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IN BRIEF Two killed in CRPF fire Two youths were killed and three injured when CRPF opened fire on demonstrators, protesting the killing of a suspected militant in an encounter, in Sopore town of north Kashmir this evening, police said. The victims were identified as 15-year-old Shakeel Ahmad Ganai and Firdous Ahmad. Police said the trouble started when locals took out a procession and pelted stones on CRPF vehicles who were returning after a day-long gunbattle with militants at Bagh-i-islam Krankshivan locality, 55 kms from here, in which two suspected militants were killed. The locals claimed one of the two persons killed in the encounter was a civilian. — (PTI)

Pak blocks 17 websites The Pakistan government today directed authorities to totally block 17 lesser known websites with blasphemous and anti-Islamic content, even as it asked for monitoring seven other major portals, including Google, Yahoo, Amazon and Youtube for sacrilegious materials. The instructions were issued to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority after an interministerial committee met to evaluate websites having antiIslamic content. — (PTI)

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Chidambaram broaches Saeed issue with Malik PTI ISLAMABAD, JUNE 25

Home Minister P Chidambaram tonight met his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik and is believed to have pressed for urgent action against Jamaat- ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and 26/11 handlers, including those who are believed to be in the Pakistani army. Chidambaram, the first Indian home minister to visit Pakistan in three decades, met Malik at the Interior Ministry here, where he was accorded a red carpet welcome and given a ceremonial guard of honour. In a special gesture, Malik went to the Chaklala air base in Rawalpindi and personally received Chidambaram, who arrived to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Home Ministers’ Conference tomorrow. On their way to the VIP lounge, both Chidambaram and Malik were seen talking to each other and posed for photographs. The meeting went on for almost two hours, well beyond the scheduled time of 45 minutes and Malik said his talks with Chidambaram were “inconclusive” and will meet again over dinner. Chidambaram and Malik held

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik walks with Indian counterpart Palaniappan Chidambaram after his arrival in Islamabad.

one-on-one talks for over one hour after which the delegations joined them. “It is a very good moment and good beginning. It was a good discussion and it sends out a good message to the people of both Pakistan and India,”

‘Goa still safest destination’ HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 25

The Tourism Department has refuted claims that Goa is an unsafe tourist destination saying the fact that the State is still the safest destination is reflected through the 45 per cent foreign repeat clientele it enjoys. “Goa is absolutely safe destination. We receive 45 per cent foreign repeat clientele. If the State was not safe then people would not have come down every year,” Tourism Director Swapnil Naik said here today. “It’s a contradiction that we have such a huge chunk of repeat clientele and survey says that the State is unsafe,” the director said. Tripadvisor India, a travel website, in their survey had tagged Goa as the second most unsafe destination. The survey had pointed out to the assault of foreigners reported in this coastal State. “I tried to find out details of the survey but I could not get it on their website. I need to cross

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People want to invest in Goa: Kamat HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 25

check its authenticity,” Naik said. The tourism director said that the same website some days back had listed Goa as topmost preferred family destination. “If the State is unsafe than it cannot be topmost preferred family destination,” Naik said. He said that when we talk of state being unsafe, it refers to four cases involving foreign women. “All the accused in these four cases have been arrested and prosecuted. The cases are also prosecuted on a fast track basis,” the director said. Goa had hit headlines after British teenager Scarlet Eden Keeling was found dead on the Anjuna shore in 2008.

Chief Minister Digamabar Kamat today claimed that despite protests and agitations against special economic zones (SEZs) and other industrial projects, people want to invest in the State of Goa. “In spite of setback, in form of protests against industries and SEZs, Goa still remains most favoured destination for investment,” Kamat said while addressing the gathering at the Goa State Industries Association (GSIA) annual general body meeting, here. Kamat added, “People want to come here but we cannot give them a red carpet welcome like the other States do.” “Whenever any industrialist tells me of his plans for investment in Goa, I tell them to be cautious as I cannot welcome them directly,” Kamat said referring to the protests which led to government scrapping SEZs in the State. On the complaints that the

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Mickky may move SC in Nadia case PTI PANJIM, JUNE 25

Goa’s former Tourism Minister Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco is unlikely to surrender before the Crime Branch till he tries the option of approaching the Supreme Court, sources said. Sources close to Pacheco said that the former minister and his close aide Lyndon Monteiro are likely to move the Supreme Court with the anticipatory bail plea, the last option available to them. Goa’s Sessions Court and Pa n j i m b e n c h o f B o m b a y High Court have already rejected anticipatory bail plea of duo, who are wanted by Crime Branch in connection with a death of 28-year-old woman Nadia Torrado. The possibility of Pacheco and Monteiro surrendering to the Crime Branch was expressed since last couple of days after their anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the High Court on merits. Crime Branch which is investigating the case has accused Pacheco of culpable homicide while Monteiro is accused of destroying the evidence. Nadia had allegedly consumed poison on May 15 and she was shifted to private hospitals in Goa, Mumbai and later at Chennai where she breathed her last.

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Govt decontrols petro product prices PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 25

In a politically sensitive move, the government today hiked prices of petrol by Rs 3.50 a litre and diesel by Rs 2 a litre, raised cooking gas prices by Rs 35 a cylinder and the poor man’s cooking fuel kerosene by Rs 3 a litre. Petrol prices will be decontrolled from midnight tonight leading to Rs 3.50 a litre hike in rates in Delhi and diesel rates will be linked to market prices in stages, Oil Secretary S Sundareshan said after a meeting of an Empowered Group of Ministers chaired by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. “For the present, an increase of Rs 2 per litre in diesel prices has been approved,” he said. Prior to the hike, petrol in Delhi cost Rs 47.93 a litre and diesel Rs 38.10 per litre. The government is decontrolling petrol prices after a gap of six years and together with increase in diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and kerosene rates, the move would lead to a 0.9 percentage points surge in inflation. Opposition parties launched a scathing attack on the government for the unpopular decision, saying it would hit hard

The government is mulling over a new law to ensure 26 per cent free equity to the landowners, mostly tribals, and employment and other assistance in accordance with the rehabilitation and resettlement policy of the state Government by mining companies. The bill now pending with a Group of Ministers headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for introduction in the winter session of parliament also has stringent provisions against illegal mining. It provides for deployment of the National Investigating Agency (NIA), formed after 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai to look after offences affecting national security, to probe the mining firms paying levy to the

Maoists to allow them carry out operations under their protection. While the “partnership plan” conceptualised at the Prime Minister Office (PMO) level to wean away tribals from the Maoists tapping the tribal anger over inadequate compensation for land acquired by the mining firms, the mining lobby was not agreeable to giving a share to the landowners while suggesting during eight rounds of consultations with the stakeholders that at the most they can pay annuity which means an annual rent to them. Sources said the opposition to the 26 per cent equity came from the powerful mining lobby in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Complaint by anybody: One of the major change proposed in the bill is to enable an ordi-

nary citizen to file a police complaint against illegal mining. At present, only a State government can file such complaints. The law would help avoid situations like the one in Karnataka, where Justice N. Santhosh Hegde on Thursday resigned as the State Lokayukta in protest against the government’s alleged apathy to illegal mining.

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Petrol price up by Rs 3.50 a litre. Diesel price higher by Rs 2 a litre. Kerosene to cost Rs 3 more. Govt decontrolling petrol prices after gap of six years. Move would lead to a 0.9 p.c. points surge in inflation.

the masses already reeling under soaring prices. Sources said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar told the EGoM that the decisions should not be rolled back. However, some allies, including Trinamool leader and Union Cabinet Minister Mamata Banerjee, who stayed away from the EGoM meeting, demanded a roll-back of the hike that would lead to an inflation spiral. “The important thing is that the government will continue to subsidise common man’s cooking fuels - LPG and kerosene,” Petroleum Minister

Murli Deora said while emphatically stating that none of the members present at the EGoM gave a dissenting note. Sources said Dravida Munetra Kazagham leader M K Alagiri, whose party voiced opposition to the move after the decision, had brought a paper outlining his party’s reservations on the move but did not circulate it. “I know Banerjee is in town but I don’t know why he did not attending the meeting,” Deora said. “All others were very cooperative. and Fertilizer Minister M K Alagiri and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar were in agreement with these decisions.”

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Illegalities in HSRP tenders to be probed

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 25

The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) will file a disqualification petition against Taleigao member of the legislative assembly (MLA) and Education Minister Babush Monserrate who rejoined the Congress party two days ago. Leader of the opposition Manohar Parrikar at a press conference held at assembly complex on Friday evening , said the BJP’s legislative wing of the party in its meeting held today has taken the decision. In 2007 assembly elections, Monserrate was declared Congress candidate to contest the Taleigao seat. However he dumped the Congress party at last minute when his wife Jennifer Monserrate was denied the Congress ticket to contest in St, Cruz constituency. Interestingly, Monserrate filed nomination papers to contest Taleigao seat as a United Goans Democratic Party (UGDP) candidate within a few hours

after he resigned from the Congress party. Two days ago, the BJP was reluctant about filing disqualification petition against Monserrate . Party spokesperson Rajendra Arlekar, on being grilled at a press conference on Wednesday here, had questioned the utility of filing disqualification petition against the Taleigao MLA and had said it will not make any difference. However, Parrikar today said the party has taken the decision to go ahead with disqualification petition but it would be subject to receipt of relevant documents from UGDP. Monserrate was expelled from UGDP

Govt mulls 26% equity for mine landowners HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, JUNE 25

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Though forests and mining are a State subject under division of work in the Constitution, the bill would allow the Centre to intervene, particularly to put an end to illegal mining. Last year, the Centre had detected 41,824 cases of illegal mining. Sources said there have been 5,016 court cases and fines amounting to Rs 72 crore have

been collected so far, while operations in 483 mines have been suspended and 38 cancelled. Following rampant violations, 948 were closed on court orders in Haryana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The proposed legislation will enable the government to scrap leases of companies engaged in illegal operations, like or allegedly paying Maoists or other insurgents for hassle-free operations. Officials say these “levies” are believed to be a major source of funds for the insurgents. Under the draft bill, companies found guilty of paying Maoists or engaging in illegal mining could also be barred from carrying out future mining operations. It provides for constitution of 50 special courts to try cases of illegal mining.

when he supported Congressled government much against the wishes of the party. Parrikar said he will write to the UGDP chief requesting for documents necessary to file the disqualification petition to make a case of defection against the Taleigao MLA. No confidence motion: Opposition leader Manohar Parrikar has announced that BJP would move a no-confidence motion against Speaker Pratapsing Rane for his alleged “partisan behaviour.” Earlier a no confidence motion moved by the BJP was dismissed by the speaker on technical grounds. Making allegations that the Speaker has been acting in “partisan manner “he said the BJP strongly denounced his “this attitude.” He further said none of the disqualification petitions filed before the speaker has been decided even as they have been pending for over three years now. (Continued on page 10)

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The State government today decided to accept recommendat i o n s o f t h e h i g h p ro f i l e committee to probe the illegalities in the tendering process of the high security number plates (HSRPs). Chief Minister Digamabar Kamat addressing a press conference said that the cabinet (Continued on page 10)

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NTCA to track Goa’s tiger killing case online SHWETA KAMAT PANJIM, JUNE 25

National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will track Goa’s tiger killing case along with several other similar cases reported across the nation online. A report emerging from New Delhi has said that NTCA along TRAFFIC-India, an NGO engaged in wildlife trade monitoring, has taken this initiative as a measure to save the wild beast from being extinct. Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has recently launched the websitewww.tigernet.nic.in, which will be tracking tigers, their mortality rate and trend of poaching across the country. “The principal objective is to track each and every tiger death in India and make this data available to various agencies for necessary action,” the report reads. The report also says that the data collected by the website will help in evaluating trends of poaching, regional and national significance of tiger mortality and provide pointers for effec-

More routes may be nationalised HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 25

Even as private bus operators today asked government to take over their trade, the state transport ministry is already thinking on lines with nationalizing more routes in the state. Highly placed sources from transport ministry confirmed that a proposal by Transport Secretary Narendra Kumar over nationalization of more routes have been forwarded to the minister Ramkrishna Dhavlikar. “Kumar in his proposal has asked to go for more nationalized routes to decrease dependency on private operators, who often threatened of strike,” sources said. The secretary has also said that once nationalized, routes can be managed in a better way. Goa has three nationalized routes connecting cities of Panjim, Vasco and Margao, where private buses are restrained from operating and is catered by KTC. In a recent memorandum to transport minister, the private bus operators, who have also objected to the nationalisation of more routes, have asked to issue permits par with Kadamba on all the three nationalised routes as KTCL has failed in providing proper service to the commuters.

tive moves to be undertaken on the ground to mitigate the problem. “It is anticipated that the new website will simplify the whole Tiger mortality reporting system and allow a more accurate and transparent picture to be generated of poaching and other threats facing India’s tiger population,” it adds. It is been said that through this website, the chief wildlife warden and other forest officials will be in better position to view and detect the significant tiger related crimes in their locality. The website also hopes to involve the public in reporting wildlife crimes by providing a place where citizens can send in their own reports Goa has witnessed a tiger

killing in February 2009, where five Majik community people allegedly put tiger to death and was later burnt to destroy the evidence. It almost took a year for the state forest department to get through the culprits and finally in April 2010 all the five accused were arrested and charge sheeted by the department. However, the case is yet to come-up for hearing before the local court at Valpoi. Though, Goa has witnessed several direct and indirect evidences of tiger presence, the state forest department and government is reluctant to declare Goa as Tiger habitat. The recent animal census conducted in the state’s wild has also proved presence of tiger in various sanctuaries of Goa. According to official statistics, as many as 59 tiger deaths were reported from across the country in 2009 till December, which also includes tiger death in Goa. Of the 59, 15 were poached while the remaining 44 died due to illness and other causes.

3 held for sugar theft HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, JUNE 25

Ponda police late Thursday night arrested three persons from Gogol-Margao in connection with the theft of raw sugar worth Rs 6 lakh from a truck along the Borim bypass on May 30. According to Ponda police, the three accused Zabir Khan, Abdul Karim and Asif Sheikh were arrested from Dramapur-Salcette. Police further informed that three more accused are likely to be arrested in connection with the case. It may be recalled that a gang of robbers abducted a truck driver and a cleaner and decamped with raw sugar worth Rs 6 lakh from the truck on May 30 night. The truck laden with raw sugar was found abandoned at Dharbandora after emptying the raw sugar bags. On May 31, the truck owner had filed a complaint after he was alerted by the abducted driver and cleaner. However within six hours, Ponda police located the truck and unearthed stolen raw sugar. Later, police arrested Muzzaffar, Ibrahim Mullah and Salim Nabi Khan, all from Margao.

Law enforcers avail loopholes to acquit drug traffickers: CSJP HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, JUNE 25

The Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) has stated that the State has sunk into such a shameful situation that those entrusted with the enforcement of the law have blatantly availed of loopholes to acquit drug traffickers. In its hard-hitting message to mark ‘International Anti-drugs Day’ on June 26, the CSJP has also claimed that people in the State have “lost confidence in all arms of the authority and are led to believe that there definitely exists a nexus between the politicians, police and all rungs of traffickers.” “The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in 1987 that June 26 be marked as the International Day against Drug abuse and illicit trafficking. However, over the years organized international illicit trade in cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens, opiates, amphetaminetype of stimulants has increased

Take over our business if we are in profit: Bus operators to govt

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 25

State’s private bus operators have asked the state government to take over their business, if they feel that private bus plying is a profitable business. The bus operators came out with the said resolution after the transport department in their report to the state government mentioned that 80 percent private buses are in profit and hence there is no need of ticket hike. “If they feel that we are in profit then we appeal the state government to take over our entire business along with liabilities like loan and employed manpower and run it, which will help them to earn the revenue,” North Goa Bus Owners Association, president Sudesh Calangutkar said. “Not just 80 percent but make the business 100 percent profitable,” he added. Calangutkar also said that once taken over, the government can also run these buses on nationalised routes so that they can get assured earnings. The private bus operators had been demanding for the permit to run their buses on nation-

alised routes as Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) is been running under loss in these routes. Calangutkar said that as per the information sought under RTI, only 70 Kadamba buses are running on these routes as against 130 private buses before nationalisation. Apparently disturbed over Transport Minister Ramakrishna D h a v a l i ka r ’ s b e h a v i o u r, Calangutkar said ‘minister has no knowledge of ground realities.’ “Dhavalikar should be sacked from ministerial post for being insensitive towards us,” he demanded. He said that minister is not taking the private bus owners into confidence while taking any decisions. The private bus operators have said that the state government should conduct detailed report on their financial situation. Calangutkar said that in-order to keep check on our day-to-day earnings and spending, the government can provide us with special conductors on each route, who will keep detail report of our revenues. He even said that they are ready to provide all the basic documents, which will include their bank balance sheet, loans

and other liabilities to the government. “We are not able to eke out our living with this business. Rising prices of spare part coupled with additional permits given by transport department is making our lives hell,” Calangutkar said. “Dhavalikar, in his tenure has given illegal permits to more then 50 buses,” he alleged. All Goa Private Bus Owners Association (AGPBOA) President Shivdas Kambli said that government is spreading misconception that private buses are in profit in order to avoid giving subsidies to this ailing business. Kambli said that state-run Kadamba Transport Corporation is fed with subsidies to get it out of loses. “Despite having dedicated routes, Kadamba are running in loses. How can they expect private buses that are competing with each other to earn profits?” he questioned. Goa has 1700 private buses catering to various routes. The private bus operators have scheduled a meeting of all private bus owners on June 27 at T B Cunha Hall, in-order to take further decision on hike in ticket fares.

business largely dependant on migrants

Goa government may salvage the second installment of Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited’s (KTCL) 20 buses, which are lying idle at private depots due to the non payments of funds. It may be recall that KTCL had obtained 20 Kadamba buses under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, this year. As per report, Rs 3.8 crore is awaited to commission these buses. “If the corporation demands then we can release the funds worth Rs 3.8 crore as installments to those 20 buses,” senior transport ministry official said. He said that the funds under JNNURM were assured on a condition that the beneficiaries will execute certain reforms like having parking and advisory policy for the state, which Goa could not adhere due to its non metropolitan status.

Alike fishing industry, Goa’s private bus business too is largely dependent on non-Goans to mend with their skilled requirements. “In absence of local skilled manpower’s like drivers and ticket conductors, the business is largely dependent on migrants,” AGPBOA general secretary Sudip Tamankar said. He confirmed that more then 40 percent of workers are migrants, who come from states like Bihar and Tamil Nadu. “Almost 60 percent conductors and 40 percent drivers are from outside Goa,” he told reporters today morning. Tamankar lamented that most of their workers (conductors and drivers) after taking proper training from them prefer to join KTC due to availability of various benefits. “In KTC they enjoy the benefit of pension, sixth pay commission and a very good salary,” he said. The other reason, he said that there is no good work relation between conductors and drivers and the bus owners.

“The failure to execute these reforms forced Centre not to release funds,” he said. KTCL chairman Deepak Dhavlikar had earlier said that he will take up the issue with the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and Transport Minister Ramkrishna Dhavlikar and will request them to release funds. “In future when we receive the funds from the Centre, the same will be diverted to the state government,” he had said. Under JNNURM, the KTCL had rejuvenated its fleet with the induction of 30 buses, which started running the state routes last year. These new 20 buses are low floor buses with additional 10 seats (31-seater) and will provide shuttle services to the travellers. The low floor buses will facilitate the aged people and partially disabled to board them without any hassles. These buses will have special seating arrangements for students.

Vat Poornima celebrated at Ponda HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, JUNE 25

Hundreds of women across Ponda taluka on Friday celebrated Vat Poornima praying a long life for their husbands. The festival, Vat Poornma, is celebrated annually on the full moon day of the Hindu month Jyestha. Vat means banyan tree in Marathi language and Poornima means a full moon. On this day, Hindu married women worship the banyan tree, where a priest performs special pooja. On this day, women also observe fast. The women then

have lost their confidence in all arms of the authority and are led to believe that there definitely exists a nexus between the politicians, police and all rungs of traffickers,” the CSJP said. “Besides, the irrational race to ‘have more’ rather than ‘be more’ has created c hall enges in homes and among families. Parents are not fully available to their adolescents and children to give due psychological and emotional stability which is crucial to sustain family life.” “In Goa, bars and taverns are focal points of relaxation where soft-drinks laced with narcotic substances and hard liquor flow freely and other psychotropic substances are easily available. This behaviour gnaws into the fabric of family life.” The CSJP has stated that families, educational and other institutions, social organisations and volunteer groups must

make concerted efforts to inspire people, especially the young, to put their holistic health above all else, saying a decisive ‘NO’ to narcotic drugs, other substances and abuse of alcohol. Other measures suggested by the CSJP include prevention of vulnerable individuals from falling into such traps, organizing collective vigilance against drug trafficking in any form in the State and the demand of strict enforcement of law by all authorities. The CSJP has also strongly recommended counseling therapy for all, detoxification, healing and rehabilitation of the individual, and a consistent support system over a long period of time. “On this International Antidrug Day, let us make a firm commitment to holistic health and total elimination of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and addiction to alcohol,” state the CSJP.

GXE alleges mud filling near Salaulim irrigation canal

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Govt may sanction funds for release of 20 KTC buses HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 25

manifold, taking into its snares and using all types of people at all levels, the most vulnerable being young people and even innocent children used for peddling,” stated the CSJP press note. Commenting on the situation in the State, the CSJP stated that many citizens, NGO’s and those responsible to control the illicit trade admit that the trade in different types of narcotic drugs has spread its tentacles far and wide into the depths of Goa, even into the portals of the law enforcing authorities and educational institutions. “Traffickers and users have been caught and the process of law to punish them has been initiated, in many cases.” “However, Goa has sunk into such a shameful situation that those entrusted with the duty of upholding justice by enforcing the law, blatantly avail of loopholes to acquit the accused. Hence, today Citizens at large

move around the banyan tree, unwinding a spool of white thread in their hands, as the priest chants mantras. “This is my first pooja. I am doing it for my husband’s longevity. We are following our tradition and this will bring happiness to my family,” said newly wed Siddhi Kundaikar. Says Laxmibai Kurtarkar: “This tradition also has a scientific reason. On this day, we observe fast and it is good for our health. The banyan trees also produce oxygen and performing poojas is to show our respect to the tree.”

Prime agricultural land adjacent to Salaulim irrigation project filled with mud. Photo by John Fernandes HERALD CORRESPONDENT QUEPEM, JUNE 25

The Goenchea Xetkaranch Ekvott (GXE) has filed a complaint before the Flying Squad, South Goa, alleging filling of low-lying paddy field with mud adjacent to Salaulim irrigation canal, opposite Quepem civil court. In a complaint dated June 1, filed before the Flying Squad, the GXE stated that after verifying fertile command area of the paddy field, adjacent to Salaulim irrigation canal, it is found that the field is filled with mud by a depth of about 2 mtrs. The GXE claimed that on both the sides of the paddy field, which is filled with mud, the Selaulim irrigation canal passes. Speaking to reporters, GXE President Dilip Hegde said if

One held for theft at Maina HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 25

prime agricultural land with irrigation facilities is allowed to be converted, then in the future there will be hardly any land for cultivation. “If the land is not cultivated, then what we are going to eat? A nullah passes by the side of the paddy field and if the filling is not removed and land not restored to its original position, then the nullah may be blocked in the years to come, which will destroy adjacent paddy fields due to water logging,” he said. “Though official compliant has been lodged before the Flying Squad about a month back, no sincere efforts are being made by the authority to revert back the land to its original position. Are the authorities serious on protecting agricultural land,” asked Hegde. When contacted, Flying

Squad member Francis Rodrigues said upon receipt of the complaint, their team visited the site, took the photographs and issued show cause notice to the concerned owner to immediately stop the work. “The Flying Squad has forwarded the show cause notice to the Town and Country Planning department Quepem for further action,” added Ro drigues. When contacted, TCP officials informed that the survey number in which filling is done is totally illegal. They further informed that their office has filed a complaint with Quepem police against the owner from Borimol-Sirvoi, Quepem. However when contacted, Quepem Police informed that they are yet to register FIR against the owner.

Speed breakers blamed for mishaps at Sattari

The Maina Curtorim police has arrested a suspect in connection with the theft of gold ornaments and other times worth Rs 1.40 lakh from a house at Maina. The complainant had stated that the gold ornaments consisting of bangles, chain, earrings, a bracelet, besides other items went missing from the house. The police are investigating the case.

Matka den raided, 5 held HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 25

The Margao police on Friday carried out a raid on matka den in a closed place inside the Gandhi market and arrested five persons. The police also seized cash of Rs 27,235, besides gambling material, from the den during the raid. The raid was conducted following directions from the Sub-divisional Police officer, Margao DySP Umesh Gaonkar. The arrested accused were later released on bail of Rs 5000 each.

Two-wheeler riders cross the speed breaker cautiously to avoid risk. Photo by Ashraf Khan HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, JUNE 25

Speed breakers erected in form of rumblers on the Valpoi-Panjim highway, opposite ACGL (bus body division) at Bhuipal-Sattari, have been posing danger to the motorists. Some motorists claim that speed breakers are not designed properly, which have led to a number of mishaps at the site. “Scooter and motorcycle riders struggle to cross these rumblers. The road does not even have streetlights and only those who frequently use the roads will know where the speed breakers are, otherwise we regularly hear the sound of motorists applying brake vigorously,” said another resident. Motorists and residents have urged

the concerned authority to verify the speed breaker and monitor the situation of motorists struggling to cross over these rumblers for necessary action in the interest of general public.

Labourer found dead HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 25

In a tragic incident, a daily wage labourer met a watery grave after he accidentally fell into a storm water drain at Goulliwaddo-Fatorda last night. The police said the labourer Somshekar Durgappa (34), who was working at the stadium as a daily wage worker at the stadium reportedly landed in the gutter and died.


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Parrikar blasts DGP over moves to interrogate Lucky in Sweden HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 25

The Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar on Friday lashed out at Director General of Police (DGP) Bhim Sain Bassi over his reported statement to press that police will send a team to Sweden to interrogate Israeli drug dealer Yaniv Benhaim alias Atala’s ex-girlfriend, Lucky Farmhouse. Reacting to the DGP’s statement at a press conference held at the Assembly Complex today evening, Parrikar, said it is “pathetic” and “absolutely sorry state of affairs” that police could not track Lucky Farmhouse when she was in Mumbai , recently, but now they want to go to Sweden to interrogate her about her revelations pertaining to the involvement of a politician’s son in the drug trade. Lucky Farmhouse in a telephonic interview to some media persons had claimed that one of the politicians son was also involved in the drug trade. The Crime Branch investigating the police-drug dealers nexus however did not make any serious efforts in tracking her when she was down in Mumbai even as she declared to co-operate if Goa police contacted her. Parrikar charged that like politicians even police now wants to go on foreign tours as he rediculed the police department for not interrogating Farmhouse when she was in India. Parrikar also once again alleged that crime branch has tried to sabotage the case of policedrug dealers nexus and more police men are involved , and they need to be interrogated. In fact, right from the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to people bottom down are involved in all kinds of criminal activities, he alleged.

BJP to contest Valpoi in full vigour

The BJP will contest Valpoi seat which has fallen vacant after Vishwajit Rane resigned on Thursday to join the Congress Party. The Leader of the Opposition Manohar while addressing a press conference on Friday evening said party will contest Valpoi seat in full vigour, which it lost to Rane in 2007 elections. While replying to a question who will be their candidate, Parrikar, said party will decide the candidate at a later date. He also declared party’s intention to expose Rane’s alleged misuse of power and his ineffective handling of his portfolios -- agriculture and health. They will go to Valpoi voters and request them to vote for a better MLA. Interestingly, during last three years BJP has been virtually silent against Rane. While some Congress ministers faced “ire” of the Opposition Leader on the floor of the House and they were exposed for their “wrong doings”, the health minister had a smooth sailing. Rane contested the Valpoi seat as an independent candidate after it became clear that Congress Party will not give him the ticket. He won the seat with a huge margin defeating BJP’s Narhari Halarnkar. Rane, the first time MLA however lapped at the first opportunity to support the Congress -led government and also earned a ministerial berth in the government.

Polluting Colva hotels told to submit plan of action

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The Goa State Pollution Control Board has given the several hotels in Colva, who were slapped with show-cause notices for violating Hazardous Waste Rules and Air and Water Act, time until this month-end to submit a plan of action to meet the measures set by the Board. Representatives of the hotels, Colva Civic and Consumer Forum (the complainant) and the village panchayat officials attended a hearing on July 22 where the GSPCB officials made it clear the plan of action has to be ready within seven days. It was made clear to the hotels, some of which have not set up sewerage treatment plants as per the Board’s recommendations, to submit a bank guarantee of Rs 1 lakh for installing the necessary equipment to take care of the sewage water. Chairman of the Board Simon de Souza said, “Within seven days if the hotels don’t take the necessary steps to set up the STPs we will have no choice but

to move for closure of the establishments that don’t show compliance.” Officials who carried out inspections after the show-cause notice period ended on June 5 said the situation is not all that good in the area where sewage water was left untreated. There is some compliance but it is very minimal, they observed. They said some of the hotels have a difficulty to set up the STPs as they don’t have enough space. These have to give us alternative solutions in the plan of action, they stated. Thirteen of the hotels were slapped with notices for flouting the Air and Water Acts on May 20 and six among these were also found to be operating in contravention of the Hazardous Waste Rules. Directions were issued to the Colva village panchayat and the Directorate of Health Services to ensure that eateries, restaurants and shacks in the Colva area where the Board couldn’t do much discharged their solid waste and sewerage in a scientific manner.

CRUISE CONTROL: Meanwhile, some of the cruise boats which were found discharging wash water and sewage water in the river Mandovi in the capital city have been directed to install holding tanks on their vessels. These boats were also slapped with show-cause notices sometime in May. A hearing of cruise boat representatives and officials of the Captain of Ports was held on June 18 where the former asked time to install the holding tanks for collection of toilet waste. The CoP officials who were present also made it clear that they would see if the holding tanks are installed by the cruise boats before giving the sea worthiness certificates to the vessels which is an annual feature. The Board asked the cruise boat representatives to submit a bank guarantee of Rs 1 lakh each installation of the holding tanks. They have agreed to install the tanks in a phased manner by October this year.

Cabinet okays adult literacy scheme HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 25

The Digambar Kamat cabinet today gave its nod for the revival of adult literacy scheme aiming to achieve 100 per cent literacy in the state. Disclosing this at the post cabinet press briefing Chief Minister Digamber Kamat told reporters that Directorate of Education will come out with the proper scheme providing literacy and vocational education to the adults. “For long the state’s literacy rate has been hovering around 80 to 82 per cent. We feel we can achieve 100 per cent literacy in the state,” Kamat stated. The scheme earlier existed in the form of night schools, however it had to be stopped due

to poor response. “This time the state has made a provision of Rs 1.78 crore so that honorarium can be paid for the teachers, who take up this job,” he said adding “the classes under the scheme would be taken up in rented houses, panchyat ghars etc, for which they would also be paid honorarium.” Kamat said Goa’s current literacy rate is around 82 to 84 per cent. The state rates fourth in all India literacy rate with Kerala leading the chart. “The scheme can be implemented through various agencies and also through non government agencies. Department will rope in NGOs who are working in this field of education,” he explained adding even retired teachers can also benefit from the scheme by taking up

literacy classes. SANJAY SCHOOL: The State cabinet has given its stamp of approval for the transfer of Sanjay School or Special School as an autonomous society. “The School will now function on the lines of Bal Bhavan under the Directorate o Ecducation,” Kamat stated. TRAFFIC PLAN: The State government has approved a proposal to engage the Delhi based institute Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) for drawing up a short and long term traffic plan for the state of Goa. “The CRRI would be paid Rs 60 lakhs for their services,” he said. Kamat said that the institute has done the initial survey of traffic situation and would submit a short term plan within six months and long term plans within a year.

Benaulim dy sarpanch, another acquitted of organising bull fight HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 25

Benaulim Deputy Sarpanch Stanley Fernandes and one Laurence Fernandes have been acquitted by Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao of the charges of subjecting bulls to cruelty by organising a bull fight at Pedda-Benaulim two years ago. The Colva police had charged both Stanley and Laurence for organizing a fight at Pedda-Benaulim on July 30, 2008 between bulls “Lenvtoo” and “Ronaldo” owned by the duo for the entertainment of the general public. They were charged for committing an offense under section 11 (2) of the Prevention of Cruelty Act, 1960. The case of the prosecution was based on the testimony of PSI Anand Shirodkar, who stated that a bull fight was on at the spot watched by a large crowd. PSI Shirodkar stated that his inquiry later revealed that the bull fight was organised by both the accused. The JMFC, Pooja C Kavlekar, however, observed that no independent witnesses were examined by the prosecution in support of its case. “When cross examined, PSI Shirodkar has stated that he is not aware as to who are the persons who were questioned on the aspect

Vigilance begins probe against govt official HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 25

Vigilance Department has initiated inquiry into the complaint against Deputy Director of Transport Pralhad Desai filed by a private bus operator. “The inquiry started soon after the complaint was registered. Now the process of recording statements of RTO officials is on,” Police Inspector, vigilance, Nilesh Rane told Herald. He confirmed that on June 23, member secretary of Road Transport Authority (RTA) was called for recording statement. “If Desai is found guilty then the action will be taken as per the law,” Rane said. It may be recall that on June 7, 2010, bus operator Sudip Tamankar and his wife Shraddha Tamankar had registered a complaint with the directorate of vigilance against Desai for seeking bribe of Rs 80,000 for the renewal of stage carriage permit on Chimbel to Panaji route. “Desai stated that the said amount is required to be given to transport Minister Ramkrishna Dhawaliar for the renewal of the permit. He further stated that the permit is stopped due to non fulfillment of the demand of minister,” the complaint by Tamankar reads.

Mangalsutra snatched CALANGUTE (HC)

An unknown person snatched a mangalsutra worth Rs 1.20 lakh at Calangute on Friday morning. According to Calangute police, the incident occurred at about 7.55 am near Calangute Association when Babita Parulekar (33) of Ummta VaddoCalangute had gone to drop her child to the school bus.

of organizing the bull fight. He did not conduct any inquiry and it was the PI who conducted the inquiry. The cross examination of PI Edwin Colaco completely reveals that there ‘s absolutely no substance in the prosecution case and the accused are entitled for a clean acquittal”, Judge Kavlekar added. Saying that the case is devoid of any substance and is liable to be dismissed, Judge Kavlekar acquitted both Stanley and Laurence of the offence punishable under section 11 (2) (m)(n) of the Prevention

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Russian’s rape accused not juvenile: prosecution beach along with other employees of his company. Anil Raghuvanshi, the second accused who turned approver, prosecution claimed had helped accused by diverting attention of the victim’s mother while she waited for her daughter at the beach. Both the accused were arrested two days after who had gone into hiding immediately after the incident. At the time of the incident, the victim was holidaying in Goa along with her mother and she was set to go back to Russia immediately and therefore, the trial was conducted on regular basis on request of the prosecution. The trial was though completed within three months, the day Children’s Court was to announce its judgement, in May, the defence raised objection saying accused was seventeen-years-old and not twenty as claimed by the prosecution. The Court could not pronounce the judgement due to dispute about exact age of the accused. The provision of the Juvenile Justice Act makes it mandatory to conduct an inquiry before proceeding further where the plea has been raised that accused is juvenile. The Children’s Court had thereafter, ordered that ossification test of the accused be conducted to determine his correct age.

HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JUNE 25

Former Chief Minister, Luizinho Faleiro, felicitates Flobert Monteiro, student of Don Bosco High School.

Adv Monteiro Trust anniversary

PANJIM (HND) — Adv Atanasio Monteiro Trust celebrated its anniversary at Merces by felicitating nine outstanding students, Flobert Monteiro, Subhay Vivek Naik, Wezly Francis Joao, Sailee Sham Fatarpekar, Shilpa Usno Naik, from Merces and Suela Mesquita, Dario Rodrigues, Muriel Lourdes Fernandes, Daniel Sebastian Menezes, from Santa Cruz for their outstanding performance in SSC examination from amongst the students from Santa Cruz constituency during academic year 2009-2010. Three persons of different vocations, Atmaram Adkonkar from Chimbel (for roof mending), Vitorino Souza from Merces (farming/agriculture) and Antonio Fernandes from Santa Cruz (plumber) were also felicitated. Master Ivon de Araujo and Master Flobert Monteiro from Merces, both students of Don Bosco High School, Panjim were felicitated for excelling in sports and academics. All the awardees were honoured at the hands of former Chief Ministers, Luizinho Faleiro, Dr Wilfred de Souza, Fr Jose Caetano D’Costa, Parish Priest of Merces Church, Fr Valeriano Vaz, President of Council for Justice and Peace (Archdiocese of Goa and Daman), Fr Cristovao Caldeira, Parish Priest of Santa Cruz Church and Fr Assis Dourado, Parish Priest of Corlim Church. They were presented certificates, trophies and cash. School uniforms and books were distributed to Merces and Santa Cruz schools. Adv. Atanasio Monteiro, founder of the Trust, welcomed the gathering. Master Levin and Mrs Alda Monteiro rendered hymns, Mr. Mario Pinto, Chairman of the Trust, proposed vote of thanks. Mr. Herman Rego compered the function.

The prosecution on Friday filed an application attaching documents before the Children’s Court, to support their case that the main accused, Aman Bharadwaj who has been held on the charge of raping a nine –year-old , Russian girl, is not a juvenile. The Court will decide the application on July 5 after hearing both the parties and will refer ossification report if need be, that has been submitted to the Court in a sealed form. The Public Prosecutor Poonam Bharne has made the application along with documents such as school leaving certificate of the accused, ration card and other documents. She told the Court that the defence had not raised any objection about age of the accused during entire period of the trial. The accused was shown as twenty-years-old in the police charge sheet and faces the charge of grave sexual assault under Goa Children’s Act. He alleged sexually assaulted the victim while she was bathing at Arambol beach, on January 26, 2010 along with her mother. The accused who was then employed at Intech Pharma, in Permen had come on a picnic at the

Donation coupon draw

PANJIM (HND) – The Christian Family Movement has declared its donation coupon draw held at Taleigao Church recently. First prize – Casio Z33 digital camera (Ticket No 018089), second prize – LG GSM handset with camera (005793) and third prize – Sony 2 GB MP3 walkman (014092). The first three consolation prize winners are ticket Nos 019112, 002264 and 014699. Winners should contact the organisers on 9923112389 to claim their prizes by July 15.

SRS camp, prize distribution

PANJIM (HND) — Goa’s reputed computer institute, SRS Computer Services, organized its Summer Camp 2010 certificate & prize distribution function for school kids recently. Atul Nigam, CEO of Aasanka Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd was the chief guest while Basudev Biswas and Uday Shetty were present as the guests of honour. In order to encourage the budding young talents, every year, SRS Computer Services conducts special vacation batches, especially for school students. Here they gain practical computer knowledge in an enjoyable and conducive environment. The students also participated in two unique non-computer courses, memory techniques and Vedic mathematics, aimed at increasing their potential in regular studies and Mathematics. Total 159 students participated in 15 different batches and 32 secured A+ grade in the exams conducted at the end of the course. 21 students were selected for prizes. All students were given certificates. The following students were awarded prizes for outstanding performance in different courses. Mahendra M. Gadiyar, Shreya Bipin Mangeshkar, Tanay Bhanu Naik, Ajaykumar Subhash Lingayat, Manasi Tamhane, Mahendra M Gadiyar, Varun V Priolkar, Anushree Ashish Pai Raikar, Shraddha Subray Bhat, Mangesh Sagar Sakordekar, Pritish Manmohan Dhond, Amrita Atmaram Naik, Radha Sidhanath Sambari, Omkar Digambar Amruskar, Mayur Manjunath Aigal, Utkarsh Kishore Haldankar, Swaksha Sanjiv Kunkalienkar and Devendra D Bhat.

Toddy-Tappers’ body

PANJIM (HND) — The members of All Goa Toddy-Tappers’ Association through its elected representatives in its executive meeting held on 30 May, 2010, elected new administrative committee of the association. The members voted Gaspar Afonso as President for the third consecutive term, the other members are as Domingo S Dias, Vice-President (Cansaulim, Mormugao), Manuel D’Souza, VicePresident (Arambol, Pernem), Joaquim Piedade Pereira, General Secretary (Assolda, Quepem), Pedro P Mascarenhas, Treasurer (Damxe, SatGaspar Afonso tari), Michael Cardozo, Jt Secretary (Cavelossim, Salcete), Joseph Gomes, Jt Treasurer (Bandora, Ponda). The committee members are Pascoal J Mascarenhas (Morjim, Pernem), Shashikant Pednekar (Siolim, Bardez), Chandrakant Y Shirodkar (Siolim, Bardez), Sebastiao Figueiredo (Bogmalo, Mormugao), Jose A F Gonsalves (Goa-Velha, Tiswadi), Socorro Braganza (Siridao, Tiswadi), Alexino Rodrigues (Shiroda, Ponda), Salvador Gomes (Shirvoi, Quepem), Rosario Albuquerque (Batim, Sanguem), Carmelino Gomes (Uguem, Sanguem), Remy Borges (Agonda, Canacona), Francisco D’Costa (Palolem, Canacona), Arnaldo Mascarenhas (Bironda, Sattari), Vishnu B Naik (Pale, Bicholim), Peter D’Costa (Usgao, Bicholim).

POWER SHUTDOWN JUNE 26

TALEIGAO: Between 9 am to 2.30 pm. Areas affected are Purva Apartments, Martins Morod, Eugene Waddo and surrounding areas.

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Sanquelim Municipal Council (SMC) Chairman Sunita Verekar tendered her resignation, paving way for the election of new chairman. According to reports, Verekar resigned from the post of chairman on June 13 after occupying the chair for about one-and-half year. “There is no specific reason for the resignation. As per a mutual agreement, we had decided that Verekar would be the chairman for one-and-half year, before giving a chance to the next councillor,” Councillor Anand Naik, who is likely to be the next chairman, told Herald over the phone. Efforts to contact Verekar proved futile, as she did not attend to the call. Meanwhile, the election for the next SMC chairman is scheduled on July 2.

No dearth of fish despite fishing ban

St Anthony’s feast celebrated

CALANGUTE (HC) - The Management, students and parents of Babyland Primary School, Candolim, recently celebrated the feast of its Patron Saint Anthony. Eucharistic celebration was held in Our Lady of Hope Church, Candolim, presided over by Our Lady of Hope Church Parish Priest Fr Robin Rodrigues. Delivering his homily, Fr Rodrigues called upon the students to follow into the footsteps of its Patron Saint Anthony to be the obedient children in the school, home and society and to be appreciated by their parents and teachers alike. Fr Rodrigues also wished the students best in the studies for academic year ahead. As part of the celebrations, a small get-together was held for the students, parents and teachers in keeping the tradition of the school. Principal, teachers and parents also took part in the celebrations.

SMC chief resigns

Tons of fresh lady fish on sale at the Margao market. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 25

It’s nearly 10 days since the ban on fishing came into force on June 15, but fish loving Goans need not worry about fish at all, with a whole lot of variety fish finding its way into the from across the borders. The much-sought after lady

Justice Rebello takes charge as CJ today HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 25

High Court Judge, Justice Ferdino Inac i o Rebello will take charge as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad H i g h Court on June 26 at 10.30 am at Allahabad. In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President has appointed Justice Rebello as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.

FY B Pharm results HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 25

The Goa University has declared the results of First Year Bachelor of Pharmacy held in April 2010. The following students have been declared successful. PASSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 75, 76, 77, 78, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 92, 93, 95 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 110, 111 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 124, 125, 127, 128, 129, 131 132, 133, 135, 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 145. ATKT: 10, 20, 34, 36, 44, 51, 58, 79, 81, 91, 112, 121, 130.

fish (mordoshe) has made its presence felt in Goa’s wholesale fish market here in a big way. Mackerels and sardines, besides rich variety of fish is available for sale in the SGPDA’s mega fish market these days. Tons of Mordoshes finds its way into Goa from Malwan-Maharashtra almost every day. The

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price of a kilogram of lady fish ranges between Rs 250-300, depending on the demand and supply. Says a leading fish merchant, M Ibrahim: “There’s a bumper catch of lady fish in Malwan. We have procured the fish in tones these days to meet the demand of Goan fish lovers”.

If Ibrahim is to be believed, the wholesale fish market has received constant supply of mackerels and sardines since the fishing ban came into force ten days ago. “Mackerels and sardines mainly come from South Kerala and Chennai. The fish imported for these two states is fresh and tasty. The fish is not frozen as was available in the past due to a bumper catch there”, he added. Fish vendor Felix Gonsalves said there’s no dearth of fish in the markets this monsoon season. “The lady fish have come from Goa as well as from outside. Though we are in the monsoon season, fresh fish is available for the people”, he added. Commenting on the fact that fish has become dearer now, Gonsalves attributed the phenomenon to the huge transportation costs involved in importing the fish from other states. “When the fish comes from Kerala, Gujarat and from the eastern coast, the price will certainly go up to meet the transportation costs”, he added. He says that even King Fish comes to the market from other states, but the price is ranged between Rs 300-400 per kilogram.

UPCOMING EVENTS Sao Joao spring fest

PANJIM (HND) - The villagers of Pomburpa will celebrate the 3rd Sao Joao Spring Festival at Pomburpa Spring on June 27 from 11 am till 3 pm. To mark the occasion there will be a programme of dances, songs, mandos, games, etc. St Elizabeth High School will present an environmental play. The boarding school will present dances and the parish youth and the PPC will co-ordinate the whole event under the leadership of the parish priest of Mother of God Church, Pomburpa, Fr Santana Carvalho. Traditional food — pez, xit, koddi, pickle etc will be served along with local fruits — jackfruit, pineapple,banana, papaya etc. The highlight of the festival will be the felicitation of newlywed couples. Participants and guests are requested to dress up in colourful gear and eco-friendly koppels (crowns).

Talk on drugs

PANJIM (HND) — In order to spread awareness among public regarding ill effects of drug abuse and illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and as a part of “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”, there will be a talk on “Think Health Not Drugs” followed by discussion on June 26 between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm in the auditorium at Smt. Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science, Gogol, Margao. Dr N N Sawant, Vice-Principal and Dr Uma Masur will be the resource persons. This programme is open to the public.

Anti-drugs rally in city

PANJIM (HND) — The Anti-Narcotics Cell, of Goa Police is observing 26lh June as International Day Against Drug Abuse. To mark the occasion a rally will be flagged off by Deputy Inspector General of Police, at Miramar Circle at 8 am which will proceed towards Azad-Maidan Panjim and will culminate in a street play. Home Guards and students numbering about 900 from different schools will participate.

Anti-drugs rally in Vasco

VASCO (HR) — Positive People’s South IDU Project in collaboration with Goa State AIDS Control Society will organize a rally in Vasco on June 26, in observance of ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking.’ With the increasing menace of drugs, youth being a soft and easy target that fall prey to it, this is an effort to change the present scenario. The rally will commence from Mormugao Municipal Council building at 11 am to F L Gomes Road, Swatantra path, and culminate at the police station.

Aldona Consumer Forum meet

PANJIM (HND) - The Aldona Civic and Consumer Forum will hold its monthly meeting on June 26 at 4.30 pm at the St Thomas Girls High School. Among the issues to be discussed include awareness of our rights as consumers, vector borne diseases, road safety, waste management, right to information (RTI), Goa Dairy milk, home delivery of LPG cylinders & mechanical check, PWD water supply etc.

Konknni compering workshop

PANJIM (HND) – Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) has organized Konknni compering workshop on July 4, at Tiatr Akademi Goa Hall, Second Floor, Campal Trade Centre, Campal, Panjim, from 10.30 am to 1 pm. Dr. Ajay Vaidya, will be the resource person and will guide the participants. Dr Vaidya is a much sort after person for compering functions, formal as well as other cultural functions all over Goa. Those interested in attending the workshop are requested to contact DKA’s Secretary, Jose Salvador Fernandes on 9881810832.

This ‘fountain’ giving Ambaji residents sleepless nights HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JUNE 25

This water fountain is literally giving sleepless nights to this group of residents of Ambaji. Day in and out, they have to contend with foul odour and inundation of their locality with sewage waters as a broken sewage chamber remains unrepaired for over a year now. In fact, there’s no respite for the residents of Ambaji-Fatorda from the nuisance of foul odour and sewage waters from an overflowing sewage chamber. While the overflowing sewage chamber literally resembles a water fountain, the residents are upset that no action has come from the authorities to stop the nuisance.

This overflowing sewage chamber resembles a water fountain at Ambaji-Fatorda. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

Says local resident Joe Miranda: “Though GPCC General Secretary Vijay Sardessai tried to help out the villagers, the visits by the chief minister, PWD minister and the power minister proved futile. Nothing has changed on the ground

since the visit by these ministers”. Sounding warning, he warned that the people will be forced to take the law in their hands if the government fails to work out a permanent solution to the overflowing sewage chamber.

Indeed, Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira, District Collector G P Naik, health and municipal officials had inspected the site last year, but in vain. Miranda wondered why the PWD, sewerage is hesitating to repair the damaged chamber when it poses a health hazard to the local residents. “Last year, the residents were down with malaria and fever. This year, the children have fallen sick because of the menace next door”, he added. PWD officials, however, begged to differ with the residents. A PWD official said the sewage chamber damaged by the contractor engaged for the district hospital work stands re-

Event management — an ‘emerging profession’ HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 25

Event management has been described as an “emerging profession” and with the boom in Media, Hospitality and Travel & Tourism industry there has been a continuous increase in demand for event management professionals. To meet this demand, S S Dempo College of Commerce & Economics, Panjim, offers a two-year full time course in Post Graduate Diploma Management - Event Management affiliated to Goa University to produce trained and qualified work force for the event industry in India, The course is ready to create a new class of event managers and event coordinators towards one of the fastest growing industries in India. The curriculum is backed with the extensive research done on the latest trends and needs of the fast growing and ever changing event management industry. For admission and enquiries contact Vishal Rane on 9822299952 or email event.dempo@gmail.com. The event management industry encompasses a multitude of events. Although the industry has delineated itself into various categories, all events, regardless, represent the planning and production of an event that brings people together at a particular time, in a particular place, for a particular purpose. To mention a few would be, conference and banqueting facilities within ho-

tels, museums, stately homes, tourist attractions and other venues, dedicated event venues such as theatres, conference and training centers, exhibition halls and sports stadium. Segments like music, culture, sports, fashion shows, Bollywood-based shows and award ceremonies are emerging as the main growth drivers in the sector. Events are playing an increasingly important role in the marketing and communications mix for all companies. Today, event management has become an integral part of any marketing plan. A large number of companies have really started to recognize the benefits of direct marketing through events. Events can be considered as a means to advertise or build a brand. Any event management company would have personnel specializing in visualization, creativity; planning and venue management. Since the sector is now making demands for specific type of events, companies are now offering services in niche areas of event management such as wedding management, corporate events, awards/fashion events, music concerts management and sports management. Event management is a glamorous and exciting profession which demands a lot of hard work and dynamism right from conceptualizing, planning, organizing and finally executing an event. The event could be of any type - musical show, concert, exhibition, product launching etc.

Event management jobs are the best options for people with an out-going and friendly nature. The jobs require go-getters who are always on the move. They must have the zest and zing to make events happen. They must be good with their communication skills and also presentable as they are always interacting with important people. An aspirant in event management must have a passion for events and flexibility of time and schedule. The position an event manager secures depends upon the company that the individual joins. One can initially start as a junior event executive then progress as the senior event executive, event coordinator, assistant event manager and event manager which are the general structure in a normal company. Event Management graduates can aspire to be placed in the following industries such as corporate houses, star hotels / resorts / clubs, newspapers, radio stations, advertising agencies, shopping malls, super markets, movie / serial production houses, media houses (publications), TV channels, educational institutes, music companies, travel & tourism companies, event management companies and own event management company. Aspirants to a career in event management had earlier to obtain training in institutions located in Mumbai or Pune.

paired and added that the sewage chamber is overflowing not because the chamber is damaged, but the problem with the underground line. “Sewage chambers in the Fatorda section of the underground line have been overflowing since the last 5-6 years. Last year, sewage waters were flowing from the chamber because of the damage caused by the work on the retaining wall. The same stands rectified”, the PWD official added. Incidentally, PWD Minister Churchill Alemao has proposed to replace the entire stretch of the underground sewage line passing through Fatorda, but work on the testing the stability and condition of the underground line is yet to commence till date, sources said.

Pepsi’s soccer merchandise offer HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 25

Pepsi, the drink that stands for irreverence youthfulness and a ‘can do’ attitude, is igniting the football fever with its new promotion launched in June. As the rage around football stars builds up, Pepsi offers an opportunity for consumers to get cool merchandise of their favorite players like Didier Drogba, Kaka, Fernando Torres and Messi. Consumers need to collect two labels of a 2 litre Pepsi and get a large-sized poster featuring one of these stars for free. With two labels of 2 litre Pepsi and Rs 25, consumers get to take home one Pepsi sipper while consumers get to add to their wardrobe a Edun T-shirt with the players’ names on it by collecting three labels of 2 litre Pepsi plus Rs 100. This offer is valid on Pepsi 2 litre PET packs only and the merchandise can be collected at around 50 redemption centres across Goa.


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Merces Sarpanch says ready to quit if proved guilty HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, JUNE 25

The power-sharing agreement among the ruling panel of the Merces Panchayat had ensured smooth functioning of the panchayat and it looked as if the formula would work successfully till the end of the term. However, three panchas from the ruling panel have revolted and joined hands with three opposition panchas and moved a noconfidence motion against Sarpanch Prakash Naik and Deputy Sarpanch Yogita Kavlekar alleging that they were not taken into confidence and that illegal constructions were being encouraged in the village. These three panchas include ex-sarpanch Yatin Palekar, exsarpanch Venita Gracias and ex-deputy sarpanch Deepika Shirgaokar and they are supported by Panchas Sandhya Hoble, Girish Uskaikar and Sunil Kalangutkar. Ironically, the no-confidence motion comes less than a month after Sarpanch Naik had addressed a press conference stating that stern action would be taken against illegal land filling activities in the village. When contacted, Sarpanch Naik said it is due to the action taken against such illegal activities that he has to face the no-confidence motion and bemoaned that the three panchas did not even approach him with their grievances, if any. Naik further said during his two tenures, from May 9, 2007 to April 3, 2008 and from April 9, 2010 till date, he has never encour-

Govt to institute State Safety Awards: CM HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JUNE 25

Chief Minister Digamber Kamat has said that the Government will initiate steps to institute State Safety Awards with cash incentives for industries in the State. Speaking as chief guest after presenting Safety Awards instituted by Green Triangle Society at a function jointly organised by Green Triangle Society and Inspectorate of Factories and Boilers at conference hall of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city today the Chief Minister said the institution of awards a part from encouraging industries to increase productivity will help to promote safety at workplaces. He complemented Green Triangle Society for instituting safety awards since its inception 10 years ago with an objective to create health and safety awareness among the workers and for healthy competition among industries as well. The chief minister said industrial scenario in Goa is changing at a fast pace. Government, he said welcomes those industries which are non-polluting and generate employment. If state has to progress industries existing in Goa also need to be progressed, the Chief Minister said and asked the industrialists to work hand in hand with the government for the growth of industries. He said Goa is still considered as a favoured destination for investment. This he said was evident from the awards bagged by Goa in the investment sector. Industries should also ensure safety of its workers he said adding that if industry flourishes then the workers attached to it will also benefit.

aged any illegal activities in the village and on the contrary, he tried to put an end to illegal activities in the village, for which he is being made to pay. “If any of the panchas could prove my involvement in illegal activities, I will willingly resign, not only from my post as sarpanch

but also as a panch,� Naik stated and added that he has taken all the panchas into confidence before taking any major decision.


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n two different nights, allegedly ‘unknown’ assailants have brutally assaulted rag pickers while they were at work at the two sorting centres for dry waste run by the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP). The first incident took place on Tuesday night at the sorting site in the animal shelter located next to the crematorium at St Inez. A group of men armed hockey sticks and iron rods suddenly started to beat up the rag pickers. They even beat up the watchman of a nearby building in which some of the rag pickers hid from their assailants. On Wednesday night, it was the turn of the rag pickers at the dry waste sorting centre in the parade ground at Campal. Here, there was no escape; everyone was beaten up. The police reached the spot only after an hour. Not surprisingly, on Thursday, the CCP’s bins were overflowing with dry waste. Monday and Thursday are the two days allotted for collection of dry waste. The reason for the waste not being picked up was that the workers were too afraid to come to work, as neither the police nor the CCP officials inspired any confidence in them that such assaults will not be repeated. The CCP reaction was particularly callous. “These rag pickers are not our staffers. They have been sorting out the city’s dry waste since the last three years and sell the scrap they collect,” a CCP official told the media. After the assault on Tuesday, a CCP staffer apparently informed Panjim Mayor Carolina Po about the assault. Instead of rushing to see what had happened, the mayor asked him to “submit a note”. CCP commissioner Elvis Gomes is on leave. So does it mean that action from the CCP will be forthcoming only after the note ‘officially’ reaches the mayor’s desk on Monday? The Panjim police, on their part, have registered a non-cognisable (NC) offence under Section 323 of IPC. That’s the kind of complaint they register when two quarrelsome neighbours want to make complaints against each other! Notwithstanding this, apparently, Panjim PI Sandesh Chodankar has said that his boys will arrest the ruffians responsible very soon. We hope that he keeps his promise. The reason for the assault, it appears, is that the CCP’s contractor who gets the dry waste segregated and then disposes off the recyclables outside the State – one Shakeel Abdul Wahab – had refused to pay ‘hafta’ to these ruffians. They told him that they wanted the money for drinks! This demand is ominous. Only syndicates engaged in organised crime extort ‘protection money’ like this on a regular basis from businessmen. If ruffians like this are operating in Panjim, it is a sure sign that organised crime is on its way to setting up a permanent home in Goa. We hope the police realise the sinister implications of this, and act before it becomes endemic. The contractor and/or his workers either know who the assailants are, or will be able to recognise them if caught. It is for the police and the CCP to move quickly in the matter.

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ust a day or two after strenuously denying that he had any plans to join the Congress in the immediate future, Health Minister and Valpoi independent MLA Vishwajeet Rane did just that on Thursday. However, unlike his earlier fellow-prodigal Education Minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate, Vishwajeet has done everything according to the book. He gave his resignation from the Legislative Assembly to Speaker Pratapsingh Rane, and his resignation from the Council of Ministers to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. Within hours, Vishwajeet was again sworn in as a cabinet minister at Raj Bhavan. He even said all the right things: that he was “always a Congressman”, and would be a “dedicated worker” henceforth. So now, ‘aaal is well’.

Rotten Goan politics Tony Correia-Afonso, Benaulim We are a nation of hypocrites, and the current state of our polity provides ample evidence of this. We address our legislators as ‘honourable members’, despite the fact that a large number of them are chargesheeted criminals. But whom can we blame for this sordid state of affairs? We have the precious right to choose our representatives, and we keep re-electing the same rotten set. Many years ago, I had the foolish audacity to stand for an assembly election and was told by a neighbour I approached for support: “You are a good man, but you will not do our work.” Now, “our work” means illegal activity like issuing false certificates. I had to regrettably confirm this fact, and got thoroughly trounced as a result! We are getting the government we deserve, which we have freely chosen, and we

100 Years Ago PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

26 June 1910 Prisoners Apprehended • The prisoners who were in custody due to acts of robberies committed at the Villages of Socorro and Betim were caught while trying to escape through a window with iron railings which they had already dislocated.

Bridge Construction • The works of construction of the Bridge over River Sanguem has been entrusted to Eng. Joao de Cruz from Margao.

Cattle Transport • It is said that during the sultry and hot season many herds of oxen from Salcete used to bring and take merchandise through the roads of “KundollGhatt” the reason that at “Naiquinim” a collection booth was established.

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enting a womb could soon become a completely legal and hassle-free experience, both for Indian as well as foreign couples looking for surrogate mothers in the country. Thus began a news item in one of the largest newspapers in the country. We awoke to a nightmare of unprecedented proportions when we were informed that a Bill was being drafted for presentation to Parliament to legalize the renting of wombs in India. Known as the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Bill, is scheduled to be introduced in the next session of Parliament. The Deputy Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, who has been involved in the drafting of the Bill, informs us that exploitation of surrogates by infertile couples and vice versa has been a serious concern ever since in vitro fertilization started in India. This will put an end to it, according to Dr. R.S. Sharma. Infertile couples don’t have to go hunting for surrogate mothers. The bank will help them get one. As a result, the couple will have all the information about her background and medical history before hiring her womb. These banks – both private and government – will be accredited by State Boards. The Board will also have a registration authority which will maintain a list of all IVF centres and monitor their functioning. “So far we didn’t have any law regarding surrogacy. This is a step towards legalizing surrogacy and fixing responsibilities of the parties involved in the process,” said Dr. Sharma. The promoters and the drafters of the Bill are making too many assumptions which have not been tested. These assumptions are not only administrative, but also legal and social. These protagonists are entering into an area which is totally beyond their own limited competence. The entire field of surrogacy is so vast and so complex, that it will be impossible to analyse the various aspects in any great detail within the scope of a brief opinion piece such as this. Nevertheless, let us just take two or three areas for cursory analysis. First, according to Dr. R.S. Sharma, “These ART banks will be independent of IVF clinics. Oocyte (unfertilized egg) and semen preservation will be their main focus. In the past few years, IVF clinics have mushroomed in the country. There is no check on their practices. There is no quality check on the semen and oocytes preserved and offered to infertile couples. “These banks will have a proper system where every minor detail about gametes and surrogates will be documented,” said a doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences who is involved

MorAl considerAtions in the drafting of the Bill. How unrealistic and impracticable this claim is, should be evident from the fact that when the murder of girl babies was almost epidemic in proportion due to the so- called “sex determination” clinics, the government could not control the activities of these clinics. At that time, prior to the availability of ultrasound technology, the determination of the sex of the unborn foetus was done by amniocentesis – a process which involved the clinical examination of amniotic fluid from a woman’s womb. Notwithstanding all the promises made by the government, these “sex determination” clinics continued to operate without fear or restraint. Even where the death of a female foetus was traced directly to a particular clinic which did the amniocentesis, it was impossible to bring the clinic to book by legal process. And now we have these doctors telling us that the ART banks will have the capacity to manage a very complex set of data to be able to keep track of the semen and the oocytes. The common citizen refuses to be fooled by such bombastic claims. We know that

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he skies have opened and it’s pouring cats and dogs. For many (especially the retirees) it is a time for relaxation as they stay indoors and watch the programmes on television, listen to the music on the radio, play indoor games like scrabble or chess, catch up with some reading or simply sit on the rocking chair and pass the time. Incidentally, relaxation means a lot of different things to different people. For the young and the old who have a spirit of adventure, relaxation means heading to the nearest lake or any water-body armed with a hook, line and sinker. Indeed there are die-hard anglers who think nothing of spending hours together doing what they do most – fishing. Fishing is in a way, a sport which requires loads of patience. Sometimes you could spend the entire day at the water’s edge with a fishing rod in the hand and still catch no fish. On another day you could get a very good catch indeed. There are of course various reasons why people prefer to fish during the monsoon. One reason could be that as it

cannot blame anybody else for our fate. I (and those of my generation) can only thank God that, despite the absence of many material comforts, we have seen better days.

Useless old laws Agnelo Pinheiro, Raia/Dubai The recent appearance of tar balls is a recurring phenomenon. We in India do not have stringent maritime laws or even mechanisms to implement the feeble laws that are in place. We are now in the 21st century, but our maritime laws (also our criminal and civil laws) are from the 19th century, and not in sync with the commerce and trade of the 21st century. It is ironical that India aims to conquer space and the moon, when we don’t even have control over our land and sea!

Salazar’s prophecy A S Prabhu, Moira The last governor-general of Portuguese India was General Vassalo de Silva, who became a household name in Goa because of his affability towards his people. The then Portuguese Prime Minister Dr Antonio de Oliveira Salazar had delegated all powers to him, except to surrender. When the situation in Goa became tense, sensing trouble, he flashed a message to Lisbon. In response, Dr Salazar replied: “We have abiding faith in the Patron Saint of Goa, St Francis Xavier,” and added, “Goa ninguem levara nas por si acabara,” translated: “Nobody will take Goa; it will vanish by itself.” He advised the Governor to blast everything and flatten Goa if the Indian Army invaded. To this the humane general replied: “O que eu fiz nao posso fazer desfazer,” translated: “Whatever good that I have done cannot be undone.” What a prophecy. Today, Goa has been destroyed by our 40 monsters, and reduced to rubble. Our hills have been bulldozed to make way for mega housing projects. Our green fields are now concrete jungles. There are no water bodies, and the mangroves have been butchered. There are rules and laws, but who cares? Everyone turns a blind eye to this destruction in the name of development. My own

even criminal records are not up-to- date, and that these records are not complete or comprehensive either. At a more basic level, we know that the government has not been able to maintain simple records of births and deaths, especially in rural areas. Many births go unregistered and many bodies are cremated or buried without being recorded in the Registers of Births and Deaths. So let us not be misled by the false promises of the promoters of the surrogacy legislation. Apart from the problems of record keeping, there are a whole host of problems associated with the matching of donor semen with recipient oocytes. It is already quite clear that it is not just infertile couples who have recourse to socalled “Fertility Clinics.” There is a growing number of women who are not themselves infertile, but who still prefer to have a surrogate mother go through the process of gestation to save themselves from the “inconvenience” of pregnancy. Such selfishness will be greatly enhanced by legalizing surrogacy.

is the off- season for fishing activity in the high seas, fish becomes a scarce commodity in the market and is rarely seen on the dinner table. So there is nothing like spending a few hours with a fishingrod in hand and have a plate-full of fish on the table. But for the majority of the anglers, fishing is just a hobby. It is a way to relax and unwind. Many who spend the entire week at the work-table in the office, unwind by going fishing during the weekend . Those who persist in the hobby are richly rewarded as they do not go home empty-handed but with a good catch. Some catch large sized white-prawns and other much sought after fish like the ladyfish (mudoshios), the chonak, the tasty shevtas, etc. For those who do not love fishing this may seem like lot of time going down the waters, time which could be better utilized. But then if fishing can relax the body, mind and soul in this hectic world, there is nothing like it. As for me I have never been an enthusiastic angler. I simply

Lowdown on Highways

Michael Vaz, Merces

There have been protests about the widening of both of our National Highways, NH17 and NH4A. The affected people, politicians – particularly from the opposition – and some experts have given their views. With progress and development, rising population, and the tremendous increase in vehicular traffic, our roads that were designed decades ago need widening. But it should be done with minimum inconvenience, paying proper compensation to the affected people and ensuring their rehabilitation. We must also explore whether there can is an alternate route for diverting the highways with less of an impact on the society. Another argument is the width of the highway; whether it should be 60 metres, 45 metres or less. Some politicians say that in other states the width is as little as 30 metres. But we have to be see whether the density of population, of structures or the terrain in these states is similar to ours. If so, there is no reason why highways in Goa have to be any wider. But any issue that we raise should be with proper facts and figures to substantiate it.

Name-mania Pachu Menon, Margao We Indians never suffer from amnesia when it comes to remembering names from bygone eras. But our politicians have gone a step further and immortalized their leaders’ names on by-lanes, streets, roads, markets, schools, colleges and other public places. Is there a town in this country without an MG Road or a Gandhinagar? Late Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi have universities and an airport named after them. Even flyovers and bridges are dedicated to many stalwarts. Now consider the plans afoot to have a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in a greened area in each government-run Navodaya school – there is a school in nearly every one of the 400-odd districts in the country – to be called ‘Rajiv Gandhi Smruti Van’! Are there not better ways to pay tribute to men and women of greatness?

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do not have the patience just sitting at the water edge, fishing rod in hand, waiting for the fish to make the wrong move. But then looking at so much enthusiasm among die-hard anglers all around, the other day I decided to try my hand at my new-found enthusiasm. I made myself a make-shift fishing-rod out of a long bamboo-stick got myself a line, a hook and a sinker and headed to the nearby lake armed with a lot of hope. At the water’s edge I found myself a secluded spot and threw in the line after putting the bait. Hours went by but I did not get a single bite. After spending a good five hours I headed back home my shoulders drooping, a broken spirit and nothing to show my better half by way of a catch. That is when I was struck by a bright idea. I headed to the fish market and bought a large fish by paying through my nose. My better half was very happy with the ‘catch’. “You should leave early tomorrow morning for fishing so that you catch more of such fishes” she advisedme.

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village is slowly becoming a concrete jungle. Water has become scarce, but there are nearly half a dozen swimming pools in collusion with the authorities. NGOs have become spineless. My heart bleeds for Goa. What legacy are we leaving for posterity?

To add to the problem, we have already read reports in the press of an Israeli homosexual pair in Mumbai who had to overcome many legal hurdles to take their baby back to Israel because the Israeli law does not accept surrogacy. Late in 2009 there was the case of a German couple who had a baby through the surrogacy services of a Gujarati woman. The legal problem arose over the nationality of the baby, who was born of an Indian woman in India, even though the semen was provided by a German male. Opposing the claim of the German couple, the Solicitor General of India, Adv. Gopal Subramanium argued that Indian citizenship should not be used as a step of temporary nature for a child, or for that matter any person, to get acceptance in another country. “How can law create a citizenship for the purpose of transit?” he asked. Subramanium criticised the German couple for having entered into a surrogacy agreement without a thought for the fact that the law of their country did not accept surrogacy. The Solicitor General of India raised many important questions about the entire process of surrogacy being legalized in India. “In the end, we have to ask if this is a country where people are going to enter a contract to buy or sell children.” The Supreme Court of India also entered into the controversy by asking “Do we treat children born out of surrogacy as a commodity?” The Bench took exception to a Law Commission report which described surrogacy as an “industry.” “With all due respect to the Law Commission, how can they call something with regard to children as an industry?” the Court questioned. In addition to the legal and social implications of surrogacy, which are mind boggling, there is the more important aspect of the ethics of promoting surrogacy. It is extremely unfortunate that India legalized surrogacy in 2002 without a careful study of the social, economic and legal implications which would be involved. Now the promoters of surrogacy are trying to plug the loopholes by advancing a Bill to control the entire “industry” of surrogacy. Instead of solving the problems that have already been created, this move will only magnify the problem and will create further complexities. The question that needs to be asked urgently is: are we giving our women the respect that is due to them? Or do we see them as mere baby producing machines? Our women’s rights activists need to take a closer look at the proposal to introduce the Bill in Parliament during its next session.

Crisis of Catholicism Alvito Pereira, Panjim Catholicism is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and we are his followers. Jesus also said that he is the truth. In other words, those who embrace Catholicism embrace Christ and the way Jesus lived, with honesty, integrity, love and justice. Today, the Catholic Church is embraced in controversies. We read about manipulation of accounts, sale of properties by the clergy and sex scandals. Instead of tackling the root of this evil, the Church remains silent. The Church should help the poor. Instead, we see huge structures built, in the name of renovation. The Church collects huge amounts from the poor lay people. Fifty per cent of church collections every Sunday amounts to lakhs of rupees. No accounts are disclosed. Will someone throw light on this? What is the meaning of Catholicism; is it just a theory? We say ‘Love thy neighbour’. But who is our neighbour; no one knows.

Judicial activism Irineu Gonsalves, Verna Justice Nelson Britto, remarkable for his

candour, reasonableness and impartiality, Paths of Wisdom declined to hear the bail application of Mickky Pacheco. Justice Britto’s judgments have been hailed as the quintessence of justice. For a lay person like me, Justice Britto’s rejection sends a message that when the administration fails to perform, the judiciary must step in. Nefarious activities and corruption at high levels should invite judicial activism to pull their chestnuts out of the fire. Almost daily we read in the papers the cry of innocents who don’t get justice. Courts are helpless, because in the absence The parable of of evidence and witnesses, they cannot do anything. None of our statutes specify the Tenants in the Vineyard (Luke 20: 9-18) power of courts in these circumstances. The judges cannot go beyond the words on the Then Jesus told the people this parastatute book. Judges should be given the power to find why witnesses are turning ble: “There was once a man who planted hostile. The trial of a case is not simply a a vineyard, let it out to tenants, and then left home for a long time. When the time legal formality. came to gather the grapes, he sent a slave to the tenants to receive from them Spare the rod his share of the harvest. But the tenants Blossom Cabral, Nagoa beat the slave and sent him back without It is said: “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” a thing. So he sent another slave; but Very often, students disrespect the teachers the tenants beat him also, treated him and ridicule them, when corrected for their shamefully, and sent him back without betterment. Teaching is a cumbersome task. a thing. Then he sent a third slave; the Making weak students understand is very tenants wounded him too and threw him difficult. But resorting to caning or beating out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, students should be condemned. They should “What shall I do? I will send my own be punishment by making them read dear son; surely they will respect him!” or write the subject matter which they But when the tenants saw him, they said err in. Sadistic behaviour must not be to one another, “This is the owner’s son. tolerated. Let’s kill him, and his property will be ours!” So, they threw him out of the Viva consistency vineyard and killed him. Mike, Caranzalem “What then, will the owner of the vineIn the letter ‘Viva Judiciary’ (Herald, 23 June) yard do to the tenants?” Jesus asked. Aires Rodrigues says that the rich and “He will come and kill those men, and powerful cannot trick their way through hand the vineyard over to other tenthe judicial system. Let me remind the ants.” When the people heard this, they said, advocate that the case against the former minister has yet to start and still has ways “Surely not!” Jesus looked at them and asked, to go. Not very long ago, a minister’s son was “What, then, does this scripture mean? “The stone which the builders rejected charged for molesting a minor German girl. The lawyer representing the minor was a as worthless, turned out to be the most well known activist, who started the fight important of all.” “Everyone who falls on that stone will for justice with great gusto and then gave up, for reasons unknown. Let us not get be cut to pieces; and if that stone falls on someone, it will crush him to dust.” too carried away with the present.

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Remembering my brother By DR MEENACSHI MARTINS midst the bombs exploding and the Indian army running around in our home Sushruta decided to arrive prematurely, as if he could not wait to partake in the excitement of the times. A few days after liberation of Goa, he was born at the Asilo Hospital, extremely premature, a tiny fragile blue baby. Barely able to walk, I furiously guarded the door, protecting my little brother. A role I had to continue to play for many a decade. We remained entwined by destiny. With absent parents, bonding unusually, more than most siblings do. Growing up in a village with fields, rivers and a jungle lent an expansive dimension to our lives. A game of hide and seek used up all houses, barns and wells. There were many a quieter moments that we spent somewhere in the wilderness of our backyard. With a tiffin of canji and raw mango pickle packed by our grandmother we spent an entire day somewhere up in the caves, perched on tree tops, in rain water storm drains or by the river side. As we grew older, I was required to sit a child who played around with a soldering iron. He opened and repaired just about anything; Radios, watches, recorders, cycles, scooter. At the age of twelve he built his first radio. When the village got electrified, he decided to wire our home with a three phase supply with the help of an old uncle and I, on tall ladders. It was remarkable for a 12 year to embark with great confidence in things that are rarely a domain of children. Around that time we embarked on our passion for photography with a box camera we purchased for Rupees twenty five. Converting one bathroom into a dark room, we developed all our prints at home. I had a pact with him. For every film exposed, he had to take a few of my pictures. The result is known to many. Some of my most exclusive pictures are taken by my brother at home. Childhood adversities can either make or break a child. It could be that our compassion extends to others due to our exposure to so much pain in our early days. Our mother finally died after nine long years of confounding illness. A few days later, Sushruta tuned up at my hostel with a large set of papers. Secretly our bedridden mother had been studying Homeopathy. “Let us study these”, he said and we did. I have kept the very first ‘Materia Medica’ that we possessed. His sensitivity came through even as a child. He was ultra caring and kind and generous to the point of irrationality. He would liberally give away our items to people. The fisherwomen needed sandals more than my father did, or the labour, a rain coat which we could always buy again. When our cat Joaquim fell in the well, a four-year-old Sushruta got the whole village together to help. Later he would not think twice about getting his hands into matters where others would hesitate. So many times he has stopped to help traffic accident victims, rushing them to hospitals. While I acted in dramas, and won coveted awards for acting for Goa and Maharashtra, he wrote plays. I acted in the play ‘Modi and Modi’ adapted and directed by him in Konkani at our village in Paitona, with all our childhood group participating. ‘Jallmat’, a play he wrote was a superb piece of work. And the story ‘Raktalle mallab’ a murder mystery, was truly intriguing. There after he was elected the President of Konkani Bhasha Mandal and was its youngest president. Summers of several years were spent at the Salmona fountain at Saligoa participating in the Goa Bharat Scouts and Guides camps. Both of us received the precious President’s badge. We were a team and when Umesh Mahambre joined us, we became a team of three. Several would remember the inaugural function of the Goa Doordarshan and I remember the night the three of us spent writing the narration for the live telecast of the show. My first time on Television. We visited Delhi along with our parents when my father was an AICC member. Once in Delhi, while visiting a theatre for a movie along with the then MP Shri Kakodkar, we all stood up for the National Anthem. Some remained seated and others whispered, when all of a sudden Sushruta started crying aloud. Four year old brother of mine forced the manager to replay the anthem and to announce that all should stand up and pay respect. The blood of two freedom fighters runs through our system, we don’t cow down easily. Sushruta was made to kneel on stones in the sun at the Village primary Government school because he was seen campaigning for a MLA. He fainted in the heat and pain but did not apologize to the teacher, who obviously was from another political party. The need to change and set things right seems to be ingrained in our DNA. Thus came forth the Protectors, the Goenche Rakhondar and the Goa Peoples Forum etc. Later his other endeavors are in public domain. His vision for development and patriotism was I guess a natural part of having grown up amongst illustrious personalities of the freedom struggle. Love for India was deeply instilled within our beings by our father, who educated us in the village Government school. “You should know what real India is all about”, our father said. I am proud of my early education and I am sure, so was he. As children we fought and vowed never to speak again on several occasions. The next morning we would forget the whole fight and chatter along. Sushruta had devised a way to remember the vow of ‘never speaking again’ and insisted we write it on a wall. So, many mornings, we scuttled to the wall to see if we were speaking that day or not. And many a days we forgot to even clarify that point. Wish we could think of this life as a game and say I forgot we can’t speak now, ever gain. Even if no wall says so. I choose to remember him the way he was when I knew him as my little brother. Loving, caring, tons of mischievous fun, and talented in ways one cannot fathom. He remained loved, deeply, through all the ups and mostly through all the downs of our life. Sushruta Martins was son of illustrious freedom fighters Dr Jose Francisco Martins and Dr Esmina Gomes and brother of Dr Meenacshi Martins.

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Wild life bill to curb rampant poaching soon HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, JUNE 25

The Environment and Forest Ministry has put in public domain a draft Bill for opinion on a large number of amendments proposed in the 1972 Wild Life (Protection) Act to curb rampant poaching and conserve forest plants and wild animals by prescribing harshest jail terms and heavy fine. It says the current level of penalties has not reduced the instances of the wildlife crime as many of these are perpetrated by organised, international gangs of criminals who have sohphisticated networks spread across the country and abroad. "The current penalties have failed to act as deterrents with few convictions having taken place since the Act came into force. Furthermore, there is no strong financial disincentive that prevents poachers and smugglers from engaging in illicit wildlife trade, which, in terms of value, ranks only behind the illegal trade in arms and narcotics," a ministry official said, explaining urgency to amend the law. TRAPS AND PEACOCK FEATHERS: Noting that the "leg hold-

traps" as the main method used by the organisers to bring down animals like tiger and leopard, the Bill proposes to ban the sale, manufacture and use of these traps and regulates their possession by those using it for educational purposes. So far the Act allowed the possession and domestic trade in naturally shed peacock feathers, but their possession or trading will be prohibited under the Bill to put an end to the rampant poaching of the national bird. PUNISHMENT: Offences relating to critical species of the wild animals or their meat or article or trophy will attract jail term of five to seven years, with a fine of not less than Rs 5 lakhs. For second or subsequent offence, the proposed punishment is jail for not less than seven years with a fine of not less than Rs 25 lakhs. NO TEASING: Even teasing of wild animals will attract jail term up to six months or with a fine up to Rs 5,000 or with both, the second and subsequent instances attracting the double punishment in terms of both sentence and fine.

BJP blasts petro-price shocker HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, JUNE 25

The Bhartiya Janata Party on Friday blasted the Government for slapping another dose of hike in petrol, diesel and cooking fuel prices and demanded rollback of the increase of both the latest and February 27 decision. With food price inflation hovering around 17-20 per cent and the people feeling the real pinch, the government should have provided relief to the common man instead of cruelty of taking the petroleum prices to the new heights, BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar told media. He dubbed as "bogus" the government's claim that the hike was inevitable in view of the rising international prices as even with the present global prices petrol and diesel can be available at Rs 25 a litre if there are no taxes. The government should have redrawn its taxation policy of levying 100 per cent tax on petrol and diesel, he said. Javadekar said the government's claim to raise the prices to cut down losses of the public sector oil companies was equally bogus. Why should the people pay for inefficiencies of the PSU companies, he asked, pointing out that the private oil companies were already making money and would get bumper profit from the new rates.

Lawyers vandalise Calcutta CJs court PTI KOLKATA, JUNE 25

A group of lawyers today vandalized the court of the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Justice Mohit S Shah protesting their forcible eviction by the police from a room in the court premises following a dispute over its allotment. The incident made an unpleasant last day of Justice Shah as Chief Justice of Calcutta HC before his shift to the Bombay

High Court. "Some lawyers came in and vandalised the court room, breaking glass panes of the door and throwing around furniture," officials at the Chief Justice Mohit Shah's court room said. A dispute over allotment of a court room to assistant court officers for using as their office by the Chief Justice led to a confrontation with the Bar Association. Some 60 to 70 lawyers occupied the room last evening and

refused to vacate despite several requests, the Chief Justice's office sources said. Police were then called in and the lawyers were forced out of the room around midnight. Lawyers, however, denied they had resorted to violence inside the court. Senior counsel Subroto Mukhopadhyay said "it was just a glass pane that had come off the hinges and not due to any application of force by anyone."

Bhopal: MP govt to file curative petition PTI BHOPAL, JUNE 25

The Madhya Pradesh government today said it will file a curative petition against the 1996 Supreme Court judgement which had diluted charges against the Bhopal gas tragedy accused. A decision to this effect was taken late last evening at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, an official release said. In 1996, a two -member Supreme Court bench headed by the then CJI A M Ahmedi converted the CBI charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, that provided for maximum of 10-year imprisonment, to causing death by negligence, which provided for a maximum punishment of only two years. The petition will challenge the 1996 judgement and review order of the apex court. It will also seek to revive the charges against the accused in the gas leak case, the release said. Also, an appeal would be filed against the June 7 verdict of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in the case. Twenty-six years after the world's worst industrial disaster that had left over 15,000 people dead, a local court on June 7 convicted former Union Carbide India chairman Keshub Mahindra and six others in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy and sentenced them to two-year jail term. However, there was no word about the then Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson in the judgement delivered by CJM Mohan P Tiwari. Eighty-nine-year-old Anderson, who lives in the US, left the country soon after the tragedy and was declared an absconder.

4 Pak prisoners to be freed PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 25

Women worship the Banyan tree on the occasion of ''Vat Savatri Vrat" in Ahmedabad on Friday.

In a goodwill gesture ahead of his visit to Pakistan, Home Minister P Chidambaram today ordered the release of four Pakistani prisoners lodged in various jails in Gujarat. "Chidambaram has approved the release of four Pakistani prisoners as a gesture of goodwill. They are currently lodged in various jails in Gujarat," a statement by the Home Ministry said. Chidambaram's two-day visit beginning today is the first ministerial visit from India to Pakistan since the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Beware! Belgaum cops now armed with alcometers HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, JUNE 25

Those on a holiday in Belgaum and driving drunk during late evening hours, beware. Things will be difficult for those who drive drunk in Belgaum as the traffic police here has been equipped with portable alcometers that would check drunken drivers on the spot. The ultramodern gadget along with some other important items was handed over to the traffic police on Thursday at a simple ceremony at the traffic (South) police station. Khade Bazaar Dy SP G M Hosur handed over the gadget and other things to traffic CPI M Shiv Shankar. Earlier, the police after interrogating the drunk drivers had to take them to the Civil Hospital here and extract blood and urine samples. This was normally done during late evening hours adding up to the strain of the traffic police. The offense was established only after obtaining the reports from the hospital which used to cause unwarranted delay. The practice had also given vent to corruption as the police and the offender would reach an understanding that would benefit both. But now with the introduction of the alcometer, the corrupt practices would stop as the alcometer which is portable would immediately establish the content of alcohol in the drivers’

blood and the offenders would now be fined on the spot. Apart from the alcometer, the traffic police have been provided with 155 traffic cones, 75 traffic batons, 52 raincoats, 56 reflective jackets, hand gloves, reflective jackets and other basic materials that was required for smooth controlling of the rising traffic menace in the city. The traffic police would be further provided with commodities and gadgets that would assist them in controlling the traffic jams and bring discipline amongst the citizens while assuring smooth flow of traffic.

Lata regrets not meeting Jackson PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 25

Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar has said that she regrets never meeting Americ an singer Michael Jackson, whose first death anniversary falls today. "never got opportunity to meet him...ill always have this regret in my heart... (sic)," Lata wrote on the microblogging site Twitter. Describing Jackson as one of the greatest pop artists, the 80year-old legend tweeted, "My humble tribute to one of the greatest pop artists ever, Michael Jackson...may his soul rest in peace...".

45,000 to benefit from new package HERALD CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, JUNE 25

A government spokesman Wednesday night said the relief package that includes Rs 10 lakhs to kins of those killed, Rs 5 lakhs to permanently disabled will help more than 45,000 victims affected by the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy. Besides, the ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs will be extended in cancer and renal failure cases and Rs 1 lakh to those who suffered temporary disability. The trial court judgement will be challenged at two levels, through a revision application before the Madhya Pradesh High Court under Section 397 of Cr. P.C.to direct the trial court to refer the case under Section 323 of Cr.P.C. to the Sessions Court to try the case for offences under Sections 304 Part II, 324, 326 and 429 read with Section 35 IPC and before Sessions Court through an appeal to correct the error in the sentences imposed on the accused pertaining to the term of impris-

onment (Section 338), the amount of fine (Section 304A), and the direction that the sentences shall run concurrently. The Indian Council of Medial Research will set up its 31st fullfledged research centre within 90 days and conduct epidemiological studies and clinical research in areas identified by them, including following areas: Respiratory diseases; Eye related diseases; Cancer; Total Renal failure; Genetic disorders; Congenital disorders; Women related medical issues and Second generation children related medical issues The GoM has put the responsibility on the MP to expeditiously repair the factory's compound wall to prevent entry of children and any other unauthorised persons, and empower its Department of Gas Tragedy, Relief and Rehabilitation, including enhanced financial powers and fixed tenure for officers at least up to December 21, 2012 to ensure the remediation and environmental cleanup is completed in a time bound manner.

Pak-bound vessel with military supplies detained PTI KOLKATA, JUNE 25

A Karachi-bound cargo vessel from Bangladesh with heavy military supplies, including explosives, was today detained by the police at Diamond Harbour in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, top police officials said. Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh told PTI that "it is a consignment of heavy military supplies meant for a consignee in Karachi. "Five tonnes of explosives, a huge quantity of arms and ammunition were found after the police detained the vessel," Singh said.

Describing the incident as 'alarming' he said "it's surprising why the Pakistani-bound vessel was passing through Indian waters." Inspector General of Police (L aw and Order) S Karpurakayastha said the arms and ammunition were seized from two large containers on board the ship which had set sail from Chittagong in Bangladesh and was registered in Liberia. "The ship was detained on an intelligence tip-off," he said. The DGP said a police team was searching the vessel with Coast Guard and Navy personnel cordoning it off.

Now, addicts get high from chemist shop drugs PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 25

Medicines used for managing menstrual pain and other such prescription drugs are becoming favourites among addicts in India who are exploiting the ready availability of pharma drugs to get their high, say experts. A report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released recently pegs India as the largest consumer of heroin in South Asia and experts believe that there is a surge of pharmaceutical drug abuse in the country. "Easily available pharmaceutical drugs like Spasmo Proxyvon, Tramadol and Ketamine make them the most abused drugs in North-East India. Addicts take as much as 24 injections a day," says Dr Chwand

Lung Muana, Project Officer, Shalom, an NGO for HIV and AIDS in Mizoram. Such drugs are readily available at any chemist shop and are legally prescribed even by premier health institutes such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for pain management, especially to pregnant women and women during mensturation, adds Dr Muana who participated in the launch of UNODC campaign "Think Health not Drugs." "Globally, the number of people using amphetamine-type stimulants - estimated at around 3040 million - is soon likely to exceed the number of opiate and cocaine users combined. There is also evidence of increasing abuse of prescription drugs," states UNODC's World Drug Report 2010.

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Sarkozy protester to face charges Reuters PARIS, JUNE 25

The 21-year old will go before a judge on Friday, a court official said. Police arrested him at a train station in Seine-Saint-Denis, near the northern Paris suburb of La Corneuve, where Sarkozy made an unannounced visit on Thursday. The official said the suspect was hurt and bruised during his arrest and a doctor had signed him off work for nine days. He was to be appear before a judge early on Friday afternoon. The court official did not specify the insult the man is alleged to have made on Thursday to Sarkozy, who has had an unfriendly reception on several previous visits to certain suburbs. It was in La Corneuve that

Sarkozy sparked an outcry in June 2005 when as interior minister he visited a housing estate in the wake of a fatal shooting and said he planned to "clean it out with a power hose." Four months later, suburbs around Paris and other French cities exploded in violent riots that were sparked by the death of two youths fleeing from police. The violence was blamed partly on bad relations between authorities and locals in such suburbs, which are home to large immigrant populations and suffer from high unemployment. Last month a boy threw a plastic bottle at Sarkozy as he visited a school to in Beauvais, north of Paris, to discuss violence in French schools. The bottle missed its target. South Korean Michael Jackson’s fans look at flowers, candles, pictures, banners and personal letters layed down in front of a poster to mark the first anniversary of late US singer Michael Jackson's death at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday. Michael Jackson died in Los Angeles, California, USA, on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.

US Cong approves New Australia PM new sanctions defends Rudd ouster against Iran AGENCIES SYDNEY, JUNE 25

Reuters WASHINGTON, JUNE 25

The US Congress on Thursday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping package of tough new energy and financial sanctions on Iran, aiming to force Tehran to halt its suspected nuclear weapons program. The US Senate and House of Representatives approved the legislation – which backers described as the toughest ever unilateral US sanctions against the Islamic republic – by crushing 99-0 and 408-8 margins, respectively. The new measures, piled atop new UN Security Council and European sanctions, aimed to

choke off Iran's access to imports of refined petroleum products like gasoline and jet fuel and curb its access to the international banking system. "Our goal is to target Iran where it will hurt the regime the most," said Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who warned a nuclear-armed Tehran would "threaten the national security of the United States and of Israel." World powers led by Washington have accused the Islamic republic of seeking to build nuclear weapons and demanding it freeze its uranium enrichment activity, which can be a key step towards developing an atomic arsenal. The bill would shut US markets to firms that provide Iran with refined petroleum products that the oil-rich nation must import to meet demand because of a weak domestic refining capability. It also takes aim at firms that invest in Iran's energy sector, including non-US companies that provide financing, insurance, or shipping services. It could also see non-US banks doing business with certain blacklisted Iranian entities -- including Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and several banks -- shut out of the US financial system. "We will be posing a choice to companies around the world: Do you want to do business with Iran? Or do you want to business with the United States? We don't think that is much of a choice, but we will force companies to make it. They can't have it both ways," said Republican Senator John McCain. The bill would also enable US states and local governments to divest from foreign firms engaged in Iran's energy sector, and would tighten the existing US trade embargo on Iranian goods by curbing the number of exempted products. Lawmakers noted that Iran had rejected Obama's efforts, since taking office in January 2009, to engage Tehran diplomatically on issues from its nuclear program to its support for Islamist groups branded terrorists in Washington.

Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard defended her predecessor's ruthless ousting as "the right thing to do" on Friday and set about fixing policy blunders plaguing the government as elections loom. The country's first woman leader said a damaging mining tax row was top of her list at her first Cabinet meeting, a day after supplanting Kevin Rudd in a quickfire party poll that stunned observers and left the ex-premier in tears. Gillard was elected unopposed after Rudd stepped aside to avoid a humiliating defeat following a plunge in his popularity, less than three years after he led the party to a landslide election victory. "They were not easy decisions. I have taken them because I thought they were the right thing to do," she told reporters. "I felt it was in the best interests of the nation to get the government back on track." The flame-haired, Welsh-born lawyer promised greater teamwork than Rudd, whose controlling tendencies alienated him in the party and finally cost him

his job as his enduring public support came down from record highs. But she denied being a puppet of Labor's factional powerbrokers widely credited with orchestrating the first unseating of a prime minister since Paul Keating deposed Bob Hawke in 1991. "I can understand that the opposition and others will try and put a character on the events of recent days," she said. "But... it is completely absurd for anybody to look at my track record in this place and to conclude anything other than that I have made my own decisions. I am a person of strong mind and I made my own decisions." Gillard said it was her "priority" to deal with the planned 40 per cent mining tax, which has incensed the influential resources industry and further sapped Rudd's support after he shelved his flagship carbon-trading scheme. She said she had already discussed the tax with key ministers and hailed early progress after both the government and the miners called a truce and agreed to cancel their TV campaigns.

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come for Pakistan to address issues concerning the deadly Mumbai attacks with seriousness that they warrant. The Indian home minister is also understood to have sought action against Saeed, whom New Delhi considers as the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks, and handlers, including thosewho are believed to be serving in the Pakistani army, of the deadly attack that killed 166 people. Chidambaram is also believed to have sought voice samples of the Pakistani handlers and raised issues like infiltration on the border of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistanis who have infiltrated and are indulging in militant activities. Later, Chidambaram also met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Illegalities in HSRP

meeting held today has decided to ask the chief secretary to proceed as per law. “The committee had recommended that the contract should be re-tendered,” Kamat said. The Srivastava Committee, formed by the government to study implementation of high security registration plates (HSRP), had pulled up the authorities for shoddy tendering process in its report tabled at the State assembly here today. The committee report, headed by Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, said that the reasonability of the number plates should have been considered by the Transport Department before finalising the contract. The committee has said that additional 48 per cent on replacement of new registration plates was added to the tender after it was finalised. “The footnote (adding extra charge on replacement) appears to have been recorded after opening of the financial bid and is signed by representative of the company and not endorsed by the committee members appointed by the government,” the committee report reads. The committee has also said that the company’s experience of working with five countries was not cross checked by the State government by writing to the respective embassies.

BJP to file

Referring to the disqualification petition filed against transport minister and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) legislator from Madkai, Sudin Dhavalikar, he said stay on his voting right was lifted only after the Supreme Court order. Currently, he said five disqualifications petitions are pending before the Speaker which he alleged have been left pending for the benefit of the Congress party.

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industries were not getting proper power and water supply, Kamat said, “We have discussed the matter at a meeting and are trying to find out a solution to the issue.” “The government is keen to improve the infrastructural scenario for the industries in form of water and power,” he said.

Goa still safest

Stating that various measures are taken to pep up security in the coastal belt, Naik said tourist security force will take shape soon. “We have participated in various travel marts including in Russia where people have said that Goa is most safe compared to many other foreign countries,” he added.


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Worried by increase in population, UK to announce immigration curbs PTI LONDON, JUNE 25

Britain's coalition government has promised to introduce new measures to curb immigration that has allegedly contributed to an increase in population as revealed in latest official figures. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed that the population of the UK was 61.8 million in mid-2009, which amounted to an increase of 394,000 on the previous year. Responding to the figures, Immigration minister Damian Green said: "Over the coming

weeks and months the public will see us tackle this issue by introducing a wide range of new measures to ensure that immigration is properly controlled, including a limit on work permits, actions on marriage and an effective system of regulating the students who come here." The minister said the new government intended to reduce immigration numbers back to 1990s levels. The figures showed a total population increase of 2.7 million compared with 2001. Green said: "We believe that immigration has been far too

high in recent years, which is why the new government will reduce net migration back down to the levels of the 1990s – to tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands." Britain recently announced higher English language requirements for Indian and other nonEuropean Union spouses of British citizens and residents migrating to Britain. The coalition government has also announced that it will impose an annual cap on the number of skilled professionals from outside the European Union

India, Pak must focus on realistic approach: media PTI ISLAMABAD, JUNE 25

India and Pakistan must focus on a creative and realistic approach as they begin the long haul of normalising relations following a constructive meeting of their Foreign Secretaries, the media and analysts here said on Friday. News reports of the cordial meeting between Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir dominated the front pages of the dailies, and the report in the influential Dawn newspaper carried the headline "It's a long haul to peace". In its editorial, the Dawn said "not much was expected" from yesterday's meeting and "not much was offered afterwards for public consumption other than blandishments". At the same time, it noted that it was in Pakistan's interests "to talk, and talk soon, about the 'core' issues, Kashmir, water, etc". " Ye t , d i p l o m a t i c b re a k throughs are not gained by sitting back and sticking to traditional demands. In Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh, Pakistan has a potential peace partner who appears willing to at least go beyond the bare minimum in the quest for peace. Creative thinking here could give the latest 'process' the necessary impetus," it said. The Daily Times newspaper, in its editorial 'A constructive engagement', too noted that the meeting of the Foreign Secretaries was not expected to "yield any major breakthrough" as the officials had held talks to set the agenda for the Foreign Ministers' meeting to be held on July 15. However, it said the meeting "exuded optimism and positive understanding" and the joint news briefing by the Foreign Secretaries indicated the two sides had "engaged construc-

US supports Russia’s WTO entry AGENCIES WASHINGTON, JUNE 25

US President Barack Obama has extended his full support to Russia's entry into the World Trade Organisation, saying that it would deepen Moscow's integration into the global economy. "I believe that Russia belongs in the WTO. That's good for Russia. It's good for America. And it is good for the world economy," Obama said at the USRussia Business Summit held at the US Chamber of Commerce here. "To deepen Russia's integration into the global economy, I reaffirmed our strong commitment to Russia's ascension to the World Trade Organisation," Obama said at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. Announcing that Moscow would now allow the US to begin exporting its poultry products to Russia once again, Obama said: "I want to thank President Medvedev and his team for resolving this issue, which is of such importance to American business and which sends an important signal about Russia's seriousness about achieving membership in the WTO." "Therefore, I told President Medvedev that our teams should accelerate their efforts to work together to complete this process in the very near future. Russia belongs in the WTO. That's good for Russia, it's good for America, and it's good for the world economy," he said.

tively". "At this point we must keep our expectations realistic," the editorial said. "There is now a convergence of interests between India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, because

they are all afflicted in differing degrees by the same problem – terrorism. In addition to resolving their old disputes, they must focus their minds on this phenomenon, which is no respecter of boundaries," it added.

who could come to Britain for work. The proposed cap, however, has been criticised by industry leaders who believe it will restrict their ability to recruit the right kind of professionals. Imposing such a cap will ultimately adversely affect British economy, they say.

Obama expects Pak govt to act against terror PTI WASHINGTON, JUNE 25

US President Barack Obama has stressed on the need to have a government in Pakistan that is effective in taking action against terrorist outfits in the country. "We have to make sure that we've got a Pakistani government that is working effectively with us to dismantle these networks," Obama said as he reiterated his goal to dismantle and destroy al Qaeda and its affiliates. "The reason we're there in the first place is because 3,000 Americans were killed from an attack launched in that region. We are not going to have that repeated," he said. In order to achieve that, we have to make sure that we have

a stable Afghan government, and we also have to make sure that we've got a Pakistani government that is working effectively with us to dismantle these networks, Obama said in response to a question at a White House news briefing. Along with the visiting Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. A day earlier, Obama had said that the United States would not tolerate terrorist safe haven. "Our nation is at war. We face a very tough fight in Afghanistan. But Americans don't flinch in the face of difficult truths or difficult tasks. We persist and we persevere. We will not tolerate a safe haven for terrorists who want to destroy Afghan society from within and launch attacks against

innocent men, women and children in our country and around the world," Obama said. Emerging from the Oval office, soon after his monthly sit-

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Global Eco recovery still fragile : PM PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 25

As he left for the G-20 Summit in Toronto, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today cautioned that the global economic recovery is "still fragile and uneven" and asked world leaders to calibrate exit strategies in the light of growing concerns over expansionary fiscal policies. "We need investment and capital flows, as well as an open and rule based trading system that does not succumb to protectionist tendencies," Singh said in a departure statement here. Singh will be attending the two-day Summit from tomorrow during which he will also have talks with US President Barack Obama and other leaders. The challenges before the Toronto Summit were threefold, he said. These would be to ensure that global economic recovery is durable,

balanced and sustainable; to calibrate exit strategies in the light of growing concerns over expansionary fiscal policies; and to focus on medium and long-term structural issues relating to governance issues. "As the Indian economy grows and further integrates with the international system, we have an increasingly direct stake in all these matters," he said, adding to meet "our ambitious development targets it is necessary that the global economy continue to recover in a stable and predictable manner." Singh said the coordinated policy actions taken by the G20 countries since November 2008 have not only helped to prevent a crisis of the type the world saw in the 1930s but also contributed to global economic recovery. "This is a sign of the G 20’s success. At the same time, we have to be conscious that the

recovery is still fragile and uneven. New worrying signs have emerged in the Euro zone," he said. On the margins of the Summit, Singh would hold separate meetings with Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. He would hold bilateral talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper when the two sides are expected to sign a deal providing for cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy, paving the way for supply of uranium and cooperation in research, development, waste management and radiation safety. Singh's delegation includes Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, his sherpa in the summit, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla and other officials.

Tata targets 2.2 lakh light truck sales PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 25

Tata Motors is eyeing a sale of 2,20,000 units of its light trucks this fiscal (FY 11), a top company official said. "This would include around 1,50,000 ACE trucks and around 70,000 Magic trucks," Tata Motors' Commercial Vehicles Unit's President, Ravi Pisharody, told reporters. Last year, 1,10,000 units of ACE and 48,000 Magic trucks were sold, he said. The Tata Motors official said he expected Europe to be a good market for the electronic ACE truck, adding that "some development work is being done in that direction (development of the electronic variant)." Overall, Tata Motors would be looking at a 15% growth in the commercial vehicles segment this fiscal, he said. The auto major also plans to launch four models under its premium Prima range of trucks which would include two tippers, one tractor and one simple truck, between this September and March 2011.

'Coconut Trail' to lure tourists PTI KOCHI, JUNE 25

In a first of its kind venture by any coconut producing country, India is mulling launching a 'Coconut Trail' across various states producing the wonder nut which would give tourists an insight into the rural life and history of the 3000 yearold tradition of coconut culture. The Coconut Development Board (CDB) which will be launching the 'Coconut Trail' most likely this year, is hoping that tourists would certainly get attracted to the circuit. The pilot project would be first launched in Kerala at Kumbalangi, a palm fringed fishing hamlet about 30 km from here on July 3 in the presence of Union Minister of state for Agriculture K V Thomas and state Tourism minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, CDB Chairman C

V Ananda Bose told PTI from New Delhi. The project's stakeholders in Kerala -- CDB, state Tourism department, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), the Industries department, scientists and local body officials would be participating in a meeting at Kumbalangi on July 3 in this regard, he said. The trail would take the tourists -- both domestic and International to the coconut growing states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar and Assam where they will get first hand knowledge of the life of coconut farmers and the various uses of the nut. The circuit is expected to be finalised and launched this year itself. Tourists would be exposed to the many splendours of the coconut. As part of the Co-

conut Trail, a Coconut Crop museum exhibiting different varieties of coconut was also being planned, Bose said. The various activities centered around coconut -- how to climb coconut palms, mechanical way, the Talap system, plucking using animals and women pluckers -- would be shown to the visitors. Various coir related activities such as manual dehusking and through machines would also form part of the circuit. Not to forget the various mouthwatering delicacies made of coconut that would also be on display. The people of Kumbalangi,the first Model Tourism village in the country, are excited that the project is coming to their village, says Shivadattan, Kumbalangi Homestay and Tourism Society Director.

Industry backs fuel price hike PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 25

India Inc hailed the decision of hiking petrol, diesel, cooking gas and kerosene prices, saying the government has demonstrated ability to take a difficult political decision. However, at the same time, the leading chambers of industry also talked about the inflationary pressures due to the decision to hike prices of petro products and free petrol from any administrative price control. "CII welcomes the decision to deregulate fuel prices. While this will have some negative impact on the inflation in the

short term ... the government has (shown) the ability to implement policy changes even if they are politically difficult," the industry body said. CII said in the long term, the decision would have a positive impact. According to FICCI, the government has taken a "very nuanced approach" in freeing up petrol prices. Despite voicing inflationary concerns, the chambers said the move would have a negative impact on the inflation which has reached the double digit. But it would help bring viability in the country's oil economy.

Inflation fears pull down Sensex by 156 pts PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 25

A sharp gain in energy stocks today failed to arrest the drop in the broader market, with the BSE benchmark Sensex shedding 156 points as investors feared that a hike in auto and kitchen fuel prices would lead to very high inflation. Investors withdrew funds apprehending RBI’s intervention and a resultant increase in commercial lending rates that could make borrowings costlier for the industry. Extending the loss for the second session in a row, the 30-share index of the Bombay Stock Exchange ended at 17,574. 53 points, down by 155.71 points, or 0.88 per cent.

While petrol price will go up by Rs 3.5 a litre and diesel by Rs two a litre, households will have to pay an additional Rs 35 per cylinder for cooking gas. Poor man's cooking fuel kerosene will be dearer by Rs 3 a litre from today. Instead of keeping prices artificially suppressed, it was important to send correct price signals to consumers so that there is no wastage of scarce resources, CII said. FICCI cautioned fluctuations in global oil prices "can derail the overall economy" and asked the government to evolve a mechanism to provide a cushion against the volatility.

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The Model Tourism village project and the Rs 70 lakh UNDP project at Kumabalngi have brought it international fame as tourists from all corners flock to see the hamlet. There is better infrastructure now and the local people were happy, he said. There are 20 homestays and a heritage hotel at Kumbalangi to cater to the needs of tourists. Bose said efforts are being made to involve the coconut clusters involved in coconut planting in the tourism related activities. They can act as tourist guides and would be trained to man the coconut trail, he said. India is one of the leading producer of coconuts in the world producing about 13 billion nuts annually. Coconut is grown in 18 states and three Union Territories under different Agro climatic conditions.

Anil, Mukesh groups sign gas deal as directed by SC PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 25

An Anil Ambani group firm today announced that it signed an agreement for availing of gas from Mukesh Ambani-led RIL in accordance with a Supreme Court direction, but supply will be subject to government policy. The announcement of the deal comes within weeks of the warring brothers signing a truce agreement for creating a "harmonious environment of cooperation and collaboration" between their respective groups. Shortly after the deal was signed today between Mukeshled RIL and Anil group firm RNRL, the agreement was submitted to the government for necessary action, Oil Ministry sources said but clarified that neither any quantity, duration of gas supply, specific project nor price was mentioned. Although neither sides gave details of the revised gas supply agreement, sources in Reliance Natural Resources Ltd said that it is for a period of 17 years for projects totaling 8,400 MW at a government determined price of USD 4.2 per mmBtu. When contacted, RIL spokesperson declined to give details saying that the contract

was as per the direction of the Supreme Court and in accordance with government's policies. The government has fixed a price of USD 4.2 per mmbtu for five years for gas from RIL's KG D-6 fields. The government sources further clarified that it was the master agreement about the intent to supply gas and any specific details ranging from pricing to tenure and projects could be contained only in GSPA. It may be recalled that only last week the oil ministry officials were reported to have said that any gas supply to Anil's group firm could be only closer to commissioning of any project. They, however, said today that it was for the Empowered Group of Ministers to see if an exception can be made for Anil Ambani group and gas could be reserved for his project. RNRL had gone to court against RIL in 2006, seeking 28 mmscmd of gas for its proposed Dadri plant at a rate of USD 2.34 per mmBtu - a demand which was rejected by the Supreme Court citing that government had the last word on utilization and pricing of gas. The government fixed price

Terming the hike in petro product prices as "a cruel blow" against people, four Left parties demanded its scrapping and lambasted the government for giving "false arguments" to justify these measures. "The decision of the UPA government to inflict a steep rise in the prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking gas is a cruel blow against the people who are already suffering due to the runaway increase in the prices of food and essential commodities," the CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc said in a joint statement.

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PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 25

Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung today said it will ramp up its camera business to more than double its market share to 20 per cent this year. The company''s Indian subsidiary, Samsung India, will expand its offering in the digital compact camera range by introducing its first high-end range -- the NX10 series, which has two variants priced at Rs 42,990 and Rs 44,990 respectively. "Digital camera segment is a focus and growth area this year. We are looking for 90 per cent volume growth, besides targeting 20 per cent market share this year from eight per cent last year," a Samsung India spokesperson said. The Indian digital camera market was estimated at 1.2 million units last year. It is likely to touch 1.5 million units by the end of the year, she added. While the contribution from the camera segment to Samsung''s overall sales is insignificant at present, she said the category has been growing at the rate of 80 per cent annually. "Through the NX10, we are getting into the upper end digital camera segment.

Leela sees Rs 700-cr Rev by FY 12 PTI MUMBAI, JUNE 25

Hospitality major, the Leela group, is eyeing revenue of Rs 700-crore by FY 12 when its three new hotels coming up in Chennai, Delhi (NCR) and Agra would become fully operational, a top company official said. "We are expecting a revenuegeneration of over Rs 700crore by 2012-13 after the commissioning of our three hotels in Chennai, Delhi and Agra," Chairman of the group, Captain C P Krishnan Nair, said. The Delhi and Chennai hotels are expected to be opera-

tional in FY 11, while the one in Agra would be commissioned in fiscal 2012-13, Nair said.

The Group's 'The Leela Kempinski' currently has its presence in Goa, Kerala, Udaipur, Mumbai, Bangalore

...Left for scrapping it

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for gas from RIL's KG-D6 fields is USD 4.20 per mmBtu. "With legal dispute (over supply and pricing of natural gas from RIL's Krishna Godavari basin fields to Anil Ambani Group's power plants) behind us, we look forward to a harmonious and constructive relationship with Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG)," Mukesh Ambani had said at RIL's Annual General Meeting on June 18. He had also said that "as and when the power plants of ADAG are ready to receive gas, we would commence supplies to them subject to government granting allocation." The two brothers reconciled their differences on May 23, when they scrapped a noncompete agreement that allowed flexibility to expand into areas hitherto reserved for each of them and aimed at "creating overall environment of harmony, cooperation and collaboration between the two groups." Propelled by the news of a revised gas pact with RIL, RNRL shares immediately surged 8 per cent intra-day but settled 3.29 per cent up at Rs 65.95 a piece. RIL shares were 1.14 per cent up at Rs 1,063.25 a share on the BSE.

Samsung eyes 20% share in digicam space

The Congress-led government, they said, had shown its "callous and anti-people" character as the decision had come when food inflation rate was around 17 per cent and general inflation rate reached double digit. "India has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of consumer price inflation in the world." The decision to deregulate the price of petrol and leave it to the market to determine was "going to prove disastrous for the economy and the country," the parties said. Accusing the government of "giving false arguments to justify these measures", they said

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the prices of petrol and diesel were increased by Rs three barely three months ago at the time of the Union Budget. "International oil prices have not risen substantially in this period," they said and rued that the govt has not rationalised the taxation structure on petroleum products which was adding to the price of petrol and diesel in a large way. "It is a myth that such a step is being taken to protect the public sector companies from under-recoveries. The so-called under-recoveries are entirely based on notional prices calculated without any reference to the actual cost of production.

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and Gurgaon. "We want to ensure that the Leela Kempinski in Delhi is operational before the Commonwealth Games," Capt Nair said. Apart from the three, the Group is also planning to open hotels in Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Kolkata. "I want to set up hotels practically in all the principal towns of India. We will be making all the necessary provisions for setting up these projects," he said, adding that the Pune would be its next destination. Capt Nair also said that he wished to set up a hotel along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). He also said that the hospi-

tality industry should be given 'infrastructure status'. "There is a huge scope for infrastructure development in India. If the hotel industry is given infrastructure status, there would be a huge investment in the same from outsiders too. Besides, we would be able to get long-term loans easily, say for 10-12-years," Nair said.

BOARD MEETINGS Gujarat Org Shri Dinesh Exelon Infra Hitech Plast Galada Power Neelkanth Rock Source: Indiainfoline.com

MF FUNDA ESCORTS MUTUAL FUND has approved July 01, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of Escorts Opportunities Fund. The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will up to maximum of Rs 0.0981 per unit as on the record date. MOTILAL OSWAL ASSET MANAGEMENT COMPANY has announced the launch of Motilal Oswal MOSt Shares M50 ETF, an open ended exchange traded fund (ETF) focusing on investing in a fundamentally weighted basket of stocks that comprise the S&P CNX Nifty Index (Nifty). This will be India`s 1st fundamentally weighted ETF based on Nifty and will extend the ETF product set towards a new pattern. The NFO will be open for subscription from June 30, 2010 till July 19, 2010. MOSt Shares M50 will be listed on the NSE. The minimum investment amount during the NFO is Rs 10,000 and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter. The fund manager of the scheme is Rajnish Rastogi.

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Saina enters semis PTI JAKARTA, JUNE 25

Defending champion Saina Nehwal overcame an opening game deficit to reach the semi-final of Indonesian Open badminton tournament and stay on course for back-to-back Super Series title here on Friday. Saina looked rusty against Ella Diehl of Russia in the first game and was doing the catch up job from the start before losing it 17-21. The top seeded Indian, however, stamped her authority over her opponent in the next two games by using, to telling effect,

her superiority in smashes and long rallies. Saina and the eight seeded Russian were neck-and-neck at 5-4 before the Indian pressed the accelerator in the second to take it 21-11. In the decider, Saina took a straightaway 6-0 lead and though the Russian reduced the gap 13-10, the Indian ran away with the game 21-16 and the match in 58 minutes. In the semi-final on Saturday, Saina will meet fourth seeded Eriko Hirose of Japan who beat fifth seeded Jie Yao of the Netherlands 21-19, 10-21, 22-20.

Anthony stars for Gloria HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JUNE 25

A splendid hat-trick by striker Anthony Fernandes helped Our Lady of Gloria Sports Club, Raia to trounce Agasaim Youth Club 5-0 and sail into the quarterfinal of All-Goa 34th Cana Benaulim inter-village football tournament organised by Cana Benaulim Sporting Association at St John Baptist ground, Dando – Benaulim on Friday. They were leading 2-0 at half time. Gloria enjoyed total domina-

tion and went into the lead when Felix Fernandes converted a pass from Anthony Fernandes. Gloria piled on the pressure and Agasaim goalkeeper Celio was outstanding as he brought off a couple of saves. But he could not stop Anthony Fernandes from increasing the tally. The second session saw a one-way traffic for Gloria with Anthony Fernandes striking and competing his hat-trick. Felix Fernandes rounded off the tally.

Mad Max up HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JUNE 25

Custodio memorial soccer: Nerul SC v. Ambelim SC, Raia panchayat ground, 4.45 p.m,. Gumboots soccer: St Michael Boys, Orlim v. Rosario Boys, Davorlim, Orlim Church ground, 4.30 p.m.

Mad Max, Taleigao prevailed over Rebello Pandal, Maina 6-4 via the tie-breaker to advance into the quarter-final of Gumboots football at church ground, Orlim on Friday. The teams were tied 1-1 at full time. Pandal’s Valzunio Fernandes goal was neutralised by Ceaser. Mad Max scored through Fermino, Cedric, Stanley, Valencio and Xavier while Bruno, Haysson, Romeo converted for Rebello Pandal.

Marathon man Isner out as Belgians set up clash

AFP LONDON, JUNE 25

Marathon man John Isner was knocked out of Wimbledon in straight sets on Friday, after playing the longest ever match, as comeback queens Kim Clijsters

and Justine Henin set up a fourth-round clash. Isner lost 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 to Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands. Meanwhile Belgian duo Clijsters and Henin set up a fourth-

round encounter after they both saw off Russian seeds in straight sets. Clijsters was the first through to round four after brushing aside 27th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-3.

Henin, the 17th seed, defeated 12th seed Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-4. Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic downed Spain's Albert Montanes, the 28th seed, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

Jelena Jankovic beat Ukraine's 28th-seeded Alona Bondarenko 6-0, 6-3. French 11th seed Marion Bartoli, the beaten finalist in 2007, put out Hungarian qualifier Greta Arn 6-3, 6-4.


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Substance abuse, especially narcotics, is an ever-growing social evil that the world has been constantly fighting against. Acknowledging this battle, the UN has dedicated a day to commemorate the fight against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES n our day to day living, we get so caught up in our own problems and troubles that we don’t normally think about the problems faced by the world. Very often, even if we are aware of the problems, we do not considered them part of our personal life, and this attitude continues to live on until, one day, it affects our own life. Drug abuse and trafficking is one such problem, which many organisations in the world are trying to eradicate, but we as individuals do very little to combat this evil. According to dictionaries, drugs are substances that alter a bodily function when consumed. The word in the broad term is usually used to denote the substances that are often used to give a person a ‘high’. Although drugs are usually illegal, some of them, like morphine, are also used in the medical field, but the use of these same substances without any particular medical reason and continued dependence on them is what is termed as ‘drug abuse’. “Drug abuse can have a drastic effect on every sphere of ones life, be it medical, interpersonal, familial… practically every thing,” says psychiatrist Dr Anil Rane. Drugs often cause damage to the brain and thus often lead to behavioural problems. Some signs of drug use are moodiness, depression, avoiding people who could confront them about behaviour changes¸ being secretive, no motivation and displaying a totally different personality. “Being a costly habit, addiction also has indirect effects such as resorting to stealing, prostitution and other illegal activities in order to arrange for money,” explains Dr Rane. The physical and bodily disturbances caused due to drug abuse include, trembling, red eyes, dilated pupils, lack of personal hygiene, uncoordinated movements and weight loss. “People who resort to the intravenous form of consuming drugs often run a high risk of

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getting HIV, and that is why we at Positive People work with such kind of drug abusers,” says Xavier Fernando from Positive People, an organisation that has two drop-in centres in the state, in Calangute and Margao, to help people with the problem of addiction. Substance abuse like alcoholism starts with experimentation and sometimes peer pressure or other stress factors. “Drug abuse often starts as a recreational activity and then leads to addiction and dependence; that’s when it goes out of control,” says Dr Anil Rane. “To understand the causes of drug abuse, you will have to understand the psychology behind the person, normally it is peer influence and the transition from a dependant child to an independent adult that often leads to rebellious behaviours,” explains psychiatrist Dr Rajesh Dhume. “Sometimes, the causes could be the levels of stress a person has. The increase of tourism is another factor in the increase in the drug problem,” Says Dr Dhume. The choice of drug depends on various factors, one could be the availability, and another could be the financial capability of the users. “The most common drug used is tea, cigarettes and alcohol, these are the non controllable drugs,” informs Dr Dhume. “Among the narcotic substances are drugs like charas and ganja that are more common, while there are other people who consume heroin and morphine, and the more expensive drugs are, the designer drugs like ecstasy,” says Dr Rane. “Another major type of addiction that is on the rise is what is called ‘white collar addiction’, which is the addiction to prescription drugs. It is highly on the rise, especially in the case of sedatives. It is caused mainly because of the stress,” says Dr Dhume. The use of drugs is on a rise according to the various studies conducted but it is very difficult to put it in figures. “There are no statistics regarding the use of the drugs as it is normally an underground activity, but there is definitely a rise in the State,” says Fernando. People around the state are trying to curb this trend, and various organisations host talks and seminars to enlighten people, young and old, about the menace of drug addiction. On the individual front, it is important that each of us heeds to the advice given by these organisations. If we do our bit, we can ensure that the life of another person doesn’t evaporate into smoke, thus collectively building a brighter future for humanity.

Though Goa is touted to be a naturally beautiful state with a unique old-world charm, it’s a pity that many of its old structures are facing ruin. Corjuem Fort is one such structure in dire need of attention BY AKSHAY G POTEKAR eeding a break from the monotony of city life, I decided to go searching for a nice, rustic nook close by and the island of Corjuem seemed to be the right place to fit into in my scheme of things. Corjuem, in Bardez taluka, lies to the east of the village of Aldona. Apart from its attractive cable bridge, it is also famous for its fort. The history of Corjuem Fort as compiled by historian Percival Noronha dates back to the 16th century. It was built by the Bhonsles in 1551 and was taken from them by Caetano de Mello e Castro in 1706, following which it subsequently rebuilt. Later on, it was assigned to the students of the military school as a place for receiving training in military manoeuvres. As it became less important to the Portuguese, it was abandoned in 1834, till which time it was defended by four guns. Inside the fort there is a small statue of a catholic deity as well as a dried well. The locals of this area have great belief in the deity and venerate it with deep faith. Wanting to take a look at the fort for myself, I stepped in and was stunned to see that the structure, said to be small in size as compared to its counterparts located along the State’s coastline, is actually quite huge, built up of massive stone which also shows significant advancement in the architecture during that pristine time. But what was even more shocking was the fact that the fort has been neglected for more

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than two years by the Archaeological Department; I learnt about this bit of information from the local lads. There is a lot of overgrowth with shrubs and small thorny trees growing on the walls of the fort and choking the place up, also causing small crevices and fissures on the walls. If the fort remains unattended for another few years, it won’t be long before the mighty walls come crashing down. Curious to learn more, I went to the Archaeological Department, where the officials told me that they had not received the funds from the Tourism Department for more than two years to maintain the Corjuem Fort. Officials also said that they received the funds recently and they will start the work of renovation only after the monsoon gets over. As this is a famous fort in Bardez Taluka, it is important for the Archaeological and Tourism Department to take initiative to develop this place as a tourist attraction. The concerned authorities could renovate the fort so that our cultural heritage is kept alive. Instead of preserving our glorious past for the future generations we are just allowing historical edifices to decay. Action needs to be taken before this prominent landmark is lost forever; structures such as this need to be preserved in all their glory for posterity.

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f Govinda thinks that he got a raw deal in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan’, then he can seek solace in the savage butchering that Tejaswini Kolhapure’s role suffered. Padmini Kolhapure’s pretty sister was signed on for a prominent role as Ravi Kissan’s wife in the movie. She spent two-and-half gruelling months away from home and husband (filmmaker-actor Pankaj Saraswat) in the jungles shooting for ‘Raavan’. The end-result - one passing shot, lasting no more than five seconds in a wedding song. Surely this must rank as the most abbreviated role in the history of Hindi cinema! One of Tejaswini’s co-stars in ‘Raavan’ says: “At least Tejaswini is visible in one shot. Poor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, at his age, he was on location in the jungles for 90 days. He doesn’t even have one scene in the film. And what about poor Sachin Khedekar, who is there for just one scene as Abhishek’s father? He also played Aishwarya’s father in Guru and had his role chopped off because Mani wanted to focus on the AbhishekAishwarya story.” Incidentally, Madhavan and Vidya Balan also had their roles severely chopped off in Guru. Surprisingly, Tejaswini doesn’t try to dodge the savage editing of her part with sugar-coated words. When asked about her blink-and-miss appearance in the movie, she said: “Mani sir and the entire crew knew what my role was. I shot for a good 75 days. The role in the film is what you saw. Nevertheless, it was a treat working with a director like Mani Ratnam. Anyone would give their right hand to work with him. All I had to suffer were some minor bruises. It’s crazy to say this after what I’ve gone through. But I’d love to work with him again.” Tejaswini has been unlucky in her career from the very beginning. Her first film, as leading lady in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Paanch’ was never released. But she’s hopeful about the future. “I’ve finished ‘Happi’ with Pankaj Kapoor-ji which is directed by Bhavna Talwar. I’ve also done a short film called ‘Salt & Pepper’ about farmers’ suicides directed by Mohinder Pratap Singh and Shashank Ghosh’s segment in ‘Mumbai Cutting’ (a film with short stories on Mumbai),” she said.

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hile Jeremy London continues to tell the tale of his alleged abduction at the hands of thugs who forced him to take drugs and alchohol, his family fears for his life. His family is not going to keep silence any more. We have all heard the story that the star, famous for his role in ‘Party of Five’, was kidnapped by two criminals and was made to take drugs, but Jeremy’s family has a different version of what has happened to the actor. London’s 37-year-old twin brother Jason London reveals shocking details. “His health is our concern,” said Jeremy's twin brother, Jason. “If this kidnapping did happen to him, then I hope that there's justice. It's obviously confusing to everybody. I'm glad my brother is safe." But the family worries that Jeremy's story, that he was kidnapped in Palm Springs, California and forced to take drugs, doesn't add up, and may be the result of the actor engaging in substance abuse again. Jason believes his brother desperately needs psychological help and treatment for drug addiction. Jason also added that right at the moment the whole family is acting in Jeremy’s best interests. They are sure that he is seriously ill and needs urgent help. A lot of troubles have happened to Jeremy London recently which has affected him a lot. Among them we find: alcohol addiction, court battle over his 3-year-old son Lyric with his ex-spouse Melissa and serious financial difficulties. And now his relatives suspect him to become a drug addict again. After learning what his family speak about him to the press, Jeremy London got really furious and threatened all of them not to say anything to reporters. He is continuing to insist on his own version of those events when he was allegedly kidnapped. So, the California police still believe his words, though in recent developments, the alleged kidnapper, Brandon Adams is denying the allegations against him, saying that it was a mutual drug-abuse session and not a hold up of any kind.


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? One-day Workshop Story telling workshop for Children on Tales – Panchatantra, Jataka Tales, Tenali Raman, Aesop’s Fables, Hitopdesha, Akbar Birbal, Vikram Vetal, Arabian Nights & Fairy Tales, organised by the PageTurners: Children’s Book Club will be held at the The International Centre Goa, on June 27. For further information contact: Arjun Halarnkar: 9765404391 Statistics Day will be celebrated on June 29 at 10am at the Kala Academy, Panjim, organised by the Department of Planning, Statistics and Evaluation to commemorate the great statistician PC Monalanobis. Call 9850685080 or 9822166669. The Sketch Club hosted by Harshada Kerkar will be recommencing on June 26 at Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts. The club will be held every Saturday, for four 2 hour sessions from 10 am to 6 pm. ‘A new world…VISION 2050’, a creativity contest on graphic designing on the subject, will be held on July 10 and 11. Registrations close on June 28. Call 9423885224 or 2225153. Visit www.mgmgoa.com. ‘Awakening’ – a Tai Chi workshop by artist and black belt martial arts practitioner, Satyakam Gupta will be held on June 29 at SunaparantaGoa Centre for the Arts. The program includes the 24 forms of Tai Chi (Yang style), as well as Qi Gong exercises in over 18 sessions over the monsoon period. For details contact Sunaparanta: 2421311 ‘Coconut Heritage Photography Contest’, organised by Heritage Jazz is open for registration till July 10. Entry forms are available at Champs and Big G in Margao and Champs, Magsons, Don Bosco Oratory and the Gonsalves Mansion in Panjim. Entries should be submitted at the Gonsalves Mansion, Campal. Visit www.heritagejazz.com. Call 2228010. A basic pranic healing workshop,

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Director: Mehul Kumar Cast: Jahan Bloch, Samir Aftab, Farida Jalal Rating: emember the 1994 movie, ‘Krantiveer’ directed by Mehul Kumar which not only was a grand success but also established Nana Patekar as an actor par? This new piece, with the same title, is a sequel to that great film. Although the sequel does not star any of the old cast except Farida Jalal, it carries forward the basic theme as an ongoing battle against the corrupt politicians of the country. The story aims at urging the youth to get the old politicians to retire and to take the reigns of the country in their own hands. Apart from the social message, this film is also a launchpad for director Mehul Kumar’s daughter Jahan. Jahan (Roshni) plays the pivotal role of a young defiant journalist who carries the genes of Krantiveer, Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia and plays their daughter in the sequel. Portraying a fearless and fiery journalist, she takes up the mission of her parents to change the corrupt system of the country. She is ably supported by Vishaal, an army officer; Goldie, a rich youth disillusioned by the evils of money; and Uday, an angry young man with a political legacy behind him. The story has the foursome coming together to finish the corrupt political mafia of the old politicians. There is no doubt that there have been many Bollywood films on the same subject but each one was different from the other. Though the film has lots of over-the-top scenes, it does seem to drive home the message at the end. Though the subject does not permit song sequences, tracks such as ‘Khudaa Mere Khudaa’ and ‘Chote Tera Birthday Ayaa’ are quite a treat.

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HERALD FEATURES he village of Siolim celebrated Sao Joao on June 24 with great fervour and gusto. This feast is being celebrated here for the last 176 years. The young and old wearing crowns of seasonal flowers danced to the tune of music chanting loudly Sao Joao. Siolim Sao Joao Traditional Boat Festival committee had organized various programmes and competitions including an entertainment performance by Prince Jacob and his troupe, Mil-Mel-Nel, D Pietros band and performance by Dance for Life dance troupe. The highlight of the festival was the competition of colorful boats which are similar to carnival floats. Although it was raining heavily, large number of people gathered to witness the boat parade at the creek opposite St Anthony Church, Siolim. The boat parade began around 3 pm and the boats made its way to the beautiful stage which was erected for the artists to perform. Siolim MLA Dayanand Mandrekar was among the dignitaries present for the event. The same kind of festivity was enjoyed by the San Joao Boys of Pedda-Benaulim. The feast was celebrated with the theme to create awareness about our environment. The San Joao Boys were spotted wearing jerseys with messages like ‘Save Water’ and ‘Love Nature’. Dr Hubert Gomes gave a talk while the committee distributed Neem plants and almost a hundred cloth shopping bags. Tiatrist John D’Silva was the Chief Guest.

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HERALD FEATURES ontinuing in the same vein after two unusual projects, Heritage Jazz has designed a project to further raise the emotional bar, this time with a painting workshop for the aged that is going to be held at La Santa Margarida in Divar on June 28, from 3pm to 6pm. During the children’s painting workshop held at Gonsalves Mansion in Campal, the landlady of the house, 80 year old Aduzinda Gonsalves, tried her hand at painting as well, and she surprised established artists Unnati Singh of Mumbai and Salvador Fernandes of Goa with what she came out with. This act was what encouraged everyone concerned to come up with this unique initiative. Dispelling the misconception that people in their silver years do not have anything to look forward to, Heritage Jazz, with the added energies of musicians, artists, school children as well as some villagers of Divar, hopes to make a difference. An addition to the initiative is that the underprivileged children from the St Inez nullah region will sing Konkani songs for the people from the old aged home. Sr Monica, Dean of La Santa Margarida and Lily Gomes Pereira are delighted to participate in something that will bring cheer to the 40 odd inmates at the home.

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conducted by grand master Choa Kok Sui will be held on June 27 from 9:30am to 5:30pm at the GORC Hall, Vasco. Call 9923752569, 9325503194 or 2515703 Free course on fashion designing, refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) and beautification, conducted by the Government Polytechnic, Panjim, under its Community Develeopment through Polytechnic Scheme is open for registration till June 30. Visit the Government Polytechnic, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2432667, 2225973, 2465448, 2250842 or 9850226366. The Monsoon Jumble Sale, organised by the YMCA, Women’s Forum will take place on July 4 at the YMCA, Campal, Panjim. Call 9623525442, 9822582022, 9423171317 or 2227112. The qualifying round of the State Level Dance Competition, organised by the Samrat Club, Kapileshwar will take place on June 27 at 3pm at the Vishwahindu Parishad Hall, Khadpabandh, Ponda. Coaching Classes for AIEEE, G2CET, GCET, IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT starting shortly in Panaji Goa, Special batches on Saturdays, Sundays. For more information call 9822131835. All Goa Inter-School Elocution Competition for environmental awareness organised by Radio Mirchi 98.3FM will be held from July 1 to 7. The competition will comprise of On-Air and On Ground multi-city activities across Panjim, Margao, Vasco, and Mapusa. For more information and competition details: log on to www.radiomirchi.com or Call: 6656666 Workshop on how to maintain & protect computer/laptop from viruses will be held for 2 days on July 1 and 2. For more information contact Detroit Institute: 9822131835.

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Directed: Martin Campbell Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone Rating: artin Campbell, director of the Bond flick ‘Casino Royale’ is back in action with another good suspense thriller ‘Edge of Darkness’. Mel Gibson is back in a pivotal role after his 2002 film ‘Signs’. The film is a celluloid version of the mini-series of the same name and is entirely shot in Boston, Massachusetts. Mel Gibson, playing the role of Boston police detective Thomas Craven in the film, is a loving father of Emma (Bojana Noakovic) and has to witness the death of his grown up daughter as she is gunned down on their on porch. This spurns the detective father into getting to the bottom of the gruesome killing only to find out that that was just the tip of the iceberg. With all the twists and turns, Campbell has been able to keep the audience into the grip of this film. The distinguished crew of the ‘Edge of Darkness’ ensure that the film moves along smartly although it offers nothing new or clever by way of story or style. What could keep you glued to the seat is the quality of performances by Gibson, Winstone and Huston. Winstone especially, portraying the mysterious Darius Jedburgh, has put on a splendid show. Overall, the film presents an all round entertainment with good camera work and special effects and is fast enough to keep your attention. (Movies showing at Cine Samrat and Cine Ashok)

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Fear cost Italy: Fabio AFP IRENE, JUNE 25

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro on Friday blamed fear for the reigning champions' ignominious exit from the World Cup following a shock 3-2 defeat to debutants Slovakia. The 36-year-old, who has now played his last match for the Azzurri and will move to Al-Ahli in Dubai next season, gave a frank and honest assessment of Italy's disastrous title defence from the team's Casa Azzurri base camp here. And he said when the hour came, the men became shrinking violets. "The fear is when you play for a team with four stars on it's shirt (designating their four world titles) and you have to win," he said. "The pressure is there, there was too much fear in playing, I was looking in their (the players) faces and they were too nervous. "If you're too nervous you don't manage to be lucid." The other problem, according to the former world player of the year, is a lack of quality in Italy. "We don't have any superstars, there are no (Francesco) Tottis or (Alessandro) Del Pieros, if someone had seen one we would've brought them," he added. "We need to get used to the fact that right now we're not producing the material like previous generations. Before we had great players who made our history, not just in the national team but also in the clubs.” "Now we need to produce these players again but of course it's not easy. It's a part of the cycle, now we have good players but not first class ones, before we had great players." Cannavaro called on clubs to assume their responsibility in the production of new young talent. "The only path is that of youth, if you don't create good young players then you won't have a solid base. That's the future, we need to turn a page. Clubs must realise that it's not just the failure of the national team, it's also the clubs' failure.”

"We (Italy) won the Champions League (with Inter Milan) but with few Italians (there were none in the starting XI). "But it's not just about youth, it's also about stadiums and how fans behave in the stadiums. "We need to draw a line, we need to change." Looking back at the match against Slovakia, Cannavaro described it as one of his worst experiences in football. "It was for sure one of our worst evenings, we didn't expect to go out in the group stages. "We didn't expect to play this way or to get this result. We knew it would be very difficult to win the World Cup but we expected with our experience to go a lot further. "After the first game (a 1-1 draw with Paraguay) we were confident, we played well but maybe the fact we didn't win the second (another 1-1 draw with New Zealand) conditioned us a lot. "Yesterday (Thursday) in the first half there was insecurity, fear and a lack of taking responsibility." The Neapolitan defended coach Marcello Lippi's squad selection, particularly the decision to leave forwards Luca Toni, Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli behind. "Once again the coach showed his greatness as he took full responsibility, he defended the team and showed he thinks a lot of us.” "When you lose on the pitch it's not just the fault of the coach but of everyone. We went to two European Championships with Toni and Cassano and didn't win them and as for Balotelli he's still very young." As for his own career, Cannavaro said it was the right time to close this chapter. "I'm going because I believe the time has come to say goodbye. I have had a good career, I've given a lot. "I've had good moments and bad but that's part of a footballer's career. You accept the plaudits when you win so you must accept the criticism when you lose."

Italy’s defender and captain Fabio Cannavaro (right) consoles striker Fabio Quagliarel la after they failed to qualify for pre-quarterfinals.

Italy to unveil new coach AFP IRENE, JUNE 25

Cesare Prandelli will be officially unveiled as the new coach of now-deposed world champions Italy on July 1, Italian Football Federation President, Giancarlo Abete said on Friday. Incumbent Marcello Lippi's tenure as head coach effectively ended on Thursday when the reigning champions were embarrassingly bundled out of the World Cup here following a shock 3-2 defeat to Slovakia. Abete spoke of the need to start from scratch to reinvigorate the National team.


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S Korea, Uruguay eye surprising spoils KEY TO MATCH Ji-Sung Park Park's big match experience with Manchester United coupled with his playmaking prowess will be crucial for South Korea up against a Uruguay side featuring United old boy Diego Forlan, in fine fettle here with a double against South Africa. AFP PORT ELIZABETH, JUNE 25

New coach for SA

South Korea and Uruguay meet here on Saturday in a fascinating World Cup last 16 clash that few pundits would have predicted at the start of the tournament. The Asian giants have earned

Following South Africa's first round elimination at the 2010 World Cup, a new coach has been named to take over from Carlos Alberto Parreira, and it's the Brazilian's assistant Pitso Mosimane who is set to take the reins. The two coaches who seemed to be in the running for the job were SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt and Bafana assistant coach Mosimane. According to the Siya Crew, senior SAFA officials revealed that Mosimane will be the next man on the Bafana bench. Mosimane has been assistant to both Parreira and Joel Santana.

MAN OF THE MATCH Cristiano Ronaldo, who led Portugal to force a goalless draw against Brazil, which is the latter’s first one in World Cup since 1974.

A last four place is again the target coach Huh Jung-Moo has set for his Asian giants in South

Africa. "We have achieved our first objective of reaching the round of 16," Huh, an accomplished changgi (Korean chess) player, said. "After that, anybody can guess what our next objective might be, but I know that the players will immediately set a higher target. "They won't be satisfied now with just having progressed. They will want to get to the semi-finals." South Korea have punched above their weight to finish runners-up in Group B. They opened in style with a 2-0 win over former European champions Greece, on their first visit to Port Elizabeth. A 4-1 rout by Argentina followed but they put that reverse behind them when holding Nigeria to a 2-2 draw in Durban on Tuesday.

Huh observed: "It's the first time we reached the second round at a World Cup abroad. I'm ver y proud and ver y happy." South Korea captain and Manchester United winger Ji-Sung Park, who scored in the win over Greece, told The Daily Yomiuri: "It's a first for us to qualify away from home. " We w a t c h e d a f e w o f Uruguay's games, they have quality and they are strong and their performances were great in the group stages. We have to prepare well for that game." Uruguay's experienced Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan spoke for his part on Thursday about "a difficult game ahead". The former Manchester United forward said: "South Korea played very well in the 2002 World Cup. We respect them, we know it's going to be

Africa hopes Ghana again bar US path AFP RUSTENBURG, JUNE 25

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a reputation as set piece masters in South Africa, with three of their five first round goals coming from freekicks, some feat given the unpredictability of the Jubalani ball. That prowess will be tested to the full at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium against a Uruguay side with a rock solid defence that has yet to concede a goal. Uruguay made it to the second round as surprise winners of Group A after holding France to a goalless draw, beating hosts South Africa 3-0, and closing with a 1-0 win over Mexico, Ajax striker Luis Suarez getting the all important goal. Uruguay, winners of the inaugural World Cup on home soil in 1930 and again in 1950, crashed out on their last appearance in 2002 when co-hosts South Korea made it into the semi-finals.

Four years after sending the United States crashing out of the World Cup, Ghana's Black Stars again block the Americans' path and are the only African team into the knockout rounds. Former US President Bill Clinton is among the American supporters who will make his way to this rural farm town for Saturday's match after watching Landon Donovan score in stoppage time for a 1-0 US victory over Algeria to advance. "Hands down the biggest moment in my career. That's something I will have embedded in my mind forever," Donovan said. "I'm so proud of our guys. We kept going and we believed. We're alive. We're not done yet. "My guess is Saturday is going to be a pretty cool occasion for our country." Moments from a repeat of 2006's disappointment, the Americans continued a thrillride run that has them ranked

atop their quarter of the draw with dreams of matching the 1930 US semi-final run from a World Cup with only 13 teams. The Americans rallied to draw England 1-1, came back from two goals down to draw Slovenia 2-2 with a disallowed winning goal and shook off another controversial no-goal referee call to solve Algeria at the death to advance. "We're like the 'Cardiac Kids' at the moment," US goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "That emotion, that passion is what American sports fans thrive on." Several US players have said that the memory of the 2006 flop is in the back of their minds, an exit caused by a 2-1 loss to Ghana in the 2006 group stage. Donovan in particular was ripped for the failure but has moved past it now. "That was not a good day for me or the team," Donovan said. "What I remember most is my tentativeness and after that was the finality of it all. "I've already put that behind me. This is the chance to do

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something special." as Germany or Argentina. Ghana's Black Stars, however, US captain Carlos Bocanegra, are ready to spoil the US show who calls the Americans "heart once again. attack-esque" for their tendency "From the beginning of the to play their best when pushed tournament, we were all dream- to the edge, knows how daning to go to the semi-finals and gerous Ghana are. now we " I t ' s have a big going to be PRE-QUARTER FINALS chance to a difficult Uruguay v. S Korea, do it," said game," BoGhana decanegra 7.30 p.m. fender said. "They USA v. Ghana, H a n s have some 00.00 hrs. Sarpei, players who plays who are cafor Germany's Bayer Leverkusen. pable of scoring goals. They are "Now anything can happen. an athletic side. You never count We are playing very well. We them out." can beat anybody." Bocanegra knows well the South Korea or Uruguay awaits skills of Ghana star Asamoah the US-Ghana winner instead of Gyan, his teammate at French once-possible powerhouse foes club Rennes.

KEY TO MATCH Ghana's Gyan against US defender Bocanegra Two penalty kicks by Gyan got Ghana this far. Bocanegra knows him well from club days. That means Ghana's Sulley Mantari and KevinPrince Boateng must find a way to beat a tough US backline or hope for a US blunder. "He's an athletic player," Bocanegra said. "He has got a great jump. He's great in the air. He's a pretty explosive player."

Obama phones US heroes

West Wing erupt." "The President then congratulated Donovan on the gamewinning goal, asked Tim Howard how his ribs were feeling and asked Clint Dempsey how his

lip was doing," Obama's spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. "The President wished the team good luck on Saturday and made sure they knew that the entire country was cheering them on." Some members of the US team stopped at the White House before travelling to South Africa and are not lacking for presidential support in a campaign that has attracted rare public fervour back home. Former President, Bill Clinton watched their triumph over Algeria, and Vice-President Joe Biden also travelled to South Africa, to watch them play England, a match that ended in a 11 draw.

with a humiliating defeat to hosts South Africa that left them bottom of their group. Henry, the only survivor of France's 1998 World Cup triumph, said he was "no longer" the big brother figure that the squad's younger members looked up to. "Previously, people talked to me more, I was at the forefront," said the 32-year-old. But that changed when coach Raymond Domenech indicated before the tournament that

Henry would be relegated to the substitutes' bench. "When you no longer have credibility in a group it becomes difficult," admitted the former Arsenal and Barcelona star, who appears set to wind down his career in Major League Soccer in the United States. "I felt snubbed and after a bit your pride takes a knock." "My first explanation for the fiasco is that we did not play well. We weren't up to it," said Henry.

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President Barack Obama told America's World Cup heroes Thursday that the West Wing of the White House erupted in cheers when Landon Donovan scored the dramatic winning goal against Algeria. Obama called the jubilant United States team as they prepared in South Africa for their round-of-16 knock-out clash with Ghana on Saturday. The President told the team that he was in a high-stakes meeting with new Afghan war commander General David Petraeus in the Oval Office when the injury time winner went in, and could "hear the rest of the

I felt sidelined: fallen star Henry AFP PARIS, JUNE 25

A Portugal supporter checks her seat prior to the start of the Group G first round match Portugal v. Brazil Dancers of the Emperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dance as at Moses Mabhida stadium in Dur- Brazilian and Portuguese fans await for the start of the Brazil vs Portugal football match in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday. ban, on Sunday.

A supporter of Brazil sits in the stands with her fingers crossed during the Group G first round match Dutch supporters cheer prior to their Group E first round match Nether- Portugal v. Brazil at Moses Mabhida lands v. Cameroon at Green Point stadium in Cape Town, on Thursday. stadium in Durban, on Friday.

Former France captain Thierry Henry said on Friday he felt sidelined after playing only a cameo role in his country's disastrous World Cup campaign, but insisted the squad were right to show support for Nicolas Anelka. "I felt sidelined. People didn't speak to me as they used to," Henry told Canal Plus television in his first interview since France crashed out following a miserable tournament, which ended

hard. We will try to turn any mistakes they make into goals for us." Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has warned South Korea there's more to come from his buoyant side. "I think so far in this phase we've showed that we are a tough team to tackle for the others. We are trying to do what we had exactly in mind before the tournament. Now I don't think we've achieved that yet, but Uruguay is now a difficult opponent for anybody. "As a coach it is very satisfying to see how the group has evolved. This is an excellent group, there is cohesion and friendship among the players and they are really dedicated to the job they are doing." Both teams have been barred from training at the stadium prior to the game to allow the pitch, which took a battering with last week's rain, time to recover from England's visit on Wednesday.


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Brazil and Portugal supporters cheer for their respective teams prior to the start of the Group G first round match Portugal v. Brazil at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, on Friday.

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19:30 Uruguay v. S Korea 00:00 USA v. Ghana 19:30 Germany v. England 00:00 Argentina v. Mexico 19:30 Netherlands v. Slovakia 00:00 Brazil v. Chile 19:30 Paraguay v. Japan 00:00 Spain v. Portugal

Portugal qualified for the second round of World Cup after battling to an ill-tempered 0-0 draw with five-time champions Brazil in their final Group G game on Friday. In a match that was hyped as a potential showcase for the "beautiful game", there was not much samba on display with seven yellow cards brandished in the first-half alone and only a handful of decent attempts on goal. “Brazil played very well early on, but after some early domination we came back into the match and controlled the game, attacking whenever we had possession," said Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz. "The players did extremely well. A draw is a just result." Brazil coach Dunga lamented Portugal's deep defensive tactics and lack of attacking play. “I'm not happy," he said. “We always play to win. We even tried to attack in the last five minutes. Portugal didn't attack.

Brazil’s goalkeeper Julio Cesar (left) reaches for a shot by Portugal’s midfielder Raul Meireles during the Group G first round match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, on Friday.

They just wanted to defend." Brazil, who had already qualified for the last 16 after wins over North Korea and Ivory Coast, dominated possession and looked extremely solid at the back while Portugal looked over-reliant on captain Cristiano Ronaldo (manof-the match) up front. Portugal, on a run of 17

Switzerland and Honduras drew 0-0 in their final Group H game with chances missed at both ends as the two sides were eliminated from the World Cup. Despite being more physically imposing, the Swiss were very disappointing and strangely displayed a lack of zest given the high stakes while Honduras played the more attractive soccer. The Central Americans, for whom Ramon Nunez was dangerous, opened up the much-

vaunted Swiss defence often and better finishing would have seen them a goal or two up by halftime. Honduras started well but the first chance of the game went to the Swiss when captain Gokhan Inler shot wide from just outside the penalty area in the 10th minute. Chances went begging at both ends. In the 38th, Wilson Palacios raced through the middle but was dragged down by Gelson Fernandes, who earned a yellow card for his efforts.

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across his own six-yard box into the path of Raul Meireles. But the Porto midfielder's close-range dink was tipped around the corner by Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar. Brazil dominated possession and wasted two excellent chances through Nilmar and Luis Fabiano in the first-half.

Ivory rout DPR, exit AP NELSPRUIT, JUNE 25

Swiss, Honduras out REUTERS BLOEMFONTEIN, JUNE 25

matches without defeat, needed a draw to guarantee going through to the next round ahead of Ivory Coast and arguably had the best chance of a winner in the 60th minute. A storming run by Ronaldo had Lucio in all kinds of problems and the Brazil skipper was forced into clearing the ball

When Ivory Coast’s name was pulled out of the World Cup group draw alongside Brazil and Portugal in December, the team was entitled to think luck wasn’t on its side. In the team’s only other appearance at the finals, in 2006, it was also placed in a nightmare group, losing to Argentina and Netherlands before coming from

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two goals behind to beat Serbia and Montenegro in its last match. A final day 3-0 win against North Korea on Friday was again in vain even though the Elephants accrued one more point. Barcelona playmaker Yaya Toure struck first in the 14th minute, drilling home from outside the area off a cut-back from Kader Keita. The Elephants went twoup on 20 minutes after Drogba rattled the crossbar with a fierce and left midL F A P volley fielder Romaric 0 5 2 7 with an easy header into an un0 7 0 5 guarded net. Salomon Kalou, a 1 4 3 4 second half substifound the net 3 1 12 0 tute, in the 82nd minute.

return pass and slotted clinically beyond Bravo from just inside the penalty area. The Chileans looked down and out at halftime but pulled a goal back two minutes after the break when a shot from substitute Rodrigo Millar looped up off Gerard Pique’s leg and over keeper Iker Casillas into the net.

An inspired David Villa scored one sublime goal and created another for Andres Iniesta as European champions Spain beat 10-man Chile 2-1 and advanced to the last 16 of the World Cup on Friday. Both sides created early chances at a noisy Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, before a combination of GROUP H sublime skill and reckless goal- Spain(Qualify) keeping led to t h e E u r o p e a n Chile(Qualify) champions’ opening goal in the Switzerland 24th minute. Honduras S t r i k e r Fe r nando Torres raced after a Xabi Alonso punt down the left and although keeper Claudio Bravo raced out and managed to make the clearance he found himself horribly stranded. The ball fell straight to Villa wide on the left and he took one sight of goal and curled a stunning shot from 40 metres into the empty net. Spain doubled their lead and Chile were reduced to 10 just under 10 minutes before the break. Iniesta played the ball wide to Villa, ran on to the striker’s

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