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Cargo plane crashes in Pak, 12 dead PTI KARACHI, NOV 28

Two Hizb ultras killed in Doda Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in a fierce gun battle between ultras and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district. The militants, identified as Touseef and Imran, were killed during searches conducted by a team of Rashtriya Rifles and police in Tandla forest belt at Gandoh. Acting on a tip-off that two Hizb ultras were hiding in a rock cave, security forces raided the place, police said. – (PTI) Cricket fans watch the first one-day international match against New Zealand from an under-construction building outside the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday. The people stood their ground for nearly eight hours as India battled on to score a 40-run win over the Kiwis.

Opposition rejects Govt offer on 2G PTI NEW DELHI, NOV.28

Senior leader Pranab Mukherjee today called on Opposition leaders in a fresh bid to break the ice in Parliament offering a Supreme Court-monitored CBI inquiry into the 2G scam but there was no sign of a resolution with the Government refusing to accept a JPC probe. Leader of the House in Lok Sabha and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee called NDA Working-Chairperson L K Advani and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj to discuss the continuing deadlock in Parliament since November 10 over Opposition demand for a JPC probe. Urging them to allow Parliament to function, Mukherjee offered a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe into the 2G case while expressing Government’s readiness for a full-fledged debate in Parliament on all aspects of the spectrum controversy. He, however, said the JPC demand was unacceptable.

Website under attack, claims WikiLeaks PTI LONDON, NOV 28

Hours ahead of an expected leak of millions of classified US documents, W ikiLeaks today claimed it was under a cyber attack but said the documents would be m a d e p u b l i c through several leading newspapers. In a Twitter message, the website said: “We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack.” It added that even if its website goes down a number of newspapers will go ahead and publish the documents released to them. The American administration asked the website to refrain from making the classified documents public.

Pranab offered a Supreme Courtmonitored CBI probe into the 2G case while expressing Govt’s readiness for a full-fledged debate

The BJP leaders made it clear that they were firm on their demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe and would not relent on it.

Mukherjee also spoke to CPIM leader Sitaram Yechury over telephone but the Left party put the onus to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament on the Government. “We have been insisting that the spectrum issue merits an enquiry by a JPC. We continue with our demand,” Yechury told PTI from Mumbai. BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said in Ahmedabad, “Congress is running away from the JPC and we have decided to stick to our demand. It has been three weeks now that Parliament is not functioning”. In Delhi, Deputy Leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia said, “Government is primarily and constitutionally accountable only to Parliament. The best and only option in this case is a JPC probe”. Sources said Mukherjee told Advani and Swaraj that Government could not agree to a JPC probe as the earlier experiences have not been good.

Delhi blaze destroys building PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 28

A four-storeyed building went up in flames and a portion of it collapsed in central Delhi today after plastic stored in its ground floor caught fire following suspected short-circuit injuring four persons. Four persons, including three firemen, suffered injuries when a portion of the building collapsed following the blaze that was reported from the building located in Maliwada locality of Naya Sada near Chowri Bazar at around 5 pm, fire brigade officials said. Two mysterious explosions were also heard from inside the building. The building collapsed around 9:15 pm and the injured firemen were taken to a nearby hospital. The multi-storeyed building appeared like a hot blazing inferno with red flames and thick smokes billowing out. “The raging fire led to the collapse of a portion of the building. Fire which broke out in the ground floor spread to the other floors and within no time, it was all over the building,” the officials said.

Highway protests to echo near IFFI venue HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 28

Protestors opposing the expansion of the National Highway will be holding a day-long dharna near the IFFI venue on Monday to highlight the issue in the presence of national and international media. National Highway Diversion Action Committee (NHDAC) convenor Sunil Desai told reporters today that they will be protesting in front of Entertainment Society of Goa premises for the entire day tomorrow. “The dharna is one way to oppose the Government’s decision of bringing in Section 3 (D) of NH Act”, Desai said assuring that the protest would be


peaceful. “We want that national and international media and delegates present should know about the issue and harassment meted out by the Government to the aam aadmi”, Desai disclosed. The House Committee, which met on Friday unanimously de-

cided to enforce Section 3 (D) of land acquisition from November 29. When asked, Desai said even if the Section comes into force tomorrow, the Government has full power to revert it. “The dharna will expose the intense damage that would hit the State due to the highway’s current alignment”, he said. Dinesh Waghale, a senior activist said that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had assured that not an inch of land would be acquired for the highway expansion but the actual fact was different. Information received under Right to Information specifies (Continued on page 2)

aK rifles to now fire rubber bullets! PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 28

AK rifles firing rubber bullets? This will soon be a reality with trial runs for firing such bullets from Kalashnikov automatic rifles to control mobs having been completed. A decision to this effect was taken here during a meeting of senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs which has constituted a special group for analysing various methods needed for controlling violent crowds with least force in the backdrop of large-scale violence in the Kashmir Valley this summer, official sources said here today. The sources said that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted the field trials for using the weapons, first of which were introduced in 1947. They would be seen in action

The AK-47 is a selectivefire, gas-operated 7.62x39mm assault rifle. It was first developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. AK-47 stands for Kalashnikov automatic rifle, 1947 model. soon particularly in the Valley, they said. The use of rubber bullets will lessen the risk of fatalities while controlling crowds, the sources said. The AK-47, a selective-fire, gas-operated 7.62x39mm assault rifle, was first developed

NEW ROLE: The rubber bullets lessen risk of fatalities while controlling crowds and may not prove fatal if not fired from a close range and if they don’t hit a vital organ. in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. AK-47 stands for Kalashnikov automatic rifle, 1947 model. The rubber bullets from the AK-47 rifles may not prove fatal if not fired from a close range and if they don’t hit a vital organ,

the sources said. Another riot controlling device that has been cleared is the ‘dazzler’ which uses laser beams to disperse mobs by causing temporary blindness. These may be handed over to security forces operating in Kashmir-like situations soon, the sources said. The dazzler may help in restricting stone pelters as it can be used towards individuals, rendering them temporarily blind. These devices can be useful in restricting mobs between a range of 50 metres to 250 metres. Jammu and Kashmir Police, which has been facing allegations of using excessive force for mob control, have got two new weapons in its armoury — pump action and riot control guns — which are non-lethal but can injure a person indulging in violence.

Auto, taxi travel to cost more HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, NOV 28

The fares of autorickshaws and taxis in the State are likely to increase by 15 to 20 per cent with State Transport Department recommending a hike for them to the State Government. The detailed report on diesel price, rates of spare parts and salary structure of 2006 and 2010 of autorickshaw and taxi operators sought by the Transport Department, will be forwarded to the State Government tomorrow. Transport Director Arun Desai said the report will be forwarded to the Government for a final decision over the hike in fare. “As against the demand of 100 per cent hike, the Department will be recommending 15 to 20 per cent hike for the autorickshaw and taxi operators”, Desai said adding that since the last hike in 2006, there has been 25-35 per cent hike in diesel and spare part prices. Since May, 2010, the All Goa Autorickshaw Association (AGAA), Taximan’s Union (TU) and the All Goa Taxi Unions Association (AGTUA) have been demanding a hike in fares. The current fare for the first three kilometres is Rs 10. However, there was no unanimity in the hike that was demanded by various associations.

The Transport Department will recommend 15 to 20% hike for the autorickshaw & taxi operators, against demand of 100% hike While AGAA asked for Rs 20 for first three kilometers, TU sought Rs 12 and AGTUA demanded Rs 15. “There is no justification for such a huge hike. But since the rates were last revised nearly four years back, the Government will make sure that the rates are increased now”, Desai said. As directed by the State Transport Authority, the transport director had a joint meeting with the representatives of AGTUA, (Continued on page 2)

IPL-IV auctIOn

A Russian cargo plane crashed in a fireball into a naval residential compound seconds after taking off from the airport of the southern Pakistani city today, killing at least 12 people — all eight crew members on board and four persons on the ground. The Russian-made Il-76 aircraft, which came from the UAE and was headed to the Sudanese capital Khartoum, crashed near Dalmia area within the cantonment in Karachi at 1.50 am local time. It went down in a part of the naval compound where new apartments were being built. The ill-fated aircraft came down two minutes after taking off from the city’s international airport, said Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervaiz George. All eight Russian crew members were killed, he said. The bodies of at least four construction workers were found in apartments being built at the site, Geo TV reported. Recovered bodies were badly mutilated and beyond recognition, officials said, adding several people were also injured. Officials said the casualties would have been higher if the plane of Russia’s Sunway Airline had hit several densely populated apartment blocks only a few hundred metres away. Rescue operations at the crash site gathered steam this morning after hundreds of naval and army personnel moved in with heavy machinery to remove the debris and scour the damaged buildings for victims. Several witnesses said they had seen the aircraft on fire before it crashed.

CBI has taken over this skycraper only for scam investigations, with each scam on each floor


Sachin, MSD @ Rs 1.84 cr PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 28

Around 62 Indian cricketers will be up for auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in the topbracket of cricketers valued at Rs 1.84 crore. However, Tendulkar and Dhoni are likely to be retained by their respective franchises — Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Former India captains Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid along with VVS L axman are in the third bracket which has a base price of Rs 92 lakh. The cricketers who will command the highest base price of Rs 1.84 crore are Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh. The second bracket is that of Rs 1.3 crore where Twenty20 specialist Yusuf Pathan finds a place alongside speedster Zaheer Khan and the talented Suresh Raina. Similarly stand-in ODI captain Gautam Gambhir, who didn’t have a great IPL-II and III, has been priced in the third bracket at Rs 92 lakh along with the likes of Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and veterans such as Ganguly, Kumble, Dravid and Laxman. The fourth bracket is of Rs


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46 lakh which consists of domestic cricketers and the fringe India players who have represented the country since 2005. Bengal players Wriddhiman Saha, Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Dinda along with Saurashtra’s Cheteshwar Pujara are some of the players in the fourth bracket. The fifth and final bracket is of Rs 23 lakh where there are India discards such as Manpreet Gony, Sudeep Tyagi, Sridharan Sriram to name a few. The five brackets of base price: 1st: Rs 1.84 crore; 2nd: Rs 1.3 crore; 3rd: Rs 92 lakh; 4th: Rs 46 lakh; 5th bracket: Rs 23 lakh

Virender Sehwag

List of Players Up for auction (In alphabetical order) Andhra: Yelakka Venugopal Rao; Assam: Sridharan Sriram Baroda: Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Ambati Rayudu, Munaf Patel; Bengal: Sourav Ganguly, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Ashok Dinda; Delhi: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma Gujarat: Parthiv Patel, Siddharth Trivedi Haryana: Joginder Sharma, Amit Mishra Hyderabad: VVS Laxman, T Suman, Pragyan Ojha Jharkhand: Mahendra Singh (Continued on page 2)





CiviC forum Plumbing repair needed

Noisy scenes at Comunidade member offers land for waste treatment in Santa Cruz Usgao-Ganje sabha HERALD CORRESPONDENT MERCES, NOV 28


I wish to bring to the notice of the concerned authorities of a leakage in the main water line which distributes water supply to Vaddy area of Siolim, located after the Home for the Aged. The leakage in the water line had been attended to with success in the past, but the leak has re emerged and is visible on days when water is available in the area. The resulting leakage of water is a colossal waste and needs to be repaired on an urgent basis. It is hoped that timely intervention by the PWD would put an end to this wastage.

A stitch in time… ALLwyN GEORGE, CARMONA

I wish to express my profound thanks, through the columns of your esteemed newspaper (Civic Forum, 8 Nov), to the concerned authorities for taking cognisance of the photograph, which concerned an electric pole. This pole stood in the middle of a road at Varca on the Varca-Cavelossim stretch and has been promptly relocated. Many innocent lives have been saved and it shows that government agencies operate efficiently. The timely reminder bore fruit and the department immediately swung into action since it was in close proximity to the Varca Electricity office. Dangers such as these are noticed on several roads in Goa of unstable electric poles, trees, cattle, stray dogs, open drains etc., that convert roads into death traps for motorists. Public consciousness and awareness is the need of the hour to highlight any foreseeable danger. Government department agencies, on their part, should take necessary precautions to ensure that precious lives are not lost.


The village of Adpai, Ponda does not have adequate traffic signboards to guide travellers who proceed through the main thoroughfare. In the ‘Dessai-Bhat’ area, one confronts a sharp turn with a very narrow stretch of road. Vehicles proceed at a fast pace in both directions and an unfortunate mishap is a distinct possibility. Minor mishaps have taken place during the last few years on some occasions. Adequate speed breakers are absent at strategic points and it becomes difficult to exercise control on vehicles that drive at reckless speeds. Pedestrians, as a result, are the ultimate victims. The local village panchayat needs to take up this matter on a war footing with the concerned authorities to ensure that signboards are installed. Safety factor has to be seriously addressed.

Stinking garbage CARACIOL D’SOUzA, SIOLIM

The short cut road leading to Mapusa from the village of Siolim up the hill to the Assagao plateau has heaps of garbage, which is increasing by the day. The nauseating stench of rotting garbage and a sensational burning smell renders the air. Garbage, in all shapes and sizes, ranging from broken bottles, wet waste, remnants of perishable items, the odd construction material and the ever present plastic bags are strewn across the road. Many citizens from all walks of life traverse this route since it serves as a short cut to reach the city of Mapusa. Authorities have turned a blind eye to the difficulties experienced by daily commuters. It would be in the fitness of things if the garbage strewn across the road is picked up by the concerned authorities so that a semblance of cleanliness prevails.

Passenger comfort a must CRISPINO FARIA, vIA EMAIL

I have travelled to Mumbai a number of times since March of this year. I prefer traveling by the Konkan Kanya Express as compared to a bus. To catch this train I catch the Nizamuddin Express and travel till Margao to catch the Konkan Kanya which leaves at 1645hrs. The Nizamuddin Express, of the south western railways, is a clean and well maintained train with clear mirrors, bottle holders and clean seats. Kudos to the South Western Railways. But when I enter the Konkan Railway owned Konkan Kanya, it is dirty, with no mirrors, no bottle holders, stained seats and the ceiling that has turned black. The train consists of nearly 20 compartments normally filled to capacity. This means that the train has been churning out a profit to the Konkan Railways. It is imperative that the concerned authorities think of the comfort of the commuters when it is we, the commuters, who are responsible for the profit that the Konkan Railway earns! The railway authorities would be well advised to give the train the much needed facelift.

Remove illegal scrapyards REGGIE BORGES, vIA EMAIL

After hearing of the fire in a scrapyard in Benaulim, I would like to bring to the notice of the authorities of the mushrooming of illegal scrapyards in Navelim. One is located just after the bridge as you enter the village, on the left hand side. The second lies inside a compound on the road leading from Navelim church to the Rawanfond junction. The third is besides the new library, and the fourth lies to the left hand side of the main road between ESI Hospital and the Railway station, right beside the railway tracks. All of them have high tin sheets around them and the gates are always closed so that what is stored inside is hidden from public view. I request the concerned authorities to get rid of these fire hazards immediately as they all lie within well populated areas. Or are we awaiting a mishap in order to take action?

Erratic power supply M jOHNSON, COLvA

It was amazing as to why the electricity went off and on 9 times in a space of less than 2 hours as it did in Colva on last Saturday evening. This stinks of total inefficiency or vastly inferior equipment being used by the Electricity Department. Or is it the good old corruption rearing its ugly head yet again.

Having failed in several attempts in the past to identify suitable land for waste treatment in Santa Cruz village, the panchayat authorities saw a slim glimmer of hope as Calapur Comunidade attorney Mariano Araujo offered to provide Comunidade land for the purpose, provided the other committee members also accept the proposal. The offer was made at the Sunday gram sabha, which discussed the tricky issue of identifying a suitable land for waste treatment in Santa Cruz. Mariano further informed the panchayat authorities that the land in question is a fallow field and it is upto the panchayat authorities to acquire the land and also get necessary approvals from the government authorities like the Pollution Control Board. However, some of the villagers said that the Pollution Board will never give its approval for setting up of waste treatment plant in a low-lying area. But, other villagers said if buildings can be allowed to come up in fields, then why a waste treatment plant cannot be allowed, and urged the panchayat authorities to at least give it a try. Earlier, a lively discussion ensued on

n Mariano further informed the panchayat authorities that the land in question is a fallow field and it is upto the panchayat authorities to acquire the land and also get necessary approvals from the government authorities like the Pollution Control Board.

waste management and Sister Noel Saldanha informed that it is the primary duty of each and every individual to take care of their waste in their own backyard and not throw garbage all over the place. Sister Noel further said that when everyone works hard to keep their houses clean, then why doesn’t everyone try to keep their village clean. She further said that a mass education and awareness campaign is the need of the hour to educate the masses about ways to treat waste in their own backyard and offered her services to the panchayat to conduct such awareness in

the future. When Herald questioned Sarpanch Rosy Fernandes over the progress of the panchayat’s campaign to direct housing societies to have their own composting units to treat waste, Fernandes said the campaign has hit a roadblock as the housing societies are demanding that the panchayat should bear the cost of setting up of composting units, which comes to around Rs 15,00020,000 per pit and the panchayat cannot afford it. The issue of mushrooming of illegal hutments in the village, particularly at AltoSanta Cruz, was also discussed with the villagers demanding that the panchayat should immediately demolish the hutments since the migrants residing there are becoming a menace as they deface in the open. Acceding to the demand, Sarpanch Rosy said they will conduct a site inspection to ascertain the facts and proceed accordingly. However, Panch Lawrence Rodrigues appeared sceptical over the promise and said the hutments have mushroomed with the blessings of influential persons in the village, who, he said, would try every trick in the book to scuttle moves to demolish the same.


Usgao-Ganje Gram Sabha on Sunday witnessed noisy scenes over the issue of illegal parking of trucks by an industrial estate in Marwa-Sada, Usgao. The residents were left furious after Usgao-Ganje Deputy Sarpanch Manohar Gaude left the gram sabha midway when villagers demanded to know what action has been taken in regard to the resolutions taken during the last gram sabha. Deputy Sarpanch Gaude, who is the acting sarpanch, and who chaired the meeting did not answer any of the queries. With mounting pressure from villagers to reply to the queries, the deputy Sarpanch left the meeting hall. Later, some villagers even followed him in order to bring him back to the gram sabha, but they did not succeed. Usgao Uva Morcha President Tulshidas Prabhu sought to know the status of the resolution passed during the last gram sabha meeting. “I want to know what action the panchayat has taken against the industrial unit which is illegally parking trucks and has converted it into a yard. Does the panchayat receive any application from the company for parking trucks,” asked Prabhu. “This resolution was taken during the last gram sabha and I want to know what action has been taken,” he added. However, acting Sarpanch Manohar Gaude said the land belongs to the company and the company need not require any permission from the panchayat. But the villagers were not satisfied with Gaude’s reply, as they claimed that though the land belongs to the company, but the company is bound to take permission for parking or using it as a yard. The furious villagers demanded to take action and stalled the proceedings of the gram sabha until the issue was resolved.

Raia meet opposes kabrastan plans at Manora on the plying of sand carrying trucks from Sonsodo to Tembi, causing traffic bottlenecks on the village roads. The meeting also discussed the issue of saline water accumulated in the fields, rendering the fields useless for vegetable cultivation. The gram sabha members also called for reduction in the number of accidents on the State highway by erecting signages, speed breakers and bus bays. The sensitive issue of garbage disposal also figured at the Sunday meeting. While members called for a stop to issuance of licenses for construction projects as per the High Court order, Sarpanch Savio Gomes insisted on the court orders before taking a decision on the matter. He told the gram sabha members that the Panchayat can stop the issuance of construction licence only upon directives from the Director of Panchayats.


The gram sabha of Raia Panchayat on Sunday has opposed any plans to set up a kabrastan in the Manora area of the village. The resolution was passed after the members raised apprehensions that the burial g ro u n d m a y b e s e t u p i n Manora. At the meeting held on Sunday, the gram sabha demanded that the Sarpanch comply with the rules and regulations of the gram sabha meeting rules. A gram sabha member Xavier Fernandes stated that the sarpanch often tells the members that they can get the replies to their queries in the Panchayat office, and reminded Sarpanch Savio Gomes that gram sabha resolutions cannot be taken in the office but at the gram sabha meeting. He also charged the sarpanch for the delay in holding the gram sabha meeting and demanded that the gram sabha rules and regulations be followed in letter and spirit. The meeting also discussed

Gram sabha members during heated discussion with the Sarpanch Savio Gomes.

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Garbage issue dominates Benaulim sabha

Merces dy sarpanch threatened?



Merces Deputy Sarpanch Yatin Palyekar claimed to have been threatened with dire consequences by a resident from Vaddy-Merces on Sunday. In his complaint, Deputy Sarpanch Palyekar told Old Goa Police that a person from Vaddy came to his business place at Dovornem-Merces and started abusing him with filthy language. The complaint further stated that the accused tried to assault the deputy sarpanch with a koita. Previous enmity is suspected behind the motive of the accused. Old Goa Police have registered an offence against the accused under Sections 504, 352 and 506 of IPC.

Garbage issue dominated at the gram sabha meeting of the village Panchayat of Benaulim on Sunday. The meeting was chaired by a Panch member Joaquim D’Silva in the absence of the Sarpanch Carmelina Fernandes and her deputy Stanley. Agitated members tried to pick holes in the affidavit filed by the Panchayat body in the High Court stating that the village has set up a composting unit and has started collection of plastic waste. At the time of confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting, members demanded to know the status of the compositing unit and the collection of plastic waste as per the affidavit filed by the panchayat in

Members of the Benaulim gram sabha seen discussing the garbage issue on Sunday. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

the High Court. Members contended that the Panchayat had never con-

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that the State will have to acquire 51.60 lakh square metres of land for the purpose, he said. He alleged that the chief minister was ‘lying’ on every count and was misguiding the people. Shedding more light on the proposal of rehabilitating the displaced houses, Waghale said that the RTI information has cleared that the State Government has no such proposal. “They have said that only compensation will be paid to the people as per the District Administration rates, which are between Rs 10- Rs 150 in different parts of the State”, he added. The information has also revealed that the State Government has no rights over widening of NH. “The toll tax will also be decided by the central Government”, Waghale said. NHDAC has been demanding that the Government should change the current alignment, passing through the urban area. The action committee which has held a public meeting and road blockades in the past has also threatened to intensify the agitation.

Auto, taxi travel

AGAA, TU, Black and Yellow tourist vehicles Association and Airport Tourist Taxi Association. The State Government through a fresh notification under Goa Motor Vehicles Act has also hiked the permit fees of all the tourist vehicles

registered under various categories. However, the hiked rates were strongly objected by the vehicle operators, who are likely to serve a notice to the Government seeking a withdrawal of the same.

Sachin, MSD @ Rs 1.84 cr Dhoni, Saurabh Tiwary Karnataka: Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Manish Pandey, Abhimanyu Mithun, R Vinay Kumar, Robin Uthappa Kerala: S Sreesanth Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Wasim Jaffer, Abhishek Raut, Rohit Sharma, Abhishek Nayar, Ramesh Powar Madhya Pradesh: Naman Ojha Punjab: Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Manpreet Gony, VRV Singh Railways: Murali Kartik Rajasthan: Pankaj Singh Saurahstra: Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara Tamil Nadu: Dinesh Karthik, S Badrinath, R Sathish, R Ashwin, M Vijay, L Balaji Uttar Pradesh: Mohammed Kaif, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Sudeep Tyagi, Piyush Chawla, Rudra Pratap Singh Vidarbha: Umesh Yadav.

structed a composting unit for the purpose of garbage disposal adjacent to the Panchayat Ghar, claiming that the pit was constructed by the builder to store water for the construction of the Panchayat Ghar.

The members questioned the chair over the collection of plastic waste by the Panchayat and the payments done by the body to the person drafted to collect the waste. The chair was further questioned whether the contractor was collecting the waste from the households or from the road sides and the payments made to him by the body till date. Incidentally, a gram sabha member sought to know from the chair whether the person appointed by the Panchayat was recently arrested by the Colva police for setting scrapyard waste afire. The issue over the controversial petrol pump also came up for discussions after a gram sabha member alleged overwriting in the minutes. The meeting was later adjourned, but the date of the adjourned meeting will be decided after consulting the Block Development Officer.

Tribhuvan Housing buys Leela Casino SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT PANJIM, NOV 28

Tribhuvan Housing Ltd has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd to buy its ship, known as ‘MV The Leela’, along with its licenses for the casino and gaming business. ‘MV The Leela’ is stationed in the Mandovi River at Goa. It has permission and licenses to carry on casino and gaming business, but has not been operated for the last several months.





Nuvem Panchayat taken to task over temporary licences

Property worth Rs 20 lakh gutted at Kundaim


Property worth Rs 20 lakh was gutted in a fire that broke out in an industrial unit at Kundaim Industrial Estate in the wee hours of Sunday. According to the Ponda SubDivisional Fire Officer D D Redkar, after Kundaim Fire Station received a fire call from Crompton Greaves Ltd (motor division) at about 12.45 am, fire station officer along with his team rushed to the site and doused off the fire.

Mumbai youth drowns at Dudhsagar HERALD CORRESPONDENT COLLEM, NOV 28

A gram sabha member making a point to the Chair at the Nuvem gram sabha meeting. HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 28

Nuvem gram sabha members took the Panchayat body to task over the question of issue temporary licences without following the laid down criteria. At the gram sabha meeting on Sunday, members pointed out to an illegal land filling and the temporary license issued to a hardware shop by the body. Agitated members demanded to know the criteria adopted by the Panchayat while issuing temporary licences, saying the Panchayat should follow a set rules and procedures and not resort to discretion in such matters. Members pointed out that while the common man is made to run from pillar to post for approval

Duler resident killed in mishap


A 72-year-old resident of DulerMapusa died, after she was knocked down by a two-wheeler at Duler late Saturday evening. According to Mapusa Police, the accident occurred when Carmeline D’Mello, who was returning home after attending a mass in a chapel, was hit by an unknown two-wheeler. Police further informed that the two-wheeler rider fled from the site. D’Mello was rushed to Asilo Hospital in Mapusa, from where she was shifted to GMC Hospital in Bambolim, where she succumbed to injuries. The body was handed over to her relatives. Police Sub Inspector Milind Bhuimber is investigating the case.

Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

of their files, the Panchayat issues temporary licenses without any hesitation to the parties. The issue over garbage also figured at the meeting, with members demanding to know from the chair the operation of the waste plant in the village. They sought details on the waste plant and the guidelines how to go about treating the waste. Members pointed out that a plant alone will not solve the garbage problem and demanded that the Panchayat body bring about awareness amongst the villagers on garbage collection and disposal. A gram sabha member Zarinha Da Cunha said that the gram sabha meetings are not held regularly and added that the action

taken report on the resolutions, are not make available to the gram sabha. Sarpanch Antonio Barreto told the gram sabha that the waste treatment plant has not been put to use for the moment as the Panchayat needs the required manpower to run the plant. He said the Panchayat would ensure that the manpower is trained properly to handle the plant. A proposal was mooted before the gram sabha demanding that the government depute trained personnel as Counsellors in schools, higher secondary schools and colleges to solve the problems of the students taking into account that children do not communicate their grievances with parents.

Orlim members cry foul over Sarpanch’s ‘no’ to resolutions HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 28

Orlim gram sabha members cried foul over the refusal by the Sarpanch to pass resolutions mooted by the members over a host of issues affecting the village. Gram sabha member Kim Miranda said the Sarpanch Shirley Braz refused to pass a resolution tabled by the members asking the Panchayat body to place all commercial construction projects before the gram sabha for its approval. It is believed the sarpanch refused to allow the resolution on grounds that the resolutions had to be in keeping with the law. Miranda further said that the gram sabha members wanted to pass another resolution on the garbage and sewage disposal. The members wanted to pass a resolution demanding that the builder and the housing society should give in writing on the disposal of waste generated in the housing complexes, but in vain. Members also demanded to know from the Sarpanch over the fate of the garbage management awareness programme in the village. Earlier, the meeting witnessed a discussion on

n Gram sabha member Kim Miranda said the Sarpanch Shirley Braz refused to pass a resolution tabled by the members asking the Panchayat body to place all commercial construction projects before the gram sabha for its approval. the list of drains that were presented to be passed for construction. Gram sabha members demanded to know the fate of the resolutions that were adopted by the present Panchayat body and insisted that the Sarpanch compile all the pending developmental resolutions which need to be taken up on a priority basis. Incidentally, this is the second time that the Orlim gram sabha members have charged the Sarpanch for the failure to pass resolutions mooted by the members at the gram sabha meetings.

Uproar marks Dramapur sabha HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 28

Uproar marked the gram sabha of Dramapur-Sirlim after some members produced a CD at the meeting allegedly showing the involvement of an elected member demanding money from hawkers. While members led by Wilson Viegas demanded that the Sarpanch Seby Fernandes show the CD on a laptop for the information of the gram sabha members, the Sarpanch firmly turned down the request. O n t h e c o n t r a r y, t h e Sarpanch told Wilson to lodge a complaint with the concerned authorities, including the Police, Director of Panchayats, Deputy Director of Panchayats and the BDO if he has any evidence regarding the involvement of the panch member in the alleged racket. The members, however, were vociferous in their demand to play the CD at the meeting and

n While members led by Wilson Viegas demanded that the Sarpanch Seby Fernandes show the CD on a laptop for the information of the gram sabha members, the Sarpanch firmly turned down the request. some of the members later constituted a five-member committee to go through the CD. Sarpanch Seby told Herald that though some of the gram sabha members have formed the committee, the final decision will rest with the Panchayat body over the matter. The gram sabha members also discussed on the presence of traffic police and police personnel on the highway at Sirlim-Dramapur causing harassment to the villagers. Members pointed out that they are forced to carry helmets even if they want to visit the Panchayat body or neighbours on the other side of the high-

way. In this respect, the members pointed out that traffic or other police personnel are not found on the highway in Cuncolim due to the inter vention of the elected representatives and demanded that the local MLA and Minister for Water Resources Filipe Neri Rodrigues be informed by the Panchayat body to take necessary action in the matter. The construction of a drinking water well under the Zilla Panchayat funds also came up for discussions, after members pointed out that the well was constructed without NOC from the Panchayat body.

Nagoa-Arpora members call for improving power supply HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 28

The Nagoa-Arpora Gram Sabha on Sunday felt urgent need of improvement of power supply in the village. The ordinary Gram Sabha of Nagoa-Arpora Panchayat discussed various issues like drainage, roads, nullahs, improvement of power supply, etc. The gram sabha members felt the urgent need of improvement of power supply, which has been

fluctuating ever now and then, posing threat to life and property of the villagers. The members also felt the urgent requirement of staff to rectify the faults at nights especially due to the tourism season, which has just begun. The members called upon the panchayat to undertake developments works in the interest of the village and villagers. The members also suggested for display of signboards at var-

ious points and speed-breakers at strategic points. Nagoa-Arpora Sarpanch Agnelo D’Souza said the concerned department is yet to put in place the much sought speed breakers at strategic points. De-silting of nullahs, construction of drains, etc, were also suggested by the members. The meeting was attended by the panchayat members and 25 members, while Sanjay Shirvoiker was the observer.

6 held for rioting, assault at Uccasaim HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 28

Mapusa Police arrested six persons on charges of rioting and assaulting four persons at a joint i n U c c a s a i m o n S a t u rd a y evening. According to Mapusa Police, accused Ritesh Wadkar, Sandip Malvankar, Kalidas Bardekar, Kalpesh Sawaikar, Shashikant Malvankar and Ritesh Alve were sitting at a joint at Uccasaim. “Some boys from Uccasaim and Nachinola were playing Carrom. The Uccasaim boys got annoyed over some argument and assaulted the joint owner and three other persons with liquor bottles. Ashok Karpani of Porvorim, who was also present in the joint, sustained injuries,” informed police. Mapusa Police, after receiving a complaint from A Karpani, swung into action and arrested all the six accused. Assistant Sub Inspector Vithu Naik is investigating the case.


A 50-year-old man from HarmalPernem was found dead under mysterious circumstances on a barge at Vagus Jetty in Bicholim taluka on Sunday morning. The deceased has been identified as Pedro L Rodrigues. The cause of death was not immediately known and Bicholim Police have sent the body for post mortem. Investigations are on.

A 23-year-old youth from Mumbai and student of Dental College, Dharwad, drowned in the Dudhsagar Waterfalls on Sunday at about 4 pm. According to sources, Girish Prabhu along with nine other students from Dental College Dharwad had gone for a picnic at Dudhsagar Waterfalls. Prabhu along with his friends entered into water for bath. Prabhu was dragged by strong current. However, a local youth managed to secure Prabhu. Collem Police rushed to the site. Doctors in 108 ambulance informed that Prabhu died on the way to ID Hospital in Ponda. Police informed that post mortem will be conducted on Monday. PI Manoj Mardolkar is investigating the case.

Curtorim sabha objects to sand extraction HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, NOV 28

The Curtorim gram sabha on Sunday took strong objection to extraction of sand and the movement of heavy trucks transporting sand from Manki Tar. At the gram sabha meeting chaired by Sarpanch Alcina D’Silva on Sunday, residents of Ulondo-Sonvonxem opposed the activity saying the movement of heavy traffic on the narrow roads posed danger to the locals. The members demanded from the sarpanch necessary action in this respect, even as the persons involved in sand extraction have claimed that they possess the licences to carry out the activity. Meanwhile, the gram sabha has given 15-day time to study and give its report on the housing project mooted by a builder at Maina. The decision was taken based on an earlier resolution asking the Panchayat body to place all construction files of multi-dwelling units before the gram sabha for approval. Members of the Curtokarancho Ekvott will conduct the study on the housing project and submit a report on the discrepancies, if any, to the panchayat body.

“The operation lasted almost an hour. Fire personnel managed to save property worth Rs 25 lakh, while the loss is estimated to be about Rs 20 lakh,” said Redkar. He further informed that 210 motor windings were destroyed after it caught fire due to probable spark caused in the heater

of the oven. The machine also caught fire. Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident, as it was the third working shift. Security personnel informed that soon after the incident, workers used fire extinguishers to douse off the fire, but could not control the inferno.


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ShOrT TakES Spiritual evening held

‘RTI helps to bring transparency, accountability in governance’ HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 28

Dadi Janki addresses the gathering in the presence of Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza, BJP president Laxmikant Parsekar, NCP president Surendra Sirsat and others.

PANJIM (HND): A fully packed Hanuman Natyagruh in Mapusa recently witnessed a rare spectacular spiritual event entitled 'An Evening with God's Close Companion' organised by the Goa Unit of Brahma Kumaris in honour of the visit of their administrative head Dadi Janki from Mount Abu, Rajasthan. In her unique style of address that blended humility, humour and command, Dadiji revealed the secret of making God one's companion. Her advice was simple: "Be pure in your thoughts, words, actions, feelings and attitudes. Have sattwic food. Avoid watching cinemas." Dadiji expressed concern over the extensive use of mobiles and dependence on such other scientific gadgets of the modern day. Quoting words from Gita, Dadiji urged the Goans to be soul-conscious and strive to lead a life free from any kinds of attachment. Earlier, the Maharashtra coordinator of the organisation's rural development wing from Pune, B K Dasharath, presented an overview of the Brahma Kumaris - their teachings, activities, expansion and service projects. Mapusa MLA Francis D'souza, NCP chief Prof Surendra Sirsat, BJP chief Laxmikant Parsekar and Chairperson of Mapusa Municipal Council Sudhir Kandolkar also spoke.

Culinary competitions held

PANJIM (HND): To encourage culinary skills of rural women and to provide platform for this talent, Sesa Goa under ‘Community Development Projects’ arranged a culinary competitions in various parts of the state in which around 600 women participated. Competitions were held at Mayem, Shirgaon, Pilgaon, Mulgaon, Pissurlem in North and Netravali in South. Actress Amita Nayak Salantri judged this three day competition along with Ujwala Tarkar, coordinator of Gomankar Madhurangan. Anuradha Parkhe and Trupti Choulkar were the other judges. Ladies could choose to cook with rice, millet (nachni) and pulses. First, second, third and consolation prizes were also given out. Amita Salatri gave some important tips about cooking. She congratulated the participants who cooked well. Ujwala Tarkar also guided the participants with various tips. All programs were arranged by the workers of CDPR. President Yashwant Thakar while addressing the ladies spoke about upcoming projects of CDPR.

New Vision opens in Margao

PANJIM (HND): New Vision, eye care and opticians, opened their new showroom recently, at Garden View Building (ground floor), Margao. This is New Vision’s second showroom in the State, the first being set up in Quepem. New Vision offers world class brands of spectacles and lens like Rayban, Guess, Nikon, Essiler, Freshlook, etc. The showroom has a computerized eye-testing facility with professional guidance in eye care. Services of noted opthamologist Avila Pereira can also be availed both in Margao and Quepem on appointment. New Vision also has a wide range of frames and lenses with 100 per cent UV protection. The price range has a starting price of Rs 200 onwards. New Vision, on the opening of their showroom in Margao, has an introductory offer of a 15 per cent discount on all spectacles.

Jimmy to lead GCEA

PANJIM (HND): The general body of the Goa Civil Engineers Association has elected Jimmy Rodrigues as its 1st President for a 3-year term. The other executive committee members are vice-President (North) - Sanjay K Naik, vice-President (South) - Savio Correia, secretary - Roque Virgilio Mascarenhas, joint secretary - Naguesh V Gaunekar, treasurer - Mario M Almeida and joint treasurer Laxaman K Palayekar. Jimmy Rodrigues Engineers wishing to get registered may contact Naguesh Gaunekar on 09422634467 or Bug Suraj Kerkar on 09158203222 or email

Legal Services Day observed

Senior Advocate Victor Diniz speaks on the Legal Services Day celebrations at Fatorpa Quepem. Photo by Alfred Fernandes

SANGUEM (HC): The Taluka Legal Services Authority Quepem in co-ordination with District Legal Services Authority, South Goa, Margao, recently observed Legal Services Day by organizing a camp in the premises of Government High School, Quittol-Fatorpa. Senior Advocate from Quepem Adv Victor Diniz guided the locals on various aspects of Right to Information Act and the benefits the citizens can avail under the Act. Adv Cynthia Parab spoke on various classes of people entitled for benefits under Free Legal Aid, while Adv Roopa Prabhu Dessai spoke at length on the laws pertaining to Consumer Protection Act and the rights of the citizens under the Act.

Asha Family Responsibilities and Rights Association Convenor Rui Da Gama said Right of Information Act empowers the people to bring about transparency and accountability in public governance and thus do away with possible corrupt practices. Da Gama was addressing the gathering at The Right to Information Act workshop organized by Asha Family Responsibilities and Rights Association, Mapusa, which evoked good response from the general public. “It is one of the biggest thunderbolts to break the silence under which people often live out of fear or intimidation,” said Da Gama. “Under the RTI Act 2005, any citizen of India can request a department of the Central or State government, public sector company or bank for information on almost any matter related to its functioning,” said Da Gama. “An individual desirous of securing information should

Unknown assailant leaves Durbhat resident injured HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, NOV 28

A resident of Durbhat-Ponda was injured after he was attacked by an unknown assailant near Don-Khamb Quelem on Saturday at about 6 pm. According to Ponda police, Prajot Shet was proceeding to Ponda on his two wheeler, when he stopped at Don-Khamb, Quelem to answer his cell phone. As he was in the midst of a conversation, an unknown person attacked him with a hockey stick. Shet tried to resist and the assailant fled from the scene. He was later admitted at the ID hospital in Ponda. Ponda police has recovered a broken hockey stick from the scene.The motive behind the attack is not known and investigations are in progress.

Mormugao council to appoint consultant to draft CDP HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 28

Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) has decided to appoint a consultant to draft a comprehensive City Development Plan (CDP) to plan schemes for the city and to ease pressure on basic infrastructure. This was decided at the first special meeting of the council on Friday and councillors also decided to seek the help of Mormugao Planning and Development Authority (MPDA) for resource mobilization. Failure to maintain basic infrastructure and the growing illegal construction in the port town has put the council in a spot of bother. In his address at the special meeting, MMC Vice Chairperson Manesh Arolkar said the council has to think of the future and should plan a CDP to create basic infrastructure for next 50 years. "As MPDA has agreed to assist the council to develop its area, the council should mobilize resources of the MPDA for planning and development." "The MPDA member secretary has shows his willingness to help the city in terms of planning and development," said Arolkar. He informed that the CDP is essential to avail of schemes meant to develop urban infrastructure. Most councillors also agreed that the council should appoint a consultant to draft the CDP. MPDA member secretary R Pandita said the CDP is very important for any urban area. "It is our duty to help the local body in terms of planning and development. Earlier too, we have helped the council," said Pandita.

ASHA Convenor Rui Da Gama addresses the gathering. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker

make an application on plain paper in English, Hindi or any official language by affixing court fees stamp of Rs 10. The designated Public Information Officer (PIO) is supposed to furnish the information sought for within 30 days,” said Da Gama. “If the information is not submitted within 30 days by PIO, then an appeal can be preferred with Goa State Information Commission,” added Da Gama.

“If the commissioner finds that the information is not furnished within 30 days without any reasonable cause, or knowingly given incorrect, incomplete or misleading information, he can impose a penalty of Rs 250 each day on PIO till information is furnished. This penalty is limited to the extent of Rs 25,000,” said Da Gama. During the discussion that followed, Vigilia D’Sa said as

per Section 4 of RTI Act 2005, every government department is required to maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and ensure that all records are computerized and connected through a network all over the country so that access to such records is facilitated. “But the State government has still not computerized its records. It is necessary that the government should be forced to computerize all its records immediately,” opined D’Sa. After detailed discussion, it was decided to form a Asha RTI Panel to take up public grievances and issues regarding the RTI Act with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and appropriate government authorities. Members elected on the committee are Norman Albuquerque, Philip Sequeira, Joseph Carneiro, Ganesh Santavalekar, Vivian Pinto, Dr Kalidas Vaiganker, P S Rocha, Cristo Menezes, B C Alvares, Adv N B Chaodanker Virgelia De Sa and Christine Coelho Peroz and C Barreto. Vigilia D’Sa proposed the vote of thanks.

CMC councillors raise eyebrows over beautification work HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, NOV 28

Some newly-appointed councillors of Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) have raised eyebrows in the ongoing beautification work worth Rs 3.5 crore. Councillors claimed that pavers erected five months ago by CMC with funds obtained under GIA, for which payments of Rs 5.61 lakh have been made to the contractor just two months ago, are removed for replacement with new pavers under the beautification tender process undertaken by GSIDC. Councillors Ramakant Naik Gaunkar and Sandesh Gaonkar pointed to the unwanted removal of recently fixed pavers at NH-17 road bus stop at Chaudi and the present haphazard fixation of new pavers under the beautification works. “What has compelled for the five-month-old fixed pavers and where these pavers after removal has been utilised or preserved is not known,” claimed the councillors. “These works have been completed only a few months ago and payment to the contractor was made only just two months ago with deduction of security deposit,” they said. “How the contractor will get back his refund of security is not known, since the work carried out by him doesn’t exist

The pavement area, where existing new pavers were removed to make way for another set of pavers under beautification work.

anymore to which would have enabled the administration issue mandatory satisfactory certificate.” A municipal resident, Dhiraj Naik Gaunkar, blamed municipal authorities for causing unnecessary losses to the local body and the State’s exchequer. Dhiraj informed that the contractor has shot-off a letter to CMC asking for details as to why work completed by him has been destroyed. “There will be not less than Rs 8-10 lakh claims for the same work now carried out under GSIDC,” said Palolem Councillor Simon Rebello. Said Kindlem Councillor Ramakant Naik Gaunkar: “The

St Michael’s Convent High School, Anjuna, Headmistress Sr Libia Fernandes at the inaugural function. Photo by Thomas Fernandes

The Sisters of Congregation of Holy Family of Nazareth recently celebrated its 75th Foundation Day marking the day as Founder’s Day and Boarders Day at Anjuna. Family members of late Founder Fr Faustino De Souza and Superior General of the Congregation Sr Alda Rodrigues, besides students, teachers, staff and guests were present at St Michael’s Convent High School, Anjuna-Vagator. The function began with a

Scouts, guides meet

PANJIM (HND): The state executive committee meeting of the Bharat Scouts and Guides, will be held on November 29 at State Headquarters, Panjim, at 3.45 pm. The meeting apart from approval of planning committee meeting decisions will also discuss jamboree preparation, first aid training course, Rajya Puraskar testing camp and others. All the state executive members may attend the same


Session with Abhishek

PANJIM (HND): Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, will conduct an interactive session with Abhishek Sharma – Director of ‘Tere Bin Laden’, on November 29 at 4 pm. There will be a screening of the movie at 2.15 pm for those who have not yet watched the movie. For confirmation, call on 2421311 or 9923664163.

Sharon to perform

PANJIM (HND): Sharon, popularly known as the ‘Voice of Goa’ and the ‘Leading Lady’ of the recent new Konkani 35 mm celluloid film ‘Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo?’, will perform live at the First Konkani Cultural Convention on November 30 at Kalaangan, Mangalore. The programme is organised by Mandd Sobhann to celebrate 25 years of its service to Konkani Art and Culture. Sharon will be accompanied by a brass band from Goa, led by Theo Alvares. Singers accompanying her will include Wilmix, Young Chico, Jessie Dias, Albert-Andrew (Duo), and the Mil-Mel-Nel (Trio). Claron Mazarello, the leading filmdance-choreographer will also accompany with his troupe of dancers.

Health awareness camp

PANJIM (HND): Ponda Taluka Legal Services Committee will observe the World AIDS Day and organise an awareness camp related to healthcare services on December 1 at Ponda Education Society College, Farmagudi-Ponda at 3 pm. Dr Gokuldas Sawant will speak on ‘AIDS Awareness’, ‘Prevention/Care of AIDS’ and ‘Health Care’ and Adv Ms Eshwari Patel will speak on ‘Domestic Violence’. Adv Reena Gad Kerkar will compere and Shanti Sawant will co-ordinate the programme.

Mental health workshops

beautification works especially fixing of pavers is carried out without following proper specification of the tender.” “GSIDC engaged workers are fixing the pavers without following proper tender specifications. No rubble packing or soling or proper strengthening/filling of the area is being done and morass is dumped over which the pavers are fitted. The pavers than easily gets uprooted or titled once a vehicle moves over it,” said Naik Gaunkar. “If such sub-standard work is continued, we will be forced to stop the ongoing beautification work,” threatened the new councillors and other citizens.

Holy Family of Nazareth’s sisters celebrate Foundation Day



boarder, Severina, garlanding late Founder Fr Faustino De Souza in the School complex. One of the family members of the late Founder, Machel De Souza then lit the traditional lamp along with Superior General Sr Alda Rodrigues, Sr Leoney, St Michael’s Convent High School Headmistress Sr Libia Fernandes to begin the day long programme for the children of different schools run by the Congregation of Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth. A prayer service followed the inaugural function, while students of St Michael’s Con-

vent High School put up a prayer dance invoking God’s blessings. The theme for the 75th Foundation Day Celebration was ‘Bloom towards the New Horizon’. Addressing the gathering, Michael De Souza congratulated the Sisters of the Congregation for the achievement and wished them well in future. De Souza also called upon the Sisters to move forward towards new horizon despite their stupendous achievements for the children and society as a whole. Other programmes put up by students of different schools included Koli Dance by St Michael’s Convent High School, Anjuna, Enactment on the life of Fr Founder by St Anthony’s Convent, Agassaim, childhood/sayings by St John of the Cross, Sarfona, the visionary pastor by St Theresa’s Convent, St Estevam, Rock & Roll by St Michael’s Convent, Anjuna, a mime on environment by St Ann’s Convent, Cansaulim, ‘Jai Ho’ by Centre for the Handicapped, Old Goa, Pastoral Life, Kunnbi Dance by St Joseph Convent, NagoaVerna and glimpses on the life of Blessed Joseph Vaz by Holy Family Convent, Sancoale. Earlier, St Michael’s Convent High School headmistress accorded a warm welcome to the guests, Sisters of the Congregation, staff, students and others for the programme, while Sr Pushpa proposed the vote of thanks.

PANJIM (HND): Dr Harish Shetty, a well known child psychiatrist from Mumbai will conduct a series of workshops on 'Mental health needs of children in Goa' on December 1 and 2 at the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in Panjim, organised by Children's Rights in Goa (CRG). The first session will be for heads of schools and will be inaugurated by Chairperson of the State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, Ms Samira Kazi. This will be followed by a session for teachers and counsellors in the afternoon. On December 2, Secretary Women and Child Development, V P Rao, will be the chief guest for the workshop on mental health needs of children in residential institutions. The focus of the workshops will be alternatives to corporal punishment and building mental health systems in schools and institutions. Dr Shetty has conducted over 1,000 training sessions for different stakeholders such as heads of schools, teachers, parents, judiciary, police force and medical personnel in India and abroad. Recently he has evolved a new course for PTAs on mental health. Those interested in participating may call on 9822983336 or 2263838/2252842 by Monday.

Rhythmic breathing classes

PANJIM (HND): Incorrect breathing has adverse consequences of neuro-chemical processes of body and mind. This affects the entire well being of a person. Thousands of years ago Rishi Patanjali knew how to correct such distortions though simple yet powerful and effective breathing exercises for total health. This precious knowledge of effective breathing, which was a well kept secret till recently, is now disseminated for free by Sri Ram Yoga Mandir Trust, Gujarat which will organize free workshops on correct breathing and corrective breathing exercises according to following schedule: On December 3, from 6 pm to 6.45 pm, at the basement of Radhakrishna Temple, near Mahalaxmi Temple, Panjim; on December 5, from 11 am to 1 pm, at 2nd floor, Rotary Community Centre, entrance from opposite ICICI Bank, Tilak Maidan Complex, Vasco; on December 5, from 6 pm to 8 pm, in room no 2, 1st floor, Vidyadhiraj Hall, Mahalxmi Temple, Panjim and on December 10, from 6 pm to 6.45 pm, in the basement of Radhakrishna Temple, near Mahalaxmi Temple, Panjim. Registration is advised due to limited number of seats. For registration contact Venkatesh Betigiri, coordinator Rhythmic Breathing Club on 9422443421 or email:

Workshop for parents

PANJIM (HND): Yi Goa Chapter will organise a workshop for parents titled 'Discipline Without Tears' on December 1 at Hotel Mandovi, Panjim, from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm by a well known and experienced developmental and behavioral pediatrician. This 3-hour interactive parenting workshop aims to create awareness about child development and behaviour and gives practical information on how to instill self esteem and discipline in children, through a process of discussion, group sharing and real life examples. For queries and registrations call 9822982505 / 2422790 / 2422796 of CII-Goa State Office, 502, 5th floor, Unitech City Center, opposite Hotel Shiv Sagar, MG Road, Panjim. Registration is on first come first serve basis, limited to 26 persons only.

HJS meet in Bicholim

BICHOLIM (HC): The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti has organised a meeting at Chatrapati Shivaji Maidan Bicholim on December 1 at 5 pm. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Convenor Vinay Panolkar, Ramesh Naik, Ramkrishna Garde and Abhay Vardhak will be present for the meeting. HJS has urged all the people to attend the meeting in large numbers.

Guardian Angel HSS gathering

CURCHOREM (HC): The annual gathering of Guardian Angel Higher Secondary School, Curchorem, will be held at Ravindra Bhavan Hall on December 6 at 3.30 pm. Social activist and environmentalist Adv Satish Sonak will be the chief guest, while Fr Kyriel D’Souza, will be the guest of honour.

Velim music festival

PANJIM (HND): Friends Circle Velim will hold its 18th traditional Velim Musical Festival on December 3 from 7.30 pm with live performances by bands ‘Brothers in Arms’ and ‘Musical Waves’.


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GMAS demands judicial probe Water sanitation committees fail to function in Ponda into allotment of land for SEZ HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 28

Goa’s Movement Against SEZ (GMAS) convenor Matanhy Saldanha while hailing the High Court order on the allotment of land has demanded a judicial probe into the whole affair while also asserting that no land in Goa should be given to the seven promoters as they have vitiated the entire process of land allocation. Pointing out that even the High Court has found “undue haste” and departure from the laid down procedure like not even scrutinizing the applications properly, GMAS opined that why the undue haste and departure from procedure was adopted, needs to be probed and hence has asked for an enquiry by a retired senior judge to pin those responsible for it. “That some applications were approved even without scrutinizing them indicates

that kickbacks were involved and those involved have to be brought to book and the government should initiate action against them,” said Matanhy Saldanha. He also demanded that those individuals who were directors of Goa Industrial Development Corporation when the land was allotted, should be removed from office if they continue to be directors even now. “If they are not removed from the Board of Directors, they will try to influence the board to re-allot the land to the same people probably because of the kickbacks they had received then,” he said. GMAS also demanded that the EDC should not consider any fresh applications from the seven promoters for allotment of the land. “As these promoters had obviously resorted to unhealthy means to get the land then, they will repeat the

same now and such persons who have no respect for the laws of Goa but seek to buy it, should be given no place on our land,” said Saldanha. He also asserted that the Government now has a responsibility of bringing to book those responsible for giving such huge tracts of land in an undue hasty manner. While pointing out that the Court has upheld the just demand of the people, he said the Government should now pursue with Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, to de-notify the three SEZ already notified by the Central Government. Meanwhile GMAS wants to make very clear that it will oppose any move of the Government to allot any land to the SEZ promoters and that it will not accept the establishment of the SEZ’s in any other forms.

Parents urged to allow children to choose their own career

Assistant Director of Education Bhagirath Shetye addresses the gathering at Porvorim. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 28

Assistant Director of Education Bhagirath Shetye has stated that parents should not impose their will on the children, but should allow them to choose the career of their choice. He was speaking as the chief guest at the function organized by Samraat Students Foundation in association with Samraat Club of Porvorim to celebrate Samraat Students Day at Sushma Wachasunder Sabhagraha, Porvorim. “If a student joins a course which he is passionate about, then his desire, dedication, enthusiasm and effort will be of the highest order and he will be successful in his career,” said Shetye.

NSS camps help students become ideal citizens: MLA

Shetye further said that it is not necessary that the student should become engineer or doctor to become successful in life. “There are range of options available for the students to choose from like music, acting, sports, singing, cooking, TV anchoring, etc, in which students can climb ladder of success,” added Shetye. He further said the teachers apart from studies should also teach ethics to the students so that they become ideal citizens of the country. “Many a times, it has been observed that students do not know how to behave with the elders and in the society. The behavioural attitudes determine the character of the person,” he said.

“These days, more and more students are seen joining tuitions classes which indicate that teachers are not teaching with dedication. If teachers take interest and teach the students properly in the class rooms, then student won’t go for tuitions,” added Shetye. Samraat Club of Porvorim President Rajkumar Dessai said since 1999, Samraat Club is celebrating ‘Students Day’ and during this year, seven well-cultured and best students of Std 8 and 9 from seven schools in Porvorim are being felicitated. “The selection of the students has been done by the respective high schools and there is no interference of Samraat Club in selection process,” said Dessai. Nandakumar Acharya also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, Sonali Naik sang an invocation song. Chief guest Shetye lighted the traditional lamp. Later, seven students Sidharth Chavan, Vilas Gawas, Sweta Mayekar, Sai Sambaji Dessai, Divya Panjiker, Ankita Bhonsale and Rahul Kanta Naik were felicitated with merit certificates and mementos by the chief guest. Devidas Kudav compered the programme, while Samraat Club Secretary Ramakant Phalgaonker proposed the vote of thanks.

‘Encourage rural sportsmen’ MAYEM (HC): Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar has stressed on the need to encourage talent of rural sportsmen by conducting special programmes to create quality sportsmen. He was recently addressing the gathering during the felicitation of senior sportsman Vilas alias Rameshwar Narvekar at Mayem. Mayem MLA Anant Shet, Suhasini Kinalkar, Dinesh Patil and Lenino Rebello were present on the occasion. MLA Shet also spoke on the occasion. Later, Parrikar felicitated Narvekar with a shawl, srifal and memento.


The village water sanitation committees in Ponda taluka, formed as part of a nationwide sanitation campaign, seems to have been flushed down the drain. It’s over a year since the committees in all 19 panchayats in Ponda taluka were formed, but till date they have remained only on paper. According to reports, majority of the committees have not convened a single meeting since its formation. Ponda Block Development Officer Arvind Kutkar on Friday convened a meeting with the

Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho addresses a social welfare function organized by Reliance Infrastructure. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 28

Deputy Speaker and Cortalim MLA Mauvin Godinho has urged corporate houses to take initiatives for the welfare of society as part of their social obligation. Godinho was addressing a gathering during a social welfare function organized by Reliance Infrastructure Limited Goa Power Station Zuarinager at Blessed Joseph High School,


Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza along with former MMC chairperson Shekhar Khadapkar, Councillors Pascaol D’Souza, Fiola Rego, Neny D’Souza and office bearers of NGO, Sangat and DARA. Photo by M Prabhav HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 28

As part of nationwide campaign ‘Badhte Kadam 2010’ initiated by National Trust, an autonomous body under Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, students of special school Ashadeep, volunteers of Sangat NGO and office bearers of Disabled Rights Association of Goa (DARA) carried out an awareness rally about special children in Vasco on Wednesday. Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza flagged off the rally from St Andrew Church in the presence of former MMC chairperson Shekhar Khadapkar, Councilors Pascaol D’Souza,

Fiola Rego, Neny D’Souza and office bearers of NGO, Sangat and DARA. Students of Aashadeep School along with the volunteers of NGO carried out the rally from St Andrew School and culminated in front of the MMC building. Aashadeep Special School Headmistresses Viney Fernandes appreciated the initiative of National Trust for creating nationwide awareness about the special children. “‘Badte Kadam 2010’ is a good initiative to create major awareness campaign about the disability sector,” said Liby Khadapkar.


The BIOTAG in association with Vividha Higher Secondary School, Navelim-Sanquelim, will organize second All Goa Inter Higher Secondary School Environmental quiz 2010 on December 6 at 10 am.

According to the press note, the prizes for the competition include cash prize of Rs 2,500 (first), Rs 2,000 (second), Rs 1,500 (third) and Rs 1,000 (fourth). Besides, trophies and certificates. Interested schools may contact Quiz coordinator Sagar Parwar on 9823515793.

panchayat representatives to review the work of sanitation committees. However, many panchayats did not attend the meeting. According to Kutkar, he has now directed the panchayat secretaries to call the meetings of the respective village water sanitation committees every two months. “The meeting was basically called to know the problems faced by the village sanitation committees and why meetings are not being held. However, I think many members are not even aware that meetings are to be held,” said Kutkar. “Village committees need to

Corporate houses urged to work for welfare of society

Rally creates awareness on special children AoL course


Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar has stated that NSS camps are instrumental in creating the students as ideal citizens of tomorrow. Patnekar was recently addressing the students during the valedictory function of seven days NSS camp of Government College Pernem in the premises of Shri Shantadurga Higher Secondary School, Bicholim. Bicholim Municipal Council Deputy Chairperson Shashikant Halarnkar, PTA President Mahesh Sawaikar and Prof G Mendes were present on the occasion. On the occasion, participated students expressed their views regarding the camp, who were later felicitated. Prof Mendes guided the students. Geeta Shirodkar proposed the vote of thanks.

BDO Arvind Kutkar guides panchayat representatives on sanitation. Photo by Amresh Parab

A five-day ‘The Art of Living Part I’ course will be conducted in Vasco from November 30. The course will be conducted at 3rd Floor Commerce Centre, Vasco, between 6.30 pm and 9 am. The course will feature a unique breathing technique called ‘Sudarshan Kriya’ developed by world renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian his holiness Sri Sri Ravishanker. The Kriya brings enormous joy, stress free mind, healthy body and blossomed life. For details, contact on 9422971300, 9421242279 or 2540600.

to distribute musical instruments, shoes and uniforms to the school. Others present at the function included Sancaole Zilla Panchayat member Aparna Naik, Sancoale Deputy Sarpanch Ramakant Borkar, Panch Bhoj Naik, Principle of Blessed Joseph High School Sr Santhana, Principle of Government High School, (Zuarinagar) Jose Gomes, Plant Head of Reliance Anil Nainani and Reliance Infrastructure General Manager (Public Relations) Prashant Haldankar.

meet and discuss on the issues related to sanitation in their locality. Now I have asked panchayat secretaries to monitor and make sure that these committees meet atleast once in a month,” said Kutkar. The village water sanitation committees consisting of panch members and villagers were formed with aim to identify sanitation-related problems and educate masses on the steps to be taken on the issue. Under this process, the committees were to identify which areas lack in toilet facilities and lack of portable drinking water. However, it seems that till date no committee has submitted its report to the BDO. Kutkar informed that the responsibility lies on these committees to create sanitation awareness in villages. “We expect these committees to spread awareness among villagers on sanitation and take expert advice from health or PWD in conducting workshops in the village. Responsibility also lies on such committees to identify wards with improper sanitation facilities,” he added.

CM condoles death of Marathe HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, NOV 28

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has condoled the death of exMLA of Sanguem Sadashiv Marathe. In his massage to his bereaved family, Kamat said that late Marathe as an MLA was working for the betterment of the people particularly in rural areas. He described Marathe as an authority on panchayat matters and pioneer in cooperative field. “In the death of Marathe, Goa has lost an ardent champion of masses,” he added.





The people’s plan

Vol No CX No: 298 Goa, Monday 29 November, 2010


Denotify all the SEZs

oa Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik is 100 per cent right in saying that the road is open for denotification of the three notified Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Goa, in view of the latest judgment of the Bombay High Court at Goa. On Friday, the High Court ruled that the 30 lakh sq metres of land allotted by the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) to the SEZ promoters was given illegally and without correct scrutiny. The court has, through this judgment, upheld the state government’s decision to scrap the SEZs and, later, to withdraw the SEZ policy. As it turns out, the allegations by anti-SEZ activists were spot on. The GIDC, exactly as they alleged, allotted land to some of these entities even before they had filed proper project reports. In two cases, the property was transferred even before the companies were legally constituted! In 2006, four SEZ promoters – K Raheja Corp Pvt Ltd, Paradigm Logistics Distributions Pvt Ltd, Inox Mercantile Co Pvt Ltd and Planet View Mercantile Company Pvt Ltd – were allotted 16.5 lakh sq metres of land by the GIDC within seven days of applying. In its judgment, the court has wondered whether their applications were at all scrutinised. Over 12 lakh sq metres of land at Keri-Bhutkhamb were given to Meditab Specialities Pvt Ltd, ostensibly for a pharma SEZ, within 21 days from the date of application. The court found that the GIDC had neither examined the company’s credentials nor its financial status and/or experience. Peninsula Research Centre Pvt Ltd, which was given two lakh sq metres of land at Verna, was not even formally registered as a company. An outfit called Maxgrow Finlease Pvt Ltd was given land on the basis of an application made in the name of another company…! It is nothing short of astonishing that even as these companies were obviously aware of these infirmities and illegalities, they dragged the state government to the court and insisted on a gargantuan quantum of compensation for the scrapping of their so-called SEZs. But it is even more surprising, and shameful, that even though the Goa government knew that these allotments were bogus – it had been pointed out by anti-SEZ activists years ago – it did not institute an internal inquiry, come up with the facts and cancel the allotments on properly reasoned grounds after giving the SEZ promoters a hearing. That would have saved Goans a year or more in terms of time and a huge sum of taxpayer money spent in litigation. The court made an important point that every politician and bureaucrat in Goa needs to take note of. It said in the judgment that state or public authorities cannot act like private persons while disposing of public properties. If they keep this in mind while going about their duties, this state will be saved a great deal of public strife.

Good suggestion


oa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash Shirodkar has said that a special legislation is necessary to ban sale of agricultural land to non-Goans, considering the shortage of land in the state. He said that he would meet Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and urge him to speedily pass such a legislation in the Legislative Assembly, to enable the state to maintain its unique identity. Mr Shirodkar has come up with a great idea. Many states ban non-farmers from buying agricultural land. Other states, like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, don’t allow sale of agricultural land to those who don’t belong to the state. Goa can surely come up with a law on these lines, which can stand the test of constitutionality.

What’s the hurry? Orlando SA DaSilva, Carmona The people of Goa from Pernem to Canacona are not against the construction of the national highway but it should have the same specifications and standards. These include protective barricades and the designated width. Highways should not go through densely populated coastal areas. These highways, once constructed, will divide our villages forever. Travel will become very expensive. The highway length through the coastal belt will be longer by nearly twenty five to thirty kilometres and the length through the hinterland as projected by the planners in the Regional plan is shorter. The cost of land on the Canacona NH17 section is twenty times more than that of land in the hinterland. Also the cost of land in the neighboring state will be much lesser than that of Goa. What’s the hurry? Is it because of the ten percent commission now collected on


regional Plan 2021 charts a brave and bold new path, says dr oSCAr rebeLLo

t was audacious, it was historic and it was pure, undiluted magic. The week that lapsed, must be a golden week for Goa. The sun truly rose bright and incandescent from the west. The SEZs were given a decent burial by the HC of Goa and the Regional plan 2021 finally left its womb (unaborted and undeformed ) to chart out a brave new path for this innocent little lamb standing for slaughter by the Arabian Sea. There’ll be plenty of carping and criticism on essentially a few pockmarks on the remarkable face of this plan. But that the Plan dares to dream and dream big, no one can deny. Highlights and Victories  * The near fanatic preservation of Eco sensitive zones which to my mind is the real identity of Goa and Goans. * The drop dead gorgeous look to our pristine villages by dropping FAR’s as wished for by the people. * The chasing away of the land mafias that would have decimated and then dominated our land. ( though they’ll try every trick in the book, to sneak their way back in ) * The sensible walk down 73rd/74th Avenue. All the beautiful suggestions that would embellish the plan were incorporated, all the ugly ones weeded out. * The almost obsessive compulsive detailed and extensive mapping exercise which identifies each and every hill / pond / field / khazan land. Any violation of these can now be easily prosecuted speedily and then punished severely (hopefully) * The intelligent creation of alternate economic thrust areas connected by new rail and road networks. After all, people do need jobs to survive. They surely can’t sustain themselves on love, fresh air and moribund economic theories. * The cunning, very cunning, provision to heavily tax second homes in Goa. We have to somehow halt Goa becoming one giant casino where every pan chewing, seedy speculator comes to make a fast buck, and scoot while we are left cleaning up the mess. * The affirmation that any Regional plan for a golden future requires not just pen, (with green, not red refills) paper, compass and Google but essentially have what this plan has – A heart and a soul and a vision.

Combined efforT Pitfalls The best laid plans can, however, be torn asunder by men and women of straw. So, this plan can also be botched up big time. How? *We will all be missing the elephant in the room if we do not address the gargantuan issue of corruption in our society. In Charles Correia’s immortal words “Corruption doesn’t just come from top to down. It is also a bottom up phenomenon”. Corruption is the life blood of this Government. No question. The stench emanates from every pore of governance and unless this python is annihilated or at least tamed by the system, implementation of such a wonderful document will remain a frustrating mirage. *PDAs: (The babudom that determines planning and growth in our cities and an unbelievable cash cow) is an area the Chief Minister will tread gingerly not to ruffle feathers. Will Goa be saved 100%? * Flipping the Economy : As long as people in Goa think that mining, building, sex, drugs and casinos are the only economic models we need to follow, we are certain to slam head first in to a wall. There are rumblings of change, though. Change to a greener economy. Agriculture, Floriculture, Ecotourism, Educational Hubs and Green Industries. These little streams must coalesce to give rise to a giant tidal wave that overturns the more destructive models of economic growth.

The thread that binds us

Straight from the heart


he dynamics of being an outsider in a predominantly homogeneous society are complicated. When a person ventures out of his own homeland to go and settle in a relatively alien place, he or she already puts aside certain pre-conceived notions regarding people, because he or she has taken that gigantic risk of venturing into a strange land with the hope of making it his own. It is quite like the proverbial “leap of faith”, where a person trusts the fundamental universal essence of human beings and puts aside conventional, traditional, racial, and ethnic prejudices. Surely, there would be some way to connect to people, no matter what language they speak, which religion they follow, or which region they belong to. There would be a little bit of earth and sky that even strangers can share. A smile could bridge many a differences. Somewhere in my mind I believed in this, without even being aware of it, when I came to this small village in Raia. The community here seemed so close, with everyone knowing everything about each other or at least claiming to know!! It was quite a change from the vastness of Delhi, where I grew up, with its relative anonymity and poignant de-personalisation! These were two extremely different environments to develop social perceptions. I

this project would be available to buy the electorate in the ensuing election? This is our humble request which begs attention.

Scrap highway corridor Marshall Faleiro, Navelim Goa is a small state with scanty land and is thickly populated. We cannot afford to sacrifice precious land for sake of the expressway corridor. Such a move will divide our villages and visiting neighbouring villages will become a difficult task. Moreover, payment of toll will be a financial burden on our day to day life. The villagers of Navelim will suffer the most. The village will be divided into two parts eastern and western if the NH passes through the existing road. Students and parishoners will not be able to attend school and church services on time. I request all concerned not to believe in assurances given by politicians and say a firm ‘no’ to the highway corridor through our mother state Goa.

Smitha Bhandare Kamat

*Donations of land : The rich, wealthy and connected in Goa have this altruistic penchant to donate large tracts of land to religion, trusts and other construction related activities. In a mood of extreme charity, could they donate land in their possession back to the environment – for posterity? Could there be a tax rebate on that? *Education: Many of these ideas will dissipate in to clouds of snow, if they are not taken forward by the youth of this state. The post liberalisation generation, not shackled as viciously, by agendas of caste, religion, language and colonial balderdash must understand that all this is about their future. A future, that they can choose to make sustainable, peaceful, clever and prosperous. Or embark on a highway to hell! CREDITS: Credit must be given where it is due, the bows must be taken. *The  CM: How this roly poly, apparently naive Chanakya manages to survive and pull off a coup as tectonic as this, is difficult to comprehend. His cabinet has gamely accepted the decision. The Cong – NCP party’s on board and the ship is on course. So, do all those religious pilgrimages somehow help? *The SLC /Taskforce led by the clever and charismatic Charles Correia and the wise and wonderful Prof Edgar Rebeiro: They burnt the mid night oil, put plan to paper, faced the odds and delivered a triumphant product. It didn’t help much, how-

ever, to have one mercurial, temperamental idiot on board. (guess who?) The  Politicos  : These land battles would have never reached a climax if not for the unstinted and vocal support of many in the political class. Mathany Saldanha, Manohar Parrrikar, Shripad Naik, Nirmala Sawant, Shantaram Naik, Froliano Lobo, Radharao Gracias, Christopher Fonseca, Shashikala Kakodkar and many others. They kept hammering out at these issues and kept the pressure cooker on. Media: Nowhere in the world is the media more with the people rather than power as much as it is in Goa. Every Editor (print and electronic), every columnist and opinion maker (the more acerbic they are, the harder they love the land) every letter writer wrote and published, voiced and anguished, cajoled…and reprimanded to push Goa away from the abyss and back to a modicum of sanity. Civil  society  organisations: All of them, some celebrated, some unnoticed, have waged a relentless, no holds barred, sword fight to the finish to voice the grievances of the “aam aadmi”. A tad too idealistic and non pragmatic at times, their commitment, sincerity, and their sheer force of conviction is unparalleled in Goa’s history. Religious organisations: The Church, Hindu Samaj religious heads and Muslim organisations pitched in hard and fought long. And more so the Church. To be a monumental moral force of courage and perseverance in modern times, despite the odds, despite the taunts and jibes and despite all the dark despair,r is one helluva task. Try carrying a cross every single day of your life. Celebrities and Goa-philes: From our rock stars to our novelists, our thinkers to our NRGs, they lobbied in the corridors of power in New Delhi, they pushed the envelope, and they ensured mega media attention and made us believe that celebrities can also be on the right side of history. To paraphrase a JFK advice: “Ask not what the Plan can do for you but together what we can do for the plan”. PS:  I will never ever have a rational, scientific and mathematically precise explanation as to why all this has happened so I’ll concede this just this once, only once: There must be a God somewhere up there who really loves Goa.

was brought up in one and then suddenly thrown into another, just by fate. There was no other way but to deal with it. Every time I smiled at my elderly neighbour, Tony, he would look down! Well, all my notions of bonding with them seemed to be put on the shelf and no matter how hard I tried to get through to them, it seemed that I had encountered a wall of prejudices, being a woman from a big city. However, in time, I became a little friendly with my neighbour’s wife and we spoke whenever we met. This continued till the day my neighbour lost his lovely wife in an accident. He was now left all alone in the world. Gone were the walks they shared up the hill, gone was the smile from his lips and gone was the little sense of neighbourhood that I had because of her and her kindliness. Well, if I could not reach out to Tony, now, at the saddest hour of his life, there was no point in being human at all. I started visiting him sometimes. Death is so solemnly universal, that one does not need to have a shared culture or language to feel its unbearable sadness. A tentative friendship developed between us. Whenever I need any information or help regarding anything in the village, I turn to him. Sometimes I go over to his house and scold him for keeping it in a mess. Sometimes I call him over and

Stop fooling Goans Carmen de Miranda, Loutoulim It is a real pity that the Chief Minister of Goa and the other “A Rajas” in his Cabinet use every opportunity to fool the Goans. The credibility of the government has now reached its nadir. At the recent Saras Festival in Margao, the Chief Minister tried to hoodwink Goans once again saying that affected people who will lose their homes due to the National Highway project, will be compensated at prevailing market rates. What audacity, when the Goa Government doesn’t have money to even to pay its employees salaries! Besides, who can trust a government that can never keep its promises? Babu Azgaonkar’s statement that the National Highway is needed because the Zuari Bridge may collapse was quite amusing. Why wasn’t another Zuari bridge constructed instead of spending Rs100 crore as “consultancy fee” on an unfeasible VascoDona Paula sea link? Our PWD minister said that that there is no need to consult experts on the National Highway issue because the Goa Government is “competent enough” to build roads. The ground reality is quite the contrary, with potholed roads all over the state. So much so for competency. Highways are normally built away from densely populated areas and could sever homes and destroy neighbourhoods. Our ministers should know this simple fact. Our Chief Minister had told us not to depend on the votes of Goans. The Congress got a blow in Bihar recently and very soon might get a bigger blow in Goa in the next Assembly elections.

Nelson Lopes, Chinchinim The spacious and artistic library at Navelim’s idyllic surroundings is a tribute in memory of Dr Francis Luis Gomes. The project was conceived and planned by the vision of Luizinho Faleiro, whose foresight of this reality deserved at least a passing reference Those attending the function were disappointed at this deliberate omission. It was disgusting that a solemn educational inauguration was used for political discourse. It was unfortunate that membership forms could not be secured even on payment.

Setting an example

we share a good conversation and a meal. He tells me of his time and experiences on the ship. It is not smooth sailing always. Oh NO! I tried to make exotic south Indian dosas for Tony and he ate them quietly, a few times for breakfast, and then finally got fed up and to my dismay, blurted out that he hated them and would prefer omelets and bread like the way Goans are used to!! And when I told him how touched I was by his thoughtful gesture of taking all the neighbourhood dogs for a brisk walk in the woods every evening, he replied poker faced, “I do it for my own exercise, not as philanthropy to them”!! I can’t understand why he goes to Church so often. He probably can’t understand why I have long, loud, bellowing singing sessions with my friends!! It took us a long time to accept each other’s attitudes and perceptions and we are still working at it! Last month, during the visit of Our Lady to my house, Tony came with the rest of the village people. And as I stood there, to my surprise, I saw the same man who would not even smile at me a few years back, lighting all the candles for me, so naturally and responsibly, as only a close friend would. As I watched the flame dancing and lighting up Mother Mary’s face, I felt I was loved.

Letters to the Editor

Letter of the Day

Public library

by Sajla Chawla

time to project politicians into the forefront. Today Goa is under attack from land sharks, builders, uncontrolled migration etc. Politicians are now preparing their next generation entry into the political arena. Politicians are responsible for the Goa’s failure today which is why so many Goans have migrated from Goa. Would many of us be here if it were not for these corrupt politicians? Can UAE Goans set an example for the NRI Goan community and force politicians to act for Goa and Goans? Of course, they will bend if we exert enormous pressure.

Arwin Mesquita, UAE

PM should resign

To attract NRI Goan votes, senior politicians will visit UAE soon. It is surprising that some UAE Goans are giving them unnecessary publicity by treating them as chief guests. These Goans have no time to speak or act to preserve Goa, but have all the

The scam infested UPA-2 government is trying stay afloat on charges of persistent and excessive corruption. But on the basis of highest accountability standards, the PM and Sonia Gandhi should resign. Such

S Kamat, Alto Betim

exemplary behaviour was evident when Railway Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned after a rail accident. Thus if the PM is presiding over a Cabinet filled with thieves, he should do likewise. Has the Congress party moved away from these time-honoured traditions? Sonia Gandhi should remember that in defending Manmohan Singh on the 2G scam, she has committed a crime as nothing has been done despite have knowledge of it. The choice of not auctioning the spectrum is a blunder by the Telecom minister, since the money which would eventually come to the exchequer is now lost due to careless working. The fact that these licences were then sold by the successful bidders to other regular telecom companies at phenomenal prices disproved that those involved were ingenuous, but to their possible culpability in allotting the spectrum licences.

IFFI dazzle Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco The state capital, Panjim is dazzling with all the glitter and glamour as the who’s who of the film world have descended upon Goa for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The hotels in the city have shown an increase in the occupancy. There is an increase in business for the local shopkeepers. It is true that the film festival does not benefit the aam admi. The festival itself came in for a lot of criticism in the past. But there is no denying the fact that the festival serves to show-case what Goa has to offer to the tourists who intend to visit the state. Thanks to the film festival Goa is slowly but surely becoming a hub for film shooting as more and more directors from within the country and abroad could consider Goa as a preferred choice. Goans may not be movie buffs but the state stands to benefit from the mega event. Indeed, IFFI is the best thing that has happened to tourism in the state.

A need to move on P Fernandes, via email Some have written lies, others half truths and still others preferred to be silent or show no interest of the Portuguese. It was

their freedom of choice. That we are now permitted to write on issues is a freedom of speech and expression. This was disallowed during the Portuguese regime, but is now guaranteed under our Constitution. If they have written and everyone did not concur, that does not make any of them, less Indian. There was a lot of good that the Portuguese left us with, which can be carried forward, instead of raking up the pain and scars of the past. We must imbibe the example of Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned in the prime of his life and was later able to forgive the apartheid government.

Vascoites miss everything Augustus Alphonso, Vasco With the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) restricted to Panjim and Margao since the last two years, people from in and around Vasco have been missing the entertainment gala. Until today, there is no development work undertaken at the Baina beach except for the Vasco Ravindra Bhavan. Where is the Rs200 crore received for beach development. If citizens will simply have faith in these responsible people, nothing will develop so easily in Vasco. Furthermore, with innumerable migrants that have infested the port town, everything has gone haywire. Sad to say, but my heart cries out when I see my town in shambles. It’s a pity the way ‘entertainment’ can be defined in Vasco.

Mad, mad world John A Fernandes, Margao When I read letters to the Editor, I sometimes feel that we are living in a mad, mad world. These can be grouped into five categories namely, the wise, knowledgeable, stupid, ignorant and the insane. All of us fall into these categories. For example, we may be knowledgeable in one field, but ignorant in another. We also have moments of insanity. The wise never stoop down to the level of the stupid. The knowledgeable should not attempt to convince those who stubbornly cling to their ignorance. And as Freud advises, we should not unnecessarily disturb the insane that are living happily in their own small world.

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Obama’s support kicks of Enhanced safety Finance intelligence agency hectic efforts for UNSC bid measures at Kaiga operating at half staff strength PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 28

US President Barack Obama's expression of support has lent an impetus to India's efforts to secure a permanent seat in UN Security Council, with hectic discussions having been initiated with a number of countries like France, Japan, Russia and Germany. A push to India's bid for permanent seat is also being given at the United Nations Headquarters by the country's Permanent Mission. Close on the heels of Obama's announcement, France's Head of UN Division in the Foreign Ministry Sylvie Berman visited Delhi recently and met Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and some other senior officials of the External Affairs Ministry to discuss the issue of reforms, sources told PTI. This was followed by a visit by Japanese Deputy Vice Foreign Minister. The Head of Russian Foreign Ministry's UN Division and German officials are expected here soon. "An impetus to the efforts to secure permanent seat has been

lent by Obama's announcement. It has given a boost," a source noted in the context of hectic parleys. The focus of the discussions is overall reform of the UN, including that of the Security Council, in permanent and nonpermanent categories, the sources said. India is set to assume the nonpermanent membership of the Security Council in January for two years and this aspect also came up for discussion in terms of the issues that the powerful world body is going to be faced with. The immediate global issues, on which India will have to take

position as non-permanent member of the UNSC, relate to referendum in Sudan expected in January, the UN report on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and Nepal where the political system is deadlocked. Notwithstanding Obama's announcement of support, India is keen to strive for the permanent seat under the format of G-4 which also includes Brazil, Germany and Japan. Significantly, three members of the G-4 -- India, Brazil and Germany -- will together be in the UNSC from next January as non-permanent members, providing them an opportunity to push their agenda further. For the UN reforms, five rounds of inter-governmental negotiations have taken place since 2009 and made some progress. The negotiations are taking place on five key aspects -- categories of membership, question of veto, regional representation, size of enlarged Security Council, and working methods of the council and its relationship with 192member assembly.

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Safety measures have been stepped up at the nuclear power generating station here in the wake of an incident of tritium contamination of drinking water exactly a year ago even as police appear to have reached a dead end with the probe into the matter. "We have taken a series of measures because the safety of the plant is involved," Shreyans Kumar Jain, Chairman and Managing Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited. said. He said television surveillance has been enhanced and a multibarrier system has been put in place in handling of tritiumlaced water that comes out of the reactor. Jain refused to go into details of the enhanced safety measures but said that officials have also added an element of surprise to it to ensure that the employees do not find out ways to jump the system.

On November 23 last year, at least 90 workers at the Kaiga Generating Station were detected with relatively higher levels of radiation, a condition developed after consumption of tritium-laced water from a water cooler. The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has been maintaining that the contamination of drinking water was an act of deliberate mischief by an insider. Nearly a year after the case was registered at the Mallapur police station near here, police have not been able to identify the culprit. A section of the officials at the nuclear station said the fact that there was no breakthrough in the case has created unease among employees who work together at the plant and live together at the DAE township. Asked about the contamination case, Jain said not a single employee of the plant was found with dosage higher than the limit prescribed by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board.


The government's elite finance intelligence wing mandated to detect suspected terror financing in the country is working at half its sanctioned strength in stark contrast to the volume of work handled by it. The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) under the Union Finance Ministry has been dealing with sensitive data since it was created in 2004 as the national agency responsible for receiving, processing, analysing and disseminating information relating to dubious financial transactions. During the last financial year (2009-10), the unit headquartered in the national capital saw a huge 400 per cent rise in reportage of such inputs by various agencies to it. Only 36 posts have been filled in the unit, although the total sanctioned strength for the wing, headed by a Director, is 74. The level of assistant directors, the cutting-edge level of the FIU's intelligence gathering and disseminating functions, only nine posts as compared to the sanctioned 20 are opera-

n The Ministry is looking to fill up the posts by inviting more and more officers. Work output will drastically improve, qualitatively and quantitatively, with the filling up of these posts.

tional, according to a latest Finance Ministry report updated till the last fiscal. The FIU draws its officers and investigators from the IAS, IRS, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Department of Legal Affairs and various intelligence agencies. The unit is also functioning at half its strength at the second-in-command level, as only five additional directors are serving at the wing as compared to the sanctioned 10. "The FIU is an ambitious

agency of the government to check and thwart attempts of misusing the Indian economic channels for terror financing and Hawala operations. Unfortunately, the agency, since its creation, is not able to fill up its sanctioned posts owing to various difficulties, including lack of interest amongst officers from other services to join FIU," a top Finance Ministry official said. More and more intelligent officers in FIU will ensure better analysis of reports and better mechanism to co-ordinate with other law enforcement agencies, the officer said. The Ministry is looking to fill up the posts by inviting more and more officers. Work output will drastically improve, qualitatively and quantitatively, with the filling up of these posts, the officer said. The unit also has vacancy among staff which are not responsible for analysis and investigation of suspect data. More than 17,000 Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) were generated by the FIU in last fiscal with most of them reported by the banking channels.

Guesswork on size of black money may end, Govt plans study Lung cancer cases on rise in Kashmir PTI NEW DELHI, NOV 28

After a gap of 25 years, the government has set the ball rolling again for estimating black money in India as well as the causes of its generation and has sought proposals from national institutes on the subject. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has asked four institutes to send their suggestions for undertaking a study to estimate the quantum and nature of unaccounted money in the country. The National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and the National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM) were told to submit their proposals by the end of this month, a key Finance Ministry official said. "Such a study would have a duration of one year and also include officials of

the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), Enforcement Directorate and the Department of Economic Affairs, including the Federation of Indian Export Organisations," he said. Besides, officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation would also be involved. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance had earlier mooted the proposal for this kind of study. The first study on unaccounted money was conducted way back in 1985. The proposal for the new study assumes importance in the wake of a report by Dev Kar, economist from the US-based Global Financial Integrity, which showed that USD 462 billion (over Rs 20 lakh crore) was drained out of the country between 1948 and 2008. The report said that nearly 50 per cent

n The survey will try to find details like the amount of unaccounted money in India and whether it leads to money laundering inside and outside the country. of the total illegal outflows have occurred since 1991 and around a third of the money exited the country between 2000 and 2008. The official said, however, that there was no connection between the report and the proposal for the study. He said the study would analyse both, black money generated in India as well as parked outside. "The survey will try to find details like the amount of unaccounted money in

India and whether it leads to money laundering inside and outside the country," the official said. The study will identify main sectors in the economy where unaccounted money is generated and threat to national security from such a situation. It will also examine methods used for generating unaccounted money and "its conversion and recycling in the mainstream economy", the official added. "The study will also be asked to suggest ways and means for detecting unaccounted money and devising ways for taxing it," the Finance Ministry official said. If sanctioned, this will be the second study of its kind. The first study on unaccounted money was conducted way back in 1985. In it, the NIPFP had put the estimate of black money amount between Rs 31,584 crore and Rs 36,786 crore, in 1983-84, which was 16.53 per cent of the Indian economy then.


Smoking has taken its toll among the males in the Kashmir Valley with the highest number of lung cancer cases being reported in the state so far this year. Till October this year, 316 cases of lung cancer have been registered at SKIMS. There were 363 cases reported in 2009 and the number of such patients was 265 in 2008. This year the number of lung cancer cases registered at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), the main oncology facility in the Valley, was a record high and surpassed the number of oesophagal cancer cases which was previously the most common cancer here. More than 7,000 cancer pa-

tients registered at SKIMS in last three years who suffer from among 80 variants of the disease, around 1000 patients had developed lung cancer with nearly 900 cases blamed on smoking. "Lung cancer is mostly caused by smoking, all types of smoking, but 90 per cent lung cancer cases are caused by cigarettes," Dr Maqbool Lone, head of the Oncology department, told PTI. Since smoking is more prevalent among the men here, it is they who suffer the most. The statistics of last three years show that among the two, majority of the cancer cases are male patients. In 2008, the number of cancer patients registered here were 1,467 against 922 female pa-

tients. In 2009, the number of male patients suffering from cancer were 1,705 compared to 1,168 female patients. So far this year, 1285 males have been confirmed of the disease as against 822 women patients. Apart from smoking, dietary habits of Kashmiris are another reason for the growing number of cancer cases. Lone said pickles, which are not preserved properly, very hot tea and the sun-dried vegetables meant for consumption during the harsh winters in the Valley, can also cause this cancer. He said one of the causes of breast cancer, which is on rise in the Valley with 148 cases in 2008, 162 cases in 2009 and 132 cases registered till this October end, is also poor dietary habits in the Valley.







Pakistan yet to trace 26/11 suspects PTI ISLAMABAD, NOV 28

Pakistani authorities have made no progress in tracking down 20 suspects, including Karachibased LeT operative Muhammad Amjad Khan, who were named in a chargesheet filed in an antiterrorism court a year ago for playing a key role in facilitating the Mumbai attacks. Two years after the assault on India's financial hub that killed 166 people, investigators have made no headway in tracing these 20 suspects who helped arrange boats, finances, training and equipment for the 10 Pakistani terrorists who carried out the attacks, diplomatic sources told PTI. The Federal Investigation Agency and Pakistani intelligence agencies arrested seven suspects, including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, in the months

following the attacks. Lakhvi was arrested during an army raid in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's capital Muzaffarabad while the others were held in Punjab and Sindh provinces. The trial of these suspects in a Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court has been marred by repeated procedural delays and controversies while the judge has been changed thrice since the proceedings began last year. Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said the proceedings are stalled and can move forward only if a commission visits India to interview key witnesses, including the lone surviving attacker Ajmal Kasab. Senior Indian security officials told PTI that except for LeT operatives Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, the other five suspects put on trial were “minor players” and had played "inconsequential" roles in the planning and exe-

cution of the attacks. Diplomatic sources said investigators had no information on the current whereabouts of the 20 other suspects named in the chargesheet that was filed in the anti-terrorism court on the first anniversary of the Mumbai attacks last year. Most of the suspects are linked to the banned LeT. A key absconding suspect is Muhammad Amjad Khan, a shadowy LeT organiser and financier from Karachi who figured in a majority of dossiers provided to Pakistan by India. Khan, who hails from Multan, played a key role in arranging and providing funds to the attackers. Iftikhar Ali, another suspect from Faisalabad in Punjab, deposited 250 dollars with a firm in Islamabad to obtain a Voiceover Internet Protocol connection that was used by the

Krishna avoids meet with Tamil party PTI COLOMBO, NOV 28

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today concluded his four-day visit to Sri Lanka without meeting the country's main Tamil political party, TNA, once considered as a proxy of the LTTE. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said Krishna was to hold talks with them today morning, but the meeting was put off till

noon giving him time to return to Colombo from the southern town of Hambantota where he opened a consulate. “Later we were told that the minister is flying straight from Hambantota to the (international) airport and there is no possibility to have the scheduled meeting,” TNA legislator Suresh Premachandra told PTI. Tamil parties were disappointed over the failure to meet

Krishna who had been pushing Sri Lanka to press ahead with devolution of power after the end of hostilities last year. The TNA which was once seen as a proxy of Tamil Tigers has distanced itself from the guerrillas after their defeat in a no-holds-barred military campaign that ended in May last year with the killing of the top Tiger leadership. Krishna's visit to the island coincided with what the Tigers used to mark as their heroes' week. It was on November 27 that the late Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran used to deliver his annual policy statement.

attackers and their handlers. Another suspect is Shahid Ghafoor, identified in court documents as the captain of Al Hussaini and Al Fouz, the boats used by the attackers. Ten other suspects, most of them hailing from Punjab, served as crew members of the two boats Yet another suspect, Muhammad Khan from Turbat in Balochistan, is wanted for providing the boat Al Hussaini to the terrorists. Six more suspects – Sufyan Zafar, Muhammad Usman Zia, Muhammad Abbas Nasir, Javed Iqbal and Mukhtar Ahmed from Punjab and Ahmed Saeed from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa -– are wanted for their links to the finance network of the LeT that helped arrange funds for the attacks. India yesterday again conveyed its concerns to Pakistan regard-

ing the lack of progress in the trial of Mumbai attack suspects, asking it to take "expeditious action" to bring to justice all perpetrators of the terrorist assault. New Delhi's concerns were conveyed to Pakistan Interior Minister Malik by High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal during a meeting last evening. The Indian envoy reiterated the concerns that were expressed by the External Affairs Ministry on the eve of the second anniversary of the attack regarding the lack of "substantive and verifiable progress" in the ongoing trial of the Pakistani suspects, the spokesman for the Indian High Commission said. “The High Commissioner expressed the hope that expeditious action would be taken to bring all the perpetrators to justice,” the spokesman said.

A monkey drinks a cola from a can during the feast of the 22nd Monkey Party at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in the city of Lopburi province, about 150km north of Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday. . The party is held every year on the last Sunday of November to promote tourism in Lopburi well known as monkey city. Scores of monkeys take the buffet spread in their stride feasting with great relish on the finest cuisine the city can provide for thanking them of drawing tourists to the town. Otherwise the monkeys are considered a nuisance pulling down aerials and stealing food from street vendors. EPA/UNI

China seeks parleys on Korean peninsula PTI BEIJING, NOV 28

Amid high tensions on the Korean peninsula, China today called for “emergency consultations” between members of the six-nation talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament to bring peace and stability to NortheastcAsia. “:I want to stress that a series of complicated factors have emerged on the Korean peninsula which have made the international community and the members of six-party talks deeply concerned," Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Wu Dawei told reporters here. He said the Chinese side believes it is necessary for the delegation of the six-party talks who had the important task of fully implementing the 2005

joint statement to bring about peace and stability in the Korean peninsula, to meet and exchange views to make due contribution in maintaining peace in the peninsula and easing tensions in Northeast Asia. Wu, who was part of the Chinese delegation headed by State Councilor Dai Bingguo that visited Seoul yesterday, made the statement immediately after returning today. China, a key ally of North Korea, is part of the six-party talks framework, that includes the US, Japan, Russia and two Koreas, formed in 2005 to deal with the situation arising out of North Korean regime acquiring nuclear weapons. Four South Koreans were killed in the sudden shelling by the North on Yeonpyeong on

November 23, which sparked off fresh round of tensions, inviting world condemnation and retaliatory fire from the South. The South has already rejected the proposal for resumption of the six-nation talks which suffered a set back after the recent sinking of a South Korean naval vessel allegedly by North Korea. Wu said China's call was not for resumption of talks but “emergency consultations.” The six-part talks mechanism play an important role in strengthening communication among the parties advancing denuclearisation in the peninsula and safeguarding peace and stability, he said. “It is China's consistent position that the six-party talks should be resumed at early date.

“I would like to stress that although the proposed consultations do not mean the resumption of the talks, we do hope that they help create conditions for the re-launch of the talks,’ Wu said. Wu said during his visit, he had held extensive consultations with the South Korean leaders including President Lee Myungbak and discussed a way out to ease the crisis to maintain peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula. Meanwhile, a top North Korean official will visit Beijing this week to discuss the situation, official media here reported. Choe Thae-Bok, Chairman of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly and a close confidant of leader Kim Jong-II, will arrive in China on Tuesday on an offi-

US asks Wikileaks to return classified material PTI NEWYORK, NOV 28

The US has refused to enter talks with the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks over its planned release of millions of classified documents and asked it to return the “illegally obtained” papers, the leak of which would “endanger the lives of countless individuals.” “We will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of illegally obtained US government's classified materials,” Harold Hongju Koh, the Legal Adviser at the State Department, said in a letter to Jennifer Robinson, Attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The letter was in response to the communication from WikiLeaks a day earlier in which it informed the US about its intentions to publish classified millions of American government documents. “Despite your stated desire to protect

'Der Speigel', that WikiLeaks also has provided approximately 250,000 documents to each of them for publication, furthering the illegal dissemination of classified documents." The State Department said it will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of the US government classified materials. “If you are genuinely interested in seeking to stop the damage from your actions, you should: 1) Ensure WikiLeaks ceases publishing any and all such materials; 2) Ensure WikiLeaks returns any and all classified US Government material in its possession; and 3) remove and destroy all records of this material from WikiLeaks' databases," Koh said. Publication of documents of this nature at a minimum, the State Department said, would place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals – from

journalists to human rights activists and bloggers to soldiers to individuals providing information to further peace and security. The publication of classified documents would also place at risk ongoing military operations, including operations to stop terrorists, traffickers in human beings and illicit arms, violent criminal enterprises and other actors that threaten global security, the State Department said. In his letter, Koh said that the publication of the classified documents would also place at risk ongoing cooperation between countries – partners, allies and common stakeholders – to confront common challenges from terrorism to pandemic diseases to nuclear proliferation that threaten global stability. “In your (WikiLeaks') letter, you say you want – consistent with your goal of 'maximum disclosure' – information regarding individuals who may be 'at sig-

for the top government post Thursday. Maliki has 30 days from the day of his nomination to assign ministries and present a cabinet slate to parliament for endorsement. If he does not meet this deadline, he risks losing his job. "The Iraqi people have waited a long time, and I think if we delay more than this, they will lose their patience," he said. "We have to win the trust of the people on all issues: fighting corruption, fighting terrorism, providing essential services and protecting the state." The Shiite incumbent also said that failure to form an in-

clusive administration could prove disastrous for Iraq, but he added, "If anyone decides not to join, we are ready to form it without them." The Obama administration has been pushing for a government that fairly represents all Iraq's ethnic and religious groups, wanting to ensure stability as U.S. troops prepare to leave and Washington's influence wanes. Under the terms of the bilateral security agreement, Iraq could ask that U.S. forces stay longer than the end of next year - a scenario U.S. officials appear to favor because it would

allow them to continue the strong partnership they have developed with Iraqi security forces. On Saturday, however, Maliki implied that Iraq would be just fine without U.S. military might. “The Iraqi army, the Iraqi police and the Iraqi security services are capable of controlling the security situation, and therefore the security agreement will stay,” he said, referring to the agreed-upon December 2011 withdrawal date. “I do not feel that there is a need for the presence of any other international forces to assist the Iraqis in controlling the security situation.”

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has 25,000 troops fighting in the province, mostly American, alongside about 10,000 Afghans. Security in Kandahar city has improved dramatically, U.S. and NATO commanders say, especially after the bulk of 30,000 extra U.S. troops ordered by President Barack Obama last December were sent to fight in the south. Residents say bombings have tapered off in recent weeks but, even though thankful for security gains, Kandaharis worry that Afghanistan could again be plunged into escalating fighting. “It will take at least 15 years or more for the Afghan security forces to stand on their own," said Nadeem Akbar, a project officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Earlier this month, a report by the International Council on Security and Development policy think tank found that 92 percent of Afghan men surveyed in

Kandahar and neighboring Helmand knew nothing of the September 11, 2001, attacks that precipitated the war. Violence is at its worst across Afghanistan since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, with military and civilian casualties at record levels.

those lives, you have done the opposite and endangered the lives of countless individuals. You have undermined your stated objective by disseminating this material widely, without redaction, and without regard to the security and sanctity of the lives your actions endanger," Koh said in his letter, which was released to the press late last night. Ahead of the possible release of the classified documents, the letter said: “As you know, if any of the materials you intend to publish were provided by any government officials, or any intermediary without proper authorisation, they were provided in violation of US law and without regard for the grave consequences of this action. “As long as WikiLeaks holds such material, the violation of the law is ongoing... It is our understanding from conversations with representatives from 'The New York Times', 'The Guardian' and

Iraqi PM vows to form new cabinet AGENCIES BAGHDAD, NOV 28

Newly reappointed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pledged Saturday to form a cabinet by mid-December, a move that would end months of government lethargy after inconclusive elections in March, and declared that Iraq would not need U.S. troops after their December 2011 withdrawal deadline. "If we can't form the government within 30 days, the country will slide in directions only God knows about," he said during his first news conference since being formally nominated

Kandaharis fear civil war: report Reuters KANDAHAR, NOV 28

NATO's planned withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014 will likely mean a Taliban takeover and civil war, residents in the heartland of the insurgency fear, echoing a worrying recent report. Afghans in the southern city of Kandahar said Afghanistan's security forces would likely collapse when foreign combat troops left, even if they continued providing training and equipment. Kandahar province is the birthplace of the Taliban and has long been the focal point of Afghanistan's bitter insurgency. "It's 100 percent possible that there will be a civil war," said Pida Muhammad, a worker at the Kandahar governor's palace. “Afghans cannot have union among themselves. That could only happen by a miracle, only Allah can do it. It's beyond our comprehension," the 26-yearold said.

Forces not ready

The ICOS report found 61 percent of the 1,000 men surveyed in Kandahar and Helmand thought Afghan forces would not be able to provide adequate security when foreign forces withdraw, and 81 percent thought al Qaeda would return to Afghanistan if the Taliban regained power. With Obama to review his Afghanistan war strategy next month, attention is now focused on a withdrawal timetable. U.S. and NATO leaders agreed at a summit in Lisbon this week to accept Afghan President Hamid Karzai's timetable for a 2014 security handover. The readiness of Afghan forces, which now number

about 258,000 and are to be ramped up to 306,000 by October 2011, is a crucial part of that equation. There was also deep-seated suspicion between those in Kandahar city, which was the focus of security efforts over the past year or more, and rural areas like Panjwai and Zhari were such efforts began more recently. "If you're from Kandahar and you go to a district like that, you'll be slaughtered," said Pida, from the governor's office. Kandaharis blamed neighboring Pakistan, where most of the Taliban leadership fled in 2001, and its powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency for fuelling the insurgency. “The Taliban are a creature of the ISI. If America wants to bring peace in Afghanistan, they should ask Pakistan to control the ISI, but America is not asking Pakistan to do it," said Ahmed Bashir, a 57-year-old baker. Others also blamed Pakistan but said security forces still

nificant risk of harm' because of your actions,” he said. The State Department letter was made public a day after the US reached out to India and other key governments warning them about possible Wikileaks release. ‘We do not know precisely what WikiLeaks has or what it plans to do. We have made our position clear. These documents should not be released,” State Department Spokesman P J Crow-



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Taxes and the underground economy

Researching the Indian underground economy, Global Financial Integrity (GFI) an International Organization based in Washington US, has estimated that the country has lost $462 billion in illicit assets from 1948 to 2008 as a result of tax evasion, corruption and bribery. An interesting aspect of the report is that 68% of these lost assets have been siphoned from India since liberalization, as deregulation of the economy has loosened the grip of many of the regulatory authorities in the country. India keeps losing $19 billion each year by flight of capital. Indeed, the loss to this country on account of tax evasion, corruption and bribery is truly colossal. Notice tax evasion, corruption and bribery are all linked together. For all these deals with money that is not accounted for – either by the giver or the taker and on which no tax is paid! ESTIMATES OF BLACK MONEY What would be the size of this parallel economy? Most estimates of the black economy are based merely on statistical permutations since by its very nature its dimensions cannot be determined. The GFI believes that the turnover of the underground economy is around 50% of our GDP around $640 billion. With half of the Indian GDP operating in the parallel economy, we are in a peculiar situation where taxes can be levied on only half the amount of transactions that operate in the country. For in a country where cash is the major mode of transactions, it is difficult for the taxman to obtain the true profile of the majority of taxpayers. An interesting question once asked by a school child

Mutual Fund

Key to abbreviations: R Price: Repurchase Price; S Price: Sale Price; (D): Dividend; (G): Growth

Scheme Name NAVs (Rs) A AIG India Equity Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) 12.45 India Equity Fund ­ Regular Plan (G) 12.45 Infrastructure and Economic Reform ­ Regular (D) 9.38 Infrastructure and Economic Reform ­ Regular (G) 9.38 Axis Equity Fund (D) 11.24 Equity Fund (G) 11.24 Tax Saver Fund (D) 11.38 Tax Saver Fund (G) 12.43


Baroda Pioneer ELSS 96 26.67 Growth Fund (D) 30.25 Growth Fund (G) 53.71 PSU Equity Fund (D) 9.01 PSU Equity Fund (G) 9.01 Bharti AXA Equity Fund ­ Eco Plan (Bonus) 18.13 Equity Fund ­ Eco Plan (D) 12.76 Equity Fund ­ Eco Plan (G) 18.13 Equity Fund ­ Eco Plan (QD) 12.05 Equity Fund ­ Retail Plan (Bonus) 18.03 Equity Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) 12.70 Equity Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) 18.03 Equity Fund ­ Retail Plan (QD) 11.97 Focused Infrastructure Fund (D) 10.15 Focused Infrastructure Fund (G) 10.15 Focused Infrastructure Fund (QD) 10.15 Tax Advantage Fund ­ Eco Plan (D) 12.76 Tax Advantage Fund ­ Eco Plan (G) 23.44 Tax Advantage Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) 12.73 Tax Advantage Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) 23.35 Birla Sun Life Advantage Fund (D) 90.23 Advantage Fund (G) 166.54 Basic Industries Fund (D) 29.41 Basic Industries Fund (G) 106.62 Buy India Fund (D) 25.29 Buy India Fund (G) 44.39 Commodity Equities ­ Global Agri ­ Retail Plan (D) 16.92 Commodity Equities ­ Global Agri ­ Retail Plan (G) 16.92 Commodity Equities ­ Global Commodity ­ RP (D) 13.96 Commodity Equities ­ Global Commodity ­ RP (G) 13.96 Commodity Equities ­ Global Metals Plan ­RP (D) 14.88 Commodity Equities ­ Global Metals Plan ­RP (G) 14.88 Dividend Yield Plus (D) 15.02 Dividend Yield Plus (G) 87.96 Equity Fund (D) 73.37 Equity Fund (G) 277.75 Frontline Equity Fund ­ Plan A (D) 23.00 Frontline Equity Fund ­ Plan A (G) 90.13 Frontline Equity Fund ­ Plan B (D) 13.62 Frontline Equity Fund ­ Plan B (G) 13.62 India GenNext Fund (D) 14.99 India GenNext Fund (G) 24.72 India Opportunities Fund ­ Plan A (D) 18.78 India Opportunities Fund ­ Plan B (G) 55.15 India Reforms Fund (D) 10.79 India Reforms Fund (G) 10.79 Infrastructure Fund ­ Plan A (D) 13.05 Infrastructure Fund ­ Plan A (G) 17.77 Infrastructure Fund ­ Plan B (D) 12.75 Infrastructure Fund ­ Plan B (G) 13.29 Tax Plan (D) 46.87 Tax Plan (G) 13.91 Tax Relief 96 (D) 88.54 Tax Relief 96 (G) 11.95 Top 100 Fund (D) 14.94 Top 100 Fund (G) 22.90


Canara Robeco EmergEquities (Bonus) EmergEquities (D) EmergEquities (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) Infrastructure (G) Large Cap+ Fund (D) Large Cap+ Fund (G) Multicap (D) Multicap (G)

19.28 15.90 23.04 25.15 25.11 55.22 21.73 26.38 12.93 13.87 17.84 22.40 10.14 10.14 14.92 16.08


DWS Alpha Equity Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) Alpha Equity Fund ­ Regular Plan (G) Alpha Equity Fund ­ Wealth Plan (D) Alpha Equity Fund ­ Wealth Plan (G)

during one of my interactions at the school level was – what is black money? I was stumped for an immediate answer, since I believed that the term was rather commonplace. Of course money has no colour and the term black money is used in tax terms to denote unaccounted money – money on which tax has not been paid, or money which the recipient does not account for. Most business men to stay in business know that on several occasions they are required to pay sums to various agencies both corporate and government to get their work done. A majority of business transactions have a cash and cheque component. A classic example of this is in real estate, where builders have a ratio – say 60:40 where sixty percent of the price of an apartment has to be paid by way of cheque for which a receipt is given, while 40% is paid by cash for which no acknowledgement is issued. This cash component is not accounted for in the books of accounts, but is often used by builders to make certain necessary payments – money to obtain municipal sanctions, extra premium for raw material, money to buy land and other transactions where cash is to be paid. Similarly in many other business’ there are transactions in cash for which no receipts are passed. Business men have become adept in doctoring their books to ensure that these cash transactions are adjusted accordingly. Ingenious IT technicians have also devised software that allows certain manipulations of the books maintained elec-

17.81 81.85 14.25 17.04

Investment Opportunity Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) 27.65 Investment Opportunity Fund ­ Regular Plan (G) 39.91 Investment Opportunity Fund ­ Wealth Plan (D) 13.82 Investment Opportunity Fund ­ Wealth Plan (G) 18.07 Tax SavFund (D) 13.65 Tax SavFund (G) 14.60 DSP BlackRock Equity Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) 53.08 Equity Fund ­ Regular Plan (G) 16.79 Focus 25 Fund (D) 10.65 Focus 25 Fund (G) 10.65 India T.I.G.E.R. Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) 18.88 India T.I.G.E.R. Fund ­ Regular Plan (G) 49.18 Micro Cap Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) 10.18 Micro Cap Fund ­ Regular Plan (G) 16.76 Opportunities Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) 31.27 Opportunities Fund ­ Regular Plan (G) 89.70 Small and Mid Cap Fund (D) 16.82 Small and Mid Cap Fund (G) 18.34 Tax Saver Fund (D) 13.21 Tax Saver Fund (G) 17.74 Technology.Com ­ Regular Plan (D) 23.47 Technology.Com ­ Regular Plan (G) 32.14 Top 100 Equity Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) 21.44 Top 100 Equity Fund ­ Regular Plan (G) 101.04


Edelweiss Absolute Return Equity Fund (D) Absolute Return Equity Fund (G) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund ­A (D) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund ­A (G) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund ­B (D) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund ­B (G) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund ­C (D) Diversified Growth Equity Top 100 Fund ­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) LeadSectors Fund (D) LeadSectors Fund (G) Power and Energy Fund (D) Power and Energy Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G)

11.48 11.48 14.51 14.52 14.77 14.58 14.62 14.62 19.80 19.81 11.92 13.08 13.15 12.98 11.57 13.03 78.75 14.84 12.61 14.81 8.34 8.33 11.76 11.76 13.66 17.04 10.80 50.26


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) BNP Paribas China­India Fund (D) China­India 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) 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)

23.02 36.38 12.60 12.60 17.35 19.14 11.64 11.64 13.85 13.85 20.28 22.59 9.14 9.14 11.07 17.97 11.63 34.38 10.12 10.16 10.07 19.36 11.82 12.98 11.31 14.20 10.97 10.97 11.90 12.46 41.67 66.39 43.42 216.90 16.96 33.48 12.77

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)

13.33 14.84 32.85 45.47 291.80 29.80 221.96 13.89 15.01 34.66 210.83 19.91 64.29 33.51 63.32 15.57 20.93 58.21 123.72


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) Mid­Cap Opportunities Fund (D) Mid­Cap Opportunities Fund (G) Premier Multi­Cap Fund (D) Premier Multi­Cap 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) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (G) Tax Saver Equity Fund (D) Tax Saver Equity Fund (G) Unique Opportunities Fund (D) Unique Opportunities Fund (G)

27.77 114.62 23.89 42.02 53.29 289.96 35.19 89.85 12.61 12.61 42.12 143.90 13.90 16.80 16.03 16.03 16.96 29.91 67.63 240.73 51.38 217.39 10.61 10.61 26.61 105.78 16.74 35.54 12.49 23.36 11.38 13.38 12.36 13.29 14.25 15.45 11.96 11.96


ICICI Pru Bank& Financial Services Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) Bank& Financial Services Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) Discovery Fund (D) Discovery Fund (G) Dynamic Plan (D) Dynamic Plan (G) EmergS.T.A.R. Fund (D) EmergS.T.A.R. Fund (G) Equity Opportunities Fund (D) Equity Opportunities Fund (G) FMCG Fund (D) FMCG Fund (G) Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (D) Focused Bluechip Equity Fund (G) Fusion Fund (D) Fusion Fund (G) Fusion Fund Series ­ III Retail Plan (D) Fusion Fund Series ­ III Retail Plan (G) Growth Plan (D) Growth Plan (G) Indo Asia Equity Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) Indo Asia Equity Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) Infrastructure Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) Infrastructure Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) Power (D) Power (G) R.I.G.H.T. Fund (D) R.I.G.H.T. Fund (G) Services Industries Fund (D) Services Industries Fund (G) Target Returns Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) Target Returns Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G) Technology Fund (D) Technology Fund (G) IDFC Classic Equity Fund ­ Plan A (D) Classic Equity Fund ­ Plan A (G) Equity Fund ­ Plan A (D)

18.90 19.38 21.43 49.43 19.09 106.79 17.35 34.85 12.00 13.37 36.59 63.97 16.31 16.31 14.79 15.69 13.12 13.12 18.41 135.91 10.78 10.78 12.11 30.08 17.27 116.35 12.23 12.23 13.35 17.75 14.18 14.18 21.22 142.33 18.38 18.38 15.68 21.67 13.46

tronically –whereby receipts or expenditure is automatically deleted! Indian businessmen now use technology to beat the taxman! RECOMMENDATIONS GFI has also made certain recommendations in their report. Let us look at some of these. The GFI believes that tax evasion is a major component of the underground economy, which in turn is a primary driver of India’s illicit outflows. The suggestion is to expand the tax base and improve tax collections. Several attempts have been made to expand the tax base. But political compulsions keep the tax base confined with the narrow perimeter of the urban society. There have been several committees that have recommended that the rural rich also pay a certain percentage of tax. But none of the political parties have the inclination to touch the rural rich. Today there are several industrialists who have diverted part of their profits into agriculture – knowing that this is a sector that is exempt from all taxation! Yes, improvement of the tax system is another aspect that requires correction. Over the years, there have been several reforms in the tax structure and the tax procedures. The Direct Tax Code is yet another attempt to rationalise the tax laws. But the tax apparatus is a part of government. It has all the frailties of the Indian government – inertia, corruption, red tape and lethargy in decision making. Besides the babudom is always beholden to their political bosses and cannot act

Equity Fund ­ Plan A (G) Equity Fund ­ Plan B (D) 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 (50­50) Equity Fund ­ Plan A (D) Strategic Sector (50­50) 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 Retireinvest Fund ­ Series I (D) OptiMix Retireinvest Fund ­ Series I (G) Tax SavFund (Bonus) Tax SavFund (D) Tax SavFund (G)

16.42 11.33 13.49 16.44 19.89 14.81 17.15 27.27 33.65 15.57 18.87 14.97 15.13 16.47 20.57 15.03 15.03 18.17 13.27 18.17 16.49 14.07 16.49 20.80 39.31 21.68 23.84 14.32 37.92 17.52 22.05 10.96 10.96 12.80 12.80 30.75 15.15 30.71


JM Agri & Infra Fund (D) Agri & Infra Fund (G) Basic Fund (D) Basic Fund (G) Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) EmergLeaders Fund (D) EmergLeaders 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 & Mid­Cap Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) Small & Mid­Cap 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)

Kotak 30 (D) 30 (G) Contra (D) Contra (G) EmergEquity Scheme (D) EmergEquity Scheme (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)

2.75 2.75 11.22 16.08 5.79 5.79 8.70 8.68 15.30 37.60 10.87 10.87 5.56 5.56 14.43 19.63 17.87 26.09 13.82 14.86 5.88 5.88 7.30 7.30 7.82 7.82 15.36 18.98 12.80 13.78 8.24 8.24

K 33.29 105.54 17.97 22.30 12.61 12.61 12.55 14.49 18.88 27.15 15.58 48.15 10.98 12.16 11.83 19.32


L&T Contra Fund (D) Contra Fund (G) Global Advantage Fund (D) Global Advantage Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G)

10.74 10.74 7.39 10.66 19.06 40.36

Hedged Equity Fund (D) Hedged Equity Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure 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)

in many of the bigger cases without their prior sanction! GAMES BY MULTINATIONALS Another of the recommendations to curtail the illicit flow of funds from the country is to curtail trade mispricing that multinationals use to avoid tax. India has already woken up to the fact that multinationals often device strategies whereby they would avoid tax in developing countries. India has already put into place rules for transfer pricing whereby international transactions over Rs 5 crore are subject to scrutiny. But most of the methods used are rather preliminary, the officers do not have either the depth of knowledge or the available resources to investigate these transactions. Also at the appellate stages, the authorities are not conversant with many of the strategies used by the multinationals and thus pass orders that ultimately favour the latter! Interestingly enough this capital that is stacked away abroad does come back in various ways. The present day telecommunication scam has witnessed a large repatriation of capital from foreign firms. It does not take much imagination to understand that much of this capital belongs to Indians who now wish to bring back this horde to invest in profitable sectors that are being opened up for public participation. Indeed with the resurgence of the economy a part of this capital is coming back – ‘round tripping’ as it is known by the taxman. (The author of the column is a retired Chief Commissioner and the views expressed, his personal.) 10.10 14.23 7.65 7.65 16.02 21.81 15.56 16.75 9.67 9.67 10.81 27.43 11.89 13.41 9.40 9.40 10.96 19.26 10.83 30.24 8.46 8.46


Mirae Asset EmergBluechip Fund (D) 10.98 EmergBluechip Fund (G) 10.98 Global Commodity Stock Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) 12.44 Global Commodity Stock Fund ­ Regular Plan (G) 12.44 India Opportunities Fund ­ Regular Plan (D) 15.47 India Opportunities Fund ­ Regular Plan (G) 16.68 Morgan Stanley A.C.E. Fund (Across Capitalisations Equity) (D) 14.83 A.C.E. Fund (Across Capitalisations Equity) (G) 15.76 Growth Fund (D) 20.39 Growth Fund (G) 66.80 Principal Dividend Yield Fund (D) 18.23 Dividend Yield Fund (G) 24.70 EmergBluechip Fund (D) 25.21 EmergBluechip Fund (G) 33.07 Growth Fund (D) 25.00 Growth Fund (G) 55.17 Large Cap Fund (D) 20.15 Large Cap Fund (G) 29.41 Personal Tax Saver Fund 100.82 PNB Long Term Equity Fund ­ 3 yrs ­ Series 1 (D) 11.95 PNB Long Term Equity Fund ­ 3 yrs­ Series 1 (G) 11.95 Services Industries Fund (D) 13.50 Services Industries Fund (G) 15.23 Tax Savings Fund 80.47


Quantum Long­Term Equity Fund (D) Long­Term Equity Fund (G) Tax SavFund (D) Tax SavFund (G)


23.36 23.16 23.14 23.15

Reliance BankFund (Bonus) 111.73 BankFund (D) 44.58 BankFund (G) 111.72 Diversified Power Sector Fund ­ Retail (Bonus) 79.39 Diversified Power Sector Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) 46.86 Diversified Power Sector Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) 79.38 Equity Advantage Fund ­ Retail Plan (B) 13.15 Equity Advantage Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) 13.15 Equity Advantage Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) 13.15 Equity Fund ­ Retail Plan (Bonus) 14.55 Equity Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) 14.55 Equity Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) 14.55 Equity Linked SavFund ­ Series I (D) 14.79 Equity Linked SavFund ­ Series I (G) 14.79 Equity Opportunities Fund ­ Retail Plan (Bonus) 36.53 Equity Opportunities Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) 25.80 Equity Opportunities Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) 36.53 Growth Fund ­ Retail Plan (Bonus) 80.21 Growth Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) 59.28 Growth Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) 483.56 Infrastructure Fund ­ Retail Plan (Bonus) 10.47 Infrastructure Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) 10.47 Infrastructure Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) 10.47 Long Term Equity Fund (D) 16.45 Long Term Equity Fund (G) 16.45 Media & Entertainment Fund (Bonus) 29.60 Media & Entertainment Fund (D) 21.28 Media & Entertainment Fund (G) 29.60 Natural Resources Fund (Bonus) 10.51 Natural Resources Fund (D) 10.51 Natural Resources Fund (G) 10.51 NRI Equity Fund (Bonus) 40.69 NRI Equity Fund (D) 24.21 NRI Equity Fund (G) 40.69 Pharma Fund (Bonus) 55.16 Pharma Fund (D) 41.14 Pharma Fund (G) 55.16 Quant Plus Fund ­ Retail Plan (B) 13.88 Quant Plus Fund ­ Retail Plan (D) 13.88 Quant Plus Fund ­ Retail Plan (G) 13.87 Regular Savings Fund ­ Equity Option (D) 24.71

Regular Savings Fund ­ Equity Option (G) Small Cap Fund (Bonus) Small Cap Fund (D) Small Cap Fund (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) BankFund ­ Regular Plan (D) BankFund ­ 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) PSU Equity Fund (D) PSU Equity Fund (G) Tax Plan (D) Tax Plan (G)

31.70 9.93 9.93 9.93 16.78 21.52 46.65 45.31 277.74 6.95 6.93 7.84 7.84 16.78 21.53 11.62 12.67 12.69 16.41 12.94 12.95 13.25 13.27 8.57 8.57 11.22 11.22 14.87 17.96


Sahara Bankand Financial Services Fund (D) Bankand Financial Services Fund (G) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Infrastructure ­ Fixed PricOption (D) Infrastructure ­ Fixed PricOption (G) Infrastructure ­Variable PricOption (D) Infrastructure ­Variable PricOption (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 PricOption (D) Wealth Plus ­ Variable PricOption (G) Wealth Plus Fund ­ Fixed PricOption (D) Wealth Plus Fund ­ Fixed PricOption (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 EmergBusinesses Fund (D) Magnum EmergBusinesses 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) PSU Fund (D) PSU Fund (G) Shinsei Industry Leaders Fund (D) Industry Leaders Fund (G) Sundaram 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)

16.45 32.59 24.03 82.79 11.91 16.29 12.38 16.85 32.70 17.51 32.70 32.70 11.46 13.43 11.38 12.39 11.49 11.49 17.21 38.60 19.10 22.88 18.26 22.05 11.83 15.14 10.39 10.39 16.88 25.00 23.24 58.29 18.23 41.08 33.21 44.01 28.46 31.73 56.76 22.35 18.42 24.02 14.23 18.73 54.63 86.36 29.80 29.69 37.22 45.03 42.72 62.68 11.43 11.43 10.01 10.01 12.02 12.02 13.19 25.13 11.48 14.08 17.03 21.43 13.17 98.61 13.49 43.99

Toyota gears up for Etios launch PTI BANGALORE, NOV 28

Japanese automobile giant Toyota Motor Corporation is gearing up for the launch of Etios car in India on Wednesday with its President Akio Toyoda flying down for the event. The launch is undoubtedly a major milestone for Toyota's Indian entity -- the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, its joint venture with the Kirloskar Group. TKM is launching the sedan version of Etios on Wednesday, with the unveiling of the hatchback slated for March.

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Tax Saver (OE) (D) Tax Saver (OE) (G)

12.34 46.03


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) GrowEconomies Infrastructure Fund ­ Plan A (D) GrowEconomies Infrastructure Fund ­ Plan A (G) GrowEconomies Infrastructure Fund ­ Plan B (D) GrowEconomies Infrastructure Fund ­ Plan B (G) Growth Fund (Bonus) Growth Fund (D) Growth Fund (G) Indo­Global Infrastructure Fund (D) Indo­Global Infrastructure Fund (G) Infrastructure Fund (D) Infrastructure Fund (G) Infrastructure Tax SavFund (D) Infrastructure Tax SavFund (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 SavFund 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)

14.60 15.63 15.69 17.84 21.69 33.47 12.99 15.03 21.72 82.86 48.05 37.97 37.81 12.25 12.26 12.55 12.55 41.27 18.17 45.42 8.14 8.14 23.13 35.11 16.23 17.14 35.14 69.92 15.62 18.19 38.88 103.33 43.09 66.64 18.52 24.83 16.64 16.64 47.61 43.70 43.42 16.72 16.70 23.94 17.96 23.95 13.36 14.24 40.38 57.36 22.01 37.12


UTI BankSector Fund (D) BankSector 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) Long Term Advantage Fund ­ Series II (D) Long Term Advantage Fund ­ Series II (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) Transportation and Logistics Fund (D) Transportation and Logistics Fund (G) Wealth Builder Fund (D) Wealth Builder Fund (G) Wealth Builder Fund ­ Series II ­ Retail Plan (D) Wealth Builder Fund ­ Series II ­ Retail Plan (G)

26.68 45.96 13.15 14.24 15.81 32.97 12.46 11.00 49.21 55.68 17.39 40.89 11.83 11.83 9.00 9.00 19.66 34.52 14.89 16.05 13.06 13.06 14.51 14.51 29.32 54.53 22.30 32.73 37.31 57.79 14.70 27.52 31.49 40.72 25.83 60.08 22.60 29.09 15.85 29.04 14.54 16.69 15.81 19.66


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The Power and Prestige of Press Journalism - V

here are other key editorial positions as the working of a newspaper is a tremendous responsibility to be laid on the shoulders of a single editor And so responsibility is delegated to various editors. 2. Managing Editor: In most organizations, he sees to the daily functioning of the news department, and news/feature/sports editors assign work and the copy/sub editors edit a reporter/writers material for accuracy, content, grammar, and style. Personal attributes: He should have excellent journalistic vision- awareness of the major or minor political and current affairs, communication skills, leadership quality and long term experience as an editor. 3. Chief Editor: is in charge of the over-all functions of the publication. His primary responsibility is to supervise the functions of collection, selection and presentation of news. He reads and corrects the copy for publication, decides on the editorial policy and the content of publications. 4. News Editor: is the righthand man of the chief editor. He decides on the news to be published in the newspaper each day. He collects news, controls the network of correspondents, reporting staff and other news sources, allocates assignments and attends editorial conferences. 5. Executive Editor: is at a senior position, and may thus oversee the work of other editors, who may deal with specific areas such as international news, local news, feature stories, or sports. However, he/she has the final word on which stories are published and the perspective taken on them. They also have to ensure that the editorial stance of the material is in keeping with that of the publication. 6. Resident Editor: is in

sub-editors or copy editors. Sub-editors work behind the scene so to say while the reporter enjoys the limelight. There are number of sub editors for each newspaper. They assist chief editor in selecting and sorting the contents. They are almost like a ‘gate keeper' editing, reBy Maria de Lima Pereira writing stories to fit the space assigned, improve the language, reformatting, objectively preparticular subjects. He directs the preparation of a section of senting each report or story keeping in mind the general a newspaper or magazine. He prepares news, feature articles policy of the newspaper. The and critical reviews, and plans sub-editor goes through the original and final scripts with the layout of the publication, charge of a particular edition (Eg: Pune edition, Mumbai edition, Goa Edition etc.). 7. Associate Editor: In very large newspapers, there are associate or assistant editors who have responsibility for

assigns reporting staff and photographers to obtain coverage of matters of news or interest related to his section.


There is the editor, there are also the associate editors and journalists who write specific stories assigned to them. The work involves researching, interviewing and stimulating writing. There are freelance contributions, columnists and special commentators involved even in magazine journalism. 8. Chief Sub Editor is in charge of the team of sub editors- he assigns work, co-ordinates and supervises them. He acts as a link between the chief editor and sub editors. Sub-editors: Within the office is the news desk where

a truly informed yet critical and unbiased outlook, giving the final shape to the story submitted by a reporter. They also help in page layout. 9. Features /Magazine Editor: A big newspaper or magazine would employ several types of editors. There may be a News Editor, a Features Editor, a Sports Editor, and possibly several sub-editors. They also oversee the layout and appearance of articles, which may include duties such as overseeing artwork, design, photography and sometimes attending photo-shoots. They may occasionally have to negotiate payments with freelance writers and network at industry events. Feature writer: writes detailed stories or presents com-

Motivate Employees to Show Proper Office Etiquette


each employees to have good manners when dealing with workplace issues. Workplace etiquette can

sense and speak to other managers to help you decide what rules you want to uphold. 2. Set an example. You will

aware of the changes and you have workplace conflict situations, they need to be addressed immediately. You need to explain to your em-

mentaries on specific news topics. Feature writing is more descriptive and detailed than news reporting and can cover any topic of general interest. They research and analyse facts and draw conclusions on a particular topic. They can cover any topic of public interest like interviews, organising data and evidence, feature story leads etc. Feature writing is more descriptive and detailed than news reporting. Leader Writer: gives ideas on news topics in the editorial columns of newspapers or magazines and discusses prospects of improvement with trainee writers. Copyeditor or Proof-reader: A job that involves chasing the commas and checking the facts is a bit like that of a CPA. No one loves you. No one pays any attention to you. But without you, the paper/magazine /book/online feature programmes goes out riddled with typos and errors. If you don't mind cleaning up after others, this is flexible, steady work. It's also one of the last truly democratic institutions in the industry: You take the copy test, and you pass or you fail. Either you know the difference between restrictive and non-restrictive clauses or you don't. You have an edge if you're also knowledgeable about a particular subject, but meticulous attention to detail is the only qualification necessary. Proofreaders compare proofs and edited copy (Written, typed or printed material) to ensure that the final text is complete and accurate, and that the spelling and punctuation are correct before final printing. They mark proofs for corrections, check revised proofs to ensure that the corrections have been made. They must have sound knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar should be able to pay particular attention to detail and retain concentration for a long period. (to be continued)

need to follow these rules of etiquette for the office yourself or your employees will never follow them. You are an example to your employees and you need to treat them with respect so they will learn to treat you and their co-workers with respect. 3. Inform your employees of the changes. If you are implementing changes in general workplace etiquette, you need to inform your employees of the new workplace etiquette rules. You can do this in a couple of different ways. You can hold a meeting or put out a memo on the new rules. You can elect to do this more casually by making sure you talk to each employee about the new etiquette rules. Most important, try to approach your employees with positive expectations. Be open to feedback and the possibility of making some adjustments to the new rules as a result of that feedback. 4. Help resolve conflict. After your employees are

ployees the importance of workplace etiquette and why it will benefit everyone. During each situation, explain to the employees involved what the proper way to handle the situation would have been. Do this in as non-judgmental of a way as possible. If it's a bumpy road. If your new workplace etiquette rules aren't a hit around the office, then you may need to give them some additional time or reiterate to employees the importance of workplace etiquette and manners. There are also additional resources such as the book, Business Etiquette for Dummies by Sue Fox. Be sure to share your resources with your employees. These business etiquette tips should help you encourage proper manners amongst your employees. You may experience resistance when encouraging workplace etiquette to your employees but they will thank you once these rules are enforced. The workplace will now be a place where everyone feels welcome and productive.



By Caetano de Abreu

ovember 14 is globally marked as World Diabetes Day by World Health Organization, a day which may have been conveniently forgotten by the victims of this silent killer, although they are enduring the angst to overcome the paranoia with no cure through any medication available to assuage that dreadful feeling of impending doom. There are many qualified medical personnel who can elaborate on that subject. Nevertheless, although symbolically the symptoms can be arrested from the onset, we are unconcerned about this malady and pay scant attention to it as it gradually creeps in, engrossed as we are in battling with the problems we face as a routine. Unfortunately for us, when we realize that the symptoms have reached its culmination point, it is too late. The working population of India in its march towards progress has also seen an alarming rise in stress levels, compounded with different life styles and eating habits. According to WHO, Urban-Rural diabetic ratio in India is 70:30, where India is home to about 50 million Diabetics, out of which 1 per cent suffer from Type 1 Diabetics. It has been explained by the medical fraternity that Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disorder and has been mostly detected among children while Type 2 is characterized by insulin resistance and relative Insulin deficiency amongst the adults. To say that you are at risk if Diabetes is detected within your family or if you are suffering from hypertension, or are overweight, you have impaired glucose tolerance or you are a woman who had gestational diabetes when pregnant. One report states that an estimated 1.1 million adults are expected to die from diabetes related causes, accounting to 14.3% of all deaths in the age group of 20 to 79. If you are diagnosed with Diabetes, it is essential that you have regular followups even after your diabetes count is regulated, not forgetting that body weight

should be maintained. Monitoring one's health is important and detecting Diabetes in early stages before, it manifests itself, is crucial for your vital organs. People of any age who suffer from diabetes need to be screened for Diabetic Retinopathy which can lead to blindness. Ongoing clinical trials worldwide include three major studies at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda which are: AHEAD {Action for Health in Diabetes); ACCORD (Action to control Cardiovascular risk in diabetes); and BAR D

ments. The level of HbAlc or glycated hemoglobin is recommended as of now as a single-test for Diabetes. The other instance is of common complication of the foot with the availability of software which can detect abnormal pressures on foot. There is also Magnetic Resonance Imaging angiography to delineate the exact anatomy of foot arteries thus to detect blockages in circulation. CT angiography can help tailor cardiovascular therapies. Islets of Langerhans, in the Pancreas where insulin and glucagon are secreted can now be transplanted. There

(Bypass angioplasty revascularization investigation in type 2 Diabetes). The NIH is poised to predict who will develop type 2 Diabetes thanks to research undertaken on molecular links between obesity and insulin resistance and susceptible gene markers for Diabetes. It is revealed that the mutated NEUROD1 gene and PPAR gamma gene were associated with type 2 Diabetes. There is still some hope for Diabetics with introduction of surgery, inserting new hormones and injecting with newage insulin. Diabesity surgery (for obesity and type 2 Diabetes) was introduced in India about three years ago with the doctors claiming that it can ward off diabetes for a period of 10 to 15 years. Apart from surgery, Diabetes diagnosis and treatments have seen several recent develop-

are much more in the pipeline to ease the burden of the afflicted but you need to be qualified as professional physician and to learn more about the procedures to advance your qualifications and knowledge please apply through: a) Coimbatore Diabetes Foundation www.coimbatorediabetesfoundation.cofn /doctorsprofessionals.html b) Research Study for the Diabetes in India -www.rssdr.ord c) Department of Diabetes: Diabetes Clinic d) Fellowship/Diploma/Certificate in Diabetology or Endocrinology Besides the above one can always contact the medical college of your learning and help your fellowman.

The XAT and XLRI Jamshedpur Ready Reckoner By Shashank Prabhu


LRI has provided the XAT 2010 paper that can be downloaded. Excerpts from an interview with Pranshu Dwivedi, Jaideep Juneja (both XLRI BM Batch of 2010-12), Kunal Malik (XLRI PM&IR Batch of 2010-12) and Nishant Choudhury (who had converted his XLRI calls but chose to join IIM Calcutta Batch of 2010-12) to learn from their experiences of cracking the XAT.

Additional preparation needed for XAT

have a great impact on the atmosphere of a office. A workplace where employees have poor etiquette can create a negative environment where employees are always in conflict with each other and productivity is low. A workplace where employees practice good manners and etiquette can be a place where employees thrive professionally. Here's how to motivate employees to have proper etiquette when dealing with workplace issues. 1. Learn the ins and outs of workplace etiquette. You need to know exactly what workplace, or office etiquette is if you are going to expect your employees to practice it. Workplace etiquette is a set of rules that employees are expected to follow where their behaviour conveys respect towards others and the work of the workplace. You need to decide on what rules you think are important and will aid you in creating a more positive environment. You can use your common

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Kunal: “This is apart from what is done for CAT. You would primarily be taking computerbased mocks while preparing for CAT. It is important that you keep practicing the paper-based mocks as well. XAT is slightly tougher than CAT. So a deeper understanding of the topics, especially Quant is necessary . There is a separate section on Decision Making is something unique to XAT. Cases are provided based on which subjective questions are asked. Practicing these questions from previous XAT papers is a must.. Jaideep: “For XAT, the CAT preparation should suffice. Just make sure that during the time between CAT and XAT you solve the previous years XAT papers and take 2-3 mock XATs provided by Career Launcher or T.I.M.E. as the major difference is in the decision making sets. Solving them before the D-day would boost your confidence and can make a difference. Also a slight modification would be needed concerning time management, as XAT is of shorter duration (2 hours).”

clubbed with Quantitative Ability. There is a lot of focus on Analytical Reasoning and practicing such questions beforehand would come in handy. You can never guess what XAT throws at you. So keep your ends covered.”

Attempts, Accuracy, Negative Marking

Pranshu: , “Accuracy is very important, because if you get too many wrong answers, the progressive negative marking will penalize you really bad.” Kunal: Attempt the questions that you know and leave the ones that you don’t. Even in the Verbal Ability section, if you are reasonably sure of the answer, just go ahead and mark it. Jaideep: Focus on your strengths and improvise during the exam, “Attempts vary from year to year. Attempt as many as possible in VA and focus on accuracy, mainly in QA as that section is tough. In Analytical Reasoning and Decision Making, try taking up sets which look easy. If you are unable to solve anything in 4-5 minutes move

asked rather than tough words.” Knowledge of higher maths or vocabulary necessary Jaideep: A high proficiency in vocabulary unneeded . There are a large no of questions in QA and very few among them are based on higher maths. You can always leave them. But if you have the time, try doing probability and get clear on the concepts of maxima and minima and this should suffice.” Pranshu: “Higher maths not a major concern, because there are plenty of questions to choose from. However you might do a little better if you were good at higher maths. A good overall verbal ability skill is useful but not vocabulary.”

Decision making vs. Analytical Reasoning

Nishant: You can approach the Decision making sets like you would approach Reading Comprehension passages. But ‘Ethics’ is important. Please refer to the book, ’101 Ethical Dilemmas’ by Martin Cohen. It will give you an idea about the approach you should take to solve

go for Decision Making questions first.” Jaideep: “Decision making sets can always be very scoring but there are chances that what you think is the correct answer may not be the same as what the exam setter thinks is right. But the best thing about these sets is that it will take you 2-3 minutes to scan through them. There are some questions which are very direct. Hence these questions can act as bonuses. If you are very strong at Reasoning then go for those sets only and try and get them all correct. Go in for at least one decision making set and try and do the straight forward questions. Do at least one set which has 4-5 questions attached to it. It may take time, but it would be highly rewarding. Aim for one decision making set, one big set and a couple of smaller sets with 2-3 questions. Try doing the questions with smaller statements and the questions where conditions are given point wise. These questions become clear more easily

Final thoughts

Sections Focussed On

Jaideep: “In XAT, the Verbal section is more analytical, focuses on critical reasoning, so concentrate on that. Maths is tough, so focus on accuracy and as I said earlier, try doing sets on decision making. In XAT 2010, Logical Reasoning sets were tough and a large number of students survived only on the basis of these sets.” Kunal: “ Focus on the ‘Reasoning & Decision making ability’ section. XAT hasn’t had a separate Data Interpretation section in recent years. It has been

help you in the essay and the interviews. Try reading the previous years’ essays.” Kunal: , “Nobody knows about the admission procedure of other b-schools under XAT but XLRI only looks at the XAT score while sending interview calls. But the essay is quite important in the final selection. Some candidates are asked questions based on their essay in the interview, while some weren’t. Reading newspapers and being aware of the current happenings should be enough. You don’t need to use flashy vocabulary. Put your thoughts in plain English and structure them in a proper manner.” Nishant: “Essays aren’t used to issue interview calls. It may be used by the panel during the interview. Even though no questions may directly be asked from the essay written, they will definitely read it to form an opinion about you.” Pranshu: “The essay can be anything from absolutely unimportant to really crucial depending on the panel of interviewees and your content in it. If you write something outrageous or something really noteworthy it may be brought up in the interview. The essay is evaluated only after you get a call.”

on to the next set. And do try and attempt a decision making set as they are easy and less time consuming. But don’t attempt questions blindly in VA, if you are weak in that section then choose a few comprehensions and critical reasoning sets and solve them properly. Vocabulary questions are easy. XAT VA is more about application, than about cramming. Application of words is

Decision-Making problems.” Kunal: “It depends on what you are comfortable with. About AR, once you have worked out the solution you can answer three to four questions straight away. But still, both types of caselets have easy and tough questions. You have to find the easy ones and attempt those. Also, it becomes tough to work out AR when you are running out of time. So if time is less,

than the sets in which conditions are hidden in the paragraphs.”

The essays and its preparation

Jaideep says, “No one really knows the importance of the essay. In my BM interview my essay was nowhere in sight while in my PM&IR interview it was present in front of the panel. Make sure that you go through the daily newspapers. It will

Jaideep: “Don’t panic in the exam. Unlike the CAT, the XAT is of shorter duration and is tougher. Time management is important. Panicking would only hamper your chances of getting through. If you have prepared well enough for C AT, XAT shouldn’t be a tough nut to crack. The key is to attempt the right questions and not waste time on the solvable but timeconsuming questions.” Pranshu: Carry on with your normal preparation. XAT is the easiest exam to crack if you can keep your nerves. Just pick the right questions and keep your cool.” Kunal says, “XAT usually marks the end of the MBA entrance season and people generally stop preparing by then. Don’t lose focus after CAT. Keep up the spirits and keep fighting. You never know what entrance exam actually ends up taking you to the other side. All the best.” (concluded)

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Sporting edge past Goa Velha St Xavier’s beat HERALD SPORTS REPORTER MAPUSA, NOV 28

Two fine goals in two minutes from Rovan Pereira gave 10men Sporting Clube de Goa the edge as they defeated 9-men Goa Velha Sports Club 4-1 in Kingfisher Pro League at Duler stadium, here on Sunday. The score was locked 1-1 at the breather. In the 59th minute, Goa Velha’s Loyed Mascarenhas received a second yellow and was sent off. Two minutes later, things got worse for Goa Velha when defender Gary D’Mello was given a red card for a crude challenge on Elvino Fernandes. In the 69th minute, Sporting’s A u s t r a l i a n s t r i ke r J o s h u a Maguire was also shown a red for an off-the-ball incident which

saw Goa Velha’s Captain Elvis Lopes go down clutching his chest. The referee had to check with the fourth official before brandishing the red card. The arrival of pacey forward, Agnelo Colaco with his neat touch, later allowed Sporting take command, which had till then looked flustered with Goa Velha’s close pressing. Goa Velha resorted to physical tactics to try and contain Sporting’s attacks, which cost them dearly in the end. Sporting opened the scoring in the 12th minute, when Steven Fernandes made an untracked diagonal run and received the ball in a left wing position. Steven continued his run breaking into a massed Goa Velha defence and stroked the ball which

Calangute Association lift Anjuna-Caisua Cup HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 28

Crowd Pullers Calangute Association pipped strong contenders Candolim Sports Club 3-2 via the tie-breaker after both the teams failed to score at regulation time in the finals of Anjuna-Caisua Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Chapora Yuvak Sangh at Chapora ground on Sunday. The teams began on a cautious note but failed to convert the chances that came their way. Calangute had a golden opportunity to forge ahead in the 20th minute but German Fernandes shot wide with only the Candolim keeper at his mercy. Candolim did not lag behind but their forwards Wens-

eslav, Roy and Sagar failed to find the net. Changing over, the teams tried to out do the other but failed at the last hurdle. Calangute could have settled the score in the dying minutes but a power-packed shot was parried away to safety by Candolim keeper Morje. In the penalty shoot-out, Calangute kept their nerves to get the better of Candolim 3-2. Bruno Coutinho, Rajkumar Naik and Domnic Fernandes converted for Calangute while Samir Naik and Manuel Crasto were on target for Candolim. C a l a n g u t e p o c ke t e d R s 20,000 and a trophy while Candolim had to be content Rs 15,000 and a trophy. Following individual prizes were given: Best goalkeeper: Bharat Morje (Candolim SC), Best player: Joelif Simoes (Candolim SC), Best defender: Siddesh Simepuruskar (Calangute Association) and First scorer of the finals: Bruno Coutinho. Sangolda Lightning took the best disciplined team trophy. Uday Palyekar (social worker) was the chief guest while Lavinio Rebello (sarpanch, VP AnjunaCaisua and vice-president, GFA) was the guest of honour, who later gave away the prizes to the winners in the absence of the chief guest. Surendra Govekar, Dinesh Patil (panchas, VP Anjuna-Caisua) and Sandip Chimulkar (ex-sarpanch, VP Anjuna-Caisua) along with GFA Bardez Zone executive members were also present. Krishna compered.

GFA U-16 football: Ave Maria Athletic W&A v. Macasana Welfare Club, Betalbatim SAG ground, 4 p.m. GFA Third Division play-off: BAFF v. Adarsh Yuvak Sangh, Duler Stadium; Sporting Club of Davorlim v. Mandopa SC, Curtorim ground. Kick off 3.45 p.m. 4th St Domnic Savio Cup soccer: Mae de Pobres, Nuvem v. Regina Mundi, Chicalim, 3 p.m.; Infant Jesus, Colva v. Don Bosco Farm School, Sulcorna, 4.15 p.m. Bro Eulalio Vaz memorial soccer: Union of Chinchinim Villagers v. Navelim SC, Don Bosco Oratory ground, Navelim 4.30 p.m.

squirmed underneath the Goa Velha keeper. Six minutes before change of ends, Goa Velha got a well deserved equaliser through striker Alber Gonsalves who managed to connect onto a cross from Clyde Dias and volley home. Early in the second half, Sporting’s Rovan Pereira flashed a header across the Goa Velha goal mouth which was scrambled away. Sporting’s Adil Khan picked the ball up and shot but again he was denied by the resilient Goa Velha defence. A large cry went out for handball from Sporting’s fans, but it went unheard. Sporting pushed more men forward after the sending off ’s to try and take advantage of the

extra men. The moment Sporting had been long waiting for finally came when Agnelo Colaco sent in a deep cross which allowed Rovan Pereira to volley into the net. A minute later, Sporting regained possession after the restart and this time Boboi Singh crossed from a similar position which saw Roven volley even more spectacularly into the back of the net. Five minutes from end, Sporting’s Wilton Gomes sent through a great long pass which striker Avelino Fernandes latched onto. Avelino kept his cool, curving a beautiful shot past the Goa Velha custodian to give the vital three points to Sporting.

Deep Vihar


St. Xavier’s Institute, Curtorim beat Deep Vihar, Vasco 1-0 in 4th St Domnic Savio soccer organised by Don Bosco past pupils, Mormugao unit at Don Bosco ground on Sunday. The match-winner was netted from close range through Jovan Dias in the 26th minute. Deep Vihar tried their best but were unable to find the nets. Jovan Dias was declared player-of-the-match. Earlier, the tournament was declared open by chief guest Fr Ian Figueiredo, SDB, Provincial, Panjim-Konkan Province. The match was kicked off by former international goalkeeper, Avin-

dar Singh. Also present were Fr Jose Antonio D’Costa, parish priest, St. Andrew church, Vasco, Victor Vaz, vice-president, World Past Pupils of Don Bosco and Fr Michael Mascarenhas. Fr Romulo Noronha, sdb, welcomed. Cdr P J Agustine proposed the vote of thanks.


Chris Boys, Curchorem beat Fatima Boys, Dicarpale 1-0 to advance into the second round of 7th Rosary Cup football tournament at Rosary ground, Zorrivado, Davorlim on Sunday. The all-important goal was scored by Jason.

Air India all-India veterans champions

Winners Air India with the trophy. HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 28

Hot favourites Air India, Mumbai emerged champions defeating Shivaji Sports Academy, Kolhapur 2-0 in the finals of All-India Veterans football tournament, organised by PVC Association, Parra and Bardez Veterans, at Dr. Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, on Saturday. After a goalless first half, Air India shot into the lead in the 60th minute through ex-international Godfrey Pereira from

an indirect free-kick. The Kolhapur player disputed the goal and play was held for a few minutes. However, the brain behind the tournament Hector Trindade deserves appreciation for prevailing upon the Kolhapur players to accept the decision of the referee. Down by a goal, Kolhapur mounted pressure on Air India defence time and again but their forwards Arman and Sunil failed to find the net on a couple of occasions.

Air India doubled the lead through Darryl D’Souza off a Jacinto D’Silva free-kick in the 70th minute. The rival lead did not dampen the spirits of Kolhapur players. They kept on raiding the defence with much more rigour but to their utter dismay could not find the net. A free kick just above the box by Aman was brilliantly saved by the Air India keeper Shyam Sawant. Air India were rich by Rs.

50,000 while Shivaji SA had to be content with the runners-up trophy and Rs. 30,000. Shyam Sawant took the best goalkeeper award while Air India’s Shivaji Patil got the fittest player award. Arjuna Awardee Bramahnand S a n k h w a l ka r a n d P I B r a z Menezes gave away the prizes in the presence of Franky Viegas, Visiticao Lobo, Fausto Lobo, Fr. Salvador, GFA vice-president, Lavinio Rebello and Bardez GFA members.

SC Davorlim clinch Curtorim cup HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 28

Sporting Club of Davorlim defeated Curtorim Gymkhana 1-0 to emerge champions of the 3rd Curtorim Villagers Cup inter-village football tournament organised by Curtorim Gymkhana in the final at Curtorim ground, on Sunday. Sony Colaco scored the all-important goal. Davorlim outplayed their opponents with neat tackles while Curtorim stood on the back foot throughout. Davorlim struck the match winner in the fifth minute, fol-

lowing a through pass by Melwyn Fernandes from the flanks. Seeing Curtorim defenders fumble, a lurking Sony made no mistake in beating the Curtorim keeper. Curtorim tried their best to neutralize the lead but could not break down the resilient Davorlim defense. Crossing over, Curtorim piled on tremendous pressure on their rivals and nearly found the equaliser but substitute John Fernandes was the worst culprit as he muffled a sitter with only the rival keeper at his mercy,

Vaddem football camp held HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 28

Vaddem Friends XI Sports Club organised a 21-day football coaching camp at Vaddem ground. In all, 60 students participated. The training was conducted under the guidance of SAG coach Salvador Frenandes. President of the club, Peter De Souza was extremely happy with the girl’s performance. Social worker Kishor G Asnodkar gave away the prizes and certificates to outstanding participants in the presence of Luis Valles, Remedious Sequeira, Norbert Fernandes, Francis Fernandes, Domnic Sequeira, John Paul Valles (VP member), Subhash

Halarnkar and Nouso Shirodkar (ex-VP member). Team manager, Seby Sequeira compered. Earlier, businessman Yashpal Raikar inaugurated the camp.


Swera Braganza beat Dhanusha S of Tamil Nadu and is on second position with seven points after the eighth round of National U7 Chess Championship in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Other results: Vraj Porob (4), Kshaunish Naik and Akanksha Naik (3.5) while Beverly Mendonca, Jayesh Shettigar and Aryan Fhaldesai (3).

after he received a pass from Jessel Carneiro. Davorlim would have doubled the lead midway in the second half, had veteran Jose Colaco’s pile driver not been blocked by the Curtorim custodian. Davorlim were richer by Rs 25,000 while Curtorim had to settle for Rs 20,000. Following individual prizes were awarded: Best half - Roy Albuquerque (Curtorim Gymkhana). First scorer of the finals - Sony Gomes (SC of Davorlim). Best defender - Bonnie

Niasso (SC of Davorlim). Best goalkeeper - Sachin (SC of Davorlim). Best forward - Paxton Gomes (SC of Davorlim). Best player of the finals - Jessel Carneiro (Curtorim Gymkhana). MP Francisco Sardinha was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Fr Livio De Mello, parish priest, St Alex Church, Curtorim was the guest of honour. Milagres Rodrigues, former sarpanch, Curtorim presided. Manuel Fernandes, secretary proposed the vote of thanks.


Women’s soccer fest at Vasco

VASCO (HC) – the 10th Women Sports Festival, Mormugao Taluka 2010-11 will be held on November 30 and December 1 at Chicalim Sports Complex, Chicalim. Women above 18 years and only residents of Mormugao taluka are eligible. The following events will be held: kabaddi, kho-kho, volleyball, athletics, 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, shot put, discuss throw and 4x100m relay. 3 km walk and shot put will be held for woman above 45 years. Merit and participation certificates will be distributed.

Swimming classes at Peddem

PANJIM (HSD) -- The Sports Authority of Goa will conduct learn to swim classes from November 30 to December 19, at Peddem swimming pool complex, Mapusa. Batches are as follows: Morning session – 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. (gents and children) and 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (ladies and children). Evening session: 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (children) and 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. (mix batch for gents and ladies). Details may be obtained from the swimming pool complex reception from 6.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 2257981.

Rohan, Tanay excel at karate championship HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, NOV 28

Rohan Shirgaonkar won the gold in kata at WSKA-World Shotokan Karate-Do Academy’s 4th Taluka level karate championship at Siddharth hall, near Duler petrol pump, Mapusa. Following are the other results in various categories: U-7 boys: Shaan Vazarkar (gold kata and silver kumite), Tanay Soiru (silver kata and gold kumite), Druv Kamat (bronze kata and kumite). U-11girls: Niharika Walawalikar (silver kata and kumite), Varshada Kambli (gold kata and kumite), Giselle Nazareth (bronze kata and kumite). U-11 boys: Siddharaj Pilankar (gold kata), Mandar Chari (silver kata and kumite), Shaaunak Apte (bronze kata), Shreyesh Virnodkar (bronze kumite), Rajat Morajkar (bronze kumite).

U-12 boys: Suyash Korgaonkar (gold kata), Jostan Cardozo (silver kata and gold kumite), Saish Haldankar (bronze in kata, silver in kumite), Aniket Talkar (bronze in kumite), Calvin Lobo (bronze kumite). U-14 girls: Anushka Kanulkar (gold kata, silver kumite), Elaine Fernandes (silver kata and gold kumite), Samiksha Gadekar (bronze kata and kumite), Riya Shirodkar (bronze). U-15 boys: Joel Dhupdale (gold kata and bronze kumite), Saeesh Korgaonkar (silver kata and kumite), Sachin Verlekar (bronze kata and gold kumite), Nandesh Kaisukar (bronze Kumite). U-17 girls: Mamata Verlekar (gold kata and kumite), Sushmita Vazarkar (silver kata and bronze kumite), Manjusha Salgaocar (bronze kata and silver kumite). Women’s open categories: Jovila Sequeira (gold kata and

Nilkhant Halarnkar Minister for Tourism alongwith miss Mamta D Verlekar, Shihan Sunil K Dhargalkar and Anthony Menezes.

kumite), Mandhura Chari (silver kata and kumite), Nikita Chari (bronze kata and kumite).

Men’s open categories: Rohan Shirgaonkar (gold kata and silver kumite), Sidharth Mandrekar (sil-

ver kata and bronze kumite), Shiva Gaonkar (bronze kata and gold kumite), Ashikesh Shirgaonkar (bronze kumite). Minister for Tourism Nilkant Halankar was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. The championship is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860, Central Act 2 1 o f 1 8 6 0 Re g i s t r a t i o n no.815/Goa/2007 and recognised by SAG and affiliated to Japan Shotokan Karate Association, Goa. Meanwhile, the International Shotokan Shobukan Karate Association’s karate training camp and championship will be held in Daman and Diu from December 3 to December 6. A ro u n d , 1 7 f u l l y t r a i n e d karateka’s under the expert guidance of Shihan Sunil Dharg a l k a r, o f W S K A -Wo r l d Shotokan Karate-Do Academy will participate.


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Chelsea draw with Newcastle

Chelsea's Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou (2right) has his shot blocked by Newcastle United's English defender Steven Taylor at St James' Park, Newcastle on Sunday AGENCIES LONDON, NOV 28

English Premier League champions Chelsea moved up to second place in the table after being held to a 1-1 draw away to Newcastle at St James' Park

on Sunday. The result left Chelsea ahead of London rivals Arsenal on goal difference and two points behind leaders Manchester United. England striker Andy Carroll gave Newcastle a sixth-minute

lead after a defensive mix-up before the Ivory Coast's Salomon Kalou dragged the Blues level on the stroke of half-time at a snow-covered St James'. "It was difficult at the beginning because we had a mistake

but we had a good reaction," Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti told Sky Sports. The Italian, whose own position has been called into question by a run of results that has now seen the Londoners win just one of their last five league matches, added: "I think the performance was good and we were unlucky. "But in four games we've scored just one goal and that's not enough. "We've lost the top (position) in the table and we have to run (chase) now, we have to improve and do better." And he insisted the various off-field dramas at Stamford Bridge, including the unexpected departure of former assistant manager Ray Wilkins, could not be blamed for recent results. "I don't think so. The performance was good this game, we just have to convert the chances

we had." The draw saw Newcastle move up into ninth place in the table, ahead of Liverpool's match away to Tottenham Hotspur later on Sunday, and Magpies manager Chris Hughton said: "Credit to every one of our players. "We got to a stage where we knew we had to dig in but we also got to a stage where, if you can ever be a little comfortable against the quality of what they (Chelsea) have got, we ended up being a touch comfortable." The fixture saw Sol Campbell make his first league start for Newcastle and afterwards the former England central defender said: "It's always nice to come back at home, whenever it comes you've got to take it and get on with it. "I've been training hard, working hard, and it's great to be out there."

Modi’s counsel seeks fresh hearing PTI MUMBAI, NOV 28

Lalit Modi's counsel has sought a fresh hearing from Regional Passport Officer in connection with the revocation of passport of the former IPL chairman.

Hearing on the matter had remained inconclusive on last Friday, Modi's legal counsel Mehmood Abdi said in a statement issued here. On Friday, the hearing could not be concluded, Abdi said, adding, after this the counsel

sought further hearing saying their arguments are incomplete. The Regional Passport Officer, who is hearing the matter on Enforcement Directorate's request for impounding passport of Modi, is yet to revert on the request, Abdi said.

Villarreal stay in Inter Milan thrash Parma A the hunt with win SERIE Inter Milan ....5 Parma ..........2 Lazio ..............1 Catania ........1 from 13 matches. Pablo Osvaldo’s superb volley gave Espanyol a 3-2 win at Atletico Madrid that cemented the Barcelona-based club’s hold on fourth, two points behind Villarreal, while Sevilla squandered the lead and lost 31 at home to Getafe and stay in seventh. Former Spain international Senna put Villarreal ahead in the ninth minute at the Romareda with a crisply-struck drive that flew through a crowd of players and fizzed past goalkeeper Leo Franco into the top corner. Cazorla added a second nine minutes later with a clever lob and Brazilian Nilmar put the game beyond Zaragoza’s reach with a neat finish in the 65th. Zaragoza defender Matteo Contini was dismissed moments before Nilmar’s goal after picking up a second yellow card.

LA LIGA R Zaragoza ....0 Villarreal ......3 Sevilla ............1 Getafe ..........3 A Madrid ........2 Espanyol ....3 REUTERS BARCELONA, NOV 27

Villarreal trimmed the gap to second-placed Barcelona to four points after fine goals from Marcos Senna, Santi Cazorla and Nilmar helped them to a 3-0 win over 10-man Real Zaragoza on Saturday. Champions Barca host unbeaten leaders Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Monday (2000 GMT) and third-placed Villarreal seized their chance to cut the advantage held by the big two before the eagerly-anticipated “Clasico�. Zaragoza, who sacked coach Jose Aurelio Gay on Nov. 18 and gave former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre the task of avoiding relegation, remain rooted to the bottom with just eight points

Churchill rope in Samieinia

Parma hit the frame of the goal on two occasions and Inter goalLuca CasteUdinese ........3 Napoli ..........1 keeper lazzi twice denied Brescia ..........0 Genoa ..........0 Crespo his hat trick Cagliari ..........3 Lecce ..........2 goal. leads the Bari ................1 Cesena ........1 t a Milan ble with 30 Sampdoria ....1 AC Milan ......1 points, while Lazio Juventus ........1 Fiorentina ....1 is second with 27. On Friday, AC AGENCIES Milan were held 1-1 at SampMILAN, NOV 28 doria as the leaders failed to Dejan Stankovic scored a hat prove they can prosper even trick as Inter Milan ended a run when Zlatan Ibrahimovic does of four Serie A games without a not score. win to beat Parma 5-2 on SunThe Swede, who has netted day. decisive goals in their last four Hernan Crespo gave Parma straight wins in all competitions, an early lead against one of his set up Robinho for the 43rd former clubs, but Inter was soon minute opener but was other3-1 ahead thanks to two goals wise slightly subdued. from Stankovic and another Giampaolo Pazzini then from Esteban Cambiasso. equalised early in the second Crespo grabbed his second half, meaning second-placed before halftime, but in the sec- Lazio can close the gap on Milan ond period Thiago Motta came to a point if they win at home off the bench to make it four to Catania on Sunday (1400 for the home side before GMT). Stankovic completed his treble. Juventus missed the chance

to move level with Lazio when their good recent form ended in a 1-1 home draw with Fiorentina. Juve’s Simone Pepe netted seven minutes from time with a free kick out wide which goalkeeper Artur Boruc misjudged. Fiorentina had taken an early lead when Juan Vargas’s shot deflected in off Marco Motta but they were hanging on at the end following Felipe’s red card for a bad tackle on Milos Krasic. A Fiorentina fan was taken to hospital as a precaution after a cherry bomb, ubiquitous in Serie A, landed in the away section. The fact Ibrahimovic did not get a sniff at goal was the other major factor for the draw and their over-reliance on the exInter man is partly why Allegri has called for a new striker in January after injuries to Filippo Inzaghi and Alexandre Pato. The Swede still played a role, though, working a nice one-two with Robinho for the Brazilian to smash home.

PY Nuvem lift Fr Basilio trophy



I-League champions Dempo Sports Club will be strengthened by the presence of defensive Iranian midfielder Rouhollah Samieinia on loan from Churchill Brothers for the forthcoming ILeague. The Iranian is no stranger to Goan soccer, last year he donned colours for Salgaocar Sports Club while this year he opted for Churchill Brothers and played for them in local GPL, Federation Cup and Durand Cup.

Orlim thrash United Boys gfa u-14


Orlim Sports Club swamped United Boys, Palolem 4-0 in the GFA U-14 League at Orlim ground on Sunday. Orlim dominated and virtually toyed with the rival defense with well orchestrated raids. At the other end, Palolem struggled throughout and crumbled under their rival’s attacks. The highlight of the day was a splendid brace by Joylon. Milton and Lionel were the other goal getters.

Separation of Powers National Symbols of India Parish Youth, Nuvem receiving the Fr Basilio Memorial trophy at the hand of Mickky Pacheco in the presence of Dr Susana D’Sousa and other dignitaries. Photo: Savio Dias HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, NOV 28

Parish Youth, Nuvem scored a thrilling 3-1 victory via the tiebreaker over Margao Sports Club in the finals to lift the 10th Fr Basilio Andrade Memorial inter-village football tournament organised by Associacao Academica De Majorda-Utorda-Calata at Musson ground, Majorda on Sunday. There was no score at full time. The teams failed to materialise a number of scoring chances. Margao remained impressive and could have scored

in the opening sessions but their forwards stumbled. At the other end, Parish Youth also had scoring opportunities but their forwards shied away in crucial moments. The second half too continued in the direction with both showing the same urgency in their approach but a goal eluded them. In the tie-breaker, Neves Noronha, Neville Fernandes and Xavier Colaco scored for Parish Youth while Sanjay Borkar netted for Margao. Parish Youth received Rs

20,000 while Margao bagged Rs 15,000. Mickky Pacheco, MLA was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. Dr Susana D’Sousa, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs was the guest of honour. Fr. Urbano Menezes, parish priest, Mae dos Pobres Church, Majorda presided. Wilred D’Sa, ZP member, Nuvem, Nelly Rodrigues, ZP member, Colva, Majorda sarpanch, Visitation D’Silva, GFA executive members, Anthony Pango, Benjamin D’Silva and Bishuit Tendo were also present.

Mother of Mercy English HS champs HERALD REPORTER VASCO, NOV 28

Mother of Mercy English High School, Dabolim scored a 10wicket win against Keshav Smruthi High School to emerge champions of D G Narvekar U14 cricket Trophy, South Zone at BITS Pillani ground, Zuarinagar. Mother of Mercy bowled Keshav Smurthi on just 29 runs in 9.3 overs as Vikas Vishwakarma got a double figure of 10 runs for his team. Akash Madavi did most of the damage by taking four wickets of Keshav Smurthi, while Maruthi Huggi took three wicket and Pravin Khargekar two wickets. While chasing a target of 29 runs, Mother of Mercy scored in just five overs, losing one wicket. Maruthi Huggi remained 24 not out and Yogesh Naik 5 not out. With his all round performance, Maruthi Huggi was

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Separation of powers is a system of governance that is implemented to ensure that each branch of the government remains true to their specific function. Therefore in India, the laws are made by the legislative branch, they are enforced by the executive branch and are applied to cases by the judiciary branch. Each of the branches has equal power and cannot interfere with the functioning of the others. At a glance Separation of powers is a Legislative: term that applies to variMake laws ous parts of the governing system, in so far as to even Executive: mean the separation of Enforce laws church and state as well. It depends on the individual Judiciary: country as to the system of Applies laws governance that has been adopted.

Tree: Banyan

Anthem: Jana Gana Mana

Animal: Tiger

Sport: Field Hockey Fruit: Mango

Emblem: Sarnath Lion

Flower: Lotus

Bird: Peacock Flag: Tricolor

   The victorious Mother of Mercy English HS team alongwith their PE teacher and coach, Vishwanath Reddy, coach, Chandrakanth Chede and GCA’s Zamir Carol.

awarded man-of-the-match. The chief guest and SAG

coach, Chandrakanth Chede distributed the medallions in the

presence of GCA joint secretary, Zamir Carol.


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Chelsea move to second spot after Newcastle draw Pg 15

Air India all-India veterans champions Pg 14


Kochi escapes Kohli ton sets up 40-run win expulsion again PTI GUWAHATI, NOV 28

Virat Kohli's sparkling century helped India script a 40-run win against an injur y -hit New Zealand in the first ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match se-

ries here today. Chasing a challenging target of 277 at the Nehru Stadium here, New Zealand were short on experience with skipper Daniel Vettori and explosive opener Brendon McCullum missing out due to back injuries as the visitors were all out for

236 in 45.2 overs. Stand-in skipper Ross Taylor top-scored for the Kiwis with a fighting 66 from 69 balls studded with three sixes and three boundaries. At 169 for eight, New Zealand looked to give up easily but Nathan McCullum (35 from 35 balls, 4x4) and Kyle Mills (32 from 28 balls, 2x4, 2x6) produced a 67-run ninth wicket stand to give India some tough time in the middle. But Sreesanth (three for 67) broke the partnership dismissing Nathan and Mills with te former being brilliantly caught by skipper Gambhir as India won

the match with 28 balls to spare. Under intense scrutiny, Yuvraj Singh failed with the bat but he was really effective with his bowling claiming three for 43 from his full quota of 10 overs, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took a career-best three for 50 to help India take the series lead. Thanks to a compact 105 by in-form Kohli, the new look Indian side under Gautam Gambhir put on 276 as they were bowled out in 49 overs after the hosts were sent in to bat. Fresh from his back-to-back centuries in Ranji Trophy, the Delhi lad played a neat and chanceless knock from 104 balls with 10 boundaries for his second consecutive and fourth overall one-day century. But Kohli's dismissal brought in a stunning Indian collapse as the lower-order managed 26 runs from last six overs something that exposed the new look

side's inexperience at this level. At 250/4 in the 44th over, with Kohli going great guns, a total in excess of 300 looked within easy reach but it was not the case after the centurion's dismissal by Andy McKay. But New Zealand fought back

equally good. Virat, Yuvraj and other batsmen were also good. We hope to continue the momentum in the fixtures ahead," said the dashing opener. Asked about captaining the side in the absence of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been rested for the series ahead of the tough tour of South Africa starting next month, Gambhir said, "leading the side was a great feeling and I am happy to start with a win." Man of the Match Kohli, fresh from his back-to-back centuries in Ranji Trophy, struck a neat and chanceless 105, an innings which was laced with 10 boundaries. This was his second consecutive and fourth overall one-day ton. The Delhi-lad said he has brought some changes to his aggressive style of batting and is now concentrating more on

the singles and twos. "It feels good to get a century. I just want to make the most of my outing. After the Sri Lanka series bad patch, I got enough backing from the team and coach to deliver the goods and, these days, I am more into analysing my game. "I am concentrating on holding one end and let others do their bit. I am converting more singles and doubles these days. It's good to score runs and help your team post a good total on the board," he said. Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Ross Taylor said losing three-four wickets in the middle stage of the innings cost them the game. "Everything did not go right for us today. In the middle stage, we lost three-four wickets

with a planned and calculated bowling in the fag-end especially by left-arm seamer McKay who returned with a career-best figures of 10-1-62-4. New ball bowlers Kyle Mills and Daryl Tuffey claimed three for 42 and two for 56 respectively.

India: Murali Vijay Hopkins b Tuffey 29, Gautam Gambhir c How b McKay 38, Virat Kohli c How b McKay 105, Yuvraj Singh c Hopkins b Tuffey 42, Suresh Raina c How b Mills 13, Yusuf Pathan c Taylor b Mills 29, Wriddhiman Saha c Hopkins b McKay 4, R Ashwin c and b McKay 0, Ashish Nehra run out 0, S Sreesanth c How b Mills 4, Munaf Patel not out 1. Extras: 11. Total: 276 all out. Fall of wickets: 144, 2-92, 3-182, 4-220, 5-250, 6-256, 7-256, 8-257, 9-275. Bowling: Kyle Mills 10-0-42-3, Darryl Tuffey 8-0-56-2, Andy McKay 10-162-4, Grant Elliott 5-0-24-0, Nathan McCullum 9-0-53-0, Scottt Styris 60-26-0, Kane Williamson 1-0-11-0. New Zealand: Martin Guptill c Patel b Ashwin 30, Jamie How c Vijay b Nehra 9, Kane Williamson c Saha b Yuvraj 25, Ross Taylor c Patel b Ashwin 66, Scott Styris c Pathan b Yuvraj 10, Grant Elliot c Pathan b Sreesanth 5, Daryl Tuffey c Raina b Yuvraj 4, Gareth Hopkins c Pathan b Ashwin 16, Nathan McCullum c Gambhir b Sreesanth 35, Kyle Mills c Saha b Sreesanth 32, Andy McKay not out 0. Extras: 4. Total: 236 all out. Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-46, 3-113, 4-131, 5-136, 6-144, 7-157, 8-169, 9236. Bowling: Ashish Nehra 9-0-44-1, S Sreesanth 5.2-0-30-3, R Ashwin 10-1-50-3, Munaf Patel 8-0-39-0, Yuvraj Singh 10-0-43-3, Irfan Pathan 20-24-0, Suresh Raina 1-0-5-0. Man of the match: V Kohli

Kohli was good with his shot selection: Gambhir PTI GUWAHATI, NOV 28

Dhoni wants to keep date with Nat Games PTI RANCHI, NOV 28

Team India captain M S Dhoni, rested from the ODI series against New Zealand before the World Cup, has expressed desire to see the opening or closing ceremony of the National Games, to be held in his home state Jharkhand but the dates for which is yet to be confirmed. "The opening and the closing ceremonies of the games are consid-

RP hopeful of comeback soon AGENCIES KANPUR, NOV 28

The time spent in wilderness has not eroded pacer RP Singh's self-belief and the India discard is still confident of making a comeback to the national squad. But before knocking at the door of national selectors, the Uttar Pradesh left-arm seamer believes there are still some areas left in his bowling department that needed improvement. After the drawn Ranji Trophy match against Himachal Pradesh at his home ground Green Park stadium here, where the 24-year-old pacer shone with both bat and bowl, Singh said, "I still need to improve my bowling so as to pick more wickets at the international level." "I want to bring more variety into my bowling, more seam and pace. As far as my comeback to the Indian team is concerned, I can't say much right now but I am delivering my best," Singh told PTI-Bhasha.

ered big occasions. I personally prefer to be there either in the opening or the closing ceremony if the dates are fixed in the first week (of February)," Dhoni told newsmen. Pointing out that his presence at the games would depend on the schedule of World Cup camp ahead of the two warm up games, Dhoni said he would like to spend time with the state players at the Games for a day or two which would have a positive impact on them.

Leading the side for the first time, India captain Gautam Gambhir today lavished praise on centurion Virat Kohli for scripting a 40-run win over New Zealand in the first ODI, which also helped the hosts take a 10 lead in the five-match series. "Virat batted exceptionally well today. After losing the toss, our plan was that someone needs to go and get a hundred and he did exactly the same. He was good with his shot selection. Overall, I am satisfied with the performance of the team," said Gambhir, who also scored a quickfire 38 at the top to give the team a sound start. "Both batsmen and bowlers chipped in with useful contributions. R Ashwin bowled brilliantly, pacers Nehra and Sreesanth were

l Strauss, Cook dominate Day 4 England batsman Andrew Strauss cuts a ball away away as Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin looks on in Brisbane on Sunday.


Centuries from Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook set up a dominating fourth day for England as the tourists reached 309-1 at stumps today and closer to a likely draw with Australia in the first Ashes test. England came into the day

Mahesh Bhupathi and his doubles partner Belarus' Max Mirnyi pose with the runners-up trophy in south-east London on Sunday.

The season-ending championship title eluded Mahesh Bhupathi yet again as the Indian Davis Cupper and his partner Max Mirnyi lost the summit clash of the World Tour Finals to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic here on Sunday. The third seed BhupathiMirny player lost the close championship match 6-7 (6), 4-6 to

that made a lot of difference. It's a disappointing result for us and we hope to pick up from here," Taylor said. "We came pretty close in the end but overall efforts seemed to be little short. Virat batted well and took the game away from us. We hope to play better in the series ahead," he added.

England propel to 309/1, lead by 88

202 runs behind Australia, but enters the final day leading by 88 with Cook unbeaten on 132 and Jonathan Trott on 54. Strauss and Cook shared a 188-run opening stand to produce England's best ever partnership at the Gabba ground before the England captain was dismissed for 110, stumped by

Bhupathi & Co end runners-up



the second seed Canadian-Serbian combination in one hour and 21 minutes. Bhupathi and Mirnyi, who came into the prestigious tournament after winning the Paris Masters, had reached the final for the first time together. Bhupathi had earlier ended runners-up at the Tour Finals in 1997, 1999 and 2000 with Leander Paes. He had qualified for the elite

eight-team competition with Mirnyi in 2003 and 2004 but could never crossed the group stage. Bhupathi and Mirnyi would have liked to end their partnership with year-end championship victory. Bhupathi has announced he will yet again team up with Paes for the initial part of the 2011 season while Mirnyi will pair with Nestor. They had reunited for the 2010 season for the first time since 2004. They reached five finals, including four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event and won the lone title in Paris. In the final on Sunday, Bhupathi and Mirnyi had two break chances in the opening set but could convert none and that cost them as they went to concede the lead by losing the tiebreaker. Nestor and Zimonjic though did not miss out on their chance as they broke Bhupathi and Mirnyi in one of the two chances in the second set and maintained the lead to pocket the title.

Brad Haddin off Marcus North. Cook needs seven more runs to record England's best score at the Gabba and surpass Ian Botham's innings in 1986-87. The opening partnership surpassed the stand of 160 by Graeme Hick and Graham Thorpe in 1994. Strauss was dominant in the

morning session, being particu- In contrast, Australia's bowling larly severe on Shane Watson who attack failed to make an impact he hit for four boundaries in five Sunday and, despite overcast overs. He brought up his first cen- conditions, there was no distury in Australia with a superb cernible swing. late cut off Xavier Doherty. In a day of few opportunities Strauss then seemed to lose for the Australians, Trott gave a his rhythm, scoring just 10 from slight chance to Michael Clarke his next 40 deliveries, before a at point off the bowling of Peter rash cross-batted shot caused Siddle. his demise. Australia's hero in England's Cook looked less assured, but first innings, Siddle was also unground his way to his second lucky in the morning session as century against Australia. Cook edged just wide of third Although England toiled in slip and later Strauss missed his the field for much of the previ- leg stump from an inside edge. ous day against centurions Mike Strauss was given a reprieve Hussey and Brad Haddin, their before lunch while on 69 when bowlers produced a much better he hit a Doherty ball to Mitchell comeback at the end of the day, Johnson at mid-on, but the taking five wickets for 31 runs. chance was dropped. England first innings: 260 (I Bell 76, A Cook 67; P Siddle 6-54) Australia first innings: 481 (M Hussey 195, B Haddin 136, S Katich 50; S Finn 6-125) England second innings (overnight 19-0): A Strauss st Haddin b North 110, A Cook not out 132, J Trott not out 54. Extras: 13. Total: 309 for 1. Fall of wicket: 1-188. Bowling: Hilfenhaus 26-4-75-0, Siddle 19-367-0, North 12-2-22-1, Johnson 18-4-65-0, Doherty 18-3-52-0, Watson 8-2-25-0.

Haider to reveal names of corrupt AGENCIES KARACHI, NOV 28

In what could bring more trouble for Pakistan cricket, stumper Zulqarnain Haider on Sunday said he will reveal the identity of the people, who took bribes while being the country's cricket set-up. Haider had fled to London after allegedly receiving death threats from match-fixers when he was in Dubai for an One-day International series against South Africa. Haider is apparently miffed by negative remarks about him by Pakistan's one-day captain Shahid Afridi, manager Intikhab Alam and the PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi. He wrote on his Facebook page that all those who were talking negative about him should wait for five more days and he will expose them. Zulqarnain had earlier on his MSM page declared he would soon be in Islamabad. "I will soon let the people know the background of some people and about those who take or had taken money," he wrote on the social-networking site. Zulqarnain is facing an inquiry from the PCB, which is clearly unhappy with his act of leaving the team without informing the team management during the series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

l Fate to be decided on Dec 5 PTI NAGPUR, NOV 28

The beleaguered Kochi franchise was today saved from being axed from the Indian Premier League after its investors reached a last-minute shareholding agreement, prompting the BCCI to defer the decision on its fate till December 5. At a meeting of the IPL's Governing Council here, the BCCI put off the decision on the franchise for a third time after the expiry of a month-long deadline given to it for sorting out its internal bickering. "They have disclosed their ownership pattern. Our legal experts will study the papers. There was no discussion with the investors because we are not legal experts. BCCI will take a decision on December 5 in M u m b a i , " B C C I P re s i d e n t Shashank Manohar told reporters after the meeting. "The Governing Council of the IPL has received all the documents from the Kochi team yesterday before the expiry of the deadline for them to submit their final say on the disputes," he added. Barely seven months after becoming the second most costliest team in the Indian Premier League, Kochi was on the verge of being thrown out of the event due to the shareholding dispute between the consortium's investors. But the owners of the fran-

chise made a last-ditch attempt to save the outfit by reaching a compromise yesterday. The investors -- An-

chor Earth, Parinee Developers, Rosy Blue and Film Wave -- hold 74 per cent of the equity. The remaining 26 per cent lies with the Gaikwad family -Shailendra, his brother Ravi and their parents all part of Rendezvous Sports World -- as free equity for services rendered while bidding. It is this 26 per cent which became a bone of contention among the stakeholders as the investors were in no mood to give free equity to the Gaikwad family. The Gaikwads, on their part, initially refused to part with the equity but have now agreed to forego at least 15 per cent of it to put an end to the squabbling which threatened the very existence of the team. However, before this settlement was worked out, the investors of the franchise, which was bought for a staggering sum of Rs 1533.33 crore, had written to the BCCI informing them of their intention to withdraw from the IPL.

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