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IN BRIEF Nation bids adieu to Shekhawat Amid a sombre mood, the mortal remains of former Vice President and thrice Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhairon Singh Shekhawat were consigned to flames with full state honours here today. As priests chanted vedic hymns, Shekhawat’s grandsons — Vikramaditya Singh and Abhimanyu Singh— lit the funeral pyre at the Vidhyadhar cremation ground.
AUSSIES REDUCED TO ASHES A resurgent England scored an emphatic sevenwicket victory over traditional rivals Australia to win the Twenty20 World Cup at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. MAN OF THE MATCH England’s Craig Kieswetter won the man-of-the-match for his 63-run knock off 49 balls. MAN OF THE TOURNAMENT Kevin Pietersen was adjudged Man of the Series for his all round performance.
Akhtar gets security after death threats PTI MUMBAI, MAY 16
Lyricist and Rajya Sabha member of parliament Javed Akhtar has been provided round-the-clock security following death threats received by him for allegedly calling an Islamic cleric “insane” during a television debate on a fatwa against working women. “We have provided security to Javed Akhtar by posting armed guards at his house. The guards would follow him wherever he goes,” a police official said. Akhtar has been receiving threat mails after he commented on the fatwa issued by Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband. An email received by him on May 12 had said “Your countdown has begun.” The lyricist had lodged a complaint with the police on Friday. The cyber cell of Mumbai police and Anti Terrorism Squad are probing the email threat received by him. Reacting to the threat, Akhtar said, “I would not be restricted in movement or speech. I have always stood up for what I think is right and I would continue to do so.” The fatwa had said it was unIslamic for women to work in offices in proximity with men and decreed that acceptance of their earnings by a family was against the Sharia.
Atala phones ex-girlfriend, threatens to kill her ... with Goa police help
HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 16
The after effects of the biggest police-drug peddlers expose in the State that has landed seven policemen behind bars continue with more secrets tumbling out of the cupboard. The Swedish model, Lucky Farmhouse, whose spycam videos brought out the murkier side of the men in khaki, has claimed her former boyfriend, Israeli drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, had threatened to kill her with the help of the police. After learning of the damning videos that could spell trouble for Atala and the police, the drug dealer had threatened the Swedish model telephonically and the conversation went something like this, “Today the chief called me.. Chief tell me you are finished for life… You understand….. As now you need to think about this little bit you bi***.” The ‘chief ’ in Atala’s conversation is a policeman, most probably arrested police inspector and former Anti-Narcotics Cell chief Ashish Shirodkar. In earlier conversations too, Atala has referred to Shirodkar as
‘chief ’, state agencies report. After Lucky moved to Sweden on learning of the drugs mafia, Atala had again threatened his former girlfriend. This time he said, “Now if you start to make something you are in big problem,… Lucky, I have your address.. I have everything…. You understand what I can do to you… I pay for people to make you pay for life…,” Atala had threatened further. The Swedish model has also claimed she has more spycam videos of a leading Goan politi-
Govt bans over 100 terror outfits PTI NEW DELHI, May 16
The government has banned more than a hundred terrorist outfits linked to Al-Qaeda from across the globe. Terror outfits like Jemaah Islamiyah (involved in Bali bombing) of Indonesia, Islamic Jihad Group of Libya, the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad were declared as terrorist organisations by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The government has now declared these more than 100 entities as outlawed in India by putting their names along with 33 other outfits in the list of banned organisations of Ministry of Home Affairs. The ministry has put these entities together (at entry number 33) in its ‘revised’ list of banned outfits as “Organisations listed in the Schedule to the UN Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security
Council Resolutions) Order, 2007”. The action under amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is seen as a move “to avoid any legal ambiguity” in case Indian security agencies want to lay their hands on anyone associated with these bodies, an official said. Though India had been keeping tabs on these outfits in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions, no such action has been taken in the past. Other prominent names in the list include International Islamic Relief Organisation of Philippines and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
among others. The number of these outfits will increase or decrease as amended from time to time. The ministry has put them together under one head so that it does not have to revise the list whenever it is amended at the UNSC level, the official said. The Home Ministry’s revised list of banned outfits — which is to be made public on its official website soon — also for the first time includes the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) as one of the terrorist organisations under the UAP Act. Though names of three proKhalistan terror outfits — Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Khalistan Comando Force (KCF) and International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) – have been on the list for long, the move to include KZF in the revised list is seen in the light of increased activities of the outfit in India in the past couple of years.
cian’s son dealing with drug dealers. But the police are waiting for Lucky’s statement in this regard to probe into the politician angle. The police have come under severe criticism for going slow in the probe in all likelihood to scuttle the politician angle in the case. When contacted Crime Branch Deputy Superintendent of Police Chandrakant Salgaonkar said it was too early to comment without listening to the new tapes.
Man buys car no. for Rs 10 lakhs PTI CHANDIGARH, MAY 16
A farmer-turned-realtor has paid Rs 10 lakh to the Union territory’s registration and licensing authority for acquiring a vehicle registration number. As the hammer went down at the auction here yesterday, N S Shergill paid the record price for the number CH01AC-0001. In his late 30s, Shergill, who owns farms in Kharar and Kurali and is also into the real estate business, said his teacher-wife had told him to drop the idea of spending a huge amount for acquiring a number, reasoning that it would buy them another car. However, he added “My heart said that I should have this number.”
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Last-minute change in platforms triggers rush l Woman, boy killed; Mamata orders probe PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 16
Two persons were killed and eight injured today in a stampede triggered by a last minute change in platforms for two trains at the New Delhi railway station, facing summer rush. The stampede occurred at around 2:45 pm after an announcement was made about the change of platforms for Delhi-Muzaffarpur Sapt Kranti Express and Delhi-Bhagalpur Vikramsila Express. A 35-year-old woman Soni, hailing from Bhagalpur, and a boy, about 10-12 years of age who is yet to be identified, died in the incident. Eight persons, including three women, were injured, an official said. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered an inquiry into the incident, asking officials to take strict action against those responsible and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs to the next of kin of the deceased. “We do not know whether it is a sabotage or rumour or negligence. Whatever is the case, a high-powered committee will go into the details as to what happened and who all are responsible for it,” the minister said in Kolkata. Ashwini Luhani, Divisional Railway Manager, said, “The train (Sapt Kranti) which was to come at platform 13 came at 12 and the train (Vikramsila) which was to come at platform 12 came at 13.” “The two trains were to leave at around 2:45 pm. The platforms for the trains were interchanged at the last minute and this led to the confusion,” a senior police official said. Passengers pushed and jostled to move to the other platform with their baggage, the official said. “There were a lot of people. Someone fell on the foot-overbridge and then people started pushing each other resulting in
Footwear of passengers are piled up in a bin as relatives of stampede victims have anxious moments at New Delhi railway station.
A family awaits their luggage which was lost during the stampede.
the stampede,” another official said. Anil Banerjee, Medical Superintendent of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP), said 10 persons were brought to the hospital where two were declared brought dead. According to a senior official, the platforms of the trains were changed after an engine of a train stationed at Platform No 15 developed technical problems. “So the Rajdhani which was to come at platform 15 was sent to platform 12 leading to shifting of Vikramsila Express to platform 13,” the official said. A three-member panel comprising D K Shukla, Arvind Kumar and Ratan Chand will conduct the enquiry into the incident. Imran, who was to board the Patna-bound train, fell down while trying to enter it. “I had to go to Bhagalpur. The
last minute change of the platform led to this incident. We started running as soon as we came to know that the train is coming on another platform,” he said.
Great!! We have all the evidence now to catch the culprits, but will have to wait patiently for higher authority approval...
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Foundation stone laid to boost water supply to coastal Salcete HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 16
The government on Sunday laid the foundation stone for the Rs 15.57 crore ambitious GudiOrlim water pipeline project to improve water supply to Salcete’s coastal belt and Velim constituency, even as the PWD Minister Churchill Alemao announced an 800 MLD water treatment plant at Selaulim. The tender for the work – which will solve the water supply problem to Coastal Salcete – will be floated soon even as Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat laid the foundation stone at Orlim this evening coinciding with the birthday of local MLA and PWD Minister Churchill Alemao in the presence of Water Resources Minister, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Urban Development Minister, Joaquim Alemao. PWD officials said the project has received nod from the government and has got both financial and administrative approval. The proposed 500 mm dia ductile from Gudi to Orlim is proposed by the PWD Minister to improve the water supply system in Velim cosntiutnecy and the coastal villages of Navelim constituency consisting of Varca, Orlim, Carmona and Cavelossim. Once completed, the 8.53 km line will benefit 44256 households and would benefit the projected population of 81437 by the year 2040. Addressing the function, the Chief Minister complimented
GRAM SABHAS Save River Sal, demand Telaulim villagers HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 16
Expressing concern over the gradual destruction of the River Sal, the villagers of Telaulim on Sunday demanded the desilting and cleaning of the water channel to restore the river to its past glory. At the gram sabha held on Sunday, the members said the stretch of the River Sal passing through the village is gradually decaying with heavy deposits of silt and the tree cover com-
ing under the river course. Members demanded that the matter be taken up with the Captain of Ports on a priority basis to save the river. On the tree cover, which has come under waters, the members were informed by the Deputy Sarpanch Steven Goes that the panchayat first needs to take permission from the concerned authorities as the work would involve removing of mangroves fallen along the river course. The issue over the health
department issuing permissions for constructions especially light and water came up for discussions at today’s meeting. The members strongly demanded that the Panchayat write to the health department to first seek all information from the Panchayat body before issuing permission light and water connections. The members feared that bypassing of the Panchayat body by the health department would only give rise to illegalities and in-
vite hordes of migrants in the village. The meeting also discussed the garage and waste problem facing the village. It was resolved to seek the assistance of experts to train the locals on vermin-culture and compositing. The meeting chaired by Sarpanch Rosy Barretto also passed the annual account and approved six more names under the BPL list. The panchayat had earlier approved 89 names under the BPL category.
RP 2021 dominates Loutolim meet HERLAD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 16
Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat laying the foundation stone for the Rs 15.57 crore water supply project to coastal Salcete in the presence of PWD Minister Churchill Alemao. Photo by Sidharth Mehta
the PWD Minister for his vision to take a direct line from the Selaulim pipelilne to the coastal belt which would help improve water supply to the residents. Kamat showered praise on Alemao saying both PWD and RDA departments have made tremendous progress under the leadership of the Navelim MLA. In his address, the PWD Minister said the 15.57 crore GudiOrlim pipeline will benefit the villagers inhabiting Velim constituency and the coastal belt.
“This line has been proposed by me following complaints that water was only coming in trickles in the taps. Residents of Coastal belt and Velim will enjoy uninterrupted water supply after its commissioning”, he added. On the occasion, the PWD Minister said his department has planned a 800 MLD water treatment plant at Selaulim to meet the water requirements of South Goa for the next 50 years. “We cannot supply raw water
to the people as that would only pose health hazard. The only option left to the government is to augment the water treatment capacity to 800 MLD”, he added. Meanwhile, the PWD Minister launched and commissioned many a project across his Navelim constituency coinciding with the 61st birthday on Sunday. This includes the project for the improvement of water supply to Carmona village at a cost of Rs 53 lakh.
Agonda resident killed in mishap HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 16
PWD Minister Churchill being felicitated by the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on his birthday.
A 34-year-old pillion rider from Agonda-Canacona was killed in a road accident at Hoden near Paddi when she was run over by a Karnataka Ro a d t r a n s p o r t b u s t h i s morning. Cuncolim police said deceased Lalita Bomkar was traveling on a Pulsar motorcycle when the two-wheeler skidded off the road on fish spillage throwing the rider Ravi Kumar Raju Gawda and the deceased on the road. An oncoming bus (KA 31 F 1111) which was pro ceeded in the opposite direction ran over Lalita, killing her on the spot. The Cuncolim police are investigating.
Retreat at Parra HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Salvation Ministr y will be conducting a one day retreat on May 19 at Emerald Lawns, Parra, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Bro Anil will preach on the Word of God. The organisers have welcomed the public to experience God’s power, healing and deliverance and be blessed, says a press release.
PWD Minister Churchill being felicitated by his wellwishers on his birthday.
Goa Chitra, museum of State’s rich past HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
International Museum Day has been celebrated all over the world on the May 18 since 1977. Each year, a theme is decided on by the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Museum (ICOM). The event provides the opportunity for museum professionals to meet the public and alert them to the challenges that museums face if they are to exist - as in the ICOM definition of museums - "an institution in the service of society and of its development". Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures, development of mutualunderstanding,co-operationand peace among peoples. Complying with the theme this year, Museums for Social Harmony, Goa Chitra, Goa’s first and only ethnographical museum, situated in Benaulim, opens its door to all senior citizens of the state. The curator and founder of the museum, Victor Hugo Gomes reiterates his passion for preserving the past to enrich the future. The genesis of the Goa Chitra museum began many years ago when Victor started collecting old, discarded implements and tools from attics and storerooms
because he was saddened to see reminders of a way of life disappear. But as the collection grew, he was awed by the richness of the culture and heritage that these objects represented, and the knowledge and skills of our forefathers. The project is recognised as an international product and has been the recipient of two International awards. The Fundacao Orient scholarship 2009 (Portugal) and the VX Verodiano Award 2009 (USA) for persons who preserve the well being of mankind through individual advancement in the field of art, music, literature, science, medicine or humanities. As a tribute visitors from the home of theagedacrossGoaareinvitedforaFree and special tour of the museum and all senior citizens shall be able to view the museum with no entry charges on the May 18. Special tours will be conducted personally by the curator and collector Victor Hugo Gomes at 10 am, 12 noon and 4 pm. The museum is open to public on all days except Mondays between 9 am to 6 pm. For further details on membership call 08326579877, 08322772910, 09850466165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Regional Plan 2021 dominated at the gram sabha meeting of the Loutolim gram sabha on Sunday. Agitated members took on the Sarpanch for his statement that the signature figuring on the RP plan was indeed his signature, with members demanding to know why the Sarpanch had denied at the last gram sabha meeting that it was not his signature. The members also protested against a resolution adopted by the Panchayat body ratif ying decisions taken by the Sarpanch on the Regional Plan with retrospective effect. The gram sabha members demanded to know from the Sarpanch the provision of the Panchayat Raj Act and Rules that the panchayat body enjoys powers to ratify decisions committed by the Sarpanch retrospectively. The members questioned the Sarpanch how could five panchayat members revoke the letter of withdrawal when he had withdrawn the comparative statement/tentative report submitted by him after
Loutolim gram sabha members making a point with the Sarpanch at Sunday’s meeting. Photo by Sidharth Mehta
being directed to do so by the gram sabha. They demanded from the Sarpanch to explain the vested interest of the five members who had adopted what they termed as illegal resolution to ratify a fake draft regional plan. After much discussions, the gram sabha unanimously directed the Sarpanch and the secretary to nullify the resolu-
tion and to treat the same as null and void. The resolution further directed the Sarpanch and secretary not to give effect to the resolution and to revoke or recall any correspondence to authorities giving effect to the resolution. The gram sabha further unanimously directed the secretary and the BDO observer present
to bring the illegality to the notice of the BDO. The meeting also directed the secretary to dispatch copies of the resolution to the BDO, Director of Panchayat, Chief Town Planner and the Maina Curtorim police station requesting them to take appropriate action as per law against the members involved in passing the resolution.
Nuvem meet takes U-turn on lease rent HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 16
The Nuvem gram sabha on Sunday opposed the decision taken at the previous meeting asking landlords to pay one month’s rent to the Panchayat for leasing the premises to the tenants. At the gram sabha meeting held today, agitated members questioned the rationale behind the decision asking the people to pay one month’s rent to the Panchayat for leasing the premises to the migrants.
After much discussion, it was decided that the landlord or the owner of the premises should take a photo, address and other details of the migrants and submit the same to the police station in view of rising crimes. Nuvem Deputy Sarpanch Menino Mascarenhas told newsmen after the meeting that the gram sabha members opposed the payment of rent and instead agreed that the owners of the premises should give an undertaking for leasing
the premises to the tenants. The meeting also discussed on the delay in the opening of the Nuvem market complex, with some members demanding the early commissioning of the market to rid the bottlenecks at the makeshif t arrangement on the roadside. Members also questioned the Panchayat over keeping funds in the saving account and demanded that funds be put in fixed deposits.
Gram sabha members also bitterly lamented over the non-functioning of the Child Protection Committee c o n s t i t u t e d b y t h e Pa n chayat body and demanded that the panel is revived to meet its objectives. Members also questioned the Chair over the failure to hold the January gram sabha meeting till date and demanded that the BDO and other authorities initiate action for not holding the gram sabha meeting.
Reis Magos locals demand full-fledged health centre HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, MAY 16
Residents of Reis Magos at the gram sabha on Sunday demanded full-fledged health centre in the village. Deliberating on the issue, Vishwas Parulekar suggested that the population of Reis Magos has increased many folds and hence there is a need of full-fledged health centre. Deputy Sarpanch Francisco Colaco said the panchayat has decided to build a Panchayat Ghar through Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation in the panchayat property in which offices of electricity department and PWD would be shifted. “A provision of health centre has also been made in the panchayat ghar and Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes has assured full support for the project,” said Colaco. Pa n c h a y a t S e c r e t a r y Azavedo informed the villagers that the panchayat has received a letter from Sewerage and Infrastructural Development Corporation stating that the project report regarding the sewerage is nearing completion. However, the villagers demanded that the engineers from Sewerage and Infrastructure Development Corporation should be invited to explain how sewerage system has been proposed for Reis Magos. Deputy Sarpanch Francisco Colaco agreed for it and the committee comprising Sarpanch
Residents argue with Reis Magos sarpanch.
Sushmita Pednekar, Deputy Sarpanch Colaco, Vishwanath Parulekar, Umesh Dharwadkar, Rony Ferrao and Prazaress Gonsalves was formed to discuss the issue with the engineers of the sewerage corporation. Sarpanch Sushmita Pednekar said each ward member has submitted details of developmental work to be carried out in their respective wards. “The total estimate of all the works to be undertaken is about Rs 1 crore. The tendering process has begun,” said Sarpanch Pednekar.
Umesh Dharwadkar suggested a children’s park in the open space at Mona Nagar may be developed. Deputy Sarpanch Colaco said the builder is yet to hand over the open space to the panchyayat. Later, Panchayat Secretary Clifton Azavedo presented the annual statement of accounts of income and expenditure for 2009-10. During the financial year 2009-10, the panchayat received total grant of Rs 67 lakh from the government. The panchayat collected an amount of Rs 7.30 lakh by way of taxes and Rs 12.75 lakh by way of
Photo by Anil Shankhwalker
construction and other fees. On the expenditure front, the panchayat has spent Rs 7.43 lakh on public works, Rs 11.03 lakh on administration and Rs 5.43 lakh on sanitation and public health. The closing balance as of March 31, 2010, with the panchayat was Rs 53.85 lakh. The gram sabha was held in the premises of Shantadurga Temple at Betim. Sarpanch Sushmita Pednekar welcomed the gathering and Panchayat Secretary Clifton Azavedo read the minutes of the gram sabha meeting held on February 28.
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Public meet to highlight govt’s failure on various fronts today HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 16
The Village Groups of Goa are holding a public meeting on the May 17 at 10am near Blueberry Hill, on Verna Plateau to protest against the failure of the Government of Goa to act on all the illegalities such as hill-cutting, filling of paddy fields, construction activity in eco-sensitive zones, illegal mining, land grabbing by the Government, Collapse of law and order in the state etc. Cyrdon Madeira informed on Sunday that the meeting is open for the people of Goa to come and join hands to save what is left of Goa, for the future generations. He said till date many NGO’s
and village groups have been fighting mini battles to achieve justice in their own areas, with no outside support or helping hand. Madeira said many village groups have joined hands and are united for the first time in the history of the state of Goa, adding this by itself says a lot and that being the sons and daughters of the soil are fed up and have lost all their patience. “They feel neglected, cheated, disgusted and angered at the state of affairs as they are in the state. With the Government having no regard for it’s people the only option left is to meet and get as many people into the fold and proceed with
a future course of action”, he added. The group has appealed to the people to stop being slaves of politicians and sell their conscience for a few pieces of silver. “This is the mother of all public meetings and it is in the best interest of every Goan to lend their support by attending this meeting. As children we all owe our motherland the protection she deserves in times of need. Let us save our motherland from turning into a concrete jungle and from a green Goa we knew to a brown Goa we would not want to be associated with. Let us stop being greedy as when everything deteriorates and dies money cannot and will not be able to feed us”, he added.
Tigress, cub spotted at Charawane HERALD CORRESPONDENT MAYEM, MAY 16
A resident of Charawane-Sattari spotted a tigress and a cub at Charawane in the wee hours of Sunday. According to the resident, who is also a mini bus driver, he had gone to Chorla to attend marriage ceremony of his friend. “While I was returning home on my motorcycle in the wee hours of Sunday, I spotted the tigress and a cub while they were entering the forest area,” said the resident, who does not want to be identified. It may be recalled that recently, forest official from Ponda, Subhash Henrick had reported footprints of tigress and a cub in Kelawade village of Anjune dam area. Similarly, the excreta and footprints of a tiger were also reported at Derawad.
Mechanise farming will rejuvenate farmers: dept HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 16
It appears, the initiatives of the Agriculture Department to mechanise farming in Goa are slowly picking up. About 31000 hector area is used for paddy cultivation and many farmers have given up farming either because of non-availability of labour or its high cost. However agriculture department is optimistic that land under paddy cultivation will increase with mechanization in farming The “paddy combine”, has been introduced in Goa. The machine has been boon to farmers as besides reducing dependence on the labour it brings down cost of harvesting by half, says Satish Tendulkar, Director of Agriculture. It can execute both tasks – ploughing and planting, as well . Currently, just two such machines are available in Goa how-
ever Tendulkar says two-three more machines will be bought this season. Also, traders from neighbouring Karnataka provide the machine on hire. “Some of them come to Goa with their machines during harvesting season, ”informed Tendulkar. High cost of the machines can deter farmers from going in for
this machine which cost about Rs 22-23 lakhs. However, the department offers subsidy upto 70 per cent for agricultural societies on purchase of this machine. The department has also been encouraging farmers to purchase tractors for ploughing. A tractor with 18 horse power cost Rs 2.80 lakh and farmer can avail
of 70 per cent subsidy on its purchase. About thirty farmers have bought tractors by availing subsidy benefit, he adds. While it’s foregone conclusion that many have turned their back on agriculture especially, paddy cultivation due to high cost of labour but mechanisation could a answer if they really wish to come back to farming. Subsidies for farmers: 50 % subsidy on hire of department tractors, 70 % subsidy on purchase of machinery for paddy cultivation, Introduction of paddy trans-planter and paddy harvesting combine, 50 % subsidy at source on seeds of high yielding varieties of paddy, 50 % subsidy on soil conditioners like rock phosphate, Free analysis of soil samples, 50 per cent subsidy on various bio-control agent and assistance in repairs of notified bunds through soil conservation division.
Difficult times for mango, cashew farmers this year HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 16
Last few days the markets have been flooded by the Goan delight, Mancurad mangoes but mango traders are not a happy lot. This season, they have not able to earn expected returns for two reasons. One, mango production has been less this year. There has been drop in the production almost by 40 per cent as weather turned truant during flowering period in January – February. April 15 -30 is considered to be a peak period for mangoes but trend has been altered this year as fruits did not mature in time due to late flowering. On the other hand, traders have not benefited despite of inequalities in the demand and supply. For if, in the early March, the price of Mancurad mango sky-rocketed to Rs 600-700 per dozen due to less mango in the market, the price has now crashed down to Rs 150200 per dozen as the first week of May experienced ex-
One held for forging passport HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 16
A 44-year-old man from Kerala was arrested on charges of forging a passport on Sunday. According to Vasco police, Dubai Immigration Authority detained one Samsudinh Yushuf, after they found that he had traveled from Goa on a fake passport. Police said the accused had forged the passport by placing his photo on the passport of some other person from Chennai. Sources in immigration claimed that it was practically impossible for Goan immigration police to find the difference with a naked eye. The accused had traveled to Dubai in Indian Airlines on May 13. After proper examination of documents and passport, Dubai police detained Yushuf and deported him to Goa. Vasco police has arrested the accused under Sections 468, 471, 419 of IPC and Section 12 of Immigration Act and is investigating the case further.
Tar balls washed ashore at Benaulim HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 16
Tar balls have been washed ashore at the Benaulim beach on Sunday morning.
Goa Police in Mumbai to probe eve’s poisoning HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 16
The Maina Curtorim police on Sunday headed to Mumbai in connection with the Loutolim woman poisoning case. Police inspector Sidhant Shirodkar reached Mumbai this evening, a day after the married woman from Loutolim reportedly consumed Ratol poison in a bid to end her life. The police was intimated of the poisoning case after the woman was shifted to a Margao-based hospital last evening. As her condition appeared critical, the woman was reportedly taken to Mumbai for treatment.
Boy ends life in Majorda HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, MAY 16
A 14-year boy committed suicide in Majorda by hanging himself to a rafter. Colva police said the Std Seventh student, Suraj H, originally a native of Karnataka ended his life by hanging. Though the exact cause of death is not yet ascertained, the Colva police has said the deceased boy had failed in the examination. The police have registered a case of unnatural death.
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Anjuna Rakhon Manch has helped curb illegalities HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 16
The Anjuna Rakhon Manch, which was formed with a vision to safeguard, maintain and retain all its treasures like tradition, culture, fields, hills, beaches, rivers, flora and fauna, and natural landscape, has been growing in strength since its formation in 2008 at Anjuna. The Anjuna Rakhon Manch, which came into existence in 2008 due to growing irregularities in Anjuna, has been growing from strength-to-strength due to the overwhelming support of the villagers of Anjuna in its good cause. Residents claimed that the front which came into existence to fight the unwanted and illplanned developments in Anjuna-Caisua has been able to stall many ill-planned and disastrous developments in the village. “ The Anjuna Rakhon Manch with the overwhelming support of the villagers has been successful in driving away a Delhi-based builder due to fraud in the CRZ line and stalled the project of illegal development in the forest land, besides other illegal projects,” said the residents. Recently, the Anjuna Rakhon
Manch took active part in the Fellowship Week celebrations at St Michael’s Church, Anjuna, displaying their initiatives in
n“The Anjuna Rakhon Manch with the overwhelming support of the villagers has been successful in driving away a Delhi-based builder due to fraud in the CRZ line and stalled the project of illegal development in the forest land, besides other illegal projects,”.
continuing the fightagainst the ills in the society and Anjuna village. The Anjuna Rakhon Manch also follows its mission of suggesting planned and eco-friendly development of the village with proper infrastructure like water supply, electricity, motorable roads, sewerage system, health up-keeps and social security
schemes. The front also lays emphasis on employment generation to the village youth.
Tar balls have been washed ashore at the Benaulim beach since Sunday morning. Though traces of the oily substance have been spotted along the salcete coastline, the Benaulim beach was literally littered with the tar balls/ Visitors and joggers complained of the oil substance on the shore line, with the authorities failing to make their presence felt and get the beach rid of the oil balls. A resident of Navelim Martin told Herald that the tar b a l l s h a v e h a m p e re d t h e movement of the visitors at Benaulim beach, although the situation is not that grave at Colva.
ceptional escalation in mercury level leading to maturing of fruit pretty fast. “Extreme heat and humidity has lead to ripening of mangoes at one go which is why you see so much mangoes in the market during last few days,” says explains Satish Tendulkar, Director of Agriculture. So if, initially the farmers benefited by less production of mango (less fruit in the market fetched them good price so much so single fruit came to be sold even for Rs 100-150) as crop got delayed due to weather
conditions however extreme rise in the temperature now has changed the situation. This year’s mango production has been around 6000 metric tons, about 4000 tons less by annual average. While mangoes are available in the market till end of May and sometimes early June; this time situation will be different as rise in the temperature has led to ripening of mangoes much faster than under the normal conditions. “You will not see much mango
New paddy seeds fail to impress farmers HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, MAY 16
While Department of Agriculture has introduced different types of high yielding varieties of paddy -- Jaya and Jyoti have not lost their popularity and are much preferred by the Goan farmers. For the last few years the department has been attempting to popularise Karzat-7, a high yielding variety from Maharashtra and also provide seeds at subsidised rate to farmers. Another high yielding seed introduced last season was Revathy MO- 17 but farmers are not happy with the results. Although it gives more yield, as compared to Jaya, also crops survive if there are no rains for fifteen days yet it has failed to impress farmers in the State. Apparently, the problem has been a disease called blast which was fast seen infesting Revathy MO -17 variety grown in the State. Some 300-400 hector area
was tried under this variety. “It is prone to infection by disease which is why farmers are not happy with Revathy MO-17,” told Satish Tendulkar, Director of Agriculture to Herald. HYBRID SEEDS: The KRH -2, a hybrid variety has been tried in Goa by the department however, it has failed to impress farmers. Though it gives 25-30 per cent more yield, farmers here have not picked it up as they are not happy with the quality of the final product. “They find the rice sticky and soft,” says the director of agriculture. BASMATI VARIETY: It appears there’s been not much scope for Goa in attempting to grow Basmati rice as weather condition is not favourable. The department has tried introducing Bogawati, a type of Basmati variety but farmers are not inclined to grow Basmati rice. In Valpoi, Sanguem and Ponda farmers have tried growing Bhogawati, he adds.
at the end of May, “hinted Tendulkar. C A SHEW PRODUCE: It’s not alone mango farmers who have been affected, this season. The season has been equally bad for cashew farmers too. Unfavourable weather has led to drop in the cashew production. The State’s average cashew production for any given season is about 23000 metric but this season, it is likely to about 15000 metric ton, says Tendulkar.
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S H O RT TA K E S Afonso is Kundaim panel chief
More Goans opting for knee replacement surgery: doc
Urban students can perform better: CM
nounce special package offered by the hospital which is much cheaper than the market rate. “We offer a package consisting of hospital stay, operation, American make Zimmer implant and follow up treatment for just Rs 1.20 lakh at Manipal hospital,” he said.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has stated that if rural students are provided with required educational facilities, they may prove efficient than urban students. Kamat was recently addressing the gathering at a function organized at Vividha High School, Navelim, where he was invited to inaugurate the school bus for the students of high school. Vividha group chairman and local MLA Pratap Gawas and staff members were present on the occasion.
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President of Kundaim Industrial Estate Industries Associationalong with other elcted members.
PANJIM(HND): Election to Kundaim Industrial Estate Industries Association was held for the year 2010 to 2013 where Benigno Afonso was elected unopposed as President of Kundaim Industrial Industries Association for the second consecutive term along with other executive members. The other elected members are Paul Dias, Nagaraj Shetty, Kiran Sirsat, Jay Kamat, Sameel Volvoikar, Gajanand Parab, Francis Abraham, Thamphy Joseph and Bipin Katkar.
CME organised at GMC
Dr Hemangini Shah, Dr Savio Rodrigues, Dr Shameen Shariff and Dr R G Wiseman Pinto at the CME programme held at GMC recently.
PANJIM(HND): The Medical Education Cell of Goa Medical College organised a CME ( Continuing Medical Education) programme in Goa Medical College recently. The visiting guest faculty was Dr Shameem Shariff, ex Professor and Head of Medical Education St John's Medical College Bangalore, and presently Professor and Head of Medical Education Unit MVJ Medical College and Research Center, Bangalore. The CME was chaired by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto and Dr Savio Rodrigues, the topics covered were Medical Education Technology, New Advances, Seminars, Journal Clubs, and other teaching Methodology, the CME was well attended by doctors, says a press release.
PANJIM(HND): Ex-Servicemen contact programme will be conducted by the Department of Sainik Welfare, Panjim on May 23 at 10.30 am in front of State Bank of India, Canacona. The Secretary, Department of Sainik Welfare will brief ex-Servicemen and their widows on various schemes, welfare benefits and other concessions introduced and provided by the Department of Sainik Welfare as well as State/Central Government. He will meet the ex-Servicemen and widows of the ex-Servicemen in the area and listen to their grievances if any. He will also gather relevant input through this programme to formulate future proposal for the benefit of all ex-Servicemen.
Shantadurga Saunsthan celebrates anniversary HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 16
Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar took part in the 21st anniversary celebrations of Shree Shantadurga Saunsthan at Calangute on Friday. Parrikar inaugurated the All Goa Record Dance competition (Solo) in the presence of Saligao MLA Dilip Parulekar, Saligao ZP member Michael Lobo, Calangute Sarpanch Laxman Parab Palyekar, Panchayat member Sneha Salgaonkar, Shree Babreshwar Temple President Chandrakant Chopdekar, committee members and organizing committee members and a large number of people. “In fact, I have only committed myself to attend the function and would prefer to keep it short as kids are anxiously waiting for the performance on the stage. Nevertheless, I thank the organising committee and temple committee for giving me the privilege to attend the
function,” Parrikar told the gathering. Speaking on the occasion, Michael Lobo congratulated Sarpanch Laxman Parab Palyekar for his initiative in renovating the temple. Sarpanch Palyekar congratulated Shree Shantadurga Saunsthan committee members for their initiative in organizing various cultural programme marking the 21st anniversary celebrations of the temple. Earlier, Shree Shantadurga Devasthan Secretary Sudesh Shirodkar accorded warm welcome to Parrikar and other dignitaries and also proposed the vote of thanks, while Pradeep Sawant compered the function. As part of 21st anniversary celebrations, the organizing committee of Shree Shantadurga Temple organised various cultural programmes, which were performed by professional stage artistes.
Calangute VP completes linking road project HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 16
Calangute panchayat completed yet another project of linking road between Dongorpur and Calangute market. The linking road named after Dr Francisco Leao Pinto was inaugurated by Edna Pinto in the presence of Calangute Sarpanch Laxman Parab (Palyekar), former sarpanchas Joseph Sequeira and Albert Fernandes, former deputy sarpanch Ana Marie D’Souza, Panchas Subhash Salgaonkar and Sneha Salgaonkar and villagers of Calangute. The new linking road will benefit villagers of Calangute and surrounding areas frequenting the Calangute market. The road will also ease congestion from St Alex Church, Calangute, stretch up to the market. With the opening of the linking road, motorists and vehicle owners will save a considerable
amount on fuel which otherwise would have been unrealistic on the longer route. Joseph Sequeira expressed satisfaction with the inauguration of the new road. He was also critical of unnecessary hindrances in the development works, particularly the new linking road. “As far as development of Calangute village is concerned, we have never stopped anyone undertaking development of the village for the benefit of villagers despite our developmental works have been stalled at times,” said Sequeira. “The electricity pole which we had asked for a shift has not been given permission. The pole is obstructing the smooth flow of traffic on the new linking road,” he said. The new road has been completed at an estimated cost of Rs 9 lakh.
After former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s much publicised knee replacement surgery in Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital, the number of people opting for this surgery has almost doubled all across the country, a veteran Orthopaedic surgeon has said. Dr Mahendra Kudchadkar, Goa-based Orthopaedic surgeon, said that after Vajpayee’s knee replacement surgery during his tenure as Prime Minister in NDA regime, people having knee replacement surgery increased and its impact was also felt in states like Goa. Goa records 35-40 knee replacement surgeries monthly, which is on the higher side considering the earlier figure of 10 surgeries a month earlier. The surgeon said that the cost ineffectiveness keeps the arthritis patients wanting to have this surgery at bay. He said that he himself entertains around 40 to 50 inquiries for knee replacement surgery by Goans, of which hardly 2 per cent actually go for the operation due to the high cost. “The cost is keeping patients away from the surgery,” he said. Dr Kudchadkar, who is consultant orthopaedic with Manipal Hospital at Dona Paula, today held a press conference to an-
fection can be cause of concern generally, Dr Kudchadkar stated that the hospital has introduced ‘stryker T5 space suit technology’ which will eliminate the risk of infection in the surgery. “As the number of cases increases, the chances of infection
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Workshop on Internet skills HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, MAY 16
This treatment otherwise would cost somewhere around 2 lakhs and in places like Mumbai around Rs 3 lakh, he said. For those, preferring to stay in private rooms during the operation, the package cost is Rs 1.35 lakh and deluxe room Rs 1.65 lakh. He lamented that rich people usually go out to conduct these surgeries as they feel that the quality of surgeries here are not high, which is not true. Stating that the rate of in-
also goes up,” he said. Dr Kudchadkar said that the advantage of the latest space suit technology used for surgery is at no extra cost than conventional methods. This new technology used will eliminate the risk of infection and therefore ensure a safer and faster healing process. “This technology can be used for all type of hip, shoulder, elbow joint replacement surgeries done at this hospital,” he added.
The Detroit Institute will conduct a workshop on Internet skills from May 18 to 22 and from May 24 to 28. The workshop is aimed at helping the participants to be familiar with the Internet, download information for projects, assignments and sending greeting cards. There is no age bar for the workshop. Each participant will be given a certificate. The workshop will be conducted at Detroit Institute, Jose Falcao Road, Near Mary Immaculate Conception Church, Opposite Progress High School. For further details, contact on 9822131835.
Govt’s decision on new minimum wages welcomed HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the new minimum wages of Rs 150 that have been fixed by the Government of Goa. According to a press release, the Chamber supports the causes of social justice and appreciates that there are increases in the Cost of Living Indices, it wanted that the increase has to be based on a more scientific and realistic basis. Given the hike in the overall cost of living, the 45% increase in the minimum wages seems justified, says a press release. The Chamber has also requested the Government to declare the PF-able portion of the Minimum Wages so that there is no friction with the PF authorities.
Home Minister Ravi Naik has called upon the people to take utmost benefit of different schemes which are launched by the government for the upliftment of the people. He was addressing the gathering at a function organized by Sarvangin Mahila Balvikas Yojna in association with the Directorate of Women and Child De-
SHEER NEGLIGENCE! Electric poles stand tall in the centre of an extended road in Saligao for the last four months with the concerned authorities turning a blind eye to the danger posed to motorists during the night.
velopment for distributing cheques under Kanyadhan scheme at Bicholim Municipal Council hall on Friday. The home minister also called upon section of women to be in the forefront in all the fields. “The government has selected 2,000 women under Kanyadhan scheme and the beneficiaries will be paid Rs 15,000 each,” said Naik. Speaking on the occasion,
Pale ML A Pratap Gawas expressed solidarity towards the government for serving the people under different schemes. Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar and Mayem MLA Anant Shet also spoke on the occasion. On the occasion, about 143 beneficiaries from Bicholim and 37 from Sattari were distributed cheques of Rs 15,000 each.
Shelli-Loliem chapel feast celebrated HERALD CORRESPONDENT POINGUINIM, MAY 15
The annual feast of Our Lady of Fatima Chapel at Shelli-Loliem was celebrated with religious fervour by the faithful from Polem. Fr Melvyn Ruzario from Gujarat was the main celebrant. In his homily, he called upon the parents to keep a tab on their children’s activities for better tomorrow. It may be recalled that the chapel is over one century old and locals and Portuguese officials stationed at the Polem border were using the chapel located at the entry and exit point from Goa. The chapel was then in a makeshift hut structure. According to Diogo Coutinho, the chapel was reconstructed in 1958 with contribution from philanthropist late Isidorio Fernandes of Shelli who along with other locals brought in contributions from all over the country. Presently, the chapel members are striving to develop the land donated by late Isidorio Fernandes for the cemetery and the work is being undertaken with zeal by Chaplain Fr Bonaifas D’Souza, Xavier Milagres Corte, Cait a n Fe r n a n d e s a n d o t h e r members. The present status of developing the cemetery for the departed is estimated at about Rs 20 lakh.
Begging, lucrative business for non Goans HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 16
Hard to believe yet true, begging has become a lucrative business for non-Goans in the coastal belt of Calangute. According to sources, day-byday the number of beggars keeps increasing alarmingly all over Calangute, especially at religious places and on the beach front. “These non-Goans beggars have mastered the art of begging
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Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) demolished an extended portion of the house built illegally by a resident at Duler-Mapusa. A resident of Duler had filed a complaint with MMC against the illegal structure i n 2 0 0 8 . H o w e v e r, h o u s e owner Kusumbi Khan man-
aged to get stay order from the court. On completion of hearing in the case, the court ordered demolition of the structure. On receipt of the order from the court, MMC officials led by Municipal Engineer Vishnu Naik under police protection carried out the demolition of the illegal structure.
upcOmIng EvEnTS Santa Cruz gram sabha
PANJIM(HND): The gram sabha members of Village Panchayat, Santa Cruz are hereby informed that the ordinary gram sabha meeting of the said Panchayat will be held at Santa-Cruz Church Hall, Santa Cruz, Tiswadi on May 23 at 10 am. The agenda will include to confirm the proceedings of the previous gram sabha meeting, informing the gram sabha about various developmental works undertaken by the Panchayat, reading and discussing the proposals received from the members of gram sabha, any other subject with the permission of the chairperson, says a press release.
PANJIM(HND): Zee Marathi fame Mugdha Vaishampayan will per form at Dhavali, Ponda on May 19 at 7 pm. Zee Marathi fame Mugdha Vaishampayan will rock at Dhavali with her melodious voice on the auspicious occasion of Murti Pratishthapana of Shri Bhagwati Devi temple at Dhavali with various religious programmes. Pratishthapana Muhurt will be held at 8:20 am on May 19, says a press release.
Home Minister Ravi Naik distributes cheques to the beneficiaries of Kanyadhan scheme in the presence of Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar, Mayem MLA Anant Shet, Pale MLA Pratap Gawas and others. Photo by Vishant Vaze MAYEM, MAY 16
Demolished portion of the house at Duler-Mapusa. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker
Mugdha to perform at Ponda
Derive benefit from govt schemes, says Ravi Naik
Illegal structure demolished at Duler
so much that they won’t leave the person unless and until something is dropped onto their hands or in their bowls. If the people do not bother to listen to them, the beggars will hold your legs and virtually force you in sharing a penny or two with them,” said sources. “That’s not all, if one is given alms, other beggars too surround you within seconds of the charitable donation,” added sources.
Speaking to Herald, Lyn of UK said: “I have never seen such a large number of beggars in Goa and day-by-day it is increasing.” “We are confused as to whom we should give an alms. The scenario goes from bad to worse as we move out either on the beach or in the villages for shopping, etc. There is a beggar at every door step of the village,” she said. Another German National Olaf said: “The begging is really a
disturbing sign for the country. The more the beggars on the street show the irresponsible attitude of the government in Goa or anywhere in India.” “The government should learn to take care of the beggars of the country. The government and its department have been spending crores of rupees on unwanted developments, etc, so why can’t they take care of poverty in the country,” he added.
Vandana Productions roped in to organise ‘Khell’ HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Vandana Productions Borim, a name synonymous with quality Konkani entertainment and devoted towards resurrecting fading canvasses of Goa’s rich heritage, is roped in by HCN and Herald as event management agency to organise the first ever All Goa Open competition of Carnival Plays – Khell, from May 18 to 20, at Ravindra Bhavan’s Pai Tiatrist auditorium, Margao, from 9 am to 9 pm. Nine topmost and most popular Khell tiatr troupes have confirmed to present 27 Parteo in this competition. The troupes shall present their plays in three sessions from 9 am to 1 pm, 2 to 5 pm and 5 to 8 pm. As no entry fee shall be charged, lovers of Khell are requested to attend, says a press release. Minguel D Souza de Quell o s i m w i l l p r e s e n t Va i t t paulanim, Jivit Jielo and Emkonddant Paulo on May 18, along with Frank de Benaulim’s Court Ravta, Devak Bhettoita and
Ghorabo pissudlo, besides Vincent de Cacora’s Visvas Dovorlo, Ghat Kelo and Sot Lipona. May 19 will see the staging of Peter De Macazan’s Koxtt, Ghat and Moronn, Jose De Velim’s Hanv guneanvkari, Mhaka Maf Kor and Mhoji Chuk Zali and Jack Rodsons’ Noxibantlem, Konnank Chukona and Sukh Ravta. On the last day of the competition, May 20, Salvador Afonso will present Mog, Rag and Dusmankai, while Eddy de Quepem will stage Devan Sonsar Ghodlo, Monxak Sonsarant Dhadlo and Devcharan Taka Nadlo and Xavier de Sanguem will showcase Tem Tuka Somzonk na, Monis mhonn Dakhoum-ia and Mhaka Pollenvnk Naka. Meanwhile, the prizes of XIth all Goa Tiatr competition held in mid November last year amounting around eighty thousand rupees shall be distributed during this competition on may 20, between 4 pm and 5 pm.
POWER SHUTDOWN MAY 17 ANJUNA: Between 8 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Vagator, Shapora, Zorwado, Chivar, Kumbarwado, Sterling Resort, Badem and Assagao Panchayat areas. PANJIM: Between 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Areas affected are Bharat Petroleum, ESIC, Provident Fund, Goa State Cooperative Bank, Darius Myles Hight, Dempo Tower, City Centre, Sesa Ghor, State Bank of India, Shram Shakti Bhavan, Shiv Tower, Tristar Building, IDC and SLDC, Dempo Trade Centre, Kamat tower, Gera Imperium, BSNL, LIC of India, Sewerage Plant, Museum, KTC/City bus stand and surrounding areas of EDC Complex and KTC bus stand at Patto. BICHOLIM: Between 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Ladfem, Van, Maulinguem, Kudchirem, Naigini, Govindnagar, Gholkar, Lakherim, Sahakar gel and Dhangarwada and surrounding areas. MAY 18 ASSAGAO: Between 8 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Anjuna beach, Priazwaddo, Dando flee market, Goikarwada, Pedem, Tembi, Sorantto, Monterwado, Mazalwado, Ximwado and surrounding areas. TALEIGAO: Between 9 am to 2.30 pm. Areas affected are Housing Board, Part of Vodlem Bhat, Siddhivinayak Society and surrounding areas. CARANZALEM: Between 9 am to 2.30 pm. Areas affected are Marine Castle, Hotel Cozinheiro, Dando,Part of Borchem Bhat and surrounding areas.
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Panel set up to look into fudging of muster rolls PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 16
NREGA, the UPA's flagship employment scheme for which the Government has spent over Rs 90,000 crore, is facing complaints of fudging of attendance registers, prompting the Union Rural Development Ministry to constitute a Working Group to look into it. The ministry has already set up six such panels to deal with different issues relating to implementation of the pro gramme like planning and execution of works, transparency and accountability and timely payment of wages which involves generally the issue of attendance. "Of late, the Ministry has been receiving complaints of irregularities in daily attendance in muster rolls under the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA," the ministry said in an order. "...to contain these complaints and to take corrective action, it
nrega scheme has been decided to constitute a Group to explore the possibilities of utilising ICT (communication and information technology), UID and biometrics as well as to create an innovative model," it said. The Group, to be headed by Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor of the Rural Development Ministry, has been directed to submit its report within three weeks. A total of 1,230 complaints about irregularities in the implementation of NREGA have so far been brought to the Ministry's notice since the scheme was first launched in 200 districts in February 2006. These include complaints about fudging of important records including application
registration record, employment register and muster rolls, sources said. "A muster roll is essentially a labour attendance register. It is also used as a receipt to claim funds from the Programme Officer for the payment of wages. Its fudging could be a principal means for embezzlement of NREGA fund," they said. The government has so far spent over Rs 90,260 crore in the implementation of the programme. As per figures available with the Ministry, 2.10 crore households were provided employment under the Act during 2006-07, 3.39 crore during 2007-08, 4.51 crore during 2008-09 and 4.49 crore households in 2009-10 (up to January, 2010). The average wage paid per persondays was Rs 65 during 2006-07, Rs 75 during 2007-08, Rs 84 during 2008-09 and Rs 88.56 during 2009-10.
Panchayat poll results of Belgaum district on May 17 HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, MAY 16
The fate of 20,409 candidates who have contested for the 7,176 seats in as many as 464 gram panchayats in the district would be known as the counting is being held on May 17. The elections to the gram panchayats in the district was held on May 12. The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the counting of votes while 2,271 staff has been pressed into the process of counting while sufficient security arrangements have been made. Meanwhile, according to a forecast by experts, it is said that a large number of new faces would replace the old faces this time as the voters in all the villages were totally disappointed with the corrupt and non-transparent working style of the village panchayats members. For BJP, which is riding high in the state, these elections are important to strengthen the party’s hold in rural Karnataka.
Multi-layered security for Amarnath Yatra
Militant leader arrested in Bengal
put up for the pilgrims for night halts will be handled by CRPF jawans. "The idea is that even if terrorists breach one cordon, they will be checkmated by one of the remaining two," Reddy said. The arduous trek in hostile terrain to pay obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath has been considered an expression of unity and traditional secular values since time immemorial in Jammu and Kashmir. The Home Ministry is also expected to send some additional forces to the state during the Yatra to augment the strength of the security personnel currently posted there. Last year, 67 companies (about 6700 personnel) of central paramilitary forces (CRPF -40 companies, BSF -- 27) were deployed for the Yatra. Besides, the state police had deployed their own forces. "Despite a large number of attempts to infiltrate and disrupt
A top leader of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) was arrested in Siliguri of West Bengal, the police said today. GNLA's self-styled general secretary Novembirth Ch Marak alias Gillang was arrested by a team of Meghalaya police from New Jalpaiguri station in West Bengal yesterday, sources said. He was held when preparing to board a train to Kolkata along with his girlfriend, the police said. A special unit of Garo hills police laid a trap for GNLA general secretary and arrested him along with his female accomplice. The militant leader had escaped an encounter at Bolchugre village, 12 km from Tura in West Garo Hills district, in which a special operation team of Meghalaya police fired on GNLA general secretary on the night of April 30. The militant leader managed to escape with a minor injury and has since been absconding.
PTI SRINAGAR, MAY 16
A multi-cordon security blanket will be thrown to thwart any terrorist plot during the twomonth-long Amarnath Yatra beginning July one. The Yatra to the cave, which houses the naturally-formed ice Shivlingam at a height of 3,880 metres in the south Kashmir Himalayas, is expected to draw nearly four lakh pilgrims from across the country. "Fidayeen or no fidayeen, we will ensure that the Yatra takes place peacefully. If militants try to disturb peace, we will hunt them down," Inspector General (Kashmir) of CRPF P V K Reddy told a visiting group of journalists. The multi-cordon security blanket will be thrown along the Yatra route. While the Indian Army is to man the heights to prevent any infiltration from the mountains, BSF personnel will guard the trek route. The safety of the camps
the Yatra last year, security forces were able to ensure that it was not disturbed and that all the pilgrims were safe," CRPF spokesperson Prabhakar Tripathi said. Amranath pilgrimages in the last few years have been largely free of violence primarily due to the security arrangements made along the entire route assisted by dog squads and latest technology like unmanned aerial vehicles. However, in 2008, the pilgrimage was engulfed in turmoil with both Jammu as well as Kashmir regions holding rallies and protests over the controversial transfer of land to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), which is responsible for conducting the Yatra. The protests also acquired political colour with various parties openly coming out either in support or against the allotment of over 40 hectares of land to the Board.
SHILLONG, MAY 16
Cleric arrest case: Police file closure report in court PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 16
The Delhi Police has filed a report in a court here seeking closure of a case against an Islamic cleric who was arrested for allegedly making suspicious remarks onboard a London-bound flight. The report was filed in a Dwarka court yesterday, sources said. The action came after Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal said it appeared to be a case of "miscommunication" and the Home Ministry intervened to ensure the cleric's release. Nurul Huda, a Deoband cleric and resident of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was offloaded from an Emirates Airways flight from Delhi to London via Dubai after a woman co-passenger complained about his "suspicious" talk over phone. The woman told the cabin crew that she heard him saying over phone that "jahaz udne wala hai, ham udane wala hai" (the plane is about to take off, we are about to blow up), police said. The cleric told police he was only telling somebody that "jahaz udne wala hai (the plane
People cover their faces to protect from the blazing sun on a hot summer day in Lucknow on Sunday.
News ‘fabricated,’ alleges Ram Sena chief HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, MAY 16
Shri Ram Sena Chief Pramod Mutalik has vehemently denied of being involved in the sting operation conducted by a private TV channel in which he allegedly accepted to carry out communal riots for money. He said the information telecast in the channels is not only fabricated but is a conspiracy hatched by the TV channel to suppress Shri Ram Sena. At a press conference in Belgaum on Friday, Mutalik said he was prepared to face any kind of inquiry to prove his innocence and added that he was being framed by the TV channel. “I met a reporter from the channels twice in the last six months, but did not speak anything about what is being shown in the sting operation. I agreed to help the reporter when he said he had plans to hold an exhibition on ‘Love Jihad’. He donated Rs 5,000 towards my organisation for which I have issued a receipt. We both spoke only about ‘Love Jihad’ campaign when we met,” he said. “Some of the news channels in association with anti-national
elements were working against the interests of Hindu community and trying to target the proHindu organizations,” he said. He further said he was being dragged into such controversies
only to target the BJP government in the state. Lawyers of Mutalik, who were present in the press meet, said the news channels carried out a fake sting operation even as the Supreme Court termed it illegal. “It is a clear violation of the fundamental rights of the citizens and relay of such programme is an attack on Shri Ram Sena. The blackmailing of the news channels and its reporters amounts to the offences pun-
ishable under various sections of the IPC,” they said. Mutalik said the entire episode of string operation is fake and the clippings of the programme mixed during editing. “The investigation agencies should probe into how did the reporters allowed to enter a prison to talk to a leader of Sri Ram Sena as claimed in the ‘sting operation’,” he said. “About eight of the legal experts including former state public prosecutor Doreraju were working on the legal actions that could be taken by Sri Ram Sena against the news channels,” he said adding that Sena could also file a defamation suit shortly, if no action was taken against the reporters of the news channels. Mutalik filed a case with Camp police station in Belgaum on Friday stating that the sting operation of the news channels was baseless and allegations being made against him were far from the truth. He urged the police to take immediate action against the reporters concerned in the interest of justice.
Solar-Gem, a Sydney-based company providing affordable solutions based on clean solar power systems, would now provide electricity to Elephanta Island near Mumbai. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) with support from Pune-based Science and Technology Park (STP) has collaborated with Solar-Gem to initially provide green-power in one village--Rajbander--on the island with its solar power systems. "We have tied-up with the com-
pany which will install the system in the village. We have initiated the project on a pilot basis," STP's Director General and CEO, Dr Rajendra Jagdale, told PTI here. Solar-Gem, which is equipped and positioned to design and deploy reliable and affordable solar-powered off-grid lighting systems, will install its system in the village. Jagdale said that the company would provide four lamps and a 30-kilogramme battery in each household. "Nearly 40 watts LED energy would be provided to each household through the system which can last up to 4-5 days
depending upon usage," he said. Elephanta Island, which is known for its ancient caves and not very far from the metropolis, remains deprived of power even today. Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA said, "the project is expected to be completed very soon and once completed, the village will benefit in a big way and will witness a major transformation." The project will cost around Rs 1-crore of which MMRDA will be funding 10 per cent, STP will fund 40 per cent and the remainder will be borne by the Australian Government, Jagdale said.
is about to fly)". Earlier yesterday, Huda left the capital for Deoband after he was freed on bail. The court granted him bail as the police did not press the offence registered under non-bailable Section 505 (creating rumour resulting in public nuisance) of IPC. He had also been charged under Section 341 (wrongfully restraining a person) which is a bailable provision.
Students urged to keep track of current developments conferred gold medals to 21 meritorious students. University Vice Chancellor Dr Chandrakant Kokate, Registrar Dr P F Kotur and Dr Prabhkar Kore also spoke on the occasion.
Prof D P Agarwal confers a certificate and gold medal to a meritorious student in the presence of Dr Kokate, Dr Prabhakar Kore and S B Patil. HERALD CORRESPONDENT BELGAUM, MAY 16
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Chairman Prof D P Agarwal has urged the students to keep abreast of the national and global developments and update themselves with knowledge in order to remain on the top in their respective sectors. He was addressing the students during the first convocation of the KLE University on Saturday that was held at Dr B S Jirge Auditorium, JNMC Campus, Belgaum. Chancellor Dr
Prabhakar Kore presided over the convocation. Highlighting the need for compulsory education, Dr Agarwal criticized the government teachers training institutes stating that the quality of training imparted in these institutes was par below standard compared with the standards set by private institutions. As many as 365 students coming from various disciplines including medicine, dentistry, pharmacology and other disciplines got their degrees during the convocation. Dr Agarwal
Australian company to light-up Metro to have improved air-conditioning villages on Elephanta Island PTI MUMBAI, MAY 16
n Nurul Huda, a Deoband cleric and resident of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was offloaded from an Emirates Airways flight from Delhi to London via Dubai after a woman copassenger complained about his "suspicious" talk over phone.
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With the city in the grip of a heat wave, the Delhi Metro is equipping its new trains with improved air-conditioning system that can maintain 25 degree Celsius temperature inside the cars even when the mercury goes over 48 degree-mark outside. "In view of the high temperatures in Delhi, the Metro AC units have been designed to function even upto an outside ambient temperature level ranging from 48 degree C to 58 degree C for long durations," a DMRC spokesman said. Besides, the air conditioning
system at the underground Metro stations will maintain a 27 degree C ambient temperature, the official said. The mercury has been shooting up since last week and on May 13 it touched 44.4 degree Celsius, breaking a four-year record in the month of May. The next two days saw the maximum settling at 43.2 C and 43.3 C respectively. The Delhi Metro Rail system, which currently covers around 110 kms, has seen its ridership further rise since the start of the heat wave as more passengers are relying on the new age transport system which is fully air-conditioned.
Home Minister P Chidambaram had instructed Home Secretary G K Pillai who told Dadwal that "a wrong case" has
been slapped on Huda and since there was no reason to keep him behind bars, he should be set free, MHA sources said.
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The new coaches of Delhi Metro being introduced with improved air-conditioning during the summer season in New Delhi on Sunday.
Suspended MNS MLAs eligible to vote in council, RS polls PTI MUMBAI, MAY 16
Four suspended legislators of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) are eligible for voting in the next month's biennial elections to Legislative council and Rajya Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshvardhan Patil said today. Even though the four MNS MLAs have been placed under suspension and barred from entering the Vidhan Bhavan premises and participating in the legislative business, voting is their constitutional right, Patil told PTI. "They cannot be barred from exercising their constitutional right," he said. He said a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) will have to be convened to take
a decision to allow the four MLAs to enter the Vidhan Bhavan premises for voting purpose. To the demand of the Opposition to revoke the suspension, Patil said the motion to revoke their suspension is the property of the Legislative Assembly and no decision can be taken on that before July 12, when the Monsoon session of the Legislature gets underway. "A motion to this effect will have to be brought in the House and passed by a majority voice vote. Any decision on this would have to be taken during the Monsoon Session only," he said. Four MLAs -Shishir Shinde, Ram Kadam, Ramesh Wanzale and Vasant Gite were suspended for four years when they phys-
ically assaulted Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi for taking oath in Hindi and misbehaved with a woman legislator who tried to intervene. During the budget session which concluded last month, MNS had urged the government to revoke the suspension saying that their party's group leader Bala Nandgaonkar had already expressed regret over the incident. BJP had supported MNS's demand. MNS has 13 ML As in the Lower House, which is the largest block of non Sena-BJP and non-Congress NCP legislators. The electoral college for the next month's election to the Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council has 288 members of the Legislative Assembly.
Pelters-turned-SPOs to deal with stone-throwing menace PTI SRINAGAR, MAY 16
In a new strategy to combat stone pelting menace, the Jammu and Kashmir Police is wooing the separatist-backed misguided youth and even made some of them Special Police Officers to take on their former partners in crime. And adding zing to the reform process was 'Bharat Darshan' tours for the misguided youth in an attempt by police to wean them away from stone pelting and help lead a normal life. Stone-pelting has for long been part of J and K's political landscape and a chronic problem. A massive exercise was undertaken at the police station level to identify the youths who were engaging in stone-pelting at the drop of a hat or on a call by the separatists. During the survey, it was found there were three categories of stone-pelters -- skilled unemployed youngsters, students and unskilled unemployed youths, a senior state government official said today. Many misguided youths, who had made a profession out of stone-pelting in the Valley, were now being inducted as SPOs. 85 of such youths were deployed in areas that are prone to stone-pelting to deal with the menace. Ever since their deployment, the incidents of stone-pelting have come down drastically. "Like a computer hacker knows the mind of a hacker, here also we experimented by employing those indulging in stone pelting... the result is definitely encouraging," said a senior police official. To prevent them from being weaned away
by separatists, nearly 3,100 youths in various parts of the Valley were called to local police stations. They were given computer and vocational training to help earn livelihood whereas some 1,800 student 'pelters' were sent on 'Bharat Darshan' tours, officials said. The screening process was done in a meticulous manner and after that the vocational training and the trip outside the state was decided, the official said, adding, the visit has opened the eyes of many youths who have understood the futility of "playing into the hands of separatists". In yet another step to act against the masterminds behind the stone-pelters, police have booked 100-odd people under Public Safety Act as they were receiving funds from separatists and others for such activities. Separatist and militant outfits, especially those owing allegiance to Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashker-e-Taiba are alleged to have formed several groups comprising a minimum of a dozen people, official sources said. These groups are paid a hefty amount ranging between Rs five lakh and eight lakh, they said, adding a part of this money is handed over to another group known as "initiators" who pick up stones and start throwing them on police and para-military forces -- sometimes over trivial issues. The groups, which are allegedly receiving funds from a political party as well, have stationed their people in various parts of the Valley, the sources said adding this could be the reason for stone-pelting incidents occurring in a synchronised manner during protests.
Khandar rises from the ruins at Cannes PTI CANNES, MAY 16
Mrinal Sen's 'Khandar' (The Ruins), screened in the 'Classics' section of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival here, appeared as fresh from the laboratory as it must have been in 1984. That was the year it was made and shown at the festival. 'Khandar', much like its name, was in ruins, at the National Film Archive of India at Pune. The Archive, meant to preserve and protect the nation's glorious cinema heritage, has now started a programme of restoring old classics. 'Khandar' has been remastered by Reliance MediaWorks, which operates one of the world's largest restoration facilities. For all those film buffs and fans of Sen who had assembled at the theatre last night, 'Kandahar' could not have come as a better classic. When Sen himself, all of 87-years, walked somewhat unsteadily into the auditorium, a hush fell. Yet, a strong sense of excitement was palpable even in Thierry Fremaux, the Festival's key man, who introduced Sen to the audience. The master himself was overwhelmed by a nearly packed auditorium that gave him a long standing ovation both at the start and the end of the event, and he said he was happy there was such a large following for Indian cinema. "I had forgotten all about 'Khandar' till this evening," Sen told the audience. 'Khandar' is pure auteur fare that narrates the story of a city photographer (played by Naseeruddin Shah), who goes along with two of his friends to a village in ruins. There he meets a blind, dying woman and her young daughter (Shabana Azmi). The mother is waiting for a man who had promised to marry her daughter, but the young woman, the photographer and his friends all know that
it will not happen. For, the man had broken his promise and married someone else. Shah's Subash impersonates the man, and peace descends on the mother. But playing this little game, though reluctantly, the photographer falls in love with the young girl, his camera lens playing cupid for them. The original print of 'Khandar' had scratches, dirt and image warps. The audio was impaired with various anomalies following years of deterioration. But after the rework, visuals are sharper and consistent, and the audio is clear. Sen's Kharij got the Cannes jury prize in 1983 while 'Khandar' was shown at the 'A Certain Regard section of the festival in 1984. Most of Sen's film negatives, including the Kolkata trilogy - 'Interview', 'Calcutta 71' and 'Padatik' â€“ were found to be in poor shape last year and as a result a mini-retrospective of his films at 2009 Cannes fell through. 'Cannes Classic' section, which was introduced in 2004, is also screening 12 works by various film doyens the world over, including late Jean Renoir and Alfred Hitchcock. Another restored masterpiece to be screened at Cannes Classics will be Hitchcock's 1960 'Psycho'. Universal has partnered with France-based postproduction sound master, Audionamix, to bring the film here. The sound and images have been totally remastered to give moviegoers a 2010 experience for a 1960 film. Audionamix turned the original mono sound into surround sound to create a full theatrical musical experience. When Hitchcock shot the shower scene, he had not envisioned any music at all -- just the action and those famous screams. It was composer Bernard Herrmann who convinced him to add the shrieking violin, viola and cello that have since become legendary.
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Popular Government- a Myth or Mystery!
Vol No CX No: 128 Goa, Monday 17 May, 2010
Campaigning, in style
ampaigner and former student leader Aires Rodrigues won a round in another of his public battles, with prosecutor Winnie Coutinho’s resignation on the weekend. Coutinho was apparently in line for a high court judge’s post, which makes the case a serious one. Aires and a section of the media have been gunning for Ms. Coutinho, though it can be easy to get carried away by allegation and insinuation and to indulge in a ‘trial by media’. Serious issues of propriety in public life, conflict of interest, or worse, need to be tackled by an effective State mechanism, which works to keep public life accountable and transparent in an on-going manner. We clearly lack the institutions and processes. We are unlikely to get them in the near future. But all this does not justify the media taking on itself the role of playing judge, jury and executioner in a campaign of public innuendo and bitter charges. In the Coutinho case, even if the charges are found to be true and relevant, the unfair aspect of the campaign was more than clear to anyone reading between the lines. All kinds of personal and unrelated issues were dragged into the debate, as if any means whatsoever were justified once the target was decided on. Another relevant question comes up here: who decides whom to target and when? While Advocate Aires has taken up a number of campaigns in the past, the focus for targetting individuals—rather than the wider issue involved—is cause for more than a little concern. We may hardly agree with Aires Rodrigues’ campaign against compulsory helmets in Goa—the orthopaedic surgeons and doctors at the Goa Medical College mortuary have the statistics to tell us why. But, beyond that, one can question also whether he is doing the apt thing in targetting a single individual rather than a wider malaise. In the case of a church in Ribandar, Aires Rodrigues focused on an individual priest. In the plethora of allegations and counter-allegations, the rest of us are left wondering whether this was a single scapegoat, whether sexabuse by men of the cloth is a wider issues that needs to be tackled, and whether whether it was fair to attack one individual in the first place. With all the oratory at his command, an intelligent man like Aires Rodrigues is bound to be convincing. Which makes it all the more confusing when he lurches from being a strong supporter of Manohar Parrikar, to being his bitter critic, and then going back to his side of the ship. Political stands are hardly irrelevant in today’s Goa, since quite a few campaigns have been used, misused and abused for political purposes. Not too long ago, the lawyer-campaigner took up a campaign against the son of a politician, a young man who perhaps earned part of the flak he got because politicians are so unpopular in today’s Goa. Some saw this as well deserved; after all, controversial politicians deserve to be beaten with just about any stick which comes our way. But, after many headlines and a long campaign, is it fair to drop such a case without even a credible explanation? One cannot but wonder whether others involved in a similar case would get the same treatment. Even as Aires Rodrigues targets one public prosecutor— assuming his charges are found to be accurate and justified— campaigners in other parts of India are raising wider questions. For instance, some are comparing the process of appointment of judges in India and the USA and highlighting systemic failings. It is fine to tackle individual cases of wrongdoing; that could be a starting point. But we would certainly fail if the wider picture is lost sight of. Secondly, campaigners need to assure that their issues are not randomly selected, or worse, chosen with bias. It is time campaigners also spent some attention to ensure that society has enough self-correcting checks-and-balances in place, rather than rushing to get justice in the easy-to-manipulate court of public opinion.
Revolution time Rohit Rebelo, Verna A few years ago, the GBA was formed, and with a clear cut agenda in mind the organization went out and administered a telling blow to government’s ambitions regarding the RP 2011. The plan spelt doomsday for Goa, but it appears that the RP 2021, along with illegal mining, deforestation and disgusting eyesores in the form of mega projects is a recipe for a bigger disaster. The River Princess has not budged in almost 10 years and the demands made to the chief minister to freeze all development seems to have resulted in his turning a Nelson’s eye to the needs of the people of Goa. It is disgusting to see that our little villages, so once so clean and beautiful are now turning into migrant infested garbage dumps, with many a panchayat not bothered with charting garbage cleaning plans and instead wasting time in granting licenses to rogue builders from both Goa and other parts of the country. Hills are being sliced through and flattened and cultivable fields being filled up and land that belongs to the common man being acquired mercilessly in the name of ‘development’. Development, the definition of which is being coined by our poorly educated law makers and decision takers who know, in many cases, nothing about the subject. The Verna industrial estate has provided employment for many, however not even 15% are Goans. Meanwhile, our wells
ince Goa’s liberation, Goans have had the privilege of being governed by a “Popular Government.” Now, after almost half a century of rule by a popular government in Goa, it is about time we pause to reflect and take stock, for the purpose of a better tomorrow. Has this popular government served the people of Goa, or is it a myth and/or mystery? Do the representatives, elected by popular vote, truly characterize the will of the people? Should the ball be thrown in the people’s court? Did the populace genuinely elect a worthy candidate to represent their needs? At times, it is extremely complicated to decipher the people’s code of conduct, as well as that of the elected representatives. Questions such as these, are being raised by several sincere and concerned citizens on various forums. There are no direct answers, nor solutions. Therefore, a time for introspection is imperative. Possibly, the long rule by the Portuguese may have hampered our growth as a political entity. Even though such a scenario could and would be true, we have to ask the question, “How long will it take us to educate ourselves, in order to overcome the impediment of ignorance?” For instance, if a representative is elected through fraudulent means, which invalidates his election, the question that would follow is, ‘is the government comprising of such a representative, a legitimate body’ Could we still call it a “popular government?” These are ethical questions, which should guide our political conscience for the growth of society. Therefore, there is a need to break the myth and unfold the mystery, as we find ourselves at the crossroads of our political development. We have to acknowledge that a popular sovereignty is government based on the people’s consent. Government, established by the people’s free choice, is expected to serve the people who have sovereignty or supreme power. More often than not, elections in Goa are contested with money and power; not with a sincere vision and good will of the people. The admired person with a noble desire to represent the will of the people is lost in the vicious circle of power and wealth. How could a system legitimize such a candidate as a choice of the people? Is this an irony or tragedy? It is saga of a tragic comedy. These illegitimate legislators, nonetheless, have the audacity to delve
Revitalising Goan society into a divine realm, without legitimate authority, to invalidate the conscience of the people and their relationship with their Creator. By enacting the Anti-Conversion Law, they have proved beyond a doubt the duplicity in their beliefs and self-centred actions. Conversion Law (Freedom of Religion Act) 1968, states that it is a crime to “convert or attempt to convert, either directly or otherwise, any person from one religious faith to another by the use of force or by allurement or by any fraudulent means nor shall any person abet any such conversion.” The major national political parties are party to this nonsense, as they play foul by galvanizing the gullible people to join hands to kill the spirit of love and brotherhood in a nation which gave birth to some of the great religions of the world. The BJP is mainly responsible for the persecution, death, and destruction of life and property, that the minority religious communities in India, have been facing on an unimaginable scale , to gain political mileage. The so-called secular political party, Congress, has recently enacted a similar law in Himachal Pradesh. They have purposely disregarded the yeoman service provided by the minorities in India, in their efforts to build
No commitment Gregory Fernandes, Mumbai The embarrassing early exit from the T20 World Cup stretched India’s dismal record in the ICC’s global tournaments. During the interview, Indian skipper M S Dhoni blamed it on the IPL Nights which tired his players and made them spoilt brats. With crores of rupees flowing in and fame at their feet, the commitment of the players needs to be questioned. They were the same batsmen who seemed to make a mockery of any attack in the IPL and the same bowlers who picked up wickets on a regular basis. Moreover, Team India failed to understand the need to prepare well in advance keeping in
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a peaceful and prosperous future for the Nation. Therefore, a vital question comes to mind. Who really has the power to hold prisoner the free will of the people? Who can invalidate the act of the individual to worship his creator? Consequently, it is a mystery, but in India it is a myth. Hence, another question we need to ask is, if politicians have such a profound insight into the hearts and minds of the people, why do we, the people, lack similar insight when it comes to electing a legitimate candidate? Should not the candidates who entice voters with material goodies, be invalidated and penalized? The soul of the popular government is the people who cast their votes. It is a sad, but true fact that numerous people in Goa are so defeated that they sell their soul as respectable citizens for a paltry sum of 500 to 1000 rupees, or even a can of gasoline, at the time of the elections. They vote not to elect a popular government, but to elect shameless candidates who buy out these poor souls with their money and power. And through their voting, these voters totally eliminate the aspect of the future of our homeland. Do these contenders and candidates have a vision
that will make a difference that will help make better our State and society for the present and future generations? Will they provide courageous and energetic leadership that will bring progress by saving the environment, provide advancement of our culture, and develop economical wellbeing for a peaceful society? The buying and selling of votes in Goa is neither a myth, nor a mystery, but a reality! The sobering fact is that we have been electing these same mercenaries and money launderers repeatedly lamenting with crocodile tears that “We have no choice.” How can there be no choice? The fact is that no good person wants to contest elections, because they know that no candidate can win an election without distributing money. In fact, some political parties support candidates with “win-ability” based on their money power and wealth. Who is responsible for causing such a void in our political system? The myth is that there are “free and fair elections.” For the past several decades, the ripple effects of not electing a representative for the benefit of the people, and society, have been felt all over the State. It appears that now those ripples are turning into billowing waves of devastation. Wake from your slumber to stave off the destruction, before these waves lap at our shores and engulf the future of our society. Our government persists in imposing its selfish will on the people, and, in turn, the citizens have lost their will to resist. Goa’s problems with “Mega Housing”, “Sea Link”, “Sport City”, “Mining”, “Sewage and Garbage”, “Parking”, “Water and Electricity”, “Killer Roads”, “Drugs and Crimes”, River Princesses” “Migration and Immigration”, and “Unemployment and Corruption” are struggles and conflicts of major proportions. These concerns are threatening and hazardous stumbling blocks, fracturing our society, and hindering our development and progress as a stable and peaceful Goa. We should ask ourselves, “What is our response, and where do we seek a solution?” Popular sovereignty is the belief that the legitimacy of the state is created by the will or consent of its people, who in this belief system are the source of every political power. Will this just remain a belief, or someday turn into a reality? Will our people, one day, vote for honest, skilful, courageous and wise leadership who will turn these stumbling blocks into stepping stones, and pave our way to an enduring and lawful society?
Fairness and Fairness Creams
s a child I remember the frequent screaming of my otherwise loving grandmother, “Come inside daughter, you will become like charcoal if you play in the sun all day long”. As a sevenyear-old, I figured my grandmother had a deep dread for the Sub Saharan African black colour and great admiration for the British colonial white. “The British have gone Dadi, and they left you behind,” was my usual gleeful retort. As I grew older, I realized my brother was never pestered about becoming dark in the sun. Well, I just accepted all these special concessions made just for ME! Since the sons of the soil have shown great affinity for the fair daughters of Europe, at the village carnival event this year, I was supposed to play a Russian woman who is being chased by local men—to depict the degeneration in contemporary society. But again, the fair skin was the attracting point. I have often been told how coconut milk can make one fairer, just as applying cow milk can. And lately, all these home remedies have been replaced by cosmetic fairness creams. The very individualistic argument is that if it makes someone happier to become
in Verna have almost dried up and the water in the springs have slowed to a trickle or gone dry as well. That too, ironically, in the constituency of the Environment Minister. We do not need the Pearl Of the Orient to become the Concrete Stone of the East. It is time for Goans to stand up in unison, and put aside petty problems and fight the common enemy, and not just stand around, waiting for someone to start a movement. Take the initiative. Tempers are rising. Time is running out.. The movement for the Goans, by the Goans, against those who sell out Goa and make money for the next three generations. The time for a revolution is here. Do not miss out on it. Come out in numbers when the call is given.
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Wake from your slumber to stave off destruction exhorts PETER FERNANDES
fairer, well why not?! But the question to be examined is, “does it really make you feel happier? Is the Fairness quotient equal to the Happiness quotient?” If that were so, then all the fair women of this country would be happy women. And I am sure we all know better than that! The moment one starts using a fairness cream, one admits to one’s self, “I am not happy with the way I am and will become happy if I look fairer”. Wow, that is some premise to build your happiness upon! From birth, women are trained to look at themselves through someone else’s eyes. We are often told how to sit, how to behave, how to take care of our looks, how to conduct ourselves in public and how to serve others. Instead of being happy with ourselves, we constantly try to be what is expected of us. And in trying to excel in fulfilling that expectation, we find a misplaced sense of self confidence and fulfilment. Since most of my friends at some time or another, go for facial therapies, I feel wistfully left out. So one weekend I too thought of indulging in this pleasure. But my neighbour visited me,
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wanting to teach me a new recipe that I had been asking her for. We ground the masala, fried the ingredients the dish. Then, over a warm cup of coffee, we exchanged many anecdotes about our lives and discussed the many books we read. We connected as two human beings. The whole experience was quite fulfilling, not to mention the sumptuous red Goan masala curry, we ate that day. The next weekend I telephoned my neighbour and told him that if he behaved well, I would send him a recipe that I tried. He smsed me with a humorous reply. I laughed aloud on reading his message. I also felt glad I had skipped the “feeling, peeling, healing” facial. There was no way it could compare to connecting with a good neighbour. I, sometimes feel peer pressure, especially when most women, I know, visit beauty salons, take such good care of themselves and are so well-groomed. But I spend my free time writing for newspapers, which become fish wraps the next day! Writing does not make me Arundhati Roy, for sure. But it makes me who I am, much more than a fairness cream would.
Letters to the Editor Letter of the Day
Arwin Mesquita, UAE
As reported recently in the media whilst inaugurating the Goa Study Group, Goa’s Chief Minister said that “Migration happens because there is a vacuum left in the State and. Goans don’t want to do low category jobs but want white collar jobs only.” Yes migrant contribution must be recognized but it is high time, we Goans look at this in the full correct perspective rather than allow our politicians to state this half-truths for their own selfish benefits. Yes, there are jobs created by the vacuum for Migrants, but are our corrupt politicians not creating other avenues of unnecessary employment; Let me state few facts: (1) Are the chief minister’s colleagues in the builders lobby not bringing in so many migrants for the so many unnecessary housing mega-projects; which do not favour Goans? (2) Have our shortsighted politicians first seen the needs of the State before sanctioning industries which eventually employs non-Goans, surely these industries are only bought so as to enable politicians to monetarily benefit from them. So if Goans do not have the jobs in Goa that they are qualified for, what is the only other option left for them other than to migrate? (3) Is the high level corruption not a key factor in Goans not getting jobs in Goa and being forced to migrate? Where Goan MLAs and ministers are selling jobs to the highest bidder and also manipulating documents to favour migrants. Surely the average Goan, who cannot come up with such large sums of money, is left with no other choice. Our politicians are only fooling us with excuses to do nothing; so as to continue with the realization of their illegitimate incomes. It is high time that Goans challenge all these half-truths!! mind the quality of such bigger tournaments.
Respect Nature Ayres Sequeira, Salvador do Mundo We have had too many drowning deaths on our beaches. The reason is disrespect for nature. We face her wrath when we defy her fury. The death of Fr. Thomas Fernandes at Galgibaga also reminds us of another young priest, Fr. Savio Gama who died in a similar situation. No doubt these two priests have shown in them the good shepherd who does not allow his sheep to stray but goes in search of the lost one and then rejoices over the finding. In the case of these two priests they brought back the strayed sheep but did not live to rejoice in finding them Our finger cannot be pointing in one direction always to blame the government. I understand the government does enough to protect its citizens but it is our irrespon-
sible attitude towards nature that we under estimate her and then face the consequences. The death of a young promising priest is always a great loss to the family, the church and the society in general. These two incidents should not be brushed aside as a rare happening by the diocesan authority. A mandatory system to assist the priests taking picnic groups to the beaches must be put in place to avoid recurrence.
Dilipidated road Franco Fernandes, Mapusa I have to go everyday to the gaddas in front of Alankar Cinema to buy bread, fruits, etc. The road is in a dilapidated condition with lots of potholes. It needs urgent repairs before the rains, as the water will get accumulated and with the traffic, it will splash on us. The owners of the gaddas also said that they had brought it to the attention of
the authorities and no relief has been given. The concerned department in the municipality needs to wake up and repair the road before monsoons.
Out, again SND Poojary, Miramar The fancied India is out of the World Cup T20, once again. Of course in any sporting event, you win sometimes and also lose. It is fair enough. However, in the case of the Indian cricket team, losing has become a monotonous routine. After the loss, there ought to be some kind of post-mortem to examine what went wrong and who were responsible. But when the Indian cricket team consistently loses, the age-old alibi is mouthed — in cricket these things happen, cricket is a game of glorious uncertainty! This is gross a rationalization to sweep the dirt under the carpet. To add to it, you have the present and the past cricketers coming to the rescue of the beleaguered team, offering dud excuses. It is like a physician supporting a fellow physician. Then you have the BCCI which is controlled by individuals who perhaps do not know which side to hold a bat - by the handle or by the blade. In such a scenario, who would discipline the partying cricketers, who are more interested in modeling than in perfecting their cricketing skills?
Detached tiles Pravin Sardessai, Adpai The footpath existing adjoining to Hotel Shanbhag (opposite Dr. Lourenco Almeida complex) in Ponda has been reserved for parking four-wheeler vehicles. However, it has been noticed that most of the floor tiles which were fixed at this spot have detached from the scene since a considerable period of time. The floor is not at a necessary uniform level. Even pedestrians who proceed through this area during emergency, face difficulties. In order to assure relief in this issue, it would be advisable for the Ponda Municipal council to re-fix the floor tiles at this strategic location so that normalcy is restored at the earliest. I hope some positive action results on a priority basis before the situation turns from bad to worse.
Paths of Wisdom Faith Is Everything By Sri Ramakrishna A Devotee: once asked Sri Ramakrishna, “Sir, is there no help, then, for such a worldly person?” The holy man replied, “Certainly there is. From time to time he should live in the company of holy men, and from time to time go into solitude to meditate on God. Furthermore, he should practise discrimination and pray to God, ‘Give me faith and devotion.’ Once a person has faith he has achieved everything. There is nothing greater than faith. “You must have heard about the tremendous power of faith. The Purana tells that Rama had to build a bridge to cross the sea to Ceylon. But Hanuman, trusting in Rama’s name, cleared the sea in one jump and reached the other side. He had no need of a bridge. “Once a man was about to cross the sea. Bibhishana wrote Rama’s name on a leaf, tied it in a corner of the man’s wearing-cloth, and said to him: ‘Don’t be afraid. Have faith and walk on the water. But look here — the moment you lose faith you will be drowned.’ The man was walking easily on the water. Suddenly he had an intense desire to see what was tied in his cloth. He opened it and found only a leaf with the name of Rama written on it. ‘What is this?’ he thought. ‘Just the name of Rama!’ As soon as doubt entered his mind he sank under the water. “If a man has faith in God, then even if he has committed the most heinous sins — such as killing a cow, a brahmin, or a woman — he will certainly be saved through his faith. Let him only say to God, ‘O Lord,! will not repeat such an action’, and he need not be afraid of anything.”
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opinionated Twittharoor BY OSCAR DE NORONHA
The word is poised to enter the Indish vocabulary, to mean ‘one who tweets, incorrigibly, almost with impunity’, in the manner of the flamboyant Shashi Tharoor. ‘Twittharoor’ scores over the already existing ‘twitterer’ in that it is evocative, pregnant with meaning, replete with history. Tharoor’s tweet career shot into prominence rather controversially when ‘cattle class’ is how he dubbed Indian Airlines’ economy class. He made it clear that he had condescended to travel by it in ‘solidarity with all our holy cows’; but to which ‘holy cows’ he was referring always remained unclear. Did he mean to graze the Congress, which was once a ‘cow’? One could say it still is, considering how well its party persons are milking it: so was Tharoor having a dig at them? Or maybe, he was thinking of that ubiquitous bunch of vagrants in our streets – and, by extension, those among us who similarly hang out endlessly in open spaces or travel daily by public buses. If Tharoor only meant to send out a witty tweet, he must have amused his fans in the growing aspirational class across the Nation, ever on the lookout for the antitheses of Lalus and Mayawatis. But what was humour for his friends indeed provoked furore among his foes. Furore came particularly when the minister targeted two ‘holy cows’ from our pantheon: Gandhi and Nehru. Didn’t he say people should be working on Gandhi Jayanti rather than staying at home? Far from hurting die-hard Gandhians it severely wounded commuting ‘cows’, infinitely worried about losing a comfy holiday! Close on its heels came criticism of Nehruvian foreign policy: here the feisty minister touched upon India’s use of force in Goa, as did one of India’s latter-day unholy cows, gutsy Arundhati Roy, who in sympathy with the Maoists blasted the country’s quickness in annexing lands and putting down popular movements. As the author of a scholarly study on Indian foreign policy, titled Reasons of State, Tharoor probably had many a reason for he stated; but then, cowed down by political bulls, he soon retracted his position. Whether the larger point went rather unnoticed or was deliberately underplayed is not for us to debate now (that can appropriately wait until December 2011); the fact is that argument did not catapult to the headlines as did his critical tweet lines on the newly-tightened visa norms: our minister had been left wondering whether they would actually ‘protect’ security or just make India a ‘less welcoming’ destination. Here Tharoor came out as a champion of foreigners – mind you, not simply an ‘interlocutor’ but truly their ‘mediator’! Some months ago he had effectively split hairs but this time around, by his relaxed approach, external affairs flowed seamlessly into his personal affairs – and alas, Pushkar, his femme fatale, true to her name, pushed herself, so hard that ‘external’ and ‘personal’ turned ‘fatal’. There was a time in the 1980s when I used to lap up the then international civil servant Tharoor’s monthly dispatches for our very own Gentleman magazine. Now it is the Opposition that laps up the fodder for controversy that he provides through his freewheeling tweets. But aside the fact that Tharoor’s spat with a sports honcho actually opened a can of worms, it is my hunch that he had no prior inkling of any sinister plot in the gentleman’s game. The IPL was only a side-show for the wordsmith Tharoor; all that he wanted was to quickly hit on a plot for a promising thriller. The cricket competition controversy had all the makings of an irresistible reality show; the suave minister crafted the plot by personally creating the moment. Its prospective morphing into a creative work will be a classic case of art imitating life. In it its creator will have the last laugh: besides showcasing his flair for affairs of every hue, he will prove that his tweet, even if indiscreet, is creative. He who quit his UN job will show that he is no quitter; he who frittered away his MEA position will always on twitter stay. He who once lost his bid for UNO’s top post may one day become the secretary-general of an UTO, short for ‘United Twitters Organization’. The only story that will remain to be told is of how this diplomat-turned-politician could be so un-diplomatic and politically incorrect. But then, in the tradition of The Great Indian Novel, that ironic adaptation of the Mahabharata that Tharoor penned from a 20th century viewpoint, he can well be expected to do so himself, pioneering a literary genre that may well be called the maha-chota Bharatiya ‘Twitter Novel’! That will be the crowning glory for India’s foremost twittharoor.
Criminal cases: Bagwe on party radar PTI MUMBAI, MAY 16
Congress has taken cognisance of the flurry of media reports, about the alleged criminal antecedents of Minister of State for Home Ramesh Bagwe, with Chief Minister Ashok Chavan saying he would enquire into the issue. "I am looking into the matter...there have been several stories in media," Chavan said after reports quoted police sources saying 19 offences were registered against Bagwe. The minister, in turn, has accused police of "gathering proof to harass him." Differences between Bagwe and Pune police commissioner Satya Pal Singh have come to the fore with Bagwe accusing Singh of "creating hurdles in renewing his passport for the past two years". Bagwe blamed Singh, whose transfer he announced in legislature last month, taking even Home Minister R R Patil by surprise, for the ‘inordinate’ delay in getting his passport renewed. Bagwe said ever since he told the legislative council that Singh would be transferred and "a more efficient official will be given the job" to cope with the rising crime in Pune, the city police were trying hard to collect evidence against him to harass him. "The party has taken strong cognisance of the issue and asked the Chief Minister to enquire into the matter," a senior Congress leader told PTI. A party loyalist in Pune also pointed to fresh reports about Bagwe giving false information
UNI NEW DELHI, MAY 16
She has impressed cinegoers as well as critics with her portrayal as the ‘street smart’ and independent Bulbul in ‘Badmaash Company’, a complete contrast to her ‘coy girl-next-door’ portrayal in her debut venture ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. For the pretty Anushka Sharma, the journey from Taani of 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' to Bulbul of ‘Badmaash Company’ has witnessed a significant growth as an actor as well as a person. ''Unlike my first film 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi', ‘Badmaash Company’ is an ambitious film. There is a growth in characters, relationships between the characters, all of which really makes you a true actor. So I have really grown as a person in this film. Looking back now, I realise that in 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi', I was very protected,’’ Anushka told UNI in an interview. Anushka said her character in ‘Badmaash Company’ was vastly different from her character in her first film. ''Unlike Taani of 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi', Bulbul of 'Badmaash Company' is unapologetic, by
n Differences between Bagwe and Pune police commissioner Satya Pal Singh have come to the fore with Bagwe accusing Singh of "creating hurdles in renewing his passport for the past two years". Pune's Deputy commissioner of police (special branch) Lakshmi Gautam has said police received Bagwe’s passport verification form on January 8 this year and sent the report to the Passport Office on February 8. "The police have records of 15 cognisable offences registered against Bagwe and four noncognisable offences," Gautam said. The cases registered against Bagwe in the jurisdiction of the Pune Police Commissionerate include 13 cases at Khadak police station. Two cases registered with the Yerawada and Deccan Gymkhana police stations are pending in the courts while in other cases, Bagwe has either been discharged or acquitted. Bagwe has alleged that a 'casteist' conspiracy was hatched against him by some senior police officials to malign his image. "After being acquitted in a case in 2009, I have never been to the passport office," he said.
PTI BHUBANESWAR, MAY 16
Amidst claims by Orissa government that it had cleared the road connecting the prDifferences between Bagwe and Pune police commissioner Satya Pal Singh have come to the fore with Bagwe accusing Singh of "creating hurdles in renewing his passport for the past two years". oposed POSCO plant site near Paradip, anti-project activists today accused police of setting fire to their tents and mercilessly beating up elderly women and children. "The police personnel set fire to our tents where we were holding democratic agitation against the South Korean steel company's proposed mega plant since January 26," POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti's (PPSS) women's wing head Manorama Khatua said. "It is generally anti-socials who set fire on houses. But here, police did the job of anti-socials," she said, adding elderly women and children were beaten yesterday without any provocation. Senior police officials have, however, denied the charge. "We do not know who set the tent on fire. I suspect the agitators themselves set fire on the tent before leaving the place," Jagatsinghpur SP Debadutta Singh told PTI.
26/11 martyrs memorial to be unveiled today PTI BHUINJ, MAY 16
People of Satara district in western Maharashtra, from where brave heart Tukaram Ombale hailed, have come up with a befitting memorial for him and other 26/11 martyrs, which would be unveiled tomorrow. Justice P B Sawant, Special Public Prosecutor in 26/11 trial Ujjwal Nikam and family members of the martyrs would attend the unveiling ceremony, Chairman of the Kisan Veer Cooperative sugar Factory, Madan Bhosale, who has set up the memorial, told PTI here today. The memorial, called Shaheed Smriti Udyan, comprises about 2,300 flower plants and also 18 large trees, one each for the 26/11 martyr, Bhosale said. The memorial has a 28 feet long and 18-feet high fibre plate, erected on a 60 feet by 40 feet map of Maharashtra, the plate has carvings of martyrs' faces. Of the 18 security personnel killed during Mumbai terror attacks, five were from Satara district. They included Ombale, Jaywant Dudhe-Patil, police sub-inspector Bapurao Durgude, Assistant Sub Inspector Balasaheb Bhosale and police constable Ambadas Pawar. Omble, who lost his life but helped nab Ajmal Kasab alive, was a native of Kedambe village in Jawali taluka. The memorial has come up in the sugar factory premises. The road adjoining the memorial, has been named after police officer Sanjay Deshmukh who was killed in Naxal attack in Gadchiroli district last year. He hailed from Dhom in Wai tehsil of Satara district. "Our factory was the first organisation in the state to give Rs one lakh each to the families of martyrs from Satara killed in the 26/11 attack," Bhosale said. Besides the five martyrs from Satara, the memorial's fibre plate will have images of Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte, encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar and Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Bhosale said.
Agni-II ballistic missile may be test fired today PTI BALASORE, MAY 16
The nuclear-capable Agni-II intermediate range ballistic missile, with a range of 2000 kms, is likely to be test fired tomorrow from a range off the Orissa coast during a trial by the Army, defence sources said today. "The trial is to be conducted from the Wheelers Island, about 120 km from here off the Orissa coast tomorrow," the sources said. Range integration work in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur and Dhamara for trial of Agni-II missile is near completion and if final check-up in the sub-systems of the missile is found to be flaw-less, the mission will be taken up tomorrow, they said. A special strategic command force (SSC) raised by Army would conduct the trial with necessary logistic support provided by various laboratories of the ITR and Defence Research and Development Organisation scientists, the sources said. The indigenously-built Agni-II missile is a two-stage solid propelled ballistic missile. Its length is 21 metres, width one metre and launch weight is 17 tonnes. It can carry a payload of one tonne over a distance of 2,000 km. However, the range can be extended if the payload is reduced. The missile has already been inducted into the services and the SSC is in charge of the missile's operation. Agni-II was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory along with other laboratories of DRDO and integrated by Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad. Private industry has participated in a big way in its production, the sources said.
I have grown as a person with Badmaash Company: Anushka the way she speaks, the way she dresses and behaves with everyone around her. She is aggressive because she is independent and straightforward. She is not pretentious and calls a spade a spade,'' Anushka said. Anushka said the character of Bulbul was someone with whom every girl living alone in a metropolis would identify with. ''Bulbul is a girl living alone in Mumbai aspiring to be a model. I feel that any girl living alone who is taking care of herself would be able to relate to Bulbul. You need to be a bit of a man to live alone, and Bulbul is that,'' Anushka said. Asked if Bulbul bore any resemblance with her in real life, Anushka said, ''I identify with a lot of things that Bulbul is. I am very straightforward. I cannot be pressurised, I do things my own way. At the same time, I think as an actor you should be able to play anything.'' An aspect of the film that has been lauded by critics as well as cinegoers is the brilliant chemistry between Anushka, Shahid, Myang Chang and Vir Das, who in the film form the company which indulges in con jobs. ''Working with Shahid, Chang and Vir Das was fun because we were travelling together, eating out, watching plays, and we did all of that! So we got along really well and had so much fun! And it is great because our relationship brought about a great chemistry and great dynamics on screen. Also, this was my second film, and I was happy to be working with people closer to my age,'' Anushka says. Another thrilling aspect of the film for Anushka was ap-
in the affidavit he filed during last year's Assembly elections, about cases registered against him.
Police set fire, beat up women, kids, says PPSS
pearing in several different disguises. ''As an actor, it’s fun at the same time challenging to play in a different character within the characters you are playing in the film. I sat with my designer Ameira to try out different looks, and it was great fun. Finally acting it out was even more fun! I wish I could have done half the film in disguises, it was that much fun,''the actress said. Unlike 'Rab Ne Bana Di', where she played a sweet girl-nextdoor, Anushka's role in 'Badmaash Company' required her to do some intimate scenes with Shahid Kapoor. Asked if doing intimate scenes with Shahid in the film made her uncomfortable, Anushka said, ''People might think otherwise, but I can say that this (even though I am doing it for the first time) is the most mechanical thing you can do onscreen. All you are doing is shooting a scene. Also, I feel that the more honest you are to the script the better film you are going to make. So if the script requires a certain chemistry, or relationship between the actors, we have no option but to do it. I am an actor, I will do everything I need to do to justify a script and justify the character in the script.'' Talking, in this context, about the kissing scene with Shahid, she says, ''This particular scene, even though it’s spoken of as a 'kissing scene', is important to lay down the foundation for these people, the passion that they share, and the relationship they had. We had to show a certain degree to which the relationship had progressed.''
Family members carrying the body of Former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat during funeral procession at his residence in Jaipur on Sunday.
Tagore fly’s gift to Bengali women: art of wearing saree PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 16
Do you know it was the Tagore family which taught Bengali women the art of draping a saree to perfection? Rabindranath Tagore's sister-in-law Jnandanandini gifted Bengali women a graceful mode of dress for moving out of doors. But it was not that much was wrong with the earlier way of wearing a saree, only it did not please the eye, a new book says. Apart from modernising women's dress, Jnanadanandini was also instrumental in introducing habits like evening outings and celebrating birthdays. "Women of the Tagore Household" by Chitra Deb and translated by Smita Chowdhry and Sona Roy reveals hitherto unknown aspects of women's emancipation in Bengal in which the women of the Jarasanko Tagore family were at the forefront. According to the writer, women of the Tagore household portray several generations of connoisseurs, aesthetes and lovers of literature who were nurtured under the umbrella of cultural richness and spiritual freedom that the extended family provided. The progressive Jnandanandini sailed alone to England in the 19th century, presenting to ordinary women a vision of courage. "On her arrival in Bombay, Jnandanandini discarded the cumbersome oriental dress for the neat way Parsi women had of wearing the saree.
n "Women of the Tagore Household" by Chitra Deb and translated by Smita Chowdhry and Sona Roy reveals hitherto unknown aspects of women's emancipation in Bengal in which the women of the Jarasanko Tagore family were at the forefront. Though she made minor alterations but she basically adhered to this mode of dressing....Jnandanandini returned wearing the saree in a new way, all the womenfolk of the family adopted it. This attracted other Brahmikas too," the book, published by Penguin, says. This mode of wearing the saree was called the 'Bombay style' in the Tagore family as it had been imported from Bombay. For the common Bengali it became 'sarees of the Tagore family'. On her return from Bombay, Jnandanandini (wife of Satyendranath Tagore, first Indian member of the Indian Civil Service) advertised in newspapers offering to teach others to wear the saree the way she did. A number of aristocratic Brahmikas came to her to learn to wear the saree. Jnandanandini also began the practice of wearing petticoats, chemises, blouses and jackets with sarees.
The novelty of the 'Bombay style' attracted every lady. There was no provision for covering one's head in this dress so ladies wore small hats. The front resembled a crown while a small piece of cloth hung at the back. It had not been possible to see a portrait of Jnandanandini with such a hat on. Her daughter Indira brought into vogue the custom of partly covering one's head with one end of the saree. By her time, the fashion of wearing the saree in the traditional way had been revived. The modern style of wearing the saree was not an invention of Jnandanandini. Keshab Sen's daughter Suniti Devi – the Maharani of Coochbehar – had attempted to simplify the awkwardness inherent in the 'Bombay style', the book says. She used a brooch to keep the saree in position and used to wear a small triangular piece of cloth similar to a Spanish mantilla on her head. Her sister Sucharu Devi, the Maharani of Mayurbhanj, sported a style at the Delhi Durbar which had much in common with the present mode. "Women of northern India still wear the saree gleefully with the pallav over the right shoulder in front – this seems to be an old style. Bengali women also adopted this but remembering Jnandanandini's style of having the pallav on the left shoulder, they followed the same tradition."
TN politics, filmdom inseparable entities PTI CHENNAI, MAY 16
Actress Khushboo joining the DMK highlights the inseparable bond of politics and filmdom in Tamil Nadu which has had actors and playwrights going on to become Chief Minister. With her taking the plunge into politics on Friday, the 39-year-old actress has joined a list of celebrities who made use of their silver-screen charm and popularity to garner votes, with veteran actor SS Rajendran first stepping into Tamil Nadu Assembly on a DMK ticket in 1957. The State is known for its history of actors and cinema professionals joining politics.
Late MG Ramachandaran (MGR), his wife Janaki, both actors, his protégé Jayalalithaa, a popular actress in the late sixties and seventies, and present incumbent M Karunanidhi, a playwright, have occupied the Chief Minister's chair. DMK founder CN Annadurai, also a playwright, was DMK's first Chief Minister in 1967. After his death in 1969, Karunanidhi first took over the reins of the state. Karunanidhi's razor-sharp script against social evils and the dialogues mouthed by 'Sivaji' Ganesan in the 1950s "Parasakthi" catapulted him to fame, prompting the actor later to take the plunge into politics, serving different
parties at different times, including Congress. Karunanidhi, 86, has held the Chief Minister's post for 19 years in different terms. After his early days as an important member of the DMK, Tamil icon MGR later launched his own AIADMK, banking on his popularity that never let him down. Jayalalithaa, who also paired against him in a number of films, has been Chief Minister twice. MGR's contemporaries-- Rajendran, Ganesan and Padmini were also in active politics at some point of their life. The next generation of actors was no exception.
While Rajnikant openly supported the DMK-TMC (Tamil Maanila Congress) in the 1996 elections which was instrumental in the alliance's massive win against AIADMK, his peer Kamal Haasan had no qualms publicising his left-leaning policies. Khushboo's entry into politics was in the air for some time as it was widely speculated that she could join the Congress. Her entry into DMK is seen as an effort by the party to boost its star campaigners team, ahead of Assembly elections next year with opposition AIADMK banking heavily on their charismatic party leader Jayalalithaa to come back to power.
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Hong Kong holds elections in wider democracy push Reuters HONG KONG, MAY 16
Hong Kong voted in citywide by-elections on Sunday, polls which pro-democracy groups consider to be a de facto refer-
endum on universal suffrage aimed at pressuring Beijing to grant swifter political reforms. The polls were triggered by the resignations of five prodemocracy lawmakers in January
in a bid to reinvigorate public debate over constitutional development – a major bone of contention between democrats and Beijing since Hong Kong's return from British to Chinese rule in 1997. ''This is quite a watershed move for radical politics in Hong Kong,'' said James Sung, a political analyst at City University. The five democrats – from the moderate Civic Party and more hardline League of Social Democrats – are almost certain to be re-elected given the absence of serious rivals following a boycott by leading pro-establishment and pro-Beijing parties. Despite that, the democrats have struggled to secure a respectable turnout to bolster their plan's legitimacy. A total of 3.4 million people are eligible to vote in the city of seven million, with one seat up for grabs in each of five districts.
Iran in talks with Brazil to resolve nuke deadlock Reuters TEHRAN, MAY 16
Talks seen as Iran's ''last chance'' to resolve its nuclear dispute with the West started in Tehran on Sunday between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Brazilian counterpart, state media reported. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva along with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu are trying to persuade Iran to revisit a stalled UN-backed nuclear fuel swap deal to break a deadlock over the country's disputed nuclear activities. ''President Ahmadinejad and the Brazilian president have started the first round of talks over Iran's nuclear issue,'' state television reported. Western and Russian authorities have said Lula's trip was probably the last chance to avoid new UN sanctions against Iran after its refusal to halt its nuclear
activities. A UN-backed deal offered Iran last October to ship 1,200 kg of its LEU – enough for a single bomb if purified to a high enough level – to Russia and France to make into fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor. Iran later said it would only swap its LEU for higher grade material and only on its own soil, conditions other parties in the deal said were unacceptable. Turkey and Brazil, both nonpermanent members of the UN Security Council, have offered to mediate to find a resolution to the impasse at a time when world powers are in talks to impose a fourth round of UN sanctions on Iran. Iran, the world's fifth-largest oil exporter, says its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful and not intended for military use as the West alleges.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was expected to join Lula in Tehran, but cancelled his trip. Iran said Turkey was still part of the talks, adding that Tehran viewed the mediation positively. Lula arrived in Iran yesterday to attend a meeting of Group 15 on Monday. Iran says leaders and top officials from 17 countries from Asia, Africa and South America will attend the meeting to develop economic cooperation among developing states. Iran started higher enrichment in February to create fuel for the research reactor itself, after the failure of talks with major powers over the nuclear swap. The step brings Iran's enrichment closer to levels needed for making weapons-grade material – uranium refined to 90 percent purity.
PM will not resign Philippines’ Aquino may not control Congress under Maoists’ pressure: Mahat Reuters MANILA, MAY 16
UNI KATHMANDU, MAY 16
Calling the Maoists' claim to the leadership of a new national unity government as "illegitimate", Minister for Energy Prakash Sharan Mahat has said that Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal would not resign from the post under any pressure from the Maoists. ''In the event that a national unity government does replace the current government, there is still little possibility that the Maoists will get to lead it,'' Nepal news quoted the minister as saying here today. Mahat said the Maoists can't be given the leadership of the government until it renounces violence.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal had said that he would definitely not step down in the face of pressure from the main opposition Unified CPN (Maoist) as he had not committed any crime and the majority of lawmakers supported him. The Maoist party has been demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister and held general strikes across the country. The main political parties including Nepali Congress and the UML, however, said Maoists must fulfil its commitment including the dissolution of its Young Communist League, return seized property, give up violence and become a civilian party.
Rousseff ahead in Brazil presidential race: poll Reuters BRASILIA, MAY 16
Brazilian ruling party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff
has pulled ahead of her main challenger for the first time in the campaign for the October 3 election, according to a poll released.
Senator Benigno Aquino, soon to be named Philippine president, will have to negotiate alliances to govern effectively because his Liberal Party will not have a majority in either house of Congress, lawmakers said on Sunday. Aquino has a decisive lead in the presidential election, based on unofficial tallies of Monday's vote, but a hostile House of Representatives and Senate could thwart his policy agenda. Political infighting could also distract him from trying to reduce a fiscal deficit that is expected to be around 300 billion pesos (6.6 billion dollar) this year, as well as other efforts to reinvigorate the economy. Aquino is likely to see Liberal Party candidates battling outgoing president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the job of Speaker of the House of Representatives and beaten presidential candidate Manny Villar for the Senate presidency. ''If the opposition controls both houses, it will be difficult for Aquino to push his legislative agenda,'' re-elected Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said in a radio interview. Defensor Santiago ran on the ticket of Nacionalista Party and said Villar, the party's presidential candidate, would stand for the Senate presidency because he is still a Senator. ''We have the numbers to get Senator Villar back as Senate President and we have allies in other parties,'' said Defensor Santiago. With winners declared in 9
of the 12 Senate seats that were open at Monday's vote, analysts estimate Aquino, who will relinquish his Senate seat, can muster support of about 10 Senators in the 24-member chamber. President Arroyo won a lower house seat in Monday's election, and is widely expected to run for the position of Speaker, the fourth most senior political position in the country. On paper, Arroyo has a solid base with her Lakas-Kampi-CMD coalition expected to win close to 110 of the 229 electorate seats. The Liberal Party has around 45 seats, based on election commission counting. There are also 57 seats for party-list groups, which cover sectors such as women, labour, and farmers, in the lower house. A total of 144 seats is needed for a majority. But party allegiances are not rigid in the Philippines and Aquino's strong presidential vote is expected to attract supporters from other parties who want government favour. ''The Liberal Party is a minority party for now. But the presidentelect comes from their ranks so we should not be surprised if its ranks swell in the next few weeks,'' Gary Olivar, a spokesman for Arroyo, said on Saturday. ''There are turncoats but we cannot blame them ... This is something we should understand and make allowances for,'' he said. The Liberal Party candidate to be Speaker is expected to be Feliciano Belmonte, a former speaker who was once a Lakas member.
Bangladesh cyclone victims struggle for survival Reuters GABURA, Bangladesh, MAY 16
Te n s o f t h o u s a n d s o f Bangladeshis, mostly fishermen, left stranded on embankments damaged by a cyclone a year ago, are still fighting a grim battle to survive, with the flow of aid to helm them spotty at best. Cyclone Aila battered parts of the Bangladesh coast along the Bay of Bengal in southwestern Khulna and Satkhira districts on May 25 last year, killing nearly 200 people in Bangladesh and scores more in the Indian state of West Bengal. The affected areas are close to the world's biggest mangrove forests, Sundarbans, which stretches across a large swathe of the Bangladesh and Indian coasts, and was also hit by Cy-
clone Sidr in November 2007. Journalists who visited Gabura – the worst hit area in Satkhira district – on a trip organised by international relief non-governmental organisation (NGO) Oxfam saw people huddled on river banks and suffering from hunger, disease, lack of clean water and sanitation. While praising NGOs for their aid and not blaming the government as a whole for their problems, they said individual officials were sometimes corrupt, overall help remained insufficient and what came did not always reach those who needed it most. ''Corruption, mismanagement and apathy are among the causes for delay in providing aid, especially for rebuilding the embankments,'' said Musa Ali, a fisherman. Dozens of riverside villages in the affected districts are submerged regularly during high tide, forcing at least 100,000 people to stay on the dykes, NGO and government officials said. A similar number have left for cities to try to live by doing menial jobs, or even begging. ''If they rebuild embankments, they do it poorly so that it is washed away again and they can get fresh work orders'' and funds, Musa told Reuters at his shelter. The government has rehabilitated a majority of Aila victims, provided them money and materials for new homes and given boats to many so they can resume fishing. But those who did not receive such aid yet seem to have been left permanently in the lurch, said local NGO representatives and officials who declined to be identified.
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GOA, MONDAY, 17 MAY, 2010
Fighter jets escort plane to Vancouver after ‘bomb hoax’
Air strikes kill 35 militants in Pakistan
according to police and the Hong Kongbased airline. ''The Vancouver Airport Authority had earlier received an anonymous bomb threat,'' Cathay said in a written statement. ''As a precaution, two military jets escorted the CX838 as it came into land. The jets did not land with CX838, but returned to their base,'' it added. ''The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are conducting an investigation into the bomb hoax and at this stage it is inappropriate for us to comment any further,'' Cathay added. The flight had 272 passengers and 14 crew on board. Police did not release details on the threat, but a spokeswoman for Hong Kong's
Helicopter gunships pounded Taliban positions in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region on Sunday killing at least 35 insurgents, and injuring 10 others as they destroyed seven militant hideouts. The Taliban meanwhile freed 50 of the 60 people kidnapped a day earlier in the adjoining Kurram tribal agency. A security official in Orakzai said the gunship helis targeted four rebel hideouts in Dabori, Wali Kamar, and Gujar Kalay, believed to be used as a preparing ground for attacks on security forces. "All positions were engaged and destroyed effectively", said the security official on condition of anonymity. Major Fazal-ur-Rehman, a spokesman of paramilitary Frontier Corps, that is spearheading the offensive on Taliban and al Qaeda in the lawless tribal region, confirmed the attacks. Initial reports say that 35 militants died in the shelling. Pakistani troops moved into Orakzai in March to quell the insurgency. The military claims it has killed more than 700 militants since then, while losing 18 soldiers. Meanwhile, 50 people kidnapped by Taliban militants from the adjoining Kurram district, have been set free. Sixty people were kidnapped by dozens of militants who appeared dressed as policemen. Khalid Omarzai, Commisioner Kohat Division, said efforts were underway to gain the release of the other 10 people still held. Omarzai claimed the rebels released the captives unconditionally. The military is also conducting an operation against militants in Kurram agency, which has been a scene of bloody clashes between Shiite and Sunni tribesmen as well as a rising Islamist insurgency. Sunni tribesmen usually get support from the Taliban.
Reuters VANCOUVER, MAY 16
A Cathay Pacific airliner from Hong Kong was escorted by military fighter jets to its destination in Vancouver, Canada, after what the airline called a ''bomb hoax'', but no bomb was found, police said. Police searched the aircraft and luggage after the flight landed at Vancouver International Airport, but ''nothing of concern'' was found and there was no danger to passengers, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, on Saturday. Two Canadian CF-18 Hornets were scrambled from a military base on nearby Vancouver Island to escort the Cathay Pacific Airways plane in response to the threat,
8 feared dead in Suriname air crash Reuters PARAMARIBO, MAY 16
An Antonov plane belonging to a Surinamese airline crashed in the South American nation's remote hinterland, with two crew members and six passengers on board feared killed, authorities said. The twin-engine Antonov AN-28 crashed soon after taking off from Godo Olo airport in east Suriname, the Civil Aviation Service said yesterday. Rescuers trying to reach the site by boat and helicopter could not get there before dark due to bad weather. Officials could not say what caused the crash. Another Antonov AN-28 of the same company, Blue Wing Airlines, crashed in Suriname in 2008, killing 19 people.
Civil Aviation Authority said the bomb threat had been made by phone. No arrests have been made and passengers were allowed to leave the aircraft after it landed safely. The A340 aircraft was parked at a secure area of the airport for a ''thorough security search'' and screening of baggage, before being cleared, the airline said. ''They told us there was some sort of terrorist problem and the baggage would be held up,'' an unidentified male passenger told Canada's CTV News after disembarking. When asked if he was aware that the flight had been escorted by military jets into Vancouver, another male passenger said: ''No, no idea. That's news to me.''
Indian woman hurls toddler, self into river over marital row PTI NEW YORK, MAY 16
A depressed Indian woman threw her 19-month-old daughter into the chilly Hudson River and then jumped in behind her in a murder-suicide attempt to get back at her husband, prosecutors have said. The baby of 33-year-old Devi Silvia, the mother of two who apparently hails from Tamil Nadu, had to be taken to a trauma centre in Manhattan in critical condition. "She said she was sad and lonely and angry at her husband and that she did this horrific act on purpose," Assistant District Attorney Robert Hettleman was quoted as saying by the New York Post. "She made clear that she threw her baby in to the freezing river in order to get back at her husband," he said, arguing successfully that the mother be held without bail.
The toddler, Jessica Prithiviraj, was blue and motionless when rescuers plucked her and Silvia from the roughly 50-degree (10Celsius) water on Tuesday last, Hettleman said. He said the child was in stable condition. Silvia had told family members that she was desperate to take the child back to India, Hettleman said. The family had been in the United States only a few years and, in that time, had travelled, for the husband's job, to Chicago, California and New York City. The Tamil speaking Silvia learned prosecutors would seek to indict her on an attemptedmurder charge for her plunge on Tuesday off an Upper West Side pier. The Indian national and mother of two was told of the charges at a Manhattan Criminal Court arraignment conducted via a video link to a conference room at Elmhurst Hospital,
where she was being held in a psych ward, the report said. She didn't enter a plea and is being held without bail at least until a June 15 court date. If convicted, she could face up to 25 years in prison. Silvia's baby "survived but suffered significant hypothermia, was blue and motionless when pulled out of the water," Hettleman said. "The baby was in critical condition and had to be taken to a trauma centre in Manhattan," he added. "The child is stable now and seems to be OK, although we won't know the extent of any long-term damage for a while, if any." The husband, Dominic James Prithiviraj, could not be reached for comment. Judge Melissa Jackson ordered that she be barred from any contact with the baby. "No phone calls. Nothing," the judge said.
PTI PESHAWAR, MAY 16
Tyres are set alight by protesters near Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday.
Thai protesters seek talks as fighting rages, kills 25 Reuters BANGKOK, MAY 16
Thai protesters said on Sunday they were ready for UN-supervised talks with the government if the army stops shooting after three days of clashes that have killed 25 people and turned Bangkok into a battleground. The comments came minutes after the Thai government moved back from imposing a curfew in Bangkok as fighting raged in two areas of the city of 15 million people, trapping panicked residents and raising the risk of a broader civil conflict. ''We call on the government to cease fire and pull out troops. We are ready to enter a negotiation process immediately,'' Nattawut Saikai, a protest leader, told supporters. ''We have no other condition. We do not want any more losses.'' The government's immediate response was that no conditions should be attached to negotiations. ''If they really want to talk, they should not set conditions
like asking us to withdraw troops,'' said Korbsak Sabhavasu, the prime minister's secretarygeneral. ''It's a positive sign but if there is going to be a talk, there has to be more detail. But they cannot make demands if they want to negotiate.'' The curfew would have been a rarity in a city known for raucus nightlife. It had been considered as troops fired live rounds to disperse protesters armed with petrol bombs, rocks, home-made rockets, grenades and guns. ''We cannot retreat now,'' Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said in a televised statement. The heaviest fighting was taking place in the Bon Kai area of Rama IV, a major artery to the business district. Troops and snipers fired machine guns as protesters hurled petrol bombs and burned walls of kerosenesoaked tyres to camoflauge themselves. One protester was shot in the head by a sniper, a Reuters witness said. By afternoon, as
Al Qaeda’s Iraq network replaces slain leaders Reuters BAGHDAD, MAY 16
A fresh cloud of ash rises from the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland on Sunday. Parts of British airspace might have to close from Sunday until Tuesday because of a fresh cloud of ash.
Egypt police kill Sudanese migrant at Israel border Reuters ISMAILIA, Egypt, MAY 16
Egyptian police shot and killed a 39-year-old Sudanese man Saturday night as he tried to cross into Israel, security and medical sources said. The shooting took place along Egypt's desert border with Israel. Israel has pressured Egypt to curb the flow of African migrants using the Sinai border to seek work or asylum in Israel, but rights groups complain about border forces' methods. Egyptian police have so far killed 17 migrants this year, compared to 19 for the whole of 2009. The United Nations and Amnesty International say the use of force against unarmed migrants must be kept in check. Security forces say they fire at migrants only if repeated orders to stop are ignored, and add that in some cases they come under fire themselves from smugglers ferrying migrants to the border. This month, Egypt passed a law imposing penalties on human traffickers. Those convicted could get life imprisonment or a fine of up to 500 million Egyptian pounds (90 million dollar).
North Korea boats draw warning shots from South Reuters GYEONGJU, South Korea, MAY 16
Two North Korean vessels crossed into the South's waters off the peninsula's tense west coast before returning when South Korea fired warning shots, military officers said on Sunday. The area has been a site of military standoffs and is near where a South Korean navy ship sank in March after apparently being struck by a torpedo, killing 46 sailors. South Korea has not officially blamed the North for the attack but officials have made little secret of their belief Pyongyang was behind the attack. An international team of investigators are expected to release their findings this week. ''Two patrol boats crossed on two separate occasions and warning shots were fired,'' said an officer at the South's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The apparent maritime border violation by the North's vessels come amid a deepening chill in relations between the rival Koreas, which remain technically at war under a truce that ended fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War. South Korea's belief in the
North's involvement in the sinking of its navy corvette Cheonan has been a source of friction between Seoul and Beijing, and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi tried to cool South Korea's exasperation when top diplomats from the two countries and Japan met this weekend. In contrast to the aloof response shown by Yang the day before, Japan's Katsuya Okada was more sympathetic to the South when he met Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan on Sunday in Gyeongju, the scenic ancient capital of Shilla, a Buddhist kingdom that ruled the peninsula in the first millennium. ''(Okada) expressed his high respect for our government's efforts to get to the cause through scientific and objective means under what can only be a truly difficult situation,'' a South Korean official said after their meeting. ''The two sides agreed (on) close cooperation in the response following the investigation into the Cheonan incident.'' The Chinese foreign ministry yesterday called for ''calm and restraint'' in dealing with the
Cheonan sinking. South Korea knows it cannot launch a retaliator y strike against the North without risking greater conflict and undermining its own economy, just recovering from the global financial slump. But it does want international punishment of the North. That would likely mean even tougher sanctions by the United Nations, which would need China's support to take effect. There is media speculation in South Korea that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Seoul later this month in a show of support over the sinking. There was little formal discussions at the three-way meeting on how to resume the stalled negotiations with North Korea on compensating it in return for concrete steps to end its nuclear arms programme. South Korea and Japan said they would not sit at the table with the North if Pyongyang is found to be the culprit in the navy ship sinking. China hosts those talks, which also involve the United States and Russia and have been stalled since 2008.
Al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate has appointed new leaders to replace senior commanders killed by US and Iraqi forces, after naming a ''war minister'' who threatened bloody days for the country's majority Shi'ites. In a statement published on jihadist websites yesterday, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) said its governing council had selected Abu Baker al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Qurashi as its caliph, or head, and Abu Abdullah al-Hassani al-Qurashi as his deputy and first minister. The names were most likely noms de guerre rather than the operatives' real names. ''We ask God to help them make the right decisions, provide them with good followers who ask and urge them to do good, and prevent them from wrong doing,'' the statement said. ''And let them finish what the two martyr sheikhs started in lifting the flag of Jihad and seek-
Rwanda grenade blasts kill one, wound 28 Reuters KIGALI, MAY 16
Two grenade blasts in Rwanda's capital Kigali have killed one person and wounded at least 28 people, the latest of a series of attacks, police and medics said on Sunday. The explosions happened within an hour of each other on Saturday evening. Witnesses said men in civilian clothes threw the first grenade from a moving car at a busy market area at around 7 pm The second grenade was thrown at a bus park in Kigali's Nyabugogo district. ''Investigations have begun into the blasts. It's too early to establish a relationship with earlier blasts. We are still comparing the evidence,'' police spokesman Eric Kayiranga told Reuters. There have been at least six grenade attacks in Kigali since early December. President Paul Kagame's administration has linked some of the previous attacks to former army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, who fled into exile in South Africa in February. He denies the allegations.
ing the rule of God and building a strong and cherished Islamic state,'' it added. The two leaders replaced the former purported head of the ISI, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, and the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, who were killed in a raid north of Baghdad last month. Masri had previously been viewed by US intelligence as having the more senior of the two positions, but the statement from the ISI described Masri as Baghdadi's first minister. The two new appointments followed the naming on Friday of a new ''war minister'' for the ISI, al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman. Abu Suleiman declared the launch of a campaign against Iraq's military and police and said the ISI would deliver ''a long gloomy night and dark days coloured in blood'' to Shi'ites. Violence in Iraq has dropped since the height of sectarian car-
nage in 2006-07, but bombings are still common and a March 7 election that produced no outright winner has fuelled tensions. A series of attacks since the election in which dozens of people have been killed has been blamed on an effort by al Qaeda in Iraq's remaining network to prove to its supporters that it was still a potent force despite the loss of its commanders. Intelligence analysts believe ISI to have been created by al Qaeda in Iraq as an umbrella group for local insurgents. Iraqis were named to head it in an effort to dispel criticism that al Qaeda in Iraq was dominated by foreigners. Iraq's minority Sunnis feel they have been marginalised by the political ascent of the Shi'ite majority since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. At least 100,000 Iraqis have been killed in the seven years since the invasion.
French woman heads home after Iran trial Reuters PARIS, MAY 16
A French teaching assistant who was arrested in Iran 10 months ago on spying charges headed home on Sunday after a Tehran court commuted her prison term and gave her back her passport. Clotilde Reiss, 24, was accused of aiding a Western plot to topple Iran's clerical regime after taking part in anti-government demonstrations last June following the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Her lawyer said on Saturday that a court had sentenced her to parallel 5-year prison terms, but commuted this to a fine of 285,000 dollar, letting her leave the country, much to the relief of France which had always proclaimed her innocence. Reiss was due to arrive in Paris on a French government plane around 1530 hrs IST and was scheduled to meet President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace at 1630 hrs IST. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner hailed her release and accused Iran of having held her hostage. ''We have waited for Clotilde for a long
time,'' he told Radio J. Her release came less than two weeks after France refused to extradite to the United States an Iranian engineer, accused by Washington of illegally buying equipment for military use. In addition, an Iranian serving life in a French jail for the 1991 murder of a former Iranian prime minister, is expected to win parole on Tuesday and be immediately expelled. Kouchner denied that there was any link between these decisions, saying the French justice system was independent. ''There was no horse trading,'' Kouchner told Radio J. ''There is no connection between these two Iranian cases, which were dealt with by the French justice system, and the freedom of our hostage,'' he added. Reiss was arrested as she prepared to leave Iran on July 1, having worked at a university in the central city of Isfahan. She was initially held in a Tehran jail and charged with acting against national security by taking part in post-election protests, collecting information and sending pictures of the demonstrations abroad.
clashes intensified, a grenade was tossed at troops, who responded with gunfire that scattered the demonstrators into nearby alleys, the witness said. The protesters had been demanding the resignation of the British-born, Oxford-educated Abhisit, who they accuse of colluding with Thailand's royalist elite and meddling with the judiciary to bring down previous elected governments. ''I will stay here. We will not flee,'' Jatuporn Prompan, a protest leader, told supporters in their 3.5 sq-km (1.2 sq-mile) encampment where at least 5,000 remain, including women and children, barricaded behind walls of tyres, poles and concrete. Some women, children and the elderly are trickling into a nearby Buddhist temple for safety. The government is seeking cooperation with protest leaders to dispatch Red Cross workers and other human rights volunteers to persuade people to leave.
US embassy case: Chile charges, frees Pakistani Reuters SANTIAGO, MAY 16
A Pakistani man arrested at the US Embassy in Chile after triggering an explosive detector was charged with illegal possession of explosives, but was freed pending a probe. The man, identified by the US State Department as 28year-old Muhammad Saif-urRehman Khan, was taken into custody at the embassy on Monday and held in a maximum security prison under an antiterror law. He must sign in once a week with authorities and may not leave the country while the case is investigated, court officials said yesterday. Police said traces of the explosive Tetryl were found on Khan's documents and mobile telephone. Tetryl is a compound used as a booster to help detonate explosive charges. ''He was basically (charged) for an infraction of the law on firearms and explosives,'' state prosecutor Xavier Armendariz told reporters after the hearing. ''The investigation is open and continues.'' A senior State Department official said on Tuesday that Khan, a student who had been in Chile for four months, was invited to the embassy so officials could notify him that his visa for the United States was being revoked.
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TCS, Bharti among most sustainable
Indian wine to enter UK market
PTI MUMBAI, MAY 16
PTI LONDON, MAY 16
Indian IT giant Tata Consultancy Services, telecom major Bharti Airtel and wind-turbine maker, Suzlon are among the global firms having high sustainable development standards, a report by leading Swiss lender, Bank Sarasin has showed. The study, conducted among 360 odd emerging market companies, found that a third of these firms have high rating in terms of sustainability, which also implies that they offer more attractive returns to investors. "These companies are better equipped for the forthcoming challenges and this will be reflected in lower risks and superior return opportunities. This makes them very attractive to investors," Sustainability research analyst, Andreas Holzer, said in the
Conglomerate United Brewaries Group, owned by industrialist Vijay Mallya, plans to export large-scale Indian wine to Britain, starting with three brands later this year. The world''s second-biggest spirits manufacturer plans to mimic the successful roll-out of its Indian lager Kingfisher by distributing the red and white wines through Indian restaurants before moving to supermarkets. Vijay Rekhi, managing director of United spirits, UB's drinks arm, told The Sunday Telegraph, "We have the capacity to produce around 10 million bottles annually. However, for the UK launch we would hope to start by importing 10 containers (120,000 bottles) in the first year. The company has already signed distribution agreements with two importers and distributors and hopes to see the wines hit the market by the autumn. The win will make its debut in the UK market at this week's London International Wine Fair. The Indian wine industry, based in Maharashtra and Karnataka, has been developing rapidly in recent years.
Mutual Fund Scheme Name
Key to abbreviations: R Price: Repurchase Price; S Price: Sale Price; (D): Dividend; (G): Growth NAVs (Rs)
AIG India Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 11.77 India Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 11.77 Infrastructure and Eco Reform Fund - Regular Plan (D) 8.91 Infrastructure and Eco Reform Fund - Regular Plan (G) 8.91 Axis Equity Fund (D) 10.38 Equity Fund (G) 10.37 Tax Saver Fund (D) 10.82 Tax Saver Fund (G) 10.82
Baroda Pioneer ELSS 96 23.83 Pioneer Growth Fund (D) 27.25 Pioneer Growth Fund (G) 48.37 Bharti AXA Equity Fund - Eco Plan (Bonus) 17.55 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (D) 12.35 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (G) 17.55 Equity Fund - Eco Plan (QD) 13.48 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 17.48 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.31 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 17.48 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (QD) 13.44 Focused Infrastructure Fund (D) 10.24 Focused Infrastructure Fund (G) 10.24 Focused Infrastructure Fund (QD) 10.24 Tax Advantage Fund - Eco Plan (D) 12.28 Tax Advantage Fund - Eco Plan (G) 22.56 Tax Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.27 Tax Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) 22.50 Birla Sun Life Advantage Fund (D) 87.21 Advantage Fund (G) 149.02 Basic Industries Fund (D) 29.55 Basic Industries Fund (G) 98.48 Basic Industries Fund - Trigger Plan (D) 10.63 Buy India Fund (D) 23.45 Buy India Fund (G) 38.63 Commodity Eq - Global Agri Plan - Retail Plan (D) 13.50 Commodity Eq - Global Agri Plan - Retail Plan (G) 13.50 Commodity Eq - Global Multi Commodity Plan - RP (D) 12.12 Commodity Eq - Global Multi Commodity Plan - RP (G) 12.12 Commodity Eq - Global Precious Metals Plan -RP (D) 13.09 Commodity Eq - Global Precious Metals Plan -RP (G) 13.09 Dividend Yield Plus (D) 14.21 Dividend Yield Plus (G) 75.73 Equity Fund (D) 70.23 Equity Fund (G) 249.77 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 21.54 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 79.89 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan B (D) 12.07 Frontline Equity Fund - Plan B (G) 12.07 India GenNext Fund (D) 13.97 India GenNext Fund (G) 21.49 India Opportunities Fund - Plan A (D) 18.84 India Opportunities Fund - Plan B (G) 51.73 Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (D) 12.93 Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (G) 16.64 Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (D) 11.94 Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (G) 12.44 International Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 8.27 International Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 8.27 International Equity Fund - Plan B (D) 8.64 International Equity Fund - Plan B (G) 8.64 Long Term Advantage Fund (D) 13.23 Long Term Advantage Fund (G) 13.23 Long Term Advantage Fund - Series 1(D) 11.66 Long Term Advantage Fund - Series 1(G) 11.66 Midcap Fund - Plan A (D) 24.84 Midcap Fund - Plan A (G) 105.88 Midcap Fund - Plan B (D) 13.36 Midcap Fund - Plan B (G) 13.36 MNC Fund (D) 78.59 MNC Fund (G) 182.62 New Millennium (D) 13.13 New Millennium (G) 18.90 Pure Value Fund (D) 14.79 Pure Value Fund (G) 15.79 Special Situations Fund (D) 9.66 Special Situations Fund (G) 9.66 Tax Plan (D) 44.03 Tax Plan (G) 12.55 Tax Relief 96 (D) 81.23 Tax Relief 96 (G) 10.96 Top 100 Fund (D) 13.99 Top 100 Fund (G) 20.15
Canara Robeco Emerging Equities (Bonus) Emerging Equities (D) Emerging Equities (G) Equity Diversified (Bonus) Equity Diversified (D) Equity Diversified (G) Equity Tax Saver (D) Equity Tax Saver (G) F.O.R.C.E Fund - Retail Plan (D) F.O.R.C.E Fund - Retail Plan (G) Infrastructure (D)
16.76 13.84 20.02 23.00 22.97 50.52 19.67 23.88 11.86 11.85 17.11
Infrastructure (G) Multicap (D) Multicap (G)
21.48 13.39 14.43
DWS Alpha Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 15.86 Alpha Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 72.87 Alpha Equity Fund - Wealth Plan (D) 12.69 Alpha Equity Fund - Wealth Plan (G) 15.18 Investment Opportunity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 25.27 Investment Opportunity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 36.48 Investment Opportunity Fund - Wealth Plan (D) 12.63 Investment Opportunity Fund - Wealth Plan (G) 16.51 Tax Saving Fund (D) 12.47 Tax Saving Fund (G) 13.34 DSP BlackRock Equity Fund - Institutional Plan 11.82 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 47.38 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 14.99 India T.I.G.E.R. Fund - Regular Plan (D) 18.32 India T.I.G.E.R. Fund - Regular Plan (G) 44.93 Natural Resources and New Energy Fund - Regular Plan (D) 12.76 Natural Resources and New Energy Fund - Regular Plan (G) 12.76 Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (D) 27.03 Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (G) 77.52 Small and Mid Cap Fund (D) 14.75 Small and Mid Cap Fund (G) 16.09 Tax Saver Fund (D) 11.82 Tax Saver Fund (G) 15.87 Technology.Com - Regular Plan (D) 23.61 Technology.Com - Regular Plan (G) 32.33 Top 100 Equity Fund - Institutional Plan (D) 12.28 Top 100 Equity Fund - Institutional Plan (G) 12.28 Top 100 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (D) 20.18 Top 100 Equity Fund - Regular Plan (G) 89.80
Edelweiss Absolute Return Equity Fund (D) Absolute Return Equity Fund (G) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan B (D) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan B (G) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan C (D) Diversified Growth Equity Fund - Plan C (G) ELSS Fund (D) ELSS Fund (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan A (D) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan A (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - plan B (D) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan B (G) Nifty Enhancer Fund - Plan C (D) Escorts Growth Plan (D) Growth Plan (G) High Yield Equity Plan (Bonus) High Yield Equity Plan (D) High Yield Equity Plan (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Leading Sectors Fund (D) Leading Sectors Fund (G) Power and Energy Fund (D) Power and Energy Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G)
10.56 10.57 12.85 12.85 12.89 12.89 12.92 12.92 17.73 17.73 10.46 11.48 11.40 11.40 10.15 12.40 74.92 12.84 11.29 12.82 8.54 8.54 10.53 10.53 13.65 17.02 11.15 47.52
Fidelity Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) India Growth Fund (D) India Growth Fund (G) India Special Situations Fund (D) India Special Situations Fund (G) India Value Fund (D) India Value Fund (G) International Opportunities Fund (D) International Opportunities Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund (D) Tax Advantage Fund (G) Fortis China-India Fund (D) China-India Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Future Leaders Fund (D) Future Leaders Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Sustainable Development Fund (D) Sustainable Development Fund (G) Tax Advantage Plan (ELSS) (D) Tax Advantage Plan (ELSS) (G) Franklin Asian Equity Fund (D) Asian Equity Fund (G) Build India Fund (D) Build India Fund (G)
19.80 31.29 10.88 10.88 15.19 16.75 10.34 10.34 12.10 12.10 17.36 19.34 8.14 8.14 11.17 16.06 10.31 30.49 8.75 8.79 9.22 17.71 10.61 11.65 10.16 12.76 9.73 9.73 11.41 11.41
FMCG Fund (D) FMCG Fund (G) India Bluechip Fund (D) India Bluechip Fund (G) India Flexi Cap Fund (D) India Flexi Cap Fund (G) India High Growth Companies Fund (D) India High Growth Companies Fund (G) India Opportunities Fund (D) India Opportunities Fund (G) India Prima Fund (D) India Prima Fund (G) India Prima Plus Fund (D) India Prima Plus Fund (G) India Smaller Companies Fund (D) India Smaller Companies Fund (G) India Tax Shield (D) India Tax Shield (G) Infotech Fund (D) Infotech Fund (G) Pharma Fund (D) Pharma Fund (G) Templeton India Equity Income Fund (D) Templeton India Equity Income Fund (G) Templeton India Growth Fund (D) Templeton India Growth Fund (G)
34.65 55.21 38.15 190.56 14.47 28.58 11.74 11.74 13.88 28.88 46.99 251.88 26.46 197.08 12.12 13.09 30.30 184.32 18.70 54.96 29.14 55.06 13.96 17.98 52.12 110.80
HDFC Capital Builder Fund (D) Capital Builder Fund (G) Core & Satellite Fund (D) Core & Satellite Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Long Term Advantage Fund (D) Long Term Advantage Fund (G) Long Term Equity Fund (D) Long Term Equity Fund (G) Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund (D) Mid-Cap Opportunities Fund (G) Premier Multi-Cap Fund (D) Premier Multi-Cap Fund (G) Tax Saver (D) Tax Saver (G) Top 200 Fund (D) Top 200 Fund (G) HSBC Dynamic Fund (D) Dynamic Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) India Opportunities Fund (D) India Opportunities Fund (G) Midcap Equity Fund (D) Midcap Equity Fund (G) Progressive Themes Fund (D) Progressive Themes Fund (G) Tax Saver Equity Fund (D) Tax Saver Equity Fund (G) Unique Opportunities Fund (D) Unique Opportunities Fund (G)
23.68 97.77 20.46 36.00 44.12 240.08 29.69 75.82 11.30 11.30 34.91 119.27 11.73 14.18 13.41 13.41 14.77 26.05 57.92 206.15 43.43 183.76 9.40 9.40 26.88 93.97 15.65 31.39 13.47 21.95 10.84 12.74 12.69 13.76 10.16 10.16
ICICI Pru Banking & Financial Services Fund - Retail Plan (D) 15.85 Banking & Financial Services Fund - Retail Plan (G) 15.85 Discovery Fund (D) 20.16 Discovery Fund (G) 44.26 Dynamic Plan (D) 18.02 Dynamic Plan (G) 95.62 Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (D) 16.41 Emerging S.T.A.R. Fund (G) 32.96 FMCG Fund (D) 30.16 FMCG Fund (G) 52.74 Focused Equity Fund (D) 14.10 Focused Equity Fund (G) 14.10 Fusion Fund (D) 12.81 Fusion Fund (G) 13.59 Fusion Fund Series - II (D) 11.41 Fusion Fund Series - II (G) 12.24 Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (D) 11.81 Fusion Fund Series - III Retail Plan (G) 11.81 Growth Plan (D) 18.31 Growth Plan (G) 121.17 Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 9.42 Indo Asia Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 9.42 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.94 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) 28.46 Power (D) 16.04 Power (G) 102.43 Services Industries Fund (D) 12.18 Services Industries Fund (G) 16.20 Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (D) 12.42 Target Returns Fund - Retail Plan (G) 12.42 Tax Plan (D) 18.99 Tax Plan (G) 127.40 Technology Fund (D) 14.68 Technology Fund (G) 14.68 R.I.G.H.T. Fund (D) 10.91 R.I.G.H.T. Fund (G) 10.91 IDFC Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 14.25 Classic Equity Fund - Plan A (G) 19.69 Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan A (D) 11.82
Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan B (D) Enterprise Equity Fund - Plan B (G) Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Imperial Equity Fund - Plan A (G) India GDP Growth Fund (D) India GDP Growth Fund (G) Premier Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Premier Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Small & Midcap Equity Fund (D) Small & Midcap Equity Fund (G) Strategic Sector (50-50) Equity Fund - Plan A (D) Strategic Sector (50-50) Equity Fund - Plan A (G) Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Advantage (ELSS) Fund (G) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (G) ING C.U.B. Fund (Bonus) C.U.B. Fund (D) C.U.B. Fund (G) Contra Fund (B) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Core Equity Fund (D) Core Equity Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Domestic Opportunities Fund (D) Domestic Opportunities Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan A (D) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan A (G) OptiMix Multi Manager Equity Fund - Plan B (G) OptiMix Retireinvest Fund - Series I (D) OptiMix Retireinvest Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saving Fund (Bonus) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G)
14.41 9.94 11.84 14.92 18.05 14.85 14.84 23.12 28.53 13.89 16.84 13.07 13.21 14.48 18.08 13.54 13.54 16.55 12.08 16.55 15.50 13.22 15.50 18.20 34.39 19.30 21.23 12.94 34.27 15.85 19.95 10.32 10.31 10.53 11.78 11.78 26.83 13.21 26.79
JM Agri & Infra Fund (D) Agri & Infra Fund (G) Basic Fund (D) Basic Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Emerging Leaders Fund (D) Emerging Leaders Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Financial Services Sector Fund (D) Financial Services Sector Fund (G) HI FI Fund (D) HI FI Fund (G) Large Cap Fund (D) Large Cap Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Multi Strategy Fund (D) Multi Strategy Fund (G) Small & Mid-Cap Fund - Regular Plan (D) Small & Mid-Cap Fund - Regular Plan (G) Tax Gain Fund (D) Tax Gain Fund (G) Telecom Sector Fund (D) Telecom Sector Fund (G) JP Morgan India Tax Advantage Fund (D) India Tax Advantage Fund (G) India Equity Fund (D) India Equity Fund (G) India Smaller Companies Fund (D) India Smaller Companies Fund (G)
2.91 2.91 12.27 17.57 5.60 5.60 8.02 8.00 13.90 34.15 9.33 9.33 5.61 5.61 12.85 17.48 17.77 25.93 13.39 14.40 5.78 5.78 7.31 7.31 7.09 7.09 13.27 16.39 10.96 11.81 7.07 7.07
Kotak 30 (D) 30 (G) Contra (D) Contra (G) Emerging Equity Scheme (D) Emerging Equity Scheme (G) Indo World Infrastructure Fund (D) Indo World Infrastructure Fund (G) Lifestyle Fund (D) Lifestyle Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Select Focus Fund (D) Select Focus Fund (G) Tax Saver (D) Tax Saver (G)
29.52 93.59 17.57 20.07 11.05 11.05 7.06 7.06 10.39 12.00 16.05 23.07 14.80 42.63 10.69 10.69 10.42 17.02
L&T Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Global Advantage Fund (D) Global Advantage Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Hedged Equity Fund (D) Hedged Equity Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Midcap Fund (D)
9.74 9.74 6.94 10.01 16.41 34.75 8.90 12.55 7.35 7.35 21.38
study. Other Indian firms, which have have highest level of sustainability standards mentioned in the report include India's largest manufacturer of irrigation plants, Jain Irrigation and leading IT-firm Infosys. According to the survey, number of firms, which have socially responsible production of goods and services with maximum resource efficiency, are higher from the developed countries--at a little over 50 per cent. However, even in emerging markets like India and China, a sufficient number of companies can be found eligible for sustainable investment, it said. Other world firms, which have found place in the list include world's largest cement manufacturer, Cemex of Mexico, South African mining
Midcap Fund (G) Multi-Cap Fund (D) Multi-Cap Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund - Series I (D) Tax Advantage Fund - Series I (G) Tax Saver Fund (D) Tax Saver Fund (G) LIC Infrastructure Fund Series 1 (D) Infrastructure Fund Series 1 (G) MF Equity Fund (D) MF Equity Fund (G) MF Growth Fund (D) MF Growth Fund (G) MF India Vision Fund (D) MF India Vision Fund (G) MF Opportunities Fund (D) MF Opportunities Fund (G) MF Tax Plan (D) MF Tax Plan (G) MF Top 100 Fund (D) MF Top 100 Fund (G)
37.04 14.04 17.62 18.18 41.49 5.72 5.72 14.45 19.67 13.77 14.83 8.99 8.99 9.59 24.33 10.47 11.80 8.44 8.44 9.70 17.04 9.52 26.58 7.80 7.80
Mirae Asset Global Commodity Stock Fund - Regular Plan (D) Global Commodity Stock Fund - Regular Plan (G) India Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (D) India Opportunities Fund - Regular Plan (G) Morgan Stanley A.C.E. Fund (Across Capitalisations Equity) (D) A.C.E. Fund (Across Capitalisations Equity) (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G)
11.12 11.12 13.51 14.60 13.70 13.70 19.08 58.55
Principal Dividend Yield Fund (D) 15.69 Dividend Yield Fund (G) 21.26 Emerging Bluechip Fund (D) 23.24 Emerging Bluechip Fund (G) 29.37 Global Opportunities Fund (D) 15.40 Global Opportunities Fund (G) 15.40 Growth Fund (D) 22.68 Growth Fund (G) 50.06 Large Cap Fund (D) 19.33 Large Cap Fund (G) 26.11 Personal Tax Saver Fund 89.28 PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series 1 (D) 10.98 PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series 1 (G) 10.98 PNB Long Term EqFund - 3 Year Plan - Series II (D) 11.33 PNB Long Term Eq Fund - 3 Year Plan - Series II (G) 11.33 Resurgent India Equity Fund (D) 12.14 Resurgent India Equity Fund (G) 85.44 Services Industries Fund (D) 12.44 Services Industries Fund (G) 14.03 Tax Savings Fund 72.45
Quantum Long-Term Equity Fund (D) Long-Term Equity Fund (G) Tax Saving Fund (D) Tax Saving Fund (G)
19.63 19.47 19.50 19.51
Reliance Banking Fund (Bonus) 85.00 Banking Fund (D) 33.91 Banking Fund (G) 84.99 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 78.37 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (D) 46.26 Diversified Power Sector Fund - Retail Plan (G) 78.37 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (B) 11.46 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.46 Equity Advantage Fund - Retail Plan (G) 11.46 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 14.42 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (D) 14.42 Equity Fund - Retail Plan (G) 14.42 Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (D) 13.16 Equity Linked Saving Fund - Series I (G) 13.16 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 31.66 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (D) 22.36 Equity Opportunities Fund - Retail Plan (G) 31.66 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 73.65 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (D) 54.43 Growth Fund - Retail Plan (G) 444.02 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) 11.12 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.12 Infrastructure Fund - Retail Plan (G) 11.12 Long Term Equity Fund (D) 14.41 Long Term Equity Fund (G) 14.41 Media & Entertainment Fund (Bonus) 27.13 Media & Entertainment Fund (D) 19.50 Media & Entertainment Fund (G) 27.13 Natural Resources Fund (Bonus) 9.60 Natural Resources Fund (D) 9.60 Natural Resources Fund (G) 9.60 NRI Equity Fund (Bonus) 35.82 NRI Equity Fund (D) 21.31 NRI Equity Fund (G) 35.82 Pharma Fund (Bonus) 49.32 Pharma Fund (D) 36.78 Pharma Fund (G) 49.32 Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (B) 11.51 Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (D) 11.51
firm, Lomin, pharmaceuticals company, Aspen Pharmacare and South African Nedbank. The survey has assigned the top rating to Brazil's largest cosmetics company, Natura Cosmeticos as it consistently uses plant-based raw materials and takes environmental and social considerations into account in procurement." The report also observes that a rapid economic growth in the emerging markets like India is likely to cause major environmental and social risks like excessive depletion of natural resources in the longterm. Apart from a rise in the carbon dioxide, rapidly growing emerging market economies also face major challenges in the fields of democracy and political stability, labour rights, health, education and social security systems, it
Quant Plus Fund - Retail Plan (G) Regular Savings Fund - Equity Option (D) Regular Savings Fund - Equity Option (G) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (D) Tax Saver (ELSS) Fund (G) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (Bonus) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (D) Vision Fund - Retail Plan (G) Religare AGILE Fund (D) AGILE Fund (G) AGILE Tax Fund (D) AGILE Tax Fund (G) Banking Fund - Regular Plan (D) Banking Fund - Regular Plan (G) Business Leaders Fund (D) Business Leaders Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Mid N Small Cap Fund (D) Mid N Small Cap Fund (G) PSU Equity Fund (D) PSU Equity Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G)
11.51 22.05 28.28 14.74 18.91 42.03 40.83 250.29 6.08 6.06 6.95 6.95 13.53 17.44 11.26 11.26 11.55 14.93 11.78 11.79 11.44 11.45 8.06 8.06 12.87 12.87 12.64 12.64 10.22 10.22 13.09 15.81
Sahara Banking and Financial Services Fund (D) Banking and Financial Services Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure - Fixed Pricing Option (D) Infrastructure - Fixed Pricing Option (G) Infrastructure -Variable Pricing Option (D) Infrastructure -Variable Pricing Option (G) Midcap Fund (Bonus) Midcap Fund (D) Midcap Fund (G) Midcap Fund (Growth Auto Payout) Power & Natural Resources Fund (D) Power & Natural Resources Fund (G) Star Value Fund (D) Star Value Fund (G) Super 20 Fund (D) Super 20 Fund (G) Tax Gain (D) Tax Gain (G) Wealth Plus - Variable Pricing Option (D) Wealth Plus - Variable Pricing Option (G) Wealth Plus Fund - Fixed Pricing Option (D) Wealth Plus Fund - Fixed Pricing Option (G) SBI Blue Chip Fund (D) Blue Chip Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund - Series I (D) Infrastructure Fund - Series I (G) Magnum Comma Fund (D) Magnum Comma Fund (G) Magnum Contra Fund (D) Magnum Contra Fund (G) Magnum Emerging Businesses Fund (D) Magnum Emerging Businesses Fund (G) Magnum Equity Fund (D) Magnum Equity Fund (G) Magnum FMCG Fund Magnum Global Fund (D) Magnum Global Fund (G) Magnum IT Fund Magnum Midcap Fund (D) Magnum Midcap Fund (G) Magnum Multicap Fund (D) Magnum Multicap Fund (G) Magnum Multiplier Plus (D) Magnum Multiplier Plus (G) Magnum NRI - Flexiasset Plan (D) Magnum NRI - Flexiasset Plan (G) Magnum Pharma Fund (D) Magnum Pharma Fund (G) Magnum Tax Gain Scheme (D) Magnum Tax Gain Scheme (G) One India Fund (D) One India Fund (G) Shinsei Industry Leaders Fund (D) Industry Leaders Fund (G) Sundaram BNP Paribas Capex Opportunities Fund (D) Capex Opportunities Fund (G) Equity Multiplier Fund (D) Equity Multiplier Fund (G) Financial Services Opportunities - Retail Plan (D) Financial Services Opportunities - Retail Plan (G) Growth Fund - Regular Plan (D) Growth Fund - Regular Plan (G) India Leadership Fund - Regular Plan (D) India Leadership Fund - Regular Plan (G) Media & Entertainment Opportunities - Retail (D) Media & Entertainment Opportunities - Retail (G) PSU Opportunities Fund (D) PSU Opportunities Fund (G) Rural India Fund (D) Rural India Fund (G) S.M.I.L.E Fund - Regular Plan (D)
16.73 26.44 28.47 75.94 11.93 16.32 12.34 16.80 28.30 19.22 28.30 28.30 12.75 12.75 11.52 11.52 10.69 10.69 14.98 33.61 19.14 19.15 18.53 18.53 11.97 13.73 9.99 9.99 15.66 23.19 24.94 54.36 15.76 35.53 29.71 39.38 23.57 28.26 50.54 19.94 16.76 21.85 13.18 17.34 54.01 76.07 27.20 27.10 32.18 38.94 38.69 56.77 10.61 10.61 10.31 10.31 12.80 24.27 11.03 13.52 13.53 17.03 11.29 84.46 11.51 37.65 11.79 14.94 9.89 9.88 12.37 13.58 12.35
said. Bank Sarasin has a subsidiary in India--Sarasin Alpen (India) private limited, which provides financial consultancy service in the domestic market.
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S.M.I.L.E Fund - Regular Plan (G) Select Focus - Retail Plan (D) Select Focus - Retail Plan (G) Select Midcap - Regular Plan (D) Select Midcap - Regular Plan (G) Select Small Cap Fund (D) Select Small Cap Fund (G) Select Thematic Energy Opportunities Funds (D) Select Thematic Energy Opportunities Funds (G) Tax Saver (OE) (D) Tax Saver (OE) (G)
31.79 10.84 83.65 17.01 136.14 12.46 12.46 8.07 8.07 11.05 41.23
Tata Capital Builder Fund (D) Capital Builder Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Equity Management Fund (D) Equity Management Fund (G) Equity Opportunities Fund - Plan A (D) Equity Opportunities Fund - Plan B (G) Equity P/E Fund (G) Equity P/E Fund - Trigger Option A 5% (D) Equity P/E Fund - Trigger Option B 10% (D) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (D) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan A (G) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (D) Growing Eco Infrastructure Fund - Plan B (G) Growth Fund (Bonus) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Infrastructure Tax Saving Fund (D) Infrastructure Tax Saving Fund (G) Life Sciences & Technology Fund (D) Life Sciences & Technology Fund (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) Pure Equity Fund (D) Pure Equity Fund (G) Select Equity Fund (D) Select Equity Fund (G) Service Industries Fund (D) Service Industries Fund (G) Tax Advantage Fund - 1 (D) Tax Advantage Fund - 1 (G) Tax Saving Fund Taurus Bonanza Fund (D) Bonanza Fund (G) Discovery Fund (D) Discovery Fund (G) Ethical Fund (Bonus) Ethical Fund (D) Ethical Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Star Share (D) Star Share (G) Tax Shield (D) Tax Shield (G)
13.53 14.49 14.92 15.83 20.90 29.35 12.70 13.69 21.68 77.53 44.22 38.75 39.18 10.78 10.78 11.50 11.50 37.25 18.41 40.99 21.52 32.69 16.40 16.40 35.26 66.23 15.95 16.95 36.24 91.33 43.29 60.35 19.25 23.99 14.58 14.58 42.47 39.04 38.79 14.92 14.91 21.33 15.99 21.34 14.25 14.21 35.71 50.72 18.88 31.85
UTI Banking Sector Fund (D) Banking Sector Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Dividend Yield Fund (D) Dividend Yield Fund (G) Energy Fund (D) Energy Fund (G) Equity Fund (D) Equity Fund (G) Equity Tax Savings Plan (D) Equity Tax Savings Plan (G) India Lifestyle Fund(D) India Lifestyle Fund(G) Infrastructure Advantage Fund - Series I (D) Infrastructure Advantage Fund - Series I (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Leadership Equity Fund (D) Leadership Equity Fund (G) Long Term Advantage Fund (D) Long Term Advantage Fund (G) Master Equity Plan Unit Scheme Master Plus Unit Scheme (D) Master Plus Unit Scheme (G) Master Value Fund (D) Master Value Fund (G) Mastershare (D) Mastershare (G) Mid Cap Fund (D) Mid Cap Fund (G) MNC Fund (D) MNC Fund (G) Opportunities Fund (D) Opportunities Fund (G) Pharma & Healthcare Fund (D) Pharma & Healthcare Fund (G) Services Industries Fund (D) Services Industries Fund (G) Top 100 Fund (D) Top 100 Fund (G) Wealth Builder Fund (D) Wealth Builder Fund (G)
22.28 36.66 12.24 13.25 14.19 28.64 12.37 10.92 42.35 47.92 15.52 36.50 10.29 10.29 8.76 8.76 19.22 33.74 13.24 14.29 12.00 12.00 44.87 53.05 73.59 23.66 46.72 28.47 48.23 22.17 29.80 34.13 50.78 12.74 23.86 28.14 34.48 23.86 55.50 21.40 26.07 14.31 15.27
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The income tax department is readying itself for the annual ritual of receiving returns of income. The due date is still far away; the 31st July for individuals. Income that has been earned in the financial year 2009-2010 is now to be declared to government by the filing of a return of income. As per law only those above the tax limits are required to file their returns of income : males having an taxable income over Rs 1,60,000, females having taxable income over 1,90,000 and senior citizens that is male or females over 65 years of age having a taxable income over Rs 2,40,000. For several services, senior citizens are those over 60 years of age, but in the case of tax, the threshold of a senior citizen is 65 years. Of course individual having below this income can also file their returns; in many cases people do so in order to have continuity in filing their tax returns. The tax department had earlier notified ITR 1-the Saral II, form for individuals having salary income. Subsequently the other set of forms have been notified. ITR-2 is for individuals who have other income but not business or professional income. ITR-3 is the form for persons who only have partnership income. ITR4 is tailored for individuals and HUF’s that do business and professional income. Firms and other entities such as association of persons are to file their returns in ITR-6. The company returns are to be filed in ITR-7. Returns can be filed electronically. But those forms that are filed electronically without a digital signature, there is an ITR-V that is to be signed and sent to the designated office. The forms can be downloaded and are provided with detailed instructions as to how to fill them. The instructions are indeed detailed. Do you know that your return form can be filed in several ways: in a paper form, electronically under a digital signature, transmitting the data electronically while submitting a verification in paper Form ITR- V or finally furnishing a Bar coded return. The ITR –V required to be filed by those who do not have a digital signature, have to take two copies of ITR-V, one copy of which has to be signed and sent to the Central Processing Centre at Bangalore; the other copy being for record purposes. Yes each year, the forms get better and customer friendly. The forms are thoughtfully designed, in a tabular form with cells that you fill the required information. Some of the information to be filled required only putting the relevant code no. Reading the instructions, a layman would be in a position to fill the form. The intent is to making the form simple enough so that a non tax person does not require professional help to file his returns. . Next year with the introduction of the DTC, there will be another set of forms. There is no need of buying or downloading extra forms as you may not be able to use these forms the next year. FINANCE ACT 2010 With the passing of the finance bill the government has been able to put any uncertainty
GCCI hails hike in Min Wages PANJIM (HBD) – The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has welcomed the new minimum wages of Rs 150 that have been fixed by the Government of Goa. While the chamber supports the causes of social justice and appreciates that there are increases in the cost of living indices, it wanted that the increase has to be based on a more scientific and realistic basis. Given the hike in the overall cost of living, the 45% increase in the minimum wages seems justified. The chamber also requested the govt to declare the PF-able portion of the Minimum Wages so that there is no friction with the PF authorities.
to rest and allow the tax departments to get along with their work of collecting revenue. On the indirect tax front also the Finance Minister gave certain concessions. Each year, the excise duty of cigarettes continues to move upwards, and similar was the case this year. But during the intervening period of the presentation of the Bill and the final reading, representations were received in the ministry that the excise duty of hand rolled cigars and cheroots were stifling this industry that is primarily located in the cottage and household sectors. Accordingly duty on low cost hand rolled cheroots was reduced to 10% ad valorem. Certain other excise duty concessions were also provided for medicines, cotton, flax, while export duty on iron ore lumps was increased from 10 to 15%. The changes regarding direct taxes and service tax were discussed in an earlier article. The finance minister stuck to his guns and refused to give any concession regarding the raising of oil duties. With little support from friends and foes, the Finance Bill sailed through despite cut motions by the opposition. CATCH ‘EME YOUNG A thoughtful project of the tax department is a look at the future. Government is in the process of framing a policy where the knowledge of tax and its importance in civil society is being taken to schools and colleges. The idea is that students in classes V & VI and later in classes X and XII be given inputs on the payment of taxes so that they see the need of paying taxes if we have to undertake a serious look at nation building. This project is indeed noteworthy, for if one were to sample the attitudes of the general public towards taxpaying, one would find these are mostly negative. Taxpaying is not looked at in a very positive note. In closed company, a person who honestly discloses his income is considered either a fool or in the case of the salaried class has no option. Very often one will hear a salaried person, envious of the businessman since none of the latter ever shows their entire income. Even if they show a great portion of their income, the expenditure claimed would always be padded to include several personal items that would not be strictly allowable. This project where children would be given inputs on the importance of paying taxes that contribute to nation building would help nurture right attitudes in the minds of the young. On a macro level government could also think of having campaigns to show the nation as to what becomes of the taxes collected. Yes with the moderate rates that are prevalent today, tax compliance has improved and hopefully with newer tax payers coming into the market, things are looking up. Yes today many more believe in paying taxes rather than evading them. (The author of the column is an Income Tax official.)
Harrisons looking for plantation PTI MUMBAI, MAY 16
RPG group company, Harrisons Malayalam, is eyeing overseas acquisitions in the plantation and horticulture segments, a top company official said. "We are looking at inorganic growth opportunities and interested in overseas acquisitions in the plantation and horticulture segments," Harrisons Malayalam's Managing Director Pankaj Kapoor said. The company is eyeing the African continent for a buy, he said, adding that it would, however, take about sixmonths before something materialises. Asked what could be the deal-size, Kapoor said it was too early to comment but indicated that it would be 'fairly large'. "We will fund our acquisition through a combination of internal accruals and debt," he said. The company, a major player in rubber and tea, now also plans to give a strong thrust to its Projects and Engineering division. "This division contributed around Rs 5-6-crore in FY 10-we see the division growing rapidly and its contribution rising to around Rs 45-crore," Kapoor said. This division undertakes several engineering and electrical engineering turnkey projects. "We have earned a good name for quality work and we now plan to encash on this," Kapoor said. This division's order-book stands at Rs 100-crore, he said. The company's top-line in FY 10 grew 14 per cent at Rs 330crore while its net profit jumped 47 per cent at Rs 11.47-crore. Harrisons Malayalam is a part of the Rs 16,000-crore RPG group which has interests in tyres, power, retail, carbon black and entertainment.
Govt curbs import of used e-goods via charity route PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 16
In a step taken to check dumping of used electronic items from other countries in India, the Centre has restricted the import of second-hand laptops, computers and other e-peripherals through the charity route. Until now, import of secondhand computers, laptops and computer peripherals, including printers, plotters, scanners, monitors, keyboards and storage units, for donation to government schools, charitable hospitals, libraries and publicly-funded R&D projects had been free. While such imports were restricted (but not banned) in
general as hazardous items, community information centres and adult education centres run by the government were allowed to bring them in freely. However, concerned by the growing amount of e-waste, a Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) directive put restrictions on the import, which would now be allowed on a case-by-case basis. According to an estimate, around 600 tonnes of e-waste had entered the country over six months in 2009 under the guise of charity. It was estimated that the US, alone, exported nearly 70 per cent of the e-waste to the
country as donations to educational institutions. Various NGOs have alleged that developed nations deliberately mix faulty pieces in consignments to unorganised sectors, posing health risks. To keep a check on such "charity dumps", the Environment Ministry has already prepared a draft for the E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2010. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had recently said in the Rajya Sabha that he was personally against the import of second-hand computers in the name of charity, as they posed a danger to the environment as well as human health.
Urban amenities for rural India AGENCY NEW DELHI, MAY 16
Here's an idea that, if it works, could change the face of rural India. The government has begun partnering private players for rural development with the aim of providing urban amenities in villages and checking migration to cities. The scheme for Provision of Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA), an idea propounded by former president A P J Abdul Kalam, could well be an answer to the burgeoning problem of mass migration to cities, officials say. 'The cities are falling apart due to huge migration. The difference between urban and rural areas is in terms of organisation of civic amenities. PURA aims to provide to villages the same level of amenities as in urban areas and this will slow the pace of migration,' said a ministry official. The scheme envisages selection of private players to develop livelihood opportunities, urban amenities and infrastructure of prescribed levels and take responsibility for their maintenance for 10 years in the selected panchayat clusters. To be initially implemented on a pilot basis at 10 places in
the public-private partnership framework, the scheme has generated keen interest among private players with 93 business entities responding positively to the expression of interest notice of the rural development ministry. The ministry intends to complete the selection process by December and sign the concessions agreement by January next year. 'A tripartite agreement will be signed between the ministry, the state governments and the private partner after finalisation of proposals,' Arvind Mayaram, additional secretary in the rural development ministry, said. The selected private partners will be required to provide amenities like water supply, sewerage, drainage, solid waste management, street lighting and telecommunications besides creating avenues for skill enhancement and economic activity. Ministry officials said the scheme will have a direct impact by reducing migration from rural areas. According to the 2001 census, the total migrant population between 1991 and 2001 was 98.30 million of which
about 22 percent comprised people who migrated from rural to urban areas. The ministry official said efforts to improve rural amenities through allocation of more funds by the government were not yielding the desired results. 'The govt infra never reaches a village in one go. Amenities like road, water and power reach a village in gaps of years, reducing the impact of development,' he said, adding that maintenance of created assets was also an issue as funds provided by state governments for the purpose were insufficient. PURA envisages convergence of funding from various schemes of the central government, private financing and capital grant. The private partners selected for the scheme will work for a gram panchayat or a cluster of such panchayats having a population between 25,000 and 40,000. They will be entitled to create revenue earning facilities like village-linked tourism, integrated rural hub, warehousing, agricultural service centre and other rural economy-based projects. The private players said the scheme was both an opportunity and a challenge.
'It is an innovative but challenging scheme which will create infrastructure in a group of villages in partnership with panchayats. This is what the country needs,' said R.C.M. Reddy, CEO, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited, which has submitted expression of interest for PURA. He said the private players will have an option of building amenities such as low-cost schools, bio-gas plants or affordable housing in consultation with panchayats. A senior official from Drishti Development and Communications Limited, which has also shown interest in PURA, said community ownership of the scheme was vital for its success. 'It can't be imposed on panchayats. They should feel good about it,' the official said. The ministry will scale up PURA based on the outcome of the pilot project. 'We will be able to take a decision about scaling up the scheme sometime by 2012,' Mayaram said. Kalam had laid thrust on PURA in his speeches and the scheme was initially launched by the Rural Development Ministry from 2004-05 to 2006-07 on a pilot basis.
Indus Health Plus opens in Goa
Director, Kanchan Naikawadi and the two Jt MDs,Amol Naikawadi and Parnal Dekhane at the inaugural function. HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Indus Health Plus has now expanded its footprint in Goa with the launch of its customer convenience center, the fifth such centre in India. The center was inaugurated by the director, Kanchan Naikawadi and the two joint managing directors, Amol Naikawadi and Parnal Dekhane. Indus already has more than 2500 satisfied and an evergrowing customer base in Goa, and with the launch of this convenience center, it plans further build these client relationships. This 900 square feet office, situated at G-3/4, Bldg A1, Jairam Complex, Near Goa Handicraft Rua-de-ourem, Neoginagar, Panjim Goa403001, will offer preventive health care services to the citizens of Goa and other neighboring cities. With statistics revealing that 40% of people die due to heart attack in a stress ridden world, Naikawadi feels that, “These diseases are preventable, and ‘Early detection’ rather than prevention then becomes the ‘mantra’ of the day. We at Indus Health Plus strongly believe and practice this thought and hope to propagate it to one
Lifestyle brands eye airports PTI NEW DELHI, MAY 16
With modernisation making various airports attractive destination for retailing, many lifestyle brands, including Swarovski, Hidesign and Satya Paul, are now rushing to set up outlets to tap the rising air traffic volume. "Airports are one of the most promising sectors for retail development. Today every premium brand is keen on participating in the airport''s retail zone, primarily because there has been a transformation in major airports," Swarovski India country manager for consumer goods business Sukanya Dutta Roy said. Swarovski currently has retail outlets at the Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi airports. It plans to add more outlets at the Capital''s airport apart from targeting others, including Bangalore. Among the top destinations for retailers are the international airports in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. Increased passenger spending is encouraging retailers to focus on airports. "In terms of sales also it is quite a boost, that is the reason why we would consider establishing outlets at airports for other brands as well," Genesis Colors marketing VP Rajiv Grover said. Genesis Colors owns the Satya Paul brand besides other designer labels. It has outlets at the New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore airports and is also planning enter other airports this fiscal. For ethnic brands like Fabindia, airports provide the right place to attract foreign buyers, besides wooing domestic customers. "The opportunity for visibility and re-call plays a large role in this for most brands, as does the fact that there is a large volume of walk-throughs in an airport," said the Fabindia overseas head for communications and public affairs. According to sources at Delhi International Airport, the upcoming terminal T3, which is likely to be opened in July, will spread over 30,000 square metres and can accommodate 247 retail units. Already global biggies like Versace, WH Smith and HagenDaz are understood to be setting shops at T3, after the completion of which the New Delhi airport would handle around 6 crore passengers annually.
and all.” Indus Health Plus has partnered with Goa Scan Centre as our service provider in Goa; a 24X7 open centre. At the Goa Scan Centre, all CT Scan and other facilities are available where tests such as ECG, Echo cardiogram, Ultra-sound sonography, digital X-ray, Sonomammography, bone-density, muscular scans, stress tests, PFT, ambulance service, Doppler tests can be undertaken.
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e had this penchant of collecting material that others thought was ‘firewood’ right from early childhood. Every item he collected was related to day-to-day living. One day he had to go to Lucknow to collect the prestigious National Award for Painting that was bestowed upon him by the Lalit Kala Academy. When he returned, he found that his collection was burnt to ashes because it was thought to be as good as firewood. But Victor Hugo Gomes did not give up. “I never lost heart,” he says. He started with the collection all over again. “When I saw something that interested me, I paid whatever I had at that time, even a few rupees, as a token amount and asked people to keep the articles for me. I’ll never forget. I never had money. Sometimes I collected these articles after years. Some waited while some sold what they had,” he reveals. All this was aimed at a dream. A dream he wanted to fulfill. “When I married Aldina, we took a decision that we would not have a child. I know it went against all norms of society and religion,” argues Victor. “I had a dream and this dream would be my child,” Victor states. His wife found it very difficult to take it. “But when things started shaping up, she realized the dream,” he says. Goa Chitra is the dream… It is ‘a dream come true’ for Victor Hugo and his wife Aldina… “Today we have developed a project for children, no matter
Treasures Out Of ‘Firewood’
what,” he asserts. He feels children of today must be in touch with their rich ancestry. “Today’s children don’t ask questions,” laments Victor. It is important for them to know what their ancestors have left behind for them. These were passed on from generation to generation. Today, the modern culture is concentrated on aping what we see. “Together we need to preserve and pass what we have inherited to our children,” V ictor strongly proposes. Victor has been collecting since long. He has an inspiration behind that, “I was born here and God has given me 40 years of life. It is now time to give back from what I have learnt. Goa Chitra is all about giving back.” Goa Chitra is where the ancestral treasures of Goa surface. These are treasures that were used mostly in agricultural activity. There are 40000 exhibits and they belong to 40000 dif-
ferent people from various parts. “What is important is that they trusted
me and sold the artefacts to me,” states Victor. People wanted to throw most of these things out, but Victor prevailed upon them to sell it to him. Most of them, when they visit the museum today feel proud to see what has happened to those ‘discarded’ items. V ictor re-
counts that while he was once at Neturlim, he interacted with some Dhangars there. There was a basket lying discarded around
the place. He bought the basket and they laughed at him! “When I invited the same people who laughed at me to come in and see the museum, they cried when they saw what had happened to their basket,” says Victor. There was a lot of time spent at scrap yards and even cleaning pipes and storerooms, ‘maddos’ searching for what he knew was hidden treasure. But he always had that steady vision in his mind. In one case, there was an antique pot that was placed in a room and probably the walls were built around it since it could not be brought out of any door leading to the room. This one man’s vision has today become a peoples’ project. The one man show went to the extent of tr ying to find out minute details about the artifacts. This task was even more difficult considering that there was absolutely no documentation available. The process of finding out the names was tedious. The actual prob-
lem is that in Konkani only the broad names a r e available. ‘Nangar’ for example, is the b ro a d name for a
plough. But what is important is Victor has managed to find the correct names of each the implements used. He started by finding out the actual Konkani names. For this he rummaged through all the Konkani dictionaries, listened to old Konkani songs and studied old Konkani sayings to trace out the words. He had now created his own glossary. With this glossary, he visited every nook and
Digging Up And Discovering History –II
hose interested in conducting research on the branches of Archaeology can do Ph.D. Eligibility Candidates with a background in ancient history and culture are preferred for Archaeology. The eligibility criteria for a 3 year Bachelors course in History/ Archaeology is 10+2 or equivalent. Graduates in History with aggregate 55per cent marks can apply for PG Diploma or MA/M.Sc. in different fields of Archaeology. Duration of these courses may vary from 1 to 2 years. Admission to the two year PG Diploma course at Institute of Archaeology, the academic wing of the Archaeological Survey of India-New Delhi, is on the basis of a written exam and an interview. Educational Qualifications Post-graduate diploma in archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology in Delhi is the most sought after course in the field. Candidates who want to do this course need to have a Masters degree in ancient of medieval Indian history or an MA/M.Sc. with archaeology or anthropology. A minimum aggregate of 55 per cent is essential. A written exam and an interview is conducted on the basis of which the candidate is finally selected. To do a BA in archaeology candidates are required to have history as a subject in their 10+2. To do an MA in archaeology the minimum qualification is a BA in archaeology or related fields. The eligibility for the master's courses is a bachelor's degree in Archaeology, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Geology, Physics, Chemistry, Botany or zoology. Contact the colleges and universities to find out if any other subject at the bachelor's level is acceptable or not at that particular college or university. Course Areas : Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology (PGDA), a course in two years is offered by the Archaeological Survey of India, Institute of Archaeology, 24-Tilak Marg, New Delhi - 110 001. Those who have completed an M.A. in Ancient/Medieval Indian History or an M.A./M.Sc in Archaeology with 55per cent marks are eligible for the course. (50per cent for SC/ST/OBC) The upper age limit is 27 years. Candidates have to appear for a written test and an interview. Applications are invited in June and the academic session starts in October. Then there are two special programmemes in Archaeology are offered by the Delhi Institute
M.A. Archaeology, Indian History & Culture 2, B.A. Jiwaji University Gwalior MA. Indian History Culture and Archaeology 2, B.A. Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad University of Baroda, Vadodara The full list of colleges offering degree courses in Archaeology can be had from the Public Relations Officer, Mahatma Gandhi University, Priyadarshini Hills PO, Kottayam - 686 560 (Phone: 0481- 2731020). Contact these colleges and universities to find out whether they offer archaeology at the bachelor's level. The bachelor's courses are of three years in duration and the master's courses of two years.
of Heritage Research and Management, 18-A, Satsang Vihar, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi - 67. The courses are called:
ology. Applied Sciences, Theory and Methods in Archaeology, Protohistory, Art, Museology, Chemical Preservation, Antiquarian Laws etc. are some of the subjects covered in Archaeology. * Master in Conservation, The course also consists of a Preservation and Heritage Man- detailed study of illustrated agement, and manuscripts, fossils, inscriptions * Master in Archaeology and coins. Archaeology has a and Heritage Management large number of sub- disciplines and specialisations. Historical Archaeology, Ethno archaeology, Experimental archaeology , Archaeometry, CompuBy Maria de Lima Pereira tational Archaeology, Isotope analysis, Geoarchaeology, These courses are of two Bioarchaeology are some of the years in length. The courses specialisations. After doing the begin in July. Those who have a basics of the Archaeological Bachelor's degree in Archaeol- course, one can specialize in ogy, History, Physics, Chemistry, any of these fields. Study Here Botany, Zoology, Museology, GeArchaeology is offered at the ology, Anthropology/B.E, B.Arch, B.Town Planning are eligible for Bachelor's& Master’s level by this course. The candidates are some colleges and universities. admitted after passing a com- Some of them are as follows. Some of the institutes that petitive written test. Numismatics, epigraphy, offer Indian History are given archives and museology are the below: important branches of ArchaeCourses
Indian History Culture and Archaeology 3 years, Std XII Arts with History The Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad University of Baroda, Vadodara, M.A. Archaeology & Culture 2 years B.A. University of Allahabad, Allahabad M.A. Archaeology, Ancient Indian Culture & History 2 years, B.A. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana M. A. Archaeology & Ancient History 2 years B.A. University of Mysore, Crawford Hall, Mysore, M.A. Archaeology, Ancient Indian Culture & History, 2 years B.A. Nagpur University Nagpur M.A. Archaeology, Indian History & Culture, 2 years B.A. Deccan College PostGraduate & Research Institute, Yervada, Pune M. A. Archaeology 2 B.A. University of Poona, Poona, Pune
Useful Contacts Archaeological Survey of India Janpath, New Delhi - 110011 Phone: 011-23013574, 23015954 Fax : 011-23019487 E-mail : Contact Website : www.asi.nic.in National Archives of India Janpath, New Delhi - 110011 Phone: 011-23393436 Fax : 011-23384127 E-mail : Contact We b s i t e : w w w. n a t i o n alarchives.nic.in Regional Office Bhopal - Phone : 07552 6 6 0 1 7 3 ; Te l e f a x : 0 7 5 5 2660117 Record Centre Jaipur - Phone : 01412707499; TeleFax : 01412701815 Bhubaneswar - TeleFax: 6742471327 Pondicherry - TeleFax: 04132253104 Indian Council of Historical Research 35, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi- 110 001 Phone: 011-23382321, 23386973, Fax : 011-23383421 E-mail : Contact Website : www.ichrindia.org
corner of Goa interviewing elders who worked on different types of soils. Some of the interesting findings were: He noted that there were 17 operations in rice cultivation itself and found the original Konkani terms used for each of them. There are also 13 a different type of soils on which crop is cultivated. Ano t h e r finding was that agricultural implements used in sandy areas could not be used in rocky areas and vice-versa. His interviews with farmers revealed how a plough used differed for different types of soils. The ‘kosso’ (pointed plough) was used on hard ground and terraced lands like those in Canacona, the ‘pan/pane’ (hat plough) were used in sandy areas and along the coastal areas and Khazans and the ‘dangri nangar’ (twopiece plough) was used on laterite soil like in the valley regions of Farmaguddi. Goa Chitra is a one man creation. There have been no advisers. The architecture, soil preparation and design are all the handiwork of Victor. “What
is important is the friendly feel of the museum,” informs Victor. The exhibits are not enclosed in glass partitions so as t o make t h e viewer feel one with the exhibits. He has even set up an org a n i c farm, the idea being, “People can see for themselves how the implements were used. This is a live museum.” The women in their life do become inspirational for most men. “I grew
up with my grandmother who could not see in her old age. She could not read, but she would tell us about what she saw of Goa when she had her vision,” reminisces Victor. There was also his mother who
Pg14 never threw out anything. “She had a cupboard stored with toys from our childhood. Each child had one shelf. When I opened the cupboard, what I found was shocking. In the span of 15 years we had jumped from wooden toys to Barbie dolls! The other inspirational woman in Victor’s life has been his wife Aldina. “Aly always thought me to believe in myself,” says an emotional Victor. “She gave me constant support to help me believe in myself. She never allowed me to deviate from my goal,” Victor admits proudly. Victor’s dream, which is now a full-fledged reality, still keeps his creativity afloat. His concept of the ‘Great Music Revival’ has now taken shape as a promotional activity for Goa Chitra. This creative idea of promoting live music emanates from Victor’s vast experience as an organizer. I still recall the lad who sat on the same bench as me in school. Victor was unassuming and absolutely creative then and continues to be now. In those years he went on to be the first organizer for the very popular ‘Arlem Festival’ at a time when Event Managers were unheard of. His organizational skills still hold him in good stead. For Victor, Goa Chitra is not just one more museum. He has done a lot to make it more informative and completely different, probably just one of its kind. He has taken the trouble to prepare documentation on all implements displayed in the museum, and more. The museum can thus serve as a laboratory for students as well as researchers to come and study the glorious past of Goa’s agricultural heritage.
In The Realms Of Healthcare By Caetano de Abreu
hen Independence was attained by India in 1946 the Governmental mind set was socialism, to follow the pages of Russian Communism where everything was run by the State, which formed the basis of overall development for India, while Industries, barring a few used to strive against the Governmental red tape-ism to forge ahead. Nevertheless that was the concept of few which institutionalized to think and plan way beyond India could even think to be a super-power, considering that India was wrapped under the mantle of socialism, and whatever planned was to keep it under-fold awaiting Governmental clearances, never hoping that India would one day be free from binding shackles and chart its own course into the vast ocean of success story, which is taking place nowa-days. Post recession, which did not affect India so much versus the western world, India is grabbing any opportunity which is coming its way and transgressing the portals of wellness to be a well known authority over the qualified business subjects. To commence with everyone knows that Indian doctors are the most sought after the world over which makes the tourists to heal their ailments venture into India and check into health care facilities which are mushrooming all around the countryside. It is said that during the last decade a wealthy 200 million strong segment is demanding world-standard facilities and are willing to pay for it. It can be in diagnostics, high technology or basic hospital services, India will no longer be put up
with shabby hospital wards where the rats and other vermin rule the roost, apathetic nurses and negligent doctors, shabby scanning machinery, and endless delays to be attended. Which makes a case in point on deteriorating standards and the crush of numbers in public health amenities, which makes a wealthy Indian seek other more favorable options where they are willing to pay the prescribed amount provided their health is safe and thus taken care of. As per the graphics Rs.
200,000 crore is the size of the industry which is stated to reach Rs. 300,000 crore by 2012 where 80per cent of the market share is in private hands to make it the highest in the world employing 4 millions to make it the largest service sector in the economy. 16per cent is the rate at which the healthcare sector is growing yearly. 1 lakhs beds each year for the next 20 years at Rs. 50,000 Cr. per year is what India needs. 60per cent of the 15.393 hospitals and 80per cent of all qualified doctors are in the private sectors. 5-10 times higher salaries are being offered to Doctors by the private sectors. 63per cent Hospital CEOs thinks getting trained manpower will be the challenges of the future. 29per cent CEOs believe that lack of consistent policies on accreditation will hinder growth. Rs. 5,400 cr. is the value
of the wellness market growing at 35per cent a year. 5per cent of household income goes to healthcare with 70per cent being sought by the private sector. The success stories in this sector are many which will arouse the living, however I am not going to emphasize all but a few who I had the privilege to compile theirs data but who have charted their own destinies to make the sector worth a deep thought like the case of Dr. Naresh Trehan, .the Cardiologist and founder of Escorts health facilities, which is offering world class treatment and technology facilities in India as the case of the MedantaMedicity where the Rs. 1000-crore medicity is a new model where application and knowledge, cure and prevention, health and wellness, work and leisure are in tandem like East and West combine. The other success story with the Institution being well known identity here in Goa is Apollo, founded by Dr. Prathap Reddy, where he says that innovation and a superior patient experience are the two aspects of its business model. It can be said that Apollo is taking up along an unexplored trajectory where healing, learning and rejuvenation gets coupled with worldclass infrastructure and modern medicine. There are many other hospitals with the latest of technologies, medicines and work ethics which are hogging the limelight in health scenario which is putting my dilemma in a quandary. Nevertheless all that I can that it is a dream which is turning into reality with the new buzz being contagious as it points out that inescapable truism: Health is Wealth.
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A Kid's Life In... Armenia
By Caetano de Abreu
he joys of parenthood knows no bounds, and what elates the parents is perhaps from the accepted home-education factor which from the children's point of view it is because it is dispensed from the safe environs, or rather from the cocoon what we might term "Home", as there is no way for someone to supersede nor overpower the quality attributes which endears and encourage the off-springs to face the world on its own terms. We might have encountered the many children of celebrities who are, irrespective to their status, absolutely down to earth and nothing can deter them from following the tenets inculcated on them by their loving parents. As of now, it is fashionable to emulate the world known people regardless if the children are willing to follow or not. However, there are umpteen acclaimed people who gave this vocation a sense of rectitude undeterred on what people might say, considering that their moneypower is the envy for all, but yet they taught their children the sense of belonging and to speak their minds on whatever is justified and right, as per the dictate of their own conscience. It is nobody's concern if you are rich or poor. What is important is the way you bring up your off-spring which is the moot point. The celebrities have their own semblance of bringing up their children, although I must express that a celebrity's child life is not as easy as it seems. Take for instance the case of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California, who in his
role as a father and off-course "The Terminator", imposed a iron rule, curfew of sorts, to all of his four children to report back home within a particular stipulated time. Like the 14 years old should be home latest by 10 p.m., the 16 years by 11, and the older daughter who is already 18 can come and go as she pleases, which so far she has not abused the privilege given to her. As far the studies and family life are concerned they should abide by the rules of the house. However, the celebrity parents can have the privilege of dominating the print-page, as the model parents for the world to take a leaf out of their own system of education, like I read lately that among the top three celebrities, the one topping the list is Michelle Obama, followed by Angelina Jolie, and Tina Fey. Nevertheless, there are umpteen numbers of parents in the world who has devised their own method of education based on the traditional values which no celebrity can ever compare. It is said the Rose is beautiful because it is nurtured from the beginning with loving care. Our children, besides loving care, are infused with devotion, and integrity so as
and kids should stay connected when need arises at
sometimes is fraught with infirmities. The parents should always share with the children what is good and what is thorny, so as to rationalize about the things to come. Regardless how stressful be the day, coming together regularly and share everyday joys and concerns helps everyone to focus on what's really important in life which can be related from parental point of view as the hands-on approach to raise children with love and care. What children need most is to know that they are important in their parents' lives and are loved deeply and unconditionally. Both the parents should show active interest in their child's world. The parents
any time of the day and not to keep the matter pending for another day. It is said that that the time between early childhood and teens is the last best opportunity for parents to inculcate moral values, as kids in this age group responds to good quality time with their parents, although this could be challenging as the children are fantasizing their pre-teen dreams. Family should strive to retain the ‘zone of normalcy’ within the ambit of household. Traditional families should help a child to measure and treasure time and not squander the same un-fruitfully. When a child is growing up, parents should not be always rigid and allow the child to
DUSK Maxwell Fernandes (12), Std VI, Our Lady of Health HS., Cuncolim
BIRDS Keane Sequeira (6), Sharada Mandir, Miramar
A PRINCESS Lourdes Pereira(10), Std V, Our Lady of Lourdes HS., Utorda
not to deviate from the straight and narrow which
CAMELS Nigel Noel Fernandes (9), Std IV, St Joseph’s School, Sao Jose de Areal
have a ‘snuggle time’ on bed with them, for him or her to vent his/hers pentup emotions which have been overlooked while playing together during the happy-go-lucky hours. The home-nest should maintain stringent rules but should also have a leeway permission to bend them as when it might seem to be necessary or within the given reasons. A child should be taught not to be selfish but should be educated to think about the less fortunate ones. A child should be inc u l cated to love their pets a n d other a n i mals which might foray in one's home and not harm them in any way, which today seems to be the order of the day and to make the matters less fortunate for shear sadism, parents encourage their offsprings to undertake those repulsive atrocities. Parents' will admit that it is very difficult to balance work and family in an equal footing. However the good word is that a good parent can provide a high-quality normal life, and let their children know they come first in their heart. Thus whatever the circumstances be good parenting means providing your child with two basic needs which are Roots and Wings. Is that difficult?
arev! My name is Dalita. I am ten years old and live in Sevan, Armenia right next to Sevan Lake. My mother’s name is Gadanrine, my father’s is Adde, my brother’s is Ohannes, and, Claire, who always silly, is our dog,. My country, Armenia, is located in Europe just northwest of Turkey. Anyway, you probably don’t know too much about Armenia, maybe you’ve never even heard of it! Well, I’m going to tell you all about Armenia (as much as I can anyway!). First of all, I just came back from a delicious dinner of sarma, pilaf, and milk. We only eat animals that chew their cud which is why we don't eat pork, but lamb, beef, and chicken. We also eat lake or river fish. My favourite foods are (they are really sweet) grapes dipped in honey. We also eat a thin bread called Lavash. Sarma is grape leaves filled with rice and meat. Next, I’m going to tell you about schools. My school’s name is H. Hayrapetian, but we call it N 78. Right now we are learning poetry. We have new computers. Some after school activities are journalism, art studio, signing, dancing, and team sports such as soccer. I am in the journalism class. At my school, we begin to learn French, English, and Persian in third grade. It is not uncommon to know 4 languages when you get out of school. Of course one of those languages is Armenian. Armenian is unlike any other language and has its own alphabet. There are 3 grades in our school. I usually wear
any color jeans and a t-shirt to school. Armenia has long hot summers (which I love) and strong cold winters (which I also love!). I love making snow children and sand castles. Armenia’s population is over 3 million. To Americans, Armenia would be the size of the state of Maryland. S o m e popular sports a r e soccer a n d Ta e k -
wondo. A couple of fun activities are rock climbing, ice climbing, and skiing. The history of Armenia goes back to practically the Ice Age! Okay, well, it only goes back to the 6th Century B.C., but you know what I mean. Armenians have rarely ruled their own country. I mean, first it was divided between two Empires, the Ottoman Empire and the Persian Em-
pire. (Maybe that’s why we learn Persian in school!) Then Armenia was ruled by three empires, the Ottoman, the Persian and the Russian Empire. At the beginning of the 20th century, only the Ottoman Empire (also called Turkey) controlled Armenia. During World War I, a genocide happened. A genocide is when one group of people try to completely kill another group of people. It’s pretty awful. During the war the Ottoman rulers tried to kill all the Armenians. They say over one and a half million Armenians were killed. Many people fled when the genocide struck. This is why you will find Armenians scattered all over the world today. After World War I, all that was left of Armenia was the Eastern part and that was ruled by the Soviet Union for seventy years. Then in the early 1990s, Armenia claimed its independence. Now we choose our own government and our own leaders. Well, good bye! Menak Parov! DID YOU KNOW? Noah's Ark is believed to rest on top of the Mount Ararat which is on the border of Armenia and Turkey! Kids at school learn 3 languages, English, French, Persian, and often Russian.
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Bagan win derby against E Bengal Bagan…2
HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Mohun Bagan did the double over their arch-rivals East Bengal for only the third time in the combined history of National League and ILeague after a hard fought 2-1 victory at Salt Lake stadium, Kolkata on Sunday. Japanese Ryuji Seoka was the standout performer as he assisted in both Bagan goals which were scored by Jose Ramirez Barreto and Snehashish Chakraborty. Ghanaian Yusif Yakubu pulled one back for the red-and-gold brigade in injury time.
Mohun Bagan remained ahead this season with four meetings in 2009-10. If Mohun Bagan won their first-leg ILeague match, East Bengal avenged the loss in Federation Cup en route to the title win. Mohun Bagan were held by a 10-man East Bengal in their local league clash while, the greenand-maroon brigade had the last laugh in their win on Sunday. East Bengal's Belgian coach opted to include injured Ghana striker Yusif Yakubu in their starting line-up, a move that severely back-fired with the ace forward missing chances in the first-half. B Beikhokhei was no good either as he too disappointed the East Bengal camp in the first 45 minutes as Mohun Bagan led the half time with a Jose Barreto 14th minute goal. The scoreline was not as big as their first-leg meeting that Mohun Bagan won 5-3 with Chidi pumping in four goals but nevertheless the Mariners sparkled in patches as their traditional rivals struggled. India captain Bhaichung
Bhutia, who was out due to injury, remained confined to the bench and was included in the 60th minute to bring East Bengal up from despair. With Barretto’s goal, the firsthalf clearly belonged to Mohun Bagan as they also sparkled through some good work by Ryuji Sueoka who missed one chance in the beginning but minutes later ensured that Barreto scored to give Mohun Bagan the crucial 1-0 lead in the 14th minute. Thereafter, East Bengal were let down at least thrice by Yakubu (twice) and Beikhokhei as Mohun Bagan went into the break with a one-goal lead. As expected, Ridder brought in mercurial Bhutia and Sanju Pradhan after the changeover but it did not pay any dividend. The Mariners made it 2-0 in the 84th minute when substituted Snehashish Chakraborty (Ishfaq Ahmed) sealed the issue with a brilliant right-footer in the 85th minute. Sueoka set it up for a surging Snehashish who banged in his right-footer for 2-0. Yakubu made up for his misses and gave the side some joy in the end when the Ghanaian nudged the ball in from a Sanju Pradhan cross in the dying minutes. Mohun Bagan now have 36 points from 25 matches, while East Bengal have 29 from 24 matches. Sueoka’s instrumental work in the midfield earned him the man-of-the match award.
Vasco too good for Malabar Vasco…4 Malabar…0 M Sporting…1 Oil India…1
2nd ongc i-league HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
A brace each by Joy Ferrao and Koko Sakibo helped Vasco Sports club to register a thumping 4-0 victory over Malabar United in a final round match of ONGC Second Division league in Bangalore on Sunday. With this win, Vasco now see themselves at third place with nine points from five matches, while Malabar United’s position remained static with six points from as many matches. Vasco drew first blood in the 26th minute, when Joy Ferrao slotted home after picking up a Koko Sakibu’s pass. Malabar United could have scored at least a couple of goals in the first half, but had to blame themselves for poor finishing. On the other hand, Vasco were once again back to the business and scored the second goal in the 64th minute through Ferrao. It was a brilliant move initiated Biju Kumar from the midfield. He made a swift run before providing a through pass to Koko Sakibu. The Nigerian striker superbly squared it for the unmarked Ferro who made no mistake to put Vasco on the driver seat. After setting up two goals for his fellow striker, it was Koko Sakibu’s turn to take the centre stage. The striker first netted in a spot kick in the 74th minute, while he sealed Vasco’s emphatic victory and completed his brace in the injury time (90+1’). Meanwhile, Mohammedan Sporting’s qualifying hopes suffered another blow when they shared points with Oil India 1-1 in a final round league match.
Wilred in quarters varca cup
HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 16
Wilred Leisure Sports Club scored a narrow 1-0 win over Sporting Club of Davorlim to enter the quarter-finals of AllGoa Varca Panchayat Cup intervillage football tournament organised by Varca Sports Club at Varca ground, on Sunday. Wilred made their intentions
clear from start as they went on the offensive and enjoyed the better exchanges. The all-important goal came in the first half when striker Mario Mascarenhas slotted past the rival goalkeeper after receiving a beautiful pass from Seby Martins. Seby Martins of Wilred was given the man-of-the match prize.
Myron in India U-14 team HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
A 22-member India U-14 boys team left on Sunday to participate in AFC U-14 boys football festival to be held at Hamedan City, Iran. India will play their first match on May 17. Myron Mendes is the lone Goan player in the team. He is from Guardian Angel, Sanvordem. Goalkeepers: Supratim Bhattacharjee (West Bengal), Agyapal
Singh (Punjab). Defenders: Mohd.Sajid Dhot (Punjab), Myron Sezie Mendes (Goa), Rahul Saji (Kerala), Anis Kaithara (Kerala), Yogesh Kumar (Delhi) N Bidyanand Singh (Manipur), Nitin Jayal (Uttarakhand), Maibam Jimmy Singh (Assam). Midfielders: Aurochit Patnaik (Maharashtra), Enester Malngiang (Assam), Sidharth Mukhi (Jharkhand), Manraj Singh (Punjab), Ger-
Dempo earn ticket to Kolkata u-19 i-league HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, MAY 16
Dempo Sports Club scored a narrow 2-1 win over Salgaocar Sports Club in U-19 I-League at Duler ground, here on Sunday, to finish second in the table and qualify for the second round in Kolkata. Sporting won the group with 10 points followed by Dempo 7 points. Churchill was third finishing on 4 while Salgaocar and Viva Kerala finished on three points respectively. On the stroke of half time Dempo were awarded a penalty. An attempt by Dempo skipper Shallum Pires was brilliantly saved by the Salgaocar goalkeeper. Dempo opened the scoring in the 58th minute through Velito Cruz off a rebound. The lead lasted only two minutes as Salgaocar pushed forward for the equalizer. They were awarded a penalty after Jayesh Chopdekar fouled Standly Fernandes. Salgaocar skipper stepped and made no mistake as he smashed the ball in the
top left hand corner of the net. With fifteen minutes to go, both sides made a change to continue to press for the matchwinner. Aliston Fernandes rep l a c e d R i c h a rd C o s t a f o r Salgaocar while Dempo brought in Myron Fernandes in place of Terence Fernandes. In the 81st minute, Myron Fernandes scored for Dempo after deceiving the goalkeeper and punting the ball into the far corner of the net. In the closing stages, Don Bosco Fernandes crossed for Salgaocar, but Dawson missed the chance to volley. Dempo will kick off their next match in Kolkatta on May 24 while Sporting will start their campaign a day earlier. This tournament will last for 10 days and will see young footballers who will be looking to impress their coaches and break into the senior team. In particular, Dempo custodian Guendolen Vaz, Churchill defender Ryan Merghula, Sporting midfielder Valerio Rodrigues and Salgaocar striker Dawson Fernandes.
Steffi bags silver HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Goa’s Steffi Cardoso (SAG) settled for the silver in women’s shot put on the second day at 50th National Open Athletics Championship, here today. She threw the weight to record 13.63m behind Manpreet Kaur of Railways 14.72m. Seema Antil of Haryana came third with 13.50.
manpreet Singh (Punjab), Hanan Javed Nellikkavil (Kerala), Harmanjot Singh (Punjab), Avilash Mukhi (Jharkhand). Strikers: Alen Deory (Assam), Uttam Rai (Kolkata), Prokash Majumdar (Karnataka), Vikrant Bhatti (Uttar Pradesh). Officials: Jude Tiofilo Barreto (Goa, head coach). Ng Bitian Singh (assistant coach). Vijayan Inian Lenin (physio).
cuncolim union trophy HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 16
Hosts Cuncolim Union booked a quarterfinal berth in the AllGoa 2nd Cuncolim Union Trophy inter-village football tournament organised by Cuncolim Union scoring a convincing 5-0 win over CAC, Cansaulim at school play ground, Cuncolim on Sunday. Cuncolim were leading 2-0 at the breather. Cuncolim drew first blood in the very 8th minute when hardworking Nilesh Velip scored off an accurate pass from Jeromio Fernandes. Daulat Dessai doubled the lead in the 19th minute off a well measured pass from Joel Niasso. CACC did have opportunity to reduce the margin but Clifford D’Costa’s volley was well blocked by Cuncolim union goalkeeper Rovan Colaco. The second half did not bring any respite for CACC as Cuncolim attacked from both the flanks. Cuncolim did not have to wait for long to score the third goal when Daulat came up with a stunner as he easily got the better of a rival defender before slotting past the goalkeeper. Jeromio Fernandes put the issue beyond doubt when he punished the rival goalkeeper with a snap shot in the 50th minute. Ryan Colaco rounded of the tally in the dying minutes of the game.
Adarsh sail into semis
novino lakhanpal gold cup HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, MAY 16
Adarsh Yuvak Sangh scored a solitary goal win over Football Club of Siolim to enter the semi-finals of Novino Lakhanpal Gold Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Candolim Sports Club at Dr. Gustavo Montiero stadium on Sunday. In an equally contested match, the teams fought well but missed couple of scoring opportunities. However, it was Adarsh who found the match-winner through Rohidas Maloji in the 25th minute.
The victorious New Vaddem team, winners of 5th Al-Fatah T-20 cricket tournament in the presence of GCA president Dayanand Narvekar, Shadab Jakati, B S Mathur, Shekhar Khadapkar, Prasanna Ghodage, Kishori Haladankar, Prasad Phatarpekar, H Y Bhoi, Jamir Carol, Daud Carol, Munaf Shaikh and Vaman Chodankar at Chicalim ground on Sunday. Photo: M Prabhav
New Vaddem lift Al-Fatah Cup HERALD REPORTER VASCO, MAY 16
Former India U-19 cricketer Kuldeep Sharam powered New Vaddem Sport Club to a 7-wicket win over Politics Sports Club to emerge champions in the finals of 5th Al-Fatah T-20 Cricket Tournament at Chicalim ground, on Sunday. Kuldeep won the man-of-the match, man-of-the series, best bowler and all round performance awards with over 100 runs and 8 wickets in four matches. Batting first, Politics scored
148 for 8. Rajesh Vaigankar topscored with 40, followed by Suraj Kamat 27, Abdul Farid 21, scored for Politics. For New Vaddem, Balkrishna Jedeja took 2 wickets while Rajaram Satardekar, Kuldeep Sharma, Manish Pednekar snatched a wicket each. I n r e p l y, N e w Va d d e m achieved the target in 19.1 overs losing 3 wickets. Lalla Yadav gave a good start to his team by scoring 39 runs, followed by Kuldeep Sharma 46 not out, Shaukat Ali 42.
New Vaddem were richer by Rs 50,000 while Politics had to settle with Rs 30,000. Fo l l o w i n g p r i z e s w e re awarded: Highest sixes – Ulhas Upkar (16), PVC. Best fielder – Dinesh Naik, Tanzil. Best batsman – Altaf Chusiya, New Vaddem. E a r l i e r, G C A p r e s i d e n t Dayanand Narvekar, former Ranji player Namdev Phadte, former umpire and GCA office-bearer Madhav Dhargalkar, former cricketer Vijay Tendulkar and former Ranji player Uday Naik
were felicitated by Al-Fatah Cricket Club. Narvekar was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Shadab Jakati, Director, Institute of Marine Studi e s , B S M a t h u r, M M C chairperson Shekhar Khadapkar, Prasanna Ghodage, president, Goa Women Cricket Association Kishori Haldankar, GCA secretary Prasad Phatarpekar, Sushma Narvekar, president Al Fatah HY Bhoi, Jamir Carol, Daud Carol, M u n a f S h a i k h a n d Va m a n Chodankar
DBO, Verna in title clash GOA DIARY frank pires soccer HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda scored a 5-3 win over Navelim
Sporting Club to sail into the finals of Frank Pires memorial trophy soccer tournament at Siridao church ground, on Sunday. In the second semi-finals, Verna Sports Club edged past Siridao Sports Club 10-9 via the tie-breaker to set up a clash with Don Bosco in the finals on Monday.
Gloria breeze past Mandopa eslinda alemao soccer HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Gloria Sports Club scored a solitary goal win over Mandopa Sporting Club in Eslinda Alemao Memorial Mandopa soccer tournament at Mandopa sporting ground, Navelim on Sunday. The goal was scored in the second half.
GFA youth programme
PANJIM (HSD) – The Goa Football Association youth development programme for U-10 boys and girls will begin on May 17 at Curtorim new ground, at 4.30 p.m. Those interested may report to Arnaldo Costa, zonal head, Curtorim on 9822582836.
8-a-side soccer at Mardol
PANJIM (HSD) – The 24th All-Goa invitation 8-a-side village football tournament for Mardol Trophy will be held on May 30 at Mardol ground. Details may be obtained from Chandrakant Gaude or Magan Borkar on 9822984810 or 9422639867 before May 20.
Goa kayaking expeditions
PANJIM (HSD) - Goa Kayaking will organise its daily river expeditions from May 18 to 23 in Mandovi, Zuari, Nerul, Chapora and Colvale rivers. Details may be obtained from Goa Kayaking on 9422056037 or 2541715.
Sai Avtar soccer tourney
PANJIM (HSD) – Friends XI Vaddem will lock horns with Sodiem Siolim in the inaugural match of 4th All-Goa inter-village Sai Avtar super soccer tournament on May 17 at Anjuna Gymkhana ground, Tembi, at 4.30 p.m. The winners and runners-up will receive Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively.
Frank Pires memorial soccer finals: DBO, Fatorda v. Verna Sports Club, Siridao church ground, 4.30 p.m. Nerul Panchayat Cup soccer quarters: Cuncolim Union v. Saligao United, Nerul ground, 4.30 p.m. Lakhanpal Novino Gold Cup soccer quarters: Candolim Sports Club v. Saligao Sporting Club, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m. Lakhanpal Novino Gold Cup Soccer quarters: Candolim Sports Club v. Saligao Sporting Club, Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m. St Anthony soccer inaugural: St Sebastian, Goa Velha v. Moita Sporting, Agasaim, Firguembhat ground, Goa Velha, 5 p.m. Eslinda Alemao memorial soccer: Ambelim Sports Club v. United Club, Benaulim, Mandopa Sporting ground, Navelim, 4.30 p.m. Cuncolim Union Trophy soccer: PY Nuvem v. Betalbatim Sporting Club, school ground, Cuncolim, 4.30 p.m. Atlanta Georgia Cup soccer: Curtorim Gymkhana v. DBO, Fatorda, Rosary ground, Navelim, 4.30 p.m. Sai Avtar Super Cup soccer: Friends XI Vaddem v. Sodiem Siolim, Anjuna Gymkhana ground, Tembi, 4.30 p.m. 4th All-Goa Pandharinath Shirodkar memorial boxing, organised by Boxing Club, Campal ground, 4 p.m.
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Aussie back up for GFA U-10 programme BY JOVITO LOPES PANJIM, MAY 16
The Goa Football Association (GFA) has earned plaudits from none other than Football Federation of Australia (FFA), which has gladly agreed to launch an ambitious, visionary programme under the aegis of Australian Sports Outreach Programme (ASOP) which is an Australian Government project carried out through it agencies – Department of Health and Ageing and Australian Sports Commission. It is expected to be formally launched in July this year. The 3-member Australian delegation comprising Kylie Bats of ASOP, Mark Falvo, manager, finance and planning Football Federation of Australia and Vivek Ramchandani, consultant, Sports for Development, ASOP (India) after 2-day deliberations with GFA’s Secretary, Savio Messias, vice-president Elvis Gomes and Tonito Botelho, chairman, youth development committee successfully hammered out the partnership agreement, work plans and a corresponding funding agreement on Sunday. “We are happy to share our know-how with GFA so that the association can consolidate on the good work they are doing in promoting football in Goa,” declared Mark. “We are close to finalising the agreement which will provide technical support to GFA. It is aimed at helping in expansion of grassroot programme. We
Peter elected St Savio’s chief
HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Peter Carvalho was elected for the second time as president of St. Savio’s Sports Club. Other executive committee members: Romeo Mascarenhas (vice-president), Prashant Rasaikar (secretar y), Vaman Gadekar (assistant secretary), Phondu Ashvekar (treasurer), Tulshidas Vaingankar (assistant treasurer), Marcelino Fernandes (sports secretary), John Fernandes (assistant sports secretary), Anthony Fernandes (entertainment secretary), Sanjay Gadekar (assistant entertainment secretary), Audumber Gadekar (member), Adv Francisco D’Souza (advisor).
Gerald elected Sai Avtar president
HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Fausto Gerald Lobo was elected president of Sai Avtar Sports Club, Anjuna. Other executive committee members: Vice-president Hanumant Lingudkar, secretary Louis D’Souza, assistant secretary Sachin Lingudkar, treasurer Vilas Lingudkar, assistant treasurer Anthony D’Souza, sports secretary Uday Lingudkar, assistant sports secretary Babli Govekar, cultural secretary Govind Dhargalkar, assistant cultural secretar y Suresh Chari, auditor Sanjeev Lingudkar, team manager Dattaprasad Mandrekar, assistant team manager Dattaraj Shetye, advisors Anand Lingudkar, Krishna Kambli, Divkar Mandrekar and Sajjan M. Dhargalkar, members Krishna Lingudkar, Rajan Tilve, Kiran Shirodkar, Satej Sirsat, Vinod Parsekar, Sanjay Mayekar, Rajaram Sawant, Babli Mandrekar, Dynaneshwar Kerkar, Vikrant Gauns and Ulhas Revodkar.
lASOP’s initiative to improve quality of junior scheme
will provide dedicated resources for developing the programme for under-10 levels,” remarked the Australian official. “Grassroot football development is our key concern with the focus being on increasing the number of young players and continuous development of coaches. We are on the planning stage right now and come July, the implementation stage will be launched,” divulged Mark. “The hallmark of the Australian programme is to support GFA to continue our work in our core business which is administering, organising, promoting football in Goa according to our needs, rather than asking our clubs to participate in a new programme,” explained Savio Messias. “The project encompasses management skills including project planning, design, financial management, reporting The Australian delegation for ASOP, comprising Kylie Bats, Mark Falco (sitting), Vivek Ramchandani, along processes, monitoring and eval- with GFA’s Elvis Gomes, Savio Messias, Tonito Botelho at GFA’s office, Panjim on Sunday. uation. The Australian Sports Photo: Jovito Lopes Commission will offer technical support in areas of junior par- technical know-how, resources ganisational development and strengthen our Goan approach ticipation based sport, coaches and funding to help achieve the strategic designing,” remarked and support GFA. ASOP activities align with and compliment the prieducation, inclusivity (people vision. It has the knowledge of Savio. Savio highlighted the three orities that the GFA has committed with a disability, women and how to create sustainable qualgirls) and pathway develop- ity sports programmes that lead key areas in which ASOP believes under Vision Asia,” he pointed out to social benefits. It has access – equity which leads to respect, and added that GFA shares ASOP ment,” stated Savio. “ASOP aims to contribute to to world class knowledge, skills, transparency which leads to outlook and principles. It is the good governance, building the capacity or organ- people and materials in techni- trust and mutual benefit which isations in India to use sport as cal areas pf sport, physical ac- leads to sustainability. “Conse- planned approach and long term a tool to improve livelihoods. tivity besides expertise in quently, the Australian pro- vision of GFA that caught the Its goal is to contribute with programme management, or- g r a m m e i s d e s i g n e d t o attention and imagination of
n We are happy to share our know-how with GFA so that the association can consolidate on the good work they are doing in promoting football in Goa. -- Mark Falvo, manager, finance and planning Football Federation of Australia the Australian authorities and being the apex body in football organisation in Goa with large club base, ASOP finally decided to enter into a partnership. It, however, also pointed out that the GFA had inadequate resources, lack of funding, very limited grounds and stadia. The main area of collaboration will revolve on specific reference to the development of junior and girls programmes at the grassroot with an eye in improving quality of junior programmes in both rural as well as urban areas with a view to increase the number and improve the quality of coaches for
junior programmes. Besides, it will also develop an incentive and support system to improve retention of trained junior coaches and develop strategies to include girls in the programme, including the possibility of separate activities run by female coaches for girls. Savio stressed that the programme will finally improve participants retention with strategies to ensure that children participating in U-10 programme automatically transit through to U-12 and U-14 programmes. The GFA impressed upon the Australian officials to address additional needs like nutritional technology with advocacy with children’s parents for beneficial changes in their diet, age-appropriate fitness training programme and physiotherapy, introduction of fun element in junior coaching and improvement in programme monitoring and evaluation. Savio was ecstatic with the new development as the programme aims to increase the capacity of individuals and GFA to deliver inclusive, quality sport based programme that contributes to social development. It is a cooperative and collaborative effort to enable each partner to achieve a greater impact which would not be possible had we to go alone. Kudos to GFA.
Clarissa, Nikita excel at State aquatics HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Clarissa D’Souza and Nikita Sheth emerged winners of 100m freestyle and 1m spring board diving events respectively in 22nd Sub-junior and Junior State Swimming and Diving Championship organised by Goa Swimming Association at Fatorda swimming pool, Margao on Saturday. Other results - 50m backstroke boys group I: 1 Ramakant alias Sahil S. Nayak 00.34.82, 2 A ka s h Fu l ka r 0 0 . 3 5 . 2 4 , 3 Damodar P. Karekar 00.35.90. 50m backstroke girls group II: 1 Talasha Prabhu 00.35.22, 2 Poorva Cardozo 00.39.10, 3 Sunanda C. Chaudhari 00.39.15. 50m backstroke boys group II: 1 Rajat J. Sirsat 00.36.63, 2 Nihal Chico 00.39.09, 3 Mark A. Ribeiro 00.39.78. 50m backstroke group II: 1 Clarissa E. D’Souza 00.38.62, 2 Akshita A. Naik 00.39.78, 3 Michelle Rodrigues 00.40.50. 50m backstroke group III: 1 Aby Jose 00.40.47, 2 Raunak Pai 00.41.60, 3 Ashwin J. Mascarenhas 00.41.80. 50m backstroke girls group III: 1 Neetya N. Halarnkar 00.43.87, 2 Aavani V. Prabhu 00.46.19, 3 Magdalene J. Pereira 00.49.32. 50m backstroke boys group IV: 1 Xavier Michael D’ Souza 00.44.47, 2 Yash Damodar Gavnekar 00.46.31, 3 Jerry D. D’Mello 00.49.38. 100m freestyle boys group I: 1 Akash Fulkar 01.04.03, 2 Kaustubh K. Natekar 01.04.50 , 3 Damodar P. Karekar 01.07.37. 100m freestyle girls group I: 1 Ta l a s h a Prabhu 01.00.47(N.M.R), 2 Sunanda C. Chaudhari 01.12.84, 3 Akshata A. Godinho 01.15.40. 100m freestyle girls group II: 1 Clarissa E. D’Souza 01.13.65, 2 Akshita A. Naik 01.15.10, 3 Michelle Rodrigues 01.15.15 100m freestyle girls group III: 3 Neetya N. Halarnkar 01.24.70, 4 Aavani V. Prabhu 01.34.47, 5 Magdalene J. Pereira 01.35.65. 100m freestyle boys group IV: 1 Xavier Michael D’ Souza 01.22.25, 2 Yash Damodar Gavnekar 01.23.41 3 Jerry D. D’Mello 01.26.62
100m freestyle girls group IV: 1 Suman Patil 01.28.22, 2 Akshata K. Karapurkar 01.35.44, 3 Nora F. Vales 01.36.18. 200m breast stroke boys group I: 1 Damodar P. Karekar 03.14.03, 2 Ramakant alias Sahil S. Nayak 03.30.83, 3 Akash Fulkar 03.35.16. 200m breast stroke girls group I: 1 Sunanda C. Chaudhari 03.28.66, 2 Nikita A. Naik 03.32.13, 5 Natalina E. Assangi 03.49.81. 200m breast stroke boys group II: 1 Rajat Sirsat 03.28.54, 2 Yash S. Nagvenkar 03.39.72, 3 Jowett D’Souza 03.42.67. 200m breast stroke girls group II: 3 Michelle Rodrigues 03.21.84, 4 Clarissa E. De Sauza 03.22.63, 5 Shraddha Shetty 04.07.90 800m freestyle boys group I: 1 Akash Fulkar 11.57.28, 2 Kaustubh K. Natekar 12.28.88, 3 Ramakant alias Sahil S. Nayak 13.10.37. 800m freestyle girls group I: 1 Sunanda C. Chaudhari 12.03.27, 2 Akshata A. Godinho 12.14.75, 3 Sayali PrabhuVerlekar 14.04.48. 800m freestyle boys group II: 3 Marc Arnaldo Ribeiro 11.17.53, 4 Nihal Chico 12.25.50, 5 Yash S. Nagvenkar 13.48.62. 800m freestyle girls group II: 1 Clarissa E. De Souza 11.10.57, 2 Michelle Rodrigues 12.32.56, 5 Aadini Prabhu 12.51.54. 50m freestyle girls group I: 1 Talasha Prabhu 00.28.34, 2 Sunanda C. Chaudhari 00.32.34 ,3 Akshata A. Godinho 00.32.43.
50m freestyle girls group II: 1 Akshita A. Naik 00.32.50, 2 Clarissa E. D’Souza 00.33.47, 3 Michelle Rodrigues 00.34.75. 50m freestyle girls group III: 1 Neetya N. Halarnkar 00.37.22, 2 Magdalene J. Pereira 00.40.43, 3 Aavani V. Prabhu 00.40.96. 50m freestyle boys group IV: 1 Xavier Michael D’ Souza 00:36:38, 2 Devansh Malviya 00:37:85, 3 Jerry D. D’Mello 00:37:94. 50m freestyle boys group V: 1 Rishikesh R. Rao 00.49.16, 2 Sagar D. Patil 00.54.87, 4 Madhukar Sagar Bhaidkar 00.57.41. 100m backstroke boys group I: 1 Damodar P. Karekar 01:19:20, 2 Ramakant alias Sahil S. Nayak 0 1 : 1 9 : 9 7 , 3 A ka s h Fu l ka r 01:23:53. 100m backstroke girls group I: 1 Talasha Prabhu 01:18:56, 2 Poorva Cardozo 01:26:19, 3 Sunanda C. Chaudhari 01:28:09. 100m backstroke boys group II: 1 Rajat J. Sirsat 01:24:94, 2 Marc A. Ribeiro 01:28:63, 3 Nihal Chico 01:39:63. 100m backstroke girls: 1 Clarissa E. D’Souza 01:25:50 (nmr), 2 Michelle Rodrigues 01:28:84, 3 Shraddha S. Shetty 01:29:16. 100m backstroke girls group III: 1 Neetya N. Halarnkar 01:43:12, 2 Aavani V. Prabhu 01:50:00, 3 Priyanka Bhat 02:22:81. 100m butterfly boys group I: 1 Akash Fulkar 01:13:63, 2 Ramakant alias Sahil S. Nayak 01:15:97, 3 Kaustubh K. Natekar 01:16:40. 100m butterfly girls group I: 1 Talasha Prabhu 01:17:69, 2 Akshata A. Godinho 01:27:09, 3 Poorva Cardozo 01:34:00. 100m butterfly boys group II: 1 Rajat J. Sirsat 01:17:16 (nmr), 2 Nihal Chico 01:23:87, 3 Marc A. Ribeiro 01:35:25. 100m butterfly girls group II: 1 Clarissa E. D’Souza 01:22:47, 2 Akshita A. Naik 01:28:57, 3 Michelle Rodrigues 01:28:59. 100m butterfly boys group III: 1 Raunak R. Pai 01:27:59, 2 Ashwin J. Mascarenhas 01:32:35, 3 Joao carlos Elton estrocio 01:40:77. 100m butterfly girls group III:
1 Neetya N. Halarnkar 01:51:82, 2 Aavani V. Prabhu 01:56:56, 3 Magdalene J. Pereira 01:58:40. 400m freestyle boys group I: 1 Akash Fulkar 05:32:19, 2 Kaustubh K. Natekar 05:46:03, 3 Damodar Pradip Karekar 05:46:72. 400m freestyle girls group I: 1 Talasha Prabhu 04:54:88, 2 Sunanda C. Chaudhari 05:44:53, 3 Akshata A. Godinho 05:49:00. 400m freestyle boys group II: 1 Marc A. Ribeiro 05:24:97, 2 Nihal Chico 05:39:23, 3 Rajat J. Sirsat 06:04:88. 400m freestyle girls group II: 1 Clarissa E. D’Souza 05:31:63 (nmr), 2 Michelle Rodrigues 05:56:25, 3 Aadini Prabhu 06:00:68. Diving 1m springboard boys group V: 1 Lyzander N. Gomes 95.2, 2 Brendon D. D’costa 71.4, 3 Hritvik Pangam 59. Boys group IV:1 Nikhil n nagvekar 106.9, 2 Anirudh A Bhat 104.5, 3 Sheikh Hassan 37.20. Girls group IV:1 Nikita Sheth 80.75, 2 Vinela O. Dias 71.1, 3 Deepshika Bhandari 67.55 Boys group III:1 Aalhad V. Chati 197.45, 2 Shivsagar Pillai 183.35, 3 Joliston Andrade 145.30. Girls group III:1 Genevieve D’Costa 187.05, 2 Noella Ferreira 118.25, 3 Shivani R. Kadam 107.2. 50m breast stroke boys group II: 1 Jay S. Nagvenkar, 2 Rajat Sirsat, 3 Marc A. Ribeiro. 50m breast stroke girls group II: 1 Pratiksha G. Naik Govenkar, 2 Aadini Prabhu, 3 Akshita A. Naik. 50m breast stroke girls group IV: 3 Devansh Malviya, 4 Victor D’Souza, 5 Alston Aljerry Braganza. 50m breast stroke boys group IV: 2 Nixon Noronha, 3 Jerry D. D’Mello. 50m breast stroke boys group V: 2 Sagar D. Patil, 3 Harrison Noronha. 200m freestyle boys group I: 2 Ramakant alias Sahil S. Nayak 3 Akash Fulkar. 50m freestyle girls group I: 2 Sunanda C. Chaudhari, 3 Akshata A. Godinho. 200m freestyle boys group II: 3 Nihal Chico, 4 Marc A. Ribeiro, 5 Rajat J. Sirsat. 200m freestyle girls group II:
Sirlim U-16 Coca Cola champs HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, MAY 16
Sirlim Sports Club scored a thrilling 5-3 tie-breaker win over Youth of Manora Sports Club to emerge champions in the finals of U-16 Coca Cola Celebration Cup football tournament at Rosary ground, Navelim on Sunday. Sirlim were trailing 0-1 at half time. Sirlim started off in their customary attacking fashion and nearly found the mark in the early minutes but Cletus Pereira shot wide from handshaking distance. Manora started off cautiously and took time to settle down but soon found the rhythm. Manora managed to create a few openings but were denied
by Sirlim stopper back Vallney Baretto with tight marking. Sirlim came close in surging ahead but striker Stanley Ferna n d es f eebl e p u sh w en t straight into the hands of the rival goalkeeper. Manora went into the lead midway in the first half when promising striker Brulio Fernandes left footed drive beat Sirlim goalkeeper Clinton Nadar. Sirlim nearly found the equalizer but Stanley’s rasping drive was well blocked by Manora goalkeeper Alton Gomes at the stroke of lemon break. Manora put up a better performance in the second half and created umpteen forays into the rival territory with
striker Brulio Fernandes repeatedly raiding the rival goal but lanky stopper back Vallney Barretto was solid and never allowed him any chance to crack at the rival goal. Manora doubled the lead through Ronne whose left footer crashed into the net keeping Sirlim goalkeeper Clinton Nadar dazed. Sirlim stung by double blows went into the attacking mode and were rewarded when Turin Fernandes stunned the Manora goalkeeper with a rasping right footer from the edge of the rival box. Spurred by the reducer, Vallney’s scorching right footer crashed into the crossbar and entered into the Manora net late in the second half.
With the teams level, the tiebreaker was enforced to decide the winners. Cletus Pereira,Vallney Baretto and Steven Fernandes were on target for Sirlim while Brulio Fernandes scored for Manora while Nickson and Bronson Gaonkar shot wide. Earlier Sirlim beat Ave Maria Athletic Club, Benaulim, 5-4 via the tie-breaker while Youth of Manora blanked Guardian Angel Sports Club, Curchorem 3-0. FIFA assistant referee, Benjamin Silva was the chief guest and was introduced to the teams by John Dias, GFA Treasurer in the presence of GFA member Anthony Pango, Schubert Furtado and Peter Rodrigues.
2 Pratiksha G. Naik Govenkar, 3 Michelle Rodrigues, 4 Akshita A. Naik. 200m freestyle girls group III: 3 Priyanka A. Bhat, 4 Neetya N. Halarnkar, 5 Aavani V. Prabhu. 1500m freestyle boys group I: 2 Yogesh Shirodkar, 3 Akash Fulkar 4 Ninad Nitin Valke. 1500m freestyle girls group I: 3 Sunanda C. Chaudhari, 4 Akshata A. Godinho. 1500m freestyle boys group II: 3 Marc A. Ribeiro, 4 Yash S. Nagvenkar. 1500m freestyle girls group II: 3 Pratiksha G. Naik Govenkar, 4 Clarissa E. De Souza, 5 Michelle Rodrigues. 400m individual medley boys group I: 3 Akash Fulkar, 4 Ninad Nitin Valke, 5 Ramakant alias Sahil S. Nayak. 400m individual medley boys group II: 3 Marc A. Ribeiro, 4 Rajat Sirsat, 5 Nihal Chico. 400m individual medley girls group II: 3 Clarissa E. De Souza, 4 Michelle Rodrigues. 50m butterfly boys group V: 2 Sagar D. Patil, 3 Harrison Noronha, 4 Madhukar Sagar. 50m butterfly boys group I: 1 Macvil J. Carvalho, 2 Ramakant alias Sahil S. Nayak, 3 Akash Fulkar. 50m butterfly girls group I: 2 Sunanda C. Chaudhari, 3 Akshata A. Godinho, 4 Talasha Prabhu. 50m butterfly boys group II: 1 Athrva Sanjay Thorve, 2 Yash S. Nagvenkar, 3 Shankar alias Sharvik S. Verlekar. 50m butterfly girls group II: 2 Pratiksha G. Naik Govenkar, 3
Michelle Rodrigues, 4 Akshita A. Naik. 50m butterfly girls group III: 2 Mugdha Damodar Kamat, 3 Priyanka A. Bhat, 4 Neetya N. Halarnkar. 50m butterfly boys group IV: 1 Victor D’Souza, 2 Xavier Michael D’ Souza, 3 Jerry D. D’Mello. 100m breast stroke girls group I: 2 Ridhima Pangam, 3 Akshata A. Godinho, 4 Nikita A. Naik. 100m breast stroke boys group II: 2 Marc A. Ribeiro, 3 Shankar alias Sharvik S. Verlekar 4 Yash S. Nagvenkar. 100m breast stroke girls group II: 2 Pratiksha G. Naik Govenkar, 3 Michelle Rodrigues, 4 Akshita A. Naik. 100m breast stroke girls group III: 3 Priyanka Bhat, 4 Neetya N. Halarnkar, 5 Magdalene J. Pereira. 200m individual medley boys group I: 1 Macvil J. Carvalho, 2 Akash Fulkar, 3 Ninad Nitin Valke. 200m individual medley girls group I: 2 Nikita A. Naik, 3 Akshata A. Godinho, 4 Talasha Prabhu. 200m individual medley boys group II: 3 Nihal Chico, 4 Marc A. Ribeiro, 5 Rajat J. Sirsat. 200m individual medley girls group II: 2 Pratiksha G. Naik Govenkar, 3 Michelle Rodrigues, 4 Akshita A. Naik 5 Aadini Prabhu. 200m individual medley boys group III: 1 Ashwin J. Mascarenhas, 2 Neil A. Godinho, 3 Raunak R. Pai. 200m individual medley girls group III: 2 Mugdha Damodar Kamat, 3 Neetya N. Halarnkar, 4 Magdalene J. Pereira. 200m individual medley boys group IV: 2 Jerry D. D’Mello, 3 Xavier Michael D’ Souza, 4 Yash Damodar Gavnekar. 200m individual medley girls group IV: 1 Marushka A. De Oliveira, 2 Akshata K. Karapurkar, 3 Hritva Pangam. 200m butterfly boys group I: 3 Akash Fulkar, 4 Ramakant alias Sahil S. Nayak, 5 Kaustubh K. Natekar. 200m butterfly boys group II: 3 Nihal Chico, 4 Marc A. Ribeiro. 200m butterfly girls group II: 3 Michelle Rodrigues, 4 Clarissa E. De Souza.
Tennis ball cricket at Valpoi
Jaffar Aga unveiling the trophies at Valpoi. Photo: Ashraf Khan HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, MAY 16
Valpoi Sports Club, Dubai in association with Citizen Sports Club, Valpoi unveiled trophies and T-shirts for All-India floodlit tennis ball cricket tournament
to be held at Nuha and Sons ground, Naguem-Valpoi from May 20 to 22. The winners, runners-up and semifinal losers will receive Rs 50,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively, a l o n g w i t h t ro phies. Haji Jaffar Aga was the chief guest while Nasir Khan was the guest of honour. Rizwan Shaikh welcomed. Javed Shaikh compered. Azim Aga proposed the vote of thanks. Details may be obtained from Javed on 9637722976 or Faiyaz on 9764243451 or Rizwan on 9423314380 or Sandesh on 9823342893.
Pg17 Organisers apologise to shooters PTI NEW DELHI/LONDON, MAY 16
Bowing to pressure, the organisers of the ISSF World Cup in Dorset (UK) today apologised to the Indian shooters who were harassed by their transport staff. "The organisers have apologised for the incident," National Rifles Association of India (NRAI) Secretary Rajib Bhatia told PTI. "A meeting was held between our representatives and the organisers where they apologised. I have spoken to our team manager T Padmanabhan, who was at the meeting. We have asked for a written apology from them and are currently waiting for the letter," Bhatia said. Padmanabhan yesterday wrote to the Indian High Commission in London, complaining that the shooters were insulted by the transport staff of the event. The Indian High Commission soon got in touch with the organisers while back home, Sports Minister MS Gill convened a meeting of the Ministry officials, asking them to get in touch with NRAI and the Indian High Commission for details of the incident. The issue threatened to spill into diplomatic domain as Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur also took strong view of the incident, calling it "unfortunate". According to Padmanabhan's complaint, the incident took place on Friday when the Indian shooters were boarding the bus that took them from venue to their hotel.
Salgaocar lift Veterans, U-16 trophies HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, MAY 16
Holders Salgaocar Veterans recorded a solitary goal win over Customs and Central Excise (Goa) to retain the Salgaocar Memorial Veterans Soccer Trophy organised by Prime Sports Club at Nagoa panchayat ground on Sunday. Salgaocar led 1-0 at the breather. Striker Alfred Fernandes scored in the first session which eventually turned out to be the match winner. Customs started well but Domnic Cabral and Augusto Pereira wasted easy chances. Salgaocar surged ahead when Alfred Fernandes after receiving a Lawrence Gomes pass on the top of the box fired a low right footer which went through the hands of rival goalkeeper Chandrakant Naik. After the breather Customs came close to restoring parity but Salgaocar goalkeeper Bharat Morje brought off two splendid saves. In the U-16 finals, Salgaocar scored a 2-0 win over Bresources, Betalbatim to emerge champions. Salgaocar led 1-0 at the breather. Salgaocar striker Nickson Castanha and Sheldon Rodrigues scored in either halfs to carve out a 2-0 win over Bresources. Salgaocar received Rs.10,000 and trophy, while Customs had to be content with Rs.7,000 and trophy. U-16 winners, Salgaocar were given Rs.6,000 and trophy while Bresources received Rs.4,000 and trophy Following prizes were awarded: U 16 - best player of the tournament: Daryl Endro (Bresources), Best striker of finals - Nickson Castanha (Salgaocar); Best midfielder of finals - Sheldon Rodrigues (Salgaocar). Man-of-the finals - Bipin Malick (Salgaocar). Veterans - best player of the tournament - Minguel Miranda (Customs). Best striker of finals - Alfred Fernandes (Salgaocar). Best defender of finals - Rocky Carneiro (Salgaocar); Man-of-the finals - Bharat Morje (Salgaocar). Earlier, chief guests, Domingos Dias, Nagoa VP Sarpanch and Caitu D'Silva, were introduced to the teams by club president Tony Correia Afonso, secretary, Boaventura Leitao and Soccoro Coutinho. Jose Inacio Cota, vice-president of the Club welcomed. Boaventura proposed the vote of thanks.
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England win World T20 crown AGENCIES BARBADOS, MAY 16
Craig Kieswetter's cracking halfcentury helped England thrash Australia by seven wickets and win the ICC World Twenty20 in Barbados, on Sunday. Kieswetter smashed 63 from 49 balls, with the help of seven boundaries and two sixes, adding 111 runs in 68 balls for the second wicket with Pietersen, who made 47 from 31 balls to help England secure their first global trophy. England cruised to 148 for three in 17 overs to win with 18 deliveries to spare after Australia had been restricted 147 for six in their 20 overs. David Hussey top-scored with 54-ball 59 for Australia and Cameron White hit 30 from 19 balls but they never really recovered after losing a few early
wickets. Ryan Sidebottom was the best bowler for England, claiming two for 26 in his four overs, while Graeme Swann took one for 17. This was England's first major title win in the 35 years since the International Cricket Council began global events. Australia's wait for the World Twenty20 title, the only title to evade them, continues. Earlier, David Hussey hit a half-century to rescue Australia and take them to a respectable 147 for six in their 20 overs. Australia were reeling at 45 for four at one stage before Hussey's composed innings of 59 from 54 balls, inclusive of two boundaries and two sixes, helped them to a competitive total. Cameron White chipped in with a quick 30 from 19 balls to lead Australia's charge towards
the end as they hit 55 runs in the last five overs. Ryan Sidebottom, who took two for 26 in his four overs, started the rot as he started with a wicket in the first over of the match after England had elected to bowl. Shane Watson (2) lashed out at a short, wide delivery but only managed to edge it behind to wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter. The ball popped out from the keeper's glove but Graeme Swann at slip did well to hold on and send the Australian opener back. Another success came England's way in the next over when David Warner was run out for 2. Michael Clarke, who came in at the fall of Watson's wicket, tapped the ball to cover and went for a quick single, but Michael Lumb swooped on the ball and hit the stumps at the
bowler's end with an under arm throw, catching Warner short of his ground. Then Sidebottom struck again, having Brad Haddin (1) brilliantly caught by Kieswetter down the leg side. After six overs, Australia reached 24 for three, their lowest in the Powerplay overs, having hit just one boundar y. Sidebottom had created early problems for Australia as he took two for nine in three overs in his first spell. Clarke got Australia's second boundary of the innings when he swatted a slower delivery from Tim Bresnan through midon in the seventh over. Once again, England wasted no time in introducing their spinners. It was Graeme Swann, who caused Australia further when he claimed the big wicket
of captain Michael Clarke. The right-hander made 27 from as many balls before he was brilliantly caught by Paul Collingwood at short midwicket as Australia were reduced to 47 for four after ten overs. Finally, Australia decided it was time to counter attack as Michael Yardy's third over went for 21 runs. David Hussey broke the shackles when he slammed the left-arm spinner for a six over midwicket. Cameron White hit a full toss down the ground for a four followed by a six over midwicket and another boundary over the bowler's head. Australia innings: S Watson c Swann b Sidebottom 2, D Warner run out 2, M Clarke c Collingwood b Swann 27, B Haddin c Kieswetter b Sidebottom 1, D Hussey run out 59, C White c Broad b Wright 30, M Hussey not out 17, S Smith not out 1. Extras: 8.Total: 147. Fall of wickets: 1-2 2-7 3-8 4-45 5-95 6-142. Bowling: Sidebottom 4-0-26-2 (3w), Bresnan 4-0-35-0 (1nb), Broad 4-027-0 (1w), Swann 4-0-17-1, Yardy 30-34-0, Wright 1-0-5-1. England: M Lumb c D Hussey b Tait 2,C Kieswetter b Johnson 63,K Pietersen c Warner b Smith 47,P Collingwood not out 12,E Morgan not out 15. Extras: 9. Total: 148-3. Fall of wickets: 7-1, 118-2, 121-3. Bowling: Nannes 4-0-29-0,S Tait 3-0-28-1,M Johnson 4-0-27-1,S Smith 3-0-21-1,S Watson 3-0-420. Man-of-the-Match: C Kieswetter. Man-of-the-Series: K Pietersen.
India share Azlan Shah Trophy PTI IPOH (Malaysia), MAY 16
Defending champions India and South Korea were today declared joint winners of the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament as the summit clash between the two teams was called off due to rain here. The final match was abandoned after six minutes of play as the heavy showers lashed the turf. India had lost only one match, against Malaysia, en route to final. This is the first time in the history of the tournament, which began in 1983, that there have been joint winners. Indian defender Sardar Singh was adjuged the best player of the tournament. The Indian team management, when called by the FIH Tournament Director Paul Richards, expressed the desire to be given the winners trophy since they had topped the seven team round-robin league with 13 points as well as having beaten the Koreans 3-2 at that stage. However, it was decided to give the winners cup to both the teams which gave India their fifth title and the Koreans grabbed their second. India had made six appearances in the final of the tournament and ended on the victorious side on four occasions in 1985, 1991, 1995 and 2009. They had lost the title clash of the 2008 event to Argentina via golden goal.
India draw 2-2 with Black Sticks Endeavour Trust Twin Turfs UNI PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand, MAY 16
Players of FC Internazionale Milano celebrate the victory during the Serie A match against AC Siena, at Stadio Artemio Franchi, in Siena, on Sunday.
Subhadra Pradhan's last minute penalty corner goal helped Indian eves to drew 2-2 with New Zealand in the second Test at the Endeavour Trust Twin Turfs here today. At half time, the two teams
Inter seal 5th consecutive Serie A title AP ROME, MAY 16
Inter Milan beat Siena 1-0 Sunday to seal their fifth consecutive Serie A title and move two-thirds of the way to a possible treble. Diego Milito took a pass from Inter captain Javier Zanetti and scored his 22nd goal of the season to break the deadlock in the 57th minute at Siena’s Artemio Franchi
Barca retain La Liga crown AP BARCELONA, MAY 16
Barcelona retained the Spanish La Liga title on the final day of the 2009-10 season with a 4-0 win over Valladolid at Camp Nou on Sunday to finish above archrivals Real Madrid.
stadium. Inter finished with 82 points, two more than AS Roma, which won 2-0 at Chievo Verona. Roma scored both goals in the first half and had their hands on the title before Milito saved Inter. Inter beat Roma in the Italian Cup final, and Jose Mourinho’s side will face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final Saturday as they attempt to become the first
Three-time Commmonwealth Championship gold medallist Ravinder Singh (60 kg) won bronze in the Greco Roman category on the final day of the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here today. With this win, India's medal tally swelled to seven (two gold, one silver and four bronze). However, seven-time National gold medallist Sanjay and national champion Ashok Kumar lost out on a bronze medal in the 74 and 96 kilogram categories respectively. Ravinder defeated Beishalev Azis of Kyrgyzstan 3-1, 0-1, 3-0.
AGENCIES MUMBAI, MAY 17
West Indies great Viv Richards has offered to work as India's batting consultant, saying he can help the batsmen sort out their perennial weakness against short-pitch bowling. "I could be a good consultant where batsmanship is concerned
India held on to the third position in the Greco Roman team championship. India were level on points with China who got the second position by virtue of their lone gold medal in the 60 kilogram category. Korea topped the team championship in this category with four gold medals. In the overall team championship in Freestyle Wrestling, India stood fifth with Iran topping the table followed by Kazakhstan and Korea. India were placed fifth in Female Wrestling as well, with China grabbing the top spot and Japan finishing second.
Rezai claims Madrid Open AP MADRID, MAY 16
Aravane poses with the trophy.
came down to the field to celebrate with his club. It was Inter’s 18th Serie A title, second only to Juventus’ 27. Also Sunday, Sampdoria beat Napoli 1-0 to clinch fourth place and the final Champions League berth. Palermo came into Sunday with a chance of finishing fourth but needed a slipup from Sampdoria, rendering their 2-1 win over Atalanta meaningless.
Viv offers to help Indian batsmen
Ravinder bags bronze UNI NEW DELHI, MAY 16
Italian club to achieve the treble. Mourinho appeared teary-eyed during the trophy celebration. “I would have preferred to win it with four or five games to spare,” Mourinho said. “Winning it on the final day of the season was almost too much to handle. I’ve never had a championship go down to the final day like this.” Inter president Massimo Moratti
Venus Williams has lost 6-2, 7-5 to unseeded Aravane Rezai of France in the Madrid Masters final. Rezai rallied from two breaks down in the second set to win her third career title on Sunday. Rezai was making her second appearance at the Madrid Masters and came in having lost in the first round in Barcelona and the second in Rome. She ended up dropping only one set throughout the tournament. The fourth-seeded Williams was seeking to win a 10th claycourt title and improve on her 12-1 record on the surface this year. It was the 70th final of her career.
and especially where you have such aggressive fast bowling, I can be a little help at some point to teams," said the Caribbean great. "I'm available, maybe they (India) will call me sometime to know how to handle such aggression," the former West Indies captain told media.
Aussie back up for GFA U-10 programme Pg. 17
For the second successive time in the Twenty20 World Cup, Indian batsmen's technical frailties against the short-pitched stuff were thoroughly exposed and the side crashed out of the event without winning a single Super Eight match.
were locked 1-1. Besides Pradhan, the other Indian goal scorer was striker Rani Rampal (34th min), whereas the Black Sticks struck through a penalty corner from Piki Hanahoma (14th) and a field goal by Charlotte Harrison (67th min). The third Test shall be played at Kett Capital Hockey Stadium, Napier on Wednesday.
Webber tops Monaco GP
Mark Webber celebrates victory on the podium. REUTERS MONTE CARLO, MAY 16
Mark Webber swept to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday in a Red Bull one-two that catapulted the Australian to the top of the Formula One leaderboard. The first Australian winner in the Mediterranean principality since triple world champion Jack Brabham in 1959, Webber led from pole to finish for his second victory in a row and fourth of his career. "Absolutely incredible, for sure this is the greatest day of my life today," Webber said. The last Australian to lead the world championship was Alan Jones in 1981. In a race punctuated by crashes and four safety car periods, including the last three laps, Germany's Sebastian Vettel anchored Red Bull's second one-
two in six races with Poland's Robert Kubica third for Renault. Vettel crossed the line just 0.4 seconds behind the triumphant Webber, with the field queuing up behind the safety car to the final corner as the Red Bull mechanics leant over the pitwall to clap them home. World champion Jenson Button, who won in Monaco last year and had led the standings before the showcase race of the season, retired on the third lap with smoke coming out of his McLaren's engine. Webber took over at the top with 78 points, the same number as Vettel who has just one win this year, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third with 73 after roaring from last to seventh in the race. Button, who has also won twice this year, slipped to fourth place with 70 points. For the first time, both the Force India cars finished among points but Hispania driver Karun Chandhok was among the 12 drivers who did not last the distance, which turned out to be a bloodbath of a race. Beginning 12th on the grid, Force India's Adrian Sutil drove a sensible race to finish ninth, just ahead of team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi who had started two places ahead of him. The three points earned on Sunday -- Sutil contributed two and Liuzzi one -- consolidated their sixth place in the Constructors' Championship with 27 points. Chandok drove a mature race on Sunday and steered cleared of the chaos around him but his luck ran out in the fag end and the Indian in fact had a close shave as Lotus' Jarno Trulli went over the top of Chandok's car with the alarmed Indian ducking and raising both his hands in horror.