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IN BRIEF Cong ‘in no hurry’ over Chavan’s fate Congress today appeared to be in no hurry to decide the fate of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, under fire over the Mumbai housing scam, even as he faced a fresh row over allocation of prime mining land in Vidarbha to kin of party functionaries. The party stuck to its position that it needed more time to study the documents in connection with the housing controversy which has sucked in Chavan. The Chief Minister seems to have got a breather after he offered to resign on Saturday. – (PTI)

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People in the urban areas seems to have voted for a change as several new faces were voted to power in most municipal councils thus showing the door to many of the sitting councillors. The polls saw as many as 72 per cent new faces voted to the new municipal bodies. A total of 99 new faces were elected in 134 wards in eleven councils. Leading the winds of change were the Canacona voters, who elected all the new faces to the 10-member Canacona Municipal Council. Chairperson Shyamsunder Dessai and outgoing deputy chairperson Dilip Kenkre were shown the door by electorates. In Sanguem Municipal Council, only four sitting councillors have been re-elected while six new faces emerged victorious. Margao elected 17 candidates in a total of 20 wards. In Mapusa seven new faces were elected while 8 sitting councillors retained their seats. However, Mapusa electorate gave a fractured mandate, as no panel could secure absolute majority. The panel supported by Mapusa BJP MLA Francis D’Souza suffered a setback. The 10-member Cuncolim Council will have eight new councillors for the next tenure. In Quepem Municipal Council, legislator Chandrakant Kavlekar claimed that all the councillors elected are affiliated to the Congress party. As many as five new faces have been elected to the 10member QMC.

In Bicholim Municipal Council, six new faces have been elected to the 10-member BMC while only two sitting councillors could make it to the new body. The fate of the 9 sitting councillors in Pernem Municipal Council was also similar to other councils as eight new faces have been elected to the 10-member council, as only one sitting councillor was re-elected. Elections were deferred in one ward in Pernem due to want of suitable candidate. The 10-member Valpoi Municipal Council elected as many as seven new faces. In the 12-member Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council, as many as seven sitting councillors have regained power either directly or through their spouses. In Mormugao Municipal Council, 12 new faces have been elected. Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza’s wife Neny and elder brother Pascoal won with comfortable margins.

BJP routed in Margao


GPCC general secretary Vijay Sardessai at a victory rally with his elected candidates, Gonzaco Rebello, Joseph Silva, Bertha Cardozo and husband-wife duo Sadanand and Babita. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar




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The BJP suffered a complete rout in the elections for the Margao civic body with candidates owing allegiance to the Congress emerging victorious in the hustings. This is the first time in the last decade-and-half that the

BJP will have no representation in the Margao civic body. Candidates backed by Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, GPCC General Secretary Vijay Sardessai and other Congress leaders won the polls with ease. Of the 20 candidates who made it to the civic body, Arthur D’Silva, who won from


Ward No 1 with a handsome margin of 625 votes, said that he is an Independent candidate and owes no allegiance to any political party or leader. BJP leaders including twotime Councillor Narayan Fondekar, and the face of BJP in Margao Rupesh Mahatme,

Faced with the stark reality that the BJP for the first time in a decade and half will have no representation in the 20-member Margao municipal body, BJP leader and MLA Damu Naik said the party has accepted the miserable defeat faced by the party candidates in the municipal polls, but asserted that the poll results will not have any bearing on the party in the Assembly polls scheduled early 2012. He said the party would soon do the introspection on why the people of Margao have not accepted the candidates fielded by the party for the Margao elections. Replying to a question, he said a host of factors has gone against the party candidates, adding that low turn out of the educated class went against the party. “The turn out was very less as compared to the Assembly polls. The educated class did not come out in large numbers. May be, the BJP could not succeed in convincing the people on its mission to provide a stable and corruption free Margao council”, Naik said. He further said that the presence of Congress leaders such as PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, Urban Development Minister

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Claiming that majority of Congress workers swept the municipal elections in the State, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that people have voted for development. The chief minister attributed the victory to the development work carried out by his party throughout the State. “Majority of the Congress workers have got elected which indicates that the Congress party is gaining more ground in the State,” he told reporters adding “it is good governance which has paid in these civic polls.” “This victory has come days after the bye-election in Valpoi, which Vishwajeet Rane won by over 8000 votes,” he said adding “this is once again a vote of development endorsed by the people residing in the municipal areas,” Kamat said. Eleven municipal councils in the State went for polls on Sunday which saw 72.62 (Continued on page 12)

Highway panel dares govt, to go ahead with agitation HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 1

National Highway Diversion Action Committee (NHDAC) today declared it will go ahead with its peaceful agitation even as the government imposed Section 144, which prohibits assembly of five or more persons and holding of public meetings,

within 500 meters around the Secretariat complex at Porvorim and area under Panjim Police Station for 12 hours between 12 noon and midnight. The orders came in light of the morcha scheduled by NHDAC, from Panjim to Porvorim, at 3 pm. Condemning the develop-

ment, NHDAC said it will not be cowed down by such impotent threats and will defy the illegal order by holding the public meeting at Azad Maidan as scheduled. The NHDAC said it will protest against this gross violation of people’s fundamental democratic right.

“NHDAC appeals to the people of Goa to assemble at Azad Maidan on November 2, at 3 pm to protest against the expansion of NH4A and NH17 and to uphold our right to protest against this draconian order by the shameful government of Goa,” NHDAC convener Sunil Desai said at a hurriedly called press

Princess receives 9 technical bids HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 1

The response to the short tender notice issued by the Tourism Department for removal of M V River Princess has been pretty good with nine bidders filing their bids for removal of the illfated ship, which has been grounded off-Sinquerim beach for last 10 years now. The technical bids were opened today afternoon while financial bids will be opened at later date after the committee examines the technical bids and short-lists the most eligible (Continued on page 12)

REMEMBERING A MARTYR: A relative of Late Floriano Vaz lights candles at the martyr’s memorial niche on Monday evening at Holy Spirit Cemetery, Margao. Floriano became the first martyr to fall prey to a bullet on December 20, 1986, while fighting for recognition of Konkani language. Photo by Savio Dias

School teachers to be trained in fire fighting HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 1

Teachers in Goa’s schools will now be fire fighters without khaki uniform, trained in safety and evacuation of students and other staff in case of emergencies. Goa Fire and Emergency Services has decided to train 1200odd teachers pulled in from schools in ‘basic fire safety and evacuation drill process for educational institute’ from this November. “We will teach two teachers from each school, who will know to respond to the situation before fire fighters arrive,” Fire Services Director Ashok Menon told Herald. The programme, which will begin from November 9, would be held at three centres Panjim, Margao and Ponda. The director said that Directorate of Education has responded ver y well to our proposal. “Teachers from primary to

college level will be trained in this programme,” he stated. The response for the programme from teachers was also ‘tremendous.’ Till date, department has got response from 484 teachers from Panjim, 436 from Ponda and 303 from Margao, who would be trained at oneand-half-month-long pro gramme concluding on December 21, 2010. The training will have multiple effects; Menon said adding that once they are back in their schools, the teachers will train other colleagues and students. Menon said that the department wants that schools should be prepared in case of any emergencies. After their training, the trained teachers will have evacuation drill in schools so that if tragedy strikes, the response comes quick. To increase fire safety in the State, the Fire Department also wants to go a step ahead and (Continued on page 12)

conference in the late evening. On the imposition of Section 144, Desai said “the government is trying to stifle the voice of the people who are fighting for their right.” “Our meeting is peaceful. We just wanted to gather at Azad Maidan and march to the (Continued on page 12)

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Round-up of civic poll results


The civic polls in the State threw several surprises as voters preferred new faces in most of the councils. Canacona led the way with the election of all 10 new candidates, followed by Mormugao with 12 new faces, Pernem with 8 and Valpoi electing as many as 7 candidates in its 10member council.

CANACONA Voters at Canacona elected all the 10 new faces in the new council, as four sitting councilors had to bite the dust. The day also proved disastrous to incumbent chairperson and his deputy in the outgoing council. The new faces set to rule the council elected for first time are Suchita Ranghanath Naik Gaonkar (Ward 1), Hemant Gracias (Ward 2), Sandesh Gaonkar (Ward 3), Ramakant Naikgaunkar (Ward 5), Champa Ashok Pagui (Ward 7), Ajit (Ajay) Bhagat (Ward 8), Mario (Simon) Rebello (Ward 9) and Rajashri Diwakar Pagui (Ward 10). The other two elected councilors are Mahadev Dessai (Ward 4 and Ratnakar Dhuri (Ward 6). They enter the council after a gap of last five years. However, two of the outgoing councilors and ex-chairpersons, Ranghanath Naik Gaunkar and Diwakar Pagui, have tasted success the other way around, as their wives have now replaced them to the new council. The narrowest winning margin is by one vote and that happened at not only in one ward, but in two wards at Ward 1 (Nagarcem), where Suchita NaikGaunkar defeated her rival Manuja Naik Gaonkar and Ajit (Ajay) Bhagat defeated former chairperson and sitting Councilor Sameer Dessai (Ward 8). The biggest shock of the day was the defeat of CMC chairperson Shayamsunder Dessai, who was defeated by his rival Mahadev Dessai by 34 votes. The second shock was inflicted at Chaudi on incumbent Deputy Chairperson Dilip Kenkre by Hemant Gracias, who defeated Kenkre by 163 votes. Canacona MLA Vijay Poikhot supported and BJP cadres backed candidate at Mastimoll also faced a humiliating defeat, as Sandesh Gaonkar, a voter of neighboring Chaudi ward, defeated Premanand Gaonkar by 194 votes. In Ward 1, Suchita R Naikgaunkar (330) defeated Manuja H Naikgaunkar (329), in Ward 2, Hemant Gracias polled 367 votes, while Dilip Kenkre secured 204 votes, in Ward 3, Sandesh Gaonkar (585) defeated Premanand Gaonkar (391), in Ward 4, Mahadev Dessai secured (316) defeating his rival Shamsunder Dessai (282). In Ward 5, Ramakant Naik Gaunkar (389) defeated Santosh Gaonkar (116), in Ward 6, Ratnakar Dhuri polled 422 votes defeating Rajesh Naik (270). In Ward 7, Champa Pagui (336) defeated Sunita (325), in Ward 8, Ajit Bhagat (310) defeated Sameer Dessai (309), in Ward 9, Mario (Simon) Rebello (340) defeated Dayanand Pagui (316) and in Ward 10, Rajashri D Pagi secured 530 votes, while Ana Maria polled 6 votes.

SANGUEM The elections to the Sanguem Municipal Council (SMC) saw as many as four old faces back to the council for yet another term of five years. They include former SMC chairperson Sanjay Raikar, Suryadatt Naik, Agnelo F G Da Costa and Queroz Cruz. The new faces which will march to the council are Deepak Ravindra Marathe, Sanguem Block Congress President Dr Revansiddh Naik, activist Changuna Salgaonkar, Francisca Lima, Imtiaz Shaikh and Analina Fernandes. Earlier, the counting for all the 10 wards of SMC elections went off peacefully at Sanguem Mamlatdar’s office under strict supervision of Returning Officer and Sanguem Mamlatdar Amol Gaonkar. Except for Ward 2, where close fight was witnessed between former SMC chairperson Minguelinho D’Costa and Councillor Agnelo F G Da Costa, none of the remaining nine wards witnessed any real contest as such. Minguelinho Da Costa was defeated by Agnelo F G Da costa by meagre 18 votes. Minguelinho Da Costa got 200 votes, while Agnelo F G Da costa romped home with 218 votes. The biggest defeat was suffered by outgoing chairperson Harsha Dilesh Sambhari, who was defeated by Analina Fernandes in Ward 1 by 192 votes. Another Congress leader, Joaquim V da Costa was defeated by 185 votes at the hands of former chairperson Sanjay Raikar. Another outgoing councillor Sandesh Kossambe and vice chairperson Caitano Fernandes were also defeated by their rival candidates. In Ward 1, Analina Fernandes (228) defeated Lina Fernandes (47), in Ward 2, Agnelo F G Da Costa polled 218 votes defeating Minguelinho Da Costa (200) by 18 votes, in Ward 3, Revansiddh Naik (128) defeated Vincent Joao Marcelina D’Costa (83), in Ward 4, Queroz Cruz secured 279 votes, while Shobha Ravi Naik polled 163 votes, in Ward 5, Suryadatt Naik (186) defeated Shrikant Atmaram Naik (87), in Ward 6, Imtiaz Shaikh polled 212 votes defeating Jalil Mohamad Shaikh (109), in Ward 7, Francisca Lima polled 178 votes defeating Deepa Naik (119), in Ward 8, Sanjay Raikar (214) defeated Joaquim V Luis Da Costa (29), in Ward 9, Deepak Ravindra Marathe (137) defeated Sandesh Kossambe (82) and in Ward 10, Changuna Salgaonkar (272) defeated Piedade Fernandes (212).

QUEPEM As many as five new faces have been elected to the 10-member Quepem Municipal Council (QMC).

Of the 10 candidates elected to the QMC, the five new faces elected are Filu D’Costa (Ward 3), Suchita Sirvoikar (Ward 4), Milagrina Fernandes (Ward 7), Amol Kanekar (Ward 9) and Effie Pereira (Ward 10). In Ward 1, which was reserved for OBC women, Maria Cardozo (councillor from 2001 to 2005) was elected securing 243 votes, while her opponent Antoneta Gonsalves secured 124 votes. In Ward 2, which was reserved for OBC General, sitting Councillor Dayesh Naik defeated his nearest rival Mavis Fernandes by over 381 votes. Naik pulled 708 votes, while his opponent secured 327 votes. In Ward 3, Filu D’Costa, husband of chairperson Lydia, defeated former chairperson Ashok Dukle. Filu D’Costa secured 479 votes, while Dukle polled 265 votes. In Ward 4, in a one-sided contest, Suchita Shirvoikar (1,003) defeated Peter Miranda (116) by over 900 votes. In Ward 5, sitting Councillor Caitaninha Fernandes (462) defeated Chetan Naik (255). In Ward 6, Mateus Camilo Simoes (287) defeated Jose Fernandes (270) by a margin of 17 votes. In Ward 7, Milagrina Fernandes defeated ex-councillor Ana Paulo Fernandes by a margin of 18 votes. Milagrina secured 290 votes, while Ana secured 272 votes. In Ward 8, Manuel Colaso defeated Rahul Pereira by a huge margin. Manuel secured 445 votes, while Rahul Pereira secured 143 votes. In Ward 9, Amol Kanekar (295) defeated sitting Councillor Tereza Travasso (259). In Ward 10, Effie Pereira secured 250 votes, while Sarita Rebello secured 215 votes. When contacted, Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar claimed that all the councillors elected to the council are affiliated to the Congress party. When asked about his role in selection of chairperson, Kavlekar informed that the chairperson will be elected by taking all the councillors into confidence.

BICHOLIM As many as six new faces have been elected to the 10-member Bicholim Municipal Council, as voters elected only two sitting councillors. The new faces are Anita Harmalkar (Ward 1), Narayan Betkekar (Ward 3), Teli Kamlesh (Ward 4), Anisha Vernekar (Ward 7), Mayekar Premanand (Ward 8) and Govekar Karuna (Ward 10). Among those who lost include BMC Chairman Satish Gaonkar, Councillors Jayendranath Govekar and Usha Kadkade. BMC chairman Gaonkar, who ruled the council for 10 years, was defeated by Alornekar Shashikant. Jayendranath Govekar lost miserably and polled only 34 votes, while Usha kadkade also lost the elections with about 81 votes less to the winning candidate. In Ward 1, which was reserved for women, sitting councillor Bhagwan Harmalkar had fielded his wife, Anita, who was declared elected winner with 422 votes, while Malgaonkar managed to poll only 161 votes. In Ward 2, sitting Councillor Kamlakar Teli got elected once again with 500 votes, which is also the highest votes any candidate has polled in Bicholim. His nearest rival Chanekar Bharat polled 230 votes. In Ward 3, a new face and BJP supporter, Narayan Betkekar, was declared elected with 541 votes. His nearest rival Nilesh Tople got 469 votes. In Ward 4, sitting Councillor Govekar Jayendranath lost miserably with only 34 votes. Teli Kamlesh bagged 374 votes, while his nearest rival Teli Abhijit got 355 votes. In Ward 5, Ajit Birje got 363 votes, while his nearest rival and ex-councillor Lawanis Rajnikant got 218 votes. In Ward 6, ex-councillor Riyaz Beig got elected after a gap of five years with 466 votes, his nearest rival Rauf Abdul bagged 295 votes. In Ward 7, the voters rejected councillor Usha Kadkade and preferred Anisha Vernekar, who polled 332 votes. Kadkade got 311 votes. In Ward 8, Mayekar Premanand was declared elected with 455 votes, while Mayekar Ramdas got 430 votes. In Ward 9, where there was a straight fight between Chairman Satish Gaonkar and Alornekar Shashikant, Satish Gaonkar was defeated by Shashikant, who polled 323 votes, while Gaonkar got 289 votes. In Ward 10, there was a dramatic situation as during the first count, Councillor Manohar Shirodkar’s wife Manasi was seen having an edge with 41 votes, but the joy of Shirodkar was short lived, as at the second count, Govekar Karuna got 51 votes more. Ironically, Manohar Shirodkar had himself raised a query about the sorting of votes. Govekar Karuna bagged 336 votes and was declared elected. Speaking to reporters, Bicholim Congress Block Committee President Naresh Sawal has claimed that the party has the support of seven candidates in BMC.

PERNEM As many as eight new faces have been elected to the 10-member Pernem Municipal Council, as only one sitting councillor was re-elected. Former PMC chairperson Isidor Fernandes, Pradeep Deshprabhu, Sudhir Deshprabhu, wife of outgoing chairperson Nilesh Pednekar, were among those who were defeated. Former PMC chairperson Dr Vasudev Deshprabhu, son of Royal House of Pernem, had formed his own panel and out of the eight, four candidates have been elected. Only one sitting councillor, Resha Suresh Mashelkar, was re-elected from Ward 7, while Dr vasudev Deshprabhu and Vishnu alias Bappa Salgaonkar made their re-

entry into PMC after a gap of five years. The newly elected councillors backed by Dr Vasudev Desprabhu are Pallavi Prakash Kambli, Resha Mashelkar, Gajanan Sawal Desai and Dr Vasudev Deshprabhu. In Ward 1, Pallavi Prakash Kambli (140) defeated her nearest rival Devika Mandrekar (105) by 35 votes. In Ward 2, Dr Vasudev Deshprabhu (206) routed Sanjiv Kambli (116), while in Ward 3, Visnu alias Bappa Salgaonkar (120) defeated Datta Apule (64). In Ward 4, Upendra Deshprabhu (116) defeated Sudesh Mavlankar (105), while in Ward 5, Vishram Gadekar (114) defeated former chairperson Pradeep Deshprabhu (44). In Ward 6, Gajanan Sawal (179) routed Anand Sawal Dessai (136), while in Ward 7, former chairperson Resha Mashelkar (166) defeated her rival Parvati Shetkar (74). In Ward 8, Mahadev Shenvi Desai (90) defeated Vallabh Desai (72) and in Ward 10, Smita Kavtankar (137) defeated Nivedita Pednekar (117). The election to Ward 9 has been kept on hold.

MAPUSA Mapusa electorate gave a fractured mandate, as no panel could secure absolute majority in the Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) election. The panel supported by Mapusa MLA Francis D’ Souza suffered a setback. Of the 14 candidates, only seven could get elected, while of the 13 candidates supported by Mapusa Nagrik Samiti, five candidates got elected, while none of the candidates fielded by Mapusa Nagrikancho Ekvott got elected. Outgoing chairman Roopa Bhakta got elected as an independent candidate from Ward 6, while election results gave a rude shock to former chairperson and sitting councilor Sneha Bhobe, who suffered defeat in Ward 12. Sitting councilor Ashish Shirodker (Ward 9), Subhash Narvekar (Ward 2) and Subhash Kalangutker (Ward 5) were successful in retaining their seats. Independent candidate Vijeta Abhijit Naik, who had contested the election from Ward 12 surprised everybody by defeating the candidates supported by BJP, Mapusa Nagrik Samiti and former chairperson Sneha Bhobe. Three independent candidates, Ashish Shirodkder, Vijeta Naik and Roopa Bhakta, will play an important role in the formation of the ruling group in the council. It is learnt that horse trading has already started and BJP is planning to rope in Vijeta Naik to form the ruling group. The newly elected candidates backed by BJP are Marlin Oscar D’Souza (Ward 4), Ilma Braganza (Ward 8), Sandeep Falari (Ward 10), Antonio Alvares (Ward 11), Gurudas Vaiganker (Ward 13), Manisha Kavlekar (Ward 14) and Sudhir Kandolker (Ward 15). The newly elected councilors backed by Mapusa Nagrik Samiti are Roohi Patre (Ward 1), Subhash Narveker (Ward 2), Michael John Carasco (Ward 3), Subhash Kalangutker (Ward 5) and Deepak Mahadeshri (Ward 7). In Ward 1, Roohi Patre secured 778 votes, while Alpa Bhaidkar got 744 votes, in Ward 2, Subhash Narvekar (1100) defeated Firoz Khan (373). In Ward 3, Michael Carrasco (462) defeated Sushant Harmalkar (450), while in Ward 4, Marlene D’Souza (671) defeated Jeanette Gomes (602). In Ward 5, Subhash Kalangutkar secured 681 votes, while Siddharth Mayekar got 655 votes. In Ward 6, Rupa Bhakta (401) defeated Farida D’Souza (336), while in Ward 7, Deepak Mahadeshri (445) routed Prakash Bhivshet (430). In Ward 8, Ilma Braganza (343) defeated Maria Carvalho (251), while in Ward 9, Ashish Shirodkar (758) routed Tushar Tople (371). In Ward 10, Sandip Falari polled 792 votes defeating Neeta Natekar, who got 672 votes. In Ward 11, Antonio Alvares (638) defeated Conceicao Dias (277), while in Ward 12, Vijeta Naik polled 262 votes, defeating Seema Anvekar (237). In Ward 13, Gurudas Vaingankar (836) defeated Ashok Govekar (374), while in Ward 14, Manisha Kavlekar (518) defeated Sheetal Walke (290) and in Ward 15, Sudhir Khandolkar (884) defeated Angela Sequeira (90).

VALPOI The 10-member Valpoi Municipal Council got as many as seven new faces. In Ward 1, Durgabai Sajro Veluskar (428) defeated her nearest rival Vandana Shivaji Lokare (321) by 107 votes. In Ward 2, ex-councilor Ramdas Gokuldas Shirodkar (261) defeated his nearest rival Keshav Vithal Morajkar (50) by 211 votes. In Ward 3, Baptise Dias was declared elected unopposed. In Ward 4, Prakash Bhikarao Gawas (146) defeated his nearest rival Shaba Shrikant Gawas (130) by 16 votes. In Ward 5, Idrus Shaikh (257) defeated ex-councilor Abdul Munir Beig (233) by 24 votes. In Ward 6, Sharafat Khan (172) defeated ex-chairperson Gulzar Bi Khan (125) by 47 votes. In Ward 7, Famida Bi Khan (205) defeated her nearest rival Roshan Dessai (132) by 73 votes. In Ward 8, Umesh Rama Gulelkar (270) defeated Sanjay Mahadev Sakhalkar (154) by 116 votes. In Ward 9, Dharmendra Pandurang Salunke (165) defeated his nearest rival and ex-chairperson Akhatar Hussain Shah (157) by eight votes. In Ward 10, Shaizin Abdul Wahab Shaikh

(116) defeated her nearest rival Nisha Nilesh Velingkar(82) by 34 votes. Meanwhile, most of the candidates celebrated their victory by organising rallies in various wards.

CURCHOREM As many as seven sitting councillors have regained power either directly or through the spouses. The newly elected councillors are Patricia Fernandes (Ward 1), Pradip Naik (Ward 2), Pushkal Sawant (Ward 3), Carmelina Fernandes (Ward 4), Vithoba Prabhudesai (Ward 5), Baburao Fatto Dessai (Ward 6), Anita Naik (Ward 7), Guna Naik (Ward 8), Rocha Pereira (Ward 9), Jesmine Braganza (Ward 10), Shrikant Gaonkar (Ward 11) and Alifa Fernandes (Ward 12). Patrecia Fernandes, sister-in-law of sitting Councillor Cacious, has been elected from Ward 1, Pradip Naik from Ward 2, Baburao, husband of sitting Councillor Rukmini Fatto Dessai, was elected from Ward 6, Anita Naik, wife of sitting Councillor Maruti Naik, elected from Ward 7, sitting Councillor Beauty Pereira’s husband Rocha was elected from Ward 9, sitting councilor Paresh Bhende is instrumental in getting his candidate Shrikant Gaonkar from Ward 11 (reserved for ST) and excouncilor late Albert Fernandes’s wife was elected from Ward 12. President of Curchorem Shopkeepers Association and Chairperson of East Quepem Consumer Society Hanumant Vast lost from Ward 2. Pushkal Sawant, son of ex-chairperson Anay, got elected by only six votes defeating Sushant Naik, while Laxman Adel lost the election by 17 votes at the hands of Baburao Fatto Dessai.

VASCO People voted for a change in Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) by electing as many as 12 new faces in 19 wards that went for voting on Sunday. The 109 candidates, who fate was sealed in the ballot box, along with a large number of supporters had gathered at the counting venue at SAG Bhute Bhat ground. Five sitting male councilors managed to overcome anti-incumbency factor, while six out of the seven women councillors from the previous tenure, who were in the fray, only two managed to retain their seats. Bhavana Bhosle (Ward 2), Sumita Usgaonkar (Ward 3), Sarita Palkar (Ward 4) Tukaram Redkar (Ward 5), Landez Sunita (Ward 7), Jerry Fernandes (Ward 8), Fiola Rego (Ward 13), Pascoale D’Souza (Ward 15), Neny D’Souza (Ward 16), Premanand Nanoskar (Ward 18), Tara Kerkar (Ward 19) and Sudesh Korgaonkar (Ward 20) are the new faces that have been elected by the people. The sitting councillors, who managed to regain re-entry in council politics are MMC Chairperson Shekhar Khadapkar (Ward 1), former MMC chairperson Sharad Chopdekar (Ward 6), Saifullah Khan (Ward 9) and Carlos Almeida (Ward 17), while sitting councilor Krishana Salakar managed to retain his Ward 11, former vice chairpersons Lavina D’Souza (Ward 12) and Suchita Shirodkar (Ward 10). However, both the relatives of Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza, his brother Pascaol and wife Neny, won with comfortable margins of 482 and 524 votes respectively. Sitting Councilor Lavina D’Souza won with biggest margin of 954 votes, while Fiola Regao with least margin of 47 votes, Councilor Carlos Almeida polled maximum of 1354 votes in Ward 17. Heavy weights that had to face defeat are Rohini Parab, who lost to newcomer Bavana Bhosle with a margin of 475 votes, former chairperson Kritesh Gaonkar also lost against his old time rival Sudesh Korgaonkar, former chairperson Chitra Gawas lost her battle against social worker Tara Kerkar with 324 votes. Sitting councillors, who could not make it to the council are Rajesh Goansekar, Kashinath Yadav, Anita Chopdekar, Seby D’Souza and Shanti Mandrekar. (With inputs from Alfred Fernandes, Taurappa Lamani, Arun Naik, Kathy Pereira, Anil Shankwalker, Samir Umarye, John Fernandes, Suresh Naik, Ashraf Khan)

Joaquim to decide on Cuncolim council chief HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 1

The ticklish question of electing the new Chairperson of the Cuncolim Civic body will be decided by the Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao. The three strong contenders for the hot seat – sitting Chairperson Devendra Desai, vice-Chairperson Landry Mascarenhas and Prof Laxman Naik – categorically said that the question will be decided by the Councilors in consultation with the Urban Development Minister. While sitting vice-Chairperson Landry made it quite clear that he would stake his claim for the Chairperson’s post, Prof Naik said he would not be there in the race for the post of Chairperson, but would be keen to take the mantle at a later date. Incidentally, the Urban Development Minister, when contacted, told Herald that the elected councilors would sit and decide amongst themselves the question over who would become the CMC Chairperson. It is learnt that the delicate question would be addressed by rotating the post amongst the aspirants. Sources in the know said the Minister will take a decision after taking into account all factors given that 2011 is an election year and would not want any dissensions in the Civic group.


SANGUEM Analina Fernandes Agnelo F G Da Costa Revansiddh Naik Queroz Cruz Suryadatt Naik Imtiaz Shaikh Francisca Lima Sanjay Raikar Deepak Ravindra Marathe Changuna Salgaonkar

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Winners MARGAO Arthur Louis D’Silva Bertha Cardozo Jose D’Silva Carmina Socorro Rodrigues Raju Budhaji Naik Sadanand Naik Babita Sadanand Naik Gonzaco Luis Rebello Tito Florence Cardoso Bindiya Naik Shushila Naik Doris Joaquim Texeira Rosy Pereira Dayanand Deulkar Dhananjay Mayekar Pratima Coutinho Vinay Shirodkar Laxmikant Kamat Sangeeta Audi Damodar Shirodkar

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QUEPEM Maria Cardozo Dayesh Naik Filu D’Costa Suchita Sirvoikar Caitaninha Fernandes Mateus Camilo Simoes Milagrina Fernandes Manuel Colaso Amol Kanekar Effie Pereira

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CUNCOLIM Crossy Fernandes Mangaldas Gaunkar Laxman Naik Devendra Dessai Nagesh Chitari Premdeep Dessai Polita Carneiro Landry Mascarenhas Anthony Xavier Vaz Poonam Prasad Naik

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BICHOLIM Bhagwan Harmalkar Kamlakar Teli Narayan Betkekar Teli Kamlesh Ajit Birje Riyaz Beig Anisha Vernekar Mayekar Premanand Alornekar Shashikant Govekar Karuna

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MORMUGAO Shekhar Khadapakar Bhavana Bhosle Sumita Usgaonkar Sarita Palkar Tukaram Redkar Sharad Chopdekar Landez Sunita Jerry Fernandes Saifullah Khan Suchita Shirodkar Krsihan Salkar Lavina D’Souza Fiola Rego Manesh Arolkar (elected unopposed) Pascoal D’Souza Neny D’Souza Carlos Almeida Premanand Nanoskar Tara Kerkar Sudesh Korgaonkar

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MAPUSA Roohi Patre Subhash Narvekar Michael Carrasco Marlene D’Souza Subhash Kalangutkar Rupa Bhakta Deepak Mahadeshri Ilma Braganza Ashish Shirodkar Sandip Falari Antonio Alvares Vijeta Naik Gurudas Vaingankar Manisha Kavlekar Sudhir Khandolkar

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VALPOI Durgabai Sajro Veluskar Ramdas Gokuldas Shirodkar Baptiste Dias (Elected unopposed) Prakash Bhikarao Gawas Idrus Shaikh Sharafat Khan Famida Bi Khan Umesh Rama Gulelkar Dharmendra Pandurang Salunke Shaizin Abdul Wahab Shaikh

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PERNEM Pallavi Prakash Kambli Dr Vasudev Deshprabhu Visnu alias Bappa Salgaonkar Upendra Deshprabhu Vishram Gadekar Gajanan Sawal Resha Mashelkar Mahadev Shenvi Desai Election kept on hold Smita Kavtankar

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Winners CANACONA Suchita Ranghanath Naik Gaonkar Hemant Gracias Sandesh Gaonkar Mahadev Dessai Ramakant Naikgaunkar Ratnakar Dhuri Champa Ashok Pagui Ajit (Ajay) Bhagat Mario (Simon) Rebello Rajashri Diwakar Pagui

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CURCHOREM-CACORA Patricia Fernandes Pradip Naik Pushkal Sawant Carmelina Fernandes Vithoba Prabhudesai Baburao Fatto Dessai Anita Naik Guna Naik Rocha Pereira Jesmine Braganza Shrikant Gaonkar Alifa Fernandes

Joaquim’s close aide tastes defeat in Cuncolim Most of the winning candidates have either said they belonged to the Alemao camp or Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao’s were being supported by the Urban DevelopMan Friday Filon Vaz lost to the BJP in Cuncolim, ment Minister. The victorious BJP candidate Naguesh even as the Cuncolim MLA claimed that his candidates have made a clean sweep of the Chithari said the people have voted for a change as Vaz had failed to Cuncolim Civic polls, usher in development of winning nine out of the ward 5. 10 seats at stake. A look at the results Cuncolim Municipal showed that the elecChairperson Devendra torate has voted for new Desai and his deputy faces in the town this Landr y Mascarenhas time round. posted comfortable vicHERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 1 Ward-wise results tories, while two-time councilor and former Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Ale- showed that CMC ChairCMC Chairperson Filon mao said that the thumping victory for the person Devendra Desai, Vaz bite the dust at the Congress-backed candidates in the Civic vice-chairperson Landry hands of BJP Cuncolim polls is a vindication of the development Mascarenhas and Preblock President Naguesh and progress done in the urban areas by the mdeep Desai won the polls with convincing Chithari in ward 5 by a Congress government in the state. slender margin of six Alemao said the Urban Development Min- margins. In ward 1, Crossy Fervotes. istry in the state has been proactive in iniAlemao’s another close t i a t i n g v a r i o u s s c h e m e s re l a t e d t o nandes won the seat by aide and former SUDA development and has focused on creating a margin of 57 votes by vice-chairman Mario sound urban infrastructure including creating d e f e a t i n g J e o rg i n a Moraes also lost the polls. scientific waste management facilities in all Gama. Similarly, Mangaldas He was defeated by three- the 14 towns across the state. time councilor Prof LaxHe said the state government intends to Gaonkar won the reman Naik by a margin of create revenue generation projects in B and served ward 2 over Pra27 votes. Asserting that C class municipalities in the state on priority t i m a G a o n k a r b y a the Congress leaders did basis. “All these efforts have been aptly sup- margin of 81 votes. In a keenly contested not support his candida- ported by the CM Digambar Kamat and hence ture, Mario admitted that found endorsements with the electorate, polls for ward 3, former the caste factor along who believe in the secular and progressive councilor Laxman Naik with other factors also political ideology of the Congress led by defeated Mario Moraes by 27 votes, while forwent against him in the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi”, he said. mer Chairperson Filon elections. He declined to comment whether local MLA Joaquim Alemao Vaz lost the election to BJP block president Naguesh Chithari by a slender six vote margin. did not support his candidature. Premdeep Desai won from ward 6 by a marLaxman Naik said that his immediate rival used all tricks including displaying the names gin of 251 votes. He defeated his close rival of Congress leaders on banners to win the former councilor Mervyn D’Souza. In ward 7, Polita Carneiro defeated her nearest polls, but the people reposed their faith in him. He informed that Alemao supported his rival Elsa Coutinho by a margin of 68 votes, candidature and conveyed a message loud and while Landry Mascarenhas defeated Alvis Almeida clear that he is a Congressman and has no ties by a margin of 345 votes in a straight contest. In ward 9, Anthony Vaz defeated his immewith the BJP. On the other hand, Filon Vaz said his over- diate rival Fernandes Antonio Jose Philip by a confidence and negligence contributed to his margin of 93 votes, while Poonam, wife of fordefeat in the hustings. He admitted that Alemao mer CMC chairperson Prasad Desai won from worked hard for his victory, but the rival can- ward 10 by defeating her close rival Desai Neha Nitin by a margin of 71 votes. didate got the better of them. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 1

‘People have reposed faith in Congress’


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The Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services plans to have Satellite Fire Stations in state’s thickly populated tourism coastal belt so that the response time in the emergencies is reduced.

Plans afoot for satellite fire stations to keep watch in coastal areas Director of Fire and Emergency services P K Menon said that efforts are on to acquire piece of land at Mobor and Morjim and Calangute-Candolim-

Baga belt. He said that being a coastal belt, it becomes difficult to get a space to put up station. “I have already contacted the respective village panchayats asking to provide a suitable land for setting up of station,” Menon stated. The director said that the stations will be permanently placed

and not on temporary basis. “Being thickly populated areas and narrow roads, it becomes difficult for our fire vehicles to reach to the spot on time. Hence it as been decided to have one stations in each coastal belt,” he said. Meanwhile, in the absence of stations at these places, the department will be purchasing two

Quick Response Vehicles, a small fire tenders, carrying water-mist technology. Under centrally sponsored scheme called ‘Strengthening of Fire Emergency Service in the

Country’, the state fire department will be getting Rs 48 lakh, which will be utilized to purchase these vehicles. “Now we are using natural water, which flows like a jet. But

with water mist technology, we will be able to save the water,” Menon said. These tankers will carry 300 litres of water and 50 litres of foam, which will be mixed and

sprayed. “The water droplets as small as 250 to 400 microns would be sprayed through it,” he said. Menon stated that these vehicles being small ones can traverse through narrow lanes of the coastal belt quickly and reach to the spot.



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Can defeat Patnekar in Bicholim, asserts Rane point of development, but compared  to  Valpoi  there  is  not If winning the Valpoi assembly much to see there, he asserted.  by-poll was good then sweeping Rane observed the people of the municipal elections of both Bicholim have polarised towards Valpoi  and  Bicholim  councils the Congress. Opposition leader came as an icing on the cake for Manohar  Parrikar  campaigned Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane for  his  candidate  Dr  Shekhar on Monday. Salkar, but he lost. He has promSpeaking to reporters at his ised a lot of things but till date plush residence at Dona Paula, they  have  been  deprived  of the minister who appeared con- sound infrastructure, he charged.  fident and more than elated was Riding  on  a  wave  of  these more  than  eager  to  introduce wins,  the  minister  now  wants his  winning  candidates  to  the to  enter  BJP  bastions  of  Manmedia.  drem and Siolim, where he says Rane was so confidence per- the Congress was confident of sonified that answering a ques- making inroads in the 2012 astion on whether he will opt to sembly polls.  contest in Bicholim in the next However, the minister is yet assembly  elections  he  said  he to apply his mind on the issue would defeat the reigning MLA of expansion of highways. “I am Rajesh Patenkar by a huge mar- sure the Chief Minister Digamgin, a la Valpoi style. If the party bar  Kamat  will  take  an  approdecides  I  should  contest  from priate decision in the matter,” Bicholim then so be it, he stated.  he stated. He said in terms of developSpeaking on developments in ment the Bharatiya Janata Party Valpoi, he commented, “No exhasn’t done much and this has pert  can  tell  me  an  industrial come from the people. I believe estate was not good for the conBicholim should be the centre stituency. “If people want it then HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 1

so be it. Also, it doesn’t mean because we fall in the range of Western Ghats there should be no developments,” he asserted. 

Anisha to head Bicholim council

MAYEM (HC): Anisha Vernekar of Ward 7 of Bicholim Municipal Council (BMC) will be the chairperson,  while  Shashikant Halarnkar will be the vice chairperson. This was decided at a meeting with Health Minister Vishvajeet Rane along with seven members of the Congress group of councilors  on  Monday  night,  informed Naresh Sawal, President of  Bicholim  Block  Congress Committee. Riyaz  Beig,  Councilor  from Ward  6,  will  hold  the  post  of chairman of the standing committee. “All-round development of Bicholim  town  is  our  vision,” stated Sawal.

Cong leaders scurry behind winning candidates in Canacona HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, NOV 1

No sooner results were declared, Congress  leaders  lost  no  time in declaring the winning candidates  in  Canacona  Municipal Council (CMC) elections as their party panel. It  may  be  recalled  that  no leaders before the elections had publicly come forward to vouch for  any  candidates  other  than back a few individuals in their personal capacity. Congress leader, former minister  and  ex-MLA  Sanjay  Bandekar  was  among  the  first  to vouch  for  the  all  the  winning candidates  as  Congress  panel to form the next chairperson as soon results introduced as many as eight new faces in the council, while two have re-entered the council after a one-term gap. “Bandekar is known to have internally  supported  not  one,


but about nine of the 10 winning candidates, and this is the reason,  he  went  on  to  declare  a Congress party backed chairperson will be elected in Canacona,” informed sources. Another  Congress  leader Isidore Fernandes congratulated the  voters  and  newly  elected councilors  saying:  “I  welcome voters  choice.  My  request  to those  who  lost  and  also  who won to work together and form a good council in Canacona and take people into confidence in whatever development you take up for people’ sake.” Canacona  Congress  Block President Elvis Fernandes, who earlier  appealed  to  Canaocna youth and women to wisely decide about their candidates and vote accordingly, expressed satisfaction. A Jubilant Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Committee Vice Pres-

ident  Janardhan  Bhandari  told Herald: “We are working out on a  consortium  to  unanimously project  a  leader  to  lead  the council, which for the first-time has no councilor from the outgoing council.” “There  are  claims  from  as many as 4-5 elected councilors for the post of CMC’s chairmanship and we in full knowledge of  Chief  Minister  Digambar Kamat and party Chief Subhash Shirodkar are working on a consensus formula. Both party leaders at the State level have also called for details locally.” When contacted, few newly elected  councilors  however claimed  that  no  one  had  approached them for rapprochement  or  for  forming  a  group, but accepted the facts that many developments  can  take  place even  past  midnight  and  some days later also.

Carlos registers hat-trick of wins, creates history HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 1

Former Mormugao Municipal Council  (MMC)  chairperson Carlos Almeida has created a history  by  winning  for  the continuous third occasion to make  a  hat-trick  in  council politics on Monday. Almeida polled 1,354 votes to  defeat  his  rival  Ramanna Jaggal  by  511  votes  to  reenter the council for the third time. However, his entry was confirmed when the BJP-supported candidates backed out from the race. “Victory is delightful, as it was  the  efforts  of  my  supporters, who worked hard to ensure  this  victory,”  said Almeida. “It’s big responsibility given by my voters and I believe I have to go for bigger one,” added Almeida. Almeida had first made his

entry  into  active  politics  in 1995, but he had to face defeat at the hands of Daji Satardekar  by  a  thin  margin from Ward 17. However, his uncle and former Dabolim MLA Herculano Dourado  has  always  been guiding force behind him. Almeida  served  as  chairperson on two occasions during his pervious two tenures. In 2000, Almeida won from Ward  13  defeating  Arnold Rego. Almeida had won the last  council  election  with  a comfortable  margin  from Ward  17  defeating  his  rival Kishor Shet. However, he made hat-trick by  retaining  his  seat  from Ward 17on Monday. “Being experienced councilor in MMC, it is my duty to guide the new faces to learn the council’s affairs,” assured Almeida.

Countinhos manage to maintain stranglehold in Colmorod HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 1 

The  Coutinhos  retained  their stranglehold  over  Colmorod ward  by  defeating  the  candidate backed by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. Pratima  Coutinho,  wife  of Margao Municipal Chairperson Savio emerged victorious by a huge  margin  of  682  votes against her close rival, Sandra. Soon  after  the  victory,  the Savio-Pratima  duo  dedicated their victory to the hard work put in by the workers, who they said did not succumb to pressures and threats by the powers that be. Without naming Chief Minister  Digambar  Kamat,  the Coutinhos said the powers that be used all possible means to harass and torture their workers not to vote for Pratima. And, they made it categorically clear that the Youth Congress  would  formally  lodge  a complaint with the party high command on the attempts by the Chief Minister to sabotage Pratima’s election to the civic

Husband-wife duo taste success finally HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 1 

This husband-wife duo had planned to make it to the Margao civic body five years ago, but tasted only part success. This time, there was no stopping for former councilor Sadanand Naik and his wife, sitting councilor Babita Naik from entering the civic body together. Both Sadanand and Babita posted handsome victories in wards 6 and 7 respectively, defeating the BJP candidates, including sitting BJP councilor Raju Shirodkar. Both Sadanand and Babita later told newsmen that the people have elected them due to the development done. “We did a lot of development in the two wards. Though I was defeated in the last  elections,  I  did  not  stop  work  in  the  ward.  Babita  also ushered  in  a  lot  of  development  during  the  last  five  years”, Sadanand said. He  said  that  the  victory  only  proves  that  the  people  have voted for development and have not fallen prey to false propaganda. While Sadanand and Babita created a record of sorts, similar attempt by two other couples met with failures. Sitting councilor Livramenta Barretto and her husband Camilo Barretto, who had contested from wards 4 and 9 respectively, bite the dust in the hustings. Similarly, Agnelo Furtado and his wife Nacimenta, who had contested from wards 3 and 2 respectively, also faced defeats.

good  over  evil.  During  Diwali celebrants wear new clothes and share  sweets  and  snacks  with family  members  and  friends. Some Indian business communities  begin  the  financial  year on the first day of Diwali, hoping for prosperity the following year. In Hinduism, Deepavali marks the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom  of  Ayodhya  after  defeating (the demon king) Ravana, the ruler of Lanka, in the epic Ramayana. In Jainism, Diwali marks

The husband-wife duo of Sadanand and Babita Naik who were elected to the Margao civic body. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar


the attainment of moksha by Mahavira in 527 BC.[4][5] In Sikhism, Deepavali commemorates the return of Guru Har Gobind Ji to Amritsar after freeing 52 Hindu kings imprisoned  in  Fort  Gwalior  by Emperor Jahangir; the people lit candles  and  diyas  to  celebrate his return. This is the reason Sikhs also refer to Deepavali as Bandi Chhorh Divas, "the day of release of detainees". Deepavali is considered a national festival in India and Nepal.

60 % of their annual sales in the days before Diwali. Most shops will  not  close  even  for  their weekly holidays around the time of Diwali. It is a time of buying. Little kids look forward to Diwali  for  many  a  reason.  Other than new outfits, their focus of attention is their cracker wish list. The skies are alight with myriad crackers bursting in gay abandon. Zameen  chakras,  flower  pots, rockets and sparklers -- What is Deepavali  without  the  whoosh and boom of these crackers? This is beside the fact that they will put your eardrums to the test!

Spiritual Significance While Deepavali is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the  most  significant  spiritual meaning  is  "the  awareness  of the inner light". Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is  pure,  infinite,  and  eternal, called the Atman. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali is the celebration of this inner light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness (removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance),

Diwali Greeting Card Diwali  greeting  cards  are found  in  different  ranges  and types.  Electronic  Diwali  cards are  extremely  popular  these days.  Visit  an  online  site  and pick up interesting Diwali cards. What  better  way  to  keep  in touch with long lost friends than a heartfelt Diwali card.

awakening  the  individual  to one's  true  nature,  not  as  the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality. With the realization of  the  Atman  comes  universal compassion,  love,  and  the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings Ananda (joy or peace).

The Coutinho’s might not have received backing from Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in the polls, but PWD Minister Churchill Alemao has said he had backed Pratima Coutinho in ward 16 of the Margao Municipal Council. Alemao said that though he did not make his presence felt in Colmorod ward to support Pratima, he had extended his support to the wife of MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho in his own way. The  PWD  Minister  also  claimed  that  two  of  his  candidates contesting from wards 3 and 8 in Margao also emerged victorious. I along with my brother Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao had supported the candidature of Joseph Silva and Gonzaco Rebello in wards 3 and 8. The Margao Loksamiti leaders had criticized me for supporting the two candidates, but the electorate has taught these leaders a lesson by electing Joseph and Gonzaco to the Civic body”, the PWD Minister asserted. body. “We are dedicating this victory to the workers who toiled hard  despite  pressures  and threats  from  the  powers  that be.  We  are  happy  that  our workers  did  not  succumb  to the dictates of the powers that be”,  both  Savio  and  Pratima told newsmen. They,  however,  declined  to name  anyone,  saying  people all over Goa know who are the persons who worked overtime to defeat Pratima. Savio said even the powers that be threatened the people to bulldoze their houses if Pratima is not defeated in the hustings.  “I  am  very  grateful  to  the workers, besides PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao,  GPCC  general  secretary Vijay  Sardessai,  Mahila  Congress chief Monica Dias, GPYC President Sankalp Amonkar and not forgetting the Chief Minister  Digambar  Kamat,  who  in-

directly contributed to my victory”, she said. A  visibly  agitated  MMC Chairperson said that though his wife was not supported by the powers that be, the people have given her a huge victory. “Candidates supported by the powers that be have won with less margins, while Pratima has won with a handsome margin without the support of these powers”, Savio asserted. Asked  whether  they  have any  plan  up  their  sleeves  to teach  the  powers  that  be  in Margao, Savio said “We have been  given  a  mandate  to  do good  work  in  Margao,  we would  live  up  to  the  aspirations of the citizens”. He  replied  in  the  positive when asked whether the Chief Minister  had  attended  a  fake wedding anniversary inside the Azad Nagar slum, adding that this only goes to show that attempts were made even on the eve  of  the  polls  to  sabotage Pratima’s success.

Jeep catches fire in Margao

Planning must for Diwali shopping

he Diwali shopping fever is not restricted to India alone. Indians everywhere in the world will be caught up in it. Shopping malls offer festive discounts. From household durables to apparel and jewelry, deepavali shopping  merchandise  can  lure  the most discerning buyer. If you want to be spared the agony  of  getting  jostled  in  the shopping crowds, you can choose to buy from the comfort of your desktop.  Online  stores  provide an excellent medium to buy gifts as  well  as  send  them  to  your loved ones in distant locations. Deepavali  shopping  for  the family needs to be planned in advance.  New  clothes  are  de rigueur for Diwali. So it's time to  visit  the  shopping  arcades. Stores offer a variety of ethnic wear for women. Be it the traditional saree, salwars, kurtis or fusion  ensembles,  there  is  no dearth of choice. It's the time for finery so you can see yards of silk, zardosi embroidery and zari all around you. Whether it is off-the-rack apparel or  designer  outfits,  deepavali clothes are special. The range of mens wear is wide too. Ethnic wear, achkans, churidhar sets are the popular buys. You will be surprised to note that many stores dealing with dress material make about 40 -


More Goa news on paGes 9, 11

Diwali, a festival of light dispelling darkness

iwali or Deepavali is popularly known as the festival of lights. It is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For most of the hindus/Indians and working class, this is the biggest festival and the day when they want to be with their families and perform the prayers together in their homes. Deepavali is an official holiday in India, [2] Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar , Fiji and Suriname. The name Diwali is itself a contraction of the word Deepavali , which translates into row of lamps.[3] Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas)  filled with oil to signify the triumph of

Churchill says he backed Pratima

While the story behind Deepavali and manner of celebration varies from region to region (festive fireworks, worship, lights, sharing of sweets), the essence is the same – to rejoice in the Inner Light (Atman) or the underlying reality of all things.

MARGAO (HR): A jeep caught fire near the Ravindra Bhavan causing an estimated loss of Rs 2.10 lakhs on Monday noon. Fire  services  said  a  significant  front  portion  of  the  jeep  was gutted in the fire by the firemen extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire is being ascertained, even as the fire is suspected to have been caused by a short circuit or heating.  Further investigations are on.



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Consumers urged to check tags before purchasing goods HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 1

With Diwali festival just round the corner and escalating sale of consumer goods and other commodities in the market, Department of Legal Metrology has cautioned people to check the originality of the tag on the goods they purchase. Director of Legal Metrology N M Naik said that many companies tend to cheat the consumers by playing with the price tags. He said that people should not go for commodities which do not have original price tag on it by getting lured with the discounts they are offered. “Many a times, the maximum retail prices (MRPs) are altered, smudged or overwritten. While companies dish out discount and exchange offers, consumers should demand for original printed MRPs if it is missing,” Naik told Herald. The department has asked its inspectors to check any irregularities and book the offenders, if required. He said that checks would be intensified owing to Diwali season. “We insist that consumers should not to fall prey to any such marketing gimmicks. Consumers should be vigilant while buying any products,” he said. Naik said that consumers should be more careful when it comes to eatable products. “They should never ignore manufacturing and expir y date on these products,” he said adding that on any food items, manufacturing date should be compulsorily mentioned. While buying sweets, Naik

said, that the sweet box should not be measured along with the sweets as ‘consumers are paying for sweets and not boxes.’ This is not the first year the department has been on drive against the offenders. Naik said that last Diwali, they booked 16 cases while, in the financial year 2009-10, they booked a total 349 cases. The department collected total fine of Rs 6.38 lakhs and during the same period it collected total revenue of approximately Rs 1.10 crores. Naik however said that consumers are not coming forward to file written com-

plaint which restricts the penal action against the offenders. “We get verbal complaints but we can’t act…we hardly

get one or two written complaints and rest we voluntarily conduct raids on tip-offs and regular surprise inspections,” he said.





Media’s role in criminalization of politics

Vol No CX No: 276 Goa, Tuesday 2 November, 2010


Police and priorities

atch out! In Goa, it might soon be easier to steal than to smoke. The Goa Police is to shortly appoint designated officers to enforce legislation prohibiting use of tobacco and related products. The notification in this respect will be issued soon, SP Security and Police Public Relations Officer Atmaram Deshpande disclosed, while speaking at a media workshop organised by the Voluntary Health Association of Goa (VHAG), in association with the National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) and the Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network (GOACAN) on Saturday. By the end of November, each police station will have a designated police sub-inspector (PSI) charged with enforcing the Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), which prohibits smoking in hotels, restaurants, workplaces, shopping malls, cinema halls, educational institutions, libraries, hospitals, auditoriums, both closed and open, amusement centres, stadiums, railway stations and bus stops. But it will still be woefully short of personnel for its core functions of crime prevention and law-and-order... Exactly what are the priorities of the police? As things stand, according to government statistics for 2009, there is one policeman for every 283 citizens. In comparison, there is one government servant for every 30 citizens! So, while the performance of the Goa Police is statistically quite satisfactory, with a crime detection rate of around 60 per cent, the fact is that owing to an under-strength police force, only one in four of the two most common categories of crimes that affect the aam admi – burglary and theft – are detected in Goa. In any case, these are obvious underestimates, since cops actively discourage people from registering complaints. The bulk of cases before the Police Complaints Authority in Goa is of refusal to register complaints. Notwithstanding the gruesome Nithari killings in Noida, no lessons have been learnt here. Cases of missing persons are given hardly any attention; often they are not even registered. The state police force, hamstrung with insufficient personnel, is struggling with statistics. Can these already scarce police personnel be further stretched to catch those who are committing the ‘heinous’ crime of subjecting others to secondary smoke? Besides, the crusaders against smoking seem to almost completely ignore the rather more common (and more dangerous) method of indigenous tobacco consumption – by chewing. Gutkha consumption among urban underage youth is at an all-time high. The so-called ban on gutkha sale is observed purely in the breach; it is about as effective as the ban on matka gambling. In addition are those who use the rather more cumbersome and inelegant method of traditional tobacco chewing, by rubbing it with lime and keeping it in the mouth between the front teeth and lower lip. And then there is a large constituency of people – both men and women – who use burnt tobacco to brush their teeth (and get a hit, all in one go). The numbers involved in all these are much higher than the smokers, regardless of official statistics. Besides, chewing tobacco is a double whammy – spitting causes uncleanliness and spreads disease. Do the anti-tobacco crusaders have a plan for tackling the chewers and those who use snuff? Bans are easy, but ineffective. Take the example of prohibition in Gujarat; it simply does not work. Witness the number of liquor tragedies in that state. Can a ban on tobacco succeed, regardless of how many cops are put on the beat? What is needed, instead, is a creative and comprehensive education campaign on the ill-effects of tobacco in schools, colleges, workplaces, public places and through the media; not just grisly photographs on cigarette packets, which are anyway conveniently absent from beedi packets, gutkha packets and chewing tobacco packets. There are no easy shortcuts to lowering the use of tobacco.


Media must guard against being exploited for political gain says PRABHAKAR KULKARNI

oth the print and electronic media are perfect tools to spread messages and connotations which are inherently meant for political gain. Although newspapers and television news bulletins and recorded discussions tend to be as objective as possible, certain incidents are planned and then projected in a series. There is some doubt of inherent motivation for which the media is used without its own involvement. This is exemplified in recent news flashes in Marathi newspapers and bulletins and discussion on Marathi channels relating to the Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil’s attendance at meetings with persons having criminal background in particular and criminalization of politics in general. The Minister Mr Patil belongs to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Sharad Pawar. As there is almost systemic rivalry in almost all parties, the NCP is also vulnerable to internal rivalry. In one of the party camps at Miraj in southern Maharashtra, the minister Patil was seen seated on the dais and a local councilor Raju Gavali who is involved in criminal cases was seated just behind the Home Minister Patil. The scene was immediately caught on camera and shown in electronic news bulletins. The Marathi print media also covered the story. When Gavali was seen on the dais, some hints and reactions were noted by Patil (popularly known as ‘Aba’) and then Gavali was asked to leave the dais. However the picture was already taken and the incident turned out to be a matter of hot discussion. Earlier Patil visited the residence of State Minority Commission’s chief Naseem Siddiqui on the occasion of the Iftar party. The visit created a hot controversy when the TV channel CNN-IBN flashed pictures of Patil in Siddiqui’s home along with Salim Patel, Mobin Qureshi and Ifran Qureshi who are allegedly described in police records as criminals having links with the underworld. The embarrassed Patil had to clarify later that he would check the criminal records of the concerned persons and would also ask the police personnel why they did not inform him about the criminal records of persons who were in Siddiqui’s house. As the newspapers in both the English and other languages also covered the news story, the Marathi news channel IBN-Lokmat in its ‘Ajacha Sawal’ (Question Today) arranged a discussion with eminent personalities along with a public poll airing their opinions on the vital issue of

MEDIA ALERT criminalization of politics. The channel’s editor Nikhil Wagale, who is known to be an expert in raising penetrating questions and exciting others to speak out their frank opinions, spoke to eminent personalities during the discussion. Ex-bureaucrat Arun Bhatiya alleged that the police force is an accomplice and has links with criminals indirectly and it is urgently necessary to improve the force in public interest. He also alleged that politicians like Kalmadi, Pawar and Patil are of the same stature without any moral value in their political activities. Veteran journalist Hemant Desai said that police have lost their pressure as a corrective force mostly because of criminalization of politics. Known goons are given positions in political parties thereby triggering the process of criminalization of politics, he said. While defending the

Home Minister as he did not know the presence of persons of criminal records, Jitendra Aawad of NCP tried to refer to similar instances of relations with criminals in other political parties. The public poll regarding whether Home Minister Patil’s presence with persons of criminal records triggers the process of criminalization of politics, indicated that 84 percent say that it is indicative of the criminalization process. Marathi newspapers are now carrying stories trying to disclose the identity of Patil’s rivals in the NCP. Daily Loksatta published a story interpreting the incident at Miraj as planned by a corporator of Sangli-Miraj Municipal Corporation which is ruled by the anti-Congress Maha Aghadai of all non-Congress political parties including BJP-Sena as masterminded by the NCP minister Jayant Patil. Hence followers of Jayant Patil are

Careful what you wish for

Changing Perspectives

“So when do I get my shaving kit?” demanded my son all of eight. “Every single man shaves,” he observed in a tone that sounded more serious than casual. Early bird, yeah, it runs in the family I muttered, though this instant-age brat seemed to be extremely early. I looked at him, he hardly reached my waist. Of course I responded solemnly and scanned his upper lip which appeared smoother than a newborn’s bottom. It reminded me of my cousin brother who was barely thirteen nevertheless was equally if not more desperate than my son to sport a thick, lush moustache. “I apply castor oil,” he had confided in me. I myself, then hardly a couple of years senior to him, had just crossed the threshold of teenagehood. Frankly, I was trying equally hard to come to terms with the fact that Mother Nature had pasted a la the PWD a ‘Work in Progress’, signboard on my face, with no vivid developments taking place for years together. Zero size and pencil figure frenzy was yet to

take off. Being in an all-girls convent did not help much; it only aggravated the sorrow. Sooooo many gals, with so many fancy shapes and sizes, blossomed and bloomed, before my very eyes, effortlessly graduating with such excellent vital statistics that left me bitter with a sole question – why the hell am I stuck with a godforsaken diminishing figure. It sure did not help my fragile ego. My young cousin unrelentingly continued in a hushed tone attempting to make it sound gruffy, “I shave a couple of times a day on the sly,” he grinned pleased with his strategy. Oh yeah, I responded that could indeed be helpful, I comforted him. And as for me, the only task that kept me occupied then was competing with the neighbourhood pig in the task of hogging. Some wiseguy had suggested I need to put on weight, and understandably it’ll show. It sounded sensible. That got me eating, gulping anything in sight like there was no tomorrow.

Letter of the Day GBA gives up on CM Marcos Alemao, Varca There is no substance in the demand of GBA to campaign for change in governance. They are only fooling the people for their own publicity. A similar demand was made by the same GBA with their leaders Dr. Oscar Rebello and Dr. Francisco Colaco at Lohia Maidan, Margao and Azad Maidan, Panjim to go for a change in Congress governance during next election held on 2007. Did it happen? The GBA members were the first to cast their votes for the Congress party. Dr. Francisco Colaco was the first person to garland Mr. Franscisco Sardinha when he was elected MP on Congress ticket. The government only dropped the RP 2011 and introduced RP 2021 with promises of changes. Although the government has introduced RP 2021, is still using the RP 2001 for its greed. The next elections are still two years ahead. Nothing will happen in next two years, even if the Chief Minister Digamber Kamat ignores their demand. GBA will elect the same government again in 2012.

I want answers from RO Sushilkumar S. Adpaikar, Margao The Election Commission of India rule is that all business establishments within 100 meters of the polling station shall remain closed, to prevent unlawful assembly of persons/groups. Central Observers ensured implementation of this rule in the last two elections of Lok Sabha and State Assembly. During Municipal elections this rule was ignored. I saw a famous restaurant near


No edition on Nov 1 and 2

1st and 2nd November which fell respectively on Monday and Tuesday were declared holidays on account of being All Saints and All Souls Day. As such, there was no edition during those above mentioned days.

the Margao Municipal Council doing roaring business. So also the biriyani centre and Tourist hostel canteen. While a prominent vegetarian restaurant remained closed the non-veg restaurant in the same building did fantastic business. Following are my questions to the Chief Electoral Officer/ Returning Officer:1) Why make a 100 meter mark on all sides of the polling station if you cannot implement the rule? 2) Is it not your duty to inspect a radius of 100 mt around every polling station? 3) Why are business premises violating this rule not sealed? I demand an explanation from the State Election Commissioner.

Freedom Fighters Arwin Mesquita, UAE I only read about Goa’s Freedom Fighters opposing anything and everything Portuguese. This letter is not to support the former Portuguese rule or to belittle any true sacrifices by genuine Freedom Fighters. My point is that Goa’s Freedom Fighters must address the critical issues of today. Scarce land bought up by non-Goans, uncontrolled migrant votebank influx, mega projects destroying Goa’s demography and ecology, open corruption, faulty government policies which have turned the Indian government into oppressors of the common man. Freedom fighters must realize that we have exchanged Portuguese oppression for Goan/Indian oppression.

GBA is naive Ajay Naik, Dubai Is GBA so naive to seriously think that this corrupt regime will ever think about eco zones or for that matter, aam admi sensitivity? If these crooks adhere to GBA demands, how on earth will they be able to send pots full of cash to their High Command in order to keep their Chairs intact? High Hopes GBA!

Lorna’s shows expensive Allwyn George, Carmona Every Goan yearns to see Lorna perform on stage. My compliments to the Nightingale of Goa for her comeback. What surprises me are the rates for her show in

also being questioned by police officials. Home minister Patil is quite serious about the incidents and he has asked higher police officials to find out the truth. Sangli police department has issued a fresh directive that those who wish to meet Home Minister Patil should have a ‘yellow card’ indicating good moral character and the card will be issued by the police department. The NCP party members as also other citizens are most perplexed by the new ‘yellow card’ requirement for meeting the Home Minister who has announced that whosoever is behind the conspiracy of damaging his image will be found out and severely dealt with. After the incidents and interpretations in the media, the police department is also under scrutiny about links with persons of criminal background. (Such links are periodically suspected and clearly depicted in a current Marathi serial Lajja where rivalry and jealousy within the police department leads to links with a gang of criminals). This is because in the above incidents the police administration failed to maintain due vigilance about the presence of persons of criminal background on the occasion of the Home Minister visits. Rivalry within the government departments and within the ruling political parties seems to be the cause of such incidents which are not limited to the police department alone. The entire administrative and political wings of the government administration need review from this point of view. They should be overhauled for greater efficiency by urgent corrective action so that the public do not suffer hardship due to inefficiency and government’s working is run smoothly in public interest. The question whether rivalry in political parties are exposed through media and whether media is used for political gains is now of vital importance and should be viewed from a special perspective. If matters are planned so that they are routinely covered by the media, there should be some vigilance and introspection on part of the media in such instances. If the media does not want to be politically exploited, it should study the matter and find out the truth about such incidents whether they were planned by rival politicians and whether there was some link with officials in the administration. Such incidents seem to be good subjects for investigative journalism.

Secular? What about jobs?

Roy D’Silva, Margao

This is with reference to the press release/advertisement by few of the eminent persons from Margao and Fatorda who claim to be the secular forces of Goa. Are people like Elaine Colaco, Albert Colaco, Humbert Fernandes etc secular? Is the Congress party really secular and BJP really communal? Have these persons any time fought on the open ground other than just releasing a few press notes and advertisements? Is Digamber Kamat secular? If so, why are only 400 jobs given to Catholics and 200 to Muslims, out of the 10,000 odd jobs in Government Departments? Is this secularism? I request all of you to take up issues which are really destroying the real fabric of Goan society in particular, rather than making tall claims of secularism.

Alas both of us were discriminated against by Mother Nature by delaying her fine job of moulding us to be eligible and presentable in the world of elders. I failed to understand why on earth she was working in such a painfully lethargic manner as far as we were concerned. All others in the fray were flaunting their assets, while we wallowed in self pity, at least he could be vocal, I could not even dream of indulging in such expression. Decades later, he looks as if he was fathered by King Kong himself. Every time we meet, he has an unattended stubble, or an overgrown beard, when prodded he complains, “What a fuss with this facial fuzz. I hate shaving. Period.” As for me, I still can’t figure out that despite fasting, starving and abstaining from food and food products I seem to be bloating. My assets are beyond redemption. Strange are the ways of Nature.

Letters to the Editor Here they want to push them through villages and towns. We do not want another long agitation like the language one.

Fatal attraction Nelson Lopes, Chinchinim

Ravindra Bhavan on Margao on 3 November. Most of the tickets in the front are for Rs 300, while some tickets in the back are for Rs 200, while a very few back rows are for Rs 100. The affordable tickets are sold out. Most tiatr tickets are a flat Rs 75 per person, why are tickets for Lorna’s show so high? The organizers can schedule more shows so that more Goans can view Lorna perform. Or is profit the only motive?

concrete poles for street lights in the city whereas cities like Panjim, Taligao and Cuncolim have beautiful streetlights erected. Why not in Vasco? Why the streetlights are not functioning in Haariawaddo and why is it functioning only around this minister’s area? Why is there power supply in and around this minister’s house when the entire Vasco city is in darkness? Can anyone answer me this?

Why do individuals get attracted to political power centres? Some have their own agenda some do it for help with social causes. But others do it because it gives them a sense of self-worth of being in the inner circle and therefore seen to be wielding influence. Near election time, you see all sorts of characters. They will soon desert the sinking ship like rats, if the results are otherwise. Powerful politicians have developed thick skins. They dread the moment of being out of circulation, when even faithful dogs turn traitors. Distancing oneself from these situations and being independent in thought and deed gives one pride and independence.

Yoga and spirituality

Goa’s Kannada schools

Nehru’s legacy

John A. Fernandes, Margao

Several agree with Dominic Mathews’ letter ‘Yoga is physical, not spiritual’ (Herald, 26 Oct). Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning Union, with God and the rest of humanity. Yoga advocates meditation and prayer. The teachings of Yoga are vast and touch every facet of Man’s life. In fact, Yoga is a way of life: Karma (morality), Bhakti (devotion to God), Dyana (contemplation). The physical aspect or asanas is a small part of the practice of Yoga, which caters to the betterment of our body, mind and spirit. Christ was indeed a great Yogi who prayed and meditated. It is unfortunate that many Christians do not follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the Yogi, whose main doctrine was ‘Love of God and our neighbour’.

Vasco’s woes Crispino Faria, Vasco What is happening to Vasco? The ruling MLA who is also a minister assaults his party colleague. If he does this, then what will the youth do? Follow him? Should we idolise him? He wanted his wife and brother to be in the council. What has he done for the betterment of Vasco? Vaddem lake is still the same with its dirty water. He erected

Crispino Faria, Vasco On Sunday, I went to a polling station at the government medium school, Bogda, Vasco near Bogda police station. To my surprise, as I was in the line to cast my vote, I read it as Kannada medium school, that too, government aided. I heard of English, Konkani and even Marathi medium schools in Goa. But a Kannada medium school in Goa is not acceptable to me. Slowly, I think Konkani will vanish. What is the Education department thinking of?

Agitation over highways P L Fernandes, Old-Goa Kamal Nath says the people should not suffer and at the same time, he puts deadlines by for acquiring land. If they are trying to deceive the public, the road ahead is going to be difficult, because the people are simply not going to let go. The Opposition leader has stated that four-laning should not take more than 30 metres and yet, they talk about 60 metres. Broadening will take scarce land and highways would mean a major portion of traffic will be inter-state heavy vehicular traffic causing noise and pollution. Everywhere else, highways are built away from existing populated areas.

Smitha Bhandare Kamat

John M Vaz, Aldona Late Jawarlal Nehru is reported to have said, “My ministers were paupers when they joined the ministry, but now they own a fleet of cars.” We are facing the consequences today – open corruption that no one can control. The defence forces should step in, take over the administration, put all ministers in the lockup and establish order in the country. Later res t o re d e m o c r a c y. T h i s w i l l n e v e r happen. In New Delhi, the Nehru Dynasty plays the Secular Card and loots the public. In Goa, we have the Rane dynasty. BJP is the right opposition party, but their Hindutva policy hurts the feelings of people who avoid them. There are scams everywhere and invariably committees are set up, nothing is done, a scapegoat is found while actual criminals get away scot-free. It is high time the public take to streets and take law in their own hands. Enough is enough. Letters should be brief 100 words or less, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

Paths of Wisdom

A Chameleon By Sri Ramkrishna

Once a man entered a wood and saw a small animal on a tree. He came back and told another man that he had seen a creature of a beautiful red colour on a certain tree. The second man replied: ‘When I went into the wood, I also saw that animal. But why do you call it red? It is green.’ Another man who was present contradicted them both and insisted that it was yellow. Presently others arrived and contended that it was grey, violet, blue, and so forth and so on. At last they started quarrelling among themselves. To settle the dispute they all went to the tree. They saw a man sitting under it. On being asked, he replied: “Yes, I live under this tree and I know the animal very well. All your descriptions are true. Sometimes it appears red, sometimes yellow, and at other times blue, violet, grey, and so forth. It is a chameleon. And sometimes it has no colour at all. Now it has a colour, and now it has none.” In like manner, one who constantly thinks of God can know His real nature; he alone knows that God reveals Himself to seekers in various forms and aspects. God has attributes; then again He has none. Only the man who lives under the tree knows that the chameleon can appear in various colours, and he knows, further, that the animal at times has no colour at all. It is the others who suffer from the agony of futile argument. Kabir used to say, “The formless Absolute is my Father, and God with form is my Mother.” God reveals Himself in the form which His devotee loves most. His love for the devotee knows no bounds. It is written in the Purana that God assumed the form of Rama for His heroic devotee, Hanuman. (Source: from book “Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna”)

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Symposium to aid agricultural growth concludes at Calangute

Tourism Minister opens workshop on women empowerment HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 1

Speaker Pratapsingh Rane presents the award to Prof Mehta. HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 1

The 9th National Symposium on ‘Sustainable Agriculture, Livelihood Security and Ecology of Coastal Region’ concluded at Palmarinha Resort, Calangute, recently. The National Symposium was held with a desire to look into possibilities of improvement of the agricultural growth through latest technology. The three-day event organised by Dr Balasahel Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli (Ratnagiri) in collaboration with Indian Society of Coastal Agricultural Research and Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal (Haryana) was attended by over 150 delegates from the coastal States and Union Territories. Various topics concerning the agriculture industry including ‘advances in sustainable soil and nutrient for enhancing crop productivity’, ‘innovations on livelihood improvement with focus on Maharastra and Goa region’, ‘ecological threats to coastal region and adaptation strategies for mitigation and management of coastal

forestry’ and ‘rainwater harvesting through lined farm pond for sustainable development of Konkan Region’ were discussed and deliberated at the 9th National Symposium. The need of Goa region adapting to the other hybrids taking into consideration the conditions were also deliberated for the betterment of the Goan farmers. Addressing a press conference, Dr Vijay Mehta, Vice Chncellor of Dr B S Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth (Dapoli) said the University has been carrying out researches to give a boost to agricultural growth, but regretted that the response from Goan farmers is very lukewarm to its researches and felt that the Goa Government should initiate steps in the direction. Dr Mehta also highlighted that the other governments in the coastal region havn been providing such benefits to their farmers and called upon the Goa government to do likewise. Earlier, Speaker Pratapsingh Rane inaugurated the 9th National Symposium in the presence Vice Chancellor of Dr B S

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Konkan Krishi V idyapeeth (Dapoli) Dr Vijay Mehta, Dr A K Bandyopadhay, Dr B K Banyopadhay, Dr S S Dhane, Dr S A Chavan, Dr N B Gokhale, Dr S S P Tendulkar, Director of Agriculture (Goa) among others. Rane felicitated Dr Vijay Mehta with Fellow Award of Indian Society of Coastal Agricultural Research (ISCAR) and also released the Souvenir to mark the occasion.

Alemao launches schemes for Khola residents HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 1

RDA Minister Churchill Alemao extended benefit of various schemes to people of Khola Panchayat in the presence of MLA and Chairman of IDC Chandrakant Kavlekar at Khola in Canacona, on Monday. Alemao distributed gas connections and cheques under Grammen Urja Scheme to the beneficiaries and also commenced the work of hot mixing of internal roads at a cost of Rs 4.75 crore. RDA Minister said that he has been successful in bringing effectiveness in the functioning of RDA and that various development works have been taken up under RDA. The Minister reviewed various rural development programmes and urged to avail the benefits of these schemes. MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar said that he will endeavour for the all-round development of Khola Panchayat and sought cooperation from the people. ZP member Krishna Velip also spoke. Sarpanch Archana Velip welcomed and Harischandra Kholakar proposed the vote of the thanks.

Narkasura contest at Mapusa PANJIM(HND): The 21st All Goa Narkasur effigy competition and Junior Narkasura effigy competition for children organized by Mapusa Navyuvak Mandal will be held on November 4 at 10 pm at Mapusa Taxi stand. For Junior Narkasur, effigy height must be maximum five feet. Orchestra ‘Golden Strings’ will be held at 9.30 pm. Forms for the competition are available with Union Pharmacy, Mapusa.

Minister for Tourism, Nilkanth Halarnkar inaugurated a oneday workshop on women empowerment recently, organised by Goa State Council for Science and Technology (GSCST) as a part of observance of National Science Day at Shree Ram Vidya Mandir Colvale. The Workshop was aimed at imparting information about present scenario of global climate change, food and nutrition, women dieting, sanitation etc. Halarnkar said that in order to develop a civilized society women who play a vital role in upbringing of children, need to be empowered. He complimented GSCST for organising the Workshop. Chief Scientist of GSCST, Dr Joseph De’Souza highlighted the changing global climate and its effects on humanity. He appealed to the people to protect environment for the posterity. Principal of College, Madhavi Halarnkar also spoke on the occasion. Pravin Parab welcomed while Deepak Parab proposed the vote of thanks.

CM urges women to avail benefit of govt schemes HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 1

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat appealed to the women to avail maximum benefit of schemes launched by the Government, so as to accomplish the vision of former Prime Minister of India, late Indira Gandhi, to improve the living conditions of all women and ensure their empowerment. CM was speaking as the chief guest after paying rich tributes to late Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi on the occasion of her 26th death anniversary observed as a day against violence and terrorism at a function organised by Directorate of Women and Child Development at Ponda, recently. Kamat said that Indira Gandhi’s concern for the welfare of distressed section of the society is evident from the fact that she launched 20 point programme to eradicate poverty in the country. The CM informed that to market the products of Self Help Groups, there will be an extended facility in the proposed

Effective expression vital for good novel: Mauzo

Noted Konknni novelist Damodar Mauzo inaugurates the DKA's Novel Writing Workshop in Colva, in the presence of TAG President Tomazinho Cardozo, Workshop Co-ordinator Vincy Quadros and DKA President Premanand A Lotlikar. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 1

“To write a good novel, besides the new thought, the writer should possess basic vocabulary of the language, through which he can express himself in a more effective way. The writer should also have an artistic way of writing which will keep the readers engrossed in the novelty of the book,” said Sahitya Akademi Award winner and renowned novelist Damodar Mauzo while inaugurating the two-day residential Novel Writing Workshop organized by Dalgado Konkani Akademi (DKA) at Colva Residency. Mauzo his inaugural address did not forgot to mention Konkani novelist Eduardo Bruno de Souza, who authored first Konkani Novel ‘Kristanv Ghorabo’ in 1892 and well

known novelist of yesteryears, late Reginaldo Fernandes, and others who have contributed to Konkani literature through novels. He advised the participants to read the good literature from other languages in order to understand the trend and standards of writing a novel. He also reminded the participants that writing novels in other languages is come of age and very profitable, and expressed the hope that if good novels are published in Konkani, the day is not far where the novelist will be paid by the publisher in advance to write more novels. Guest of Honour, Tomazinho Cardoso, praised DKA for organising the Workshop, and advised the participants to study the thoughts embodied in the novels of erstwhile writers in

Fr Noel singing along with the chorus at the musical concert in honour of Mother Mary at Pilar. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

Kuwait panel honours Goan students HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, NOV 1

Goan Welfare Society, Kuwait, recently honoured two students for their meritorious performance at the March 2010 SSC exams at a function at Hotel Delmon, Panjim. Neha da Rocha, a student of Dona Leonar Memorial High School, Porvorim, was honoured

mall at Margao and also at the new market complex under construction at Ponda. He stressed the need to follow the path shown by Indira Gandhi. Emulating her thoughts and principles by all will be a fitting tribute to the departed leader he said. Minister for Women and Child Development, Ravi Naik who presided over the function, stated that women have carved out niches for themselves in almost all the sectors. He too lauded the role played by the late prime minister in eradication of poverty and justice for people. Former Dy Speaker Shambhu Bhau Bandeker also spoke on the life and work of late Indira Gandhi and lauded immense contributions made by her for the promotion of education, health, agriculture, self employment and empowerment of youth and women. Former Chairperson of ZP, North Amol Morajkar, CDPO Viegas, also spoke on the occasion.

for securing 95.16% marks, while Leanne Merle Moniz was felicitated for securing 91.66 % marks. Both the students were presented with scholarship awards instituted by Patron Member of Goan Welfare Society Sam Alphonso. The awards were presented by Francis J Fernandes, Chairman and Managing Director of Gulf Goans Hotel Co Ltd,

(Hotel Goan Heritage) in the presence of Alex Wilson Coelho, Honorary President of GWS, members of the Board and the shareholders of Gulf Goans Hotel Co Ltd. Goan Welfare Society is an organization which caters to the cultural, health and financial educational and other needs of Goans not only in Kuwait but also in Goa.

Roman script. He alluded to the demand for novels written by late Reginaldo Fernandes, a renowned novelist of yesteryears. Novel Workshop Co-ordinator Vincy Quadros said that there are few novel writers in Roman script and the workshop is meant to encourage more writers to write novels in n Roman script. President of DKA, Premanand Lotliker, who presided, expressed hope that through this DKA workshop, participants will come out with their own novels and promised full support by DKA for their publication. Secretary of DKA, Jose Salvador Fernandes welcomed and proposed the vote of thanks. In all 21 participants are taking part in the residential novel writing workshop.

Restricted water supply to Bardez, Bicholim and Porvorim PANJIM (HND): There will be restricted water supply to entire Bardez and a part of Bicholim Taluka on November 2 due to proposed shutdown by Electricity Department at Assonora Water Treatment plant, from 9 am to 1pm. There will be no water supply to entire Porvorim area on November 2 from 9 am to 1 pm, says a press release.






Hurriyat calls off strike on Diwali PTI SRINAGAR, NOV 1

In a goodwill gesture ahead of Diwali, hardline Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani today amended its protest calendar by calling off the strike on Friday when the festival of lights falls. "There will be no strike on November 5 in view of the Hindu festival of Diwali," Hurriyat Spokesman Ayaz Akbar told PTI. He said the decision to amend the protest calendar and exempt coming Friday from the purview of the strike was taken by Geelani following an appeal by members of the Sikh community. On Saturday, All Parties Sikh C o o rd i n a t i o n C o m m i t t e e (APSCC) chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina urged Hurriyat to call off the strike on November 5 to enable celebrations of the festival. "Islam teaches us to honour the religious feelings of other communities. It was in this context that the Hurriyat decided to call off the strike to allow Hindus and Sikhs to observe the festival with religious fervour," the Hurriyat spokesman said. As per the earlier protest calendar, Geelani led Hurriyat, which is spearheading the ongoing agitation in the Valley, has called for a five-day strike beginning November 5 during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India.

Rahul should be CM first: Nitish PTI BAKHTIARPUR, NOV 1

Rahul Gandhi should be a chief minister first before aspiring to become the prime minister, JDU leader Nitish Kumar today said attacking the Congress General Secretary for his allegations of corruption in implementation of development schemes in Bihar. "I have a simple advice for Rahul Gandhi. Instead of giving lectures on development in Bihar, he should first become a chief minister to learn what governance is all about before aspiring to be prime minister," the Chief Minister said. Kumar was talking to reporters after casting his vote in his hometown which figured in the fourth phase of the ongoing Assembly polls in the state. "We have heard much about his (Rahul's) criticism of development in Bihar. We don't give much value to it," Kumar said. On the allegations of corruption, he said, "Sattar choohe kha kar billi chali haj karane (after eating 70 rats, the cat goes for haj). "Congress is the mother of all corruption be it the Bofors deal, CWG irregularities, 2G Spectrum or the Adarsh Society scam in Mumbai," he alleged.





‘Intra-dept check can curb corruption, malpractice’ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 1

The intra-department check can curb instances of corruption and malpractice, giving respite to the citizens, feels State Vigilance Department. Police Inspector Nilesh Rane, representing the Department for Vigilance, said that head of departments should have periodical checks to access that functioning is sans corruption. Rane said that, if possible they should have daily checking. The affairs of Vigilance Department, suggestions to anoint its functioning and make to it people friendly were discussed during a marathon debate held in Panjim today. People from all walks of life – Journalists, government officers, social workers, participated in the debate. Director of Vigilance including Goa Police Vigilance Department observed the vigilance week between October 25 and November 1. Boasting of his personal experience, Rane revealed that in many villages, people feel that they can get the work done only after paying bribe.

4-yr-old boy dies in Usgao mishap HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, NOV 1

A four-year-old boy died, while his grandfather escaped with minor injuries, after they were knocked down by a truck at TiskUsgao on Monday morning. Irked with the incident, furious villagers blocked the road for over 5 hours demanding to stop heavy vehicular movement. The angry villagers also damaged the truck involved in the accident and two other trucks which forcibly tried to ply. Ponda Police rushed to the site and brought the situation under control. According to Ponda Police, the accident occurred at about 11.15 am when Pritish Dhavre was crossing the road along with his grandfather, Anil Dhavre (60). Both were knocked down by the truck, which was proceeding in the opposite direction.

“The concept among rural community is that once you pay bribe, your work is done. This approach should be changed. We need to educate lay man on how to get their work properly done or else they are taken for a ride or forced to bribe,” he said. Additional Director Vigilance, Arun Desai, admitted that the corruption has become way of life in almost all the departments. Desai, who also holds charge as Transport director, asserted that his department will introduce e-governance to do away with the customers and officers contact, which will help to curb corruption. “If I am with the Transport Department for another year, I will ensure that there is no physical contact for work. By December 19, five to six services of Transport Department will be in e-governance format,” he said adding, “I believe this can be a step towards eradicating corruption.” Social activist Sabina Martins narrated anecdotes after anecdotes of her experience with corruption. Giving an example, she said, “In the DLF (construction) project, entire land is ecosensitive as more than 30 percent is covered

UP native murdered in Peddem, two arrested HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 1

A 28-year old native of Uttar Pradesh Devendra Verma was found murdered at a construction site at Peddem-Mapusa. Mapusa Police later swung into action and arrested two persons from Assam, Uttam and Jeetendra, in connection with the murder. Police informed that they received a call stating that a body of a person, with stab injuries, was lying in a toilet at a construction at Peddem. DySP Sammy Tavares and PI Rajesh Kumar rushed along with their team to the site immediately, where the body was found lying in a pool of blood. The panchanama was conducted and after conducting pre-

2 hurt in LPG cylinder burst HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 1

Two persons sustained severe burn injuries, after a LPG gas cylinder burst into flames in their room at Shantinagar-Vasco on Monday afternoon. According to Vasco Police, brother-sister duo, Ramanna Gulappa Huggi (68) Styamma Assangi (65), who have sustained burn injures, have been admitted in GMC Hospital at Bambolim. According Vasco Fire Bridge Station Officer Bosco Ferrao, two persons sustained severe burn injuries, after the gas cylinder bursted into flames. Ferrao further informed that

under forest areas, but they obtained permission to continue with the project…they got deemed project…” Senior journalist Prakash Kamat said that lack of transparency in the system is a matter of concern. “Corruption begins from the people who work at higher level to lower level. There is no transparency. Politicians use CBI, Vigilance, police department to work as and when they want,” he rued. The Vigilance department was in the eye of storm during question and answer session. South Goa resident Mahesh Naik charged RTO officials of demanding huge bribes to pass driving test or give certificate for new vehicle. To this, Rane replied that they can act only on specific complaints. “Most people go away because of the lengthy process… they need to be educated on how to file a complaint. They back out when we explain to them what things have to be done,” he said. “We are just recommendatory authority. We go as per rules,” the additional vigilance director said.

one of the inmates had accidentally put on the gas, but failed to light it. “As a result, gas was released from the cylinder and was accumulated into a cloud formation in the packed room that had hardly ventilation. After few hours, one of the family members put on the electricity switch that resulted into blast,” informed Ferrao. However, Ferrao clarified that it was not the LPG gas cylinder that bursted into flames, but it was gas the cloud formation from the LPG gas that bursted into flames and it was mainly due to the room, which lacked ventilation.

liminary investigations the police team under the guidance of Tavares swung into action and arrested two persons Uttam and Jeetendra in connection with the murder. A c c o rd i n g t o P I Ra j e s h Kumar, the deceased Devendra Verma was murdered on Sunday afternoon and his body was thrown in one of the toilets at the construction site. He was stabbed four times in the stomach. One of the stab wounds was so severe that even the intestines of the deceased had come out. Divulging further, Rajesh informed that previous enmity could have led to the murder. He further said that all three were working at the same con-

struction site. “Uttam was replaced a few days ago by the deceased Devendra Verma who was working as a site supervisor and from then onwards, Uttam was holding a grudge against the deceased,” Rajesh added. Rajesh Kumar mentioned that the suspected accused Uttam and Jeetendra are both natives of Assam. With the arrest of both accused, Mapusa police have been able to crack the murder case swiftly even though they were busy on election duty.


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BJP routed besides BJP Fatorda Block President Durgadas Prabhu bit the dust in the hustings. Candidates supported by the BJP including Piedade Noronha in Ward No 3 and Purnanand Chari in ward No 8 also lost the polls. On the other hand, the candidates fielded and supported by Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat and GPCC general secretary Vijay Sardessai won the polls with comfortable margins. In the Fatorda area of the civic body, Sardessai overcame a stiff challenge to his political career from his detractors, as three of the four candidates – Bertha Cardozo, Joseph Silva and Gonzaco Rebello — fielded by him made it to the civic body. The fourth candidate Angelis Pereira lost by a slender margin of 35 votes at the hands of two-time Councillor Raju Naik, who claimed support of the Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, Panchayat Minister, Babu Azgaonkar and BJP MLA Damu Naik. The husband-wife duo of Sadanand and Babita Naik won the polls in style from the Gogol Housing Board area, defeating BJP candidates. Senior Congress leader and former minister, Luis Alex Cardozo’s son Tito emerged victorious from Ward No 9 over BJP Block president Durgadas Prabhu by a margin of 10 votes. In the Margao area of the civic body, Congressmen or Congress backed candidates won all the 11 seats at stake. Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat backed candidates in eight wards registered comfortable wins, while Goa Pradesh Youth Congress vicepresident Pratima Coutinho backed by Churchill AlemaoVijay Sardessai-Monica Dias combine and former MMC Chairperson Doris Texeira backed by Vijay Sardessai and Nitin Naik won from Colmorod and Khareband wards respectively. Outgoing Margao Congress Block President Dayanand won the polls from Sirvodem ward, where the Chief Minister had publicly appealed to the people to vote and elect former councillor Zarinha Shah. Incidentally, Chief Ministerbacked candidates won with ease in eight wards of Margao assembly segment, defeating candidates fielded by the rival BJP. Chief Minister’s cousin brother Laxmikant Kamat won from Ward No 18 by a huge margin of 485 votes. BJP leader, Rupesh Mahatme who had contested from Ward No 20 after his Ward No 15 was reserved for OBC, failed to garner the much-required votes to defeat Kamat-backed candidate Damu Shirodkar. While Damu polled 617 votes, Rupesh had to be content with only 355 votes, losing the seat by a margin of 262 votes. In Ward No 13, the Chief Minister’s candidate Rosy Pereira got the better off the candidate fielded by the Azgaonkars and the BJP. While Pereira polled 643 votes, Azgaonkar backed candidate Shazia Sheikh polled 423, while the BJP candidate Leena Katkar polled only 238 votes. A glance at the polls results would suggest that the electorate has voted for new faces by rejecting a number of sitting councillors, including Raju Shirodkar, Livramenta Barreto, Ramdas Hazare, former chairpersons Piedade Noronha and Johnson Fernandes, Narayan

Fondekar and Majusha Kaskar.

BJP accepts defeat Joaquim Alemao, besides other

Ministers and MLAs during the campaign in Fatorda helped the Congress backed candidates. “The Congress made it a prestige issue. Even the Chief Minister went all out in support of his candidates. On the contrary, the BJP did not put in all out efforts to win the polls. Even party leader Manohar Parrikar just came to Fatorda to inaugurate an election office”, he said.

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per cent people exercising their right. “Though the elections were not fought on party basis, the results which have come in indicate, in all the municipal councils, Congress workers have swept the polls,” Kamat said.

Highway panel Secretariat and submit a memorandum to the chief minister,” he said. Dr Oscar Rebello, of the GBA fame, who too joined the protest, said that “the people of Goa have shown again and again that whatever wrong the government will do we will oppose it.” “We are not against the highway but not at the cost of the people’s houses and livelihood,” he said urging people to gather in large numbers against what he termed as dictatorship of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. BJP Spokesperson Govind Parvatkar said his party was totally with the NHDAC and the workers will join the meeting against the dictates of Congress-led government. Earlier in the evening, District Magistrate Mihir Vardhan in the order said that the possibility of law and order issues cropping up cannot be ruled out. He said that Superintendent of Police (North) has informed about the planned morcha which will begin at Azad Maidan and walk towards Porvorim Secretariat. Quoting police report, Vardhan has predicted that large number of people is expected to join the morcha. “The prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been enforced within 500 metres around the Secretariat Complex at Porvorim and area under Panjim Police Station for 12 hours between 12noon to 12-midnight,” he said. Police officials said that whoever found contravening the order will be punished.


bidders even as the government is running short of time in face of High Court directive. The deadline fixed by the High Court to actually start the work on removal of the grounded vessel ends on November 7. Speaking to reporters Director of Tourism Swapnil Naik said they would do their best to finalise the bidder to meet the deadline set by the High Court. However, with just three productive days left in hand, it appears impossible that the department will be able shortlist the technical bidders. Apparently, the government

will have to seek more time from the court to complete the process of selection of the bidder as it will also need time to examine financial bids. Interestingly, this time too, Salgaocar Mining Industries Pvt Ltd (SMIPL) which had last time declined to tender Performance Guarantee of Rs 10 crore has filed its bid. So also, M/s Jaisu Shipping, Gujarat which was granted tender for removal of the vessel two years ago, but had failed to remove it within the stipulated period of 180 days has once again filed the bid. Titan Maritime (SEA) Pvt Ltd, Singapore which was shortlisted by the government last time along with Madgavkar Salvage has also filed its bid. M/s Madgavkar Salvage & Smith Salvage - Goa is also in the race this time. One of the top salvage companies from UK, Resolve Salvage & Fire Europe Ltd, UK is also one of the bidders. As stated in the tender notice the vessel is required to be removed within shortest possible and preferably before the onset of the monsoon in June 2011. Experience to carry out the works, equipments they intend to mobilise for the job, the methodology proposed to be used without causing any environmental damage and time frame for the start and completion of the work are some critical conditions, the committee will examine to select technical bids. If required the government will relax conditions of financial bid but there will be no dilution of conditions pertaining to technical bid, clarified the tourism director. The department is optimistic in getting the vessel removed before the next monsoon. ‘Even if the work starts in December we will be able to get the vessel removed,” he added.


reach out to the grass root level people including homemakers (housewives) educating them about fire safety. Menon said that a mobile van equipped with gadgets like LCD projector, simulator, fire extinguishers and others will go to each and every village panchayat, training and creating awareness about the fire safety from households to business. “The number of fire incidents at the rural level is much less. But it is better to get prepared even for a small incident that can occur at one’s house,” the director stated. The mobile van, which will be funded by Central Government, will include specialist fire fighting team along with petroleum product like LPG, moving in all 182 village panchayats. “This project will aim at training, creating awareness and prevention during fire and other emergencies,” Menon said adding that the project will kick off in 2011.


Owing to increase in terminal handling cost, Railways hiked terminal charges on iron ore traffic by 13 per cent from today. Railways will levy Rs 45 per tonne on iron ore as terminal charges from November 1, said a senior Railway Ministry official. Earlier the terminal charges on iron ore traffic was Rs 40. "Since February 1, 2008, railways have not revised the terminal charges on iron ore traffic. The maintaince cost, staff cost and terminal handling cost have gone since then," said the official. However, there is no increase on coal and foodgrain traffic. The terminal charges will be levied only on railways owned terminals and it will not be leviable on terminals owned by customers.

KFC gets Goa finger lickin’


The first Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet in Goa opened at the Caculo Mall in Panjim, recently. “The response in Goa has been better than another outlet in the country, for a new outlet thus far,” said Unnat Varma, director marketing, Yum! Restaurants India – KFC, while addressing the media. An extensive menu with Colonel Sanders’ signature style has drawn over a thousand customers a day. International favourites like the Zinger Burger, the iconic Chicken Bucket, Toasted Twister and Hot Wings apart from the vegetarian options and Krushers have left Goa finger lickin’. The outlet, located at Caculo Mall (near Panjim Fire Station), is spread across 4,000 square feet and seats 132 people. The restaurant is open from 11 am to 11 pm through the week. KFC currently with 86 outlets in 16 cities plans to take the

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Hike in rail charges on iron ore

Virag Joshi, MD, Devyani International Ltd (left) and Unnat Varma, director marketing, KFC at the outlet in Panjim.

number to 120 by the end of this year and 500 by 2015. The Goa franchisee has been

taken by Devyani International Ltd which incidentally runs 18 of the total 85 KFC outlets in

Alkaline packaged water in Goa HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 1

Mumbai-based Prystine Beverages, a premium diversified non-alcoholic beverage company has launched Envi, an alkaline beverage. Envi is an alkaline water brand with a pH level of over 9, Envi helps neutralize and then remove stored acids and toxins from the body. It is available in 750 ml bottles priced at Rs 35. It is smooth, energizing, cleansing and refreshing beverage that has a combination of unique characteristics and possesses unparalleled absorption and hydrating abilities. Rich in alkalizing minerals, Envi aids in buffering the negative effects of over acidic health conditions. With an abundance

of available electrons and antioxidants, Envi renders cell-destroying free radicals,

harmless. Speaking to the media Shrikant Hazare, director, Prys-

tine Beverages said that indulgence in highly refined and highly acid producing substances tears down our natural defenses and depletes our nutritional and base reserves. “Human bodies function best when they are neither too acidic nor too alkaline. Drinking envi will help change the body’s pH to remain more alkaline and help maintain the pH balance by neutralizing acidic conditions and detoxifying the human body,” he added. The blood must remain within a very narrow range around pH 7.35 and needs to be more alkaline than acid in order to avoid diseases. Persons with a neutral and high pH level are far more likely to avoid commonly re-

Sensex zooms 323 points PTI MUMBAI, NOV 1

Extending gains for the second session in a row, BSE benchmark Sensex today climbed 323 points on robust corporate earnings and firm global cues. The surge came ahead of the RBI’s monetary policy review meet tomorrow, with the key rates widely believed to go up in view of high inflation. Although technical glitches curtailed the trading session, the 30-share barometer of the Bombay Stock Exchange ended at 20,355.63, up 323.29 points, or 1.61 per cent, with ICICI Bank, L&T, HDFC and HDFC Bank contributing the most. Investors were unable to execute buy or sell orders today for two-and-half hours on the

BSE, as trading on the exchange was halted between 12 pm to 2:30 pm due to technical glitches. The wide-based 50-share Nifty Index of the National Stock Exchange, where the session was normal, finished the day with a gain of 1.66 per cent at 6,117.55. Equity Analysts said that better-than-expected profit by corporate giant RIL along with ICICI Bank boosted the investor sentiment on Dalal Street. Besides, ample liquidity left out after Coal India IPO is pushing the market upside. “Good quarterly results by some blue-chip companies, firm global cues and money left out post CIL’s mega public issue is helping the market,”

CNI Research CMD Kishore P Ostwal said. Index heavyweight Reliance Industries, which posted a 28 per cent jump in September quarter profit, surged 8.3 per cent to hit an intra-day high of Rs 1,187. However, stock witnessed heavy profit-book in the final hours of trade and closed 0.41 per cent at Rs 1,091.30. It was ICICI Bank that stole the show of day. The lender zoomed 5.88 per cent, the most on the Sensex, to close at Rs 1,230. Other financial stocks too attracted smart buying ahead of RBI’s monetary policy meet. HDFC surged 3 per cent, HDFC Bank 2.9 per cent and SBI by 1.3 per cent.

lated diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension, among many others. As a premium diversified Beverage Company, Prystine Beverages offers a variety of high-quality, affordable sparkling and alkaline waters, carbonated soft drinks, juice drinks, tonic water and other non-carbonated beverages. Meanwhile, Prystine Beverages is also in the process of setting up a manufacturing unit in Goa apart from its plants in Pune and Nasik. “The total investment in the Goa plant will be around Rs 2.5 crore. The plant will have a capacity of about 20,000 cases/month of bottled water, 15,000 cases of honey based carbonated beverages and 10,000 cases of soda,” said Hazare. The Goa plant would service the western and southern region. Prystine Beverages home brands include – Agua da Fonte and Prystine Waters (packaged drinking water), envi (enhanced vitamin/alkaline water), Dr Neville’s (Indian Tonic Water), Mojo boosters/coolers (flavored juice drinks). Agua Pura (spring water – sparkling and still), Agua de Fonte (mineral soda), G’ra (jeera masala soda).

the country. “We are planning to open another outlet, probably in the coastal belt of north Goa,” said Virag Joshi, MD, Devyani International. “We have already put in place the backend supplier chain in Goa. That is the first and most important step for a consistent KFC experience,” he added.

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MF FUNDA MORgAn STAnLEy MuTuAL FunD (MSMF) announced a maiden dividend of Re 1 per unit for Morgan Stanley ACE (Across Capitalisations Equity) Fund. MSMF also announced a dividend of Rs 1.50 per unit for Morgan Stanley growth Fund (MSgF). The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The record date for both funds is November 4, 2010. Morgan Stanley A.C.E. Fund was launched in April 2008 and the NAV for both Growth and Dividend options is Rs. 16.467 as of October 28, 2010. Morgan Stanley A.C.E. Fund is a multi-cap fund. Morgan Stanley Growth Fund was launched in 1994 as a close ended fund and was one of the first to be launched by an international fund house in India. The dividend option was introduced on open ending of the fund on January 19, 2009 and the NAV of the dividend option is Rs 22.766 as of October 28, 2010.

Havells to open 100 exclusive showrooms


Electrical equipment-maker, Havells India, plans to open 100 exclusive showrooms — Havells Galaxy — across India this fiscal (FY11) and has earmarked Rs 100 crore for the same, a senior company official said. “We are buoyant about the growth story of India, especially after the global slowdown. We have planned to open

nearly 100 stores in this fiscal across the country where only our products would sold,” the company’s President, Sunil Sikka, told reporters here today. The company reported a consolidated profit before tax for the quarter ended September 30 at Rs 96 crore as against a loss of Rs 2.6 crore in the year-ago period on the back of a robust performance by the business from Sylvania, which it had acquired in 2007.

The company has already opened 64 stores and plans to open 36 more by end FY 11, he said. “Going forward, we plan to open 100 more stores in the coming years,” Sikka said. Havells India’s consolidated revenue increased six per cent during the quarter at Rs 1,401 crore as against Rs 1,319 crore sales reported in the same period a year-ago. “This is on account of sustained

growth in the domestic business segments and robust performance of the company’s subsidiaries, especially Sylvania,” he said. As a part of its restructuring strategy, the company has shut down three plants and also laid off 1,400 jobs. “We started our restructuring programme (for Sylvania) in April last year and completed it last month. As a part of the programme, we closed down three loss-making plants and reduced

manpower from 3,800 to 2,400,” he said. The restructuring resulted in a reduction in fixed cost of Euro 33 million. “We would be utilising this money for future growth,” he said. The subsidiary for the first time since its acquisition sprung back into the black with a net profit of Euro 1.3 million (Rs 8.1 crore) in Q2 FY11 from a loss of Euro 10.2 million (Rs 71 crore) in the same period a year ago.


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RBI hints at rate hike to tame inflation PTI MUMBAI, NOV 1

The Reserve Bank today hinted at a hike in key rates in its midyear year policy review tomorrow, saying that inflation is above the comfort level -- an issue which the government has taken up with the central bank. "The Reserve Bank's policy stance is likely to be shaped by the dual goals of maintaining the growth momentum in an atmosphere of global uncertainty, while striving to moder-

ate inflation further," the central bank said in its macroeconomic and monetary developments report released today. The RBI said overall inflation, which stood at 8.62 per cent in September, is "above the comfort level," even as it retained economic growth outlook for the current fiscal at 8.5 per cent. It noted that uncertain global outlook, and the dominance of supply rigidities in certain sectors that impart

rigidity to the inflation path, pose greater challenges for monetary policy. This year, the central bank has raised key rates five times, eventually aimed at taming public consumption, but Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee feels that inflation is still a "matter of concern." "Let us wait. RBI policy statement will be made shortly... I am in discussion with RBI Governor (D Subbarao)," the Minister told reporters in New Delhi today.

Subbarao, who had met Mukherjee on Friday and is believed to have discussed macro-economic situation with him, is widely expected to go for another 25 basis points hike in repo (short-term lending) and reverse repo (borrowing) rates. Repo rate currently stands at 6 per cent and reverse repo at 5 per cent. Since January, RBI started reversing its soft monetary policy it began in September 2008, when global financial crisis deepened after the collapse of

FM discusses prices with Subbarao PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 1

Concerned over rising prices, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that he has taken up the issue with the Reserve Bank, which is scheduled to announce its mid-year monetary policy review tomorrow. "Inflation is a matter of concern. The main reason for the high level of inflation is food prices. Inflation (is expected) to further go down to a more acceptable level," he told reporters on the sidelines of an IBA conference here. When asked about the possible rate hike action by the central bank, Mukherjee said, "Let us wait. RBI policy statement

will be made shortly... I am in discussion with RBI Governor (D Subbarao)." Subbarao had met Mukherjee on Friday and is believed to have discussed macro-economic situation with him. Mukherjee's comment come just ahead of the Reserve Bank's second quarter monetary policy review tomorrow, in which the central bank is expected to hike policy rates by 25 basis points to tame inflationary pressure. The overall inflation for September was at 8.62 per cent, much higher than RBI's acceptable level of 5-6 per cent. Food inflation, which is reigning in double digit for the past three months, is feeding

the overall inflation numbers. Food inflation in mid-October stood at 13.75 per cent. Since January, RBI has started reversing its soft monetary policy it began in September 2008, when global financial crisis deepened after the collapse of US financial major Lehman Brothers. While a few economist forecast another rate hike on Tuesday, others said that a slowdown in factory output numbers of August and coresector figures of July might force RBI to give a rethink to its rate hike decision. Industrial output growth in August slowed to a 15-month low of 5.6 per cent from 15.2 per cent in July. The six-core in-

frastructure output slowed down to 2.5 per cent in September from 3.9 per cent a month ago. In a bid to tame inflation, the central bank has hiked its key short-term lending (repo) and borrowing (reverse) rates five times so far this year and experts see another 25 basis points hike in the key policy rates by RBI on Tuesday. This year, the RBI has raised repo and reverse repo rates by 125 and 175 basis points respectively. It had last hiked rates in its mid-quarterly review on September 16. The repo and reverse repo rate currently stand at 6 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.

Development in India no threat: China PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 1

India's development is not a threat but an opportunity for China and the two sides should work together to further cement their strategic and cooperative partnership, a senior Chinese leader said today. "China's development is an opportunity rather than a threat to India. Likewise, India's development is not a threat but an opportunity for China," Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Zhou Yongkang said here. He was addressing a seminar on Sino-India relations organised jointly by the Communist Party of China and the Congress. Pointing out that the two countries were more interdependent on each other for global stability, Yangkong said.

Indians most optimistic about jobs PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 1

Indians are most optimistic globally about their job prospects for the next one year, although their confidence levels over their country''s economy and spending has not increased in third quarter of 2010, according to a survey. As per the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence survey, more than nine out of ten Indians (91 per cent) are optimistic about their job prospects in the next 12 months. "The confidence in job prospects also translates into optimism on the financial front for Indians. More than eight in ten Indians (83 per cent) are optimistic about their state of personal finances in the next twelve months, the highest percentage globally," it said. The report, however, said after a steady increase in the first two quarters of this calender on a year-on-year basis, degree of optimism of Indians on the state of the economy has not grown, although the same for their global peers saw a dip. "Indian consumers are confident about their economy and have shown similar confidence levels as the second quarter of 2010; however these levels have not increased like they did in the first two quarters of 2010," The Nielsen Company Managing Director (Consumer) Justin Sargent told reporters here. This indicates stabilisation in the trend and also reflects the fact, consumers are wary of the uncertainties that surround global economic conditions, he added. As per the findings of Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence survey that polled 26,000 consumers in 53 countries, India''s index stood at 129 as compared to global index of 90. Thailand was the second country to see highest consumer confidence levels at 117 index points as per the survey.

Recovery more fragile than expected: IEA REUTERS SINGAPORE, NOV 1

Global economic recovery has been more fragile than expected and oil inventories remain very high, Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday. He also cautioned about the creation of an asset bubble in commodities following the second round of quantitative easing by the US Federal Reserve. "The economic recovery has been a bit more fragile than people thought," he told Reuters in an interview at the Singapore International Energy Week conference. "There's still some uncertainty about recovery in Europe, while China is concerned about inflation and they're tightening policy." Tanaka said the oil market was currently very well supplied. "OECD stock levels are very, very high -- historically high, and this situation will continue well into next year." The IEA, which advises major industrial nations on energy policy, remains concerned about a rapid rise in oil prices. "A rapid rise in prices will have a negative impact on economic recovery -- that is our

concern," Tanaka added. "If economic growth is robust and stable, we do not have to worry about the oil price." While it was difficult to gauge the potential impact on oil prices of further quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve, the creation of an asset bubble in commodities could not be ruled out, Tanaka said. "If there is excess liquidity, the money will move into commodities, including oil. We need to watch the fundamentals carefully," he added. At a meeting on November 2-3, Fed officials are widely expected to embark on a second round of monetary easing, dubbed QE2, that may consist of US Treasury bond purchases worth a few hundred billion dollars to push more money into the economy. But uncertainty shrouds the scope and pace of the purchases. The outlook for oil demand next year also remains murky, although China's growth in oil consumption would be a key driver, Tanaka said. "I'm quite sure that economic growth will come back at some point, but will it be quick or early enough? The impact on oil demand growth is uncertain," he added.

Dena Bank revises interest rates for NRI deposits PTI MUMBAI, NOV 1

Public sector lender Dena Bank today increased interest rates for non resident Indians' deposits made in Pound Sterling and Euro currencies. NRIs can earn interest at 2.51 per cent to 3.20 per cent on Euro currency whereas interest on Pound Sterling deposits will be from 2.48 per cent to 3.16 per cent depending on maturities, an official release from the bank issued here said. The revised FCNR (B) rates come into effect from today.

"In 2011, oil demand growth will be driven by emerging economies like China, India and the Middle East. OECD demand will decline." Over the medium term, tightness in supply could occur sometime in 2015, if economic growth was as robust as expected, Tanaka said. The IMF is forecasting growth of around 4.5 percent. "If that growth materialises, spare capacity at OPEC will decline to 3 million barrels per day from 6 million barrels per day," he added. Tanaka said the likelihood of reaching any agreement on climate change this year was quite low. "It could be very difficult that we reach some global agreement in Cancun," Tanaka said. "Expectations this time are very low." The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) meets in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 until December 10. The COP-16 meeting will be a follow-up to last year's COP15 negotiations in Copenhagen, which produced limited results on commitments to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

ONGC mulls stocks split: chairman REUTERS MUMBAI, NOV 1

State-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp has suggested to the government for a two-forone share split ahead of a follow-on share sale, Chairman R S Sharma told reporters on Monday.

US financial major Lehman Brothers. While a few economist forecast another rate hike on Tuesday, others said that a slowdown in factory output numbers of August and coresector figures of July might force RBI to give a rethink to its rate hike decision. RBI, however, noted that credit to non-food sectors was healthy and that loan disbursals to agriculture sector was declining. "Going forward, the growthinflation outlook will dominate the policy response," the apex bank said, and added that "headline inflation... continues to be a cause of policy concern and priority."

Govt working petro subsidy says Deora

Set for banking licence: IFCI



The government today ruled out dual pricing for diesel as of now and said it is working on subsidy management of petroleum products. "We are working on a (subsidy) mechanism, as it''s very difficult to implement dual pricing of diesel," Petroleum Minister Murli Deora said, while addressing a parallel session of Petrotech 2010 oil and gas conference at FICCI. He added that "why should the government provide a subsidy of Rs 3 per litre on diesel for people who ride in Mercedes".

Missed the bus in 1990s, IFCI now says it is well placed to get a banking licence and would consider applying for it once RBI, which is expected to give nod to a few players in this space this fiscal, comes out with its norms. Talking to reporters here, IFCI CEO and MD Atul Kumar Rai also said a factoring services arm of IFCI will come out with its IPO within nine months. "Once RBI comes out with norms on banking licence, we will examine them and consider applying for it," Rai said. He was here in connection with

a foundation stone laying ceremony of a campus of IFCI-promoted Management Development Institute by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday. Rai said IFCI missed the chance, when RBI granted licences to development financial institutions like ICICI and HDFC way back in 1993. Long term development financial institution model later did not work for IFCI and it got into a financial mess. After converting into a NBFC, IFCI has been earning profits.




Baghdad church siege ends with 52 dead

Bomb detected in regular passenger flights to Dubai

ficials said at least one priest and 10 policemen were among the dead. Many of the wounded were women. A Christian member of parliament on Monday described the Iraqi rescue operation as “not professional”, saying “it was a hasty action that prompted the terrorists to kill the worshippers.” “We have no clear picture yet whether the worshippers were killed by the security forces bullets or by terrorists, but what we know is that most of them were killed when the security forces started to storm the church,” Younadem Kana said. Video footage from an American drone that was overhead during the attack showed a black plume of smoke followed by flashes from inside the building before what appears to be soldiers going in. US forces often supply air support to Iraqi forces conducting operations on the ground, feeding

Qatar Airways on Sunday confirmed that the courier consignment containing explosive devices that was intercepted in Dubai was carried aboard one of its regular passenger flights transiting through the Doha International Airport to Dubai where the devices were detected. The carrier, however, stated that, as per Chicago Convention, it was not the responsibility of the country through which the cargo transits to X-ray or inspect the cargo, the Peninsula daily from Doha said. “This responsibility belongs to the country from where the consignment originates,” said the Airlines in a statement issued on Sunday. The Airline said the recent courier consignment was carried aboard one of its aircraft from Sana to Dubai via Doha International Airport.


Iraqi security forces stormed a Baghdad church where militants had taken an entire congregation hostage for four hours, leaving at least 52 people dead, including a priest, Iraqi officials said on Monday. It was not immediately clear whether the hostages died at the hands of the attackers or during the rescue late Sunday night in an affluent neighbourhood of the capital. The incident began when militants wearing suicide vests and armed with grenades attacked the Iraqi stock exchange on Sunday before turning their attention to the nearby Our Lady of Deliverance church, one of Baghdad’s main Catholic places of worship, taking about 120 Christians hostage. Deputy Interior Minister Maj Gen Hussein Ali Kamal said 52 people were killed and 67 wounded, in the bloodbath. Of-

Nicolas Sarkozy ‘fears for his life’ PTI LONDON, NOV 1

Nicolas Sarkozy fears he could be assassinated, after becoming the “most hated” French President in 50 years, a media report said. France has erupted in strikes and protests since President Sarkozy proposed saving cash by raising retirement age from 60 to 62 years. The change has now been voted into law by MPs, triggering widespread anger among French workers. And, Sarkozy is said to have told aides, “I am so hated that I am beginning to fear for my life. Someone may just cross the line and attack me. But I don’t know why the French have come to hate me so much,” ‘The Sun’ reported. Pollsters found last week that just one in three people backed him. Socialist party leader Martine Aubry, now backed by more than half of voters, fumed: “The President has treated the French people with contempt.”

them video footage of what American drones see from the air. The casualty information was confirmed by police and officials at hospitals where the dead and wounded were taken. There were conflicting accounts about the number of attackers involved in the assault, with Baghdad military spokesman Maj Gen Qassim alMoussawi saying last night that security forces killed eight, while the US military said between five and seven died. Two police officers on the scene, however, say only three attackers were killed and another seven arrested afterward. A cryptically worded statement posted on Sunday on a militant website allegedly by the Islamic State of Iraq appeared to claim responsibility for the attack. The group, which is linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq, said it would “exterminate Iraqi Christians” if Muslim women in Egypt were not freed.


Some good news for Obama from Israel ‘Tea Party’ Reuters TEL AVIV, NOV 1

A “'Say No to Obama” event in Israel drew only 100 supporters to the launch of an Israeli version of the Tea Party movement that is challenging the US President in November 2 mid-term elections. There were no security police outside and parking was easy in the notoriously clogged centre of Tel Aviv, as former Knesset deputy Michael Kleiner, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud bloc, inaugurated the movement. “This is a message to the United States president that in relations between democracies you do not force people to do things they did not vote for,” Kleiner told reporters. The Israel Tea Party launch did not mark the start of a breakaway right-wing party, he said. It was meant to help Netanyahu reject Obama’s pressure to bend

to Palestinian conditions for the revival of flagging peace talks. “Obama will use the next two or three months not to bend Netanyahu’s arm but to break it,” Kleiner warned. Like the rest of Likud, his supporters back Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and reject US calls for a continuation of the partial freeze Netanyahu ordered last November to open the door to direct talks. It ended a month ago. For the moment, Israel’s Tea

Party is simply a grassroots movement intended to back up Netanyahu, Kleiner said, but it is also ready to break with him if he yields to American pressure. Obama is not popular with many Israelis who believe he sympathises with the Palestinians, polls show. Launching their movement in a modest auditorium decked with red and black balloons and seating for 130, however, organisers clearly did not expect a massive turnout to the “Say No” event. But it was early days, said Tea Party member Boaz Arad, of the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies (JIMS). Obama’s drive for a Western Asia peace agreement that would create a State for the Palestinians living alongside Israel was the target of the launch, he said. But there were further goals.

Filipinos offer candles and pray for departed loved ones in front of a statue of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary at the Manila North Cemetery, one of the biggest and oldest cemeteries in Manila, Philippines on Monday. Millions of Filipino Catholics honoured their dead on All Saints Day by flocking to cemeteries and enduring long walks despite confusing routes due to overcrowding.

Nepal parliament fails to end standoff over PM election PTI KATHMANDU, NOV 1

Nepalese lawmakers failed to end the uncertainty over the election of a new prime minister on Monday as Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudyal, the sole candidate for the top post, failed to get anywhere near a majority in the unprecedented 15th run-off poll. 65-year-old Poudyal, who is adamant over not quitting the prime ministerial race, secured 96 votes while 2 lawmakers voted against him in the 601member Constituent Assembly that functions as the country’s interim parliament. Of the total 129 members who were present, 29 parliamentarians remained neutral. The next round of election is scheduled for November 4, according to the Parliament sources.

Will not allow anti-Chinese activities: Nepal to China PTI BEIJING, NOV 1

In the wake of Tibetans in Nepal trying to hold elections for their government-in-exile, President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday assured Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that it would not allow “any force” to “damage” Chinese interest in its territory. Yadav also told Wen that Nepal staunchly adheres to “One-China policy and never allows any force to damage China’s interests on Nepali territory.” The Nepalese President’s assurance came in the wake of China protesting against activities carried out under the banner of the ‘Free Tibet’ movement in Nepal. Last month, Tibetans living in Nepal tried to hold elections for their government-in-exile, but authorities thwarted their attempts after coming under pressure from China. During the meeting, Wen said China will have “model” ties with Kathmandu. Yadav along with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended the Shanghai Expo closing ceremony along with Wen. Later, Yadav thanked China for its “goodwill

and support for his country”, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. On his part, Wen said China and Nepal are good neighbours, good friends and good partners and termed their bilateral relations a “model” for “equal and friendly cooperation between the two countries.” “China will consolidate its traditional friendship with Nepal, deepen pragmatic cooperation and enrich its comprehensive partnership,” Wen said. Wen also met Rajapaksa in Shanghai and offered to strengthen cooperation in infrastructure and Chinese investments. Besides expanding cultural exchanges, the two countries should closely coordinate in international and regional affairs to promote comprehensive partnership, Wen said. Rajapaksa thanked China’s assistance and support to Sri Lanka. “China’s development contributes to peace and stability in the region as well as the world at large,” he said. Besides Nepal, China is also investing heavily in Sri Lanka where it is developing a deep water port at Hambantota.

Pakistani Taliban publicly flog men for ‘drug dealing’ Reuters KALAYA, Pakistan, NOV 1

High water is flooding San Marco square in Venice, nor thern Italy, on Monday. High water in Venice finally reached a peak of 102 cm above sea level.

Pakistan’s Taliban have flogged 65 men in public after accusing them of using and selling drugs in a tribal region the military says has largely been cleared of militants, the group said on Monday. The men were given 10 lashes each in an open area used by children to play football and for religious sermons in the town of Mamozai in the tribal northwestern Orakzai region, said Taliban spokesman Hafiz Saeed. The floggings illustrate how Pakistan’s al Qaeda-linked Taliban is still able to impose its harsh brand of Islam at will in some parts of the northwest despite government assertions that several military offensives severely weakened the group. “They were found guilty of using and selling drugs after which our Islamic court sentenced them to punishment that was carried out in public,” said Saeed.

In March, Pakistani troops launched an offensive in Orakzai, which officials described as the nerve centre for Pakistan’s Taliban, which included training camps. Military officials said last week the assault broke the back of the militants in 90 per cent of Orakzai. Mamozai is still held by the Taliban. Attacks continue in areas the army has captured. Defeating homegrown militants in the northwest is critical for stabilising Pakistan. Islamabad is also under pressure from ally Washington to root out Afghan Taliban militants who cross the border from sanctuaries to attack Western and Afghan troops. An Orakzai tribesman said about 600 people watched the lashings after the Taliban made announcements through mosques urging people to attend. People often comply with the Taliban out of fear, although

the group does have supporters. “The men were brought in groups of five and were lashed 10 times each before being released,” said the tribesmen, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.

5 killed in US drone strike in Pak PTI PESHAWAR, NOV 1

A US drone struck a house in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region on Monday killing five militants, including foreign fighters, intelligence officials said. The drone fired two missiles at the house in Haider Khel area of Datta Khel sub-division, which has witnessed dozens of such attacks in the recent past. The house belonging to a local tribesman collapsed after it was hit by the missiles.

Saudi with 38 kids facing identity crisis UNI DUBAI, NOV 1

A Saudi man, who is in his 60s has 38 children from five wives, is now facing identity crisis and is seeking help from Human Rights Commission, so that his children can avail charitable assistance. The Human Rights Commission in Dhammam is looking into his request to help him prepare the IDs which would help his children in getting charitable assistance. Unemployed Yahya Al-Majrashi fathered his offspring, the oldest of whom is a 30year-old male, by five foreign women in marriages conducted without legal permits. He is divorced from one of them, the Arab News said. The report said the officials have to obtain not only birth certificates but marriage certificates relating to the documents.

Yemen’s al-Qaeda seeking to recruit Westerners

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resting a dozen Americans and an assortment of Europeans on suspicion of contacts with alQaeda. Evidence that those arrested actually contacted al-Qaeda is sketchy, and some were likely caught up in the intensified Yemeni search. Two of the arrested Americans have since been deported and an unspecified number have been released, Yemeni security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk about the cases. But concern is high over the potential for al-Qaeda’s affiliate in this country to recruit militants with American or European passports. Among the senior figures in the group is the US-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, whose English-language sermons advocating jihad, or holy war, against the United States have inspired a number of Westernborn militants.

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AP SAN’A (Yemen), NOV 1

Al-Qaeda in Yemen, suspected in the thwarted mail bombing attempt, appears to be aggressively seeking to recruit American and European radicals who could provide an entry way for the group to carry out attacks in their homelands. Yemen provides a potentially easy entry point for foreign radicals to link up with al-Qaeda, with a number of popular Islamic religious and Arabic-language schools that attract students from around the world. Already there has been at least one confirmed case – the young Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly used a San’a language school as a cover to enter the country and meet with al-Qaeda militants for training, before he made a botched attempt to blow up an American passenger jet on Christmas Day. Since then, Yemeni security forces have cracked down, ar-

Al-Awlaki, who the US has put on a list of militants to kill or capture, was in e-mail contact with the Army psychiatrist accused of last year’s deadly shooting spree at the Fort Hood, Texas military base. US investigators say he also helped prepare Abdulmutallab for his failed attempt to bomb the Detroit-bound airliner. The group has also issued an English-language Web magazine called Inspire. Al-Qaeda in Yemen is widely thought to have some 300 core fighters, most of them Yemenis and Saudis. Recruiting militants living in the West would offer the group wide possibilities to carry out attacks. Radicals with European or North American passports can travel freely across most of the world, while militants from places like Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Pakistan must go through the thorough background checks involved in visa applications.


China, the most populous country, on Monday launched the world’s biggest census exercise to update the decade-old population data. About 6.5 million workers will fan out to the nooks and corners of the country to visit over 400 million households, including that of foreigners, in the next ten days. In order to have more accurate figures, another round of census exercise will be launched from November 11 to 30, though on the smaller scale of 1/10000 of the population, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) officials said. Statistics will be calculated in December, with the key data scheduled to be released by the end of April 2011, they said. The census were expected to reveal an accurate data about the age profile of the Chinese as China which has been strictly implementing one child policy is grappling with rapidly ageing population, putting heavy strain on pension funds. Anyone born before today gets included, and anyone born after gets left out until the next exercise which was expected to be taken in 2020, according to the NBS. About 90 per cent of the people will be asked to fill in an 18item form, covering their name, sex, ethnic group, household registration, and education; the other 10 per cent, chosen randomly, will be asked to fill in a longer 45-question form. Foreigners, who for the first time being included, have to answer ten questions. The exercise was expected to cost around USD 103 million (700 million yuan). China holds its national census every 10 years. The previous one, in 2000, showed that the world’s most populous country had 1.29 billion people.

Myanmar’s military rulers threatened on Monday to cling to power if the public abstained from voting in Sunday’s longawaited election and blamed foreign media for trying to derail the poll. The military, which has run the country since a 1962 coup, said 13 foreign news organisations had colluded with opposition movements to discourage people from voting and create “great troubles” for the country. “If the election is aborted (by voters) there will not be a government that’s elected by vote of the people,” all state-controlled newspapers, which serve as mouthpieces for the reclusive regime, said in a commentary. “ The ruling government would have no choice but to remain in charge of state security until it holds another election. If so, this will take a long time,” they said, adding that Myan-

mar’s plan to become a democracy took more than a decade to draft. It was the first time the junta has made such a threat, or mentioned the possibility of a novote campaign ahead of the election, which critics say is a sham to cement the military’s iron-fisted grip on power. In the absence of any real opposition to two big parties backed by the military, activists and analysts say a significant boycott by voters would be the only means of expressing public opposition to the election. The commentary did not name the foreign news media it accused of trying to sabotage the poll. It said journalists were working closely with organisations that were “no longer political parties”, a veiled reference to the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), which has boycotted the poll. “Their intent is nothing more than to get the nation and the

people into great troubles,” the commentary said. The NLD, led by detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, won the country's last election, in 1990, in a landslide, but the generals ignored the result. The party, which was dissolved because of its boycott of this month’s vote, says this election is “unfair and unjust” because of the detention of Suu Kyi and more than 2,100 other political prisoners, hundreds of which are party members. Senior NLD member Aung Thein insisted the former party was not trying to disrupt the poll but was seeking only to remind people of their constitutional rights. “Leaders have been explaining to the people in provinces and big cities that they have the right to boycott the election,” he told Reuters. “No one has taken action against us. We are just propagating a constitutional right of the people.”

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Allan zooms to 2 spot nd

Allan Sequeira with the 2nd place trophy in Baroda on Saturday.


Goa’s ace rider, Allan Sequeira won the second place at the 4th MRF Supercross National championship at Baroda on Saturday. Goa’s Mohamad Kadar, who also participated in the event, finished fourth. Allan, participating in class seven, private foreign open class upto 250cc and 500cc took the second spot and secured 32 points while Zahan Khan of Mumbai came first. Allan is leading the event with a total of 143 points having earlier won the first place in Coimbatore and Bangalore and second place in Jaipur. This is the first time that Allan and Kadar were fully supported by the Sports Authority of Goa. Allan could have easily won the race but for his rear shock absorber which gave ample problems during the moto.

“It is almost worn out and I cannot get a new one, since the bike is an old one,” rued Sirvodem-based Allan, who pointed out that for the last event in Jaipur he had surmounted the problem much thanks to the assistance provided by Ashley Gomes. Even then, Allan proved his mettle as he drove his old 125 bike, while the ultimate winner, Zahan had a 250cc one, which was obviously was a big disadvantage for Allan. Allan is way ahead of all other riders in the category and needs to just complete the other races in Goa and Pune to lift the overall national championship. Meanwhile, SAG’s Executive Director, V M Prabhudesai and assistant secretary, Navin Acharya have congratulated Allan for his splendid showing. “Allan has kept Goa’s flag flying high in national supercoss,” added the SAG officials.

Karma Enduro Car Rally off Goa HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 1

UK-based social enterprise Global Enduro, alongwith its ambassador for arduous rally, Hindustan Motors will organise Karma Enduro Charity Challenge Car Rally from November 2. Karma Enduro rally will be held in two spells. The first phase will begin from Goa on November 2 and end at Kumarakom in Kerala on November 13.

The second phase, sporting 20 Ambassadors, will start on November 23 and end on December 3, taking the same route. On November 2, the participants will conduct a 50-km warm-up ride around Colva. The actual rally will start from Baywatch Resort, Colva on Novemb e r 3 a n d t o u c h K a r w a r, Murdeshwar, Kalasa, Madikeri

and Mysore in Karnataka, Masinagudi and Kodai in Tamil Nadu and Munnar and Kumarakom in Kerala. 24 Ambassador Grand (2 litre diesel DSZ) with front split seat, air-conditioning and power steering will be driven across 2000 km through high mountains, wild and remote tiger reserves, tribal forest areas and hectic city traffic by 50 foreigners.

By signing for Karma Enduro, the participants will generate significant funding for two charities – the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, UK and Adventure Ashram, India. While Rainbow Trust helps families that have a child with life threatening or terminal illness, Adventure Ashram helps the poorest of the poor people on or near the routes.


United Friends Club (UFC) will meet Goa Maroons in the finals of 35th UGC annual football tournament at Shuwaikh MOH ground under the auspices of KIFF. In the first semi-finals, UFC beat Navelim 5-3 via the tie-breaker. UFC was the dominant team in the first half and in the second half NYC had more ball possession and more shots on target. The game went to extra time to try to break the deadlock and Navelim continued marching towards goal but UFC keeper who was the man-of-the-match continued mak-

ing great saves to deny NYC. The match moved into penalties and all UFC players, Antonio, Cajetan, Remedio and Edwin scored. Navelim were unlucky on the other hand as Alfred hit the post and the ball went straight to the keeper’s hands and Pires’ shot was saved by Martin. GOA Maroons beat DHL in the other semi-final. Fifteen minutes into the second half, a miscued header from a DHL player beat the goalkeeper and found the back of the net. Goa Maroons took the lead after that mistake from DHL and the match began to change drastically.

Chandor stun Navelim


Chandor Club defeated Navelim Villagers Union 1-0 to storm into the quarter-finals of Curtorim Villagers Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Curtorim Gymkhana at Curtorim ground, on Monday. There was no score at half time. Chandor were able to hold Navelim in the first half as Chandor

keeper Samson Fernandes was in his elements under the bar. With the match heading for the tie-breaker, Chandor struck the all-important goal when Vitorino Combo Fernandes’ stiff shot beat the rival keeper hands down.

Kavlekar wins chess for blind HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 1

Sanjay Kavlekar won the National Open Chess Tournament for the Blind organised by Lions Club International, All India Chess Federation for the Blind and Sports Authority of Goa which concluded at Fatorda Stadium, Margao on Monday. Madan Bagayatkar and Vishashali Salavkar bagged the second and third places respectively. In all 123 participants from 11 States took part. Nitin Maganlal, District Governor, Lions Club 324-D gave away the prizes. Charudatta Jadhava, general secretary, AICFB spoke Agnelo Alcassoas, chairman, organizing committee welcomed. Pundalik Gaokar, organising secretary proposed the vote of thanks. Joseph Pereira, chairman, All Goa Chess for Blind Association was also present.

The Natural World

Dicarpale in semis

Amazing Amazon


Dicarpale Sports Club thrashed Chinchinim Villagers Union 4-2 via the tie-breaker to move into the semi-finals of Nagoa Cup football tournament at Nagoa ground, Verna on Monday. The teams were locked in a goalless draw at full time. Anjuna-Caisua soccer CALANGUTE (HC) -- The intervillage football tournament for Anjuna-Caisua Panchayat Cup organised by Chapora Yuvak Sangh will get underway on November 6 at Chapora ground. Teams may contact Jaidev or Mohandas (9767252562).

The Amazon rain forest is virtually unexplored territory, and therefore holds many surprises. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) spent 10 years in it, studying the animal and plant life carefully. In that time, they discovered a staggering 1200 new species of animals and plants; which means they found a new species every three days. Some the species that were found:

Third Division football: BITS Pilani v. Baina SC, Tilak Maidan, Vasco, 4 p.m. 4th All-Goa inter-village late Eslinda Alemao soccer: Union of Chichinim Villagers v. United Boys of Dando, Navelim ground, 4.30 p.m. St Francis Xavier soccer: St Francis Xavier SC, Panchwadi v. Miracles Club, Sanguem, Mapa Digas ground, 4.30 p.m. Alvernaz Alemao memorial volleyball: Goa Police v. Piety SC ‘B’ Hauxi, Butica court, Navelim, 8 p.m. Calangute Panchayat Cup soccer quarters: Porbavaddo v. Umtavaddo B, Poriat ground, Calangute, 4.30 p.m. 4th Bardez Cup rolling trophy: Nagoa Sporting v. Adarsh Yuvak Sangh, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m. F& C Cup semis: Navelim Villagers v. Betalbatim SC, Verem Panchayat ground, 4.30 p.m. Nagoa Cup soccer: Mandopa sc v. Rossman Cruz, Nagoa ground, Verna, 4.45 p.m.




1.Poison-dart Frog 2.Bolivian River Dolphin 3.Rio Acari Marmosets 4.Bald Parrot 5.Amazon sundew Almost 17 percent of the Amazonian forest has been cut down due to industrial or agricultural reasons. These changes signal disaster for the

forest and its many inhabitants, as many of these magnificent species are indigenous to the Amazon alone. The forest is rich location of biodiversity and many conservation groups are trying to raise awareness of the imminent danger to help save the Amazon from further destruction. 5

Animal Profile: Whale Shark

When one thinks of a shark, the first image that pops to mind is of a hungry, ferocious, man-eating monster. Great white sharks and other species fit that bill nicely, but there are others that are much gentler, like the whale shark, for instance.

sharks that reach 23 metres.

The whale shark moves slowly through the water, looking for food. It is a filter-feeder allows water to flow into its mouth for food. Microscopic animals and plants are absorbed into its system, while the water 3 The whale shark is is passed out. the largest species of fish in the world. Whale sharks presIt has the same dis- ent no threat to tinctive fins that human divers, and mark it as a shark. have in fact been Its upper side is known to interact grey and patterned with them playfully. with yellow stripes Recently scientists and spots; while the found a way to mount underbelly is white. cameras onto the maThese markings are jestic animals, alContact Us: unique to each shark, lowing them a view making it easy for into how the whale Comments or queries? Bouquets researchers to iden- sharks perceive or brickbats? Talk to us! Email tify and study them. divers. Junior Herald at junior@herThe longest or join our Face- mented whale shark is Currently the conbook fan page. Our readers are 12.65 metres long, servation status of invited to rave, rant, chat or even although there have the whale shark is been unconfirmed ‘vulnerable’. contribute. No message will go sightings of whale unanswered!

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UC Benaulim down Ambelim PANJIM (HSD) -- United Club of Benaulim defeated Ambelim Sports Club 4-1 in late Eslinda Alemao soccer at Rosary ground, Navelim on Monday. Benaulim netted two goals in the first half even though Am-

belim dominated. Crossing over, Ambelim netted their consolation goal in the first few minutes. Benaulim secured their last two goals through a brace by Clickson Fernandes.


Tamil Nadu beat Andhra Pradesh by 64 runs in South Zone U-19 Vinoo Mankad cricket tournament at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Monday. TN won the toss and chose to bat. They scored 223 for seven in 50 overs. Bharat K decorated his innings with six fours as he topscored with 86 runs off 131 balls. B Indrajit remained unbeaten on 54 and was well supported by V.Ganga Raju (46). For AP, Sneha Kishore was the most successful bowler scalping

three for 48 while HR Sirla scalped two for 34. G Sham Sundra and C Vinod Kaumar took one wicket each. AP were bundled out for 159 in 44.3 overs. B Shivacharan Singh started on a positive note for AP with 36 runs. Mahaboobasha (32) and Vinod Kumar (29) added some respect to the score but it was not enough. Kerala beat hosts Goa at Porvorim by 25 runs in another match. Karnataka after restricting Hyderabad to 252 for 8 in 50 overs, lost six wickets and scored 253 in 49.4 overs on the strength of Shishsir Bhavani's fine century (102) studded with 13 hits to the fence and two sixes at BITS, Vasco. Karun Nair 63 (7x4) and Sammart R 58 were other top scorers for Karnataka. Kerala: 184 (Basin Bin 50, Abhisek Mohan 42, Sanchu 19, Rohit Ranjnish 15. Reagan Pinto 3 for 34, Among Desai 2 for 63, Darshan Missal 2 for 28.) Goa: 159 all out in 39.5 overs. (Reagan Pinto 60, 5x4,1x6, Sayyad B 29 4x4,1x6), Vithal Raut not out 20, Nandesh Falari 19. Vinup P 3 for 44, Sally Samson 2 for 29).


St Anthony’s SC, Chauder (Nautat) defeated Zamboll Boys 1-0 to move into the finals of Cortalim inter-ward soccer tournament organised by St Michael SC, Arvalle. There was no score at the interval. St Anthony’s dominated and scored in the 2nd half through Nestad Mendis. Zamboll Boys tried hard to find the net but St Anthony’s defence led by Nicolas gave no chance to the strikers. Nestad could have doubled the score for St Anthony’s but he shot wide from close range after dribbling past the rival defenders.

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Rodriguez snatches win for Liverpool Aston Villa ....0 Birmingham 0 Newcastle ......5 Sunderland 1 Bolton ............0 Liverpool ....1 AGENCIES LONDON, NOV 1

Maxi Rodriguez scored four minutes from time to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win at Bolton Wanderers, which lifted them out of the Premier League relegation zone on Sunday. The Argentine midfielder latched on to a Fernando Torres backheel to secure a first away league win of the season for the 18-times champions who had again looked totally bereft of attacking ideas. That was not the case at St James' Park where Newcastle United chalked up their biggest home win over local rivals Sunderland for more than half a cen-

tur y when they thrashed the 10man Wearsiders 51 with a hat-trick from captain Kevin

Nolan. Liverpool had won their last seven games against Bolton but were desperately short of class at The Reebok. They defended well, particularly in holding off the muscular presence of striker Kevin Davies, but created little in attack with Joe Cole having another miserable day and Torres also out of touch. However, with a goalless stalemate looming, the Spain forward opened up the home defence with a deft backheel through his marker's legs to send Rodriguez through to poke the ball under Jussi Jaaskelainen. Liverpool's second successive win lifted them from 18th to

12th on 12 points, 13 behind leaders Chelsea who won 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Newcastle matched the fourgoal margin of their 6-2 victory over Sunderland in 1956. Although the visitors had Titus Bramble sent off after 53 minutes for a professional foul they were already 3-0 down. Nolan put Newcastle two up with goals after 26 and 34 minutes and Shola Ameobi's penalty made it 3-0 at the break. Ameobi added his second after 70 minutes after barnstorming striker Andy Carroll's header came back off the bar and Nolan nodded in the fifth five minutes later. Darren Bent got Sunderland's goal in the dying minutes. Aston Villa and Birmingham City drew 0-0 in the day's other derby.

Rooney is a troubled soul: Ferguson AGENCIES MANCHESTER, NOV 1

Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson believes his star striker Wayne Rooney has been a troubled soul. Rooney has gone from Player of the Year to a flop for England and Manchester United and a figure of shame for his reported dalliance with a prostitute, The Sun reports. Ferguson said: "I don't know the reason for his loss of form because it started in the World Cup. Whether some clubs have been filling his head in that period to affect him we don't know. The important thing is for us to put it behind us. But certainly something has been troubling him." Ferguson believes the weight of feeling against Rooney forced a U-turn as he finally signed a new five-year contract worth 250,000-pounds-a-week. Ferguson said: "Nobody enjoys that sort of attention. When he saw the impact his decision made it took him aback and he

Lazio beat Palermo to stretch lead to 4 points

The Argentine hit his third goal of Lazio ............1 the season from Napoli ........1 Marek Hamsik’s cross to take Bologna ......0 low Napoli up to fifth Chievo ........0 in the table, level Udinese ......2 with Juventus on 15 points. Sampdoria ..1 Sampdoria, Fiorentina ....0 meanwhile, ended a turbulent week in AGENCIES which the club suspended striker MILAN, NOV 1 Antonio Cassano by winning 1-0 Andre Dias scored the only goal on the road against Cesena. of the match to give 10-man Adrian Mutu went straight Lazio a 1-0 win away to Palermo into Fiorentina’s lineup for its on Sunday. match with Catania following a The result stretches Lazio’s nine-month ban for twice testing lead in the Serie A standings to positive for the banned subfour points. Lazio is top with stance sibutramine, but was un22 points, Inter Milan is second able to inspire his side as the with 18 and AC Milan is a further match finished 0-0. point behind. All three have played nine games. Dias scored in the 27th minute from a curling Mauri freekick to the far post. The Uruguayan pulled off several athletic saves to deny the Sicilian club an equalizer. Napoli prepared for its match against Liverpool in the Europa League with a 1-0 away win over Brescia, but needed a late goal from Ezequiel Lavezzi to break the deadlock.

SERIE A Palermo ........0 Brescia ..........0 Cagliari ..........2 Parma ............0 Bari ................0 Cesena ..........0 Catania ..........0

Goa dismissed for 170: Ranji PTI INDORE, NOV 1

Hosts Madhya Pradesh bundled out Goa for a paltry score of 170 and ended day one at 67 for the loss of one wicket to take firm control of the Group 'A' Plate division match at the Holkar Stadium here today. Goa skipper Sagun Kamat's decision to bat on a lush green wicket after winning the toss backfired as the Madhya Pradesh bowlers took advantage of the early morning moisture and moved the ball well. The hosts got a breakthrough in the third, when Kamat (4) was caught behind off T Sudheendra with just four runs on the board. Soon after Sudheendra trapped senior batsman Vidyut Shivramakrishnan (2) with the team's total at just six. The situation got worse for Goa as Swapnil Asnodkar was caught by Ishwar Pandey off his own bowling for a nought to leave Goa reeling at 6-3. Former India stumper Ajay Ratra and Rahul Keni added 55 runs for the fourth wicket partnership before Ratra (21) was sent back by left arm spinner Ankit Sharma. It was only due to the efforts of Shadab Jakati that the visitors could cross 150, after Vaibhav Naik (1), Sourabh Bandekar (6) and Keni (39) had perished even before the team had crossed the three-figure mark. Goa 1st Innings: Sagun Kamat c Naman Ojha b T Sudheendra 4, Swapnil Asnodkar c&b Ishwar Pandey 0, Vidyut Shivramakrishnan lbw b T Sudheendra 2, Ajay Ratra lbw b Ankit Sharma 21, Rahul Keni c Ankit Sharma b Anand Rajan 39, Vaibhav Naik b Ankit Sharma 1, Sourabh Bandekar run out (T Sudheendra) 6, Shadab Jakat lbw b Ankit Sharma 49, Robin D’Souza c Zafar Ali b Murtaza Ali 18, Amit Yadav st Naman Ojha b Abbas Ali 16, Harshad Gadekar not out 0. Extras: 14. Total: 170 all out. Overs: 64.4. Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-6, 3-6, 4-61, 5-67, 6-78, 7-96, 8-124, 9-170, 10-170. MP 1st Innings: Total: 67 for 1. Overs: 67. Bowling: Sourabh Bandekar 7-4-18-0; Robin D'Souza 5-3-5-1; Harshad Gadekar 6-1-230; Shadab Jakati 5-1-10-0; Amit Yadav 3-0-10-0; V.Shivaramakrishnan 1-0-1-0.

had a rethink." 7407 Man U fans part with their cash to pay Rooney's weekly pay Meanwhile, at least 7,407 Manchester United fans is the number required through the

turnstiles to pay just a week of striker Wayne Rooney's new 10 million pound annual wage, according to the Daily Mail. The number is a staggering 10 per cent of the club's average home gate.

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E Bengal, JCT in Durand semis lSalgaocar shown the door lMillmen face Churchill


Federation Cup winners East Bengal and JCT, Phagwara advanced to the semi-finals of the Durand Cup with emphatic victories in their respective quarter-final league matches at the Ambedkar Stadium here today. East Bengal came back from a goal down to overcome Salgaocar 2-1, while JCT defeated spirited local challengers Garhwal Heroes by the same margin. East Bengal, who had outclassed Air India 4-1 in their earlier match, needed only a point to enter the semi-finals. They have garnered six points from their two matches in the quarter-final stage. The Kolkata giants will play the winners of Group 2 for a spot in the summit clash. On the other hand, it was a must win match for Salgaocar and the Goan outfit bowed out of the tournament despite giving stiff competition to their rivals for much of the game. Sanju Pradhan equalised for East Bengal by converting a penalty in the 62nd minute after Yusif Yakubu (31st) had put the Goans ahead in the Group 4 match with an accurate header. Australian striker Tolgay Ozbey (68th) scored the winner for the red and gold outfit. However, despite their win, East Bengal have a couple of issues to worry about as experienced Mehtab Hussain will miss the semi-final as he picked up his second yellow card of the tournament today. There are also injury worries over defender Uga Okpara who was substituted in the second half after a crunching tackle by a Salgaocar player. In another match, JCT rode

on a brace by African import Ibrahim Keke to enter the last four stage with full six points from Group 3. They had downed Sporting Clube de Goa 3-0 in their first match. But the team from Punjab will face a trial by fire in the semi-finals as they will be up against defending champions Churchill Brothers. East Bengal were expected to enjoy a relatively easy outing today after their classy performance against Air India but Salgaocar proved to be a tough nut to crack. The Goan outfit created several chances and both teams were equally matched for most of the match. Star striker Yakubu was a livewire in attack for Salgaocar and their other striker Ryuji Seoka linked up nicely with the experienced Ghanaian on a number of occasions. Yakubu gave Salgaocar the lead when he connected an accurate corner by Rocus Lamare. The Ghanaian rose above the East Bengal defence before unleashing a stunning header which found the back of the net as goalkeeper Sandip Nandy watched helplessly. Yakubu almost doubled the lead in the 39th minute when Salgaocar were awarded a freekick at 25 yards after Francis Fernandes was brought down by Okpara. Yakubu unleashed a fierce pile-driver which was well saved by Nandy. Yakubu was in the thick of things again just before halftime when he released Sueoka with a nice pass into the box. But Okpara saved East Bengal the blushes with a timely tackle. The Kolkata outfit were finding it difficult to penetrate the Salgaocar defence and to add to their woes, young forward

Vettori aims at 4000 runs, 400 wkts in Tests PTI AHMEDABAD, NOV 1

He is regarded as the best leftarm spinner in contemporary cricket, but New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori still yearns to improve and has set himself a target of 4000 runs and 400 wickets in Test matches. "I think at times I have been a Test bowler but that is one part of my game which I would like to improve the most. I think that my batting in both forms of the game has come on well and also oneday bowling," Vettori told reporters during an interactive session here today. "It is Test match bowling that I want to get better at. It is one of the goals that I want to achieve," he said when asked to comment on him being tagged as an ODI bowler rather than a Test material. Vettori said his game has developed in the last few years and he has concentrated more on improving on his all-round skills. Asked how does he viewed Sir Richard Hadlee's record of

413 wickets in Test cricket, Vettori said, "4000 runs and 400 wickets is something that I aspire to and it is not too far away." "I look at that in 431 (Hadlee's record). I still see Sir Richard Hadlee as the greatest bowler," the 31-year-old Kiwi said. Vettori has 325 wickets and 3,962 runs from 100 Test matches, in addition to the 1979 runs and 275 wickets from 259 ODIs. A s ke d w h e t h e r batting at number six was taking away his interest from bowling, Vettori said, "I like the responsibility. I like to contribute with the bat as well. I think it helps me in my bowling and keeps me going." He described the series against India as the toughest challenge for the Kiwis, who were recently mauled 0-4 in a five-match ODI series by minnows Bangladesh. "India is number one for a reason. They will be looking for a comprehensive win. It is up to us to maintain our standards because that's the only way we can compete with India," Vettori said.

Razzaq blasts Pak to unlikely victory AGENCIES DUBAI, NOV 1

Abdul Razzaq gave Pakistan welcome on-field respite with a stunning century to set up a dramatic one-wicket victory over South Africa in the second oneday international on Sunday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier confirmed suspensions on three Pakistan players over spot-fixing allegations and the team looked to be struggling as they chased a formidable target of 287. But Razzaq launched an astonishing assault to smash an unbeaten 109 from just 72 balls and seal victory with one ball to spare. Razzaq struck seven fours and 10 sixes to rescue Pakistan from 228 for seven, adding 32 for the final wicket with Shoaib Akhtar who faced just a single delivery. South Africa's huge total of 286 for eight was built around a second century by 25-year-old left-hander Colin Ingram in just

his fifth match and featured rapid half-centuries from opener Hashim Amla and middle-order batsman J-P Duminy. Ingram started slowly on an awkward pitch and was given a life on 54 when Zulqarnain Haider missed a straightforward stumping chance but grew in confidence to reach exactly 100 from 119 deliveries with 10 fours and a six. Amla belted four of his first seven deliveries to the boundary in a runaway start before slowing to reach 65 from 62 balls. Duminy ended the innings in style with 54 from just 43 balls including three fours and a towering straight six. Pakistan seemed certain to pay the price for a pedestrian start during which they crawled to 135 for five in the 30th over before Razzaq rewrote the script and blasted 14 runs from the final over from just five balls to square the series at 1-1.

Robin Singh, who sustained an injury to his forehead after a clash of heads with Salgaocar defender Khelemba Metei, had to be substituted at half-time by Budhiram Tudu. But they got their chance to grab the equaliser when their Australian striker Tolagay Ozbey was fouled inside the Salgaocar's 18-yard box by Metei. Sanju Pradhan stepped up to take the spot kick and beat Salgaocar custodian with a powerful grounder. Ozbey clinched the issue in East Bengal's favour when he scored off a beautiful through from Mehtab. The second goal seemed to perk up the red and gold and the impressive Penn Orji almost scored their third goal when he received a pass from Tudu. But the Nigerian fired his shot wide of the target. Earlier, JCT made heavy weather of things during their

match against the Heroes. Keke put the Ludhiana side with a good finish in the 16th minute. Daniel Bidemi created a good chance early in the second ses-

sion with a nice back heel for Keke who hit the side netting. Kamal Rawat (62nd) brought the Heroes back on equal terms when he latched on to a cross from the right despite some

Pg18 close attention from JCT defender Daljit Singh. Koko completed his brace in injury time when he beat the rival goalkeeper with a nice turn and produced a good finish.










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Thai Delicacies underneath the Banyan Tree ‘Celebrating Jaaandeaw and Kuay Teaw’, is the Thai street food festival that is currently on at The Banyan Tree, Vivanta Holiday Village Goa by the Taj. Herald indulges in Thailand’s street food journey BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES nder the shade of a 350 year-old banyan tree, free-flowing beverages, sumptuously authentic Thai food churned out by a chef who has Thai food running in his very DNA and gazing into the eyes of a loved one! Doesn’t this sound oh so romantic and idyllic? This is exactly what you will experience at the ongoing Thai street food festival at the Vivanta Holiday Village Goa by Taj. Think Thai food and the picture you conjure up is a muggy night, rustic tables and chairs filled with blustering locals all digging into massive plates of food as the enterprising food vendors set up clusters of stalls, transforming street corners, vacant lots and alleys in live food bazaars with the enveloping sounds, colours and aromas creating a festive environment around it. And yes, a soulful lunch at a very reasonable rate. “Yes,” affirms the expat Chef Prajaub who has been weaving magic with the Thai food at the Banyan Tree for four years. He continues, “that is exactly what we have lined up here. As people love to indulge in a tasty meal at a good rate, we planned this festival which is ‘Jaaandeaw’ (dishes are served combined like an Indian ‘khichdi’) and ‘Kuay Teaw’ (where there are a variety of dishes). Specialty dishes like ‘khao pad’ (stirfried rice, with select of egg, chicken, beef, prawn, crab meat or vegetable in light soy sauce seasoning), ‘khao mun gai/gai tod’ (steamed chicken or deep fried chicken on steamed ginger rice served with sliced cucumber, clear soup and soy bean sauce), ‘kuay teaw raad nah’ (fried noodle with select of chicken, beef, pork, prawn, squid or vegetable and Chinese ‘kale phak choy’ baby corn carrot in gravy and ‘kuay teaw pad si ew’ (stir-fried noodle select of chicken, beef, pork, prawn, squid or vegetable and Chinese kale egg in dark soy sauce seasoning) are special features on the menu. With each dish that materialises in front of you, you experience the joys of falling in love with food whether you are a foodie or not. What forms the soul of this delectable cuisine is the usage of fresh spices and herbs such as lemon grass, ‘galangal’, etc. And the dips served at the side – peanut sauce, a sweet and sour honey dip, a chilli dip and the yellow bean in soy sauce, are real treats at the side, to dig into. The chef is quick to inform, “Unfortunately, people always presume that spices in Thai food mean only chilli. This is absolutely wrong. There is so much more than goes into the broad category of spices. Used in combination, they help achieve a balance of the four essential


constituents of Thai taste: salty, sour, spicy and sweet.” The moment chef mentions the four constituents, one cannot help but discuss the Goan palate. These are the very four constituents that constitute good Goan food. So, what has he kept in mind to lure the locals? After all, it is only when you serve the residents of the state well that a festival turns out a huge success! Chef enlightens, “I have been here for four years and learnt that the Goans vouch by their ‘xit-codi-nushte’. So, I have incorporated fish and prawns in most of the dishes. In fact, the ‘pad prig geang raad khao’ is a meal of stir fried red curry with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, prawn, squid or vegetable over steamed rice that will appeal to the Goans.” As appealing and old-charm as it sounds, street food reminds us of unhygienic conditions and junk food. But chef enlightens that the roadside food in Thailand is very different in the sense that it is of very high quality. The furniture is pretty rustic, but the quality of food is excellent.” In fact, we are enlightened that street food is so famous in Thailand and there is hardly any concern of people falling ill from street food; apparently you rarely see connoisseurs fall ill after eating from the roadside in Thailand. All through the meal, it is great to enjoy the company of the assistant Food and Beverages manager, Sandeep Gore and the Executive Chef, Nitten Chughh. Gore enlightens, “This festival was planned keeping in mind people who are on the move and want something fast and yet a wholesome, nutritious meal. It is an initiative to educate people on a new concept of one dish meals.” Chef Chugg adds, “To taste the best flavour of Thai food, Banyan Tree is the one stop. It is a great, nutritious lunch for a Goan. It is brimming with great taste and good health.” And it get even more attractive when they chorous, “The meals are priced only at Rs 350 for vegetarians and Rs 450 for non-vegetarians.” And the beauty of it all is that after you have gorged on these delightful dishes, you will be able to get off your chairs with perfect elegance; no uncomfortable sense of feeling stuffed. So, what are you waiting for? Exotic food and tempting treats are awaiting your approval to toss and turn on the wok before they sizzle to entice and entrap you.

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200 Million Year, Intact Skeleton of Dinosaur discovered


cientists claim to have discovered the first intact skeleton of a dinosaur that is an ancestor to the sauropod, the largest creature ever to walk the planet. The 30-feet long skeleton, complete with skull, estimated to be 200 million years old, may help reveal the story of how the 120-feet long giant-necked sauropods evolved and became solely plant eaters. The bones were found in southern China, palaeontologist Sankar Chatterjee, Texas Tech said in the US. The skeleton Chatterjee is studying shows the animal stood on four feet. It also has the beginnings of a long neck, a leading UK paper reports. These preliminary findings will be presented at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado, Sunday. The broad, high, domed skull has eye sockets on the sides and a short snout with a wide, U-shaped jaw. Serrated, spoon-shaped teeth suggest it ate plants, like sauropods. The sturdy teeth and raised neck let the animal very easily nip small branches from treetops and then chew the plant material. “It’s like a manuscript. Many pages are missing. We are still trying to piece it together. This is one of those missing links. Now we'll know better how these dinosaurs evolved,” Chatterjee said. The skeleton, estimated at more than 200 million years old, was found by one of Chatterjee's colleagues in 2005 in the flood plains around Lufeng in Yunnan province, China which has been rich with dinosaur finds, he said.

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At Six, She is Yoga Trainer to Grownups


he is barely six years old but calls the shots at a class full of ‘sadhus’, housewives and other grownups. Meet Shruti Pandey, a yoga trainer at an ‘ashram’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad district. Pandey, a Class 2 student in the Central Academy, makes a class of about 60 people of varied ages bend and stretch every morning at the Swami Brahmanand Saraswati Kaivalya Dham (SBSKD) in Jhunsi town. “She is quite punctual about her yoga session, which she starts every morning at 5.30 and continues for one hour,” said Hari Chetan Maharaj, Pandey's trainer and SBSKD head. “She demonstrates ‘asanas’ just like any professional yoga trainer. At the same time, she keeps an eye on her students to ensure that all of them follow the right steps to derive maximum benefits out of the exercises they perform,” Maharaj added. When Pandey was just four years old, she started learning yoga at the SBSKD, which was set up by her maternal grandfather Dwij Raj Pathak around 35 years ago. Pandey's father is an official with the Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad while her mother is a housewife. “Shruti is a fast learner. Shruti's family asked us to teach her yoga when she was four. Frankly speaking, even I was surprised by Shruti's pace of learning. She grasps techniques very quickly unlike other children her age. Within six months of training, she started performing even tough ‘asanas’ with ease and perfection,” said Maharaj. As Pandey attained perfection in ‘asanas’, the SBSKD authorities decided to introduce her as a yoga trainer around one year ago. “It feels good when people follow your instructions. During the yoga session I feel like a teacher making students learn their lessons,” said Shruti. Asked what prompted Pandey to learn yoga, she replied, “I got inclined towards yoga when I saw my elder brother performing ‘asanas’ at home. Initially, I tried but could not succeed; so I insisted my parents make me learn yoga.” At present, there are over 60 people who attend Pandey's yoga session at the SBSKD. “Not just working people or housewives, even ‘sadhus’ attend the yoga classes regularly. Teachers, businessmen, bankers and people from different walks of life come to the ashram to learn yoga for a peaceful mind and physical fitness,” said Maharaj. SBSKD doesn't charge anything from people interested in learning yoga. Somendra Bharadwaj, a retired teacher and resident of the Alopibagh locality, who has been attending Pandey's Yoga classes for the last four months, said, “The best thing I like about Shruti is she tries to provide an alternative step or methodology for a complicated ‘asana’ that may be difficult for older people like me.” Lokendra Pal Singh, a native of Daraganj, who has been attending Pandey's classes for the last three months, said, “I have noticed a positive change in my behaviour. I used to be short-tempered, but now I am able to control my anger to quite an extent.”

Diwali is the festival of lights and joy. Along with the spiritual and devotional fervour, the tradition of giving and receiving gifts also have all it its grips. With several brands offering discounts and gifts on purchases, Herald finds out what is in store BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES he shopping areas around Panjim have donned on a whole new look with lights and paintings of huge lamps on the glass windows of shops and colourful signs and hoardings displaying the various festive season treats the stores are presently offering. display of the offers going on in the stores, looking absolutely alluring, even if shoppers had pre-planned on what exactly they needed, with better offers on hand, people are editing their shopping lists as per the offers. Diwali being a festival synonymous with life, festivities and happiness, fun loving Goans love going all out and spending a bit extra on bringing home something new on Diwali. This year too is the same when it comes to shopping. Every second shop in the city is offering something special, like discounts, free gifts on purchases and exchange offers. From electronics to clothing, jewellery to cars, brands are turning their game up to lure customers. Speaking to Dhanraj Dhond, store manager of an electronics store, he says, “The offers available are till November 15. The festive season is just gearing up and as the festival approaches, the number of customers coming in


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is on an increase. Different brands offer different free gifts. One electronic brand is offering a free 3D LED TV on purchase of a 3D package which includes 3D BD Player, 3D titles, 3D glasses and a wireless LAN adapter. Another brand is offering a 50 movie DVD pack free with a LED TV. It depends on the customers’ budgets and what they want to go in for. LED TVs are something new and every tech lover wants to own one; it is selling well.” He further adds, “Another major brand is offering gifts only on their LED TVs and LCD TVs like a free set of earphone on their 40inch LCD TV and a pen drive free on a 32inch LCD. Cameras too have offers on them. One international brand is offering a free carrying case and a 4GB memory card free on their digital handy cams and cameras.” Another store had a sale on their laptops and personal computers. Ejaz Shaik says, “A company has a scratch card offer where the gifts are a 3D package consisting of 3D glasses, 3D tiles and 3D Blu Ray player. Other scratch gifts are playstation 3, home theatres, walkmans and camcorders.” The store is also offering one year free antivirus on their laptops. As for clothing, many Indian wear stores are offering different percentages of discounts while the casuals are still with their usual rate. “We have seasonal sales after every quarter so we don’t keep a festive offer,” says a shopkeeper. So go ahead and splurge on the latest gadgets and clothing but be careful to read the bottom line. After all, conditions do apply for everything.










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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? The 3rd All India Annual Art Competition and Exhibition 2010, organised by Bhikuram Jain Foundation, New Delhi is open for entries. Registration closes on November 30. The exhibition and the award presentation ceremony will be held on February 12, 2011. Call the Kala Academy, Panjim on 2420452. The Great Goan Photography Contest, organised by Goan Shutterbugs in memory of the late Laxmikant P Kudchadkar is open for registration. The contest is divided into three categories, Enchanting Goa, Spirit of Goa and Go Going. Contest forms can be downloaded from or collected from Click Photography School, Margao, Supply’s India, Panjim, Calizz, Candolim or CMYK Academy, Mapusa. Registration closes on November 15, 2010. Call 9822151419, 9881533456, 3250000 or 9822581232. ‘Organic Kitchen Gardening’, a session, organised by Vardaan Ecostore will be held on November 3 at 3pm at the Agriculture Department, Margao. Call 9527463684. Photography classes, conducted by Click Photography School will be held in the month of November in Panjim and Margao. Call 9822151419. Reading workshops for children and teens by Jugneeta Sudan will be held during the month of November at the Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. ‘Daniel Driscoll on Film’, a talk by Dan Driscoll, organised by Gallery Gitanjali and Monsoon Grey will be held on November 3 at 6pm at Gallery Gitanjali, Fontainhes, Panjim. Call 9823572035. ‘Beautiful Thing’, a book by Sonia Faleiro will be launched on November 3 at 6:30pm at Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. The Goa YMCA Toastmasters



HOROSCOPE Club will meet every first and third Tuesday at the YMCA - Campal, Panjim at 6:30pm. Guests are welcome to witness the proceedings and even join up as members. A specialised tennis coaching camp for students organised by Kinesis Tennis Academy and the Goa State Tennis Association is being held from November 1 to 20 at the Kinesis Tennis Academy-Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias, Miramar, Panjim. Registration forms are available at Champs, Angleys, Club Gaspar Dias, Panjim Gymkhana, Panjim, or BPS Sports Club, Margao. Call 2423862. A Portuguese basic course for students, conducted by the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Alto-Porvorim is being held from November 1 to 20 from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Visit Call 2417772. Introduction to Kayaking and Training Program 2010 at Vainguinim Beach, Dona Paula, Panjim will be held from November 7 to 10 and at Hollant Bay, Vasco da Gama from November 12 to 15, respectively. It is organised by Goa Kayaking in association with Cidade de Goa. E-mail Call 2223119, 2462182, 9422056037. India’s First Citizen Journalism Course, a certificate course by the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism in association with the Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ) will be held from November 12 to 14 at the Inspectorate of Factories and Boilers (IFB), Altinho, Panjim. Call 94224 43093, 2409490, 9822122436, 098209 85853 or 9822179125. ‘Our Cultural Diversity’, a workshop for in service school teachers up to the age of 48 years, organised by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, New Delhi will be held from December 1 to 11. The schools intending to depute their teacher can visit the Department of Art and Culture, Patto, Panjim. Call 2438103.

Physical exercise is an excellent way to get through the 21 Mar - 19 Apr i n c r e a s e d stress you feel. You're more worried about your health than you need to be -- which does not mean you can skip that trip to the doctor or dentist! In fact, your next visit should put your mind at ease, so hop to it.

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Capricorn You find that the facts contradict what you've been 22 Dec - 20 Jan told. Don't take it lying down. You feel down to earth and better able to deal with people who are on your case -- or who want to get closer to you. Your great energy makes all social interactions that much easier to handle.

Aquarius You're entering a more grounded phase. Spend some 21 Jan - 19 Feb time today enjoying simple things. There's a lot going on today, and you're feeling pretty sure that you need to get more data before you proceed. Look beneath the surface and ask yourself what's really going on that's unspoken.

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DID YOU KNOW? Goa’s state animal and bird

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Though we know a lot about the beautiful state of Goa, not many know that Goa has a state bird and animal. The state bird of Goa is the Rubythroated Yellow Bulbul, Pycnonotus melanicterus gularis, which is a sub-species of the Black Headed Bulbul. The state animal, the Gaur, belongs to the Bovinae subfamily, which also includes bison, domestic cattle, yak and water buffalo. A huge beast, the gaur is a large, dark-coated forest animal of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The animal is the largest species of wild cattle, bigger than the African buffalo, the extinct aurochs (the ancestor of domestic cattle), wild water buffalo or bison.


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‘King of Centuries’ looks forward to be ‘Monarch’ A

BY CEDRIC DA COSTA cclaimed tiatrist and ‘King of Centuries’, Roseferns recently celebrated 30 years of Roseferns Dramatic Troupe. The event was recently commemorated with the release of ‘Thapott’, his first book in Roman Konkani. ‘Thapott’, the tiatr premiered on October 25, 1980 at Nuvem, Salcette. It went on to score a century at a time when tiatrs were staged on very limited venues in Goa and the gap between successive shows even spanned two long months. It later went on to establish Roseferns Recreating the as a major show-maker. ‘Thapott’ was subsequently re-released in July 2009. Tiatr lovers thronged theatres for magic:Rosario(l) these shows and nostalgically accepted it to ensure it as Kanddo and completes a silver jubilee. And it did 25 house Prince Jacob(r) full shows. Coming to the book, it was recently That special musical touch: as Bikkond released at the hands of Mauvin Godinho, Deputy Maestro Emiliano de Cruz Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly at a glittering function held at the Pai Tiatrist Hall, Ravindra Bhavan in Margao. Godinho recalled the time he was in Kuwait when the Troupe was staging the tiatr at the invitation of Agnelo Alcasoas, then president of the Kuwait Goan Association in Kuwait. Agnelo Alcasoas in his address said that due to the consistency and success of Roseferns who is staging his 69th production should be rightly conferred the title, ‘Monarch of Tiatr’. Goa’s famed cartoonist, Alexyz presented Roseferns a personalised cartoon memento as a tribute to his unique achievement. Unlike many a self assumed titles tiatrists these days take upon themselves most of the titles conferred upon Roseferns have been bestowed by his fans as a fitting tribute and attribution by his numerous fans in Goa and the world over. Top names in the tiatr fraternity paid rich tributes to the works of Roseferns over the years and his continuous contribution to the Konkani language and tiatrs. The troupe has also introduced and promoted various tiatrists who have branched out to be fine directors and actors themselves after working under the master director Roseferns. Various actors like Prince Jacob, Roshan, Brian, Costy, Sally, Ulhas Tari, Antonette de Maina enacted various scenes from the run away hit ‘Thapott’ that brought back the glory of the yesteryears. Maestro Emiliano de Cruz was instrumental in adding his classic touch to the Theatrical dedi- evening alongside Roseferns troupe’s long standing musicians headed by Anthony de Velim and ably aided by Ivo and James. cation: Ulhas Succorine, fondly called Succu, Roseferns’ wife ran through the success story Tari, a long time of the troupe over the years. His daughters, Ageema and Roseanna also performed. member of the Roseferns also launched his website, on the occasion. Tomazinho Cardozo, Menino Mario, Jaju Ferns, Anil Kumar, Fatima, Clara, Troupe Rosario, Dasil, Lawry Travasso, Tommy, Jr Nelson, Ali, Peter de Benaulim and Siddhanath Buyao were the noted tiatrists who were present at the occasion. Underlining the long association of the Herald with tiatrists, Savio Monteiro, Deputy General Manager, Advertising of the Herald presented a memento to Roseferns and reiterated his support to the tiatrists and tiatr in keeping alive the Goan culture, family entertainment and our mother tongue.

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‘Nature and its Creator’ Inspired by Nature

BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES oa is a land blessed with abundant natural beauty and has been the inspiration for many a masterpiece. One person who has been deeply inspired by the beauty and majesty of nature is Dr Susheela Fernandes, a dentist, writer and painter. “Nature has always fascinated me and when I look at the various things nature has to offer, the stars, trees, flowers and animals, I think of the hand that created them, and so I decided to name my first exhibition ‘Nature and its Creator’,” said Susheela. The realistic paintings have their themes rooted in nature but there also are a few which are based on biblical themes. “I always believe God is the greatest artist, this is my tribute to him. There is no better way to worship him, other than appreciating the beauty nature has provided us with,” said Susheela. Susheela, a practising dentist, has always cultivated her hobby of painting in her free time. “I love painting. Although my passion is writing, I love painting too and I can paint anything anywhere. Not a single wall in my house is left bare, with a very supportive spouse I have the freedom to experiment and innovate in my hobby,” said Susheela. Being a practising dentist, ask her how she manages the day and she replies, “I work for half day while my children are at school and the remainder of the day I spend at home with my kids and pursue my passion and hobbies,” said Susheela. This first collection, exhibiting at the Kala Academy Art Gallery, was painted in a span of two years. And range from scenes of day to day life, but are more concentrated on nature. Animals form the favourite subject of these paintings, from a dog lapping water from a puddle to a cat trying to get a bird up on a tree, everything speaks of minute observation. And there are the biblical themes of Christ’s Sacred Heart and that of God the Father’s hands lighting up the world, which are replicas of previous paintings. The exhibition is on till November 3 at the Kala Academy.


The Exclusive Designers of the Tiatr World Advertising and branded clothes showrooms have brought the latest, the trendy and the most fashionable attire to us. Most of us, in this blur, have overlooked our talent at designing. Not these ladies… BY RON FIDELIS ell, these may not be as big as Wendell Rodrigues, Gucci or Vikram Verma, but they sure are designer; given that these get made especially for the occasion and there is probably no other similar piece. Made by family, close friends or even themselves in many instances, the only possible option they have besides these would be the option of going to the village tailor who, as tradition goes stitches one’s wedding gown and thus owns certain loyalties. Showcasing a plethora of home made designs these ladies have surely taken pains to be presentable at the recently concluded Tiatr Competition 2010. Who needs to spend a fortune, when it can be tailor made to one’s own preference, shape, size, colour and design and that too right at home. Pretty classy…with a little help from their friends.

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Bruce’s Tough Dad Plan backfires

Bipasha bags International Project



fter sizzling on the Bollywood screen for almost a decade, dusky beauty Bipasha Basu has signed her first international project English-French director Roland Joffe’s Singularity. The 31-yearold is extremely excited and admits she does have butterflies in her stomach. “I am very excited...but have to admit that I am also a little nervous. Everything happened really fast,” said Bipasha. Bipasha met Joffe in a chance encounter at the Taj Land’s End Hotel in Mumbai in September. The $33 million movie, written by Ajey Jhankar, is a riveting tale of an impossible love set across two time periods and continents. It is set in the backdrop of the first Anglo-Maratha War of the 18th century and revolves around four characters - a British officer in colonial India and the Indian woman he falls in love with, an American marine biologist and his researcher lover - who gets trapped in a wrecked British merchant ship. The film will be shot in Australia and India. Bipasha will be flying to Brisbane in the first week of November. Bipasha, who will be missing Diwali for the initial rehearsals for the film, says she would have loved to get some more time to prepare forher role. “I am not getting much of preparation time right now. I have been given just eight days to prepare for underwater scenes and horse riding. I wish I had at least a month’s time for preparation,” she said. She is looking forward to working with Hollywood actors. “The script is fantastic. They have a lot of expertise in their’s going to be a whole lot of hard work, and it’s going to be great fun to adapt to their system of working,” she said. Singularity also stars Bollywood actor Abhay Deol besides Hollywood stars Chris Pine, Josh Hartnett, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Egan and Shane Briant, among others.

ruce Willis has revealed his aims to be a tough protective father to his daughters have not worked. The Hollywood hardman and star of Die Hard had planned to scare off boys who tried to date the daughters he has with ex-wife Demi Moore - Rumer, 22 years, Scout, 19 years, and 16-year-old Tallulah - but they just laugh it off. Bruce said, “I thought I could start throwing these young kids around and stand them up against the wall, questioning them, but my children just destroyed that notion. They said, ‘Leave him alone, Dad. Stop, you’re em-

barrassing us’. The next thing you know, they’re all in the pool and whooping it up. I am so archaic at times. I’d like to think of myself as old-fashioned but there’s no place for it with my three daughters. They just say I don’t understand.” Bruce, 55 years, is enjoying his second marriage to 32-year-old British model and actress Emma Heming and revealed he has learned to lighten up. He said, “I don’t know if I’m doing anything differently. I’ve become a nicer person over the years. I don’t take things so seriously and just fool around more. I certainly laugh more.”

Elton John wants Memorabilia Museum


ir Elton John dreams of establishing a museum to display his private photography collection and personal memorabilia to the public. The Rocket Man has amassed a huge amount of artwork over the years, and stores it all in two massive warehouses in London, along with mementos from his long music career. But he wants the public to enjoy the items - and one day hopes to set up a museum where the collectibles can go on show. Sir Elton says, “I’ve got two warehouses. They’ve got old stage costumes, sets pianos, all the memorabilia. It’s quite a lot. I’ve got to decide what to do with that. I’ve always wanted to leave my photography collection to the nation. David Furnish and I probably have the largest private photography collection in the world, or one of them.” “There isn’t a photography museum in England, there should be and I’d love to leave all the photographs to the nation and the memorabilia at the same time, so create a museum where you see my life. Instead of doing a biography or autobiography, you see my life through objects and you get to see the wonderful photographs I’ve collected over the years. I’d love to do that but you have to find a space and get it funded – it is one thing saying you’ll do it but it’s quite complicated,” he concluded.

Dia Mirza stunning in White Wedding Lehenga


ollywood beauty Dia Mirza looked stunning in a white wedding lehenga as the showstopper for designer Rocky S on the opening day of the Aamby Valley India Bridal Week. “What is interesting is to see an Indian bride in a white lehenga, so surreal and beautiful. The garment is stunning and I think that it in its self is a reflection of the line. What Rocky is trying to do with this collection is asking why stick with the mould? Break it and try something new,” Dia said. “And I think it works very well because wearing it I felt beautiful. The garment is stunning and quite honestly, if I were to be getting married, white could be quite a colour for me,” the actress said. Rocky’s collection also entailed other shades including maroon, red, burgundy, beige, brown, pink, peach, grey and black along with a few more whites. “The signature colours were black and white but I have used a lot of other hues too. I feel we are out of the typical Indian colours. We are now in a new generation, when you see the collection you will realise that it is styled in a very modern way,” said Rocky. “Just because it was a bridal collection, we don’t have to be completely Indian in our approach. We are today’s people and we dress up in a very different manner than just wearing a typical lehenga or a salwar kameez,” he added.

Anorexic Women More Likely to have Unplanned Pregnancies


omen suffering from anorexia are much more likely to have unplanned pregnancies and induced abortions than those who do not have the serious eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is characterised by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, and an obsessive fear of gaining weight due to a distorted self image. The results may be driven by a mistaken belief among women with anorexia that they can not get pregnant because they either do not have menstrual periods or have irregular periods, said Cynthia M Bulik, who led the study. “Anorexia is not a good contraceptive,” said Bulik, director of University of North Carolina’s eating disorders programme in the US. “Just because you’re not menstruating, or because you’re menstruating irregularly, doesn’t mean you’re not at risk for becoming pregnant,” he added, according to a university statement. Bulik and study co-authors analysed data collected from 62,060 women as part of the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. There were 62 women in this sample who reported having anorexia nervosa. The differences between women with anorexia and those with no eating disorder were striking. The average age of the mothers at delivery was 26.2 years in women with anorexia, compared with 29.9 years in the group of women without eating disorders. Fifty per cent of women with anorexia reported unplanned pregnancies, compared with 18.9 per cent of the others, while 24.2 per cent of women with anorexia reported having induced abortions in the past, compared to 14.6 per cent of the others. (Courtesy: Agencies)

Genetically engineered Monkey could lead to Alzheimer's, Cancer Cure


cientists in China have bred the country’s first genetically engineered rhesus monkey, a step that could speed up the development of cures for diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Scientists used green fluorescent protein (GFP), a substance originally isolated from a jellyfish and now commonly used as a biotech marker, and implanted transgenic embryos in the uteri of surrogate mother monkeys, said Ji Weizhi, a researcher with the Kunming Institute of Zoology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Two transgenic monkeys - that contained artificially planted genetic material - were born in June 2008, both carrying the GFP gene. An animal tagged with GFP glows green when exposed to ultraviolet light, proving that a key gene sequence has been switched on, said a leading Chinese newspaper. One of the two monkeys is still alive, making China the third country to have genetically engineered a monkey, after the US in 2001, and Japan, last year. The success could eventually lead to the cultivation of lab monkeys that can be infected with human diseases, and studied, said Niu Yuyu, a member of the research team. “The work is important because medical researchers have wanted an animal model that is closer to the human anatomy than rodents,” said Niu.

Mice that are genetically engineered to have the symptoms of certain human diseases have been the mainstay of lab work and allowed scientists to test their theories before trying them out on human volunteers. Monkey tests, however, are controversial, as experts have warned of the potential for an ethics storm, brewed by fears that technology used on primates could be used to create genetically engineered humans.

Editor –in-chief: R F Fernandes. Editor: Ashwin Tombat. Chief Editor-Features: Christina Viegas.

Gay Chinese Kids seek Acceptance


ore and more people in China are now coming out of the closet and are asking their parents to accept their homosexual orientation. About 200 people - gays and lesbians - along with their parents recently gathered in a hotel in Beijing to call for family acceptance and support for gay people. Out of privacy concern, parents at the gathering, however, asked to be identified only as their children’s parents - like Li Baba or father of Li, Yang Mama or mother of Yang. Li Baba could not believe it when, a psychologist told him that his son is gay. “At that time, I thought homosexuality is what hooligans do. My son was a nice boy, how could this be possible?” he told a leading Chinese newspaper. The psychologist referred him to a therapist to ‘treat his son’s homosexuality’. After the treatment, his son suffered prolonged depression, fits of agitation and other mental problems. “Don’t try to fix your child’s homosexuality. It can’t be changed. Treatment only causes more problems,” said Li Baba. His wife wept in silence by his side, as the man told other parents of gays or lesbians the story. A lesbian named Xiao Ying regrets that she came out of the closet too quickly at 19 years. Her mother took her to doctors and kept a close watch on her so that she could not meet her lover. Now, after nine years, her mother remains firm on the issue. “It only got worse when my mother converted from Buddhism to Christianity,” said Xiao. “Live your life and I’ll live mine,” Xiao's mother said when she tried to invite her to the parents’ gathering.“I didn’t hope to win her support, because it would be unrealistic. I only wanted her to get to know about the community,” Xiao said. Wu Youjian, 63 years, the organiser of the gathering, said she heard many tragedies on her hotline, which seeks to help families accept their gay children’s sexuality. She listens to their confusion, anger and regrets three nights a week. Wu recalled the many suicides by people she had tried to help - a senior military officer who dared not seek a boyfriend or even talk about his sexuality and committed suicide during this year, a mother who did not know about her son’s sexuality until she read his will and a man who took his own life after hearing about the suicide of his boyfriend. Yang Mama said she now cooks for her son’s boyfriend, washes the two men’s clothes and even helps to take care of the boyfriend’s paralysed father. Her support came only after three attempted suicides by Yang, who suffers from chronic depression. “I'm not comfortable enough to express love in words. But I bought her a necklace,” Yang said, expressing gratitude to his mother for attending the gathering.

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