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It’s a ploy to divert attention, says MLA HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 17

The Crime Branch has chargesheeted Benaulim legislator Mickky Pacheco in the casino assault case, but the former tourism minister has said he would come out clean and expressed his full faith in the judiciary. The Crime Branch filed the chargesheet in the court of the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao charging the member of the legislative assembly for wrongful restraint, assault and issuing threats to staff of the casino at Majorda Beach Resort. The incident had occurred in May 2009, but came to light in June after a complaint was lodged with the Colva police station. The government later transferred the case to the Crime Branch for a thorough investi-

gation into the episode. Meanwhile, commenting on the chargesheet, the former minister, demanding to know why the government had to wait for so long to file the

‘I am chief whip and NCP leader’ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 17

State Nationalist Congress Party’s Benaulim legislator Mickky Pacheco on Monday indicated he may not meet Goa legislative assembly Speaker Pratapsing Rane on January 24, even as he claimed it was not the speaker’s, but his party’s, prerogative for him to be the chief whip and legislature party leader. (Continued on page 8)

chargesheet if they had anything with them to indict him in the case, said “This only goes to show that the government has filed the chargesheet to divert the attention of the people from the drugs issue involving policemen and the Home Department”, he said. “I am clean in this case. In fact, there is no case at all. This is the reason why the investigating agency took so long time to investigate a small matter before filing the chargesheet to deflect public opinion”, he added. He, however, said the home minister cannot escape responsibility in the drugs nexus case, and Pacheco hoped and prayed that the home minister enjoys good health so that he can attend the forthcoming session of the Goa assembly session to (Continued on page 8)

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Ishant Sharma

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Sreesanth

The presence of three specialist spinners in the 15-man squad for next month’s World Cup is just about the only minor surprise. The selectors has gone for the off-spin of R Ashwin and the leg-spin of Piyush

Piyush Chawla

Rohit Sharma

Chawla to supplement principal spinner Harbhajan Singh. While Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth are excluded from the team announced on Monday.

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Paper leak report kept a secret Third committee to frame charges HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 17

Even though the Goa University on Monday decided to chargesheet the persons primafacie found to be involved in the third-year MBBS paper leakage episode at Goa Medical College, it didn’t disclose any names keeping everyone in the dark about those responsible for bringing disrepute to the State’s age-old institution. A press release issued here by the Officiating Registrar P V Desai stated THE report of the three-member committee appointed by the Board of Evaluation to inquire into the alleged leakage has been accepted and it has been decided to chargesheet the persons in the matter. Accordingly, charges will now be framed by the university, it mentioned. However, the very brief release in three paragraphs issued by the varsity is not clear on how many persons are behind the infamous leak. The board has now appointed a third committee under provisions of Ordinance OA 5.2.3 to

investigate the charges and submit its report within a month. A top university official said the varsity was going as per the books and he too wasn’t aware of the names of the person or persons involved. The report, he stated, was highly confidential and it wasn’t right to disclose anything at this juncture. The official had indicated that as soon as the report would be out, the media would be informed on those involved in leaking the papers. However, the release sent to media offices today didn’t have a single name even though prima facie the culprits have been identified. Herald had done a major expose on the leakage of the MBBS papers at the beginning of the year. Soon after, the varsity took note and formed its first committee which confirmed the leakage and subsequently formed the second committee which placed its report before the board identifying those responsible.

IFFCO chief killed while cleaning pistol PTI FEROZEPUR, JAN 17

Surinder Kumar Jakhar, IFFCO chairman and son of former Madhya Pradesh Governor Balram Jakhar, was killed today when his pistol went off accidentally while he was cleaning it at his farmhouse at Abhor in Ferozpur district of Punjab. Fifty six-year-old Jakhar was fatally wounded while cleaning his pistol, SP (Headquarters) Ferozpur Surjit Singh told PTI. Investigations showed the (Continued on page 8)

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Police team in Belgaum to Provide jobs to 630 people, probe constable’s arrest TILLARI PROJECT

Maharashtra asks Goa HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 17

Maharashtra has asked Goa government to fulfill its 20-year-old long promise to provide employment to around 630 people from Maharashtra affected with the inter-state Tillari Irrigation Project. “As per the agreement, it is now the duty of Goa government to provide employment to these 630 people in a time bound manner,” Maharashtra’s Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare told reporters today evening. Tatkare, who is down in Goa to discuss over the issue held a high level meeting with Goa Water Resource Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues, to work out a time frame programme to provide employment to all these affected people from Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava. “If Goa cannot provide the employment, they can work on one time settlement for the people affected with the project,” Tatkare said adding that Maharashtra government has already provided employment to 204 people. Around 20 years back when the project was conceived in 1990, 11 villages with 1,236 families and 5,476 people were affected.

UGDP wants erring cops suspended in Cipriano case HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 17

Demanding suspension of the policemen involved in Cipriano custodial death case within a week’s time, the United Goans Democratic Party has threatened to bring the people of Goa on the streets if the erring policemen are not suspended immediately pending an inquiry. Party secretary general Adv Anacleto Viegas also questioned the propriety of the government in instituting a police probe into the episode when custodial deaths are to be inquired by the magistrates. “The UGDP is demanding the immediate suspension of the policemen who accompanied Cipriano in the jeep. There cannot be any justification for the police to bring Cipriano when the complaint was non-cognisable”, Adv Viegas said. He demanded that the government scrap the probe ordered into the death case.

n “As per the agreement, it is now the duty of Goa government to provide employment to these 630 people in a time bound manner,” Maharashtra’s Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare told reporters today evening. Tatkare said that 869 families were certified to be Project Affected People (PAP) and as per the agreement Goa need to provide employment to the rest. The minister clarified that according to the agreement signed between both the States had discussed that Goa will have 73 percent water from the dam project which is at the brink of completion. “Goa was supposed to have 73 percent cost sharing and liability like providing employment to the PAP as per 1976 Rehabilitation Act of Maharashtra,” Tatkare recalled. He said that few PAP families had threatened to commit suicides if government employment, as promised to them during their evacuation, is not provided to them on immediate basis. Talking about the rehabilitation process

adopted by Maharashtra, the minister said that one person per family is provided with the employment and in those cases where giving government jobs was not possible, the government has worked out a one time settlement compensation package for them. “The similar proposal has also been put forward before the Goa government. Rodrigues has assured to discuss the issue with the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat before taking the decision,” Tatkare said, adding that if required the department will also urge Maharashtra chief minister to follow up the issue with Goa Government. The project with 16 TMC dam is estimated to be of Rs 1612 crore of which Rs 857crore has to be borne by Goa government. Rs 658 crore is the total cost in the form of common expenditure that both the States will bore. The share of Goa comprises of Rs 482 crore of which the State has already paid Rs 447 crore to Maharashtra. “The payment of pending amount has also been discussed in the meeting,” the minister said. During the meeting today, Maharashtra also asked Goa to have a storage capacity built up alongside the irrigation project. Tatkare said that such a facility is required in case of natural calamities or maintenance of canal during which the water supply can be given from this storage reservoir.

MMC’s power point presentation on Sonsodo today HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 17

Inching towards inking an agreement with Fomento for the treatment of waste at Sonsodo, the Margao Municipal Council will hold a power point presentation for the city fathers as well as the High Powered Committed headed by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat at the district Collectorate, South on Tuesday evening. This is the first time that the city fathers and the Kamat-led high powered committee will have a joint interaction at the power point presentation on Fomento’s proposal for Sonsodo and the Civic body’s status visà-vis the company’s presence at Sonsodo. MMC Chief Officer Prasanna Achar ya informed that the power point presentation will be basically held for the benefit of the Councillors and members of the high powered committee and allay their apprehensions

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Councillors told to cut down queries HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 17

In an interesting development, some of the Margao Municipal Councillors have claimed that they have been requested by the powers that be not to raise many queries at tomorrow’s power point presentation to avoid embarrassment to the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. City Fathers in the know said an outspoken ruling Councillor was told not to raise too many queries on the project and the draft concession agreement to be signed with Fomento since the Chief Minister will be attending the power point presentation along with other members of the high powered Committee. Councillors in private demanded to know why the power point presentation is being held by the Chief Officer in the presence of the Chief Minister, adding that requests made to the Councillors not to raise too many queries is an attempt to silence the voice of the City Fathers. “This agreement would guide the civic body’s relationship with Fomento for the next 25 years. Certainly, we would like to get all our queries answered before the deal is signed with the company”, remarked a councillor. on various aspects of the proposed deal with Fomento. “The Civic body want to be transparent in all its dealings with Fomento. That’s the reason, the power point presentation will held on Tuesday to explain the various aspects of the agreement to the City Fathers”, he added. Acharya pointed out that the MMC Chairperson would convene a special meeting of the Council to ratify the agreement soon after the power point presentation. Replying to a question on

the contention issue of payments by the civic body, Acharya said he has an answer to the query if raised by the city fathers. “There’s nothing new in the draft agreement on the question of payments. It is for the Council to decide whether to make one time payment or pay the amount for the next 25 years”, he said. The presence of the high powered committee members at the meeting assumes significance as many a city father had planned to raise various issues involving the agreement.

Injured child kept in wait for want of ophthalmologist HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 17

Hospicio was once again in the news on Monday when a male ophthalmologist was conspicuous by his absence for an hourand-half when an child was brought to the hospital with eye injuries. The incident occurred around noon when a one-and-half year old child from Maina Curtorim was rushed to the hospital with a deep cut on the eyelid. The boy was examined in the Hospital casualty, but could not be treated immediately for want of the male ophthalmologist. Frantic calls by the telephone operator as well as by the PRO failed to evoke any response from the ophthalmologist and the child was made to wait for more than an hour and half till he was attended by a female ophthalmologist. A Hospicio doctor said the casualty could not attend to the victim since he had sustained injuries to the eye. Hospital sources in the know said that this is not the first time that doctors were found conspicuous by their absence during emergency situations. “The Health Services should order a probe into the episode and also ascertain the doctors who are found missing while on duty”, demanded the source.

HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, JAN 17

The Goa Police team reached Belgaum on Monday to investigate about the arrest of police constable Arun Desai, attached with Margao Police station. It may be recalled that on January 11, Belgaum Police had arrested Desai along with four others with 2.6 kg of Hashish that was brought to Belgaum in a Maruti van owned by Desai. DySP Mahesh Gaonkar, PI John Fernandes and Constable Viraj Rane, who reached Belgaum early Monday morning, met Belgaum SP Sandeep Patil and Additional SP S H Gangareddy. Later, after seeking the permission from the Court, they visited the accused in the Hindalga Central Jail here, where they interrogated Arun Desai. “I am here only to confirm whether Desai was arrested by Belgaum Police at Belgaum. We only recorded his statement about how he reached Belgaum on Tuesday, as neither he was on leave nor had he informed his superiors about his absence. Thus, he has made the violation of conduct rules,” DySP Gaonkar told Herald. “Though he is the man from

New Vaddem woman knocked to death HERALD REPORTER VASCO, JAN 17

An elderly woman from New Vaddem died, after she was knocked down by a jeep along the NH-17B near Coast Guard Colony, Mangor-Hill, Vasco, on Monday evening. According to Vasco Police, one Sitabai Ramkrishna Padwalkar was knocked down by Balero jeep (GA-05-T-1012) while she was crossing the road. According to passengers in the jeep and driver Nilesh Shirodkar, the deceased got confused while crossing the road and suddenly came in the way of the jeep. Padwalkar was rushed to Chicalim Cottage Hospital, where she succumbed to injuries, informed Vasco Police. Vasco Police arrested the jeep driver.

DySP Mahesh Gaonkar and PI John Fernandes with PSI Balloli and PSI S K Kaloji at the APMC Police station on Monday.

my force, no leniency will be observed,” said DySP Gaonkar adding that Desai has agreed that he was arrested by Belgaum Police along with four drug peddlers. Goa Police also recorded the statements of Bikas Ravikumar Bahaddur, Rajkumar Bahaddur, Sheela Bahaddur, all from Nepal, and Priyanka Kapoor Singh from Uttar Pradesh, who were arrested. Asked about the co-operation

of Belgaum Police, DySP Gaonkar said they were very cooperative and cordial and assisted Goa Police in ever y possible way making the investigations easier. However, limiting his concern only to Desai’s involvement in the case, DySP Gaonkar denied to make any comments about his interrogations, stating that Goa Police would also extend maximum cooperation to the Belgaum

Police in this case as the case was booked by Belgaum Police. The interrogations went on till late evening after which the Goa team left for Goa. PSI Mahadeo Balloli and PSI S K Kaloji of the APMC Police station here assisted the Goa Police team. It is learnt that Belgaum Police team will also visit Margao on Tuesday to make further investigations.

CCP ELECTIONS UTAA demands ordinance reserving 12% seats for STs HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 17

The United Tribals Associations Alliance (UTAA) has demanded that the government come out with an ordinance to facilitate 12 per cent reservation for Schedule Tribes (STs) community in the forthcoming Corporation of the City of Panjim (CCP) election. The delegation of UTTA called on the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao, Education Minister Babush Monserrate as also State Election Commissioner (SEC) Dr M Modassir to press their demand to amend Section 10 of the CCP Act 2002, through ordinance.

The UTTA claimed that the survey conducted by the Other Backward Commission (OBC) in 2004, has found that ST population in the State of Goa is 12 per cent. The government has had 12 per cent reservation for STs in panchayat, ZP and municipal elections in the past. They also claimed that even the Central Government has accepted this. The STs enjoy 12 per cent reservation in the Central Government jobs in the State. “On this basis we demand that 12 per cent wards be reserved for ST in CCP election,” says the memorandum submitted to the SEC by them today. No seats were reserved for

ST community in 2005 CCP election on the grounds that ST population falling within the jurisdiction of CCP was less than 2 per cent. The delegation which met the government today consist of Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar, UTAA’s Joint Convenor Govind Gawade, Working President Namdev Fatarpekar, Central Committee members Soiru Velip and Vishwas Gawade. “The chief minister and the urban development minister have assured the delegation that although there is no provision in the CCP Act, the government will try to have reservation for STs in CCP election,” claimed UTTA delegation.

CCP Mayor caught on the wrong foot HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 17

The ordinary meeting of the Corporation of the City of Panjim (CCP) held today which is probably a last one before the term of the Corporation ends on March 20, turned out to be quite stormy with Opposition corporators attacking the ruling members for issuing tenders worth Rs 2 crore without having funds in its kitty. Opposition members led by Surendra Furtado as well as Adv Avinash Bhonsle also caught Mayor Carolina Po on the wrong foot for not producing confirmed minutes of the standing committee meetings. Other Opposition members Rupesh Haldankar and Vaidhyahi Naik also joined in as Mayor told that minutes of the standing committee were not confirmed due to fault of the Superintendent Octaviano Dias. Irked opposition members however told the Mayor not to

make Dias a scapegoat when it is all her fault. “Don’t blame Dias when you are supposed to get minutes confirmed, Furtado said. He also questioned how the standing committee could have conducted meetings when minutes of earlier meetings were not confirmed. Raking up the issue of tenders worth Rs 2 crore released recently without having ready funds Opposition shouted, “ it is total fraud on the people of Panjim.” Opposition members posed a barrage of questions to Mayor even as she pleaded with them to raise one question at a time. She said the government has assured to sanction funds for tenders released recently however opposition members were not satisfied. No funds from Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Development Renewal Mission (JNNUDRM) — Mayor also came

Experts find India’s lost land submerged near Antarctica HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 17

Indian scientists have found that a part of India that was detached from the mainland, million of years, now lies submerged in the southern Indian Ocean near Antarctica. A continent that has been submerged below the sea, located 1000 kms away from Eastern Antarctica was the part of India which tore itself away from the eastern region of the country. The study which attains significance, is done by scientists from National Institute of Oceanography and Ahmedabad-based Space Application Centre (SAC) and has been carried by science journals. The scientists have proved that the continent was sundered and sunk by ancient geographical process. The scientists from the US, India and Australia have joined the hands to reconstruct the entire history of how this continent detached from India. The sunken part of Earth was detached from the Eastern coast between Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, scientists said. NIO researcher K Sree Krishna, one amongst the researchers who have worked on this path breaking project said that the continent is 140,000 sq kms area and is 1,200 metres below the sea. The study narrates about the tectonic history of break up of India from Antarctica 130 million years ago and the excision of Elan Bank from Eastern India, 120 million years ago. The clues about possibility of India’s lost land had emerged around 9 years ago. The research by NIO and SAC scientists has described how India first separated from Gondwanaland and then lost Elan Bank. India separated from Gondwanaland about 130 million years ago and drifted northward to eventually collide with Asia some 40 million years ago.

under fire for not being able to get any funds sanctioned under JNNURM in the last five years. Projects worth Rs 36 crore pertaining to various developmental works for city are pending with JNNURM. Intervening at this moment Elvis Gomes, CCP Commissioner said they have done everything

possible during one year however, getting funds under JNNURM is a tri-party affair. The meeting ended abruptly as Opposition members walked out while ruling panel passed a resolution for appointment of a councillor for redressing the problems of Safai Karmacharis.


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21 days later, Bashir, 3 others surrender HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 17

Twenty-one days after violence rocked Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s stronghold of Moti Dongor, the alleged main accused Bashir Shaikh along with three remaining accused surrendered to the Margao Police Station on Monday evening. Soon after their surrender, the foursome was frisked inside

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Accused Bashir Shaikh walking towards the Margao Police Station as he surrendered to the police along with three other accused persons. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

a room before placing them under arrest for the offence of attempt to murder Maqbool and

Accused says he’s been framed HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 17

Accused Bashir Shaikh has alleged that he has been framed in the Moti Dongor attack case by his opponents since he did not support the candidature of Iqbal in the municipal polls. “I was not at all involved in the attack. I have been framed because I and my supporters did not support Iqbal in the Municipal poll. This is purely politics”, he said, and blamed his opponents behind the case against him. Bashir, however, said that he has full faith in the judiciary and would come out clean. But, when newsmen sought to know why he had gone in hiding since the attack if he was innocent, Bashir shot back saying he had gone out of station as his relative was taken ill to the hospital. others. Bashir – who is a known supporter of the Chief Minister in Moti Dongor area of the constituency – was wanted by the Margao police in connection with the deadly attack by the accused on Maqbool and other victims, including women and children. Though the police had managed to arrest four persons, in-

cluding a minor boy, Bashir and the other three accused Rabani Tambak, Rafiq Bawar and Rafiq Tambak had gone into hiding after the attack. The surrender of the accused was expected any moment after the South Goa Sessions Court granted bail to the three accused persons arrested earlier. When contacted, Margao PI Santosh Desai said that the foursome have been booked for the offence of attempt to murder, besides other sections of the IPC. He said the police were on the look out for the accused since the attack on December 28 which caused a blood bath atop the hillock, but in vain. Incidentally, Bashir’s surrender came after the victim Maqbool called on the Margao police inspector and expressed his unhappiness over the inordinate delay in arresting Bashir and the other accused persons. After the meeting with PI Dessai, Maqbool told newsmen that it’s nearly 20 days since Bashir and his gang assaulted him and many others on Moti Dongor, but the police are dragging their feet to arrest the accused. Maqbool said if the police cannot arrest the accused persons, then the victims of the attacks are ready to nab the accused. “Bashir has been found moving around the city, but the police still appeared clueless. Unless the police should arrest him, or we are ready to nab the accused persons”, Maqbool added.

5-year-old boy’s death due to negligence: cops HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 17

The case of accidental death wherein a five-year-old boy died after he was trapped in a heap of mud at a construction site on January 11 has been converted into negligence case against two of its contractors. Panjim police today registered a case of negligence against T Bhimrao Channappa Naik of Chimbel and T Natrajan of Porvorim. Hanumant Apa, native of Karnataka was critically injured after a heap of mud at a construction site near St Inez cemetery caved in while he was playing with other toddlers on January 11. Sources said that the accused are summoned for questioning. According to eye-witnesses, rescuing him took nearly 20 minutes while others escaped unhurt. He was immediately rushed to ICU at a private hospital where he was battling for his life but succumbed after his lungs collapsed at around 8:30am on Sunday. The child’s body was taken to Goa Medical College where a post-mortem was conducted and after preserving the viscera to carry out necessary tests, the body was handed over to his parents for final rites.

Youth stabbed at Bastora

PORVORIM, JAN 17 (HC) --A 24-year-old youth from Bastora was seriously injured, after he was stabbed by two persons at Bastora late Sunday night. According to Mapusa Police, the incident occurred when Santosh Talwar along with his two friends were returning home on their motorcycle at about 10 pm after visiting the Bodgeshwar Temple at Mapusa. Police further informed that the two accused stopped Talwar at Bastora and started assaulting him. Later, the accused stabbed Talwar in his abdomen, due to which Talwar started bleeding profusely. The accused also damaged Talwar’s motorcycle and fled from the site. The victim was rushed to Asilo Hospital at Mapusa, from where he was shifted to GMC Hospital at Bambolim for medical treatment. Police Sub Inspector Vijay Rane has registered an offence against both the accused, who are absconding.

Calangute man held with charas

CALANGUTE, JAN 17 (HC) -- A 52-year-old man from Umtta Vaddo, Calangute, was arrested on charges of possessing charas worth Rs 20,200 at Calangute on Sunday evening.


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Govt urged to ban agro Fatorda MLA lashes Missionary Academy revived at Saligao seminary land to non-agriculturists out at Sardessai HERALD RPEORTER MARGAO, JAN 17

The book written by Martin Menino Fernandes “Listen – Goa is Crying” at the Margao Municipal hall on Sunday. Photo by Savio Dias HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 17

Love language, culture to protect identity: Bhembre

Calling upon Goans to wage a continuous battle to protect the state from going Mumbai way, Social activist Matanhy Saldanha urged the government to adopt a resolution in the Goa Legislative Assembly to ban sale of agriculture land to non-agriculturists. Speaking at a function held to release a book “Listen – Goa is crying” authored by Martin Meninon Fernandes, Saldanha said reminded that f re e d o m i s a c o n t i n u o u s process and Goans should brace up to protect the liberation from the Portuguese regime. “We don’t want development and go the Mumbai way. The agricultural land should b e p ro t e c t e d f ro m b e i n g bought by outsiders”, Saldanha said. “Freedom is a continuous process. Hats off to the freedom fighters who fought for the liberation of Goa from the Portuguese. But, the fight of freedom does not end there. We will have to live up to the mission and hope of the freedom fighters”, he said, and every Goan should joint hands to fight to protect the state’s identity. Lashing out at the political class for being responsible for the sorry state of affairs, Saldanha said “They jump from here and there, all in the in-

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 17

Noted Konkani writer and former MLA Adv Uday Bhembre has said that Goans should be proud of their language and culture, which will help retain and protect the state’s identity. Speaking at a function organized by Ravindra Bhavan, Margao to commemorate Opinion Poll day as Asmitai Dis, Bhembre said that though people from other states cannot be banned from settling in the state, the state’s identity can be protected only if the people love their language terests of the people. But, are they are really working for the interests of the people” The former Minister raised serious doubts about governance in Goa and said it is a shame that police officers are being involved in drugs and other crimes. Calling upon Goans to do self introspection, Saldanha asked “is there governance in the state. Not a day passes without allegations on police officials involved in drugs and accepting haftas and other crimes. Is there any security for Goans”. MARG Convenor Gurunath Kelekar also spoke.

and culture. “If one goes to Kerala, we find people speaking in their mother tongue, Malyalam. So is the case with Tamil language in Tamil Nadu”, Bhembre said, and lamented that this is not exact the case in Goa. Saying that settlers from others should assimilate the local language and culture, Bhembre said “if not, the locals will threatened by outsiders and might give rise to extremist thoughts like what happened in Maharashtra and some other states”. The author Martin Menino Fernandes, a resident of Bansai, Curchorem said the book not only contains my personal sentiments, but also articulates the volcanic eruptions of the generate that had harboured dreams of a new dawn for Goa, post liberation. “The bitter commentary on social pollution contained in the book might ruffle the feathers of a few and also invite their wrath. I hope the book imparts into them some wisdom for good governance. I only hope something good comes out of this exercise”, Martin said.

Fatorda MLA Damu Naik on Monday lashed out at GPCC general secretary Vijay Sardessai for commenting on the development works in the constituency, saying that he is committed towards the progress and development of the constituency. Referring to Sardessai’s statement on the Maddel nullah, Naik said he is not campaigning by breaking coconuts anywhere and everywhere to hog undue credit for the development works. “The Maddel nullah file was purposely misplaced and I was forced to prepare a duplicate file and take immediate sanction from the Chief Minister, being the Finance Minister. Thus keeping my promise and assurance given by me to the constituents, I am working for their interests. People of the area know who is

Quepem tense as activist knocked down by mining truck HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, JAN 17

Tension flared up at CavremQuepem when an activist from Velipwada-Cavrem was injured after being knocked down by a speeding mining truck in the village on Friday evening. Angry villagers blocked mining trucks by squatting on the road to protest against the rash movement of mining traffic in the village. According to reports, the accident occurred at about 3.30 pm when Chandrakant Velip was proceeding towards his residence on his scooter (GA-02-H5241). At Kirlagaly, the driver of a truck (GA-09-U-1724) lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn and collided with the scooter. Velip was flung into some roadside bushes and sustained injuries, while his scooter was damaged in the mishap. He was rushed to Primary Health Center Curchorem, from where he was shifted to Hospicio in Margao.

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pen, dog, work, This is my music, town, dog. He London, teacher, lives in my John house. We live in London.

As the situation had become tense in the area with residents blocking mining traffic, Quepem Deputy Collector Agnelo Fernandes, Quepem Mamlatdar Sudin Nato, Quepem PI Sudesh Narvekar and a police force rushed to the site. The agitating villagers were sitting in the middle of the road till late Friday evening.

Fr Carmo Martins and Fr Tony Salema release the magazine at Saligao. HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JAN 17

The Missionary Academy at the Minor Seminary of Our Lady, Saligao, was revived under the guidance of Rector Fr Tony Salema on the occasion of Feast of Blessed Joseph Vaz with an aim to cultivate the desire for missionary work in the hearts of seminarians. The desire for its revival was felt in keeping with the prophecy of II Vatican Council which teaches that the Church is missionary by its very nature. A session of the Missionary Academy was held 16 in the Seminary auditorium on January.

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I, you, he, she,

to, at, after, on, but

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oh!, ouch!, hi!, well

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The booklet ‘Kukalkars the Heroes of Opinion Poll’ was released on January 16 on the occasion of Goycho Astitva Dis (Goa’s Identity Day) celebration organized by ‘Utth Kukalkar” at Cuncolim on Sunday. Chairman of Cuncolim Educational Society and freedom fighter Madhukar Dessai and key note speaker Purnanand Chari were present. President of Utth Kukalkar and the author of booklet Prajyot Gulab Desai said the day is celebrated as Goycho Astitva Dis to commemorate the historic win in the opinion poll elections of 1967 where all Goans had come together to save the identity and entity of Goa. The motto behind the program was to rejuvenate the same spirit of unity and oneness as showcased in the 1967 opinion poll by all Goans to save it from merging into Maharashtra. Replying to a question on the book, Desai said the book shows the contributions made by brave Kukalkars, especially late Shabu Desai and his companions towards wining the opinion polls. An all Goa Solo dance competition was also organized under junior and senior categories to mark the occasion.

The newly elected committee members of Santa Cruz Club of Cavellossim.

Sayyad Nagar residents oppose waste plant HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, JAN 17

Residents of Sayyad NagarValpoi have expressed fear that the proposed garbage treatment will pollute their area. Valpoi Municipal Council (VMC) Vice Chairperson and ward Councillor Faimida Khan along with the residents of Ward 7 of VMC (Sayyad Nagar) submitted a memorandum to Sattari Mamlatdar Satish Dessai complaining about their strong objection to the garbage treatment plant in their ward. The residents in the memorandum claimed that there are 10 wells in the area and if the treatment plant is set up, the source of drinking water would

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tins. Sem Ashwin Rodrigues and Lisvan Rodrigues explained various aspects of the magazine and said it was a dream comes true of the OY Students. The magazine contains various articles, poems, stories on social issues, difficulties of life and struggles of the youth in this modern world. Earlier, Minor Seminary, Saligao, Rector Fr Tony Salema welcomed the chief guest. Sem Roque Carrasco and Glen Mendonca compered the pro gramme, while Sem Melito D’Costa proposed the vote of thanks.

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St Alex Church, Calangute, Parish Priest Fr Carmo Martins was the chief guest for the function. Addressing the gathering, Fr Martins congratulated the students for their efforts and said Missionary Academy was a laudable programme, as it will help develop among them love for missionary activity since the Church has been founded by Jesus to proclaim His Good News. The programme began with a gospel song followed by a short skit on the life of Blessed Joseph Vaz. A magazine brought out by the Orientation Year students (OY) was also released by Fr Mar-

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the illegal master for doing many illegal work. This defeated candidate have now started misguiding people and even the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat into inaugurating the illegal balwadi on October 2, a day remembered for Mahatma Gandhi, who always believed in truth”, he said. The Fatorda MLA said that Sardessai should come clear on Hyquip Solid waste project which was tendered when he was holding vice-chairmanship of SUDA in 2006. “He should tell the people of Goa who misguided the Urban Development Minister to make hasty estimate without proper study and tendered which caused a big loss to the government treasury”, he said, and demanded to know why mobilization fee of Rs 68 lakh was given to the contractor before starting the work.

HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 17

National Youth Day is celebrated in India on January 12 to commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. Heritage Institute of Hotel and Tourism observed this day by organising a quiz competition at its Agra campus. About 55 teams participated in the preliminary round giving the judges a tough time. Seven teams qualified for the final contest. Overwhelmed at seeing the enthusiasm of the students, Academics Director Angshuman Chatterjee disseminated some teachings of the great philosopher and philanthropist, Swami Vivekananda. He said that it was felt that the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian youth. Founder President D K Singh emphasised that this day could be utilised as an opportunity to create and inculcate awareness and protect our community and beyond. Academics Director and Asst Director N Srivastava awarded the winners and the runners up of the competition. The winners were Shubam Shukla and Shashank Sharma of the 7th batch.

be destroyed. “Atleast 80 families, which reside nearby to the proposed project, will be affected due to the project,” stated the residents. The memorandum also pointed out that the Kabrastan is located nearby the project, besides community health center, which is located within 1 km. The residents have urged the concerned authorities to shift the project to some other suitable place, failing which they threatened to take stern action. Copies of memorandum have been submitted to the urban development minister, local MLA and the health minister.

Pedestrian killed in Porvorim mishap HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JAN 17

A 72-year-old pedestrian died, after he was knocked down by a taxi near Sai Service, Porvorim, on Monday at about 1.30 pm. According to Porvorim Police, Raghoba Nagvekar, who was crossing the road near Sai Service, was knocked down by a Maruti taxi (GA-03-4835), which was proceeding from Calangute towards Margao. The people around called for ambulance 108 and simultaneously informed the police. Nagvekar was declared dead on admission at GMC Hospital. Porvorim Police have registered an offence against the taxi driver under Sections 279, 304 A of Indian Penal Code.

Bodgeshwar Zatrotsav begins today HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, JAN 17

The 76th ‘Zatrotsav’ of the famous Sree Dev Bodgeshwar Sanstan at Mapusa will begin on Tuesday and will continue till Wednesday. On Monday, Murti Pratistapana Day of Sree Dev Bodgeshwar was celebrated with various religious rituals and at night ‘Bhajan’ was presented by Om Satyasaibaba Mandal, Mapusa. On January 18, Pooja will be performed at 12 noon and Dhasahvatari drama ‘Vignasur Vadh’ will be staged at 12 am. On January 19, ‘Satyanarayan Pooja’ will be performed and Jatra will conclude at 11 pm. Satyanarayan Pooja will be offered from January 20 to 22 by three groups -- Pickup Drivers Association, Mapusa Fisherwomen and Rickshaw Drivers Association. Lord Bodgeshwar is considered as the guardian of Mapusa city and is being worshipped by the residents of Bardez taluka. The devotees believe that Bodgeshwar reaches out to them whenever they are in distress. This is one of the famous zatrotsav of Goa and thousand of devotees from all castes and creed flock to the temple of offer prayers to the deity.

POWER SHUTDOWN JANUARY 18 PORVORIM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Porvorim Bazaar, Green hill, Sangolda, Shantadurga temple, Sangolda, 20Point programme, Alua, Bhutki wado, Mae-de-Deus T/C, Morod, Waddem, Khareem, Ticlo Petrol pump and surrounding areas. SIOLIM: From 9.30 am to 3 pm. Areas affected are Siolim PHC, Ingrezwado, Oxel, Madhlabhat, Marna Gudem, Dhando, Vagali, Tarachi Bhat, Partawada, Bamanwada, Waddi Siolim, Oxel, Sodiem, Gausawada and surrounding areas. CHIMBEL: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Shirent, Shetye Stones Quarry, Parts of Govlem Bhatt, Menezes Twin Factory, Voilem Bhatt up to Baman Bhatt, Gawanth, entire Indira Nagar, CM Raikar, Shah Kamaxi, Dateshwar Residency and surrounding areas. JANUARY 19 PORVORIM: From 9 am to 5.30 pm. Areas affected are Bhutki Wado, Sangolda Morod, Mae-de-Deus Sangolda and surrounding areas.


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SIT to probe lady informers in drugs case too HERALD REPORTER PaNJIM, JaN 17

The newly formed Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing into the spy-cam video allegedly showing police sub-inspector Sunil gudlar negotiating with two foreign women over the sale of drugs, will probe the lady whistle-blowers as well. Police sources said that Israeli ayala Driham and Kazak national Zarina will be probed as they conducted a sting operating on the former anti Narcotics Cell PSI gudlar selling them charas. The tapes were handed over to the Home Minister Ravi Naik after which a local news channel released it in parts. The alleged drug lord’s sister ayala and his girlfriend Zarina, claim to have carried out the sting on gudlar in association with an Israeli media agency. “The role of ayala and Zarina in the entire sting operation would be investigated. We will summon them to know whether they knew about the drugs trade in goa,” said a senior SIT official. Days after the sting operation, Herald released couple of photographs showing David Driham alias Dudu in a party at his house at anjuna, incidentally days before his arrest in February 2010. The photographs have created flutters with goa police requesting to hand over the pictures for investigation. Police spokesperson Superintendent of Police atmaram Deshpande on Sunday told Herald said SIT will also probe into the conduct of ayala and Zarina. “SIT is conducting holistic inquiry into the matter. Media should cooperate and hand over the documents and pictures regarding the drugs case to help in police investigation. The photographs showing them in a party also need to be investigated,” he said. Copies of the photographs are with Herald which allegedly shows three alleged drug peddlers booked in narcotics cases with Dudu, his sister ayala and girlfriend Zarina at the party. advocate Raju Poulekar, counsel to both women, told Herald that his clients are ready to face inquiry.


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Govt breaking the ‘aam admi’s’ back

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o sooner had we got over the gut-wrenching blow of onions going up to Rs90 per kilogram, blowing the ‘aam admi’s’ household budget to bits, when we suffered the unkindest cut of them all – a substantial increase in the price of petrol, for the second time in less than a month. Since the beginning of December 2010, the price of the fuel that common Goans rely on to power their two-wheelers has increased by nearly 10 per cent. That this comes at a time when wholesale price index inflation had shot up to well over 8 per cent and – more relevant and realistic – that food inflation is hovering over the 20 per cent mark, seems to have been all but lost on the central government. Ruling in the name of the ‘aam admi’ ought to mean more than merely taking his name in vain. Union Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has disowned the recent petrol price hike. She says her party – the single largest constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre after the Congress – was neither consulted nor informed about the decision. The government has chosen not to react to her outburst, but at most it would say that decisions on petrol prices are taken by the oil marketing companies, not by the government. But if that is the case, then why have diesel and cooking gas prices not been hiked simultaneously? Obviously, this was a considered, debated, political decision. The government has just shown its indifference to the ‘aam admi’ by piling petrol-price-hike misery on onion-price-hike hurt. If there was really no option before the government, one could understand its position. But this is not really the case. Taxes on petrol in India aggregate nearly half its price. It was perfectly possible for the government to temporarily reduce taxes and spare the ‘aam admi’ a double whammy of rocketing prices of both food and fuels. It has chosen not to do so. The price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), used for passenger aircraft, was simultaneously increased along with petrol prices. But these went up by Rs0.95 per litre, or about 2 per cent. Petrol went up by more than twice as much. Both aviation fuel and petrol comes from crude oil, which we are told now costs around $92 per barrel (Rs28 per litre). But aviation fuel costs Rs49 per litre. Then why are twowheeler drivers paying over Rs60 per litre for petrol? It’s simple – they pay more taxes on fuel than those who fly by air! Is that the commitment of the UPA government to the ‘aam admi’? The central government has shown that it is unable to exercise any check over inflation. All the promises it has made over the years in this regard have been broken, just as its last promise on onions has fallen flat. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar promised to bring down onion prices in three weeks. It is now over a month, and despite Chinese and Pakistani onions flooding our markets, prices still rule at a distressingly high Rs30 per kilogram. This wanton petrol price hike is the last straw. It must be rolled back promptly, as the sufferers are the common masses of salaried people and professionals in field jobs. Otherwise, the government will lose all credibility in the eyes of the very ‘aam admi’ in whose name it rules. The Congress needs to remember that it was the prices of onions that once lost the opposition BJP its iron grip over the Delhi government, which the latter has never since been able to regain. Does the Congress want a reversal of that scenario nationwide?

Exorbitant price of eggs Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco Prices of food items have been skyrocketing at an alarming rate. Many are beyond the reach of the poor. One such item is the poultry product. The price of eggs has been spiralling upwards and has reached an exorbitant price of Rs45 per dozen. This works out to a staggering Rs3.75 per egg. At this rate, eggs could very well disappear from the dining table. Goa is not self-sufficient in the production of poultry products and depends on the neighbouring state of Maharashtra, for supply. The state government should augment production of poultry products in the state, so that the price of eggs stabilises.

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ndian humanity has been divided communally and trivialised ideologically. Economi c a l l y, i t i s d o l l a r - d o m i n a t e d . I t i s pathologically politicised. It has been pricedout mega-litigatively from judicial justice. It has devalued ‘swaraj’ and tended to oblige lame-duck President George Bush to serve the interests of America Inc. In the process, it has lost self-respect and self-reliance, going so far as to sign an obviable and obnoxious nuclear treaty. The masses plead with the protem, but inflexibly firm, Prime Minister: ‘Do defend US, not the U.S. Do compassionately consider the Panch Sheel commandments of ‘swaraj’ since the masses are sinking under asphyxiant inflation. Do break and banish the Iron Curtain between the political parties and the people, do feel for the have-nots and win them back. Do this for the sake of Bharat, ‘swadeshi’ and ‘swaraj.’ The fatal crisis suffocating Indian humanity right now is higher-than-ever inflation. Never has people’s survival been in such peril and so poignant, as it is today. Why should the prime minister of a great country be so utterly committed to the U.S.? Let us recall the country’s first prime minister telling an earlier U.S. president that India was no international mendicant. This nuclear deal submission is unbecoming and unfortunate: it is a bizarre secret. And to think that it comes from Dr Manmohan Singh – an otherwise clean, fine, humane statesman. My patriotic plea is straight: do jettison this surrender to the Yankee. These words were written in July 2008. Today, they sound prophetic. That is to be expected. These are the words of one of India’s Living Sages. V R Krishna Iyer. The big difference is that the French have come earlier-off the starting-blocks compared to the Yanks who did all the ground work and the wooing. We simply refuse to learn the lessons of history. A history that is less than 20 years old. In 1992, Sharad Pawar as CM of Maharashtra brought along an American energy company called Enron to build a 2,000 MW gas (LNG) based power-plant in Ratnagiri. It was called the Dabhol Power Project. Since Enron was not a utility company, it roped in Bechtel and General Electric to build the plant. Enron retained an 80% share in

ok’ (Herald, Jan 17) was not written by me and there is no other person that goes by my name in Assagao. I believe that others are entitled to their opinion. There seems to be a mix up.

Expansion plans Lucas D’Souza, Verna

Congratulations! David N Cleaver, Morjim

18 January 1911 Duke of Chartres dead

In his Palace of Saint Fermi, near Chantilly, came to expire on the 5th of December last, the Duke of Chartres, brother of the Count of Paris and Grandson of King Louis Filipe of France.

Governor appoints committee

The Governor of Goa, Couceiro Costa appointed a committee to study tariff rates which is in vigour in this State.

Decree published

The Provisional Government published a decree which transfers to the High Court of Goa the provisions implemented in regards to offences and injustices meted.

Disagreement rectified

The President of the Provisional Government declared that there was a slight disagreement between the Government and the Directorate which was rectified.

Congratulations to the Herald and, in particular, Sujay Gupta, for your recent editorial (“Why just Gudlar, why not Bansal, Bassi, Ravi Naik and Digambar?” Herald, 16 Jan). There is clearly some momentum building with this one. Keep at it. Keep up the good work. “Seek the truth, know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

Turning point John Eric Gomes, Porvorim The Ministry of Environment and Forests has reportedly issued orders for demolition of the Adarsh structure within 3 months. The usual tactic by government is, to issue illegal permissions, and if that is challenged/does not work, regularise the fait accompli! The Congress is already on the back foot, dealing with massive corruption as scam after scam surfaces. This will be testing times, since it clearly involves top brass of defence and political luminaries. The Adarsh scam could be the turning point in our fight against rampant corruption if complete demolition is accomplished. This is a big order for a large change in India’s aam admi’s fight against corruption.

6 months at a tremendous loss and it has mothballed for the last dozen years. In its latest ‘avatar’, of The Ratnagiri Gas and Power Ltd., it is like the proverbial bride all dressed-up and waiting for a wedding to come along. The new project proponents NTPC and GAIL have abandoned half the installation; viz., regasification plant, cryogenic LNG storage/reticulation, deep-water anchorage for LNG tankers and the service wharf. NTPC and GAIL are looking at commissioning and then operating only the power plant, but they need the fuel since they are no longer equipped/capable of receiving the original LNG fuel from Qatar. So now, they are building a pipeline from Gujarat to the power-plant in Ratnagiri’s Guhagar taluka to convey natural gas to fuel their power plant. The real cost of this entire fiasco to the people of this country, will not be less than Rs30,000 crore. This is assuming that the power plant will generate power in the next year or so. The abandoned half of the project will be a financial windfall for some of India’s top scrap dealers. Today, the two shameless Sardars Manmohan and Montek are busy digging, a much bigger hole for us in Ratnagiri. It is called the Jaitapur nuclear power park. It will have 6 reactors/units with a combined capacity of 9,900 MW against Enron’s 2,100 MW. Enron’s estimated cost was Rs9,065 crores. Jaitapur is estimated to cost Rs120,000 crore. Enron used up 1,200 acres of land, Jaitapur

needs 2,500 acres. So if Enron power costs Rs8 per unit, what will Jaitapur power cost? Today, India has an installed capacity of 180,000 MW. One-third of the energy generated in this country is lost due to transmission, distribution and transformation limitations along with some theft – with or without collusion of the authorities and their political patrons. Which means that 60,000 MW of installed capacity, is being rendered unproductive. At least half of this 60,000 MW can be salvaged by improving transmission, distribution, transformation and security by spending Rs one crore per MW. In other words, if the National Power Transmission Corporation and Power Grid Corporation spend Rs30,000 crores over the next 5 years, India’s power availability will go up by 30,000 MW without having to build any power generation plants. Instead, we are going to spend Rs120,000 crores over the next 20 years to build a nuclear power facility that will generate a mere 9,900 MW while gobbling up ten square kilometres of land. Not to mention all the safety, radiation and environmental concerns of millions of people, which are being ignored by our Sardar comedians, Manmohan Singh and Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Maybe we should call them Santa Singh and Banta Singh, like the guys in the erstwhile Sardarji jokes. As Vladimir Ilyich Lenin would’ve said, ‘Jairam Ramesh is so busy counting the trees, he has missed the forest!’ Now I would like to end on a very serious note, by once again quoting V R Krishna Iyer: “To wipe very tear from every eye, is our tryst with destiny of the current generation – cricket scores, beauty contests and reality shows are not the priorities. The rule of law shall sustain the rule of life. A wall of separation, an Iron Curtain between politicians in power and people in privation, is the cruel social malignancy.” Dear prime minister: you are clean, green, simple and straight. Do save and not drown, the billion-plus lives whose trustee you, parliament and the judiciary are. We must and we can win our long march to victory, given the will. Therefore, every party and every social, religious and regional organisation, shall struggle patriotically to tear to pieces the political – communal – economic Iron Curtain that is divisive.

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the project. Bechtel and General Electric got 10% each. At that early stage, the World Bank produced a report which said that Ratnagiri was a bad location for a baseline power station. They went on to say that a 600 MW station would be an ideal choice. Sharad Pawar, P Chidambaram, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Manmohan Singh insisted on going ahead with the project, in the face of all the evidence pointing to an unmitigated financial disaster, in the making. The rest, as they say, is tragedy. Enron became the biggest bankruptcy in the history of corporate America. Big enough to take Arthur Andersen down along with $40 billion dollars of non-existent wealth. The Chief Executive, Chairman Kenneth Lay, went to jail and an early grave. Hundreds of employees and thousands of shareholders were driven into penury. India got the worst of it. In 1998, when the power-plant was ‘commissioned’, they used naptha as a fuel, since the LNG facilities were incomplete. The cost had already gone-up to Rs10,000 crore for the incomplete project as against an estimated cost of Rs9,065 crore for the complete project. The electrical energy, generated a cost of Rs8 per unit, as against the estimated Rs1.74 per unit. It was a complete fiasco. Today, the cost of money has raised the cost of the project to Rs20,000 crore and still counting. The project generated electricity for less than

s time goes by, it unwittingly takes its toll on us. And more so, after the three-score-and-ten years allotted. The hairline recedes, the midriff bulges, energy diminishes and there’s a switch in our daily routine. Like, you no longer look into the mirror, or rush from pillar to post. We are in the slow lane, and have to keep out of the path of the charging bulls. We must learn how to operate a walking stick, and not pause too long at a vertical point, or it will be snapped by those behind in the fast lane. Avoid peak hours and crowded areas. Say bye-bye public transport and hello cabbie. The stick may or may not add to one’s dignity, but the one plus point is that, it can be used as a weapon of defence. Should have done this much earlier, but me and my middle-class thrift. Yet can one ignore the wide gulf between pre and post-open market salaries. Every generation has its list of what was available, in their time. What one anna was to one generation, became one rupee in the next, and will become Rs 10 or more, in the next. But everyone is sure that theirs were the best years. It’s a clear sign of ageing. The advantage of cab travel is speed, more comfort and often good cabbie talk. The world over, they say, it is through these

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The MPT has now expressed its interest of building marinas at Bambolim and the other at Sancoale. The Navy is doing the same at Dabolim by claiming acres of land as its property. As it is, we can see shanties and huts mushrooming all over the state, on Comunidade land with the blessing of the powers to be. It is high time the government of Goa puts its firm foot on such abnormalities.

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cabbies that one can feel the pulse of the people. But you get all types. This morning, on the Princess Street fly-over, I remarked on the unique 90 degree left turn not seen anywhere, but he just remained mum, chewing his paan. Another whom I tried soothing for bringing him into the crowed lane saying “I’m an old man.” Pat came the reply “how old, 84?” But it is funny. Nariman Point is buzzing, four or five times busier than when we were, in our salad days. It’s teeming with offices as is Cuffe Parade both replacing the Ballard Estate of old. It’s the laptop generation and young executives, women in suits, as they scamper as if though there is no tomorrow. Returning home it is at half pace and weary. Poor things, wonder what their burn-out age will be? Lambs to life’s slaughter. But were we not in the same boat? Now reaping the rewards ha ! ha !and jumping over puddles again. The biggest killjoy is the little things that have to be done on the home front. The process of domestication has been slow, but sure. The kitchen has become a regular haunt. Now one realises why the women have always been harping on

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“the work never gets over.” When the milk is boiling, either the telephone or the door bell rings. Then it is the task of getting the groceries and odd jobs on the morning walk, because the next outing will be in the evening. It is a question of planning a day’s schedule. The helps, their timings, food and the nitty-gritty. The most trying aspect is the helps, because with automation, they are a dying tribe and therefore, demand is greater than supply, so you can’t be too harsh on them, or they’ll quit for another job. Besides, they have their demands like TV and cable, and why not? They too are human, and want upward mobility. Possessing a psychological background is necessary, which will help in dealing with them. It therefore helps in striking a balance between strictness and lenience. And speaking about balance, we have to do the same as far as physical and mental wear out is concerned. Stress must be avoided. To avoid forgetfulness, resort to the “things to do today” list. It calls for new solutions to old problems, and special managerial skills. So, we already have psychology, psychiatry and management. In good time, one might well be sitting for an MBA!

Letters to the Editor Letter of the Day

Khap panchayats in Taliban’s boots

Michael Vaz, Merces

It is no secret that the Khap panchayats (caste councils) in some districts of North Indian states have wrecked havoc by recklessly trying to impose their will on the people. There were several instances in the past, wherein they had barred some caste marriages and justified honour killings, when young people opposed their diktat. They had also prevented unmarried girls from using mobile phones, and barred girls from wearing jeans. Needless to say, this is the height of fanaticism. The government has neither conviction nor the grit to put an end to this parallel governance, by disgruntled men. It seems to be more interested in stabilising its caste based political equations. This is a dangerous trend. These extremist elements are steadily stepping into the boots of Taliban. One shouldn’t be surprised if they next pass a draconian decree. There is an urgent need to clip their wings.

Merces Goan organisers Jose Rodrigues, Benaulim I am really proud of Merces Goan organisers and thank them for appointing Fr Maverick Fernandes, as their Chief guest on Opinion Poll day, in memory of Dr Jack de Sequeira who sincerely fought for Goa and Goans. Like him, there are many others who have sincerely fought for Goa, unlike the corrupt ministers and MLAs.

Reveal the truth S Kamat, Alto Betim This refers to Prasad Kudchadkar’s letter (Herald, 17 Jan) entitled “Crux of Sibal’s remarks.” This may not bode well. I had stated that Sibal was trying to trivialise the 2G scam and that there was nothing like it, when a whole session of Parliament had been lost on the same matter. Was it not his duty as a Telecom minister, if he was so convinced that there was no 2G scam, to explain to the Opposition, convince them and get Parliament back on the rails? In public relations, the first lesson is to contest the amount and then reduce it as much as possible. This is the further

strategy of the Congress and UPA to take out the 2G scam off the common man’s radar. What I wrote was that whatever the amount of the 2G scam, the truth needs to come out. I am against corruption irrespective of party affiliation since the colour of money, in such cases, is black.

Right voice found… Gustavo Stephen Godinho, Verna I whole heartedly thank and appreciate the only courageous newspaper of Goa, – Herald – for holding the hand of the lost common man of Goa, to find his way back home. The newspaper has now taken up the charge of bringing a change in Goan society, and Goans will get some relief from the frustration caused, due to their inability to oppose the dirty governance in the right manner. I wish Herald all the very best in its mission to save this beautiful land from our monster politicians, who are out to gulp up the entire state, out of greed.

Paradise of crime Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar Goa once known as the paradise of the

east, has in recent years, been in the news for all the wrong reasons. As a laboratory for political experiments, Goa has taken centre stage in circumventing the anti-defection law. With an alarming rise in crime, the streets are no longer safe particularly after sunset. Murders and rapes continue unabated. The drug trade only remains to be legalised. Goa is half the size of a district in other states and yet we have 12 ministers and 40 MLAs whose upkeep has been eating up the state exchequer. If Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh are really serious of waging a war against corruption, Goa would be the ideal launch pad for a crusade against the malaise that has left the Aam Admi stranded.

Gangster’s paradise Vishant Shirodkar, Ponda Whether Cipriano had committed a crime or not, was for the judiciary to decide and the police to prove. The police had no business to assault him in custody. How can we call ourselves a civilised society when we see brutality, with such regularity? When are we going to say that enough is enough! People who are supposed to uphold law are brazenly carrying out such heinous acts and acting like gangsters. They have their hands dirty with blood, drugs, gambling, extortion and every other illegality. If these law enforcement officials keep breaking all laws themselves, then the future of Goa and its citizens is bleak.

Utter disgust Mike Carvalho, by email I write with utter disgust of the death of Cipriano Fernandes, which is nothing but cold blooded murder. But why? Just because he had a problem with his financee? The men in uniform are the ones, who committed the excesses. An independent investigation must be carried out by the CBI. Doctors who are based outside the state must carry out an autopsy on the body of Cipriano. My heartfelt apologies go out to the family of the deceased.

Paths of Wisdom Evolution

By Sri Aurobindo The process of existence emerging out of the Inconscient is referred as evolution. Initially, it emerges gradually in the stages of matter, life, and mind. First matter evolves from simple to complex forms, then life emerges in matter and evolves from simple to complex forms, finally mind emerges in life and evolves from rudimentary to higher forms of thought and reason. As each new principle emerges, the previous stages remain but are integrated into the higher principle. Humanity represents the stage of development of mind in complex material forms of life. The higher development of mind in the mass of humanity is not yet a secure possession. Reason and intellect still do not dominate the life of most human beings; rather, mind tends to be turned to the purposes of the life principle, which is focused on self-preservation, self-assertion, and satisfaction of personal need and desire. But evolution does not cease with the establishment of reason and intellect; beyond mind are higher levels of a spiritual consciousness which, in the nature of things, must also emerge. This higher evolution is described as a dual movement; inward, away from the surface consciousness and into the depths, culminating in the realisation of the Psychic Being (the personal evolving soul); and then upward to higher levels of spiritual mind Higher Mind, Illumined Mind, Intuitive Mind, and Overmind), culminating to the final stage. Whereas these higher levels of consciousness have been attained in particular individuals, they must eventually emerge more universally, as general stages in evolution. When they do emerge, there will come the embodiment of a new species on earth, that will be once again united in consciousness with Sachchidananda. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Japan remembers earthquake victims AGENCIES TOKYO, JAN 17

Died: 15.01.2011

Thousands gathered on Monday to remember more than 6,400 victims of the huge earthquake that devastated Kobe in 1995, amid warnings Japan was overdue another major quake. More than 5,000 people gathered in the western port city of Kobe to mark the 16th anniversary of the disaster, when a 7.2magnitude quake hit at 5:46 am on January 17, 1995, killing 6,434 people.

Born: 20.03.1936

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FRANCISCO GOMES (Ex. A.I.R./Retd. Adm. Officer, Doordharshan, Goa)

h Beloved husband of Maria da Conceicao, loving father/father-in-law of Ana Paula/Dilip Chico (Australia), Luis (Lulu)/Wilma and late Wilfredo (Willy). Son of late Ana Micaela/late Urbano Francisco, son-in-law of late Madalena/late Jaime Bravo da Costa. Grandfather of Adil, Dhruv (Australia), Nathan and Nash.

Brother/brother-in-law of late Marcos/Filomena, Guilhermina/late Caetano Lobo, Maximo/Laura, Nonato/Varela. Brother-in-law of Dr.Pedro/Ivone, Lourdes/Leonel and Francisco, expired on 15th January 2011 Funeral cortege will leave his house at Bondiem Bhatt, on 18th January, 2011 (Today), at 3.45 p.m. to St. Michael Church, Taleigao, for Eucharistic celebration, followed by burial. Relatives and friends kindly accept this as the only intimation.

Ivory Coast on tenterhooks African Union sends mediator UNI ABIDJAN, JAN 17

An African mediator was expected in Ivory Coast as supporters of internationally recognised president, Alassane Ouattara, called for a fresh general strike to force incumbent Laurent Gbagbo to stand down. The African Union's mediator, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, was in Abuja, holding talks with the head of the ECOWAS regional bloc, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, on how to end the crisis. Odinga was expected to return to Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan on Monday or Tuesday, with ECOWAS having brandished the threat of military action to force Gbagbo to stand down. The RHDP, a coalition of pro-Ouattara parties, called in a statement on Sunday for all citizens in the crisis-stricken nation to stop work from Tuesday until embattled strongman Gbagbo moves out. It called on "public and private sector workers, transport workers, shopkeepers, artisans, workers, farmers" to observe the strike, amid floundering international efforts to mediate an end to the crisis. "Despite multiple mediations... Gbagbo

is holding on to power and taking our country Ivory Coast inexorably towards uncertain tomorrows," the statement said.

n Despite multiple mediations... Gbagbo is holding on to power and taking our country Ivory Coast inexorably towards uncertain tomorrows. A previous general strike called by Ouattara's camp in the cocoa-rich nation on December 27 failed to build momentum and was largely ignored by workers in Abidjan. Likewise, a December call by Ouattara's prime minister, former rebel leader Guillaume Soro, had little effect. Odinga's first trip to Abidjan since being appointed as mediator ended on January 05 with little tangible progress after Gbagbo failed to make good on promises that mediators said he made. The African Union and 15-member Economic Community of West African States

Weather plays truant at Brazil’s flood-hit areas AGENCIES NOVA FRIBURGO, JAN 17

The Brazilian military has sent troops and helicopters to rescue stranded survivors of floods and landslides that killed more than 625 people but the operation was stymied by more bad weather. After rains resumed in the afternoon, the air force had to call back helicopters that had been sent as a lifeline to 80 people stranded since Wednesday in the village of Brejal, in the mountains near Rio de Janeiro, a spokesman said. "The weather conditions do not permit us to advance in the rural areas and to help people who are isolated," said Rio firefighter Colonel Pedro Machado. "We can only make short flights. The teams on the ground are also having a lot of difficulty." The military had hoped to evacuate people in hamlets cut off by rivers of water and mud that carved massive destruction in the Serrana region just north of Rio de Janeiro. Bodies buried under rubble and sludge would have to wait until teams with heavy equipment could get to the communities, something that could take days because roads were destroyed. Soldiers, civil defence workers, police and rangers were seen gathering in Nova Friburgo, reinforcing teams that so far have pulled 283 bodies from decimated parts of the town. General Oswaldo de Jesus Fer-

reira, coordinating the military response, told O Globo newspaper that the 500 troops sent to the Serrana would not only recover bodies but also clear roads and distribute food. The military had 38 vehicles, including two ambulances, and 11 helicopters based out of Teresopolis, another hard-hit town where 268 people died. Although the toll on Sunday stood at 626 dead, workers transporting bodies said they feared the overall count will rise as rescuers reached outlying hamlets. "I think in the end we'll see more than 1,000 bodies," said a funeral worker in Teresopolis, Mauricio Berlim. "In one village near here, Campo Grande, there were 2,500 homes and not one is left standing." President Dilma Rousseff has declared three days of mourning, while Rio authorities said their state will observe a full week of mourning starting on Monday. At least 14,000 people have been made homeless, officials said, and Rio Governor Sergio Cabral declared a state of emergency in seven municipalities. Authorities made an urgent appeal for donations of blood, bottled water, food and medicine, and for medically trained people to help. At least four refrigerated trucks were parked in front of a makeshift morgue inside a Teresopolis church to take bodies as decomposition and disease became concerns.

Charles was under threat during Diana’s funeral AGENCIES LONDON, JAN 17

A new account has claimed that there were fears over Prince Charles’ safety during the funeral of Princess Diana in September 1997. In extracts from his diaries published in The Guardian, Alastair Campbell writes that a senior official of St James' Palace was sent to warn the Prince of Wales of the threat of being attacked by a member of the public if he walked behind Princess Diana’s coffin alone. As a result, Prince William was asked to walk behind his mother's coffin, claimed the former Downing Street director of communications. Campbell further claimed that William, then 15, was "consumed by a total hatred of the media" because Princess Diana was killed along with Dodi Fayed when their car crashed in Paris,

(ECOWAS) have struggled to mediate between Gbagbo and the man the world says won a November 28 presidential runoff. More than 200 people have died since the vote. Most of the world, the United Nations and the Independent Electoral Commission say that Quattara is the winner and he has been sworn in as president. The constitutional council has declared Gbagbo the winner, and he has also been sworn in as president. Ouattara has for weeks been holed up in an Abidjan hotel resort, with United Nations peacekeepers and northern ex-rebels protecting his camp from the Army, which remains loyal to the incumbent. A cascade of African leaders have shuttled between the two men sworn in as president in recent weeks, with ECOWAS threatening military action as a last resort if Gbagbo refuses to hand over power. The United Nations mission in the country says that Gbagbo's supporters have stepped up their attacks on peacekeepers there, with several UN vehicles torched on Thursday, although Gbagbo's camp has denied involvement.

‘WikiLeaks had program to tap Canadian firm’ AGENCIES MELBOURNE, JAN 17

New documents revealed in an Australian court how WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange created a program that allowed him to access about 11,000 computers belonging to the giant Canadian telecommunications company, Northern Telecom. The court documents released to The Australian under an application to the Victorian County Court include a transcript of Assange's 1996 presentencing hearing for 24 computer-related offences, including accessing a server of Northern Telecom. "In over 100 of the computers, (Mr Assange) had root ac-

cess to those computers, which meant he didn’t need any further password -- he had the key to the door, if you like,” the Herald Sun quoted the prosecutor as saying. “He could have gone anywhere that he liked and he was in those systems for quite some months before the systems' administrators detected his presence,” he added. When the Toronto-based Northern Telecom administrators found Assange’s presence, the WikiLeaks’ founder watched on as they attempted to catch him out -- at one point forcing the exclusion of an administrator from the network who "got very close to catching him", the court heard.

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answer all queries pertaining to the drugs nexus. “Last time around, the home minister stayed away from the house on health grounds and made his appearance only at the fag end of the session. This time, I am keeping my fingers crossed and pray that Ravi is in good health to attend the session. The home minister will have to do a lot of answering in the house on the drugs nexus and the law and order situation”, Pacheco added. PANJIM REPORTER ADDS: The political scene heated up on Monday with Pacheco baying for Home Minister Ravi Naik’s blood by calling for his resignation over the drubbing police have been receiving in the past few days in the media on drug nexus and other issues. Pacheco, who is waiting to be inducted in Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s cabinet, went on to add that Naik has to accept moral responsibility and step down and in the same vein the chief minister should also be held liable for the functioning of the Home Ministry. Addressing a press conference on Monday evening after a meeting with some of the executive committee members, the Benaulim MLA informed a chargesheet was filed in the threatening case involving him some one-and-half year back in a casino in South Goa. The filing of the chargesheet today was nothing, but a ploy to divert the issues involving the Home Ministry that are coming up in the media everyday.” Drumming up support for the alleged Cipriano custodial death case, the legislator said the officers involved in the case have to be dismissed immediately. Raking up the Deputy Superintendent of Police Shirish Thorat issue, he said the officer was suspended in 2002 because he had slapped Kamat’s relative. The CM was then power minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party government, he recalled. He said when an officer can be suspended for just slapping someone, the Cipriano case is of grave nature involving death in custody and officers of the Panjim police involved should be dismissed. Coming back to the home minister, he alleged Naik was involved in drugs cases that are coming up gradually. “Why are they not arresting suspended Police Sub Inspector Sunil Gudlar, the man involved in the drug nexus? The home minister is scared of being exposed. There should be an inquiry against him,” he demanded. Pacheco said if the CM wants to send the right signal to the people of Goa, he should, first thing, drop Naik from the Home Ministry.

‘I am chief whip’

Endorsing his view State President Surendra Sirsat said constitutionally the party has decided and communicated to the speaker that Pacheco is the chief whip and leader of the legislature of the party. Now he has to only accept that decision, he added. Over a few other questions on the stalemate pertaining to Pacheco’s induction in the cabinet, Sirsat said the Congress wasn’t behaving in a proper manner. “In a day or high commands of both parties are coming together. We will see a decision soon,” he stated.

IFFCO chief killed pistol went off accidentally at his farmhouse, some 125-km from here, and there was no foul play, he said. Surinder Jakhar’s family, in a statement to the police, said he was killed in an accidental fire from his pistol at his farmhouse in Maujgarh village, SP (Abohar) Varinder Brar said.


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GOA S H O RT TA K E S Restricted water supply

PANJIM (HND): There will be restricted water supply to entire Bardez and parts of Bicholim taluka on January 18 due to power failure at Assonora Water treatment plant on January 17.

Posts vacant at GU

PANJIM (HND): A walk-in-interview for one post of Project Fellow to work in the Department of Marine Sciences, Goa University, under a Research Project titled ‘Understanding depositional environments, metal concentrations and processes through the study of mudflats within Mandovi-Zuari estuarine system, Goa’, sponsored by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, will be conducted on January 24 at 3 pm in the Department of Marine Sciences. For further details contact Prof G N Nayak, Department of Marine Sciences. Also, applications are invited for one post of Computer Scientist on research project on Konkani Wordnet Development under the Indradhanush project funded by DIT, New Delhi. Applicants may walk in for interview with all testimonials on January 21 at 10.30 am at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Goa University. Applications are also invited for posts of JRF/Project Assistants leading to PhD from the candidates with first class masters degree in Chemistry or Physics, who are motivated to pursue PhD program in the area of solid state chemistry/materials. Selected candidates will work on DST sponsored project entitled ‘Synthesis, Characterization and applications of Functionalized nanomaterials’ for a period of three years. Applications with detailed biodata (hard copy and email) should reach the Head, Department of Chemistry, Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403206 (email: sav@unigoa.ac.in) within two weeks of the date of this notification.

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CM to support inclusion of Tributes paid to Dr Sequeira Dhangar community in ST HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 17

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat assured that he will make efforts for inclusion of Dhangar community in Scheduled Tribe category and said that he plans to meet Union Home Minister P Chidambaran in this regard, when he meets him in Delhi next week. Kamat was speaking at a Dhangar Melava organised by the Gomantak Dhangar Samajonnati Mandal, Sanguem at Mollem. Kamat also assured that funds earmarked for the welfare of Dhangar Samaj will be utilised

in this financial year. He also said that left out wards in remote areas of the state will be provided electricity either by conventional means or non-conventional sources. Highlighting the importance of ‘Asmitai Diwas’, Kamat recalled that Opinion Poll which was conducted 44 years ago decided the fate of Goa to maintain separate identity. Kamat then disclosed that the State will soon have a centralised police control room at Panjim and 50 PCR vans for effective communication and mobilisation of police. “This PCR at Panjim will be commissioned

Next HCN Housie on Feb 2

Annual day observed

SANGUEM (HC): The annual day of Somnath Sports and Cultural Club, Costi-Kalay, was recently celebrated in the premises of Shri Krishna Rakhandev Devasthan, Costi-Sanguem. To mark the celebration, an All Goa Solo Dance competition was organized, where Paritoshik Sarvangi Dessai won the first prize. The second and third prizes were won by Anisha Pillarnkar and Pratika Marathe respectively. Sanchika Shirodkar, Ashwit Pilarnkar and Shrusti Nerulkar were all awarded consolation prizes. On the occasion, the Club felicitated a local senior official of Chowgule Group and Companies Pandarinath Naik for having bagged the prestigious ‘Outstanding Officer’ award at the All Goa Level among all officers working for the company. Senior manager of Chowgule Group of Companies, Costi, Gangaram Nasnodkar was the chief guest for the prize distribution function, which was organised under the presidentship of Panch Vinod Gaonkar and attended by Vassant Naik, Damodar Kanekar, Suhas Naik and Pandarinath L Naik. Pandarinath Naik was felicitated by Gangaram Nasnodkar for his selfless and dedicated service to the Chowgule Group of Companies. Rupali Gaonkar and Amar Naik were the judges for the competition. Vinay Gaonkar compered the function.

Free legal aid program

Seen in the photo are some of the prize winners of the second draw of HCN Housie held on January 12 at HCN office. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 17

The next HCN Housie draw will be held on February 2 at 7.30 pm. This time the prizes would be much higher worth over Rs 6 lakhs. The jackpot prize now will be worth Rs 4 lakhs and the

Siolim local assaulted HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JAN 17

Camurlim Sarpanch Sharad Gad, Pednem BDO Tushar Halarnkar and Siolim MLA Dayanand Mandrekar at the free legal aid program.

PANJIM (HND): Siolim Free Legal Aid Cell of VM Salgoacar College of Law conducted a program on ‘Domestic Violence’, recently at Camurlim, Bardez. The session was presided over by Pednem BDO Tushar Halarnkar, who delivered a talk on ‘Domestic Violence’ and also informed the audience on various social schemes. The program was conducted by Maya S Nagvenkar while the Siolim MLA Dayanand Mandrekar was the chief guest. Over 130 people from Siolim and Camurlim participated.

Fruits distributed

PORVORIM (HC): The Mapusa unit of Shiv Sena distributed fruits to inmates of the aged home ‘Provedoria’ at Mapusa and Mahila Ashram at Anjuna on the occasion of Meenatai Thakeray’s Jayanti. Ad Hoc committee member Philip D’Souza, Karyala Pramukh Shrikant Simepuruskar and other Shiv Sena members were present during the distribution of fruits. In a press note, D’Souza has stated that their act was not to gain appreciation, but a tribute to the respected and revered late Meenatai Thackerey, who contributed for the cause of women. The press note further stated that Shiv Sena’s ‘Mahila Agadi’ (women’s wing) has gained public prominence and was integrated in the larger party through the influence of Shiv Sena’s supremo’s late wife Meenatai, who is also reverently referred to as ‘maasaheb’. “Meenatai continues to be an icon figure in the hearts of millions of people. Meenatai could give comfort and justice to thousands of women and families in distress,” adds the press note. “She understood the problems of the women who had jobless brothers, fathers or husbands. The Mahila Agadi contributed in the effort to gain back respect, preference and jobs for sons and daughters of the soil,” stated the press note. D’Souza further stated that in Goa, there are thousands of women in distress but having no effective voice to fight for them. “The Shiv Sena invites these helpless women to join the Shiv Sena, the party that has been time tested to fight for justice and give back basic and fundamental rights to the sons and daughters of the soil,” states the press note.

BCom exam forms

PANJIM (HND): Students of SS Dempo College of Commerce & Economics, Altinho, Panjim, should submit their BCom (Semester VI) Goa University Examination application forms of April to the college office by January 28 without late fees and by February 10 with late fees. Details are on the college notice board.

Students awarded

PANJIM (HND): Etienne Fernandes, Varsha Javherani, Prutha Kunkolienkar, Alicia Fernandes, Ruba Khan, Aanchal Agarwal and Toshiro Cotta of The King’s School, Sao Jose de Areal, Salcette, were awarded gold medals by Educational Assessment Australia of the University of New South Wales, Australia, for the International Assessment for Indian Schools in partnership with Macmillan. Awards were given to students who topped the state in English, Mathematics and computer skills.

soon for which Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will be invited,” he added. MLA Babu Kavalekar said he has been pursuing matter of inclusion of Dhangar community in ST category for long, but it has remained unfulfilled for some technical flaws. On the occasion, Dr Janu Zhore, Rashmi Lambor, Darshan Misal, Dhulo Shelke were felicitated by the Chief Minister. Minister for Forests Filipe Neri Rodrigues, MLA and IDC Chairman Babu Kavalekar, MLA Pandurang Madkaikar and industrialist Arjun Salgaokar were present on the occasion.

A 38-year-old resident of MarnaSiolim was injured, after he was brutally assaulted by four persons at Marna on Sunday at about 8.30 pm. According to Anjuna Police, the four accused allegedly attacked one Salvador Luis Simon with wooden sticks, fist blows and kicks. Police said the four persons, including a resident of SodiemSiolim, restrained Salvador at Marna and started hitting him with wooden sticks. Salvador, who sustained grievous injuries, was rushed to GMC Hospital at Bambolim, where is recuperating. Police said no arrests have been made so far and Head Constable Dessai is investigating the case. Anjuna Police have registered an offence under Sections 341, 325 read with 34 IPC.

numbers picked up will be 26 numbers as against the earlier 25. If the jackpot is not claimed within 26 numbers, the person getting the full house will win worth Rs one lakh. The Jaldi Five winner will get Rs 10,000 and all three horizon-

tal lines will get a prize worth Rs 10,000 each. For the first consecutive four numbers called out winners will get worth Rs 2000 each. The first three consecutive numbers called out will get Rs 500 each. The first two consecutive numbers called out will get two tickets for the next Housie game and the first number called out will get one ticket for the next Housie game. This time prizes worth Rs one lakh have been added for the first 100 lucky ticket numbers (printed on the Housie) picked up will get worth Rs 1000 each. All that is needed to be done is to buy a Faber Castle pen worth Rs 50 and get a complementary Housie ticket free. Witness the draw live to be held on February 2 on HCN at 7.30 pm. The winner will be traced from the HCN office as per the ticket numbers. Winners should retain the tickets to claim the prizes. Pens and the tickets are available with the dealers.

Bhagawan Mahavir’s statue unveiled HERALD CORRESPONDENT COLLEM, JAN 17

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Sunday unveiled the statue of Bhagawan Mahavir at Bhagawan Mahavir National Park. The additional principal chief conservator of forest and chief of wild life warden of State jointly organized the prize distribution and concluding programme of wild life week celebrations 2010 at Mollem. Kamat unveiled the statue in the presence of Forest Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues, industrialist Arjun Salgaonkar, ZP member Rashmi Lambor, Special Secretary of Forest Balkrishnan and others. Kamat said the statue which was installed at Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary was desecrated by some miscreants in 2008, but the Jain Community of the State maintained peace and remained true to the teaching of Lord Bha-

gawan Mahavir. “Bhagawan Mahavir gave a mantra to the society ‘Live and let live’ and taught them a path of non-violence,” said Kamat. Kamat and other dignitaries distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions organized by the Forest department. Forest Minister Filipe Neri congratulated the winners of several contests, headmasters of various institutions and parents for encouraging their wards. On the occasion, Chief Minster Kamat felicitated Devendra Dessai (deputy conservator of forest), J J Rego (principal chief engineer PWD), Radha Pamlani (chief architect) for expediting the work and installing the statue of Bhagawan Mahavir. Pradeep Verenkar welcomed the guests, while Sangeeta Abhyankar compered the programme.

CCP corporators, former MLAs, members of Konkani Songit Somajik Kala Kendr, Taleigao, and Dr Jack de Sequeira family at the statue of Dr Jack de Sequeira, Father of the Opinion Poll, after paying floral tributes on the occasion of the 44th Opinion Poll Day at NIO circle, Dona Paula. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 17

The Konkani Songit Somajik Kala Kendra, Taleigao along with the members of the Sequeira family paid rich tributes to the Father of the Opinion Poll on the 44th anniversary of the Opinion Poll on Sunday at the statue of Dr Jack de Sequeira, NIO Circle, Dona Paula and also observed the entry into the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Goa. Three time UGP MLA from St Andre, Teotonio Pereira said that Dr Jack de Sequeira, a gifted orator, used his charisma to tilt the balance. “Dr Sequeira and his UGP members went to Delhi and impressed upon the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the need of an Opinion Poll. He also influenced people with his fluent rhetoric, and managed to win people into the UGP fold, which subsequently led to the convincing victory of the UGP,” he added. Pereira also said that many senior citizens recall that when the State was under the merger threat, Dr Sequeira travelled extensively from Colaba to Kalyan in Bombay and with his winning personality took Bombay by storm, convincing Goans to support the cause of a separate State. Former MLA Victor Gonsalves reminded those present that Dr Jack de Sequeira’s son Erasmo Sequeira also played a pivotal role in the run up to the Opinion Poll as the then Member of Parliament, representing Goa in New Delhi. President of Konkani Songit

Valanka for Vailankanni PANJIM (HND): Valanka Alemao, a social worker and daughter of Minister for PWD Churchill Alemao, will not be available in Goa for three days from Monday a s s h e h a s p ro c e e d e d t o Vailankanni in Tamil Nadu to venerate Our Lady of Health.

Somajik Kala Kendra also praised Dr Sequiera’s pivotal role in pathbreaking verdict by Goans of all castes and creeds to maintain

Goa’s distinct identity. Secretary of Konkani Songit Somajik Kala Kendra, Taleigao Peter Figueiredo also spoke on the occasion.

UPCOMING EVENTS CME in pathology

PANJIM (HND): The Department of Pathology of Goa Medical College in collaboration with the Goa Association of Pathologists is organising a Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme in pathology on January 19 in the pathology department seminar room, GMC college building at 2.30 pm. The faculty consists of Dr Pushpalata Pai, professor and head of pathology department, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore and Dr Hansa Goswami, professor of pathology, B J Medical College, Ahmedabad-Gujarat. The CME will be chaired and coordinated by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto. The topics that will be covered include lymphoma, the types, clinical features, diagnosis and prognosis. In addition glass slide seminars in histopathology, hematology and cytopathology will also be conducted. The Goa Medical Council has given CME accreditation to this programme.

Blessing of chapel

PANJIM (HND): The reconstructed chapel of St Sebastian will be blessed by Parish Priest of Bogmalo Church on January 20 in presence of deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho at 5 pm, followed by an Eucharistic celebration. The chapel dedicated to St Sebastian is reconstructed on the ruins of a centuries-old chapel which had crumbled in the first decade of the 19th century due to the devastating plague which engulfed the village killing hundreds and forcing the remaining to flee. After decades of perseverance and faith, parishioners of Chicolna, Bogmalo have been able to reconstruct the chapel.

Contacto Goa

PANJIM (HND): The 67th episode of Contacto Goa will be broadcast on January 18 on RTP International at 1.30 pm and 8.30 pm. On January 19 it will be broadcast at 7.30 am. ‘Contacto Goa’ team is still in Kerala, this time to meet the Anglo-Indian community. This episode was directed by Nalini Elvino de Sousa, photographed by Jude Fernandes and Nuno Oliveira and edited by Nuno Oliveira. Further episodes will continue to be broadcast every 15 days. The Contacto team can be contacted by email at contactogoa@yahoo.co.in or nalini_portugal@yahoo.com

Fr Abraham’s discourse

Valanka Alemao addresses the mega melava of self help group of Navelim constituency organised by Mahila Mandal of Navelim.

‘Kepemchim Kirnnam’ completes 25 international shows HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 17

‘Kepemchim Kirnnam’, the internationally renowned cultural troupe from Goa, gave its 25th international performance under the dynamic leadership of Elvis Goes at the inaugural ceremony of the ‘Festival da Lusofonia’ – Semana Cultural de China e dos Paises de Lingua Portuguesa (cultural week of China and Portuguese speaking countries) in Macau, recently. T h e 2 2 m e m b e r s t ro n g ‘Kepemchim Kirnnam’ troupe showcased the rich cultural traditions of Goa through dance and music. ‘Kepemchim Kirnnam’ performed Goan folk dance and music and also performed purely original Konkani pop/rock music besides Portuguese and other songs. ‘Mando’ was presented in all its grandeur in a very

PANJIM (HND): Fr Abraham Painumkal SJ, a Jesuit priest and counsellor, will deliver a discourse on ‘Peaceful Transformation’ on January 20 at 6 pm at Jesuit House, Panjim. It is open to all and free. Fr Abraham is also available for counselling at J e s u i t H o u s e , Pa n j i m a n d c a n b e c o n t a c t e d o n 9850123667/2223495.

Philatelic workshop

PANJIM (HND): The Department of Economics, Government College, Khandola, will organise a Philatelic (stamp collecting) workshop on January 22. Nationally recognised philatelist V R Navelkar, ex-librarian of Goa University will conduct the workshop. For details contact Dr Seema P Rath on 2287718, Dr Christina de Souza on 9822124032 or V R Navelkar on 2287967.

Get together

Elvis Goes with ‘Kepemchim Kirnnam’ at the Festival da Lusofonia in Macau along with the committee NACGDD members Stephen Gomes, Emalita Rocha, Jack Colaco, Oscar Nogueiro and Athos Fernandes.

unique way wherein besides the dancing couples, the singers too were involved in Mando dancing. The troupe also presented other Goan folk art forms like the Dekhni, Kunnbi-Fugddi nach, etc, besides original compositions of Elvis Goes. Elvis’ original single ‘Live and

let live’, a song for world peace which was specially selected for the festival which he sung with his powerful vibrato, making the crowds sway and sing with him. ‘Kepemchim Kirnnam’ performed at the invitation of Nucleo de Animacao Cultural de Goa, Damao e Diu (NACGDD) – Goa,

Daman and Diu Cultural Animation Group. NACGDD president Jack Colaco along with the committee members Emalita Rocha, Athos Fernandes, Oscar Noguiero and Stephen Gomes were instrumental in ‘Kepemchim Kirnnam’ giving silver jubilee international performance in Macau.

MAYEM (HC): Chitpawan Brahmin Sangh Gomantak will organise the annual get together of Chitpawan Brahmin Association at Yogeshwari Temple, Parvati Nagar, Kulan-Sarvan, Bicholim, on January 23 at 2.30 pm. On the occasion, Chitpawan Brahmin Sangh Gomantak will also felicitate students. Students, who secured 60% marks and above in the SSC exams to the degree level are requested to contact the manager of Yogeshwari Devasthan Vidhyadhar Tulpule at Parvati Nagar Kulan, president of Chitpawan Sangh (9422442167), Nilkanth Marath (9422062472), Damodar Barve (6410150) and Krishna Marath at Housing Board Colony Pratap Nagar, Sanquelim by January 20.


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Churchill Brothers favourites HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JAN 17

As Churchill Brothers Sports Club coach Vincent Subramanian is taking cellar and winless, Air India lightly. The Airmen languish at the bottom and ahead of 10th round of AIFF’s fourth I-League will look forward for victory, at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Tuesday, at 3.45 p.m. The teams had practice sessions at the Cuncolim ground, on Monday evening. Pratap Anant Prabhu Gaunkar, who achieved the FIDE Arbiter norm organised by Delhi State Chess Association in collaboration with All-India Chess Federation and FIDE in New Delhi, recently.

out the match,” he added. Subramanian, however faces some injury concerns. Leading scorer Odafe Okolie is ruled out as he is yet to recover from his thigh injury. “This is our home match and we have to take full advantage of the situation.” Churchill’s strike force will consist of New Zealand striker Kayne Vincent and Binesh Balan. Australian striker Bhoimic Karpcha and Brazilian Amouri

are expected to play if the Internal Transfer Certificates come in time. Both the players have been training with the team for the last two months. Air India will sorely miss the services of goalkeeper Arup Debnath and striker Alex Ambrose, who have been ruled out due to injuries. However, Air India coach Santosh Kashayap has put up a brave front and is still hoping

that his team will come good on Tuesday. “Injuries are part of the game, and Churchill Brothers are strong opponents. We need to play well against them and although my team has not been getting positive results, I’m confident of boys putting a good show tomorrow,” Kashayap informed. Air India coach is looking for his maiden victory after five draws and four losses.

Curtorim Gymkhana Goa Police thump qualify for play-offs St Mathews’s SC HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, JAN 17

gfa 2nd div HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JAN 17

GFA First Division: Raia SC v. Calangute Association, Raia ground, 4 p.m. GFA Second Division: Dempo SC (Juniors) v. Merces Club, Taleigao ground, 4 p.m. All-Goa Romeo memorial soccer: Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda v. Dicarpale SC, Santa Cruz ground, 4.30 p.m. 5th Reira Cup soccer: Curtorim Gymkhana v. Sodiem Siolim SCA, Saligao ground, 4.45 p.m. Martin Pereira memorial soccer: Secreavaddo v. Fatima Boys, Dramapur, Chinchinim church ground, 4.30 p.m.

With Churchill Brothers occupying the second spot with 16 points from nine matches, will try to topple the tabletoppers East Bengal to move atop. Talking about the team’s strength, Subramanian said, “All the teams in the league are of equal strength and no one is invincible.” “We need to settle down early and score goals as early as possible and stay focussed through-

Curtorim Gymkhana claimed the top position in the Salcete Zone GFA’s Second Division league thrashing Santa Cruz Society of Poitamado, Cuncolim 8-0 in the concluding match, at Cuncolim ground, on Monday. Curtorim Gymkhana led 5-0 at the breather. Striker Melvin Fernandes, Tony Dias, Agnelo Colaco, Roy Albuquerque and Welbon Fernandes were the scorers. Curtorim Gymkhana outplayed their opponents in all department of the game and virtually toyed with the rival weak defence. At the other end, Santa Cruz Society were ultra defensive in the beginning and attempted to frustrate Melvin Fernandes and Tony Dias by reinforcing the back line. Curtorim fired home early in the 3rd minute when striker Melvin Fernandes tapped it in from a cross from Agnelo Colaco

from the right. Midfielder Mariano Rebello was fulcrum for Curtorim waistline as he kept his forwards busy with stream of passes. Agnelo Colaco doubled the lead in the 12th minute of a Roy Albuquerque pass. Earlier Roy feeble try went to the rival goalkeeper from close range via Mariano Rebello flag kick. Later, Melwin made it 3-0 from a pass from Agnelo Colaco. Welbon Fernandes try hit the cross bar and then it was the turn of Roy Albuquerque to inflate their tally. Tony Dias put the issue beyond doubt and made it 5-0 in the 35th minute. The second half did not bring any respite for Santa Cruz as Tony Dias was a thorn in the rival defence netting two more goals immediately. Welbon Fernandes rubbed the salt on the opponents’ wounds as he drove the last nail into the coffins. Curtorim Goalkeeper Johnson Bhagat had a field day as was hardly tested by the rival strikers. With this win, Curtorim

Gymkhana collected 10 points from four matches to top the group and qualify for the playoffs. Santa Cruz Society of Poitamado have been relegated to Third Division. Wilred Leisure Sports Club also qualified for the play-offs from Salcete Zone. Curtorim Gymkhana coach Alex Dias praised the boys for their excellent showing throughout the tournament and for remaining undefeated. “It was superb teamwork. Kudos to my boys who toiled so hard to bring glory to the village and hope they will continue same zeal in the play-off,” Dias added. At Curtorim ground, Fr Agnel Youth Club, Paroda came from behind to defeat Maina Sports Club 3-1. Alexander Fernandes put Maina Sports Club into the lead in the 25th minute. But their joy was short-lived when John Carvalho canceled the lead in the 37th minute. Later, Anthony Dias made it 2-1 while Timotio Lima rounded off the tally in the 84th minute.

Sensational second half substitute Rohidas Mhaloji netted a hat-trick as Goa Police thumped St Mathews’s Sports Club 9-0 in GFA’s Second Division League at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Monday. Goa police led 2-0 at the breather. Police scored four goals in a ten minute spell after the restart to put them on the way to a convincing victory. Police were far too strong for their opponents. The build up play was exhilarating as they passed the ball into the danger zone with pace. For most part of the first half, St Mathew’s kept their shape, but after changing ends, they seemed to lose focus and their defence gave in. Police broke the deadlock in the 34th minute after Kishore Palkar tapped in a teasing cross from the left side. Two minutes before the interval, Punaji Kalangutkar scored off the rebound to double the lead, after Sudesh Kerkar’s initial shot was saved by the St Matthew custodian.

Immaculate Conception High School, Dabal-Sanguem, runners-up at State judo championship 2010-11 organised by Judo Association of Goa under the aegis of Sports Authority of Goa at Ravi S Naik Higher Secondary School Gymnasium Hall recently. In the U-14 girls category, Sweta Shetkar won a gold while Sharmila Gaonkar, Sweta Gaonkar and Vaishali Gaonkar won silver and bronze medals respectively. In the U-14 boys category, Gouresh Gaonkar and Sahil Bhonsle won the silver medals. In the U-12 category, Somnath Kopad, Sneha Gaonkar and Saish Kuttikar won the silver medals while Vaibhav Gaonkar, Megashri Gaonkar and Akib Patil won the bronze medals. The participants were trained by Rupesh S Prabhu. Photo: Alfred Fernandes

Rossman Cruz move into quarter-finals ReiraCup HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JAN 17

Rossman Cruz Nagoa Sports Club got the better of Sinquerim Sports Club 6-5 via the tiebreaker after the teams were involved in an exciting 2-2 draw to move into the quarter-finals of 5th Reira Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Saligao Sporting Club, at Sporting ground, Saligao, on Monday. Rossman Cruz began on a promising note and took the

lead in the 8th minute through Apy Satarkar. Savio Moniz doubled the lead for Rossman Cruz in the 15th minute. Down by two goals, Sinquerim fought back and reduced the margin through Sadashiv Tari in the 20th minute. Goaded by success, Sinquerim raided their rivals and drew through Pandurang Korgaonkar with a few minutes remaining for the breather. Both the teams failed to score in the second half. Rossman Cruz prevailed over Sinquerim 4-3 on penalties.

Siddarth meets Noah in finals HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 17

Noah D’Silva will meet Siddarth Nunes in the finals (boys under19) of all-Goa Open Table Tennis tournament on January 19, at Panjim Gymkhana, Campal, at 4.30 p.m. In the semi-finals, Noah D'Silva outplayed Kyle Cummings 8-3 while Siddarth Nunes took the better of Sydney Palha 8-3. The chief guest will be Dr. Susana De Souza, director of Sports and Youth Affairs. Following are the other results: Boys (U-14): Rishabh Kalokhe beat Kurt Fernandes 6-2. Kyle Cummings beat Yohan Proenca 6-2 and Joshva D'silva beat Zoran Proenca 6-

0. Veteran doubles (semis): Vaman Tari and Pradip K beat Dr. Murlitharan and partner 95. Sameer Kakodkar and Sadguru Dessai beat Glen and partner 9-7. Men doubles: Kevin Rebelo and Sachin Dukle beat Christian Cummings and Bukky 6-2, 7- 5 to enter the semi-finals.

Eleven minutes after the restart, Mahendra Hokhande coolly blasted home a penalty for Police. In the 60th, Rohidas came off the bench and scored with his first touch as he tapped in a cross from the right side. Three minutes later, Paresh Morji was played through on goal and with only the rival keeper to beat, he made no mistake as he kept his shot low to score. In the 66th, Rohidas superbly guided his shot into the goal by hitting in a cross from the right at the first time of asking. St Mathew seemed to tighten up at the back for the next fifteen minutes, but then the flood gates opened again and they were stung by three more goals as Paresh, Aggio Antao and Rohidas added to the score line.

FC Siolim in semis romeo soccer HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 17

FC Siolim scored a solitary goal win over Club Sao Minguel de Taleigao to move into the semifinals of all-Goa Romeo memorial football tournament at Santa Cruz village school ground on Monday. FC Siolim started the match on an aggressive note and were dominant throughout the match. However, the lone goal scored by Siolim in the first half had its share of controversy as another ball was thrown into the playing field just at the time the goal was scored. Siolim’s Sagam Pednekar and Domnic D’Souza combined well in the midfield with one-touch passes and then Domnic dribbled past a couple of Taleigao defenders and unleashed a powerful right footer which gave no chance to the Taleigao goalie. The Taleigao players appealed against the goal and pointed to referee Joao Pereira that another ball had entered the field at the time when the goal was scored. But, the referee stood his ground and allowed the goal to stand much to the dismay of Club Sao Minguel de Taleigao. With a goal down, Taleigao went all out for the equaliser in the final minutes. Gavin Araujo had a golden opportunity to level the score when a clearance by Siolim’s goalie fell in his path, but Gavin’s rasping shot missed the mark by a whisker. Yellow cards were flashed to Francis Rebello of Sao Minguel for reckless tackle.

Pre-inter zonal cricket probables HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 17

Following players have been selected by Goa Tennis Ball Cricket Association to participate in the Pre-Inter Zonal coaching camp to select the State team for the Inter-Zonal Tennis Ball Cricket championships in Chennai from January 27 to 29. Pramod Dhuri, Atish Sawant, Sunay Virdikar, Mahendra Kalapurkar, Gaurav Naik, Sujay Naik, Sachin Kurpaskar, Pavan Naik, Ramdas Varak, Pushparaj Mandrekar, Akhil Naik, Tushar Divkar, Sidhant Naik, Kunal Salgaonkar, Dasharath Vadkar, Francis Demello, Santosh Chavan and Chandan Dongrekar. Players have been asked to report to Haresh Parsekar or Hemant Khot alongwith two photographs and kit at SAG tennis ball cricket ground, Campal at 2.30 p.m.

Sarzora Youngsters move ahead HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 17

Sarzora Youngsters beat Tolleaband 2-1 in Martin Pereira memorial soccer organised by United Boys of Chinchinim, at Chinchinim church ground, on Sunday. The score was 1-1 at the

lemon break. Tolleaband opened the account in the 10th minute through Noel. Their joy was short-lived when Ryan brought Sarzora on equal terms. Sarzora’s Ryan struck the match-winner in the 75th minute.


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Federer, Wozniacki start well AGENCIES MELBOURNE, JAN 17

Roger Federer didn’t waste any time Monday at the Australian Open, winning his opening match by playing like a man who doesn’t want his remarkable 7 1/2year run of success in Grand Slams to end. Federer was rarely troubled in beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-1, 61, 6-3 in 84 minutes on the first day at Melbourne Park, barely waiting for ballboys and ballgirls to get back to their positions before serving. The victory came

at Rod Laver Arena, a stadium named after the player who Federer’s main rival here — Rafael Nadal—is trying to emulate. Third-seeded Novak Djokovic, the 2008 champion, rolled through Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-1, 63, 6-1 with a relentess display of all-court tennis in the featured night match. Andy Roddick also was rarely under pressure in his 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic. Two other American men had contrasting fortunes in five-setters—No. 18 Sam Querrey lost

Somdev, Sania’s ouster end singles campaign

India's campaign in both men's and women's singles event in the Australian Open ended on a sour note with Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza going down fighting in their respective first round matches here today. While, Somdev went down fighting to Tommy Robredo of Spain in straight sets 6-7(4) 3-6 4-6, Sania managed to bag a set before losing 7-5 3-6 1-6 to former World No 1 and winner of seven Grand Slams Justine Henin-Hardenneof Belgium.

Bhutia set to play a part in Asian Cup tomorrow and we are hoping that he gets some time in the After sitting out of India's first match," coach Bob Houghton two matches, captain Bhaichung said at the pre-match press conBhutia will finally be a part of ference. the playing XI in the Asian Cup He said though South Korea football tournaare one of the F I XT U R E ment as he is all favourites to win set to play the tournament, India v. South Korea against South his boys will try Korea in inconto play their best 6.30 p.m. sequential last so that they bow group match here tomorrow. out of the tournament with their Bhutia has been struggling heads held high. with his calf muscle injury, which "From India's perspective, we he sustained in mid-September are already eliminated from the last year. He had consulted the tournament but still tomorrow's Australian team doctor here be- match is very important for us. sides draining out the blood We have qualified for the Asian clots at a local hospital. Cup for the first time in 27 years. "Bhaichung has not played for Our performance here will have a long while. He is a very good an impact on how Indian football player. He will start at the bench moves ahead in future," he said. PTI DOHA, JAN 17

Japan, Jordan in quarters AGENCIES DOHA, JAN 17

Shinji Okazaki scored a hat trick and Ryoichi Maeda struck twice to give Japan a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Monday and a place in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup. Japan will play host Qatar on Friday after completely dominating its last Group B match. In another match, Jordan came back from a goal down to beat Syria 2-1 Monday to qualify for quarterfinals and deny Syria its first trip to the knockout stage. Striker Odai al-Saify scored the winning goal in the 59th minute, slipping past Syria defender Ali Dyab and chipping the ball over the shoulder of goalkeeper Mosab Balhous. Syria, needing a win to progress, took the lead in the 15th minute when Mohamad al-Zino turned home the rebound after Jordan goalkeeper Amer Shafi saved a shot from Sanhabrib Malki. But Jordan equalized in the 30th when Dyab headed a cross into his own net.

Anand held by Kramnik AGENCIES THE NETHERLANDS, JAN 17

World champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by arch-rival Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the second round, in Group 'A', in the 73rd Tata Steel chess tournament in Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands. After a fine win over Ruslan Ponomariov with black pieces in the super-tournament opener on Saturday, the Indian ace could not keep the momentum ticking in his favour as Kramnik was wellarmed and better prepared and got the draw without any difficulty.

With just one decisive game in the premier group, Anand remains in joint-lead along with Jan Smeets of Holland, Hikaru Nakamura of United States and lone winner of the day Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, who defeated Wang Hao of China. In Group B, Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly made his presence felt with a clinical display against Jon Ludwig Hammer of Norway. The Indian also opened his account in the process after starting with a first round loss against Gabriel Sargissian of Armenia.

Misbah misses ton AGENCIES WELLINGTON, JAN 17

New Zealand were nine without loss at the close of play on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan on Monday, after the visitors had been bowled out shortly before stumps at the Basin Reserve. Brendon McCullum (six) and Martin Guptill (one) safely negotiated the five overs they needed to face to ensure New Zealand entered the fourth day with a small deficit of 11 runs after the visitors were dismissed for 376.

Captain Misbah-ul-haq had led from the front for Pakistan, who are seeking their first Test series victory since 2006, falling one run short of his third Test century and having shared in a 142-run partnership with Younus Khan (73). The 36-year-old skipper had been incredibly patient as he clawed his way to 99 off 206 balls, but shuffled across his stumps to try to force a Chris Martin delivery to the leg-side only to be hit in front and given out lbw.

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to Lukasz Kubot of Poland 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6, while 16thseeded Mardy Fish came back from two sets down to beat Victor Hanescu of Romania 2-6, 46, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. No. 23 Nikolay Davydenko, a quarterfinalist last year, lost 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 to Florian Mayer. Former world junior champion Thiemo De Bakker served for the match at 5-3 in the third against 12th-seeded Gael Monfils but wound up losing 6-7 (5), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1. Ninth-seeded Fernando Verdasco, who made an impressive run to the semifinals in Melbourne two years ago, beat Rainer Schuettler of Germany 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, while No. 17 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia defeated Australian wild card entry Peter Luczak 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (2). In other men’s results, sixthseeded Tomas Berdych, who lost the last Wimbledon final to Nadal, beat Marco Crugnola of Italy 64, 6-0, 6-2, and 28th-seeded Richard Gasquet of France defeated Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Gilles Simon of France beat Lu

Yen-hsun of Taiwan 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 and will next face Federer. Caroline Wozniacki started her first major as the No. 1-ranked woman with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Argentina’s Gisela Dulko. Fifth-seeded Venus Williams advanced after beating Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2. Maria Sharapova won for the first time at Melbourne Park since taking the 2008 title, beating Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-1, 6-3 in the opening match on Rod Laver Arena. Fre n c h O p e n c h a m p i o n Francesca Schiavone had difficulty in her first match, beating Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4. In other women’s matches, last year’s semifinalist Li Na of China had a 6-1, 7-5 win over Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson and No. 15 Marion Bartoli of France shut out Italy’s Tathiana Garbin 6-0, 6-0. No. 20 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia and No. 29 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia advanced, along with No. 30 Andrea Petkovic, who beat American Jill Craybas 6-1, 6-2.


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M S Dhoni: The gold from his hair may be missing but there is no desertion of the Midas touch that the Indian skipper has brought with him since being handed over the reins. From the days when he used to put his tresses over his ears, Dhoni has transformed himself from a swashbuckling batsman and gawky wicketkeeper to a polished cricketer who follows his instincts and does the job more often than not, and does it well. ODI Career Matches 174 - Runs 5796 - Highest 183 not out - Avg 49.96 – Strike Rate 88.01 – Hundreds 7 - Fifties 37 Catches 172 - Stumpings 55 World Cup Specific Matches 3 – Runs 29 – Avg 9.66 – Catches 5 – Stumpings 2 Virender Sehwag: World's most intimidating opener knows only to stress out the bowlers, not take any on himself. While the bowlers may fancy their chances against his carefree approach, Sehwag would least mind that, provided his troublesome shoulder holds out for the length of the tournament. Some may call him a flat-wicket bully but who cares! ODI Career Matches 228 - Runs 7380 - Highest 146 - Avg 34.64 – Strike Rate 103.27 - Hundreds 13 – Fifties 36 World Cup Specific Matches 14 – Runs 463 – Avg 33.07 Sachin Tendulkar: He gave the biggest scare to India's World Cup hopes when he returned from South Africa with a hamstring injury, but his inclusion must have allayed those fears. He is closing in on 100 international hundreds and having seen that God reserves the best for the master, the 100th century may coincide with Sachin winning India the World Cup. ODI Career Matches 444 - Runs 17629 - Highest 200 not out - Avg 44.97 – Strike rate 86.18 – Hundreds 46 – Fifties 93 World Cup Specific Matches 36 – Runs 1796 – Avg 57.94 Gautam Gambhir: He is probably the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket in the last three years but is also on the injury list with a troublesome elbow. Partnering Sehwag at the top in all three forms of the game, Gambhir can at times be more attacking than Sehwag. And while he looks pint-sized, he knows how to give it back when provoked, both with the bat and mouth. ODI Career Matches 105 - Runs 3680 – Highest 150 not out - Avg 40.43 – Strike rate 86.52 – Hundreds 9 - Fifties 21 World Cup Specific Yet to debut.

Virat Kohli: Another youngster who now commands a place in India's limited-over s e t u p. Ko h l i b a t s mostly at No. 3 or 4 and knows how to convert good starts into match-winning knocks. ODI Career Matches 42 - Runs 1555 - Highest 118 – Avg 45.73 – Strike rate 81.97 Hundreds 4 - Fifties 11 World Cup Specific Yet to debut. Suresh Raina: The southpaw exudes talent and can provide an innings the impetus it needs in the middle. He has a penchant for big shots and pulls them off with consummate ease and flair. The UP lad also brings with him electricity while fielding in the inner ring. ODI Career Matches 108 – Runs 2571 – Highest 116 not out - Avg 35.70 – Strike Rate 90.08 – Hundreds 3 – Fifties 16 World Cup Specific Yet to debut. ALL-ROUNDERS Yuvraj Singh: He is undoubtedly one of the cleanest and strongest hitter in the game today but seems to have lost touch of late, more in the mind than with the bat. A match-winner beyond doubt, Yuvi's proven track record and more than handy left-arm spin on subcontinent pitches helped him keep his place. ODI Career Batting: Matches 262 - Runs 7653 – Highest 139 - Avg 36.97 – Strike Rate 87.85 - Hundreds 12 – Fifties 45 Bowling: Matches 262 – Wickets 89 – Best 4/6 – Avg 40.15 – Economy 5.04 – Strike Rate 47.7 – 5w 0 World Cup Specific Batting: Matches 14 – Wickets 376 – Avg 37.60 Bowling: Matches 14 – Wickets 5 – Avg 17.00 Yusuf Pathan: The elder of the Pathan brothers – the other one being Irfan – is also a big hitter and quite a useful off-spin bowler. He was probably fighting for a place with one of the spinners but the selectors couldn’t dare ignore that he can win India matches single-handedly on his day. ODI Career Batting: Matches 42 - Runs 528 - Highest 123 not out - Avg 29.33 – Strike Rate 110.00 – Hundreds 1 - Fifties 2 Bowling: Matches 42 - Wickets 29 Best 3/49 – Avg 34.06 - Economy 5.66 – Strike Rate 36.0 – 5w 0 World Cup Specific Yet to debut. BOWLERS Zaheer Khan: Zaheer 'Zak' Khan has often been compared to Pakistan great Wasim Akram when it comes to make both the new and old balls talk. He

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he platoon is named, equipage sanctioned and attacking orders passed! Hold your thoughts! It's not war, but it's not going to be much less either! 15 Indian men dressed in blue are ready to be at the throat of 13 opponents hovering like eagles over the ICC World Cup! The Indian squad for the month-and-a-half long quadrennial extravaganza has been selected, with most of the household names in India picking themselves. While the dining-table debates get ignited, let's take a stroll and see who are the men trying to emulate Kapil’s Devils.

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Churchill Brothers favourites Pg 12 may not be as fast as Akram but is none lesser mentally. Zaheer is one fast bowler who can take wickets even on batsman-friendly wickets in the subcontinent and will be critical to India's chances while spearheading the bowling unit. ODI Career Matches 179 - Wickets 247 - Best 5/42 – Avg 29.69 – Economy 4.90 – Strike Rate 36.2 – 5w 1 World Cup Specific Matches 14 - Wickets 23 - Average 21.57 Munaf Patel: Musa burst onto the scene like none other. Clocking 140 kmph consistently and breaking wickets into half in the Ranji Trophy, he was looked upon as the raw pace India needed to challenge top teams. Sadly, though, injuries hit this rookie badly, forcing him to compensate pace for McGrath-like line and length. In hindsight, it proved to be a blessing in disguise for the pacer whose four-wicket haul in the second ODI versus South Africa, which India won by just one run, turned out to be a clincher. ODI Career Matches 51 - Wickets 60 – Best 4/29 – Avg 29.81 - Economy 4.74 – Strike Rate 37.7 – 5w 0 World Cup Specific Matches 3 – Wickets 4 – Avg 26.25 Ashish Nehra: Ashish Nehra's name brings back memories of India's win over England in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa where he fetched 6-23. If the Delhi medium-pacer can live up to that billing in 2011, he can prove to be the pick of the Indian bowling unit along with Zaheer Khan. ODI Career Matches 115 – Wickets 153 – Best 6/23 – Avg 31.32 – Economy 5.19 – Strike Rate 36.1 – 5w 2 World Cup Specific Matches 9 – Wickets 15 – Avg 19.27 Praveen kumar Singh: Another one with a bothersome e l b o w c u r r e n t l y, Praveen shot to fame in the 2007-08 CB series in Australia, where he bowled match-winning spells in the finals. He can turn life into a hell for even the best of batsmen with his prodigious swing and can use the long handle well lower down the order. ODI Career Matches 48 - Wickets 57 – Best 4/31 – Avg 33.57 – Economy 5.07 – Strike Rate 39.7 – 5w 0 World Cup Specific Yet to debut. Harbhajan Singh: The passionate offie is the ignition unit with an ability to provide the spark that is needed to win big tournaments like the World Cup. If the 'Singh' can channelize his passion and combativeness in the right way, he may well prove to be the 'King' of India’s World Cup campaign. ODI Career Matches 214 – Wickets 244 – Best 5/31 – Avg 32.93 – Economy 4.30 –

Strike Rate 45.8 – 5w 3 World Cup Specific Matches 12 – Wickets 11 – Avg 38.00 Ravichandran Ashwin: With due respect to Ashwin's abilities, it won't be wrong to admit that h e w a s l u ck y t o board the bus ahead of leg-spinner Piyush Chawla who could have provided variety to India's spin attack. But to Ashwin's credit, he has done well in the limited opportunities he has got and is not only a wicket-taker but also a miserly bowler. He has also been Dhoni's choice to bowl the most critical overs for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and Champions League and never disappointed his skipper. ODI Career Matches 7 – Wickets 14 – Best 3/24 – Avg 23.21 - Economy 4.92 – Strike Rate 28.2 – 5w 0 World Cup Specific Yet to debut. Piyush Chawla: A World Cup in the subcontinent is bound to have focus on spinners and the Indian selectors stamped that notion with the inclusion of a third spinner in Chawla who can not only provide variety to the attack with his leg-spin but is more than a useful batsman coming in at No. 8 and 9. ODI Career Matches 21 – Wickets 28 - Best 4/23 – Avg 32.53 – Economy 4.96 – Strike Rate 39.3 – 5w 0 World Cup Specific Yet to debut.

I am heartbroken: Sreesanth AGENCIES NEW DELHI, JAN 17

Mercurial fast bowler Shantakumaran Sreesanth was disappointed on Monday after being ignored for the 15-member Indian squad for the World Cup. "I am so heart broken... but it's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. Jai mata di," the fast bowler tweeted from Cape Town, where he is with the national team for the ODI series against South Africa. Responding to messages from his fans on social networking site Twitter, Sreesanth said: "Thanks for all your support... I will keep giving my very best to the game no matter how small my chances are... I truly believe in God. With the realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world." "Wishing the team all the very best... i am sure we will win this one... will surely miss it. Was really looking forward to winning it... maybe next one," he said.

Ashwin, Chawla in; Rohit, Sreesanth out THE TEAM MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla. AGENCIES NEW DELHI, JAN 17

Off-spinner R Ashwin and legspinner Piyush Chawla were awarded World Cup caps by the Selection Committee that met in Chennai on Monday but Rohit Sharma missed out in the 15strong squad for the ICC World Cup 2011, which begins from February 19. The announcement also allayed fears about the injuryscare that hit the Indian camp on the South African tour, with all the four injured players -- Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Praveen Kumar - being named. The list of players was more or less as expected, with most of them picking themselves.

The only toss-up was for three spots which were bagged by Yusuf, Chawla and Ashwin. They were fighting against the likes of S Sreesanth, Murali Vijay, Pragyan Ojha and Rohit Sharma. But Yusuf's all-round abilities tilted the scales in their favour. Ashwin's proven record in the IPL and Champions League got him the elite berth, while Chawla edged out Rohit Sharma to give the team variety with his leg-spin. Selection Committee chariman K Srikkanth, Surendra Bhave and Narendra Hirwani were present at the meeting, while rest of the selectors and skipper MS Dhoni joined them on video conferencing from South Africa.

Ishant Sharma, who was drafted into the ODI team for South Africa after Praveen's injury, was also overlooked for the quadrennial event, as was S Sreesanth.


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Economy fighting surging inflation: Subbarao PTI MUMBAI, JAN 17

Just a week ahead of the third quarter monetary policy announcement, Reserve Bank Governor Duvvuri Subbarao today said the country is facing surging inflation and monetary policy needs to be calibrated to manage inflation and support growth,clearly hinting that more drastic measures are needed to rein in runaway prices. The central bank will unveil its third quarter review of monetary policy on January 25, when it is widely expected to spike the key policy rates by at least 25 basis points or 0.25 percentage points. The Governor had last year upped key policy rates (short term lending and borrowing rates) six consecutive times to 6.25 per cent and 5.25 per cent, respectively, in his bid to normalise monetary policy that was on an expansion mode since the onset of the global financial meltdown that had

begun with the fall of the Wall Street titans late 2007. "A lot of other countries are still flirting with deflation ... still concerned that they might have deflation. On the other hand, we are having a surging inflation," the Governor told the students of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR)on their convocation here today. Noting that there has been broad-based recovery across the globe, he said, "though we recovered faster from the crisis, inflation also caught up with us sooner than others. "For the Reserve Bank the challenge is to calibrate monetary policy taking into account the demands of inflation management and the demand of supportive recovery," he said. Headline inflation, based on wholesale price index, jumped to 8.43 per cent in December on rising food prices after being in a southward-ho for the past three months. As Against this, inflation was 7.48 per cent

LIC’s Goa division records highest number of MDRTs HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 17

LIC of India, Goa Division, created a record in the history of the Division by qualifying 57 Agents for MDRT 2011 (2010 Calendar Year Production). This is the highest number of MDRTs ever produced by Goa Division. Amongst 11 branches in Goa State, Mapusa Branch Tops with 12 MDRTs, followed by Panaji I Branch with 10 MDRTs and Margao II and Bicholim Branches with 8 MDRTs each. Out of these 57 agents qualified for MDRT honour, 4 Agents, namely, Pradip Joshi, Sudesh Kavlekar, Prasad Shirodkar and Mahesh Pai, have qualified for the honour of Top of the Table (TOT), and 5

Agents, namely Pratap Parab and Damodar Prabhu, Sushanti Kavlekar, Arnold Coutinho and Khairoo Khavtay have qualified for the honour of Court of the Table.(COT) The qualified MDRT Agents are eligible to attend the MDRT Annual Convention at Atlanta, Georgia, USA to be held from June 5 to 8. The annual meeting for Top of the Table qualifiers will be held from Sept 21 to 24 at Indian Wells, California, USA. While congratulating the MDRT Qualifiers, Sr Divisioanl Manager, LIC Goa expressed his gratitude to over one million policyholders for their profused support and trust, says a press release issued here.

only in November. Food inflation, which has being rising too fast since midlast month on surging prices of vegetables like onions, tomatoes, garlic etc which saw nearly over 250 per cent spike in retail prices, stood 16.91 per cent in the first week of January, after touching 18.32 per cent in previous week. "When I meet other central bankers they tell me: 'why don't you give us a bit of your inflation so that our growth will be faster. That's how desperately they want some inflation and how desperate we are to control our own inflation," the Governor said, adding however, it has to be admitted that there is no template for monetary policy management or inflation management. In fact, RBI is an unenviable position now, as it has to, on the one hand, batten down a waywardly inflation, driven mostly by food articles, and support industrial and commercial growth of the econ-

‘Jindal Power IPO to hit market by April’ PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 17

omy, which after gathering unexpected speed has been loosing steam of late. While inflation has been on the rise of late, industrial growth too has been faltering. November factory production numbers at 2.7 per cent was the lowest in the past 18 months. The economy grew 8.9 per cent in the first six months of the fiscal and is widely forecast to log in over 9 per cent at the close of the fiscal on March 31. Last year it managed to grow 7.4 per cent, indicating a faster-than-expected recovery, even as the global economy was still in recession. This massive dip was driven down by manufacturing, which according to analysts, is the biggest concern now. Chief Statistician TCA Anant told the same event that the government is not happy with the pace of revival in the manufacturing sector and that the cumulative growth of manufacturing during the first eight months is not much beyond 10 per cent. Another equally serious issue that RBI is caught up with is the acute shortage of liquidity. Since October, banks on an average have been borrowing over a trillion rupees a day from the LAF window of the central bank.

Navin Jindal-led Jindal Power's initial public offering to raise about Rs 7,000 crore may get delayed by a month and is likely to hit the capital market in April this year, a senior official of the company said on Monday. "Jindal Power IPO may come by end of March or mid-April, we have necessary clearances and the IPO will depend on the market condition, we are waiting for the right moment and the IPO size will be Rs 7,000 crore," Joint Managing director Anand Goel told reporters here.

Hike in petroleum prices was logical: IOC chief PTI MUMBAI, JAN 17

Indian Oil Corporation on Sunday said the decision to hike oil prices was logical, as crude oil prices had skyrocketed in the international market. "The current increase in the retail price of petrol was necessitated. Based on current price levels in the international oil market, the desired increase in the retail selling prices of petrol in New Delhi market should have been Rs 3.72 per litre," Indian Oil Corporation chairman BM Bansal said in a statement.

IOC has chosen to soften the impact by increasing the price by Rs 2.50 per litre only and not passing on the balance required increase of Rs 1.22 per litre, Bansal said. Public sector oil companies yesterday announced a Rs 2.50 per litre hike in the price of petrol. Petrol at Indian Oil filling stations in Delhi will now cost Rs 58.37 per litre, up from Rs 55.87 a litre. This is the second hike in petrol prices in a month as crude oil prices have skyrocketed to USD 92 a barrel in the international market.

Sensex ends 22 pts up PTI MUMBAI, JAN 17

In a cautious two-way movement, the BSE benchmark Sensex ended flat today but managed to snap its two-session falling trend with 22 point gain, as domestic funds bought scripts despite weak global trends. In a scrip-specific activity, the total market breadth was negative due to sell-off in second line stocks by wary retail investors on concerns over possible hike in key policy rates by RBI at its quarterly policy review meeting slated on January 25. The Bombay Stock Exchange 30-share barometer continued to veer in and out of positive terrain in a range of 19,018.94 and 18,779.38 before concluding the day at 18,882.25, a mere rise of 21.81 points or 0.12 per cent.

Aban Offshor, 714.5, 720.55, 706.55, 715.2 Abb Ltd., 745.05, 754, 740.1, 746.35 Abg Shipyard, 365, 371, 361.5, 364.85 Acc Limited, 1005, 1022.95, 999.3, 1009.15 Adani Enterp, 637, 645, 603.65, 609.35 Aditya Birla, 745, 747.25, 719.05, 726.45 Allahabad Ba, 200.95, 204.8, 197.55, 203.6 Alstom Proje, 658, 660, 636.1, 639.75 Ambuja Cemen, 126.95, 127.8, 125.5, 125.85 Andhra Bank, 129, 130.5, 125.7, 127.3 Ashok Leylan, 59.6, 64, 58.5, 59 Asian Paints, 2695.55, 2695.55, 2655, 2662.85 Axis Bank Li, 1212, 1240, 1200.1, 1229 Bajaj Hindus, 101.2, 101.55, 94.55, 95.1 Bank Of Baro, 827, 840, 811.2, 829.45 Bank Of Indi, 415, 441, 408.9, 437.3 Beml Limited, 945, 957, 931, 945.2 Bharat Elect, 1690.25, 1699.95, 1671.65, 1693.1 Bharat Forge, 345.3, 354.55, 342, 350.8 Bharat Petro, 613.9, 616.6, 583.15, 585.6 Bharti Airte, 340.5, 352, 339.65, 348.5 Bhel, 2196, 2205.8, 2175, 2186

Bhushan Stee, 418.05, 423.9, 408, 413.35 Biocon Limit, 378.95, 380.9, 366.65, 369.15 Bombay Dyein, 437, 443, 431.05, 438.55 Bosch Limite, 6344, 6399, 6262, 6299.75 Brigade Ente, 104.45, 104.5, 100.45, 101.45 Cairn India, 337, 341, 332.05, 340.3 Canara Bank, 549, 549, 523.55, 528.2 Central Bank, 171.2, 172, 164.5, 166 Century Text, 375, 378, 358.25, 360 Cesc Ltd, 343, 343, 332.2, 334.05 Chambal Fert, 75.1, 76.25, 73.5, 74.1 Chennai Petr, 226, 229.8, 224.15, 227.4 Cipla Ltd, 341, 348.1, 337.5, 346.8 Colgate Palm, 845, 849, 833, 834.55 Container Co, 1215.6, 1228, 1210, 1227.2 Crompton Gre, 288, 290.95, 279.7, 288.4 Cummins Indi, 725.6, 734.8, 713.15, 724.25 Dabur India, 101, 102, 98.55, 99.2 Deccan Chron, 102, 102, 98.2, 99.95 Dish Tv Indi, 60, 61.2, 59.85, 60.5 Divi’s Labor, 620.05, 625.05, 613.25, 615.95

Dlf Limited, 259.9, 259.9, 249.2, 250.35 Dr. reddy’s, 1651, 1683, 1622, 1640.7 Edelweiss Ca, 42.2, 42.2, 40.8, 41 Educomp Solu, 509, 510, 489.35, 492.05 Eih Limited, 106.45, 106.7, 105, 105.5 Engineers In, 298.5, 303.5, 289, 292.85 Essar Oil Lt, 128.6, 131.8, 127.1, 128.45 Essar Shippi, 99.2, 103.4, 98.6, 100.95 Exide Indust, 156, 158.7, 153.75, 154.75 Federal Bank, 370.1, 375.15, 365.2, 366.6 Financial Te, 785.55, 785.95, 760, 766.9 Gail (india), 489, 489.6, 468.75, 481.85 Gammon India, 152.25, 156.9, 149, 150.05 Glaxosmithkl, 2315, 2350, 2300, 2314.95 Glenmark Pha, 332.65, 339.7, 322.35, 325 Gmr Infrastr, 40.85, 41.25, 39.65, 40.3 Godrej Indus, 176.9, 178.25, 173.3, 175.45 Grasim Indus, 2460, 2470, 2420, 2445 Great Offsho, 353, 354.9, 348.35, 350.05 Gtl Infra.Lt, 41.8, 41.8, 40.25, 40.65 Gujarat Mine, 126.5, 126.8, 124.5, 125.8 Gujarat N R, 66, 66.25, 63.5, 63.85 Gujarat Stat, 105.75, 106.5, 101.85,

105.7 Gvk Pow. & I, 36.7, 36.7, 35.55, 35.7 Hcl Technolo, 466.1, 478.85, 462.4, 476.4 Hdfc Bank Lt, 2060, 2093, 2050.55, 2068.1 Hdfc Ltd, 643.9, 667.15, 637.6, 663.65 Hero Honda M, 1796, 1810, 1765.05, 1787.75 Hindalco in, 228.8, 232.05, 223.75, 224.85 Hindustan Co, 43.9, 43.9, 41.3, 41.5 Hindustan Ma, 63.25, 63.85, 61.8, 62.2 Hindustan Pe, 371.1, 403, 356.65, 358.45 Hindustan Un, 302.8, 305.5, 300, 301.65 Hindustan Zi, 1333, 1373, 1320.6, 1363.8 Housing Dev, 163, 163, 155.65, 157.25 Icici Bank L, 1010.1, 1019.9, 993, 1001.15 Idea Cellula, 67.5, 70.15, 66.75, 69.1 Ifci Ltd, 57.3, 58.3, 55.4, 55.85 India Cement, 101, 101.95, 97.6, 97.9 India Infoli, 77.9, 78.8, 74.7, 75.05 Indiabulls F, 156.95, 161, 148.05, 151.75 Indiabulls R, 121, 122.7, 114.55, 118.4 Indian Bank, 208.7, 211.5, 205.05, 205.9 Indian Hotel, 98.85, 99.65, 98.2, 98.4 Indian Oil C, 312.7, 321.65, 312.6, 314.25

Indian Overs, 121, 127.8, 121, 124.4 Indus Dev Ba, 145.5, 147.75, 140.1, 140.75 Indusind Ban, 230.1, 235, 223.25, 226.8 Infosys Tech, 3200, 3281.7, 3191.25, 3268.8 Infra. dev., 154.7, 155.85, 151, 155.15 Ispat Indust, 24, 24.6, 23.9, 24.4 Itc Ltd, 170.1, 174.9, 167.65, 171.95 Ivrcl Infras, 108.7, 111.7, 105.3, 105.85 Jai Corp Lim, 198, 198, 190.2, 191.25 Jaiprakash A, 94, 94.1, 88.05, 88.3 Jet Airways, 654.5, 660.8, 624.2, 628.7 Jindal Saw L, 212, 218, 208.2, 216.6 Jindal Steel, 675, 681.25, 665.3, 670.15 Jsw Steel Li, 969, 1003, 955.5, 975.3 Kotak Mahind, 400.7, 409.9, 394.5, 403.8 Lakshmi Mach, 2151.2, 2315.4, 2151.2, 2260 Lanco Infrat, 55, 55.65, 53.5, 55.05 Larsen & Tou, 1716, 1732.7, 1660, 1679.7 Lic Housing, 158.95, 160, 150.6, 151.3 Lupin Limite, 461, 473, 450.2, 466.5 Mahanagar Te, 51.9, 51.9, 50.8, 51.05 Mahindra & M, 730.55, 746.2, 730.55, 737.65

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A Statue of Child Jesus with a Beard? Sculptors are creative souls and often give out messages through their medium of expression. One such creation is an altar in one of the quaint lanes of Fontainhas which has a statue of mother Mary with child Jesus. But, sporting a beard! Herald goes digging…

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BY CHANDAN D’ SA HERALD FEATURES uring Christmas week, it is a fun activity to go roaming around watching the hard efforts put in by the youth to make cribs. One such crib was located next to a fascinating altar which displayed a statue of Our Lady of Peity. What caught my attention was that the statue of Jesus which appears as a child had a beard! I grew curious to know what might have brought about such a different statue and what was going on in the mind of the sculptor. In a quest to know more, my colleague and I went about researching the mystery. A neighbour anonymously quoted “The stones which were lying abandoned were picked up from Old Goa, a World Heritage Site by Fr Luis Jose Vaz who was a Missionary in Macao and Singapore at that time about a 100 years ago”. He also said that the Litany of the Altar was said very often by the youth at that time from the ward and homemade sweets like ‘ladoos’ etc were distributed to the attendants, but since liquor was served after the neighbouring Litany of Our Lady of Natal, most people preferred attending there, but now they have it once a year or whenever some senior person from the family comes down from Portugal. On being asked, the chaplain of the neighbouring St Sebastian Chapel was unaware of any such altar in the neighbourhood, but he did give us suggestions on how we can find out more about the altar. He suggested that we could go to the Bishop’s Palace to find more facts about the altar and also meet Percival Noronha who is a prominent person and also a collector of artefacts and might know more about the said altar. Thinking that we could get some more information on the altar we decided to speak to Fr Caitan Loyala Periera, Secretary to the Arch Bishop. He was very curious on knowing more about this altar and mainly because it was picked up from Old Goa and he added, “As per my knowledge, a church of Our Lady of Peity never existed in Old Goa, but there are chances of it being a part of another church and could have been lying around in the vicinity.” He also told us that they do not keep any record of the altars with them, but he can definitely find out more about the life of Fr Luis Jose Vaz and let us know. He seemed very happy that someone is actually going around finding out information about an altar which is over a century old yet overlooked by a lot of people, including himself. He also told us about how Fr Cosme da Costa found an old Catholic relic lying in Goa Velha which they later found out that it belonged to a time before the year 1510, which is considered as the start of Christianity in Goa. This relic is now on display at the museum in Pilar. He had a look at the pictures and quipped, “You are true, this does look like a small Jesus Christ,” and further also told us about Peity of Michelangelo where the opposite is depicted and about a lot of theories that are attached to it. Our Lady which he quotes as “very beautiful” looks like she is 20 years old and whereas she is holding Jesus Christ who is in his mid-thirties. He also told us that Our Lady of Peity is a popular symbol of devotion and that most of the churches and chapels have the statue or picture of it. He said that the statue is supposed to depict the body of Jesus on the

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W lap of his mother, Mary after Crucifixion. But what I could see in front of me was more like the Our Lady with child Jesus like in Vailankanni but instead of child Jesus, this one was of grown Jesus with a beard. When asked “what is your opinion on this particular statue,” he quoted with a smile that he has to go have a look at it before he commented on it, but he says that it could most probably be the mistake of the painter who repainted the statue later on. Being little happy with the answers so far we finally approached Pervical Noronha who also lives in the same ward and is a very elderly gentleman who has been working with the government at very prominent posts. He suggests that it could be because of the ignorance of the sculptor and that he could most probably not be aware of the facts behind the depiction of the said statue. These were the opinions I gathered, but was definitely not satisfied as according to me most sculptors are artists at heart and always have an important message to give through their creations. I will continue to probe, but for now, I am still left guessing.

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BY ALFRED FERNANDES orn in the serene and quiet hamlet of Querim, Tiracol in North Goa, Brother Inacio Amadeo D’Souza became the first layman from Querim Tiracol to join Pilar Society in the year 1957. In 1962, Brother Inacio was posted in the remote Kurdi Village in Sanguem. At Kurdi, despite all odds, he left no stone unturned to open a Konkani Primary School. His stay in Kurdi was however short-lived and he was soon transferred to the village of Uguem where he started his second Konkani Primary School. Both the schools, run in Devnagri script, are reportedly the first Konkani schools in Goa. At Uguem, he single-handedly conducted the primary classes and is now seeing the fruits of his labour as the students he had once taught now occupy prestigious positions in the government and private sector. After completing his SSC at Guardian Angel High School, Curchorem in 1970, Inacio was transferred to Dadra and Nagar Haveli for mission work in 1973. He worked there for 13 long years and in 1979, he completed a course in Gujarati language and also got a Diploma in Journalism in the year 1971 at which point of time, he was a leading writer for ‘Vavreaddeancho Ixtt’ under the name of ‘Amadeu Kerkar’. He has to his credit substantial amount of writings both in Devnagri and Roman script. In 1988 he completed a course in Catechetical Theology at Kristo Jyoti College, Bangalore and in 1989 he saw his transfer to Sindhudhurg District as Pioneer along with Fr Agnel D’Souza at Kadawal Mission.

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All along the years, Brother Inacio played an active role and was seen training young parishioners for choirs to perform at feasts, weddings, Holy Communion, etc. He is well known in Goa as well as Mangalore, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Gujarat, etc where people still turn to him in advance to conduct choir for festive occasions. In fact, Brother Inacio called this his ‘Mobile Music Ministry’. In 2010, Brother Inacio was seen back in action at the Goa Provincial House of Pilar Society housed in the heart of Margao city where he has started the Pilar Music School. The school is run full house under his leadership as its Headmaster. The school is run in the evening hours with Brother Inacio providing individual attention to all the students. He recently added another feather to his cap by securing over 80 percent marks in Grade IV exams conducted by Trinity Music College, London in Violin. With all the achievements under his belt, Brother Inacio continues to live a simple life and believes in his Gurus which includes Fr Lactancio, Fr Moreno SJ and Fr Antonio Pereira SJ.

hen one thinks of the Kerala-Karnataka border, they picture plush, green seemingly never-ending beauty. And right they are! Besides this, few are aware that the area was once a dwelling place for notorious elephant poacher and sandalwood smuggler, Veerappan. By virtue of this fact many would not be able to appreciate its natural beauty. That is changing. The Taj Hotel is one of the first to tap into this region for tourism purposes. A beautiful area with a shady history? Let us see how that works out. (Courtesy: Agencies)

Therapist tries to turn Gay Man Straight, could be Struck Off A psychotherapist in Britain who tried to convert a gay man into a heterosexual will know her fate this week in a hearing that could see her stripped of her licence to practise under the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Lesley Pilkington, sixty, a psychotherapist for twenty years, faces being stripped of her accreditation to the BACP after treating a patient who had told her he wanted to be ‘cured’ of his homosexuality. The case will expose the growing use of hugely controversial therapies, from the US, which attempt to make homosexual men heterosexual. The therapy has been described by the leading prof e s s i o n a l psychotherapy body as ‘absurd’, while the Royal College of Psychiatrists said ‘so-called treatments of homosexuality’ allow prejudice to flourish. A small group of counsellors believe all men are born heterosexual but that some choose a homosexual lifestyle which can then be changed through counselling. The patient was in fact a prominent homosexual rights campaigner and journalist, who secretly recorded two sessions with Pilkington, a devout Christian, before reporting her to the BACP. Pilkington says her method of therapy Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) - is legitimate and effective. The therapy is practised by a handful of psychotherapists in Britain. Pilkington, whose 29-year-old son is homosexual, said she was motivated by a desire to help others. “He is heterosexual. He just has a homosexual problem,” she said. Pilkington has accused Patrick Strudwick, the award-winning journalist who secretly taped her, of entrapment. On the tape, Strudwick asks Pilkington if she views homosexuality as “a mental illness, an addiction or an antireligious phenomenon”. She replies, “It is

all of that”. “Entering into therapy with somebody who thinks I am sick... is the singularly most chilling experience of my life,” said Strudwick. Strudwick approached Pilkington at a largely Christian conference - run by the US organisation, The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality - where he said he was unhappy with his homosexual lifestyle and that he ‘wanted to leave it’. He then requested ‘treatment for his same-sex attraction’. In May 2 0 0 9 , Strudwick attended a therapy session at Pilkington's private Photo by David Rose p r a c t i c e , based at her home in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, and recorded the session on a tape machine strapped to his stomach. In the disciplinary letter sent to Pilkington, she is accused by BACP of ‘praying to God to heal him of his homosexuality’. She is also accused of having an ‘agenda that homosexuality is wrong and that gay people can change and that you allegedly attempted to inflict these views on him’. Pilkington said, “He told me he was looking for a treatment for being gay. He said he was depressed and unhappy and would I give him some therapy. I told him I only work using a Christian biblical framework and he said that was exactly what he wanted.” The therapist added, “We don't use the word ‘cure’ because it makes homosexuality sound like a disease. We are helping people move out of that lifestyle because they are depressed and unhappy. We say everybody is heterosexual but some people have a homosexual problem. Nobody is born gay. It is environmental; it is in the upbringing.”


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? A coconut craft design development workshop, organised by GHRSSIDC in collaboration with South Asia Foundation will be held from January 31 to February 14. Registration closes on January 28. Call 2228157, 2225328 or 09822140583. A workshop on an introduction to astrology will be held on January 22 from 10am to 3pm at Magic Health and Fitness Studio, Candolim. Call 9823938758 or 9325530554. State Art Exhibition, organised by Kala Academy will be held till January 21 at the Kala Academy Art Gallery, Kala Academy, Panjim. The exhibition will be open till 7.30pm. Call 2420452. A 1-day seminar on ‘Energy Efficiency’, organised by Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with Petroleum Conservation Research Association will be held on January 19 from 9.30am to 5pm at Goa Science Centre, Miramar. Call 2424252. An invitation for the ALTlab photography residency, a 2month residency programme in Goa from February 15 to April 15 is sent out to Indian artists by the Goa Center for Alternative photography (GoaCAP) with the support of India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). Registration closes on January 25. Visit www.goa-cap.com or www.alternativephotography.com. E-mail altlab.residency@gmail.com. Call 09822087276 or 0973010 3 6 0 4 . Singing Competition (solo) of patriotic songs is organised for senior citizens and high school students on January 25 at 5pm at Senior Citizens Recreation Centre Pedda,

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HOROSCOPE Margao. One prizes each for students from Std V to VIII, Std IX to X and for senior citizen. Contact 2700886 by January 20. A Journey through Multiple Roads, a photography exhibition by the photographer Venkat Damara will be inaugurated on January 18 at the Alliance Française, Panjim. There will also be a screening of a documentary film ‘Kadalika’ at the same venue. The exhibition will be open to public viewing till January 30. Call: 2420049. ‘Sangeet Sandhya’, organised by the Sangeet Bharati Foundation, Mangalore will be held on January 21 at 7.30pm at Kala Academy. Call 2437346 or 9823284750. ‘Inner Engineering Peak Of Well Being’, a seven day, 3 hours programme on yoga and wellness, conducted by Isha Yoga Centre will be held from January 19 to 25 at Gaspar Dias Club, Panjim. Call 9822100305 or 9326117512. ‘Open Mic’, organised by Art Escape takes place every Thursday from 8pm onwards at Art Escape, Benaulim. Visit www.artescape.in. Call 9881568756 or 9323590051. ‘An Evening with Beethoven’, organised by Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts and Child’s Play India Foundation will be held on January 22 at 6.30pm at Sunaparanta, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. One Act Play Competition, organised by Kala Academy will be held till January 20 at the Dinanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir, Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. ‘Steak Nite with Live Music’, organised by Art Escape takes place every Wednesday from 8pm onwards at Art Escape, Benaulim. V i s i t www.artescape.in. Call 9881568756 or 9323590051.

Follow the path of least resistance today -you have solid 21 Mar - 19 Apr momentum on your side. Your emotional reactions are a little over the top today, so try to keep everything in perspective, even if you're hyperventilating or feeling like you need to strangle somebody. It gets easier as the day goes on!

Taurus Even if you're not one hundred percent sure of yourself, take 20 Apr - 20 May a leap forward today! You need security more than most people -- emotional, financial and all manner of other kinds. Today is a good day to solidify what you've got and make sure that you feel good about the nearterm future.

Sacrificing a bit Gemini o f y o u r p e r sonal time today will pay off big, so share your21 May - 20 Jun self. Your mind is on your money for sure today, so draw up a budget and stick to it as best you can. Things are looking up, and they are sure to get even better when your finances are under control.

If you want to break one of your bad habits, today is a good time to get 22 Jun - 23 Jul started. Your emotional state is usually pretty well understood by you, and today it's even more so. You should find that you know what you're going to feel before you feel it, and it's largely positive!

If you sense that today could be the start of something life 24 Jul - 23 Aug changing, you're right. Your unconscious mind is a little hyperactive today, so don't trust your senses if they're telling you something crazy. You may need to get a reality check from a trusted friend before you know which way to turn.

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A business or financial decision may feel too harsh, but it's 23 Sept - 22 Oct the right thing to do. Things aren't moving as rapidly as you had hoped, but that doesn't mean you need to backtrack or, worse, give up! Your energy is better spent on just making the best of an odd situation.

Scorpio Everything's out there for you to see. Open your 23 Oct - 22 Nov eyes and stop hiding behind wishes. Your energy is driving you in a bold new direction, and you've got everything you need to really take advantage of this new situation. Don't think twice about your decisions -- just go for it!

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Capricorn Share your insights freely today -- don't worry about 22 Dec - 20 Jan stepping on anyone's toes. Your domestic life is better than usual for some small reason -- maybe sweet harmony with family, maybe an unexpected new configuration of furniture. Whatever it is, enjoy it to the fullest!

Aquarius It's time to get off the bandwagon and get back down to 21 Jan - 19 Feb e a r t h . S t a y grounded today. You have got to move beyond this morass of little details that has been plaguing you for a while. It takes a lot of hard work, so roll up your sleeves and get to it. Things are much brighter tomorrow!

Today you'll get a chance to make some achievements 20 Feb - 20 Mar a t a h i g h e r level. Don't be shy. Throw a party or head out on a date -- you are as entertaining as they come today! You may want to just launch into your favorite stories or jokes, as few can compete with what you've got to offer!

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DID YOU KNOW? What’s interesting about Botany Bay?

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Botany Bay is a bay in Sydney, New South Wales. On April 29, 1770, Botany Bay was the site of James Cook’s first landing of HMS Endeavour on the continent of Australia, after his extensive navigation of New Zealand. Later the British planned Botany Bay as the site for a penal colony. Out of these plans came the first European habitation of Australia at Sydney Cove. Cook’s landing marked the beginning of Britain’s interest in Australia and its eventual colonisation. Governor Arthur Phillip sailed the Armed Tender Supply into the bay on January 18, 1788. Two days later the remaining ships of the First Fleet had arrived to found the planned penal colony. Finding that the sandy infertile soil of the site rendered it most unsuitable for settlement, Phillip decided to move to the excellent natural harbour of Port Jackson to the north.

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HERALD CROSSWORD - 760 Across 1- Curd stuff; 7- Tooth-bearing bone; 10- Pace; 14- Mischievous person; 15- Nabokov novel; 16Della's creator; 17- Wholly; 18Firearm; 19- Spahn teammate; 20- Conference; 23- Glossy fabric; 26- Back muscle, briefly; 274th letter of the Greek alphabet; 28- Not much; 29- Not 'neath; 30- "As if!"; 31- Folium; 33Freight weight; 34- Compass dir.; 37- 100 square meters; 38- Axlike tool; 39- Loss leader?; 40Green shade; 41- Bad-mouth; 42- Driver's aid; 43- Camera stands; 45- ___ Rosenkavalier; 46- Fannie ___; 47- Lethargic; 48- Betelgeuse's constellation; 51- Direct a gun; 52- Hoodshaped anatomical part; 53Place of imprisonment; 56- Brio; 57- Russian space station; 58- Refresh; 62- Pealed; 63- This ___ stickup!; 64- Loss of volition; 65- Affirmative votes; 66- ___ Aviv; 67- Old woman; Down 1- Dernier ___; 2- A dynasty in China; 3- Cornerstone abbr.; 4- Destruction of the natural environment; 5- Squelched; 6- North Carolina college; 7- Powerful cat; 8- Mature; 9- Wish for; 10- Stanza of six lines; 11- Track; 12- Marner's creator; 13- Contour feather; 21- Vulgarity; 22Title of reverence for God; 23- Cobb, e.g.; 24Pong maker; 25- Domesticates; 29- More mature; 30- ___ Dame; 32- Hidden; 33- Japanese mat; 34- Bobbin; 35- Grass-like plant; 36- Gut course; 44- Sportive; 45- Activities; 46- Resembling a miter; 48- Musical drama; 49- Cooperative race; 50- Foolish; 51- Licorice-like flavoring;

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Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011

Purani Jeans… now on DVD HERALD FEATURES opular radio show ‘Purani Jeans with Anmol’, which airs on Radio Mirchi, is now out on DVD. The release of the DVD, titled ‘Maestros of Melody’, was attended by fans of the show and the host, RJ Anmol in Mumbai. The retro show completed its second anniversary and RJ Anmol made it an affair to remember by bringing alive the musical stalwarts of the golden era at the venue, thus evoking nostalgia amongst the fans. ‘Maestros of Melody’ encompasses songs of the 25 legends of melodies including S D Burman, R D Burman, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Mohd Rafi, O P Nayyar who made themselves unforgettable with their eternal creations. The distinguishing feature of this DVD is that it also contains video footage of RJ Anmol sharing unique, unheard stories about the music maestros. This offering by Shemaroo Entertainment and the radio station is now available at all leading retail outlets. Meanwhile in Goa, the radio station celebrated Makar Sankranti in a unique packaging of festive songs and a kitty party live on air on January 15. The kitty party had women from all walks of life sharing ideas, recipes and their favourite antakshari songs.

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The Beat Root Boys belt out the Blues Again HERALD FEATURES n a new avatar at their recent performance at the Goa Chitra, Benaulim, the band featured a completely local line-up made up of some of the hottest musicians on Goa's live music circuit. The concert began with UK ‘Goan’ Dave Kelly doing a soulful solo spot - singing and accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar. This triggered off the enthusiastic gathering. The pivot around which the band revolves, singer/harp player Pratish Motwane, then took the stage to announce the new line-up featuring Shane Ballentine on guitar, Sameer Alvares on keyboards and Lester Godinho on drums in addition to past members Colin D'Cruz on bass and Dave Kelly on guitar. The opening jam itself brought the house down through the course of some lengthy and exciting solos of each member of the band. This, as Pratish announced was just the beginning of things to come. Pratish pointed out that the current line-up was tailor made especially for Goa Chitra and then decided to rename the band the ‘Goa Chitra Blues Band’ for the rest of the evening. From then on track after track that was belted out, proved exactly why the Beat Root Boys rule the blues. Of special mention would be youngsters Shane and Sameer who matched the virtuosity of their accomplished co-members. The concert was a part of the ongoing ‘Great Music Revival Concert’ series 2010-2011. This series is a creative initiative to raise funds for Goa Chitra and bridge the gap between the past and the present with the musical ingenuity of Goa’s own testimony to its rich unforgettable musical past. The concert is scheduled to showcase local and international talent.

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Celebrating the Life of Blessed Joseph Vaz

HERALD FEATURES ith countless miracles attributed to him, the canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz is still underway. The feast of the 300th anniversary of the death of Blessed Joseph Vaz was celebrated across Goa on January 16, 2011. A missionary who proclaimed the word of God in places that never heard of the Good News, Blessed Joseph Vaz from Sancoale enriched the lives of devotees who invoked his blessings. Born in Benaulim at his maternal house, the original house in Sancoale where Blessed Joseph Vaz lived is still standing strong. Also miraculous is the jackfruit tree from which young Joseph Vaz would climb down from his room to go to church at odd hours at night. The tree is said to have miraculous healing power as the tree is still alive after more than 300 years. This year, the church was counting down the days to the feast by praying for Blessed Joseph Vaz to be canonised as a Saint. Thousands of devotees made their way to Sancoale to celebrate the feast and then headed to his house in Sancoale to see his prayer room and the beautiful paintings showing his journey in Sri Lanka. Blessed Joseph Vaz disguised himself as a washman, a farmer and even a fisherwoman to inform the few converted Catholics about the location of where Mass would be celebrated. As devotees are praying to Blessed Jospeh Vaz, everyone is praying for a powerful miracle that will complete the process of canonisation.

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nown till now for his reality-based films, director Madhur Bhandarkar says that he wants to “shock” the audiences with his first rom-com, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. “For the first time I am coming out with a film which is very different from the realistic cinema which I make. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji is about three guys and their love interest. After making hard-hitting films like Page 3, Corporate, Fashion and Jail, I just thought let’s shock the audience with a different kind of cinema,” Bhandarkar said. Dil Toh... stars Ajay Devgn, Omi Vaidya, Emraan Hashmi, Shruti Hassan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das. Bhandarkar, a three-time national award winning director, said that though the film was different from his earlier works, it was still a “realistic” comedy. The film is not a senseless comedy. It is very logical and has the characters which one can relate to. “Everybody in the film... when you see the characters you will feel it is the story of a person who one can identify with,” Bhandarkar said. When asked how the idea of making a comedy struck him, Bhandarkar said he always wanted to make one. “In fact long time ago, when I was shooting Chandni Bar in Hyderabad, Tabu used to ask me why I don’t make a comedy.” “I liked the films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterji, and I always thought a day will come when I will also make one. I am absolutely a very funny guy and I have a great sense of humour. I keep laughing at myself and love to mimic people,” he said. Asked if it was difficult to make a comedy, Bhandarkar said, “It is very difficult to make people laugh through comedies, and especially through a film like Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. But, overall, it was easy to direct the film due to the team.”

Tapasee turns down Meaty Role in Film starring Big B

And the Golden Globe goes to...

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olin Firth won the Golden Globe for best actor in a movie drama. The British actor won for his portrayal of the stammering British monarch George VI in The King’s Speech. The Golden Globe Awards are awarded annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for television and movies. “I don’t know if this qualifies as gentle reassurance, but right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley-Davidson,” said Firth.

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atalie Portman won the best actress in a motion picture drama award for here performance as a ballerina on a death spiral in the psychosexual thriller Black Swan. In her acceptance speech she thanked her co-stars and her fiancé, French ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who she met on the film's set and with whom she is expecting a baby. Black Swan, critically acclaimed and heavily promoted, has been surging at the box office, giving it the kind of alignment that points toward a strong Oscar presence.

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he Facebook tale, The Social Network has won top honours at the 68th Golden Globe Awards with four awards best motion picture drama, best director, best screenplay and best score, solidifying its prospects as an Acade m y A w a rd s f a v o u r i t e . I n accepting his award, the film’s writer, Aaron Sorkin threw a barrage of gratitude at an inner circle of Hollywood operatives that included his agents his producer Scott Rudin and even his publicist. But he also remembered to toss some conciliatory words at Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook co-founder who was made to look less than admirable in the unauthorised film but did not put any legal roadblocks in its way. “You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a visionary and an incredible altruist,” Sorkin said.

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ollywood legend Robert De Niro has been honoured with the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards for his outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment. Considered one of the greatest actors of his time, the 67-year-old has acted in over 80 titles with his biggest break as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, a role that won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has to his credit films like Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, and Meet the Parents to name a few. Having produced over 30 titles, he has also wielded the megaphone for films like The Good Shepherd and A Bronx Tale.

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outh Indian actress Tapasee, who is enjoying her share of name and fame in Tamil and Telugu films, has turned down a Hindi project by Tollywood filmmaker Puri Jagannath. It is strange considering the fact that film starred Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and any South actress would die to have a role with Big B. Moreover, Tapasee was offered a meaty role in this Hindi film titled Buddha. Renowned Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma is the producer of this film, which will have Big B in the lead role. The director approached Tapasee with the offer of this film but she has reportedly declined to be a part of it. However, no official confirmation has come up yet. Tapasee is now enjoying the success of her latest Kollywood release Aadukalam, which starred Dhanush in the lead role. The model turned actress has already signed half-adozen films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam languages. It is being speculated that the 22-year old actress has got unexpected success in South Indian films, and hence she does not want to shift her focus as of now.

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ichael Douglas did the honours of presenting the last award of the glittering night, the award for best motion picture drama. Douglas' peers were as happy to see him at the 68th Golden Globe Awards as Douglas was to be there, that too after announcing just last week that he had beaten cancer. “There's just got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation,” the actor said after receiving a rousing response when he walked on stage. This was Douglas’ first major public appearance since completing treatment. "After you go through this, you have a greater appreciation of your fans. I feel very happy to be here,” he said. As fans shouted his name from the bleachers, he turned to wave and smile.

Kiss or Cuddle is what People crave for rather than just Sex

A Big Breakfast Generally doesn’t help Weight Loss

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t has been nearly 50 years since Elvis Presley released the smash hit ‘It’s now or never’, in which he goes on to plead, ‘Come hold me tight, kiss me my darling, be mine tonight’. And according to a latest research on expressions of intimacy, a close embrace or kiss is what people crave for rather than just sex. “People want emotional intimacy, to feel bonded and romantically attached to another,” said researcher Justin Garcia, a SUNY Fellow in the Laboratory of Evolutionary Anthropology and Health at Binghamton University. “This drive lies deep within our evolved biology; and while sex is important, so too is the drive to connect to a lover,” he said. His study showed that roughly 95 per cent of men and women said they would like to cuddle amongst other intimate behaviours. But, the context of whom they are cuddling with matters a lot. In romantic relationships, 97 per cent of both men and women reported that they like to cuddle up close with their partner, but in uncommitted sexual hook-ups only 52 per cent of men and 61 per cent of women like to cuddle. The same general trend appears for a host of intimate behavioural expressions. According to Garcia, there are two important things to be learnt from this study. “A majority of both men and women like to kiss and cuddle,” he said. “The sexes aren’t as different in our desire for love as we often think. But it is important to note that the context of these affiliative gestures makes a lot of difference,” he added. While a majority of us like to cuddle, kiss, and hold our partners in our arms, it often matters how emotionally bonded we are to that partner. The emotional connect enhances the cuddling pleasure. “In some cases, these behaviours are about trying to become emotionally closer to the partner,” said Garcia. “We quite often see that sex isn’t always just about sex - it is often one of many ways to find someone to love,” he added.

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ar from ensuring weight loss, a hearty breakfast could be a sure recipe for piling on the pounds, say researchers. The study, which contradicts the dieting mantra that a big breakfast takes the edge off appetite, found that those who gorge in the morning continue to eat heartily throughout the day. The German researchers say those who want to lose weight should start watching what they eat from the minute they get up. Volker Schusdziarra of the Technical University of Munich asked almost 400 men and women to eat normally but to note down especially everything they ate for 10 days. He then checked the amount of calories in each of their meals. According to a popular notion, a big breakfast should curb appetite and so be followed by smaller meals over the rest of the day. Instead, people tended to eat similar amounts for lunch and dinner, no matter how they started the day. This meant that a big breakfast boosted overall calorie intake. Schusdziarra said that the conventional advice is based on artificial calculations and has little relevance to people’s everyday lives. “It is said that if you eat a big breakfast you will eat fewer calories over the rest of the day but that is not true,” Schusdziarra said. The researcher added that skipping breakfast all together does not necessarily lead to weight gain, with many healthy weight people not eating the meal regularly.

iPad cutting into Precious TV Time

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here is no doubt that the Apple iPad is a unique device that is changing the way people use the web. Despite the fact that the critics keep cribbing about its flaws, iPad continues to sell in huge numbers and its rivals have a long way to go before they can catch up with it in terms of user base. Whether it will prove to be the nemesis for other portable web access devices remains to be seen but a new study says that it is changing the TV viewing habits of the people. Amazing as it may sound to some people, the iPad users are apparently using the device to access the web and read stuff online mostly during the TV prime time hours. So they are giving the soaps and movies on the small screens a miss these days. The study has been done by a web service that keeps track

of web content use, named ReadItLater. The study claims that the majority of iPad users access the web through their tablets between 7pm to 11pm which everyone knows is the prime time slot. However, it could also be possible that the users are taking their iPad during the time in the bedroom and watching TV while browsing the web. Nevertheless, the TV channel executives who aim to lure the viewers to their shows should feel worried as the viewers would not give full attention to the TV programs even if they use the iPad in the TV room. Before the advent of Internet and technology in such a massive way, many used to read newspapers or books at such times. Presently, they are getting addicted to digital reading. Courtesy: Agencies

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JAN 18,2011  

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