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Sports: India moves to 2nd spot in medal tally Pg 18 Gandhi photos sale Rare photographs of Mahatma Gandhi, taken during the Quit India movement days, sold for 2,880 pounds, nearly double the pre-sale estimates, at an auction here today that also saw an album of early prints of ancient sites in Karnataka realising prices over five times higher. -- (PTI)

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EPF official trapped while accepting bribe

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Laxman Special Breaks Aussie Back Laxman nursing a back spasm played a Very Very Special knock of 73 in 79 balls to script one of India’s most fascinating run chases in Test cricket. India won the first Test at Mohali by one wicket.


Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Assistant Commissioner M K Farde was today caught redhanded by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) while accepting a bribe to settle a legal case against a Goan company. The alleged tainted officer was eventually arrested. CBI-Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) sleuths laid a trap after lunch hours following a complaint filed by the proprietor of Vidhya Industrial Services (VIS) Bharti Roy. The complainant alleged that Farde demanded Rs 1 lakh to water down a legal case against the manpower providing firm for not depositing its share of PF in accounts of its employees EPF. “The EPF officer assured the proprietor that he will not only dilute charges against the company but would grant certain benefits as well. For this, he demanded Rs 1 lakh to be paid in installments,” a CBI officer said. Roy apparently already paid 25 percent of the total demanded amount but she was unable to pay the remaining

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India needs 161 for win. Has six wickets in hand. Tendulkar & Zaheer Khan at crease.


Zaheer departs on 10


Tendulkar caught on 38. Dhoni run out on 2. Harbhajan perishes on 2.


92 runs to win. 2 wickets remaining.

Digital cyclone alert system for Goa soon SHWETA KAMAT PANJIM, OCT 5

Goa will now have a digital cyclone warning dissemination system (DCWDS), which will be operated by policemen at the police control room in Panjim. After a break of three years, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to replace its old cyclone warning dissemination system (CWDS) which was based on analog. Talking to Herald, IMD Goa in-charge K V Singh said that

the CWDS, which was installed in the State nearly 10 years back, failed to function after it begin to clash with the frequency of police wireless system. “The IMD-Mumbai has now thought to replace it with a digital system, which will be installed soon,” Singh said. The system which was nonoperational came into limelight a year ago after Canacona taluka was hit by a flood followed by Phyan cyclone that almost (Continued on page 10)

Laxman-Ishant battle on. Laxman battles on. India Share 81-run partnership. requires 6 runs. Aussies Ishant falls on 31. India concede 4 on overthrow. still needs 11 to win.

ANXIOUS MOMENTS Last man Pragyan Ojha walks in. Match is far from over.


A delivery down Ojha's leg stump fetches two runs for a memorable win.

Parties spar over Ayodhya verdict PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 5

Gloves were off on the Ayodhya verdict with Congress and Left parties saying the Allahabad High Court verdict was in no way a justification of the “criminal act” of Babri Masjid demolition and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hitting back saying there was no need for “edification”. Keeping aside the restraint of the last few days, parties indulged in a joust on the court verdict, which the Left parties felt placed faith above law. Non-BJP parties accused “communal forces” of trying to exploit the verdict which they said would be detrimental to larger national interest and harm the desire for peace and harmony. Meanwhile, efforts for an outof-court settlement of the issue received a setback with the Sunni Central Wakf Board, a lit-

Airline coach hits plane wing at Dabolim HERALD REPORTER VASCO, OCT 5

In a shocking incident, a passenger coach of Indigo Airlines rammed against a stationary Jet Airways plane at Dabolim airport on Tuesday afternoon. The mishap as well as the recent bird strikes have severely dented the safety record of the Dabolim airport, especially with the charter tourism season due to start on Wednesday. The incident took place shortly after the Bangalore-Goa Jet Airways flight 9W24 arrived from Bangalore at about 1.58 pm. “After passengers alighted from the flight, it was stationed at the apron for passengers to board the flight for Bangalore when an empty coach of Indigo Airlines rammed against the left wing of the aircraft,” Airport Director D Paul Manickam said. “Luckily, no casualties were

Musharraf admits Pak trained ultras PTI WASHINGTON, OCT 5

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has admitted that Pakistan had trained underground militant groups to fight in Kashmir, the first such admission by a top leader of the country. Musharraf ’s candid remarks came days after he announced his return to active politics from London where he has been living in self-imposed exile. “They (underground militant groups to fight against India in Kashmir) were indeed formed,” Musharraf told German magazine Der Spiegel in an interview. Asked why did Pakistan train militant underground groups to fight India in Kashmir, the former president said Nawaz Sharif ’s apathy to the Kashmir issue was one of the reasons, so was the fact that the world had turned a blind eye to the dispute. “Yes, it is the right of any country to promote its own interests... when India is not prepared to discuss Kashmir at the United Nations and is not prepared to resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner,” Musharraf claimed. “The (Nawaz Sharif) government turned a blind eye because they wanted India to discuss Kashmir,” he said. Musharraf indicated he had no regrets for the Kargil intrusion, that led to an armed conflict in 1999, and argued that each country had a right to promote its national interest. Musharraf slammed the international community, particularly the West, for persistently ignoring the Kashmir issue, and for singling out Pak for all blames. Musharraf charged the international community of courting India for strategic deals, while treating Pakistan as a rogue state.

igant in the case deciding to challenge the Lucknow Bench’s verdict in the Supreme Court. “It is important to underline that the verdict in no way condones the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 which was a shameful and criminal act for which the perpetrators must be brought to justice,” said the Congress after a meeting of the party’s Working Committee here. In a balancing act, the party said it respected the judicial process with regard to the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit and that the final decision of the Supreme Court has to be awaited whenever the appeal is filed. In the meantime, a statement issued by the party citing the “consensus” in the meeting said, the party would welcome efforts by the parties concerned with the litigation to find an amicable (Continued on page 10)

Jailed for life

A defiant Pakistani-American terrorist Faisal Shahzad today warned the US that the “war with the Muslims has just begun”, as he was sentenced to life on 10 counts of terrorism charges in connection with the failed Times Square bombing plot here. Shahzad pleaded guilty 100 times to plotting the

botched bombing on May 1 and was jailed for life by a federal court judge. -- (PTI).

The Indigo passenger coach that rammed against the left wing of Jet Airways aircraft at Dabolim airport.

reported, as the incident took place after passengers alighted from the flight and the boarding process was due to commence,” informed Manickam. He further informed that the flight was grounded after the coach damaged its left wing.

However, the incident did not disrupt other flights at Dabolim airport as the Jet Airways plane was stationed on the apron. “After inspection by local aviation engineers, the coach was (Continued on page 10)

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extended Project Tiger to Wendell to design uniforms for tourist security force goa: ex-governor Jacob HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 5

Renowned designer Wendell Rodricks will design the uniforms for the tourist security force (TSF), which will be launched next month. Director of Tourism Swapnil Naik told reporters that Wendell was approached by Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar for de-


The maker of Goa’s two biggest wildlife sanctuaries has asked the Union Ministry for Environment and Forests (MoEF) to extend ‘Project Tiger’ to Goa as the State’s forests are contiguous to two tiger habitats. Former Goa Governor J F R Jacob, who signed the documents declaring Mhadei and Netravali as wildlife sanctuaries during President’s Rule in the State, has said that presence of tigers in Goa is confirmed after a tiger killing case reported in the State last year (at Keri). “Recent tiger killing has confirmed the presence of the wild cat in the State. Since Goa shares a common boundary with Hanshi and Dandeli wildlife sanctuaries, which have a tiger presence, Project Tiger should be extended to Goa, too” Jacob has said. The letter which is directed to Union minister for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh has said that National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) should ensure that the benefit of Project Tiger is also provided to Goa. ‘Project Tiger’ is a wildlife conservation movement ini-

Hyderabad native held for rape HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, OCT 5

tiated in India in 1972 to protect the Bengal Tigers. It is considered as the most powerful and most ambitious conser vation projects in the country. As per the guidelines of the Project Tiger, the purpose was to establish the special Tiger Reserves throughout the country to provide natural habitat and enough space for the tigers and other wilds in the jungles. Jacob has also lamented that almost a decade after notification of wildlife sanctuaries, State Forest department is not in a position to have administrative and physical control over those

areas. He said that the notification process was difficult one and had to be done against wishes of mining lobby and politicians. Mhadei and Netravali wildlife sanctuaries were notified by Gen Jacob in 1999 while Bondla and Cotigao were declared as sanctuaries way back in 1969. Goa Forest department officials said that the state has taken cognisance of Jacob's letter. “After the letter, two Range Forest Officers (RFOs) were appointed for Mhadei and Netravali wildlife sanctuaries,” he said.

Pernem Police on Tuesday arrested a 35-year-old native of Lonavala-Hyderabad on charges of raping a 20-year-old woman belonging to Scheduled Caste at Varkhand-Pernem. In her complaint, the victim’s mother told Pernem Police that her daughter was allegedly raped by one Raju Nagoji, who is residing at Tambulwada-Varkhand, eight months ago. Police further informed that the matter came to light when the victim’s medical report confirmed that the girl was pregnant. Acting on the complaint filed by the victim’s mother, Pernem Police arrested Raju under Section 376 IPC.

signing the uniforms for the force comprising of ex-servicemen. The force has been roped in to patrol the beaches and other places of tourist interest in Goa. 'The minister had requested Wendell a week back to design suitable uniforms for the security force. We are trying to get the force operational by the end

Under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) over 1500 TB cases are detected in Goa annually but current rate of detection of 58 per cent is less than the rate fixed under RNTCP. One of the objectives of RNTCP is to achieve and maintain a cure rate of at least 85 per cent among newly detected infectious (new sputum smear positive). Dr Jose De Sa, Chief Medical Officer, in-charge of T B Control population says they are not able to match detection rate of 70 per cent primarily because 45-50 per cent of people in Goa take treatment with private health cares.

Goa in Phase II of ADB coastal erosion project

The detection rate is also affected since the department finds it difficult to keep track of spread of TB among floating population. Thirdly, missed cases also remain undiagnosed, stated Dr De sa while speaking at media sensitization workshop on RNTCP held at Directorate Health Services (DHS) on Tuesday here. As per RNTCP objective -- they have to achieve and maintain a cure rate of at least 85 per cent among newly detected infectious cases. However, he says their performance has improved in the last one year or so and they will meet the target set. The department has developed partnership with private sector to determine the number


The Asian Development Bank, which will lend up to $250 million (about Rs1,124 crore) for the protection of the coastline in Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, as part of a Sustainable Coastal Protection and Management Investment Programme, has agreed to release the first tranche of the loan – of $51.6 million (Rs237 crore) – for two sub-projects in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Goa would be covered in a subsequent tranche of the loan. All project activities under the scheme are to be executed by state agencies and expected to be completed by December 2019. The investment programme is to help the states develop their capacity for shoreline planning and development, facilitate private sector participation in coastal protection and management, train local communities in shoreline management, and identify and support potential income generating activities.

In what seems to be sordid saga of alleged serial killer Mahanand Naik’s family, his wife Pooja had to take transfer out of Goa and his daughter was refused admission in schools, his lawyer said today. “Pooja, Mahanand’s wife faced harassment and humiliation after the serial killings came to light,” Adv Mauro Menezes, lawyer representing him told Herald outside the Sessions Court hall today. The lawyer said that Pooja was in constant touch with him till recently inquiring about the case but now she has stopped contacting him. Pooja was working in ICAR at Old Goa and now she has apparently taken transfer somewhere else, he said. The lawyer earlier told the Court that no nurseries in Goa were admitting the couple’s two-year-old daughter. The mother-daughter earlier in 2009 was shifted to a safe location by a women’s organization after they were shunned by villagers who also torched the former’s house at Shiroda. It so happened that once Pooja left her daughter at her parents place and took shelter at Panjim town police station for a night.

MARGAO: Carpenters from the Christian Community intended to contest the ensuing polls from the OBC quota may have to think twice. For Deputy Collector Johnson Fernandes has held that Christian carpenters does not fall in the OBC category and hence cannot contest the Municipal polls on the OBC quota. In fact, the deputy Collector on Tuesday has rejected an application for a caste certificate made by a resident of Madel Matheus Pereira. Madel ward is reserved for OBC candidate this ensuing polls, leaving many a prospective candidate from the general category in the lurch. When contacted, Johnson informed that the government has till date not included Christian Carpenters in the OBC category. Only Charis (carpenters) have been included in the OBC category, he said.

Year No. of patients 2005 1731 2006 2037 2007 2159 2008 2069 2009 1966 2010 1071* *(Jan-June 2010)

of TB cases treated by private doctors. Moreover, RNTCP is rigorously implemented to achieve its target by focusing on Pulmonary TB (infection is caused in lungs and infectious )as 85 per cent of the cases are of this category whereas 15 per cent cases are extra-pulmonary (infection happen in other parts of the body). The treatment regiment is di-

vided into three categories and the patient is put under one of the three treatment category depending on his status of the disease involving two phases -intensive phase and continuation phase. At government centre all medicine under RNTCP programme are given free of cost. TB among HIV A HIV positive person is sixty per cent more at risk of getting TB. Since 2009 all TB patients are referred for counseling to take HIV test, said Dr Vandana Dhume, Health Officer, associated with TB Control Pro gramme. Between July and December 2009, 666 (71 per cent) of 944 patients registered took HIV test. Of these 46 persons (7 per

Mahanand’s wife, daughter bearing the brunt of his crime


Poll hopes of Christian carpenters dashed

RegisTeRed TB cases

Quantum of punishment to be pronounced on Friday HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 5

North Goa District & Sessions Court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on the notorious serial killer Mahanand Naik on Friday morning. Principal Sessions Judge Nutan Sardessai today heard arguments to decide on the quantum of sentence, after convicting him of raping his wife’s friend. While, the prosecution led by PP Milena Pinto pleaded the Court to award maximum and enhanced punishment to the alleged ‘duppatta killer’, defence counsel Mauro Menezes argued that Naik’s guilt in other cases were not proved. “The nature of evidence doesn’t show anything grave… the PP is harping on 10 chargesheets filed against Mahanand Naik but she doesn’t mention that he is already acquitted in three cases,” Adv Seeing adverse situation that Pooja was facing, Panjim subjudicial magistrate had written to the Directorate of Women and Child requesting to take action so as to provide shelter to

Menezes argued. Dressed in a dark-blue pair of jeans faded along the sides and a shiny maroon longsleeve shirt, the 43-year-old former rickshaw driver sat silently on the bench meant for the accused in the Court hall, listening to arguments. The alleged accused was arrested by the Ponda police after the lone surviving victim (22) in April 2009 filed a complaint that Naik repeatedly raped and blackmailed her for three years. After allegedly confessing of committing a string of offenses, police booked him for allegedly raping, killing, threatening and robbing 18 susceptible girls for over a period of 15 years. Speaking to a couple of journalists outside the Court premises last Friday, the serial killer alleged that police falsely implicated him in cases which he never committed.


Ambiguity over who will finally remove M V River Princess still continues even as the dead line set by the High Court for initiating work on removal of the grounded vessel is fast approaching. On September 8, a division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa had directed Tourism Department to start work of removal of River Princess within two months from the date of the order and, complete the salvage work by the onset of next monsoon. It means, the department has, now, some thirty-four days in hand before its deadline of November 7 ends. After Salgaocar Mining Industries Pvt Ltd, (SMIPL) which initially made tall claims that it is willing to remove the grounded

The Russian company True Axis Resorts Pvt Ltd (TAPL), which plans a hotel business in North Goa has requested Goa government to halt the confiscation of its properties since the matter is pending in the court. TAPL has written to the Chief Secretary’s office that the company has already contested against the order by Directorate of Enforcement (DE) at Appellate Tribunal for Foreign Exchange (ATFFE). The Cabinet, last month decided to confiscate four plots of land owned by TAPL as per

directives of the DE. “The State through various authorities had ratified purchases of these properties by executing the deeds of sale as well by providing various permissions and certifications for the repair of building, their lawful occupancy and other tourism related activities,” said the Company’s legal representative Vikram Varma. TA P L p r o p e r t y i s o n e amongst the total 496 properties under scanner of DE for violating Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). The Company has plans to con-

cent) were found to be HIV positive, observed Dr Dhume. Where in 2010 (upto June) about 1007 TB patients took HIV test and of this 89 (9 per cent) were found to be carrier of HIV. Such patients are then put on Anti-retroviral Treatment (ART). DOTS Plus: The department is soon to introduce multiple drug resistance programme. This programme is for TB patients who develop resistance to drugs currently prescribed for cure of TB and needs second of line treatment. About 5 per cent of the total cases develop resistance to drugs. And for them soon DOTs plus will be introduced in the State, adds Dr De Sa. This is 27 months long treatment,

Holiday declared for Valpoi bye-polls HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, OCT 5

The Government of Goa has declared October 18 as a public holiday for the offices situated within the limits of Valpoi Assembly Constituency, as on that day polling for the bye-election will be held. The aforesaid holiday shall also be a “paid holiday” to those electors including casual/daily wage workers working outside the constituency concerned under the Section 135-B(1) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

vessel free of cost while the Goa State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) was in the process of offering the tender to Singaporean company, M/s Titan Salvage, it backtracked on the condition of bank guarantee. M/s Titan Salvage had agreed to remove the vessel within a period of six months at a tender cost of Rs 125 crore and had also offered bank guarantee of Rs 12.5 crores. However, GSDMA held back its decision and directed SMIPL to submit its proposal. The proposal fizzled out as SMIPL was willing to pay only Rs 1 crore as bank guarantee while the government insisted that it must pay Rs 10 crore in term of guarantee. Following this, River Princess Hatao Manch (RPHM), that was opposed to SMIPL being given

Mumbai drug peddler in Goa police custody HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 5

Goa police today took the custody of a drug peddler undertrial from Arthur Jail in Mumbai in connection with the Anjuna contract killing. The alleged accused Tukaram Savlo Salgaonkar was termed as an ‘innocent person’ by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Legislative Assembly session. Salgaonkar is incidentally a close associate of the Israeli-native drug chief David alias Dudu Driham, who is currently lodged at Sada sub jail at Vasco. Anjuna police inspector Manjunath Desai confirmed that Salgaonkar has confessed of hatching a conspiracy of killing Samprit Malvankar, who was fatally shot in a bar at Anjuna in last month. Salgoankar, a member of Israeli drug lord’s gang was arrested by the Mumbai police for transporting drugs from Goa, a year ago. It may be recalled that BJP legislator Dayanand Mandrekar asked the state during the assembly sessions to intervene in the matter and demanded his release. BJP chief Nitin Gadkari in May 2010 had also tried to justify Mandrekar’s plea to Home Minister Ravi Naik to “help Salgaonkar as he may be innocent.” However, BJP state president Laxmikant Mandrekar had dismissed his party legislator’s plea saying the latter may have passed a sarcastic comment.

a chance to remove the vessel - was asked to submit its proposal to remove the grounded vessel. In fact, RPHM made offer in its bid to oppose SMIPL. When contacted, Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes today claimed that he has not received any letter from the department. On the other hand the tourism official claimed that a registered letter addressed to Calangute MLA was dispatched on September 27. Also, a photo copy of the letter was given to one of the office bearers of RPHM. However, speaking to Herald Calangute, MLA denied receiving either but said he will collect the letter from the director of tourism tomorrow. If the RPHM also backtracks from its claim now, GSDMA will be left with two options. One, it can either offer the

struct a hotel project on its properties at Mandrem in Pernem which is valued to Rs 1.26 crores. Varma said that his client is provided equity under 100 per cent foreign direct investment policy of the Government of India. DE in the past had directed the company to pay penalty of Rs seven lakhs along with additional penalty of Rs two lakhs for violations of FEMA 1999 sections. The authority also ordered confiscation of the properties. The Russian firm paid total penalties to the DE as per the impugned order.

But they were discontinued when the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power on the grounds that the new sets of clothes, especially the white shirts, were impractical and difficult to maintain in a tropical environment. Currently only the traffic and tourism police departments within Goa police are allowed to wear Wendell's togs.


Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) Chairman Praveen Agarwal has pressed for the development of a container terminal at Vasco bay. In a letter to Drug Controller General of India Dr Surinder Singh, Agarwal has stated that in recent communication, Goa Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers’ Association stated that there are efforts to notify Mormugao Port as a port for import and export of pharmaceutical products manufactured in Goa. Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is keen that MPT should facilitate handling of large number of containers from Goa containing pharmaceutical products in view of present high cost of shipment from Mumbai Jawaharlal Nehru Port. M/s Zebec (Proprietor Anil Devli) has been interacting with GCCI to work out ways and means to handle large number of containers, particularly carrying pharmaceuticals from and to Mormugao Harbour. Agrawal has made it clear that until encroachments on the port land and slums at Khariwado shore, including fishing jetty, are not relocated, development of container yards at Vasco bay will be tough task, as infrastructure needs to develop at the port to set container yard. He said besides relocation of slum dwellers and fishing jetty, the major hurdle would be im-

Pilar Fathers grow drought tolerant rice at Valpoi

Fr Inacio Almeida (extrem right) along with seminarians and workers harvesting drought tolerant rice variety 'Sahbhagi Dhan at the Zogati Nature Farm in Bhirondem-Valpoi. HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, OCT 5

The Pilar Fathers have begun cultivation of the drought tolerant rice variety 'Sahbhagi Dhan' at the Zogati Nature Farm in Bhirondem-Valpoi. The area brought under cultivation was left barren for almost 20 years. According to the Pilar Fathers, the 'Sahbhagi Dhan' was released by Central Rainfed Upland Rice Research Station (Central Rice Research Institute, Hazaribag) and is a drought tolerant rice variety. The Sahbhagi Dhan variety for drought prone shallow low-

lands of Jharkand and Orissa made possible to reduce losses from intermittent drought, while ensuring stable rice yields in a drought year. Around one and half kg of Sahbhagi Dhan seeds were provided by ICAR, Goa. The seeds were sown in Zogati Nature Farm at Bhirondem, keeping an eye on hilly paddy fields of Sattari and Canacona, under the guidance of Fr Inacio Almeida sfx, Krishi Samrat of Goa. The area brought under cultivation was left barren for almost 20 years. With efforts of Fr Inacio Almeida and Fr Dominic Alvares

tender to Titan Salvage or Madgaocar Salvage, two bidders that were initially short listed. It must be recalled that GSDMA had almost finalised on M/s Titan Salvage. It can still go ahead with its earlier decision and grant the tender to M/s Titan Salvage but it is fraught with an obstacle. Madgaocar Salvage had alleged discrepancies in tendering process and threatened to move Court if the tender given to the other bidder. Other option is floating a fresh tender but there is no enough time to complete the whole tendering process before the deadline ends. On other hand Calangute MLA has said RHHM will file contempt of Court petition against the government if it fails keep up with the High Court directive.

MPT chief presses for container terminal

the duo at Apna Ghar. Pooja had written to the Government that she was socially ostracized for shelter in the state and threatened with harsh brutalities.

Russian company requests halt to property seizure HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 5

ernment's 'haute couture' needs. In the 1990s, Wendell had been roped in by the Congressled state government to design 'citizen friendly' uniforms for Goa Police. The Wendell-designed uniforms comprised blue trousers and white shirts, complete with a fringed palm on the arm, were a refreshing departure from the more staid khaki.

Fate of River Princess still uncertain

1500 TB cases detected in Goa annually HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 5

of this month,' Naik said. 'We are currently in the middle of recruiting the ex-servicemen with the help of the Rajya Sainik Board,' Naik said. While Wendell was not immediately available for comment, this will not be the first time that the celebrity designer known for his minimalistic approach, will satisfy the Goa gov-

of the Pilar Fathers, this year the land is brought under paddy cultivation much to awe of the people passing along the road. Sahbhagi Dhan matures in 105-110 days in plains and 110115 days in the plateau. It can be direct sown or transplanted. Direct seeding in dry soil saves about 30% water. Grain yield of Sahbhagi Dhan range from 4-5 tonnes per hectare in direct seeded/transplanted condition, when the crop establish in timely and the crop is moderately fertilized. Sahbhagi Dhan tolerate intermittent dry spells better.

provement of road connectivity. “We need to improve road connectivity with the port, while Varunapuri Junction and Sada Junction (distance of 5.2 kms) for construction of public utility four-Lane road NH-17B,” said Agawal. “MPT has paid huge amounts to rehabilitate the people affected with the project and is committed to make further payments for rehabilitating the 78odd encroachers on government land at Sada,” assured Agarwal. However, despite such efforts, the construction work of road is going on at a snail’s pace as the State government is objecting by not taking any action for shifting the utilities like electricity poles, water and sewerage lines, etc. He further said under such circumstances, it will be constrained to accept the proposal of Drug Controller General of India for notifying MPT as a designated port for pharmaceutical products or to handle increased number of containers or construct proposed container terminal at Vasco Bay.

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Fatorda residents move HC seeking stay on civic polls HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 5

Asserting that reservations have been done in an arbitrary and whimsical manner, residents of Fatorda have knocked the doors of the High Court seeking directions to the Director of Municipal Administration to hold elections to the Margao Municipal Council only after complying with the provisions of the Goa Municipalitis Act, 1968 and the Election Rules, 1969. The petitioners, L aurel Abranches, Cryodon Madeira and Succoro D’Souza called for a stay of the operation, implementation and execution of the order of the Director of Municipal Administration on reservation of wards pending the hearing and final disposal of the petition. The trio has prayed for an order of interim relief to restrain the DMA from proceeding with the elections to the Margao Municipal Council in furtherance of the order dated October 4. Saying that the entire process

of notifying the elections and election program o f the Margao Municipal Council undertaken by the DMA is illegal, arbitrary and malafide, the petitioners said the order dated October 4 is illegal and contrary to the provisions of Section 11 of the Goa Municipalities Act, 1968. They stated that the delay in notifying the election program and issuing the order under Rule 4 is deliberate and done with malafide intention of abating certain politicians who are involved in manipulating the electoral rolls in order to have their chosen candidates elected to the Margao Municipal Council to control the Civic body. “Margao is the constituency of the present Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat and he is responsible for effecting large scale manipulations in the electoral rolls with the assistance and connivance of the DMA. A part of the Municipal Council comes under the Fatorda As-

sembly constituency from which GPCC general secretary Vijay Sardessai had contested the last Assembly elections and lost. He too has been involved in getting changes done in the electoral rolls to suit certain favoured candidates contesting the Municipal elections from the wards in Fatorda constituency”, the petitioners alleged. They stated that the reservations have been done without following the settled norms and procedures, adding that the reservation of wards for women, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes are to be fixed by DMA having regard to the concentration of the population of those castes or of those tribes as the case may be in the particular ward. The petitioners maintained that some wards have not been reserved over the last three terms giving rise to an apprehension in their minds and in the minds of the voters over the selective reservations and manipulations of the process.

Sanstha decries Disco Dandiya as desecration HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, OCTOBER 5

Leading activist of the Sanatan Sanstha and spokesman of the Hindu Janajagriti Samiti (HJS) Dr Manoj Solanki has said that there is widespread desecration of “Hindu dharma and culture” in the commercial use of ‘Garba’ and ‘Dandiya’ during Navratri. This, he says, sets an undesirable example for the future generation. ‘Disco Dandiya’, in darkly lit halls with flashing lights and deafening volumes of music created by modern instruments using filmy songs with intermittent creation of smoke, is not in tune with ‘Garba’ and ‘Dandiya’. The reason for this is that the majority of Hindus are apathetic about their dharma, lacking education and information about it, and do not have pride for their religion. 'Garba' means devotion-filled singing of hymns praising the goddess in the combination of rhythmic clapping. She protected the people by slaying the demon Mahishashura, and in gratitude, this dance is performed.

Civic polls: CM’s patience in for a test HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 5

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s patience had helped him to ward off any challenge from his detractors and stay firmly in the saddle for the last three years. Kamat will now have to display the same patience and tact, as his close supporters are bracing up to cross swords against each other in the ensuing Margao Municipal polls. In fact, many a supporter is eagerly awaiting the return of the Chief Minister to speak out his mind on his support to candidates in most of the wards in the Margao area of the Civic body.

Take the case of Ward No 20. Kamat’s close supporters Andrew Sequeira and Damodar Shirodkar have already kicked off their election campaign, confusing the minds of the CM’s supporters. That’s not all. A close supporter of the Chief Minister, Cruz Martin is planning to throw his hat in the ring, but reports doing the rounds indicates that Kamat’s close relative may be also in the race in the ward. In ward No 16 representing by Margao Municipal Chairperson Savio Coutinho, the situation is no different either. Coutinho’s wife Pratima, a

prominent youth Congress activist, will file her nomination papers from the reserved ward, but another close supporter of Kamat, Mathew maintained that his wife will contest from the ward and with the support of the Chief Minister. Ward No 14 will also see Congressmen vying for the support and blessings of the Chief Minister. Former MMC Vice-Chairperson Zarina Shah and outgoing Margao block Congress president Dayanand Deulkar are reportedly planning to contest the ensuing polls. Incidentally, former MMC Chairperson Doris Texeira is try-

Panjim municipal garden opens for public, finally

The Panjim municipal garden that was thrown open to public on Tuesday. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, OCT 5

Panjimites must be a happy lot today as Panjim Municipal Garden (Gracia De Orta) at Church Square was finally opened for public amidst fireworks and much fanfare. Politicians didn’t take the centre-stage for once, and after a few photos were clicked of the city’s ward corporators, the event was all about the people. It’s the model code of conduct enforced in view of the Valpoi

by-poll deterred the chances of politicians taking a centre stage at today’s evening. Earlier, CCP Mayor Carolina Po inaugurated the garden where she was escorted by deputy mayor Yatin Parekh, ward corporators and staff of the CCP. The Goa Forest Development Corporation officials and its chairperson Pratap Gawas were also present. However, city commissioner Elvis Gomes, who was instrumental in getting the project completed could not attend the function due to an illness.

Po’s short speech saw her thanking CCP commissioner Gomes, senior level engineers Prakash Chandra and Vivek Parsekar, CCP staff, the GFDC officials including Richard D’Souza and Francis Coelho, and the tourism department for providing Rs 1 crore for the project back in 2006. Centrally located, the garden has a pathway, band stand, utility room and jogging track.

Margao-Colva-Gandaulim bus service takes off HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 5

Nearly two years after the government granted permission for a direct bus via Mungul, the Margao-Colva-Gandaulim bus service has finally become a reality. After exploring various options, including the idea of deploying KTC buses on the route, the Transport department finally asked the existing bus operators on the Margao-Colva route via Benaulim to make a trip to Colva via Mungul on a daily basis. Deputy Director of Transport, Prakash Azavedo told Herald that the bus service from Margao-Colva-Gandaulim via Mungul has started from Monday, adding that there’s now no reconsideration of the decision. Local NGOs, including Colva Civic and Consumer Forum, which strongly rooted for the direct bus service to Colva, however, cried foul over the starting of the bus service sans wide publicity, saying this is a ploy by the operators and the government agencies to stop the bus service. While welcoming the bus service, Colva Civic and Consumer Forum Secretary Judith Almeida, however, sought

to know why the bus service was not accompanied by the usual publicity, apprehending that a ground is being prepared by vested interest to stop the service for want of passengers. “Passengers would avail of the direct bus service only if there is wide publicity. The agencies ought to have take enough care on this count”, she added. Azavedo, however, allayed the apprehensions raised by the NGOs, saying the Transport department is closely monitoring the situation and warned of stern action against any erring bus operators. “The existing operators were opposed to the entry of new operators on the new route. Hence, the department has given them the option to make one trip to Colva via Mungul. If they say that the route is not a good proposition, the department will be forced to call for new private players on the new route”, he added. As far as publicity is concerned, Azavedo said that since the buses have started plying on the route, the NGOs and the local Panchayat body should give wide publicity in the villages covered by the new bus route.

ing to make a come back in the Municipal body from the Khareband ward, but sources in the know said that Texeira may have to face Vivek Kavlekar, a close supporter of the Chief Minister. Councilor Manjusha Kaskar, who quit the BJP to join the Congress at the request of the chief Minister is planning to re-contest from Ward No 15. But, sources in the know said that Kamat’s other supporters are planning to their ring in the race, and much would now depend on the Chief Minister to do a tight rope walk in his home town in the run up to the filing of nomination papers.

Road contractors run for Margao civic polls HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 5

PWD road contractors showed the way for the prospective candidates for the ensuing polls for the Margao Municipal Council as the office of Returning officer, Margao Johnson Fernandes received two nomination papers on Tuesday. Flamboyant Class I contractor Arthur D’Silva filed his nomination paper in style, taking a rally from the Agalli ward with his supporters before culminating at the district Collectorate building. Accompanied with his band of supporters, D’silva filed his nomination paper for Ward No 1 of the Margao Civic body. He later told newsmen that he has been into social work for a long time and claimed to have taken up the work of street light illumination, besides other ward

Govt appoints 3rd lawyer in a year to defend case HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 5

This may sound strange, but true. The government has appointed a new Advocate – a third one in the last one year -to defend its case in the suit filed by an individual laying claim over land admeasuring 500 sq mts in Zaino-Velim. Adv Vijay V Alvenkar has succeeded Adv Vinoj Daniel, who had withdrawn from the case after his appointment as the Additional government advocate. Earlier, the government had replaced Adv Joey Rodrigues with Adv Daniel after the former failed to appear in the court on several occasions. Sources in the know said the case is likely to come up for hearing in the court later this

Delimitation of Margao wards defective too? HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 5

If the government has come under severe flak for the Municipal ward reservation, the delimitation of wards – especially those of Margao Municipal Council -- appears equally defective, so to say. Strange it may seem, but true that a couple of wards have voters as close to 5000, but there are equally other wards whose voters are less than 3000. In fact, Ward No 10 of the Margao Municipal Council has only 1484 votes, while the neighbouring ward No 9 has the highest number of voters – 4970 to be precise. Ward No 9 is closely followed by Ward No 3 which has an electorate of 4918, followed by Wad No 16 represented by Margao Municipal Chairperson Savio Coutinho with 4490 votes. Incidentally, wards such as five and six has voters less than 3000. Take the case of Ward No 5, comprising of the Junta quarters and Pajifond area of the city. This ward has only 2217 votes, if the latest compilation of the voters data by the office of the Returning officer is any indication. This ward is closely followed by Ward No 17, which has a total voters population of 2288.

level work. Another candidate who filed his nomination papers for the Margao Civic body was Class III contractor, Camilo Barretto. He is contesting from Ward No 9 which was represented by his wife Livramenta in the last polls. Camilo said he along with his wife had taken up lot of work in the last five years in Borda, adding that his wife will contest from the reserved Marlem ward. Herald understands that around half-a-dozen road contractors, especially from the Fatorda area of the Margao Municipal Council are bracing up to file their nomination papers for the ensuing polls. In the last election, a couple of road contractors had contested the polls from Fatorda and atleast one had turned out successful in the battle of the ballot.

The glaring discrepancies in the composition of wards have not prompted the Director of Municipal Administration nor the office of the Salcete Mamlatdar to rectify the anomalies. When this question was posed to a senior revenue official, he just shrugged off the query, saying there’s not much change in the geographical boundaries of the wards this time as compared to the last election. Incidentally, the delimitation of wards carried out on the eve of the last Municipal polls was challenged in the high court on grounds there’s no geographical contiguity in many of the wards and that the exercise was carried out in an arbitrary manner. What’s interesting to note is that the authorities effected changes in some of the wards days before the election process got underway on Monday, raising questions whether the wards can be changed as per the whims and fancies of the vested interests in the government. That’s not all. The Salcete authorities has scrapped the changes made to the some of the wards, including Ward No 3, 4 and other wards following representations from the public.

week, wherein the government is likely to file a written statement claiming ownership over the land in question. The appointment of a new advocate by the government assumes significance as the matter has been dragging on for months together in the court. Once, the Administrative Tribunal had ordered demolition of the structures after ruling the case in favour of the government, but the office of the Demolition squad delayed the operation. The long delay in acting against the structures and taking possession of the land only helped the private party to file a civil suit in the Court.


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short takes Red Ribbon club opened

PANJIM (HND): The Red Ribbon Club was inaugurated in Don Bosco College by Goa State Aids Control Society in the presence of students from various colleges. Don Bosco College Principal Dr Marie Raj encouraged the students to take active participation in bringing about a behavioral change in HIV infection. Maya Chodankar, coordinator-department BSW, shared her interest in the field and expressed the need for awareness among students on the subject. Jeunesse discussed the aims and objectives of RRC and explained that youth are vulnerable and this puts them at risk to HIV/AIDS infection. In her presentation, Dr Saroj focused on the extent of the problem, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and availability of treatment in Goa, the different modes of transmission and methods of prevention. Her explanation helped to dispel doubts and myths about HIV/AIDS.

Inter-religious meet calls for unity among all religions


NSS Day observed People from all religions enact a skit at the inter-religious meet at Sanguem. HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, OCT 5

PANJIM (HND): The 41st NSS Day was celebrated in Dhempe College of Arts and Science. Present on the occasion were acting Principal Dr Yasmin Modassir, social activist Tara Kerkar, vice-Principal Prof Edwin Cortez and convenor of history forum Prof Prajal Sakhardande. NSS programme officer Prof Varsha Virginkar briefed the audience about the importance of NSS Day. The theme of the day was ‘Save the Girl child’. Principal Dr Yasmin Modassir lauded the efforts of NSS cell of Dhempe College of Arts and Science and said that for an all round development of the personality of the student, participating in NSS activities is a must. Guest speaker Tara Kerkar spoke at length about the issues regarding women like women empowerment, marriage, gender discrimination and others. She said that the girl child should empower herself with education to face ordeals and challenges of life. The vote of thanks was proposed by Prof Edwin Cortez. The entire programme was co-ordinated by NSS programme officer Prof Maria Miranda.

Birth anniversaries celebrated

Our Lady of Miracles Church, Sanguem, organised ‘Inter Religious Meet’ on the occasion of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The theme for the meet, which was largely attended by the people of all faiths in Sanguem, was ‘Ami Devachi Rochna’ (We are God’s Creation). Resource persons for the meet were Maulana Faiz, Shridhar Karmali and Fr Alex Luis (Director of Novices, Collem). Fr Michael Rebello, headmaster Miracles High School and Sisters from Uguem, Sulcorna and Collem were also present for the meet. Speaking at the meeting, Maulana Faiz said: “We all are originated from Adam and Eve and in that sense we all are brothers and sisters and share relationship of heart. Then why

BMC to fine those using plastic bags below norms HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM OCT 5

PANJIM (HND): Progress High School, Panjim celebrated the birth anniversary of two great leaders of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri recently. The chief guest for the function was noted businessman Sanjay Bharne and the guest of honour was Ashok Kenkre, member of the managing committee of Saraswat Vidyalaya, Mapusa and manager of Progress High School. The function began with a welcome song followed by speech by the headmaster, Ajit Kolwalkar. He also introduced the guest on the dais. The photos of great leaders were garlanded. After lighting the lamp, the students spoke on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. This was followed by Bapuji’s hymns and all religious prayers by the students. Finally, senior Hindi teacher Satish Mhapsekar gave the vote of thanks. Students were given refreshments and then, all the students, ex-students and teachers conducted cleanliness around the school.

Barkha wins elocution contest

Goan artisans to display creativity at Delhi fair

In a bid to curb the menace of plastic in the town, the Bicholim Muncipal Council has decided to penalise those using plastic bags below the specifications prescribed by the government. According to the BMC chairman, Satish Gaonkar plastic is a serious problem in the town. "Some 15 days back, we had issued notices to all those using and selling plastic bags and other items to follow the norms and avoid plastic," said Gaonkar. "From today, the market inspector will fine anyone seen using plastic bags which are below the specifications prescribed by the government," he added. "The BMC also experiences problem of plastic as we have to segregate it before sending it for treatment in the garbage treatment plant." "To solve this problem, every household will be supplied with two dustbins which they should use for degradable and non-degradable items separately." the mayor said.

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all hatred against each other,” queried Maulana. “We should keep in mind that we are humans first and hence we should be there for each other. We may worship different God’s, but we are all Indians. Let’s unite together because India is our country and we all are Indians,” added Maulana. In his address, Fr Luis said: “We are God’s creation and God has created us to love Him, to serve Him and to be with Him after our death.” “God first created man, religion came later. Devil tries to keep us apart, he sows seeds of enmity, but let us all use God’s wisdom and fight against the Devil’s mind,” claimed Fr Luis. “We must propagate our God – Jesus, Allah and Iswar – through our good deeds and conduct,” added Fr Luis. Teacher Shridhar Karmali

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stressed that we should maintain unity in diversity and complimented the organizers for organizing the meet every year and claimed that such meets are the need of the hour in these troubled times. Earlier, Parish Priest Sanguem Fr Patrick Luis welcomed the gathering and the resource persons, while Perpetua Mascarenhas and Vinay Naik compered the programme. Joaquim Mascarenhas moderator proposed the vote of thanks. The programme was interspersed with songs and skits showing unity and similarity in each other’s religion. Fr Patrick Luis, Assistant Parish Priest Fr Menino Mendes, Fr Mark Furtado, Fr Agoostinho D’Mello and Sr Rossane and her community members along with the PCC, PAT and CAT members helped in the smooth conduct of the programme.

The artisans from Goa will be able to display their creativity at Goa Pavillion at India International Trade Fair 2010 scheduled to be held in Delhi. Goa Handicraft Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (GHRSSIDC) has invited applications from Goan handicrafts artisans to participate in the event slated to be held between November 14 to 27, 2010 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. India International Trade Fair is organised by ITPO and is a major tourist attraction visited by lakhs of people every year. According to information, the cost incurred towards boarding or lodging and travelling of the selected handicraft artisans will be taken care of by GHRSSIDC. The last date for receiving applications for participation at India International Trade Fair is October 11, 2010. GHRSSIDC also participates in various exhibitions all over India throughout the year to promote and sell Goan handicrafts. Handicraft artisans who are interested in participating in these exhibitions may also contact GHRSSIDC head office.

Bicholim school administrator forced to unlock headmaster’s cabin HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, OCT 5

About 150 parents of Raoji Rane High School at Maulingem-Bicholim, on Thursday confronted Administrator Dande and compelled him to break open the lock of headmaster’s cabin. The PTA members have welcomed the move taken by the administrator, giving justice to the parents and for protecting the interests of students. It may be recalled that 165 students in Raoji Rane High School were caught up in a dispute between the headmaster and school management. The dispute between the school management and headmaster compelled the education department to appoint an administrator on June 16, 2009, to tackle the matter to some extent. Accordingly, an official was appointed to run the affairs of the school, but after one year, the management asked the education department to hand over the charge to them. The education department

Winners of ‘Radha Mukund Naik’ elocution competition are seen with chief guest Satish Sonak, KBM president Prashant Naik, vicepresident Minguel Mascarenhas, chief co-ordinator Anant Agni and judges Raju Hede, Chetan Acharya and Nityanand Naik.

PANJIM (HND): Barkha Prashant Naik of Chowgule higher secondary school, Margao secured the 1st place at the all Goa inter-higher secondary ‘Radha Mukund Naik’ memorial elocution competition held at Margao. She secured a rolling trophy and a cash award of Rs 1000 . Nikita Prabhu of Vavaulikar HSS, Mapusa and Girish Sawant of St Xavier HSS, Mapusa secured 2nd and 3rd place respectively. They were given cash award of Rs 750 and 500 respectively. Vinita Lolyekar of Government HSS, Canacona and Sonali Kenkre of S S Angle HSS, Mashem were awarded consolation prizes. 25 students from thirteen higher secondary schools participated in the event. The topics for the competition were: ‘Can India afford Commonwealth games?’, ‘Six lane highway a dream’ and ‘Drugs destroying Goa’. Chief guest for the prize presentation ceremony and social activist Satish Sonak called upon the students to organize themselves and support the different movements taking place in Goa which are aimed at protecting Goa from destruction. KBM president Prashant Naik welcomed the gathering and general secretary Chetan Acharya proposed vote of thanks. Earlier the competition was inaugurated by Dr Surendra Naik, one of the sponsors. Raju Hede, Chetan Acharya and Nityanand Naik were the judges for the competition. The chief co-ordinator of the event Anant Agni conducted the whole proceeding of the competition.

Jyoti Kalash is observer for bye-election

The administrator of Raoji Rane High School Maulingem-Bicholim, interacts with parents. Photo by Vishant Vaze

agreed to the demand, provided the management fulfilled some conditions. However, when the issue was about to be solved, the management locked the headmaster’s room. Irked with development, the headmaster lodged a complaint with the education department and the lock was removed in the presence of the administrator. However, the issue got aggravated when the manage-

ment once again locked headmaster’s room. The lock was removed on Thursday after about 150 parents compelled the administrator to remove it. Sarpanch Shiva Gaonkar, PTA members and teachers were present. The PTA has further demanded that the administrator be retained in the school till the entire issue is solved. They have also demanded that the school be handed over to the government in the interest of the students.

BJP organises cleanliness drive along Calangute beach


Jyoti Kalash has been appointed as observer by the Election Commission of India for bye-election to Valpoi constituency. He has arrived in Goa and is available to the public, political parties and candidates at the government rest house, Valpoi. His telephone numbers are 2452209 and 2374030 and mobile number is 9404910516. Any complaint in relation to the conduct of election process and the model code of conduct may be made to the observer.

Calangute BJP workers carried out cleanliness drive on Calangute beach. HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, OCT 5

The Calangute Block of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) carried out cleanliness drive along the Calangute beach. BJP Calangute Block led by its President Michael Lobo, Ramchandra Parulekar (vice president), Yeshwant Kandolkar (Youth Morcha president), party functionaries and workers conducted a cleanliness drive of Calangute beach as part of Gandhi Jayanti celebrations at Calangute. Party functionaries and workers collected about 20 big plastic bags of garbage. Addressing party workers after the drive, Michael Lobo regretted that the State government has failed to keep Calangute beach clean so as to attract more and more foreign

Blood donation camp

PANJIM (HND): Lions Club of Candolim will organise a blood donation camp in association with the Goa Medical College Blood Bank on October 7 from 9.30 am to 1 pm at the Taj Holiday Village, Sinquerim. For details, contact Crisante on 9860727590, Satpal on 9822181488 or Joan on 9822129110.

Friday Balcao

PANJIM (HND): Friday Balcao the fortnightly discussion event to be held on October 8 will focus on a citizens manifesto for the municipal elections. The discussion will cover issues such as civic amenities, Outline Development Plan, environmental protection, fire safety, heritage, public health and disaster management among others that need to be in a citizens manifesto. Friday Balcao will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Goa Desc Resource Centre, no 11 Liberty Apartments, Feira-Alta, Mapusa and is open to the public. Interested citizens wanting more information on Friday Balcao can email to

Film-making workshop

PANJIM (HND): Avid Dreamer Motion Pictures, Mumbai, has organised ‘The Art of Film-making’, a three weekend film-making workshop at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. The workshop will be held on October 31, November 13, 14, 20 and 21, from 10 am to 6 pm. The workshop aims to provide participants with hands on knowledge and technical information on film and video production. The lessons targeted in each workshop session will empower students to make their own films/video. Every process from conceptualization to final cut will be covered. The emphasis of the workshop is on script development, production and post-production. The format of the workshop is adapted from a film production program taught by film schools in US. Mandar Talauliker currently works in the Mumbai film industry and will conduct this workshop. A BFA graduate in photography from the Goa College of Art, Mandar further honed his skills and earned a second BFA degree in film direction from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, USA. Mandar works in different capacities as director, editor, web-designer and pre-viz artist. Some of the mainstream films that Mandar has worked on are ‘Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic’, ‘Karzz’, ‘Main aur Mrs Khanna’. His remaining work hours are involved in ad films, shorts and corporate media. More information on For more information call 09619555956 or 08322315687. Last date of registration is October 24.

Anti-rabies vaccination

CURCHOREM (HC): The Goa Animal Welfare Trust (GAWT) has started a free anti-rabies vaccination camp at its animal care centre at Bansai-Curchorem. Dr Jairaj Dessai of the Centre is injecting vaccines ‘Defensor’, produced by famous Pfizer Company, to the pet animals. The camp will be open till October 7 and the Centre also carried out vaccination on private dogs at a subsidized rates.

Dandiya, Garba programs


Tuyem Sarpanch Vijaya L Naik was ousted by 4-0 votes at a special meeting in the panchayat office. Four panchas, Arjun Gawandi, Prajakta Kannaik, Chitrasen Salgaonkar and Jack Lobo voted in favour of the motion, while Sarpanch Naik, Deputy Sarpanch Suhas Naik and Panch Rocky Fernandes did not attend the meeting.The meeting was conducted by Extension Officer Vikar Dessai.

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and Indian tourists. Lobo further said circumstances like untidy beach, improper sanitation facilities, etc, forced them to carry out the cleanliness drive and called upon the State government to immediately provide security at Calangute to avoid any untoward incidents on the beach. Ramchandra Parulekar expressed displeasure at the sorry state of functioning of the Tourism department and urged the government to beautify the approach to the Calangute beach, which looks untidy, forcing the tourists to move away from the world famous destination. Yeshwant Kandolkar appealed to the youth of Calangute to try and maintain cleanliness of the beach by educating the tourists. He

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thanked the youth for their wholehearted co-operation and participation in the cleanliness drive. Earlier, Gurudas Malwankar welcomed BJP workers for the cleanliness drive and highlighted the good qualities of Father of the Nation and urged the youth to imbibe the same for betterment of the society. “In keeping with the good qualities of Mahatama Gandhi, the BJP is undertaking the cleanliness drive of the Calangute beach,” said Malwankar. The cleanliness drive, which commenced at 9 am near the Bandodkar statute at Calangute beach concluded at about 12 noon with Calangute, Candolim and Baga beaches covered by the BJP workers.

PORVORIM (HC): Samrat Club of Porvorim will organise a programme of Dandiya and Garba during ‘Navaratrosav’ from October 8 to 16 in the premises of Sree Nilkant Brahmeshwar Vanadurga Sansthan from 8.30 pm to 11 pm. Social worker and businessman Venkatesh Prabhu Moni will inaugurate the Dandiya programme on October 8 at 8.30 pm in the presence of guests of honour ZP member Gupesh Naik, Shilpa Naik, Anuj Harmalker and Ravindra Mardolkar. Besides, there will be ‘Kirtan’ by Madhvi Ashok Bhende from Mumbai everyday between 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Those desirous of participating in Dandiya and Garba are requested by Samrat Club of Porvorim President Rajkumar Dessai to contact him on 09422057914 or Anuj Harmalkar on 9822168105.

‘Meet the author’ at KA

PANJIM (HND): Sahitya Academy, New Delhi will organize a special programme ‘Meet the Author’ to meet and hear Bonaventure D’Pietro, an eminent Konkani writer on October 8 at Black Box, Kala Academy, at 5.30 pm. Right from his childhood D’Pietro was a keen observer of any happening that took place in the village or in his surroundings. He had the ability to analyze the incidents and also the capability to narrate them in a befitting manner. It was this attitude which compelled his tender mind in 1958 to write his first novelette ‘Soitanacho Ghutt’ (The Mystery of Satan) at a very young age of just 15 years. ‘Soitanacho Ghutt’ was published in parts in the Konkani section of the then Portuguese daily ‘O Heraldo’. Since then he went on writing short stories and novelettes in the beginning but finally he excelled in writing novels. He has 14 publications to his credit out of which there are 8 bulky novels on various issues related to our society, which include ‘Kallea Vistidachi Choli’ (1972), ‘Clara’ (1972), ‘Mhojea Paicho Fond’ (1974), ‘From Goa With Love’ (1975), ‘Ek Bhett Mungllurachea Xharak’ (1977), ‘Jimmy’ (1986), ‘Tichea Mornna Uprant’ (1990) and ‘Janya Celli’ (2000). His other literary work consists of short stories and novelettes namely ‘Tera Numbrachi Kottri’ (1976), ‘Mog vo Patok’ (1976) and ‘Mhaka Jiyonk Zai’ (1977). His other books include ‘Gupi’ (2009) for children, ‘Nazaretkat’ (2000) – his experiences and ‘Songit Doulot Goykaranchi’ (2004) – a research work in Goan music. Bonaventure D’Pietro is not only a creative writer but also an excellent musician himself who plays numerous blowing instruments. Besides he is a journalist too who besides contributing to numerous dailies, weeklies, monthlies in Konkani in Roman script he has served as assistant editor of various newspapers and magazines in Konkani in Roman script. This is for the first time that Sahitya Academy, New Delhi is organizing a programme of ‘Meet the Author’ for a writer in Konkani in Roman script.

power shutdown OCTOBER 6 MANDREM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Ashvewada in VP Mandrem. MAPUSA: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Housing Board, Appetite Bar and Restaurant, PWD, Ganeshpuri and surrounding areas. OCTOBER 7 PARRA: From 9 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Jackniwaddo, Brittowado, Lingabhat, Saliswado, Dokache Aradi, Fondawaddo, Abbaswaddo Canca, Sonarwado Verla, Fretaiswaddo Verla, Parpoli Guirim, Sonvem, Kumayamarod Guirim and surrounding areas. OCTOBER 8 MORJIM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are VP Morjim, VP Agarwada-Chopdem. BAMBOLIM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Alto St Cruz, new/old Bambolim, Alto Bambolim, Palmar Colony, Rego Bagh, BSNL Staff Qtrs.

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Reservation in Quepem upsets aspiring candidates HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, OCT 5

Reservation of wards for ST, OBC and women in Quepem Municipal Council (QMC) has disappointed some of the aspirant candidates, who had geared up for the elections in their respective wards. Wards 1, 7 and 10 will be reserved for women, but it is not known which wards have been reserved for women of OBC or ST. Reserving of Ward 1 for OBC women has dashed the hopes of acting Councilor Narayan Gaonkar’s wife, who is from ST Community, as he had planned to field his wife from this ward. In same Ward 1, Jemmy Deniel had already

started her campaign long back by organizing cultural functions, but her hopes are dashed, as the ward is reserved for OBC women. In Ward 6, which is reserved for ST, has dashed the hopes of candidates from general category, who were eager to contest and had even prepared in that direction. As the ball for municipal elections has finally set in QMC, the candidates have started campaigning by contacting their supporters. It is learnt that as the wards are reserved for women, ST and OBC, some of the sitting councillors are likely to switch over to other wards. It is also learnt that some of the disappointed candidates are planning to approach the High Court by way of writ petition.

VMC vice chairperson begins door-to-door campaigning HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, OCT 5

Valpoi Municipal Council (VMC) Vice Chairperson Umesh Gulelkar has commenced house-to-house canvassing in Ward 8. Gulelkar, who had contested first time in 2005, faced as many as six rivals. However, he won by a margin of 34 votes. “I am confident of winning this time as well due to my performance in the last five years,” said Gulelkar. He added that during his three-year tenure as vice chairperson, he survived once from being voted out of office, when some councillors attempted tried to bring in no-confidence motion against the chairperson and vicechairperson. Gulelkar, who is fighting the

election in his individual capacity, said he did not belong to any panel. He informed that he carried out developmental works in Ward 8 like hot-mixing of all interior roads, de-silting of nullah, protection wall to main nullah to prevent floods and platform and steps for Ganesh Visarjan. “Valpoi Municipal Council is a ‘C’ class council and as far as development work is concerned, many a times councillors intend to carry out development works in their respective wards, but due to lack of funds, it becomes difficult to carry out development works,” he added. “At the most, maximum grant we can get in ‘C’ class is Rs 50 lakh per year and if it is divided equally among 10 wards, how much develop-

Being first day for filing of nominations for the Valpoi Municipal Council (VMC) elections, tremendous response was witnessed from aspiring candidates to collect nominations forms from the mamlatdar’s office on Monday. Sources in Valpoi mamlatdar’s office informed that they have not received a single nomination paper on Monday.


Three women candidates have filed their nominations on the second day of filing nominations for the 15-member Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) elections. According to the office of Deputy Collector Mapusa, Alpa Anand Bhaidker and Kiran R Dessai have filed their nominations from Ward 1, which has been reserved for OBC women. During the last election, sitting Councilor Anand Bhaidker was elected from Ward 1. However, since this ward has now been reserved for OBC women, he is unable to re-contest and hence he has fielded his wife Alpa. Asha Gajanan Mashelker filed her nomination from Ward 14, which has been reserved for women. Meanwhile, Mapusa Nagrikancho Ekvott has decided to file nominations of all its 15 candidates on Saturday if nominations are accepted by Deputy Collector’s office or on Monday.

Four enter fray in Cuncolim HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 5

Four candidates filed their nomination papers for the 10member Cuncolim Municipal Council on Tuesday before Returning Officer, Johnson Fernandes. While Polita Carneiro filed her papers for the reserved ward of Ward No 7, Jaiwant Gaonkar filed his papers for Ward no 2. In the case of Ward No 1, Niquela Fernandes has filed her nomination papers, while Edgar Lourenco filed his papers for Ward No 6 of the Civic body.

5 submit papers in Pernem

No papers filed on first day in Valpoi HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, OCT 5

ment is possible,” he asked. He further said the municipal council can ask for special grant, but that too is not more than Rs 50 lakh. “VMC’s earning sources comes only from house taxes and there is no other source,” he added. “Sometimes, it becomes difficult to make payments to staff and most of the time we have to adjust money from one or other sources to pay salary to the staff in time,” said Gulelkar recalling his experience of five years. “For last two years, VMC got little relief because most of the development works including maintenance of roads were done through the ongoing beautification project,” he said. “If elected, my priority will be to solve the land problem in my ward,” he said.

3 women file nominations in Mapusa


Five candidates have filed their nomination papers for the October 31 Pernem Municial Council (PMC) elections. The candidates who filed their nominations on the second day of filing nominations to the council elections are

Vishram Gadekar and Vishaka Vishram Gadekar (Ward 5), Vishnu Gopal Kinelkar and Vinodini V Kinlekar (Ward 2) and Prakash Madhu Satardekar (Ward 8). Former PMC chairperson Pradeep Deshprabhu had filed his nomination for Ward 5 on Monday.

Two more candidates enter fray in Canacona HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, OCT 5

Two more candidates, including Deputy Chairperson Dilip Kenkre, filed their nominations on the second day on Tuesday to the 10-member Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) elections. According to returning office sources, Kenkre filed his nomination papers to recontest for the second time from Ward 2 (Chaudi), while Ana Maria Afonso filed her papers for Ward 10 (PalolemII), which is reserved for women. Incidentally, Afonso is the voter of Ward 9 (Palolem-I), while former CMC chairperson Diwakar Pagui is presently representing Ward 10, where he plans to field his wife after it is reserved for women candidates. With this, one each nomination has been filed so far to Ward 5 (Kindlem), Ward 8

Ex-vice chief to contest in Mormugao HERALD REPORTER VASCO, OCT 5

Former Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) vice chairperson and Councillor Rohini Parab on Tuesday filed her nomination from Ward 2, which is reserved for women. Besides Parab, five more aspiring candidates have also filed their nominations on day two of nomination process before the Mormugao Deputy Collector. Henriquita Dias from Ward 13, Jerry Fernandes and Zieo Rodrigues have filed their nominations from Ward 8, Shantaram Masurkar from Ward 17 and Vishwajeet Kumar Dessai from Ward 1. Meanwhile, Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza, who formed a panel for council election, has kicked off the campaign for his candidates. It is expected that he will announce names of his candidates from Vasco constituency, comprising seven wards and three wards from the newly formed Dabolim constituency.

3 more jump fray in Bicholim HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, OCT 5

Three more candidates have filed their nomination papers on the second day of filing nominations on Tuesday for the Bicholim Municipal Council (BMC) elections. Rakshnada Pal filed her nominations from Ward 1, which is reserved for women, while Adv Manohar Shi-

rodkar and Anand Nawgekar filed their nominations from Ward 9 and Ward 2 respectively. A keen tussle is likely to be witnessed in Ward 9, as BMC Chairperson Satish Gaonkar, former councilor Shashikant Naik Halarnkar, Shekhar Naik and other prominent candidates are likely to file their nominations.

Sanguem locals complain of high turbidity in drinking water HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, OCT 5

A delegation comprising of eminent citizens and freedom fighters submitted a petition to the Governor Dr S S Sidhu seeking his support in urging the Centre to celebrate the golden jubilee of Goa’s liberation at the national level. The delegation comprised of freedom fighter and social activist Gurunath Kelekar, industrialist and social activist Anand Madgavkar, retired principal Dr Harischandra Nagvenkar, national award winning headmaster Manikrao Gaunekar, social activist and retired teacher Martin Menino Fernandes, Rachol Seminary professor Fr Mouzinho Ataide, freedom fighter and Sahitya Akademi Awardee Naguesh Karmali, social activist and lecturer Prajal Sakhardande, social activist and lecturer Prashanti Talpankar and social activist and Sahitya Akademi Awardee Ramesh Veluskar.

Floods damage crops in Canacona HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, OCT 5

Over 100 farmers in Gaondongrim-Canacona have suffered a loss of about Rs 5 lakh, after their paddy fields were damaged due to Sunday midnight floods. Heavy rains affected mostly the cultivations, thereby destroying paddy fields of over 100 farmers in Gaondongrim, besides causing panic during the midnight to several other areas in Canacona taluka. According to sources, Deputy Director of Agriculture Guirish Kamat and Assistant Director Mancio Fernandes visited Canacona on Monday. They were accompanied by Canacona Zonal Agricultural Officer Rajesh Gaonkar. They visited the devastated paddy fields and washed over bandhs and retaining walls of over 100 farmers at Nane, Jiltawada, Indrawada and parts of Karvem of Gaondongrim. When contacted, ZAO Rajesh Dessai said over 20 hectares of paddy cultivation has been affected in the overnight flood devastation. Canacona Mamlatdar representative Talathi Ramesh Velip was also present and took

stock of the situation. The loss caused to farmers is estimated at over Rs 5 lakh. Some of the affected farmers are Kamal S Gaonkar, Tukaram D Gaonkar, Ganesh M Gaonkar, Shabu Gaonkar, Sudhakar D Gaunkar, Mhalgo G Gaunkar, Krishna R Gaonkar, Paiek R Gaonkar, Puno D Gaonkar, Khushali P Gaonkar, Poro M Gaunkar, Gomu G Gaunkar, Bholo B Belip, Subhash M Gaonkar and Paiek K Gaonkar. If agriculture sources are to be believed, farmers from these areas were not affected when last year’s floods razed several areas in Gaondongrim and other parts of Canacona taluka. The sudden spurt of floods on Sunday midnight was reportedly the outcome of approximately 3 inches of rainfall between 11 pm and 12 midnight. Farmers at Kalwade-Delem complained of flood devastations in their paddy fields, breaking away bandhs and safeguards that they had constructed after last year’s floods. “Water rose to 3 mtrs height last night and destroyed paddy field, besides creating havoc with retaining walls and plantation that I had carried out after last year’s destruction,” said

Dilkush Shet, a farmer in Delem. According to local observatory, 104 mm of rainfall was recorded between 11 pm on Sunday to 3 am on Monday. The seasonal total has touched 161.92 inches in Canacona taluka. All the effected farmers have been asked by agriculture authorities at assemble at Gaondongrim panchayat office to complete official formalities in filing claims for government compensation.

Five held for murder attempt HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 5

The Colva police has arrested five persons in connection with the attempt to murder case registered last month. The police provided the names of the accused as Sudan D’Costa, Hilario Barretto, Alexander Fernandes, Manuel Leitao and Yeshwant Garg.’ Colva police said the five persons were arrested following the assault on S Fortes last month. The police are investigating.

(Bhagatwada/Sawantwada), Ward 2 (Chaudi) and Ward 10 (Palolem-II). Six more wards are yet to open its accounts. Meanwhile, election fever is yet to pick up, as some aspiring candidates are still on the spree of making personal contact with the voters trying to garner support base before they file their nomination papers. According to sources, former CMC chairperson Rajendra Dessai is making valiant efforts to return to the council, after he tasted defeat first time in his political career in the last council elections losing to Diwakar Pagui. Seeing no hopes in contesting from his parent ward (Ward 10), which is reserved for women, Dessai has eyed a neighbouring ward and is reportedly seen on a contacting spree with the voters from that ward to garner support for his candidature.

Residents of Uguem-Sanguem on Monday complained to the Water Supply Department in Sanguem of high-level turbidity in the drinking water supplied to them by the department. Villagers brought to the notice of the officials working at the department the highly turbid water, which they have been receiving from taps since the last couple of days. However, the villagers could not meet the assistant engineer and were asked by the subordinate staff to contact the assistant engineer on Wednesday morning to air their grievances. Affected villagers informed Herald that since last about two days, they are receiving highly turbid water, which the villagers alleged is not feasible to drink. “The turbidity in the supply

of the drinking water allegedly increases during late evening hours and night,” complained a villager. The villagers in their march to the Water Supply Department were armed with water bottles filled with the turbid water from the taps. The staff attached to the department is however reported to have not provided satisfactory answer to the villagers, but were asked to report their grievances to the assistant engineer. “This is not the first time that villagers in Uguem are complaining of the turbidity in the drinking water supplied to them. However, every time the villagers raise the issue, the department brushes the issue without taking any serious directives in the matter, thereby making the issue crop up every two months,” complained a villager.

Drishti team rescues six from drowning HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, OCT 5

Six people were saved from drowning in the Arabian Sea off Calangute and Arambol. The Drishti Surf Life Team of lifeguards rescued two Goans girls, a Polish woman, a tourist from Andhra Pradesh and a couple from Belgaum. According to Drishti reports, two Goan girls, Reena and Maya, were rescued from drowning by Drishti lifeguards Arun Karbotkar and Gopal Narvekar off Calangute coast and were rushed to PHC Candolim for medical aid. In another incident, A Krishna Murthy from GuntturAndhra Pradesh was saved from drowning by Drishti lifeguards Vithal Mhatnekar and Gautam Kalangutkar at Baga. Murthy along with another tourist was on a joy ride on a speed boat, which got snapped and Murthy was thrown in the

water. Lifeguards Vithal and Gautam rushed to his rescue and brought Murthy to the shores safely. A Polish woman, Dorota Juszczyk (26), was rescued by Drishti lifeguard Ganpat Gaonkar with the help of a Jet Ski. According to Drishti reports, Juszczvk was advised by the Drishti lifeguards not to swim in the danger area. However, she was adamant and insisted on swimming in the danger zone. On being noticed that she was struggling, lifeguard Ganpat rushed to her rescue and brought her safely to the shores and handed Juszczyk to her husband Jacob. At Arambol beach, a couple from Belgaum, Prakash Ashok Marathe and Yogita, were saved from drowning by Drishti lifeguards Vincent Mascarenhas and Shailesh Mahale.

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Brawl in bar lands one in hospital, 7 detained HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, OCT 5

One person landed in the hospital late last night following a brawl in a bar and restaurant at Borda last night. The Margao police has taken into custody seven persons, including cooks and waiters of the restaurant for assaulting the complainant with glass bottles. The police provided the names of the arrested as Mohan Singh, Sandesh Mallah, Dhiraj, Noor Bahadur Thapa, Prakash Bhora, Kishore Thapa and Karan Veer. Margao PI Santosh Desai said the incident occurred following arguments over the bill, resulting in the assault. The Margao police are investigating.

Pauline Sisters to sell books on discount HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, OCT 5

The Pauline Sisters has announced a special discounted sale of books for the first fortnight of October, which commenced on October 1. The Pauline Book & Media Centre, located in Panjim city, has been a source of experiencing literacy excellence for the community. The quality of reading material available at the Centre varies from religion to career management and guidance to eye opening material for all occasions. A wide range of religious items are available at the Centre to enhance personal spiritual growth. Books such as drawing, pictures, puzzles, games, quizzes and a lot more including academic importance to improve personal efficiency are available at the Centre.





Ayodhya Verdict: Questionable Doctrines

Vol No CX No: 251 Goa, Wednesday 6 October, 2010


Back to the Future?

haratiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani has no reason to feel “vindicated” about his Ayodhya Rath Yatra because of the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi controversy. Had it not been for Mr Advani’s mass politicisation of a petty local land dispute, thousands of lives would not have been lost in communal riots over the past two decades, and India might never have had to face the terrible spectre of terrorism that haunts it everywhere today. Let us not forget that the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts – a series of 13 massive explosions that shook India’s commercial capital on 12 March 1993, killing 250 people and injuring 700, carried out by Tiger Memon, allegedly at the behest of gangster Dawood Ibrahim with the help of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) – were in retaliation for the huge loss of Muslim lives and large-scale destruction of Muslim businesses in the savage communal riots in Mumbai during December 1992 and January 1993, as a fallout of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. That was India’s first mega terrorist strike. The country has never been able to breathe easy since. It is easy for Mr Advani to now say that the day the Babri Masjid was demolished remains the “saddest day of my life”. The facts point to exactly the opposite. The one-point slogan of his movement was: “Ek dhakka aur do…” (Just one more push!). And, on 6 December 1992, he sat on a dais near the Babri Masjid and watched as the structure was demolished, without saying a word or lifting a finger to stop his so-called ‘followers’ from doing so, even as lieutenants Uma Bharti and Sadhvi Rithambara hugged each other in joy as each of the domes was brought down. In fact, the present trend of talk by Mr Advani, as well as the assertions of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, that Muslims should forget the ill-will of the past and become “active collaborators” to build a “magnificent temple dedicated to the birthplace of Lord Ram”, threatens to undermine whatever little goodwill the recent Allahabad High Court judgment has created. It is actually a straightforward demand that Muslims should voluntarily relinquish the one-third portion of the disputed land that the High Court has awarded it to make possible the construction of that “magnificent” temple. Though they are talking about “reconciliation”, what they actually want is an outright surrender by the Muslims, who they say must voluntarily give up all claims to any portion of the disputed land on which the Babri Masjid stood till 6 December 1992! In short, the Ram Janmabhoomi temple must come up on all 70 acres of land acquired by the Centre, including the 2.77 acres of disputed land, and no mosque should be built on the portion of land that the High Court has awarded to the Sunni Waqf Board. Does that sound at all like ‘reconciliation’? Any negotiated settlement involves give and take. But the Sangh Parivar’s scheme of things envisages only ‘take’, and no ‘give’. Unless it shows greater flexibility, chances of any settlement are bleak, and the most likely outcome seems to be that the case will get another decade of cooling time before it is finally decided by the Supreme Court.


Reservation racket

s usual, the ruling party is abusing its power to ‘reserve’ exactly those Municipal constituencies that are strongholds of the opposition in the name of Scheduled Tribes (STs) or Other Backward Classes (OBCs). But the Opposition should not complain. It did no more and no less (through reservations for women) when it was in power in the state…!

Ring in the new Sheila Y Dessai, Margao I was amused to read the answer given by Rahul Gandhi to students at the Assam Central University (Herald, 24 Sept). Gandhi urged the new generation to join politics; otherwise the problem will never be solved. I fully endorse his views. But in real life, does the Congress party follow this? Certainly not. There are some of these oldies in Goa, who are in politics for the last 3040 years and wish to continue. Almost all ministers and MLAs, past or present, are corrupt and have destroyed Goa for personal benefit.

We do not need this Vincent Rego, Dubai The topic of Greater Goa has been hogging the limelight during the last week or so. The call is to merge Konkani speaking

100 Years Ago

The allahabad High Court has avoided the main issue of title to the disputed property, says PraBHakar TIMBLe


he verdict of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has dumped in cold storage the main issue that was placed before it for judgment – of the title to the disputed properties at the site of the erstwhile Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. A look at the court’s now well-known three-way verdict makes it appear as if the Court took a non-adversarial and friendly approach, almost acting as an arbitrator rather than the law giver it is supposed to be. This is a fit example of judicial appeasement, akin to what a committee of Indian bureaucrats would have done if they were asked to find a way out of the impasse. If this was the final determination that had to come, one fails to understand how it could have taken as long as six decades to reach a decision. Or is this a judicial innovation to heal wounds, cool tempers and comfort the litigating groups? They say that justice delayed is justice denied. But, in some cases, delayed justice sucks the expectations of litigants and facilitates acceptance of judicial orders. Maybe, this is a new judicial drug put on a sample test. The whole nation was put under the siege. Military and security forces were called out in large numbers everywhere. There were frequent appeals to the people to maintain calm and peace. The Prime Minister made a personal appeal through the newspapers as well as television channels that the verdict should be accepted with good grace. These extraordinary measures were a result of apprehensions that this particular ‘minor’ property dispute, over a 2.77 acre plot in a UP small town, could flare up communal tension and, possibly, even violence, throughout the country. It did just that in 1992-93, when the Babri Masjid was brought down, leading to tragic consequences that are felt every now and then in different parts of the country. Undoubtedly, the judgment (or, rather judgments) of the three-judge bench provided comfort and a huge sense of relief, all of which arose from a no-profit-no-loss feeling to both the communities on account of its terms. But, though the decree has caused not a single serious community disturbance in the entire country, the basis adopted by the judges for their verdicts is most

6 October 1910 War of revolution

The Revolution war commenced on 4th in Lisbon after the gala dinner offered by the King D Manuel to the President of the Brazilian Republic Marshall Hermes de Fonseca.

General commits suicide

The Chief of the Monarchial Army committed suicide on seeing that it was near to impossible to curtail the revolutionary forces.

Prince abandons post

Prince Afonso fought bravely against the odds while leading the Artillery battalion but he left his post.

Dead bodies litter Lisbon

The roads of the City of Lisbon are littered with bodies of dead and the wounded that are mercifully removed by the Para medics and the people.

disturbing. I have nothing to say on the formula of onethird sharing by the three parties to the petition – the Hindu Mahasabha, the Sunni Wakf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara. In fact, I would be most happy if all the parties agree to convert the entire disputed area into a national monument. But I know this is wishful thinking, because we all are Hindus and Mussalmans first, and Indians later. This is the ‘patriotism’ that we espouse. If we give a decent burial to the Mandir-Masjid issue, what other agenda do our politicians, as well as religious and community leaders have? We need all our leaders. They need us as followers. So, this issue has to remain for the centenary celebrations of our Independence! To my mind, it is only a feigned maturity that the political parties have shown on the day of the Ayodhya verdict. All are guarded in their reactions. In a couple of months, you will see the mobilisation by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The Congress will reinforce itself as the saviour of


hildren are more in need of models than critics. A teacher was exasperated with a certain student who rarely completed class assignments and never did his homework. When questioned, the child always gave the same excuse, “I just never got around to it.” So, she decided one day to visit the boy’s home. There, she was cordially greeted by the mother and invited into the living room. Because it was already February, she was startled to see a bare needled Christmas tree still draped with ornaments. Seeing her surprise, the mother apologised, “I just never got around to taking it down.” Standing behind a young mother and her small daughter in a supermarket checkout queue, a lady overheard “Mummy, can I have a bar of chocolate?’ “No darling. Too much chocolate is bad for you.” “Oh please mummy.” “No dear. If you have too many sweets, they’ll make you fat. When you get home, you can choose a special piece of fruit. That way, you’ll have a beautiful complexion when you’re older and you’ll be healthier.” What a sensible woman she is, the lady thought, instilling healthy lifestyle thinking into her child. As she reached the cashier, the mother said, “A pack of cigarettes, please.” As parents, we are in the habit of preaching but sometimes we do not walk the talk ourselves. Wise as they are, our children

coastal areas with Goa. One cannot understand this. Ravindra Kelekar had said that nobody can remember nor fulfil the dream of the father of the opinion poll, Dr Jack Sequeira. Goans are not in favour of a Greater Goa nor does it want any more influx of migrants. Goa is good, as it stands.

Smaller the better Benedicta Almeida, Assolna Karwar should not be merged into our golden Goa. Let Goa be as it is. Goans are peaceful and prefer living without any disturbance. Goans must wake up to protect our Goa. There was a time when the Maharashtra government was trying to merge Goa into Maharashtra. At that time, Dr Jack Sequeira fought to save Goa for Goans by way of an opinion poll. We should not think of destroying Goa’s identity. Small Goa is better than Greater Goa.

Hidden agenda It is amusing to hear our PWD Minister Churchill Alemao stating that Karwar be merged with Goa due to the existence of Konkani speaking people over there. I request Churchill Alemao to study the culture of Karwar deeper, so that he will realise that there are more people over there who speak Kannada and Marathi, than Konkani. Their population in Karwar exceeds those in Goa. He must have surely seen the bad condition of roads in Karwar and felt that there was a bright prospect of building new roads there. Obviously, if such ideas are turned into reality, it could further his already bulging fortunes, to last a lifetime. Goa’s misfortune is that we have uneducated people who run the state’s affairs. We must vote them out and elect new faces in the next state polls.

Dr Francisco Colaco, Margao The Ayodhya verdict has been welcomed by all. The learned judges of the Allahabad High Court judges gave a positive verdict

can spot a phoney a mile away. “You cannot steer a car with the horn.” It doesn’t matter how long or how loudly we shout; if we don’t show them the right way by our good example, we are doomed. I may tell my son not to beat up his little brother, but if I whack him on the head every time I get upset with him, what do you think he’s going to do? I can tell my child not to scream and shout, but if I scream and shout when I am telling her that, what chance have I got of making her behave? No bad words, we tell our kids, then watch a movie full of taboo words. And there seated in the front row is our little Johnny, educating himself with our blessings. Our children watch our every move. My little daughter learnt to comb her hair and sit on the potty just by watching how I did it. My eldest son grumbles exactly the way I do when I am frustrated. He leaves the house at the last moment just like his father does, earning himself the title of late Latif. When children are small, we are amused with the way they imitate us. Little do we realise that they could embarrass us one day! I distinctly recall the shock we got once when the son of one of my distant cousins used a ‘forbidden’ word at a wedding. He was only three years old at the time! Well, you can rightly guess what word his father loved best. A teacher once told a parent who was in the habit of constantly

(The writer was Principal of the Kare College of Law in Margao as well as the Government College, Quepem. He was also the Goa State Election Comm i s s i o n e r. T h i s a r t i c l e f i r s t a p p e a r e d i n

Democratic injustice

Tania A Fernandes, Margao

The reservation of wards for backward classes in the forthcoming civic elections is clearly an unfair exercise of power by those in Government. The selection of wards has been done arbitrarily and with the sole motive of favouring some prospective candidates, while prejudicing others. A look at the reservations in the Margao and Mormugao Municipal Councils reveals a story. A comparative analysis of the remaining nine civic bodies throws up similar conclusions. Can there be any basis for this random selection of wards for reservations? Isn’t this a mockery of voters in the grass root urban democratic institutions? Voters must take note of this. Their just voices must be heard through their actions, – when they decisively caste their vote – that we all live in a democratic society and injustice will not be tolerated. possibly because of the need to move on. Legal eagles have expressed the decision as a “retrograde” one. They said that the verdict, in many aspects, has put us into reverse gear and potentially endangers the basic premises of our nationhood. The HC chose to base its verdict on “archaeological” and faith evidence although it is laced with lacunae. The verdict had nothing to do with the Babri Masjid demolition, according to P Chidambaram. Once the present judgment is validated, the basic claim of the vandals that the Masjid was an illegitimate structure built after destruction of the Ram temple gets a shot in the arm; and the criminal case against those who razed the Masjid to the ground, gets automatically weakened. Governments that cannot book criminals, have no right to exist. Judicial activism in India thrives only in fits and starts. Transcending the boundaries of reason is a highlight of this verdict. Judges must understand legality and exhibit courage in their convictions. They must never endeavour to be politically correct or to take populist decisions.

Is someone listening? I refer to your editorial “MPs should speak up for Goa” (Herald, 4 Oct). The editor had echoed what we foreigners have been saying since the beginning of this year. At last, someone is listening to us. We spent the last 15 winters in Goa but

By auriel ribeiro Sa overfeeding her son “See that your boy is not only well fed but also well bred.” The boy used to bully the younger boys during recess, grabbing their tiffin boxes and if they resisted, he would throw the contents on the ground. Later, she learnt that the mother was the village toughie, using her influence as the sarpanch to get illegal work done. Little wonder then that her son was a mini Gabbar Singh in school. A mother and father who create a home wherein the virtues of charity, modesty and honesty abide, where God is boss at all times and where hard work and sacrifice are honoured, need to be crowned as the Mr and Mrs Perfect Couple, don’t you think? I end with a final story, which I hope, will put a seal to my appeal to all parents to ‘Talk the Talk, Talk the Walk, Walk the Talk then Walk the Walk’. A boy was left alone with his father at bedtime. After some horseplay, the father got the little fellow into his nightclothes and told him to say his night prayers. The little boy knelt down besides his bed, joined his hands, raised his eyes to Heaven and prayed his usual prayer. Then he looked up at his Dad, raised his eyes to Heaven again and said “Dear God, make me a great big good man like my Daddy.” In a moment he was in bed, and in five minutes, asleep. Then his father knelt by his son’s bedside and prayed “Dear Lord, make me a great big good man like my boy thinks I am.”

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Retrograde verdict

secularism and minority interests. Come election time, and we will have the ‘action replay’. The uncommon wealth of the Commonwealth Games will soon be forgotten. Let me turn to the negative precedents of the verdict. I do not know whether the birth place of Lord Shree Ram was a subject for determination by the High Court. However, the honourable judges have attested that Shree Ram was born at the disputed spot. This is an exceptional example of judicial ratification of faith and belief, which can mark the beginning of falling faith in the judiciary itself. Was the judiciary invoking a new principle in jurisprudence, namely, the doctrine of faith? One of the three judges also ruled that there was no mosque existing at the disputed site, since the Mughal emperor Babar built the structure “against the tenets of Islam”. Admittedly, this structure was built sometime around 1528. But there is no evidence that Babar built the structure by destroying an existing Hindu temple. There is only evidence of the ruins of what seems to be a

Walk The Talk

From the heart


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Hindu religious structure below the structure of the erstwhile Babri Masjid. The Court has given legitimacy to the unauthorised entry and placing of Hindu idols at the disputed structure on 23 December 1949. However, the Court has remained completely silent about the demolition of the structure by a planned and organised mobilisation of ‘kar sevaks’, in full gaze of the public, the media, law enforcing agencies and the top brass of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Is this an attempt by the High Court to invoke the doctrine of retribution? Can a wrong committed in 1528 be set right by another two wrongs committed in 1949 and 1992? Is this a judicial recognition to rewrite historical incidents and accidents by deliberate wrongs in modern times? The ruling on the distribution of the properties has no link to what is prayed for by the petitioners. Probably, the High Court has initiated its own doctrine of compromise. The High Court has offered a formula providing properties to all the three parties. Here also, the distribution is equal. But the real question should be; is it equitable? Probably, the High Court thought it fit to close the issue in view of the failure of the litigating parties to come to an amicable settlement despite several attempts. Granting the credit to the High Court for evolving what appears to be an acceptable formula for settlement of a dispute having national (and even cross-border) importance and ramifications, such rulings on matters beyond the legal brief should have been avoided. It is these rulings that will now be contested in the Supreme Court by all the parties. The myths of Shree Ram and the ghost of Babar will continue to reign in the political skies for a pretty long time to come. It is a largely a verdict on Shree Ram. The basis is the age old faith, belief and worship by Hindus all over. The High Court has set a questionable precedent by ruling on figures from ancient Indian history, mythology and the epics.

cannot do so this year due to this stupid twomonth out rule. We were out of Goa last season for what we thought would be a couple of weeks in England for Xmas and New Year. It was very frustrating to learn that we were not allowed back to India, although we had to book flights and lost a considerable amount of money. This year, we are not returning. Thailand, China and Vietnam beckons, and mind you, we are not the only ones. I know of six couples who will not be returning to Goa this coming season, who spend lots of money during their stay here, but who cares? Hopefully, some will listen. We will return to Goa only when we can enjoy a hasslefree stay.

Tourist boat inspection J M de Almeida, Alto Porvorim The Goa Pollution Control Board has been active in controlling various polluting elements in Goa, which augurs well for our state. However, pollution of Mandovi river has escaped their attention. While all the casino vessels have necessary safety fittings and disposal of garbage is done in an orderly manner, the number of tourist boats operating in the Mandovi river dumps the sewage and garbage in the river, thereby polluting its waters. Moreover, there is no safety equipment on these boats. It is mandatory for tourist boats to have life rings, buoys, SI lights and life rafts. Navi-

gational equipment should also be fitted. The licensing authority of the Captain of Ports should immediately carry out an inspection of all the tourist boats as the season is about to commence, to safeguard the lives of tourists visiting Goa.

Garbage treatment plants Michael Vaz, Merces It was heartening to note that the Chief Minister, while commissioning the garbage treatment plant at Cuncolim, has stated that 12 of the 14 municipalities will have their own waste treatment plants by next year. The State has been beleaguered by problems of ineffective handling and disposal of garbage for several years. In the past, an idea was mooted that some nodal villages should be identified for the purpose. Villages should be prepared to sacrifice their land for the handling of garbage from the neighbouring villages as well. Are any villages prepared for this sacrifice? None, of course. It would be in the fitness of things if every village identifies its own space for garbage management. Unless this is done, the problem of garbage is here to stay.

Unwanted SMS messages Cajetan Peter D’ Souza, Mumbai I was happy to be introduced to the bulk SMS service through a friend. I was glad to use the service to send messages to members of my church association about our meetings, training programs etc. This also helped in reaching out to many members at the same time. I respect the Government’s decision to ban bulk SMS till 30 September 2010. There are many who simply send unnecessary messages and disturb people. There should a provision to impress upon these companies to stop sending unwanted messages. Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

Paths of Wisdom Living in a beautiful world By Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be a greater and lesser person than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born out of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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6 cops injured in Gadchiroli PTI NAGPUR, OCT 5

Six policemen were today injured when Naxals blew up an anti-landmine vehicle and opened indiscriminate fire on them in Perimili area of Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra. The incident occurred around 8.30-9 am in Aheri taluka of the district, when the police party was on its way to recover the bodies of four security men, including a CRPF inspector, who were killed in a landmine blast

yesterday in the same area. The Naxals opened fire on the police party, drawing immediate retaliation, leaving six policemen injured. The injured policemen were identified as Ramesh Dalai, Umesh Korame, Imran Sheikh, Suresh Bhalame, Sagar Malgune and S Rohankar. Korame and Rohankar were brought to Gadchiroli district headquarters for treatment while the remaining were being treated at Aheri, police said.

Four securitymen— CRPF inspector Nivrati Jadhav, two Police Sub Inspectors Shashikant More and Malgune along with a constable Anand Gajaje (Patil)— were killed yesterday after Naxals triggered a landmine blast when they had gone to the weekly market to fetch vegetables in the Perimili area. Three bodies barring that of Gajaje have been recovered and brought to the district headquarters, police added.

India, Pak must develop good ties: Maldives Prez PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 5

Making it clear that prosperity of South Asia is linked to relations between India and Pakistan, Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed today pressed the two countries to develop good ties and felt it was “doable”. He said the two countries should work from grassroots upwards to develop ties and in this regard suggested that Indian multinationals should invest in Pakistan. The 43-year-old leader, whose countr y will host the next SAARC Summit next year, noted that India is witnessing rapid growth and it should “drag” its neighbours to be part of its economic progress to enable them to take advantage of it. “Good relationship between India and Pakistan is important for SAARC and I think it is achievable and doable,” he told PTI in an interview here. Nasheed, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, emphasised that good relations between India and Pakistan are necessary for strengthening of the SAARC, particularly to boost intra-regional trade and build

connectivity. He pitched for increased interactions and exchanges between the entrepreneurs and other sections of India and Pakistan to develop friendly ties. The Maldivian leader had surprised everyone during SAARC Summit in Bhutan in April when he said the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan should talk. Recalling his advocacy at the SAARC Summit, he said he had to call “a spade a spade” to break the “impasse” as he felt that the Prime Ministers of the two countries had so much to talk about, especially as they were born in the same village in Pakistan. Observing that agreements often get stuck in wordings, the Maldivian President said India and Pakistan should “try and see if grassroots can work out” instead of trying to have a settlement in a huge, big forum. “Let’s get the basics moving and then the politicians, strategists and thinkers who are trying to draw up a document (can build on that),” said Nasheed, who spent several years in jail as the main opposition leader before defeating long-time incumbent Muamoon Abdul Gayoom to become the President

in November 2008. He noted that India is progressing rapidly and its neighbours could take advantage of this, a view which New Delhi has been trying to promote with countries of the region for long. “I just think India has to drag everyone else along and it can. It has the necessary momentum. It has strength to do that,” he said. When referred to allegations by some South Asian nations that India tries to play a “big brother” and “hegemonise” smaller neighbours, Nasheed said he did not feel so. Instead, he said India and particularly Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have been making efforts to “go out of way” to reach out to smaller countries. “That kind of attitude is always visible from India,” said the Maldivian leader, who has spent a number of years in jail as opposition leader before becoming the President. “India is a very strong economic power, a super power and in my understanding and my estimation, it is a very understanding country especially for other small countries,” he said.

Factionalism in TNCC resurfaces

No traces of firing at Nitesh’s office, say experts

Factionalism in TNCC has resurfaced with the state party chief K V Thangkabalu being heckled and gheraoed by rival camps more than once for continuing its alliance with the ruling DMK. However, Thangkabalu, facing flak mainly from former TNCC President E V K S Elangovan, known for outbursts against the DMK government, has urged party workers to exercise restraint even as he said the alliance was strong and only AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and DMK president M Karunanidhi will decide on alliances. Thangkabalu had said there were bound to be differences in a democratic party like Congress and it was not an issue at all. Party workers had gheraoed him twice in the last week, once at Nagercoil and then at Erode, the hometown of Elangovan. At Nagercoil he had to face angry party workers for ‘handing over’ the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat, considered a Congress stronghold, to DMK during 2009 Lok Sabha elections. He had to face similar wrath from partymen when supporters of both Elangovan and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had gheraoed him at Erode on Sunday and raised slogans against continuing the alliance with DMK. Congress sources said that they were ‘disgruntled’ with the DMK in general, but declined to elaborate. But Thangkabalu has asserted that the alliance is strong and urged his partymen to maintain restraint and not air their differences publicly, seen as a reminder to Elangovan. Even Karunanidhi had warned that Elangovan’s statements could ‘strain’ the six-year old Congress-DMK ties. They had fought two Lok Sabha polls (2004 and 2009) and the 2006 Assembly elections as allies. The party’s Tamil Nadu in-charge and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has also made it clear that the alliance with DMK was here to stay for the 2011 Assembly elections. The DMK is dependent on the crucial support of 34 Congress MLAs in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly. It has met with stiff disapproval the pitch made by Elangovan for ministerial berths for his partymen, which had also taken up the matter earlier with the Congress high command.



The forensic experts, who examined Nitesh Rane’s office after a worker of his NGO accused the politician’s son of firing at him, have ruled out any traces of cordite at the site, police said. On September 23, Chintu Shaikh filed a police complaint accusing Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane’s son, Nitesh of firing at him which injured his cheek at Khar office of Swabhiman Sanghatana, an NGO run by Nitesh. The claim was, however, rubbished by Nitesh and his family members. Shaikh is the vice president of transport wing of Swabhiman Sanghatana. Following the allegations, Nitesh and his two aides Nitin Vardhanarayan and Zaheed Shaikh were charged with attempt to murder and an FIR was lodged at Khar police station. A police team and forensic experts examined Nitesh’s office and took required samples to establish the fact. “In their report, the forensic experts have ruled out any traces of cordite in Rane’s office,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said.

Only lesson I learned in acting is to be myself: Salman


He is an actor who does not act. From playing a corrupt but endearing cop on the big screen to hosting the most controversial reality show on TV, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan says he is just being himself in front of the camera. After raking in crores with his latest hit ‘Dabangg’, the 44-year-old actor has replaced Amitabh Bachchan as the fearless host of ‘Bigg Boss’, promising it is the real Salman Khan his fans will get to see. “The first and only lesson I have learned in acting is to be myself. Viewers will get 100 per cent unadulterated Salman Khan in Bigg Boss. I am hosting it in my own style-frank and uncut,” Salman told PTI in an interview. This is not his first stint on television, the actor has hosted a game show on the small screen before and thinks that the potential of the idiot box is tremendous.

“Television as a medium is evolving and so is the viewer; it is not the ‘small screen’ any more,” said Salman. But that is not the only reason why he took up the job of hosting ‘Bigg Boss’, the actor’s family are ardent viewers and he consulted his mother before saying yes. “Bigg Boss is one show that has intrigued me immensely as a viewer – its format, its contestants and the psychological battle within the house. Also, my family enjoys the show; they discuss it all the time. I asked mom before considering it and she instantly said yes,” said Salman. The Colors show, which is in its fourth season, is well-known for creating controversies, gossiping and plotting among the contestants in order to win. Salman says he is not going to put up with any wrong-doing in the show. “I am a very straight-forward person and I will not take any hypocrisy and politics lightly. For those housemates who play clean, they will always find their best friend in me. Those who don’t, be ready to expect the worst,” he said. Having said that, Salman also thinks that this show brings out the real self of a person and he endorses the idea of seeking fame via a reality show like this. “Contestants in Bigg Boss are celebrities or known personalities before entering the show. One’s real personality comes out in the show. Everybody opens up eventually and you cannot fake beyond a point. And if they are liked by viewers and gain popularity then there’s nothing wrong in that,” said the actor. With ‘Dabangg’ becoming a major hit, Salman’s fans are referring to him as Chulbul Pandey, the name of his moustached avatar in the film. The actor thinks its the unpredictability and heroism of the role that has made him so popular. “Chulbul Pandey was a very different role compared to any of the characters I have played previously. Chulbul was totally unpredictable - went from action to comedy to romance and back to action. The film as well as the heroism shown has been accepted well by fans everywhere,” said Salman.

Left unity fails in Bihar PTI PATNA, OCT 5

The claims of a wider Left unity to take on the NDA, the RJD-LJP combine and the Congress have come a cropper in Bihar with none of the major allies — CPIML (Liberation), CPI and CPI-M — ready to yield in the seat sharing process. So, the major Left parties have ignored the interests of five smaller parties, including All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) and Revolutionary Socialist party (RSP), both constituents of the ruling Left Front in West Bengal. Besides AIFB and RSP, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) (SUCI-C), CPI-ML and Marxist Communist Party of India (United) (MCPI-U) have announced to contest in 97 seats to protest against the ‘big brother attitude’ of the three. Though the three had announced on September 2 that they would fight jointly to avoid fragmentation of left votes, it failed to happen. These parties reached a seatsharing agreement for 171 seats so far and kept the option open for friendly fight in the rest 72 of the total 243 seats in Bihar. CPI-ML (Liberation) office secretary Santosh Sahar said the three parties would contest 171 seats in alliance and “There will be friendly fight in at least 30 constituencies”. The CPI has so far released a list 58 candidates with desire to contest in a few more seats. “Our party has tried its best to fully comply with the seat-

sharing agreement with the CPIML (Liberation) and the CPI (M). But the party has also decided to field a few candidates against their nominees in friendly fight,” said CPI state secretary Badri Narayan Lal. “The agreement is that we will not criticise other Left candidates in the same constituency,” he said. CPI national executive member U N Mishra said though total alliance in 243 seats did not happen, the positive aspect was that the party was contesting with two other Left parties for the first time on common issues like corruption, land reforms, price rise and recurring floods and drought. CPI-ML (Liberation) general secretary Deepankar Bhattacharya too said it was a good sign that the Left parties were showing an increasing inclination for a united fight. While the CPI-ML (Liberation) has released a list of 48 candidates for the first three phases, the CPI-M has announced names of 26 candidates and intends to contest Runisaidpur in the second phase, Lauriya in West Champaran in the third phase and Sasaram and Buxar in the sixth phase. The CPI and the CPI(M) which earlier had spurned the offer of CPI-ML (Liberation) for greater Left unity seemed to have realized that they have lost much ground to the latter in the post Lalu Prasad scenario compared to their status before 1990.





Parra field turns into waste dump HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, OCT 5

A roadside field between Parra and Guirim has become a dumping ground for garbage. Though Parra Panchayat has displayed a notice board prohibiting dumping of garbage, a lot of garbage is being dumped in the field everyday, thereby causing nuisance and a health hazard to the people residing in the vicinity of the area. Birds and stray dogs add to the nuisance, as the rotten garbage is being carried by them and dropped at the houses or in the compounds of the neighbouring residents. Shiv Sena, Bardez, Ad Hoc member Philip D’Souza in his letter, requested Parra Panchayat to keep garbage bins at the spot and also around the Parra village at strategic places and arrange to collect the garbage on daily basis. Shiv Sena has also brought to the notice of Parra Panchayat that tube lights on some of the lamp posts on the road leading to Guirim are not functioning for a long time. The villagers have brought this fact to the notice of the panchayat, but the panchayat have not taken any action in this regard.

Garbage dumped in the field at Parra. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

The villagers, especially women, feel insecure when they walk on this road during night. “Further, accidents also take place due to insufficient illumi-

nation of street lights. Hence Parra Panchayat may replace the fused tube lights immediately,” states the letter. Shiv Sena has also submitted

copies of the letter to Mapusa Police station, electricity department and health department with a request to look into the matter.

Work on Goa-Belgaum road to recommence post monsoons HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, OCT 5

PWD Minister C M Udoshi has stated that the work on the Belgaum-Goa road via Chorla would recommence soon after the rainy season gets over. “With this, hope of thousands of commuters from Belgaum and Goa of having the shortest route has kindled once again,” said Udoshi while speaking to reporters after inaugurating the exhibition on quality assurance, which was organized by PWD. Blaming the delay on the forest department minister, Udoshi said it is due to the delayed and conditional clearance from the forest department, the work that was otherwise to be completed by now was delayed. “However, since the Ministry of Environments and Forests has cleared the work will commence soon after rains,” Udoshi assured. “But the width of the road will now be reduced to only 3.75 mtrs against the scheduled 5.5

Karnataka PWD Minister C M Udoshi inaugurates the exhibition on quality assurance at Belgaum organized by the PWD in the presence of Dr Caur and Vinayak Sugur.

mtrs,” informed Udoshi. Udoshi said orders have been issued to Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) to restart the work as the monsoon is almost receding. Deputy Commissioner Dr Ekroop Caur, PWD Superintending Engineer Vinayak Sugur, MP Suresh Angadi and senior officials of the PWD were present. Meanwhile, the dilapidated

condition of the road continued to worsen due to heavy rains that have been lashing Khanapur taluka since last fortnight. While the Kadamba Transport Corporation has still suspended bus services on this route putting the passengers to inconvenience, NWKRTC buses continue to ply amid adverse condition for the convenience of commuters between Belgaum and Bicholim.

from page 1 Ayodhya verdict and peaceful settlement. The Congress also warned that any distortion of the verdict by communal forces would be detrimental to the larger national interest and cause harm to the nation’s mood and desire for peace and harmony. Joining the war of words, Union Minister Kapil Sibal attacked BJP veteran L K Advani for his remarks that he feels “vindicated” about his ‘Rath yatra’ in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict saying it exposed his “short-sightedness” as the matter is yet to be heard by the Supreme Court. Supreme Court could either affirm the verdict of the High Court or set it aside, he noted. “However, what is happening today is that some political parties are taking this to be the final verdict and therefore making public statements, things they should not be saying. We do not know finally what is going to happen,” Sibal said. “If Advani believes the verdict will be affirmed in its entirety by the Supreme Court, then obviously being a matured politician I can’t possibly say that years of experience has put him in good stead.” Reacting to all the criticism aimed at his party, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said there was no need to give “edifications”. Prasad also rejected criticism of the court judgement that it placed faith above law and said if one went through the judgement one would realise that it was based on the basis of testimony and settled principles of law. Sibal also did not subscribe to Advani’s assertion that the verdict has cleared the way for construction of a grand temple at Ayodhya. It was too “premature” to make such a statement. Sources said there was unease among some sections in the Congress with some empathising with the Muslim community in which there is said to be disquiet on the verdict and in other sections over the possibility of BJP trying to cash in on the sentiments of Hindu polarisation. The CPI(M), which concluded its two-day meeting of the politburo, said the Ayodhya verdict will set a “dangerous precedent” as it was based on faith and belief and hoped that the Supreme Court will address the issue on appeal. “There are apprehensions that some of the reasoning set out in the (title deed suit) judgements may be taken as a post-fact justification for the demolition,” which was a criminal offence, party General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters.


bribe, after which she approached the CBI. The sleuths were immediately put on the job and on Tuesday evening they planted a decoy with Rs 25,000 to trap the officer.

The PF officer’s telephonic conversations were under surveillance even as his movements were also monitored for a week. After being caught red handed accepting the second installment of Rs 25,000, Farde was interrogated for more than an hour in his chamber on the third floor of the EPF building at Patto. The CBI sleuths later escorted him to the CBI office at Bambolim in a hired car. Before getting into the car, Farde told journalists that charges against him were false and that he was framed. “I have not done anything wrong. The lady (decoy cum witness) came with the money and kept on the table. I did not even touch the cash bundle. I am falsely targeted…it is revenge against me for not helping the firm,” he told the waiting journalists outside the EPF office.

Cyclone missed the Goa coast. A committee led by National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Director Dr Satish Shetye had said CWDS should be in place so that the information can be received well in advance. Since the last three years, IMD was facing hiccups as the Goa government had failed to provide them the space to uninstall it from police headquarters in Panjim and shift it elsewhere. The department had also tried to install the system at campus of Fire and Emergency Services Department, but could not go ahead due to lack of space. “Now the issue is settled as the system itself is going digital and it will not mess up the police wireless frequency. At the same time it will require less space,” the IMD Goa chief said. DCWDS service is first of its kind in the State where the receivers will be kept under standby mode and will get automatically activated on receipt of the weather warnings messages. The system will be connected to cyclone warning centres at Mumbai and Chennai who will forewarn the State in case of any intense wind moment on the shore. “It will be a verbal communication which can be heard and noted down by the staff,” Singh said adding that since it requires a person who should be next to it round the clock, it was installed in the police control room. Singh said that this is a broadcast service, where the cyclone warning will be given verbally in the local language along with English and Hindi.

Coach hits

moved and the aircraft was taken to the parking bay,” added Manickam. “A safety officer from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will arrive in the State on Wednesday to assess the safety of the aircraft,” said Manickam. The coach driver Krishna Lamani has been arrested and he was later sent for an alcoholic test at Asilo hospital, Mapusa said Vasco police




Japan, China agree to improve ties

Geim, Novoselov win Nobel in physics

Chinese demands in the row, did not say who would take part in the talks or when they would be held. The two leaders met for 25 minutes after a working dinner at the summit in Brussels, their first face-to-face contact since the captain of a Chinese trawler was detained after the incident near disputed islands in the East China Sea. The meeting was not announced in advance. Wen told Kan the islands — called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China — belonged to China but also said the two Asian giants must deepen their ties for the benefit of the people of the two countries, state media said. “The Diaoyu Islands have been Chinese territory since ancient times,’’ Wen said during the conversation with Kan, the Xinhua news agency said in an English-language report. The row has hit supplies to Japan of rare earth minerals, vital for electronics and auto parts manufacturing and in which China accounts for about 97 percent of global total pro-

Russian-born scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov shared the Nobel Prize in physics today for “groundbreaking experiments” with a new material expected to play a large role in electronics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited Geim and Novoselov, who are both linked to universities in Britain, for experiments with graphene, a flake of carbon that is only one atom thick. Experiments with graphene could lead to the development of new material and “the manufacture of innovative electronics,” the citation said. “Since it is practically transparent and a good conductor, graphene is suitable for producing transparent touch screens, light panels and maybe even solar cells,” the academy said. Geim, 51, is a Dutch national while Novoselov, 36, holds British and Russian citizenship. Both are natives of Russia and started their careers in physics there.


Japanese and Chinese leaders said they wanted to improve strained ties, but both stressed their claims to islands at the heart of a bitter row, suggesting tensions between Asia’s top two economies were far from over. The prime ministers of Japan and China met yesterday for the first time since a feud over a collision near disputed islands in the East China Sea last month soured ties, and agreed to start high-level talks to repair relations. “We both said the current situation is not desirable, and we confirmed a return to the starting point of improving our strategic mutually beneficial relations,’’ Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told reporters in Brussels after meeting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe summit. “We agreed to hold individual high-level talks on a suitable basis,’’ Kan said, adding that he saw the disputed islands as Japanese territory. Kan, under heavy domestic fire for appearing to cave into

duction. Japan buys around half of China’s rare earth, but Beijing imposed a de facto ban on exports after the trawler incident. Today, Japan’s trade minister Akihito Ohata said he would approach China about improving rare earth to Japan, citing a survey that showed more than 30 importers reported problems. Japan’s Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara later told a news conference that diplomatic disputes such as the trawler incident should not affect economic ties. Sino-Japanese relations dived after Japan’s Coast Guard detained the skipper whose boat collided with two Japanese patrol ships near the disputed but uninhabited islands. The islands are claimed by both countries and are near potentially huge oil and gas reserves. Four Japanese citizens employed by construction firm Fujita Corp were detained in China on suspicion of illegally entering a military zone, but three were subsequently released.

No major changes in Afghan war strategy, says Obama


US President Barack Obama has told congressional leaders he has no plans for any major changes in his Afghanistan war strategy for now, a letter released by the White House showed. Obama asserted his intention to stick with his already-revamped policy for the war, which is increasingly unpopular among lawmakers and the American public, as part of a regular assessment for Congress required for war funding. “We are continuing to implement the policy as described in December and do not believe further adjustments are required at this time,’’ Obama said yesterday in a letter dated September 30 to leaders of the Senate

and House of Representatives. As the only significant recent change, he cited the appointment of General David Petraeus, credited with helping to turn around the Iraq war, as top US a n d N AT O c o m m a n d e r i n Afghanistan. Obama spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a video teleconference on Monday, the White House said in a statement. The two leaders discussed a number of topics including the Afghan parliamentary elections and long term US-Afghan relations, the statement said. “The two leaders agreed that they should continue routine engagements to refine a common vision and to align our efforts to support President Karzai’s goal of completing tran-

sition to Afghan lead security responsibility by 2014,’’ the White House said. Obama last December ordered an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan but also announced they would start coming home in July 2011. The approach also calls for stepped-up training of Afghan forces to take over increasing responsibility from foreign troops. US and NATO officials are under pressure to show progress in the fight against a resurgent Taliban, particularly ahead of a comprehensive White House review set for December. Defense Secretary Robert G a t e s a n d A d m i r a l M i ke Mullen, chairman of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, last month played down chances for any big shift in Afghan strategy in the forthcoming review. Obama’s letter comes less than two weeks after the release of a new book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward that chronicled bitter infighting within Obama’s national security team in the crafting of his Afghan strategy last year. The White House has played down any internal rifts and says the book as a whole portrays Obama as analytical and decisive.

Indo-US nuke trade unlikely: report

McTiernan gets year in prison



American companies are unlikely to engage in nuclear trade with India till it becomes a signatory to an international convention on nuclear damage that puts the onus of compensation on the state in case of an accident, a Congressional report has said. “US firms will likely be very reluctant to engage in nuclear trade with India if the government does not adhere to the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), which has not yet entered into force,” said the independent Congressional Research Service (CRS) in its latest report to the Congress on the implementation of the civilian nuclear deal. CRS is the bipartisan research wing of the US Congress which prepares periodic reports on various issues for American lawmakers. The report was sent to lawmakers on September 28. National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, who was in Washington last week had announced that India will sign the CSC. The convention, among its provisions, puts the onus of compensation in case of nuclear damage on the ‘installation state’. It also holds the operator of a nuclear installation liable for damage if adequately proven, a provision which critics say ‘shields’ suppliers. It also defines additional amounts to be provided through contributions by convention members if the affected member state cannot take care of the damages. Until now, only 13 states have signed the CSC, and only 4, including the US, have ratified it. The CRS in its report also informed Congressmen that US companies have not yet started nuclear trade with India. The report said that India had insisted that the US conclude an agreement with it on a reprocessing facility in India before signing contracts with US nuclear firms. The two countries announced March 29 that they had concluded the agreement. “The US Administration submitted the subsequent arrangement to Congress May 11. The proposed arrangement shall not take effect if Congress adopts a joint resolution of disapproval,” the report said. The CRS report said the Administration has characterised civil nuclear cooperation with India as a “win” for non-proliferation because it would bring the country into the “non-proliferation mainstream”. In short, the Administration is proposing that India should be courted as an ally in US non-proliferation policy, rather than continue as a target of US non-proliferation policy. The US administration wants India to become an ally as past policies have not worked and New Delhi has a relatively good non-proliferation record.

“Die Hard’’ director John McTiernan was sentenced to one year in prison for perjury and lying to officials in a wiretapping case involving a former private investigator who represented many Hollywood stars. McTiernan, 59, was also fined 100,000 dollar at the conclusion of the long-running case which stemmed from him hiring convicted sleuth Anthony Pellicano to wiretap a film producer after they both worked on the 2002 movie ‘’Rollerball.’’ McTiernan’s attorney Oliver Diaz said in a statement that the movie director was a victim of ‘’prosecutorial vindictiveness’’ and planned to appeal his conviction. The film director initially lied to the FBI about his involvement with Pellicano, pleaded guilty in 2006, and then asked to withdraw his guilty plea saying he had received poor legal advice. In 2009, he was indicted by a grand jury and pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements and one count of perjury. “The defendant doesn’t think the law applies to him, and the court has no reason to believe he will not violate the law again when it suits him,’’ US District judge Dale S Fischer said yesterday, before sentencing McTiernan. Pellicano was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy and wiretapping in 2008 and is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence.


Norman dies at 95 REUTERS LONDON, OCT 5

British comic actor Norman Wisdom, who played bumbling characters in slapstick films of the 1950s and 60s, has died at the age of 95, his agent said. Wisdom, whose fame spread as far as Stalinist Albania, usually played the underdog who eventually triumphs over adversity to win success and the girl. Charlie Chaplin is said to have called Wisdom his favourite clown. “Norman was one of the family, and although he was my client he was probably my best friend,’’ Johnny Mans, his agent for over 30 years, told Reuters yesterday. “I thought he’d live to 100.’’ In his later years, Wisdom also won acclaim for straight stage and television roles. His films included ‘’Trouble in Store’’, which earned him a BAFTA Award, and in 1966 he was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway musical ‘’Walking Happy’’. In a bizarre twist to his career, he became an icon in hardline communist Albania, where his movies were among the few Western cultural products permitted. After the overthrow of communism he visited the country and was warmly welcomed. “It was like Beatlemania in Albania,’’ Mans said, recalling their visit to the country in 1995. “Even the men would come up to him and kiss him.’’

A policeman guards the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft as it is transported from the assembly hangar to its launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome on Tuesday. The Soyuz, with U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka, is due to fly to the International Space Station on October 8.

Extremist websites booming REUTERS LONDON, OCT 5

Western authorities say the number of extremist websites is skyrocketing but taking action to remove them remains difficult and the head of a specialist British police unit said engagement was needed as well as enforcement. Increasingly in recent years, politicians and global law enforcement agencies have spoken of their fears that militant groups were using the internet to radicalise and recruit people to their cause. The failed bombing attempt on a US commercial jet on Christmas Day in 2009 and the Army major who shot 13 people last year at Fort Hood in Texas were both linked to a US-born Muslim cleric who uses the Web to spread pro-al Qaeda views. “To a considerable extent we are faced by a technology arms race with terrorists,’’ British Security Minister Pauline NevilleJones said in a speech in July. “The communications revolution has made it easier for terrorist groups to reach out to vulnerable individuals with their violent extremist ideology and propaganda.’’ Just last week (Sept 21) Ronald Noble, secretary general of international police agency Interpol, told a conference of senior officers in Paris that the number of extremist sites was “skyrocketing’’, expanding from 12 in 1998 to 4,500 in 2006.

‘’The threat is global; it is virtual; and it is on our doorsteps,’’ he said. So what are countries doing? One response from Britain, one of the most vociferous countries calling for action particularly after the deadly July 2005 London suicide bombings, has been to set up a specialist unit, the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU). Launched as a pilot earlier this year, the seven-person unit relies on the public or other police agencies to refer websites that they are concerned about. These are assessed and, if necessary, action can be taken under terrorism laws to force websites to remove material or bring prosecutions against those responsible. The aim was ‘’to try to make the internet ... a more hostile environment for terrorists and violent extremists to operate’’, the CTIRU’s head Detective Chief Inspector Jayne Snelgrove told Reuters in her first interview since the unit’s launch. However she said there was a disconnect between what people thought was offensive and what was actually criminal. “The majority of sites that we will see will actually be moderate, or certainly won’t be breaching UK law. Even very extreme sites don’t breach UK legislation,’’ she said. “I would certainly suggest what a member of the public

Drunkenness more common among Eastern European teens: study REUTERS NEW YORK, OCT 5

Drunkenness has become more common among Eastern European teenagers and particularly girls in the past decade as alcohol marketing reaches new audiences, according to Swiss research. A study looking at nearly 80,000 15-year-olds in 23 countries found overall teens had been drunk on average two to three times but it was becoming less common in Western countries. However Dr. Emmanuel Kuntsche of Addiction Info Switzerland, Research Institute, in Lausanne and his colleagues found more girls, particularly in Eastern Europe, are drinking to excess. “While alcohol consumption might have appeared to be part of a new and attractive lifestyle element to adolescents in Eastern Europe, during the same period alcohol consumption and drunkenness may have lost some of their appeal to a formerly high-consuming group, (primarily) boys in Western Europe and North America,’’ the researchers said in a statement. The researchers said social control of leisure time and lack of alcohol marketing behind the Iron Curtain had seemed to keep adolescent drunkenness down. But in the 1990s, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, increasingly aggressive marketing of alcohol likely helped contribute to an increase in adolescent alcohol use during that decade. “Across all seven Eastern Eu-

n “While alcohol consumption might have appeared to be part of a new and attractive lifestyle element to adolescents in Eastern Europe, during the same period alcohol consumption and drunkenness may have lost some of their appeal to a formerly high-consuming group, (primarily) boys in Western Europe and North America,’’ the researchers said in a statement. ropean countries, the average frequency of drunkenness increased about 40 per cent over the 10-year study period,’’ the researchers said. The frequency of drunkenness declined in 13 of 16 Western countries by an average of 25 per cent. Boys reported getting drunk an average of 2.5 times, down from 3 times, and girls reported a drop to 2 from 2.5 times. While gender differences narrowed overall, in most countries — except for Greenland, Norway, and Britain — boys still reported getting drunk more often than girls. In some Western countries, alcohol use by teen girls has been on the rise, ‘’possibly owing to changes in gender roles,’’ the researchers added in their study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study was based on surveys conducted at high schools in 1997/1998 and 2005/2006 including a total of 77,586 adolescents. The researchers said the findings showed ‘’a cultural conver-

gence and a gender convergence in adolescent drunkenness occurred across countries and subgroups’’ with adolescents more uniform in terms of how often they drank to excess. “Global marketing appears to have succeeded in increasing excessive alcohol consumption among adolescents in Eastern Europe,’’ they noted. At the same time the saturation of alcohol advertising in the West may have made drinking seem ‘’conformist and traditional.’’ Based on the findings, the researchers said Eastern European countries should emphasize public health approaches to discourage drunkenness such as increasing taxes on alcohol and restricting alcohol advertising. They suggested Western countries could further reduce drinking by promoting leisure time activities that don’t involve alcohol. “The gender convergence implies that prevention policy should be less exclusively focused on male adolescents,’’ they said.

might consider unpalatable is a significant way off what would be breaching UK legislation.’’ She had no detailed figures for the number of referrals they had received, or how many sites had been taken down, saying the unit was still in its infancy. “We have got a number of investigations taking place but it’s too early to start giving details,’’ she said. “It’s not just about removal and prosecution, it’s also about understanding what’s out there. We are not policing the internet.’’ Most of the sites referred to the CTIRU relate to radicalisation, with a smaller number involving practical matters such as how to make a bomb or suicide vest. The referrals have included sites linked to dissident Irish republican militants, although Snelgrove could not say whether such groups were actively recruiting via the web. Although industry has been helpful, she said, the unit only has authority over UK-hosted or administered sites and most offending material is based outside Britain, requiring the cooperation of overseas police forces. “The internet has made policing in general more difficult. Offences that occur over the internet are jurisdictionally difficult to respond to,’’ she said. “The fact it’s difficult doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.’’

Court dismisses charges against Bout REUTERS BANGKOK, OCT 5

A Thai court today dismissed charges of money-laundering and wire fraud against suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, bringing him a step closer to extradition to the United States to face terrorism charges. But the 43-year-old former Soviet air force officer nicknamed “Merchant of Death’’, and his allies in Moscow, are expected to wage an intense effort to stop the extradition, possibly by appealing to Thailand’s prime minister who has final say. Legs shackled, Bout turned to his lawyer after the verdict and asked him to appeal. He hugged his wife before about 30 police commandoes escorted him from Bangkok Criminal Court.

Hungary declares emergency REUTERS BUDAPEST, OCT 5

Hungary declared a state of emergency in three western counties today due to spill of toxic alumina sludge which has killed three people and injured more than 100 others, the news agency MTI reported. The counties of Veszprem, Gyor-Moson-Sopron and Vas counties were covered by the state of emergency. The disaster began on Monday when the dam of a sludge reservoir burst at the huge Ajkai Timfoldgyar Zrt plant, owned by MAL Zrt., flooding parts of three villages. The National Disaster Unit (NDU) denied a report that the sludge reservoir’s dam had broken at a second point, saying crews were pouring plaster into a nearby river to help neutralise the spill. “We have poured multiple tonnes of plaster into the Marcal River and hope to stem the toxic flow that way. The toxicity of the sludge moderates with every kilometre,’’ NDU spokeswoman Gyorgyi Tottos said. “We have three people confirmed dead and another person who has not been confirmed to have died from the flood,’’ he said. The ambulance service had reported 116 injured, eight seriously and one critically and the injured transferred to nearby hospitals.


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SSIMS to hold biz strategy, leadership series PANJIM (HBD) -- Sri Sri Institute of Management Studies (SSIMS) based at Margao in association with Goa Management Association (GMA) is organising its first Business Strategy and Leadership Lecture Series on October 9, 2010 at GCCI Hall at 3.45 pm. Dr Hasid Joshipura, MD GlaxosmithKline and Akhila Srinivasan, MD Shriram Life Insurance Company Ltd will be the two speakers for the day. Dr Hasit Joshipura will speak on ‘Business Strategy – Response to changing statutory environment and globalization while Akhila Srinivasan will speak on Business strategy – Leveraging Finance to penetrate rural and low income urban markets. The objective of SSIMS Lecture series is to invite top level executives from India and abroad to share their knowledge with the student community and corporates across Goa. The event is open to general public.

Venky’s expands footprint PANJIM (HBD) -- Pune-based Venkateshwara Hatcheries Group has foraying into the neighboring Bangladesh market. This is the groups 2nd overseas poultry feed manufacturing unit outside India, following Vietnam in the recent past Brand Ambassador’s actor Sanjay Dutt and Australian cricketer Brett Lee recently launched the Venky’s brand in Bangladesh at an event held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at Dhaka. The company will be setting up a state of the art poultry feed manufacturing unit, with an initial investment of Rs 12 crore. The unit with a production capacity of 4500 MT per month will commence operations by the year-end.

Festive offer at Tanishq PANJIM (HBD) -- Tanishq launched “Queen of Diamond 2010”, an initiative taken to make a memorable shopping experience to customers. Sandeep Kulhalli, vice president, Tanishq announced the bumper prize of the contest, exclusive Tanishq diamond jewellery set worth Rs 50 lakh. Starting nationally from October 7, 2010, the contest will provide consumers a rewarding shopping experience by extending an opportunity to win exquisite diamond jewellery. There is also an assured gifts on purchase of Rs 10,000 and above from Tanishq. The grand contest is specially created to incite the customers with the ecstatic joy of shopping and double the festive fever. The entry to this contest is easily made available on purchase of jewellery worth Rs 15,000 or more at Tanishq. In addition to the bumper prize of Rs 50 lakh, there are also prizes worth Rs 4 lakh at region level and 38 Nos of prizes each across all Tanishq Boutiques varying from Rs 5000 to Rs 1 lakh. A total of Rs 5 crore worth of diamond Jewellery will be given away as prizes.

Offer at SkodaAuto too PANJIM (HBD) -- SkodaAuto India, a fully owned subsidiary of SkodaAuto A S, Czech Republic and one of the most promising automobile companies in India announced a two week long festival campaign at all Skoda authorized dealerships across India. The festive campaign commences on October 1 to 14, 2010 and from October 18 to 30 for Delhi and NCR. In line with SkodaAuto’s commitment to its customers, the festival campaign offers an enhanced customer experience. It is aimed to provide the much required aesthetic care for the car post monsoons. The campaign offers a 23 points general check-up along with extensive cleaning & exterior polishing of the car with dedicated car cosmetic products.

Index Trade Fairs 2010 PANJIM (HBD) -- Index Trade Fairs 2010, India’s largest event for the furniture and interiors industry, spread over 40,000 square meters, will have more than 700 brands from India, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Italy and China. Organised by Universal Media Group, one of the best known and highly regarded organizers of corporate exhibitions in the country, this is the 11th edition of this annual event that has become the meeting point for the industry. The event will comprise eight industry specific fairs including Index Furniture, Index Kitchen and Appliance, Index Office + Contract, Index Inter-Furn, Indarch, Index Light and The Hotel & Spa Show. One of the major attractions will be the international pavilions, dedicated to furniture, lighting and accessories which will include various trade associations viz Malaysian Timber Council, Federlegno Arredo, Hongkong Trade Development Council, Mosder – Association of Turkish Furniture Manufacturers, Ascer, to name a few. Trade visitors for the fair are expected from 10.30 am to 3 pm and general visitors are welcome from 3 pm to 6.30 pm. General visitors without an invitation will need to pay entry charges. For pre- registration visit

Sensex sheds 68 pts on profit booking; ADAG pack shines PTI MUMBAI, OCT 5

Cutting short the three-day gains, the BSE benchmark Sensex today took a breather and ended 68 points lower as profit booking in blue-chip financial and FMCG stocks weighed against investor sentiments amid not-so bad global cues. In a choppy session on Dalal Street, the Bombay Stock Exchange’s 30-share index settled at 20,407.71, down by 68.02 points, or 0.33 per cent. During the trade, the index moved in a range of 20,560.54 to 20,383.16 points. The barometer had gained 520 points in last three trading sessions.

Gold's lustre to stay for rest of 2010: poll REUTERS LONDON, OCT 5

Gold's run to record highs is likely to maintain its current momentum for the rest of 2010, with a snap poll of analysts conducted by Reuters this week finding two out of three see prices above $1,350 by year-end. Eleven out of the 21 analysts polled say they expected the precious metal to be trading between $1,350 and $1,400 an ounce by Dec. 31, while two respondents saw prices higher still. "Continued concerns over the global economy and particularly the U.S. should keep interest in gold high," said Michael Widmer, an analyst at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in London.

Spot gold hit a series of record highs in late September and reached a new peak of $1,317.80 an ounce earlier on Friday, as concerns that the US will further ease monetary policy to combat sluggish growth which has battered the dollar. Analysts cited weakness in the currency, the prospect of further quantitative easing in the United States and elsewhere and central banks' increased emphasis on holding gold as a reserve asset as reasons for the rally to continue. "All the key factors that have driven gold higher remain in place, including demand for gold as an alternative asset, net central bank buying, currency debasement, economic uncertainty, sovereign

n Is the surge in gold on the back of economic woes in the EU and jitters in the US coming to end? Or, as many analysts believe, is the lastest pullback no more than a pause before gold resumes its upward trajectory? Is gold still a bargain at $1,300-plus or is it time to sell? No, gold is no longer a bargain, but it may not be time to sell. Gold has continued to set new records in the third quarter, breaking through the $1,300/ounce level and hitting a fresh record at $1,320.80 an ounce on Friday. "Ongoing financial troubles in Europe and the U.S. is ensuring that gold will stay strong and maintain its role as a safe haven investment," said Eagle Mining Research analyst Keith Goode. "Even if there was a correction, I wouldn't expect it to be anything devastating."

China strives to cut energy consumption AGENCY BEIJING, OCT 5

China's target to cut its energy consumption per unit of GDP by five percent this year is 'within reach', an official said. In order to tackle climate change, the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-10) set an objective of reducing energy consumption per unit of GDP by 20 percent in 2010 as compared to 2005, China Daily reported Tuesday. Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, said: 'We only achieved a cut of 15.6 percent by the end of 2009, so we have to cut the remaining 5 percent this year to reach our target.' Speaking at a press conference during the UN Climate Change Conference in Tianjin, Xie said: 'It's very challenging to further cut energy use and reach the set goal.' As many as 18 municipalities, provinces and autonomous regions were going to meet the target. But, six to seven provincial-level administrative areas were facing challenges. Aban Offshor, 855, 899.9, 855, 895.6 Abb Ltd., 922, 933, 890.15, 922.3 Abg Shipyard, 255.8, 270.7, 255, 268 Acc Limited, 1016.35, 1034.9, 1012.55, 1029.9 Adani Enterp, 689, 690.15, 660.45, 662.3 Aditya Birla, 858.4, 877, 858.4, 868.85 Allahabad Ba, 241, 242.4, 239, 239.45 Alstom Proje, 858, 863, 839, 840.55 Ambuja Cemen, 140.7, 143.8, 140.7, 142.5 Andhra Bank, 169.95, 171.4, 169.25, 170.05 Ashok Leylan, 77.4, 77.75, 76.3, 76.5 Asian Paints, 2650.1, 2689.8, 2650, 2654.4 Axis Bank Li, 1577.1, 1590.4, 1570.1, 1575.3 Bajaj Hindus, 132.5, 135.3, 132.2, 134.35 Bank Of Baro, 909.9, 918, 905, 908.65 Bank Of Indi, 535, 558.9, 534.15, 553.95 Beml Limited, 1156, 1211, 1147.2, 1190.25 Bharat Elect, 1813.65, 1829, 1795.25, 1803.25 Bharat Forge, 370.2, 375.9, 367.85, 370 Bharat Petro, 757, 771, 752.05, 764.9 Bharti Airte, 359.85, 367, 350.75, 353.65 Bhel, 2619, 2664.8, 2614.5, 2647.7 Bhushan Stee, 510, 527, 461.2, 518.45 Biocon Limit, 386, 389.6, 380.1, 381.5 Bombay Dyein, 653, 656, 640.1, 643.4 Bosch Limite, 6235.45, 6335, 6212, 6235.3

debt risk, and general strength in commodities," said Bill O'Neill, partner at US-based LOGIC Advisors. Three respondents to the poll, including Caroline Bain,

an economist and senior commodities editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, see gold prices holding in their current

range between $1,300-1,350 an ounce until year-end. "We believe that investor demand for gold will remain strong over the next couple of months because global interest rates will remain at ultra-low levels and because of uncertainty surrounding the prospects for growth next year," she said. PRESSURE SEEN O'Neill added that prices could come under pressure if heavy selling is seen by exchange-traded funds, which may potentially dump large quantities of metal onto the market. However, price dips in the past have not led to corresponding ETF selling. Not everyone polled was bullish on gold, however. Three respondents to the poll -- pre-

Mark Cutifani, chief executive of the world's no. 3 gold producer AngloGold , said he is counting on gold prices rising by $70-$100 a year through 2015, far outpacing any increases in average industry mining costs. Resource Capital Research says it is no longer only about analysing gold's fundamentals, but also about analysing market psychology -- what it calls an "almost total lack of trust in most asset classes, and the predominance of a crisis mentality." "At the moment it seems that gold and other precious metals as a safe haven, are virtually the only investment vehicles that can be trusted," it said in a report on Tuesday. How is gold performing against other major commodities? Since the start of 2008, gold has stood head and shoulders above other major asset classes, appreciating by 58 percent while copper is up only 16 percent and oil is down 15 percent over that period. What's the US Dollar got do with it? Historically, a negative correlation has existed between gold and the dollar. As the dollar weakens, the price of gold increases, since gold is denominated in

cious metals house Heraeus, US bullion dealer Kitco and Commerzbank -- expect prices to slip back below $1,250 an ounce by the end of December. Two others, both based in Asia, expect the precious metal to correct back to a range between $1,250-1,300. "Gold prices are likely to enter a correctional phase," said Masayo Kondo, president of research firm Commodity Intelligence Ltd in Tokyo. "Stocks are expected to recover from recent lows either on expectations for the Fed's further easing or signs of economic improvement, while inflationary pressures remain low. "Also, funds are looking to take profits after the metal's recent run-up," he said.

dollars but widely used in global markets and by central banks of foreign countries. The usual inverse relationship between gold and the dollar has showed signs of strengthening of late. The 25-day correlation between the metal and the the US currency has increased to a negative 0.4, the strongest inverse link since May. The euro on Monday toppled from its highest level versus the dollar in more than six months amid renewed concerns about the financial viability of euro zone banks, prompting investors to cut overly bullish bets on the euro, undermining the gold price in the process. But a widely expected second round of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve and more eurozone debt concerns should ensure the dollar's downtrend remains intact and act as a fillip again for gold. What is the biggest threat to a rising gold price? If other asset classes start to regain the market's trust and the US dollar strengthens, the need for a safe haven is reduced. In this scenario gold's fundamentals look precarious, according to Resource Capital Research, which predicts a fall back to $1,000 an ounce.

‘Global steel consolidation almost done’ REUTERS LUXEMBOURG, OCT 5

Consolidation in the steel industry is almost finished, apart from in China, said the head of the world's No.1 steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, dampening speculation of an M&A revival in the sector. Despite a pick up in global merger and acquisition activity, steel production has seen few large deals since Mittal took over Arcelor in 2006. The fragmented steel industry is in a disadvantageous position in price talks with iron ore miners, producers of key steelmaking material, as three big miners -- Vale, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton -- dominate the market. "It's almost done," Lakshmi Mittal told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Steel Association conference in Tokyo late on Monday, when asked if the steel industry should consolidate more to gain pricing power over miners. "There is not much room left for consolidation, except in China," he said, adding that he was not interested in buying a Japanese steelmaker.

IDBI Bank ties up with WRI


IDBI Bank has entered into an MoU with US-headquartered World Resources Institute (WRI), one of the world’s top environmental research institutes. WRI has a global reach, working with more than 400 partners in 50 countries. IDBI Bank has entered into an MoU with WRI for financing micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in India for implementing ESCO (Energy Saving Company) projects. Broadly, the issues that are focused upon by WRI, interalia, include climate change, ecosystem protection, environmental governance, green markets, sustainable transportation, etc. Elaborating on this new tieup, T R Bajalia, executive director and head-MSME at IDBI Bank, said, “The MoU with WRI envisages IDBI Bank as the official partner / financier which would enable the bank to develop financial products to meet the needs of ESCO projects, besides implementing the ESCO projects in select MSMEs who have potential for energy

Brigade Ente, 147.1, 150.95, 147.1, 148.15 Cairn India, 336.95, 339.4, 332.3, 336 Canara Bank, 585.6, 628.7, 585.6, 623.45 Central Bank, 200, 202, 197.15, 197.65 Century Text, 526, 535.85, 523.5, 528.25 Cesc Ltd, 398.2, 401, 393.2, 396.9 Chambal Fert, 72, 73.35, 71.35, 72.85 Chennai Petr, 258.7, 264.65, 257.1, 262.3 Cipla Ltd, 329, 333.2, 326.85, 329.35 Colgate Palm, 890.65, 893.85, 878.5, 880.85 Container Co, 1300.55, 1329, 1300.55, 1309.3 Crompton Gre, 317.05, 319.8, 311.25, 314.95 Cummins Indi, 738.8, 744, 734.3, 739.6 Dabur India, 110.15, 110.15, 108.05, 108.3 Deccan Chron, 131.9, 136.6, 131.5, 134.8 Dish Tv Indi, 54, 56.7, 54, 56.2 Divi’s Labor, 715.5, 724.1, 715.5, 719.7 Dlf Limited, 390, 393.7, 386.1, 390.35 Dr. reddy’s, 1498, 1518, 1498, 1502.55 Edelweiss Ca, 62.3, 63.7, 60.2, 60.55 Educomp Solu, 602, 630.5, 602, 625.7 Eih Limited, 136.95, 138.5, 136, 137.8 Engineers In, 355.9, 359.95, 353.7, 354.95 Essar Oil Lt, 134, 145.6, 133, 144.45 Essar Shippi, 111.1, 117.5, 111.1, 116.65 Exide Indust, 167.65, 169.85, 166.35, 167.05

savings in their units. As WRI has analysed the investment potential of the ESCO industry in India , this tie-up would go a long way in helping both partners to grow in this niche segment.” In another new initiative, IDBI Bank has introduced a ‘SME Smart Line of Credit’ which offers a pre-approved line of credit that would be available to both new and existing MSME customers in the form of Term Loan / Working Capital or both (fund-based / non-fund based limit) to meet their unexpected or sudden business needs. The business under the product would also help the Bank to achieve its priority sector-lending targets. With a view to provide door step banking services to MSME borrowers, the Bank has introduced the facility of online application form on its website. Under this, the prospective customer can apply for various credit facilities from anywhere in the country, which would help him to save his time and money. On receipt of application, the Bank's nearest branch would contact the customer for relevant documents and the

Federal Bank, 400, 426.55, 399.1, 419.5 Financial Te, 1209, 1223.7, 1200, 1206.8 Gail (india), 410, 494.7, 410, 491.8 Gammon India, 218.7, 218.85, 214, 214.55 Glaxosmithkl, 2270, 2341, 2270, 2285.15 Glenmark Pha, 312.5, 320.7, 312.05, 314.45 Gmr Infrastr, 57.8, 58.2, 56.9, 57.75 Godrej Indus, 227.7, 234.1, 224.85, 230.55 Grasim Indus, 2308.1, 2340, 2299.95, 2303.9 Great Offsho, 374.8, 383, 373, 378.7 Gtl Infra.Lt, 45.2, 46, 45.15, 45.3 Gujarat Mine, 133.05, 138.8, 133.05, 135.55 Gujarat N R, 60.9, 62.35, 60.5, 61.7 Gujarat Stat, 111, 114.2, 111, 113 Gvk Pow. & I, 47.45, 48.5, 47, 47.95 Hcl Technolo, 436.5, 443.4, 430.6, 433.05 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2481.4, 2509.7, 2437.45, 2447.8 Hdfc Ltd, 675, 765, 675, 741.35 Hero Honda M, 1805, 1820, 1793, 1801.1 Hindalco in, 205.9, 208, 201.9, 203.05 Hindustan Co, 62.9, 64.2, 61.6, 63.85 Hindustan Ma, 74.1, 75, 74.1, 74.55 Hindustan Pe, 520, 528, 519, 522.65 Hindustan Un, 308.55, 309, 303.15, 304 Hindustan Zi, 1169.3, 1179.95, 1153.2, 1157.4 Housing Dev, 274, 279.8, 270.7, 277.45

application would be processed as per the merits of the case. The Bank has also put in place a web-based application for the MSME borrowers to enable them to track the status of their applications submitted to the Bank online. The system, among the first of its kind in the banking industry, would usher in transparency in the processing of loan applications, enabling the borrower to know the stage of processing of the loan application. On October 1, 2010, IDBI Bank had entered into a special partnership with the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for joint financing of MSME clients across the country. Initially, the co-financing facility would be rolled out in 10 centres viz., Ahmedabad, Bangalore , Chennai, Coimbatore , Delhi , Indore , Jaipur, Lucknow , Ludhiana and Rajkot and subsequently, would be extended across the country. Common documentation would be done under pari passu basis, which would facilitate MSME clients to get funds smoothly. IDBI Bank would provide the working capital and SIDBI would provide the

Icici Bank L, 1148.05, 1158.8, 1141.75, 1147.7 Idea Cellula, 72.5, 73.55, 72.1, 72.55 Ifci Ltd, 55, 69.05, 55, 67.65 India Cement, 116, 120, 98, 118.15 India Infoli, 121.6, 121.9, 118.1, 118.6 Indiabulls F, 146.5, 160, 145, 157.1 Indiabulls R, 179.4, 184.9, 179.4, 184.05 Indian Bank, 285.55, 290, 282.7, 289 Indian Hotel, 101.25, 102.75, 100.85, 102.05 Indian Oil C, 415.65, 424.7, 415.65, 420.6 Indian Overs, 145, 145, 141.9, 142.7 Indus Dev Ba, 161.7, 163.75, 160.9, 161.75 Indusind Ban, 270.8, 281.3, 267.5, 278.8 Infosys Tech, 3075, 3111, 3070, 3084.7 Infra. dev., 207, 209.7, 204.4, 205 Ispat Indust, 23, 23.5, 22.1, 23.15 Itc Ltd, 176, 176.9, 173.5, 173.8 Ivrcl Infras, 166.1, 168.1, 165.8, 167.05 Jai Corp Lim, 254.15, 267.45, 254.05, 263.65 Jaiprakash A, 126.5, 130.4, 126, 129.2 Jet Airways, 759, 820.7, 759, 810.45 Jindal Saw L, 216.85, 218, 215, 215.8 Jindal Steel, 733, 745.5, 729.35, 737.85 Jsw Steel Li, 1400, 1400, 1375, 1376.8 Kotak Mahind, 513, 517.2, 507, 512.65 Lakshmi Mach, 2395.4, 2440, 2385, 2402.75

term loan. IDBI Bank has been taking a number of such initiatives in MSME financing during the last few years. In recognition of these, IDBI Bank has received the Best Public Sector Bank award in “SME Financing” from global business information provider Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) for FY 2010.

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MF FUNDA INFRASTRUCTURE BENCHMARK EXCHANGE TRADED SCHEME (Infra BeES), an open ended exchange traded fund from Benchmark Mutual Fund has been listed on the NSE. The new issue was open for subscription from September 9 to September 23, 2010. Infra BeES is India`s first Index ETF in Infrastructure sector. CNX Infrastructure Index includes companies belonging to telecom, power, port, air, roads, railways, shipping and other utility services providers. Benchmark Mutual Fund was managing the assets worth Rs 25.05 billion at the end of September 2010. UTI MUTUAL FUND has approved October 7, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of UTI Fixed Income Interval Fund- Monthly Interval Plan II under both retail and institutional option. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. RELIANCE MUTUAL FUND has approved October 8, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of Reliance Fixed Horizon Fund - V- 3 Years Plan - Series 1 under retail option. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. Accordingly, Rs 2.8843 per unit as on the record date shall be declared as dividend under the scheme.

Lanco Infrat, 70.6, 72, 69.4, 69.95 Larsen & Tou, 2067.5, 2085, 2043.5, 2053.35 Lic Housing, 1425, 1458.4, 1411.5, 1443.6 Lupin Limite, 406.2, 416.05, 406.2, 409.05 Mahanagar Te, 65.1, 67.6, 64.6, 66.4 Mahindra & M, 733, 749.75, 732.5, 744.35 Maruti Suzuk, 1486, 1524, 1478.2, 1503.35 Max India Lt, 171.55, 181.6, 171.55, 174.9 Maytas Infr., 224.4, 227.5, 221.5, 223.15 Moser-baer (, 69, 71.4, 69, 70.95 Mrpl, 79.6, 83.45, 79.5, 82.3 Nagarjuna Co, 155.2, 163.2, 155.2, 162.4 Nagarjuna Fe, 30.8, 31.25, 30.65, 30.8 National Alu, 407.3, 412.8, 407, 410.15 Neyveli Lign, 164.55, 168.5, 164.1, 165.95 Ntpc Ltd, 218.2, 219.4, 215.5, 216.1 Oil And Natu, 1354, 1407.7, 1354, 1390.6 Omaxe Limite, 148, 149.5, 147.05, 148.45 Oriental Ban, 481.15, 491.5, 474.1, 486.4 Pantaloon Re, 501.7, 523.5, 501.7, 517.05 Parsvnath De, 142.5, 143.2, 141, 142.3 Petronet Lng, 111.9, 115.7, 111.25, 114.6 Power Fin Co, 362.2, 366.9, 357.55, 360.05 Power Grid C, 109.7, 112.6, 109.6, 111.9 Praj Industr, 76.2, 78.95, 75.5, 78.3 Punj Lloyd L, 139, 140.85, 137.1, 137.75

Punjab Natio, 1310, 1319.65, 1302.95, 1307.4 Rajesh Expor, 104.6, 111.5, 103.5, 107.55 Ranbaxy Labs, 601.25, 609.9, 591.4, 595.65 Rashtriya Ch, 82.75, 83.95, 82.15, 82.85 Rel. nat. re, 39.35, 42.2, 39.05, 41.8 Reliance Cap, 828, 865, 823.05, 857.5 Reliance Com, 174, 179.4, 172.05, 177.95 Reliance Ene, 1225, 1225, 1200.01, 1206.96 Reliance Ind, 878, 942, 875, 931.45 Reliance Ind, 1016, 1031.8, 1009, 1023.85 Reliance Pow, 161.05, 170.8, 161.05, 168.65 Rolta India, 168.9, 170.2, 168, 168.65 Satyam Compu, 89.1, 89.1, 87, 87.2 Sesa Goa Ltd, 363.35, 366, 359.1, 362 Shipping Cor, 168, 169.65, 166.35, 168 Siemens Ltd, 832.1, 839.75, 830, 834.6 Sintex Indus, 399, 458, 398.85, 430.55 Sobha Develo, 393, 395.85, 387, 389.4 State Bank O, 3255, 3275.1, 3237.2, 3248 Steel Author, 224, 231.2, 221.6, 223.8 Sterlite Ind, 171.2, 173.8, 170.25, 170.8 Sun Pharmace, 2084.4, 2084.4, 2051.1, 2061 Sun Tv Netwo, 528.8, 530.1, 505.25, 517.85 Suzlon Energ, 59, 59.4, 57.4, 57.6 Tata Communi, 325.7, 329.85, 321.1, 322.4 Tata Consult, 950, 965.95, 946.15, 950.25

Tata Motors, 1144.95, 1145.15, 1128.2, 1134.35 Tata Power C, 1376.55, 1403.65, 1375.55, 1398.55 Tata Steel L, 672, 677.5, 666.2, 668.35 Tata Teleser, 22.6, 23.45, 22.55, 23.15 Tech Mahindr, 759, 769, 754.4, 765.05 The Ge Shpg., 327, 332.6, 323.1, 324 The Phoenix, 243, 256, 243, 254.25 Thermax Ltd, 797.05, 809.9, 797.05, 805.05 Titan Indust, 3330, 3355, 3290, 3308.55 Torrent Powe, 325.1, 335.4, 325.1, 331.2 Triveni Engg, 123.2, 128, 123.1, 127.15 Tv18 India L, 94.25, 96.9, 93.35, 95.9 Uco Bank, 129.9, 129.9, 126.2, 126.75 Ultratech Ce, 1085, 1105, 1080, 1090 Union Bank O, 397.1, 401, 395.3, 398.2 Unitech Ltd, 93.8, 95, 93, 93.4 United Phosp, 184.25, 186.65, 183.25, 184.6 Videocon Ind, 282.05, 293.25, 280.15, 288.25 Vijaya Bank, 89.1, 90, 88.4, 88.75 Voltas Ltd, 245.8, 247.4, 240.25, 241.05 Wipro Ltd, 463.35, 467.5, 459.55, 461.1 Yes Bank Lim, 360, 360.5, 352, 353.1 Zee Entertai, 304, 308.75, 301.5, 304.6


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IVRCL Assets to raise Rs 150 cr PTI


IVRCL Assets and Holdings Ltd, a part of city based IVRCL Group, proposed to raise Rs 150 crore through the allotment of Equity Shares on a preferential basis to Ascent India Fund-III. The Board of Directors of the Company in a meeting held yesterday approved the issue of Equity Shares on a preferential basis, a press release issued here today said. In order to complete the deal, the Board of Directors convened an Extra-ordinary General Meeting of the shareholders of the company on 29, last month. "The Company proposes to raise Rs 149.99 crore by way of issue of 1,16,27,906 Equity Shares for cash at a price of Rs 129 per Equity Share including a premium of Rs 119 per share," it said.

Why is FDI into India declining? REUTERS HYDERABAD, OCT 5

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India fell by nearly a quarter in the first seven months of 2010 and the much-publicised chaos around preparations for the Commonwealth Games has added to worries foreign firms could put off further investment. A UN survey found investors ranked India as the second toppriority destination for FDI this year, replacing the United States, after China. Following are some questions and answers on foreign investment flows into India. Why are FDI flows important for India? India needs inflows to drive investment in infrastructure, a lack of which is often cited as restricting the country's economic growth. Investment is also needed to expand capacity and technology in sectors such as autos and steel, as well as to offset a big current account deficit. In 2009, India attracted $36.6 billion in FDI funds, equivalent to 2.7 percent of its gross domestic product. China attracted $95 billion, or 1.9 percent of GDP. But foreign direct investment flows into India fell by over 24 percent in the first seven months this year to $12.56 billion, putting pressure on domestic investment to take up the slack. Why have FDI flows slowed down? The slow pace of policy reform

that would further open sectors such as retail, insurance and real estate to foreign investment have acted as a deterrent. Delays in framing a new land acquisition act, which would ease availability of land for industry, have also hurt FDI flows into infrastructure and other sectors. FDI flows to India are likely to remain subdued in coming months as well, analysts said, given the shaky global recovery. That's a contrast to flows of foreign funds into Indian stocks, which are on track to hit a record high this year. FDI flows into India, which held up reasonably well during the global financial crisis, are likely to total between $20 billion and $30 billion in 2010, economists say. Will the Commonwealth Games have an impact on FDI? Negative publicity surrounding preparations for the Commonwealth Games, which opened in New Delhi on Sunday, could hurt sentiment among portfolio investors, but is unlikely to have a big impact on FDI flows. A report by credit research agency Moody's Analytics said negative publicity around the Commonwealth Games could tarnish India's image as a foreign investment destination as it reflected poorly on India's capacity to handle big projects. The games chaos may give multinationals considering ex-


Barbie footwear range PANJIM (HBD) – Mattel Toys has unveiled an array of Barbie footwear; printed flip flops, Barbie clogs, Barbie scandals, Barbie canvas and boots or sports shoes price starting from Rs 299 to Rs 999. This varied shoe collections is inspired by Barbie and her sense of style and fashion.

BMW Fin services in India

Sanjiv Shah, MD and CEO, BMW Financial Services in India seen with Georg Bauer, CEO, BMW Group Financial Services.

PANJIM (HBD) -- The BMW Group launched BMW Financial Services as a new business entity in India. BMW Financial Services is a 100% subsidiary of the BMW Group and is headquartered in Gurgaon (National Capital Region). BMW Financial Services has received license to operate as a NBFC from the RBI. In 2010, the BMW Group will invest Rs 230 crore in BMW Financial Services in India. BMW Financial Services will offer solutions for retail automobile financing for BMW customers and multi make customers, financing for fleet owners and commercial financing for BMW dealerships and multi make dealerships. BMW Financial Services will offer insurance solutions to its customers through its cooperation partner in India. Also in India, service excellence will be the primary focus of new operations across all business lines. NEW DEALERSHIP: BMW India announced the opening of the second sales and service facility of Bird Automotive, its dealer partner in Gurgaon. Spread over 1,10,000 sq ft, the ultra modern 4S facility has a classy showroom integrated with an advanced after-sales service facility featuring sales, service, spare parts and business systems to ensure that customers receive best-in-class pre and post sales ownership experience. The design of the showroom is based upon Reception at the Car (RATC) and Urban Street Display concept which is a Signature BMW layout with a Consultation Lounge and Sales Desk close to the display area. The showroom will display up to 9 cars in an urban street display style.

panding in India reason to think twice, Moody's Analytics said. However, most major corporate investors are aware of the challenges of doing business in India and will focus on the longer-term opportunities in a country where the 1.2 billion population is growing at a rapid 8.5 percent a year. Which sectors are facing slowdown? FDI flows in financial services, real estate and power fell as regulatory restrictions and strong domestic investment squeezed out some foreign bidders for high-return projects. FDI flows to real estate declined to 6 percent of total FDI flows during the June quarter from 11 percent in 2009/10, while flows to the services sector fell to 11 percent from 17 percent. However, FDI in telecoms, at about $1 billion during the June quarter, formed 16 percent of the total FDI funds during the period, up from 10 percent in the 2009/10 fiscal year. Big foreign firms have had mixed success investing in India. Vodafone paid $11 billion for control of an Indian mobile carrier but earlier this year booked a 2.3 billion pound ($3.64 billion) charge on its business due to fierce competition and the high cost of wireless spectrum. South Korea's POSCO has endured more than three years of

delay for a $12 billion steel plant in Orissa due to protests by farmers. London-based Vedanta Resources said in August it had reached a deal to pay up to $9.6 billion for control of oil producer Cairn India. How will a decline in FDI affect the current account deficit? The trade ministry forecasts that the current account gap will reach 3 percent of GDP this fiscal year, or about $46.4 billion. Officials have said that India may end up with a balance of payments deficit this year given the rapid expansion in the current account deficit and fall in FDI. If so, massive foreign exchange reserves of some $291 billion will be more than sufficient to fund the gap. What is the impact of FDI flows on Monetary Policy? A fall in FDI inflows will keep the balance of payments under pressure and could undermine the rupee. If commodity and oil prices rise globally, a weaker rupee will add to inflationary pressures. With fighting inflation is the central bank's top priority, any development that could push up prices will be carefully watched and play into its thinking on tightening monetary policy. On the other hand, a wider deficit could lead to some liquidity tightness in the market, helping the central bank's five rate hikes so far this year be passed on more effectively.

Oberoi Realty to raise Rs 1k cr PTI MUMBAI, OCT 5

Oberoi Realty Ltd engaged in premium real estate developments in Mumbai, plans to enter the capital market with its initial public offering (IPO) of 39,562,000 equity shares of Rs 10 each. The price band of the issue has been fixed at Rs 253 to Rs 260 per equity share. The issue will be through a 100 per cent book building process. The company will raise about Rs 1,000 crore via the issue. The issue, which will open on October 6 and close on October 8, will constitute 12 per cent of the fully diluted postissue paid-up share capital of the company. "The issue proceeds are proposed to be used for construction of ongoing projects and planned projects, acquisition of land or land development rights," Oberoi Realty managing director, Vikas Oberoi told reporters here. The company will utilize Rs 741 crore for construction of its ongoing projects and Rs 225 crore for acquisition of land or land development rights. As part of our business strategy, we continue to focus on acquiring land or land development rights for development in the near-to-medium-term for developing new projects, Oberoi said. The company has acquired

83.88 acres of land for developing residential complex, retail mall, a commercial office space project, a deluxe hotel and a social infrastructure project at Oberoi Garden City at Goregaon in Mumbai. "We currently have 13 ongoing and 11 planned projects which we expect to provide a total saleable area of approximately 20,254,814 square feet," Oberoi said. Under its hospitality project, the company is developing hotels in the luxury and upmarket segments. It has developed The Westin Mumbai-Garden City, whereby hotel building is owned by Oberoi Realty and operated and managed by Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels and Resorts Pte Ltd under the Westin brand. The company intends to adopt a similar business model in respect of its planned projects. It is setting up Oasia Hotel at Worli, which is expected to be completed by December 2014 and has also planned Juhu Hotel project at Juhu in Mumbai. Under its retail project, the company is setting up Oasis Mall at Worli and has planned Sangam City Retail at Sangamwadi in Pune. The company is also planning to foray into new cities such as the New Delhi, NCR region, Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore for property development, he said.

Indian miracle will help outpace China: Economist AGENCY WASHINGTON, OCT 5

India may have a long way to go before becoming as rich as China but its economy will soon start growing faster, thanks to a young workforce and a brand of capitalism that outweighs its much derided democracy, says The Economist. 'Despite the headlines, India is doing rather well. Its economy is expected to expand by 8.5 percent,' the magazine says in its latest cover story, referring to the bad press the country received ahead of the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games. 'It has a long way to go before it is as rich as China - the Chinese economy is four times bigger - but its growth rate could overtake China's by 2013, if not before,' the magazine says. 'Some economists think India will grow faster than any other large country over the next 25 years. Rapid growth in a country of 1.2 billion people is exciting, to put it mildly,' it adds in the article: 'How India's growth will outpace China's.' The magazine says horrible toilets, stagnant puddles buzzing with dengue-spreading mosquitoes, collapsing masonry, and lax security and a terrorist attack did not fetch India ahead of the Games, suggesting it may remain a 'sec-

Bajaj Auto likely to up prices PTI MUMBAI, OCT 5

Leading two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto, is likely to increase the prices of its bikes by 1-2 per cent this month following a rise in input costs, a senior company official said today. "Input costs have risen considerably. As a result, we will have to increase the prices of our vehicles. We are planning to increase them by 1-2 per cent from this month," the company's GM(Marketing), Milind Bade, said. However, the company is still working out the details of the hike, he said. In July this year, the company had increased its prices following a rise in steel prices. It is expected that steel prices are likely to increase by Rs 500-1,000 in the coming months following an increase in the global demand for the material.

ond-rate' power. 'Or does it?' the magazine asks, saying the first reason for its conclusion is the benefit Indian economy will derive from its 'demographic dividend' that has powered many of Asia's economic miracles. 'India is now blessed with a young and growing workforce. Its dependency ratio - the proportion of children and old people to working-age adults is one of the best in the world and will remain so for a generation,' it says. The second reason, the magazine says, is the much-derided democracy, despite the notion elected governments retard development in poor countries, are biased towards interest groups and indulge in endless debates and delays on even the most urgent matters. 'No doubt a strong central government would have given India a less chaotic Commonwealth games, but there is more to life than badminton and rhythmic gymnastics. India's state may be weak, but its private companies are strong.' The magazine says Indian capitalism is driven by millions of entrepreneurs furiously doing ahead with this task, and thriving small businesses with many world-class ones whose English-speaking bosses network confidently with the

global elite. 'They are less dependent on state patronage than Chinese firms and often more innovative: They have pioneered the $2,000 car, ultra-cheap heart operation and some novel ways to make management more responsive to customers,' the magazine says. 'Ideas flow easily around India, since it lacks China's culture of secrecy and censorship. That, plus China's rampant piracy, is why knowledge-based industries such as software love India but shun the middle kingdom,' it says. 'India's individualistic brand of capitalism may also be more robust than China's state-directed sort,' the magazine adds, but also warns against unemployable workforce and rickety infrastructure. Yet there is hope. 'The Indian government recognises the need to tackle infrastructure crisis, and is getting better at persuading private firms to stump up the capital. But the process is slow and infected with corruption,' it says. 'Given the choice between doing business in China or India, most foreign investors would probably pick China,' The Economist said. 'But as the global economy becomes more knowledge-intensive, India's advantage will grow.'

Air Arabia’s Online UAE visa service PTI MUMBAI, OCT 5

Gulf-based low-cost air-carrier, Air Arabia, today said it has tied-up with visa processing agency, IVS Global, to provide online business and visit visa to its UAE-bound customers from India. The airline also announced the launch of a call centre in India to facilitate passengers book their flight tickets for Air Arabia flights. "The UAE visa service is designed for Air Arabia passengers from India. Now, customers can apply for a UAE visa online directly through their offices and homes," Air Arabia's Head of Commercial, A K Nizar, told reporters here. Besides, travel agents can also avail the services, Nizar said, adding that the airline has an around 5,000 strong travel agents network and they will also be authorised to offer visa services. The airline has also set up a call centre through which the customers can book tickets as well as enquire about the flight status and other services, he said. Air Arabia currently operates 105 flights per week from 13 Indian destinations which comprises both metro as well as Tier-11 cities.

India Inc poised to raise record funds via issues PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 5

With the Indian stock market near all-time peaks, the euphoria is also spreading to the primary markets and 2010 is likely to be remembered as the year in which India Inc raised record funds through IPOs and rights issues. In the current year so far, Indian corporates have raised over Rs 50,000 crore through domestic issues. This is close to the record figure of Rs 52,900 crore raised by domestic firms through equity issues in the whole of 2007, a report by brokerage firm Motilal Oswal said. "Given the pipeline of capital raising from both public and private sectors in the fourth quarter of CY''2010, we expect this year total capital rising to significantly surpass the previous high of 2007," the brokerage house said. IPO subscription money is

also an interesting indicator of the level of investor participation and the level of euphoria. For instance, in September alone, public offers were oversubscribed 11 times on average, with IPOs worth a total of Rs 3,400 crore attracting demand worth Rs 37,000 crore from investors. Last month, Eros International Media''s Rs 350 crore IPO was over-subscribed 27 times, while Tecpro Systems Rs 268 crore offer saw 24 times more demand. Similarly, Career Point Infosystems''s Rs 115 crore IPO was oversubscribed 47 times, Va Tech Wabag''s Rs 125 crore offer 36 times, Ashoka Buildcon''s Rs 225 crore offer 16 times and Microsec Financial''s Rs 147.5 crore offer 12 times. Going forward, the issuance of fresh paper is likely to continue, given the nearly USD 10 billion disinvestment programme of the govt and the

private sector''s requirement to raise equity to fund projects in sectors such as utilities, real estate and infrastructure. Staterun Coal India Ltd is coming out with its IPO later this month, through which the government expects to garner up to Rs 16,000 crore. Coal India''s IPO is billed as the biggest ever public issue in the country till date. So far, Reliance Power''s Rs 11,500 crore IPO was the biggest one. "Indian markets are in euphoric times. This is evident in the strong performance of benchmark indices, above average valuations, unprecedented FII flows, large IPO subscriptions, increased traded volumes and so on," the report said. India is one of the best performing markets globally and is poised to be one of the earliest to scale its previous peak and create new highs.









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Get Set to Kayak With the abating of the monsoons, daily kayaking expeditions are on again, conducted by Goa Kayaking, the only kayaking club in Goa, which is attracting many residents of the state and tourists, with their regular training and practice programmes. It is also one of the new sports included for the National Games to be hosted in Goa. Herald gets paddling to check out the new exploits on the kayaking scene

rnational The Inte oa, Dona Centre G ting Tai Chi Paula is hos staring sessions rior to it will October 9. P uctory talk, be an introd on October to be held lo o k s in to 7 . H e ra ld i has to offer what Tai Ch public to the Goan BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES nergy forms an essential facet of any being. When this energy stagnates it causes a disturbance in the life of the being. This is the principle on which Tai Chi is based on. “Energy, like everything else in life has two polarities, the yin and the yan, the good and the bad. Both of these are essential for the life processes. The energy has to flow. Where there is yin there will be the yan, wherever there is good, bad will follow,” explains Tai Chi practitioner Satyakam Gupta. According to Tai Chi, the abrupt disturbance of this flow is the main cause of illness and diseases. Success and happiness, what humans are constantly chasing, can be achieved only when you have peace within you. Tai Chi helps people find that peace. “People run after happiness and success but as long as you are not at peace with yourself, you will not enjoy the success and will want more,” explains Satyakam. Tai Chi has attracted the eye of the modern world for the past two decade or more, and its popularity is only increasing. “It is a form of martial art which has its roots in Kung Fu, but is characterised by slow movements specifically designed to promote the flow of energy,” says Satyakam. He further elaborates this movement of energy, using the illustration of a city with electricity supply to the various parts. He says, “Our body is like an electric circuit, if one part fails the whole city will not receive energy.” Likewise we need a balance of the positive and the negative in our life. Joy and sadness are both a part of life and wanting to be happy always goes against life. Tai Chi believes that the person should go along with the flow of life and not fight it. “Fighting life will only increase negative feelings and thus block the positive energy


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from flowing into your entity,” says Satyakam who has been practicing Tai Chi for almost 20 years. Tai Chi believes in striking a balance between the three points of energy concentration, the third eye, the heart and the third, the most important, the navel point. Each of these points represents the essential elements of life. “The third eye is connected with the heavenly bodies and represents intellect, the heart is connected with everything around you - people, animals – and represents emotions while the navel point is connected with the earth and represents the connection with the creator,” explains Satyakam. In the workshop, Satyakam will be teaching the art of balancing the yin and yan through 24 forms of Tai Chi with various sounds and breathing practices. “Tai Chi has various moves inspired by the animal world. The masters of Tai Chi observed animals and noticed they had peculiar movements which helped certain facets of their life. These movements were then incorporated into Tai Chi to create a similar energy in the human body,” explains Satyakam. Although popular around the world, Tai Chi has yet to find its rightful place in Goa. “People in Goa are pretty much aware of Tai Chi but not as much as the other cities around the world. The levels of stress have increased in the recent years. We need to slow down in this race of life, to live a healthy balanced life. There is a need for more awareness on what Tai Chi is all about,” concludes Satyakam.

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BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES ny water baby will vouch that there is a lustful desire to indulge in activities that involve the feel of water washing over you. From hardcore adventurous water activities right up to even just standing under a cold shower to wash away your fatigue or walking amidst the gentle waves on Goa’s cool sands is a huge turn-on for a person passionate about water. Combine aquatic passion with a passion for adventure where you yearn for a spray of cool water on your countenance while you still cling to a small floating device, or want the feel of water lashing over you as you tackle the raging river, then the heady thrill of kayaking is for you, say the kayaking experts. According to the adventurous at heart, the sport is a wholesome family thriller and once you have experienced it, most other water feats fade in comparison. Mr Prakash Alfonso, director, Goa Kayaking Club elucidates, “Even swimmers who swim across the breadth of the river take the help of the tide, so they aren’t swimming against the current. Besides, they are constantly monitored at every stroke. We who specialise in kayaking definitely need something more to stir us.” So are people flocking in large numbers to paddle and experience the fullness of this sport? According Mr Alphonso, “With each practice programme conducted, the number of participants is rising. What is really good is that many mid-aged people too are coming in. At the start, last year, we had just 12 numbers, but today we have 156 registered for our new expedition.” He continues, “We are tied up with kayaking clubs of Canada and USA. So, when our expeditions are announced, we get bookings directly from abroad from huge numbers of foreign tourists. And now with the number of Indians growing with each camp, we see a lot of them in our expeditions too.” And what can people look forward to on the upcoming expedition to be held on October 9 and 10? We hear that the expedition is sold out. “Yes, we are,” says Mr Alfonso as he informs, “Our take off point will be the Sinquerim jetty and we will finish at the village of Nerul. The entire route will be around 4.70 kms and will be a 2.5 to 3 hr trip. Basically, it is just flat water kayaking so it is open for beginners, right up to the advanced kayakers. What is interesting is that this expedition is to check the new vegetation growth after the monsoons and the birds and the minor hatcheries.”


The fact that last year, there were 30 kayaks begging to be used at Palolem was what prompted Mr Alfonso to his club. He elucidates, “The kayaks at Palolem are only used by the foreign tourists. And with absolutely no lifeguards or other safety aspects! And for most of our Indians, it is the fear of the unknown. That’s why I started this club. People need to be made aware that they can be trained to do kayaking.” The expert expounds further, “Parents bring their kids to witness our programmes and sit on the beach, make inquiries, wade in the water, everything. Except allow their kids or themselves to go to sea! Such is the fright of water amongst us Indians. What is needed is thorough knowledge that the sport is safe and carries a certain amount of risk akin to any other adventure sport.” Dwelling on people’s apprehension, Mr Alfonso chuckles, “The life jacket itself which is a must, has a rating of 90-110 kilos meaning a person weighing 50 to a person weighing 110 kgs can easily kayak with no fear of drowning, and the buoyancy of the kayak is about 150 plus kilos. So, you see how safe it is. But then, people need to be enlightened about this. You just need to respect the elements and follow the set safety guidelines.” Interestingly, we are informed that the most challenging side to the sport is getting in and getting out of the kayak. The practice programmes train you from knee deep, to waist deep, to neck deep levels, after which you are just there enveloped by the water. Stimulating and invigorating it surely is! With the range of adaptability of kayaking, it can be used in other water activities too. Goa has serene, exotic islands to explore, some with bird sanctuaries housing a variety of birds. Then there are beautiful sights to drink in, of intriguing water birds and friendly dolphins. Various tourist sites can be reached by kayaking. And how can ‘Goenkars’ ever forget their fish? Fishing is a tradition handed down by the generations and can be accomplished by kayaking. “You have to experience it to believe it,” say the enthusiasts as they eulogise the ‘feel good factors’ acquired from the sport. Besides a rocketing self esteem, there is a supreme sense of freedom as you hear nothing except your own paddling. So, go ahead and pack your bags and wet suits to paddle away to some exotic island as you conjure up a dreamy trip lost in your fantasies, with the swish-swosh of the water and the paddle-paddle of your oars. And yes there are tandem kayaks too. Now doesn’t that sound more interesting?

Bruno Mars out on his Own with Doo-Wops


runo Mars and Travie McCoy’s hit single Billionaire might never have been written had Mars been aware of the exchange rate between the US dollar and British pound. According to Mars, he came up with the hook to the pop-rap hit last year while walking around London and slowly realising just how broke he actually was. “Me and (production partner) Ari Levine went out to London to work on producing and writing for an artist. We had per diems, so they gave us 250 (a few hundred dollars) each to live off of for 11 days,” Mars says. “And everything there was so expensive. We were like, ‘Is this the biggest mistake

we’ve ever made? We thought we were broke in California; what are we going to do here?’ So we’ve got no money, and I’m walking the streets and came up with, ‘I wanna be a billionaire, so bad.” Mars might have been strapped for cash, but before the Billionaire refrain popped into his head, the 24-year-old Hawaii native already had an impact on pop radio as a member of production team the Smeezingtons. Mars’ featured vocals on the song’s chorus, as well as on BoB’s Billboard Hot 100-topping Nothin’ on You, were preceded by a songwriting credit on Flo Rida’s Right Round and production work on K’naan’s Wavin’ Flag, which became the official anthem of the 2010 World Cup. Yet for Mars (real name: Peter Hernandez), it’s never been about producing other people. Although he was hawking his Smeezingtons material to pay his bills, Mars’ focus remained on his solo career. On the eve of release of Mars’ debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Elektra co-president John Janick thinks that the success of Nothin’ on You and Billionaire as well as the steady growth of the disc’s retro-romantic first single Just the Way You Are have set up Mars as a multifaceted flagship artist for the recently revived label. “We were thinking that, if all these songs were hits, it will help him develop as an artist before his first album,” Janick says. “It came together exactly right. The songs introduced his voice to a lot of different people.”

Getting Together again in ‘Silence’ A

fter promoting Anjaana Anjaani, Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor will soon be working together in their next film, Anurag Basu’s Silence. “Priyanka and I will soon have rehearsals and will start preparing for the forthcoming film. They are really tough and challenging which need a lot of homework. Currently I am working on Rockstar,” says Ranbir. He plays a deaf and dumb person while Priyanka plays a mentally challenged girl in the film. It is rumoured to be a romantic murder mystery. The buzz around Anurag is that he is severely depressed after his last film Kites bombed and is waiting to get back on the sets. The shooting will start in July. Till then, Piggy Chops and Ranbir will continue to work on their respective roles.












Wednesday, 6 Oct, 2010

WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? A kayaking trip from Sinquerim jetty to the village of Nerul will take place on October 9 and 10. E-mail Call 09422056037. Introduction to Tai Chi session will be held on October 7 from 5:30pm to 7pm at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. Tai Chi classes will begin on October 9 at the International Centre Goa. Call 9765404391 or 2452805-10. Email Free public dental check-ups, organised by Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited and the Indian Dental Association (IDA) will be held in Margao throughout October as part of Oral Health Month 2010. SMS her/his postal pin code to 5676725. Second Konknni Compering workshop, organised by the Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) will be held on October 10 from 10.30am to 1pm at the BPS Club Conference Hall, Margao. Call 2221688 or 9881810832. Cantaram Singing Competition, organised by the Kala Academy, Panjim will be held on October 23 and 24 at the Kala Academy. Registration is open and will close on October 18. Call 2420452. A workshop on Gumott playing for Mando will be held on October 10 at 3pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. It is organised by the Goa Cultural and Social Centre, Panjim and the Kala Academy. The last day for registration is October 6. Call 9823053546, 9881737479 or 2461077. A chamber music concert by La Gioia Koln, a European Baroque music troupe, organised by Cosme Matias Menezes Group and the Kala Academy will take place on October 6 at 6.30pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 9921372036 or 2420452.



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was seen guiding his child to thresh the paddy on a manual threshing machine. Everybody took their clay bowls (matli) to the wood fired pezecho budkulo and enjoyed the pez together with chapni thor and kharem. Vivek Menezes expresses his sentiments about the event as nostalgic and said, “The kharem is a perfection of taste that is very difficult to obtain and something I never experienced before.” Authentic Goan culinary treats were prepared by Aldina Gomes, Director of Goa Chitra. The buffet consisted of smoked mackerels with binda solam and green chilies, ukde tandol(boiled rice), the mackerel curry with themplam, chicken xacuti, khorli and kingfish fried, roasted meats, sorpatel and attol. The celebration ended with a folk sing song session with Robert Vaz on guitar.

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BY TOMAZINHO CARDOZO ahitya Academy, New Delhi will organise a special programme ‘Meet the Author’ to meet and hear Bonaventure D’ Pietro, an eminent Konkani writer on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 5.30 pm at Black Box, Kala Academy, Panjim. Right from his childhood D’ Pietro was a keen observer of any happening that took place in the village or in his surroundings. He had the ability to analyse the incidents and also the capability to narrate them in a befitting manner. It was this attitude which compelled his tender mind in 1958 to write his first novel ‘Soitanacho Ghutt’ (The Mystery of Satan ) at a very young age of just 15 years. ‘Soitanacho Ghutt’ was published in parts in the Konkani section of the then Portuguese daily ‘O Heraldo’. Since then he went on writing short stories and novel in the beginning but finally he excelled in writing novels. He has 14 publications to his credit out of which there are 8 bulky novels on various issues related to our society.

‘Kallea Vistidachi Choli’ (1972) ‘Clara’ (1972) ‘Mhojea Paicho Fond’ (1974) ‘From Goa With Love’ (1975 ) ‘Ek Bhett Mungllurachea Xharak’ (1977) ‘Jimmy’ (1986) ‘Tichea Mornna Uprant’ (1990) ‘Janya Celli’ (2000) His other literary work consists of short stories and novels namely ‘Tera Numbrachi Kottri’ (1976) ‘Mog vo Patok’ (1976), and ‘Mhaka Jiyonk Zai’ (1977). His other books include ‘Gupi’ (2009) for children, ’Nazaretkat’ (2000) – his experiences, and ‘Songit Doulot Goykaranchi’ (2004) – a research work in Goan music.

36th Tiatr Competition 2010-11 - Day VII SOIMBANCHO KHELL ANI PATKIANCHO MELL


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BY RON FIDELIS ew can deliver long winding dialogues and keep the audiences engrossed as much as can Rosario Bothelo. A regular tiatrist among tiatr competition plays, Soimbancho Khell ani Patkiancho Mell had the remaining artistes well supported with his powerful but inconspicuous act of playing God. With special attention to make-up and lights by Lucy Almeida and Eknath Naik respectively, the obviously talented playwright-cum-director Cyril Almeida seems to have had a great time totally immersing himself in the makings of this tiatr. Filling the stage with his energy was comedian Marcus Fernandes who was also, the most loved character, even during the serious parts. It is his character that saves the old man living inside this small chapel next to ruins from being chopped to death by the remaining three characters stranded there due to landslides. Stuck in the middle of a storm, according to the adage this old man believes in (the title), natures fury is never without cause. In his words, maybe it was only destiny that got these four mysterious characters stranded there. The theory of this connection of one’s sins to a reaction by nature, according to the playwright, was his idea of giving everyone this message about respecting nature. Agnes D’Silva, playing the next character, is one who accidentally kills her own husband when he finds out about her affair with her secret childhood lover. Phillip Gonsalves playing Vicky is hiding his involvement with the temple desecration thefts and drugs. And a hot-headed Douglas (Nazareth D’Silva) is guilty of killing his wife and young child to satiate his gambling needs as shown in flashbacks. The unexpected ending only left the director a worried man due to a lapse in stage management with a flash of light when there was not supposed to be one in the last scene. The play ends with the verdict of destiny – worked out by God, who is symbolised as nature – with lightening striking dead the three naughty souls. According to Cyril, if things had gone right, (which they did as far as the audience was concerned) the three struck by lightening were to be shown sizzling with smoke. Apart from Cosma, Rosy Esteves playing cameos in the flashback


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Bonaventure D’ Pietro is not only a creative writer but also an excellent musician himself who plays numerous blowing instruments. Besides, he is a journalist too who contributes to numerous dailies, weeklies, monthlies in Konkani in Roman script and he has served as Assistant Editor of various newspapers and magazines in Konkani in Roman script. This is for the first time that Sahitya Academy, New Delhi is organising such a programme for a writer in Konkani in Roman script.

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“Ahhh. A man with a sharp wit. Someone ought to take it away from him before he cuts himself.” – Peter da Silva

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Meet the Author Bonaventure D’ Pietro

HERALD FEATURES oa Chitra celebrated its annual farm day as a tribute to the xetcamoti (farmer). The day marked the efforts of the farmers who toil our land to produce the grains on our table. With a dual purpose of creating awareness and educating children, people of all ages and from all walks of life worked side by side with the xetcamoti. “This gives our future generations a way to relate to their land and their heritage,” reiterates curator of the museum Victor Hugo Gomes with a sickle in hand while beating the harsh sun rays. It is difficult work but very satisfying he continues, “Threshing alongside the xetcamoti helps our children value farming and the efforts that go into cultivating rice and lets our young children appreciate their roots.” The day was packed with fun and excitement as members of Goa Chitra, parents and their children bent over with their sickles to cut the ripe stalk of grain for harvest. A brass band churned out tunes that harmonised the spirit of the day. Also present at the event were Historian Dr Savia Viegas and Dr Carmo Gracias who could not help himself, and took the modkul (threshing stick) from the farmers to thresh, commenting, “I kept myself free so I could be part of this experience.” Businessman Evancio Quadros



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Applications from Goan handicraft artisans are invited by the Goa Handicrafts Rural Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited (GHRSSIDC) to participate at the GHRSSIDC stall, Goa Pavillion at India International Trade Fair 2010 to be held from November 14 to 27, 2010 at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Registration closes on October 11. Visit GHRSSIDC Head Office at Crafts Complex, Neugi Nagar, Panjim. Call 2228157 or 2225328. 36th Tiatr Competition, organised by Kala Academy, Panjim is underway at the Kala Academy through the month of September and October. Call 2420452. The All Goa Toroloco Tequila Cocktail Competition is on for bartenders, both experienced and amateurs. Call 2262922, 2253377 or 2407030-71. The 7th Interactive Session of the Series on Health, organised by the International Centre Goa will be held on October 8 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. The 8th session will be held on October 15. Call 9765404391. International Travel Mart-Goa, organised by Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries and GTDC will be held from November 14 to 17 from 10am to 6pm at the D B Bandodkat Football Ground, Campal. Visit ‘Goya – Crazy like a Genius’, a documentary film will be screened on October 6 at 6.30pm at the Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. ‘Meet the Author’, a special programme organised by Sahitya Academy, New Delhi will feature Konkani writer Bonaventure D’ Pietro. It will be held on October 8 at 5.30pm at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452.

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scenes, Celina Fernandes and Albert Cardozo playing mother and father to comedian Marcus who runs away from home in order to become a film actor were well done roles. This character, given the depth of his sins and repentance however, is the only one who remains and the old man disappears into thin air. Kick-starting with Marcus’ comic solo, the songs had Cyril’s daughter Claniffa Almeida singing a lovely quartet predicting everyone’s future reading palms of the other child singers. Lorna and Alexin’s song on the demerits of mobile and computer technology also stood out among the rest. With some great background effects and music like sounds of the night (cricket noises) and those of the storm and winds by Vinay Chopdekar, using these effects in between changing porddes was also good for the continuity. Apart from the title, well brought in the script, another adage very well depicted in the scene was – wadlellem naka, sandlelem zai. After a day’s break to ward of the intensity of this competition comes Goykaramcher Dustt Porinam by Machi Mogi, Morjim on October 7.

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SPORTS GOA, Wednesday, 6 October, 2010


United Club of Utorda humbled Dicarpale Sports Club 4-0 to cruise into the quarter-finals of 2nd Dalton Fernandes memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Sarzora Sports Club at Government school playground, Sarzora on Tuesday. Russel Monteiro opened the floodgates in the 16th minute. Allister Monteiro made it 20 after resumption after he picked up a through pass from Agnelo. Russel did not relent and went to repeat his feat in the 46th. Dicarpale’s citadel fell in the dying minutes when their defender trying to thwart the ball, put the ball into his own net.

Peter stars in AA de Moira’s win HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, OCT 5

Peter Menezes netted a hat-trick for AA de Moira as they thrashed Sinquerim Sports Club, Mayem 6-2 in GFA’s Third Division at Quitula ground on Tuesday. Moira led 3-0 at the lemon break. The referee dished out six yellow cards in total as both teams retaliated on more than one occasion, which spoilt what was a wonderful display of football. Moira received two while Sinquerim received four bookings. Moira played a very good possession game, frustrating their opponents with pass after pass.

School athletics

PANJIM (HSD) -- Hero Honda Motors Ltd will organise the Hero Honda inter-school athletic meet on October 15 at Goa University ground, Taleigao. Interested schools may register on the spot at 8.30 a.m. Details on 9422448105 or 9763741796. Francis Lobo

Kingfisher Pro League football: Sesa FA v. Churchill Bros, Duler ground; Goa Velha v. Sporting Clube de Goa, Tilak ground, 4.15 p.m. 3rd Division football: Dabolim YC v. Salgaocar SC (Jrs), Cansaulim ground; Paradise SC v. CDJ Ribandar, Taleigao ground; Cabesa SCC v. Crown Club, St Cruz ground; Chandor Club v. Sporting Club of Davorlim, Areal ground; Davorlim SC v. S & W Club of Zaino, Dramapur ground, 4 p.m. F&C Cup soccer: United Club of Utorda v. UC Nerul, Verem ground, 4.45 p.m. Dalton Fernandes memorial soccer: St Anthony’s SC, Colva, v. Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda, Govt school ground, Sarzora, 4.40 p.m. Sebastio Rosario Dias memorial soccer: Navelim Villagers Union v. Verna SC, Village Panchayat ground, Davorlim, 4.30 p.m. Benaulim/Navelim Constituency soccer semis: UC Benaulim v. Varca Boys, Ximbumoll, Benaulim, 4.30 p.m.

Moira’s front line made up of Peter Menezes, Joseph Noronha, Shekar Kerkar and Tukaram Pednekar were a formidable force and put their rivals under pressure from the kick off. In the third minute, Moira’s Shekar Kerkar swung in a corner from the left and the ball was helped on by a rival defender, before Peter Menezes was free to volley home. In the 19th Peter rounded the goalkeeper and then dribbled past a defender before laying off the ball for Shekar. Shekar blasted the ball from the edge of the box and the ball hit the post on its way in.

Six minutes before half time, Samil Faia was chopped down in the box by Sinquerim’s Yuvraj Tari. From the resulting penalty Peter slotted in for his second and Moira’s third. After the breather, Moira continued to move ahead and toy with their opponents. In the 53rd, Tukaram Pednekar was played in on goal and dispatched cleanly past the rival custodian. Ten minutes later, Shekar burst down the right wing and played in a beautiful cross which Tu k a r a m c o n t r o l l e d a n d slammed in for the fifth. With 15 minutes left, Sinquerim’s Dattaraj Tari was

brought down by the Moira goalkeeper Lue Fernandes. Mandal Narvekar stepped up and hit the ball straight down the middle to pull a goal back. Six minutes later, Dattaraj punted into the goal from close range to make the score 5-2. As Sinquerim pushed forward to try and score another, they were caught on the break and Peter fired to complete his hattrick four minutes from time. In another match at Anjuna ground, Candolim Sports Club defeated Pilerne Sports Club 20. Stalin Mendes netted in the 31st and Suraj Bandodkar doubled the lead in injury time.

Batim hold Mardol, St Estevam win HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, OCT 5

Batim Youth Club and United Club of Mardol were involved in an amazing 3-3 draw in GFA’s Third Division at University ground, Taleigao on Tuesday. Mardol led 2-1 at the breather. Siddesh Naik opened the

scoring for Mardol in the 26th before Prashant doubled the lead three minutes later. Four minutes before the break, Franky Lopes pulled a vital goal back for Batim. In the second half, both teams continued to press forward but had no luck. In the 77th Prashant scored his sec-

ond to give Mardol a two-goal cushion, but Marlon D’Souza netted in the 83rd and Danny Fernandes equalised deep into injury time to spoil Mardol’s party. In another match at Taleigao ground, St Estevam Sports Club overcame Carambolim Sports Club 4-1.

Ashlon helps SJ Areal to beat St Sebastian HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, OCT 5

A fine brace by Ashlon Oliveira helped Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club to thump St Sebastian Club, Aquem 8-0 in GFA Third Division League at Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal on Tuesday. Sao Jose de Areal were leading 3-0 at half time. Sao Jose went into the lead in the 12th minute when striker Nazari Harijan’s snap shot beat the rival goalkeeper hands down. Eight minutes later, Franky Valadares doubled the lead. Sao Jose were more aggressive in their approach repeatedly raiding the rival citadel. Alleulia Fernandes increased their tally in the 30th minute with a stiff grounder. Crossing over, it was a oneway traffic for Sao Jose Areal as they attacked the rival citadel from both flanks. St. Sebastian were a dis-

Davorlim walk past Varca

jointed lot after change of ends and were struggling to cope up as they seldom troubled the rival defence. Ossie Endro made it 4-0 in the 70th minute. Then it was the turn of Ashlon Oliveira who struck a brace in the 79th and 85th minutes. Olfie added his name on the scorers list in the 86th minute. Polly Valadares rounded off the tally in the 87th. At Dramapur ground, Dramapur Sports Club swamped Dicarpale Sports Club 3-0. Dramapur led 2-0 at the lemon break. Dramapur enjoyed total domination over their opponents and rocked the rival citadel in the 10th minute when Royston Fernandes fired home from close range. Dramapur piled on the pressure and created umpteen forays into the rival territory and were rewarded when Cedric Fernandes slotted past the rival goalkeeper with a rasping drive that

Nhehern felicitated


Sporting Club of Davorlim defeated Varca Sports Club 4-2 via the tie-breaker in the All-Goa inter-village football tournament organised by United Club of Telaulim at Telaulim Panchayat ground on Tuesday. The teams were goalless at full time. Vincent Colaco had a golden opportunity but he shot wide. In the tie-breaker, Jose Colaco, Melvin Figueredo, Piedade Colaco and Wilson Miranda shot on target for the winners while Wilroy D’Cruz and Columban Noronha netted for the losers. Elvis Fernandes’ shot hit the post while Agnelo Fernandes’ shot was saved by the keeper.

gave no chance to the rival keeper. After resumptionCedric Fernandes recorded his brace in the 78th minute. At St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim, United Club of Seraulim trounced St Sebastian Youth Club, Fatorda 4-1. The winners were leading 2-1 at half time. Seraulim’s persistent raids fetched the dividends in the 3rd minute when Gladson Fernandes punished the rival keeper with a deft placement. Gladson Fernandes struck a brace in the 24th minute when he unleashed a snap shot which caught the rival keeper on the wrong foot. St Sebastian succeeded in reducing the margin through Allister Fernandes. After the interval, Seraulim’s Joanes Gracias inflated their tally in the 55th minute with a volley and Inacio Afonso rounded off the tally in the 80th minute.


The victorious Indian Yoga team

GOA DIARY Senior national Archery trials

PANJIM (HSD) – The Amateur Archery Association, Goa will conduct selection trials for the 18th Senior National Archery Championship for senior boys and girls on October 12 at Campal ground at 2.30 p.m. Interested archers may report with complete kit and identity cards to Gurudas Sawant at the venue.

3-a-side football tie-breaker

PANJIM (HSD) – The Dragon Boys of Moira will organise their 4th all-Goa 3-a side football tie-breaker on October 10 at 10 a.m. The winners and runners-up will be awarded Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 3,000 respectively. Consolation prizes will also be awarded. Details may be obtained from Anky on 9922467412 or Mervin on 9552914403.

Softball selection trials

PANJIM (HSD) – The Goa Softball Association will conduct selection trials on October 7 at Maruri Maidan, Porvorim at 3 p.m. to select the State sub-junior boys and girls teams to participate in 23rd sub-junior senior national softball championship in Jammu and Kashmir from October 22 to 27. Players born on or after 1/11/1996 are eligible and may report to G N Havaldar, secretary alongwith their birth certificates and two passport size photographs.

medal winners who won eight gold, seven silver and 13 bronze in different yogasana events at the World Yogasana Championship in Argentina were accorded a warm welcome yesterday at Indira Gandhi International airport by the Yoga Federation of India, Yoga Institute of Delhi, Jagrati Manch of Delhi and Sirsa Yoga Institution of Haryana. The Indian team were the champions bagging the highest number of medals. Nhehern Acharya won the world champion award for the second time. On Tuesday, Sports Minister Babu Azgaoncar and SAG’s ED V M Prabhudesai felicitated Nhehern in New Delhi for his magnificent showing. Babu praised the young Goan for his remarkable performance.

SM Taleigao beat Calangute HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, OCT 5

Clube Sao Minguel de Taleigao defeated St. Savio’s Sports Club Calangute 3-1 to move into the quarter-finals of the 9-a-side F&C Cup organised by Verem Boys in memory of Caetano Piedade Colaco at Verem ground on Tuesday. Va l a n c i o E s t r o c i o p u t Taleigao ahead in the 22nd minute, scoring off an Anthony Pereira pass. Af ter change of ends, Valancio doubled his side’s lead in the 42nd minute following a goalkeeping error. Calangute, however, reduced the deficit in the 49th, through Sherwin Lobo who scored off a free-kick. Valancio netted his hat-trick to ensure Taleigao’s win.

Mae dos Pobres face St Joseph inter-school football


Mae dos Pobres High School, Nuvem will clash with St Joseph Educational Institute, Chandor in the finals of Salcete Taluka U-17 inter-school football tournament at Government ground, Manora, Raia on Wednesday. Mae Dos Pobres defeated

Bethany Convent, Sao Jose de Areal 5-3 via the tie-breaker. The teams were level 1-1 at normal time. Romeo Moura gave the lead to Bethany School while Melwyn D'silva equalised for Mae Dos Pobres. In the ensuing tie-breaker, S t e p h a n C o l a c o , G o d f re y Mascarenhas, Melwyn D'silva and Shubert Colaco scored for Mae Dos Pobres while Ashwin Travasso and Monty

Valadares netted for Bethany School. In the second semi-finals, St. Joseph's, Chandor beat St Joseph High School, Aquem 3-2 via the tie-breaker. Both teams were locked goalless at the end of full time. In the tie-breaker, Jossy Mascarenhas, Mavlon Moura and Melwyn Hilario scored for Chandor while Leslie Costa and Micky Furtado were on target for St Joseph.

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SPORTS GOA, Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Laxman gives India a memorable win PTI MOHALI, OCT 5

V V S Laxman battled severe back pain to single-handedly take India to a memorable and miraculous one-wicket victory over Australia with a gritty unbeaten 73 in a nail-biting first cricket Test here today. Laxman, who reserved his best for the Australians, played almost a lone hand in India's run chase of 216 as his experienced colleagues fell to poor shot selection and umpiring error as he guided India to one of its most memorable Test victories. Sachin Tendulkar was the second highest Indian scorer with 38 while young Ishant Sharma contributed an invaluable 31 in the Test which went down the wire. With the victory today, India took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the series and retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy with their seventh highest run chase in history. The two sides now move to Bangalore for the second and final Test starting in Bangalore from October 9.

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates victory with teammates.

Laxman, who used runners in both of India's innings, and Ishant shared an 81-run stand for the ninth wicket from 131 balls and that ensured India achieve what looked impossible when they were looking down the barrel at 124 for eight at one stage. However with Ishant given a debatable leg before decision by umpire Ian Gould, it was a tense last 15 minutes for the Indian supporters at the PCA Stadium before Laxman and Pragyan Ojha (five not out) took India to the magic score of 216. India sealed victory with two leg byes got by Pragyan Ojha off Johnson to the wild celebrations at the dressing room and the stands. Laxman faced just 79 balls for his unbeaten 73 which he made with the help of eight fours while Ishant consumed 92 balls for his 31. It was indeed a 'Very Very Special' knock from a man who was not even being able to walk properly for the last two days due to back spasms. Each and ever y of those 73 runs he

scored has worth its weight in gold. Laxman batted only in the manner he is capable of. The backfoot punches through the cover, the short-arm pulls, extra second he takes while hitting those silken boundaries, those supple wrists and egging the Ishant Sharmas and Pragyan Ojhas to run the singles and twos was worth a sight. But for Ishant, Laxman would not have completed the magnificent win. Having bowled 14 no-balls, being down with a hamstring injury, Ishant may have scored the most significant 31 runs in his career. When some of the top-order

batsman lacked stomach for fight, Ishant concentrated like a saint to give Laxman the necessary support that he needed to pull off a Herculean act. For the stylish right hander from Hyderabad, today's unbeaten 73 was the second such winning knock from him in two months after his 103 not out against Sri Lanka in the third Test in Colombo. It was heartbreak for the Australians as Laxman, whose 281 denied them a win in Kolkata in 2001, stood against them this time again. Visiting skipper Ricky Ponting will have to wait for his first Test win on Indian soil.

Australia 1st innings: 428 India 1st innings: 405 Australia 2nd innings: 192 India 2nd innings (overnight 55/4): G Gambhir lbw b Hilfenhaus 0, V Sehwag c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 17, R Dravid c Paine b Bollinger 13, S Tendulkar c Hussey b Bollinger 38, S Raina c North b Hilfenhaus 0, Z Khan c Clarke b Hauritz 10, V Laxman not out 73, M S Dhoni run out 2, H Singh c Ponting b Bollinger 2, I Sharma lbw b Hilfenhaus 31, P Ojha not out 5. Extras: 25. Total: 216 for 9. Overs: 58.4. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-31, 3-48, 4-48, 5-76, 6-119, 7-122, 8-124, 9-205. Bowling: Hilfenhaus 19-3-57-4, Bollinger 8-0-32-3, Johnson 16.4-2-50-0, Hauritz 9-1-45-1, North 4-0-8-0, Watson 2-0-6-0. Man of the match: Zaheer

Laxman’s knock ‘remarkable’, Bhajji’s bat hits ICC’s Broad ‘outstanding’: captains PTI MOHALI, OCT 5


India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today heaped praise on

n VVS was really

remarkable in this match. He helped the team overcome a batting collapse. Laxman remained on crease, hit boundaries, rotated strike and kept the scoreboard moving --Dhoni senior batsman V V S Laxman for single-handedly guiding the country to a memorable onewicket win over Australia in the first Test here today. "VVS was really remarkable in

this match. He helped the team overcome a batting collapse. Laxman remained on crease, hit boundaries, rotated strike and kept the scoreboard moving all the time," Dhoni said after the match. "For me, it was a very special innings by Laxman," he added. Laxman battled severe backpain to play a gritty unbeaten Dhoni also made a special mention of Ishant, who contributed 31 crucial runs. "Ishant showed good character when the batting collapse took place. It was no doubt a big task. Only two-three batsmen remained and Laxman was on the other end. But they supported Laxman well and that worked for us," he said. "Our heart rate went up. Nobody could imagine such an ending in four-and-a-half days when the match started," headded. Dhoni also praised his

bowlers, saying, "Bowlers also ing room was nervous and was played their roles and brought behaving in their won ways," us back into the game." Zaheer said. Australian captain Ricky Asked about his personal Ponting admitted that Laxman made the difference. n Laxman's unbeaten "Laxman's unbeaten innings innings was was outstanding. But our peroutstanding. But formance was also satisfying, boys played well. We failed to our performance take a couple of wickets was also satisfying. quickly," he said. We failed to take a "Now we will prepare for the next match. We will take couple of wickets re s t t o m o r ro w a n d t h e n quickly. Now we will start the preparation," he prepare for the next added. Man-of-the-Match, paceman match Zaheer Khan who scalped eight -- Ponting wickets in the match and also completed 250 Test wickets, was yet to recover from the achievement, the left-arm pacer hangover. said, "It is the result of a lot of "Everyone was trying to keep hard work. Few days back I was their calm during those close struggling with shoulder probmoments, trying to remain com- lems. I am happy that the strugposed. Everybody in the dress- gles have paid off."

Clement wins Bencleamvaddo race HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, OCT 5

Francisco Clement of Quepem, Pandurang Chawan of Vasco and Prashant Gaonkar of Sanguem won the first second and third places respectively in the cross country race organised by Young Boys of Bencleamvaddo in collaboration with Goa Athletic Association at Cuncolim, Sunday. Francisco Clement took top

honours with timing of 15.42 minutes. Clement was richer by Rs 3000 while Pandurang and Prashant received Rs 2000 and Rs 1000 respectively. Francis X Fernandes (Parra), Melwin Colaco (Fatorda) and Yallappa Chawan (Vasco) secured the 4th, 5th and 6th places respectively and were awarded Rs 500 each. Senifa D’Costa of Varca, the only girl was awarded a special

prize for competing in the race. Yuri Alemao, Managing Partner of Raisa Mining and Trading was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Mario Moraes was the guest of honour. Sally Fernandes, CMC Councilor and Balchandra Dessai, Director GSUDA were present. Around 54 athletes from Goa participated. All participants were awarded Rs 100 each.

Yuri Alemao giving away the cash prize of Rs 3000 to winner Francisco Clement in the presence of Balchandra Dessai, Sally Fernandes and Mario Moraes.

ICC awards today PTI BANGALORE, OCT 5

Senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is in contention for three trophies while dashing opener Virender Sehwag could walk away with two in the ICC Annual awards to be presented here tomorrow. While Sehwag is vying for the Cricketer of the Year and Test Player of the Year, Tendulkar has been nominated in Test of the Year, Cricketer of the Year and People's Choice awards. The awards will also see the announcement and induction of this year's ICC Cricket Hall of Fame nominees and India's Bishan Bedi will receive his commemorative cap. Bedi was named in the original 55 inductees to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in association with FICA in 2009. South Africa batsman AB de Villiers will don the musical hat with his band providing some of the entertainment in what will be a glittering celebration of the great performances of the past 12 months.

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is in the news yet again but this time for his bat, which he used against Australia in the Mohali Test. Harbhajan might have just lasted one delivery before edging one to Aussie wicketkeeper Tim Paine but ICC Match Referee Chris Broad is apparently not too happy with the bat the offie used. Harbhajan, endorsing a Mumbai based infrastructure company "MEP Road Toll" logo on his bat ran into trouble after Broad took up the matter with ICC. On Sunday, the ICC's Manager of Cricket Operation, Clive Hitchcock wrote a letter to the BCCI, asking the Indian board to

Francisco Clement of Goa State Fire Force emerged champion at the 36th Marliz road race

from Cafeteria Marliz, Margao to Thana, Cortalim. It was organised by Cortalim Gymkhana on Gandhi Jayanti as part of its 40th anniversary celebtrations.

In the girls category Sharnifa D’Costa of Varca and in junior boys category Alinton Pereira of Nuvem were the winners. Results: Men: Francisco

The winners of 36th Marliz road race seen alongwith Mauvin Godinho and other guests and organisers.

Clement, Pratap Velip (Mallikarjun College, Canacona) and Prashant Gaonkar (Sanguem). Girls: Sharnifa D’Costa (Varca), Frenzila Barretto (Nuvem) and

highlighted that he has been using this logo since the last three series (Asia Cup, India-Sri Lanka Test series and the Sri Lankan Tri- Series) with Reebok as manufacturer and MEP Road Toll as a corporate sticker but no Match Referee has brought that to his notice. However, as per the rule, a player is allowed to have two stickers on the batone manufacturer and one corporate. Meanwhile, clearing the confusion, the BCCI has clarified that since MEP Road Toll is not a bat manufacturer, it cannot be placed on the front side of the bat which is only meant for the manufacturer. However, MEP Logo can feature on the back side of the bat subject to approval from the BCCI which in turn has to seek the ICC's approval.

Kalmadi slips up: Prince Diana attended opening AGENCIES NEW DELHI, OCT 5

After his faux pas in the inaugural show on Sunday, the slip of the tongue seems to be continuing for Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who said ‘Prince Diana’ attended the event's opening ceremony. Giving details on the ‘spectacular’ opening ceremony, Kalmadi told a press conference that ‘Prince Diana’ attended the function, where he

was to say ‘Prince Charles’. Princess Diana, who died in an accident in 1997, and Prince Charles had a divorce. At the opening ceremony, Kalmadi had addressed former President A P J Abdul Kalam as Abdul Kalam Azad. Abul Kalam Azad was a freedom fighter. Kalmadi said the opening ceremony was watched in all the 71 Commonwealth countries. "Networks in the United States also showed the opening ceremony," he added.

We were treated like cattle at inaugural: Oz official PTI NEW DELHI/MELBOURNE, OCT 5

Steven Moneghetti, chef de mission of Australia, today lashed out at Commonwealth Games organisers, saying that his country's contingent were ‘treated like cattle’ as they were forced to wait in a tunnel ‘in cauldron conditions’ for a long time before the march past in Sunday's opening ceremony. Moneghetti said the incident at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium may also force his country to think about their participation in any future such ceremonies in India. "I was very, very disappointed with the way that the event staff conducted the ceremony and with total disregard for athletes' welfare. It will impact on future Australian athletes' involvement

Clement, Sharnifa, Alinton top


clarify whether the logo used by the offspinner is endorsed by the BCCI and. The world governing council also queried about the nature of the business of the company and asked for the details of the duration of the contract to be furnished. The BCCI has in turn sought a clarification from Harbhajan to furnish the details of "MEP Road Toll" endorsement. Reportedly, the endorsement does not have the BCCI's approval and the contract stretches over a period of two years starting from May 2010. The company itself is into the business of constructing bridges and collecting toll taxes in various cities in India including the sea link bridge in Mumbai. Interestingly, Harbhajan in his reply has

Sonia Dias (Nuvem). Junior boys: Alinton Pereira (Nuvem), Prestly Colaco (Nuvem) and Mafon Coutinho (Nuvem). In all, 158 runners participated in the race which was flagged off by Dr. Abhijeet Naik. Mauvin Godinho, Deputy Speaker was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Other guests present were sarpanch of Cortalim, Anthony Miranda, Z.P members Cynthia Silva, Aparna B. Naik, Ramakant Borkar, Prabhakar Salgaonkar, Ashok Naik and Manuel Silva. Satish Keni welcomed. Devendra S. Kerkar proposed the vote of thanks. The programme was compered by Sandeep Bandodkar. Sham S. Keni conducted the race which was sponsored by Cafeteria Marliz, Margao.

at the opening ceremony," Moneghetti was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press (AAP). "So extreme, that the athletes have lost confidence with the event organisers. That's one hour in absolute cauldron conditions. In fact, it was so bad they held us at a point that was very, very hot. It was unbearably hot so we pushed forward. We pushed and we pushed about 50 metres which was even hotter," he added. Moneghetti said they were supplied with drinks and a meal and were then told to enter the tunnel under the warm-up track around 6.25 pm. They waited there until the team entered the official ceremony around 7.25 pm. "We revolted, rioted and

moved another 50 metres forward to which we entered an area that had reverse air conditioning, so it was hotter. It was over 40 degrees without a doubt. We were treated like cattle. It was disgraceful," he said. As the last host to the Games, Australians were the first to enter the arena but Moneghetti said, "Being first wasn't the ideal place to be." However, Organising Comm i t t e e C h a i r m a n S u re s h Kalmadi today said there were some problems and assured such incident will not be repeated in future. "There were some problems. But such incidents will not happen again in the Games' closing ceremony," Kalmadi said, when asked about the incident at a press conference.

Holy Rosary in finals HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, OCT 5

Holy Rosar y Convent High School, Nuvem defeated Fatima Convent, Margao 5-1 to enter into the finals of Salcete Taluka U-17 girls football organized by DSYA at Manora ground, Raia. Enciva of Fatima Convent scored in the 5th minute, which

took Holy Rosary by shock and t h ey c o u n t er - a t t a c ked t o equalise off a shot from Valinka Barretto. Thereafter, Holy Rosary played according to their plan. Valinka Barretto scored a hattrick while Lifa added another goal. Holy Rosary will meet Manovikas in the finals on October 7.


A hat-trick from Mitesh Diukar gave Little Flower of Jesus HS the start they needed, as they overcame Assagao Union HS 41 in the U-17 boys inter-school Bardez zone football tournament at Peddem complex on Tuesday. Mitesh opened the scoring early on before teammate Austin Fernandes doubled the

lead for Little Flower. Mitesh completed his hat-trick in the second half with two more goals to his credit. Mequinn D’Costa scored a consolation goal for Assagao. In another match, St Michael’s Convent, Vagator scored a narrow 1-0 victory over St Britto’s, Mapusa. Renny Dias scored the solitary goal in the first half as he chipped the ball over the rival goalkeeper.


Following is tomorrow's schedule of at the Commonwealth Games here. Swimming: 800m freestyle women, 100m freestyle men, 100m butterfly women, 200m backstroke men, 200m breaststroke women, 4 x 200m freestyle relay women, synchronized. Archer y: recur ve team women, recurve team men, compound team women, compound team men. Athletics: 100m men, 400m women,shotputmen,5000mmen. Boxing: lightweight (60kg) men, welterweight (69 kg) men. Cycling: keirin men, team sprint women, , 40km points race men, sprint men, team pursuit men. Gymnastics Artistic: individual all-around men and women event. Hockey: women group A: India v. Australia. Lawn Bowls: Pairs women group A: India v. Botswana; Triples men group A: India v. Malta; Pairs women group A: India v. South Africa; Triples men group A: India v. South Africa; Triples women group B: India v. Scotland; Pairs men group B: India v. Malaysia; Triples women group B: India v. Jersey; Pairs men group B: India v. Guernsey Netball: women group A: India v. Malawi Shooting: pairs double trap men, singles 25 m pistol women, singles 50 m pistol men, singles 10 m air rifle men. Squash: men and women singles. Table Tennis: men and women team quarterfinals Weightlifting: 58kg women, 69kg men.

Anonymous bomb threat PTI NEW DELHI, OCT 5

An anonymous call claiming that a bomb has been placed inside the Commonwealth Games Village today prompted a thorough security check at the residential complex which hosts around 7,000 athletes and officials. The call was received by police at around 2:30 pm and extensive checks were conducted. Dog squads and bomb disposal teams surveyed the 63.5 hectare area, which has 14 blocks, 34 towers and 1,168 air-conditioned apartments.

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Gold winners Abhinav Bindra (left) and Gagan Narang hold the Indian flag after victory in the men’s Pairs 10m Air Rifle shooting event. Indian shooting pair Anisa Sayyed, right, and Rahi Sarnobat react with the gold medals won in the women’s pairs 25m pistol event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

India get on groove to finish second lTalasha

crashes out in 100 m heat, to compete in four move events


Grapplers stole the limelight with three gold medals while the shooters grabbed two as India snatched the second spot by leapfrogging from its overnight seventh position on the second day of competitions in the Commonwealth Games today. The Indian men's 10m air rifle pair of Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and world record holder Gagan Narang started the gold rush for the country in the morning. The winning streak was sustained by women shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayeed who picked up the pairs 25m pistol event for women in style. Two more silver medals came India's way from the Dr Karni Singh shooting range before greco-roman style grapplers Ravinder Singh (60 kg), Sanjay (74 kg) and Anil Kumar (96kg)

made a clean sweep of all three gold medals on offer from the wrestling mat to round off a splendid day for the hosts. The two silver medals were earned by Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh, in the men's 50m pistol pairs event, and the woman's duo of world champion Tejaswini Sawant and Lajjakumari Gauswami, who stood second in the pairs 50m rifle 3 position. The five gold and two silver medals boosted the hosts' overall medal tally to 5-4-2 on the second day of competitions after the weightlifters gave the country two silver and as many bronze medals yesterday. The three wrestling gold medals pitchforked India to the second place behind Australia after England overtook the home country briefly through their first two golds from the pool won by Liam John Tancock (men's 50m backstroke) and

Francesca Jean Halsall (women's 50m butterlfly). Australia's tally stood at 8-9-4 while England were third with 24-4 followed by Malaysia (2-2-0) and South Africa (2-1-0) in that order. The men's hockey squad, aiming to break the medal drought in previous Games, began their bid with a 3-2 victory over Malaysia in their group-A lung-opener. The day commenced in scintillating fashion for India when Bindra and Narang ended the first day's gold medal drought with a Games record of 1193, overtaking their own mark of 1189 set four years ago in Melbourne, to clinch the men's 10m air rifle pairs event. Their feat was followed by a superb display of calm nerves and dead centre shooting by the women's duo of Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed who added the second gold in the women's 25m

pistol pairs event with a championship record of 1156 to boot. Sharma and Omkar ended up second in the men's 50m pairs event (1187) behind Lim Swee Hon and Gai Bin of Singapore. Later Tejaswani and Lajjakumari finished second in the women's 50m air rifle 3 position, by equalling the 2006 Games mark of 1143 points, Singapore's Aquilah Sudhir and Jasmine Xiang Wei who broke the previous record by six points. In the afternoon it was the turn of the grapplers to stamp their authority on the mat with speed and superior technical skills. Ravinder Singh earned India their first gold medal in wrestling at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex by outclassing England's Christopher Terence Bosson 7-2 in the 60 kg final. Sanjay followed his teammate by winning the 74kg gold beating South Africa's Brian Richard

Addinall 2-0 in the final. The icing on the day's performance was provided by Anil Kumar who made it a clean gold medal sweep by overwhelming Australia's Hassene Fkiri 6-0 in the final of the 96kg class. Indian shuttlers continued to dominate by dumping Barbados 5-0 after having inflicted a similar defeat on Kenya yesterday in the mixed team event. In tennis, men's top seed Somdev Devvarman rallied from 1-4 down against little known Devin Mullings of Bahamas before progressing to the pre-quarterfinals with a straight-set win while the seasoned Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi marched into the quarter finals. To add to the on-field drama there was an anonymous call claiming that a bomb has been placed inside the Games Village that triggered panic among the security establishment but was

Ravinder Singh is congratulated after defeating Terence Bosson of England to win the gold medal in the 60kg category of the Greco-Roman wrestling.

later declared to be a hoax after thorough checks. Police detained a minor boy who allegedly made the call to the Police Control Room at around 2:30 pm that prompted a thorough security check at the residential complex which hosts about 7,000 athletes. Dog squads and bomb disposal teams surveyed the 63.5 hectare area, which has 14 blocks, 34 towers and 1,168 airconditioned apartments, a senior police official said. A senior police official said a two-hour-long check yielded nothing and the call was declared a hoax. Disappointment was in store

Anil Kumar displays his medal after defeating Hassene Fkiri of Australia to win gold in the 96 kg category of the Greco-Roman wrestling. (ABOVE) Sanjay Kumar bites his gold medal in the 74 kg category of the Greco-Roman wrestling.

for India in the 100m women's freestyle as Goa’s Talasha Satish Prabhu crashed out at the heat stage after finishing 26th overall

Country Australia India England Malaysia South Africa

Gold 8 5 2 2 2

with a timing of 1:00.4. Talasha finished second in the third heat. She will now compete in 50 mts and three relays.

Silver 9 4 4 2 1

Bronze Total 4 21 2 11 4 10 0 4 0 3

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