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House adjourned twice over Babush issue BJP threatens to stall proceedings HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5


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Speaker Pratapsing Rane adjourns the proceedings in the House after the Opposition disrupted the session demanding the sacking of Atanasio Monserrate from the Cabinet on Tuesday. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

In an unprecedented scene of sorts, the Goa Legislative Assembly was adjourned twice on Tuesday after BJP disrupted the proceedings of the House over the Atanasio alias Babush Monserrate issue. Education Minister Monserrate was detained by Customs in Mumbai for being in possession of unaccounted cash while he was on his way to Dubai. The BJP in the morning moved notice for an “adjournment motion” to discuss an alleged at-

tempt by Monserrate to take unaccounted foreign currency out of the country. Trouble started as soon as the House proceedings began at 11.30 am. As per schedule, Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar told Speaker Pratapsing Rane to suspend “Question Hour” to have the Monserrate issue discussed in the House. The BJP had served an adjournment notice in the morning at 9.30 am wanting to have discussion in the House on the issue which they claimed was of a very serious nature.

Stating that this is an attempt to move black money to safe heaven, Parrikar demanded that “Question Hour” be suspended. However, Speaker Pratapsing Rane made it clear that he will go as per rules of the House and declined to grant request of the Opposition. “You have powers to suspend Question Hour when issues of importance crop up. You have done it in the past,” said Parrikar even as Chief Minister Digambar Kamat offered to make statement on the issue. The Speaker asked Chief Min-

Customs now on lookout for Rohit Claims he carried more forex to Dubai HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

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Education Minister Atanasio alias Babush Monseratte seems to be in for more trouble as the Customs officials are reportedly on a lookout for his son Rohit, who left for Dubai even as his father was detained at the airport. The officials suspect Monserrate’s son is also involved in foreign exchange violations and police are on the lookout for him after he left for Dubai while his father was detained. Customs officials at the Mumbai International Airport smell the involvement of a big hawala racket in the case of Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate. They also suspect that Rohit, managed to escape their notice issued on the same night. A news report in Mid-Day says that Rohit was carrying more foreign currency than his father, when he was on his way to

Dubai in the early hours of Saturday. The police are now on the lookout for him. “Preliminary investigation re-

Monserrate’s explanation to Customs…

According to the statement, he claimed ignorance of existing rules. He said he had travelled with large amounts of money on earlier occasions, but was never caught. He said he was carrying the money as a backup because he was going to Dubai for shopping. Talking to mediapersons on Monday, Monserrate said, “This is not unaccounted money. I can produce all the documents related to it. (Continued on page 8)

veals that there is an involvement of hawala channels in the case. We also suspect that the minister’s son, who has been accused of rape in the past, was carrying more foreign currency that day. He, however, was not caught and was able to get to Dubai,” said a senior Customs official. Officials said that the amount confiscated from Monserrate was unaccounted for. The traveller’s cheque of $25,000 he was carrying had expired and he couldn’t explain how he had come to be in possession of 75,000 dirhams. “As per existing RBI guidelines, traveller’s cheques expire after six months from the date of issue.” “In Monserrate’s case, the cheque was issued a year back, which, in itself, is in violation of the guidelines. The 75,000 dirhams he had was also unaccounted for,” the official added.

ister to carry on with regular b u s i n e s s w h i l e Pa r r i k a r protested saying it will be insensitive to conduct regular business when a more important issue is before the House and it needs to be discussed. “Biggest question is whose money it is and it is important to discuss the issue now because Goa’s name has been tarnished,” stated Parrikar. W ith clear signals from Speaker that he will not grant their demand, other senior members of the party too joined (Continued on page 8)

New immigration rules to hit Indians in UK PTI LONDON, APRIL 5

Several Indian professionals will be adversely affected by Britain’s new immigration rules that come into effect tomorrow as part of the David Cameron government’s efforts to reduce migration from non-European Union countries. The new immigration regime includes tighter rules for students, limits on skilled professionals and new restrictions on the settlement of migrants who are already in Britain. The HSMP Forum, a campaign group espousing the cause of Indian and other non-EU migrants, Tuesday said the new restrictions on migrants already in Britain will cause considerable problems for Indian. Indian professionals already in UK will face retrospective changes to their visa status, including a higher level of salary necessary for their continuing stay, and the stipulation that any application for settlement should be free of any convictions. Under earlier rules, Indian and non-EU professionals qualified for settlement when they completed a residency period and remained employed by their immigration sponsor.

NCAER: Goa bears Rs 548.4 cr environment cost due to mining HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

As per study conducted by National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), the State has been made to bear total environment cost due to mining to the tune of Rs 548.4 crore. This was revealed by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in his written reply to an unstarred question tabled by Sanguem MLA Vasudev Gaonkar. He had sought to know whether the government had calculated environment cost of mining. The study conducted by NCAER has worked unaccounted costs of land fill sites at Rs 14.1 crore, avoidance cost Rs 0.5 crore, air pollution due to iron ore mining Rs 66.5 crore (which

is ten cent of total cost) and deforestation Rs 467.3 crore. Though contribution of mining industry in terms of GDP for the last three years has increased – 13.12 per cent in 2007-2008, 15.20 per cent in 2008-2009 and 18.82 per cent (advance estimate) for 2009-2010 – destruction of environment has been immense. The Chief Minister in a written reply also stated that mining has caused reduction in agriculture.

Siltation of water courses and water bodies causing flooding, mining activities has also reduced recharge of underground water. Dust pollution, damage to the soil structure making it difficult for revival of restoration, division of underground water course to the mining pit affecting water table and mineral toxicity in the cultivated areas in the mining belt reducing production.

The BJP has warned that it will not allow Goa Assembly to function until their demand to sack Education Minister Atanasio alias Babush Monserrate is not fulfilled. “The Minister has to be sacked because what he has done is nothing but smuggling as stated under Customs Act,” stated Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar while addressing a press conference post adjournment of the House on Tuesday. Calling Babush Monserrate as Goa’s Hasan Ali Khan, Parrikar said, “We will not allow functioning of the House until he is sacked from the ministry.” Pune based stud farm owner and real estate consultant Hasan Ali Khan has been accused of hoarding black money worth 8 million dollars in foreign accounts. “How can you conduct regular business when one of the ministers is caught smuggling currency out of the country to be stashed away in a tax heaven? “stated Parrikar. He further pointed out that the minister has clearly violated FEMA as well Customs Act, and with involvement of the minister Speaker Pratapsing Rane should have suspended the “Question Hour.”



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Cong MLAs stand by Monserrate HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

In a bid to discourage Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on taking any hasty decision viz-a-viz dropping Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate from the ministry, bowing to the pressure from the Opposition BJP, several Congress legislators have formed a group in support of the beleaguered minister. The Assembly was adjourned twice on Tuesday as the Opposition did not allow the proceeding to go on until the Speaker acts on their adjournment motion. Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao, who had formed a group against inducting Mickky into the cabinet, was again in thick of action as he led the group which is supporting Babush now. Soon after the adjournment several of Congress legislators met at PWD minister’s chamber. The meeting was also attended by Monserrate.

However, emerging out of the meeting he refused to talk to the press. Sources in the Party stated that the legislators have decided to stand by Monserrate, whose resignation has been sought by BJP. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Alemao told reporters that action should not be initiated against Monserrate as he is not proven guilty. “Let the law take its own course. We will not jump to conclusion,” the minister said. The PWD minister said that the entire ruling benches are supporting Monserrate. “We are with him. He cannot be asked to resign until he is proven guilty,” the minister said adding that the High Command will ask him to step down, if he is found guilty. Asked whether they have spoken to the Chief Minister in this regard, he said, “Yes, we have conveyed to the Chief Minister whatever we had to.”

Atanasio Monserrate in consultation with other Congress MLAs after the House was adjourned. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

CBI to probe 2 cops-drug mafia nexus cases HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court at Goa that it has accepted probing two of the three police-drug mafia nexus cases, notification of which will be issued shortly. Adv Carlos Ferreira, representing CBI assured the Court that it will begin investigating the nexus probes soon after the CBI head office issues notification of acceptance. The two cases: suspension, arrest and release of seven policemen for having close links with Israeli drug lord Yaniv Be-

naim alias Atala, while the second case is wherein another Israeli drug baron David Driham alias Dudu’s kin – Ayala and Zarina – in a sting operation, had caught police sub-inspector Sunil Guddlar trying to push drugs to them. The division bench comprising of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and F M Reis was hearing a petition filed by the National Students Union of India (NSUI) Goa Unit seeking a CBI probe into the policemen-politiciandrug mafia nexus case in the State. In the petition dated January 14, NSUI Goa Chief Sunil

Kawathankar demanded that the case be handed over to the Central investigation agency as the conduct of the police officers probing it was doubtful. When the matter came up for hearing, NSUI legal counsel Surendra Desai also requested to hand over Dudu case to the CBI, which has not been considered by the State till date. To this, CBI representative argued that the petitioner had not pointed out any police-drug mafia links or shoddy probe, and since the case was already chargesheeted, it could not take over the case. (Continued on page 8)



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New agreement on Sonsodo waste makes no headway HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 5

It’s two months now since the Margao Municipal Council and Ms Sociedade de Fomento inked the agreement with much fanfare to tackle the waste problem at Sonsodo, but there appears hardly any change on the ground at the dumping site. Fomento, sources say, is awaiting the civic body to hand over the additional land admeasuring 57,000 sq mts to set up the waste treatment plant. The civic body, on the other hand, maintained that the Municipality has deposited the amount with the land acquisition office towards acquisition of the land in question. That’s not all. Fomento was mandated under the agreement to submit a Rs 2 crore performance guarantee to the Civic body within a month of signing the agreement. Incidentally, the MMC Chief Officer says he has written a letter to Fomento to take the refund of Rs 30 lakh paid by the conocessionaire to the Civic body and submit the performance guarantee of Rs two crore. Fomento officials, however, pointed out that they have sought legal opinion before submitting the performance guarantee since the band guarantee of Rs 30

hoteliers invited to decide on fees HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 5

After the month-long collection of hotel waste door-to-door on an experimental basis, the Margao Municipal Council has invited city-based hoteliers for negotiations on the waste collection fees. MMC Chief Officer Prasanna Acharya informed that he has invited the president of South Goa Hotels Association C P Jaggi for talks on the finalization of garbage collection fees. “After our experimentation at the ground level, the Civic body has come to a certain conclusion on the rates to be charged for the various categories of hotels. We want to discuss the rates with the hoteliers before taking a final decision”, Acharya said. The hoteliers had in the past expressed their reservations on the hike in the waste collection rates on account of the irregular collection of waste by the Civic body. The hoteliers had also taken objection to the classification of the hotels without any sound criteria.

lakh submitted by the company was allegedly encashed by the Civic body. When contacted, Fomento Green CEO Sridhar Kamat said that the company has placed orders for the plant and machinery, adding that actual work would commence at the site once the Civic body hands over the additional land. “I require the land to commence work at the site. As already mentioned, the proposed plant would cover and area admeasuring the size of a football ground. The plant would b e c o v e re d f ro m a l l f o u r sides”, he said, adding that the plant will take concrete shape once the additional land is given to the company by the Civic body. Replying to a question, he said Fomento can begin civil works on the plant from May onwards if the land is made available. “We have already placed orders for an EOT crane worth Rs two crore, besides two stationary cranes”, he said. Sources in the know informed that though the Civic body has finalized Ahmedabad-based P U Asnani as the consultant, the expert has not yet come down till date to oversee the work at the Sonsodo site and to give his clearance for the civil plans drawn by Fomento.

CCP presents zero-deficit budget HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

After a presenting a budget which showed the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) on the brink of bankruptcy last financial year, the Corporation on Tuesday presented 2011-12 budget with zero-deficit. The budget which was presented by Mayor Yatin Parekh today shows balance between expenditure and revenues, both of which stood at Rs 28.41 crore each. Except for minor difference, the projected revenues are matched with the expenditure in this budget. As per the budget document, income is projected at Rs 28, 41,76,566 and expenditure Rs 28,41,70,000. The CCP for 2010-11 had presented revenue deficit budget with no money in the coffers to undertake developmental projects. The budget had evoked strong criticism from the city dwellers and opposition benches during the last fiscal. This financial year, Parekh has managed to strike a perfect balance, promising better amenities and development for the city, which witnessed the polls last month. “The corporation currently is at very strong financial position with opening balance worth Rs 6.75 crore,” Parekh told reporters soon after the budget was passed.

Attacks in Karnataka, Kandhamal should be handed over to NIA: NGO HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

A renowned NGO - The Indian Christian Voice on Tuesday demanded that Karnataka and Kandhamal attacks of 2008 should be classified as acts of terror and the cases should be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for detailed probe. Dr Abraham Mathai, president of Indian Christian Voice said that both the cases should be handed over to NIA for re-investigation to ensure proper justice is done. “If the Malegao attack is considered as act of terror then these two should also be categories as same,” he demanded. Dr Mathai was addressing media at the release on Justice Michael Saldanha’s report on Karnataka Anti-Christian vio-

lence. The report was released here at the hands of Archbishop of Goa H E Filip Neri Ferrao. Dr Mathai lamented that the fate of Christian community is at risk in India even though it contributes around 38 percent to the social sector. Justice Saldanha, who conducted an independent Peoples Tribunal Enquiry into the antiChristian violence made his report public today. His report has contradicted the findings of Karnataka government appointed committee report of Justice Somasekhara, who according to them has shielded away the actual culprits. “In my report I have clearly said that the Karnataka Chief Minister and the Home Minister were the main forces behind the

act,” Justice Saldanha said adding that both the political leaders are involved in the act and stands disqualified to hold the post. He has also accused police force, who being on duty instead of controlling the act further aggravated and provoked the entire situation. The Justice claimed that he had visited 400 places and examined almost 3000 witness/victims, besides replying on forensic evidences and media reports to draw his conclusion. He said that Justice So masekhara exonerated RSS and Bajrang Dal from their entire act despite of Bajrang Dal’s chief Mahendra Kumar gave public confession. “The judicial inquiry appointed by the government forces, to shield them, have

completely failed in placing the fact before the public,” he said questioning what’s the point in appointing such inquiry which itself is a fake one. Responding to a question Justice Saldanha said that the report will be placed before the government and let them decide on. “I have already made by stand before Prime Minister, who has assured me to give justice to the matter,” he said. Archbishop of Goa H E Filip Neri Ferrao said that the report need to be taken seriously as it is more than a Christian issue. “Whatever happened in Karnataka might follow over entire nation, if the issue is not studied properly. The communal harmony is likely to increase in our country,” he said.

UP native thrashed for bag snatching


Three natives of Moradabbad district of Uttar Pradesh – believed to be criminals -- are cooling their heels in the Margao police lock-up after an irate crowd thrashed one of them allegedly involved in bag snatching behind the Margao municipal building. The incident occurred this morning at the old fish market behind the Municipal building when Amjad Khan snatched a purse of a woman and tried to make good his escape. An alarm raised by the woman caught the

Accused Amjad Khan taken into custody. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

attention of the passersby, who apprehended the accused, forcing him to hand over the money back to the woman. After a sound thrashing, the

accused was handed over to the Margao police team headed by PSI Ravi Desai. Police investigations later revealed that Amjad Khan was in Goa along with four of his associates involved in pick-pocketing and bag snatching. The five had come down to Goa late last week and were putting up in a Vasco hotel before fanning out to various places in the state to carry out their nefarious activities. Margao PI Santosh Desai informed that a police team led by PSI Ravi succeeded in arresting two more persons who were found staying in the hotel. Two other accomplices of the accused are still at large, he added. Replying to a question, PI Desai said that the main accused

who was nabbed by members of the public at Margao has a criminal background. “The accused Amjad Khan had come down to Goa and had surveyed many places in the state before returning back with his associates”, PI Desai said, adding that the police would thoroughly interrogate the accused persons in connections with the spate of robberies and ATM thefts taken place in the state in recent times. “Information reveals that the accused used to target victims near ATMs and banks”, he added. So far, the accused has been booked under section 41 of the Cr P C and will be charged for the property crimes reported in the city. The police are investigating.

Sewage water posing health hazard in Mapusa HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 5

Sewage water flowing around residential houses in the vicinity of Asilo Hospital in Mapusa has been posing a health hazard. The cement concrete slab on the septic tank alongside the Asilo Hospital Laboratory is damaged and the sewage water from the septic tank overflows. Speaking to media, a resident, Mary Dias, informed that she has complained verbally to Mapusa Urban Health Centre about the flow of sewage water from the septic tank of Asilo Hospital around their houses. “The officials of the Mapusa Urban center visited the site and informed me that they will advise the Asilo Hospital authorities to do the needful, but so far no corrective action has been taken by the hospital,” complained Dias. Acting on a complaint from the Shiv Sena, scientist Keshav Phadke and Sajid Inamdar from Goa State Pollution Control Board, Panjim, visited the site and conducted site inspection. The officials observed that

Officials inspect sewage water that flows around the houses in the vicinity of Asilo Hospital in Mapusa. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

sewage water from the septic tank near the laboratory of the hospital is flowing through the residential houses. The officials also noticed that sewage from the main septic tank/soak pit of the hospital leaks through the compound into the open storm water drain close to the residential house of complainant Dias. Speaking to media, the scientists of Goa State Pollution Control Board said that they will

submit their report to their chairman and necessary action will be action against Asilo Hospital. Later, Shiv Sena Ad hoc committee member Philip D’Souza submitted a memorandum to the health officer of Mapusa Health Centre and demanded corrective action be taken, failing which Shiv Sena will pursue the matter vigorously with the higher authorities till the nuisance is abated.

St Cruz meet demands grants for English medium HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, APRIL 5

Stating that the Church’s decision to introduce Konkani as medium of instruction was taken so that Diocesan schools could avail of government grants, Fr Cristovao Caldeira said realization has now dawned that the decision was wrong, especially in today’s context. “The decision was taken so that the students should not have to face the burden of paying hefty fees,” he added. Fr Caldeira was speaking at a public meeting of PTAs of Merces HS and Santa Cruz HS to demand English as the medium of instruction in schools, which was held under the banner of Forum for Rights o f C h i l d re n’ s E d u c a t i o n (FORCE) at Santa Cruz. Speaking further, Fr Caldeira said at the Diocesan Synod, several representatives had urged the Church to revaluate its policy on Konkani as medium of instruction since it was affecting the future of the children. “Hence, the Church has decided to support the demands of the parents to have English as medium of instruction,” he informed while at the same

guage can secure a bright future for the children. He further said if the government is really serious in safeguarding the interests and prospects of the Konkani language, then it should impose Konkani as medium of instruction in all the private English schools as well. “Why should poor students be made to suffer when their rich counterparts are benefiting from the English language,” he further questioned and urged the parents not to A section of the crowd at PTAs meet in St Cruz. admit their wards for the Photo by Rosario Estibeiro next academic year until time stating that the Church students have become victims and unless their demands is not in favour of imposing of the government’s decision are met. any particular language on the to impose Konkani at primary Targetting the politicians, level and said that they will Hugo Gomes said that they are students. Fr Caldeira also stated that not allow more students to be- dividing the people on relihe has already held dialogue come victims. gious lines for their own “By imposing the mother benefits, when they themwith Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao and local tongue, the government is not selves are sending their MLA Victoria Fernandes and promoting that language but children in English medium has impressed upon them to only increasing hatred in the schools. urge the government to sup- minds of the children towards Parents Hanif Shah Muzawar, port English as medium of in- the language,” he added. Shailesh Pai, Agnela Fernandes “Because of the government and others spoke on the ocstruction. He later urged the parents to come out in large policy, Goans are finding it dif- casion. FORCE members Edgar numbers at such meetings, ficult to compete at the na- Cotta, Anthony D’Souza and since it is their fight for their tional level exams and also Cynthia Pereira were present lagging behind in getting at the meeting, which was atchildren’s rights. Speaking on the occasion, placements in better compa- tended by a large number of FORCE member Dinar Barros nies,” Barros informed and parents from Santa Cruz and said that till today, over 2 lakh added that only English lan- Merces.

Non-Goan community too want English HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 5

For them English is still a foreign language, yet the growing non-Goan community along the Calangute coast has also voiced the demand for government grants to English medium in primary schools. The State government has come in for sharp criticism from non-Goans in the coastal Calangute over the issue of English medium of instruction at the elementary level in the schools. Incidentally, the Catholic parents along the Calangute coastal belt are not the only ones demanding an option for English medium of instruction. The non-Goans who have admitted their wards in the aided English medium schools have criticised the decision of

the State government. Majority of the non-Goans belonging to a lower class of society, who either work in hotels or engaged in lower income self-employment businesses like carpentry, plumbing, etc. “Why should the government deny our children the right to learn English at the elementary level? In fact I got my children admitted in a Catholic institution due to exorbitant fees at the private-run English s c h o o l , ” s a y s P r a ka s h j i from Orissa. “Dekhiye bhayii, abi Angreji bhasa me sabh kuch hota hai to apnem bachom ko dusri bhasa me kyo padaum? (When everything now happens in English why should I teach my children in other medium of

instruction),” he questioned. Says Rajat from Rajasthan, “When I came to Goa and realized that Goans have the privilege of educating their children in the languages they desire, I also felt of sending my children (daughter and son) in a Catholic school so that they can learn English and be of use in the near future in my business.” “Today, I am not able to write in English, so I have to beg at others to write any application, etc, for any government department, which unfortunately accepts anything and everything only in English,” said Rajat. “Other languages including Konkani are hardly of any use. Konkani language will be of no use to us when we go to our state in Rajasthan,” added

Rajat. Adds Siva Kumar, “The government and the politicians are playing with the education of the young budding children of this country. Why have they to discriminate between English, Konkani, Marathi or other languages.” “Who are they to decide which language should be the medium of instruction of our children? Are they so illiterate to understand that the need of hour in the globalized world is the requirement of English language,” questioned Kumar. Few other non-Goans who have been sending their children in the schools run by Catholic institutions have criticized government’s decision and see it as a election strategy to keep away the BJP.

Shellfish comes to life at St Jacinto Island HERALD CORRESPONDENT MORMUGAO, APRIL 5

Its existence had once been threatened by the causeway, but shellfish at St Jacinto Island now seem to have been given a fresh lease of life with the construction of the bridge. It may be recalled that most locals of St Jacinto Island and surrounding areas used to harvest shellfish for their livelihood. Some have even educated their children through the revenue they generated from the sale of the clams and other shellfish. But when the causeway was built, the shellfish stopped breeding due to accumulation of silt and the p e o p l e w e re d e p r i v e d o f

Apartment near CM’s house burgled HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 5

Margao police faced a major embarrassment on Tuesday after miscreants burgled an apartment near Hari Mandir – meters away from the residence of Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat. The burglary occurred in the house of Suresh Shirodkar when the inmates were out last night. Taking advantage of the absence of the inmates, the burglars effected entry into the apartment by breaking open the lock of the main door. The burglars are believed to have lifted away gold ornaments valued around Rs two lakh. The burglary came to light at around 2.30 am when the inmates returned home after attending a religious ceremony, only to find the main door open and the house ransacked. Incidentally, the Margao police maintained a tight lid on the burglary by not disclosing the incident to the media at the routing press briefing. In fact, the police has been clueless on the spate of thefts and burglaries, with burglars virtually having a field day in the commercial capital.

Locals pick up shellfish at St Jacinto Island. Photo by Elvino Araujo

their livelihood. However, with the construc-

tion of the bridge at St Jacinto Island, the shellfish has started

to breed once again. “After construction of the bridge, the shellfish started breeding once again and many people come to harvest the shellfish, either for personal consumption or for sale,” said a local. Speaking to Herald, Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho has claimed that in less than a year, people have started harvesting different species of shellfish and that, nat u re h a s c o m e b a c k w i t h vengeance. “Besides being aesthetically pleasing to the people, the bridge was a step in the right direction as far as environment is concerned,” said Godinho.

Mapusa fisherwomen demand shed flooring tiles changed


The fisherwomen from Mapusa have demanded that the flooring in the temporary shed built for them be changed with rough and anti-skid tiles before the monsoon. A delegation of fisherwomen led by Fish Vendors Association President Shashikala Govekar along with Shiv Sena Ad Hoc member Philip D’Souza called on Mapusa Municipal Council Chief Officer H Torasker on Tuesday morning and aired their grievances. The delegation informed the chief officer that it will not be possible for them to operate from the temporary shed built for them during rainy season, as the existing flooring becomes slippery, wet and many people have slipped and fallen and suffered fractures. “Hence, the flooring be changed to flooring with rough and anti-skid tiles before the onset of monsoon,” the delegation requested the chief officer. Shiv Sena on behalf of the fisherwomen submitted a memorandum to Chief Officer Toraskar. The memorandum stated that

nThe delegation informed the chief officer that it will not be possible for them to operate from the temporary shed built for them during rainy season, as the existing flooring becomes slippery, wet and many people have slipped and fallen and suffered fractures.

the height of the flooring of the temporary shed, where the fisherwomen are presently sitting to sell fish be raised by at least 2 feet, giving it a gentle slopes on all sides to stop accumulation of water. “The well in the fish market is highly contaminated and is surrounded with sludge and sewage and hence not fit for human consumption. Hence proper washroom with adequate flow of clean water should be provided to wash hand, fish and fish baskets,” states the memorandum.

“A temporar y rest room should be provided with a supply of clean drinking water for the fish vendors. Adequate lights should be provided all through the day. Presently, light connection works only after street lights are switched on, when it becomes a closing time of fisherwomen.” “There is no proper drainage in the temporar y shed for smooth flow of water. Hence, water gets stagnated around the temporar y shed structure, where fish is being is sold, causing stench and breeding of mosquitoes. Proper covered drains should be provided at the temporary shed and the outlet be connected to a septic tank instead of storm water drain that connects to a mullah.” The fisherwomen stated that if their demands are not met before the monsoon, then they will resort to indefinite strike. “I have been deputed to Mapusa Municipal Council to study the situation. I will try my best to fulfil the demands after discussing the mater with the chairperson and councillors,” Chief Officer Toraskar told the fisherwomen.




BJP stages rally, flays govt for protecting Babush HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday staged a rally on the Panjim street demanding sacking of the Education Minister Atanasio alias Babush Monserrate over his detention at Mumbai international airport after he was found carrying undeclared foreign currency. Leading a rally of 300-odd party workers from the BJP headquarters to Azad Maidan, Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar rapped the ruling coalition for protecting the ‘tainted minister’. The senior BJP leader alleged Digambar Kamat-led government of being ‘thieves’ and looting the State through several illegal activities including Public Distribution System, Horticulture’s subsidized scheme, illegal mining and others. Parrikar mocked at Babush’s statement reported in certain sections of the media that Parrikar believes that he (Babush) is his political competitor. “I cannot be his competitor because I am not involved in either rape case, or assault, carrying unac-

2 die in mishap at Dhargal HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, APRIL 5

A motorcycle rider and a truck driver were killed in a mishap along the highway at OshalbagDhargal on Monday night. According to reports, the mishap occurred at about 8.30 pm when truck driver Santosh Navlu Zore (30) of Mulgao, who was crossing the road after his dinner at a restaurant at Dhargal, was knocked down by a motorcycle. The motorcycle rider, Shannu Radhakrishna Parab (27) of Madhalwada-Virnoda, Pernem, was proceeding towards Virnoda.

BJP activists at a rally to demand ouster of Education Minister Babush Monserrate. Photo by Sachin Ambadoskar

counted money or any illegal acts wherein Babush in fact tops the chart,” he remarked. All legislators voiced concern on the issue and suspected the Centre, which is also led by the Congress, of influencing the Mumbai customs to let off Babush after 16 hours interrogation although the minister was caught ‘red-handed’ with unaccounted money. BJP legislator Laxmikant Parsekar alleged that Goa Gov-

ernment is full of thieves with several disgraceful activities reported during its tenure involving its own ministers. Babush, who was inducted in the cabinet in 2008, has found himself at the centre of a raging controversy with nearly 14 cases against him including attack on Panjim police station, IT habitat assault on youth congress by Babush’s supporters, his son’s arrest for raping a German minor and now the alleged illegal in-

vestment and ‘hawala’ transactions. BJP party workers including BJP Mahila Morcha raised slogans demanding sacking of the tainted minister and defeat the government in the forthcoming general assembly elections. BJP spokesperson Rajendra Arlekar charged the government of brushing under the carpet several wrong doings by its cabinet members. “The government is protecting its minister knowing the fact that they are involved in offences. It lacks positive attitude…we demand the government probe Nitin Naik, who was accompanying Babush during the trip,” he told the gathering. Other senior BJP leaders including Shripad Naik, Francis D’Souza and Damodar Naik also chorused that with several scandals surfacing and corruption escalating, the people of Goa should ‘knock out’ Congress government in the coming elections. After the rally, the BJP activists burnt effigy of the education minister.

State women’s panel demands ban on ‘Dum Maro Dum’ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

Strongly condemning the negative portrayal of Goan women in the forthcoming Bollywood flick ‘Dum Maro Dum’, the State Women’s Commission has demanded apology from the filmmaker and ban on the movie. “I strongly condemn the film depicting Goa in a negative light, especially portraying Goan women as loose character. This is completely unethical and a cheap gimmick to encash on it. We demand public apology from the film director (Rohan Sippy)

and government to ban the movie,” Goa State Commission for Women (GSCW) chairperson Ezilda Sapeco told Herald. The dialogue delivery by Bipasha Basu in the movie trailer “Over here (in Goa)....liquor is cheap, and the women are cheaper,” has created flutters even as the entire State has got together demanding ban of this movie. Former tourism minister and NCP legislator Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco had recently moved calling attention demanding government’s intervention to stop

the film from being released. The NCP leader said he will be approaching the High Court over the issue seeking to ban the release of the film. Responding to the issue raised by the legislator, Tourism Minister Nilkant Halarnkar also expressed concern over the negative portrayal and decided to take up the issue with the movie director. Sapeco said that the film’s release will severely dent the image of Goa. She warned that Goa’s warm hospitality to its visitors should not be misunderstood.

MPT shipment to get boost as SC lifts export ban on K’taka ore HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

The iron ore exports from Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) are likely to get a boost from April 20 onwards as the Supreme Court has lifted the ban on export of ore from Karnataka. The SC on Tuesday has given Karnataka government 15 days time to raise the required infrastructure to check illegal mining in the state. Various mining companies had approached SC pleading that even after lapse of six months; Karnataka had not lifted the ban on ore from the state. Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association’s (GMOEA) Executive Director S Sridhar said that exports will naturally go up due to lifting of the ban. “But we have to see whether they have ready stock to export or they

will start mining after April 20,” he added. As per the government figures, during 2009-10, when the transportation of ore from Karnataka was going smoothly, it had exported 7 to 8 million metric tonnes of ore. Goa exports overall around 45 million MT ore annually. Sridhar said that despite Karnataka ban there was no drop in the overall export from Goan ports as the local extraction compensated for the ban. Karnataka government had banned the transportation of ore for export purpose since July 2010. This was challenged by mining firms Sesa Goa, MSPL, SB Minerals, Minerals Enterprises and Sathya Granites before the Supreme Court. On Monday, the mining firms had submitted that the Kar-

nataka Government was not lifting its ban on transportation of iron ore for exports, despite the assurances given to the apex court that it was a temporary measure and would last only for six months. However, the period had lapsed and the Government was still not issuing permits to transport the iron ore extracted from their mines, they said. Earlier, in this matter, the apex court had on February 11 directed the Government to allow export of the iron ore that had piled up in major ports of the state following the imposition of a ban on overseas shipments. The Bench had said that if the State Government did not bring the proposed Karnataka Prevention of Illegal Mining Transportation and a Storage of Minerals Act, 2011, into force by the end

KA expansion plans hit as CCP resolves to revoke license HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

Kala Academy’s (KA) expansion plans have hit a major road block with the local civic body deciding to revoke the expansion licence granted for this government-funded organization. The Corporation of the City of Panaji’s (CCP) ordinary meeting held on Tuesday unanimously resolved to revoke the expansion licence granted to KA. The decision was taken after a debate on the issue with several corporators voicing their concern over traffic congestion and felling of trees due to this proposed expansion. “We will revoke the expansion licence of KA and serve them the notice,” CCP Mayor Yatin Parekh said adopting the unanimous resolution. The expansion of KA had hit the controversy recently after several trees were cut to make way for the additional facilities for this complex. The CCP corporators including the Mayor, corporator Kabir Pinto Makhija, Patricia Pinto and others had stopped the felling of trees. In yet another major resolution, the corporation today coo p t e d Pa t r i c i a P i n t o a s a Corporator on the CCP, who has been given a task for work out solution for vexed garbage issue of the city. “Her service will go a long way to solve solid waste management problem in the city,” Parekh told reporters after the

nThe expansion of KA was in controversy recently after several trees were cut to make way for the additional facilities in the complex. meeting. Kala Academy expansion issue, which was extensively debated in the meeting, was raised by Makhija, who took strong objection to the felling of trees for the expansion project. He also said that additional facilities to the existing complex will spill over the traffic on the main road causing chaos. “At present 50 cars can be parked at KA complex but any addition to it will result in people parking the vehicles on the main road,” he added. Even otherwise when there are simultaneous programmes, people have to park the vehicles at the roadside. “Expansion will further stress the existing infrastructure,” he said. Makhija was supported by corporator Surendra Furtado who lamented illegal felling of trees. He said that the KA act was merciless. Responding to the question from opposition, Commissioner Elvis Gomes made it clear that the licence was granted only after Planning and Development Authority (PDA) approved them permission for expansion.

“The proposal had not come to us directly. It had come through PDA,” he stated. The meeting also resolved to stop the exhibitions held in KA and also to curtail the number of exhibitions held at Campal Parade ground and at Don Bosco High School. Furtado said that the exhibition at parade ground puts normal life out of gear due to traffic congestion. “It also results in the traffic mess and also garbage menace,” he said. He, however, said that the exhibitions at Don Bosco should be spared as they generate revenue which is utilized for the education of poor children. The members also decided to levy fees on car park and to fetch additional income on garbage collected from these exhibitions. In a similar issue, the members expressed their discontent due to traffic congestion created due to Caculo Mall at St Inez. The issue was raised by local corporator Tony Rodrigues, who demanded that there should be at least some control on the car parking. He suggested that the parking should be allowed at only one side of the road and not at the both. He was supported by the opposition benches, who also believed that heavy traffic menace creates a major hurdle in the movement of hospital and fire department vehicles.

of March, mining firms would be entitled to get interim relief.

Grants passed amidst din HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 5

The demands for grants of six departments were passed today in the Legislative Assembly amidst noise by the Opposition Benches demanding sacking of the Education Minister Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate for smuggling Indian currency outside the country. The congratulatory motion moved by the Environmental Minister Alexio Sequeira congratulating the Indian cricket team for winning the World

Cup, could however not be taken up as the opposition disrupted the proceedings before staging a walk to the well of the House. Voting was taken up on the demands for grants for ministries like Labour, Municipal Administration, Employment, Fisheries, Ports Administration and Tourism. Speaker Pratapsing Rane put to vote on the demands for grants, which were passed through voice vote although discussions could not be held.



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UPCOMING EVENTS Summer workshop at Alto Dabolim PANJIM(HND): A summer workshop for children and teenagers will be held at Simply Ballroom Dance Studio, Alto Dabolim from April 12. Learn Indo Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Freestyle etc from a trained instructor Pragya Jain from a recognized Institute of Performing Arts, Mumbai. Registrations should be done by April 10. For details call 9923323611/ 9423057191/ 9822150348.

TAG’s awards PANJIM (HND): Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) awards for Konkani Song and Music will be presented on April 7 at the Black Box, Kala Academy, Panjim, at 4.45 pm. A musical programme by Konkani singer Lawry Travasso and his troupe will also be presented on the occasion.

CME programme at GMC PANJIM (HND): The Department of Pathology in collaboration with the Indian Academy of Cytologists will be organising a CME (Continuing Medical Education) Programme on Adrenal Tumors on April 13 in the Pathology Department Seminar Room. The faculty comprises of Dr Madhumohan Prabhudesai, Head of Urology Department of Goa Medical College, Dr Vamoshi Kota, Postgraduate from the Radiology Department of GMC, Dr Eugene de Sousa and Dr Maria Vineeta, Postgraduates from the Pathology Department of GMC. The CME programme will be chaired and coordinated by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto. The topics to be covered at the CME will be Adrenal Pheochromocytoma and Adrenal Myelolipoma. The clinical features, Imaging, the Gross, Microscopy, the incidence and the management of both these Adrenal Tumors will be discussed. Goa Medical Council has given CME accreditation to the CME and this is open to Doctors. The CME programme is coordinated by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto.

‘Goa Civil Code’ book release PANJIM (HND): The Goa High Court Bar Association will organise the release of the book ‘Outline Goa Civil Code’ by Adv F E Noronha on April 8 at Seminar Room, Lawyer's building, High Court Complex, Altinho, Panjim, at 4.30 pm. The book is a project for consolidating the main areas of Civil Law in force in Goa both Portuguese and Indian as well as loose and overlapping legislation into a single Civil Code for the State in English with various innovations in line with the modern Civil Code in other countries. The book will be released by the chief guest Justice S C Dharmadhikari Senior Judge of the Bombay High Court at present in Goa. Guests of honour will be Justice A P Lawande, Justice P M Reis, Advocate General S S Kantak and Chairman of Law Commission, R D Khalap. The function will also be attended by the Chairman and members of the Executive Committee of the Bar Council of Maharastra and Goa.

Anniversary celebration PANJIM (HND): The Vidya Vikas Mandal will organise a programme to commemorate the 75th birth anniversary of late Adv H M N Gaunekar, founder president of Vidya Vikas Mandal on April 9 at the Govind Ramnath Kare College of Law auditorium, at 10.30 am. The event will also include the felicitation of commissioner for NRI affairs, Eduardo Faleiro.

Garbage menace continues to haunt Cortalim residents HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, APRIL 5

The ghost of garbage menace continues to haunt Cortalim residents with the local panchayat apparently running out of ideas to solve the vexatious problem. A visit to the village will find garbage strewn across along the roadsides, high storm drains, open places and of course Cortalim fish market where fisherwomen are forced to burn garbage, thereby emitting plumes of toxic smoke. Cortalim-Quelossim Sarpanch Anthony Miranda however appeared to be helpless in solving the crisis. “We had submitted the file to the Mormugao Block Development Officer (BDO) for tendering garbage collection, but the BDO has raised various points including identifying of the place for disposal of garbage.” “Place for garbage collection and its treatment is a major issue since almost the whole of village comes within the prohibited distance of the funnel area of the Dabolim airport,” Miranda added. Asked whether the garbage will be allowed to rot because of these difficulties, Miranda said “As a stopgap measure, we have informed our contractor to collect garbage on trip basis until such time a suitable place is identified.” However, to tide over the


Two persons were saved from drowning off Baga and Sinquerim coast on Saturday. According to reports, Gautam Jain (29) of Chennai was rescued off Baga by lifeguard Ravi Shelkar while he struggled in deep waters. In another incident at Sinquerim, Santosh M (25) of Bangalore was rescued by lifeguard Laxman Rupaji while he too struggled in deep waters and called for help.

Heaps of garbage at the Cortalim fish market. Photo by Alvaro Colaco

menace, Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho after identifying the site held a meeting of various authorities including the Naval and AAI officials to study the feasibility of

the site for dumping and treating of garbage. However, the proposal received a setback after a section of residents opposed the site at the Cortalim gram sabha.

Musical operetta at Panjim PANJIM(HNB): An English musical operetta ‘When Christ was crucified’ will be staged at Kala Academy Open Auditorium Hall Panjim on April 9 and at Ravindra Bhavan Margao on April 10 at 7 pm. The operetta revolves around the families of Joaquim and Ann, holy family of Nazareth and the family at Cana. The musical highlights how God choose Mary to give the world Jesus and how God continue to give Jesus to the world through each one of us. The operetta will feature some of Goa’s prominent musicians, singers and professional choreographers. The operetta is organized in aid of Eco mission for the Goa Province of the Society of Pilar. Donation passes of Rs 100 are available at St Paul’s Panjim, Furtado’s and Champs, Panjim and Margao and at Light House, Margao.

Cortalim affected by water shortage HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, APRIL 5

Some areas of Cortalim have been experiencing water crisis for the last couple of days after the pipeline suffered a rupture. A local resident Anthony Mendes from 2nd Arvale informed Herald that the residents had to go without water for 3 days. Assistant Engineer, Kunju attributed the problem to the breakdown of the pipeline at Cortalim Junction and informed that the pipeline had already been repaired and water restored. “The residents will receive water by today (Sunday),” Kunju said.

‘Lok Ayukta’ workshop at Mapusa HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 5

Asha Family Responsibilities and Rights Association will conduct a Workshop on ‘Prevention of Corruption (Lok Ayukta)’, on April 9 at Asha Centre Hall, Sweet Home Building, 1st Floor, Near Kenkare Hardware, Next to Marjorie Apts, Mapusa, from 10 am to 12.30 pm. The Workshop will be conducted in Konkani and English and is open to all. Registration is free. For details call 2256445 /9822166876 or Email: trustasha

CCP dy mayor feted at Chorao HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, APRIL 5

Corporation of the City of Panjim Deputy Mayor Rudresh Chodankar was felicitated by residents of Chorao at Mahavishnu Temple in Chorao. Cumbarjua MLA Pandurang Madkaikar felicitated Chodankar on behalf of the residents and hailed his election as deputy mayor. Speaking on the occasion, Madkaikar said it’s a rare occa-

Old Stories of yore

Temple of Artemis

Cumbarjua MLA Pandurang Madkaikar felicitates CCP Deputy Mayor Rudresh Chodankar

sion that people request a person to represent their constituency in the election. “Rudresh is a lucky person since people are requesting him to be their leader. It’s only due to his leadership qualities and the generosity that he is being forced to represent the people,” stated Madkaikar. Replying to the felicitation, Chodankar said he was shocked and surprised with the memorandum given to him by villagers of Chorao and Mayem constituency, requesting him to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections. "I respect the sentiments of the people and if people want me to contest the forthcoming election, I would definitely do so," he said.

Dignitaries present on the occasion included Sarpanch Salvador Cruz, Deputy Sarpanch Requeta Colaco, Sadanand Vaigankar, Panch members Nilima Kalangutkar, Dilip Dalvi, Pandurang Bandodkar and Councilor Yeshwant Madkar. Earlier, Salvador Cruz welcomed the people, Shamba Kalangutkar introduced Chodankar, Mahesh Amonkar and Tukaram Kholkar read the memorandum. Sadanand Vaigankar, Pooja Mayekar, Sanjay Kandolkar and Anand Narvekar spoke on the occasion. Mahesh Chodankar compered the programme, while Agnelo Rodrigues proposed the vote of thanks.

School is temple of learning: Fr D’Souza A

column and a few scant fragments strewn on the ground are all that remains of this Seventh Wonder of the Ancient World.

According to Strabo, the Temple of Artemis was destroyed at least seven times and subsequently rebuilt just as many times as well. Archaeological findings instead attest to at least four reconstructions of this temple, starting in the 7th century B.C. It is said that the Artemision was built on an existing temple site, which had been washed away in a great flood. Although the existence of this ancient temple cannot be sufficiently substantiated, it is commonly considered the first Temple of Artemis.

Cretan architect Chersiphron and Metagenes erected the Ionic dipteral temple in the 6th century B.C, around 550 BC. It was reportedly around 377 feet long and 180 feet wide.It was supposedly the first Greek temple built of marble, with peripteral columns some 40 feet high. The row of single columns was doubled to make a wide ceremonial passage around the room that housed the goddess' cult image.

In a misguided attempt to become famous, the temple was set on fire by Herostratus. Strangely enough, the destruction of the temple coincided with the birth of Alexander the Great. He also offered to finance the reconstruction, but his offer was turned down and eventually the temple was finished only after his demise.

The successive structure, again built entirely of marble, was begun in 334 and was finished in 250 B.C. The third temple was larger than the second; 450 feet long, 225 feet wide and 60 feet high, with more than 127 columns. Literary sources describe the temple's adornment by paintings, gilded columns of gold and silver, and religious works of renowned Greek sculptors Polyclitus, Pheidias, Cresilas, and Phradmon. Endoeus, a pupil of Daedalus, is said to be the sculptor of Artemis' main cult image.

The temple served as both a marketplace and a religious institution. The sanctuary was visited by merchants, tourists, artisans, and kings who paid homage to the goddess by sharing their profits with her. Recent archeological excavations at the site revealed gifts from pilgrims including statuettes of Artemis made of gold and ivory, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and artifacts from as far as Persia and India.

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Fr Tony Lopes, the Superior General of the Society of Pilar, inaugurates school building in the presence of Fr Kyriel D’Souza, the Provincial Superior and Fr Anthony Silva, Principal of Fr Agnel Central School. HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, APRIL 5

Invoking a special blessing for the children to grow and learn, Fr Kyriel D’Souza, Provincial Superior of Goa Province, stated that school is a temple of learning where the children learn to choose good and reject evil. Fr D’Souza was speaking after Fr Tony Lopes, the Superior General of the Society of Pilar, inaugurated a new school building opposite the Pilar bus stop on Saturday. The first phase of Fr Agnel Central School building was blessed by Fr D’Souza. Speaking on the occasion, Fr D’Souza stated that Pilar Fathers always work for nation building which respect universal values of democracy and human rights. “We realize that education has a crucial role of promoting democracy and building tolerant societies so as to bring about a world where all people can live in peace and harmony, and where diversity is respected,” stated Fr

D’Souza, the former Episcopal Vicar for Religious in Goa. Fr D’Souza, a professor at the Pilar Theological College, said: “Lot of importance is given to peace-related disciplines such as value education, moral education, growth-oriented activities with deeply rooted human values that would teach love, compassion, trust, justice and reverence for the human family and all life on our beautiful planet.” Fr Anthony Silva, Principal of the School, stated that Fr Agnel Central School, started in 2009, having 310 students from nursery to Std 2 will be affiliated to CBSE Board. The school will come under the Goa Province of the Society of Pilar. St Andre MLA Francis Silveira, Vicar General of the Society of Pilar Fr Walter Gomes, Central Delegate Superior of Pilar Complex Fr Nazareth Fernandes and School Manager Fr Milagres Barreto were present on the occasion.

S H O RT TA K E S North lifeguards excel

The winning North Goa lifeguards team.

CALANGUTE(HC): The North Goa Lifeguard team won the ‘Run Swim Board Relay Race’ against its South Goa counterparts in the competition held to inculcate the spirit of competition by Drishti Special Response Services at Colva Beach. The competition was held between the North and South Goa sector lifeguards to ensure fitness and competitive spirit among the personnel. According to a press note, the race was won by the lifeguards of North Goa sector and awarded the CMD Rolling Trophy. Director of Drishti Special Response Services Moses Menezes gave away the trophy to the winning team of North Goa.

Farmers camp at Cansaulim

MLA Mickky Pacheco inaugurates farmers camp at Cansaulim in the presence of Nelly Rodrigues, Martha Saldanha and others.

PANJIM(HND): The Mormugao Block of GPMSA and Village Panchayat of Cansaulim organized a gala farmer’s camp at Cansaulim Village Panchayat where over 200 farmers attended the camp which was organized by Martha Saldanha, President of Mormugoa Block. Earlier Sarpanch Minguel D’Costa welcomed the gathering. It was decided to form three farmers clubs at Arrosim, Cansaulim and Cuelim. At the request of Martha Saldanha Mickky Pacheco volunteered to donate 4 jute bag making machines to women SHGs. Mrs. Nelly Rodrigues, state President said the GPMSA office staff Tisha Pereira would help in formalities of registering the SHG’s and Farmers Club. Other panch members present were Vicentina Vaz, Terezina Azavedo, Lydia Gracias, Jose Manuel Fernandes, Esha Naik, Ferwin Saldanha and others. The programme was compered by Ferwin Saldanha.

JCI training workshop organised

Chief guest Adv Vallanka Alemao along with other dignitaries and participants at the two day training workshop ‘Leader and Parliamentarian’ of JCI India hosted recently by JCI Salcete Coastal at Longuinhos Beach Resort, Colva.

PANJIM(HND): Leader and Parliamentarian (LAP) the level 1 training event of JCI India for Zone XI (Goa and Maharashtra) was hosted by JCI Salcete Coastal recently at Longuinhos Beach Resort, Colva. The two-day residential training course was attended by 31 participants from JCI Chapters of Marine Lines, Poona, Pimpri, Khed, Margao, Calangute, St Inez, Bicholim, Colva, Vasco, MPT, Ponda, and Fatorda. The chief guest for the inaugural function was Vallanka Alemao and the guest of honour, was the Zone President, Jc Saiprasad Naik. The event was chaired by Jc Karuna Satardekar. The main resource person for the training was Jc Chandrahasa Rai from Puttur and Jc Ameya Kamat and Jc Amol Kamat were the other resource persons. Dignitaries present for the occasion were Zone Vice President, Jc Amey Naik, Jc Milind Desai, Immediate Past Zone President and President of JCI Salcete Coastal, Jc Wyn Coutinho who welcomed the gathering for the inaugural function. The chief guest for the closing ceremony was Executive Vice President, JCI India, Jc M Vasudevan from Tellicherry.

Lions hold blood donation camp PANJIM(HND): Lions Club of Mala Fontainhas, Panjim, organised voluntary blood donation camp, in association with Don Bosco College, Panjim at the college hall. 68 units of blood were collected by the Blood Bank team of the Goa Medical College (GMC). A talk was held earlier by Lion Jovito Lopes and Dr Sanjay Korgaonkar and coordinated by Ms Joyce Manlur to motivate the students to blood donation and impress upon them of its importance. The chief guest for the function was Principal of Don Bosco College, Dr Marie Raj. Lions President Barnabe Sapeco, Secretary Anand Jadhav, James Vas, Maruthi Kamu, Ezilda Sapeco, Dr M N Pal, Shailesh Joshi, Ramesh Kunder and Shardha Kunder were present on the occasion.

Bal Anand melawa organized

MAYEM (HC): Chandrakant Gawas said parents and teachers are more responsible constituents to create the future of their children. He was recently addressing the gathering after inaugurating Bal Anand Melawa organised by Radhakrishna Shishuwatika which is run by Saneguruji Dnynopasana Mandir at Shantaramnagar, Bordem-Bicholim. Association President Mohandas Amonkar, Vidhydhar Shirodkar, Krishna Marathe, Rayu Sawant, Pundalik Pal and others were present on the occasion. Varsha Chodankar compered the function, while Vidhyadhar Shirodkar proposed the vote of thanks.



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PMC condemns CO’s order on Sopo collection HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, APRIL 5

Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) members have condemned chief officer’s decision to pass an order allowing a private party to collect Sopo from vendors. It may be recalled that on March 29 during a special council meeting, the councillors had unanimously decided to withdraw market Sopo collection tender, which was awarded to a private party at a cost of over Rs 61 lakh. Addressing a press conference in Ponda late Friday evening, all the 13 councillors termed the decision of the chief officer as “illegal”. The councillors feel that they are being taken for a ride. According to the councillors, Chief Officer Jayant Tari on Friday passed an order allowing the private contractor to collect Sopo. The councillors have urged the vendors not to give Sopo to the private party. “This is mockery of our decision. We had promised vendors that there will be low Sopo rates and it will be collected by the municipality”, said Councillor Sanjay Naik. “This is unjust. We the councillors had taken a decision that Sopo should be collected by the municipality. The chief officer was also present during the discussion, but to our surprise an order was passed by the chief

n This is unjust. We the councillors had taken a decision that Sopo should be collected by the municipality. The chief officer was also present during the discussion, but to our surprise an order was passed by the chief officer allowing that private contractor to collect Sopo. officer allowing that private contractor to collect Sopo,” stated Sanjay Naik. “Since there were complaints from vendors, we took the decision in the interests of the vendors as well as customers. Vendors had complained of high fees being charged by the Sopo collector which in turn increased prices of the goods sold. So we decided not to allow private party to collect Sopo,” he added. “The members will decide on future course of action in a day or two,” informed councillors.

KBM urges members to attend rally BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 5

The Konkani Bhasha Mandal(KBM) has appealed to all its members, supporters and sympathizers to attend the rally organized by Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch at Azad Maidan, Panjim on Wednesday. KBM President, Prashant Naik also appealed to members of different cultural groups participating in Goa Yuva Mahotsav, to attend the rally in large numbers. “This is a crucial moment to safeguard our culture and language and any lethargy on our part will result in the destruction of our language and culture”, he asserted. Saying that the KBM sincerely believes that a child’s development takes place properly when the child studies in the mother tongue, he said it is a misconception that primary education has to be done in English for better future. Naik recalled that the KBM had publicly welcomed the government’s decision to introduce English from Std I so that the child does not face any problem while stitching over to English medium from Std V. “The KBM strongly believes that the standard of teaching at primary level needs to be revised and improved in order to prepare the children for the switch over in Std V”, he said, and appealed to Goans to be part of the movement aimed at protecting the identity of Goa and Goans.

Consumer Protection Council to hold national meet at Chaudi HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, APRIL 5

Consumer Protection Council (CPC), an NGO nationwide spearheading protection to consumers and pluck-out consumer cheating loopholes, will organise a mega national convention ‘Goa Pradesh Grahak Suraksha Adivation’ at Chaudi-Canacona on April 10. Addressing a press conference at Chaudi on Monday, CPC National Secretary Shankar Prasad Vemula said this will be the second such convention held in the State after a gap of 24 years to make the consumers aware of their rights, where 350-odd consumer activists in their own rights will be felicitated. There is a long-drawn list of felicities which includes freedom fighters, educationists, elected representatives, etc. “As many as 300 delegates from 28 states will attend the meet in Canacona and we expect the participation will cross 1,000,” said Vemula. “Previously, such convention was held at Vasco in 1986 and this is the second opportunity for Goans to reap its benefits,” added Vemula. Vemula, having his roots in Mumbai, further said: “Maharashtra as whole and Mumbai in particular has become almost consumer corruption-free and


CPC National Secretary Shankar Prasad Vemula (centre) addresses press conference in the chamber of CMC chairperson. Photo by Kathy Pereira

most people in totality are aware of their consumer protection rights in daily dealings.” “Goa is chosen as being one of the small states. We have learnt that rampant consumer cheating incidents are regularly taking place here,” said Vemula. “Over 1,500 consumer cases are taken up by the Council and settled giving justice to the consumers alone in Maharashtra. The figure is over 5,000 in the rest of the 28 states,” he said. “Before the Convention begins, a huge rally of stakeholders will be taken from Char-Rasta culminating opposite the Mamlatdar’s office at Chaudi,” he informed.

Former SMC chairperson Minguelinho D’Costa speaks at the election campaign meeting at Zanodem ward of Malkarnem Panchayat. Photo by Alfred Fernandes HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, APRIL 5

Though the Assembly elections are almost a year away, former Sanguem mayor Minguelinho D’Costa commenced his election campaign by organizing a series of corner meetings since last month. One such meeting was held at Zanodem-Malkarnem on Sunday, which was attended over 150 people, mostly comprising those from the Gaonkar community. Prominent among those present were former Sanguem Congress Block president Caitano

Martins Fernandes, Arya Zambaulikar, Umesh Gaonkar, Durgesh Naik, Joaquim Mascarenhas, Shripad Naik, Hari Naik, Gopal Gaonkar and Krishna Gaonkar. Speaking at the meeting, D’Costa, the aspiring candidate for the Sanguem constituency, made his intentions clear to contest from Sanguem constituency. He however kept the court open as to whether he will be contesting on any party ticket or as an independent. D’Costa made the voters

Women’s role vital for nation’s development: Khaunte HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 5

Porvorim Yuva Welfare Trust ( P Y W T ) C h a i r m a n Ro h a n Khaunte has stated that women play a very important role in the development of the nation. He was recently speaking at Halliwada-Britona after inaugurating the two-day workshop for women organized by PYWT in association with Central Board for Workers Association. Speaking further, Khaunte said in order to bring social equality in the country, the women empowerment is a must. Khaunte further said the real development of women will take place only when they become financially independent. Therefore, PYWT has formed about 80 self help groups of women and provided financial assistant to start its business ventures. “If the women become happy and financially independent, then the country will prosper. PYWT will endeavour to appraise the poor women about self-employment schemes of the government and will provide them necessary training, if re-

Porvorim Yuva Welfare Trust Chairman Rohan Khanuve inaugurates the camp. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

quired, to make them competent enough to avail those schemes,” said Khaunte. Education Officer from Central Board for Workers Education Mohan Sen conducted the programme. Hemashree Gadekar, lady mobiliser, gave a lecture on ‘Women Empowerment’ and narrated the business opportunities available

for women. The camp was attended by 60 women from Britona and surrounding areas. Certificates to the participants were distributed by Khaunte and former sarpanch of Penha-de-Franca Rajendra Naik. Gurudas Gaude compered the function and also proposed the vote of thanks.

Including a Supreme Court justice, the mega convention is also likely to be attended by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and Home Minister Ravi Naik. “We are in the process of finalizing the VVIP’s and other guests to the mega event.” Goa State President of CPC Devendra Naik Gaunkar informed that CPC will strive to bring more and more Janjagruti in various aspects of consumer rights, especially in weights and measures, medicines, etc, as Goa is allegedly well-known as having more rampant incidents of consumer cheatings incidents as compared to the rest of the states.

Gudi Padwa celebrated by organising rally at Bicholim returned to Ayodhya after completing 14 years of exile. In Bicholim, the people hoisted Gudi outside their houses. At Shivaji Maidan, similar Gudi was hoisted by Narayan Kulkarni in the presence of hundreds of people from Bicholim. Later, the children performed dance which attracted the attention of the people.

Former Sanguem mayor begins election campaign aware that his contesting either on a party ticket or as an independent will depend on his voters. “The decision to contest either as an independent or on a party ticket will be decided in consultation with the voters,” he said. Speaking further, D’Costa shared bitter experience he faced in the last assembly elections after all the Congress leaders from Sanguem constituency changed sides after the party ticket was allocated to him leading to his defeat in the elections. “Had all leaders supported my candidature, I would have won with an absolute majority,” claimed D’Costa. Congress worker Arya Zambaulikar, Umesh Gaonkar and Durgesh Naik also spoke at the meeting and expressed their views on the candidature of D’Costa. It is pertinent to note here that it will be for the first time that voters from Malkarnem will cast their votes in Sanguem constituency. All these years, Malkarnem formed part of Quepem constituency and with recent delimitation some parts of erstwhile Quepem constituency are merged with Sanguem and this includes villages of Pirla and Malkarnem.

Bicholim locals and several organizations celebrated Gudi Padwa in a unique way by organising rally in the wee hours on Monday. HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, APRIL 5

People from Bicholim and several organizations celebrated Gudi Padwa in a unique way by organising rally in the wee hours on Monday. About 300 people, especially women, participated in the huge rally that started at 5 am from Bordem, wending its way through Sharda Nagar, Sudha Colony, Naiknagar and ended at Shivaji Maidan Bicholim. The women were dressed in traditional sarees and were carrying Aartis while the men were carrying flags. They raised slogans in support of the country. The people also chanted bhajans while the rally went to the Shivaji Maidan.

Gudi is a bright green or yellow cloth adorned with brocade (zari) tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which gathi (sugar crystals), neem leaves, a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers is tied. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it. This gudi is then hoisted outside the house, in a window, terrace or a high place so that everybody can see it. Mythologically, the Gudi symbolizes Lord Ram’s victory and happiness on returning to Ayodhya after slaying Ravan. Since a symbol of victory is always held high, so is the Gudi (flag). It is believed that this festival is celebrated to commemorate the coronation of Ram when he

GOACAN to create awareness on World Health Day BY HERALD RPEORTER MARGAO, APRIL 5

GOACAN will observe a Consumer & Public Health Awareness Fortnight from April 7 on the occasion of World Health Day to highlight the various opportunities available to consumers to improve the situation of public health at the grass roots level. GOACAN Convenor Roland Martins said the NGO alng with the village based Consumer Forums will source information necessary for consumers to understand their rights & responsibilities linked to public health. He said volunteers will promote the use of the Urban Health Centres (UHCs) in the Municipal areas and the Community Health Centres (CHCs), Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and their respective Rural Medical Dispensaries (RMDs) & Sub-Centres in the Village Panchayat areas. ”The importance and functioning of the Goa Medical College Hospital, the new District Hospitals and their various Departments offering facilities to consumers will also be discussed during the Fortnight”, he said, adding that the volunteers will also work to activate the DHS promoted Village Health and Sanitation Committees at the Panchayat level by proposing a calendar of activities that can be undertaken in the village. He said GOACAN will prepare

Usgao-Ganjem p’yat demands taluka headquarters

n GOACAN will prepare volunteers for forthcoming gram sabha meetings to discuss proposals on Health Care, Sanitation of the village and the need for an Annual Village Health Status Report from the PHC. volunteers for the forthcoming gram sabha meetings to discuss proposals on Health Care, Sanitation of the village and the need for an Annual Village Health Status Report from the PHC. Consumer Forum volunteers will also create awareness about the importance of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), its implementation at the District, Taluka, Municipal & Panchayat level. “The volunteers will also create awareness on the scope and purpose of the Goa Public Health Act 1985 and Rules 1986, the role & powers of the Health Officer for issuance of NOC's, sanitary cards, health cards and the abatement of nuisances”, he added.

Usgao-Ganjem Panchayat has demanded to set up the Dharbandora taluka headquarters in Usgao. Addressing a press conference in Ponda on Thursday, the panchayat members threatened to launch agitation if the State government failed to agree to their demands. “Common people will face a lot of hardship to travel to Dharbandora due to traffic problems,” claimed members. Though the distance is barely 6 kms from Usago, members claim that heavy mining traffic leads to traffic blockade for hours and will mostly affect the Usgao-Ganjem Panchayat which has about 20,000 population. According to panch members, a resolution was passed in October last year requesting the State government to set up headquarters for Dharbandora taluka in Usgao. However, they claimed that nothing has been done. The members on Thursday made a representation to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat urging him to look into the matter. “We are not against formation of new Dharbandora taluka and neither have any objection to the decision of including UsgaoGanjem Panchayat. But our sinc e re a p p e a l t o t h e S t a t e government was to set up taluka headquarters in Usgao,” said Panch Ramnath Dangui. “Travelling to Dharbandora will be a headache to people from Usgao, as everyday thousands of mining trucks ply along the route. Even the land where government has planned to set up taluka headquarters do not have proper infrastructure, nor

there is better public transport facility. This will affect the people from our village as well as villages in the vicinity,” added Dangui. “If the government still does not look into the matter, then we are left with only option and that is to agitate. We are against government’s decision to set up taluka headquarters in Dharbandora,” added Dangui.

Youth Congress begins membership drive at Saligao HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 5

The Saligao Youth Congress commenced its membership drive at Saligao on Tuesday. All India Congress youth leaders Kiran Vagelha, Thakur Singh Sehgal, Dilip Kambli and others launched the booth-wise youth enrollment drive at Saligao Sporting Club House Hall. The meeting was attended by a sizeable number of youth from Saligao, Sangolda and Guirim forming part of the Saligao constituency. The meeting was also attended by Saligao Sarpanch Lucas Remedios, Guirim Sarpanch Ongus Menezes, Sangolda Deputy Sarpanch Nilkant Naik, former Saligao sarpanchas Bholanath Ghadi Sankhalkar and Dayanand Mandrekar and panchas of Sangolda, Guirim and Saligao. Addressing the gathering, Kiran Vaghela said: “We have been carrying out the membership drive from state-to-state and hope to cross the milestone in youth members of the Congress party.”


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Support struggle against corruption


eteran social activist Anna Hazare has vowed to fast unto death to press for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill. After seeking blessings in the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat, he marched from India Gate to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, where he began his fast yesterday. He was accompanied by Right to Information (RTI) activist Arvind Kejriwal and former top police officer Kiran Bedi. The broad consensus among civil society groups is that the central government’s draft Lokpal Bill is too weak to tackle the massive corruption that is rampant in India at present. They have drafted an alternative ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’, which calls for setting up of a Lokpal at the centre and Lokayuktas in all states – independent of the government’s control – as the only way to check corruption in public life. It has been authored by Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde, Arvind Kejriwal and Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan. This view is not only of activists, but of retired bureaucrats too. For example, retired top bureaucrat and former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah feels that while the Right to Information (RTI) Act has increased transparency, it cannot address questions of accountability and redress, and that is what the Lokpal Bill should do. There are several differences between the two Bills. The biggest is whether the decisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas should be recommendatory or binding. The Jan Lokpal Bill wants all decisions of the Lokpal at the centre and the Lokayuktas in states to be binding, the central government wants the opposite. The activists say that there should be a minimum jail term of five years and maximum punishment of life imprisonment for corruption. The government’s bill, however, recommends a minimum prison term of six months and a maximum punishment of seven years for corruption. The activists want a separate clause for whistleblower protection. The government says that it will move a separate legislation for witness protection. The activists are demanding that the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), all departmental vigilance committees and the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI’s) anti-corruption wing should be merged with the proposed Lokpal, who should have the power to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician, without waiting for approval or permission from the government. The government says that MPs, MLAs and the higher judiciary will all refuse to agree to any such provision. The National Advisory Council (NAC)’s Working Group on Transparency and Accountability has been trying to bring about an agreement between the government and activists, but the latter are not interested in token concessions. And, despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that he has “enormous respect” for Mr Hazare, he has refused to form a joint committee with civil society members to re-draft the Lokpal Bill. “Even if I lose my life, I will have no regret, as my life is dedicated to the nation,” Anna Hazare has declared. He needs the full support of every right-thinking Indian.

Public money in private pockets


he Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) is a movement to educate even the poorest of the poor. But when books under the SSA’s Reading Corner Scheme cost many times what they should, it smells of a scam. Which 20-page book can cost Rs190, and which 10-page book can sell at Rs80? The government needs to immediately stop this illegitimate flow of public money into private pockets!

Establish a single forum Paulo Mascarenhas, Panjim Our mother tongue Konkani was made a compulsory medium of primary education during the tenure of Dr Proto Barbosa, the then Chief Minister of Goa state. The salary paid to the teachers of primary section by the school management was a pittance. Later, Churchill Alemao, the then Chief Minister, gave these teachers the government salary with all other benefits. Now, batches have passed out from all schools, colleges and universities, ever since, and they are spread all over the world, but none of them suffered any harm in their career, because they started in Konkani, their primary education. On the contrary, it helped them to excel in Maths and Hindi language.


6 April 1911 Soccer match well attended

Out of initiative of Sangolda Football Club with the festive strains of music took place on the 3rd of the current month at the Ward ‘Guddo’ a friendly match between ward teams which was well attended.

Concert packed to capacity

Under the aegis of the Youth of Saligao took place at the edifice of Primary Education a dramatic concert which was very well attended.

Mando influences Goans

A beautiful Mando with lyrics in Portuguese and Konkani, accompanied on the piano by noted Goan Musicologist Prof Lusitano Rodrigues made its ambit in the scenario of Goan Mando.

Council meeting held

On the 4th of the current month under the Presidentship of Capt Souza Vidigal took place the meeting of the Advisory Council over national subscription at the Municipal Palace of the Vila de Mapusa.


Uniting colours for a better Panjim

Keeping Panjim clean and green is the mantra of the panel that won people’s mandate, says Dr Joe D’soUsA


t the outset, we must give due credit to Dr Oscar Rebello and all the friends of good governance for highlighting Panjim’s woes. It would have been more prudent if Oscar had started his good work much earlier to the elections. I am clear in my mind, that it was amidst stiff opposition and disgust, shown during the electoral process to the mushrooming of corruption, scams and deteriorating civic amenities, that Atanasio Monserrate realised the stark realities facing Panjim, and appealed to good spirited citizens of the capital city to again give him a chance to bring about sustainable development. The olive branch to his opponents existing in a variety of colours, to usher a white administration, is a very welcome step by Babush. So is the appointment of Patricia Pinto as a co-opted corporator. It wasn’t very easy either for Patricia to accept the Monserrate challenge, being a front runner in the GBA movement as well as a star campaigner against the lopsided and unscientific development seen during the last 5 years. The rebellion ushered by the PINC, saffron and the Blue movements has allowed Babush to move towards green and clean and the acceptance by Patricia to move forward to propagate the green brigade is surely in the interest of saving Panjim. There are those skeptics and cynics among us, who would always offer motives and reason out that Babush is now stooping down with a view to conquer Panjim and Patricia would be his initial first step to success. Let us all be practical and realistically analyse dispassionately, the woes of Panjimites in particular and Goans in general.. Over the last 10 years, the capital city in particular, has been left to degrade and degenerate. There have been garbage problems, challenges of the vehicle parking, mangrove massacres at Patto, sewage and water woes, open urination and problems of illegal washing of cars near parks and gardens, increase in the rate of crimes, numerous scams and bouts of corruption in the CCP administration, menace of casinos, and rise in alcoholism due to extended timings of bars, etc. In the last 5 years, while Salcete was able to draw in funds, be it for bridges, highways, garbage plants and other developmental works in the form of posh toilets, under-utilised bus stops and non-functional sweeping machines; the pride of Bardez and Tiswadi in the form of Mapusa, Candolim, Calangute and Panjim were unable to draw even a single paisa from JNNURM coffers, due to lack of will from the Goa government. It is crystal clear that Babush has before him a goal

Tongue in Cheek


ChAllenges BeFore CCP to usher in an all round development of Goa which today is centered around Salcete alone; all at the cost of entire Goa; save Valpoi under the control of Viswajeet Rane. Are Dayanand Narvekar and Agnelo Fernandes listening? There is no doubt, that with the entire Goa’s responsibility, as well as his presence at the national level for BJP, Parrikar’s hands are full. Parrikar himself finds it difficult to manoeuvre the Rs300 crore development funds for Panjim; as the Chief Minister , who is from Salcete, along with Joaquim Alemao , the Urban Development Minister have offered a luke warm support to the JNNURM funds by delaying the sending of detailed project reports to New Delhi to date. By avoiding the much desired Steering Committee meeting, which was last held over a year ago, the Salcete-centric Goa government has scuttled Tiswadi’s development. Thus Panjim first, Tiswadi thereafter and Goa ultimately seems to be at the back of Babush’s mind as the present Goa government has only offered dreams to Panjim and no concrete developmental funds or plans. It is time for us to pull up our socks and act Patricia is capable and competent to ensure Parrikar and Babush keep their politics behind for the moment and unitedly work to ensure that the Rs35 crore project on Solid Waste Management is initiated for Panjim before the JNNURM schemes closes in 2012. As a member of steering committee JNNRUM, we know fully well that project detailed reports on water supply and sewerage, parks, gardens

India : Cricket is more than just a game

ndia has produced several individual world champions, Vishwanathan Anand in chess, Vijender Singh in boxing and the Mahesh Bhupathi-Leander Paes duo in tennis, to name a few. But then, it must be said that nothing unites the country as much as is seen when an Indian team becomes world champions. The country witnessed euphoria when the hockey team lifted the World Cup in 1975. In 1983, Kapil’s Devils won the Cricket World Cup. In 2007 Team India won the T-20 World cup. And now Dhoni’s demons have won the 2011 edition of the ICC World Cup. The euphoria that followed the victory was unbelievable. In cities across the country people came out on the streets spontaneously to celebrate the stupendous victory. They danced and shouted till the wee hours of the morning. We have probably not seen such wild celebrations in the past. Strangers hugged one another, distributed sweets in an unprecedented outpour of emotions. Indeed, cricket unites the country like nothing else. It also unites the leadership

Our good leaders, instead of coming on the roads to keep their dignity, should establish a single forum and make an assessment of all good and bad, that came to our children ever since the introduction of Konkani in primary medium.

Too much money Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar On 2 April, Goa was in the news as its Education Minister Babush Monserrate was being intercepted at Mumbai international airport enroute to Dubai, with foreign currency beyond the permissible limits. Only Babush Monserrate and the customs officer who initially intercepted him will know the exact amount seized. Babush Monserrate cannot be entirely blamed. The onus is on the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for having opted for an Education Minister who was found lacking. What Goa desperately needs now is a ‘Lokayukta.’

English helps to compete Rocky Dias, Raia Education is a key to success. English schools have sprouted all over India and even in neighbouring Maharashtra. 2,500 English medium schools have sprung up in 2006. The English medium helps to compete with the best in the world. Command over spoken and written English is an asset for further studies, especially in medical and engineering colleges, besides universal transactions. English must be made the Medium of Instruction in schools. The languages best suited for the success of children is the prerogative of the parents and must be respected by the democratic government in Goa.

Learn in English Francisco Ribeiro, Porvorim Of late, much has been heard and read of the language controversy. It has been observed that those very ones who shout hoarse send their children to English medium schools. Queer logic. What then is mother tongue? From what has been observed, different communities have different mother-tongues spoken in their

and heritage, St Inez creek, mobility plans for Panjim are already prepared and gathering dust. Parrikar and Babush should compel the Chief Minister to forward these prestigious projects to New Delhi and draw up the funds that are depriving the development of Panjim and strangulating the city’s resident’s quality of life. The task before Patricia is arduous. Open urination and defecation, beggar menace, illegal car washing/repair, and avoidance of garbage fees by big businesses have to be tackled on priority. Their revenue generating possibilities and avenues are large for CCP; we must be diligent enough to tap the sources from the shop keepers mostly from outside Panjim doing business in the city. The entire focus on the control of plastic menace has been laid on the collection of plastic litter from highways, beaches and other symbolic gestures, where in the public money is wasted by engaging students and social activists to pick up the plastics all across Goa from its urban centers upto the rural corners. The Chak-a-Chak mission within a week turned into a Chek-Chek, (murky), as there is no scientific waste reduction process in place in our municipalities. Every Panchayat is misled into a process of “tom-foolery” by which the orders of the High Court are sought to be subverted, as the garbage menace is to be taken care of by the villages in Goa on an individual basis. The courts are told by the Goa Pollution Control Board that the Chaka-Chak campaign is taking care of the garbage

problems, through the funds available from the Ministry of Environment, but the garbage menace continue unabated as the menace of growing plastic litter and unscientific treatment of organic wastes is not addressed by scientists; but by makeshift environmental groups through the tacit support of Ministry of Environment aimed only at throwing dust in the eyes of the Courts. The public at large, which fund these Chak-a-Chak missions as an everlasting solution, would find it as a perennial deceitful problem. The Chak-a-Chak mission cannot remain as an everlasting process of possible mis-utilisation of funds. It is time to find a sustainable process for addressing the garbage woes of Panjim and Goa by establishing a SWM plant. The answer primarily lies in the reduction as well as banning use of plastic in market places and in packaging of consumer goods. As an alternate, use of forest based plant derived packaging, be it of straw, leaves, paper, card boards, jute or banana pulp commodities must be encouraged. This would not only generate income for our rural folks through social forestry, but would also put in check, the challenges of plastic choking our drains, mangroves, rivers and verdant green hill slopes and pastures. I have addressed these solutions to the Commissioner of CCP. The menace of the plastic lobby crying foul on the “employment” front, has to be tackled on a war footing, as the corrupt civic administrations are often well looked after by the powerful plastic lobby and the elected representatives, soon fall victims into the triangle of corruption. The public funds meant for garbage treatment in a scientific manner, is usurped by the contractors, civic administrators and the elected civic members and the garbage menace thus remains an everlasting challenge. The detailed project report for a scientific Solid Waste Management plant prepared nearly a year ago by Tetra Tech; New Delhi is yet to be forwarded to JNURM mission, New Delhi. Also, the project on the rejuvenation of the St Inez Creek is on hold. The Panjimites can do precious little to save the capital city from further degradation and this is reality. Today, Yatin Parekh is elected as the Mayor of Panjim. Parekh has exhorted all the “coloured groups” be it PINC or saffron to work unitedly to bring robust health to the degradation prone capital city. Keeping Panjim clean and green is the mantra of the panel which won the people‘s mandate. A healthy Panjim City is Yatin’s Babush’s, Parrikar’s and our dream too.

of the two neighbouring countries who could not see eye-to-eye post 26/11. The India-Pakistan semi-final gave a new lease of life to the dialogue between the two countries. Indeed cricket diplomacy can do a world of good for the two neighbouring countries. The game of cricket has given the poor people something to cheer about. For the average Indian, it is a welcome diversion from all the news of scams and corruption that had plagued the country. For once, politicians and politics took a back-seat while the cricketers took centre-stage. The game of cricket is a great leveller. Right from the most powerful politician in the country to the common man on the street, everyone gets engrossed in the game. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with the Congress General-Secretary Rahul Gandhi were seen in the common stands along with the common man. An Indian victory is celebrated as much as a loss is ‘mourned’ by the countrymen. It is not for nothing that the

Why this separatism?

B V S Priolkar, Margao

It is matter of great pride to see India’s triumph in the 2011 Cricket World Cup after such a long gap. Now, there is a mad rush by the central and state governments as well as other agencies, to offer awards and dole out cash prizes to the players. Each one is found competing with the other to give the maximum reward. It is seen that the rewards are offered selectively to players from a particular place/state. This amounts to sowing the seeds of separatism, which is unfortunate. All the players have played as a team and won the finals. It is improper for any state to identify a few to award the prize. Either you reward the entire team or don’t give anyone a reward. Some restraint has to be exercised on such announcements.

They prefer English Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco While taking a decision on the medium of instruction, it seems necessary for the Goa Government to take into consideration the fall-out of not having English as the medium of instruction in other states. With English becoming the preferred language of education even among the poor students, it is understood that the Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to lay emphasis on English right from Class I in its schools. A study by the Regional Institute of English (RIE) Bangalore has established that the percentage of enrolment in government schools which teaches in Telugu medium has drastically reduced at the Primary level whereas admission in the private residential schools which teaches in English has increased substantially in Andhra Pradesh. This should serve as an eye-opener to education administrators in Goa.

game of cricket is many a time referred as a religion and the cricketers are treated as demi-Gods. But then there is also a flip side to the all cricket hysteria. When India plays an important match the entire country comes to a virtual standstill. In Goa during the semi-final match the politicians preferred to complete the business in the house early and head home to watch the match. But then all this is pardonable as cricket is just not another game. There is a lot of hard work and prayers and vows made to deities that go to script a World Cup triumph. When MS Dhoni got a ‘Ghajini’ look, he was not making a style statement. The Indian captain had made a commitment to the deity close to Ranchi to shave off his head. The hair will be offered at the Balaji temple in Tirupati. Success does not come easy. It is not for nothing that team India is the number one team in Test matches as well as the One-Day Internationals. Our boys deserve all the attention, adulations and not to mention the goodies they are getting. Well done India.

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day

households. For many, it is Konkani and Marathi, for others English, Malayalam, Hindi and even Portuguese. So what should the poor child learn? Should he or she learn in all the languages? No. The only answer would be to learn English to have a perfect foundation in the universal language. Our children need this at a young age. This is a clarion call from the concerned parents which cannot be denied.

By Adelmo Fernandes

Abusive language in films Errol D’Souza, Porvorim Recently, I watched the an outstanding film true based film ‘No one killed Jessica’ in which featured actresses Vidya Balan and Rani Mukherjee. However, I was quite astounded and taken aback at the amount of offensive language and gestures in the film. I thought Bollywood was above rampant use of offensive language to sell movies but after viewing the film, it appears that they feel no responsibility over the huge influence they have on the next generation.

Confrarias and Masanias Augusto Monteiro, Loutolim During the Portuguese rule in Goa, there were two legislations known as: 1. Regulaments das Confrarias (related to Church). 2. Regulaments das Masanias. The administration of the business of those two bodies was done through staff appointed by the Government and money involved was collected from both the above bodies as derrama. However, under an agreement no 30:615 called Concordata legislative Decree dated 25th July 1940, between Papal authority and Portugal, and as a sequence in the year 1942, the Administration of Confrarias was handed over to Archdiocese. Consequently the Archdiocese took upon itself the responsibility of payments to the staff and related personnel

and stopped payment of derrama to the Government. However, no similar arrangement was entered into by the Masanias and the Government, perhaps, I believe because the Masanias do not have unified management? Derrama, paid by Masanias was certainly not tax collected exclusively by Masanias. There is no religious prejudice involved.

Bollywood’s Goan image Willie Severes, Majorda The movie ‘Dum Maro Dum’ has drawn strong opposition from some section of the house, and the public. Bollywood has always depicted Goans wrongly in Hindi movies. They usually show Goa as an epitome of drunkenness with drunkards and violent men and Goan females as bold and ultra-liberal. The politicians and the ‘susegadness’ attitude of Goans has allowed problems such as nudism, free love and flesh trade, major drug networks etc., to proliferate. But, our corrupt politicians insist that our once beloved Goa is still ‘clean’. The government should have objected to the shooting of the film in the state in the first place.

Margao PO, an eyesore Andrew Mohan Charles, Kerala

The Postal Department had, in recent years, indulged in setting up aesthetically appealing buildings. Its heritage buildings are generally well maintained. The Margao Head Post Office appears to be one such heritage building that went in for maintenance. One could see the public being inconvenienced as parts of the post office got shut down as the painting of walls and the relaying were on. The end result of shoddy workmanship was there for all to behold. This became an eyesore. The brightly painted roof had broken tiles laid and all the rubble was dumped right next to the pavement. The contractor dumped the rubble first in the garbage bins provided for household garbage. This broke the bins and garbage spilled on to the pavement. No action was taken by the government to keep the city clean. Is anybody serious or do we have a bunch of jokers around?

Paths of Wisdom Chrysippus Chrysippus of Soli was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was a native of Soli, Cilicia, but moved to Athens as a young man, where he became a pupil of Cleanthes in the Stoic school. When Cleanthes died, around 230 BC, Chrysippus became the third head of the school. A prolific writer, Chrysippus expanded the fundamental doctrines of Zeno of Citium, the founder of the school, which earned him the title of Second Founder of Stoicism. Chrysippus was the son of Apollonius of Tarsus but was himself born at Soli, Cilicia. He was slight in stature and is reputed to have trained as a long-distance runner. While still young, he lost his substantial inherited property when it was confiscated to the king’s treasury. Chrysippus moved to Athens, where he became the disciple of Cleanthes, who was then the head (Scholar) of the Stoic school. It is said too that he attended the courses of Arcesilaus and his successor Lacydes, in the Platonic Academy Chrysippus excelled in logic, the theory of knowledge, ethics and physics. He created an original system of propositional logic in order to better understand the workings of the universe and role of humanity within it. He adhered to a deterministic view of fate, but nevertheless sought a role for personal freedom in thought and action. Ethics, he taught, depended on understanding the nature of the universe, and he taught a therapy of extirpating the unruly passions which depress and crush the soul. He initiated the success of Stoicism as one of the most influential philosophical movements for centuries in the Greek and Roman world. Chrysippus is said to rarely have gone without writing 500 lines a day and he composed more than 705 works. His desire to be comprehensive meant that he would take both sides of an argument and his opponents accused him of filling his books with the quotations of others. (Source : Wikipedia)

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Govt, CBI spar over Lalit’s appointment PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 5

The government was at loggerheads  with  the  CBI  in  the Supreme Court today over the agency's decision to appoint senior advocate U U Lalit as special public  prosecutor  in  the  2G spectrum  case,  saying  he  did not meet the eligibility criteria for the task. Asked  by  the  apex  court  to issue  notification  for  the  appointment  by  today,  government raised technical objections to  Lalit's  appointment  saying that  he  should  have  worked under  the  State  or  the  Union government for at least seven years to be eligible as the case has been filed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Attorney General G E Vahanvati told a bench of justices G S Singhvi  and  A  K  Ganguly  that under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the special prosecutorhas to be working under the State or the Union government for at least seven years. Senior  Advocate  K  K  Venugopal,  appearing  for  the  CBI,

contended that Lalit had been appointment as the SPP could 2 G SPECTRUM CASE  in the lawyer's panel for the Mabe challenged at any stage and

The bench, which said that Lalit is one of the most competent persons for the case, allowed the government to make its stand clear on the issue by Friday.

harastra  government  and  the Centre  for  15  years  and  five years respectively and he fulfills the criteria. But the attorney general submitted that being in the panel is not sufficient and one should be  the  government's  standing counsel  for  seven  years  and sought one week time from the court  to  come  out  with  other name for the post. The court also said that the act does not mention the word “standing counsel” and the objection raised was highly technical  which  should  be  given “reasonable” interpretation. The  bench,  which  said  that Lalit is one of the most competent  persons  for  the  case,  allowed the government to make its stand clear on the issue by Friday. Vahanvati  said  there  were some apprehensions that Lalit's

it may derail the entire prosecution of the case. The CBI has registered cases against former Telecom Minister A Raja and others under various provisions  of  the  Indian  Penal Code, the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The  CBI  had  on  April  1  informed the apex court that Lalit will be appointed as special public prosecutor for assisting the special court, set up for the exclusive trial of the 2G spectrum case. Venugopal had told the court that the agency had been facing lot  of  difficulties  in  finalising the name of specialpublic prosecutor to lead a team of its prosecutors  in  ssisting  the  special court for trial of the 2G case. He had said the CBI faced difficulty  as  most  of  the  senior counsel have been hired by one

or the other party. Maintaining that in the given circumstances, Lalit was the best choice  as  CBI's  special  public prosecutor,  Venugopal  had pointed out that he had a vast experience in various criminal laws. The agency in its first charge sheet alleged that Raja, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja's personal secretary R  K  Chandolia,  Shahid  Usman Balwa and Sanjay Chandra entered into a conspiracy for manipulating  the  procedure  for allocation of spectrum with the aim of favouring companies like Swan  Telecom  and  Unitech Group. Others named in the charge sheet include Vinod Goenka, a director  of  Mumbai-based  DB Realty, which was also the promoter  of  Etisalat  DB,  Sanjay Chandra, Managing Director of Gurgaon-based real estate company Unitech and Unitech Wireless(Tamil  Nadu)  Pvt  Ltd  and Gautam  Doshi,  Hari  Nair  and Surendra Pipara, Group Managing Director and two senior vice presidents of Mumbai-based Reliance Telecom Company. 

Sonia to press for rights to Tamils

:-Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva meeting with President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavn on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: Reaffirming India's support  for  the  Sri  Lankan Tamils, Congress president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today said New Delhi would continue to press Colombo for constitutional  amendments  to ensure equal rights and status to ethnic minorities in the island nation. “In our neighbourhood, there is no issue closer to our heart than the Sri Lankan Tamils' issue. There was significant progress last year and India had committed and provided large sums of money for their rehabilitation," Sonia said here at a joint election  rally  with  DMK  President and  Chief  Minister  M Karunanidhi. (PTI)

Thailand seeks visa on arrival from India PTI NEW DELHI , APRIL 5

Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva today said India sould grant  visa  on  arrival  to  Thai tourists to boost two-way travel. “We  hope  that  we  will  be able to get visa on arrival which is something that will boost the number of visitors here," Vejjajiva told PTI after his meeting with industry leaders. He said that though his country went through a difficult period last year because of political unrest,  Thailand  received  a record number of 16 million foreign  visitors,  including  eight lakh Indians. "It seems that tourism is fully recovered, it is actually continuing to grow at a very healthy pace.  What  we  actually  need now is to do further facilitation," he said. Vejjajiva  said  that  he  had raised the issue of seeking visa on arrival for Thais with India's Foreign  Minister  S  M  Krishna and would also take up the same with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.  Last year, about 50,000 Thai

n We hope that we will be able to get visa on arrival which is something that will boost the number of visitors here. Abhisit Vejjaiva citizens came to India mainly to visit Budhists sites. In his meeting with members of leading business chambers Ficci, Assocham and CII - it was emphasised  that  there  should be direct flights between popular  destinations  of  the  two countries. Inviting  investments  from Indian  companies,  the  Thai prime  minister  said  that  his country has shortage of skilled manpower and would seek cooperation in this area with India. "India is a workplace to some of those skills – language skills, IT skills that will help us to fill that gap...,” he said.

Asked  what  holds  the  two countries  to  sign  the  comprehensive  free  trade  agreement, expanding from the limited pact, Vijajjiva said that he expects the FTA to be inked some time later this year. With Thailand due for elections in the next few months, its  Parliament  will  be  able  to give its approval to the FTA only in the second half of this year. Thailand has witnessed antigovernment  violent  protest  in the  recent  past.  However,  the situation has improved and its economy is growing by a healthy 8 per cent. Meanwhile, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said that India is committed to concluding  negotiations  with Thailand  for  a  free  trade  pact by this year-end, a step which will  help  in  doubling  bilateral trade of USD 6 billion by 2014.  Vejjajiva said to maintain competitiveness, Thailand is considering a significant reduction in the corporate income tax. Vejjajiva said Indian businessmen can explore opportunities in sectors like pharmaceutical, auto parts, chemicals, software

CBI plans to send teams  abroad to trace hackers  PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 5

Against  the  backdrop  of  the attack on its website by "Pakistan Cyber Army", the CBI is considering  to  send  its  team to the US and Europe to trace hackers involved in the defacement. Sources said the agency officials have pin-pointed three Internet Protocol (IP) address --  a  unique  numerical  label borne by each computer in a network  that  use  worldwide web  for  communications  -two  originated  from  Seattle,

Pennsylvania  in  the  US  and other in Daugavpils, Latvia in northern Europe. They  said  the  agency  has moved a local court here seeking  permission  to  access  authorities in the US and Latvia for collecting information on the IP addresses. The CBI had on December 4  last  year  registered  a  case against  unknown  persons  of “Pakistani  Cyber  Army"  for hacking and defacement of its website under various sections of Information Technology Act. The website was unauthorisedly  accessed  and  defaced

in the intervening night of December 3 and 4, 2010.

According to the CBI, the IP addresses in the US has been linked to Inc. (Amazon Web Services) and  Network  Operations Center  Inc  whereas  the t h i rd   o n e   i s   t r a c e d   t o DEACDCRIGAHOSTINGNET, Digitalas  Ekonomikas  Attistibas  Centres  24  J.  Riga in Latvia. “We are investigating the matter. An application has been filed before the court to get access to authorities in the US and Europe to get information.  We  would send a team to trace hackers  once  we  have  the  desired information,” a senior CBI official said. He said initially the CBI will seek details of network administrators  and  other technical information used to  log  in  to  the  network used  in  hacking  the  CBI website. The  CBI  had  secured  its website  from  the  hackers after  putting  up  more  secure features on its portals in January. 

and ICT. “Our two countries have significant  synergies  in  the  pharmaceutical  industry,  a  market that  has  been  broached,  but which  remains  largely  untapped,” he said. Talking  about  dealing  with the challenges of security, the Thai  prime  minister  said  that both the countries :"We have to face  new  challenges  and  new forms  of  security  threats  like piracy  and  terrorism...issues even related to climate change and natural disaster.” “I  think  these  are  the  areas where  cooperation  can  be  expanded...Apart  from  strengthening  the  internal  laws  and enforcement against sharing of intelligence information, particularly  timely  coordination  is going to be the key and we hope that  there  will  be  agreements down  the  line  on  number  of these issues,” he said. He further said that both the countries  should  also  look  at energy  networks  as  well  gas pipelines  “where  there  is  a

great  potential  in  the    future,”

‘WikiLeaks revelation, one-sided’ PTI KOLKATA, APRIL 5

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb  Bhattacharjee  has termed as “distorted” and “onesided” the WikiLeaks revelation that he had invited Dow Chemicals  to  a  proposed  chemical hub, saying invitation was made on condition that the company owned  responsibility  of  compensating  Bhopal  gas  tragedy victims. “I  had  categorically  stated that we want Dow Chemicals to invest in the proposed chemical hub in the State, subject to the company accepting responsibility for compensating the victims of Bhopal gas disaster. The responsibility aspect has been left out in the cable,” Bhattacharjee said in a statement here. Commenting  last  night  on the  cables  released  by  the whistleblower  website  on  his reported conversation with US treasury secretary Henry Paulson in  October,  2007  at  the  state secretariat,  Bhattacharjee  said he explained the context as otherwise confusion might prevail on his statement which was presented in a “distorted and onesided” manner.

Troops for West Bengal polls NEW  DELHI:  Eighty-eight trains  and  heavy-  duty  IL-76 transport  planes  will  ferry  security personnel to poll-bound West Bengal and eight lakh food packets have been ordered by the Home Ministry for them. The  ministry  is  going  to launch a massive logistical exercise  to  transport  around 70,000  Central  Armed  Police


Force (CAPF) to West Bengal . West Bengal will have a sixphase polling from April 18-May 10. As part of one of its biggest logistical  operations,  the  88 trains have been booked to several destinations of West Bengal from different locations in Tamil Nadu  while  each  of  the  IL-76 planes will make three trips from Chennai  and  Madurai  airports to Kolkata and Bagdogra.





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Hyderabad gets closer to Metro AGENCIES HYDERABAD, April 5

L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd (L&TMRHL) Tuesday announced that it had achieved financial closure for the Rs.16,375 crore Hyderabad metro rail project, described as the largest ever fund tie-up in India for a public private partnership. L&TMRHL Chairman Y.M. Deosethalee told a news conference here that the financial closure for the 71-km metro rail project was achieved in a record six months. The metro rail system cost is being financed through an equity of Rs. 2,768 crore (20 percent), debt of Rs.9,906 crore (70 percent) and government grant of Rs.1,458 crore (10 percent). Since the government has already frozen the metro rail project cost at Rs. 12,132 crore and the viability gap funding (VGF) at Rs. 1,458 crore, the balance portion of the increased cost is being funded through debt and equity by L&T.

‘Mishap victims too to be examined for liquor’ PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 5

A Delhi court has ordered mandatory medical examination of both the accused and the complainant in a road accident case, questioning the perception that the mishap victim is not at fault. Motor Accident Claims Tribunal Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma gave the order taking on record the city police chief's submission to the court that the police will now subject both the driver of an offending vehicle and the mishap victim to medical examination to ascertain who exactly is under the influence of liquor. "Now the investigating officers will mandatorily have medical examinations of both the accused and the complainant/injured (victim) to find out who

has consumed liquor so that the tribunal can reach a conclusion as to whether the accident had taken place because of negligence of the complainant himself," said the judge in her order. The court gave its order as the city police had earlier informed the court that it has already issued relevant directions to all the police officers, including its Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners, Station House Officers and other officials. The judge said it is not necessary that the person, injured in an accident, is "not guilty of rash and negligent act." "At times, even an injured may be at fault and may have received injuries due to his own fault or due to consumption of alcohol by him. This fact is often

ignored as at times it is presumed that the person receiving injury was not at fault," the court noted. The court passed the order in its bid to improve various institutional mechanisms to streamline traffic on Delhi roads. Earlier it had passed orders aimed at regulating the issuance of additional driving licence to ensure that a person, after cancellation of one licence for being involved in a road accident, is not able to get an additional licence from other parts of the country. The court had taken the task of streamlining issuance of licence after it detected a case involving a man who continued to drive a Blueline bus even after cancellation of his license following an accident in 2005.

CPI-M plans road show after TC padayatras PTI KOLKATA, APRIL 5

With Mamata Banerjee's 'padayatras' drawing thousands, the ruling CPI-M not to be outdone has also planned a similar roadshow on coming Saturday by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in his Jadavpur constituency in the city's southern part. "Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will participate in a roadshow from the Jadavpur police station to Sonarpur covering a distance of seven kms," CPI(M) state secretariat member Robin Deb told PTI. Deb insisted there was no question of the chief minister taking a leaf out of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's book. "On the contrary, it is Mamata who is following in the footsteps of CPI-M which had in the past organised huge processions on

issues of public importance in the city and elsewhere, in some of which Buddhada himself took a leading part," Deb, who is looking after CPI-M's campaign in the Jadavpur constituency, said. Last Sunday, Banerjee along with former state chief secretary Manish Gupta, who is the candidate of her party in the Jadavpur constituency against Bhattacharjee, at her side organised a mammoth padayatra covering several constituencies. She walked the 12-km route from Gariahat to Garia in one of the most successful road shows organised by the Trinamool Congress. In her earlier padayatras too, people participated overwhelmingly to catch a glimpse of the leader who is widely perceived to be the next chief minister of the state.

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Parrikar and repeated their demand. The Speaker however did not budge while BJP members started protesting loudly and rushed to the Well of the House. The Speaker then adjourned the House till 2.30 pm. Even when the Assembly session resumed after the lunch break, the Opposition benches once again forced the Speaker to adjourn it for the day, demanding to discuss the issue of Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate’s detention and sacking him for smuggling Indian currency outside. The Speaker once again refused to entertain the request and conducted the business of the House – demands for grants – amidst the noise. Parrikar argued that he had read about the minister and his son (Rohit) in a national tabloid of their detention with the unaccounted foreign currency. “It is an important issue and we have to discuss it. Don’t you find this a serious offence?” he questioned the Speaker. The Opposition disrupted the proceedings and once again rushed to the Well of the House forcing the Speaker to adjourn it.

Monserrate’s explanation

I was not aware that one couldn’t carry a traveller’s cheque worth this amount on a tourist visa.” Monserrate, who was released on bail yesterday, has been summoned with details of his personal accounts by Customs officials on April 8.

CBI to probe

Adv Desai sought one week’s time to submit an affidavit giving details of the third case. The Court on February 22 had made the Government of India a party respondent to the public interest litigation. In February, Goa government in its submission to the High Court had claimed that they had written to the Centre in January entrusting the CBI to take over the cases allegedly involving Israeli drug barons Atala and Dudu, and police officers. However, the notification according consent to transfer the cases came only on February 16, 2011. The drug nexus was exposed last year after Swedish model and Atala’s jilted girlfriend Lucky Farmhouse caught on camera her boyfriend bragging about his links with policemen and smoking charas. Atala mysteriously fled India few weeks after he was released on conditional bail earlier this year.


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Iron ore rally faces headwinds as Karnataka ban lifts REUTERS SYDNEY, APRIL 5

The Supreme Court on Tuesday moved to lift an eight-monthlong ban on iron ore shipments from its key Karnataka state, a decision likely to weigh on prices of the steelmaking ingredient as it frees more cargoes from the world's No 3 supplier. The action shows India, which has quadrupled taxes on iron ore exports and

raised freight rates in bid to curb overseas sales, may not be ready to let go of millions of dollars in export revenue. But analysts say iron ore prices are unlikely to collapse following the court ruling with demand from top buyer China remaining strong and new additional capacity in the global seaborne market unlikely to come through until 2013 or 2014.

India's steel sector is years away from even getting close to the status of top producer China, which last year produced 100 million tonnes more than the combined output of the rest of the top 10 producers, which include India at No 5, data from the World Steel Associa tion showed. The move also weakens plans by India's top iron ore

producing state, Orissa, and another exporting state, Chhattisgarh, to impose export bans. Karnataka is the second biggest iron ore producer in India. The southern state, in a crackdown on illegal mining, has banned shipments since July 26 last year. Around a quarter of India's annual exports of around 100 million tonnes comes from Karnataka. Because of the ban

India's iron ore exports fell for an eighth straight month in February. Tight supply from India, largely courtesy of the ban in Karnataka, helped spot iron ore prices leap to record highs near $200 a tonne in mid-February until demand from top importer China slowed amid a murky outlook for steel demand. Prices began to bounce back late last month as Chinese

steelmakers replenished rundown inventories. Spot iron ore prices are up a modest 2-5 percent so far this year after sliding from record levels in February. With more Indian material finding its way to the market, it may be tough for prices to even get close to last year's more than 40 percent gain. It is unlikely, however, that iron ore prices will fall sharply

as new capacity is only expected to flood the market from 2013 or 2014. Global seaborne supply of the key steelmaking component has been increasing by 20-40 million tonnes annually in recent years, but expansion plans by global miners like Vale, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton could boost annual supply by around 100 million tonnes from then.

Surana inks pact with Unichem HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 5

Surana Telecom and Power Ltd has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Unichem Laboratories Limited, Goa for transfer of its leasehold rights, consequent to closure of its "Jelly filled Telecom Cables (JFTC) business.

Oil climbs to highest since 2008 REUTERS NEW YORK, APRIL 5

Oil prices rose to their highest since 2008 on Monday, with Brent surging above $121 a barrel as Nigerian election delays and a short-lived strike in Gabon joined a list of geopolitical supply concerns. Prices rose for a third session on persistently weak volume, with Brent leading gains after news of delays to loading benchmark Forties crude. Libya's ongoing civil war and the latest signs of unrest in Yemen also affected the European market more intensely, traders said. The latest gains snapped prices out of a month-long trading range, once again shifting the focus to OPEC. The oil minister of Iran, which holds the group's rotating presidency in 2011, said Friday there was no need for a meeting. Brent crude for May rose

HK banks interested in India: HKTDC PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 5

The Hong Kong Trade Development Corporation (HKTDC), feels that more Hong Kong banks would set up operations in India if the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issues licenses to foreign banks. "Presently, we have HSBC in India. We feel some more banks will be interested in starting operations in India if RBI permits banking licenses to foreign banks," HKTDC's Assistant Executive Director, Raymond Yip, told reporters here today. India is the second-largest market for Hong Kong as nearly 11 Indian banks have their operations here, he said. "With the economy reviving slowly, we are expecting a few more Indian banks to set up their operations in Hong Kong," he said.

$2.36 to settle at $121.06 after reaching $121.29, the highest intraday price since August 2008. Several cargoes of Forties crude -- which typically sets the level of dated Brent benchmark -- loading in April are delayed due to a brief drop in North Sea Buzzard oilfield production last week, trading sources said. US crude rose 53 cents to settle at 108.47 after reaching $108.78 intraday, the highest intraday price since September 2008. "Brent is up on Libya, Yemen unrest and the Nigerian election," said Phil Flynn, analyst at PFGBest Research in Chicago. "US crude is hesitant because there is still worry that the Federal Reserve might be nearing a rate hike or tighter policy, which would lower liquidity and demand and strengthen the dollar," he added. The US Federal Reserve is set

to end the second round of its bond buying program in June, and some Fed officials have argued for a move away from the loose monetary policy. Investors awaited Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech ahead of a Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta conference, scheduled for 7:15 pm EDT (2315 GMT) Monday. The European Central Bank has its policy meeting on Thursday and is expected to raise interest rates by 25 basis points from a record low in reaction to rising inflationary pressures in the euro zone. STAYING ABOVE $100 US oil prices have risen 4 percent in three days, aided by a government report last Friday that U.S. employment registered solid growth for a second month in March and the jobless rate hit a two-year low of 8.8 percent. Many analysts now say oil

MSRTC to ply Mumbai-Goa


The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) plans to introduce two new routes between Mumbai-Bangalore and Mumbai-Goa by April-end. The MSRTC will conduct one trip daily on both the routes on an experimental basis. This step has been taken after the success of the Mumbai- Pune AC route. MSRTC’s newly introduced brand, Ashwamedh, a name given to the Jumbo axle Volvo buses — which have an additional eight seats compared to normal Volvo buses — will ply between Mumbai and Bangalore, while Shivneri will ply between Goa and Mumbai. MSRTC will also soon fix the ticket rate of the both the routes. “As it is a government undertaking, we can assure

that rates will be affordable,” said Kapoor. The Shivneri buses, which were introduced in 2004 by MSRTC, dominate the MumbaiPune routes. “After every 15 minutes, you will find a blue Shivneri bus running on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Our strengths are punctuality, security and better buses,” said Deepak Kapoor, managing director and vice chairman, MSRTC. In 2010-11, there has been a 37% increase in the number of commuters travelling by AC buses offered by the MSRTC. The MSRTC owns 72 Shivneri buses and plies 68 trips daily from Mumbai to Pune. Private companies such as Neeta Travels, which once dominated the Mumbai-Pune are now trying to implement the service model followed by Shivneri.

prices are likely to continue to trade above $100 a barrel, supported by rising production costs and higher budgetary requirements in Saudi Arabia, making the world's top exporter less inclined to raise production to cool prices. But it's unclear where prices might peak, given OPEC's reluctance to formally act to raise production targets despite exports being lost to Libya's civil war and concerns that high oil prices are stoking inflation. US crude trading volumes remained thin after the previous two weeks saw the lowest weekly volumes for 2011. Brent trading volumes on the Intercontinental Exchange were below the 30-day average and only about 10,000 lots below U.S. crude volumes on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with less than an hour of post-settlement trading left on Monday.

Maruti raises prices by upto Rs 9,000 REUTERS MUMBAI, APRIL 5

Maruti Suzuki, India's largest car maker, has raised prices between 1,100 to 9,000 rupees ($25-$203) across all models, a company spokesman said on Tuesday, its second price increase in three months. The increase, ranging from 0.2 percent to 2.4 percent for various models, is effective from April 4. "The price increase is to partially cover rising input costs," the spokesman said. Maruti, 54.2 percent owned by Japan's Suzuki Motor, last raised prices in late January, by up to 2.4% across most models. Maruti's models are priced between $4,400 and $18,400. The company had reported an 18-percent decline in third quarter net profit as higher royalty payouts and rising input costs weighed on margins.

A Volkswagen Beatle covered in a green grass-like material is "fueled" with electricity at the Hannover Messe 2011 technology fair on Tuesday in Hanover, central Germany. According to the organizers, exhibitors from 65 countries will present their latest products during the trade show running until April 8, 2011. France is this year's partner country.

Silver hits 31-year top REUTERS SINGAPORE, APRIL 5

Silver jumped to its highest since early 1980 on Tuesday on inflation concerns, a rise in ETF holdings to another record and growing industrial demand, while gold hardly moved as the euro held below this week's five-month high versus the dollar. In addition to rising investment demand for silver as a cheaper alternative to gold, an expected increase in physical buying from China was likely to support the metal, which gained 22 percent in the first quarter -- its ninth consecutive quarterly increase. Silver, widely used in electronics manufacturing, rose as high as $38.73 an ounce and was quoted at $38.64 an ounce by 0301 GMT, up 22 cents. "We do see a lot of demand for silver from China, so we think silver used in solar panels have increased. We think China will have a lot of demand for silver in the medium to long

India's retail king Kishore Biyani's Future Capital Holdings (FCH), plans to open 100 'Financial Superstores' and eyes loan disbursals of Rs 1,000-crore during this fiscal. FCH plans to open these 100 superstores within Future Group's all retail formats. It will start with Big Bazaar, Hometown and Ezone outlets. "We plan to launch 100 stores in FY 12 and during this period the company targets to have over 1,00,000 customers and disbursals of around Rs 1,000-crore of secured loans. We are looking at providing integrated financial services all under one roof," FCH's MD and VC, V Vaidyanathan said. Vaidyanathan, the former CEO and MD of ICICI Prudential, quit the ICICI group to join and rebuild Kishore Biyani's FCH after Sameer Sain parted ways with the company. Vaidyanathan, who is credited with launching many retail initiatives at ICICI Bank, said that though financial stores is

"I think China has turned to silver jewellery since last year because it's cheaper. I do see demand for silver from China for jewellery and I also heard China is buying silver for hedging purposes," said a physical dealer in Singapore. "Gold is very quiet, although I do see light physical buying from Thailand." US gold futures for June GCM1 rose $4.5 an ounce to $1,437.5 an ounce. The euro held below this week's five-month high against the dollar and 11-month peak versus the yen as investors paused to assess how much it can make in fresh gains given that expectations for interest rate rises have largely been priced in. The Nikkei slipped on Tuesday with the mood soured by Tokyo Electric Power's fall to an all-time low, but was set to stick to a tight range for a third day as a post-quake rebound looks to have run its course.

not a new concept globally with retail giants like Walmart having around 1,000 such centres called Walmart money centres, India is yet to witness this phenomenon. "Financial services is something you cannot buy standing at a kiosk. We, therefore, thought of setting-up these stores which will have all kinds of products from insurance to home-loans under one roof," Vaidyanathan said, adding that the company will provide loans to SMEs against gold, home and property loans, distribute mutual funds, offer wealth management services and equity broking solutions. While the company will offer SME and gold loans directly, it would tie-up with banks for auto and home loans, he said. The company is in the process of tying-up with all major public sector banks. On its overall loan-book, Vaidyanathan said the company's loan-book for FY 11 stood at Rs 3,000-crores and it expects the same to grow to Rs 5,000-crore in FY 12.


Amongst the Asia's largest milk co-operative, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) selling dairy products under the brand 'Amul' today said it will expand its the distribution network to 3,000 towns over next six months from 1,000, as it targets to be a Rs 12,000 crore brand by next year. "We will appoint 200 super distributors over next six months period in remote towns of India so as to expand our network to 3,000 towns," GCMMF Managing Director R S Sodhi said. "Our dry product range will first be introduced through this channel, and later on other products will also be made available there. Each super distributor shall cover 50 sub dealers," he said. Amul currently has presence in all the major cities covering around 1,000 towns, across the country.

"So far we have a strong presence in all the major cities beginning from J&K to Kerala. The idea is to now reach the smaller towns having population between 5,000 to 10,000 people," Sodhi said.

The provisional turnover of the federation by March ending this year stood at Rs 9,780 crore up from Rs 8,006 crore in the corresponding period a year ago, a jump of 22 per cent. "We aim to be a Rs 12,000 crore brand by next year," Sodhi said.

Don't hike key rates beyond 25 bps, bankers plea to RBI PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 5

Bankers today requested the Reserve Bank not to hike key rates "beyond 25 basis points" in its quest to tame inflation in the forthcoming monetary policy announcement on the ground that anything higher can have an adverse effect. "We told them that an increase of 25 basis points in repo and reverse repo would be okay. Anything higher can

have a negative impact, especially on the credit growth front," Indian Banks Association's chief executive, K Ramakrishnan, said. Top bankers, including Bank of Baroda's CMD M D Mallya who is also the IBA Chairman, Canara Bank CMD S Raman and Union Bank's chief M V Nair, among others, met RBI officials here in the customary pre-policy meet before the annual policy announcement on


TeamLease Services, India's largest composite staffing and education company, said that it had completed an equity fundraising of Rs 100- crore to fund the vocational education expansion of the company. This capital was raised from ICICI Venture, one of India's leading alternative asset management companies, and existing investor Gaja Capital Partners, a press release stated. TeamLease Services, focused on the organised temporary staffing market since 2003, entered vocational education by acquiring the Indian Institute of Job Training (IIJT) in 2010. IIJT operates over 150 centres that deliver classroom and satellite training in five domains -- finance and accounting, IT infrastructure, sales and marketing, retail and English/soft skills.

GCMMF distribution to spread over 3000 towns

FCH plans to open 100 superstores PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 5

term," said Natalie Robertson, commodities strategist at ANZ in Melbourne. "With China focusing more on renewable energy, especially after the nuclear crisis in Japan, they will probably be developing a lot more solar panels. Fundamentally, the silver picture looks very strong as well." IShares Silver Trust said its holdings rose to a record at 11,162.45 tonnes by April 4 from 11,139.52 tonnes on March 24. But some analysts remain wary of silver's extreme volatility, which has led to some heart-stopping reversals in recent years. When commodities sold off heavily in mid-March, silver dropped nearly 5 percent in a single day, versus gold's 2 percent fall. Gold added 30 cents to $1,436.85 an ounce -- below a lifetime high around $1,447 an ounce struck last in March. Trading was slow, with financial markets closed in Hong Kong and mainland China.

TeamLease raises Rs 100-cr

May 3. Interest rates would be stable with banks not expected to tinker with their rates till the policy, Bank of Baroda's Mallya, told reporters after the bankers meeting with RBI officials. "Liquidity is reasonably good and therefore I don't expect any (interest) hikes (by banks) immediately," he said. In its efforts to tame the runaway inflation number, the Re-

serve Bank had hiked its key rates - the repo at which it lends to the banks and the reverse repo at which it absorbs extra cash from banks - a record eight times in the last year. Inflation, which stood at 8.31 per cent in February 2011, is still above the comfort mark and in the last mid-quarter policy, the RBI had said its policy stance would be directed towards bringing the number

down. Industry, whose cost of credit goes up with every rate hike getting transmitted in lending rates, has voiced reservations against repeated rate hikes saying it will stifle growth. Ramakrishnan said banks also told the RBI that they expect deposits to grow 17 per cent this fiscal while credit can expand by up to 22 per cent. This is based on the esti-

mates of GDP growth in the Union Budget announced recently, the IBA official said. However, the contentious issue of high CD (credit deposit) ratios of the banks during low deposit mobilization months was not discussed in the meeting, Ramakrishnan said. Other issues like sectoral credit growth, especially in real estate and infrastructure, GDP

growth and foreign direct investment flows were also discussed, he said. The bankers also asked the Reserve Bank to extend the deadline for MFI loans restructuring to June (from March), Mallya said. "Now that we (banks) are taking a consortium-based approach in the restructuring, we have requested the RBI to extend the deadline till June 30," Mallya said.

"Our major dairy products have registered a double digit growth in volume terms, while Amul Spray Infant milk food brand has now become a Rs 1,000 crore brand," Sodhi said. "Our milk procurement has grown by around three per cent this year. As per the provisional figures, the average milk procurement this year was nearly 96 lakh kgs per day up from 93 lakh kgs per day in the year ago period," he said. The federation's milk procurement has risen nearly by 67 per cent as it has begun purchasing milk from states like Maharashtra, Bihar, Haryana, Rajasthan, and West Bengal. "We are procuring 7-8 lakh litres of milk daily from outside Gujarat for over last six months," a GCMMF official said. GCMMF has network of 13 district cooperatives, engaging 29 lakh dairy farmers spanning 12,000 villages of Gujarat.

REIL FY11 turnover at Rs 134 cr PTI JAIPUR, APRIL 5

The Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd (REIL) said its turnover has increased by 34% as compared to the previous fiscal to Rs 134 crore in 2010-11. REIL has supplied Solar Power Packs to 144 panchayat Samitis and 931 Gram Panchayats in Rajasthan.

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SEBI go ahead for Cairn takeover PTI MUMBAI, AprIl 5

UK-based Vedanta Group today said it has received market regulator SEBI's nod for a USD 9.6 billion deal to acquire a 51 per cent stake in Cairn India and will launch an open offer soon. "We have already received SEBI's approval for an open offer. The issue will open very soon. Within the next one to two days, we will send out the

mails regarding this to all concerned," Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal told reporters here. The Vedanta chief also appeared confident that the deal to acquire a majority stake in Cairn India, promoted by Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy plc, would soon receive the approval of the government. "We have a deadline of April 15 and I believe the government will give its approval before that... The royalty issue has to sorted out with the government and the ONGC. We can... take up that issue later," he said. The deal, which has been hanging fire since November, 2010, is likely to be considered

for final approval by the Union Cabinet at its meeting in the national capital tomorrow. As per the Takeover Code of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the acquirer is required to come out with an open offer to give an exit option to existing shareholders. The deal was announced in August, 2010, wherein British energy giant Cairn Energy agreed to sell its majority stake in Cairn India to Vedanta group. However, the deal has been hanging in fire as Cairn India after initial reluctance, made conditional applications for government approval on November 23, more than three

months after the announcement of the deal by its parent firm Cairn Energy plc. The conditional approval sought by it came with a rider that government consent was not mandatory and that the corporate deal involving a share transfer does not trigger partner state-owned ONGC's preemption rights. However, the oil ministry has conditioned the approval to the USD 9.6 billion deal on Cairn getting a no-objection from Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), which holds stake in eight out of the 10 properties of Cairn India. The deal is currently awaiting an approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic

Affairs (CCEA) and according to the petroleum Secretary S Sundareshan, Cairn Energy needs to take consent of partner ONGC before selling its majority stake in its Indian unit. "To my mind, they (Cairn) will require ONGC's consent," he had said yesterday. Sundareshan said his ministry had received applications for approval only in Novemberend, and the government did not delay in processing the application. Once the government's nod is obtained, the two firms can approach their shareholders seeking extension of the April 15 deadline, saying the conclusion now remains a mere formality. However, due to delay in getting regulatory clearances, the Vedanta Group will have to announce fresh schedule for the open offer. On August 17, 2010, just two days after the announcement of the deal, the Vedanta group had offered to acquire up to 20 per cent stake from public shareholders for a price of rs 355 per share.

FTA with Thailand: India for ending talks by yr-end PTI NEW DElHI, AprIl 5

India today said it is committed to concluding negotiatons with Thailand for the proposed comprehensive free trade pact by this year-end, a step which will help in doubling bilateral trade by 2014. "We are currently engaged in negotiating a India-Thailand free trade agreement (FTA), which will embrace in its fold, investment, services and trade

in goods, and we are committed to conclude negotiations by end of this year," Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said here at the business meeting with Thai prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. Sharma said through these steps, the bilateral trade between the countries will be doubled by 2014. The two-way commerce touched USD 6 billion last year. The Thailand prime Minister, who is here for a two-day visit, said: "India is today a world leader in the manufacture of drugs and in modern health care and the market in Thailand for medical equipment and supplies is around USD 800 million per year. Certainly this spells opportunity". He also said that the Indian construction sector, food processing and services can present Thai businessmen with investment opportunities. The two countries have already abolished the duties on 82 items under an 'Early Harvest Scheme' (EHS) launched in 2004. EHS is the initial phase of the proposed comprehensive FTA, which is to be upgraded into a full-fledged arrangement for reduction and elimination of duties on about 90 per cent

of goods traded between the countries. The bilateral agreement will be in addition to the IndiaASEAN FTA, which was operationalised in January, 2010. Thailand is a member of ASEAN. Besides the overarching FTA with 10 South-East Asian countries, India had already implemented a comprehensive market opening pact with Singapore and inked a similar pact with Malaysia last month. The country is also negotiating a similar agreement with Indonesia. Sharma also sought investment from Thailand in sectors such as infrastructure, agroprocessing and gems and jewellery. "We welcome Thai investments for developing coldchains, warehouses and food processing facilities which will be a contribution not just to the Indian economy but also to food security. We expect investments of USD 20 billion in the agro-processing sector in the next five years," he added. He also said Thailand can also explore investment opportunities in bamboo and rubber industry in the North-eastern region of India, which is rich in forest produce.

Aditya Birla mulls Idea stake sale REUTERS MUMBAI, AprIl 5

The controlling shareholder of Idea Cellular, Aditya Birla Group, is mulling a sale of its stake in the mobile carrier and has held talks with potential bidders including MTN Group, Bloomberg reported, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. Talks between Aditya Birla Group, which owns a 47 percent stake in Idea, and South Africa's MTN are at an early stage and may not result in a transaction, Bloomberg reported the sources as saying. The sources declined to be identified because the information is private. Malaysia's Axiata Group Bhd owns a 19% stake in Idea. Idea's market capitalisation is about $5 billion and Aditya Birla Group's stake is valued at about $2.35 billion, according

to data compiled by Bloomberg. Any deal with MTN would likely involve a mix of cash and shares, one of the sources told the agency.

BOARD MEETINGS Hazoor Multi Shiv Vani Oil VAS Infra Source:

MF FUNDA DEUTSCHE MUTUAL FUND has declared dividend under DWS Premier Bond Fund- Regular Plan and DWS Twin Advantage Fund. DWS premier Bond Fund is an open ended debt scheme with the objective to provide regular income by investing in debt securities including bonds and money market instruments. The quantum of dividend for distribution will be rs 0.60 per unit. DWS Twin Advantage Fund is an open-ended income scheme with the primary objective to generate regular income in order to make regular payments to unit holders, while its secondary objective is growth of capital. The quantum of dividend for distribution is rs 0.65 per unit. The record date for dividend distribution under both the schemes is April 8, 2011.

Sensex loses 15 points on profit booking MUMBAI: In choppy trading today, the BSE Sensex fell nearly 15 points from 3-month high as investors booked profits amid high crude oil prices, inflation concerns and weak global cues. The Bombay Stock Exchange 30-share barometer logged a fresh 3-month intra-day high of 19,770.21 before dipping over 178 points in afternoon trading to a low of 19,523.54 on heavy selloff. Fag-end buying helped it close at 19,686.82, down just 14.91 points or 0.08 per cent. Yesterday, it had moved up by over 281 points or 1.45 per cent, garnering 1,862.68 points or 10.44 per cent in 10 sessions since March 22.

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Jindal Steel, 713.1, 717.4, 698.25, 713.75 Jsw Steel Li, 967.05, 998.9, 946.1, 992.3 Kotak Mahind, 465, 465, 451.6, 456.1 Lakshmi Mach, 2310, 2325, 2280, 2304.7 Lanco Infrat, 40.35, 41.2, 39.75, 40.05 Larsen & Tou, 1697, 1705, 1658.1, 1667.5 Lic Housing, 236.3, 241.6, 231.1, 238.45 Lupin Limite, 416, 417.45, 408.5, 411.55 Mahanagar Te, 48.1, 49.95, 47.6, 49.3 Mahindra & M, 748.9, 748.9, 727.1, 733.45 Maruti Suzuk, 1300.35, 1322, 1282.8, 1310.85 Max India Lt, 168.8, 168.8, 164.35, 165.8 Moser­baer (, 44.5, 47.4, 44.05, 47.1 Mrpl, 66.25, 69.35, 66.1, 68.45 Nagarjuna Fe, 29.6, 30.25, 29.05, 30.05 National Alu, 99.5, 100.9, 98.25, 99 Neyveli Lign, 111.25, 113.45, 110.2, 112.5 Ntpc Ltd, 189.7, 191, 187.4, 188.05 Oil And Natu, 299.7, 303.45, 293.2, 296.5 Omaxe Limite, 139.5, 140.2, 138.5, 138.8 Oriental Ban, 396, 405, 393.1, 398.8 Pantaloon Re, 285, 299.8, 285, 297.25 Parsvnath De, 46.85, 47, 45.15, 45.5 Petronet Lng, 126, 127.9, 125.2, 126.8 Power Fin Co, 246.8, 253.4, 245.1, 251.75

Power Grid C, 105.5, 106.25, 104.15, 105.2 Praj Industr, 74.9, 77.25, 74.75, 76.8 Punj Lloyd L, 71.25, 75.95, 70.1, 75.4 Punjab Natio, 1194.15, 1202, 1176.75, 1197.95 Rajesh Expor, 103.1, 104, 99.5, 100.3 Ranbaxy Labs, 452.5, 468.7, 452.3, 466.15 Rashtriya Ch, 83.5, 85.65, 81, 85.05 Reliance Cap, 622, 630.9, 618.35, 625.8 Reliance Com, 109.7, 113.8, 108.85, 112.25 Reliance Ene, 1121.3, 1140, 1115, 1136.02 Reliance Ind, 670.7, 670.7, 651.1, 661.9 Reliance Ind, 1052.5, 1059, 1040, 1047.65 Reliance Pow, 134.4, 134.8, 132.1, 133.75 Rolta India, 147, 147.85, 144.75, 147.4 Satyam Compu, 67.45, 71.3, 66.8, 70.6 Sesa Goa Ltd, 295.85, 316.85, 295, 314.75 Shipping Cor, 115.25, 116, 113.4, 115.55 Siemens Ltd, 890, 893, 887.9, 890.35 Sintex Indus, 161.85, 166.7, 161.85, 164.55 Sobha Develo, 302.85, 312.5, 302.8, 310.9 State Bank O, 2784.5, 2803.7, 2742, 2796.25 Steel Author, 172, 176, 170, 175.5 Sterlite Ind, 174.65, 178.85, 171.8, 178.35 Sun Pharmace, 452, 455.9, 444.45, 449.35 Sun Tv Netwo, 440.05, 449, 437.45, 443.05

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Obama takes aim at second term AFP WASHINGTON, ApRIL 5

president Barack Obama is urging supporters to rebuild the energetic grass-roots powerbase that swept him to power on a wave of hope, in a subdued launch to his 2012 reelection bid. Four years after beginning an audacious tilt at history, Obama is a graying incumbent battered by multiple crises who admits that forging change is tough, in marked contrast to the euphoric "Yes We Can" rhetoric of his 2008 campaign. "We've... known that lasting change wouldn't come quickly or easily. It never does," Obama wrote in a predawn email to supporters on Monday after becoming the first openly declared candidate for 2012. Obama's move will allow him to start piling up cash for the 2012 race, for a warchest that could touch a billion dollars. Yet the White House insisted that right now, he was focused not on a second term but on solving America's problems. In an ironic counterpoint to his announcement, the US Justice Department showed how tough it can be to honour lofty campaign promises, announcing September 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would be tried at Guantanamo Bay along with four other accused co-conspirators. Obama had vowed to close the camp

within a year after taking office, but encountered fierce opposition in Congress, and it now appears the war-on-terror facility will remain open indefinitely. The high-stakes launch also came at a crucial point in Obama's first term that saw the United States dragged into a bombing campaign in Libya just as the president aims to strike a budget deal with Republican foes at home. Urging supporters to "protect the progress we've made," Obama sent out a video showing heartland Americans lauding

the change wrought in his first term. In one shot, an older, white voter named Ed from South Carolina previewed a campaign effort to convince voters who polls show often like Obama the person more than his policies. "I don't agree with Obama on everything, but I respect him and I trust him," the man said bluntly. Obama's new campaign logo includes the famous image of a rising sun used in 2008, this time nestled in the "0" of 2012. On, supporters can snap up a new range of branded merchandise, including 2012 badges, bumper stickers, mugs and tee shirts bearing the names of Obama and Vice president Joe Biden. Biden, on a trip in the key electoral state of New Hampshire, urged a crowd to recreate the electricity that helped he and Obama triumph over Republican John McCain and running mate Sarah palin in 2008. "The truth is we need the same energy," he said, before adding: "we plan on winning New Hampshire in 2012." Republicans quickly previewed their 2012 line of attack. potential candidate Tim pawlenty issued a frenetic Web ad shot in the style of a thriller, playing on one of Obama's favorite slogans.

Asian-born minister aims to become Merkel deputy

Cameron calls for new chapter in UK-Pak ties



Germany's Asian-born health minister Tuesday said he would campaign to lead Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners and become deputy chancellor after the foreign minister resigned as party head. philipp Roesler, 38, who was born in Vietnam and adopted by German parents, is the only declared candidate for the helm of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDp) after Guido Westerwelle said Sunday he was quitting after 10 years. "I have been an FDp member for 19 years and have fought hard for liberal values with a great deal of joy and passion. Therefore I have decided to take on more responsibility for this party in difficult times," he told reporters.He said he would assume the role of Germany's deputy chancellor if elected at a party conference in May.

Seeking a "new chapter" in the UK-pak ties months after accusing Islamabad of not doing enough against terrorism, British premier David Cameron today said pakistan has suffered heavily at the hands of militants. "Terrorism threatens both our countries. pakistan has suffered heavily...," Cameron, who is here on a day-long visit, said at a joint press conference following his meeting with prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. His comments came months after Cameron had charged pakistan with looking "both ways" on the issue of terrorism during his visit to India in July last year. Cameron had said that it was not right for pakistan to have any relationship with groups that were promoting terror, in comments that were seen as endorsing India's stand. However, the British premier

Rebels scoff at idea of Gadhafi’s son taking over

US does a U-turn, to try 9/11 plotters in military tribunals

Al-Qaida terrorist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed AGENCIES WASHINGTON, ApRIL 5

The Guantanamo Bay military courts will again be the venue for trying Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other accused plotters of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, more than two years after US president Barack Obama suspended their cases there. Announcing the decision Monday, US Attorney General Eric Holder said the administration remained committed to closing the detention camps at the US naval base in Cuba, but blamed the US Congress for passing legislation that effectively prevents trials of Guantanamo detainees on the US mainland. "We were prepared to bring a powerful case against the 9/11 defendants in Federal Court and, had this case proceeded as planned, I'm confident our justice system would have performed with the same distinction that has been its hallmark for more than 200 years," Holder said. "Unfortunately, members of Congress have intervened and

imposed restrictions blocking the administration from bringing any Guantanamo detainees to trial in the US." The announcement marks the latest retreat of the Obama administration from pledges the US president made during his inauguration week in January 2009 to overhaul the way the US prosecuted terror suspects under the administration of former president George W Bush. Holder announced in November 2009 that the five accused 9/11 plotters would be taken out of the Guantanamo system and tried in a Federal Court just blocks from where the felled World Trade Center stood in New York. At that news conference, he said Canadian-born terror suspect Omar Khadr and four other accused terrorists would remain in the Guantanamo system. But opposition quickly grew to New York being a venue for what would be the biggest terror trial the US could hold as long as al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and his immediate lieutenants remain at large. As critics raised questions of security, Republicans and many Democrats in Congress successfully denied the administration the funds it needed for transferring anyone held in Guantanamo to the US. "Sadly this case has been marked by needless controversy since the beginning, but despite all of the arguments and debate that it has engendered, the prosecution of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators should never have been about settling ideological arguments or scoring political points," Holder said.


Women from the Nepalese indigenous Kirat tribe wear traditional attire and jewellery as they participate in the second International Religion General Conference in Kathmandu on Tuesday. Hundreds of ethnic indigenous Kirat people have gathered in Kathmandu to attend the three-day international conference inaugurated by Nepal's President Ram Baran Yadav.

Minor held on adultery charge in UAE AFP DUBAI, ApRIL 5

A 14-year-old Arab schoolgirl has been detained on a charge of adultery for the past two weeks and forced to undergo a virginity test in the United Arab Emirates, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Gulf News said police in Ajman had arrested the her after she met up with her boyfriend on the roof of her family home. She has since been forced to undergo a gynaecological examination which "confirmed she was still a virgin", Gulf News quoted the girl's father as saying.

The radioactivity of saltwater near the Fukushima nuclear power plant reached 7.5m times the legal limit last weekend but has since declined, its operator


China's detention of internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei has sparked a petition urging his release, exposing alarm among the nation's liberal intellectuals who see his case as a test of how far a crackdown to stifle dissent could reach. Chinese officials have not commented on the whereabouts of Ai, who was stopped on Sunday from boarding a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong and taken away by border police. There is little doubt he has joined a lengthening list of dissidents and activists in detention or informal custody. Ai has been out of contact;

reported on Tuesday as Japan made a rare appeal for Russian help to cope with the contaminated waste. The Tokyo Electric power Company (Tepco) insisted that iodine, caesium and other ra-

dionuclides were being diluted to safe levels in the pacific, but the firm's inability to stem the leak has prompted concern among fishermen, seafood consumers and neighbouring countries. The data was taken from an area closer to the intake pipe of the cracked No 2 reactor than previous lower readings further out to sea. publication was held back for several days at the insistence of nuclear safety authorities who wanted Tepco to check its numbers after an earlier botched release. The latest figures show levels of radioactive iodine fell from 7.5m times the legal standard on Saturday to 5m times on Monday. Monitoring stations located several hundred metres off the coast also showed contamination has fallen to about 1,000 times the standard, compared with 4,000 last week. Tepco said even the large

With no end to Libya's bloody war in sight, a source close to the country's leadership said a Libyan envoy is floating the idea of ruler Moammar Gadhafi passing his power to a son -- a notion rebel leaders deem merely cosmetic. Under the proposal, Saif alIslam Gadhafi, 38, would help to usher in swift reform, the source said. But Saif Gadhafi has become one of his father's most outspoken defenders since the start of the unrest, despite once being perceived as a leading reformer in the Libyan government. But a proposal to shift power from Gadhafi to his secondoldest son is "a ridiculous offer," said Ali Aujali, a former Libyan ambassador to the United States who now represents the Libyan opposition in Washington.

"Libyan people, they decided, and they will not go back at all (to) Gadhafi or any member of his family," Aujali said. "His sons, they are killers -- they're just like their father." Aujali said the rebels are willing to offer Moammar Gadhafi and his family safe passage out of Libya in an exchange for an end to the fighting -- but that's as far as their offer goes. Meanwhile, more carnage spread in the besieged city of Misrata on Monday, and a rebel spokesman said a NATO-led effort to help protect civilians seemed nonexistent in some areas. Five people were killed and 24 wounded in Monday clashes between pro-Gadhafi forces and rebels in Misrata, two sources told CNN. Residents have said the city has been choked off by Gadhafi troops, with electricity and access to food cut off.

China artist’s detention tests depth of crackdown

Fukushima radioactivity hit 7.5m times legal limit AGENCIES FUKUSHIMA, ApRIL 5

today said he had come here "to mark a new chapter in the relationship between our two countries" and announced a 650million-pound aid for this country's education sector. The money, to be spent over the next four years, will be used to build or refurbish schools, train teachers and provide education to an extra four million children. He also said the US and pakistan have agreed to work on

doubling the existing bilateral trade in the next few years. The bilateral trade currently stood at 1.9 billion pounds. Cameron, who is on his first visit to the country, said the UK wanted to work with "our friends in pakistan". He said he had "very good and very detailed" discussion on the issues of education, healthcare, trade and security among others. He said it was in the interest of both pakistan and the UK to have a peaceful and democratic Afghanistan. Meanwhile, both the countries today formally launched an "enhanced strategic dialogue" aimed at strengthening their cooperation in key areas like security, the war on terrorism, trade, health and education. Cameron described the bilateral relations as "unbreakable" and said that the two sides had agreed on boosting cooperation in police services and intelligence-sharing.

amounts would have "no immediate impact" on the environment, though the chief government spokesman, Yukio Edano, has previously warned a prolonged leak could have a huge effect on marine life. In the latest attempt to stem the radioactive flow, workers will inject "water glass" or sodium silicate on the floor of the cracked pit. previous efforts involving cement, absorbent polymer and rags have been unsuccessful. Despite colouring the water with white bath salts, engineers have yet to trace the path of contamination. In a sign of the company's desperation, Tepco breached its own regulations on Monday by starting an intentional discharge of 11,500 thousands of less contaminated water into the pacific to make containment space for the more highly radioactive liquid that is seeping out uncontrolled.

his mobile phone is off. His wife, Lu Qing, told Reuters that police officers would not give her any information, and this detention appeared more serious than his recent run-ins with the government. "This time it's extremely serious," she said, adding that she was considering retaining a lawyer. "They searched his studio and took discs and hard drives and all kinds of stuff, but the police haven't told us where he is or what they're after. There's no information about him."

Ai Weiwei

The disappearance of Ai -- a burly, bearded 53-year-old avantgarde artist and designer -- who

had a hand in designing the Bird's Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has drawn condemnation from Western governments. The United States, Britain and Germany denounced China's growing use of extra-judicial detentions against dissidents who the ruling Communist party fears could spread calls for protests inspired by Middle Eastern uprisings. On Tuesday, the United States embassy and European Union delegation in Beijing repeated those denunciations, illustrating

how Ai's case could escalate into a diplomatic row. Chinese activists are also increasingly alarmed about Ai's detention, and supporters in China and abroad promoted an online drive urging authorities to free him. "Today, every one of us could become an Ai Weiwei," Ai Xiaoming, an academic and documentary-maker in southern China, who is not related to Ai Weiwei, wrote in an essay about the petition that circulated on overseas Chinese internet sites.

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Anand elected Davorlim president


Anand Sawant was unanimously elected president of Davorlim Sports and Cultural Club at a meeting in Davorlim recently. Members at the meeting expressed their desire to form the much needed platform for youngsters and citizens for their all-round development. The other members are: Vicepresidents - Jayesh Vernekar and Vikas Naik. Treasurer - Sameer Naik. General Secretary - Laximidas Mangesker. Joint secretary - Parag Kerkar. Sports Secretary - Inacio Baco. Cultural secretary - Ravi Patel. Executive members - Niclau Fernandes, Manuel Costa, Francis Fernandes, Nilesh Naik, Caitan Costa, Anthony Costa, Sarfaraj Sheikh, Custorio Dias and Filomena Costa.

Customs hammer Curtorim, in quarters HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 5

Customs and Central Excise Veterans trounced Curtorim Veterans 7-0 in 1st All-India invitational veterans football tournament organised by Ponda Football Veterans at sports complex, Ponda on Tuesday. Customs were leading 3-0 at half time. Domnic Cabral scored the first hat-trick of the tournament while Franky Mascarenhas and Raffic Bepari scored two goals each to round off the tally. Customs dominated the proceedings while Curtorim could not adjust to the pattern of playing against the superior side. Customs could have scored in the very first minute in a oneto-one between Franky and Francis, but Franky’s try missed by an inch.

Customs shot into the lead when Francis gave a well measured pass to Franky who dogged past a defender and scored. Domnic doubled the lead when he got a pass from Francis and shot in. Then, from the flanks, Daniel released a pass to Franky and the last named essayed it to an unmarked Domnic who scored. Crossing over, Curtorim went all-out, but were unable to strike rhythm. Customs got their fourth goal when Richard squared to Franky who from the center eluded a defender and scored. At the other end, Curtorim’s hard working striker Salvador could have scored but Traver dived full length. Francis chipped from the flank and Domnic headed in to make it 5-0.

A Franky’s shot was partly cleared by Curtorim keeper and off the rebound Bepari placed to the left of the keeper. The final goal came when Beppari dogged past two defenders and chipped over the advancing keeper. SAI coach, Sushil Diwakar was the chief guest and gave away the man-of-the match award to Domnic Cabral. Now, Customs and Central Excise will take on Air India Veterans, Mumbai in the first quarter-finals on April 7 at 3.30 p.m. On the same day at 5 p.m. Kolhapur will take on Ponda Football Veterans in the second quarter-final. On April 6, the last pre-quarters will witness Salgaocar Veterans locking horns with Chandor Veterans. St Mary’s Convent High School, Mapusa, winners of State Level U-17 girls swimming organised by DSYA. Lavinio Rebello (PE teacher), Sr Namika (headmistress), Akshita Naik (individual champion with two gold and seven silver medals), Sr Eunica (manager) and Audrey Mohanan (PE teacher).

Domnic Cabral receiving the man-of-the-match award from Sushil Diwakar in the presence of club president, Manoj Keni and Agnelo Fonseca.


Hosts Curtorim Gymkhana downed Carmona Sports Club 3-1 to sail into the quarter-finals of All-Goa Curtorim Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Curtorim Gymkhana at Curtorim ground, on Tuesday. There was no score at half time. The match was evenly contested in the opening session with the teams showing spunk

and went all out in search of goals but failed to get past the rearguard. Crossing over, Curtorim went all out to attack and showed better application in their approach and were rewarded when Joaquim Carvalho’s snap shot beat the rival goalkeeper. Spurred by early success, Curtorim mounted pressure on the rival citadel and Pascoal Fernandes doubled the lead. After tak-

ing a 2-0 cushion lead, Curtorim slackened their pace and allowed their opponents to strike rhythm and managed to reduce the margin when striker Alex Rodrigues punished the rival goalkeeper with a deft placement. Stunned by the reducer, Curtorim went into the attack and fired sorties against the rival citadel. Roy Albuquerque put the issue beyond doubt late in the second half.

St Anthony pip Navelim Villagers HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 5

GFA Second Division Bardez inter-group play-off: Laxmi Prasad SC v. Milagres SC, Duler Stadium, Mapusa 4 p.m. YSC soccer: Margao Footballers v. SFX, Borim, Mankem ground, 4.45 p.m. 1st All-India invitational veterans football: Salgaocar Veterans v. Chandor Veterans, sports complex ground, Ponda, 4 p.m. Cruz memorial soccer: Sanguem Boys v. Carmel Boys, Chandor, Carmona panchayat ground, 4.30 p.m. Rusi Daver soccer: Saligao SC v. Nuvem SC, Saligao Sporting ground, 4.30 p.m. Cavelossim Village Panchayat Cup soccer:United Club of Utorda v. Sporting Club of Davorlim, Fr Druston and Wellington ground, Cavelossim, 4.45 p.m. GPL cricket finals: Dempo Cricket Club v. Goa Sports Academy, GCA ground, Porvorim, 9.30 a.m.

St Anthony SC, Colva defeated Navelim Villagers Union 1-0 in Cavelossim Panchayat Football Cup

organised by St Cruz Club of Cavelossim at Fr Drunston and Wellington ground, Cavelossim on Tuesday. Colva scored in the 54th minute through Condrad Fernandes.

Navelim came very close to the equaliser but two good saves by Colva keeper Dulio Andrade kept Colva high. Navelim’s Joseph Dias was booked with a yellow card.

Sangolda Lightning oust Milagres HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, APRIL 5

Sangolda Lightning got the better of Milagres Sports Club 2-1 to move into the finals of Novino Gold Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Candolim Sports Club at Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim on Tuesday. The teams began on a promising note. However, it was Sangolda who shot into the lead off a penalty in the 20th minute through Agnelo Quadros. The

penalty was awarded to Sangolda as Francis Furtado handled the ball in the danger area. Agnelo made no mistake in converting the penalty and giving his team a 1-0 lead. Goaded by success, Sangolda doubled the lead in the 25th minute through Mandara Desai off Sadab Shaikh. Changing over, Milagres got their act together and raided the Sangolda defense time and again and almost succeeded in pulling one back but a


St Sebastian, Majorda defeated D’Mello Boys, Carmona 2-0 in Cruz Memorial soccer at Carmona panchayat ground on Tuesday. Agnelo and Cedrick scored.


Colva super soccer

PANJIM (HSD) – The St Anthony’s Club, Colva will organise their inter-village St Anthony’s Super Soccer at SAG ground, near William Resort, Colva on April 25. The winners will take home Rs 40,000 while the runners-up will have to settle for Rs 30,000. Individual prizes will also be awarded. Details with Denzil on 9822150534 or Anthony on 9822655650.

9-a-side cricket at Margao

MARGAO (HC) – The Housing Board Sports Club will organise their All-Goa 9-a-side tennis ball cricket tournament on April 9 and 10 at Housing Board ground, Gogol. The winners and runners-up will take home Rs 8,888 and Rs 4,444 respectively. Details may be obtained from Sunil on 9823595590 or Nikil on 9860114760.

Cricket tourney at Morjim

PANJIM (HSD) – Rashtroli Sports Club, Varnawada, Morjim will organise their 2nd All-Goa floodlight cricket tournament at Varnawada riverside ground on April 9 at 9 a.m. The winners will take home Rs 11,111 while the runners-up will have to be content with Rs 7,777. Details may be obtained from Arun Kole on 9923187066.

Poker tourney in Panjim

PANJIM (HSD) -- The Shark and IPRT will organise their 1st ever India Poker Open from May 12 to 15 at Casino Carnival, Mandovi River, Panjim. May 12 - US Dollars 115/INR 5K no limit holdem rebuy. May 13 - US Dollars 230/INR 10K no limit holdem freezeout. May 14 - US Dollars 2,300/INR 100K no limit holdem freezeout. May 15 - US Dollars 355/INR 15K pot limit omaha freezeout. Complimentary entry to Casino Carnival for all poker players registered for the tournament will be provided. Details may be obtained from Sumit or Muskaan on 9404909724 or 9404909710.

Tennis ball selections

PANJIM (HSD) -- The Goa Tennis Ball Cricket Association will conduct second stage selection trials to select the State team probables for boys and girls categories for 19th Junior National tennis ball cricket championship. The trials will be held at Kunkolim tennis ball cricket ground, Kunkolim, Mardol, Priol, Ponda on April 7 at 3.30 p.m. (contact: Ajinkya Naik and Dattarai Shikerkar), Peddem sports complex, Peddem, Mapusa on April 8 at 9.30 a.m. (contact: Haresh Parsekar and Nitin Lingudkar), Chatrapati Shivaji ground, Bicholim on April 8 at 3.30 p.m. (contact: Sheetal Redkar and Hemant Khot), Nehru stadium outside football ground, Fatorda, Margao, on April 9 at 3.30 p.m. (contact: Haresh Parsekar and Deepali Raikar). Those interested may report at the respective venues with full tennis ball cricket outfits (black track pant, white t-shirt, cricket shoes and playing bats, other accessories) and original birth certificates.

Beach soccer at Calangute

PANJIM (HSD) – The Calangute Beach Boys will organise their 1-day 5-a-side beach football tournament at Calangute beach on April 24 at 3.30 p.m. The winners will take home Rs 20,000 while the runners-up will have to be content with Rs 10,000. Details may be obtained from Andy on 9823862239 or Edward Pinto on 9890232549.

Prakash Fonderkar try was brilliantly fisted away for a corner by Sangolda’s keeper Washington. Milagres finally scored in the 46th minute through Avito Fernandes who headed home a Anup Goveker free kick beating the rival keeper. Milagres went all out in search of the equalizer, but a goal eluded them till the final hooter. Sangolda Lightning will now take on Nagoa Sporting Club in the finals.

Fr Agnel Multipurpose High School, Verna, runners-up of State U-17 boys taekwondo tournament organised by DSYA, Campal Panjim. Sitting (l to r): Menino Gomes, Prabhakar Velip (PE teacher), Mary Piety Rodrigues (headmistress), Fr Alfredo Almeida (manager), Theophile Lowe (coach), Shirley Fernandes (assistant headmistress). Squatting (l to r): David Fernandes, Chandan Gawli, Abdul Gani and Nagraj Ballary.

Bresources, Infant Jesus, G Angel up

ther heat nor humid conditions could deter their spirit for a great effort. Bresources Betalbatim Sporting Club, Infant Jesus High

School, Colva and Guardian Angel High School, Curchorem qualified for the quarter-finals. Bresources Betalbatim hogged the limelight recording an all-

win record. They defeated Our Lady of Snows 4-0, Our Lady of Rosary High School, Fatorda 6-0 and CRSC, Navelim 3-0. Christern Rebello accounted for ten goals in three matches. Earlier, Urban Development Minister, AIFF vice-president of AIFF and chairman of Salcete Football Club declared the 2day festival open in the presence of SAFF secretary and president of Salcete Football Club, Alberto Colaco, Schubert Furtado, GFA executive member, Simplicio Dias, secretary, Salcete Football Club, Mauricio Afonso, former India captain and Joe Dias.


then lost to Saligao Sporting 02. In the final match, they recovered to overcome Benny XI Sports Club 5-2 and finished with six points.Milagres qualified for the play-offs after finishing as runners-up in Group B with five points. In their opening match, they drew 1-1 with Sesa Football Academy Juniors, followed by a 1-1 draw with Peddem Bomm Sports Club.

In their third match, they swept aside Penha de Franca 30, before losing their final match to St Savio Sports Club by a solitary goal. This match is sure to be an exciting game, cheered on by a local Bardez crowd. One thing is for certain - there has to be a winner and if normal time cannot separate the two teams, then a tie-breaker is set to follow.

elvino memorial festival HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, APRIL 5

The 7th Nike Elvino Lawrence Memorial Football Festival organized by Salcete Football Club for U-12 boys and girls began with 31 boys teams and four girls teams at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Tuesday. It was sheer enthusiasm and fun that drove the children to perform well. Participants from all over Goa came to play in true spirit of the sport. They showed that nei-


St Mathews, Azossim shocked Goa Velha United 5-3 via the tiebreaker in Villagers of Goa Velha Super Soccer at Goa Velha ground on Tuesday. St Mathew led at half time. St Mathew shot into the lead through Vicky. A f t e r t h e b r e a k , Pe t e r equalised for Goa Velha as his snap shot landed in the corner of St mathew’s goal. In the tie-breaker, Jesmon, Stanley, Agnel and Vicky scored for St Mathew while Vazel and Joseph netted for Goa Velha.

Participants taking the oath at 7th Nike Elvino Lawrence Memorial Football organised by Salcete Football Club at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Tuesday.

Mapusa Derby today

In a local Mapusa Derby, Laxmi Prasad Sports Club will lock horns with Milagres Sports Club, in GFA’s Second Division League Bardez Zone inter-group playoff, at Duler Stadium here on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Laxmi Prasad qualified for the play-offs after topping Group A. They won their opening match 2-1 against Saligao United but

Pilerne ahead


Pilerne Sports Club prevailed over crowd favourites Calangute Association 4-3 via the tiebreaker after the teams failed to score at full time to move into the quarter-finals of Rusi Daver Rolling Trophy inter-village football tournament organised by Adarsh Yuvak Sangh at Saligao Sporting ground, on Tuesday. In the penalties, Pilerne Boys held their nerves to get the better of Calangute 4-3. John Vaz, Agnelo Monteiro, Mac Davies Dias and Xavier Clemente converted for Pilerne while Rajkumar Naik, Sherwin Lobo and Domnic Fernandes were on target for Calangute.

Beverly Mendonca (8 years), Akshata Pathak (8 years), Joana Lobo (9 years), Swayam Falari (5 years), Leon Mendonca (5 years), Leandro Lobo (8 years), Sargam Falari (35 years) and Sneha Falari (21 years) who swam across River Mandovi on April 3 in a swimming event organised by Vista Do Rio Resort, Porvorim. The swimmers were trained by Loretto Cardozo.

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Sangakkara quits as captain

n I look up to Dhoni

for the manner in which he led the side -- Kumar Sangakkara


After leading Sri Lanka to a runners-up finish in the World Cup,

Kumar Sangakkara today announced his decision to relinquish captaincy in the ODIs and T20 Internationals. However Sangakkara will lead the side in Test series involving England and Australia, Sri Lanka's next two assignments. Sangakkara, 33, was the third highest run getter in the World Cup and was named as captain of the World XI announced by the ICC ahead of World Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Addressing a media conference on Tuesday at Sri Lanka C r i c ke t h e a d q u a r t e r s i n Colombo, Sangakkara said, "The decision to quit captaincy was

taken before the World Cup, although I announce it today. I had a long chat with Mr Aravinda de Silva, Chairman of Selectors two weeks before the World Cup. "We decided not to make any formal announcement at that stage. Whether we would have gone out in the first round of the World Cup or won the World Cup finals, I thought this is the ideal time to go," Sangakkara told journalists. "The reaction so far has been mixed. A lot of people have shown support. Some understand, some say I should have stayed on. As a cricket playing country, this is the time we need to plan for the future and not

Sangakkara to captain Deccan Chargers AGENCIES HYDERABAD, APRIL 5

Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara will lead the Deccan Chargers in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League, it was announced in Hyderabad on Monday. Australian cricketer Cameron White will be Sangakkara's deputy in the Tw e n t y 2 0 tournament, beginning April 8. Kumar SangakkaraFormer

A u s t r a l i a c r i c ke t e r A d a m Gilchrist had led Deccan Chargers to title win in 2009 in South Africa. Gilchrist has moved to Kings XI Punjab for the fourth edition. The appointment of Sangakkara, who led Sri L anka to Wo r l d C u p final, as Chargers' skipper was made at a promotional event of the franchisee.

Vettori to lead Royal Challengers AGENCIES BANGALORE, APRIL 5

Sania in 2nd round of Family Circle Cup AGENCIES CHARLESTON, APRIL 5

Sania Mirza staged a strong recovery after losing the first set to beat Alison Riske of the United States and enter the second round of the Family Circle Cup on Monday. The Indian ace won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 and set up a meeting with Vania King of the United States. King got the better of 16th seed Vera Dushevina of Russia, winning 6-4, 7-6(7). Sania will partner Russia's Elena Vesnina in the doubles competition of the WTA event. The pair will take on second seed Americans Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber in the first round.

I have been quoted out of context: Afridi AFP KARACHI, APRIL 5

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said on Tuesday his derogatory remarks about Indians and the Indian media had been taken out of context as he sought to dampen anger over the televised outburst. Speaking to AFP, the World Cup skipper vowed to play a positive role in getting the two arch rivals back together on the cricket pitch, but he insisted that some "negative" elements within the Indian media needed to be overcome. Afridi had praised Pakistan's media for being "100 times better" than India's in a Pakistani TV show aired Sunday, adding that Indians did not have "big and clean hearts" like Pakistani Muslims. The comments shocked fans in India, who had greeted his efforts during the World Cup to promote harmony between the estranged neighbours whose diplomatic relations are fraught with ten-

sion. Pakistan lost to India in the competition's semifinal in a much-hyped game attended by the leaders of both countries, in an event hailed as "cricket diplomacy". India went on to beat Sri Lanka and win the Cup. "I have enjoyed my cricket in India and I love Indian people. I have always got a lot of love and affection from Indian fans," Afridi told AFP. "We went to India with a message of peace and to win hearts and, of course the World Cup," he said, praising what he called a "very warm response" to the Pakistani team from the Indian hosts. He insisted his remarks had been taken out of context, although he stood by comments about the Indian media. "There are some negative elements who needed to be defeated and these same people quoted me out of context," he said.

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori will lead Royal Challengers Bangalore in the fourth season of IPL 4. Vettori led a spirited New Zealand to the World Cup 2011 semi-finals, where the Kiwis lost to Sri Lanka. He is one of the most respected captains in the world and was praised for his leadership skills in the World Cup quarter-finals against South Africa, which the Kiwis won by 49 runs. Royal Challengers was led by Anil Kumble in the last two seasons, when they finished runners-up and the third best team in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Kumble has now moved to the position of the team's 'Chief Mentor' and will form a lethal combination with Vettori. Daniel Vettori elated Royal Challengers chairman Dr Vijay Mallya said, "We are very excited for the upcomi n g s e a s o n . Ve t t o r i i s a highly experienced and respected leader and we hope to ride to the pinnacle of success this IPL under his leadership."

Harbhajan hits out at critics PTI JALLANDHAR, APRIL 5

Shilpa Shetty Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, unveiling the jersey in the presence of sponsors Sanjay Jain, chairman, Floriana, and Sanjay Tripathi, EVP and head -- Marketing and Direct Sales, HDFC Life.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh today hit out at those who have criticised his patchy performance in the World Cup, asserting that he ought to be praised and not ridiculed. Harbhajan, who took 9 wickets in 9 matches and was overshadowed by part-time spinner Yuvraj Singh who bagged 15 scalps, has come in for criticism for appearing to focus on containing the batsmen rather than attacking them during the tournament. "I bowled at different points of innings: in slog overs, in powerplays. My economy rate is 4.48 from the tournament.

It is to be praised and not ridiculed", the veteran spinner told PTI. "I am faulted for my effort. Everyone conveniently forgets that one-day cricket is all about building pressure, bowling tightly to create pressure on the opponents, create openings", he said. Harbhajan said the Indian bowling attack was the butt of criticism, but "now no body remembers that we won the quarter-final because of our bowlers. The semi-finals? Because of our bowlers. Not many top teams can be halted at 260 or stopped from chasing a total of thereabouts".

in another year's time. When a World Cup ends, I think the leadership needs to change," Sangakkara added. Of the modern captains, Sangakkara said he looked up to Dhoni for the manner in which he lead the side. "I have a lot of respect for Arjuna (Ranatunga). He has always been on the top. I have learned a lot from India's Dhoni also. He has been a great inspiration for me. He's been actually a revelation for lot of people in the world." Sangakkara has been accused of cheating by former England captain Michael Vaughan during the toss of the World Cup final. The Match Referee had to do a

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday moved to win over the Football Association (FA) after the humiliation of last December's vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups by insisting it had not been part of his personal mission to take the competition to new territories. On his first visit to England since they lost their bid to host the 2018 event, Blatter had lunch at Wembley with FA chiefs as one

of the first meetings on the campaign trail for re-election - FIFA have confirmed he will have just one challenger, Asian confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam, in the election on June 1. Many figures in the FA are still furious at FIFA's complete rejection of the England bid, especially as Blatter had highlighted the fact that Russia and Qatar had never hosted the tournament before after they were announced as the 2018 and 2022 winners.

Blatter was accompanied by FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke while the FA was represented by chairman David Bernstein, general secretary Alex Horne, director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking and head of international relations Jane Bateman. It is understood Blatter gave assurances that no strategy was in place to target new hosts and also promised that FIFA would never again hold the vote for two tournaments at the same time.

An FA statement said the talks with Blatter had ranged over a number of issues including World Cup bidding. "The meeting covered a range of topics including a review of recent decisions taken by the International Football Association Board, FIFA committee issues, the international football calendar, third-party ownership, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the process of bidding to host FIFA World Cup tournaments," the

tional. The greatest satisfaction I had in leading the side is getting so many young players in and getting them to perform." Sangakkara took over from Mahela Jayawardene as captain in April 2009 and was an immediate success leading Sri Lanka to the finals of the World T20 Championship in England. He led the side in 14 Test matches winning five games and losing three matches while seven matches were drawn. Apart from leading the side in the World Cup final, Sangakkara became the first Lankan captain to win a series in Australia when his side beat the hosts 2-1 in a three match ODI series.

I missed a golden opportunity: Praveen PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 5

Praveen Kumar feels that he has missed out on a ‘golden opportunity’ of being a part of the victorious World Cup squad but the medium pacer is hopeful that a good performance for Kings XI Punjab in the fourth edition of IPL will help him make a comeback into the national side. "This goes without saying that I have missed the golden opportunity (to be part of the World Cup team). Whenever I see the pictures of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the boys taking a victory lap at Wankhede Stadium, I wish I could have been there had I not got injured," Praveen told PTI in an interview today. "But you can't predict about injuries. These are part and parcel of a cricketer's life. Now with the IPL round the corner, I am fit and ready to give my 100 per cent. I am looking forward towards putting up a good show that will help me comeback into the national side," Praveen further added. The Uttar Pradesh seamer had been a regular member of the Indian team in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20s for the past three seasons. He was supposed to share the new ball with Zaheer Khan before an elbow injury prevented the player from featuring in the tournament. Temperamental Kerala pacer S Sreesanth had replaced the injured Praveen in the squad. Praveen also rated Dhoni as the best Indian captain and waxed eloquent about him by saying that his leadership quality is ‘unquestionable’. Praveen's comment about his skipper came a day after iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar rated Dhoni as the best captain that he has played under in the last 21 years. "Dhoni is the best captain and there is no doubt about that. He is just a class apart. He has proven to the world that his leadership quality is unquestionable. He showed the world that how cricket is played. He is such a calm and composed man. "I am very happy for Dhoni and the whole team that they have created the history. They have won the Cup after 28 years. My heartiest congratulations to Dhoni and other boys for this historic triumph," said.

Sree not satisfied with performance AGENCIES MUMBAI, APRIL 5

Temperamental pacer S Sreesanth, who gave away 52 runs in 8 overs in the final of the ICC World Cup against Sri L anka, on Monday said he was "not satisfied" with his performance. Talking to reporters at the airport after arriving from Mumbai, Sreesanth said, however, he was "extremely happy" to have been a member of the title-winning squad and also pleased to have played in the final. Sreesanth was a surprise pick for the tie, being chosen ahead of spinner R Ashwin following an injury to first-choice pacer Ashish Nehra. He was received at the airport by his parents Santhakumaran Nair and Savithri Devi and officials of the Kerala Cricket Association and Kochi Tuskers Kerala, who bought him in the IPL auction in January. A huge crowd of supporters had gathered at the airport to receive Sreesanth.

Blatter tries to win over FA after World Cup blow AFP LONDON, APRIL 5

re-toss in the final after some confusion and Vaughan had claimed that Sangakkara had called it wrong for the first time. However, the Sri Lankan captain said he had always played the game in the right spirit. "I have heard all about that. There's always some kind of controversy when something of that nature happens. I haven't cheated and I never will cheat." Asked what was the highlight of his tenure, Sangakkara said, "Nothing to match reaching the finals of the World Cup. I have been there before as a vice-captain. Getting there as a captain was great. Beating Australia in Australia last year was sensa-

statement read. "Mr Blatter also took the opportunity to update the FA on his candidacy for a further term as FIFA president." Bernstein has insisted the FA will study the manifestos of both candidates before the board makes a decision who to back. England 2018 secured just two out of a possible 22 votes of the FIFA executive committee, and one of those was from England's FIFA vice-president Geoff Thompson.

Four Indians make Roebuck’s WC squad AGENCIES MUMBAI, APRIL 5

Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed the cut in the ICC World Cup XI but the India skipper has been selected by noted cricket writer Peter Roebuck in his squad of 12 players, which also has iconic Sachin Tendulkar. Apart from Dhoni and Tendulkar, Man-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh and joint highestwicket taker Zaheer Khan are the two other Indians in Roe-

buck's World Cup squad. The trio of Tendulkar, Zaheer and Yuvraj was also part of the ICC World Cup XI. Ku m a r S a n g a k ka r a a n d opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, paceman Lasith Malinga are the three Sri Lankans in the squad. Kiwi Ross Taylor, South Africa's AB De Villiers, Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi and Zimbabwe spinner Ray Price are the other players selected by Roebuck.

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Mentor bids adieu to India Says one of hardest goodbyes ever had to say


Proud of the Indian cricket team's achievement in the last three years of his association, outgoing coach Gary Kirsten today said he was leaving the job with a heavy heart and it would be one of the hardest goodbyes he has ever had to say. He also said that he loved

India, its people and the way they had embraced him and his family "This is one of the hardest goodbyes I have had to make. India would always remain a part of my life and future. I will return many times. I thank the people of this beautiful country who accepted me and my family with open arms," Kirsten said at his farewell press conference here.

"It's one of the most cherished experiences of my life. We wanted to be the No 1 ranked Test team in the world and win the World Cup and we have achieved both these goals. It has been a massive privilege to be part of Team India," he said. Kirsten had a successful threeyear stint with the Indian team during which Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men not only reached the pinnacle of Test rankings but also lifted the World Cup title after 28 years, last week. Kirsten, who seldom interacted with the media right through his tenure, spoke for more than half-an-hour on various topics relating to his job and outside today. He praised the leadership qualities of triumphant Indian skipper Dhoni and termed the Ranchi-born wicket-keeper bats-

Cup dream born out of disaster: Sachin n I firmly believe that one should never ever give up in life and that is something which happened in my case. It is never too late. Even after 21 years (of international cricket), you can still go out and win the World Cup.


India's victorious, record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar said on Tuesday he started dreaming of the World Cup after a humiliating first-round exit in the last edition in the Caribbean. "That (winning the World Cup) was my dream after we lost in 2007. I took up that challenge," Tendulkar said. "When we got to know that the next (World Cup) is in India and the final would be held in Mumbai, that is when I felt that this is the place where we have to lift the trophy." Tendulkar's dream came true on Saturday when India posted

a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai in his sixth and probably the last World Cup appearance. "I firmly believe that one should never ever give up in life and that is something which happened in my case," said Tendulkar, who turns 38 later this month. "It is never too late. Even after 21 years (of international cricket), you can still go out and win the World Cup." Tendulkar, the world's leading scorer in both Test (14,692 runs) and one-day internationals (18,111), said he was indebted to his friends and relatives for backing him after he felt shattered by the 2007 defeat.

"It was really tough. My family and friends really supported me at that stage. It was probably the toughest phase of my career and I was really demoralised," he said. India suffered a surprise defeat against Bangladesh in their opening match of the 2007 World Cup, the loss eventually leading to their first-round ouster. "Talking about the World Cup in India at that time was something which motivated me. The final in Mumbai, that was greater motivation because here is where I grew up playing cricket," said Tendulkar. "I wanted to do something really, really special here in India and Mumbai."

man as the best current captain in world cricket. "For me MS (Dhoni) is one of the greatest leaders of this country. It has been an honour to work with him over the last three years. I thank him for his support and friendship. He’s easily the best captain in world cricket today," Kirsten said. The former South African opener also endorsed the widely held view that Dhoni was the quintessential "Captain Cool". "He's (Dhoni) the leader by example. He always gives 100 per cent and expects his troops to be ready for battle. He is calm and level headed. I have never seen him lose his temper, he takes on responsibility. (There's) no reason for him to move on...he can be captain for many years," Kirsten said. The outgoing coach did not forget to mention the enormous contribution of all the team members during his three-year tenure. Terming Sachin Tendulkar as the "greatest sports model" he had ever met, Kirsten said the master batsman's humility and dedication was a thing to watch out for. "To Sachin, I want to say thank you for your friendship. You are the greatest sports model I have ever met. Your humility, work ethics and sheer love for the game have been a real pleasure to watch," he said.

Assault on Gul pre-planned, says Sehwag PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 5

Dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag today said that his assault on Pakistan paceman Umar Gul during the high-voltage World Cup semi-final clash was pre-planned with a view to send their arch-rivals on the back-foot. Gul, Pakistan's best bowler till the Indo-Pak clash, was sent to the cleaners by Sehwag as he plundered him for 21 runs in his second over. That assault demoralised the pacer, who conceded 69 runs from eight overs in the match and India posted 260 for nine which turned out to be matchwinning score. "We were really charged up against the match in Pakistan. I said I will take on Umar Gul. If I score a couple of boundaries off him, Pakistan will be on the backfoot and that exactly happened in the match," Sehwag said. He said the players took the Pakistan match at Mohali just like a final.

e praised the leadership qualH ities of triumphant Indian skipper Dhoni and termed the Ranchi-born wicket-keeper batsman as the best current captain in world cricket. For me MS (Dhoni) is one of the greatest leaders of this country. It has been an honour to work with him over the last three years. I thank him for his support and friendship. He’s easily the best captain in world cricket today. The former South African opener also endorsed the widely held view that Dhoni was the quintessential "Captain Cool". He's (Dhoni) the leader by example. He always gives 100 per cent and expects his troops to be ready for battle. He is calm and level headed. I have never seen him lose his temper, he takes on responsibility. (There's) no reason for him to move on...he can be captain for many years.

"To all the players who have played for Team India in the last 3 years and in particular the World Cup and the current Test squad, I say you have represented your country seriously and you have taken massive efforts to reach this goal," he added. Kirsten was not certain whether Tendulkar would be around for four years to defend India's World Cup crown in Australia and New Zealand but said the master batsman was still enjoying his cricket a lot. "He will be 42 then. It would be great if he can do it. He is getting old and will have to pick and choose his games and can't play all. He's still enjoying his cricket and it's great leaving the team with him enjoying his cricket," the 43-year-old former player said. Though as a player for South Africa, Kirsten did not win any World Cup title, his coaching stint has provided him with one cherished triumph and he said he would always savour it. "As a player I wanted to win

the World Cup which never happened. This is the second best, to win as a coach. It was an amazing achievement to be a part of this special group of cricketers," he said. Kirsten came into the job with no coaching experience but turned out to be the most successful for India and the South African said having no prior experience probably worked to his advantage. "(It was) interesting coming into the job without coaching experience. Played cricket against some of them and gained some respect from my playing days.” "I used the reference of being a player to work with the team. I tried building trust in the environment," he said about the secret of his success. "Me and Paddy (Upton) began afresh and tried to make sure that they knew that we had come to India to make it the best team in the world," Kirsten said about his coaching mantra. "Man management is most important for a coach. Important

erming Sachin Tendulkar as T the "greatest sports model" he had ever met, he said the master batsman's humility and dedication was a thing to watch out for. To Sachin, I want to say thank you for your friendship. You are the greatest sports model I have ever met. Your humility, work ethics and sheer love for the game have been a real pleasure to watch. He was not certain whether Tendulkar would be around for four years to defend India's World Cup crown in Australia and New Zealand but said the master batsman was still enjoying his cricket a lot. He will be 42 then. It would be great if he can do it. He is getting old and will have to pick and choose his games and can't play all. He's still enjoying his cricket and it's great leaving the team with him enjoying his cricket.

to understand individuals, there's no point in telling these players how to go out there and play. No need to change their technique.” "We wanted to create an environment where they felt as a family and worked as a team. Sachin was for me the leader of the team. He said we are playing not for ourselves but for the country," he added. Kirsten said the instillation of team spirit is reflected from the way India played in the crucial knock-out phase of the World Cup. He also pointed out that contributions from all and sundry and not individual performances helped India to regain the World Cup title after 28 years.

"One thing that stands out in the World Cup is that in the last three games there was no big contribution, everyone chipped in and took on responsibility. We started playing to our potential around 60 per cent and increased it to 80 per cent. We were really battle hardened in league phase," Kirsten said. "We have been working really hard on fielding and I was quite amazed at the way we fielded in the last three games of the World Cup. Even I was surprised with their efforts. We had worked hard on our ground fielding." Kirsten saw a bright future for Indian cricket but pointed out that the fast bowling department still remains a concern.



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Spanning one hundred years of dedicated service is the quaint D’Silva Bakery in the pulsating village of Taleigao BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES ith changing times and trends, the food habits of the Goans too are constantly undergoing change. Traditional diets are getting swapped with fast foods. Stores are flooded with sliced breads, some even fortified with vitamins and minerals. Yet, given the choice, the residents of the state will vouch for the qualitative and regular supply of fresh local bread, baked at the local bakery, some even a century old. I was lucky to step into the world of one such bakery; according to the owner definitely 100 years old, if not more. Just at the turn after the Taleigao market is the D’Silva Bakery. As I stop at this bakery cum house, I can see that heaps of firewood is stored behind the house. As I walk in, I am greeted with the wonderful whiff of freshly baked bread. But, I also choke on the smoke and feel like I’ve just entered a sauna. It is like a little beehive, buzzing with activity, though only a handful of workers, who are involved in a resounding chat with each other. The owner, Fanny D’Silva is excited on my arrival and renders a warm welcome. Her daughter Livya joins in to help interpret the language to me. She says, “My grandfather died in 1989 when he was in his eighties. He had taught my mother to bake and had told her about the many decades that they owned the bakery. So, we know that the bakery has been around for at least four generations.” Like every other traditional baker, Fanny D’Silva picked up the art of bread making handed down by her forefathers as an Delivering our bread Goan style, 24x7 important tradition. I notice a man pounding the dough Removing the freshly on a long table, with incredbaked bread from the ible alacrity. Another carves decade-old oven at the out the different shapes of bakery breads. On the right, at the far end is the old style oven in the wall. Gaping like a cavern of hell, the red mouth of the oven is kept alive with one ‘poder’ does the morna man sweating profusely ing and evening rounds. as he stokes the fire and reTalking of the indispensable plenishes the empty metal ‘poders’, it is really a blesspan. ing that they have managed A chat with a cross section to perfect the art of doorof Goans reveals that the to-door delivery over the baking ovens churning out ages. leavened bread in hotels are Does the income from no match for this traditional, the daily sale suffice for Ms five century old style, tradiD’Silva? With a bashful tional oven in the wall. smile, she nods, “I’m So, what does this quaint happy!” Yet, it is clearly evbakery bake out to the Goans? D’Silva enlightens, “People love various ident, that it is a non-stop slog under unhealthful conditions. types of Goan bread. We make ‘pao’, ‘undo’, ‘poie’, ‘katre’, ‘pokshie’. BeTalk of the scrumptious Goan delicacies sides, we also make ‘kankonn’, which people love to have with their like tondak, xacuti, sorpotel, sukem, black tea. On a daily basis, we sell 800 pavs, 100 poies and a lot of balchao etc, and you invariably think toasts.” of the famed ‘pao’ to go with it. She continues, “Most of the elderly people and people with health And it is a blessing to have the likes problems opt for the ‘pao’ over the sliced bread which they say is filled of Fanny D’Silva who continue to with chemicals. The ‘pao’ is brown bread with a good amount of fibre hand down the traditional baking and we also dab the bran on to it.” practices to their future generations Most of her customers are from the surrounding village, but she also despite the slog that goes in, day in gets regular customers from as far as Porvorim. According to D’Silva, and day out.


Summer Camps with a Difference Goa has seen a spurt of summer camps for children and teens. Though we view summer camps as primarily fun and games, they offer much more. Herald finds out the reason behind this growth and how summer camps are coming to mean more than just a collection of outdoor activities

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elsinki – Finland may not have many Indians, but Indian restaurants have certainly made a mark in the Scandinavian nation, luring tens of hundreds of Finns as well as other Europeans. There are around 10 restaurants offering Indian cuisine in Helsinki and Finns are all full of praise for the food. “I really like Indian food. I go to Indian restaurants very frequently with my family. I love Indian cuisine, especially malai kofta and chicken cooked in Indian style,” said Hanna Kouri, communications manager of Cleantech Finland, adding, “Though, initially, I found it very spicy I have gradually developed a taste for it. Maybe in the future, I would also try my hand in learning the recipes.” Jaana Kivela, who runs a souvenir shop and is another fan of Indian cuisine, said: “My son, as part of his job, has gone to India several times. Whenever he comes back from his trip, he has a new story to tell about Indian food. So we also went to an Indian restaurant here called ‘Mini India’ to try the food and found it simply amazing.” “Now we are going there regularly. I am fond of Indian breads (naans) and my husband likes masala and butter chicken. Their menu is very elaborate and royal. We have also learnt some Hindi words like namaskar (greetings) and dhaynavad (thank you) from the owners of these Indian restaurants,” she said. Helsinki, situated on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, has a population of around 580,000 in a country of about six million people. It mainly sees tourists come here from other parts of Europe but very few from India. Another fan of Indian cooking here is not deterred by the extra calories and is willing to exercise more so that he can indulge in it. “I regularly go to an Indian eating joint named ‘Gandhi Restaurant’. Though the food is full of spices and oil, I can’t resist the temptation. I do not mind spending some more time jogging and in the gym to compensate for the extra fats and cholesterols,” Timo Sipila, a student at the University of Helsinki, said. The owners of the Indian restaurants are quite happy with the response. “We serve only Indian dishes at our restaurant. You just tell us your choice and we would serve it. We have two Indian chefs in our kitchen and they are expert in cooking every Indian dish,” informed Shahid Reaz of Samrat Restaurant, a prominent Indian Restaurant in Helsinki. “Our menu included cuisine of all Indian states, snacks and sweets. Most of our clients are local people and tourists who come from central Europe. Very few Indians come here. Our restaurant is jam-packed during the weekends and on public holidays,” he said. Helsinki also has an Indian restaurant called Govinda’s, where vegetarian food is served in pure Indian style and one can even sit on the floor and eat with one’s hands. However, Indian expatriates in the city find these restaurants very expensive. “Yes, there are Indian restaurants in Helsinki but we seldom go there. They are very expensive and you cannot afford to eat there that frequently,” said Amrish Bhatt of Mumbai, working with French IT company in Helsinki. (Courtesy: IANS)

BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES he advent of summer is always thrilling. The rounding up of exams, two vast months of frolic, fun and the possibility of doing just what one wants is what every student feels at the end of the academic year and the beginning of vacations. Summers once meant visiting your cousins, climbing trees, collecting seasonal fruits or basking in the summer sun. While those living in the far-flung, rural areas still experience these unadulterated summer pleasures, summer camps are the highlight for others. Those that organise summer camps in Goa say that the reason for their growth is the demand from parents and children. “This is our first summer camp. We decided to organise it when parents, whose children organise our Portuguese classes put forth the idea of an entire camp where their children would learn a variety of other skills besides just language. The children too were curious about something of that nature,” says a source from the Xavier’s



Centre for Historical Research in Porvorim. This Centre is in the midst of a summer camp for children and teens which will go on till the end of April. Besides offering the usual art and craft learning skills, the camp is providing its participants with an opportunity to dip their hands into myriad other activities that they probably would not be able to do otherwise. These include public speaking and listening, art and film appreciation, first aid and safety, etiquette and civic sense, carpentry, the meaning of history and meditation besides others. Learning activities of such a nature widen your knowledge of the world, teach you a variety of useful skill sets and generally give you a perspective and an opinion. Which parent would not want their young ones to be exposed to such activities? More importantly, which child would not want to partake in learning that is fun, practical and outside of the classroom? Summer camps do just that! Echoing these thoughts is Abhishek Soman from Xtremers Dance Academy. He along with other dance instructors are organising dance classes for children as young as two and a half years old in all styles. This is the academy’s third summer camp. Abhishek states that the number of young participants have increased in the course of three years, leading to the creation of six venues in different parts of Goa. “Art and craft classes are interesting, it’s true, but many parents realise that their children have different interests, dance obviously being one of them. Encouragement to participate in it follows and hence the increase,” he says. Besides being an entertainment, dance is known to help children with their coordination and confidence, which then helps them in their academics. “Parents have recognised this and are eager for their children to join,” he adds. As mentioned, summer camps obviously bring up thoughts of putting up a tent, traversing mountains and forests and eating out of nature. These camps, formerly a family event, are now being organised by adventure groups. Youth participation is increasing too, they claim. On a whole different note, Leona Fernandes, a practicing psychologist has decided to instil the qualities of compassion and sensitivity into children through a summer camp called ‘Summer Thrill’. To be held during April and May, the activities have pinches and dashes of novelty and uniqueness than most. On April 16 and 17, a group of kids will meet and learn along with differently-abled kids in Margao. They will learn mask-making, art and craft and snack-making too. “Learning together makes children more sensitive to the needs of special children,” says Fernandes. At a later date, the children will be taught kitchen gardening and fish and crab catching. This is a rare inclusion in a summer camp and a good one at that. Leona says the reason she organised this camp is to give the young of today a feel of the good times of yesteryear.











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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? Summer Camp April 2011, organised by Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Alto Porvorim will be held from April 4 to 30 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. E-mail Call 2417772. ‘PhotoFlare2011’, the annual international photography festival, organised by Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts and the GEC Photography Club will be held on April 9 and 10 at Sunaparanta, Altinho-Panjim. Registration is open. Call 2421311. ‘Offside’, a bouquet of short essays and miscellaneous writing by John Aguiar will be released on April 9 at 4pm at the Goa Chamber of Commerce, Panjim. Call 2422635. French courses, conducted by Alliance Francaise will be held in the months of April-May in Panjim. Registration is open. E-mail Call 2420049 or 9922813950. Biggest Summer Dance Camp, organised by Xtremers Dance Academy will be held from April 4 to May 28 from 4pm to 8pm at Panjim, Margao, Ponda, Vasco, Colva, Bicholim, Porvorim and Mapusa. A free zumba fitness trial will be held on April 5 at 6.30pm at Don Bosco, Panjim. Call 9823712572, 09822170820 or 09823469258. ‘Sentimental Journey’, a free musical programme, organised by V Events will be held on April 6 at 7pm at DMK Auditorium, Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. ‘Indradhanush’, a 3-day cultural festival, organised by the Ganga-Zuari Academy will be held from April 22 to 24. There will be competitions in the areas of dance, singing, essay and drawing. Call 9822486204 or 9404434878. The annual summer







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 H O R O S C O P E camp for children, organised by Wildtrek Adventures will be held on April 7, 8 and 9 at the periphery of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Call 9822123458, 9822155805 or 2710650. ‘Prevention of Corruption (Lok Ayukta)’, organised by Asha Family Responsibilities and Rights Association will be held on April 9 from 10am to 12.30pm at Asha Centre Hall, Sweet Home Building, Mapusa. Email Call 2256445 or 9822166876. Summer thrill for kids and special kids will be organised on April 16 and 17 at Margao. Call 9960431362. ‘National Rural Health Mission (NRHM): Role of major stakeholders in the context of Goa’, will be the topic of discussion at Friday Balcao on April 8 from 4pm to 6pm at Goa Desc Resource Centre, No 11, Liberty Apartments, Feira Alta, Mapusa. E-mail Sketch Club hosted by Rajendra Usapkar will re-open on April 9 from 10am to 1pm at Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho-Panjim. Enrol for 6 Saturdays, ie April 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 7 and May 7. Call 2421311. E-mail A summer camp, organised by Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts will be held from May 2 to 7 from 10am to 4pm at Sunaparanta, Altinho-Panjim. Call 2421311. ‘CARZ’, a one-day workshop on cars for kids by Rohan Coelho will be held on April 16 from 9am to 6pm at Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho-Panjim. E-mail Call 2421311. ‘Summer Calling’, a nature oriented camp, organised by Wildtrek Adventures will be held on April 7, 8 and 9 for kids and 11, 12 and 13 for adults. Call 9822123458, 9822155805

Controversy will keep everyone out of your hair -21 Mar - 19 Apr y o u ' l l m a k e great headway. Slow down a little and take care of the business that is right in front of you. Find a way to just ensure that your pace matches that of whomever seems to be moving the slowest.

Taurus To d a y y o u should keep your hopes high, but don't bank on 20 Apr - 20 May anything yet. Wait and see. It's somewhat easier for you to relate to people you don't usually get along with, so make sure that you are opening up to those who might sometimes get under your skin. It's a good time to end feuds for good.

Today the world Gemini will take special notice of you! Expect a surprise advance. 21 May - 20 Jun Avoid the temptation to follow your mood -focus as much as you can today. Things are sure to swing back your way, but only if you can take care of business ASAP.

You will exceed others' expectations today. It's your time to shine. You are 22 Jun - 23 Jul perfectly charming right now, so see if you can get your friends to set you up with someone -- or find a way to settle an old fight, if romance isn't on your mind at the moment.

Acting your age won't feel like much fun now -your laughter will get you noticed. 24 Jul - 23 Aug Yo u c a n b e pretty stubborn when things don't go your way -- and today, that trait may be impossible to suppress. Try not to dig yourself in any deeper, even if that means walking away from something good for a bit.

Today, try to extend a kind hand to the people who use 23 Aug - 22 Sep anger to hide their sadness. The urge to travel strikes you suddenly -- you need to get out of town ASAP! That may be a quick, jaunty road trip or an extended break that could turn into something much, much bigger.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is nothing at all. Let things their 23 Sept - 22 Oct t a k e course. A little art or drama can help make the day a lot sweeter, and you need to go out of your way to dig some up. Normal life is fine for what it is, but a little bonus culture brings out the smiles.

Scorpio If someone has been getting on your last nerve, today is the day 23 Oct - 22 Nov t o s t o p t h e madness. You're the underdog in this situation -- but that just means you are driven to find a winwin outcome. There's good news elsewhere, too, as your opponents might start to get cocky and ignore you.

Sagittarius Get someone's

Capricorn Adjust some of your expectations of someone close to 22 Dec - 20 Jan you. Nobody is perfect. If you've got kids, you are on their wavelength today. And if not, you are either thinking about the prospect or at least drawn to those you know -spend time with them and see what magic can happen.

Aquarius M a k e a l a s t push in the direction you want things to go. 21 Jan - 19 Feb You're at a critical point. You feel more bored than you have any real right to be, but that doesn't make you feel any better about it. Try not to watch the clock -- that can make a slow day even slower! Amuse yourself internally.

Today a small sacrifice is called for -- you have to move 20 Feb - 20 Mar forward in your life. Love is easier to come by today, and that could mean that you're snuggling with your honey -or that you're redoing your dating profile from top to bottom. Enjoy the process, whatever it is!



attention -- finish a conversation that began 23 Nov - 20 Dec a few days ago. Break every problem down into handy chunks today -- otherwise, you're sure to get lost in the details. Analyze whatever comes your way so that you can handle it before it starts to grow.





DID YOU KNOW? Fun facts about the Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Its surface and shores are 423 metres below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth’s surface on dry land. The Dead Sea is 377m deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 33.7% salinity, it is also one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, though Lake Assal in Djibouti, Garabogazköland in Turkmenistan and some hypersaline lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica have reported higher salinities. It is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The sea has a density of 1.24 kg/L, making swimming difficult but providing a relaxing floating experience.


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A Musical Evening celebrates the Great Tagore


HERALD FEATURES andit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt paid a memorable tribute to one of the finest poets and litterateurs India has produced, Rabindranath Tagore. The event titled, A Musical Evening, organised by the Bengali Cultural Association, Panjim, was a treat to all those who love Indian classical music. The programme was a perfect tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary. The cultural extravaganza, presented in association with the Directorate of Art and Culture and the State Bank of India, saw the Grammy award winner, Pandit Bhatt, mesmerise the Goan audience with the melodious playing of his creation, the Mohan Veena.

HERALD FEATURES sha Family Responsibilities and Rights Association conducted an interactive workshop on Benefits of Special Provision for Goa under Article 371 on April 2, 2011 at the Benaulim Community Centre. Dr Hubert Gomes introduced the speakers Rui Da Gama of Asha NGO, Ex-MLA of Santacruz Victor Gonsalves, Former Tourism Minister Matanhy Saldanha and Jose Maria Miranda who spoke on various benefits of having a Special Provision for Goa under Article 371 of the Constitution in order to protect the sale of land in Goa. The Benaulim participants demanded that the Goan identity should be preserved under a Special Provision of Article 371. They were vocal in questioning as to why the elected representatives do not take interest in protecting the Goans who are likely to be displaced from their own land with the influx of people wanting to invest in owning Goan land for their own business purpose. It was informed that after the Opinion Poll, there should have been a provision made to ensure that Goa land is protected for the future generation of Goans. The participants requested that more such seminars and workshops should be held in all parts of Goa to highlight the land transfer provision to be made under Article 371 for the protection of the indigenous Goan population. The participants agreed that our right to life and property is our fundamental right under the Constitution and that we should exercise this right to hold on to our property based on the Opinion Poll in the year 1967.


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Twin Exhibitions at Gallery Gitanjali Mumbai Melange

Carlos Gonsalves

HERALD FEATURES allery Gitanjali, Panjim recently opened two exhibitions – Mumbai Melange and Vision, Shamanistic Art. While the former is a collection of work by an assortment of Mumbai artists, the latter is by Sohela, an Iranian artist, living in Goa. Both the exhibitions are simultaneously running and open for public viewing.


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Is Bani the New Girl in Shahid’s Life?

I’ve always been a spontaneous person: Preity Zinta


hough unlucky in his previous love affairs, it seems like the Kaminey hero Shahid Kapoor follows the proverb ‘try and try until you succeed’ a bit too religiously and as such does not wish to give up the chase for his dream girl. Well, after separating from his first girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, Sasha was dating the Kaminey actress Priyanka ‘Piggy Chops’ Chopra. But in no time, he broke off with Priyanka too, and now he is apparently spending quality time with VJ Bani. Tabloids have it that the B-town chocolate boy Shahid Kapoor was caught letting his hair down with his alleged third girlfriend VJ Bani at a nightspot in Bandra. The rumoured lovebirds were spotted dining and chitchatting for almost an hour. Bani, who seems to be unmoved with the link-up gossips, confirmed the news about dining with the actor and said that both, she and Shahid were feeling hungry, so had they planned to dine together. “I was eating out with Shahid. We go to the same gym, and at times our work-out schedules coincide. We just felt a bit hungry that day and dec id e d t o h a v e a meal.”


ctress Preity Zinta, who is currently making her presence felt on the small screen as the host of Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega, says she doesn’t think much before taking her decisions. “I’ve always been a very spontaneous person in my decisions. The fact that I jumped into cricket so quickly, that’s a very big decision at the peak of your career. Not think and go. I got into films also like that without thinking too much. I think I believe in destiny and that’s why I leave everything on it,” said the model-turned-actress. The 36-year-old, who took a twoyear gap from films, will return to Bollywood this year with a couple of projects. Preity, known for her spunky personality, has delivered hits like Soldier, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Dil Chahta Hai, Koi…Mil Gaya and Salaam Namaste.

The Beckhams have the best-behaved kids in the world: Heidi Klum

Pattinson believes in Love at First Sight


hen baby Beckham is born, not only will she be the best-dressed girl in town, she’ll also be the best behaved. David and Victoria Beckham’s supermodel pal Heidi Klum has revealed the couple, who are expecting their first girl, are the strictest parents in Hollywood. You might suspect that tooth fairies leave iPads under the pillow in the Beckham household but Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are no over-indulged celebrity kids. Instead, Dave and Posh have instilled impeccable manners in their brood – and they’re the only children who write thank-you letters to the A-list parents of their little buddies. Heidi, 37, married to Brit singer Seal, is tipped to be named as a godmother to the Beckhams’ fourth child later this year. “Victoria and I are so excited. She always wanted a girl so it’s incredible her biggest dream has come true.” “Victoria needs no advice – she has the best behaved kids in the world. When we go to all their birthday parties, each of the kids writes handwritten thank-you notes on their own headed paper. None of the other kids do.” “They’re so polite and well-spoken, it’s amazing. The other parents stand there in awe, listening to the boys speak so politely and correctly. David and Victoria have made sure they always say their please and thank you, and definitely no swearing is allowed. Our kids all play together and I must say Victoria’s boys are a pleasure to learn from.”


ollywood heartthrob Robert Pattinson admits he believes in love at first sight. Pattinson is dating his Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart though rumour has it that the couple’s romance is on the rocks and they may be on a break. Nevertheless, Pattinson strongly believes in love. “I think people can fall in love at first sight. I think pretty much all people who love each other had some kind of thing at first sight. I mean, there has to be some kind of moment where you, like, feel a different energy around someone,” he said. “Generally, if you don’t notice someone ever, you’re probably not going to fall in love with them,” he added. Apart from shooting for Breaking Dawn, the final instalment of the Twilight trilogy, he is also busy promoting his film Water for Elephants which also stars Reese Witherspoon. In fact, Pattinson has formed a close bond with the star of the film, Tai – a 9,000lb elephant.

Reading helps keep Depression at Bay in Teenagers


eenagers who devote more time to reading books are far less likely to suffer from depression than their peers who listen to music. The study was one of the first to use an intensive ‘real-life’ methodology called ecological momentary assessment to study behaviours in real time. The method helped researchers recognise this large association between exposure to music and depression, said Brian Primack, assistant professor of medicine and paediatrics at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who led the study. The study involved 106 adolescents, 46 of whom were diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Researchers called the participants as many as 60 times during five extended weekends over two months and asked them whether they were using any of six types of media: TV or

movies, music, video games, Internet, magazines or newspapers, books. They found that young people who were exposed the most to music, compared to those who listened to music the least, were 8.3 times more likely to be depressed. However, compared to those with the least time exposed to books, those who read books the most were one-tenth as likely to be depressed. “It is also important that reading was associated with less likelihood of depression. This is worth emphasising because overall in the US, reading books is decreasing, while nearly all other forms of media use is increasing,” concluded Primack.

Morning Mood affects you throughout the Day


he mood of employees when they report for work affects how they feel the rest of the day, besides clearly impacting their performance. The results of a study showed that when employees started the day in a good mood, they tended to rate customers more positively through the day and also felt more positive themselves. “We saw that employees could get into these negative spirals where they started the day in a bad mood and just got worse over the course of the day,” said Steffanie Wilk, associate professor of management at Ohio State University. “That’s why it is so important for companies to find ways to help their workers start off the day on the right foot,” Wilk added. Wilk conducted the study with Nancy Rothbard of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The study involved a group of customer service representatives who handled phone calls made by customers to a large US insurance company. Over three weeks, the participants filled out measures of their mood at the beginning of the workday and two other random times during each day. At those two other points in the day, they also indicated how their latest customer seemed to them, such as whether they were rude, calm, insulting or cheerful. “Starting off at work wearing rose-coloured glasses – or grey glasses – shapes the way we perceive events the rest of the day,” Wilk said.

First Polymer Solar-thermal Device heats Home, saves Money

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


esearchers have developed a new polymerbased solar-thermal device that could shave the cost of heating a home by as much as 40 per cent. The device is the first to generate power from both heat and visible sunlight. Geothermal add-ons for heat pumps on the market today collect heat from the air or the ground. This new device uses a fluid that flows through a roofmounted module to collect heat from the sun while an integrated solar cell generates electricity from the sun’s visible light. “It’s a systems approach to making your home ultraefficient because the device collects both solar energy and heat,” said David Carroll, director of the Centre for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University. “Our solar-thermal device takes better advantage of the broad range of power delivered from

the sun each day.” The design of the new solar-thermal device takes advantage of heat through an integrated array of clear tubes, five millimetres in diameter. They lie flat, and an oil blended with a proprietary dye flows through them. The visible sunlight shines into the clear tube and the oil inside, and is converted to electricity by a spray-on polymer photovoltaic on the back of the tubes. This process superheats the oil, which would then flow into the heat pump, for example, to transfer the heat inside a home. Because of the general structure and the ability to capture light at oblique angles, this is also the first solar-thermal device that can be truly building-integrated – it can be made to look nearly identical to roofing tiles used today. Tests of the solar-thermal device have shown 30 per cent efficiency in converting solar energy to power. By comparison, a standard solar cell with a polymer absorber has shown no greater than 8 per cent conversion efficiency.

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