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IN BRIEF Delhi govt plans extending FAR Property owners facing danger of demolition of constructions beyond permissible limit may heave a sigh of relief with Delhi Government on Monday proposing to increase the floor area ratio for buildings in certain areas of the national capital. Delhi Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, decided to recommend to the Centre for allowing more FAR in special areas including Old Delhi localities, Karol Bagh and in villages. -- (PTI)

Whistleblowers get protection A proposed legislation to protect whistleblowers and provide for severe punishment to those exposing the identity of people disclosing information was approved by the Government on Monday. The bill provides the CVC powers of a civil court to hand down harsh penalty to people revealing the identity of whistleblowers, sources said. - (PTI) (Report on page 9)

North Korea fires artillery into sea North Korea fired an artillery barrage on Monday into waters near the disputed interKorean sea border as tensions rose over a South Korean naval exercise and the seizure of one of Seoul’s fishing boats. -- (AFP)

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Mickky ‘free’ to operate bank accounts HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 9

Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao has allowed the application filed by former Tourism Minister, Mickky Pacheco to order withdrawal of all directions issued to various banks by the police to freeze his bank accounts. The JMFC, however, declined to allow Pacheco’s application for release of passport for want of jurisdiction. Pacheco’s lawyer, Adv Anacleto Viegas informed that the JMFC has declined to release Pacheco’s passport saying the court has no jurisdiction since the Session court had issued the directions to the former Minister to deposit his passport with the investigating agency. Adv Viegas has now disclosed plans to approach the Sessions court for the release of Pacheco’s passport. In his application, the former Minister had contended that the Crime branch had attached his passport and had issued directions to various banks to freeze his accounts. Saying that the offence registered against him is not an economic offence and his bank accounts are in no way relevant for investigations, the former minister had argued that his bank accounts were frozen only to harass and intimidate him. Submitting that he needs his passport being his personal travel document as he has to obtain visas for foreign travel, (Continued on page 2)

Cargo ship MSC Chitra partly submerged after a collision with another vessel MV Khalijia-111, off the Mumbai coast. The collision on Saturday caused an oil leak from two of the 12 tanks of MSC Chitra which had got damaged. By Monday around 500 tonnes of oil is believed to have leaked into the Arabian sea, threatening marine life and ecology along the Mumbai coastline. (Reports on page 9)

Environment Act gets more teeth HERALD cORREsPOnDEnT NEW DELHI, AUG 9

The Environment and Forest Ministry has decided to amend the Environment (Protection) Act of 1986 to make it more punitive and deterrent and modify the procedure to decide expeditiously penalty and punishment. Accepting a report of a committee set up by the Ministry last December, the ministry decided to put up a draft approach paper on its websites to invite comments from all stakeholders. The new proposed approach envisages involvement of specialised agencies and institutions in the monitoring of compliance of the environment and CRZ conditions. The proposed amendments will waive off the cap on punishment for very serious of-

Burglars strike gold at Nessai

The locker of a cupboard which was broken open by miscreants at Nessai. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 9

In a daring daylight burglary, burglars struck gold at Nessai in Sao Jose de Areal village on Monday morning. While the Maina-Curtorim police has put the value of the stolen gold ornaments to Rs 10 lakh, the inmates of the house have claimed that the loss could be anywhere in the region between Rs 30-35 lakh. The incident occurred on Monday morning when the inmates had locked the house and gone out. The burglary came to light when one of the inmates returned home after taking the cattle out for grazing. When Caeitane D’Costa returned home, she found the lock of the main door broken. Her worst fears came true when she went inside only to find the house and the cupboards ransacked. Taken aback over the incident, Caeitane rushed to the Bethany Convent School to convey the information to Caterine. Maina-Curtorim police said the miscreants broke open two cupboard lockers to lay their hands on the gold ornaments. The male member of the

house Xavier D’Costa had left the house at around 9.15 in the morning to the doctor. Two chains, a necklace, mangalsutra, five rings, two bracelets belonging to Caterine were decamped. Besides, gold ornaments belonging to Filomena consisting of four bangles, a necklace set, a chain, four pairs of earrings were stolen from one of the lockers. Six gold bangles, bracelet, three chains, a necklace set, six rings, six earrings, a mangalsutra belonging to the sister working abroad was also lifted away by the miscreants. Maina-Curtorim police station incharge, PI Sidhant Shirodkar said the police requisitioned the services of a sniffer dog and a finger print expert to help the investigations, but in vain. He said the police has brought for interrogation two persons and further investigations are in progress. This is not the first time that miscreants have successfully struck gold in the jurisdiction of Maina-Curtorim police station in recent times during day time when the inmates were out of the house.

fences. Also, such offences will be made cognizable before police and non-bailable, officials said releasing decisions based on the committee’s presentation to Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and others on July 23. The committee pointed out that there is no effective monitoring of all conditions stipulated. While private laboratories’ monitoring was found “unreliable” the self-monitoring by the industries was found “not very effective.” In the new approach proposed to be adopted after consulting all stakeholders, the environment and CRZ conditions will be classified based on the project activities in four phases: Pre-construction, during construction, operational phase and post-operational phase.

Rare planetary alignment in night sky PTi KOLKATA, AUG 9

In a rare celestial phenomenon, Venus, Mars and Saturn will come close to each other and be visible after sunset in the western sky over the next few days. The rare alignment, where the three planets will form a triangle, will be visible at least for a fortnight, M P Birla planetarium Director (research and academics) D P Duari said on Monday. Though the three planets will look quite close together, in reality they are not, he said. “Venus is currently 11.38 crore km away from the Earth, Mars 30.6 crore km and Saturn much further away at 153 crore km away,” Duari said. “To watch the celestial event properly one should use binoculars to scan the east-southwest sky especially if it is rather hazy,” Duari said.

Police given powers to act against PoP idol makers HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 9

Even invoking Lord Ganesha’s blessings will not save Plaster of Paris (PoP) idol makers from the eyes of the authorities. The arm of the law has been extended to take action against this polluting industry. In a new directive, police inspectors (PIs) have been given powers to act against illegal manufacture of PoP idols and its stocking a month before Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Director of Science, Technology and Environment Michael D’Souza said two years back directions were issued under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act to act against manufacture, stocking, transportation, display and sale of PoP idols. Now we have brought PIs under the ambit of the Act in an effort to act firmly against the polluting activity, he stated. D’Souza said the PIs have been given powers to take action suo moto or on a complaint and proceed further to act (Continued on page 2)

Karnataka man brutally murdered at Mala Quarrel at night triggered attack, says witness HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 9

A quarrel between a clerk and a labourer led to a fatal assault at Mala in Panjim on August 8-9, resulting in the death of the former. Body of Shantaram Laxman Gaonkar was found in a pool of blood early Monday morning, soon after which a case of murder was registered, Panjim police informed reporters. Govind Gir of Nepal, a prime suspect of executing the act is absconding even as police have launched a manhunt to trace him. A native of Castlerock in Karnataka, the 46-year-old Shantaram’s rear head was brutally smashed and face slightly distorted. The investigating team has located a blood-stained knife near the corpse, broken beer bottle and its pieces scattered around the room. According to the Deputy Superintendent of Police Deu Benaulikar, the fatal assault is a result of a “sudden” quarrel,

though it is yet to ascertain the exact motive. “An eye-witness of the quarrel Lal Singh Oli informed police that Govind in an inebriated condition triggered a quarrel with Shantaram at about 9 pm on Sunday. Govind then began assaulting the victim. When Lal intervened Govind threatened

Rs 28,054 crore spent on CWG, says Reddy AgEnciEs NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Seeking cooperation from all quarters for making the Commonwealth Games a success, Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy on Monday said a total of Rs 28,054 crore have been spent on the games out of which Rs 16,560 crore was given to the Delhi Government for upgrading the capital infrastructure and building of various stadia. Making an intervention during a debate in the Lok Sabha on the Commonwealth Games, Reddy said of the total money given to the Delhi Government, only Rs 670 crore has been spent directly on the games – on building stadia. “The rest of the money has been spent on infrastructure development of the capital, which

is not directly linked to the games,” he said. Giving a break-up of the money spent, the minister said, the Delhi Government has spent on various projects which includes Rs 650 crore for street scraping, Rs 900 crore for development of bus depots, Rs 3,000 crore for extension of Metro, Rs 18,000 crore for augmenting DTC bus services and

‘Take follow-up treatment for flu-like symptoms’ So far August records 14 cases of H1N1

First H1N1 case in Vasco

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 9

The month of August has recorded a total number of 14 cases of H1N1 virus so far, even as health authorities urged people if flu-like symptoms continued even after treatment they should go do a follow-up with the doctor concerned. Epidemiologist Dr Jose D’Sa maintained many fail to go for a follow-up treatment even after flu-like symptoms persisted. “This is not advisable. It is best to make sure one has not contracted the H1N1 virus,” he recommended. The doctor, however, opined this wasn’t the second wave of the virus. “My opinion is derived

Govind Gir of Nepal, a prime suspect

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from the fact that even last year in August-September cases of H1N1 virus were on the higher side, unlike in the Western countries where the winter season is the perfect ground for spread of the disease. In winter we had very few cases.” He said the virus was in circulation in many parts of the world and in Goa its behavioural

Vasco has recorded its first H1N1 positive case at Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) Hospital on Monday. The Central Industrial Security Force (CIFS) official from the Port has been tested positive of H1N1 virus by the State health authority. However, the doctors at the Port hospital suspect that since the security personnel had recently visited his native place in Pune, he could have infected with the dreaded virus in Pune.

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Rs 3,700 crore on flyovers and bridges. Of the Rs 11,494 crore spent by the Centre, Rs 2.934 crore was spent on sports infrastructure and Rs 678 crore on training of teams, while Rs 182 crore has been given to MTNL, Rs 827.85 crore to the Ministry of Urban Development, Rs 487.57 to Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Rs 747 crore to Health Ministry. Reddy said the government has also given Rs 2,394 crore as loan to the organising committee, which is to be returned by them after the games. Defending the huge amount of money spent, he said most of the money has been spent of infrastructure development which will remain as the country’s legacy long after the games are over.

him of consequences. He (Lal) then fled from the scene,” said the officer, quoting the lone witness in the case. The threesome along with five others shared seven small rooms (compartments) in a house near Four-Pillars at Mala. What happened after the quarrel-assault is not known till the arrest of the absconder. “He was most likely killed in the night…It is difficult to ascertain the motive but presently we presume it is a sudden quarrel,” the officer replying to a question on the motive of the assault stated. The body was first discovered by Parag Karmali, owner of Pushparaj Sawmill situated at Mala at about 11 am. The victim and the alleged accused were employed with Karmali, as clerkcum-cashier and labourer, respectively. The absconder, also performed his duty of a watchman with Pro-Interactive Security at a St Inez ATM centre in the night.

3,200 passengers flown out of Leh Over 3,200 tourists, stranded in Leh following a cloudburst, have been evacuated in last three days with Air India and Jet Airways flying out around 850 passengers from the town on Monday. Jet Airways carried out 479 passengers while Air India brought 371 tourists, stranded in Leh for past four days following the cloudburst that claimed 147 lives. -- (PTI)

Very disgusting!!.. Broken drill, weak rope... This is how you treat the prisoners?


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Arlekar demands hike in rice, wheat ration quota GOA, TUESDAY, 10 AUGUST, 2010

Russian minor rape case: Final arguments begin today HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 9

Former Vasco BJP MLA Rajendra Arlekar and BJP workers inspect foodgrains at the FCI godown at Headland Sada, Mormugao. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, AUG 9

Former Vasco ML A and BJP Spokesperson Rajendra Arlekar on Monday demanded the enhancement of rice and wheat quota for ration cardholders. Arlekar along with BJP workers inspected the Food Corporation of India (FCI) godown at Headland Sada to ascertain the stocks of rice and wheat stored at the godown and check storage system, as there has been reports of spoilage of stocks of rice and wheat. Arlekar said rice and wheat quota of ration cardholders should be enhanced to 10 kgs and 5 kgs respectively for each family member in the ration cardholder instead of 10 kgs of

DSRS foils another suicide bid HERALD REPORTER VASCO, AUG 9

The Drishti Special Response Service (DSRS) lifeguards on Sunday evening foiled yet another bid of a frustrated youth to commit suicide at Baina beach. According to DSRS reports, Namdev Suresh Patil (25) from Baina, after a quarrel with his family, made a furious attempt to end his life by venturing into the rough sea, but his attempt was foiled by alert DSRS lifeguards, who were guarding the Baina beach. Patil entered in the waters despite beaches being closed for swimming as per the government directives and due to underwater currents, he was pulled sea wards. Zonal In-charge Shashikant Jadhav, who noticed the youth, informed lifeguard Basappa Harijan. In the meantime, one more lifeguard Yellapa Chilwadi with the help of Jet Ski reached the spot immediately and secured the victim with the rescue tube. Patil was brought to the shore safely and was later handed over to his family members. It may be recalled that on August 6, one Saheb Bind (20) of Uttar Pradesh, who had ventured into the rough sea to com-

rice and 2 kgs of wheat per ration card. “The present ration quota of 10 kgs of rice and 2 kgs of wheat for ration cardholders of Above Poverty Limit (APL) should be enhanced to 10 kgs of rice and 5 kgs of wheat per month for each family member instead of the whole family getting only 10 kgs of rice and 2 kgs of wheat,” stated Arlekar. However, the State government has proposed to enhance the rice quota of 15 kgs for festival season for APL family per ration card, but BJP is demanding why food grain quota is enhanced during festival season and why the State government has failed to supply enhanced quota continuously throughout

the year. “The State government has never made serious efforts to enhance the present quota, as the central government is willing to enhance the present quota of food grains since food grains are rotting in the FCI godown of the Central government,” said Arlekar. “If APL cardholders gets enhanced quota for festive season, then why can’t they get it for whole year,” asked Arlekar. He further said he had enquired with FCI official, who revealed that availability of food grain is not the issue with the Central government, but the State government has failed to put forward the proposal to the quota enhanced.

Approach court if you desire: Cops tell Aires

HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, AUG 9

Old Goa Police has registered a fresh non-cognizable case against Health Minister Vishwajit Rane in connection with the alleged threatening call made to social activist Adv Aires Rodrigues on July 31, 2007. Old Goa Police Inspector F X Corte registered the case under Section 506 of IPC on Saturday, but advised the complainant, Rodrigues, "to approach the appropriate court of law as per Section 155 of CrPC, if he so desired," since the case is of noncognizable in nature. In a press note, Rodrigues stated that he would not approach the court and that, the Old Goa Police were duty bound to comply with their lawful obligation. Rodrigues has further stated that on July 21, the high court had directed Old Goa Police to act in accordance with Section 155 of CrPC. 'Section 155 of the Criminal Procedure Code mandates that the police have to seek an order of the Magistrate to investigate any non-cognizable offence,' Ro-

n Rodrigues has demanded that the police should demonstrate the same eagerness in investigating the case against Health Minister Vishwajit Rane as they have done against other ministers, including Babush Monseratte and Mickky Pacheco.

drigues stated. Rodrigues has demanded that the police should demonstrate the same eagerness in investigating the case against Health Minister Vishwajit Rane as they have done against other ministers, including Babush Monseratte and Mickky Pacheco. It may be recalled that the Bombay High Court al Goa had last month held that Section 506 of IPC is non-cognizable.

Govt accords support to all educational institutions: CM HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 9

Stating that the Government is according requisite support to all the educational institutions in the State to enable them perform well in education sector Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today urged the students and their parents to give utmost importance to education. In this World of competitive era, Kamat said only merit is going to be the criteria to seek admission to professional courses in the years to come and therefore realizing the significance of education is vital and crucial to achieve excellence. Speaking as Chief Guest at the inaugural function of the Silver Jubilee year celebration of GVM's College of Commerce and Economics at Ponda today the Chief Minister said it is only the education, which help people to achieve success in different fields and attain pinnacles of glory. India can be super power only through education he remarked. Minister for Transport Sudin Dhavalikar, Prof Arun Nigavekar, former chairman UGC, former director NAAC, former VC Pune

University, Dr Mohan Sangodkar, Registrar, Goa University and Bhaskar Nayak, Director, Higher Education were present on the occasion. Complimenting the Raiturkar family for their enormous contribution for the spread and development of education in Ponda areas Kamat said compared to other states in the country Goa has made notable progress in the area of education, health and forest cover and is also ahead in all the parameters. He said Goa will be the first state in the country to have a vision document for the development of the state by 2035 once it is prepared. He said time has come to introspect what we have achieved in last 50 years

and plan for next 25 years accordingly. The Chief Minister also advised the students to get acquainted with the happenings taking place in the world by watching news on television instead of spending time for unproductive purposes such as watching TV serials. He assured to allocate Rs 50 lakh to GVM under infrastructure scheme. Minister for Transport Sudin Dhavalikar expressed satisfaction to note that most of the passed out students of GVM College are occupying high position in the society. He asked the Management of the Institute to initiate steps for establishing a technical college for which he assured to extend support. Later, chief minister honoured some past Chairpersons of GVM and also donors for College endowment fund. He also released the website of the College. Mahesh Shetye, President, General Body, GVM, and B K Khandeparkar, Chairman Working Committee were present on the occasion. Earlier, PM Bhende, principal welcomed the guests.

The final arguments in the Russian minor girl sexual assault case begins today before the Goa Children’s Court. The nine-year old Russian girl, holidaying in Goa with her mother, was allegedly raped by Aman Bharadwaj on Arambol beach on January 26, 2010 while his accomplice Anil Raghuvanshi diverted the mother’s attention by striking up a conversation with her. Meanwhile, Anil the accused has now turned state approval. During the final argument Public Prosecutor Poonam Bharne pointed out to the court that the mother is an eye witness in the case and in her deposition she had clearly stated that her daughter was sexually assaulted by Aman. The mother in her deposition before court on February 22 had said that accused was waiting for the opportunity to sexually abuse the girl. PP pointing out to the mother’s statement said that the accused was swimming with the victim little before the incident and came out when the girl came ashore. The accused has been charged under sections 376 (rape), read with 511 (attempt to commit an offence) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and section 8 (2) (sexual assault) of Goa Children’s Act 2003. The arguments will continue on August 13.

8 migrants detained by Old Goa cops HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, AUG 9

To keep a check on illegal migrants in and around Old Goa jurisdiction, Old Goa Police on Monday detained about eight migrants from a construction site at Ribandar. According to Old Goa Police, all the eight migrants, who were working as labourers on a construction site at R i b a n d a r, w e re d e t a i n e d under Section 41 as suspects for not providing proper documents about their detailed verification. The migrants were detained at about 4 pm from the construction site and were kept at Old Goa Police station for further investigation under the supervision of Old Goa PI Francis Xavier Corte. It may be recalled that during the last few months, Old Goa Police in its daily routine drive detained over 200 labourers as suspects for not providing detailed verification about their whereabouts. However, they were released after providing detailed information provided by the suspects.

Two get police custody for theft HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, AUG 9

Old Goa Police on Monday arrested two persons from Karnataka, but residing at Taleigao, in connection with theft cases in and around Old Goa. Old Goa Police have identified the accused as Babu (23) and Umesh Chetrappa Gokak (27). Police informed that the duo, who has been arrested under Sections 454, 457 and 380 IPC, has confessed committing thefts in Taleigao area. The duo was produced before JMFC Panjim, who remanded the accused to four days police custody. According to Old Goa PI Francis Corte, the Old Goa police officials will investigate whether the accused are involved in any theft cases in and around Old Goa area. Old Goa Police have informed Panjim Police about the involvement of the duo in theft cases in Panjim jurisdiction and if required the accused would be handed o v e r t o Pa n j i m Po l i c e o n transfer warrant.

Issues affecting BSNL functioning discussed

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One of the largest telecom service providers in India, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) not only faces proper connectivity snag but its service is marred by infrastructural damages as well. The revelation came in an open house discussion, today held in the BSNL office that its infrastructures such as wires, DP boxes are either vandalised or stolen by unknown. “BSNL is a Central Agency… I have asked for a list of thefts of BSNL properties and damages. We will compile details and write to the Director General of Police (Bhim Sain Bassi) seeking police action…” Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network coordinator Roland Martins said. The forum had a lengthy debate on the BSNL mobile and broadband connectivity, a regular problem faced by majority BSNL users. The care-a-dam attitude towards complaints filed with respective BSNL exchanges was also raised in the session. “The DP boxes installed at various places should have numbers printed on it, as it would help consumers to file a complaint and technicians to locate the problem areas faster,” suggested the GOACAN coordinator.

nThere is lack of public awareness. People are oblivious that BSNL shares few towers with other MSPs, which apparently also creates connection problem. This piece of information should be labelled in all BSNL exchanges. --Roland Martins

Besides, speaking on its poor connection, Martins strongly recommended educating people that BSNL is a part of mobile tower operators and that it shares mobile towers with other mobile service providers (MSP). According to BSNL figures, it shares 50 mobile towers with other MSPs in Goa. “There is lack of public awareness. People are oblivious that BSNL shares few towers with other MSPs, which apparently also creates connection problem. This piece of information

should be labelled in all BSNL exchanges,” he said. The long pending project of the setting up of mobile tower, in the island village of Chorao was brought to the notice of the BSNL officials. Few locals, who also participated in the open forum recalled that even as the resolution was passed on February 25, 2010, the work is yet to begin. BSNL Deputy General Manager (DGM) Central Sujeet Kumar however said the file shuttling in government firms has delayed the work. To this, Martins suggested that BSNL officials to pen down their problems on record, for, related authorities can then take action. With successfully expanding broadband connectivity at most places, BSNL meanwhile will erect 100 DTS of 3G connectivity, shortly. The 3G connectivity, proposed for installation in 13 areas will comprise of videocalling, data service, data card, mobile TV, high speed internet broadband connectivity directly through optic fibre. However, BSNL suffers land acquisition hurdle, Kumar said. They are also finding it difficult to obtain No Objection Certificates for erecting 2G connectivity towers though 175 towers are already installed in Goa, so far.

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NH4A diversion panel to meet CM HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, AUG 9

The members of NH4A National Highway Diversion Committee will meet Chief Minister and NH4A House Committee Chairman Digambar Kamat with regard to the proposed widening of NH4A. It may be recalled that the recent monsoon session passed a resolution to form a House Committee to discuss various aspects of the proposed widening of national highway, in which concerned MLAs have been made members of the House Committee. The delegation, which will meet the chief minister at his residence in Margao, will be led by NH4A Diversion Committee Convener Sunil Dessai along with other members of various fronts connected with the NH4A. With regard to Corlim area through which NH4A is passing, the delegation at the meet will be led by Corlim Citizens Civic and Consumer Forum Secretary Baptist Pereira along with other members. Pereira said the delegation would brief Kamat about the disadvantages and after effects of the NH4A highway, if it passes through Corlim village. “A copy of the memorandum will also be handed to Cumbarjua MLA Pandurang Madkaikar,” he added.

Motorists resort to novel way of funding Mungul-Colva road repairs

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 9

In a novel protest, motorists traveling on the Margao-Colva road displayed placards seeking help from the PWD to repair the potholed road at Mungul. Motorists from Colva have been crying foul over the bad condition of the road at Mungul falling in the jurisdiction of Margao Municipal Council. A two-wheeler rider from Colva, Anil Salelkar said the PWD has hot mixed the Colva-Margao road upto Mungul and has not bothered to repair the Mungulold market stretch for reasons best known to the government. “Help PWD Help” read one placard as the agitated motorists threatened to raised funds through donations to repair the potholed road. Salelkar said demanded to know why the people and the motorists should suffer if there is any politics behind the neglect of Mungul-Old market stretch of the Colva-Margao road.

Power bills every four months irks Raia locals

A donation box kept alongside the potholed Mungul road to collect funds for the road repair work. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

Today’s films are based on real life situations: Pandey movies, Pandey, however, said the younger generation are looking for something more, which the producers have been trying to meet their aspirations with good budget films.

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 9

Residents of Raia-Manora are up in arms over the decision of the Power department to serve them meter bills once every four months. The residents maintained that they cannot afford to pay the hefty power bills of four months at one time and demanded that the department serve them the bills either on monthly basis or bi-monthly. A resident Rosaline Fernandes said they find it difficult to pay the bills as their monthly income does not exceed Rs 2000. “Presently, we receive the power bills once every four months. We cannot afford to pay the hefty bills. The power department should serve the bills either every month or once in two months”, she added. Another villager Joanita Borges sought to know how the electricity department can expect poor people to pay the huge bills and demanded that the bills be issued every month. She said power consumers have been receiving hefty bills since the installation of the electronic meters.

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Mickky’s bank accounts

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 9

Bollywood actor Chunky Pandey on Monday has said today’s films are based on real life situations as comp a re d t o t h e y e s t e r y e a r s when the films were packed with entertainment. Pandey had an informal chat with newsmen during his visit to the residence of the Kadam brothers at Aquem-Margao on Monday. An ardent fan of old Hindi

KR to ply special trains for Ganpati HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 9

Konkan Railway corporation will run special trains on the Konkan Railway route during the Ganpati Festival. In order to clear the extra rush during the ensuing Ganpati festival, the KR has introduced additional special trains between Ahmedabad-MargaoAhmedabad stations for the convenience of the passengers.

“ Today ’s films are pro duced in a professional manner. In the past, the films were packed with entertainment, but now many of them are now based on real life situations”, he added.

The trains will have 18 coaches, with 10 sleeper coaches, two AC 3-Tier coaches, four general coaches and Two SLR coaches. The train will halt at Vadodara, Surat, Valsad, Vasai Rd, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Vilawade, Rajapur, Vaibhavwadi, Nandgaon, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Sawantwadi, Pernem, Thivim and Karmali.

Pacheco has submitted before the court that the passport is not at all required for investigations in the case. In fact, Pacheco had contended that the police have no powers to direct banks not to allow operation of his accounts

and is entitled to operate his bank account. The Crime branch had directed the managers of both nationalised and private sector banks not to allow Pacheco to allow the operation of accounts.

against those in PoP business under various sections of the law. PIs have been given powers

to seal the premises where such an activity was in operation, he mentioned.

pattern was very different. “The circulation of the virus will continue for some time. We are not sure what’s exactly to come,” he stated. Since January 20 positive cases have been detected and the sudden spurt has been in August. January, March and May recorded one case each, while in July three cases came to light. Health officials informed

presently five patients are being treated in the Isolation Ward of Goa Medical College in Bambolim, while five were taking treatment in private hospitals. In the last three to four days out of 17 samples sent for H1N1 virus testing 10 were confirmed positive. These 10 cases were from Salcete (03), Ponda (02), Mormugao (02), Bardez, (01), Quepem (01) and Tiswadi (01).

“About five days ago, the security personnel reported uneasiness and he was admitted in MPT Hospital on his arrival,” said Dr D P Kudalkar. Dr Kudalkar said the patient reported ailment of uneasiness and the doctors

immediately sent his throat swab sample for testing at the GMC Hospital, which was tested positive. He further said the patient has been quarantined in an isolated ward of the hospital and that he was recovering.

Police given powers

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First H1N1 case in Vasco

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Spurt in burglaries keep Mapusa police on toes HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, AUG 9

Mapusa Police has stepped up night patrolling in Mapusa city in view of sudden rise in burglaries. It may be recalled that recently, several burglaries were reported in the city. One of them was the theft at Laxminarayan Temple at Ansabhat-Mapusa, which is in the vicinity of Mapusa Police station. The robbers decamped with gold, silver and cash, all worth Rs 1.86 lakh on the intervening night of July 21 and 22. In another case, some persons broke open the lock of the shutter of a hardware shop at Angod-Mapusa and decamped with cash and hardware material worth Rs 3.80 lakh. Besides, several small thefts have taken place in the munic-

ipal market also. The police, however, could not nab the culprits involved in the most of the theft cases. Speaking to Herald, Mapusa Police PI Rajesh Kumar said police are carrying out ‘Nakabandi’ from 11 pm to 6 am and checking the vehicles regularly. “In Mapusa Municipal Market, we have started deploying Home Guard and police constable in every lane. Hawaldars in civil dress are patrolling in the city on motorcycles from 9 am to 6 pm, while police officers are patrolling the city during night in a jeep,” said PI Kumar. He further informed that due to shortage of staff, they find it difficult to deploy staff during night everywhere in the city. “Therefore, we had requested

the Mapusa Market Association to fix CCTV cameras in the market and also depute security guard or watchmen,” said PI Kumar. “But the Association has replied that the shops belong to MMC and hence it is the duty of MMC to install CCTV cameras and employ watchmen in the market and they are not in a position to bear the expenses of the cameras and watchmen,” added PI Kumar. Mapusa Police has also requested committees of the temples in the City to depute watchmen during night to prevent thefts. “They have given assurance that they will look into the matter. Co-operation of locals is very essential for the police to curb crimes,” informed PI Kumar.

Bicholim MLA unhappy with Tillari project work

Parra local killed in Tivim mishap HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, AUG 9

A 60-year-old man from Parra died after he was knocked down by a minibus at Tivim on Monday morning. According to Mapusa Police, the accident occurred at about 7.45 am when Vilas Mukund Matondar was proceeding from Mapusa towards Assnora on his Honda Dio scooter (GA-03-J4610). While Matondar was overtaking a motorcycle (GA-03-J-3701) at Tivim, he dashed against the oncoming mini bus (GA-01-U2722) Matondkar sustained grievous head injuries. He was rushed to Asilo Hospital by 108 ambulance, where he passed away. Mapusa Police has registered an offence against the minibus driver and Police Hawaldar Satish Naik is investigating the case.

One sentenced for sexually assaulting minor girl HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, Aug 9

Goa Children’s Court today sentenced a 33-year old Narshiv Usapkar for 21 months imprisonment for sexually assaulting a minor girl. The accused is also slept fine of Rs 1,51,000 by the court. Usapkar is convicted for committing sexually assault on a 12y e a r o l d m i n o r g i r l f ro m Kumbharwada in Collem. He is been booked under section 452 of IPC, 354 of IPC read with 8 (2) of Goa Children’s Act 2003 and under section 506 (ii) of IPC. President of Goa Children’s Court P V Sawaikar in its order has sentenced the accused to undergo simple imprisonment for a period of six months, one year and three months respectively. When the matter came for judgment today morning, Public Prosecutor Poonam Bharne sub-

mitted that the offence is of serious nature committed on minor girl. However, defend lawyer Adv Kala Dalal said that the accused does not have any criminal antecedents and is now married person with a young child. “If the accused is convicted with imprisonment, his family will suffer and therefore the accused should be given benefit of Probation of Offenders Act and should be released on admonition,” she stated. The accused is a labourer by profession and has been residing in Kumbharwada. Since childhood, the victim family had a good relation with the accused. The victim mother, in her deposition before the court had said that the accused was leaning over the victim, who was sleeping at Devghar (room) holding her breast.

Fomento submits draft proposal on Sonsodo

Calls for payment of Rs 5.30 cr in first year HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 9

The trench of the Tilari Project and the road at Lakheram-Bicholim. HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, AUG 9

Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar has expressed great displeasure over the work at the Tillari Irrigation project and with the PWD for failing to maintain and repair roads in the taluka. According to reports, several roads in the taluka have been dug for the Tillari Irrigation project for constructing trenches. The project which comes from Tillari is going through the Bicholim taluka and before the monsoon, the trenches were dug. Several roads including that of Van-Maulinguem, VawthiVathadev and even the main

road at Zantye College have been dug and the traffic diverted. Even though the work was completed before the monsoon, the roads were unrepaired. “Due to heavy rains, the entire road becomes muddy and there is always a fear of an accident,” informed Van-Maulinguem Panch Rajendra Usapkar. “Recently, two accidents occurred on this road and an elderly woman fractured her hand when the scooter which she was riding skidded on the mud. If these roads are not repaired, it might lead to more serious accidents,” he said. When contacted, Bicholim

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MLA Patnekar expressed displeasure over the incident and claimed that it is total negligence on the part of PWD and Tillari Irrigation project. “I contacted the assistant engineer of the Tillari project and he claimed that the work is that of the PWD. They have already paid for the road repairs, but the PWD is yet to work on it,” said Patnekar. “The roads have become dangerous and if no action is taken, they would surely be a cause of an accident and the PWD will be blamed for it,” warned Patnekar, asking PWD to immediately carry out repair works.

Luizinho should think responsibly: Vijay

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 9

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary, Vijay Sardessai has said that Congress Working Committee member Luizinho Faleiro should think responsibly before making any utterances on returning back to state politics. He said that Faleiro’s statement should not be a cause for destabilizing the Digambar Kamat government or the Congress party. Declining to comment on whether Faleiro will contest the polls from Fatorda or not, Sardessai said he is one of the few defeated candidates who has actively continued working for the people in Fatorda since the last three years. “Faleiro is a senior Congress leader and can contest from anywhere, including Margao, Navelim and

Fatorda. But, the high command gives the ticket after a study. Fatorda congressmen will tell the high command who is strong in Fatorda and who will win the seat”, he added. Meanwhile, the Fatorda Block C o n g re s s C o m m i t t e e h a s ridiculed Luizinho Faleiro’s attempt to enter Fatorda’s political ground by saying “Congressmen in Fatorda don’t need rejects from other constituencies to teach them politics” Taking strong exception to Faleiro’s sudden love for the scheduled tribe community the Fatorda Block Congress President Joseph Silva, himself from the S.T community has in a press note said that the scheduled tribe community of Fatorda has not forgotten Faleiro cheating the S.T’s by not doing anything for Floriano Vaz, the first martyr of the Konkani agitation who

was from the S.T community and who was shot by Gujrati State Reserve Police force during the height of the Konkani agitation. Luizinho Faleiro extracted maximum mileage from Floriano Vaz’s martyrdom but did nothing to honour his sacrifice for the last 25 years, he added. “Now that GPCC General Secretary Vijai Sardesai and PWD Minister Churchill Alemao had taken the lead to have a memorial for Floriano Vaz at Gogol, Faleiro had suddenly emerged from nowhere and was trying his luck to gain entry in Fatorda’s politics by using the ST card”, Silva claimed. He said the ST community has not forgotten Faleiro’s constant support to destabilize and weaken a fellow ST Luis Alex Cardoso during his stint as the former MLA of Fatorda constituency.

The draft concession agreement mooted by Fomento to the Margao Municipal Council has called for payment of an amount of Rs 5.30 crore in the first year in four equal installments. The draft states that the first installment of Rs one crore thirty-two lakh and fifty thousand of the first year payment shall be paid to the company as “mobilization advance” upon execution of the agreement on receipt of the unconditional irrevocable bank guarantee of Rs two crore. The second, third and fourth installments of the first year payment shall be paid to the company by the Civic body after three, six and nine months, respectively of the payment of the first installment. As far as the performance guarantee is concerned which has been insisted by the Civic body from day one, Fomento in its draft agreement has stated that the company will furnish to the MMC an unconditional irrevocable bank guarantee of Rs two crore within 30 days of execution of the agreement. Simultaneously, the MMC is required to refund to Fomento the sum of Rs 30 lakh paid by the company to the Civic body on July 27.

The bank guarantee of Rs two crore shall constitute the performance guarantee the draft further states that the bank guarantee of Rs two crore shall be returned within seven days of completion of construction of the plant. On the issue of scrutiny and payment of the company’s bills, the draft states that the scrutiny and payment of bills that the company shall raise shall be made by the MMC Chief Officer. The draft further states that the chief officer may be assisted by a technical consultant, who will be appointed by the High Powered Committee. The function of the technical consultant would be to scrutinize and verification of the bills raised from time to time by the company. Incidentally, the Margao Municipal Council had last week abruptly postponed the pre-bid meeting with the four consultants who had responded to the Request for Proposal (RFP) floated by the Civic body to appoint consultant to monitor work at Sonsodo. C o - i n c i d e n t a l l y, M M C C h i e f O f f i c e r Y B Ta w d e maintained that the prebid meet was postponed as the Civic body had plans to place the RFP for approval before the High Powered Committee

No pay parking around market: Tenants panel HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 9

The Municipal Market Tenants’ Association, here, which has been opposing Corporation of the City of Panjim’s pay-parking around the new municipal market since last year has submitted a memorandum to the District Collector North reiterating its earlier stand. The memorandum of the association to the Collector comes a few days after a notification was issued by him under the Motor Vehicle Rules fixing the rates for parking of different types of vehicles. According to CCP Commissioner Elvis Gomes as per the notification fees would be collected from vehicles that park around the market area. “We will now work out modalities

for collection of fees from vehicles parking in the notified areas around the market,” he informed. Gomes said, “A resolution was passed by the corporation last year over the issue and as a result I am duty-bound to implement it. Even the Traffic Cell had made a strong recommendation in this regard.” In the memorandum to the Collector the market association maintained the decision of the CCP on pay-parking was harsh. Later in the evening around 20 members met the Commissioner in his chamber and submitted a copy of the memo to him. The members also raised other issues affecting the market like collection of rent, sealing of shops that took place recently and minor repair works.

Apna Ghar’s infrastructure to be upgraded: official HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, AUG 9

In the backdrop of recent escapes of juveniles from Apna Ghar, Women and Child Development Department has pulled up its socks to improve the infrastructure, as its priority. Director of Women and Child Development Sanjiv Gadkar told Herald that the Department is in the process of upgrading the infrastructure of Merces Home. “Department has taken up the up gradation work of Apna Ghar in phase manner. Since the infrastructure is 15 years old, its walls, doors, windows, grills have deteriorated over a period

of time,” he said. Five juveniles under the care Child Welfare Committee on Saturday evening escaped from the Home by bending the bathroom grills. Two of the five were however located and are lodged back in Apna Ghar. Prior to the recent escape, frequent escapes in the past were by bending window grills of dormitory following which, Public Works Department was asked to fix new windows and grills. Now with the escape through bathroom, the department is determined to swiftly upgrade the infrastructures to prevent

juveniles’ escapes. Besides, it is also examining whether these breakouts are as a result of management and supervisory functioning. “It is a collective responsibility. With the number of escapes in the past, the then Superintendent was placed under suspension and subsequently transferred…Apart from the infrastructural problems, we will examine if the fault is at the management and supervisory level, also,” said the officer. Meanwhile, the report on the escape of the five juveniles was today furnished to the WCD, to later furnish to the Government.

Details of the report were however not disclosed. However, it is learnt that the report contains the details of each of the five juveniles, sequence of events that probably led to their escape, staff presence when the children escaped, etc. The probable reason why these juvenile eluded from the Home, according to the Director admits because these children were perhaps frustrated of being lodged in for quite some time. “I suppose these children were frustrated, for they are admitted in Apna Ghar for many

days. Their release did cause a delay because of the administration problems,” G a d ka r replied to a question on the runaway juveniles from the Home. Meanwhile, NGO Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), was roped in by the WCD to carry out a study of the incident. Speaking to SCAN coordinator Emidio Pinho, said, the juveniles fled as they were not rehabilitated. “This is because the children are not repatriated in time and are without rehabilitation, which is one of the prime requirements to juveniles here...” he said.

headed by Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat. When contacted, Fomento CEO Shridhar Kamat said the draft proposed by the company are just proposals and the company is ready and willing to sit across the table with the MMC if they have any grievances or apprehensions on the draft. Kamat further maintained that the agreement ought not to be signed in haste since the document would govern the relations between Fomento and the Civic body for the next 25 years.

He said incident has happened on April 30, 2004 at around 8.30 pm. “I was busy in kitchen and my children were sleeping in a room in the house. All of sudden, I heard cries for help of my elder daughter and I immediately rushed in the room. I saw my two other children were sleeping and the accused was on victim holding her breast,” the mother, who is also the eye witness of the incident, had said. However, the accused managed to escape and threatened to kill the victim if they approach the police. The victim in her deposition too had narrated the same facts.

Further remand for blast accused HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 9

The accused arrested in the Margao Bomb blast case, Prashant Ashtekar was on Monday further remanded to 13 days judicial custody. Special Public Prosecutor S B Faria informed that the NIA sought further extension of the Judicial remand for further investigations in the case. Accused Prashant was arrested by the NIA after he surrendered before the South Goa Sessions court conducting trial in the bomb blast case. Since then, the accused has been remanded to judicial custody.


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SHORT TAkES Legal literacy camp held

Bhausaheb was saviour of weaker section: Speaker HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 9

Adv Pavitra Naik addresses the Legal Literacy Camp at Guardian Angel Higher Secondary School, Curchorem. Photo by Alfred Fernandes

SANGUEM (HC): The Taluka Legal Services Committee, Quepem, in association with District Legal Services Authority, South Goa, Margao, conducted a legal literacy camp for the students of Guardian Angel Higher Secondary School, Curchorem. The camp was conducted in the premises of Guardian Angel Higher Secondary School and was co-ordinated by Rebecca Da Costa. During the course of the camp, senior advocate from Quepem region Adv G K H Dessai made the students aware of the Anti-Ragging Act while Adv Pavitra Naik spoke on ‘Child Labour and Health’ and Adv Sandhya Naik briefed the students on the provisions relating to Entitlement of Free Legal Aid. Curchorem Police PI Bhanudas Gaonkar spoke on traffic rules and regulations and care to be taken by the students in crossing the roads and while riding motorcycles, while PSI P Gaonkar spoke on accidents. Adv Roopa Prabhu Dessai compered the camp, while school teacher Bruna Dias proposed the vote of thanks.

Speaker Pratapsingh Rane said that first Chief Minister of Goa late Dayanand Bandodkar was the leader of masses who worked for the upliftment of weaker sections of the society. He said, late Bandodkar opened primary schools in the nook and corner of the State so as to provide basic education to the children hailing from rural areas. Speaking as chief guest at a function organized by Swami Vivekananda Society to celebrate birth centenary year of late Bandodkar at Panjim recently, Rane recalled his association with Bandodkar who he said was the saviour of the common people and because of his concern and compassion for their welfare was popularly known as 'Bhau'. “During his tenure as Chief Minister the people of Goa enjoyed the fruits of democracy in real sense of the term,” he added.

Environment Protection Act amended HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 9

Braz Alemao, son of Urban Development Minister Joaquim Aleimao distributes saplings in Chandor Panchayat.

Part-time PGDM program

PANJIM (HND): The XI batch of the part-time Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programme affiliated to Goa University commences in August. The 15-months programme is being conducted by the Institute of Management Training & Research (IMTR), Margao. Classes are held on Sundays and holidays. The programme offers specialisation options in human resource, production & operations, finance & marketing. The programme has been designed to help upgrade skills of both working professionals as well as fresh graduates with the faculty members being mainly from the industry. Eligibility for the programme is Graduation in any discipline. The prospectus for the PGDM programme can be obtained from the IMTR office (2732663/2700667) in Shree Damodar College of Commerce, Margao, from 10 am to 4.30 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 1 pm on Sundays.

The government has further amended the section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and added para (I) after para (h). As per the amendment, the respective in-charge of police station/police inspectors or any other police officer, not below the rank of police sub inspector, within his jurisdiction, upon being informed by any of the authorities mentioned in the Act or suo motu, about the manufacturing, procurement, stocking, display, sale and transportation of PoP idols within the jurisdiction of the police station, shall confiscate such PoP idols and seal such premises used to manufacture, stock, display or sale of PoP idols, attach the vehicle used for transportation and further take action to prosecute the violators in terms of section 15 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

Recalling his association with Bandodkar, Pratapsingh Rane said he was the saviour of the common people and because of his concern and compassion for their welfare was popularly known as 'Bhau'. Listing the steps which Bhausaheb took for the development of Goa, Rane said we should not forget the fact that the prestigious Tillari project, which has become a reality now, was initiated by this great leader. He appealed to the local representatives to emulate the work of Bandodakar for development and for progress of the State. Chairman of Goa Law Com-

mission Adv Ramakant Khalap spoke about the greatness of Bandodkar. He highlighted his leadership qualities and the vision he had for the welfare of Goa and its people. Ex-MLA Baban Naik, Dr Damodar Bhosle and Avdhut Angle also spoke on the occasion. Pramod Khandeparkar, President of Swami Viveaknand Society welcomed the guests.

Cuncolim school’s PTA meet

HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 9

All India Congress Committee will celebrate the 125th year of Congress Foundation this year. As a part of this celebration Goa Pradesh Congress Committee has organized a seminar on ‘Indian National Congress and National Integration’ on August 11. On the occasion, a procession and a seminar is organised in the city. Former union minister Adv Ramakant Khalap will present the keynote address on the subject followed by an interaction. Prof Rizwan Qaiser, Historian and Professor at Jamia Milia, Delhi and Anjali Rai from AICC will also address the Congress workers. The function will commence with a procession from nine pillars, below the Mandovi Bridge, at 9.30 am and will conclude at Gomantak Maratha Samaj Hall, where the said seminar will be held. PCC President Subhash Shirodkar will preside over the function whereas Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will be the chief guest.

Hectic preparation on for I-Day celebrations HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 9

Hectic preparations are on for the forthcoming Independence Day to be celebrated on August 15. The main function will be held in front of Old Secretariat, Panjim where the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will hoist the national flag at 9.15 am, inspect the guard of honour, address the people and present awards to outstanding personalities and Institutions. The function will be attended by Speaker Pratapsingh Rane, dy Speaker Mauvin Godinho, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, MLAs, Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar, High Court Judges, Advocate General, Freedom Fighters and other dignitaries. On his arrival at the venue, the Chief Minister will be received by Transport Minister Ramkrishna Dhavlikar, Chief

Secretary Sanjay Srivastava and Director General of Police Bhimsen Bassi. Independence Day celebrations have also been planned in different parts of the State. At the district level function to be held in front of the South Goa Collectorate building-Margao, PWD Minister Churchill Alemao will unfurl the national tricolour at 9.15 am. The flag hoisting ceremony at Ponda will be performed by Home Minister Ravi Naik at Kranti Maidan, Ponda at 9.15 am. Revenue Minister Jose Philip D'Souza will hoist the national flag at Tilak Maidan, Vasco at 9.15 am. Similarly, the Independence Day functions will also be organised at Mapusa, Quepem, Bicholim, Pernem and Canacona by the respective sub-divisional officers, whereas functions at other headquar-

Goa Tourism stall bags first prize at Kolkata TTF

St Ignatius’ feast celebrated

BELGAUM (HC): The Jesuit Fathers of Belgaum on Saturday observed the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola to mark the birth anniversary of the founder of the Society of Jesus. Special Eucharistic celebrations were observed at Fatima Cathedral here on Saturday morning to commemorate the 469th birth anniversary of the great saint who had transformed a large number of youth of his days to form the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits. The Jesuits run a large number of institutions carrying out the work of imparting top class education to the society, apart from engaging themselves in the service of the society in various forms. St Paul’s High School at Belgaum is managed by the Jesuit Fathers. In his homily at the Eucharistic celebrations, Fr Fidelino Araujo highlighted the virtues of St Ignatius Loyola, who “unravelled the greatest treasure of God’s love as he offered his life for the greater glory of God.” “Through his service to mankind, St Ignatius ventured to set the world on fire with God’s love,” Fr Fidelino said and encouraged the faithful to direct their words and deeds towards the greater glory of God.

Congress to mark 125th year

ters will be organised by the respective Mamlatdars. The Chief Minister along with the freedom fighters and other dignitaries will lay wreaths at the Martyr’s memorial at Patradevi, Pernem at 11.30 a.m. To commemorate the Independence Day the Raj Bhavan, Dona Paula, old Secretariat building, Directorate of Accounts building, Panjim and new Secretariat at Porvorim will be illuminated on the night of August 14 and 15. Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs will organize Prabhat Pheries on August 15, involving children and citizens. It will also organize cycle races and marathon races for children and citizens after the function. Governor Dr Shivinder Singh Sidhu will host a state reception at RajBhavan at 5 pm.

Case of attempt to murder against hubby HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, AUG 9

HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 9

The Department of Tourism added another feather to its cap as it won the trophy for the best designed stall at the Kolkata Travel and Tourism Fair. The fair was a one-stop travel and vacation planner highlighting national and international destinations and offered good deals in travel and holiday packages for the upcoming festive season. The three-day fair was inaugurated at the hands of West Bengal’s Tourism Minister Man-

abendra Mukherjee in the presence of Uttarakand’s Tourism Minister Madan Kaushik and Fairfest Media Ltd’s Chairman and CEO Sanjiv Agarwal. TTF Kolkata had over 300 participants from within the country and abroad. Besides state and national tourism bodies, TTF-Kolkata also saw the participation of a large number of hotels, resorts, travel agents, tour operators, cruise lines, railways, travel portals and publications among others. On all three days of the exhibition, the Goa Tourism stall

invoked an immense response from the scores of visitors, who thronged the pavilion for information on Goa. The stall was vividly embellished to showcase beaches, churches, cultural heritage, cuisine and other places of tourist interest in Goa. Visitors to the stall were also provided with comprehensive details on the variety of experiences that Goa has to offer. The stall was designed and executed by Vinsan Graphics, on behalf on the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa.

Cuncolim police has registered a case of attempt to murder against a husband after he stabbed his wife at BaradiVelim. Investigating officer, PSI Prasanna Bhagat said the accused Ubaldo Fernadnes has gone hiding after the incident, while his wife Agnees is admitted in the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim with multiple stab wounds. PSI Bhagat said the police had arrested the husband two days following a completing from the wife. “After the incident, the wife was staying in her brother’s house. The accused came to the house with a knife today and stabbed her on her chest and other parts of the body”, PSI Bhagat said. He said the accused has gone into hiding and has taken the weapon of assault with him. The police are investigating.

Recent Advances in Medicine compiled in VCD HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, AUG 9

PANJIM (HND): The annual general body meeting of the PTA of Cuncolim United Higher Secondary School, Cuncolim was held recently in the CES college hall. Principal Tilroy Fernandes presented a brief report of the activities and appraised the parents about the initiatives taken by the school for the benefit of the students. Keynote speaker Pravin Sabnis advised the parents to remove fear from the minds of their children and to give them self-confidence. He also told the parents not to compare their child to other children and also requested the teachers to encourage creativity in their students. Caroline Cardozo was elected as the PTA president and Francis Gracias as the vice-president for the year 2010-11. Earlier, the secretary of the PTA Ferdinho D’Souza welcomed the parents and treasurer Yvette Caeiro read the statement of accounts for the year 2009-2010. Ajay Dessai introduced the chief guest. The programme was compered by Sarita Baretto and Rosetta Fernandes proposed the vote of thanks.

The Medical Education Cell of Goa Medical College has released a VCD of Recent Advances in Medicine recently. The VCD is edited by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto, Professor and Head of Pathology department in GMC and the cover is designed by Vishwesh Naik of GMC. The VCD contains presentations by the following eminent doctors, Dr Harshad Punjani, Consultant Urologist, Bombay Hospital, Mumbai; Dr Umesh Oza, Consultant Urologist, Bombay Hospital, Mumbai; Dr Mohan Kameshwaran, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Chennai; Dr Anil Amin, Professor, Bodo University, Norway; Dr Padraig S J Malone, Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Southampton, UK; Dr Dilani Lokuhetty, Professor, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Dr Laslo Vass, Professor, University of Budapest, Hungary; Dr Gary Tse, Professor of Pathology, Hong Kong; Dr P Sathe Assistant Director, National University of Virology, Pune; Dr S R Hingway, Professor

- Govt Medical College, Nagpur; Dr Alain Verhest, President of International Academy of Cytology, and Professor of Pathology, Brussels, Belgium; Dr Jerzy Klijanienko Professor, Curie Institute Paris; Dr Geeta Vemuganti Professor of Ocular Pathology and Stem Cell research; L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad; Dr R Nijahawan, Professor of Gynecological Cytology, Post Graduate Institute Chandigarh; Dr D R

Mathur, Medical Superintendent, Govt Medical College, Jodhpur; Dr Ritu Nayar, Professor, Northwestern University, USA; Dr Nilima Kshirsagar, ex-Dean and Director, Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital Mumbai; Dr K K Deepak, Professor of Physiology, AIIMS, New Delhi; Dr Madhuri Behari, Professor and Head of Neurology, AIIMS, New Delhi; Dr S Belawadi, Professor of Microbiology, Vaidehi Medical CollegeBangalore and Dr R G Wiseman Pinto. The topics covered in the VCD include kidney transplant, pediatric urology, communication skills, medical education, advances in hearing restoration, problems in elderly, breast cancer, anorectal malformations, cervical cytology, papillary and spindle cell lesions of the breast, head and neck cancers, vector borne diseases, thyroid diseases, ocular cytology, human papilloma virus, molecular biology, fungal diseases, malaria, medical ethics, mysteries of the brain, nosocomial infections, tumors of the foot, etc. The VCDs are available with Dr Wiseman Pinto.

uPCOMInG EVEnTS Mass for the sick at Sancoale

PANJIM (HND): Holy Mass for the sick with special prayers for a miraculous healing will be held at the shrine of Blessed Joseph Vaz, Sancoale on August 13. The service will begin at 7.45 am followed by Holy Mass at 9 am. The sick will be prayed over for a miraculous healing through the intercession of Blessed Joseph Vaz, the Patron of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. Mass for the sick with special prayers for a miracle is organized on every 2nd Friday of the month. People with all kinds of sicknesses are welcome for the service. Friday Masses are as follows: 7 am and 8.45 am at the Sanctuary and evening Mass at the Oratory of Paternal House of Blessed Joseph Vaz at 4 pm. Terminally sick are prayed over on every Friday from 10 am to 12 noon. Childless couples and pregnant mothers and kids are prayed over on every 3rd Sunday of the month at 9 am. Priest is available at the Sanctuary on Wednesdays for confessions and spiritual guidance from 9 am to 12 noon. Sunday Masses are held at the Sanctuary at 7 and 9 am and weekday at 7 am. On August 15 there will be only one Mass at 9 am organised by ladies of the village. There will be special blessings over the ladies.

T-N-T concert at KA

PANJIM (HND): The T-N-T Concert (Tri Nation Trio) featuring an all-girl trio comprising of Sabine Ehlsheidt from Germany on the viola, Lin Lin Fan from China on the piano and Sanya Cotta from Goa on the violin will be held on August 13 at Kala Academy at 6.45 pm, organized by Opus Gala. They are all colleagues of Sanya Cotta at the Nuremberg Music University This concert will be have works by Beethoven, Schubert, Martino. The pianist will perform a solo work by Chopin to commemorate the Bi¬cenSabine Ehlsheidt tennial birth anniversary of the composer. The show will be presented by yet another young girl from Goa, Kiran Thapar, a well-known TV host and model in Mumbai. Donation passes available at music shops of Furtados and Pedro Fernandes, both at Panjim and Margao and at Kala Academy.

Cardio tennis workshop

PANJIM (HND: A free cardio tennis demo and workshop for adults will be held at Kinesis Tennis Academy at Club Tennis de Gaspar Dias, Miramar on August 9, 10 and 11, from 7pm onwards. Cardio tennis is a new, fun group activity featuring drills to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high energy workout. Taught by a professional from Kinesis, Bangalore, cardio tennis includes a warm-up, cardio workout and cool down phases. Call 9881269072 or 9822182931 to register for the workshop.

Chand committee to meet

PANJIM (HND): The Chand Committee of Association of All Goa Muslim Jamats will meet on August 11 to decide on the sighting of moon for the month of Ramzan. Muslim brethren are advised to contact the following members on Wednesday, from 8 pm onwards. Sheikh Bashir on 9822120505, Sheikh Mustafa on 9822122826, Tahir Carol on 9822100620, Salim Kazi on 9822127411, or Matin Carol on 9422390700.

Feast at Candolim

CALANGUTE (HC): Parishioners of Candolim will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Boa Morte at Our Lady of Hope Church, Candolim, on August 13. The Masses on the Feast Day will be at 6.30 am, 9 am (Feast Mass) and 4.30 pm (Novena Mass). The procession with Our Lady will begin at 6.15 am on the Feast day. In the evening, a Konkani drama ‘Tem Tuka Naka’ by Mario Menezes will be staged at St Theresa’s School Hall, Candolim at 7.30 pm. On the occasion of twin feasts of Our Lady on August 13 and 15, a festival of tiatrs has been lined up for the parishioners of Candolim with three dramas at Rs 200, while a single drama ticket is priced at Rs 100. The Dramas during the feasts are ‘Tem Tuka Naka’ by Tragedy King Mario Menezes on August 13, ‘Soglleank Nomoskar’ by Mariano Fernandes on August 14 and ‘Xelli..... Punn Sandleli’ by Pal Soares on August 15. All the dramas will be held at St Theresa’s School Hall, Candolim at 7.30 pm.

Independence Day races PANJIM (HND): Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs will organise the annual Independence Day road races in collaboration with Goa Amateur Ahtletic Association on August 15, from Old Secretariat, Panjim to Miramar and back. The road races will be organized in 3 age categories i.e. below 19 years and above 16 years (boys and girls), below 16 years and above 14 years (boys and girls) and is open for men and women. The last date to submit entries has now been extended to August 13. Educational institutions which are interested in participating in this race may submit their entries with date of birth and signature of the Head of Institutions in the office of Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Campal, Panaji, latest by August 13 upto 5 pm.

POWER SHuTDOWn AUGUST 10 DONA PAULA: From 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Areas affected are Cardozo Wado, St Paul, Ideal School and Rawalnath, VP Taleigao and surrounding areas.

WEATHER REPORT Max Temp: 31.20C Min Temp: 25.20C Humidity: 75% Rainfall past 24 hrs: 5.6 mm Seasonal Total: 2378.7 mm Forecast: Occassional spells of rain or thunder shower would occur in some areas.


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Govt draws flak over Gaondogrim playground

Tall promises unkept, say youth HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, AUG 9

The government often makes tall promises to develop sports in rural areas and the only testimony to these assurances are abandoned foundation stones. In once such case, youth from Gaondogrim have accused the government of failing to develop the existing playground thereby depriving villagers of a proper playing field. The youth aired these complaints during an exhibition football match at the village’s oldest open ground at Karvem-Gaondogrim used by youth for sports activities. When this scribe enquired, some boys pointed to an old foundation stone laid eight years ago by the then sports minister Micky Pacheco by Directorate of Sports for the government village school playground at Karvem. One youth, Sanjay Gaonkar, who claimed of raking up the issue in most of the gram sabhas of Gaongndogrim, told Herald that this is the only existing open ground for the twin villages of Cotigao and Gaondongrim. "Even though the ground has been reportedly acquired, the government has failed to develop it as promised several years ago. The government destroys paddy fields and other cultivable lands in different parts

The foundation stone overlooking the Karvem-Gaondogrim open ground, where boys play a football match between local teams. Photo by Kathy Pereira

of the State to build playgrounds, but this ground neglected by the government has been existing for many ages without any development," added Gaonkar. Says another youth, Paiek: “Every activity, be it cultural gatherings, schools annual sports and other sports events, from the twin villages of Cotigao and Gaonddongrim invariably take place at this ground.” Gaonkar said due to the efforts of MLA Isidore Fernandes, the foundation stone was laid by Directorate of Sports by then tourism minister Mickky Pacheco on December 28, 2002. “But after that nothing has ma-

terialized nor any officials from the Directorate of sports ever visited the ground,” informed Gaonkar. Interestingly, a primary school is situated across the ground. In the absence of a proper compound wall, stray cattle or vehicles regularly enter the playground. “Whenever issue is raised in gram sabha, either sarpanch or secretary gives reply that we had written to the sports directorate,” said Gaonkar. "But we are unaware if our present ML A, who is well aware of the rotting foundation stone, has raised this issue with the government," added Gaonkar.

Kamat opens Hindustan, Mitsubishi Motors showrooms HERALD REPORTER VASCO, AUG 9

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat recently inaugurated Hindustan Motors and Mitsubishi Motors, the first authorised dealership showroom in the State, at BainaVasco. Mormugao MLA Milind Naik, Dealer Development and Business Development HM-Mitsubishi Motors Chennai Car Plant Yoshiaki Wada, Dealer Principal HM-Mitsubishi Motors Goa of Kar Motors Krishnakanth Kamat, Sanjay Shatye of Vinshan Graphic and others attended the inaugural function. The newly inaugurated showroom, located at UN Road, Baina, will offer sales, service and spare parts. All Mitsubishi products in India - Lancer, Cedia Sports, Pajero, Montero and Outlander 2010 are on display at the showroom. The showroom has a wide range of exclusive accessories, a team of trained engineers from HM-Mitsubishi to provide assistance to customers. The service centre at the showroom has eight service bays that can cater to about 16 cars per day. Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Kamat congratulated Kar Motors owner Krishnakanth Kamat for setting up the first showroom to provide

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat inaugurates the first authorized Hindustan Motors and Mitsubishi Motors dealership showroom at Baina-Vasco in the presence of Mormugao MLA Milind Naik, Yoshiaki Wada, Krishnakanth Kamat and Sanjay Shetye. Photo by M Prabhav

various range of Mitsubishi for the people of Goa. Mormugao MLA Milind Naik also appreciated the Kar Motors proprietor sand said that his dedication and hardworking the field of automobiles has rewarded him the exclusive dealership of Mitsubishi in Goa. Yoshiaki Wada said that HMMitsubishi Motors has adopted very aggressive growth strategy for the Indian market, which reflects company's quest to provide product of global standard to customers. “The inauguration of this dealership is in response to the

increasing demand for our product that we have witnessed from Goa, over the few months," added Wada. “We are happy to strengthen our association with Mitsubishi Motors with the inauguration of this dealership facility. The dealership will display the array of Mitsubishi product with facilities to enhance customer experience. We are committed to offering best in class service to Mitsubishi Motor customer to sat a new benchmark in the region," said Dealer in Principal of HM-Mitsubishi of Kar Motor showroom, Krishnakant Kamat.

Health awareness for villagers of Arpora-Baga organised HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, AUG 9

Nagoa-Arpora Panchayat in collaboration with Primary Health Centre Candolim recently organised a health awareness programme for the villagers of Arpora-Nagoa-Baga. The Malaria, Chikungunya and Dengue awareness programme was held at the panchayat hall under the Chairmanship of Sarpanch Agnelo D’Souza, while ZP member Michael Lobo was the chief guest. PHC Candolim Health Officer Dr Sachin Govekar, who led the medical team, explained the situation at the PHC Candolim and said rise of Malaria is very much under control, but felt concerted efforts are required from local authorities and builders. Dr Govekar urged upon the builders not to be complacent on health cards and insisted on its 100% implementation to control the rise of malaria and other mosquito-related diseases. Dr Govekar also called upon the builders to undertake antilarval measures under the supervision of PHC Candolim. He appealed to the people to make use of the insecticide

Dr Sachin Govekar, Agnelo D’Souza, Michael Lobo and others at the meet. Photo by Thomas Fernandes

treated long lasting bed nets from the health authorities, which are also available at PHC Candolim. Dr Govekar also made a fervent plea to the builders to keep their project sites in hygienic conditions and free of any water accumulation to stop mosquitoes breeding and assured his and his team’s co-operation. Dr Govekar advised the local body to de-silt the public drains to stop mosquito breeding. Backing the initiative of the health authorities, Michael Lobo urged the people and builders to extend their support and co-operation to the health officials led by Dr Govekar for their ‘Zero

Malaria’ programme for ArporaNagoa. Lobo felt that the local panchayat needs to play a bigger and active role through the Village Health and Sanitation Committee in eliminating the disease. Lobo also called upon all concerned to conduct a screening test of migrants after every three months to control the spread of malaria, etc. Builders, villagers, hoteliers and Nagoa-Arpora secretary and panchayat members attended the awareness programme. E a r l i e r, N a g o a - A r p o r a Sarpanch Agnelo D’Souza welcomed the guests and villagers for the programme.

Bandekar to celebrate b’day today

Fr Ciriaco appointed Dean of Sanguem region

HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, AUG 9

HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, AUG 9

Former minister and ex-MLA of Canacona Sanjay Bandekar will celebrate his 58th birthday on Tuesday. PWD Minister Churchill Alemao is scheduled to be the chief guest at the birthday celebrations marked for Tuesday evening. According to sources close to Bandekar, these celebrations will also be attended by the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, WRD Minister Philip Neri Rodrigues and GPCC President Subhash Shirodkar. On the occasion, three short duration football exhibition matches will be played at SAG Grounds Agonda on Tuesday evening, while a cultural programme and an orchestra are planned at the residence of Bandekar as part of his various other activities in the evening. Sources informed that lot of leaders including sarpanchas, panchas, councilors, besides other social activists will be attending the day-long birthday celebrations throughout the day.

Fr Ciriaco Agapito Francisco Glicerio Da Cunha has recently been appointed as Dean of Sanguem region by ArchBishop Filipe Neri Ferrao. The appointment of Fr Da Cunha as dean of Sanguem region follows within a month of his appointment as Chaplain of Our Lady of Piety Chapel, Uguem. Fr Da cunha had served in the Sanguem region for over 28 years before being transferred to St Michael Church, Anjuna, where he worked for six and half years . Even while serving at St Michael Church as Parish Priest, Fr Da Cunha was appointed as dean of Siolim region.

Lady of Fatima (Rivona). More recently, Fr Da Cunha was appointed as Chaplain of Our Lady of Piety Chapel, Uguem, where he has been working with all zeal for the betterment of the parishioners. Parishioners of Uguem have congratulated Fr Da Cunha over his appointment as dean of Sanguem region.

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Leh death toll rises to 147; 2 French, 500 others missing PTI LEH, AUG 9

As rescue and relief efforts continued on war-footing for the fourth day today in cloudbursthit Leh region, the death toll climbed to 147 while nearly 500 people, including two French nationals, remained untraceable. 147 bodies have been extricated from the rubble out of which 121 have been identified so far. Three foreigners including two French nationals are still missing while one injured Spanish national has been evacuated by IAF, official sources said. They said nearly 500 people are still missing. Sniffer dogs, which arrived here by a transport aircraft of Indian Air Force have been pressed into service to look for survivors as relief efforts by se-

curity forces gained momentum who were taking the help of heavy duty bulldozers, JCBs and other machines to clear the rubble. The Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF), police and civilian authorities were trying hard to remove the piles of mud and slush which had buried villages in the worstbattered Choglusmar belt here as well as to restore telephone links, the sources said. Meanwhile, a fresh cloudburst in Kargil area on Saturday has cut off many villages. The IAF tried to airdrop essential items including tents and clothing in the villages affected by the cloudburst as roads were badly damaged, Tashi Tsetan, Deputy Director with the devel-

opment wing of the local administration, said. Continuing its relief operations, the Air Force ferried heavy machines, medicines, relief material and doctors here using IL76 and AN-32 aircraft and flying out bodies of the victims to various places as the highways remained cutoff. ITBP is helping plug the breaches to make NH-1A between Srinagar-Kargil and KargilLeh functional. Faced with an acute shortage of clean drinking water, the ITBP has dispatched water tankers to the affected areas, Deepak Pandey, spokesperson for the border guarding force, said. The force has also established a medical camp in Saboo village, which is located above Chuglumsar village, Pandey said.

Army handout picture shows children of tourists stranded in Leh following the flash floods being airlifted to safer places by Indian Air Force planes on Monday.

3-yr-old escapes nature's fury PTI LEH, AUG 9

For three-year-old Shreejal, the intervening night of August 5 and 6 is something that she might never forget. A victim of the cloudburst, her story of being lost and eventually found was a morale booster for ITBP personnel. As soon as ITBP Deputy Commandant (engineering) Raj Kumar opened the door of his house in the ITBP campus, gushing water from the cloudburst just swept him away. He held on to his daughter and his wife but the nature's fury was too much for him. He could not cling on to his wife and child for long as he fought through the slush and boulders that has claimed 147 lives so far. Though he somehow managed to get out, his family could not. A desperate search operation was launched by his colleagues and nobody could believe what they saw four hours after the calamity struck. Shreejal was found neck deep in slush in one of the building in the campus. Her face was full of injuries but somehow she was lucky to be alive. Kumar's wife was also found over a km away from the campus covered in slush seven hours after she was swept away.

Dismay in RS over airlines charging more from Leh passengers PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Members in the Rajya Sabha today expressed dismay over the reported fare hike by private airlines for ferrying people from tragedy struck Leh and asked the government to intervene. Raising the matter during Zero Hour, members cutting across party lines said the government should ask private airlines to ferry passengers from Leh at the earlier rates and wanted Air India to operate more flights. The entire House supported senior Congress member Karan Singh in seeking relaxation of MPLAD rules so that members could utilise their funds for rehabilitation in Leh, hit by flash floods. Singh said he would like to contribute Rs 50 lakh from his MPLAD fund tomorrow itself, if rules permit and pointed out that similar relaxation was given during the tsunami tragedy. As per rules of the MPLAD scheme, a Rajya Sabha MP can recommend works in one or more districts in the state from where he/she has been elected. However, in case of a tragedy, declared as national calamity,

the rules are relaxed and any member can contribute. Decrying the reports of "making profit from the tragedy", Prakash Javadekar (BJP) said in the last four days, private airlines have increased fares by four times. He said several tourists are not able to operate their ATM or credit cards and are stranded in Leh. Airlines should ferry them and charge them later when they reach their destination. Rajeev Shukla (Cong) said the government should come out with a statement on the tragedy and airlines be asked to operate more flights. Former Union Minister Saifuddin Soz (Cong) said BSNL should immediately restore the communication lines and special flights be operated for at least 15 days. Earlier, Chairman Hamid Ansari read out a condolence message on the tragedy caused due to flash floods triggered by a cloudburst in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir last week. Members then stood in silence in the memory of the victims.

Election laws need to be amended, says CPI(M) PTI VIJAYAWADA, AUG 9

The Communist Party of India (Marixst) today observed that the election laws need to be amended to make stringent provisions against the ''money power and illegal money in elections''. In its Draft Political Resolution, the CPI(M) said the state funding in kind and supply of election materials must be introduced. It said there has to be equitable access for election propaganda in the media and the law should be amended to prohibit ''paid news'' and make it an electoral offence. The basic reform of the electoral system should be introduction of proportional representation on a partial list system which would obviate to some extent the use of money and muscle power, the resolution added. On the Israeli aggression, the party in the resolution felt that Israel has launced a brutal aggression on Gaza and occupied it. Its indiscriminate shelling and aerial bombardment resulted in killing about 1,400 people,

mostly civilians. ''The Israel refuses to lift the blockade of Gaza and is threatening Iran and Lebanon with military strikes.'' About the Civil war in Sri Lanka, the CPI(M) said the defeat of LTTE and its annihilation had brought to an end the twodecade long civil war. The Rajapakse Government had not done justice to the relief and rehabilitation mesures for the displaced Tamil people. The resolution said after the parliamentary elections, the government had not spelt out the political process for settling the Tamils and there had to be a provision of autonomy for the Tamil-speaking areas within a United Sri Lanka. ''The Indian government should exercise its diplomatic and political influence to ensure full rehabilitation of the Tamil people and to advance towards a political settlement of the Tamil issue. The resolution said the CPI(M) would steadfastly oppose all efforts by US imperialism to extend its dominance in various parts of the world. The party would actively ex-

tend its support and solidarity to Cuba, the Palestinian and Iraqi peoples and all other forces and countries fighting against imperialist aggression and blockade. The CPI(M) would mobilise all the anti-imperialist forces within the country to oppose the strategic alliance with the United states, the resolution said. On the UPA Government's economic policies, the party said the first one year of the Congress led UPA-II Government had confirmed that it would intensify the neo-liberal policies. Sectors like retail trade, higher education, banking, insurance and defence were being opened up for greater FDI, which would be seriously detrimental to the national interest. The resolution alleged that the Planning Commission was pushing for PPP projects and paving the way for wholesale privatisation of railways and infrastructure. On the petro hike, the resolution said within three months there was a second round of steep hike of petroleum products including Kerosene.


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CWG ‘con’tracts

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s it the birthright of bureaucrats to spend money like water? It now emerges that in addition to everything else, Delhi babus spent over Rs50 crore on so-called ‘study tours’ for the Commonwealth Games, but not one of them filed a report. Few if any of these junketeers are still in charge of work related to the Games. Nevertheless, all of them flew First Class and lived in five star hotels for the Comonwealth Games in Australia in 2006 and the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, supposedly to ‘study’ them. No lessons were learnt, but huge amounts of the taxpayers’ money were wasted. Is it the birthright of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) − Suresh Kalmadi and Co − to frivolously spend crores of rupees? Contracts have been handed out for absurd sums. Is corruption their birthright? Is there nothing wrong with these surreptitious, crooked contracts? Still, almost everyone in the government seems to fees that Kalmadi & Co are indispensable. We do not know if the Congress realises this, but the CWG scandal is the first really huge scam that has hit the Congress party since it came to power in 2004. All the other incidents have been given a quick burial, thanks to Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s insistence that the alleged perpetrators resign in the face of credible charges. The biggest exception has been the 2G Spectrum scam in the Telecom Department, but the dramatis personae in that was one A Raja of the DMK; an alliance partner rather than a Congressman. But here we have Mr Kalmadi, a Congress MP, whose Organising Committee is directly linked to the scam, and whose signature adorns a number of the suspect ‘con’tracts, not least the one given to M/s AM Vehicle Hire and AM Films, companies that Mr Kalmadi publicly insisted he “knows nothing about”. Of course, the overall money at the Organising Committee’s disposal has been ‘only’ Rs2,400 crore, out of a total CWG budget that is estimated between Rs20,000 crore to Rs40,000 crore. Obviously, there’s a lot more corruption ‘out there’, but can that be a reason to gloss over the OC’s obvious hand-in-the-till act? Regrettably, the reaction to the CWG scam is not one of shock or anger, but of cynical acceptance. What can be done at this late stage, is what those in authority are saying. Any action can only be taken after the Games, they say. Is India so completely devoid of talent that a committee of crooks should be allowed to go on robbing us blind? Just how tolerant of corruption have we become? A parallel development in BJP-ruled Karnataka has seen a very different outcome. There, the party used the intense corruption of some amongst its ranks to rise out of the morass. It took the resignation of an honest Lok Ayukta − Justice Santosh Hegde − to shock the party out of its benign tolerance of crooked mining magnates. But once that realisation sank in, the party pledged to cut out the cancer from within itself, no matter the cost. The arrogant Reddy brothers of Bellary − who at one stage could spirit away 60 MLAs to secret locations and blackmail the BJP’s central leadership to give in to their unreasonable demands − today have difficulty getting supporters in double digits. It is a remarkable turnaround; the party turned a bad thing into a good thing just by coming to its senses in time. The Congress, on the other hand, seems to be in no hurry to look clean, complacent that it is a rolling stone that gathers no moss. But reputations built on years of hard work can be squandered on a whim. If the Congress is at all bothered about keeping its image clean for the next general election, when it will be led by the young Rahul Gandhi, it must act now.

Will Kerala ever again witness peaceful co-existence between different communities, wonders PaChu menon

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ush green fields and swaying palms, Kerala has come to mean this and much more! But it wouldn’t be wrong to say that today King Mahabali’s kingdom lies asunder. The annual visit of Maveli to his much loved realm remains a mere formality, just a ritual that is an eagerly awaited occasion in the state’s tourism almanac! The festival of Onam has lost its fervour, and the Keralities, their identity! The golden era of peace and prosperity which symbolized the great monarch’s rule, has given way to a disastrous legacy, an inheritance of everything that is an antithesis of that glorious age. July 4, 2010! A nation watched stunned and stupefied as news of a typical Sicilian Mafia-style vendetta was reported from Kerala. ‘Enforcers’ dragged out a man from his car and chopped off his right hand, cleaving the palm in one neat stroke. T.J.Joseph, a lecturer at the Catholic-run Newman College in Thodupuzha, in Kerala’s Idukki district, ‘paid with his hand’ for allegedly insulting the Prophet – a reference, allegedly defamatory, in a question paper he set for an internal degree examination. What could be more barbaric? One would have to concur with the view that “devils and demons have located the roadmap to Adi Shankara’s soil”. But then, as reported in a section of the press, for decades now, in the state’s deeply fragmented political landscape, apparently ‘killing or hacking off limbs is a prescribed way to deal with rivals’. The RSS-Marxist feuds which date back to 1958, has had the state witnessing a spate of murderous attacks carried out by their respective cadres on each other since then. It has been like ticking off points on a scoreboard – for every RSS man felled, reciprocal raids by the Communists would even the tally, or at times better the count. A plain game of political ‘one-man-downship’! It is indeed a shame that for a state that prides itself for being the most literate in the country, the citizens seem to carry the appellation to intangible limits. As a matter of fact, the high level of literacy has virtually been the bane of the society here. A single newspaper engaging a group that has no compunction in discussing state politics in a wayside tea stall gives one an

Kerala’s Conundrums inkling of the political awareness that the locals here are credited with. A difference in political ideologies amongst the populace has brought about countless permutations which in turn have resulted in myriad party affiliations. Kerala is thus a state of a million individuals who can debate on a regional issue, but their partisan attitude when it comes to party policies has allowed political stalemates to continue without any visible sign of the deadlock being broken. The RSS and the Communists could well be described as followers subscribing to a particular school of thoughts, totally incompatible with each other. However, it’s now religion that is shaping various political associations in the state. Communism proscribes everything Godly, the corps confirming to the ‘of, for and by the state’ philosophy. With Communists, whenever in power, taking over temple-governing bodies, the Hindus see an attempt by the atheists to downgrade them.

Likewise, the communists have long been at loggerheads with the Catholic Church on matters related to religion and education. The Churchrun educational institutions are recognized by the communists as profitable undertakings and hence a need, born out of a necessity though, to have a say in their management. Similarly, the Communists have favoured presiding over the cash-rich temple boards. If the RSS are flaunted as the self-imposed keepers of the Hindu Dharma (or is it Hindutva?) is it not fair that with the Christians in India under attack from all quarters, the Church looks out for itself and its people? Could the Muslims in Kerala be harping the same tune? Reportedly, the southern peninsula has been the traditional home of several Islamist groups. The murderous attack on the college lecturer in Kerala has brought into focus the Popular Front of India, “a right-wing, cadre-based, shadowy organization that operates in the garb of a social and political outfit, which seemingly is muscling

its way into the deeply fragmented politics of the state.” A recent expose in the Indian Express (July 11, 2010) painted a very scary picture of the ‘Muslim politics’ of Kerala. The SIMI, Islamic Seva Sangh and now the PFI – how many more religious rabbles will the state have to contend with? With the mind-boggling incident involving the professor and Muslim fundamentalists coming to light, should we then be assuming that, as an editor-friend put it, ‘Talibans have infiltrated God’s own land’? Of course the presence of Jihadi-terrorist organizations has never been a refuted matter in the state; for that matter, time and again Kerala has been in the news for being the hotbed of Islamic militant outfits. The secular credentials of the state have thus come to a full naught. Vote-bank politics and communal carnages are the order of the day. Bandhs and hartals have time and again paralyzed the state, holding the public to ransom and throwing life helter-skelter. Trade-unionism is ominous by its presence in every walk of life. This in spite of the state being recognized for its achievements in the creation of an enviable social infrastructure, especially in health and education systems. The industrial scenario may not be much to write home about, but people here are profuse in their appreciation of various government schemes that claim to improve the quality of life of the commoners. People have been unequivocal condemning the state of affairs that infest the present social environment of the state and contemplating the ‘save Kerala’ initiative. ‘From the Gods are we going to the dogs?’ These emotional paroxysms seem to disturb the populace here! Makes one wonder whether “God’s own country” is a misnomer for the state! Will Kerala ever again witness a peaceful coexistence between the different communities here, or will it continue to boil in the cauldron of religious intolerance that has been fostered by the fundamentalists? The current affairs and issues that plague the state seem to suggest otherwise. In these conditions one feels that the soubriquet “Devil’s Own Land” would be better suited for a state gloating in epithetic munificence!

Kick the blues away

Positive Thinking

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t’s a saying that I have heard many people say to others, “Let go.” You might wonder what it exactly means. You might not get the course you desire in college, or you might not get a job of your choice, or your only daughter intends to marry a boy from a different religion or your spouse’s untimely death shocks you to your roots. These are some of the dilemmas that every person encounters in their life. And it’s not easy to let go- to loosen your hold on things you fancy or the near and dear ones you miss. Check your other options. It’s time a person takes charge of his life and moves on, not looking back, over his shoulders, which will only hinder his progress in life. There are setbacks in everybody’s lives. Some might gripe about it; others have borne them silently while there are still few others who might decide that ‘life is not worth living.’ You might think that those who decide to end their life are the worst of all selfish about their own needs, oblivious to those of others. This is true to a certain extent. However, it could be that unpleasant circumstances or experiences have forced a person to that point. Neither complaining about the odds of life ,nor silent suppression are constructive outlets. No one likes a person who is always grumbling about life. Such people aren’t very popular because it is their

very negativity about life and their pessimistic outlook that drives people away. As for silently tolerating the atrocities that life throws our way, it is not a good option to keep all those negative emotions of anger, jealousy, hatred, sadness, self-pity, etc., bottled up in that frail human body of yours, for it takes both, a physical and mental toll on our health. And it tends to explode at the wrong place and wrong time. You might want to ask me about the solution to all these ‘complex’ dilemmas around which your life revolves…those that rob you of your sleep, make you lose your appetite and leave you uninterested in your favourite TV programme And then you start thinking about your life… and the different tribulations that have crossed your path, daring you to challenge them. And a low bent head, eyes downcast and a grumpy look that says it all, “I can’t.” ‘Lows’ are common in life. They are just the normal ‘blues’ which every human experiences every now and then… but if it interferes with your daily functioning, it’s time you sought professional help. These are some stress busters that ought to work with most people to help prevent their journey to the land of depression: Keep yourself busy. The more busy you are, the better it is. Negative thoughts can be pushed in a corner of the mind as you set

By Charlane Pereira out doing the tasks undertaken. Engage in leisurely pursuits and do things you really enjoy. If you don’t have a hobby, find one for yourself. Forgive and forget-I have often heard people saying, ‘I didn’t like her behaviour, but I have forgiven her.’ Well, it seems that you have neither forgiven nor forgotten. Both go hand in hand. Pamper yourself-Go out, get yourself a new wardrobe; go to the beauty salon and get a makeover; the male species can hang out with their buddies and watch soccer games. Get yourself a pet- Pets are wonderful stress busters. They give unconditional love. If you aren’t too happy with the traditional pet trend of a puppy or a kitten, go in for a goldfish or birds. Socialise with family or friends-Close friends and family members form a good social support network, and help in buffering the effects of life’s hassles. Visit your place of worship-A visit to the temple/church/mosque will do you good. Spirituality does play a role in increasing a person’s longevity. Be optimistic- Last, but not least, make sure that you don’t lose out on optimism. Fight fire with a cool nature. Happiness will be your companion in every moment of your life.

Letters to the Editor Panjim Market mess Adv Sitaram Lawanis, Panjim A report prepared by Panjim Commissioner Elvis Gomes, regarding illegal occupation of shops and spaces in the new Municipal Market was tabled in the Goa Assembly. The illegal occupants are not paying any rent, energy or water charges. Most of them are non-Goans. Crores of rupees have been lost owing to these illegal occupants. Who is responsible for this loss? First, Babush Monserrate, without whose blessing this racket could not have happened. Second, ex-Mayor Tony Rodrigues and Dy Mayor Yatin Parekh. Third, Chairman of the Market Committee Uday Madkaikar. Fourth are the remaining Councillors of the ruling panel. But the biggest culprits are Minister for Urban Development Joaquim Alemao and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat.

100 Years Ago

PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

10 August 1910 Exam Timetable

The Directorate of Primary Education has published a proclamation with information about the time and venue of the primary examinations

Mining auxillieries

The Official Paper has published a decree fixing the cadre of the auxiliary personnel in the state’s Mines Department.

US concessions

President Taft of the United States of America approved the concessions given to mainland Portugal, Madeira, Azores, and Eastern India while the rest of the colonies remain excluded.

Blimp in Russia

A St Petersburg newspaper published a declaration duly endorsed by high ranking military officers, stating that they saw with their own eyes a dirigible hovering over the Russian capital.

All the above should be punished for causing loss to the public exchequer to the tune of crores of rupees. The people of Panjim are also to be blamed for voting rogues to power. We welcome the announcement of Babush Monserrate that he will give tickets to new faces this time. Manohar Parrikar too should field educated and honest persons in his panel this time. The government would do well not to give any grants to CCP till it recovers the dues and evicts these illegal occupants.

Whither promises? Julius Carvalho, Dubai Your editorial, ‘Opposition keeps its promise’ (Herald, 9 August) is wrong. Just before the start of the monsoon Assembly session, the Opposition said it would expose the ‘dalals’ and collection agents of Ministers. On the floor of the Assembly, Parrikar threatened to name a politician’s son he saw roaming with the drug mafioso Atala. But the Assembly session ended without the BJP MLAs keeping these promises. Just like the ruling thieves, the Opposition is also not interested to safeguard Goa’s identity, but just to come to power through the back door, as in did in the past. Who will Goans vote for during next election; the Congress or BJP? Both are not bothered about the ‘Aam Goenkar’.

Wrong forum Averthanus L D’Souza, Dona Paula Dr Francisco Colaco in his letter ‘Unjustified Criticism’ (Herald, 9 Aug) has rightly pointed out that the complaint made by Fr Saturnino Dias regarding the treatment meted out to the retired priests at the Clergy Home, Margao, is exaggerated. Fr Saturnino’s contention that because the Porvorim Clergy Home is next door to a Hospital, the retired priests get better treatment, is incorrect. The Hospital is not ‘attached’ to the Porvorim Clergy Home; it is simply conveniently located, so that priests who need medical attention can be reached quickly. In an earlier article ‘The Year for Priests: An Assessment’ (Herald, 20 June), Fr Saturnino made a scathing criticism of the Archbishop. Dr Francisco Colaco has rightly pointed out

Letter of the Day

Beware of Calcium pills!

Dr Francisco Colaço, Margao

For those who have attended the widely-advertised ‘osteoporosis camps’, a word of advice: taking Calcium pills can cause grave harm. A recent study in the peer-reviewed ‘British Medical Journal’ (BMJ) reveals that those who take calcium supplements to strengthen aging bones and ward off osteoporosis are 30 per cent more likely to have a heart attack compared to those who take no calcium at all. This is timely advice for us Goans, when camps to do so-called bone screening are being held and expensive courses of Calcium supplements are being prescribed to many of those who take the test. Osteoporosis is, of course, a major cause of concern in older people. But let us be aware of the fact that Calcium supplements, if at all, only marginally reduce the risk of bone fracture. What is of greater concern is that these pills are mostly being consumed by those who don’t require them; those who have an adequate dietary intake and suffer from no real calcium deficiency at all. That is a major cause for worry. Reportedly the pharma industry is furious with the BMJ findings and alleges that the researchers have ‘cherry-picked’ the results. But here’s a hearty advice to Goans who are calcium pill poppers: Beware! that Fr Saturnino is a senior priest of the Archdiocese. He has ready access to all the ecclesiastical fora and should be making his points of view and criticisms within these structures, instead of in the media.

We want Parrikar Drajano D D’Silva, Mapusa Our ex-Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is not only clever but also very capable. Parrikar has proved to be Goa’s most pro-active and intelligent CM, and the state saw plenty of development under his rule. The present setup is undoing what he and his colleagues did for Goa. He is the only fit person to rule Goa and put things right. Mr Parrikar was talking perfect sense in the Assembly, and gave plenty of chances to his colleagues. I am sure the next elections will sound a death knell for those who took Goans for a ride. We will see Goa once again under the Parrikar’s able leadership.

Who’s smarter? Vishant Shirodkar, Ponda Responding to the no-confidence motion, Speaker Pratapsingh Rane chose to target

the ‘smartness’ and ‘IIT education’ of Manohar Parrikar. He reprimanded him for talking too much and not giving an opportunity to other Opposition MLAs. This was completely out of line. The ‘noconfidence’ motion was against Mr Rane and not Mr Parrikar. It would have helped Mr Rane had stuck to defending his conduct as Speaker. We would like to know how many more years Mr Rane will need to decide the disqualification proceedings pending before him.

Security for Saptah Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco The port town of Vasco is all set to welcome thousands of devotees from all over Goa and neighbouring states for the annual ‘Saptah’ festival on Sunday 15 August. Tight security is vital during ‘Saptah’, because it starts on Independence Day. Last year, watch towers were put up all along the route, but they were always unmanned. This should not happen this year. There should also be closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) and a bomb-disposal squad. Ambulances and the Fire Brigade should stand by in case of an emergency. We cannot

afford to take any more risks after the bomb blast by Sanatan Sanstha members in Margao last year.

Paths of Wisdom

Well done, Oppn Joseph Pereira, Diwar I must congratulate Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar. Along with his dedicated team, he dominated the Assembly session. Parrikar painstakingly did his homework. We need such highly educated personalities who can bring progress and shape this state with a vision for the future. Education is a fundamental necessity for a successful politician. They should not depend on their PAs to write speeches; it should come from the heart. Most of the Ministers were on pins and needles during Question Hour. Well done, Mr Parrikar. If you show your proficiency, Goans will give you their votes.

Communal letter Nelson D’Silva, Canada I am surprised that you should have made Kaleem Rikarty’s communal letter ‘Figment of the Fascist Media’ (Herald, 7 August), the ‘letter of the day’. Is the public to assume that his retort to Sayeesh Naik’s letter ‘Not this kind of change’ (Herald, 4 August) is in keeping with your opinion? Mentions about the ‘Zionist international media’ and ‘Fascist Indian media’ seem to indicate that Mr Rikarty could be one of those elements fomenting trouble for India. Be careful of those that use the media to arouse trouble. When Herald made Sayeesh Naik’s letter the ‘letter of the day’, what did that indicate about our ‘opinion’? Letters reflect the opinions of the letter writer, not of the newspaper. We publish all shades of opinion, as long as they are not repetitive, libellous, abusive, liable to hurt religious sentiments or incite violence. – Editor Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

The drum By IdrIes shah There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every moment of it. He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did. Various people who called themselves Sufis, and other wellwishers, were called in by neighbours and asked to do something about the child. The first so-called Sufi told the boy that he would, if he continued to make so much noise, perforate his eardrums; this reasoning was too advanced for the child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar. The second told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and should be carried out only on special occasions. The third offered the neighbours plugs for their ears; the fourth gave the boy a book; the fifth gave the neighbours books that described a method of controlling anger through biofeedback; the sixth gave the boy meditation exercises to make him placid and explained that all reality was imagination. Like all placebos, each of these remedies worked for a short while, but none worked for very long. Eventually, a real Sufi came along. He looked at the situation, handed the boy a hammer and chisel, and said, “I wonder what is INSIDE the drum?”

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OPinionated Agriculture in Goa needs a boost by Adelmo FerNANdes

Just recently the Konnsachem Fest was celebrated wherein the priest blesses the new paddy crop before cutting a sheaf of corn. But then, it is sad to note that unlike in the past, when paddy cultivation was an occupation which was handed over from one generation to the next, in the present generation one sees very few youngsters following in the footsteps of their parents and tilling the land they own. The present generation prefers to take up white-collared jobs and even go abroad in search of a job. As a result, the area of the land that is being used for agriculture is on the decline. Many farmers have even sold their land as no one in the family is willing to take to farming. As a result Goa, to a large extent, depends on the rice, pulses and even vegetables imported from other states. Traditionally Goans have been growing paddy popularly known as ‘boiled rice’, but since the supply of this rice does not meet the demand, people opt for the fine variety of rice which is not grown in the State as the weather is not conducive for its cultivation. A miniscule of the cultivable land is used for growing vegetables. Hence the State relies heavily on the vegetables that come from neighbouring Belgaum for its daily needs. Goa is also not self-sufficient in the production of milk, hence every morning truck-loads of milk-packets makes its way from Karnataka. It is thus necessary for the Goa Government to give a boost for agriculture and horticulture so that it becomes profitable and thereby attracts our youth towards farming. It is understood that the Government gives subsidy for the rice that is grown locally and sold in the market. But no subsidy is available for the paddy that is grown for the consumption of the farmer’s family. It must be said that a large part of the produce is consumed by the farmer himself and little finds its way to the market. The Government also needs to give an attractive support price for the produce. In case of a crop failure the Government should come to the aid of the traditional farmers and compensate them for the loss incurred. Crop failure has led to farmers committing suicide in other states. It is true that subsidy is available for the purchase of various farming tools. But unfortunately there are few takers for the same. Producing the local variety of salt by the traditional salt-pans is also on the decline in the State. The Government should also give a boost for the salt-production in the State. During the dry seasons, the farmers should be encouraged to grow vegetables in their fields. It must be said that the locally grown vegetables are tastier and more nutritious than that which come from the neighbouring state. The youth should also be encouraged to take up mushroom farming which can turn out to be very profitable. The Government should make it very easier for the farmers to the various perks offered by the Government. Since going through a lot of paper-work and the time delay in getting the necessary subsidies can turn out to be a real dampener. Goa has had a very good rainfall this year. In any other state it would have been considered a God-sent gift for a good harvest. Unfortunately in Goa most of the rainwater goes back to the sea without being utilized. This needs to be changed.

LS to discuss Bhopal Gas tragedy PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

The Lok Sabha will take up a discussion on the Bhopal Gas tragedy tomorrow with members of several opposition parties including Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj giving a notice for it. The BJP earlier had plans to raise discussion on the issue under rule 184 which entails voting in order to censure the government on the worst industrial disaster in the world in the wake of the recent court judgement. A Bhopal court has recently convicted former Union Carbide India chairman Keshub Mahindra and six others and awarded them a maximum of two years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs one lakh each. Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI), Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M), Gopinath Munde (BJP), Nama Nageswar Rao (TDP) and Subhash Wankhede (Shiv Sena) are among others who have sought the debate under rule 193 which will just be a short duration discussion. The issue of safe passage to the former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson by the then government after the mishap in 1984 has come under attack from several political parties.

Oil spill continues for 3rd day BARC asked not A foreign cargo ship, which collided with another vessel about 10 km off Mumbai harbour, tilted further spilling oil for the third day today as Navy and Coast Guard made hectic efforts to contain the leak. "MSC Chitra has tilted 80 degrees and the total oil spill is nearly 50 tonnes, Arun Singh, Commandant (Operations), Coast Guard told PTI. He said so far, 300 containers carrying oil have tumbled into the water. A worried Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said, "This is a serious issue. We have already filed cases against the captains of the two ships which are from abroad. Today, I am going to have an aerial look at the accident site". "We are trying to contain the leak as far as possible," he said. Two Panamanian cargo ships -- MSC Chitra and MV Khalijia-111 -- collided on Saturday off the Mumbai coast causing an oil spill from one of the vessels. Thirty three crew members, including two Pakistanis, were rescued following the incident. The Navy and the Coast Guards carried out anti-pollution operations for the third consecutive day today to check and neutralise the oil spill. Six coastguard vessels and a helicopter with anti-pollution dispersal spray systems were pressed into service yesterday to contain the oil spill. A high-level meeting, to be attended by the officials of the Maharashtra government Environment Department, National Disaster Response Force, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Shipping department, Mumbai Port Trust and other concerned agencies has been convened to assess the situation and steps to be taken to bring it under control, sources said.

Curfew was re-imposed in parts of Srinagar early this morning as a precautionary measure following fresh demonstrations last night after an injured person died in the hospital. One person, who was injured at Shalteang when security forces opened fire on demonstrators pelting stones last week, died in hospital last evening which evoked protests in Shalteang, Malroo and Zainakote on the Srinagar-Uri road. Life remained crippled due to general strike called by 'hardline' separatist alliance Hurriyat Conference (HC), demanding the withdrawal of troops and release of all detainees. All main roads in the city, including busy Maulana Azad road, leading to civil secretariat, seat of the government, Residency road, Airport road and general bus stand road were closed. Strict restrictions were also imposed in Sonwar and Batwara in the cantonment area. As the day progressed, restrictions on the road were eased and some people could be seen on the streets in the

PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Concerned over the oil spill following collision of two cargo ships off Mumbai coast, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today called for a report from the Shipping Ministry on the incident. "The Prime Minister has called for a preliminary report from the Shipping Ministry on the oil spill," PMO sources said. Two Panamanian cargo ships -- MSC Chitra and Merchant Vessel Khalija -- collided off the Mumbai coast causing an oil-spill from one of the vessels. The issue was also raised in the Rajya Sabha where Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said legal action has been initiated against owners of the two vessels. "Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board has already initiated legal action against the owners of the ships," Ramesh said. Fishing associations have been also requested not to carry out any fishing activities till the oil spill is contained, officials said. Officials are yet to locate the leakage. The thick oil slick has been sighted two to three kms around the vessel Chitra. "Traffic has been suspended as the containers are still sighted floating into the channel thus making navigation hazardous," a Coast Guard official said. The Directorate General of Shipping has initiated an investigation into the incident, Directorate General of Shipping's Chief Nautical Advisor M M Savvi told PTI, adding "the Coast Guard and senior officials (Directorate General of Shipping) are now at the site". According to officials, Chitra was carrying about 1,200 containers which had over 266 tonnes of fuel. Deputy police commissioner Khaled Qaiser said that an FIR has been registered against captains and crew members of both the cargo ships under relevant sections of IPC and Environment Protection Act at the Yellow Gate police station. The crew members were booked under

section 280 (Rash navigation of vessel), 336 (endangering life of others) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of IPC and relevant sections of Environment Protection Act, he said. So far nobody has been arrested, the DCP said adding that all the crew members will soon be summoned to the police station for questioning. Additional Coast Guard Pollution Response Equipment has also been mobilised from Goa and assistance is also being taken from ONGC, JNPT and other agencies. The state administration, Pollution Control Board, Maharashtra Maritime Board and the Bombay History Natural Society have been kept on high alert for mobilisation of response resources for shore clean up. MSC Chitra, the outbound merchant vessel from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), collided with MV Khalijia-III, at 0950 hours on Saturday when the latter was sailing towards Mumbai Port Trust (MPT), off Mumbai harbour, for berthing. The Indian captain and 32 crew members of Chitra were evacuated and the ship was grounded in the vicinity of the Prong Reef Lighthouse.

Constable patrolling near Chitra drowns PTI MUMBAI, AUG 9

A constable attached with the marine unit of the city police died this morning after he fell off a speed boat during patrolling near the cargo vessel MSC Chitra, which had collided with another vessel on Saturday. The victim, Ramesh Tukaram More (45) and three other constables were patrolling in a speed boat in the wee hours today around 1.5 nautical miles from the Chitra. "More fell off the boat after he lost control. The other three

Curfew re-imposed in parts of Srinagar UNI SRINAGAR, AUG 9

PM calls for report

PTI MUMBAI, AUG 9

civil lines and uptown. Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, and nearby Maisuma area remained closed. People were seen moving in the Bushah chowk and some medical shops were witnessed open in the area. Similar restrictions were imposed in the uptown and people at Chanapora, Natipora, Rambagh and Nowgam areas were directed to stay indoors. A long queue could be seen outside the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) where people from the civil lines and uptown had come to deposit their telephone bills because of last day for payment. People in the downtown remained confined to their homes due to restrictions since early this morning. Restrictions were also imposed in Baramulla, Anantnag, Shopian, Sopore. However, people could be seen on the roads. Life remained crippled elsewhere in the Valley due to the strike with shop and business establishments remaining closed. Traffic was off the roads and government offices, banks and educational institutions were closed.

Cabinet approves bill to protect whistleblowers PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

A proposed legislation to protect whistleblowers and provide for severe punishment to those exposing the identity of people disclosing information was approved by the Government today. The Public Interest Disclosure and Protection to Persons Making the Disclosure Bill, 2010 provides the Central Vigilance Commission powers of a civil court to hand down harsh penalty to people revealing the identity of whistleblowers, official sources said. The bill was approved at a meeting of the Union Cabinet. The bill, which has provisions to prevent victimisation or disciplinary action against whistleblowers will cover, Central, State and Public Sector Employees. The Bill is expected to encourage disclosure of information in public interest and people who expose corruption in government. The bill has clauses which provide fine and penalties to people, who punish those exposing corruption. The CVC will be the nodal authority to handle complaints against the state, Central government or PSU employees.

constables also could not rescue him as none of them including the victim knew swimming," a police official said. More's body was recovered by life guards later and sent to state run J J hospital, officials said. Two Panamanian cargo ships - MSC Chitra and MV Khalijia 111 - collided on Saturday off the Mumbai coast causing an oil spill from one of the vessels. Several constables attached with the marine police unit of the city police have been patrolling on speed boats in and around the collision spot since Saturday, officials said.

Municipal polls test for Modi after arrest of his aide Shah PTI AHMEDABAD, AUG 9

Forthcoming elections of six municipal corporations in Gujarat will be a test for Chief minister Narendra Modi whose party has been facing crisis of credibility following arrest of his trusted aide Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case by CBI. The six municipal corporations, which consists of major urban areas of the state like Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar are going to polls after October this year. Modi, who has earlier managed to convert such adversities in electoral gains, had after the arrest of Shah said that Congress has accepted defeat in the coming municipal corporations' polls and will have to field CBI officials as candidates for the local bodies poll. "People of Gujarat know that the charges against Amitbhai Shah are fabricated on the behest of Congress which is using CBI as a tool to settle political scores," BJP party general secretary and MP Vijay Rupani said. "This is an attempt by the Congress to win minority vote

Priyanka launches website Salman Khan slams UNI MUMBAI, AUG 9

Bollywood's leading star Priyanka Chopra has launched her official website to provide a one stop destination for all authentic news, photos and views from her. ''From a small-town girl with big dreams to the former Miss World and now, a National Award winner and the most sought after brand ambassador, Priyanka Chopra has carved a niche for herself in Indian cinema. She already made her presence felt in the social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook and has now launched her official website that would not only reflect her personality but also have interactive elements that would connect with her fans. Unveiling the first look of her website, Priyanka said ''This is a very exciting moment for

me. I have worked very closely with the team over the past year in creating my website. I wanted it to reflect who I am as a person and also, very importantly, be interactive, giving me a chance to share and exchange thoughts, ideas and much more with my fans. The content will change on a regular basis and there are many

exclusive videos, photos and the like that will be made available on the website. I am really looking forward to extending my online family.'' Iampriyankachopra.com is unique both in terms of look and content. There are various sections which will not only provide an insight into Priyanka’s life, but will also give the fans a chance to share their thoughts with her in a unique section catering specifically to them. The site has many exclusive, never-seenbefore pictures and videos, which are also available to download. Apart from this, the website has an exclusive pressroom, providing detailed information and photographs, according to a release here. Iampriyankachopra.com has been conceptualised and designed by Vitcom Consulting and Design Stack.

‘Incredible India’

PTI MUMBAI, AUG 9

Salman Khan is angry and this time it has nothing to do with Vivek Oberoi. The Bollywood superstar, famous for being politically incorrect, is irked by the current state of affairs in the country. The 44-year-old star, who plays a corrupt cop in Abhinav Singh Kashyap's upcoming film 'Dabanng' expressed his displeasure on the micro-blogging

website Twitter. "Whts India? Nation whr Pizza rchs home Faster thn Ambulance & Police...Whr u get Car Loan @ 5 percent bt Edu Loan @12 percent(sic!). Whr Rice is Rs 40 bt Sim card is free...Whr ppl worship Goddess Durga bt wnt to kill their girl child," Salman wrote in a post. "Olympic shooter wins gold, govt gives 3crore. Another shooter dies fighting with terrorist, govt pays 1 lakh. Really, Incredible India," he added. However, the actor later clarified that the views expressed are messages he has recived which he forwarded through tweets. "The earlier twts r sms thtve been floating ard. I thot I shud shar it wit u guys!(sic)'," Salman wrote on his page.

bank which will boomerang on it," he said, adding the party is ready for the elections in municipal corporations. The Congress is however of the opinion that the BJP government has been exposed with the arrest of Shah by CBI. "Though local issues stand prominent in the municipal corporation polls, the BJP government, led by Modi, is exposed after the arrests of Shah," Congress leader Arjun Modhvadia said. "Till now this government used to say that it is a clean government and used to brag of its Hindutva credentials. But now it has been exposed that they used to run extortion racket using criminals and they did not hesitate to kill Prajapati in a fake encounter who was a Hindu," Modhvadia added. "Not only the people of Gujarat but BJP party worker are also miffed at the exposure of CBI," he further said. CBI has arrested Shah and charged him with murder, extortion and kidnapping in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter and disappearance of his wife Kausar Bi. Before the high-pitched Gujarat Assembly elections in 2007, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had raised Soharabuddin Sheikh issue by indirectly calling Modi 'maut ka saudagar'.

to use sea water PTI MUMBAI, AUG 9

Fears that ocean currents were spreading oil from the spill off Mumbai coast when two cargo ships collided flared today after tar balls turned up in some coastal areas towards Raigarh, about 100 km from here. Scientists at Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) have found fresh on-shore oil debris--some upto six inches in depth --in coastal regions along south of Mumbai towards Raigarh along with tar balls in some places. A Coast Guard official said oil spill has reached the beaches of Alibag, Marva, Sewree and Elephanta Caves besides Mumbai mangroves. Fishermen have also been warned not to venture into the sea for fishing. The oil spill has also ignited concerns over use of sea water by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). The country's premier atomic establishment has been asked by the Coast Guard not to use sea water for its facilities in wake of the oil spill. BARC uses sea water for its two research reactors--Dhruva and Cirus--for cooling purposes. As questions were raised over the liability of the two Panamian cargo ships for the deadly oil spill, the fallout of the oil slick is beginning on another front too. Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the seas for fishing for fears that marine life could have been affected. A senior scientist at BNHS Dr Deepak Apte told PTI," We have found good quantity of fresh oil upto six inches depth along the beaches in Sasvane, Kihim, Revas and Mandava and Alibag along the Mumbai-Raigarh coast." Tests were being done to confirm whether the globs of concentrated oil discovered came from the oil spill after the collision between the two ships. "We are taking samples for analysis. This may be only a beginning of finding the on-shore oil spill, as we are already on the job to locate it," Apte said. As part of the anti-oil pollution drive along the coastal regions of Maharashtra following a collision between two cargo ships off the Mumbai coast, Indian Coast Guards approached BNHS yesterday to do an oil spill survey and locate on-shore oil spills in the region and how far it has spread. Apte, who is leading the survey by a team of scientists, said fresh tar balls were found in a couple of locations although locals claim that tar balls from oil rigs and refineries are found scattered on beaches during monsoons. More than five batches of scientists from BNHS are on the job along Chowpatty, Gorai and Malad beaches besides backwaters along Sewri and Uran, he said. A senior Coast Guard official told PTI, "We have asked BARC not to use sea water for any of their facilities as it is polluted with oil spill." "Sea water should not be used for cooling as oil spill has reached the beaches of Alibag, Marva, Sewree and Elephanta Caves besides Mumbai mangroves," the official said. Meanwhile, BARC sources said the two research reactors are currently operating and scientists are constantly monitoring the water physically and scientifically before using it for cooling.

Now, MNS to ‘clean up’ Mumbai PTI MUMBAI, AUG 9

After politicians got into Mumbai clean up drive in the backdrop of rising Malaria cases, MNS chief Raj Thackeray also asked his party men to take up the responsibility of cleaning the metropolis. Raj today directed his partymen to clean the city with the help of civic officials and local people. "Wherever you find garbage, clean it to control the diseases," he said. He made it clear that this was not a publicity stunt. "Many (political leaders) have published their photographs cleaning Mumbai but it was a publicity stunt," he added.

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We’re ready to walk the extra mile: Pakistan PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Notwithstanding the lack of progress in July 15 talks, Pakistan has said it is ready to walk the “extra mile” as it wants to “move forward” in building relations with India but insisted that the two countries need to be “mutually accommodative”. Pressing for a "comprehensive and sustained" engagement, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi maintained that Kashmir issue would have to be the part of any discussions and “selective” approach would not be helpful. “It is true that we have not been able to map the future course of engagement. This, however, does not mean that we have reached a cul de sac,” Qureshi told PTI in an email interview. He was responding when asked whether the efforts to bridge the trust gap had received a serious blow during his

July 15 talks with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna. The talks in Islamabad ended on a bitter note of differences over terrorism and Kashmir, which came to the fore at the joint press conference addressed by Qureshi and Krishna. ‘I think there is a mutual desire on both sides, at the highest political level, to engage and talk,” Qureshi said and added that, “we are ready and prepared to go the extra mile” to build relations. “We need to be mutually accommodative. As in India, there is also democracy in Pakistan. We cannot overlook our public opinion, which on some core issues is quite strong,” he said. Disfavouring any “selective” approach, he said, “As you would know, we have been discussing Kashmir. It is nothing new that we brought up.” He was responding when asked whether Pakistan would not like to have any talks with

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India unless Kashmir is on the agenda as it has been terming it as its “core issue”. Pakistan wants to engage with India “in accordance with the Thimphu spirit”, he said referring to the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in the Bhutanese capital on April 29 when they agreed that the two countries should work to reduce trust deficit. “In Pakistan, we would like to see our relations with India

move forward. Let us work together,” Qureshi said. The Pakistan foreign minister was asked whether he agrees with Krishna that he was “satisfied” with the talks and these had helped to "some extent" in bridging the trust deficit. “The Islamabad meeting did provide us a good opportunity to put across our respective positions frankly and honestly. It, therefore, served a useful purpose,” he replied. On the next step after the lack of results in the July 15 talks, Qureshi said, “Positive and constructive approach is the need of the day.” He disfavoured any “idea of placing pre-conditions for a dialogue process” when asked to respond to India's stand that dialogue will have to be a graduated process and issues like Kashmir and Siachen can be discussed only after Pakistan shows “visible” action on punishing perpetrators of Mumbai attacks and ending terrorism that affects

India. “Dialogue is always a graduated process. What we are saying is to embark on a comprehensive and sustained engagement,” he said, adding, “We understand that there are no quick fixes.” He refused to comment when pointed out that there is a feeling that the US is pushing both India and Pakistan to have dialogue. “At the end of the day it will be Pakistan and India themselves who will have to decide how they want their future relations to look like,” Qureshi underlined. “Let me reiterate that dialogue is the only way forward between our two countries. It is important not to detract our attention from the ultimate objective of having normal bilateral relations. It is important, we move forward in a spirit of cooperation and accommodation,” he said.

Peruvians stop protest against natural gas exports Reuters LIMA, AUG 9

Hundreds of Peruvians opposed to natural gas exports called off a weeklong protest on Sunday saying they have agreed to hold talks with the government. Protesters in the region of Convencion, some 460 km south of the capital Lima, torched part of a work camp, cut a fiber optic cable that helps control gas flows, threw rocks at police, and at one point took two workers hostage, the consortium that runs the pipeline said yesterday. The natural gas transported by a pipeline from the Camisea fields in southern Peru to an export facility on the coast never stopped flowing, but the government warned that electricity supplies for a third of the country were at risk. “By unanimity ... following a request from the prime minister we have agreed to temporarily suspend the indefinite strike,” Ricardo Caballero, a legal adviser to the group organizing the

View of a destroyed building in Zhouqu county in northwest China's Gansu province on Monday. Soldiers were searching the rubble of collapsed buildings for some 1,300 missing people on Monday after floods and landslides hit north-western China‘s Gansu province. Premier Wen Jiabao travelled to Gansu‘s Zhouqu county on Sunday to oversee the rescue work in the mainly Tibetan area, where at least 127 people died.

Farrow testifies in war crimes trial ‘Naomi

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Naomi Campbell and Mia Farrow Reuters THE HAGUE, AUG 9

Actress Mia Farrow told a war crimes court todaythat she had heard supermodel Naomi Campbell say she had been given a ''huge diamond'' by Charles Taylor when he was Liberia's president. Campbell appeared at the Special Court for Sierra Leone last week and said she had been given '”dirty looking pebbles'' after a 1997 charity dinner in South Africa, but did not know if they were diamonds from Taylor, who is on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In court today Farrow said she had seen Campbell join a group of guests at breakfast after the dinner, hosted by South African President Nelson Mandela, and that the British model had immediately started relating something that had happened overnight. “She said in the night she had been awakened by men knocking at her door that said they had been sent to her by Charles Taylor, and they had given her a huge diamond,” Farrow told the court, adding that Campbell had been ''quite excited'' about it. Farrow said Campbell had then said she intended to give the diamond to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, adding that “it was a sort of an unforgettable moment”. Prosecutors are seeking to link the diamonds to Taylor to prove allegations, which he denies, that he received diamonds from rebels in Sierra Leone and used them to buy weapons. Conflicting testimony Prosecutors questioned Farrow about the breakfast events in 1997, showing her Campbell's

testimony from last week and a U.S. media interview in which she denied saying the diamonds were from Taylor or denied getting diamonds at all. Farrow said Campbell's versions of events were not consistent with hers. ''Naomi Campbell said they came from Charles Taylor,” she added under questioning. Taylor is charged with 11 counts of instigating murder, rape, mutilation, sexual slavery and conscription of child soldiers during wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in which more than 250,000 people were killed. He denies all the charges. The trial has been running for just over three years, but attracted little international attention until Campbell testified.

protest, told local radio network RPP. Prime Minister Javier Velasquez last week said the government was not going to negotiate with protesters unless they called the demonstrations off. Caballero said talks with Velazquez had been scheduled for today. Peru's first liquefied natural gas export plant opened in June and protesters fear that exports of natural gas will lead to domestic energy shortages in the future. The government says that gas from the wells near the protest site is not being exported and that fuel shipped abroad comes from wells elsewhere in Peru. President Alan Garcia, who

has worked hard to lure foreign investment, says there is no risk of gas shortages. Though economic growth has surged during his time in office, his term has been marred by protests over mining and oil projects. Peru is a leading global metals exporter and has attracted substantial investment in recent years from companies exploring for oil and natural gas. Most gas companies operating in the South American countr y belong to a series of consortia that extract, transport and export the fuel. They include Repsol-YPF, USbased Hunt Oil, Argentina's Pluspetrol, South Korea's SK Energy and Japan's Marubeni.


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2G spectrum allotted as per TRAI norms: Raja PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Telecom Minister A Raja today dismissed allegations of corruption in allotment of 2G spectrum in 2008 saying the government followed the policies of previous NDA regime and the recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. "Since 1999, 2G spectrum was never auctioned...even in the latest report of TRAI it did not recommend auction route to maintain level playing field between two sets of operators -- (pre-2008 and post-2008)," Raja told in Lok Sabha during Question Hour. M Thambidurai (AIADMK) alleged that in view nearly Rs

70,000 crore collection from auction of 3G spectrum, it is clear that the exchequer has lost Rs one lakh crore by giving 2G spectrum at throw away prices in 2008. He also demanded a discussion on the issue. "Allegations and counter allegations are common in public life," Raja shouted back and said spectrum has been allocated as per the rules. He informed the House that 3G spectrum has been auctioned and the process was completed on May 19,2010. The Minister said that as committed earlier, the 3G spectrum would be distributed to all successful bidders on September 1 for launching services on commercial basis.

Two telecom PSUs -- BSNL and MTNL -- were allotted 3G spectrum in advance on condition that they would pay equal to highest bid amount. MTNL has already launched 3G services in both cities of its operations (Delhi and Mumbai) and BSNL is operational in 463 cities, the Minister said. He also said that tariffs are fixed by the operators and as in case of 2G mobile service, tariffs for 3G would also come down as and when the operators start their operations. On the difference between two services (2G and 3G), Raja said 2G is primarily for voice services while 3G would be used for video and data transfer services.

Indian retail giant Lulu expands to Saudi Arabia UNI DUBAI, AUG 9

UAE-based Indian retail giant Lulu rolled out its first Lulu Department Store in Riyadh, taking the number of its total stores to 83 across the West Asia. Indian billionaire Yusuffali M A, Emke Group's Managing Director, who flew to Riyadh for a four-hour visit, inaugurated the store and announced plans to invest Saudi Riyals 1 billion (approx Rs 13 billion) in the Saudi retail sector. Lulu is currently building the biggest shopping mall in Kerala in Ernakulam. Yusuffali said he would hire and train 1,500 Saudi workers within the next few months. Concerning future projects, he said there were

plans to open four hypermarkets in Riyadh in addition to one hypermarket and one supermarket in Jeddah. The Emke Group, he said, had also finalised plans to open three hypermarkets and a department store in the Eastern Province within 12 to 18 months. The Lulu department store was its second venture in Saudi Arabia after opening a world-class hypermarket in Alkhobar, the Arab News said. Lulu hypermarkets have grabbed nearly a third of the entire Gulf ’s retail market share accounting for nearly 350,000 footfalls daily in its stores in the Gulf region, including Saudi Arabia. Yusuffali, the owner of the popular Lulu supermarket chain, has been listed by The Wall

‘Green buildings need of the hour’ UNI BANGALORE, AUG 9

Karnataka Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani today said that there is a need for designing and constructing green buildings for the economical use of electricity as it accounts for 90 per cent of the carbon footprint of single structure. Addressing a national seminar on 'Green Buildings - the Way Forward' here, he said with an estimated ten per cent increase in the built-up area of residential and commercial buildings every year, energy demand was expected to increase mutlifold, posing challenges in power generation for

the country. ''A green building uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building,'' he said. To achieve this one should understand the basics of green constructions and create a base of professionals who are equipped to handle the responsibility, he said. Karnataka Governor H R Bharadwaj, who attended the seminar, asked the real estate people not to play fraud with the nature but build for future to save the environment.

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KOTAK MUTUAL FUND has approved Aug 10, as the record date for declaration under dividend option of Kotak Quarterly Interval Plan Series 6. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be entire appreciation in net asset value of dividend option until Aug. 10, 2010. RELIANCE MUTUAL FUND has approved Aug 13, as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option in Reliance Interval Fund. SBI MUTUAL FUND has approved Aug 13, as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of Magnum Sector Fund Umbrella - Contra Fund. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be Rs 3.50 per unit as on the record date.

Sensex up 143 pts PTI MUMBAI, AUG 9

The BSE benchmark Sensex today jumped by 143 points to close at a fresh 30-month high on strong buying support from FIIs in interest rate-sensitive realty, auto and banking stocks, even as RIL fell for the fourth day to end below the Rs 1,000 level. Amid positive cues from Asian markets, which shrugged off disappointing US jobs data, the 30-share index of the Bombay Stock Exchange opened on a positive note and accelerated in the afternoon session after European bourses opened higher. The Sensex ended the day higher by 143.51, or 0.79 per cent, at 18,287.50, the highest closing level since February 2, 2008. Analysts, however, said some profit-booking in the coming days cannot be ruled out.

BJP concerned over dilution of RBI autonomy PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

BJP today said it is concerned over dilution of RBI's autonomy with the passage of a Bill that seeks to create a joint mechanism for resolution of disputes between different financial regulators. Initiating a discussion on the Securities and Insurance Laws (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2010, Piyush Goyal (BJP) said the proposed joint mechanism "compromises the autonomy of the regulators". Goyal said under the joint mechanism, the RBI Governor too would be called for the meetings for dispute resolution between regulators which has never happened in the past. The RBI chief always had a one-on-one meeting with the Finance Minister. He said the entire case of jurisdiction problems between two regulators could have been managed better and there was no need for an Ordinance earlier and now a Bill. Aban Offshor, 910, 918.9, 902.1, 912.4 Abb Ltd., 803.2, 815.3, 795.15, 800.55 Abg Shipyard, 256.55, 262.7, 254.05, 260 Acc Limited, 827, 845.9, 823.5, 844.6 Adani Enterp, 614.05, 617, 602.9, 608.7 Aditya Birla, 819.9, 819.9, 803.25, 807.1 Allahabad Ba, 201.2, 206.5, 201.2, 205.85 Alstom Proje, 728.05, 754, 728, 749.35 Ambuja Cemen, 114.45, 120.8, 113.8, 119.75 Andhra Bank, 141.75, 144.2, 141.5, 143.85 Ashok Leylan, 71.5, 71.85, 70.8, 71.65 Asian Paints, 2648, 2680, 2613, 2661.7 Axis Bank Li, 1314.3, 1321.8, 1294, 1309.8 Bajaj Hindus, 117.35, 118.3, 116.5, 117.25 Bank Of Baro, 764.5, 773.75, 755.95, 770.35 Bank Of Indi, 434, 439.8, 432, 438.65 Beml Limited, 1009, 1015, 1000.4, 1010.7 Bharat Elect, 1747.9, 1822.5, 1747.9, 1793.7 Bharat Forge, 339.8, 345.5, 335, 344.7 Bharat Petro, 652, 656.85, 645, 647.3 Bharti Airte, 321.95, 329.8, 318.2, 328.4 Bhel, 2500, 2542.95, 2500, 2530.25 Bhushan Stee, 1636, 1669.7, 1636, 1650.55

UNI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Tasuya Natsume, Director Marketing, Honda Siel Cars India with Jnaneswar Sen Sr GM, Marketing. launching the "X" variant of Honda Jazz with enhanced features in New Delhi on Monday.

Orchid gets US FDA approval UNI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd today said it had received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for its ANDA (Abbreviated New Drug Application) Levetiracetam Tablets, 1000 mg. The company is a manufacturer and exporter of active pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical intermediates, formulations and nutraceuticals, it said in a statement.

Premium cars manufacturer Honda Siel Cars India today launched the new variant of Honda Jazz named as 'Jazz X', priced at Rs 7.53 lakh (exshowroom Delhi). The new variant is an addition to the Jazz line-up, which boasts of premium styling, interior comfort, versatile utility and remarkable performance, a company statement said. ''We are delighted to expand the choice of variants for our customers of Jazz with the new Jazz X Grade. The new variant is a result of extensive customer feedback and will offer sporty looks, enhanced interior and exterior styling, and exhilarating driving experience,'' said company Director Marketing Tatsuya Natsume.

Successor will not be anti or pro-Parsi: Tata PTI MUMBAI, AUG 9

Dismissing all suggestions that only a Parsi with a Tata name would succeed him, Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata today said that the new incumbent would neither be a proParsi nor an anti-Parsi but the right person. "The Tata Group is an Indian Group and we should not be looking (at it) as a Parsi group. The successor should be the right person and not anti-Parsi or pro-Parsi," he told shareholders at Tata Chemicals' annual general meeting (AGM) here. The market was rife with speculation that the Tata

Group's successor will be from among the Parsi community. Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, who was born into a Parsi family, formed the Tata Group in the early years of the last century. Tata further said that he stayed off the committee so that it will have the full freedom to take its decision. The committee is mandated to pick the person, who is best equipped to head the group, he added. The USD 70-billion Group has embarked on a global search for a successor to Ratan Tata, who turns 75 in December 2012. The conglomerate has an of-

ficial policy of retirement at 75. "The Tata Group (today) is not the group that Jamsetji Tata formed. Today, its revenues are USD 70-billion and 70 per cent of this comes from outside India. So we are no longer an India-centric group," Tata said. The setting up of a search committee for the Chairman's post-- the first such in the group-- is in line with Ratan Tata's vision of transforming the group from a patriarchal concern to an institutional enterprise. "The committee members are also concerned as you are to make sure that the company will remain in good hands,"

Culinary lures for CWG visitors PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

While catering projects for the upcoming Commonwealth Games still remain a puzzle, restaurants in the national capital are gearing up to attract visitors with a variety of culinary delicacies. Abuzz with the commercial prospects that the Games are expected to bring, various eateries here are preparing to put forward their best menus that offer tourists and sportspersons a glimpse of the country's food. In Paranthewaali Gali, the hub of capital's mouth-watering paranthas, is the face of the quintessential traditional Indian food-parantha,subzi, chutney and pickle - all churned in one splash of a parantha meal. The parantha shop owners here are expecting to receive hordes of customers during the Games. "Usually, once a foreigner comes to our shop, he returns again with a bunch of his friends. Though we are not making any special preparations for the event, we will con-

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The Honda Jazz supports a new blue black interiors and is equipped with Alloy wheels and the audio system comes with a USB port. The car additionally features a Rear Parcel Shelf for added customer convenience & safety of the luggage and Front & Rear mud guards, the statement said. It also includes Fog lamps for enhanced styling and better visibility and driver seat height adjuster for a comfortable and smooth drive, it added. The new Jazz X will now be offered in one new colour- Rallye Red, apart from the existing five colours. Honda Jazz was introduced in the Indian market in June 2009 and the car comes with a 1.2 L i-VTEC engine in 5-speed manual transmission.

Foreigners do not like spicy food. Considering this we serve them only simple paranthas with salt and the vegetables. centrate on quality and hygiene," says Anil Kumar, who owns a shop here. Foreign visitors usually prefer simple parathas so Sharma says he serves the traditional Indian food item without any addition of spices. "Foreigners do not like spicy food. Considering this we serve

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Hdfc Ltd, 3073, 3120, 3060.85, 3115.55 Hero Honda M, 1830, 1875, 1830, 1865.55 Hindalco in, 164.25, 167.5, 163.75, 167.05 Hindustan Co, 140, 143.8, 140, 143.15 Hindustan Ma, 78.1, 80.35, 77, 79.05 Hindustan Pe, 446, 448.9, 442.2, 446.05 Hindustan Un, 255.4, 257.9, 254.15, 256.05 Hindustan Zi, 1094.8, 1120.85, 1092, 1116.55 Housing Dev, 266, 280, 265.9, 278.25 Icici Bank L, 949, 982, 949, 980.1 Idea Cellula, 71.75, 73.1, 70.8, 71.35 Ifci Ltd, 59, 60.3, 58.3, 59.75 India Cement, 106.2, 109.9, 105.55, 109.15 India Infoli, 97.4, 101.8, 97, 101.25 Indiabulls F, 162.5, 169.1, 162.5, 167.8 Indiabulls R, 170, 176.9, 170, 175.7 Indian Bank, 230, 234, 229, 232.5 Indian Hotel, 98.5, 99.3, 97.55, 97.9 Indian Oil C, 364.75, 370.05, 364.75, 366.3 Indian Overs, 126, 130.7, 125, 130 Indus Dev Ba, 119.5, 121.4, 118.55, 121 Indusind Ban, 208.7, 216.75, 206.6, 214.2 Infosys Tech, 2848.5, 2882.9, 2816.25,

them only simple paranthas with salt and the vegetables that they eat are also boiled so that the fat levels are low." The Babu Ram Dev Dayal Paranthewaale shop in the locality which has been in operation for the past 130-years is also gungho about the Commonwealth Games' tourists. The heir of the shop, Neeraj Sharma, however, stresses on serving them with Indian delicacies only. "When it's happening in India, Indian food should be showcased as a speciality. We are going on with our preparations to serve the tourists. Our menu will remain the same. We will serve our speciality- and that is our centuries old paranthas," he says. Not the ones to be left behind, the big-wigs of the food industry are also upbeat about the games. Saurabh Swaroop, Head of Marketing and Product Development, Barista Lavazza says, "We will be dealing with foreign visitors. International travellers will thus be able to relate to us." 2874.65 Infra. dev., 181.5, 184.75, 180.65, 184.25 Ispat Indust, 17.85, 18.2, 17.7, 18.1 Itc Ltd, 159, 160.2, 157.9, 158.95 Ivrcl Infras, 175.5, 176.75, 171.4, 175.35 Jai Corp Lim, 292, 293.4, 241.15, 286.9 Jaiprakash A, 118, 118.75, 117.2, 118.4 Jet Airways, 672, 681.4, 671, 673.1 Jindal Saw L, 206.05, 206.05, 201, 202.65 Jindal Steel, 628, 639.2, 621.6, 637.7 Jsw Steel Li, 1113.1, 1131.8, 1109.45, 1126.45 Kotak Mahind, 812.2, 824, 810.3, 823.25 Lakshmi Mach, 2038, 2068.95, 2038, 2058 Lanco Infrat, 67.75, 68.9, 67.2, 68.3 Larsen & Tou, 1808.7, 1817, 1796.85, 1812.9 Lic Housing, 1185, 1223, 1177.25, 1218 Lupin Limite, 1880.3, 1901.8, 1878, 1896.35 Mahanagar Te, 67.45, 68.1, 66.8, 67.25 Mahindra & M, 657.7, 679.7, 622.65, 649.3 Maruti Suzuk, 1216.7, 1234, 1215.75, 1232.1 Max India Lt, 164.15, 167.5, 162.25, 165.85

An international food retail brand like Barista Lavazza which does not deal specifically with Indian delicacies also plans to serve dishes like Upma, Poha and Biryani. "We have customised our menus in such a way that an Indian touch is added. At the same time, the Barista twist and our cafe format is also maintained," he adds. Domino's Pizza may not be catering to athletes officially but they have already opened an outlet at a metro station and at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. "We are keen to participate in the Commonwealth Games by setting up mini stores for players and for people who would come during the games," CEO, Domino's Pizza India Ltd Ajay Kaul told PTI. All geared up for the games, Sharma invites tourists to give him one chance of serving them. "I would just like to tell them (tourists), come here at least once. There is a reason for our paranthas being famous. You must try them," insists Sharma.

Maytas Infr., 233, 237.95, 230.3, 232.6 Moser-baer (, 65.45, 65.45, 64.2, 64.95 Mrpl, 77.55, 78.55, 77.4, 77.65 Nagarjuna Co, 166.5, 168.1, 164.05, 167.55 Nagarjuna Fe, 30.7, 31.6, 30.45, 31.3 National Alu, 420, 427.6, 418.65, 425.8 Neyveli Lign, 157.35, 158.5, 155.3, 157.3 Ntpc Ltd, 198, 199.9, 197.5, 199.5 Oil And Natu, 1240, 1264.95, 1223.55, 1232.7 Omaxe Limite, 117.5, 123.25, 116.5, 122.25 Oriental Ban, 386.75, 400.75, 386.75, 396.2 Pantaloon Re, 477, 481.5, 472.1, 474.45 Parsvnath De, 130.5, 138.75, 130.5, 137.6 Petronet Lng, 102, 104.9, 100.55, 103.85 Power Fin Co, 319.85, 326.8, 319.85, 325.6 Power Grid C, 100.75, 102.4, 100.6, 102.15 Praj Industr, 77, 78.1, 76.2, 77.85 Punj Lloyd L, 120, 121.2, 118.8, 120.15 Punjab Natio, 1100, 1119, 1095.25, 1111.45 Rajesh Expor, 92.8, 96.05, 92.35, 94.85 Ranbaxy Labs, 449.3, 453.35, 448.1, 449.1 Rashtriya Ch, 85.05, 86.25, 84.75, 85.25 Rel. nat. re, 39.5, 40.15, 39.3, 39.65

Tata told the shareholders. In a lighter vein, Tata said that post-his retirement, he would like to sit in the audience and ask questions at the company's annual general meetings. Ratan Tata has been the chairman of the group for almost 20 years now. Last week, Tata Sons had said its board had formed a selection committee comprising five members, including an external member, "to decide on a suitable successor". The committee would look at candidates both within the organisation and outside. The five-member search panel includes a former Tata Sons vice chairman N A Soonawala and two senior group directors R K Krishnakumar and Cyrus Mistry, and group adviser and lawyer Shirin Bharucha and influential British businessman Lord Bhattacharya.

BOARD MEETINGS Adani Enterprises Limited Asian Hotels (west) Limited Den Networks Limited Educomp Solutions Limited Hindustan Motors Limited Ivrcl Assets & Holdings Ltd Ivrcl Infr & Projects Limited Motherson Sumi Limited Nagarjuna C C Limited Rolta India Limited Tata Motors Limited

Reliance Cap, 783.9, 789.9, 765, 769.95 Reliance Com, 173, 177.75, 172.25, 177.25 Reliance Ene, 999, 1000.01, 950, 1000 Reliance Ind, 915, 916.7, 888, 896.1 Reliance Ind, 1000, 1006, 992, 993.6 Reliance Pow, 158.65, 159.95, 157.2, 158.6 Rolta India, 177, 178, 174.8, 177.35 Satyam Compu, 86.5, 87.3, 86.05, 86.3 Sesa Goa Ltd, 365, 374.9, 364.5, 373.25 Shipping Cor, 170, 172, 168.55, 169.5 Siemens Ltd, 705, 709.35, 698.1, 700.8 Sintex Indus, 369.95, 375.9, 366.35, 374.3 Sobha Develo, 344.65, 373.2, 340.45, 368.75 State Bank O, 2625, 2655.15, 2616, 2650.85 Steel Author, 196.3, 199.1, 195.5, 198.4 Sterlite Ind, 176.8, 180.05, 176.3, 179.55 Sun Pharmace, 1785, 1788, 1762.8, 1767.35 Sun Tv Netwo, 469.6, 473.45, 465, 471.4 Suzlon Energ, 56, 57.1, 55.8, 56.7 Tata Communi, 275, 295.5, 273.35, 293.65 Tata Consult, 861.15, 883.7, 846.1, 879.85 Tata Motors, 898.7, 921.75, 895, 919.4

Tata Power C, 1322.9, 1329.35, 1322, 1326 Tata Steel L, 534, 542, 531.15, 540.1 Tata Teleser, 23.8, 24.15, 23.65, 23.75 Tech Mahindr, 717.35, 726.7, 715.9, 722.35 The Ge Shpg., 307, 314.4, 307, 310.9 The Phoenix, 237.75, 245, 237, 238.65 Thermax Ltd, 766.95, 766.95, 751.1, 761.1 Titan Indust, 2820, 2839.7, 2791, 2818 Torrent Powe, 350.45, 353.1, 346, 347.75 Triveni Engg, 106, 106.9, 104.4, 105.3 Tv18 India L, 76, 78.9, 75.55, 78.25 Uco Bank, 96.9, 98.1, 96.1, 97.8 Ultratech Ce, 879.95, 905, 862.2, 899.5 Union Bank O, 320, 325, 318.1, 323.9 Unitech Ltd, 85, 90.9, 84.9, 90.5 United Phosp, 184.8, 187.7, 183.25, 185.95 Videocon Ind, 228.9, 239.4, 226.15, 238.45 Vijaya Bank, 73.7, 74.55, 73.25, 74.35 Voltas Ltd, 212, 213.45, 210.25, 211.7 Wipro Ltd, 433, 438.5, 428, 436.95 Yes Bank Lim, 298.2, 305.45, 297.5, 304.95 Zee Entertai, 309, 319, 306.9, 316.6


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Rs 1,000 a year pension aid okayed for informal sector PTI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

The government today approved a Rs 1,000 per annum pension assistance to unorganised sector workers to inculcate the habit of savings among this population of over 300 million. Under the 'Swavalamban Scheme', the government would contribute Rs 1,000 per year to every New Pension System account of 40 lakh such workers over four years starting this fiscal. The assistance is subject to the beneficiary contributing any amount between Rs 1,000 to Rs 12,000 per annum, according to an official statement. Initially, 10 lakh workers would be covered each year over the four years ending 2014-15. "A higher level of New Pen-

sion System (NPS) enrollments from the informal sector will ensure old age income security for such subscribers in their post-retirement phase and, therefore, decrease the burden of the government on social security in the future," said the statement issued after the Cabinet meeting here. Under the scheme, the government would provide Rs 1,000 crore over a period of four years to 2013-14. Initially, the government had launched the NPS for central government employees joining service from January 1, 2004, but from May 1 last year it was extended to all citizens. However, it received a lukewarm response and only around 8,000 subscribers joined the scheme in 14 months. The government would also provide about Rs 100 crore to the Pension Fund Regulatory

and Development Authority (PFRDA) for promotional and developmental activities for enrollment and contribution collection under the 'Swavalamban' scheme. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his Budget speech this year had announced to launch the 'Swavalamban' scheme in the current fiscal. A large number of India's 300 million informal sector workers are highly vulnerable to old age poverty because they have traditionally been excluded from formal pension provisions. The old age income security system in the country covers only the organised sector, comprising the public sector (including the civil service) and the establishments covered under the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) or other statutory Funds.

Defence Dept rejects airport at Tawang

Air Arabia continues to rake in profit

PTI ITANAGAR, AUG 9

UNI DUBAI, AUG 9

The Defence Ministry has rejected a proposal to construct an airport at the Buddhist town of Tawang as it is located close to the Sino-India border, the state government said today. "They have rejected the proposal but I have taken up the issue with Defence Minister A K Antony and he has assured me to relook into the demand," Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu told reporters here. At present Tawang, the home district of Khandu, is linked by a daily helicopter service from Guwahati through Bhutan. Meanwhile, the chief minister alleged that even though the clearance for a greenfield airport at Itanagar has been obtained, the civil aviation ministry is delaying construction.

Despite India's Air India losing more than Rs 10 crore a day, a comparatively newcomer Air Arabia, the low-cost airline from Sharjah, has continued to rake in profits. Air Arabia which has several profit-churning routes to Indian destinations reported a profit of 13.6 million dollars in the second quarter of this year. The turnover had improved to 132 million dollars, marking a six per cent increase during the same period last year. The leading airlines in the region, including Emirates and Qatar Airways have been making profits, while the Indian carrier has been slipping steadily in profit and service, and many expatriates have demanded that New Delhi should promote more efficient private airlines in India to withstand the competition in the sector.

Passenger car sales for July up by 37.95 per cent Arunachal pleads UNI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Passenger car sales in the country for the month of July, 2010 increased by 37.95 per cent to 1,58,764 units as compared to 1,15,084 units sold in the corresponding period last year. Motorcycle sales in the country grew by 30.09 per cent to 7,10,621 units during the month from 5,46,233 units sold in the same month last year data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers said here today. Total two-wheeler sales in July increased by 30.41 per cent to 9,38,514 units from 7,19,656 units in July 2009. Sales of commercial vehicles jumped by 36.99 per cent to 51,481 units from 37,580 units registered in the year-ago period, SIAM said. Total sales of vehicles across categories registered a growth of 31.49 per cent to 12,37,461 units in July against 9,41,070 units in the same month of the previous year. During the month of July, country's leading car maker Maruti Suzuki saw its sales crossing the one lakh mark second time in this fiscal at 1,00,857 units, up by 29.18 per cent as compared to 78,074 units sold in the same period last year. It was during the month of May that

Maruti had for the first time crossed the one lakh mark when it reported sales 1,02,175 cars. Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) saw it sales for the month of July increased by 10.69 per cent to 50,411 units as

compared to 45,539 units sold in the corresponding period last year. HMIL's domestic sales for the month grew by 24.22 per cent to 28,811 units as against 23,193 units sold in July, 2009.

While General Motors India saw its sales for the month zoomed up by 44.97 per cent to 7,124 units as compared to 4,914 units sold in the same period last year, Ford India reported a 307 per cent jump in its sales for July with the total sales being 8,739 vehicles, up from 2,146 in July last year mainly on account of huge numbers being generated from its small car 'Figo'. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) witnessed a 36 per cent growth in sales in July 2010, compared to the same period last year. It sold 6,835 units in July 2010 against 5007 units in July last year. The company during the month had launched the diesel version of Corolla Altis. Even Nissan which is trying to get a stronger foothold in the market witnessed its sales jumping to 1005 cars in July with 'Micra', the company's small car which was unveiled on July 14th alone accounting for 928 units. Players like Tata Motors and Mahindra and Mahindra too reported healthy double digit growth for the month. Tata Motors reported an impressive 41 per cent growth in its overall sales for July with the total number of vehicles sold touching 67,799 as against

Michael Lobo -- In a class of his own

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ANIl KAmAT ShANKhwAlKer

e is still in his thirties but his achievements are marvelous. Though he started his career as a dishwasher in a small restaurant, he climbed the ladder of success by sheer hard work and determination. Today he owns Restaurants and Hotels, Construction Company and allied business. His achievements in short span of his life have left everyone wondering in admiration. This young entrepreneur came to limelight when he decided to contest the Zilla Parishad election concluded recently form Saligao constituency. He won this election by a substantial margin. Thirty two years old Michael Lobo from Parra in Bardez taluka has set out to leave his prints on the sands of time. Michael Lobo had a very humble upbringing. “We lived in our own house at Parra. When I was schooling, my father got cancer and so he had to give up his job. Hence after passing SSC examinations in the year 1991, I started working with ‘Eurasia Restaurant and Bar’ at Panjim as dishwasher. I worked at the restaurant in the morning from 8.30 am to 11 am and 6 pm to 12 pm; and attended the classes of 11th standard at DMC College, Mapusa in the afternoon till 5.30 pm. I passed higher secondary examination of Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in the year 1993. In the mealtime I was promoted to the post of ‘Waiter’ in the same Restaurant,” said Lobo Though Lobo took admission in commerce faculty after passing 12th examination, he could not appear for the examination due to heavy work load at the Restaurant. While working in the restaurant, he got the opportunity to accompany the Foreign Tourists to North Goa for sightseeing. He observed that the foreign tourists liked the Terracotta Handicrafts. Till 1994, he worked as a ‘Waiter’ and in the year 1995 he decided to start his own business of Terracotta handicrafts. “I spent nearly three year with the Restaurant and that was very interesting and educative experience,” says Lobo. Lobo started buying terracotta handicrafts at wholesale rate and sold the same to hotels located on Siquerim-CalanguteBaga coastal belt. Since he didn’t have a vehicle of his own he used to travel by bus carrying the handicrafts. When he realized that this business has a good potential, he decided to manufacture these handicrafts and launched his first venture ‘Earth Effects – Pottery Studio’ at his residence at Parra. When the business grew, he shifted his workshop at Usgaon in 1998. Later he ventured into interiors and hotel business. He used to take up painting assignments, supply of furniture, lamp shades of cloths for the hotel Industry.

While he was busy in the manufacturing and supplying of terracotta handicrafts and Interiors business, he was entrusted with the task of building a house at Parra by his friend who was working abroad. Lobo built the house by hiring masons, labourers and construction material and accomplished the task assigned to him by his friend. He earned the experience of building the house which propelled him to venture in construction business. “Experience is the most powerful thing owned by any human being, even stronger than financial power,” he said. This experience provided him knowledge and assisted him in achieving his goals, he said. You can do things the right way or the wrong way; Lobo is pretty adept at doing things the right way. He is putting his experience to good use. “I enjoy the business aspect too, because it is very challenging. It is highly competitive,” says Lobo. In 1998, when he was just 21, he entered into construction business and floated a company called ‘One Stop’. He started taking up small building contracts initially. His big project was the construction of Nazari Resorts of 140 units at Baga, in 2007. In 2002, Lobo started a restaurant at Anjuna called ‘Café Looda’ in a rented premise which he later purchased in 2006. It is said nothing succeeds like success. Later he purchased a plot of land in Calangute and built a ‘Resort Terra Paraisio’ of 40 rooms... Thereafter in partnership with Francis Viegas form Verla-Canca and Nazarious Lobo from Parra he started ‘Nazri Resorts’ at Baga. Lobo says that “Hotel Industry is the Backbone of Goan Economy. Whatever related to tourism will not die. There is tremendous scope for more entrants in the tourism business. However, the Goa government has not done enough to boost tourism. What is required is good infrastructure. There are no changing rooms,

toilet facilities or the proper lighting arrangement on the beaches. The garbage is not collected regularly. Tourism Department should work in association with panchayats to manage the beaches. Tourism will flourish only if beaches are maintained clean and all the aforesaid facilities are provided to tourists.” Foreign tourists opine that Goa is a beautiful but mismanaged State. Government should also promote hinterland tourism. Like in like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, tourism should be for 365 days, says Lobo. In 2006, Lobo joined Bharati Janata Party. “While schooling, I was doing a lot of social activities. I started helping needy people in whatever way I could. And when I ventured into business, Parra was still backward, without much development. I therefore decided to contest the Zillah Parishad election to change the face of my village. Initially, I was supporting Congress. But later on, I noticed that lot of developments in Goa took place when BJP came to power. Hence, I decided to join the BJP. I am of the opinion that the people should stand by that party which has the interest of the State and common man as its priority,” he said. BJP is not a communal party as being portrayed by the Congress and other parties. The boardroom does not excite me any longer but meeting the people is intoxicating, said Lobo. Michael Lobo is a man who knows his mind and follows his heart. His wife Delilah is a panch of Parra Panchayat. He is blessed with two children Daniel and Malika. Well traveled, clear thinking and articulate, change and movement spur him on. Whether at the construction site supervising the work or discussing about menu with the chef of at his hotel or suggesting new handicraft to his craftsmen, the buzz for him lies in the journey not the destination.

48,054 vehicles sold in the corresponding month last year, while that of Mahindra witnessed a 24.31 per cent increase in sales at 28,049 units as compared to 22,563 units sold in the same month last year. In the two wheeler space, market leader Hero Honda reported a third consecutive four lakh plus sales in a month, it reported an increase of 16.59 per cent in sales at 4,27,686 units for the month of July as compared to 3,66,808 units sold in the corresponding period last year. Going further into the year, the company has also planned a series of new launches leading up to the festive season. Its competitor Bajaj Auto reported a 65 per cent increase in its sales at 3,18,415 for July up from 1,92,835 reported during the corresponding month last year. Country's third biggest two wheeler maker TVS saw a 35 per cent increase in its July sales at 1,53,106 units up from 1,20,944 reported in the corresponding month last year. Players such as Yamaha and Suzuki Motorcycle and Scooter India Ltd too joined the band wagon with Yamaha reporting more than 30 per cent increase in sales at 29,728 units while that of Suzuki stood at 18,512 units, an increase of 47.63 per cent.

‘MPSEB will not be dissolved’ PTI BHOPAL, AUG 9

The Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) Engineers Union has claimed that the state Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla has given it an assurance that the MPSEB would not be dissolved. In a press release, the Union General Secretary Aneesh Singhai said that during a meeting with the Minister here yesterday, Shukla gave the assurance that the board would continue in its present form. The union also urged the Minister to unify all the three power distribution companies of the state. The Minister asked the union to make sincere efforts towards capacity building measures for the MPSEB and work towards its betterment. The union informed the Minister that against a revenue recovery target of Rs 760 crore for July, Rs 774 crore were achieved. Despite this, the employees of the board were not getting salary on time, the union alleged. Shukla directed the con-

Toyota inks MoU with IndusInd for car finance UNI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Car manufacturer Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd (TKM) today said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with private sector lender IndusInd Bank (IBL) to provide finance to its prospective customers. As per the agreement, IBL will be one of the preferred financiers for the entire range of vehicles sold by the company, it said in a statement. Both IBL and Toyota dealers will promote various finance options to customers, it added. ''In line with its growth, Toyota will continue with its aggressive expansion plan in India by adding to its existing network of dealerships across the country and tying up with banks to make car loans more accessible to our customers,'' said TKM General Manager (Sales) Sailesh Shetty.

cerned officers to look into the matter and ensure timely payments.

for Rs 2,900 cr UNI ITANAGAR, AUG 9

Arunachal Pradesh has pleaded Centre for a package worth Rs 2,900 crore for infrastructure development in 22 unconnected circle headquarters of the state. ''We have already submitted our proposal to the Centre for road connectivity to these circle headquarters, besides pleading for an amount of Rs 1,300 crore for transpower grid and Rs 352 crore for developing all the porter tracks in border areas,'' Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu said here today. When his attention was drawn to the pathetic road condition of the Capital Complex, the chief minister disclosed that an amount of Rs 43 crore had been sanctioned for repair and maintenance of the capital roads and work on it would be started by the end of this monsoon. On issuing ST status to the Yobins (bonded labourers), Khandu informed that the matter was already taken up by the Cabinet and a committee was constituted which would submit it report to the state government for onward action. ''We have sanctioned an amount of Rs 3 crore to each

circle headquarters under special plan assistance (SPA) for construction of residential quarters, teachers and administrative officers, besides sanctioning Rs 10,000, 20,000, 35,000 and 50,000 to each circle officer (CO), extra assistant commissioner (EAC), BDO or additional deputy commissioner (ADC) and deputy commissioners (DC) respectively for celebrating Independence Day, Republic Day and Statehood Day,'' he disclosed. Moreover, he said Rs 20,000, 40,000, 1 lakh and 2 lakh have been sanctioned to all COs, EACs, ADCs and DCs for developing games and sports in their respective areas. The chief minister said 200 teachers under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) would be recruited through Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) without quota basis to cater to the need of subject teachers, besides the state government would bring a medical bill in next budget session to streamline the health department. ''The state government is initiating certian measures to preserve Yaks and sheeps and soon efforts will be made in preserving mithuns (state animal), the royal pride of the state,'' he added.


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Says percussionist William D’Sousa, who is one among the many musicians to perform live at the launch of entertainment directory website www.goabackstage.com on August 17. Vastly alternative, a musical nontraditionalist and experimenter, this eccentric musician gets chatting with Herald

40 Years of Dedication towards ‘Idol’ Cause

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BY ANIL SHANKHWALKER ith the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi soon approaching, artisans in the village of Ekoshi in Bardez taluka are busy making Ganesh idols. Traditionally, idols are made with natural ingredients like mud, clay and vegetable-based dyes. But commercialisation has led to bigger and brighter idols made out of plaster of Paris and toxic chemical dyes flooding the market over recent years. However, increased environmental consciousness and a ban on the sale of plaster of Paris idols have led to eco-friendly idols being back in demand in Goa. The Shirodkar family of Veloti–Ekoshi has been making Ganesh idols from clay since the last 40 years and their creations can measure up to 6 feet in height. Another unique feature is that rather that taking their works to the market for sale, people go to their house to buy them. While a common trend seen today is of the youth avoiding familial occupations either for the want of higher paying jobs or even due to fear of ridicule from their peers, the younger members of the Shirodkar family proudly joined their elders after returning from colleges and offices to make the idols. Amrut Narayan Shet Shirodkar stated that he inherited the occupation from his forefathers. The make around 250 Ganesh idols every year and cater to the residents of Salvador do Mundo, Ekoshi, Pompuraba, Aldona and Chorao. His cousin brother Hanumant

In a time when family occupations have taken a backseat to uniform, highpaying jobs, the Shirodkar family teach by example that pride in one’s family trade is the best way to earn a living

Sakharam Shet Shirodkar and his family members also assist him in making Ganesh idols. They start preparing the Ganesh idols in the first week of July and the painting and finishing touches are given a fortnight before the Ganesh Chaturthi. During the last fifteen days all the family members work day and night to complete the job. They buy clay required for making the idols from Tivim. The cost of clay increases every year by Rs200 to Rs300. The cost of paints has also gone up substantially. Though the price depends upon the size of the idols, they sell the idols to their regular customers at reduced rates. The idols which cost around Rs600 in the Mapusa and Panjim are being sold by them to their old customers at just Rs300. Another commendable fact is that rather than hiring outside labourers or artists for making the idols, all members of the family, including the women, assist the elders in making the idols. This is one of the main reasons why they can sell the idols at lower rates to their customers, informed Shirodkar. He further added that, unfortunately, they do not get enough support from the government. The government is paying them a subsidy of Rs100 per idol on 150 idols only. However they do not get this payment soon. They received the subsidy payment in the month of February 2010 for the Ganesh idols they had made for last year’s festival. Since the cost of raw material and labour has gone up, the government should pay them at least Rs200 per idol, voiced Shirodkar.

BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES he din of spoons against steel and Aluminium utensils is just one among the many generic sounds that can be heard from a kitchen. Juxtaposing a bunch of otherwise one-purpose utensils to create music is far from generic and exactly what percussionist William D’Sousa partakes in. “I call it high-pots-in-use, melodically and rhythmically,” quips William. Here he has brought in a mathematical term – hypotenuse and inserted it into music, because maths is another one of his many passions and, just because he could! High-pots-in-use is William’s self-created zone. One where creativity is unconfined and the rules are made by him. The first one being, “there are no textbooks, the second, no practice,” he says firmly, adding, “and most importantly, the presence of a broad, intelligent mind. Everything in connection with this type of music is free-flowing and should take place on the spot,” he stresses. Like life! Other than his experimental temper and an affinity with the unconventional, this musician’s impetus is any object that resonates. A musical toy bat - from which he can produce the sound of a ‘kanjira’, nimbly using his fingers - , his drumsticks and his ‘tabla’ are his only musical acWilliam, producing the sound of a companiments while on tour. ‘tabla’/‘ghatam’ using a thick, glass bottle “The rest is all provided by the people. If I can take whatever combination of objects pre- High-Pots-In-Use: Making music from metal and glass sented to me, produce music and get my message across, my job is complete,” he avows. How music festivals and in schools and colleges across Bangalore and Goa. Here he right he is! After all the objects he uses are just metal, metal moulded to serve has received positive feedback and plenty of awe at the innovativeness and various purposes, just like the metal moulded to form a number of different in- simplicity of it all. A more recent concert will see him travel to Mangalore and struments. If one can re-invent its purpose with the intentions of making sweet get back just in time to perform for underprivileged children at the Hertiage sound, they should go ahead. Jazz Mansion, Campal, Panjim, later this month. Later this year, he will perform A post-graduate in Carnatic percussion in ‘mridangum’ from the Karantaka to a bigger crowd at a festival of utensils and food in Germany and another College of Percussion, Bangalore and thorough experience with percussion in- event organised by Prestige. In his tiny kitchen, William gives a vibrant performance which sees him alstruments both Western and Indian, to add, plenty of live shows obviously implies he has been soaked in a variety of musical genres. Closely attached to ternate between drumsticks and spoons. They hit every side of the steel, Aluthe genres of his very musical upbringing and deeply respectful to the discipline minium and glass containers and other ‘kitchen instruments’ to produce a they have instilled in him, he believes that if musicians desire to step out of the sound that is as spontaneous as the wind and loosely resemble an actual intraditional musical box, they should go ahead. A testimony to musical tradition, strument. He makes one thing crystal clear, “This in no way replaces a musical he maintains that by its very nature it has helped amplify the richness of his instrument. They are a set it themselves.” “Overlapping and similar to emotion, music changes everyday. Musicians current, unconventional sound. The tradition, however beautiful, should not confine or stop the musician is his point. If a new musical path is to be created have to get with this change. Think ahead of their time. This is definitely a fulet it be so, this quirky, self-professed personality opines. On these lines, he set turistic sound,” he says. “It is in an embryonic form but thirty years from now I can envision it being completely familiar to our children,” he adds with a out creating his. The history behind the idea goes back many years, during his musical study sense of complete confidence. With the internet being an option to spread a musical novelty, like most in the city of Bangalore. He reminisces, “While having a meal in the city restaurant, I couldn’t help but overhear the mash of metallic sounds coming from the musicians, William took his talent online and has quite the fan following. His kitchen.” While the rest busily chomped at their food, William was frozen in musical method found plenty of ears on there. Stepping out of the circle of musical convention and into the world of vast, musical thought. “I felt a wave of music pass by me and all from a kitchen! I knew there was something more. I knew I had to check this out,” he exclaims. endless inventiveness this creative performer has coupled a traditional sound Those few frozen seconds saw the birth of this unconventional musical phe- with his implication of music to produce melodies that are completely outnomenon. And check it out he did, to the amazement of the restaurants cooks of-this-world yet, manage to ring a bell. and the rest of its customers. “My first show had quite the crowd,” he laughs. The very core of his art is as natural and spontaneous as its birth, that one That hasn’t changed. His unique talent has seen him play live at international day in that one restaurant in Bangalore.

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Kapoor’s is going to be huge and equipped with a 160-seater theatre and swimming pool. Offices and edit suites will also be there. Commenting on the huge size of the proposed structure, Ranbir said, “By the time it comes up, which will be at least a couple of years, I hope to be a married man.” Further talking about his marriage plans he said, “I want to have a family, I want to have children, and I don’t want to be a bachelor. I want to have a child by the time I am 32. I want to be 50 when he or she is 20. I aspire to have a life like that. I’m not looking for love but I would love for it to happen.” He is presently shooting for his upcoming rom a n t i c l o v e - s t o r y, ‘Anjaana-Anjaani’ with Priyanka Chopra. The movie will finish its shooting soon and will be released sometime this year.

along with Valentino’s partner Giancarlo Giammetti and the designer’s muse, Brazilian socialite Charlene Shorto de Ganay. With the yacht docked in the Port of Ibiza, the 45-year-old joined Giammetti and Shorto for an afternoon stroll, accompanied by his dog. They then met up with Nayar, who had been on dry land earlier in the day and returned to the lavish vessel together.


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? The 40th All Goa Coconut Breaking Contest, organised by the Young Stars of Durgrem, Agassaim will take place on August 10 at 3.30pm at Dugrem Ground, Agassaim. The annual I-Day road races, organised by the Directorate of Sports and the Goa Atheletic Association will take place on August 15 from the Old Secretariat to Miramar and back. The 2nd Football Tournament, organised by Shinning Ribandar, Ribandar will be held on August 22 at the Ribandar Football Ground, Ribandar. Registration closes on August 16 at 5pm. Call 9763379074 or 9881774745. Applications for various music examinations are open at the Bal Bhavan, Campal Goa. Registration closes on August 16. Call 2226823. Rangayatra 2010, a theatre training project, organised by Hauns Theatre Training Centre, Ponda in collaboration with the Directorate of Art and Culture will conduct acting workshops from August 10 to 21 and August 12 to 14 in Bicholim and Ponda, respectively. A one day trek from Panjim to Karvati Waterfalls, organised by the YHAI, Panjim Unit will take place on August 15. Registration closes on August 11. Call 9422445673, 9767701245 or 9822125868. A trek to the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, Mollem, organised by the UWA will take place on August 22. Call 9423886358 or 9420178820. All Goa YMCA (Charcoal and Pencil) drawing competition, organised by the YMCA will be held on August 14 from 9:30am to 11am at the YMCA International Goa Hall, Campal, Panjim. E-mail ymcagoa@gmail.com. Call 2227112 or 9423170317. ‘Save the Girl Child’ will be the theme for the state level inter-college street play competition organised by the Di-

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HERALD FEATURES he Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) in collaboration with Directorate of Education and Ravindra Bhavan, Margao is organising the second edition of the Spirit of Freedom Film festival from the August 11 to 13, 2010 to evoke a sense of patriotism among the young generation. Internationally acclaimed and award winning films like ‘Border’, ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’, ‘Haqeeqat’ and ‘Sardar’ will be screened at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao and Maquinez Palace, Panjim. The inaugural ceremony will be attended by Chief Minister Digamber Kamat at Ravindra Bhavan on August 11 at 11am, followed by the screening of the award winning film ‘Haqeeqat’ directed by Chetan Anand. As a special initiative, special shows will be screened for school children in the morning at Ravindra Bhavan. On August 12, ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’ directed Rajkumar Santoshi will be screened at Ravindra Bhavan at 8:30am. ‘Haqeeqat’ will be screened on the same day at 11:30am. In Maquinez Palace, Panjim, ‘Sardar’ and ‘Border’ will be screened on August 12, at 10am and 2:30pm respectively. ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’ and Haqeeqat will be screened on August 13, at 10am and 2:30pm respectively. At Ravindra Bhavan on August 13, ‘Sardar’ will be screened at 8:30am and ‘Border’ will be screened at 11:30am. In an attempt to capture the views of the youngsters in a capsule of time, ESG had recently organised a slogan contest titled ‘Spirit of Freedom’ and an essay contest titled ‘India of my Dreams’. ESG had also organised a quiz competition about the freedom struggle and a poem/song recitation on patriotism for school students. Schools competing for the prize were Our Lady of the Rosary High School, Vasantrao Dempo Higher Secondary School of Arts and Science, Our Lady of the Rosary Higher Secondary School and Chandrabhaga Tukoba Naik Higher Secondary. The students were given the freedom of expressing their views in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and English. The winners will be awarded a certificate and a cash prize.

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Workshop delves into Unique Facet of Tiatr - ‘Kantaram’

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HERALD FEATURES workshop on ‘kantaram’ was organised by Kala Academy Goa in collaboration with Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) on August 8, 2010 at the Black Box, Kala Academy, Panjim. The reason behind this workshop was that ‘kantaram’, which can be of different types such as solos, duets, trios, quartets are an important part of tiatrs, however, in recent times, it has been observed that a variety of ‘kantaram’ which are unique to tiatr, are not maintained by present day tiatrists. Tomazinho Cardozo, president of TAG explained in detail the various types of ‘kantaram’, bringing out their exact nature. He also stated that ‘kantaram’ which are sung together with different voices and which can be termed as choral songs also form the part of a tiatr. During the interaction, various participants asked for clarification and also gave valuable suggestions. Dr Pandurang Phaldessai, Member Secretary of Kala Academy in his address stated that such type of workshops are very valuable because it helps in better understanding of tiatr, its song and music and also helps in the development of tiatr, its song and music. He further stated that the concept of duets, trios, quartets and choral songs as discussed in the workshop will be made applicable in the forthcoming Tiatr Festival and Konkani Kantaram Festival to be organised by Kala Academy shortly. He appealed to all the participants to implement the new changes effectively and make Goan ‘kantar’ more popular and interesting.

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rectorate of Health as part of the implementation of the Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique Act on September 21 and 22 at the Maquinez Palace, Panjim. Registration closes on September 10. Visit nearest primary, community or urban health centre. Applications for the National Balshree Honour selections are invited for Goan children in the age group of 9 to 16 years by the Bal Bhavan, Campal, Panjim. Nomination forms are available at the Bal Bhavan on all working days from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Registration closes on August 10. Call 2226823. A 12-day black and white photography workshop, organised by Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) will be held shortly. E-mail info@goa-cap.com. Call 9822087276. A free cardio tennis demo and workshop, by professional from Kinesis, Bangalore will be held on August 10 and 11 from 7pm onwards at Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias, Miramar, Panjim. Call 8806477216 or 98812690721. A cultural programme will be held on August 14 at 5pm at Senior Citizens Recreation Center, Pedda, Margao. Registration closes on August 13. Call 2700886. ‘Cries and Whispers’ will be screened on August 12 at 5:30pm at Gallery Gitanjali, Fontainhes, Panjim as part of Temenos: The Film Study Circle. Email gallerygitanjali@gmail.com. Call 9823572035 or 9423316395. ‘Renoir’ will be screened on August 11 at 6:30pm at Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. A free hair and make-up workshop, organized by VLCC, Goa will be held on August 11 in Margao and August 13 in Panjim. Call 2726806-807 or 2421429-430.

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SPORTS GOA, Tuesday, 10 August, 2010

PY Nuvem clinch Muriel Faleiro Trophy HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, AUG 9

Parish Youth, Nuvem crushed Betalbatim Sporting Club 4-0 to annex the 16th Muriel Faleiro memorial rolling trophy in the finals of all-Goa football tournament organised by Parrish Youth, Nuvem at church ground, Nuvem on Sunday. There was no score at half time. The teams began on a rousing note which kept the large Sunday crowd on their toes. Initially, Betalbatim looked more dangerous having more scoring options. Nuvem Parish Youth, on the other hand, hardly showed any urgency and were unable to struck a rhythm. Parish Youth, who were a subdued lot in the first half exhibited a much better performance after the break. They enjoyed the lion share of the exchanges and it took them just 15 minutes to open the floodgates when Jose Colaco beat the rival goalkeeper after he received a through pass from Nelson Colaco. The Nuvem boys stepped up pressure and doubled the lead when Daniel Colaco scored off a solo effort. Nuvem’s third goal came

when Nelson Colaco took advantage of a rival defender’s lapse and punished the rival goalkeeper with a snap shot. Parish Youth drove the last nail into Betalbatim’s coffin when striker Alphon Noronha punted the ball to the far corner of the net. Parish Youth Nuvem bagged Rs 25,000 while Betalbatim Sporting Club received Rs 15,000. Following prizes were also awarded. First scorer of final Joe Colaco of Parish Youth, Nuvem. Best player Desmond Fernandes of Betalbatim Sporting Club. Best goalkeeper Flyod Colaco of Parish Youth, Nuvem. Best player of the tournament Remy Colaco of Parish Youth, Nuvem. Best defender of final Cristovam Colaco of Parish Youth, Nuvem. Best player of final Denzil Rogtao of Betalbatim. Upcoming player Newton Noronha of Nuvem Sporting Club. Earlier, Goa United Academy beat Rosary College, Navelim 10 in the eves match. Promising athlete Arantaxa Mascarenhas and Fr Alvaro Martins, Nuvem parish priest were felicitated by chief guest, Vic-

Parish Youth of Nuvem players receiving the Muriel Faleiro Trophy from Victoria Fernandes, MLA in the presence of Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira, Fr Alvaro Martins, Cyril Andrade at Nuvem on Sunday.

toria Fernandes, MLA. Victoria gave away the prizes in the presence of Power Minister, Aleixo Sequeira. Fr Alvaro

Martins presided. Sarpanch of Nuvem, Milagrina Mascarenhas was the special invitee. Earlier, Cyril Andrade, presi-

dent of Parish Youth, Nuvem welcomed and later proposed the vote of thanks. In all, 16 teams participated.

State sub-jr basketball teams for Nationals HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, AUG 9

Goa will participate in 37th Sub-junior National Basketball Championship (boys and girls) to be held in Kangra, HP from September 24-30, according to Goa Basketball Association. Girls – Conceicao Fernandes, Franzila M Rodrigues, Rose Rhea Rebelo, Jesida Fernandes (Fatima

Convent, Margao), Rochele Fernandes (Rosary HS Mira Mar), Danielle Ferrao, Junette Rodrigues (St Mary’s HS Chinchinim), Prunella Cardoso, Sherlaine Fernandes, Josipa Dias, Kinski Fernandes, Andrea Lopes (Presentation Convent HS, Margao). Boys – Levin Monteiro, Jonathan Fernandes, David Pinto, Niel Fernandes (Don

Bosco HS Panjim), Shaun Araujo, Raj Nunes, Agastha Keni (Sharada Mandir HS Mira Mar), Renner Gracias, Mark M Luis, Lester Gomendes, Savio Pereira (Loyola HS Margao), Joston Cardoso (St Britto’s HS, Mapusa). The coaching campo will start on September 1 at Loyola HS Margao (3.30 to 5.30 p.m.).

Anjuna-Caisua VP trounce Assagao HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, AUG 9

Anjuna-Caisua Village Panchayat trounced Assagao Village panchayat 4-0 in the PYKKA U-16 football tournament organised by SAG at

GTBCA trials

PANJIM (HSD) – The Goa Tennis Ball Cricket Association will conduct the 2nd stage selection trials to select probables for Goa State teams for 21st Senior Nationals on August 16 at 2.30 pm at Kashi Mutt cricket ground, near G.V.M HSS, Farmagudi, Ponda. Registered players may report to Nilesh Naik or Haresh Parsekar with kit.

Siolim Church ground on Monday. Anjuna boys were too good for the Assagao team and scored with ease. Sahil Shirodkar opened the account in the 7th

minute and Sadguru made it 2-0 ij the 47th. Two minutes later, Rohan Govekar scored the third goal and Sagduru scored his brace and rounded off the tally in the 49th.

GOA DIARY St Joseph Festival soccer

PANJIM (HSD) – Dramapur Sports Club will organise their 34th St Joseph festival soccer tournament from September 5 to October 10. Teams may contact Devanand on 9921687951 or Piedade on 9822182952 upto August 15.

Coconut breaking at Calangute

PANJIM (HSD) – The first all-Goa Menezes rolling trophy coconut breaking contest organised by Calangute United will be held on August 15 at Calangute Association ground from 2.30 p.m. Rs 10,000 (winners) and Rs 5,000 (runners-up) will be awarded. Spot entries will be accepted.

Football tourney at Ribandar

PANJIM (HSD) – The 2nd football tournament organised by Shining Ribandar will be held from August 22 at Ribandar ground. Details may be obtained from Sagar Naik on 9763379074 or Edward Rodrigues on 9881774745. Entries close on August 16 at 5 p.m.

I-Day races in Panjim

PANJIM (HSD) – The Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs will organise their annual I-day races in collaboration with Goa Athletic Association from Old Secretariat, Panjim to Mira Mar and back. The races will be held for below-19 and above-16 boys and girls, below-12 and above-14 boys and girls and men and women. Schools may submit entries with date of birth signed by the head of the school latest by August 13 upto 5 p.m.

3-a-side tie-breaker at St Cruz

PANJIM (HSD) – The Youth of Cabesa (Zigma 11) Sports, Social and Cultural Association will organise their 4th all-Goa 3-a-side tie-breaker on August 15 at Cabesa, Santa Cruz from 11 a.m. Rs 8000 (winners), Rs 5000 (runners-up) will be awarded. Details may be obtained on 9423057595 or 9850768167. Spot entries will be accepted.

Third Division kick-off today HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, AUG 9

The GFA Third Division kicks off on Tuesday, August 10. In all 112 clubs will be contesting in four zones. In Salcete there are 48 teams, Bardez has 34, Ilhas has 18 and Mormugao has 12 teams. Matches will be played at seven grounds in Salcete - Paroda, Dando-Benaulim, Curtorim, Camurlim, Verna, Cuncolim and Sinquetim-Navelim. Bardez zone will utilize Quitula, Chapora, Tivim, Anjuna, Nerul and Siolim grounds. Ilhas ties will take place at Taleigao, Santa Cruz and Ponda ground. The Mormugao fixtures will be played at Tilak Maidan and Cansaulim ground. The first match between Carmona SC and Dando Boys Club will be played at Dando ground, Benaulim tomorrow.

40th coconut breaking contest, Dugrem, Agasaim, 3 p.m.

Volleyball match: Haushi Santa Cruz v. Curca Boys, Dugrem, court, Agasaim, 5.30 p.m. 3rd Division soccer: Carmona SC v. Dando Boys Club, DandoBenaulim ground, 4 p.m.


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Nalbandian claims Washington title

AGENCIES WASHINGTON, AUG 9

Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian made the most of his first tournament since April by turning aside eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 7-6 to win the $1.2 million Washington Classic on Sunday. The Argentine captured the first five points of the tie-breaker before winning 7-4 to claim his 11th career title and first in the United States. "I felt I played good all week," said Nalbandian, a wild card entry who missed much of 2009

following hip surgery and several months this year with a hamstring injury. "I'd been practising well but I didn't expect to win my first tournament back," he added. While Baghdatis landed only 41 percent of his first serves, including 39 in the second set, it was his failure to win the big points that cost him the match as the 25th-ranked Cypriot converted only two of his 11 breakpoint opportunities. "I knew that I would have chances on his serve," Baghdatis said after reaching his first final

Australia bag 11th Champions hockey crown AGENCIES GERMANY, AUG 9

Australia trounced England 4-0 and claimed a third successive Champions Trophy, 11th in all, in a rain-delayed match in Moenchengladbach (Germany), on Sunday. England, who had never finished better than fifth, were runners-up while the Netherlands placed third after beating Germany 4-1. Spain beat New Zealand 3-1 to finish fifth. It was Australia fifth perfect campaign after Pakistan in 1978 and 1980, Netherlands in 2000 and Germany in 2001. Luke Doerner opened the scoring for the Aussies, converting his side's first penalty-corner. A minute later Desmond Abbott finished off a pass from Glenn Turner and Jason Wilson made it 3-0 in the 14th minute with a stiff shot. England had three penaltycorners at the end of the first half, but Ashley Jackson and Simon Mantell failed to make

the most of them. A cloud burst at the half-time break caused a 60-minute delay. Play slowed down in the second half because of the heavy pitch, but Jamie Dwyer increased the tally for the Aussies in the 49th minute to dash whatever hopes the English may have had of staging a fightback. The 4-0 scoreline equalled the highest score in a Champions Trophy final, achieved by Germany and Australia. Australia coach Ric Charlesworth was delighted with his team's perfect record of six wins from six matches. "If you had told me before the tournament we would have these results I would have been very happy. You don't expect it will happen," Charlesworth said. "We came here with the most inexperienced team in the tournament and this has deepened the belief of a number of players that they can play at this level."

in the United States. "I had my chances to win the second set but I didn't take them," he added. Nalbandian broke Baghdatis in the first game of the match at love and dominated the opening set on a sultry day in Washington. Cheered on by a boisterous flag-waving Argentine contingent in the crowd, he also broke Baghdatis in the seventh game before closing out the set in 32 minutes. "I felt in the second set I had to mix it up a bit and maybe go for a bit more," the 25-year-old Baghdatis said. "I did it pretty good. If I was serving a bit better today, if I could have won more easy points, I could have won," he added. Nalbandian, a 2002 Wimbledon finalist ranked 117 entering the tournament, will move up to around 45 when the new rankings come out later this week. The victory was the third straight for an Argentine at the Washington Classic as Nalbandian's win follows two straight titles by compatriot Juan Martin Del Potro. Nalbandian had two victories in Argentina's victory over Russia in the Davis Cup last month but admitted he would not have bet on himself to win his first tournament back. "It's been about a year and a half fighting with the surgery, with the recovery," said the 28year-old Argentine, who was ranked number three in 2006. "We are so happy and this victory made me feel very good again," he added.

Devvarman out of top 100, Sania now at 153rd place UNI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

After staying in the top 100 for a week, Somdev Devvarman found himself back in familiar environs as he lost 15 places and slipped to 111th place as per the latest ATP rankings issued today. In the women's rankings, Sania Mirza's lost 15 places and was placed at 153 spot. Devvarman failed to qualify for the main draw of the Washington event and that caused him a loss of 55 points which led to his exit from the top 100 club. The Indian had entered the top 100 for the first time in his career last week following the second round appearance at the Los Angeles ATP event. Meanwhile, in the ATP doubles rankings, Leander Paes (6) kept his position intact but Mahesh Bhupathi slid to eighth from seventh. Rohan Bopanna gained one spot to career best 33 following his stunning win against Bryan brothers along with Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi at Legg Mason Classic.

Wozniacki wins on home soil AGENCIES COPENHAGEN, AUG 9

Caroline Wozniacki eased to victory in the final of the e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open in Copenhagen. The 20-year-old Dane had given her compatriots plenty of scares on her run to the final, having been taken to three sets in her last three matches, but had no such trouble in beating seventh seed Klara Zakopalova 6-2 7-6 (7/5). The world number three was forced to dig deep in the second set, recovering from 2-4 down to force the tie-break which she took only after her opponent had recovered from 6-1 down to 6-5. Wozniacki nevertheless held her nerve to finally close out the match to secure her second WTA title of the season and eighth of her career.

Kuznetsova wins Carlsbad title AGENCIES CARLSBAD, AUG 9

Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame a bout of mid-match nerves to grind down Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 and clinch the San Diego Open on Sunday. The Russian Kuznetsova blew four match points in the second set tiebreak to gift Radwanska the set but roared back to life in the third to take her first title in 10 months. "I just shook," said Kuznetsova, playing in her first final of the year. "The trophy was very important to me. I was very embarrassed and I just got it back together and dictated," she added. Kuznetsova double faulted on two of her four match points during a second set tiebreak where she squandered leads of 4-0 and 6-3 to allow Radwanska back into the match. The two-time Grand Slam champion said she had a fit dur-

Pak doesn’t need a batting coach: Akram AGENCIES KARACHI, AUG 9

‘By introducing a coach, the technique of our batsmen will not change overnight', says cricket legend and expert Wasim Akram. I had recently written that in spite of beating Australia at Headingley in July, the series against England will be a stiff test for the young Pakistan team. My worst fears have come true as Pakistan struggled throughout the second Test at Birmingham. It amuses me when I read reports that the Pakistan Cricket Board is looking for a batting coach. Obviously, Pakistan’s poor show in England has ‘inspired’ the PCB to mull over an ‘exclusive’ batting coach. But I wonder how a coach will radically change the technique needed to negotiate a moving ball in English conditions? Even if the PCB appoints a batting coach, the question is who should be the right man? I have read reports where Inzy (Inzamam-ul-Haq) wants to be the coach. Inzy has been one of Pakistan’s best batsmen and his experience can surely come in handy, but when Pakistan already has someone like Ejaz Ahmed in the coaching staff, why look beyond? First of all, I don’t think a batting coach will do any good. And Pakistan’s current fielding coach Ejaz is absolutely capable of teaching the lads a few things

about batting as well. During his heydays, Ejaz was a good batsman and he can come in handy. What the boys need is mental toughness and the current team management, including Waqar, can surely pass on a few tips. The likes of Stuart Broad and James Anderson can be dangerous customers in English conditions as one of Pakistan’s most talented youngster Umar Akmal is finding out. Umar had no clue against a swinging ball. By shuffling too much across, he is becoming far too vulnerable. This has been the case with many others. Under the circumstances, the PCB is also a confused lot. The decision to recall Mohammad Yousuf reflects the state of mind of the national selectors. While ‘retirement’ has become a bit of joke in Pakistan, one can’t deny the necessity of experience in the team. I will assume Yousuf ’s inclusion (he had quit the game recently) is well intended and he should add muscle to the batting whenever he gets to play next. Talking of experience, Sachin (Tendulkar), Laxman and Dravid continue to give the Indian batting line-up the ‘monstrous’ look that it has. The best thing about them is that they have gelled well with the youngsters. The team’s performance if uppermost in their minds and the way Laxman batted in the third Test at P. Sara Oval was really commendable. The Indian team looked like a unit.

ing a break between the second and third sets that she said helped her to get her nerves calmed down. "My knees were shaking and I couldn't push on my serve and now I know why people double fault on match points," Kuznetsova said. "It was very hard to close and I choked for first time in my life," she added. After falling behind 2-1 to start the third set, Kuznetsova grabbed control of the match from just inside the baseline with a series of winners before clinching the title with a backhand down the line. The victory provides a timely return to form for Kuznetsova ahead of the US Open, and will propel her to 14th when new rankings are released on Monday. "To play that bad at end of the second set and then to let her come back and see me choke, I had to be twice as

strong in the third set and I was," said Kuznetsova. "It's pretty funny now that I won the match, but if I lost I

Inzy ruined Pak team, alleges Sohail

HI cannot represent India, Govt tells FIH

AGENCIES KARACHI, AUG 9

Pakistan's former Test captain, Aamir Sohail feels the country's most capped player Inzamamul Haq is responsible for the dearth of quality batsmen in the national team. Sohail said by the time Inzamam retired he had disturbed the national team and left it facing numerous problems. "When Imran Khan retired, he left behind a pack of quality bowlers, when Javed Miandad retired he left behind a legacy of good batsmen but when Inzamam retired he left behind nothing," Sohail told 'Geo super channel'. Sohail said during Inzamam's tenure as captain, no batsman was allowed to settle down or groomed to take over when the big guns retired. "Good players like Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Faisal Iqbal, Taufiq Umar or Hasan Reza who had done well in the chances given to them were never allowed to settle down in the team and establish themselves," he explained. "The result is that today we don't have a ready line of batsmen to replace seniors. That is why I blame Inzamam for the current crisis in the team," Sohail said.

UNI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

The Sports Ministry today reacted sharply to the FIH's refusal to recognise the IHF, asserting that since Hockey India have declared themselves as a private body, they do not have the right to represent the country on the international stage. The ministry also informed the International Hockey Federation (FIH) that the KPS Gillled Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) is now the sole National Sports Federation (NSF) for the game in India. Earlier, the FIH had rejected the government's appeal to grant recognition to the IHF and had thrown its weight behind Hockey India, which has flouted the Sports Ministry's guidelines by electing 83-yearold Vidya Stokes as its president. ''Please note that the authority for any association to represent India in any international association comes within the ambit of the Union Government as per the Constitution of India. Hence, it is the responsibility of the Sports Ministry to grant recognition to NSFs in the country. It is in this context that we

might be thinking: 'should I finish playing tennis?' I doubt it will happen again," she added.

had advised you not to deal with HI under the impression that it is the recognised NSF for hockey in India,'' the Sports Ministry wrote in a letter to the FIH. ''The Registrar of societies of Delhi has been duly advised to withdraw permission from the society for the use of the name 'Hockey India' which conveys the impression of government recognition or patronage. Since HI stands de-recognised, it has to change its name and revise its Memorandum of Association to fit with its private character. ''HI has lost its national character and therefore cannot be allowed to select or field the national team any more. We once again request the FIH to allow the IOA or the SAI to field the Indian team in international competitions pending IHF becoming fully compliant and gaining the recognition of FIH,'' the letter added. The ministry also stated that the IHF in the process of merging the men's and women's associations in accordance with FIH guidelines after which they will approach the world body for recognition.

CWG OC sacks Darbari from panel AGENCIES NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Acting on the persistent plea of the Sports Ministry, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee on Monday terminated the services of its tainted Joint Director General T S Darbari in the wake of the corruption scandal that has rocked the event. Darbari, who had been suspended pending an inquiry after his name cropped up in alleged corruption during the Queen's Baton Relay's launch in London, has been told to hand over charge to Additional Director General VK Saxena.

"The Ministry had written several letters to OC asking for his ouster because of the cases in Enforcement Directorate and the last such communication was made on August 6. The Ministry was not happy that he was merely suspended," a source informed. The OC has finally acted on the instructions and given the marching orders to Darbari, who appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in a probe over his alleged customs violations.

"According to an order from the OC, pending an inquiry by the ED into the case of alleged involvement of Darbari, who is the Joint Director General (PSUs, sponsorship and marketing), in the payment of an unreasonable amount to a British firm at the time of the QBR ceremony in London, his services are hereby terminated with immediate effect," the source said. "He will hand over all documents, papers and equipment to VK Saxena Addi-

tional DG (PSUs, Marketing and sponsorship)," he added. According to OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Darbari oversaw the QBR preparations in London, which became the focal point of a corruption storm following revelations that a little-known UK-based firm A M Films was paid lakhs of pounds for its "services" during the event. Later, an e-mail from the Indian High Commission which Kalmadi made public to justify payments to AM Films also turned out to be doctored, forcing OC to launch a probe into the entire episode.

Sutil confident of ending F1 season on a high PTI MUMBAI, AUG 9

Force India driver Adrian Sutil is confident of picking up points in the remaining seven races of the Formula 1 season and finish 2010 on a high. "I feel very comfortable. They (remaining races) should suit our car (Mercedes). If you remember last year, there was a podium finish there (Italian GP at Monza) and a pole position," said the 27-year-old German here last evening before leaving for Switzerland after a short holiday in Goa. Last year at Monza, Sutil, who came to India last Wednesday, was second in the qualifying and finished fourth in the race. The regulations that caused changes in the

tyres of F1 cars this season would be a disadvantage, felt Sutil, who is 10th overall with 35 points, but said he was confident of doing very well in four out of the last seven races this year. "Last year we had an incredible car there, it was a big advantage. This year, it's a little bit more consistent tyres. We don't have that advantage any more. Still we should be able to score a lot of points in the coming races. We have very a good chance in Spa (Belgium on August 29) and Monza (Italy on September 12)," he said. "Then we go to Singapore which is a bit more difficult course. Korea...nobody knows. Japan and Brazil should suit us well (before the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi). Four of seven...I'm absolutely confident," said Sutil.

Sutil, who was in Goa on a short holiday, said he was satisfied with his performance this season. "I'm satisfied and very happy with my performance. It was my goal to score a lot of consistent points and that's what happened this year really. I lost a little bit (momentum) in the last two races. A bad weekend in Germany. (But) I'm not concerned we are losing. On the whole I'm very happy," said Sutil. "At the beginning, we had some failures in the car in Australia (Melbourne in March). I could not finish the race (because of) hydraulic problems. The first race (Bahrain GP in March) had a little incident in the first corner. In the third race in Malaysia, I got my first points and from thereon it went

Bayern refuse to release Ribery REUTERS PARIS, AUG 9

Bayern Munich will not release France forward Franck Ribery for a disciplinary hearing by the French Football Federation to probe his alleged role in the team’s World Cup revolt, the German champions said on Monday. Ribery is one of five France players summoned by the FFF. The hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17, three days before the start of the new Bundesliga season. “Under FIFA rules, clubs are forced to release their players

only for set dates on the international calendar,” Bayern said in a statement posted on their website (www.fcbayern.de). “It is not the case here and for that reason, FC Bayern Munich will not make Franck Ribery available for that hearing,” the statement added. Ribery was a prominent member of the France team who boycotted a training session in South Africa in support of striker Nicolas Anelka, who was banished from the squad for insulting coach Raymond Domenech. Anelka, Patrice Evra, Eric

Abidal and Jeremy Toulalan have also been summoned. Meanwhile, French defender Patrice Evra, facing sanctions for leading a player revolt at the World Cup, does not understand why he should be punished and wants to wear his country's colours again. Evra was captain of the team that boycotted a training session in South Africa in support of striker Nicolas Anelka, who was banished from the squad for insulting coach Raymond Domenech.

Jaisha pockets steeple gold AGENCIES PATIALA, AUG 9

India's OP Jaisha set a new national record with an effort of 10:03.05 in steeple chase, to win the gold medal on the final day of the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala. On a hot and humid evening, Jaisha outshined national record holder Sudha Singh, who came a distant second in 10:14.68.

really well," said Sutil. "The only races that did not go well were the last two races (Germany and Hungary). In Hungary (Budapest on August 1) there was this most uncommon incident that can happen in the pit lane, crashed into another car. Sometimes these things happen," he pointed out. While generally satisfied with his vehicle, Sutil also pointed out its shortcomings and needed the body shape to be improved in order to remain competitive. "Generally satisfied, yes. (But) We have to get it upgraded now, we are losing to the competitors, a little bit in the diffuser area. We had not got this new diffuser. (But) It looks good overall," he declared.

He described the race in his home country on July 25 as his worst so far and added the team members had a subsequent meeting to thrash out how not to commit some mistakes again. "I think it was Germany. We just were not fast enough, gear problem in the morning on Saturday. I got extra pit penalties for changing the gearbox. There was big mess in the back. "I don't have to explain everything. People have seen, what happened in the race with the tyres. We were disappointed. Out of these situations, we learn the best. We had lot of meetings after this to try and make sure we don't make these mistakes again," he said. For next season, Sutil feels his best option is to remain with liquor baron Vijay Mallya's

FIH rankings: India languishes at 9th spot UNI NEW DELHI, AUG 9

India failed to improve on their lowly ninth place in the latest men's world rankings issued by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The eight-time Olympic champions are on 1280 points, and are a spot below arch-rivals Pakistan (1410). They sit a berth above 10th placed Canada (1221). The Australians, who

claimed the Champions Trophy yesterday, strengthened their position at the top with a lead of 250 points over European giants Germany (2370), the FIH said in a statement. England (2047), the runnersup in the Champions Trophy, have made the biggest jump in the rankings chart by moving to the fourth position behind third-spot holders Netherlands (2213).

Force India but did not rule out a change too when asked about reports that he may join Renault in 2011. "Too early to say, nobody knows what Renault is going to do. People are speculating. We have not seen any official statement. I don't think about it so much. You don't only want to take the result from this year. You have to look to the future with the team. We (Force India) are very similar to Renault. Renault is one two places in front of us. At the moment, I don't see any reason to change my team. To find a better team than Force India is difficult at the moment. You have to go to the absolute top teams. Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bulls...all those teams have no place," he said.


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lIndia take on equally-depleted Kiwis in tri-series opener today PTI DAMBULLA, AUG 9

Ross Taylor, MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara pose with the trophy ahead of the tri-series, in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on Monday.

Tri-series preparation for World Cup: Taylor PTI DAMBULLA, AUG 9

New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor today said the tri-series in Sri Lanka would earn Black Caps some valuable experience of playing in sub-continent conditions before the 2011 World Cup. India, Sri L anka and Bangladesh will co-host the next edition of the World Cup. "Definitely, ideal preparation. Obviously, coming from New Zealand, the pitches are going to play differently but the conditions that we have here and in India and in Bangladesh will be similar to what we are going to experience in the World Cup," Taylor said at a joint press conference on the eve of tournament-opener against India. "So this experience is going to be valuable for the team and for the youngsters leading in to the selection for the World Cup," he added. Taylor, asked to lead the side in absence of Daniel Vettori, feels the series will also be a good chance for the players to prove their worth in sub-conti-

nent conditions and impress the selectors. "I think it's good, it gives some other players an opportunity and some youngsters the chance to play in the sub-continent as well. If we can have a squad of 20-odd to pick from and push each other, I think it will augur well for the upcoming months and for the World Cup," he said.

Having played a few practice games, Taylor said his team is in a good shape for the series. "Every time you play cricket, you obviously play to win. We have come here to win, we won

warm-up games and probably have got an edge over them in playing the competition.” "We know it's going to be tough but we are looking forward to challenge. Hopefully, we can put some performances on the board and obviously start with a win," he said. Talking about the players, Taylor specifically mentioned about Andy McKay and Kane Williamson, who he said will make his debut tomorrow. "All exciting players. Andy McKay is our fastest bowler in the squad and after losing Shane Bond through retirement, he is going to become a big part of our side and our make-up.” " B J Wa t l i n g a n d K a n e Williamson are two young and exciting players. I think they have been playing and developing over the last couple of weeks and the games have been exciting.” "Kane has been a player that has been earmarked to play for New Zealand for a long time. He's only just turned 20, he's exciting raw talent and he is a pretty level-headed guy."

Strauss, Trott steer England to 9-wkt victory over Pak AGENCIES LONDON, AUG 9

Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott steered England to a ninewicket victory against Pakistan after lunch on the fourth day of the second Test on Monday to go 2-0 up in the four-match series. England, set 118 to win at Edgbaston, cruised to their target as Strauss, dropped three times, and Trott both finished on 53 not out after the early dismissal of the out-of-form Alastair Cook. Pakistan must now win the final two Tests at The Oval (starting Aug. 18) and Lord's to draw the series. Strauss added 111 for the second wicket with Trott as they weathered Pakistan's early onslaught that claimed Cook's wicket. Trott was untroubled and grew in confidence the longer he remained but Strauss was dropped twice (on 10 and 38)

by debutant wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider from off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, and then again on 43 by mid-off Mohammad Asif off Shoaib Malik. The pitch showed signs of low bounce from the faster bowlers Mohammed Amir and Asif, while there was slow turn for off-spinner Ajmal, but generally the sunshine that later disappeared allowed for reasonable batting conditions. Pakistan achieved the early breakthrough they desired when Pakistan 1st innings: 72-10 (39.3). England 1st innings: 251-10 (83.1). Pakistan 2nd innings: 296-10 (117.5). England 2nd innings: A Strauss not out 53, A Cook b Aamer 4, J Trott not out 53. Extras: 8. Total: 118-1 (36.3). Fall of wickets: A Cook 7-1- 2.4. Bowling: M Aamer 11-1-31-1, M Asif 6-0-20-0, S Ajmal 14.3-1-42, S Malik 5-0-20-0.

Amir bowled Cook with the fourth ball of his second over and his first delivery to the lefthander. Cook went neither forward nor back and his stumps were flattened by a ball that skidded through his non-existent defence to give Pakistan early optimism. Cook has not reached 30 in his last seven Test innings. His form is giving England a problem as he is the captain inwaiting after leading the side in Bangladesh this year when Strauss was rested. His place may be vulnerable prior to the Ashes that starts in November, especially with Ian Bell to return from injury. Pa k i s t a n , 2 9 1 f o r n i n e overnight, added five runs to their total and faced 11 balls after the start of play. Stuart Broad had last man Asif caught by Kevin Pietersen at gully. Offspinner Graeme Swann finished with career best figures of six for 65.

FIH makes changes in hockey rules AGENCIES MADRID, AUG 9

The International Hockey Federation's (FIH) Executive Board has made some changes to the rules of the game, which will be implemented from next year. Among the changes, made after recommendations of the Rules Board, is the total deletion of Rule 9.15 - players must not force an opponent into offending unintentionally – said the FIH in its latest news letter. "Playing the ball clearly and intentionally into any part of an opponent's body may be penalised as an attempt to manufacture an offence. Forcing an opponent to obstruct (often emphasised by running into an opponent or by waving the stick) must also be penalised," was the interpretation of the deleted rule. The mandatory experimental rule introduced in 2009 about location of a free hit (Rule 13.1 and 13.1d with some alterations) have become Full Rules. In Rule 13.1d - a free hit awarded inside the circle to the defence is taken anywhere inside the circle or up to 15 metres from the back-line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line - the option of taking the free hit "anywhere inside the circle" has been deleted.

Need to play against top teams: Bayliss PTI DAMBULLA, AUG 9

They are bracing up for yet another cricketing battle against India but Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss today said his players need to play against other top sides also for exposure. India and Sri Lanka have just played a Test series and before that they had played against each other in a tri-series in Zimbabwe and also in Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. "It's been good playing India because obviously, India are one of the best teams in the world and it's good to test ourselves against a team with that talent. But it will also be nice to play some of the other good teams around the world maybe a little

bit more often.” "In the three years that I have been here, we have only played South Africa in one one-day game. To play the England and the Australia a little more will be a good experience for the guys," Bayliss said ahead of the tri-series opener. The coach asserted his players have no problem in getting into one-day mode quickly after the drawn Test series. "It's something that all the players are used to for a number of years now. They don't find moving from one format to the other all that difficult, they know how to switch on and switch off. I don't think they will have too many problems at all on that count," he said.

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said they will utilise the tri-series to complete their World Cup squad. "We have identified the core group. We have got a few spots left for the players to come in. So they get a good run in this tournament, hopefully. Everyone else will get a chance to consolidate and get good match experience," he said at a joint press conference. New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch also said that it will be an opportunity to test a few players in the absence of senior players. "There is an opportunity for some others to be involved. Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori have just had their

Isaac is ICC vice-president

AGENCIES DUBAI, AUG 9

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday confirmed the nomination of Alan Isaac as the vice-president from 2010-

12. Isaac was the nomination of Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket after John Howard's nomination was rejected by a few other members. ICC President Sharad Pawar said Isaac's nomination was unanimously approved by the members. "I am delighted to announce that Alan Isaac's nomination for the role of ICC vice-president was unanimously endorsed by the ICC Executive Board and the full ICC Council, by circular resolution, has also approved the recommendation of the Board. I am looking forward to working with Alan as we now set out to continue improving the ICC's

image and reputation.” "I know that Alan is a highlyrespected cricket administrator having contributed significantly to New Zealand Cricket as well as the ICC," Pawar said. Haroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive, added: "Alan is determined to build context and content in the Future Tours Programme for international cricket while maintaining the primacy of the ICC global events.” "I am looking forward to working with him and I know that together with Sharad Pawar they will look to enhance the international game as well as the unity that exists within the game." Isaac is an ICC director who

Royals rubbish deal cancellation reports AGENCIES MUMBAI, AUG 9

Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott run between the wickets, both steered England to a nine-wicket victory.

India will be without many key players in the tri-series due to injuries but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says it’s a blessing in disguise as it presents them with an opportunity to test bench strength ahead of the 2011 World Cup. Missing from the Indian lineup are Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and the latest to join them is Ishant Sharma, who will miss the tournament opener against New Zealand on the morrow. "You can call it a blessing in disguise that we have lost quite a few players in the last few series because of injuries which gives us a chance to look at quite a few newcomers or our bench strength.” "We are just hoping that we will play with our best 15 members when it comes to the World Cup but till then, we are getting some time to have a look at our bench strength," Dhoni said at a joint press conference. Dhoni said the team management is careful about the injuries, keeping in mind the World Cup and does every bit to ensure that the players do

not aggravate their problems. are quite tired. "Whatever series we are play"As far as the gap in between ing, we are expected to win the matches is concerned, that them and do well. So it gets is mainly because of the reserve very difficult to give players day. With the reserve day, I can't some rest. But at the same time, really complain, that's the schedwhat we have done is if we find ule. We will take some time off, that some player maybe a couple INDIA is having some Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & o f d a y s c o m kind of a niggle wk), Virender Sehwag, Virat p l e t e l y a w a y or problem from cricket, Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit which can really Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra a n d t h e n g e t convert into a Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, R Ash- back into the major injur y, win, Praveen Kumar, groove." then we give Ishant Sharma, Abhimanyu Dhoni said them some rest. Mithun, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan players should Ojha, Saurabh Tiwary. Like Harbhajan not hesitate to and Gautam take a break NEW ZEALAND here. when they feel "We are just Ross Taylor (capt), Kyle Mills that playing contrying to balance (vice-capt), Grant Elliott, Martin tinuously may it out in a way Guptill, Gareth Hopkins (wk), injure them. that we don't Nathan McCullum, Andy McKay, "When I get a Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Peter have injuries Ingram, Tim Southee, Scott feeling that if I right in front of Styris, Daryl Tuffey, BJ Watling, go and play this the World Cup," series, I may get Kane Williamson. he said. injured, I try to The India cap- MATCH STARTS AT 2.30 PM take some time tain admitted off, which I did that his players are a tired lot when India came to Sri Lanka after the drawn three-Test series last time I didn't play the Test against Sri Lanka. series. "Most of the games, we "It's very important to see exfielded for 120-130 overs. We actly how your body is feeling. might have won the last Test You have to assess which is the but at the end of the day, you better option and more often than

Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals on Monday rubbished as "baseless and highly speculative" media reports that the BCCI was preparing to cancel its IPL deal with the Jaipur outift. "The recent media reports about BCCI proposing to cancel Rajasthan Royals franchise agreement are entirely baseless and

highly speculative. There is no such move or information from the BCCI which would suggest anything to this effect," a statement from Rajasthan Royals said. "These rumors have been clearly perpetrated by people with vested interests and are deliberately aimed at maligning the reputation of the Royals and causing them harm. We are shocked at such reporting, which unnecessarily undermines

the Royals and is extremely damaging," the statement said. "We register our strong objection against such speculative and defamatory reporting," it added. The franchise, winners of the inaugural IPL season in 2008, is under the scanner of the government authorities for having committed alleged financial irregularities.

I’m looking forward to IPL 4: Warne AGENCIES NEW DELHI, AUG 9

Australian spin wizard Shane Warne on Monday expressed his willingness to play in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League next year. The Rajasthan Royals skipper, who lead his team to a title win in the inaugural edition two years ago, had a three-year contract with his twenty20 franchise which expired after the last edition. Although a fresh auction will be held in September for IPL-IV, the Australian legend is not in favour of

IPL franchisees retaining any player for the next season. Warne, who is currently in England, said he is looking forward to play the slambang cricket in India for one more year. "It's great here in England love coming over for the so called summer!!! Hahah Ps yes will play 1 more year im looking forward to IPL 4!," he wrote on his twitter page. Warne has been uncertain about featuring in the IPL and had earlier describes his chance of playing in next year's event as fifty-fifty.

succeeded Sir John Anderson as the chairman of New Zealand Cricket in 2008. A lefthanded batsman from Wellington, who also captained Wellington's second team for three years, Isaac is an eminent businessman and corporate governance practitioner who retired as Chairman of KPMG in New Zealand in 2006 after 35 years association with the company. "It is a great honour and privilege to be confirmed as the ICC vice-president. I am looking forward to serving our great sport at international level and protecting the primacy of international cricket," he said.

not, taking rest is a better option than getting injured," he said. Dhoni said he sees no problem in leading a young side which is low on experience as compared to the Test team. "Among the older or senior guys, all of a sudden I find myself being one of them along with Viru, Yuvraj and Ashish Nehra. I don't think it's much difficult, you just have to channelise the efforts more compared to the Test side where you have a lot of experienced players.” "It's always good to have fresh legs in the side who can field really well, give more than 100 percent whenever needed. It will be exciting, hopefully it will be good too." Dhoni also defended playing too much cricket against Sri Lanka, saying there is hardly any controversy when the two countries play. "For the last few years, if you see, we have been playing each other quite consistently which means we know each other quite well when it comes to ones strengths and weaknesses. It's always good to play against Sri Lanka because most of the time, it is controversyfree," he said.

second children, it is an opportunity for them to spend some time with their families. "They will come back fresh and strong, it has turned out to be a positive thing for them and for the youngsters as well. I hope it is ideal preparation. Gives us a great opportunity and exposure. Some guys have played here before and some haven't," Greatbatch said.

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