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CCS meets as fresh violence hits Kashmir PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 1

23 pilgrims die in mishap Twenty-three people, mostly from two Haryana villages, were today killed when a truck ferrying ‘Kanwarias’ (Shiva devotees) fell into a gorge in Uttarkashi

district of Uttarakhand. The truck, which was on its on way to Gangotri, fell into the 150-metre deep gorge killing 23 people, including the driver and the cleaner. (PTI)

The CCS (Cabinet committee on security) tonight reviewed the situation in Kashmir valley in the wake of renewed violence that has claimed 13 lives in three days with the Centre ready to help the Omar Abdullah government in all possible ways to restore calm. Official sources said after the 75-minute meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security(CCS) that the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow for discussions on the political and administrative steps that would be needed to be taken to defuse the escalating situation. The meeting, which was convened by the prime minister, discussed threadbare the steps taken by the government and

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its handling of the situation on a day when seven people lost their lives in separate incidents of violence. The sources said the meeting voiced its resolve to help the State government in all possible ways. The sources also said the meeting underscored the need for adequate backup for the CRPF and state police while dealing with protestors. Meeting for the second time in less than a month, the CCS took stock of the situation in Kashmir valley where renewed unrest since Friday put the State government under strain at a time when violence appeared to be ebbing. While there was no word officially on the meeting, sources said that the ministers reviewed the situation in totality. (Continued on page 10)

TRACKING THE RAIN FURY: A landslide at Valachil on the outskirts of Mangalore city has stopped Yeshwantpur Express in its tracks while on its way to Mangalore. The mud has slid on to the track, forcing the train to halt at Bantwal station.

84 workers having a field day at Ela Farm

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By BInDIyA CHARI PANJIM, AUG 1

Prospects of an end to the impasse in parliament over the price rise issue appeared bright today with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying, if invited, it would attend the breakfast meeting proposed by leader of the house in Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee to diffuse the logjam. “We have already given a notice under Rule 184 in Lok Sabha and Rule 168 in Rajya Sabha, which entail voting, for Monday. But, if invited, we will attend the breakfast meeting proposed by leader of the house in Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee to take a decision on ending the impasse,” Deputy Leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia said. He was talking to reporters after a meeting of NDA leaders held at senior leader L K Advani’s residence. Among others, it was attended by Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Ahluwalia and NDA Convenor and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav. Though Mukherjee discussed the issue with opposition leaders, sources said no formal invitation for the proposed breakfast meeting was sent. Neither were the Opposition leaders aware of the time and venue of the meeting. Ahluwalia, however, clarified that BJP had not yet taken a “final decision” on its future course of action in both houses of parliament on the price rise issue. “In today’s meeting, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley was not present so no final decision was taken. We will also talk to him tomorrow morning before taking a decision,” Ahluwalia said.

Why does Ela Farm at Old Goa have 84 field workers even though it has less area under cultivation than other farms of the agriculture department? In fact, 84 fields workers at Ela Farm are virtually having a field day while the agriculture department continues to bear huge expenditure in terms of salaries of staff to the tune of Rs 2. 12 crore annually , while it’s income has been meagre Rs 11.83 lakhs for 2009-2010. Most field workers posted at Ela Farm hail from the constituency of Agriculture Minister, Vishwajit Rane. In the last three years 94 persons were recruited by the agriculture department with majority of the recruitments being from Sattari taluka . “After their recruitments they were posted at various farms of the department but they managed to revoke their

Income & Expenditure of farms 2009-10 (Rs / lakhs) Name Ela Farm Codar farm Dhuler farm Kalay farm Dhave farm Pernem farm Pilerne farm Margao farm Durga farm

area 13.75 ha 58.02 ha 2.7 ha 47.00 ha 4.67 ha 10.00 ha N.A. 3.14 ha 1.07 ha

transfer orders,” an agriculture officer informed on condition of anonymity. “Most of them don’t do any work and run home early but they are not questioned for obvious reasons,” he complained .Information obtained by this reporter under the Right to Information (RTI) Act revealed that Ela Farm has

‘Hindu terror’ tag has RSS worrying AGEnCIES NAGPUR, AUG 1

A rattled Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has voiced worries over the usage of the term “Hindu terror” and appealed to all Hindu social and religious leaders to work to remove the blot of a terror tag given by some to the religion. RSS ideologue M G alias Baburao Vaidya alleged that the term Hindu terror was being used to woo Muslim votes in the country in an attempt to defame Hindus. “The word Hindu terror has earned its place in the media and no one knows who invented it. Though somebody gives credit to NCP president Sharad Pawar, others say it was Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh who has coined the concept,” Vaidya wrote in his weekly column in a local Marathi daily. Vaidya admitted that Abhinav Bharat and Sanatan Sanstha, a Goa based right wing Hindu organisation, have been accused

by the government of involvement in violence and some arrests made. But, he noted that none of the accused have been convicted by the courts till date. Those who had earlier claimed that terrorism has nothing to do with religion were now giving “Hindu terror” tag to the Hindu community to justify that terrorism was not just restricted to Islam but also to other religion (Hinduism), he said. Vaidya called upon all religious and social leaders to take initiative to remove the terror blot on Hindus. “Swami Vishweshatitha of Uddipi, Dr Pandya of Gayatri Parivar, noted Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and Dayanand Saraswati of Coimbatore should tell the government to ensure that Hindus are not defamed,” he said. “Should we call it Congress terror when 3000 Sikhs were massacred in Delhi in 1984 when riots broke out after assassination of Indira Gandhi,” Vaidya asked.

INcome 11.83 22.45 9.52 17.96 1.46 2.39 NA 4.31 NA

exp 229.65 97.11 57.46 156.55 30.00 31.50 N.A. 35.95 NA

13.75 hectares of area under cultivation with 84 field workers whereas Coddar farm in Ponda has 58.02 hectares of area under cultivation with hardly 29 workers to cater to mango, cashew, oil palms and arecanut plantations. Plus, it also grows vegetables and needs more fields workers to (Continued on page 10)

DTE gets lesson on vacancies HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 1

Strongly criticizing the Directorate of Technical Education for the shortage of teaching faculty members in institutions, a legislative panel has disapproved the government policy of appointing teachers on contract. “The committee disapproves the contract based recruitment as teachers leave frequently leaving an adverse effect on the students,” the adhoc committee on education, chaired by Aldina legislator Dayanand Narvekar, said in its report tabled in the assembly. On the shortage of teachers, the committee says it understands the difficulties faced by the GPSC to get teachers with required qualifications. “…but the committee is dismayed at the state of affairs of the Directorate of Technical Education in controlling and administering the institutions under its domain,” the report says.

The committee is shocked to note that not only teaching posts are vacant but non-teaching posts are also vacant for a long time. “When there is such a large workforce outside waiting for jobs, it seems ridiculous to leave (Continued on page 10)

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Guirdolim p’yat to ask kerosene dealers to display quota received HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 1

The gram sabha of Guirdolim panchayat on Sunday resolved to ask kerosene dealers in the village to display boards stating the quota received by them for distribution to the villagers.

At the Sunday gram sabha, the issue over the availability of kerosene figured at the meeting, when members sought to know how many dealers are registered with the authorities and the quota received by them. Sarpanch Jose Antao said the

gram sabha also decided to constitute the ward development committee by requesting the members to suggest names to represent their respective wards. He said the ward member has been asked to take the initiative to suggest names of the ward and place the same before the meeting for approval. The meeting also resolved to identify suitable land for the construction of a new panchayat ghar. Members have been told to identify the land and place

the proposal before the next gram sabha for discussion. The meeting unanimously resolved to keep the Panchayat office open on Sundays as per the request of the villagers. The Panchayat office will remained closed on Monday, the Sarpanch informed. He said that proposed to lay interlocking pavers connecting the Church to Mount Hill has been approved. The meeting also deliberated on the 49 new BPL names placed before the gram sabha.

Assolna deliberates on free use of drugs in children’s park HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 1

The Assolna gram sabha on Sunday deliberated on the free use of drugs in the children’s park, besides other pressing issues affecting the village Deputy Sarpanch Loraine Rodrigues, who chaired the meeting, informed the gram sabha members that the panchayat had received a representation from the Parish Council over the use of drugs in the Assolna children’s park. She told the members that the panchayat has written letters to the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Margao, the Anti-Narcotics Cell, besides the Cuncolim police station for necessary action. Members expressed their anguish over the development and demanded that any misuse of the park for drugs should be nipped in the bud. The gram sabha also discussed the contentious issue of garbage disposal and it was decided to identify suitable land for disposal of the waste.

Members pointed out that the NGOs are working out a solution to the garbage woes affecting the villages of Assolna, Velim and Chinchinim and suggested to the panchayat to ascertain the proposal mooted by the NGO to solve the burning issue. Agitated members demanded to know from the panchayat over the delay in removing the fish baskets stored in the market after business hours. The members were assured that the panchayat would ask the fish vendors to remove the baskets and ice stored in the market premises. Members demanded that the panchayat should crack a whip against mobile carts found stationary in the market area. They pointed out that mobile carts are moving around as per the license conditions and demanded action against the erring carts. The meeting resolved to write a letter to the Sports department to ascertain the question of land availability for construction of a market complex.

‘Scribes should consider interest of society while dispensing news’ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 1

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has said while dispensing news the journalists should consider larger interest of the society and should not give negative reports just for the sake of it. Kamat was speaking at a function organised by the Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ) at GUJ office on Sunday here to commemorate the death centenary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. August 1 is also celebrated as Journalist Day. Remembering the immense contribution of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, the chief minister said the role of journalists then and now has undergone sea change but they cannot ignore welfare of the people and should voice

their opinions. The Chief Minister garlanded the portrait of Titak and later released a booklet containing schemes for journalists published by the Department of Information and Publicity (DIP). The President of the GUJ Prakash Kamat gave the welcome speech. Paresh Prabhu, Executive Editor of Navprabha in his key address elaborated about the role played by Goan journalists in building fourth estate in the early twentieth century. The Special invitee Menino Peres, Director, DIP speaking on this occasion, said schemes of the government should also be extended to journalists working in the rural areas.


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Ad hoc panel recommends creation of dy collectors, mamlatdars posts HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 1

Condemning the mamlatdars and joint mamlatdars for huge pendency of mundkarial and tenancy cases, the Ad hoc Committee on Finance has recommended that if necessary new posts of deputy collectors and mamlatdars be created to clear huge backlog of pending cases. “The reason for pending of large number of cases is casual approach shown by the mamlatdars and joint mamlatdars towards disposal of these cases”, says Ad hoc Committee headed

(Left) A view of the St Anne’s Church, Santan-Talaulim. (Right) A devotee places his child before the statue of St Anne on the occasion of “Touxeachem Fest” (cucumber feast) on Sunday. Besides a huge number of devotees across Goa, many newly-wed couples attend the feast to seek the Saint’s blessings. Photos by Rozario Estibeiro

Hostile conditions prevent mechanised fishing vessels from venturing into sea HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 1

The prized solar shrimp is available in abundance in the sea, but mechanised vessels operating from the Cutbona fishing jetty could not venture out for fishing on Day One of the new season due to hostile conditions at the mouth of River Sal at Betul and the rough Arabian Sea. Day One of the new season saw majority of the vessels dropping anchor at the Cutbona Jetty. Only around 10-15 out of the 200-odd mechanised fishing vessels from the Cutbona Jetty venturing out in the Arabian Sea. These purse seine vessels successfully overcame the conditions at the river mouth to venture into the sea this morning. Though these vessels are believed to have netted the much-sought after solar shrimp in tones, they could not return back to the Cutbona Jetty with the prized catch due to navigational problems at the river mouth. Information revealed that 23 vessels are believed to have netted the solar shrimp around 3-4 tons each, indicating the presence of the shrimp in the

sea. A kilogram of solar shrimp was priced at Rs 85 at the Cutbona fishing jetty, informed sources in the know. Vice-President of the Cutbona Boat Owners Union, Roosevelt Alemao said most of the fishing vessels could not take advantage of the situation, primarily due to the rough conditions at the river mouth and the delay in the arrival of the manpower. “The situation at the River

Sal mouth is indeed rough, making navigation a big problem. Every year, the boat owners face this problem and this can be overcome only by government intervention by building a harbour a la Malpei”, he added. Indeed, small boat owners said that it may take a week or so before they could hope of venturing out in the sea to catch the prized shrimp.

Apart from the perennial conditions at the river mouth, the boat owners this year are faced by the delay in the arrival of the workforce from Jharkhand, Orissa and Karnataka. No doubt, the migrant labour from these States are making their presence felt at the fishing jetty, but boat owners said that nearly 30-50 per cent of the total workforce is yet to return back to the State this season.

The hostile conditions at the River Sal mouth at Betul prevented mechanised vessels from venturing out in the Arabian Sea on Sunday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 1

The State government’s plan to set up surveillance cameras throughout the state to increase surveillance has come under severe criticism from a legislative panel. In order to increase the security and tackle terrorist threat to the State, government had decided to set up unmanned surveillance cameras across the State – at junctions, public places and places of strategic importance. The government had also made a budgetary provision of Rs 25 crore for the project. However, the ad hoc committee on Information Technology, chaired by Aldona legislator Dayanand Narvekar has passed strictures on the project saying the government did not make any study on the project before making budgetary provision. “The committee does not approve the gesture of the government in making budgetary allocation when the basic planning of the project was not complete,” the committee report, which was tabled in the Assembly says. The feasibility of the project is still on and Herald un-

Panel recommends monitoring of funds HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 1

While the Government has been promoting IFFI in a big way, the condition of some of the cinema theatres in the State has remained pathetic even after they obtained subsidy from the government for up-gradation with latest technology. The Ad hoc Committee on Finance in its report last week has recommended that the government should monitor that subsidy provided is used to the fullest extend for the purpose for which it has been provided as it found that despite taking subsidy benefits from the gov-

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ernment, the conditions of some theatres has been pathetic. “The very idea to give subsidy for the renovation of the theatres is to upgrade their infrastructure on the lines of the international standards. It will also help boost film culture in Goa,” says Ad hoc Committee on its report. Subsidy disbursed to various theatres include Samrat theatre (Rs 57,74,648), Ashok theatre (Rs 39,18,119), Cine Lata (Rs 15,53,600), Cine Shivam (Rs 52,34,198), Vishant theatre (Rs 38,77,908), Cine Paradise (Rs 2,22,076), Cine Alankar (Rs 19,02,516), National theatre (Rs

Navelim gram sabha opposes NH-17 widening HERALD REPORTER MARGAO AUG 1

As the Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho celebrates his 51st birthday on August 2, watch him discuss his career in politics and his development plans for his constituency… only on HCN on Monday August 2 at 11 am followed by a repeat telecast on the same day at 5.30 pm and 9 pm.

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PANJIM (HND): Deputy Speaker cum chairperson of SGPDA, Mauvin Godinho is celebrating his 51st birthday today. Godinho will be available from 9 am at his office at Upasnagar, Zuarinagar. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will be laying foundation stone of 2nd phase of Cortalim Market Complex, Panchayat Ghar at Chicalim and Sancoale panchayat.

25,07,539), Nandi theatre (Rs 29,710), Cine Radhakrishna (Rs 7 7 , 1 6 3 ) , H i r a Ta l k i e s ( R s 5,28,548) and Cine Niagara (Rs 4,82,056). The Committee opined that the theatres well equipped with latest facilities and technology will not boost the number of theatre goers but will further help to generate more revenue to the State in the form of entertainment tax. The conditions of theatres should also be improved because today Goa is on the international map after becoming a permanent venue for IFFI, says the Ad hoc Committee.

The mortal remains of freedom fighter Dr Eclito D’Souza were laid to rest at Assolna on Sunday. Fr Savio who preached the homily said that Dr Eclito even though was old with a frail health was an alert and active person who managed his things well. He said that Dr Eclito had a very eventful and purposeful life even in the twilight of his life. Many of his friends and admirers attend his last rites. During the eulogy, Adv Gilman Fernandes said that Dr Eclito was a nationalist and a patriot who even inspired others to plunge into Goa’s liberation struggle. While praying his tributes, Prof Subash Velingkar said D’Souza was one of the brave and

The Navelim gram sabha on Sunday opposed the widening of the NH-17 and resolved that the Central government should build the 6/4 lane highway directly from Maharashtra to Karnataka by bypassing Goa. Gram Sabha members said that Goa is a tiny State with land admeasuring 3702 square kilometers and already has high density of existing roads, adding that the proposed highway would only bring disaster to Goa as the State does not require unnecessary traffic from North India heading to Karnataka, Kerala. Members said the proposed highway will not benefit from it and eventually destroy its environment. “Konkan Railway carries goods, loaded trucks and passengers from North to South and much of the business is carried out and major load of transportation is taken care of ”, informed social activist, Sidharth Karapurkar.

Gram Sabha members said that Goa is a tiny State with land admeasuring 3702 square kilometers and already has high density of existing roads, adding that the proposed highway would only bring disaster to Goa. He pointed out that traffic load in Goa is mostly between Mapusa and Margao which needs to be looked into. “A study shows that after Thivim Industrial Estate in the north and Navelim in south the traffic is low and hence does not require broadening of 45 mts. Instead, a 5-meter road should be sufficient. Whereas Mapusa to Margao needs a broader road and the existing land for 30 mts which is already acquired by government can be utilised for broadening and even 6-lane can be fitted in 30 mts. Hence, new acquisition should be stopped”, he added. Karapurkar further said the

road passes through eco sensitive area of River Sal and the wetlands attached to it which will be destroyed once the road is constructed. Other issues discussed were garbage and its handling. After much discussions, it was decided to look out for a plot for garbage disposal, but pending the final solution, members decided that wet garbage should be composted at home. In this respect, the gram sabha decided that all buildings should be instructed to dispose off wet garbage by composting, adding that Panchayat should collect the plastic waste. A proposal was received to acquire land for broadening of road in front of Navelim church which was rejected outright. Sarpanch Paul Pereira said that the gram sabha has resolved to issue notices to landlords keeping tenants to set up composting pits in their property, adding that the Panchayat would impose fines if the fail to do so.

patriotic son of AVC (Assolna, Velim, Cuncolim) who wanted to maintain Hindu-Christian unity in its true sense and strived hard to set history right. Velingkar said that Goa should be proud of producing such a patriotic son who not only worked in Goa but in East Africa not only for Goa’s liberation but also for liberation of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. “Dr Eclito had entrusted me the task to make history of one of the greatest Goan, Dr Francisco Luis Gomes. While I would fulfill this task, the time has come to make Goa know about Dr DSouza, a selfless nationalist, who brushed shoulders with top national leaders and foreign diplomats pushing Goa’s case for freedom.”, Velingkar added. Levinson martins also spoke. Among those who attended were freedom fighter Urselino Almeida, Lambert Mascarenhas, Assis Correia, Member of Law Commission, Adv Cleofato Coutinho Almedia and many friends, relatives and admirers of Dr Eclito.

Total pendency of cases with mamlatdars in South Goa was 1,688 as on March 31, 2010 but in North Goa pendency of cases was extraordinarily high; 12,922 cases were awaiting disposal in North Goa. Inordinate delay in disposal of the cases is causing undue hardship to people who have to wait for years to get justice for no fault of theirs. The delay in disposal of cases has also resulted in additional financial burden on the litigants, pointed out Ad hoc

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Even with govt subsidy, condition Dr Eclito laid to rest of some cinema theatres pathetic HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 1

by Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes in its report on Finance which was tabled in the House, last week. As informed by the government to the Committee, as on March 31, 2010, total 17,540 cases were pending with deputy collectors and SDOs of North Goa district but pendency of cases in South Goa district was much less. Total 6,563 cases were pending with deputy collectors and SDOs of Salcete, Mormugao, Quepem and Canacona.

derstands that the government plans to take it up on PPP model, wherein the responsibility of getting adequate manpower to operate the system would be on the company. “The committee feels that the government has not made a deep study on the surveillance system. It is not enough to install a system, a thorough study on its effectiveness and profitability should have been undertaken side by side and as well as maintenance,” the report says adding “…it is a good system provided it is used effectively”. “It is also necessary to make the project full proof by examining it from all angles and also as these are sensitive device, its utility and maintenance also has to be looked into carefully,” the report states.

Committee. It has therefore recommended that the government should look into specific problems faced by the mamlatdars and joint mamlatdars so that their services could be utilised exclusively for disposal of large number of pending various cases. Besides, the Committee has reiterated its demand to create a separate election cell to deal with the matters relating to election census survey so that officers handling mundkarial and tenancy cases are not overburdened with additional duty.


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Quepem locals oppose land acquisition, submit memo to deputy Collector HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, AUG 1

A group of residents have submitted a memorandum to Quepem Deputy Collector opposing land acquisition for the proposed four-lane road from Tilamol to Curchorem and from Curchorem to Sanguem Court. It may be recalled that on June 22, the government issued a notification for widening of Tilamol-Sanguem road and since then people are opposing the road widening by conducting corner meetings and filing objections. On Friday morning, about 200 affected villagers of Tilamol, Cacora, Curchorem, Bansai, Cacumordi and other villagers gathered at the office of Deputy Collector, here, and submitted a memorandum to the deputy collector demanding withdrawal of the notification for land acquisition. “Before proposing to make the Tilamol-Sanguem Court road a four lane, the PWD did not conduct a traffic survey. The existing road, which has

the capacity of 150 vehicles per hours, is sufficient for another 15 years, as the present traffic flow on the road is just 30-50 vehicles per hour,” stated the villagers in the memorandum. “Under the garb of public cause, the government is planning to widen the road for the benefit of the mining industry by spending Rs 500 crore of public fund, which is illegal and unjust,” claimed the villagers. “Curchorem is the fifth most populated council of the State with a population of 30,000. Kakoda Health Centre and other two major hospitals are right on the road. Besides, 12 schools with 6,000 secondary and 3,000 primary students commute on the road,” added the memorandum. “No where in the world is dirty cargo like iron ore hauled through the heart of such a town, not even in Bihar and Jharkhand states,” stated the memorandum. Due to acquisition, immense losses will be caused to houses, shops, compounds,

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Villagers likely to be affected by road widening submits memorandum to Quepem Deputy Collector. Photo by John Fernandes

trees, Crosses, Tulsi-Vrindavans and parking spaces. “Agricultural lands being acquired are tenanted and under Command Area Development Authority, such land cannot be acquired. Mining transport is already affecting public health, sanitation, agriculture and horticulture. Widening the road to make way for four lane will aggravate the problems,” added the villagers. “Since Xeldem Panchayat and Curchorem-Cacora Munic-

‘Guru Shishya Parampara is important aspect of education’ HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, AUG 1

Dr Vinay Prabhudessai has stated that the concept of Guru Shishya Parampara in Indian Culture has always been an important aspect of education or learning. He was speaking at the function organized by Rose Garden Primary School, Porvorim, to celebrate Guru Pournima. “The Guru’s duty was not only to teach the students a specific subject, but also to develop the overall personality of the student. The Guru tried to develop the student’s character, versatility, confidence, strength and overall vision of life,” said Dr Prabhudessai. “The ideal Guru was supposed to be the best friend of the student. He was supposed to be a friend, philosopher and guide,” added Dr Prabhudessai. Dr Prabhudessai further said classical music sooths the minds of the individuals. “The parents should try to encourage their children to learn classical music from good Gurus such as Pandit Vasantrao Kadnekar, Dinker Panshiker and Sudhaker Karandiker,” he said. “To acquire proficiency in classical music, years of hard work is required. Since classi-

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The students along with their gurus.

cal music is a performing art, regular Riyaz and Sadhna is a must to gain mastery over one’s voice,” said Dr Prabhudessai. Gurudas Redkar said parents should not discourage their children if they desire to learn and make career in classical music or classical dances. “There is also enough scope in classical music and dances. There are no restrictions with regard to caste or religion to learn classical music or classical dances,” said Redkar. In his welcome speech, Rose Garden Primary High School

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Principal S G Chodankar said it has proved scientifically that the plants also grow with the music. Hence parents should encourage their children to learn music along with their regular studies. “Chief guest Dr Prabhudesai though is a doctor by profession, he has acquired proficiency in classical music too,” said Chodankar. Earlier, the students of music and dance performed poojas of their gurus and later performed the cultural programme. Mahadev Parab compered the function.

Bats take liking to Agonda beach HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, AUG 1

Humans may not be the only ones attracted to the State’s famed coastline, as a large number of bats have been found on a few large trees at Agonda beach for the last several years. Residents find the large presence of fruit bats a nuisance in their locality, as the bats emit unusual sounds, sometimes continuously for several hours during the day and night. “Few years ago, presence of bats was minimal, may be in a few dozens, but presently instead of originally occupied one tree, bats in hundreds if not thousands, continuously emitting unusual sounds, have occupied at least three large trees,” informed a resident. Another source told Herald: “Sometimes, shooters from different places find their large presence as an easy prey and take them home as a delicacy to cherish.” “A big fruit bat can produce about 1 kg of meat, when cleaned, consumed by many people as a delicacy,” informed a source. Forest sources informed that the smallest species is just six cms (2.4 inches) long, while the largest is weighed over one kg, has an length of 16 inches (40 cms) with its wingspan attaining breadth of over 5 feet (150 cms). Most fruit bats have large eyes, which allows them to orient visually in the twilight of dusk and caves and thick/dark forests, the source added. According to forest sources, usually four types of bats are found in Goa, fruit bats, dormers bat, Rufous horse shoe bat and malay fox vampire, while flying foxes are present in large numbers, especially in rural interior areas of the State.

ipal Council disapproved the widening project, the administrative approval for the road widening is illegal in view of 73rd and 74th amendment to the constitution,” states the memorandum. As the last date for filing objection ends on August 6, the affected villagers sought extension of time by another 15 days to file objections. Deputy Collector Agnelo Fernandes assured the villagers to look into matter.

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao on Tuesday evening inspected the Old Goa-Ribandar road, which is in a dilapidated condition. Alemao was accompanied by St Cruz MLA Victoria Fernandes and social activist Aires Rodrigues, CCP Corporator Rupesh Halarnkar, PWD Principal Chief Engineer J J S Rego and other PWD staff and locals from Ribandar. Rodrigues informed the dignitaries how the dangerous Old Goa-Ribandar road has been posing problem to pedestrians and motorists as big potholes have developed all over the road from Goa Institute of Management till Ribandar Church. After giving a patient hearing to the grievances of the locals, Alemao assured to get the road completed once the rains are over. He also informed the locals that tender works of the road are already passed, but were stopped due to rains. Rego said: “We will estimate what is the quantum that has to be removed and after that we will estimate the works of the road and get it sanctioned and then only we will be able to decide how long it will take to complete the road.”

Raia resident held for dumping waste HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, AUG 1

Presence of fruit bats, also called ‘flying foxes’, in large numbers on trees at Dhawalkhazan-Agonda shore. Photo by Kathy Pereira

Fruit bats mostly survives on fruits and its nectar, which earned them the tag of ‘frugivorous and nectarivorous’ species. Fruit bats teeth are adaptive to bite through hard fruit skins and often crush the fruits and consume only juices. In scientific language, the bats family Pteropodidae is divided into two sub-families with 188 species, represented by 43 genera. The fruit bats which for some years now have made about three high-rising trees at beachside in Dhawalkhazan area of Agonda coast, are often targeted by shooters and taken away as delicacies. If local sources are to be believed, several outstation shooters often comes and within minute shoot, killing 810 bats. After the shooting spree, the remaining disturbed bats flies off from the area, but returns back on the same tree after a few minutes. Sources also informed that fruit bats are delicacies not only for some Goans, but considered as a favourite delicacy by people residing in the South Pacific Islands. However, if still more sources are to be believed, consumption of bats meat is at all not safe for humans, as is

widely known. According to a website, different studies taken in the past revealed that bats are normally ‘reservoirs’ of different viruses, which causes number of diseases which are fatal for humans. The website states that the bats themselves sometimes show no sign of infection, while researchers tested fruit bats for the presence of Ebola virus (tests conducted between 2001 and 2003 - three species of bats tested positive for Ebola, but themselves had no symptoms of the virus). Another virus ‘epidemical Marburg’ was reportedly found in 2007 in specimens of the Egyptian fruit bat, confirming the suspicion that this species may be reservoir for this dangerous virus, while other diseases that can be carried by fruit bats are notably Hendra virus and Nipah virus, both of which are fatal to humans. Bat meat consumption is also reportedly linked to some diseases (Lytico-Bodig), as especially fruit bats are found to act as reservoirs for a number of diseases, which can prove fatal to humans and domestic animals such as horses, reveals the website.

Ponda Police on Friday arrested a resident of Raia on charges of dumping pharmaceutical waste along the NH4 at Mardol bypass in Veling-Priol. After being alerted by locals, Ponda Police nabbed one Mohamad Hussain for dumping waste and is also on the look out of the vehicle used in the offence. It may be recalled that the area was also used by some miscreants to dump garbage, as heaps of garbage waste was seen along the route. Incidentally, after Herald had reported of the nuisance, the activity had stopped, but miscreants soon continued the activity. The panchayat had also filed a police complaint in this regard.

Cleanliness drive undertaken CALANGUTE (HC): The Calangute Front for Responsible Tourism in collaboration with Primary Health Centre Candolim and Calangute Panchayat recently undertook a cleanliness drive in Calangute. As part of the drive, plastics and other wastes were collected and later disposed at the garbage dumping site. The cleanliness drive was carried out with the help of a tractor in the presence of Candolim Primary Health Centre Health Officer Dr Sachin Govekar, Acting Sarpanch of Calangute Sneha Salgaonkar, Calangute Front for Responsible Tourism Convenor Anthony D’Souza, Co-ordinator Dona Fernandes, ex-panchas of Calangute and villagers of Calangute.


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oday as Mauvin Godinho, the Hon'ble Deputy Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly and MLA representing Cortalim constituency celebrates his birthday, there is a jump of joy in the hearts of not only his family and friends or his constituents, but all the people of Goa and the youth in particular. Youth today are confident of their bright future in Mauvin Godinho. “Reason his public life has been a saga of promises kept and dreams realized.” Mauvin Godinho can truly be called a planner with a vision and a statesman with a mission if one visualizes the manner in which he has nurtured the Cortalim Constituency not only when he was their MLA but even when he was not in power. Cortalim then, was adjudged the model constituency in India which in between lost its vigour, but today, is back on its way to retain its coveted place with him being back in the saddle. “Not sitting on the Laurels but marching forward with a vision has been his forte.'

Today as Mauvin Godinho, the Hon'ble Deputy Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly and MLA representing Cortalim constituency celebrates his birthday, there is a jump of joy in the hearts of not only his family and friends or his constituents, but all the people of Goa and the youth in particular. Youth today are confident of their bright future in Mauvin Godinho. “Reason his public life has been a saga of promises kept and dreams realized.” Mauvin Godinho can truly be called a planner with a vision and a statesman with a mission if one visualizes the manner in which he has nurtured the Cortalim Constituency not only when he was their MLA but even when he was not in power. Cortalim then, was adjudged the model constituency in India which in between lost its vigour, but today, is back on its way to retain its coveted place with him being back in the saddle. “Not sitting on the Laurels but marching forward with a vision has been his forte.' Time has never been a factor when it came to solve the problems or answer the requests of his constituents. Always welcoming his constituents with a broad smile he has ensured that the constituency smiles with him. Today one is proud of Cortalim Constituency for he has ensured that every ward in his constituency has a proper asphalted road that connects not only to the Taluka headquarters, Vasco-da-Gama, but also to the District Headquarters - Margao and through them to the State capital Panaji. “Service to the People is service to God.” Basic needs of life are food, clothing and shelter. Ensuring better facilities in water, roads, electricity to every nook and corner of his constituency, he has marched far ahead to provide shelter to the poor and downtrodden. Meeting the needs of the poor by providing essential commodities like rice, clothing and such others has always been his priority. His ways of sharing happiness with his constituents specially the poor and the downtrodden is by being one with them and that's why we see him giving whatever they want on his birthday day. “Caring and Sharing with the

Poor and the Downtrodden.” As a Minister holding various portfolios he has always ensured that he puts his best foot forward. The planning he had done than, in various departments have till today been talked about for he had the foresight of future planning expansions to have the infrastructure in place much ahead of time. Definitely, if he was included in the present Ministry, Goa would have seen better and foresighted planned infrastructural development as most of the bureaucrat's feels and public in general node in an affirmative. “Planning needs foresight.” Meeting the needs of his constituents has always been a priority. Providing service to the people at their doorsteps has been his vision and to complete it in this five year term has been mission. Cortalim Constituency can today boast of many things that are their pride but envy of the others. He earlier ensured every village of his constituency had its own Panchayat ghar and today we have him working on upgrading them in having a market complex, Offices and Multipurpose hall. “Providing service at the door step.” Given the fact that Mauvin began his public life as a youngster, heading organizations like All Goa Students Union and Goa Pradesh Youth Congress, the youth are always at the centre of his plans, that is the reason why now he has taken on the task of ensuring that every village in his constituency has a proper playground. He has marched forward in ensuring that Village level Clubs in Cansaulim Arossim Cultural and Social Sports Club and Chicalim Youth Club are being given annual sponsorship. Dabolim Youth Sports Club and Cortalim Gymkhana have also been provided assistance. This proves his endeavour that the youngsters can use their energy in a constructive manner rather than wasting it. “Today's youth are the pillars of tomorrow.” Mauvin has left a rich legacy of infrastructure in his Cortalim Constituency. If St. Jacinto Bridge is an environmental Pearl than Kala Bhavan that is coming up within the jurisdiction of Sancoale Village

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Panchayat is Cultural Hub. Bridge already completed and in operation the work of Kala Bhavan has commenced last year. This project is rapidly nearing completion and those passing by can get an idea of what magnificent structure it is going to be. This Kala Bhavan will go a long way in unearthing and nurturing the local hidden talent of not only the Village of Sancoale but other neighboring villages too. “Unearthing the hidden talent has always been his priority.” Residents of St. Jacinto Island which is a part of the ward of Chicalim Panchayat are today a very happy lot. Thanks to the bridge linking the island to the mainland. While earlier a causeway used to connect the island to the mainland, the same had proven to be a thorn. The locals who used to harvest nature's bounty in the form of the shell fish that was found in abundance around the island were facing hardships as the causeway had disturbed the natural flow of water and that had adversely affected the shell fish. With the completion of this bridge, today the residents of St. Jacinto and Dabolim are proud to have different types of fish that has been rejuvenated and has brought a smile on many faces including the environmentalists. “I am proud to contribute my might for ecology.” Mauvin has always been concerned about ecology and environment and proof of this lies in the fact that as Goa Pradesh Youth Congress President, he had launched tree plantation drives and cleanliness drives so that Goa would look clean and green. The passion for greenery continues and he is the first MLA to convert a number of open spaces in different villages of his constituency, into gardens and children's parks that are truly a pleasant sight to the eyes gone sore by seeing either concrete buildings or barren land. In Sancoale, Bogmalo and Chicalim plans are afoot to convert more open spaces into gardens and children parks which will always remain a breathing lung to those residing within its vicinity. “Protect environment – Save ecology.” Glorious Record: Mauvin is a known performer and has excelled in whatever role he took upon himself or offered to him. His performance as a President of the Goa Pradesh Youth Congress held him and this organization on the high note in the mind set of the people of Goa even much ahead of the frontal organization in the Congress Committee. He was one of the easily identified face of the Congress leadership. In fact, so successful was he that for the first time in the history of Goa, four Youth Congress members were nominated to contest the Assembly elections on the Congress ticket and three of them emerged victorious. As a minister, his exemplary record is quite well known to the people of Goa. In fact if Verna Industrial Estate has today emerged as the pride of Goa, the credit should go to Mauvin Godinho. The youngest amoung the than Council of Minister he held the Industries Portfolio and it was here that he proved his capabilities. He changed the then Verna Electronic City to Verna Industrial Estate from what was heading to be yet another white elephant. With him being at the helm of affairs as Minister of Industries the Verna Industrial Estate took off with leading industries not only from India but even international, making a bee line to set up their units there. Taking over Power Ministry he changed the entire power scenario in Goa. Because of his foresight Goa earned the distinction of being the first State in the country to have its own power generating plant that today provides 40 megawatts of power to the State thereby reducing the dependence on the erratic power provided by the National Grid. He did not rest on his laurels here but set about replacing the aged power conductors all over State of Goa. One can never forget the most significant achievement during his tenure as Minister for Power. He set in place the infrastructure required to enable Goa to draw the power allotted to it by the National Grid by prevailing upon his

friend the late Kumarmangalam to give Goa not only a dedicated 400 KVA line but also a 400 KVA substation to download this load for further distribution in the State. It is noteworthy to remember that is was his foresight that saved the State of Goa from the plight people of Goa would have been in. Even non-descript departments like the Rural Development Agency which no Minister wanted because it did not have any populist schemes to offer, he made this department very sensitive to the needs of the rural population and empowered them in order to cut migration of the rural populace to the cities. Future Plans: Not one to relax on his laurels and always on the lookout for new challenges, Mauvin has come up with some truly marvelous proposals that will benefit not only his constituency and its residents, but the entire State of Goa for sure. Garbage Management: While his constituency is a major gateway to the paradise on earth called Goa thanks to the International Airport, it is the cause of some major problems for the Village Panchayats of Chicalim, Bogmalo, Velsao, Sancoale, Cortalim and Cansaulim and moreover to the people residing there. With all the villages from Cortalim Constituency coming within the flying zone of the airport, none of them can have a garbage management plant as it would increase the risk of bird hits to the aircrafts thereby endangering the lives of the passengers and the people staying in the vicinity. Cortalim Constituency here faced a huge problem of ensuring the safety of these passengers due to the aircrafts that frequent Goa and simultaneously providing hygienic conditions to the villagers. Mauvin held his head high and came up with the perfect via media. He has not only suggested but even identified a site at the Verna Industrial Estate where all the Panchayats from his constituency will manage the garbage without causing or posing any threat to the aircrafts visiting Dabolim International Airport and ensuring that hygiene is maintained. This path breaking project of his could well serve as a model to the various villages in the State that are struggling to deal with the garbage generated in their jurisdiction. Tackling Plastic Menace Besides taking concrete steps to deal with the increasing garbage, Mauvin has also

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decided to tackle the large volumes of plastic that is not only making Goa look ugly but is also literally choking it. Imagine if you get chocked and cannot breath. Taking a leaf from his Youth Congress days, his drive at Baina Beach, Mauvin has launched a plastic collection drive and what is truly amazing is that besides getting the local self government bodies and government agencies on board, he has convinced private companies to join him in this effort. The mantra of publicprivate participation has been very ingeniously used by him for a basic requirement like cleanliness. He convinced these private agencies to construct Sulabhs for the Zuarinagar Slums so as to avoid the nuisance caused on the National Highway. Very soon 5 sulabhs will see the light of the day cause he has a concern for ecology and environment and moreover the hygienic conditions of the people who live in there. Flyover: Mauvin always has a foresight. He had than demanded a Flyover at Dabolim Airport. When out of power the flyover proposed by him was omitted. Today we see the traffic menace at the Dabolim Airport. The fact that Goa is going to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of joining the Indian nation and since the Centre has allotted special fund for the State towards this end, Mauvin has not only demanded, but also got sanctioned a flyover at the Dabolim Airport junction. Indeed the flyover is the need of the hour given the fact that Dabolim Airport is undergoing expansion and up-gradation which would not only result in increased traffic but would further worsen the road traffic situation at the Dabolim junction. Every time when an aircraft lands at Dabolim airport, there are serpentine queues witnessed at this junction due to the congestion in traffic. Once the flyover is commissioned, it will be a smooth sailing for everybody as those going or coming from the airport will be able to do so with ease even as others travelling to the Port town or from it will be able to continue with the journey without any hindrance. Joggers Park: Today one can see people becoming more and more health conscious. Yes today we see people going for walk by the road side to keep themselves healthy. This is very

dangerous because a number of senior citizens have lost their live while on a morning or evening walk. Therefore close in the vicinity of the Dabolim Airport, Mauvin has now proposed to set up a Joggers park. This park along with the open spaces converted into parks will not only give the area a beautiful look but will also help the local residents not only to exercise and keep fit but also be able to breathe cleaner air. Besides, in collaboration with the Airports Authority of India and Central Industrial Security Force, both Central agencies houses in the Port Town, Mauvin is planning to set up a specialized hospital that would cater to the personnel of these two agencies, besides providing the same facilities to the local people. True Legislator: Mauvin Godinho has not restricted himself to merely nursing his constituency or making the department allotted to him to work earnestly. He has been at the forefront with regards to issues disturbing and agitating the people of Goa. He was the first Congress leader to oppose the Special Economic Zone at the party forum as he was not an MLA when this policy was formulated. Besides, he was also amongst the first to caution the party leadership of the perils of the Coastal Regulation Zone regime and took the initiative to raise these twin issues even in the Legislative Assembly where he spoke vociferously in favour of the people and against the establishment even though he was the Deputy Speaker of the House. It is indeed a crying shame that a person like him with his record of achievements, is left in doldrums. In fact, when today most people are grumbling that nothing tangible is happening, a person like Mauvin could make a big difference to show that the government is functioning. However, in an era where mediocrity is the norm and excellence is an aberration, probably Mauvin is paying the price for his capabilities thanks to the crab mentality that has time and again proven to be Goa's doom. But for how long, is the question his constituents and well wishers are today asking and "patience" is the only answer that Mauvin gives them.


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‘Cong should abandon UPA experiment in next LS polls’ PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 1

As Sonia Gandhi is set to get reelected as Congress President this month, a senior leader has advocated the need for the party to abandon the UPA experiment in the next Lok Sabha polls. Former Union Minister Vasant Sathe also pitched for the party emulating Indira Gandhi by going in for a massive pro-poor scheme like a new 20-point programme that could help the party win the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on its own. "There should be no repeat of UPA experiment in next polls. We should not depend upon coalition politics for long. Parliamentary democracy is basically two-party system. Coalition concept is alien to Parliamentary system," the octogenarian leader, who had closely worked with Indira Gandhi, told PTI. He said that in a coalition, the ruling party has to depend upon too many groups and parties and therefore "you cannot carry out your policies and programmes". This is for the first time a senior leader has spoken publicly in favour of the party going it alone. In private, several leaders admit that coalition is necessarily a compulsion. The party has been singing the mantra of 'going it alone' in the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar

Govt sets up welfare fund for diaspora PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 1

In a novel initiative, the government has set up a community welfare fund in 42 Indian missions abroad to facilitate extending help to diaspora community in times of difficulty. The Indian Community Welfare Fund has been set up to offer various assistance, including legal and financial help to distressed Indians, a top official of the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry said. The fund has been made available in all the Gulf countries where a substantial number of Indians are living. An estimated five million workers are currently staying in the Gulf region. "So far the fund has been set up in 42 countries. It has also been made available in several European countries where Indian population is of significant number," the official said. The fund will particularly be used to help women migrants who become victims of unscrupulous intermediaries in foreign soil. The official said the fund will equip the missions better in ensuring protection and welfare of overseas Indian workers. Asked about financial allocation made available to each of the embassies under the fund, the official refused to give details saying it varies from mission to mission. He said, in case of emergencies, the Ministry coordinates with the Indian Missions, the state Governments and Ministry of Civil Aviation for making necessary arrangements for transportation of Indians who are in distress.

Pradesh and now the coming Assembly elections in Bihar. Sonia Gandhi led the Congress to the coalition route in 2004, with UPA-I being the first experiment of the 125-year old party to share power at the Centre. Gandhi's call for unity of secular forces in 2003 saw the ouster of the BJP-led NDA from power. Sathe's refrain was that Sonia should emulate Indira to bring the party to power on its own in the next LS polls. His contention was that the path of Indira would take the Congress to power on its own given the fact that the opposition was facing a crisis with the BJP failing to get its act together and the Left getting increasingly marginalised. "In the 2014 polls, Congress should go on it’s own and for that Gandhi should start preparing right now. A new 20-point programme for the poor like the one launched by Indiraji will help Congress win on its own," he said. Sathe said that since Sonia "for all practical purposes" has been the leader of the party and the government, she should look for ameliorating the lot of the poor, facing hardships due to price rise and joblessness. Sathe had sometime back reminded Sonia that people rallied round Indira in the 1980 polls

Only about half the population in worst Maoist-hit areas have enrolled their names and gave personal information in the just concluded census operations, forcing government to think of launching a special drive in such regions. In many Naxal-affected areas, the enumerators could not visit the households due to fear of the extremists while in some cases people did not cooperate following Maoist diktat. "It is just around 50 per cent people who took part in the census. We understand the difficulties faced by people in Maoist areas. Since enrolling people in the census operation is beneficial to them only, we are considering to launch a special drive in such areas," a Home Ministry official said. Apart from Naxal threat, there have been misconceived apprehensions in the minds of some habitants in such areas which prevented them from actively taking part in the exercise, he said. "In some cases, enumerators are even not permitted to enter the houses on some pretext or

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Slamming the Congress-led UPA government for allegedly using CBI to target BJP in the Sohrabuddin case, senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu today said any move to question Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the case would prove "suicidal" for Congress. "We learnt that CBI is going to question Gujarat Chief Minister Narendera Modi in connection with Sohrabuddin case, which would prove suicidal for the Congress party," he told reporters here. "Congress would be doomed if it goes to the extent of questioning Modi," Naidu warned. Congress intends to do a "political encounter" of the BJP by using Sohrabuddin fake encounter case to appease a particular community in the country, he alleged. "We also learnt that CBI is planning to frame Modi in the case and any move will ultimately prove a suicide for Congress party," the senior BJP leader said. Any attempt by Centre or CBI to malign the image of Gujarat, the best performing state government in the country, and its Chief Minister would be opposed tooth and nail, Naidu said. "Do not play with fire as Modi is the best Chief Minister and a national leader who led Gujarat on the developmental path," he said.

NCW not empowered to initiate criminal proceedings, says HC PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 1

The Delhi High Court has awarded a compensation of Rs 40,000 to a man who was offloaded by immigration authorities from an aircraft here on the basis of a look-out circular issued by the NCW, say i n g statutory bodies are not empowered to initiate criminal proceedings. The High Court said that the compensation award has to be equally shared by the National Commission for Women (NCW) and Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) for deboarding V ikram Sharma, against whom no FIR was lodged in connection with a matrimonial dispute. Sharma had approached the court alleging that the FRRO had acted illegally in off-loading and detaining him here in April 2008 at the instance of NCW where his wife had filed a complaint. "This court is of the view that the action of NCW in writing to the DCP, FRRO for the issuance of LOC (look-out circular) against Sharma was without the authority of law. The consequent action of FRRO (which) resulted in the petitioner (Sharma) being detained at IGI airport on April 8, 2008 was also illegal," Justice S Muralidhar said. The court asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to issue clarification orders within three months stating that a request for issuance of LOC cannot emanate from statutory bodies like NCW, NHRC as well as National and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights which

Census: Govt plans special drive in Naxal-hit areas PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 1

after she rebuilt the party following the split, shunned alliances and brought up several young leader s a t a t i m e when the stalwarts targeted her. Sathe said that in the years to come, the top priority of the Congress should be focusing on people living below poverty line and Sonia should take a leaf out of Indira Gandhi's "garibi hatao' (remove poverty) plank. He hailed the supportive role being played by Rahul Gandhi for Congress in reaching out to the poor. This, he said, was necessary as the country has taken to the path of the open market economy under the guidance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose Finance Ministership in the early nineties saw India giving up the path of socialistic pattern of society. The market economy has turned 20 to 30 per cent of the people of the country affluent he said adding that the vast remaining population has remained poor. "Despite being a democracy, unless you take steps like those taken by China, the poor cannot get a fair deal," he said underlining the need for a combination of government interference for the welfare of the common man and making the affluent class to contribute for the poor.

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the other," the official said, adding the special drive will cover such areas too. After the house listing and housing census along with collection of data on National Population Register (NPR), unique ID numbers will be provided for each citizen in the country. The NPR will be a comprehensive identity database that would help in better targeting of benefits and services under the government programmes, improve planning and help strengthen security of the country. "The ID number will help people get ration under PDS, various development schemes, open bank accounts and in other dayto-day uses," the official said. The three month-long Census 2011 in 29 States and Union Territories covering country's 1.2 billion people was completed on June 30. According to an estimate, about 40,000 sq km area in Naxal-affected states are under the control of Maoists. Altogether 35 districts in seven states are considered to be worst affected by the menace.

are vested with the powers of a civil court. "The NHRC, the NCW, the NCPCR (National Commission for Protection of Child Rights) have not been vested with the powers of a criminal court and do not have powers to enforce criminal law," Justice S Murlidhar said. "They should bring the necessary facts to the notice of law enforcement agencies like the police, which will then make a request for issuance of LOC upon an assessment of the situation and strictly in terms of the procedure outlined for the purpose," he said. Sharma had alleged that he was "made to stand in

solitary confinement in a toilet" and his passport was stamped with the remarks "Off loaded-deported due to criminal complaint".

C o n g re s s i s p ro j e c t i n g Sohrabuddin as a national hero, who was a notorious criminal, arms smuggler and had association with the underworld and other criminals, Naidu alleged. The arrest of 15 police officers and Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah for the sake of a smuggler has demoralized Gujarat police force, Naidu said. He questioned as to why CBI, which took over the investigation of Sohrabuddin case, targeting Gujarat state al o n e where two other states Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan - were also involved in the case.


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fter the UPA government refused to roll back the increase in petroleum prices, much debate has taken place , with almost all political parties participating in the recent he Jnanpith Award is India’s highest literary award. It is “Bharat bandh” organized to protest the price presented not by the government of India, but by the hike and rising inflation. Bharatiya Jnanpith, a trust founded by the Sahu Jain The acrimonious debate is on, in the ongoing family. Its name comes from the Sanskrit − ‘jnâna-pîtha’ means monsoon session of the Parliament over price pulpit of knowledge − and the award includes an amount of hike. Based on the recommendations of the emRs7 lakh, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Vagdevi powered group of ministers headed by Finance Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, and the Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the government raised arts. Only Indian writers in the country’s official languages, as prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene by Rs. 3.50, recognised by the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, Rs. 2 and Rs. 3 a litre, respectively and increased are eligible for the award. the rate of cooking gas by Rs. 35 a cylinder. The government has also decided to give freeSince it was instituted in 1961, it has been awarded 46 times. Seven awards each have been won by writers in Kannada dom to the oil marketing companies to fix prices and Hindi, followed by five writers in Bengali, four writers in of petrol. The diesel prices could also be freed in Malayalam, three writers each in Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi and due course. The hike in prices of petroleum goods is already having a cascading effect on inUrdu, two each in Telugu, Oriya, Tamil, Assamese and Punjabi, flation with wholesale prices-based inflation, and one each in Kashmiri, Sanskrit and, now, Konkani. Till reaching 11 per cent and the hike in food prices 1992, the awards were given for a single work by a writer. But by about 17 per cent. since then, the award is given for the writer’s lifetime contriAlthough we are made to believe that the hike bution to Indian literature. in petroleum prices is imperative, there are When he was presented the prestigious Jnanpith Award on several factors which prove that the price hike Saturday at the Kala Academy by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira could be limited to a bare minimum, if many Kumar, octogenarian Konkani litterateur Ravindra Kelekar was other issues are tackled properly. It is claimed that the Government has been innot being honoured merely as an individual. For, the award is as much of an achievement for Konkani. Goa’s language now curring losses in the oil sector. But the revenue ranks with the best in the annals of Indian writing, and a earned by the Government in oil transactions, is Konkani writer has been recognised as having made an outstanding not taken into account. In fact, the revenue earned by the Government towards excise and contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature. customs duty on the oil import has been increasing It is a triumphant ascent to the very summit of literary en- consistently. For example, the amount of customs deavour for a language that, just 35 years ago, was not even and excise duty which was Rs. 15612 crore in recognised as one. It has been a long and hard climb. For it to 1995-1996 rose to nearly Rs 70,557 crore in 2008recognise Konkani as an independent and literary language, 2009 and it is on the rise. In addition to this , the Government on an avthe then Sahitya Akademi had to contend with a written threat from the then Goa government not to do so, and that if it did, erage earns Rs 60,000 crore through sales tax rivers of blood could flow on the streets of Goa. Notwithstanding and royalty annually from different state governments, that, the Akademi recognised Konkani on 26 February 1975. due to which the revenue goes up automatically. The term “under recovery” is used by oil firms Needless to say, no blood was spilled. to cushion the consumers from the price spikes Since then, it has been a steady uphill struggle, overcoming in the international market for crude oil, where one insurmountable obstacle after another. After a year-long we import our gasoline and other fuel requireagitation that paralysed the state, turned violent and cost six ments. By absorbing the initial price shocks of precious lives, on 4 February 1987, the Goa Legislative Assembly crude oil from the international market, the dopassed the Official Language Bill making Konkani Goa’s official mestic oil firms chalk up under recoveries. language. According to Petroleum Minister Murli Deora Konkani was finally included in the Eight Schedule of the the under recovery (subsidisation) for this year

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Constitution, became one of the country’s official languages and found itself on Indian currency notes, following the 71st Constitutional Amendment on 31 August 1992. This also made writers in the language eligible to be awarded the Jnanpith, which Ravindrabab finally made possible when his award was announced on 22 November 2008. His award is for 2006, along with Satya Vrat Shastri, the first Sanskrit poet to win the Jnanpith since its inception. At the function were Jnanpith Selection Board Chairman and Oriya writer Sitakant Mahapatra, who himself won the award in 1993 − the first to be award for lifetime contribution to literature − and Hindi writer Namwar Singh. So were Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and Speaker Pratapsingh Rane. The greater importance that this award carries for his language than for himself has not escaped Ravindrabab. Replying to all the felicitations heaped on him at the function, the 85year-old doyen among Konkani writers first expressed satisfaction that he represented Konkani. He added, tongue-in-cheek, that it was a language which some, including those who spoke the language, till recently did not even consider as one. That is the humility that marks one who − apart from being among its foremost exponents − has been a soldier at the forefront of every struggle waged for the cause of Konkani and Goa.

Church of Jesus Bernard Simoes, Dona Paula The letter ‘Catholics & Christianity’ by Glestone Fernandes (Herald, 27 July) is wrong. Even though Jesus never used the term ‘Roman Catholic Church’, in Matthew 16:18, He said: “And I tell you, you are Peter, the rock. And on this rock I will build my Church…” That Church is the Roman Catholic Church, headed by the Pope, by virtue of apostolic succession, that Jesus built on the rock. Every other Church in existence is a deviation from the Church of Jesus. I would request the author to get a real Bible and read it carefully.

Work of the Spirit Jeffrey John Pinto, Parra The letter ‘Constantine’s legacy’ by Paul Rodricks (Herald, 29 July) in response to Ibonio D’Souza’s article ‘A whole human being’ (Herald, 28 July) claims that Emperor Constatines’ patronage made Christianity the state religion and was the driving force behind the spread of Christianity. He further states: “it was never the teachings or actions of Jesus Christ”.

is expected to be Rs 7,000 crore and that is the reason the Government incurs the loss. However, statistics present different picture. For example, in 2005-2006 the Government earned a profit of Rs 20781 crore which rose to Rs 27127 crore in 2008-2009. For this, the cost of oil exploration also must be taken into account. In 1995-1996, the cost of the oil exploration was 2 to 3 dollars per barrel (159 litres) in Gulf countries when international cost of exploration was 17 to 18 dollars per barrel. After that the cost of exploration in Gulf did not rise, but the cost in the international market went up. It was 50 $ per barrel in 2005 which rose to 147 per barrel in 2008. As against this, in 1995-1996 the cost of the oil exploration in Bombay High was 9.52 $ per barrel. The cost included the exploration cost of 4 $ per barrel plus 5.52 towards royalty and taxes. Incidentally the Bombay High is under the control of ONGC. However, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has made its entry into oil exploration in Cambay Basin, Ahmedabad, Gujarat and also in crude oil production in the Krishna Godavari basin in Andhra Pradesh under the New Exploration and Licensing Policy. India’s share in international oil production is 23 per cent. Earlier, the domestic cost of oil exploration was less than that of international cost.

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f you don’t have FRIENDS, you ain’t got nothing, goes an old saying. There comes a time, when we realize that our accomplishments and unique journey through life, have been made richer by the presence of those who have touched our mind and spirit. Friendship is a beautiful relationship which everyone wants to enjoy. But friendship is not merely a relationship, it is rather, a unique blend of affection and trustworthiness. A relationship that cares for us and helps us when we are in trouble and despair. Friendship is the only relationship which is made by choice and not by chance, and it has no boundaries to describe. With so many occasions and special days in our lives, the one that every friend loves to enjoy is the Friendship Day. In life we meet many people; some will be close to us while others, distant. Some are able to connect with us emotionally or share common interests. Basically, the people we meet are classified into different categories. Many people have the misconception that people hey meet are considered friends. The truth is far from it. When we just get to know someone, they are acquaintances whom we will only greet or smile at when we meet on the street. Do we really need friends, and why? We need friends because we want to share our inner most

A party for change Kaleem Rikarty, Davorlim Politics has become a business for most politicians. The likes of Lal Bahadur Shastri, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Dr B R Ambedkar are very hard to find anymore. Just a few dedicated politicians like Defence Minister A K Antony and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar remain. A new political party – the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) – is working to bring a positive change; to empower the more than 80 per cents of Indians who are poor and downtrodden, and deprived of basic necessities and human rights.

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If India was to sell the oil in the international market during those days, it would have earned much more revenue. Crude prices have been steadily on the rise since the 9/11 attacks on World Trade Centre in New York. But they were often cushioned by increased production and other measures. However, ever since the global crude crossed the $100-abarrel mark, the situation has worsened, not just in India but across the developing and developed world too. The impact on developing economies like India, whose dependency on overseas oil has been steadily increasing, is more severe. For this, the price mechanism has also to be taken into account. For years, the administrative price mechanism (APM) and Oil Pool Account (OPA) served as the two pillars of India’s oil trading and domestic distribution. But they were dismantled in a phased manner starting with the APM for high-speed diesel (HSD) and aviation turbine fuel (ATF) from 1997, and for petrol by April 2002. Since then, Indian oil marketing companies are distributing petroleum products in the domestic market at rates based on the international crude prices, with the government reviewing prices on a timely basis. The Oil Pool Account (OPA) used to serve as a buffer to control the supply and demand movements. When international crude

A true friend Is…

Wise Counsel

It was not the patronage of any Emperor, Monarch or Conqueror, but the teachings of the Messiah through the working of the Holy Spirit that spread Christianity. India’s first Christians were not those converted by the Portuguese, British or other conquerors, but those who heard the Word through St Thomas the apostle, 1,950 years ago. when he first set foot in South India, where he was finally hacked to death by those who refused to accept the Word of God. In fact, it is the blood of martyrs that will continue to sow the seeds of Christianity.

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prices were low, the OPA had surplus funds in the early 1980s and during the mid-1990s. If the government had sustained that surplus, it would have been sufficient to cover the deficits when the international prices went up, like the condition now exists. The idea of doing away with OPA was seemingly a result of the sudden price fluctuations created by volatilities in West Asia, starting with the Gulf War in 1991. However, the question whether the dismantling of the oil pool account has benefited either the Indian customer or the oil marketing companies, remains unanswered. Now the Kirit Parikh Committee set up by the Government to determine the oil prices has suggested market determined pricing for petrol and diesel. It has also linked the cooking gas, LPG and kerosene distributed through the public distribution system with the increase in per capita GDP of urban and rural population. The committee has also rejected a formula suggested by the ONGC to charge a windfall tax on the oil companies if the price of crude in the international market goes up and has suggested that the upstream oil companies share more of their revenues from the blocks nominated under the NELP. The committee’s recommendations are aimed at benefiting private players giving them full freedom to decide prices of petroleum products and compete with others in the market. Besides, under New Exploration and Licensing Policy the private players have already entered the national property like Godavari basin. They buy oil from open market at higher rates. Hence it is hard to expect that they would reduce the oil prices. India’s growing economy has created a new class of high-income professionals and entrepreneurs, who have kicked off an automotive boom, leading to a radical rise in demand for petroleum products. With this, the percentage of road transport has increased up to 63 per cent which was lingering around 11 per cent in the 1960s. Comparatively the domestic oil production has not gone up, and the oil import has increased up to 80 per cent. Under the circumstances, the only option is to increase the domestic oil production. Also, it would be judicious to revive an oil pool account to fund future crude demands, and formally restore the administrative price mechanism which was theoretically in existence by other means.

thoughts, ideas, and our real emotions. We need friends, because we need somebody who will be there with us when we are down and out, since we hate loneliness, and family alone cannot be with us throughout. We take many things for granted in our life. We take air for granted. We take it for granted that the sun will rise again. Similarly we take it for granted that friendship will never suffer. But this is untrue. If we don’t water the plant of our friendship regularly, our friendship will suffer and we may create a distance with our close friends. We need to value them and their friendship. Friends are comparable to flowers. For them to grow and blossom, they must be provided with care and warmth. And once you start neglecting them, they will begin to wither and fade away. Friends like us, rely on one another to inspire and encourage, supporting each other in following our dreams as far as they’ll take us. A friend is someone who is there for you when you need them, and you there for them when they need you. Not loving your friend because of who she/he is and what she/he can give you, but for the sole reason that they are your friend. Some friends stick closer than others and there are friends who will die for one another, that’s what friendship is all about. I think time is a good

Raw deal for Labour!

Orlando S A Da Silva, Carmona

Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily’s statement that no judicial case should be pending for more than three years is welcome. But I hope his suggestion that Goa with a little effort can erase its list of 28,000 pending cases, is not a sugar-coated pill to be taken with a pinch of Epsom Salt. The central government should place this as a benchmark for the Digamber Kamat government, to show its performance to the aam admi before the next election, and a condition for granting the state fresh central funds. What about the 1,000 labour cases pending before the Industrial Tribunal? After the suspension of Judge Anuja Prabhudessai, the adjudication of labour disputes has come to a grinding halt. Prior to this, following the exit of the previous chairperson Mr Agni, it took the Kamat government nearly two years to give additional charge to Ms Prabhudessai. The labour class of this tiny state has throughout got a raw deal. Funds for judicial reforms should not be spent in constructing buildings for politicians to collect commissions, but to make Goa the first state with an arrears-free Labour Tribunal. The Goa government should also pass a legislation like the MRTU-PULP Act (for prevention of unfair labour practices) like in neighbouring Maharashtra, to enable labour disputes to be heard by the High Court through writ.

Outsiders all Praxy Fernandes, St Cruz Hats off to Floriano Lobo (‘Talking to the HJS’, Herald, 30 June) and Damodar Mauzo (‘Why not close Khajuraho?’ Herald, 31 June) for taking up cudgels on behalf of renowned Sanskrit scholar Dr Jose Pereira, and asking the Hindu JanJagriti Samiti and Sanatan Sanstha to desist from violence and threats. These self-styled religious watchdogs are all non-Goans. Some of them are there even in my religion. All such fundamentalist and

measure of friendship. Short term friendships come and go; true friends are there for each other always, willing to help, comfort, support and share things - good and bad. Friendship is a two way street- you can’t have a friend if that person doesn’t want to be a friend. I think we should thank God for FRIENDS as we need them in our lives. Friendship is like a stapler- it’s easy to attach but hard to detach and worst is when you are able to detach it, it still leaves the paper damaged! Friends like us are precious not only because we believe in ourselves, but because we believe in each other. A friend, to me, is someone who is always honest with me, someone who knows I’m not the easiest of persons to be with, but accepts to love me nonetheless. Theseare FRIENDS to me. In the rhythm of life we sometimes find ourselves out of tune. But as long as we have friends to provide the melody, the music plays on. I survive only because I am surrounded by such lovely friends who make my existence easy and lighter. They are angelsindisguiseinmylife,whoarewithmeallthetimeshencethey are imperative for our existence. So enjoy your day with great fun and cherish the moment for the years to come. I would like to end with a quote by Oprah “You have a lot of friends when riding in a limousine, but your true ones are the ones that will ride the bus with you when the limousine is gone.”

Letters to the Editor

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Its policies are simple: selection of a people’s candidate, and campaigning for him without allowing him to spend a single rupee from his pocket. If elected, he becomes a people’s candidate, as he has not invested any money for the election. SDPI has already fielded such candidates, in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and some have won. In Goa too, we need such a party to change the corrupt and fascist politics. We must welcome politicians like Dr Hubert Gomes, who can be one such candidate of positive change.

By Arlette Azavedo

communal elements should be driven away and banned from Goa, as they are just intent on fomenting trouble in Goa. Let them play their mischief in their own states. Why are they trying to drive a wedge between Goan Christians and Hindus? None of my Goenkar Hindu friends have taken offence to the paintings of Dr Jose and Dr Subodh.

Ignorant fanatics Abhijeet Naik, Fatorda I strongly second Floriano Lobo’s thoughts (‘Talking to the HJS’, Herald, 30 July). HJS members are non-Goans. Their literature is all in Marathi. Those supporting Marathi like the Shiv Sena of Mapusa, the Sanatan Sanstha and the HJS should pack their bags and leave for Maharashtra. We Goans – Hindus, Christians and Muslims – have always lived in peace. We do not need any HJS or SS to teach us Hinduism. When the HJS representative herself admitted that she did not know the Hindu scriptures, how can she or her group interpret Dr Jose Pereira’s paintings? He has also painted Christian deities in a similar manner.

A real Hindu

Transparent judiciary

Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata

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Apropos the editorial ‘Who is the real Hindu?’(Herald, 29 July), a true Hindu is one who never hurts the sentiments of another community. Mahatma Gandhi, an ardent follower of Lord Ram, never misused the name of the epic hero to inflict pain and tension among the minorities. A true Hindu is also one who protests against torture or ethnic cleansing of the community. (S)he should vehemently protest against discrimination towards Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. (S)he should equally condemn the Gujarat pogrom and the barbaric demolition of the Babri Masjid and desist from equating the Ayodhya movement with ‘cultural nationalism’.

Recent revelations about the conduct of judges embroiled in the Provident Fund scam reinforces the need to expedite the proposed Judges Accountability Bill. We need more accountability and transparency in the selection and promotion of judges. Of the six Ghaziabad district court judges accused in this scam, three rose to be Judges of the Allahabad High Court. We need stringent selection procedures for judges – open, transparent and allowing only those having an impeccable character to make an entry into the judicial service. In fact, there should never have been room for Judges to be judged. But nobody should be above the law.

Catch smokers Stuart Cabral, Nagoa The heartless approach of today’s smokers is annoying. Every passing day, I see smokers lighting up cigarettes and smoking fashionably near schools, colleges and public institutions. This is a bad influence on young students. We see notices being served on film stars, but what about common smokers? Should they go scot-free?

No Portuguese comebacks Joseph Pereira, Diwar Mandrem MLA Laxmikant Parsekar’s remark in the Legislative Assembly on 30 July that there are people ‘still awaiting the arrival of the Portuguese’ was in bad taste. It was objected to even by the Speaker. Our unique culture, architecture and even many words in Konkani and Marathi have evolved during 450 years of Portuguese rule. Even now, Goans have the option of obtaining Portuguese nationality, settling down in EU countries, and sending precious foreign exchange to our little state. We are all Goans first and then Indians. We have our own precious identity. The Portuguese left 49 years ago, and they are not coming back. Mr Parsekar is the BJP’s Goa President. He should show more dignity and avoid making derogatory remarks that will make him unpopular with Goans.

Of inland waterways Babluis Pereira, Pomburpa The news item ‘Nationalisation of inland waterways may hurt fishing’ (Herald, 16 July) says the Central Inland Waterways Authority proposal to nationalise Goa’s inland waterways is pending with the Goa government. Nationalisation of inland waterways in Goa will prove a boon to the mining industry. Heavy tonnage barges find traditional fishing stakes in the channels as their main navigational obstructions. In the mining season, traditional fishing stake operators complain that barges damage the fishing stakes and nets, causing them thousands of rupees in losses. Nationalisation of Goa’s inland waterways for infrastructural development will mean that all traditional fishing stakes (Harri) have to be removed. The government says it is considering the pros and cons. Hopefully, the issue of traditional fishermen will not become like the National Highway realignment controversy. Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

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Thailand introduces modern subjects in madrassas PTI NARATHIWAT, AUG 1

Even as debate rages in India on how to upgrade madrassa education system, Thailand has reformed its ‘pondoks’ or seminaries by teaching modern subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and IT along with Arabic and Islamic studies. “There is no government interference in Islamic teachings. It is just that we’ve included secular subjects like Science, Mathematics and English along with Islamic studies so that the Muslim students can earn a decent livelihood after they pass out of our school,” Mayai Yaya, Principal of Attarkiah Islamic School in Meong district of restive Narathiwat province in south Thailand, told PTI. The school was a pondok (traditional madrassa) which was upgraded to an Islamic School years back. “Islam and modern education goes side by side. We just teach how to behave like a Thai national. School is encouraging this trend so that the students should be proud to be Thai. The philosophy of the school is religion, discipline and knowledge,” he added. There are more than 100 such Islamic schools spread over three restive provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani provinces of Thailand. These three provinces are dominated by Muslims who constitute about 75 per cent of population here. The three provinces have been facing insurgency for decades due to social, economic and cultural factors. “There is no question of de-radicalisation of Muslims as they are not radicalised. It is just that the Thai government wants that the community also gets modern education. The policy of the government is to raise the standard of pondoks and reform them to modern Islamic school,” said Colonel Sangwit Noonpackdee, a top military officer in the Meong district of the Narathiwat province. Thai government wants that future Muslim generation to be open and integrate them to Thai societies, he added. “The school emphasises the importance of family institution, society, Islamic ethical conduct and the use of technology to support learning and teaching,” Robert Forden, a teacher from Philippines who recently converted to Islam, said. The school uses English language in teaching Science, Mathematics, English, Physical Education and Computers. Arabic is used in teaching all religious subjects. The curriculum is made by the government officials with consultation from Muslim leaders. The Attarkiah school is fully air-conditioned and receives aid from Thailand government and Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank. There are 4,352 students in the school, in which females outnumber the males. There are 1,307 male students and 3,045 female students. All the female students wear ‘hijab’. It is compulsory for the students to offer namaz at the mosque which is within the school premises. There are 268 teachers — 103 males and 165 females. The school has considerable number of teachers from non-Muslim communities also. Many students of the school have visited US under student exchange programme in the past. In India, most of the madrassas teach subjects like Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Islamic studies along with Yunani medicine. The Indian government is now trying to bring all madrassas under the roof of the Central Madrassa Board to increase the quality of education provided in such institutions. The number of madrassas in India is estimated to be between thirty to forty thousand.

Israel bombs tunnel, militant camp in Gaza REUTERS JERUSALEM, AUG 1

Israeli aircraft bombed a smuggling tunnel and a Palestinian militant training camp in the Gaza Strip today after a rocket was fired into Israel from the territory, the Israeli army and militants said. The air strike caused damage but no casualties were reported. The rocket that militants launched yesterday caused heavy damage to Israeli buildings close to the border with the Gaza Strip, the army said. Nobody was hurt. The violence, after months of relative quiet, began with a rocket strike on the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Friday that was widely seen in Israel as a bid by militants to show displeasure over Arab League backing for direct Israeli-Palestinian talks. The latest rocket launching was claimed by a Jihadist Salafi group that does not fall in line with the Gaza Strip’s Hamas Islamist rulers. But Israel put Hamas on notice that it would be held accountable for any strikes from the enclave it controls. ‘’I consider Hamas directly responsible for any attack emanating from the Gaza Strip in Israel’s direction and this is how the international community should also see matters,’’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. ‘’Israel retains the right to defend its citizens,’’ he said in public remarks at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting. Jihadist Salafi groups have repeatedly accused Hamas of preventing them from launching rockets at Israel and say it sometimes arrests those trying to do so. On Friday, Israel responded to the rocket attack on Ashkelon, which damaged property but caused no casualties, with air strikes that killed a Hamas military commander in the Gaza Strip.

Chelsea weds longtime boyfriend Marc PTI NEW YORK, AUG 1

Ending weeks of secretive buildup, former US first daughter Chelsea Clinton has married her l o n g t i m e b o y f r i e n d M a rc Mezvinsky in “a beautiful ceremony” at a heavily-guarded luxury estate along New York’s Hudson River in what was being billed as the ‘Wedding of the Millennium’. 30-year-old Chelsea, who is a Methodist Christian, exchanged vows with her hedge fund manager beau Marc (32), a C o n s e r v a t i v e J e w, i n Rhinebeck, a quaint rural weekend getaway in the Hudson Valley last night, amid extraordinary security. After the lavish ceremony which is estimated to have cost between USD 3 million and USD 5 million, the bride’s parents, former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, issued a statement expressing their “great pride and overwhelming emotion.” “Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends,” they said. “We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family,” the Clintons said in the statement after the wedding of their only child at Astor Courts, a historic 50-acre estate on the Hudson River, about 160 km north of New York City. On behalf of the newlyweds, the bride’s parents said, they wanted to give “special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day.” Indian-American hotelier Sant Chatwal, who is close to the Clinton family; former secretary

of state Madeleine Albright; actors Ted Danson and Mar y Steenburgen; film producer Steven Bing; and fashion designer Vera Wang who designed Chelsea’s dress, were among some 500 guests at the wedding, according to People magazine. Hillary wore an Oscar de La Renta number at the wedding, details about which were kept closely guarded till the end. “ We want to wish them (Chelsea and Marc) the best,” Danson told People. “They are great kids, very family-oriented.” The guests must have had a personal connection to the bride or the groom to be invited. This is Chelsea’s day, not her famous parents’ day, ‘The Washington Post’ reported. “They (Bill and Hillary) respect her and what she thinks... They want what she wants,” said a family friend speaking on condition of anonymity. “They raised her to be her own person - independent in thought.” Rumoured guests like President Barack Obama and talk show queen Oprah Winfrey did not attend the wedding. Last week, Obama had said at ABC’s ‘The View’ that he had not been invited. “I was not invited to the wedding because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep this thing for Chelsea and her soonto -be husband,” President Obama had said. Though he joked, “You don’t want two Presidents at one wedding. All the secret service, guests going through (metal detectors), all the gifts being torn apart.” Chelsea and Marc, who works at G3 Capital — a Manhattan hedge fund, were friends as teenagers in Washington DC and attended Stanford University together. Chelsea completed her master’s degree in public health this year at Columbia University.

Iran rejects Obama’s plea to free US detainees REUTERS TEHRAN, AUG 1

Iran has rejected President Barack Obama’s plea to release three Americans arrested more than a year ago near the Iraq border, the foreign ministry said, insisting that justice would take its course. Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal were arrested on July 31, 2009 on Iran’s border with Iraq. Their families say they were hiking in the mountains of northern Iraq. Iran suspects them of spying but has not brought charges against them. The arrests further complicated relations between Tehran and Washington, which are facing off over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. ‘’The above matter is a purely judicial issue and will be thus pursued within this framework,’’ foreign ministry spokesman

Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by the semiofficial news agency Fars today. ‘’Any effort to impact the above individuals’ legal proceedings through political pressure or media scenarios ... will have no bearing on the Iranian judiciary’s independent approach,’’ he said. That was an apparent reference to a statement Obama made on Friday marking the Americans’ 12 months in captivity. He said the three had committed no crimes and that their continued imprisonment violated human rights conventions. ‘’I want to be perfectly clear: Sarah, Shane and Josh have never worked for the United States government. They are simply openminded and adventurous young people who represent the best of America, and of the human spirit,’’ Obama said.

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During the meeting, reports of various intelligence agencies and views of the political parties were discussed and the inputs received from the Jammu and Kashmir government and the state Governor N N Vohra analysed. The CCS, while taking stock of the situation, also discussed the proposal of Abduallah for beginning an internal dialogue with all shades of opinion. The State government had also sent a request for a policy to rehabilitate former militants who had served their jail sentence and were unemployed besides a comprehensive policy for those youths who were willing to return from Pakistan-occupiedKashmir. It may be mentioned that intelligence agencies had been reporting that the majority of stone pelters have been those who have been former militants at present unemployed. Besides the prime minister, others who attended the meeting were Home Minister P Chidambaram, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony and other senior bureaucrats from the home and defence ministries.

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maintain the large plantations. So also Kalay Farm in Sanguem taluka which has about 47 hectares of area under cultivation with major crops being cashew, mango, coconut, oil palms and vegetables has 49 field workers. Even Pernem farm which has 10 hectares of area under cultivation has only eleven field workers. The agriculture department owns nine farms, of which, seven are operational and have been maintained at a very huge cost (see box down) and the recruitment of “unproductive” field workers has further enhanced burden of the department.

DTE gets lesson posts vacant to lapse,” it says adding “The directorate has not taken adequate responsibility in clearing cases sent to it with proposals for approval.” The committee further states “It is necessary to provide children with good and sound education so that they withstand competition from all ends.” The committee therefore desires that the government take appropriate steps to fill up vacancies in all the educational institutions which are long pending so that the institutions are able to function smoothly, the report says.


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SVP sees Rs 160 cr in luxury housing PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 1

PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 1

Realty firm SVP today said it expects a revenue of about Rs 160 crore from a luxury housing project at Ghaziabad, in UP, which is being developed in partnership with Ashiana Homes, over the next 2-3 years. The company is developing 198 luxury villas in association with Ashiana Homes and these are being offered at a price starting from Rs 80 lakh. "The project -- Villa Anandam -- will be spread over an area of 12.5 acres and is expected to be ready for possession by 2012. It is likely to fetch us a sales revenue of Rs 160 crore," SVP Group Chairman and Managing Director Vijay Jindal said.

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

Scheme Name NAVs (Rs) A AIG India Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 12.08 India Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 12.08 Infrastructure and Eco Reform Fund - Regular Plan (D) 9.40 Infrastructure and Eco Reform Fund - Regular Plan (G) 9.40 Axis Equity Fund (D) 10.89 Equity Fund (G) 10.89 Tax Saver Fund (D) 11.64 Tax Saver Fund (G) 11.65

B

Baroda Pioneer ELSS 96 25.29 Growth Fund (D) 28.71 Growth Fund (G) 50.96 Infrastructure Fund (D) 10.05 Infrastructure Fund (G) 10.05 Bharti AXA Equity Fund - Eco Plan (Bonus) 17.68 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (D) 12.44 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (G) 17.68 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (QD) 13.59 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 17.60 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.40 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 17.60 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (QD) 13.53 Focused Infrastructure Fund (D) 10.53 Focused Infrastructure Fund (G) 10.53 Focused Infrastructure Fund (QD) 10.53 Tax Advantage Fund - Eco Plan (D) 12.43 Tax Advantage Fund - Eco Plan (G) 22.84 Tax Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.41 Tax Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) 22.77 Birla Sun Life Advantage Fund (D) 92.90 Advantage Fund (G) 158.74 Basic Industries Fund (D) 28.53 Basic Industries Fund (G) 103.43 Buy India Fund (D) 25.46 Buy India Fund (G) 41.93 Commodity Eq - Global Agri Plan - Retail Plan (D) 14.07 Commodity Eq - Global Agri Plan - Retail Plan (G) 14.07 Commodity Eq - Global Multi Commodity Plan - RP (D) 11.74 Commodity Eq - Global Multi Commodity Plan - RP (G) 11.74 Commodity Eq- Global Precious Metals Plan -RP (D) 12.04 Commodity Eq- Global Precious Metals Plan -RP (G) 12.04 Dividend Yield Plus (D) 14.75 Dividend Yield Plus (G) 82.51 Equity Fund (D) 74.62 Equity Fund (G) 265.37 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 22.83 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 84.70 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan B (D) 12.80 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan B (G) 12.80 India GenNext Fund (D) 14.09 India GenNext Fund (G) 23.22 India Opportunities Fund - Plan A (D) 19.56 India Opportunities Fund - Plan B (G) 53.72 India Reforms Fund (D) 10.44 India Reforms Fund (G) 10.44 Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (D) 12.90 Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (G) 17.57 Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (D) 12.61 Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (G) 13.14 International Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 8.31 International Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 8.31 International Equity Fund - Plan B (D) 9.04 International Equity Fund - Plan B (G) 9.04 Long Term Advantage Fund (D) 13.04 Long Term Advantage Fund (G) 14.11 Long Term Advantage Fund - Series 1(D) 12.68 Long Term Advantage Fund - Series 1(G) 12.68 Midcap Fund - Plan A (D) 24.64 Midcap Fund - Plan A (G) 111.45 Midcap Fund - Plan B (D) 14.07 Midcap Fund - Plan B (G) 14.07 MNC Fund (D) 85.28 MNC Fund (G) 198.17 New Millennium (D) 13.58 New Millennium (G) 19.55 Pure Value Fund (D) 16.21 Pure Value Fund (G) 17.30 Special Situations Fund (D) 10.04 Special Situations Fund (G) 10.04 Tax Plan (D) 46.47 Tax Plan (G) 13.25 Tax Relief 96 (D) 85.57 Tax Relief 96 (G) 11.55 Top 100 Fund (D) 14.86 Top 100 Fund (G) 21.41

C

Canara Robeco Emerging Equities (Bonus) Emerging Equities (D) Emerging Equities (G) Equity Diversified (Bonus) Equity Diversified (D) Equity Diversified (G) Equity Tax Saver (D) Equity Tax Saver (G) F.O.R.C.E Fund - Retail Plan (D) F.O.R.C.E Fund - Retail Plan (G) Infrastructure (D)

18.61 15.34 22.23 24.28 24.24 53.31 20.76 25.21 12.95 12.95 17.83

Infrastructure (G) Multicap (D) Multicap (G)

22.39 14.21 15.32

D

DWS Alpha Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 16.95 Alpha Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 77.89 Alpha Equity Fund - Wealth Plan (D) 13.56 Alpha Equity Fund - Wealth Plan (G) 16.22 Investment Opportunity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 26.82 Investment Opportunity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 38.71 Investment Opportunity Fund - Wealth Plan (D) 13.40 Investment Opportunity Fund - Wealth Plan (G) 17.53 Tax Saving Fund (D) 13.23 Tax Saving Fund (G) 14.15 DSP BlackRock Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 50.25 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 15.90 Focus 25 Fund (D) 10.37 Focus 25 Fund (G) 10.37 India T.I.G.E.R. Fund - Regular Plan (D) 19.49 India T.I.G.E.R. Fund - Regular Plan (G) 47.80 Micro Cap Fund - Regular Plan (G) 16.41 Natural Res and New Energy Fund - Regular Plan (D) 13.84 Natural Res and New Energy Fund - Regular Plan (G) 13.84 Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (D) 29.26 Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (G) 83.93 Small and Mid Cap Fund (D) 15.86 Small and Mid Cap Fund (G) 17.29 Tax Saver Fund (D) 12.69 Tax Saver Fund (G) 17.04 Technology.Com - Regular Plan (D) 24.33 Technology.Com - Regular Plan (G) 33.31 Top 100 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 21.15 Top 100 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 94.09

E

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

10.90 10.90 13.79 19.07 19.07 11.10 12.18 12.09 12.09 10.77 12.99 78.49 13.49 11.86 13.46 9.03 9.03 11.34 11.34 14.33 17.87 11.80 50.31

F

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

21.62 34.16 11.82 11.82 16.33 18.01 11.01 11.01 12.90 12.90 19.01 21.17 8.70 8.70 11.94 17.18 10.86 32.11 9.58 9.62 9.84 18.92 11.33 12.44 10.93 13.72 10.30 10.30 12.30 12.30 39.84 63.48 40.34 201.54 15.64 30.88 12.51

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

12.51 14.71 30.62 42.68 273.90 28.02 208.68 13.26 14.32 32.01 194.70 19.77 58.08 30.46 57.56 14.70 18.93 54.46 115.78

H

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

I

25.63 105.80 22.41 39.42 48.31 262.84 32.36 82.64 12.19 12.19 38.02 129.88 12.74 15.40 14.74 14.74 16.17 28.52 62.73 223.30 47.10 199.28 9.83 9.83 9.34 9.34 26.72 99.00 16.54 33.18 14.14 23.04 11.52 13.54 12.09 12.09 13.28 14.39 10.62 10.62

ICICI Pru Banking & Financial Services Fund - Retail Plan (D) 17.10 Banking & Financial Services Fund - Retail Plan (G) 17.10 Discovery Fund (D) 20.40 Discovery Fund (G) 47.06 Dynamic Plan (D) 19.07 Dynamic Plan (G) 101.16 Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (D) 17.21 Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (G) 34.57 Equity Opportunities Fund (D) 12.03 Equity Opportunities Fund (G) 12.90 FMCG Fund (D) 35.55 FMCG Fund (G) 62.17 Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (D) 15.17 Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (G) 15.17 Fusion Fund (D) 13.79 Fusion Fund (G) 14.63 Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (D) 12.53 Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (G) 12.53 Growth Plan (D) 18.34 Growth Plan (G) 128.15 Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 10.09 Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 10.09 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.55 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) 29.91 Power (D) 17.09 Power (G) 109.11 Services Industries Fund (D) 12.92 Services Industries Fund (G) 17.18 Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (D) 13.28 Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (G) 13.28 Tax Plan (D) 20.21 Tax Plan (G) 135.57 Technology Fund (D) 15.81 Technology Fund (G) 15.81 ICICI Prudential R.I.G.H.T. Fund (D) 11.71 ICICI Prudential R.I.G.H.T. Fund (G) 11.71 IDFC Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 14.98 Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 20.70 Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 12.50 Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 15.24 Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan B (D) 10.52 Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan B (G) 12.53 Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 15.41 Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 18.65

Government has decided to set up an economic wing in its diplomatic mission in Beijing in the next six months, signifying the growing financial clout of China which is set to become India's largest trading partner by this year-end. This also comes close on the heels of China overtaking Japan as the world's second largest economy. The economic wing is expected to be in place by next six months and will have eight posts, including one counsellor, who will be appointed by the Department of Economic Affairs, sources said. The counsellor will be assisted by one Chinese-speaking Foreign Services Official, who

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

13.96 16.16 25.87 31.92 14.97 18.14 13.72 13.86 15.42 19.26 14.35 14.35 17.51 12.78 17.51 16.14 13.77 16.14 19.30 36.47 20.57 22.64 13.74 36.40 17.12 21.56 10.74 10.74 10.96 12.31 12.30 28.55 14.06 28.51

J

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

3.00 3.00 12.39 17.74 5.76 5.76 8.68 8.66 14.89 36.56 10.06 10.06 5.93 5.93 13.65 18.56 18.20 26.57 13.88 14.92 6.15 6.15 7.44 7.44 8.09 8.09 14.32 17.68 11.91 12.83 7.76 7.76

K

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

31.49 99.85 19.06 21.78 12.23 12.23 9.12 9.12 7.30 7.30 11.48 13.25 17.80 25.58 14.76 45.61 11.41 11.41 11.12 18.16

L

L&T Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Global Advantage Fund (D) Global Advantage Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Hedged Equity Fund (D) Hedged Equity Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Multi-Cap Fund (D)

10.47 10.47 7.31 10.54 17.47 36.99 9.53 13.43 7.76 7.76 23.01 39.86 14.84

will be appointed by the Ministry of External Affairs. The objective of such a wing was to attract investments from China and coordinate with various ministries and departments in Chinese government such as Finance and Planning Commission. The wing will also be in touch with the Chinese government on the issues of G-20 to have a coordinated approach. India has such economic units in its missions in the US, the UK and Japan among other countries and the fact that the wing was now being created in its embassy in Beijing indicates the importance it attaches to Chinese investments in the country. However, the mandate of

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

18.62 19.34 44.14 5.99 5.99 15.69 21.35 14.55 15.66 9.50 9.50 10.19 25.84 11.17 12.59 8.94 8.94 10.29 18.08 10.19 28.47 8.20 8.20

M

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

10.34 10.34 11.18 11.18 14.22 15.33 14.75 14.75 20.10 61.68

P

Principal Dividend Yield Fund (D) 16.81 Dividend Yield Fund (G) 22.78 Emerging Bluechip Fund (D) 24.71 Emerging Bluechip Fund (G) 31.23 Global Opportunities Fund (D) 16.24 Global Opportunities Fund (G) 16.24 Growth Fund (D) 23.81 Growth Fund (G) 52.54 Large Cap Fund (D) 18.85 Large Cap Fund (G) 27.50 PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series 1 (D) 11.60 PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series 1 (G) 11.60 PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series II (D) 11.86 PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series II (G) 11.86 Resurgent India Equity Fund (D) 12.74 Resurgent India Equity Fund (G) 89.70 Services Industries Fund (D) 12.75 Services Industries Fund (G) 14.38 Tax Savings Fund 76.18

Q

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

R

21.06 20.89 20.86 20.87

Reliance Banking Fund (Bonus) 94.74 Banking Fund (D) 37.81 Banking Fund (G) 94.75 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail (Bonus) 82.05 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (D) 48.43 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (G) 82.05 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (B) 12.36 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.36 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) 12.36 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 15.03 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 15.03 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 15.03 Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (D) 14.52 Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (G) 14.52 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 34.42 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (D) 24.32 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (G) 34.42 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 77.29 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (D) 57.11 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (G) 465.91 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 11.44 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.44 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) 11.44 Long Term Equity Fund (D) 15.78 Long Term Equity Fund (G) 15.78 Media & Entertainment Fund (Bonus) 28.49 Media & Entertainment Fund (D) 20.49 Media & Entertainment Fund (G) 28.49 Natural Resources Fund (Bonus) 9.89 Natural Resources Fund (D) 9.89 Natural Resources Fund (G) 9.89 NRI Equity Fund (Bonus) 38.19 NRI Equity Fund (D) 22.72 NRI Equity Fund (G) 38.19 Pharma Fund (Bonus) 52.26 Pharma Fund (D) 38.98 Pharma Fund (G) 52.26 Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (B) 12.41 Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.41 Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (G) 12.41

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economic wing was different from that of commercial wing, which was already functional in the mission. The commercial wing primarily focuses on bilateral trade. In the first six months of the year, the bilateral trade figure stands at USD 32 billion and was all set to achieve the target of 60 billion, sources said, adding with this achievement China will become India's single largest trading partner in the world. The bilateral trade has seen a drastic jump from a modest USD 3 billion in 2000 to an impressive USD 52 billion in 2008 and was all set to touch USD 60 billion by this year-end, as agreed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries in 2008.

Regular Savings Fund - Equity Option (D) Regular Savings Fund - Equity Option (G) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (G) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (D) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (G) Religare AGILE Fund (D) AGILE Fund (G) AGILE Tax Fund (D) AGILE Tax Fund (G) Banking Fund - Regular Plan (D) Banking Fund - Regular Plan (G) Business Leaders Fund (D) Business Leaders Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Mid N Small Cap Fund (D) Mid N Small Cap Fund (G) PSU Equity Fund (D) PSU Equity Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G)

23.63 30.32 16.00 20.53 44.78 43.50 266.64 6.14 6.13 7.01 7.00 14.60 18.82 11.91 11.91 12.24 15.83 12.28 12.29 12.23 12.24 8.54 8.53 14.03 14.03 13.96 13.96 10.97 10.97 14.06 16.98

S

Sahara Banking and Financial Services Fund (D) Banking and Financial Services Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure - Fixed Pricing Option (D) Infrastructure - Fixed Pricing Option (G) Infrastructure -Variable Pricing Option (D) Infrastructure -Variable Pricing Option (G) Midcap Fund (Bonus) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Midcap Fund (Growth Auto Payout) Power & Natural Resources Fund (D) Power & Natural Resources Fund (G) Star Value Fund (D) Star Value Fund (G) Super 20 Fund (D) Super 20 Fund (G) Tax Gain (D) Tax Gain (G) Wealth Plus - Variable Pricing Option (D) Wealth Plus - Variable Pricing Option (G) Wealth Plus Fund - Fixed Pricing Option (D) Wealth Plus Fund - Fixed Pricing Option (G) SBI Blue Chip Fund (D) Blue Chip Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund - Series I (D) Infrastructure Fund - Series I (G) Magnum Comma Fund (D) Magnum Comma Fund (G) Magnum Contra Fund (D) Magnum Contra Fund (G) Magnum Emerging Businesses Fund (D) Magnum Emerging Businesses Fund (G) Magnum Equity Fund (D) Magnum Equity Fund (G) Magnum FMCG Fund Magnum Global Fund (D) Magnum Global Fund (G) Magnum IT Fund Magnum Midcap Fund (D) Magnum Midcap Fund (G) Magnum Multicap Fund (D) Magnum Multicap Fund (G) Magnum Multiplier Plus (D) Magnum Multiplier Plus (G) Magnum NRI - Flexiasset Plan (D) Magnum NRI - Flexiasset Plan (G) Magnum Pharma Fund (D) Magnum Pharma Fund (G) Magnum Tax Gain Scheme (D) Magnum Tax Gain Scheme (G) One India Fund (D) One India Fund (G) PSU Fund (D) PSU Fund (G) Shinsei Industry Leaders Fund (D) Industry Leaders Fund (G) Sundaram BNP Paribas Capex Opportunities Fund (D) Capex Opportunities Fund (G) Equity Multiplier Fund (D) Equity Multiplier Fund (G) Financial Services Opportunities - Retail Plan (D) Financial Services Opportunities - Retail Plan (G) Growth Fund - Regular Plan (D) Growth Fund - Regular Plan (G) India Leadership Fund - Regular Plan (D) India Leadership Fund - Regular Plan (G) Media & Entertainment Opportunities - Retail (D) Media & Entertainment Opportunities - Retail (G) PSU Opportunities Fund (D) PSU Opportunities Fund (G) Rural India Fund (D) Rural India Fund (G)

18.32 28.95 29.63 79.04 12.56 17.18 13.02 17.72 30.99 16.59 30.99 30.99 13.54 13.54 12.27 12.28 11.16 11.16 16.38 36.73 21.57 21.57 20.84 20.84 12.55 14.40 10.39 10.39 16.23 24.03 26.17 57.05 17.43 39.28 31.76 42.09 27.86 30.65 54.83 21.14 17.89 23.33 13.76 18.11 58.63 82.57 28.41 28.31 33.26 40.24 40.91 60.02 11.08 11.08 10.05 10.05 11.00 11.00 13.47 25.57 11.29 13.84 14.95 18.80 12.02 90.00 12.42 40.51 11.75 14.88 10.72 10.71 13.51 14.83

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S.M.I.L.E Fund - Regular Plan (D) S.M.I.L.E Fund - Regular Plan (G) Select Focus - Retail Plan (D) Select Focus - Retail Plan (G) Select Midcap - Regular Plan (D) Select Midcap - Regular Plan (G) Select Small Cap Fund (D) Select Small Cap Fund (G) Select Thematic Energy Opportunities Funds (D) Select Thematic Energy Opportunities Funds (G) Tax Saver (OE) (D) Tax Saver (OE) (G)

13.22 34.00 11.30 87.22 18.43 147.51 13.58 13.58 8.40 8.40 11.62 43.36

T

Tata Capital Builder Fund (D) Capital Builder Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Equity Management Fund (D) Equity Management Fund (G) Equity Opportunities Fund - Plan A (D) Equity Opportunities Fund - Plan B (G) Equity P/E Fund (G) Equity P/E Fund - Trigger Option A 5% (D) Equity P/E Fund - Trigger Option B 10% (D) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (D) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (G) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (D) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (G) Growth Fund (Bonus) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Infrastructure Tax Saving Fund (D) Infrastructure Tax Saving Fund (G) Life Sciences & Technology Fund (D) Life Sciences & Technology Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Pure Equity Fund (D) Pure Equity Fund (G) Select Equity Fund (D) Select Equity Fund (G) Service Industries Fund (D) Service Industries Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund - 1 (D) Tax Advantage Fund - 1 (G) Tax Saving Fund Taurus Bonanza Fund (D) Bonanza Fund (G) Discovery Fund (D) Discovery Fund (G) Ethical Fund (Bonus) Ethical Fund (D) Ethical Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Star Share (D) Star Share (G) Tax Shield (D) Tax Shield (G)

14.38 15.40 14.87 16.90 20.16 31.11 13.70 14.76 22.25 81.40 45.98 40.30 40.75 11.43 11.43 12.08 12.09 40.81 17.96 44.91 22.68 34.44 17.16 17.16 35.03 65.79 15.53 18.09 36.88 98.04 45.24 63.07 19.73 24.59 15.51 15.51 44.32 41.53 41.26 16.15 16.13 23.26 17.44 23.27 14.66 14.62 38.66 54.91 20.67 34.88

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ne of the most common areas of a critic’s work is writing critical appreciations and reviewing books in various categories.

Literature

Literary critics study, evaluate and argue the merits of works of literature. While most people engage in literary criticism as a hobby, with the right connections and luck it can blossom into a rewarding career. So, how do you become a book critic? You read, you study your craft, you come to understand what makes a great book stand out from the mediocre book. Once you’ve discovered your style as a reviewer (this takes practice) you start knocking on doors. One of them will open for you, and when it does, you’re on your way. Not to fame and fortune, but to something even better. What is better? I’ll give you a hint. No amount of money could

purchase the praise received from one of the top authors of the 20th Century. When preparing to be the Book Critic, they should concentrate on two or more of the following aspects in the review: * Plot * Characters * Setting * Its believability * AR level, if appropriate * Point of the story or theme * How the story affected the reader * Overall value as a piece of writing

By Maria de Lima Pereira

Subjective/Objective Book Reviewing

Of course, I’ve been an avid reader all my life but never actually analyzed the books I read. Now I know what to look for in reviewing a book. First - I check for characterizations. Without in depth characters, the novel will not work. Second - What is

the plot? Is it interesting to me, and will it be of interest to the reading public? Third - Has the author maintained a style and voice that carry through the book or is it simply a hodgepodge of incidents? Fourth - Is the book entertaining and informative? Fifth - Do I have anything good to say about a particular book? If not, I choose not to review it. After nine plus years of reviewing, I no longer review books I do not like. I try to pass these on to another reviewer who might see something I’ve missed. Critics who enjoy destroying the egos and/or careers of writers are not, in my opinion, good reviewers. A good reviewer/critic must be objective. Many excellent writers cannot review books be-

cause they want to tell the author how to write their book and what to put into it or omit. This is foolishness. You critique or review what is written, not what you might have written or would have said or not said. This is the work of

another and no reviewer has the right to interject their own likes and dislikes into the mix. Knowing your craft is essential if you want to become a book critic. A book reviewer may just read a book and comment on the story. A critic will analyze, as stated above, and break down the story into its various parts. Some do as I do, they combine the two with comments both on the story and how well it is accomplished. In order to understand the language and tone used by critics, it is worth reading a lot of reviews. Here are some tips to help you become a literary critic. Read. The best way to become a literary critic is simply to read everything you can get

Overcome Miscommunication with Your Colleagues

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he “open office” format has been becoming more and more popular with companies these days. Whether you work in “Cubeyville” (the cubicle village) or in an office where it has offices but an open format, you have experienced the ups and downs of the open office. In the open office format, you co-workers are more accessible. There is the opportunity for more open communication. However, there are some things that make this layout less than ideal. Some of those things are beyond your control, but there are some things you can do to make life easier for you and all those around you. The first thing to keep in mind is how much of your personal life do you want your “neighbours” to know. Noise travels quite well in these environments. If you are making several personal phone calls throughout the day, everyone around you can hear every last word. There is no privacy. There are things people around you just do not want to know such as your medical history, the current drama in your family, and other issues past. Also if you make several personal calls telling the same story through out the day, your coworkers will tire of hearing about it. Try to keep your personal business from being common knowledge. Personal phone calls need to be made during work hours. It happens. However, when you must make them use your cell phone and maybe try to find a place that isn’t so “public” to make the arrangements. Do you really want your life to be on display for everyone to hear. Personal conversations are not

always limited to calls. Sometimes you may have a co-worker you are sharing this information with. Just remember as you two are going on about these things, everyone else can listen along. The other point with this is that working in this environment already has a large level of distractions. You can hear everyone and everything around regardless of personal or business issues. Additional distractions for your co-workers can lead to less productivity. The next issue is the food issue. Just because you love a particular food, does not mean the rest of the office does. Eating at your desk may save time, but the odours from your meal may be over powering. Be considerate of your office mates when selecting your lunch. The last thing to keep in mind is that there are things you do not have any control over. Undoubtedly you are going to discover that the one girl who always complaints about not having enough time to get her work done, spends her whole day on the phone with her friends and family. Not to mention she takes at least an hour and half for lunch each day. You will find there are people whose work ethic and working behaviours are in contrast to yours. It happens. Life isn’t perfect and the neither is the workplace. You need to pick your battles. Are the distractions minor, or are they keeping you from doing your work? If they are minor, suck it up. If it affects your work, then you need to do something about it. Do you find yourself having to cover for the person while she spends all day making doctor’s appointments on occasion or daily? What are the circum-

stances? If you make yourself miserable by getting upset about every little thing, that can be distracting to you and to your other co-workers. For example, one day a student went to the receptionist desk in our office area. The receptionist was on the phone with a family member going on and on about her and day. The student really did need to see me, and apparently did not see the sign pointing into the Assessment Centre. First, the receptionist was rude to the student for asking for help and interrupting her phone call. Once the student made it to my desk, she then complained to the person she was on the phone with about said student asking for help. Mind you I have an office per se, but our office area has an open layout not to mention her desk in the reception area is only maybe 20 feet from my desk. Not only was she rude to the student’s face, she then was even more rude by complaining about having to do her job. I could hear her, and the student could too. In that case, I did say something because it was not right to treat the student like that, and the student was obviously hurt by the comment. It wasn’t just annoying to me. Working in an open environment has its pros and cons. The best way to survive is to be considerate of your co-workers (and if you have them customers), and do your job to the best of your ability. Keep your ego in check! Personality clashes will happen. Work style conflicts will arise. Learn the difference between your own pet peeves and actual issues and you will be no worse for wear.

your hands on, from the classics to pulp fiction. This will allow you to get a feel for different types of writing and writers and identify what you like and dislike. Ta k e a class. Taking a class in literary criticism, o r even en-

gaging in full-time study of the field, is a great way to learn how to appreciate works of fiction, and to identify themes and symbolism. Being surrounded by other literary critics is also a good way to hone your skills. Join a book group. Book groups are a great place to share and express your opinions about popular novels as well as the classics with others reading the same book. Fellow book group members can challenge you to support your position and expose you to other viewpoints. Most book stores nowadays sponsor some type of book club. Write and submit your critiques. To pursue a career in literary criticism, you’ll need to make a name for yourself in the literary criticism field. Try writing a critique of a novel or book and submitting it to literary review magazines or websites for publication.

Overcoming Paranoia By Caetano de Abreu s it is, the struggle to secure a well-paying job has taken a great amount of stress, that could put the job seekers on the edge of paranoia. However, these coveted jobs have made many of us forsake our cherished childhood milieu, and venture into the unknown with the hope that the near future will be as rosy as ever, unknowing what to expect and how to overcome that malaise which is daunting. When we arrive at our workplace there is always fond memories of cuddling with mother, of having warn homemade food, meeting with friends and discussing trivial matters, remembering girl/boy friend, swimming and fishing with your endearing one, etc., as the list of memories are endless and there is no solution for a fast forward. The marvels of communication can bring your dear one within some whispering distance- a fact that can be seen with people from all walks of life forever with the phone receiver or mobile at their ear more often than not making calls to their dear ones to open their hearts while explaining the vagaries over the situation. These are the few cases that cause much stress which can be eliminated only by you once you solve your problems. When people face such stress, the need of a qualified counsel is essential to transform homesick employees into productive professionals and thus cope up with his/her new works environment. Whenever one is unable to concentrate on work procedural methods, the basic need is to outpour grievance without any qualms or fear to the in-house counsel and explain to him/her about the queasiness affecting you and the work given to you. It may take a few sessions to build up your confidence and be ready to face the world unlike in the earlier days when paranoia was gradually seething in.

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In today’s competitive world employees face undue stress and face a dilemma to perform and to communicate along with meeting their deadlines to please the clients to the utter satisfaction of the concerned management. Many cannot cope up with that disrespectful situation which drives them to take that ultimate step: Suicide. Stressed and depressed workforce has an abysmally low morale which leads to counter productivity which automatically leads to high attrition rates. Thus, to overcome these problems and garner better productivity counselling is the solution and never a problem. There can be obnoxious problems in regards to flexibility in the work arena, conflicts with peers, subordinates and superiors, sexual harassment, team related issues, facilities and infrastructure, not forgetting marriage and friendship related issues which can take a toll over their productivity and wellbeing. All of these frustrating problems could affect the consistency of the employees and give rise their need to vent their inhibitions on to someone who is willing to listen and advice

accordingly, which in this case can only be your loved one or the Counsellor who is paid to endure your tribulations. Which is to say that with them the much harassed employee has the liberty to open their hearts and discuss their internal matters. Counsellors need enough time with the employees to assort their confided problems which can last to about five to 10 sessions not necessarily at a stretch, unless the problem is paramount and there is urgency to dissatisfy that paranoiac craving. We might think that this counselling system should be applicable only when working in some distant lands and never in your homeland. The contrary assumption should be clarified, as wherever you may be the stress gathered during work time is enough to make anybody paranoid although on home grounds there is always the warmth from home and exclusive use of psychologists and the psychiatrists to assuage our plight although I can safely say that whenever you are daunted with the infirmities from office, the use of counselling is a must for our own betterment and productivity.

Maintaining Friendship with Co-workers

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ince most of us spend the majority of every waking minute at work, it stands to reason that we would make friends in the office. Maintaining friendship with a co-worker can make long hours at the desk seem more tolerable, and friendly co-workers can provide a sounding board when things get rough. Of course, there are also obstacles to having friends in the office, so you’ll need to look out for your best interests when making work buddies. Competition in the Workplace Just about every employment situation in the world comes with at least some measure of competition. Employees are vying for raises, promotions and recognition from their superiors, which can make maintaining a friendship with a co-worker difficult. Unless you are able to compete without letting it interfere with your personal relationships, this might be something you want to steer clear of. However, if you do want to maintain a friendship with a coworker, you can minimize the potential damage by creating a support structure rather than an arena for competition. Encourage one another to succeed at work, give each other pointers for better performance and try not to feel jealous if your friend happens to get a promo-

tion that you really wanted. Or, at the very least, don’t let your jealousy show. Socializing Outside of Work To maintain a friendship with a co-worker, you will probably want to go out for drinks after work or get together with your families on the weekends. This is all healthy, but you should avoid straining your professional relationship by keeping the conversation light. Unfortunately, many friendships that develop at work are based exclusively on shared career interests, and little can develop beyond that limited scope of qualities. When you socialize outside of work, try to talk about everything but the office. Discuss your favourite sports teams, your families and your other friends. A friendship with a co-worker might be built on a foundation of career-related interests, but don’t let your friendship become about work exclusively. Dealing with Seniority You can maintain a friendship with a co-worker regardless of seniority, but, when one friend outranks the other at work, negative consequences can follow. For example, you might make a mistake in the office, which means that your friend must reprimand you. This can understandably lead to problems out-

side the professional relationship. If your co-worker is above you in the intra-office hierarchy, the best thing you can do is keep your personal and professional relationships separate. At

work, don’t talk about what you’re going to do over the weekend or whether you’re going to the party on Saturday night. Similarly, don’t discuss work issues at home. Also avoid discussing problems that might have arisen during the week. Talk to your co-worker about seniority if you want your friendship to prosper. Explain that you

have no interest in receiving special consideration at work and that you hope to be treated like every other employee on your “level.” You can also request that you not discuss your personal life at work, which should help to maintain a strict boundary between the office and the home. Confronting Issues A friendship with a co-worker can hit many snags over the years, creating tension in both your personal and professional lives. This doesn’t mean you have to go your separate ways, but it helps to have a plan of action should a problem arise. For example, let’s say your co-worker drops the ball and doesn’t complete an important project on time. As a result, you look bad in front of your boss, and you know that your friend was slacking off. You’ve been maintaining a great friendship outside of work for years, but suddenly you can’t stand the idea of sitting in the same room with him, much less getting together for an after-work slice at the pizzeria. In this case, you’ll need to evaluate your friendship and decide if it’s worth the effort to keep it alive. Will you regret letting your friendship fall by the wayside, or do you think he’s a

friend you could do without? If you decide you want to try to rebuild your relationship, discuss the work problem at work, then come to a solution or compromise that will work for both of you. After your work discussion, however, you’ll need to let the matter drop. Don’t bring it up when you go out after work or when your families go to the zoo together on Saturday. This might be the most difficult aspect of maintaining a friendship with a co-worker, but you’ll have to exercise some degree of selfcontrol. The Benefits Despite all of the obstacles you’ll face in a friendship with a coworker, there are limitless benefits to this type of situation. You might find that you’re happier at work because friendly faces greet you every morning, and it always helps to have an ally at the office. Furthermore, you can help one another advance your respective careers, as long as you do so responsibly. In the end, a friendship can develop just about anywhere. There’s no reason to throw it away just because you happen to work together. Just face the fact that it might take some effort on both sides to make sure work doesn‘t come between you.

Are You an Office Etiquette Expert?

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racticing good etiquette in the office is important because companies value employees who are productive, professional and able to get along well with their colleagues. By keeping the following 10 tips in mind, you’ll show respect, build strong bonds and boost your workplace image:

1. Be Courteous

You’d never barge into another person’s house unannounced. Show the same deference before entering someone’s office or cubicle. Knock lightly or say, “Excuse me” or “May I come in?” Alternatively, send an e-mail ahead of time, asking if it’s okay to stop by in five or 10 minutes. Consistently show that you respect others’ time and privacy, and people will return the favour.

2. E-mail effectively.

Everyone struggles with an overloaded inbox. So help your co-workers manage the number of messages they receive. Before hitting Send, make sure only those who absolutely need the information are included on the distribution and write a clear subject line so recipients can easily identify the topic. Colleagues also will

Tips for Practicing Good Workplace Manners appreciate if your e-mail is succinct and gets to the point quickly.

3. Curb casual conversation.

Socializing in the office is a great way to build camaraderie, but it’s important not to spend too much time talking about last night’s date or your plans for the weekend. Keep your non-work related conversations to a minimum so others aren’t bothered, saving the details for lunchtime or after-hours chats.

4. Keep the music down.

You may work best to the sound of a blasting disco beat, but that doesn’t mean everyone shares your taste in tunes. Resist the urge to sing or hum along to the chorus. Also avoid relying too heavily on headphones. If you always have an earbud in, you’ll seem inaccessible to your colleagues.

5. Stay home when you’re sick.

Be courteous and stay away from the office if you’re under the weather. If you absolutely must come to work, be mindful of others. For example, if you use the copy machine, sanitize your hands first, or clean all surfaces with a disinfectant wipe when you’re finished.

6. Mind your meeting manners.

According to a recent survey by our company, 51 percent of chief information officers said they’ve seen increased instances of poor etiquette resulting from more frequent use of mobile devices in the workplace. While you may think that e-mailing or texting during meetings demonstrates your ability to successfully multitask, others will likely regard it as rude. Use your handheld device only in an urgent situation and step out of the room to reply.

7. Have good scents.

If you bring lunch to work, avoid strongsmelling foods like tuna or salad with blue cheese dressing. And it’s probably a good idea to leave reed diffusers and scented candles at home, too. After all, those around you may not enjoy the smell of lilac as much as you, and some may even be allergic to strong doors.

8. Avoid phone faux pas.

You may have good intentions by setting your cell phone to vibrate. However, repeated buzzing, especially during a meeting, can be as distracting as an ear-piercing ring tone. Set your phone

to silent or keep it in your pocket, where the vibration can’t be heard.

9. Don’t gossip.

One sure way to hurt your career prospects is to be viewed as an active participant in the rumour mill. Your best strategy is to avoid gossip entirely. If you’re in a conversation that turns negative, politely excuse yourself. And never vent your frustrations or complaints to co-workers. Instead, blow off steam with a trusted friend or family member outside of work.

10. Avoid toxic tweeting.

The rapid growth of online social networks has created new venues for disseminating workplace rumours and gossip. When you’re communicating on Facebook, Twitter or other public forums - even using personal accounts - remember that your messages can reach a wide audience. It’s best to refrain from posting anything that you wouldn’t want your boss or a co-worker to see. Exhibiting courtesy, tact and respect in the workplace will help you establish productive relationships with your colleagues and a favourable impression with your manager.


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Ratol or Toothpaste? EASING THE TEASE: DEALING WITH TEASING - 1

By Valita D’Souza

Is Ratol a toothpaste? atol is a poisonous tube used to kill rats. It is not a toothpaste that we apply for teeth in order to brush. A toothpaste is not poisonous or harmful, whereas Ratol is poisonous. Labs have checked on ratol and have come to the conclusion that just touching it to the teeth would cause a violent chemical reaction. Is Ratol similar to toothpaste? Or is it mistaken for being so, that people consume it unknowingly. Ratol is not similar to toothpaste. You can make out the difference between Ratol and toothpaste. Is packing of Ratol as similar as toothpaste that they consume it? Taking into consideration literate people like you and me, will obviously differentiate between Ratol and toothpaste. Exempting the illiterate and small children below the age group of 1 to 7, they may find it attractive and consume. Why do people consume Ratol? Is it so tempting? A survey has been conducted on consumption of Ratol. Most of the suicide cases are of women, teenagers and

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young adults as in the recent case of Nadia. Most of the people consume it purposely to end their life due to stress, depression, family problems, break ups in relations, failure in examination and so on. As we have said before exempting the cases of illiterate and small children yes, they consume it unknowingly. The effects of Ratol after consumption depends upon the kind of Ratol you consume, whether it is a liquid or a tube. This compound is very causative when ingested. Zinc Phosphide reacts with water and acid in the stomach and causes serene irritation. This probable oral length dose is 5-50 mg/kg, between 7 drops and 1 teaspoon for a 70kg (150lb) person. Most patients die after 30 hours from peripheral vascular collapse secondary to the compound’s direct effects.

Extensive liver damage and kidney damage can also occur. Ingestion of 4 to 5 grams has produced death in human adults, but also doses of 25 to 50 grams have been survived. The lowest oral lethal dose reported for women is 80mg/kg. Solution Ban sale of Ratol without prescription in pharmacies and local shops. Keep it away from children and illiterate. If all public think that the packing of Ratol and toothpaste look the same, then the producer has to change the packing. This few solutions will somehow bring an end to the problems of consuming Ratol.

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f there is one thing which stresses some children at school, it is teasing. Children can be very cruel to one another. And, while most children experience teasing, at some point, it can be very difficult for them to handle, especially for those with a visible physical deformity like a cleft lip, limp or other physical differences. Types of Teasing Not all teasing is harmful. Playful teasing like that between brother andsister can sometimes be fun and constructive. Teasing and being teased can help young children develop social skills that they will need in adolescence and adulthood. Playful or good-humoured teasing occurs when it causes everyone to smile or laugh, including the person who is being teased. In contrast, hurtful teasing includes ridicule, name-calling, put-downs, and saying or doing annoying things. Unlike playful teasing, hurtful teasing may cause the person being teased to feel sad, hurt, or angry. More hos-

tile teasing, may include tormenting or harassing, may require ongoing intervention by a parent, caregiver, teacher, or school administrator. Why Children Tease There is no single reason children tease, but mostly it is due to any of the following reasons. n Attention: This is often the primary reason, for immediately the teaser attracts attention. And, for many children, negative attention

is better than no attention. n Imitation: Some children model or mimic what is happening to them at home by acting the same way to others at school or in the neighbourhood. These teasers are

children who may be teased by siblings or who experience aggressive or harsh parenting. n Feelings of Superiority or Power: Many teasers actually feel inferior. And, to overcome this they put others down, so they may feel powerful or superior when teasing upsets others. n Peer Acceptance: It is not uncommon to see children engage in teasing behaviour because they may perceive it as being the "cool"thing to do. It may help them feel part of a group. The need to belong may be so strong that a child may tease others to be accepted by the "popular" children. n Misunderstanding Differences: A lack of understanding of "differences" may be the underlying factor in some teasing. Many children are not familiar with or do not understand cultural or ethnic differences. In some instances, a child with a physical or a learning disability may be the target of teasing because she is different.

What I Did When My Mama Went For A Movie Nicole Travasso, (7), sTd ii, child care school, Margao When my mama went for the movie last week, she left me and my younger brother with my grandparents. It was raining heavily outside, so we could not play ball. Inside the house, we played questions and answers. My grandpa also joined us in it. We all laughed when my grandfather made a joke. Then my brother went to play with his car and trains. So I did not know what to do. So I wrote a song which was named ‘I would like to teach the world to sing’. And after that, we all ate boiled eggs and fried bread. And then, we did what we do every night, watch TV, but our grandfather always says that TV is an Idiot box and those people who watch too much telly, become idiots. But grandpa allowed us to watch telly. So I put on POGO and for sometime, we watched. Just as our cartoon ended, Mama came. So, we went home, said our prayer and went to sleep. In the morning, in the early sunrise, I told my brother to say his morning prayer. Then, I told him that the next time mummy goes out, I will show you more things and we will learn more from our grandparents. And I think this should happen some day.

Kingfisher Winona Menezes (10), Std IV, St Thomas HS., Houston-Texas, USA

A Duck Winona E Rodrigues, Std III, Fatima Convent HS., Margao

Out In the Rain Mitosha Fernandes (7), Std II, Shiksha Niketan, Sangolda

A Vehicle Bridge Vance Elton Pereira , Std I, Kidz World Primary School, Santa Cruz

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MONGINIS TWO BEST CREATIVE ME ENTRIES Evita Pearl Fernandes), Std V,

 Presentation Convent HS., Margao winsagiftvoucherofMonginisworthRs. 125/Vance Elton Pereira , Std I,

 Kidz World Primary School, Santa Cruz wins a gift voucher of Monginis worth Rs. 75/-

Some children criticize anyone who is different instead of trying to learn or understand what makes others special. n Media Influence: One cannot discuss the reasons children tease without acknowledging the powerful influence of the media. Our children are frequently exposed to teasing, put-downs, sarcasm, and a lack of respect in many of the television programs geared towardchildren where the hero often puts down others by passing comments. n Boredom: Sometimes children may just tease one another playfully to overcome boredom, however it is easy for this type of teasing to go too far and result in hurt feelings. n Jealousy: Sometimes because teasers themselves are unhappy and they can’t bear to see others happy or successful so they may resort to teasing. nWhen Teasing Becomes Harassment: Most types of teasing can be

dealt with effectively by the children involved, sometimes with the assistance of parents, caregivers, teachers, social workers, or counsellors. Teasing becomes harassment, however, if it is repeated or prolonged, threatens or results in violence, or involves inappropriate touching or physical contact. Adults should be alert to the possibility of harassment and intervene as needed if harassment is suspected or anticipated. In such cases, it may be necessary to involve administrators and parents in determining the appropriate course of action to end the harassment. Managing student relationships is an integral part of a teacher's job, and teachers should take it seriously because repeated teasing can cause harm to ones self confidence, self esteem and in worse cases can lead to a student taking his own life. (to be continued)

Save The Environment Evita Pearl Fernandes (10), Std V, Presentation Convent HS., Margao

Minnie Mouse Lynn Fernandes (8), Std III, Babyland Primary School, Candolim

A Beautiful Cottage Russell G Martins (11), Std V, St Teresa of Jesus HS, Chaudi-Canacona

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Betalbatim in Fraxier semis HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, AUG 1

Betalbatim Sporting Club beat Navelim Sporting Club 4-2 via the tie-breaker to storm into the semi-finals of 25th Fraxier inter- village football tournament organised by Young Strikers, Benaulim at St John Baptist ground, Dando-Benaulim on Saturday. Betalbatim nearly found the match-winner but striker Olwick Fernandes was the worst offender as he shot wide from hand shaking distance. Betalbatim emerged victorious in the tie-beraker, scoring through Desmond Fernandes, Cajie D’Costa, Luis Rogtao and Dickson Rogtao while Sanford Cardozo and Jaison Pereira converted for Navelim. Richard Costa and Joseph Dias tries were blocked by Desmond Fernandes.

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The Milagres captain and players receiving the trophy from Uday Palyekar in the presence of Lavinio Rebello, Fr. Herculano Correira among others at Vagator on Sunday.

vagator parish youth soccer trophy HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, AUG 1

Milagres Sports Club, Mapusa got the better of Parish Youth Nuvem 5-4 via the tie-breaker after both the teams were involved in a 1-all draw in the finals of Vagator Parish Youth Soccer Trophy 2010 Inter-Village

football tournament organised by Vagator Parish Youth at Ozrant ground, Vagator on Sunday. In an exciting final which was witnessed by a huge crowd, Nuvem began on a promising note and could have forged ahead in the 10th minute but Jose Colaca shot into the waiting of Milagres keeper Wilber. Milagres too had an opportunity to take the lead in the 20th minute but Nuvem keeper

Flyod came to his side's rescue following a goalmouth melee. Nuvem finally took the lead in the 22nd minute following a defensive lapse through Jose Colaco who headed home beating Milagres keeper Wilber. Down by a goal, Milagres mounted pressure and succeeded in restoring parity in the 5th minute of second half through a penalty by Anup Govekar as a Nuvem defender handled the ball in the danger zone. With scores even, the teams fought tooth and nail but failed to find the net again. The winners were then decided on

penalties. Milagres won 4-3 on tie-breaker. Anup Govekar, Jolene Fernandes, Shailesh Misquin and Aires Fernandes converted for Milagres while Remy Colaco, Neves Noronha and Nevid Fernandes were on target for Nuvem. Milagres won the Vagator Parish Youth 2010 Soccer Trophy and a Rs 25,000 while Nuvem Parish Youth had to settle for the runners-up trophy and Rs 15,000. Following individual prizes were awarded: Best goalkeeper: Wilber Menezes (Milagres). best midfielder Remy Colaco (PY

Nuvem). Best defender Anup Govekar (Milagres). Best striker Jose Colaco (PY Nuvem). Best player of tournament Sandeep Dhargalkar (Sodiem Siolim). U d a y Pa l y e k a r ( s o c i a l worker), Vinod Phadke (GCA treasurer), Sadanand Verenkar (Sunshine Electric Co.), Fr. Herculano Correia, Parish Priest of B a s t o r a , L a v i n o Re b e l l o Sarpanch of Anjuna-Caisua and GFA EC Member, Anthony Draga, Dinesh Patil VP member, Anjuna-Caisua and Hanumant Lingudkar gave away the prizes. Janice D'souza proposed the vote of thanks.

Vasco Club’s new premises

Nayantara Lima Leitao cutting the ribbon to mark the inauguration opf Vasco Sports Club house in Vasco on Saturday alongwith president Nitin Bandekar, GFA secretary Savio Messias, patron Umaji Chowgule and members. HERALD REPORTER VASCO, AUG 1

There is need to rejuvenate the culture of one of the oldest and only city base football club, Vasco, said Nayantara, wife of

late Noel de Lima Leitao, a patron of Vasco Club and famous football commentator, here on Saturday. Nayantara was speaking at the inauguration of the reno-

GOA DIARY Coconut breaking at Agasaim

PANJIM (HSD) – The 40th all-Goa traditional coconut breaking contest organised by Young Stars of Dugrem, Agasaim will be held on August 10 on the occasion of the feast or Agasaim patron St Lawrence at Dugrem ground, Agasaim from 3 p.m. It will be followed by a magic show, dance show, kids fancy dresss competition and a Konkani musical show followed by floodlit volleyball match between Haushi St Cruz and Curca Boys.

BPS badminton

PANJIM (HSD) – The BPS Sports Club, Margao will organise an All-Goa BPS Major Ranking Badminton tournament for U-13 boys, girls singles, U-16 boys singles, U-19 boys singles, ladies singles, men singles, men doubles, veterans singles ( 45 and above), veterans doubles ( 45 and above ) at Multipurpose Hall, Fatorda from August 12-15. Entries may be given at Mapusa or Panjim to Roy Athaide, at Ponda to Santosh Prabhudessai, in Margao to Vinayak Kamat and Vasco to Laxmikant Kenwadker. Entries close on August 9 (upto 5 p.m.). Details may be obtained from Prasad Chitnis on 9890011912.

vated premises and club house of Vasco Sports Club in the presence of Milind Naik, MLA, club president Nitin N Bandekar, GFA Secretary Savio Messias, patron of Vasco Umaji Chowgule, Vinod Parkot, member of the club, Pereira brothers, club secretary Rakesh Uni, Abhijit Salkar and others. Recalling the thoughts of her husband to work for the club and its progress, Nayantara said that Noel had always dreamt about the club becoming a formidable football unit in India. She said that there was need to increase the membership base of the club to bring back the past glory of the club. The new club house has facilities for table tennis, carrom, chess, darts. Earlier, secretary Rakesh Uni informed that club had set two goals - to increase the membership with committed life members and renovate the existing assets of the club house. Uni informed that the club will organise the Goa River Marathon on December 19, the registration for which had already commenced with athletes from Ludhiana, Maharashtara and Chennai having already registered for the event. The marathon would be a 21km half marathon and 5km fun walk run. It would start from Baina beach going along the river Zuari on the Cortalim road upto Marman Shipyard and back, while the 5km fun walk run would commence from Baina beach and go around the Vasco city. “The run event would be organized in a professional manner with the Bangalore base group Fuller Life being the technical consultant.

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Narang disappointed UNI NEW DELHI, AUG 1

''Very Very disappointed'' at not getting the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for the third straight year, ace shooter Gagan Narang today slammed its selection criteria, saying India's highest sporting honour ''is just inclusion of the public perception and media perception''. Narang on Saturday became the first Indian to qualify for the 2012 London Games after he claimed the bronze medal in the 10-metre air rifle event at the World Championships in Munich. He seems to have given a fitting reply to the national sports award committee with his feat. ''I am very very disappointed over what happened to me. It was third time in a row. I think, Khel Ratna is just inclusion of the public perception and media perception.” ''It was disheartening to know that I was in run for my achievement in 2009, I was in with a chance in 2008 also. But I would rather like my guns to talk and hope that the bronze medal opens up a few blind folds,'' Narang told 'NDTV'. The 26-year-old shooter, world number two, shot 597 in the qualifying and 102 in the final round to aggregate a total of 699 and claim the bronze at the Championships. ''I thought that I would get when I shot the world record and I am still the world record holder,'' said Narang.

Forlan leaves spectators spellbound PTI KOLKATA, AUG 1

Having witnessed Diego Maradona in front of them, the football-crazy people of Kolkata today saw another Diego, when 2010 World Cup golden ball winner Forlan left a 40,000-plus spectator spellbound in the floodlit Yuba Bharati Krirangan here today. With percussionist Sivamani setting up the tone with some lively performances, Forlan added colour to the evening as he kicked off the grand finale of 'The Match', a football reality show by Mahuaa Bangla that has brought the Uruguayan sensation and Brazilian icon Branco to the city. After arriving in the stadium around 5.30pm, Forlan kicked off the match between Mohun Bagan XI and Challengers XI, a team groomed and coached by Branco in his 20-odd days stay here. Challengers lost the 70minute match 0-2 but they stole the hearts of the thousands of football lovers gathered to see Forlan who sat in the dug-out giving tips, sharing his experiences with the Challengers led by Dipyendu Biswas. To their utmost surprise, Forlan made an appearance in the lemon break and uttered few Bengali words. Waving to the crowd, Forlan said "JamiyedinSaradin (Live up, everyday)." He also thanked the crowd for their huge jubilation from the stands cheering and waving Forlan, Forlan.

Anderson inspires England win REUTERS NOTTINGHAM, AUG 1

James Anderson's inspired swing bowling gave him a match haul of 11-71 and helped to wrap up a comfortable 354-run victory for England over Pakistan in the first Test today. Pakistan slumped to their lowest Test innings total against England, bowled out for 80 in 29 overs. ''When the ball is swinging there is not a better bowler in the world than Jimmy Anderson,'' England captain Andrew Strauss told reporters. England needed just under two hours to take Pakistan's last seven wickets. Pakistan, set a world-record 435 to win, had resumed on 15 for three on the fourth day at Trent Bridge. Number 10 Danish Kaneria top-scored with 16 not out and was one of only two batsmen to reach double figures as the Pakistanis struggled to play the moving ball throughout. The total fell short of Pakistan's previous low against England, which was 87 at Lord's in 1954. Fast bowler Anderson followed his five for 54 in the first innings with another excellent spell in cloudy conditions, in front of a stadium about a quarter-full. His second innings analysis was 15-8-17-6 as he bowled 11 consecutive overs today. ''I'm very satisfied with what we have done over the last three or four days,'' Strauss said. ''We had to work hard at stages in the game and the encouraging thing for me was that we got through those tight situations and came out the other side very well.” ''Huge credit must also go to

Eoin Morgan and Paul Collingwood for their runs in the first innings and Matt Prior in the second.'' The shell-shocked Pakistanis will need to rally quickly as the second test in the four-match series begins at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Friday. ''It was disappointing, nobody expected this (to lose seven wickets so quickly),'' Pakistan captain Salman Butt said. ''We were certainly expecting better things of ourselves and we need to improve.” ''(But) we must remember the second game that we won last week against Australia came only a few days after losing heavily to them at Lord's,'' he added, searching for something to boost morale. ''It is not much different between the two sides in terms of batting. If we had held our chances they could've been out below 200. I fully trust my team will be back.'' England set up the win with a first-innings 354 courtesy of 130 by Morgan. Pakistan then slumped to 182, before England's 262 for nine declared when Prior made an unbeaten 102. Pakistan, who lost their 2006 series in England 3-0, avoided their lowest test total of 53 -made against Australia in Sharjah in 2002 -- when Kaneria clipped Anderson through midwicket for a boundary. He also pulled Finn for a six and a four as England's fielders smiled wryly. For the first half-hour England bowled without the discipline of the previous evening when their lines and lengths were perfect.

Corrupt will be punished: Reddy PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 1

Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy today promised action on the Central Vigilance Commission report highlighting rampant corruption in the construction of Commonwealth Games stadiums, saying that anyone found guilty will not be spared. The CVC report says that almost all organizations executing construction work for the Commonwealth Games have flouted rules in tenders and increased their prices. This means contractors have been paid more what they should have got. "CVC has come out with preliminary remarks on the alleged irregularities in the construction of Commonwealth venues. I assure you that all concerned would be punished. Nothing would be spared. We will seriously look into it," Reddy said during the inauguration of the Weightlifting auditorium inside the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium complex for the October 3-14 Games. Reddy, who also heads the Group of Ministers overseeing the preparations of the Games, said with the event fast approaching, media has started

2nd Test: Edgbaston, Birmingham, Aug 6-10. 3rd Test: The Oval, London, Aug 18-22. 4th Test: Lord’s, Aug 26-30.

James Anderson collects a stump after taking his 11th wicket and sealing England's win against Pakistan.

England 1st innings: 354 (P Collingwood 82, E Morgan 30; Asif 5-77). Pakistan 1st innings: 182 (Umar Gul 65 not out, J Anderson5-54). England 2nd innings: 262-9 declared (M Prior 102 not out). Pakistan 2nd innings: (overnight 15-3) Imran Farhat c Strauss b Anderson 15, Salman Butt c Collingwood b Broad 8, Azhar Ali lbw b Broad 0, Umar Amin lbw b Anderson 1, Mohammad Aamer c Pietersen b Finn 4, Umar Akmal lbw b Anderson 4, Shoaib Malik c Collingwood b Anderson 9, Kamran Akmal lbw b Finn 0, Umar Gul c Collingwood b Anderson 9, Danish Kaneria not out 16, Mohammad Asif c Swann b Anderson 0. Extras: 14. Total: 80. Fall of wickets: 1-10 2-10 3-11 4-31 5-37 6-41 7-41 8-50 9-65. Bowling: Anderson 15-8-17-6 (1nb), Broad 8-2-23-2, Finn 6-328-2 (1w). Player-of-the-match: James Anderson (England).

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n CVC has come out with preliminary remarks on the alleged irregularities in the construction of Games venues. I assure you that all concerned would be punished. Nothing would be spared. We will seriously look into it. -- S Jaipal Reddy

Diogo, promising India athletics coach

lead with 161 points

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Mark Webber pops up Champagne in celebration.

Australian Mark Webber took back the Formula One championship lead from Lewis Hamilton today after grabbing victory in a Hungarian Grand Prix that Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel had been favourite to win. McLaren's Hamilton retired with a suspected gearbox failure, only his second failure to score this season, and dropped to second place overall and four points adrift. Vettel, starting on pole position for the seventh time in 12 races but again failing to convert the advantage, fell foul of the safety car rules and finished third behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Webber now has 161 points to Hamilton's 157, with Vettel on 151 and McLaren's Jenson Button on 147. In one of the closest battles in years, Alonso has 141. Points eluded Force India as Adrian Sutil retired after a freak collision in

the pit lane and Vitantonio Liuzzi finished 13th. Sutil made a good start after starting 13th on the grid but a pit l a n e c o l l i s i o n w i t h Re n a u l t ' s Robert Kubica in lap 16 ended his race. The German driver had come in for a tyre change along with a lot of drivers and the clash with Kubica proved fatal. Liuzzi, who started 16th on the grid, improved to 14th in lap 21 and gained one position when Lewis Hamilton of McLaren became the fifth driver to retire from the action-packed race in lap 25. The Italian maintained that position till the end thus, finishing outside the points bracket. This is third time in the championship and second time in a row that Force India returned empty handed from a Grand Prix. The last race also had ended without points for Force India at German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

The captain of United of Boys Dando-Colva, John Baretto receiving the Alvernaz and Lalush Alemao memorial trophy from Churchill Alemao,Valanka Alemao, Maria Rebello at St John Baptist ground, Dando-Benaulim on Sunday.

United Boys of Dando-Colva emerged deserving winners against hosts United Club of Benaulim with a 1-0 margin in the finals of 6th Super Soccer for Alvernaz and Lalush Alemao memorial trophy at St John Baptist ground, Dando-Benaulim on Sunday. There was no score at half time. United Boys were the better side, displaying confidence when moving with the ball. They

exaggerating problems instead of building up a celebratory mood in the nation. "I have seen a lot of critical news items these days. Well constructive criticism is welcome, but media is exaggerating small things. Lot of negative stories are doing the rounds. Pin-point the shortcomings so that we can rectify them on time but please let's not misrepresent the bigger picture.” "We are holding the Games in India, you need to build a positive environment, there should be celebratory mood, a national festival, people of the country should feel excited," Reddy said. On the issue of unpreparedness on the part of organisers, Reddy said, "we are all ready to host successful Games and anything left would be done before the start. Get ready for the Games." Reddy, however, refused to react on former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar's comments that he will be very unhappy if the Games are successful. "I don't want to comment on Aiyar's remarks. We are doing our best. There are some problems which are unavoidable but I am sure we will have great Games in Delhi," Reddy said.

Webber wins Hungary GP

UB Dando win Alvernaz Lalush Alemao trophy

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enjoyed a lion share of the exchanges with their midfielders and forwards repeatedly attacking the Benaulim citadel. Their defence marshalled by captain John Baretto and Herculano Costa was solid. United Club of Benaulim were not their usual self although Alfred Fernandes worked overtime to feed his forwards. But strikers Rody Fernandes and Charles Fernandes looked out of touch and they seldom tested Colva goalkeeper Dulio Andrade.

The match-winner came as hardworking midfielder Nelson Gomes essayed a through pass and striker Leslie Fernandes outpaced a defender and beat Benaulim goalkeeper Hubert Fernandes with a snap shot. United Boys piled on tremendous pressure citadel and came close to increasing the lead but their forwards either shot wide or straight into the hands of Colva goalkeeper Dulio. United Club of Benaulim missed a golden opportunity as

striker Polvin D’Silva muffed a sitter after he was fed by Alfred Fernandes. The former blasted wide from hand-shaking distance. United Boys of Dando-Colva were richer by Rs 30,000 plus a trophy while United Boys of Benaulim had to be content with Rs 20,000 plus a trophy. Fo l l o w i n g p r i z e s w e r e awarded: Best disciplined team Dramapur Sports Club. Upcoming player of the tournament Ashley D’Souza of Goa Velha. Best player of the tournament

Leslie Fernandes of United Boys of Dando-Colva. First hat-trick Leslie Fernandes of United Boys of Dando-Colva. First scorer Leslie Fernandes. Best forward of final Leslie Fernandes. Best half of the final Alfred Fernandes of United Club of Benaulim. Best defender of final Santan Fernandes of United Club of Benaulim. Best goalkeeper of final Dulio Andrade of United Boys of Dando-Colva. Man-of-the final Leslie Fernandes. Surprise prize for last flag kick of final Xamaro Rodrigues of United Club of Benaulim. Last caution of final Clifford Fernandes of United Club of Benaulim. PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao, was the chief guest. Advocate Valanka Alemao was the guest of honour. Maria Rebello, Chairperson, South Goa Zilla Panchayat, Russel Marchon, Agnelo Fernandes (Colva), Vincentina Fernandes, Sarpanch of Varca, Eustaquio D’Costa, Sarpanch of Carmona, Shirley Braz, Sarpanch of Orlim , Filomeno Baretto and Fr Eremita Coutinho, Seraulim Vicar were special invitees. Valanka congratulated Brendon Fernandesfor his exploits in football. Churchill, Valanka and other special invitees gave away the prizes. Earlier, Doma Fernandes, president of United Club of Benaulim welcomed. Anthony Rodrigues compered. In all, 16 teams participated.

K L A Khan, GM - HoI IPSHEM (Betul) complimenting coach Diogo, Fire Inspector Grade-I, in the presence of D N Patil, CM I/C Fire Services IPSHEM at Betul. HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 1

Parra-born Diogo Braganza, presently with ONGC’s IPSHEM at Betul where he is posted as Fire Inspector in the Fire Department, did Goa and India proud as he had the distinction of being selected by Athletics Federation of India to coach athletes at National Junior Athletics Coaching camp held at SAI Centre, Bhopal. But, most importantly, four of his trainees performed creditably, garnering 3 silver and a bronze at the Asian meet in Hanoi, Vietnam last month. Diogo, a qualified NIS coach (diploma) from Patiala, who got an entry into the prestigious Fortune 500 Company, ONGC, through the sports quota, undertook coaching to prepare Indian junior athletes for Asian and World Junior Athletics Championships in two phases from June 14-28 (Asian) and July 7-17 (World). Seldom has a Goan excelled in athletics coaching field at National level. Diogo justified his selection as four of his athletes that he trained for the Asian meet acquitted with credit – three silver (U-20 long jump women, U-20 triple jump men and U-20 triple jump women) and a bronze in U-20 long jump for women. The Indian contingent reaped a rich harvest of 14 medals in all at the Asian meet with Diogo guiding four of them in his pet field – jumps. Modest and humble to the core, soft-spoken Diogo does not like to be referred to as an expert in long jumps training. Rather, he stresses that he is a student focussed on learning more and more and passing on the knowledge and techniques to children. What, however, stands out of this tall personality is his superb dedication, commitment, hard work and perseverance, which in the final analysis have been responsible for the excellent outcome from his wards. It is results that matter in the end, and Diogo has proved that without a shade of doubt. Once on the field, energetic and vibrant Diogo is a cool

n Diogo justified his selection as four of his athletes acquitted with credit – three silver (U-20 long jump women, U-20 triple jump men and U-20 triple jump women) and a bronze in U-20 long jump for women. taskmaster who delivers his message with love and passion, the qualities that he also demonstrates when taking up training in fire safety/fighting training field at the renowned Institute of Petroleum Safety, Health and Environment Management (IPSHEM) situated at picturesque Betul in South Goa. Diogo’s proud achievements caught the immediate attention of K L A Khan, GM - HoI IPSHEM, who promptly congratulated him for his outstanding work. “It’s worthy of commendation that our own ONGC staffer contributed for a historic success

and made us and the nation very proud with his wonderful results, the outcome of his excellent work,” said Khan. In the World Junior Athletics Championship held from July 19-25 at Monckton, Canada, Indian athlete Gayatri, trained by Diogo, finished 6th in triple jump for women U-20. Diogo has several credentials in athletics including a silver medal in triple jump at National Open Athletics Championship in Kolkata in 1998. He had also won several medals in different athletic events at PSCB meets from 1995 to 2006.


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