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Pak army warns India against Abbottabad-like ‘misadventure’ PTI ISLAMABAD, MAY 5

The Pakistan army and the government today reacted sharply warning India against any Abbottabad-like “misadventure”, saying it would be responded to “very strongly” that could lead to a “terrible catastrophe”. The warning came after a meeting of the Corps Commanders chaired by General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani which decided to reduce the level of United States military personnel in Pakistan and threatened to review intelligence cooperation with it, if a repeat of “violation of sovereignty” like on Monday occurred. Reacting to statements by In-

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dian Army Chief General V K Singh and Air Chief Air Marshal P V Naik that India has the capacity to carry out an operation similar to United States forces eliminating Osama bin Laden, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir told a press conference that any country that attempts to “mimic” the unilateral act of the US will find it has made a “basic miscalculation”. “We see a lot of bravado in our own region. There have

been statements that have come from across (the border), by senior people from the military and Air Force, which State that this can be repeated. “We feel that sort of misadventure or miscalculation would result in a terrible catastrophe,” he said in his opening remarks. Later, the military issued a statement after the Corps Commanders meeting, saying, “The forum, taking serious note of

the assertions made by Indian military leadership about conducting similar operations, made it very clear that any misadventure of this kind will be responded to very strongly. There should be no doubt about it.” The meeting held at the general headquarters in Rawalpindi issued the warning after reviewing the operation in which bin Laden was killed on Monday. Referring to the US raid, Kayani “made it very clear that any similar action, violating the sovereignty of Pakistan, will warrant a review on the level of military (and) intelligence cooperation with the United States.”

TCP asks flying squads to waive rule on violators HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

In a major deviation from its stand, the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Board has directed the much hyped flying squads to ask those violating TCP rules, to apply for permissions, instead of filing police complaints against these violators. In a shocking revelation the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA), through effective use of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has revealed that the decision has compromised the very reason why flying squads were set up. “Instructions issued to flying

squads state that section 17A, which deals with hill cutting does not apply to government projects and digging of pits for foundation of buildings. The flying squad should not file police complaints in cases of hill cutting but instead ask the parties to apply for permissions under section 17A after ascertaining whether the cutting is within permissible limits,” the decision reads. “This will give a free hand to those intending to cut hills. Why should they start cutting first and then seek the permissions later and why should criminal action not be initiated against

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them,”a GBA official sought to know. The chief minister had with much fanfare launched the ‘flying squads’ which were supposed to receive calls from the general public and file police complaints if the parties were found violating TCP rules. The decision asking the flying squads not to file complaints was, however, done clandestinely, clearly exposing the government actions. The GBA will now hold a meeting of village Regional Plan (RP) committees and groups on May 12 to chart out their further course of action.

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Goa ATS proposal shelved? HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

In a surprising development, it is reliably learnt that the proposal to form the Goa Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has been scrapped two years after gathering dust in the government files. Secretariat sources told Herald that the State government has rejected the proposal but the reason for its rejection were not known. However, none of the Goa Police officers confirmed the news. “Your question is wrong. I would not like to comment,” an apparently miffed Director General of Police Bhim Sain Bassi replied when Herald questioned him on whether the proposal was scrapped.

Zawahiri betrayed Osama: paper PTI DUBAI, MAY 5

Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was betrayed by his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri who led US forces to his hideout as the two were involved in an intense power struggle, a Saudi newspaper has reported. The two top Al Qaeda men had differences and the courier who led US forces to bin Laden was working and had more loyalties for Zawahiri, Al Watan newspaper reported quoting Arab sources. “The Egyptian faction of AlQaeda led by Zawahiri was de facto running the militant group, after bin Laden was taken ill in 2004 and they were trying to take full control,” the paper said.

“The entire police force is an anti-terrorism squad. Every policeman is here to fight anti social elements, control crime and Goa Police has the capacity to handle crisis–like situations,” he said. Sources even stated that all staff from the ATS have been asked to report back to police stations. Some 10 officers from police stations and the Indian Reserve Battalion were appointed to carry out the internal work while awaiting sanction from the State and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on the proposal. Fearing a possible terror strike in the State after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Goa Police had furnished a proposal to a setting up a full-fledged ATS unit in Goa.

The ATS proposal had been caught in red-tapism with Home Minister Ravi Naik, stating in December 2010, that they were awaiting funds from the Central government to start it Goa Police PRO Atmaram Deshpande was quoted saying that despite several reminders to the government, the proposal is still awaiting sanction. The proposal envisaged that the squad would comprise 150-200 strong personnel to look into different aspects such as collecting terror-related intelligence and cyber crime. It was also mooted that substantial manpower would be sourced from the Goa Police and Armed Forces Short Service Commission and officials from the Rajya Sainik Board.


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Implement RTE Act, child rights panel asks Govt HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has asked State Government to implement Right to Education (RTE) Act in Goa with retrospective effect, so that students from classes I to VIII who had failed should be given the benefit of provisions of the Act, and not be detained. The Commission in its letter to Chief Secretary on Thursday has said that students between classes I to VIII, who have failed for the academic year 2010-11, should not be detained. Commission Chairperson Sameera Kazi said that the letter was forwarded to the State Government after the Commission received several complaints from parents demanding that the Act should

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be implemented in such a way as to benefit students who have failed in that academic year as well. “As the government is planning to go ahead with ‘no detention’ policy from next academic year onwards, it will be wise to give benefits to all those students, who were detained in the last exams,” Kazi said. The Commission, earlier this month had also urged government to implement RTE in the State with immediate effect. Kazi said that it’s high time Goa took firm decision over the implementation of this Act, which will come as a respite to many parents. “We have also come across the complaints that children’s are screened before admissions in the school, which is banned by the law,” she added. The Education Department,

which is planning to implement the Act in a phased manner, has put up a proposal before the Ministry that no student would be detained in the same class from Class first to eighth. The department is planning to implement ‘no detention’ policy possibly from the forthcoming academic year. The RTE’s section 16 reads that, ‘no child admitted in the school shall be held back or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education.’ With the implementation of this policy the criteria for the admission or promotion of a child would be based on age and not on merit. The department is also likely to implement provisions of Section 14, along with this new system which mandates that “No child shall be denied admission in a school for the lack of age proof.”

Male body found near field in Vasco

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

To avoid repetition of incidents such as the recent fire disaster at Zuari Industrial Limited, at Zuarinagar, the South Goa District Disaster Management Authority (SGDMA) has formulated a policy to regulate earth digging, with an intention to ensure safety of life and property. It may be recalled that a devastating fire destroyed vehicles and property at the premises of Zuari Industrial Limited last month, following the rupturing of the naphtha pipeline by heavy machinery. The accident occurred when work of laying of another pipeline was underway in the property of ZIL. The policy aims to avoid any such calamity and ensure safety of life and property of the people and protection of environment. The notification issued by Chairperson of SGDMA G P Naik, mandates that hence forth any individual or an organization desiring to undertake digging work in any area of South Goa, will need to obtain an NOC from the owner of the land and submit it to the Deputy Collector and Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of the concerned sub-division.

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 5

Margao police rushed to the KTC Bus Stand on Thursday after receiving a call that an abandoned box contains a bomb as part of the ongoing Sagar Kawach exercise. Investigations later revealed that the box only contained two napkins. The Margao police were intimated of the bomb episode by the police control room. Immediately, a police team headed by PSI Kapil Nayak rushed to the KTC bus stand, while the services of the bomb disposal squad were also requisitioned to investigate into the call. The presence of the police personnel at the KTC bus stand attracted attention from the passengers and others and it was only later that realisation dawned that the abandoned box contained only napkins.

MMC clears encroachments in Gandhi Market HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 5

A gunny bag with bloodstains found near the dead body (encircled) that was found near Maimollem field Vasco. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 5

Vasco Police on Thursday recovered a male body in a suspicious manner alongside the road near Maimollem field in Vasco. According to Vasco Police, the body had injury marks on the face, cut on the left leg, fractures and bruises on ribs. A gunny bag with bloodstains was also found near the body. The deceased is suspected to be in his thirties. Sources informed that the body might have been dumped alongside the road in the wee hours of Thursday. The body was noticed by a naval person on Thursday at about 9 am, who informed a roadside vendor and an hotelier, who called police. The police reached the crime site at about 12 pm, as most of the police staff were engaged in ‘Sagar Kavch’ exercise. However, there have been two different versions from the police officer present at the site. Police claimed that the deceased might have been killed in hit-and-run case somewhere else and later the body was dumped in Vasco, as the nature of injuries appears to be of accident or it could be the case of homicide. The gunny bag with bloodstains that was found near the body has further deepened theory of hit and run, but police have not ruled out that it could be murder. “We have registered a case of unnatural death and is investigating the case,” informed police.

Sancoale, Cortalim Comunidades yet to act against scrap yards HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, MAY 5

Vast areas of land belonging Sancoale and Cortalim comunidades have come under attack from scrap yard owners who have set up their business with the authorities yet to take action against them. Attorney of Sancoale Comunidade Satish Narvekar when contacted admitted the land had been encroached upon. “We have brought this to the notice of the authorities including the South Goa Administrator of Comunidades Pravin Barad,” Narvekar informed and added that Barad had also inspected the site. He said that there was some delay since they did not know as to who were the actual owners of the land – Sancoale or Cortalim comunidade. However, after survey was conducted, it has been found that the major portion of the encroached land belongs to Sancoale comunidade, he said. It is reliably learnt that a ‘prominent’ shareholder of Cortalim comunidade was collecting rent from scrap yard owners. Sancoale Sarpanch Ramakant Borkar also echoed similar views

Cops find no bomb but napkins at KTC stand

The Margao Municipal Council continued its ongoing raids in the congested Gandhi Market to clear the pavements and footpaths from encroachments. A team of workers led by Market Inspector Mohan Arlekar descended in the Gandhi Market today – the second raid in less than a week – and went about clearing the pavements of goods displayed by the traders and vendors.Arlekar told newsmen that the teams have seized goods worth over Rs 18,000 and warned the traders that the drive would continue in order to keep the market passages free from encroachments. The exercise is believed to have left the vendors fuming, who have sought to know why the municipality has been only targeting the Gandhi Market when encroachments are the order of the day across the commercial capital. A delegation of the vendors led by Rajendra Azgaonkar had made its presence felt in the corridors of the civic body immediately after the raid in the market, but could not meet the Chief Officer Prasanna Acharya to convey vendors grievances.

DMA directs CCP to relieve ATO HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

Scrap yards which have been set up on Communidade land of Sancoale and Cortalim. Photo by Alvaro Colaco

saying that authorities will act to remove the same. “It falls in Sancoale village and the panchayat will act against them,” Borkar told Herald. Cortalim-Quelossim Sarpanch Anthony Miranda when contacted said he was not aware as to whose jurisdiction the area came under. If it falls in Cortalim then his office shall also act and get it removed. Another shareholder pointed out that the Administrator being a custodian of comunidade land can demolish the structures ir-

respective whether it belongs to Sancoale or Cortalim comunidade so long as they are on the comunidade land. What is more alarming is that the encroachers are continuing to spread their tentacles despite being aware that the authorities having taken cognisance of the development. Interestingly, removal of scrap yards has been a sensitive issue in Sao Jose de Areal and Fatorda with the villagers vociferously demanding their removal from their villages.

The Director of Municipal Administration has directed the Corporation of the City of Panjim (CCP) to relieve, with immediate effect, the Accounts Taxation Officer (ATO), who was granted an extension of one year. Joaquim Colaco, ATO who completed sixty years of service in October 2010, was granted an extension till November 2011. When contacted, CCP Commissioner Melvin Vaz confirmed that CCP had received a letter from Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) asking to them to relieve Colaco but he added that the letter is a ‘bit confusing’. The letter says Colaco, who was appointed on contract, has to be relieved from service with immediate effect. “He was granted an extension in service of one year and was not appointed on contract, as pointed out in the communiqué sent by the Director of Municipal Administration.” said Commissioner Vaz. The CCP had also adopted a resolution, while granting extension in service to Colaco, though formal permission from the government was not taken.

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Dr Gomes not to accept award until justice done to Benaulim people HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 5

Dr Hubert Gomes who has been recently nominated for the Karamveer Puraskar, the national award for social justice and citizens’ action, said that he will not accept this award until justice is done to the people of Benaulim. “Although I am humbled by this nomination, I am not going to accept the award till the wrong on my village is corrected”. Referring to the Benaulim SAG ground for which he has been fighting almost single-handedly, Dr Hubert said that although certain politicians have combined to commit a great fraud on his village, the people of Benaulim are not going to allow them to succeed in their mission. “In a few weeks time we are going to start an aggressive agitation to get our ground back”, he warned. Every year the Indian Confederation of NGOs (ICONGO) awards Karamveer Puraskars to people who are well known for their contribution to the society. Eminent personalities like Dr Binayak Sen, J M Lyngdoh, Alyque Padamsee, Dr Verghese Kurien, Tarun Tejpal, Remo Fernandes,

nAlthough certain politicians have combined to commit a great fraud on his village, the people of Benaulim are not going to allow them to succeed in their mission. Anupam Kher, Rahul Bose, Anu Aga and Shereen Bhan (CNBC) are some of the prominent people who have received this award in the past. “Although my mind tells me that I should accept the award and join this list of eminent people who have received the Karamveer Puraskar, my heart tells me that I should join hands with all the right thinking aam admii of Goa and continue my fight for social justice. I have chosen to listen to my heart and be the fearless voice of my people in Benaulim”, Dr Hubert said. Disclosing his plans to start “Banaulekarancho Ekvott”- a people’s movement for social justice in Benaulim, he said“From the day I announced my break from politics; many people have been meeting me on a reg-

Moscow insurance firm receives 500-odd claims HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

Moscow-based insurance firm ‘Liga of Defence and Medical Assistance (LDM)’ received whopping 500- odd claims from Russian tourists holidaying in Goa, during the current tourist season, of which 18 cases were nearly fatal. The cashless insurance was launched by Russian Parliament, to ensure medical safety of Russian tourists travelling to Goa. LDM’s team of six members comprising four Russians and two Goans attend to its customer 24 by 7 in case of medical emergencies. The Company’s legal advisor Vikram Varma said that LDM team has attended to 486 Russian tourists in Goa who warranted emergency medical attention during their vacations here. “There have been a number of cases where Russian tourists have suffered near fatal injuries due to accidents, but timely and professional assistance saved about 18 lives,” Varma said.

These patients were then referred to the private hospitals for further medical attention. Varma said the insurance covers both legal and medical necessities to short-term Russian tourists in Goa. “The money reimbursement amount is upto $30,000 (Rs 13lakh approximately) to each Russian tourist, who is covered by two insurance companies namely European Insurance (EI) and Rozno,” he said. The cashless facility covers services like ambulance, medical treatment, evacuation, transportation of dead bodies, etc. It is also tied up with State’s best private hospitals for better support. With the tourist season coming to an end, the last chartered flight to Russia is expected to take off from Dabolim airport in mid-May. Goa is the pioneer state to launch LDM in the country in December 22, 2009. Though the tourist season was coming to an end, the Company had received 173 major and minor cases.

Arthritis has reached epidemic proportions, warns Dr Bandekar HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

Warning that arthritis has reached epidemic proportions in the State, persons who experience continuous pain in the joints for more than two weeks should immediately consult a doctor, said senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Shivanand Bandekar. Dr Shivanand Bandekar, senior orthopaedic surgeon at the Goa Medical College has also warned that a late diagnosis only worsens the patient. “Pain and swelling in the joints are the usual symptoms of the dis-

n At the out-patient department (OPD) of the GMC, receives nearly 350 patients a day, of which 90-100 are possible cases of arthritis, Dr Bandekar informed. ease. If it continues for more than two weeks, one should immediately consult a doctor. Usually pains come and go for various reasons like posture, strenuous activity or injury. But

… says most toddy tappers suffer from arthritis

PANJIM, MAY 5 (HR): Most toddy tappers are suffering from arthritis and advocated that the government should offer them special medical treatment that they are unable to cope with the disease, suggested, Dr Shivanand Bandekar, senior orthopaedic surgeon at the Goa Medical College has said. Stating that it had become an occupational disease, Dr Bandekar, who is also a member of the toddy tappers association rued the fact that they are given almost no medical attention, and many members often end up with ‘bowing of knees’. “Most toddy tappers begin work when they are around 20 and continue till they are around 80. There is no retirement age for them. I’ve done a knee replacement surgery on an 87 year old toddy tapper,” Dr Bandekar said.

if it continues for more than two weeks, in all likelihood it is arthritis,” he said recommending that a person should get it confirmed as early as possible through expert opinion. At the out-patient department (OPD) of the GMC, receives nearly 350 patients a day, of which 90100 are possible cases of arthritis, Dr Bandekar informed. “The most common type of arthritis in India is osteoarthritis in the knee joints. We do a lot of squatting and sitting cross legged, and even kneeling down. Even in the Indian

toilet or squatting toilet, this is our posture. This is the reason for high rates of knee replacement surgeries required. In contrast, in the West, cases of hip replacement are more,” Dr Bandekar informed adding that beyond the age of 45-50 all squatting should be avoided or minimised. He also spoke of the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis, soft tissue arthritis and reactive arthritis which is as a result of diseases like chikungunya, malaria, typhoid or high levels of uric acid.

ular basis. It is they who have suggested that it is time we unite to jointly fight the evil forces that are destroying Benaulim. We have been fooled and robbed in the past, and we do not want that to happen again”. Dr Hubert Gomes has appealed to the people of Benaulim constituency to forget their individual differences and come together for a greater cause. “Do not be fooled by the money that is given by corrupt politicians. Instead of listening to them and getting carried away by their short-term gifts, it is time to listen to your own conscience and do what is good for the future of your children”. Dr Hubert pointed out that besides the SAG ground issue; poor quality narrow roads, erratic water and electricity supply, garbage disposal problem, malaria, poor maintenance of the beaches and alcoholism among the youth are some of the serious issues that need an urgent attention in Benaulim. “Banaulekarancho Ekvott wants to play a significant role to address these issues and bring about an honest, wellplanned and eco-friendly development in Benaulim”, he said.

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Census: Goa’s population density higher than India HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

Goa may be a tiny State with a population of just 15 lakhs odd, but the density of population here, is higher as compared to the all India density, according to provisional Census of India 2011. As per the provisional Census statistics, the number of persons per sq km in the State works out to 394, whereas the corresponding figure for the country, as a whole, works out to 382. The density of population per sq km indicates the pressure of population on land. This means that Goa’s population density in 2011 is higher by 30 points, as compared to 2001 population density, which was 364. Within Goa, the density of population in North Goa district is higher (471), than South Goa (326), in 2011. Even the 2001 Census statistics revealed that the population density in North Goa was considerably higher being 437 as against 300 in the district of South Goa. However, it is noted that the district of North Goa has larger population and less geographical area as compared to South Goa.

Walk for a Smile in city on May 8 HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

More than 100 osteoarthritis patients will boldly make a one-anda-half kilometre trek along Dayanand Bandodkar Marg in Panjim this Sunday to raise awareness about arthritis. Titled ‘Walk for a Smile,’ the ‘walk-a-thon,’ the first in the state and perhaps also first in the country, is being organised by the Goa Medical College’s Orthopaedic Department in collaboration with arthritis campaigner Deepak Shinde. “Till date we have treated more than 900 patients in GMC for arthritis and have successfully convinced about 100 of them, most of whom have had knee replacement surgery, to take part in this walk. This walk will be a testimony to the fact that people with knee-replacement surgery can walk once again,” said Dr Shivanand Bandekar, senior orthopaedic surgeon at Goa Medical College. “This is a means of showing solidarity with those other 800 patients who are not able to make it for the walk-a-thon, as well as to tell other arthritis patients that there is a cure for arthritis and one can walk again,” Dr Bandekar said. He further revealed that most arthritis patients live a very gloomy life almost to the point of contemplating suicide and that he hoped to bring a smile back on their faces. Dr Bandekar himself will flag off the walk-a-thon, at 7.15 am on Sunday May 8, opposite the Old GMC complex, in a function that has no political formalities. He will also be available to patients who wish to consult about any problem related to the knee or hip pain and seek advice on the ailment. Spot registration even for non-arthritis patients, who would wish to participate in the walk will begin from 6.30 am and end at 7 am.

Over 60 on GMC’s knee replacement waiting list HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

There are more than 60 patients are on the waitlist for knee-replacement surgery at Goa’s premier Goa Medical College & Hospital, knee replacement surgeon at the GMC Dr Shivanand Bandekar said. “Currently we are in the process of tendering the supply of replacement knees. Our last stock got over and since then the waitlist has been growing,” Dr Bandekar informed although he said it wasn’t a reason for concern yet. “We get the same kind of knees that are available in the private hospitals, it is done through a tendering process and since it is being done at the GMC the government ends up paying on Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 per surgery as opposed to the Rs 2.5 to 3 lakh one would

have to spend at a private hospital. Goa has a high number of arthritis patients with many heading toward the sea for a salt water bath or a ‘kharre-udok nhavonn’ which they believe is good for the bones. Dr Bandekar however explained it is more the effort that one takes to go to the beach walk on the sand and the psychological aspect that help a person feel better, rather than the salt water itself. “When one goes for the bath, they move out of their houses, breathe fresh air, besides they also walk on the soft sand, all of which results in exercise and makes one feel better giving the illusion that one’s arthritis has reduced. There is no scientific backing yet to associate salt water and cure to arthritis,” Dr Bandekar informed.


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Overseas citizens have no political rights: Jha HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 5

The office of the Director of NRI Affairs has said that an Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) is not entitled to any political rights. A circular issued by Secretary (NRI), V K Jha categorically said that an OCI is neither entitled to be registered as a voter, nor eligible to be a member of the Legislative Assembly or Parliament, nor entitled to hold Constitutional post such as the President, Vice-president, judge of the High Court or Supreme Court. “The OCI is also not allowed to hold any public employment/government job or to acquire agricultural and plantation property. He/she can, however, work in private sector without employment visa”, the circular stated.

n The OCI is also not allowed to hold any public employment/government job or to acquire agricultural and plantation property. He/she can, however, work in private sector without employment visa.” -- Circular The circular, however, says the OCI is entitled to many a right, benefit and concessions, including grant of multiple entry lifelong visa for visiting India for any purpose; exemption from registration with foreign regional registration officer or foreign registration officer for any length of stay in India; parity with non-resident Indians in respect of all facilities available to them in economic, financial and educational fields, except in matters relating to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties; parity with Non-Resident

Indians in the manner of intercountry adoption of Indian children; besides parity with Non-Resident Indians in the matter of issue of Indian driving licence and admission of their children in educational institutions in India. The circular issued with the approval of the government, has called for strict adherence by all the secretaries to the government, heads of departments/offices and heads of educational institutions so that the OCI card holders are extended all benefits that are admissible to them.

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TCP dept taking detrimental decisions, alleges GBA HERALD REPROTER PANJIM, MAY 5

Goa Bachao Abhiyan has alleged that the Town and Country Planning Department is taking decisions that are detrimental to the successful implementation of Regional Plan 2021. To back their stand, the GBA has enlisted a set of decisions taken by the Town and Country Planning Board. The foremost of them is that the policies framed under the Regional Plan 2021 will not apply to ODP areas. In the past, this has been exposed by various groups including former member of the SLC and town planner Edgar Ribeiro. Besides that the TCP has also taken decisions to honour past commitments such as old licences, NOC from TCP Department for considering applications for revised approvals provided the floor area does not exceed the committed or consumed floor areas.

“If they are going to honour past commitments, then this appears to be the reason why they are delaying the notification of the plan – so that they can grant as many permissions as possible before the plans are notified and then honour those past commitments after the plan is notified,” Sabina Martins, convenor of the GBA said. Besides that the TCP board has also decided to allow constructions even when the minimum right of way – six meters is blocked by obstructions such as trees, religious structures, culverts, public utility installations and illegal constructions which will not be considered as reducing available access. “In case the proposed development is affected by any bottlenecks such as an existing compound wall, old structures, which do not exceed 75 metres at any given point, the permissions would be granted,” the decision reads.

Consent of gram sabhas MMC accepts bids mandatory, says MoEF to transport Sonsodo compost HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), in its revised guidelines for the declaration of Critical Wildlife Habitats (CWH), has given importance to ‘gram sabhas’ by making it mandatory to seek their consent in certain matters. The guidelines which are posted on MoEF website on Thursday, stated that a resettlement package has been prepared to provide secure livelihoods to the affected individuals and communities. Union Minister of Environment and Forest Jayram Ramesh has said that these guidelines were issued after studying the concerns raised by wildlife experts and

n The revised guidelines mandate that free informed consent of gram sabha should be obtained in writing to the proposed resettlement package.

social scientists on the earlier 2007 guidelines. The revised guidelines mandate that free informed consent of gram sabha should be obtained in writing to the proposed resettlement package. “Facilities and land allocation at the relocation site are complete in all respect as per the promised package,” it adds. The

experts committee, which will hold hearings for CWHs, will also comprise of a representative from each gram sabha besides a social scientist, ecologist and representative of NGO working in the field of tribal welfare. Widening the scope, the draft guidelines state that the identification of CWH, shall be the joint responsibility of the qualified scientific institution, qualified ecologists, and other wildlife experts on the experts committee. The committee has also been given extension of time from earlier one month to now six months to finish the consultative process. It has also been proposed that the records of rights vested in the forest dwellers living within national park and wildlife sanctuaries have to be obtained from gram sabhas. This will be parallel to the scientific identification of the CWH by the scientific experts in the EC. MoEF have released revised draft guidelines for CWH as required by the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, based on feedback from a wide set of experts and stakeholders. The new guidelines would be open for suggestions from the public for 30 days.

A view of the Sonsodo garbage dumping yard. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 5

The Margao Municipal Council on Thursday began the exercise of accepting applications from prospective bidders for the transportation of “compost” from the Sonsodo garbage dump yard to the low-lying area opposite the KTC Bus Stand and Old Market for filling of land acquired for parking. Questions, however, remain unanswered whether the civic body has obtained clearance from the Goa State Pollution Control Board for the

Margao blast accused’s plea rejected HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 5

The South Goa Sessions Court on Thursday rejected the application made by Margao bomb blast accused Dhananjay Ashthekar to appear for his engineering exams at the Shivaji University, Kholapur. Sessions Judge Bimba Thaly rejected the application made by the accused after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) submitted that sending the accused to Kholapur to answer the examination scheduled on May 9-13 with escort party is a risky affair and that no chances can be taken for the safety of the accused person. NIA’s Special PP, S B Faria had submitted before the court that some of the accused are still absconding, adding that it would be a risky affair to escort the accused to Kholapur. Meanwhile, the defence lawyer has said that they will not appeal to the HC against the order of the Sessions Court for paucity of time with the exams scheduled on May 9. However, the defence said the accused would move the HC seeking permission to answer the four papers of the engineering exam scheduled in June.

Case registered HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 5

The Margao police have registered a case against unknown persons in connection with the counterfeit notes detected by a leading city-based private bank. The bank manager had complained to the Margao police that they have detected counterfeit notes amounting to Rs 31,500 between February 7 to April 30 this year. The fake notes comprised of 49 notes of Rs 500 denominations and seven notes of Rs 1000 denomination. This is not the first time that this private bank has lodged a complaint with the police over the detection of fake notes by the bank. The Margao police are investigating the case.

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waste/compost transportation from the garbage dumping site to the proposed parking lot. Municipal Engineer Parsekar informed that he has no knowledge whether the civic body has obtained the green signal from the GSCPB to dump the waste compost from Sonsodo to the Old Market area. Incidentally, Municipal Chief Officer, Prasanna Acharya had a fortnight ago agreed on the need for the Pollution Control Board nod before the transportation is carried out by the civic body. In fact, Acharya had categorically stated that though the civic body has floated the tender, actual work would commence only after receiving a report from the Goa Pollution Control Board. Residents of Madel have also sought information under the Right to Information Act from the civic body whether it has obtained the environmental clearances from the Pollution Control Board. They have apprehended that dumping of pollutants in the low lying area may result in contamination of the underground water.

The GBA had termed this as a ridiculous decision and one that defies logic.


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The extraordinary meeting of Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) on Friday is likely to be stormy over the issue of Sopo collection tender. According to sources, the Sopo collection issue will be the main agenda of the councillors. “It is to be seen how many councillors will attend the meet on May 6, as it has been a month since the councillors, especially Chairperson Kishore Naik, had boycotted going to the council office in

Ponda Municipal Council workers removes hoarding from the footpath at Ponda. Photo by Amresh Parab HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, MAY 5

Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) on Thursday conducted a drive against encroachments in the city, much to the surprise of vendors. The drive was in abeyance however with rising incidents of footpath encroachments in the city, municipal engineer along with the municipal workers confiscated goods including fruits and vegetables.

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The goods that were confiscated during the surprise raid included sandals, plastic utensils, fruits, vegetables and even hoardings were removed. Municipal Inspector Arun Naik informed that there were growing number of cases, where shopkeepers had encroached on footpaths and even vendors were illegally making use of the footpath to sell their products. “Footpath has to be obstruction free and is meant for public

use. However, many-a-times it is been occupied by shopkeepers and vendors. We had warned vendors and shopkeepers on several occasions, but since they are not abiding by the laws, we were forced to seize the material kept on the footpath,” informed Naik.

protest to chief officer’s decision allowing Sopo collection,” said sources. It may be recalled that PMC in its special meeting on March 30 had passed a resolution to withhold Sopo collection tender that was awarded to a private party for Rs 61 lakh. Councillors had claimed that there were complaints from vendors of high fees charged in the form of Sopo and they feared it could rise as this year the Sopo tender was awarded to a private party for Rs 61 lakh. However, Chief Officer Jayant Tari issued

“We will continue with the drive so that the footpaths in the city are kept free for public. When footpaths are blocked, public walk on the road which is dangerous and even creates traffic problems,” added Naik. The seized items were later released to respective vendors

after paying a fine, however this time fruits and vegetables that were seized in the drive were donated to NGOs looking after children and the aged in Ponda. Naik informed that on number of occasions, they donated fruits and vegetables after prior permissions from the chief offi-

cer. “This has been done to deter vendors from using footpaths. Earlier, we donated fruits and vegetables to social organisations and this time too we have done it. I hope this will send a strong message to vendors using footpath,” said Naik.

UPCOMING EVENTS Mass for workers at Panjim today PANJIM (HND): The Holy Eucharist would be celebrated for workers on May 6 at Mary Immaculate Church, Panjim at 1.15 pm. A priest will be available for confession from 12.30 pm onwards. All are invited to take part in this Thanksgiving celebration.

Legal aid week at Ponda

Mridula Mukundan (May Queen 2011) Brazilian Polly (first runner-up) and Anjali Bajaj (second runner-up) alongwith dignitaries. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 5

Mridula Mukundan was crowned May Queen 2011 by the distinguished Bollywood celebrities while hot Brazilian lady Polly was chosen as the first runner-up, the second runner-up spot was bagged by Anjali Bajaj at 11th May Queen Ball hosted by Goan Welfare Association recently at cool Giwana ballroom in Qatar. The comperes Cheryl Almeida and Xavier Fernandes set the

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ball rolling with the welcome address. But it was UAE’s fame DJ Glorio who set the mood for the evening with some scintillating numbers. Entry of popular band ‘The Syndicate’ electrified that evening. The organisers pitched in number of attractive prizes for people on the dancing floor – the first dancers, the best dancers, the young dancers all were caught in surprise as valuable prizes came their way.

Special guests of the evening Bollywood stars Shreyas Talpade, Jay Bhanushali, Mahi Vij along with former Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro, former Law Minister Dayanand Narvekar and MLA Agnelo Fernandes made their entry to the jam-packed hall amidst the thunderous applause of the gathering. The May Queen jury consisted of Doha Bank CEO R Seetharaman, James John, advertising and marketing man-

ager of Gulf Times and Francis Correa, president of Young Goans Bahrain. The beauty pageant was followed by cutting of the cake in honour of Team India that won the cricket World Cup just about a month ago, by Goa Cricket Association President Dayanand Narvekar. The Manager of Qatar Airways conducted a quiz contest based on the just concluded cricket World Cup. The contest was won by Rane Warriors.

Remembering my Prof: B L Bhandare

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Art

Graffiti Art describe inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., on the walls of ancient ruins, discovered by archeologists.

Evolution of Graffiti

What is Graffiti Art?

Origins of Graffiti Art

Graffiti art is by no means a new movement; it has existed since time immemorial. The first graffiti artists may not have used spray cans, perhaps preferring more natural substances for carving pictures of animals and symbols on the insides of caves and objects. ‘Graffiti’ was originally used to

Fr James Torres felicitates John D’Costa in the presence of Curchorem MLA Shyam Satadekar.

CURCHOREM (HC): The annual feast of Holy Cross at Carriamoddi-Curchorem was celebrated with great pomp and religious fervour on Sunday. Fr Trinidade Monteiro, assistant parish priest of Guardian Angel Church, was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic celebration. On the occasion, ‘Mouzechi Sanz’ an entertainment programme was organised by Carriamoddi Somudai on Figueiredo ground, Curchorem. Speaking on the occasion, Curchorem MLA Shyam Satadekar, who was the chief guest, congratulated the organisers for providing opportunity to the budding artistes to show their hidden talent on the stage. While praising the organisers, Fr James Torres said children got opportunity to show their talent and at the same time the activity helped them to build their self confidence to face the audience. Earlier, Tito D’Cunha, a footballer, who takes keen interest in the youth especially in the field of football, was felicitated by MLA Satadekar. John D’Costa, a social worker, businessman and the person instrumental in reviving the activities of the youth especially in the cultural and sports field was felicitated by Parish Priest Fr James Torres.

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PANJIM (HND): The traditional feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Paroda, Salcette, will be celebrated on May 8. The Vesper Mass will be held on Saturday May 7 at 6.15 pm. Masses on the feast day will be at 6.30 am, 8.30 am and the high mass at 10 am.

Graffiti art is a modern art form that gained its popularity in the swinging 60’s. It consists of deliberately marking property - both private and public. It can take the form of pictures, drawings, words, or any decorations, inscribed on any surface – although it usually found on outside walls and sidewalks. Graffiti is also sometimes called subway art, or spray-can art.

Holy Cross feast celebrated

orders asking the private party to collect taxes, which he claimed was done as per the rule. Irked with the chief Officer’s decision, the councillors decided to boycott attending the council. Though some of the councillors were seen in the municipality for some or the other works, but Chairperson Kishore Naik till date has not come to the office. However, all the works related to PMC is being done from home. Naik said that chief officer has proved that council has no value and it is of no use whether he comes to the council office.

May Queen ball a big hit in Qatar

PANJIM (HND): The Ponda taluka legal services committee will observe a legal Aid week for Labour on May 6 at 4.30 pm at Rohini Industries, Bethora Industrial Estate, Ponda. The camp will be presided over by Adv K L Gaonkar. Adv Vinayak Deulkar will speak on ‘Industrial dispute’, Adv Reena Gad Kerkar will speak on ‘Laws related to Industrial workers’ and Adv Nilima Gaude will speak on ‘Benefits and entitlement of Legal aid services’. The camp will be compered by Adv Nilima Gaude and Shanti Sawant will co-ordinate the programme. Citizens of Ponda Taluka may attend the camp.

S H O RT TA K E S

In the modern era, in early 1960’s, young New Yorkers, belonging to the black, Puerto Rican and other minority communities, started to adopt tags - signatures and signs made with aerosol sprays and markers in public places. Tags started to cover the city's walls, buses and, above all, subway trains, with spectacular ‘whole car’ works covering entire trains. Some tags also contain subtle and often cryptic political messages.

There is a thin line between graffiti art and vandalism. When done without the property owner's consent, it constitutes illegal vandalism. Most of the opposition to graffiti art is due to its location and bold, unexpected, and unconventional presentation. However its presentation, and often illegal location, does not necessarily mean that the art form is invalid altogether. Graffiti can be viewed as creative expression - whether charged with political meaning or not. Even though some Graffiti can be labeled as gang-motivated or vandalism, it is slowly gaining its deserved recognition.

Graffiti or Vandalism

Graffiti is not readily accepted as ‘art’, unlike those works that are found hanging ostentatiously in a gallery or a museum. Their detractors are partially justified, as it could constitute vandalism.

charya Devo Bhava! The teacher has a very important place in society. The impact of early teaching gets embedded in the minds of children and remains with them for a lifetime. Teachers have played a major role in the life of every individual; the great Maratha king Shivaji always revered his teacher, Dadoji Kondev. Bhaskar Laxmidhar Bhandare was one such teacher. Born on 19 April 1912 in Cumbarjua, Tiswadi, he had a tough time during childhood but, despite adversity, completed his education by giving tuitions to students in lower classes. Prof Bhandare taught with passion. His attention was always on the weakest student in the class. He always said that only when the weakest student understood was his mission accomplished. And he never lost his patience… I was his student in the Institute of Instruction High School, where he taught French. His mastery over the language was absolute; his pronunciation was precise, and he spoke grammatically correct, chaste French. He always insisted that one’s fundamentals should be strong. This instilled confidence in his students, making them literate in a real sense. He was a mild personality, but could be tough when needed. Students were attentive and never missed his classes. He had a style that made learning interesting. Each one of us felt special, as if we were being individually coached. He made the

Dr Dewangan awarded Young Scientist Medal HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 5

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subject seem so easy that we felt it was within our grasp. Only when every student passed with good marks was he really satisfied. When he got such a result, there would be a mischievous smile on his face, and he would teach with more enthusiasm and vigour. Even as he approached 60 (he was 59 when I was his student) he had the vitality of a 25-year-old. I had the opportunity of associating with him 10 years later, when he was running a school in his ancestral village of Cumbarjua. Even in his old age, he had the same stamina and enthusiasm, readily interacting with young children, with a word of praise to motivate and encourage them to do better. He always had a good word for everybody. How he managed it all was a mystery. But he was gifted – a born teacher. He believed in sharing his knowledge with the poorest and weakest. All those who came to learn were students to him; he treated them equally and went out of his way to make them comfortable and help them understand the subject. He never bothered about income or high society. He was at peace with himself and happy to impart education, which he considered a mission till the end. Teachers like Prof Bhaskar Bhandare inculcate good habits and a good moral character in their students, and help to build a good society. He believed that life must be used for the good of mankind. My head bows in reverence to this great teacher on his death anniversary today.

Dr Pawan Dewangan, of the National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, has been selected for the award of INSA Medal for Young Scientist 2011. Dr Dewangan carried out an integrated analysis of multi-channel seismics, high-resolution sparker, sub-bottom profiler, swath bathymetry and coring/drilling datasets to show that the observed distribution of gas hydrates in KG offshore basin is controlled by deeply

buried shale diapers, whose upward movement creates prominent bathymetric mounds usually associated with the occurrence of gas hydrates. Dr Dewangan will be presented the medal along with a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 25,000 at the annual meeting of INSA which will be held in December. He is the first NIO young scientist to be both INSA Young Scientist awardee and young associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.

PANJIM (HND): The need of the hour is to make women economically independent and boost their entrepreneurship skills said Admiral John D’Silva. He was speaking as the chief guest at the valedictory function to distribute certificates of the 6months tailoring classes organised by Overseas Employment Agency of Goa and Goa Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhiyan (GPMSA). Nelly Rodrigues President of GPMSA thanked the OEAG Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro, John D’Silva, UD Kamat and Christopher as well as the instructor Sr Luciana Barreto, Principal of Nazareth Homes, Pernem and Ex ZP Supriya Mahale for help in organising the tailoring course. Earlier Principal Sr Luciana Barreto welcomed the gathering while Director U D Kamat proposed the vote of thanks.

Dr Sawant on Ayurved council PANJIM (HND): Dr Pramod Pandurang Sawant, Ayurvedic Doctor from Kathambi, Pale, has been elected as a member to the Central Council of Ayurved in the recently held elections at the Office of the Returning Officer, Dr M Mohandas (Chief Medical Officer) National Leprosy Eradication Programme, Directorate of Health Services, Panjim.

Workshop on stammering held

Participants of the stammering workshop.

PANJIM (HND): The Goa Chapter of the Indian Stammering Association (TISA) in collaboration with The Goa YMCA Toastmasters Club organised a 3-day communication workshop for people who stammer. The motive of the workshop was to desensitize the social stigma associated with stammering, which leads to shame, guilt, holding back and other emotional aspects. The workshop also raised awareness about stammering as it screened a few documentaries based on this speech impediment. The participants benefited by learning new techniques, new beliefs, new comforts while interacting with more people. The workshop was facilitated by Jai Prakash Sunda (Trustee, TISA) with the help of co-facilitators like Dr Farida Dias (Psychotherapist and the President of Goa YMCA Toastmasters Club), Harish Usgaonkar (Co-ordinator of TISA Goa Self Help Group), Vivek Singh (Co-ordinator of a corporate TISA Self Help Group) and Amey Hegde (Corporate Trainer, Management Consultant) TISA is self-help, non-profit public charitable trust working for the interest of people who stammer. Raising awareness about stammering, conducting workshops and encouraging self-help groups in various cities of India has been the primary focus of this association headquartered at Dehradun, Uttarakhand. To know more about TISA log on to: www.stammer.in or visit TISA Blog: http://t-tisa.blogspot.com

POWER SHUTDOWN MAy 6

MANDUR: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Dongrim, Daktem Bhatt, Vodlem bhat, Mandur Panchayat, Mandur church and Mandur Health Centre. MAy 7

FARMAgUDI: From 8 am to 2 pm at Nageshi, Dhonshi, Mahalaxmi and Vagdor. XELPEM: From 9 am to 3 pm at VP Uguem, parts of Sanguem Municipality, and VP Bhati. PONDA: From 8 am to 2 pm at Nageshi, Dhonshi, Mahalaxmi, Vagdor. CHANDOR: From 8 am to 2 pm at VP Chandor, VP Guirdolim and parts of VP Nessai. CORTALIM: From 9 am to 1 pm at Mardol Hotel, Keserval, Quelossim and surrounding areas. TALEIgAO: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Taleigao, Cardozo wado, Sailem Bhat, Amaral wado, St Paul, Taleigao market and surrounding areas. PORVORIM: From 9 am to 5 pm at Village Panchayat, Penha-deFranca, VP Socorro, VP Salvador-do-Mundo, VP Pilerne, Part of Betim VP, Sangolda VP and surrounding areas.


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Vagator based company accused of cheating workers

Workers of a private company discuss their grievances with the Assistant Labour Commissioner Satish Vaghonker. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, MAY 5

Workers of a private company in Vagator along with Siolim MLA Dayanand Mandrekar have complained to Assistant Labour Commissioner Satish Vaghonker that the company has cheated them while settling their dues. Speaking on behalf of the workers, Pratap Vernekar told the Assistant Commissioner that the agreement entered by the company with their Union is fraud and is not in accordance with the assurance given to them. “The company did not inform the workers about its closure, neither notices were served on the workers regarding termination of services. It is almost 10 months now that the company has been closed but the workers are yet to receive their Provident Fund dues,” said Vernekar. “Settlement of dues has not

been made as per the assurance given to the workers. The workers have been cheated by the company. If grievances are not solved by the Labour Department, then we will be forced to lodge police complaint,” stated Vernekar. Assistant Labour Commissioner Satish Vaghonker informed the workers that the agreement has been signed by the Union and the company as per the Labour Rules in force and hence he cannot interfere with the understanding reached before the Union and the company. He had checked the calculations and the dues payable to the workers were worked out as per the understanding reached between the Union and the company. He had also forwarded his report about the settlement to the Labour Commissioner. “If workers were not happy

about the settlement, then the Union should not have signed the agreement and the workers should not have accepted the cheques given by the company,” said Vaghonker. “If at all the workers feel aggrieved, then they can approach the Labour Commissioner for redressal of their grievances,” added Vaghonker. Siolim MLA Mandrekar said due to sudden closure of the company, the workers were rendered unemployed and since the company has not issued them experience certificates, they find it difficult to get job elsewhere. “Besides, the workers received comparatively less amount by way of compensation. Hence, the Labour Department should take up the issue with the Union and the company and resolve it to the satisfaction of the workers,” said Mandrekar.

Calangute P’yat pledges to back govt in cleansing ills of society HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 5

Calangute Panchayat has firmly affirmed to help the State government in cleansing the ills prevailing in the society, especially in Calangute due to flourishing tourism business. Addressing a press conference, ex-sarpanch and Calangute Panch Joseph Sequeira criticized the politicians and others, especially the media for giving a bad name to Calangute. “Every time the media has been depicting Calangute in a wrong way and tarnishing its image. In the recent times, Calangute village has lost its glitter and has been portrayed as a den for prostitution, flesh trade, drugs, etc, the tourismrelated ills,” stated Sequeira. Sequeira regretted that the panchayat has no powers to check illegal activities after dawn and the government bodies have been empowered to initiate action in the matter. “The panchayat has never

given any permission for discopubs, discotheque or any permission to commercial premises to remain open after 11 pm. But the authorities have been blaming the local bodies, the village panchayat, which has no say in the matter,” added Sequeira. Therefore, Calangute Panchayat has decided to give a collective answer to the issue and have come up with a resolution against illegal activities in Calangute jurisdiction. Sequeira regretted that the top and local politicians are involved in the illegal activities like running of discos and carrying out flesh trades, etc, in their commercial premises which have been sub-let by the villagers, etc. He also regretted that the Calangute Police have failed to act on their complaints time and again due to political interference from the politicians which also portrays a bad picture of prevailing law and order in Calangute.

Santa Cruz Quermesse organising committee members Nelson Botelho (treasurer), Mariano Araujo (president), Parish Priest Fr Cristovam Caldeira, Domingo Fernandes (attorney) and John Fernandes (member) alongwith Goa’s Nightingale Lorna. The three-day musical event is being organised by Confraria de Santa Cruz. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

GSIDC beautification causing more harm to Valpoi! juries, few suffered grievous injuries,” said the residents. “On Thursday night, a motorcyclist from Pale fractured his leg after he accidentally fell in the pothole. Four days prior to this incident, a scooterist from Nanus had suffered head injuries after he fell in the pothole,” they added. “About a week ago, a motorcyclist from Shelpi fractured his leg after he fell in the pothole. All the victims were rushed to Community Health Centre Valpoi by the residents. Few were even

Death trap at Hathwada-Valpoi. HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, MAY 5

It may be beautifying Valpoi town, but the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) has ended up causing more damage in the area. The GSIDC has now been accused of breaking telephone und e rg ro u n d c a b l e s , w a t e r pipelines and is also being blamed for several road accidents.

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Last one month, several accidents have occurred at Hathwada, Nanus, road due to the huge pothole on the road as a result of improper laying of concrete slabs over the small nullah across the road. The works of laying concrete slabs over gutters and at the nullah was carried out by GSIDC workers about 2 years ago as part of widening the road under beautification project. The residents here have ex-

Sobit Amchem Goem underway at Chicalim HERALD CORRESPONDENT CORTALIM, MAY 5

Chicalim Youth Club’s Festival of Goan music, dance, drama and handicrafts ‘Sobit Amchem Goem’ in colloboration with Department of Art & Culture and Aparant Mannd got underway at Chicalim on Thursday. Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho lighted the traditional lamp in the presence of Sameer Salgaocar, Chairman of the Goa Handicrafts Corporation, Chicalim Sarpanch Raul D’Costa, Deputy Sarpanch Mary Mascarenhas, ZP members, Chicalim

Panchas Seby Pereira, Joanita Landez, Pratap Mardolkar and other dignitaries. The drawing contest attracted around 89 children who were entertained by clowns and games. Thereafter, the students of Sunil Shet Musical Classes gave a performance of classical singing. Dalton Melodies took centre stage to keep the huge crowd in the mood and then the nightingale of the Konkani Stage Lorna kept everybody spellbound with her melodious voice.

pressed resentment over haphazard manner in which the work was carried out by GSIDC. The residents have complained that at least 10 accidents have occurred in April at Hathwada, due to the negligence of GSIDC which failed to cover the pothole or lay the slabs properly despite repeated requests from the residents to avoid further accidents due to the death trap. “Although many accident victims escaped with minor in-

To counter the ills of the society, Calangute Panchayat approved a resolution at its monthly meeting on April 30. The resolution reads: “It has been brought to the notice of the panchayat that certain bars in Calangute are involved in conducting illicit and illegal business of running them as dance bars which at times act as pick-up joints, thereby encouraging prostitution and flesh trade in the area.” “In view of this, the panchayat has resolved to take action against such establishments and close down such illicit bars labelled as dance bars and pickup joints thus affecting the lifestyle of our future pillars of the society, the youth.” “The panchayat has decided to file a police complaint in the matter and failure to act, the panchayat would withdraw any trade license/permission granted to any premises and order its closure from commercial use.”

rushed to GMC Hospital in Bambolim,” residents recalled. Residents also complained that despite repeated requests to the GSIDC contractor and supervisors, no action has been taken to cover the pothole and avoid further accidents. Residents also said that they are planning to contact competent authority not only to complain about the death trap, but also to demand a strict supervision over the ongoing work to avoid substandard and unplanned work.

Carmona panch resigns HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 5

Carmona Panch member Jerson C Figueiredo has resigned from the membership of the village Panchayat. The Panch member has submitted his resignation to the Salcete Block Development Officer. Figueiredo told newsmen that though he has quit from the membership of the Panchayat body, he would continue to do his social work in his ward and village.


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The importance of being the USA

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he self-styled ultra-patriots who excoriate the Indian government for not having the political will to ‘take out’ terrorist and gangster Dawood Ibrahim in the same way as US special-ops Naval Special Warfare Development Group or Devgru, also known as US Navy Seals Team 6, assassinated Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad, near Islamabad, need to take a reality check. It is true that the operation is a national embarrassment for Pakistan and has exposed the probable complicity of very senior officials in the administration with Al Qaeda. But it is only the US that can carry out operations that violate the country’s sovereignty and still not have to face any consequences. The Black Hawk helicopters that carried the elite team of commandos to Abbotabad took off from the Ghazi Air Base in north-west Pakistan. US helicopters and unmanned drones normally fly from there on a variety of missions, which is why the country’s air defence systems were not alerted. In contrast, if India was to carry out a commando raid on Karachi, where Dawood is said to be based, to assassinate our most wanted criminal, it would be interpreted as an act of full-fledged war. We would then have to face all the consequences – diplomatic as well as military – that emerge when two nuclear-armed countries start an armed conflict. Pakistan has launched a war of words against the US for the ‘unilateral action’ against Osama bin Laden on its soil – especially after a White House official said that the US would again carry out similar special operations to target high profile terrorists in Pakistan if required – but it is unlikely to take any action against the world’s only superpower, which sustains its economy by providing billions of dollars in aid each year for ‘cooperation’ in the war on terror. But this ‘cooperation’, never unequivocal, is now under increasing strain after the revelation that Bin Laden was living less than a kilometre away from the country’s elite Army Officers’ Training Academy for five long years. Pakistan has repeatedly asserted since Bin Laden’s assassination that neither its military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), nor any other element in the government has been helping al Qaeda or sheltering Osama bin Laden, and that “blaming Islamabad would solve nothing”. And the fact is that despite all the tough talk in the US about ending aid to Pakistan for its possible culpability in the Bin Laden case, little is likely to alter in the present US-Pak relationship. Pakistan and the US are strategic partners. No matter how much angst is expressed in the US Congress, the bottomlines as they stand now are very, very unlikely to change.

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enowned Konkani writer Adv Uday Bhembre has done well to bring a sense of sanity to the debate on medium of instruction by asserting that those demanding grants for English as a medium of instruction cannot be branded as anti-nationals. It is important in any debate that the limits of civility should not be crossed. Otherwise, it becomes an insulting competition, in which no reasoned discussion is possible. Members of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Mandal (BBSM) labelling parents demanding English medium as anti-national is just as wrong as leading figures on the other side alleging that the BBSM’s secret agenda is to merge Goa with Maharashtra. Sticking to the point and avoiding unnecessary invective keeps a debate alive and productive. Mr Bhembre has done the state a service by reminding us about this.

Bin Laden, a mastermind? Jose Herculano Andrade, by email I can never believe that Osama Bin Laden is a mastermind behind the twin tower attacks at New York’s World Trade Centre and Dawood Ibrahim is the master mind in the Mumbai bombings of 1993. The real mastermind is Pakistan’s ISI and their targets are non Muslims and major landmarks.

Symbol of evil is dead Ayres Sequeira, Salvador do Mundo Osama bin Laden terrorised the world. He killed innocent people, disrupted life and disturbed peace. He became the symbol

100 Years Ago

PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

6 May 1911 Portuguese residents meet

On the 22nd of the last month took place at Poona a meeting amongst the Portuguese residents to deliberate in how to host a reception to accord deep appreciation and sincere tributes to the out-going Portuguese Consul in Bombay.

Grievances forwarded

Several gentlemen of repute have forwarded their grievances to the Municipality of Nova Goa in regards to lights contract awarded to a foreigner where they claim that at most wanted junctions the lights fail to function.

Thanks indeed

We deeply thank for the copy of one Almanac of Reports and Accounts instituted by the Government for the financial year of 1911.

Comunidade awaits reply

The Comunidade of the Village of Colvale is anxiously waiting for the reply from the competent stations to commence the works of construction .

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The educated, the religious, self righteous, commit crimes against humanity, says JAMeS ferNANDeS Cautiously He arrived with a smile on His face and a Gift in his hand Graciously and Gratefully I received the offering with a grin on my face Confidently He came demanding respect and attention, Slowly I realized the offering was part of the Public Loot And that, I was the cause and beneficiary of the Loot And that I a Goan, had brought the Curse of the Goan, on a Goan. — Goenkar e is our God! Babu Azgaonkar is our God! Their voices were loud and clear. When questioned the reason behind such a conclusion, the people of Dhargal constituency were unanimous in their reply. They submitted with pride that Babu Azgaonkar provided them with food grains, and other house hold necessities as well as money, to buy other requirements. When questioned from where he brought the money they replied he may be looting or killing, we don’t care to know from where he brings the money. What we are interested is that he gives us what we want. When informed that it is a huge crime to loot and kill, they replied they were not committing the crimes, Babu Azgaonkar was the one who was committing huge crimes. In a week, month and year when the late Pope John Paul II has been venerated as Blessed John Paul II, it is appropriate that he is remembered for the man he was. Pope John Paul II passed away on 2nd April, 2005 and during the period before the funeral, millions of people passed by the body to pay their respects. On 8th April 2005, the day of his funeral, the world descended on the Vatican, which included hundreds of thousands of people including kings, queens heads of state, and state representatives. World and religious leaders arrived for the funeral to honour and pay homage to a man whose charisma and human attributes had endured and inspired the people all across the world. His greatest contribution, besides being the spiritual leader of over a billion people across the world, was his teaching, exhorting the people to pick up courage and stand up to the autocratic, evil and corrupt leaders. Millions followed his advice and witnessed a new dawn of life. Unfortunately, Goa which was

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LoverS of GoA abundantly blessed by the Almighty, and Goans whose ancestors had bequeathed a wonderful legacy to their descendents, ignored the teaching of Blessed John Paul II. Several religious leaders instead of leading their people and challenging the evil and corrupt leaders, decided to descend into filth and squalor by approaching the evil and corrupt leaders for assistance. They indirectly succeeded in preaching that, “If God does not grant you your wish, approach the devil.” It thereby had created a society which believed that there was nothing wrong in taking assistance from evil and corrupt leaders. However, unknown to them was the truth, that their action was bringing a curse upon themselves. In our interaction with people across several corners of Goa, we asked them who commits the bigger crime – the politician who gives money for votes, a person who accepts the money, or the educated person who witnesses the transaction, but chooses to ignore it and turn his back on the illegal activity. The people across Goa were unanimous in their verdict. They held the educated who witnessed the evil activity, and abstained from fulfilling his social responsibility of reporting the illegal activity to the concerned authorities, as the individual had committed the

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very morning, as soon as I finish shaving, our little dog gets ready for his morning walk – the first of three. As I walk down the road, I am reminded of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’: “…Guns to the right of them, Guns to the left of them…” I always thought, ‘What a bunch of idiots!’ To the eternal regret of my teacher. Years later, I would read Spike Milligan: “The boy stood on the burning deck; whence all but he had fled – The twit!” And much later, “Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey. There came a big spider and sat down beside her…” And she said: ‘Piss-off Hairy-Legs’…? My dog Scamp is a street-smart, feisty little fellow, a representative of the most common breed of dog in India, the Ringtail Pariah. When we walk down the road, it is ‘dogs to the right of us and dogs to the left of us’. These are huge dogs, behind 14-foot-high walls – German Shepherds, Dobermans, Labradors, English Mastiffs, Bulldogs and snarling, vicious Rottweilers. Some are pampered in air-conditioned quarters and taken for drives in air-conditioned cars, their owners having plundered Goa’s hinterland for export of iron ore to China and Japan. On Sunday 1 May 2011, as I was leaving with Scamp, I picked up the ‘Herald’ lying on the doorstep and tossed it onto a chair. But not before seeing a headline: ‘SPCA: Record reveals PI Chodankar

of evil. Today, he stands eliminated and the world feels safer. What is remarkable to note is that his body was disposed off at sea after conducting the last rites according to Islamic tradition, so much so that his followers did not have a place to put up a shrine for him. It is a known fact. ‘Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.’ This is true in the case of Osama. President Barrack Obama deserves full credit and the US Navy Seals commandos, a pat on the back. You gave mankind a chance to live in peace.

Welcome news

S Kamat, Alto-Betim

The killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad in Pakistan is welcome news. Hopef u l l y, t h i s w i l l s i m m e r d o w n t h e international terror scenario and bring more normalcy into our lives. The fact that Osama was killed in a US-led operation on Pakistani soil without informing the incumbent Pakistani government, speaks volumes for the initiative and the daring taken by President Obama and the Navy Seals who actually conducted the operation. India’s position vis-a-vis the terror scene related to Pakistan, will remain tenuous, since the ISI and their other agencies along with the LeT will now have more time to involve themselves with Kashmir.

Close down NACIL Mathew Oommen, Pune The government of India should now seriously consider the option of selling out the state owned airliner and close down the National Aviation Company of India Limited. The NACIL operates a daily schedule of 820 flights through Alliance Air, Air India Express and Air India (International) on a wide net work route, without any assurance level to passengers or satisfaction to its employees. Therefore, the government must consider immediate action lo close the wretched airline.

Goans: Stick to Konkani Anthony Fernandes,Mapusa With regard to the news report “Goa ranked as best state for business“ (Herald, 4 May), Goans desperately need to hold on to Konkani. With the influx of people from other states, it is important that study-

greatest crime. They were one in their conclusions, that providence had provided the educated with the bounty of adequate education, and an upbringing that bordered on moral values, thereby unintentionally, had attracted the curse upon themselves. For over three and a half decades the people of Sattari and Poriem, and Valpoi in particular, addressed Pratap Singh Rane as Saheb and Vishwajeet Rane as Bab. When confronted, the people narrated that for decades the Rane’s provided them with every requirement including household items, and even jewellery for weddings. When asked where they got the money from, they replied that earlier they were not aware from where they obtained the money, but today they became aware that the Rane’s had misappropriated the money budgeted for development, made huge money from giving approvals, or from conversions or earning a percentage on constructions. They admitted that they regretted being unable to do anything, as the Rane’s would brutally threaten anyone, who dared to speak against the Saheb or Baba. They also admitted that the Rane’s would not permit anyone to pursue higher education, they would direct the parents of the intelligent students to discontinue their studies

and employ them as LDCs, office assistants, drivers and other low jobs in the government departments. However, the people of Sattari failed to understand that their silence and their impotence has only permitted the curse to fall upon themselves. Similarly, the people of Madkai constituency bring the curse upon themselves, by permitting their MLA Sudhin Dhavlikar to indulge in misappropriation, and later accept part of the misappropriated amount for themselves by way of cash and kind. During the festival of Lord Ganesh, the people of Ponda, Kumbarjua, Priol, Siolim and Mandrem constituency receives raw materials required for the preparation of Lord Ganesh Puja from their MLAs, and when asked where they got the money to distribute 5 to 10 kg of materials to every concerned household, they replied that they are aware that they were using food items for the pooja purchased by money that was earned by evil and corrupt methods and sheepishly remarked that their MLAs accumulate huge money. They were however unconcerned that by their actions they were attracting a curse upon themselves. Several officials of sports clubs, and social organisations approached the politicians for assistance knowing beyond any doubt, that the politicians amass wealth through evil and corrupt means. Several, if not all the MLAs hold fortnightly or monthly darbars distributing gifts in cash or kind to their electorate. The recipients of this largesse are well informed that the largesse that they are receive is part of the loot and that they were the cause and beneficiaries of the loot. It is the curse of the Goans behind the irresponsible and selfishess actions of the sons and daughters of Goa, behind the presence of developing corruption behind the mass decay and distruction of Goa, and behind the lack of moral values in Goa. However, we believe that if God wills it, he would enlighten and strengthen the Goans to eradicate the curse Goans have brought upon themselves and assist them to rebuilt the lives responsibly and productively. (James Fernandes is the President of Goynche Niz Mogi. His column will appear every alternate Friday mail your views to gnm4july@yahoo.com. www.loversofgoa.com)

kicked motionless Cipriano’. As we walked the K9 gauntlet of growls and barks, I was on guard against the possible accidental release of one or more of these monsters. It is a survival technique. A long stick is a must. Some of these vicious K9s can shred anyone to pieces. They have been known to attack their own handlers. Thanks to some local Maneka Gandhi clones, there are dozens of stray dogs who make their homes at building construction sites, where they befriend the night watchman, with whom they have a symbiotic relationship. For leftovers, water and shelter, the K9 allows the watchman to get a good night’s sleep. Interestingly, the two leading lights of the local K9 lover organisation are both wives of senior police officers. They treat dogs like humans, while their husbands treat humans like dogs. But I digress. This morning, I keep replaying the ‘Herald’ headline in my head – ‘SPCA: Record reveals PI Chodankar kicked motionless Cipriano’. I visualise a branch of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where they have this constipated canine called Cipriano. Lacking proper training in these matters, instead of administering a purgative, the PI thinks that like James Bond, he can kick the shit out of Cipriano. Then I think about the ‘Herald’ story three months ago on the SPCA in Soccoro, where the dogs are a walking-barking ad for the

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flea market in Anjuna. Later in the day, when I finally read the story, I realise that SPCA is actually the State Police Complaints Authority. Then I learn exactly how badly equipped our police stations are. Their unofficial manual says nothing about checking pulse or using a mirror in the detainee’s face to check for condensation, to determine if (s)he’s dead or alive. They recommend a few sound kicks and go by the response (or lack of it). “The medical reports suggest that Cipriano could have died due to an injury sustained to the head, and probably the kicks given by Sandesh and Vijay Chodankar could have led to this head injury, which proved fatal. Head Constable Sandeep Shirvaikar inflicted blows on Cipriano, pulled his hair, pulled him out of the jeep, dragged him to a room adjacent to the cabin of the Police Inspector, hit him with a khaki belt and also attempted to influence Georgina Nunes (eyewitness to the assault in the vehicle) to alter her statement. Police constable Vishram Gaonkar seems to have followed a similar methodology. The Police Department and the Home Ministry are now bending over backwards to protect these charming characters. They only have to convince Justice Eurico de Silva that SPCA stands for ‘Save the Police Constable Association’.

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day

Sadistic opinion

Jill Dale Rodrigues, Calangute

With reference to Michael de Souza’s letter ‘MoI: Konkani only’ (Herald, 4 May), I must say it was a bit too harsh to pen down such views. Firstly, the many parents who attended the meeting had one concern, i.e., English as a medium of instruction with one subject Konkani till 7th standard (just like how it was before, when I was in school). But we should not hurt people’s sentiments by saying that most of them speak in Konkani, only when they go to buy fish. Of the many who attended the Azad Maidan meeting, a group of parents (who belonged to different religion, background) came from a school close to where I reside, and I must admit that I overheard them saying in fluent Konkani, ‘Amche bhurgeanche bore zalear puro.‘ As far as Michael’s comments on speaking in English with cats and dogs, how can one say that only English is spoken with them? Finally, with all due respect to the writer’s views, his letter should have been written in Konkani and not in English. Then his point of view would have certainly echoed the saying: ‘Practice what you preach.’ ing in Konkani is made compulsory in the primary section. Moreover, Konkani is listed as one of the languages in the Eight Schedule of the Indian Constitution. Therefore, it must have its due place in government funded schools. Konkani is our mother tongue. Konkani in the Roman script is not far from studying in the English language, as the alphabets are the same. Those demanding a change in the medium of instruction must understand the importance of Konkani in primary.

He is blind to reality Lenon Colaco, Carmona With reference to Michael De Souza’s letter (Herald, 4 May) it looks like he has not stepped out of Goa in his entire life. His only interaction is with the rural people in Goa. He does not realise the need of English at the primary level. If he is so right, then why is Konkani not implemented for higher education? Why is it not utilised for studying engineering and medicine? English is a global language. Goa is a tourist destination. If one cannot speak in English, he will be at a loss. Education in English at the primary level is a must for a good base, if one desires to be a professional. For the information of Michael, people are not asking for Konkani to be scrapped.

People are fighting to include English in the primary level as a medium of instruction.

Avoidable tragedy Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco The death of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who died in a chopper crash, was indeed avoidable. This is the second death of a Chief Minister after the death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajashekhara Reddy, also in a helicopter crash. After YSR’s death, fresh norms for VIP flights were issued, which barred take-off in poor weather conditions. This norm was not followed in Dorjee Khandu’s case. It is high time twin-engine helicopters are pressed into service over the single engine aircrafts used by VIPs that have a slim chance of a safe landing, in case of engine failure. We cannot afford to lose leaders due to avoidable accidents.

Enthusiastic Goan youth Maria Fernandes, Benaulim This is in reply to the letter ‘Constructive development’ by Orlando SA Da Silva (Herald, 2 May). I would like to bring to the notice of the general public and the readers of Herald

that, when my friends and I personally enrolled ourselves in the Youth Congress, we were not given any cash at the time neither promised any future sums of money or job preferences. Mr Orlando, had you visited my house with those forms, I would have enrolled because I support the Youth Congress ideologies. As a youngster, I would like development in every sense like roads and construction. By disallowing constructive development, we would be suffocating progress. The youth of Goa are working towards a brighter future and we know very well which candidates are in tune with the sentiments of the youth.

God save Calangute Jerry Fernandes, Saligao The Calangute beach was once the most happening place uniting Goans every summer with its sheer charm and beauty. Goans from all walks of life (young and old alike) used to visit this world famous beach every year with their families/friends for picnics etc. Unfortunately today, this beautiful beach has lost its charm and has become an area full of filth, with rubbish, plastic, glass bottles and garbage strewn all around. Kashmiri carpet sellers, hawkers and all notorious elements indulge in all sorts of anti-social activities. Today, everyone seems to be quite content and happy in making those extra bucks. Calangute has definitely lost its old charm and glory due to the indifferent attitude of its own political masters. God save Calangute.

Tourism dept’s dual think Jason D’Souza, Pune Goa’s tourism department has aggressively marketed Goa as a tourist destination, in India and around the world. Goa is slowly losing ground to neighbouring states which has much more to offer tourists. This is because of the unnecessary invasion of many of Goa’s once serene and to-die-for locales in the name of development. Why then is the tourism department still going ahead with their plan without setting right whatever remains in hand? To me these tourism ads double up to promote Goa as a hot realestate destination. Leaves me to wonder then, what is the tourism department thinking when they intentionally promote ‘Go Goa’!

Paths of Wisdom Will They, Then, Not Believe? By Samir Khan “Did the unrighteous (in the teaching of the Prophet) not realise that the heaven and the earth were one solid mass, then We tore them apart, and We made every living thing of water? Will they, then, not believe (that We created all this)? And We placed firm mountains on earth lest it should sway with them, and We made wide paths in them that they may find their way.” (Al-Qur’ân – 21:30-31) These verses of the Holy Qur’an remind us of how Allah the Almighty tore one solid mass apart to create this beautiful universe and how dexterously He established a perfect balance in the earth. The verse 21:30-31 suggests that this universe was initially one huge mass which was later separated into different parts so that the earth and other heavenly bodies were given shape as separate entities. The expression “We made every living thing of water” shows that Allah not only made water a means of life, but also its very basis from which He caused all life to originate in and from. The same point is made in the verse: 24:45, where the Qur’ân says: “And God has created every living being from water.” The verse 21:31 in conjunction with the verse 16:15 avers that Allah placed firm mountains on earth to keep the earth in a stable position. It also asserts that Allah placed passes between mountains and also made it possible to traverse mountainous regions and journey from one territory to another along rivers. These mountain passes are intended to help find ways to traverse the earth. It also means that by observing the wisdom and dexterity of the well-ordered arrangement of things that sufficiently minister to man’s needs, people will be able to find their way to the ultimate truth.

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opinionateD indian missions on high English: The only choice By Fr JOSE DIAS

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nder the banner of medium of instruction, numberless issues, not necessarily connected with the topic, are being debated. The real problem is of government grants for primary (Std I to Std IV) schools, in case they decide to adopt English as the medium of instruction, which is today not eligible for grants. The Right to Education Act (RTE) shows a preference for education in the mother tongue, but keeps an option open for other languages. If Marathi, Urdu, Malayalam and Kannada medium schools – attended by children in transit, whose parents are not paying any taxes but only enjoying benefits at our cost – are entitled for grants, why is the same denied to sons of the soil? Those opting for English medium are Goans, born of Goan parents brought up on Goan soil, whose parents pay all taxes. The issue of education is being unnecessarily politicised and communalised. Those doing this are opportunists, good ideologists (who live in the air), and frustrated politicians like Shashikala Kakodkar, who is trying to revive the dead horse of merger and Marathi. These very people (and their children) did their studies in the language they chose – whether regional, mother tongue or English. Why are they denying the same right to ordinary Goan parents? People like Naguesh Karmali and Shashikala Kakodkar may be physically in Goa, but their hearts and souls are in Maharashtra. Given the opportunity, they would have merged Goa into Maharashtra. There are reasons for people with vested interests to fight against English medium. Once grants are given to English medium primary schools, the Marathi medium schools will collapse. Is that why they resort to false propaganda, to poison the minds of common people? They spread false stories that if English is given grants, all other languages, including Konkani, will be suppressed. Our spineless politicians opt for Konkani as the official language and ‘mother tongue’ when it suits them. But they educate their children in elite English medium schools like Sharada Mandir and Manovikas. Some even take their oath of office in Marathi, English or Hindi, not in their ‘mother tongue’ Konkani… Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar quotes UNESCO to support education in the mother tongue, but shamelessly confesses that he studied up to Std VII in Marathi (not his mother tongue). He says that if aid is given to English medium primary schools, Konkani and Marathi will die. False. Marathi is the official language of Maharashtra; it will survive. Only Konkani will die. But Mr Parrikar doesn’t understand that Konkani is strong. Spoken by 40 lakh people (in and outside Goa), and written in Kandvi, Roman, Devanagri, Moddi, Malayalam, Kannada and Persian scripts, it is our mother – our seven-headed hydra (seven scripts). No one can kill her. The Portuguese tried to kill her. Later, they even tried to promote Marathi to indirectly kill Konkani. But in vain. Dayanand Bandodkar imported Marathi teachers to merge Goa into Maharashtra and kill Konkani. He failed miserably. Shashikala Kakodkar went to the extent of threatening the Sahitya Academy in 1975 not to recognise Konkani as a modern Indian language. She too failed. Konkani survives not because of government support, but because of the people who love her. Mr Parrikar is ‘concerned’ that Konkani will die. But – whether as CM or Leader of the Opposition (equivalent to cabinet minister) – what has he done to keep her alive? Can he explain how only 7 per cent of government-run primary schools are in Konkani while 89 per cent are in Marathi? Is Marathi Goa’s mother tongue? Did he protest when the government, flouting its own provisions, authorised 120 unaided English medium primary schools in the last two decades? Further, are Konkani and Marathi medium government schools actually alive? Or are they on life support? In 2007-08, there were 893 government Marathi medium primary schools with 32,936 students. That is 36 students per school, or just 9 students per class! There were 68 Konkani medium government primary schools, with 1,960 students. That is 28 students per school or just 7 students per class! Are these schools alive or dead? As on 31 March 2011, Marathi medium schools had gone up by two, while Konkani medium schools had come down by nine. There are 22 primary schools in Urdu medium, 14 in Kannada and one in Malayalam. Adv Uday Bhembre says that local culture and language will be affected if English is introduced as the medium of instruction at the primary level. A language has two main functions: (i) Vehicle of transmission of culture, and (ii) Means of communication. Parents want English not as a vehicle of transmission of a culture, but as a means of communication, to raise their socio-economic level in a globalised world. Goans may want English, but it doesn’t mean they have sold their Indianness, culture, traditions or way of living. Function (i) of the language should not be confused with function (ii), to spread further confusion in peoples’ minds. Can asking for government grants for English medium schools – in exactly the way they are given to non-English medium schools – promote ‘communalism’? Those who speak of communalism in this context are either themselves communal, or have not understood the meaning of ‘communal’. Often, every action or reaction by the minority community is seen as ‘communal’, while the majority community is considered ‘secular’: (1) To promote Marathi, Dayanand Bandodkar imported teachers from Maharashtra to kill Konkani. Was this not communal? (2) Nehru promised to keep Goan identity intact. Bandodkar worked hard to merge Goa into Maharashtra. Was that not communal? (3) There was a need for agricultural reform. But Bandodkar, through the Tenancy Act, promoted political reform. Did this not harm comunidades, Gaunkars and Bhatkars mostly belonging to the minority community? Was it not communal? So let everybody enjoy Constitutional freedom. There is no need to offend one another, call another communal or frighten one another. There’s no need to call anyone ‘anti-national’. Let’s listen to each other and respect one another. Or let us disagree gracefully. We cannot afford to be simpletons. We should understand what is said and what remains unsaid; the latter is more important. The deceptive term ‘regional language’ was introduced surreptitiously by Marathi protagonists to give a backdoor entry to Marathi, which suffered a humiliating defeat in the Opinion Poll. The Church, the Diocesan Society of Education (DSE), the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE) and other Konkani medium schools have no option but to introduce English as a medium of instruction. Otherwise, they face closure. These are the very schools that protected Konkani. They will still do the same, keeping Konkani as a compulsory subject from Std I to Std X. English medium primary private schools are flourishing at the cost of DSE, ABE and other minority schools. So English medium is a must not only for the survival of these schools, but also for Konkani, whose survival depends on DSE and ABE schools. There is no reason to deny grants to English medium primary schools. It is the right of children and parents. They should fight till they get their legitimate due.

alert after osama’s death PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 5

India has issued a high security alert for its missions and other interests in Afghanistan in the wake of the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Though the Indian embassy in Kabul and its consulates in Kandahar, Jalalabad, Mazar-eSharif and Herat are always facing serious threat, Osama's killing in Abbottabad on Monday has increased the level of danger Indian establishments and its people face, sources said. Security has been tightened in view of a heightened threat from Taliban and other terror groups which may carry out a wave of attacks following the killing of Osama. Sources said intelligence inputs suggested that apart from its missions, other reconstruction projects being carried out by Indians could be targeted by Haqqani faction of Taliban or terrorist groups based in Pakistan like Lashkhar-e-Taiba, which has been expanding its base in Afghanistan. The terrorists could launch a

wave of attacks, involving explosion of car-bombs followed by assault by gunmen, the sources said, quoting intelligence inputs. There are nearly 4,000 Indians deployed in various projects such as medical facilities, railway and road construction. Nearly 200 Indo Tibetan Border Police personnel, who are guarding the embassy, that has already been targeted twice since 2008, and Indian nationals working on developmental projects, have been alerted of the possibility of the attacks. The government has ordered maximum security for all of them, the sources said. New Delhi has also requested Kabul to deploy adequate Afghan security personnel in the Indian missions as well as other assets. The staff of the embassy and Indians working on developmental projects have been advised to exercise caution, restrict their movements to the minimum and maintain secrecy. On February 26, 2010, two hotels in Kabul where Indians engaged in developmental and reconstruction works in that

country were targeted by terrorists. The terror attack was on the pattern of the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, with six to eight terrorists targeting the hotels and hunting for victims during the strike in which two major-rank officers of the army were among the six Indians killed and 10 others, including five army officers, injured. The attack was the fourth on Indian interests in Afghanistan since July 2008 when a car laden with about 100 kg of explosives was blown up at the gate of Indian Embassy, killing 60 people, including four Indians — a Brigadier-rank officer, a senior IFS officer and two ITBP personnel. In October 2009, terrorists struck again at the embassy, carrying out a car bomb explosion near its outer wall and killing 17 people. Subsequently, in December 2009, a hotel housing staff of an Indian IT company was targeted. Eight people were killed and two IT executives, an Indian cook and a cleaner were among those injured.

No evidence yet of Deshmukh, Shinde culpability in Adarsh: CBI PTI MUMBAI, MAY 5

Bombay High Court today directed the CBI to record the statements of suspects in the Adarsh Housing Society scam regardless of their status even as the agency told the court it has no incriminating evidence yet against Union Ministers Sushil Kumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh. The High Court had last week directed CBI to look into the allegations made against Shinde and Deshmukh by social activist Simpreet Singh in a petition filed before the court. CBI had yesterday submitted a progress report to the division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R G Ketkar detailing all files pertaining to the Adarsh building in upscale Colaba handled by Shinde and Deshmukh during their tenure as chief ministers of Maharashtra. According to CBI sources, the agency has not yet found any incriminating evidence against the two central ministers. In its progress report, the CBI has stated that documents are being verified and probe is on but it has not found any evidence of culpability of the two ministers in the offence. The petitioner's lawyer, Y P Singh, however said there was

CBI arrests Punjab BJP MLA in graft case PTI CHANDIGARH, MAY 5

Youth Congress activists shouting slogans against CPM and burning an effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee during a protest over Purulia Arms Drop case in Kolkata on Thursday.

HC says no to Anna’s PIL on ‘liquor production’ PTI NAGPUR, MAY 5

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court here has refused to hear a PIL filed by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare against the Maharashtra government for using foodgrains to manufacture liquor. Justice S B Deshmukh at the division bench led by Justice Sharad Bobde cited 'not before me' as the reason of not hearing the plea. The PIL which came up yesterday, will now be listed before another division bench most probably after the summer vacation. The petitioners also including renowned social workers Dr Abhay and Rani Bang, Dr Prakash Amte, Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Dr Anil Awchat, Hiraman Wankhede and Sachin Tiwale moved the court over the government's decision to issue licenses to the wards of influential politicians to produce alcohol from foodgrains. They questioned the decision of the Congress-led Democratic Front (DF) government to offer grants to projects involved in production of alcohol. The PIL alleged that Amit Desh-

Hazare rejects Rs 1 cr award PTI MUMBAI, MAY 5

Social activist Anna Hazare, whose fast for a stronger anti-corruption Lok Pal Bill last month made global headlines, has spurned the Rs one crore 2011 Rabindranath Tagore Peace Prize announced by the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM). "I have rejected the award announced by the Delhi-based organisation," Hazare told reporters at Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district. "I cannot tell why I decided to reject the award. But my mind said 'no' to accepting the award," Hazare said. The award carries a cash reward of one crore rupees, a gold medal and a citation. mukh, son of Union Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh along with Pratapsinh Patil, BJP leader Gopinath Munde's daughter Shweta Palwe, NCP leader Govindrao Adik, and former state Health minister Vimal Mundada are directly or indirectly engaged in making alcohol from foodgrains. All of them were made respondents in the case along with the government and the State Excise Department Commissioner. The other respondents included Yashraj Ethanol Procession, Mallikarjun Distilleries,

PM, Prez condole Khandu’s death PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 5

President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were among a host of leaders who today condoled the death of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in a chopper crash on Saturday. The Prime Minister and the Congress chief will go to Itanagar tomorrow to pay their last respects to the 56-year-old Arunachal leader, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said after a meetings of the Congress Working Committee. A meeting of the Union C a b i n e t p re s i d e d b y t h e Prime Minister also adopted

a separate resolution condoling Khandu's untimely death. Lauding the "visionary leadership" of Khandu, the meeting of the cabinet said it places on record its deep sense of grief and loss over the death of Khandu and extended its sincere condo lences to his family and people of the state. "The fact that several sectors such as hydro-power, tourism, mineral development, agriculture, food processing and agrobased industries in the state are generating income and employment for a large segment of population, is a glowing tribute to his visionary leadership," it said.

Shahapur Distilleries, Grainotch Industries, Radico NV Distilleries, Vitthal Distilleries, Adlars Bio-energy, Jogeshwari Beverages, Pranav Agrotech, Victoria Agro Food Processing, Alco Plus Producers and Pionium Industries.

In a second case of an MLA of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance being caught on the wrong side of the law, the CBI today arrested BJP legislator Raj Khurana in an alleged corruption case. The CBI led by DIG Mahesh Aggarwal, which swooped at the residence of Khurana in Sector 39 here late last night questioned him and a state government employee Devinder Singh before arresting them under Prevention of Corruption Act, a senior CBI officer said here. According to a complaint, Devinder Singh had allegedly demanded money on behalf of Khurana, is also a Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Finance) in the Parkash Singh Badal-led SAD-BJP alliance government, for further giving it to a Punjab minister for getting some official work done, he said. However, in search and seizure report, the CBI maintained that it had not found any incriminating document from Khurana's residence, his son Tarun told PTI. A spokesman of the BJP Punjab unit said that the action was aimed at defaming the party. Khurana is a BJP MLA from Rajpura and had switched sides by leaving Congress to join the saffron party ahead of last Assembly elections in Punjab.

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"over whelming" evidence against Shinde and the least that

CBI could do was to question the Union Minister.

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OBITUARIES Terror threat on UK remains ‘severe’ PTI LONDON, MAY 5

Despite the killing of Osama bin Laden, terror threat to Britain remained “severe” and an attack could occur any time, the head of the Metropolitan Police has warned. “To be blunt it means that an attack is highly likely and could occur without warning at any time,” Sir Paul Stephenson said here, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.

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Ceat to up prices by 3-5 per cent PTI MUMBAI, MAY 5

Tyre-maker Ceat today said it has decided to hike its tyre prices by 3-5 per cent from this month-end to offset surging rubber prices for the second time this year. "Raw materials prices have gone up to an alltime high, touching Rs 250 per kg of natural rubber. The current increase in rubber price is unbearable and we have decided to jack-up the selling price of all types of tyres," Ceat's Executive Director (Operation), Anarb Banarjee said. The price revision in the range of 3-5 per cent is inevitable and it would be made effective from the last week of this month across the country, he said. Earlier, the company hiked tyre prices by 4-5 per cent in January this year. Ceat Ltd is a part of RPG group and is the fourth largest tyre manufacturer in India. High raw material costs had impacted the company's performance in FY 11. The company reported an 83.71 per cent decline in its consolidated net profit for the year ended March 31, 2011, to Rs 26.46-crore as against a net profit of Rs 162.47-crore in the same period last fiscal. On a stand-alone basis, the company suffered a loss of Rs 11.86-crore in the January-March quarter. as against a profit of Rs 15.33 crore in the year ago-period. "Our profit declined due to increasing raw material prices," he said.

RIL to invest $12 b in chemicals REUTERS MUMBAI, MAY 5

Reliance Industries plans to invest up to $12 billion in the chemicals business to tap the market for hygiene and healthcare products and will look at developing a new rubber business, Chairman Mukesh Ambani said in an interview to the Economic Times. "We believe that hygiene will be a very big market in a rapidly prospering India where people's aspirations are rising," Ambani, the world's ninth-richest man according to Forbes, said. Reliance has been looking to expand beyond its core businesses into telecom, retail, power, financial services, hospitality and homeland security, the firm had said earlier. "We will make RIL one of the world's largest players in rubber as the whole tyre industry moves to Asia," Ambani told

the paper. The big trend is that if you look at next 10 years, the projections for automobile growth is all China, India and Asia focused," the billionaire said, adding that Reliance would be a supplier and not a tyre maker. The company is also looking at strategic alliances in the energy and consumer sectors, Ambani said. Reliance struck three shale gas joint ventures in the United States last year, including a $1.7 billion deal with Atlas Energy to own 40 percent of its Marcellus Shale operations in the eastern United States. Ambani said he strongly be-

lieves India would be a $5-trillion economy well before 2025, and that it would have a $2.5-trillion consumption market. "I think the India growth story is unstoppable. I look at it as an opportunity in the acceleration mode," he said. India needs a supportive governance environment at all levels and systemic reforms to reduce corruption, he said. Ambani also said the company was confident of ramping up gas output at its key block off India's east coast and that all gas prices, including D6, has to be market-determined. On Monday, India's upstream

regulator said gas production from Reliance's KG-D6 field had fallen further and the company had been asked to drill 11 new wells by April 1, 2012, to boost output. The concerns over Reliance's gas production have for months dampened growth outlook for the Indian energy giant and kept its shares under pressure. The company, which has agreed a broad partnership with multinational BP on field development in a deal worth $7.2 billion, said in March it wanted to work to overcome "the technical challenge involved in these complex reservoirs". Reliance, India's largest listed firm, posted a record quarterly profit last month, but still missed forecasts due to flat production from gas blocks and lower-than-expected refining margins.

Essar Steel bags MDL order PTI MUMBAI, MAY 5

Ruias-owned Essar Steel, said it has received an order from Mazagoan Dock (MDL) to supply 13,000-tonnes of heavy plates to build ships for defence. Essar's plate products have now been approved by the Indian Navy and the company has received an order from Mazagoan Dock (MDL) to supply 13,000-tonnes of heavy plates to build state-of-the-art ships for defence, the company said in a statement. Essar Steel's plate mill became the first primer plate producer in the country to be recognised for indigenous development of steel for building ships for the Indian Navy. Set up at a cost of around Rs 2,000-crore, the plate mill has an annual production capacity of 1.5-million tonnes.

Nokia to launch dual sim mobiles PTI CHENNAI, MAY 5

Finnish handset maker Nokia would soon introduce "Dual Sim" enabled mobile phones in Indian market, a company official said today. "We will be introducing the dual sim phone very soon (in India). The new model would be produced at the Chennai facility", Nokia India Director (Chennai-factory) Operations Prakash Katama told reporters here. Meanwhile, Nokia after entering India in 2006, has crossed its 500th million mark mobile phone produced from the Chennai plant. The company which set up its first plant with an investment of USD 150 million began producing basic handsets. "In June 2010, we crossed the 400 million mark and now we are proud to announce the 500th million mobile phone manufactured from our facility.", he said. Stating that the company has so far made investments of USD 285 million at the factory as part of its expansion plans, he said they were very proud to cross the 500 million mark in a such a short duration, he said after unveiling the 500th million mobile phone Nokia C3. The company which initially began producing the basic

1100 model at the factory is currently manufactures 21 models including the QWERTY, dual sim and Touch models. "This has become the largest mobile manufacturing site for Nokia. We have about 8,000 employees at our facility with 70 per cent constituting women", he said. While the handsets manufactured at the facility range from the basic to middle end phones (priced upto Rs 7,000), he said. On the 500th mobile phone launched today, Nokia India Communications Director Poonam Kaul said their Brand Ambassador - Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan signed phone would be available for prospective buyers through an e-auction at www.nokia500million.com for bidding. The winner would get the mobile phone personally signed by the Actor himself, she said. Asked on their restructuring plans in which there could be about 300 job cuts in India, Katama later told PTI that 300 job cuts would be done in India by end of 2012. "It is likely to be minimal (in India)", he said. About the proposal to manufacture a universal charger compatible to all mobile handsets, Nokia Communications Director Poonam Kaul said that proposal was "well on track".

IBM to focus on banking, infrastructure in India REUTERS BANGALORE, MAY 5

IBM will focus on providing its services to the banking, infrastructure and public sectors along with its key telecom sector in India, a significant market for the world's largest technology services firm, the chief of its Indian unit said. Last month, IBM topped expectations for first-quarter profit and revenue, partially driven by strong performance in the red-hot markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China, where revenue was up a combined 26 percent over a year earlier. The company already has a strong presence in India's telecommunications sector with clients including Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular. "We are also now focusing on several other industries like banking and public sector and in the infrastructure space, particularly in the airports and energy utility area," IBM India's MD Shanker Annaswamy told a media briefing on Thursday. IBM has already won contracts from State Bank of India, the Indian Railways, the Delhi and Hyderabad international airports among others, he added. The company will also look to build its presence in the smaller cities of India, where it sees growth, he said. "Another area where we see very big potential and is yet to be tapped is outside of the metro towns," he said. "The next level of towns are big enough for creating business opportunities." IBM provides strong competition to home-grown software services exporters -- Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys Technologies Ltd and Wipro, who

lead India's near-$60 billion IT outsourcing sector. The Indian companies have planned wage hikes of up to 15 percent to keep employees from being poached by firms like IBM and Accenture, even as they battle the technology giants for contracts. Last year, IBM won a 10-year contract from Bharti to manage the computing technology and services that run the Indian firm's mobile networks in 16

African countries. Bharti acquired the networks last year from Zain. IBM also manages Bharti's IT infrastructure in India in a 10year deal, which began in 2004 and had an initial value of about $750 million. IBM's operations in India include providing hardware, middleware and technology services, back-office services, consulting and research and development.

Banks witness -ve loan growth REUTERS MUMBAI, MAY 5

Banks have witnessed a negative growth in loans so far in the current financial year, as is typical at the beginning of a financial year. The outstanding loans fell by 196.6 billion rupees or 0.5 percent to 39.2 trillion rupees as of April 22 from 39.4 trillion rupees as of March 25, according to the RBI data revealed. Deposits, on the other hand, rose 1.15 trillion rupees or 2.2 percent to 53.2 trillion rupees in the same period. Typically, banks take large number of short-term loans at end of a quarter to shore up their balance sheet. These loans mature at beginning of the next quarter, leading to lower credit growth numbers. On-year bank loans grew 22 percent and deposits 18 percent. Banks' loan demand usually remains muted in the first half of a financial year. The RBI has projected loan growth of 19 percent and deposit growth of 17 percent in 2011/12 at the annual policy statement.


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Food inflation at 8.53%; FM for global action PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 5

Snapping a fortnight-long rise, food inflation fell to 8.53 per cent in the week ended April 23 as pulse prices eased, even as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee called for global ef-

forts to reign in volatility in prices. Food inflation was 8.76 per cent in the previous week. However, the rate of price rise of food items is much lower now than the 20.91 per cent reported in the corresponding

week of last year. Experts, however, said global commodity prices, mainly of crude oil, will have further impact on the country's overall inflation and that the Reserve Bank was likely to hike its interest rates further.

Speaking at the Asian Development Bank's annual meeting in Hanoi, Mukherjee said the recent volatility in international prices of food and fuel has thrown up fresh challenges in management of inflation and could well turn out to be a

long-term global problem. "...management of inflation, in addition to domestic efforts, will increasingly have to be a globally coordinated effort," he said. "Inflation, particularly, the increase in food prices is a major concern for India as well

as other developing countries. We are trying to reduce it to supply and demand side management. "We are looking at easing of the price situation in India with adequate buffer stock and hopefully a good monsoon", Mukherjee told.

FM for rare earth hunt with Japan PTI HANOI, MAY 5

India today offered to collaborate with Japan in exploring rare earth minerals, which are essential in the manufacture of hybrid cars, cell phones, computer monitors and missiles. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee made the offer for collaboration in exploring rare earth reserves in India during his discussions with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda here. Mukherjee referred to China, the world's largest producer of rare earths, curbing output growth and exports of the key materials to conserve its resources and protect the environment. World prices of rare earths have doubled in the last four months and this hike is over and above the four-fold jump in the value of these metals last year. Though crucial to production of hi-tech goods, rare earths industry has been characterised by small and entrepreneurial companies. Efforts are on to build the world's largest rare earth refinery in Malaysia as an alternate source to China which controls more than 95% of the market. However, the Malaysian refinery that aims to process rare earths procured from Australia, has been caught up in regulatory issues and assistance has been sought from the International Atomic Energy Agency in addressing public concerns about the project.

NHPC hopes to meet power target REUTERS NEW DELHI, MAY 5

State-run energy company NHPC Ltd hopes to generate more than 18.6 billion kilowatt hour (bkwh) of power in 2011/12, based on expectations of normal monsoon rains, chairman A B L Srivastava said on Thursday. India's monsoon rains replenish reservoirs and lift ground-water levels, allowing better irrigation and greater generation of hydropower. "Our reservoir conditions are well. Last year, our target was 18 bkwh and we produced 18.5 bkwh. This fiscal, we hope to cross the target of 18.6 bkwh," he said. Last month, India's weather office had forecast normal monsoon rains for the second straight year in 2011, brightening prospects of higher water levels at reservoirs. Srivastava also said the company would install 1,080 megawatts of new capacity in the current year that began on April 1. The company plans capital expenditure of about 50 billion rupees ($1.1 billion) in 2011/12 versus 38 billion rupees last fiscal, when it added 120 megawatts capacity.

Sensex down 259 points PTI MUMBAI, MAY 5

Logging its longest losing tempo in about a decade, the BSE Sensex tumbled for the ninth straight day today, down 259 points, as investors faced dampeners like high interest rates and lower growth prospects this fiscal amid below-expected Q4 earnings. Besides, the trend in global markets remained weak and FIIs continued to sell Indian stocks. The 9-day fall in the stock market barometer is the longest losing stint seen since a 450-point, or 14 per cent dip in ten days between September 5 and September 18, 2001. The 30-share Bombay Stock Exchange index, Sensex, which lost 1,133 points in the last eight trading sessions, dipped another 258.78 points or 1.40 per cent to close at 18,210.58.

Aban Offshor, 595.35, 606.35, 581.65, 586.85 Abb Ltd., 872.5, 879.95, 857, 869.7 Abg Shipyard, 362.95, 371.7, 353.5, 355.45 Acc Limited, 1019, 1019, 975, 979.15 Adani Enterp, 622.95, 623, 600.2, 606.45 Aditya Birla, 834.95, 834.95, 802.5, 803.75 Allahabad Ba, 197.85, 200.5, 194.45, 195.6 Alstom Proje, 577, 611.3, 572.5, 587.3 Ambuja Cemen, 142.05, 142.2, 134.05, 136.7 Andhra Bank, 135.2, 137, 132.1, 134 Ashok Leylan, 48.5, 50.2, 48.35, 48.85 Asian Paints, 2698.15, 2720, 2660, 2667.8 Axis Bank Li, 1239.9, 1249, 1202.65, 1209.85 Bajaj Hindus, 70.95, 72.5, 69.5, 70.2 Bank Of Baro, 850.65, 877.5, 843.3, 849.95 Bank Of Indi, 395.85, 408, 394, 401.9 Beml Limited, 688.95, 688.95, 655.1, 657.65 Bharat Elect, 1825, 1838.7, 1774, 1783.7 Bharat Forge, 340.05, 341.9, 332.35, 337.85 Bharat Petro, 660, 665, 641.05, 643.35 Bharti Airte, 359.85, 369.45, 352.2, 357.9 Bhel, 2032.9, 2042.85, 1990, 2000.3 Bhushan Stee, 488, 491.5, 467, 473.45 Biocon Limit, 365.95, 367, 353.95, 358.95 Bombay Dyein, 361.05, 368.8, 348, 350.1

Bosch Limite, 6640, 6649.85, 6551.2, 6571 Brigade Ente, 89.85, 91.4, 89.25, 89.6 Cairn India, 351.1, 353.1, 343.1, 346.6 Canara Bank, 575.05, 583, 554.2, 558.65 Central Bank, 132.1, 132.1, 126, 127.5 Century Text, 336, 338.25, 326.6, 329.25 Cesc Ltd, 300, 300, 283.25, 286.55 Chambal Fert, 82.6, 84.45, 80.1, 83 Chennai Petr, 225.8, 225.8, 218.35, 219.3 Cipla Ltd, 309, 309, 300, 303.65 Colgate Palm, 898.95, 898.95, 880.1, 890.2 Container Co, 1167.5, 1174.8, 1145.25, 1151.55 Crompton Gre, 243.55, 248, 241.4, 243.8 Cummins Indi, 705.05, 705.95, 686.15, 689.1 Dabur India, 100.45, 101.15, 99.2, 100.4 Deccan Chron, 73.95, 74.25, 66.6, 70.7 Dish Tv Indi, 68.4, 68.5, 65.05, 66.3 Divi’s Labor, 700.95, 704.85, 672.3, 677.3 Dlf Limited, 220.5, 221.9, 214.85, 215.2 Dr. reddy’s, 1600.2, 1618.7, 1572.5, 1580.05 Edelweiss Ca, 36, 36.2, 34.85, 35 Educomp Solu, 442.5, 448.7, 430, 433.45 Eih Limited, 84.4, 84.85, 83.25, 83.65 Engineers In, 283, 287.4, 281, 283.25 Essar Oil Lt, 132, 133, 128, 129

Essar Shippi, 90.5, 91.9, 86.8, 86.85 Exide Indust, 153.95, 155.5, 151.55, 152.65 Federal Bank, 410.9, 415.35, 402.55, 408.35 Financial Te, 837.25, 841, 810, 815.85 Gail (india), 448.75, 456, 447.3, 450 Gammon India, 112.95, 112.95, 106, 106.6 Glaxosmithkl, 2339.95, 2358, 2220.5, 2255.65 Glenmark Pha, 289.9, 295.05, 273.4, 276.5 Gmr Infrastr, 36.85, 37.15, 36.1, 36.35 Godrej Indus, 185.65, 187.9, 181.95, 184.7 Grasim Indus, 2355, 2370, 2290.9, 2303.15 Great Offsho, 252.35, 256.9, 245, 246.1 Gtl Infra.Lt, 35.2, 35.6, 34.8, 35.15 Gujarat Mine, 135.85, 139.25, 135.75, 137 Gujarat N R, 49.5, 50.2, 48.55, 48.75 Gujarat Stat, 100.1, 101, 98, 98.8 Gvk Pow. & I, 22.85, 23.2, 22.25, 22.4 Hcl Technolo, 491, 499.75, 490.1, 496.45 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2255.85, 2274.8, 2210, 2220.45 Hdfc Ltd, 665.95, 673.5, 651.65, 655.05 Hero Honda M, 1610, 1712.8, 1600, 1697.45 Hindalco in, 204, 208.65, 200.6, 201.95 Hindustan Co, 34.25, 34.45, 33.2, 33.45 Hindustan Ma, 60.25, 61.25, 59, 59.4 Hindustan Pe, 390, 396.15, 386, 390.1

Hindustan Un, 275, 275.25, 265.9, 267.55 Hindustan Zi, 133.1, 135.4, 131.9, 132.55 Housing Dev, 148.05, 152, 138.15, 139.65 Icici Bank L, 1057, 1067.3, 1021, 1030 Idea Cellula, 67.05, 67.6, 65.25, 65.6 Ifci Ltd, 50.6, 50.9, 48.8, 49.1 India Cement, 92.4, 92.4, 89.25, 90.4 India Infoli, 71, 72.5, 70.35, 71.1 Indiabulls F, 162.9, 164.9, 161.3, 162.8 Indiabulls R, 120.05, 122, 114.2, 115 Indian Bank, 231.45, 234, 223, 224.85 Indian Hotel, 78.25, 80.7, 78.25, 79.5 Indian Oil C, 350.25, 354.35, 343, 344.55 Indian Overs, 151.7, 155.7, 150, 150.9 Indus Dev Ba, 135.6, 136.6, 131.6, 132.1 Indusind Ban, 240, 245, 234.1, 236.4 Infosys Tech, 2867.3, 2878.9, 2837, 2848.5 Infra. dev., 135.5, 137.4, 133.05, 134.95 Ispat Indust, 22.1, 22.15, 21.5, 21.55 Itc Ltd, 187, 187.4, 181.65, 182.5 Ivrcl Infras, 73.2, 74.65, 71.6, 73.95 Jai Corp Lim, 162.7, 167.3, 160.1, 161.55 Jaiprakash A, 85.8, 87.6, 83.7, 84.45 Jet Airways, 467.2, 467.2, 436, 440.3 Jindal Saw L, 187.05, 189.8, 182, 183.15

Jindal Steel, 619.4, 631.4, 614.2, 621.9 Jsw Steel Li, 907, 907, 855.5, 859.55 Kotak Mahind, 412.8, 424.9, 402.8, 422 Lakshmi Mach, 2271.8, 2349.85, 2271, 2308.9 Lanco Infrat, 35.5, 36.1, 34.15, 34.4 Larsen & Tou, 1549, 1568, 1525.05, 1532.55 Lic Housing, 205, 207.75, 197.55, 198.5 Lupin Limite, 425, 435, 419, 431.75 Mahanagar Te, 46, 46.25, 44.75, 44.9 Mahindra & M, 706, 714.3, 685, 692.5 Maruti Suzuk, 1244, 1274.3, 1235.3, 1253.85 Max India Lt, 170, 173.75, 165.65, 166.3 Moser-baer (, 43.55, 43.85, 41.2, 41.5 Mrpl, 71.95, 73.5, 71.65, 72.7 Nagarjuna Fe, 30.3, 30.75, 29.55, 29.75 National Alu, 89.15, 92, 88.35, 88.8 Neyveli Lign, 107.75, 108.6, 102.2, 103.7 Ntpc Ltd, 178.7, 179.05, 173, 173.95 Oil And Natu, 310.95, 315.8, 307.1, 309.95 Omaxe Limite, 129.5, 131.55, 126.75, 129.1 Oriental Ban, 324.9, 326.15, 315.65, 318.35 Pantaloon Re, 246.25, 252.4, 241.3, 245.35 Parsvnath De, 41.1, 42.5, 41.1, 41.4 Petronet Lng, 128.05, 130.3, 128, 128.75 Power Fin Co, 215, 216.85, 211.75, 215.15

Power Grid C, 104, 104.3, 100.8, 101.85 Praj Industr, 77, 79, 75.7, 76.65 Punj Lloyd L, 63.2, 64.35, 61.7, 61.95 Punjab Natio, 1119.95, 1119.95, 1052.2, 1066.45 Rajesh Expor, 86.4, 88.8, 85.7, 86.15 Ranbaxy Labs, 423.05, 443.45, 414, 426.35 Rashtriya Ch, 82.4, 83.45, 80.1, 80.35 Reliance Cap, 525.85, 537.8, 516.05, 519.1 Reliance Com, 94.2, 94.5, 88.4, 89.05 Reliance Ene, 1060, 1077.95, 1026, 1035.15 Reliance Ind, 605, 624, 597.1, 601.3 Reliance Ind, 945, 963.55, 943.65, 949.95 Reliance Pow, 124, 124.75, 118, 118.55 Rolta India, 132.5, 133.9, 130.65, 132.35 Satyam Compu, 72.7, 72.75, 68.85, 69.6 Sesa Goa Ltd, 298, 305.8, 296.85, 298.65 Shipping Cor, 106, 106.9, 105.1, 105.4 Siemens Ltd, 869.45, 869.45, 828.8, 845.9 Sobha Develo, 274.5, 277.9, 266.15, 269 State Bank O, 2615, 2642.9, 2587, 2602.4 Steel Author, 156.6, 156.8, 151.25, 153.85 Sterlite Ind, 174, 176.3, 168.9, 170.05 Sun Pharmace, 439.55, 444.25, 432.5, 438 Sun Tv Netwo, 420, 420, 404.5, 405.1 Suzlon Energ, 50.65, 51.5, 48.55, 48.9

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Oz plans to hire skilled Indians PTI MELBOURNE, MAY 5

Up to 30,000 Australia-trained Indian graduates could be recruited to help deal with a skills shortage that threatens to severely impact this country's booming resources sector. Officials of the two sides have initiated discussions with tertiary institutions and training bodies in both nations about opening up this country's training system, according to business daily 'Australian Financial Review' Under the plan, as many as 100,000 Indians would be trained, with up to 30,000 Australia-trained graduates to be recruited locally.

People lay flowers at "Nevsky pyatachok" (Nevsky patch) WW II memorial some 50 km outside St.Petersburg on Thursday, 2011. Russia will mark the 66th anniversary of of the end of World War II on May 9.

US warns of more Abbottabad-type attacks PTI WASHINGTON, MAY 5

The US will again carry out special operations in Pakistan if required like the attack that killed Osama bin-Laden to target high profile terrorists, a top White House official said, asserting this had been "very successful". Notwithstanding the reaction from Pakistan that America’s covert operation against bin Laden was an "unauthorized unilateral action", White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Obama Administration would continue with this policy if that country does not act against terror suspects holed up in that country. The Obama Administration at the same time said the al Qaeda leader would have been taken alive had he surrendered to the US commandos but maintained that its covert operation in Abbottabad deep inside Pakistan on Sunday to kill him was con-

ducted in a manner "fully consistent" with the laws of war. Carney told reporters the US believes that the 9/11 mastermind was brought to justice in the helicopter raid and that it is "entirely appropriate" given the circumstances. "It’s a hypothetical, but certainly that method was very effective and was entirely lawful. I certainly wouldn’t want to preclude the use of that method by anything I might say from here," Carney said. Carney's remark came in response to a question. "You said that we are not done going after terrorists. The Pakistani government said in a statement that Sunday’s raid was an 'unauthorized unilateral action.' So how would that statement sort ofaffect any future special operations that might take place for another person believed to be involved with al Qaeda?" Carney was asked.

Carney further said, "We will continue to seek and find and bring to justice terrorists who are plotting to do harm to Americans and our allies." Q) Are you saying that the US reserves the right to, as the President said back in the campaign, if Pakistan will not act against terror suspects, to go and enter Pakistani territor y and act against them?". A) "Yes. He made very clear during the campaign that that was his view. He was criticized for it. He maintained that that was his view, and by the actions he has taken as President, feels that it was the right approach and continues to feel that way,” the press secretary said." US President Barack Obama has consistently said that he would go ahead to target high profile terrorists, if he had actionable intelligence and the Pakistani Government was not willing to act.

Last WW1 combatant is dead

AFP SYDNEY, MAY 5

Briton Claude Choules, the last World War I combat veteran, has died aged 110 in Australia, ending the living connection with a conflict that saw 70 million military personnel mobilised. Blind and almost totally deaf, Choules, nicknamed "Chuckles", died in his sleep at his hostel home in Perth overnight. He was Australia's oldest man. “His passing marks the end of a significant chapter in world history,” Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Thursday.


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SPORTS Vasco suffer first defeat to Lajong 2nd div i-League HERALD SPORTS REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 5

Local favourites Shillong Lajong FC rallied to a 2-1 victory over Vasco Club to move to the top of the table in the Second Division I-League final phase at Polo ground in Shillong, Thursday. The win takes Lajong to 10 points from four matches, while Vasco slipped to second spot with 9 points from as many. The home side which dominated proceedings right from the kick-off opened the scoring at the stroke of half time when Seikhohao Tuboi volleyed in a Zenith Mashangva’s cross. Changing over, Vasco went all out in the attack. They were finally rewarded when Joy Ferrao tapped home in the 61st minute. Sachin Gawas’ solo run down the right found Joy in the box, and he made no mistake. But Vasco were soon reduced to ten men when goalkeeper Milagrio Medeira was flashed the red card for handling the ball outside the 18-yard-box. It all happened when unmarked James Gbilee moved dangerously as the Vasco defenders were all up in Lajong's goal mouth for a flag kick. On seeing advancing James, Medeira ran up towards the central line and James lobbed the ball over him. The hapless custodian had no other option but to jump and catch

the ball without realising that he was off his area. Despite Vasco being one man down, it was not an easy cakewalk for the locals as they had to struggle to get the matchwinner only in the 85th minute when Aibor Khongjee, who was later declared man-of-the match, headed home the free kick taken by Zenith Mashaneva. Meanwhile, heavy downpour in the city in the evening washed off the match between Royal Wahingdoh and Southern Samity which will now be played on May 12.. L a j o n g n e x t p l a y Ro y a l Wahingdoh on May 7 while Vasco lock horns with Ar-Hima, the following day.

Sarzora beaten

fatima soccer HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 5

Friends Circle, Sanvordem beat Youngsters of Sarzora by a solitary goal to enter the semi-finals of Our Lady of Fatima soccer at Fatima ground on Thursday. There was no score at the lemon break. Friends Circle netted their allimportant goal in the 7th minute through Alex. Sarzora’s Ryan was adjudged man-of-the-match.

GFA U-16 play-off: BAFF v. Dempo SC (Jrs), Duler Stadium, Mapusa; Salgaocar SC (Jrs) v. Salcete FC, Assolna ground; Sirlim SC v. Betalbatim SC, Curtorim ground. Kick off 4 p.m. 13th Immaculate soccer semi-finals: Maina SC v. Verna SC, panchayat ground, Avedem, Paroda, 4.30 p.m. Our Lady of Fatima soccer: Le Palms, Varca v. Youth Boys of Davorlim, Fatima ground, Baida, 4.30 p.m. 10th All-Goa Guirdolim Panchayat Cup soccer: Navelim Villagers Union v. Carmona SC, Chandor church ground, 4.30 p.m. 5th Siolim Sodiem Super soccer: Siolim Sodiem SCA v. Guirim Youth and Cultural SC, St Anthony’s church ground, Siolim, 4 p.m. 15th Holy Cross inter-village soccer: Ambelim SC v. Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda, Vodlemoll Kakoda ground, 4.30 p.m. Crown Boys soccer: St Ant h o n y M a r n a , S i o l i m v. Valankani Boys, Calangute, Govt School ground, St Cruz, 4.30 p.m. Romeo inter-ward soccer: Segundo Bairro v. Premeiro Bairro, Govt School ground, St Cruz, 5.30 p.m. Saligao United Cup soccer: Holy Cross, Arambol v. FC Siolim, Saligao Seminar y ground, Saligao, 4.30 p.m. 17th Sao Jose de Areal Villagers Cup soccer: Shiroda Youth v. Sao Jose de Areal SC, Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal, 4.45 p.m. Sucaldem Cup soccer: Dandeavaddo v. Durga, Sucaldem ground, Chinchinim, 4.30 p.m.


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Man Utd book final date with Barca

Djokovic equals Lendl mark AFP MADRID, MAY 5

AFP MANCHESTER, MAY 5

Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Anderson (right) celebrates with teammates Irish defender John O’Shea and English midfielder Paul Scholes after scoring.

Saina in Malaysian Open quarters AGENCIES KUALA LUMPUR, MAY 5

Saina Nehwal beat Ayane Kurihara of Japan to storm into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament at Alor Setar on Thursday. The top seeded Indian ace had an easy outing, winning 21-14, 21-17. She will now take on Chinese qualifier Wang Lin, who upset another Japanese, seeded-sixth Eriko Hirose, 2111, 21-15. Saina had a forgettable last week as she was handed a shock first-round defeat in the India Open Super Series.

A second-string Manchester United cruised into a dream Champions League final against Barcelona on Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over German side Schalke 04. Leading 2-0 after the first leg, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could afford to make nine changes to his starting line-up and still see his team qualify for the May 28 final at Wembley with something to spare. The unlikely hero was United's much-maligned Irish international Darron Gibson, who set up Antonio Valencia with a magnificent pass for the first goal on 26 minutes before hammering in the second on 31 minutes. Jose Manuel Jurado pulled a goal back for Schalke but there was only ever going to be one outcome and two second-half goals from Anderson completed a crushing 6-1 aggregate victory for the English giants.

India go down in Azlan opener PTI IPOH (Malaysia), MAY 5

India paid the price of a listless show in defence as they squandered a two-goal advantage and went down 2-3 to South Korea to begin their Azlan Shah campaign on a losing note here today. India took the lead in the 20th minute from their first penalty corner with Diwakar Ram sounding the board with a powerful grounder. Danish Mujtaba increased India's lead with a stringing reverse drive from top of the circle in the 27th minute. The Koreans got their first goal in the 31st minute through Cho Suk-Hoon. The Koreans restored

parity six minutes into the second session (41st minute) as Yoon Sung-Hoon deflected Nam HyunWoo's push on a penalty corner attempt. Yoon Sung-Hoon was also instrumental in South Korea's match-winner in the 56th minute, earning them a penalty stroke as Vikram Pillay hooked his stick inside the scoring zone. The penalty stroke was duly converted by Jang Jong-Hyun. India play Britain in their second round robin league tomorrow. Earlier, Pakistan launched their campaign with a facile 42 victory over a fighting New Zealand.

Police beat Wilred, earn promotion HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 5

Goa Police beat Wilred Leisure Sports Club, Curtorim 6-4 via the tie-breaker to emerge champs in the GFA Second Division final play-off at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on Thursday. There was no score at half time. Wilred Leisure started off in their customary fashion and brought the cops citadel under a barrage of ferocious attacks. On the other hand, Goa Police were unable to keep up with their rivals’ pace and were lucky not to concede goals at the breather. Wilred Leisure found the net in the 70th minute when striker

Sertorio unleashed a left footed drive beating the rival keeper hands down after picking up a pass from Jameson. Goa Police fought back and managed to restore parity ten minutes later. Following a chip from the right by Piedade Colaco, striker Kishore Palkar nodded in much to the cheers of the Goa Police bench. In the tie-breaker, Swanand Naik, Paresh Morje, Judas Miranda, Rohidas Mhalgi and Paunaji Kalangutkar netted for Goa Police while Peter Pereira, Seby Martins and Joaquim Carvalho were on target for Wilred Leisure. Bruno Fernandes’ at-

Easy win for PVC HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 5

Skillful play by Claude Pacheco helped PVC Association, Parra trounce Friends XI, Vaddem 30 in 4th All-Goa Saligao United Cup 9-a-side football tournament organised by Saligao United at Saligao Seminary ground, Saligao on Thursday. After failing to score at half

time, Parra introduced veteran Claude Pacheco who through his skillful play helped his team score the first goal through Atish Malinger in the 40th minute. Parra doubled the lead immediately through Atish off Joaquim Pacheco. Claude rounded off the tally in the 47th minute.

Kenny excels for Sirsaim HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, MAY 5

A brace from Kenny Dias gave Sirsaim Sports and Welfare Cultural Association a 3-1 victory over Sinquerim Sports Club in the opening match of 5th Siolim Sodiem Super Soccer, organised by Siolim Sodiem Sports and Cultural Association, at St Anthony’s church ground, Siolim on Thursday. Kenny punted home in the

25th minute for Sirsaim and Vincent Rodrigues doubled their lead two minutes later to put Sirsaim in a commanding position. A minute after the restart, a good move which started from the Sinquerim goalkeeper ended with Nityanand Bhosle tapping in a cross from Laxman Haldankar. Kenny scored in the 33rd minute to send Sirsaim into the next round.

GOA DIARY 3-a-side soccer at Saligao

PANJIM (HSD) – Barcelona CCCP, Saligao will organise their AllGoa 3-a-side soccer tie-breaker on the occasion of the feast of Mae de Deus Church, Saligao at Saligao Four Roads ground, Saligao on May 8 at 7.30 p.m. The winners will take home Rs 15,000 while the runners-up will have to be content with Rs 10,000. Details may be obtained from Bonnie Fernandes on 9923071110.

Cricket tourney at Camurlim

PANJIM (HSD) – Camurlim United Sports Club will organise their All-Goa 5 overs tennis ball cricket tournament at Kajro ground, Vagalim on May 8 at 9 a.m. The winners will take home Rs 5050 while the runners-up Rs 3030. Details may be obtained from Kishore on 9422443538, Sagar on 9923902890 or Sameer on 9822159131.

2-a-side soccer at Orlim

PANJIM (HSD) – St Michael Boys of Orlim will organise their

tempt at the rival goal was saved by Goa Police keeper Rupesh. With this win, Goa Police earned a promotion to the GFA First Division League for the season 2011-12. Goa Police were richer by Rs 30,000 while Wilred Leisure had to settle for Rs 20,000 alongwith trophies. Elvis Gomes, senior GFA vicepresident was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Tonito Botelho, Schubert Furtado and Anthony Pango. Goa Police coach Roque Estibeiro was a relieved man and had a reason to smile for his team’s success.

Bandfol ahead

MARGAO (HC) -- Bandfol Sports Club defeated Sucaldem Youth Club ‘B’ 3-1 to storm into the quarter-finals of Sucaldem Cup football tournament at Sucaldem ground, Chinchinim on Thursday. The teams were tied 1-1 at half time. Bandfol’s striker Raju scored the opener. However, Sucaldem fought gallantly and cancelled the lead with striker Felix Menezes firing home. Crossing over, Raju struck a second time to put his team again in the lead. Volant rounded off the tally with a snap shot.

Sarzora beaten

PANJIM (HSD) -- Friends Circle, Sanvordem beat Youngsters of Sarzora by a solitary goal to enter the semi-finals of Our Lady of Fatima soccer at Fatima ground on Thursday. Friends Circle netted their allimportant goal in the 7th minute through Alex. Sarzora’s Ryan was adjudged man-of-the-match.

Cook is England ODI captain, Broad to lead T20 AGENCIES LONDON, MAY 5

Opening batsman Alastair Cook was named as England's oneday captain on Thursday after Andrew Strauss opted to retire from the limited overs game to prolong his Test career, England and Wales Cricket Board said. England all-rounder Stuart Broad has also been named as England Twenty20 captain, taking over the post from Paul Collingwood after two years at the helm. Cook captained England's ODI team on the tour of Bangladesh in 2010, when he captained both the Test and ODI teams in Andrew Strauss' absence, and will reprise the role when England host Sri Lanka at the Oval on June 28. New skipper Alastair Cook said: "Andrew Strauss has led the one-day team to continued success over the past two years

and I'll be looking to continue that progress as captain. I'm excited by the challenge of taking our 50-over cricket to new heights and I believe I can play an integral role with the bat as well as captain.” "I will continue to work closely with Andrew Strauss and also Stuart Broad as we form a leadership team across all forms of the game. We have the chance to work together and share ideas which will benefit our cricket in all three formats," he added. Stuart Broad will make his debut as captain when he leads England's Twenty20 side against Sri Lanka in Bristol on June 25. Stuart Broad said: "It's a huge privilege to be named England Twenty20 captain and form part of a leadership team that I've no doubt will work well together with a great deal of synergy.”

Ashel stars for Goa Velha HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, MAY 5

Ashel D’Sousa recorded a hattrick as Goa Velha Sports Club breezed past CDJ Ribandar 7-3 in GFA’s U-18 Second Division at Batim ground on Thursday. Goa Velha led 4-1 at the lemon break. Chatur Naik and Nerry D’Sousa scored a brace each for Goa Velha. Keegan Bast scored

a brace for Ribandar, while Sunil Shetty also scored for Ribandar deep into injury time. At Tilak Maidan, Jayesh and Deepak scored to give Paradise Sports Club a 2-1 win over Vasco Sports Club. Kaslpesh Gadekar netted for Vasco. Salcete Football Club overcame Cuncolim Union 2-0 at Rosary ground.

Brasil FA in semis

HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, MAY 5

Brasil Futebol Academia moved into the semi-finals after overcoming 10-men Dunes Sports Club 3-0 in GFA’s U-16 play-off at Duler Stadium, here on Thursday. Brasil led 1-0 at the breather. Dunes defender Shawn Fernandes was sent off for his second bookable offence nine minutes from the end. In the 24th minute, Brasil opened the scoring af ter Shubam Shetgaonkar crossed from the right, which Shelton

miss kicked, but luckily the ball fell for Hari Parab who blazed it into the top corner. After the change of ends, Brasil retained their bite on the break and a second goal in the 51st minute through Binatone Singh from a corner reflected their true dominance. Two minutes from time, Sahil Tavora conjured up a goal of undeniable quality when he dribbled though a depleted Dunes defence and fired past the Dunes custodian. Dunes will now meet United Club of Nerul in the semi-finals.

Wilred in quarters PANJIM (HSD) -- W ilred Leisure Sports Club defeated United Club of Nerul 8-7 via the tie-breaker to enter the quarter-finals of 15th Holy Cross inter-village football tournament organised by Holy Cross Sports Club in memory of Albert J Fernandes at Vodlemoll Kakoda ground on Thursday. Nerul shot into the lead through Agnelo Monteiro with a solo effort in the 47th minute. Curtorim went on the attacking

mode and succeeded to equalise in the 55th minute through Nelson Fernandes whose 25 yard shot gave no chance to Nerul’s keeper. In the tie-breaker, Mauvin Colaco, Franky Martin, Tony Dias, Desley Fernandes, Nelson Fernandes, John Fernandes, Agnelo D’Costa and Rio Mascarenhas were on target for Wilred Leisure while Antonio Pereira, Agnelo Monteiro, Mcdavid Dias, Xavier Clemente, Agnelo, Micheal Monteiro and Russel Fernandes netted for Nerul.

Big win for St Anthony’s PANJIM (HSD) -- St Anthony’s Club thrashed Cuncolim Union 6-0 in St Anthony Super Soccer at Colva ground on Thursday. The score was 4-0 at the lemon break. St Anthony shot into the lead when Clyde Pacheco headed the ball in off a pass from John. Hardly had the cheers died down, Joao Fernandes beat St Anthony’s keeper hands down.

Dylan Fernandes netted St Anthony’s third while Roger Lourenco scored the fourth. Romario helped St Anthony make it 5-0 off a snap shot and a little later he completed his brace. Clyde Pacheco was adjudged man-of-the-match. There will be no match tomorrow. On Saturday, Cana Benaulim will meet St Cruz Club of Cavelossim.

Joshua in Hotshots finals

PANJIM (HSD) -- Joshua D'Silva beat Shahid Farraz 9-1 in the boys U-14 semi-finals of All-Goa Hotshots open tennis tournament at Clube Gasper Dias, Mira Mar on Thursday. Results: Boys U-14: Christian Cum-

13th All-Goa 2-a-side floodlit soccer tie-breaker tournament at Orlim church ground on May 7 at 9 p.m. The winners will walk away with Rs 15,000 while the runners-up will have to be content with Rs 10,000. Spot entries will be accepted.

2-a-side soccer at Sanguem

CURCHOREM (HC) -- Rising Stars of Boilapar, Sanguem will organise their 2nd All-Goa 2-a-side soccer tie-breaker opposite Santana Bakery on May 7 at 6 p.m. The winners will take home Rs 10,000 while the runners-up will have to be content with Rs 7,000. The winner in the Goa man show will be awarded Rs 1,000 while the runners-up will get Rs 700. Details may be obtained from Parsha on 9765437453 or Jimy on 9765331185.

Hockey camp at Candolim

PANJIM (HSD) – A summer hockey coaching camp for boys in the age group of 7 to 15 years will be held from May 9 onwards at Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim. The last date to register is May 8. Details may be obtained from Caetano Xavier on 9850813512 or Zeena Soares on 9049444881.

mins beat Kyle Cummins 9-1. Boys U-19: Sidney Palha beat Noah D'Silva 9-6, Siddharth Nunes beat Christian Cummins 9-5. Men singles: Bulcola beat Christian Cummins 9-1, Nagesh beat Akhil 9-5.

Orlim down Davorlim HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 5

Orlim Sports Club continued their fine form in the GFA U-18 Second Division when they thrashed Davorlim Sports Club 4-1 at Orlim ground on Thursday. Orlim led 1-0 at the breather with Jerry Colaco being the scorer. Orlim were a dominat force after the change of ends with their forwards repeatedly troubling the rival defence with sporadic raids. Josyston D’Costa, Melwin Pereira and Stanley Colaco scored one goal each.

Novak Djokovic equalled Ivan Lendl's 1986 record of a 29-0 winning start to a season on Thursday when he reached the Madrid Masters quarter-finals. The Serb second seed cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The record for a winning start to a season remains 42 matches, set by John McEnroe in 1984, with Bjorn Borg, who had 33 straight wins in 1980, in second spot. Top-seeded holder Rafael Nadal went through to the last eight without lifting a racquet as opponent Juan Martin Del Potro retired before their third round match with hip pain. Third seed Roger Federer got past Belgian Xavier Malisse 64, 6-3 after a late-night struggle on Wednesday against Feliciano Lopez which went three hours. In the women's event, world number one Caroline Wozniacki lost to Germany's Julia Goerges 4-6, 6-1, 3-6.

Verna move into semis HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 5

Verna Sports Club trounced Cuncolim Union 4-2 to seal their place in the semi-finals of 13th Immaculate soccer organised by Immaculate Conception Sports Club, Avedem, Paroda, at panchayat ground, Avedem, Paroda, on Thursday. Verna led 2-1 at the break. Verna shot into the lead in the 13th minute when Richard Dias punished the rival keeper with a deft placement after picking up a pass from his teammate. In the 18th minute, Ajay Satarkar doubled the lead for Verna. Rosario Carvalho reduced the lead for Cuncolim just before the end of the first half. Changing ends, Rekson Fernandes and Eusubio Fernandes of Verna Sports Club scored in the second half to make it 4-1. In the first semi-finals match, Mandopa Sports Club defeated Union of Chinchinim by a solitary goal to storm into the finals.

Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina continued their good run at the Madrid Open, storming into the quar-

ter-finals after notching up a straight-set win over Nadia Petrova and Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 7-5.


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Seh‘wag’ bites Deccan Scores 119 off 56 balls

PTI HYDERABAD, MAY 5

Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag single-handedly demolished Deccan Chargers bowlers with a blistering century to guide his team to a fourwicket victory in an IPL match here today. Chasing a stiff target of 176, Sehwag took the Chargers attack to the cleaners scoring 119 from only 56 balls with the help of 13 fours and five sixes as his teammates had little contribution in the winning cause. With eight points, Daredevils stay in the hunt for Play-offs as it was curtains for Chargers who looked favourites till Sehwag struck like a tornado. It was one of the most scintillating innings that one would have ever witnessed as Sehwag took it upon himself to accomplish what looked like Mission Impossible after Daredevils were reduced to 25 for three. Fortune favours the brave and Sehwag got a couple respite due to sloppy fielding from the home team that saw couple of catches being dropped. There couldn't have been a better birthday gift for his younger son than a blazing century. Finally, when he was out in the 17th over, even the Chargers players came upto congratulate him. Dale Styen in right earnest removing Aaron Finch (0) off the very second delivery while Ishant Sharma quickly removed Naman Ojha (7) and Venugopal Rao (3) to reduce Daredevils to 25 for three. From overs 8-12, Daredevils scored 75 runs in five overs as

Sehwag butchered the bowlers. With no option left, Sangakkara brought on his best bowler Steyn who was slashed through point and then guided through the fine-leg region for two boundaries. He slog swept Mishra for a six to get into the 90's. When Bharat Chipli came in he took a couple to complete his well deserved century in 48 balls. He then hit Chipli for two more sixes and a boundary as Daredevils closed in on a win. Earlier, Duminy finally came good with a slice of luck as his smashing 55 helped Deccan Chargers post a challenging 175 for five against Delhi Daredevils in what was a must-win game for both. It was Duminy's power-hitting that saw Chargers score a whopping 108 runs in the last 10 overs after scoring 67 in the first 10. Off-spinner Yogesh Nagar 'dismissed' both Duminy and Daniel Christian (27, 22 balls, 2x4) in the 15th over. Tragically, on both occasions he overstepped. While Christian got a boundary off the free-hit, Duminy's aerial shot yielded maximum results. That over from Nagar cost Daredevils 20 runs and gave the Chargers necessary impetus. While Irfan Pathan (0/18 from 3 overs) and Aavishkar Salvi (1/26 from 4 overs) bowled well, it was Nagar (0/20 from 1 over), Venugopal Rao (0/12 from1 over) and James Hopes (1/29 from 3 overs) who gave away as many as 61 runs in the five overs they bowled between them.

Deccan Chargers: S Dhawan c Salvi b Agarkar 29, D Teja c Ojha b Salvi 2, K Sangakkara c Sehwag b Hopes 44, JP Duminy run out (Agarkar) 55, D Christian not out 27, B Chipli c Finch b Agarkar 1, Ishan Malhotra not out 7.Extras:10.Total:175 for 5.Fall of wickets: 19-1, 58-2, 87-3, 158-4, 161-5. Bowling: M Morkel 4-0-37-0, Irfan Pathan 3-0-18-0, A Salvi 4-0-26-1, A Agarkar 4-0-29-2, J Hopes 30-29-1, Venugopal Rao 1-0-12-0, Y Nagar 1-0-20-0. Delhi Daredevils: A Finch c Christian b Steyn 0, V Sehwag c Sangakkara b Steyn 119, N Ojha c Sangakkara b Sharma 7, Venugopal Rao c Duminy b Sharma 3, T Birt b Christian 4, Irfan Pathan st Sangakkara b Mishra 12, J Hopes not out 17, Y Nagar not out 7. Extras: 10. Total: 179 for 6. Fall of wickets: 0-1, 152, 24-3, 85-4, 153-5, 168-6. Bowling: D Steyn 4-0-24-2, Ishant Sharma 4-0-15-2, D Christian 4-0-31-1, Ishan Malhotra 1-0-23-0, Amit Mishra 4-0-52-1, B Chipli 1-0-200, JP Duminy 1-0-11-0. Man-of-the-match: Virendra Sehwag

RCB keen to improve position PTI BANGALORE, MAY 5

With the race for a berth in the playoffs hotting up, fifth-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore will be determined to quell Kings XI Punjab's challenge in an Indian Premier League match here tomorrow. Thanks to successive victories, RCB have nine points from eight games but will have to win at least four of their next six matches if they entertain hopes of being amongst the top four teams in the Twenty20 tournament. Mumbai Indians, with 14 points from nine games, Kolkata Knight Riders (12 from nine) and Chennai Super Kings (12 from nine) are the front-runners at this stage of the competition. And three wins from the remaining five games could certainly seal a place for these sides in the play-offs.

CSA reinstates president AFP JOHANNESBURG, MAY 5

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have reinstated ousted president Mtutuzeli Nyoka and are to order an independent investigation into their finances after a public spat over bonuses. Nyoka was fired following a feud with the organisation's chief executive, Gerald Majola, over the payment of a 1.7-million-rand ($248,000, 172,000-euro) bonus to Majola after the staging of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa in 2009.

Given this scenario, RCB will have to play their best cricket possible in the remainder of their six matches. A blip against

Today’s fixTure

Royal Challengers v. Kings XI, Punjab 8 p.m.

Kings XI could make their climb to the summit more difficult. For Kings XI too, it will be a crucial game as they are languishing at the ninth place with just six points from seven matches. Kings XI will have to win tomorrow if they want to keep themselves in the reckoning for a place in the qualifiers. A defeat could virtually throw them out of the contest, unless they win all their remaining six games. All in all, the fans can expect a sizzling contest as both the teams boasts of batsmen who can devastate any bowling attack. If RCB have the likes of Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Kings XI have Adam Gilchrist, rising star Paul Valthaty and Shaun Marsh at their disposal who can tear apart any bowling side on their day.

Hodge criticises IPL schedule, pitches AGENCIES KOCHI, MAY 5

Expressing the view that hectic traveling has adversely impacted some of the cricketers, Kochi Tuskers Kerala batsman Brad Hodge has criticized the standard of some of the pitches used during the ongoing Indian Premier League. Hodge criticised the IPL schedule, and said that it is very tiring and taking a toll on the body of some of the players. "We have seen every side had a run of wins and had a run of loses. One thing I found extremely de-

manding issue in the IPL has been travel and it seems to be hurting few players," said Hodge. The Australian batsman pointed out that pitches used in Rajasthan and Kolkata were not up to the mark. He also criticised the two home pitches of KTK. "The last four wickets we played on -- Kolkata, Rajasthan and two here -- they were sub-standard. They were not up to good-enough level," added Hodge. Kochi so far, have eight points and are still in contention for a place in next stage but have lost

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sixes in his 41-ball knock before being run out in the 19th over. Brad Hodge boosted the total with a late assault off the final over bowled by his Australian team-mate Brett Lee, clobbering two sixes and two fours to finish on an unbeaten 35 off just 19 balls.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala batsman Brad Hodge of Australia plays a shot at The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi on Thursday.

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A fine half-century by Eoin Morgan went in vain as Kochi pulled off a 17-run upset win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday to spice up the race for the play-offs in the Indian Premier League. Chasing 157, Kolkata were cruising at 69-0 but paceman Raiphi Gomez grabbed two wickets in two balls and Vinay Kumar sent back Morgan (66) and Yusuf Pathan in the 19th over to restrict the visitors to 139-7 at the Nehru Stadium. The victory moved Kochi to fifth in the points table and brought them back into contention for a place in the knockout rounds, while Kolkata remained in second place with 12 points. England's Morgan impressed the most among the Kolkata batsmen, hitting eight fours and two sixes in his 51-ball knock after Jacques Kallis made 45 opening the innings. Kolkata paceman Jaidev Unadkat earlier struck a double blow after skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field, dismissing opener Brendon McCullum (one)

and Parthiv Patel (21) inside the first six overs. New Zealander McCullum was caught in the slips by Kallis and Patel top-edged to Rajat Bhatia, who ran backwards to latch on to the catch at the third attempt. Coming in to bat at number four, skipper Mahela Jayawardene (55) rebuilt the innings in the company of Australia's Michael Klinger (29) with a 51-run stand for the third wicket. The former Sri Lankan captain hit two fours and two

Kochi Tuskers Kerala: B McCullum c Kallis b Unadkat 1, M Klinger c Abdulla b Pathan 29, P Patel c Bhatia b Unadkat 21, M Jayawardene run out 55, R Jadeja c Pathan b Bhatia 8, B Hodge not out 35, R Gomez not out 1. Extras: 6. Total: 156 for 5. Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-30, 3-81, 4-96, 5-134. Bowling: B Lee 4-1-42-0, J Unadkat 40-25-2, Iqbal Abdulla 2-0-16-0, J Kallis 3-0-21-0, S Ladda 1-0-130, R Bhatia 3-0-22-1, Y Pathan 30-16-1. Kolkata Knight Riders: J Kallis b Gomez 45, E Morgan run out 66, G Gambhir c Jayawardene b Gomez 0, M Tiwary c McCullum b V Kumar 1, Y Pathan c Jayawardene b V Kumar 17, M Boucher b Singh 5, B Lee run out 1, R Bhatia not out 1. Extras: 3. Total: 139 for 7. Fall of wickets: 1-69, 2-69, 397, 4-132, 5-132, 6-138, 7-139. Bowling: RP Singh 4-0-44-1, S Sreesanth 3-0-24-0, R Vinay Kumar 4-0-28-2, P Parameswaran 4-0-21-0, R Gomez 4-1-14-2, R Jadeja 1-0-7-0. Man-of-the-match: B Hodge


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The Treats and Trials of Air Travel

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With the aviation industry and air travel in general hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, the airlines seem to be going through a turbulent patch. Herald asks the people of Goa for their view on the safety of air travel, domestic as well as international

Bruno Gomindes, Managing Director, Travco Holidays Pvt Ltd “It looks unsafe with pilots being recruited with fake documents of educational qualifications but the travel industry is not affected with these few cases. In the end it is the passengers who are affected when there are strikes as they have to pay 2-3 times more for the ticket. Those who have to travel have no option. These things have very rarely occurred and people have adapted to the situation. Every company places the safety of the passenger as their priority. Some unavoidable circumstances do happen but companies are safety conscious. Many Goan families travel during the months of April, May and June as industrialists and businessmen prefer to give wholehearted time to their family. The industry is growing and is not affected.” Armando Gonsalves, CEO, Heritage Jazz “I always say a prayer before take-off. I switch everything off, stop reading the papers but say a prayer. Things like bombs and hijacks are becoming rare and life goes on. You never know when a coconut when fall on your head while walking. India is a buzzing economy and I think the government is doing a pretty good job in terms of security on flights and on the airports. The last major blast that occurred at an Indian airport was almost ten years ago. There are many things happening at the airport as even Intelligence is involved besides the security checks. I remember that I was saying a prayer after landing at the Mumbai airport and my copassenger laughed and said, ‘Why are you praying, the plane has not stopped yet.’ Three days later the Dubai bound Mangalore flight crashed at the airport. It is statistically proven that there are very few chances of a flight disaster to occur compared to road accidents but as flight collisions are hyped and high profile, they instantly grab attention. ”

BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES ravelling by air is always a fascinating experience, especially watching the sun rise on the horizon. The thrill of travelling, whether one is onboard for the first time or is a frequent traveller, is overwhelming. Unfortunately, when news like helicopters and airplanes disappearing into thin air, well, actually, thick fog, makes the headlines, it brings in insecurity in a traveller who is often left wondering about how safe it is to travel by flight and who should be held responsible? As passengers, the most one can do is get the luggage right, avoid any situations and follow the mentioned instructions. Behind the scene, officials are working hard to protect the lives of their passengers, right from the pilot of the aircraft who takes the responsibility of taking off and landing safely at the destination to the ground staff who check and put in the luggage to the ground engineer who runs the final test before take-off. While the rules are strictly implemented, there has always been bribery and pressure to recruit staff without checking their backgrounds or verifying whether their documents are genuine or fake. Is it safe to land on the nose of a plane? Obliviously, the passengers will be scarred for life just staring at death from a close range. Interestingly, Goans who are frequent travellers have a calm attitude towards the aviation industry in Goa and abroad. They feel that the security has improved and the standard of travel has got more comfortable.

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Peter Figueiredo, Proprietor, Kesas-an Publications Pvt Ltd “There is a big difference when we compare travelling in India and abroad. Abroad, especially in the UK, the security checks are very strict and they even make you remove your waist belt for checks. Here in India, you can pass the metal detector with a belt and nothing will happen. On board, the demonstrations are the same as Indian airlines but their interiors are much comfortable and landing and take-off systems are better. There are a lot of cases of corruption on the Mumbai airport which hardly comes to the notice of the higher officials.”

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Tony Gonsalves, Founder of Wembley Goans Club in UK “I have always had a good time while flying and I know that the security checks are for our safety and for those onboard. At the most, one can take responsibility for each of their duties and report even the slightest problem with the flight. The pilot is in charge of the people onboard and they walk in the aisles before finally settling in their pilot seat. They have to be given more working hours and not loaded with extra burden which can interfere with their flights hours, after all it is a flight full of people. The aircraft security on ground and in air has become very vigilant over the years and it is safe to travel. ” Oliver Sean, Singer and Musician “I always find an airline that I am comfortable travelling with. As a frequent flyer I want to feel safe as I’m in air and will be helpless. In India, I have my preferred airlines and I choose to stick to certain airways abroad too. Cheaper tickets and the rush to book a flight doesn’t get to me as I want an airline that puts the security of a passenger first. It is only the distance and as the saying goes ‘Penny wise, Pound foolish’. I don’t want to risk my life. In flight, I always watch comedy movies to get my mind off the travelling.”

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he killing of an unarmed man is always going to leave a very uncomfortable feeling,” stated the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, criticising the deadly raid on Osama Bin Laden. It has been celebrated in the US but the death of Osama Bin Laden has received a markedly different reaction in the UK. While Prime Minister David Cameron said the killing of the Al Qaeda leader by US Special Forces marked 'some sense of justice' for the victims of terror attacks, the Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised the deadly raid on Bin Laden's Pakistani compound. Dr Rowan Williams said the shooting of the unarmed Bin Laden in the early hours of Monday morning had made him ‘very uncomfortable’. His remarks followed American anger at the muted – or critical – reaction of many Europeans to the killing of Bin Laden. While Americans took to the streets to celebrate the terror chief ’s death, many Europeans were concerned about the legality of the raid at Bin Laden’s compound. The archbishop’s criticism of the operation follow remarks from the Bishop of Winchester who described the killing of Bin Laden as 'an act of

vengeance' rather than justice and said he fears terrorist reprisals. He also said that the assassination of Osama Bin Laden represented a failure of world order. Australian QC and human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson has also criticised the killing, saying it set an ‘incredibly dangerous precedent’ in international law. Speaking at a London press conference yesterday, Dr Williams said conflicting accounts of the US operation since Bin Laden’s death was announced ‘have not helped’. It was initially reported that Bin Laden fired at US personnel and used a woman, possibly his wife, as a human shield before being shot in the head. The White House later confirmed Bin Laden had not been armed when his compound at Abbottabad was stormed but had resisted before being shot. Dr Rowan Williams told the Telegraph today: ‘The killing of an unarmed man is always going to leave a very uncomfortable feeling because it does not look as if justice is seen to be done.’

From Humble Beginnings to Soaring Success Indulging in Precious Pleasures

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Woman taking her pick of gold ornaments on the auspicious occasion of Akshaytrutiya

Mathew is a self-taught Humility, strong will-power and BY ELVIS SEQUEIRA actor who never took any HERALD FEATURES determined perseverance in working hose who have witnessed Dolorosa a passion play enacted by the villagers of interest in acting until he single-mindedly towards your set Santa Cruz with huge, specially designed sets, light effects and the participation completed his schooling. of over 200 local artistes, during the Lenten season last year will agree that His humility and strong will goal(s) is the key to success, this village abounds in acting and singing talents. Among the many tiatrists power has helped him to believes Mathew Araujo who hail from this village are some who have got recognition at the professional overcome his shortcomings level. Mathew Araujo is one such tiatrist. Although he was not part of Dolorosa for and rise to a higher level. “There is nothing in this world that you cannot do, but one some personal reasons, he had the opportunity to play ‘Jesus’ in yet another passion must have the humility to accept and rectify one’s mistakes and have the will power to overcome all odds,” believes Mathew. play organised by the Santa Cruz parish, years before this. One of the few tiatrists to receive the Gulab Best Actor Award for two Like many of his ilk, Mathew began his career on consecutive years in 2002 and2003, Mathew the Konkani stage performing in one-act plays. He was also presented the Best Actor Award by was a member of the village dramatic troupe that Kuwait Television English News and FM Servparticipated in the one-act play competitions held ices for his outstanding performance in all over Goa in the early 1980s. He also participated Samuel Carvalho’s tiatr Daddy. in local tiatrs staged by villagers on festive occasions. As a tiatrist, Mathew has travelled to the Although no member of his family had any connecGulf countries and the United Kingdom on tions with tiatrs, Mathew wanted to prove himself. many occasions as a member of various And his foray into acting in one-act plays and village dramatic troupes of well known directors level tiatrs gave him the much needed confidence of the Konkani stage. He has also acted and exposure to break into the elite league of tiatrists. in several VCD films and has produced His first professional break came in Pascoal Rodrigues’ two VCDs of his own – Bad Boys and See Mog Assundhi. This tiatr set the ball rolling for his You Again. His third video film titled long and illustrious career on the tiatr stage. Up till Wanted Dead or Alive and also an audio now, Mathew has acted in tiatrs of all top directors CD will be released of the tiatr stage as a regular member of their troupe by the end of this and on several occasions, he has even stepped into month. the shoes of other actors in emergencies, at a very short notice. As an actor, Mathew has played a myriad of roles, be it of a policeman, passionate lover, obsessive father or a crook, but Mathew feels that the role of a lifetime was playing Jesus Christ in the Mathew Araujo essaying his most passion play staged by the villagers of Santa Cruz. “I cherished role, playing Jesus Christ suppose that the role of my lifetime was playing the almighty Jesus Christ,” he says. in a passion play at Santa Cruz

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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? ‘Natyarangpancham’, a 5-day theatre festival of selected plays of Goan playwright Pundalik Naik, organised by the Kala Academy, Directorate of Art and Culture and Antruz Lalitak, Bandora will be held from May 7 to 11 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. Sons of Babur, the first play written by Union Cabinet Minister Salman Khurshid and directed by Tom Alter will be staged on May 12 at the Kala Academy, Campal-Panjim. Call 2420452. Mango Fiesta, a mango food festival, organised by Café Mangii will be held till May 31 at Café Mangii, Panjim. Call 2230773. ‘Right To Information’ is the topic of the workshop, organised by Asha Family Responsibilities and Rights Association will be held on May 8 from 9.15am to 11.30am at St Andrews Church Complex H a l l , G o a Ve l h a . E - m a i l trustasha@yahoo.co.in. Call 2256445 or 9822166876. Free public sessions on rhythmic breathing, organised by the Rhythmic Breathing Club, Goa will be held in the month of May. Registration is open. E-mail veebee200303@yahoo.co.in. Call 9422443421. Free Summer Special animation classes, organised by Arena Animations will be held during the course of May at MGM Animations Academy, Panjim. Registration is open. Email mgmanimations@gmail.com. Call 2225153, 9823013484, 9823611824 Hobby Classes, organised by Clube Harmonia de Margao will be held from May 2 onwards. There will be vegetable and fruit c a r v i n g , Ch i n e s e

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HOROSCOPE cooking, Thai cooking, embroidery, smocking, appliqué, etc. Call 2714818. A Summer Recycling Workshop for children organised by Art Escape is underway till May 8 at Art Escape, Vadi Beach, Benaulim. Call 9881568756. A Workshop in Dramatics, organised by Tiatr Academy of Goa will be held from May 9 to 14 from 3pm to 6pm at the Conference Hall of TAG, Campal-Panjim. Registration closes on May 5. A French Camp for Kids, organised by Alliance Française, Panjim is underway till May 20, every Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm will be held at the Alliance Francaise. E-mail alliance-fr@hotmail.com. Call 2420049 or 9922813950. A two-day adventure trip, organised by Wildtrek Adventures will be held on May 7 and 8 at Anmod. Call 9822155805 or 9822123458. ‘Art is all around us’, an art and craft workshop will be held from May 23 to May 28 May at Chinchinim. Registration closes on May 19. Call 9766374445 A free flower photography workshop for kids, organised by Goan Shutterbugs will be held on May 7 from 3pm to 6pm at the Kala Academy, Campal-Panjim. Call 2420452 or 9822134208 . Collector’s Day, will be celebrated by the Museum Of Christian Art on May 15 at the Museum. It will allow collector’s to showcase their collections. Registration closes on May 10. E-mail museumofchristianart@gmail.com. Call 2285299. ‘Indian Sculpture’, an exhibition of painting by Shalini Srivastava, organised by Sunaparanta is underway till May11. Call 2420452.

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DID YOU KNOW? The gondolas of Venice

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The best-known form of transport on the waterways of Venice is the gondola. These flat-bottomed boats are well suited to the conditions of the Venetian Lagoon. Once the most common watercraft within Venice, gondolas still have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti (ferries) over the Grand Canal. They are also used in special regattas (rowing races) held amongst gondoliers. The oar is called the rèmo, which is The ornament on the front of the boat is called the fèrro (meaning iron) and can be made from brass, stainless steel, or aluminium. It serves as decoration and as counterweight for the gondolier standing near the stern. The historical gondola was quite different from its modern evolution – the paintings of Canaletto and others show a much lower prow, a higher fèrro, and usually two rowers. The bananashaped modern gondola has been developed only in the 19th century by the boat-builder Tramontin, whose heirs still run the Tramontin boatyard. The construction of the gondola continued to evolve until the mid-20th century, when the city government prohibited any further modifications.

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HERALD CROSSWORD - 851 Across 1- Lodge letters; 5- Grad; 9Streetcar; 13- City near Provo; 14- Thick sweet liquid; 16- Contest, ethnicity; 17- A small town; 18- Burn a bit; 19- Draft classification; 20- Portents; 22- Painter, e.g.; 24- Incandescent; 27- General ___ chicken; 28- Return to a former condition; 29- Eccentric; 33- Grenoble’s river; 34- Lower jaw; 35- 365 days; 36- Georgia, once: Abbr.; 37- Biblical verb; 38Ref’s decision; 39- Moon of Jupiter; 41- British nobleman; 42Marsh of mystery; 44- Loyal, staunch, and sturdy; 46- Carry with great effort; 47- Minn. neighbor; 48- Portico; 49- Most secure; 52- Hot time in Paris; 53- Mex. miss; 57- Old Testament book; 58- Born before, senior churchman; 60- Implement; 61- Spoils; 62- Largest country in Africa; 63- Zhivago’s love; 64- Bohemian; 65- Deep unconscious state; 66Primordial giant in Norse myth; Down 1- Person, slangily; 2- Debate side; 3- Not ‘neath; 4- Enable; 5- Acquiescence; 6- Dishonest; 7- Coffee dispensers; 8- Drinking cup; 9Russian revolutionary; 10- Hindu princess; 11Deck quartet; 12- Crux; 15- Ryot; 21- Bog; 23Fabled bird; 24- Gruesome; 25- Person with a flat, say; 26- Exaggerate; 27- Run of bird-song; 29- Cautious; 30- Flower segment; 31- Jack of “The Great Dictator”; 32- Band; 34- Blackboard crayon; 37- Governing bodies; 40- Pardon; 42Cpl., for one; 43- Horrible; 45- Commercials; 46Breastbones; 48- Water vapor; 49- Room in a casa; 50- Cupid; 51- Kicker; 52- Corm of the

taro; 54- Wander; 55- Singer Amos; 56- Banned apple spray; 59- Director Jean-___ Godard;

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HERALD FEATURES he Tiatr Academy of Goa has many schemes formulated for the purpose of discovering dramatic and singing talents from the villages. The scheme ‘Encouraging Production of Tiatr in Villages’ financially helps the artiste in the villages to the tune of Rs 20,000 if the tiatr is produced with the help of artistes from the villages. Besides, TAG provides a director to direct the play. The most important condition is that all the artistes and singers must be the residents of the concerned village. The second scheme is ‘Encouraging the Promotion of Tiatr Related Activities’. Under this scheme any individuals/associations can stage a tiatr/skits/one act plays/musical shows, etc for which financial assistance to the tune of Rs 10,000 is given. Any individual or institution can benefit of these schemes only once in a financial year. The performance must be shown to the public free without charging any tickets. Those individuals/associations interested in taking benefit of these schemes to organise any activity within the purview of the above mentioned schemes in this financial year ending March 31, 2012 are requested to apply in prescribed application form to TAG on or before May 20, 2011. The application forms are available at TAG’s office during office hours.

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HERALD FEATURES ons of Babur’, the first play written by the Union Cabinet Minister Salman Khurshid and directed by Tom Alter will be staged on May 12 at the Kala Academy, Campal-Panjim. Legendry Hindi, Urdu and English theatre and film actor, Tom Alter has directed the play and will also play the lead role of Bahadur Shah Zafar while other roles will be performed by the Pierrot’s Troupe, one of the most famous theatre groups in India lead by Dr M Sayeed Alam. Eight shows of this play have already been staged in Mumbai and Delhi in both, English and Hindi. The playwright’s intellectual search takes him back in time to the Mughal era and its demise in the aftermath of 1857. The central character of the play is of course Bahadur Shah Zafar Ghazi, the last Mughal emperor, languishing in exile in faraway Rangoon. The desolate emperor pines for his beloved Delhi, mourning the loss of the Peacock throne and indeed Mughal grandeur that shone over

India for three hundred years. He is a broken old man whose writ, even as Emperor, did not run beyond the Red Fort, yet he was a towering personality in the eyes of his subjects. He takes solace in his poetry, the only possession the British could not take away. ‘Sons of Babur’ is a labour of love: an important creative work based on considerable research. The audience is not simply doled out value judgments, or clever accommodation of facts to fit preconceived notions. Indeed there is no glossing over uncomfortable facts or motivated idolising, be it Akbar’s founding of a new ‘religion’, Deene-Elahi (distorted by radical Islamists), or Aurangzeb’s perceived rigid Islamic world view. It is an honest and artistic account of a string or important historical events, presented as riveting theatre, forcing the audience to reflect afresh on the past as well as the present. In a sense it is a play about our collective future. The play is brought to you by the International Centre Goa in collaboration with the Goa University.

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Little ones showing Subodh Kerkar their work HERALD FEATURES n exhibition of paintings and handicrafts by three young children, Komal Vijaykumar Sawant, Aachal Vijaykumar Sawant and Ashna Sanjay Gaude, was recently inaugurated at the hands of Dr Subodh Kerkar at Alcon Residency, Alto-Porvorim. The children created a number of paintings and handicrafts using paper, pods, bamboo and other natural materials. The children said that they were inspired by the recent works of Subodh Kerkar. They intend to work with found materials during their summer vacations. Komal who is just 11years old has already been on Himalayan treks a few times and loves nature. She likes to collect stones, leaves, pods and other natural materials during her outings and this is what, she said, inspires her works.

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Vandana Kakodkar HERALD FEATURES he 5-star resort at Varca recently held a one-day Blood Donation Camp in union with the Blood Bank, Goa Medical College, Bambolim and Association of Voluntary Blood Donors Goa. World statistics show that today, blood is the most sort-after body part in the world. Demand and supply are slowly drifting further and further apart. India’s daily estimated requirement of blood is roughly 40 million units of 250 cc blood packages, of which only 5,00,000 units are available. Vinesh Gupta, General Manager of the resort who was one among the 51 donors, said, “Voluntary blood donors have increased the supply of blood by 6 per cent in the world. However, demand has increased by 8 percent. It is our attempt to be of some help to someone out there. Donating blood is a simple and relatively painless procedure that can help save lives.” Meanwhile, Francis Rodrigues, HR Manager, thanked the donors for their voluntary participation in this Nobel cause. He also thanked Indra Sharma, President of Association of Voluntary Blood Donors, Goa and the GMC Blood Bank team, headed by Dr Sanjay Korgaonkar and Shashikant P Bhosle.

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HERALD FEATURES two-day First Aid Course was organised at the Ramada Caravela Beach Resort in association with the Indian Red Cross Society. This course was designed to impart knowledge and skills to enable the first aider to provide emergency care for injuries and illnesses in the home or the workplace until medical aid arrives. Dr Suvarna Fonseca e Antao, Vice Chairman of Indian Red Cross Goa state branch, spoke on ‘Disorders of the Heart’ and the various risk factors of having a heart attack, ‘Poisoning – its types, symptoms and treatments’ and on ‘Why turn your back to Tobacco?’ Besides, she also explained the different types of techniques on Artificial Respiration, Resuscitation and ABC of first aid. Vandana Kakodkar a consulting dietician based at Ponda, lectured on ‘Eating right to live right’. She also spoke on the different food groups, the Food pyramid, Principals of healthy eating and fast food. Sr Meena Barros, working in the Red Cross for the last 39 years as a nurse and Red Cross lecturer was influential in practical understanding of first aid. Addressing to the participants, Vinesh Gupta, GM of the resort said that it is necessary for individuals to be aware of first aid and safety measures to avoid accidents, which might occur at workplace, their homes or anywhere. Concluding the training Francis Rodrigues, HR Manager said that the overriding aim of all medical care, including first aid, is to save lives and the initiative comes from each individual to play their part.

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Teg Bhav Deva Pav – A Familial Plight BY JOEL E

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hen parents give their all to bring up their children, provding them with love, security and education, they expect nothing in return. All they want is for their children to stand on their feet through decent employment and care for them in their final years. But when the contrary happens, things turn topsy-turvy, bringing shame and disgrace to the family. This is the message conveyed by Prince Jacob in his drama Teg Bhav Deva Pav. Asuntin (Annie Quadros) brings up her three sons Desmond (Jacinto), Bonny (Bernard) and Ronny (Jr Reagan) with the financial support of her husband (Joe Rose), who serves as a clerk and is an upright man. Although the couple tries to give the best to their children, the three siblings go their own way. Ronny, the youngest, is a happy-go-lucky lad whose wish is to go on board the ship and till then he idles his time by listening to cricket commentaries. Bonny has the greatest desire to join the film industry and shoot to fame, but his wish remains unfulfilled. Desmond, the eldest, has plans to venture into big business, but financial constraint is his only hurdle. Due to constant conflicts in the family, Ronny decides to end his life and leaves his house. With

great hope and expectations, Bonny make efforts to meet directors in the film industry. To start his own business, Desmond accepts Rs 4.5 lakh received by his dad through Provident Fund after his retirement. For want of money to support his parents, Ronny falls prey to a malpractice. Bonny gets trapped in the net of the goons and Desmond wastes his father’s hard-earned money on gambling at the casino. What are the consequences? Will the three siblings succeed in supporting their ageed parents? Jaku (Prince Jacob) and Paku (comedian Humbert) are brought up by their mom (Diana), who works as an undertaker. For greed of ancestral property, she is very keen in getting one of her sons married to a Portuguese spinster Juliet (Cajetan de Curtorim). But things turn sour for the twin brothers when the truth is unveiled. Annie deserves full points for her captivating role of a mother who encounters sufferings and pain due to her unemployed sons. Hazel (Ninoshka), in a serious role this time, has done justice to her character. But the comedian brothers are in the limelight with their natural sense of humour. Some of the songs rendered by Jr Reagan (Teddy Bear), Joe Rose (Bible), Cajetan de Curtorim (Ankvar Dhuv) and Jr Reagan/Hazel (AIDS pidda) have powerful messages to the viewers. Overall, a drama worth watching.


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Alicia Keys raises Funds for People with HIV/AIDS

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on’t get your imagination worked up, it’s only for a film, Ek Tha Tiger. Sources stated that the ex-flames, Salman and Katrina, had recently come together for the photoshoot of Kabir Khan’s forthcoming venture under the banner of YRFilms. The photoshoot was done in the compound of Salman’s Galaxy apartment. Now as Sallu and Kat have resolved their differences, the Ek Tha Tiger hero invited his to be on-screen lover Katrina to join him for lunch at his apartment, after the photoshoot. The flick will be directed by Kabir Khan and filmmakers Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra have penned down the script, whereas director Kabir Khan and Neelesh Mishra have written the screenplay and dialogues for it. Ek Tha Tiger will apparently go on floors by July this year. Though Katrina has reached great heights as a star, the moment news of her break-up with Salman was out, it has been noticed that she’s lost some of her lustre. Salman has seemed unperturbed with the split, instead focusing his attention on promoting actresses like Hazel, Kangna Ranaut and Zareene Khan. We won’t be surprised if Katrina is feeling a bit left out and inching her way closer to Salman, maybe hoping for some old luck to shine again?

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and B superstar Alicia Keys organised a charity concert in Canada to raise funds for people with HIV/AIDS. The singer was the star performer at the Hope Rising! event in Toronto, held in aid of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which supports health groups dealing with the disease in Africa. Keys, who co-founded the Keep a Child Alive organisation to provide medicine to families with HIV/AIDS, hoped the gig would help raise awareness of the disease. “These are human beings. You put these numbers out there – 30 million dead, 33 million-plus infected, 16 million AIDS orphans – these are people, this isn’t like some dot on a chart. It’s hard. You get these statistics and numbers and you start to lose the soul of what we’re really, really talking about,” she said.

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Ranveer can’t leave Bittu Behind

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anveer Singh is back in the national capital to shoot for Ricky Bahl Versus The Ladies, but he keeps slipping into his character Bittu’s accent from Band Baaja Baraat. Ranveer’s character in director Maneesh Sharma’s Ricky Bahl Versus The Ladies is actually based on someone the writer Habib Faizal knew in his growing days in Delhi. He gave Ricky his own speech patterns, but Ranveer is still somewhere stuck on Bittu. “It isn’t Ranveer’s fault. We had workshops for him to get into his new character. But the shooting began immediately after. There was no time for him to absorb his new character,” said Habib. “I think somewhere Bittu has become a part of Ranveer’s persona. But he’s a brilliant character. And I’m sure we’ll see a different side of him as Rick Bahl. I am waiting for the day when Ranveer’s SMSes begin to echo the speaking patterns of Ricky,” he added. Habib is now in the process of writing a third film for Ranveer, which would take him completely away from the Bittu-Ricky zone. “As a writer and as a director, it is challenging for me to move away from whatever I’ve already attempted. The film that I’m directing after Do Dooni Chaar will be diametrically different in culture spirit and content. I don’t want to be branded the Delhi specialist,” he said.

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scar-winning actress Sandra Bullock is no longer in touch with stepdaughter Sunny, according to the girl’s father Jesse James. Bullock’s ex-husband Jesse James said the actress decided to maintain distance from his seven-year-old daughter despite his moving to Austin, Texas, to help maintain their relationship with him and the children, including Sandra’s 15-month-old adopted son Louis. “I don’t want to try and second guess what she thinks or something like that. I mean, I know why I moved. I moved initially so the kids could keep a relationship and I could kind of keep a relationship with Louis, and then whatever else happens beside that,” said James. The 46-year-old actress was once very close to Sunny and even tried to fight for her custody, but James insists that she has not been in touch for a while. “There’s been no contact at all for several months,” he said.

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new research has suggested that toddlers given milk at bedtime are far more likely to be overweight when they are older. US researchers who followed almost 7,000 children found that those who were regularly fed a bottle of milk at age two were 30 per cent more likely to be obese by the time they turned five and a half. They warned that parents who continue to give children a bottle at an age when they have started eating solid foods are overfeeding them. They said that an 8oz bottle of full-fat milk contains 150 calories – 12 per cent of the energy a child aged between one and two needs in a day. Mothers are advised to gradually wean their babies off either breast milk or formula milk from the age of six months. But many carry on giving children bottles of milk, either formula, or whole or semi-skimmed, just before bedtime to help them sleep, even when they are on solid food. The study found that almost a quarter of children – 22.9 per cent – still being given bottles when they were two were obese by the time they were five and a half, even after accounting for other factors such as the mother’s weight and the child’s birth weight. That compared with just 16 per cent of children not being given a bottle. The researchers said midwives and GPs should encourage mothers to wean their babies off bottles completely once they reach their first birthday.

Most Detailed 3D Map of Universe unveiled

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Scientists have studied the brightest objects in the sky to come up with the most complex image of the cosmos ever made. The red indicates areas where more gas has got through, while blue areas have let less gas through

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t is being touted as the biggest and the most detailed ever 3D map of the universe – a journey going back 11 billion years. Scientists have studied the brightest objects in the sky to come up with the most complex image of the cosmos they have ever made. Experts said looking at the image was akin to “looking at the moon through the clouds.” But because the light took eons to reach Earth, it is also a window back to 11 billion years ago when galaxies were first coming together and forming large clusters. Previous such images had used galaxies to map the universe and were only able to go seven billion years back in time. The map could unlock the mysteries of how the universe expanded and may give clues to the nature of dark energy driving its onward march. It was compiled by scientists from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey who studied 14,000 quasars, extremely bright beacons powered by black holes. As the light from the quasars comes towards Earth, it lights up clouds of intergalactic hydrogen gas that absorbs it as certain wavelengths. This leads to a blotchy image which is broken down by colours – red indicates areas where more gas has got through while blue areas have let less gas through. “Here, we are looking at intergalactic hydrogen gas, which blocks light,” said physicist Anže Slosar from the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Lab. Part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey is an instrument called the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, or BOSS, which has enabled the researchers to produce their new images. Patrick McDonald, of Lawrence Berkeley and Brookhaven National Labs, said that the telescope would in the future allow them to “be able to measure how fast the universe was expanding 11 billion years ago with an accuracy of a couple of per cent.”

Males act Hostile when asked to do Dishes

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espite all the chatter about the contemporary man being a wholehearted champion of gender equality, a study says that asking males to do tasks considered feminine, like washing dishes, can make them act hostile to reassert their masculinity. Researchers from the University of South Florida found that after doing tasks traditionally associated with women, like cleaning or housework, men react aggressively, as if their masculinity is being threatened, and will deliberately behave in a more macho way to restore their self-esteem. The researchers asked one group of men to behave in a way seen to be more feminine, by braiding hair, while another group was asked to braid rope – a similar, but more masculine occupation. Afterwards, when given a choice between either punching a punch bag or doing a puzzle, the hair braiders overwhelmingly chose the more violent option. In another test, both sets of men were asked to hit the punch bag. The hair-braiders punched harder than the rope braiders, researchers found. Professor Jennifer Bosson, who was part of a team of psychologists that carried out the study, said men used their aggression as a tactic to restore masculinity. “Men are extremely concerned about how they appear in other people’s eyes...and the more they will suffer psychologically when their manhood feels violated,” Bosson said. “Gender role violation can be a big thing, like losing a job, or a little thing, like being asked to braid hair in a laboratory,” he added.

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

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