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Pressure on Pawar to quit NEW DELHI: Political pressure mounted on Sharad Pawar over the Pune IPL bid row with BJP and SS today demanding his resignation and the CPI-M seeking a joint parliamentary probe into the issue. The twists and turns in the Pune bid row continued with City Corporation MD Aniruddh Deshpande refuting allegations. - (PTI)

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HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 6

Former Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco who is in eye of a storm over the death of his close friend Nadia Torrado, remains elusive even as the police said the politician was not treated as an accused in the case. “ We have not said that Pacheco is an accused. We want him for questioning as a part of the investigation,” police spokesman Atmaram Deshpande told Press Trust of India today. Goa Police who have launched a massive search for Pacheco, have also issued a look out circular against Mickky at all international airports on Sunday evening. Pacheco could not be traced on Sunday too, even as police are believed to have launched a massive hunt for him. According to sources, the Benaulim legislator managed to slip out of the State and is holding consultations with his team of lawyers over his next move. The police continued their search of the ex-minister on Sunday and raided his house at Betalbatim. Similarly, Nadia’s house at Loutolim was searched as a part of the investigation even as rumours were rife throughout the day that he was likely to appear before the investigating team in Panjim. Meanwhile, the Crime Branch continued interrogation of Nadia’s family – mother Sonia and two brothers, for the third day on Sunday. Women activists Tara Kerkar from Vasco and Auda Veigas from Margao were also

Rescue team saves buried alive labourer

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Mickky Pacheco does not surface on Sunday. Police continue hunt. Police search houses of the ex-tourism minister and Nadia. Look out circulars issued to international airports. Indications are that Mickky has slipped out of the State and is holding consultations with team of lawyers on the next course. The Benaulim MLA is likely to seek anticipatory bail. Police claim they want him only for questioning and have not treated him as accused so far. Crime Branch continue interrogation of Nadia’s mother Sonia and two brothers. Women activists Tara Kerkar and Auda Veigas also summoned for interrogation.

summoned for interrogation today. The first post mortem report and dying declarations that were recorded in Mumbai and Chennai in the presence of Sub Divisional Magistrate are yet to be made public.

Nadia, died last Saturday night at Chennai, almost a fortnight after allegedly consuming Ratol. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Pacheco put in his papers from the Digamber Kamat cabinet yesterday before going underground.

Verdict on Bhopal gas tragedy today PTI BHOPAL, JUNE 6

After a trial lasting more than two decades, the judgement on the Bhopal gas tragedy, the world’s worst industrial disaster which killed and maimed thousands of people, would be pronounced tomorrow. Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Mohan P Tiwari will pronounce the judgement after a 23-year-long trial in the toxic leak case from the now defunct Union Carbide factory on the intervening night of December 2 to 3, 1984. During the trial, a total of 178 prosecution witnesses were examined and 3008 documents were produced while eight defence witnesses deposed in the court. Out of the nine accused tried for the offences, R B Roy Choudhary, the then former assistant works manager Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL), Mumbai, died during the trial. The remaining eight accused in the case are Keshub Mahendra, the then UCIL Chairman, Vijay Gokhle, the then Managing Director, Kishore Kamdar, the then Vice President, J Mukund, the then Works Manager, S P Choudhary, the then Production

Manager, K V Shetty, the then plant superintendent, S I Quershi, the then production assistant of UCIL and UCIL Calcutta. The three accused — the then chairman of Union Carbide Corporation of USA Warren Anderson, besides Union Carbide Corporation, USA and Union Carbide Eastern, Hong Kong — escaped the trial. A first information report (FIR) in the tragedy was filed on December 3, 1984 and the case was transferred to CBI on December 6, 1984. The CBI filed the chargesheet after investigation on December 1, 1987. Subsequently, the CJM framed charges against the accused under Section 304 Part (II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), Section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). After the accused moved the apex court, it amended the charges on September 13, 1996 to 304 (A) (causing death by negligence), 336 (acts endangering life or personal safety of others, 337 (causing hurt by endangering life or personal safety of others) and other sections of IPC.

With former Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco going underground since the last two days, skipping his questioning by the Crime Branch during the weekend, there appears a strong possibility of the Benaulim legislator moving the South Goa Sessions Court for anticipatory bail on Monday. Sources in the law enforcing agencies, however, do not rule out a long legal battle for Mickky, even if he obtains bail from the Sessions Court, going by the indications and mood of the police in getting their hands on the flamboyant former minister. That the former minister has been consulting legal experts is no secret, with his Officer on Special Duty, Lyndon Monteiro confirming to Herald on Saturday that a Supreme Court legal counsel was scheduled to come down to Goa to take up the case for the beleaguered member of the legislative assembly (MLA). Incidentally, Monteiro had informed yesterday that Mickky would report to the Crime Branch for the second round of questioning on Saturday evening after the arrival of the legal counsel, but apparently changed

the strategy sensing the mood of the police in alerting the police stations and issuing a look out notice for the former minister. In fact, all eyes are now focused on the South Goa Sessions court on Monday, as expectations are high that the ML A would file his anticipator y bail application through his lawyer. Last year too, Mickky had moved the South Goa Sessions Court for anticipatory bail in the casino extortion case. And, he had obtained the anticipatory bail from the court with conditions that the Crime Branch release the applicant on a bail bond if arrested. A senior police officer, however, said the situation is differe n t n o w, w i t h t h e N a d i a Torraddo death case hogging the limelight, with many questions remaining unanswered till date on the circumstances driving the young woman from Loutolim to commit suicide after allegedly consuming Ratol. Sources in the Pacheco camp, however, are optimistic of getting a bail, as and when he approaches the court, on grounds that he had cooperated with the investigating agency for a full day, when he was grilled by Crime Branch sleuths for around nine hours on Friday.

Narayan Pagui, after he was pulled out from the well on Saturday. Photo by Kathy Pereira HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JUNE 6

With the authorities and rescue team not leaving any stone unturned, one of the three labourers buried at the Agonda under-construction well site was pulled out alive in the wee hours of Sunday, while the bodies of two other labourers were retrieved at 5 a.m. In an overnight rescue operation that lasted over 12 hours since Saturday evening, authorities including National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team withdrew from the site only after 6 am on Sunday. Residents and relatives, who had gathered in large numbers after the unsavoury incident that took place on Saturday at about 5 pm, finally heaved a sigh of relief only at about 1.35 am, when the NDRF team successfully brought alive Narayan Pagui (38) from the imminent jaws of death. It was one of the longest operations ever taken up by the NDRF team, who commenced their salvage operations at about

7 pm on Saturday at the under construction well, which collapsed at Val ward in Agonda. Several tactics were used by the rescue team under the watchful and guiding eyes of South Goa Disaster Management In-charge Ashutosh Apte, Canacona Deputy Collector Deepak Dessai, Deputy Superintendent of Police Gurudas Mhapne, Canacona Police (Continued on page 10)

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Ferry comes to a standstill after barge runs aground HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, JUNE 6

The barge that ran around along the Gaundalim-Cumbarjua route.

Photo by Kanzil Rodrigues

River Princess to stay for the mosoons HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 6

Though the State Government expedited the process for removal of M V River Princess after people of Candolim exerted pressure on the government for its removal as also moved High Court by way of a public interest litigation, it’s now certain that the grounded vessel can’t be removed before monsoon ends. Grounded off Candolim beach nine years ago, in June, M V River Princess will remain moored in Candolim beach waters for yet another monsoon even as the government gave up its futile attempt to find a bidder to tow a way the vessel without breaking it. Finally, two months back, ten-

ders were floated for removing the vessel by breaking it into pieces but it will be a few more months before the actual work begins. The government has not come to a decision to whom to give the contract. “Sub-committee for Disaster Management Committee (DMC) has short listed two parties and report has been submitted to the main committee,” said one officer from the Tourism Department. The core committee is likely to meet this month and deliberate on the report and take the decision. The Sub-Committee in its meeting held last month, has technically qualified M/s Titan Salvage, Singapore and M/s Madgaonkar Salvge , Panjim,

and they were called for opening of the financial bids. M/s Madgaonkar Salvage quoted five different rates as charges for removal of the wreck. For removal of entire wreck it quoted Rs 98 crore whereas for removal of wreck and reinstatement of eroded section of the beach to the maximum extent possible, it quoted Rs 180 crore. On the other hand M/s Titan Salvage quoted Rs 112.50 or Rs 25 million US dollars for removal of the wreck. However, this cost doesn’t include cost of disposal of the scrap. Also, its transportation and disposal would have to be taken care by the government, clarified the company.

Passengers on a ferry boat along the Gaundalim-Cumbarjua route had a lucky escape, after a barge ran aground along the ferry route, forcing the ferry boat to come to a standstill for over an hour on Sunday at about 12 pm. The barge Sunrise, carrying iron ore, was on its way from Banastarim towards Tolta ferry in Mandovi River. According to sources, the barge that ran around due to low tide created problem for the locals from Gaundalim and Cumbarjua areas. The passengers had to wait in the ferry near Gaundalim ferry point for over an hour, as the ferry boat was unable to move ahead. Speaking to Herald, Coxswain of the Gaundalim Cumbarjua ferry boat Victor Bernard Rodrigues said: “The barge ran aground at about 12 pm, due to which we had a problem to move the ferry boat along the route. We were afraid that if the ferry boat touches the barge, then it could create a problem

for the ferry and that is why we did not move the ferry.” “However, some locals moved out of the ferry and went from the main road towards Cumbarjua or else they would have had to wait for hours,” said Rodrigues. Cumbarjua Sarpanch Surendra Naik said: “Earlier on two occasions, ferry boats were hit by barges, but no action was taken in the matter by the Captain of Ports department. The issue was even discussed in the gram sabha meeting.” “We also tried to stop barges along this route a number of times, but the State government seems to be least bothered about it and about the safety of the locals,” added the sarpanch. “The government has done nothing to solve our problem. This has been going on till date and this year, barges have just started to move along the route. Today, it has created a problem for a ferry boat. I feel that the government should take strict action and stop barges from moving along this route,” said the sarpanch.

Two tourists die in Dabolim mishap

Criticizing the duplicity of certain environmental activists, Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho said certain environmental activists have no moral ground to oppose legal projects as they themselves are involved in illegal activities. Godinho was addressing the gathering during note book distribution function at Chicalim Panchayat on Sunday morning. Without naming any one, Godinho said: “That person has himself grabbed the children park at Chicalim for his commercial activities, thereby denying access to children from playing and he has no moral ground to oppose legal projects.”

in the name of saving environment by deliberately opposing government projects,” added the Cortalim MLA. “We are concerned about the environment and to save the environment, for instance, we have built the St Jacinto Island Bridge to protect the ecology and environment,” said Godinho. “People are with us, as it was evident during the recently concluded Zilla Panchayat election, as people have shown faith in our government,” added Godinho. He, however, appreciated the recent demolition drive carried out by Chicalim Panchayat and claimed that few structures that were razed down were utilized for prostitution activities.

Residents want license renewal stayed HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, JUNE 6

The issue of construction of a mega housing project near Bondaval Lake rocked the Santa Cruz gram sabha yet again with villagers demanding that the panchayat should not renew the license of the project, which expires on June 28. Initiating the discussion, Reggie Pinto of Santa Cruz Education and Action Movement (SCREAM) brought to the notice of the villagers that the license for the project was issued in 2006 and subsequently it was renewed in 2009 for a period of one year. “The renewed license expires on June 28 and it is my fervent appeal to the villagers to take the issue seriously as the project threatens the Bondaval Lake as garbage and sewage would find its way in the lake and contaminate it,” Pinto informed and asked the villagers for their say in the matter. The villagers later passed a resolution demanding the panchayat should not renew the license for the project since it would be detrimental for the survival of the Bondaval Lake. However, speaking to Herald, panchayat secretary P R Pednekar informed that the issue will first be dealt at length

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Says some are involved in illegal acts He warned that panchayat and government would take up the issue aggressively to revert back the children park for playing activities. “The people, who deployed heavy machinery for hill cutting earlier, have now turned to be the saviours of environment. Do they have moral ground to oppose the legal project of the government,” questioned Godinho. “Where were these activists when entire Consua hill was cut down in a haphazard manner? I along with the villagers was the first to highlight the Consua hill cutting,” he said. “These are the propaganda to misguide the people, who have faith in this government,

Mega project dominates Santa Cruz meet at the panchayat meeting and only after taking all the legal aspects into consideration would a decision be made in the matter. Pinto then suggested that the panchayat should explore the possibilities of starting fresh water fish production in the Bondaval Lake and also approach the government to give subsidy for the fishermen who show interest in the venture. The absence of the panchas also created a furore at the meeting with villagers questioning why all the panchas are not present and demanded that strict action should be taken to ensure that all the panchas remain present at the gram sabha so that the problems of each ward are highlighted and resolved. Some villagers even demanded that those panchas who remain absent for more than three meetings in a row should be disqualified. However, with the Panchayat Act not clearly defining what action should be taken against any panch who remains absent for a gram sabha, the issue headed for a dead end. Later, the villagers passed a resolution urging the panchayat to issue show cause notices to all the panchas who were absent for the meet. How-

ever, this resolution, too, will be reviewed at the panchayat meeting, informed secretary P R Pednekar since it involves issuing show cause notice to an elected person. The issue of open spaces was also discussed at the gram sabha and Peter Pires brought to the notice of Sarpanch Rosy Fernandes that open spaces are being freely encroached upon and no action has been forthcoming from the panchayat in the matter. He further sought to know why panchayat is hesitant to act against the offenders and demanded that the panchayat immediately take possession of all the open spaces in the village. Sarpanch Rosy, however, informed that nobody is handing over the possession of open spaces to the panchayat despite sending several reminders, which is acting as a hindrance in developing open spaces. When questioned what action would the panchayat take against builders/developers who are refusing to hand over possession of open spaces, the sarpanch informed Herald that she has run out of option and now the only way is to forcibly take possession.

... also want housing societies to have compositing units

Mauvin flays activists for opposing legal projects

HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JUNE 6

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The ill-fated motorcycle that met with an accident site along NH-17B near Alto-Dabolim. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JUNE 6

Two tourists died, while another tourist was seriously injured in a self-accident along the NH-17B near Alto Dabolim on Sunday afternoon. According to Verna police, Mustakim Anwar (25) of Bihar, Kalim Ekramuddin (20) of UP died on the spot, while Rizwan Kalamuddin (20) from Bihar was seriously injured and was in an unconscious state. The accident occurred when the trio was proceeding on their Bajaj Discover motorcycle from Verna towards the airport. How-

ever, while negotiating a turn along the NH-17B near Airport Plaza Hotel, they lost control over the vehicle and dashed against the roadside rock. Police claimed that it appears to be rash and negligent driving, as all the three youth on the motorcycle were without the helmet. “It is not yet known who was riding the motorcycle, as the third victim is in unconscious state at GMC Hospital at Bambolim,” said Verna PI Jivba Dalvi. “It appears to be rash and negligent driving,” he said.

Houses escape fire scare in Carambolim HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, JUNE 6

Residents from over 10 houses in and around Kalpora-Carambolim had anxious moments after fire lit in the nearby fields threatened to spread in the area on Saturday afternoon. According to Old Goa Fire Station Officer Michael Braganza, after they received a call from one Sadanand Kuttikar at about 2 pm that some people lit fire in the fields at Carambolim, Braganza along with 12 fire station officers rushed to the site and tried to put off the fire. Braganza further informed that no one was injured in the incident. “About two water tankers were pressed into service to put off the fire. We managed to put off the fire, which could have spread further in Kalpora-Carambolim area,” added Braganza.

The proposal of the Santa Cruz panchayat to make construction of composting units compulsory for housing societies received a further boost as the gram sabha gave its approval and passed a resolution stating that all buildings/housing societies should construct composting units in its own backyard for treating wet and bio-degradable waste.

The resolution was passed when one of the villagers sought explanation from Sarpanch Rosy Fernandes over the issue. Speaking to Herald, Sarpanch Fernandes said now the issue will be discussed at the panchayat meeting and after getting approval, it would be made mandatory for all buildings/housing societies to treat wet and bio-degradable waste on its own.

She also informed that during the course of time, the panchayat would make it mandator y for individual dwellings, as well, to treat biodegradable waste. However, instead of having separate composting units for each dwelling, the panchayat has come up with an idea of building a common composting pit so that the cost is shared, she informed.

Benaulim deputy sarpanch quits over ‘false’ affidavit HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 6

Cornered over an affidavit filed in the high court on garbage disposal in the village, which the villagers claimed was blatantly false and full of lies, the Benaulim deputy Sarpanch Stanley Fernandes resigned from the post at the gram sabha meeting on Sunday. Midway through the meeting, Stanley put in his papers to the Panchayat secretary after the gram sabha members accused him of filing a false affidavit in the high court in a writ petition. In his resignation, Stanley said he is resigning from the post due to tremendous pressure and on moral grounds. Stanley, who has been the acting Sarpanch for some time now with Sarpanch Carmelina Fernandes proceeding on leave, further stated in his letter that he is unable to handle the panchayat affairs very well. Gram sabha members, however, pointed out that the reasons cited by the deputy Sarpanch are not acceptable and they felt that Stanley should have resigned owning responsibility for filing a “false” affidavit. Stanley, on the other hand,

Stanley Fernandes maintained that he stand by the contents of the affidavit, although on the same vein, he accepted that the ground reality ought to have been much better that what it is today. He said he has put in his papers since he cannot fulfill all the expectations of the villages. Moreover, he said that gram sabha members have been demanding the presence of the Sarpanch Carmelina Fernandes to answer queries at the gram sabha meetings. “Gram sabha members says the sarpanch is healthy and moving around the village, but not attend to Panchayat work. They have also questioned over the repeated absence of the Panch member for the gram sabha members”, he added.

Former Sarpanch Benny Fernandes, however, charged the deputy Sarpanch for filing a false affidavit, adding that the gram sabha members have vowed to file a criminal case against Stanley if he fails to rectify the contents of the affidavit. Benny took strong exception to the affidavit stating that area in Benaulim is low lying and heavy populated and that the only open sites available are “lower fields”. “This is utter falsehood. If the Panchayat is of the opinion that entire Benaulim is low lying, how come the Panchayat body approves mega housing projects”, he questioned. Gram sabha member Rudolf Barretto also picked up holes in the affidavit stating that the panchayat had started collecting plastic waste by engaging labour. He also took strong exception to the contention of the deputy Sarpanch that whenever any site was identified for garbage disposal, it was immediately opposed by the villagers. Earlier, the gram sabha members demanded to know from the chair over the presence of only three panch members. They also criticized the panchayat for ignoring the resolutions adopted at gram sabha meeting.

Velim locals oppose land acquisition for fish mill, ice plant HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 6

Children enjoy their last day of the summer holiday at Miramar beach on Sunday evening. School reopens for the new academic year on June 7. Photo by Rozario Estibeiro

Women farmers seek GSCW help to save fields HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 6

Maintaining pressure on the government to abandon plans to rehabilitate migrants on lush green fields, women farmers from Aquem-Baixo has now knocked the doors of the Goa State Commission for Women (GSCW) to request the government not to acquire their fields at Rawanfond opposite the Margao railway station. In a petition to the Commission, the women farmers sought the intervention of the Women’s panel to save their fields from forcible acquisition by the gov-

ernment to rehabilitate the migrants. Saying that the fields are to be acquired to rehabilitate 18 men displaced from the Rawanfond road junction, the women farmers said this amounts to injustice to the women farmers and asked the commission to take up the matter with the government on a priority basis. “These fields belong to our ancestors and we are our families have been cultivating them for more than 75 years. This is our only means of livelihood and most of us are dependent on agriculture for our survival”,

the farmers claimed. They pointed out that the men who are displaced from the Rawanfond road junction are actually illegal encroachers in private property belonging to a landlord. “They were aware that the Eastern bypass was passing over the junction and inspite of that they had erected their structures on the road side”, the petition said, adding that “while most of the displaced people has lost land admeasuring around 10 sq mts, the Chief Minster has sough to rehabilitate them by providing them 50 sq mts, besides cash”.

The farmers said the local MLA Churchill Alemao is also supporting them for fear of loosing his Ministership. Saying the farmers are not educated, and falling under the OBC category, the farmers said the Goa government took the opportunity to manipulate the land acquisition process without their knowledge. “We have learnt that the government if offering Rs four per square meter for our land in a prime location, right opposite the Margao railway station”, the farmers termed it as cheating by the Goa government.

Fisheries department move to acquire land admeasuring 30,000 square meters at the Cutbona fishing jetty has come in for strong opposition from the Velim gram sabha on Sunday. Strongly opposing the proposal, agitated Gram sabha members asserted that the government should immediately drop the land acquisition proposal in order to set up a fish mill and an ice plant. Members said the villagers would oppose tooth and nail acquisition of Khazan, cultivable land for the industrial purpose, and adopted a resolution asking the government to leave the land in question for the farming community. Incidentally, this is the second time that the proposal to acquire 30,000 square meters of land came in for opposition

at the Velim gram sabha. Sarpanch Renny Caeiro said the Panchayat body would soon convene a special meeting to discuss the issue and sought views of the gram sabha vis-à-vis the proposal. Gram sabha member Dr Arvind Almedia demanded to know whether the government has carried out any study over the nature of land sought to be acquired for the proposed fish mill and ice plant. Another gram sabha member said the proposed acquisition of land is certainly not for a public purpose. “This proposal appears to have been mooted only to benefit a small section and not public as a whole. People in Velim still have no regular water supply and there is no basic infrastructure to meet the requirements of the local population”, asserted Ramona Almeida.

She demanded to know how the government can have a fish mill and ice plant when the fisheries department is on record saying that there’s a decline in the fish catch. “If there is a fish decline in the state, what is the purpose of this proposed industry in a mini fishing jetty at Cutbona”, she demanded to know. The gram sabha members also raised serious concerns over the rise in malaria cases in and around Cutbona jetty inhabited by migrant labour. “We have asked the health department and the Panchayat to initiate strict against the migrant labour working at the jetty without the mandatory health cards”, she said, adding that the concerned authorites should maintain a close vigil at the jetty on the malaria front in view of the ensuing monsoons.


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Tiracol villagers claim entire village bought for project Fear change in character of their hamlet

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 6

A few residents of Tiracol on Sunday morning gathered by the Arabian sea to raise fears over the acquisition of approximately 13 lakh square metres of area for a tourism-related project which the locals apprehend will change the character of the entire village. Former Sarpanch Francis Rodrigues claimed the 13 lakh square metres of area amounts to purchase of 95 per cent of Tiracol that has around 50 to 60 mundkarial and tenanted houses belonging to Catholics whose population is roughly 300. Rodrigues, who addressed the residents that gathered for the m e e t i n g t o d a y, s a i d o n e Sandeep Ganguly from Delhi and Ryan Semelhago of Dona Paula had purchased the entire Tiracol village, barring the fort area and a few other properties, from the Khalap family of Mapusa. He said the sale deed was done in 2007 between the Khalap family and Sandeep Ganguly, but the fact had come to light in 2009. “Tenanted property cannot be sold. The law has made

n Former Sarpanch Francis Rodrigues claimed the 13 lakh square metres of area amounts to purchase of 95 per cent of Tiracol that has around 50 to 60 mundkarial and tenanted houses belonging to Catholics whose population is roughly 300. us owners of the land and the same law cannot tell us to evict,” he asserted. Rodrigues accused Ganguly of asking a few residents to relinquish their rights so that their property goes back to the landlord. He filed five cases in the court of civil judge junior division at Pernem and managed to get eviction proceedings against

CoP chief favours more dry docks, slip ways HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 6

Goa is one of the prime extractor and exporters of mineral ore and relying heavily on its waterways for transportation of iron ore to larger vessels but ironically, it lacks adequate repair facilities for barges. Currently available repair facilities are sparse and also have to cater to needs of vessels coming from outside the State for repairs here. Consequently, sometime export is delayed when vessels are not ready to carry ore to the port for exports. Goa has about 350- odd barges. The barges go for repairs during lean period; monsoon season when mining activity slows down. At least, 20-30 per cent barges beeline for repairs but due to limited repairs facilities, there is congestion at repairs sites. James Braganza, Captain of Ports who has recently taken over the reigns agrees that more repairs facilities are required as pressure is also being felt from the oustaation vessels come to Goa. “Even vessels from Gujarat come here for repairs because of quality of work,” Says Capt Braganza. “There are few enterprises that provide repairs facilities even as new ship building ventures have come up, “pointed out Braganza who believes more dry docks and slip ways have to be built considering high quantum of repair service needed.

CM, Sardinha want ex-gratia paid to retired seamen hiked HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 6

Taking up cudgels for the retired Goan seamen, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha spoke to the general secretary of National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) Abdulgani Serang over the Rs 200 ex-gratia relief paid to the retired seafarers and widows. The Chief Minister spoke to the NUSI general secretary after a delegation of the retired seafarers Associated led by President Ifron Dias, Agostinho Fernandes and Peter Crasto met the former over the ex-gratia relief. Kamat told Herald that Abdulgain has said that NUSI has mooted a proposal to enhance the ex-gratia relief from Rs 200 to Rs 400 per month. “When I spoke to Abdulgani, he said that NUSI does not pay the relief, but a trust which is being managed independently”, Kamat said, adding that NUSI has pro posed to now increase the relief to Rs 400 per month. On the other hand, South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha is believed to have questioned the NUSI general secretary over the

pittance paid to the retired seafarers and widows. The MP questioned Abdulgani whether the ex-gratia relief of Rs 200 is adequate to even meet the basic needs of a human being. Sardinha is believed to have reminded the NUSI general secretary that even the Goa government is paying Rs 1000 monthly dole for senior citizens and point blank telephonically told Abdulgani that the monthly ex-gratia relief of Rs 200 paid to the retired seafarers is totally unjustified and unacceptable. Incidentally, seafarers have recalled the assurances given by the NUSI general secretary to seamen way back in 2007 at a meting held at NUSI Maritime Academy to enhance the ex-gratia relief to the retired seafarers and widows. In fact, seafarers in the know said the NUSI bulletin has been handing out assurances in recent times to enhance the ex-gratia relief, but in vain. The retired seafarers had been asked for a hike in the ex-gratia relief of more than Rs 1000 given the economic plight of the seamen and widows.

them, he stated. However, none of the residents against whom eviction proceedings were issued were present at the meeting today. Advocate Joseph Vaz observed eviction proceedings against mundkarial and tenanted occupants cannot be filed before the civil court, but if it is any other occupant they can be filed before the said court. Adv Vaz said in the case of Tiracol village even if the land is bought by the new owners the mundkarial and tenancy rights don’t change, so the apprehensions raised by the villagers have to be studied taking into consideration the legal aspects. Ryan Semelhago said he and Sandeep Ganguly were partners and the name of the company which intends to set up the tourism-related project in Tiracol was called Leading Hotels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi. Most of the villagers are with us and today too only a handful of them participated in the meeting, he stated. Ryan maintained the opposition to the project was from Francis and two other people

close to him. We are assuring the villagers we don’t want to encroach on anyone’s rights. Tenants will remain tenants and mundkars will be mundkars, he added. He, however, didn’t specify on the nature of their tourismrelated project, but claimed the same will create jobs for the villagers and they had planned schools, a 15-beeded hospital, upgrading of houses and other facilities that will benefit the villagers. But Francis Rodrigues claimed the villagers were uniting to oppose the illegal purchase of such a huge area covering entire Tiracol and they had now decided to take the mater up with Goa Law Commission headed by Ramakant Khalap. Many other activists descended on the village affirming their support to the villagers. Some of them were John Philip Pereira (Voice of Villagers) of Verna, Prajal Sakhardande (Goa Bachao Abhiyan), Vasco da Gama, Sandeep Kambli and Edwin Mascarenhas. Fr Anselmo D’Souza, a resident of Tiracol, was also present.


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Finally, Guleli-Padeli locals to have bridge soon

35-yr-old succumbs to assault injuries HERALD CORRESPONDENT PONDA, JUNE 6

A 35-year-old man from AdanMarcaim, who was allegedly assaulted by his brother, passed away at the GMC Hospital at Bambolim recently. It may be recalled that on May 20, deceased Sanjay Gopi Gaude and his elder brother Tulshidas had a fight over some matter. Tulshidas allegedly assaulted Sanjay with a wooden stick on his head. Sanjay, who had received severe head injuries, was rushed to GMC Hospital, where he breathed his last on Thursday night. It is learnt that Tulshidas, who was earlier arrested in connection with the assault, has now been booked for murder. Ponda police is investigating the case. Work on Guleli Padeli, Sattari, bridge in full swing. HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, JUNE 6

The long-pending demand of the residents of Guleli-Padeli, Sattari, is likely to be fulfilled soon, as the work on the bridge is going on in full swing. Guleli residents informed that the bridge, which is built across

NIOH invites applications HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 6

National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped (NIOH) is a Central Government autonomous organization under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India and engaged in Human Resource Development, Model and Research and Development programmes. Under Human Resource Development Institute is conducting Bachelor and Master Courses in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Prosthetist and Orthotics. WBUHS is conducting an entrance test for the admission for MPT, MOT and MPO in NIOH on July 11. The application along with a crossed Demand Draft for Rs.1 000 in favour of 'The West Bengal University of Health Sciences' payable in Kolkata is to be submitted, either by hand or by Speed/ Registered Post to the office of the 'Controller of Examinations, West Bengal University of Health Sciences, DD-36, Sector-1, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700064. The application must reach the office of the WBUHS within 11 June, 2010. Candidates are requested to write name, course and telephone no. (if any) on the back of the bank draft. For details visit the university website on www.thewbuhs.org or www.thewbuhs.in through internet.

Mhadei River, will be beneficial to residents of Guleli, PadeliBhomwada, Bironde, Advoi and surrounding areas. “If we wanted to go to Padeli from Guleli or return from Padeli to Guleli, we had to travel a long distance, but this bridge will minimize the distance by about

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6 kms,” informed residents. “The actual work of constructing the bridge started a decade ago, but due to various problems, the work had to be halted at least three times. But this time we hope that the bridge will be completed soon,” said the residents.

The Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Dr Benjamin Braganza has been transferred and posted as Managing Director of Goa Meat Complex with immediate effect.

HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 6

Commissioner for NRI Affairs and former Union Minister for External Affairs, Eduardo Faleiro said that the most effective response to terrorism is to root out the causes that generate it, perceived social or political injustice. Faleiro was speaking at the concluding function of the international seminar on Media and Terrorism in South Asia organized by International Centre, Goa, Foundation for Media Professionals and Fredrich Ebort Stifftung-India at International Centre Dona Paula on Sunday. Speaking further Faleiro said terrorism is highly controversial issue in contemporary international politics. The controversy exists as to its nature, causes and consequences. Hence, it is often said that ‘One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.’ Reuters, a major international news agency with a reputation for objective reporting, does not use the word "terrorists" in its reports and prefers words such as "insurgents", "militants" or "rebels". Faleiro said South Asia is a region of protracted animosity and ethnic cultural and religious

Rotary Club district governor along with the rotary members at the newly constructed house at NanoraBicholim. Photo by Vishant Vaze HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, JUNE 6

The Rotary Club International Bicholim handed over the keys of the new house constructed by them to one Ganpat Mayekar of Nanora. The house keys were handed over to Mayekar at a special function organized at Rotary Club International Bicholim of-

fice on Wednesday. Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar, Nanora Panch Eknath Sawant, Rotary Governor Gurudatta Bhakta, President Prithviraj Sardesai, Secretary Damodar Prabhu, Sudatt Mandrekar, Parish Khanolkar, Anand Desai, Vallabh Salkar, Praveen Gadekar, Milind Karpe and Anthony D’Souza were present on the oc-

60% is linoleic acid) is of particular importance for nourishment since the human organism is not able to form linoleic acid. Only high quality oil seeds are processed in the oil and are not mixed with any other oil,” said Nazareth. “Concerned about health, we thought it right to market the cholesterol free oil ‘Brolio’ in the Goan market. This oil is made up of sown sunflower seeds from the most beautiful European gardens. Using the oil for one’s kitchen use, the families can enjoy a fit and healthy life at work, sports and games,” he added. Added Benjamin de Nazareth, director of the company: “Brolio is a health treasure for one and

all. The product has been bottled in Germany and marketed directly in the Goan markets to maintain the quality standards.” The directors of the company have promises guaranteed original products which meet the international standards for the market in the State. Brolio is presently available in 1 ltr and 10 ltr packs at different shopping centres in Calangute (Newton Arcade, Valanka Shopping Mall, Menezes Supermarket), Candolim (Newton Supermarket and Lawande Supermarket), Mapusa (Ajay Supermarket and Monalisa), Vasco (Carfa Food World), Porvorim (Pink 2 Blue) and Margao (Big G Gosalia Ventures Pvt Ltd).

casion. It may be recalled that Ganpat Mayekar’s house was destroyed during the last monsoon and since then he was rendered homeless. Meanwhile, Panch Eknath Sawal, Ganpat and his wife Saraswati have expressed solidarity towards Rotary Club for the selfless service.

Commissioner for NRI Affairs and former Union Minister for External Affairs, Eduardo Faleiro addressing the seminar. Also present are Saikat Datta and Director of International Centre, Goa Nandini Sahai.

conflicts, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal are increasingly bogged down by militancy arid insurgency. If the Governments and the people of South Asia work together and there is sustained interface between them, they can respond to terrorism in manner that it is effective and long term. Speaking further Faleiro said, Media should opinion in all countries of this region in favour

Nelly re-elected GPMSA president HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 6

Candido de Nazareth (extreme right) stands in front of the Brolio oil products in the presence of Benjamin de Nazareth.

A new brand of pure sunflower oil imported from Germany has been recently introduced in the State. The ‘Brolio’ has been imported and marketed by Shree Importers & Exporters, which is based in Candolim. Speaking to Herald, the Managing Director of Shree Importers & Exporters, India Mr. Candido de Nazareth said the German oil is especially designed for the health of the consumers. “Brolio is pure sunflower oil, rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Its high polyunsaturated content (of which absolute

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Rotary Club donates house to Nanora resident

German sunflower oil launched in State

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Goa Meat Complex gets new MD

Root out causes generating terrorism, says Eduardo

Elections to the vacant posts of GPMSA organised by several ZP members was held at the seminar hall, Secretariat, Porvorim recently. According to a press release, Director of Panchayats, Menino D’Souza issued an order to that effect appointing Herminia Costa from the Directorate of Panchayats as the presiding officer to re-constitute the General Body of GPMSA and to fill up the vacant posts of the Office – Bearers in the State Executive Committee, North Goa District Committee and South Goa District Committee of GPMSA. Herminia Costa while giving nomination papers told the elected women representatives to vote and elect deserving and efficient candidate with integrity. The newly re-constituted GPMSA Committee is as follows: State Executive Committee Office – bearers elected were President: Nelly Rodrigues, VicePresident Abelina Menezes, Secretary Carmelina Franco, Jt Secretary Rashmi Lambor, Treasurer

Martha Saldhana, Jt Treasurer Prajakta Kannaik. While North Goa District Level Committee Office Bearers elected were: President Janita Madkaikar, Vice- President Shilpa Naik, Secretary Shaila Borkar, Jt Secretary Urmilla Naik, Treasurer Sushanti Naik and Treasurer Poornima Naik. The South Goa District Level Committee Office- Bearers elected were: President Anna Carneiro , Vice- President Luiza Fernandes, Secretary Aparna Naik, Jt Secretary Maria Miranda, Treasurer Sabrina Dias, Jt Treasurer Cintia D’Silva. In all 28 out of 33 EWRs participated in the said election. All the participants expressed their happiness and praised Herminia Costa, presiding officer for efficiently and peacefully conducting the election. All other ZP Members would be members of the governing body. Earlier, Herminia Costa, Nodal Officer explained the aims, objectives and duties/responsibilities of the office– bearers of the working committees of GPMSA for its effective functioning.

Book on govt’s achievements to be released HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 6

“Goldern Glow” a publication brought out by Department of Information on the achievement of Government led by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and his Council of Ministers will be released on June 7 at 11 am on the eve of completion of 3 years by the Ministry. A film ‘Goa Marches On’ brought to focus on the development that has taken place will also be released at the function which is to be held at auditorium no: 1, Maquinez Palace, ESG Complex, Panjim. Home Minister, Ravi Naik, Civil Supplies Minister, Jose Philip D’Souza, Transport Minister Sudin Dhavlikar, Chief Secre t a r y S a n j a y S r i v a s t a v a , Development Commissioner and Secretary Narendra Kumar, Vishnu Surya Wagh and others will be present on the occasion, says a press release.

Newly elected Office- bearers of GPMSA seen with Nodal Officer Herminia Costa and State Office Bearers Nelly Rodrigues, Abelina Menezes, Carmelina Franco, Martha Saldhana, Rashmi Lambor, Prajakta Kannaik, and District Presidents Janita Madkaikar and Anna Carneiro.

of a South Asian Union, a confederation of India , Pakistan and other countries of South Asia on the lines of the European Union. Rajeshwar Dyal, of FES India, Anmrudh Bahal of FMP and Director of International Centre Goa, Saikat Datta and others were present. The function was compered by Arjan Halarnkar, Nandini Sahai introduced and later proposed the vote of thanks.

Library opened at Madel-Chorao

Chorao Sarpanch Pandurang Bandodkar addresses a function at Madel-Chorao. HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, JUNE 6

Chorao Sarpanch Pandurang Bandodkar inaugurated the library, approved by the education department, at Madel-Chorao on May 31. Addressing a function, Bandodkar lauded the Rathang Yuva Sangh (RYS) for its initiative to start the library in the village, which would enable locals to read newspapers and magazines. Others present at the function included former sarpanch and headmaster of Dayanand high school Premamand Mhambre, Panchas Shrijaya Haldankar, Madhuri Kubal, former sarpanchas Rama Kubal and Shrikrishna Haldankar and former deputy sarpanch Mukund Khandeparkar. Earlier, RYS President Bapu Gaonkar welcomed the gathering and provided details of the library and membership fees. RYS Executive Member Naren-

PWD completes hot-mixing of NH-17B to Curti junction

St Xavier’s Academy excels at SSC results HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 6

St Xavier’s Academy, Old Goa, a special school for students with disabilities, achieved cent percent results in the Secondary School Certificate Examinations conducted by the Goa Board of Secondary School. Caritas-Goa, who manages this project, feels deep joy to congratulate these students, the headmistress, staff and parents for accepting a challenge to get excellent results, says a press release.

A portion of the road left out due to a pipeline leakage at Baithekhol. HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, JUNE 6

The PWD has completed the hot-mixing of NH-17B from Baithekhol to Curti junction, but the leaking pipeline is yet to be repaired. A portion of the road has been kept unattended, as road engineers have claimed that it would of no use to put tar on the surface. Enquires at PWD (water department) revealed that the pipe

joint often witness problem whenever hot-mixing of the road is undertaken. PWD Assistant Engineer Dilip Dhavlikar informed that the pipeline will be shifted and they are waiting for its approval. “The PWD (roads division) had written to us about the problem and it will be repaired soon,” said Dhavlikar. He further said such problem is witnessed at Baithekhol whenever hot-mixing is under-

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taken, once the pipeline is shifted the problem will be solved,” added the assistant engineer. “After the National Highways contacted us last year to shift the pipeline, we subsequently forwarded it our concerned higher-ups in November, last year. Once it is approved, we will shift the pipeline at Baithekhol admeasuring 150 mtrs on both the sides of the road,” informed Dhavlikar.

dra Naik compered the function, while executive member Nilesh Salgaonkar proposed the vote of thanks.

Former Pale MLA remembered, blood donation held on occasion HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, JUNE 6

ZP member Laxmikant Parab has stated that all-round development of Navelim and Pale constituency with selfless motive will be the real tribute to former Pale MLA late Gurudas Gawas. He was addressing the villagers of Navelim-Bicholim on the occasion of 2nd death anniversary of former Pale MLA Late Gurudas Gawas at Vividha Higher Secondary School hall on Friday. Pale MLA Pratap Gawas, SMC Councilor Laxmanrao Desai, Pandhari Gawas, Sadashiv Mangeshkar, Pratap Gaonkar, Digambar Narvekar, Umesh Gawas and teachers of Vividha Higher Secondary School and villagers were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, MLA Pratap Gawas promised to fulfill the dreams of his brother late Gurudas Gawas by dedicating to the cause of Pale constituency. On the occasion, a blood donation camp was organized. Sadashiv Mangeshkar and Clara D’Mello put in sincere efforts to make the programme a grand success. Earlier, villagers and speakers paid their tributes to late Gurudas Gawas.

Mardol resident accused of abusing p’yat staff on duty HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, JUNE 6

Priol Veling Deputy Sarpanch Kanta Gaude has accused a resident from Mardol of abusing the panchayat staff on duty. In his compliant, Gaude told Ponda police that the resident barged into panchayat premises and abused the panchayat staff on duty on Wednesday. The complainant further stated that the accused in a fit of anger broke the glass kept on the table.


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K’taka secures record investment during Global Investors meet HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, JUNE 6

Karnataka has notched up a record investment of Rs 4 lakh crore with the signing of 361 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) during the Global Investors’ meet, which concluded in Bangalore on June 4. The investments ranged from aerospace to textiles, steel, cement, power, food processing, tourism, health to infrastructure. According to the state government sources, the meet was successful beyond expectations and carries a promise to provide direct employment opportunities to a record 8.9 lakh persons and indirect employment to another 2 lakh persons. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Medium Industries Minister Murugesh R Nirani left no stone unturned for the success of the meet while the state government received assurances of full support from the Centre. While Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily and Union Food Processing Minister Subodh Kant Sahai expressed their support, Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge promised Karnataka all help from the Centre. “A new era of industrial revolution of Karnataka has begun,” stated Yeddyurappa, adding that the signing of MoUs or the total volume of investments generated was only a first step in the long journey in the path of Karnataka’s industrial progress. In its effort in keeping its promises to the investors or meeting the deadlines, the chief minister himself will be regularly reviewing the progress while the government would take every possible steps to cut redtapism and procedural bottlenecks. Development of all-round economic ac-

K’taka govt urged to change liquor sale timings HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, JUNE 6

Coming down on the government’s proposal to sell liquor till 2 am, the Environment Protection Forum of Belgaum has urged the Yedyurappa-led BJP government to withdraw the decision. In a memorandum forwarded to the chief minister through the district administration, the forum on Monday listed out the ill-effects of extending the deadline. Terming the proposal as anti-society, they also demanded the removal of Excise Minister Renukacharya from the cabinet. According to the forum, the decision would spoil peace and the crime rate would increase if implemented, the memorandum added. Excise Minister Renukacharya had said that the government had proposed to extend the liquor sale timings to help foreign visitors and the rich. Suspecting the lobby of people in the liquor business, the forum has asked the Minister to reveal who had given a representation in this regard. Governor Hansraj Bharadwaj should also intervene in this matter, the memorandum added.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa along with Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge and Karnataka Medium Industries Minister at the investors meet in Bangalore.

tivities, new employment generation and infrastructure facilities will happen throughout the State. The meet will generate additional revenue to the state exchequer and will be an important milestone in Karnataka’s developmental history,” minister Murugesh R Nirani said. Dr K V Raju, economic advisor to the Chief Minister, in his over-view on the entire GIM exercise said that tremendous response from the industry and investors had given a big boost to the government. “As many as 66 companies came forward to sign MoUs during the two days with Rs 50,000 crore investments,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said that it was necessary to focus on upgrading the skills of labour force and all other stake-holders in the present context of liberalization, globalization and changed economic scenario. “Over 400 institutes were being upgraded with World Bank assistance and another 1,396 institutes through publicprivate partnership,” he said. “By 2022, India will create 500 million skilled workers under the scheme,” he added, calling for industry should join hands with the government on the public-private partnership model.

HC likely to decide lawyer for Kasab this week UNI MUMBAI, JUNE 6

The Bombay High Court is likely to decide a lawyer for Ajmal Amir Kasab this week, who has been awarded death sentence

for his involvement in Mumbai 26/11 terror attack. Recently, Kasab had written a letter to the Free Legal Aid Panel, seeking a lawyer to chal-

lenge his conviction in the High Court. It was drafted by one of Arthur Road jail staff on behalf of Kasab. The 22-year-old Pakistani was awarded capital punishment on May 6 by designated Judge M L Tahaliyani on five counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, waging war against the country, abetting murder and indulging in terrorist activities. In addition, he has also been awarded life imprisonment on five other counts, which included attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and violation of the explosive substances in Mumbai during the terror attacks on November 26, 2008. As per the law of the land, the death penalty awarded to him needs to be confirmed by the High Court. At the same time, Kasab has a legal right to challenge the designated court's order in the High Court, praying to set aside its order and covert the death sentence to life.

Keralite sets national record for smallest musical instrument PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 6

Striking a different note in the world of music, a Keralite has entered Limca Book of National Records for developing the smallest musical instrument, through which he could produce scores played on saxophone or the ‘nadaswaram’ (double reed wind instrument). The Limca certificate which G Jayaprakash, designer of the instrument, received last week, said "he has developed the smallest musical instrument called 'Sushiri'....and developed the art of playing it and has given public performances." With 4.5 cm length, 1.5 cm width and 1 mm thickness, “Sushiri” resembles the shape of a miniature mouth-organ. Capable of playing all seven musical notes with it, the gadget produces music similar that of instruments like saxophone, clarinet, shehnai and nadaswaram, Jayaprakash told PTI. “It is the outcome of my 15years of rigorous research. Actually I did not mean to develop such a small instrument. My aim was just to mould a different one. But, in course of time, I realized that the clarity of music would increase with the decrease of size and weight,” he said. Made of sandalwood, “Sushiri” has a number of holes on its surface. It is played by controlling the movement of air through the holes with peculiar movements of fingers and lips. A thin piece of cloth is used

n It is the outcome of my 15years of rigorous research. Actually I did not mean to develop such a small instrument. My aim was just to mould a different one. But, in course of time, I realized that the clarity of music would increase with the decrease of size and weight. as a cover and a button microphone will be attached to it while playing, Jayaprakash said. “I usually play “Sushiri” by holding on the clip of microphone. But, the sound is crystal clear even without it. I use the cloth and microphone to protect it from getting damaged as the instrument is too small. The holes on the surface are also specially aligned to produce all types of sound varieities,” he said. Though Jayaprakash, a Thiruvananthapuram-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, has no formal education in music, he performs hour-long concerts both carnatic and western with “Sushiri”.

"I did a ‘Sushiri’ kacheri (concert) at the Surya cultural festival here in 2003.I conducted a concert as part of the LIMCA selection process also.Though I could play the instrument only half an hour initially, the duration has been extended to one to oneand-half hours eventually" Jayaprakash said. “Sushiri” has a range of threeand-a half octaves and can be played along with other instruments in joint instrument concerts, but its distinct sound makes it different from others, he said. The 46-year-old old music buff said he drew inspiration for the innovation from the toy instrument made of hair comb and paper with which children used to produce musical notes. Though he tried to carve the instrument in the shape of haircomb with open gaps in between, it did not work out. “ When I made a combshaped instrument, I did not get much satisfaction. Sound was getting distracted and pitch was also not good. So I drilled holes on the board and that was the discovery of Sushiri,” he said. Jayaprakash also had to sweat hard in the selection of wood for the instrument. Though he tried teak, rosewood and many other medium, sandalwood only gave the desired perfection and results. The rich powder content in it would make the sound coming out of it clear and audible, he said.

Govt employees booked for swindling Rs 50 lakh HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, JUNE 6

In a shocking incident that has rocked the district, two government employees have bungled with the government treasury and swindled about Rs 50 lakh from the flood relief funds. The two employees at the office of Ramdurg tehshildar have been booked for misappropriation of the flood relief funds. According to a police complaint lodged by Ramdurg Tehshildar Geeta Koujalgi on Wednesday night, a first grade assistant and a female typist have forged signatures of the Tehshildar. The money with forged signatures was withdrawn from a bank State in Ramdurg. According to Tehshildar Geeta Koujalgi, the accused had forged her signature on 269 cheques. What is more interesting is that the act was carried out in collusion with the bank employees, the details about which were not available. The accused were not arrested till Thursday and two of them were absconding, while the lady typist was admitted at a local hospital. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Dr Ekroop Kaur has suspended the accused and has initiated a detailed enquiry in the alleged fraud.

BJP Executive Committee meet today at Udyambag HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, JUNE 6

The State BJP Executive Committee meeting will be held at Foundry Cluster at Udyambag on June 7 and 8. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and his cabinet members, MLAs, MPs, state and national office bearers, district presidents and seven presidents of various morchas of the state will attend the meeting. National leaders Vasundara Raje Scindia and Bhupendra Yadav will guide the party workers. Chief Minister Yediyurappa and party president KS Ishwarappa will inaugurate the meeting. The meeting will discuss issues related to the polls, growing naxalism and some of the important issues pertaining to north Karnataka.

I-T sleuths investigate NRI funds in IPL PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 6

The Income Tax department has requested the Finance Ministry to approach the authorities in Switzerland and other tax havens for details of overseas accounts of "non-residents" who invested in the Indian Premier League. The step is part of the ongoing investigations into investment of foreign funds in the IPL. The investigating unit in Mumbai has written to the Foreign Tax Division in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to obtain information about "foreign entities in IPL teams" after its probe into the cashrich tournament found investments by "non-residents" especially in teams like Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Ministry has also written to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seeking information on the foreign investments brought by all the IPL franchises and have asked the Enforcement Directorate to check violations under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

n The bid documents reveal huge funding by NRIs in various IPL franchises. But the documents do not reflect the entire financial details of these individuals. -- I-T official "The bid documents reveal huge funding by NRIs in various IPL franchises. But the documents do not reflect the entire financial details of these individuals," a top I-T officer said. In order to establish the amount of tax evasion, if any, the department has approached the concerned CBDT wing to execute Direct Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) with countries such as Switzerland, Germany and Mauritius to facilitate exchange information, the officer added.

The Foreign Tax Division in the Finance Ministry looks into the tax liabilities and evasion by non-residents and foreigners in respect of both the countries under the agreements. The overseas remittances of certain IPL franchises are also under probe, I-T sources said. The Income Tax department had collected documents related to bidding, payment of taxes and various other financial details during its countrywide survey of various IPL franchises, with the first such operation being conducted on April 15 at the BCCI and IPL premises, including the office of suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi. The I-T department in Mumbai has created a special cell of officers to monitor the IPL as the metropolis hosts the IPL marketing and advertising offices. Almost eight investigation wings of the department in various cities like Chandigarh, Kochi, Jaipur and New Delhi are also probing the taxation aspects of the IPL transactions.


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India destined to be nation of global influence: US Trinamool to stay with UPA for full tenure: Mamata PTI WASHINGTON, JUNE 6

Declaring that India is destined to be a nation of global influence, the US has said bilateral ties are moving towards "full maturity", encompassing cooperation in areas like defence, climate change and energy as well as on nuclear and regional geo-political issues. "Obviously, India is on a path

of ascendancy. It is destined to be a nation of global influence," US National Security Adviser Gen (Retd) James Jones told PTI here. His remarks follow US President Barack Obama's statement that India is a rising and responsible global power "indispensable" to a future American strategy. Jones said it is extremely im-

portant that countries like India and the United States have "a national affinity" for one another as expressed by the strong friendship between the two sides, including their heads of State. "We have converging values, we both want better lives for our citizens and our children, we want to eliminate the scourge of terrorism, we would

like to have a better climate, a better management of our fragile planet and nations of influence can shape that globally. "When there are two countries like ours that are working together along those lines that has a huge effect in other parts of the world for the better," Jones said. On that scale of things, the recent successful Strategic Di-

alogue, the first between India and the US at the Cabinet-level co-chaired by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his counterpart Hillary Clinton, is a very encouraging development, he said. "The Strategic Dialogue highlights in very concrete ways the close relationship that exists between India and the United States; between the Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) and the President (Barack Obama), between the multiplicities of the organs of our governments that have to do with a variety of things," he said. It is not just a uni-dimensional relationship but it is much broader, Jones said. "And I think, the Strategic Dialogue is taking the relationship to unprecedented levels of cooperation between the two countries." "Whether it is security or defence or energy or climate or nuclear issues or regional geopolitical issues, it's a relationship that is moving towards full maturity," he said. The top aide to the US President on national security matters said the cooperation between India and the United States is a two-way street. "I think from day one, it has been a two way street," Jones said when asked how the bilateral relationship has progressed in the field of security and counter-terrorism in the Obama Administration.

PTI KOLKATA, JUNE 6

Making it clear that Trinamool Congress would remain a "trusted" ally of UPA government for its full tenure, party chief Mamata Banerjee has kept her cards close to her chest on an alliance with Congress for the West Bengal Assembly polls, saying that "nothing is closed". "I will speak on what is happening today. I will not speak about the future. We have gone to the people when all others had left us and they (people) have supported us. When opportunity comes in the future, we will speak. Nothing is closed," Banerjee told PTI in an interview after her party's triumph in civic polls which it fought without a tie-up with the Congress. "When the UPA-II government was formed, we as an ally made a commitment to remain in it for five years. We will stay unless we are pushed out," Banerjee said. 55-year-old Banerjee, however, said, "those who are saying that we are not to be trusted, should understand that we are more trusted then anybody else. There cannot be comparison between our commitment and those of others. We only want love and respect."

Stating that the Left parties were the main allies of the UPA-I before they quit on the nuclear deal issue, she said her party will remain in UPAII "as long as CPI(M) is not there. "If there are relations with the CPI(M) we cannot stay. We cannot co-exist with the CPI(M) just as and DMK and AIADMK cannot coexist," the TC supremo, whose party is the second largest ally in the UPA with 19 MPs, said. On her ties with the UPA, the Railway Minister said that there should be reciprocity "in the way we love and respect them. We also want a reciprocal gesture. We don't want anything more than that." Describing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as "a good man and a gentleman", she said, "We have got all his blessings and support. He is a good administrator. He has information about who is doing what." Asked about a senior Congress leader saying in the acrimonious run-up to the civic polls that alliance could not be made at the cost of the party, she said, "I respect senior leaders of the Congress. "I have no comment. Anybody can make some comment. It is their prerogative and their choice."

On suggestions by a section of Bengal Congress leaders that the party could not be written off because of the civic poll outcome and was in a position for seat-sharing on honourable terms with the Trinamool for the 2011 assembly polls, she said, "They got the verdict of the people. The verdict itself speaks about performance." To a question on CPI(M) Politburo member Biman Bose's statement that Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee would not step down and there was no question of advancing the assembly elections, she reiterated, "We are in favour of the early elections. She accused the CPI(M) of raising the bogey of post-poll violence. "If there was violence, it would have erupted within 72 hours," she said when asked about CPI(M) statement that the chief minister had skipped the CPI(M) Politburo meeting in New Delhi to control post-poll violence in the state. "That there was no post-poll violence, credit should go to us since we have told our workers not to take out victory processions maintain restraint. By raising the bogey of violence, the ruling party is trying to instigate violence."

Rathore back in jail after check up PTI CHANDIGARH, JUNE 6

Security personnel marching on the Boulevard road leading to hotel Centure housing the SKICC Complex on the banks of world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar on Sunday. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will address the fifth convocation of Sher-I-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir on Monday.

Muslim body ropes in mosques for water conservation campaign PTI LUCKNOW, JUNE 6

In a unique initiative, a Muslim body here has launched an awareness drive on water conservation beginning from mosques. Activists of Sunni Board of India are out appealing to Muslims since the past two months to save water during 'Wazu', the customary cleansing ritual before prayers. "Saving water is the most pious duty and the Prophet himself had advocated it some 1400 years ago asking the devout to use it in minimum quantity even while doing Wazu", president of the Sunni Board of India Mohd Sha-

habuddin Khan said here. The importance of water conservation is being propagated among the Muslims by the organisation through seminars and discourses in mosques especially after the Friday prayers. "We are telling the devout to use pots (lotas) while performing Wazu instead of using running water from the taps to check water wastage," Shahabuddin said. The body has also been distributing pots free of cost to the mosques, he said. The aim is to reach out to some 100 mosques every month, he said adding that the response to the campaign so

far has been very encouraging. "People are realising that unknowingly they had adopted the wrong practice which was also against the teachings of Islam which forbids unnecessary use and wastage of things," Sahabuddin Khan said. He cited a verse from the holy Quran which asks the "pupil to take care of everything on the earth and the almighty would take care of all". Stressing the far sightedness and relevance of the preachings of the Prophet in today's context, Khan said had the humanity heeded them, the scene would have been different.

Former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, serving an 18-month sentence in Ruchika Girhotra molestation case and lodged at Burail jail here, was today brought back to prison after a check up at PGIMER after he complained of chest pain and breathlessness. 68-year-old Rathore, who is a heart patient, was taken to PGIMER here late last night after he complained of breathlessness and discomfort in the chest. He was discharged early this morning after doctors found his condition stable, Additional IGP (Prisons) NPS Randhawa said. He said Rathore was taken to PGIMER's emergency ward by the Burail jail authorities, where several tests were conducted on him and he was examined by senior cardiologists. "After remaining there for about three hours, he was discharged early this morning after doctors found his condition stable. He was later taken back to Burail jail," the officer said. After Rathore complained of uneasiness, a medical team was summoned from sector 16 government hospital, which referred him to PGIMER. Rathore was initially reluctant to be taken to PGIMER, but the jail authorities succeeded to convince him, Randhawa said. The former top police officer had two years back undergone a heart surgery. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on Friday deferred the pronouncement of the verdict on his revision petition in the molestation case to June 29.

‘3 Idiots’ sweeps IIFA awards, Big B adjudged best actor PTI COLOMBO, JUNE 6

Aamir Khan starrer '3 Idiots' swept the IIFA awards this year bagging eight honours including Best Film and megastar Amitabh Bachchan took home the Best Actor trophy for his role as a progeria-afflicted child in 'Paa'. The Best Actress award was shared by Vidya Balan for 'Paa' and Kareena Kapoor for '3 Idiots'. The Best Director trophy went to Rajkumar Hirani for '3 Idiots', while he, along with Abhijat Joshi and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, bagged the Best Story award for the same film. '3 Idiots', a coming-of-age comedy about three students at a top engineering college, had been nominated in 12 of the 13 main categories in the 11th Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) awards. It has already won eight of the 12 technical awards announced last month, including Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Sharman Joshi won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in '3 Idiots', while Divya Dutta received the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in 'Delhi 6'. '3 idiots' won another award with Boman

Irani clinching the statuette for his negative role in the film. Sanjay Dutt laughed all the way to bag the award for Best Performance in a Comic Role in 'All the Best'. Composer Pritam pipped maestro A R Rahman to win the Best Music Director award for 'Love Aaj Kal' while Shaan was adjudged the Best Singer (Male) for 'Behti hawa sa tha woh' (3 Idiots). Kavita Seth won the Best Singer (Female) for 'Iktara' from 'Wake Up, Sid!'. Swanand Kirkire won the Best Lyrics award for '3 Idiots'. Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez jointly won the Best Female Debutante of the year along with Mahie Gill for their role in 'Aladin' and 'Dev D', respectively. Omi Vaidya aka Chatur Ramalingam of '3 Idiots' shared the Best Male Debutante honour with Jackky Bhagnani for 'Kal Kissne Dekha'. Veteran filmmaker J Om Prakash, maternal grandfather of Hrithik Roshan, and yesteryear's screen siren Zeenat Aman were felicitated with the Lifetime Achievement award. The awards were given away at a glitzy ceremony in the Sri Lankan capital, which was overshadowed by protests from minority Tamils and was boycotted by the South Indian stars like Kamal Haasan and

director Mani Ratnam. Many top Bollywood stars also gave it a miss, including brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. The technical awards, given away in May, had '3 Idiots' upholding its position above all other films, bagging awards for Dialogue, Background Score, Editing, Best Sound Recording, Best Song Recording, Sound Re-recording as well. The dance moves in Imtiaz Ali's 'Love Aaj Kal' won Bosco Caesar the Best Choreography Award, while the Best Costume Designing went to Anahita Shroff and Dolly Ahluwalia for the same movie. Sabu Cyril got the Best Art Direction and Charles Darby (Eyecube Labs) won Best Special Effects (Visual) for 'Aladin'. Sham Kaushal was favoured with the Best Action Award for Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Kaminey' and the Best Makeup Award went to international make-up artists Christien Tinsley and Dominie Till for 'Paa'. The award ceremony was a glamorous affair with actor Salman Khan making a grand entry on stage with a host of other Bollywood celebs. They danced to the beats of Khan's superhit numbers from films like 'Veer', 'Partner' and 'No Entry' and his upcoming movie 'Dabangg'.


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Wherefore art thou, Francisco?

ust a few days ago, former Tourism Minister Francisco alias Mickky Pacheco complained to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat that he was the victim of a ‘witch hunt’. On Saturday, Mr Pacheco resigned from the cabinet, and vanished. He is yet to surface at the time of writing, and the police are hunting for him. They have issued a ‘look-out notice’ to all police stations and border posts. So who’s the ‘witch’ then? The resignation of Mr Pacheco ought to generate a feeling of satisfaction; that the high and mighty can and do get called to account. That they too, like the aam admi, have to take responsibility for their actions. A head has rolled. Someone who thought he was above the law has been caught by its long arm. There is every hope that he can be brought to justice… Why, then, does it not bring a sense of vindication? Maybe it is because Mickky is just one in a cabinet that closely resembles the Dirty Dozen. This minister was alleged to be having an affair with a woman when he not only was already married to another but was facing a charge of bigamy from a third! Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar may be facing problems of his own in the Cricket Board, but at least he knows when enough is enough. Unlike Mr Pacheco. The minister’s propensity to put his ‘foot in his mouth’ with completely uncalled-for comments was another issue. When Mr Pacheco was charged with bigamy by first wife Sara, the minister gave what he thought was a snappy answer to a stupid question (vice versa?) that he could “have as many women” as he wished! The fact that the former minister has been untraceable after he was quizzed by Crime Branch officials for over nine hours on Friday suggests that the line of inquiry was deeply embarrassing. The question now is whether the resignation will take the focus off the probe into the case. That would be tragic. A young woman took her own life in suspicious circumstances. It must be investigated in full. But the bigger problem is that the contagion in the cabinet neither starts nor ends with Mr Pacheco. What about the nexus between the police and large scale drug dealers, which is being given short shrift by the Police Department, allegedly because the son of a senior minister is deeply involved? Do we not draw the line somewhere? Often, many people tend to overlook corruption, saying that it is a ‘lesser evil’ than communalism. But when corruption transcends all limits and boundaries, it can be much worse than communalism. Politics in Goa is dangerously close to the brink. This is something that each and every MLA and minister, not to forget our honourable Chief Minister, must bear in mind. If nothing is sacred and money is all, then we are approaching Armageddon.

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Pure politics

aving tasted blood with Tourism Minister Francisco alias Mickky Pacheco’s resignation, certain NGOs that took the lead in demanding the minister’s head have now redirected their crusade against the Chairperson of the Goa State Commission for Women (GSCW). They say that since she did not take up the case of Nadia Torrado on a suo motu basis, Ezilda Sapeco should resign. This is pure politics. Let us not forget that both Auda Viegas (Bailancho Ekvott) and Tara Kerkar (Savera) are also active politicians and Congress members. Let us also not forget that the GSCW is a statutory body, not an activist NGO. It is obliged to give every complaint a hearing and, if possible, give both sides a hearing before taking a stand. No marks for the politicians wearing NGO caps here.

Speak in Konkani Lector Mascarenhas, Curchorem How can we safeguard our Goan identity in these difficult times when we are likely to become a minority in our own land? There are several ways. Here is one of them: Speak Konkani, both at home and outside. A couple of days ago, I halted at the Bambolim Cross to pay my respects. I then went to a general store nearby. It was hot, so I asked for a cold drink saying: “Kya hai?” A young boy, aged around 12, smiled and said “Soglem Asa.” As I was about to leave the place, he smiled again and said: “Amkam Konknni kollttam.” This very important message of speaking in Konkani came from a migrant boy. It’s time we do this for the sake of our children and our motherland.

Underage Eduardo! Bruno G Pinheiro, Raia With reference to your news report: ‘Book on Eduardo’s sports feat to be released soon’ (Herald, 5 June), the age of our honourable ex-MP and union minister Eduardo Faleiro has been mentioned as 54 years old. Mr Faleiro was born in April 1940, making him 70 years old. He might have been 54

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the demand for a caste-based census by some political parties is a regressive step, says rAJU VerNeKAr

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hile disputes over caste and communal issues continue to erupt in some part of the country or other, the recent demand for a caste-based census by some political parties is certainly a regressive step. Caste systems in India are primarily associated with Hinduism, but also exist among other Indian religious groups. Muslims deny that they have castes, but observations reveal the existence of caste-like groups within the social hierarchy. Among Indian Christians, too, differences in caste are acknowledged and maintained. The enumeration of castes has a long history, starting from the earliest period of our history with Manu the law giver. Medieval chronicles contain descriptions of communities located in various parts of the country. During the British colonial period, listings were undertaken after 1806, on an extensive scale. The process gathered momentum in course of the censuses from 1881 to 1931. Owing to discrimination on the basis of caste, certain sections of the people remained backward. To remove this backwardness, reservations were introduced even before Independence, in a large area comprising both the Presidency areas and the Princely States south of the Vindhyas. In Maharashtra, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of the princely state of Kolhapur introduced reservations in favour of the backward classes as early as 1902, to eradicate poverty amongst them and to give them their due share in the state administration. The notification of 1902 created a 50 per cent reservation in services for backward classes/communities in the state of Kolhapur. This was the first government order providing for reservation for the welfare of depressed classes in India. Reservation provides for a quota system. A percentage of posts are reserved for employment in government and public sector units, as well as for students in all public and private educational institutions, except in the religious/linguistic minority educational institutions, to accommodate socially and educationally backward communities as well as scheduled castes and tribes, which do not have adequate representation in these services and institutions. As of now, there is nearly 50 per cent reservation in jobs and education based on caste in India. The government list consists of Scheduled castes (SC), comprising 16 per cent (around 160 million) of the country’s population, for whom 15 per cent seats are reserved. Scheduled Tribes (ST)

BlAst from cAste comprise 7 per cent (70 million) to whom 7.5 per cent reservation is given. Other Backward Castes (OBC) are around 52 per cent, for whom 27 per cent seats are reserved as per the recommendations of the Mandal Commission, which has identified over 3,000 castes in the OBC category. The Supreme Court ruling that reservations cannot exceed 50 per cent has put a cap on reservations. However, there are some states who exceed this 50 per cent limit and are at present involved in litigation before the Supreme Court. For example, in Tamil Nadu, caste-based reservation stands at 69 per cent, which is applicable to about 87 per cent of the state’s population. The Sachar Committee set up by the central government to look into the causes of backwardness among Muslims has recommended several concessions for the community. Besides, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also drawn up a comprehensive 15-point programme for the welfare and empowerment of minorities. To ensure equitable share in economic activities and employment, to improve the conditions of living of minorities, and to prevent communal disharmony and violence is the basic aim behind providing reservations. But history shows us that even after reservations are doled out, agitations by different communities for a bigger slice of the pie also continue. In 1980, the Mandal Commission recommended that members of educationally

Be Yourself

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he best gift that we could ever offer to this world is our own self. You are a unique expression of God and by giving what is uniquely yours, you are allowing the rest of us to experience an aspect of God unlike any other. Everyone is born original, so be original yourself rather than trying to be like somebody else. Express the uniqueness of who you are. In this world, true originality is rarer than we think it is. A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. Not everyone may accept or appreciate what you do, but there are those who will. You are not here to please men but to please God; the spirit that is seeking expression through you. When you try to please others you will never be truly happy, because you are distorting yourself to fit what is supposed to be acceptable to others rather than being that which you truly are, and desire to express. When you please God, you will be truly happy. The greatest people cannot be compared with anyone else, because they express their own uniqueness; their own gifts to the best of their abilities. They are completely in a league of their own. People seek them

years old when he swam across the Mandovi in 1994!

Cricket at Asiad Mauro Fernandes, Anjuna For the first time in history, Cricket will make its debut in the 16th edition of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, in November. This will go a long way towards globalising the gentlemen’s game. Sadly, the financial powerhouse of Cricket, India, will not feature because the all-powerful BCCI has declined to participate in Asia s greatest sporting extravaganza. It is true that India hosts New Zealand during that time for a test and ODI series, and the test matches, in particular, are crucial for India to retain its number one spot in the ICC test rankings. Rescheduling the series in an already packed cricket calendar is impossible. But instead of refusing to participate, BCCI could have easily send the team that is currently playing in the Zimbabwe tri series; it is by no means an inferior team. The BCCI top brass should reconsider its decision and field a strong team for the Guangzhou Asiad. Money is not everything; most important is the game of Cricket.

Smitha Bhandare Kamat

and socially backward communities be given exclusive access to a certain portion of government jobs and slots in educational institutions. However, when the V P Singh government tried to implement these recommendations in 1989, massive violent protests broke out in North India. Even the earlier caste-based reservations have led to widespread protests, with many complaining of reverse discrimination against the forward castes, which do not qualify for reservations. It may be recalled that when the decision to reserve seats for OBCs was taken in May 2006, medical students protested throughout the country, except in Tamil Nadu. In May 2008, the Gujjars in Rajasthan launched a violent agitation for a five per cent quota in state jobs. In the 25-day agitation, 43 people died. Despite 60 years of reservations, over the years, various incidents of violence against Dalits – like the Khairlanji massacre in Maharashtra – have been reported from many parts of India. Similar violent protests by Dalits (during 2006 in Maharashtra) have been reported as well. Our country has always witnessed a considerable amount of violence and hate crimes motivated by caste. The Ranvir Sena, a caste-supremacist fringe paramilitary group based in Bihar, has committed ghastly violent acts against Dalits and other backward castes. Renowned woman dacoit Phoolan Devi, who belonged to the Mallah lower-caste, was abducted

and raped by upper-caste Thakurs at a young age. She then became a bandit and carried out violent robberies against the upper-caste landed gentry. In 1981, her gang massacred 22 Thakurs, most of whom were not involved in her kidnapping or rape. Eventually, Phoolan Devi surrendered, spent time in jail and went on to become a politician and Member of Parliament. Gautam Buddha and Mahavira, the founders of Buddhism and and Jainism, were against any kind of caste structure. Bhakti saints such as Dnyaneshwar, Nanak, Kabir, Namdeo, Chaitanya, Eknath, Ramanuja and Tukaram rejected castebased discrimination and accepted disciples from all castes. Many modern Hindu reformers like Swami Vivekananda believed that there was no place for the caste system in Hinduism. Yet, many political parties in India have openly indulged in caste-based vote bank politics. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the various Janata Dals claim that they represent backward castes. They rely on OBC support, often in alliance with Dalits and Muslims, to win elections. Strangely, the BSP won the UP Assembly election with a thumping majority in 2007, with the unlikely combination of Dalit and Brahmin votes! Throughout India, individuals are ranked according to their wealth and power. There are many Indians, particularly among the educated urban elite, who do not follow the traditional purity and pollution practices. By and large, their activities are associated with the economic class to which they belong. Yet, the caste factor continues to dominate. India's Census 2011, the 15th national census since 1872, formally began on 1 April 2010. However, the actual headcount of an estimated population of over 1.2 billion people will take place in February next year. Some parties have demanded that enumeration of caste, stopped after the 1931 census, be restored. Now the union cabinet has referred the issue of whether to include caste in the census to a group of ministers (GoM), which is yet to be formed. To remove backwardness, reservations could be continued for some time, but to divide the country on the basis of caste in the 21st century is certainly not advisable. There is no denying the fact that politicians are trying to cash in on a caste-based census for purely pragmatic electoral purposes. However the caste-based census is certain to split the society and create more divides.

Politicians must read letters

Adv Suresh K Raikar, Alto Dabolim

People’s representatives, be they panchas, councillors, MLAs, MPs or Rajya Sabha members, are worthy of felicitation. Contesting an election requires courage. Winning an election requires bravery. Our representatives are now in the seat of power. They have rights and privileges. Simultaneously, they have duties. There is no right without duty; it is two sides of a coin, and one cannot exist without the other. Newspaper letter writers remind the people’s representatives about their duties through letters on various social burning problems. This writer, for example, has been focusing on social issues and suggesting remedial measures through his letters since two decades. In many cases, my letters have brought about prolific results. Newspaper letter writers are responsible citizens of the society. Their writing brings about social change. It be not be an exaggeration to call them social reformers. Every elected representative must read readers’ letters regularly. They must immediately redress issues pertaining to their area of work. If every representative pledges to work with proficiency and efficiency, we will become a zero-problem society conducive to the progress of every individual. If our representatives do not awake and arise from their complacency, the identity and integrity of Goa will be lost. Goans will ask them: “Where is my Goa; which is my village?” And Goa, which gained identity and integrity by thinkers and intellectuals like Shenoy Goem Bab, will vanish into the pages of history. Awake, arise oh people’s representatives; either perform or quit!

Nelson Lopes, Chinchinim The articles by Valmiki Faleiro in Herald Mirror have cleared the web of ignorance about the commitment of Goans, especially Catholics, towards patriotism. The sincerity of intentions of Goans in the defence services is without doubt. Since for 450 years of the Portuguese regime, Goans were discouraged from joining India’s defence forces, most Goans who entered the services were based outside Goa. It is only after Liberation that Goans are now drawn towards this opportunity. Nevertheless, we are proud of Goans who served the motherland and sacrificed their lives in the call of duty. The hypothesis that Catholic Goans are less patriotic than those of the majority community is belied by the real facts.

Kadamba bus at station Venan B Dias, Santo Estevam If one happens to reach Margao by train

own way rather than follow the identical steps of another. Many of our problems and sufferings in life can be related to a lack of awareness and expression of who we really are. This can often lead to distress. When we are not expressing ourselves authentically, we are not living fully; something's missing. The beautiful thing is that there is only one you. Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it. Let it flow freely among your family and friends, as well as people you meet in the rush and clutter of living, wherever you are. That gift of yourself was given to you to enjoy and share. We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose the country of our birth, or the circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die. Nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. Nevertheless, we can choose how we live! Let me end with a quote by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: “People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out. But when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.”

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day

Goans in Defence

By Arlette Azavedo

for who they are, rather than how much better they are compared with others. Such people are the best the way they are. If you allow all that you are to shine in the brightest way, there is room for the whole world to experience and enjoy what you offer. We have to learn to be our own best friends, because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies There is only one you. There is no one else like you and there will never ever be anyone else like you. You have a gift to offer that can touch the world in a way that no other person can. It is not the gift; it is you. The whole world would be denied experience of that gift without you. No one else can take the place that God has purposed for you. He never creates extras or substitutes. Every person is significant in their contribution, no matter what it is. The trouble with what most people do is that they are following someone else and trying to be like that person. Just because that person is successful in his or her own way doesn't mean that you're supposed to do exactly the same thing to get exactly the same results. Your way of doing things and your kind of results are yours alone. People who are truly successful, happy and fulfilled led their

early in the morning, one is at the mercy of taxi and autorickshaw drivers who charge exhorbitant rates just to go to the Margao Kadamba Bus Terminus. Private buses are rarely seen. Those most affected are Goans themselves. As there are many trains arriving from 5am onwards, the government should ply Kadamba bus services from Margao Station to the Margao Kadamba Bus Stand at regular intervals, making it easy for the aam admi to reach the destination without being cheated by these taxi and autorickshaw drivers.

LCD TV in CPI index! S Kamat, Alto Betim Our government seems to be traversing an absolutely consumerist path. How does one explain the inclusion of LCD TVs in the basket of products considered for calculating the Consumer Price Index (CPI)? How many people can afford to buy LCD TVs? Considering the average unit price of

other products in the CPI basket, the inordinate imbalance in the unit price of LCD TVs makes no sense. Either it will distort the CPI index completely or, if given a low weightage, it will make no impact at all on the index. The LCD TV should be immediately removed from the basket of products for the CPI index!

Health reimbursements Adv Sheela Pednekar, Vasco I agree with your editorial: ‘Campaign in style’ (Herald, 17 May). Our ministers are acting like they are Ministers of South Goa. That is why North Goa has water shortage and other problems. Our Chief Minister is only bothered about his chair. He protects his flock, caste and religion, and is against other communities. The greatest problem facing Goa is illnesses, especially among the old. Though the Goa government has Mediclaim, the claims are delayed for over six months by the Health Department. Same is the case with medical reimbursements. Sick people are harassed a lot by the Office of the Medical Superintendent and the Department of Public Health. People like Adv Aires Rodrigues should take up this issue; it will be appreciated by Goans.

Why caste-based census? Er Jayesh Shrikant Rane, Mumbai This refers to the report ‘Govt may include caste in census’ (Herald, 26 May). Census as per caste will create a partition in the society. It is all for a study of vote banks. Politicians always show this typical smartness for their own benefit. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had said reservations for Dalits should end in 10 years. But 60 years later, it still continues. Dr Ambedkar wanted the oppressed classes to develop, but politicians want only vote banks. Due to this selfishness, Dalits have remained under-developed. The government should think of how it can bring all castes into the national mainstream. That is the only way caste barriers will go down and we can focus on the development of the nation, which should be our main goal.

Paths of Wisdom

Parable of the calf By Sri Ramakrishna The misfortune that befalls a man on account of his egotism can be realised if you only think of the condition of the calf. The calf says: “Hamma! Hamma!” or “I! I!” Just look at its misfortune. It is yoked to the plough and made to work in the field from sun-up to sundown, rain or shine. Again, it may be slaughtered by the butcher; the flesh eaten and the skin tanned into hide, from which shoes are made. People put on these shoes and walk on the rough ground. Still, that is not the end of its misfortunes. Drums are made from its skin and mercilessly beaten with sticks. Its entrails are made into strings for the bow used in carding cotton. When used by the carder the string makes the sound “Tuhu! Tuhu!” or “Thou! Thou!” that is to say: “It is Thou, O Lord, it is Thou!” It no longer says, “I! I!” Only then do the calf's troubles come to an end, and it is liberated. It doesn't return to the world of action. Likewise, when the embodied soul says: “O God, I am not the doer; Thou art the Doer. I am the machine and Thou art its Operator,” only then does its suffering of worldly life come to an end; only then does it obtain liberation. It no longer has to be reborn in the world of action. A devotee: How can a man get rid of his ego? Sri Ramakrishna: You cannot get rid of it until you have realised God. If you find a person free of ego, know for certain that he has seen God. (From the book: ‘Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna’)

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Advani gloats over ‘Left’s crumbling citadel’ HERALD BUREAU NEW DELHI, JUNE 6

Bhartiya Janata Party veteran Lal Krishna Advani credits "Reds themselves" for the collapse of the Marxist citadel in Kolkata while stressing that Trinamul Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Bannerji served only as an instrument even while making "history." He compares the development with the 1977 rout of Congress in the Lok Sabha elections and says late Jaya Prakash Narayan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and late Morarji Desai were only instrumental as Mamata in West Bengal. "The roots of Congress downturn lay in the Emergency. If there had been no emergency there would have been no 1977," he says in his latest blog. Advani goes on to point out that even in 1977, despite the Emergency, Congress won hands down in Andhra Pradesh that had to await one more election and the arrival of an N T Rama Rao to see the end of Congress Party’s hegemony in that State. Referring to a Kolkata daily headlining Mamata's victory as "Queen of Calcutta, not of Bengal yet," he writes that she may well become that also. His advice to her is "not be impatient for an Assembly en-

counter earlier than scheduled" as "patience may pay her richer dividends." "If the Marxist citadel of Kolkata has collapsed, Mamata has served only as an instrument. The real achievement is of the Reds themselves. The ‘achievement’ is negative: ‘alienation’ from the people, as Prakash Karat has rightly commented," Advani said in the blog titled "Left's crumbling citadel." Stressing that "single-party dominance is an enemy of democracy," he said: "When the history of Indian Democracy is written, the names of all those who have contributed towards smashing this one-party hegemony either at the Centre or in the States will always be remembered." Neither the erstwhile Jana Sangh leaders late Dr S P Mookerji nor late Deendayal Upadhyaya played any role in breaking the one-party hegemony, but they too figure in the list Advani gives. "This is a long list, which includes not only national stalwarts like Dr S P Mookerji, Dr Lohia, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Jaya Prakash Narayan and Atal Bihari Vajpayee but also leaders like C N Annadurai, M G Ramachandran and N T Rama Rao. I think that what Mamata Bannerji has done is also a significant contribution to the strengthening of democracy," says the blog.

As for the Left's crumbling citadel, Advani recalls collapse of the USSR, pointing out that the Americans by themselves could never have achieved the disappearance of the gigantic USSR empire. "An unending series of Stalinist excesses, of Hungarys and Czechoslovakias, and a growing arrogance that it was only a matter of time before, as used to be the British boast in the days of UK’s colonial dominance, the sun would never set on the Marxist empire! "Not many soothsayers could have predicted how revolutionary 1989 would prove. This was the year that saw the Berlin Wall crumble, the USSR disintegrate and the Cold War dramatically come to an end!" Advani says the year 1989 also proved a turning point in national politics of India as the BJP which in 1984 could win only two Lok Sabha seats made a spectacular leap forward and won 86 Lok Sabha seats and from then on, the party led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, kept growing from strength to strength until in 1996 it outbeat the Congress and became the largest party in the Lok Sabha and dislodged the Congress from Delhi in 1998 to rule the large country for "six stable and fruitful years."

Sikhs hold placards during the 26th anniversary of operation Blue Star in Amritsar on Sunday. Troops stormed the Golden Temple, the Sikhs' holiest shrine, during operation Blue Star to evict armed Sikh separatists taking shelter there.

Commodity prices skyrocket as Manipur blockade enters 55th day The indefinite economic blockade of lifeline routes NH 39 (Imphal-Dimapur) and 53 (Imphal-Silchar) in Manipur by agitating Naga groups entered the 55th day today as prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed with hundreds of trucks remaining stranded. The All Naga Students' Association (ANSAM) launched the blockade on April 12 to protest against holding of elections to six autonomous district councils in the Hills which, it alleged, were given not enough power to carry out development works. The charge was, however, denied by the state government. Due to the blockade, which was intensified after the state refused entry to NSCN (IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah on May 3, regular supply of essential commodities have been stopped, causing the prices to shoot up. A litre of petrol now costs

between Rs 120 and Rs 150, onion Rs 28 and rice Rs 26 per KG. But despite the exorbitant prices, many essential commodities were not simply available, official sources said. Before the blockade, between 300 to 400 trucks carrying the essentials were plying daily on the two national highways, the sources said. On May 12, the Manipur government had decided to bring hundreds of stranded trucks, loaded with essential items, from Silchar to Imphal via Jiribam, a distance of 212 Kms, by providing security. However, the authorities in spite of the cabinet decision used NH 150 from Silchar to Imphal via Aizawl, a distance of 512 Kms. Sources said very few trucks could be brought along this route because of the difficult terrain. Some local organisations launched a counter-blockade and prevented trucks going to Hill districts, where the Naga population is concentrated, but it was later withdrawn on

Vice President leaves for 2-nation tour

Delhi govt reworking on bill on registration of properties

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Vice-President Hamid Ansari today left for a two-nation tour to Czech Republic and Croatia during which several bilateral agreements on economic cooperation, social security and health care will be signed. In the first leg of the tour in Czech Republic, Ansari will meet President Vaclav Klaus, President of Senate Premysl Sobotka and sign three agreements on cooperation in economic and social issues. "Under the Social Security Agreement with Czech Republic, citizens working in either country for less than five years would be exempted from social security contributions," Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs Vivek Katju told reporters here. Besides, the contributions of those who return after five years will also be protected through the proposed pact.

Delhi residents will have to wait a little longer to have a digitised and transparent mechanism for registration of properties as planned by the city government to replace the existing archaic system. The Delhi government, which had drafted a bill modelled on the lines of the one existing in European countries for property registration, has been asked by the Centre to include certain provisions of the Land Titling Bill prepared by it in the proposed legislation. "We were asked by the Centre to examine the Land Titling Bill 2010 prepared by the Union Rural Development Ministry before finalising our bill," Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta said. He said the Delhi Government will finalise the new draft of the Delhi Urban Property Registration and Titling Bill within a month. The Government had prepared the bill after detailed discussions with experts and other stake holders for the last three years. The city government decided to introduce a new system of property registration to prevent fraudulent transac-

Procedure to appoint judges in ‘Kashmir of Orissa’ higher courts could be changed witnesses heatwave PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 6

The procedure of Collegium appointing judges to higher courts may undergo transformation with the government toying with the idea of changing the system in the wake of allegations of lack of transparency and delays. Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily says the government is "thinking" of making changes in the appointment procedures as the present practice (Collegium) does not "fully reflect" the two Supreme Court judgements, which led to creation of the existing system. India may be among the few countries in the world where judges appoint themselves, a practice that started after 1993 replacing the system of government picking the judges for higher judiciary. Moily told PTI in an interview that the changes could be made either through judicial action or legislative method. "The 1993 Supreme Court judgement and the 1998 Supreme Court judgement led

to the present Memorandum of Procedure (which governs the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts). But the system does not fully reflect the two judgements in their letter and spirit," Moily said. He underlined that at the moment, the government is "thinking" and "no decision has been taken". Refusing to give details of the government plan, the minister said there were two options to go about it. "Either we amend the Constitution or make a fresh law, or the present Memorandum of Procedure is reviewed by a bigger bench of the Supreme Court," he said. Moily said the draft of revised Memorandum of Procedure was referred to the then Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan for his opinion. But the Minister did not say whether any response was received. After the two apex court judgements, the Memorandum of Procedure was adopted with the consent of the government and the judiciary.

The changes in the procedure to appoint judges are being contemplated in view of allegations of lack of transparency in the present system. Asked whether the government was considering doing away with the Collegium system for appointment of judges, he said, "Don't draw any conclusions." Under the Collegium system, top five Supreme Court judges recommend names of judges to the government for their transfer or elevation. A Vision Statement of the Law Ministry issued on October 24 last year had said the present Collegium system of appointment of judges to the higher judiciary was coming in the way of ending shortage of judges and suggested involvement of executive and legislature to hunt for the best talent. "The increased number of members of Collegium has made the consultation process cumbersome and hence there is delay in the selection and elevation of judges," the statement presented by Moily to Balakrishnan had said.

PTI BERHAMPUR (ORISSA), JUNE 6

Kandhamal, known as Kashmir of Orissa for its cool climate, has now become one of the hot spots in the state with the temperature rising above 40 degree Celsius. With 60 per cent area of the district covered with forest, average annual rainfall recorded at 1587 mm and the altitude ranging between 300 and 1100 metres contributed towards its coolness. The minimum and maximum temperature in the district was recorded at 1 degree Celsius in December and 35 degree Celsius in May, sources said. Most parts of Kandhamal are now reeling under 40 degree Celsius temperature since the beginning of June. Environmentalists and weathermen attributed the rising temperature to the effect of global climate change. Not only in Kandhamal, the temperature has been increasing in many places including Simla," a senior forest

officer said. Simla, well-known of its coolness with maximum temperature of 15 degree Celsius, is now recording 20 to 25 degree Celsius, he said. There are several factors including the increase of population, automobile emission and shrinking of forest cover are some of the reasons for the increase of temperature, the forest officer said. "Effect of global warming and climate change could have led to rise in temperature in many areas of the state including Kandhamal," P C Mohanty, an expert in Marine Science, said. "We have analysed the temperature data of the last six years in different parts of the state and observed that the minimum temperature in most places except Puri increased from the 1990s," Mohanty, the coordinator of a programme on Participation of Youth in Real time field observation to benefit education (PROBE) said.

Eight ‘tipsy’ pilots Spanish writer threatens to sacked: DGCA sue Singhvi on Sonia book PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 6

Delhi accounted for half the cases of drunkenness among pilots detected last year, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Out of the 42 cases of pilots reporting drunk for duty, as many as 21 cases were detected at Delhi airport. Another 11 were found under the influence of alcohol at Mumbai airport. In response to an RTI enquiry by Abhishek Shukla, the DGCA has now revealed some details of the disciplinary action taken against the "tipsy" pilots. Eight of the pilots who tested positive for alcohol on duty were sacked and the remainder were suspended or

taken off flying duty for periods ranging from 30 days to three months. The DGCA did not disclose the names of the pilots, the airlines for which they were working, or the details of the flights they were preparing to operate. As many as 28 of the 42 pilots are still flying, presumably after serving out their suspension period. The DGCA is the regulatory body for civil aviation in India and is responsible for ensuring safety of operations. Aviation authorities around the world, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation, mandate a zero tolerance to alcohol as far as pilots and cabin crew are concerned.

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The controversy over Spanish writer Javier Moro's book 'The Red Saree', a fictionalized account of the life of Sonia Gandhi, is getting murkier with the author threatening to sue her counsel Abhishek Singhvi, who in turn terms Moro's charges as comic if not tragic. The book, which was first published in Spanish with a title 'El Sari Rojo' in 2008 and is set for India release, has stirred a storm with Congress chief's lawyers describing it as containing "untruths, half truths, falsehoods and defamatory statements" and served Moro with a legal notice. Claiming that Singhvi was

"terrorising the publishers", Moro said, "I don't know how Abhishek Manu Singhvi or others have got their hands on the version when the book is not even in the market yet. He has got a version (of the book) in an illicit manner. I plan to sue him." "My book is a book on the glory of the Gandhi family. It defends the ideals of the Gandhi family. These ideals I myself defend," Moro told PTI over phone from Madrid. "I have said that the lawyer Abhishek Singhvi is terrorising the publishers that does not mean that the Congress Party is censoring me. It has nothing to do with the Congress Party itself.

"I think nobody in the Congress has read the book. They are taking lines out of context and manipulating the text... They are already manipulating the text that is what Singhvi is doing. I think Sonia Gandhi is being surrounded by all these watchdogs to show he can be the toughest lawyer. All this has led to a ridiculous and absurd controversy," the author said. Maintaining that the legal notice was issued to Moro almost six months ago by authorisation of the victim of his defamation, Singhvi said, "Moro's comments would be comic if they were not tragic. He does not seem to understand the ABC of law or practice.

the request of Food and Civil Supply Minister Y Erabot. Sources said on May 22, Erabot with the help of around 14 personnel security officers brought more than 300 stranded loaded trucks from Jiribam to Imphal. Meanwhile, thousands of vehicle-owners were having a difficult time in refuelling their vehicles. Only a few petrol pumps are open, that too once or twice a week, the sources said. Although the elections to autonomous district councils ended on June 2, the ANSAM is still continuing with the blockade. Last Friday, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai during a visit to Shillong had asked the students organisations to lift the blockade or face consequences. The situation assumed an even more sinister dimension when the Naga Students Federation launched a blockade on the Nagaland side of the vital NH 39 on May 4 on an entirely different issue.

n The Delhi government, which had drafted a bill modelled on the lines of the one existing in European countries for property registration, has been asked by the Centre to include certain provisions of the Land Titling Bill prepared by it in the proposed legislation. tions under which an online database of all genuine properties will be put in place to ensure transparency. After clearance from the Centre, the bill will be tabled in Delhi Assembly. "Now we are reworking on it to adjust key features of the central bill. The process will be completed within one month," Mehta, who is the brain behind the scheme, said. He said under the new system, the government plans to issue unique identification number and title to genuine owners of the properties. The Land Titling Bill drafted by the Rural Development Min-

The NSF blocked Manipurbound vehicles after the Manipur police barred a group of student leaders from entering inter-state Mao Gate on May 3. The NSF, while reacting to Pillai's statement, today said if the Union Home Secretary was really interested in solving the crisis, he had to be "more sensible and impartial". In a statement, NSF President Mutsikhoyo Yhobu said the agitation had been launched by different Naga outfits in protest against the "oppressive policies of O Ibobi Singh government in Manipur". The NSF alleged that the blockade was first imposed by the Ibobi Singh government to restrict the movement of Naga people by deploying police forces on NH 39 at Mao Gate. The All Assam Students' Union (AASU), in a letter to the NSF, appealed to Naga students to end the over a month-long blockade and to explore possibility of entering into a dialogue with the parties concerned to resolve the issues.

istry also seeks to make the cumbersome and time-consuming property registration system into a modern and progressive mechanism. Mehta said considering the potential of real estate development in Delhi, it was strongly felt that an electronic system of dealing with immovable properties should be developed. He said to ensure efficient administration, it was necessary to have a single repository for maintenance of such records and to avoid multiple authorities maintaining title records. The Chief Secretary also said the government plans to set up a dispute resolution mechanism to ensure speedy disposal of cases related to property disputes. "The proposal will ensure creation of a single, secure, electronic and efficient system. It will be made mandatory to get titles for all the properties," he said. He said the transparent recording system will reduce litigations dramatically, value of property will go up and larger mortgage finance will be available at competitive interest rate.


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Bangladesh lifts ban on Facebook PTI DHAKA, JUNE 6

A week after it blocked Facebook for hosting a page with blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammed and "obnoxious" images of its leaders, Bangladesh today lifted a ban on the popular social networking website. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) ordered the country's international Internet gateway providers to unblock the site after the US based company agreed to remove the obnoxious images and content. "We opened Facebook to the users at 11:40pm following a BTRC directive," Masud Kabir, managing director of Mango Telecom Services, one of the Internet gateways handlers, said. Bangladesh imposed a ban on Facebook on May 29 after cartoons of Prophet Mo hammed posted on the site hurt the religious sentiments of the country's Muslim population. Thousands of people belonging to Muslim community protested over the cartoons which they branded as "antiIslamic propaganda", and demanded the site be banned. Nearly 90 per cent of Bangladesh's 144 million people are Muslims who regard depictions of Islam's prophet as blasphemous. The BTRC also said that some links in Facebook contained "obnoxious" images of the country's leaders including the prime minister and that the site would be reopened after Bangladesh had permanently blocked the offending pages.

South Korean president vows to protect nation AGENCIES SEOUL, JUNE 6

President Lee Myung-bak vowed Sunday to continue to make diligent efforts for national security and a revitalized economy, despite any challenges facing his administration. "Undaunted by any predicament, the government will concentrate efforts, without being swayed at all, on defending the country and reviving the economy," Lee said during a Memorial Day speech at the National Cemetery in Seoul. Lee's pledge came as his administration struggles to address tensions on the Korean Peninsula, which have been soaring since Seoul last month accused Pyongyang of torpedoing its warship Cheonan, killing 46 young South Korean sailors. Since then, the South has halted nearly all trade and aid to the North and referred the

Pak defence spending up by 17%

incident to the UN Security Council. Pyongyang, meanwhile, has repeatedly denied involvement and threatened “all-out” war against punitive measures. In addition, the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) took a hit in last week's local elections when the main opposition Democratic Party won seven mayoral and governor posts to the GNP’s six. The loss was seen by many

as a referendum on Lee’s hardline approach toward inter-Korean relations. The President did not drop any hints as to whether his administration will change its stance toward Pyongyang. Instead, he drew upon the dream of a reunified Korea in which North Koreans, currently suffering from poverty and oppression, will one day enjoy peace and prosperity alongside South Koreans. Lee, in his first televised appearance since the June 2 elections, paid tribute to those who have fallen while protecting the country. He also said the government will redouble its efforts to locate and excavate the remains of soldiers who died in the Korean War (1950-53), and of the independence fighters who fought against Japan's colonization of Korea (1910-45).

Karzai orders review of Taliban detentions

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AP KABUL, JUNE 6

Pakistan has hiked its defence spending for 2010-11 to Rs Rs 442.2 billion (USD 5.18 billion), marking an increase of nearly 17 per cent over the spending for the past fiscal. The "Budget at a Glance" document said Rs 442.2 billion had been allocated for "defence affairs and service".

Afghanistan's president has ordered a review of all Taliban suspects being held in Afghan prisons and says those detained on doubtful evidence must be released. President Hamid Karzai's decree Sunday is his first official response to a national conference last week on ways to end the country's nearly 9-year-old insurgency. T h e c o n f e re n c e re c o m mended that all militant suspects being held in Afghan jails and in US military custody be released if allegations against them are not substantiated. Karzai ordered Justice Ministry and judicial officials to identify prisoners "who are in jails with not enough evidence" and arrange for their release. The decree applies only to those being held in Afghan jails and does not mention US military custody. Meanwhile, a roadside bomb attack in southern Afghanistan killed a police officer and two civilians Sunday, an official said. A police truck was driving down a main road in Kandahar

province's Panjwai district when the bomb exploded, said Shah Baran Noorzai, the district government chief. A car carrying civilians was driving nearby and was caught up in the blast. In addition to the deaths, one police officer and 11 civilians were wounded, including six children, Noorzai said. Panjwai is on the edge of Kandahar city, the main city in the south and the focus of a major military push starting this summer to drive the Taliban out of their southern strongholds. NATO has widely publicized the coming offensive as a combination of military strikes and government-boosting programs it hopes will win over the population. The Taliban, meanwhile, have launched a series of high-profile attacks as part of their own summer offensive against the Afghan government and international forces. The area in and around Kandahar city has become particularly violent in recent months, with regular bomb attacks and assassinations of people seen as allied with the government.

Four cops killed in Baghdad bombing REUTERS BAGHDAD, JUNE 6

A suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into a crowd of officers outside a police station in Baghdad today, killing four and wounding 12, a source in Iraq's Interior Ministry said. The bomber struck as the officers were changing shifts in the mainly Shi'ite Amil district in the south-western area of the Iraqi capital, the source said. Another six officers were wounded when a bomb attached to a parked car exploded near their patrol in eastern Baghdad. Tensions have been running high since a March 7 parliamentary election that produced no clear winner, forcing potentially divisive negotiations between Iraq's Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish

political factions to agree a new government. Although overall violence has tumbled since the worst of Iraq's sectarian warfare in 2006-07 killed tens of thousands, civilian deaths have climbed since the vote. Iraqi authorities said 275 civilians were killed in bomb blasts and other attacks in May and 274 in April, up from 216 in March and 211 in February. In Mahmudiya, 30 km south of Baghdad, the head of the local council, Talib Abbas, was wounded today when a roadside bomb exploded as his convoy headed to the council building, a police source said. His deputy and seven other people, including bodyguards, were also wounded.

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Inspector Raju Raut Dessai and Canacona Mamlatdar C B Shetkar among others, who were present at the site till 5.30 a.m. when the operations finally ended. The rescue operation which was becoming harder and harder, finally bore fruits, when Pagui, assisted by his own efforts, was pulled out from around 8 feet deep collapsed well almost sound and healthy despite long hours under the landslide consisting of mud and sand. Pagui was rushed to Canacona Community Health Centre, but was soon declared safe. He returned back to his home later in the morning to the happiness of his family and only son. Incidentally, Pagui, who otherwise works on a fishing trawler for six months during fishing season and does the odd jobs during rest of the year to run his household, blames his stars for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. “I am happy to be reunited with my only son and wife and other family members after that long and terrifying ordeal, during which time I just prayed and hoped for the success of the rescue team and my villagers doing their bit to save all of us. However, I feel pained that two of our colleagues could not be saved,” said Pagui. Two of his companions were not so lucky, as NDRF teams could succeed only in excavating their bodies, recovering one at 4.30 a.m. and another at 5 am. The deceased were identified as Kamlakar Velip and Sukdo Velip. The bodies were sent for post mortem at Hospicio in Margao. Later in the day, the bodies were handed over to relatives. The body of Kamlakar Velip, a resident of Ambdem-Khola, was cremated at 3.30 pm and that of Sukdo Velip at 6.30 pm on Sunday, informed sources. Meanwhile, Canacona police informed that a criminal offence under Section 304 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against one Dominic Fernandes, who had allegedly hired the labourers to dig a house well.


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US hopes Indo-Pak talks turn into full discussion PTI WASHINGTON, JUNE 6

Acknowledging India's "legitimate concerns" about terrorism emanating from Pakistan, the US has hoped the Indo-Pak talks would "blossom into a full-blown discussion" to resolve issues like Kashmir and offered to be a handy and helpful "interlocutor" if the two sides desired so. "I think that is a legitimate concern," US National Security Adviser James Jones told PTI, when asked about Indian concerns about terrorism emanating from the Pakistani soil that is targeted against India. "I would even actually go beyond that I think, whether it is Pakistan or any other country in the 21st century, if a country wants to have a serious progressive position in the world where their economy develops, where their society develops and the instruments of governance are strong, you have to reject all forms of terrorism," he said.

Encouraged by the decision of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to resume their peace talks, he said the US is offering assistance in this regard based on what both the countries would like.

"We take the direction from India and Pakistan to try to be interlocutor that is handy and helpful. But basically, this has to be done by the Indian and Pakistani authorities. In whatever way we can be helpful, we are happy to help," he said.

"We know that there are certain things that must be done, in order to bring about any kind of a long-term resolution and that's why bilaterally with Pakistan, we are focusing on problems of terrorism," Jones asserted. He was in particular highly appreciative of the leadership of the Prime Minister. "I think that the Prime Minis-

ter has shown great courage and leadership by pulling troops from the Pakistani border. We realise that there is a political cost for him. And we admire that gesture," he said. "He has been patient in supporting the talks that have started. So I actually think, we are not in a position to give India advice. I think, if we can be in a position to be helpful in some ways that is how I would characterise our position right now," Jones said when asked what the US would like India to do in terms of improving ties with Pakistan. When referred to Pakistan's wish list to the US on resolving the Kashmir issue, as was widely reported in the mainstream US media early this year, Jones said: "It would be wrong to think that the United States is going to be able to come up with a formula for it that somehow can be dropped down on the two countries."

2 arrested in NY for terror ties REUTERS NEW YORK, JUNE 6

People in traditional costumes dance at the Swiss traditional costume festival in Schwyz, Central Switzerland. The folklore Festival takes place every 12 years. The last one took place in Bern in 1998 and the next one is scheduled for 2022.

ME Christians threatened: Vatican AP NICOSIA (Cyprus), JUNE 6

The Vatican said on Sunday that the international community is ignoring the plight of Christians in the Middle East, and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq and political instability in Lebanon have forced thousands to flee the region. A working paper released during Pope Benedict XVI's pilgrimage to Cyprus to prepare for a crisis summit of Middle East bishops in Rome in October also cites the "extremist current" unleashed by the rise of "political Islam" as a threat to Christians. In his final Mass in Cyprus on Sunday, Benedict said he was praying that the October meet-

ing will focus the attention of the international community "on the plight of those Christians in the Middle East who suffer for their beliefs." The Vatican considers mostly Greek Orthodox Cyprus as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East and invited bishops to come to the Mediterranean island to receive the working paper to counter the exodus of thousands of Christians in recent years because of war and harsh economic conditions. The Vatican estimates there are about 17 million Christians from Iran to Egypt, and that while many Christians have fled, new Catholic immigrants — mostly from the Philippines,

India and Pakistan — have arrived in recent years in Arab countries to work as domestic or manual laborers. The 46-page document said input from clerics in the region blamed the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories for inhibiting freedom of movement, the economy and religious life, alleging that access to holy places is dependent on military permission. It said "emigration is particularly prevalent" because of the "menacing social situation" in Iraq and political instability in once heavily Christian Lebanon. A further exodus of Christians from the Holy Land would be a great loss to the church in the

"very place where (Christianity) was born," it said. It said the rise of "political Islam" in Arab, Turkish and Iranian societies and its extremist currents are "clearly a threat to everyone, Christians and Muslims alike." With the rise of Islamic fundamentalism "attacks against Christians are increasing almost everywhere," it said. It complained that Muslims often make no distinction between religion and politics "thereby relegating Christians to the precarious position of being considered non-citizens, despite the fact that they were citizens of their countries long before the rise of Islam."

Clapper nominated as Intelligence Director AGENCIES WASHINGTON, JUNE 6

President Barack Obama nominated Defense Department intelligence chief James Clapper to be the nation's top spymaster, an appointment that taps decades of spy experience but is likely to meet with resistance on Capitol Hill. If confirmed, Clapper would be the fourth director in the five years since Congress created the office, and will take on a responsibility for managing all 16 spy agencies that his predecessors struggled to corral. In a Rose Garden announcement, Obama praised Clapper's experience and reputation for speaking his mind. "With four decades of service to America, Jim is one of our nation's most experienced and most respected intelligence professionals,'' Obama said. "He possesses a quality that I value in all my advisers: a willingness to tell leaders what we need to know even if it's not what we want to hear.''

President Barack Obama introduces James Clapper, left, as the director of national intelligence.

Obama abruptly fired his first director of national intelligence, Dennis Blair, last month. In its search for a new intelligence director, the White House approached a host of current and former national security officials, only to be repeatedly turned down —- most notably by Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta -— according to several officials familiar with the process.

The intelligence director is nominally responsible for overseeing all US spy agencies, but he has little power to control their budgets and personnel. In addition to managing the intelligence aspects of the Afghanistan troop build-up and the Iraq drawdown, Clapper will take on a multitude of internal challenges, the largest being the growing perception that the director of national intelligence

Death toll in Bangla fire at 117

model is broken. Clapper also has to overcome significant skepticism on Capitol Hill. The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate intelligence committee, which is responsible for confirming him, have both publicly opposed his appointment, favoring a civilian for the role. Pre-empting challenges from lawmakers, Obama urged that Clapper be confirmed quickly, saying that his appointment for director of national intelligence "can't fall victim to the usual Washington politics." Clapper has significant backing among intelligence professionals, who also note that he is the most experienced individual willing to take the job. He came with the strong recommendation of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, for whom Clapper has worked at the Pentagon since the final years of the George W Bush administration. "Few people have better qualifications," said Mark Lowenthal, a former senior CIA official.

Australian police probe Google REUTERS MELBOURNE, JUNE 6

Relatives mourn the death of a victim of a fire in Dhaka. AGENCIES served a day of mourning for DHAKA, JUNE 6 those who perished in the fire The death toll from a fire in the in the old section of Dhaka. Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has "The toll remained 117, but climbed to 117, making it the many others are being treated deadliest blaze in recent mem- with critical burn injuries in hosory, the national news agency pitals," Dhaka Administrative said. Chief Mohibul Haque told the The country on Saturday flew news agency. its flags at half staff and obThe explosion of an electric

transformer in Dhaka Thursday caused the blaze, fire officials told the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha agency. The fire then engulfed a plastic factory and four nearby buildings, the agency reported. Flames jumped some 300 feet in the sky as firefighters struggled to control them.

Turkey hosts Eurasian summit REUTERS ISTANBUL, JUNE 6

Turkey hosts leaders from Russia, Iran, the Arab world and beyond this week for a Eurasian security summit. The guest list for the meeting in Istanbul of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), reads like a "who's who" of lead-

ers from world hot spots, with participants from the Middle East, South Asia and the Korean Peninsula. Israel is one of 20 members of the forum, but has decided to send a diplomat from its consulate, an Israeli embassy official said on Sunday. Turkey is expected to try to raise pressure on Israel to end

the four-year old blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza during a conference on Monday which precedes Tuesday's full summit. The diplomatic momentum will continue on Wednesday, as Arab League foreign ministers gather in Istanbul for the Turkish-Arab Cooperation Forum.

Australian police have been asked to investigate internet giant Google over possible breaches of telecommunications privacy laws, Attorney General Robert McClelland said today. The investigation follows complaints from members of the public about activities of Google employees while taking photographs for Google Maps, the search engine's maps page. It comes amid a wave of criticism over the use of personal information by the internet giants. The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police on Friday after complaints from members of the public, McClelland said in Melbourne. ''On Friday the attorney-general's department did refer those allegations and those reports to the Australian Federal Police,'' McClelland said. ''They relate to possible breaches of the Telecommunications Act, which prevents people accessing electronic communications other than for authorised purposes.'' A police spokeswoman confirmed a referral had been received. A Google spokesman in Australia could not be immediately contacted for comment on Sunday.

Merkel wants to cut social security costs AGENCIES BERLIN, JUNE 6

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she wanted cuts in social security expenditure to contribute to trimming the budget deficit. "It cannot only happen by always raising state revenues, it must also happen by making social security structures more efficient," shesaid. Speaking ahead of a special cabinet session on June 6-7 to discuss measures to rein in public finances, Merkel said investments for the future, such as education, were essential for Germany to remain competitive.

Two men were arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport where they were believed headed for meetings with militant groups in Somalia, The New Jersey Star Ledger reported. The men were arrested as they tried to board flights to Egypt. They were charged with conspiring to commit an act of international terrorism through a group tied to al Qaeda, the newspaper said, citing officials familiar with the arrests. Both in their twenties and both residents of New Jersey, the two men had been under investigation since October 2006, the Star Ledger said. An unidentified official told the newspaper both men were unmarried American citizens. The US Attorney's Office confirmed the arrests but said the pair did not pose any immediate threat. They are scheduled to appear tomorrow in US District Court in Newark, New Jersey.

Election possible early next year, says Thai PM REUTERS HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, JUNE 6

Thai Prime Minsiter Abhisit Vejjajiva said today that an emergency decree would remain in place for now, but the situation was calm and an election was possible early next year. Abhisit, in an interview, also said economic growth in the second quarter could exceed 6 per cent and full-year growth could be close to 6 percent. He expected no rush by the central bank to raise rates as that would depend on recovery and inflation.

The prime minister said he wanted a quick end to emergency measures, imposed on about a third of the country amid the most violent protests in the country's modern history between security forces and ''red shirt'' anti-government protesters. But they would remain in place for now. ''I think people understand that this is needed to make sure that we can curb some of the remaining activities as far as those who want to use violent means are concerned,'' Abhisit told Reuters on the sidelines of

a World Economic Forum meeting. Things were calm, he said, but ''feelings could run high''. ''We want to do it as soon as possible,'' he said. ''And what we're waiting now is to make sure that everything's in place, the police, the governors who'll be the ones to tell us that they are confident to deal with the situation without added special power granted by the state of emergency.'' An early election, focal point of the protests, could solve problems and lead to reconciliation.

Congo suspends police chief REUTERS KINSHASA, JUNE 6

Democratic Republic of Congo's top police officer has been suspended to facilitate an inquiry into the death of a prominent human rights activist. The death of Floribert Chebeya, head of local campaign group Voice of the Voiceless (VSV) and whose body was found last week, prompted concern from the United Nations and major donors such as Britain, France and the US. ''Inspector General) John Numbi was suspended so that the Attorney General can focus on his enquiries smoothly and make sure nothing gets in the way of the investigations,'' Daniel Lubo, an advisor at the Interior Ministry, told Reuters.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin feeds a moose calf as he visits Losiny Ostrov (Moose Island) National Park in the north-east of Moscow, marking the upcoming Environmentalist's Day.

Israel to deport 19 terror supporters PTI JERUSALEM, JUNE 6

Israel will deport all 19 passengers and crew onboard the Rachel Corrie a ship carrying supporters of Hamas terrorists intercepted by its Navy while trying to breach the country's blockade of the Gaza Strip. The ship, named after a terrorist supporter killed in 2003, was intercepted by the Israeli Navy yesterday. "They (the terror supporters) will be all deported from Israel within the next 24 hours," Israel Police Spokesman Micky Resonfeld said today. "Malaysian nationals (on board the detained ship are being) transferred to Jordan from where they will go back to their country while the rest will be flying from the Ben-Gurion International Airport," he told PTI here. Government sources said Israeli government will pay for the deportation of terror supporters and crew members apprehended on the aid ship. The 19 people -- all citizens

of Ireland, Britain, Malaysia, the Philippines and Cuba -- were sent to an Immigration Authority Facility in Holon city after the Israel Navy intercepted the ship. The seizure came just days after Israeli Naval commandos in a predawn raid stormed a terror supporting flotilla carrying material to blockaded Gaza Strip, killing nine terror supporters. Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that the country's military and political leadership are at loggerheads blaming each other for the bungled operation against the Gaza terror supporting flotilla. Insufficient intelligence available for the operation, which was carried out by elite Naval commandos, also raised eyebrows on Israel's spy agency Mossad's role for failing to properly judge the situation. Though Israel has been putting up a brave front outwardly justifying its raid on the ship on the grounds of preserving its autonomy, but political leader-

ship and military suspects the other of trying to blame it for the fiasco and consequent crisis, daily 'Ha'aretz' reported today. The politicos are pointing finger on the operation's inadequate planning in the Navy and faulty intelligence due to which the commandos lacked a proper understanding of the kind of confrontation awaiting them. The General Staff, however, has reportedly said that it was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak who were complacent about the flotilla and assessed that the raid would not raise such world reactions. It appears that the debate in the seven ministers' forum prior to the raid was relatively superficial and did not go into the operation's details, the daily reported. Netanyahu was in Canada during the raid and cut his visit short to return to Israel following the international condemnation in the wake of the incident.

‘Mercenaries were aboard Gaza ship’ AGENCIES JERUSALEM, JUNE 6

Accumulating evidence in the Israeli Defence Forces’ (IDF) investigation of the Gaza flotilla incident is pointing to the fact a separate group of Islamist radicals whose sole intention was to initiate a violent conflict was aboard the Mavi Marmara, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the opening of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. He said that a group of streetfighters "boarded the ship at a separate port, did their own provisioning, and were not subject to the same security check of their luggage as all the other passengers.” The prime minister's remarks followed IDF reports that a group of about 50 men – of the 700 on board – had been identified as being well-trained, and a ringleader recruited them.

Egypt restricts marriage to Israelis AP CAIRO, JUNE 6

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court upheld a ruling on Saturday, that orders the country's Interior Ministry to strip citizenship from Egyptians married to Israeli women. The court said that the Interior Ministry should present each marriage case to the Cabinet on an individual basis. The

Cabinet will then rule on whether to strip the Egyptian of his citizenship, taking into consideration whether a man married an Israeli Arab or a Jew when making its decision to revoke citizenship. Saturday's decision, which cannot be appealed, comes more than year after a lower court ruled that the Interior Ministry, which deals with citi-

zenship documents, must implement the 1976 article of the citizenship law. That bill revokes citizenship of Egyptians who married Israelis who have served in the army or embrace Zionism as an ideology. The Interior Ministry appealed that ruling. The lawyer who brought the original suit to court, Nabih el-Wahsh, celebrated

Saturday's ruling, saying it "is aimed at protecting Egyptian youth and Egypt's national security." The government has not released figures of Egyptians married to Israeli women, but some estimates put the number around 30,000. Israeli officials said they had no comment on Saturday's ruling.


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SEBI keeping eye on MF agents PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 6

Telemarketing agents soliciting customers by promising huge returns on mutual fund investments may do well to think twice before making tall claims. For, market watchdog SEBI may be listening. The capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India, which administers mutual funds, is said to be contemplating various ways to weed out any kind of mis-selling by the distributors, agents and relationship managers of the fund houses. The possible guidelines for the same are being drawn by SEBI, along with the National Institute of Securities Markets, an institution entrusted with the

Mutual Fund

tasks of educating investors and market players. The suggestions currently being deliberated include recording of sale or promotional calls that the executives, including those at fund houses and distributors, make to new or existing customers, a top official said. The fund houses would also need to audit these recordings periodically and report compliance to the mutual fund industry body AMFI and SEBI on a periodic basis, the official said, adding that such compliance reports would be needed to be filed along with the remedial actions for all the mis-selling activities noticed in these recordings. The distributors, although they agree that the mis-selling of products can be

Key to abbreviations: R Price: Repurchase Price; S Price: Sale Price; (D): Dividend; (G): Growth

Scheme Name NAVs (Rs) A AIG India Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 11.78 India Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 11.78 Infrastructure and Economic Reform - Regular (D) 8.98 Infrastructure and Economic Reform - Regular (G) 8.98 Axis Equity Fund (D) 10.37 Equity Fund (G) 10.37 Tax Saver Fund (D) 10.88 Tax Saver Fund (G) 10.88

B

Baroda Pioneer ELSS 96 23.93 Growth Fund (D) 27.25 Growth Fund (G) 48.37 Bharti AXA Equity Fund - Eco Plan (Bonus) 17.02 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (D) 11.97 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (G) 17.02 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (QD) 13.08 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 16.94 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.94 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 16.94 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (QD) 13.03 Focused Infrastructure Fund (D) 9.92 Focused Infrastructure Fund (G) 9.92 Focused Infrastructure Fund (QD) 9.92 Tax Advantage Fund - Eco Plan (D) 11.88 Tax Advantage Fund - Eco Plan (G) 21.83 Tax Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.87 Tax Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) 21.77 Birla Sun Life Advantage Fund (D) 87.74 Advantage Fund (G) 149.92 Basic Industries Fund (D) 29.33 Basic Industries Fund (G) 97.74 Basic Industries Fund - Trigger Plan (D) 10.55 Buy India Fund (D) 23.29 Buy India Fund (G) 38.36 Commodity Equities - Global Agri - Retail (D) 13.06 Commodity Equities - Global Agri - Retail Plan (G) 13.06 Commodity Equities - Global Commodity - RP (D) 11.62 Commodity Equities - Global Commodity - RP (G) 11.62 Commodity Equities - Global Metals Plan -RP (D) 12.74 Commodity Equities - Global Metals Plan -RP (G) 12.74 Dividend Yield Plus (D) 14.28 Dividend Yield Plus (G) 76.10 Equity Fund (D) 70.09 Equity Fund (G) 249.26 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 21.62 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 80.19 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan B (D) 12.12 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan B (G) 12.12 India GenNext Fund (D) 13.69 India GenNext Fund (G) 21.05 India Opportunities Fund - Plan A (D) 18.54 India Opportunities Fund - Plan B (G) 50.92 Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (D) 12.81 Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (G) 16.49 Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (D) 11.83 Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (G) 12.33 International Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 8.17 International Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 8.17 International Equity Fund - Plan B (D) 8.60 International Equity Fund - Plan B (G) 8.60 Long Term Advantage Fund (D) 12.33 Long Term Advantage Fund (G) 13.35 Midcap Fund - Plan A (D) 24.55 Midcap Fund - Plan A (G) 104.65 Midcap Fund - Plan B (D) 13.21 Midcap Fund - Plan B (G) 13.21 MNC Fund (D) 79.56 MNC Fund (G) 184.87 New Millennium (D) 13.05 New Millennium (G) 18.79 Pure Value Fund (D) 15.07 Pure Value Fund (G) 16.09 Special Situations Fund (D) 9.40 Special Situations Fund (G) 9.40 Tax Plan (D) 43.90 Tax Plan (G) 12.51 Tax Relief 96 (D) 80.52 Tax Relief 96 (G) 10.86 Top 100 Fund (D) 14.13 Top 100 Fund (G) 20.35

C

Canara Robeco Emerging Equities (Bonus) Emerging Equities (D) Emerging Equities (G) Equity Diversified (Bonus) Equity Diversified (D) Equity Diversified (G) Equity Tax Saver (D) Equity Tax Saver (G) F.O.R.C.E Fund - Retail Plan (D) F.O.R.C.E Fund - Retail Plan (G) Infrastructure (D) Infrastructure (G) Multicap (D) Multicap (G)

checked with these measures, are not very keen to adopt the practice, given the fact that their payouts have already gone down with the recent volatility in the market and scrapping of entry-loads on mutual funds. But, SEBI seems to be firm on its position and the new guidelines, if implemented, would be part of its various investor protection measures taken in the mutual fund space. Recently, SEBI also asked fund houses to disclose all complaints received by them on their websites and also in their annual reports. Besides, it has cracked down on the expensive gifts and payouts by fund houses to distributors. As per the Code of Con-

16.96 14.01 20.27 23.19 23.15 50.91 19.78 24.01 11.93 11.92 17.28 21.69 13.45 14.50

D

DWS Alpha Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Alpha Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) Alpha Equity Fund - Wealth Plan (D) Alpha Equity Fund - Wealth Plan (G) Investment Opportunity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Investment Opportunity Fund - Regular Plan (G) Investment Opportunity Fund - Wealth Plan (D) Investment Opportunity Fund - Wealth Plan (G) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G) DSP BlackRock Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) India T.I.G.E.R. Fund - Regular Plan (D) India T.I.G.E.R. Fund - Regular Plan (G) Natural Resources and New Energy - Regular (D) Natural Resources and New Energy - Regular (G) Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (D) Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (G) Small and Mid Cap Fund (D) Small and Mid Cap Fund (G) Tax Saver Fund (D) Tax Saver Fund (G) Technology.Com - Regular Plan (D) Technology.Com - Regular Plan (G) Top 100 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) Top 100 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G)

15.81 72.65 12.65 15.13 24.91 35.96 12.45 16.28 12.29 13.15 47.12 14.91 18.42 45.17 12.96 12.96 27.28 78.26 14.59 15.91 11.87 15.94 23.29 31.89 20.43 90.91

E

Edelweiss Absolute Return Equity Fund (D) Absolute Return Equity Fund (G) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan B (D) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan B (G) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan C (D) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan C (G) ELSS Fund (D) ELSS Fund (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan A (D) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan A (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - plan B (D) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan B (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan C (D) Escorts Growth Plan (D) Growth Plan (G) High Yield Equity Plan (Bonus) High Yield Equity Plan (D) High Yield Equity Plan (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Leading Sectors Fund (D) Leading Sectors Fund (G) Power and Energy Fund (D) Power and Energy Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G)

10.61 10.61 12.80 12.80 12.84 12.84 12.88 12.88 17.66 17.66 10.55 11.57 11.49 11.49 10.23 12.19 73.65 12.85 11.29 12.82 8.42 8.41 10.58 10.58 13.63 16.99 11.07 47.19

F

Fidelity Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) India Growth Fund (D) India Growth Fund (G) India Special Situations Fund (D) India Special Situations Fund (G) India Value Fund (D) India Value Fund (G) International Opportunities Fund (D) International Opportunities Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund (D) Tax Advantage Fund (G) Fortis China-India Fund (D) China-India Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Future Leaders Fund (D) Future Leaders Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Sustainable Development Fund (D) Sustainable Development Fund (G) Tax Advantage Plan (ELSS) (D) Tax Advantage Plan (ELSS) (G) Franklin Asian Equity Fund (D) Asian Equity Fund (G) Build India Fund (D) Build India Fund (G) FMCG Fund (D) FMCG Fund (G) India Bluechip Fund (D) India Bluechip Fund (G) India Flexi Cap Fund (D) India Flexi Cap Fund (G) India High Growth Companies Fund (D)

20.22 31.95 11.02 11.02 15.34 16.92 10.42 10.42 12.10 12.10 17.72 19.73 8.27 8.27 11.23 16.16 10.37 30.66 8.88 8.92 9.22 17.72 10.80 11.85 10.26 12.87 9.84 9.84 11.56 11.56 35.48 56.53 38.22 190.93 14.62 28.87 11.67

GM’s VC arm to fund innovation

duct framed by SEBI for the MF space, "Mutual Funds are required to monitor the activities of their distributors, agents, brokers to ensure that they do not indulge in any malpractice or unethical practice while selling or marketing Mutual Funds units. "Any non compliance with the Mutual Funds Regulations and Guidelines pertaining to Mutual Funds especially guidelines on advertisements and/or sales literature and/or Code of Conduct shall be reported in the periodic meetings of the Board of the AMC (Asset Management Company) and the Trustee(s) and shall also be reported to the Board by the AMC(s) in their CTR(compliance taken reports) and by the Trustees in their Half Yearly Reports.

India High Growth Companies Fund (G) India Opportunities Fund (D) India Opportunities Fund (G) India Prima Fund (D) India Prima Fund (G) India Prima Plus Fund (D) India Prima Plus Fund (G) India Smaller Companies Fund (D) India Smaller Companies Fund (G) India Tax Shield (D) India Tax Shield (G) Infotech Fund (D) Infotech Fund (G) Pharma Fund (D) Pharma Fund (G) Templeton India Equity Income Fund (D) Templeton India Equity Income Fund (G) Templeton India Growth Fund (D) Templeton India Growth Fund (G)

11.67 13.80 28.72 47.68 255.61 26.27 195.68 12.24 13.21 30.27 184.14 18.95 55.67 29.99 56.68 13.78 17.74 52.21 110.99

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HDFC Capital Builder Fund (D) Capital Builder Fund (G) Core & Satellite Fund (D) Core & Satellite Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Long Term Advantage Fund (D) Long Term Advantage Fund (G) Long Term Equity Fund (D) Long Term Equity Fund (G) Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund (D) Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund (G) Premier Multi-Cap Fund (D) Premier Multi-Cap Fund (G) Tax Saver (D) Tax Saver (G) Top 200 Fund (D) Top 200 Fund (G) HSBC Dynamic Fund (D) Dynamic Fund (G) Emerging Markets Fund (D) Emerging Markets Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) India Opportunities Fund (D) India Opportunities Fund (G) Midcap Equity Fund (D) Midcap Equity Fund (G) Progressive Themes Fund (D) Progressive Themes Fund (G) Tax Saver Equity Fund (D) Tax Saver Equity Fund (G) Unique Opportunities Fund (D) Unique Opportunities Fund (G)

24.28 100.24 20.63 36.29 44.98 244.72 30.61 78.17 11.49 11.49 35.63 121.72 12.03 14.54 13.67 13.67 15.02 26.49 59.37 211.33 44.34 187.59 9.41 9.41 8.68 8.68 25.53 94.57 15.74 31.57 13.18 21.48 10.81 12.71 12.57 13.63 10.12 10.12

I

ICICI Pru Banking & Financial Services - Retail Plan (D) Banking & Financial Services - Retail Plan (G) Discovery Fund (D) Discovery Fund (G) Dynamic Plan (D) Dynamic Plan (G) Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (D) Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (G) Equity Opportunities Fund (D) Equity Opportunities Fund (G) FMCG Fund (D) FMCG Fund (G) Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (D) Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (G) Fusion Fund (D) Fusion Fund (G) Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (D) Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (G) Growth Plan (D) Growth Plan (G) Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) Power (D) Power (G) Services Industries Fund (D) Services Industries Fund (G) Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (D) Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G) Technology Fund (D) Technology Fund (G) R.I.G.H.T. Fund (D) R.I.G.H.T. Fund (G) IDFC Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan B (D) Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan B (G) Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (G) India GDP Growth Fund (D)

15.72 15.72 20.31 44.58 18.29 97.03 16.27 32.68 11.30 12.12 31.29 54.72 14.19 14.19 12.97 13.76 11.86 11.86 18.39 121.67 9.45 9.45 11.82 28.19 15.99 102.06 12.12 16.12 12.47 12.47 19.01 127.50 14.96 14.96 10.96 10.96 14.19 19.61 11.93 14.54 10.03 11.95 14.94 18.07 12.72

NEW YORK: The American auto giant General Motors has set up a $100-million venture capitalist subsidiary to invest in companies that are developing new technologies in the automotive and transportation sector. The subsidiary General Motors Ventures is designed to help the company identify and develop innovative technologies in the automotive and transportation sector.

BOARD MEETINGS Caprolactam Chem Interface Fin Padmalaya Tele Eclerx Serv KIC Metaliks Uflex Source: Indiainfoline.com

India GDP Growth Fund (G) Premier Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Premier Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Small & Midcap Equity Fund (D) Small & Midcap Equity Fund (G) Strategic Sector (50-50) Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Strategic Sector (50-50) Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund (G) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (G) ING C.U.B. Fund (Bonus) C.U.B. Fund (D) C.U.B. Fund (G) Contra Fund (B) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Core Equity Fund (D) Core Equity Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Domestic Opportunities Fund (D) Domestic Opportunities Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan A (D) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan A (G) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan B (G) OptiMix Retireinvest Fund - Series I (D) OptiMix Retireinvest Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saving Fund (Bonus) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G)

14.73 22.78 28.11 13.78 16.70 13.14 13.28 14.32 17.88 13.48 13.48 16.54 12.08 16.54 15.48 13.21 15.48 18.44 34.85 19.36 21.29 13.04 34.53 15.87 19.97 10.34 10.34 10.56 11.77 11.77 26.94 13.27 26.91

J

JM Agri & Infra Fund (D) Agri & Infra Fund (G) Basic Fund (D) Basic Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Emerging Leaders Fund (D) Emerging Leaders Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Financial Services Sector Fund (D) Financial Services Sector Fund (G) HI FI Fund (D) HI FI Fund (G) Large Cap Fund (D) Large Cap Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Multi Strategy Fund (D) Multi Strategy Fund (G) Small & Mid-Cap Fund - Regular Plan (D) Small & Mid-Cap Fund - Regular Plan (G) Tax Gain Fund (D) Tax Gain Fund (G) Telecom Sector Fund (D) Telecom Sector Fund (G) JP Morgan India Tax Advantage Fund (D) Tax Advantage Fund (G) JPMorgan India Equity Fund (D) JPMorgan India Equity Fund (G) JPMorgan India Smaller Companies Fund (D) JPMorgan India Smaller Companies Fund (G)

2.85 2.85 11.89 17.03 5.50 5.50 8.01 7.99 14.16 34.79 9.24 9.24 5.43 5.43 13.24 18.00 17.39 25.38 13.16 14.15 5.76 5.76 7.19 7.19 7.45 7.45 13.35 16.49 11.05 11.90 7.17 7.17

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Kotak 30 (D) 30 (G) Contra (D) Contra (G) Emerging Equity Scheme (D) Emerging Equity Scheme (G) Global Emerging Market Fund (D) Global Emerging Market Fund (G) Indo World Infrastructure Fund (D) Indo World Infrastructure Fund (G) Lifestyle Fund (D) Lifestyle Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Select Focus Fund (D) Select Focus Fund (G) Tax Saver (D) Tax Saver (G)

29.83 94.59 17.81 20.34 11.16 11.16 8.43 8.43 6.98 6.98 10.55 12.19 16.27 23.39 13.89 42.93 10.75 10.75 10.49 17.13

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L&T Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Global Advantage Fund (D) Global Advantage Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Hedged Equity Fund (D) Hedged Equity Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Multi-Cap Fund (D) Multi-Cap Fund (G)

9.71 9.71 6.84 9.86 16.51 34.96 9.04 12.73 7.37 7.37 21.28 36.87 14.04 17.61

Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund - Series I (D) Tax Advantage Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saver Fund (D) Tax Saver Fund (G) LIC Infrastructure Fund Series 1 (D) Infrastructure Fund Series 1 (G) MF Equity Fund (D) MF Equity Fund (G) MF Growth Fund (D) MF Growth Fund (G) MF India Vision Fund (D) MF India Vision Fund (G) MF Opportunities Fund (D) MF Opportunities Fund (G) MF Tax Plan (D) MF Tax Plan (G) MF Top 100 Fund (D) MF Top 100 Fund (G)

18.19 41.53 5.63 5.63 14.62 19.90 13.79 14.84 9.05 9.05 9.69 24.60 10.58 11.93 8.43 8.43 9.78 17.17 9.66 26.97 7.87 7.87

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10.76 10.76 13.52 14.61 13.64 13.64 18.87 57.90

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Principal Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Emerging Bluechip Fund (D) Emerging Bluechip Fund (G) Global Opportunities Fund (D) Global Opportunities Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Large Cap Fund (D) Large Cap Fund (G) Personal Tax Saver Fund PNB Long Term Equity Fund - 3 Yrs - Series 1 (D) PNB Long Term Equity Fund - 3 Yrs - Series 1 (G) PNB Long Term Equity Fund - 3 Yrs - Series II (D) PNB Long Term Equity Fund - 3 Yrs - Series II (G) Resurgent India Equity Fund (D) Resurgent India Equity Fund (G) Services Industries Fund (D) Services Industries Fund (G) Tax Savings Fund

15.87 21.50 23.13 29.23 15.27 15.27 22.65 49.99 19.64 26.53 90.39 10.85 10.85 11.15 11.15 12.12 85.30 12.24 13.81 72.37

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Quantum Long-Term Equity Fund (D) Long-Term Equity Fund (G) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G)

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19.63 19.47 19.48 19.49

Reliance Banking Fund (Bonus) 86.18 Banking Fund (D) 34.35 Banking Fund (G) 86.09 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail (Bonus) 78.14 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (D) 46.12 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (G) 78.14 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (B) 11.72 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.72 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) 11.72 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 14.57 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 14.57 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 14.57 Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (D) 13.08 Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (G) 13.08 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 31.61 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (D) 22.33 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (G) 31.61 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 74.17 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (D) 54.81 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (G) 447.15 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 10.98 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) 10.98 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) 10.98 Long Term Equity Fund (D) 14.48 Long Term Equity Fund (G) 14.48 Media & Entertainment Fund (Bonus) 27.25 Media & Entertainment Fund (D) 19.59 Media & Entertainment Fund (G) 27.25 Natural Resources Fund (Bonus) 9.39 Natural Resources Fund (D) 9.39 Natural Resources Fund (G) 9.39 NRI Equity Fund (Bonus) 36.26 NRI Equity Fund (D) 21.57 NRI Equity Fund (G) 36.26 Pharma Fund (Bonus) 50.43 Pharma Fund (D) 37.61 Pharma Fund (G) 50.43 Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (B) 11.73 Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.73 Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (G) 11.73 Regular Savings Fund - Equity Option (D) 22.26

Regular Savings Fund - Equity Option (G) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (G) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (D) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (G) Religare AGILE Fund (D) AGILE Fund (G) AGILE Tax Fund (D) AGILE Tax Fund (G) Banking Fund - Regular Plan (D) Banking Fund - Regular Plan (G) Business Leaders Fund (D) Business Leaders Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Mid N Small Cap Fund (D) Mid N Small Cap Fund (G) PSU Equity Fund (D) PSU Equity Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G)

28.56 14.81 19.00 42.71 41.49 254.34 5.85 5.84 6.71 6.71 13.46 17.36 11.48 11.48 11.74 15.19 11.69 11.70 11.70 11.71 8.12 8.12 12.83 12.83 12.68 12.68 10.56 10.56 13.20 15.94

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Sahara Banking and Financial Services Fund (D) Banking and Financial Services Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure - Fixed Pricing Option (D) Infrastructure - Fixed Pricing Option (G) Infrastructure -Variable Pricing Option (D) Infrastructure -Variable Pricing Option (G) Midcap Fund (Bonus) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Midcap Fund (Growth Auto Payout) Power & Natural Resources Fund (D) Power & Natural Resources Fund (G) Star Value Fund (D) Star Value Fund (G) Super 20 Fund (D) Super 20 Fund (G) Tax Gain (D) Tax Gain (G) Wealth Plus - Variable Pricing Option (D) Wealth Plus - Variable Pricing Option (G) Wealth Plus Fund - Fixed Pricing Option (D) Wealth Plus Fund - Fixed Pricing Option (G) SBI Blue Chip Fund (D) Blue Chip Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund - Series I (D) Infrastructure Fund - Series I (G) Magnum Comma Fund (D) Magnum Comma Fund (G) Magnum Contra Fund (D) Magnum Contra Fund (G) Magnum Emerging Businesses Fund (D) Magnum Emerging Businesses Fund (G) Magnum Equity Fund (D) Magnum Equity Fund (G) Magnum FMCG Fund Magnum Global Fund (D) Magnum Global Fund (G) Magnum IT Fund Magnum Midcap Fund (D) Magnum Midcap Fund (G) Magnum Multicap Fund (D) Magnum Multicap Fund (G) Magnum Multiplier Plus (D) Magnum Multiplier Plus (G) Magnum NRI - Flexiasset Plan (D) Magnum NRI - Flexiasset Plan (G) Magnum Pharma Fund (D) Magnum Pharma Fund (G) Magnum Tax Gain Scheme (D) Magnum Tax Gain Scheme (G) One India Fund (D) One India Fund (G) Shinsei Industry Leaders Fund (D) Industry Leaders Fund (G) Sundaram BNP Paribas Capex Opportunities Fund (D) Capex Opportunities Fund (G) Equity Multiplier Fund (D) Equity Multiplier Fund (G) Financial Services Opportunities - Retail Plan (D) Financial Services Opportunities - Retail Plan (G) Growth Fund - Regular Plan (D) Growth Fund - Regular Plan (G) India Leadership Fund - Regular Plan (D) India Leadership Fund - Regular Plan (G) Media & Entertainment Opportunities - Retail (D) Media & Entertainment Opportunities - Retail (G) PSU Opportunities Fund (D) PSU Opportunities Fund (G) Rural India Fund (D) Rural India Fund (G) S.M.I.L.E Fund - Regular Plan (D) S.M.I.L.E Fund - Regular Plan (G)

17.10 27.02 28.40 75.74 11.94 16.33 12.36 16.82 28.30 15.15 28.30 28.30 12.55 12.55 11.46 11.47 10.79 10.79 15.09 33.86 19.56 19.56 18.92 18.92 12.04 13.81 9.83 9.83 15.56 23.04 25.09 54.70 15.66 35.32 30.00 39.77 24.41 28.28 50.60 20.25 16.33 21.29 13.13 17.28 55.17 77.69 27.16 27.06 33.04 39.98 38.92 57.10 10.61 10.61 10.38 10.38 12.69 24.09 10.82 13.26 13.56 17.06 11.26 84.27 11.63 37.92 11.69 14.81 10.06 10.06 12.29 13.49 12.27 31.57

Select Focus - Retail Plan (D) Select Focus - Retail Plan (G) Select Midcap - Regular Plan (D) Select Midcap - Regular Plan (G) Select Small Cap Fund (D) Select Small Cap Fund (G) Select Thematic Energy Opportunities Funds (D) Select Thematic Energy Opportunities Funds (G) Tax Saver (OE) (D) Tax Saver (OE) (G)

10.56 81.55 16.90 135.21 12.30 12.30 8.05 8.05 10.88 40.57

T

Tata Capital Builder Fund (D) Capital Builder Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Equity Management Fund (D) Equity Management Fund (G) Equity Opportunities Fund - Plan A (D) Equity Opportunities Fund - Plan B (G) Equity P/E Fund (G) Equity P/E Fund - Trigger Option A 5% (D) Equity P/E Fund - Trigger Option B 10% (D) Growing Economies Infrastructure - Plan A (D) Growing Economies Infrastructure - Plan A (G) Growing Economies Infrastructure - Plan B (D) Growing Economies Infrastructure - Plan B (G) Growth Fund (Bonus) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Infrastructure Tax Saving Fund (D) Infrastructure Tax Saving Fund (G) Life Sciences & Technology Fund (D) Life Sciences & Technology Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Pure Equity Fund (D) Pure Equity Fund (G) Select Equity Fund (D) Select Equity Fund (G) Service Industries Fund (D) Service Industries Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund - 1 (D) Tax Advantage Fund - 1 (G) Tax Saving Fund Taurus Bonanza Fund (D) Bonanza Fund (G) Discovery Fund (D) Discovery Fund (G) Ethical Fund (Bonus) Ethical Fund (D) Ethical Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Star Share (D) Star Share (G) Tax Shield (D) Tax Shield (G)

13.53 14.49 14.82 15.73 21.07 29.59 12.90 13.90 21.58 77.17 44.33 38.85 39.28 10.58 10.59 11.39 11.39 37.78 16.63 41.57 21.40 32.50 16.35 16.35 34.89 65.53 16.00 17.00 36.12 91.03 43.33 60.40 18.95 23.62 14.72 14.72 42.45 39.27 39.02 14.81 14.79 21.86 16.39 21.87 14.07 14.02 36.08 51.25 19.00 32.05

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UTI Banking Sector Fund (D) Banking Sector Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Energy Fund (D) Energy Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Equity Tax Savings Plan (D) Equity Tax Savings Plan (G) India Lifestyle Fund(D) India Lifestyle Fund(G) Infrastructure Advantage Fund - Series I (D) Infrastructure Advantage Fund - Series I (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Leadership Equity Fund (D) Leadership Equity Fund (G) Long Term Advantage Fund (D) Long Term Advantage Fund (G) Master Equity Plan Unit Scheme Master Plus Unit Scheme (D) Master Plus Unit Scheme (G) Master Value Fund (D) Master Value Fund (G) Mastershare (D) Mastershare (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Pharma & Healthcare Fund (D) Pharma & Healthcare Fund (G) Services Industries Fund (D) Services Industries Fund (G) Top 100 Fund (D) Top 100 Fund (G) Wealth Builder Fund (D) Wealth Builder Fund (G) Wealth Builder Fund - Series II - Retail Plan (D) Wealth Builder Fund - Series II - Retail Plan (G)

22.21 36.55 12.33 13.35 14.26 28.78 12.45 10.99 42.65 48.25 15.56 36.59 10.37 10.37 8.71 8.71 19.37 34.00 13.27 14.31 12.09 12.09 44.90 53.74 74.55 23.90 47.20 28.65 48.53 22.04 29.62 12.65 23.67 29.01 35.55 23.54 54.76 21.24 25.88 13.25 15.20 13.65 16.96


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Govt infuses funds into 4 banks

The travails of tax deducted at source

The Central Processing Unit (CPC) that will electronically process returns has been formally opened by the Finance Minister at Bangalore. This CPC will be operated by Infosys, the IT Company that has provided IT solutions across the world. Unlike many other government departments, the Income tax took up to computerization only in the 2003 with the computerization of PAN numbers. Last year the first attempt was made to centralize the processing of the returns and 7 lakh returns were processed at Bangalore. An ambitious project has been undertaken to process returns on a centralized basis. If the Bangalore project is a success, there are plans of setting up two more centralized processing centres, at Pune and Maneasar in Harayana that will cater to the western and northern regions respectively. With growing number of returns being filed, it is impossible to handle the work of processing manually. Hopefully with the centralized processing of the returns, assesses will get their refunds within the four months as promised by the department. Presently it takes about 1 year for the refunds to be issued. Yes interest u/s 244A is being also generated and paid on the excess interest. A faster processing of the returns will also save money for the government in terms of interest that is to be paid on the slow processing of refunds. During his speech the Finance Minister also referred to the mismatch of credit that often makes an assessee receive a demand notice to pay tax rather than the expected refund. This is due to the fact that many large corporate and even governmental organisations are not aware of the proper procedure for filing their TDS claims. But the awareness is slowly spreading. At most of the banks there are notices that inform their clients of the necessity of stating their PAN number on their Form 15. Further bank customers are often asked to produce identification in the form of their PAN card. Most people now carry about their PAN card in their wallets, since it has become a means of identification at several places – entry into the airport, banks, and mutual funds. Interestingly enough even in cases where people carry large amounts of cash, they would invariably carry a copy of their PAN card! While there still continue to be several glitches in the move from the manual system to an electronic mode, the Income tax department is attempting to ensure that assesses are not put to unnecessary hardship. NEW RULES FOR TAX DEDUCTED AT SOURCE The tax department gets about 40% of its revenue from TDS. Over the years, tax deduction at source has become the impetus for persons to file their returns. In most of the smaller towns, the numbers of taxpayers are the salaried class, since their tax is deducted at source. Today several small businessmen are compelled to file returns since tax is deducted on their labour or services that they provide to bigger companies. In keeping with the elec-

tronic processes government has notified important changes in the rules concerning tax deduction at source. These rules are effective from the 1st April 2010. An important retrograde step, but necessary was the necessity of issuing TDS certificates. Earlier, government wished to do away with the necessity of tax deductors issuing TDS certificates. This was based on the assumption that if the deductors file their TAN returns fully, the amount of tax deducted would be reflected and credit could be given on the basis of this information. But this exactness is not forthcoming in view of the volume of transactions and the incompleteness of the data sent electronically. Government deductors who credit tax by book entry are now required to file a monthly statement in a new form 24G giving the details of TDS credit. The due date for the filing of the TDS return for the last quarter has been brought forward from the 15th June to the 15th May of the next year. Deductors will have to file their TAN returns within a fortnight of the end of the quarter. For the quarter ending 30th June the due date for the TAN return will be the 15th July. Salaried employees will not be happy since their Form 16 will have to be issued by the 31st May of year for the preceding financial year. They will have two whole months for preparing their returns which are required to be filed by the 31st July. In cases of other deductees, Form 16A is required to be issued within 15 days from the due date of the furnishing of the statement of TDS. Often contractors delay filing their returns since they do not receive their TDS forms in time. Sadly some of the government departments are the defaulters; while they may deduct tax at source, they often do not issue TDS certificate on the specious grounds that they do not have staff to do this work! A new innovation is that the TDS forms will have a unique number that will computer compliant. This will help trace the credits of tax paid. This will hopefully solve the problem of matching credits of tax deducted. It has been found that several thousand crore of tax credits are still not adjusted against the claims made by various assesses. Often tax officers are not able to help since these credits cannot be matched with individual claims. In view of certain frauds that have occurred in Mumbai and Hyderabad, the manual adjustment by officers to give credit has been withdrawn. But this has lead to a situation where a person is entitled for a refund, but the computer raises a demand. This is indeed bad publicity for a department that is trying its best to ensure that only legitimate demands are collected. Hopefully with the education of the taxpayers especially those who have to prepare TAN returns this problem will ease in the future. Tax can indeed be taxing when you end up receiving a demand rather than the expected refund! (The author of the column is a retired Chief Commissioner and the views expressed, his personal.)

PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 6

The govt has infused Rs 1,500 crore into four public sector banks, including UCO Bank and Central Bank of India, as part of their recapitalisation package. Of the total, Vijaya Bank got Rs 700 crore, UCO Bank got Rs 300 crore, Central Bank of India and United Bank of India received Rs 250 crore each, sources said. The letter to this effect was issued by the government on June 2. The govt has instructed to issue perpetual non-cumulative preference shares (PNCPS) in favour of the President, the recently listed United Bank of India said in a statement. Accordingly, the bank has issued 25,000 PNCPS of Rs 1 lakh each on June 4 in the name of the President, it added. The fund infusion will enable these banks to maintain comfortable level of capital to risk-weighted asset ratio for supporting credit requirement of the pro-

Havells to re-brand in Mexico PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 6

Electrical equipment maker Havells India today said it is undertaking a re-branding exercise in Mexico to introduce products under its own brand. Havells already marks its presence in Latin America, including Mexico, through SLI Sylvania, which it acquired for USD 300 million in 2007. The company sells lighting equipments in these markets under the brand SLI. Now the firm is looking at selling its entire product range under the ''Havells'' brand and phase out ''SLI'' in Mexico, where it sells products like CFL lamps and decorative lights. "We are taking a re-branding exercise to introduce Havells brand in Mexico and soon all the products from Sylvania would bear the name Havells on it," Havell''s India Jt Managing Director Anil Gupta said. Currently, Havells'' sales from Mexico operations is around USD 30 million. "It is expected to grow up to USD 100 million in the next three years," Gupta said.

Hindalco to commission expansion by Q1 FY14 PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 6

Aditya Birla Group's flagship company, Hindalco Industries, said that majority of its expansion plans would be commissioned by Q1 FY 14. "The company's expansions projects are on track and are expected to deliver as per schedule," the company said. The Hirakud Smelter & Power expansion 155 KTPA to 161 KTPA is expected to commissioned in Q2 FY 11 and 161 KTPA to 213 KTPA in Q4 FY 12. Its flat rolled products at Hirakud would start production by Q2 FY 12, the statement said. The Co's Utkal Alumina Refinery, a 1.5-million tonne per annum (MTPA) project in Orissa, to produce alumina from bauxite and expected to be ready by Q2 FY 12. The company said that its Mahan Aluminium Project is expected to be ready by Q2 FY 12. Mahan is a smelter-power plant complex that boasts of a 359-ktpa aluminum smelter and a 900-MW captive thermal power plant in Madhya

Pradesh. The project has a total capital expenditure plan of Rs 9,200-crore. The Aditya Aluminium Project is expected to start production by Q3 FY 12. "Both, Aditya Refinery Project and Jharkhand Aluminium Project are likely to commence in Q1 FY 14," the company said. The company's smelting capacity at Hirakud is intended to be further expanded from the proposed 213 KTPA to 360 KTPA with a corresponding increase in back-up captive power from proposed 467.5 MW to 967.5 MW. In the overseas markets, to debottleneck and increase capacity, primarily in South America and Asia, its subsidiary, Novelis has increased its capital expenditure plan by approximately USD 150-million or 148 per cent for fiscal 2011 compared to the previous year. A significant amount is aimed at expanding its rolling operations in Brazil, the statement said. This investment will increase capacity by over 50 per cent and better support the increas-

ing demand for flat rolled products in the regions. The expansion is expected to be completed by late 2012, the company said. The volatile financial and commodity markets in FY 09 and FY 10 have tested the resilience of the company's business model. Improving commodity prices and domestic/global demand are encouraging, the company said. At Novelis, South America and Asia markets are expected to continue to grow and North America and Europe may see moderate increases in demand. The results are expected to continue to strengthen given market conditions, price increases and continued cost management initiatives. Hindalco's continued focus on cost control, operational efficiencies and integrated business approach will enable the company consolidate its cost leadership as well as its position in the value-chain. The company remains on track with respect to the growth projections despite the challenging ground conditions.

KPO market may grow 25-30% annually till 2013: Gartner PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 6

India's Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) market is forecast to grow by 25-30 per cent annually till 2013, driven by rising demand for professional services, global research firm Gartner said. The emerging KPO space, which constitutes a small part of the overall business process outsourcing (BPO)

sector, is estimated to have a market size of USD 50-70 million at present. “India's KPO market is presently estimated to be USD 50-70 million in size. It is forecast to see a compounded annual growth rate of 25-30 per cent through 2013 and coming from a smaller base, the growth is higher," Gartner Research director (Technology & Service

Provider Research) Tervinderjit Singh said. Opting for KPOs can be transformational for businesses in reducing costs and formalising ways of working in professional services, such as legal support. "The rising demand for profession-based services is expected to drive the growth in the industry. They include research for capital and finan-

cial markets, para legal works, editing jobs for international publishing houses among many others," Singh added. KPOs core value propositions are premised on providing business-related analysis and expertise on an ongoing basis rather than transactional business process or technology-based expertise. For exam-

Michelin mulls 2nd India plant PTI RIO DE JANEIRO, JUNE 6

Upbeat on the growing Indian market, global tyre major Michelin may consider setting up a second plant in the country by 2013-14. The company, which is currently in the process of setting up its plant at Chennai in Tamil Nadu with an investment of Rs 4,000 crore to produce truck and bus radial tyres, may consider having either a passenger car or an off-theroad (OTR) tyre facility in India once its first factory reaches full production capacity. "We will begin to think about it in 2013 or 2014," Michelin Managing General Partner Michel Rollier said when asked by when Michelin would consider a second plant in India. "We start this plant (Chennai) in 2012. It will take some time to reach to the full capacity. We need, may be two years, to reach the right size (at the Chennai plant)," he added. Talking about what kind of tyre plant the company is looking at, Rollier said: "The second plant can be a passenger car (tyres) or off the road (tyres), we don''t know. We have so many opportunities in India. "Dubbing India as one of

the largest markets in the world, he said: "Having (more than) one plant in one of the largest markets is not excessive." The overall Indian tyre market is estimated to be about Rs 22,000 crore and is growing in sync with the automobile market, which witnessed 26.41 per cent last fiscal with a total of 1.23 crore vehicles sold. With Michelin not having a production unit for OTRs in the entire Asia, Rollier said India looked to be a promising location for such a facility. "We have no production facility in Asia (for OTRs). We have to think about it also. It could be in India, it could be elsewhere. The Indian market for OTR is very promising, very large," he said. He said the company''s 290 acres in Chennai has ample space for expansion. Besides Michelin has a 100 acre land at Ranjangaon in Pune, which it inherited from its aborted joint venture with Apollo Tyres. Rollier said in the short term Michelin will be focusing on getting the Chennai plant ready for production to start by 2012. "I stick to what we have decided and we will see, but obviously on the whole a lot plans would make sense given the size of the Indian market."

ple, contact centres are a BPO capability, but collections analysis is a KPO analytics service. Asked about growing competition from other emerging markets for such services, he said, "India is still ahead, although other offshoring sites like Philippines and Indonesia are emerging. But these countries are still not mature

‘Indians most eco-friendly consumers’ PTI NEW YORK, JUNE 6

Indians are the most ecofriendly people while Americans the least, according to a 17-nation survey on consumers'' progress towards environmentally sustainable consumption patterns. India toped the Consumer Greendex, compiled by National Geographic which studied 17,000 consumers in 17 countries. The consumers were asked about energy use and conservation, transportation choices, food sources, the relative use of green products versus traditional products, attitudes towards the environment and sustainability and knowledge of environmental issues. The survey found the US the least eco-friendly in its consumption patterns. Consumers in emerging economies topped the Greendex ranking, while the six lowest scores were bagged by consumers in industrialised countries, according to the National Geographic. The rankings are Indians, Brazilians, Chinese, Mexicans, Argentineans, Russians, Hungarians, South Koreans, Swedes, Spanish, Australian, German, Japanese, British, French, Canadians and Americans. Compared to 2008, the largest increase in environmentally sustainable consumer behaviour came from the Indians, Russians and Americans.

enough in high-level professional work which India can provide with the strong skill sets available here. "Moreover, the ongoing European debt crisis is unlikely to have a significant impact on the business volumes of domestic KPOs. However, those outsourcing firms -- which have more than 30 per cent exposure in northern European

countries -- will have to face some tough times even as their long-term prospects remain strong. "Domestic outsourcing firms should maintain a right geographical balance from the point of view of their client base and opt for multi-shoring of their operations to hedge against such a crisis," Singh added.

ductive sectors. During the past fiscal, the government had provided Rs 1,200 crore capital support to Central Bank, UCO and United Bank of India to meet their capital requirement. UCO Bank and Central Bank got Rs 450 crore each while United Bank of India which recently got listed, received a financial assistance of Rs 300 crore. The govt plans to provide financial support of Rs 15,000 crore to the public sector banks during the current fiscal. The Cabinet has already approved capital infusion plan that will increase the lending capacity of banks by Rs 1.85 lakh crore. The exact amount, the mode of capitalisation and other terms would be decided in consultation with the banks at the time of infusion. The Rs 15,000-crore fund infusion for tier I capital instruments of PSBs would enable them to expand their credit growth by about Rs 1,85,000 crore.

Suzlon, govt to meet over windfarm PTI KOLKATA, JUNE 6

Senior staffers of the Suzlon Group will soon meet state officials over a revised agreement on the eastern region''s largest windfarm project, expected to come up at Dadanpatra in East Midnapore district. Sources said that the meeting for finalising the terms of the agreement would be held on June 30. The 40-50 MW windfarm, to come up on 700 acres of land, would cost around Rs 500 crore. "A fresh MoU is likely to be signed at a later date," Department of Power special secretary S P Gon Chaudhuri told PTI. "A major hurdle was sorted out after West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission allowed a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA)," Gon Chaudhuri said, adding that the Government has agreed to buy wind power at Rs 4 per unit. Suzlon Energy subsidiary Suzlon Infrastructure Services Ltd (SISL) will execute the project. SISL would build and operate the windfarm, and after the project is stabilised, transfer it to propective investors. SISL GM (marketing) PM Rao, who is also the project incharge, had insisted on the West Bengal government making the PPA for 10 years instead of five because it was causing a delay in project implementation. Bankers were also not keen on funding it because a fiveyear PPA agreement was not feasible for a project with a break-even point of seven years.

Chinese lap up Samosa, chicken curry at expo AGENCY SHANGHAI, JUNE 6

Samosas, chicken curry and tangdi kebabs are fast disappearing off the shelves of a stall at the India pavilion of the Shanghai world expo in China. So much so that its owner now plans to open a permanent outlet in this Chinese commercial hub. 'We had put out a limited menu. But we were surprised to see everything vanishing at the end of the day. It was heartening. We were not expecting such a reaction,' Arun Khanna, who is behind the Indo-Curry Restaurant, told this visiting IANS correspondent. The expo opened May 1 and will be on till Oct 31. 'Seeing the crowds here, I was encouraged to do a market survey. I found that there are 20 Indian restaurants and most cater to Indians. I am sure there is space for another one. I am working on that now, we will soon open one here,' said a confident Khanna. Incidentally, he is general manager of Jhankar Banquet, which runs various banquet halls in Delhi, the most famous being at Asiad Towers. At the Indo-Curry Restaurant

in the pavilion, tangdi kebab is selling at 30 yuan, chicken curry with naan is for 40 yuan. A samosa costs 20 yuan. The menu also contains mango lassi at 20 yuan, Indian kulfi 20 yuan

and masala tea at 10 yuan. 'People are enjoying the taste of mango lassi. On one weekend, we had to turn away

many because we had no curd left!' Khanna said. Besides Khanna's stall, which is attracting a lot of attention, organisers said the number of visitors to the India pavilion

had exceeded all calculations. On one day, it touched 47,000 visitors. Khanna said they had bought their own ingredients, including masalas and herbs, from New Delhi to prepare the Indian cuisine. 'We have been running this outlet since May 1 when the expo started. And the response has been tremendous. There have been long lines outside our stall,' he said. Khanna, who also runs the Phoolwari restaurant at Delhi's Pragati Maidan, where expos are organised, proudly said his outlet's popularity soared after Chinese magazines and newspapers reported about its food being a hit with people. 'I feel happy as we are giving the Chinese people the authentic taste of India. I don't know who says there are tensions between us. Both Indians and Chinese are hard working people and are making the world sit up and take notice of two emerging economic powers,' he said. 'Food is one way of winning hearts,' says Khanna.


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Banking On A Career - I

anking has emerged as one of the most challenging sectors in the country. Banks take care of the money of individuals and corporates. The money we deposit in the bank branch or credit union supports economic activity through business and personal loans, mortgages etc.. Banks also provide loans in the form of credit card charges, and render local services including safe deposit, notary, and merchant banking. Banks also offer a wide range of services like exchange of foreign currency, they advise clients on investment and insurance and act as trustees.

Commercial Banking

This is what most people think of when they think of banking: Commercial banks serve larger large corporations, small businesses, as well as the general public. There are three types of Commercial Banks: Public sector/ Private sector, Foreign/Multinational. The nationalisation of the major commercial banks in India in 1969/1980 brought almost the entire banking system within the public sector. State Bank of India being the top commercial bank of the country. The Private sector , with the entry of new banks mostly promoted by the major Financial Institutions, has provided competition to both Public sector and Foreign Banks. They are more technology savvy and offer better salaries than Public sector Banks. Unlike public sector banks, the promotional avenues are not time-bound.

level on the basis of All India Level examination. However professionals like engineers, doctors, technologists, lawyers, ex-defence officers etc., are recruited on senior positions through All India tests. Private sector/Foreign Banks prefer to take MBAs, CAs etc., at junior positions through Campus recruitment and interviews. However, at the senior positions they opt for experienced bankers. Thus the officers from Public sector Banks become the natural choice for such positions. Thus job-hopping has become a well-accepted norm in the Industry. Therefore, joining a Public sector Bank as Probationary Officer (Direct Officer) on the basis All India exam has become a stepping stone for the career growth in the Banking Industry.

Merchant Banking

Merchant banking implies investment management. This includes management of mutual funds, public issues, trusts, securities and international funds. It involves dealing with the cor-

porate clients and advising them on various issues like - mergers, acquisitions, public issues, capital structure decisions etc. This being the era where mergers and acquisitions are hot, the scope of merchant banking has grown to a large extent.

Information Technology & Banking

With the Information technology boom, a new dimension has been added to banking. Most banks have their branches connected via the computer network to provide customers with more efficient service. They offer the use of an ATM card so that cash can be withdrawn or money can be deposited via cheques 24 hours a day. They also provide credit card facility. Banks now offer Internet Banking and online information to customers. Home banking is provided by certain banks, wherein a bank representative visit the customer's home to open an account for him/her. There is a growing need for better banking facilities due to

international trade and industrial liberalization. All this has created an increase in opportunities in banking jobs and a requirement for people with marketing and technological skills apart from financial background. With most banks getting computerized, it has become absolutely necessary for a person to be a computer literate so that he/she is able to use the software packages to perform the daily transactions.

Treasury and Forex

This aspect of banking is becoming increasingly important as the forex flow in the country is increasing and the international markets are funding the operations of corporates in India. The success of any business is measured by the fund management. This makes treasury management a very critical finance function. Management of treasury profit centre requires a wide variety of knowledge in the area of global money markets and financial instruments

such as deposit certificates, treasury bills, forecasting, source evaluation and cost of domestic and foreign currency funds. Treasury and risk management ensures cost effectiveness in planning strategies in this era of deregulation. The currency values, interest rates, share index and commodities affect the financial derivatives like futures, swaps and other tools of risk management. Corporates therefore employ well trained professionals to manage treasury and forex functions so that they can ensure competent management. In a forex marketing job, which is an interbank job, a person needs to assess various markets on the behalf of the bank to advise corporates or other banks who need foreign currency. The job requires one to be constantly updated about the policies of the regulatory bodies, monitoring the current prices, making predictions based on analysis of trends etc. (to be continued)

AchieverSpeak

Q. Why do you want to get an MBA degree? During my college days I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities. I was the General Secretary for my college and was frequently in situations that required making decisions and managing people and resources. I liked these roles where it was necessary to take decisions and interact with people. So pursuing an MBA degree is a natural progression for me. Q. How long did you prepare? I started taking CAT seriously when there were four months left. There is no particular duration of preparation. The point is, whenever you start preparing for the exams, you should do it wholeheartedly and by also applying your mind to it. No one can tell you when to start preparing, but I can tell you that ideally you should stop preparing with one or two weeks to spare. Q. How did you manage working and still preparing for such a tough examination? As I am a Fresher with only 10 months work-experience , I have answered CAT under both the circumstances and I can tell you that if you can manage your time well and if you really want to crack CAT, then it doesn’t matter whether you are working or studying. If you want to do it, then just go for it.

Q. What would you like to tell other MBA aspirants? Do not get stressed during the preparation. Please be honest in your interviews, do not pretend. We have to understand that these are just small tests and even if there is failure we have to learn from them as that is the only way to excel in life. Just trust God, he will test you a bit but someday you will get more than you had asked for.

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the marriageable age for a girl is 18 years. This is because after 18 years of age the body of the girl is developed properly and she can conceive better. The understanding power of average students of engineering subjects joining after Std X examination is low. They are confused in the class. The basic subjects are not understood by these students, with the result many students fail in their examinations. What is needed to be done is to make them understand the basics of all subjects well. The semester starts and within 20 weeks they have to appear for final examination. Every four weeks there is a Personal Assessment Test for each subject. The students are warned by the subject teacher of failure but nobody takes cognizance of it including the parents. The teachers are effectively given on an average 40 hours to complete the syllabus. If a teacher is lucky, he or she gets 36 actual hours to teach. This does not allow the teacher to make the basics clear. With the result the percentage of passing is very low. Another factor that comes in way of teaching is that some students come with the intention of having fun in the class. They do not like to listen to the teacher and they do not allow other good students to listen. Would the polytechnics hold extra classes for deserving students to make the basics clear? Up to Std X and Std XII examinations, there are some good tuition classes but for en-

hours or work in an area in which you also live, shop, and participate in recreational activities. However, one should not despair in this situation. Simply maintaining a professional demeanour can go a long way toward preventing emotional conflicts. Also, remember to not take your co-workers' annoying habits and remarks personally. Even if something is obviously directed straight at you, chances are that they are just letting off steam. No matter how inappropriate your fellow employees'

Workplace Etiquette

rom sharing office space to being on time, to socialising with work contacts, acceptable workplace etiquette is essential. The way you greet and interact with the people you encounter every day at work can make long-lasting positive or negative impressions and affect success in your job. Good manners are good for business, while great manners can set you apart. Here, therefore, are some workplace etiquette pointers: Desk-iquette Take pride in your work area and be more efficient at your job. If your work area is a cubicle or open plan, you can hear your next-door neighbour tell his wife he's working late and close an important deal. * Unclutter your desk. Try to set yourself a rule that whenever you're out of the office for more than a certain time -- say an hour -- you'll clear everything from the desk. * Avoid strong smelling food and drink at desks. And don't leave curled up sarnies lying around. * Make sure your decorations are tasteful and that you don't put up anything that could be considered offensive.

gineering polytechnic subjects there no such classes. Most of us are against these private tuition classes but some good tutors have really helped some good students to score high marks and even hold ranks in the Std X and Std XII examinations. Sincere and devoted teachers can start such classes to help the students to get good knowledge of the subjects. I have found that most of the students joining polytechnics after passing the Std X ex-

amination have very weak basic knowledge of Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. And a result is such students find it very difficult to understand various subjects including Mathematics I ⅈ Applied Mechanics I ⅈ Applied Physics I and II; Applied Chemistry I & II; Basic Ship Theory I & II, Theory of Machines, Strength of Materials etc. etc. As far mathematics is concerned, I suggest that parents should promote their children to learn Abacus Arithmetic system. Abacus is an amazing

technique that assists students to perform basic arithmetic calculations accurately and quickly. This method activates the right as well as the left side of the brain and helps students in achieving very high calculation speeds. It helps students to improve their concentration, memory and enhances their creativity and visualising power.(to be continued) (The writer is a former Marine Engineer and visiting faculty at ISBT, Vasco for the last seven years)

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Q. What was your family’s reaction? I have a very supportive mother and sister. My father passed away when I was 5 years old. My mother my sister are everything to me. When I called my mother to give her the news, the first question she asked was whether I was happy. Their smiling faces said that they were happier than me. And I know that my father somewhere in the stars looking at me is proud of me too.

Q. What are your future plans? Speaking of short term - after post graduation I would like to see myself in an important decision making role in an organization where I can learn and get some experience. As far as long term is concerned I see myself in top management of a firm or maybe starting something of my own.

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he workplace can be a minefield of emotions. The relationships that develop there are both unique in how they affect you and commonplace in how difficult they can be to manage. So is it better to avoid any personal interaction with your colleagues in order to avoid conflicts? Or will you be happier in the workplace if your co-workers become your best friends? Avoiding any personal interactions on the job can be difficult, to say the least. This is especially true if you work long

Q. How did you react when you made it to IIM A? There was no reaction. I was shocked, excited, nervous and much more. I was a like child lost in heaven. I didn’t know what to do or say. Just thanking God so much. I remember I was at work when I got the call.

Q. What subjects are you planning to specialize at IIM - A? I would like to wait and see the areas of my liking in First Year and then decide accordingly. However being a Commerce student I would personally prefer Finance.

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Q. How was the interview? Brilliant. The feeling of having the interview at IIM-A was incredible. Frankly I was nervous before the interview but it went quite well. First we had a case study of around 10 members and then followed the great interview. It started as mainly job oriented but slowly came G.K and then academics where I was asked to explain some concepts from Economics. All this was like a dream because I was well prepared for these questions.

Public sector Banks recruit mainly graduates at the entry

he idea behind writing article is not to criticize anybody or any board but to guide the parents and the students seeking admissions in engineering colleges / polytechnics and to throw light on how better education can be imparted. The Std X and Std XII examinations of the various boards in the country are over and soon their results will be declared. Then there will be big rush for admissions to various colleges and polytechnics. Brighter students from the Std X will take admissions for Std XI and continue their studies up to Std XII. The brightest students from the Std XII will take admissions for degree courses in engineering colleges and pursue their degree courses. But what happens to average students? They can’t secure admissions in degree colleges and most reluctantly, and many times against their own wishes and many times because they are forced by parents, they take admissions in polytechnics to complete their diploma in various branches of engineering. Students are admitted in polytechnics after passing Std X and Std XII examination, and many parents feel that completing Std XII examination would be wasting two years of life and they admit their children after completing the Std X examination. This is not correct. It won’t be wrong if I draw a simile between this situation and situation of marriage. In our country

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t’s a misconception that non-engineers cannot crack CAT and other MBA examinations. Ashish Naik, a commerce graduate from Shri Mallikarjun College of Arts & Commerce, Canacona, recently secured admission into the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM A). He is the first non-engineer from Goa and the first student from South Goa to get into IIM-A.

Q. Is it better to study in a group or alone? It depends…. because if you are in group you can learn as you discuss and you can get your doubts cleared at that moment itself.

Foreign Banks are the most sought after due to their salary packages comparable to the best in the country and better job profiles. However, in addition to personal performance, the job security in these banks is also dependent on various external factors, like the economy of the parent country, performance of the bank worldwide, change in expatriate management etc.

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behaviour, as long as you maintain an air of professionalism, at least you'll always be the bigger person. This will also make you look better to the boss when the time comes around for potential promotions and raises. This method is obviously the easiest since it basically requires no effort from you other than the effort it takes to not react to the people around you. Doing this can even be beneficial to your own health and your performance at work, as it will help reduce stress by forcing you to

look at things in a far less urgent light. However, for those of you who are more social animals, being friendly with the person in the next cubicle may be an important part of your day. There may even be a way to utilize this habit to reduce stress for both you and your co-workers. There are some important tips that may help you do this, and these same tips can often be used to maintain the congenial atmosphere in the workplace even when your co-workers are barely acquaintances.

The most important thing to keep in mind if you decide to befriend your co-workers is that working every day with a friend, relative, or loved one can be extremely stressful for you both. It's easy to get on someone's nerves when you're in each other's space for eight hours a day. Don't let yourself rely too heavily on this thought: "He/she is my friend and won't annoy me or get angry with me." Even friends who see each other once a week or less can become enemies if they don't pay attention to each other's feelings.

Phone-iquette Since customers are the ones who put the profits into a business, they don't appreciate being treated with rudeness - especially over the telephone. *Try to answer before the third ring. * Always answer with the name of your company or business. If it's someone's office, you may use their names: "Good morning, Mr. de Sousa's office. This is Mr. de Sousa." Never transfer a caller without telling them you're doing so.

* If you must put the caller on hold, come back to let them know what's happening. Offer to call back so they don't have to wait. Mobile-iquette .* Know when to turn your mobile phone off or vibrate it. * When you get a call, keep it short. * Inform others at the beginning of a meeting if expecting an important call and ask for their permission. * Keep your ringtone sensible -- not everyone will necessarily enjoy your selection. Net-iquette Almost two million e-mails are sent every second. But while HR professionals have concerned themselves with privacy issues and the amount of time spent sending personal e-mails, few have focused on the do's and don'ts. * Make sure your email is properly laid out; written in plain English without jargon and text-speak. * Use an accurate subject line related to a business issue. * Review the e-mail before you send it. * Don't overuse the CC function. Who really needs to receive it? Meeting-iquette Workers in the United Kingdom believe that more than one-third of meetings are not just unnecessary, but counterproductive. So how should you make the best use of the time? How can you think smarter and make meetings count? * Respect others' time and always arrive promptly. * Don't leave your phone switched on, take calls or send e-mails on your BlackBerry or laptop. * A senior business psychol-

ogist, recommends egg-timers in every meeting room, along with a strict policy of 20-, 40or 60-minute meetings. * Create a meaningful agenda and make the chair responsible for keeping to it. * Ensure each meeting is concluded with an action plan that's followed up. Dress-iquette In business, impressions count. One person's easygoing dress-down Friday is another's slovenly bad manners, while a suit can make you look like you mean business. * Don't dress as if you're off to a nightclub. * Clothes must be high-quality, clean and ironed; hair and nails well cared for and shoes polished. * Accessories for both sexes should be sensible and functional. At the end of the day, good manners really do matter and could make the difference between gaining the respect of superiors and peers -- or being looked upon with disdain. If you do make a slip up, such as being late or forgetting to turn off your phone in a meeting, then how you deal with it will make all the difference to how you're perceived.


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Be Charitable When Young

School Blues

hildren are eager to get back to school, most of them, anyway. They want to rejoin peers and begin a new academic year. Parents and children alike are anticipating rather than dreading opening of school. Summer boredom was one of the reasons offered. "I've been playing all vacation, but I'm now ready to go back to school", a 13year old said. "It has been a long holiday." His mother agreed. Unstructured time was wonderful at first, but as the days passed, it became deadly. Irritations multiplied into confrontations and by the end of May, both parents and children were saying, "Please, God, let school start When our children were school going, I noticed that at the end of May they would ride their bikes past their school just to take note of any reopening activity.

On the day class lists were posted the neighbourhood excitement level soared. The challenge was to read your name and discover your new teacher before any one else told you. School constitutes a child's environment, his place in life, and after a long break of too many hours to fill, structure and peer groups become attractive and welcome, looking forward for thrills! Still, there are mixed anxieties. As eager as children are to go back, they worry: "Will I like my new teacher?" "Will she like me?" "Can I make it in my grade?" "Will I have any friends?" Parents want their children to be confident and happy, to make friends and to fit comfortably into the school structure. When this doesn't take place, they feel sad and helpless. There are positive ways of off-setting children's school

anxieties. One is to control our own, by telling them, "Isn’t it great you get to start the year with a new class and teacher?" This is the new beginning for children and new beginning means new possibilities, challenges and activities. Going through children's new text and workbooks with them and making favourable comments is also helpful to get

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o be charitable is a gift from God. It is the inherent feeling to be besotted and bestowed with to denude the innermost satisfaction of imparting unto others the act of kindness which is in actuality the joy of giving without asking or expecting anything in return. It is not a foregone conclusion that while young we tend to be selfish with no toys ever leaving ours hands for the others to play with nor will we smile if we are coaxed and cajoled to part with the

them settled. Later, they won't feel the school year just passing! Instead of indicating our happiness that school has started , we can indicate we are happy because our child has started something new and exciting. Let's not kill their eagerness to go back but share in it by showing our own enthusiasm.

things that we tend to love the most. If the unwillingness to partake, is the cause of concern during our formative years, one can predict what the end result will be, as it surely will be accrued during our maturity and old age when we did not remedy nor did we amend our selfish behaviour whilst at a tender age. The reason therefore I am penning this article is for parents to teach children early and teach them right. For when that same child is old enough to comprehend the act of charity, the world will be a better place to be. It is agreed that charity begins at home and a child develops his/her mind after seeing the parents indulge

A Happy Day Vera de Noronha(5), LKG, The Rosary School, Miramar

Save Frogs Nicole L Fonseca (8), Std III, St Mary’s Convent Primary School, Mapusa

A Peacock Kaushik Korgaonkar(9), Std IV, Babyland Primary School, Candolim

ENTRY FORM MONGINIS Creative Me NAME: AGE:

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The Countryside Trisha Fernandes, Std I, Our Lady of Lourdes HS., Utorda

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MONGINIS TWO BEST CREATIVE ME ENTRIES  Zenisha Tellis (14), Std IX, Perpetual Succour Convent HS, Navelim wins a gift voucher of Monginis worth Rs. 125/-

Nicole L Fonseca (8), Std III, St Mary’s 

Convent Primary School, Mapusa wins a gift voucher of Monginis worth Rs. 75/-

often in acts of kindness which are all justified and never rued about. The same can be made applicable in the financial gamut, where it is emphasized that financial literacy is never taught in schools but it sure is inculcated in the home milieu. In this regards, it is said that when young, parents do not encourage providing pocket money, although in contemporary circumstances the same pocket money is a usable commodity to make the ends meet and live within your comfort zone and be not paranoid about the same. It is to be considered that a child does whatever a parent fancies and indulges upon. For instance, the case when parents overspend to show off to neighbours or friends with no care in the world, do you expect the child not follow parental traits? Thus, the best way to teach a child to be charitable and considerate is to curtail parental spending binge and tutor him or her to save for a rainy day. In other words, make the child aware of financial literacy and make him/her adherent of the old saying: "Any fool can make money, but it takes a wise man to keep it." However, it must be noted that money is root of all evils, therefore we should not encourage filling the young minds with thoughts of money as there are other prerogatives which can fulfil the desire to be charitable, like a good word and a good deed which can transcend the ultimate in charity nevertheless money is the mode towards fruitful living where it can acquire anything that heart desires

although it can be expressed that money is the need, but not always the essential. In this heinous world, parents should set the example if they want to teach their children to be charitable and kind. Many-a-times when a needy person comes to our doorsteps we tend to drive away that beggar, something we should never do, as there might be a time with role reversal and we might go begging, and we would not like to see the doors slammed on our faces, and thus we must be tutored to let not that indigent go empty handed. I do agree that with the outsiders taking the role of the Goans as the vagrants, the self-respect is effaced and we get flabbergasted entertaining them, which should not be the case as in this world

everyone is needy and we should not suffer paranoia in this regard. To be charitable is not necessarily availing of money, but it helps. If you are generous, your children will also learn to live that way which is one way to express generosity by using money in helpful gestures than simply allowing it to accumulate. In this world the best lessons we learn are often from our losses, and if that occurs early a child will grow programmed not to let bigger losses occur in later life to pinpoint the expression: "Let the money go but learn that lesson". Children should be thought a lesson on life through the deeds of parents and when is the best time to rationalize in the same if not when young?

At The Beach Zenisha Tellis (14), Std IX, Perpetual Succour Convent HS, Navelim

A King Suraj A Ghadge(11), Std VI, Our Lady of Lourdes HS., Utorda

A Beach Samuel Godinho (9), Std IV, Chubby Cheeks Primary School Pilerne

Exotic Bird Warren D’Costa, Std III, Loyola HS., Margao

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Calangute’s St Savio in semis fr chico cup HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JUNE 6

Hot favourites St. Savio Sports Club, Calangute got the better of Holiday Club, Arpora 6-4 via the tie-breaker after both the teams were involved in a thrilling 1-all draw to book their place in the semi-finals of Fr. Chico Cup inter-village football tournament organized by Candolim Sports Club and sponsored by Bayside Properties Private Limited at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim on Sunday. Both teams began on a promising note. Arpora had the first look at the Calangute goal but an Adnan Beig try was brilliantly saved by Calangute keeper Agnelo in the 25th minute. Immediately, Arpora had a close shave when a good try by Pedro Gonsalves off Bruno Coutinho missed the mark narrowly. Making amends for his earlier miss, Pedro Gonsalves found the mark for Calangute off Agostinho Rodrigues in the 28th minute. Down by a goal, Arpora fought back and mounted pressure on the Calangute defence but their forwards were found wanting. Calangute could have doubled the lead but a good Sarvanand Korgaonkar try was saved by makeshift Arpora keeper Fidelis D'souza. Arpora levelled the score off a superb free kick by Lawrence Rodrigues which landed into the net beating ever agile Calangute keeper Agnelo in the 48th minute. Calangute kept their nerves to prevail on penalties 5-3. Rajkumar Naik, Sarvanand Korgaonkar, Francisco Fernandes, Bruno Coutinho and Pedro Gonsalves converted for Calangute while Stanley Coutinho, Lawrence Rodrigues and Saish Palyekar were on target for Arpora. Gaurish Naik’s kick was saved by Calangute keeper Agnelo.

Bengal eye David Booth as chief coach UNI KOLKATA, JUNE 6

East Bengal are considering to hire David Booth as a chief coach, club secretary Kalyan Majumder said. Club coach Phillip de Riders will have to leave since the Asian Football Confederation, the supreme soccer body of Asia, in a directive has advised that all I-League teams in India are required to have A licensed coaches from 2010-11 session onwards.

UC Benaulim triumph at Varca

HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JUNE 6

United Club of Benaulim edged out Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda 6-4 via the tie-breaker in the finals of All-Goa Varca Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organized by St Rock Sports Club, Fatrade at Varca ground, on Sunday.Benaulim made their intention clear and went on the offensive from the kick off. They shot into the lead in the 22nd minute when Carlos Fernandes’ free kick just outside the penalty box beat the wall and goalkeeper hands down. Stung by the setback, Oratory fought gallantly and created umpteen openings and were rewarded when Steven Alphonso let go a stiff grounder in the 27th minute. Stunned by the equalizer, Benaulim went into the attacking mode again and tested the rival goalkeeper with well measured sorties. Striker Rody muffed a sitter after being fed by Alfred Fernandes. At the other end, Oratory had an opportunity but striker Cliff

Baretto spurned the easiest of chances with only the rival goalkeeper at his mercy, shooting wide from handshaking distance. The second half saw plenty of action in front of either goal as the teams tried to score but

the defenders stood tall. Benaulim scored through Ozie Fernandes, Carlos Fernandes, Santan Fernandes, Alfred Fernandes and Rody Rodrigues while Danny Dias, Santan Furtado and Alvito converted for Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda .

United Club of Benaulim’s stunning efforts helped them to win Rs 30,000 while Don Bosco Oratory received Rs 20,000. Fo l l o w i n g p r i z e s w e r e awarded: Highest scorer of the tournament Vincent Barbosa of

St Rock YC lift Atlanta Trophy

St Rock YC, Majorda, players receiving the Atlanta Georgia Trophy from Luisinho Faleiro at Rosary ground, Navelim in the presence of Mannel Barreto, Abdonio Furtado, Schubert Furtado. Photo: Naveed Anjum Mujawar. HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JUNE 6

St Rock’s Youth Club, Majorda scored a first half solitary goal over Sporting Club of Davorlim 1-0 to emerge champions in Atlanta Georgia Trophy inter-village football tournament organized by Enfermos Sports Club in the finals at Rosary ground, Navelim on Sunday. St. Rock’s took off in attacking mode and maintained the momentum right through. Strikers Agnelo Fernandes and Naveen Mendes combined well with midfielders Remedious Barretto and Preston Rodrigues. The Majorda defence marshaled by Gerson D’Costa and Boaven-

Carmona oust Margao, in quarters super soccer HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JUNE 6

Bandodkar memorial soccer: Saligao United Club v. United Club of Telaulim (Navelim), MPT ground, Vasco, 4.45 p.m. Late Silko Miranda soccer: Blessed Joseph Vaz v. St Anthony, Goa Velha, PAP ground, Goa Velha, 4.45 p.m.

The captain of United Club of Benaulim receiving the Varca Panchayat Cup from Valanka Alemao at Varcao Sports Club ground on Sunday, in the presence of Fr Luis Coutinho, Maria Rebello, Fatima Alemao.

Carmona Sports Club stunned Margao Sports Club 3-2 via the tie-breaker to cruise into the quarter-final of 18th Super Soccer tournament organised by United Boys of Dando at St John Baptist ground, Dando, Benaulim on Sunday. There was no score at full time. Carmona had the lion of share of exchanges and wee more dominant. They put the opponents on the backfoot for most part of the game and had scoring chances but Alex Rodrigues muffed three sitters. In the penalty shoot-out,Yuri Ferrao, Polyson D’Sa, Bruno Almeida converted for Carmona while Pratap Naik and Jose Colaco scored for Margao.

tura Pacheco was compact. Both showed fine anticipation and alertness as they came up with timely tackles to frustrate the Davorlim attackers with the result that Venson Figueiredo and Paxton Gomes were unable to break free from them. Davorlim soaked a lot of pressure and survived several anxious moments and St Rock ‘s nearly found success in the initial stages but midfielder Remedious Baretto’s rasping drive went wide from handshaking distance. Later, Preston Rodrigues’ snap shot missed the target narrowly. Davorlim slowly came into their own struck but their for-

wards hardly troubled the rival rearguard. The all-important goal came in the 25th minute when striker Agnelo Fernandes beautifully nodded home giving no chance to the Davorlim goalkeeper off a well measured cross from Alister Monteiro. Stung by the setback, Davorlim tried their best and came close to scoring but St Rock’s goalkeeper Ignatius D’Souza showed fine anticipation to stop Venson Figueiredo and kept the citadel intact. The second session continued in the same vein with St Ro c k ’ s e n j o y i n g t h e l i o n share of exchanges with their

Football probables for Asian Games UNI CHANDIGARH, JUNE 6

The All India Football Federation has announced 24 probables for the Asian Games 2010 to be organised in November in China, according to a communication received here. Probables: Defenders: V i s h a l K u m a r, R a v i n d e r Kumar (Karnataka), Abhishek Das (West Bengal), Inderpreet Singh (Punjab), Deepak Devrani (Chandigarh), Raju Eknath Gaikwad (WIFA), Souvik Ghosh (West Bengal), Lalro z a m a Fa n a i ( M i z o r a m ) , Prathmesh Premnath Maulingkar (Goa). Midfielders: Akshay Vimal Kumar Mall (Gujarat), Subodh Kumar (Jharkhand), O Milan Singh (Jharkhand), Shilton D’Silva (WIFA), Jewel Raja Sheikh (IFA), Bikramjit Singh (Chandigarh), Lalr i n d i ka Ra l t e ( M i z o r a m ) , Tirthankar Sarkar (West Bengal), Kh Jibon Singh (Manipur). Fo r w a r d s : Mandeep (Haryana), Jagtar Singh (Punjab), Malsawmfela (Mizoram). Goalkeepers: Ravi Kumar (TFA), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Punjab) and Jagroop Singh (Punjab).

UC Nerul claim Sai Avtar Trophy HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, JUNE 6

United Club of Nerul defeated hosts Sai Avtar in the Sai Avtar soccer 2010 football tournament finals at Anjuna Gymkana ground, Anjuna on Sunday. There was no score at half time. A solitary goal by Nerul's Agnelo Lobo two minutes after half time disappointed the large Sunday crowd. Charles Pereira came close for Nerul in the first half, but his shot was saved by the Anjuna goalkeeper. After drawing first blood, the Nerul custodian had to be at his best to save a curling free kick from Sai Avtar. With time running out, Sai Avtar brought in striker Joseph Noronha for Christopher d'Souza and his presence was felt as he caused the Nerul defenders problems on the wing, but still Anjuna could not find the equaliser. Nerul who introduced pacey

The captain of UC Nerul receiving the Sai Avtar Trophy from Dayanand Mandrekar, MLA in the presence of Lavinio Rebello, Francis Fernandes at Anjuna on Sunday. Photo: Aldrid Da Costa

attacker Xavier Clemente nearing the end saw his shot saved by the Anjuna keeper. Fo l l o w i n g p r i z e s w e r e awarded: Fair Play PVC Parra. Man-of-the match Gautham Diukar of Sai Avtar. Goal of the tournament Rakesh Shirodkar of Sai Avtar. Player of the tour-

SM Taleigao down Baina HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JUNE 6

Sao Minguel de Taleigao Sports Club came from behind to score a 3-2- victory over hosts Baina Sports Club to enter the quarter-finals of 37th Bandodkar Memorial Football Trophy tournament at MPT ground, here on Sunday. Baina surprised Sao Minguel in the 20th minute with Paulo Sequeira scoring after Sayed Ahmed Gani had done the spadework. But their joy was shortlived as Valencio Estrocio equalized shooting over advancing goalkeeper Elister D’Sa. After the change of ends, experienced Taleigao started with renewed ideas and scored two goals in quick succession through their prolific forward Cedric Peixoto who was later declared man-of-the match. Hard working Damu Pascoal Herzog reduced the margin for Baina during the dying minutes.

forwards working in tandem with the midfielders. They nearly doubled the lead but substitute Sandric Fernandes’ volley missed the mark narrowly after he was fed by Alister Monteiro. Earlier Preston Rodrigues’ scorching shot missed the mark narrowly after he was fed by Remedious Baretto. St Rock’s Youth Club were richer by Rs 30,000 while Sporting Club of Davorlim had to content with Rs 20,000. Fo l l o w i n g p r i z e s w e r e awarded Best disciplined team Saligao United. Best goalkeeper of final Ignatius D’Souza of St Rock’s. Best defender of final Piedade Colaco of Sporting Club of Davorlim. Best forward of final Andrew Colaco of Davorlim. Best midfielder of final Remedious Baretto o f S t Ro c k ’ s . P ro m i s i n g player of the tournament Stanley of Enfermos. Luizinho Faleiro, Congress Working Committee member and ex-chief minister was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Manuel Baretto was the guest of honour. Former MRF goalkeeper Avertano Furtado was the guest of honour. Earlier, Schubert Furtado, general secretary, Enfermos Sports Club welcomed. In all, 16 teams participated.

Don Bosco Oratory. Best player of the tournament Steven Baptista of United Club of Benaulim. Best goalkeeper of the tournament Chudu of Wilred Leisure Sports Club, Curtorim. Best forward of the tournament Ozie of United Club of Benaulim. Man of the final Steven Baptista of United Club of Benaulim. Best defender of the tournament Danny Dias of Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda . Best midfielder Carlos Fernandes of United Club of Benaulim. Best forward of final Cliff Baretto of Don Bosco Oratory. Best defender of final Lionel Fernandes of United Club of Benaulim. Best midfielder of final Bolvin D’Silva of United Club of Benaulim. Best goalkeeper of final Denzil Dias of United Club of Benaulim. Advocate Valanka Alemao was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Maria Rebello,Chairperson, South Goa Zilla Parishad, V incentina Fernandes, Sarpanch of Varca, Anthony Pinto and Fr Luis Coutinho, Parish Priest of Varca .

nament Siddesh Morje of Nerul. Best defender Benit of Nerul. Dayanand Mandrekar, MLA was the chief guest. Richard Pereira was the guest of honour. Special invitees were GFA Executive Committee members, Lavinio Rebello and Francis Fernandes. International Dempo

Uncertainty over possible AIFF XI team from Delhi AGENCIES KOLKATA, JUNE 6

The new jersey of Baina Sports Club being unveiled by Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’ Souza alongwith coach Umer Muthavali, former MMC chairman Kritesh Gaonkar, ex-president Andrew Rodrigues and others at La Paz Garden Hotel on Thursday. Photo: M Prabhav

Earlier, the tournament was inaugurated by Revenue Minister, Jose Phillip D’Souza in the presence of Rajan Bhosle, president of Baina Sports Club and other office-bearers of the club. A one-minute’s silence was observed in memory of Dayanand Bandodkar in whose memory the tournament is being organised. In all, 16 teams, seven from North, seven from South and two from Ilhas are participating in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Jose Philip distributed soccer kits to the team alongwith coach Umer Muthavali during the new jersey launching ceremony at La Paz Garden Hotel, on Thursday. Others present were, BSC president, Rajan Bhosle, former MMC chairman, Kritesh Gaonkar, BSC expresident, Andrew Rodrigues and Adv TT Sashidaran. Jack Fernandes compered. Navnath Naik welcomed. Tulshidas Gadekar proposed the vote of thanks.

defender Samir Naik, panch m e m b e r s D i n e s h Pa t e l , Maria D'Souza and Agnes D'Souza were the special invitees. Sai Avtar president, Fausto Lobo proposed the vote of thanks. Secratery Louis D'Souza compered.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has called for a meeting with the probable list of AIFF XI players as a first step towards forming the new I-League team from the national capital. As part of their preparation for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, the Indian National team think-tank considered it a viable option to get the youngsters who don’t avail an opportunity at the club level to be part of a group where they could gain experience and enough match time in order to gel together. The same group of boys would represent India at the Asian Games this November instead of the U-23 side which won the SAFF Cup under Sukhwinder Singh. It is believed that the youngsters would be briefed about the plan the AIFF has for them

though the contract negotiations isn’t part of the agenda. Interestingly, the likes of Pune FC, Dempo SC and East Bengal have refused to budge to the AIFF and aren’t keen to relieving their players who are on long term contracts to be part of the Delhi team. The only interaction between the AIFF and the clubs over this issue has been a circular which stated the name of the probables for the I-League team from Delhi and that they shall be contracted by the AIFF for a period of four years. One has to question as to why the I-League clubs were never taken into confidence and only sent a letter informing them about the brief plan which never really gave a chance for a dialogue between the two parties. The AIFF XI might just not actualize given that the proceedings are way behind than what it must be at this stage.


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AP PRETORIA, JUNE 6

Messi vows to bring out the best

South Africa declared itself ready Sunday to stage the first World Cup on African soil, with President Jacob Zuma saying the event had shown how the Rainbow Nation had finally come together as one. Five days before South Africa take on Mexico in the tournament opener, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Africa as a whole could take a bow for its organisation efforts and the world's poorest continent could no longer be sidelined. "We are truly pleased and humbled to host the world in our country for this historical and extraordinary event," Zuma told a press conference at his offices in capital Pretoria. “South Africa is more than ready. For us the World Cup has already begun." The event is being held in South Africa some 16 years after

AGENCIES PRETORIA, JUNE 6

Lionel Messi has promised to repeat the performances he showed throughout the season at Barcelona on the biggest stage to help bring the World Cup home to Argentina. The playmaker, who will turn 23 during the tournament, has been hailed as the best player in the world after a magnificent season with the Catalan club, scoring 47 goals in all competitions, but has failed to deliver for the National side. Talking to The Sun, Messi stated, "I am confident and convinced that I will repeat my performances for Barca for my country during the World Cup.” "My dream is to lead Argentina to glory in South Africa. I hope we will do well and, as an individual, to be able to play as I do for my club Barcelona and become a champion." Diego Maradona’s side managed to scrape through to the finals after a 1-0 win over Uruguay, but Messi continued by saying, "We struggled in the qualifiers because they are complicated.” "We had to play a few games away at the start where it is always difficult and we also had the change of a manager when Diego Maradona took over midway through the qualifiers.” "But qualifying made us stronger and made us determined to show that in the World Cup it won't be the same as in the qualifiers."

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South Africa is ready the demise of the white supremacist apartheid regime which ended with the election of Nelson Mandela as the country's first black president. While efforts to forge what South Africa's Nobel Prize winning archbishop Desmond Tutu called a Rainbow Nation have been fraught with difficulties, Zuma said the tournament had done wonders to bridge the lingering racial divide. "The enthusiasm, joy and excitement that has engulfed the entire nation in the last few weeks has not been seen since President Nelson Mandela was released from prison" in 1990, said Zuma. "The explosion of national

pride has been a priceless benefit. It's clear that millions of our people look upon this tournament with hope, pride and sense of belonging.This augurs well for our nationbuilding," he added. During his address, Zuma also paid tribute to Mandela whose lobbying for the tournament was seen as crucial in FIFA's decision to pick South Africa.

n We are truly pleased and humbled to host the world in our country for this historical and extraordinary event. South Africa is more than ready. For us the World Cup has already begun. -- South Africa President Jacob Zuma "At this point it is proper for me to acknowledge and thank our founding President

and icon, Nelson Mandela, for his visionar y leadership and statesmanship," said Zuma. "He also worked hard personally to bring us to this glorious moment." Zuma said he hoped Mandela

would be present at the kickoff of the tournament in Johannesburg on Friday but said there

were no guarantees. Mandela's family has said that the 91-year-old is too frail to attend. "He would love to be there. Whether he will be there on the day depends entirely on the former President," said Zuma. "If he did not appear we would understand. If he is there it will be a bonus for this tournament. We wish he would be there." Blatter, who met Mandela last week, said "it's his wish to be present and his spirit will be present," even if he is not able to attend. The FIFA President said that he did not expect every aspect of the tournament to run without flaws but said organisers

had already confounded sceptics who doubted Africa's ability to stage such an event. All 10 stadia have been built or revamped on time, albeit well over budget, and nearly all tickets have been sold. Fears over crime also continue to dog the build-up. But posing with the trophy, Blatter said he was a "happy man" and that his trust in Africa had been vindicated. "Bringing the World Cup to South Africa is to trust South Africa, South Africans to trust Africa and say you are strong," he said. "Naturally it's not all perfect. No one can reach perfection," he said. "It is the African World Cup and all the work to organise this competition has been made in this country. Compliments should be given to South Africa and the entire continent."

Ronaldo can lead us to glory: Queiroz AGENCIES PRETORIA, JUNE 6

Goan football fans geared up with their favourite teams’ jerseys Brazil and Portugal for the coming world Cup, enjoy a ride. Photo: Rozario Estibeiro

Prince William addresses England camp via video AP RUSTENBERG, JUNE 6

Prince William has spoken to the England camp via video link, and tried to lift the spirits of the team following the loss of injured captain Rio Ferdinand. The Prince addressed coach Fabio Capello and the players on Friday, shortly after Ferdinand was injured in training and ruled out of the tournament.

After speaking to them from Wembley Stadium, William said that "despite Rio Ferdinand's injury, which is a disappointment for Rio himself and the England team, morale in the team is high." William will be traveling to Cape Town to watch the team's second match against Algeria on June 18. England also plays the United States and Slovenia in Group C

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Carlos Queiroz believes that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is capable of leading Portugal to World Cup glory in South Africa. Despite struggling through World Cup qualifying, requiring a play-off win against Bosnia and Herzegovina to make it into the tournament, Portugal are currently third in the FIFA rankings. With the £80million winger leading the squad in South Africa, Queiroz believes that Portugal can validate their high ranking. The Portugal manager thinks that Ronaldo, who is now the captain of his country’s side, can be the star of the World Cup and fire his side to a world championship. “Cristiano is a champion and, as a player, is superman,” Queiroz told the Daily Star. “In terms of his mental approach to the game, he is so strong and so confident. It has always been this way since I first started working with him as an 18-year-old. He has a champion mind. He is someone who has always been able to perform above the demands of the game. It is fantastic to work with a really special

player in our squad, who has shown the world that he is a winner even before the tournament begins.” “And this also makes it easy to ensure his spirit and attitude rubs off on the rest of the Portugal players.” With Brazil, Ivory Coast and North Korea rounding up Group G, Queiroz insists that Portugal will have to play well to progress to the knockout stages. Portugal will kick

GROUP B

off their World Cup with a critical clash against Ivory Coast, who could be without their talisman Didier Drogba, on June 15 in Port Elizabeth. However, should his team advance from the ‘Group of Death’, Queiroz is confident that 2006 semi-finalists could win the World Cup for the first time in their history. “I am sure Ivory Coast will be fearing Portugal. As a National team and in a oneagainst- one situation, Portugal can beat any side at this World Cup. So our approach is to play the first game, then the second and so on. Firstly, we have

GROUP C

GROUP A FRANCE Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Cédric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux). Defenders: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), William Gallas (Arsenal), Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Sébastien Squillaci (Sevilla), Marc Planus (Girondins Bordeaux), Gaël Clichy (Arsenal), Anthony Reveillère (Olympique Lyon). Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Girondins Bordeaux), Jérémy Toulalan (Olympique Lyon), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Yoann Gourcuff (Girondins Bordeaux), Abou Diaby (Arsenal). Forwards: Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), André-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Sidney Govou (Olympique Lyon), Djibril Cissé (Panathinaikos), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille). MEXICO Goalkeepers: Memo Ochoa (America), Luis Ernesto Michel (Chivas), Oscar Pérez (Chiapas). Defenders: Rafael Márquez (Barcelona), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Héctor Moreno (AZ Alkmmar), Francisco Rodríguez (PSV Eindhoven), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), Efrain Juarez (Pumas UNAM). Midfielders: Jonny Magallón (Guadalajara), Jorge Torres Nilo (Atlas), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Andrés Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña). Forwards: Pablo Barrera (Pumas UNAM), Adolfo Bautista (Guadalajara), Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz), Javier Hernández (Guadalajara), Giovani dos Santos (Galatasaray), Guillermo Franco (West Ham), Carlos Vela (Arsenal).

ARGENTINA

ALGERIA

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Diego Pozo (Colon). Defenders: Nicolas Burdisso (Roma), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Walter Samuel (Inter Milan), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille), Nicolas Otamendi (Vélez Sarsfield), Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes), Ariel Garce (Colon). Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Liverpool), Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), Javier Pastore (Palermo). Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Atlético Madrid), Diego Milito (Internazionale), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Goalkeepers: Lounes Gaouaoui (ASO Chlef), Faouzi Chaouchi (ES Setif), Raid Ouheb M'bolhi (Slavia Sofia). Defenders: Abdelakder Laifaoui (ES Setif), Madjid Bougherra (Rangers), Carl Medjani (Ajaccio), Rafik Halliche (Madeira), Antar Yahia (Bochum), Habib Belaid (Boulogne Sur Mer), Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth), Djamel Mesbah (Lecce). Midfielders: Hassan Yebda (Portsmouth), Medhi Lacen (Racing Santander), Yazid Mansouri (Lorient), Adlene Guidoura (Wolverhampton), Riad Boudebouz (Sochaux), Djamel Abdoun (Nantes), Foued Kadir (Valenciennes), Karim Ziani (Wolfsburg), Karim Matmour (Borussia Monchengladbach). Forwards: Abdelkader Ghezzal (Siena), Rafik Djebbour (AEK Athens), Rafik Saifi (Istres).

GREECE

ENGLAND

Goalkeepers: Michalis Sifakis (Aris Salonika), Alexandros Tzorvas (Panathinaikos), Kostas Chalkias (PAOK Salonika). Defenders: Giorgos Seitaridis (Panathinaikos), Loukas Vintra (Panathinaikos), Evangelos Moras (Bologna), Socrates Papastathopoulos (Genoa), Sotiris Kyrgiakos (Liverpool), Avraam Papadopoulos (Olympiakos), Vasilis Torosidis (Olympiakos), Nikos Spiropoulos (Panathinaikos), Stelios Malezas (PAOK Salonika). Midfielders: Kostas Katsouranis (Panathinaikos), Alexandros Tziolis (Siena), Giorgos Karagounis (Panathinaikos), Sotiris Ninis (Panathinaikos), Christos Patsatzoglou (Omonia), Sakis Prittas (Aris Salonika) Forwards: Angelos Charisteas (Nuremberg), Dimitris Salpigidis (Panathinaikos), Pantelis Kapetanos (Steaua Bucharest), Theofanis Gekas (Hertha Berlin), Giorgos Samaras (Celtic).

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green. Defenders: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa). Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City). Forwards: Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United). SLOVENIA

NIGERIA SOUTH AFRICA Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Shuaib Walters (Maritzburg United). Defenders: Siboniso Gaxa (Sundowns), Anele Ngcongca (Genk), Aaron Mokoena (Portsmouth), Matthew Booth (Sundowns), Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport United), Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa), Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates). Midfielders: Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), MacBeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan), Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Kagiso Dikgacoi (Fulham), Steven Pienaar (Everton), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs). Forwards: Surprise Moriri (Sundowns), Bernard Parker (FC Twente), Katlego Mphela (Sundowns), Siyabonga Nomvethe (Moroka Swallows).

Goalkeepers: Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petah Tikvah), Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv). Defenders: Dele Adeleye (Sparta Rotterdam), Rabiu Afolabi (Red Bull Salzburg), Elderson Echiejile (Stade Rennes), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow), Danny Shittu (Bolton Wanderers), Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille), Joseph Yobo (Everton). Midfielders: Yusuf Ayila (Dynamo Kiev), Dickson Etuhu (Fulham), Sani Kaita (Alania Vladikavhaz), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth), Haruna Lukman (Monaco), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Kalu Uche (Almeria), John Utaka (Portsmouth). Forwards: Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton), Obafemi Martins (VfL Wolfsburg), Obinna Nsofor (Malaga), Chinedu Obasi (Hoffenheim), Peter Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow). SOUTH KOREA

URUGUAY Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Lazio), Juan Castillo (Deportivo Cali), Martín Silva (Defensor Sporting). Defenders: Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce), Diego Godín (Villarreal), Andrés Scotti (Colo Colo), Jorge Fucile (Porto), Martín Cáceres (Juventus), Mauricio Victorino (Universidad de Chile), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica). Midfielders: Walter Gargano (Napoli), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Peñarol), Sebastián Eguren (AIK Stockholm), Diego Pérez (Monaco), Alvaro Pereira (Porto), Ignacio González (Valencia), Nicolás Lodeiro (Ajax), Alvaro Fernández (Universidad de Chile). Forwards: Luis Suárez (Ajax), Diego Forlán (Atlático Madrid), Sebastián Abreu (Botafogo), Edinson Cavani (Palermo), Sebastián Fernández (Banfield Argentina).

Goalkeepers: Kim Young-kwang (Ulsan), Lee Woon-jae (Suwon), Jung Sung-ryong (Seongnam). Defenders: Kim Dong-jin (Ulsan), Kim Hyungil (Pohang), Oh Beom-seok (Ulsan), Lee Youngpyo (Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia), Lee Jung-soo (Kashima, Japan), Cha Doo-ri (Freiburg, Germany) Cho Yong-hyung (Jeju), Kang Min-soo (Suwon). Midfielders: Ki Sung-yong (Celtic, Scotland), Kim Bo-kyung (Oita, Japan), Kim Nam-il (Tomsk, Russia), Kim Jae-sung (Pohang), Kim Jung-woo (Gwangju), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton, England), Park Ji-sung (Manchester United, England). Forwards: Park Chu-young (Monaco, France), Ahn Jung-hwan (Dalian, China), Lee Seung-ryul (Seoul), Yeom Ki-hun (Suwon), Lee Dong-gook (Jeonbuk).

Goalkeepers: Samir Handanovic (Udinese), Jasmin Handanovic (Mantova), Aleksander Seliga (Sparta Rotterdam). Defenders: Miso Brecko (FC Cologne), Bostjan Cesar (Grenoble), Branko Ilic (Lokomotiv Moscow), Matej Mavric-Rozic (Koblenz), Bojan Jokic (Chievo), Marko Suler (Ghent), Suad Filekovic (NK Maribor), Elvedin Dzinic (NK Maribor). Midfielders: Andraz Kirm (Wisla Krakow), Robert Koren (Unattached), Valter Birsa (AJ Auxerre), Andrej Komac (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Dalibor Stevanovic (Vitesse Arnhem), Aleksander Radosavljevic (Larissa), Rene Krhin (Inter Milan). Forwards: Milivoje Novakovic (FC Cologne), Zlatko Dedic (VfL Bochum), Zlatan Ljubijankic (Ghent), Nejc Pecnik (Nacional Funchal), Tim Matavz (Groningen). UNITED STATES Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton). Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Jonathan Spector (West Ham). Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Pachuca). Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Pachuca).

to get through to the second round.” “Then our aim will be to run and run on the outside – and to be in a position where we have the opportunity to compete with the very best in the world.” Meanwhile, Portugal winger Nani is doubtful for their friendly against Mozambique due to a shoulder injury picked up in training in Lisbon,

Queiroz said as the squad flew in to South Africa on Sunday. The winger missed the squad's final home training session in Portugal on Saturday after falling while attempting an acrobatic shot and causing a traumatism in his shoulder. He is due to be re-examined before the warmup match against Mozambique on Tuesday. "I feel better already," Nani told reporters during the flight from Lisbon to Johannesburg. On playing in the friendly, he said: "I really don't know, now we have to see. When we get there we'll have to check again." The other main injury concern in the Portuguese squad is Pepe, who has been recovering from a knee injury he sustained in December. He has not played since but was last week cleared by doctors from the National side and his club Real Madrid to travel to the finals. The Brazil-born defender signalled he could already be an option for coach Carlos Queiroz against Mozambique. "I'm in the group. I'm here to help and now the matter is in the coach's hands," Pepe said as he boarded the plane.

Silva tips Selecao for glory AGENCIES BRAZILIA, JUNE 6

Brazil President Lula da Silva talked down Argentine chances of winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, telling the press that he believed his beloved scratch had a far better chance of finishing on top. Lula made special mention of the relaxed nature of the rival camp to wives and girlfriends around the players, saying that he hoped their South American neighbours "arrive staggering" to their games. The head of state, who is a keen football fan and regularly meets with players and coaches, left observers in no doubt who he thought were the better team. "There is no doubt, Brazil are going to win the World Cup," he told journalists at a press conference. Tongue firmly in cheek, Lula referred to the decision by the albiceleste management to run

a fairly relaxed camp, giving players certain freedom and luxuries prohibited by more spartan management teams of other nations. This includes allowing access to the players to their partners, and even horizontal activities of a certain nature. "Sex forms part of everyone's social life and in itself is not a problem," Argentine team doctor Donato Villani declared on the eve of departure from Buenos Aires, before continuing to say that it must be with a stable partner, and not include "additives" such as champagne or viagra. The Brazilian President, however, seemed perplexed at the lax regime permitted by Diego Maradona. "It seems to me that Maradona is the only coach to adopt such a policy," he stated. "I want to see the Argentines arrive staggering and exhausted to their games."

Drogba has successful surgery on elbow AGENCIES PETROIA, JUNE 6

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has undergone a successful operation on his fractured elbow, but his team did not say whether he would be able to play at the World Cup. "The necessary surgical intervention has been a success," the Ivory Coast football federation said on its website (www.fif-ci.com) on Saturday. The federation added that medical staff are confident Drogba would make "a rapid recovery" but did not elaborate. The 32-year-old striker was injured during Friday's 2-0 friendly win over Japan in Sion. Drogba, a talismanic figure for the Elephants with 43 goals in 67 appearances, limped off after a challenge from Tulio sent him falling awkwardly to the ground after 15 minutes.

If he misses the World Cup it would be a huge blow to the Ivorians, who have been transformed from a middle-ranking team to a major force in African football since Drogba came on to the scene. Born in Ivory Coast and raised in France, the Chelsea forward has helped them qualify for their first two World Cups in 2006 and 2010. He was Premier League top scorer this season as Chelsea won the title from Manchester United. On Friday, vice-captain Kolo Toure said a dejected Drogba had told team mates in the dressing room he was out of the tournament, which starts on Friday. "It's obviously very sad, for him he said that the World Cup is finished, we're just waiting for what the doctor says," Toure said.


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Second to win 5 times, tops ranking AGENCIES PARIS, JUNE 6

Rafael Nadal reclaimed his crown as the King of Clay on Sunday, and he did it with dogged defense. Chasing down shots all over t h e c o u r t , t h e re l e n t l e s s Spaniard won his fifth French Open title and avenged his lone Roland Garros defeat, beating Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal improved to 38-1 at Roland Garros, with the only loss to Soderling in the fourth round a year ago. Soderling, who has yet to win a major title, finished as the runner-up for the second year in a row. In 2009 he lost in the final

to Roger Federer. Seeded No. 2, Nadal won seven consecutive games midway through the match and held every serve, saving all eight break points he faced. He became the second man to win the French Open at least five times, and next year he’ll have a chance to match Bjorn Borg’s record of six titles. With the victory, Nadal will move to the top of the rankings Monday, supplanting Federer. The weather was mild and mostly cloudy—a nice day to go running, and Nadal did plenty of it. Playing farther behind the baseline than in their match last

year, he skidded across the clay and lunged to dig shots out of the corners, repeatedly extending points until Soderling finally misfired. The big-swinging Soderling tried to win points quickly and sometimes did, but most of the long rallies went Nadal’s way. Before the first set ended, the Swede was panting between points. To compound Soderling’s woes, he had an off day with his serve, his biggest weapon. He totaled only seven aces, the same number as his opponent. Nadal’s march to his seventh Grand Slam title was deliberate

only between points. Advised by the chair umpire he was taking too much time with his methodical ritual before serving, Nadal responded, “Thank you,” and slightly picked up the pace. Nadal’s persistence paid off big early in the second set. Facing a break point, he retrieved shots from both corners and punched back a Soderling slam, then charged forward and hit a deft drop volley for a winner. The stadium shook with a roar, and Nadal threw an uppercut accompanied by a leg kick. Another eye-popping sequence came three games later.

Nadal slid into the corner beyond the doubles service line to hit a forehand winner that left Soderling shaking his head. On the next point, Nadal raced to the other side and yanked a lunging backhand crosscourt for another winner. Those points helped Nadal break at love for a 3-2 lead, during the run that allowed him to take firm control. He managed three consecutive ser vice breaks, and by the time Soderling finally held to stop the skid, he trailed 2-1 in the final set. Even the points Nadal lost took a toll on his opponent, who was coming off a grueling five-

set win over Tomas Berdych in the semifinals. The Swede, who was seeded fifth and upset Federer in the quarterfinals, again came up short in his 26th Grand Slam tournament. Nadal improved to 22-0 this year on clay and now switches to grass, where he’ll seek a second Wimbledon title after missing last year’s tournament because of knee trouble. For the second time in three years, Nadal won all 21 sets en route to the Roland Garros championship. Only two other men in the Open era have won the title without losing a set, Borg and Ilie Nastase.

Deshpande denies England win series keeping IPL in dark PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 6

The twists and turns in the Pune bid row continued today with City Corporation MD Aniruddh Deshpande refuting allegations that he kept the IPL in dark about his "individual bid" for the franchise but conceded that the company's name was used in his bid documents. Deshpande's denial comes in the wake of media reports that the Pune-based Real Estate firm City Corporation had authorised him to bid on the company's behalf in a January board meeting. The firm, in which Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's family has 16 per cent equity, had earlier denied being part of the bid but BCCI President Shashank Manohar yesterday rejected its claim, saying the failed bid came in the company's name. Deshpande said he had told the IPL that he would float a new company after winning the bid, which was eventually clinched by the Sahara Group. Deshpande said the City Corporation allowed him to use the company's name on the documents as very little time was left for the bids to open. "All the documents were in the company's name and a letter to that effect was also submitted to

the IPL Governing Council on March 21 before the bid. I told them that the stakeholders will change if we are successful bidders," Deshpande said. "Since we were not successful bidders, nothing further had to be done," he added. City Corporation's involvement had been vehemently denied by Pawar and his Parliamentarian daughter Supriya Sule. The duo had said that the Pawar family was not involved in any bidding process but had admitted that Deshpande was allowed to go ahead in his "individual capacity". Deshpande said the company's Board backed out of bidding for the team after a March 17 meeting where a fresh resolution allowing him to go ahead individually was passed. Asked if the later resolution had been fabricated to save the company and Pawar further embarrassment, Deshpande said, "Why would we do it?" "If it was to be done in the company's name, it would have been done in the company's name. How can I fabricate a March 17 letter that I gave on March 21 to the IPL Governing Council in front of all the bidders?" he told 'NDTV'.

Pacer Brett Lee of Australia engrossed in shooting for a commerical slot at Japanesh Garden beach in Mormugao on Sunday. Photo: M Prabhav

Senior players likely to return for Asia Cup PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 6

Most of the senior players are set to return to the Indian squad tomorrow when the national selection committee headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth meet here to pick the team for the Asia cup in Sri Lanka. The selectors picked a virtually second string team for the tour of Zimbabwe were the rookies cut a sorry figure, failing to make it to the finals of the tri-nation series and losing both their matches to Zimbabwe. It was a double set back for the Indian team which had failed to reach the semifinals in ICC World

Cup Twenty20 in West Indies. Regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra and spinner Harbhajan Singh are certain to return to the squad tomorrow, while poor form and fitness cast a cloud of doubt over Yuvraj Singh. Hard hitting opener Virender Sehwag is also recovering from a shoulder injury and is going under rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. In absence of both Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, India's makeshift opening pair of Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay too failed to impress in Zimbabwe. Rohit Sharma, the only Indian

to have impressed in Zimbabwe, is likely to be retained in the squad, along with Virat Kohli. Zaheer and Nehra's comeback is virtually a certainty because the likes of Ashok Dinda and Umesh Yadav looked listless in Zimbabwe while R Vinay Kumar is nursing an injury. In the slow blowing department also, India looked toothless with neither Amit Mishra nor Pragyan Ojha making an impression. Offie R Ashwin will fancy his chances after making his contribution both with the bat and ball in the only match he played in Zimbabwe.

CROWNING GLORY

4 It is the second time Nadal won

the French Open title without dropping a set, having first achieved that feat in 2008. 4The win also saw Nadal regain the world number one spot from Roger Federer. 4The win, Nadal's fifth here since 2005, put him second on the all-time list of French Open winners, one behind Bjorn Borg whose last title here came in 1981. 4 Nadal is now 38-1 in matches played at Roland Garros.

‘Naive to think match-fixing not happening in IPL’ UNI LONDON, JUNE 6

England's Andrew Strauss holds the Npower trophy as his team mates look on in Manchester on Sunday. AGENCIES MANCHESTER, JUNE 6

England thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 80 runs inside three days at Old Trafford on Sunday as the tourists were bowled out for just 123 after being asked to follow on. Steven Finn claimed five for 42 and his fellow fast bowler James Anderson took three for 16 as Bangladesh capitulated after the entire morning session was lost to rain. Mahmudullah top scored with 38. It meant Bangladesh lost all 20 wickets in consecutive sessions of play after they crashed from 126 without loss to 216 all out Saturday evening. The win gave England a 2-0 series win. Bangladesh, 203 runs behind on first innings, suffered the worst possible start when their talisman Tamim Iqbal was caught behind for two, fending off a short ball, from the second ball of the innings by Anderson. His exit had a disheartening affect on the team and they were soon 39 for six as England took

advantage of ideal bowling conditions in breezy, overcast weather. It was the opposite to the heat and sunshine of the previous day when Tamim scored his second hundred in successive Tests. Fellow opener Imrul Kayes departed next, for nine, in exactly the same manner that he had been dismissed the previous day, attempting to hook Finn but managing a top edge to Ajmal Shahzad at fine leg. Junaid Siddique squirted a fuller length delivery from Anderson to Kevin Pietersen in the gully. The procession of wickets continued when Jaharul Islam fell to make it 21 for four.

Anderson had former captain Ashraful caught at first slip by Jonathan Trott. That was 37 for five, before Shakib Al Hasan was bowled by Shahzad for one. Mushfiqur Rahim was caught off a Finn leg-stump half-volley, clipped to mid-on. Mahmudullah's resistance ended when he edged an attempted hook off Finn, who had peppered him with short balls. Finn, following his nine wickets in the Lord's Test, claimed his fifth wicket when Shafiul Islam edged to Strauss. The result was complete when Abdur Razzak was caught at deep midwicket off Graeme Swann.

England 1st innings: 419 Bangladesh 1st innings: 216 Bangladesh 2nd innings: Tamim c Prior b Anderson 2, Kayes c Shahzad b Finn 9, Siddique c Pietersen b Anderson 6, Ashraful c Trott b Anderson 14, Jahrul c Prior b Finn 0, Shakib b Shahzad 1, Rahim c Sub b Finn 13, Mahmudullah c Prior b Finn 38, Razzak c Morgan b Swann 19, Shafiul c Strauss b Finn 4, Shahadat not out 4. Extras: 13. Total: 123 all out. Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-14, 3-18, 421, 5-37, 6-39, 7-76, 8-97, 9-119, 10-123. Bowling: Anderson 10-3-163, Finn 10-2-42-5, Shahzad 7-2-18-1, Swann 7.1-0-34-1. Player-of-the-match: IR Bell. Players-of-the-series: ST Finn and Tamim Iqbal.

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Deccan Chargers' skipper Adam Gilchrist has revived the debate of match-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) claiming that it would be ''naive'' to think it is not happening and said it is an ''easy target.'' ''It has been discussed among players in the IPL - more wondering whether it goes on. There is a strong thought that we would be naive to think it is not happening, because it is a pretty easy target,'' Gilchrist who is in England to play for Middlesex, said. ''There is a lot of accessibility to players and it is early in its

governance,'' he added. He believes that there is a need to be cautious and heighten the vigilance. ''We all hope that it is not there, but there is a wide range of players who are exposed to those games. We have got to try and police it,'' Gilchrist told 'The Daily Telegraph'. ''I have been made more aware of it since getting here, seeing some of those comments from players who have been approached,'' he said. Gilchrist, who retired from international cricket two years ago, however, said he had not seen anything concrete in this regard.

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