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Sarosh Homi Kapadia, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court, was on Friday appointed as the 38th Chief Justice of India. He will take over as CJI on May 12. - (PTI)

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2 CRPF jawans held for arms supply to Naxals AGENCIES NEW DELHI, APRIL 30

The bullets used by the Maoists to kill 76 CRPF jawans in Dantewada might have come from the ammunition depots of CRPF and Uttar Pradesh police. The UP Special Task Force (STF) on Friday busted a gang consisting of working and retired police personnel that was involved in supplying ammunitions from the police armory to the Maoists and insurgent groups active in various parts of the country. STF sleuths nabbed two armourers Vinod Paswan and Vinesh Singh posted at CRPF group center, Rampur, a state police armourer Nathi Ram posted at Bhimrao Ambedkar police Academy, Moradabad and a retired armourer Yashoda Nand Singh based at Allahabad. A huge cache of cartridges used in INSAS rifle, AK-47, .38 bore revolver, 9mm pistol and 7.62 bore SLR rifle was recovered from their possession. The policemen team also seized large quantity of empty cartridges. The ADG (Law and Order), Brij

BJP does U-turn on Soren govt PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 30

The BJP today announced that it has put on hold its earlier decision of withdrawing support to the Shibu Soren government in Jharkhand, a day after coalition partner JMM said it was ready to back a government led by it. A decision in this regard was taken at a hurriedly convened meeting of the Parliamentary Board of the party which is also reportedly exploring ways of government formation and was holding talks with its allies. The BJP yesterday paused withdrawal when its Jharkand unit deferred meeting Governor MOH Farooq over withdrawal of support. The trigger for a rethink on the part of BJP over pressing for withdrawal of support was provided last night by a second letter from JMM legislature party leader Hemant Soren, son of Shibu, to BJP President Nitin Gadkari informing him that JMM would support a new government led by it. “We are with NDA,” Hemant said. The BJP withdrew support on Wednesday angry over Shibu Soren siding with the UPA and voting against the BJP’s cut motion in the Lok Sabha the previous day. Shibu’s action was called a betrayal by the BJP which was also told by JMM that its supremo’s action was a mistake. Soren had also apologized for his action.

Lal said after the killing of the CRPF jawans in an ambush by the Maoists in Dantewada (Chattisgarh) on April 6 the SSP, STF Naveen Arora was tipped off that ammunitions as well as parts of the firearms was being supplied to the Maoists and anti social elements by a person based in Allahabad. Through electronic surveillance and with the assistance of the informers the STF team zeroed on Yashoda Nand Singh the kingpin running the ammunition racket with the assistance of CRPF and state police armourers. On Friday the STF team was tipped off that a person was arriving from Allahabad to Rampur to collect the consignment of the ammunition. The STF sleuths nabbed Yashoda Nand Singh, Vinod Pswan and Vinesh Singh from near a flyover in Civil Lines area of Rampur located 400 km west of Lucknow. The police team seized 1658 cartridges used in INSAS rifle, 600 cartridges of .38 bore revolver, 2860 cartridges of 9 mm pistol, 4 cart r i d g e s o f A K- 4 7 a n d 2 8 cartridges of 7.62 bore self loading rifle from the trio.

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Pop star Remo Fernandes performing in Margao after a gap of more than two decades at the live in concert Summer T10 organized by 9 Entertainments at the Rajendra Prasad stadium on Friday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

Shantaram goes TV bashing again HERALD BUREAU NEW DELHI, APRIL 30

Goa Congress MP Shantaram Naik, who had a tiff with the television news channels in December for defaming his State through repeated telecast of a Russian woman’s rape, launched yet another TV bashing diatribe in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. This time he wants the TV programme code that is prescribed under a 1995 law amended to ban telecast of a single news repeatedly days together on the ground that it causes “mental torture” to the viewers. Last time, he attracted ire of TV channels as also women activists for suggesting not to take seriously rape of a woman moving around freely with strangers. In a special mention, he said Section 6 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act prohibits programmes that offend against “good taste and decency” but this provision is not sufficient to curb the menace

Ban telecast of single news repeatedly days together as they cause mental torture to the viewers. – Shantaram Naik of torturous repetitive news items and hence his demand for amending the code suitably. Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari advised Naik to change the channel if its news is torturing him but he shot back that it’s no solution as all channels (Continued on page 10)

Modi faces underworld threat: Police PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 30

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is under scanner of Income Tax department for suspected financial irregularities in the bidding process, is facing death threat with the underworld allegedly conspiring to bump him off, police said. Modi was on the target list of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim even before IPL season III had begun, police said, adding Dawood’s men had plotted to eliminate him either in Mumbai or Bangalore. “He is on the hit list of Dawood. Besides he was also the chairman of the IPL when the tournament was on and hence security was provided to him during his visit to Mumbai. He would be provided security whenever he visits here,” a senior police official said. However, the official refused to comment on the motive of the underworld to kill Modi. Dawood’s men had reportedly conducted a recce in the vicinity of Nirlon house at Worli.

ICICI, HDFC not Indian owned banks: govt PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 30

The government today said ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank cannot be called Indian-owned banks, setting at rest the debate generated over the nationality of the top two private sector lenders. “At best, the two can be called as Indian-controlled banks,” DIPP Secretary R P Singh said today when asked about the government’s stand in the wake of the two seeking clarifications on the matter. “ICICI Bank Managing Director and CEO (Chanda Kochhar) met me day before yesterday, she has discussed (the issue) with me,” he said. ICICI Bank had maintained

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that it continues to be an Indian bank as its management and Board was Indian. However, both ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank’s have over 74 per cent foreign holding. “Banks will be covered in one paper which we are trying to bring out on the financial aspects totally... it will cover banks also,” he said referring to the six discussion papers on FDI that the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion is planning to bring out soon. “You know the definition of what is a company controlled by Indians and what is the definition of a company owned by Indians,” Singh said. Going by the definition, they

are certainly a bank which is not owned by Indians, because equity of at least 74 per cent or around 74 per cent is from outside, he pointed out, buttressing the government’s stand. But they can be construed as banks controlled by Indians if the majority of directors are Indians and right to directorship is with Indians. So depending upon that they are construed as banks controlled by India, but they can certainly not be called banks owned by Indians. “There is a way of resolving their problem. We will try to find a solution for that. The handicap they are suffering, we will try to resolve,” Singh said.

The mother of Devon teenager Scarlet Keeling, who was killed on a beach in India, has been given an eight-month suspended jail term for fraud. At Exeter Crown Court, Fiona MacKeown, 44, of Meddon, Devon, was also ordered to do 150 hours of community work. She admitted falsely claiming £19,000 of income support between February 2005 and March 2008. The period included the time when 15-year-old Scarlet was raped and killed on a family holiday to Goa. The jail term was suspended for two years. Speaking outside the court after sentencing, MacKeown told BBC News: “I didn’t think it was such a big deal - obviously it is. “Maybe other people will learn from this to be a bit more careful.” Two men are currently on trial in India accused of killing and assaulting Scarlet. The teenager’s body was found on Anjuna beach in February 2008. Samson D’Souza, 28, and 36-

year-old Placido Carvalho, are accused of culpable homicide, grievous sexual assault and destroying evidence. They are also charged with assault with criminal force with intent to outrage a woman’s modesty and administering drugs with intent to harm. On the day the trial started at the Children’s Court in Goa last month, MacKeown admitted benefit fraud at Exeter Crown Court. The trial of D’Souza and Carvalho is expected to last for up to a year, but MacKeown is due to give evidence at some point.

5 killed in Dera Sacha stampede PTI SIRSA (HARYANA), APRIL 30

Five women devotees were killed and six others, including two men, injured in a stampede inside the premises of religious sect Dera Sacha Sauda here, apparently triggered by rumours about the presence of a snake, officials said today. The incident took place last night at a function to mark the 62nd foundation day of the Dera, located about 15 kms from here. He said that preliminary reports indicated that during the function, someone spread a rumour about the presence of a snake, following which the devotees started running helter-skelter leading to the stampede.

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17 hotels on Forest Dept list for selling frog meat HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 30

The forest department has enlisted 17 hotels across Goa suspected to be selling frog meat and a close watch would be kept on them. “Last year at the beginning of the season we had issued letters to all these hotels asking them to stop selling frog meat. This year too we are sending them official letters,” a senior forest department official said. “In the letter we clearly say that the forest department can arrest the person concerned without issuing warrant,” official added. Initiating ‘save the frogs campaign’ in association with NGO-WildGoa, the forest department has decided to keep a strict watch on killing of frogs. The official said that the frog meat is often sold by other name to the customers. “They

Chorao, Taleigao (areas near Goa University) and Mapusa near Bodgeshwar temple are the major sites where poaching is done on large scale. never sell it openly. It is always served by different names on the menu card,” official stated. The official confirmed that a fine of Rs 25,000 will be imposed on the person along

with imprisonment for three months. The forest department has suspected three-four major sites in the state, where poaching is done on large scale. The official said that places like Chorao, Taleigao, areas near Goa University and Mapusa near Bodgeshwar temple are the major sites where poaching is done on large scale. “Last year when we raided these places, not a single case of poaching was found but still here hunting of frog takes place in good numbers,” the official added. The forest department has formed two teams attached to wildlife division while one each team from range offices would be on guard 24 hours conducting surprise raids at suspected places. The NGO-WildGoa has said that the frog population is on decline in the state alike rest of the country.

Govt to set up trade zones for recyclable waste soon HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 30

The State government will soon start the process of setting up trade zones to conduct the business of buying, selling and processing of recyclable waste including scrap. ‘Recyclable waste’ means all waste that can be recycled including scrap except waste covered under the Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998 and the Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989. Rules have just been framed and notified providing for “orderly establishment of waste (scrap) recycling units in Goa under the Goa Waste (Scrap) Re-

cycling Units Scheme, 2010. For orderly establishment of such waste recycling units, henceforth no person would be able to conduct any business in recyclable waste in Goa unless he/she gets the unit registered with Directorate of Industries, Trade & Commerce. As per the scheme, the government is to set up trade zones

for recycleable waste, in consultation with Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) within two years. The zones would be located considering their proximity to the existing Industrial Estates. GIDC will undertake the development of the land and provision of necessary infrastructure for the conduct of the trade zones. LAND ALLOCATION: The allotment of land in the trade zone will be made by the GIDC to registered persons only after detailed assessment of the requirement. Preference will be given to those persons who establish (Continued on page 10)


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6th pay benefits for KTC staff finally HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 30

On the eve of Workers Day, Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited’s (KTCL) management and labour union signed a crucial agreement extending the benefits of sixth pay commission to its workers. The agreement was signed before labour commissioner V Raikar by the representatives of management and workers capping the long pending uncertainity over extending the revised pay scale benefits. Talking to media after sign-

ing the agreement, KTCL chairman aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco said that after the hiked pay workers are asked to raise the corporation’s revenue by at least 10 per cent during the initial months. “Now on, we are into serious business of getting the corporation into profit. If not profit at least, we will reduce the loses,” Lourenco said. The Chairman added that the workers have been warned against corrupt practices which results in the revenue leakages. “This is a historic moment and the workers have assured to cooperate with the management,” Lourenco, who was earlier non committal on the implementation of sixth pay

commission, said. Other officers including KTCL Managing Director Venesio Furtado were present during the signing of the agreement, which came as a fulfillment of the assurance given by chief minister Digamber Kamat. Bowing to the agitational tactics by the union leader, Kamat on Thursday had assured to sign the agreement on Friday. The agreement will entitle the workers to higher pay which will burden the corporation by Rs 1.3 crore monthly. Lourenco said that the arrears from January 01, 2006 would be paid to the workers in different installments. The arrear liability amount to Rs 43 crore for the corporation, which is running

in loses despite having three nationalized routes under its belt. It is decided that 25 per cent of the arrears would be paid for the ongoing financial year, 201011 and rest would be paid in seven installments commencing from April 01, 2011 to March 13, 2018. All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) General Secretary Christopher Fonseca who spearheaded the talks for sixth pay commission implementation assured that the workers will pull up their sleeves to bring corporation into profit. Recently, Amarsen Rane who as the managing director of KTC tried to bring in financial discipline in the Corporation, was shunted out..

3 Chimbel locals held for assault HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, APRIL 30

Old Goa police on Friday arrested three members of Kankonkar family from Xhirent-Chimbel on charges of assaulting three persons over a family dispute. According to Old Goa police, Raju, Dilip and Prabha Kankonkar allegedly assaulted Surya Ladu Kankonkar, his wife and son Sudesh with a koita. Both families stay in a common house. After police complaint was filed by Surya, Old Goa police arrested all the three persons under Sections 323, 324 of IPC for causing simple injury and using sharp weapon. The accused will be produced before JMFC on Saturday morning.

Cadre of higher education gets government approval HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 30

The State Government has given its approval for constitution of the cadre of Directorate of Higher Education which has come into effect from this month. The following institutions/offices will form the cadre: Office of the Directorate of Higher Education; Government College of Arts Science and Commerce, Sanquelim; Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Quepem; Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Khandola; Government College of Arts and Commerce, Pernem; Goa College of Home Science, Campal, Panjim and Goa College of Music, Altinho, Panjim.

One sentenced for sexually assaulting 7-year-old girl HERLAD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 30

The Children’s Court on Friday sentenced a 32-year-old father of two children from Carambolim on the charge of sexually assaulting a seven-yearold girl after luring her with a guava on March 25, 2008. The Children’s court held Deepak Khandeparkar guilty of touching private parts of the victim and sentenced him to undergo simple imprisonment for three months and to pay fine of Rs 1 lakh. And in default, to undergo further simple imprisonment for a period of one month. The Court has further ordered

that in case the fine is paid by the accused, an amount of Rs 50000 should be kept in fixed deposit in any nationalised bank, in the name of the victim child till attaining the age of majority. And amount should be handed over to her along with interest. Whereas remaining Rs 50000 to be forfeited to the government, the Court ordered. As per the case filed by victim’s mother on the date of the incident, the accused called the victim child under the pretext of giving guava and thereafter took her in his room and touched her private parts. The victim immediately told her mother what had happened to her in the presence of some neighbours and thereafter complaint was filed. The Public Prosecutor Poonam Bharne submitted that there was strong evidence to prove that accused called the victim to his room and sexually assaulted her. The defence counsel submitted that a false complaint was

filed against the accused also there was no medical evidence to support the charges. However, Court held that prosecution has succeeded in proving the guilt for the offence of sexual assault as defined in section 2(y)(ii) and punishable under section 8(2) of the Goa Children’s Act, 2003 read with section 354 of the Indian Penal Code. However, considering the fact that accused is a father of two children aged three and four and the only earning member in the family and that there is no criminal record or background, he was considered for lighter punishment. “The accused is 32-years-old and considering his dependency of the family of two young children, I consider that imposing of lighter punishment will suffice the purpose. However, the fine has to be paid, as provided under section 8(2) which is of Rs 1 lakh”, the Court observed.

An order issued states the Director, Directorate of Higher Education, shall be Head of the Department for all the above institutions/offices for administrative purpose. All the staff of Directorate of Education and other departments presently working in the office of the directorate and six government colleges who have given their options to continue in the cadre shall be absorbed in the respective posts along with the staff appointed by the directorate and six government colleges under administrative control of the directorate by issuance of a specific absorption order to this effect. The seniority list of the ab-

sorbed staff members along with the staff of the directorate, six colleges under the directorate’s cadre shall be prepared on the basis of the date of regular appointment/promotion in the respective posts in cadre of their respective parent departments. The staff of other departments presently working in the directorate and the government colleges mentioned which are under the administrative control of the directorate shall be repatriated to their parent departments as and when the posts in the respective cadres are created or fallen vacant on account of retirement or otherwise as the case may be in the respective parent departments.

Cops directed to book drivers for water spillage HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 30

Maintaining that High Court directives have been literally thrown to the wind by erring fish transporters, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Margao has directed the police to book erring truck drivers for the offense of water spillage and to ensure that trucks sans protective measures are sent back to the Cutbona fishing jetty. The SDM, Johnson Fernandes has directed the Police Inspector of Cuncolim police station to fix an inspection of all vehicles transporting fish on May 12 at 10 at the Cutbona jetty to oversee whether the vehicles are fulfilling the norms/criteria laid down by the high court. Taking serious note of the complaints from Velim villagers over fish water spillage, the SDM said even if the erring truck adopts temporary measures, the same should not be allowed

to play until and unless the vehicle adopts corrective measures of permanent nature. The SDM issued the directions at a joint meeting of the villagers of Velim and police department this evening as villagers contended that water spillage from the fish transporting trucks has turned roads unmotorable resulting in accidents. At today’s meeting, the villagers contended that the trucks transporting fish are not properly sealed, resulting into spillage of the water on the roads. Incidentally, the police department had posted three personnel at the exit point of the Cutbona jetty to verify claims of water spillage from the trucks. While there was no spillage at the exit point, water spillage took place t h e re a f t e r, t h e v i l l a g e r s claimed.

Baba Ramdev to field candidates for LS HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 30

“I don’t won’t to be a mantri or pradhan mantri,” said Baba Ramdev while emphasising that his mission is to ensure that people of this country are freed from corruption, disease and addiction. Baba Ramdev who has cult following in the country spoke about his plans of forming a political party and contesting parliamentary election so that clean, honest and persons are elected to power while addressing a press conference on Friday here. However he said, he has no ambitions to be in the seat of power. He is in Goa to conduct a four-day Yog camp that begins from May 1 at Farmagudi. “People have faith in him and I want to create awareness and change everything,” he said explaining his purpose of extending his role beyond medicine and health. The Yoga camp is conducted through Bharat Swabhiman Trust (BST), wing of Patanjali Yo-

gpeeth, Hardwar as a part of its endeavour to help people to free themselves of health ailments through Yoga practices. SPENDING MILLIONS ON MEDICINES: Saying that healthy India is a step toward building of a strong nation, Baba Ramdev also pointed out that country is losing millions on expenses towards medicines. He said, one can avail instant benefits through Yog practices and need not spend on doctor i f o n e re g u l a r l y p r a c t i c e Pranayam and Kapalbhati. He also pointed that he is not spreading superstitions but his teachings are scientific based and evolved through continous research and study. People should practice Yoga regularly and get rid of all types of diseases and addicts, Ramdev Baba appealed. If on one hand BST has been conducting regular classes of Yog through trained Yog teachers in the villages across the country, on the other hand it is also creating awareness against

corruption. NOT ALL POLITICOS CORRUPT: Current situation in the country is so pathetic that it appears keys of the safe are in the hands of robbers or they are the guardians, he said talking about current lot of politicians. However, he also said not all are corrupt and un-honest. The number of clean and honest people in politics is very less, he said while replying to a query. NOT IN ASSEMBLY POLLS: “A change in the working of the country could be effected only when the number of good and clean people will exceed the

number of corrupt politicians,” he said explaining his purpose of floating a political party. While replying to another question he clarified that his party will not contest assembly in any of the States. “ The changes we want to bring in are not into the domain of State subjects”, he said. TO SUPPORT MEN OF CHARACTER : He also expressed a possibility of his party extending support to LS candidates from other parties however the criteria will be that candidate has to be person of character. When pointed out how will he able to check that candidates joining BST are not corrupt and honest, he said, he accept 100 per cent moral responsibility for candidates that BST will support.

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HC dismisses John’s bail plea HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 30

The Bombay High Court at Goa on Friday dismissed the bail application filed by local politician from Salcete, John Fernandes who has been held on the charge of raping 25-year-old Russian woman at Colva on the night of December 1, 2009. The Russian woman filed a complaint at Colva police station on December 2 alleging that the accused had raped her after spiking her drink at Colva beach on the night of December 1. When the matter came up for hearing before Justice N A Britto on Friday, Adv Mike Mehta appearing on behalf of the accused told the court that accused has been falsely implicated in the case. He further pointed out that a statement filed by the victim on December 5 says that she was raped which was not the case in her earlier statement and two statements differ invariably. The Special Public Prosecutor Carlos Ferriera argued that there has been no change in the circumstances nor has accused given any other additional ground for allowing his bail than what he had given in his anticipatory bail application earlier, which had been rejected by the High Court. He thus made a case that bail application of the accused be rejected.

The charge sheet against the accused was filed by Crime Branch on February 16, 2010, under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 376 (punishment for rape) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the Indian Penal Code. MARGAO REPORTER ADDS: The Crime Branch has vehemently opposed the application filed by Russian woman rape accused John Fernandes for the release of his car attached by the investigating agency. In the application filed before the session court, Crime Branch Police Inspector Sunita Sawant submitted that the Captiva car registered in the name of the accused is a very important piece of evidence in this serious and sensitive case. She argued that if the car is released to the brother of the accused, he will temper with the same and destroy the piece of crucial evidence in the case. PI Sawant further submitted that the offense of rape was allegedly committed by the accused in the said car as per the victim’s complaint. The matter was posted for hearing before Additional sessions Judge, South P V Sawaikar, but could not be taken up for arguments as the lawyer for the accused sought time.


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Hunt on for police officer to head ANC! HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 30

Ever since the police-drug mafia has come to the fore, no police officer is ready to join the Anti Narcotics Cell of the Goa Police. Five policemen have been arrested while one is absconding for their links with the drug mafia when they were attached to the ANC police station. However, the Goa police top officials are in a quandary as no police officer is ready to be posted as the police inspector at the ANC for last three months. It may be recalled the suspended PI Ashish Shirodkar was transferred from the ANC and posted as Old Goa PI, thereafter Ram Asare took over the charge but he did not last long and was

shunted to Goa Reserve Police. PI Rajan Nigalye was brought in as the in-charge but he too was shunted three months ago. The situation is such that the ANC police station at the headquarters does not have in-charge for last three months and the senior sub inspector Somnath Majik is holding the charge. Sources said that the ANC has made request for an officer to be posted but the top officials are in a quandary as to who should be posted. “No official is showing any interest in taking over charge. Every officer is on tenterhooks due to the happenings in the last few months,” sources said. Further, they said, “The Goa

police top officers are also very cautious making the appointment of officer in ANC as they want some honest and hardworking officer who will help the department clean up the mess.” Sources also said that the absence of full time officer is hampering the functioning of the ANC. “The PI is an experienced officer who handles the entire functioning of the police station and his absence is posing problems,” sources said. When contacted ANC Superintendent Vinu Bansal admitted there is a need of a police officer on urgent basis. “I have written to the superiors and waiting for someone to be posted,” he told Herald.

Transfer of 3 Hospicio staff sought for patient’s death HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 30

Conveying a message loud and clear that it means business, the Director of Health Services has recommended for the transfer of the two servants and the nurse in connection with the death of the lady patient at Hospicio early this week. While holding the three employees for the minor lapse, the Director is believed to have recommended their transfer. Sources in the know said the health authorities have also questioned the presence of the doctor on duty at the time of the incident. When contacted, Hospicio Medical Superintendent Dr Ruando De Sa said the two servants and the nurse have been asked to be transferred by the health authorities for the minor lapse of not providing the lady patient oxygen during her transfer from her bed to the ambulance outside. Dr De Sa said the inquiry panel did not find any major serious lapse on the part of the Hospicio staff, barring the fact that they were found wanting in providing oxygen facility for

the lady patient. The son of the deceased patient had alleged that the two servants on duty paid no heed to his request to put oxygen to her ailing mother, who was gasping for breath. On the contrary, he alleged that the two servants

fought with each saying that it was not their duty to provide the facility for the patient. The authorities, however, categorically stated that there was no serious lapse on the part of the hospital as far as shifting the patient to the ambulance.

Panel for CCTV in Hospicio HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 30

The panel which probed into the theft of a lady patient at Hospicio’s maternity ward has strongly recommended installation of Closed Circuit TVs in the hospital and strengthening of security manpower at the district hospital. The inquiry committee, which has submitted its report to the government, has also recommended a ban on the interns and students coming to the hospital from private institutions on security grounds. Sources in the know said the panel observed that the interns

and students – on an average numbering around 40 – is not of any help to the hospital vis-à-vis the patients. In fact, it has been pointed out that the many of the students study Homeopathy and Ayurveda medicine and prove to be little help to the hospital. On the manpower requirements, the report is believed to have asked the government to beef up the security arrangements so that all the wards are covered by the security. Another important suggestion was to enforce the rule that patients should not keep any valuables in person while admitted in the hospital.

Workers greeted on Labour Day HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 30

The working class in the State has been greeted on the occasion of International Labour Day on May 1. In his message, the Goa Governor Dr S S Sidhu said that the success of industrial progress of a vast and populous country like India, depends largely on the skill, efficiency and hard work of the labour force. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat while extending his wishes complimented the working class in Goa stating that since last several years Goa witnessed a peaceful labour front thus contributing to the progress of the State and the nation. Joaquim Alemao, the labour minister said that the workers contribute immensely for the progress of the state and the nation. In fact, the industrial development can thrive provided the workers shoulder their responsibilities and work with dedication to boost production. “The State government is also working for the welfare of the working class,” the minister said in his message.

CCP to take up anti-flooding measures in Mala HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 30

The flood prone low lying areas of Mala will get much needed pre-monsoon clean up through a private contractor, who will be paid sum of Rs five lakh for the job. The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) Mayor Caroline Po said that these labourers will undertake anti-flooding measures in Mala area and also work on a huge drain at Boca de Vaca. The corporation has decided to take up work of other wards through CCP labourers. “That the private contractor will be paid Rs 5 lakh and he will also be made to do certain

pre-monsoon works in the city area once he finishes with the Mala portion,” Po said. The capital city has been facing tremendous flooding portion during the monsoons every year with low lying areas like

Mala, near Kadamba bus stand and others, which are traditionally water logging places getting inundated. “Last year, there was not much flooding problem as we had located the trouble spots and worked on it,” she said.

Po said that the recent meeting with Minister Joaquim Alemao has fetched them Rs 3 lakh for the pre-monsoon works. “This fund is not enough. We will be demanding Rs 5 lakh from the government,” the Mayor said.


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St Anne’s feast: Agondkars keep the tradition alive By K at h y P e r e i r a

With the pioneering dream, our church founder Fr Bento Martins shared for the people of Agonda parish, way back in 1887, it seems the successive generations gone-by had certainly lived up and progressed, making the present lot enliven as one of the active parishes in Goa diocese, headed by his holiness archbishop Felipe Nerri Ferrao. The annual feast in the village church is the most anticipated occasion people are looking at, and almost every other resident irrespective of their beliefs makes it a point to be in the village during the celebrations. The devotion and passion it is known for, today parishioners of Agonda are celebrating the feast of village patron Sta Anna, the mother of Virgin Mary and grandmother of our savior Jesus Christ. Incidentally, Fr Bento (1882-1890), who first as a chaplain, and then again as the first pastor of Agonda church prepared the community mostly thriving on farming, toddy-tapping and fishing, to live according to and accept the word of God, Fr Alvim do Carmo Esteves, whose ten years (1965-1975) stint in the village, remembered as most vibrant, saw the faithful as well as other community members open themselves first-time on the altar of education. Fr Esteves sacrifices didn’t go in vain, as the parish continues to blossom almost on par with the other vibrant parishes of our tiny state, with every serving priests contributing their mite in their own ways - always helping the community to prosper and simultaneously strengthening people’s belief of righteousness in the eyes of God. From a single, or just two church bodies in yesteryears; associations and groups literarily multiplied in this parish, which has four chapels and as many as three main wardcrosses, besides the miraculous Sta Khuris on the beach front at Val, under

The Agonda Church all decked for the St Anne’s feast.

its care and supervision. Agonda parish is blessed with administrative church bodies; Fabrica de Igreja de Agonda, Parish Pastoral Council and Catechist Association. The following associations also strive to serve the parishioners devotionally: Confraria de St Anna – Agonda, Confraria de Christ de King – Saleri Chapel, Legion Mary, Altar Servers (boys & Girls), Charismatic Renewal

and Crosses at Dhavalkhazan, Ubo-Dando and Dessaiwado, while the most adorned and prayed at miraculous cross ‘Sta Khuris’ is regularly visited irrespective of beliefs by people coming from far and wide. The feast of Christ-Rei in Salari-Chapel, which is part of Agonda parish but coming under the village of Khola is however celebrated in the month of November. Agonda parish has very active 10 Small Christian

There were strong resentments amongst parishioners against rescheduling process of patron saints feast during a weekday, but for the sobriety and temperament, Agonda parishioners are known for, finally bowed to Synod dictates unlike many other parishes, and this is the third-year that Agondecars are celebrating feast on a Saturday. Although, it is matter of concern and discussion, as some parishioners still feel that like many other

Parish priest Fr Mathew Fernandes leads parishioners during Way Of The Cross with families lifting the cross, to reach miraculous cross at Val.

Movement and St Vincent de Paul Society. The feasts in wards that immediately follows village-church feast, will be in the chapels that are situated at wards in Betul, Parvem, Mirandawaddo,

Community (SCC) groups, regularly meeting and interacting with each other on the religious services as well as social causes. In previous years, the ancestors have made it a tradition in people lives to celebrate back-to-back two feasts in the church annually; feast of Holy Trinity (Satism Trinidade) on the first Sunday of May month and next day, the feast of St Anne’s the patron saint. It means, people had to prepare themselves for the grueling task of celebrating two feasts on two subsequent days, till a change was brought in early 1990’s, with the parish deciding to celebrate only one-feast i.e. of patron saint (St Anne’s) on the first Sunday of May month eventually doing–away with the grand celebrations of ‘Satismachem-fest’. As everyone is aware world-over, the feast of St Anne’s actually falls on 26th July, which is too observed in Agonda parish, but since the day is amidst the peak of monsoon season, rains lashing everywhere, grand feast celebrations as per ancestral practices is observed in the first week of May. This practice however, continued till the cominginto existence of new synod brought out by Archbishops house, which eventually led to rescheduling the patron saints feast to the first Saturday of May month instead of first Sunday of the month since the last three years.

churches, which reverted back to old practice, Agonda parish should also give due consideration to people’s sentiments and begin celebrating this village feast on Sunday. Thus the feast of St Anne’s, the patron saint of Agonda church, is celebrated on the first Saturday of May month, and this year, it is celebrated today i.e. 1st of May month with the same devotion and enthusiasm. As said this is the third year after changes were brought-in to celebrate patron saints feast, many of the parishioners are said to be still finding it hard to adjust in celebrating patron saints feast on a weekday but have gracefully accepted the Church’s directives. Agonda parish was diocesan church until 1996, when bishop in a decree appointed missionary priests from the Society of Pilar, i.e. Pilar fathers (This society, incidentally took birth in this tiny village on the 26th Sept, 1887 founded by the then Agonda Chaplain and first parish priest Fr Bento Martins) to guide the parishioners in the village to the Word of God. The team of present parish priests Fr Mathew Fernandes and his assistant Fr Peter Cardozo (the renowned maestro and musician) is the third team from Pilar fathers serving in Agonda parish, and the 23rd in line since the church is born in this village in the year 1888. (Continued on page 5)


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(Continued from page 4) Our parish priest Fr Mathew Fernandes is the Dean of Canacona deanery, and together with our assistant parish priest Fr Cardozo has been responsible to motivate parishioners

including children to a variety of activities in the village and outside. Agonda parish hosts a blog www.stannesagonda.blogspot.com and publishes parish bulletin name ‘Hannah’ in

Villagers participate in a procession of Our Lady .

honor of our patron saint, bringing out all the details of happenings which also includes marriages, birth and deaths in the village. When Canacona was devastated by floods in October last, Agonda parishioners were amongst the first to reach out to the needy, and helped a number of households to clean-up people’s houses and belongings. Agonda parish also hoisted several deanery programs including celebrations of Canacona deanery Youth Day (25th Oct), celebrated Women’s Day (8th September), while both the parish priests were instrumental in holding and preparing the village youth for success of Konkani drama ‘Bondkonn’, written and directed by Fr Mathew Mascarenhas and music provided by Fr Peter Cardozo. This year also saw Sisters of Mary Immaculate (SMI Sisters) celebrating their diamond jubilee of their service in universal church and Silver jubilee of their presence in Agonda village, Rev Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao took part in the celebrations, including several other priests, sisters, wellwishers and parishioners. On the day parishioners contributed Rs 25,000 for the congregation of SMI sisters Undoubtedly, our parish is ‘shining like a star’ (Noketram porim Zhogzogta). Many of our services in the parish are worth to be lauded, including that of parish and assistant parish priests who are dedicating and almost sacrificing their lives for the betterment of our village, doing everything possible within their reach. It may also not be wrong to express thanks and gratitude to our village’s vibrant and dedicated sarpanch Jovi Fernandes, who in a more befitting desire was partly responsible in bringing out this special supplement highlighting a few of our church’s activities through this largest circulated daily ‘Herald’, in his lively endeavor to serve the villagers many recognizing him as a symbol of tireless workmen for the society. St Anne: Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the wife of Joachim and the mother of Mary. She is the grandmother according to the flesh of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Her name means "grace" or "the gracious one" or "the loving one." Of St Anne we have no certain knowledge. She is not mentioned in the New Testament, and we must depend on apocryphal literature, chiefly the Protoevangelium of James, which dates back only to the second century. In this document we are told that Anne, wife of Joachim, was advanced in years and that her prayers for a child had not been answered. Once as she prayed beneath a laurel tree near her home in Galilee, an angel appeared and said to her,

"Anne, the Lord hath heard thy prayer and thou shalt conceive and bring forth, and thy seed shall be spoken of in all the world." Anne replied, "As the Lord my God liveth, if I beget either male or female, I will bring it as a gift to the Lord my God; and it shall minister to Him in holy things all the days of its life " And thus Anne became the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. With the birth of Mary, the holy matron began a new life; she watched Her every movement with reverent tenderness, and, aware of the little one’s destiny, felt herself hourly sanctified by the presence of her Immaculate Child. But she had vowed her daughter to God; to God the child Mary had already consecrated Herself, and to Him Anne gave Her back. Mary was three years old when Anne and Joachim led Her to the Temple steps, saw Her pass by Herself into the inner sanctuary, and then saw Her no more. Thus was Anne left childless in her old age, and deprived of her purest earthly joy. The holiest parents on earth could not, in the plan of God, raise this Child as was needed: Mary had to suffer from Her earliest years. Saint Anne and Saint Joachim humbly adored the Divine Will, and continued to watch and pray, until God called them to unending rest. “Good Saint Anne” is the loving way that many Catholics address the mother of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Fifty years after Saint Anne’s death, her body was brought to France by Saint Mary Magdalene and her companions in the year 47. Countless churches have been dedicated to Saint Anne all over the world. Canada in particular is devoted to her, and has a beautiful shrine named for her there, called “Saint Anne de Beaupre`” to which people come from everywhere. Simplicity is the secret by which we gain Saint Anne's love, her intercession, and her protection. She taught her Blessed Daughter to read the Holy Scripture, seeing in Her the fulfillment of all its prophesies. Sensing her daughter’s immaculate and incomparable holiness, beauty, and brilliance, Saint Anne, and her husband and Mary’s father, Saint Joachim, presented Mary in the Temple when she was just three years old, and gave to God and to us forever. Her feast day and that of Saint Joachim occurs on July 26th. Prayer to Saint Anne With love, I come to you St Anne. By your virtues and holiness, you merited from God the favour of giving life to her who is the Treasure of all graces, the Most Holy Virgin. Receive me, good St Anne, into the number of your true clients, for so I profess myself and wish to remain throughout my entire life. Obtain for me, from God, the power to imitate those virtues with which you are so plentifully endowed.

Help me to know and regret my sins bitterly. Ob-

tain for me the grace of active love for Jesus and Mary, and resolution to fulfill the duties of my state of life with faithfulness. Save me from every danger that confronts me in life, and help me at the hour of my death. Amen. Novena to Saint Anne Glorious St Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke you, with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you to take my present need under your special

protection . . . (mention here). Vouchsafe to recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus. Cease not to intercede for me until

my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace to one day meet God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the angels and saints praising Him through all eternity. Amen.


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Pg7 Meet discusses measures for adequate water supply HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 30

A meeting of the PWD officials was held at PWD Head Office today to adopt measures for proper supply of water and avoid its misuse. The meeting was chaired by A M Wachasundar, Principal Chief Engineer, PWD. According to a press release, during the course of discussion Wachasundar informed that instructions have been issued to the field staff to maintain register of water supply tanker and obtain receipts by the consumers towards the same. The field officers are also instructed to identif y zone wise water supply quota distributed and to do zone wise water auditing to avoid leakages and wastage. In order to overcome the water supply problem faced by some remote and isolated area the field officers are instructed to station the water tankers at these places to avoid scarcity and meet the water requirement of the people. He informed that the water pump is operating for 24 hours but due to power fluctuation in some places it affects the supply of water and therefore it is necessary to hire generator to provide potable drinking water to the people during summer season. He said the water from Assnora tank to Porvorim reaches to different places after it is pumped three times. The meeting was also attended by J N Chimulkar, Chief Engineer I, Frederick Borges, V Santhanam, Suptd Engineer and other officials. Earlier, A M Wachasundar, Principal Chief Engineer, PWD welcomed and later proposed vote of thanks.

SENA to recognise outstanding ex-cadets HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 30

The State Ex-Cadets of NCC Association (SENA), Goa will organize Ex-NCC Achievement Awards function in June to felicitate ex-NCC cadets who are doing well in the society i n o rd e r t o m o t i v a t e t h e young NCC cadets to excel in life. This was decided at a meeting of SENA held under the chairmanship of its President Adv Avinash Bhosle at India International Centre, Dona Paula. A screening committee was also nominated under the chairmanship of Dr Edward D’Lima and comprising of members Adv Avinash Bhosle and Major Venugopal Nair. Pradip Sawant was appointed the project manager for this important project. Secretary of the association Pramod Naik read out the memorandum and rules and regulations of the association and obtained signatures from the members. The members felt that the association be registered soon under the societies registration act. Adv Avinash Bhosle expressed happiness that several ex-cadets have approached him for membership. However he said every membership will be scrutinized by the managing committee of the association. Adv Bhosle mooted an idea for a NCC Bhavan in Goa where all battalions will be housed under one roof and some place will be given to the ex-cadets keeping in line with the Government of India’s policy of ke e p i n g a b o n d w i t h e x cadets. Adv Bhosle said, he has received an offer from the Vice Chancellor of a Open University for a project with NCC cadets in Goa. He said it would be a unique educational project to taken up by the association. Several projects were planned on the occasion which included organization of adventure activities for members and NCC cadets, motivating the young boys and girls to join the armed forces, conducting career guidance programmes, beach cleaning, air rifle and air pistol shooting practices, organizing SSB coaching classes and others. The meeting was attended by Dinar Singhbal, Dr Edward de Lima, Dr Subir Sansguiri, Pandurang Hegde, Pramod Naik and others.


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Vol No CX No: 112 Goa, Saturday 1 May, 2010

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ew projects in today’s Goa have earned as much skepticism as the Vasco-Dona Paula sea-link plan. Even before it gets started, the view has been voiced that this is nothing but a pipe-dream. To some extent the skepticism is understandable; this is such a costly project, the benefits of which are still far from clear. There are a few issues that need to be taken into account, even before launching on such amibitious plans. Is it technically feasible? Is it economically justified? Is it really needed? The Bandra Worli Sea Link (BWSL), officially the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, costs Rs 1600 crore (US$400 million) and its plus point is that it reduces the travel time between Bandra and World from 45-60 minutes to seven minutes. Each day, some 37,500 vehicles ply on it—which however is only half the preopening estimate of 70,000, according to figures available. Its role is to offer an alternative to the Mahim Causeway route, earlier the only connection between South Mumbai and the residential Western and Central suburbs. Critical observers point out that a project supposed to cost Rs 300-crore ended up in costing Rs 1600 crore and was completed five years late. Even if it reduces the Bandra-Worli car journey to just one-sixth of its original, it could lead to traffic bunching at both ends of the link, and be a “nightmare during rush hour”, is one point of view has pointed out. Design changes and payment disputes repeatedly hit the project. Besides, the Bandra-Worli link is a short stretch that does not even cover the western shore, as envisaged two decades ago, as the Economic Times pointed out while discussing this project in our neighbouring State. As it noted: “Nobody takes a holistic view of the city’s traffic needs because of the politics and money involved in alignments, land acquisition and contract placements.” The debate in Mumbai is relevant to us. Even the very feasibility study of a project of this kind is to cost a huge amount, put at almost eight crore rupees! The citizen needs to be told on what basis such projects are thought up. Often, a rosy picture is painted about the benefits of upcoming projects. Before it was built, we were told much about the forthcoming benefits of the Konkan Railway project. Yet, cost escalations and time delays marked the project. Its economics went haywire. Plans to recover the project cost and merge the Konkan Railway with the Indian Railways are nowhere within reach. The KR does make the passenger journey better; but it is nowhere near its estimates in terms of the number of trains plying, cargoes carried, or revenue earned. Neither has it replaced the many Goa-Mumbai buses plying on route; these have only become more, if perhaps more efficient. It is alright to give the project a chance; but before even the feasibility is undertaken, there needs to be some possibility of it working. It is important for institutions like the Comptroller and Auditor General to take a close look at such initiatives, because only then will the citizen be reassured that the taxpayer’s money is not being simply thrown down the drain. Given past experience, and also traffic patterns within Goa, just having one sealink is unlikely to improve the overall commuting situation for us. Congestion and bottlenecks lie elsewhere; what we need is more than just one prestigious project connecting the airport and port to near the State capital. Goa’s woes stem from its lack of a decent public transportation system. Even if nationalisation was never on the State agenda unlike in other parts of India, the 1980 Congresslaunched Kadamba has floundered on the quicksands of politicisation, suspected corruption and inefficiency. Goa’s fast-growing private vehicles clogging the road, its lack of urban parking place, and its other chaos on the roads aren’t going to be wished away merely with a sealink. Likewise the need for more balanced growth could reduce the amount of needless travel within Goa. Mere fancy plans won’t take us far; what we need is solutions that work.

Change labour laws Orlando SA Da Silva, Carmona Come May 1 every year the labour class world over celebrates this day by organising mega rallies and other programmes to highlight labour problems to the Government in power. In India, Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan celebrated the first May Day in 1923 at Madras and since then the labour movement has grown by leaps and bounds. The issue that needs introspection today is, whether with so many existing laws and rules in force the unorganised sector is able to get immediate speedy justice. Take for example in our tiny State a labour dispute runs for 15 to 20 years forcing the affected workman and his family to suffer miseries for years. In my opinion if there has to be jubilation to commemorate the Labour Day in our country and the State, the Government in

100 Years Ago

PRIMEIRO DIARIO NAS COLONIAS PORTUGEZAS

1 May, 1910 • The Maharaja Bahadur of Durbanya intends to establish his new Capital at Rajnagore. • The subscription to install a statue of Lord Sand-Hurst in Bombay has been brought to an end as the amount has crossed expectations. • The Bangalore Police have arrested one individual, who was amongst the six who attempted to waylay Major Greydelli. • From Poona there is a report which says that Mr. Saunders, Chief of Railways Station, Lonavla, while in the process of hunting shot and seriously injured one old woman. • A ship with the last consignment of artillery pieces dispatched by the Firm Krupp, will arrive shortly at River Tagus.

The Government must ensure all-round development in an orderly, transparent manner writes AVERTHANUS L. D’SOUZA

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nder considerable pressure from Gram Sabhas , and from the citizens in general, the Chief Minister, Mr. Digambar Kamat finally made an announcement in the last session of the Goa Legislative Assembly that he would notify the Regional Plan for Goa for the perspective year 2021. This seems to have assuaged the feelings of many people, including the Goa Bachao Abhiyan. However, Goans have learnt to be wary of promises made by the Government. The Chief Minister seems to have personified Lenin’s maxim that promises are like pie crusts: they are made to be broken! It is therefore advisable for Goans to maintain pressure on the government, and not allow the fire under the cauldron to be extinguished. If we slacken our pace, we will be the ones to suffer, as usual. Planning, is an exercise of matching resources to desired objectives. It would be futile to propose objectives if we did not have the necessary resources to achieve them. Hence the objectives have to be achievable. It does not make any sense to propose objectives which are grandiose and unachievable, such as making Goa the tourist destination of the world; or the gambling capital bigger than Las Vegas or Monte Casino or Macau; or the sports capital of India; or the biggest film city in the world etc. These are not only hollow political promises, but unrealizable dreams. Politicians usually make exaggerated claims. Citizens should use their common sense and see through these claims. We have already had some experience in this area. The government undertook (without proper planning, it must be emphasized) to make Goa the Information Technology capital of India – to rival Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities. Too much money was wasted in useless physical developments. The SEZ project, which fizzled out because of lack of proper planning was another example of building castles in the air. The current fuzzy project which is touted as being an engineering marvel is the construction of a road bridge between Dona Paula and Vasco da Gama. No one doubts the technical feasibility of such a project; the road link between Mahim and Worli in Mumbai is testimony to the ability of our engineers to achieve this task. The unanswered question is whether such a project is economically and is there no cheaper and more modest alternative to such a grandiose project. It is a matter of matching available resources with the proposed objectives. The Regional Plan

Moral Considerations for 2021 suffers from innumerable deficiencies which need to be sorted out before it is officially notified by the Government. For one – and very importantly - the Draft Plan 2021 which has been drawn up by the Task Force, is still a very ‘tentative’ proposal which has many gaps that must be filled. Many assumptions on which proposals have been suggested are untested. Unless these assumptions are verified, there is no sense in accepting the proposals. The Draft Plan 2021 as it has been submitted to the Government must be made available to the public for further discussion. Goans have the right to offer further suggestions, criticisms and alterations to the Plan as proposed by the Task Force. Before “notifying” the Draft Plan 2021, the Government should call for further comments, suggestions, objections and observations from Goans. The most serious weakness of the Draft Regional Plan – 2021 is that it is based on the existing framework of “The Goa, Daman and Diu Town and Country Planning Act of 1974.” This Act was conceptualized and formulated in 1974, much before the Constitution Amendment Acts 73 and 74 were enacted by the Indian Parliament.

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ith the maximum temperature in the State hovering around the 35degrees Centigrade mark the heat is really getting under our skin. It is that time of the year when sweatpores are very active throwing out water. More than the high temperature it is the humidity, which is almost 75 per cent, that makes life so miserable It’s summertime, it’s the time of the year to pack those bags and head to the nearest hill-station for a vacation. The problem with vacations is that it gets over as soon as it begins and you have to get back to work in the scorching Goan summer. A holiday trip comes at a price. Many cannot afford it. So the most one can do is to head to the nearest beach in the evenings for the refreshing sea-breeze. One is almost at wits end to remain cool (pun intended) on a hot summer day. The clothes you wear really makes a difference. White cotton clothes are in. They keep one really cool. One thing I hate doing during the hot summer days is going for a wedding, be it the nuptials or the reception. Wearing a tie and suit in summer can make one feel like being in a microwave oven. Summer days are also sticky days. All that sweating can

power has to be forced to enact laws to give time-bound speedy justice to all workmen including the unorganised. Over the six decades of our independence, the Industrial Dispute Act has lost all its teeth under the corrupt bureaucracy. Is anybody listening?

Submitting to clutter R Fernandes, Margao FMCG marketing ‘gurus’ stress on increasing signage for their products inorder to increase sales. With the onset of summer, it is the turn of soft drink manufacturers to foist three-sided arch monstrosities in front of shops sporting their products or schemes. These arches result in reducing daylight in the shop, increases the dinginess, makes the shop crowded, encroaches on pathways and in short, clutters up our lives. This has become a common practice of banks, twowheelers, etc. Why do we submit to this forced cluttering up of our lives? Municipalities and panchayats do not object to this either due to lack of time or being immune to clutter or because of their friendly contacts with local salesmen and acceptance of freebies, etc. We can try to boycott the products and convey the reason to the shop owners. Do not be cowed down.

Power wastage

The very concept of the Goa Town and Country Planning Act is in conflict with the Indian Constitution. Quite obviously, therefore, any Regional Plan based on this archaic piece of legislation will prove to be in violation of the Constitution. It is true that the Task Force has attempted to circumvent the problem by “recommending” that the planning process be from the village level upwards. However, such a recommendation has no legal validity, and is unenforceable. It is a matter of great disappointment that the Draft Report of the Task Force has not addressed the legal incompatibilities between the Goa, Daman and Diu Town and Country Planning Act, 1974 and the Indian Constitution, specifically the 73rd and 74th Amendments. In fact, the Task Force has completely ignored the incompatibilities and proceeded on the basis of the Goa, Daman & Diu Town and Country Planning Act, 1974. In effect, this is disastrous. It is like proposing to construct an RCC structure on wooden stilts. It simply will not stand. It is common sense that a legally enforceable Regional Plan should be anchored on a solid piece of legislation which makes the recommendations both substantial and legally bind-

ing. The existing Goa, Daman and Diu Town and Country Planning Act, 1974 should be completely scrapped BEFORE the Regional Plan 2021 is notified. A new Planning Act should be legislated first. This will give the Regional Plan 2021 a solid legal basis and will also remove the infirmities which presently haunt the TCP Act, 1974. Apart from the incompatibilities with the Indian Constitution, the existing TCP Act, 1974 is full of inherent anomalies. Space does not permit a detailed analysis of these anomalies. Suffice it to say that there are so many inconsistencies in the TCP Act, 1974 that it will be futile to attempt to merely bring in modifications. Such tinkering will only further mangle an already deformed Act. What is needed is a total repeal of the existing Goa, Daman & Diu Town and Country Planning Act, 1974 and its replacement by a newly formulated Planning Act which is not only compatible with the Indian Constitution, but which provides the legal framework for all future planning in Goa. Another gross anomaly in the present situation is that “Town and Country Planning” which is technically called Spatial Planning, is undertaken in isolation from the Socio-Economic/Investment planning of the State Government. It should be obvious to any concerned citizen that investments – whether in manufacturing, processing, or reprocessing, needs space for the setting up of plants and factories. This means that Spatial Planning should take cognizance of such proposals and make the necessary allocation of space for the setting up of industries, businesses, commercial establishments, factories etc. within the overall Regional Plan. In actual fact, there is no real dialogue between the Town and Country Planning establishment and the Economic Development establishment. They often work at cross purposes with one another. There is no institutional mechanism to integrate these separate processes, with the result that the setting up of factories and manufacturing plants are often in conflict with the allocation of spaces made by the Regional Plan. This has led, in the past, to violent clashes in villages and urban areas. The Government of Goa has a serious responsibility to ensure that all-round development of the State takes place in an orderly and transparent manner.Its socio-economic plans, as well as its spatial plans should be formulated not only with the consent of its citizens, but with their active participation.

make one’s shirt stick to the body. Sweaty bodies means bad body odour. Hence body deodorants are in demand. Wearing sandals would be more comfortable. You may have to wear a cap to protect your head and sun glasses to protect your eyes from the piercing rays of the summer sun. There are several ‘aids’ available for comfort. It’s the time when air-conditioners sell like hot cakes and are available at cool prices. Some spend a major part of the day (and the night) in the comfort of air-conditioned rooms. The rich people probably have an air conditioner in every room of their house. The car is air-conditioned. So is the cabin at the office. In some buildings even the elevator is air conditioned. For those who cannot afford the air-conditioners there is the air-cooler. For the majority, there is the good old ceiling-fan, the pedestal-fan or the wall-fan. For the ladies going to Church on Sunday there is the hand-fan. During summer it is what goes inside the tummy that really matters. Drinking lots of fluids is the key. While cold drinks are cool on a hot day, hot alcoholic drinks are out. But then a beer can

Caring for the old AS Prabhu, Moira With the tourism boom and construction activity, there is an influx of migrants of different shades that has added to the population of Goa and caused disparities. But the other side of the picture is that with the opening of seas — Cruise liners and Gulf rigs — many of our youngsters have migrated overseas. Besides, a bulk of Goan families has also migrated to Canada, USA, Australia etc. The total uprooting of families has deserted the countryside with several houses being closed by elderly for want of suitable maids to look after them. As a consequence, ‘Homes for the Aged’ have proliferated practically in all villages. During the erstwhile Portuguese regime, there were ‘Asilos’ which were restricted to district headquarters and run by ‘Provedoria da Assistencia Publica’, exclusively meant for the destitute. These were open for people of all religions. Recently, I paid a visit to one such home and interacted with the inmates. The general feeling is that of ‘craving for love’ of near and dear ones. They have been provided with everything by their children and family members ‘minus filial love’ which is the essential ingredient for their existence on this earth. Too much wealth has rotted the social fabric and the social organisations have to work out a solution to alleviate suffering of the old. We cannot equate ourselves with European countries where the lifestyle is totally devoid of any human consideration. Suggestions to remedy this situation would be welcome.

Pravin U Sardessai, Adpai

Uneasy, the head

On April 26, streetlights at Manaswada, Kundaim in Ponda were on as late as 12.30 in the afternoon. This means, the linesmen on duty at this strategic location failed to do their basic duty of switching off the same at 6 in the morning as per the notified timing. Such negligent attitude ultimately led to wastage of a sizeable amount of power supply on this day. Even the local residents at this location seemed unmoved to this national loss. The higher authorities at the Electricity Department need to conduct an enquiry and initiate stern action against the concerned linesmen who were responsible for the necessary loss of precious power supply. Unless negligent linesmen are punished, it will be totally impossible to achieve discipline in the functioning of this important

It is said, Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Our Digambar Kamat wears the crown of the Chief Minister of Goa. As such, it seems he is suffering from schizophrenia and often flies to Delhi at the cost of tax-payers money to consult Dr Manmohan Singh who is the Dr of Economics and Sonia Gandhi who is the Dr of Physiognomy. Instead of rushing to the national capital, the Chief Minister should consult our very own famous Goan psychiatrist from Moira. I am sure with his treatment, our Chief Minister will get back his last psyche and run the administration smoothly and orderly. Consequently, the aam aadmi will be happy and besides the tax-payers money will also be saved.

FR Ferrao, Santa-Cruz

be very refreshing on a hot day. The hot favourite, irrespective of age is the ice-cream. Ice-cream companies do roaring business. They have to, since, as soon as it starts to pour cats and dogs, icecream parlours do lean business. It’s like making hay while the sun shines, literally speaking. Summertime is also the time to head to the beach, the river, the lake, the pond, the water-spring, the swimming pool or even the showers, in other words, to head wherever there is water. Staying underwater is probably the best way to bring down the body temperature. But then you cannot stay in water all through the summer. A drive down the countryside can also be rejuvenating. Probably the best thing to do during the hot summer days is to stop complaining about the heat. Since when it begins to pour one will start to complain about the heavy rains. Talking about the rains, the pre-monsoon rains are probably God’s ways of telling that He still loves us despite our iniquities. When the heavens open up, the first rains hit the ground and the sweet smell of the soil hits our olfactory nerves, nothing can be more rejuvenating. Rains in the hot summer season are most welcome.

Letters to the Editor

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department. Power supply needs to be utilised in the best possible manner and even minor wastage needs to be avoided at public interest.

By Adelmo Fernandes

Digvijay’s outbursts SND Poojary, Miramar The so-called senior Congress leader, Digvijay Singh, is reported to have poured venom on P Chidambaram on his handling of the Maoist violence. His out-pouring was after the Prime Minister instructed the central ministers not to comment on internal security. Digvijay Singh mentioned about the ‘intellectual arrogance’ of the Home Minister. At least Chidambaram has the intellect to be arrogant. Unlike most of the Congressmen, he has the courage to acknowledge that the buck stopped with him as far as the death of the CRPF personnel is concerned. Veerappan could not be caught for a number of years and he killed policemen at will partly because of the covert support he enjoyed from some political quarters. The same situation prevails now in dealing with the naxal violence. Some political parties and some armchair intellectuals openly plead the cause of the naxals. In the bargain they show no sympathy towards the hundreds of security

personnel killed by the naxals; these men in uniform are just protecting the nation against serious internal threat.

Paths of Wisdom

Wasteful sea-link S Kamat, Alto Betim A number of people have been writing in the papers about the wasteful project that the Dona Paula-Vasco sea-link will turn out to be among whom I happen to be one. In fact I would go a step further and say that the project will never see the light of day but by that time in the darkness of the night there will be many crores which will vanish into the pockets of consultants, middlemen, touts, politicians and the like to tell us what we know already, and that is — the link is not feasible. Therefore, instead of pursuing mirages, our CM and this Government should get their feet firmly on the ground use the money that they were willing to invest as their share of the sea-link and take up the second Zuari bridge project which is critical, the third Mandovi bridge to connect Panjim and revamp the traffic structure of entering Panjim from the north and south by the NH17. Right now entering Panjim from north Goa is a circuitous route which we citizens are used to and re-orient our heads by screwing it right once we are in Panjim but tourists and outsiders find it increasingly difficult to find their way in. Even if they find their way, the way out though easy for us remains perplexing for them. As time goes by we will have more and more accidents while we enter and leave Panjim unless the traffic movement is not streamlined. There are many other important bridge projects around Goa like connecting Divar with Old Goa which have been promised for a long time now and maybe forgotten. These are still needed and will go a long way in easing the lot of the aam aadmi than the one sea-link sweeping from Dona Paula to Vasco. Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

Sadness and Gladness

John 16; 16-24

16 “In a little while, you will not see me anymore, and then, a little while later, you will see me.” 17 Some of his disciples asked among themselves, “What does this mean? He tells us that in a little while, we will not see him, and then a little while later, we will see him; and he also says, “It is because I am going to the Father.” 18 What does this ‘a little while’ mean? We don’t know what he is talking about!” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said to them, “I said, ‘In a little while you will not see me, and then a little while later you will see me.’ Is this what you are asking about among yourselves? 20 I am telling you the truth: you will cry and weep, but the world will be glad; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into gladness. 21 When a woman is about to give birth she is sad, because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world. 22 That is how it is with you; now you are sad, but I will see you again, and your hearts will be filled with gladness, the kind of gladness that no one can take away from you. 23 “When that day comes, you will not ask me for anything. I am telling you the truth; the Father will give you whatever you ask him for in my name. 24 Until now, you have not asked for anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your happiness may be complete.

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s h o rt ta k e s Shirley is Orlim Sarpanch

Work on lifeguard tower begins at Palolem herAld COrresPOndenT CANACONA, APRIL 30

Newly-elected Orlim sarpanch Shirley Braz (left) with deputy sarpanch Babita Vaz after the elections, held recently. Photo by Sidharth Mehta

MARGAO(HR): Shirley Braz and Babita Vaz have been elected unopposed as the Sarpanch and deputy sarpanch respectively of five-member Orlim village Pancahyat. In the elections held on Thursday, both Shirley and Babita were elected unopposed as the Presiding officer received their lone nomination papers for the two posts. Only three members, Shirley, Babita and Panch Gerson Barretto attended the meeting, while the outgoing sarpanch and his deputy were conspicuous by their absence. The elections were necessitated following the ouster of the then Sarpanch Godfrey Rodrigues and his deputy in a no trust motion. Soon after taking over the reigns of office, the Sarpanch said she would accord top most priority to usher all round development in the village with the help of the local MLA and PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao. Asked on her stand vis-à-vis the housing projects coming up in the village, the new Sarpanch said she will stand by the people and will go as per law in deciding the cases. Her deputy Babita also said the new body will take up road works with the help of the PWD Minister.

Vrundavan’s health camp

PANJIM(HND): Vrundavan Hospital and Research centre, Mapusa organized recently a free multi-speciality camp concerning diabetes and hypertension, gastroenterology, general surgery, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, orthopaedics and ear, nose and throat ailments at the Mahalaxmi Hall, Kudal, Maharashtra. The camp was organized in association with Shri Mahalaxmi Devasthan Prathisthan, Palye. Dr Ashok Sirsat is the Managing Trustee for the Devasthan Pratistnan who has taken the initiative for the camp. The camp started with lighting of the lamp by all the present doctors and a small talk by Bhau Shrisat about the various doctors attending the camp and their services. The patients attending this camp were examined by Dr Digambar Naik, Consultant Physician and Cardiologist, Dr Ashok Sirsat - Sr General Surgeon, Dr Irineu Pereira – Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, Dr Ravish Kolwalkar – Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Aruna Vishwanathan – ENT Surgeon, Dr Sanjay Altekar – Consultant Endoscopist and Gastroenterologist, Dr Swati Divkar and Dr Sangeeta Raikar – Sr Medical officers. The patients attending this camp were offered a free physical examination, a free blood sugar check-up for diabetic patients and free medicines. People from Kudal have shown a great response for the camp. More than 200 patients took advantage of the camp. They had detailed consultation about their health problems with specialists in the field. All the people had given blessings to organizing committee and Vrundavan Hospital team, says a press release.

Mandur chapel renovated

PANJIM(HND): Holy Cross Chapel of St Joseph situated at Manxe Vaddo, Dongrim-Mandur, which is one of the oldest chapel in Tiswadi Taluka has now been renovated and extended. The inauguration of the renovated chapel has been scheduled on May 1 at 8.30 am being the International Workers Day dedicated to St Joseph, at the hands of Rev Dr Rosario Oliveira, Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman in the presence of the Parish Priest Rev Fr Alex Fernandes and Rev Fr Conceicao D'Silva, ex-parish priest of Mandur and present parish priest of Carambolim Church.

Higher education opportunities at Brindavan college herAld news desk PANJIM, APRIL 30

Quality higher education avenues with elements of excellence, commitment an approach to build up professionalism for meeting demands of industry and commerce through a global perspective, but also to cater to the demands in scientific research calls for high appreciation. One such forum for students to seek technological knowledge based learning environment in various streams of Science (Biological and Computer), Management and Engineering is Brindavan College-Group of Institutions at Bangalore. It is prestigiously accredited by NAAC at 'A' level and is affiliated to Bangalore University, and VTU, Belgaum, is recognized by Government and approved by AICTE and UGC. According to a press release, the strong and sound infrastructure in terms of space, facilities, contemporary curriculum with teaching by professional, experienced and committed faculty, state-of-the art laboratories, well equipped libraries, spacious class rooms, auditorium, one-to-one interaction between the teachers and the students, coupled with seminars, industrial visits, indoor/outdoor sports activities, cafeteria, secured hostel facilities all help to create fascination in the students for learning. High Strong emphasis is made for enrolled students to evolve and

make best use of the academic, extra academic / co-curricular, cultural, and sports domains. Post Graduate scholars are also encouraged to participate and present their training / research work in international / national conferences, symposia etc. The press release states, it is a matter of great pride for Goans to note that over 37 Goan students have graduated and presently 33 are enrolled in M.Sc Programs in Brindavan College. Most of the enrolled students have created a niche in curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in campus. Most of the passed out Goan students have secured good placements some are earning higher progression in terms of PhD. One alumnus is engaged in doing an extensive research in anti - cancer medicine in Karnataka University, Dharwad in her Ph.D program. Brindavan College has been securing excellent results every year, in particular, in PG Departments of Biotechnology, Microbiology and Genetics. Very recently, these departments have earned a funded research project from DST, GOI. Thus, in nut shell, with appreciable professional growth and career opportunities for students, Brindavan College feels high with pride and satisfaction, and continues to stand for excellence in higher education, adds the press release.

It may have come at the fag end of the tourism season, but a lifeguard tower is finally becoming a reality at Palolem beach in Canacona. Some workers have been seen carrying out wielding of iron rods and plates assembling the lifeguard tower on the right side of Palolem beach entrance. Interestingly, the tower is erected not on the sand, but on an open plot which is used as a parking lot. When asked, workers at the site stated that a lifeguard tower is being erected for the Dhristhi Special Response Safety Pvt. Ltd. It may be recalled that the Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) had issued NoC’s sometime in January to Dhristhi to erect lifeguard towers. However, there were no sign of any activities by Dhristhi nor did CMC make any alternate provisions to engage lifeguards at this popular beach during the tourism season. The State government had given the contract to Dhristhi to provide beach safety on a few beaches in the State and this had evoked resentment among residents of Canacona who had

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A lifeguard tower is being erected at Palolem beach. Photo by Kathy Pereira

lamented that Palolem was being ignored by authorities. Meanwhile, a number of people have also demanded that a

suitable changing room on the beach with proper arrangements to facilitate visitors to change their wet clothes.

Training programme for rural youth opened herAld news desk PANJIM, APRIL 30

A ten days training programme for rural youth on "Entrepreneurship Development in seed and planting material productions was inaugurated by Director of Agriculture, Satish Tendulkar at Old Goa, on Friday. The programme is being organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra of ICAR under ICAR National Seed Project. Speaking on the occasion, Tendulkar complimented the organizers and said that the rural youth will gain innovative knowledge and enhance agriculture production. Tendulkar commended the Indian Council of Agriculture Research for its excellent work in modernization of agriculture activities in the country. Speaking further Tendulkar said, government has launched several schemes and programmes through the Director of Agriculture for the well being of farmers to take up farming on a large scale. Dr N P Singh, Director, ICAR, RC Goa said that ICAR Research Centre is conducting research to promote agricultural activity and has also initiated various programmes to encourage and motivate farmers to enhance production. He assured the farmers of all necessary help.

6 Sanguem personalities bag ‘Jaycee Creed Awards’

To mark the 50th anniversary of Sanukth Maharashtra on 1st May, fifteen budding artists from Maharashtra will be organising an exhibition of their creations at Kala Academy for five days starting from May 1 upto May 5 from 10 am to 7.30 pm. Titled ‘Different Moments,’ the collection is inspired by everyday moments in our lives. An artist has the unique ability to see things, people and the world at large through a different lens. Routine moments which we witness on a daily basis are captured beautifully on canvas by this group of artists led by Santosh Raosahib Patil, says a press release.

Conference at Panjim herAld news desk PANJIM, APRIL 30

The 7th State conference of Canara Bank Employees Union will be held at the conference hall, Mathias Plaza, Panjim on May 1, at 10 am. D D Rustagi, General Secretary, Canara Bank Employees Union will be the chief guest. Rustagi will speak on the recent wage increase of 17.5% to bank employees as well as pension scheme. D Shankar Pai, Dy GM, Canara Bank, Circle Officer, Goa and Ajay Manjrekar, Dy General Secretary, Canara Bank Employees Union will be the guests of honour.

The Jaycee Creed awardees with their awards along with JCI National President Santoshkumar P at the awards presentation ceremony at Sanguem. Photo by Alfred Fernandes herAld COrresPOndenT SANGUEM, APRIL 30

Sanguem Jaycees recently presented ‘Jaycee Creed Awards’ to six budding personalities from Sanguem, who worked for the development and welfare of the masses in their respective fields. Those presented with the Jaycee Creed Awards were Sanguem Parish Priest Fr Octaviano D’Cunha, Prof (Dr) Lucas Miranda, Mandovi Clinic Managing Director Porvorim Dr Sunil Nadkarni, former State president Santosh Dessai, youth leader Dr Revansiddh Naik and former medical officer Dr Vishnu R Vaidya who has been rendering yeomen service to the locals in

Sanguem at his Dando Clinic. The awardees were presented with a bouquet and a memento by National President of Jaycees JCI Senator Santoshkumar P. Speaking at the function, Santoshkumar P lauded the activities conducted by the Jaycees all over the country. He informed that in India, Jaycees has 30 branches and all the Chapters are doing well in their service to the society. In reply to the felicitation ceremony, Dr Nadkarni thanked Sanguem Jaycees for the appreciation award and assured of continuing his dedicated service to the locals at his clinic, as he has been doing as of date. Fr D’Cunha, Dr Miranda and

Antique sculptures add to Canacona’s rich heritage herAld COrresPOndenT CANACONA, APRIL 30

Canacona taluka’s rich heritage is slowly coming into limelight and the latest to invite public attention are two antique sculptures available in the open near two temples in Loliem. ‘Mulveer’ and ‘Nagda Betal’ are the two peculiar sculptures, both curved out of single stones. The ‘Mulveer’ idol is of about 1.5 mtrs in height, while that of ‘Nagda Betal’ is 3 mtrs tall. The curved idol of Mulveer is close to Shri Keshav Devalaya, Loliem, while Nagda (naked) Betal stands out in the open at about 100 mtrs away from Arya Durga Temple. It is learnt that ‘Nagda Betal’ is considered to be of Sumerian style and unique in its curving. In one hand, it carries a bowl, while the other hand holds a sword. Interestingly, there are three other Shri Betal curved idols existing in Canacona taluka, one at Soliem-Khola, besides two others at Chapoli and another at Shri Betal Devalaya. Sources informed that Mulveer’s sculpture is the largest

The two idols sculpted of two different single stones, one of ‘Mulveer’ and ‘Nagdam (naked) Betal’ in Loliem. Photos by Kathy Pereira

curved idol in the State. A snake necklace is seen round the neck of Mulveer. Sources also informed that

these unique sculptures are over 500 years old and there is a lot for the history students to learn at these open sites in Loliem.

POWER SHUTDOWN MAY 3 CHIMBEL: Between 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Vaastu Hermitage, Manaswada, Mansher parts of Chinchwada and Rambhuvan Wada and surrounding areas. PONDA: Between 9 am to 4 pm. Areas affected Carmale, Savoi-Verem, Volvoi, Vagurme, Keri, Vijayadurga and surrounding areas. CANDOLIM: Between 9 am to 4 pm. Candolim Church area, Orda and surrounding areas.

Dr Vishnu R Vaidya also expressed gratitude to Sanguem Jaycees and appreciated the work done by Sanguem Jaycees in Sanguem. Shekhar Naik and Vithal Gaonkar read the report of the activities conducted by Sanguem Jaycees. Two new members Sameer Nadodkar and Shrinivas Ankolekar were given the oath of office during awards presentation ceremony. Sanguem Jaycees President Pankaj Diukar welcomed the gathering, Mency Navaro and Dattaprasad Nasnodkar compered the function, while Sudesh Yeragi proposed the vote of thanks.

Skating, dance classes herAld news desk PANJIM, APRIL 30

Unbeatable Dance Academy, Vasco will be conducting Skating classes for the age group above 5 years from May 5 at CHLD Community Hall, CHLD Colony, Headland Sada. Classes will be held every Wednesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 7 pm. Registration forms are available at Bombay Garments, Vasco. Talented students will get a chance to perform for upcoming show at major cities in the State. Meanwhile, Bollywood and Western Dance classes are also being conducted at various places: Chicalim, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, on every Monday and Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm. Sada, CHLD Community Hall on every Wednesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm. New Vaddem (Green Lawns Institute), on every Saturday from 4 pm to 5 pm. Zuari Nagar, (near Kiran Niketan School) on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm. Vaddem, (Cluny Nurser y School) on ever y Wednesday and Thursday from 12 noon to 1 pm. For admission and further details contact Tushar Volvoikar on 9923309275 / 9822227801.

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Due to power failure at Assonora water treatment plant on April 30, there will be restricted water supply to the entire Bardez taluka on May 1.

upcoming events Loliem church feast today

POINGUINIM(HC): The annual feast of St Sebastian Church at Loliem-Canacona will be held on Saturday, May 1. The thanksgiving Eucharist celebrations on that day and the main mass will be held at 10 am. The main celebrants will be Fr Vincent Leitao, parish priest of St Xavier’s church, Bhatpal, and accompanying him for the celebration will Fr Alysius Gonsalves, CSC, Fr Lancy D’Silva and other priests. Parishioners have grouped together and have envisaged lots of variety entrainment programme scheduled on the festive occasion. It includes a 3-a side football penalty shoot-out competition that is open to all and will commence at the Church from 3 pm. Winners will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 4,000 while the runners up will be awarded Rs 2,000. The convener of this sporting event is Clay Luis and F Niclaou and they can be contacted on the mobile number 9823364954 from the participants for enrollment. Thereafter, a tiatr Aiz Havn, Fallem Tum, by renowned stage artiste Prince Jacob will be staged from 6.30 pm onwards. The profits from this will go for charitable purpose institutions and is being organized by social worker and environmentalist and teacher of St Sebastian school of Loliem R S Naik along with likeminded persons.

JCI function at Calangute

PANJIM(HND): JCI Calangute will be organizing its annual Public Relation Project Jaycee Bahaar Raat mega finals which will include All Goa singing competition and Mrs Calangute contest for Calangute residents only, on May 8 from 7pm onwards at Shree Shantadurga Temple, Calangute. Auditions will be held on May 1 at 10 am at St Joseph High School, Calangute. Entry forms are available at Unnati Flowers, Patto, Panjim, Mob: 9823063023 / Tarcar Trading, Opp SBI, Mapusa 9822149311, Anand Restaurant, Calangute, Market9823020480. For more details contact: Jc Parekh - 9960326096 / Jc Durgesh - 9823067506 / Jc Sachin – 9890088255, says a press release.

Alumni meet

PANJIM(HND): Goa College of Pharmacy will be organising a grand alumni meet 2010 on Saturday, May 1 in the college campus. The students of Goa College of Pharmacy, who are excelling in various fields, will get an opportunity for a re-union and to revive the past memories of college days. On this occasion, various programmes have been scheduled to be organized in this college. Community pharmacy is getting an acceptance the world over and on this occasion, Goa College of Pharmacy is going to start ‘Department of Pharmacy practice’ in the college. This department is going to be inaugurated by Goa College of Pharmacy’s ex-student and FDA Director, Salim Veljee. Free checkup of blood pressure and blood sugar level will be conducted in this new department. Vivek Kamat will inaugurate the official alumni website on this occasion. The pharmacists graduated from Goa College of Pharmacy have achieved great heights in various pharmaceutical institutions and are going to be felicitated at this event. Rajan Naik, Chairman IPAGoa Branch, Dr Laxmikant Bhonsle, State Pharmacy Council and Ratnadeep Kurtarkar, Goa Chemist and Druggist Association will be present on the occasion. The contribution of senior-most pharmacist present, to the pharmacy field will be recognized. Goa College of Pharmacy being the first and oldest institution in Asia, exhibition will be held displaying pharmacy related old magazines, journals and photographs and other valuables. The function will be concluded with an entertainment programme followed by dinner, says a press release.

Sarzora fete

PANJIM(HND): Youngsters of Sarzora will be organizing their annual fete ‘Bye-Bye Summer’ on May 16 at cross roads at Sarzora. Black Slade from Delhi and Band Wagon will be in attendance to entertain the crowds, says a press release.

V Sardesai memorial lecture

PANJIM(HND): The Vaman Sardesai Memorial Trust and the Institute of Indo-European Studies will jointly hold a public memorial lecture on May 6 at the convention hall of Hotel Mandovi, Panjim. Prof Dr Ganesh Umakant Thite, author and scholar/retd, head of department of Sanskrit, Pune university and presently Curator of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, will be the chief guest and will speak on ‘The Spirit of the Upanishads’. Atchut K S Usgaonkar, former dy speaker of the Goa Assembly will be the guest of honour and Rev Dr Antonio F X Rodrigues, CSSR Rector, Author and Ph.D in Upanishads from the Banaras Hindu university, will preside.


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Malpractices lead to exploitation Water shortage hits Mapusa residents of workers abroad: Eduardo HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 30

HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 30

Commissioner for NRI Affairs Eduardo Faleiro said the overseas employment market is highly imperfect market leading to malpractices by intermediaries resulting in poor working conditions and exploitation of workers. He was speaking at the valedictory function organized by Overseas Employment of Goa in collaboration with Dr Graciano Rebeiro De Santana Center for Empowerment, Caritas Goa at Porvorim on Friday. “The situation becomes worse due to lack of awareness and skills among emigrant workers. The future belongs to skilled workers preferably with multitude skills. It is, therefore, necessary to upgrade the skills of our workers to meet the challenges of future needs, both in India and abroad,” said Faleiro. He further said Overseas Employment Agency has completed over 20 skill upgradation and foreign orientation courses during the last two years and about 300 students have availed the benefit of these programmes. “The trainees in these

Commissioner for NRI Affairs Eduardo Faleiro addresses the gathering at Porvorim. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

courses are instructed in the latest techniques, safety measures and use of correct and modern tools,” said Faleiro. “Women have proved that they are not inferior to men in any field of activity. They also must get equal opportunities. The Overseas Employment Agency has therefore undertaken courses for women in trades likes tailoring, fashion designing, home nursing, screen printing, etc, as to make them self-reliant,” added Faleiro. He also outlined the courses to be conducted by the office of Commissioner for NRI Af-

fairs next month like beautician, mobile telephone repairs information technology and hospitality sectors, which will be oragnised in association with Don Bosco Vocational Centre, Parra, Auxilium Computer Education Centre, Velim, Fr Agnel Catering College, Verna, Vrindavan Hospital and Research Centre, Mapusa, Goa Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhiyan and other institutions. Director of Vrindavan Hospital Cardiologist Dr Digamber Naik said the course taught by the Overseas Employment Agency will enable the students to stand on their own

feet. “The students should learn these courses with passion and the passion will generate skills that will take them to greater heights in life. Every job needs commitment, sincerity and seriousness and those who will do their job with perfection and utter interest are bound to succeed in any field of life,” said Dr Naik. Caritas Goa Director Fr Valerian Vaz said the courses taught to the students will generate confidence in the students and enable them to face challenges of life. Chairman of Overseas Employment of Goa Vice Admiral John de Silva also spoke on the occasion. On the occasion, students who completed fashion designing course and foreign orientation programme were given certificates by Faleiro. Earlier, Sr Mafaldina Pires welcomed the gathering, Commissioner for NRI Affairs Eduardo Faleiro lighted the traditional lamp. Bernadeta Lobo compered the function, while Secretary of Goa Panchayat Mahila Shiksha Abhiyan Carmelina Franco proposed the vote of thanks.

Assault on scribe: Quepem locals protest over failure to nab accused

Residents of Goa Housing Board Colony at Ekta Nagar, Mapusa, have been facing acute water shortage since the last few days. Shiv Sena on Friday supplied water to the residents of Ekta Nagar through tankers. Speaking to Herald, Shiv Sena Vibhag Pramukh (Bardez) Philip D’Souza stated that water is one of basic needs of human beings. “It is the responsibility of the government to supply water to the citizens, but the government has failed miserably to cater to the needs of the people,” stated D’Souza. “We have apprised PWD authorities several times about the water problem being faced by the residents of Ektanagar, but in vain. Therefore, Shiv Sena decided to supply water

Residents of Ekta Nagar, Mapusa, fetch water from the tanker. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

to these residents through the tankers and alleviate their sufferings to some extent,” said D’Souza. He further said they have again given a letter to the As-

Siolim locals too face water crisis HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, APRIL 30

Unhappy over constant water shortage, residents of Guddem-Siolim on Friday marched to the office of PWD at Mapusa, but none of the engineers were present in the office. There are over 200 houses in the locality and with no other alternate source of water supply, residents have to travel a distance of about 2 kms to fetch water every day. Some residents are using stored water for nearly 15 days. It may be recalled that few weeks ago, Chikungunya cases were reported by Primary Heath Centre from the area. Residents of Guddem marched to the office of PWD at Mapusa, but none of the engineers were present in the of-

fice. Since the residents were not prepared to leave the office, Junior Engineer A Paes finally spoke to them over the phone and assured that he will visit their area personally on May 3. Speaking to Herald, Alisha Govekar, a local, said water crisis in their area is so severe that they have to use the stored water for over 15 days. “We are unable to invite our relatives at our homes due to water crisis. Despite approaching PWD authorities, no steps are taken by the administration to attend to our problems,” she complained. “People from far-off areas are always ignored by the government. Crisis of water shortage has not only affected the human beings, but animals too, which is an additional problem for the villagers,” said

CMC dy chairperson complains of abuse HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, APRIL 30

The Quepem Taluka Mining Affected Peoples Front members along with other NGO members on a hunger strike in front of Quepem police station. Photo by John Fernandes HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, APRIL 30

The Quepem Taluka Mining Affected People’s Front on Friday staged a day-long hunger strike in front of Quepem police station in protest against failure on the part of Quepem police to arrest the accused, who allegedly assaulted Herald’s correspondent John Fernandes. It may be recalled that on April 23, when Fernandes was at Quepem police station along with his other accomplice, he was allegedly attacked by Eupociano Pereira and Soccor D’Costa. Later, Fernandes filed a police complaint. On April 26, the Front submitted a memorandum to the police giving 48-hour ultimatum to arrest the duo or face

the consequence. After the memorandum was submitted, the police booked the duo under Section 107 of CrPC. On Friday, the hunger strike commenced at 9 am and concluded at about 5.30 pm. A number of dignitaries, including environmentalists, advocates and politicians, took part in the day-long hunger strike. As a precaution, a strong police force from Quepem, Curchorem and Sanguem was deputed at Quepem police station. Speaking to reporters after the hunger strike, Front Convenor Adv Fredrek Pereira said the action taken against the duo is an eye wash. “In future, people of Quepem will not tolerate any such type of injustice.”

‘Goan lawyers should fill up posts of judges’ HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 30

Asserting that lawyers are at the receiving end of the selection process for the posts of Judges vis-à-vis open vacancies for lawyers, the newly-elected committee of South Goa Advocates Association has called for a stop on selection of lawyers from outside the state for the post of Judges at the senior and junior division. Newly-elected SGAA President Adv Anacleto Viegas has further demanded a ban on deputation of Judges to Goa at the high court level and vowed to fight for the setting up of an independent high court for Goa. Briefing newsmen, Adv Viegas demanded that the filling of Judges posts at the senior and junior level should be an open affair with accountability. “How can lawyers who neither knows Marathi and Konkani are selected as Judge from the open vacancies for lawyers”, he wondered, adding that the 2000-odd lawyers from Goa certainly deserve the opportunity to be selected as Judges. Saying that Goa will soon celebrate 50 years of Liberation, he, however, lamented that deputation at the high court level still continues in the state till date. “We need an independent high court that the judiciary is controlled by the legal fraternity or by the Goa government. When Judges are brought on deputation from

outside, their remuneration, travel and other incidental expenses are borne by the government.”, he said, adding that it is high time that the mandate of Article 214 of the Indian Constitution is implemented by setting up a high court for Goa. Outlining the plans of the new committee, Viegas said the South Goa Advocates would like to work with the Law Commission to ensure that the Law of Succession and law of inheritance is made into a total Statute. “Presently the procedure is so cumbersome that people do not succeed in the cases in their life time”, he said. On the Administrative Tribunal for South Goa, Veigas said the panel would fight to ensure that one Judge is posted in South Goa to head the Administrative Tribunal. “The Administrative Tribunal should come to South Goa. Why should people of South Goa go to Panjim when the Tribunal ought to function from the district”, he wondered. He also disclosed to create a Lawyers Benefit Fund and to work for a pension scheme for Lawyers. He also disclosed plans to work out a group insurance for lawyers. The newly-elected panel of the Lawyers panel consists of President Anacleto Viegas, Vice-President Arsekar Avdhut, Secretary Morais Pritam, Treasurer Kothare Sphurti. The members are Virendra Desai, Cronny D’Silva and female representative Mincy Dias.

sistant Engineer, PWD, Mapusa on Friday with a request to supply water to the residents of Ektanagar on regular basis. “If there is no improvement in the supply of potable water

to this area, Shiv Sena will launch agitation,” warned D’Souza. Preeti Kerkar of Ekta Nagar said they are facing water shortage throughout the year. “During summer, the problem gets aggravated. Presently, we get water alternate day and that too for half an hour or so with little pressure,” said Kerkar. “There are over 200 flats and houses in the area. Everybody cannot afford to hire water tanker every day by shelling out Rs 300. It is the responsibility of the government to provide us potable water. Since there are no wells in the area, we have to depend entirely on tap water,” she added. “We have registered complaints several times with the PWD authorities, but in vain,” said Kerkar.

In a counter move, Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) Deputy Chairperson and Chaudi Councilor Dilip Kenkre late Monday evening filed a police complaint against Viraj Pai on charges of abusing him. It may be recalled that on Monday, Pai had filed a police complaint against Kenkre for allegedly assaulting him and threatening to kill him when he complained about illegal construction. In his complaint, Kenkre stated that Pai abused him when he had gone to inspect an alleged illegal construction on Monday. According to sources, both the complainants were called to Canacona police station on Tuesday evening, where PI Raju Raut Dessai reportedly questioned them. Later, both the complainants addressed separate press conferences at Chaudi with each one accusing the other over Monday morning developments. Pai, who had accused Kenkre of assaulting him with slaps and issuing threats to kill, claimed he had refused to compromise on the issue, as the highhandedness of Kenkre has exceeded all limits. Some residents from Chaudi who were present with Pai informed that they would submit a memorandum to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat stating that the councilor acts highhandedly

by misusing chief minister’s name in all his wrong-doings. “We had also submitted a complaint to CMC chief officer stating that that one person has illegally constructed a laterite stone kiosk over a septic tank of a residential-cumcommercial municipal building,” stated the residents. “We had also stated in the complaint that the kiosk is engaged in selling meat, chicken, beef, etc and that ward Councilor Kenkre instead of taking action against such illegality is abusing, assaulting and threatening to kill informants,” added the residents. Addressing the press conference, CMC Deputy Chairperson Kenkre denied any wrong doing on Monday morning and instead charged Pai for calling him at the site and then abused him with bad words. “This man shouted at me saying ‘chor’, ‘Foting’, etc, when I was called to see the illegality taking place. Instead of sticking to alleged illegal problem, he (Pai) said ‘our differences are solved with the women (who he earlier alleged to be making illegal construction)’ and instead he went on to target me at the site,” said Kenkre. Kenkre who was reportedly accompanied by CMC Chairperson Shamsunder Dessai, other two former chairpersons and sitting Councilors Ranghanath Naik Gaunkar and Santosh Tubki, appeared before Canacona PI Raju Raut Dessai for investigation.

Hubby gets 3-day police remand HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 30

Francisco D’Costa, who was arrested by the Margao police for harassment caused to his wife, has been remanded to three days police custody. Margao PI Santosh Desai said the accused has been remanded to three days police custody by the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao. Meanwhile, women’s right activist Tara Kerkar has demanded stern action against the husband for the cruelty and harassment meted out to his wife Anarita, who is still convalescing at the Hospicio hospital for burn injuries. The Margao police had charged the husband for harassment after he assaulted her with a hot utensil all over her body. The police said the victim woman had recently returned from the Gulf and the husband had been demanding money from her, which she had re-

fused. He was also against his wife going back to the Gulf. The Margao police are conducting further investigations.

Raia local drowns HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, APRIL 30

Tragedy hit a picnic party when a member died due to drowning at the Cabo de Rama on Friday evening. Cuncolim police stated that 34-year old Diogo Rodrigues, a resident of Raia-Loutolim, met a watery grave when he had gone out for a swim in the sea. He was allegedly pulled by the strong under currents. Cuncolim police said the incident occurred this evening and the body of the deceased has been sent for post mortem examination. The police have registered a case of unnatural death.

Residents of Guddem-Siolim in the office of Assistant Engineer PWD, Mapusa, speaks over the phone to the junior engineer. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

Govekar. “If PWD engineers do not visit the area on Monday as as-

sured, we will come on the streets to get our grievances redressed,” warned Govekar.

From Page 1 Shantaram goes TV bashing again

compete in showing the same news again and again. Naik is also a practising lawyer and it would not be a surprise if he invokes the law of torts and takes the TV channels to court seeking damages for mental torture if the government does not take note of his demand. He cited two examples of the torture he suffered. First was the news of the IPL controversy that broke out on the day of tornado that hit Bihar and West Bengal and killed 120 people. The tragedy hardly got any coverage while the IPL controversy was played up with same information repetitively for days together. Perhaps such tragedies carry no news value for the TV channels, he rued. Naik said another example was a marriage controversy (sania mirza’s marriage with Pak cricketer Shoaib Malik) that was “food for thought” for these channels as for three days viewers were told that this is “the only thing happening in the country.”

Govt to set up trade zones for recyclable waste soon

processing facility attached to the trading business. The land will be allotted on lease basis/rental basis subject to such terms and conditions and at rates as may be fixed by GIDC taking into consideration the prevailing market price, development cost and other factors in conformity with the policy of GIDC, the notification said. If the business is not relocated within three months from the date of allotment of land, it would be reverted to GIDC and the registration of the trader would be liable to be cancelled. The utilization of the land allotted will be monitored by the additional collector every year and submit report to Secretary (Revenue) who may take appropriate decision in case the land is not utilised for the purpose it is allotted, according to the Rules framed. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: All registered recyclable waste units, according to the notification, will be eligible for financial assistance as applicable under the various existing Government Schemes. REGISTRATION WITHIN 2 MONTHS: Every person who on the date of commencement of this Scheme is engaged in the business of recyclable waste will have to get himself registered with the Directorate of Industries, Trade and Commerce within two months of such commencement. The registration fee is Rs 1000. Any person who fails to apply for registration will not be allowed to continue with the business of recycling waste. The applications received will be referred by the Director of Industries to the Joint Committee constituted at the Sub-Divisional Office level. Such Joint Committees will be constituted by the District Magistrates for North and South Goa Districts at Panjim, Mapusa, Bicholim, Pernem, Ponda, Margao, Vasco, Quepem and Canacona. The committees will consist of the following members, namely: respective Sub-Divisional Magistrate concerned (Chairman), sarpanch/chief officer of the village/municipality, subdivisional police officer, station fire officer in-charge of the area concerned, representative from the Health Department, Town and Country Planning Department, Labour, GIDC, Goa State Pollution Control Board, while Directorate of Industries will be the convener. The Joint Committee will scrutinize and assess all the applications within three months of receiving them, and meet on fortnightly basis to decide on them. The Director of Industries will issue a certificate upon registration on the receipt of recommendations from the Joint Committee. The Director of Industries will also send a copy of certificate of registration to the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes for tax Assessment. VALDITY: The certificate of registration will be valid for one to three years depending upon the type of trading activities as carried out by the persons and the renewal will be done on payment of Rs 500. Meanwhile, GIDC will identify vacant plots in industrial estates for location of scrap yard as short term measures.


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OPinionated The ethics at the workplace By Arlette Azavedo

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an an employer run his organization in a manner that does not flout any of the principles of compassion? Does the employer understand the needs of his employees and treats them with due care and respect? A good employer will never treat his employees as his servants, as that is opposed to the preaching of Jesus. The employer ought to treat their employees considerately giving them due consideration. Be fair with them. Don't forget for a minute that you, too, serve a master - God in heaven. Thus being a good employer means first and foremost to be a humane employer. Some employers try to use the ‘carrot and stick’ policy to make their employees work. It means that they give the employees some benefit because of good work, and threats of being sacked when they fail to perform. Employers must understand that this is not the right way of working. This is the result of a mentality that assumes that the employer is the owner of the employees and almost makes the employees his servants, or rather slaves. Does the employer earn the love and respect of his employees or their curses, then? Religion strictly prohibits mistreating or abusing any person and that includes employees too. An employer must not be driven by profit into forcing their employees to overwork or work for less than what they should get. The employer must ensure that every worker gets a fair deal does not suffer in any way in the workplace. But does this happen in all the organizations and companies? I see that at this point in time, many employers focus on their customers and forget about their employees. I think that this should have a lot to say to those who focus too much on rules and policies and leave their employee way behind. After all, employees are potential customers and fellow human beings. Understand the fact your employee is a human being. You have needs and they do too. Employees have their families just the way you do. So many modern workplace environments are very unpleasant, often even dangerous or deadly, that even the most casual observer may agree that we seem to take two steps backwards for each step forward. Obviously, too many employers have adopted the bad philosophy that says ‘People exist for the benefit of business. Business does not exist for the benefit of people.’ Of course, we all recognize that the business owners are benefiting more and more, and the fact is that the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class has been increasingly down-sized into the ranks of poverty. In some companies unfortunately, employers try to get the maximum work benefits from their employees. They do not care for their employees’ health and wellbeing, as the only thing that they really care about is getting business for themselves as what matters to them are figures (business profits) and at the end of the day they should have gained the utmost from their employees. In certain organizations, there are no healthy and hygienic conditions which should be available and which are favourable for work. I know of an employee who used to carry air fresheners to work as he could not bear the foul smell around his work place. Instead of the employer being empathetic towards his employees’ needs, some employers are only interested in amassing wealth for themselves at the cost of their employees health and wellbeing. No proper facilities of any sort even to the manager’s level are made available. Even when the employee is sick, there is no rest, as the employer only knows one thing and that is he is paid his salary so he has to give his maximum outcome at work. Such employers have heart of steel and they shall be paid in the same coin that they treat their employees. It is pathetic that we humans can treat another human so very inconsiderately and insensitively. Greed and arrogance among business owners conspire against this straightforward fact of life, and many have found that they can enjoy tremendous success while abusing the very people who make that success happen. However, there are many other companies who do much and show consideration for their employees. When my son worked as an Apprentice at one of the best companies in Goa like Zuari Industries Limited at Sancole, he felt uneasy and dehydrated and noticing his condition, his Engineer- in-Charge sent him home by the company’s car. This is what I call compassion towards its employees. However there are some employers who have no courtesy when their employee is sick and instead of treating and informing his family about his ailment, he calls him early the next day to work. Are these employers some sort of heartless beings whose only motive in this world is making money, at the cost of the life of their employees, then? Today, May1st is commemorated as Labour Day or Workers Day. It’s a day to remember or protest against oppression and tyranny, against ignorance and war of any kind. A day on which to begin to enjoy 'eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will.' So, let’s remember all the workers who have toiled all their lives for their employers, as being committed is wonderful for both employee and employer. But giving too much of yourself is worse than giving too little. In both cases you may lose your job, but giving too much may result in trauma, stress and breakdown. Besides, you may lose your backup system of family and friends if you fall in love too much with work! It is said of an employer “If your thinking is sloppy, your business will be sloppy. If you are disorganized, your business will be disorganized. If you are greedy, your employees will be greedy, giving you less and less of themselves and always asking for more.” Think about it.

Honours no solace for slain cop's family; want Kasab hanged PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 30

Assistant police sub-inspector Tukaram Ombale was hailed as a hero for holding death in tight embrace during 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, but the honour bestowed on him is little solace to his family members who want his killer Ajmal Kasab hanged. Ombale, who was courage personified as he grappled unarmed with the AK-47-wielding Kasab at Girgaum Chowpatty, made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty but not before he had ensured the capture of at least one of the ten Pakistani terrorists who were on their diabolic mission. Three days before the antiterror court pronounces its verdict, 23-year-old Vaishali Ombale, daughter of the slain policeman, told PTI that her

f a m i l y w i l l n e v e r f o rg i v e Kasab, who altered their lives forever. "These honours do not delight us. I, my family and people of India want Kasab hanged. This is what matters to us," she said looking at the Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award given posthumously to her father for his exemplary valour. Vaishali, presently pursuing Masters of Education, said unlike Afzal Guru's case, she hoped the government would not delay Kasab's execution of punishment if he is held guilty. "I am still to come to terms with the fact that my father is no more. He may not be with us but we feel his presence all the time. On that fateful night when I phoned him, he said he was fine and asked me not to worry," she said.

Outcome of Indo-Pak meet Congress stalls RS on Modi's more than expected: Qureshi reported anti-Dalit remarks PTI ISLAMABAD, APRIL 30

Pakistan today described the outcome of the latest Indo-Pak talks as more than expected and a step in the right direction, and said efforts will be made to build on it to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries. A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Bhutan and broke the ice, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he intends to establish contact with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna as soon as the Indian Parliament's budgetary session concludes on May 7. He said there was no need to accord any nomenclature like 'composite dialogue' to the talks that would be held shortly, but the intent is to discuss all outstanding issues like Kashmir,

JD-U for statement from Govt on IPL controversy PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 30

The IPL controversy was raked up again in the Lok Sabha today with JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav seeking a categorical statement from the government on the telephonic discussions between the former IPL chief and a Union Minister whose phone was reportedly tapped. Without taking any names, Yadav said, "The phones of four political leaders were tapped. I am referring to the fourth one.. the conversation between the IPL chief and a Minister of this government." Raising the matter during Zero Hour, he said the Government should come out with a clear and categorical statement on the matter. Yadav was supported by members from the opposition benches, including the BJP and CPI(M). Reports have said Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's phone was tapped at the height of the IPL controversy including his conversation with the then IPL chief Lalit Modi. Government had later clarified that it had "not authorised" any phone tapping of political leaders.

Siachen, Sir Creek and water sharing. "If all issues are to be discussed, whether you call it comprehensive dialogue, composite dialogue or whatever you want, that is not important. The spirit behind that is important, the spirit is right," he said at a press conference here. Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao had yesterday stated that nomenclatures were not important. Islamabad, which has been insisting on resuming the composite dialogue, now appears to have dropped the demand. Qureshi said the Indian Foreign Secretary was "very positive" on the talks during her press meet yesterday. Referring to the meeting between Singh and Gilani, Qureshi said the outcome has been "more than expected... it is a step in the right direction, a

Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia was on Friday appointed as the new Chief Justice of India by virtue of being the senior most among the Supreme Court judges and will have a tenure of two years and five months up to September 29, 2012. He was elevated to the Bench of the Supreme Court in December 2003 after serving the Uttaranchal High Court for a short tenure of four months as Chief Justice. He assumes the charge on May 12 on the retirement of Justice K G Balakrishnan, India's first Dalit chief justice who had the longest tenure of three years and three months. A Law Ministry press release announced appointment of Justice Kapadia to the highest judiciary post by President Pratibha Patil. Seniority-wise, Justice Altamas Kabir will be the Chief Justice on Justice Kapadia's retirement but will have a short tenure of just ten months as he is due for retirement on July 19, 2013. Justice Kapadia was a judge in the Bombay High Court for 12 years from 1991 to 2003 be-

After four years, the Supreme Court had a woman judge with Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court, being sworn in today. 61-year-old Justice Mishra was sworn in along with two other judges by Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan. Mishra, who will have a fouryear tenure, will be the fourth woman judge in the history of the apex court since its inception in 1959.

In an unusual move, members from the ruling Congress today trooped into the well of Rajya Sabha and forced its adjournment, agitated over not being allowed to raise the reported remarks by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi about Dalits. Senior Congress member Praveen Rashtrapal got up and wanted to raise the issue during Zero Hour but was denied permission by Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan, who said the notice has not been admitted by the Chairman. Joined by Congress members J D Seelam, Alka Balram Kshatriya, Ishwar Singh, M A Khan and others, agitated Rashtrapal stormed the well insisting he be allowed to raise the matter. Rashtrapal was heard saying

HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, APRIL 30

Karnataka CID department has unearthed the links of the multicrore online scam, which is spread across parts of Karnataka and neighbouring states, has filed cases against two senior police officials. Charges have been also filed against 12 others, including a few VIP’s who were allegedly involved in the racket and are being investigated as the main accused in the racket. The state CID has frozen bank accounts of those involved, while their properties have been seized. A lot of people who were lured to the scandal have lost their hard-earned money until it was exposed last year. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday evening, CID Director General of Police Dr D V Guruprasad informed that complaints have been filed with the state Lokayukta police against DySP Suresh Naidu and CPI Chandrasekhar. Both the police officials, who have served Belgaum district, were transferred a couple of months ago. The state CID investigating the online racket had interrogated these officials on several occasions against serious charges of involvement

fore becoming the Uttaranchal High Court Chief Justice on August 5, 2003. Though a Parsi, he takes keen interest in Hindu and Buddhist philosophies. Economics, public finance and theoretical physics have been subjects of his interest. He was enrolled in Mumbai as an advocate in September 1974 and practiced in the Bombay High Court, both on the original and appellate sides in suits, patent appeals, writs, detention matters, Bombay Rent Act matters, apart from practising in industrial law and service matters as also income-tax cases. He jointed the Bombay High Court on October 8, 1991 as an additional judge and became the permanent judge in March 1993. In 1999, he was made the judge of a special court for trial of offences relating to transactions in Securities, and is credited for framing investment schemes and schemes dealing with valuation and disposal of shares of notified parties as also distribution of assets of notified parties under the Act and declaring dividends to creditors of such parties.

DGP D V Guruprasad addresses the press conference in the presence of CID officials Shivakumar and Lokesh.

in the racket indulging corruption. Giving further details, DGP Guruprasad said these police officials who were appointed as the investigating officers have not only fleeced huge money from many of the accused in the racket but also failed to investigate into the case properly. “DySP Naidu after getting a BUDA site transferred conveniently and sold it, gaining monetary benefit apart from getting other favours,” stated Guruprasad. “CPI Chandrashekhar, who was in charge of the Khade Bazaar police station, actively aided and abetted the accused besides taking huge money from them,” Guruprasad said adding that a local liquor dealer acted as

With the three new judges assuming office, the total strength of the apex court goes up to 30 as against a sanctioned strength of 31. Justice H L Gokhale and Justice Anil R Dave, Chief Justices of the Madras High Court and the Bombay High Court respectively, were the other two judges to be elevated to the country's highest judiciary. Family members of the newly sworn-in judges, advocates and other members of the legal fraternity were also present at the

the agent of Suresh Naidu in the scandal. Of the 13 cases registered in connection with various online multi-level marketing companies, the CID has charge sheeted six cases in which 13 businessmen and VIPs have been named as accused including CPI Chandrashekhar. A company had illegally collected at least Rs 3.6 crore from the investors assuring that sum of Rs 18,750 would be paid after a year of initial investment of Rs 1,050. The websites of the companies through which people invested online were closed abruptly by the company last year cheating the investors. The police have seized all the properties and back accounts of Anand Naikwadi, main accused in the case.

HC stays use of 'Lawaris' song in 'Housefull' PTI KOLKATA, APRIL 30

The Calcutta High Court restrained the use of the 1981 hit song 'Apne to jayse tayse' from Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Lawaris' in the Sajid Khan directed 'Housefull', which premiered today. In an interim stay till June 2, Justice Nadira Patherya today restrained producer Sajid Nadiadwala from the cinematic use of the Kalyanji-Anandji number in the new film, where it has been remixed with another song 'Dhanno'. Anandji and the heirs of music directors Kalyanji had filed a suit before the High Court claiming that the producers of 'Housefull' had used the song 'Apne to jayse tayse, thodi aise ya oyse' without the copyright. Heirs of Prakash Mehra, producer of 'Lawaris', also filed a separate suit before the court claiming that the song was written by the late Mehra and the right to the lyrics remained with them. Justice Patherya directed the parties to file affidavits in two

After 4 years, SC has a woman judge PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 30

PTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 30

K’taka CID unearths links to multi-crore online scam

Sarosh Kapadia new Chief Justice DELHI BUREAU NEW DELHI

concrete development and we will build on it". He pointed out that there has been a trust deficit between India and Pakistan and "we have to bridge it through confidencebuilding measures". Acknowledging that the trust deficit cannot be bridged overnight, Qureshi said: "we have to be realistic and pragmatic. It will not happen in a day, it is a process. If we allow the process to continue, obviously with passage of time, the deficit will be narrowed down". The two Foreign Ministers have been entrusted with the task of reducing the trust deficit, he said. Responding to a question, he said he could find many faults in India's approach and vice versa but the two sides needed to prevent further deterioration in ties.

swearing-in ceremony. Justice M Fatima Beevi, who was recently awarded Sthree Vakil Puraskar, was the first woman judge in the Supreme Court, followed by Justices Sujata Manohar and Ruma Pal, who retired in 1999 and 2006 respectively. Currently, the Delhi High Court has the highest representation of women in the judiciary, with 8 women judges, while the Bombay High Court comes a close second with 7 women judges.

n Nadiadwala's counsel had earlier stated that they had bought the rights from music company Saregama India Ltd, which claimed to have the rights to the songs of the 1981 film. weeks and the matter would be heard again after three weeks. The counsel for Nadiadwala sought a stay of the order of injunction so that he could appeal before a larger bench, but the judge turned down the plea. Nadiadwala's counsel had earlier stated that they had bought the rights from music company Saregama India Ltd, which claimed to have the rights to the songs of the 1981 film.

3 persons get RI for Kandhamal violence PTI PHULBANI (Orissa), APRIL 30

A fast track court here today sentenced three persons to five years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on each of them in separate cases for their involvement in the violence in Kandhamal district. Additional sessions judge S K Das, who delivered the judgement at the fast track court-I here, convicted one Iswar Dondia in connection with unlawful assembly with deadly weapons

n The entire world knows about Modi. In his statement while releasing a book 'Samajik Samrasta' on April 26, he had said Ambedkar was not a revolutionary.... Modi also compared Dalits to mentally retarded children. Modi has "humiliated" Dalits and B R Ambedkar. Sensing the mood of the treasury benches, Khan adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

During that brief period, Congress members were seen discussing with Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prithviraj Chavan. They also went to the Chairman's office. When the House resumed and Khan called P Rajeev (CPIM) for his Zero Hour mention on corruption charges in the Home Ministry, Rashtrapal was at it again. Later talking to reporters outside the House, Rashtrpal said he has been denied the opportunity to raise the matter despite repeated attempts. "The entire world knows about Modi. In his statement while releasing a book 'Samajik Samrasta' on April 26, he had said Ambedkar was not a revolutionary.... Modi also comp a re d D a l i t s t o m e n t a l l y retarded children," he said, adding he would raise the issue again on Monday.

Rs 3.92 cr collected illegally: CID HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, APRIL 30

CID Director General of Police Dr D V Guruprasad has stated that cases have been filed against a marketing company, which assured Rs 75,000 per year and a Rudraksha chain on initial investment of Rs 1,500 to all its online members. The CID officials investigating the case found that over Rs 3.92 crore was collected illegally by the company, which was run by the accused Jayprakash Agrawal, Rajiv Kelanka, Laxman Kowadkar, Omkar Haldankar and Reena Patil. Another company had collected about Rs 4.48 crore from the investors assuring to pay about three times their initial investment within a year. According to DGP Guruprasad, the company had already returned about Rs 4.33 crore to its investors before the police exposed the racket. All the companies which involved in cheating the investors had assured the investors that they would get ‘easy and quick money’ under its money circulation schemes. The companies had got their websites designed by private parties and organised many awareness programmes in parts of Karnataka to take all the people into confidence. With the help of information from the computer hard disks of these companies, the CID obtained many clues before filing the charge sheet. A large number of people from various regions became members of the

nThe CID is investigating into all seven other online multi-level marketing companies which also have cheated the investors on a large scale. company and lost their money. “Only a few of the investors who were enrolled as members in the initial stage got the money promised to them,” said DGP Guruprasad. “The CID is investigating into all seven other online multi-level marketing companies which also have cheated the investors on a large scale. Due to the lapses in the process of investigation by the Belgaum police, the online scandal got complicated before the CID took it over last year,” he said. “We have been getting complaints and inputs from the people about the affairs of these companies and people involved in running them. Shortly, we will get some breakthrough in all these cases also,” he added. Asked about interstate links, DGP Guruprasad said he has spoken to the DGP of Goa and senior police officials who said no such cases were received by the police. However, people from the neighbouring states can call Karnataka CID officials in this regard.

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Ramachandra Mule, Chairman of Goa State Co-opetative bank receiving the National Award from Dr K C Chakrbarty, Dy Governor Reserve bank of India at New Delhi for ‘Best performance in recovery and best performance in overall governance for the year 2006-07 and 2007-08’, in the presence of Dr Bijendar Singh, MLA, and Chairman NAFSCOB, Shivdasan Nayar, Chairman LDB Federation and P G Mandrekar, MD, Goa State Co-operative bank.

Toyota Q World at Panjim PanJIM (HBd) -- Toyota recently showcased their small car eTioS in hatchback & sedan version as a part of their commitment to indian customer at the 10th Auto eexpo at New Delhi. The products displayed included the internationally renowned hybrid Vehicle -- the prius and the land Cruiser prado among others. The same experience now can be witnessed in goa. A special display of all these vehicles is now planned on Sunday, May 2nd 2010 at Kala Academy by Toyota Kirloskar motor and Sharayu Toyota called ‘Toyota Q world, an exclusive display of Toyota products. The event will be open from 11 am to 8 p m and is open to all. There will be activities like quiz, face painting, painting competition and drawing contest to keep the kids entertained while their parents could have look at the vehicles.

Fitness Zone turns two

PanJIM (HBd) -- Fitness Zone Caranzalem completes two successful years of operation on May 1st, 2010. over these two years, Fitness Zone has established itself as a reliable fitness partner to its members and associates, providing various health and fitness programs like group aerobics, weight loss, weight gain, body toning and muscle building. Thorough assessments measuring body fat percentage, mass index and metabolic rates are conducted to scientifically measure the benefit of the physical training and diet management to keep members motivated and focused on their fitness goals. personal training appointments are taken by certified trainer and sports nutritionist, george Sequeira, the owner of Fitness Zone. These sessions include unique fitness programs designed for the member along with diet and lifestyle consultation. in just the second year of operations, Fitness Zone opened its up market branch at the Clube Tennis de gaspar Dias at Miramar beach. Fitness Zone invites one and all to be part of their anniversary celebrations on Saturday, the May 1st between 5 pm and 7 pm at the Caranzalem gym premises. There are various interesting fitness activities planned on this day that includes free body assessments and a body building competition.

Stocks rise for day 2 as investors’ confidence returns PTI MuMBaI, aPrIl 30

The stock market rose for the second consecutive session today with the benchmark Sensex climbing 55 points, as funds regained optimism following news that debt-riddled greece may secure a bailout. The wide-based 50-share Nifty index of the National Stock exchange ended the week at 5,278, up 0.45 per cent. The bombay Stock exchange’s 30-share index Sensex settled at 17,558.71 points, higher by 0.32 per cent or 55.24 points. During the week, Sensex fell 135.49 points. After opening firm, the barometer surged over 143 points to touch an intra-day high of 17,646.61 level, but pared most the gains in the final hours as investors booked profit at higher level.

The Muthoot group was aiming to double its business to rs 20,000 crore in the 2010-11 fiscal, a top official of the company today said. The company, which has 90 per cent of its revenues emanating from gold loans, was aiming at a business of rs 14,800 crore from gold loans, and rs 5100 crore from gold bonds, Managing Director, george Alexander Muthoot said. During 2009-10 fiscal, the company had recorded a growth of 119 per cent over the previous year in distribution of gold loans. During the fiscal rs 7401 crore revenue was realized from lending gold while rs 3102 crore from gold bonds. The total business was rs 10,5013crore. The company was aiming to add 1075 new branches this fiscal-- 575 in southern states and 500 in northern states. over 600 branches were opened this year, executive Director, K p padmakumar, said. presently, it has 1700 branches. The group has opened an office in New Jersey in US for remittance business. it has taken over a company for this. gold lending in UK was a big business and Muthoot has plans to launch its operations in UK and was awaiting approvals from regulatory authority, he said. it had also opened an exchange company in Dubai last year.

TCS' tsunami warning system wins PTI MUMbAi, April 30 Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) today said its Tsunami early warning System (TewS), developed for the indian National Centre for ocean information Services (iNCoiS), has won the platinum icon Award for innovative use of technology at the web ratna Award 2009. The TewS was envisioned as a national importance e-governance project by the Union Ministry of earth Sciences after the 2004 tsunami disaster. The iT major was chosen to develop and implement the TewS for iNCoiS, an autonomous body under the Ministry, as a part of the national tsunami early warning centre at hyderabad .A first-of-its-kind implementation in the indian ocean region using iT and geospatial technologies, the solution provides real-time seismic data to iNCoiS scientists helping them detect, assess and monitor tsunamigenic earthquakes and issue tsunami alerts, TCS Vpand head, government iSU, Tanmoy Chakrabarty, said. Aban Offshor, 1195.5, 1209, 1191, 1197.05 Abb Ltd., 807, 810, 774.85, 792.4 Abg Shipyard, 269, 272.9, 263.1, 264.6 Acc Limited, 900, 910, 882.25, 905.05 Adani Enterp, 565, 567.5, 555.25, 562.55 Aditya Birla, 834.8, 840.85, 818, 823.75 Allahabad Ba, 171.7, 177.1, 163.85, 164.6 Alstom Proje, 616, 621, 608, 615.1 Ambuja Cemen, 122.55, 123.9, 119.5, 121.05 Andhra Bank, 129, 133.7, 128.5, 132.35 Ansal Prop &, 82.5, 82.7, 81.1, 81.7 Ashok Leylan, 55.9, 60.45, 55.55, 60.05 Asian Paints, 2076, 2099.5, 2074, 2078.8 Axis Bank Li, 1286, 1286, 1263.1, 1270 Bajaj Hindus, 123.95, 127.1, 122.8, 125.4 Bank Of Baro, 697, 699.5, 688.1, 692.2 Bank Of Indi, 387.5, 391.05, 378.5, 380.8 Beml Limited, 1055, 1058.25, 1045, 1048.05 Bharat Elect, 1824, 1863.3, 1791.25, 1819.15 Bharat Forge, 272.55, 279.5, 272.5, 275.85 Bharat Petro, 501.9, 521.9, 492, 517.5 Bharti Airte, 299, 302.4, 295.45, 298.55

Steel Min for ban on ore exports PTI New Delhi, April 30

Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh today said his ministry will seek prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention for banning export of iron-ore to protect the domestic steel industry. "The Ministry feels that iron ore should be conserved. we are exporting it at very cheap rates. The Ministry will write to the prime Minister requesting him to ban its export," Singh said in rajya Sabha. The government yesterday hiked export duty on iron ore lumps by 5 per cent to 15 per cent to discourage its shipments and cool down the prevailing prices of the vital input for making steel. The export

duty on iron ore fines would remain unchanged at five per cent. Singh said his ministry

is planning massive expansion of steel making utilities in the country and exuded confidence that the country will achieve a production target of 120

Symantec bids for PGP Corp PTI bANgAlore, April 30

Symantec, global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions, today announced it has signed agreements to acquire pgp Corporation and guardianedge Technologies, inc., two privately-held leaders in the email and data encryption market. Under the terms of the agreements, Symantec will acquire pgp Corporation for about $300 million and

guardianedge for a approximately $70 million, it said. The agreements are subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and are expected to close during the June quarter, it added. by bringing together pgp and guardianedge’s standardsbased encryption capabilities for full-disk, removable media, email, file, folder and smartphone, with Symantec’s endpoint securit and data loss.

million tonnes per annum by 2012, almost double the current production. "in 2009-10,

against the domestic crude steel capacity of 72.76 million tonnes, the production of finished steel is 59.69 million tonnes and domestic consumption of finished

Railways to review catering biz Agency New Delhi, April 30

Concerned with the low quality of food served on trains all over the country, the government said it is reviewing its policy on catering services. 'For bringing about overall improvement in the quality of railway catering, the catering policy is being reviewed by the Ministry of railways,' Minister of State for railways e. Ahamed said.

Panasonic unveils three year India strategy Herald BusIness desk pANJiM, April 30

Fumio ohtsubo, president, panasonic Corporation recently visited india to launch the much awaited product by panasonic - 50 inch full hD 3D pop plasma and to envisage the growth of global technology leader, panasonic for coming three years in india. panasonic corporation globally is comprised of various business domain companies, from AV to home appliances, to industrial solutions and other consumer electronic products. each company has its distinct r&D, production, and sales functions that satisfy specific consumer needs worldwide .panasonic Corporation is a worldwide manufacturer of electronic products which are marketed and distributed on a global scale. There are currently more than 692 consolidated companies with a total number of employees 382,480 at the end of December 2009. panasonic aims to be the No 1 green innovation company in the electronics industry in 2018, the 100th anniversary of our founding. we will make the

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'environment' central to all of our business activities and take the lead in promoting the 'green revolution' which is taking place around the world for the next generation. Specifically, we will work to realize our vision with these

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two' innovations.' panasonic, is doing its best to make this corporate a complete eco- friendly company and initiating environment education programmes in schools through various fun-filled activities to promote awareness amongst the school children on global warming and environment Safety. This unique initiative is designed to encourage school

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children in their efforts to become more aware about the environment and adapt an environment friendly attitude from the young age. it also has embarked on a new campaign called eco caravan to get the public involved. recently, panasonic also announced the acquisition of Sanyo electric Co. ltd. with this acquisition, Sanyo has become a consolidated subsidiary of panasonic and will continue pursuing its business as a panasonic group company. panasonic has also roped in budding actor ranbir Kapoor as its india brand ambassador. The green innovation steps are also going well all over the country panasonic has also been agressively promoting its home appliances which have been well received despite of the strong competition in the sector. with the launch of the much awaited panasonic 50 inch full hD 3D pop plasma, the electronic major plans to make further inroads into the indian market and consolidate its position further. The panasonic Vierra has already made it to the indian homes. Indusind Ban, 194.2, 195, 191.6, 193.9 Infosys Tech, 2712, 2758.8, 2677.1, 2738.15 Infra. dev., 170, 171.8, 167.6, 170.5 Ispat Indust, 20.25, 20.55, 20.1, 20.15 Itc Ltd, 268, 268.7, 265, 265.85 Ivrcl Infras, 187.5, 190, 181, 182 Jai Corp Lim, 263.3, 266.85, 260.25, 261.75 Jaiprakash A, 149, 149.9, 147.05, 147.65 Jet Airways, 525, 542.5, 525, 537.2 Jindal Saw L, 218.5, 219.45, 217.1, 218.4 Jindal Steel, 750, 750.9, 736.3, 743.45 Jsw Steel Li, 1245, 1253.2, 1219.2, 1227.6 Kotak Mahind, 730.05, 744.65, 730.05, 738.55 Lakshmi Mach, 2065, 2095, 2026.25, 2039 Lanco Infrat, 63.1, 65.35, 63.1, 64.3 Larsen & Tou, 1610, 1625, 1602, 1615.05 Lic Housing, 951, 968, 947, 955.9 Lupin Limite, 1685, 1728, 1668.1, 1706.35 Mahanagar Te, 72.35, 72.35, 70.85, 71.05 Mahindra & M, 525.1, 531.85, 519.5, 526.15 Maruti Suzuk, 1300, 1300, 1275.1, 1279.7 Max India Lt, 183, 183.9, 178.55, 179.15 Maytas Infr., 207.45, 210.65, 202.85, 204.8

steel is 56.48 million tonnes. we expect the production of steel to go up to 120 million tonnes by 2011-12," he said. The minister also said these trends indicate that domestic steel production capacity is higher than the current demand for steel in the country. when Congress member rajeev Shukla sought to know whether any steel export mafia was operating in the country, Singh said, "i don't know of any such mafia....this question should be addressed to the mining ministry."

Pg12 Nokia rolls out 350 m handsets PTI AAMby VAlley (loNAVlA), April 30

Nokia today said that its manufacturing facility in Sriperumbudur in Chennai has crossed production volumes of 350-million handsets. "Achieving production volumes of 350-million and exporting to some of the world's biggest mature markets in a short span of time is testimony of the world-class manufacturing operation that Nokia runs in india and reflects our commitment to india.

NABARD loans for Goans

Herald BusIness desk pANJiM, April 30 refinance disbursements to the banks in the State of goa in respect of the term loans extended for agriculture and non-farm sector reached an all time high of rs 81.64 crore as against rs 17 crore during 2008-09. A total financial assistance of rs 148.59 crore was sanctioned to the state government under rural infrastructure development fund (riDF) XV towards one ongoing medium irrigation project, water treatment plant, bridges and 35 anganwadi centres, as against rs 85.50 crore for the year 2008-09. NAbArD has disbursed to the government of goa an amount of rs 84.72 crore for various ongoing infrastructure projects as against disbursement of rs 65.50 crore during 2008-09. The cumulative sanctions and disbursements under riDF in the State stood at rs 328.12 crore and rs 200.27 crore respectively as on March 31 2010. The state focus paper 2010-11 based on the potential linked credit plans (plps) of both north and south goa districts was launched at the state credit seminar held in February 2010. The state credit plan target for agriculture, non-farm and other priority sectors for the year 2010-11 was fixed at rs 1653 crore. with a view to creating

awareness among the stakeholders of the various developmental programmes of government of india, NAbArD, etc. NAbArD has conducted two awareness programmes of the scheme for development of agri marketing infrastructure, workshop on household use of medicinal plants for farmers, Ngos and general public, workshop on financial inclusion (Fi), role of farmers' club as business correspondents, meeting with Ngos on promotion of Shg linkage, Shg-bank linkage sensitization programme for branch managers of pSbs of north goa and seminars on financial inclusion. For imparting skills to the unemployed youth NAbArD has organized three rural entrepreneurship development programmes on mobile phone repairs, beautician's and hair dressing courses for women, capacity building for adoption of technology (CAT) programmes, besides formation of 9 Farmers' Clubs, that will aid the farmers in a big way.

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MF FUNDA eSCorTS MUTUAl FUND has approved May.4, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of escorts Tax plan. The face value of per unit is rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be rs 1 per unit as on the record date. escorts Tax plan has the investment objective to generate capital appreciation by investing predominantly in a well diversified portfolio of equity shares with growth potential. KoTAK MUTUAl FUND has approved May 3, 2010 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of Kotak Quarterly interval plan Series 1. The face value of per unit is rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be upto 100% of distributable surplus available as on the record date. Kotak Quarterly interval plan Series 1 is an interval debt fund with the investment objective to generate returns though investments in debt and money market instruments with a view to significantly reduce the interest rate risk.

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Reliance Com, 165.75, 168.85, 163.15, 163.75 Reliance Ene, 927, 945, 927, 940.6 Reliance Ind, 834.4, 843.95, 827.6, 830.8 Reliance Ind, 1040, 1047.2, 1030, 1033.6 Reliance Pow, 164, 165.6, 162.2, 162.85 Rolta India, 185.5, 190.2, 184.5, 189.05 Satyam Compu, 91.45, 95.8, 91, 94.5 Sesa Goa Ltd, 430, 435.8, 426.45, 428.95 Shipping Cor, 164.25, 166.15, 163.7, 165 Siemens Ltd, 710, 716.9, 701, 711.9 Sintex Indus, 329.95, 332, 319, 324.95 Sobha Develo, 320.2, 322.7, 313, 315.85 State Bank O, 2280, 2318.9, 2280, 2300.7 Steel Author, 222, 224.25, 216.6, 218.3 Sterlite Ind, 838.75, 838.75, 823.05, 828.3 Sun Pharmace, 1592, 1605, 1511, 1571.2 Sun Tv Netwo, 434.5, 434.5, 419.5, 421.85 Suzlon Energ, 68.5, 69.65, 68.15, 68.95 Tata Communi, 271, 274, 269.1, 270.3 Tata Consult, 765, 772.8, 762.55, 765.4 Tata Motors, 848, 878.5, 845, 872.6 Tata Power C, 1375, 1375, 1348, 1357.95 Tata Steel L, 640.5, 644, 615, 618.85

Tata Tea Ltd, 1020, 1069.85, 1016.5, 1053.05 Tata Teleser, 23.15, 23.45, 23.05, 23.25 Tech Mahindr, 781, 781.5, 768, 774.2 The Ge Shpg., 341, 345, 328.55, 330.45 The Phoenix, 218.4, 219.5, 212, 212.85 Thermax Ltd, 716, 723.95, 715, 718 Titan Indust, 2126, 2158, 2121.6, 2129.25 Torrent Powe, 310, 310.9, 301.1, 303.65 Triveni Engg, 109.5, 114, 109.5, 112.7 Tv18 India L, 81.95, 83.8, 81.9, 82.9 Uco Bank, 70.6, 71.8, 68.6, 69.2 Ultratech Ce, 1006, 1023.7, 964, 972.75 Union Bank O, 318.5, 318.5, 309.55, 311 Unitech Ltd, 85, 85.45, 83.4, 85 United Phosp, 150.25, 172.3, 150.25, 170.2 Videocon Ind, 116, 118, 115, 117.45 Vijaya Bank, 53.15, 54.75, 53.1, 53.65 Voltas Ltd, 180, 183.7, 179.8, 180.95 Welspun Guj, 271.9, 274.5, 271, 272.35 Wipro Ltd, 695, 695.75, 670, 671.5 Yes Bank Lim, 298, 298, 283.55, 285.65 Zee Entertai, 300.5, 305.8, 296.15, 304.1


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US encouraged by Indo-Pak talks PTI WASHingTon, ApriL 30

The united States today said that it is "encouraged" by the decision taken by indian and pakistani prime Ministers to resume dialogue between the two neighbouring countries. "our understanding is, it was a very positive cordial meeting. There were the pledges of further conversation by their Foreign Ministers. We are very encouraged by it," Assistant Secretary of State for public Affairs p j Crowley said. prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday met his pakistani counterpart Yusuf raza gilani in Thimphu on the margins of the SAArC Summit in the bhutanese capital during

UAE helps rehabilitate refugees Agency Abu dHAbi, ApriL 30

A humanitarian organisation in the united Arab Emirates (uAE) is playing a major role in rehabilitation of women and child refugees during conflicts or natural disasters, a top official has said. The uAE's red Crescent Authority (rCA), working under international Federation of the red Cross and red Crescent Societies (iFrC), is the one of the biggest providers of humanitarian assistance for refugees around the world, Mohamed Khalifa Al Qamzi, rCA secretary general, said Thursday. A fund for the care of refugee women and children has also been established, he said, adding that it will help reduce suffering in different regions and provide better care and dignified life for refugee women and children, who constitute around 60 percent of the total number of refugees in the world as per the latest statistics, he said. The uAE has been taking steps to aid world refugees specially in the wake of the gulf war. A lot of charitable organisations also assist the government in its initiatives.

which the two leaders agreed to resume dialogue at the level of Foreign Ministers soon that could lead to parleys on all outstanding issues including terrorism. The meeting that lasted for 90-minutes was their first "substantive engagement" after their discussions in Sharm-el- Sheikh in Egypt in july last year. The two prime Ministers entrusted their Foreign Ministers and Foreign Secretaries with the responsibility of restoring confidence and trust in the relations that could pave the way for substantive dialogue on outstanding issues of mutual concern. The obama Administration which is quietly pushing the

two countries - through their bilateral discussions to resume their talks - had sent Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia robert blake to the SAArC Summit as an observer. A day before the much anticipated meeting, the State department had said the development is good for the region. "We have encouraged the leaders of pakistan and india, to restore, direct dialogue that has been characteristic of the relation between those two countries within the last few years. We're encouraged that they are taking steps to do that," Crowley said. "i think we always think that when leaders of countries, you know, partic-

Chinese man kills self before hurting five pTi bEijing, ApriL 30 China today ordered stepped up security around schools across the country as panic gripped the nation as yet another attack on school children left five kindergarten kids and a teacher injured in the third such attack in as many days. A man identified as Wang Yonglai, a farmer from Shangzhuang Village, soaked in gasoline barged into a primary school and hit five tiny tots and their teacher with an iron hammer at Shangzhuang primary School in Weifang City in the east. After the gruesome act, Wang Yonglai, a farmer from Shangzhuang Village the man yet to be identified committed self-immolation, official Xinhua news agency reported. As the wave of attacks continued, authorities also increased police patrols outside schools and campuses, and educational institutions were ordered to hire full time security staff. When he was stopped by teachers and staff, he grabbed two children and set

himself ablaze. The two children were pulled away by teachers, but the man died on the spot. All five injured children had been taken to hospital, where doctors said their conditions were all stable and not life-threatening, he said.The attacks reportedly being carried out by depressed unemployed men to vent out their anger hogged the headlines in the tightly controlled domestic media overshadowing the coverage of the multi-billion dollar Shanghai Expo being organised by China to show case its industrial might.

ularly countries with the history of -- the unique history of india and pakistan -- any time they can get together for highlevel, constructive dialogue, that is good for the region, and we support it," he said. Meanwhile, blake in his intervention at the SAArC summit on Thursday, Crowley said, reflected on America's mutual efforts to promote climate change, trade, efforts at disaster management and mitigation, and agriculture and food security. "in 2010, the united States will provide a total of uSd 4.4 billion in bilateral assistance programs to member countries of the SAArC and additional money for various regional assistance programs," Crowley said.

He loved his Female sailor faces charge of groping male HMAS Success went on a which the Australian defence bike to death, binge in Singapore during a Force (AdF) investigation A female sailor on an Aus- port visit this month. She be- Service launched an investiliterally tralian ship who allegedly came very drunk and began gation. 'We take any instances Agency MELbournE, ApriL 30

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groped her male colleagues after a drinking binge is facing a probe. The female sailor on the

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of inappropriate behaviour seriously,' a statement quoted defence Force chief Angus Houston as saying.


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Ever since its introduction, internet gaming has caught and held the attention of the youth of Goa. From the ravenously addictive Farmville to the larger than life world of video game consoles, which now allow the gamer to compete online, internet gaming is one amongst a growing sedentary hobby of a lot of Goa’s young. The Herald delves

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BY FREEDA ALBUQUERQUE rom a very young age Manisha was argumentative and had earned the nickname of a lawyer. She took it well and dreamt about becoming a lawyer. She used to read stories and novels based on court trials. She would never miss a movie that had court dramas. She was so highly motivated to become a lawyer that it was not a surprise to her family and classmates when she opted for law. Commonly the career options fall into three main categories: Humanities, Commerce and Science. Naturally you may continue your academic option into graduation, post-graduation and doctoral studies. But you are eligible for technical or professional courses after you complete your Class XII. There are an incredible number of options in each category and it impossible to enlist and discuss each of them in one go. Let us explore a few options in each category which will give you an idea to work out your own options. In this article we will deal with Humanities. Very often there is a common perception that the Humanities are

gameplay is interesting and engaging; you either join the terrorists or the counter-terrorists and shoot using the most myriad of strategies for the rejects of Science and Commerce. On Books, television or our very own imagination or simply remain a spectator,” says Allister, the contrary, it is this stream that sustains our who has taken all roles. have always led us into a world of fantasy, society with a large majority of professions. where we’ve achieved all that we can’t in real Majority of gamers in Goa take gaming outside We also see that great leaders, philosophers, home. “Online multiplayer games life, until gaming came along and lawyers, judges, performing artists, litteraare played in real time and therecreated a blur beteurs, painters, entrepreneurs, writers, fore require a consistent internet tween the two journalists, managers, designers, connection if you want to defeat worlds. social workers, politicians, and a hoard of enemy warlocks or atBut behind all those a legion of other professionals tain immeasurable powers from virtual achievements that magical box,” says Allister have Humanities to thank. are real people utilenthusiastically, adding, “and Humanities are also known ising real manoeuOptions available if the Humanities are cybercafe’s provide that.” It also as Social Sciences. It is true vres, techniques, becomes a hub of gamers, makpursued after Class XII: tactics and strategies. that ever y discipline, ing for interactions with other What are their reasons whether pure science or * Graduation: Degree, Integrated, Pure, BCA (if passed with gamers and an exchange of for gaming? What is it humanities, is concerned maths) gaming information and trivia. about internet games with human beings, the so* Vocational: Art, Computer, Decoration, Education, Media, “The atmosphere in a cyberthat get them uber exciety. The physical sciences Secretarial, etc. cafe is more competitive than cited? serve humanity in terms at home,” he states. Besides the * Foundation: CA, Cost and Works, Accounts, Company Sec“It’s an immense remain console, one needs other little electronic of their usefulness in techretary fresher,” say Allister and attachments which are sometimes unaffordnology and development. * Entrance Exams: Hotel Management, BBS, Law, NID, NIFT, Anand in unison. “The real world doesn’t ap- able, unavailable or too much of a hassle to The Social Sciences such as law, politics, economics, TOEFL, BA-BEd, NDA prove of venting certain emotions, but the put together. “Gaming at a cyber just involves sociology, history, etc, have a direct impact on society. Thus those who opt virtual world is open to it…especially gaming and the other technicalities are taken If pursued after Graduation: for Humanities or the Social Sciences bear direct responsibility to the devengeance, virtual vengeance,” Anand adds care of by the café,” says Gaurav. velopment of society. Hence, the importance of Humanities can never be with an air of scary. “You can get yourself into * Post-graduation: Disciplines in Humanities, Arts, MSW, M.Ed, International a plethora of situations you will never even Goa doesn’t have a professional gaming staunderestimated. Studies, etc. dream off in real life,” says Allister, adding, “It tion or groups but change is coming in esConsider some of the currently important areas in Social Sciences: An* Professional: Foreign Languages, Fashion, Industrial Design, Media, Jourpecially with gaming tournaments becoming is a thrilling let go.” nalism, B.Ed, Library Science, Performing Arts, Insurance, Computing, Medical thropology, Archaeology, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organipart of college festivals and more so with For a newbie or an amateur, gaming achieve- the national level gaming competition in Transcription, Management, Law, Travel and Tourism, Company Secretary sations, Business Corporations, Non-Profit Organisations, Developmental ments don’t hold much premium, but step Panjim last year. Programmes, Environmental Programmes, Human Rights, International * Employment: Advertising, Airlines, Arts, Journalism, Banking, Defence, into the circle of avid gamers and you will Para-military, Travel and tourism, etc. Law, Social Research, Psephology, Cultural Organisations, Civil Services, Online gaming is not all about the games; it learn that gaming achievements in the virtual is also a means of communicating over the Diplomats, Travel and Tourism. There is every reason to feel proud about *Completive Exams: Civil Services, Banking, Insurance, Mass Communiworld translate to the real world. Gamers who internet what with its gaming communities cation, Films, Advertising, Management, etc. choosing a discipline in Humanities. excel, especially at online console gaming are and social hailed upon by members of the gaming com- networking munity, which is in the making in Goa. site apArguably speaking, the most popular internet p e n d a g e s game in Goa right now is Farmville, a single making it a player game using a web browser. This form form of social of gaming, through a networking site, and activity. member states to re-affirm their international comHERALD FEATURES others that overlap this concept more com- With ever yhe Goa Union of Journalists (GUJ) body of working mitment to guarantee and promote freedom of Inmonly termed as flash games or java games thing stated, journalists in Goa will celebrate World Freedom formation. are simple, easy and, as stated by Gaurav, thor- we conclude GUJ will hold a debate on the topic “Freedom of of Press Day in association with Department of oughly addictive. as e v e r y Information and Kala Academy at 9 45 am, at the Black Media and the rights of reader/viewer”. The celeAmong the bigger, more complex games, Coun- gamer would Box of Kala Academy on Monday, May 3, 2010. brations will be inaugurated by Secretary, Inforterstrike is the gaming craze in the major gam- begin, ‘Game World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the mation and Acting Chief Secretar y, Narendra ing cybercafe’s that dot Goa. “The very on!’ globe every year on May 3, representing an opportunity Kumar. Director of Information and Publicity to commemorate the fundamental principles of press Menino Peres will also be present. Participants in the debate will include S Sundari freedom and to pay solemn tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The day is also Nanda, IPS, Inspector General of Police, Vishnu observed to inform the international community that Wagh, Press/Media Officer, Government of Goa, freedom of the press and freedom of expression are Advocate Satish Sonak, consumer activist Roland fundamental human rights. This day reminds people Martins, social activist Abertina Almeida and Only when you look back You should be frank and that many journalists brave death or face jail to bring others. Shanti Maria will moderate the debate. at your past will you reopen with a troubled daily news to the public. Media professionals, including Prakash Kamat, president of Goa Union of alize how far you've friend -- they need to come. You're stuck in the photojournalists, who risk their lives in the line of Journalists has requested the members of hear the truth. You need (21 Mar – 19 Apr) to deal with someone (23 Sep – 22 Oct) past in some small way duty are recognised on World Press Information Day. GUJ and other media organisations to participate in close who doesn't get you -- but that today, and you might have to struggle The day is celebrated this by UNESCO by calling on its the debate. to come back to reality. Even the BY NOMRATHA FERNANDES HERALD FEATURES

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Katie Holmes to play Jackie O in ‘The Kennedys’ K

atie Holmes always seems too formal for the glittery world of Hollywood, seeming too mature for her age. Well, she’s finally bagged something that seems apt for her! The actress has been signed on to play the role of former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the History Channel’s miniseries ‘The Kennedys’. The series will also star Greg Kinnear as President John F Kennedy, Barry Pepper as Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Tom Wilkinson as Ambassador Joe Kennedy, Sr. The eight-hour series, the network’s first scripted mini-series effort, will air on the History Channel in 2011. The series will focus on the Kennedy family and the tragic death of John and Robert, where the two brothers were killed in separate assassinations. Jacqueline went on to marry Greek millionaire Aristotle Onassis, earning the nickname ‘Jackie O’. Holmes appeared at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to promote her next two films ‘The Extra Man’ and ‘The Romantics’ in which she stars alongside Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel and Malin Akerman. The actress, who is married to Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise, last appeared on the small screen with a guest role on ‘Eli Stone’ in 2008. Holmes also made her Broadway debut in the 2008 revival of Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’, which was hugely successful.

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he image of Katrina Kaif in the posters of ‘Raajneeti’ brings to mind Sonia Gandhi in her political element, but, according the actress, it’s not Congress president Sonia Gandhi but her daughter Priyanka Vadra whom she followed to prepare for her role in the dark political thriller. Though her character is not based on either of them. “As part of the basic exercise I followed Priyanka because she is a very strong person. I feel she is very independent and a right blend of modern values, ethics and everything. And she is young,” said the 25 year old actress. “Prakashji (director Prakash Jha) liked Priyanka’s movement and that was only to see a person who is independent and modern and who is a leader. But my character is not at all based on her,” she said. Commenting on the character’s reported resemblance to Sonia Gandhi, she said, “I spent some years in England as my mother is English. Sonia ma’am also has a foreign connection. She wears saris, I too wear saris in the film, so people connected, which is quite logical. I can understand it. What I feel most importantly is people should understand that I am not playing Sonia Gandhi because then they will go see the film with a wrong expectation.” Scheduled for a June 4 release, ‘Raaj n e e t i ’ re v o l v e s round a plot where Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Nana Patekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Ranbir Kapoor and Manoj Bajpai will be seen playing political games for power. Giving added insight into the film, Katrina commented, “‘Raajneeti’ is not only about politics for power but also politics within relations. It’s on the politics in the country, politics within your own family, between two lovers, between husband and wife. It’s a politics of relationships as well as the politics of government or something like that.”


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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? A debate on ‘Freedom of Media and the rights of reader/viewer’ will be held on May 3, World Freedom of Press Day at 9:45am at the Kala Academy. It is organised by the Goa Union of Journalist (GUJ). Call 2420452. A pottery workshop by Geeta Sahu will take place at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula on May 1 and 2. Call 9765404391, 9975702588 or 2452805-10. The music concert ‘Swaranjali’, a tribute to the late Mohanbab Caculo will be held on May 2 at the Kala Academy, Panjim. Call 2420452. The 15th European Film Fest 2010 is on till May 5. It is organised by the Entertainment Society of Goa and the Delegation of the European Union to India. The films will be screened at the Maquinez Palace, Panjim. The festival is free and open to all. A chess tournament for persons under 25 will take place on May 1 at 9:15am at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. Call 2452805, 2452808, 2452809 and 2452810. The 8th Introduction to Kayaking and Training Program 2010, organised by Goa Kayaking will take place from May 7 to 10 and May 14 to 17 at the Vainguinim beach, Dona Paula. Call 9422056037, 2223119 and 2462182. E-mail goakayaking@gmail.com. Art exhibition ‘Works on Paper I’ by five artists V Aadhi, P Hitesh, N Kanhaiya, C Rajesh and U Rajendra is being held till May 26 at the Tamarind Art Gallery, Calangute between 11am to 2pm and 3 to 8:30pm on all days except Mondays. Call 9822481481 or 6514796. Art exhibition, ‘A Point and Line to Plane 1’, by five abstract artists will be held from May 1 to 31. The artists include Shamendu Sonavane, Shiladitya Sarkar, Prashant Poojari, Akhilesh Kumar and Gauri Seth. It will be held at the Kerkar Art Complex,

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Pottery can be a good stress buster says artist Geeta Sahu who will be conducting the pottery workshop in Goa today and tomorrow BY JANICE RODRIGUES HERALD FEATURES he potter’s wheel has captivated the fascination of the human mind for centuries, and still continues to hold its fort. Although Goa has a huge scope for a booming pottery industry there is not much done about it. But a few people like Geeta Sahu, are trying to revive the pottery industry in Goa by conducting workshops and presentations. “I will be conducting a pottery workshop at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula on May 1 and 2, encompassing a presentation of how intricate pottery is and will be dwelling on the basic methods in pottery along with a short introduction to the wheel, and based on these methods the participants will have to create pots of their own,” says Sahu, who has been into the art fro the last 6 years, after she completed her studies at the LS Raheja

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Directed: Saajid Khan Cast: Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Deepika Padukone Rating: he movie ‘Housefull’ by the very name should run housefull for the next three to four days at least, keeping in mind the present vacation season and the need for reprieve from the scorching heat; this laughter riot is bound to bring your good cheer. A comedy of errors with one error leading to the other and one lie leading to another, this comedy aims at evoking a fountain of laughter from the audience. The plot goes like this: Aarush (Akshay Kumar) has a dark secret; he enjoys the love and devotion of not one but three wives, a secret known only by his best friend, Bob (Ritesh Deshmukh). The three wives, namely Sandy (Deepika Padukone), Hetal (Lara Dutta) and Devika (Jiah Khan) are all in darkness and are not aware that they share the same husband. Through a series of events, the truth leaks out and Major Krishna (Arjun Rampal) becomes privy to the secret. As the cat gets out of the bag, the film takes is comical twists and turns, evoking peals of laughter from the audience. And as we know, a comedy which can cause rip-roaring laughter is definitely living up to its purpose, so this film can be safely declared an entertainer. After his superhit debut film ‘Heyy Babyy’, Saajid Khan is ready to floor film lovers with this laughter riot. So go ahead, take a break from the heat and enjoy this film in the comfort of a cool film hall. (Movies showing at Cine Samrat and Cine Ashok)

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School of Art and the Sohia College, Mumbai. Pots are a major feature of all our homes, be it the basic plant pot or the very artistic vases, but very rarely do we realise the effort behind each creation, “I want to make people aware of the effort in making pots; the clay has to be moulded properly, it has to be made sure that there are no air bubbles, then it has to be left to dry and then we have fire the clay, it’s a long process,” says Sahu. The participants will go through each of these processes and their creations will be brought back after 20 days. Practice makes perfect and pottery is a perfect epitome of the statement, “Pottery especially with the wheel requires a lot of practice; the centring of the clay and then pulling it up to take shape of a pot, takes time to master,” says Sahu. About pottery in Goa, Sahu says there is a lot of opportunity but hardly anybody avails of it, “Goa is blessed with red clay which makes really good pots, but apart from the Bicholim pottery industry, there is not much happening, while in places like Mumbai and Bangalore, pottery is a booming industry, and it is a really good stress-buster for those who have highly stressed out lives,” she concludes.

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Calangute. Call 2276017. A two-day creative printing activity for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years titled ‘Fun with Blocks’ will be held on May 4 and 5 from 3pm and 5pm at the Museum of Christian Art, Old Goa. Call 9890031510. Email museumofchristianart@rediffmail.com. Anniversary celebrations of the gym Fitness Zone, Caranzalem will be held on May 1 between 5pm to 7pm at the Caranzalem gym premises. It is free and open to all. Call 9890993683 or 9860038148. A live acoustic concert ‘May Day’, organised by Goa Chitra will be held on May 1 from 8pm to 10pm at the Goa Chitra Open Air Auditorium, Goa Chitra, Benaulim. The concert is an attempt to raise funds for the museum. Call 6570877, 22772910 or 9850446065. The art exhibition ‘Different Moments’ featuring fifteen budding artists will be held on May 1 at the Kala Academy. The exhibition is being held to mark the 50th anniversary of Sanukth Maharashtra. It will remain open to the public from May 1 to 5 from 10am to 7:30pm. Call 2420452. Musician Harri Stojka and his band will perform at Zeebop, Utorda on May 1 at 7.30pm. Call 9922023293 or 2228010. Visit websitewww.heritagejazz.com. A photography exhibition ‘El Transporte De Mi Mama’ is being held at the Art Chamber, Calangute till May 9. This first Goa International Pinhole Photography exhibition is based on the recent international contest org a n i s e d b y G o a - C A P. C a l l 9823217435 or 9822160073. The monthly quiz of the Sunday Evening Quiz Club will be held on May 2 at 5pm at the Corporation of the City of Panjim (CCP) Hall, Panjim. It will be preceded by a special quiz f o r c h i l d r e n a t 3 : 4 5 p m . Vi s i t www.seqc.blogspot.com.

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East Bengal wasted opportunities galore as bottom-rung Sporting Clube de Goa held the local side 1-1 in their round 23 I-League match at Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Friday. Sporting Clube de Goa drew first blood through a Joseph

Pereira goal in the 12th minute while Syed Rahim Nabi scored the equaliser in the 40th minute. East Bengal now have 25 points from 21 matches, while Sporting Clube collected 21 from 23 matches. Without their star striker Bhaichung Bhutia, East Bengal missed at least a dozen chances even as the home side domi-

nated the proceedings right from the start in a match that saw the return of captain Rahim Nabi and Yusif Yakubu after an injury lay-off. Abel Hammond and Yusif Yakubu lacked the spark upfront as Sporting Clube went 1-0 up with Pereira scoring from a through pass in what appeared to be a defensive lapse by Saumik Dey. East Bengal kept on attacking but they lacked the spark as they remained goalless in front of a sparse home crowd. The local giants, however,

breathed a sigh of relief when Nabi finally found the back of the net to score the equaliser. After the changeover, East Bengal brought in Sanju Pradhan and Alvito D'Cunha to mount pressure but there was no change in the script even as they had better share of chances. Felix was adjudged Man-ofthe-Match. Yesterday, JCT edged past Air India by a solitary goal. The winning goal came from the boots of Emmanuel Okoro whose inclusion in JCT has changed their fortunes.

Vasco stun Sesa FA HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 30

Vasco SC defeated Sesa Football Academy 2-1 in a thrilling opening match of ONGC 2nd ILeague at Bangalore. Sesa enjoyed early possession and went into the lead in the 30th minute of the first half through Lesly. Before that, Prajot Naik cleared the ball on the goalline to prevent Sesa from taking an early lead. The first half belonged to Sesa and looked like Vasco had no way back. After the break Vasco were a transformed side and

came out all guns blazing and started attacking the rival goal time and again. It was matter of time as Vasco equalised through Biju Kumar off a free kick well taken by Remus Gomes in the 75th minute. Three minutes later birthday boy Joy Ferrao gifted the team scoring the second goal off a flag kick taken by Remus Gomes to give Vasco full points in the opening match. This has set a good tone for Vasco for the remainder of the league and a big stride forward towards the I-League 1.


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Dead member is treasurer of Pilerne Sports Club HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, APRIL 30

A dead person still continues to be the treasurer of Pilerne Sports Club ever since it was constituted 25 years ago as per information furnished under the Right to Information Act by the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG). This was brought to light by Prakash Bandodkar, a life member of the club, while addressing a press conference on Friday called to point out several irregularities in the functioning of the club. Bandodkar alongwith other three life members, said Belarmino Azavedo, who died a long time ago, still continues to be the treasurer of the of the

club as per RTI. He observed that Shrikant M a l i k , b ro t h e r o f d e p u t y sarpanch of Pilerne-Marra panchayat Ramakant Malik, still continues to be the president of the club ever since inception. Bandodkar said as per RTI there are 98 life members but none were aware what’s going on with the affairs of the club. There is no count of funds received and spent over the years because everything was controlled by the Malik clan, he charged. He mentioned the club used to get kits and funds from the Government for cricket but no one knows how much money has been received. Instead of youth

from Pilerne playing for Pilerne SC, boys from Britona are doing the honours under the courtesy of Shrikant Malik, he said. The life members today strongly raised their objections to the ongoing Panchayat Cup Trophy that was not being held for the last five years. Underlining the reason for their objections, Prakash Bandodkar pointed out that no election has been held to appoint a new managing committee for the last six years. As per the documentation from the SAG, after the Managing Committee was constituted when the club was formed only one election was held on November 7, 2004, he informed.

Derrick leads; Rajesh wins HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 30

Donald Coelho showed his determination to fight back when he won the first race on the third day of National Laser and Boardsailing Championships of Dona Paula on Friday. Derrick and Remy got off to a flying start with Donald in the third place. A determined Donald, however, fought back to overtake Remy in the second leg. He then chased down Derrick in the last leg of the race and shot past Derrick by barely 25 metres. In the second race, Derrick, Donald and Remy took off in close succession. With fluctuating winds

the lead changed hands constantly, but Derrick kept a constant cover on Donald to ultimately win the race and maintain his lead in the overall championships. Rajesh Chaudhary of AYN kept a clean slate, winning both races of the day with reasonable ease in the Laser Radial Class. B. K. Rout, proved his superiority winning the second spot followed closely by Dharmender Singh. Rout again took the second spot in the sixth race with Jaswir Singh taking the third spot. In the Laser Standard and Laser 4.7, only one race could be sailed due to fluctuating winds. Gajender Singh of AYN got

off to a good start followed by Harihara, Sukwir Singh and Mohanlal. Gajender ultimately won the race comfortably with Harihara taking the second spot and Sukwir taking the third. In Laser 4.7 class there was a close tussle between Pravin Prabhakar, Hussain Bhavanagarwala, Zefra Currimbhoy and Aishwarya Chezhiyan. All four fought a close battle with the lead changing hands on different legs of the race. Pravin Prabhakar, however, ultimately proved his superiority winning the race followed closely by Hussain and Zefra. The races on Saturday will start at 10 a.m.

Narrow win for Pilerne

PANJIM (HSD) -- Hosts Pilerne Sports Club shocked Parra Verla Canca Associa-

tion with a 4-2 tie-breaker win to enter the quarter-finals of 17th Pilerne Pan-

chayat Cup football tournament at Maddanim grounds, Pilerne on Friday.

Betalbatim win GOA DIARY

MARGAO (HC) --Betalbatim Sporting club rallied to beat Sporting Club of Davorlim 1-0 to march into the final of All-Goa Cayman Cup football tournament organized by Curtorim Gymkhana at Curtorim ground, on Friday. There was no score at half time.

Junior football camp

PANJIM (HSD) -- Following players have been selected to attend the junior football nationals preparatory camp starting from May 3. They have been asked to report to Lino Pereira and Mario Aguiar at Nagoa panchayat ground on May 3 at 7.30 a.m. Albino Gomes, Adney Fernandes, Agnelo D’Souza, Shilton Fernandes, Clinton Rodrigues, Raju Haldankar, Meldon D’silva, Jesmon Carvalho, Mawrick Almeida, Shane Temudo, Mario Lobo, Brevy Lourenco, Bharat Thapa, Nazarene Pereira, James Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Billu Chavan, Godfrey Silva, Jesvil D’souza, Lyndon Pereira, Vigal Rego, Allwyn Fernandes, Hasten D’Costa, Edberg Sequeira, Alesh Sawant, Myron Fernandes, Pandhari Chopdekar, Xavier Dias and Agnel Fernandes.

Chess for balwadi sevikas

Coca Cola Celebration Cup soccer: Young Strikers Club v. Pax of Nagoa SC 4 p.m.; Pax of Nagoa SC v. Nuvem SC, 4.45 p.m.; Nuvem SC v. Young Strikers Club, 5.30 p.m.; Tilak stadium, Vasco. 14th Holy Cross soccer quarters: Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda v. Cuncolim Union, Vodelmoll Kakoda ground, 4.15 p.m. Sodiem Siolim Super Soccer semis: Adarsh Yuvak Sangh v. Candolim Sports Club, St. Anthony's Church ground, Siolim, 4.30 p.m. V. M. Salgaocar memorial veterans soccer: Cana Benaulim S. A. v. United Club, Fatorda, Nagoa panchayat ground, 5 p.m. 9-a-side football finals organized by Friends Circle, Vasco: Friends Circle, Vasco v. Velsao Boys, Musundi ground, Khariwada, Vasco, 5 p.m. Exhibition soccer match: DSYA U-16 v. Non Mon Boys, Vasco, Musundi ground, Khariwada, Vasco, 4 p.m. James Alvares memorial beach soccer: United Boys of Sancaole v. Anthony 14; Great Five v. Chicalim Boys, 4.45 p.m., Bogmalo beach, 4.45 p.m. Cayman Cup soccer: Curtorim Gymkhana v. Enfermos Sports Club, Navelim, Curtorim ground, 4.30 p.m. Alvernaz and Lalush Alemao memorial soccer: Varca Sports Club v. Young Strikers, Benaulim, Varca ground, 4.30 p.m. 5th late Frank Pires trophy soccer: Paradise SC, Taleigao v. Maina SC, Curtorim, Siridao church ground, 4.30 p.m. Young Boys of Patrocinio volleyball (finals): Da Cruz Mala, Panjim v. Beta Boys, Santa Cruz, Patrocinio court, Benaulim, 8.30 p.m. St. Anthony's festival soccer (1st semi-final): Margao Footballers v. Youth of Canacona, Mapa, Panchwadi, 4.30 p.m. St Anthony’s Super Soccer: St Anthony’s SC Colva v. Dramapur SC, Colav ground, 4.45 p.m. Colormax-Imperial Football Rolling Trophy (final): Arpora Sporting v. Sao Miguel, Taleigao, Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, 4.45 p.m

PANJIM (HSD) – The Chess Activity Centre in association with International Centre Goa will organise their 1st chess tournament for balwadi sevikas on May 2 at The International Centre Goa, University Road, Dona Paula from 2-5 p.m. Sanjeev Gadkar, Director Women and Child Development and Chandrakant Barve, Station Director, Goa Doordarshan will be present.

All-Goa volleyball at St Cruz

PANJIM (HSD) – Crown Club, Santa Cruz will organise their traditional all-Goa Venceslau Gonsalves volleyball floodlit tournament from May 3 at Santa Cruz court. Twelve teams will be participating alongwith two outstation teams. The winners and runners-up will receive cash prizes worth Rs. 45,000. Individual prizes will also be awarded. The tournament has been recognised by Goa Volleyball Association.

Tie-breaker at Camurlim

PANJIM (HSD) – The Youth of Camurlim will organise an all-Goa 3-a-side tie-breaker football tournament on May 1 at Camurlim (Ambora) panchayat ground at 8 p.m. The winners and runnersup will receive Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 4,000 respectively. Details may be obtained from Joseph on 9923465905 or Dan on 9049847899.

Tie-breaker at Socorro

PANJIM (HSD) – The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will organise an all-Goa 3-a-side tie-breaker on May 2 at 11 a.m at Socorro vaddem ground, near Remedies Chapel. The winners and runners-up will be awarded Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 3,000 respectively. Spot entries will be accepted.

GPL semis from Monday

PANJIM (HSD) -- The semi-finals of GPL will be held from May 3 to 5 at BITS Pilani ground and Panjim Gymkhana ground. The semi-finalists - Salgaoncar SC with 21 points securing the1st place, Goa Sports Academy, (13 points) 2nd place, Dempo Cricket Club (11) and Chowgule SC (11). The semi-final between Salgaoncar SC and Chowgule SC will be at BITS Pilani ground and Goa Sports Academy v. Dempo Cricket Club at Panjim Gymkhana. The finals will be on May 8, 9 and 10 at BITS Pilani ground, Sancoale..

Fitness programme

PANJIM (HSD) – The Fitness Zone Gym, Caranzalem will celebrate its 2nd anniversary on May 1 from 5-7 p.m. at Caranzalem gym premises. Fitness activities like free body assessment and a body building competition will be held. Details may be obtained on 9890993683/ 9860038148.

One of the members Suvarnasingh Rane said at the Gram Sabha last Sunday, Ramakant Malik promised Rs one lakh to the club. ‘I questioned him to which committee will he handover the money and for what purpose the same was given,’ he stated. He said the soccer tournament was being held without calling the General Body Meeting and without informing any of the members. It is very surprising how SAG inspite of being aware of the state of affairs of

the club has closed its eyes to the irregularities, he charged. Bandodkar maintained the elections to appoint a new Managing Committee have to be held every two years but this has not been happening. The life members have called upon the Sports Minister, SAG, Goa Football Association and the Sports Director to move to stop the football tournament and get the functioning of the club on the right track by going into the accounts and money spent so far.

UC Nerul enter quarters PANJIM (HSD) --Strong contenders United Cluib of Nerul beat Navelim Sporting 11-10 in sudden death to enter the quarter-finals of St Anthony Super Soccer at Colva ground on Friday. There was no score at full time. John, Sydan, Hensan, Avinash, Berit, Maulan, Russel Charles, Agnelo, David, Newton scored for Nerul. Jonathan, Franky, Roosvelt, Mariano, Valentine, Joshua, Allwyn, Agnelo, Milton, Joao netted for Navelim. After the goalless first half, Navelim’s Milton let go a powerful shot, which was, however, saved by Nerul goalkeeper Hensan. Nerul hit back but John Vaz with an open goal shot wide. Again, Newton Pereira missed for Nerul.

Fukott Boys, PY Velsao ahead VASCO (HR) --Fukott Boys and Parish Youth of Velsao defeated Chelsea Boys and Vikrapali Sport

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Yuvraj Singh answers questions from media ahead of India’s World Twenty20 campaign in St Lucia. PTI ST LUCIA (WI), APRIL 30

Up against an unheralded Afghanistan in their tournamentopener, India will have to guard against complacency to ensure a flying start to their campaign in the T20 cricket World Cup here tomorrow. Considering there is very little room for errors in the slambang format of the game, India would have to be at their best to avoid the ignominy of being destroyed by the minnows of international cricket. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already warned his star-studded legion not to underestimate Afghanistan and teammate Yuvraj was also worried about the X-factor of their opponents, who have caught the imagination of the world over the last two years. "It can be dangerous when you don't know what the opposition is like. After 10 overs you

will end up in a situation when you don't know what you are going to do.” "They have a cricket culture in their country. It is not that somebody has just sprung up from no where. They definitely have that little bit of cricket in them. We need to be on top of our game tomorrow," said Yuvraj. Considering that a loss tomorrow can jeopardise their Super Eights hopes, India are expected to have their best men on the park. While Murali Vijay may make his debut, it is unlikely they would blood R Vinay Kumar, who though could be handy on this slow-paced deck. The Indian top-order has been fortified with the presence of Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, who was in rollicking form during the just-concluded IPL. Down the order, there is Yusuf Pathan, who can murder any op-

INDIA TEAM: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Rohit Sharma.

TODAY’S FIXTURES India v. Afghanistan, 7 pm. Bangladesh v. Pakistan, 11 pm. West Indies v. Ireland, Courtesy: Rediff 2.30 am.

In BrIef Paes-Dlouhy in Rome quarters Third seeds Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy moved to the quarter-finals of the ATP Rome Masters after getting a walkover from Croat Ivan Ljubicic and Michael Llodra of France in the second round. Llodra and Ljubicic opted out of the contest after the latter suffered a side strain. Rafael Nadal cruised past Romanian Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-2. Andy Murray lost 6-3, 6-4 to David Ferrer. Novak Djokovic progressed too, with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Thomaz Bellucci. Verdasco booked his place in the last eight with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Atletico face Fulham in Europa final Diego Forlan's extra-time effort sent Atletico Madrid into the Europa League final on away goals at the expense of Liverpool after a 2-2 aggregate draw. Liverpool, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, drew level just before the end of the first half through Italian

midfielder Alberto Aquilani's low curling shot from inside the box. A quiet second half set up extra time and the hosts took a 2-0 lead on the night through Yossi Benayoun's angled strike only for Forlan to smash home the ball a few minutes later. Atletico will meet Fulham in the May 12 final in Hamburg.

Rooney bags Writers Award Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney claimed his second major award of a remarkable season on Friday when he was named Footballer of the Year for the first time by the Football Writers Association (FWA).

Mango named after Sachin In a unique way of paying tribute to Sachin Tendulkar, a new variety of mango has been named after the Indian batting icon. Kalimullah Khan, an elderly farmer from Malihabad in Lucknow, UP, came up with a noble way to salute the highest run accumulator in Tests and ODI.

ponent with his big-hitting spree, while in Mahendra Singh Dhoni, they have someone who gets going when the going gets tough. Ravindra Jadeja, whose imprudence forced him out of the IPL, is a gutsy customer who can use the long handle to good effect down the order. His accurate left-arm spin will come in handy if the likes of Zaheer Khan, Asish Nehra, Praveen Kumar go for runs far too many. Harbhajan Singh, Pathan and Yuvraj strengthen the bowling stable, giving it the teeth that India have been longing for in the big event environment. Afghanistan, on the other hand, have already rang a warning bell, saying they have some tricks up their sleeves and were capable of surprising the Indians at the Beausejour Cricket ground tomorrow. "It is good that they don't know us because when they know about you they will plan. Luckily, we know everything about them. We have seen all their IPL games. We will give them a surprise which will make them remember us after the game," Afghan coach Kabir Khan said. Skipper Nowroz Mangal has pinned his hopes on opening batsman Karim Sadiq, Noor Ali Zadran. Karim Saqid believes that each of the war-ravaged players are capable of upsetting India's applecart. "Having survived in refugee camps and fought for food and clothes all their life, they are not used to defeat. They could surprise India," said Karim. If Afghanistan does to India what Zimbabwe did to Australia in the 2007 T20 World Cup, history would made at this enchanting island. But, will Dhoni's men fall to the unknown?

Curtorim Gym in quarters HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, APRIL 30

Curtorim Gymkhana, Curtorim defeated Adarsh Yuvak Sang, Saligao 5-4 via the tie-breaker and made their entry into the quarter-finals of 14th Holy Cross soccer tournament organized by Holy Cross Sports Club Vodlemoll, Kakoda on Friday.

Fluent wins for PY Nuvem HERALD REPORTER VASCO, APRIL 30

Parish Youth of Nuvem (PYN) scored fluent victories in CocaCola Celebration Cup at Tilak Stadium, here on Friday. They first trounced Our Lady of Gloria S C 13-0 and then hammered Aivao United F C 25-1. Acbino Pereira scored 4, Mauvin Borges 3, Valinton Barretto and Stephen Colaco 2 each, Ivo Borges and Godfrey Mascarnhas one goal each.In the second match, PYN scored 25 goals thanks to Valinton Barretto and Ivo Borges, who scored 7 each, Stephen Colaco 5, Magdon Colaco 2, Mauvin Borges, Godfrey Mascarnhas, Acbino Pereira and Stamford D’ Mello one each. Earlier, Our Lady of Gloria defeated Aivao United F C 4-0. Jeston Dias, Richard Mendez, Branel Dias and Kelvin Palmera scored.

Contractor stumped PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 30

Former India skipper Nari Contractor, who had to return home after being stopped at the gate of the D Y Patil Stadium on Sunday last for not carrying a valid ticket for the IPL final, said that he was flummoxed and wondered how this was allowed to happen by the ticket issuing authorities. "I was completely stumped when I was asked for a badge to accompany the ticket. I did not have the badge, as it was not given to me along with the ticket. I just turned around and went back," Contractor told PTI today.

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Mahindra to disband team PTI MUMBAI, APRIL 30

In a major blow to football in the metropolis, Mahindra United Football Club will be disbanded at the end of current I-League season with focus of the parent company shifting towards developing talent at school level. "We have decided to get out of competitive soccer and get into grassroots soccer at schools level. This means at the end of the I-League we would not be taking part in

any competitive soccer but training school kids to make them better prospects in soccer," said the club's Chairman, Alan Durante today. Ruzbeh Irani, Executive VP Corporate Strategy, M&M Ltd, said the decision to get out of competitive football after so many years, first as Mahindra and Mahindra Sports Club and then from 1991 as Mahindra United FC, was in line with the “Group's philosophy and shift in focus from taking part in professional sport to

developing it." "We feel we can make a much bigger difference to sport in India at the schools level in soccer and grassroots level in basketball (after associating with National Basketball Association of USA in Mahindra NBA Challenge), than by running one professional team," he added. Durante said that contracts of 98 per cent of the current lot of professional footballers would be over by the end of May or June 10.

ball Federation who need to encourage fan-based clubs. Describing the sudden development as "very unfortunate", the talismanic Indian forward told PTI, "It has given a wake-up call to AIFF to look and encourage new teams. We need to have more fan-based teams like Pune FC. We need to encourage teams like that." He, however, was not much surprised at Mahindra United's decision to disband the club at the end of current I-League season with focus of the parent company shifting towards de-

veloping talent at school level. "Whatever happened is very unfortunate. But from the corporate sector's point of view, Mahindra United are not the first club to shut down. It's bound to happen when you have corporate clubs." "A good club shutting down is obviously not a good thing for anyone. Be it a senior footballer or a promising youngster. It's time for the parent body to look into new ideas. It's a learning process and they need to look into ways of bringing in new teams," he added.

Wake-up call for AIFF: Bhutia

PTI KOLKATA, APRIL 30

Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia today said the shutting down of Mahindra United should serve a wake-up call for All India Foot-

n We have decided to get out of competitive soccer and get into grassroots soccer at schools level. This means at the end of the ILeague we would not be taking part in any competitive soccer but training school kids to make them better prospects in soccer. -- Chairman Alan Durante

Kiwis tame Tigers in opener AGENCIES ST LUCIA, APRIL 30

New Zealand scored a twowicket victory over Sri Lanka in the inaugural match of T20 World Cup here on Friday. Sri Lanka elected to bat and scored 135 for six while New Zealand in their reply scored 139 for 8 in 19.5 overs. New Zealand’s J Ryder with 42 was the top scorer followed by M Guptill (19), S Styris (17), J Oram (15), D Vettori (17), R Taylor (9), G Hopkins (1), B McCullum (0) and Man-of-the-Match N McCullum not out 16, T Southee not out 0.

Muralitharan claimed two wickets while A Mathews, C Welegedara, A Mendis, S Jayasuriya took one each. Earlier, M a h e l a J a y a w a rd e n e ( 8 1 ) notched up his career-best score of the format to steer Sri Lanka to a modest 135 for six. While his team-mates struggled to score runs in the slow Providence Stadium wicket, experienced Jayawardene's breezy 51-ball innings was a classic example of effortless sensible hitting. He also shared a crucial 59run fourth wicket stand with debutant Dinesh Chandimal (29)

to lay the foundation for the Sri Lanka score. Shane Bond was expensive initially, but came back to pick up two wickets. Opting to bat in the sluggish pitch, the Lankan openers found runs hard to score initially.

Other scorers: Tillakaratne Dilshan's (3), Kumar Sangakkara (4), Chandimal (29), Chamara Kapugedera (11), Angelo Mathews (3), Jayasuriya not out 0. Bond took two wickets and N McCullum, Southee, Oram and Styris one each.


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