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Galsons Auto Runs with Engineering Precision and Creativity By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: There is an often used belief that out of all professions, engineers make the best transitions into other businesses. They are organized in their thoughts, can figure out abstract notions, are quick learners and are naturals in seeking out solutions. They just need an impetus to get started, but once they do, it’s hard to slow them down. That’s exactly the crossroads that Harjit Galhotra found himself at eighteen years ago when he lost his

job as a senior tool design engineer at Dresser Industries where he had worked for 13 years. “My CPA told me that the businesses with the best potentials were Mexican restaurants or a mechanics shop,” he remembered with a smile as he sat in the shade of the tent on his lot where the 18th anniversary party was held. “I chose the mechanic shop since I was interested in cars and didn’t want to work late hours!” A product of the Mulana Azad college of Technology in Bhopal, India,

Galhotra searched for three months for a business to buy, “but some wanted too much for run down equipment and some had bad reputations”. So he took the plunge and bought a 2-acre lot on Cypress North Houston, got himself a tractor and cleared the shrubs and trees to put down a small building and three bays. Both his sons Ravi and Raja worked with him and his wife Seema left her job in the cosmetics department of Foley’s to join him four years later in 1996. continued on page

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Over the years, as the reputation of his business grew, Galhotra plowed back his profits into four major expansions, steadily building onto the mechanics shop, then adding a body shop, remodeling and adding to his office space and finally buying another ¾ acre lot to the back of his property. He attributes his success to having a good bank, Questar Bank on San Felipe, since bought up by Comerica Bank, that stood by his plans and lent him the money to grow his business. But Galhotra’s engineering acumen showed him the way to logically grow his business at key points over the years. Now, on nearly 3 acres, he has 25,000 sf of covered area that handles 5 mechanics bays and15 body shops bays. Galsons Auto and Body Shop now has two frame machines, a paint booths and a recently bought laser alignment machine. “It’s a major advantage to have both mechanic and body shops in one location,” explained Galhotra as he walked the shops and chatted with some of the nearly 20 mechanics who work there. “These guys are real artists in fixing car bodies, you can’t even tell that any work has been done on them,” he said as he pointed out some of the brand new cars that had been sent from dealerships for touch ups of minor dents and scratches. The overwhelming impression that one gets is that the whole facility, even down to the final car wash and detailing is neat, clean and organized and that is in large part due to the

Harjit Galhotra (front row, center) with his wife Seema and son Ravi and many of the people who work at Galson’s Auto and Body at its 18th Anniversary party last Friday, April 8 Photos: Jawahar Malhotra

two custodians who help keep things that way. Galhotra’s engineering background makes him a stickler for organization and incorporating technology into his business. Apart from having the entire operation computerized with his own IT servers, Galhotra is able to monitor every angle with security cameras and through a centralized phone and intercom system that he can operate through a cordless phone he carries on his belt, like a captain of a ship. When he first started, Galhotra shared an office with his son Ravi and later with an accountant. Now, after the latest remodeling and expansion, his support staff of eight have their own offices, there are three copiers, a lounge for customers, a huge lot for storing car and Galhotra’s office now

resembles the one that he probably had as an engineer, complete with two computer screens. Ravi indulged his passion for cars by remodeling his office with a race track, along the ceiling, complete with miniature race cars and bushes. The company’s reputation has been built in the glowing testimonial cards that satisfied customers have sent in and are stacked in the lounge and displayed on the Galsons web site. Even the Better Business Bureau has taken noticed by giving him awards every year since 2005, including the Pinnacle Award in 2005 and 2007. This year, the BBB will honor the business again at its Gala on April 14 and the AAA, which has rated him since 1997, has given him a 97% evaluation score.

As busy as he has been with his expanding business, Galhotra is a devout Sikh who is deeply involved in the Gurdwara on Prairie Street and is a major force behind the building of the Sikh National Center off the Beltway across from the Sam Houston Racetrack. And he has turned to his faith to vent the creativity inherent in an engineer, to design stained glass lamps featuring the Sikh crosswords and shield emblem into chandeliers and other compositions. He has produced the insignia in various materials – steel, foam board, wood and plastic – which he has donated to various Gurdwaras across the US, and even on a tie that he wears. Galhotra’s auto business consumes most of his days, as well as for many of the employees, some who have been with him for 8 or 9 years. The sense of camaraderie and support

between them is very evident in the business that has effectively a second home for them. With a little effort, Galhotra has brought in touches of his other passions. He insists on being Green and recycling, not only for the business but personally too. “We recycle everything, don’t use foam, paper plates or plastic cutlery,” he said with pride. Behind his office, he has built an 8 by 10 foot aviary for canaries and a small waterfall. But he lights up when he steps into the red roses that he grows in a flower bed along the edge of the main road that curves before the new pylon that announces the company that he has built. Galson’s Auto and Body is located at 12900 Cypress North Houston Road, Cypress, TX 77429. Phone 281-469-6432 or on the web at www. galsonauto.com

Galhotra in the mechanics shop in his 25,000 sf facility on 12900 Cypress North Houston Road

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Kandahar Hijack Money Man Abdul Rauf Caught in Chile? By Abhishek Sharan & Rajesh Ahuja NEW DELHI (HT): A man suspected to be Pakistani national Abdul Rauf, accused of financing and coordinating the December 24, 1999 hijacking of an Indian Airlines aircraft IC-814, was detained in Chile last week for possessing a fake visa. Alerted by Interpol, the CBI will send a team to Chile on Tuesday to verify wh ether the man is Rauf, alias Rauf Alvi. Interpol issued a red-corner notice against Rauf in 2000 and declared a cash award of Rs 10 lakh on information leading to his arrest. The Indian agencies, however, don’t have any photograph or finger-

prints to identify Rauf, according to sources in the CBI. A senior CBI official said on condition of anonymity: “Abdul Rauf, brother-in-law of Maulana Masood Azhar, Jaish-e-Mohammed founder and one of the terrorists exchanged for the IC-814 passengers, was the financier of the Kandahar hijack.” Rauf allegedly sent Rs 78,000 twice to the hijackers through hawala — illegal money transfer channels. He also rented a flat in Subzi Mandi area of Dhaka for the would-be hijackers to stay and attended a few meetings to fine-tune the plan. During the hijack, Rauf was constantly getting updates from co-ac-

cused Abdul Latif, the source said. A resident of 6-B-1260/l08, Kauser Colony, Model Town, Bahawalpur in Pakistan, Rauf has two other addresses: house number 241, Gulshan Iqbal, plot number 2, Karachi and flat number 4, Dady Mansion, Sadar, Regal Chownk, Karachi. IC-814, which left Kathmandu on December 24, 1999 at around 4.30pm for Delhi, was hijacked by five armed men between Varanasi and Lucknow and finally diverted to Kandahar after stopping in Amritsar and Lahore. The aircraft and its 11-member crew and 179 passengers were released on December 31 in exchange for three high-profile terrorists —

Azhar, Al Umar Mujahideen chief Mushtaq Zargar (a Kashmiri) and Ahmed Omar Sayeed Sheikh, who

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Amidst a rising tide of reports of medical negligence in the media, the courts have stepped in to interpret laws in favour of patients, and to award large punitive damages

By shoMa Ma ChatterJ Ma hatterJi Ji (IT) With rising frequency, television news channels and the print media are reporting hospital and nursing home windows being smashed by patients’ families, or doctors and paramedical staff being beaten up for ‘negligence’ leading to the death of a patient. These are only the tip of the iceberg - below the surface lurks a much larger issue - patients’ and families’ dissatisfaction with the medical profession’s standards for transparent conduct. It is not uncommon to find patients’ families complaining that their doctor is keeping them in the dark about a diagnosis or prognosis. The doctors, they say, order blood tests and pathological investigations without making themselves clear about what these tests are for and what they could lead to . whether they are to shed more light on the patient’s condition or, to change the line of treatment, or for a more precise diagnosis. A sense of frustration at the lack of information pervades families in virtually every hospital and clinic. The doctor walking away from anxious relatives with nothing more than a pat on the shoulder - and sometimes only a shrug - is a standard frame in TV serials and film scenes in hospitals. Over the years, countless incidents around the country have drawn attention to the problems of medical negligence, and related cover-up of information to deny patients’ fami-

lies knowledge of what happened in medical centres. Here are a few illustrative examples. In October 1989, Zairunnisa Parekh died at the Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, of peritonitis. Her husband Yusuf and son Mushtaq immediately began a case of negligence against the doctors stating that they were denied a copy of her medical records by the hospital. Raghunath Raheja, whose wife Bhagwati Raheja died after a by-pass surgery at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital also states that he was refused a copy of the medical records. Mushtaq Parekh insisted that that the attending doctors . Dr. Fardoon Soonawalla, Dr. Sailesh Raina and Dr. Shiresh Bhansali - had not informed him in advance of the danger and side effects of electric shock lthotripsy (ESWL) and catheterisation. She had been admitted for a 1-cm stone in her kidneys but the treatment proved to be worse than the disease. The patient’s conditioned worsened after the treatment and she died 35 days after the lithotripsy. In 1992, 26-year-old Venkatesh Iyer filed a petition in the Mumbai High Court seeking immediate payment of Rs.10 lakhs from Bombay Hospital, for urgent medical treatment overseas to rectify the severe damage done to him on account of negligent treatment by the hospital medical staff. The respondents were the medical director and superintendent and the head of the Radiation Therapy Department at the time, Dr.

Arvind Kulkarni. According to the petition, Iyer’s complications arose after Venkatesh was administered a second dose of radiation in one spot, causing the irradiated lower abdomen to burst open, leaving a gaping hole from which there was continuous leakage of mucus, blood and fecal matter as the intestine had ruptured through radiation. On 11 July 2001, Sandhya Karmakar, 36, mother of a ten-year-old boy, died at the SSKM hospital in Calcutta. She had been admitted for an appendectomy on 26 June. The surgery went fine, but a surgical mop was left behind in her abdomen. Surgeon M L Shaha performed a second surgery to remedy the error on July 3 to take out

out the information to do it, which is held by the accused institution or practitioner! The unhelpful attitude of Indian doctors towards patients stems partly from the pedestal the medical fraternity is placed on by the common man. The patient and his family place their faith on the doctor. Withholding information or medical records from the patient and his family is one way of abusing and misusing this trust, and it can be done with impunity. High illiteracy in the country also tilts the balance in favour of doctors who are aware of the limited means and more limited understanding of these weak men and women. Even the educated and better-off are vulnerable; withholding information is a strategy to stop the patient from approaching another doctor, thus being forced to spend his money - necessary or not - in the current facility. Courts intervene, fix high damage costs High illiteracy in the country also tilts the In 1995, the balance in favour of doctors who are aware Supreme Court of the limited means and more limited under- decision in Indian standing of these weak men and women. Medical Association vs. V P Shanthe mop. Some leakage developed tha (1995)6 SCC 651, brought the so there had to medical profession within the ambit be a third sur sur- of ‘service’as defined in the Consumgery on July 7. er Protection Act, 1986. This defined It was later dis- the relationship between patients and covered that Dr. medical professionals as contractual. P K Das who The direct consequence of this is that had performed medical services provided to patients the appendec- (except those provided free or untomy had left der a personal contract) must meet the entire post- standards of service, failing which operative pro- the service provider (e.g. hospital or cess including doctor) can be penalised under the suturing to his Act for deficiency of service. nursing staff at In Dr. Suresh Gupta vs Govt of the operation NCT of Delhi AIR 2004 SC 4091, it theatre. The was held that where a patient dies due death certificate to negligent medical treatment of the cited cardio-re- doctor, the doctor can be made liable spiratory failure in civil law for paying compensation resulting from a and damages in tort and at the same post-operative time, if the degree of negligence is case. so gross and his act was reckless as In these, and to endanger the life of the patient, in many other he would also be made criminally cases, patients liable for offence under Section 304 or their fami- A of IPC. In May 2009, the State lies inevitably Consumer Commission, New Delhi, had to seek in- directed Apollo Hospital to pay Rs. 5 tervention from lakhs as compensation to the kin of a courts and other patient who died in the hospital moagencies to ac- ments after he was brought in. Thirty tually discover one-year-old Pradip Kumar Saini, a what happened father of two minor children, was adto the patient. mitted to Apollo Hospital on 16 June Invariably, hos- 2003 in a drowsy state. The medical pital deny any examination revealed that he had no wrong-doing, medical history and his condition was and the onus is stable. The family was told that he on the accuser would soon be discharged. Not once to prove what were they informed that the condition actually hap- of the patient was deteriorating. pened - which Presiding over the Commission, he cannot with- Justice J D Kapoor said that Apollo

Hospital was guilty of negligence and deficiency in service for keeping the patient unattended for a few hours and for not making doctors available for immediate treatment. How do you compensate a patient for a case when the hospital has goofed up or indulged in medical malpractice? Increasingly, courts are willing to award high damages, recognising that medical errors and malpractice can dramatically alter the life of a victim or his family. In the highest compensation ordered by an Indian court in a medical negligence case, a computer professional who found himself paralysed waist-down after a surgeon damaged his spinal chord during an operation to remove a tumour in the chest, was awarded Rs. 1 crore in damages by the Supreme Court in May 2009. The victim, Prashant S Dhananka, had spiritedly argued his case from a wheelchair he has been confined to since the operation 19 years earlier. The compensation was less than the Rs. 7 crores he sought, but almost seven-fold higher than the Rs. 15 lakhs awarded by the Andhra Pradesh High Court. Dhananka, a senior manager with Infosys, took home a Rs.1.5 lakh package a month. During his arguments, he gave vivid details of the gross negligence he suffered at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Scines (NIMS), Hyderabad, a semi-government institution rated one of the premier hospitals in the country. In December 2009, the Delhi High Court awarded Rs.11 lakhs as compensation to a man who was crippled for life while admitted to Batra Hospital more than two decades ago. Justice Sunil Gaur asked the hospital to cough up the amount as damages to Ashish Kumar Majumdar and dismissed the appeal filed by the hospital against a verdict of the lower court, which had fixed damages at Rs.7 lakhs. Majumdar was missing from the bed the night he was admitted. His sister noticed this and raised an alarm. The security guard found Majumdar lying on the ground floor. He suffered multiple fractures and was reduced to a paraplegic. In his suit Majumdar alleged that the hospital had failed to take reasonable care of him and due to its negligence, he had become a cripple for life.

Preventing errors and malpractice These instances have also provided a boost to victims, giving them hope of proper compensation for the harm they’ve suffered. As incomes rise in the country, more and more patients are also able to afford the cost and tedium of litigation in the courts, and each judgment in their favour sets a precedent for many others. While the fear of large punitive awards can serve as a deterrent to many hospitals and doctors, this is not a sufficient solution in the long run. What is needed is a better program of overseeing staff conduct in medical institutions, and a streamlined mechanism for continuously improving standards of medical care. A greater emphasis on patients’ right to information about their condition and treatment would provide a big boost to this transformation.

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Indo American News By NaveeN Kapoor SANYA, CHINA (SAN): In what could be seen as signal of its growing clout in world economy , the group of fastest growing economies -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa-have zeroed down to sign first of its kind credit agreement during third BRICS summit in Sanya, the coastal town of China. According to this new pact, BRICS nation would be able to give loans or line of credit to each other in their own local currencies instead of predominant US dollar. However, this understanding only confines to lending credit and not trade. BRICS will be having regional credit balance and there will be an arrangement to make loan grants to each other. We are making a beginning... An agreement will be signed under which BRICS countries will be able to issue credit or grants to each other in own currency, National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon told reporters on Prime Minister’s special aircraft en route to China’s coastal city of Sanya. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the summit in

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Chinese resort city of Sanya, where a whole range of issues related to global financial, economic situation, energy security, food security and challenges posed by terrorism will

ers during the 1st BRIC summit, June 16, 2009 (File Photo)

be discussed. At the Summit, South Africa will join as the new member, making it a five-nation grouping of fastest growing economies. Ever since the 2010 BRIC summit held in Yeketrinberg in Russia, the group has been talking about reforming international monetary

system in which reserve currency is the focal point. Informally, China and Russia has been advocating introduction of alternate exchange currencies to US dollars in the light of shrinking US economy post global recession. India is of the view that there is no such formal proposal and such changes could not be made by BRICS alone, but at the multilateral monetary institutions. BRICS economies hold 40 percent of the world’s currency reserves, the majority of which is still denominated in US dollars. As BRICS economies emerge, its contribution to the world economy grows in strength and US economy wanes, there is a growing confidence in the BRICS member states in general and especially among Russia and China that their local currency could be used as an alternate to US dollar which has been dominating the world trade since decades. The third BRIC summit will start from April 14 in Sanya and will feature South Africa for the first time, which will join Brazil, Russia, India and China to discuss matters of common interest to the bloc such

as trade, politics, climate change, and global security. Goldman Sachs says the BRIC economies will potentially constitute four of the five largest economies by 2032. The Indian Prime Minister arrived in Sanya on Tuesday evening to attend

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In the Dark Night, a Whistle and Thud Brings Fear an access road around strewn with someone else’s construction debris piled between the few trees that have managed to grow. In the darkness, the only illumination comes from lights on the posts of the gates leading to the walled off driveways of the ten-story residential towers that encircle the park. It is an urban design repeated often on the city’s southwest side. I can imagine the watchman, sitting by a solitary open electric bulb, on a jute rope charpoy, next to a small kerosene stove, getting ready to start his rounds. It’s not a complicated job for an uncomplicated man and he has a short beat to walk around four long blocks every night, slamming a heavy metal staff to the ground in a steady beat and blowing a shrill note from a metal whistle. Shreeeeeeer ‌.. thunnkk! Shreeeeeeer ‌.. thunnkk! Shreeeeeeer ‌.. thunnkk! It is a comforting sound, one that I have been accustomed to from my childhood. But, then it was tinged with fear of the burly watchman with a turban and no fear of the dark, probing the corners of the deserted streets, his eyes able to see into the recesses where no-gooders and robbers would be lurking. One warm spring moonlit night, I woke up from the charpoy on the terrace of our onestory bungalow and crept to

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the railing to see the watchman cross the intersection below, scared that he might take me for a thief and blow his whistle extra hard at me and shout, “Rukho! Tum kaun ho?!� (Stop! Who are you?) Tonight, his rounds don’t start for another 40 minutes so he enjoys the music that conjurs up a world full of dance, light and liveliness that is beyond anything that this watchman will experience.

The opening sequence brings on violins, adds the tablas and then the harmonium all combining in a unifying riff that opens to the first couplet by the female singer. Aah! say the instruments, and respond with a musical cacophony to be followed by another couplet. Life could not be better, thinks the watchman, as he stirs the food on the stove! So for now, the music pierces the night darkness for several more

songs. The crickets are loud again tonight, breaking the stillness of the engulfing darkness. A few lights are on in the flats of the towers, and in a little while, the late night flights to Europe and Asia will start to take off, leaving an engine roar in their wake. The baddeeders, like those who came some months ago in the middle of the night to cut and steal the metal railings and gates to the park, better stay away.

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By Jawahar Malhotra NEW DELHI: The plaintive wail of a Bollywood song playing loudly on a radio floats through the stillness of the night from the shack of the night watchman two blocks over and reaches my balcony seven stories up. Tujhe dekha toh yeh janna samam, pyar hota hai diwana sanam ‌ It is a happy love song, with a lilting melody, romantic sentiments and a rich mix of musical notes woven together in a complex composition. The song ends and another recent romantic duet with a classic melody from yesteryear begins. The songs cross the expanse of the area park green with sham grass and struggling treelings and a short brick parapet wall with iron railings,


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Valhaty Leads Punjab to Its First Big IPL Win Aussies Achieve Clean Sweep

By Siddhartha talya MOHALI (Cricinfo): The IPL’s northernmost franchise found a hero with roots in the south, as Paul Valthaty stunned Chennai Super Kings to clinch a maiden win for Kings XI Punjab this season after a disappointing performance in their opening game. Valthaty was a sur surprise promotion to the opening slot, instead of the regular Shaun Marsh, and he answered the call with a blistering start, keeping his team on par with the required-rate in the middle overs and surging again at the death to complete victory after achieving a spectacular century. At 27, with just one List A game and 13 Twenty20 matches, Valthaty had been on the sidelines of the Mumbai team on India’s domestic circuit. His previous highest in the IPL was 6, but whatever he must have done at the practice sessions ahead of this game sparked a potentially career-changing turn of events. Punjab had been deflated at the end of the Chennai innings, after they had squandered the perfect start of two wickets off the first two balls to concede 188. The sight of an unfamiliar face walking out with Adam Gilchrist raised eyebrows, but it didn’t take too long for Valthaty to justify his promotion. In what was overall a descent into mediocrity for both teams with the ball, the only signs of promise were visible in the first few overs in either innings. As Tim Southee found some swing and R Ashwin accuracy in the early phase of the chase, Valthaty did as asked, combating the bowling with brute force as his usually belligerent partner ceded floor. Ashwin was swept over square leg and hit over mid-on, Southee was punished for providing width with a bludgeon through point and Albie Morkel was welcomed with a ferocious pull for six followed by a disdainful slash to the point boundary. Valthaty had smashed 45 of the 65 that came in the Powerplay, the wicket of Gilchrist proving a minor distraction. The focus turned to keeping the momentum with Punjab and he showed his adeptness at picking the gaps, backing up the strength in his forearms with a wonderful use of the wrists. The second ball after the Powerplay was delicately latecut past point, and the singles were picked up with ease amid excellent support from Sunny Singh at the other end who struck a few useful blows

Paul Valthaty pulled off a coup by giving Punjab its first IPL 2011 win.

of his own. Valthaty hammered Jakati and Randiv through the off side and lofted Styris for a straight six, ensuring the chase was on track despite the loss of Sunny and Abhishek Nayar in quick succession. Thirty-eight were needed off 24 when Morkel was brought back, a decision MS Dhoni was made to regret. Morkel had dropped Valthaty twice, among the many fielding lapses from Chennai, and hurt his team’s chances even further in an over that fetched 17. He gifted a full toss on the pads, then produced a streaky edge that brought up a 52ball ton for Valthaty, who followed up with superbly timed steer past point to make it 21 off three overs. Even the otherwise impressive Southee faltered against Valthaty in his final over to be slashes for two fours, before Dinesh Karthik slog-swept Jakati to seal a morale-boosting win. That performance undermined a Chennai recovery led by Badrinath and Vijay, one seeking to constantly improvise and the other relying on powerplay, in a 124-run stand to set the foundation for a total that would test the opposition even on a flat pitch. Some inept bowling from Piyush Chawla and Bhargav Bhatt provided them the release to open up after the early tough phase, while Nayar’s failed variations in pace and Praveen’s poor return at the death, in the 18th over where Dhoni blasted 22, appeared to have put it beyond Punjab. Who would have bet on Valthaty to pull off a coup? Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

IPL: Kochi Beats Pune MUMBAI: A fluctuating first half left the match between Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala even at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. Wayne Parnell’s triple-strike left Kochi hobbling at 24 for 4, before Ravindra Jadeja and Brad Hodge smashed 88 in little more than 10 overs to hurt Pune. Another clutch of wickets meant Kochi were again in a tight spot before a final over from Parnell that cost 19 left Pune needing 149 to win their second game on the trot. For the third match in a row, there was a wicket off the first ball asAlfonso Thomas dismissed Brendon McCullum with a swinging delivery that was nicked to the wicketkeeper. Parnell then took over with his incoming deliveries removing two experienced batsmen to inside-edges: a leaden-footed VVS Laxman played on, before Mahela Jayawardene was caught behind. Kochi’s three senior batsmen managed a total of two runs between them. Still, Kochi showed the depth in their batting with Jadeja and Hodge launching a fightback. Jadeja came out swinging, grabbing three boundaries in his first over, while Hodge was more circumspect. Jadeja swung a couple of sixes over midwicket off the spinners to bring up the 50 partnership, after which Hodge also went for his shots. With the boundaries flowing, Kochi galloped to 111 for 4 after 15 overs, before Pune hit back. Murali Kartik plucked a low catch falling forward at long-on to send back Hodge for 39, and Jadeja mishit an attempted slog to mid-off in the next over. The double-blow choked the runs - instead of a big flourish, only nine came in three overs. Kochi were headed for an under underwhelming score but Raiphi Gomes helped plunder 28 off the final two overs.

DHAKA: Michael Clarke will fly out of Bangladesh with a clean-sweep to his name in his first series as Australia’s full-time captain, but it didn’t come without a few jitters in the final match. Michael Hussey’s century and another Shane Watson blitz set Australia on the path to their fourth-highest ODI total of all time, and while the final margin of 66 runs may appear comfortable, Bangladesh put up a feisty chase. The hosts needed 362 for victory, which even their most ardent fans must have felt was unachievable after they managed only 210 and 229 in the first two matches. But Imrul Kayes and his top-order colleagues gave the Mirpur crowd something to cheer about, pushing the score to 179 for 1 with 30 overs remaining, and Clarke was scratching his head for an answer. It came in the form of the debutant fast bowler James Pattinson, who picked up his first wicket for his country - not the same country his brother Darren represented - when Kayes edged behind for 93, and the required run-rate crept into unrealistic territory. If only, the Bangladeshis must have been thinking, we’d batted like this earlier in the series. If only we’d kept Australia to something more gettable. The chase fizzled out as Shahriar Nafees skied a catch off a Mitchell Johnson slower ball for 60, and then Shane Watson collected two wickets in an over. Mahmudullah made a late half-century, although by then the game was decided. But at least there was a pursuit, not just a surrender. That much was apparent from the first over, which brought Bangladesh ten runs as Tamim flicked Johnson through midwicket for four and slashed him over third man for six. But Tamim (32 off 17 balls) couldn’t keep out a Johnson yorker, and it was left to

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Kayes to maintain the tempo. He did that admirably. The Australians had rested Brett Lee and the attack was missing some bite, the medium-pacer John Hastings having shared the new ball with Johnson. Kayes was rarely troubled by the bowling and he played some classy drives and cuts, finding the gaps and trying to avoid the type of risks taken by Tamim. However, Kayes showed that he could also clear the boundary, with a well-judged slap over midwicket off Watson. The occasional gamble was necessary, given the enormous target and the fact that Nafees at the other end, while sticking around and turning over the strike, wasn’t exactly peppering the boundary. But just when Kayes looked set to post his second ODI century, he fell. It was an anticlimax for the crowd, who knew Bangladesh had let themselves down earlier in the day, when Australia rocketed to 80 for 0 from eight overs thanks to Watson’s second demolition of the week. Half an hour into the match, if the horse hadn’t bolted it had at least noticed that the gate was open, and thanks to Hussey’s third one-day international century, Australia rode to the relative safety of 300-plus and then galloped further ahead. In 768 one-day matches across four decades, only three times had Australia scored more than their 361 for 8. There was 368 against Sri Lanka in Sydney five years ago and 377 against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup, both of which were, not surprisingly, winning totals. There was also the small matter of 434, which was chased down in Johannesburg in 2006, and Clarke was relieved Bangladesh didn’t have the depth in batting of that South African unit. Today, it didn’t matter. The old guard ensured a clean-sweep, and Australia can enjoy winter hibernation.


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Dry Yamuna Giving Taj Mahal that Sinking Feeling?

By ManJ anJari Jari Mishra LUCKNOW (TOI): When Shah Jahan decided to build the Taj Mahal on a wooden base on the banks of the Yamuna, he got everything right from design to science. Except for one thing: he never factored in the Yamuna going dry. In the Mughal era, wood was used to lay solid foundations. And Shah Jahan did not stint on the ebony which props the Taj up. But even the finest ebony in the world needs a steady stream of moisture to ensure it does not expand or contract, posing a grave threat to the structure. That is where, experts say, a dry Yamuna could play havoc with the Taj’s foundation, making a solid love story in marble wobbly at the base. In the past decade or so, the ‘perennial’

river has been completely drying up in the summer months in Agra, posing a potent threat to India’s most famous monument. Fearing the worst, a Save Taj campaign has gathered momentum in Agra with everyone from environmentalists, activists, politicians and businessmen joining hands. Agra MP R S Katheria (BJP) went knocking at the door of Rashtrapati Bhavan last month. On March 23, Katheria led a

delegation to President Pratibha Patil and pleaded for ‘’a decent water level in Yamuna’’. Quoting from a recent latest book by professor R Nath (another Taj activist), Taj Mahal History and Architecture, he claimed that the depleting water would eventually dry up the wood, make it shrink and crack, and spell doom for the edifice. The MP is now rooting for an independent agency to inspect the boarded and barred basement of Taj Mahal. ‘’No one has been allowed to enter the 16 underground chambers for more than three decades and we have only ASI’s word that all is well.”

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