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HC rejects Dudu’s bail The High Court today rejected Dudu’s bail stating that he should be in custody till a matter against him is finalized at a lower court. “Considering that the applicant has been in custody from February 21, 2010, the learned special judge shall

decide the application dated October 14, 2010 expeditiously and in any case within a period of two weeks from the date of the receipt of the copy of this order,” read the order copy. Dudu will be filing a fresh bail application on Wednesday.

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Cabinet reshuffle today PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 18

The much-talked about reshuffle and expansion of the Union council of ministers will take place at 5 pm tomorrow amidst indications that Salman Khurshid, Praful Patel and Jairam Ramesh could be elevated to cabinet rank. Indications also emerged that the ‘big four’ incumbents in finance, home, defence and external affairs may not be disturbed in the reshuffle, the first in the United Progressive Alliance-II after it retained power in May 2009. Singh, who held discussions today for over two hours with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, gave finishing touches to tomorrow’s exercise which

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The report gives a chronology of the case right from the day Cipriano was arrested for threatening a woman till date wherein family members allege foul play in his death. NHRC was also updated on the status of the probe conducted by the sub divisional magistrate (SDM) and that a special gazetted officer has been appointed to probe into the conduct of the police. The 39-year-old seafarer was on his two-month long vacation at his home town in Goa when he was picked by the Panjim

Both the districts of Goa North Goa and South Goa are set to get Central Bureau of Investigation courts. The State government has recently received direction from the central government to set up CBI courts in the State at the earliest, said a government officer who did not want to be named. However, the number of CBI cases in Goa being less , the government has decided to designate two district Sessions Courts — Session Court of North Goa and Session Courts of South as CBI courts, said the officer. In the absence of designated

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three portfolios he has, while Kapil Sibal may give up science and technology. Sibal, who was given recently additional charge of telecom in the wake of exit of A Raja, may retain that. But there is speculation that human resource development, which he holds, could go to M Veerappa Moily in case Khurshid takes over as

Cipriano’s death report sent to Rights Commission GSPCA gets copy of case details HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 18

Goa Police has submitted case details of the custodial death of Moira resident Cipriano Fernandes to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in New Delhi. A copy of the same was sent to the Goa State Police Complaints Authority (GSPCA) on Monday. North Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas told SPCA that NHRC in a report on January 11 is informed that Cipriano’s death is being treated as ‘custodial death’.

“The case is being treated as custodial death and a magisterial inquiry is in progress…” reads an extract from the report.

Lab told to treat case on priority

The sub divisional magistrate has written to the Surat forensic laboratory to furnish the chemical analysis report of the viscera of Cipriano on a priority basis. The viscera is being treated as the crucial factor in the case as its final report will decide the seafarer’s actual cause of death.

Kamat, Shirodkar and Alemao leave for Delhi HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 18

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat along with Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash Shirodkar and Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao left for the national capital after they were summoned by the high command to discuss the host of issues, including the Nationalist Congress Party’s demand to drop its two ministers from the cabinet. The trio will also discuss with the high command party matters, including appointment of the GPCC president and other matters relating to the party organisation. When contacted, the chief minister said he is visiting the national capital to participate in the meeting convened by the Union finance minister

with chief ministers of various States on Wednesday. “I am going to Delhi to attend the meeting convened by the Union Finance Minister on Wednesday as part of the annual budget exercise”, Kamat said, adding there is no specific political agenda during his visit to the national capital. The GPCC president, however, admitted that he is leaving for Delhi after being summoned by the high command to discuss the NCP’s demand and other issues connected with the coalition. Saying there is no change in the position of the party legislators vis-a-vis opposition to the induction of NCP legislator Mickky Pacheco in the Kamat ministry, Shirodkar said that he would convey the (Continued on page 8)

Belgaum police visit Colva for drugs probe

The two women accused, who were brought to Goa by Belgaum police in connection with the drugs case. Photo by Santosh MiraHERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 18

The Belgaum police on Tuesday descended in a pub at Colva along with two of the woman accused in drugs cases in order to investigate the link between suspended Goa police head constable Arun Dessai and the other accused. The police team made their presence felt at the pub where one of the woman accused was working earlier. They recorded the statement of the owner in this connection. The visit by the

Belgaum police to Colva assumes significance given that the suspended head constable was earlier posted at the Colva police station. The police are trying to find out whether the remaining accused came in contact with the suspended cop during his posting in Colva. The Belgaum police came with the two accused woman at the Margao police station before heading to Colva.. The police officer who accompanied the accused persons later (Continued on page 8)

SHWETA KAMAT PANJIM, JAN 18

The Mines Department has asked former Pernem legislator and Nationalist Congress Party leader Jitendra Deshprabhu to pay a fine of Rs 1.72 crore for illegally extracting iron ore at Corgao village in the taluka. Senior officials said that the department after inspection in survey number 299/0 of Corgao village, had found that the work of loading mineral ore in trucks was being done during night time with the help of two wheeler loaders. Senior Technical Assistant Hector Fernandes in his notice to Deshprabhu has said that approximately 15,000 metric tonnes of iron ore was lying at the site . A site visit and inspection by geologists had calculated that total 52,360 metric tones of ore was extracted from the site. A notice has been issued to Jitendra Deshprabhu under Section 4 of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957. Officials said that Deshprabhu was issued notice last month and proceedings through mamlatdar have already begun against him. He was totally fined Rs 1,72,26,600 and a compounding charge of Rs 25,000. “Usually, the value of the mineral to be recovered is 10 times that of the royalty,” a senior officer said adding that the value was decided considering that 30 per cent of the ore could be rejects. As the ore found at the site was less than 60 degree Fe, a

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Congress sources said would be a “moderate” affair. Gandhi was accompanied by her Political Secretary Ahmed Patel in the discussions with Singh. In the evening, senior leader and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Gandhi. In the reshuffle, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar may shed consumer affairs, one of the

law minister, a portfolio currently with Moily. Equally strongly a section in the party feels that Sibal may continue to hold HRD development to maintain continunity in the ministry because he initiated a series of reforms. There is speculation that Jyotiraditya Scindia, currently minister of State for commerce, may be shifted to external affairs. Shashi Tharoor who was MoS in the external Affairs ministry had to resign last year in the wake of Indian Premier League controversy. With the possible elevation of Khurshid and moving to law, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan could be the new MoS for minority affairs.

Deshprabhu fined for illegal mining

North, South set to get CBI courts HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 18

‘I own the land, not the mine’

NCP leader Jitendra Deshprabhu today said that he does not own the mine but owns the land. “I am not involved in illegal mining activity. The land belongs to me that’s all,” Deshprabhu told Herald. Deshprabhu said that the person whom he had given the land for use has a valid quarrying licence of the department. He said that the mines department is holding him responsible as he is owner of the land.

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Sonsodo plant: Panel for one-time payment of Rs 7.31 cr to Fomento

CM promises grant to MMC to meet financial obligations HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 18

The High Powered Committee on Sonsodo headed by Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat has favoured one-time payment of Rs 7.31 crore to Fomento to set up the waste treatment plant at Sonsodo, with the Chief Minister promising financial grant to the Margao Municipal Council to meet the financial obligations. The draft concession agreement will now be placed before the meeting of the Margao Municipal Council on January 21 for ratification by the City Fathers. “There’s an unanimous view that the Margao civic body should pay to Fomento the entire amount of Rs 7.31 crore one time to avoid the financial burden of Rs 12-odd crore if the payment is staggered for the next 25 years”, Kamat told newsmen after attending a power point presentation arranged by Chief Officer Prasanna Acharya for the benefit of the City Fathers and members of the High Powered Committee. Urban Development MLA Joaquim Alemao, ML As Reginaldo Lourenco and Damu Naik were present. The Chief Minister said that if the municipal council opts to

UGDP questions Rane’s decision over notices to 3 NCP MLAs

Fatorda MLA walks out of meet HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 18

An agitated Fatorda MLA, who is a member of the High Powered Committee, bitterly protested over the failure by the civic body to make available copies of the draft concession agreement before the power point presentation. Naik, who came out midway through the meeting, later told newsmen that the civic body should have made available copies of the draft agreement to facilitate the city fathers and members of the high powered committee to study the provisions. He said the MMC has fixed a meeting of the Council on January 21 for discussion of the draft concession agreement and wondered whether there can be open discussion on the issue without making available the draft in advance. MMC Councillor Pratima Coutinho also raised a similar point by pointing out that the draft copies ought to have been provided to the city Fathers before the power point presentation. make one time payment of Rs 7.31 crore to Fomento as per the RPF, the government would not mind providing a financial grant to the civic body. Replying to a question, he said the civic body would obtain Rs two crore bank guarantee from Fomento till the waste treatment plant is set up at the dumping site. “Beyond five years, Fomento would submit

P’yat-govt tussle over Agonda RP 2021 notification continues VP terms SLC reports baseless

HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 18

The United Goans Democratic Party has questioned the decision of the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly Pratapsing Rane to issue notices to the three NCP Legislators to appear before him on the question of deciding the leadership issue. Saying that the Speaker has exceeded his jurisdiction, UGDP Secretary General Adv Anacleto Viegas told newsmen that the Speaker has no role to play in deciding who should be the chief whip of the party, saying these issues coming within the ambit of a political party. He demanded that the Speaker withdraw the notices immediately and said there is no point of Mickky Pacheco in appearing before the Speaker when it is evident that Rane is acting in a partisan manner. “Speaker Rane has exceeded his jurisdiction. No law of the land permits him to decide who should be the leader of the House. That is the business to be left to a political party and not the Assembly Speaker”, Viegas maintained. Demanding withdrawal of the notices, he said the Speaker cannot interfere with the affairs of the political parties, adding “when complaints were made to the office of the Speaker in the past, they are yet to be disposed off by the Speaker. Meanwhile, Viegas reiterated his demand for a judicial inquiry into Cypriano’s custodial death and immediate suspension of the policemen involved in the crime.

Rs 50 lakh bank guarantee to the council”, Kamat said, adding that these precautions should take care of any apprehensions in the future. “After going through the presentation and the comparative statement made by the chief officer, it appears that the civic body would have been liable to make one time payment of Rs 21 crore to Ramky and Rs 7.31

crore to Fomento. While the staggered payment to Fomento for the next 25 years works out Rs 12-odd crore, it would have been Rs 79 crore if Ramky had bagged the award”, Kamat said. Referring to the general impression on the project, the Chief Minister said the people of Margao would not remain quite if the waste plant is not set up within the time frame. “Even smaller Councils like Cuncolim and Bicholim have their own waste treatment plants”, he said, adding that the government want results from the Margao civic body and will not mind sanctioning additional money to meet the financial requirements. Meanwhile, Councillor Pratima Coutinho has demanded that the civic body provide a copy of the draft agreement to the city fathers before the council meeting to study various aspects of the agreement. At today’s power point presentation, Coutinho sought to know why the high powered committee has till date not finalized the consultant. She also demanded to know whether bio-medical waste and carcass of animals would be accepted at Sonsodo after the plant is set up at the site.

HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JAN 18

The tussle continues between Agonda Panchayat and government over notification of Regional Plan 2021 for the village. The State Level Committee (SLC) apparently responsible to approve the notified plan had reportedly criticised the Agonda gram sabha and sought to blame the local body on various fronts in connection with the notified RP 2021 for Agonda. The SLC was apparently reacting to an Agonda special gram sabha resolution not to accept RP 2021 notified by government, after claiming that it was not keeping with the conformity of village drafted-plan. On Tuesday, it was the turn of Agonda Village Committee for RP-2021 (AVC) who met under the chairmanship of village sarpanch to deliberate on the press statement made by SLC before coming out with a counter press note. “The AVC discussed the news item appearing in a section of press attributing reported statements to SLC and unanimously accepted the fact that the report and statements made by SLC are false and baseless,” stated Agonda Sarpanch Milagrinha Fernandes in the press note. “The committee members felt that SLC had not sent the copy of notified plan along with policy document to the panchayat. The notified RP-2021 is not according to the draft plan submitted by the panchayat.” “The committee also felt that the government should have sent final draft plan to local body for suggestions and opinion before notifying it.” Reacting to SLC’s claim of having panchayat objection for VP 3 Status, sarpanch said the panchayat had not written to any one requesting to change the panchayat status from VP-3 to VP-2. “We panchayat members were left to utter disbelief to read that SLC wrote to panchayat and got an objection from the local body objecting to VP-3 status. Nothing such ever happened between the panchayat and SLC,” informed Fernan-

des. Contrary to what SLC says in press statement, the local body clarified: “Settlements requested by panchayat in ECO-1 zone are the areas already in habitation and houses exist there prior to 1991, coastal area.” “The demarcation of commercial zone as claimed by SLC is not marked in green areas, but is proposed in barren and rocky areas,” added the panchayat. Settlement are proposed after taking into consideration the geographical location of the village and not in paddy fields, as made out by SLC in news item. The road which SLC has cancelled saying it leads to a hill, is actually the access road to the proposed fishing jetty, which SLC went on to mark in the notified RP-2021, but without an access to the same. “It looks like by cancelling this road access, the government is going to provide a helipad service or some ferry service to reach the proposed fishing jetty,” informed Panch Jovi Fernandes. “Now ignored by the government undermining, the entire process of people’s participation,” regretted Fernandes. Owing to the ground reality, Panchayat claims to have proposed an access road and marked a parking lot at one place, which is left in the lurch but instead SLC without any justification went on to mark parking lots at three different places in notified plan, which are not at-all proposed by the panchayat. The micro industrial zone and Disaster Management sites marked on notified plan were not proposed by the panchayat and committee cannot comment as the local body is not provided with a policy document. Going by the mood with AVC members that includes all panchas and few experts in the field are in no mood to accept the notified plan, but may even plan an agitation to make government to realize people’ aspirations as to what they need to prosper in their village.

CM holds darbar atop Moti Dongor

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat interacting with the inhabitants of his stronghold Moti Dongor. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 18

There’s good news in store for migrant inhabited Moti Dongor --- the stronghold of Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat. If ordinary Goans are made to make umpteen trips to the offices of Mamlatdar and other departments for redressal of grievances, government officials would make their presence felt atop the hillock to resolve the problems faced by the migrants – courtesy the Chief Minister. That the district administration headed by Collector G P Naik would now go to the door steps of the inhabitants atop the hillock became apparent on Tuesday morning when the Chief Minister along with Naik and other officials made their presence felt at Moti Dongor. The Chief Minister’s darbar with the mi-

grants is the first official visit by the Chief Minister to the area since violence erupted on the hillock 21 days ago between the Bashir and Maqbool groups. The visit to the area also comes against the backdrop of the surrender and arrest of accused Bashir Shaikh and three others in the Moti Dongor attack. If District Collector G P Naik is to be believed, Tuesday’s interaction with the migrants was to understand their grievances and work out solutions. The problems were related to ration cards, water supply, correction of names on the electoral list et al. Naik said one of the problems faced by the families inhabiting the hillock was the expansion of the families and the need to bifurcate the ration cards as per the individual families. “Besides, correction of names on the voters list is another problem facing the inhabitants.

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We have listed their grievances”, the Collector said, adding that representatives of various agencies would visit the hillock to solve the grievances of the residents. “The district administration will go to the doorsteps of these people since they cannot get their work done in the respective departments. There is nothing wrong in this”, Naik said. It is not known whether allocation of house numbers to the illegal houses atop the hillock is part of the kind gesture to the residents. Incidentally, Chief Minister had strongly favoured allotting house numbers to the illegal houses in the jurisdiction of the Margao Municipal Council to mop up revenue on the house tax front. A sizeable number of illegal houses assessed by the civic body fall in the Moti Dongor area, sources informed.

Russian molested at Baga beach

HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JAN 18

A 25-year-old Russian woman was allegedly molested by a 49year-old tourist from Bhopal at Baga beach on Tuesday evening. Calangute police was tightlipped in the matter and refused to disclosed further details into the incident. However, sources told Herald that the victim was bathing with her friends at Baga beach, when the accused molested her in the sea. She raised an alarm and an irate mob caught hold of accused and assaulted him at the beach. He was later handed over to the police, where he was detained for further interrogations. The accused was first sent for a checkup at the Candolim Primary Health Centre, from where he was taken to the GMC hospital. The victim was also sent for a medical examination to the GMC hospital, sources told Herald. This incident comes barely 10 days after a 23-year-old Russian woman was allegedly molested by a 20-year-old youth from Andhra Pradesh at the Arambol beach on January 9.

Dudu case witness threatened? HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 18

A prime police witness in Israeli drug dealer David Driham alias Dudu case has complained to Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) that he is being threatened to withdraw from the case. The panch witness, whose identity is kept confidential, in a letter dated January 15 to ANC and Deputy Inspector General of Police Ravindra Yadav, has said that two unknown persons, one of whom was a foreign national and other an Indian national threatened him. “They pleaded for help and told me that the evidence should be in favour of the accused (Dudu) and to fumble during the cross-examination and when questioned by the lawyer in the Court. Failing this, they have threatened to harm me and family,” a crucial witness in the case said in his letter. The incident happened when he was on his way back home when motorcycle borne youths threatened him. “I declined their request. Now since they know the place of my stay, I fear they will harm me and my family,” he said adding that the two men refused to introduce themselves to him. The witness has sought police protection from the department. When contacted ANC DySP Naresh Mhamal, said that they have forwarded the complaint letter to the High Court at Goa, little before Dudu’s bail order was pronounced on Tuesday. He said that a copy of the witness’s complaint will be forwarded to NDPS Court at Mapusa where a chargesheet against Dudu is filed. DIG Yadav was however not available for comments. Dudu was arrested from Anjuna in February 2011 by team of ANC officials and since then have been languishing in the jail. He was arrested for possessing 144 ecstasy tablets weighing 55 grams worth Rs 1.10 lakh, Heroin powder weighing five grams worth Rs 15,000 6.5 grams of Cocaine worth Rs 30,000, 7.30 grams liquor LSD worth Rs 1.10 lakh and 1.165 grams of charas.

Borda activist recounts horror of police brutality HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 18

As the state reels under shock over the custodial death of Cypriano Fernandes, this activist from Borda-Margao recounts the horrors of the police brutality which he was subjected to the men-in-uniform attached to the Margao police headquarters. Laurel Abranches says the only difference between him and late Cypriano is that while the latter has died in police custody, he is still alive, but not before he had to undergo the trauma. “I lost my child who had not even seen the day. I had to undergo kidney operation; my wife faced a big trauma in her life, all because of a false complaint and the brutality of Goa police personnel in which than SP, South Shekar Prabhudessai, PI Santosh Desai and PSI Navlesh Desai along with four constables were allegedly involved in this brutal act on me and family”, Abranches said. Saying that he is one of the victims of Goa Police aggression motivated at the instance of a politician and his subordinate, Abranches said he was treated in the same manner as late Cipriano, but that he is

n “I lost my child who had not even seen the day. I had to undergo kidney operation; my wife faced a big trauma in her life, all because of a false complaint and the brutality of Goa police personnel in which than SP, South Shekhar Prabhudessai, PI Santosh Desai and PSI Navlesh Desai along with four constables were allegedly involved in this brutal act on me and family.” - Abranches still alive. “I was picked up from my shop at Borda on a false complaint by five persons in civil clothes and pushed in a private vehicle; one of them followed the vehicle on a bike. I recognised three persons, because I was the general secretary of the United Goans Welfare Front”, he recalled. Abranches further recounted that during the travel from his shop to the Margao Police Station, he was beaten inside the vehicle by the men in civil dress sitting next to me on both sides without verifying the actual facts. “On reaching the police station, I was dragged from the private vehicle into the police station and made to sit down on the ground with cross legs.

The four accused arrested by the Moti Dongor attack case has moved the South Goa Sessions court for bail, even as the local court has remanded the accused to three days police custody. Accused Bashir and the three other accused on Tuesday filed their bail plea to the Sessions Court, which will now come up for hearing on January 20. The accused has been remanded to three days police custody for further investigations into the case.

At my shop, when they were manhandling me before putting me in the private car, PSI Navlesh Dessai attached to Margao Police Station at that time allegedly caught my pregnant wife. She was afraid and disturbed and shortly she had a miscarriage. I had to undergo a kidney operation at the GMC for no fault of my own”, he recollected. Demanding termination of services for the police personnel, besides rigorous imprisonment for the policemen involved in Cypriano’s death, Abranches says the law should be amended so that erring government servants are made to pay from their pockets for misusing their power and authority against common innocent citizens.

POLICE-DRUG MAFIA NEXUS

HC issues notices to CBI, Govt HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 18

Bombay High Court at Goa on Tuesday issued notices to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), State Government and law enforcement authorities in a petition filed by National Students Union of India (NSUI) into police-drug mafia nexus case. The Goa unit of the NSUI on January 14 had moved High Court pleading a CBI probe into the policemen-drug mafia nexus case in the State. In the petition, NSUI Goa chief Sunil Kawathankar demanded that the case be handed over to the central investigation agency as the conduct of the police officers probing it was doubtful. “There’s doubt in the integrity of the police officers investigating the case as some of the accused in the case have been released,” Kawathankar said in his petition. The double bench comprising of Justices S B and F M Reis issued notices to CBI, government and Anti Narcotics Cell and Crime Branch returnable in three weeks. Advocate General Subodh Kantak appearing on behalf of the State sought time to reply to the petition. “There is no need to hurry as cases were booked some seven to nine months back,” he said referring to police-drug nexus probe which saw suspension and arrests of seven police officials. Surendra Desai, counsel representing NSUI said that the petitioner had to move Court as the investigating agencies failed to properly investigate into the nexus.

“The investigation carried out by Crime Branch was faulty,” he argued. Seven policemen including a police inspector, sub-inspector, head constable and four constables were arrested in March-April 2010 after Israeli drug baron Yaniv Benaim alias Atala confessed his links with the policemen who were allegedly supplying him drugs. Swedish model and Atala’s former girlfriend Lucky Farmhouse had shot the confession on a spy-cam and uploaded on two social networking sites, hence exposing the policemen-drug peddler nexus in the State. Lucky also alleged involvement of Home Minister Ravi Naik’s son Roy of having links with drug mafia in the State. Atala was also arrested and jumped bail after which he went missing. He was found in Israel and recently arrested by Peru police at Lima International Airport in South America. According to Goa police, process to extradite him to Goa is in progress. NSUI earlier had given 48 hours ultimatum to Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to hand over the case to CBI or the National Investigation Agency (NIA). While the State was yet to overcome the 2010 police-drug nexus, another expose created waves which showed police sub inspector Sunil Gudlar allegedly selling drugs to two foreign women. Imprisoned Israeli David Driham’s sister Ayala and girlfriend Zarina claimed to have conducted the sting operation on Gudlar, some three months ago, in association with an Israeli agency.

Parrikar urged to raise Cipriano issue in Assembly session HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 18

The deceased NRI’s family members supported by NGO Utt Goenkara on Tuesday requested Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar to raise the issue of the custodial death of Cipriano Fernandes in the forthcoming State Legislative Assembly session. Utt Goenkara vice-president Jatin Naik told Herald that Parrikar assured them that he will fix up a meeting with the Governor S S Sidhu and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to discuss the matter. Earlier, the family on Monday requested Goa State Police Complaints Authority (GSPCA) to take cognizance of their complaint and take action against Panjim police into Cipriano’s custodial death. Chairman Justice Eurico San-

tana da Silva said that the matter will be looked into after he studies the application. “…Utt Goenkara today requests your kind self to carry out a thorough investigation into this mysterious death of Cipriano in Panjim Police Station and also demands that till the inquiry about the death in custody is complete, the police personnel who have manhandled the deceased are suspended,” the application to the chairman reads. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Cipriano’s cousin brother Cosme Fernandes demanded that Police Inspector Sandesh Chodankar, Police Sub Inspectors Radesh Ramnathkar and Vijay Chodankar and Constable Sandip Shirvaikar be suspended as they are responsible for the custodial death. The family members have re-

Moti Dongor Prove Hyquip connection, accused Sardessai dares Damu move for bail HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 18

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Goa Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Vijay Sardessai has dared Fatorda MLA Damu Naik to prove his Hyquip connection, saying he is even ready to opt out of Fatorda if the MLA proves the allegations. Sardessai further demanded a vigilance inquiry into the Hyquip project or a probe by a retired High Court judge to go into the allegations made by the Fatorda MLA. In a statement, Sardessai said the Fatorda BJP MLA has only reconfirmed public suspicion that he is feeling insecure and is on a shaky wicket and has resorted to making false and unsubstantiated charges against him. Focusing n the Fatorda MLA’s statement that he (Sardessai) should come clear on the aborted Hyquip Solid Waste Management Project, the GPCC General Secretary, categorically clarified that he has no connection whatsoever with the project or its promoters. He challenged the MLA to substantiate his allegations whilst reiterating that he was neither present at any meeting of the Goa State Urban Development Authority when this project was discussed nor did he even see the promoter let alone help the project.

fused to accept Cipriano’s body till guilty policemen are punished. “We will not take over the body till those involved in killing him are punished. Today it has happened to my brother tomorrow it can be yours. He died because of police torture,” Cosme said adding that local masses should support the family to fight justice. The family members said that their agitation will continue and will knock doors of every authority till policemen who killed Cypriano are punished. Naik urged Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to immediately suspend the responsible policemen, for committing serious violation of Human Rights and violation under Article 21 which gives right to life and liberty under the Indian Constitution.

Mickky appears before JMFC HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 18

Former Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco was spotted in the Court of JMFC, Margao on Tuesday in connection with the divorce case. His lawyer, Adv Srikant Naik informed that Pacheco was present in the court room since 2.30 pm, but neither Pacheco’s estranged wife Sara nor her lawyer were present in the court room till 4 pm. Finally, a junior lawyer appeared in the court and submitted before the judge that the lawyer is down with hypertension and hence could not attend the court.


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Princess: Manch serves legal notice on govt HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JAN 18

The River Princess Hatao Manch has served a legal notice on the State government for its lethargic approach with regard to removal of the grounded vessel ‘River Princess’ from the Candolim shores. In a press release signed by River Princess Hatao Manch Convenor Fermino Fernandes, the Manch has also criticised the State government on its failure to remove the grounded vessel. The Manch has served a legal notice on the government for its lethargic approach to the serious issue, which has now become a nuisance for the villagers of coastal Calangute. The legal notice was served on the Chief Secretary and Director of Tourism on Tuesday for their failure to undertake preventive measures and/or remove the grounded vessel within the time frame as directed by the High Court. It may be recalled that the High Court through in its order dated September 8, 2010, had directed the State government to start work on removal of the vessel within two months from

n The legal notice was served on the Chief Secretary and Director of Tourism on Tuesday for their failure to undertake preventive measures and/or remove the grounded vessel within the time frame as directed by the High Court. the date of order, which lapsed on November 8, 2010. On November 11, 2010, the government floated a fresh tender and finalised a contractor from Mumbai for removal of the vessel, stated the press note.

MMC directed to stop dumping mixed waste HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 18

The Mapusa Municipal Council has been directed by the Goa State Pollution Control Board to stop dumping of unsegregated waste on the Assagao plateau and to prevent such acts put up fencing around the site. In its directions issued as per the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, the Council has been directed to stop dumping of the unsegregated waste and fence the area so as to provide 24 hour security to stop further he nuisance. Shiv Sena had made a complaint to the Board in November alleging that unsegregated waste including plastic and rubber was being dumped and burnt on the plateau causing health hazards to residents of adjoining residential colonies. GSPCB officials on conducting a site inspection in the same month concluded that the council had violated the Act. Directions issued in December had noted the Council was dumping unsegregated waste. The Board had also asked the Chief Officer of the Council to show cause why action should not be initiated for causing environmental pollution in the Assagao plateau and its vicinity.

“High ranking officers in the government had assured us that removal work would begin by January 3, 2011, due to the hectic Christmas season. Though we are in middle of January and four months have elapsed since the order was passed by the

High Court, till today no work order has been issued to the contractor,” added the press note. “We had also requested Chief Minister Digambar Kamat not to treat the issue as any other government issue but surprisingly the issue has been given the worst treatment by the government despite declaring it a ‘State Disaster’,” the press note stated. The contractor is ready with all the required machinery and equipment and is awaiting orders to start the work. On Monday, the contractor brought cranes, dredgers and pontoons at the site of River Princess and assured to start the work the moment it gets a green signal from the government. The press note also criticised the lethargic approach of the government in removing the vessel. “We are given to understand that notification is required from Customs and Central Excise while the chief minister and his officers are duty bound to get going on war footing as bad weather will start by February end,” states the press note.

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The 76th ‘Zatrotsav’ of the famous Bodgeshwar Temple in Mapusa commenced on Tuesday with traditional pomp and religious fervour amid police secu-

rity. The purohit performed the pooja at noon, as people from all walks of life thronged to the temple to offer their prayers to the deity. Among the dignitaries those

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 18

Heads of schools are finding themselves in a quandary over a written communication issued by the Directorate of Education that has asked them not to schedule any examination during the period of training and field operations for census work between January 2011 and March 15, 2011, as directed by the Central Registrar General & Census Commissioner. As per the communication, the Registrar General India addressed a letter to the Chief Secretary in which it states it was necessary to ensure no examinations involving the teaching staff engaged for census work were scheduled during the period of population enumeration. Some of the schools have already finished their mid-term tests from January 14 to 17, while some have started and will finish on January 20. Also, the preliminary examination for SSC students is scheduled from January 21 to 29. Deputy Director of Education Anil Powar, however, adds the circular cannot be taken literally. “Exams can be conducted, but those teachers engaged in census work have to go. By and

Double part-time teachers demand regularisation HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 18

Around 60 double part-time teachers appointed in vocational stream of various aided higher secondaries, who have been employed for the last 16 years, have once again called for regularisation of their services. On Monday a group of these teachers met the Education Minister Babush Monserrate at the Secretariat in Porvorim and placed their grievances before him. The minister assured them he would look into the matter as soon as the file pertaining to their matter is placed before him.

The teachers, majority of who are post-graduates and have completed their Bachelor of Education feel cheated as they are paid a consolidated salary of Rs 11,750. “We have started feeling the pinch because a good part of our salary is spent on travelling expenses,” they mentioned. They are demanding benefits accrued to the contract teachers, who are given the privilege of regularisation after completion of five years in service. If contract teachers can be regularised after five years, we should at least be given the benefits what they get, they stated. The teachers further argued

‘Zatrotsav’ commences with pomp at Mapusa

Devotees flock to Bodgeshwar Temple, Mapusa.

School heads feel DoE must take stand on census work

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visited the temple are Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza, Mapusa Municipal Council Chairperson Sudhir Kandolker and DySP Sammy Tavares. The Zatrosav will culminate

on Wednesday at 11 pm after ‘Aarti’ and ‘Prarthana’. Surrounded by greenery, it is a small shrine dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba or Bodgeshwar, locally known as Bongini. Thousands of devotees flock to the temple. The God is regarded as Angavani, to whom vows are made and who fulfills desires of the devotees. On fulfillment of desires, people offer presents (flowers, bananas, etc) to the God as promised by them earlier. Mapusa Police station posted several police personnel at the temple to maintain law and order. DySP Sammy Tavares visited the site of Bodgeshwar Temple on Tuesday morning and had a look at the security arrangement. Giant wheel and stalls of sweets, fruits, flowers, toys, utensils, tea, snacks, cold drink, etc, have been set up opposite the Bodgeshwar Temple.

that their work load was equivalent to that of the contract teachers in the vocational stream. The part-time teachers for the last seven to eight years have been carrying out Board work like paper setting and correction, they added. They said unlike the full-time teachers who enjoy the benefit of casual leave, earned leave, sick leave, etc., none of these is available to them. On the other had if we remain absent for whatever reason there is a cut in salary for that particular day, they rued.

large primary teachers are being used for this work and teachers called from aided schools are very few,” he states. However, a very senior headmaster from an aided school speaking on condition of anonymity argues even if a few teachers are called who will handle their study portion and other related duties. In contrast to what Powar says, he mentions the circular of Registrar General

states it was necessary that prior to and during the period of census no examination should be conducted so that teachers could devote enough time to this important task of national importance. Some of the heads of schools are seeking clear-cut instructions from the DoE in this regard and feel it should take some stand. They said communication issued by the directorate con-

tains the circular of the Registrar General to the Chief Secretary, who in turn has forwarded the same to the State Directorate of Panning, Statistics and Evaluation. When contacted, Director of Education Dr Celsa Pinto said she could not ignore the circular from the Centre. However, she added the heads of schools can come to her and discuss the matter to find a solution.


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BJP to go solo Goa third on national at CCP polls one-night-stand wish list HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 18

The BJP’s panel will not have an alliance with NCP’s panel and it will go solo in the forthcoming elections to Corporation of the City of Panjim (CCP) which is likely to be held on March 13. “We will field candidates in all thirty wards of the CCP and will not have an alliance with NCP’s panel,” told Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar to Herald on Tuesday. However, he said, they might join hands with like-minded people in a few wards but it will be on one-to-one basis and their panel has a strong chance to win CCP election this time. “Elect our panel, I will see that CCP ‘s revenue collection goes up by Rs 60-70 crore in the first three months, and that to without imposing additional burden of taxes on citizens,” he said further adding that, “please don’t ask me how I will do it but I will do it.” Whether Panjimites will overthrow the ruling panel which has failed miserably to keep up with its assurances given five years ago and give the BJP’s panel a chance to bring about out a change it is offering to do is another matter. But the Opposition is confident of making a dent in this ruling panel this time. “As against last time, 21 wards of the CCP now falls within Panjim and nine in Taleigao and this is

n We will field candidates in all thirty wards of the CCP and will not have an alliance with NCP’s panel --- Manohar Parrikar a great opportunity to gain majority in the corporation,” claimed Parrikar. However, the fact is despite he (Parrikar) being elected as MLA from Panjim for four times the Taleigao MLA Babush Monserrate had managed to wrestle CCP from BJP in 2005. Political equations have changed in Panjim this time with NCP throwing its weight in CCP election, and basically to oppose Taleigao strongman. With this change position the BJP’s panel certainly stands to strengthen. On the other hand Monserrate’s panel that entered CCP with thumping majority in 2005 is likely to face difficulty to maintain its score. The Opposition members have stated that they will highlight non-performance and alleged corruption of some ruling members of the CCP to block their re-entry in the city corporation. Ruling panel has faced several allegations of corruptions during last five years. Moreover it failed to take up any major developmental works in the last five years.

Woman succumbs to burn injuries HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, JAN 18

A 70-year-old woman from Sonarpeth-Bicholim succumbed to burn injuries at GMC Hospital at Bambolim on Tuesday. It may be recalled that on Saturday, one Kamlawati D Govekar had suffered serious burn injuries when she was lighting a lamp at the Tulsi. She was shifted to GMC Hospital, where she succumbed to injuries on Tuesday. The body was handed over to their relatives. Bicholim PSI T P Walke is investigating the case. Meanwhile in another case, one Mithun Turi (24) from Jharkhand died at GMC Hospital due to pneumonia. He was working as a driver in Pilgao-Bicholim.

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Casual sex is taboo no more, says the Outlook-Moods Sex Survey 2011, which looks at the attitude of young Indians about casual sex. The results may surprise. As many as 52.3 per cent respondents felt there was no ‘big deal’ about a one-night stand. More than half of those quizzed did not blame it on drinks and drugs and, far from worry or guilt, the morning-after feeling was overwhelmingly of pleasure. The survey appears in the weekly newsmagazine ‘Outlook’. Mumbai, the ‘Maximum City’ scored the most points for being best suited for flings, followed not-so-closely by Delhi and Goa. And while parties remained the principal source of casual sex pick-ups, social networking sites are a close second for no-stringsattached liaisons. The survey was conducted in the big metro cities, not in Goa. But 58 per cent play it safe, using condoms for protection, with only 1.2 per cent being careless. But there are more startling numbers: Over 80 per cent of respondents claimed to have never had paid sex, nearly 70

Some otheR inteReSting findingS n 60 per cent of Bangaloreans think more partners makes for a more fulfilling sex life n 24 per cent of Hyderabadis’ preferred sexual indulgence is partner swapping n 92 per cent of Chennai-ites will not have sex with a person of different religion or ethnicity n 95 per cent of Bangaloreans cited being ‘under the influence’ as the reason for onenight stands n 67 per cent of people who had phone/cyber sex later met ‘the partner’ n 77 per cent in Guwahati say casual sex encounters are initiated by women n 54 per cent of Delhi-ites have lost count of the number of times they have paid for sex n 24 per cent of Bangaloreans have had casual sex with someone of the same gender. per cent said they had never had a one-night stand and half of them said they did not indulge because they were married. So it turns out that after

all is said and done, India may have more liberal attitudes towards sex among the young, but morality is not quite as loose as we suspect.

Kerala Catholics to celebrate feast of St Alphonsa, St Sebastian HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, JAN 18

Kerala Catholics (residing in Goa) will celebrate the feast of St Alphonsa and St Sebastian at Mission Seminary Chapel, Pilar, on January 26. In a press note, Convenor of Feast Committee of Kerela Catholics A C Thomas Ethakkad has invited all to attend novenas daily at 3.45 pm and Pontifical mass at 4 pm. The press release states that Sr Alphonsa, the first Indian born saint, was born on August 19, 1910, to Muttathupadath Joseph and Mariam. After the death of her mother,

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she was looked after by her maternal aunt. However, due to severe burn injuries, she was unable to continue her studies. She joined the Franciscan Clarist Convent to become a nun, but soon fell ill and was bedridden. On August 12, 1936, she became a nun and on July 28, 1946, at the age of 36, she was called to her eternal home. The mortal remains were laid to rest at Bharanaganam Forane Church, which is 1,000 years old. On July 9, 1985, Pope John Paul II formally approved a miracle attributed to her intercession and Sr Alphonsa was declared as ‘The servant of God’.

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She was beatified by the Pope on February 8, 1986. Sr Alphonsa experienced severe physical pain and spiritual sufferings and was misunderstood and humiliated by others. She accepted all her sufferings peacefully as she was in divine love with Jesus. She firmly believed that all her sufferings would purify her and help her to unite more closely with her Lord. On June 1, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI cleared Sr Alphonsa’s name for Canonisation. The miracle attributed to her intersession was the heeling of the ‘Club Feet’ of a child in 1999 and this was approved by the Vatican for her Canonisation. She was elevated to sainthood on October 12, 2008. The Catholic Church is celebrating the feast on July 28. She is the Patron for illness. St Sebastian, the martyr, was born in 256 AD and was killed in 288 AD by the Roman emperor during persecution of Christians. He was tied to a post and shot with arrows then killed. He is known as the Saint who was martyred twice. St Sebastian is the Patron saint of Athletes and Archers, Soldiers, Plagues. His feast is on January 20.

Adivasi Bachao Samiti mulls on solution for mining traffic in Rivona HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, JAN 18

The Adivasi Bachao Samiti on Monday convened a meeting to discuss on the solution for the large movement of trucks carrying mineral ore from various mines in Rivona. It may be recalled that ore transportation from Rivona has been stopped since Friday, after one Chandrakant Devidas met with an accident involving a truck. At the meeting at CavremSanguem on Monday, it was resolved to leave two trucks for ever y minute from the mines for onward journey to the unloading points. “This will put a restriction on the movement of vehicular traffic and also reduce congestion on the road leading to Rivona from Tilamol,” claimed a speaker at the meeting. Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar, Sanguem MLA Vassudev Meng Gaonkar, Deputy Collector Agnelo Fernandes, Quepem DySP Rohidas Patre, PI Sudesh Narvekar, Mamlatdar Sudin Nato, Prakash Velip, Vinay Tendulkar and a large number of residents from Cavrem attended the meeting. The decision to leave two

trucks for every minute will be undertaken on trial basis for the next five days and if feasible, it will be followed on long-term basis. Speaking at the meeting, Parrikar urged the villagers to attend in large numbers the meeting to be held at the Secretariat on January 24. The villagers present for the meeting highlighted the grave problems they are made to face due to large movement of vehicular traffic from the village. The villagers complained of a large number of drivers resorting to fast driving and overtaking at dangerous locations, thereby risking the lives of the common man. The villagers also called for the stoppage of movement of trucks carrying mineral ore from 7 am to 8 am and from 1 pm to 2 pm for the safety of the students and office goers. The villagers also demanded total stoppage of movement of trucks in the village during night. As a solution to the many problems faced by the villagers, Parrikar asked the villagers to appoint a five-member committee which will look into the problems faced by the villagers. The committee will check on the rash and negligent driv-

ing of the truckers and will also see that restrictions of leaving two trucks for every minute is followed strictly. Deputy Collector Agnelo Fernandes also spoke on the occasion and suggested ways for an amicable solution to the problems faced by the locals.

Janu elected Mollem Sarpanch HERALD CORRESPONDENT COLLEM, JAN 18

Janu Shau Suzare was on Tuesday elected unopposed as sarpanch of Mollem Panchayat. It may be recalled that the post had fallen vacant after a no -confidence motion was moved against sarpanch Govind Gaonkar by five panchas on December 14. In a special meeting convened in the panchayat office on Tuesday, Presiding Officer Bhiva Gad declared Janu Suzare elected as sarpanch, as Janu was the lone candidate who had submitted his nomination form. Panchas Rajendra B P Dessai, Gauresh Parkar, Savita Sangodkar and Vishranti Gaonkar were present during the election. Secretary P S Naik assisted the presiding officer during the election.

Goan teachers participate UPCOMING EVENTS in national workshop Fr Agnelo’s birth anniversary HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, JAN 18

Seven teachers from the State participated in a workshop on ‘Role of schools in retaining natural and cultural heritage of the nation’ at New Delhi. The teachers who participated in the workshop were Anil Naik (People’s HS, Panjim), Shakil Shaikh (Chimbel HS), Rubina Fernandes (St Mary’s HS, Ponda), Gracy Fernandes (Multipurpose HSS Margao), Reshma Mapari (Don Bosco, Tuyem-Pernem), Sunil Bandekar (New Goa, Mapusa) and Mukund Malgaonkar (Dattaram Mantrawadi HS, Mapusa). The teachers were guided on different cultural and natural heritage, included hereditary education, culture and heritage, environmental education, art in the education, role of the states in traditional Indian culture, Yoga, handicrafts, ODC dance, retaining of cultural literature, songs in national language, etc. In all, 102 teachers from 16 states participated in the workshop. The teachers were also shown different spots like the Red Fort, Kutubminar, Humayuns Makbara, etc.

Antonio Pereira Konknni Puroskar award for Ophelia ‘Turo’. The award consists of a memento, citation and cash of Veteran Konknni tiatrist Ophelia Rs 5,000. D’Souza will receive Vincy Quadros regThomas Stephens ularly writes to variKonknni Kendr (TSKK) ous Konknni journals prestigious Antonio in Roman and DePe r e i r a K o n k n n i vanagari scripts. He Puroskar 2011 for her has written seven valuable and imKonknni books and mense contribution has edited a number to Konkani tiatr and of Konknni journals films, on January 26 like Jivit, Kamgarat the annual awards vanni. presentation function From this year Dr of TSKK, Alto PorJack Sequeira Ophelia D’Souza Puroskar for the convorim at 5 pm. Known veteran tiatribution of a young trist, Konknni film Konknni writer to artist and freedom Konknni in Roman fighter Cyriaco Dias, script has been instiwill be the chief tuted at TSKK by guest and will confer Pa r i s h P r i e s t o f the awards. Ophelia Carambolim, Fr Conwill be the twentyceção da Silva. The first recipient of the award consists of a award which consists shawl, memento, and of a shawl, memento cash of Rs 5,000. and cash of Rs Jose Salvador Fer25,000. Vincy Quadros nandes has been choCalled the queen of sen for this award of tragedy of Konknni 2010. He has done tiatr, Ophelia Cabral MA in Konknni and is an intense actress worked as a Konknni who believes in studylecturer in Carmel ing her role thorCollege, Nuvem and oughly before Fr Agnel College, deciding on how best Pilar. He has conto portray it. She has tributed articles to a also acted in Konkani number of Konknni films Amchem Noxib, journals like Gulab, Nirmonn, BhunV Ixtt, Goencho Ulo. yarantlo Monis. He has written and Boglantt and video acted in one act Jose Fernandes Konknni plays film Mogachi Faxi. The TSKK annual award for At the award function Aaron 2010 ‘Konknni Martir Floriano Jack Fernandes, a XII standard Vaz Puroskar ’ for the best student from Guardian Angel Konknni book in Roman script HSS, Sanvordem will be given has been conferred on Vincy the Lourenço Umbelina scholQuadros for his short story book arship. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 18

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PANJIM (HNB): The 142nd birth anniversary of Venerable Father Agnelo D’Souza will be celebrated at Anjuna and Pilar on January 21. The solemn high mass will be celebrated at Gaumvaddi Chapel, Anjuna, the birth place of Venerable Agnelo D’Souza, at 5 pm. Free bus service from Pilar to Anjuna will leave Pilar at 3 pm sharp. Those willing to travel by bus should give their names in the Fr Agnel office or call on 2218549 or 2219460 (office hours) latest by January 20. The mass at Pilar will be at 6.30, 7.30 and 8.30 am followed by Novena prayer and prayer over the sick.

State art exhibition

PANJIM (HND): The 36th State art exhibition (artist category) will be inaugurated on January 20 at Kala Academy’s Art Gallery, Panjim, at 5.30 pm by Speaker Pratapsingh Rane. The exhibition will be on view till January 24 from 10 am and 7 pm.

Musical show on Chris Perry

PANJIM (HND): Chris Perry – ‘Konkani Git-Songitacho Patxay’ (The Emperor of Konkani Song & Music), a musical show produced by Kala Mogi Candolim will feature singing sensations Sonia Sirsat, Anthony San, Socorro de St Cruz besides Clarissa, Sonia Fernandes, Shaik Amir, Maria Cardozo and Irene Cardozo on January 19 at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, on January 20 at Kala Academy, Panjim, and on January 28 at St Thereza’s Open Air Hall, Candolim. The shows will start at 7 pm. The show is presented with the support of Tiatr Academy of Goa. It has been also supported by HCN, GTDC, Tourism Department and Dalgado Konknni Akademi.

Interview of Sequeira

PANJIM (HND): Watch an exclusive interview with president of the All Goa Panchayat Democratic Forum Joseph Sequeira on January 19 on HCN at 11 am and a repeat telecast at 9.30 pm. Sequeira has served as Sarpanch of Calangute Panchayat for 15 years. He was also instrumental in installing the life-size statue of the father of the Opinion Poll, Dr Jack de Sequeira at Calangute four years ago.

‘Inner Engineering’ program

PANJIM (HND): Isha Foundation, which imparts the ancient Indian spiritual science, is offering a seven day Inner Engineering program at Panjim from January 19 to 25. Inner Engineering program is a live process designed by Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation, as a rare opportunity for self-discovery. A synthesis of holistic sciences, the program helps establish a healthy balance between the challenges of a hectic career, strive for high performance and the longing for inner peace and well-being, while facilitating the realization of one’s fullest potential. Fo r m o r e d e t a i l s , c o n t a c t 9 8 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 5 , goa.ishafoundation.org.

Retreat for married couples

PANJIM (HND): An all Goa special healing retreat for married couples will be held at Carambolim Church from January 21 by Parish Priest of Verna Fr Jose Roque Gonsalves, for five consecutive Fridays, from 7.30 am to 12 noon. Thomas Fernandes and his intercessory team will pray at the feet of the Blessed Sacrament for the success of the retreat for married couples. The retreat will begin at 7.30 am with Biblical Rosary based on married life. From 8.30 am to 9.30 am Dioginho D’Costa will give a talk and his own personal experience on married life. From 9.30 am to 10.30 am, Mario Fernandes and his Music Ministry will conduct praise and worship dedicated to married couples. From 11 am to 12 noon, Fr Conceicao D’Silva, Agnes Fernandes will conduct the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament dedicated to the married couples and then Fr Conceicao D’Silva will pray over the married couples and bless them. Fr Jose Roque Gonsalves, famous preacher of Goa and Parish Priest of Verna will be the main celebrant for the concelebrated mass where he will preach on theme ‘Kazari Bhav Bhoinnamni Mogan, Ekvottan ani Magnnean Nazarethchea Ghorabea bhaxen aplem kazari jivit sarchem’. From 6.30 pm to 12 pm, there will be several priests for confession. Transport will be available from Margao near Fatima Convent, Bus Stand from 6.30 am onwards.


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he other day, I learnt that a neighbour had sold off all her buffaloes. It was increasingly becoming difficult to graze the cattle, and obviously economic pressures were there too. o paraphrase an old joke, usually about the Polish people: They just kept one back, and her young daughter How many committees does it take to plug a leak at Goa was quite upset by the loss of their domestic anUniversity? If we knew the answer to that one, we imals. For the newspaper reading classes, the chalwouldn’t still be counting. lenges of maintaining your buffaloes in today’s ‘Herald’ investigated and exposed the leakage of the MBBS Goa is hardly an issue. But things are changing papers. When our reporter tried to call the top authorities in fast, squeezing different people in differing ways the Goa Medical College (GMC) before we broke the story, here. The government boasts that our State is they refused to take any calls. It was only after the report ap- fast urbanising. that the GDP is growing, and that peared that the powers-that-be consented to compare whether the economy is expanding at an unprecedented the ‘leaked’ paper tallied with the real thing. rate (never mind all the biting inflation). Since then, we have had a succession of committees. Soon Many are getting new jobs. Our patterns of after the leak, the varsity formed its first committee, which growth are even luring in people from across confirmed the leakage. One would think that this was enough, State borders. But what about the traditional and that matters could swiftly reach a conclusion after this. jobs that are getting lost, in the meanwhile? An elderly grand-aunt of mine lived an entire But no. The university formed a second committee, which apparently was tasked with identifying those responsible for the life in the Goa of the late 20th century without leakage. In due course, this committee placed its report before ever holding on to a “job.” She did work alright and lived off it. The village, in those times, was the university. still bountiful. Villagers planted paddy and coconut Having confirmed the leak and then identified those re- groves needed tending too. sponsible, what was left but to initiate action? But no, our Does anyone remember the pigs and chickens, university stalwarts are made of sterner stuff. The Goa University that were part of the homes, we grew up in? And didn’t disclose any names. The public is still in the dark about for one day every week, a villager volunteered who was responsible for bringing disrepute to Asia’s oldest to take the entire vaddo’s flock of goats to the medical college. village hill to graze. (Thanks to the superior wisdom of one politiA press release issued by Officiating Registrar of Goa University P V Desai says that the report of the three-member committee cian, part of that hill has been turned into an inappointed by the Board of Evaluation to inquire into the alleged dustrial estate. The domestic animals no longer leakage has been accepted. But it does not even make clear make economic sense, having to compete with how many persons were behind the infamous leak. It does the faster returns that other sectors promise.) This is not to romanticise the frugal lifestyles say, however, that the board has now appointed a third comof the past. Romanticising poverty and scarcity mittee, under the provisions of Ordinance OA 5.2.3, to “investigate the charges”. This committee is to submit its report is anyway, unfair. Most of us would not like to go back to those times. Also, while we talk reams within a month. about it, we would like our own children to access What happens after this committee submits its report? Will better life. And quite rightly so. we then see a fourth committee being appointed to actually But, at the same time, what happens to the frame the charges that will be levelled against the mysterious significant section in Goa that is fast losing out persons behind this leakage? their old livelihood, even while they are not being And what happens when the charges are framed? Obviously, fully equipped to cope with a transition, to better a fifth committee will then actually prepare the case for the jobs and opportunity? When I walk down the village roads, at least prosecution, so that an internal inquiry can be held to determine

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whether the charges are correct or not. Needless to say, it will be a sixth committee that will then hear the case for the prosecution and for the defence. Hopefully, it will be this committee itself that actually decides on whether the accused are guilty as charged or otherwise, and that a seventh committee will not be ‘necessary’ for the purpose. But then, even if we are spared one committee, who’s to say that a seventh committee will not be required? For, once the guilt is determined, who is to recommend the quantum of punishment to be awarded, so that the board and the Executive Council can then decide on it? Leaking question papers is an act of moral turpitude. What is required is adequate evidence of guilt, followed by swift and summary action; not death by committee…

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Equity for land

he Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari has rightly demanded that people whose land is acquired for setting up industries must not only be properly compensated and rehabilitated, but must be entitled to a share of the equity in the company that comes up on their land. People surrounding such developments benefit from them. Is it not perverse that those who lose their land should lose everything? Opposition to projects will continue to grow until those who give up their land get their fair share in the prosperity being created.

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Any answer, please! Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

We are surprised and shocked that the union government has increased the price of petrol twice within a period of one month by Rs5.55. The Union government, the petroleum ministry had given a Christmas gift to the Indian population by increasing the price of petrol by Rs3 just before Christmas. We have now been bestowed with another ‘gift’ in the form of yet another hike by Rs2.55 in the price of petrol. This rise will have a direct effect on all prices in the market, due to increase in transportation. The government should reduce the price of petrol immediately to the minimum, as the common man and the common population of the country are already suffering due to high rising prices.

With reference to the letter ‘Destination names ok’ (Herald, Jan 17) I wish to say that everyone is free to express his/her point of view and give suggestions. These suggestions may be either accepted or rejected. But then how anyone would find my suggestion of having number system for the buses “extremely hilarious” is beyond my comprehension.

19 January 1911 Macau’s delimitation

The Foreign Minister of China was entrusted by his Government to come to some accord with the Portuguese Government in regards to de-limitation of Macau.

Old laws abolished

The Minister for Justice has published a Diploma abolishing the old laws restricting the access to higher Courts.

Civil registration law

Up to the end of last year, should have been published the Civil Registration Law although Dr Afonso Costa is working continuously at least to bring about a Law separating the State from the Church.

Fin Minister signs decree

The Finance Minister signed a Decree authorizing the admission of 15 women to work in the Secretariat of Credit Council.

Truth of unclaimed books Sidonio Mendes, Chandor It is surprising to know through the letter ‘Unclaimed RC Books’ by Adelmo Fernandes (Herald, 10 Jan) that 12,000 registration certificates lie unclaimed with the Transport Authority and the bigger surprise is that these vehicles ply on our roads, without being checked. Vehicles owners cannot be on this alarming list. It could possibly be that an inference is made to trucks that transport the low grade ore, as a result of illegal mining.

Goa’s worst bus stand Jose Maria Miranda, Margao The Chief Minister, while inaugurating the Assonora bus stand, is reported to have said that it is the pride not only of Tivim constituency but of entire Bardez and gave the credit for this development to the MLA of the constituency. While this bus stand and the one in Cuncolim are the pride of the respective villages, and have been constructed through the efforts of the respective MLAs, the bus stand of the commercial capital of Goa and the Chief Minister’s constituency is perhaps Goa’s worst. Digambar Kamat, who, not long ago, said that he had plans for Margao. Is there any pride left of this erstwhile glorious city?

Mapusa fish market John Vaz, Aldona My heartiest congratulations to the newly elected councillors of Mapusa. I am pleased they have embarked upon the

social status. Our caste-ridden society has long given the lowest position to those, who have been doing the most backbreaking and crucial work. But simply destroying these sectors en mass doesn’t make any sense. With a neglect of our rural areas, and jugglery in terms of definition, Goa is today being listed as a State with the highest level of urbanisation nationwide. Yet, to paraphrase Gandhi, Goa still lives in its villages. In the jumble of such claims, the sustenance of many is simply being snapped. At times, when faced with a guilty conscience, the decision-makers and intellectual leaders of Goa make it seem as if a little charity can solve the problem. But in changing times, obviously much more is needed. Goa lacks the mechanisms through which those based here or outside Goa, could share their knowledge and skills with people whom it could critically help. We lack the village institutions that could help our society to self-teach itself the skills, to cope with the challenges of tomorrow. Yet, there is need to avoid being unduly pessimistic too. In my own village, there are institutions from the past — village schools that have done us proud, clubs built by expat villagers, the

church and temples, sports and youth clubs, and more. One local school has recently built up a ‘Special Section’ for children with learning disabilities. Local homes for the elderly have been there for some time now, and a non-government initiative has also resulted in part-time medical facilities in the village too — supported by some non-residents. A children’s library, afternoon extra-classes for weaker students, and a centre for poor children are among the other initiatives. But all this still excludes many who are invisible in today’s Goa. A few villages like Loutolim and Siolim have well-conceived centres for technical education, especially for boys who might not fit into the generic mainstream education. There is another such initiative at Corlim. But even good institutions sometimes suffer from a lack of students. Technical education cannot be left to government initiatives alone. A recently-released Church directory shows how vast the social infrastructure of this institution is. But how much of it gets utilised to the optimum, and how much just fits into the narrow, if not restrictive funding-driven schemes of the government? Why do schools, with the entire physical infrastructure they have, need to be kept closed for almost half a day? Just because the government pays teachers grants only going by this formula? Life-long learning, career guidance and counselling, playgrounds for children and village libraries are something today’s Goa badly lacks. In our anger to point to what is wrong with our State, we also fail to see what is possible. Where are our village-level appropriate technology centres? Where are initiatives to make local agriculture more remunerative? We also fail to see the mismatch between the lack of Goa’s ability to grow the food it needs, and the inflationary pressures of having to buy vegetables from neighbouring states. Likewise, isn’t it ironic to have so many job-seekers unemployed at the same time as when we can’t find the right people to fit a job? Unless we get started somewhere, we will be only dreaming!

Tring…Tring, Hello

o we really need mobile handsets? Are they a must in today’s fast moving competitive world? They are beneficial, when used to a certain extent, or they might be detrimental to health. Some studies have shown that increased cell usage could to lead to tumours and cancerous growth. Cell phones can lead to technological dependence. They can ruin one’s normal sleeping patterns. Cell phones can prove to be a nasty nuisance. Speaking on a cell at all hours is really bugging. Picture yourself taking a short nap in your favourite chair, when you hear the ring… or when you have some deadlines to be met… and you are burning the midnight oil trying to make sense of the heavy files lying on your working desk… or when you are talking to your beau when there is an important official call waiting on the line… or you are driving and hear the familiar beep of your mobile… neither do you want to escape (for it might be an important call from work) nor do you talk on the bugging phone while you are steering your car on the NH 17 (for fear of being fined by some corrupt traffic cops, though they may be right in this case). Cell phones can certainly drive a person nuts! Studies show that Indians are badly hooked badly on to cell phones -7 hours of talk time a week and 56 messages on an average. I would like to categorise cell users into different categories. And it’s not difficult to spot them in today’s fast paced

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Devil’s aDvoCaTe some of those I encounter, have lived in exactly the same situation that I knew them, three decades ago. They haven’t benefitted from the statistics industry that Goa has created so efficiently, in recent decades. Their unfulfilled hopes and aspirations or dreams don’t show up in glossy brochures and advertisements on Goa’s achievements, over the past five decades. Even official statistics give a hint about how traditional occupations have dwindled. Traditional fishermen once numbered in the tens of thousands. Today you hardly see them on the shore. Rampons have vanished for the most. Toddy-tapping was a thriving profession that employed so many. Where have its workers gone? Goa was once known for its salt sector, not just across India, but overseas too. Our governments, regardless of label, have gone about banning the use of “common” salt. At the same time, researchers like Reyna Sequeira have attempted to study the current state of this traditional sector in villages like Arpora, Batim and Agarvaddo. From their work, it is clear that there are many pressures that have led the axe to fall on traditional Goa. Yes, everyone would like to move upwards in life. Our traditional lifestyles have been caught in a mix of low returns and, what is worse, low

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lifestyles. 1. Prestige and power showoffs: These are people who keep changing their cell phones. Old models of the phones are dumped and replaced with Blackberry sets. Prestige means a lot to such people, who try to show off their handsets to those in their friend circle. 2. Practical users: This category use their phones only in times of need. The need could range from a crisis situation to attending routine tasks in one’s life such as calling up to see whether your kids have reached home, etc. 3. Business bugs: These are ruthless, charming and efficient in their talk, Sales and marketing is the name of the game for such people. They increase their business contacts and then move in for a ‘sales kill’ with potential customers. 4. Young birds: Observe the youth of today! Most of their time is spent in the company of their precious possession that is their ‘very dear friend – the cell phone.’ This wireless technology helps them to keep in touch with friends, make more friends and engage in the common pastime of forwarding messages to their friends. 5. Love birdies: This includes people of all ages, people who are madly in love. They spend endless hours on the phone…since the landline connection offers its own set of limitations (with regard to portability). The love birdies buy cell phones which offer

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many schemes with regard to calls and the SMS service. Business thrives on people such as these, who frequent mobile recharge shops every few days. 6. Oldies: These are old birds that don’t keep themselves up with the modern times and haven’t learnt to be tech savvy. However, most of them hate this communicative technology that disrupts them from their deep slumbers at noontime. And those who try to learn how to operate this man made invention, may be in for a shock, when their messages sent across end up reaching wrong recipients. 7. Non users: These include all those who hate cell phones and like solitude and peace. They don’t own a cell phone and opine that the technology is a waste of money… You might be surprised that some of these include even the younger generation (though in few numbers). 8. Dual mobile set users: This lot includes all those who own two cell phones. Usually, this category covers the business bugs, which segregate their personal life and professional life. I guess they follow the principle of ‘divide and rule.’ Personal calls are taken on one phone and the business number is handed over only to those involved in business dealings. Use cell phones as much as possible. But don’t earn the label of ‘cell phone addict.’ Cheers!

Letters to the Editor Letter of the Day

Homage to Kargil heroes

B V S Priolkar, Margao

It is reported that the Environment Ministry has issued notices for demolition of the Adarsh Society building, terming it as an illegal construction. It is unlikely that the building will be razed after three months, as the aggrieved party will go to court. The matter will then drag on for a minimum of ten years. This is a very serious issue as land is usurped in the name of martyrs. It has put the nation into shame in the eyes of the world. The best way out is to jail all those involved in the scam, directly or indirectly. And in the meanwhile, all the flats in the building should be allotted free, to the widows of the Kargil war, with a stipulation that they cannot be sold or sublet. This will be in true homage to those martyrs, who have laid their lives for the sake of the country. But will this ever happen? project of building a new fish market, which is a necessity. A concrete parapet wall and platform needs to be built for fisher folk that will enable them to display their catch with the fish bucket secure under the platform. At present, they sit opposite each other and clog the place for movement. The fish market has to be constructed in such a manner, that is presentable and is a prestigious envy of others, at Mapusa.

Work more and talk less Rodney de Souza, Assagao Never before have vegetables and fruits played havoc with people’s blood pressure levels as they do today. These levels keep rising in proportion to their soaring prices. I shudder to think of a situation that would have arose if we had paid heed to the call of activists to stop consuming meats and make do with only vegetables. The food situation is obviously man made. The Union government is at crossroads over it, and the Opposition is only good at philosophical sermons, bandhs and logjams. The public, as always, is left to face the consequences. In Goa, our fields were always green in winter with the rabi crop and bountiful vegetable gardens producing onions, turnips and leafy vegetables. Today, our

fields lie dry and deserted. It is high time that we went back to growing vegetables, even in small kitchen gardens, because the need of the day is to work more and talk less.

NCP and coalition dharma Nelson Lopes Chinchinim Rahul Gandhi`s purported remark of coalition compulsions have personally irked the NCP alone. No other coalition partner of UPA-II has made any fetish or public grievance. It is a fact that when it is a single party ruling in the state or at the Centre, the decisions are more cohesive. When there are other partners, the decisions are to be arrived at, with the consensus of the majority, which may not always be palatable. Why is the NCP, a part of the coalition dharma in Goa, silently the suffering greatest humiliation without even a protest, leave alone the threats to withdraw from the coalition? Are there different yardsticks to measure coalition politics?

Death of Cipriano Jonas Correia, Aldona It was appalling to read about the death of Cipriano, my erstwhile colleague. He was one of the few hotel workers who

possessed multi tasking skills. He excelled as a bar tender, steward as well as a chef. Given the nature of the offence, the police should have summoned Cipriano to their quarters for investigating the matter and then produced him before the court for remand, if needed. The whole operation was carried out in haste and shows that law of the jungle reigns supreme. While terrorists like Kasab are given a fair trial and good food, our CM has not even made an ex gratia payment to the deceased’s family.

Justice for Cipriano Friends circle, Qatar It was shocking to hear the news of our dear friend Cipriano Fernandes. Words alone cannot express our profound grief. Why was he beaten up so badly? Our Chief Minister has given the assurance to look into this matter and we hope that whoever is guilty/hiding in this brutal case, should be punished. We stand united in our stand to ensure that justice is served. May the good Lord bless him and give him eternal peace in Heaven. We would like to wholeheartedly thank Herald for taking up the initiative in achieving justice for Cipriano’s death.

Dual role Marcos Alemao, by email It is prerogative of the Chief Minister to appoint or dismiss any of his cabinet ministers. Some ministers were asked to resign in the past when there was turmoil in the ministry. But now the Chief Minister is reluctant to sack a minister, who has been e m b a r r a s s i n g t h e g o v e r n m e n t of late. It is obvious that our chief minister is playing a dual role. Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

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he Mandukya Upanishad is the shortest of the Upanishads - the scriptures of Hindu Vedanta. It is in prose, consisting of twelve verses expounding the mystic syllable Aum, the three psychological states of waking, dreaming and sleeping, and the transcendent fourth state of illumination. This Upanishad has been greatly extolled. The Muktikopanishad, which discusses other Upanishads, says that the Mandukya Upanishad alone is enough for salvation. It was compiled under the influence of Mahayana Buddhism, in the 1st or 2nd centuries AD, and contains Buddhist terms and modes of expression. The name literally may have come about for several reasons: It could be attributed to a sage called Manduka. Manduka means ‘son of Manduki’ and a seer with this metronymic is mentioned in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad along with the Mandukeyas, his disciples. The Mandukeyas figure in the Bhagavata Purana as the receivers of a branch of the Rig Veda from Indra. This group of seers also figures in the Rig Veda itself: their hymns are mostly connected with linguistics. A text on the etymology of Vedas with the name ‘Manduki Shiksha’ deals with the notes of the musical scale. The name may also have some connections with Varuna. Folk etymology relates that Varuna, the Lord of Cosmic waters, took the form of a frog to preach this Upanishad. There is a hymn called the Toad Hymn (Manduka Sukta) in the Rig-Veda, ostensibly an ode to the arrival of the monsoons. Manduka is also a type of yoga - a ‘particular kind of abstract meditation in which an ascetic sits motionless like a frog’. Mandukasana is one of the asanas (postures) described in yoga. (Source : Wikipedia)

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Indo-American on US nuke-trade advisory team PTI WASHINGTON, JAN 18

Indian-American Vijay Sazawal, a well-known atomic industry expert, has been appointed by US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to the prestigious Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) to advise him on trade issues facing the key sector. In the appointment letter to 64-year-old Srinagar-born Sazawal, Locke said that as a CINTAC member he will advise him “on trade issues facing the US civil nuclear industry for use by me and other Department of Commerce officials in our roles as members of the Civil Nuclear Trade Working Group of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee.” “CINTAC will provide consensus advice on the development and administration of programmes and policies to expand US civil nuclear exports and strengthen the competitiveness of the industry,” he said. Sazawal, currently Director of Government Programmes of US Enrichment Corporation (USEC) Inc, was involved in Track-2 discussions preceding the completion of the 123 Agreement between India and the US.

“When the US and India, during the Bush administration, began to negotiate a civil nuclear agreement, my input and advice was sought by the US State Department and the Department of Energy, and I was actually involved briefly in 'Track-2' discussions preceding the completion of the 123 Agreement with India,” Sazawal told PTI after the appointment. “I have since participated in promotion of US nuclear export trade and given technical lectures to the legal community advising companies on nuclear export controls. Therefore, this appointment is a logical culmination of my efforts in the last few years to help US exports in civil nuclear trade to India and other major markets in the world.” For over three decades Sazawal has participated in the US civilian and defence nuclear programmes covering the entire nuclear fuel cycle and an array of reactor designs, including conventional and space-based reactors, and black programmes. Sazawal was born and raised in Srinagar and came to the US in 1970 for doing PhD. As director of programmes funded or supported by US federal government, he provides

corporate programme oversight and coordination of various government projects within the company. He analyses the impact of federal budgets, policies and regulations on various USEC activities and interfaces with federal officials and members of the Congress, as necessary. He is a member of the management team involved in the American Centrifuge Project (ACP), the leading initiative by USEC Inc., to build a state-ofthe-art centrifuge nuclear enrichment plant based on American technology.

He is also a member of the Sigma Xi, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Nuclear Society. He has authored nine published technical papers and articles. Sazawal, who was appointed to CINTAC for a two-year term, is a long time advocate of Kashmiri Pandits. He is a policy analyst and a commentator who specialises in local governance and intra-community issues affecting political dynamics within the Kashmir valley.

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Deshprabhu fined

royalty of Rs 120 per tonne was imposed on it. The department which conducted a thorough investigation has found that the property was recorded in the name of Raghuraj Vassudev Deshprabhu and Public Works Department, Panjim. The department was criticized for paying blind eye towards illegal mining by politically influential Deshprabhu, by the opposition in the State legislative assembly. The document which is available with Herald reveals that the department had issued show cause notice to Deshprabhu on August 31, 2010. Accordingly, the reply was also filed by Deshprabhu which was not considered by the government. The department had said that the driver of the intercepted truck revealed that mining activity was being undertaken at Deshprabhu’s behest. A contractor named Ritesh Naik from Ponda was also involved in the trade along with Deshprabhu.

Cipriano’s death police on January 7 evening. The non resident Indian was arrested under Section 151 CrPC after his woman friend complained against him for threatening her at her Caranzalem house. His family members claim that Cipriano was allegedly beaten up by the police in the private jeep while en route from Porvorim (where he was picked up) to the Panjim police station. They further allege that he was beaten up in custody as well. Cipriano succumbed on January 9 morning at Goa Medical College with family members holding Panjim police responsible for his killing. They claimed that Cipriano was not taken for medical test after the arrest. Taking suo moto cognizance of the case, SPCA Chairman Justice Eurico Santana da Silva directed its office to register the news report dated January 12 on Herald as ‘Suo moto inquiry proceedings’ against Panjim police officers for gross misconduct. The letter stated that the case prima facie suggests gross misconduct by Panjim police. Gawas and the Herald reporter were summoned on Monday to present facts of the case known to them regarding the incident. NHRC has also been informed that the SDM’s inquiry report will be furnished to them soon after the probe is complete. Goa Police, last week appointed a senior gazetted officer , Deputy Superintendent of Police Bossuet D’Silva, to look into the procedural lapses and whether Cipriano faced any harassment while in police custody.

CBI courts

CBI courts in the State the, CBI cases are currently heard by the Sessions Court . The designated Special CBI courts in each of the district is expected to expedite hearing of CBI cases which otherwise take very long. All the expenses of setting up CBI courts in the State will be borne by the Centre, he said.

Leave for Delhi

sentiments of the legislators to the high command during his meeting. It is not exactly known why the PWD minister has been called to Delhi, with reports saying that he might have been called as the party leadership is likely to announce the party president for Goa. Sources in the know informed that the PWD minister, who headed the G-10 to oppose the induction of Pacheco in the Kamat ministry, is likely to insist with the party leadership in Delhi to respect the sentiments of the Congress MLAs. When contacted on late Tuesday night, Alemao said his position on the issue and the demand by the group of 10 legislators is well known, adding that he would meet the party functionaries either tonight or on Wednesday.

Belgaum police

told newsmen that the team had come down to Goa to investigate the drugs case. He said investigations into the case are continuing. Sources said the team was also scheduled to visit Khareband area, besides the Goa Medical College hospital, Bambolim to verify certain facts . The police team is believed to have later headed back to Belgaum since the remand period of the two accused woman expires on Wednesday. The Belgaum police had last week arrested the five persons, including Head Constable Arun Desai and had claimed to have seized drugs worth Rs 26 lakhs in the international market. The Goa Police had deputed Deputy Superintendent of Police Mahesh Gaonkar in connection with the case and who is believed to have recorded the statement of Arun Desai and others as part of the inquiry.


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GOA S H O RT TA K E S Van donated to ASRO

GOA, WEDNESDAY,19 JANUARY, 2011

CMC inspects Palolem beach entrance for encroachments HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JAN 18

Lumena Rodrigues (centre) hands over documents and keys for the Maruti Eeco van to superior of ASRO Sr Vinita Joseph, on behalf of ‘Central Park’, real estate developers. Fr Nelson Colaço was present to bless the vehicle.

PANJIM (HND): Management of “Central Park”, real estate developers recently donated a Maruti Eeco 7-seater van to ASRO, a children’s home and community care centre for adults and children who are infected with HIV/AIDS at Cavelossim, run by Franciscan Sisters of Christ the King. ASRO has a vision to provide holistic care to the sick, with a preferential option for those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The goal of the Centre is to enhance the dignity of those infected by HIV/AIDS enabling them to have a good quality of life and also caring and supporting those terminally ill with HIV/AIDS. As ASRO is committed to providing such care and education, the donation of is a much-needed asset and will be used to take patients to the various hospitals and institutions that they need to visit. It will also enable the Sisters to extend in their outreach work to spread awareness.

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.

Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) Chief Officer L S Pereira along with Chairperson Ratnakar Dhuri and few councillors inspected the Palolem main beach entrance on Monday to take stock of any illegalities and encroachments on municipal land and public roads/footpaths. This was Pereira’s first official visit to Palolem beach, after he took over as CMC’s new fulltime chief officer recently, as Canacona’s Deputy Collector Shiv Kumar and IAS officer is relieved of the additional charge. After observing various illegalities minutely, the chief officer in the presence of Chairperson Dhuri and other councillors directed the municipal staff to remove the encroachments on public road/path and also ordered to free the encroachments on municipal-owned land at the main beach entrance. Sources informed that there are complaints that in connivance with some municipal staff, municipal-owned piece of prime land existing right at the beach entrance is encroached. Ward Councillor Simon Rebello asked the chief officer to be strict on road and pathway encroachments that are blocking free movement of pedestrians and vehicles. Rebello, at whose behest the chief officer visited the beach,

Canacona Municipal Council Chief Officer L S Pereira with some councillors at Palolem beach. Photo by Kathy Pereira

has also asked Pereira to work out something on the stench regularly released from the Saulabh Souchalaya toilet and the unprecedented dumping of garbage right near the entrance of main beach. Sources informed that several residents in the locality are complaining against the market inspector for turning blind eye, besides on gratification is permitting illegalities in the area, which in turn causes unaccounted miseries to motorists and visitors to the beach. The chief officer also inspected the outdated and dilapidated changing room, which visitors are regularly defacing and ordered its removal. “Some new types of changing rooms, especially fibre-make will be procured in due course of

time to replace the unused and urine-defaced changing room, which till now is giving bad impression,” informed Councillor Simon Rebello. Pereira took cognizance of few illegal electricity connections provided to some illegal structures reportedly permitted to stand tall by some unscrupulous elements within the municipality, sources informed. Chairperson Dhuri, Deputy Chairperson Sandesh Gaonkar, Kindlem Councillor Ramakant Naikgaunkar, ex-chairperson Diwakar Pagui were some of the elected councillors present during the chief officer’s official visit to Palolem beach. “The inspection of illegal activities will continue in the coming days too,” informed ward Simon Rebello.

Health camp organised

The national award of ‘the best restaurants of the year’ was conferred on Goa Portuguesa and Diva Maharashtracha Restobars recently in a glittering ceremony at the elite Taj Lands End, Mumbai. The twenty two year young ISO certified Goa Portuguesa and four years young Diva Maharashtracha Restobars were adjudged the best by eminent panel of judges from the media and hospitality industry. The multitalented author and

Master Chef Deepa, Dr Suhas and Sudeep Awchat with Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherjee at the Food Oscars for the best Restuarant awards to Goa Portuguesa and Diva Maharashtracha held at the Taj.

SANGUEM (HC): Darbandora ZP member Rashmi Lambor in association with Mineral Foundation of Goa recently organized a day-long health camp at Okhame-Dharbandora. The camp was attended by a large number of villagers, particularly women, from remote areas. The camp was basically conducted at Okhame ward as there does not exist a full time doctor in the village. Speaking at the camp, Lambor assured the villagers of keeping all her election promises. Dr Keshav Priolkar examined the patients. Sarpanch Anand Gaonkar and Sameer from Mineral Foundation of India also attended the camp. In all, 98 patients were provided with free medicines at the camp based on the prescription issued by Dr Priolkar.

Prakash wins award

PORVORIM (HC): Prakash Dhumal from Dhargal, a journalist, writer, poet and social worker, has bagged the ‘Sant Rohidas Ratna Puroskar’ for 2010-11. The Akhil Maharashtra Charmkar Samajseva Sangh honours people every year who has done exemplary work in literature, education, cultural, sports and social fields with ‘Sant Rohidas Ratna Puroskar. Prakash Dhumal This year, Prakash Dhumal bagged the award for the appreciable work done by him in literature and social field. Dhumal has authored a Marathi book ‘Dhargal Gaon Devta and Mannse’ and a collection of poems. His two dramas ‘Vaddli Sansar’ and ‘Mrutyu Zala Dost’ and two more books, one each of short stories and collection of poem, will be published shortly. Dhumal has directed many dramas and has also acted in more than 50 Marathi dramas.

PoWeR sHUtDoWn JANUARY 19 PORVORIM: From 9 am to 5.30 pm. Areas affected are Bhutki Wado, Sangolda Morod, Mae-de-Deus Sangolda and surrounding areas. JANUARY 20 KUMBARJUA: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are St Estevam village. PARRA: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Fudlem, Nagoa, Lingabhat and surrounding areas.

Saraswat Vidyalaya’s Ex-students’ Association (SVESA) will organise a get together of students and teachers in the campus of Saraswat Vidyalaya on February 19 at 6 pm. According to SVESA representative Pradeep Joshi, SVESA has organised a special programme for the get together to be held next month. “The Saraswat Vidyalaya has completed 99 years and this year, we are celebrating decennial year and in view of this the programme organised by SVESA is very important,” said Joshi, who is on the managing committee of the school. “The students of this school are well placed in every field and they are not just in India but also abroad and this will give them a chance to meet their fellow beings and teachers after a long time,” added Joshi. “On this day, the Association has not only invited ex-students, but also some retired teachers who have contributed towards this institution,” he said. The organisers have urged all the ex-students to participate in the programme in large numbers and register themselves with the Association. For details, contact Sneha Bhobe on 2264779/9823116050, Shekhar Kelkar on 9850645670, Dattaram Govekar on 9552611595 or Shilpa on 9823350159 on or before February 10.

Master Chef Deepa Awchat, along with her multifaceted husband Dr Suhas Awchat were honoured at the hotspot award ceremony. Diva Maharashtracha and Goa Portuguesa have created history of sorts by being conferred the award consecutively for the fourth time in a row. After the award ceremony, Master Chef Deepa Awchat showcased some traditional Maharashtrian and Goan delicacies including the award winning “ Te n d e r C o c o n u t C a s h e w Sukhe’.

Karenama seeks to inspire today’s youth experience goes back to five decades in the pharmaceutical industries making affordable medicines. The book was originally written in Marathi by Nandini Atmasiddha, and adapted in English by his daughter Aditi Kare Panandikar.

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Dr Keshav Priolkar along with Darbandora ZP member Rashmi Lambor at the health camp. Photo by Alfred Fernandes

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Goa Portuguesa wins best restaurant award HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 18

Nationalist Youth Congress celebrated the 60th birthday of its leader and general secretary of All India NCP Tariq Anwar, recently at Ponda. NYC vice president Charanjit Sapre, gen secretary Geetesh Naik, secretary Amit Jog, joint secretary Nilesh D’Souza, South Goa district president Satish Gaonkar and president of Nationalist Students Congress Ritesh Rawal were present on the occasion.

SVESA to hold get together

It is important to know what people went through to survive their lives in the beginning of their career, profession or business. Karenama, a book mainly aimed at today’s youth, will take the reader through the life and hardship of young Suresh G Kare had to face to build Indoco Remedies from nothing to a Rs 500 crore company. Suresh was a young boy in pre and post Portuguese rule, whose struggle was like a rollercoaster ride. Life has its own way of teaching us valuable lessons. Extract from Karenama: As a young lad Suresh would often go to the market to buy fish. On once such visit, he spotted a fresh ‘Karli’, a popular fish in Goa. He began haggling with the fisherwoman who finally gave it for Rs 2. When he was about to pay for the fish, a man went close to his ear and said ‘don’t buy, it is stale’. Suresh decided to take the man’s advice and moved on. Incidentally, he casually glanced back and to his surprise he saw the same man buying

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Former chairman of Atomic Research Center releases the book ‘Karenama’ in the presence of CMD of Indoco Remedies Suresh Kare and whole time director Aditi Kare Panandikar.

the same fish he was on the verge of buying. Being duped was a painful realization. Many such incidents, even being duped by close relatives, have made him learn the hard way. “Kare has set an example to young entrepreneurs through his disciplined way of working”, said Dr Anil Kakodkar, senior scientist and former chairman of atomic energy commission, at the book release function of

Giant sawfish caught at Karwar

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An eighteen-feet-four-inch long largetooth sawfish (Pristis microdon) was caught by fishermen in their fishing net between Karnataka and Goa on Monday. Head of Carnatic University’s Post-Graduate Studies Centre Dr V N Nayak said it is from a rare fish genus, Pristis, regarded as being on the verge of extinction. Sawfish prey on smaller fish, making use of the saw-like formation at their mouths. The tail is used in preparing soup in China, and the fish is in great demand. The sawfish caught weighed between 300 and 400 kilograms. The fishermen were unaware that it belonged to an almost-extinct category. While getting it ashore, one of the fishermen got hurt by its sawteeth. The giant fish was bought by vendors from Kerala for Rs47,000. The last time a similar fish was caught was 30 years ago, said locals in the know.

Karenama. At an early age, soon after receiving his degree, his father Govind Kare appointed him in charge of the family ailing business in Mumbai. Today the company’s products are known and sold in many parts of the world, including USA and Europe. The book illustrates the life of Kare’s personality defines strength, intelligence, devotion and a person who was always obsessed with work. A past president of Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association, his

OTS scheme limit extended HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 18

The government has extended the limit for ‘one time settlement scheme’ upto March 31. The government has also revised the limit of the accumulated arrears as March on 31, 2010 from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,00,000 for those electrical installations that are temporar-

ily/permanently disconnected and whose cases are referred to Revenue Recovery Court. The scheme is applicable to LIC, domestic, small commercial, LTP (motive power) and agriculture consumers. Eligible consumers may avail of the scheme at electrical sub-division-VI office at Aquem-Margao.

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HC to get stampede report by Jan 20 PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JAN 18

Kerala police on January 20 will submit to the High Court, a report on the stampede at Pullumedu that claimed 102 lives of Sabarimala pilgrims, a top police official said today. "As required by the court, the police department would submit its report on January 20," DGP Jacob Punnose told reporters at Thrissur. Pulling up the government, a Division bench had yesterday asked the Police and Forest departments and the Travancore Devaswom Commissioner to submit a report on the tragedy. Travancore Devaswom Board manages affairs at the shrine in Sabarimala. The Bench, comprising Justices Thottathil Radhakrishnan and P S Gopinathan, monitoring the affairs relating to Sabarimala pilgrimage, sought to know the circumstances that led to the stampede and how the situation was handled by the departments concerned. The judges also expressed displeasure over the neglect of warning given by the court earlier this month about the need to regulate the flow of pilgrims to avoid disasters like stampede. Reacting to the court order, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said the proposed judicial probe to be conducted into the disaster would cover all aspects

Pilgrimage ends today PTI SABARIMALA, JAN 18

The two-month long pilgrimage season of the Sabarimala hill shrine, whose climactic phase was marred by the stampede that claimed 102 lives last week, will conclude tomorrow with the winding up rituals and ceremonies. Devotees are still coming to the shrine in large numbers and initial estimates said over 30 million Pilgrims had offered worship at the Lord Ayyappa temple since the season began in mid-November. The 'Makaravilakku' season would conclude tomorrow evening with rituals like 'Guruthi' in the presence of the senior member of the Pandalam royal house, temple sources said. and the guilty would not be spared. Meanwhile, the investigation by the crime branch into the incident is progressing and its initial report is expected to be drawn up in a couple of days revealing the causes that triggered the worst tragedy that happened in the history of the hill shrine.

HC pulls up CBI for delay in Adarsh FIR Asks to decide in 2 weeks PTI MUMBAI, JAN 18

The Bombay High Court today pulled up CBI for the "delay" in filing a FIR in Adarsh Housing scam and ordered it to take a final decision within two weeks even as Maharashtra Government opposed a probe by the central agency. The court also directed issuing of summons to CBI's regional Joint Director to appear before it when the court hears the case again after two weeks. During hearing of a petition in the Adarsh case, a division bench of Justices B H Marlapalle and U D Salvi asked, "It has been more than two months since CBI has been conducting a preliminary inquiry into the case. Why have you (CBI) not registered FIR as yet?" "We fail to understand why there is a delay in lodging of FIR. Media reports have virtually carried CBI's draft FIR and revealed all the accused's names," Justice Marlapalle said.

The state Home department in its affidavit submitted to the court said that in the Adarsh case, the issues which arise fall within the domain of the state government and the Central Government has "little or no concern" with the same. "Handing over such investi-

gation to another agency or the CBI is an extreme measure and rarely resorted to," it said, adding there is no jurisdictional basis for handing over the case to CBI. The petition was filed by activist Simpreet Singh which said since both CBI and the state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) were involved in the probe, it may create issues of jurisdiction "which might hamper the probe". According to the petition, with three former chief ministers allegedly involved in the scam, the ACB may be under pressure not to effectively probe the case and hence the entire investigation should be handed over to CBI. Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata, appearing for CBI, sought four weeks to finish the probe, saying, "It is a sensitive case involving big names. The agency does not want to take any hasty decision."

A view of world famous Dal Lake and luxurious house boats overlooking the Akbars fort in Srinagar on Tuesday.

UPA has made India a banana republic: BJP UNI BHUBANESWR, JAN 18

BJP president Nitin Gadkari today said India has become a banana republic with the alliance partners in the UPA government on attacking mode and Economist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh losing credibility due to dismal performance in controlling the situation. ''The UPA government appears to have lost control over the administration and ministers are busy in the blame game,'' Gadkari said. The UPA partners, he maintained, were in near revolt mood challenging the authority of the prime minister. ''Even UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has lost her moral authority and is busy offering fresh excuses to whitewash the sins of her party's government after being

unable to control the alliance,'' he remarked. Gadkari said the 2G spectrum scam, the Bofors scandal, the Commonwealth Games scandal,the Adharsh Housing fiasco and many other frauds had 'exposed' the nexus between the political brass of the ruling alliance and their co-conspirators in shameful act of omission and commission.

Stating that the country could ill afford such a sorry state of affairs, the BJP president urged the prime minister to take immediate remedial measures to stem the rot or resign on moral ground in the larger interest of the country. T h e C o n g re s s , G a d ka r i said, had the dubious distinction of eliminating the poor rather than banishing poverty. ''The six year rule of the Manmohan Singh government has been a saga of utter failure on the economic front and corruption reaching higher echelons in the ruling alliance,'' he observed. He accused the UPA government of misusing the CBI to settle scores with political opponents and appeasing the minorities for vote bank politics.

Congress convenes meet of Andhra, Rayalaseema MPs PTI HYDERABAD, JAN 18

The Congress high command has convened a meeting of party MPs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions in Andhra Pradesh on January 20 to discuss the Telangana issue. State Congress President D Srinivas and other party leaders today communicated the message from the high command to the MPs that they should be available in Delhi on Thursday afternoon, APCC general secretary R Ananda Bhaskar said. The Congress Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema are likely to meet senior leaders like Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi. The meeting with the MPs is part of the consultations the top leadership is holding with the MPs from Andhra Pradesh on the Telangana issue in the wake of the submission of report

by the Srikrishna Committee. Themeetingwiththenon-Telangana MPsassumessignificanceamidreports thattheCentrewouldconvenethenext meeting of eight recognised political parties from AP before January 26. The top Congress leadership is likely to firm up its stance on the contentious Telangana issue after the consultation process. The Centre's meeting with the political parties would be crucial to decide the next course of action on the Telangana issue. Mukherjee and others held meetings twice earlier with Congress MPs from Telangana who stuck to their demand that steps be taken for formation of separate Telangana at the earliest. In its report to the Centre on January six, the Srikrishna Committee has recommended keeping Andhra Pradesh united with constitutional and statutory measures for empowerment of the Telangana region.


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Suicide bomber kills 50 police recruits in Iraq AGENCIES TIKRIT (IRAQ), JAN 18

A suicide bomber wearing a vest filled with explosives attacked Iraqi police recruits on Tuesday in former dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, killing at least 50 and wounding over 100, officials said. A h m e d A b d u l - J a b b a r, deputy governor of Salahuddin province, said the attack took place outside a police recruiting center where Iraqi men were lining up with their documents, hoping to get a job. "Who else would it be but al Qaeda, who keep on slaughtering us," said Abdul-Jabbar. "They are the terrorists." A police source in the city, 150 km north of Baghdad, said the main hospital was over-

whelmed. Mosques broadcast appeals for residents to donate blood. "The hospital theater now is full of dead and wounded young people. Ambulances are still evacuating casualties," the police source said at the hospital, asking not to be identified. A police spokesman said more than 300 people were standing in line at the time of the attack. "There were many killed and wounded. The place was full of dead and wounded guys," he said. Overall violence in Iraq has fallen sharply since the peak in 2006/07 of the sectarian slaughter triggered after the 2003 USled invasion. But shootings and bombings remain a daily occurrence. Salahuddin province, home

1.6 b still have no access to electricity: UN NEW YORK, JAN 18

The UN has called for a clean energy revolution that would provide electricity to the world population, including the 1.6 billion people who currently have no access to it. UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon said in an address to the Fourth World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi that energy provisions can help fight poverty and improve health care services as part of the Millennium Development Goals for the developing world. "Our challenge is transformation," Ban said. "We need a global clean energy revolution - a revolution that makes energy available and affordable for all," he said. An energy revolution would entail cutting back dependence on fossil fuels, minimizing climate change, and empowering people to take care of their lives and improve the world economy, he said.

to Saddam's family, continues to suffer frequent attacks by suspected Sunni Islamist insurgents opposed to the Shi'ite-led authorities in Baghdad. Tikrit is primarily Sunni. Insurgents have stepped up their assaults on Iraqi police and troops since US forces formally ended combat operations last August ahead of a full withdrawal this year. A Salahuddin provincial council worker, Muhanad Abdulrahman, said he rushed out to a balcony when he heard there had been a bomb in the city center. "I saw a police pick-up truck rush by piled high with wounded people," he said. "Blood was dripping down the sides of the vehicle and the people in the back were covered in blood."

India-B'desh talks begin in Dhaka PTI DHAKA, JAN 18

Bangladesh and Indian Home Ministry officials today began the crucial Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting, a day ahead of the start of a two-day Secretary level talks which is expected to discuss cooperation in counterterrorism and firing along the international border. "The joint working group meeting is expected to focus discussions on three major issues of frontier situation, crossborder security and on means to develop bilateral ties," said a Home Ministry official familiar with the process. He said Home Ministry Joint Secretary Kamaluddin Ahmed leads an 11-member delegation at the joint working group meeting with a 10-member Indian delegation being led by Indian Home Office Joint Secretary

Zardari secretly met senior Taliban operatives: report

PTI ISLAMABAD, JAN 18

President Asif Ali Zardari had a secret meeting with a group of senior Taliban operatives in April last year during which he expressed the Pakistan government's "support for their mission", a researcher studying developments in Afghanistan has alleged. Matt Waldman, a fellow at the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, first made the claim in a controversial paper he published last year. He recently repeated the claim to The News daily in London, saying it was corroborated by a "very senior Western official closely linked with the US-led NATO military mission" in Afghanistan. Waldman refused to name this Western official but said he was aware of the meeting between Zardari and the Taliban operatives in a "secret prison" in Pakistan in April 2010.

Pak teenager gang-raped, paraded naked AGENCIES ISLAMABAD, JAN 18

A Pakistani teenaged girl was gang-raped and then paraded naked through the streets of her village for turning down the advances of the local landlord, a media report said. The shocking incident took place in a village in Vehari district of Punjab province when the girl was alone in her home. The Express Tribune daily reported Tuesday that Ijaz Ahmed and his friends Bilal, Shehbaz, Muazzam and Tahir broke into the girl's house on Saturday and raped her. The victim's brother Rasheed told the police that Ijaz had been stalking his sister for several months and she had shunned him. "He (the landlord) began to threaten her and me," he was quoted as saying.

He contended that the official was certain that the meeting took place and that Zardari had participated in it "possibly on the insistence of Pakistan's powerful secret services". He said he was contacted by the official with confirmation of the meeting after he published his report "The sun in the sky: The relationship between Pakistan’s ISI and Afghan insurgents". The Pakistan government has already dismissed Waldman's claims. In a new report for the Royal United Services Institute, Waldman calls for negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, saying the West should accept the reality of the militants. He says that efforts to defeat the Taliban are unlikely to succeed. "We have to question the sustainability of a policy which requires a very large number of foreign troops with very large logistical requirement, and indeed we should consider the challenges there are in establishing effective governance in areas where the Taliban have been pushed back and certainly that has proven very difficult," he said. The Taliban have a "difficult and complex relationship with the Pakistani state", he said. "They are resentful of the fact that the ISI has significant influence over their movement, but they acknowledge that they need sanctuary," he said.

Taseer case to be heard in-camera AGENCIES ISLAMABAD, JAN 18

Women prepare local bread for sale at a feast in Khokana near Kathmandu on Tuesday.

Qaeda magazine gives tips on how to blast buildings AGENCIES NEW YORK, JAN 18

The latest edition of al Qaeda's English-language web magazine “Inspire” offers readers a new fatwa from Americanborn jihadi leader Anwar alAwlaki on how to destroy buildings using gas lines, and a primer on the AK-47 rifle. A young American citizen from North Carolina named Samir Khan apparently began editing and publishing the on-

line magazine after relocating to Yemen. Awlaki's message appears intended to assuage any concerns that American and European jihadis might have about resisting taxes and stealing from corporations, ABC News reports. ] The 67-page magazine uses sophisticated graphics to detail a method for blowing up buildings with natural gas, and basic steps for using an AK-47 automatic rifle.

The magazine also includes an essay on dealing with American drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan, noting that those watching bombs fall around them should close their eyes and pray. "If you feel terrified, then think about paradise," it says. The latest issue of Inspire also recycles past statements by Osama bin Laden and American al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn.

Oz flood now threatens Victoria city AGENCIES MELBOURNE, JAN 18

Authorities urged residents to flee more Australian towns on Tuesday as swollen rivers carried deadly floodwaters deeper into another state and worsened a natural disaster the government says may be its costliest ever. Victoria state is the latest region afflicted in weeks long flooding crisis that has left 30 people dead and caused oncea-century floods in many areas. The Victoria city of Horsham resembled a lake after the Wimmera River overflowed its banks Tuesday and bisected the community before starting to recede in the afternoon. About 500 homes in the city of 14,000 people were surrounded by water. Officials sent three emergency alerts overnight to residents in the path of the high water. "At 5 am they were out on

the megaphone just yelling 'evacuate'," West Horsham resident Brett Insall said, but he stayed at his home. "I'm not too worried about it. It's only water." State Emergency Service Incident Controller Stephen Warren said the water would slowly recede through the day. "We may even be able to get the (Western)

highway open late in the day and actually have some access later tonight," Warren told reporters. Across north-central Victoria state, more than 3,500 people have evacuated their homes, with 51 towns and 1,500 properties already affected by rising waters. The Wimmera River towns of Dimboola and Warracknabeal

faced inundation over the coming 24 hours, Victoria officials said. An evacuation warning was issued to residents of Kerang, who face isolation for at least three days when the Loddon River peaks. Emergency officials said any resident unable to cope without electricity, water, sewer and telephone connections should leave their homes. Floodwaters have already left 1,000 households in Victoria's northwest without power, and thousands more homes are under threat of cuts as substations and low-lying power lines are submerged. Energy supplier Powercor was building earthen barriers a ro u n d t h e s u b s t a t i o n i n Kerang, in a floodplain expected to be inundated by two meters of water.

Pirates took record 1,181 hostages last year AGENCIES KUALA LUMPUR, JAN18

Pirates took a record 1,181 hostages in 2010 as ship hijackings in waters off Somalia escalated, a global maritime watchdog said on Tuesday. Attackers seized 53 vessels worldwide last year — all but four off the coast of Somalia — according to the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur. The number of hostages and vessels taken "are the highest we have ever seen" since the center began monitoring attacks in 1991, its director, Pottengal Mukundan, said in a statement. "The continued increase in these numbers is alarming," he said. The Somali attacks ac-

Pirates seized 53 vessels worldwide last year and Somali itself accounted for 1,016 hostages. They are currently holding 31 vessels and 713 crew members. Bangladesh had 21 vessels boarded, while Nigeria had 13. counted for 1,016 hostages held for ransom, the center said. Somali pirates are currently holding 31 vessels and 713 crew members of various nationalities after hijacking another four ships so far this year, it said.

Shambhu Singh. Officials said the group was meeting to finalise "joint record of discussions" for the Secretary-level meeting, beginning tomorrow while Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Shikdar and his counterpart Gopal K Pillai were expected to come up with a joint statement at the end of their talks on Thursday. Pillai is expected to take up with Sikder the issue of early handing over ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia, who has completed his sentence in Bangladesh, to India so that he can participate in the proposed peace talks with the banned outfit. Chetia has been languishing in a Dhaka jail even since his arrest on December 21, 1997. ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa has also asked government to take steps for the early return of Chetia.

Somalia's position on the Horn of Africa means pirates can use its long coastline to capture ships. The country has not had a functioning government since a dictatorship collapsed in 1991, and an international flotilla of war-

ships patrolling the waters has struggled to prevent hijackings. The naval patrols have foiled many attacks, but pirates are moving farther offshore to boost their success in hijackings, the piracy report-

ing center said. "All measures taken at sea to limit the activities of the pirates are undermined because of a lack of responsible authority back in Somalia," it said in its statement. Overall, there were 445 pirate attacks worldwide last year, a 10 percent rise from 2009, the center said. Eight crew members died — all attributed to Somali pirates. Violent attacks and armed robberies were also notable in Indonesian waters, where 30 vessels were boarded. Bangladesh had 21 vessels boarded, mainly by attackers armed with knives at the port of Chittagong, while Nigeria had 13, mostly near the port of Lagos.

An in-camera hearing into the Salmaan Taseer assassination case will be conducted at Adiyala Jail on January 24. Earlier this month, Taseer was assassinated by Malik Mumtaz Qadri, one of his own elite security force protectors, who opened fire on him because of the governor’s support for the release of Pakistani-Christian woman Asia Bibi, who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. The decision to hold an in-camera proceeding came after the January 5 fiasco at the Islamabad District Court, where Qadri was welcomed and showered with rose petals by his supporters. In the all-out confusion that prevailed that day, some news photographers even tried to climb up the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) to take Qadri’s photographs. As a result, the police resorted to dodging the media persons while transferring Qadri to the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi on January 13.


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East Bengal pip Viva Kerala PTI KANNUR, JAN 18

Formidable East Bengal outfit edged out a fighting Viva Kerala by a solitary goal in a round ten match of I-League at Jawahar Municipal stadium here today. The all-important winner was scored by East Bengal's Australian star forward Tolgay Ozbey in the 39th minute. The Kerala outfit had to blame themselves for the loss, as they

missed a number of chances with their forward Nigerian Felix Chimoko fumbling with two consecutive chances in the first half. In the 39th minute, much against the run of the play, Bengal team drew first blood which later turned out to be the winner. The spadework for the goal was done by hard working Sanju Pradhan, who backpassed to Ozbey to tap it inside the cage much to the delight of his team members.

East Bengal could have consolidated their position in the 55th minute, but their forward Ugaokpara shot wide off the goalpost.

Bagan outplay ONGC AGENCIES KHOLAPUR, JAN 18

Mohun Bagan completely overpowered ONGC in the round ten tie of I-league at Sahu Maharaj ground in Kolhapur as Chidi Edeh’s brace helped Bagan hand a 3-1 defeat to the local outfit. It was in the 32nd minute that Ishfaq Ahmed gave Bagan their first goal from a Chidi Edeh pass from the right flank. Just after two minutes it was Edeh who came good and scored after cutting past two ONGC defenders. B Babatunde came close to scoring but he just missed the post by a whisker. But in the 43 rd minute N D Opara scored a penalty goal. In the 56th minute, ONGC’s Jatin Singh missed an opportunity to equalise. Edeh scored the winning goal.

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R E S U LT S Churchill 2 Air India 0 Man-of-the match: Robert (Churchill Brothers) Chirag 0 Mumbai 1 Man-of-the match: Ishan Debnath (Mumbai FC) ONGC 1 M Bagan 3 Man-of-the match: Chidi Edeh (M Bagan) Viva Kerala 0 E Bengal 1 Man-of-the match: Tolgay Ozbey (E Bengal) HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JAN 18

Two goals in the second half helped Churchill Brothers defeat bottom placed Air India 2-0 in a 10th round match of I-League at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, here on Tuesday. There was no score at half time. The Goans egged on by their supporters, showed pluck and the midfield performed with panache. The roar in the midfield was gentle before it turned into a thunderstorm as they attacked vigorously. Zakeer Mundampara was instrumental in putting the Air India defence to sword with impressive passes, often making inroads into the Air India defence while captain Robert Lalthlamuana added teeth to the attack to keep strikers Vincent Kayne and Binesh Balan busy. Air India had their chances initially but strikers Manjit Singh and Nigerian Okoroogor, both seemed to be out of sorts and wasted opportunities early on.

In the 5th minute, Collin Abranches took a snap shot and Churchill’s goalkeeper Lalit Thapa allowed the ball to slip from his hands. Nigerian striker Okoroogor Praise leapt high but referee M B Santosh Kumar penalised the striker for a foul. E l e v e n m i n u t e s l a t e r, Churchill’s Dinesh Thounaojam hit Manjit Singh inside the penalty box and the referee awarded a free kick. Manjit made a mess of it by sending the ball wide. Churchill also had scoring chances in the opening session and nearly found success in the 14th minute but midfielder Israil Gurung’s stiff shot was cleared by Air India defender Dhanachandra Singh and off the rebound, New Zealand striker Kayne Vincent spurned the easiest chance of the day by shooting wide from five yards. Churchill had more scoring opportunities but strikers Durga Boro and Zakeer Mundapara’s tries missed the mark narrowly.

Churchill Bros and Air India players in a tense aerial fight at Nehru Stadium on Tuesday. Photo: Third Eye.

Changing ends, Churchill began on a rousing note and nearly broke the deadlock but striker Durga Boro fumbled at crucial moment. Air India nearly surged ahead but Eric Bolwie headed out with an open goal off a free kick by Sukwinder Singh. Air India must have also been cursing their luck for letting go the opportunity to take the lead in the 63rd minute. Central stopper Rowilson Rodrigues gave a

backpass to his goalkeeper and Air India striker Samson Singh snatched the ball from the custodian. However, the ball bounced as Samson made a valiant attempt but lost momentum and captain Robert Lathlamuana cleared the ball to safety heading the ball out from the goalline. Despite Churchill exerting pressure, they needed a turn of fortune to secure a goal. An Air India defender made a mistake

while tackling a Churchill player and the referee awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box. Man-of-the-match Robert Lathlamuana beat the Air India keeper Kunal Sawant hands down in the 70th minute. Five minutes later, Churchill doubled the lead when substitute Charan Rai, who kept his cool after receiving a through pass from Durga Boro from the left, put the ball past Air India keeper Kunal Sawant.

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their usual game and try to create chances. We have to stay focused,” Colaco stated. Dempo will start with all three foreigners. Nigerian striker Ranty Martins and Cliffton Gonsalves will spearhead the attack, Brazilian playmaker Roberto Mendes da Silva will marshal the midfield alongwith Nigerain Ogba Kalu, Nicolau Borges and Peter Carvalho. Laximikant Kattimani will stand under the Dempo bar. Salgaocar’s Moroccan coach Karim Bencherifa is determined to play for a win. “We cannot underestimate Dempo. They are one of the best teams in the country with players who have stayed together for a couple of years. So we have to play really well,” said Bencherifa. “We conceded silly goals against Mohun Bagan which was due to the lack of concentration. We have not played badly against Mohun Bagan in the previous match and I also apologise to the Salgaocar fans who turned up in large numbers but returned disappointed. So, I am confident that my boys will deliver the goods tomorrow,” concluded Bencherifa. Salgaocar Japanese import Ryuji Seuoka will lead the attack with nippy runs and subtle moves and will surely keep Dempo’s defenders on their toes. Salgaocar’s waistline looks good with Manipuri Tonba Singh operating in central midfield alongwith Gilbert Oliveira, Rocus Lamare and Anthony Barbosa.

Mumbai edge past Chirag Dempo-Salgaocar derby today when they earned a penalty in the 88th minute, but their medio Denson Devadas, going through a woeful loss of form failed to score from the spot. With their Nigerian forward Elijah Junior yet to recover from his injury, Chirag struggled badly up front as Mohammad Rafique and Branco Cardozo put up a listless display. Mumbai FC were equally lacklustre though they converted the opportunity that came their way. With Chirag defence nowhere

to be seen, Sukore capitalised on a Faizal Rehman cross to head it in for a 19th minute lead.

Our Lady of Grace face St Joseph in finals

Nirakar emerge zonal champs

of Rosary HS, Dona Paula thrashed Rosary HS, Mandrem 11-0. In the other semi-finals, Holy Cross HS, Siolim were awarded a walkover as St John of the Cross, Sanquelim did not turn up.

Nirakar Vidyalaya defeated Katyayani Baneshwar High School by eight wickets to emerge zonal champions in U14 cricket tournament organised by DSYA (Canacona taluka) at SAG ground, Agonda. Katyayani won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 62 for all out in 14.4 overs. Akshay Sutar 8, Durgadas Kumar 7 scored for Katyayani while for Nirakar, Saideep Painginkar grabbed 3/17, Pankaj Naik 4/14 and Lakhan Pagi 3/15. In reply, Nirakar scored the required runs. Shivam Varik 26 (N.O), Shrey Sakhalkar 10 scored for Nirakar. For Katyayani, Pritam took 1/14 and Manish 1/8.

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Chirag United's misery in converting penalties continued but this time it cost them dear with Mumbai FC registering a stunning 1-0 win in the round 10 I-League match at Yuba Bharati Krirangan here today. Mumbai FC's Nigerian forward Ebi Sukore headed the matchwinning goal in the 19th minute. The depleted Chirag United got an opportunity to earn a point

HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, JAN 18

Snehal Kauthankar netted in the dying minutes to send Our Lady of Grace HS, Bicholim into the finals defeating Don Bosco HS, Panjim by a solitary goal in U-14 North Zone mini-secondary football tournament organised by DSYA at Peddem complex on Tuesday. Our Lady of Grace will now face St Joseph's HS, Calangute in the finals on Wednesday after the later were awarded a walkover as their opponents, Our Lady of Lourdes HS, Valpoi failed to show up for the contest. In the girls semi-finals, Our Lady

Dempo get walkover HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, JAN 18

Dempo Sports Club Juniors were awarded three points as their opponents Merces Club failed to turn up for their GFA Second Division encounter at Taleigao ground, Panjim on Tuesday.

E Bengal 10 8-2-0 26 points Churchill 10 5-4-1 19 points Mumbai 10 5-2-3 17 points Bagan 10 4-2-4 14 points Chirag 10 3-5-2 14 points V Kerala 10 1-4-5 7 points ONGC 10 1-4-5 7 points Air India 10 0-5-5 5 points

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An engrossing battle for supremacy is expected in the derby clash between defending champs Dempo Sports Club and Salgaocar Sports Club in a 10th round match of I-League at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda here on Wednesday at 3.45 p.m. The encounter holds a lot of significance for both clubs. Salgaocar are with 18 points from nine matches while Dempo are two rungs below with 16 points from the same number of encounters. Both coaches expressed hopes that they would collect full points. But the coaches face injury worries. Dempo’s intern a t i o n a l s t r i ke r J o a q u i m Abranches and Valeriano Rebello are recovering from injuries and a couple of key players are in the National squad. Salgaocar will miss Ghanaian striker Yakubu Yusif and Nigerian striker Ekene Ikena, due to injuries but the coach can gain some consolation as central defender Khelamba Singh will return to bolster the defence after serving a 1-match suspension. “The morale of my players is high and I am confident that they will play to win,” said Armando Colaco, Dempo chief coach. But he was quick to point out that any team in the competition cannot be taken lightly. “Salgaocar are a good team, but we cannot afford to relax. We have to work hard to put them under pressure. They will play

St Xavier’s hockey champs HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 18

St. Xavier's College, Mapusa won the Inter- College Hockey (women) Championship defeating Rosary College, Navellim 2-1.

Shubhada Zantye (10th) and Manjitha Mathkar (34th) scored for St Xavier’s while Leincy Peixote scored for Rosary’s. In the men’s section St. Xavier's beat Dempo 4-1. Fr. Agnel, Pilar beat DMC 2-1. Govt. College Sanquelim beat Goa Engineering College 4-3 via the tie-breaker and Chowgule College beat Rosary’s 1-0.

I-League: Dempo SC v. Salgaocar SC, Nehru Stadium, Fatorda-Margao, 3.45 p.m. GFA First Division: SCC of Cavelossim v. Corps of Signals, Cuncolim ground, 4 p.m. G FA S e c o n d D i v i s i o n : Clube S Minguel de Taleigao v. Agasaim YC, Don Bosco ground, Panjim, 4 p.m. 5th Reira Cup soccer: Saligao SC v. St Augustias, Pomburpa, Saligao Sporting ground, 4.45 p.m. All-Goa Romeo memorial soccer: Maina SC v. Cuncolim Union, St Cruz ground, 4.30 p.m. Martin Pereira memorial soccer: Sirlim B v. Baida B, Chinchinim church ground, 4.30 p.m. All-Goa Crown volleyball inaugural: Churchill Bros v. Goa Police, Crown court, Santa Cruz 8 p.m.


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SPORTS Kamaleshwar, Cuncolim HSS triumph

PANJIM (HSD) -- Shree Kamaleshwar HSS, Korgao and Cuncolim HSS, Cuncolim won the State level inter-HSS kho-kho championships for girls and boys respectively organised by DSYA at SAG sports complex, Campal. In the girls finals, Kamaleshwar defeated Govt. Multipurpose HSS, Borda by nine points while in the boys finals, Cuncolim defeated SES HSS, Barazan, UsgaoPonda by five points. Divakar Kotkar, DSYA’s asst physical education officer was the chief guest and gave away the prizes to the winners in the presence State sports organiser Yogesh A. Parab and Devraj Tari, Sanket Naik, team manager of Kamaleshwar HSS and Prasad Ambiye, PE teacher of Cuncolim HSS. Vittal Chodankar, DSYA’s senior kabaddi and kho-kho coach, Nitin Naik, kho-kho official and PE teacher of Shivaji Raje High School, Kolpem Sal Bicholim and SAI coach Suryakant Wadkar were the match officials.

GOA, Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

DB Oratory oust Dicarpale HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 18

Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda lived upto their supporters expectations as they got the better of Dicarpale Sports Club 2-0 to move into the last four of AllGoa Romeo memorial football tournament, at Santa Cruz ground, on Tuesday. The teams began on an equal footing. Dicarpale took a first look at the rival goal but Neves Carvalho’s 40-yard shot missed the mark. DBO too got an opportunity.

Goa varsity bow out HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 18

Goa University went down fighting to University of Rajasthan 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 in the fourth round of West Zone Inter-University Volleyball Championship. Earlier, in the third round Goa defeated Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda 19-25, 25-20, 2523, 25-18. Rama Dhawaskar and Aaron Pereira played well for Goa University.

However, unmarked Vincent Dias headed the ball straight into the hands of Dicarpale’s goalie. Changing ends, DBO went into the lead through Wilson Dias. A pass from midfield by Vincente Barbosa saw Wilson and Dicarpale defender Sidney Furtado clash with each other and the ball fell free to Wilson, who seized the opportunity and scored past the advancing Dicarpale keeper. The second goal came in when Roger Azavedo netted off

a free-kick. The free kick was awarded after a DBO player was brought down by Albano Rocha just outside the Dicarpale penalty area. Dicarpale missed a chance to reduce the margin when Wilson Niasso failed to score from a close distance. DBO goalkeeper came to the rescue of his team and punched a goalbound shot from Joel Niasso for a corner. Referee Rohidas Bhomkar cautioned Albano Rocha of Dicarpale.

St Thomas, St Cruz HSS top

PANJIM (HSD) -- Goa Riders and Goa Yellows won the pre-youth and pre-sub-junior basketball tournament for girls organised by Goa Basketball Association at Fatima Convent High School, Margao recently. In the sub-junior finals, Riders beat Warriors 14-12. Cony and Gayle scored 6 points each for the winners while Franzila 6 and Kim 4 scored for the losers. Earlier, Warriors beat Torpedos 12-8 and Fighters 18-10 while Riders defeated Fighters 12-10. In the youth finals, Yellows beat Reds 14-6. Anjali 6, Premila 4 scored for Reds. Earlier, Reds beat Blues 10-9, Greens defeated Blacks 11-9 and Greens beat Orange 12-8. Mrs. Rebello and Mrs. Dias gave away the certificates to the winners and runners-up. Earlier, C.F. Vaz, GBA president welcomed. Shekar Jain, secretary proposed the vote of thanks. The matches were supervised by Olencio Dias, National A and Samson D’Sousa, National B. Meanwhile, the next tournament for sub–junior and youth girls will be on January 30 at Fatima Convent HS, Margao and players have been asked to report at 9 a.m.

Rahul to lead U-25 cricket team

were strong in their spiking and blocking skills. Walter Cabral, principal of Santa Cruz HSS was the chief guest and gave away the prizes to the winners in the presence of State sports organiser Yogesh A. Parab and Devraj Tari, Olavo Gama, physical education director of Carmel College, Esperanca Gomes, PE teacher of Carmel HSS, Conception Pereira, SAG volleyball coach, Dilip Diukar, Nani Diukar and Vijay Kumar, team manager of St Thomas.

PANJIM (HSD) - Goa Kayaking will organise its daily river trips from January 21 to 26 at Calangute, Baga, Candolim, River Mandovi, Zuari and Sal backwaters. Details may be obtained from Goa Kayaking on 9422056037 or 2541715.

tition in the prestigious general category. He has created record as the first youngest shooter who has participated in the AllIndia open shooting championship and in the National Shooting Competition at the age of eight in November last. Yash has proved his talent and

skill and has completed the competitive score to participate in general category. Yash is doing his shooting practice at Yash Shooting Indoor Range at Karaswada-Mapusa under the guidance of international shooting coach Meghasham Bhangle and Yuvaraj Salokhe Sardar. Yash is the son of National shooter and president of Yash Shooting Academy Yogeshwar Pa d l o s k a r a n d t r e a s u r e r Bhageshri Padloskar. Meanwhile, the president, Rifle Shooting Association Shripad Naik, MP has congratulated Yash. “This is a golden feather in Goa shooting history,” he said.

"The boys have gained a rich experience from the competition. So I think we will come back stronger and give better performances against the likes of Australia and South Korea in the next Asian Cup," Houghton said. "When the Asian Cup draw was made a few months ago, everybody said it would be a disastrous campaign for us having clubbed against Australia, South Korea and Bahrain. It did not happen and so we have given a good account of ourselves.” "We have a chance to qualify for the next Asian Cup in Australia as well as the winners of the 2011 and 2013 AFC Challenge Cup will get automatic

qualification and we hope to win one of the two," he said. The 63-year-old Englishman said he was happy that captain Bhaichung Bhutia got some time in today's match against South Korea. "This boy is a great servant of Indian football. He has played more than 100 international matches for the country in his more than 16 years of career. He is liked by all his team-mates and a big influence on the team. It would have been a shame if he had not played in the Asian Cup. I am happy for him," said Houghton. Bhutia, who came in the 78th minute in place of Abhishek Yadav today, expressed happi-

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Kamlakant Bholanath Karapurkar, RTO officer who won a gold and bronze medals in 50m backstroke and free style respectively in masters group in XIth Jagajampi Bajaj invitational age-group Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra 3-State swimming championship at Rosary Corporation Sports Academy, Belgaum on January 15 and 16. The championship was organised by Aquarius Swimming Club, Belgaum. He was coached by Dayanand Patil.

Riders, Yellows win

PANJIM (HSD) -- St Thomas HSS, Aldona and Santa Cruz HSS, Santa Cruz emerged State level inter-HSS volleyball champions in girls and boys categories respectively organised by DSYA at Massano de Amorim volleyball court, here. In the girls finals, St Thomas defeated Carmel HSS, Nuvem in three sets. Carmel’s exhibited good spiking skills while St Thomas displayed good team work. In the boys finals, Santa Cruz defeated Rosary HSS, Navelim in three sets. Santa Cruz boys

Padloskar for National Shooting Young National shooter Yash Yogeshwar Padloskar of Yash Shooting Academy will participate in 54th National Shooting tournament from January 19 at Tughalgabad, Karnal Singh Shooting range organised by National Rifle Association of India, New Delhi. Yash got the wild card entry for second consecutive time. Yash recently participated in allIndia G. V. Mavlankar open shooting championship in peep sight air rifle shooting event and obtained the rating in the wild card entry list and qualified for the National Shooting Compe-

GOA DIARY

PANJIM (HSD) -- Rahul Keni will captain the U-25 cricket team for P S Rammohan Trophy in Chennai from February 22 to 28. The team: Rahul Keni (captain), Ryan D'Sousa (vice-captain), Suraj Dongre, Tushar Narvekar, Reagan Pinto, Kenan Vaz, Madhu Kamat, Gajanand Azgaonkar, Vidhyadhar Kamat, Amit Yadav, Ninad Pawarskar, Gaurish Gawas, Amogh Dessai, Vithal Gawas and Rajshekar Harikant. Rajesh Kamat and Avinash Aware (coaches), Prabhakar B. (trainer), Gajanand Mahale (manager) and Ketan Bhatikar (physio).

Goan cricketers for S Zone

PANJIM (HSD) -- The following cricketers have been selected for the South Zone cricket tournaments. South Zone U-19 1-day tournament in Mumbai from January 28: Ganeshraj Narvekar and Reagan Pinto. South Zone Duleep Trophy: Shadab Jakati and Amit Yadav (reserve).

Kayaking expeditions

4-a-side football at Odxel

PANJIM (HSD) – Don Bosco, Odxel will organise their 4-a-side football tournament on January 22 and 23 at Don Bosco, Odxel ground near Goa University at 6 p.m. Entry forms may be collected from Don Bosco office, Odxel. The last date to submit entries is January 22 by 5 p.m. Details may be obtained on 2451449 during office hours.

State men hockey league

PANJIM (HSD) -- The Association for Control of Hockey in Goa will organise their first State senior men hockey league in February under the auspices of the Indian Hockey Federation. Clubs and institutions bearing Goan villages, towns and cities names will be allowed to participate. Details may be obtained from Anselm Gabriel on 9823281881 or Voluciano Dourado on 9422063246.

India will come back stronger in next Asian Cup: Bob n The boys have gained a rich experience from the competition. So I think we will come back stronger and give better performances against the likes of Australia and South Korea in the next Asian Cup. PTI DOHA, JAN 18

India ended their Asian Cup campaign after losing all their three matches but coach Bob

Houghton today vowed the country will come back stronger in the next edition in 2015 having gained rich experience after playing in the continent's

biggest stage for the first time in 27 years. India were playing in the Asian Cup for the first time after 1984 and though they were at the receiving end against formidable sides Australia, South Korea besides Bahrain here, Houghton hoped the country's football standard will rise after participating in the showpiece event. "It was a tough tournament, playing three matches in eight days that too against top sides like Australia and South Korea. We have played our best, the boys fought till the end in all the three matches. We can return home with our heads held high.”

ness to have at least played his part in the Asian Cup though for just 15 minutes. "Asian Cup is the biggest stage in my career and I am happy that I have played in it even if it was 15-20 minutes. Overall, it has been a great experience for us to have played against the big teams like Australia and South Korea. "We have given a good account of ourselves. We played very well in the second half in all the three matches though we have given too much respect to our opponents in the first halves," said Bhaichung who had not played for five months before today due to a calf muscle injury.

PVG Sanguem champs HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 18

PVG Sports Club scored a 40run win over Warriors of Curchorem to emerge champs in 10th Sanguem Cricketers T-20 leather ball cricket tournament in association with Sports Authority of Goa at SAG ground, Curchorem. PVG Club scored 176 for 4 in 18 overs. In reply, Warriors managed to score 136 for 9 in 18 overs. PVG were richer by Rs 25,000. Warriors had to be content with Rs 15,000 while semifinalists Goa Police and Borim Sporting Club received Rs 5000 each. ML A, Shyam Satardekar was the chief Guest and gave away the prizes. The president of Sanguem Cricketers, S u p r a j Ta r i w e l c o m e d . Durgesh Naik proposed the vote of thanks. Brief score: PVG Sports Club 176 for 4 in 18 overs (Videsh Usgaonkar 15, Aniket Desai not out 48, Sachin Sardesai and Amit Yadav 27 each. Pushpshil Desai 1-22, Harish Kutty 3-35) beat Warriors Club, Curchorem, 136 for 9 in 18 overs (Harish Kutty 41, Amar Aikas 21 runs. Durgesh

Naik 4-33, Naresh Parsekar 222, Videsh Usgaonkar 2-1). Individual prizes: Best batsman Harish Kutty (Warriors). Best bowler: Durgesh Naik (PVG). Man- of-the finals: Videsh Usgaonkar (PVG). Manof-the series: Tushar Sawant (Warriors).


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India clinch thriller by two wickets AGENCIES CAPE TOWN, JAN 18

Yusuf Pathan's 59 kept India's hope alive for a while but the right hander's wicket brought South Africa back in the third ODI at the Newlands on Tuesday. Murali Vijay (1) was the first Indian wicket to fall after Steyn took a stunning one-handed caught and bowled. Wickets of Virat Kohli (28), makeshift opener Rohit Sharma (23) and skipper MS Dhoni (5) fell in quick succession to give India serious jitters at Newlands. Earlier, Zaheer Khan took three wickets as India bowled South Africa out for 220 with four balls to spare in the third one-day nternational at Newlands on Tuesday. Khan claimed 3-43 and Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel had two wickets each as South Africa lost 6-20 at the end of its innings to finish on a modest total batting first. Harbhajan finished with 2-23, while Patel had 2-42. Faf du Plessis made 60 on international debut and JP Duminy 52, with the pair sharing a 110run partnership for the fifth wicket to briefly revive a failing Proteas batting effort. But Du Plessis, Duminy and Wayne Parnell fell in the space of six balls to start the late collapse

as India's bowlers finished strongly. Khan bowled Johan Botha for 9 and last man Lonwabo Tsotsobe was run out, both in the last over, as South Africa's batsmen fell away under a strong bowling and fielding display from the No. 2-ranked one-day team. India launched a stunning fightback in the field to win Saturday's second ODI by 1 run, leveling the five-match series at 1-1. In Cape Town, Khan began by bowling opener Hashim Amla for 16 in the seventh over and Harbhajan dismissed Colin Ingram following a brilliant one-handed catch by Rohit Sharma at slip for 10. AB de Villiers fell to a diving catch by Khan at wide long-on

AP MELBOURNE, JAN !8

Pakistan dismissed New Zealand for 293 in its second innings of the second Test today and will chase 274 on the final day to win the match and the series. Umar Gul took 4-61 and leftarm spinner Abdur Rehman claimed 3-119 for Pakistan, scored 376 in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 356. Martin Guptill scored 73 and Brendon McCullum struck 64 in a 120-run opening partnership for New Zealand as it sought a substantial lead in its bid to win the match and level the series. Ross Taylor went on to score 52, but New Zealand struggled to build on that solid foundation. An outstanding late spell of reverse swing by Gul saw New Zealand's last five wickets fall for 25 runs and kept the match in a delicate balance. Pakistan has 90 overs on the last day to chase down its target of 274 and maintain its unbeaten record at the Basin Reserve, where it has won three and drawn four of its seven previous Tests. Pakistan leads the current series 1-0 after winning the first match at Hamilton by 10 wickets. New Zealand resumed today at 9-0, looking to press on quickly to a position which gave it some control of the match. Guptill and McCullum gave it a perfect start, taking New Zealand to 106 without loss by lunch, only its second 100-run opening partnerships in Tests since 2004.

To get an assessment of how much better Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are than most of the competition in men’s tennis, look no further than Marcos Daniel. At the Australian Open on Tuesday, Daniel was on the other side of the net from Nadal, who is attempting to win his fourth major title in a row—the “Rafa Slam.” Daniel saw, ever so briefly, why the top-seeded Nadal is among the best ever in the game. Only briefly, because the Brazilian’s left knee gave out, forcing him to retire from the first-round match while already trailing 6-0, 5-0. Nadal will next play American qualifier Ryan Sweeting, who beat Daniel Gimeno 6-4, 6-4, 6-1. Another of those top five that Daniel mentioned was Andy Murray, the 2010 finalist who also advanced when Karol Beck retired with a shoulder injury in the third set of their firstround match. The fifth-seeded Murray, who was leading 6-3, 61, 4-2, was the only man to beat Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament last year, the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park. Fourth-seeded Robin Soderling had to go the distance but was rarely challenged, completing a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Potito Starace of Italy. David Nalbandian of Argentina beat former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 3-6, 6-4,

Aussies’ consolation win competitive 153. England's reply was an erratic affair with only Charlotte Edwards (37) and Lydia Greenway (32 not out) reaching double figures. Edwards struck seven fours and looked in fine touch bef o re s h e f e l l t o Nitschke.Erin Osborne and Sarah Elliot both took two wickets with England bowled out for 101 with 3.4 overs still to spare.

Yousuf ignored AGENCIES LAHORE, JAN 18

Senior batsman Muhammad Yousuf was omitted from Pakistan's final 15-member squad for the World Cup. Yousuf was named in the preliminary squad of 30 players. However, the selectors showed faith in young Asad Shafiq instead of the experienced batsman. All

the players presently touring New Zealand for the one-day series were named in the squad. Squad: Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Misbah-ulHaq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir.

Lee, Tait win WC berths AGENCIES MELBOURNE, JAN 18

Australia will risk both Brett Lee and Shaun Tait at the World Cup after they were chosen in the 15-man squad. Peter Siddle and Xavier Doherty were not included while John Hastings, the Victoria allrounder, was named along with the injured

duo of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey. Squad: Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Cameron White, Tim Paine (wk), Steven Smith, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Doug Bollinger.

3-6, 7-6 (1), 9-7 in a featurelength replay of their 2002 Wimbledon final won by the Australian. Elsewhere, No. 15 Marin Cilic of Croatia beat American qualifier Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-1

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India sign off with 1-4 defeat PTI DOHA, JAN 18

Minnows India suffered a 1-4 thrashing at the hands of title contenders South Korea to end their Asian Cup campaign on a humiliating note here today. Already knocked out of the competition, India gave glimpses of their fighting abilities but that was not enough to avoid their third defeat in as many games. Bob Houghton's boys conceded a staggering 13 goals in the tournament while finding the nets three times. Ji Dong Won scored a brace in the sixth and 23rd minutes while Koo Ja Cheol and Son Heung Min found the target for South Korea in the ninth and 81st minutes respectively. Striker Sunil Chhetri reduced the margin in the 12th minute in the last Group C match, which was played under cold conditions and incessant rain. South Korea finished second in Group C behind Australia who finish on top after their 1-0 victory over Bahrain in another match played simultaneously at Al Sadd Stadium. Australia and South Korea ended their group assignments on same seven points but the former topped the group on better goal difference. India, the lowest ranked side in the tournament, were left to

defend their citadel for most part with hardly any look at the South Korea goal. Had not goalkeeper Subrata Paul made some fine saves, India would have lost by a bigger margin. Captain Bhaichung Bhutia finally made his Asian Cup appearance as he replaced Abbhishek Yadav in the 78th minute to the loud cheer of more than 11,000 spectators at the Al Gharafa Stadium but they failed to recover from the first half 1-3 deficit. The Indians were cheered by a vocal crowd mainly made up of Indian expatriates here but it did not make any difference on the field as the gap in speed, class and technique between the two sides was too wide. The nimble footed South Koreans, one of the title contenders, played their usual slick one-touch pass which exposed the gaping holes at the Indian defence. The trio of captain Park Ji Sung, Koo Ja Cheol and striker Ji Dong Won gave a torrid time to Indian defenders who were outpaced and out manoeuvered with ease by the South Koreans. Left back Deepak Mondal was caught napping several times against South Korean combine of Cha Du Ri, who plays for Scottish top side Celtic and Koo Ja

Nadal, Clijsters on course

AP WELLINGTON, JAN 18

A fine all-round performance from Shelly Nitschke helped Australia score a consolation win in the 5th Twenty20 against England at Canberra’s Manuka Oval. Nitschke's double of 23 and 3 for 16 ensured a 52-run win to give Australia some cheer before the Test at Sydney, starting Saturday. Australia posted a

and Kohli held another close chance off Harbhajan to dismiss captain Graeme Smith for 43, reducing South Africa to 90-4 in the 24th over. Du Plessis and Duminy consolidated, dragging South Africa to 200 in 45 overs before the right-handed Du Plessis was undone by a leaping grab by Kohli in the covers, the fielder's third catch of the innings. Du Plessis had managed only two fours in his battling 78-ball innings, which was affected by a cramp. Duminy also hit two boundaries in his 11th ODI halfcentury before he was out, bowled by Khan, two runs after Du Plessis fell.

South Africa: Graeme Smith c Kohli b Harbhajan 43, Hashim Amla b Patel 16, Colin Ingram c Kohli b Harbhajan 10, AB de Villiers c Khan b Pathan 16, JP Duminy b Khan 52, Faf du Plessis c Kohli b Patel 60, Johan Botha b Khan 9, Wayne Parnell run out (Patel) 5, Dale Steyn c Raina b Patel 5, Morne Morkel not out 0, Lonwabo Tsotsobe run out (Pathan) 0. Extras: 4. Total: 220 all out. Overs: 49.2. Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-49, 383, 4-90, 5-200, 6-202, 7-207, 8-216, 9-219, 10-220. Bowling: Zaheer 9.2-0-43-2, Munaf 10-1-42-3, Nehra 7-0-42-0, Harbhajan 9-1-23-2 (w1), Pathan 6-0-27-1, Yuvraj 6-0-30-0, Sharma 1-0-5-0, Raina 1-08-0. India: Rohit Sharma b Morkel 23, M Vijay c and b Steyn 1, V Kohli c Villiers b Morkel 28, Yuraj Singh lbw b Duminy 16, M S Dhoni c Villiers b Botha 5, S Raina c Villiers b Morkel 37, Y Pathan c Morkel b Steyn 59, Harbhajan not out 23, Zaheer c Smith b Tsotsobe 14, A Nehra not out 5. Extras: 11. Total: 223 for 8: Overs: 48.2. Fall of wickets: 4-1, 56-2, 613,69-4, 93-5, 168-6, 182-7, 208-8. Bowling: D Steyn10-1-31-2, L Tsotsobe 10-0-41-1, W Parnell 8-0-53-0,M Morkel 10-0-27-3, J Botha 7.2-1-48-1, JP Duminy2-0-9-1,Faf du Plessis 1-0-8-0.

Pak chase 274 to win series

AGENCIES MELBOURNE, JAN 18

India will come back stronger in next Asian Cup: Bob Pg 13

Churchill wake up in 2nd half Pg 12

to advance, along with No. 7 David Ferrer, No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 11 Jurgen Melzer and No. 20 John Isner. Another winner was 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who played only three

Spain's Rafael Nadal serves to Brazil's Marcos Daniel during their first round match.

matches last year due to a right wrist injury. He beat Dudi Sela of Israel, 7-6 (13), 6-4, 6-4. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who lost in the final here to Novak Djokovic in 2008, came back from two sets down to beat Philipp Petzschner of Germany 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Andreas Seppi of Italy beat Arnaud Clement of France 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in another late match. On the women’s side, U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters did nothing to dent her growing status as tournament favorite by routing fellow former No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-0. No. 2-ranked Vera Zvonareva began her bid to reach a third consecutive Grand Slam women’s final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sybille Bammer. Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final and to Clijsters in the U.S. Open final last year. Ana Ivanovic, the 2007 French Open champion and 2008 Australian Open finalist, slumped to her worst result in seven years at Melbourne when she lost 36, 6-4, 10-8 to Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova. The 19th-seeded Ivanovic saved five match points before finally going out. Also advancing were French Open finalist Sam Stosur, the fifth-seeded Australian who beat American wild-card entry Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-1; No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, who took six of the last seven games after a medical timeout in the third set to hold off Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; No. 7 Jelena Jankovic; No. 10 Shahar Peer and No. 13 Nadia Petrova.

South Korea's defender Hwang Jae-Won falls to the ground as he vies with midfielder Steven Benedic Dias at the Al-Gharafa stadium, Doha on Tuesday.

Cheol. The Indian midfield was also almost non-existent with captain Climax L awrence and N P Pradeep struggling throughout the match. Just as midfielder Renedy Singh pulled his left hamstring, India conceded their first goal.


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Hemmady & Co: The name speaks By BharaTI Pawaskar

The journey of life takes us to unknown destinations. We never know what the future has in store for us and where we will land. Motilal Nevrekar the proprietor of D N Hemmady & Co never dreamt that he would someday own a company. But it was an unusual gift that life gave him before he could complete half-a-century. “The credit goes to my brother Madan who paved the path of success for me and holding my hand led me to where I am today, sharing the partnership of this company with my two sons and a daughter,” exclaims Motilal. Since inception Hemmadys are the sole dealers of Kirloskars in Goa. They are the authorised dealers of Kirloskar Electric Co Ltd, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd, Ralliwolf Engineers Ltd, Hercules Hoists Ltd, Minlec India Pvt Ltd and much more… “Our company belonged to D N Hemmady and though we bought it from him in 1985 we have not changed the name for the past 25 years,” says Motilal. One may ask, what’s in a name? “There is lot in it,” replies Motilal as he sincerely felt Hemmady was synonymous with Kirloskars, and though he owned the company, changing its name would harm the business and reputation earned by Hemmadys. “So the name has remained till date, and we are proud to carry it,” says Motilal who at 74 still shoulders the responsibility of running the business with the help of his engineer son Amit. Amit, a mechanical engineer from Jamshedpur is handling a separate enterprise – Amit Engineering – and also helps his aged father. How did the company change hands? “D N Hemmady wanted to retire after 60 and sell his company. So in 1985 he approached Madan, who was instrumental in giving the dealership of Kirloskars to Hemmady. Madan insisted that I should buy it. So my two brothers and two more partners joined hands to buy the company from Hemmady. All except me were sleeping partners. I was Managing partner. Gradually I paid off each one’s capital investment and took the reigns of the company in my hands. After that the jour-

ney was smooth. Kirloskars and Hemmady – both had reputation of their own and it helped flourish my business,” tells Motilal. All these years he had worked for others. Working for himself now, was a different experience altogether. It was a hard life for Motilal in the initial years of his life. He Movers & did learning and earning together. Delving in the past hel tells, “Soon after

ling. I mastered it well. In Ruston & Hornsby I handled and headed many departments. I was popular in the worker’s union as well as the management. Let me tell you two incidents. Workers used to be late to work as they had to walk a long distance to the factory. So I helped the workers buy bicycles arrangsHakers ing loan from bank. Later this scheme was extended to Luna scooters and nearly 1800

Those were the days… Born in his ancestral home – Nevrekar’s House opposite the Government Printing Press, Panjim in 1937, Motilal’s family shifted to Margao as his father Kutubab Nevrekar was a Post Master at Margao Post Office. A famous person in those days, Kutubab wore impressive dress just like in the military. He had five sons and three daughters! The eldest Vasant was the first Goan to join the Indian Government who took up job as the Information Officer. But when the relations between Indian Government and Portuguese Government in 1955 were strained and the Indian Government was asked to close the Consulate in Goa, wind up its operations and leave the place. So Vasant with his siblings shifted to Belgaun as a year earlier, in 1954, Kutubab had expired leaving the responsibility of the family on him. In Belgaun Motilal participated actively in the freedom movement. As a messenger boy he came into contact with Vishwnath Lawande, Prabhakar

Sinari, Sindhutai, Dr Gaitonde, Shambhu Kirtane etc who were associated with Azad Gomantak Dal. The letters describing the situation in Goa sent by Shambhu Kirtane to Motilal were addressed as M Naik. Everything was censored and Motilal was summoned by Belgaum Police for inquiry. Nevrekar family was there for a year – 1955-56 – after which Motilal went to Mumbai to earn and learn. Vasant went to Delhi in 1956 and got a transfer to America where he lived till 1961, till the liberation of Goa. Then he returned to India as a Press Attaché to the Indian Military Governor Candeth and lived in Panjim for a year. After that he was transferred as Vice Consulate to different countries. Vasant Nevrekar even penned down a book of his memoirs. Coming from such a family would make anyone proud and Motilal Nevrekar is happy that in his teenage years he could serve his motherland and do his bit.

I matriculated I went to Mumbai and started working with Chowgules in 1956. Simultaneously I answered BCom and did a two-year course in Accountancy and Secretarial Practice in Sydenham College. After working with Chowgules for five years I joined Voltas where I worked for five years. Then in 1966 Madan called me in Pune, to serve as a Junior Officer in Ruston & Hornsby. I put in 17 long years of hard work and skilled in various tasks like import licences, clearing etc which included a lot of travel-

workers out of 2200 availed it. In another incident the chairman of the association for blind approached our company with a request to employ their blind members. No department showed enthusiasm. But I decided to give two blind gentlemen a chance. They worked with me for six months on probation. I found their work extremely good and better than other able employees. When time came to make them permanent company was not willing. I met our chairman personally, showed him the

Railways to explore new revenue source PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 18

Railways have called a two-day meeting of all zonal railway managers here this month to review ongoing projects and discuss measures to improve the financial position in wake of a stiff rise in running cost and fears of the PSU missing earning targets. The meeting which is likely to be chaired by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 21 and 22 assumes significance as it would also deliberate on issues related to the

upcoming Rail Budget slated to be presented in February end, sources said. The Budget is expected to keep passenger fares untouched and include proposals for dozens of new trains in view of demands from the states as well from MPs, they said. A marginal tinkering of freight rates is also on the cards, the sources said. Zonal railway managers are expected to be handed out a "tough task" to tame the rising expenditure and make an all out effort to meet loading and revenue targets for the remaining period of the current fiscal.

progress chart of these blind workers and the profits we earned due to them. He was convinced and these employees were confirmed. Later they got married to girls with vision. I was the special invitee in their wedding. To my surprise they felicitated me. That was an unforgettable moment. Their gratitude touched my soul. Was it a humble tribute to my just decision, I sometimes wonder! Days at Ruston & Hornsby were memorable in many respects. Motilal was with the company till he got this offer from Hemmady through Madan. Leaving Pune he came to Goa in 1985, bought Hemmady and the rest is history. Motilal is a workaholic. Unlike the original owner of Hemmady, he would never like to retire, nor did his staff. Jeronimo Fernandes, Sylvia Gomes and Lalsaab are with Motilal for almost 40 years. “We are family. All of us are addicted to work,” says Motilal who had asked Jeronimo to retire at 60. But Jeronimo resumed the next day as sitting idle at home was like a punishment for him. Today, at 76, Jeronimo is very much on his toes. Motilal himself would soon turn 75 but one still sees him daily sitting in his office near Margao Municipal Building.

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Further rate hike by RBI will impact industries: Sharma PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 18

A week ahead of the RBI reviewing the monetary policy with expectations of a policy rate hike, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has cautioned that raising cost of borrowing “may not be suitable” tool to rein in inflation. Making out a strong case for easy finance to the industrial sector, in a letter to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Mr. Sharma said that industrial growth has already plunged to an 18—month low of 2.7 per cent in November 2010. “The high inflation in primary articles, particularly, vegetables is more on account of supply side constraints and monetary policy may not be

the most suitable intervention to deal with the situation,” he said. While he appreciated concerns on inflation, the minister said, “Industrial sector clearly needs sustained support to enable complete recovery“. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is scheduled to announce its quarterly policy review on January 25. There are wide anticipations that the central bank in its third quarter monetary policy review will raise the key policy rates by at least 25 basis points in the wake of soaring inflation. High food inflation has been a major concern for the government. Rising food prices have pushed up inflation to 8.43 per cent in December last year.

Food inflation stood at a high level of 16.91 per cent in the first week of January, after touching 18.32 per cent in the last week of December 2010. “A selective restriction on credit may be necessary to check inflationary pressures, but the imperative of easy credit flow for industrial sector, especially the infrastructure and manufacturing is crucial for the economy,” the minister added. The minister said that the capacity addition has not been at an appropriate level to ensure the sustained targeted growth in Gross Domestic Product. The government is expecting that the country’s economy would grow by 8.75 per cent in the current fiscal.

Akai launches 3 SIM phone at Rs 3,295 UNI NEW DELHI, JAN 18

AKAI Mobiles, a division of Japanese consumer electronics brand AKAI, today announced the launch of first triple SIM phone 'Trio', priced at Rs 3,295. ''The mobile giant has launched India's first triple SIMphone with multimedia features at affordable price tag of Rs 3,295.The phone is equipped with features such as 1.3 megapixel camera with digital zoom, audio player, sound recorder and video player.

PF interest hike in doldrums HERALD BUREAU NEW DELHI, JAN 18

The Finance and Labour Ministries are engaged in a battle over payment of higher interest of 9.5 per cent to the provident fund account holders for the year 2010-11, up from 8.5 per cent paid since 2005-06. The trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) discovered a surplus of Rs 1731 crores lying in the interest suspense account and decided to let part of it go to the account holders crying for denial of the hike since past five years.

The decision was taken in the meeting of the Central Board of Trustees chaired by Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, but the Finance Ministry has shot it down on the basis of a finding of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) that was asked to carry out a special audit of the EPFO. The astounding surplus lying with the organisation was discovered in an examination of the suspense account that showed that faulty calculation of interest over the years has built up this excess amount.

The CAG has, however, taken the stand that the surplus amount cited in the suspense account can be verified only after all accounts are reconciled. The finance ministry wrote to the labour ministry 10 days ago, citing the CAG report to dispute the calculations. The labour ministry is under tremendous pressure from the trade unions to immediately confirm the interest rates that was decided by the trustees. The ministry, however, finds it helpless as it cannot announce the new interest rate without

the approval of the finance ministry. On the other hand, the finance ministry is not ready to buy its argument that the entire surplus will not be wiped out by giving the interest of 9.5 per cent on the PF deposits as a part of it has been set aside for the exigencies. The finance ministry has now shot a poser to the ministry to explain if the same rate of interest can be maintained the next year and from where as it will be difficult to roll back the rate after jacking up expectations of the employees.

No direct role of farm ministry in vegetable cultivation: Pawar

CII ties up for setting up job site

In the last six days, the wholesale price of onion has dipped by Rs 18 a kg in Azadpur market. The wholesale rate of onion which had zoomed to Rs 50 a kg on January 13 has come down to Rs 32 per kg today, traders said. The scene was no better in other metros where the root vegetable was available for Rs 50-65 a kg in retail. Along with onion, another important vegetable tomato also showed rising trend in the metros where retail prices today were in the range of Rs 50-60 a kg. The food inflation still remains high at 16.91 per cent for the week ended January 1 on account of high prices of vegetables, milk and meat. Pawar said taking lessons from the ongoing onion crisis, "the ministry will provide subsidy to farmers to build green houses for cultivation of vegetables in 2025 km radius around townships having population of about five lakh." Wholesale price of onion dropped by Rs

Aimed at providing a common platform for industry and academia, industry body CII today entered into an agreement with city-based SurgeForth Technologies to launch a portal for the purpose. The www.emplyabilitybridge.com will enable students to identify the type and number of vacancies available in companies which are members of the chamber. "About 1,400 member companies of CII will be able to inform the academia about employee requirement and the kind of students they expect, depending on which we can provide access for students from Tier-II and III cities," Surgeforth Technologies Director Emmanuel Justus said.

PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 18

In the eye of a storm over soaring prices of vegetables like onions and tomatoes, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today said his ministry had no direct role in cultivation of perishable items and was mainly concerned with cereals and sugarcane. "Union Agriculture ministry is concerned with production of foodgrains like rice, wheat, sugarcane and pulses and does not have any direct role in cultivation of vegetables... farmers themselves decide which crop to grow seeing the local conditions and which mandi to sell," he told reporters, here. He, however, said onion prices have started coming down with increase in arrival from Bhavnagar in Gujarat and Nashik (in Maharashtra). Despite the slide in wholesale rate of onion in Delhi's Azadpur market, Asia's biggest fruits & vegetables market, the retail prices remained high at Rs 50-60 a kg.

one/kg in main producing region Lasalgaon in Nashik district of Maharashtra too, NHRDF (National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation) data said. It was available at a rate of Rs 32 a kg there today against Rs 33/kg yesterday, it added.Onion arrival in the Azadpur market was high at 1100 tonnes today, General Secretary Onion Merchants Association Rajendra Sharma told PTI. Azadpur market requires around 700-800 tonnes of onions daily, he added. But, supply of tomato dropped in the Azadpur market to 10-12 trucks (each carrying 10 tonnes) due to winter chill in the feeder cities of Ahmedabad, Haldwani and Ratlam, General Secretary Tomato Merchants Association Subhash Chugh told PTI. Chugh said no truck headed to AttariWagah border from here today for exporting the vegetable to Pakistan as it is no more lucrative in view of soaring domestic prices of the veggie.

Apple’s Cook faces product development challenge, Google AGENCIES NEW YORK, JAN 18

Tim Cook, stepping in for his boss Steve Jobs for the third time in seven years, faces the challenge of keeping up Apple Inc.’s product development and girding the iPhone and iPad maker for rivalry with Google. Cook, 50, Apple’s operations guru, took charge yesterday after Jobs, who has been receiving treatment for cancer and a liver transplant, said he was taking another medical leave. In an e-mail to employees, Jobs said he would remain chief executive officer and be involved in major strategic decisions, yet didn’t say when he might return. As chief operating officer, Cook runs day-to-day operations. When he stepped in for

almost six months in 2009 during Jobs’s transplant leave, Apple shares climbed 70 percent. While Jobs, 55, sets the creative vision for Apple’s products, Cook’s oversight includes sales, manufacturing and distribution. He can ably take over again, said Peter Misek, an analyst at Jefferies & Co. “He’s a star, just a different kind of star from Steve,” said New York-based Misek, who recommends buying Apple shares and doesn’t own any himself. “He’s arguably one of the best supply chain managers in the world, if you look at working capital management, cash-flow management, cash conversion cycles -- all those great metrics.” Jobs’s health has been deteriorating in recent weeks and he has been coming to the of-

fice a few times a week, according to a person who knows the Apple founder and didn’t want to be identified because the matter is private. Messages left for several of Apple’s six outside directors weren’t returned. While Cupertino, Californiabased Apple hasn’t publicly named Cook a successor to Jobs, he is the heir apparent, said Avi Greengart, research director of consumer devices at Current Analysis, a market research firm. He said while Apple will continue to succeed in its current markets, he questions how the company will fare without Jobs. “Jobs has an almost magical ability to see markets that are small and niche, and to understand what it would take to make them big businesses,” Greengart said.

Kalika society net profit Rs 34. 73 lakh

New Board of Directors of Shree Kalika Urban Co-op Credit Society Ltd. Photo Anil Shankhwalker HERALD CORRESPONDENT down theby NPA from 5.5% to PORVORIM, JAN 18

The Shree Kalika Urban Cooperative Credit Society Ltd Mapusa has earned a net profit of Rs 34.73 lakh for the year 200910. The Society has registered growth of 18% over the previous figure of Rs 29.50 lakh and also declared dividend of 12% to its shareholders. Addressing the shareholders during a meeting at Mapusa, outgoing chairman of the Society Paresh Raiker said the paidup share capital of the Society has increased by Rs 9,56,950, registering consolidated figure of Rs 1,06,57,000 as on March 31, 2010. “The deposits of the Society during 2009-10 increased to Rs 20.05 crore and the membership stood at 6,466 as on March 31, 2010. The Society has maintained ‘A’ Audit classification,” said Raiker. Raiker further informed that the Society has made adequate provisions towards Non-Performing Assets, provision towards doubtful debt reserves and overdue interest reserves. “The recovery performance of the Society has improved and was successful in bringing

3.38% as on March 31, 2010. The Society is trying its level best to bring down the NonPerforming Assets by regularly monitoring the NPA’s and taking necessary measures,” said Raiker. Raiker said the area of operation of the Society has been extended to entire North Goa District. “The Society proposes to open new branches in Ponda and Panjim to tap more resources. The Society has always given special attention to its social responsibly. The Society has been granting financial aid to the needy section of the society for education, medical and emergency purposes,” added Raiker. Members of the new Board of Directors elected for 201115 are Prakash Haldanker (chairman), Ratnapal Salkar (vice chairman), Paresh Raiker, Gajanan Salkar, Kalidas Shirodker, Anil Mashelkar, Pramod Sangodker and Dilipkumar Shirodker (directors). Outgoing President of the Society Paresh Raiker welcomed the gathering, while Ratnapal Salkar proposed the vote of thanks.

PTI CHENNAI, JAN 18


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Goan into the World of Forensic Toxicology

Tan dhanvta udkak, udok dhanvta tanek - Anonymous

Goans have always shown great affinity towards education and imbibing this feature is, Joanna Do Rego. She claims to be the first Goan who has studied and completed her Masters in Forensic Toxicology, a branch of forensic science

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henever I meet my friends or cousins and they ask me about what I am doing now, I reply, ‘Forensic Toxicology,’ and just wait for their reaction. Most of them look at me with raised eyebrows and a puzzled expression as they have never heard of it; but they are proud that I am studying something different,” says Joanna with an enthusiastic smile on her face. Back in Goa after completing her Masters in the subject, Joanna Sicletica Do Rego from Divar is here for a short while before she leaves back to the UK to get some practical experience. Forensic toxicology is the use of toxicology to help medical or legal investigation of death, poisoning and drug use. The primary concern for forensic toxicology is the obtaining and interpreting of the results. So how can someone fall in love with a branch of science which has never been discussed in Goa nor are there any jobs available in the state? Joanna, a very motivated youngster, was a student of Green Rosary School, Dona Paula who had completed reading all Nancy Drew books by the age of 9. “I was very interested in crime investigations. When I was in class VIII, we had a career guidance class in school where students discussed various professions. At that time I decided to become a forensic toxicologist. I had found out about the field online and the scope of the profession. I was reading crime writer Patricia Cornwell’s novels at that time and watching ‘CSI’ on TV; I was fascinated by the way crimes were solved.” She further adds, “I was determined to study so I found out everything about the subject and which colleges in India are offering the subject. I completed my Higher Secondary in Science at Green Rosary itself with Psychology as an additional subject which helps in criminal profiling.

Then I joined Amity University in Noida before moving to University of Glasgow for my Masters. I used to do badly in Chemistry but I loved the subject and it is very important for forensic toxicology.” Daughter of Gerson and Alzira Do Rego, Joanna knew she had to move away from home to study, so she had to choose between only two colleges that provide forensic science in India, one was Amity University at Noida and Manipal University in Imphal. “As Noida seemed closer to home, I moved there,” says Joanna. When asked about how important the smallest of evidence is to a case, Joanna is quick to cite an example, “Ted Bundy was an American serial rapist and killer who was once arrested but released and continued to do crimes. He was finally caught when the forensics found his semen on his last victim. The police have a database of convicts which stores their DNA, and his DNA matched. That was very small evidence which could have been lost.” What kind of database does the Goa police have? “When I was studying, I did visit the forensic labs in Goa and found that the Forensic Science unit in Porvorim has just a fingerprint expert. That is the only database. He was working on a better system to store DNA of the criminals; I don’t know how far that project must have reached. We don’t have proper forensic labs here in Goa and the police are usually sending important pieces of evidence and samples to the Central Forensic Science Laboratories at Hyderabad. We have to upgrade our machinery as there is a lot of advancement in terms of forensic toxicology. Goa has set up a Forensic Lab at Verna but it still lacks specialised personnel. Once an expert is appointed, they can inform the department about the instruments required.” Studying at the University of Glasgow was of a huge advantage to Joanna compared to other students in India. “Here you will be very lucky if you get to use the instruments while studying in college. They only teach theory whereas practicals are the important part of the study. In Glasgow, I had the opportunity to use over six instruments for my experiments. I had to prepare a dissertation on development of a volatile substance screen in blood for forensic toxicology based on headspace gas chromatography and a mass spectrometry using solid microphase fibres. I brought in the technique within two months, if I had more time I would have confirmed the screening process. I hop someone takes up the project after me. Next, I want to do research on drugs and alcohol to come up with detection with accuracy and sensitivity. But first I want to start working for a drug laboratory to get better insight.” When asked about what plans she had in Goa, she says, “I would love to come and work in Goa and I am sure by another five years’ time, Goa will have a Forensic laboratory with experts. I would love to join them and help in forensic toxicology. I also informed some personnel, once the lab starts working, I am just a phone call away. Toxicology requires instruments which are upgraded with sensitivity. I would love to use my knowledge in the field, once things are set up in Goa,” she concludes with an optimistic smile.

Humans love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gay Magazines in India hint at Quiet Revolution

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hen the first glossy editions of gay magazine ‘Fun’ arrived at his stand in New Delhi, Ram Naresh displayed it discreetly to avoid giving offence – but customers have ensured every month is a sell-out. “We consistently run out of copies,” said Naresh. “I will have to order more as there’s enough of an audience for magazines like these.” Such overt homosexual culture remains shocking to most Indians, who often treat the topic as totally taboo. No high-profile Indians are openly gay or lesbian whether in the fields of sport, politics or entertainment. But gay sex was legalised in 2009 and the profile of homosexuals in India looks set to rise as the country rapidly embraces many aspects of Western lifestyles and attitudes. The success of ‘Fun’ contrasts with that of ‘Bombay Dost’, India’s first gay magazine, which survived for 12 years from 1990 but then closed until a recent re-launch. Other small signs of the gay community’s increasing prominence include same-sex Valentine’s Day cards and the Bollywood blockbuster ‘Dostana’, in which a mother happily welcomes her son’s supposed boyfriend into her home. There are now at least eight print and online magazines aimed at lesbians and gays in India including ‘Jiah’, an Internet publication started last year by Apphia Kumar, 26. “I wanted a medium of communication, not so I could push ads and sell lipstick,” said Kumar. “People write in asking me to email them the magazine.

“The anonymity of the Internet helps hugely in making people feel safe and part of a community.” “I don’t want to include any visibly sexual content since we have some quite young readers and I want parents to be able to read this as well,” Kumar said. Gay pride marches have become good-humoured annual events in several cities but Kumar said many of her readers come from conservative towns where people regard homosexuality as an illness. Simran and Sabina, the owners of India’s first gay pride store Azaad Bazaar based in the upmarket Mumbai suburb of Bandra, echo Kumar’s sentiments on respecting people’s privacy. “We were clear that we wanted to be a family space, people don’t want the sexual angle staring them in the face when they walk in here,” Simran said, declining to use her last name. The fashion-conscious pages of ‘Fun’ are hardly militant campaign literature but Manvendra Singh Gohil, the magazine’s editor, believes its cheeky, confident tone is also quietly pushing the cause for gay equality. “Indian magazines have always flaunted the female body, now it’s time to flaunt the male body,” said Gohil, a gay descendant of a former royal family in western India. “Things are gradually changing. When I came out in 2006, my family publicly disinherited me. Now I see parents taking part in gay pride marches.” (Courtesy: AFP)

Have a Ball… On Your Exercise Ball

BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES any opine that going to the gym regularly can get boring as you start treating it as a chore. You have to constantly keep changing your activities. But many hardcore fitness enthusiasts also vouch that it is the ‘getting dressed and getting to the We have heard of a whole lot of fitness benefits in keeping fit gym’ that makes one feel lethargic; with the aid of an exercise ball. But have you tried using once you are there, it is your time of one as your chair at work? Herald gives you ample fun and pampering of oneself. In fact, this is the only time you truly dedicate reasons why… to yourself. Now if you are one of those who just cannot hit the gym, go your arms, the taut feeling in your glutes; out right now and get an exercise ball. And for those who the benefits are immense. The fitness experts are quick to opine, “Exercise balls help in developing work out in the gym, get on to that exercise ball to perk up not just your spirits but your body too. good muscle tone for the entire body and provides numerous other benefits that For those who have tried it, you know range from rehabilitating back, hip and knee injuries to delivering a powerful what I’m talking about. For workout to improve core stability, posture and muscle balance. You also improve those who haven’t, your flexibility and cardiovascular system by using a low-impact workout.” what are you waiting We hear of core muscles so often. But how many of us take the trouble to for? Get on one and understand where these muscles are placed in our bodies. Sitting on the ball, your feel the tightening body is constantly making small adjustments with these very muscles - postural of your abs, the muscles, deep abdominals, gluteals, the pelvic floor and leg muscles. This is “active stretch in your sitting.” And consider the hours you spend at the thighs and back, computer, these hours will now result in you the power in strengthening your core muscles and your abs. Fitness experts enlighten, “Since the ball is not stable, your body will automatically try to balance itself on it. The perfect spinal posture is coincidentally the easiest to balance with. Thus, your body will automatically try to align itself into the proper posture. This improves your spinal health and decreases neck and back pains.” And which is the right size ball? The reply is, “It is very important that you get the right size ball. Your thighs should slope downwards slightly rather than be at 90

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degrees. But the ball should not be so tall that you end up balancing on your wrists at the keyboard. When you start using a ball, begin with half hour or less and build up your time each day to see how you tolerate it.” And often you can take a few moments off from your PC and do a few ab crunches; when you lie on the ball, it won’t irritate your hips, like it does when doing so on a mat, and your hair won’t get messed up as it won’t touch the ground. And if you want the dual benefit of great abs and powerful toned arms, do push-ups on the ball – place the ball underneath your lower legs and roll the ball out to your feet and roll it back. Keep increasing the repetitions according to your comfort. And wow! What a great feeling at the end! Fitness experts lament that people get too caught up in working their biceps and the frontal body muscles. The ball offers a solution to muscle imbalance because it supports the lower back and other posterior muscles during training. To look and feel good, you need to train your buttocks, back and hamstrings. And perhaps concentrate a little less on those biceps. It is no secret that the more your move around, the better you feel. And sitting on an exercise ball where your body is constantly adjusting for balance, will make you feel much more energised after you finish work. And don’t forget, you are constantly burning those calories; all the numbers put together after hours of work, will amaze you to see how many you have burnt at the end of the day. So, come on! Get bouncing on these exercise balls as an exciting alternative to chairs and add that spark of fun and fitness to your life. No monotony, just fun!


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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 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 2-month 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.goacap.com or www.alternativephotography.com. E-mail altlab.residency@gmail.com. Call 09822087276 or 09730103604. 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, 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 at the Alliance Française, Panjim

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HOROSCOPE 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‘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. Visit www.artescape.in. Call 9881568756 or 9323590051. Portuguese language classes for basic and elementary levels is organised by the Centre for Portuguese Language and Culture (CPLC) of Chowgule College in collaboration with Instituto Camoes, Panjim. The course will begin on January 24, 2011 and will be conducted at the college premises. For enrolment, visit the Centre for Portuguese Language & Culture at Chowgule College or contact 9822389711 Colour Mixing: a 3-day workshop by Elena Fedosenko will be held at Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts from January 27 to January 29, 2011 from 4pm to 6pm. Last day for registration is January 25, 2011.

Your ideas are gaining a foothold in some very important 21 Mar - 19 Apr people's minds t o d a y. Yo u r affinity for children of all ages is peaking now, so make the most of it! Hang out with your own or your friends', play little games at work or just make your life into something big and fun.

Taurus Work hard to keep your eye on the ball today -- major distracwill 20 Apr - 20 May t i o n s abound. Righteous anger suits you well -but don't let it overstay its welcome! You may find it tempting to keep knocking heads after you've made your point, but it's better to quit while you're ahead.

There is no Gemini shame in asking for help when you need it to get your point 21 May - 20 Jun across. You are having the best time shaking things up in the workplace or with your friends, stirring up delightful trouble by questioning almost everything. It may lead to arguments, but that's not so bad.

Get your creative release working on or around your house. Redec22 Jun - 23 Jul orate or fix things. You should see what you can do about your wardrobe, gadget collection or whatever else has fallen behind the times. You may need to spend a bundle to really feel right, but it's worth it.

You have more insight than you realize. Use it to make the 24 Jul - 23 Aug right decisions today. You've got creative power to burn today. It's a really good time for you to dream up something new for you to do with your life, or to focus on smaller issues that you think need work.

Yo u ' l l s e e a glimpse of your future today -both its pleas23 Aug - 22 Sep u r e s a n d i t s challenges. You've got just one project too many today -- but can you really afford to let anything go? It's a good time for you to work long hours, drink extra coffee or find some other way to help you keep up.

Let go of the pressure you've put on yourself. It's 23 Sept - 22 Oct okay to give yourself a break. You need to deal with someone who's got leadership issues - at a time when you need to take charge. The good news is that your way with people is as good as ever, so you should be able to sway them.

Scorpio If something pushes your buttons today, just step back don't 23 Oct - 22 Nov a n d react -- yet. You're dealing with a power struggle somewhere - maybe at work, maybe at home. It's hard for you to take it too seriously, but you need to address it before it spins out of control.

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Capricorn J u s t k e e p coasting. You need to experience things for 22 Dec - 20 Jan a while and be passive. Sharing may be caring today, but it's also somewhat ensnaring if you're not careful. Try to sneak past friends or colleagues who look like they might be asking for handouts today.

Aquarius Go for closure today. Finish up your work, whether it's 21 Jan - 19 Feb c o m p l e t e l y ready or not. Your relationships with others are on the line today -- but not in a make-or-break kind of way. Instead, you need to decide how you want to approach them, as you can renegotiate almost anything.

If you see something wrong today, step up and take 20 Feb - 20 Mar charge. You know what to do. Listen to your own internal monitor today, and try your best not to stick your nose into other people's business. They are likely to take great offense, but only as a means of defending themselves from imagined slights.

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What does NOIDA stand for? Noida is an area making headlines almost everyday and the name of the place actually has a full form! This place is an area under the management of the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority which shortens its name to NOIDA. Noida came into administrative existence on April 17, 1976 and celebrates April 17 as Noida Day. Late Sanjay Gandhi, younger son of former Prime Minister of India, Late Indira Gandhi, had set this place up as part of an urbanisation thrust during the controversial Emergency period (1975-1977). The city was created under the UP Industrial Area Development Act. It has first-class amenities and is considered to be one of the more modern cities of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is also home to the Noida Film City.

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HERALD FEATURES he night’s chill is warmed by the melodious soul stirring music at the historical monument, the Chapel of Our lady of Mount, in Old Goa. The Mont Music Festival organised by the Fundação Oriente is back for the ninth year at the restored Chapel perched atop the Old Goa hill and a view of the sunset upon the Mandovi River. The three-day festival, a mélange of Indian and western music, promises to keep up to the expectations of the Goan people, with artistes coming from all over the country and the world. From the famed Paranjoti Choir of India to Belgian Hans Versmeersch, the festival is sure to send the spirits soaring. The festival will also host a dance performance by Raul and Mitali D’Souza who will present a Bhratnatyam-Odissi fusion, titled ‘Temple Bells’. Goan artistes from the Kala Academy Flute and sitar Ensemble and the Indian Vocal Recital by Sumedha Desai and a western classical presentation by the Koranatus String Ensemble have also joined in. The violinist Hans Versmeersch will be performing a repertoire that will include works of Rabindranath Tagore. The orgainsers have shown their enthusiasm in the performance of the 30-member Paranjoti Academy Chorus that will be conducted by Coomi Wadia, who have been the most sought after choral groups in the country. Another addition is an 80-year old vocalist, Tony Gatward from UK who will perform on the third day. The first day will also see the launch of the book ‘Goan Churches: a History of Church Architecture in Goa’ by Paulo Varela Gomes. “We hope to expand the festival, with bigger artists in the coming years,” said Eduardo Carvalho of the Fundação Oriente. The Monte Music Festival has the support of the Department of Archives and Archaeology – Government of Goa; Goa Tourism; Archdiocese of Goa; Travel Corporation of India, Academy of Culinary Education (ACE), Kala Academy and Furtado’s Music Store. The performances inside the Chapel will require passes, which can be collected from Fundação Oriente from January 24, 2011. To avoid traffic congestion, no parking is allowed at the venue. A complimentary shuttle service to the venue sponsored will be provided from Gandhi Circle, Old Goa.

Goa to groove with Iboga Experience HERALD FEATURES et ready to groove to some of the hottest tunes by DJ Emok and DJ Ace Ventura on January 20, 2011 at Shiva Palace in Morjim. With a combined experience of over ten years in the dance music scenario, Iboga Records in association with Gossip Entertainment are bringing together Emok and Ace Ventura for a one-of-a-kind event in Goa. Mikael Dahlgaard, founder of Iboga Records, started his DJ career playing sets full of electronic dance music. In 1997, he and DJ Banel from Copenhagen thought up the idea of a Scandinavian record label which resulted in the first Danish label; Iboga Records.

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PROGRAMME DETAILS: Day 1: Friday, February 4 at 6pm onwards at the Courtyard of the Chapel: Brief Inaugural Function Hindustani Vocal Recital by Sumedha Desai ‘Os Músicos do Tejo’ (A 5-member group from Portugal) at 7.30pm in the Chapel. Day 2 Saturday, February 5 at 6pm at the Courtyard ‘Temple Bells’ A Bharatnatyam-Odissi in tandem dance performance by Raul and Mitali D’Souza (Mumbai)

Indian-Western Violin Recital by Hans Versmeersch (Belgium) The 32-member Paranjoti Academy Chorus (Mumbai) conducted by Coomi Wadia at 8pm in the Chapel Day 3 Sunday, February 6 at 6pm at the Courtyard The Kala Academy Flute & Sitar Ensemble Following performances will be held in the Chapel The Koranatus String Quartet at 7pm Tony Gatward (UK) at 7:45pm The Bangalore School of Music Baroque Ensemble at 8pm

Antakshri makes its Mark in Goa

Teaming up with Emok to perform in Goa is Ace Ventura. Yoni Oshrat aka Ace Ventura is one of the newest additions to the Iboga roster and with a long involvement in the development of the electronic dance music scene, he is very promising for the future. 28-year old Israeli with a rich musical background, Yoni was born in a family full of musicians. His father is Israeli composer and song writer Kobi Oshrat of the Eurovision song ‘Halelujah’ fame. Yoni previously worked in the TV and film industry as a sound producer before he discovered his talent of electronic music in the early nineties.

Deepak Raicar - a winner from the audience

HERALD FEATURES his was a melodious evening for the melodious and the not so melodious singers to sing their hearts out for the Antakshari contest held by Karishma Group. The competition was held on January 15 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. The participating teams were divided into four teams named after the Mangeshkar sisters, Meena, Lata, Asha and Usha. The teams came from different parts of Goa like Sanquelim, Mapusa, Britona and Calangute. The competition was based on three rounds. The first round was a regular Antakshri round; the second round was the four words round where four words were given to the participants to sing a song based on them. The third round was the prelude round where the participants had to complete the song. The audience also participated in the competition when none of the teams could sing the song. What made it even interesting was to see how Goans also sing Hindi songs contradicting the fact that Goans love only Western music.

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HERALD FEATURES ith the skyrocketing prices of vegetables and fruits, it is high time, everyone starts growing their own organic garden. With the same view in mind, the International Centre Goa (ICG) and Green Essentials co-organised a workshop on ‘Organic Kitchen Gardening in City and Urban Spaces’. The workshop provided hands-on information and showed participants how to grow their favourite vegetables like tomatoes, capsicum, basil, spinach, radish, lettuce, fenugreek and chillies in pots and small garden spaces. The workshop was held on January 16 at ICG’s own organic vegetable garden. The participants were taught how to select varieties appropriate for their weather and soil. They were also enlightened about the different types of soil that are there, the various varieties of seeds available, how to germinate seeds and plant a nursery, the manner of carrying out pest management and soil management, how to make beds for growing on rocky soil as well as organic inputs and techniques.


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.I.D., the longest running investigative series on TV, is getting ready for its big screen avatar, complete with an item number and the masala that goes with a Bollywood film. Producer B P Singh promises a lot of action, drama, and says he will also spice up the movie version with an item number. “Our C.I.D. movie has been in the pipeline for the past three years. We have to innovate a lot on the technology and the storyline. The project is still in the writing and pre-production stage. But we plan to release it in 2012,” revealed Singh. The show, which first began on Sony TV in 1997, is about a team of detectives working for the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in Mumbai. “We are hoping to chalk out a very different investigative case for the film version. Plus we want a story where we can add some songs. We also want it to be commercially viable. So, apart from lots of action scenes, we would also try to put in an item number,” said Singh. He is more than glad that actor Dayanand Shetty, who plays the brawny senior inspector Daya, is currently learning how to dance in the reality show Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa 4. “We would love to have Daya do an item number in the film. We are looking forward to his victory in Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa,” he added.

pider-Man star James Franco has been honoured at a glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles for his tireless charity work. The actor has been a longtime supporter of The Art of Elysium, an organisation which helps celebrities visit sick children in hospital, ever since his Spider-Man co-star Kirsten Dunst introduced him to the cause. He regularly offers his services, along with other actors, including Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox and Eljiah Wood, and charity bosses praised his ongoing commitment at a gala in Los Angeles held during the weekend. “I wanted a place where I could give back. I didn’t know what I could give but I wanted to give back. I started volunteering at All Saints Hospital. Art of Elysium really saved my life. There’s nothing better than giving back,” he said.

Priyanka and Katrina join List of Hostile to Cordial

Kidman nicknames Daughter ‘Raccoon’

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riyanka Chopra is in the mood to be cordial with everyone around her. After Kareena it was Katrina’s turn to get a warm response from Piggy Chops. It all started last year with Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone patching it up on the couch of Koffee with Karan and stirring up a controversy with the digs at Ranbir Kapoor. Next it was Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor’s turn to kiss and make-up at the Umang and take the stage to dance. Rani Mukherji and Vidya Balan amidst the rumours of them sharing cold vibes while filming for No One Killed Jessica took the word ‘kiss and make-up’ to another level. At an award ceremony, Priyanka buried the hatchet with Katrina Kaif. The media was thriving with the buzz that these two ladies were ready to freeze each other out of their lives with their cold vibes, but at the award ceremony Priyanka wanted to perform earlier than Kat and Kat magnanimously obliged. The good gesture continued with Kat first wishing Piggy Chops good luck for her performance. Next it was Priyanka’s turn to wish Katrina all the best for her on-stage performance. Priyanka even flashed the ‘Keep Rocking’ sign to Katrina before the latter took on the stage. Since these two are slotted to act together on the upcoming film Dostona 2, it’s good that they are sorting things before they start filming.

ustralian actress Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have nicknamed their daughter Sunday Rose ‘the raccoon’. The Rabbit Hole actress and her country singer husband are amused by the inquisitive two-year-old Sunday Rose’s habit of stopping to investigate everything she sees. But the couple don’t think she will always be so curious about her surroundings. “Keith calls her the raccoon because she gets into everything, she will grow out of it, she’s only two and a half,” said the actress. Well the little raccoon will soon get company in all her antics once her little sister grows up a bit. That’s right! Nicole and Keith are now parents to a new baby girl, born to a surrogate. “Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret,” the couple said in a statement. “No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.” The statement said Faith Margaret Kidman Urban was born on December 28 in Nashville and is the couple’s biological daughter. A gestational carrier, or surrogate, is a woman who carries the baby to term for the biological parents.

Organic Milk more Nutritious than Ordinary Milk

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Action, Drama and Dance… C.I.D. heads for the Big Screen

James Franco honoured for Charity Work

ere’s an alternative for all those calorie-conscious people wanting to lose weight without cutting on milk from their diet. As per a recent study, organic milk contains ‘fewer harmful fats’ and is more nutritious than the traditional variety of milk. A novel UK study has proposed that lesser saturated fats are present in organic milk than ordinary milk. The present research was initiated by a group of investigators under the leadership of Dr Gillian Butler from the University of Newcastle. They found that the dairy farm milk had more fat content as compared to the traditional variety. Study leader Gillian Butler said, “The results suggest greater uniformity of feeding practice on farms supplying organic milk since there were no brands which differed consistently in fat composition. This implies a fairly uniform approach to feeding practised across these suppliers,” she said, adding that weather had no major effect on the health of organic milk. For the present study, the researchers compared

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samples of farm milk and organic milk and found that properties of the former changed according to the weather and had a higher fat content than the latter. They found that the nutritional content of organic milk was better than the ordinary milk and that switching over to organic milk was considered a beneficial option. “Organic dairying standards prescribe a reliance on forage, especially grazing, and, in the absence of nitrogen fertilizer, tend to encourage swards of red and white clover, which have been shown to alter the fatty acid intake an According to the researchers, organic milk is a better choice for all those looking to cut their intake of saturated milk by 30-50 per cent and still enjoy the benefits of milk.

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Today’s Projectors turn Living Rooms into Private Cinemas

oing to the movies no longer means leaving home. All you need these days is a projector and a blank space on your wall to turn a living room into a cinema. But despite the great picture quality, they remain a big investment, so don’t grab the first projector you see. It’s better to do some research and learn what you really need. “Manufacturer’s figures about contrast and brightness are usually exaggerated and only somewhat hold up to close scrutiny,” says Markus Bautsch, who tests digital optical devices for a German consumer products rating organisation. It’s key to check out the projector before settling on one. There are two basic technologies these days. “One is based on LCD technology, using liquid crystals,” explains Timo Wolters, editor with a German magazine about home cinemas. ‘The other is based on DLP technology, which uses about two million moveable micro mirrors.” Regardless of which you choose, each has its pros and cons. One weakness of the LCD projector used to be problems with its basic black screen. “It’s never been quite perfect, but it’s always

getting better,” says Wolters. “The so-called fly screen effect, where there was a kind of pattern in the picture, isn’t so bad any more either.” But there can be limitations to a DLP projector as well. “When there’s strong contrast in the image, sensitive eyes can see colours flicker,” says Bautsch. If one doesn’t look for it, one often doesn’t notice this rainbow effect. But people who do see it can be very annoyed by it. Another disturbance can be noise, a byproduct of the cooling system. “The smaller the housing, the louder the ventilator,” says Bautsch.

A Good Sex Life ‘helps you live Longer’

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new study has revealed that a great sex life will not only help you feel and look younger but it will also help you live longer. Dr Eric Braverman, an anti-ageing expert from the US, has written a new book, titled ‘Younger (Sexier) You’, in which he says that sex not only raises your hormone levels, thereby keeping you young, but can also boost your metabolism, brain function, heart health and immunity. Braverman points to a study by Queen’s University in Belfast that suggested having sex three or more times a week reduced the risk of heart attack or stroke in men by half. Orgasms are thought to fight infection – increasing the number of infection-fighting cells by up to 20 per cent. A recent study also found that greater sexual activity in older men might protect them against prostate cancer. According to the doctor, the best aphrodisiacs are asparagus,

bananas, cabbage, celery, figs, oysters and sea veggies. But it’s not just about the mechanics of sex. Healthy sexual function is also about how your brain reacts to the messages it is receiving from your body, he adds. When your brain is working at its peak, brain chemicals are produced and dispersed at the correct levels. A reduced sexual desire can apparently be the first sign there’s a problem with one of the four key brain chemicals – dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA and serotonin. Spices like basil, black pepper, cayenne, chilli peppers, cumin, fennel, flax seeds, garlic, ginger, mustard seed, rosemary, sesame seeds, tarragon and turmeric can also boost dopamine levels. Spices good for boosting acetylcholine include allspice, basil, cumin, peppermint, sage, thyme and turmeric. Courtesy: Agencies

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JAN 19,2011