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Rs 2 cr worth goods go up in smoke at Kundaim


US issues travel alert for CWG The United States has asked its citizens to be alert and cautious for their security during the upcoming Commonwealth Games (CWG) in New Delhi in October, but, said it had no specific information on any terrorist threat. “The US government has no information on any specific threat of attack that any individual or group is planning to coincide with the Games,” the State Department said in its latest India-travel alert. -- (PTI)

Property worth over Rs 2 crores was destroyed in a fire at a manufacturing unit in Kundaim Industrial Estate on Thursday morning. No one was injured in the incident. The incident occurred at about 8.20 am on the second floor of the Oriental Containers unit that manufactures bottle caps. The second floor is utilized to stock the finished products along with the raw materials. When the fire broke out, the workers tried using the fire extinguishers, but to no use. Some workers in a bid to save finished material threw it outside from the second floor, but with the rising intensity of the fire, they gave up and escaped in time. Within minutes, the fire spread to the entire store room, engulfing the stored material, but the flames did not spread to the main operating unit on

Mock drill exposes major lapse HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 2

A major security lapse has been exposed during a mock drill organized by the Captain of Ports on Thursday afternoon when the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) delayed reaching the spot. Sources confirmed that ATS responded nearly 20 minutes after the CoP officials alerted the police control room at 3 pm that heavily armed terrorist had sneaked in the vital installation. The sudden call was to test the security aspects with the ongoing festival season and approaching tourist season next month. Whereas teams from district and marine police, Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), River Navigation, CoP were immediately pressed into service, the response of the officials from the ‘elite department’ was sluggish. The tensed situation resulted in commotion over non-presence of the ATS officials which apparently, delaying the search operation for few minutes till their arrival. Officials were heard (Continued on page 13)

The goods destroyed in the fire at a manufacturing unit in Kundaim. Photo by Amresh Parab

the ground floor. The fire also damaged the roof, with asbestos sheets partially burnt in the blaze. Workers from Oriental Containers later alerted the Kundaim fire station. “When we reached the site, we saw dense smoke emanating from the second floor of the

unit and there was a massive fire,” informed Kundaim Fire Station Fire Officer Shripad Gawas. Fire tenders from Old Goa, Panjim and Ponda rushed to extinguish the fire, which lasted about 45 minutes. The estimated loss is said to be about Rs 2.2 crore, while fire

More artisans apply for clay idol subsidy By SHwETA KAmAT PANJIM, SEPT 2

Encouraged by the government move to ban plaster of Paris (PoP) idols, the number of artisans availing the government benefit for clay idols in the run up to the Ganesh Chaturthi festival is on the rise. Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development. Corporation (GHRSSIDC) Chairman Sameer Salgaocar said that this year. almost 500 artisans have applied for the subsidy. The State run corporation last year had distributed around Rs 45 various artisans as subsidy, which was aimed to promote clay idols and shun idols carved out from plaster of Paris (PoP). “We have increased the quantum of subsidy this year onwards,” Salgaocar said. He said that last year Rs 100 per idol for maximum of 150 idols was paid by the government which is now enhanced to Rs 100 per idol for a maximum

of 250 idols. “There is no limit for minimum idols but ceiling on maximum idols that can be benefited has been increased,” the chairman said. The corporation has deputed its teams which will inspect the idols at various places before approving the subsidy. “It’s a cheering sign that the number of artisans are increasing,”Salgaocar said. Responding to a question, the

Dahi Handi: it’s power play in Vasco HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 2

If football tournaments are a show of strength for political heavyweights in Salcete, the Dahi Handi has become a power play for two political rivals from the ruling coalition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Two Dahi Handi events were organized by supporters of both groups within 50 mts distance from each other and that too in the heart of Vasco city.

personnel managed to save property worth Rs 2.5 crore. “We began operation to douse the fire and were soon joined by another fire tender from a private company from the same locality. However, with strong intensity of the fire, more fire tenders were summoned from Ponda, Old Goa and Panjim fire stations. It took us about 45 minutes to completely douse off the fire,” informed Gawas. Interestingly, there were no electrical fittings, which could have been blamed for the short circuit and the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. “There were no electrical fittings and a short circuit could not have triggered the inferno. We are investigating the source of the fire,” said Gawas. Director of Fire and Emergency Services Ashok Menon and Sub Divisional Fire Officer from Ponda Redkar also visited the site.

The ‘Three Brothers Club’, symbolizing unity of Hindus, Muslims and Catholics, is well known in the port town for hosting Dahi Handi for the last 37 years. However, this year, the club management and newly elected president Sudesh Kolgaokar’s decision to invite Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho as the chief guest, prompting supporters of Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza to conduct a similar Dahi Handi programme.

The Club had invited D’Souza as the chief guest for last two successive years, but newly elected President Sudesh Kolgaokar, a strong supporter of Godinho and who has expressed desire to contest in the ensuing council election under Godinho, invited Godinho as the chief guest instead of D’Souza. Other guests during the function too were Godinho’s supporters. They included Ligorio Monteiro, Shobha Pawar, Ashok (Continued on page 13)

Ore exports continue as mine owners get crafty PTI BELLARY, SEPT 2

The Karnataka government’s efforts to check iron ore exports are being thwarted by crafty mine owners that have secured permits to supply the mineral to steel mills in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa, but are instead shipping it overseas, industry sources said. Officials of the Department of Mines & Geology Hospet confirmed to Press Trust of India that permits were issued to local mining companies for transporting the ore to SBQ Steel in Nellore and Essar Steel in Visakhapatnam, as well as Apparent Iron and Steel and some other steel mills of Goa. The permits, they said, were issued after taking an undertaking from mining companies that

the iron ore is meant for domestic steel mills and not for export, the officials said. Sources in the industry, however, said politically well-connected owners with links to several steel mills in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa were exporting the iron ore under the guise of supplying it to these industries. “Of course, we do verify all documents at check posts, but once the trucks cross the State’s borders, we cannot say whether the trucks head to the designated steel mills or to ports for exports,” the Road Transport Organisation (RTO) inspector at the Hagari check post, Nijamuddin, said. The government’s latest move to install six closed circuit (Continued on page 13)

chairman said that the corporation has no right to check the sale of idols made from plaster of Paris in the market. “Police will have to work against such idols and I presume the action has started,” he added. An idol maker from Marcel said that they have been into the business of making clay idols since time immemorial. “We don’t make idols because government pays us subsidy but surely the amount comes handy for us to tackle the high cost of raw material required to make Ganesh,” the artist said. Dalvi, an artist from city said that the numbers of clay idols we are making are far less than the PoP idols; but we are seeing a rise in the demand for clay idols. “Till last year, I was selling some 30 clay idols. This year, the number will go up to 50. We have already received orders for over a dozen clay idols, (Continued on page 13)

Nitish for parleys as Maoists up the ante PTI PATNA, SEPT 2

Building pressure on the Bihar government, Maoists today claimed to have killed one of the four policemen taken hostage after which Chief Minister Nitish Kumar offered to hold talks with the ultras, even providing them safe passage. Maoists threatened to execute the remaining three by 10 a.m. tomorrow if their demands for freeing eight ultras in jail were not conceded. As reports of killing of SubInspector Abhay Yadav came in, Kumar said his government was ready for talks with the ultras. “We are ready for talks for securing the release of the policemen being held hostages by the Maoists,” he said on the sidelines of a function here. “We need to think with seriousness on this issue. I don’t know what mistakes the cops had made. By taking people hostage, I don’t know what example the Naxals are trying to set,” he said. Avinash, a self-proclaimed Maoist spokesman, telephoned media offices here, claiming that one of the Yadavs had been killed after the deadline for freeing ultras ended today. Maoists also want that security forces should be withdrawn from Naxal areas in exchange

for the policemen’s freedom. Director General of Bihar Police Neelmani, however, said there was no evidence of the ultras taking the extreme step. “Search operations have been intensified for the hostages,” he said. The Maoists had kidnapped sub-inspectors Rupesh Kumar and Abhay Prasad Yadav, BMP havildar Ehtesham Khan and BMP ASI Lucas Tete after the encounter in Kajra police station area on Sunday, which had left eight policemen dead. Families of the four policemen pleaded with the chief minister to save the hostages.

At least we can have a foundation laying ceremony I thought. Whether to continue with the project can be decided accordingly.



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Verna cops crack Utorda burglaries; 4 K’taka jewellers among 5 arrested

Accused Agnel Sarlagati along with Verna Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi, PSI Abhishek Gomes and PSI Sushant Gawas. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 2

After a series of theft cases in Mormugao taluka in the recent past, Verna Police on Thursday cracked two burglaries and arrested five persons, including four jewellers from Karnataka, on charges

of taking stolen property on Thursday. The two burglaries were reported at Utorda, one last year and the other three months ago. According to Verna Police, main accused Agnel Sarlagati of Karnataka, who was arrested last week, confessed to the crime that he had burgled the houses owned by Eslinda Barganza and Francis Pereira, both from Utorda. Verna Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi informed that the accused Sarlagati had sold the stolen gold valuables, worth about Rs 3.45 lakh, from both the houses to jewelers in Yalapure-Karnataka, besides cash of Rs 2.40 lakh. Police have also arrested four jewellers, Narayan Revankar, Sadanand Raikar, Prakash Shet and Rajendra Shet from Yallapure, to whom the accused had sold the stolen valuables. Police have also recovered melted gold along with two gold chains, one pair of earrings and a bangle, all worth Rs 1.6 lakh. PI Dalvi further informed that complainant Pereira had lost gold valuables worth Rs 2.25 lakh and cash of Rs 2 lakh, when the accused had burgled his house about three month ago, while Barganza had suffered loss of Rs 1.60 lakh, including cash of Rs 40,000. Police managed to solve the case, as accused Sarlagati had left his purse when he robbed the bungalow of Pereira about three months ago. PI Dalvi informed that two PSIs Abhishek Gomes and Sushant Gawas along with other police personnel went to Yallapure and nabbed the accused. “However, after accused Sarlagati spilled the beans, four jewellers were arrested,” said PI Dalvi. PI Dalvi has expressed his gratitude for SP South Allen De Sa for providing timely assistance to Verna Police in solving the case.


prospective candidates seek Joaquim’s blessings over ward reservation HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 2

The Varca residence of Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao is the much-sought after place these days. Probable candidates for the ensuing civic polls and their cronies are making a beeline to Alemao’s residence to lobby hard in respect of municipal ward reservations for the OBC and ST communities. While prospective candidates belonging to the OBC and STs are lobbying for reservation of certain wards for their communities, there are equally others from the general category, who come to impress upon the minister against reservation of certain wards. That anxiety is writ large on the faces of many a prospective candidate is understandable given that they are unaware of the criteria to be adopted by the government while reserving the wards for the OBC or STs. In fact, candidates, including sitting councillors, who have decided to contest the polls scheduled on October 31, continue to keep their fingers crossed over ward reservation. Officially, the Urban Development Minister says

that ward reservation will be taken up by September end only after receiving reports from the chief officers of municipal bodies on the percentage of OBC and ST population within the jurisdiction of the civic bodies. “The Chief Officers have been issued directions to complete the study and study the report before September end to facilitate the Director of Municipal Administration to reserved the wards for the OBCs and the STs”, Alemao said. Herald, however, understands that given that this is the first time that OBCs and STs will enjoy reservations for the municipal elections, the minister and the government in power will hold the key to decide the fate of the ward reservations this time. “This is one reason why the prospective candidates are making a queue to Varca to seek the minister’s blessings on reservation of certain wards”, remarked a source in the know. The government has already decided to reserve four wards for the OBCs and two for the STs in A class Municipal bodies. In the case of B class Civic bodies, two OBCs wards and one ST will be reserved for the ensuing polls.

Pune couple robbed at Calangute HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, SEPT 2

Barely a week after a Hungarian, Spanish and Goan were robbed at Naikka Vaddo in Calangute, a couple from Pune were robbed of Rs 15,000, a vehicle and two mobile phones in a similar situation at Calangute on Wednesday night. According to Calangute Police, the couple was on their way to the guesthouse at Gaura Vaddo-Calangute when they were intercepted by two persons on an internal road, who demanded cash, by using a pistol-like object. Afraid of their lives, the duo immediately handed over cash of Rs 15,000 and two mobile sets. The persons then made good their escape on the blackcoloured Honda Activa scooter (GA-04-T-3572).

Pilerne citizens demand re-look into voters’ list HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 2

Pilerne Citizens Forum (PCF) has said that entire electoral rolls in the State should be re-looked into after gross irregularities in enrolling the voters on the list have surfaced. Briefing press persons today morning, PCF President Prakash Bandodkar said that they have demanded entire re-look into the voters’ list, which is prepared based on the faulty procedure. “The electoral roll prepared by following different procedures across the State cannot be finalised,” he stated. PCF has said that they have been assured corrective measures by Election Commission of India (ECI) into Goa’s electoral rolls by September 10. “If no action comes forward than we will be approaching the High Court,” PCF legal advisor Yatish Naik said. Last month, the forum had bared taluka mamlatdars’ act of disobeying the guidelines given by ECI while revising the electoral rolls in the State.

According to the data collected by PCF under Right to Information (RTI) Act; it is clear that in Goa the procedure adopted for the enrollment of names in the electoral roll is completely different from the guidelines prescribed by ECI. Naik stated that they had met CEC S Y Quraishi during his recent Goa visit and briefed him about the inconsistencies in the election procedures adopted by electoral officers. “After going through all the documents, CEC admitted that there is a need to inquire into the matter and had assured to undertake appropriate action,” Naik said. He added saying that PCF had a marathon meeting with ECI secretary Bernard John who has assured corrective measures by September 10. At the same time, the forum has also demanded that all the electoral officers be criminally charged, if the ECI inquiry finds that electoral rolls were being tampered with criminal intention. “The electoral officers in the State should be criminally charged, if their act of tampering with the electoral rolls is proved in an inquiry,” Naik stated.

Dona Paula murder: weapons recovered HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 2

Panjim police on Thursday recovered murder weapons from Shyam Anchal, who fatally stabbed his former colleague at Dona Paula, on August 28. Inspector Sandesh Chodankar informed reporters that they have recovered a knife and pillow cover soaked in blood from an abandoned stall at Patto. The Mangalorean accused, 25, earlier confessed of killing Sidaram alias Siddesh Alure in a fit of rage for losing his (accused) job as a manager in a guesthouse at Dona Paula. Alure, 24, was found dead with his throat slit, in the guesthouse where he worked as a room boy. The accused did not spare the victim’s newly wedded wife Rajeshree, 19, and brutally attacked her as well, who is in a critical condition at Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim. The pair had come down to Goa after their marriage on May 16 and stayed in the basement of the guesthouse. Anchal, currently remanded to 14-day police custody was arrested by Panjim police for sending lewd text messages to an employee’s wife, in June. His job was subsequently terminated, for which, Anchal, a history-sheeter suspected Alure.

Women held for soliciting customers HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, SEPT 2

Alarmed over the rising number of prostitutes in Pernem taluka, Pernem Police on Thursday evening busted a sex racket at Ashvem Beach. Pernem police arrested two women, one from Navelim and the other from Margao at about 5 pm, in this connection. Police informed that the duo was arrested on charges of behaving indecently with the public near a hotel at Ashvem Beach. “The women were found making lewd gestures and soliciting customers in an indecent manner near the bus stop,” informed police. Police further informed that one of the arrested women was a minor girl, who was later sent

more goa news on pg 9, 10 to protective home at Merces. A case under Section 8 of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention Act) has been registered against the duo. Police is investigating the case. It may be recalled that about 10 days ago, Pernem Police had busted a sex racket at MalpemPernem and had arrested one woman and two agents, who are still in police custody at Pernem Police station.

with cops missing, it’s back to square one at Comba crossing PWD-KRC meet yet to take place HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 2

It’s back to square one at the Comba-Margao railway crossing – nearly a month and half after a young science girl student was run over by a speeding train. Traffic policemen and a home guard deployed at the crossing after XII Std student of Damodar College, Roshni Rego was killed while trying to cross the tracks have gone missing. And, nothing has been heard of the high-level meeting scheduled between officials of the PWD and Konkan Railway Corporation to build a proposed footbridge over the tracks for the benefit of the 3000odd strong student community. Students and pedestrians alike freely cross the tracks to get to the educational institutions during closure of the railway crossing in the absence of the traffic police. Regular users of the Comba railway crossing from Benaulim says that the men-in-uniform controlled the traffic or guided the students while crossing the tracks for the first few days after the tragedy, but are no more seen around the railway crossing. That’s not all. Though nearly a month and half has passed since the tragic accident brought to the fore the inadequate crossing facilities at the Comba railway tracks, no decision has been taken as yet by the authorities to have a footbridge at the crossing or a flyover. Inquiries have revealed that the proposed meeting between senior PWD and Konkan Railway officials to study the feasibility of the footbridge is

yet to take place till date. When Herald contacted Executive Engineer, PWD Anil Ringe to find out the outcome of the high-level meet with the KRC officials, he admitted that the meeting could not take place till date since the KRC officials were pre-occupied with the Ratnagiri rail problems. “I have discussed with the KRC engineer and a meeting will take place between the two agencies next week”, Ringe added. KRC Sr Public Relations Manager, Baban Ghatge feigned ignorance whether the PWD has approached the Corporation for discussions on the construction of a proposed footbridge at the Comba crossing. “I have no idea of any such proposal from the KRC. May be they might have met some other officials”, Ghatge added. Incidentally, he said the KRC has no proposal to build any footbridge at the railway crossing, adding that the Goa government will have to foot the bill if they propose a footbridge over the tracks. Says a regular user of the Comba crossing from Benaulim, Menino De Bandar: “The authorities should pay urgent attention to the problems faced by pedestrians, motorists and students at the level crossing. The police should be deployed at the spot throughout and not only after a young life is lost in an accident”. Like many citizens, Menino also feels that a flyover should be put in place by the authorities after conducting a feasibility to solve the problems at the crossing on a permanent basis.

Margao plays host to Dahi Handi festivities HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 2

The Commercial Capital on Thursday played host to DahiHandi festivities, with local youth clubs organizing the competitions at many places across the city. The competition at Pajifond organised by United Youth Club, Margao for the 11th consecutive year drew huge crowds, besides a host of participating groups. Asha Kamat, the wife of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat was present on the dais along with MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho and other dignitaries. Sources in the know said that a participant was left injured after the human pyramid collapsed on him at the competition at Old Station Road. The 16-year old was immediately rushed to the Hospicio, from where he was shifted to the GMC, Bambolim, sources said. Meanwhile, traffic in the Commercial Capital was plunged into chaos on Thursday evening with Dahi Handi festivities on the city roads literally held the traffic to ransom. The authorities either had a hard time to control the traffic situation in some places, while the absence of the men-in-uniform was felt at other places. Bumper to bumper traffic was witnessed on many roads, the worst hit being the Aquem-Margao road. At the Hari Mandir road junction, the traffic police were conspicuous by their absence, even as lone home guard

GOVINDA ALA RE… Onlookers watch the Dahi Handi celebrations at Boca da Vaca, Panjim on the occasion of Janmashtami (birth of Lord Krishna) on Thursday. Celebration of Janmashtami includes a number of ceremonies including Dahi Handi, which is an enactment of Lord Krishna’s efforts to steal butter from matka (earthen pot) suspended from the ceiling. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

personnel failed to control the worsening situation. It was only after curtains came

down on the festivities late this evening that the traffic was restored.

Mobile phones worth Rs 2 lakh stolen at Vasco HERALD REPORTER VASCO, SEPT 2

Mobile phones worth about Rs 2 lakh were stolen from a flat near St Andrew’s Church, Vasco, on Wednesday night. According to Vasco Police, the burglars gained entry into the flat located on the first floor and decamped with 100 mobile phones. Police further informed that complainant Modhara Prohit owns a shop, but would keep the mobile phones in the flat due to fear of thefts. Vasco Police informed that the burglars gained entry into the flat by opening the gallery door so meticulously without even damaging the door and fled with the booty. Vasco Police have registered an offence against unknown persons and is investigating the case.


In an unusual turn of events, ousted Khola sarpanch Archana Velip was on Thursday unanimously reinstated, as five panchas in the nine-member panchayat, who had successfully passed the no-confidence motion against her, suspiciously failed to remain present for the elections. According to Canacona BDO Manuel Barretto, Archana Velip was unanimously elected sarpanch of Khola Panachayat for the second time in this term. It may be recalled that Velip was ousted over a month ago, after she failed even to remain present while taking up no-confidence motion moved against her by five panchas, including Deputy Sarpanch Ujwala Velip. Barretto informed that only four panchas, which includes Archana Velip, Shanta Velip, Prabhakar Velip and Prabhakar Vaiz, were present for the elections held on Thursday at 10.30 am. The election process presided over by BDO Extension Officer Kamlakar Dessai got over at 11.45 am, but there was no sign of five other panchas, who were duly served with the notices asking to remain present to elect a new sarpanch. Only Archana Velip’s nomination was received and she was unanimously elected as sarpanch. “Seeing my developmental works, which I carried out and continue to do so, my detractors may have thought to support my candidature by remaining absent for the elections,” said jubilant Sarpanch Velip. It is not understood what went wrong, but a source informed the possibility of disagreement within the fivemember group to nominate candidature for sarpanch among them could be the reason for the entire group’s absence.

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MMC employees to stop work today HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 2

The Margao Municipal Council and the employees under the banner of Goa Municipal Employees Association are on a collision course with the employees deciding to stop all work in the civic body on Friday till the municipal administration clears the salary of an Upper Divisional Clerk (UDC). Association leader Anil Shirodkar told Herald that the garbage trucks would not come out of the garage on Friday morning for the collection of daily garbage. He said other employees will also stop all work on Friday in protest against the Council decision to withhold the salary of the UDC. Shirodkar said the employees had approached the Chief Officer Y B Tawde seeking clarifications on the decision to withhold the UDC’s salary, but there was no change in the stance of the Municipal administration. “How can the administration withhold the salary of an employee on the pretext that the employee did not submit documents? The employee too has a family to look after and there is no justification for the municipal administration to withhold anyone’s salary”, Shirodkar added. Replying to a question, he said the employee would not rest till the municipal administration releases the salary of the employee. Sources in the know said the Municipal drivers owing allegiance to the employees association are unlikely to venture out for garbage collection tomorrow morning. The MMC Chief Officer had withheld the salary of the UDC after the Municipal Chairperson Savio Coutinho put up a note directing him to withhold salary to the employee. In the note, the MMC Chairperson contended that the employee had delayed in compiling the data of all the daily wage workers who had worked in the civic body from 1996. Shirodkar, however, attributed the delay to the tedious work of compiling the data and the fact that that some of the records were not readily available due to the shifting of the documents during the building renovation work.

Raheja’s construction file back in TCP court HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 2

The construction file of Mumbai-based Raheja relating to the Carmona project has finally landed back in the court of the Town and Country Planning department. And, if Town Planner Rajesh Naik is to be believed, the TCP would process the file only after taking into account on the conditions imposed on the real estate developer while issuing provisional NOC for the sub-division of the property. “While issuing the provisional NOC and later the final NOC for the sub-division of plot, the Planning body had put a condition that further development of the property would depend on the acquisition and development of a 10 meter road”, Naik asserted. The stand of the Town planner assumes significance given that the approach road to the Raheja property continues to be less than the five-meter width when it is mandatory to maintain a 10-meter wide road for such a mega housing project. Raheja’s construction file came to the TCP after it was forwarded by the Carmona village panchayat

after an inspection of the property last week. The inspection o f the property by the Panchayat was bitterly protested anti-mega housing activist, Orlando Da Silva at the panchayat meeting on August 31. It was Orlando’s contention that the panchayat carried out the inspection of the property without first placing the construction file before the body for discussion. Sources in the know informed that the Town and Country planning department had issued pro-

visional NOC for Raheja for subdivision of the property after PWD Minister Churchill Alemao put up a note in November last year, directing PWD officials to acquire land for the widening of the approach road to Raheja property. However, it is not yet known whether the PWD has initiated the land acquisition proceedings or not as the width of the approach to the road continues to be less than five metres on the ground.

2 arrested

PANJIM, SEPT 2 (HR) -- The Panjim town police on Thursday afternoon arrested two persons on suspicion of theft. On conducting search, the police recovered two mobile phones from the possession of Riyaz Karigar (22) and Mardhan alias Nadeem Mulla (19), resulting in their arrest.





Why are Goan artists silent?

Vol No CX No: 223 Goa, Friday 3 September, 2010

Missing witness, falling stock


What does the silence of Goan artists about attacks by the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti mean, asks SaNDeSH PraBHuDeSaI


hould we thank Girish Karnad? Or should we feel ashamed of ourselves as Goans? Renowned actor and playwright Karnad quit the prestigious Goa Development Council in protest against the humiliating treatment meted out to artist and Sanskrit scholar Jose Pereira. When a tiny group like the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) cried that Jose-bab’s paintings had hurt their religious sentiments, tears apparently flowed down the cheeks of our state authorities. The police bluntly suggested that the organisers shut down the exhibition! Whither Democracy? Whither Freedom of Expression? Except a handful of artists and thinkers who protested, a majority of the art community remained tight lipped over the issue. In fact, some gave weird reactions: “I support Karnad’s opinion, but he should have not taken such a drastic step; of resigning from the Council.” Who were they supporting; Karnad or Chief Minister Digambar Kamat – the bold protestor or the ‘power’ful ruler? And what did the CM do to persuade Karnad to withdraw his resignation? Karnad claims the CM assured that he would safeguard the interests of artists in future. When a local TV channel asked Digambar-bab, he denied it: “What assurance? I just spoke to him and requested him to withdraw his resignation.” Who is right; Karnad or the CM? This is not the first time. It also happened when Churchill Alemao, then just an MLA, publicly demanded that ‘The Da Vinci Code’ film should not be screened. It was banned in Goa! It also happened two years ago during IFFI. The HJS and Sanatan Sanstha objected to a 44year-old Films Division documentary by M F Hussain. It had nothing objectionable. Still, our ‘pro-people’ chief minister requested the organisers not to screen it. It was only when eminent delegates expressed their outrage to the organisers that it was screened later. Subodh Kerkar’s sketches of Lord Ganesh were objected to by the same HJS and Sanatan Sanstha. He was provided police protection, but only after he demanded it, and for just two days. The state authorities did not pro-actively move to protect his freedom of expression. Does our state government stand for freedom

Subodh Kerkar’s creative sketches of Lord Ganesh, the HJS said, were an insult to Hindus. Subodh says that he could not ever dream of insulting the God he personally believes in and worships. Dr Jose Pereira’s painting of Lord Krishna is based on the ‘Geeta Govinda’, and a traditional palace mural in Kerala. The Sanskrit scholar defends his painting, quoting from the ‘Geeta Govinda’ in the original Sanskrit. In all these cases, the government that is so proud of its Cultural Policy, actually suppressed the human rights it claimed to be protecting. No doubt these art forms could be objected to. Even those who take the most extreme stands on such issues have a right to object. It’s their freedom of expression. That’s why the media publishes or telecasts both views. But what does the government stand for? Surrender before the extremists without even studying the issue? Despite the talk of human rights in the Cultural Policy, that’s what their actions seem to suggest. I wonder sometimes whether organisations like the HJS or Sanatan Sanstha sincerely practice what they preach. En route to Canacona, at Karmal Ghat, is a shed housing a ‘Ganpati temple’ that recently mushroomed on the roadside, because one root of a tree looked like the trunk of Lord Ganesh. Now, on every Tuesday, so-called devotees block the National Highway on this dangerous Ghat to perform a ‘Mahapooja’. Even though there are Supreme Court orders against blocking roads for such purposes, neither the Sanatan Sanstha nor the HJS has ever objected to this. Do they support this nuisance in the name of God on a busy public road? Members of these outfits pull the temple chariots (Rath) in Goan temples, many of which have nude figures, often in compromising positions, painted or carved on them. Don’t they find anything ‘objectionable’ in this? I asked this question to a Sanatan Sanstha leader during a TV debate I recently conducted. His answer was downright evasive: “Nobody has brought this to our notice yet…” he said. Strange. And I will find it even more strange if they continue to ignore it, even after I have, now, publicly ‘brought it to their notice’.

witness regularly called upon by the police to substantiate − in most cases falsely − testimony pertaining to police cases is known as a ‘stock witness’. Generally, when a court believes that a certain person is a ‘stock witness’, it treats the testimony with grave suspicion and intensely scrutinises it. Many of these so-called witnesses operate on the margins of the law. If they do not co-operate with the police, they tend to suddenly face a large number of criminal cases themselves. The most notorious stock witness in India’s history was one Prem Chand ‘Paniwallah’, a water seller who, around 20 years ago, approached the Supreme Court to quash an order of externment from Delhi. He told the court that police had used him as a stock witness in nearly 3,000 cases and, when he declined to continue, bogus cases were slapped on him. Interestingly, though the police earned the court’s ire for abusing lear ut the judicial process with stock witnesses, it did not order the reopening of the cases that Paniwala had testified in, because of expression, or does it just pander to all forms dedicated to their cause. the courts were too busy…! of fanaticism? (c) The government of Goa is dedicated to spot Be that as it may, the point is that Prakash Baburao Metri, a I ask this for a reason. Our chief minister (who creative cultural talent and would encourage novresident of Indranagar at Chimbel who stood surety for Israeli is also the Minister for Art & Culture) is very elty, innovation and creativity in all the spheres drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, was a stock witness of the proud that under him, Goa has become the first of state’s cultural life. police. Atala is currently missing, and is suspected of having state in the country to formulate a cultural policy. The question is very simple. How does Chief We are all proud of him for this. Minister Digambar Kamat view the above develjumped bail. The Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances What does the policy say? opments – ‘The Da Vinci Code’ film, the M F Hussain Court in Mapusa has issued a warrant against him, and forfeited Clause 1, the Preamble, has a sub-section, 1.1, documentary, Subodh Kerkar’s paintings, and the Rs50,000 bail bond amount he deposited. Conveniently, which states: ‘The Government of Goa recognises Jose Pereira’s paintings – in the light of his ‘proud’ Metri too is not to be found! the fact that cultural rights are human rights.’ It Cultural Policy? While the former is not unusual, especially when foreigners also lists eight ‘Principles of Cultural Policy’. The Do his actions match or contradict the policy? are accused in cases in Goa, the latter certainly raises eyebrows. first three are: ‘The cultural policy is: (a) for the Have cultural rights been protected as human rights? The person who stood surety for Atala has a history of being citizens to achieve individual creativity; (b) to enEspecially if it is innovative or new, any cultural witness in at least half a dozen police cases over a decade. sure equality of access to cultural life; (c) to safe- expression is bound to be criticised. But what What was already dubbed the police-drug mafia nexus has guard freedom of expression.’ [alphabetical was objected to here was neither. ‘The Da Vinci seen a new turn with a police stock witness as surety. It only numbering ours] Code’ was a film based on a 2003 bestseller by reinforces suspicions that certain policemen wanted Atala to That’s not all. It has a special section, 2.3, Dan Brown, translated in 44 languages all over get away. Did some rogue policemen help to arrange a surety called Creation. Its first three statements are: the world. The book was neither objected to nor for Atala from among the ranks of their ‘regular’ witnesses? 2.3. Creation banned. The film was released three years later, (a) The government is fully committed to respect after over 80 million books were sold. The disappearance of Atala for over a month before the and protect the creative freedom of the artists M F Hussain’s film ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’ police reported him missing has already raised a question mark and writers as guaranteed by the Constitution of was a documentary he produced in 1966, about on their functioning. That the fact of Atala’s disappearance was India and within the limits set out by the laws of his experiences in Rajasthan. It won the Golden deliberately withheld from the Goa Legislative Assembly has the country. Bear at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival that only strengthened suspicions. And now, that some policemen (b) The government would welcome new ini- year. Its screening was stopped at the 39th IFFI may have been instrumental in arranging a surety for Atala so tiatives by the artists and writers and the NGOs in 2008, 42 years later! that he could be released on bail points the needle of suspicion squarely at a police-drug mafia nexus. The only remaining quesThe doctor is IN tion is whether these same policemen have any hand in facilitating Metri’s disappearance too. By Dr Pradeep V Kamat Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, who has so far been solidly f you want to shed that extra flab, make sure your daily diet as fit as a fiddle is serious business. It needs determination. her real name). She had tyres of fat around her waist. One day I backing Home Minister Ravi Naik in refusing to even consider contains foods like asparagus, artichokes and garlic. A recent Slimming ads and commercials are deceptive; they offer formulas called to her innocently: “Fatty Aunty, here is some cake for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the study from Imperial College, London, says a diet rich in fer- for instant success, with no effort. But as one knows, they have you. Dad is celebrating his 50th birthday.” All hell broke nexus, should now seriously reconsider his position. With every loose. It was literally like putting fat in the fire; I ran for new revelation, the ground he is standing on looks increasingly mentable carbohydrates releases gut hormones that suppress done very little to curb that elusive fat. hunger. Another ‘latest’ study advises you to drink two glasses of Obesity is a rising problem in today’s world. Just as millions die cover… more shaky.


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Selective speed?

f any more evidence is required that the Goa Police can move fast when it applies its mind, the high-profile kidnapping drama in Goa’s commercial capital on Wednesday provided it. After the minor daughter of a petrol pump owner was kidnapped for ransom of Rs20 lakh by a minor boy, police moved in, nabbed the lad and rescued the girl, even as the parents unsuccessfully tried to pay the ransom. Earlier, the kidnapping of the son a resort owner from Vagator resulted in a dramatic rescue in the forests of Agonda. But why is it that the police choose to apply themselves only in certain cases and not in others? For example, why has there been no progress in the gruesome murder of Naresh Dourado in Vasco last month?

Portuguese passport problems Jonas Correia, Aldona Anyone who obtains a Bilhete de Identidade (popularly but incorrectly known as a ‘Portuguese passport’) should first check with the Police Foreigners Branch, as they need to surrender their Indian nationality. Besides surrendering the Indian passport, they have to cancel their names on the ration card, electoral rolls and cannot buy any agricultural property, as they are not Indian citizens anymore. They also need to be careful in their conduct and behaviour, as they could risk deportation. With the introduction of Overseas Citizen

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water half an hour before each meal. A healthy diet and daily exercise are two basics on which all this information revolves. Since fitness awareness is rapidly rising among youngsters and the elderly alike, gyms and fitness centres are mushrooming at a fast pace and have been doing roaring business. They boast of quick-fix formulas (fat lies), promising that one can reduce even, say, 10kg in 20 days or so. One does lose a lot of weight when one lives only on protein shakes, but after leaving the gym and returning to ‘normal’, one is back to square one… sorry, that should read ‘round one’! Having said that, there is another tribe, who are fitness freaks.They do rigorous fitness training, stay on a strict diet, and starve themselves. There have been instances where these extreme measures have proved fatal. Some have even become nervous wrecks (Anorexia Nervosa). Often, when one wants to attain a ‘Size Zero’ figure, the final result is zero… There is no shortcut to burn excess fat. To fight fat and remain

of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards, they can stay in India indefinitely. As per a court ruling, merely holding two passports is not an offence, unless one’s intentions are malafide.

Saffron terror Kaleem Rikarty, Davorlim

Tar for free

The Alliance of Sergeants for the Military Revolution, where some of the officers of the Portuguese Armed Forces have already been roped in, has been conveyed over.

Governor stays on

A new Cannon boat ‘Beira’, which was built at the Shipyard of the Arsenal, was commissioned in the River Tagus to be inducted in the Portuguese Navy.

Start culling stray dogs

Clearly, there is a dog problem in Goa. Anywhere you go, on interior roads in particular, dogs move about in packs, especially near garbage dumps. They sometimes attack people, particularly young children and the elderly. This is a problem on some of our beaches like Colva and Benaulim, where a number of people have been bitten by stray dogs. Dogs also tend to go after two-wheelers and cars, distracting drivers and increasing possibilities of accidents. It is time that the government took a policy decision to eliminate all stray dogs from Goa, at least in the major cities, towns and villages. This will ensure that people can once more move around safely. If culling is an issue, then catch the dogs and relocate them in faraway forests, where they will have less chance of preying on the human population. It is quite possible that the number of stray dogs in Goa outnumbers the population of the state. Will the government’s Statistics Department kindly enlighten us?

Cannon boat

Alliance of Soldiers

Letter of the Day S Kamat, Alto Betim

The exhibition-cum-sales at BPS Club, Margao, have been banned by MMC, after our CM announced his support to the traders. This has caused great hardships to the participants of these exhibitions. It seems that this happens only in Margao. At all other places in Goa, exhibitions face no hurdles. The people of Salcete eagerly wait for such exhibitions cum sales to happen. The CM’s support to New Market traders is a slap on the face of the general public. It is high time that the people of Salcete boycott the New Market, and let the traders die a natural death.

Olympio Almeida, Siolim Goa is truly a blessed place. God plans a time and place for everything. Take for example the multitude of tar balls that have

washed up on Goa’s beaches. Some may consider it a curse. I, for one, look at it as a blessing. It couldn’t have come at a better time. In Siolim, there are huge patches of nonexistent road, for which this tar-for-free is a boon. Now patchwork can be done purely at the cost of transporting the tar balls to wherever they are required to make our roads brand new once again. In one shot we will have clean beaches and smooth new roads; heaven sent!

May not be local Ian (Doc) Watson, Calangute I believe that the source of the tar balls blighting Goa’s beaches may be further away than suggested. I served on oil tankers for many years. I believe that the tar balls may be from crude oil carriers approaching the Gulf, which illegally discharge dirty ballast water or cargo tank washings into the sea prior to arrival at their loading port. The heavy waxy nature of the tar balls is more consistent with cargo tank residue than a surface oil spill. The clockwise surface currents in the North Indian Ocean at this time of year will eventually bring these tar balls to the west coast of India. When I left the service, there was ongoing research to identify the source of oil tanker mishaps by radio-isotope tagging. I do not know how far this progressed. But petro-

But in my village, nicknames given to people based on girth are common enough. For example, there is Barrel, Jumbo, Couch Potato, Cylinder, Dabbu Mirsang, Tanker, Hippo, Fatso, etc. Fat always comes with its own risks. It will not be an exaggeration to say that health is inversely proportional to excess fat. Diseases associated with fat overload include diabetes, heart attack, stroke, arthritis, varicose veins, cancer, renal failure, etc. In fact, most fat individuals are museums of diseases. For example, gall stones are common in individuals with ‘Five Fs’ (Fat, Fertile, Flatulent, Female, Forty). The word ‘fat’, in general, has a bad reputation in today’s fitness-conscious world. It has received a bad press over the years. The only good thing about fat is that it makes food taste better, and it is needed for vital functions and metabolism in our body. The other soothing things associated with fat are: a fat little baby with chubby cheeks, ‘good fat’ (HDL cholesterol), a fat monthly salary and, last but not least, a big fat bank balance!

Letters to the Editor

Anthony Fernandes, Margao

The Minister of Navy prorogued the order pertaining to the return of the Governor General of Goa, for unknown reasons, when he was about to embark to Lisbon.

The Exposition of the mortal remains of our beloved Apostle of the Indies, which will take place in November along with the Eucharistic Congress, was officially announced.

of malnutrition, an equal or greater number die of obesity. Fat has always being frowned upon. It is looked upon with ignominy and feelings of revulsion. In fields like, for example, modelling, air cabin crew, sports, the military, etc, if one has even an inch of extra fat, one can unhappily forget any chances of getting selected. Carrying loads of fatty tissue is a blot on humanity. Excessive fat makes one sluggish. These people feel embarrassed in social circles, and are never at ease. That reminds me of a boy in our school who was morbidly obese. His Body Mass Index (BMI) would have definitely been above 30. But those were the days of wild, foolish youthfulness. We innocently called him ‘piggy’, and he had no grudge with us about it. Another incident is of my neighbour, a plump, rotund lady, as fat as butter, who had come home from Dubai for good. We called her ‘Fatty Aunty’ among ourselves (actually, we didn’t even know

BPS exhibitions

Hats off to Home Minister P Chidambaram for courageously talking about ‘Saffron terror’. Everybody knew that many major bomb blasts in different parts of India were the handiwork outfits ideologically close to the Sangh Parivar. But after any terror attack, the fingers were always pointed to Pakistan’s ISI or any unknown outfit with an Islamic name, and police would hunt down Muslim youths, thousands of whom are languishing behind bars for crimes they did not commit. But will the police dare to arrest any prominent RSS leader, as they have done in case of Abdul Nazer Madani of the PDP in Kerala? Let us see if any action follows this daring statement from the Home Minister. For years, these shadowy Hindu extremist outfits have been spreading terror, and killing innocents. Our nation needs to be saved from Saffron terror too. Jai Hind!

Exposition date fixed


chemical analysis of the tar balls should provide a general indication of their origin.

No volunteers at Colva Madonna Almeida, Colva The only people who seem to care about the tar balls on Colva Beach are a handful of locals, another handful of reporters and 20-odd students. The rest is nothing but a farce. I fail to understand what a group of 15 to 20 labourers are doing wandering on the beach making small heaps of the spreadout tar balls with their hands and feet, and then leaving them to be dispersed once again by the tide! The Std IX students of Infant Jesus High School come as a ray of hope for Colva, putting to shame the older and parasitic generation. They worked enthusiastically to get rid of the tar balls. They have my best wishes and, I am sure, of all those who treasure this land.

It’s not Cricket!

Jobs for minorities J M de Almeida, Alto Betim Employment potential in Goa is diminishing, and most vacancies in Industry are filled by candidates from outside Goa. Do the authorities have no control over this matter, even though industries have been provided developed plots at cheap rates with all infrastructure? Employment statistics tabled in the recent Assembly show that during three years of Congress rule, out of 11,000 government jobs only 700 jobs were given to the minorities – just 6.36 per cent – even though 33 per cent of Goa’s population is Catholics and Muslims. What are our elected representatives doing?

Stop Anti-Goans Arwin Mesquita, Abu Dhabi We must put a stop to the anti-social behaviour as seen at the Cansaulim Gram Sabha and more recently at Carmona, by anti-Goans hell-bent on pursuing mega-projects for personal financial gain. These people are all out to sell Goa and its identity. The good Goan majority must rise to stop them and their political backers, before it is too late.

Injustice to pensioners B V S Priolkar, Margao At the age of 60, one becomes a ‘senior citizen’. Those in service have to compulsorily retire unless they get an extension. Unfortunately, they have to pay Income Tax just like normal salaried persons till the age of 65, after which retired persons get a rebate in tax, air fare and insurance cover. I do not understand this logic (or lack of it). The Finance Minister and concerned authorities should amend the definition of senior citizen and give relief to pensioners.

Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar The Goa Cricket Association (GCA) claimed it did not come under RTI, as it never sought assistance from the government. If so, it should return the 1.30 lakh sq metres of land at Tivim leased to it by the government for construction of a cricket stadium.

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 The Night of Power By Samir Khan “We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: and what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand: Peace! … This until Morning dawns!” — (Al-Qur’an – 97:1-5) These verses reveal the significance of Lailatul Qadr (the Night of Power). Verse 2:185 reveals that the Holy Qur’an was sent down in the month of Ramadhan. Verse 44:3 says, “We sent it down during a Blessed Night (Lailatul Mubarakah).” These two verses along with Surah Qadr make known that the Qur’an was revealed on the Blessed Night of Ramadhan. Islamic scholars believe that this even might have occurred in any one of the two ways: either the whole Book was revealed from the Tablet Preser ved (Throne) unto the Archangel Jibrael (Gabriel) or the revelation upon the Last Prophet (may Allah bless and greet him) commenced in this Night. There are about 40 different traditions, all tracing the exactness of the Night. However, most scholars believe that the Night of Power is one of the odd numbered nights during the last 10 days of Ramadhan. The reason for keeping it secret is unknown, but it could be that Muslims should seek very devoutly Allah’s blessings every night during Ramadhan. That the Night of Power is better than a thousand months. This means that during this one Night alone something magnificent was revealed for the well-being and guidance of humankind for eternity. During the last 10 days in pursuit of Lailatul Qadr devout Muslims spend the nights in prayer and reading and reflecting on the Quran. Praying through the entire night till dawn, he pleads with Allah, penitently beseeching Him for His forgiveness.. He begs Allah to keep him away from misfortunes on Earth as well as from the punishment after death and the torment of Hell. The Night, every year, brings immeasurable blessings to mankind.

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GU-Nihon University exchange Cross razed at Borda; prog likely to become two-way residents demand HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 2

Goa University is expecting a proposal from Nihon University, Japan’s largest private university, by October-end for making their Study India Programme (SIP) two-way, meaning students from the State varsity will now be able to go to the foreign country. Presently, though the SIP is termed as an exchange programme, it has virtually been a one-way traffic for the last seven years of its successful collaboration with only Japanese students coming here and no Goans ever going there. This year, too, nine Japanese – five males and four females – students from Nihon’s College of International Relations are arriving on September 17 as part of the credit-based SIP to spend one full semester of five-andhalf months at GU. On Thursday, Head of Administration Nihon University Takashi Okamoto had a discussion with the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and the three coordinators of SIP for the two-way

programme and exploring further collaboration. Assistant Registrar Rajesh Bhatikar, who is one of the three coordinators, said Nihon was working out a one-month programme for GU students to study Japanese language, culture and diversity. The proposal what we are expecting will outline the details of the programme after which we will be able to chalk out the cost factor to send our students there, he stated. He said this programme has been running for the last seven years with only Japanese students coming here. Language was one of the major reasons our students couldn’t go there, but that will be now a thing of the past because the one-month programme is being designed in English, he explained. Bhatikar said Nihon was tied up with only GU in the whole of India and the SIP was a unique programme. Besides GU, Nihon was offering the same programme to students of China, Malaysia and Thailand, he added. The Assistant Registrar informed Nihon was also exploring

Appointment of Commission members comes under cloud HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 2

Legal fraternity members, consumer rights activists, village groups and forums, women’s collectives and individuals are hoping the High Court Bar Association takes cognisance of non-functioning of the State Consumer Redressal Commission for nearly five months. Due to the delay in appointment of two new members to the Commission the proceedings have come to a standstill. In August, interviews were conducted in an effort to appoint the members so as to get the Commission functional. However, the interview process, like the last time in April this year, has come under a cloud. Senior Advocate Nicholas Dias in a representation to the Minister for Civil Supplies maintained procedures were thrown to the wind because one of the candidates had failed to produce his original birth certificate at the time of the interview. Adv Dias was one of the candidates who appeared for the interview. Legal fraternity members and consumer rights activists had made several representations

casting apprehensions on the selection panel headed by Justice Deshpande, sitting President of the Commission, who had recommended Adv Harsha Naik for the post of President of the North Goa Consumer Redressal Forum. Adv Harsha had to be removed from the post after discrepancies were found in her appointment at the end of 2009. She had failed to meet the 35 age-limit criteria for the post as per the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Some of the petitions had maintained Justice Deshpande wasn’t aware of the State affairs because he came once in two months and just for two days. They requested the Government to make Justice Eurico Santanna da Silva, founder of consumer courts in Goa, the chairperson of the selection panel that recommends appointments of Commission members. Some of the advocates in the know of functioning of consumer courts around the country pointed out that the State Commission is probably the first one in India to have remained non-functional for so long.

the possibility of having another one-month programme, also in English, to study Japanese management theories and techniques. Bhatikar said this year’s SIP the Japanese students will travel to Jaipur, besides Delhi and Agra in Northern India. “This visit is not about sight-seeing, but loaded with academic content. We have tied up with Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. These students will interact with the Indian faculty for East Asian Studies,” he stated and added, “They will also travel to South India.” He detailed, “The SIP is a custom-made credit-based programme for the Japanese students. They will study seven modules with the major one being on attaining proficiency in the English language. The overall objective of the programme is to impart knowledge of Indian culture through the languages, which include Hindi and Konkani.”

Flat owners need to know their rights: GOACAN HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 2

Discrepancies in sale agreements, non-maintenance of buildings and housing societies, poor electricity and water supplies, no proper parking facilities, conversion and sale of open spaces, lack of garbage management and sanitation and taxation issues with municipal councils and village panchayats are some of the issues that continue to dog flat owners. Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network (GOACAN) has decided to hold its fifth meeting of flat owners at Panjim as part of its ongoing awareness campaign on their consumer rights. The meeting will be held on September 5 at the T B Cunha Hall, near Azad Maidan, here, at 4pm. GOACAN Convenor Roland Martins said over the past two years they have been receiving complaints of flat owners through village-based consumer forums ranging from discrepancies in sale agreements to taxation issues. Martins augurs lack of proper legislation, poor monitoring by various government agencies and, most importantly, lack of awareness on consumer rights, has left flat owners across the State with umpteen number of problems. He says the recent initiatives by Jairam Complex Residents Association in Panjim and the Chowghule Gardens Welfare Association in Zuarinagar to organise themselves to respond to issues faced by them was a positive sign for flat owners in Goa.

Take responsibility to prevent exploitation of children: NGO BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 2

NGO Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG) has underlined the need for the Hospitality sector to play an important role in the prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of children. “It is very important that every sector takes the initiative to protect children from sexual abuse. We feel that the number of cases reported on sexual abuse may not be very high, but every year there have been some case, which only reflect the tip of the iceberg”, said CRG convenor Nistha Desai at an awareness session on “Protection of Children” for the staff and managers of The Leela Kempinski in association with CRG. The awareness session was primarily to acquaint the hotel staff members with the provisions of the Goa Children’s Act and what adopting a child friendly tourism code means.

“This will enable them to play a key role in keeping children safe by preventing the exploitation of children”, Desai added. Saying that the Tourism Industry is growing rapidly, with people from other states taking employment in the industry, Desai said there are a large number of children, who are vulnerable. During the event, the general

manager of The Leela Kempinski, Pascal Dupuis also made a donation to the NGO, who is working towards the protection of children in the country. Dupuis said the Leela Group has always been and will always be supportive to important causes and in particular when it comes to children. The NGO will be conducting similar awareness sessions in other hotels in the state.

Minister urged to light-up Nuvem-Arlem bypass BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 2

The Nuvem Civic and Consumer Forum has urged Power Minister Alexio Sequeira to take up street lighting of the Nuvem-Arlem bypass on a priority basis. Forum Convenor Olencio Fernandes said the bypass is unsafe and dangerous at nights for want of street lighting. He pointed out that the PWD had informed the Forum way back in 2008 that work of installing street lighting along the 2.8 km long bypass is the responsibility of the electricity department.

action against accused HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, SEPT 2

A group of residents from Borda here has complained to the Margao police that a group of persons allegedly razed down a 40-year-old Holy Cross which was used by them to hold prayers, litanies and other religious activities for years together. Though the residents staying near the Old Survey office had lodged the police complaint on August 31, the Margao police initially said that no case is registered as yet since they are investigating into what they termed as a property dispute. Late this evening, DySP Umesh Gaonkar called up Herald to inform that the Margao police has registered a case under section 143, 295 and 427 of the IPC against the concerned persons in connection with the demolition of the Holy Cross. Margao PI Santosh Desai, when contacted, said that since the issue involves property dis-

CoP assures new ferry ramp at Pomburpa HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, SEPT 2

Captain of Ports (CoP) has finally agreed to construct a new ferry ramp at Pomburpa culminating the four year long constant struggle by the Chorao residents. Five-members from Chorao, who met Deputy CoP James Braganza on Thursday morning managed to get an assurance to construct a new ferry ramp within two months, with the work expecting to begin from November 1 onwards. “CoP has assured us that by January 2011 a new ramp will be ready for the commuters,” member of Chorao Civic and Consumer Forum, Perence Rodrigues told reporters after meeting CoP officials. She said that CoP has acquired a new land at Pomburpa, where a permanent ferry ramp would be developed by beginning of next year. “After completing the new ramp, the department will undertake repairs and maintenance of existing ramp, which is in bad shape,” she said. Chorao residents’ struggle to get a new ferry ramp had begun in 2006 with several petitions given to CoP. The department had

Churchill is digging political grave: Goynche Niz Mogi HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 2

The Goynche Niz Mogi (GNM) has ‘thanked’ PWD Minister and Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao “for digging the political grave of the Alemao family” by opening an election office for his daughter Valanka to contest the next election. In a statement, GNM Vice President Kamla Parsekar said that just as in the 2000 elections the voters of Benaulim did not vote ‘for’ Mickky Pacheco but to defeat Churchill Alemao, in the 2007 election voters of Navelim did not vote ‘for ’ Churchill but to defeat Luizinho Faleiro. “Even if Churchill gives Rs10,000 for a vote, the people of Navelim will accept the money but vote against him,” the statement says. Parsekar also said that Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao would be “driven away with the road rubble caused by the broken cemented road at Cuncolim”.

Remembering Mahabaleshwar Borkar By Bharati Shah

Margao Pimpalkatta Sarvajanik Ganeshotsava Samiti will miss its leader Mahabaleshwar Raghoba Shenvi Borkar – eminent social worker and industrialist – who had taken the initiative to establish the Samiti and organise the 21-day Ganeshotsava at Pimpalkatta. He remained its president for 13 long years. Only 10 days are left for Lord Ganesh to arrive at Pimpalkatta this year, and all but Mahabaleshwar will be present to welcome the deity of wisdom. Citizens of Margao will miss Mahabaleshwarbab. It is mainly due to his efforts that the Pimpalkatta Ganeshotsava Samiti has more than Rs40 lakh in its kitty. A loving husband to wife Maya and a caring father to son Damodar and daughters Mamata and Madhavi, this 64-year-old social

w o r k e r, writer, organiser and Konkani activist suffered a massive heart attack on Tuesday n i g h t . Brother to Sunaparant Sports Editor Manguesh Borkar, Mahabaleshwar was a well-known children’s writer. His books include ‘Santanali Pilluk’ and ‘Bhurgyancho Kanyo’ in Konkani. He also worked for the daily Rashtramat. He was an ardent Konkani lover, and was Treasurer of the Konkani Bhasha Mandal, active in starting its Vidyabhuvan Konkani School. His shop, Maya Book Store – behind

pute, he has called both the parties at the police station with documents to prove their case. When newsmen contacted DySP Umesh Gaonkar on the issue, he said the complaint has not come to his office from the Margao police. The residents have demanded action against the concerned persons. Addressing newsmen, Sebastiana Cardozo and others alleged that the accused persons came to the site on August 31 and allegedly demolished the Holy Cross and lifted away the material in a vehicle. They said that the accused persons from Aquem came with implements to raze down the cross and warned the people of dire consequences. In their complaint, the residents maintained that the Cross has been deliberately demolished with malicious intention, thereby outraging the religious feelings of the Catholic community.

Grace Church – sold school books and stationary. And he lived at Gogol. He was cremated on Wednesday at the Margao Hindu crematorium in the presence of Uday Bhembre, Damodar Mauzo, Bhai Nayak, R S Kamat, Pravin Gosalia, Shanu Pai Panandikar, Pradip Talaulikar, Damodar Naik as well as members of the Pimpalkatta Ganeshotsava Samiti, Samraat Club, and Lions Club, etc. He was active in the Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Margao Samraat Club, Margao Ambulance Trust, Goa Saraswat Samaj, Margao Hospicio Hospital Trust, Ramnath and Vamaneshwar Devasthan, Ponda, and the Maruti Mandir at Davorlim. He was felicitated by the Margao Mathagramasth Hindu Sabha and the Ganapat Utsav Mandal just last year. His loss will be deeply felt by innumerable Madganvkars, as he was the life and soul of a number of the city’s most cherished institutions.

worked out a temporary solution by repairing the existing dilapidated ramp. “We are facing lots of problems as the ramp is in bad shape with corroded steel rods exposed posing threat to the commuters,” she said. After meeting Chorao villagers, Braganza told reporters that the work for new ramp would begin only in November after monsoons subside. “The land acquisition process has delayed the construction. We were not able to get a proper site for the wharf,” he said. Chorao residents, posing full faith in the department, said that a proper coordination between Water Resources Department and PWD would make the work easier and faster.


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Humanitarian approach needed for disaster management: Guv HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 2

PANJIM (HND): ‘Kharedi Yatraa’, an exhibition of consumer, interior and household products was inaugurated at the hands of deputy Mayor of Panjim Yatin Parekh at Kala Academy, Panjim. Councillor Prasad Amonkar, export-import consultant Hardikar Arun, MEDC Director Meenal Mahadikar and many others were present for the inauguration. In this exhibition, more than 60 reputed companies have participated with their latest products. Company representatives are giving demonstrations while selling their products. This time, Murphy Richards, Usha International, Nirali, TTK Prestige, Singer, Kohinoor Basmati rice, Bajaj, Crompton Greaves, Eureka Forbes, Rock & Raaga, Cycle brand agarbatti, Lotus furniture, Ganesh Furniture have participated in Kharedi Yatraa. Special attraction is big pavillions of furniture, sofa sets, dining tables, cupboards, chairs, etc, which have been kept on display. Everyday, 1000 visitors will be given Ganesha Arti book as a gift from the organiser. ‘Kharedi Yatraa’ exhibition will remain open till September 7, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Rene awarded commendation

Rene Mesquite accepts Chief Minister’s Commendation from Commanding Officer 1-Goa Battalion, Panjim Col F B Patel. Photo by Kathy Pereira

CANACONA(HC): NCC 1 Goa Battalion Chief Officer Rene Mesquita has been awarded commendation by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for rendering service of very high order to the State through NCC organisation. The commendation was handed over to Mesquita by Commanding Officer of 1 Goa Battalion, Panjim, Col F B Patel, enhancing the image of the NCC and bringing glory to the State. Mesquita is known to have set many brave examples in exemplary career of past 24 years in the NCC organization by his exceptional devotion to duty. He has been instrumental to send 11 cadets for the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi at different point of time. He is also the in-charge of National Integration Camp, exhibiting Goa’s culture in the form of music, dance, etc, to rest of the Indian states. According to Mesquita, two of his cadets Major Jesus Furtado and Major Alexandar Cota are in the armed forces at Jammu & Kashmir doing national duty. His school (Loyola High School, Margao) has tasted success on many occasions when his school cadets won first place standings for march past in various competitions. Talking to Herald, Misquita expressed happiness for recognizing his devotion by the the chief minister.

Saraswat Vidyalaya excels

Governor Dr S S Sidhu opined that while undertaking disaster management activities everyone involved in the task must have compassion, sympathy and a humanitarian approach. Dr Sidhu was speaking at the inauguration of a one-day state level sensitization training programme on the ‘incidence response system for disaster management’, jointly organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the State government at Bogmalo, Vasco. Speaking further, Dr Sidhu said that calamities and disasters, both natural and manmade, are part of human life. “While scientific discoveries and technological devices have been able to give advance indications and warning about certain natural calamities, the prevention of natural disasters still remains a distant dream

Culvert collapses at Parsem HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, SEPT 2

The culvert at ChavdewadoParsem, a gateway to people from Agarwado, Parsem, Morjim, Mandrem, Siolim proceeding towards Pernem, collapsed on Tuesday morning. The culvert, which was built during the Portuguese era, started caving in slowly since the last three years, due to increase in traffic flow along the Parsem-Pernem route. A hole measuring over 1 metre had appeared in the middle of the culvert, thereby forcing the authorities to close down all vehicular traffic. All vehicular traffic has been diverted towards KorgaoPernem road, which created hardship to the local people. There has been a strong demand from the people to repair the culvert urgently before the Ganesh festival.

Power shutdown at Sanvordem on Wed, Thu till December HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 2

Due to widening of 4 lane road construction work in progress from Sanvordem Bridge to Capxem, which should be completed before December, the electricity department has arranged for shutdown of power supply, to carry out work for shifting of electrical lines, on every Wednesday and Thursday till December. As such there will no power supply in Sanvordem Panchayat areas from 11 am to 4.30 pm.

BICHOLIM (HC): Saraswat Vidyalaya, Khorlim-Mapusa, bagged several prizes in the competitions held on the occasion of the Independence Day. Rotary Club of Mapusa had organized a patriotic singing competition and Saraswat Vidyalaya bagged the first prize. On the occasion of 60th Anniversary of St Clara High School, Assonora, the school had organized a singing competition and the singing troupe of Saraswat School bagged the second prize. In the Bardez taluka level rope and baithak competition organised by Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Saraswat School also won prizes. In junior category, Poonam Sawant bagged the second prize in baithak, while Chandraya Hiremath secured third place. In senior category, Vinila Khanolkar bagged the third prize in rope skipping competition.

Dias brothers from Bandh, Santa Cruz caught a 7.5 ft python, which was later handed over to the forest department.

equate institutional and related mechanisms and it lays down the functions and responsibilities of the various agencies involved in disaster management activities,” he informed and said that the basic objective is to provide timely rescue, adequate relief and effective rehabilitation to the affected people whenever disasters occur. The Governor further said that disaster management is a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional task, which involves prevention, mitigation and rehabilitation and calls for the active and whole-hearted involvement and swift and result-oriented action by different agencies. Stating that whatever arrangements made to deal with disasters will be ineffective until and unless the affected people have correct knowledge and adequate preparedness, Dr Sidhu said that

it, therefore, becomes utmost importance to educate the public and enlighten them on the disastrous consequences of the calamities. Informing that the time taken to reach a disaster site is vital during the calamity, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that community plays a vital role during such emergencies and therefore their participation and dedicated efforts is very important. Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava welcomed the guests and South Goa Collector G P Naik proposed the vote of thanks. Water Resources Minister Philip Neri Rodrigues, Panchayat Minister Manohar Azgaonkar, Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao, NDMA member J K Sinha, NDMA Director General A K Dutta and senior government officials were present.

Whistle for sacred worship! FEROZ FERNANDES PILAR, SEPT 2

It is interesting that the human whistle can be now scientifically considered as a standard genre of sacred music in the Catholic Church. Fr Allan Tavares SFX recently presented a paper on 'Acoustic Characterization of Sacred Music rendered by a Human Whistle at the Divine Providence Church in Goa, India' at the International Congress of Acoustics (ICA 2010) Sydney, Australia. The 20th ICA 2010 was held at Sydney International Convention Centre, at Darling Harbor from August 22-27. Held once in three years, ICA is the most elite gathering of international acoustics scientists which was represented this year by 45 countries and around 650 scientists. "Our focus is how we can acoustically optimize the ambience in worship space to let the liturgy empower the worshiper and the congregation. This involves a fine interaction between room acoustics and subjective perceptions with physiological conditions of the individual in congregational worship," stated Fr Tavares, who has been selected to receive the International Student Scientist Award for the Study of acoustics in India. "It was the whistle of Fr Dominic Alvares SFX in the Divine Providence Church (commonly called St Cajetan Church) Old Goa, which was considered as the starting point of my presentation." "The rendition was on 'Vedicher', one of the first hymns in Konkani after the Vatican II allowed the use of local languages for sacred liturgy," recalled Fr Tavares, a priest of the Society of Pilar who hails from Velim-Salcete.

upCoMInG eVents Legal literacy camp PANJIM (HND): The Dona Paula free legal aid cell of V M Salgaocar College of Law in association with North Goa District Legal Services Authority and Tiswadi Taluka Legal Services Committee will organise a legal literacy camp on ‘Domestic violence and government welfare schemes’ on September 4 at 12 pm in the Government High School, Dona Paula. The camp is open for advocates, NGOs, social workers, self help groups and the public. The legal literacy camp will be co-ordinated by Prof Ranjana Ferrao.

GEA quarterly meeting PANJIM (HND): The regular quarterly meeting of the Goa Entertainment Association (GEA) will be held at Gawin's, Cansaulim on September 5 at 11 am, which will be followed by lunch. Members are requested to confirm their participation at the meeting to the Secretary.

Co-op society’s meet Fr Tavares presents his paper at Sydney International Convention Centre, at Darling Harbor, Australia.

"The target of ICA is to critically assess the diverse innovations in the field of acoustical research and network the group of researchers in order to acoustically bring comfort to human living conditions and also make industry prosper," he added. Fr Tavares had submitted his doctoral thesis in Physics entitled 'Acoustical studies of Worship spaces' to the Nagpur University in June 2009. The ICA 2010 had presentations and an exhibition on the most recent products in the field of acoustics. The topics ranged from ultrasonics to noise control, soundscaping (like landscaping) to architectural acoustics, which includes worship acoustics, informed Fr Tavares, who presented the paper in the field of architectural acoustics on the first day soon after the keynote address. "I am glad that sacred music is back to where it belonged (in fact concert acoustics evolved from church music). You being a padre can seriously make this happen," stated Professor Leo Beranek, a 96-year-old expert, who is considered the father of modern concert acoustics,

soon after the presentation. A Dutch architect and a acoustician, Renz Luxenborough, the designer of Casa Musica in Porto, which is considered one of the best concert halls in the world, while appreciating the paper said "Father, thank you for helping us to whistle to God's glory.What better sermon could we have?" Acknowledging the work of Fr Tavares, ICA President Samir Gerges said: "I whistle in the bathroom but I never knew it can be so sacred." Fr Tavares, presently working with the tribals of Arunachal Pradesh, is on a 10day visit to Goa, to arrange a student exchange programme. Fr Tavares has also presented research papers on Worship Acoustics in Goan Churches at the International Congress of Acoustics (ICA), Madrid in 2007, International Symposium of Room Acoustics (ISRA), Seville in 2007, International Congress on Noise and Vibrational Control (INTERNOISE), Shanghai in 2008, INTER-NOISE in Ottawa, Canada in 2009, and EURONOISE 2009, Edinburg, Scotland.

which was carried out, where all the stakeholders shared their views on the demonstration. Government College Quepem Principal Bhaskar Nayak also expressed his views. In the last session, the need for more co-ordination among the teams was highlighted and stress was given on more training and orientation to all the stakeholders.


Officials of Disaster Management team under the leadership of Deputy Collector and Quepem Sub Divisional Officer Agnelo A Fernandes conducted a mock exercise on ‘Floods Management’ at Taripanto and other wards of Sanguem Municipal Council (SMC). During the mock exercise, a situation was created where the earlier warning of likelihood of floods was given to the District Administration and was asked to initiate action to protect life and property of the people in flood-affected areas. On receiving the warning of floods breaking out in the area, the District Collector South Goa appointed Deputy Collector as Incident Command Post and directed him to take control of the situation. Mamlatdars Amol Gaonkar (Sanguem) and Sudin Nato (Quepem) were directed to assist the Deputy Collector in the task cut to him. After information was received, the staging area was set up on the ground near Pavilion room of Director of Sports at Sanguem and the Incident Command Post was set up in the pavilion room. Later, Sanguem mamlatdar started giving calls to the line

Goa College of Home Science has been commemorating the National Nutrition Week from September 1 to 7. Every year, the College commemorates the National Nutrition Week from September 1 to 7 by organising numerous activities to create awareness of the ‘Importance of good Nu-

trition and a healthy life style’. This year, the College will organise a host of activities like Dieticians Meet, Nutri mela (sale of nutritious food) and various competitions. The prizes for the competitions will be sponsored by Nestle India Ltd. Interested persons may contact Madhavilatha, faculty at the College, during working hours on 0832 2227603.

Osteoporosis camp

One held for Matka gambling

departments, which included Police, Fire Brigade, Electricity, Water Resources, municipal council and other concerned government-run departments and agencies with specific information to report staging area on an emergency basis. After various departments reported at the staging area, briefing was done with respect to the entire situation and the concerned line departments started working in the respective jobs allocated to them. The medical team was headed by the medical officers attached to Government Primary Health Centre Sanguem and a medical rescue camp was set up for the purpose at Government Higher Secondary School Sanguem, where all the rescue people were taken using vehicles from the locality. Presence of personnel from National Disaster Rescue Force evoked keen interest from the locals. Officials demonstrated to the people the use of various life-saving instruments and also demonstrated actual life-saving techniques at Sanguem River. Police, fire brigade and the local municipality played a vital role in the exercise of the mock rescue operation, which was attended by over 300 locals. In the end, briefing was done of the entire exercise,


PANJIM (HND): The Loyola Ex-Students Association (LESA), Margao in association with Pharmed will organise its quarterly osteoporosis detection and management camp at Loyola school premises on September 5 from 9.30 am onwards. Registrations will be done from 9 am and 11 am only. The tests will be performed free of cost. Those who have undergone tests earlier are requested to bring along their old reports. An orthopedic surgeon will be available for consultations.

Mock drill on floods management held at Sanguem HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, SEPT 2

The singing troupe of Saraswat Vidyalaya along with music teacher Rajendra Singbal and Headmaster Sanjiv Prabhu Dharwadkar. Photo by Samir Umarye

for humanity,” he said. “On the other hand, manmade disasters mostly result from human error or evil designs of anti–national and antisocial elements. Let us hope that a day will dawn when the marvels of science and technology will help minimise, if not completely prevent, the sufferings of humanity due to disasters,” Dr Sidhu added. Speaking further, Dr Sidhu said that the enactment of national legislation i.e. Disaster Management Act in 2005 was a path-breaking step which represented our country’s resolve and determination to respond in a most scientific manner to such problems. “This law has put in place a dedicated and exclusive mechanism at all levels - national, state and district – to engage in a holistic, integrated and continuous manner with the process of disaster management. This law provides for ad-

Nutrition Week underway in Home Science college

Collem Police arrested a 48year-old man from Udalse-Sancorda in connection with Matka gambling at Sancorda. Police seized Rs 510, Matka articles like books, etc, from Narayan Savalo Gawde. He was arrested under Section IPC 11 (2) (9) of PG (Public Gambling) and was later released on bail.

poWer shutdoWn SEPTEMBER 3 BENAULIM: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Trinity Super Market, Pulvado Laxmi Temple. ANJUNA: Between 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Vagator, Shapora, Zorwado, Chivar, Kumbarwado, Sterling Resort, Badem and Assagao Panchayat areas. RIBANDAR: From 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Areas affected are Kadamba Bus-Stand, Heera Petrol Pump, Hoble Garage, Merces Vaddy, Alto Ribandar, Patto, Ram Bhuwan Waddo, Chinchwada, Kadamba Road, Manxer, entire Fondovem, PWD Water Tank, Goa Management Institute, Ribandar Police Station, Ribandar Residency, Hotel Missel, Sequeira Enclave, Bal Barathi High School, Milroc, Sao Pedro/Panvel, Bal Niketan and surrounding areas of Panjim, Ribandar, Merces, Chimbel and Tiswadi. BICHOLIM: From 9.30 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Narva, Bhavkai, Sawanwada, Vaiganem, Savanar, Ardhawada, Kumarwada, Gaonkarwada, Kelbaiwada and Chimulwada in Mayem village panchayats, Gaonkarwada, Narva village panchayats, Muridiwada, Telewada Narva, Kesarkar factory and surrounding areas, Deewar, Chorao, Vashi, Kalvi island and surrounding areas. SEPTEMBER 4 BETALBATIM: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Seraulim, Betalbatim, Munghul, Pedda Benaulim, Pavasa Church. COLVALE: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Revora, Nadora, Bombay centre, Colvale and areas under Chicalim, Camurlim panchayats and surrounding areas.

COLLEM (HC): The 28th annual general body meeting of Goa Aided School’s Staff Credit Co-op Society Ltd, Sancorda-Dharbandoda, will be held at Vishweshwar Shankar Lad Higher Secondary School, Piliem-Dharbandoda, on September 4 at 3 pm. The issues that will be discussed at the meeting include confirmation of the proceedings of the annual general body meeting held on August 19, 2009, read and approve audited/unaudited annual accounts for 2009-10, declaration of dividend and to carry out the amendment to the bye-laws 52(1), 52(2) and 61(2)(b) in respect of long term emergency loan and deficit fund respectively. The retired headmasters of the Society and meritorious students of the members at SSC and HSSC of March/April 2010 exams will be felicitated on the occasion. Speaking to Herald, Society Chairman Prof Ramesh Varpekar said the Society has about 175 members from the secondary and higher secondary schools from Dharbandoda vicinity. The teachers and non-teaching staff of schools comprises Abhinav Vidyamandir (Mollem), Hirabai Talaulikar High School (Sancorda), Barabhumi High School (Tambdi Surla), Marathe High School (Dharbandoda), Gomantak Vidhalaya (PiliemDharbandoda), V S Lad Higher Secondary School (Piliem-Dharbandoda), Nuvem Middle School (Sancorda) and Sancorda Education Society’s Higher Secondary School (Sancorda). Various facilities like emergency loan, M T Loan, fixed deposit scheme, RD scheme, etc are provided to the members.

Cookery, bakery classes

PANJIM (HND): A comprehensive course on low fat bakery and cookery classes will be conducted from September 13 by Fatima Moniz in Margao. The course includes cakes with decoration, desserts (hot & cold), pies, tarts (sweet & savoury), breads, cookies, souffles, mousses and veg/non-veg dishes. The cuisine will be Portugese, Goan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Eggless cooking will also be taught. Contact Fatima on 2776035 or 9370275702.

Course on interviews PANJIM (HND): The Institute of Personality Development will organise a crash course on ‘Interviews’ from September 13, from 10 am to 11 am. The course will include personality development, communication skills, public speaking, hospitality, human relationship, leadership and mind control, writing of application and bio-data. The duration of the course is five days only. The course is conducted by Prof Agnel Crasto, Director of the Institute of Personality Development at Pinto Chambers, block A, 2nd floor, Menezes Braganza Road, opposite Dena Bank, Panjim. Interested may contact Prof Crasto on 2435838/9420818302.

Youth festival

PANJIM (HND): Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Campal will organise the prestigious State Level Youth Festival, 2010 to select talented youth to participate in the National Youth Festival 2011. The North District Youth Festival will be held at Gomantak Maratha Samaj Hall, Panjim on September 30 and October 1 and South District Youth Festival will be held at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on October 7 and 8. Winners of first three positions in each district will be selected to participate at the State level competitions to be held at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on October 12, 13 and 14. The competitions will be held in folk dance, which should have 20 participants with maximum of 15 minutes; folk song, which should have 10 participants with maximum of 7 minutes; one participant each with maximum of 10 minutes duration in classical vocal (Hindustani), sitar, tabla, harmonium (light), guitar, bharthanatyam and Kathak; Elocution (English/Hindi) should have 1 participant with 4 minutes and one-act play should have 12 participants with 45 minutes. All participants should be in the age group of 13 to 35 years i.e. participants should not be less than 13 years and not more than 35 years of age as on April 1. The festival will be held from 9.30 am to 4 pm. All the participants should report at 9.30 am at the mentioned venue. Duly filled in entry forms for individual and group competitions, as per the enclosed specimen, complete in all respects, may be submitted to the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Campal on or before September 27 by 5 pm. Entry forms can be collected from the Department or can be downloaded from the official website of Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs at






Tar balls and no-balls



esterday, I rushed to the Tourism Department at Patto when I heard about the Tar Balls invading our beaches. These beaches are one of Goa’s greatest natural assets. Like the fertile midlands and the ore-rich hinterlands. These hinterlands, rich in biodiversity, both flora and fauna sitting on the ore sustained us for thousands of years. The forests provided food, fuel, fodder, fruit, fertility, building materials and assured precipitation. This heavy, regular, predictable rainfall pattern is what kept life flowing; like it kept our rivers flowing, because of the many springs in the Western Ghats. Socio-economic stratification was based on one’s contribution to the community. The concept of ‘winner takes all’ did not exist. The minerals in the soil provided the micro-nutrients to the crops. It was the iron in the soil that made Goa’s cashew and pineapple the best in the world. The world view was encompassed by the wisdom of ancestors, while the science was empirical. Technology grew out of existing socio-cultural frameworks. Then came English ‘education’, with its unwanted baggage of a western developmental paradigm. First the aboriginal (Gakuved) people had to be given an inferiority complex by denigration. They were called lazy, primitive, illiterate, superstitious, unambitious and unproductive. They did not own the products of development, progress and modernity. The books had pictures symbolising all this. Subsequent generations were taught that they were sitting on hundreds of millions of tonnes of mineral wealth, which could make them rich, modern and glamorous. It was only the ignorance of an earlier generation that was keeping them in perpetual poverty. So they ate the forbidden fruit buried in their Garden of Eden. Now, 50 years down the road, there is perpetual pollution of air, water and land. They have discovered the principles of perpetual motion, which keeps them going from dawn to dusk to dawn. They have ruined their fields, their water sources and they breathe so much suspended particulate matter that respiratory diseases in these areas are running at 68 per cent, compared to 8 per cent for the rest of Goa. No matter whether they export 14 million tonnes per year (1996) or the expected 46 million tonnes this year, the natives (Gakuved) pay the costs. The benefits only go to the ‘Daku-vedants’. Our fertile midlands are slowly being gobbled up by the worst kinds of metallurgical scrap refining industries, from Cuncolim to Sancoale to Kundaim. Once again, it is the people’s land, water and air paying for someone else’s benefit. Even the jobs created are the type that will only be done by an insecure, migrant, indigent, itinerant population of gypsy-like displaced persons; displaced by earlier development projects in their own homelands. Now, our coastal belt is under siege. Our beaches have had it. No more golden white sands. The Candolim beach will soon become a ship-breaking facility, a la Alang. Note how the company awarded the contract for removal of the River Princess does not have the word ‘salvage’ in its name. We all know that mining in Goa is nothing but plunder. This company is about mining, not salvaging. Wait and watch how ship breaking is done. Then there are the Tar Balls invading our beaches. The Environment Minister says there is nothing to worry about; it’s a yearly phenomenon. Our PWD Minister says it’s a real windfall. He will use the Tar Balls to patch-up and resurface our potholed roads. The Sports Minister wants to invite Salman Butt, the Pakistani cricket captain. For a price, he can convert our Tar Balls into No-Balls. ‘Matka’ will be replaced by a whole-new betting system called ‘Nut Cracking’, since it is all-about NoBalls. The Tourism Department at Patto, like Pontius Pilate, has washed its hands off the entire episode. That’s what they told me when I rushed to their office at Patto yesterday.

Power struggle in Cong may sideline Rahul chance on account of being already in the government, Digvijay Singh loses no opportunity to hit him out The 63-year old Sonia Gandhi turns out to be an on the policy matters -- be it the anti-Maoist policy unchallenged queen with all nominations on or his recent controversial "saffron terrorism" remark. Thursday only for her to be the Congress President It is another matter that Digvijay Singh was the first for the fourth term, but she is still not able to to coin the term after arrest of Sadhvi Pragya Singh stem a fierce power struggle that has broken out Thakur and some other Hindu activists for the 2008 in the party. Malegaon blasts that killed six and left 101 wounded. Her worry is that the developments will dim The other day, Digvijay Singh also led a delegaprospects of her 40-year old son and Amethi MP tion to the Prime Minister to urge him to scuttle Rahul Gandhi taking the reins of a legislation Chidambaram was the Government after Dr Man- The key players engaged pushing to put under check the mohan Singh. in one-upmanship General firearms owned by citizens. The key players engaged in Among those he mobilised to one-upmanship to put self in Secretary Digvijay Singh join the delegation was BJP stalthat position are 63-year old and the lawyer-turned wart Jaswant Singh. General Secretary Digvijay Singh, Chidambaram, however, is a Home Minister P Chia 2-time chief minister of Madshrewd politician who does not hya Pradesh, and the lawyer- dambaram. Party sources believe in picking up public fight. turned Home Minister Instead, he is trying to be more Palaniappan Chidambaram who say Sonia Gandhi knows accessible to all in the ruling UPA turns 65 on September 15. machinations of these two coalition as also to all those in The party sources say Sonia the opposition parties who matGandhi knows machinations of in quietly side-lining Rahul ter. He has been so far able to these two in quietly side-lining but she is not able to do thwart all attacks of Diggi Raja Rahul but she is not able to do (as Digvijay Singh is called) bemuch, particularly when he much, particularly when he cause of the fullest support of Dr dragged feet in joining the gov- dragged feet in joining the Manmohan Singh that he enjoys. ernment and remained confined While he tried to show that he to the task of building up the government and remained is pursuing only the policies pernew young team of the party. sonally approved by the Prime Minconfined to the task of The 74-year old Finance Minister, Digvijay Singh tries to show ister Pranab Mukherjee, who building up the new young as if he crosses swords with him talked of retiring from politics team of the party. at the hints from 10 Janpath. He after the last term after election gets bolstered from the fact that last year, is also harbouring hope to be the natural many of the stands he took are adopted by the party, choice as the PM as seen from his attempts to giving an impression to those in Congress that he strike a rapport with leaders of all parties as a opens mouth only at the instance of Sonia Gandhi. trouble-shooter of the Congress. Diggi Raja also specialises in throwing names The most aggressive, however, is Digvijay Singh whenever he is caught on the wrong foot. The who knows from his close association with Rahul latest was engagement of an advertising agency Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh for over six years that he does blacklisted by Treasurer Motilal Vora for putting not have mettle to head the government or the party the party's hoardings in the poll-bound Bihar. as he has turned out to be a "bachcha" capable of When the party's leaders protested at the hoardnothing more than leading the "baba log" (young) MPs. ings sending out wrong message, Digvijay silenced Knowing well that Chidambaram has a better them by claiming Rahul cleared the slogan. HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, SEPT 2

Curfew still on in Anantnag PTI SRINAGAR, SEPT 2

Curfew continued in Anantnag town for the fourth day today while restrictions were imposed on the movement of people in the old city areas of Srinagar as a precautionary measure. "Curfew has not been lifted in Anantnag town as there are apprehensions of violent protests”, a senior police officer said. A boy was killed during firing by security forces on August 30, prompting the authorities to clamp curfew in the south Kashmir town after protests broke out. Restrictions were imposed as a precautionary measure to prevent the separatist elements from holding any demonstrations and to maintain law and order.

Sonia set for 4th term as Cong chief PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 2

Sonia Gandhi, who is set to be re-elected as Congress Chief for a record fourth term after holding the top post for 12 years, was once a reluctant politician whose crowning glory came when the Congress leading the UPA retained power last year. Sonia (63), the shy and reticent politician who entered the Indian scene as the demure Italian bride of Rajiv Gandhi in 1968, has so far been unanimously elected as Congress president barring once when Jitendra Prasada, a senior leader from Uttar Pradesh, had thrown his hat in the ring but failed miserably in the polls in 2000. She filed her nomination papers today. A three-time Lok Sabha MP from Rae Bareli, she officially took charge of the 125-year-old Congress party as its President in 1998, becoming the fifth

Wagah may have second check point PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 2

The key Wagah border may get another international check point to ease the increasing traffic between India and Pakistan. As trade between India and Pakistan was growing, the Ministry of Home Affairs has noted that there has been an increasing need to construct and open a second gate on the AttariWagah border with adequate infrastructure for transit and trade. The Ministry is planning to rope in the Ministry of External Affairs soon to take up the issue with Islamabad as consent of Pakistan was essential to work beyond the fencing and up to the Zero Line and to construct the connecting route from the site of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari to the other side of the international border.

member of the Nehru-Gandhi family and the eighth foreignborn person to become the party chief. She received enough flak when Congress fared badly in the 1999 general elections. Often attacked for her foreign origin, Sonia has travelled far since she tentatively entered the country's political maelstrom in the 1990s after the assassination of her husband and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. The daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi, she won a general election victory for teh party in May

2004 but then took a pass on the prime minister's job, giving it to Manmohan Singh. With one deft stroke in 2004, Gandhi turned herself from outsider to future Prime Minister to the paragon of sacrifice. By refusing the Prime Ministership, she took the wind out of the sails of BJP's single-point agenda; should a foreigner become the country's prime minister. Though critics used the move to call into question her power, Sonia is still widely revered, especially among the country's millions of poor. She solidly stood behind the prime minister with her unwavering support and worked in tandem. The campaign for the 15th Lok Sabha elections last year saw the naturally shy Sonia take on leaders of rival BJP with aplomb blunting their venomous attacks on the party and Manmohan Singh.

Western Ghat sites to be on world heritage list HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, SEPT 2

Inscription of the Western Ghat sites on the World Natural Heritage list is on the cards. The World Heritage Committee that met in Brazil in July-August has agreed to examine the Environment and Forest Ministry's nomination dossier for inscription of 39 serial sites in the Western Ghats. The ministry sources said a team of UNESCO and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) will be visiting the Western Ghats to evaluate

Mobile towers come under environment ministry scan HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, SEPT 2

The Environment and Forests Ministry has set up a 10-member expert group to study impact of mobile phone towers on population of birds and bees and give its report within six months on mitigatory measures. The study was felt necessary in the light of a sensational claim by Zoology expert Dr Sainuddin Pakattazhy of Kerala University that further increase in towers and mobile phones will wipe out honey bees in 10 years. Dr Pakattazhy, who is a member of the group, had made the claim last year on the basis of a study of a sudden drop in the bee pop-

Priests demand more cash for Ram Lalla puja UNI AYODHYA, SEPT 2

As the vexed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict on the title suit approaches, another trouble is brewing in make-shift temple in Ayodhya where 'purohits' have started demanding more money to carry out puja of Ram Lalla. The chief priest of the makeshift temple on the Ram Janmabhoomi complex, Satyendra Das has written a letter to the Commissioner, Faizabad to increase the maintenance amount for the temple and to hike the priests' salaries. ''It is no longer possible to carry out 'puja' with Rs 43,600 per month. Prices of every thing - from desi ghee to flowers, have gone up. The Commissioner should increase the money at the earliest,'' Das here said.

ulation in Kerala, The group, headed by Bombay Natural History Society Director Dr Asad Rahmani, has b e e n a s ke d t o f o r m u l a t e guidelines for regulating the large-scale installation of mobile towers not only in urban and rural areas but even in forests. Concerned over the rampant growth of the mobile towers all over the country, the ministry has asked the group to review all studies done so far in India and abroad on aspects of ill-effects of mobile towers on animal, birds and insects and identify gaps for conducting further detailed research.


genre, is so far silent on the festivities around! Meanwhile, courage, patience, concentration and teamwork of the 'Govindas' in the city was on display as Mumbaikars woke up to the sounds of youngsters going around the city in processions, vying for prized 'dahi handis'. With prizes as high as Rs 31 lakh at some

Representatives of the Telecom Ministry, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, WWF-India, Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore, Centre for Environment and Vocational Studies, Punjab University, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore are members of the group. The Deputy Inspector-General of Forests (Wildlife) is its membersecretary. Dr Pakattazhy had attributed a sudden fall in the bee population in Kerala to the installation of towers across the state by the mobile phone companies to increase their network.

CBI to probe sitting U'khand HC Judge UNI NEW DELHI, SEPT 2

Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia, in bid to improve the image of judiciary and also to send signals loud and clear that nobody is above law, have permitted the CBI to interrogate the sitting High Court Judge of Uttarakhand, Justice Nirmal Yadav, for her alleged links in cash at judges door scam of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Justice Yadav, was shifted to Uttarakhand High Court, when the former Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, reportedly expressed the view that no further investigation was needed in the case. In 2008, Sanjay Bansal a former additional advocate general, whose clerk by mistake took Rs 15 lakh in cash, which was to

Bollywood joins ‘dahi handi’ festivities Bollywood made the 'dahi handi' celebrations popular by depicting it on the silver screen. So, when the entire city is abuzz with 'Govindas' vying for prized dahi handis, prominent film personalities have tweeted their wishes on the occasion. Superstar Amitabh Bachchan said, "Happy Janmashtami! Reminded of my song 'mach gaya shor...' from ‘Khuddar’...hathi ghoda palki, jai kanhaiya lal ki !! Love peace happiness to all…" Actor Riteish Deshmukh, tweeted: "Govinda Aala re aala, zara matki sambhal brijbala'. Drums playing all over…love festivities." Shahid Kapoor was a bit mild, saying: "Happy Janmashtami to all." Actress Dia Mirza said: "Dahi handi can cause quite a stir in Mumbai! It proves, to reach out to your hearts' desires you need to combine love, trust n balance!" Shammi Kapoor, whose 'Govinda Ala Re' number by Rafi in 'Bluff Master' (1963) was a trend setter for Bollywood songs of this

Children dressed as Lord Krishna look on during festivities to mark Janmashtami at a school in Mumbai.

places, the youngsters, including some allwomen troupes, wounded their way to the 'handis' in Mumbai and adjoining Thane, vying for the prizes. The objective is to break a clay pot filled with butter or curd, tied to a rope as high as around 40 feet. Youngsters form a pyramid to reach the handi and attempt to break it even as their efforts are attempted to be thwarted by water splashed on them by those gathered. Lord Krishna was born on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in Shravan month. The day was celebrated as Janmashtami yesterday. Today it is Gopal Kala, which literally means to eat different foods mixed together – as Krishna is believed to have done with his cowherd friends. Last year, the swine flu scare subdued the 'dahi handi' celebrations in Mumbai. This year, the festival comes in the backdrop of rising malaria cases in the financial capital. Of the over 600 'Govinda mandals' in the city, the most popular are at Dadar and Worli, in central Mumbai. The event is expected to continue throughout the day and late into the night.

be given Justice Yadav, to the residence of another High Court Judge, Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, who called the police and lodged the complaint. The FIR was registered by Chandigarh Police next day on August 14, 2008. The investigation was handed over to the CBI, who found evidences against Justice Yadav. Later, three Judge panel also held her guilty of misconduct on December 12, 2008. In January 2009, the CBI asked for sanction to prosecute her but the Union Government denied the same and on December 23, last year the CBI filed a closure report in a Chandigarh Court and Justice Yadav was shifted to Uttarakhand High Court in February this year.

Prez to grace Kitturotsava HERALD CORRESP9ONDENT BELGAUM, SEPT 2

President Pratibha Patil will be invited to the three-day Kitturotsava, to be held in memory of the Rani Chennamma’s war against the British, at Kittur from October 23. According to District Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the district administration will hold the event in a grand fashion this time and an award of Rs 1 lakh in cash will be given to a ‘woman achiever’ during the festival. “A Kittur Jyoti Yatra (torch procession) will be taken from Bailhongal, birthplace of Chennamma, to Bangalore as part of the festival,” he said adding that the torch would begin on October 1. “To make Kitturotsava a national-level event, the government has decided to invite artistes of national and international repute from various parts of the county to the utsav,” he said.

the sites to be nominated on the World Heritage list. A 13-member Western Ghat Natural Heritage Management Committee, headed by Additional Director General of Forests (Wildlife), has been set up to deal with matters relating to the inscription. The committee, which will be assisting the visiting team for assessment, will also guide effective conservation, protection and management of natural heritage of the Western Ghats and oversee protection and integrity of the serial sites included in

the nomination dossier, a ministry notification said. Members of the committee are chief wildlife wardens of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Inspector-General of Forest (Wildlife), Director, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, representatives of Nature Conser vation Foundation, Mysore and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore. The Deputy Inspector-General of Forests (Wildlife) is member-secretary of the committee.





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Pakistan boosts US blacklists Pak Taliban Gillard inches closer to security after forming govt in Australia Lahore bombs PtI WASHINGTON, SEPT 2


Pakistan tightened security in the eastern city of Lahore today after three bomb attacks killed 33 people and wounded 171 and pressured the USbacked government already overwhelmed by floods. The blasts which hit a Shi'ite procession yesterday bore all the hallmarks of pro-Taliban insurgents, who have carried out sectarian violence designed to destabilise the government. ''Security has been tightened in the city to prevent any such incident. We had called the (paramilitary) rangers after the blasts last night, and they are on high alert and can be called again any time if needed,'' Sajjad Bhutta, Lahore's top administration official, told Reuters. The government may face

renewed militant violence as it tries to manage the country's worst floods, and dull expected long-term economic pain caused by them, security analysts say. The floods struck just as the army said it had made progress in the war against the al Qaeda-linked Sunni Taliban. Reflecting the growing reach of the Pakistani Taliban, US prosecutors overnight charged its leader Hakimullah Mehsud in the plot that killed seven CIA employees at an American base in Afghanistan last December. The United States also added the Pakistani Taliban to its list of foreign terrorist organisations and set rewards of up to 5 million dollar for information leading to the capture of two of its leaders, Mehsud and Wali-ur-Rehman.

Branding Pakistani Taliban as a "force multiplier" for al-Qaeda, the US has targeted the group by charging its leader Hakimullah Mehsud for planning the suicide attack on the CIA base in Afghanistan and placed the outfit on its global terrorism blacklist. Mehsud was today charged for being involved in the murder of seven Americans at a CIA base in Afghanistan last December, the deadliest attack on the agency since 1983. The United States also offered rewards of up to USD 5 million each for information leading to the location of Mehsud and another top TTP commander Wali Ur Rehman, who was once a foe of Mehsud and now is his deputy Emir. The group he heads was officially designated a "Foreign Terrorist Organisation" by the State Department, paving the way for additional State and Treasury Department sanctions. For months last year, Mehsud now 31 was believed killed in a drone strike. However he made a dramatic re-appearance in a video footage on April 11 to threaten attacks on the US. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a note published in the federal register that Pakistani Taliban threatened US national security. Under his leadership, the al-

Qaeda linked TTP has carried out some of the most audacious bombing campaign to be labelled as Pakistan's biggest terrorist group. "The TTP is very much part of the most dangerous terrorist threat the United States faces. The TTP and al-Qaeda have a symbiotic relationship. TTP draws ideological guidance from al-Qaeda, while al-Qaeda relies on the TTP for safe haven in the Pashtun areas along the AfghanPakistani border," said Ambassador-at-Large for Counter terrorism, Daniel Benjamin. The two-count criminal complaint, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on August 20 and unsealed today, charged Mehsud with conspiracy to murder US citizens abroad and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) against US citizens abroad. "Today's charges underscore our continuing commitment to seek justice for Americans who are murdered or victimised by overseas terrorist attacks," David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security said. Department of Justice made these announcements as the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, designated Pakistani Taliban a foreign terrorist organisation and its leaders Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali-Ur-Rehman as a foreign terrorist.

If convicted of the charges unsealed today, Hakimullah Mehsud faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Mehsud, a resident of the Federally Administered Tribal Area in Pakistan, the primary purpose of TTP is to force withdrawal of Pakistani troops from the Pakistan's tribal region. FATA is located along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. It aims to establish Sharia—or Islamic law—in the tribal territories. The affidavit alleges that the TTP has had alleged roles in, or claimed responsibility for, a number of acts of violence, including the December 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the September 2009 suicide attack on the Bannu, Pakistan police station, and numerous attacks on NATO supply lines throughout the FATA. These attacks are often coordinated with other insurgents or terrorist groups, including the Taliban and al Qaeda. On December 30, 2009, the affidavit alleges, Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, also known as Abu Dujanah al-Khorasani (al-Balawi), a Jordanian physician, entered a US military base near the town of Khost, Afghanistan, for a preplanned meeting.


Australia's first woman Prime Minister Julia Gillard today moved a step closer to a return to power after one of the independent MPs extended his support to her Labour party for forming a minority government following a cliffhanger general election on August 21. Andrew Wilkie, an independent lawmaker from Tasmania, has decided to support 48-year-old Gillard's party, taking its tally to 74 against opposition leader Tony Abbott's Liberal-led Coalition's 73 in the 150-member House of Representatives. A party needs 76 seats to form a government and the four independent MPs, including Wilkie, are holding the balance of power. Wilkie said he decided to back Labour after Gillard agreed to several requests, including 340 million dollars for the Royal Hobart Hospital and restrictions on poker machines, ABC reported. He said he turned down the offer from Abbott, 52, to join his group. "The ALP best meets my criteria that the government must be stable, competent and ethical," he was quoted as saying.

UK foreign secretary’s 100 Indian fishermen aide quits over released from Pak jail gay rumours PtI ISLAMABAD, SEPT 2


Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague has denied rumours he was gay and said one of his male aides had quit over untrue speculation they had been involved in a relationship. Suggestions about Hague's sexuality surfaced in recent days after newspapers published pictures of the foreign secretary with his aide Christopher Myers and reported the men had shared a hotel room during campaigning for May's election. In a statement issued yesterday night, Hague rejected accusations that Myers, 25, had not been qualified to hold the post of special adviser and that there had been other illicit reasons for his appointment. ''He is easily qualified for the job he holds. Any suggestion that his appointment was due to an improper relationship between us is utterly false, as is any suggestion that I have ever been involved in a relationship with any man,'' said Hague, 49. ''This speculation seems to stem from the fact that whilst campaigning before the election we occasionally shared twin hotel rooms. Neither of us would have done so if we had thought that it in any way meant or implied something else.'' As foreign secretary, Hague is one of the most senior figures in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, the first since World War Two, which was formed after the election.

Being gay would not in itself be a major political issue but any suggestion of impropriety such as securing an appointment for a lover or friend would be. Media reports said Prime Minister David Cameron had given Hague his full support although the Guardian newspaper reported that Downing Street had agreed he needed to issue the detailed statement to kill off the potentially damaging rumours. In May treasury minister David Laws quit after it was revealed that he had claimed tens of thousands of pounds in parliamentary expenses for rent he passed on to his longterm male partner. Laws said his motive had not been profit but to keep the relationship private. Last week prisons minister Crispin Blunt announced he was gay and was separating from his wife. He remains in the government. Hague, a former Conservative Party leader who married in 1997, revealed his wife Ffion had suffered a number of miscarriages as he sought to quash the rumours that his marriage was in difficulty. ''We are aware that the stress of infertility can often strain a marriage, but in our case, thankfully, it has only brought us closer together,'' he said. ''It has been an immensely traumatic and painful experience but our marriage is strong and we will face whatever the future brings together. We wish everyone to know that we are very happily married.''

A group of 100 Indian fishermen was released from a jail in the southern port city of Karachi today as part of a move by Pakistani authorities to free 442 fishermen who have completed their prison terms. The fishermen were released from Malir Jail this morning and set off for Lahore to be repatriated to India, prison officials said. The fishermen are scheduled to cross over to India at the Wagah land border tomorrow. Pakistani authorities freed the first batch of 100 fishermen on August 30. The third and fourth batches will be released on September 4 and 6. All the fishermen were arrested for violating Pakistan's maritime boundary. A majority of them were held in prison for periods of up to three years even after completing prison terms ranging from six months

to a year. Most of them hail from the coastal state of Gujarat. The government ordered the release of 442 fishermen who had completed their prison terms after the NGOs Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research and Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum filed a case in the Supreme Court. Former law minister Syed Iqbal Haider represented the petitioners in the Supreme Court. At the last hearing of the case on August 26, the apex court asked the federal Interior Ministry to explain why 456 Indian fishermen were being held in jails in Sindh province even after they had completed their prison terms. Pakistani NGOs and rights activists like Ansar Burney have asked the Indian government to reciprocate the release of the prisoners by freeing over 100 Pakistani fishermen currently being held in Indian jails.

Diabetes drug may keep lung cancer at bay ReuteRs CHICAGO, SEPT 2

The common diabetes drug metformin may hold promise as a way to keep smokers from developing lung cancer, US researchers said. They said yesterday metformin prevented lung tumor growth in mice exposed to a cancer-causing agent found in tobacco smoke, and because it is already widely used in people, it may be worth further study. Metformin has been shown to switch on an enzyme that

blocks mTOR -- a protein that helps tobacco-induced lung tumors grow. A team led by Dr. Philip Dennis of the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, studied metformin in mice exposed to a potent, cancer-causing agent in tobacco called nicotine-derived nitrosamine ketone or NNK. They treated the mice with metformin either orally or with an injection. Mice that got the drug orally had 40 to 50 percent fewer tumors, while those injected with the drug had 72 percent fewer tumors. The findings were so strong the team now wants to test it in smokers to see if it can keep then from developing tumors. ''Although smoking cessation is the most important step for current smokers, over half of lung cancer cases are diagnosed in former smokers, raising the importance of identifying those at highest risk and identifying effective preventive treatments,'' Dennis, whose findings were published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, said in a statement. Other studies have shown that metformin can cut diabetics' risk of pancreatic and breast cancers, and the latest finding now suggests it may defend the body against smokinginduced lung tumors. ''This important laboratory study, together with prior laboratory and epidemiology research, suggests that metformin may be useful in cancer prevention and treatment,'' said Dr. Michael Pollak of McGill University in Montreal, who wrote a review on metformin research in the same journal.

In the new government, Wilkie said, regional and rural hospitals should be considered as priorities in the applications for funding. Apart from the 340 million dollars for Hobart hospital, Gillard has promised to open up a funding round of 1.8 billion dollars for other hospitals. A Labour government would also force the states to implement "smart cards" on poker machines to restrict gambling if they do not agree to do it voluntarily. "This is a fabulous commitment of the Prime Minister and will go a long way to reducing problem gambling in Australia," Wilkie was quoted as saying. However, he also warned that his decision to back Labour only extends to issues of supply and no-confidence motions. "I've made it quite clear to the Prime Minister that she shouldn't necessarily count on my support when it comes to any particular initiative or pieces of legislation," he said. Welcoming Wilkie's decision to support her attempt to form a government, Gillard thanked him "for bearing in mind at all stages the national interest." Wilkie's decision came at a time when other three independent MPs were locked in talks to decide which party to

support in a minority government. Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Bob Katter were in back-to-back meetings in Canberra with Labour and Coalition leaders and also had lunch with mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest, who is strenuously opposed to Labour's mining tax, ABC said. "I've been quite open about more than likely pulling something together over the weekend," Oakeshott said. "I think we're all looking to hopefully at the latest be home by Monday or Tuesday...." Oakeshott wants a document on parliamentary reform to be finalised by tomorrow before he makes a final decision. The independents also released Treasury analysis that showed a 7 billion-dollar to 11 billion-dollar shortfall in the Coalition's election policy costings. The fate of both Labour and Coalition depends on the final decision of the three rural independents. If the independents go as a bloc they will ensure one side or the other is able to form government. But it is still possible the three MPs could split and leave Australia in limbo, 'The Australian' reported.

China denies troops presence in Gilgit-Baltistan area PtI BEIJING, SEPT 2

China has rejected reports of the presence of upto 11,000 of its troops in the Gilgit area of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, saying that such "groundless" reports were being put out with "ulterior motives" to hurt Beijing's ties with New Delhi and Islamabad. "We believe the attempts of some people to fabricate stories to provoke China-Pakistan or China-India relations are doomed to fail," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu in a brief statement late last night, which was circulated by the state run Xinhua news agency. The comment came in response to a report in the New York Times on August 28 that China had deployed more than 10,000 troops in the GilgitBaltistan region of Pakistan. The text of the statement was not available on the Foreign Ministry website. China is issuing stapled visas to those travelling to the country from the Jammu and Kashmir region, on the ground that it was "disputed" and had declined to give visa to Indian Army's Northern Command chief, Lt. Gen. B S Jaswal to join a military delegation for a high-level visit. The visa denial to the Gen-

eral prompted India to put off all military exchanges with China in protest until the issue gets resolved. The denial of Chinese troops presence came from Pakistan Ambassador to China, Masood Khan yesterday, who while refuting reports said that 'a humanitarian team' from China is present in the Gilgit area to assist the flood victims. "The story is not true and totally fabricated," he told Chinese state run Global Times daily.

Manila crackdown on corrupt bureaucrats ReuteRs MANILA, SEPT 2

The Philippines filed corruption cases today against five Bureau of Customs employees for helping a rice importer evade duties, the first time the new government has filled such charges against state workers. President Benigno Aquino's two-month-old government has been filing one case a week against tax evaders and smugglers as part of its pledge to cut the budget deficit by cracking down on graft.

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which is a good sign,” Dalvi said. To add-up, Earthworm, a creative green-initiative, in collaboration with Ecoexist, a Pune based group has brought Ganesh idols made of mud and natural colours, which will be kept open for sale from September 4. “This is for the first time in Goa that we are stocking such idols, which are made of clay and painted with turmeric, ‘geroo’, and ‘multani mitti’,” says Nirmal Kulkarni of Earthworm. However, owing to rising costs of raw material, both clay and PoP idols will be costlier this year.

Mock drill

inquiring, “Where is ATS? Where is ATS?” The department admitted though there was a belated response, no police officials preferred giving an official reaction. Neither did the CoP officials reply to any queries. “The mock-drill was hosted by CoP…they will be in a position to throw light on the entire episode,” said an officer. The dummy terrorist was traced on the CoP jetty in the 90-minutes drill.

It’s power play

Naik, Raul D’Costa and Anacleto D’Souza. To counter the ‘Three Brothers Club’ event, the ‘City Boys’, supporters of D’Souza on Thursday morning decided to host the Dahi Handi competition, where D’Souza was the chief guest. Both the events were organized within 50 mts distance from each other and that too right in the heart of Vasco city, near Sai Baba Temple and near the MMC market. Interestingly, two Dahi Handi events in the heart of Vasco city also become an occasion to project candidates supported by both legislators in the ensuing council election, as aspiring candidates were seen seated on the dais in both the events.

Ore exports continue

television cameras near Hagari, bordering Andhra Pradesh, to curb ore exports have proved ineffective, official sources said. However, Nijamuddin said the number of trucks approaching the border has come down to 50-70 per day following the installation of CCTVs. In the last two days, around 250 trucks were spotted at a railway point along the inter-State border loading ore on to wagons bound for Andhra Pradesh.


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EPFO trustees to decide interest rate on Sept 15 PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 2

Retirement fund manager EPFO's trustee would decide on September 15 the rate of interest on deposits for its over 4.71 crore subscribers for 2010-11 fiscal. "The trustees' meeting on September 10 has been rescheduled to September 15. The rate of return for its subscribers is listed on the agenda of the meet," a source said. Earlier the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) apex decision making body Central Board of Trustees' (CBT) was scheduled to meet on September 10 to decide rate of return which is most likely to be 8.5 per cent as it would leave a surplus of about Rs 15.26 crore with it. It is for the second time that the meeting of the trustee has been rescheduled as earlier it was slated for September 4. For the sixth year in a row, EPFO subscribers are likely to get 8.5 per cent interest on their deposits in the current fiscal. The organisation has been giving 8.5 per cent rate of return to the subscribers since 2005-06. In April, the EPFO trustees

had deferred a decision on rate of return for its subscribers for current fiscal. Some trustees had reservations against fixing interest rate on the basis of income and interest payout projections for current fiscal by EPFO official. They had demanded a comparative analysis of what was projected and the actual interest payout and liabilities in the past years. The analysis indicated that in the past three financial years, the actual deficit remained higher than the projected. EPFO invests in central and state government securities as well as in public sector undertakings and financial institutions. In 2009-10, EPFO projected that there would a surplus of Rs 6.4 crore on maintaining 8.5 per cent interest rate. But it turned out to be a deficit of Rs 291.08 crore. Similarly, for 2008-09, a deficit of Rs 139.25 crore was estimated for maintaining interest rate at 8.5 per cent which amounted to Rs 157.62 crore. In 2007-08, for providing at return of 8.5 per cent, the estimated shortfall was Rs

263.78 which again went up to Rs 499.45 after interest payouts. The employees' representatives demanded at the last meeting that the rate of return on provident fund deposits be raised to 9.5-10.5 per cent from 8.5 per cent. The EPFO's key advisory body, the Finance and Investment Committee (FIC), had recommended 8.5 per cent interest rate for 2010-11 at a meeting held on February 26 this year. The FIC recommendations are usually accepted by the CBT. The committee had said that maintaining 8.5 per cent interest rate would leave a surplus of Rs 15.26 crore. The EPFO has estimated an income of Rs 15,036 crore in 2010-11. FIC had also indicated that increasing the rate to 8.75 per cent for the next fiscal would result in a huge deficit of Rs 426.53 crore and 9 per cent return would result in a deficit of over Rs 868 crore. The retirement fund manager had maintained an interest rate of 9.5 per cent for three consecutive financial years between 2002 and 2005.


Telecom Commission, the decision making arm of Telecom Ministry, will soon decide whether to allow new operators to surrender 2G spectrum and avail of refund of the money they paid in January 2008. An official in the Telecom Ministry said the govt is considering an exit option for the new telecom players who are struggling to roll out services. The move comes in the wake of some of the new entrants including Swan Telecom approaching DoT for surrendering their licences and spectrum, which they had bagged two years ago, for a refund of entry fee the company had paid, at the rate of Rs 1,651 crore for pan-India operations. As many as nine players including Swan, Uninor, Videocon owned Datacom and Loop Telecom, had bagged spectrum in 2008 and several operators are yet to start their services. The Commission may consider several possibilities including allowing new companies to merge with larger operators, shortening the three year lock-in period during which the promoter of a new company is barred from selling out.

Faster growth in embedded chips: Intel


As directed by the insurance regulator, IRDA, the Life Insurance Corporation of India today launched a new unit linked pension plan, pension plus for persons in the age group 18 to 75 years. The new product is called LIC's Pension Plus The plan offers market linked returns and carries a guarantee on the minimum rate of return, LIC senior division manager A K Madhankar informed. It is a unit linked deferred pension plan, which provides the customer a minimum guarantee on the gross premiums paid. The plan is without any life cover during the deferment term of the policy. The customer has a choice of investing the premiums in one of the two types of investment funds available. Premiums paid after deduction of allocation charge will purchase units of the fund type chosen. Within a given policy year, two free switches are allowed free of charge. Premiums can

Apollo plans 11 hospitals REUTERS MUMBAI, SEPT 2

Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd plans to invest 18 billion rupees to set up 11 hospitals in the country over the next two years, a top official said on Thursday. "Right now, our main focus would be India, where 90 percent of our capital would be

Sensex ends 32 pts up PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 2

The BSE benchmark Sensex closed with a minor gain of over 32 points today as investors refrained from buying riskier assets ahead of the release of key economic data by the US. Gaining strength from an overnight rally on Wall Street and supported by firm Asian bourses, the markets started the day on a strong note, but were unable to maintain the gains as investors booked profit after every rise, brokers said. The 30-share barometer of the Bombay Stock Exchange ended higher by 32.44 points, or 0.18 per cent, at 18,238.31. During the session, the index jumped about 150 points to hit a high of 18,355.84.

utilised," Preetha Reddy, managing director, told reporters on the sidelines of a conference. India's largest hospital chain operator has no immediate plans to partner the Mayalsian government fund Khazanah, which owns more than 12 percent of Apollo, in South-East Asia operations, she said. Aban Offshor, 785, 795, 781.05, 788.15 Abb Ltd., 785, 785, 778.05, 780.85 Abg Shipyard, 236.25, 239.5, 234.5, 235.6 Acc Limited, 887, 902, 882.4, 895.55 Adani Enterp, 678, 684, 650.75, 656.3 Aditya Birla, 818.85, 819.4, 808.15, 813.05 Allahabad Ba, 214, 218.2, 211.15, 217.35 Alstom Proje, 711.1, 717, 706.3, 708.45 Ambuja Cemen, 126, 126.35, 123.25, 125.5 Andhra Bank, 156.5, 158.95, 154.15, 156.2 Ashok Leylan, 75.1, 75.7, 74.1, 74.45 Asian Paints, 2769, 2815, 2746, 2797.5 Axis Bank Li, 1359.1, 1395.8, 1359.1, 1388.05 Bajaj Hindus, 117.75, 123.25, 116.6, 121.4 Bank Of Baro, 821, 838.4, 813.15, 832.5 Bank Of Indi, 454, 459.5, 450.75, 457.95 Beml Limited, 1018, 1065, 1010.5, 1061.1 Bharat Elect, 1704, 1740, 1685.25, 1724.65 Bharat Forge, 362.1, 362.1, 355.25, 359 Bharat Petro, 782, 788.9, 775.1, 779 Bharti Airte, 339.9, 341.1, 333.1, 334.1 Bhel, 2426.6, 2444, 2391, 2397.7 Bhushan Stee, 1840, 1885, 1830, 1860.65

In July, Khazanah had won a battle against Fortis Healthcare, Apollo's rival, to gain control of Singapore-based hospital operator Parkway. "Right now, we are only a knowledge-partner with them (Khazanah), but if a good opportunity comes up, we would definitely look into it," she added.

Biocon Limit, 345, 349.5, 342.55, 343.45 Bombay Dyein, 605, 626, 600.35, 606.2 Bosch Limite, 6025, 6048, 5945, 5978.65 Brigade Ente, 138.2, 140.7, 137, 137.55 Cairn India, 343, 344, 334.55, 335.75 Canara Bank, 563, 563, 521.55, 524.1 Central Bank, 183.95, 190.45, 183.05, 184.8 Century Text, 499.65, 501.4, 490.2, 491.7 Cesc Ltd, 385, 389.2, 383, 386.95 Chambal Fert, 69, 70.65, 68.75, 70.2 Chennai Petr, 242, 246.55, 239.05, 244.25 Cipla Ltd, 306, 307.75, 303.6, 305.35 Colgate Palm, 829, 841.65, 825, 828.6 Container Co, 1350, 1350, 1295.05, 1301.15 Crompton Gre, 302, 305, 299.7, 301.35 Cummins Indi, 740, 741, 727.1, 732.5 Dabur India, 213, 215.45, 211.6, 213.3 Deccan Chron, 129, 129.5, 127.25, 128.15 Dish Tv Indi, 54.3, 54.9, 53.7, 54.15 Divi’s Labor, 750, 754.5, 742.1, 745.05 Dlf Limited, 310, 315.15, 308.5, 311.85 Dr. reddy’s, 1373, 1390, 1365.55, 1377.35 Edelweiss Ca, 50.2, 50.9, 49.8, 50.1

be paid at yearly, half-yearly or quarterly or monthly (through ECS mode only) intervals over the term of the policy, alternatively single premiums can be paid. The minimum regular premium that can be through modes other the ECS mode is Rs 15000 per annum while the maximum allowed for regular premium is Rs 1,00,000. For the ECS mode of payment, the minimum premium is Rs 1,500 per month. The minimum single premium that can be paid is Rs 30,000 while there is no limit on the upper side. Top up facility is available under this plan which enables the customer to pay additional premiums in multiples of Rs 1000 without any limit at anytime, during the term of the policy. Meanwhile, The LIC, established on September 1, 1956, completed 54 yrs in service. To mark the occasion, an Insurance Week has been organized to create awareness amongst the masses about the role of the corporation in nation

building and the services it is offering to its customers. The corporation has become India's No l in the financial sector with an asset base of Rs l 1,52,057 cr. LIC’s investment upto March 31, 2010 is over 9 lakh cr and LIC's investment in the State of Goa is Rs 577.53 crore. The number of in force policies is around 28 cr. The number of claims paid by LIC were 2.11 cr with amount of Rs 53,955 cr during the financial year 2009-10. Thus LIC is settling 3.5 claims per second. LIC's market share has grown from 64% to 71% as on July 31, 2010. As far as Goa Division is concerned, its 11 Branches and 2 Satellite Offices are serving over 11 lakh policies. The Division has so far procured 35,747 policies and Rs 106.42 cr premium during the current financial year showing growth of 130% in total premium. To extend services to the customers at their doorstep, LIC has opened a Satellite Office at Calangute during the current financial year and a Satellite Office at Sanquelim is

Polish PM to woo Indian business during state visit AGENCY WARSAW, SEPT 2


Intel, the world's biggest maker of semiconductors, expects demand for embedded microchips to accelerate as the company expands beyond its core business of computer chips, an executive told Reuters. Intel, which last week issued a sales warning on weakerthan-expected demand for PCs, has made two major acquisitions in the past two weeks as it eyes a future in which chips are increasingly needed to connect other devices. Doug Davis, head of Intel's Embedded and Communications Group, said in an interview he expected the market for embedded chips to grow 25 percent a year over the next four or five years, up from 18 percent annual growth in 200208. "Many factory machines are still not connected. That will change," he said. He predicted that shipments of Intel's Atom chips, used in small computers such as laptops, netbooks and tablets, would eventually grow by 30-40 percent a year. Intel has said the market for chips embedded in objects ranging from cars to medical equipment to electricity grids represents a $15 billion opportunity, and one that the company was increasingly focused on as the PC market matures.

LIC launches pension plan

DoT may give exit route to new operators

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will woo Indian business during his three-day state visit to India that starts Sep 6 as the country 'is a role model not only for Poland but for the European Union', a former ambassador said. This will be the first official visit of a non-Communist Polish prime minister to India. Tusk will first go Sep 6 to Bangalore where he will deliver a speech to the Indian business leaders and he will proceed the same evening to New Delhi. Krzystof Mrozwewicz, who was Polish ambassador to India from 1997 to 2001, said: 'We are proud of our friendship with India. India has taught us many things in political as well as economic sphere. In a sense India is a role model not only for Poland but for the European Union. The unity in diversity is a clear example of India which the EU is learning fast.' The purpose of the business meetingis to encourage Indian investment in Poland. Ever since Poland joined the EU in April 2004, the nation has received considerable attention from the Indian business community. Trade between the two countries has jumped to more than a billion dollars in 2009 from a paltry $200 million in 2004. The democratic set-up and free economy make Poland a desired business destination. Many Indian companies including Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Zensar have set up their Euro-

Educomp Solu, 552.1, 557.6, 547.05, 549.8 Eih Limited, 144.9, 155.4, 144.9, 149.6 Engineers In, 331.4, 344.35, 329, 335.2 Essar Oil Lt, 125, 126, 124.55, 125.05 Essar Shippi, 98.1, 101.45, 98.1, 101.05 Exide Indust, 148.65, 157.8, 148.5, 156.75 Federal Bank, 346, 348.8, 342.4, 346.85 Financial Te, 1350, 1367.9, 1347.1, 1350.9 Gail (india), 473.9, 473.9, 457.8, 459.7 Gammon India, 209.15, 213, 207.3, 209.35 Glaxosmithkl, 1875, 1935.95, 1875, 1906.7 Glenmark Pha, 290.95, 292, 286.1, 289.8 Gmr Infrastr, 57.2, 58, 57, 57.65 Godrej Indus, 203.75, 208.75, 201.55, 207.4 Grasim Indus, 2050, 2099, 2050, 2089.25 Great Offsho, 385, 387.95, 382, 383.15 Gtl Infra.Lt, 45.85, 46, 45.2, 45.3 Gujarat Mine, 122, 122.8, 120.85, 121.95 Gujarat N R, 57, 61.65, 57, 60.95 Gujarat Stat, 117.9, 118.75, 117, 117.8 Gvk Pow. & I, 46.8, 47.85, 46.5, 46.95 Hcl Technolo, 394, 405.4, 386.5, 403.9 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2159.8, 2194.95, 2159.8,

2187.45 Hdfc Ltd, 628, 635, 622.15, 632.55 Hero Honda M, 1775, 1777.8, 1690, 1695.7 Hindalco in, 175.25, 176.55, 172.55, 173.65 Hindustan Co, 60.4, 61, 59.1, 59.6 Hindustan Ma, 79.5, 81.8, 77.05, 77.65 Hindustan Pe, 538.05, 539.9, 527.05, 529.7 Hindustan Un, 267.85, 272.2, 266.3, 269.9 Hindustan Zi, 1120, 1120, 1075, 1083.5 Housing Dev, 262.1, 263, 258.5, 259.95 Icici Bank L, 1003.2, 1008.3, 995.5, 1003.9 Idea Cellula, 71.3, 72.5, 71.1, 71.6 Ifci Ltd, 60, 60.85, 59.9, 60.45 India Cement, 108, 108.5, 105.6, 106.6 India Infoli, 95, 96.2, 94.25, 95 Indiabulls F, 142.5, 143, 139.75, 140.75 Indiabulls R, 176.5, 179.1, 175.2, 176.2 Indian Bank, 251, 257, 250.45, 252.35 Indian Hotel, 105.5, 106, 104.2, 104.6 Indian Oil C, 430, 434.85, 423, 424.3 Indian Overs, 126.6, 135, 126.35, 134.25 Indus Dev Ba, 125, 130.7, 124.75, 128.75 Indusind Ban, 230.1, 231.5, 225.25, 226.65

pean headquarters in Polish territory. Laxmi Mittal owns 70 percent of steel production in Poland under the Arcor-Mittal group of companies. Cheap Polish technical manpower and the good connectivity of Poland to other European cities are the major factors for Indian exporters. J J Singh, president of the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: 'The business climate is very conducive for Indians to flourish in Poland. Indians are well regarded in Poland. Their hard work and their culture background have appealed to the Poles tremendously.' Bollywood films have carved a niche in Polish psyche and Shah Rukh Khan is an idol for youth, he said. 'Indian food has become very popular throughout Poland. There are 32 Indian restaurants in the Polish capital. Indian samosas, kababs and biryani are well-known dishes for the Poles who now have a taste for Indian spices,' said Singh who helped establish a Sikh gurudwara in Warsaw, the only gurudwara in the whole of Eastern Europe, including Russia. No Indian prime minister has visited Poland since July 1979 when Morarji Desai had come on a state visit. However, Indian presidents have been on a state visit to Poland periodically. In May 2009, President Pratibha Patil had come on a state visit to Poland. Boguslaw Zakrzwski, a former ambassador and an Indophile, said: 'It is high time that there should be a direct air Infosys Tech, 2799, 2814, 2745.9, 2753 Infra. dev., 182, 183, 179.35, 181.15 Ispat Indust, 18.9, 20.15, 18.9, 20 Itc Ltd, 163.8, 165.85, 163.15, 165.45 Ivrcl Infras, 159.9, 160.9, 155.4, 155.7 Jai Corp Lim, 266, 269.2, 261.75, 263.15 Jaiprakash A, 110, 114.9, 110, 114.65 Jet Airways, 728.65, 737.7, 708.2, 712.45 Jindal Saw L, 207.95, 208.9, 206, 207.05 Jindal Steel, 701, 706.35, 691.85, 698.6 Jsw Steel Li, 1185, 1198.5, 1176, 1178.8 Kotak Mahind, 845.65, 845.65, 810.6, 815.85 Lakshmi Mach, 2199, 2210, 2150, 2182.2 Lanco Infrat, 68, 69.5, 67.9, 68.9 Larsen & Tou, 1844, 1857, 1830.1, 1841.35 Lic Housing, 1213.9, 1223.7, 1200, 1203.45 Lupin Limite, 350.1, 372.8, 350.1, 360.35 Mahanagar Te, 63.1, 64.15, 63.1, 63.65 Mahindra & M, 633.7, 634.7, 624.1, 626.25 Maruti Suzuk, 1276, 1291.95, 1273.5, 1276.7 Max India Lt, 156.4, 158, 151.75, 152.9

connection from Delhi to Warsaw...There is a sizeable Indian community in Poland and then there are 16,000 Poles who go to India for business or pleasure trips annually. If there is a direct connection the tourists from both the countries will be highly benefited.'

likely to be opened by the end of September'10. Customer Zone, a new concept, has been started at Panjim and is offering services 8 – 8 to the walk-in customers as well as through the telecommunication mode. 33 such Customer Zones are operational in India and 23 new ones will be operational shortly. As a result of scanning of our policy records, it has become possible to offer almost all types of services to the customers in any of the Branches in Goa State. For the convenience of the customers, LIC has authorized 40 prominent agents and 9 high flyer Development Officers to collect premium officially and issue official receipts to the policyholders. These services are available almost 24 x 7 so as to enable the customers to pay the premium at their convenience. As part of its corporate social responsibility, the Pension & Group Schemes Unit of LIC has insured 49,944 lives under the Social Security Scheme. LIC's Golden Jubilee Foundation is also donating to schools and hospitals run by social charitable institutions.

BOARD MEETINGS Jindal Photo Raj Oil Allied Digit Apar Inds Chartered Cap Mobile Telecom Zigma Software Noida Medicare Source:

MF FUNDA EDELwEISS MUTUAL FUND has approved September 6, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of Edelweiss Quarterly Interval Fund - Series I - Retail and Institutional plan. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be entire available distributable surplus as on the record date. L&T MUTUAL FUND (MF) has filed offer document with SEBI to launch L&T MIP Advantage Fund, an open ended income scheme. Units will be available at Rs 10 during the NFO. Options: Dividend and Growth. Dividend option will further have Monthly Dividend (Payout & Re-investment) and Quarterly Dividend (Payout & Re-investment). Exit load: 1% if redeemed 1 year; Nil - if redeemed > 1 year. Minimum application amount: For Monthly Dividend Option & Quarterly Dividend Option: A minimum of Rs.10,000 per application and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter. For Growth Option: A minimum of Rs.5,000 per application and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter. Minimum target amount: Rs 10 million. Benchmark: CRISIL MIP Blended Index Fund manager: Bekxy Kuriakose (for Debt portion) and Anant Deep Katare (for Equity portion) IDFC MUTUAL FUND has announced the change in name of IDFC Enterprise Equity Fund, with effect from September 3, 2010. Accordingly the scheme shall be renamed to IDFC Equity Fund. BHARTI AXA INVESTMENT MANAGERS has decided to do away with exit load for three of its funds, effective September 1, the company said in a press release. Three of its regular equity growth schemes - Bharti AXA Equity Fund, Bharti AXA Focused Infrastructure Fund and Bharti AXA Tax Advantage Fund - will charge no exit load to the investors, the statement said. The press release also said that given the current volatility in the market, the removal of the exit load would enable investors to exit anytime they wish. This would provide an incentive to the small investors to start investing in SIPs, the press release further added.

Maytas Infr., 212.5, 215, 207.2, 208.35 Moser-baer (, 64.5, 65.2, 63.3, 63.55 Mrpl, 76.6, 77.35, 76.3, 76.55 Nagarjuna Co, 158.8, 159.2, 156.55, 158.45 Nagarjuna Fe, 30.2, 30.8, 29.9, 30.45 National Alu, 407.75, 407.75, 400.15, 402.55 Neyveli Lign, 159.35, 163, 159.15, 161.1 Ntpc Ltd, 198.5, 198.5, 195.1, 195.6 Oil And Natu, 1345, 1358.8, 1320, 1321.4 Omaxe Limite, 129.8, 133.45, 129, 130.3 Oriental Ban, 436, 441.65, 432.1, 439 Pantaloon Re, 471.95, 471.95, 460.25, 463.7 Parsvnath De, 141.7, 141.8, 138.6, 141.1 Petronet Lng, 112.45, 113, 110.75, 111.85 Power Fin Co, 352.65, 352.65, 345, 346.85 Power Grid C, 109.1, 109.1, 107.05, 107.6 Praj Industr, 76.2, 77.2, 75.3, 76.7 Punj Lloyd L, 108.9, 110, 106.85, 108.85 Punjab Natio, 1210, 1222, 1200, 1212.5 Rajesh Expor, 90.4, 95.05, 90.4, 92 Ranbaxy Labs, 502, 511, 500.5, 504 Rashtriya Ch, 82.7, 83.1, 81.2, 82 Rel. nat. re, 38.3, 39, 38.2, 38.45

Reliance Cap, 770.8, 778.2, 765.5, 774.75 Reliance Com, 165, 166.7, 161.1, 162.8 Reliance Ene, 1076.9, 1080, 1067.06, 1074.8 Reliance Ind, 875, 889, 850.65, 853.85 Reliance Ind, 945, 946.65, 936, 937.45 Reliance Pow, 155.1, 157.25, 155.1, 156.3 Rolta India, 168.25, 169.9, 164, 166.6 Satyam Compu, 80.45, 84.35, 79.6, 82.75 Sesa Goa Ltd, 327, 330.5, 321.7, 323.15 Shipping Cor, 163.8, 166.4, 163.25, 164.5 Siemens Ltd, 698, 704.4, 696.25, 698.8 Sintex Indus, 365.4, 369.75, 356.15, 361.95 Sobha Develo, 348.5, 352.15, 344.9, 345.25 State Bank O, 2789.95, 2804.8, 2751, 2759.1 Steel Author, 189.3, 192.6, 189.3, 191.7 Sterlite Ind, 155.9, 162, 155.9, 160.65 Sun Pharmace, 1752, 1764.7, 1725.05, 1733.25 Sun Tv Netwo, 479, 492.9, 479, 491.25 Suzlon Energ, 46.3, 53.1, 46.2, 51.3 Tata Communi, 352, 354.4, 343.35, 346.9 Tata Consult, 867.5, 867.5, 841.5, 844.1

Tata Motors, 1021, 1031.95, 1014, 1016.95 Tata Power C, 1245, 1267.3, 1232.65, 1260.75 Tata Steel L, 542, 547, 540.1, 544.05 Tata Teleser, 23.05, 23.3, 22.75, 22.8 Tech Mahindr, 659, 689.35, 647, 676.7 The Ge Shpg., 306, 310, 304.5, 308.7 The Phoenix, 244.8, 250, 241.85, 248.8 Thermax Ltd, 764.2, 770.95, 762, 765.2 Titan Indust, 2976, 3044.7, 2951.25, 3000.35 Torrent Powe, 336, 343, 333.05, 336 Triveni Engg, 99, 104.85, 98.4, 102.35 Tv18 India L, 93.5, 93.6, 90.6, 91.1 Uco Bank, 114.95, 119.95, 114.05, 118.05 Ultratech Ce, 919, 933, 912.65, 928.25 Union Bank O, 339.65, 346, 337.05, 344.9 Unitech Ltd, 81, 81.25, 78.2, 78.7 United Phosp, 188.6, 188.6, 185.65, 186.55 Videocon Ind, 263.25, 263.55, 258.85, 260.05 Vijaya Bank, 80.6, 83.7, 80.6, 83.15 Voltas Ltd, 205, 211.65, 203.5, 209.05 Wipro Ltd, 407, 407.85, 401.2, 403.45 Yes Bank Lim, 323.8, 323.8, 316, 318 Zee Entertai, 290.5, 290.8, 284.65, 285.2


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Chances of US recession 25-30%: Greenspan PTI MUMBAI, SEPT 2

The chances of the US economy slipping into another recession are close to 25-30 per cent, a noted American economist said. "I see a third to fourth of a chance of a double dip (in the US economy)," noted American economist and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States, Alan Greenspan, said while addressing an audience through videoconferencing during an award function here yesterday. The chances that the US slips into another recession are 25-30 per cent, Greenspan said. According to him, to reduce the double dip probability, recovery in asset base should be created through rising asset

Rasna eyes Europe, West Africa PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 2

RIL raises stake in EIH REUTERS MUMBAI, SEPT 2

Reliance Industries, controlled by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, has bought an additional 0.68 percent in EIH Ltd, raising its holding to 14.8% in the hotel chain. EIH said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange the shares were bought from the market on Tuesday. Reliance, India's top-listed conglomerate that is diversifying into new businesses, said on Monday it had bought 14.12 percent of EIH for $217.5 million.

IRB Infra in pact with Indian Hotels REUTERS MUMBAI, SEPT 2

IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd said on Thursday its unit has entered into a pact with Indian Hotels Co Ltd to construct and operate a Gateway Hotel for the latter at Kolhapur in Maharashtra.


Samsung to challenge iPad REUTERS SEOL, SEPT 2

Samsung Electronics' first tablet computer will go on sale in two weeks, it said on Thursday, joining the hunt to challenge Apple's iPad. Global handset vendors and PC makers including Nokia, LG Electronics and HewlettPackard Co are moving into the new category of devices, between traditional PCs and smartphones, taking a cue from Apple. Dell Inc said last month it was launching its new tablet device called the Dell Streak to US customers. "We see huge potential for this kind of product," YH Lee, head of marketing at Samsung Mobile said. The new Galaxy Tab, with a 7-inch screen, will go on sale in European markets in mid-September. The device, which uses Google's Android software, offers access to books, films and music. "Samsung is betting big on the tablet category with this device," said Ben Wood, re-

Mortein launches new range of coils, aerosols MUMBAI (PTI) -- Mortein, a leading pest control brand of Reckitt Benckiser, launched the all new Mortein PowerGard range of coils, liquid vaporisers and aerosols. The products are made from Reckitt Benckiser''s best- global formulations that work against all kind of pests found at home, a press release issued here said. Mortein aerosols offer an all-insect killer that has the power of two cans in one and, therefore, the consumer does not have to buy two separate aerosol cans for mosquitoes and cockroaches. All new Mortein PowerGard Coils, liquid vaporisers and aerosols are now available in premium packaging. The Mortein PowerGard Coils is priced at Rs 20, liquid vaporisers at Rs 49 for 45 nights and the combi-pack at Rs 54 and the Mortein PowerGard aerosols will be available at Rs 55 for a 150 ml can, it said.

Equifax credit information service in India MUMBAI (PTI) -- Equifax Inc, a global leader in information solutions, today said that it has begun providing its in-depth credit information solutions across India, using member-contributed data from the country’s largest banks and financial institutions. Equifax Credit Information Services (ECIS) brings Equifax’s global experience to the growing Indian economy through its joint venture with six leading Indian financial institutions. These are Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Kotak Mahindra Prime Limited, Religare Finvest Limited, Sundaram Finance Limited and Union Bank of India. Equifax applied to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for a Certificate of Registration to establish the new credit information company under The Credit Information Companies (Regulation) Act, 2005, and was approved for a license in March of this year. "The emergence of India as a major influence in global commerce, and India’s own internal growth, require world-class customer insights and risk-management systems," Equifax Chairman and CEO, Richard F Smith, said in a statement here. "Our joint venture combines Equifax technology and international experience with a very large and growing database, managed and delivered entirely within India, to give our customers unmatched data and insights, in the most efficient and effective manner," he added. ECIS has implemented the most stringent standards in the industry for the verification of the information within its database, ensuring its high quality, the statement said. ECIS is one of only a select few companies granted a license to operate a credit information company in India. "Our in-country staffing, local hosting, volume and depth of files we already have, allows us to understand the Indian business community and its needs better than any other service provider," ECIS Managing Director & CEO, Samir Bhatia, said. "Lenders have told us they want new ways to be able to manage their portfolios," Bhatia said, adding "we will be providing a comprehensive suite of credit risk, customer retention/cross-sell and collection products based on the highest calibre data in the industry." Equifax's database includes information on more than 572-million consumers and more than 81-million businesses globally.

search director at CCS Insight, adding the success of Galaxy Tab -- which is clearly smaller than iPad with its 9.7-inch screen -- will depend on pricing. "If positioned carefully the Galaxy Tab could emerge as an operator-friendly alternative to Apple's iPad as it could be subsidised to extremely low price points in the run-up to the lucrative holiday sales season," he said. Samsung declined to give the price of Galaxy Tab, saying it will depend on operator packages in different countries. YH Lee said most European operators selling Samsung phones were set to also sell the Tab to their clients, and several operators would sell it in the United States. Last week research firm iSuppli forecast the iPad will likely account for nearly threequarters of worldwide tablet shipments this year, and hold at least 70 percent of the market in 2011 and 62 percent by 2012.

FMCG firm Rasna is planning to enter Europe and West Africa as part of an overseas expansion plan and expects contribution of export revenues to total turnover to double to about 40 per cent this fiscal, a senior company official said. The firm, which is eyeing about Rs 400 crore turnover this year, currently exports to 35 countries, including Middle East, USA, East and South Africa accounting for 20 per cent of it total sales. "We plan to set up our presence in markets of Europe and West Africa very soon as they offer strong potential for further export growth," Rasna VP International Operations Girish Jaggi told PTI. Rasna currently exports to 35 countries, including the Middle East, US, East and South Africa and currently contribute about 20 per cent of Rasna''s total revenues of about Rs 325 crore. "However, this year we are strengthening our focus on exports and hope to double the contribution to 40 per cent of revenues," Jaggi added. The company expects to close the current fiscal at a total turnover of Rs 400 crore. Primarily known as a beverages maker, Rasna also manufactures fruit jams, fruit cordial, tea, pickles, chutneys, precooked ready to eat curries and snacks, which are primarily exported.

prices. The US Central Bank has done an excellent job to tackle the finance crisis, he said. "You have to sovereign credit for private credit in the wake of the crisis," Greenspan said. While expressing concern over the long-term impact of Govt deficits, Greenspan said that this had been a crisis of unprecedented proportions, but he did not see another round of stimulus in the US. "We have had enough stimulus in the US for the moment. It is not a good idea to expand deficit levels in the US. Longerterm consequences of expanding deficits are 'extraordinarily negative.' We need to allow the markets to absorb stimulus and calm down," Greenspan said.

MF industry Aug assets rise 3.3% PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 2

Snapping the two-month decline, the average assets under management of mutual fund houses rose by 3.30 per cent in August, as eased liquidity situation prompted corporates to park more money with MFs. The industry''s average assets under management (AUM) rose by Rs 21,992 crore, or 3.30 per cent, in August compared to that in the last month. The combined average AUM of 39 fund houses stood at Rs 6,87,559.54 crore at the end of August. The country''s largest fund house Reliance MF saw an addition of Rs 2,332 crore, or 2.28 per cent, to its average assets at Rs 1.04 lakh crore, data by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) showed. Over the month, fund houses continued to buy debt instruments while they sold equities. Also, banks parked money into the MF schemes, which increased the assets managed by them, industry experts said. The assets of the second largest fund house, HDFC MF, increased to Rs 90,179 crore, a rise of Rs 5,550 or over six per cent over the last month. "Liquidity situation is easing and a lot of corporate money is flowing into the system. There has been huge inflow in Liquid Funds and Fixed Maturity Plans (FMP)," Kotak MF

BRICs: victims of success with global investors REUTERS SHANGHAI, SEPT 2

Shares of companies from the world's biggest developing economies are increasingly featuring in global fund portfolios, a possible reason why BRIC markets are underperforming in 2010 compared to emerging market peers. With many conglomerates from Brazil, Russia, India and China no longer limited just to emerging equity portfolios, stocks from the so-called BRIC group are starting to move in lock-step with developed market indices. The BRICs are also more highly leveraged to the global economy, with Brazil and Russia two of the world's biggest commodity exporters. Those factors, many believe, help to explain why the MSCI BRIC index is down 4 percent this year, similar to developed markets' 5 percent losses. Emerging stocks on the other hand are up half a percent. "The BRIC countries have a group of large-caps which compare in size quite favourably with developed market firms...if you are a global investor you need these BRIC large-caps in your portfolio," says Martial Godet, head of emerging markets at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, which manages 60 billion euros in emerging markets. "So when there is a downside correction globally, it reflects on the BRICs." Godet names Chinese CNOOC, Brazil's Petrobras and Banco do Brasil, India's Reliance, and Russia's VTB and Gazprom as the kind of large cap BRIC stocks global investors tend to buy. Thomson Reuters data shows BRIC beta to developed stocks -- the measure of volatility relative to the broader market -- at 1.1, having declined

steadily from 2.0 in 2006. That indicates they will likely move in line with developed markets. As the largest, most liquid emerging markets, BRIC stocks benefited first in the 2009 rally, with 90 percent-plus gains, notes Robert Ruttman, equities strategist at Credit Suisse. But they also suffered the biggest redemptions this year as the euro zone crisis and growing fears of a double-dip recession force investors to pare equity allocations in favour of bonds. "BRICs' size clearly matters for asset allocation especially in terms of institutional portfolio positioning," Ruttman said. "We will not see a sustained rally in BRIC stocks before the end of the current bull market in bonds." Obviously local factors are also an issue tending to depress BRIC shares -- Brazil's October elections for instance and capital-raising plans by bellwether stock Petrobras. Chinese shares are down 20 percent as Beijing tries to slow the economy and housing market. All this has forced investors to seek value in smaller, less correlated, more domesticallyfocused markets such as Thailand or Turkey which are up 15-20 percent in 2010. PARADIGM SHIFT This may dismay those who believe the BRICs, with a fifth of the world's gross domestic product, 40% of its population and huge infrastructure projects, are safe investment bets. Long-term, no one doubts the validity of the BRICs' economic story. But the evolution of their markets into global rather than purely emerging assets is a reflection of the paradigm shift investment patterns have undergone in recent years. For years, investors have bought shares in auto or apparel manufacturers listed in say, Germany, but with expo-

The major problem right now is an extraordinary amount of risk aversion, he said. According to Greenspan, the idea that economies can decouple is an illusion as emerging economies are closely connected with the developed world. "Emerging economies cannot hope to decouple from the developed world. The recovery of consumer demand in the US will be a critical part of sustaining growth in emerging economies," he said. While referring about stock markets, he said that the influence of stock markets on eco nomic activity is underestimated. "Stockmarkets should be seen as a leading indicator to the economy. The rebound in stock markets and other asset

sure to emerging markets. The next logical step for larger institutional players would be to buy shares in emerging companies themselves. As these companies have grown they have increasingly taken to listing shares overseas, via American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), making them more accessible to smaller investors. Frances Hudson, global schematic strategist at UK investor Standard Life, says her company holds ADRs of the big Brazilian companies, besides investing locally in China and India. "A listing in a developed market gives an extra level of reassurance," she said. "These BRIC companies are following the example the big South African companies set earlier. They are global companies for whom domicile is just a convention." The downside of course is that these big BRIC firms, especially those listed overseas, tend to be commodity, energy or tech firms that are heavily leveraged to global growth. Almost 40 percent of MSCI's BRIC index comprises cyclical, growth-sensitive energy and materials. For the Brazilian and Russian indices the ratio is 50 and 60% respectively, versus under 30% for the broader emerging equity index. No wonder India, where commodities are just a quarter of the market, is outperforming this year -- up 5 percent. Karol Chrystowski, a fund manager at Renaissance Capital in London says he prefers to get exposure to Russia via locally-focused firms such as grocery chain Magnit. "If you buy Gazprom, you are buying into the Chinese story. Chrystowski says. "If you hold Lukoil you are making a bet on US oil demand. It's not a play on Russia at all."

Head (fixed income & product) Lakshmi Iyer said. At the end of August, the asset base of ICICI Prudential MF stood at Rs 68,768.63 crore and UTI MF at Rs 64,173 crore. While, UTI MF''s AUM increased by Rs 1,965 crore or 3.16%, ICICI Pru MF managed to add only Rs 53 crore. The industry has been witnessing a decline in their asset base for two months -- June and July -on account of withdrawal by corporates and banks. However, MFs stayed away from equities during August even as stock market barometer Sensex gained 0.6 per cent. Over August, MFs invested over Rs 22,000 crore in debt instruments, while they pulled out Rs 3,169.60 crore from equities. Industry is witnessing huge redemption in equity schemes. Also fund houses are launching products with fixed income guarantee to attract customers to maintain their asset base, said an executive at a top fund house. Over the month, the assets of Axis MF increased by Rs 1,018 crore and that of L&T MF by Rs 413 crore. At the end of August, the AUM of Axis MF stood at Rs 4,055 crore and that of L&T MF was at Rs 3,798.89 crore. Of the 39 fund houses, the assets of as many as 10 funds witnessed a decline during the month. The funds which saw a decline are HSBC MF, Fortis MF, LIC MF and IDFC MF.

markets could help revive sentiments. Stock prices will be a lead indicator for a turn in any economy," he said. Indian economy is looking like one of the

strongest economies from a structural viewpoint, he said, adding "India is doing better than anybody in part because it is largely selfcontained."

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BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES he thunderous steps, the trumpet call and the gigantic body, are all the signs of an elephant in the vicinity. The huge creature, almost always, holds people enrapt in awe at the very sight. Elephants have been an integral part of our Indian history, they have fought wars for the emperors, used as beasts of burden and also revered by the Hindu community, and now, the government has decided to declare it as a National Heritage animal. Some parts of India use elephants as tourist attractors, in resorts and zoos. In religious destinations, the temples keep elephants, where the pilgrims and visitors are given blessings by these gentle giants. Elephants are going to be on par with tigers now, on the recommendation of the Elephant Task Force, to set up a National Elephant Conservation Authority on the same lines of that for the tigers, the national animal of the country. With India being home to 60 percent of elephants in Asia, there are around 35,000 elephants in the country. Although with a number like that, the gigantic mammal may not be as endangered as the other animals, they have in recent times come in major conflicts with human populations. Although elephants are a common sight in the rest of India, Goa doesn’t serve as a home to these ‘pachyderms’ as they are scientifically classified along with similar animals like the rhi-

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noceros, and hippopotamus. Elephants have been introduced to Goa in recent times as a tourist attraction, with offerings of elephant rides and other such activities. Apart from these elephants in captivity, elephants in the wild are a rare sight in Goa. “Elephants are not resident animals of Goa, but some stray away from their normal migration paths from the Dandeli national park in Karnataka,” says environmentalist Nirmal Kulkarni. Goa has had a bout of such incidents in the recent past, when the wild elephants from Karnataka entered Goa and caused a huge alarm to the villages in the northern part of Goa, encompassing the destruction of crops and also death. “The elephant and human conflicts come to fore when these wild elephants raid crops in fields and the people try to drive them away from their lands,” says Nirmal. Man tries to drive these elephants away from their fields and farms not realising that the elephants have lost almost all their habitats to the human activities like deforestation and mining. “The biggest threat to these huge animals is the loss of habitat, elephants are the biggest mammals and they need a lot of area and food, which is lost due to various factors,” says Nirmal. Ecologically these gentle creatures check on the growth of the grasses they feed on, in turn helping in increasing the tree cover. The elephant task force that has come with the suggestions also apart from the National Elephant Conservation Authority recommendations to protect the jumbos, including the securing of the elephant migration corridors and reserves as ‘ecologically sensitive areas’ to protect these animals from poachers and encroachment; increase in the numbers of elephant reserves in the country; curb the man-animal conflicts, set up management task forces in the regions of conflict; and to protect the elephants in captivity–zoos and temples.

BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES ndian arts and crafts are abundant, intricate and varied. A personification of its creativity can be witnessed during the many Indian festivals. Keeping in mind the grandeur of the Indian festivals and celebrations, the arts and crafts produced from it always seek to match with it. This has produced a tradition of arts and crafts associated with festivities, all of which are locally made and reflect the spirit of a community. All through the year, festivities in Goa welcome creative hands and minds. Come Ganesh Chaturthi, Goa’s largest Hindu festival and out comes the paint, the gum, the paper and of course, a whole lot of imagination for dekhawa and matoli com-


petitions. Originally a creative extension, nonetheless a tradition of the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, the process of matoli and dekhawa making has flourished in the state. Enjoyed by the young, the old and more importantly the creative, the factor of competition has thrown a new light upon these creations. Dekhawa and matoli competitions are usually announced together, much prior to the festive week of Ganesh Chathurti. Saunsthas that are a part of almost every village, either independent or connected to the temple, organise these competi-

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restler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson, formerly Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and before that just ‘The Rock’ (soon to be known as ‘Johnson’, then just ‘J’, then Wayne ‘The J' Donson), is going to be visiting an island where more than his name is evolved: The Mysterious Island! That’s right! Dwayne Johnson is strapping on a backpack to replace Brendan Fraser in a 3D sequel to the 2008 remake ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’. Brad Peyton is on board to direct ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’, in which Josh Hutcherson will reprise his role as burgeoning explorer Sean Anderson. Fraser is not returning after hitting an impasse over start dates. That forced New Line to find a new star. Its deal with Johnson is expected to close this week. Johnson will play the boyfriend of Hutcherson's mom, whom Hutcherson is forced to bring on a trip to a mythical and monstrous island to find his missing grandfather. The script is loosely based on Jules Verne's ‘The Mysterious Island’. Three other characters will be introduced in the movie and cast during the next few weeks. Production is eyeing a late October start in North Carolina and Hawaii. Like the first film, which beat the 3D craze by more than a year and made more than $250 million worldwide in 2008, the sequel will be shot and released in 3D. Johnson is shooting ‘The Fast and the Furious 5’ and next stars in ‘Faster’, an action film that opens over Thanksgiving.

With Ganesh Chaturthi around the corner, the competitions of dekhawa and matoli have been announced. Involving plenty of enthusiasm and talent from the soil, it is a joy in its own. Herald takes a closer look at these traditions

tions. Sarvajanik (community) Ganesh celebrations are gradually growing in number and they too announce for entries to such competitions. Word of mouth is the easiest to spread the word for these competitions and the attractive prizes and having the creative output of a joint effort on display sees registration. Some Saunstha’s even take their competition announcement to the press and they do affirm that the interest is growing. The dekhawa and matoli competitions are announced for this year’s festival, with the themes centring around Hindu mythology. Though dekhawas maintain the traditional themes of creating mythological characters, themes with social messages and concepts from popular culture in India are a part of it. Teams from villages participate in these competitions. Getting people together, deciding upon the intricacies of the dekhawa and the matoli, its presentation, its overall look fosters a bond in the c o m m u n i t y. T h e e n t i re process of being among one’s fellowmen and collectively working to create beauty that is in connection with religion, spirituality and festivity is what describes these competitions in a nutshell. Affirming the above are members who participate in such competitions. “It calls us all together and adds the anticipation to the grand festival of Ganesh Chaturthi,” is the general feeling. Besides the verdict of the judges and the winners of these competitions, it is everything else about these competitions that keep it going, bringing the community back to it, year after year.

Star Trivia and Music Fundas What music can do to one’s life! BY CLARON MAZARELLO part from a pioneering launch of the audio CD of a Konkani film at Radio Mirchi this morning, an observation is that music listeners could be classified roughly into two types: Ones that listen to lyrics and others who are more tuned into tunes or musical sounds rather than the lyrics. In most recent times, trance and house music and its sub-genres, possibly more for the latter type of listeners, have gained more popularity among youngsters. “There seems to be a lot of different type of house music. At this gig I went for in the UK for instance, the DJ was playing something called, ‘Handbag House’. And it was apparently called this because it was the kind of house music that the girls would like listening to,” reveals Aneesh Gera with as much astonishment on his face as could be on the face of one reading this. As time goes by, we will nonetheless be defining many more genres of music for our own convenience. The progressive style however, can be defined as a bit-by-bit addition of musical elements like a beat, note or sound that allows a gradual build-up to a track with an otherwise monotonous beat. This Sunday, we will have John 00 Fleming, one of the world’s most popular trance music producers and DJ (having found the right spot between commercial and the underground), playing at Riviera de Goa, Arpora alongside Goan DJ Aneesh Sood and Ajit Pai. Far from these technicalities of modern music is this genre, loved by many in Goa, called Country with its stars being Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and the unforgettable Elvis Presley who was called ‘The King’. While the ‘King of Pop’ – the late Michael Jackson eventually married ‘The King’s’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), till today apparently is the highest earning dead celebrity. And get this – in 1977, there were 170 Elvis impersonators. By 2002, there were 85,000. And at that growth rate, by 2019, a third of the world’s population will be Elvis impersonators. So much popularity and fame – is it worth it? Well, incidentally, Elvis’ 1960 single ‘It's Now or Never’ was heard in jail by a prisoner who was so affected by it, he vowed to pursue a career in the music industry. This man who went on to become an American record producer and singer-songwriter known for his rich baritone, ended up being a five time Grammy Award winner. This man was Barry (Eugene) White who had been jailed for four months for stealing tyres. It is true – music can change things in one’s life!


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? ‘Classical Music Festival’, organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture and the Pandit Firoz Shah Dastur Memorial Foundation, Thane will be held on September 4 and 5 at the Goa State Museum, Patto, Panjim.. The inaugural function of the programme will be held on September 4 at 5pm at the same venue. Call 2438103, 2438006 or 2437306. ‘Pravah’, a 2-day IRCEN Festival of Dances, organised by India International Rural Cultural Centre, New Delhi and the Kala Academy will be held on September 4 and 5 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. The inauguration of the festival will be held on September 4 at 6.30pm at the same venue. Call 2420452. The All Goa Toroloco Tequila Cocktail Competition is on for bartenders, both experienced and amateurs. Call 2262922, 2253377 or 2407030-71. A Junior Oratory Contest for the late Avertano Furtado Rolling Trophy, organised by the Lions Club of Loutolim will be held on September 4 at the Margao Municipal Hall, Margao. Call 9552002878, 9860606994 or 9923029197. ‘Panaji Ganeshotsav’, organised by JCI St Inez and Shree Mahalaxmi Saunsthan Committee and Bhartiya Saunskruthik Mandal will be held from September 11 to 19 at the Shree Mahalaxmi Temple, Panjim. All Goa Major Ranking Table Tennis Tournament, organised by the JCI St Inez and the Panjim Table Tennis Club, will be held from September 16 to 19 at the SAG Indoor Stadium, Campal, Panjim. Call 93264129171. ‘The Goan Voice of Reason’ by Juino Souza will be released on September 3 at 5:30pm at the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim. Call 2417772 or 2411971.


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BY CRISTINA ESTEVES ongs have always been one of the effective means of conveying different messages on different issues pertaining to the society and those blessed with a melodious voice or the gift of composing songs have either used the stage as their platform to showcase their talents or done it successfully by way of releasing a VCD or a DVD. Fr Ubaldo Fernandes recently released his first Konkani VCD entitled ‘Hanv Tuzo Mog Kortam’ (I Love You). The phrase has been chosen from the book of Isaiah 43/4. As a priest, he definitely must have brought about change in many a life through his preaching but he went a step forward and decided to reach out to many more of his brothers and sisters by focusing on themes related to passages from the Holy Bible and bringing to light meaningful songs with convincing messages. The VCD has 8 songs with verses taken from the Old and the New Testament of the Bible. At the beginning of each song, the producer speaks in brief about the thought taken from the Bible and message it carries along with the song. Fr Ubaldo Fernandes renders his melodious voice to the first song ‘Argam Tuka Somia’ wherein he praises God for the beautiful creation and advises the listener to do the same with him. The second song ‘Dev Tuzo Watchman’ is taken from the verse in the book of Ezekiel 3/17 wherein Angelica Fernandes advises people in distress to look up to God. She says that He is there as a watchman and will guide


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BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES he Sanjay Centre for Special Education, Research and Training, Porvorim organised their quarterly art and craft exhibition on September 2, 2010 on the occasion of Janmashtami. Gathered on the school playground, the students watched in excitement and anticipation as some of the students formed the pyramid while a young student dressed as little Krishna climbed up to break the ‘Dahi Handi’. The Principal, A Viegas was encouraging the students to join in the celebration. The institute caters to the hearing impaired, mentally challenged, learning disabled, autistic, orthopaedically and visually impaired and focuses on both academic as well as extra curricular activities. The exhibition was categorised into four categories: Shradha Section, Suraksha Section which is a vocational unit, Shruti Section which comprises students who are hearing impaired and Sanjeevani comprises students who are mentally challenged. Their exhibit consisted of bags, photo frames, clay items, cloth bags, crafts, gift wrapping papers and much more. Beautifully created with neat detailing, just looking at the creations reflects the efforts and patience put in by the immensely talented students. A number of fun activities were also held on that day, like the creative art of cap making. Adult mentally challenged and adolescent children prepared rachis while the learning disabled worked on projects like glass painting, making greeting cards, models of different types of houses, lampshades and rugs.


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HERALD FEATURES he Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, through the NCST wing in association with the State Science and Technology Council is hosting the 18th Children Science Congress on September 3 at the Goa Science Centre, Miramar. Around 100 schools will be participating in this event. The theme for the Congress is ‘Land Resources: Know Your Land’ whilst the sub themes are ‘Functions Of Land’, ‘Land Quality’, ‘Anthropogenic Activity On Land’, ‘Sustainable Use Of Land Resources’ and ‘Know Your Land’. The resources mentors for the Congress are Dr F M Nadaf, senoir faculty, Shree MARC, College of Arts and Commerce, Canacona; Margaret Dias, lecturer, SFX, HSSC, Mapusa; Miguel Braganza, ex-agriculture officer, who shall be providing expertise in the relevant fields and would offer comprehensive scientific know how and modus operandi for executing various projects.

“When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.” – Bernard Bailey

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Wendell Rodricks’ Creation to star in Blenders Pride Eye Candy collection to unveil in Mumbai Janmashtami and Creative Arts at Sanjay Centre on September T 3rd at Taj Lands End

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Science Congress to create Scientific Temper in Children




A health check-up camp, organised by Lions Club of Cortalim and Vidhyanagar Residents Welfare Association will be held on September 5 from 9am to 5pm at Airway Public School, Vidhyanagar Residents Welfare Association, Zuari. Call 9921346559 or 9881104640. A state-level seminar and workshop, organised by the V M Salgaoncar College of Law and the Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune will be held on September 4 from 10am in Panjim. Registration closes on Septemebr 2. Call 2462225. An inter-school drawing and photography competition will be organised by Big Foot , Loutolim. The competition is in two categories; for Std V-VII the theme is Ganesh for prosperity and for VIII-X the theme is Ganesh festival celebrates unity and love. Registration closes on September 22. The winners will be announced at the Bal Mela at Big Foot in the month of November. Call 2777034. Ghan Barse Re’, an exhibition of paintings by Shridhar Kamat, a tribute to BB Borkar through the visual media will be on display from September 4 to September 8 at Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. A Science Film Festival, organised by Goa Science Centre, Miramar is being held till September 5 from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pm at the Goa Science Centre, Miramar. Call 2463426. A presentation of Seema Kohli’s art work and films will be held on September 3 at 6.30pm at Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Her work will be on display at Sunaparanta’s main gallery from 11am to 7pm and the films will be screened at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm each day. Call 2421311.

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08:00 Star Trek 10:45 Bloodsport 12:45 I Am Legend 14:45 Escape from Alcatraz 17:00 So I Married an Axe Murderer 19:30 A Night at the Roxbury 21:00 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 23:15 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

08:00 Shool 11:00 Biwi Ho To Aisi 15:00 The Hero 20:00 Sabse Bada Khiladi

Scorpion 14:30 Hollywood Ending 16:45 Side Out 18:55 Live Free or Die 21:00 Balibo 23:30 Hollywood One on One

09:30 Yakeen 12:30 One Man Army 16:00 Tathastu 20:00 No Entry

08:30 Yaarana 12:00 Sooryavansham 16:00 Dushmani: The Target 20:00 Agneepath

08:10 2 Days in the Valley 10:15 Money Train 12:25 The Curse of the Jade

12:00 Chaalbaaz 16:00 Gupt: The Hidden Truth 20:00 Om Shanti Om

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10:30 How I Met Your Mother 11:00 MasterChef Australia 14:00 Criminal Minds 15:00 Ugly Betty 16:00 The Simpsons 16:30 Friends 17:00 Criminal Minds 18:00 Glee 19:00 Rendezvous with Simi Garewal 19:30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Moment of Truth 22:00 Glee

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you for any kind of assistance sought. Fr Ubaldo makes his appearance once again in the third song ‘Jezu Bori Mhaka’ wherein he reveals that with Christ he is also another priest chosen by Him to spread his word and works. According to the gospel of John 15/16, Fr Ubaldo says that despite being a sinner, God has chosen him and through the Holy Spirit he is guided to follow his vocation. Other songs in the VCD include ‘Mhaka Bhogos’, ‘Hanv Tuzo Mog Kortam’, ‘Maria Mhoje Maim’, ‘Daddy Mhaka Rozar Korunk Xikoi’ and ‘Mhojem Ghor’. Other singers who have rendered their voices include Antonio Jose Fernandes and Aaron Fernandes. There is clarity in the video recording, editing and photography done at New Life Studio, Marcela. Scenes at different locations are eye catching and com-

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SPORTS GOA, Friday, 3 September, 2010


A spirited late fightback from Youth Sports Club of Colvale saw them snatch victory as they defeated Sirsaim Sports Welfare and Cultural Club 2-1 in GFA’s Third Division at St Christopher ground, Tivim on Thursday. There was no score at the lemon break. In a dramatic three minutes, Philino Ratos created two goals for Colvale and also received the only booking of the game for a reckless tackle. The rain poured down heavily before half time but the ground was still in a playable condition. After being out played in the first half, Colvale started to make substitutions to replenish tired legs and eventually turn the tie in their favour after the breather.

Milton Lobo came in for Eduard Pinto in the 49th, Aidan Fernandes came in for Anthony Xavier in the 57th and Joel Fernandes replaced Deep Govekar after 70 minutes. Without even looking seriously threatening, Sirsaim gave Colvale a few things to think about. Drynan Pereira was super for most part of the game, marshalling the defence. Shane Tumedo was bristling with intent in midfield and Domnic D’sousa made good runs off the ball in the attack. For all their trying, Sirsaim failed to kill off the game. Colvale custodian Rolex Rebello made three comfortable saves from Sameer Sawant, Domnic D’Sousa and Shane Tumodo. Mahesh Kambli fired Sirsaim ahead in the 55th minute after

the ball bobbled and bounced awkwardly through the Colvale defence. Fourteen minutes from the end, Colvale’s Philino Ratos swung in a free kick from the right. Defender Alex Fernandes popped up to head home the equaliser unmarked and unannounced in the rival box. From the restart, Philino lunged in to commit a foul and went into the referee’s book in the process. Sirsaim were in a hurry to restart the proceedings, unfortunately for them Colvale regained possession and counter-attacked. Philino received the ball on the right and played into the middle where it was clearly dispatched by substitute Aidan. Worrel D’Sousa made a great double save to deny Colvale stretching the lead.

pusa to move into the finals of the All-Goa inter village Mahabank Platinum Jubilee Trophy soccer tournament sponsored by Bank of Maharashtra and organised by Adarsh Yuvak Sangh at Calangute Association ground, here on Thursday. After failing to score in the first half, Nagoa took the lead in the 40th minute of play through Stanley Coutinho. Down by a goal, Milagres fought tooth and nail with the induction of Harish Yadav but the

Nagoa defence led by Sanjay, Babloo and Venancio stood their ground to deny Milagres the equaliser. Milagres fought till the final whistle with hard working Harish trying all his tricks but a goal eluded them. Nagoa on the other hand could have doubled the lead a couple of times but their forwards were off target. Nagoa now await the winners of second semi-final to be played between Clube Sao Minguel, Taleigao and Candolim Sports Club.


Nagoa Sporting Club scored a hard fought solitary goal victory over Milagres Sports Club, Ma-


Rosary High School, Navelim and Fr Agnel Multipurpose High School, Verna advanced into the second round of Salcete Taluka U-14 boys inter-school football tournament at Government ground, Manora, Raia on Thursday. Rosary made short work of Infant Jesus High School, Cuncolim 3-0. Rosary were leading 1-0 at the breather. Rosary enjoyed a lion share of exchanges and surged ahead in the early moments of the game when Keegan Fernandes fired home from close range.

The second half did not bring any respite for Infant Jesus as Rosary attacked from both flanks. Nisso Aftlen increased the lead and Suraj Naik drove the last nail into the rival’s coffin. Fr Agnel, Verna prevailed over St Rita’s High School, Maina 43 via the tie-breaker. Both teams were locked goalless at the end of regulation time. In the penalty shoot out, Elvis Fernandes, Allister Rebello, Cleston Gomes, and Shankar Gaundar were on target for Fr Agnel while Cliffton Barbosa, Guilson Baptista and Milton Rebello converted for St Rita’s.


Title aspirants Fatima Convent High School, Margao rallied to beat Holy Rosary Convent High School, Nuvem 1-0 to cruise into the finals of Salcete Taluka U14 girls inter-school football tournament at Government ground, Manora, Raia on Thursday. The all- important goal was scored by striker Anline Fernandes in the opening session. Fatima Convent started the match on a positive note attacking their rivals with long aerial balls from deep inside their own territory. Captain Eva played a stellar role in the defence and fed upfront for strikers Anline and Marlette. The Nuvem girls were mostly on the defensive and conceded the goal midway through the first session when Fatima’s mid-fielder Sherly Fernandes and Grayten combined well on the edge of the box to set up Arlene inside the area and the striker, taking the op-

portunity, unleashed a right footer which crashed into the nylons giving no chance to the rival goalkeeper. After the resumption, the Nuvem girls came back strongly in search of the equaliser but Fatima's stoppers Eva and Senita Tavares put up a good performance in the defence. Goalkeeper Merl Rodrigues also played her part well in keeping her citadel intact and kept her players in a better frame of mind. In the second semi-final, Manovikas English Medium School, Margao blanked St Anthony’s High School, Majorda 2-0. Manovikas were leading 10 at the breather. Manovikas went into the lead through a spot kick. Simone Lalwani slotted past the rival goalkeeper. After the break, Manovikas attacked and were rewarded when Simone’s free kick just outside the box gave no chance whatsoever to the rival goalkeeper. Manovikas, Margao will now meet Fatima Convent, Margao in the finals slated for September 3.


A brace each by Runhals Gosavi and Rupesh Patil helped St Xaviers High School, Moira defeat Holy Cross High School, Bastora 4-0 in mini-secondary schools football tournament at Moira ground on Wednesday. Runhals opened the scoring in the first half to give Moira the lead. Rupesh punted in just before the breather to double the lead. In the second half, Bastora put up an impressive fightback but could not find the breakthrough. In the closing stages Runhals scored his second while Rupesh made it four, to wrap up the win.

3rd Division football: Football Club de Sanquelim v. Eagle SC, Tivim ground; Vagator Parish Youth v. Chapora Yuvak Sangh, Chapora ground. 4 p.m. MahaBank Platinum Trophy soccer semis: Candolim SC v. Clube Sao Minguel, Taleigao, Calangute Association ground, 4.30 p.m.

SPORTS Dempo enters race, kicks off campaign


GOA, Friday, 3 September, 2010



Backing from Joaquim, Salgaocar, GCA


With GFA president and AIFF vice-president Joaquim Alemao, Urban Development Minister to his right and ex-AIFF treasurer and president of Salgaocar Sports Club, Shivanand Salgaocar to his left, Shrinivas V Dempo, president of Dempo Sports Club and Chairman, Dempo Group of Companies joyfully declared that he was contesting the election for the post of GFA president slated for October 24. As of Thursday, he will be third candidate to vie for the coveted post, the others being GFA vice-president, Peter Vaz, president of Sporting Clube de Goa and Savio Messias, GFA general secretary. Savio filed his nomination today, the only one so far. Shrinivas is expected to file within the next few days, depending on the auspicious time and date. Peter will also file soon. All three, Joaquim, Shivanand and Shrinivas addressed the media this morning. The one point that emerged clear is that someone was made to look like the culprit for all the ills that have plagued the GFA in the past three years and that corrective measures were the immediate need of the hour to salvage its honour and prestige. And that, Shrinivas would be the ‘messiah’. So, elect Shrinivas was the loud and strong appeal from both Joaquim and Shivanand. In all, 157 clubs are eligible to vote at the elections. Joaquim’s argument was that he and Shivanand had already become presidents and that now it was time for Dempo to take over, since he had never occupied that position. Also he pointed that football had to be taken to the next higher level. The salvo was launched by Joaquim. “The GFA should not go in wrong people’s hands, and hence I and Shivanand have pressurised Shrinivas to be the next president,” thundered Joaquim. “We full-heart-

Shrinivas V Dempo making a point at the media briefing at Hotel Mandovi, Panjim on Thursday in the presence of Joaquim Alemao and Shivanand Salgaocar. Photo: Rozario Estibeiro

n There were several unresolved issues like Duler stadium, Youth Development Programmes, getting grants, funds and providing clubs with accessibility. These are doable things. Minds can be applied. These are administrative issues. They are not impossible tasks. We shall use the good offices with the Government. -- Shrinivas V Dempo, president of Dempo Sports Club and Chairman Dempo Group of Companies edly support Shrinivas. I will personally approach the clubs and I am sure Baba will be elected. Peter Vaz is my friend and I will also approach him because he is also in football. I hope he withdraws from the race and then we can work together.” “We need to look after infrastructure so that GFA’s name goes up,” remarked Joaquim. Next was the turn of Shivanand. “Shrinivas’ love for the game, his commitment for football need not be stressed. I have worked with him for long at Goa Mineral Exporters Association and when he was the Chairman of CII Western Region. Once he takes up an assignment, he devotes all necessary time and effort that is required. Time and commitment is not an issue at all with Shrinivas,” stressed Shivanand, whose close association with Shrinivas is well known all these years. “Shrinivas has committed about giving time. Once he takes any job, he gives his 100 percent. He never goes back on any public assignment,” remarked Shivanand, who was also the GFA president when also Savio

was the secretary. Shivanand dealt then with the new GFA constitution. “It needs to be monetised. We need a brain like that of Dempo to take it forward. Once he takes up a job, he will place the interests of the association above those of his club. Dempo by himself, brings honour to the chair while lots of people want a chair to gain honour.” “There has been lot of acrimony in the last few years. Be it with AIFF, SAG, Government. Acrimony does no good for Goan football. Shrinivas can get along with people. He is the ideal choice who enjoys excellent relationship not only with AIFF but even Goa Cricket Associaton. Please vote for Dempo,” pleaded Shivanand. Shrinivas then said: “I did talk to GCA president, Dayanand Narvekar. He has officially supported me. Over the last few years there has been consistent requests from well wishers as well as supporters of Dempo and football fans in general that I take over the leadership of GFA in order to take it to greater heights of glory and performance. Of late, I have been urged

by Shivanand, Churchill Alemao, Joaquim to take over the reins of GFA in the very crucial years ahead. Sharing their perception on the need to strengthen Goan football, I gave initially a great deal of thought on the endeavour, deciding finally to contest for the position of GFA president,” divulged Shrinivas. “I am ready now and there is no looking back,” he added. Shrinivas pledged that he would give his time and energy for the cause of Goan football. “It’s a commitment.We need experienced people. With the help of a very effective and able panel and duly assisted by a suitable, full time working secretary, I am sure I’ll do full justice to the job at hand,” assured Shrinivas. “We need to have proper infrastructure. We need to work with the Government. FIFA is all out to promote football. There are so many schemes available. We need to look into several other areas and youth development. We, firstly, need to settle backhand issues and the clubs need to be made self sustainable,” argued Shrinivas. “Elections are a democratic


his best during the past seven years that he was the secretary even when Shivanand Salgaocar was the president. “The clubs know about my work and the jobs undertaken and the schemes and projects introduced. I carried out the work alongwith the committee members. AIFF’s youth coach, Collin Toal has described GFA’s youth development pro gramme as the role model for India. I have always been available to the clubs,” pointed out Savio. Savio explained that the job of the president was a full-time job now under the new constitution, like that of FIFA and AFC presidents. The question that cropped up after the press briefing was that if the general secretary was not performing as per the decisions of the Executive Committee he could have easily been changed. This question was posed to Joaquim, who replied: “You all know about the matter better.”

Savio first to file nomination

Savio Messias checking his nomination form in Panjim on Thursday. Photo: Rozario Estibeiro

GFA general secretary, Savio Messias became the first person to file his nomination for the post of president on Thursday. The GFA elections are slated for October 24. Savio said that he had sought an appointment with Shrinivas Dempo almost a week back. “Shrinivas told me that he was not interested in contesting the election at that time,” Savio stressed. Shrinivas had also told Churchill Alemao about not contesting the election. Savio also disclosed that he alongwith Vinod Parkkot, Tonito Botelho had also approached Shrinivas in 2007 to contest for the GFA president’s post, but he had declined the offer. Savio felt that he enjoys the support of clubs, having done

GOA DIARY Tie-breaker at Aldona

PANJIM (HSD) -- Friends from Aldona will organise their All-Goa floodlit 3-a-side tie-breaker soccer tournament at Tercena ground, Aldona on September 4 at 9.30 p.m. The winners and runners-up will receive Rs. 6,000 and Rs 4,000 respectively. Spot entries will be accepted. Details may be obtained from Carlos Almeida on 9822483787.

Hockey U-20 trials

PANJIM (HSD) -- Hockey selection trials for the U-20 Indian National Championship for boys and girls to be held in Pune will be held at Don Bosco Oratory, Panjim, on September 6 at 3 p.m. Only those born on or before 1.1.90 are eligible. Participants need to carry their original birth certificate along with a photo. Detaila may be obtained from Association for Control of Hockey in Goa, general secretary Anselm Gabriel on 9823281881.

Karate classes

PANJIM (HSD) - Sensei Joseph Rodrigues will conduct karate classes from September 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Open batch for ladies and gents, 6.15 a.m. at Basilio’s Gym, St Ines Open batch for children, ladies and gents, 6 p.m. at Pharmacy College, ladies batch, 8.15 a.m. at Basilio’ Gym.

Football selection trials

PANJIM (HSD) – The Calangute Football Association has extended the selection trials for the Calangute Association First Division football team till September 7 at Poriat ground, Calangute at 7 a.m.

Betalbatim selections

MARGAO (HC) -- Betalbatim Sporting Club will conduct selection trials for their U-18 football team for GFA’s U-18 First Division League on September 4 at Fr Agnel ground, Verna at 3 p.m.

Power Grid inter-regional chess begins HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, SEPT 2

T h e Po w e r G r i d i n t e r - re gional chess competition was inaugurated by A.K. Sinha, GM (Projects), Power Grid Corporation of India

Limited, Nagpur. J.A. Krishna, Dy. GM (HR), A. Chakroborty, Dy. GM, Mapusa presided. After the 2nd round, the following top 10 candidates secured 1st position: S.S. Veayuttam, S.P.Nair, Sujan

Choudhury, M. Murli, Arun Tiwari, J.Koteshwara Rao, Sudhakar Gupta, V.Madhusudan Rao, A.V.L.N.Rao and Vikash Sharma. While S.P.Naik secured the 2nd place.

process. All have a legitimate right to contest the election. The merits or demerits of the contestants will be determined by the voters. I have reasonable creditability and the House of Dempo has promoted football for pretty long time, being also responsible for raising the standard of football,” reasoned out Shrinivas when told that Peter was also in the race. Shrinivas said that he would try and resolve most of the issues. He disclosed that both, Churchill as well as Savio had talked to him earlier, when he had told them he was not in the race. “However, later on, I was persuaded by Joaquim and Shivanand. That’s when I gave a serious thought and decided that it was the right time. Time is the essence. Football is at crossroads. Look, Mahindra has closed down. And the same should not be our future as we have invested a lot. I have quality time for football. I enjoy good relations with everyone.” Shrinivas pointed out that there were several unresolved issues like “Duler stadium, Youth Development Pro grammes, getting grants, funds and providing clubs with accessibility. These are doable things. Minds can be applied. These are administrative issues. They are not impossible tasks. We shall use the good offices with the Government. Churchill is supporting. So, both Alemaos who are in the Government are backing me. We shall also get the help from Chief Minister, Sports Minister. We can work cordially with Government and sort out issues. We have to follow the PPP model. We need to devote energy and efforts,” explained Shrinivas. “More push is required. There have been some working problems with GFA. There is need for delegating responsibility and decentralise working. A full time, handsomely paid secretary is needed so that there is accountability and there are healthy working relationships, effective coordination with Government authorities and effective utilisation of infrastructure,” summed up Shrinivas. Meanwhile, Joaquim stated that the new paid secretary should be selected by the new committee and that he had conveyed his mind on the matter, event tough applications were invited almost a year ago. “It is important to get all the stakeholders, owners of the clubs and decide on the right candidate.”


A four-goal blitz including a hattrick by Denzil Rogtao enabled Orlim SC crush Dando Boys Club

8-3 in the GFA Third Division league at St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim on Thursday. Orlim led 3-1 at the break. It was Dando who rocked the citadel early in the 5th minute when Jesmon Rodrigues slotted past the rival goalkeeper. Orlim managed to neutralise the lead

when Cliff Furtado placed the ball. Manuel Mascarenhas struck twice while Hayston D’Costa was the other scorer for Orlim. For Dando, Simon Furtado struck twice in the 51st and 90th minutes. At Verna ground, Parish Youth, Nuvem defeated Pax of Nagoa SC 2-1.

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Bhupati & Co sail, Bopanna-Yan crash out UNI NEW YORK, SEPT 2

Murray moves, Roddick out

Veena hands over proof to ICC

Clijsters, Venus win; Azarenka exits with dramatic collapse


India's Mahesh Bhupathi and his Belarusian partner Max Mirnyi advanced to the men's doubles second round of the US Open, but it was end of road for Rohan Bopanna and Zi Yan of China in the mixed doubles event here. The fourth-seeded pair of Bhupathi and Mirnyi dispatched Frenchmen Arnaud Clement and Nicolas Mahut in a one-sided contest by 6-1, 6-4 yesterday. They next face Argentina's Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos in the second round. Meanwhile, the tournament came to an end for the Bopanna and Yan in the opening round as they lost 2-6, 4-6 to Americans Rajeev Ram and France's Aravane Rezai.

In BrIef Tainted trio ‘opts out’ of series Bowing to intense pressure, Pakistan today left out Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir from the Twenty20 and ODI series against England but strongly defended them, saying they opted out because of "mental torture" and will get all the support to clear their names in the 'spot-fixing' scandal.

India suffer 2nd defeat Rani Rampal's double strike went in vain as India suffered their second consecutive defeat in the women's hockey World Cup, losing 3-6 to Australia in a Pool A match in Rosario, Argentina. Ashleigh Nelson (34th minute, 58th) scored two goals for Australia late last night while Madonna Blyth (17th), Casey Eastham (52nd), Nicole Arrold (55th) and Shelly Liddelow (64th) found the net once each. For India, Rampal continued her impressive showing upfront, scoring in the 17th and 62nd minute while Ritu Rani (42nd) managed the other goal.

IPL meet in Mumbai The Governing Council of the IPL is to meet here on September 5 and is expected to take a decision on the match schedule for the expanded 2011 season, involving 10 franchise. "The IPL Governing Council is meeting on Sunday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The draft schedule for the 2011 season is to be finalised at the meeting, including number of matches," BCCI sources told PTI.

Belgium tennis player Kim Clijsters serves a point to Australia’s Sally Peers during their second round match. AP NEW YORK, SEPT 2

Andy Murray cruised through his first match at the US Open while an angry Andy Roddick crashed out on W e d n e s d a y, fuming over a foot-fault call. The fourthseeded Murray had a 6-3, 6-2, 62 win over Slovakia’s L ukas Lacko, but other big-name players made early exits. Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion went

out in the second round with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss to 44thranked Janko Tipsarevic, whose make-or-break style paid off with 66 winners. Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych didn’t make it past the first round, beaten 76 (3), 6-4, 6-4 by France’s Michael Llodra. Former U.S. Open champions Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams and French Open finalists Francesca Schiavone and Sam Stosur all progressed, but

the main talking point in the women’s draw was the dramatic collapse of 10th seeded Victoria Azarenka. Trailing Gisela Dulko 5-1 in the first set in stifling conditions, Azarenka stopped suddenly while chasing a ball on the baseline, and crumpled to the ground. Azarenka was treated like a victim of heat exhaustion—covered by a towel, sheltered by an umbrella, rolled off in a wheelchair, ice pack on her neck and a doctor checking her pulse. Several hours later, she revealed that she had fallen and hit her head during pre-match warmups. She was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a mild concussion. Tipsarevic’s third-round opponent will be France’s Gael Monfils, who had a 6-3, 6-4, 63 win over Russia’s Igor Andreev. Ivan Ljubicic, seeded 15th, was another notable loser on Wednesday, beaten 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 by American Ryan Harrison. All the other seeded players made it out of the first round, including Mikhail Youzhny, Nicolas Almagro, and John Isner, who had a straight sets win unlike his three-day epic in the first round at Wimbledon. Reigning champion Clijsters steamrolled 19-year-old Australian qualifier Sally Peers, 62, 6-1—though Peers was just thrilled to take on the woman whose autographed photo hangs in her Melbourne home. Venus Williams beat Canada’s Rebecca Marino 7-6, (3), 6-3; Stosur beat Australian compatriot Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 6-4 and Schiavone thrashed fellow Italian Maria Elena Camerin 6-2, 6-1. Elena Dementieva, seeded an unusually low No.12, beat Austria’s Sybille Bammer 6-3, 6-4. Former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic found some of her lost form by cruising past China’s Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-0 while No.13 Marion Bartoli was the highest-ranked loser, beaten 7-5, 6-4 by French compatriot Virginie Razzano.

Four wrestlers caught for doping PTI NEW DELHI, SEPT 2

Four Indian wrestlers, including Arjuna Awardee Rajiv Tomar, were found to have flunked NADA dope tests and a red-faced national federation today announced their removal from the team for the Commonwealth Games. In an embarrassment to the Wrestling Federation of India, Sumit (74kg), Mausam Khatri (96kg) and Rajiv Tomar (120kg), who were earlier named in the Games squad in men's freestyle, and Gursharanpreet Kaur (women's 72kg) tested positive for Methyl Hexa Neamine, a non specified substance. Rajiv Tomar was recently conferred the Arjuna Award.

"The wrestlers from Commonwealth Games team have tested positive for Methyl Hexa Neamine (non specified substance) as per the report received from NADA," a statement from Wrestling Federation of India President G S Mander said. "In an emergency meeting of the selection committee of Wrestling Federation of India held today in K D Jadhav Wrestling Stadium, New Delhi, the selection committee has selected the replacements of

three Freestyle and one female wrestler who were earlier selected for wrestling competition of Commonwealth Games2010," the statement added. Mander said the national federation has provisionally suspended all these wrestlers. "Narsingh Pancham Yadav (74kg), Anil Mann (96kg), Praveen (120kg) -- all men's freestyle -- and woman wrestler Anshu Tomar (72kg) have been named as replacement," Mander said.

Pakistani cricketer Mohammad

Asif's ex-girlfriend, actress-model Veena Malik, has handed over "proof" of his alleged links with Indian bookies to an official of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit. Hasan Raza, who is a top of-

ficial of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit for South Asia, met Malik at her residence here last evening after she alleged that Asif was involved in match-fixing and she had "ample" proof of

this. "I handed over Asif's voice recordings with the bookie and some other related information to the ICC official," Malik told a TV news channel.