 12.39

FMCG Fund (D) FMCG Fund (G) India Bluechip Fund (D) India Bluechip Fund (G) India Flexi Cap Fund (D) India Flexi Cap Fund (G) India High Growth Companies Fund (D) India High Growth Companies Fund (G) India Opportunities Fund (D) India Opportunities Fund (G) India Prima Fund (D) India Prima Fund (G) India Prima Plus Fund (D) India Prima Plus Fund (G) India Smaller Companies Fund (D) India Smaller Companies Fund (G) India Tax Shield (D) India Tax Shield (G) Infotech Fund (D) Infotech Fund (G) Pharma Fund (D) Pharma Fund (G) Templeton India Equity Income Fund (D) Templeton India Equity Income Fund (G) Templeton India Growth Fund (D) Templeton India Growth Fund (G)

39.52 62.96 40.54 202.52 15.73 31.07 12.64 12.64 14.72 30.64 43.04 276.22 28.00 208.58 13.39 14.46 32.19 195.81 19.79 58.16 30.92 58.42 14.61 18.81 54.62 116.11

H

HDFC Capital Builder Fund (D) Capital Builder Fund (G) Core & Satellite Fund (D) Core & Satellite Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Long Term Advantage Fund (D) Long Term Advantage Fund (G) Long Term Equity Fund (D) Long Term Equity Fund (G) Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund (D) Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund (G) Premier Multi-Cap Fund (D) Premier Multi-Cap Fund (G) Tax Saver (D) Tax Saver (G) Top 200 Fund (D) Top 200 Fund (G) HSBC Dynamic Fund (D) Dynamic Fund (G) Emerging Markets Fund (D) Emerging Markets Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) India Opportunities Fund (D) India Opportunities Fund (G) Midcap Equity Fund (D) Midcap Equity Fund (G) Progressive Themes Fund (D) Progressive Themes Fund (G) Tax Saver Equity Fund (D) Tax Saver Equity Fund (G) Unique Opportunities Fund (D) Unique Opportunities Fund (G)

25.82 106.59 22.32 39.26 48.29 262.77 32.48 82.95 12.21 12.21 38.19 130.47 12.81 15.49 14.89 14.89 16.15 28.49 63.41 225.70 47.30 200.11 9.90 9.90 9.31 9.31 27.01 100.07 16.67 33.44 14.42 23.50 11.65 13.69 13.47 14.60 10.69 10.69

I

ICICI Pru Banking & Financial Services Fund - Retail (D) Banking & Financial Services Fund - Retail (G) Discovery Fund (D) Discovery Fund (G) Dynamic Plan (D) Dynamic Plan (G) Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (D) Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (G) Equity Opportunities Fund (D) Equity Opportunities Fund (G) FMCG Fund (D) FMCG Fund (G) Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (D) Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (G) Fusion Fund (D) Fusion Fund (G) Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (D) Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (G) Growth Plan (D) Growth Plan (G) Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) Power (D) Power (G) Services Industries Fund (D) Services Industries Fund (G) Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (D) Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G) Technology Fund (D) Technology Fund (G) R.I.G.H.T. Fund (D) R.I.G.H.T. Fund (G) IDFC Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (G)

16.95 16.95 20.49 47.27 19.15 101.62 17.33 34.81 12.07 12.94 35.26 61.65 15.16 15.16 13.76 14.60 12.59 12.59 18.51 129.33 10.09 10.09 12.66 30.17 17.19 109.74 13.00 17.28 13.40 13.40 20.32 136.27 15.98 15.98 11.77 11.77 14.96 20.68

Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (G) India GDP Growth Fund (D) India GDP Growth Fund (G) Premier Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Premier Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Small & Midcap Equity Fund (D) Small & Midcap Equity Fund (G) Strategic Sector (50-50) Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Strategic Sector (50-50) Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund (G) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (G) ING C.U.B. Fund (Bonus) C.U.B. Fund (D) C.U.B. Fund (G) Contra Fund (B) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Core Equity Fund (D) Core Equity Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Domestic Opportunities Fund (D) Domestic Opportunities Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan A (D) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan A (G) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan B (G) OptiMix Retireinvest Fund - Series I (D) OptiMix Retireinvest Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saving Fund (Bonus) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G)

12.69 15.47 15.49 18.74 13.87 16.06 25.44 31.39 14.90 18.05 13.81 13.96 15.58 19.45 14.44 14.44 17.57 12.82 17.56 16.35 13.95 16.35 19.59 37.02 20.61 22.67 13.98 37.01 17.20 21.65 10.87 10.87 11.08 12.42 12.42 28.85 14.21 28.81

J

JM Agri & Infra Fund (D) Agri & Infra Fund (G) Basic Fund (D) Basic Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Emerging Leaders Fund (D) Emerging Leaders Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Financial Services Sector Fund (D) Financial Services Sector Fund (G) HI FI Fund (D) HI FI Fund (G) Large Cap Fund (D) Large Cap Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Multi Strategy Fund (D) Multi Strategy Fund (G) Small & Mid-Cap Fund - Regular Plan (D) Small & Mid-Cap Fund - Regular Plan (G) Tax Gain Fund (D) Tax Gain Fund (G) Telecom Sector Fund (D) Telecom Sector Fund (G) JP Morgan India Tax Advantage Fund (D) India Tax Advantage Fund (G) India Equity Fund (D) India Equity Fund (G) India Smaller Companies Fund (D) India Smaller Companies Fund (G)

3.04 3.04 12.76 18.28 5.91 5.91 8.67 8.65 15.10 37.09 9.95 9.95 5.95 5.95 13.81 18.78 18.59 27.14 14.18 15.25 6.27 6.27 7.54 7.54 8.29 8.29 14.31 17.67 11.90 12.82 7.69 7.69

K

Kotak 30 (D) 30 (G) Contra (D) Contra (G) Emerging Equity Scheme (D) Emerging Equity Scheme (G) Global Emerging Market Fund (D) Global Emerging Market Fund (G) Indo World Infrastructure Fund (D) Indo World Infrastructure Fund (G) Lifestyle Fund (D) Lifestyle Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Select Focus Fund (D) Select Focus Fund (G) Tax Saver (D) Tax Saver (G)

31.81 100.85 19.25 21.99 12.29 12.29 9.12 9.12 7.37 7.37 11.44 13.20 17.75 25.52 14.72 45.48 11.47 11.47 11.15 18.21

L

L&T Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Global Advantage Fund (D) Global Advantage Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Hedged Equity Fund (D) Hedged Equity Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D)

10.48 10.48 7.35 10.59 17.66 37.39 9.66 13.61 7.89

Infrastructure Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Multi-Cap Fund (D) Multi-Cap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund - Series I (D) Tax Advantage Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saver Fund (D) Tax Saver Fund (G) LIC Infrastructure Fund Series 1 (D) Infrastructure Fund Series 1 (G) MF Equity Fund (D) MF Equity Fund (G) MF Growth Fund (D) MF Growth Fund (G) MF India Vision Fund (D) MF India Vision Fund (G) MF Opportunities Fund (D) MF Opportunities Fund (G) MF Tax Plan (D) MF Tax Plan (G) MF Top 100 Fund (D) MF Top 100 Fund (G)

7.89 23.18 40.17 15.03 18.86 19.41 44.32 6.03 6.03 15.80 21.50 14.71 15.84 9.67 9.67 10.30 26.13 11.29 12.72 9.00 9.00 10.40 18.28 10.29 28.74 8.30 8.30

M

Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund (D) Emerging Bluechip Fund (G) Global Commodity Stock Fund - Regular Plan (D) Global Commodity Stock Fund - Regular Plan (G) India Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (D) India Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (G) Morgan Stanley A.C.E. Fund (Across Capitalisations Equity) (D) A.C.E. Fund (Across Capitalisations Equity) (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G)

10.30 10.30 11.28 11.28 14.38 15.50 14.72 14.72 20.11 61.72

P

Principal Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Emerging Bluechip Fund (D) Emerging Bluechip Fund (G) Global Opportunities Fund (D) Global Opportunities Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Large Cap Fund (D) Large Cap Fund (G) Personal Tax Saver Fund PNB Long Term Equity Fund - 3 Yrs - Series 1 (D) PNB Long Term Equity Fund - 3 Yrs - Series 1 (G) PNB Long Term Equity Fund - 3 Yrs - Series II (D) PNB Long Term Equity Fund - 3 Yrs - Series II (G) Resurgent India Equity Fund (D) Resurgent India Equity Fund (G) Services Industries Fund (D) Services Industries Fund (G) Tax Savings Fund

16.74 22.68 24.77 31.30 16.24 16.24 24.01 52.99 19.05 27.81 96.61 11.77 11.77 11.96 11.96 12.85 90.47 12.81 14.45 76.68

Q

Quantum Long-Term Equity Fund (D) Long-Term Equity Fund (G) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G)

R

21.10 20.93 20.90 20.91

Reliance Banking Fund (Bonus) 93.32 Banking Fund (D) 37.24 Banking Fund (G) 93.32 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail (Bonus) 83.84 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (D) 49.49 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (G) 83.84 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (B) 12.57 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.57 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) 12.57 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 15.15 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 15.15 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 15.15 Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (D) 14.72 Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (G) 14.72 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 34.69 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (D) 24.50 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (G) 34.69 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 78.00 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (D) 57.64 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (G) 470.21 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 11.68 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.68 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) 11.68 Long Term Equity Fund (D) 15.77 Long Term Equity Fund (G) 15.77 Media & Entertainment Fund (Bonus) 28.43 Media & Entertainment Fund (D) 20.44 Media & Entertainment Fund (G) 28.43 Natural Resources Fund (Bonus) 9.95 Natural Resources Fund (D) 9.95 Natural Resources Fund (G) 9.95 NRI Equity Fund (Bonus) 38.24 NRI Equity Fund (D) 22.75 NRI Equity Fund (G) 38.24

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18.41 29.09 29.97 79.94 12.65 17.31 13.11 17.85 30.97 16.58 30.97 30.97 13.66 13.66 12.33 12.33 11.30 11.30 16.38 36.73 21.48 21.48 20.76 20.76 12.72 14.59 10.49 10.48 16.28 24.11 26.55 57.86 17.14 38.64 31.88 42.25 27.42 30.73 54.97 21.20 18.16 23.67 13.90 18.30 59.18 83.36 28.63 28.52 34.10 41.26 41.30 60.59 11.22 11.22 10.08 10.08 11.12 11.12 13.66 25.93 11.40 13.97 14.76 18.57 12.08 90.44 12.43

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14.41 15.44 14.83 16.85 22.43 31.51 13.70 14.76 22.25 81.40 46.45 40.71 41.16 11.33 11.33 12.13 12.13 40.62 17.88 44.69 22.96 34.87 17.46 17.46 35.97 67.55 15.49 18.04 36.77 97.73 45.42 63.31 19.94 24.85 15.59 15.59 44.49 41.83 41.56 15.91 15.90 23.20 17.40 23.21 14.64 14.60 38.59 54.82 20.40 34.42

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IPOs: SEBI mulls separate days for retail investors PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

In what could be a major overhaul of the way public offers are conducted, market regulator SEBI is mulling over a possible demarcation of days to be given to retail and institutional investors for submitting their bids. As part of efforts to attract more retail investors to the stock market, SEBI is considering a proposal wherein the institutional investors would be first asked to submit their bids, possibly in the first two days, and then the remaining two days would be open only for retail investors, provided the IPO is open for four days. The move is being considered because retail investors have been traditionally following the cues from the demand generated among the large institutional investors and put in their bids on the last day, but in the recent IPOs the institutional investors have also been seen waiting till the last mo-

Goenka plans expansion PTI MUMBAI, JULY 25

Betting big upon the rising demand for branded diamond jewellery, Mumbai-based Goenka Diamond and Jewels plans to scale up its operations and has earmarked an investment of upto Rs 100 crore to fuel its growth. As part of the expansion plan, the company plans to open 19 more outlets pan-India over the next 18 months, taking the total number of outlets to 24, GDJ's Managing Director, Navneet Goenka, said. "We are looking at opening 19 more stores over the next 18 months with an investment of Rs 100 crore. Of this 17 will be G Wild and two will be Ceres stores," GDJ's managing director, Navneet Goenka, said. On the back of expansion plans, the company aims to grow at 25 per cent annually atleast in the next five years. "We expect a 25 per cent top-line growth this fiscal, at par with the industry standards. The bottomline is expected to grow by nine per cent to around Rs 60 crore," Goenka said.

ment. This has led to a large chunk of retail investors missing on the opportunity to invest in the IPOs where institutional investors have come in during the last hours, a senior official at a leading merchant bank said. The banker said such problems have been aggravated in the recent months as investors have not been able to reap any big returns and have in fact lost money in some IPOs, thus making them hesitant to put in their bids in the initial days. SEBI believes, the banker noted, that the response has been even more worrisome from retail investors and while most of the recent IPOs have managed to get handsome bids from institutional investors, that is not the case for small retail investors. The proposal of earmarking separate days -- first few for institutional and last few for the retail investors -- is currently being discussed by the SEBI''s

Primary Market Advisory Committee as part of its efforts to revive retail investors'' interest in the public offers. Among other steps, the Committee is also considering making the IPOs a simpler investment process. Besides regulation and development of the primary market, this committee also advises SEBI on changes required to make the systems and procedures simpler and transparent. The primary market used to be retail investors'' favourite investment avenue and an entry point for many of them till a few years ago, but their interest has been dwindling of late. This was reflected even in the recent offers from some public-sector firms, which have traditionally enjoyed a sound and safe investment image among public investors. Sources said the government has also been asking SEBI to revive public investors'' interest in primary market.

PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

Mutual fund houses are strongly resisting a proposal from market regulator SEBI for treating small investors at par with large institutional ones in terms of various charges, such as exit-loads, with the argument that retail investors are costlier to service. The Securities and Exchange Board of India, in its latest communication to about three-dozen fund houses operating in the country, has suggested that they charge equal exit-loads, which are the fees that investors are asked to pay when redeeming their mutual fund investments, from both retail and institutional investors. Generally, retail investors are asked to pay about one per cent of their investment value as exit-load, while there is no charge for large investors, where the fund value runs into crores of rupees. These charges are informed to investors at the time of making their investments. In some cases, the fund

houses also waive such charges at their own discretion for large institutional clients. As part of its attempt to make MF investments more attractive for retail investors, SEBI now wants them to be treated at par with large investors, a top official at a leading fund house said, adding that the move also holds significance because of the continuing exodus of investors during the past few months, especially from equityfocused funds. However, the fund houses are not in favour of such a move as they feel that servicing retail investors is much costlier for them and the margins are also less and hence, the charges can not be lowered, another senior industry official said. At the same time, the fund houses do not want to lose large institutional clients by increasing the charges for them, the official said. Most of the fund houses have communicated their stand to SEBI and have asked industry body AMFI to take up the matter with the regulator, he

added. The official also added that abolishing of entry load late last year has anyway not helped in bringing in more retail investors to the market and the decision in fact backfired, with distributors shunning this business. A move to lower or abolish exit load was not advisable in the interest of the industry, he said. After three months of continuous exodus, the industry could check the outflow of investors only last month and that too, because of debt schemes, where retail investors participate in limited numbers and which are mostly bought by large institutional investors. According to data available with AMFI, the total number of MF folios or accounts stood at nearly 4.79 crore at the end of June, up 21,350 from a month ago. The debt schemes recorded an increase of 1.90 lakh folios during the month, while the number of equity scheme accounts fell by nearly 1.4 lakh -making it the fourth straight month of decline.

Samsung looks to consolidate PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

Aiming to strengthen its foothold in the domestic television market, consumer durables major Samsung today said that it will double its market share this year by selling 1.2 million units of flat panels. "Our panel business is the major growth driver and we are looking at almost 1.2 million panel business this year. We will be almost doubling the market share this year to nearly 40 per cent," Samsung India Electronics Deputy Managing Director Ravinder Zutshi

said. He said the market size for such products is estimated to be around 3 million units annually. "We are currently the market leader in flat panel TVs in India, and have been consistently so in the past two years," Zutshi said. Samsung''s nearest competitor is Sony, followed by LG, in the flat panel television segment. The company aims to sell 2,00,000 units of LED TVs and 30,000 units of 3D TVs during this year. The company is present in tconsumer electronics, IT and mobile handset space.

Let your party take off - in a plane AGENCY NEW DELHI, JULY 25

You can party on terra firma and still fly high - in a stationary aircraft! And you can do so right here in Delhi or, for a more exotic experience, head for Neemrana in Rajasthan. One venue is the sprawling green campus of the School of Aeronautics in Neemrana in Alwar district that has two fully furnished planes. 'We have two fully furnished real 52-seater F-27 Fokker aircraft on the ground with classy interiors in Neemrana to make every party a memorable one, be it a birthday party, corporate party or a wedding event,' said C C Ashoka, director of the Laxmi Narain Verma Memorial (LNVM) Society Group of Institutes which runs the school. 'We are even open to film shoots inside the aircraft.' The LNVM Society runs two other institutes as well, including the School of Aeronautics (Delhi) started in 1992 to meet the demand for quality aviation professionals. 'Our Delhi and Neemrana campuses have some of the best labs in India for training in aircraft maintenance engineering (AME), but it is our Neemrana campus, started in 2008, that actually houses two com-

plete heavy aircraft for practical training - and also partying,' Ashoka said in an interview. In Delhi itself, the Dwarka campus of the Centre for Civil Aviation Training (CCAT) offers facilities for partying on the ground on an Airbus A300. The Limca Book of Records recently awarded CCAT a certification, which says: 'The Airbus is used to train engineering students and air hostesses, besides being used as a party venue. To give the actual experience of an airplane, even the controls have been left as it is'. 'It is not a commercial service as of now, but we plan to market it during the coming Commonwealth Games,' B C Gupta, director of CCAT said. 'Whatever money we make from the parties we donate to temples and other charitable trusts,' Gupta said. Ashoka said: 'The aircraft partying service in Neemrana, a private one, was started only in August 2009. The two Fokker aircraft were dismantled in Mumbai and reassembled here. They are not airworthy but all systems of an operational aircraft like the galley equipment (used for preparing food) and public address system are fully functional in our planes and give the effect

of an airworthy aircraft.' 'The partition behind the cockpit can be removed, say for a birthday party. For more elaborate celebrations like a wedding, we have constructed a special stage at the Neemrana campus, and a decorated aircraft can be placed behind the stage as background, while DJs and other artistes can perform on stage,' Ashoka told IANS. During parties, special effects are in full play. 'For elaborate celebrations, the cargo door in the aircraft is kept open, and the entire aircraft is decorated with special lights and flower work, according to the client's specifications. 'We have tie-ups with professional decorators who ensure that while doing up the aircraft for partying, the interiors look classy, but don't get spoilt in the process,' he said. The special effects don't end there. 'Before the host addresses guests inside the aircraft during a party, the special sound system emanates the sonic equivalent of a real takeoff. Food is served to guests inside the aircraft like real in-flight services. However, only vegetarian food is served,' Ashoka said. The charges for partying are down-to-earth. 'For hiring an aircraft with a

PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

Healthcare chain Apollo Hospitals will finalise one of the three potential international entities shortlisted to be a partner for its unit, Apollo Wellness, in the ongoing quarter. "We are close to making a decision. Dr Prathap C Reddy declined to identify the shortlisted international parties. Apollo Wellness operates health centres that combine alternative healing practices such as aromatherapy with traditional wellness formats, including pranic healing, yoga and meditation. The Chennai-based group''s plans to bring in a foreign partner comes on the heels of its decision to expand the wellness centre beyond its existing facility in the southern city. It is planning a second centre in Lavasa, near Pune, where Apollo Hospitals has a 200-acre land bank.

MFs against same charges for small, big investors PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

Don't force OT on pilots: Assocham

Decision on Apollo Wellness partner soon

guest strength of about 50, we have tie-ups with caterers and charge about Rs 200 per plate. We can arrange for DJs for around Rs 6,000, or clients can bring their own DJs. 'For hiring the special stage and the allotted ground space, with the aircraft in the background, charges can be Rs 51,000 for a night,' Ashoka said. But how did the unique concept of partying on aircraft take shape in the first place? 'We had arranged some personal parties, but the idea caught on. Initially, clients in and around Neemrana took interest, but the appeal is growing,' he said. 'From August 2010, we would launch an ad campaign through e-mails, SMSs and other online media to make our unique partying service known to more people. The real advantage is that Neemrana is a world famous tourist spot, offering a splendid view of the Aravalis, and is close to Delhi. Neemrana is famous for its grand fort-palace and is located almost midway between Delhi and Jaipur. 'It is also a fast growing industrial hub. We are in the process of tying up with travel agents who would bring foreign tourists to party, while on their way to Jaipur or Delhi,' Ashoka said.

The Aviation Ministry should refrain from forcing pilots to exceed the duty limit on flying hours to avoid air accidents, Assocham has said. The chamber also said that inquiries in air accidents should be conducted in a fair and transparent manner by an independent agency, outside the administrative control of the Civil Aviation Ministry. While the final report on the Mangalore air crash in May is yet to be made public, its cause has been linked to a possible human error due to pilot fatigue, which -- according to estimates -- accounts for up to 78% of such disasters. "The ideal way out to avert possible and unforeseen air traffic casualties could be brought to an end by not rostering pilots beyond sunset and sunrise so as to help them shed away their fatigue," Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat said.

Reliance Life ties up with NetAmbit PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

Anil Ambani Group firm Reliance Life Insurance has tied up with a financial services distribution company NetAmbit. With this tie-up, all products of Reliance Life Insurance can now be purchased through the offices and outlets of NetAmbit, spread across 140 locations in the country. "It is part of our strategy to enhance our distribution reach and offer our range of innovative product to a larger section of people across smaller towns and villages," said Reliance Life President Malay Ghosh in a statement. "With this tie-up, we are now well on our way to offer more options to our customers through 4,000 personnel," said NetAmbit CMD Girish Batra.

Uflex's Rs 250 cr rights issue likely by Sept PTI MUMBAI, JULY 25

India's leading flexible packaging firm, Uflex plans to raise around Rs 250 crore through a rights issue by September to support its expansion plans and repay loans, a top company official said. "We plan to raise around Rs 250 crore through a rights issue by September, 2010. A part of the fund will be used to repay loans while the remaining will be used for business expansion," Uflex's Group President, Finance & Accounts, R K Jain, said. The Board of the company has already given its nod for the rights issue, he said. Backed by a good growth in the domestic packaging industry, Uflex is eyeing to achieve a

market share of 35-40 per cent over the next two years, Jain said. The company has lined-up a capex of Rs 1,150 crore over the next two years to strengthen its global presence and consolidate its position in the domestic packaging market, Jain said. "We plan to invest around Rs 1,150 crore over the next two years to set up a new unit overseas and also to enhance capacity of our existing facilities in India," he said. Also, Uflex plans to increase its packaging capacity to 79,000 Tonne Per Annum (TPA) by 2012 from the current capacity of 54,560 TPA, Jain said. The Rs 15,000 crore domestic packaging industry is currently growing by 15-18 per

cent on rising demand for flexible packaging products in FMCG and pharma segments, Jain said. As compared to this, on a year-on-year basis, Uflex is growing by 25 per cent. The BSE-listed company offers packaging solutions to more than 800 companies, including Unilever, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Colgate, Nestle, ITC, Hindustan Petroleum, Indian Oil, Britannia and Dabur. Moving ahead, it plans to set up a new manufacturing facility in Egypt, which is expected to get operational by this monthend, Jain said. Presently, Uflex has three manufacturing units -- Jammu, Noida and Gwalior -- in India, and one each in Mexico and Dubai.

Natural cosmetics Mkt growing AGENCY NEW DELHI, JULY 25

Unlike most others, these beauty products hardly have any Bollywood actor's endorsement. Yet a growing number of 'conscious' and 'mostly young' consumers are going for different brands of natural, handmade cosmetics created by women entrepreneurs. Meet 31-year-old Natasha Shah for instance. A management graduate, Shah learnt all about the goodness of ayurveda, thanks to the familyowned Amar Remedies Limited which has been making ayurvedic personal care products for the last two decades. It was only natural for her to follow suit and create a range of wellness products that are 'chemical free and filled with the goodness of nature'. An extensive seven years of research by experts in organic chemistry and cosmetology later was born Shah's own brand of natural beauty products - The Nature's Co - in 2009. 'The market for natural cosmetics in India is increasing. It is the direct result of the changing socio-economic status of the Indian woman. Today's consumer is more aware about the goodness of natural products

Handicrafts, silk promotion during CWG PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

The govt will launch an aggressive campaign to promote Indian silk among sports persons, spectators and officials at the Commonwealth Games. "We will start a high-decibel campaign a week before the mega sporting event here and this will continue till the Games are over," a ministry official said. The Commonwealth Games are taking place between October 3 to October 14, 2010, in Delhi. Besides promotion of silk, the focus would be on handloom and handicrafts items. During the campaign, a number of road shows and exhibitions would take place. Also, stalls would be set up showcasing dress materials, garments, scarves both in silk and handlooms, in malls, fivestar hotels and near the airports, the official said.

vis-a-vis others,' Shah said. The Nature's Co offers a gamut of eco-friendly body, skin, hair care and wellness products ranging from body lotions, lip balms, shampoos, bath salts and massage oils to accessories such as oil burners, loofah and wooden combs. 'The quality of our products is our USP. We use ingredients that directly treat a given problem. For example, we know that garlic works best for acne. So we use crushed garlic and give it in a convenient jar which helps in directly attacking acne,' Shah added. Some of the other ingredients used are marigold, sandalwood, turmeric, sage, thyme, fucus, marshmallow and berries. Their Dehradun manufacturing plant is situated at the foothills of the Shivalik range and uses spring water for manufacturing purposes. According to Shah, natural cosmetics account for 18 percent of the country's multi-billion dollar cosmetics market. And it's growing at the rate of 15-20 percent annually. A large number of consumers are from the younger age bracket who are more

aware and refuse to compromise their health under any circumstances. Delhi-based Reshma Anand's brand, Earthy Goods, has its own story. 'Earthy Goods was a result of a road trip to some remote villages. As we travelled around, we met many small farm enterprises and artisans who made natural products with traditional methods but faced challenges to market their products on fair terms,' Anand said. 'We then set up Earthy Goods to bring this range of ethically-sourced, authentic, natural and handcrafted products made in villages around India to urban consumers,' Anand said. An Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) graduate, Anand turned down a high- profile job to set up Earthy Goods in 2007. The product range offers not just beauty products like essential oil, handmade soaps, beeswax lip balms and body butters but also organic cereals, homemade jams, honey and natural incense, among others. Anand said: 'We work with entrepreneurs and organisations that engage local farmers

for sourcing of raw materials like herbs from the Kumaon hills, honey from the Himalayas, fruit-based products from Himachal's orchards.' An important feature to their work, in the case of The Nature's Co. and Earthy Goods and most others, is that they mostly employ women. Most of the handmade product brands swear against animal testing. Mumbai-based Sucheta Khandwala and Priti Mehta's brand, Om Ved, is one of them. 'Our range of body massage oils, skin toners, soaps and others use ingredients like neem and almond oil and we have a team of ayurvedic doctors and cosmetic consultants advising us. We don't use synthetic colours and are against animal testing,' Khandwala said. The Nature's Co. is even certified by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). As far as commercial viability goes, the women are so happy with the response that they are on an expansion mode - either by opening stand-alone stores in different metros or launching new range of products every season, made available in spas, medical stores and cosmetic shops in malls.

Malaysia Airline to double India-bound flights PTI NEW DELHI, JULY 25

Malaysia Airlines plans to double the number of flights to India to 60 per day from 30 at present by 2012 and is eyeing over 20 per cent growth in the Indian aviation market, a senior official of the airline said. "We have ordered several aircrafts, including A-380 of Airbus and will keep on adding them in our fleet till 2015. Some of these aircrafts will be used to expand our presence in India and by 2012, we are looking at doubling the frequency of our flights," Malaysia Airlines Regional Manager (South Asia Operations) Azahar Hamid told PTI. He added that one more flight is being added on Hyderabad -Kuala Lumpur route from today and 5 more flights will be operational by September between Delhi and Kuala Lumpur. However, pas-

sengers willing to travel to Malaysia on A-380 -- world''s largest aircraft, will have to wait for some more time as the company plans to use them on long routes like London and Sydney. Delivery of six Airbus A-380s, ordered by the Airline, has been facing some delays and now the Airline is expecting them by 2012. Hamid said that apart from A-380, the Airline has placed orders for 25 new Airbus A-330s and 55 aircrafts of Boeing''[s 738-800 series, which will make its fleet the youngest in the Asia by 2015. He added that Malaysia Airline is eyeing to grow at over 20 per cent in the next couple of years in Indian and Chinese aviation markets as the "bad phase of aviation industry seems to be over." The airline has also taken the price war with rival AirAsia up by a notch

by announcing all-inclusive fares as low as Rs 6,212 for one-way trip to Kuala Lumpur from Chennai under its special monsoon offer. The maximum return fare under the offer would be Rs 15,428, he said. These competitive fares offered by the airline are from its five gateways in India, namely New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. "With these fares, consumers can avail the full range of service such as on board refreshments, flight entertainment, 25-kg baggage allowance, allocated seats and more," Hamid said. Tickets under the offer can be booked up to July 29 and travel can be undertaken between July 26 and December 26, 2010, he said, adding that all fares include airport taxes, fuel surcharges and administrative fees.


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his week, we will continue looking at the most common areas of a critic’s work. Another creative art that involves the work of a critic is fine arts.

Art

The art critic is one of the most sought after persons in this creative field. This career choice is a matter of skill – albeit trained skill. The critic must be knowledgeable of elements such as the techniques, language, style, perspective, perception. At the same time he/she must be able to see as the artists, and beyond the artist, to make sound and balanced judgement, after accurate interpretations. In the end benefitting artists, whether performing of visual benefit and garner great financial rewards. In brief critiquing art calls for four stages:

1. DESCRIPTION:

In your own words tell a tale of what you see: Include… a. The name of the artist who created the artwork b. The kind of an artwork is it c. The name of the artwork d. Date of creation e. Name and relate other major events in history that occurred at the same time this artwork

was created. f. List the literal or recognised objects in the painting (trees, people, animals, mountains, rivers, etc.). g. Whatever it is that you notice at first sight? Why? h. The colours used, their hues, applications i. The recognised shapes, their structure, texture, edges, outline j. The recognised lines and types k. The textures l. The connotated time of day m. The overall visual effect or mood of the work

texture or actual texture f. The usage of light, the created illusions or abstrascted use of lights and shadows g. The usage of art and principles of design to achieve the overall visual effect or mood of the work . h. The artist’s control or manipulation of design tools and success in obtaining particular look or focus i. Is there a story, thought, vision borne out

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3. INTERPRETATION:

Mentally process the different elements, chiefly the textures, shapes or forms, colours whether light/dark or bright/dull, types of lines, and sensory qualities. Give diligent consideration to the most significant art principles applied. Describe how the artist uses them to organize and balance the elements, and then weigh the balance of outcome. Include: a. The artist usage of colour b. The achieved effect, usage, application of the elements, especially in achieving the message or expressing vision c. The artist’s usage of shapes d. The usage of lines: How critical or dominant are they e. The role and significance of applied texture, illusion of

Here you must apply your training, experience, expertise and factual knowledge in translating in your own thoughts and words the artwork set before you. Include: a. The statement of the artist through the work b. Possible interpretations of the message and/or artwork c. Your own view or extracted meaning d. The relation of the artwork to any of your personal experiences or general experiences, events, messages e. The feelings, moods caused by the work f. Alll possible representations of the work g. The possible rationale of the style, theme, choice etc. of the artist h. Possible reason and purpose

How the Internet Can Get You Sacked

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ot a Facebook addiction? You should be worried. Recent research by the Guardian reveals over 1,700 public employees have been sacked or disciplined for internet or email misuse since 2004. There's no doubt that many office staff use the internet and e-mail for their own use. But where should employers draw the line? Networking or not working? Employers are increasingly banning access to Facebook from work computers (we spend an average of 143 minutes a month logged in), with nearly 70 per cent of UK businesses reportedly banning the site during work. Bad news for those who like to check up what exes and old friends are up to. Blogging or blagging? About 70,000 web logs appear each day. Because bloggers generally discuss various aspects of their daily lives, a good many mention their workplace. Employers are concerned about blogs revealing confidential information, according to Ben Wilmott, employee relations adviser for the CIPD. "You could even get employees making racist or sexist comments about their workplace in their blog," Wilmott says. "If a blog is written in work time or on an employer's computer, the employer could well be exposed to claims of defamation, discrimination or harassment," Jonathan I'Anson, a legal associate, warns.

An employer could apply to the High Court for an injunction to prevent an employee leaking further confidential information and even sue for damages. Hyde Clarendon College suspended an employee because her blog, which revealed that she took five pupils to a bar, before letting them stay at her home, put the school's reputation at risk. Waterstones also dismissed an employee for describing his employers as "Bastardones" and his manager as "Evil Boss." Web surfing or drowning? Time wasted surfing the web looking for holidays is one issue. But viewing inappropriate material has huge legal ramifications for both employers and employees. Staff are not only putting their jobs at risk, but if the material they are viewing is illegal, they may be reported to the police by their employers. James Pacenza, a former employee of IBM in the US, is suing the company for £5m in a wrongful dismissal case after he was fired for visiting adult internet chat rooms while at work. Pacenza said he is addicted to online chat rooms and IBM should have offered him treatment instead of firing him.

E-mailed or nailed?

We can all remember incidents of embarrassing e-mails that had been sent to one person and ended up going halfway around the world and being

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splashed across the newspapers. A study by Employment Review found that most organisations had to take action when employees sent inappropriate emails (76 per cent) or accessed inappropriate e-mails (68 per cent). In 2006, Hertfordshire Police disciplined 140 officers and staff for circulating an e-mail that showed an image of a black man being decapitated which was entitled 'Do not run from the police.' Also in 2006, more than 100 employees at BAE Systems were investigated after sexist and racist material was found in e-mails from workers at two Lancashire plants. A company spokeswoman said great care had been taken to ensure employees were made aware of policies regarding IT misuse and the potential implications. And six employees at Swansea College were sacked and 70 other disciplined after sending lewd e-mails which included the college logo is on the bottom. While the internet gives employees access to a vast amount of information they need to be aware of the risks involved in downloading and using such information. More and more employers are establishing policies forbidding downloading or forwarding offensive, obscene or indecent material from the internet and that a breach of policy will result in disciplinary action, potentially including dismissal.

Employable Skill Courses

xotica Educational Society will commence short term courses based on Modular Employable Skills in Information and Communication Technology Sector from 2nd August, 2010. The Directorate of Employment and Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India has recently approved these courses. Skill Development at present is taking place mostly in the informal way. Those who acquire skill at the work place do not have a formal certificate and thus earn lower wages and are exploited by the employers. Their contribution to GDP cannot be ignored. Due to this system of certification their skills will be recognized, they will be provided training which will benefit the workforce to earn a decent living and contribute to the national economy by better productivity. Most of the existing Skill Development Programmes were long term in nature. The revised short term skill development based courses are mostly of 180 hrs duration. Due to flexible delivery mechanism that is part time, full time, week end classes the problems faced by the exploited workmen will be tackled After completing these courses for Call Centre Assistant. BPO Voice Business Training etc the successful officially qualified candidates will be able to work for Call Centres, Contact Centres, STD/ISD/PCO/ BFSL/ITES/Air Lines etc with higher pay scales. Training of most of these courses will initially start in Reliance Trade Centre, Margao and then in Panaji, Ponda, Mapusa and Vasco respectively. For details contact: Exotica Educational Society A-215, 2nd Floor, Reliance Trade Centre, V.V. Road, Margao, Goa 403 601 Tel: 2735692 Mob: 9423835692

value e. Critically evaluate usage of subject matter and note 4. JUDGEMENT: whether it has been used in a After careful observation, way that’s unappealing, unimaganalysis, and interpretation of inative, or repulsive or positively an artwork, you now must make advantageous . Test the impact your own judgment. This is your on a scale or balance from poor personal evaluation based on to strong, weak to creative. f. your understanding and meas- Be a critical thinker, and be equally frank. g. State grounds for your views, or expressed opinion, By Maria de Lima Pereira facts and otherwise h. Identify urements. You must also evalu- interaction or connective nature ate the success of the work i. Is there a focus and does it against the aim, objective. In- work effectively j. Is the work clude: a. The value, intrinsic and personal or general k. Explore otherwise if any of the work your criticism of the work (s) as including the beauty of the art much as you would any positive work, its message whether , perceptions, and without bias. social, political, philosophical, l. Offer all sides, regardless of historical, cultural, or otherwise; your personal opionions, likes, its effect on a person’s view of dislikes, preferences m. be prothe world, its insightful con- fessional. be fair Give your posnections, reaffirmation of be- itive and negative perceptions. n. liefs etc. b. The possible benefit REMEMBER: The goose and of the artwork c. The effective- the gander, the cow and the bull ness of the communication of even the male and the female ideas, vision process d. The feeling or principle that would have human have differences in taste.

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By Caetano de Abreu here should be some good news once we transit our schools’ hallowed portals in quest of higher learning, for that is the stepping stone towards a successful future. It is very pragmatic and somewhat difficult, selecting a good University for us to take immediate notice of choices on offer as we are wrapped in uncertainties over our immediate future although it can be noted, that demand is not a compulsion but available opportunity is disbursed by whatever University calling the shots. However there are many constraints to be considered. This can dampen our zest and spirit, as the Universities registered on top brackets are not listed from Goa but from various parts of India where the financial constraint becomes a factor. And more specifically, when the availability of funds creates a vacuum towards one's creativity. Whatever the case may be, it is deemed as considered that selecting a University for higher competency is not as easy as it sounds, as there are many factors which are worth giving a deep thought to. Nevertheless, we can find solace in knowing that our Goa University is ranked 35th out of 50s just below Bharathiar University and above Sardar Patel University and for further consolation the Karnataka University is ranked just at 32. At a function organized by the University of Bombay to celebrate its 150 years our PM Mr. Manmohan Singh said: "... they must become the launch-pad for entry into the knowledge economy ..." the expression might be a tad ambiguous but it means that it is the engine to enhance further India's economic growth with

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qualitative education and be at par with world's educational bodies. India's educational institutions churn out more English speaking and well versed graduates than anyone else in the world and who in turn are the products of rigorous, demanding, and competitive Indian university system. Ergo the reason there is a high-demand from England and elsewhere for our educated, conducive, and talented students to take employment in their ambit. It means that it is India's evolving education protocol that is making the world sit up and take notice. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank based in Washington D.C. reports that by the year 2028 India will have the youngest age profile among large economies and the national workforce which is like a comfort zone for our wannabes to gain entry at the earnest in any University of repute. I can safely assume that the future of India rests on the shoulders of these aspiring candidates to change the concepts of the world that we live in and who might not carry great scholastic marks but they do have the will to succeed and succeed they will provided a qualitative and not quantitative education is imparted to them

through the various universities embellishing the Indian countryside. Just for reference I must delineate the 10 best Universities available in the Country for ready reckoner: 1. Banaras Hindu University, 2. Jawaharial Nehru University, 3. University of Delhi, 4. University of Calcutta, 5. University of Madras, 6. University of Mumbai, 7. University of Hyderabad, 8. Indian Institute of Science, 9. Jadavpur University, and 10. Osmania University, !t can be further added that in all the citadels of learning the prerogatives lie in one's aptitude to garner knowledge further irrespective in which University one have tossed the hat and not lying idle and blaming the choking circumstances that are subjected to. With the spectre of recession being a thing from the past the traditional mind set of acquiring high scores can also be eradicated as within the traditional educational areas there are dozens of specialization courses being offered to the students who carry a penchant to vent u re i n t o t h e u n k n o w n , through these Universities although it is only making a appropriate choice to suit the employment atmosphere which is not very difficult or isn't?

Improve Your Verbal Communication Skills The English section of a competitive exam is often ignored until the last minute by people who think their verbal skills are more than adequate. However, concerted effort goes a long way. KEZIA FERNANDES, a T.I.M.E. student who recently got into GIM, elaborates…

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erbal Ability forms an important section of CAT and many other competitive examinations. This section broadly covers questions based on vocabulary, English and grammar usage, verbal reasoning and reading comprehension. It is a section that demands intensive preparation in the months prior to the actual examination and needs continuous and diligent effort. To do well in Verbal Ability you need to focus on: reading, clarity in the basics of English grammar and vocabulary building. This will get you a good command over the language. A good reading habit will familiarize you with various words, and their appropriate usage and better equip you to answer all sorts of questions that are presented, viz. synonyms, antonyms, analogies, and fill-in-the-blanks. Spend sufficient time everyday reading the editorial section of newspapers, journals and magazines. This will not only build up your vocabulary, but also increase your knowledge on various subjects. When reading topics that are familiar, focus on building your

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reading speed and accuracy so that you have optimum comprehension without sacrificing too much time. Subsequently, broaden your reading to topics that challenge you or those that may not be the type you usually read. When you read diverse topics, your comfort level and understanding (especially of passages) will shoot up dramatically. This will save you valuable time in comprehending very complex texts, especially long and tedious comprehension passages. While extensive reading on a variety of subjects and topics is necessary, understanding what you read is equally essential. The idea is to read and comprehend. While reading, note the context in which words and phrases are used. Reading must be with the aim of retaining and improving your capacity to identify keywords, clues and signs and associating them properly. Besides learning new words when reading, make an effort to use them during the course of normal conversation to fully understand their appropriate contextual use. Another helpful way of learning new words is understanding the roots of words and conven-

tional usage, rather than memorizing or mugging up a series of random words. Understanding the root of a word, will help you associate it with other words formed with that same root and is a systematic approach to building up your vocabulary. Make it a

point to note down the new word along with the root, write down the different synonyms and antonyms of the word and also construct different sentences to demonstrate the various ways in which the same word can be used. Reference to basic English grammar books and online resources on the fundamentals of English grammar will help you to better understand the rules and words used in specific contexts. When you come across

questions pertaining to sentence correction and grammar usage, it is always important to remember to mentally read the entire sentence first, to determine whether or not its usage is appropriate in the course of a conversation. When attempting jumbled paragraph questions, wherein the first and last sentences are given to you, capitalize on the given fixed sentences to determine which of the subsequent sentences to be rearranged will be best linked to the fixed sentences. This enables you to eliminate a few options and derive links between sentences, to arrive at a logical sequence and at your final answer. Use clues like pronouns and connectives such as ‘but’, ‘therefore’, etc. to logically link sentences. In questions where you are asked to ‘unjumble’ a sequence with 4-6 sentences with no clues provided, begin by trying to determine the first or last sentence. Generally, a sentence that introduces the topic would begin the sequence and the one that sums up the discussion or draws an inference/conclusion would be the last sentence. Regular solving of test papers

7 signs it’s time to quit

ow many times a day do you say to yourself, "I like what I do, but not where I work?" Or the opposite, "I like where I work, but not what I do?" The current economy has kept many employees stationed for the past couple of years, not because they love what they do -- but because they are too scared to pursue other opportunities. But many employees feel disengaged from their jobs and don't know what to do. So should you continue to stay in a job where you are unhappy? Or start looking for somewhere where you'll be happier? People quit their jobs for many reasons. Maybe you don't like your co-workers or your boss drives you crazy. Maybe there's nowhere for you to move up in the company. Maybe you're overworked and underpaid. Maybe you're all of the above. While the choice to move on to greener pastures is up to you, here are 7 signs that should tell you if it's time to start thinking about moving on:

1. Your co-workers drive you crazy.

Co-workers can be a curse or a blessing in the workplace. When you work with

people you love, it's one thing. But how are you supposed to get any work done when your colleagues are irritating you, offending you, distracting you, coming in late, leaving early, talking loudly on the phone, procrastinating or coming to your desk to gossip? If you find that you want to tear your hair out at the end of each day because of your colleagues, it might be time to look for more tolerable people.

2. You hate going to work.

When Sunday night rolls around, are you dreading going into the office the next morning? As soon as you arrive on Monday morning, are you already thinking about Friday at 5 p.m.? Aall of us have had to go to a job that we hate at least once, and if you haven't -- you're the exception, not the rule (not to mention extremely lucky). When you're spending 40+ hours at work, the last thing you want is to hate every second you're there. If you do, it might be time to start thinking about your next career move.

3. You're bored.

Most people like to feel challenged at work. If your work has started to seem too easy or repetitive, it's a sign that you need more responsibility or extra a

change in roles. But, don't confuse boredom with slacking off. There's a vast difference between watching YouTube videos all day long with work piling up next to you and watching YouTube videos all day long because you've completed all there is to do.

4. The company -- or your job -is in trouble.

It's no secret that many companies are still struggling as a result of the economy. There continue to be layoffs and budget cuts. While we don't suggest quitting your job in a panic without having some sort of plan as to what your next step is, we do think you should pay attention to what's going on at your company. If you're concerned about the state of your job or the company, approach your manager with any concerns before taking other actions.

5. You don't feel at home.

Sometimes we forget how important it is to feel comfortable at work -- that is, until we don't. If competition seems far from friendly, your colleagues steal your ideas, your ethics or values conflict with the company, or even if your casual style clashes with the buttoned-up policies of management, you might try to

forms a crucial part of the preparation and helps you monitor your performance over a period of time. Once you’re familiar with the pattern of questions you can monitor the time you spend solving the questions. Time management is of the essence in any competitive exam and as such, it is important to keep a check on the time you spend solving questions so that you are able to evenly distribute your time within the entire section. The key is to be able to distinguish between those questions that need minimum time to solve and those that you need more time to fully comprehend. Remember, you are not expected to answer every single question in the section, but you must be able to carefully select the ones that you think you can answer best, so that you can make the most economic use of your time to boost positive scoring and minimize negative marking. (T.I.M.E. (Triumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt. Ltd.) is India’s No. 1 institute for MBA entrance exam preparation. Contact details: Panjim- 0832 6541428, Margao0832 6484468)

find a company where you feel more at home.

6. You can't stand your boss.

Just because someone is a manager or boss doesn't give him free reign to be stupid. Whether you realize it or not, your relationship with your boss has a huge impact on your overall professional happiness and success. After all, even the best job can be terrible if your boss is lousy. If you don't see eye-to-eye or your manager is untrustworthy or unwilling to help you succeed, it might be time to look for a new job -- with a new supervisor.

7. Your career is at a standstill.

Maybe you've been doing the same job for several years and you're ready for more responsibility. Maybe you've lost your passion for what you used to love. Maybe you work at a company where there's no other role for you than the one you're currently in. Start by talking to your boss about taking on more work, or trying different tasks. Express to him or her that you want to continue to develop your skills and reach your goals. If no alternatives are available, it might be time to start looking around.


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A Child’s Religious Education

Shun Brutality, Inculcate Education

By Marc de Souza

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A sense of discipline must be inculcated in the young, to help them be really educated and live a good, righteous life writes CAETANO DE ABREU

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e the older generation have phased out from the nittygritty institutional state of affairs while earnestly, diligently, and assiduously working out the best methods to ensure educational success, which has not come out of the silver platter but

and there were reasons to comply with, as strict instructions were the guiding format to compel us to understand that we were at the mercy of our teachers and whatever they did to educate us, was perfectly justified. It must be recalled that dur-

out of our own sincere and dedicated efforts with much help from our teachers which cannot be forgotten. The world is shining for those who struggled throughout their academic years with not even an iota of regret, although during our curricula we have come across many disadvantages like getting our knuckles rapped, an open-handed slap, a painful twist of the ears, painful aches and tribulation when struck up with a ruler on our open palms or other places of body, (it was like a weapon of mass destruction in the hands of the wielder), and other painful solutions for us to remedy still further without any qualms nor complains. There were rhymes

ing our childhood, for any student, school was like a home away from home . And whatever discipline was inculcated from within, was the ultimate in grassroots' level of education. Thus we did not require to learn anew from home. The reason why there was no chance to complain to our parents about the punishment meted out to us by our teachers on our fragile physique as our parental verdict would be, ‘you deserved it’. So we were castigated further, if they felt that the punishment meted out was little in the grander schema of things towards a better comprehension of life and all of those idiosyncrasies. There was no shame for

Pretty Me Jade da Silva (6), Std I, Sharada Mandir, Miramar

My House Venicia Lea Vaz(7), Std II, Fatima Convent HS., Margao

A Helpful Friend Michelle Fernandes (10), Std V, Sacred Heart of Jesus HS., Carmona

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from one phase to another and there should be no unjust restrictions in child's behaviour, as it is better for him/her to learn from the initial wee stages. It is to be noted that being a bookworm does not develop one's mind to be inventive, thus I feel that teachers should encourage the child to be more applicable and constructive, although if required so a slap or two won't hurt. In modern times beating or abusing a child is due to teachers' intelligence of not being adaptable and responsive to the child's needs over the subject as they are not geared up to understand what the child wants in actuality. And thus, teachers being teachers (opting for a career not out of choice, but due to unemployment ) they resort to the most simplest and easiest method: caning. In lieu of tackling the problem head-on like motivating the child and making the subject interest-

Trophy Sergio Menezes(11), Std: VI, Our Lady of Diver HS., Divar

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being punished at school as every member of the school fraternity was subjected to the rule of body stings and aches if the goings were wrong and never otherwise. Our teachers were not sadists at all but only at times of those daunting circumstances they resorted to, (in modern expression), corporal punishment. I can safely assure one and all that every student from my batch were prone to those stinging pains and aches, unless of course one complied with the school rules and were subservient to scholastic reforms which we could never adhere to, as in our world some pranks or mischief was the In-Thing. Call us rebels or whatever you may, but I can grandly state that we were in awe of our teachers and respected their wishes to punish us and never complained about those seemingly unwarranted intricacies which are lambasted in the present circumstances, and the in l-Pod generation world, where everything seems to be going against the paternal pattern, while in our case it was all part of our growing up to face the world on an even keel. If in our times we accepted the caning process and grew up accordingly, the present scenario delineates a morbid tale of anguish and misery impounded very often upon innocents. In mischief, (timeless joys of childhood memories) sometimes getting away from it and very often not, is a rite of passage in a child's life which endows him/her to transit

Rivania Vaz (13), Std VIII, St. Therese’s HS., Vasco wins a gift voucher of Monginis worth Rs. 125/-

Shireen Gubbi(12), Std VII,

 Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bambolim Panjim wins a gift voucher of Monginis worth Rs. 75/-

ing, the teachers blame the parental uncaring methods where everything is found at the tip of one's finger, courtesy parental patronage. And no proper home education is ensured. And in the long run it is the future of the child that suffers. It is true that in the present context parents are to be blamed first, as they abide to the whims of the child and never ever reprimand them over some minor infringements. Thus when the home education is so bad, how can we blame the teachers? I absolutely concur that the might of the cane is not the solution to the vexing daily problems. Nevertheless can some counselling be organised to address these problems to ease the tribulations of the teachers, parents, and the students alike? I once read that the venerable association between the mentor and the protégé is today marred with infirmities

of all kinds. Although, like I said earlier, the teacher is like a parental figure and we must be aware of the same, as he/she can endorse or break our future , and there is nothing we can do about it I am against brutality, but definitely not against a rap or two on the child to learn better and study the subject in question as it is said that fear ensures authority and better compliance of understanding on what is issued. Teachers might vent their frustration on an unruly child. But it is up to the child in collusion with his/her family to be more comprehensive and understand their teacher better, for which immediate counselling is advised and should be the order of the day for the child to be more educative and pro-rational. Therefore I say shun brutality for better sense to prevail and inculcate the child with the best of available facilities.

hy is the sky blue instead of purple? Why can't dogs smile? Why does Swiss cheese have holes in it? Why does God let it rain on picnics and parades? If children did not ask all these questions, they would never realize how little adults really know, and the adults might never realize it either. There is no doubt that the greatest aid to "adu!4t education" is children. We learn a lot from them. Children show us new ways of looking at things somet i m e s teach us lessons we never wanted to learn. Their questions make us take a second thought, and when we tell them to go "look up the answer yourself" it usually means we need to go look it up too. So if they teach us so much, what are we teaching them? Often, the minute a child is born, parents start planning, dreaming and saving for the future. They want that child to get a good education. They start worrying right away about choosing a proper preschool, the right grammar school and the most prestigious high school so the kid

can get into the best college, where he or she will meet the best people and make the best contacts that will ensure the best possible future. ' Do those same parents worry much about what kind of religiou -s education that child is getting? If the child gets poor marks in religion, will they immediately start bustling around to find a school that has better religion teachers? Will they hire a tutor to teach religion?Will they check to see that any religion homework is done and ask questions about what is b e i n g taught? Will they see that as the most important step in a child's education. As the child grows, will they check on religious growth? Will they quiz each child to find out if they know about basic morals and values... Will they check to see if the child knows any formal prayers or understands how to pray spontaneously? Will they talk about God and pray together as a family? Maybe it is time today's parents started to think about their priorities in planning a child's future. What kind of education is really important for a happy life?.

A Village Shireen Gubbi(12), Std VII, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bambolim

A Deer Anna Malaika Isaac(5), KGII, Kids Camp, Porvorim

Pristine Nature Rivania Vaz (13), Std VIII, St. Therese’s HS., Vasco

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Nerul beat hosts Raia via the tiebreaker 4-2 to enter the finals of 39th Custodio memorial football tournament at Raia ground on Sunday. There was no score at full time. Raia dominated with Wilfred Gomes and Oilex Oliveira combining well to give the Nerul defence the jitters. Nerul packed their defence and goalkeeper Xavier Estracio had a great game bring off some excellent saves. Tremendous goalkeeping ef-

forts by Xavier ensured that Raia did not steal a goal. The best chance for Raia came in the 52nd minute but Xavier punched the ball out which went to Wilfred who had a chance to score, but somehow his shot went straight to the keeper who was standing at the extreme end. In the penalty shoot-out Nerul scored four while Raia scored twice missing the third and fourth kicks. Nerul will meet Navelim Sporting in the finals on August 5.

Ref Maria passes test, scripts new chapter in Indian football

HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 25

FIFA referee Maria Rebello of Curtorim acquitted with credit as she underwent her first test of supervising the senior men’s match in Santosh Trophy National Football Championship between Delhi and MP in

Kolkata on Sunday. Maria thus created history, as she became the first women in India to referee at a senior national men’s football event under the AIFF. “Certainly there was a little pressure, not from the players, but because I was being assessed by the AFC official who had air-dashed from Kuala Lumpur,” stated Maria from Kolkota. “The AFC official was overall pleased with my performance. He felt that I had exercised adequate control. He appreciated my capabilities in handling the proceedings and suggested some measures in some areas which I need to improve further,” expressed Maria on a highly jovial mood. “I did referee Under-19 boys matches in Kolkata. But this was

a very special one, as I was officiating a senior men’s match. The match went off without any problems. I had to pull out the yellow card four times to keep the proceedings under control. The assistant referees, all men, gave me plenty of support and I am happy that it was a perfect team work,” stated an elated Maria. Meanwhile, Ezilda Sapeco, chairperson, Goa State Women’s Commission congratulated Maria on opening a new chapter in India football as she became the first woman to referee a senior men’s match recognized by the AIFF. “It’s a proud moment for Goa. It only showed that women are as capable as men as far as refereeing men’s football matches, which was so far the domain of only men. Maria should pursue

her career with dedication and single-minded devotion so that not only the AFC takes notice but even FIFA selects her for officiating at the world level,” remarked Ezilda. Meanwhile, former International player and Olympian referee Bentla D'Coth, hailing from Kerala, has become the first Indian woman referee to be selected for the FIFA Futro III Referee's Instructor Course to be held in Kathmandu from August 1 to 6. Bentla, who is in the AFC's Elite Referee's panel from 2001 to 2010, had officiated many international and national championships including the Under-19 and Under-20 Women's World Cup, Olympics, Asia Cup, Asian Games, South East Asia Games and EAFF Championship.

Queen of Angels (Zuari, Goa Velha) winners of 7-a-side Edwin memorial football tournament in Swindon (UK) on Saturday. Standing - Milton Nunes, Ammison Vales, Lawrence Pereira. Sitting - Simon Fernandes, James Barreto, Roy De Sousa, Lucianio Camelo and Newton De Sousa. They defeated Nazareth Sporting (Siridao) in the finals. Ben D’Cunha (best player), Lucianio Camelo (best defender).

Tejas, Krishal bag double crowns

Prize winners of All-Goa Major Ranking Table Tennis and winner of Ponda Taluka TT alongwith Arun Desai and other dignitaries. HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, JULY 25

Tejas Shevde and Krishal Peres da Silva bagged a double crown each in the finals of 3rd All-Goa Major Ranking Table Tennis Tournament organised by Shree Mangirish Vidyadayini Samstha, Mangueshi, on Saturday. Wesley do Rosario, Tanisi Kirtani, Tejas Shevde, Roshi Gopani, Krishal Peres da Silva, Eleanor

do Rosario won the individual championships. Results of the finals: Cadet boys - Wesley Do Rosario beat Mangesh Sakordekar 14-16,13-11, 11-8, 11-5. Cadet girls - Tanisi Kirtani beat Arantxa Noronha 11-9, 1214, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10. Sub-junior boys - Tejas Shevde beat B. SreeSiddharth 14-12, 11-6, 11-8. Sub-junior girls - Roshni Gopani beat Kefira Rodrigues 11-5, 11-8, 11-3. Junior boys - Krishal Peres da Silva beat Tejas Shevde 7-11, 113, 11-8, 12-10. Junior girls - Eleanor do

Rosario beat Devika Sood 1412, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8. Junior boys doubles - Tejas Shevde and Krishal beat Arjun Sood and Yash Salgaocar – 112, 11-1, 9-11, 11-6. Ponda Taluka men finals Amogh Namshikar beat Vijayshyam Mardolkar – 11-2, 1012, 11-9, 11-8. Sagar Sakordekar, welcomed. Chief referee Ashok was felicitated. Sandip Pagi, PE teacher, Wagle High School, co-ordinated the tournament efficiently and was felicitated. Prof. Pundalik Khavante presided over the function. Arun Desai, president of Sam-

stha and Desai Pratishthan was the chief guest. Neeti Kamat, headmistress, Wagle High School, Mangeshi, Audhut Kamat, vice-president, Samstha, Sagar Sakordekar, secretary and tournament co-ordinator and Ashok Mahambrey, chief referee were among those present. Prizes were distributed by Arun Desai and other dignitaries. The tournament was sponsored by Sohan Kelekar, Deepak Dhawalikar, MLA, Maruti Naik, Baba Desai, Baab Contructions (India), Govind Gaonkar, Jog Constructions, Manish Lamber, Rajan Parker, Devilal Mehra, Dr. Ajay Pednekar and Shamant Mulvi.

Varca blank Sai Avatar HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JULY 25

Varca Sports Club blanked Sai Avatar Sports Club, Anjuna 2-0 to march into the quarter-final

Sanjay Naik who was awarded black belt under AIKF under AIKF sensei M Kanaharaj (technical director). Sanjay conducts JKAI Shotokan style karate classes at Cortalim and Cansaulim.

of 25th Fraxier inter-village football tournament organised by Young Strikers, Benaulim at St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim on Sunday. There was no score at half time. Sai Avatar nearly found the mark early in the game but striker Joseph Noronha blasted wide from five yards out. Crossing over, Varca piled on tremendous pressure and their hard work finally bore fruits as Elvis Fernandes goalbound cross slipped from the hands of the Anjuna goalkeeper and Vilroy D’Cruz made no mistake in sending the ball to the far corner of the net. Varca kept up the pressure and Zico Menezes doubled the lead after he made a solo run inside the rival area and beat

Anjuna goalkeeper Francis Mascarenhas.

25th Fraxier soccer: Verna Sports Club v. St Anthony’s Sports Club ,Assolda, St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim, 4.30 p.m. Calangute interward soccer: Porba Vaddo v. Agar Vaddo, Calangute Association ground, 4.45 p.m Exhibition soccer: Santa Cruz Villagers v. Merces Villagers, Santa Cruz ground, 5 p.m.


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Goa Santosh Trophy squad profile BY ALDRID DA COSTA MAPUSA, JULY 25

Goa have a tough task in defending Santosh Trophy National Football Championship as it is the symbol of supremacy of Indian football as the State level. They will leave for Kolkata on Tuesday. Skipper and goalkeeper Felix D’-

Sousa will certainly miss some key players, Climax Lawrence, Mashesh Gawli who had helped Goa to win the inter-state symbol of football supremacy last year, as some of them are currently in Portugal with the India team undergoing the training while the others had to give a miss due to injuries.

Laximikant Kattimani

Felix D’Souza (Captain) Village: Parra Date of birth: 25-03-80 Height: 176cm Weight: 79kg Club: Sporting Clube de Goa Highlight: SAFF Cup winner, Santosh Trophy winner. Favourite star: Oliver Khan Role model: Jesus Dream car: Swift Fave food: Home cooked food, Prefer reading: Bible Music: Praise and worship songs, Last movie: Avtar Ideal place: Jerusalem, Message: John 14:6 Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.” Enjoy your football, Jesus loves you.”

Nicholas Rodrigues

Village: Cansaulim Date of birth: 03-05-1989 Height: 174cm Weight: 68kg Club: Dempo SC Highlight: Part of last years winning Goa Santosh trophy team. Favourite star: Lionel Messi Role model: Parents, Dream car: Toyota Corolla, Fave food: Fish, Prefer reading: Novels, Music: Hindi tracks, Last movie: 3 Idiots, Ideal place: Switzerland, Message: “Work hard, dedicate yourself and show discipline.”

Milagres Gonsalves

Village: Benaulim Date of birth: 09/09/82 Height: 175cm Weight: 65kg Club: Sporting Clube de Goa Highlights: Man of the tournament Santosh Trophy 2005, SAG’s Geno Award NFL player of the year 2005-2006, GFA most promising player 200506. Fave star: Ryan Giggs, Role model: Lionel Messi, Dream car: I 20 Hyundai, Fave food: Rice and curry, Prefer reading: The power of positive thinking Music: Pop, Last movie: Waterworld, Ideal place: Malaysia Message: “Work hard and success will follow you”.

Savio Carneiro

Village: Santa Cruz Date of birth: 24/01/87 Height: 177cm Weight: 69kg Club: Salgaocar SC Highlight: Goa at Lusofonia Games, Macau. Fav star: Cristiano Ronaldo. Role model: Cristiano Ronaldo, Dream car: Honda Civic, Fave food: Fish curry and rice, Prefer reading: Sports Watch, Music: Love songs, Last movie: 3 Idiots, Ideal place: Europe, Message: “Hardwork, is the only way for success and without pain you cannot achieve anything in life”.

Fulgancio Cardozo

Village: Navelim Date of birth: 26/06/87 Height: 175cm Weight: 70kg Club: Churchill Brothers Highlight: Becoming a professional footballer. Fave star: Brazilian Ronaldo Role model: Lionel Messi Dream car: Honda Civic Fave food: Fish, curry, rice, Prefer reading: Comic books, Music: Hip-Hop, Last movie: 3 Idiots, Ideal place: Mexico, Message: Enjoy the journey.

John Dias

Village: Verna Date of birth: 23/01/88 Height: 180cm Weight: 73kg Club: Sporting Clube de Goa, Highlight: Best defender award in U-21 Nationals, Fav star: Ashley Cole, Role model: Arjen Robben, Dream car: Honda Civic, Fave food: Fish curry, Prefer reading: Football books, Music: Hip Hop, Last movie: Raajneeti, Ideal place: Europe, Message: “Work hard to achieve goals and never lose hope.”

Village: Quepem Date of birth: 18/12/80 Height: 168cm Weight: 68kg Club: Dempo SC Highlight: Becoming a footballer, Fave star: Zinedine Zidane. Role model: Steven Gerrard Dream car: Swift Dzire, Fave food: Fish, curry, rice, Reading: Tinkle, Music: Club music, Last movie: 3 Idiots, Ideal place: Europe, Message: “Work Hard always”.

Covan Lawrence

Adil Khan

Village: Verna Date of birth: 07/07/88 Height: 173cm Weight: 73kg Club: Sporting Clube de Goa Highlights: Man-of-the match award in I-league 2009-10, player of the tournament U-21 Nationals Fave star: Rio Ferdinand Role models: JohnTerry and Rafael Marques Dream car: Honda Civic Fave food: Fish curry, rice Prefer reading: newspapers, Music: Hip Hop, Movie: House-full, Ideal place: Brazil. Message: “Work hard to achieve the goal and never lose hope is the moral of life”.

Mathew Gonsalves

MP 1 UP 7 Haryana 1

AGENCIES KOLKATA, JULY 25

Delhi stormed into the pre-quarters of Santosh Trophy National Football Championship with a resounding 3-1 victory against Madhya Pradesh in their last group league match on Sunday. Delhi continued their fine run

in and opened their accounts in the 4th minute through David Ngaispe but failed to hold their one goal advantage and conceded the equaliser in the 17th minute , when MP striker Javed Manihar netted in with ease. After the break it was Delhi all over and they went ahead once again in the 55th minute with former HAL and New Delhi midfielder, Bhuvan Joshi finding

the back of the net, while Vikash Rawat sealed the match for the Ravi Rana coached side in the 90th minute. Delhi will take on Chhattisgarh in the pre-quarterfinal on July 27. Chhattisgarh beat Haryana 51 in another match. Uttar Pradesh scored a 7-2 thumping win over minnows Arunachal Pradesh but that was not enough to see them into

Nicolau Borges

Rowilson Rodrigues

Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra blamed the AIFF for allotting the 2010 World Cup tickets to South Africans which were designated for Indians. The AIFF was given ten tickets of which two of them were allegedly misused and sold at a

‘higher price’ as claimed by Mitra. “I was given one of the ten tickets which cost around $400 in category three. My seat number was 18 and number 20 was occupied by AIFF vice-president Ankur Dutta.” “Two South African nationals came over and took the number

17 and 19 seats which were allotted to the AIFF for Indians. “The question of the hour is when there is such a high demand for tickets in India why are we selling our tickets to foreigners? We demand clarity in this issue else we shall write on this to the AFC and FIFA,” informed Mitra to Goal.com.

Ankur Dutta, who was a witness to the incident as claimed by Mitra, confirmed the same and added that Mitra got to know of their tickets when they requested him to shift to seat number 19. “It is true that I was sitting on number 20 and Mitra was on 18. Two South Africans asked Mitra to shift to number 19 so

Godwin Franco

Village: Palolem Date of birth: 04/04/88 Height: 168cm Weight: 68kg Club: Sporting Clube de Goa Highlights: Lusofonia Games in Macau and Portugal, Goa U-16, U-17, U-21. Fave Star: Kaka Role model: Kaka Dream car: Sx4 Fave food: Fish, curry and rice Reading: Comic books, Music: Slow songs, Last movie: 3 Idiots, Ideal place: America, Message: “Believe in yourself and work hard to be the best player”.

Frank elected Sucaldem chief MARGAO (GHC) -- Frank Viegas was elected president of Sucaldem Youth Club for 2010–12, at the general body meeting at Sucaldem Club House, recently. The other office bearers are: Vice President Hermegildio Trinity Soares, Secretary Lafredo Menezes, Joint Secretary Lenin D’Costa, Treasurer Santan Antao. Executive members: Sanjay Menezes and Kenneth Dias.

that they could occupy the 17 and 18 slots which is when the Mohun Bagan general secretary would have seen their tickets,” said Dutta.Interestingly, it has been revealed that the two tickets belonged to AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta and treasurer Hardev Jadeja. (Goal.com).

HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JULY 25

Anurag Mhamal AND Gauri Hadkonkar won the State sub-Junior Chess Championships for boys

and girls respectively conducted by Goa Chess Association in collaboration with Bambolim Chess Club and Sports Authority of Goa at Fatima Church hall, Curca,

Bambolim which concluded on Sunday. Anurag beat Ritviz Parab in the final round and won the title. He scored 6.5 points out

of 7 rounds and was undefeated. Anurag, a National A player won the title for the record 5th time.

Niraj Saripalli, Pranav Zantye, Omkar Damle scored 5.5 points each and finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th respectively. Niraj dre w w i t h P r a n a v Zantye, Omkar beat Adrian Almeida in the final rounds. Akhilesh Rai and Rohan Ahuja scored 5 points each and stood 5th and 6th respectively. Akhilesh drew with Rishubh Naik and Rohan beat Saeesh Bandodkar in the final rounds. In the girls category, Gauri won the title scoring 5 points out of 5 rounds and remained undefeated. She beat Ur vi Bandekar in the final round. Urvi Bandekar, Aishwarya

Joseph Pereira Village: Cortalim Date of birth: 27/06/82 Height: 160cm Weight: 58kg Club: Sporting Clube de Goa Highlight: 2003 Under-21 champions Fave star: Frank Lampard Role model: Thierry Henry Dream car: I 20 Fave food: Fish, curry, rice. Prefer reading: Newspapers Music: Slow music Last movie: 3 Idiots Ideal place: Mysore Message: “Always play in the true spirit of the game.”

Clifton Gonsalves Village: Agasaim Date of birth: 15/02/87 Height: 173cm Weight: 65kg Club: Dempo SC Highlight: Signing a professional contract Fave star: Fernando Torres Role model: Zinedine Zidane Dream car: I-20 Fave food: Fish Reading: Novels, Music: Hip-Hop, Last movie: 3 Idiots, Ideal place: Europe, Message: “Hard work and discipline.”

Wilton Gomes

Village: Fatorda Date of birth: 22/01/87 Height: 172cm Weight: 70kg Club: Mohan Bagan Highlight: Top scorer in competition in Wales, played for India U-20 and U-23 Fave star: Diego Maradona Role model: Cristiano ronaldo Dream car: Hummer Fave food: Goan food Reading: You can win by Shiv Keda, Music: Rock, Last movie: 3 Idiots, Ideal place: Venice (Italy), Message: “Believe in your ability and try to make the country proud.”

Village: Navelim Date of birth: 31/10/80 Height: 172cm Weight: 68 kg Club: Sporting Clube de Goa Highlights: U-21, Santosh Trophy Fave star: Zinedine Zidane Role model: Lionel Messi Ideal car: Toyota Innova Fave food: Fish curry rice Reading: Novels Music: Rock songs Last movie: 3 Idiots Ideal place: Dubai Message: “Keep on practicing to become perfect”.

Photos: Aldrid Da Costa

Damodar HSS Students’ Council inaugurated HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JULY 25

The Students’ Council of Damodar Higher Secondary School, Gudi, Paroda was inaugurated by IPL and Chennai Super Kings player Shadab Jakati at a function at Paroda. Jakati lighted the lamp in the presence of principal, Arvind Kulkarni, vice-principal Jovita D’Costa, Yeshwant Karmali, vicechairman, Damodar Education Society and Venkatesh Jamkhandikar. Jakati emphasized the importance of hard work, determination and foresightedness in achieving the success. He said that success is not easily achievable. He had a special praise for his coaches Chandrakant Chede and Nitin Vernekar. Jakati was felicitated by the school for his vital contribution to winners Chennai Super Kings and was presented a memento by Physical Education teacher Jaikrishna Dessai.

Anurag, Gauri win State sub-junior Chess Championship

Prize winners at State sub-Junior Chess Championships for boys and girls at Curca, Bambolim, on Sunday.

Denzil Franco

Village: Guirim Date of birth: 16/ 02/85 Height: 175cm Weight: 65kg Club: Dempo SC Highlights: I have cherished every moment of my football career. Fave star: Zinedine Zidane Role model: Xavi Dream car: I prefer jet planes Fave food: Fish Prefer reading: Holy Bible, Music: All types of music Last Movie: Shaolin soccer, Ideal place: Nou camp (Barcelona stadium) Message: “Have faith in God, keep working hard and aim high.”

AIFF sold twoWorld Cup tickets at cost price: Mitra AGENCIES NEW DELHI, JULY 25

Goa will have to first qualify from the quarter-final league stage where they will meet Punjab, Karnataka, Services. The Herald met with the players during their training, so that the Goa football fans could know them a little more through their profiles.

Village: Saligao Date of birth: 30/06/85 Village: Majorda Height: 177cm Date of birth: 26/03/1987 Weight: 68kg Height: 175cm Club: Churchill Brothers Weight: 70kg Highlights: SAFF Cup Club: Churchill Brothers champion 2010 (India), Highlight: Goa U-21, Lusofonia Games. India U-23, Santosh Trophy. Macau, Senior India camp Fave star: Rio Ferdinand Portugal. Role model: Mahesh Gawli Fave star: Lionel messi Dream car: Honda City Role model: Parents Fave food: Goan fish curry, rice Dream car: SUV/BMW Prefer reading: Sports star or any book related to sports Fave food: Fish, curry, rice Music: Hip Hop songs, Last movie: 3 Idiots Prefer reading: Sports Watch Ideal place: Rochester, USA Music: Hip Hop and love songs ,Last movie: Knight and Day Message: “To live successfully, realise that you are capable Ideal place: Spain of making mistakes, so never give up!!!” Message: “Hard work is the only key to success”.

Branco Cardozo

Village: Fatorda Date of birth: 20/01/79 Height: 176cm Weight: 63kg Club: Dempo SC Highlight: Playing for Dempo Fave star: Lionel Messi Role model: My parents Dream car: Porsche Fave food: Fish curry Reading: Football books Music: Pop, Last movie: 3 Idiots Ideal place: Europe, Message: “Never give up”.

the pre-quarterfinals as they finished second in the Cluster V with six points, three points behind group toppers Delhi. Budhiram Soren scored a fluent hat-trick, while Tushar Chaudhary netted in a brace. Gyanendra Kashap and Jitendra Kumar were the other scorers for Uttar Pradesh. Nyamar Loyi and Tagatath scored for the losing team.

the matches will be played on astro turf which will demand faster pace. Felix claimed that the last year’s spirit was still alive among the players while Mariano felt that there was plenty of talent in the squad. Team spirit is high, no doubt. What is equally important is team work.

Cavin Lobo

Village: Nerul Date of birth: 09/10/78 Height: 168cm Weight: 58 kg Club: Sporting Club de Goa Highlights: Winner of Santosh Trophy representing Goa, Police Cup runners-up, runners-up Durand Cup, twice runners-up Federation Cup all with Sporting Clube de Goa. Fave star: Steven Gerrard, Role model: David Villa, Dream car: Swift, Fave food: Fish curry, Prefer reading: Hardy Boys, Music: Pop music, Last movie: 3 Idiots, Ideal place: Taj Mahal, Message: “Work hard and be disciplined, success will run after you.”

Delhi move into pre-quarters Delhi 3 Arunachal 2 Chhattisgarh 5

do his best to prove that his last year’s victory was no fluke. He did concentrate on fitness during the first two weeks of coaching, thus leaving him with very little time to concentrate on the tactical aspect besides coordination and team work. Fitness becomes paramount as

Village: Navelim Date of birth: 04/02/80 Height: 175cm Weight: 75kg Club: Dempo SC Represented: India U-19 and Seniors; State U-15,U-19,U-21 and Seniors. Fave star: Rio Ferdinand Role model: Roberto Fernandes Dream car: Getz Fave food: Goan favourites, fish curry, rice, Prefer reading: Any books related to football Music: Hip Hop, Last movie: 3 Idiots, Ideal place: Jerusalem Message: “Keep on working hard till you achieve your goals or dreams.”

Peter Carvalho

Village: Nuvem Date of birth: 15/02/87 Height: 175cm Weight: 79kg Club: Dempo SC Highlight: Winning the Santosh trophy last year. Fave star: Lionel Messi Role model: Mahesh Gawli Dream car: Ferarri Fave food: Fish, curry, rice, Reading: Books on sport, Music: Hip-Hop, Last movie: 3 Idiots, Ideal place: Australia, Message: “Work hard, play harder.”

The players have assembled just after the one-and-half month break from the last season, as such one will have to wait and watch how they have regained their fitness levels, during the short period of training at Chowgule College ground in Margao. Coach Mariano Dias, will certainly

Thorat, Sonali Kerkar, Riddi Zantye and Sayani Kerkar scored 4 points each out of 5 rounds and finished 2nd , 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. Aishwarya Thorat beat Saks h i N a i k G a o n ka r, S o n a l i Kerkar beat Aditi Prabhugaonkar, Riddi beat Sachi Bandodkar. Four players from each category will represent Goa in the National Sub-Junior Nationals to be held in Delhi from September 4-12. Ashesh Keni, president, GCA, Ar vind Mhamal, secretar y, Kishor Bandekar, treasurer, Shivaswamy, Standrik Colaso were present at the prize distribution function.

IPL cricketer Shadab Jakati being felicitated by Physical Education teacher Jaikrishna Dessai at Gudi, Paroda.

Chairperson,Students’ Council Binny Parulekar welcomed.

Venkatesh Jamkhandikar proposed the vote of thanks.


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In BrIef Roddick upset by Fish Mardy Fish extended his winning streak to nine matches by defeating top seeded Andy Roddick 7-6 63 to advance to the final of the Atlanta Tennis Championships. Fish will meet second seed John Isner in the final after the towering American overcame stifling heat to beat unseeded South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

Explanation from Sreesanth sought The Kerala Cricket Association decided to seek an explanation from speedster S Sreenath for his reported remarks against the association and its office bearers. A decision to this effect was taken at the General body meeting of KCA here, which took the view that Sreesanth had exceeded his limits and violated the code of conduct, KCA Secretary T C Mathew told reporters. "If Sreesanth repeats such things in future, the body has authorised the office bearers to take an appropriate action immediately," he said.

England stick with Morgan Eoin Morgan has kept his place in the England squad for the first Test against Pakistan at Trent Bridge starting on Thursday, edging out Ravi Bopara despite his back-to-back centuries in a recent game with Yorkshire. Squad: Andrew Strauss (capt), James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.

‘No question of protecting Modi’ Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi will have to face the music if he is found guilty of corruption, according to ICC President Sharad Pawar who made it clear that there was no question of "protecting" his one-time protégé. Pawar said the recent corruption scandal has tarnished the image of IPL to some extent and Modi was paying the price for his controversial style of functioning which had not gone down well with the BCCI's top brass.

India’s ICC Test top spot at risk AGENCIES COLOMBO, JULY 25

Still licking the wound of a 10wicket mauling in Galle, a jittery India go into the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka starting on Monday with their status as world number one team at stake. The visitors were outplayed in all departments of the game in the first match and they risk being dislodged from their ICC top ranking, besides surrendering the three-match series, if they lose the second Test at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground. A 2-0 or 3-0 series scoreline in Sri Lanka's favour will remove India from the perch and lift the hosts to the top spot. India can regain their top ranking if they win the third Test starting on August 3 at P Sara Oval as a 1-2 series loss will keep them safe at the perch. A loss in the second Test will also mean that India continue their 17-year-old jinx of not winning a Test series in Sri Lanka after Mohammad Azharuddinled side's feat in 1993.

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Murali, Malinga absence won’t make task easy: Dhoni PTI COLOMBO, JULY 25

The dreaded duo of Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan would be missing from the Sri Lankan bowling attack but Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said their absence does not make his batsmen's job any easy in the second cricket Test starting here tomorrow. Pacer Malinga and off-spin genius Muralitharan shared 15 of the 20 Indian wickets among them and played a major role in inflicting a crushing 10-wicket defeat on the visitors in the first Test in Galle. Malinga has been ruled of the match due to a knee injury and Muralitharan has just retired from Test cricket. "Nothing is easy in international cricket. You may miss the

most experienced bowler but at the same time there will be a youngster standing up saying that I will try to fill in the shoes and he may be a good talent," Dhoni said at the pre-match press conference. "So it is not about whom you are missing and that which matter is who is filling in the gap and who will be doing the job for you." Ajantha Mendis, who was India's tormentor in the last tour, will replace Muralitharan but Dhoni was confident of taking on the dangerous mystery spinner. Mendis had also taken six wickets during India's only practice game ahead of the Test series but Dhoni said his batsmen have got the measure of the bowler by playing against him consistently.

"There is definitely more exposure. Most of the cricketers who were part of the side have played him in the past quite a few times. So that really helps them in judging what kind of variation he has got. What is the kind of line he looks to bowl

and the general strategy as well. I think it will be an interesting face off between the batting and the bowlers.” "Because we have one of the best batting line ups. So definitely they will try to do well against him, especially when last time we were here most of our batsman could not read all the deliveries and could not do better than what was expected. So I think it will be a nice face off," Dhoni said. Dhoni was still unsure about the combination for the match but said India may go in with three pacemen at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground. "There is a bit more grass cover on the wicket. The face of the wicket still looks a bit dry. Still, I think there will be more bounce for the fast

We have to find new bowling partnerships: Sangakkara

Gambhir doubtful PTI COLOMBO, JULY 25

India's injury woes compounded today after opener Gautam Gambhir was rendered a doubtful starter for the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka due to a knee problem. India need to win the crucial match, beginning tomorrow, to square the series. The left-hander, who has been struggling of late, was a flop in the first Test at Galle where he got out in the very first over of both the innings. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he is not sure of Gambhir's availability for the match. "As far as injuries goes Gautam is having a problem with either the left or right knee. I am not 100 per cent sure which knee. So we will take a call may be in the evening or tomorrow morning before the game," Dhoni said. India are already missing fast bowlers Zaheer Khan andS Sreeanth due to injuries.

Ground. "If they bowl to a plan, they can be effective. They should bowl in the right areas. Let us see how it works out. We have to change our balance in the bowling attack a bit but the attitude remains the same," he said. Now that Muralitharan has walked into the Test sunset, Sangakkara is pinning hopes on carrom ball bowler Ajantha Mendis who has returned to the squad for the second Test after missing out the first at Galle. Mendis, who tormented India in their last tour of Sri Lanka with 26 wickets in three Tests in 2008, did well for Sri Lanka Board President's XI in the warm-up game with a six for 67 haul. "Mendis bowled well in the warm-up game and we are hoping that he will do well in the second Test. We also have Ran-

PTI COLOMBO, JULY 25

With the individual brilliance of just-retired Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga missing, Sri L anka captain Kumar Sangakkara today said his team will have to build bowling partnerships to trouble the Indians in the second cricket Test starting here tomorrow. "Absence of Murali and Malinga has opened up a chance for o t h e r bowlers. We h a v e to now look for a partnership effort in bowling," Sangakkara said on the eve of the second Test at Sinhalese Sports Club

Alonso wins German GP in Ferrari 1-2 AGENCIES MUNICH, JULY 25

Fernando Alonso led a controversial one-two for Ferrari in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim with the Scuderia seeming to instruct Felipe Massa to let him past. Massa leapt from third to first at the start of the race, with Alonso slotting in behind him as poleman Sebastian Vettel who finished on the podium fell back to third. The Brazilian was de facto leader until Alonso moved past on lap 49 of 67, soon after Ferrari had asked engineer Rob Smedley to tell him: "Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?" The next message from Smedley was: "Well done. Good lad. Now try and keep with him. I'm sorry." The incident is likely to come under fire from the media. It is Ferrari's first one-two since the opening race of the season in Bahrain and they s h o w e d t h e g re a t e r p a c e throughout. Vettel was also quick and closed the gap on Massa in the final laps, but did not get close

enough to launch an attack. The German's Red Bull teammate Webber struggled to match him and was passed by Lewis Hamilton early on to drop to fifth ahead of Jenson Button in the other McLaren. The opening pitstops saw But-

ton lead briefly, and the reigning champion exhibited strong pace on the wearing super-soft tyres to oust Webber from fifth after he had eventually come in. That was the finishing order behind the front three, Hamilton all alone by the end to claim

Fernando Alonso gives a thumps up after victory.

a comfortable 12 points with Button picking up 10 and Webber eight in the fight for the title. It keeps the 2008 champion top with 157 points from Button (143), Vettel and Webber (both 136). Alonso's victory moves him on to 123. Ferrari were convinced that Alonso had the greater pace despite both their drivers setting fastest laps throughout the race, as did Vettel. Before Alonso took the lead, he had said, "this is ridiculous" over the radio in response to Massa shutting the door on an overtaking move. Until Massa dropped off him following the changeover, they had been within three seconds of one another throughout - and this while passing a multitude of backmarkers. Robert Kubica of Renault was seventh ahead of Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, who enjoyed a late battle for position. Amazingly all were lapped by the front three drivers.Vitaly Petrov, also of Renault, completed the points positions.

No points but double finish for Force India AGENCIES MUNICH, JULY 25

For only the second time this season, Force India returned empty handed as Vitantonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil finished the German Grand Prix at the 16th and 17th place respectively in Hockenheim on Sunday. The result also snapped Force India and Sutil's point-spree of

the last six races. Sutil's home GP, he was one of six Germans in the race, thus ended in sheer disappointment. Points eluded Liuzzi for the third time in a row but he had the satisfaction of moving six places up after starting 22nd on the grid. Force India's race was compromised in Saturday's qualifying itself when Liuzzi crashed

out after an accident and Sutil was handed a five place penalty for changing gearbox between FP3 and qualifying. There were problems for Force India cars right from the onset as both Sutil and Liuzzi were in the pit lane in the opening lap itself. Sutil, who began at 17th, needed to change his front wing and took another pit

stop after four laps, dropping to 21st spot. The German though kept pushing hard and by the lap 29 he had moved to number 15. Liuzzi also rose to 17 shortly after the half-way mark in the 67-lap race, which saw five retirements. A third pit stop pushed Sutil down to 17th and he kept that position till the end.

gana Herath and Suraj Randiv in the wings," the home team captain said. "In the pace department, Angelo Mathews is bowling with good seam. He can bowl well if there is something in the wicket," he said. Asked how Sri Lanka keep on producing good bowlers with different action, like a Mendis or a Malinga, Sangakkara said, "One of reasons is that we have a lot of rubber and tennis-ball cricket and bowlers can come out with new things." "Many of us have undergone formalised training based on English techniques," he said. Sangakkara said the SSC will be a typical Sri Lankan pitch with lots of runs in it. "SSC is a good wicket as it used to be earlier. I am sure the curator has done a good job, it has a lot of run earlier," he said.

Malleswari wants IWF Yadav sacked IANS NOIDA, JULY 25

Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari said Sunday that Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) secretary Sahdev Yadav should be sacked for not taking timely action against coach Ramesh Malhotra, who has now been suspended on charges of sexual harassment. Malleshwari, who is the vicepresident of the IWF, said that Yadav never paid heed to her complaints in the past against Malhotra. She said that Yadav should take the responsibility and resign. Under pressure, the IWF, in the wake of the sexual harassment case in hockey, sacked Malhotra after Malleshwari alleged that the coach was involved in sexually harassing junior lifters at the national camp at Patiala. "It is not enough to suspend the coach. The federation secretary should also be sacked since he never took any action against Malhotra despite repeated complaints. If Yadav is not sacked, then people like Malhotra can become coaches again," Malleswari told reporters here. Malleshwari said that she first complained against Malhotra at the IWF Executive Committee meeting at Udaipur in February. "I was assured that action would be taken. But leave alone taking action, he was recommended for the Dronacharya award," she added.

Contador wins 3rd Tour de France AP PARIS, JULY 25

Alberto Contador celebrates his third Tour win.

bowlers compared to Galle. About the strategy, we will sit and have a thought about it as to what exactly you want to do. Where you want to bowl first or bat first.” "If you are looking to bowl first then 3:1 is an ideal combination. If you bat first then you will stick to 2:2. So we will see what exactly the thinking is and accordingly we will decide," he said. Dhoni said the Indians will look to minimise the mistakes they made in the opening Test. "That is crucial. I think you have to stick to the basics and do the basics right rather than thinking about the last game. Because we all knew what mistakes were committed on the field. The long the duration between two mistakes, that is what makes you a good player," he said.

Alberto Contador won his third Tour de France in four years on Sunday, heralding the arrival of a new cycling superstar, and seventime champion Lance Armstrong finished the race for the last time. The 27-year-old Spaniard sealed the victory after holding off a challenge from main rival Andy Schleck of Luxembourg in Saturday’s individual time trial. Schleck was the runner-up, finishing 39 seconds back, and Denis Menchov of Russia was third overall. Contador exchanged hugs with his Astana teammates, who began chanting “Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole” on the Champs-Elysees, where thou-

sands of fans lined the route to cheer the cyclists. Armstrong completed his last Tour in 23rd place, 39:20 after Contador, his former teammate and rival. It was a far cry from the Texan’s solid third-place finish in 2009, his return from a four-year retirement from the Tour. Armstrong’s last ride in his beloved race began in controversy and ended under a cloud of suspicion, following accusations by former teammate Floyd Landis that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs to win. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour title after a positive test and later admitted doping. His allegations against Armstrong and others

helped launch a federal investigation. Armstrong has never tested positive and as he has in the past, again denied any involvement in doping. On Sunday, his RadioShack team was temporarily barred from starting for wearing an improper jersey - and the race started about 15 minutes late as a result. TV images showed Armstrong and his teammates putting on normal jerseys with their correct race numbers after they tried to wear a black jersey with “28” on the back. The figure was chosen to honour the 28 million people fighting cancer, one of the themes Armstrong’s Livestrong Founda-

tion focuses on. Contador sipped champagne during the leisurely ride and held up three fingers to signal his third Tour win. His Astana team was likely to quash any attempt for Schleck to break away Sunday and they had a playful ride. Also during the ride, Contador, who is known as ‘El Pistolero’ for his trademark finger-firing gesture, took a blue plastic squirt gun and sprayed photographers. C o n t a d o r w i l l j o i n G re g LeMond, Louison Bobet and Philippe Thys as a three-time Tour champion. Armstrong is the most successful Tour rider with seven consecutive wins, between 1999 and 2005.

THE SQUADS

INDIA Mahedra Singh Dhoni (Capt; wk), Virender Sehwag (vc), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra, Abhimanyu Mithun, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay. SRI LANKA Match starts at 10(vc), am Tillakaratne Kumar Sangakkara (Capt), Mahela Jayawardene Dilshan, Nuwan Pradeep, Dilhara Fernando, Rangana Herath, Prasanna Jayawardene, Suraj Randiv, Thilina Kandamby, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Tharanga Paranavitana, Dammika Prasad, Thilan Samaraweera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Chanaka Welegedara.

Bopanna & Co in Atlanta final IANS ATLANTA, JULY 25

India's Rohan Bopanna and Kristof Vliegen of Belgium defeated Stephen Huss of Australia and Brazil's Andre Sa in straight sets to reach the doubles final of Atlanta Tennis Championship. Bopanna and Vliegen won 75, 7-5 Saturday. They will take on Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram in the final of the $531,000 hard court event. Lipsky and Ram beat compatriots John Isner and James Blake 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5). Bopanna and Vliegen have been in form in the tournament. The duo saved two match points in their quarter-final win over

Jonathan Erlich of Israel and Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and that was the only time they dropped a set en route to the final. But they will get tough competition from Lipsky and Ram, who did not drop a set on their way to the final, winning their last two matches in a pair of tiebreaks. Bopanna is trying to capture his second ATP World Tour title of the season. He and Pakistan's Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi won in Johannesburg in February. Bopanna's first title came in Los Angeles two years ago. The 30-year-old Indian is 2-8 in finals. Vliegen is looking to earn his first career ATP World Tour title.


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