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IN BRIEF 5 Jharkhand ministers ‘quit’ Five Jharkhand ministers belonging to BJP and JD(U) submitted their resignation letters to Governor M O H Farooq, who today forwarded these to Chief Minister Shibu Soren. Tourism Minister Sudha Choudhary (JD-U) submitted her resignation letter today while the four other ministers — (all BJP) — sent their letters to Farooq yesterday, Raj Bhavan sources said. – (PTI)

Visa row may hit Indo-Canada ties In revelations that threaten to cause irritation in Indo-Canadian ties, two retired Lt Generals, three serving Brigadiers and an IB Deputy Director besides a former senior IB official have been denied visas on grounds that their organisations were engaged in violence. The IB officer, assigned to travel to Toronto in connection with the Prime Minister’s trip there next month, was later allowed to travel after protest from India. – (PTI)

One more held in Times Square plot Pakistani officials have detained an 11th suspect in connection with the probe into the failed car bomb attack in New York by Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad. The latest suspect to be detained is a man named Qamar Ejaz, a Pakistani intelligence source told CNN. Ejaz’s brother, Adnan Ejaz, is a former Pakistan Army major who is also in custody. – (PTI)

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AI staff buckle under pressure

Call off stir l Management sacks 15 PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 26

The 33-hour flash strike by a section of Air India employees was called off today following a Delhi High Court order, but the management cracked down on strike leaders sacking 15 and suspending 13 others. Several more employees involved in the strike which began yesterday afternoon and disrupted hundreds of flights, are likely to be either terminated or suspended, highly-placed sources said tonight, indicating that a total of upto 100 employees would face action. The High Court earlier restrained the striking employees from continuing with the stir even as Government talked tough asking the airline’s management to crack down on them. The Air Corporation Employees Union (ACEU), which spearheaded the strike along with the All India Aircraft Engineers Association (AIAEA), while announcing that the strike has ended said the striking staff will resume work with immediate effect. “Following the intervention of Chief Labour Commissioner and in the interest of travelling public, the ACEU is calling off the agitation. Our rank and file has been asked to restore normalcy as soon as possible. The AIAEA is also calling off the stir,” ACEU leader J B Kadiyan told reporters here.

TOUGH TALK

Delhi HC turned the heat on the Unions directing them not to continue with the strike and also not to resort to strike with effect from May 31 in terms of the May 14 strike notice, giving relief to AI management. Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel backed the AI management and said the airline is free to take firm measures to restore normalcy. To questions on sacking and suspension of employees, Kadiyan claimed that the Chief L abour Commissioner S K Mukhopadhyay has given in writing that no victimisation can take place if conciliation process is on. Welcoming the Unions’ decision to call of the strike, Air India CMD Arvind Jadhav said, “we want NACIL to become a professional, accountable and disciplined organisation. The Management is trying to ensure discipline...We are grateful to the Government of India for backing us.” The Unions fell in line after

KTC conductor with excess cash trapped HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 26

A Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) bus conductor preferred to fling money from the window rather than lose his job. In an unusual incident, KTCL conductor on Margao-Panaji route threw two notes of Rs 50 from the window to save himself from being trapped by ticket checkers. Deputy General Manager Sanjay Ghate disclosed that the said conductor was thoroughly checked by ticket checker, who found Rs 75 extra on him despite his desperate attempt to get rid of extra money. “Notice was issued to him after he was found with extra cash,” Ghate said. In yet another incident a conductor was found short of ticketed amount — Rs 85 — on the same route. “This also amounts to irregularity and action will be taken in this case too. Lots of complaints are being received from Panaji-Margao route,” an official said.

The Corporation has injected several fiscal measures including plugging of revenue leakage by their own staff. After implementation of sixth pay commission, the salary hike is to the tune of (Continued on page 2)

Ticketless travel made strict HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 26

The Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) will now take ticketless travellers to the police station if they don’t pay the fine. Deputy General Manager Sanjay Ghate said that ticketless travellers will not be spared even if they claim bankruptcy to pay the fine. “The Corporation has now decided to adopt stringent measures to rake up the revenue after sixth pay commission burdened them with the additional financial liability”, he said.

the order of the Delhi High Court which turned the heat on them giving relief to the management of the cashstrapped state-owned airline which was given a free hand by Government to take stern action against the striking employees. Air India officials said 130 flights, mostly domestic, could not be operated since the flash strike by engineers and ground staff began yesterday. The strike caused a loss of Rs 10 crore and severely affected 13,000 passengers most of whom remained stranded, they said.

SSC exam results today HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 26

Results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination conducted by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in March-April 2010 will be declared on May 27, 2010, at 11 am. The 17,500-plus students will have many options to get their results. T h e G o a B o a rd h a s a n nounced that the results would also be available on several websites: www.examResults.net, w w w. r e d i f f . c o m / e x a m s , w w w. i n d i a r e s u l t s . c o m , w w w. exametc.com, w w w. G o a E d u c a t i o n . n e t , w w w. s c h o o l s 9 . c o m a n d www.goaresults.nic.in. Students will be able to get their results on SMS at 5676750, 56263. They can type gssc<space><seatno> 56767999 and see their result. Distribution of statements of marks/statements of marks-cumpassing certificates will be done on May 27 from 11 am to 1 pm to taluka-wise schools at the following institutes: Tiswadi (Continued on page 2)

Cops-drug dealer nexus: Court wants Govt say on CBI probe HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 26

While Crime Branch has not made any significant progress in its investigation in the alleged police-drug dealers nexus, the Bombay High Court at Goa on Wednesday asked the State Government whether it would consider handing over the investigation to a specialised agency like CBI. The vacation Bench of Justice N A Britto put forth the question while hearing a bail application moved by suspended police inspector Ashish Shirodkar. The police officer was among the first arrested by the Crime Branch for his alleged nexus with the drug dealer Atala. The Court said the case has wide ramification and sought to know whether the Government intends to hand over the investigation to CBI. The Public (Continued on page 2)

In a bid to prevent migratory birds deserting India’s wetlands during winters, the Environment and Forest Ministry on Wednesday unveiled a priority programme of creating a regulatory mechanism for conservation of wetlands like Keoladeo national mark in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, Chilika in Orissa and Wular in Jammu and Kashmir. It issued a draft notification for setting up the regulatory authorities at national, state and district levels for wetland conservation, inviting comments from all stakeholders latest by June 21. It pointed out that onethird of Indian wetlands have already been wiped out or severely degraded and hence the high priority being accorded for protecting them. The draft notification divides the wetlands into three cate-

gories, A category directly handled by the central regulatory authority and B and C categories tackled by the state and district authorities. A total of 25 wetlands have been identified in “A” category and these include Chilika Lake of Orissa, Koladeo National Park of Rajasthan, Kolleru Lake and

Sambhar L ake of Andhra Pradesh, Bhoj Wetland of Madhya Pradesh, Tsomoriri, Wular Lake, Hokarsar (Hokera) and Surinsar and Mansar in Jammu and Kashmir and Pong Dam Lake in Himachal Pradesh. It seeks to prohibit conversion of wetlands for land use, their reclamation, setting up or

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HUNGRY FOR POWER

South Zilla members serve deadline over devolution of power, threaten hunger strike HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 26

Cutting across party lines, Members of the South Goa Zilla Panchayat has served a six-month deadline on the Goa Government to devolve powers and functions to the district panchayat bodies or threatened to go on a hunger strike. That’s not all. The ZP members have clamoured for a hike in salaries and a pension scheme, besides petrol allowance similar to the perks enjoyed by the Members of the Legislative Assembly. At the ZP meeting held on Wednesday, the district Panchayat body also adopted a resolution seeking the intervention of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to direct the Congress Government in the State to bestow powers to the Zilla panchayats as enshrined in the

What they want

Powers to the Zilla Panchayats as enshrined in the Constitution. l A hike in salaries, pension scheme, petrol allowance similar to the perks enjoyed by the Members of the Legislative Assembly. l

Constitution. Members pointed out that the Congress is ruling at the Centre and in Goa and hence called for devolution of the powers and function to the Zilla Panchayats. Critical of the repeated cold shoulder by successive Governments in giving them powers

under the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution, the ZP members agreed to brace up to launch a movement in support of their long-pending demand. In fact, members, especially those having allegiance to the Congress, were told by their colleagues, to prepare to act independently in the event the State Government ignores their claim for additional powers. ZP Chairperson Maria Rebello said the ZP meeting also decided to invite Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik and Panchayat Minister Babu Azgaonkar in the first week of June to the ZP office and hear the grievances of the members. She pointed out that the Rajya Sabha MP was the lone leader who had communicated to the ZP body, congratulating the new members after wining the elections. (Continued on page 2)

Cruise boats get notice on sewage HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 26

The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has issued notices to cruise boats operating in river Mandovi for discharging sewage waste into the river. They have been asked to show cause within 15 days as to why no action should be taken against them. Interestingly, among the violators are two government-run boats – Santa Monica and Shantadurga. GSPCB conducted an inspection of the boats a few days ago

to verify the complaints received by it that the cruise boats do not have treatment plants and that they dispose their sewage

and other waste directly into the Mandovi. The notices have been sent on the basis of the inspection

Govt may include caste in census PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 26

The Government could go in for inclusion of caste in census, according to indications that emerged today from a meeting of the Union Cabinet which decided to set up a Group of Ministers to discuss modalities in this regard. During the meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, several ministers, including M Veerappa Moily, Jaipal Reddy, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Mukul Wasnik and Dayanidhi Maran favoured inclusion of caste in census, sources said. There was a general feeling that inclusion of caste in census exercise was necessary in the changed scenario. Some ministers said an early decision on the issue should be taken as the Monsoon Session was not far away and several political parties have been very vocal in demanding inclusion of caste in census. Home Minister P Chi-

Bid to prevent migratory birds desert India’s wetlands HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, MAY 26

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expansion of industries, manufacture or storage of disposal of hazardous substances, solid waste dumping, discharge of effluents, and any construction of permanent nature except for boat jetties within 50 metres from the mean high flood level of last ten years. The proposed notification also requires prior approval of the concerned regulatory authority for certain other activities like withdrawal of water, harvesting of resources, treating of effluent discharges from industries, cities and towns, plying of motorized boats, dredging, fisheries and facilities for temporary use such as pontoon bridges and approach roads. Meanwhile, the number of endangered bird species in the country has risen to 154 as compared to 149 two years ago, a recent study has said.

dambaram, who had earlier expressed reservations to the proposal, was cautious on the matter, they said. Wasnik reportedly suggested that the Home Ministry alone was competent to do the exercise and not ministries of Social Justice or Tribal Welfare. He said the Home Ministry was doing it for the last several decades, the sources said. Some ministers even said there was no need for a GoM and recalled that the sentiments of members during the discussion on the issue in the Lok Sabha was overwhelmingly for inclusion of caste in census exercise. Moily, who has been vocal votary for inclusion of castes in census, said castes could easily be included in round two and three of the exercise when the work on National Population Register begins. Kapil Sibal and M S Gill expressed reservations on including castes in census as the

exercise has already begun, the sources said. Some said that inclusion of caste in census was a gigantic exercise as the country has over 17,000 castes and sub-castes, some of which are scheduled castes in some states but not in some others. A minister said none of the members opposed the inclusion as such but wondered how far such a course of action would be in consonance with the goal of a caste-less society. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who has been heading several GoMs on sensitive subjects, could be given the task to head the group to look into the issue. Anand Sharma, who had spoken against inclusion of castes in census, today presented a balanced view on the sensitive subject. Sources said the GoM would also finalise the modalities involved if castes are to be included in census.

reports prepared by GSPCB inspectors, sources said. Most have kitchens and restaurants but there are no facilities to treat toilet and kitchen waste. Wet waste, however, is taken care of, the sources added. Besides, it was also found during the inspection that used oil is discharged into the river after a gap of some months. While Santa Monica is operating for more than 15 years, Shantadurga was commissioned during BJP Government. The others are private-run boats.

Mayawati’s wealth swells PTI LUCKNOW, MAY 26

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati today declared her assets which stood at over Rs 88 crore, an increase of nearly Rs 36 crore in the past three years. An affidavit submitted by her while filing nomination papers for next month’s Legislative Council polls said she has commercial and residential properties worth Rs 75.47 crore.

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CCP warned against tempering with original GSIDC list PANJIM (HR): After hitting the controversy for allowing addi-

tional vendors at its new market, the Corporation of the City of

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Panaji (CCP) now seems to be heading for another goof up by tempering with the list of Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC). CCP’s opposition corporator Surendra Furtado has warned the CCP against tempering of original list of GSIDC by adding new names to it. “The corporation in the recently held standing committee meeting decided that the names of all those non-Goan’s, to whom the shops have been transferred by locals, to be enrolled in the new list of GSIDC,” Furtado said. “This is illegal and is against the decision taken during the construction of new market,” he added. Furtado has warned Mayor Carolina Po and Commissioner Elvis Gomes that if they don’t desist from tempering with the list, he will approach High Court and get a stay.

“I request mayor and commissioner not to be part of these illegalities,” he said. However, Mayor Po denies of any such resolution being passed by the committee. “I was present during the meeting….there was no such resolution....it’s a false news,” she said. Interestingly, Po said that if such proposal comes in near future then the corporation might think on it only after proper study. “All the documents will be verified and then the decision will be taken,” she explained. Recently, the corporation has completed the survey of closed shops in the market complex and has decided to re-allot it. The market project was marred with controversy after few corporators misusing their position tried to accommodate additional vendors diversifying from the earlier decisions.

Orlim villagers cry foul over inspection of mega project HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 26

Orlim villagers cried foul over the inspection carried out at the mega housing project on Wednesday and has asked the village sarpanch to immediately issue stop-work order and revoke the construction license issued to the builder. The villagers bitterly complained that that the so called inspection was carried out by keeping them and the complainants away from the site. Kim Miranda said the site inspection was a one-sided affair with the complainants being left out standing in the Fabrica property, while the T C P c o n d u c t e d t h e Pa n chanama. Incidentally, she said the TCP official later maintained that he had come specifically for the Panchanama, while the Panchayat said it was a for a joint site inspection. Given the situation, the villagers, who were expecting a joint inspection along with the TCP, BDO and complainants, de-

manded an immediate halt to all construction activity on the site. They told the Sarpanch not to allow any workers to stay on the construction site or in the vicinity, saying they are a threat to the security in the village. The villager later demanded that the Sarpanch, deputy Sarpanch and the Secretary immediately issue stop work order and revocation of the license. The villagers claimed that while they had to go without power and water supply, the builder is working late into the night, disturbing the neighbourhood. Meanwhile, the Colva police led by PSI Sudesh Velip also visited the mega housing construction site to conduct panchanama under section 17A of the Town and Country Planning Act. The Panchanama follows the case registered by the police against the builder under section 17-A of the TCP Act following a letter from the Town Planner Rajesh Naik.

AI strike affects passengers at Dabolim HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 26

Nearly 500 passengers had to bear the brunt of nationwide strike by Air India employees, as three flights including one international scheduled to take off from Dabolim airport were cancelled on Wednesday afternoon. However, most of the passengers were updated on the status of the strike and were asked not come to the airport because many flights were cancelled all over the country. Few passengers, who had the urgency, visited the airport and were flown in some other airlines. According to Dabolim Airport Director D Paul Manickam, two domestic flights, Mumbai-Goa and Delhi-Goa via Mumbai scheduled in the morning and evening did not arrive in Goa, as both arrival and departure were cancelled, while international flight ChennaiGoa-Kuwait was also cancelled. “It is most likely that Kuwait-bound passengers will be flown on May 28,” added Paul. On Tuesday night, about 170 passengers of Dubai-Goa-Bangalore flight that had arrived in Goa were stranded, after Air India employees refused to flow it to Bangalore. Most of the passengers were accommodated in a hotel in Vasco. Meanwhile, passengers of Dubai-Goa-Bangalore flight were flown in some other flights to Bangalore on Wednesday afternoon.

Govt agencies to suggest measures in tackling polluted Colva Creek HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 26

Various government agencies will meet on Thursday at Colva to put their act together and implement measures to stop the environmental degradation of the Colva creek by the discharge of sewage waters in the storm water drains. Two days after the Colva panchayat sought extension of time to prepare an action plan to tackle the menace, a meeting of all government agencies has been called to suggest ways and means to tackle the polluted creek, but suggest long term measures to stop discharge of sewage and kitchen waste in the water bod- File photo of Colva creek. ies. recently asked the Directorate of Food Representatives of the Health, Tourism, and Drugs Administration and department Water Resources, Pollution Control Board, of Tourism, requesting them to initiate besides Sewerage Corporation of Goa and necessary action from their end against the local Colva village Panchayat are ex- all hotels, restaurants, eateries, shacks, pected to deliberate on the alarming situ- residential apartments and other commeration in this tourist village. cial establishments that are causing a The Goa Pollution Control Board had health hazard so as to avoid the outbreak

Drowned body of boy retrieved

Students urged to be cautious while applying for new courses

HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 26

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 26

A body of a 14-year-old boy from MPT Colony, Headland Sada, Mormugao, who was feared drowned at Japanese Garden Beach, was retrieved by Mormugao pol i c e e a r l y We d n e s d a y morning. It may be recalled that A l e x Pa u l w a s f e a re d drowned when he along with his friend had ventured into rough sea on Tuesday evening. However, his friend was rescued by their other friends. Police said the body was washed ashore at the same place, where the deceased had venture into the sea for swimming.

GOACAN has called upon all SSC, HSSC & TY College students who are planning to pursue further studies through various educational institutions in Goa and other States of the country to be cautious when applying for the various courses and making payments for the same. In view of the various complaints received, GOACAN has alerted all students and their families to take the maximum precautions before taking a final decision on their further studies. It maybe noted that every year students get cheated in various ways such as being provided incomplete admission forms, paying for courses not duly Recognised or Accredited, Courses not having facilities as promised at the time of admission and additional fees being

Tigers footprints spotted in Sattari

Footprints of tiger. HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, MAY 26

The Forest department officials have recently spotted footprints of tigers at two different places in Keri-Sattari. It may be recalled that the work on census of tigers existing in Goa, conducted by the forest department, is in progress in different parts of the State. While the work on census of tigers was in progress, the Forest department officials found footprints of tiger, tigress and cub at two different places in Keri. According to sources, the footprints of tigress and cub were first spotted at Chorla Ghat and later at Kelawade-Keri. Following the development, forest official Deepak Betkikar from Ponda office along with his team took the footprints engulfed in plaster of Paris and sent it to wild life discovery institution at Dehradun. Similarly, the proof that tigers

of a potential epidemic in Colva village. The Pollution Control Board had warned that the situation pertaining to the indiscriminate discharge of sewage by various commercial establishments in Colva warrants immediate concerted action of all concerned government department. The Board had called for appropriate action by the government agencies to ensure that the prevailing situation in Colva is rectified so as to safeguard the environment and public health at large in the village. Incidentally, the Goa Sewerage Corporation, which has been invited for tomorrow’s meeting, has expressed its willingness to prepare a scheme for Colva village. However, the question of funding the sewerage scheme may create hurdles as necessary funds for execution of sewerage scheme needs to be placed by the government with the Corporation to take up any project.

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are moving in areas like Surla, Pansuli, Hivrem, Vaghurem, Dudhsagar, Kaware, Verle, Salgini, Gaodondari, wild life sanctuaries at Netrawali, Cotigao, Mollem and Bhagwan Mahaveer have also been found.

Tuition teacher acquitted in sexual assault case HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 26

The Children’s Court has acquitted a tuition teacher Conny D’Silva, who was charged by the Colva police for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year old at Benaulim. President of the Children’s Court, B P Deshpande acquitted the accused on grounds that the prosecution has failed to prove beyond all reasonable doubt about the charge framed against the accused. The Judge observed that the prosecution has failed to prove that the accused had sexually assaulted the victim body by committing grave sexual assault on him on various occasion. The Judge observed that around 13 students used to attend tuition class from 3 to 8 pm in the house of the accused, which were from different classes, ie from Std IV to X and it is unbelievable that such tuition teacher would be engaged prior to and after the tuition class in such sexual activities with a boy of 10 years old, that too in the veranda of the house. “The defense witnesses have brought on record the probability that no such act could have been done and therefore it is sufficient to consider this aspect as it is well settled that it is not necessary for the accused to prove her defense beyond all reasonable doubt, but it could be proved on the basis of prepondence of probabilities”, the Judge added.

collected without authorisation. “Many advertisements on the print & audio visual media and on websites offering various short term educational courses need to be carefully examined for false assurances made to enhance the credibility of the course and to entice the student applicant”, stated GOACAN Coordinator Roland Martins, while appealing to students to cross check course fee discounts, special offers and other promotional schemes before making part or full payments and to verify whether the receipts issued are by the authorised persons of the Institution. The students and parents have been requested to check the validity or status of Degrees or Institutions, Accreditation status of University or Colleges by logging on to the following websites: Ministry of Human

Re s o u r c e D e v e l o p m e n t (www.education.nic.in) University Grants Commission (www.ugc.ac.in) All India Council of Technical Education (www.aicte.ernet.in) Association of Indian Universities (www.aiuweb.org) National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) (www.naacindia.org) Medical Council of India (www.mciindia.org) Distance Education Council (www.dec.ac.in) Students have been further advised to file their complaints with the Department of Education, Department of Higher Education, Directorate of Technical Education, Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education and Goa University as the case maybe and send copies of the same to the GOACAN Complaints Cell, Post Box 187 Margao 403 601.

From Page 1 Hungry for power

ZP Member Pradeep Desai, who has sent a memorandum to the Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the inordinate delay by the Congress Government in Goa to devolve powers to the district Panchayat bodies, said the ZP members would not have any option than to resort to hunger strike in the Capital city. Members pointed out that the MLAs and MPs had recently got a big hike in their monthly salaries and demanded to know why similar hike should not be given to the ZP members, whose constituency comprises of five or more panchayats. In this connection, another member demanded that the Government should sanction minimum 50 litres petrol to each of the ZP members to move around the constituency. Colva ZP member Nelly Rodrigues said the ZP Chairperson should do the follow up with the Government-appointed committee on the devolution of powers to the ZP bodies. Today’s meeting also deliberated on the question of utilizing the administrative funds for the creation of assets in the ZP constituencies such as on electric fixtures and waste composting etc.

KTC conductor trapped

40 per cent while management has decided to hike their earnings at least by 10 per cent. The Corporation has already suspended four of its conductors, while in two cases the inquiry is on and two are grounded. Apart from these, two drivers are issued memos for not stopping on the way for passengers. The Corporation has also opened a helpline for the passengers to inform about the misdeeds of their staff. More than 100 phone calls were received by the management on the first day when helpline number was declared by the management. The helpline number is 9423055742. “We have maintained a register. Once we get complaints, we take immediate action against the said conductor and driver”, Ghate said.

SSC exam results today

(Progress High School, Panjim), Bardez and Pernem (Dnyanprasarak Vidyalaya, Mapusa) and Bicholim and Sattari (Progress High Schoool, Sanquelim), Mormugao (St. Andrew’s Institute, Vasco), Canacona and Salcete (Loyola High School, Margao), Quepem and Sanguem (S E S High School, Curchorem), Ponda (A J de Almeida High School, Ponda). All the Heads of the secondary schools have been requested to send their representative with a letter of authority to collect the results and statements of marks on May 27 between 11 am to 1 pm. If the same is not collected by the heads of the schools through their authorised representatives on the said day the same will be available at the Board’s office on any working day. The Board informed the proforma for verification of marks has been uploaded on its website and the same can be downloaded and photocopied. It mentioned the application forms for verification of marks in presentia and for supply of photocopies can also be downloaded from the same website. Centre-wise, maximum were enlisted at Mapusa centre and the least in Sanguem centres. The examinations were conducted in 23 centres. The last date for accepting the application for photocopies of answer-books in the office of the Board is June 10, and for verification of marks in absentia/presentia is June 24, a circular said.

Cops-drug dealer nexus

Prosecutor Carlos Ferreira who appeared on behalf of the State Government has been asked to take instruction from the Government. The Opposition BJP has already lashed out at the Government for its “causal approach” in investigating the police-drug nexus.


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Aggrieved teachers to go on indefinite hunger strike HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 26

Oil residue gathered on the shores of Caranzalem-Miramar beach.

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‘Operation Tar Balls’ clean up along coast HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 26

Department of Tourism has undertaken extensive exercise of prompt cleaning of beaches from Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Sinquerim stretch. Workers are put on the beaches for cleaning tar balls that washed on the shores. The Contractor working for Tourism Department said the clean up was scheduled to be completed in a couple of days. He said, there is no magic trick to making tar balls disappear. Once tar

balls hit the beaches, they may be picked up by hand or by shovels. Tar balls along the coast of Goa arise whenever an oil-slick occurs in the vicinity of the coastline. One common cause for such a slick is dumping oil overboard by a passing ship in high seas. The department has initiated to clean up all the beaches as and when the problem arises. The newly constituted inspection asked to keep a close watch on the occurrences.

Aggrieved by the inaction on the part of the State government, the Discriminated Teachers’ Forum (DTF) will be holding a dharna and an indefinite hunger strike on May 28 at Chief Minister Official residence at Altinho, here. Around 1,019 discriminated teachers’; who also happen to be senior citizens are aggrieved by the forceful retirement at the age of 58 and have been time and again approaching the State government to fulfill their demands of financial implication, which amounts to Rs 8 crore. “An ultimatum of 15 days was issued to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on May 12, which expires today but in spite of this there has been no assurance from him to resolve the issue. As such we are forced to demonstrate and have an indefinite hunger strike for our rightful dues,” president of DTF Neves Anthony Rebello told reporters. He said that it’s been almost nine months since the issue is pending with the chief minister. “On October 29, 2009, when we first took the issue to him, Kamat said that he needs some time to study the demands and accordingly he had directed the account section of directorate

3 held for attack on ANC cop HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 26

Workers engaged in cleaning the Calangute beach of tar balls.

South Goa ZP plans to purchase mobile morgues HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 26

Now, the South Goa Zilla Panchayat has outlined plans to purchase mobile morgues in view of the ailing Hospicio mortuary. At the Wednesday meeting of the district Panchayat body, the members passed a resolution to go for mobile morgues for each of the Zilla Members. If ZP Chairperson Maria Rebello is to be believed, the Zilla Panchayat has plans to provide minimum four mobile mortuaries to each of the 20 ZP members in the next five years. “The Hospicio morgue is playing truant every other day. The morgue has become unreliable that bodies are forced to be shunted between Margao and GMC, Bambolim for want of adequate space for the dead to rest in peace”, she added.

Law dept’s opinion sought on role of civic bodies in construction file “The ward councillor is the best person who is aware of the Urban Development Minister, local situation in terms of traJoaquim Alemao has said he has ditional pathway, roads, etc. You mooted a proposal to the Law just cannot pass construction department for opinion on the plans by keeping the councillor question of in the dark”, he said. passing con- n Asserting that there’s an urgent need to The comment by struction files the Urban Developplace construction plans at the Council in the Civic ment Minister asmeetings before approval, the Urban bodies at the sumes significance Council meetas its comes within Development Minister Joaquim Alemao ings. two days after his says that many a problem can be “ The pro statement that all avoided if the elected ward councillor is posal is already construction files made aware of the files put up for lying with the are approved by takLaw departing ward councillors construction in his or her ward. ment. No into account stirred sooner, the law department When his attention was a hornet’s nest in the Civic bodgives its opinion, the Urban De- drawn to the government cir- ies. velopment Ministry will act ac- cular which prohibits the Chief Margao Municipal Chairpercordingly”, Alemao said, adding Officer and the Municipal tech- son Savio Coutinho was quick that he does not mind even plac- nical section from placing con- to welcome the stand taken by ing the proposal before the Cab- struction files before the the Urban Development Minisinet for approval. Council, Alemao said the Circu- ter and felt the government Asserting that there’s an ur- lar needs to be modified by the modifies the circular which pregent need to place construction government to ensure that the vents the Municipal administraplans at the Council meetings construction files are placed be- tion from showing files to the before approval, the Urban De- fore the Council for approval. elected representatives. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 26

velopment Minister said that many a problem can be avoided if the elected ward councillor is made aware of the files put up for construction in his or her ward.

Village groups call for injecting professionalism in ‘flying squads’ HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 26

Conveying their unhappiness over the functioning of the flying squads, village groups of Goa on Wednesday called for injecting professionalism in the functioning of the flying squads by constituting dedicated teams to tackle illegal landfilling and hill-cutting. Representatives of the village groups called on the South Goa District Collector G P Naik Wednesday morning and complained over the poor functioning of the flying squads. The village groups lamented that there is lack of professionalism in the management of the flying squad and demanded that the flying squad should have dedicated people to man its functioning. Judith Almeida said deputy collectors are already overburdened with official work and wondered whether appointing the deputy collectors to head the flying squad would serve any purpose. “These officials should not form part of the flying squads. We also demanded that the team constituted for the disaster management should not be used to act as flying squads”, she demanded. The NGOs appealed to the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to tackle the serious issue of illegal hill cutting and land-filling with professional and dedicated flying squads. “Let us get

rid of the old mindset and start anew”, Almeida said, while appealing to the Chief Minister to put a dedicated flying squad in place if the government is at all serious in tackling illegalities. When the district Collector told them that the telephone number of the disaster management be used to register complaints, the NGOs maintained that disaster managers should be for the managements of disasters, adding there ought o be one team for disasters and another to manage the flying squads. The NGOs later lodged four complaints on alleged illegalities relating to hill cutting and land filling going on at Manora, Colva, Seraulim and Verna plateau. “We have brought various violations at these four place to the notice of the district Collector. We want to see something happening on the ground”, said Cr ydon Madeira. When contacted, the district Collector said that the flying squads are supposed to issue stop work orders and report the matter to the Town and Country Planning department for further action. “The NGOs submitted their grievances vis-à-vis the flying squads. When I called up the number, the phone was found functioning”, Naik said, adding that the grievances of the NGOs would be communicated to the higher authorities for redressal.

One acquitted in Khareband attempt to murder case HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 26

The South Goa Sessions Court on Wednesday acquitted Guruppa Zamune who was charged by the Margao for the attempt to murder one Shiva Latur at Khareband last year. The accused was acquitted by Assistant Sessions Judge Anil Scaria for want of evidence. The prosecution had examined eight witnesses in support of its case, but that did not find favour with the court. In this case, the victim Shiva Latur had suffered multiple stab injuries after he was stabbed on July 12, 2009 on his abdomen, neck, cheek after being allegedly by the accused, who is a driver employed in a government department. The incident had occurred over some previous enmity between the victim and the accused, the police had charged.

Calangute Police on Wednesday arrested three persons in connection with the assault of Police Constable Mahabaleshwar Eknath Sawant attached to Anti Narcotic Cell (ANC). Calangute police have identified the accused as Cookie Marcelo Rodrigues (43) of Margao, but residing at Calangute, Sandeep Kumar Bhuniya (18) of West Bengal, but residing at Calangute and Janaya John (28) of Hyderabad, residing at Calangute. One accused is reported to be absconding. Police informed that all the accused have been booked under Sections 341, 333, 307 read with 34 IPC and have been remanded to seven days police custody. Police further informed that the Sections were altered immediately on receipt of medical report late Tuesday evening stating grievous injury to the ANC constable and a search to nab the accused began. However, the accused evaded arrest Tuesday night, but were finally trapped on Wednesday by Calangute police team led by PSI Sherif Jacques, Pramod Poll, Datta Shirodker, Akshay Tirodkar, Rupesh Kandolkar, Waman Naik, Datta Sawant and Pramod Pollji. Earlier in the day, Calangute police recorded Police Constable Sawant’s statement, where he stated that he was wrongfully restrained by Cookie and his staff. He also stated that he was hit on the nose with a hockey stick by John. It may be recalled that Constable Sawant was severely ass a u l t e d a t U m t t a - Va d d o , Calangute, when he along with an informer reportedly went to a shack to verify details about drug peddling activities at the beach.

of education to verify the financial implications. However, till date there is no firm stand on it,” Rebello stated. The president said that the indefinite strike will continue till the demands are fulfilled. DTF members alleged that they were forced to retire at the age of 58, when then Manohar Parrikar government changed the rules and set a new age for retirement from 60 years to 58 years, which was again revised by Kamat government. Apparently, the BJP government had reduced the retirement age in a bid to go in for more recruitment. The Pratapsing Rane government that followed, in keeping with the Congress party’s resolution, increased the retirement age to 60. “Our demands are just to settle our two years increment along with sixth pay benefit,” the president said. Meanwhile, a general body meeting of the forum members and all other such senior teachers has been fixed on Thursday at Loyola High School, Margao, to be part of this demonstration and hunger strike. DTF said that they have received full support from the education minister Babush Monseratte and from the 40 elected representatives of the state.

“Its only chief minister, who is against our grievances,” Rebello said. It may be recalled that the forum had a candle light procession in the state on the eve of budget session on March 21, 2010, where more than 600 teachers had assembled. Replying to a question, DTF vice president C K Mathew said that the case of government employees, who retired at the age

of 58 and the DTF, should not be treated as same. “Since last several years the retirement age of the government employees has been 58 years. It was changed only during Kamat tenure and was fixed as 60 years. Whereas teachers retirement age have been always 60 years,” Mathew explained. “The government employees problem is created by the government it self,” he added.


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Hot-mixing of Agonda roads hits road block HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, MAY 26

The hot-mixing work of roads in Agonda-Canacona may have commenced with much fanfare, but the project abruptly ended halfway much to the anger of residents in the village. It may be recalled that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and PWD Minister Churchill Alemao had launched the hot-mixing of about 6-km of State and Agonda village internal roads at an approximate cost of Rs 4.5 crore. Residents, who were unhappy with the government for ignoring their pleas for repair and hot mixing of village roads, were ecstatic on Sunday after Kamat and Alemao launched the longawaited demand, giving hope that the roads will be better in the ensuing monsoons. The contractor who immediately began hot-mixing the road near the Agonda panchcyat completed only one kilometer stretch up to Panna bus stop by Monday. “Villagers are taken for a ride by the politicians who even made wild promises of completing the works before monsoon

n Villagers are taken for a ride by the politicians who even made wild promises of completing the works before monsoon hit the State. We are squarely cheated in broad daylight. hit the State,” complained many locals adding “We are squarely cheated in broad daylight.” Instead of taking hot mixing job on the remaining portion of the State road or other marked internal roads, residents on Tuesday morning were surprised to observe that the hot-mixing machine was being moved out of the village. On noticing that machinery was moved out, some villagers reportedly confronted the contractor seeking explanation for leaving the roads incomplete and moving away.

Heated arguments reportedly ensued between the contractor’s personnel and some villagers. The contractor reportedly pacified a section of people saying that the hot-mixing plant at Balli is stopped and the hot-mixing machine itself will mechanically fail if it is operated in the eventuality of rains hitting the village. Efforts to contact PWD officials proved futile till late Tuesday evening. However sources informed that angry locals are planning an agitation against the government for cheating the locals and making false promises. When contacted, former minister Sanjay Bandekar said work of laying hot-mix on the remaining portion will be resumed on Wednesday. “Due to some technical difficulty which arose at hot mixer plant at Balli, it led to suspension of the work on Tuesday at Agonda,” said Bandekar. “ The chief minister and PWD minister assured me that the work will be resumed at the earliest,” informed Bandekar.

Pernem villages will be developed soon: Azgaonkar

Minister for Panchayats, Manohar Azgaonkar commencing the work of hotmixing of interior road at Torse in Pernem taluka on Wednesday. Also present are Chairman of North Goa Zilla Panchayat, Pandurang Parab, Sarpanch Anita Shetye, Panch Members Suryakant Toraskar and Vithal Parab. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 26

M i n i s t e r f o r Pa n c h a y a t s , Manohar Babu Azgaonkar said all internal roads in Dhargal areas would be hotmixed soon. Efforts are in progress to develop every village in Pernem taluka, but cooperation is needed from the villagers to achieve further socio-economic progress, he added. Mr Azgaonkar was speaking after launching the work of hotmixing of road at a cost of Rs 80 lakh at Torse in Pernem, on Wednesday.

Speaking further Azgaonkar assured to provide all basic needs like water and power supply, construction of roads, Sulabh toilets, footpaths etc in the area. Pandurang Parab, Chairman of North Goa Zilla Panchayat, Amita Shetye, Sarpanch, Suryakant Toraskar, Prabhakar Mote and Vithal Parab also spoke on the occasion. Mr Azgaonkar later inaugurated a drama stage constructed at a cost of Rs 4.5 lakh at Hankhane and footpaths at Harijanwada Hankhane and at

Children’s play area opened at Salaulim

Hedus, Ibrampur at a cost of Rs 8.30 lakh. He also inaugurated the Ganesh Visarjan platform and minor road of Rs 5 lakh and protection wall constructed at a cost of Rs 5 lakh at Ibrampur. Azgaonkar further laid the foundation stone for construction of protection wall in the area. The Minister was accompanied by Atmaram Naik, Sarpanch, Deepali Harijan, exsarpanch, Camilo Fernandes, Rajaram Gawas, Sandeep Naik, Rajan Mhapsekar and Narayan Talkatkar.

Pandey is chief of International Press Community

Mapusa Municipality failed to clean market drains: NGO HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 26

The Mapusa Nagrik Samiti has stated that despite pursuing with the authorities, the Mapusa Municipality has failed to comply with the demands of cleaning the market drains, cleanliness of the market on regular basis and installation of garbage cans in the market and other prominent places. Mapusa Nagrik states that while the Municipality has undertaken some works, it has failed to pursue several other works affecting the citizens. A press note issued here states that due to the efforts of Mapusa Nagrik, the municipality has been forced to take up road work as well as of the open manholes. Most of the roads are hot mixed with the exception of road opposite the Civil Court, Altinho and also at Morod road. The gutters near old St Mary’s School have been partly cleaned and corrected as per the requirement of Mapusa Municipality. The water department has also closed the man holes, which has been opened for many years. Mapusa Nagrik, headed by

Bicholim locals demand full-time CO, dy collector HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, MAY 26

Residents of Bicholim have demanded a full-time chief officer for Bicholim Municipal Council (BMC) and a full-time deputy collector for Bicholim taluka. It may be recalled that Bicholim taluka does not have fulltime deputy collector and chief officer due, to which important works of the residents have remained pending, as part time officers are unable to look after both the offices. It may also be noted that gove r n m e n t o f f i c i a l D H Ke nawdekar had been holding the charge of both the offices. However, since he has retired, new Deputy Collector Narayan Gaad has taken over the charge of the office. Villagers here have therefore requested the government to appoint to a fulltime deputy collector and fulltime chief officer for BMC.

Defence Secretary to commission coast guard ship HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 26

Indian Coast Guard Ship C-147 will be commissioned by the Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar, IAS on 28 May at NAD jetty, Vasco, between 9.15 am and 10.20 am.

n Due to the efforts of Mapusa Nagrik, the municipality has been forced to take up road work as well as of the open manholes. Most of the roads are hot mixed with the exception of road opposite the Civil Court, Altinho and also at Morod road. The gutters near old St Mary’s School have been partly cleaned and corrected as per the requirement of Mapusa Municipality. The water department has also closed the man holes, which has been opened for many years. Adv Antonio Lobo with active members Adv Cipriano Fernandes Barreto, Adv Sachin Desai, Adv Sidhesh Colvacar, Florian Lobo, Ratnapal Salkar and others, have put in efforts to improve the Mapusa city. Mapusa Nagrik also states that the place where the Bombay buses collect the passengers has not been planned properly and therefore the very purpose of breaking the earlier temporary stalls and taking them behind has failed and therefore the congestion between 7 pm to 10 pm has worsened due to negligence of the

municipality. Besides, the huge manhole and a huge opening has not been closed and repaired which is very dangerous for pedestrians and also the two wheelers touching Mapusa Urban Co-Operative Bank on the Morod Road. Mapusa Municipality has to still comply on war footing if they are sincere and honest about developing Mapusa into a beautiful exemplary city as per the norms of Mapusa Nagrik and residents of Mapusa, the press note stated.

Candolim PHC holds workshop on vector borne diseases HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 26

Primary Health Centre (PHC) Candolim, conducted an advocacy workshop on vector borne diseases at the conference hall of Nazri Resort, Cobra Vaddo, Calangute, on Wednesday. The Advocacy meet was attended by Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes, Saligao MLA Dilip Parulekar, ZP members of Saligao and Reis Magos Michael Lobo and Jayesh Salgoankar, Deputy Collector Mapusa Dasrath Redkar, Deputy Director of Vector Borne Diseases Dr Deepak Kapadia, Dr Sachin Govekar, Nagoa Arpora Sarpanch Agnelo D’Souza, Candolim Panchas Blaise Fernandes, Ramkrishna Kerkar, Sandra Fialho and Ophelia Sequeira, Nagoa-Arpora Panch Mahesh Korgaonkar, GOACAN members and villagers of Calangute and surrounding areas including PHC Candolim staff. After the inauguration of advocacy meet, PHC Candolim Health Officer Dr Sachin Govekar made a presentation on educating people’s representatives and citizens in eliminating the diseases caused due to breeding of mosquitoes. “The major contributors to the vector borne diseases like malaria, dengue, etc, are the migrant labourers employed at different construction sites,” said Dr Govekar. “The PHC by its hard work has been able to minimize and control malaria to a large extent through

their awareness campaigns and programme,” added Dr Govekar. Dr Deepak Kapadia said: “Though the results over the years after our efforts to control vector borne diseases are good, we should not be complacent and work on elimination of the diseases.” “However, without the co-operation of everyone including citizens, nothing can be achieved,” added Dr Kapadia. He further said village sarpanchas and panchas should look into health hazards while permitting constructions of huge projects as these are the major contributing places for mosquito breeding. “The elected members should form ward-wise committees to look into stagnant waters at the construction sites which are the breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” said Dr Kapadia. “A few drops of stagnant water is sufficient for mosquito breeding so it should be the initiative of the elected members of the panchayat to keep a strict vigil on such stagnant water leading to mosquito breeding at the construction site, wards or even at one own surroundings,” added Dr Kapadia. MLA Dilip Parulekar said: “We have been trying to desilt the drains, nullahs to avoid stagnant water in Saligao and have been involved in cleanliness of the villages.” Dr Indira Noronha compered the programme, while Dr Anil Khandeparkar proposed the vote of thanks.

Govt interested in welfare of common man: Alemao

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Minister for Forests Filipe Neri Rodrigues along with Pratap Gawas, MLA inaugurating the children’s play area at Salaulilm. Also present are MLA Vasudeo Gaonkar and others. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 26

Minister for Forests Filipe Neri Rodrigues inaugurated the children’s play area, a constituent unit of the Botanical Garden cum Eco Recreational Park at Salaulim in Sanguem taluka recently. MLA and Chairman of Goa Forest Development Corporation Pratap Gawas, Vasudev Gaonkar were present on the occasion. The Forest Development Corporation has been entrusted by the Government of Goa with prestigious project of development of Botanical Garden cum Eco Recreational Park, on the downstream side of the imposing Salaulim Dam.

The project component is sponsored by M/s Sesa Goa Ltd, as an initiative taken by the GFDC to develop the state of Goa with corporate partnership as a commitment towards social obligation and responsibility for the development of backward and hinterland areas in Sanguem taluka. The children’s play area is spread over an area of 700 sq mts and comprises of two play sections for the age group between 3 to 6 years and 6 to 12 years. The project cost is approximately Rs 16,84,000. The project components include multi activity play system, masonry work with sit out for parents, soft landscaping of the play area etc.

Ramakant Pandey from Mapusa has been appointed President of Goa unit of International Press Community at a function held at Kala Academy, here recently. The appointment was made by All India President Parminder Pandey, according to a press note issued here. Dr Pradeep Prabhugaonkar is the outgoing president. It is a registered organization having its head office in Mumbai with units/branches in ten states across the country. The organization is involved in various social activities and holds seminars and short term courses for youth to take up career in journalism. It also runs aged homes and plays a pro-ac-

tive role in times of natural disasters. Medical camps and blood donation camps are also organized and free medicines distributed, the press note added.

upcOMiNG eveNts Medical camp at Mapusa

PANJIM(HND): A specialized medical camp for the patients suffering from acute knee pain due to osteo-arthritis will be organized at Mapusa from May 28 to 31. The camp will be conducted at Mapusa Residency, near Mapusa bus stand from 9 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm by PNR Society for Relief and Rehabilitation of the Disabled from BhavnagarGujarat. The patients attending the camp will be examined by Dr Vijay Naik, eminent Prosthesis and Orthotist, who himself has invented this unique scientific knee brace. According to a press release, the brace is a patented product and is to be used externally over the affected knee. The brace stops the knee pain immediately and helps the patient to carry out all the routine activities like walking, climbing the steps, driving the vehicle, using Indian toilet, etc, without any difficulty. Besides, the brace is light-weight and user-friendly. The knee-brace corrects Geno Varum (bow leg) and arrests bone damage. Dr Vijay Naik has been awarded the prestigious best technology award and young scientist award for innovation of this scientific product. The brace is highly subsidized for the patients attending the camp. For details contact 9823030900 or 9890188459. No prior appointment for the camp is required, says a press release.

Workshop for students

PANJIM(HND): Anagha Wachasudar Pratishthan, Porvorim is a charitable organization is operative in the field of student’s welfare and will organize a workshop on May 30 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for the students facing poor performance in Board exams. The renowned educationalist having vast experience in the field of education will be guiding the participants. In this workshop, the issues like how to study, difficulties faced in studies and solutions thereof, how to get inspired and achieve concentration in studies, etc, will be dealt by the experts like Dilip Betkekar, Psychologist, Prachi Manerikar and others. The workshop is free of charge and limited to 50 participants only on first come first serve basis. For details and enrollment, contact: Anagha Wachasudar Pratishthan ‘Anagha’ plot No. 14/15, PDA colony, Porvorim, Bardez on tel: 2416254, 9423883444, 9420426252.

Interview on Doordarshan

PANJIM(HND): Doordarshan Kendra, Panjim will telecast an interview of noted Tiatrist Tita Pretto on May 28 at 7:30 pm. The interviewer will be Zeferino Dias. The programme is produced by Cypriano Lopes, programme executive, says a press release.

Friday Balcao

PANJIM(HND): Friday Balcao, the fortnightly discussion event will be held on May 28 to focus on whether the export of the non-renewable national resources should be banned ?. The discussion will cover issues of sustainable mining, dependecy on foreign exchange, need for a regulatory authority and India as a super power with the maximum non-renewable national resources. Friday Balcao will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Goa Desc Resource Centre No11 Liberty Apartments Feira Alta, Mapusa and is open to members of the public.

Retreat at Parra today

PANJIM(HND): Bro Michael Fernandes of Karuna Sadan Ministry will conduct a one day retreat on May 27 between 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm at Emerald Lawns, Parra.

TAG schemes for preservation of Tiatr HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 26

Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) has formulated schemes for the preservation of Tiatr, its songs and music through appropriate documentation. The first scheme is ‘Documentation of Tiatr, its song and music’ through research work. The research can be on any aspect of Tiatr, its song and music. Adequate remuneration will be paid to the research writer and the book will be published by TAG. The application in the prescribed form should be submitted to TAG on or before June 30 while the manuscript can be submitted by December 15. The other scheme is ‘preservation of Tiatr literature in the book form’. This scheme provides for the publication of books of scripts of tiatrs, lyrics of songs with or without music, scripts of one act plays etc. The prescribed application form along with the manuscript should be submitted to TAG on or before June 30. Scriptwriters of tiatrs and one act plays, lyricists of songs/music composers are requested to take the benefit of these schemes. No application to this effect will be accepted after June 30.

POWER SHUTDOWN MAY 27 PWD Minister Churchill Alemao launching the hotmixing works of various internal roads in Quepem Municipal area. ‘HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 26

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao launched the hot-mixing works of various internal roads in Quepem Municipal area along with MLA and Chairman of GIDC at Shirvoi- Quepem on Wednesday. T h e i n t e r n a l ro a d s a re taken up for hot-mixing at an estimated cost of Rs 3.75 crore. Speaking on the occasion, Alemao said, that the Government is committed for the welfare of the common people in the state. He stressed the need to create awareness about the people oriented programme

being implemented for the upliftment of poor and needy in the society. PWD Minister reviewed various Rural Development Programmes and requested the people to avail the benefit of these schemes. The Minister said that he has been successful in bringing effectiveness in the functioning of RDA and further mentioned that various development works have been taken under RDA. The Minister also listed various schemes meant for BPL people and said that people from Quepem taluka should come forward and take the benefit of BPL Schemes. So fare 50,000

people have been included in the BPL list and a total of two lakh people will be included, he added. MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar said that he will endeavour for the all round development of Quepem taluka. The inauguration of the hospital and multipurpose complex will be held very soon. So far various roads in eight panchayats have been hot-mixed at a cost of Rs 42 Crores, Kavlekar added. Chairperson of Quepem Municipal Council, Lidia D’Costa welcomed while Paulo Fernandes Councillor proposed the vote of thanks.

PANJIM: Between 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Nizmar centre, Yes Bank, Sujay building, HDFC Bank, Bugde tailor, Phadte Arts, Bobby saloon, Pastry Cottage, Lar Milrock, Menezes building and surrounding areas. MAPUSA: Between 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Health centre, Igrezwaddo, Bamonwaddo, Portawaddo, Oxel, Guddem, Dando, Vaddi Siolim, Vagali, Marna and surrounding areas. MAPUSA: Between 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Kamlabai restaurant, Khorlim-Semer, Garden centre, Samtanagar, Saraswat Vidhalay School, Dr Boney hospital, Govt. primary school, Kamleshwar garage and surrounding areas. BICHOLIM: Between 8.30 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Velage VP area, Joshibhat, Digne, Salgaonkar Mining, Dempo Mining in V P Surla, Digne, Sonashi, Goa Mineral area in VP Kudne in Bicholim taluka.

Power line warning

BICHOLIM: Newly erected 200 KVA transformer centre and its associated 11 KV line near Shri Nelson Fernandes House at Shantinagar, Mangor, will be test charged on May 27 and will remain charged there after. Hence the general public is hereby cautioned not to come in contact with the transformer, line and equipment as it is highly dangerous to human life and property.


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Theft of cables adds to misery of BSNL BINDIYA CHARI PANJIM, MAY 26

Telephone lines going ‘dead’ obviously puts the BSNL on the receiving end but for quite some time now, the cause in many cases is not “line fault”. The real culprit may be thieves who steal the underground telephone cable leading to disconnection of your telephone. In the last two years or so, the BSNL has noticed rising incidents of theft of their underground telephone cables across the State particularly in Bardez and Ponda. During September 2008 till June 2009, BSNL has lost material worth Rs 4 lakh. But it is not the question of loss of material alone for BSNL but also loss of revenue and goodwill because disappearance of laid cable whether it is two meters or more can lead to disconnection of telephone connections of couple of its customers. Speaking to Herald on Wednesday Sujeet Kumar, Deputy General Manager (DGM) BSNL, North Goa, said till March 2010 theft of cables have been reported from Tivim, Aldona, Siolim, Nachinola, Arpora as also from Panjim and Merces. In the recent times, thefts have also taken place in Nerul and Betim. But most cases of theft were reported from Tivim village. The Police have not able to track the culprits in any of the case except in Merces where police arrested one person. “Thefts of telephone cables

Wimax gets lukewarm response; 3G soon HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 26

Despite its technological superiority, Wimax (wireless digital communication system) or wireless broadband has not been able to expand its customer base in the State. Wireless broadband was launched in Goa on June 2009 but its customer base has not crossed 1000 mark. Of this 75 per cent are entrepreneur customers with individual customers opting for other broadband services. “It’s primarily the price difference that has restrained residential customers from opting for wireless broadband,” says Sujeet Kumar, Deputy General Manager (DGM), North Goa. The BSNL’s 750 plan offers 256 speed as also wireless stopped after that at least, in Merces,” says relieved Kumar however that has not been the case in other areas. Between September 2009 and March 2010, thirteen FIRs were filed about thefts that were discovered in Bardez and other areas but there has been no progress in investigation. While the police have failed to nail robbers, BSNL has been trying its best to min-

broadband with Rs 1000 plan offers a similar speed. However, the cost of the modem differs. The modem set for wireless broadband set is expensive as compared to other broadband connections. The price difference is almost Rs 3700. The BSNL Goa had tie-up with Coffee café Day to popularize wireless broadband but results seems to be not very impressive. 3G SOON: Goa is set to receive 3 G service in the next two months. The BSNL Goa has already put in place 80 BTS centers while 30 more will be set-up soon, said Sujeet Kumar, DGM Goa. Security check for 3 G service is scheduled for next months and on receipt of clearance from the security agencies the service will be launched. imise the damage. As most cases of thefts have taken place in the areas where PWD had dug trenches exposing telephone cables, BSNL has requested it to take care while digging. Also areas where trenches have been dug are patrolled to keep away robbers. But it is not a viable solution considering huge network of cables. “It is not easy to patrol all the areas” said the DGM.

14 freedom fighters to be honoured HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 26

The Government of Goa will honour 14 freedom fighters, including 9 posthumously on the occasion of Goa Revolution Day on June 18, at a function at Azad Maidan. The freedom fighters to be honoured are Pandurang

Dadasaheb Rane, Assnora-Bicholim; Sitaram Bablo Humraskar, Mapusa; Krishna Laximan Kerkar, Vasco; Damodar Tukaram Kambli, Panjim; Ragoba V Malik, Sanquelim; Chandrakant Bablo Parab, Betim. The freedom fighters to be honoured posthumously include Chandrakant Nilu Parrikar,

Calangute; Govindaji Jaswantrao Desai, Tuem; Ganesh Gaonkar, Honda, Sattari; Vishnu Zaiko Gaonkar, Honda, Sattari; Ragoba Babli Mainkar, Honda, Sattari; Sukdo Dhakto Chari, Honda, Satteri; Shivaji Pandurang Sawant, Panjim and George Francisco Andrade, St Inez, Panjim.

Road mishaps toll touches 13 in 3 days HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, MAY 26

The death toll along the roads in the State has continued with a total of 13 persons losing their lives in the last three days. VASCO REPORTER ADDS: A scooterist from Velsao died, after he was knocked down by a speeding tempo near Cansaulim Health Centre, Cansaulim, on Wednesday. According to Verna police, Sheriff Jerico D’Mello, who was proceeding on his Honda Dio scooter (GA-06-X-1347), was knocked down by a tempo (GA02-V-5759). Seriously injured D’Mello was rushed to GMC Hospital in Bambolim, where he succumbed to injuries. Police said the deceased has secured first class in the recently held Higher Secondary School Certificate examination. Verna police have arrested tempo driver Jerome Fernandes and is investigating the case. PORVORIM CORRESPONDENT ADDS: A 39-year-old motorcycle rider died, after the vehicle which he was riding rammed against an electricity pole at Porvorim on Wednesday at about 4.30 pm. According to Porvorim Police, the accident occurred when Ikbal Sheikh was speeding on his motorcycle (GA-03M-6869) from Porvorim towards Halliwada-Brittona. Sheikh lost control over the vehicle while descending the slope and dashed against an electricity pole and sustained grievous head injuries. Sheikh was declared dead on admission at GMC Hospital at Bambolim. Police Sub Inspector K P Sinari is investigating the case. Earlier, on Monday night, a 27-year-old man died, after the vehicle which he was riding collided against an oncoming motorcycle near Cansa-Tivim. According to Mapusa police, the accident occurred when Demetri Athaide was proceeding on his bullet motorcycle (GA-01-D-8214) from Bicholim to Mapusa. On reaching Cansa at about 10.15 pm, Athaide dashed

against another oncoming motorcycle (GA-04-A-9767). Both the motorcycle riders, who sustained grievous injuries, were admitted to Azilo Hospital at Mapusa, where Athaide succumbed to injuries. The other rider was shifted to GMC Hospital. Police Sub Inspector Uday Gaude is investigating the case. COLLEM CORRESPONDENT ADDS: A 25-year-old man from Dhanddi-Karnataka died, while three others were seriously injured in a road mishap along the highway at Anmode Ghat, Collem, on Wednesday evening. According to Collem police PI Manoj Mardolkar, the accident occurred at about 4 pm when six persons from Karnataka were proceeding in their Zen car (KA31-M-2931) towards Goa. On reaching at Anmode Ghat, the car collided against a truck (KA-16-A-6073). Chaanu Iranna Gegari died, while Ashok Bhatt, Meharubbi Ram Puri and Altaf Rampuri sustained grievous injuries. The other two occupants from the car escaped unhurt. Collem police rushed to the site and shifted the injured and the deceased to GMC Hospital. Collem police have arrested truck driver Mohammad Rafik Alisab Topi (20) of Chikmangalore-Karnataka. It may be recalled that nine

persons died in four separate road mishaps at UgvemPernem, Bhatwadi-Korgao, Matve-Dabolim and at BordemBicholim on Monday. On Tuesday, two more persons died in separate accidents at AdvalpalBicholim and KondalwadoPernem.


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inisters may make the rules, but they have to be based on laws. Powerful though they may be, ministers cannot make and break rules on whims. Their decisions must follow due process. Therefore, Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao’s recent declaration that no construction file can be approved by a civic body without taking the concerned ward councillor into confidence is a pure exercise in loud thinking. It has no force in law. Civic officials are not bound by it. Alemao apparently made the statement on Monday at the Cuncolim Municipal Council. He was reacting to demands of citizens in the wake of an agitation by local people against a construction license issued by the municipality for a bungalow at Adibandh in Cuncolim. He went on to warn the municipal engineer that he would be ‘sacked’ if any file is passed without taking the concerned ward councillor into confidence. We hold no brief for this bungalow. If it has been approved in violation of rules or condoning any illegalities, the license ought to be instantly withdrawn. If local people object to it on some other grounds, they must get a sympathetic hearing by the chief officer. We do not wish to comment on the specifics of this case. But we do strongly object to Mr Alemao’s new ‘rule’, announced only verbally, that “the concerned councillor(s) should be taken into account before passing any file, whether it is for a compound wall or a house”. As it is, people have problems complying with the complex paperwork required to construct anything legally. To add one more barrier is highly counterproductive. That this obstacle should be a politician is even worse. Mr Alemao is absolutely right when he says that a councillor has the right to know about any construction plan in his ward. But it does not mean (s)he has the right to dictate which construction can go ahead and which cannot. The latter is tantamount to giving councillors absolute veto powers over voters; something that is untenable in a democracy. “Treat this as my order,” the minister is reported to have told Cuncolim municipal officials. If that is what he expects, let him come out with a proper government order to the effect. Nowhere in the country do elected councillors have veto power over construction in their wards. All approvals and permissions are supposed to be issued by officials strictly as per the rules. And no amount of grandstanding by ministers should change that. It may or may not be true that the problem over the bungalow in Cuncolim arose because, as the minister claims, “the ward councillor was kept in the dark”. But one cannot change a rule because of one stray case. The fact is that even municipal chairpersons – leave alone councillors – are not normally taken into confidence before approving construction files. There is a very good reason for this. They have no right to interfere in the issuance of construction licenses. But this does not mean the municipal officials can refuse to furnish information to councillors about construction licenses they have issued.

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ow far have we fallen? Now, drug peddlers can beat up policemen in Goa and nearly get away with it. After Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC) constable Mahableshwar Eknath Sawant was beaten up by drug peddlers outside a shack in Calangute, the police only registered a non-cognisable (NC) offence of ‘simple hurt’. It was only after x-rays showed a broken nasal bone that ‘attempt to murder’ charges were laid. This is utterly shameful. It hints at a close nexus between the druglords and the state’s law and order machinery. Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes’ prophesy about the government and pimps & peddlers might yet come true…

Stinking creek Vincent Rego, Dubai What is the job of so called Pollution Control Board and Health Department? What are they doing sitting in their offices? Health officials should inspect each hotel and restaurant periodically unless they get periodic hafta. Who decided to release sewage water out in the open sea by digging a trench, where tourist and local people enjoy? One cannot understand how the local MLA being also the tourism minister lacks a sense of responsibility towards the stinking mess in Colva. The minister lives door and is not even bothered to check the stink of raw sewage that flows in the creek. Not just the MLA alone, but the panchayat also should own the responsibility for this dirty mess. Why has it taken so so long for the authority to act? Hotels and restaurant should be severely dealt with harsh

100 Years Ago

PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

27 May, 1910 •

It is referred that in 1453 the City of Constantinople was conquered by Mahomet II, the Emperor of Turkey, vanquishing thereby, the great Greek Empire which had ruled for well over two centuries.

• Goa is blessed with a pleasant weather, although monsoons are awaited. However, Rajputana and the Coast of Malabar are assailed with thunder and lightning. • Our Governor hosted on Sunday night a gala dinner for the High Court Judges and the Secretary Counsellor of Treasury. • There are reports that our delicious

mangoes are being exported to foreign countries via the sea route

• The opinion of Overseas Council which granted upon the retired Major Bettencourt the post of the General of the Brigade, was exchanged at the Council of Deputies.

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Noise pollution leads to various physical and psychological ailments writes FREDDY DIAS

ound the alarm. Sound pollution can drive you deaf. This frightening finding of the Goa Pollution Control Board (GPCB) says that noise pollution, particularly in urban and coastal areas of the State, has crossed all barriers. It has gone up to 40 to 45 per cent more than the ears can accommodate. Every year, Goa’s average noise level increases by one decibel. According to the preliminary findings of an ongoing study, Goa is becoming increasingly noisy. This year, the average noise levels have reached over 80 decibels, while the recommended daytime norm for residential areas is below 50. The highest noise level is recorded in various urban areas and all along the coastal belt, besides places through which the main Highways pass, the range between 79 and 84 decibels. Prescribed norms peg the permissible level at 45 to 55 decibels, not exceeding 60 decibels. The survey shows that the noisiest areas are Panjim, Vasco, Margao, Ponda and Mapusa, besides popular tourist destinations in the State like Colva, Calangute, Anjuna, etc. Noise levels, particularly at street junctions, in these areas, peak at a shrill 90-100 decibels, equal to the levels found, in the industrial areas. The few areas which do make the grade are found, not surprisingly, in far flung suburbs of Pernem, Satari and Canacona talukas. Debates over noise pollution in the state are not new. Every year, the season of festivals from September to May has seen irate residents pitted against revelers bent on having a raucous time. Several Court rulings, however, have ensured that loud-speaker noise has reduced considerably, although it still continues a contentious issue during festivals. Fingers now point to less obvious though more ubiquitous source of noise. The dramatic rise in the number of vehicles on the road, is mainly responsible for increased noise levels. Anyone crossing urban or semi-urban coastal areas at peak hours through the cacophony of horns and the unrelenting chug of engines, will be inclined to agree. While horns shriek at levels of up to 100 decibels, engine noise can range from 70 to 90 decibels in case of trucks and buses. Studies show that traffic police and residents

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Sound of Silence near traffic junctions and along the Highways experience disturbed sleep, frequent headaches and hearing loss. Learning ability among students in schools close to major roads and junctions are also affected. For the record, motorists are not supposed to honk during the night in suburbs or at cross-roads. Also pressure and musical horns are illegal. Pressure horns and gas-guzzling and smoke belching trucks, pickups, buses, etc., are the main problem area. Pressure horns are in vogue. Even scooterists have taken to using pressure horns. Multi-toned horns create problems and need to be checked thoroughly. Studies have shown that pressure horns blow beyond 120 decibels, and even a single exposure of 130-140 decibels is known to cause permanent injury to the ears. Also, sudden blowing of horns often lead to accidents. That’s not all.

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ecently, as my three-year-old grandson and I sat on the front porch early one morning, he became fascinated by the busy activity of a small ant. Still in his pajamas, he watched it intently for a few seconds, and then reached down to pick it up. “Look at my bug,” he proudly told me. “Honey, you need to let it go. It needs to go home and have his breakfast. Its mummy and daddy will be looking for it , “ I responded. “No, no, it is mine,” he replied, squeezing it tighter between his chubby thumb and index finger. “But it is frightened, and you are going to smush it if you don’t put him down”. He opened his grasp slightly and briefly checked its slightly leg movements, then resumed his captor’s hold on his tiny hostage. “I am big. It is little”, he announced, sounding very much like his television idols. “Yes, you are big, and it is a lot smaller than you, and must be very scared of such a big boy, so let it go home now, please.” “I will take it into the house,” he stated rather than asking permission. I exercised my grandfather’s veto power, and let him know that the ant was not going to become a household pet.

punishment including heavy fines and even closure of the establishment, but our too lenient government only knows to serve notices and gives them enough time to reply. This is stupid and unacceptable. If this had been in foreign country these hotels and restaurants would have been shut down indefinitely. Our tourism minister travels the world and cannot understand this basic principle of living? Has he noticed this mess in foreign countries he ever visited so far?

Miracles happen Joseph Vaz, Navelim The star letter in the May 25 issue , written by Mr. H. R. Chico, Panjim, made interesting reading. Yes, miracles do happen. If we pray sincerely to Mother Mary and venerate her through simple things like lighting candles, miracles do happen as mentioned by Mr. Chico. These times are dedicated to Our Lady and it is important that we pray to her, especially through the rosary, we can create miracles. But unfortunately with modernism creeping in and many of our clergy coming out with modern theories, praying the rosary, lighting of candles near the statue of Our Lady, sprinkling holy water, praying to saints, wearing a scapular or any other holy article is considered old fashioned The modern preaching is that you should pray directly to Jesus, all these traditions are useless. The writing of the popes over years has mentioned the importance of these simple traditions which helps in our Catholic faith. Please remember when you pray to Mother Mary, she directs all the prayers to her son, or for that matter praying to the saints, they all intercede for you, which means there will be more people asking God to grant you the favour.

Clinic first Joseph Pereira, Diwar I want to ask the people of Diwar to make a choice between a fish market and full-fledged clinic. I leave it for the people of Diwar to vote on this subject. The need of the hour is a full fledged 10 bed clinic with resident doctors and an ambulance which can ferry the people to the hospital. The other day, a lady fainted at

People living in noise zones tend to speak loudly. And birds are known to have stopped laying eggs in high sound zones. Unfortunately, neither the manufacturers nor users of multi-toned pressure horns are ever taken to task for such offences. As with other issues, laws for controlling noise pollution exist, but implementation is wanting. The Motor Vehicles Act (MVA) provides for norms on engine noise. For example, the permitted level of noise for two-wheelers is 80 decibels while for a passenger or commercial engine weighing 12,000 kg, the norm is 91 decibels. But sound is never used as a parameter in the engine tests the Regional Transport Office(BTO) conducts for registration or for fitness certification. Transport department officials admit that they do not check decibel levels since they do

not have the proper machinery for the purpose. Besides, The Act, according to them, has not laid down the exact manner in which noise should be measured. ENT specialists say levels in excess of 70-85 decibels for a prolonged period can lead to hearing impairment. Noise flattens the cilia (hair-like structures in the ear) which affect hearing. And it takes hours to get it back in shape. Continuous barrage of noise flattens the cilia which are then not able to straighten up and eventually die. Experts perceive noise as one factor contributing to the increasing incidence of deafness in the State. Normally, hearing loss starts at the age of 50 to 55, but now we see it begins as early as 40, ENT specialists say. Studies have shown that high noise levels also cause psychological and physiological damage. According to noise researchers, noise pollution leads to psychological illness, heart trouble, hypertension, ulcer and neurological disorder. An increase of 20 per cent in such cases has been noticed, of late. Technically, the entire state of Goa is a silence zone. In practice, not even the silence zones demarcated around schools and hospitals observe the norms. In fact, the silence zones are in the grip of noise pollution even though blowing a horn near a hospital, school and court up to a distance of 100 metres is strictly prohibited. Noise level at Hospicio hospital at Margao, is 82 decibels instead of the if5 during the day and 60 instead of 40 during the night. Why have the police not launched a drive to combat noise pollution when vehicles are being subjected to air pollution tests? Confronted with this question, police officials say that over 1,000 vehicles have been booked in the last four months alone for polluting the atmosphere. But noise pollution? Mum is the answer. The rules and regulations by way of Environment Protection Act, and Indian Penal Code (IPC) are all there at hand but unfortunately lie confined to files. The limits for noise level laid down by the Environment Ministry’s 1989 notification are so universally violated that they have become redundant. At the same time public awareness in the matter is at an alltime low.

He hesitated for a moment, looked up at me and mentally calculated that I was as much larger than him as he was to the ant, then bent down, and released his grateful prisoner. He struggled for a short time, then drunkenly continued to watch it until it was well out of his sight, and ready to take a popsicle break.

Because of him, for the first time in many years, I am seeing once more, the world of tiny creatures all around me. I find myself looking at earthworms, spiders, butterflies, lightening bugs, and the busy little ants. They have been here all these years since my own children were small, and I was too busy to notice the critter kingdom thriving in my own yard. Those beautifully, intricately woven spider webs, which are magically suspended between the columns of our front porch, still collect the morning dew. I now take a moment to pause and look at them, rather than knocking them down with a broom. The hairy little caterpillars that I used to find so repulsive are really fascinating to watch from a respectable distance. I have found bird nests and looked at the eggs that will hatch open to release the baby birds within them. The frogs, lizards, and snails that are permanent residents of our back yard have become

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a source of renewed great interest. The squirrels that hop across the front yard, out of the dogs reach, seem to sense that they are being watched, and stop, statue like, enabling us to get a longer admiring look. They have all been here, going on with their daily rituals, while I have been dashing through several years of my life, too busy to stop and notice nature’s free entertainment. I had almost forgotten how remarkable the wings of a butterfly could be, or how rhythmic the call of a Koyal (Kogull) is at dusk. I sat and watched a woodpecker noisily riveting his way into one of our trees, and wondered how many evenings he had done this, unnoticed by his human landlords. I now listen to the cooing of the pigeons in the faint light of early dawn, and the unseen tree frogs serenading in the dark evenings. No radio station, or orchestra, could rival their symphonies.

Those horrid little ticks have their place somewhere in all of this, I am sure, but I could very easily manage to get along nicely without their presence. And if my grandson decides he wants to observe any snakes in the vicinity, he will very definitely be happy that I can stand snakes, what with my village expertise.

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day

Wooing minorities

Jerry Fernandes, Saligao

BJP National President, Nitin Gadkari was here in Goa recently trying to apply ‘Fair & Lovely’ cream for the minorities after abusing them with ‘Saapat’ lotion for years. Speaking at a public meeting at Azad Maidan, he said that his party was not against minorities, but only against terrorists. I would like to know from him who these so-called ‘terrorists’ are. Are they only the Muslims? To prove his point,. Gadkari even went on to add that it was the BJP which had appointed A.P. Abdul Kalam a Muslim, the president of India. Well, if he and his party really have any concerns for the Muslims and the minorities in India, then why are they not re-building the Babri Masjid at the original site at Ayodhya? Why are they still glorifying and not sacking the chief architect of the infamous Gujarat riots 2002, Narendra Modi and not giving justice to all victims (mostly Muslims) of these communal riots? Why aren’t they taking any serious action against their own extremists outfits like the RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal, etc. Why haven’t they taken any serious action against Varun Gandhi for making that hate speech against Muslims? Come on, Nitin Gadkari, forget hanging Afzal Guru, Ajmal Kasab, etc. There are some of the worse political criminals from your own party like Narendra Modi, L.K. Advani, etc., roaming like VIPs and who need to be sent to the gallows for instigating and committing some of the deadliest crimes against our own Indian people in the name of religion and pseudo-nationalism. So, stop wooing the minorities by putting a Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi here and a Francis D’Souza there, coz we all know what this BJP is all about. the Santarbata Chapel while at prayer session. We approached and called 108. They responded speaking about their inability to cross the ferry. Opening of the new fish market should not be a pride of Diwar, it is secondary. Our basic need is a clinic with full facilities to meet the need of the villagers. We need to inform our local MLA, who inaugurated the fish market to be aware of the most urgent need of this islanders which has been promised in the past, but not yet delivered. We do not need supermarkets. All we need is our basic needs to treat the people in emergency.

Bitter truth Francis Soares, Santa-Cruz It is indeed sad to hear from a top politician that our votes do not count anymore. The bitter truth is that we have been outnumbered by migrants with the blessing of our leaders and there is little we can do about it. We can only remind them that not every one is born with a golden spoon. Many of our politicians, bureaucrats, top class migrants, builders have made it from

rags to riches. All have to realize that there is a God above watching and there is a limited period for everything. Have we not heard or seen many untoward incidents happening to such greedy and selfish people or their families? Losing someone precious in the family or suffering with chronic sickness. Do they care? Do they question themselves why did it happen? Deep inside, they will have the answer. Brother and sister born with a golden spoon or made it from rags to riches stop being greedy and selfish for God’s sake and look for the betterment of our future generation so that God may have a soft corner for you and your family, rather than repent when it is too late.

Watch out Prof Robert Castellino, Calangute Our Goan politicians, in their infinite wisdom are slowly beginning to realise that they no longer require our votes. They can depend on migrants to vote them back to power. Little do our politicians realize that it wont be long before the migrants realise that they do not require Goan politicians

to represent them. They can put up their own candidates. A few years down the line the scenario will be somewhat like this: ten odd Goan politicians will fight among themselves for Goan votes in a constituency; the migrants will vote en masse for their candidate who will stand a much better chance of winning even with a few undivided votes. Our Goan politicians must see the writing on the wall before it is too late.

Paths of Wisdom

Water woes Amit Majumdar, Porvorim The May 8 issuecarried a news item “Bardez water woes will be solved with Assonara plant : Churchill”. This was further elaborated by the PWD minister saying that the plant will be commissioned on May 25th. That sounded like Mozart’s music to the ears! Today is May 25th, the tryst with solving our water woes. We did not get to see the wonderful advertisements and soundbites from the CM or the PWD Minister today , first thing in the morning, announcing the grand inauguration and dedication ceremony of the Assonora plant for the aam aadmi ? We wonder what happened? Incidentally, the tryst with birthdays does not undergo any change. Almost half the newspapers are packaged with the great works being done by our so called netas and their incredible capabilities. The motto could be suitably changed to khaas aadmi

Warning signs Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco It must be said that since most of the well known beaches in the State are too crowded., people prefer to go to isolated beaches for a picnic. These isolated beaches do not have life guards doing duty as they are not under the purview of beach management company Drishti Special Response Service. Most of these beaches are dangerous for swimming. As it is not possible to post life-guards on all beaches in the State, the government should put up necessary sign boards on these beaches spread along the vast coastline warning the people from entering the water. Alternatively these isolated beaches where the waters are very dangerous for swimming should be closed to the public as there will be no life-guard around in case of an emergency.

The Old Man and the Scorpion One morning, after he had finished his meditation, the old man opened his eyes and saw a scorpion floating helplessly in the water. As the scorpion was washed closer to the tree, the old man quickly stretched himself out on one of the long roots that branched out into the river and reached out to rescue the drowning creature. As soon as he touched it, the scorpion stung him. Instinctively the man withdrew his hand. A minute later, after he had regained his balance, he stretched himself out again on the roots to save the scorpion. This time the scorpion stung him so badly with its poisonous tail that his hand became swollen and bloody and his face contorted with pain. At that moment, a passerby saw the old man stretched out on the roots struggling with the scorpion and shouted: “Hey, stupid old man, what’s wrong with you? Only a fool would risk his life for the sake of an ugly, evil creature. Don’t you know you could kill yourself trying to save that ungrateful scorpion?” The old man turned his head. Looking into the stranger’s eyes he said calmly, “My friend, just because it is the scorpion’s nature to sting, that does not change my nature to save.” ( Courtesy : A collection of Buddhist parables)

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Smoke and dust rose into the sky after a powerful blast ripped through Kandahar city in southern Afghanistan today, witnesses and officials said. “It was a car bomb,” said Mohammed Shah Farouqi, a city police official. “So far we are not aware of any casualties”.

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UN launches drive for ban on child abuse UNI UNITED NATIONS, MAY 26

The UN has launched a major campaign for universal adoption of treaty protocols that outlaw the sale of children, child prostitution and pornography, and protect youngsters in armed conflict, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for full ratification by 2012. “The sad truth is that too many children in today's world suffer appalling abuse,” he said at a ceremony yesterday at the headquarters of the UN Children’s Fund in New York. The programme was organised to mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the two optional protocols strengthening the Convention on the Rights of the Child by providing a moral and legal shield for youngsters vulnerable to prostitution and pornography or caught up in the armed conflict. “Two-thirds of all member states have endorsed these instruments. On this 10th anniversary of their adoption, I urge all countries to ratify them within

the next two years,” he said. He noted, that fewer and fewer states now permit children to join the armed forces and reiterated his previous calls to the Security Council to consider tough measures on those states and insurgent groups that still recruit children. “Nonetheless, much remains to be done,” he said. “In too many places, children are seen as commodities, in many instances they are treated as criminals instead of being protected as victims, and there are too many conflicts where children are used as soldiers, spies or human shields,” he opined. Speaking on the occasion UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said, “The Optional Protocols represent a promise made to the world’s most vulnerable children born into extreme poverty and despair, children in countries torn apart by conflict and children forced into unimaginable servitude by adults who regard them as commodities.”

The Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict has been ratified by 132 states; 25 states have signed but not ratified it and 36 states have neither signed nor ratified it. “We know from the situation on the ground that much remains to be done. Violence against children in all its forms remains a challenge for societies in the world,” Mr Ban’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy said. “The Optional Protocol is an important tool for tearing through the mantle of invisibility surrounding the sale of children, child prostitution, child pornography and other forms of sexual exploitation, to mobilise societies and to translate political commitment into effective protection of children from all forms of violence,” Mr Ban’s Special Representative on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais said, citing significant law reforms to criminalise such crimes.

Pak asks US to push India to AppOiNtmeNtS address contentious issues PTI ISLAMABAD, MAY 26

Pakistan has asked the US to nudge India to address contentious issues in order to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries instead of looking at the distrust solely through the prism of terrorism, a media report said today. "We want the US to encourage India to take steps for improving the human rights situation in Kashmir, moving forward on Siachen and Sir Creek and agreeing to arbitration on the Kishanganga hydropower project," a senior unnamed diplomat was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper. The message was conveyed by the Pakistani leadership to the US administration through diplomatic channels even as Pakistan and India move towards a phased process worked out by their Foreign Ministers for building trust and confidence before the revival of peace talks suspended in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. "Our two countries do need

to build mutual trust and confidence. It is therefore necessary that we engage each other with sincerity of purpose with a view to settling our differences and disputes and achieving peace and prosperity in the region," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said. Pakistan is looking forward to a meaningful engagement with India for freeing bilateral relations from disputes, Basit said. "It is a key for both of us to first agree on the cause of trust deficit before we find ways to deal with it," the unnamed diplomat said. He said India’s tendency to see terrorism as the only cause of distrust could complicate matters. "It is a self-delusional approach," he added. The diplomat said the re a l i z a t i o n i n I n d i a t h a t c o n f r o n t a t i o n w i t h Pa k istan "is hurting its own development" is a positive sign and could expedite the normalization of bilateral relations. The newspaper quoted analysts as saying that the Foreign Secretary-level talks in Delhi on

February 25 and meetings between Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in Washington and Bhutan had "US support". Discussions on rebuilding trust will get underway with a meeting between the Interior Ministers of India and Pakistan in Islamabad on June 26 on the sidelines of a SAARC conference. The same day, the Foreign Secretaries will also meet in Islamabad. The two Foreign Ministers are set to meet on July 15. The Interior Ministers are expected to discuss anti-terror cooperation, diplomatic sources said. The Foreign Secretaries will prepare the ground for the meeting of the Foreign Ministers and discuss confidence-building measures on Kashmir, the paper reported. Pakistan will bring up steps to improve the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir during these talks. It wants India to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers Act) in Jammu and Kashmir and to release all political prisoners.

Rathore has no remorse for Centre lacks clarity to deal wrong committed: judge with Maoist threats, says BJP PTI CHANDIGARH, MAY 26

Fo r m e r H a r y a n a D G P S P S Rathore has "no remorse for the wrong committed by him," the Additional District and Sessions Judge noted while enhancing his prison term to 18 months for molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra. In his 103-page judgement yesterday, ADSJ Gurbir Singh also observed that "every witness of this case had to face allegations in one form or the other and attempt was made to catch the witness in a well woven legal web". The legal battle was between two unequals, the Judge observed dismissing the appeal filed by 68-year-old Rathore challenging the six month rigorous imprisonment after he was convicted in the molestation of the 14-year-old budding tennis player. "Although convict deserves maximum punishment which is prescribed for offence under Section 354 IPC but keeping in view the age of the convict, his medical background, his dependent unmarried daughter who is suffering from congenital heart problem, his meritorious

Fresh chargesheet in Bhutto murder case PTI ISLAMABAD, MAY 26

Pakistani prosecutors today filed a fresh chargesheet against five suspects in the 2007 killing of Benazir Bhutto, saying they were linked to the suicide bomber who assassinated the former premier under a conspiracy hatched by slain Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud. The fresh chargesheet was filed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the anti-terrorism court of Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan. The judge is conducting the trial of the five men accused of involvement in Bhutto's assassination within Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi due to security concerns. The five suspects – Muhammad Rafaqat Hussain, Hasnain Gul, Aitzaz Shah, Abdul Rasheed and Sher Zaman – were arrested in the wake of Bhutto's assassination by a suicide bomber shortly after she addressed an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007. Sources said the fresh chargesheet stated that the suicide attacker was known to Hussain and Gul and had stayed at Gul's residence. The chargesheet also named former Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone attack last year, as the mastermind behind Bhutto's assassination. The anti-terrorism court adjourned the trial till June 12. Meanwhile, The Express Tribune newspaper reported today that the FIA had concluded that the conspiracy to assassinate Bhutto was hatched at Madressa Haqqania in Akora Khattak. Suicide bombers were assigned the task at the seminary i n K h y b e r - Pa k h t o o n k h w a province, the report said.

service record and the fact that convict spent more than 200 dates in the court during trial of the case, I am of the view that purpose of law would be met if convict is awarded sentence of rigorous imprisonment for 1½ years. Otherwise, face of the public in justice delivery system/judiciary would erode," the judge said. The court held that allegations are of moral turpitude and such allegations are serious in nature pertaining to the circumstances when the victim was minor. "Liberal view cannot be taken, prolonged trial and age of the convict can be considered while passing the order on quantum of sentence," the court had said. "There is no dispute that Ruchika committed suicide. A precious life is lost. Thereafter departmental enquiry initiated against the convict on the basis of inquiry report of DGP R R Singh was dropped. The convict got promotions and retired as DGP of Haryana," the Judge noted. Observing that as police officer Rathore's role was to protect the public and as President of Haryana Lawn Tennis Associa-

tion to train young budding players for India, the court said the Rathore failed in both duties by molesting a minor girl. The court said people are afraid to send their minor girls to play grounds due to presence of such persons in the sports field. "Due to activities of such persons, our nation is lagging behind in every sport and citizens of country" feel ashamed after knowing that India has lost again, it said. "As long as such persons are at the helm of affairs of sports associations, the presence of women in sports activities cannot be increased and real talent cannot be brought forward to represent the country in various sports. Justice should not only be done but it appears to have been done," the judge said. The Judge said, "I have considered the arguments of learned defence counsel if convict is not released on probation then it may affect his pensionary benefits but keeping in view the nature and gravity of the offence and the fact that the legal battle was between two unequals the said contention of learned defence counsel is of no help to the convict."

PTI KOZHIKODE, MAY 26

BJP today alleged that the Congress led UPA government's 'lack of clarity' in dealing with threats by Maoist threats from various parts of the country has resulted in lack of effective functioning of police and paramilitary forces. "Maoists are spreading networks, taking advantage of lack of development, lack of clarity, coordination and swift response from the government, contradictory statements from responsible persons in power and provision of inadequate equipment to forces, resulting in affected states being at the receiving end," BJP national Secretary Muralidhar Rao told reporters. Accusing the UPA government of being soft to threats posed by terrorism, he charged the UPA with "viewing the menace through the prism of religion." "The Congress keenness to run a coalition government as part of retaining power at any cost is the hallmark of the UPAII government," he alleged. He said lack of clarity within the Manmohan Singh led Ministry had paved the way for lacklustre performance of the UPA-II

New Afghan prison marks change in Obama strategy REUTERS BAGRAM, (Afghanistan), MAY 26

With his wrists and ankles handcuffed, Lahur Gul sits before a panel of US military officers who will decide whether he is a threat to Afghanistan's security or can go free. Bearded and wearing bottlegreen overalls over loose brown trousers that indicate he is a medium risk to security, he tells Colonel Robert Arnell, who leads the panel, that all he was doing at the time he was captured was looking for firewood. Gul is one of 800 men who used to be kept in a prison on Bargram airbase, the main base for foreign troops in Afghanistan, but since January has been moved to a new detention centre nearby, part of US General Stanley McChrystal's strategy which includes preventing military prisons from becoming breeding grounds for

insurgents. “You've got to deal with (insurgents) but the second thing you got to do is you don't make that problem worse,” McChrystal told Reuters during a tour of the centre. ''I think our experience with all detention operations from 2001 has made us smarter in a lot of ways. It's made us smarter physically, technically and legally,'' McChrystal said. Prisoners have been held at Bagram airbase since US and Afghan forces overthrew the Taliban government in 2001, but for many Afghans its name has become synonymous with abuse. Two prisoners died there in 2002 after being beaten by American soldiers and many former detainees complained of abuse and torture while in captivity. The stories, as well as pictures

N Korea threatens to cut last link with South REUTERS SEOUL, MAY 26

North Korea threatened to close the last road link with the South if Seoul goes ahead with propaganda broadcasts across the militarised border, as Washington pressured China to help persuade the North to change its ways. The mounting antagonism between the two Koreas has shaken investors, uncertain how far they are ready to take their bitter rivalry after the South accused the North of torpedoing one of its warships. Today, shares and the local currency looked much more stable after sharp falls the previous day, but analysts said both remained under a cloud from North Korea, as well as the fall-

out from euro zone problems. The won is now in its longest losing streak for 10 months while the stock market, though slightly higher, saw foreign net selling for the eighth consecutive session. A day after saying it would cut all ties with the South, Pyongyang said it was considering closing a road link with the South which would threaten production at a joint industrial park that is a lucrative source of income for the North's government,. “The South Korean puppet warlike forces would be well advised to act with discretion, bearing deep in mind that such measures of the KPA (army) will not end in an empty talk,'' North Korea's KCNA news agency quoted a top official as saying.

of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, angered people across the Muslim world and beyond.

government during its one year rule. "The government has miserably failed to address the burning price rise issue favouring a

miniscule rich as no positive signals have come from the agriculture sector, on which a sizeable section of the population depends," he said.

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Mahindra buys majority stake in Reva PTI BANGALORE, MAY 26

Auto major Mahindra and Mahindra Limited today acquired 55.2% stake in Reva Electric Car Company, a move that would stengthen its position in the Electric Vehicles domain. With acquisition by M&M through a combination of equity purchase from the promoters and fresh equity infusion of over Rs 45 crore, the new entity will be renamed as Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicle Company Ltd. Under the agreement signed between the two companies today and post the buyout, Mahindra Reva will have five nominees from M & M, two from Reva's founder, the Maini family and one of California based AEV LLC, Reva's cofounder. President of Mahindra Automotive and Farm Equipment Sector, Dr Pawan Goenka was today elected chairman of the newly constituted board.

"It is a very exciting opportunity for Mahindra as it will have one of best technologies available in the electric car space", Goenka told reporters. He said the electric vehicle space now was not very large as only 3500 Reva cars are on the roads. Over the next five to 10 years, the EV market across the world is expected to grow

to 1.5 million to two million vehicles, he said. In India, Mahindra and Mahindra projects the growth rate for EVs at between 80,000 to 100,000 vehicles by 2020,he said. M & M will leverage on work already done by Reva in development of new vehicles and also Mahindra's marketing network, he said.

Chetan Maini, who will continue to play a leading role in Mahindra REVA as Chief Technology and Strategy,said authorized capital would be Rs 135 crore and paid up capital Rs 20 crore. "There are no liabilites or hardly any debt of the company now", he said. On the stakeholding pattern in the new entity, Goenka said M&M would hold 55.2 per cent, the Maini family 31 per cent plus, Dr Bell 11 per cent and employees, the balance. He said the earlier tie up Reva had with auto major General Motors was not expected to continue. "GM has informed us they are looking at other options on electric vehicles", he said. "It was a good deal with GM. With the new deal, right now it is for General Motors to decide whether to proceed or not. Initially it looks like they are not continuing. We have no problems with General Motors continuing. We are quite open

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to it", he added. "The acquisition will lead to cost reduction of electric vehicles. But we can't quantify it now", Goenka said. Mahindra and Mahindra, which is already in the electric vehicles segment with the three-wheeler Bijlee is now working on an electric version of its mini-truck Maxximo. "Mahindra REVA EV technology will be adapted for these and other M & M vehicles. Maxximo is in the final stages of development", Goenka said adding "the product of Electric Vehicle of 2010 launch will be from Mahindra stables". The existing manufacturing capacity of 6,000 vehicles at Reva plant in Bangalore would be upgraded to 30,000 in the new plant proposed to established here, he said. Reva-developed new variant electric car NXR was also unveiled on the occassion. Goenka said another version of it NXG is under development.

...opens used car dealership in Goa undergoes an extensive 118 point quality check by a trained engineer, as part of the company’s robust certification process. The advantages of buying a pre-owned car from Mahindra FirstChoice includes quality assurance, safety and a hasslefree driving experience apart

from a one year warranty. Mahindra FirstChoice also has retail finance relationships with major banks and NBFCsincluding a partnership with Syndicate Bank to offer consumers finance rates comparable to those for new cars. For details log on to www.mahindrafirstchoice.com.

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Ashesh Dhar, VP, operations, Mahindra First Choice in Goa cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the Delsco dealership in Goa.

He went on to add that Delsco equipped with the Mahindra guarantee has huge growth potential in Goa. Mahindra FirstChoice with a 11 per cent market share of the organized market is a preferred pre-owned car mart and is the country’s only organized multibrand player, with 125 outlets in 80 towns across India. The company plans to expand this number to 300 outlets in the next three years. This implies that customers will soon be able to choose from a range of certified preowned cars throughout India, including the metros and tier2 towns and cities. Every car is refurbished and

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 26

Delsco, the authorised dealership of Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd, the country’s largest multi-brand pre-owned car company was inaugurated at the hands of Ashesh Dhar, VP, operations, Mahindra First Choice in Goa, today. Located at PBC Plaza, near Nagoa Pirni Circle, Verna, the store is spread across an area of 1,900 sq ft and an additional parking space of 15,000 sq ft. Addressing the media Dhar said “The size of used car market in Goa is approximately approx 9,600 per year and that of new car market is 13,500 per year.”

PM panel on trade, industry reviews economic situation NEW DELHI: Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry comprising top industrialists and bankers met today and reviewed the economic situation, particularly in the wake of the European financial crisis. Chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the meeting was attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma.

Sensex rallies by 365 points, records best gain in two weeks PTI MUMBAI, MAY 26

The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex surged by 365 points today, the best gain in over two weeks, as investors rushed to pick up stocks at lower levels. The Indian stock market was the leading performer in Asia, with the BSE’s 30-share barometer closing the day 2.28 per cent, or 365.36 points, higher at 16,387.84 points. The Sensex opened firm tracking positive cues from Asian peers and soared 388 points in late mid-session after a strong start to trading in Europe. The wide-based 50-share Nifty index of the National Stock Exchange also jumped 2.30 per cent to settle at 4,917.40.

FORTIS MUTUAL FUND has announced the changes in application amount / Units for purchase of Fortis Bond Fund - Investment Plan, with effect from May 28, 2010. Minimum amount for purchase: Rs 500,000 per application and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter. Additional amount for purchase: Rs 1,000 and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter. Minimum amount / units for redemption: Rs 1,000 of minimum 100 units. ICICI PRUDENTIAL MUTUAL FUND has approved May 31, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under quarterly and half yearly dividend option in Investment and Treasury Plan of ICICI Prudential Gilt Fund. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be 1.55% (Re 0.1550 per unit) for quarterly dividend option, 2.8% (Re 0.28 per unit) for half yearly dividend option under Treasury Plan and 3% (Re 0.30 per unit) for half yearly dividend option under investment plan as on the record date which is subject to availability of distributable surplus. ICICI PRUDENTIAL MUTUAL FUND has approved May 31, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under quarterly dividend option of ICICI Prudential Income Opportunities Fund. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be 1.35% (Re 0.135 per unit) for retail option and 1.4% (Re 0.14 per unit) for institutional option as on the record date which is subject to availability of distributable surplus. IDFC MUTUAL FUND has approved May 31, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of IDFC India GDP Growth Fund (IDFC-IGDPGF). The fund house has decided to distribute Rs 2 per unit as dividend, subject to the availability of distributable surplus as on the record date. TATA MUTUAL FUND has approved May 31, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under quarterly dividend option of Tata Fixed Income Portfolio Fund - Scheme B2. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be up to 100% of the returns generated between February 26, 2010 to May 31, 2010, subject to availability of distributable surplus. Aban Offshor, 688, 717.8, 672, 683.9 Abb Ltd., 829, 835, 824.3, 831.25 Abg Shipyard, 237.7, 242.4, 236.15, 240 Acc Limited, 845.15, 854.35, 826, 830.1 Adani Enterp, 599.7, 599.7, 571.25, 584.7 Aditya Birla, 712, 731.15, 706, 722.8 Allahabad Ba, 154.9, 154.9, 151.25, 153.55 Alstom Proje, 555.25, 567, 550, 563.15 Ambuja Cemen, 105.5, 106.9, 105.15, 106.1 Andhra Bank, 126.85, 129, 126.25, 127.2 Ashok Leylan, 57.65, 59.7, 57.5, 59.25 Asian Paints, 2113, 2114.75, 2060.25, 2085.85 Axis Bank Li, 1170, 1192, 1150.05, 1156.9 Bajaj Hindus, 101.25, 102.6, 100.5, 101 Bank Of Baro, 690, 690, 673.4, 683.5 Bank Of Indi, 320.75, 324.7, 312.6, 315.05 Beml Limited, 975, 998.95, 965.7, 976.7 Bharat Elect, 1715, 1720, 1689, 1698.2 Bharat Forge, 252, 261.3, 250.45, 258.7 Bharat Petro, 550, 563.85, 545, 555.25 Bharti Airte, 267, 269.6, 260, 263.65 Bhel, 2270, 2308, 2230.55, 2255.45 Bhushan Stee, 1374.8, 1403, 1340.1,

1398.25 Biocon Limit, 284, 286.5, 282.1, 284.05 Bombay Dyein, 490, 502.4, 487, 490.6 Bosch Limite, 4900.05, 4956.95, 4900.05, 4913.35 Brigade Ente, 133, 136.8, 131.8, 135.35 Cairn India, 275, 286, 273.25, 282 Canara Bank, 409.7, 409.7, 388.05, 391.1 Central Bank, 143.5, 145.8, 143, 144.2 Century Text, 428, 433.9, 425.75, 432.9 Cesc Ltd, 362.05, 369, 350.3, 359.25 Chambal Fert, 54, 54.25, 53.1, 54 Chennai Petr, 254, 254, 247.1, 248.45 Cipla Ltd, 316, 320.8, 314, 319.4 Colgate Palm, 694.9, 703.95, 694.9, 701.9 Container Co, 1230.6, 1242, 1202, 1215.2 Crompton Gre, 220.5, 234.8, 220.5, 232.5 Cummins Indi, 547, 549, 526, 536.05 Dabur India, 177.5, 182.8, 176.6, 180.5 Deccan Chron, 119.25, 123.4, 118, 122.25 Dish Tv Indi, 36.6, 37.9, 36.2, 37 Divi’s Labor, 699.5, 711.9, 693.15, 700.3 Dlf Limited, 260, 265.85, 259.2, 263.55 Dr. reddy’s, 1265.2, 1292.8, 1265.2, 1288.65

Edelweiss Ca, 406, 410, 400, 401.55 Educomp Solu, 460, 467.2, 440.3, 454.1 Eih Limited, 116.8, 117.8, 113.2, 114.4 Engineers In, 320, 326, 316.1, 319.2 Essar Oil Lt, 117.45, 119.8, 117.15, 118.85 Essar Shippi, 79.7, 80.6, 78.6, 79.15 Exide Indust, 110.8, 117.4, 110.25, 113.1 Federal Bank, 308, 317.45, 308, 314.2 Financial Te, 1257.55, 1275, 1240, 1263.5 Gail (india), 451.95, 455.5, 443.45, 448.05 Gammon India, 198, 199.65, 187.95, 192.8 Glaxosmithkl, 2074, 2074, 2000, 2008.35 Glenmark Pha, 266.1, 269.2, 259.1, 262 Gmr Infrastr, 55.4, 58.85, 54.6, 58.15 Godrej Indus, 147.7, 149.7, 146.3, 148.05 Grasim Indus, 1978, 1999, 1700.05, 1838.8 Great Offsho, 439.9, 439.9, 426.25, 429.05 Gtl Infra.Lt, 36.8, 37, 36.2, 36.4 Gujarat Mine, 112, 122.4, 111.7, 120.1 Gujarat N R, 57.95, 59.85, 56.9, 59.4 Gujarat Stat, 89.1, 92.25, 88.5, 91.25 Gvk Pow. & I, 40.15, 40.75, 39.8, 40.15 Hcl Technolo, 362.5, 373, 356.1, 366.5 Hdfc Bank Lt, 1812.8, 1853.25, 1812.3,

1827.75 Hdfc Ltd, 2634.8, 2711.95, 2621.55, 2695.05 Hero Honda M, 1855, 1909.95, 1855, 1898.75 Hindalco in, 139, 149.5, 138.6, 148.2 Hindustan Co, 104, 106.9, 103.2, 104 Hindustan Ma, 65.25, 66.2, 64.2, 65.2 Hindustan Pe, 341.7, 343.95, 336.65, 339.05 Hindustan Un, 232, 232.6, 227.9, 231.55 Hindustan Zi, 933, 949, 922.05, 931.95 Housing Dev, 207, 212.4, 206.4, 210.5 Icici Bank L, 825.05, 850.75, 821.2, 847.75 Idea Cellula, 51.6, 52.5, 48.5, 50.15 Ifci Ltd, 50.5, 50.95, 50.15, 50.8 India Cement, 110.3, 112.7, 106.75, 110.65 India Infoli, 97.8, 97.95, 95.7, 96.45 Indiabulls F, 135.1, 140, 134.1, 137.35 Indiabulls R, 148.95, 152.3, 147.55, 151.4 Indian Bank, 203, 209, 203, 208.15 Indian Hotel, 103.9, 104.8, 97.25, 98.65 Indian Oil C, 325, 329.9, 322.5, 324.7 Indian Overs, 91.05, 91.05, 87.25, 88.95 Indus Dev Ba, 108.5, 109.3, 106, 107.55 Indusind Ban, 183.6, 185.9, 177.1, 178.3

Infosys Tech, 2565.05, 2639.9, 2556.25, 2621.05 Infra. dev., 144, 154.95, 144, 152.9 Ispat Indust, 17.05, 17.55, 17.05, 17.4 Itc Ltd, 262.05, 269.95, 261.1, 269.1 Ivrcl Infras, 147, 150.8, 146.65, 149.9 Jai Corp Lim, 223.5, 232.25, 221, 223.25 Jaiprakash A, 117.8, 122.85, 117.5, 122.25 Jet Airways, 496, 506.5, 491.6, 494.2 Jindal Saw L, 183, 184.9, 180.6, 184.1 Jindal Steel, 625.5, 628.8, 613.25, 622 Jsw Steel Li, 1005, 1063, 1005, 1050.35 Kotak Mahind, 730, 754.5, 716.8, 743.4 Lakshmi Mach, 1836, 1861, 1810, 1837.45 Lanco Infrat, 55.25, 57.2, 54.9, 57 Larsen & Tou, 1580, 1620, 1571.3, 1607.75 Lic Housing, 892.75, 908.55, 872.65, 888.55 Lupin Limite, 1820, 1834, 1801, 1808.65 Mahanagar Te, 56.55, 58.1, 56.25, 56.65 Mahindra & M, 530, 536.7, 511.75, 517.35 Maruti Suzuk, 1195, 1224, 1184.15, 1200.7 Max India Lt, 173.35, 175.9, 168.05, 172.55 Maytas Infr., 180.05, 186.35, 171.4, 181.6 Moser-baer (, 57.1, 57.45, 55.75, 56.95

Mrpl, 66, 66.5, 65.5, 66.15 Nagarjuna Co, 163.3, 166.95, 158, 162 Nagarjuna Fe, 27, 27.65, 27, 27.4 National Alu, 396.95, 408.7, 396.95, 405.95 Neyveli Lign, 141.5, 142.8, 139.5, 140.05 Ntpc Ltd, 194, 198, 191.3, 195.2 Oil And Natu, 1095, 1110, 1060, 1070 Omaxe Limite, 89, 90.6, 88.15, 90.3 Oriental Ban, 317.25, 323.5, 307.25, 319.4 Pantaloon Re, 368, 372.2, 361.25, 364.9 Parsvnath De, 112.5, 114, 111.2, 112.1 Petronet Lng, 81.1, 81.75, 80.75, 81.1 Power Fin Co, 285, 285.7, 277.1, 284.75 Power Grid C, 102.9, 104, 102.4, 103.2 Praj Industr, 75.5, 77.65, 75.5, 77.35 Punj Lloyd L, 127.5, 131.95, 127, 131.2 Punjab Natio, 942, 960, 940.1, 948.7 Rajesh Expor, 103, 106, 93.5, 95.5 Ranbaxy Labs, 407.9, 416.5, 407.9, 414.85 Rashtriya Ch, 72.9, 74, 72.15, 72.8 Rel. nat. re, 52.1, 53.45, 50.5, 50.85 Reliance Cap, 656, 659, 640, 647.3 Reliance Com, 141, 142, 133.35, 134.5 Reliance Ene, 908.95, 912.88, 890.02,

901.43 Reliance Ind, 764, 770, 747, 752.5 Reliance Ind, 994.9, 1010, 991, 1008.05 Reliance Pow, 146.5, 147.65, 143.35, 145.5 Rolta India, 166, 168.45, 166, 167.55 Satyam Compu, 82.4, 86.9, 82.15, 85.6 Sesa Goa Ltd, 311, 327.9, 303.9, 325.25 Shipping Cor, 155.5, 158.45, 154.5, 157.25 Siemens Ltd, 679.95, 701.5, 671, 691.15 Sintex Indus, 276.15, 284, 263.6, 266.5 Sobha Develo, 287, 303.8, 287, 300.9 State Bank O, 2171.8, 2186, 2151.6, 2173.6 Steel Author, 190, 199.95, 188.45, 197.85 Sterlite Ind, 616, 634.7, 609.25, 616.6 Sun Pharmace, 1604, 1620.6, 1551.8, 1569.3 Sun Tv Netwo, 402.5, 408.65, 395.15, 399.4 Suzlon Energ, 58.5, 59.45, 58.2, 58.75 Tata Communi, 238.4, 239.95, 234.75, 236 Tata Consult, 708, 744.8, 704.1, 738 Tata Motors, 675, 713.9, 675, 709.5 Tata Power C, 1210.55, 1233.6, 1198, 1228 Tata Steel L, 478, 498.15, 477.1, 484.45 Tata Tea Ltd, 1056.5, 1087, 1025, 1030.25

Tata Teleser, 19.4, 19.45, 18.95, 19.2 Tech Mahindr, 645, 654.9, 625.15, 634.55 The Ge Shpg., 285, 291, 280, 284.1 The Phoenix, 196, 203, 188.6, 197.65 Thermax Ltd, 675, 699.5, 675, 679.3 Titan Indust, 2189.4, 2197.8, 2113.1, 2129.05 Torrent Powe, 309.75, 320, 308.4, 319.05 Triveni Engg, 95, 96.55, 91.8, 94.7 Tv18 India L, 72, 72.45, 70.75, 71.85 Uco Bank, 70.15, 72.4, 70, 72.15 Ultratech Ce, 929.65, 943.4, 912, 932.35 Union Bank O, 285, 285.8, 278, 281.4 Unitech Ltd, 66.65, 69.45, 66.65, 68.75 United Phosp, 160.15, 168.5, 160.15, 167.7 Videocon Ind, 203, 203.95, 199.5, 202.75 Vijaya Bank, 54, 54.2, 53.1, 53.8 Voltas Ltd, 164.5, 168.4, 164.2, 167.45 Wipro Ltd, 638.2, 653, 636.8, 650.2 Yes Bank Lim, 261.3, 263.9, 258.55, 261.25 Zee Entertai, 278, 283.7, 272.15, 275.75


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Raja meets HM about Chinese equipment PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 26

Concerned over delays in procuring equipment, particularly from Chinese vendors, Telecom Minister A Raja met Home Minister P Chidambaram and sought a review of the policy so that sector's growth is not hampered. The meeting comes in the wake of home ministry' comments indicating that procurement from Chinese firms is not recommended. There are apprehensions in the industry that such an order or a blanket ban on Chinese equipment could hamper the growth of the entire sector, Raja is understood to have told Chidambaram. "I shall be grateful if you could kindly review the whole issue and lay down procedure in a manner so that the growth of telecom sector is not hampered," Raja said in a letter,

which was handed over to Chidambaram. The security agencies had expressed reservations on allowing the Chinese companies in telecom and information technology citing the incidents of Chinese hackers targeting sensitive data on government web sites. Two Chinese firms ZTE and Huawei have been doing telecom business in the country for many years and have supplied equipment to various private operators as well as government- owned BSNL and MTNL. The representatives of both companies have met the government officials and explained and offered to take any step to ensure that there was no security threat from them. According to Raja's letter to Chidambaram, the foreign vendors have also raised concerns saying the stand was inconsis-

Nirmal Lifestyle mulls Capex PTI MUMBAI, MAY 26

tent with India's commitments to intellectual property rights in multilateral forums such as WTO. "Chinese companies/firms and Chinese Embassy have raised issues about their business interest in India referring to sensitive and delicate state of India-China relations," the letter said. As suggested by the ministry of home and security agencies with regard to security concerns over procurement of telecom equipment/software by service providers from foreign vendors, the DoT had issued amendments in licences in December 2009 to obtain security clearance before placement of purchase orders. This has been causing inordinate delays in procurement of equipments and the private operators have complained to the DoT and are seeking review of such policies.

50% firms using web-based e-mail face security risks PTI MUMBAI, MAY 26

Nearly 50 per cent of Indian enterprises which use web-based e-mail, face high security and data loss threats, a report by Symantec India said. The report--Enterprise Security Survey 2010- Millennial Mobile Workforce and Data

First light lounge opened PTI COIMBATORE, MAY 26

Philips India, one of the leading providers of lighting solutions, today unveiled its first â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Light Loungeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the city, showcasing its home decorative lighting ranges. A wide range of world class decorative lighting concepts like Living Colors, Ecomoods, Kidsplace, Ledino and Aquafi is showcased, besides displaying lighting solutions for every application and space within a home including the living room, bedroom, study, dining rooms, kitchen and bathroom, a company release aid here.. Claiming that the company has more than tripled its range of home decorative lighting solutions to over 500, the release said that the company is giving expert advice in choosing the right lighting design solutions for their homes. The product range starts from Rs 575 and extends upto Rs 40,000, it said.

Loss--reveals that with the adoption of web-based tools coupled with growing heterogeneity of enterprise IT environment, there is an increase in threat of losing sensitive data. "Access to unlimited information and the presence of collaborative tools in the business environment is enormously

empowering. But it can easily manifest rogue business processes that violate regulations resulting in loss of sensitive data," Symantec India's MD, Vishal Dhupar said. According to the report, 59 per cent of Indian enterprises feel employee-owned endpoints compromise security

Bajaj Elec eyeing buys, 25% top-line growth PTI MUMBAI, MAY 26

Shekhar Bajaj-led Bajaj Electricals (BEL) is eyeing acquisitions in its core segments of household appliances, fans and lighting, besides a 25 per cent top-line growth this fiscal, a top company official said. "We are interested in acquiring brands or companies which have a strong manufacturing base which we can supplement with our very strong distribution network. We are interested in acquisitions in the home appliances, fans and lighting spaces where we are a leading player," BEL's CMD, Shekhar Bajaj said. The company would, however, go in for an acquisition only if it provided synergetic benefits, he said. "Bajaj Electricals has a very strong distribution network and we have expertise in managing multi-brands," he said. Finding resources to fund an

acquisition would pose no problem, he said. The company had recently raised Rs 160crore through a QIP, a part which could be used for acquisitions. The company expects to grow 25 per cent this fiscal, though margins could be under pressure in Q1 FY 11 on account of commodity prices having risen a few months back. "We expect a 25% growth in our top-line this fiscal," Bajaj said, pointing out, however, that pressure on margins which began in Q4 FY 10 could continue into Q1 FY 11 as well. "Margins were under pressure in Q4 FY 10 and this could continue in Q1 FY 11 as well with prices of copper, oil, steel and zinc having risen," Bajaj said. However, a positive development is that commodity prices were now beginning to decline and this downward trend is likely to continue, Bajaj said,

SBI sees enough liquidity despite 3G, tax outgo PTI MUMBAI, MAY 26

Country's largest lender, SBI, today hinted that it might not hike interest rates immediately as liquidity remains sufficient in the system despite the expected cash outgo on 3G auction and advance tax payments. "I think there is enough liquidity in the system...on an average, there is still a fair amount of liquidity in the system," State Bank of India chairman, O P Bhatt, said. Nearly Rs 70,000-crore is expected to go out of the system next week owing to payments by telecom companies. This, together with the advance tax outgo in mid-June, is feared to drain out around Rs 1,00,000crore from the banking system. Bhatt, however, added that it is early to say whether the impact on liquidity from the 3G payments will have temporary

or permanent impact on the liquidity conditions. State Bank has been approached by telecom firms for loans of as much as Rs 18,000crore to make their payments for third-generation waves and the lender is likely to disburse nearly half of that amount, Bhatt said. "We have requests (from telecom companies) for that kind of money (nearly Rs 18,000-crore)...that is at the upper end. We may provide roughly half of that," Bhatt said. Also, the country's largest lender is unlikely to increase its deposit rates in the immediate future, Bhatt said, replying to a question. However, with surplus liquidity gradually disappearing from the system, SBI has repriced certain segments of its shortterm corporate loans by 0.250.50 per cent upwards, he said.

Commenting on the bank's NPA levels, Bhatt said that the NPAs have started coming down in the last few quarters and "the worst is over". In the January-March quarter, SBI reported a 32 per cent fall in its net profits at Rs 1,867 crore due to a host of reasons, including higher provisioning for non-performing assets. The fall in profit after tax was due to various reasons like provisioning for increased wages and pensions, higher provisioning for NPAs and a fall in treasury income, the bank said. The bank's net profit in the same quarter in the previous fiscal stood at Rs 2,742 crore. The bank's provisioning during period in the quarter was 59.23 per cent of the bad assets against 56.98 per cent in the same period last year.

Arcil to raise Rs 2,000-cr to boost business plans PTI MUMBAI, MAY 26

In a bid to support its business operations, the country's first asset reconstruction firm, Arcil, is in the process of raising Rs 2,000-crore through a fund from domestic and foreign investors, its chairman said. Out of the total corpus, the company has already mopped up Rs 400-crore from 6-7 investors at its first close, Arcil MD and CEO, S Khasnobis, told reporters today. "This is a multi-close fund

and 42 per cent have lost confidential or proprietary data in the past. The study also revealed that 82% of Indian enterprises use Facebook, while 54% officially use web-based consumer email and 62% use blogs. In addition, 46 per cent use microblogging tools, 69 per

and a host of investors are involved. At the first close, we have raised Rs 400 crore," Khasnobis said. Arcil had raised Rs 300-crore through another fund recently and would use the capital raised through such funds to improve its business operations, Khasnobis said. In the last financial year, Arcil had bought bad assets from banks and other financial institutions for around Rs 600-700crore through cash and security receipts, he said.

Khasnobis observed that banks' non-performing assets are unlikely to rise steeply this year owing to improving economic conditions but there may be some stress from sectors like real estate and exportrelated segments. Arcil is the first asset reconstruction company in the country and its sponsors include State Bank of India and IDBI Bank (hold above 19 per cent each), ICICI Bank (13.26 per cent) and Punjab National Bank (10.01 per cent).

adding that the impact of this reduction will be felt from Q2 FY 11 onwards. "Then, probably, margins will stabilise," he said. The company's focus would be on cost-reductions, valueengineering and coming-up with new product-mix in a bid to ensure cost-effective operations and up profitability, he said. The company clocked a higher net sales in FY 10 of Rs 2,229-crore as against Rs 1,766-crore in FY 09. Its net profit jumped 31.4% to Rs 117.1-crore as against Rs 89.1-crore in the year-ago period.

cent use Google Talk and 61 per cent use Yahoo Messenger. "The official use of consumer technology such as social networking, instant messaging and blogs has become prevalent in Indian enterprises. However, enterprises are not adequately protected," he said. Dhupar said that there was a need for highest level of risk reduction to automatically enforce compliance with data

security policies and enable enterprises to change employee behaviour. "Enterprises should have a sustainable data loss prevention (DLP) program that would allow them to measurably reduce risk of a data breach, demonstration regulatory compliance and safeguard customer privacy, brand equity and intellectual property," he added.

Leading real estate player, Nirmal Lifestyle, has drawn up a USD 10-billion investment plan over the next 10-years, a top company official said. "We are investing around USD 10-billion over the next 10 years for our proposed 20 Lifestyle cities planned by 2020," Nirmal Lifestyle Chairman and Managing Director, Dharmesh Jain said on the sidelines of a conference here today. The company is presently engaged in developing townships, residential properties, commercial offices, retail and hotels. The company has finalised plans to develop Lifestyle cities in Thane, Kalyan, Dombivali and Pune in Maharashtra and Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Jain said. The company is also developing one of India's largest hotel complexes aggregating more than 1,000-rooms in Mulund in Mumbai an estimated cost of Rs 1,000-crore. The company has no immediate plans to raise capital through an initial public offer (IPO) and its projects would be financed through internal accruals and finance from consumers, he said. Jain ruled out a correction in real estate prices in the near future and said that rates would remain steady as demand continued to be strong. The retail space would be in short-supply in 2012-13. The

rentals in retail have stabilised in the last six-months and malls doing well would attract better rentals, he said.


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In a world of short term relationships, it’s refreshing to find a music group that has completed 25 years together. Purple Rain, the group that has entertained Goa with great music over the years, celebrated their 25th anniversary in the music industry this year. Herald gets chatting with the band members

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BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES royal prince born and brought up in the lap of luxury, yet one so sensitive to worldly pains and sufferings, he bade goodbye to every piece of royalty to seek answers for the riddles of human misery, Gautam Buddha is one impacting persona who constantly gives us meaningful messages in life. Like Lord Jesus Christ, his teachings transcend all other religions. Today, on Buddha Purnima, you get enveloped by a surreal feel when you listen to the significance of the beautiful moon in the life of one so spiritually rich. The romantic full moon night was always an important feature in the life of the enlightened one: his birth, his enlightenment and his attainment of Nirvana or salvation. According to our historians, legend has it that on the full moon night of Vaishakh in 544 BC, Queen Mahamaya was travelling from the capital Kapilavastu to her parents’ home in Devdaha. But she went into labour and had to halt under the shade of two Sal trees at Lumbini and she gave birth to the beautiful prince, Siddhartha. Even as he was born, the court astrologer had predicted that the child would redeem the world. After enlightenment, he was called Gautam the Buddha, meaning Gautam the wise. Historically, Goa might not have much to boast about when it comes to Buddhism, but chat with the residents of the state and virtually everyone spoken to vouches for the ideals that Gautam Buddha stood for. Heritage expert Prajal Sakhardhande enlightens, “There is no inscriptional evidence that we had Buddhist families in Goa, but according to Goan folklore, a Buddhist monk named Purna used to preach Buddhism on the banks of the Kushavati river and in Zambaulim. So, obviously we would have had Buddhist families then, sometime around 5th Century AD to the 15th Century. Those families would have later converted to Hinduism or Christianity when the Portuguese came. Besides, we also have three Buddhist caves in Rivona, many small caves in Lamgao, Bicholim and five cells in Harvalem. The monks used to meditate in these caves as there is evidence of the significant Buddhist feature ‘Baithak’ present there.” He adds, “Gautam Buddha always inspires people as numerous tourists come to visit these caves. We get many Goans too visiting these caves.” As for his teachings, it is absolutely touching when little children opine, “Though Prince Gautam was a Kshatriya, he never hunted and instead tried to protect animals and birds.” Amazing! Coming from little children in a world shrouded by violence! In fact, this is one important lesson, we adults need to

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learn and live by – Gautam Buddha’s propagation of peace and non violence. How can we forget the instance when even the great emperor Asoka renounced violence and adopted Buddhism after he stood at the battlefield post the Battle of Kalinga and wept to see so much of destruction, bloodshed and death – all for no good cause. How can anything good ever come of war? And yet our country heads are constantly provoking the naïve citizens into believing that we need to constantly be prepared for war. The heritage expert ruminates, “Centuries ago, though Buddhists were a minority, Hindus did get converted to Buddhists, though later they might have got converted back.” Interestingly, according to Hindu scholars, the presentday sublime thoughts and convictions of a common Hindu is attributed a lot to the life and preachings of Buddha. And Buddha himself has been revered as an ‘Avataar’ of God by Hindus. Buddha's life abounds in many instances where he honoured and upheld the purity and devotion of the lowliest in the society. The spiritual and moral forces generated by Buddha have strengthened and enriched Hinduism and helped to wean it from perversions which had set in at that time. Buddha, like Mahaveera, denounced the animal sacrifices in the ‘yajnas’ and ‘yagas’ and himself stood as the very embodiment of compassion to all living beings. Another interesting piece of information sought on the Bollywood front is that Buddha is such an inspiring character, that epic filmmaker, Ashutosh Gowariker is planning a film on this beautiful persona. Who wouldn’t be inspired by this humble, yet great soul? So, on Buddha Purnima, whichever religion we belong to, let us look at that seated statue of the Buddha as he radiates an indescribable sense of peace and assure ourselves that any kind of suffering can be conquered not by violence and war but by the eight-fold path of salvation: the right type of life-view, of intention, of speech, action, livelihood, effort, frame of mind and of concentration.

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He bade goodbye to royal pleasures and luxuries and departed to the forest to seek for himself answers for the riddles of human misery. The teachings of Buddha have travelled far and wide and captured the hearts of billions of people around the world. Herald gets chatting with Goans to learn of how this ‘Light of Asia’ inspires them

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BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES hile Bryan Adam’s ‘Summer of ‘69’ gave us a vibe of what it was to form a band back then, Acacio and his band mates have painted the same picture. Formed in 1985, May 4 to be precise, they were a bunch of youngsters trying to prove that they could sing and perform. Today, they are one of the top bands in the state, continuing to perform with the same passion and energy. Though music through the times has changed, the band has kept up with the changing trends. The present band comprises Acacio Tavares (rhythm guitar, vocals), Franky Fernandes (lead guitar, vocals), Marcelino Fernandes (keyboards), Emman Dias (drums, percussions) and Ashley Fernandes (bass guitar). The band was originally formed with all members from Ribandar. The line-up then consisted of Acacio, Franky, Marcelino, Elvis D’Souza and Tony D’Souza. “I am the father of the band as I was the oldest among all the members. We practised for five continuous years before finally launching ourselves. We underwent thorough practice to perform to perfection. We were a pop and rock band before but have now changed to soulful music. The highest achievement that won us audience appreciation was winning the first ‘Pop, Beat and Jazz’ competition in 1986. It was the first time the competition was held by Kala Academy. People started noticing our music and we were a huge hit among the youth,” says Acacio Tavares. “The year we planned to launch our band, Prince released his album with the song ‘Purple Rain’; we thought it would be something different to use as a band name. Before that, we used names like ‘The Village Boys of Ribandar’. We played for Aires Rodrigues’ 21st birthday and now for his 50th birthday. Over the years, some of our band members have changed but it was only due to their careers and not to join other bands. Most of our ex band mates are now working abroad. Emman from Taleigao, has been with the band from the past 12 years while Ashley from Panjim, has played for the band for five years,” says Franky. The band has performed shows across India and has played as opening acts for world renowned Indian bands like Indus Creed, Shiva and Brahma. They are known for their original compositions like ‘Bala Bala Music’, ‘Papa Day’, and not forgetting the most requested Konkani wedding song ‘Kazaracho Wish’ which was all recorded in their album ‘Purple Rain’. Advising youngsters interested in forming their own bands, Franky shares, “One of the main problems that seep in a well managed musical band is ego. Once the members start having egoistic issues, it eventually leads to a split. Many Goan bands have fallen prey to it. We have our small fights but it is only for that time, especially while practising. Ego spoils everything, so avoid that and keep practising as there is no substitute for practice.”

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Tom Cruise explains Bizarre Couch Incident

aving made epic films like ‘Swades’, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ and ‘Lagaan’ Ashutosh Gowariker has set off on another tryst, which from his previous track record isn't just another run of the mill, but yet again a film of gigantic scale. He is all set to direct an English film titled ‘Buddha’ to be produced by Dr Bhupendra Kumar Modi of Spice Infotainment, a US-based company. The male lead is yet to be finalised and could be a new comer or even a foreign actor said Ashutosh. He isn't keen on taking an established actor to play this role as he believes their star value will come in the way of the character. “I am looking out for a fresh face to play the part. One who can do justice to the innocence of the character of Siddhartha," he says. Gowariker is going the web way, as he calls out actors around the globe to log on to the site named Buddha-movie.com and download the sample scene and upload their audition videos and pictures. Producer, Dr Bhupendra Kumar Modi says, “This film is long overdue and the need of the hour in the world we all are living in. The search for Siddhartha's character in the film will be one who the youth of the world can connect with.” The 200 to 250 crore budget film will be shot in the foothills of Himalayas and will go on the floors by May 2010. Giving more information on the project Ashutosh said ‘Buddha’ will have an international cast and crew and will be his most challenging project till date. The script of the film is written by Oscar-winning writer David Ward. Gowariker concludes, “The search for the actor to play Buddha continues. I am going through the hundreds of auditions that have already come in and I must say we are getting closer to our Buddha.”

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GOA’S HEARTBEAT Thursday, 27 May, 2010

WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? The Gomant Sharada Puraskar, Kala Academy’s literary award will be handed over to Pundalik Naik on May 28 at 5:30pm. Call 2420452. Nightingale of Goa, famous Lorna will perform live in concert on May 29 at 7pm at the Kadamba Bus Stand, Cuncolim. It is organised by AVC Social and Cultural associations, Cuncolim and the Directorate of Art and Culture. Call 2438103. The State Youth Award 2009-2010 conferred by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs has invited applicants. Applications should be filled at the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Campal, Panjim. Registration closes on June 18 at 5pm. The Bhaskar Awards will be handed over to the recipients on May 27 at 12pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. It is presented by the Maharashtra Journalists Foundation, Pune. Call 2420452. The Kala Gaurav Puraskar will be handed over to 57 personalities, for their contribution to and excellence in the field of Art and Culture, by the Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat on May 30 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Cal 2420452. Football trials will be held on June 2 at 4pm at the Poriat Grounds, Calangute. Call 9422452093. E-mail fabianodsouza@yahoo.com. A 6-month training programme for preschool teachers will be held every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from June to December 2010. Registration closes on May 27. E-mail reachus@sethu.in. Call 6513749. The Gomant Vibhushan Award will be handed over to Dr Anil Kakodkar on May 29 at 5:30pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. A summer experiential adventure camp, organised by Wildtrek Adventures will take place on May 29 and 30. Call 9822123458, 9822155805,

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HERALD FEATURES onkani music aficionados will recall with nostalgia the golden hits Lorna Cordeiro or simply Lorna as she is fondly called by Goans everywhere. ‘Pisso’, ‘Bebdo’, ‘Red Rose’, ‘Tuzo Mog’, ‘Calangute’, ‘Lisbao’ are just a few of her mesmerising songs that played out of radio sets in the 60’s and 70’s. For those who witnessed Lorna live, the experience will be a highlight of their lives and a memory they will cherish, always. Her popularity knows no bounds with the older generation and the younger who not only enjoy her music but widen their circle of knowledge on Konkani music and tiatr. As Lorna sang in tiatr too one can delve into tiatr through her music. All that aside, Lorna will be performing her unforgettable hits live! In Goa! Her mezzo-soprana voice that has captivated audiences in various parts of the world will be heard live at the Kadamba Bus Stand in Cuncolim on May 29 at 7pm. The AVC Social and Cultural Association, Cuncolim and the Directorate of Art and Culture will play hosts to the concert that will also include Goa’s top Kokani singers, besides local singers and Konkani stage artists who will give performances. They include Ben Evangelisto, Ambe, Osvy Viegas, C D’Silva, Sammy, Joel Morais, Sidon, Mormalez, Mingel and Pepin Silva. A chance to see the Goan Nightingale in all her splendour should definitely be on the to-do list of every Goan, especially the younger generation. The concert is open to all.

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HERALD FEATURES iatr Academy of Goa (TAG) has formulated schemes for the preservation of Tiatr, its song and music, through appropriate documentation. The first scheme is ‘Documentation of Tiatr, its Song & Music’ through research work. The research can be on any aspect of tiatr, its song and music. Adequate remuneration will be paid to the research writer and the book will be published by TAG. The application in the prescribed form should be submitted to TAG on or before June 30, 2010 while the manuscript can be submitted by December 15, 2010. The other scheme is ‘Preservation of Tiatr Literature in the book form’. This scheme provides for the publication of books of scripts of tiatrs, lyrics of songs with or without music, scripts of one act plays, etc. The prescribed application form along with the manuscript should be submitted to TAG on or before June 30, 2010. Scriptwriters of tiatrs and one act plays, lyricists of songs/music composers are requested to take the benefit of these schemes. No application to this effect will be accepted after June 30, 2010.

Eye-catching Artworks exhibited at Kala Academy

Photos by Chiquitita D’Souza

HERALD FEATURES rt comes full circle when the talented works of an artist are exhibited and appreciated, and the same is true with the six artists exhibiting their works at Kala Academy. Coming from all parts of Kolhapur, a team of six artists, all of whom are lecturers in art institutions now, exhibited their works in mediums of watercolour and oil. Themes ranging from landscapes to portraits brought the Art Gallery to life. The artists whose works were showcased at the Kala Academy Art Gallery were Raman Lohar, Sachin Sutar, Vinayak Bhramankar, Indrajeet Bhonsle, Vijay Shinde and Kashinath Sutar.

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Youth Eye comes to Goa

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HERALD FEATURES outh Eye, a premier national level youth magazine, has finally arrived in Goa with a very youthful launch at Kala Academy. The magazine was launched at the hands of Vishnu Wagh, Media Advisor, Department of Information and Publicity along with Sachin Jain, Chairman of Youth Eye and Karishma Karnik, the PR Head of the magazine. Other guests at the dais were Janardhan Bhandari, Chariman of Mandovi Entertainment and Kunal Sagarkar, CEO of Mandovi Entertainment. Addressing the gathering, Wagh said, “A youth magazine like this one is something that was long needed in the state. It is a welcome effort and the youth should take up to reading more.” He also pointed out that even though other media have entered into the field, the power of the print media has not diminished. “With 14 dailies in Goa, the reading public has grown, and it is a good thing that a new magazine has arrived here,” he commented. The launch of the magazine also hosted the auditions of the Mr and Miss Youth Eye India Contest; the Face of the Month and a Bollywood audition. These auditions saw a huge crowd of youngsters from all over Goa coming in to showcase their talents not only in modelling but also in singing, dancing and acting. The judges for the auditions were designer Monty Sally, model Dawn Mortimer, photographer Sanjeev Salvi and Karishma Karnik.

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20:00 Devdas 23:00 Undefeatable 09:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 09:30 Sasural Genda Phool 10:00 Sabki Laadli Bebo 10:30 Saath Nibhana Saathiya 11:00 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 11:30 Behenein 12:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 12:30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 13:00 Tere Mere Sapne 13:30 Hamari Devrani 14:00 Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat 14:30 Behenein 15:00 Sajan Ghar Jaana Hai 15:30 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 16:00 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 16:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 17:00 Sasural Genda Phool 17:30 Saath Nibhana Saathiya 18:00 Zara Nachke Dikha 18:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 19:00 Saath Nibhana Saathiya 19:30 Sasural Genda Phool 20:00 Sajan Ghar Jaana Hai 20:30 Behenein 21:00 Sapna Babul Ka ...Bidaai 21:30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 22:00 Sabki Laadli Bebo 22:30 Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 23:00 Sajan Ghar Jaana Hai 23:30 Sasural Genda Phool

10:30 Crime Patrol 11:00 Godh Bharaai 11:30 Boogie Woogie Kids 13:00 Godh Bharaai 13:30 C.I.D 14:30 C.I.D Classics 17:30 Indian Idol 19:30 Godh Bharaai 20:00 C.I.D Classics 21:00 Boogie Woogie Kids 22:00 Indian Idol 22:30 Crime Patrol

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WORD OF THE DAY

SUDOKU 563

9422640141 or 9822988918. The third Vardhapan Samaroh of Devi Shree Nagvanti, Siridao is being celebrated till May 29 in Siridao. Besides the religious rituals there will be a variety of entertainment programme. ‘The Pitch Black Project II’, a dance performance, organised by CreatiWitty Works and the NGO Jan Ugahi Trust will take place on May 28 at 6:30pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. There will also be an art exhibition on May 27 and 28 from 10am to 6:30pm at the Kala Academy Art Gallery. Call 9420165866 or 9326115104. A leadership training camp-cum-expedition, organised by Wildtrek will beheld on May 29 and 30 at Jungle Village, Anmod Ghat. Call 9822123458 or 9822155805. ‘Shunya’, a CD with the recitation of poems by Gourish Vernekar will be released on May 28 at 4pm at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. Call 2653083. An exhibition by the Jan Ugahi Trust will be held on May 27 and 28 from 10am to 7:30pm at the Kala Academy Art Gallery, Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. ‘Whether the export of the non-renewable national resources should be banned?’ will be discussed at the Friday Balcao session on May 28 from 4pm to 6pm at the Goa Desc Resources Centre, Mapusa. E-mail goasdesc@gmail.com. Marg exhibition will be held on May 27 and 28 from 10am to 7:30pm in the foyer area of the Kala Aacademy, Panjim. Call 2420452. ‘Titus’ and ‘Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer’ will be screened on May 28 and 30, respectively at 7pm at the Kerkar Art Complex, Calangute. Call 9823030125, 9763104694 or 2268604. A bhajan workshop will be conducted on May 27 and 28 from 9:30am to 5:30pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452.

Education

10:00 Choti Bahu 10:30 12/24 Karol Bagh 11:00 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi 11:30 Pavitra Rishta 12:00 Do Saheliyaan 12:30 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 13:00 Jhansi Ki Rani 13:30 Pavitra Rishta 14:00 Choti Bahu 14:30 Do Saheliyaan 15:00 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi 15:30 12/24 Karol Bagh 16:00 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 16:30 Choti Bahu 17:00 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi 17:30 Jhansi Ki Rani 18:00 Pavitra Rishta 18:30 Ghar Ghar Mein 19:00 Do Saheliyaan 19:30 Choti Bahu 20:00 Jhansi Ki Rani 20:30 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 21:00 Pavitra Rishta 21:30 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi 22:00 12/24 Karol Bagh

11:15 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 12:00 Mr. and Mrs. Sharma Allahabadwale 12:30 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta... 13:00 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 13:30 Maniben.com 14:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta... 14:30 Mr. and Mrs. Sharma Allahabadwale 15:00 Lapataganj 15:30 Yeh Chanda Kanoon Hai 16:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta... 16:30 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 17:00 Mr. and Mrs. Sharma Allahabadwale

10:35 The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice 12:30 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 14:55 Legally Blonde 16:55 Watching the Detectives 18:50 Death Proof 21:00 Step Up 2: The Streets 23:05 Road to Perdition

10:30 Scooby-Doo 12:15 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 14:15 The International 16:45 Rugrats Go Wild 19:00 Made of Honor 21:00 Stardust

16:00 Lajja

09:30 Yakeen 12:30 Yahaan 16:00 Lajja 20:00 Devdas 23:00 Undefeatable

09:55 An Unfinished Life 12:05 The Whole Ten Yards 14:10 Hotel Rwanda 16:35 Enigma 18:55 A Good Woman 21:00 200 Cigarettes 23:20 Being Julia

08:30 Karz Chukana Hai 12:00 Khoon Bhari Maang 16:00 Udhaar Ki Zindagi 20:00 Singh is Kinng 23:30 Kayda Kanoon

08:00 Insaniyat Ke Dushman 12:00 Saajan 16:00 Nagin 20:00 Tirangaa

E N T E R TA I N M E N T 17:30 Gutar Gu 18:00 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta... 18:30 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 19:00 Lapataganj 19:30 Mr. and Mrs. Sharma Allahabadwale 20:00 Maniben.com 20:30 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta... 21:00 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 21:30 Mr. and Mrs. Sharma Allahabadwale 22:00 Lapataganj 22:30 Yeh Chanda Kanoon Hai

10:30 Mile Jab Hum Tum

11:00 Star One Horror Nights 12:00 Jaane Pehchaane Se Yeh 12:30 Dill Mill Gayye 13:00 Mile Jab Hum Tum 13:30 Geet 14:00 Rang Badalti Odhni 14:30 Jaane Pehchaane Se Yeh 15:00 Rocky: The Rebel 17:30 Laughter Dons 18:30 Star One Horror Nights 19:00 Geet 19:30 Rang Badalti Odhni 20:00 Dill Mill Gayye 20:30 Jaane Pehchaane Se Yeh 21:00 Mile Jab Hum Tum 21:30 Geet 22:00 Rang Badalti Odhni 22:30 Dill Mill Gayye

11:00 Csi 12:00 Video Zonkers 13:00 Wipeout Australia 14:00 Criss Angel Mindfreak 15:00 Guinness World Records 17:00 The Amazing Race Asia 18:00 Terminator 19:00 Wipeout Australia 20:00 Ghost Adventure 21:00 Sports Crash

10:00 Monk

11:00 American Idol 12:00 The Bold and The Beautiful 12:30 Castle 13:30 90210 14:30 Scrubs 15:00 The Bold and The Beautiful 15:30 Monk 16:30 Friends 17:00 Castle 18:00 90210 19:00 Friends 19:30 Scrubs 20:00 Monk 21:00 Friends 21:30 Scrubs 22:00 Castle 23:00 Monk

09:00 Roland Garros 11:00 Golf Focus 11:30 TNA Badshah 13:30 Roland Garros 23:30 Score Tonight

10:00 MLB Regular Season 13:00 Sk Telecom Open 16:00 NBA Action 16:30 NBA Eastern Conference 19:00 Premier League World 19:30 Sportscenter Express 20:00 Sportscenter India 20:30 Sportscenter Asia 21:00 The Contenders 21:30 The Contenders 22:00 Sportscenter India 22:30 Sportscenter Asia 23:00 FIFA Confederations Cup

10:30 Football India 11:00 FIFA: Futbol Mundial 11:30 Cricket Classics 13:30 2010 South Africa Tour to

West Indies 15:30 UEFA Champions League 16:30 Mobil 1 The Grid 17:00 WWE: Raw 19:00 Cricket Classics 21:00 Football India 21:30 FIFA: Futbol Mundial 22:00 HP Pavillion Update 22:30 WWE: Raw

10:00 Creative Vision 11:00 Super Factories 12:00 Nat Geo Specials 13:00 Dangerous Encounters 14:00 Most Amazing Moments 15:00 Monkey Thieves 16:00 Nat Geo Junior 17:00 Most Amazing Moments

08:00 English News 09:00 Konkani News 10:00 Marathi News 11:00 Art a passion 11:30 Fashion Show 12:00 Konkani Songs 12:30 Flavors 13:00 English News 14:00 Konkani Movie 15:00 Art a passion 15:30 Divine Sitar 16:00 Hymn Singing 16:30 Flavors 17:00 Kids Club 17:30 Konkani Songs 18:00 Konkani News 19:00 Marathi News 20:00 English News 21:00 Straight Talk 10:00 English News 11:00 Talking Talkies 11:30 Saint Andrews Talent Time 12:00 Ugtem Molob 12:30 Flavors 01:00 Art of living 01:30 Hymn Singing 02:00 Kids Club Note: Subject to change

HERALD CROSSWORD - 563 Across 1- Tactless; 6- Hostelries; 10Bunches; 14- Artery that feeds the trunk; 15- Debatable; 16Currency of Turkey, and formerly of Italy; 17- Guide; 18"All The Way To ___", song by REM; 19- Monogram ltr.; 20Frighten; 21- Passing; 23CPR specialist; 25- Cry ___ River; 26- Choir member; 29Let ___; 32- Weaned pig; 37Actor Stephen; 38- Latin love; 39- California peak; 40- Empiricism; 43- Set in layers; 44Small boat; 45- Shoebox letters; 46- Ruhr city; 47- Moon of Jupiter; 48- Some nest eggs; 49- Big galoot; 51- Pea holder; 53- Large cask; 58- Designer Geoffrey; 62- Got on; 63- He sang about Alice; 64- Having auricular protuberances; 65North Carolina college; 66Wise; 67- Jargon; 68- Shrivelled, without moisture; 69Greek letters; 70- Lauder of cosmetics; Down 1- Low in pitch; 2- Campus mil. group; 3- Calculus calculation; 4Sound investment?; 5- Seraglio; 6Hungary's Nagy; 7- Christmas; 8Generic; 9- Mine excavation; 10Et ___; 11- Waterfall; 12- Not a dup.; 13- Make lace; 22- Walk nonchalantly; 24- Shy; 26- Aggregate of qualities that make good character; 27- ___Nexis; 28- Ribbons; 30- Male cat; 31- Plait, old-

style; 33- Actor Linden; 34Bendable twig, usually of a willow tree; 35- Baffled; 36Domesticates; 38- Places of contest; 39- Leash; 41- Before; 42- Silent assent; 47Ogle; 48- Standards of perfection; 50- Facet; 52- Corpulent; 53- Gap; 54- Scent; 55- Basic unit of heredity; 56- Pond organism; 57- Evil is as evil ____.; 59- Part of Q.E.D.; 60- Branta sandvicensis; 61- Advantage; 62Hi-___ monitor;

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SPORTS GOA, Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Baachas, Falcons advance HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 26

Baachas defeated Revolution 3521 in the inaugural match of 18th allGoa Aliens Basketeers Basketball Tournament at Fr Benedict Furtado memorial indoor complex, Don Bosco, here on Wednesday.

Royston Fernandes (12) and Chaitanya Choudary (11) excelled for Baachas. Rohit played wll for Revolution scoring 8. In the other match, Falcons outplayed Blazers 42-14. Joyston Brito and Kadesh D’Sousa scored 10 and 8 respectively for Falcons. Neil D’Sousa scored 4 for Blazers.

7-a-side football at Aivao

PANJIM (HSD) -- Addinth Brothers, Aivao will organize their 2nd inter-Aivao one-day 7-a side football tournament on May 30 at Aivao greenfield ground. Caranzalem. Teams may contact Menino Pereira on 9970549075 or Ramesh Martins on 9921372426.

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Champs Dempo sign off today HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 26

Newly crowned I-League champions Dempo Sports Club are determined to sign off on a positive note when they clash with Pune Football Club in a last round match of ONGC I-League at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Thursday at 3.30 p.m. Dempo Club president and Chairman of Dempo Group of Companies, Shrinivas V Dempo is expected to witness the

Milagres up HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 26

Milagres Sports Club, Mapusa prevailed over Friends XI, Vaddem 4-3 via the tie-breaker to move into the quarter-finals of Fr. Chico Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Candolim Sports Club at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim on Wednesday. Anup Govekar, William Menezes, Aires Fernandes and Joalan Fernandes found the net for Milagres while Seby Rodrigues, Arund Kinelkar and Shailesh Lingadde were on target for Vaddem.

Tie-breaker at Navelim

PANJIM (HSD) – Euzico Boys of Navelim will organise a 3-aside football tie-breaker on May 29 near Rosary High School hall at 9.30 p.m. The winners and runners-up will receive Rs. 8,000 and Rs. 6,000 respectively. Besides, there will be prizes for best shooter and best goal keeper. Details may be obtained on 9970462237.

match. Dempo, who sealed the title with one round to go after beating Lajong will play for pride. “This is our last chance to show that Dempo is finishing their engagements on a triumphant note,” said Dempo’s secretary and chief coach Armando Colaco. Dempo will be missing their two key players, Nigerian striker Ranty Martins and Brazilian playmaker Roberto Mendes da Silva who left home after Dempo

topped the League. Armando thinks he has enough material on hand. Consequently, Peter Carvalho and Cliffton Gonsalves will play upfront. Climax Lawrence, Anthony Pereira, Clifford Miranda and Jewel Raja or Nicolau Borges will form the waist line. The back four will include John Dias, Anwar Ali, Sameer Naik and Valeriano Rebello. Abhijit Mondal will be under the bar. “A win would help us to se-

cure the runners-up berth,” said Pune coach Derrick Pereira who is concerned that he would have to start without dependable stopper back Selwyn Fernandes due to double booking. “We have nothing to lose tomorrow, but we are going for a win so that we can improve our standing,” Derrick said. “It is never easy playing Dempo, but I am confident that my boys will deliver,” the coach summed up.

Sporting flays Lajong’s Larsing Timing of allegations not proper: AIFF member AGENCIES PANJIM, MAY 26

In a strongly worded letter to All India Football Federation (AIFF), Sporting Clube de Goa launched a stinging attack on the owner of Shillong Lajong, Larsing Sawyan just before the final round of I-League is to kickoff. The Goan club questioned the AIFF stating as to what action had been taken against the above mentioned official for sitting in the technical area despite not having being registered for the same. Sporting believes that with Larsing on the bench and given that he is part of the AIFF Executive Committee, the AFC adhoc committee for Indian football and several more, he is in a position to influence the referees. Larsing being the secretary of Meghalaya Football Association (MFA) was seen with the match officials before the game against Sporting in Shillong, as claimed by the Flaming Oranje which hasn’t gone well with them. Branding the I-League as a “close affair” Sporting have raised the issue on the disparity between Shillong Lajong’s home-and-away record and thereby, claiming that it’s the influence of the owner which caused the difference along with

the watering of the field at half time. The club has even cast doubts over the integrity of the I-League adding that an investigation must be conducted by the AIFF. Conspiracy theories were also raised as Sporting mentioned of their team being victimized against the larger issue to finish off their team. Sporting need to win their last I-League match away against Chirag United and expect a couple of results going in their favour in order to survive in the top division next season. Meanwhile, Shillong Lajong owner, Larsing Sawyan was taken aback by the allegations put forth by Sporting Clube de Goa ahead of the crucial final round of fixtures in the I-League. Whether Sporting raised a valid point or not is a matter for a separate discussion but the timing of their letter shows their intention, as claimed by the AIFF Executive Committee member. “I’m shocked and disap-

Panjim Gym champs bandodkar t20 HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 26

A breezy 94 (11 4s, 3 6s) by Sanjay Dabholkar and Balkrishna Jadeja’s superb spell of 5 - 2 1 e n a b l e d Pa n j i m Gymkhana to score a 111-run victory over Goa Police in the finals of Bandodkar T20 cricket finals at Panjim Gymkhana ground, Campal here on Wednesday. Panjim Gymkhana 194 for 9 in 20 overs (Sanjay Dabholkar94, Devidas Kholkar-24, Kuldeep Sharma-39. Dondu Tulaskar 114, Rajendra Dhabolkar 1-31, Abhijit Talekar 2-39, Vinod Wil-

son 1-37 and Thangu Naik 217). Goa Police 83 for 10 overs (Rajendra Dabolkar 35, Siddharth Navade 15. Merwyn Carvalho 1-20, Balkrishna Jadeja 5-21 and Prashant Kakode 17). Best batsman Kishore Sinari. Best bowler Dinesh Naik. Manof-the match Sanjay Dhabolkar. Man- of-the series Raju Dhabolkar. V M Prabhudesai, SAG’s executive director was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Dr Shekar Sirwaikar, Narahar Thakur, jt seceratry, Prashant M P Kakode, seceratry PG were persent.

pointed to say anything at this juncture. The timing of the allegations speaks for themselves and it’s very obvious,” said Larsing branding the whole chunk of charges as “so unnecessary.” Being accused of influencing the referees in their home stadium in Shillong, Lasing was quick to deny the same mentioning that he never interacts with the match officials in his capacity as the secretary of Meghalaya Football Association (MFA). “I don’t even speak to them (match officials) as I leave it for the other members of our state association,” explained Larsing. “Every supporter in Shillong knows how the referees have been. There have been many instances where our fans are also unhappy with the referee and almost every team has suffered at some point or the other by their decisions including us,” he added. Shillong Lajong face Salgaocar on the final day of the I-League and need a positive result coupled with a few results tilting their way which shall save them the ignominy of going down. Meanwhile, Larsing, who was sitting on the team official substitutes bench in their match against Churchill Bros at Fatorda was removed from the bench by the fourth official as he did not have the official card. (Goal.com)

Panjim Gymkhana, winners of Bandodkar knock out tournament alongwith V M Prabhudesai, Narahar Thakur, Prashant Kakode.

I-League: Dempo v. Pune FC, Nehru Stadium, Fatorda-Margao, 3.30 p.m Atlanta Georgia Trophy soccer: Don Bosco, Fatorda v. Davorlim Sporting Club, Rosary ground, 4.30 p.m. Fr. Chico Cup soccer: Saligao United v. Arambol SC, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim, 4.45 p.m. Nerul Panchayat Cup soccer semis: Sodiem Siolim SC v. Nerul SC, Nerul ground, 4.45 p.m. Late Pramodini Dattaram Palyekar soccer: Holiday Club Arpora v. Adarsh YS Saligao, St. Anthony’s Church ground, Siolim, 4.30 p.m. Santa Cruz Cup soccer semis: Bambolim Youth v. Azzosim Youth, Santa Cruz ground, 4.30 p.m. All-Goa Diogo Vaz memorial veterans soccer: Salgaocar Veterans v. Merces Villagers, D Bosco ground, 4.45 p.m. 18th all-Goa Aliens Basketeers basketball: K J’s v. Baachas, 6.30 p.m.; Vasco/Dark Night v. Southside, 7.30 p.m.; Assailants v. Margao Basketeers, 8.30 p.m., Don Bosco court, Panjim. St. Anthony soccer quarters: Moita Sporting, Agasaim v. Dam Doom Boys, Valpoi, Firguembhatt ground, Goa-Velha, 5 p.m. 17th Nerul Panchayat Cup soccer semis: Sodiem Siolim Sports Club v. Nerul Sports Club, Nerul ground, 4.30 p.m Fr. Chico Cup soccer: Saligao United v. Arambol Sports Club, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m Eslinda Alemao Mandopa football semis: PY Nuvem v. St Anthony Colva, Mandopa Sporting ground, Navelim, 4.30 p.m.


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‘Event visas’ for fans

I can handle pressure: Messi AP BARCELONA, MAY 26

Lionel Messi doesn’t feel any pressure to deliver for Argentina at the World Cup, with the world player of the year saying he won’t change his Barcelona playing style to suit his country. Four years on from watching Argentina lose to Germany in the quarter-finals, Messi is a different player from the 18-year-old who watched from the bench in Berlin that June afternoon. This time around, Messi heads to the tournament in South Africa having won a string of personal honors and

titles with Barcelona, largely due to his extraordinary playmaking and scoring prowess. “I don’t feel the pressure,” Messi told the Associated Press in a recent interview. “The truth is I’m arriving in good shape. I have a strong desire to do as well as I can, as do my teammates. We want to give our best for Argentina and we hope things turn out well.” Coach Diego Maradona has yet to capture Messi’s best, with the forward’s performances for Barcelona seemingly on a different plane to his international displays. “I won’t change. I’ll keep playing in the same way,” Messi said. “I hope to be able to do what I do (in Barcelona) in the national team without my form suffering, because that (way of playing) is what has made me able to achieve everything I have (up until now).” Up until now, Maradona has opted to select Messi in a free role behind the two strikers, but the Argentina coach has an array of attacking talent in Diego Milito, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero. With Maradona’s tactics offering little intent on trying to replicate Barcelona’s Ajax-inspired formation with suitable players. “I don’t know. It’s Diego’s decision,” said Messi, who spoke to the AP at the launch of his new Adidas soccer shoes. “But I think Argentina is fortunate to have many top-quality forwards. That has been proven in this last year because if you look at all the important leagues, there is an Argentine there at the top.” “We are approaching the World Cup on very good form and that’s great news.”

n At least 30 to 40 Goan fans including Shrinivas V Dempo, Shivanand Salgaocar, Peter Vaz, Savio Messias, Tonito Boetlho, Vinod Parkkot, Menino Goes Proenca have already got their tickets. BY JOVITO LOPES PANJIM, MAY 26

The South African missions in India (Mumbai and New Delhi) will have separate counters to accept ‘Event Visa’ applications between 9 a.m and 12 noon, Monday to Friday as the South African Department of Home Affairs has put in place a number of key services to ensure efficient and secure immigration for visitors attending the 2010 World Cup. At least 30 to 40 Goan fans including Shrinivas V Dempo, Shivanand Salgaocar, Peter Vaz, Savio Messias, Tonito Boetlho, Vinod Parkkot, Menino Goes Proenca have already got their tickets. South Africa will be the first country in the history of the FIFA World Cup to offer an ‘Event Visa’ to nationals travelling from specific non-visa exempt African countries participating in the competition. The ‘Event Visa’ will be offered to spectators with proof of purchase of FIFA match ticket. These visas will be issued to qualifying travellers at no cost and are valid for a period of 90 days. Accredited FIFA delegates are exempted from applying a visa even if they come from countries that are not exempted from visa requirement. ‘Event Visas’ has been introduced with a view to hasten admissions and departure

clearances in all ports of entries during the FIFA World Cup. The concept of such a visa, with no precedence in the world, had been successfully piloted during the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa last year. Several programmes are in place to facilitate the influx of World Cup spectators in South Africa. Highly trained volunteers wearing FIFA branded uniforms will be on duty to assist Immigration Officials at all strategic ports of entries. Express queuing lanes will be dedicated to several World Cup travellers at all priority airports– ‘Event Visa’ holders, FIFA accredited members, FIFA match certificate/voucher holders, others pre-cleared abroad. The dedicated express lanes will ensure rapid and efficient clearing of travellers without compromising national security. The Department of Home Affairs will utilise ‘Event Visas’ for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and other major events beyond. They are striving towards leaving an everlasting legacy for South Africa through their revamped immigration infrastructure and improved work ethics. South Africa says that they are committed to providing a memorable African World Cup with an unbroken link of experience from ports of entry, transport, hospitality, accommodation, stadia, safety and security, communication, arts and cultural entertainment, and a lasting best-ever African experience. Information on visas to South Africa, can be obtained on http://www.dha.gov.za/site201 0/Home.html or from Anneleishea Da Costa on +9920289691 at ZZebra Public Relations Ltd.

Municipalities cricket HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 26

The first allGoa municipal council cricket tournament organised by the Councillors of Corporation of the City of Panjim will be held on May 29 at Panjim Gymkhana ground, Campal

from 9.30 a.m. Corporator Uday Madkaikar, chairman, organising committee, addressing a press briefing here on Wednesday, stated that 13 municipalities and the Ciorporation will take part in the firsdt of its kind event which will be a one-day affair. The event will provide an opportunity for municipal councillors and corporators to forge solidarity using cricket to de-

velop friendship and sporting spirit. Each team will have at least four councillors, with the others being drawn from their respective staff, which has been asked to carry their I-cards. Cricket kit and prizes will be provided by the organisers. Details may be obtained from Uday on 988134555 or 9881045555 or Prasad Amonkar, Corporator on 9881000016.

Final I-League matches today HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 26

The last round I-League matches will kick off at 3.30 p.m. Water bottles and crackers will not be allowed inside the stadium, stated GFA. The Goa Football Association (GFA) has appealed to spectators to refrain from using fire crackers or throwing bottles so as not to jeopardise the prospects of matches being banned at the venues in the future.


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