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Goa’s Heartbeat: From highest paid model to actor... Pg 1 st Francis Xavier’s feast today The feast of St Francis Xavier, popularly known as Goencho Saib, will be celebrated on December 3, with Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai, being the main celebrant for the feast mass. Thousands of people from all walks of life (Continued on page 10)

Business: Food inflation dips to 8.6 p. c. Pg 13

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Sports: Zaheer returns; Sree, Raina rested Pg 16

Centre issues order to denotify indo-Bangla film bags Golden Peacock three Goa SEZs


Indo-Bangladesh movie ‘Moner Manush’ was awarded the prestigious Golden Peacock for the best film at the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Thursday. The award carries a citation and prize money of Rs 40 lakh for the film’s producer and director. The Bengali director Gautam Ghosh received Rs 20 lakh from the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Choudhary Mohan Jatua and other dignitaries. Kaushik Ganguly’s story on homosexuality ‘Just Another Love Story’, bagged the special jury award — a Silver Peacock, a citation and a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh. The award was also shared with New Zealand film ‘Boy’ by Taika Waititi. ‘The Crossing’ from Turkey was adjudged the second best film. The Best Director award was bagged by Susanne Bier of Denmark for her film ‘In a Better World’. The Best Actor Award of Rs 10 lakh each went to the Turkish actor Guven Kirac for his role in the film “The Crossing” while the Best Actress Award was won by Magdalena Boczarska of Poland for “Little Rose”. The films were judged by fivemember jury led by Polish filmmaker Jerzy Antczak, Emmy award winning Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnars, Australian legendary actor Mick Molloy, French filmmaker Oliver Pere and South Indian film actress

Luizinho clarifies HERALD NEws DEsk PANJIM, DEC 2

Former Industries Minister Luizinho Faleiro claimed that he h a s n o t , i n a n y w a y, a t tempted to favour allotment of land to M/s Meditab Specialities Pvt. Ltd. for SEZ in the State. “When this case was received by me, I referred the same with my remarks to the Chief Minister,” he said. (Report on page 2)


Bengali director Gautam Ghosh receiving the Golden Peacock trophy for the Indo-Bangladesh movie ‘Moner Manush’ at the hands of chief guest Saif Ali Khan. Also seen to the left are Susanne Bier’s son, collecting the Best Director award on behalf of her mother, and Magdalena Boczarska with the best actress award. (More on IFFI results on Goa’s Heartbeat). Photo by Rozario Estibeiro.

Revathy Menon. The 11-day extravaganza came to a close with the screening of the French film ‘The Princess of Montpensier’, directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Addressing an over-crowded auditorium at Kala Academy, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that he looks forward to holding the 42nd edition of IFFI in Goa. He said that the new initiatives like e-ticketing in IFFI 2010 received tremendous success and sale of tickets went up to one lakh as against 80,000 in IFFI 2009.

Replying to frequently asked queries on infrastructure for the festival, Kamat said that efforts are on to set up a good convention centre in the State. He further said that they are analysing and taking corrective measures to enhance the festival every year. Jatua said that the Indian film industry is experiencing phenomenal growth of 16 per cent and by next year its turnover would cross Rs 17,500 crore. He said Indian cinema stands on the cusp of being cinema of the world but we must deliver to

sustain our position. Festival Director, S M Khan said that the Festival received entries from all over the world and offered the delegates, media critic and film buffs an opportunity to watch the best of Indian and world cinema. Starting with a note about Goa being tagged as a party place, chief guest for the function Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan told the gathering that the State can be tagged as the best film festival destination. “Goa is more than just partying. (Continued on page 10)

Air fares may hit the sky PTI NEW DELHI, DEC 2

Domestic airlines have proposed a massive hike in air fares ignoring Government’s calls not to resort to exorbitant fares after they were hauled up for abrupt rise in ticket costs even during non-peak season. The airlines, however, may not have their way with the new fare structure they have proposed since the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is unlikely to give its nod. The Civil Aviation regulator received the proposals yesterday. DGCA sources said today the civil aviation regulator is likely to shoot down the proposed price bands and may ask the airlines to rework them keeping the interests of passengers in mind. “The responses (of airlines) are under examination,” Civil Aviation Secretary S N A Zaidi said. The fare bands proposed by airlines are for the first time based on distance-based slabs. As per the proposals, an air passenger travelling economy class may have to shell out Rs 10,500 for a Delhi-Chandigarh or Chennai-Coimbatore flight and anything upto Rs 40,000 on the Delhi-Bangalore or Delhi-


Delhi-Chandigarh or Chennai-Coimbatore Rs 10,500* Delhi-Bangalore or Delhi-Kolkata upto Rs 40,000*

(*Proposed fares)

Kolkata route. The domestic airlines came out with the proposal after they were asked by the DGCA to submit the planned price bands on various sectors after some of them resorted to steep hike in airfares even during the nonpeak season. Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel reiterated that the airlines would not be allowed to charge exorbitantly. “DGCA will not allow any predatory or exorbitant pricing...If there is something lacking we will make necessary correction. We will not allow airlines to charge exorbitantly.

We will not let them take advantage of a situation,” he said. DGCA sources made it clear that there should not be a situation where the airlines fleece passengers through a huge fare increase. The average price would be lower if tickets are bought in advance. The fares would reach their peak if purchased on the day of travel or just a day before, the sources said. The regulator, which has established a Tariff Analysis Unit to keep a tab on the prevailing fare levels, would take a decision on the matter very soon, the (Continued on page 10)

Raja overruled PM’s advice on 2G: sC PTI NEW DELHI, DEC 2

The Supreme Court today came down heavily on former Telecom Minister A Raja for “bypassing” and even “overruling” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s advice to defer the allocation of 2G spectrum by a few days. The apex court also took strong exception to the tone and tenor of Raja’s letter to the P r i m e M i n i s t e r, s a y i n g i t amounted to showing “disrespect” to the highest authority in the country. The Bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said Raja had not paid heed to the Prime Minister’s letter asking him to wait for some days before taking any action on the allocation of spectrum. Resuming hearing on the petition by NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL, on the spectrum scam, the court raised

questions on Raja ignoring the Law ministry’s advice seeking opinion of the AG as “out of context”. The court made the remarks after noting that the Law Minister has given an opinion that the matter be referred to the Empowered Group of Ministers for seeking the opinion of the law officers like the Attorney General and Solicitor General. “Raja first received opinion of the Law Ministry which he overruled by saying it was out of context, then he received a

letter of PM on the same day asking him to wait and let me (PM) know further action you (Raja) take. That is also ignored,” the court said. “The letter of Law ministry for taking opinion of AG was ignored. The PM’s letter was ignored. Is this the way the government functions?” the court asked. Senior advocate T R Andhyarujina, appearing for Raja, however, contended that the former telecom minister never ignored the opinion of the Law ministry or the advice of the Prime Minister. The Bench shot back, “The question is what led him to say that the law ministry’s opinion was out of context.” “Nothing could have happened if you would have waited for two-three days after receiving the letter from the Prime Minister,” the bench snapped.

Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday issued an order kicking off the process for denotification of three SEZs (Special Economic Zones) in Goa. The actual denotification, however, will take time as the proposal has to go before the Board of Approval that sanctions SEZs and no meeting of the board is still fixed. “We have not yet fixed the next Board meeting after the 43rd meeting held on November 18 and the proposals for denotification will have to be put on the agenda for clearance”, a Department of Commerce official said, adding that the Government has to go by the board’s decisions and cannot act on its own to reverse the decision. It is the statutory board that gives clearance to the SEZs and as such cancellation of any clearance is also required to be referred to it, the official said, pointing out that formal approval was granted for seven SEZs in Goa but only three were notified. Congress MP Shantaram Naik said he called on the Commerce Minister who issued orders on his memorandum for denotifying the three SEZs without wasting any time. He expects the formal notifications “soon”. Naik had approached the minister to point out that the Panjim Bench of the Bombay High Court had disposed off the pending SEZ petition, holding land allot-

The actual denotification will take time as the proposal has to go before the Board of Approval that sanctions SEZs. ment to them as illegal and as such there should be no problem now in their denotification. According to Naik, there was even otherwise no injunction against the Centre from denotifying the SEZs, but Anand Sharma had taken the stand that the Government won’t denotify them when the matter is pending before the court. Naik said he told the minister that the SEZ developers no longer have land with them and as such he can proceed with denotification without any difficulty.

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Vishwajit gets taste of law, HC stays construction of compound wall HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, DEC 2

Granting temporary relief to a 70-year-old petitioner who has moved High Court against Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and State Authorities for alleged harassment meted out to him by blocking access to his bungalow at Dona Paula by building a compound wall – the Bombay High Court at Goa on Wednesday granted stay on construction of a compound wall carried out by the health minister in the green zone in front of the petitioner’s bungalow. A Division Bench comprising Justices S B Deshmukh and F M Reis has also issued notices to health minister, the chief secretary, member secretary of North Goa Planning & Development Authority (NGPDA), Director General of Police (DGP), Taleigao Village Panchayat and others and posted the matter for further hearing in January 2011. When the matter came to be mentioned as urgent hearing on Wednesday morning, petitioner Antonio F do Rosario, through his counsel Adv Joseph Vaz alleged that he has been harassed by the Health Minister through State authorities after he declined

to sold his property to the health minister. “The respondent 5 (health minister) has been misusing his authority, abusing his position as a minister and is instrumental in directing the public authorities to harass the petitioner because he refused to sell his plot and bungalow to respondent 5,” the petitioner charged in his petition. The petitioner owns a bungalow under survey no 250/4 - plot X which is under renovation whereas health minister’s plot under survey no 250/4 - plot Y touches petitioner’s plot and both the plots has common boundaries. In October 2009, the health minister sent Fr Inacio Almeida to convince the petitioner to sell his plot and bungalow to him and the request was outrightly rejected, he says in his petition. According to the petitioner health minister has built a new storey bungalow by demolishing the old one, allegedly without obtaining due approvals from the planning authorities. He went on to occupy the bungalow without obtaining occupancy certificate, he alleged. As submitted by the petitioner the access

KTC to connect rural villages to GMC HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, DEC 2

Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) will connect state’s apex medical hospital to the rural villages through their bus service. KTCL will be launching three new bus services from Friday onwards providing an express service to the people from Patradevi, Pernem and Assnora. The rural villages at the state’s boarder like Keri (Pernem), Banda (Patradevi) and Ghotgewadi (Asnora) will be connected to the Goa Medical College through KTCL bus service, which will begin from 7am in the morning. The three new KTCL routes include: Banda-Panjim- Bambolim, Ghtgewadi-Panjim, Bamb o l i m a n d K e r i - Pa n j i m Bambolim.

KTCL official said that the main idea behind starting these routes was to provide a smooth public transport to the people, based far away from the apex hospital. “People situated in these areas are basically poor and several patients from these areas visit GMC for medical treatment. In order to reach GMC, people have to exchange two buses. Hence we thought to make this transport little feasible,” the official said. The people living in villages bordering the state were often subjected inconvenience to reach GMC due to poor public transport system. The introduction of KTCL bus service will give them a respite. Official confirmed that the buses, which will run on these routes, where lying idle with the department. “Rather the opting new buses we thought to utilize the old ones,” he said. The department is also planning to come up with more buses along the Bambolim route by January 2011. Apart form this; the KTCL is also working on a plan to provide a ring service within Panjim-Bambolim route.

road to the health minister’s property and his is through the property belonging to a co-operative housing society but it has been blocked and encroached by putting up a structure depriving him of an access to his property and bungalow. After having failed to force him to sell his plot and bungalow, the health minister began to use the government authorities to harass him, he alleged. He was slapped various show cause notices by state authorities indicating that his bungalow was unauthorized even as he produced evidence that he is a rightful owner of the property and has all documents to support his case, he submitted. Making further damning charges against the health minister, the petitioner submitted that after having blocked his access on the eastern side, he constructed a compound wall around his plot X further encroaching on the green zone in order to create blockade on the northern side of the petitioner’s plot even though planning regulations mandates that no construction can be carried out in an area reserved as green zone.

Goa Police asks for para military force for Christmas season HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, DEC 2

State Home Ministry today held a review meeting with requests from Goa police to depute Central Para Military Force for the forthcoming Christmas and New Year. “It was a routine meeting to review the law and order in the state,” said police spokesperson Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) Atmaram Deshpande. The meeting was chaired by Home Minister Ravi Naik who inquired about the on-going security arrangements for IFFI2010 that concluded on Thursday and Feast of St Francis Xavier on Friday. “The minister insisted the department to raise the crime detection level… We requested the State to appeal the Central Government to deploy Central Para Military Force for year-ending events,” said a senior police officer. The state invites thousands of foreigners descending in the coastal state for Christmas and New Year festivities. Two platoons of Central Industrial Security Force were de-

puted in Goa for a period of 10 days for IFFI, and it has been extended to another day owing to the Feast at Old Goa. The feast attracts several thousand devotees from all over the world. Taking no chance in wake of past terror threats, the authorities have planned to beef up the security. Sources said that vital installations are kept under strict vigil. Following Mumbai terrorist attack in November 2008, a total of 375 CRPF and RAF personnel were rushed to Goa by the Centre in the wake of intelligence reports suggesting that the tourist hot spot might be a terror target during the Christmas and New Year revelries. The deployment came after the state government wrote to the Union Home Ministry requesting more central paramilitary force, citing terror threat. Whereas, in 2009, nearly 400 additional paramilitary troopers were sourced from the central government to gear up for the two high profile events - IFFI and the President Prathibha Patil’s visit - and December celebrations.

Pg2 Luizinho clarifies on SEZ Stating that setting up of SEZs was a collection decision of the cabinet, former Industries Minister Luizinho Faleiro has rubbished claims that he has in any way attempted to favour allotment of land to M/s Meditab Specialities Pvt. Ltd. “When this case was received by me, I referred the same with my remarks to the Chief Minister,” he said and added that even the honorable High Court has not cast any aspiration on his conduct as Industries Minister and in fact, has found nothing wrong with the note dated March 13, 2006. Elaborating further, Luizinho said that the so-called controversial note dated pertains to a land at Keri which was acquired in 1992 for special project of Nylon 66/DuPont. “In 1999 the said land was withdrawn from DuPont and earmarked for ‘Zero Waste Goa Food Park’ and subsequently the government vide its cabinet decision on August 16, 2004 decided to transfer the land to Goa Education Development Corporation. However another cabinet decision was taken on February 15, 2005 when I was not even the Industries Min-

A day after registering a cheating case against the management, the Margao police raided the Achievers Aviation Academy on Thursday evening and seized documents from the institute. A team of Margao police led by Investigating officer PSI Suraj Gawas conducted the raid and searched the premises for incriminating material.

PSI Gawas told newsmen that a number of documents relevant to the investigation of the case has been seized during the threehour long raid in the insititute. Replying to a question, he said though nothing incriminating material was found inside the institute, the police are verifying the seized documents to help in the investigating of the cheating case. It is learnt that the police


Chief Minister Digambar Kamat turned Santa Claus on Thursday announcing goodies for the Margao Municipal Council aimed not just at ushering administrative reforms and bringing the civic employees under CCTV scanner, but help strengthen garbage collection mechanism in the commercial capital. If Kamat is to be believed, the civic body would lay thrust on making the city clean and streamline the administration through reforms. He exuded confidence that the measures would show results by January 2011. After an hour-long interaction with the City Fathers during his first visit to the Margao civic body accompanied by the Urban Development Secretary and DMA Daulat Havaldar on Thursday noon, Kamat told newsmen that he has issued directions to the Chief Officer to dispose off applications for single dwelling

made entry into the institute by calling a person who is believed to be part of the management. Students of the Academy had been up in arms over the last few days demanding action against the management of the Aviation Academy. They have been demanding the refund of huge fees they had paid to the management to under the course. The Margao police are further conducting the investigations.

Online ticket booking gets good response at IFFI SHWETA KAMAT PANJIM, DEC 2

The online ticket booking for the just-concluded IFFI did click

with an average 400 tickets being booked every day. National Informatic Centre (NIC) record indicates that 3925

ister to revert the land back to the IDC for industrial purpose,” he pointed out and added, “So where is the question of me diverting the land from educational use to industrial SEZ?” Explaining that it is not any individual decision but a decision taken collectively by the GIDC board of directors on April 15, 2005 to appoint experts/consultants to study the use of land, Luizinho said that on February 7, 2006 the GIDC in its board meeting resolved to establish pharma park (SEZ) at Keri. “Since the GIDC board had already taken a decision in this regard, I forwarded the letter

addressed to me by M/s Meditab Specialities Pvt. Ltd., with the note dated March 13, which is owned by Ciplas for setting up a pharma SEZ on their own on the said land in Keri which was marked for SEZ,” he clarified. “The proposal is as per the policy of the State government and the policy of Government of India for establishment of SEZs for encouragement of exports, as part of the import export policy of 2000-2001 for augmenting facilities for export products which was expected to bring large dividends to the State in terms of economic and industrial development and gen-

eration of new employment,” he further informed and said that during the time of the note there were no protests against the setting up of SEZs in the State. “Currently the State government has taken a decision to do away with the SEZ which is within its prerogative,” he added. Luizinho further stated that the role of Industries Minister is to promote industries and to generate revenue and employment. “Therefore my decision was in principle in accordance with policy decision in force,” he said and pointed out that in paragraph 85 of the recent High Court judgment regarding his letter the court judgment has stated that “However there is nothing on record to show that the State government had taken any decision to issue a direction, moreover no such direction is produced on record. What is stated in the note dated March 13, 2006 is merely a proposal to issue a direction in case of one company”. And in paragraph 89 of the judgment page 163 “It is already held that what is mentioned in the note is a mere recommendation and not a direction under section 16 which is required to be issued by the State government.”

CM spells out goodies for Margao council

Documents seized from Achievers Aviation Academy HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, DEC 2

n When this case was received by me, I referred the same with my remarks to the Chief Minister. Even the honorable High Court has not cast any aspiration on my conduct as Industries Minister and in fact, has found nothing wrong with the note dated March 13, 2006.


tickets were booked online during the ten day long festival and around 605 tickets were cancelled online by the delegates and media, who were given special pin number to book the tickets. In a major milestone, the online ticket booking, launched for IFFI 2010, was introduced for the first time in any of the international film festival. NIC had developed the software for Entertainment Society of Goa. According to the available data, November 24 saw maximum 578 people booking the ticket online and also that was the day when maximum people cancelled their ticket online. In all 98 people cancelled their ticket online on November 24. The newly introduced system got lukewarm response on November 21, when the software was commissioned for the delegates and media. Only 35 tickets were booked online that day. NIC had introduced this software on that day, as the ticket could be booked three days prior to the film. The online ticket booking saw steady increase in the latter days. On November 22 (284), November 23 (815), November 24 (578), November 25 (511), November 26 (458), November 27 (483), November 28 (327), November 29 (113), November 30 (115), December 01 (118) and December 02 (105) tickets were booked online.

units, house and compound wall with the PWD Executive Engirepairs, renewal of licenses, be- neer vis-à-vis sanction of estisides NOCs for water and light mates”, he said. connections within seven days. He said that all correspon“I see no reason why applica- dence received by the civic body tions for these things cannot be would now reach the dealing cleared within seven days if the hands on the same day as applications against the are comperiod of 5LIST OF GOODIES plete in all 6 days. respects”, n Rs 2 Cr development grant Saying n Rs 1 Cr grant for compactors that he has he added. That’s not n 40 additional labourers told the a l l . T h e n 1000-odd garbage bins MMC ChairChief Minisp e r s o n ter said he n Cell phones for garbage super- Sushila Naik visors. has told the to consult Director of n CCTVs government M u n i c i p a l n Sanction councillors’ visit to p r i n t i n g Administrapress DirecMumbai for training. tion to retor N D view the Agrawal on powers of the Municipal Engi- the implementation of CCTVs neers by enhancing the powers in the civic body, Kamat said the of the MEs to sanction estimates civic body has plans too to revive from Rs six lakh to Rs 15 lakh. the bio-metric finger scan reader “By reviewing this power, the lying idle in the civic body for government intends to bring more than three years. “Plans the Municipal engineer on par are afoot to introduce the con-

cept in government departments as well”, he asserted. On the garbage front, the Chief Minister said four garbage compactors and two tipper trucks will be procured by the civic body at cost of Rs one crore. Besides, he said 40 contract workers will be engaged by the civic body exclusively for garbage collection and cleared the proposal to procure 1000odd garbage bins for the city. “I have also told the MMC CO to study the requests for grass cutting and fogging machines”, he added. He further said the civic body would outsource two rickshaws for garbage collection in Margao and Fatorda. “These rickshaws will be stationed in areas where garbage generation is more like the Sadekar lane”, he said. Moreover, garbage supervisors will now get a cell phone from the civic body, while new dustbins will be numbered wardwise for quick disposal of waste.

CM okays allotment of house nos to illegal houses in Margao HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, DEC 2

Term it as “political move” or simply a move to generate revenue, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Thursday gave his stamp of approval to the request of City Fathers to allot house numbers to illegal houses in the commercial capital after obtaining an affidavit filed by the owner. Kamat defended his decision, saying the move would enrich coffers of the civic body by nearly Rs one crore by way of house tax. Sadly, according to Kamat’s own estimates, the Margao civic body is faced with outstanding house tax arrears amounting to a whopping Rs 4-5 crore. The Chief Minister told newsmen that the councillors discussed with him the issue of allotting house numbers to the houses which were assessed by the civic body for the purpose of levying house tax. “The assessment and survey reports are available. The municipal body can go ahead with the allotment of house numbers after obtaining an affidavit from the owners”, he added. When newsmen drew his attention to the fact that the assessment work is suspect as it was carried out by private individuals in the presence of councillors and not by municipal engineers, Kamat said the affidavit will take care of any discrepancies in the claims made

All civic councils to be inter-connected HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, DEC 2

Come December 19 and all the municipal bodies in the State would be inter-connected – thanks to government’s ambitious program. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has said that directions have been issued to the Urban Development Ministry to ensure that all the civic bodies are inter-connected by December 19. by the owners. Surprisingly, the Chief Minister further said that Municipal Engineers need not reassess the houses before allotting the numbers. Civic officials in private say the assessment of illegal houses has not been done as per rules in force. Instances are galore when the illegal houses have been extended by the owners after the assessment work was completed by councillors with an eye on the migrant vote bank. Incidentally, the Director of Municipal Administration had not given the go-ahead signal to the Margao civic body to allot the house numbers when the previous body had sought permission from the government.

Laying stress on computerisation of the civic bodies, Kamat told the Margao Municipal Chief Officer Prasanna Acharya on Thursday to complete inter-connectivity of the municipal body at the earliest. He said the government would not mind giving additional computers to the civic body, but emphasised on the need to complete the work at the earliest. However, the Urban Development Secretary felt there is no harm in allotting the numbers for the illegal houses, saying no legal status would be bestowed on the structures. On this count, the Chief Minister said house tax levied on these structures would bring in handsome revenue to the civic body. “Rough estimates say the civic body can earn a tax revenue of Rs one crore”, Kamat said. But, when asked why the civic body was going after this house tax, when house tax arrears are pegged at Rs 4-5 crore, Kamat said he would instruct the civic body to identity tax defaulters and recover the tax under the Land Revenue code.

Burglars target BJP vice-President’s flat Decamp with booty worth Rs 1.65 lakh


Burglars decamped with gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 1.65 lakh from a flat belonging to South Goa BJP Vice President Jayant Jadhav at Valmiki Apartments, Baina-Vasco, on Wednesday night. According to reports, Jadhav along with his family members had left for Belgaum on Sunday to attend a relative’s wedding. Jadhav’s sister had visited the flat on Wednesday evening and the flat was intact.

However, when the servant visited the flat on Thursday morning, she noticed that the door locks broken and the door open. According to Vasco Police, burglars decamped with six pair of gold earrings, two gold chains, amounting to Rs 1.25 lakh and silver items worth Rs 35,000 besides other electronic items. Police further informed that the burglars have meticulously assessed the gold items, as they left duplicated gold items in the flat and ransacked the entire

flat. Burglars have left laptop and other expensive electronic items. On Thursday morning, police had locked the flat when they were intimated about the incident, but conducted the investigation when complainant Jadhav returned from Belgaum in the evening. Vasco Police DySP Mahesh Gaonkar along with PI Braz Menezes visited the flat to take stock of the situation. Finger print expert and dog squad were pressed to get lead in the case.





Margao blast: NIA files supplementary charge sheet against 2 accused HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, Dec 2

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a supplementary charge sheet against two accused persons, Prashant Juvekar and Prashant Ashtekar in the Margao bomb blast case. The supplementary chargesheet was filed by NIA Deputy Superintendent of Police Ravi Gambhir in the South Goa Sessions court this evening. The NIA has charged both Prashant Juvekar and Prashant Ashtekar under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, explosives Substances Act, for waging a war against the State and for criminal conspiracy under the IPc. The NIA has also charged Prashant Ashtekar under section 201 of the IPc for destruction of evidence. The duo is presently in judicial custody since their arrest around three months ago. With today’s development, the NIA has filed chargesheet against six accused in the case. Three other accused persons Jai Prakash alias Ana, Rudra Patil and Sarang Kulkarni are still at large. The NIA has charged the 11 accused persons, including the two deceased, Malgonda Patil and Yogesh Naik, for preparing the improvised explosive devices (IeD) and conducting test blasts at Talaulim-Ponda, followed by another test blast at Jath Sangli in Maharashtra. The investigating agency has charged deceased accused Mal-

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gonda Patil and Yogesh Naik, besides Vinay Talekar, Vinayak Patil, Dhananjay Ashtekar, Dilip Mangonkar, Jai Prakask allias Anna, Rudra Patil, Sarang Kulkarni and Prashanth Juvekar during the month of June 2009 to October 2009. The NIA has pointed in the charge sheet that accused Malgonda Patil, Dhananjay Ashtekar and Jai Prakash brought explosive materials like gelatin sticks and detonators and other accessories like printed circuit

boards, transistors, batteries, wires, etc for manufacturing the IeDs from difference sources. The IeDs were assembled at the residence of Laxmikant Naik, the elder brother of accused Yogesh at Talaulim-Ponda and also discussed about the actions to be taken against the government, organizers and participants and viewers of Narkasur competitions on grounds that such competitions are against Hindu religion and practices. In pursuance of the conspir-

acy, the accused formed two groups, one comprising of deceased Malgonda Patil and deceased accused Yogesh Naik to plant the IeDs at the narkasur competition at Margao and the second group consisting of Vinay Talekar and Vinayak Patil for planting the IeDs in a minilorry at Shanthadurga Temple, Sancoale. Meanwhile, the South Goa Sessions court on Thursday examined three witnesses in support of the prosecution case.

NCP to continue with existing EC HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, Dec 2

The State Nationalist congress Party will continue with its existing executive committee that was appointed by its party supremo Sharad Pawar on July 28. The State NcP’s new President Surendra Sirsat in a press statement issued here said the issue of continuance was discussed yesterday in the presence of other leaders and committee members. It was decided to retain the existing ec under my leadership, he stated. Besides discussing important party matters, the meeting also discussed the detailed programme to celebrate the birthday

of the party founder and President Pawar from December 12 to 18.

earlier, Sirsat had favoured dissolution of the committee,

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but later retracted by saying he didn’t intend to because a vacuum would be formed that could hamper party progress.

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About 35 passengers, mostly college students, were seriously injured after an overcrowded Assagao-Mapusa bus fell into a 12-feet low-lying area near Ghateswar Temple at Mapusa on Thursday afternoon. According to Mapusa Police, the bus (GA-01-V-2870) had left Badem for Mapusa via Assagao at about 3.30 pm. On reaching near DMc college, Assagao, the bus driver in the process of negotiating a sharp turn on the slope near Ghateswar Temple driver, lost control over the vehicle and the bus fell into the low-lying area. Mapusa Police and Fire Brigade officials rushed to the site and removed the passengers from the bus. Locals from Ghateswar Nagar, who had gathered at the site, also assisted the police in the rescue operation. The injured passengers were shifted to Asilo Hospital in Mapusa for medical treatment. Police Inspector Rajesh Kumar is investigating the case.

2 girls held on suspicion of prostitution HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, Dec 2

Porvorim Police on Thursday arrested two girls, suspected to be prostitutes, and their agent at Porvorim. According to Porvorim Police, after they received information that two girls and their agent Moksudur Rehman Laxkar (26) of West Bengal, but residing at colva, are waiting alongside the chogm road near Angels Resort at Porvorim, PI Devendra Gaad rushed to the spot and arrested the trio. Police further informed that the trio was produced before Judicial Magistrate First class Mapusa on Thursday afternoon. Accused Laxkar has been remanded to seven days police custody, while the girls have been sent to Protective Home at Merces. PI Devendra Gad is investigating the case.

‘No voting without EPIC’ HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, Dec 2

election commission of India, New Delhi has issued instructions that the possession of the election Photo Identity card (ePIc) is mandatory and the electors will not be allowed to cast vote without producing the ePIc. The voters are therefore appealed to approach the concerned Taluka Mamlatdars and get themselves photographed for the purpose.

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International conference on science, religion HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, DEC 2

Children participating in one of the events organised.

PANJIM(HND): Badthe Kadam II, a nationwide disability awareness campaign was launched by the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities from November 16 to 30 in collaboration with ONGC. In Goa, the campaign was coordinated by Sangath, the State Nodal Agency Centre under the National Trust, with support from Disability Rights Association of Goa and many NGOs from the disability sector. Events were held in Panjim, Canacona, Vasco, Pernem, Bicholim and Margao from November 22 to 27. The campaign was well appreciated by the audiences and many expressed a need for more such programmes to bring the persons with disabilities in the mainstream.

IMB celebrates anniversary

As part of its fourth centenary celebrations, the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol will organize an international conference on ‘Catholicism in the world of Science’ from December 17 to 20. The conference, which is being organised in collaboration with Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican, Rome, Division of Humanities at St John University, New York and the Indian Institute of Science and Religion, Pune, will focus on wide ranging issues regarding the osmosis between Science and Christianity. Archbishop Patriarch, his Grace Filipe Neri Ferrao will solemnly inaugurate the seminar and deliver the inaugural address. Dr Job Kozhamthadam, director of Indian Institute of Science and Religion and president of the Jnana-deeepa Vidyapeeth will give the key note address and the message of Archbishop Ravazi, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for culture will be read in the inaugural session. The delegates will be addressed by several speakers of both national and international repute who have expertise in their respective fields of research. The dialogue of contemporary cosmology with catholic theology of creation would be

addressed by Dr Victor Ferrao of the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol. The debate on Darwinism and Catholic anthropology will be taken by Dr Craig Baron of St John’s University New York, while the debate on Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design will be taken up by Dr Tomasz

rachoL seMinary of the Pontifical Council, Vatican, Rome. The Debate around the Neuroscience and the Human Soul will be tackled by Dr Augustine Pamplany from Little Flower Seminary, Alwaye, Kerala. The Galileo episode will be dealt by the Galileo expert Dr Mathew Chandrankunnel of the Dharmaram Vidya Kshetra, Bangaloru. The fate of the universe and humanity will be discussed from the point of view of science and theology by Dr Kuruvilla from Jnana-deepa Vidyapeeth. Along with the above issues of faith, the conference will take up some vital issues of morals. Speakers include Dr May A Webber from St John University New York, (morality of cloning and stem cell research) and Dr Sarita Nazareth of Goa University (Genetic Engineering). Dr Asrid Lobo from Tata Memorial Hospital will take up

moral issues emerging from tissues banking, oncology and h u ma n f er t il it y, w h i l e D r Bazilio Monteiro from St John’s University, New York, will take up the debate on the metaphysics of the models of development. Dr Keith Desouza will study how hermeneutics is the meeting ground between science and catholic faith, while Dr Theodore Mascarenhas sfx, from the Pontifical Council, Vatican, will take up the teachings of the Church on Science and technology. Dr Chae Young Kim from Sogang University Korea will take up the prospects of theological appropriation of the findings of science while Dr Gennaro Auletta, of the Gregorian University, Rome will takes the theological appropriation of quantum physics. Dr Allan Tavares, sfx, will take up acoustics of sacred space. The conference is open to all Catholics who are practicing science and those interested in science and faith dialogue. Important issues like the IT, nanotechnology synthetic biology etc, will be addressed through group discussions. Further details of the conference are available with Dr Victor Ferrao on Ph 9822185826, email: or the seminary office (Ph: 2776052, 2776325, and 2776321).

One convicted for rash driving

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Leonoras to screen Goencho Saib

Sanguem Judicial Magistrate First Class Arti Kumari Naik on Thursday convicted one Jano Zore for rash and negligent driving and for causing injuries to three persons. In the instant case that occurred on March 18, 2008, accused Zore drove tipper (GA-09 T-5339) in a rash and negligent manner while proceeding from Codli Tisk to Darbandora and on reaching at Dhoukond-Darbandora, rammed the truck against an oncoming Maruti Zen car, which was proceeding from Darbandora to Codli Tisk. Car driver Deepak Shivraj and other occupants, Sanjay Chodankar and Kiran B Kossambi, were injured in the accident. All the three injured persons were shifted to Government Primary Health Centre Cacora, from where they were shifted to GMC Hospital in Bambolim. The prosecution examined as many as eight witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused including Investigating Officer Akbar Khan. JMFC after going through the evidence led by the prosecution and arguments advanced by APP Govind Gaonkar convicted the accused and sentenced him to pay fine of Rs 1,000 for offence under Section 279 and another Rs 500 for offence under Section 337. In the event of default in payment of the fine amount, the accused shall undergo simple imprisonment for four months under Section 279 and one month under Section 337.

Nelly for Belgium and France

Students along with Headmaster Suresh Ghatwal. Photo by Vishant Vaze

MAYEM(HC): Students of Shree Shantadurga High School, Bicholim, excelled in the singing, harmonium and drawing competitions organised by Department of Art and Culture. In the harmonium competition, Girish Vishant Vaze bagged the first place in Bicholim taluka in junior group, while in senior group, Sanpada Navathe stood first. In the singing competition (classical), Sweety Ramnath Sawant bagged the first prize in senior group. Other prize winners are Tabla (solo) - Atmesh Ramnath Sawant (second), Bharat Natyam - Janhavi Pradeep Sawant (first junior group) in Bicholim taluka. In Bhakti Geet singing, Sanpada Pradeep Bhide stood second, while in senior group, Shivangi D Shetye stood first. All the students were guided by music teachers Anand Naik, Manohar Jadhav and Manohar Kalsekar. Headmaster Suresh Ghatwal and Ganesh Joshi felicitated the winners. All the students are selected for State level competition to be held in the second week of December.

Diabetes detection camp held

One of the patients being examined for Diabetes.

PANJIM (HND): Lions Club of Mala Fontainhas, Panjim, recently organised District level free Diabetes detection and awareness camp at People’s HS, Mala, Panjim, on World Diabetes Day. Joaquim Alvares of Biocon Ltd, Diabetology Division, Bangalore, tested blood sugar with glucometer strip for 100 diabetes patients from various parts the state, seven of them were detected with diabetes. Doctor also gave insulin injection to the patients and Ln Rajendraprasad S Patel distributed free medicines to the diabetes patients, sponsored by Chandu Pharmacy, Panjim. Dr Laxman S Parab, Dr Usha L Parab, Dr Suresh V Kamat, Dr R H Curchorcar and Dr Vinay M Surlekar were also present at the camp to give guidance to patients. The vote of thanks was given by Club president, Barnabe Dias Sapeco.

Exhibition of Christmas sweets PANJIM (HND): The Goa Chamber of Commerce- Womens Wing- will organise an exhibition of Christmas sweets prepared by women entrepreneurs on December 7 and 8 at the Chambers Surendrababu Timblo Hall from 10 am to 6 pm. This will be a good opportunity for women who preparer Christmas sweets for selling and also for the general public to sample sweets of various vendors and place their orders. Those interested in exhibiting their products may call GCCI on ph 2424252.

Legal Literacy Camp PANJIM (HND): Micro Legal Literacy Camp will be organised on December 5 by Bardez Taluka Legal Services Committee in association with VM Salgaocar College of Law, at Penha de Franca Village Panchayat Hall, at 4 pm aimed at spreading awareness about the legal rights. Advocate PP Banaulikar will preside and will speak on the subjects NDPS Act, Motor Accident and Free Legal Aid. Citizens of Bardez are allowed to attend this camp.

PANJIM (HND): Kala Academy, will present a concert of Western Classical Music, featuring Joanne Marie D’Mello (Soprano) and Kumi Matsuo (Piano) on, December 11 at at Dinanath Mangeshkar, Kala Mandir, Kala Academy, Campal, Panjim at 6.30pm.

Art and Culture Secretary T M Balakrishnan, releases the book ‘Luis de Menezes Braganza…’ at a function organised by IMB, Panjim, on the occasion of 139th anniversary of the Institute. Also present are Director of Education Dr Celsa Pinto, Mohandas Surlakar, Dr Edward de Lima and Ashok Parab.

Bicholim school students excel

Meet at Carmel College, Nuvem PANJIM (HND): Carmel College of Arts, Science and Commerce for Women, Nuvem, has asked all parents of BA, B.Sc and B.Com (Semester I, III and V) students to make it convenient to attend a Parent-Teacher Meeting at the College premises on December 7 at 3.30 pm. Results of Semester I and Semester III Examinations of October of B.A, B.Sc and B.Com will be declared at the meeting, says a press release.

Western classical music concert


PANJIM (HND): Institute Menezes Braganza (IMB), Panjim, celebrated its 139th anniversary recently by organising a special function in which ‘Luis de Menezes Braganza, A Goan Thinker and Visionary’ written by Dr Edward de Lima for IMB was released by Secretary of Art and Culture T M Balakrishnan. Director of Education Dr Celsa Pinto presided over the function and spoke on Luis Menezes Braganza and author Dr Edward De Lima spoke about the book. IMB vice-chairman Mohandas Surlakar welcomed while IMB member secretary Ashok Parab proposed the vote of thanks. Saish Deshpande compered the programme.

PANJIM(HND): Leonoras, Verna will screen Goencho Saib, a movie on the life of St Francis Xavier on the occasion of the feast ( December 3) at its restaurant at 8 pm. The evening programme will begin with a live entertainment show by DJ Franky from 7 pm onwards. Besides this, Goenchi Mogri, a Goan cultural troupe will also perform mandos, dulpods and Konkani songs on the occasion. For bookings and other details contact 2791263/9765321245/9860781178. The owner of Leonoras, Jerome Mendes on his visit to Rome witnessed St Francis Xavier’s hand beautifully preserved in the church and also the tongue of St Anthony in Italy. Mr Mendes is giving away DVDs on the life of St Francis Xavier to the first 20 Goans who can identify the above places.

Seminar at Zuarinagar

President of Goa Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhiyan, Nelly Rodrigues, will represent India at the International conference to be held on January 25, 2011 at Brussels in Belgium and Paris in France where she will share her experiences on work done in Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhiyan for empowerment of women. She was selected based on her powerpoint presentation and sharing her experiences in local government at Asian Region Conference organised by the European Union, New Delhi on Local Self Governance and its effectiveness in bringing social and economic change in Rural India. The conference was inaugurated by a lady MP from Germany, Ms Franzier Keller, in the presence of Secretary Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Dr H Panda, Director of European Union, Aristotele, and Ambassor of Belgium Jean Peatte.

Shri Dattaray Ghanekar, State Teacher Awardee- 2010 of People’s High School, Panjim, being felicitated by Home Minister Ravi Naik at a function organised by the Secondary School Teachers Cooperative Credit Society Ltd recently in Ponda. Also present is science teacher of Mahanandu HS, Pradip Dhulapkar.

Medal for outstanding services on Liberation Day HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, DEC 2

As part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Liberation of Goa from the Portuguese Rule on December 19, the State Government has instituted a special ‘50th Goa Liberation Anniversary Medal” to be awarded those selected from all ranks of the Goa Police Force, Fire Services and Home Guards, for exemplary courage and conspicuous gal-

lantry in discharge of duties, exceptional devotion to duty, outstanding overall performance and distinguished record in service. All personnel of above mentioned organisations who have served for at least 20 years will be eligible for consideration of Medal. The proposals will be first scrutinized by a screening committee headed by Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava.

The Committee will recommend names to the Government along with the citations to enable it to make the announcement on or before December 19. The Medal will be awarded to all those having no vigilance case pending or contemplated against them; and the proposal will have to be supported with integrity certificate in respect of each candidate recommended by the Screening Committee.

St Francis Xavier: Taking the road less travelled EFA SALDANHA

If commemorating the life and death of St Francis Xavier year after year by the faithful in Goa led them to emulate ‘Goencho Saib’, Goa would have been a haven of peace. We need to reflect on his self-sacrificing life for our transformation. God beckons us all to be saints; possible only if we strive to do everything according to His will. Had young Francis Xavier stuck on to his ‘secure’ post of Lecturer in Aristotelian Philosophy in the college of Dormans-Beauvais in Paris 480 years ago, he would surely not be part of our memories today. God’s will prevailed to steer him away from his college to play a bigger role, to gather lost and downtrodden souls round the world, as was pre-determined. To quote John 15-16,17: “I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures.” This implies that when our choice of career, occupation or goals, is according to God’s will, we get a sanctifying grace to do everything with love and perfection. Sadly, most of us choose our occupations based on money, prestige, or the herd mentality. So we do not achieve perfection, and fail to make a mark on society. Francis was a charming and polished young man of 19 when he joined the College of Santa Barbara. After two years in Paris, his parents sought to bring him back home, sick of his pestering letters for more money. But Francis’s sister Madaline pleaded with her father. She wrote: “If you hold dear the Glory of God, let my brother continue in Paris. Let him finish his Philosophy and Theology. God has revealed to me that Francis is the chosen bearer destined to carry the

torch of faith to the Indies.” So it was Madaline and ultimately, Loyola, that supported his path to saintliness. The sincere friendship and kindness shown by Loyola in his hour of need by paying his outstanding bills and inducing students to attend the young professor’s lectures, softened Francis’s proud heart. He took a liking to his mysterious benefactor, and was greatly impressed by his spiritual life and ways. Ignatius taught him that titles, estates, honours, amusements and money were all temporary pleasures, and that it was not worthwhile to acquire these things but lose one’s soul. The words were quoted by St Ignatius of Loyola from the New Testament Mark 8:36: “For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” They were the inspiration for St Francis Xavier during his entire reli-

gious ministry. In this chaotic world, Francis stands out as a man of integrity, with a sense of enduring values. Francis is the embodiment of hope in this materialistic world, full of hypocrisy, discord and double standards. Though born in a noble family, he threw all his ambitions aside on encountering authentic love. Today we need leaders like St Francis and Mahatma Gandhi to serve the world with selfless love, emptying themselves to minister to this miserable society. Francis took up his duties with total commitment. In Venice, while he was attending the sick in a hospital, a leper asked him to scratch his back. Xavier obliged, but reluctantly for fear of contracting the disease. Later, to counteract this fear, he sucked the wound full of pus. Francis trudged on foot in burning heat and torrential rain for the poor. He would walk up and down the streets ringing a bell. The old and the young would throng around him. He would teach them catechism, values and provide for their needs without any discrimination. This resulted in many nonChristians embracing Christianity. Biographer Daurignac gives details of miracles where St Francis restored sight to the blind, cured lepers and the sick, and raised the dead. When he tried to calm the turbulent sea with his crucifix, it fell in the water and the crab retrieved it. The theme for this year’s feast is apt: “Following in the footsteps of St Francis Xavier and Blessed Joseph Vaz, let us strive to live Christian values.” Let us pledge to be like him, to work tirelessly for peace, love and self-sufficiency for all, by shedding all our weaknesses, especially greed and selfishness.

PANJIM (HND): The Department of Commerce of MES College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar will organise a two-day national seminar on proposed changes in Indirect Taxes with special reference to Goods and Service Tax in association with the Goa branch of WIRC of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India on December 17 and 18 at BITS Pilani, Goa campus, Zuarinagar. Distinguished academicians, professionals (CA/CS/ICWA/CFA/Advocates) researchers, consultants from business industry Government and students from across the country are expected to participate. Those interested in participating should note that the last date for paper submission has been extended to December 10. For details contact Prof Sanchiliana Faria on ph 2555772 or e mail

Inter-religious meeting held at Old Goa HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, DEC 2

On the occasion of the novena in preparation for the feast of St Francis Xavier, the Committee for the Apostolate of inter-religious dialogue in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman organised its annual inter-religious meeting at Old Goa, adjacent to the Basilica of Bom Jesus recently. The theme chosen for the day’s reflections was: Union with God, Values in Life (Deva Sangatan,Totvam Jivitant). The main aim of this event was to foster peace and harmony among the people of different faiths. The meeting began with the singing of hymns and bhajans by the choir from Mater Dei led by Fr Ivon Almeida and Fr Mario D’Costa. A prayer dance choreographed by Sr Elsy and performed by the novices of Holy Family Noviciate, Old Goa, invoked praises to the Almighty. Fr Agnelo Pinheiro, Convenor of the Committee for the Apostolate of Inter-Religious Dialogue, extended a cordial welcome to all. Speaking on behalf of the Hindu community, Purohit Sandeep Tengse highlighted the core of Indian traditional belief in the religion of universal love and pointed out the primacy of the values of friendship, mercy, contentment and detachment for the human well being. Iqbal Mohidin, representing the Islamic community, stated that the meeting as a befitting tribute to St Francis Xavier who

rendered service to all, and exhorted everyone present to live out the values of love, peace and justice which are very essential for harmonious living. Dr Wanda Araujo, who represented the Catholics, emphasized that harmony is achieved when we have sincere respect for human life and for nature. Quoting Gandhiji she called upon everyone present to be the change that one would like to see. Fr Tony Lopes, the Superior General of the Pilar Society, in his message focused on the oneness of God who is omnipotent, and the vitality of all creation. He stressed that peace and harmony would become a vibrant reality when humans sincerely live out the values of love, inner peace, truthfulness and responsive action. An insightful skit entitled, ‘religion is not a boundary but a bridge’ staged by the Sisters from Mater Dei Convent, Old Goa, challenged everyone to be instruments of building bridges of love, concern and peace in the society. Caroline Cardozo led the congregation to solemnly pledge to uphold the shared values of all religions and strive towards building a peaceful society. The meeting was attended by people of different faiths from all over the state as well as by the students from different educational institutions. The programme was compered by Fr Milagres Dias, while Fr Caetano Fernandes proposed the vote-of-thanks.


BICHOLIM : From 8.30 am to 12 pm. Areas affected are Arkar, Sonarpeth, Deendayal building, Hirabai memorial hall and surrounding areas. DEC 5

MAPUSA: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Mapusa Residency, Carvalho Petrol Pump, Braganza House, KTC Bus stand, Mapusa market, Sub-yard and surrounding areas. DEC 6

DULER: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Prudential Paradise, Sports complex Peddem, Sattadar Arcade, Kamat galaxy and surrounding areas.


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Mormugao council threatens Goa gets 4 coastal action against HPCL police stations HERALD REPORTER VASCO, DEC 2

Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) on Thursday threatened to take against action against Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) if the oil company failed to renew the lease agreement. According to sources, the HPCL tanks, which stand tall on municipal land at oil depot in the heart of Vasco city, owes nearly Rs 2.20 crore as outstanding amount towards lease rent to MMC. MMC Chief Officer Gopal Parsekar along with the officer of the taxation department on Thursday briefed newly elected MMC Chairperson Suchita Shirodkar about non-renewal of lease agreement and dues and decided to take stringent action against the oil company. “The two major oil companies, Indian Oil is been set up on municipal land admeasuring 8,039 sq mtrs and HPCL on 9,070 sq mtrs, with the lease agreement, but both the companies were reluctant to renew lease agreement after lease rates were revised in 1997. However, Indian Oil has renewed its lease agreement, but HPCL is yet to renew it,” said Parsekar. “The HPCL has failed to renew the lease agreement since 1997, after old lease rate was revised and fixed at Rs 25 per sq mtrs

n The two major oil companies, Indian Oil is been set up on municipal land admeasuring 8,039 sq mtrs and HPCL on 9,070 sq mtrs, with the lease agreement, but both the companies were reluctant to renew lease agreement after lease rates were revised in 1997. However, Indian Oil has renewed its lease agreement, but HPCL is yet to renew it. per month, which was supposed to be increased after every three years,” informed Parsekar. “But, the oil company failed to pay heed to the notices sent by MMC to pay the revised rates and till date are paying the MMC at the rate of Rs 20,” informed Parsekar. “HPCL paid the petty sum, but has failed to renew the lease agreement,” said Parsekar. “Interestingly, the council has never inspected both the oil companies’ sites and the companies without taking MMC into consideration has constructed new offices and MMC is a mute spectator,” said Parsekar. Officers in taxation department have been constantly writing to HPCL to renew the lease agreement, but the correspondence have merely remained in files, as the oil company did not renew the lease agreement.

If officers from taxation department are to be believed, MMC will not hesitate to seal the premises of HPCL. MMC has also stated that action would be initiated against the oil company under the provision of Goa Public Premises Eviction Act, if the company failed to respond within 15 days. The audit report of the council has also made some strong remark stating that the council should initiate some stringent action to recover its outstanding dues and should further process for eviction of unauthorized occupation of municipal land. When contacted, HPCL Officer Parash Barjatya said the company has paid some due amounts towards the lease rent to the council. “I will check the records for exact figure and inform the media on Monday,” he added.

Dr Hubert Gomes firm on contesting from Benaulim HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, DEC 2

Accusing some elements for circulating reports that he has withdrawn from the fray, Dr Hubert Gomes on Thursday has asserted that he would under no circumstances back out from contesting the next Assembly polls from Benaulim. Saying that he is determined to contest the polls from Benaulim constituency, Dr Gomes has distanced away from politicians and political parties, saying that he is not affiliated to any politician or party as of today. Briefing newsmen, Dr Gomes said he would constitute a committee of respected and upright citizens of Benaulim constituency, which will look into all questions of his decision to contest the polls and under which party banner. Replying to a question, he said that he has come out with a three-point agenda to provide basic healthcare to the citizens, youth empowerment and to safeguard the environment. “I have already set in motion the process to achieve these objectives. Health camps have been

organized in recent and I have big plans on the healthcare front”, he said. In this connection, he disclosed plans to launch a football academy and garbage and malaria-free Benaulim 2013 on December 4. “Football is a paying profession now. Footballers from other countries play for the clubs and earn handsome salaries. Our vision at the Benaulim Community Centre is to train youngsters so that the youth from Benaulim

constituency represents the country within the next 10 years”, he added. He stated that the Benaulim Community Centre would launch a war against garbage and malaria. “If any leader has no priority to tackle the garbage problem, he is not fit to be a leader”, he said, and disclosed plans to make Benaulim a model village in Goa. “I don’t aspire to be a leader, but only has plans to serve the people of Benaulim constituency”, he added.

Tailoring course for Sancorda women opened

South Goa Zilla Panchayat Chairperson Maria Rebello speaks at the inaugural function of six-month tailoring classes. Photo by Alfred Fernandes HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, DEC 2

South Goa Zilla Panchayat Chairperson Maria Rebello inaugurated six months course in tailoring for unemployed women from Sancorda and other neighbouring areas on Thursday. The classes will be held under the guidance of Sanvordem ZP member Rashmi Lambor and are sponsored by the Government Polytechnic Curchorem under its community development wing through polytechnics. Speaking at the inaugural function, Rebello complimented ZP member Lambor for playing a major role in the development of remote wards under her con-

stituency. Since getting elected, Lambor has conducted several activities in the area for the benefit of the rural masses. Rebello urged the women from the village to take maximum benefit from the six months long tailoring course, which could help the rural women get self employment. Lambor thanked the community development wing of Government Polytechnic Curchorem for adhering to her request to conduct tailoring classes in the village. The camp is attended by 40 candidates with classes being conducted in two batches per day. Community Development Officer of Government Polytechnic Curchorem Gangaram Lam-

bor also attended the inaugural function.

Akash Kandil contest at Bicholim MAYEM, DEC 2(HC)

Vodli Art, Sports and Cultural Association Bicholim will organize the 6th all Goa Akash Kandil contest at Vodli-Bicholim on December 4 at 6 pm. A fancy dress and cine dance contests will also be organized on the occasion. Winners of Akash Kandil contest will be awarded cash prizes of Rs 2,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,000, besides five consolation prizes. Fancy dress and cine dance will be held in two categories.


The Centre will fund Goa for setting up four coastal police stations and have two new jetties as part of the second phase of the coastal security scheme to be launched from April 1. Four 12-tonne vessels, four 4-wheelers and eight motor cycles are also sanctioned to Goa under the scheme, Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran disclosed in a written answer to Shiv Sena's Dr Bharatkumar Raut in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Each coastal police station will also get a lump sum assistance of Rs 15 lakhs for equipping with surveillance and computer systems and furniture, the minister said. The Rs 1579-crore scheme to be kicked off from April 1 envisages strengthening of the coastal security in nine coastal states and four union territories over the next five years. A total of 131 coastal police stations are to be set up under the scheme, the highest 30 in Tamil Nadu, 20 in A&N Islands, 15 in Andhra Pradesh, 13 in Orissa, 12 in Gujarat, 8 in

n The Rs 1579-crore scheme to be kicked off from April 1 envisages strengthening of the coastal security in nine coastal states and four union territories over the next five years. West Bengal and 7 in Maharashtra. Gujarat tops with 31 12-tonne vessels to be bought for the ocean surveillance, followed by 30 in Andhra Pradesh, 26 in Orissa, 20 each in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and 14 in Maharashtra. A total of 180 such vessels are sought to be commissioned to secure the coastal borders. The scheme also involves setting up of 60 jetties, including highest 12 in Tamil Nadu and 10 in A&N Islands, and purchase of 131 4-wheelers and 242 motorcycles.

‘Pilots’ at Nuvem claim harassment by private motorcycle owners HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, DEC 2

Motorcycle taxi ‘pilots’ at parking stand Nuvem, have alleged that private motorcycle owners are also parking their vehicles and ferrying customers thereby encroaching on their business. This parking was solely allocated to the black and yellow motorcycles by a notification issued by the office of District Magistrate South Goa, on September 26, 1986. According to the motorcycle pilots they have complained no less than nine times to the Regional Transport Organization (RTO), and also brought it to the notice of Police Inspector of Maina-curtorim police station, yet the problem has been persisting for several years. Recently also the authorized motorcycle pilots had filed a complaint with Assistant Director of Transport, RTO, Arlem, and enclosed a list of private motorcycle owners who are operating as motorcycle taxis without any permission from Margao

RTO. The ‘pilots’ have alleged it is not only causing them monetary loss but also become a major source of discord and fighting at the motorcycle taxi stand. The ‘pilots’ stated that they have not only availed of loans to buy their motorcycles, but have also been burdened with the increased fees for license and RTO passing. The pilots also alleged that except for a random check, which more appeared as an “eye-wash”, the police and the RTO have failed to stop the unauthorized motorcycles, which have been thriving right under the nose of traffic authorities which are stationed at the Nuvem junction. They also charged that several government officials have been also involved in the business over the years. In a letter made to the RTO, they have once again expressed hope that the issue would be solved on a priority basis.

Church to observe International Day of Disabled Persons HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, DEC 2

Churches and educational and other church institutions will observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. In a press note, Caritas Goa has asked all the parish priests, chaplains and heads of all educational and church institutions to organise meetings, discussions focusing on finding innovative ways and means by which persons with disabilities and their families can be integrated into the mainstream of Society. “World Aids Day celebrated on December 1 every year and World Aids Sunday on December 5, are dedicated to elevate the awareness of AIDS pandemic sources in spreading of HIV infectivity.” “It has become the most critical epidemic in the recorded history. The statistics issued recently by UNAIDS in its 2010 Global Report show that at the end of 2009, there were an estimated 33.3 million people living with HIV, 2.6 million were newly infected and 1.8 million died from AIDS-related causes.” “These figures are slight de-

‘Wife has equal right in husband’s property’

creases from those of 2009, with the figures for new infections and deaths nearly 20% lower than estimates in 1999. However, the report still highlights that infections are outpacing treatment by 2 to 1, and 10 million people are still waiting for treatment,” states the press note. “The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 established by the International Year for Disabled Persons in 1981 aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.” “To mainstream disability in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) towards 2015 and beyond ensure that there is full participation in support of people with disabilities to obtain their rights from all stakeholders - the government and all relevant agencies, organizations of and for persons with disabilities and society,” added the press note.

Britona Legal Aid Cell presents a skit. HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, DEC 2

Adv Dilesh Asnodkar has stated that wives have got equal right in the property of their husbands. He was speaking at Britona at Micro-Legal Literacy camp organised by Taluka Services Committee, Bardez, and District Legal Services Authority, North Goa, in association with Salgaonkar College of Law and Brittona Legal Aid Cell in the premises of Dhadeshwar Temple, Brittona. “If the husband buys a plot of land or a flat in his name, he cannot sell it without the consent of his wife,” said Adv Asnodkar. Asnodkar further said daughters have also got equal right in the ancestral properties of their parents. “After the death of the parents, the property passes on to their children. The children can inherit the right to property through Inventory Proceedings

Matias returns back caste certificate, but seeks explanation HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, DEC 2

The controversial OBC caste certificate issued by the Deputy Collector, Margao Johnson Fernandes to a resident of Madel, Matias A J Pereira has been returned back to the deputy Collector’s office. But, Pereira has demanded to know from the deputy Collector as to how and why he had signed the caste certificate on October 5 after issuing a press statement that his application has been rejected by the office. Terming as false, misguiding and defamatory and not in keeping with the dignity of the office the deputy collector’s statement that he had obtained the OBC caste certificate by misguiding the office, Pereira said he had made the application for the caste certificate by following the due process of law and rubbished the deputy Collector’s remarks that he had employed surreptitious methods. “Normally, a show cause notice is issued to such persons who have done something wrong. However, in the present case, you have issued the show cause notice to me when I have not violated any law. Therefore, the show cause notice is unwarranted and ought to be withdrawn immediately ”, Pereira stated in his reply to the deputy Collector’s show cause notice. Saying that he is returning the original caste certificate since it is of no use to him, Pereira has threatened to approach higher authorities if the deputy Collector fails to clear the blot caused to his character.

Divar aged home postpones lottery draw HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, DEC 2

Lottery draw to collect funds for the proposed extension of the building of Society of the Poor Sisters of Our Lady – Lar Santa Maragida, Home for the Aged at Divar to be held on December 3 has been postponed to January 26, due to unavoidable circumstances. Sister Superior Monica Rodrigues and Sr Helen Fernandes have expressed their apologies for this delay. Lar Santa Maragida, Home for the Aged established in 1986 on the 623 sq mt heritage home on the island of Divar has presently 30 residents. As the Home is feeling the pressure to expand with the increasing demand from the aged for health care, recreation, outdoor activities and psychospiritual needs, the Society intends to build a new home within the precincts, consisting of three levels with a total floor area of 2,455.30 sq mts. The proposed new home will have 40 rooms and all support facilities. The Society also runs another home for the aged at Uccassaim – St Joseph’s Eventide Home. The other activities of the Society are home for the street girls, medical care, education, boarding for village girls and empowerment of women and children. Society has invited donations for its philanthropic activities. Interested donors may call on 2280465/9822136860/9881541562.

or Succession Deeds. Inventory Proceedings are required to be filed in the court giving details of the property, while Succession Deed has to be registered before the Sub-Registrar of the district,” he said. “If the daughter relinquishes her right to property through relinquishing deed, she cannot claim her right to the property later,” said Adv Asnodkar. Adv Asnodkar further informed that under Section 125 of Criminal Procedure Code, the wife has got the right to claim maintenance from her husband if divorce takes place. “Further, under Section 127 of the Criminal Procedure, the woman is entitled to demand enhancement in the maintenance in case earning of the husband increases in course of time,” added Adv Asnodkar. “A Mundkar can claim about 300-500 sq mtrs of land around his house under the Mundkar Act. However, married daughters

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have no right in Mundkars property,” said Adv Asnodkar. Adv P P Benaulikar said any person whose yearly income is less than Rs 50,000, widows, physically challenged persons, etc, can avail the benefit of the Legal Aid. “Legal Aid can be availed to file case or defend them in the court of law. Advocates are provided by the government through Legal Aid Cells free of cost,” added Adv Benaulikar. Earlier, members of Brittona Legal Aid Cell presented a skit depicting how legal aid cell play effective role in providing service to the weaker sections of the society. In the skit, Digveta Naik, Shakuntala Zalmi, Jason Fernandes, Tina Bhonsale, Swati Naik, Crispino Marcelo and Pushpunder Kaur participated. Chaitanya Padgaonkar and Digveta Naik compered the programme, while Shakuntala Zalmi proposed the vote of thanks.





Orchestrating storm in a tea cup

Vol No CX No: 302 Goa, Friday 3 December, 2010


Garbage must be segregated

ven as the city of Margao looks forward to the signing of the concession agreement between the Margao Municipal Council and Fomento, which will set into motion the plan to dispose off the city’s solid waste by scientific treatment, many issues hang in the balance. One of them is the proposed door-to-door garbage collection system, which the municipality wants Fomento to start on a trial basis in two wards – one in Fatorda and the other in Margao. While door-to-door collection is very desirable, if done wrongly it can cause bigger problems than it solves. To avoid such situations, it is best that Margao Municipal Chief Officer Prasanna Acharya carefully study the implementation of the binless garbage scheme in Panjim, which has been very successful. In fact, Margao has a huge advantage over Panjim in that it actually has a garbage treatment site, at Sonsodo. Panjim doesn’t. The state capital has been struggling to find one over the past few years. But despite not having a permanent garbage treatment site, the Corporation of the City of Panjim (CCP) has managed – for the most part – to keep garbage off its streets. The one and only reason for this is garbage segregation. Many years ago, when a new, scientific garbage collection scheme was introduced in Panjim, the city’s households were trained to segregate their garbage. While wet garbage was collected everyday, dry garbage was collected only twice a week. This made treating the garbage much simpler. Wet garbage can be composted. Today, Panjim has dozens of neighbourhood composting stations. The bulk of the garbage generated in Goa is wet garbage. If this is not contaminated by plastic, paper, glass, metal, coconut shells and husk, it can be swiftly, safely and conveniently treated through composting. Simultaneously, dry garbage that is not sullied by vegetable scraps, fish and meat waste, used tea leaves, etc, can be easily sorted for recycling. This makes both wet and dry garbage much easier to handle and dispose of. The net result is a cleaner and less smelly city. It is not enough, therefore, that the Municipality engages either Fomento or any other outfit to start door-to-door garbage collection in Margao. What is needed is a garbage segregation system that will make the city’s waste easy to dispose. It will also make citizens more conscious about the garbage they generate. Let this garbage segregation and door-to-door collection system be started on a pilot basis in two wards. Once it is successful, it can be gradually extended to other wards. Nobody needs to re-invent the wheel. There is a successful model presently operating in Panjim, which can easily be replicated in Margao. Even the officers who set up the garbage segregation and bin-less, door-to-door collection scheme in Panjim are still working in the government, and can be called upon for consultancy and advice. What is needed is political will.

License to kill?


ould the mythical James Bond have ventured to gamble on a ship with no trading license, regardless of how ‘Royale’ it may have been? The odds are simple. A ship with no trading license is ineligible for grant of a casino license. Case closed. Then why is everyone trying to pass the buck, instead of making at least a ‘token’ attempt to enforce the law? The ship is anchored in his waters, but the Captain of Ports has passed the buck to the Home Dept. Even though it is the licensing authority, the Home Dept has sent it along to the Law Dept. So are we all going to wait until the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) passes the buck to the Goa Police?

Politician-journo connect Nelson Lopes Chinchinim The exposure of the recent Radia tapes has further strengthened the doubt of readers. The corporate and the industrialist are very much concerned about the policies, that have a direct bearing on their business empires. People have always believed that opinions are directed, uncomfortable news is killed, and that there is also paid news, through pliable journalists. Industrialists


3 December 1910 Series of conferences

The Minister for Colonies is contemplating to hold a series of conferences with individuals who are well aware of the exigencies and needs of the people with an aim to elaborate detailed providences.

Grant of land in return

The French Government is going to cede to the English Government its possession of Chandernagore which, in return, they will be granted a tract of land in East Africa.

Laws on Divorce

Was published the Divorce Laws which runs to six chapters the 1st being the dissolution of marriage; the 2nd being the Litigious Divorce; the 3rd being divorce with mutual consent; 4th being Personal separation; 5th being general disposition; and the 6th being Transitory disposition.

New flag unveiled

The Committee entrusted to unveil a new Flag has already completed its work which goes as follows: It is going to be Red and Green. In the Centre it will hold an Armillary Sphere surmounted by a Star. At the farthest end, where rests the sphere, is of yellow and gold and will fill the sphere two coat-of-arms


deterrents deserve to be shunned because of their repulsiveness, says CAeTAno de ABreU

amuel Johnson once said: “Politics is the last refuge of the scoundrels,” This quote could be relevant during the days of yore. However, in contemporary sense, the quote has been manipulated into a new maxim which goes: “Politics is the subterfuge of rogues, when blatantly caught, have the gumption to deny about their involvement.” Whatever they did is absolutely correct and justified as is the case of Yediyurappa who claims: “Why should I resign when I have done no wrong.” It could be the criteria towards prosecution embracing all in the political spectrum as no one should be above the Law. There is a semblance of proper authority in India who can assume that onus to take politicos to task, and when at task they should be made answerable and accorded due punishment. Although, in the present scenario, the time for its execution is floundering and the felons remains free to indulge in further nefariousness. And if we think that we have done away with chicanery, it is elementary with the episode of Adarsh Society where the Congress Government is trying to save its face from the slumps of ineptitude and inequity. The apartments meant for Kargil war widows expanded to include politicians’ kin, bureaucrats, and army’s top brass, (except the beneficiaries) who blatantly availed of government largesse at some unquestionable price. Or for that matter, read the scam over 2G spectrum where it is presumed that A Raja embezzled the exchequer to the tune of Rs1,76,645 crore. If the Congress is embroiled in that sleazy quagmire, let us analyse how the ‘khaki’ is crumpling and saffron is fading, with old mindsets and diluted pragmatism, although Nitish Kumar with good governance agenda romped home with an overwhelming majority. It is blatant that when the BJP starts raising the corruption issue, it is evident that there is discontent amongst its own cadres as the Party which once claimed to be different from the others, is quite indifferent to the endemic wrangling. The case in point is with regard to the Reddy Brothers who are doing the unwarranted, with quantum of money power which is being splurged with no qualms nor probity as they hold the Karnataka Government to ransom. Gadkari, the in-

View from my pAnVddo cumbent BJP President, with the allotment of an apartment to one of his kin can be termed as being associated in the cesspool of corruption, and there are still more cankerous skeletons tumbling down from the cupboards of ignominy. After going through all the putridity, which is engulfing the Aam Aadmi, most of the Indians still raise their voice exultantly, as if they are the unconquerable. One must not forget the damage they have caused to the tapestry of Indian communal fabric like the burning of 18,000 precious books and 30,000 manuscripts by the adherents of Shiv Sena, from the hallowed halls of Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune just because the American James W Laine penned a book, “Shivaji: the Hindu King in Islamic India.” The age of comprehension and understanding is far fading from the fertile mind of humankind with the banning of book “Such a long journey” by Rohinton Misty which was a part of the Bombay University Syllabus. I iterate that Indians are vibrantly thumping their chests in a hollow display of bravado, not forgetting the miserable rout which they suffered in 1962 at the hands of the Chinese army in the Indo-China war where the commanding officer Brigadier Mohan Kaul ran helter-skelter in the face of the Chinese onslaught. Where were the Indians who are, till date, raising rhetoric and

A cop & bull story

Breakfast of Champions


e all know how the police in Goa get a bad name because they are controlled by their political bosses. Unfortunately, our law makers are also our biggest law breakers, and so the police become the meat in the sandwich. They are doubly damned. They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Sometimes our police in Goa try to do good, but finish up shooting themselves in the foot. “Acting on a tip-off, the MainaCurtorim police conducted a raid on late Tuesday night at Davorlim and rescued around 60 bulls which were brought for slaughtering on the eve of Id on Wednesday.” Their actions flew in the face of government policy to improve communal harmony. In this case, Vijay Varde and Suresh Varde, residents of Kudal, Maharashtra, brought 60 bulls to the Davorlim railway gate to be handed over to Shaikh Abdul, a resident of Davorlim. It was a simple business transaction built on Hindu-Muslim amity, to celebrate Id. This would also help the Christian community to get some cheap meat. The meat from the GMC (Goa Meat Complex) is very expensive because it gets taxed twice – once when the abattoir fees are paid to the government and then all the ‘other’ payments to government bureaucrats, inspectors, health and other officials, who have to

are entering politics to further their cause and influence decisions by being close to the centre of power. Some industrialists own media houses to get around obstacles. Readers know that certain politicians cultivate some journalists, as they constantly labour at image building and censor all resentment. They are often seen hovering over them like a satellite in close orbit. The Radia episode clearly demonstrates that with all the sweet denials of innocence, the truth is out there. The shrewd corporate lobbyist did not pick up anyone to achieve her designs. It was a well thought of strategy. The faith of the readers is badly shaken. The integrity of the profession needs to be reassured to win back the implicit trust of readers

Why this paraphernalia?

James Moraes, Cuncolim The Goan tax payer is on verge of losing out to support the rich film industry. Goa government has been mulling tax rebates on films shot in Goa. In fact, support should have been given to our Goan film industry to keep it alive, but our government bends to the requests of the rich. The actors will benefit from the industry’s largesse.. The Congress government appears to be anti-Goan. TCP laws to support rich hoteliers, regional plan favouring builders, plans of expressways to benefit industrialists of neighbouring states and now subsidy to the film industry, are perfect examples of the anti Goan approach. certainly will bring about a difference in people’s lives.

One has to regretfully say that at present, our country or for that matter, even states are running as per court’s directives. Take for example the issue of court directing filing of FIR against Geelani for offence of sedition. The Home Minister, CM of Delhi and police authorities avoided any action and passed on the buck to the other. In Goa, the situation is no different. In most cases, controversy is created intentionally so that the issue is dragged in court and remains on hold for years. Even the agencies like CBI etc., are not sincere in their intentions. When we have the Honourable court as a monitoring mechanism, why do we need the paraphernalia of ministers to govern us at such an exorbitant cost?

Marcos Alemao, via email

HIV is spread through unprotected sex, blood transfusion, injecting drugs (sharing same needles) and child birth. The stigma that is associated with a HIV positive patient is deadlier than the the disease itself. These unfortunate men and women are able to do everything in life and lead normal lives. One needs to understand such individuals. Life is precious, beautiful and short. So let us love, care, and be there for them. This

‘Qurbani’ is the fundamental right of Muslims. It is religious in nature. The NGOs who stopped the slaughter of bulls at Vasco on Bakri Id day, are selfish. There are so many other issues, affecting the common man which can be fought for, instead of meddling with other religions.

Sea water purified? Joaquim Correia-Afonso, Benaulim Does the sea need purification? The sea is endowed with the gift of self purification. The pseudo freedom fighters are the ones who need to be purified. This lot has been objecting to presence of Portuguese names given to streets. The public would like to know as to whose names they are objecting to. But before that, why not clean up their stables? There are so many so-called “freedom fighters” who do not qualify to be called so, as they did not fight for Goa’s freedom. These “pseudo freedom fighters” got the infamous name because of the company they keep.

UK applicant’s visa woes Chris Boomer, by email Getting visas for our holiday in Goa has

By Anthony Simoes because of our corrupt folly-ticians, bureau-rats and techno-rats, these honest government servants have been superseded by government serpents. These are the government employees who have come on the basis of political patronage and bribes; on the strength of either money-banks or vote-banks. Apparently, MSL had an ‘adjustment’ problem. The amount of electricity they were using to operate their furnace simply did not match with the amount of electricity on their bill. In fact, the latter was a good deal lower than the former for years, and the difference was always ‘sympathetically’ overlooked by the Electricity Department in the spirit of ‘give-and-take’ that we all know so well. But with the Factories & Boilers Department poised to inspect the accident site, the proverbial cat would be out of the traditional bag. So there was a need for a quick cover-up, to divert people’s attention. With 60 captive bulls, anyone can generate as much bullshit as they need. It’s only a matter of time. Then the sick bulls will be returned to the three entrepreneurs, and it will be business as usual. Only, this week, the police will miss their usual ‘hafta’. Instead, they will get bullshit for money. Normally, they get money for bullshitting.

Letters to the Editor

Goan loss, government gain

Fundamental right

M C Afonso, Vasco

pass on part of it to the minister-in-charge. Just like the other GMC, which has more security personnel than nurses, thanks to the minister’s notion that GMC stands for ‘Generate More Compadres’. Good at the hustings, when democracy is the government of some people, by some people and for some people. Surprisingly, the number of robberies at the GMC has gone up ever since the security personnel were increased. The Chief Security Officer told me that now they give a quarter of ‘Feni’ to all security personnel when they come on duty. This is done to ensure ‘tight’ security. To get to the bottom of all this, I met with Maina-Curtorim PI Shirodkar. I wanted to know why the police arrested the three businessmen and rounded up the 60 bulls; especially whether this had anything to do with the furnace blast at Mormugao Steel Ltd (MSL), Curtorim, the previous day. I was told to meet the higherups, since this was a very “sensitive” issue. Unfortunately, South Goa SP Allan De Sa and Margao DySP Umesh Gaonkar were not available for their comments. As usual, I had to fall back on my own sources. These are mostly disgruntled government servants of the old school, who have always done an honest day’s work of service to the people. But

Letter of the Day

BVS Priolkar, Margao

AIDS and us

hiding behind the frocks of their women? One may say that most of the Indians are good to have overall skirmishes with Pakistan or to cheat and usurp money from the plebes, which has become redundant, and when the actual belligerence takes place, they are conspicuously absent from the actual arena of war not forgetting that actual heroes are conveniently forgotten. Indians are very good in orchestrating undue storm, forgetting that the common man is choking with venalities, but in Goa, some had the gall to obtain mileage in petty trivia like raising black flags upon the arrival of Portuguese Naval Ship “NRP Sagres” with fewer right wing activists, who fomented trouble only to justify their emoluments from government of Goa, with no inkling of Goa’s past. They have been telling the Goan Catholics to go back to Portugal, never even contemplating that Goa belongs to Goans only and not to outsiders, who form the bulk of so called freedom fighters, for which I can proudly state: Go back to your own land, it is our fundamental right to live freely in this land of ours bequeathed by our forefathers. It is not enough to purify waters; all they have to do is purify their own self and soul lest the wrath of the Almighty befall on them. However, the Goa government accepts the freedom fighters thanks to its vote bank policy without realising that they are not fighters at all, but mere

opportunists, who were released from their imprisonment, for reasons catalogued by the Portuguese authorities. This was unknown to most and there was no RTI then. All that the invading Indian army utter then during Operation Vijay was “Jai Hind”. As an irritant, I would like to question the Goa government the following: What are their credentials and credibility? Which freedom did they fight for as can be seen that Goa was conquered by annexation and not at all liberated? Where are their attested testimonials recognised by the Government of India stating they fought for the freedom of Goa? How can the Government pay their pensions in lieu of undertaking the essentials towards the welfare of the State? And last, but not least, which Goan did suffer at the hands of the imperialists? For, it is certain that Goans with the dearth of employment ventured to far distant shores but it does not mean that the Portuguese were bad as portrayed. It can be said that if the opportunistic freedom fighters have any anger against the Portuguese, they should direct their venom against their erstwhile rulers as “Novas Conquistas” were managed by the Portuguese only from 18th Century and it was not conquered, but gifted. I know all about these exploiters as I was a child of the circumstances for my father was attacked and trussed with strong ropes by these terrorists just to rob his guns and money, so who benefited from the freedom? There is anathema fomented by these miscreants for anything that is Portuguese, so how come they are allowing the government to light Portuguese edifices like a Christmas tree whenever there is an occasion? If the freedom fighters do not want anything which is Portuguese they should convey the same and let the Portuguese authorities bring down the signboard which states “Rua Mahatma Gandhi”. What about the children of the so called freedom fighters what nationality are they holding? It is not enough to terrorise people, which happened in my case, and go on orchestrating the elements of discord, it is the final outcome that counts. Those who act like a deterrent should be shunned from our midst as they are orchestrating a storm in a tea cup which is repulsive and should be condemned by all.

become increasingly difficult every year. This year the authorities have stopped the practice of filling the form by hand, it now has to be done on the internet, which not everyone has access to. The photograph size has been increased to 2 inch by 2 inch, in comparison to the normal passport size ones. Children’s visa rules have also been changed. Previously, we used to just fill in the form and provide the photos and passports but now we have to also include a copy of their birth certificates and a letter from each parent giving them permission to go to India. This is regardless of the fact that both parents are traveling with the children.

Succour to the jobless Anne Barreto, Ponda The active youth of Goa would like to plead with the Honourable CM and his government to increase the age limit to 45 years, for entry into Government service, instead of introducing various unnecessary and useless schemes. This would benefit the poor active youth who are unemployed. Crimes would come down drastically, as a result. If the person above 45 years can work as a labourer in foreign countries, then why can’t those who have crossed 40 years of age work, if given a chance. Those who have crossed the age group of 40 should come forward and put forth a demand to the government to increase the age limit to 45 years. This will enable them

and their families to lead decent lives. The CM should look into this aspect and provide succour to the unemployed.

Appeal to Armed Forces A C Menezes, Chinchinim Nations all over the world with military might have developed certain traditions vis-à-vis their civilian population. One of the most important criteria is to store war material as far as possible, from populated areas. We all know of the dangers of modern technology’s accurate and precisional bombing techniques. In Goa, thickly populated areas exist along the coast line but the Indian Navy (Aviation Wing) wants to expand in all directions. Military establishments are also in close proximity to civilian areas. Dabolim and the Corps of Signals at Bambolim serve as examples. The Naval Aviation wing could be shifted to Karwar while the Corps of Signals should be transferred to the hinterland of Goa.

Inadequate security Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco The Goa police should be complimented for providing fool-proof security during the International Film Festival of India, which concluded yesterday. There were hand-metal detectors, door-frame detectors, CCTV and other security gadgets in place manned by security personnel. Two platoons of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) besides the 700 odd policemen had given security cover for the festival. But what about the security for the feast of St. Francis Xavier at Old Goa? It must be said that the security during the novenas at Old Goa seemed inadequate for a venue where lakhs of people descended. Now that IFFI is over, the security personnel should be posted to Old Goa for today’s feast. Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

Paths of Wisdom Return for Deeds

By Samir Khan Abû Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Holy Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) said: “A person who calls people towards doing good deed will get the same reward as those who follow him and do good; and nothing will be diminished from the requital of the latter. Similarly, those who call the people towards vice will have the same punishment as those who follow him without any diminution in the punishment of the perpetrators.” (Sahih Muslim) This hadîth(Sayings of the Holy Prophet) gives good tidings to one who invites people to virtue, and warns a person against inviting his/her fellow beings to vice. Calling people towards doing good deeds is in itself a virtuous act. It wins the pleasure of God. Contrary to it, the act of inviting people to some evil is in itself a vicious act. It earns the Divine wrath. God can give reward and likewise award punishment, here on earth and in the hereafter as well, to whom He wills. But this does not mean that His judgement is baseless. He knows perfectly well the deeds done by His servants as well as the intention working behind the commission of the deeds. Hence His judgement is based on human actions. He however can forgive whomsoever He wills. In the present hadîth the Holy Messenger encourages the believer to call people towards doing good deeds because it will yield to him the same reward as those who in response to his call do good deeds. Similarly, it forbids him to invite people to do evil because it is not only a sin in itself but also earn the same punishment as those who will follow him. And, God need not diminish even a bit from the requital of the doer.

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OPinionatEd My conscience is clear, will Vibrant Role Of The Judiciary BY AIRES RODRIGUES

Today’s economic and social development is not just about building roads and bridges or increasing taxes. It is increasingly about the rule of law. The rule of law prevails only when there are meaningful and enforceable laws. Laws that ensure transparency, fairness and accountability. There has to be basic security for the Aam Aadmi. It has to be ensured that there is personal safety and protection of property, and an independent judiciary that safeguards this. And there has to be access to justice to be able to invoke these safeguards. The Judiciary has vital roles and functions. The judiciary has varied dimensions and specific missions. As a branch of government, the judiciary has to uphold the constitution, the rights and liberties that the constitution guarantees, and the policies and principles that it embodies. Being a dispute resolution forum, the judiciary’s mission is to ensure that the public has access to the highest standard of justice attainable. It has to ensure proper equitable and expeditious resolution of all cases and controversies brought before the courts. It has to also facilitate and activate alternative forms of dispute resolution to supplement the formal court system. As a public agency, the judiciary’s mission is to provide for, promote, and ensure effective, economical, and efficient use of public resources in the administration of justice. As the country’s legal system, the judiciary has to promote effective and expeditious administration of justice. In a fast evolving society, the judiciary’s mission is to anticipate and timely respond to society’s changing judicial needs. A judiciary that embodies these institutional dimensions and missions is an institution based on the society’s legal order and the basis of the rule of law. As part of the society, it must not only be responsive to change as the society as a whole changes, but it must also be deeply aware of its proper role in influencing and shaping the future of the society of which it is an integral part. The effectiveness of the judiciary and the success of the judicial system ultimately depends on the existence of the rule of law. This can be only achieved with sound and efficient operation of the core legal institutions and the supporting civil society institutions. These are fundamental prerequisites for an effective economic, social, and political order essential for a modern society in our increasingly inter-dependent world. The institution of the judiciary lies at the heart of a society’s legal order. Without an effective functioning and independent judicial system, the perils society will face are inevitable and predictable. Uncertainty will prevail in society and the efficient conduct of business and economic affairs will face oppressive burdens. Social integration and development will be strongly resisted. Widespread injustice and deprivation of the rights of ordinary citizens, especially the poor, women, and children, will be there for us to see. However, the need to ensure that the judiciary itself is an effectively functioning institution is paramount. In a democratic country like ours, the role of judiciary is significant. Judiciary administers justice according to law. It is required to promote justice in a very fair and adjudicatory manner. Judiciary can combat social injustice through its judgments. Otherwise common man will continue to suffer. In a democracy, the role of judiciary is crucial. Judiciary is a faithful keeper of the constitutional assurances. An independent and impartial judiciary can make the legal system vibrant. Over the years, the Indian judiciary has, by and large, proved to be creative. Credibility of judicial process ultimately depends on the manner of administrating justice. Judiciary has played a crucial role in socio-economic development of our society. It has played a vital role in ensuring good governance by those holding reigns of power. There can be no two views about the significant role expected of the judiciary in good governance. Our judiciary has performed well minus the stray rotten apples that have put the judicial system to shame. Evicting the remaining black sheep and ensuring that the likes of them do not creep into the temples of justice should be our priority. This could happen only when there is transparency and accountability in the selection and appointment of High Court and Supreme Court judges, in particular. Only then will it be ensured that the judiciary plays a real vital and vibrant role it is enshrined for. It will fortify the common man’s faith and trust in courts, the Aam Aadmi’s last resort.

BrahMos cruise missile successfully test-fired PTI BALASORE, DEC 2

An upgraded version of 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired by India today from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off the Orissa coast. “Block III version of BrahMos with advanced guidance and upgraded software, incorporating high manoeuvres at multiple points and steep dive from high altitude was flight tested successfully from Launch Complex III of ITR,” its Director S P Dash said after the test fire from a mobile launcher at 11 am. All telemetry and tracking stations including naval ships near the terminal point have confirmed the mission’s success, he said. “It was a text book launch and the mission was successful,” distinguished defence scientist A Sivathannu Pillai, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace said. The 8.4 metres missile which can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound is capable of carrying conventional warheads of up to 300 kg for a range of 290 km. It can effectively engage ground targets from an altitude as low as 10 metres for surgical strikes at terror training camps across the border without causing collateral damage. “The trial was witnessed by high ranking officials of the Army, who expressed happiness to have such high potential weapon system,” a defence press release said. Director DRDL, P Venugopalan and Project Director S Som, were present during the launch. The Defence Minister congratulated DRDO and BrahMos scientists, army officers and the entire team for the success of the mission, it said. BrahMos is capable of being launched from multiple platforms like submarine, ship, aircraft and land based Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MAL). One regiment of the 290-km range BrahMos-I variant, which consists of 67 missiles, five mobile autonomous launchers on 12x12 Tatra vehicles and two mobile command posts, among other equipment, is already operational in the Indian Army, defence sources said. The Indian Navy has begun the process of inducting the first version of BrahMos missile system in all frontline warships from 2005.The Army is in the process of inducting two more regiments of BrahMos Block-II land-attack cruise missiles (LACM), which have been designed as precision strike weapons capable of hitting small targets in urban environments. The first flight test of BrahMos missile was conducted on June 12, 2001 at the ITR and the last was successfully carried out on September 5, 2010 from the same place.

continue as CVC: Thomas PTI NEW DELHI, DEC 2

Controversial CVC P J Thomas, facing stinging remarks from Supreme Court and demand for his sacking by opposition, today said his conscience is clear and he will continue in the post. “I am morally clear. My conscience is very clear. I am continuing as CVC,” he said, and dismissed as “speculative” questions on his possible resignation. The chief of anti-corruption watchdog said he was an “impartial” person and distanced himself from the 2G spectrum scam as well as the Palmolein import case in Kerala, over which there are demands for his resignation. Asked whether he was under pressure and planning to quit, Thomas said, “That is a speculative question. I do not have to answer it.” The Palmolein import case “is a very old case. It did not happen in my tenure. I am not really aware of its status. The state government has a very funny stand on it,” the Central Vigilance Commissioner told reporters outside his office here. 60-year-old Thomas, who was Telecom Secretary till recently, was appointed to the CVC’s post by a three-member panel headed

by Prime Minister but not before the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj gave a dissenting note. Appointed less than three months ago, his name figures in the charge sheet relating to import of palmolein when he was serving in the Kerala government. The Supreme Court had raised questions on Thomas’ ability to supervise the CBI investigations in the 2G case. It would be difficult for Thomas to objectively monitor the investigations, it had said. Following this Thomas yesterday offered to recuse himself from supervising the probe. Thomas said that the case related to the Council of Ministers in Kerala taking a decision to import Palmolein and as food secretary he had implemented it. “On that basis, to level criminal conspiracy charge against me is funny. “What is the criminal conspiracy.... meeting at the council of ministers headed by Chief Minister? The state investigative agency, whichever agency it is... the agency said this cabinet meeting was a criminal conspiracy and every Cabinet meeting has the Secretary in attendance. “You know the procedure as Food Secretary (of the state) I am also in attendance...

inside the meeting and not outside,” the CVC said. Claiming that there was no corruption or conspiracy on his part in the case, Thomas said, “the Cabinet meeting gives a decision and as Food Secretary you issue the order. “When you issue the order they say this conspiracy of the meeting of Council of Ministers you have contributed to that...state investigative agencies have taken such a funny stand you know...there is nothing on conspiracy there is nothing on corruption,” he claimed. On the alleged 2G spectrum scam, he said “the matter was subjudice and it would not be appropriate for me to speak anything on it. Moreover, it happened between 2007 and 2008 when I was not the telecom secretary. “I am very impartial and take judicious decisions as per the law on every matter that comes to me,” he said. The CVC charged the media with carrying “political” speculation over his resignation. “May be as media, they discuss various things. The perspective of people, version of people comes down on media. There is no controversy surrounding me. I am continuing,” he added.

Cong, BJP sparring intensifies PTI NEW DELHI, DEC 2

As the deadlock continued in Parliament, the Congress-BJP slanging match turned vicious outside with the ruling party today accusing the opposition of acting as “agents of Maoists”. Reacting sharply to the Congress’ remarks, the BJP dubbed the ruling party members as “agents of Quattrocchi”. “There is a propaganda of the Maoists that Indian democracy does not reflect the aspirations of the people. The manner in which the opposition has disrupted Parliament and not allowed the supreme voice of the people to function it takes credence to the propaganda of Maoists. It almost seems as Opposition is behaving as their agents,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters outside Parliament. The BJP retorted by raking up the Bofors case. “Quattrocchi’s agents are accusing us of being Maoist agents. Quattrocchi’s agents do not have the right to say so,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javdekar said, referring to Bofors case accused Ottavio Quattrocchi. The party has been accusing the government of protecting the Italian businessman. While Tewari appealed to all opposition leaders to rise above party politics and allow democracy to function, Javdekar said, “the issue relates to democracy only. When 70 per cent of MPs are demanding JPC, why is the Congress running away from it. “Running away from JPC is undemocratic, demanding JPC is democratic. Congress seems to have lost all logic that is why the party is doing this,” the BJP leader said. The deadlock over the opposition demand for Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into 2-G spectrum issue continued for the 15th day. “If the situation would be allowed to continue like this then this will not be good for democracy,” the Congress spokesperson said.

4 more Sena MLAs suspended in M’rashtra PTI NAGPUR, DEC 2

A devotee seeks blessings from a Buddhist monk during the celebration of 900 years of Karma Kagyu lineage in New Delhi on Thursday. Kamtsang, is the largest lineage within the Kagyu school, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu is the Gyalwa Karmapa. Followers believe that the Karmapa's appearance as the first historical consciously reincarnate teacher was predicted by the Buddha in the Samadhiraja Sutra. The Karma Kagyu school belongs to the Vajrayana branch of Mahayana Buddhism.

Crisis over, I will complete rest of term, says Yeddyurappa PTI NEW DELHI, DEC 2

After nearly being sacked last week, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa now feels that the “crisis” for him is over and he would complete the remaining two-and-a-half-year term as he has the “blessings” of BJP leadership. Yeddyurappa, 67, insisted that the reports about his being on lease of life till Panchayat elections likely this month were wrong. “I will complete the remaining two-and-a-halfyear term with the blessings of all India leaders. (There is) no doubt in that,” Yeddyurappa told PTI in an interview. He said he had explained everything to the top party leaders and they were “happy”. Asked whether he implied that “crisis” for him was over, he replied in the affirmative. But did the thought of quitting ever cross his mind during the peak of attack on him, with even BJP being dragged in. “You believe it or not, no one asked me to resign and I never thought about it,” he responded. Yeddyurappa’s comments came after he met top party leaders including L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh and M M Joshi yesterday and apprised them about his version of the story relating to the controversial allotment of land to his sons and daughter. The opposition has been gunning for his removal, alleging that the land was allotted in an improper manner. “They (BJP leaders) know everything, whatever happened in the last 15 days and JD(S) friends’ intention to create so many problems,” Yeddyu-

rappa said, apparently suggesting that the Opposition party was responsible for triggering a controversy over denotification of some expensive plots of land to favour his children. Yeddyurappa was almost on the brink of being removed last week over allegations of irregularities but the BJP leadership reportedly gave him a breather, apparently to prevent any adverse impact on the party’s prospects during the upcoming Panchayat polls. “It is incorrect,” he said when referred to reports that he had been given a lease of life only till Panchayat polls. Yeddyurappa said he told the party leaders “everything, about the loot of the state during the tenure of (JD(S) leaders) H D Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy and how they distributed land to their relatives.” On the allegations of irregularities against him, he has decided to go on a counter-offensive against the Opposition and challenged them to “come out openly” with proof of any wrongdoing he had committed. Claiming that he had done no wrong, the Chief Minister said he had ordered a judicial enquiry on the allegations against him as well as other cases that go as back as 1995. Queried what message he was carrying from the BJP leadership, the Chief Minister said they had advised him to perform well in the state, where he led the party to power for the first time in a South Indian state. “They advised me that there must be a very good governance in future and (the party’s future) in entire south and neighbouring states depends upon (the performance) in Karnataka,” he said.

2 arrested in gang-rape case NEW DELHI, DEC 2

Delhi Police today claimed to have made a major breakthrough in the gang-rape case of a 30-yearold call centre employee here last week with the arrest of two youths. Investigators apprehended Shamshad and Usman, who are in their early twenties, from Haryana’s Mewat last night while one of their accomplices surrendered in a Ballabgarh court in connection with a cow slaughtering case two days ago. The incident took place in the wee hours of November 26 when the Mizo woman was walking towards her home in Moti village near Dhaula in south Delhi along with one of her colleagues when the men in a vehicle abducted her and took turns to rape her. She was later dumped in Mongolpuri. “We have arrested two persons. We have learnt that another person has surrendered in a Haryana court. We are looking for the other two accused,” H G S Dhaliwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) said. Sources said Shamshad and Usman have a criminal background and were allegedly involved in at least three cases of

N-sub Arihant to be ready in 2 years PTI NEW DELHI, DEC 2

India's indigenous nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant will be ready for deterrent patrols in two years from now, completing the nation's capability to deliver strategic weapons from land, air and undersea. Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma said at his annual press conference here that the Arihant, which was a top secret project till its launch at Visakhapatnam last year, will beready for operational patrols by 2012 and the project itself was making good progress. "We have a declared policy of no-firstuse...but we have Arihant. It is there. We have a triad in place now, but we have to use it as effectively as possible. We will have Arihant going within two years and there is progress in the project, despite some hiccups," he said when asked to react to nuclear weapons that Pakistan is amassing in recent years.

The nuclear triad, he said, would be complete only when India has strategic nuclear missiles that could be launched from land, air and sea. "You are absolutely right, it is a triad only when you have a strategic weapon on the platform. Yes, it (nuclear triad) is there. When it (Arihant) is commissioned and goes to sea it will be on deterrent patrol. The triad would be there when Arihant is commissioned," he said. Explaining the hiccups in the project, he said there were some delays with regard to indigenous equipment that would be fitted on the submarine. "But I think we will be within time and commission the vessel by 2012," he added. On strategic nuclear deterrence, he said India had taken "a whole lot of action" and that explained the construction of INS Arihant. "We have Arihant, fortunately, one can talk of now. This option is there. We have

The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly today suspended four more Shiv Sena members for one year for their disorderly behaviour in the House. Among those suspended are Sanjay Rathod (Digras), Ashish Jaiswal (Ramtekl), Abhijeet Adsul (Dar yapur), Sharad Patil (Dhule Rural) and Ravindra Waikar (JogeshwariEast). Rathod was yesterday suspended till the ongoing Winter Session of the Assembly. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Harshwardhan Patil moved a resolution for their suspension in the House which was adopted by voice vote. The resolution was passed amidst din in the House.

the triad in place and the idea is to use it as effectively as possible," he added. India had formally launched INS Arihant in July last year and it would be the first in the series of three nuclearpowered submarines that India is building indigenously with some help from the Russians. It already possesses or is in the process of possessing a family of nuclear-tipped missiles including the Agni series, Prithvi variants, naval missile Dhanush, and submarine launched Sagarika. Asked about media reports from Russia openly talking of India leasing its Akula-II 'Nerpa' nuclear powered submarine for 10 years, Verma refused to say anything. The reports have said that India was getting the Nerpa by March next year and would operate it for 10 years to train its naval personnel to work on the nuclearpowered submarine fleet it is building starting with Arihant.

rape earlier. “These people have criminal background. They were involved in rape cases earlier,” they said. “They matched the sketches also,” the sources said. Investigators have impounded the truck which was allegedly used in the crime. Asked how investigators zeroed in on the two suspects, a senior police official said they have ascertained the movement of the accused in the locality on the fateful day through technical surveillance.

All the five suspended members will miss the ongoing session here, the next Budget session and the Autumn session of State Legislature, both in Mumbai.





Rajapaksa, Fonseka to blame for killing of PTI WASHINGTON, DEC 2

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his former Army

Chief Sarath Fonseka were responsible for alleged war crimes and killing of Tamil civilians during the last phase of the 30-

year-old civil war, according to a secret US cable made public by WikiLeaks. Seven months after the LTTE rebels were decimated, the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Patricia A Butenis, in a secret communication to the US government, said that the responsibility for the killing of innocent civilians rests with Rajapaksa, his brothers and Fonseka. The secret cable, written by Butenis on January 15, 2010, was released yesterday by the WikiLeaks, a whistle blower website. The US, which has called the release of all such cable as illegal and an act of crime, has neither confirmed or denied the authen-

ticity of these cables, which number more than 250,000. “There are no examples we know of a regime undertaking wholesale investigations of its own troops or senior officials for war crimes while that regime or government remained in power. “In Sri Lanka this is further complicated by the fact that responsibility for many of the alleged crimes rests with the country's senior civilian and military leadership, including President Rajapaksa and his brothers and opposition candidate General Fonseka,” the cable says. The cable was written 11 days before the presidential elections in Sri Lanka in which Rajapaksa was challenged by Fonseka.

From Page 1 Curtains down on IFFI I am told that there is history…and it is a best place for film festivals. Goa from a partying to a film destination is a welcome change but the Festival should go on to become an international favourite”, he quipped. Four Indian film actors namely South Indian actress Padma Priya, acclaimed West Bengal actor Prosenjit Chatterjee and national award winners Priya Mani and Arjun Rampal were felicitated during the ceremony. The 41st edition of the IFFI screened over 300 films from 61 countries with Andy Emmony’s “West is West” as the inaugural movie. The festival was inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee with renowned Hindi film director Yash Chopra as the Chief Guest and Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan as the Guest of Honour. The Indian Panorama presented a cluster of 26 feature and 21 non-feature films from the best and promising film makers from across the country. In the Tributes section, IFFI paid homage Bina Rai, Pamela Rooks, Sujit Kumar, Keshu Ramsay, Debu Deodhar, Pankaj Advani, Nirmal Pandey, Tahir Hussain, Vishnuvardhan and Ravi Baswani. Centenaries of five unforgettable cinema talents – Ashok Kumar, B R Panthulu, Motilal, Nadia and RajaParanjpe – were also observed by screening their films. A new section ‘Academy Interest’ was also introduced from this year and a special screening of India’s official Oscar entry this year ‘Peepli Live’ was also organized. From this year onwards, films from across the globe competed for the prestigious awards, which have been calculated to Rs 90 lakh (200,000 US-highest amount to be awarded in any Festival in the world.

Air fares may hit the sky

sources said. The Unit would monitor route-wise tariff across their networks on a regular basis from now on. In their responses, the airlines proposed one-way fares ranging between Rs 10,500 and Rs 40,000 for distances of less than 750 km and more than 1,400 km. Interestingly, both these fares have been suggested by no-frill carriers. The airfares have been quoted for four distance slabs of less than 750 km, 750-1,000 km, 1,000-1,400 km and beyond 1,400 km. IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, JetLite, GoAir and Air India (Domestic) have given their proposals on this basis. Kingfisher Airline has been asked by DGCA to rework its proposal as it has submitted fares on the basis of two slabs. The fares proposed by these airlines on the 750-1,000 km slab ranged between Rs 14,550 and Rs 19,500, while it was between Rs 17,000 and Rs 25,000 for the next slab. The high distance slab had proposed fares ranging between Rs 22,000 and Rs 40,000. Sending a strong signal to domestic airlines over sudden spurt in airfares, the Civil Aviation Ministry had warned them of action if they continued predatory pricing. The airfares have been almost 30-40 per cent high on several major domestic routes even during the non-peak season.

Xavier’s feast today

are expected to attend the feast where masses will commence from 4 am. The Feast mass is scheduled for 10.30 am. Speaking to Herald, Rector of Basilica of Bom Jesus Fr Savio Baretto said “all the arrangements for the feast day have been completed. This time the crowd was much less for the novenas compared to last year”. He, however said, the number of pilgrims were more than the last year. Fr Baretto said ArchbishopPatriarch Felipe Neri Ferrao and Bishop Emeritus Raul Gonsalves along with Bishop from Port Blair Alex Dias would be part of the feast mass.




Wikileaks founder Assange in hiding, avoiding warrant US mulls keeping AGENCIES PARIS, DEC 2

For Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder and guiding spirit, it must have been sweet. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was tr ying to smooth over the embarrassment, while the White House huffed that a criminal investigation was under way. The French government was decrying "the height of irresponsibility," and Pakistan was reckoning with a rebuke from its traditional patron, Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, the pasty-faced Assange, a self-appointed knight-errant who has been doing battle with official secrecy since 2006, was in the shadows somewhere - few knew where undoubtedly savoring the ruckus caused by WikiLeaks' exposure of confidential State Department cables. In an uncomfortable irony, however, he had to do the savoring in a secret location, because Interpol, the international anti-crime organization, has issued a high-priority "red notice" asking member countries to ar-

rest him. President Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, has said the U.S. government might want to prosecute Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, for violating U.S. secrecy laws and perhaps even for espionage. But that is not the reason for the notice - at least not yet. Swedish authorities on Nov. 18 asked Interpol to help them take Assange into custody for questioning on accusations of rape and sexual harassment. O n T h u r s d a y, S w e d e n ' s Supreme Court upheld the court order seeking to detain him. The charges were brought by two Swedish women in August after what both described as consensual sexual encounters in Sweden that escalated into something unwanted and illegal. Assange, who has long expressed fear of reprisal from Washington and other governments, denied anything but consensual sex and suggested that the two women were part of a plot to smear his name and un his campaign to get government secrets into the open.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Before the women came forward, Assange had sought a Swedish residence visa, hoping to benefit from the country's strong protection of press freedoms. But since then, he has been traveling constantly and staying below the radar, popping up in London, appearing on a videoconference in Amman, Jordan, and answering questions from Time magazine via Skype, reluctant to show himself in flesh and blood. In the Time Q&A, he said Clinton should resign because of her cable suggesting that U.S.

diplomats surreptitiously gather personal data on their counterparts, something Assange said would violate the Vienna Convention on diplomatic activity. Gibbs dismissed that idea as "ridiculous" and said the problem is rather that Assange violated the diplomatic convention. An underground existence is nothing new for Assange, his associates have pointed out. Driven by his anti-secrecy crusade and convinced that governments are out to get him, he has long avoided fixed residences, borrowing travel funds

and sleeping on other people's couches between marathon sessions at the computer. WikiLeaks announced via Twitter, meanwhile, that it has been the target of repeated hacker attacks since the publication of more than 250,000 leaked State Department communications, a claim in line with Assange's frequent assertions that U.S. intelligence agencies are intruding on his work. While Assange stayed out of sight, his Stockholm lawyer, Bjorn Hurtig, filed an appeal Wednesday against the Swedish government's arrest order. At the same time, his London attorney, Mark Stevens, said the Stockholm prosecutor's tactics show that she is out to get Assange for more than legal reasons. "Since Sweden is a civilized country, I have to come to the conclusion that this is persecution and not prosecution," Stevens said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. One news report suggested that Assange is considering ask-

ing for asylum in Switzerland. But that country is known for keeping secrets, so that seemed an unlikely solution. Moreover, WikiLeaks has announced that its next big project is to reveal the confidential documents of a major bank, believed to be Bank of America, which could make the land of numbered accounts an awkward haven for Assange. A surprising possibility seemed to arise Monday, when a deputy foreign minister of Ecuador, Kintto Lucas, said Assange would be welcome in that South American country. "We are going to invite him to come to Ecuador so he can freely present the information he possesses and all the documentation, not just over the Internet but in a variety of public forms," Lucas announced. By Wednesday, however, that idea had fallen apart. President Rafael Correa said neither he nor his foreign minister had approved the invitation to Assange and gave a strong impression that they never would.

Kyrgyzstan base AP BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan

The U.S. will reconsider its military presence in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan once it winds down its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday. She offered no indication of whether the Obama administration hopes to maintain a presence at the Manas air base, which plays a central role in moving troops and supplies to support the war effort in Afghanistan. Speaking to students and civic leaders in a live TV interview, Clinton noted that the U.S. and its NATO partners agreed last month in Lisbon, Portugal, to begin turning over control to local Afghan authorities in 2011, with a goal of completing that transition by the end of 2014. "Then we will look to see if there is any continuing mission" for U.S. troops at Manas, she said. Later, in a pep talk to American troops at Manas, Clinton

said, "You're not going to be here indefinitely." The U.S. has used Manas as a major transit point since the Afghan war began in 2001. The base has been a sore subject with regional giant Russia, which has objected to a U.S. military presence so close to its borders. It has also been the source of tension in U.S.-Kyrgyz relations, in part because of Kyrgyz suspicion of corruption in contracts for supplying the air base with fuel. Clinton said Thursday that the U.S. has agreed to include a Kyrgyz firm in the contracting for fuel supplied to Manas. At a joint news conference with current President Roza Otunbayev, Clinton said the U.S. will help set up a Kyrgyz entity that would bid for a portion of the lucrative fuel supply contracts. Those contracts was held by companies that authorities suspected of links with the family of the Kyrgyz president overt h ro w n e a r l i e r t h i s y e a r.

Heavy snow wreaks havoc in UK Reuters LONDON, DEC 2

More heavy snow has caused havoc across Britain, keeping London's Gatwick airport closed for a second day, disrupting rail services and leaving travellers stranded. Commuters struggled to get to work as Britain's worst early winter weather in almost two decades showed no sign of easing its icy grip. Met Office forecasters warned of severe weather and heavy snow, particularly in the southern and eastern regions of the country. Days of sub-zero temperatures and snow, beginning in Scotland and northern England and moving south, have caused chaos and could be costing the economy 1.2 billion pounds ($1.94 billion) a day, according

Neutron bomb inventor dead Samuel Cohen, the US physicist who invented the neutron bomb has died, according to a report Thursday in Los Angeles Times quoting his son. The 89-year-old who had stomach cancer died at home in California Sunday. Cohen, in an interview with the New York Times in September, described the controversial tactical nuclear bomb he developed at the height of the Cold War in 1958 as 'the most sane and moral weapon ever devised'. 'It's the only nuclear weapon in history that makes sense in waging war. When the war is over, the world is still intact,' he said. Neutron weapons, which release a burst of neutron radiation rather than explosive energy, have the ability to destroy people and other living things while causing little material damage. (Agencies)

to insurer RSA. Gatwick, the country's second busiest airport, said it would remained closed until at least 6am (local time) on Friday because of more heavy snowfalls. Edinburgh airport remained closed, but the runway was expected to be clear and open by mid-morning, it said. Amid widespread criticism of Britain's inability to cope with the bad weather, transport secretary Philip Hammond ordered a review of how transport operators had responded this week. "Complacency is not an option. There are lessons to be learned from our performance in every bout of bad weather and it is important that we learn those now," he said in a statement. Last winter was the coldest

in Britain for three decades and the authorities had hoped to avoid a repeat of the disruption that had caused. Eurostar, which runs train services connecting Britain to France and Belgium, said it would be operating a "significantly reduced timetable on Thursday" because of the bad weather. Eurostar services would be subject to delays of up to 90 minutes and some would be cancelled, it said. Southern Railway, which runs trains between London and England's south coast, said all its services were suspended because of heavy snow fall, although it would begin a limited service in the London area from 10am (local time). Ice created hazardous conditions on roads across the country.

A passenger sits covered with a sheet at Gatwick Airport, in southern England on Thursday. More heavy snow caused havoc across Britain on Thursday, keeping Gatwick closed for a second day, disrupting rail services and leaving travellers stranded.

Pak army vetoed proposal to send ISI chief to India PTI WASHINGTON, DEC 2

Pakistan's powerful army had v e t o e d P re s i d e n t A s i f A l i Zardari's proposal to send ISI chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha to New Delhi that came on British insistence to calm down tensions with India following the Mumbai terror attack, a secret US cable made public by WikiLeaks shows. The confidential document shows that the then British Foreign Secretary David Miliband had called Zardari, asking him to send the ISI chief to India, to which the president readily agreed. He, however, was overruled by the Pakistani army led by General Ashfaq Per vez Kayani. Miliband described Major General Pasha as a welcome "new broom" and expressed UK support for ISI reform. Zardari said the new ISI lead-

ers were “straightforward” and their roles were proscribed by the Constitution, but it would take time for real conversions. Robert Brinkley, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, and Miliband pressed for Pasha to go to India, said a US cable issued by its Embassy in Islamabad on December 1, 2008. “Zardari gave Brinkley a long answer about various levels of directors in ISI but finally confirmed that the army had vetoed the decision to send Pasha. Zardari told Miliband that it might be possible to send NSA Durrani, as he outranked Pasha,” it said. The president said it would not be possible to send pasha immediately as he needed to work public opinion first, the cable said. According to the cable, the British diplomat passed the same intelligence information

about Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to Zardari that they previously had passed to the ISI. “Zardari's response was positive; he said ISI had to follow up and this was an opportunity. He criticised the Indians for statements that pushed Islamabad to make a defensive response and 'made my job harder'. “Zardari said he thought it was not possible that terrorists could have launched attack boats from Karachi and the operation could not have been implemented without insider help from Indians,” the cable says. In the conversation with Miliband, Zardari said he saw the attacks as an “opportunity to strike at my enemies”. The attack, he said, was aimed as much at Pakistan as at India, but India had reacted in an unfortunate way. “Miliband said that public

messaging would be particularly important to link the Mumbai atrocity with Zardari's own campaign against militants," it said. Zardari told Miliband that “my people” had not brought specific information to him about the individuals named in the information passed to ISI (on the day before). Miliband said that LeT needed to "feel the full force of the law". “Zardari responded by saying he was setting up special courts, was contacting all political parties, and would take action immediately,” the cable said. According to the cable, Zardari commented that he had a gut reaction that the attacks were the beginning rather than the end and went on to talk about Muslim-Hindu differences and attempts to split India. He urged the UK to push back on New Delhi and calm the situation. Miliband said they would

Spanish woman claims she is legal owner of sun AGENCIES MADRID, DEC 2

A Spanish woman claims she has become the legal owner of the Sun after registering it as her property with a local notar y and now plans to charge those who use it. Angeles Duran, 49, from Vigo in Spain's northwestern region of Galicia, applied for ownership of the fiery star at the centre of our solar system after learning that similar claims had been made by an American on the Moon, Mars and Venus. Although the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 prevents any government from staking their claim over celestial bodies it does not extend to private in-

dividuals, an opinion backed by her notary after consulting legal bodies in Spain. Last week Miss Duran was issued with a document that declares she is "the owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, at an aver-

aged distance from Earth of around 149,600,000 kilometres" (93 million miles). I know the law and backed my claim legally," she told local media. "I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first." She announced that she

now plans to profit from her property and wants to charge those whose benefit from its energy. She claims to have met representatives from Spain's Ministry of Industry to discuss levying a fee on photovoltaic plants for converting the sun's energy into electricity. "When you have a property it makes sense to make use of

it. Power companies profit from the rivers which belong to everyone so I hope to take advantage of the sun." Miss Duran has come up with a plan that will distribute profits made from the Sun across Spain with half the proceeds going to the government, 20 per cent to the nation's pension fund, 10 per cent dedicated to ending world hunger and ten per cent on research. She says she will keep 10 per cent of the earnings from the Sun for herself. "It is time to start doing things the right way, if there is an idea for how to generate income and improve the economy and people's wellbeing, then why not do it?" she said.

Scientists develop best biological test to treat autism AGENCIES WASHINGTON, Dec 2

Scientists have developed the best biologically based test for autism to date. The test, developed by researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital and the University of Utah, was able to detect the disorder in individuals with high-functioning autism with 94 percent accuracy. The test, which uses MRI to measure deviations in brain cir-

cuitry, could someday replace the subjective test now used to identify those with the disorder. It could also lead to a better understanding of autism and to better management and treatments of affected individuals. "This is not yet ready for prime time use in the clinic yet, but the findings are the most promising thus far," said lead author Nicholas Lange, ScD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Neurostatistics Labora-

tory at McLean. "Indeed, we have new ways to discover more about the biological basis of autism and how to improve the lives of individuals with the disorder," said senior author Janet Lainhart, Principal Investigator of the research at the University of Utah. The Harvard-McLean and University of Utah researchers used the test on two groups of subjects. One group consisted of individuals who had previously been diagnosed with high-func-

tioning autism using the standard subjective scoring system. That system is based on assessing patients and questioning their parents about their functionality in a variety of areas including language, social functioning, and behavior. The second group studied was a control group consisting of normally developing individuals. The subjects were put in an MRI scanner that was programmed to be sensitive to water diffusion along the axons of the brain to

measure microscopic features of the brain's circuitry. The Lange-Lainhart test employs Diffusion Tensor Imaging. By measuring six aspects of the brain's circuitry, the test was able to correctly distinguish those who had previously been diagnosed with autism with 94 percent accuracy. A repeat study using two different sets of subjects showed the same high level of performance. The study has been published in Autism Research.

do so, but India needs to see real action from Pakistan. "India was asking for shortterm actions, and this could buy some time for the government of Pakistan,” it said. Miliband later called Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and said he wanted to make sure that he saw the intelligence passed to ISI. “He pressed that India needs actions not words from Pakistan. Qureshi said he would follow up on the intelligence but reiterated the GOP request for the UK to counsel restrain on the part of the Indians,” it says. The US embassy cable signed off by the then US ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson said that overall, the Pakistani public remains in denial about any culpability for the Mumbai attacks and believes India is unfairly and prematurely accusing Pakistan.

Chew gum in class, German students told


Students at a school in Germany are permitted to chew gum as 'it helps the children concentrate and deal with stress', an official said. Wolfgang Ellegast of the education ministry said students at the Volkenschwand school were being allowed to chew gum because it is good for the children's health and improves their cognitive performance, the Daily Telegraph reported. School headmaster Hans Dasch while stressing that no one was being forced to chew gum said: 'It helps the children concentrate and deal with stress, particularly during written tests.' 'The prerequisite for learning with fun is that kids come to school without fear and that they feel happy ... Therefore, we are encouraging them to chew gum in break and in lessons,' he was quoted as saying. Those who organised the pilot scheme said that chewing gum is good for dental health.


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India should head IMF, WB: IMF chief Ulhas Jewellers in synch AGENCY NEW DELHI, DEC 2

Appreciating India's rising stature as an economic power, IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn Thursday said the next heads of the World Bank and the International Monetary

Fund (IMF) should be from emerging economies like India. 'Lets be candid. The (era of ) so-called agreements between the US and Europeans whereby the IMF head used to be European and the World Bank president American is

over,' Strauss-Kahn told reporters after meeting Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee here. There have been reports that India was pushing for the appointment of Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia as the

next managing director of the IMF. 'I think it will be just fair that the next leader of the two institutions will come from somewhere else in the world,' Strauss-Kahn added. Asked about the meeting with Strauss-Kahn, Mukherjee

said,'We had a very fruitful meeting. Our relationship with IMF is expanding.' India has been demanding a greater say for emerging markets in the global economic governance structure, reflecting their changing importance and their role in recovery from one of the worst global financial crisis in decades. Mukherjee has on more than one occasion told western countries that the relative power in the board of directors and the board of governors of institutions like the IMF and the World Bank should reflect the changing global economic reality or else the legitimacy of these bodies could be questioned. 'At the next round of G20 meeting, big emerging economies like India will be asked to play an increasing role. Influence of India in global economy will increase. India is becoming one of the leading power houses in the world,' said Strass-Kahn.

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China ranks 4th in R&D spend PTI BEIJING, DEC 2

China which spent about USD 87.25 billion in 2009 for research and development is ranked fourth in the world after the US, Japan and Germany in R&D spending, an official survey said here. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China which conducted a national R&D resources survey said about 3.18 million people were involved in China''s R&D activities in 2009, the largest number in the world.

Sensex jumps 143 points PTI MUMBAI, DEC 2

Stocks gained for the fourth-straight session today, with BSE benchmark Sensex closing just shy of the psychological 20,000mark, amid positive news of food inflation sliding to 18-month low and firm global cues. Breaching the 20,000 level intra-day, after nine trading sessions, the Bombay Stock Exchange bellwether Sensex finally settled 142.70 points or 0.72 per cent higher at 19,992.70. The key index, which had plummeted by over 500 points in November, saw a smart recovery of over 470 points in just two sessions of this month.

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Hcl Technolo, 417.5, 420.35, 410, 419.25 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2378, 2400, 2353.1, 2391.75 Hdfc Ltd, 710, 710, 700.05, 705.5 Hero Honda M, 1927, 1935, 1771, 1781.2 Hindalco in, 217.3, 220.2, 216.3, 218.75 Hindustan Co, 46, 46.7, 45.25, 45.8 Hindustan Ma, 70, 73.9, 68, 72.45 Hindustan Pe, 435, 437.15, 423.55, 424.5 Hindustan Un, 299.15, 300.4, 295.5, 296.95 Hindustan Zi, 1190, 1207.75, 1188.2, 1200.5 Housing Dev, 202, 216.5, 202, 215.1 Icici Bank L, 1182, 1202, 1180, 1191.15 Idea Cellula, 72.2, 73, 70.45, 71.05 Ifci Ltd, 64.5, 65.3, 63.65, 64.1 India Cement, 110.5, 112.5, 108, 110.3 India Infoli, 89.5, 91.9, 87.35, 89.8 Indiabulls F, 184.4, 187.7, 179.55, 183.15 Indiabulls R, 160.45, 162.55, 155.5, 159.7 Indian Bank, 291, 298, 287, 290.85 Indian Hotel, 95, 96.9, 93.6, 96.3 Indian Oil C, 390, 407.2, 385, 385.7 Indian Overs, 158, 159.85, 155.75, 157.25 Indus Dev Ba, 171.8, 173.9, 169.5, 171.85

Indusind Ban, 307, 309.4, 295.1, 297.15 Infosys Tech, 3056, 3109.4, 3032, 3098.5 Infra. dev., 191.4, 193.95, 187.3, 188.75 Ispat Indust, 18.9, 19, 18.5, 18.7 Itc Ltd, 172.15, 172.9, 169.75, 170.9 Ivrcl Infras, 132, 136.25, 131.05, 134.15 Jai Corp Lim, 230, 234.9, 228, 229.4 Jaiprakash A, 116.45, 116.9, 110.8, 112.3 Jet Airways, 815.55, 863.3, 803.35, 810.3 Jindal Saw L, 194.6, 194.6, 188, 190.75 Jindal Steel, 672.7, 678.9, 660.1, 669.8 Jsw Steel Li, 1219.85, 1223.05, 1172.95, 1187.9 Kotak Mahind, 484, 492, 479.05, 488.55 Lakshmi Mach, 2619, 2666.6, 2540.05, 2555.2 Lanco Infrat, 63.5, 64.15, 62.6, 63.55 Larsen & Tou, 2042.3, 2064, 2005, 2015.05 Lic Housing, 1057, 1088.4, 1042.8, 1052.25 Lupin Limite, 516.5, 517.5, 498.4, 501 Mahanagar Te, 54.65, 55.5, 54.05, 54.6 Mahindra & M, 810, 814.8, 781.6, 789.55 Maruti Suzuk, 1437.3, 1437.3, 1403.4, 1408.85

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MF FUNDA RELIANCE MUTUAL FUND files offer document with SEBI to launch Reliance Indonesia Opportunities Fund, an open ended diversified equity scheme. The New Fund Offer price is Rs 10 per unit. Plans/Options offered: The scheme shall have Growth Plan & Dividend Plan. Each Plan will have: a) Growth Plan -- Growth Option and Bonus Option. b) Dividend Plan -- Dividend Payout Option and Dividend Reinvestment Option. Loads: Exit load: 1% if redeemed/switched on or before completion of 1 year from the date of allotment of units. Nil if redeemed/switched after completion of 1 year from the date of allotment of units. Minimum Application Amount: Rs 5000 and in multiples of Re. 1 thereafter Minimum Target Amount: Rs 10 million. The scheme shall also invest upto 35% in debt and money market securities. Fund managers: Shiv Chanani (Fund Manager -Overseas Investments) and Ashwani Kumar KOTAK MAHINDRA ASSET MANAGEMENT COMPANY announced that it has revised the investment objective of its flagship fund Kotak Mahindra 30 Unit Scheme (Kotak 30) to aid the fund`s performance in light of changing stock market dynamics. To reflect the revised investment objective, it is also proposed to rename the scheme to Kotak Mahindra 50 Unit Scheme (Kotak 50). Currently the fund invests in a maximum of 39 stocks which as per the modified investment objective would be increased up to 59 stocks. The asset allocation and the investment strategy of the scheme shall continue to remain the same consequent to the change. Kotak Mahindra 30 Unit Scheme (Kotak 30), an open ended equity growth scheme was launched on December 11, 1998 with a limit of 30 stocks and the fund’s investment objective was to generate capital appreciation from a portfolio of predominantly equity related securities. Subsequently the stock limit was revised to 39 stocks on December 24, 2007. With the restricted mandate, any new idea that had to be incorporated forced an exit from an existing stock on an instant basis. The scheme was also not able to participate fully in IPOs on account of the application being counted as a new stock position in the portfolio. MOTILAL OSWAL ASSET MANAGEMENT COMPANY has announced the filing of the draft Scheme Information Document (SID) with SEBI for the Motilal Oswal MOSt Shares Midcap ETF (MOSt Shares Midcap), an open ended index ETF, which seeks to track the CNX Midcap Index. This ETF will be India`s first exchange traded fund (ETF) which tracks the performance of the Midcap segment of the broader stock market, once it is approved by the Indian regulators. With the filing of MOSt Shares Midcap ETF, once approved, Motilal Oswal AMC will be well on its way to providing investors with more risk mitigation options via diversification.

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Govt hikes natural gas price by 10% PTI NEW DELHI, DEC 2

The government has approved a 10 per cent hike in price of natural gas that stateowned firms like Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) sell to consumers in non-priority sectors such as steel and petrochemicals. "Effective December 1, ONGC and OIL have been allowed to charge up to $5.25 per million British thermal unit for 7-8 million standard cubic meters per day of gas that is sold to non-power and non-fertilizer sector," a senior government official said. The rates set would be excluding cess, transportation charge, marketing margin/service charge and taxes.

Siemens to invest $45 m in Goa HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, DEC 2

Siemens plans to invest $45 million in Goa, over the next few years to establish two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. The new factories will manufacture energy automation and medium-voltage products, both of which are part of Siemens Energy sector. With these investments, Siemens intends to make Goa a hub for energy automation products that will cater to the domestic and emerging markets in India and overseas Asia, says Amin Bruck, managing director, Siemens. The expansion is a part of the overall growth agenda for Siemens in India, wherein the company will invest $364 million over the next few years. The Energy Automation factory will be the first such facility outside Europe, and the third for Siemens, after Germany and the United Kingdom. It will be equipped with worldclass technology, the company said, and will manufacture an entire spectrum of energy automation products, ranging from printed circuit boards (PCBs) to electro-mechanical relays used in energy transmission and distribution.

n "Effective December 1, ONGC and OIL have been allowed to charge up to $5.25 per million British thermal unit for 7-8 million standard cubic meters per day of gas that is sold to non-power and non-fertilizer sector," a senior government official said. Natural gas produced by ONGC and Oil India Ltd (OIL) from fields given to them on nomination basis is sold at government controlled price, called APM (Administered Pricing Mechanism) rate. The APM price for priority sectors like power and fertilizer was in June more than doubled to $4.2 per mmBtu, but users in other sectors continued get the fuel at 2005 price of up to $4.75 per mmBtu.

"The anomaly has now been corrected," the official said. The decision would result in ONGC revenues going up by about Rs 200 crore annually. As per the Oil Ministry order, consumers in western and northern part (states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and other states covered by GAIL's HaziraVijaipur-Jagdishpur and DahejVijaipur pipeline such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi)

will pay $5.25 per mmBtu. Users in Rajasthan, south Gujarat and isolated customers in Gujarat, which are getting gas from identified onshore fields, would be charged $5 per mmBtu while the same in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh would pay $4.75 per mmBtu and $4.5 per mmBtu respectively. Consumers in North-East region would pay $4.2 per mmBtu. The official said the government had in 2005 decided that APM gas will be sold only to power, fertilizer and small users. But some non-priority users not connected to any other source were allowed to continue using the gas subject to they paying a market price.

Kolkata manufacturers to boycott Goa sari expo AGENCY SURAT, DEC 2

A tug of war seems to be on between the sari manufacturers of the country`s leading centres — Surat and Kolkata. Tens of thousands of pamphlets are in circulation in the city`s textile markets wherein the unknown sari manufacturers from Kolkata have claimed that popularity of the original hand-embroidered saris from Kolkata has decreased as the manufacturers in Surat have been stealing their exquisite designs. The Kolkata sari manufacturers have urged their counterparts in Surat not to participate in the upcoming sari exhibition to be organised in Goa in the middle of December. The textile city of Surat is ruling the roost across the vast Indian markets in the sale of synthetic and silk saris and now the embroidery sector has cast an eye on the lucrative Kolkata market. In the pamphlet, unidentified sari manufacturers in Kolkata have stated that the embroidery manufacturers in Surat literally copy the original hand-made embroidery designs in their cameras when they visit Kolkata. The designs are then downloaded in the


Sesa Goa distributes SSC preparatory series

computer to create ditto designs on the polyester and silk saris. The embroidery sector in the textile hub is ruling the roost across the vast Indian markets in designing exquisite saris and dress material. After giving the handweavers of Banarasi embroidered saris a run for their money, the Surat manufacturers have cast an eye on the lucrative Kolkata market. In last few years, the textile hub has emerged as the leading player in the embroidery sector. Starting from a few hundred embroidery machines, the embroidery industry in the city now boasts of more than 70,000 high-end embroidery machines imported from China, Taiwan and Japan. The main reason for this turnaround is the cost competitiveness of the Surat embroidery industry, which work on the latest computerised machinery reducing the cost of embroidery by more than half, when compared with those prevailing in Kolkata. "We are the leading embroidery centre of the country when it comes to designing exquisite polyester and silk saris and dress material. It is ridicu-

UAE eyes investments from India PTI DUBAI, DEC 3

Students with their preparatory kit.

PANJIM (HBD) -- In line with Sesa Goa’s commitment to promote education related activities in and around its business area, sets of Rajhauns SSC preparatory series were given to Immaculate Conception High School at the hands of Joseph Coelho, AGM mining, Sesa Goa. The school had approached Sesa with a request to provide preparatory series for SSC students as these series help students to prepare well for the exams. A total of 36 sets of books consisting of English, Hindi, Konkani, Science, Maths, History and Geography were provided to the school. Also present at the function was Miss Leena Verenkar, Manager Environment.

A free trade zone in the UAE recently organised a media delegation from India to boost Indian investment and spread awareness about its products and services among Indian companies. "We are keen to attract small and medium sized enterprises from India and help them set up business in the fastest and the easiest way at RAK FTZ," said Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority Chairman Sheikh Faisal Bin Saqr Al Qasimi. "The cost-effectiveness of setting up business at RAK FTZ, coupled with valueadded services and easy access to neighbouring markets, provides advantages that are unmatched in the region," he said.

lous and a totally baseless claim that the manufacturers here are copycats and steal the hand-embroidered sari designs from Kolkata," said Arun Jariwala, chairman of Federation of Indian Art Silk Weaving Industry (FIASWI). Jariwala said, "Kolkata manufacturers make hand-made embroidery saris whereas Surat has mastered the computerised embroidery. There is a big difference in the prices of saris manufactured in Kolkata and Surat. However, the pamphlets in circulation are not going to have any impact on the embroidery sector in the city. There are more than 70,000 state-ofthe-art embroidery machines in the city and the sector has the dedicated support of the computer designers who create latest embroidery designs for saris and dress material." Pramod Chaudhary, managing director of Pratibha Industries, said "Medium range saris from synthetic fabric dispatched from Kolkatta are mainly being embroidered in Surat, which has for long been the hub of synthetic sector but is now fast developing its embroidery sector and getting popular by the day."

So, users in western region paid $4.75 per mmBtu, a rate equivalent to the then prevalent price of gas from privatelyoperated Panna/Mukta and Tapti fields. Consumers on the east coast paid $4.3 per mmBtu, the same price as charged by Cairn India for gas from Ravva fields. Naturally, these rates should have also been increased when Panna/Mukta and Tapti field gas price was revised to $5.73 per mmBtu. But this did not happen. The government had from June 1 raised APM gas price for core consumers to $4.2 per mmBtu, at par with the rate at which Reliance Industries sells gas from its KG-D6 fields.

‘Marinex, in Goa among top 5 expos’ HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, DEC 2

The Marinex Show, being held in Goa, has made it to the top five in the ‘Top 100 Events’ list for the month of December on The new list’s ranking is based on what visitor’s to the site choose and prefer to opt for. This month’s first ranked event is the World Bazaar Festival, taking place at Manila, Phillipines. The event will have an exhibition of all products ranging from simple craft items to hi-fi gadgets. Being a very popular show, this year this event is expected to get a lot of visitors from all over the world. Other events which form a part of our top 5 out of the list of 100 are Facon Education Fair, being held in Kuala Lumpur, the Marinex Show in Goa, the New York Shoe Expo and the Realty Show being held in Mumbai, India. The BTS Top 100 Events section is gradually becoming a hand book for a lot of organizations who had to earlier struggle hard to choose which event to attend out of a plethora of events happening across the globe.

P K Mukherjee handing over the Sesa Goa HIV/AIDS policy to Dr Pramod Salgaonkar.

WORLD AIDS DAY: Meanwhile, Sesa Goa in association with Goa State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) observed World AIDS Day by organising a Blood donation camp. The camp was organised at three different locations ie Sesa Goa Head Office, Sesa Industries Limited-Amona and Sesa Codli Mine. The occasion was marked with the launch of a Mobile Blood Donation Unit by the Govt of Goa at Sesa Ghor building. More than 150 employees of Sesa Goa came forward to donate blood, thus displaying a classic example of employee volunteerism in the CSR activities of the company. The mobile blood donation unit was inaugurated at the hands of Dr Pramod Salgaonkar, chairperson Core committee GSACS, in the presence of P K Mukherjee, MD Sesa Goa, Dr Pradeep Padwal, project director and Sesa Goa team including Mahesh Patil, GM HSEC-Sesa Goa; Dr N N Bhatiker, Dr Sunil Kakodkar, Leena, Mahesh Mahajan, Porshia Bali and Sumeet Wagh. The inauguration was followed by a formal function at the Archive Dept. Hall where the blood donors and volunteers were felicitated. The chief guest of the function was Dr Pramod Salgaonkar, chairperson Core Committee GSACS and the guest of honour was P K Mukherjee- MD Sesa Goa. Mukherjee declared the HIV/AIDS policy of Sesa Goa and handed over the copy of the Policy to Dr Pradeep Padwal.

After staying put stubbornly at high levels for quite some time, food inflation finally entered single-digit after four months, sliding to 18-month low of 8.60 per cent for the week ended November 20 as prices fell on kharif crop arrivals in the market. It was at this low way back in May 2009. Food inflation, which has declined 7 weeks in a row, was at 10.15 per cent for the week ended November 13. It had recorded single-digit level for the week ended July 24, when it had fallen to 9.53 per cent. However, on annual basis, items like onions, fruits and milk became costlier. Overall, the slide will help the Reserve Bank breath easy while formulating monetary policy, as the economy too is on a high growth path. GDP showed an impressive 8.9 per cent growth in the first half of the current fiscal. "Decrease in food inflation is


Having scripted a remarkable success story by selling 58,000 Figos in just eight months in the domestic market, Ford India now plans to export its hatchback to 48 countries in the near future. The company will be exporting 7,000 Figos to South Africa by this year-end. "Figo has received a very good response in the Indian market. We now plan to take it globally. We will export 7,000 Figos to South Africa by this year-end and plan to export this hatchback to 48 countries going forward," Ford India's president and managing director, Michael Boneham, told PTI here. The company has already started exporting to Nepal since October this year, Boneham said, adding the small car is helping to drive the company's sales growth. The company has sold 58,000 units of Ford Figo till November in India, since its launch in March this year and its success is reflected in the

Drug from Cipla Goa to curb mother-to-child HIV HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, DEC 1

In keeping with its commitment to reduce mother-tochild transmission of HIV/AIDS, Cipla, one of the world’s leading generic pharmaceutical companies has developed the first-of-its kind ‘Mother-Baby Pack’ in collaboration with Unicef and other partners. The drugs for the MotherBaby pack are being manufactured and packaged in Cipla’s world class manufacturing units in Goa and Patalganga which are approved by WHOGeneva, USFDA, MHRA-UK and various other regulatory bodies. The Mother-Baby Pack contains the entire range of antiretroviral drugs and antibiotics required by an HIV infected mother starting from the 14th week of pregnancy until the

6th week after delivery. Developed in line with the latest World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Option A, the Mother-Baby Pack is a color-coded take-home kit with simple graphics to help mothers identify the different sets of drugs each to be taken during pregnancy, during labour and breastfeeding, covering the entire period when the transmission can occur. Also, the pack contains drugs for the new born baby. Launched in Kenya, Cameroon, Zambia and Lesotho, the Mother-Baby Pack thereby addresses the logistical challenge of access to essential HIV drugs during the entire term of pregnancy and the susceptible period thereafter. Over 1,000 infants contract

Food inflation dips to 8.6% PTI NEW DELHI, DEC 2

Ford bets big on Figo, to export it to 48 countries

good... I hope it will come down further," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters here. Experts termed the fall in food inflation as beyond expectations and said that if sustained, the low rate could help bring down the overall inflation to government projection of 5.5 per cent by March end "The overall inflation will remain the same as what I think we had said and what the RBI has said... which is about 5.5 per cent by March 2011... Food inflation is definitely on its was to come down," Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla said. Overall inflation, which factors in primary articles, fuels and manufactured products, was 8.58 per cent in October. "We believe that food inflation will remain low in the near future and we do not expect it to again breach the doubledigit this fiscal," said Crisil Chief Economist D K Joshi. "As for RBI, the fall in the food inflation should allow it to maintain status quo. However,

there are other factors also in play," he said. On annual basis, for the week ended November 20, prices of pulses fell 10 per cent, while vegetables became cheaper by 3 per cent on account of sharp dip in potato prices that reduced by as much as 42.99 per cent. Wheat prices also declined by 3.16 per cent. However, food items like egg, meat and fish rose by about 15.58 per cent. In vegetables, onion was expensive by 16.86 per cent on annual basis. Rice also became expensive by 1.84 per cent. Fruits and milk became costlier by 19.27 per cent and 17.76 per cent, respectively, on year-on-year basis. The fall in food inflation is in line with Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu's projection earlier this week that the rate of increase in food prices would fall to single digit and even go beyond 9 per cent for the week ended November 20.

HIV everyday from their mothers at the time of birth with the highest rate reported in sub-Saharan Africa. The risk of transmission from an infected mother to her infant ranges from about 15% to 45%, with 25 to 35% transmission occurring antenatally, 70-75% of transmission occurring during labor and delivery and about 14% is attributable to breastfeeding. The intrapartum period provides a crucial window of opportunity for prevention. With the launch of the Mother-Baby Pack, now an HIV positive mother-to-be even in the remotest corner of the least developed nations would have daily access to essential PMTCT drugs during her entire term of pregnancy at the convenience of her own home.

FM hopeful of further decline PTI NEW DELHI, DEC 3

The government today said it is hopeful that food inflation, which is already at single digit level, will come down further. "Decrease in food inflation is good... I hope it will come down further," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters here. Food inflation fell to a four-month low of 8.60 per cent for the week ended November 20, as prices of vegetables, wheat and pulses declined on increased output and arrival of kharif crop in the market. Last time the food inflation was recorded at single digit level was for the week ended July 24, when it came down to 9.53 per cent. Besides the four-month low, inflation has been dipping for the seven consecutive weeks now.

fact that the company has been able to double and even triple its sales every month. The company plans to launch a slew of models in the Indian market in the next five to six years. "We will continue to launch vehicles to strengthen our presence in India. We plan to launch eight new vehicle models by the middle of this decade," he said, adding, "going forward, the positive growth trends in the automobile sector will keep our products attractive as well as competitive." The company has at least two weeks waiting period for the Figo (delivery time) and has started a second shift at its Chennai facility to meet the increasing demand. "Though the waiting period owing to demand is inevitable, we are constantly working towards reducing the delivery time. With the start of the second shift in July, we have improved our delivery time-line to about two weeks," Boneham said.

Carlsberg claims 50% share in Goa AGENCY HYDERABAD, DEC 2

Dutch brewery giant and the world’s fourth largest brewer, Carlsberg A/S, aims to push its products aggressively into India’s southern market in general, and Andhra Pradesh in particular, to consolidate its market share in the country, said its country managing director Soren Lauridsen. Saying that Carlsberg could successfully garner a 5% market share in India within three years, Lauridsen added that the company has a share of as much as 50% in certain focus markets such as Goa. Carlsberg’s other focus markets include Haryana and West Bengal. Andhra Pradesh is the largest beer market in the India, the fastest growing in Asia. Beer consumption in India is growing at over 20% a year.

Presently, the company is manufacturing 80,000 units at its Chennai plant, which has a production capacity of two lakh units. Its workforce at the manufacturing facility has doubled from 2,100 to close to 4,000 over the past year. "We will continue to rampup capacity on the back of a rising demand," he said. When asked about the Figo's prospects in an already cluttered domestic small-car market, Boneham said, "Figo has found a great resonance among consumers in India and will continue to play a significant role in our core product portfolio."

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Orlim Sports Club edge past Sarzora HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, DEC 2

Orlim Sports Club defeated Sar-

zora Sports Club 2-1 in GFA U14 League at Sarzora ground, on Thursday.

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Herald to promote I-League in Goa


The Goan stage is all set for the I-League when newly-crowned Super Cup winners, Dempo Sports Club will lock horns with Churchill Brothers Sports Club on December 4, at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, at 4 p.m. Herald has joined hands with the organising committee of the I-League to promote the event at Nehru Stadium, Fa-

torda. It’s the first time that any newspaper has lent its support for the prestigious top level National football championship involving India’s top 14 professional clubs. The I-league is the AIFF’s flagship event and is in its fourth edition. Goa is proud to be hosting 39 matches this season. These ties will include home games of Goa’s top three Goan outfits participating, namely Churchill Brothers Sports Club, Dempo Sports Club and Salgaocar Sports Club. As an added incentive to promote football among the youth, students will be admitted free provided they turn up in their school uniform. The winners of the league will be richer by Rs 50 lakh while the runners-up will have to settle for Rs 28 lakh. Rs 20 lakh and Rs 10 lakh will be distributed to the third and fourth place teams respectively. The winner of each match will be richer by Rs 35,000 and there will be Rs 5,000 cheque waiting the man-of-the-match. The other prizes up for grabs are the winner’s trophy for Ileague champions, winners of fair play contest, highest scorer of the league, best goalkeeper, Jarnail Singh award for best defender, best half, best forward, and Syed Abdul Rahim award for best coach.

The match day experience will be taken care of by Jaju Fernandes, Seby Rodrigues, Anthony Fernandes, Cajetan Pires, Alex Noronha, Domnic Vaz, not forgetting the tireless volunteers to manage the scoreboard, ball boys and stretcher boys. Tickets will be available for sale at GFA Margao office, from 9.30 a.m. on December 4. Passes for the matches will be ready as soon as the sponsor’s logo is received. The AIFF and GFA join hands in promoting fair play and this is evident by the presence of fair play flags at the venue, the shaking hands of the players and the FIFA fair play evaluation form. The chief guest for the much awaited Churchill-Dempo tie will be Sports Minister Manohar Azgaonkar. GFA executive committee member, Anthony Pango feels that the match will be an entertainment feast for football passionate fans. “Dempo and Churchill Brothers are overwhelming favorites for the title and the opening match between the two makes it a perfect setting for the Ileague. Can football fans ask for a better start? It will be a tremendous encounter and I hope that the stands hold to their maximum capacity this time around,” Pango stated while making arrangements for the big match on Saturday.

A low turn out last season had been a great concern for the GFA but Pango insists that the trend will change. “We have a feeling that people will come in large numbers as there’s a terrific enthusiasm amongst football fans. A full gallery is always a pleasing site for a football match and it brings out the best from the players. It gives them encouragement and when players perform at their top, it’s football entertainment and Goans are known for their passion. It will be great for fans to come out in large numbers and cheer our teams. The I-League crown is with us and fans should come out and support our teams as they truly deserve it,” Pango stressed. Since the start of the I-League from the now defunct National League, the mantle of the Indian champions has been with Goan teams, with Dempo Sports Club and Churchill Brothers winning the title. Meanwhile, the GFA had its meetings and are set for the start of the league. “We had our meetings and we are ready for the league to begin. But what’s more vital, is crowd presence for the matches. We are expecting huge crowds for the matches. Our teams Dempo, Churchill Brothers and Salgaocar are very strong and football fans should support our teams so that the title remains with us,” Pango concluded.

Davorlim in finals gfa 3rd div


Striker Paxton Gomes fired in a brace as Sporting Club of Davorlim came from behind to defeat United Club of Tealulim 4-2 to enter the finals of GFA Third Division play-off at Curtorim ground, on Thursday. Davorlim were trailing 0-1 at half time. Telaulim were the first to settle down and struck rhythm creating many forays into the rival territory, which caught the Davorlim defence napping. They were rewarded in the 9th minute, when striker Alfred Menezes slotted past the rival keeper. Unfazed about the lead, Da-

vorlim did not take much time to equalise and their forwards were erratic after reaching the rival danger zone. After resumption, Davorlim put up a better display as their midfielders and for wards worked in tandem to create panic in the rival defence. Paxton Gomes neutralised the lead in the 48th minute. Spurred by the equaliser, Davorlim mounted pressure on the rival citadel with striker Paxton Gomes, who was a thorn in the rival defence, scored a brace in the 66th minute. Agnelo Colaco increased their tally in the 75th minute. Two minutes later, Milton Afonso pulled one more back. Pelly Raikar rounded off the tally in the 85th minute.

GOA DIARY 3-a-side soccer at Arpora

PANJIM (HSD) -- I-3 Boys of Nagoa, Arpora will organise their 3-a-side soccer tie-breaker on December 5, at I-3 ground, near Candy Floss apartments, Nagoa, Arpora, at 10 a.m. The winners and runners-up will take home Rs 8,000 and Rs 6,000 respectively. Details may be obtained from Domnic on 9764060335 or Pintu on 9764269028.

Tug-of-war championship

PANJIM (HSD) – The Tug-of-War Association of Goa will organise their 1st State tug-of-War Championship for U-19 and U-17 women on December 4, at Campal ground, Panjim. The event will be inaugurated at 10 a.m. by Nandini Sahai, director, International Centre. Ajit Phatarpekar, managing director, Karishma Group will be the guest of honour. V M Prabhudesai, executive director, Sports Authority of Goa will be chief guest for prize distribution ceremony.


St Anthony’s Sporting Club, Colva prevailed over Wilred Leisure Sports Club, Curtorim 5-3 via the tie-breaker to sail into the semi-finals of All-Goa Bro Eulalio Vaz memorial intervillage football tournament, organised by Don Bosco Oratory, at Don Bosco Oratory ground, Fatorda, on Thursday. The teams were tied 2-2 at half time. The teams attacked from the start and it was Wilred Leisure who took the lead in the very 10th minute when Savio Fernandes bulge the net. Stung by the setback, St Anthony’s piled on pressure and found success when Joaquim Fernandes put his team on equal terms in the 20th minute. Stunned by the equaliser, Wilred Leisure went into attack with Savio Fernandes making it 2-1 in favour of Curtorim, who also scored a brace midway in the first half. With Curtorim drifting towards half time, St Anthony’s restored parity through Conrad Fernandes. The second session saw the teams going all out in search of the match winner but failed. In the penalty shoot out, Nelson Gomes, Roger Lawrence and Franky Hilario were on target for Colva while Vicky Cardozo scored for Wilred Leisure.

St Domnic Savio Cup soccer: Infant Jesus HS, Colva v. Loyola HS, Margao, Tilak Maidan, Vasco, 4.15 p.m. Kayaking expedition in river Mandovi.

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Zaheer returns; Sree, Raina rested


Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who missed the first two matches due to a injury, today returned to the Indian team for the next three games of the ODI series against New Zealand while the selectors decided to rest batsman Suresh Raina and pacer Sreesanth ahead of the upcoming South Africa series. The selectors announced two seperate teams for the third ODI in Baroda on Saturday and fourth and fifth matches of the series in Bangalore and Chennai

England spike Aussie big gun AGENCIES ADELAIDE, DEC 2

2nd Test: England v. Aussies 5.30 p.m. England march into the second battle of their Ashes campaign at another bastion of Australian cricket on Friday buoyed by the knowledge they have already spiked one of the enemy's big guns. While Mitchell Johnson's replacement could hardly prove less effective than the paceman was in the first Test. Their first blow was delivered at the Gabba earlier this week, when England's top order batted for two days to steer the side to the safety of a draw at a ground where Australians have long taken Ashes victories, and England collapses, for granted.

on December 7 and 10 respectively Gautam Gambhir has been retained as the captain of the side for the next three matches, BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said in a press release after a meeting of the selection committee here. Even though the selectors have called back Zaheer, they have decided to prolong the rest period of four senior players -regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, who were not considered for the first two matches due to in-

jury concerns. Zaheer makes his way into the team in place of in-form Sreesanth, who has picked up an impressive seven wickets in the first two ODIs and has been rested ahead of the upcoming South Africa series. Zaheer missed the third Test against New Zealand and the first two ODIs of the fivematch series after sustaining a groin injury during the second Test in Hyderabad last month. Left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra,

who was a late induction in the team for the first two ODIs after Praveen Kumar was down with fever, has also managed to retain his place in the side for the next t h re e m a t c h e s a l o n g w i t h Praveen. However, wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who retained his place for Baroda match, will hand over the gloves to Parthiv Patel in the last two matches, while R Ashwin will make way for Rohit Sharma. India lead the five match ODI series 2-0 against New Zealand.

Indian team for third ODI on Dec 4, 9 a.m. Gautam Gambhir (captain), Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, R Vinay Kumar.

Fourth and fifth ODIs on Dec 7 & 10, 2.30 p.m. Gautam Gambhir (captain), Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Parthiv Patel (wk), R Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma.

AIFF chief’s delayed  pat for Colaco HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, DEC 2

It took four days for Praful Patel, president, All India Football Federation to congratulate former general secretary, Alberto Colaco for winning the AFC Distinguished Service Award 2011. It is on Thursday that Praful formally congratulated Colaco, on the day when the story about the controversy in which top officials accused Colaco of recommending himself without consulting the Executive Committee was published. The AIFF chief stated, “It’s a matter of great pride and honour that, Colaco’s distinguished service with the federation has been recognised and he has been bestowed with this coveted award.’’ Praful further added that, Colaco’s nomination was submitted and endorsed with his consent as the nominee for this prestigious award. The point that senior AIFF officials had made was that Colaco had himself finalised his own name, and of course now it has been double checked that the president had recommended his nomination. This was also Colaco’s contention. It also stands to reason that if there were other nominations, like that of Colaco’s, they would also have been recommended by Praful and then

it would have been left for AFC to decide finally on the selection for the award. The AFC had sought also nominations for the coach and referee, but just one, that of administrator Colaco was recommended. That implies that the AIFF only certified that are no coaches and referees in India who fit into the criteria and that there is only one administrator. If that logic is admitted without accepting it, one could easily find out the reason why Indian football standard is so low and moreover, PWD Minister’s Churchill Alemao’s contention all this while that the refereeing standard is woefully low gets only confirmed. Then why is that Churchill was issued a stern warning for his right utterances on the poor standards of refereering? It is a pity that nowhere in India, and that includes Goa, that there are no coaches and referees available who fit into the criteria. In any case one would take some solace that there is an administrator and glad that he is a Goan. When the new general secretary Kushal Das congratulated Colaco on the same day that the award was announced, the timing of the congratulatory message from Praful today leaves much scope for debate.

Ranji: Goa on strong wicket UNI HYDERABAD, DEC 2

Hyderabad were 133 for one after Goa’s first inning closed at 482 on the Second day of their 4-day Ranji Trophy Plate Leaque Cricket Match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today. Resuming at 334 for 5 Goa added only 148 runs for the remaining wickets with Hyderabad still trailing by 349 runs with 9 remaining wickets. Hyderabad skipper D B Ravi Teja led the charge from an unbeaten 81 with Shasank Nag 24 n.o. in company and both are already in a 65-run partnership


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after opener Akshth Reddy 19 (61b 2X4) fell with sides total 71. Ravi Teja playing a sensible knock faced 132 balls with eight fours. He dominated the opening 71-run stand scoring 40 from 55 balls at lunch but controlled his play in the post-lunch session. Nag backed his skipper scoring only two boundaries from the 102 balls he faced in his 111 minute stay. Ravi Teja made up for his misjudgment in choosing to field giving Goa the advantage. Regan Pinto with his backto-back century in first class

Goa 1st innings: SK Kamat* c Khaleel b Khader 22, VU Naik b Naidu 24, S Vidyut lbw b Absolem 43, RJ Pinto not out 154, A Ratra c Khaleel b Khader 51, R Keni run out (Reddy/Khalee) 34, S Bandekar batting 46, SB Jakati ckhaleel b Khader 7, RR D’Souza c & b Quadri 49, Amit Yadav c Sandeep b Lalith Mohan 31, HH Gadekar not out 12. Extras: 8. Total: 482. Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-50, 3-97, 4-184, 5-269, 6-338, 7-367, 8-404, 9-445, 10-482. Bowling: A Absolem 22-1-111-1, M A Khader 17-1-87-3, PK Naidu 28-3-84-2, A Lalith Mohan 23.1-5-70-2, DB Ravi Teja 14-5-21-0, SA Quadri 14-1-771, BP Sandeep 9-1-25-0. Hyderabad 1st innings: PA Reddy c H Gadekar b Amit Yadav 19, DB Ravi Teja not out 81, P Shasank Nag not out 24. Extras: 9. Total: 133 for 1. Fall of Wickets: 1-71. Bowling: SS Bandekar 11-3-21-0, SB Jakati 11-1-32-0, HH Gadekar 5-2-17-0, RR D’Souza 6-1-23-0, Amit Yadav 60-15-1, S Vidyut 9-1-16-0.

cricket added another 52 runs to his over 102 before offie Lalith Mohan got him

caught ending his 427 minute stay at the middle. Its 273ball inning had had 21 boundaries. Hyderabad bowlers struck getting Bandekar 46 (61b, 6X4) in the second over of Day 2 for addition of just four runs. Kadher got Jataki in the 11th over and Pinto left as Goa were 404/8. RR D’Souza missed half century before Quadri took a return catch at 49 (61b, 64) and Lalith Mohan got last man, Amit Yadav 31 (52b 4X4 who added 37 runs with Gadekar 12 not out (28b, 1X4).

Goa Velha rally to hold Vasco kingfisher pro league


A strike from Jerose Oliveira just af ter 13 seconds was not enough to secure victory for Vasco Sports Club as they drew 1-1 with Goa Velha Sports Club in Kingfisher Pro League, at Duler stadium, Mapusa, on Thursday. Vasco led 1-0 at the interval. G o a Ve l h a ’ s J o s t e n Lourenco netted in the 90th minute to equalise after Vasco were reduced to 10man in the 85th when substitute Sudheesh Muttath was sent off for elbowing Augusto Monteiro. Vasco enjoyed excellent contributions from attackers, Joy Ferrao and Jerose Oliveira, who combined well as they switched from the wing to wing to attack and confuse their opponents. Koko Sakibo was versatile inspiration, who completed the attacking line up.

Rain pain for frustrated Lanka AGENCIES PALLAKELE, DEC 2

Rain brought Day Two of the third Test to a premature end after Sri Lanka struck twice to put the match in the balance. Rain halted play after Sri Lanka removed a set Sivnaraine Chanderpaul(54) and Dwayne Bravo(0) in quick succession to pull the West Indies back after lunch. Bravo added only five runs to his overnight score of 63 before being trapped lbw by Dilharo Fernando, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash helped the tourists to 229 for three at lunch. Chanderpaul was not out for a watchful 46 that included only one boundary, while Nash had reached 55. Bravo was caught playing across the line, with all three wickets in the match so far having come from lbw decisions. However, 21 overs later, Chanderpaul had more luck as he escaped a walk back to pavilion after initially being given out lbw on an ambitious reverse sweep, but reviews showed the ball struck his glove first.

Russia, Qatar bag World Cups AFP ZURICH, DEC 2

Russia and the tiny Gulf state of Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups Thursday after an acrimonious bidding war marred by allegations of corruption and illegal deal-making. The bombshell conclusion to two years of frenzied lobbying saw world football supremo Sepp Blatter reveal the winners following a secret ballot of 22 FIFA executive committee members in Zurich. The announcement means the World Cup will be staged in two countries which have never hosted the event before following the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Russia prevailed in the 2018 race, upsetting England and joint bids from Spain and Portugal and Belgium and the Netherlands. But the shock of the day came in the 2022 race, where Qatar beat off stiff competition from the United States, Australia and Asian rivals South Korea and Japan in a remarkable result.

BCCI moves HC against  arbitrator’s stay PTI MUMBAI, DEC 2

The Cricket Board today moved the Bombay High Court against the arbitrator's stay to the termination of contract with IPL franchisee Rajasthan Royals by it. The High Court will fix a date of hearing of BCCI's appeal tomorrow. Justice BN Srikrishna, who was appointed as arbitrator with the consent of both the parties, on November 30 stayed the termination saying that prima facie it was 'illegal'. Meanwhile, in an other development, Kings XI Punjab today alleged before the High Court that the BCCI ‘deliberately’ kept silent on arbitrator Justice Srikrishna's disclosure that he might have to pull out of arbitration. The BCCI terminated franchisee contract with Kings XI too and this dispute has also landed in the High Court as Justice Srikrishna yesterday recused himself from arbitration.

The former Supreme Court judge disclosed that he had once represented (as a lawyer) Bombay Dyeing, whose owner Ness Wadia has a stake in Kings XI. Following which, BCCI said that it had some ‘reservations’, and Srikrishna decided to pull out of the proceedings. But today, Kings XI lawyer and senior counsel Darius Khambata alleged that Justice Srikrishna had disclosed this fact on November 23, during arbitration proceedings between BCCI and Rajasthan Royals, but BCCI did not take exception to his acting as arbitrator in Kings XI dispute until yesterday. "BCCI kept silent deliber-

ately... They strung us along for one week as the deadline for negotiating with 'marquee players' is to expire on December 6," said advocate Khambata.



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