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Aft er oo DESPATCH & COURIER Azad Shrivastav | ADC


DREAM RUN: CM Prithviraj Chavan, Tina Ambani and other officials ride in the pilot’s cabin (inset), yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

left from Versova station to Ghatkopar, with a packed t has finally happened! complement of revelers on Eight years after it was first board, a little after noon yesannounced by former terday. Prime Minister Manmohan Earlier in the morning, Singh, dozens of starts and there was a special puja held stops, and a truly disgraceful to mark the inauguration, attime and cost escalation, the tended by the chief minister Mumbai Metro One finally Prithviraj Chauhan. A couple of days before that, BJP MP from the Mumbai north east constituency, Kirit Somaiya, had threatened to inaugurate the facilVikas Sabnis ity by force on Sunday. This had driven a very miffed chief minister to threaten not to be present at what was supposed to be a Congress Party triumph. Also being wrangled over was the fare structure, with the Congress demanding a minimum to maximum rate between Rs 9 to Rs 14 for the 11.4 km distance. Meanwhile, Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL) formed as a tri-party consortium between MMRDA and Reliance No, we are not fighting! Infra, were holding out for rate slabs that went Our seat adjustment talks from Rs 10 to Rs 40, for are going on for the 12 stations on the the assembly elections. elevated line. What has



happened is that people can now ride the train for one month at a flat cost of Rs 10. After that, the new fare should kick in. Yesterday, however, it was the time for revellers, party workers and the media to sample the delights of traveling for the first time by a Metro, long after Delhi, Kolkata and even Bangalore have got theirs. As expected, the public, used to cramming into Mumbai’s smelly, sadlyoverburdened, utterly – respected locals, were ecstatic about modern platforms, small crowds, air-conditioned trains and much evidence of the fact that Mumbai has, hopefully, joined the ranks of cities with international mass transit systems. Funnily enough, after the first run up to Ghatkopar, with plenty of passengers on board waiting to make the return journey, a technical snag was announced, resulting in the announcement that the train would have to be sent to the yard. Everybody got off and waited to board the next Metro train and services continued till early evening, with every trip full. It will be remembered that Continued on pg 3 « See also pg 12 «

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Announced in 2006, but begun only in 2008, it missed the 2010 deadline by quite a few years, commencing only on June 8, 2014. Planned at Rs 2,356 crore, its final cost has exceeded Rs 4,321 crore. But Mumbai has, hopefully, joined the ranks of cities with international mass transit systems.


Samruddhi’s sisters still traumatised

Afternoon Despatch & Courier


Industry bodies of municipal corpns meet over LBT issue


Janvi (5) is still scared of traveling and loud noises, while 3-months-old Manasvi expresses her fear in her own childish way By Shwetha Kannan

By A Staff Reporter


epresentatives of all the industry and trade bodies of 26 municipal corporations in Maharashtra on Sunday met in Thane to chalk out their strategy on withdrawing the controversial Local Body Tax (LBT). These bodies have already given a ten-day ultimatum to the Maharashtra government on the issue. Addressing a news conference after the meeting, Mohan Gurnani, the President of Federation of Associations of Maharashtra and a convenor of the gathering, said: "Our agitation is in a decisive mode now. It is a make or break situation. The

Mohan Gurnani, president FAM

Event organised at Sofitel BKC to promote use of the bicycle in order to reduce fuel consumption By Aroosa Ahmed


s part of its World Environment Day initiative, Smart Commute, an organisation that is promoting the concept of travel without wasting fuel, and Sofitel BKC, organised an event called Cycle2Work. The idea was to promote the use of bicycles as an alternative to motorised vehicles, thereby reducing the consumption of fossil fuels while at the same time promoting the health of citizens. It was organised on June 6 at the Sofitel BKC where participants had to reach from four different des-

Samruddhi lost her mother in the DivaSawantwadi train mishap but her sister Janvi (5) still believes that their mother will come home soon with her father. “While Manasvi is too young to express her feelings, Janvi is definitely upset with me. I talk to her on phone but she does not say much. She keeps asking about when am I and her mother going to come to her and when I am unable

Cycle 2 work tinations: the Mumbai police headquarters in Worli (10.6 km), Chembur (10.6 km), Thane (10.6 km) and Andheri (16 km). Cycling to work is not popular in metro cities of India, but has gained acceptance in some major cities in western countries. It is also one of the easiest and cost effective ways to incorporate exercise into one's daily routine, while avoiding hazardous fuel emissions. The ADC spoke to Salil Desai, Director Of Human Resources at Sofitel Mumbai BKC, who believes that

creating awareness is very important and that Corporate Social Responsibility is a must for every organisation. “We at Sofitel strongly believe in doing our part in order to conserve the environment. We have organised a coffee bean waste project where used coffee beans are being collected from the hotel and transferred into a waste converter machine to create recycled waste that is used as manure for plants. Saving fuel is very important as it reduces the carbon footprint. Fuel is getting depleted everyday. We are Sushil Kadam | ADC

government has been testing the patience of the entire industry and trade for more than one and a half years". "In a way the issue is very simple. We are all for paying tax to compensate the loss of revenue caused by abolishing Octroi/LBT. All that we are asking for is a simple mechanism for collecting a tax which is reasonably calculated, uniform, with minimum additional paper-work and without any additional implementing authority," he told PTI. M.R. Khambete, president, Chamber of Small Industry Association, said that all the industry bodies are united and are on the same page on abolition of LBT. Local Body Tax is the tax imposed by the local civic bodies on the entry of goods into a local area for consumption, use or sale therein.


hile three-year-old Samruddhi, who lost her mother in the DivaSawantwadi railway accident, underwent an amputation and is currently being treated at BMC run Sion hospital, is getting all the attention from not only her family and friends but also from people across the globe, it seems that her sisters Janvi who is five years old and and Manasvi who is three months old have been forgotten. Samruddhi's loss in the form of her mother is these little ones' loss too. Fortunately, Samruddhi is able to see her father Jairam everyday as he is also being treated at Sion hospital. She is being carried around by him and can cuddle upto him but Janvi and Manasvi are awaiting their father's return to their village at Roha where they are staying with their maternal grandmother Rajibai (56). They have not met Jairam for more than a month and they miss him. They are also psychologically affected by the mishap and need their father by their side.

to give a satisfactory answer she hands over the phone to her grandma and goes off to play. They have never been away for this long either from Surekha or me. With Surekha gone, I have to take care of them,” said Jairam. While Janvi has been told about her mother's demise, she still asks for her and is expecting both her parents to get back to her at the earliest. “Usko bataya. Lagta hai use samjha nahi hai. Choti hai naa. Use lagta hai uske mummy daddy dono saath mai aayenge,” said Jairam. Speaking to the ADC from Kharsai village which is located in Masla taluka, Raigad district, Kishore Shitkar, uncle of the three sisters said, “It hurts when Janvi asks about her parents especially her mother. Tila saangitla aahe ki aai deva kade geli aahe pan tila vaatay ti parath yenaar (She has been told that her mother is with God now but she feels she will return soon). She misses them a lot. She keeps asking about them.” Kishore further went on to say, “Janvi is still traumatised by the ac-

TRAVEL WITHOUT WASTE OF FUEL: Cycling to work is not popular in Indian cities, but has gained acceptance in big cities in most western countries.

cident. She refused to board the autorickshaw when we had to go to a nearby place for a wedding. She felt that the vehicle will derail and there will be an accident. It took a lot of coaxing and cajoling to get her into the vehicle. Throughout the journey she was tightly holding on to me. She is scared of loud noises. She gets frightened of lightening. Even the noise of a vessel falling scares her. Even Manasvi expresses her fear in her own way. While sleeping, she holds tightly the handle of her swing and if we try to take her hand off the handle, she wakes up and starts crying. It breaks our heart to see these children this way.” While Kishore was speaking to the ADC, Janvi's voice could be heard in the background. When Kishore asked her to speak to the ADC reporter Janvi asked, “Doctor aahe ka? (Is it a doctor?).” When Kishore said it was a friend, Janvi came on the line said “Hello” and went away. Though the voice of the five-year-old did not show any sign of sadness, what is going on in her mind only she knows.

moving towards packaged foods following in America's footsteps, while the USA itself is moving away from packaged stuff.” The ADC spoke to several of the participants to get their views on the event and their commitment to improving the environment: Aarti Narang (29), Business Director, The 10th Door, said, “It is a great initiative for healthy growth of the employees. Organisations should promote the concept of Cycle2Work and recognise the efforts of the cyclist and provide proper safety measures for them. I never waste resources and strongly believe in recycling. I would highly recommend cycling to work.” Sanjeev Sharma (56), Businessman, found the idea of cycling to work everyday very healthy. “I cycled after 30 years and enjoyed it. The initiative is very good, and I would prefer cycling to work everyday if only the roads are in good condition,” he said. Mansi (29), Urban Designer, Studio Pod, suggested that one should cycle at least twice a week. “Cycling not only saves fuel but is also very healthy as you burn calories instantly. I cycle from Colaba to Matunga twice a week, it keeps me fit and active,” she revealed. Cynethra (23) advised, “Organisations in India need to develop the habit of cycling to work and provide facilities to the employees which would motivate them to do so.” Firoza (43), from Smart Commute, believes that one can be fit and get an instant workout by cycling. “We at Smart Commute encourage our employees to cycle at least once a week. We update our route directions on our Facebook page and if people are interested they join in. I cycle from Juhu to Chembur.” Amar Gutta (38), businessman, said, “I am fascinated by the idea of cycling to work, but I guess organisations should have proper shower facilities available for the people who would cycle in. I wonder if firms would ever provide such a facility.”

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A Metro for Mumbai – at last


Pics: Azad Shrivastav | ADC


Continued from pg 1 « the Metro was announced in 2006, but construction began two years later in February 2008. There were plenty of false announcements, most notable being the sheer optimism of expecting it to be completed by 2010. In between, the cost rose from Rs 2356 crore to Rs 4321 crore. Over the past four months, inauguration was being pushed back by weeks and months at a timer, as certifications and safety trials were completed. Even so, there was no announcement from the government, giving a definite date till Somaiya took matters into his own hands! For those living between Versova and Ghatkopar, there is little doubt that this addition to the mass transit system will be hugely welcome. Normally, traveling by public transport like buses and trains to get from east to west could take up to an hour or even more between these two points. Private car trips also take around the same Excited but patient passengers at the entryway of the much awaited Mumbai Metro. (Inset) Happy ticket-holders waiting for their ride. time, unless one is driving early in the morning. Now travel time from Versova to Ghatkopar will be 21 minutes, with an average speed of 33 kmph and a maximum speed of 80 kmph. On April 16, 1853 , at the stroke of 3.30 pm, the first train on the sub-continent, drawn by three engines, left from Victoria Terminus on its way to “Tannah”. The whole railway line was densely crowded with spectators from the first station to the flats beyond Byculla. Floor after floor of the vernacular-styled buildings in what was then regarded as “native” Mumbai, were packed to capacity with men, women and children waiting to see this great scientific spectacle unfold before their eyes. As reported in the local newspapers of the time, it was a spectacle of great beauty and excitement. Yesterday at both the Versova and Ghatkopar ends, there was as much beauty, and even if the event was not as significant or as important as the first glimpse of the Indian railway in the 19th century, for the Mumbaikar, living in the “first city” of India, its financial capital no less, it was as important. And while there is no doubt that the Metro is not going to vastly impact the 7 million people who ride the trains every day, at least the process has begun!

Metro brings cheer to Mumbaikars Metro commences from Versova to Ghatkopar; Mumbaikars excited with the city’s newest infrastructure

By Aroosa Ahmed and Santia Dudi


e are at Azad Nagar and it is a really nice experience. The air-conditioned compartments are the best part of the Metro,” said an eight-year old Dhanvi. On Sunday morning, the much awaited Mumbai Metro's first phase was inaugurated by CM Prithviraj Chavan, with an aarti followed by the CM's journey of the Metro. The excitement among city-dwellers was evident as the ADC spoke to a few of them. Priti Parak (25) said, “I will save some time now and will be able to commute in a better manner. The gap be-

CM Prithviraj Chavan said, “Mumbai has now entered the 21st century. Thanks to the MMRDA, it is one of the most ambitious metro projects ever. There is some dispute about the fares, we need to discuss about it. The interpretation of the new law under which it is governed will resolve it legally.”

tween the station and the platform which was a huge issue with the suburban railway network is now solved by the Metro. There will be no more first or second classes and we will get to travel in an air conditioned train.” Aarti Agarwal (20) hopes that the charges will be minimal. “I hope the travel will cost us Rs.10 although the facility which we are getting is world class.” Priyanka Madane (26) said, “I stay in Ghatkopar and my office is at Versova. I had to spend Rs.150 everyday to reach my office but now I will pay only Rs.10. I would not mind if the fares increase up to Rs.40, it will still be affordable.” Alka Naik, a resident of Ghatkopar, believes that

travelling will become a lot easier in the city. “I can now travel from Marol to Ghatkopar without traffic, my boss will no more yell at me for being late. We will not have to worry about blocked roads during the rains.” Bhakti (19), a BMM student, feels that the Metro will save her time. “I earlier used to waste an hour in travelling but now I can reach my destination in a few minutes. The Metro station is near my house and it is bound to be a smooth ride.” The metro that is for the aam admi is finally up and running in Mumbai and has multiple advantages – it is free for children with a height below three feet, it has high-tech railway stations with high security, it saves time and connects you from the central to western railways in minutes. It also has spacious seats with some reserved for women. However, the cost of the food items available at the stations is not very pocket-friendly. An aloo paratha costs Rs.70, a muffin costs Rs.50 and a bun maska costs Rs.40. The food items are surely not for the aam aadmi.


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CHANGE OF NAME I, Jordan Deseree Uttanwalla, have changed my name to Jordan Uttanwalla Vide Maha. Govt. Gazette No. U-10410 dated 3rd June, 2014. C-9618

I have changed my name from Devraj Ramavtar to Deoraj Ramavtar Pal as per Gazette No. U – 6434. C-9630

I have changed my name from Om Shankar to Omshankar Kiratram Rajput as per Annexure E/ Affidavit for change in name/ Deed Poll CHANGE OF NAME dated 07/062014. I, BHATIA SUSHIL MULJI holder of Indian C-9631

Passport No.L 9463396 Issued at DUBAI on 22. 05. 2014 resident of C/7 MANORATH CO OP SOC, DATTA PADA CROSS LANE ,2 BORIVALI (E) MUMBAI and presently working/residing at flat No 209, AL HILAL Bldg, ZABEEL Rd, Bur Dubai P.O. Box 3226 Dubai do hereby change my name from BHATIA SUSHIL MULJI to SUSHIL MULJI BHATIA with immediate effect.

I have changed my old name from George Puvannil Varghese to new name George Varghese as per Affidavit dated 31-5-14. C-9619 I have changed my name from Omkar Sadanand Haryan, to ‘Omkar Sadashiv Haryan’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U-9304) Dated: 25/09/2008. C-9620 I have changed my name from Hamdan Shamsudin Parkar, to ‘Hamdan Shamshuddin Parkar’ as per Deedpoll Affidavit Dated: 07/06/2014. C-9621 I have changed my name from Minaj Shamshuddin Parkar, to ‘Minaz Shamshuddin Parkar’ as per Deedpoll Affidavit Dated: 07/06/2014. C-9622 I have changed my name from Fatema Moizbhai Chulawala, to ‘Fatema Moizbhai Primoswala’ as per Deedpoll Affidavit Dated: 07/06/2014. C-9623 I have changed my name from Zebunissa, to ‘Jaibunnisa Khan’ as per Deedpoll Affidavit Dated: 06/06/2014. C-9624 I have changed my name from Ferooz, to ‘Mohammed Feroz Khan’ as per Deedpoll Affidavit Dated: 06/06/2014. C-9625 I have changed my name from Mohmad Fazal, to ‘Mohammed Fazil Khan’ as per Deedpoll Affidavit Dated: 06/06/2014. C-9626 I have changed my name from Balu Daji Jadhav, to ‘Balkrishna Daji Jadhav’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (X- 77176) Dated: 20/02/2014. C-9627 I have changed my name from Harshada Balkrishna Jadhav, to ‘Harshada Anant Nimbalkar’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (X-77177) Dated: 20/02/2014. C-9628 I have changed my name from Kirankumar Raviraj Hegde to Mr.Kiran Raviraj Hegde as per Deed Affidavit dated 6/6/2014. C-9629

I have changed my name from Pradeepkumar Bastimal Jain to Pradeep Bastimal Jain as per 06-06-14 deed poll Affidavit. C-9632 I have changed my name from Ralph Kurian to Ralph Kurian Pellissery as per Affidavit Sr No. 1036 Mumbai on dated 6 June 2014. C-9633 I have changed my name from Manu Relumal Lalwani to Manoharlal Gurdasmal Lalwani by Affidavit dated07.06.2014. C-9634 I have changed my name from Sapan to Swapan Kumar Chakravorty as per Affidavit C-9635 I have changed my name from Varghese Nisha Pazhoor Varghese to Nisha Pazhoor Varghese as per Affidavit C-9636 I have changed my name from Mahesh Varan Gnana Sambantham to Maheshwaran Gnana Sambantham as per Affidavit C-9637 I have changed my name from Allahbux Shaikh to Allabaksh Qureshi as per Affidavit C-9638 I have changed my name from Nikhinkumar Laljibhai Bhanusali to Nikhil Laljibhai Bhanushali as per Affidavit C-9639 I have changed my name from Shailesh Balvantrai Masarani to Shailesh Balvantrai Masrani as per Affidavit C-9640 I have changed my name from Neetu Ashok Bajaj to Kriti Manish Mirgh as per Affidavit C-9641 We have changed our minor child name from Nikita Parasmal Bohra to Nikita Parasmal Jain as per Affidavit C-9642 I have changed my name from Sakhiben Khimji Patel to Sakhiben Khimji Menat as per Affidavit C-9643


I have changed my name from Gopal Shivalraj Mudliyar to Silvaraj Mudliyar as per Affidavit C-9647

I have changed my name from Mohd Qasim to Qasim Abdul Hafiz Shaikh as per Affidavit C-9665

I have changed my name from Raju Shivalraj Gopal to Raju Silvaraj Mudliyar as per Affidavit C-9648

I have changed my name from Mrs. Zarina Saijad Sayed to Mrs. Jarina Saijad Sayed as per Affidavit C-9666

I have changed my name from Bihari Lal to Biharilal Chaturiram Jaiswar as per Affidavit C-9649

I have changed my name from Nadesan to Nateshan Subramanium Achary as per Affidavit. C-9667

I have changed my name from Shanti Devi Khemram Mijar to Shanti Mahavir Dabaria as per Affidavit C-9650 I have changed my name from Mario Brian Oswald Henriques to Mario Oswald Henriques as per Affidavit C-9651 I have changed my name from Yasmin Mohammed Mandsourwala to Yaquta Mohammed Mandasourwala as per Affidavit C-9652

I have changed my name from Anjayya Channappa Gali to Anjay Channappa Gali as per Affidavit. C-9668 I have changed my name from Chanda Ashokkumar Sampat to Chandraprabha Ashokkumar Sampat as per Affidavit C-9669 I have changed my name from Surana Rakeshkumar Nemichand to Rakesh Nemichand Surana as per Affidavit C-9670

I have changed my name from Shalu Ashokkumar Sisodiya to Shalu Ravi Sisodia as per Affidavit C-9653

I have changed my name from Haji Ali Anwar Shaikh to Asif Anwar Shaikh as per Affidavit C-9671

I have changed my name from Ashokkumar Sisodiya to Ravi Sisodia as per Affidavit C-9654

I have changed my name from Imamuddin Anwar Shaikh to Imamul Anarul Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-9672

I have changed my name from Samisulla Khan to Samiullah Khan as per Affidavit C-9655 I have changed my name from Yogeshkumar Pannalal Maniar to Yogesh Pannalal Shah as per Affidavit C-9656 I have changed my name from Shah Kunali Yogeshkumar to Kunali Yogesh Shah as per Affidavit C-9657 I have changed my name from Parveen to Siddiqua Abrar Momin as per Affidavit C-9658 I have changed my name from Jain Mehulkumar Kiranraj to Mehul Karanraj Jain as per Affidavit C-9659 I have changed my name from Jain Kiranraj to Karanraj Roopchandjee Jain as per Affidavit C-9660 I have changed my name from Chiranjeev Narayan Singh to Chiranjiva Narayan Singh as per Affidavit Dated:06/06/2014 C-9661 I have changed my name from Sudesh Bhagat Panemangalore to Sudesh Bhagath as per Affidavit dated:- 06/06/2014 C-9662

I have changed my name from Wadhwani Hiteshkumar Mukesh to Wadhwani Hitesh Mukesh as per Affidavit. C-9673 I have changed my name from Keswani Subash Amarlal to Keswani Subhash Amarlal as per Affidavit. C-9674 I have changed my name from Gianchandani Assudomal to Gyanchandani Asumal as per Affidavit. C-9675 I have changed my name from Gianchandani Haresh Assudomal to Gyanchandani Haresh Asumal as per Affidavit. C-9676 I have changed my name from Naseema Adam Pathan to Nasim Adam Pathan as per Affidavit. C-9677 I have changed my name from Jyostnabahen Kirtanlal Shah to Jyostna Nikhil Shah as per Affidavit dated: 6 June 2014 C-9678 I have changed my name from Alka Natvarlal to Alka Natvarlal Shah as per Affidavit dated: 7 June 2014 C-9679

I have changed my name from Suresh Chauhan to Suresh Chavan as per Affidavit C-9645

We Chiranjiva Narayan Singh and Minakshi Singh have changedour minor son's name from Amrut Arnav to Amrit Arnav as perAffidavit dated:06/06/2014. C-9663

We Ramesh Viresh Patil and my Wife Radha Ramesh Patil have changed our minor daughter's name Jayshri Ramesh Patil to Jayashree Ramesh Patil as per Govt. of Maha. Gazette No. (U-62370) dated: 23 Jan 2014 C-9680

I have changed my name from Dina to Deena Suresh Chavan as per Affidavit C-9646

I have changed my name from Rohitkumar Prabhudayal Sikria to Rohit Prabhudayal Sikeria as per Affidavit dated:07/06/2014 C-9664

I have changed my name from Shaikh Mohammad Noorhasan Mehdi Hassan to Noor Hassan Shaikh as per deedpoll Affidavit dated 2nd June 2014 C-9681

I have changed my name from Khimji N. Patel to Khimji Menat as per Affidavit C-9644

I have changed my name from Joswin Praful Lobo to Joswin John Lobo as per Affidavit dated 11th Dec 2013. C-9682

I Nikita Rajkumar Agarwal have changed my name to Nikita Geeta Nair as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 07/06/14 C-9698

I have changed my name from Gulbir Shingh Amarjeetsingh Bhatia to Gulbirr Amarjeetsingh Bhatia by deed poll Affidavit. C-9683

I Lorna Gracy Tone have changed my name to Lorna Mervyn Tone as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9699

I have changed my name from Bipin Shamji Baria to Babubhai Shamji Baria by deed poll Affidavit. C-9684

I Miss. Premlatta Bhanjibhai Prajapati have changed my name to Mrs. Priti Bharat Sapra as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9700

I have changed my name from Namita Shivaji Mithbawkar to Samiksha Sandeep Patkar as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. X-104061. C-9685

I Mr. Mohammed Yusuf Mohammed Salim have changed my name to Mr. Mohammed Yusuf Mohammed Salim Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9701

I have changed my Yaseen Abdullah Badu to Yasin Abdullah Badu as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-9686 I have changed my name from Mr. Suhel Kaiumkhan Mumtai Khan Pathan to Mr. Sohail Kayum khan as per deedpoll Affidavit dated 07/06/2014. C-9687 I have changed my name from Mr. Kaiumkhan Mumtai Khan Pathan to Mr. Kayum Mumtaz Khan as per deedpoll Affidavit dated 07/06/2014. C-9688 We Chheda Jayesh Madan and Chheda Bhavna Jayesh have changed our minor son's name from Chheda Sunny Jayesh to Chheda Smit Jayesh as per Affidavit. C-9689 I have changed my name from “Tamanna Ahmed Khan” to Tamanna Shrinivasan Kannan as per Affidavit dated 23rd April’ 2014. C-9690 I have changed my name from “Pushpalata Ramchandra Samant” to “Pushpa Ramchandra Samant” as per Affidavit dated 3rd June’ 2014. C-9691 I have changed my name from “Susy Sam” to “Soosamma Sam” as per Affidavit dated 07th June’ 2014. C-9692 I have changed my name from Abdul Raheman Gafar Dilbahar Shaikh to Abdul Rehman Abdul Gaffar Shaikh as per Affidavit No. KZ-028121. C-9693 I Mr. Ashley Miranda have changed my name to Mr. Ashley De Miranda as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 06/06/14 C-9694 I Ms. Nilima Harishchandra Dige have changed my name to Mrs. Tanvi Tushar Gaikar as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 05/06/14 C-9695 I Virendrakumar Kantilal Shah have changed my name to Virendra Kantilal Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 04/06/14 C-9696 I Mrs. Anita Arun Pawar have changed my name to Mrs. Aruna Arun Pawar as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9697

I Jatinkumar Hasmukhlal Trivedi have changed my name to Jatin Hasmukhlal Trivedi as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9702 I Balkrishan Mehar have changed my name to Balkrishna Meher as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9703 I Janabai Balkrishan Mehar @ Jana Ballu Mehar have changed my name to Janabai Balkrishna Meher as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9704 I Jyoti Balkrishan Mehar have changed my name to Jyoti Balkrishna Meher as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9705 I John Bernard Dias have changed my name to John Dias as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9706 I Jeniffer John Dias have changed my name to Jeniffer Dias as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9707 I Mohammed Azam Mohammed Nazim have changed my name to Mohd. Azam Mohd. Nazim Ansari as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9708 I Mohammed Nazim have changed my name to Mohd. Nazim Ansari as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9709 I Shamsida Khatoon Mohammed Nazim have changed my name to Shamsida Mohd. Nazim Ansari as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9710 I Sarika Gurjeet Bewli have changed my name to Sarika Gurudeep Arora as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9711 I Hanifbhai Patel have changed my name to Hanif Patel as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9712 I Aarti Manish Hodiwala have changed my name to Arti Dataramo as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9713 I Abdul Sakil Mohamad Majir Chaudhari have changed my name to Abdul Shakeel Abdul Majid Chaudhary as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9714

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Leadership crisis T

he untimely loss of Gopinath Munde has raised several questions, mostly political, about trauma care and road safety. It is only after such tragedies that the government wakes up and in a knee-jerk reaction, promises to bring in necessary changes, while it continues not to learn from past mistakes or shortcomings in law. We continue to pay Road Tax and several other taxes, but nobody bothers to pay attention or raises questions over the poor conditions of the roads and inadequate infrastructure facilities associated with roads. Call it leadership crisis or the void left behind by Munde, the feeling is just sinking in for the political soil of Maharashtra. The leadership void is more particularly being felt in the BJP where already some call it as an end of the MahajanMunde era. And for the backward region of Marathwada, the setback has been tremendous in terms of solving development issues. He was always criticised for being late for functions. But when asked about it, he used to argue that he simply could not refuse to meet the last man standing at his doorstep. It was his ability to cut through protocol and connect with the masses that not just earned him the tag of a mass leader, but also led to some egg shells being broken. That was quite visible last week when his close confidant, Pandurang Phundkar, and leader of opposition in legislative council Vinod Tawde spilled the beans as it were. Phundkar alluded to the fact that late Munde was in recent times feeling suffocated and sidelined in the party and was even contemplating leaving the party. Though he later denied it, the fact still remains and was one of the reason for the outbreak of public anger at his cremation that someone down the line had caused much hurt to the late Munde. Tawde too candidly admitted to there being differences between them and Munde. Besides, there is considerable unease within what is being called as the MahajanMunde camp in the party, with several leaders owing allegiance to the two departed party stalwarts fearing victimisation and political isolation. The most visible setback for the party has been that it has lost a true mass base leader just as when the Assembly elections are round the corner. The loss is now to be recovered and that too in a very short period of time. For some, his daughter Pankaja MundePalve may be too young to adorn the mantle of leadership. But for the record, she was the one who single-handedly managed her late father's 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elec-

AAP demands ban on radical outfits CITY

SIMHASAN Prashant Hamine | ADC

The Aam Aadmi Party continues to stand against divisive forces in its fight for justice.

By Zuber Ansari

H Gopinath Munde

Vinod Tawde

Uddhav Thackeray

Raj Thackeray

Sharad Pawar

Nitin Gadkari

tion campaigns and not to speak of her own assembly election campaign of 2009. Leaders are not born overnight or created, especially leaders with a mass base. What else does MNS chief Raj Thackeray and his cousin Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray throwing their hat in the bullring of electoral politics explain? They are even ready to break their own family traditions of not seeking any political post while still dabbling in politics. NCP president Sharad Pawar has declined to be the Chief Ministerial candidate. So has former BJP president and now union minister Nitin Gadkari. The crisis of leadership is that in most cases, parties and

leaders have in their bid to sustain their own hold over the party, often thwarted the rise of second tier leadership or made attempts to corner the existing leadership. Moreover, in many cases, the new generation of leadership is far from being awe inspiring or to say the least carries any mass appeal. There appears to be a huge disconnect between the party cadre, the party apparatus and the party in power. That is often the cause of near total electoral routs that political parties face in elections. No one knows what effect will Munde’s loss have on the fortunes of the BJP and its Mahayuti allies in Maharashtra. Only in a few months, we may see its impact on the Mahayuti.


undreds of volunteers of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party (AAP) on Sunday participated in a peace march from Carter Road to Joggers' Park demanding a ban on radical outfits like the Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) and all such violent groups which divide the nation on communal lines. With banners and posters in hands, AAP volunteers not only demanded speedy justice for Pune-based IT engineer Mohsin Sadik Shaikh who was killed in riots last week, but also demanded speedy justice in the Narendra Dhabolkar killing case, while also criticising the Badaun rape and murder case. Talking to media persons, Maharashtra state executive of AAP, Preety Sharma Menon said, “Pune is Maharashtra’s cultural capital but the killings of Narendra Dabholkar and Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh are a threat to our proud Maharashtrian culture. Our society is growing intolerant day by day, and if there is no speedy punishment to the perpetrators of such brutal violence, they will grow bolder and more dangerous.” “We have written a letter to state Home Minister R.R. Patil and request

an immediate inquiry into the brutal killing of Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh. We request the authorities the trail be conducted in a fast track court, with a strong prosecutor who will inspire the trust of the victim’s family. The state should provide financial aid to the victim’s family as he was the sole earning member and a secure job to his younger brother Mubin Sadiq Shaikh,” Menon added. “The German Bakery blasts, the assassination of Dr. Dabholkar and now the lynching of Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh – we appeal to all Maharashtrians to come together and not allow divisive forces to destroy our state,” said Adil Khatri, a volunteer. The AAP also lauded the restraint shown by the Muslim community, the Maharashtra Police and the citizens of Pune, despite the provocation and did not give way to riots. “We have to build on this intrinsic good sense and bring people together. Honour killings of Dalits, targeting of Muslim youth, growing violence against women, these sordid acts are tearing the fabric of the nation, they are taking the lives of innocents. Today, more than ever we have to unite to fight divisive forces,” Khatri added.

CHANGE OF NAME I Mohamad Majir Nijimulla Chaudhari have changed my name to Abdul Majid Nijimulla Chaudhary as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9715 I Tarambunisha Mohamad Majir Chaudhari & Tarabunisha Chaudhary have changed my name to Tarabunnisa Abdul Majid Chaudhary as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9716 I Asif Sale Mohmed Sheikh have changed my name to Asif Sale Mohmed Langa as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9717 I Sakina Salemohmed Sheikh have changed my name to Sakina Sale Mohmed Langa as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9718 I Shaikh Sultana Begum Mehboob have changed my name to Sultana Bashir Ahmed Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9719 I Rajashri Pandurang Gaikwad have changed my name to Tanvi Narendra Polekar as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9720 I Ms. Greeshma Anil Gangar have changed my name to Ms. Grishma Anil Gangar as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 26/05/14. C-9721 I Shanwaz Ahmed Shaikh have changed my name to Shanawaz Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 06/06/14 C-9722 I Afroz Jahan Habib have changed my name to Afroz Abdul Kadar Pariyani as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 07/06/14 C-9723 I Afroz Abdul Kadar Pariyani have changed our minor son’s name from Mohammed Junaid Abdul Kadar Memon to Mohammed Junaid Abdul Kadar Pariyani as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 07/06/14 C-9724 I Abdul Kadar Memon have changed my name to Abdul Kadar Pariyani as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 07/06/14 C-9725 I Afroz Abdul Kadar Memon have changed my name to Afroz Abdul Kadar Pariyani as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 07/06/14 C-9726 I Miss. Sinha Sampa Prafullakumar / Shompa Prafulla Sinha have changed my name to Mrs. Shompa Sukumar Dolai as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 06/06/14 C-9727 I Rahima Bibi have changed my name to Rahima Abdus Salam Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 07/06/14 C-9728 I Md. Abdus Salam Shaikh have changed my name to Abdus Salam Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 07/06/14 C-9729 I Neeta Sundeep Manjrekar have changed my name to Neeta Bhoir as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-9730

Police look after injured PSI


This is to inform all concerned that my clients, Mr. Tejinder Singh Makker and Mrs. Harvinder kaur Makkar R/o. 21- B Land Breeze, 52 Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai - 400050 have given due share in their properties/assets to their son, Mr. Sukhdeep Makkar and hereafter ne or any other person claiming through him shall have no any claim, share, right, title, interest in any of their properties / assets and they severed all their ties / relationship with him absolutely and forever. Sd/Place: Mumbai V. R. Gupta Date: 07/06/2014

Advocate High Court

By Zuber Ansari


lmost one month after a lady police Sub-Inspector was seriously injured in an accident with a speeding vehicle at the Western Express Highway during her duty hours, 27-year-old Poonam Bhoir is still recuperating at the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra. However, she is happy with the fact that her boss, Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria, is keeping a close watch on the case as well as her treatment. The Commissioner has reportedly asked the senior Police Inspector of the Vakola

PUBLICE NOTICE This is to inform all that the C Form no: MH-11/A-350008 issued in favor of JAKSON LIMITED from APJ Enterprises, Inoian Goat Shin Corp Compound,246-A,Dharavi Road,Dharavi,Mumbai is lost/ or misplaced. If anybody finds the same is requested to inform on Jakson Ltd. 302-Sai Samarth, Near Shah Indl Estate, Deonar village road, Govandi-East, Mumai400088. Ph: 022-25564454/ 25565666

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Original Agreement for sale dated 16/09/1987 executed between M/s. Trimurty Enterprises through Partners Shri. Prakash Nivrutti Patil & others & Shri. Vishnu Sadashiv Paste in respect of Flat no. 15, on 3rd floor, Prakash Co-operative Housing Society Ltd., Kopar Road, Shastri Nagar, Dombivli (West), Dist-Thane is misplaced and not traceable. The complaint is lodged to Ram Nagar Police Station under property missing registration no.100/2014 dated 02/06/2014. Shri. Vishnu S. Paste is owner of the flat no. 15 and member of Prakash Society bearing Share Certificate no. 15, Shares No. 071 to 075. ‘If any person finds above mentioned original agreement dated 16/09/1987 and has/have any objection for sale of the said flat if made by my client, he/she/they shall inform the same in writing within 14 days of publication of this notice at below mentioned address. Date: 9-06-2014 Smt. Beena M. Sansare Advocate Place:Dombivli A/5, Sanyogita Society Pt. Deendayal Road, Anand Nagar, Dombivli (West), Dist-Thane.


divison to give him a weekly update on her treatment and the case against the accused, Akhilesh Yadav. According to Vakola police officials, Maria made visited Lilavati Hospital for the first time with his wife to check up on Bhoir. Speaking to the ADC, senior Police Inspector Vinayak Mulay said, “PSI Poonam Bhoir is happy that officials from her department as well as the top brass landed to Poonam Bhoir meet her and are keeping close eye on her treatment.” car that had toppled after hitVakola police station is the ting the divider and another first posting of PSI Bhoir. vehicle. She was knocked On the day of the accident, down by a speeding vehicle PSI Poonam Bhoir was con- resulting in a skull fracture ducting the punchnama of a and 20 per cent burn injuries.

She was stuck in a very bad position and was helped out by her colleague, PSI Rajendra Gaikwad, who was present at the spot. Akhilesh Yadav was accused and arrested for rash driving and negligence, but he managed to get bail. Maulay said, “Bhoir's family landed in the city and we managed to provide them Rs.50,000 from the Police Welfare Fund. Now her family is staying in a room provided by the Mumbai police.” The expenses of her treatment is being taken care of by the Police Welfare Fund. If she requires more, we will manage that, added Mulay further.

Getting monsoon ready By Prashant Hamine


he Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has put into operation its control room for the ensuing monsoon season, from June 1 itself. The control room will be monitored by four MMRDA nodal officers and managed by 41 officials in three shifts. Likewise, power utility Reliance Energy too has set up a 24x7 control room to handle any emergencies like power failure and other related emergencies. The MMRDA control room has been set up with a view to minimise inconvenience to the vehicular and pedestrian traffic at various project sites being implemented by the Authority. Dilip Kawathkar,

Joint Project Director (PR), MMRDA, disclosed, “People would be able to seek help from the Control Room on various aspects such as uprooting of trees, water logging, accidents, traffic snarls, potholes etc. The control room officials would also welcome information on unusual occurrences or impending dangers. The control room will work in tandem with Railways, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Traffic Police, BEST, Fire Brigade and other agencies.” Service from the control room established will be available on Helpline numbers 26591241, 26594176 and 8080705051. Reliance Energy too has put into operation its Central Disaster Control Room

(CDCR), which would ensure seamless coordination with other utilities and authorities. In case water logging becomes dangerous either at installations inside consumers’ premises like meter cabins, or at company’s installation site such as transformers, mini pillars on roads, substations etc., for the safety of consumers Reliance Energy may resort to ‘Safety Switch Offs’ in those affected areas. The restoration of power supply and normalcy in such cases will be done after a thorough inspection of each installation by company officials. To ensure speedy registration of power shutdowns the company has operationalised Power Helpline Number 18002003030. Azad Shrivastav | ADC


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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Original Agreement for sale dated 10/04/1987 executed between M/s. Shrikrishna Builders & Shri. Dilip Vasant Datar in respect of Flat no. B/34, on 3rd floor, (Geeta Apartment) Shree Kateshwari Cooperative Housing Society Ltd., Shree Krishna Nagar, Subhash Road, Dombivli(West), Dist-Thane is misplaced and not traceable. The complaint is lodged to Vishnu Nagar Police Station under property missing registration no. 395/2014 dated 24/05/2014. Shri. Shashidhar Raghu Shetty is present owner of the flat no. B/34 of Shree Kateshwari Society. My client Shri. Shashidhar Raghu Shetty is intend to sell the flat No. B/34. If any person has any objection for the sale of the said Flat as well as finds above mentioned original agreement dated 10/04/1987, he/she/they shall inform the same in writing within 14 days of publication of this notice at below mentioned address. If any objection is not received within given period, my client Shri. Shashidhar Raghu Shetty (Present Owner) will sell the above mentioned flat. Thereafter any objection if received will not be considered / entertained. Date: 9-06-2014 Smt. Beena M. Sansare Place:Dombivli Advocate A/5, Sanyogita Society Pt. Deendayal Road, Anand Nagar, Dombivli (West), Dist-Thane.

PRAYER FOR RAINS... Hindu priests at the Sankara Mattam in neck-deep water praying for early arrival of rains (Varuna japam) in Matunga on Sunday.

Water tankers or killer machines? Afternoon Despatch & Courier




Very sight of rashly driven water tankers in the Mira Road-Virar belt now creates fear psychosis in minds of locals

By Suresh Golani


wo days after a water tanker crushed two bike-borne youngsters in the EverShine City area of Vasai, the death of another biker, Manish Kesarwani (21), who was mowed down by an over-speeding tanker near the same spot on Saturday morning has raised the issue regarding the threat posed by these killer vehicles to motorists and pedestrians in the Mira RoadVirar region. A resident of Vasai, Kesarwani, who was on his way to the railway station was knocked down by a rashly-driven water tanker near Ever-Shine City on Saturday. Manish was rushed to the Golden Park Hospital in a profusely bleeding condition where he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment. However, the drivers, arrested and booked under section 304A of

Whip cracked against offenders, claim cops

Alarmed by a series of mishaps involving heavy vehicles, the Traffic Division of the Thane (rural) police claims to have initiated special drives to keep a tab on violators and check the fitness of the vehicles. “ Yes, it is definitely a very serious issue. A drive is already underway to book offenders and we have issued a strict warning to water tanker operators and other transporters to ply by rules,” confirmed SDPO (Traffic) Chandrakant Joshi. While a total of 391 truckers and water tanker drivers have been booked in the Kashimira and Vasai divisions in the last two days for various violations mainly plying without helpers, 82 motorists have been fined for using mobile phones while driving, the police said. In an attempt to enforce strict compliance of framed guidelines, a joint meeting comprising local police, RTO officers and transporters has been scheduled on Monday, officials said. the Indian Penal Code (causing death by cases as we do not get witnesses. And in rash and negligent act), easily procure bail cases where the drivers are convicted, they and get on their jobs without any hassles. are just penalised. Imprisonment is rare,” “There are very few convictions in such admitted a police officer. However, apart

Chembur’s broken post boxes By Tariq Khan

the assistant post master of Chembur, he said, “We will roken post boxes in take note of it. I will send a Chembur have lately memo and letter to our subbeen a menace in Chembur. office in Bhandup.” But till The one at Central Avenue date, no action has been road (near the bus stop) op- taken, complained Shah. “The quality of Aerogram posite Ambedkar Garden is completely broken down and letter issued by post office is another one at Chembur (E) pathetic. It is an insult to our railway station is in a poor country. When such bad quality international letters condition too. The post boxes that once are sent abroad, our prestige played a major role in the lives is at stake,” he added.


of people are now lying in dilapidated conditions. Although the number of users has reduced considerably owing to the growth of internet and other electronic mode of communication, there are a few people, mostly senior citizens, who are still dependent on postal services. The grim sight of these post boxes in Chembur have disheartened the handful of users, and despite their repeated complaints, the authorities have not yet paid any heed. Recently, when Dhiren Shan, a Chemburite, spoke to

When the ADC spoke to Nilima Gandhi, Post Master of Chembur post office, she said, “The report regarding the broken post box at Central Avenue road has already been sent to Superintendent of Posts at Division Office, Bhandup. It will be repaired and replaced soon. The other complaint of post box at Chembur railway station (E) will also be taken care of shortly.” When asked whether the post boxes will be fixed before the monsoon at these spots, the Chembur Post Master replied affirmatively.

from reckless driving, issues regarding condition of the vehicle too needs to be considered, a source pointed out. Though police attribute the accident to the fault of the tank drivers, the fact that many old trucks have been reportedly converted into water tanks cannot be ignored. Spills due to open lids and leakages in the tanks have become one of the reasons for accidents on city roads. The acute scarcity of water in the rural parts of Thane district has intensified the movement of fleets of water tankers, mostly owned by influential politicians. “The sight of a water tanker creates a kind of fear psychosis in my mind,” said a Bhayandar resident, Anil Jain. Water tanker drivers in an attempt to undertake maximum number of trips each day, blatantly violate traffic rules and under pressure of fulfilling the task indulge into rash driving which at times end into fatal mishaps.

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Fire in Four Bungalows Market CITY

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Blaze caused due to short circuit; jewellery store suffers major loss

By Aroosa Ahmed


major fire broke out in a commercial-cumresidential building in the Four Bungalows Market in Andheri during the early hours of Sunday. The fire was caused due to a short circuit in a jewellery shop and later spread to the Deepak

General Stores, next to the jew- cessful in controlling the situaellery store. Three fire brigade ve- tion by 4 a.m.,” said an official of hicles rushed to the spot from the Andheri Fire Department. Tanvi (21), owner of Deepak the Andheri fire station and one from Vile Parle fire station. More General Stores said, “There is than 14 fire fighters struggled to nothing left in our store. The bring the fire under control and jewellery store has suffered a bigger loss than ours but we are in a no casualties were reported. “We were informed at 1 a.m. state of shock. We have to start Shopkeepers take stock of their galas after the blaze, yesterday. about the fire and we were suc- everything afresh.”

He paid the cost with his life

Afternoon Despatch & Courier



Azad Shrivastav | ADC

The third senior citizen, resident of Worli’s controversial Campa Cola Compound, has died since last November. There are altogether nearly 50 who are impacted by the decision to demolish their homes.

Chakravarty Chawla (inset) died dismayed by a system that allowed him buy a flat it is hellbent on demolishing today.

By Santia Dudi


hakravarty Chawla (84), a refugee from Lahore in post-Partition India, had to give up his home in 1947, but he rebuilt his life again in India. He stood firm against all the odds in his life and doggedly re-establ;ished his family. But some things defeated him utterly. Yesterday he died in Bhatia Hospital, following a stroke that paralysed him on May 22. He was a resident of one of the flats in the Campa Cola Complex, staying in Orchid Building. Chawla was a businessman who owned an electronic retail outlet. “It was a BMC offi-

cer who convinced him to purchase a flat in the copmpound, assuring him that it was fully legal,” says Vidya Srinivas, another resident of the disputed society. Campa cola residents are not just losing their homes, but family life and loved ones. Since last November no less than three senior citizens have died. In each case, family members have said they were struggling with depression following the declaration of their flats as illegal with orders that they be demolished. Rajiv Chawla, the late C V Chawla’s younger son, said that his father didn’t suffer from any ailment earlier. “My father

couldn’t accept the fact that the house, which he bought after getting a bank loan and paying it off, paying stamp duties and registration amount, has been declared illegal,” he says. He further adds, “Since the last three months he was struggling with the fact that the government was going to snatch away his home, and once again he will be in the same situation in which he was at the time of Partition. Says Srinivas, “He was a firebrand character. He was a super active 84-year-old. But the fear of losing his home, this was something he could not get over. And this is just the beginning. There are over

50 senior citizens who have absolutely nowhere to go. Is this how government looks after its citizens? When will this CM realise that there are innocent people staying in Campa Cola compound? Is not humanity more important than vote banks?” In a letter written to the Chief Minister last November, Chawla had said, “For me today, it is the worst of times, that in a free and independent India, I should have to go through the upheaval of being dishoused again. Once more, for no fault of mine. I am told that I will be evicted by force by the legal system, although I have no other home to go to…that I will be dragged out of my home by the police, even if my finances do not permit me to find any alternative place. Sir, we cannot afford to even rent a place in the same locality. All I ask of you is to allow me to die peacefully of old age, in this my home of the last 20 years. Please do not allow Campa Cola Compound to go down in history as the case in which more than 100 homes, entwined with a thousand destinies, could have been saved, if only you had acted in time.” Yesterday evening, Mr Chawla was consigned to the flames at Worli Shamshan Ghat. He died a sad and broken man.



How is Kejriwal different from Mayawati?

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Ponder awhile... “Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.” — Ambrose Bierce

AAP on brink T of break-up? T

HE complaint of AAP leaders is that Arvind Kejriwal is slowly becoming a dictator and unwilling to share power. It looks like the leaders would like to believe that but for the fact Kejriwal kept all decision-making to himself and never once held a consultation meeting with regard to elections, they would have got more seats. This is a familiar happening in Indian politics: so long as a leader wins elections for them, he is kept on a pedestal. When he fails to do so, he is pulled down and blamed for everything. The main protest has come from Yogendra who is claimed by Arvind Kejriwal as a close friend. These leaders would have liked consultations among the executive committee members before and after the elections. The truth is one by one, they have started deserting Arvind Kejriwal. In all probability, the party will break up. Kejriwal made a big mistake by trying to capture power at the centre and become the prime minister. He thought perhaps with the exit of the Congress, there could be good bit of space for a new and vigorous party like his. What he did not know was that a political party cannot register its name and win elections in six months. He took on more than he could chew. He had made a good beginning in Delhi and he should have been content with what he had and then waited. He should never have taken part in national election. Wiser now, he can perhaps look at things pragmatically. He has to regain the confidence of his party leaders. Maybe now he has some chance in Haryana. However to wash off the minus points he has gathered during the Lok Sabha elections, the chance of a win for the Aam Admi Party anywhere in the country looks dim. It will be difficult for him to build the party again. He is now to win back party leaders who are finding fault with his political strategies.



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HE AAP boss and the self-styled harbinger of new politics, Arvind Kejriwal, is still occupying the New Delhi flat he was allotted upon becoming the Delhi Chief Minister sometime late last year. As per the rules, he ought to have vacated that flat within fifteen days of his ceasing to hold that office. Yes, he is paying Rs. 80,000 per month as special rent for occupying that house beyond the permissible time limit. So far so good. But notice the AAP boss’s audacity. Asked why he had failed to vacate that house, he nonchalantly explained that he needed to retain it due to the school exams of his daughter. And that his ‘friends from the IIT’ were paying the rent for the flat which was occupied by him. Because he is Kejriwal, the seemingly incorruptible politician, we have two valid though relatively minor objections. One, almost all politicians advance one reason or the other to somehow retain highly subsidized government houses beyond the permissible time limit. This is also true of most civil servants. We expected that Kejriwal would set a better example. He did not. Two, the official rent for government houses is way blow the actual rent similarly located private property would fetch in the open market. Paying Rs. 80,000 for a spacious, three-bedroom, ground floor flat with a large lawn, located a stone’s throw away from India Gate , is a real steal. Tens of thousands of Delhiites would want to avail of that opportunity to rent that flat at that modest rent. But the real reason why we have raked up the issue about Kejriwal’s flat is his public admission that his well-wishers from the IIT, and not he himself, pay his rent. Even if his friends are impressed by his political mission, is he justified in accepting donations for personal well-being, as against for the benefit of the public organization he heads? Merely because he is a politician does it become alright for him to accept handouts from his so-called friends and wellwishers? That is precisely how most politicians get corrupted? Indeed, how, then, is Kejriwal different from, say, Mayawati who too had justified the hundreds of crores found in her illicit possession to the Income Tax authorities by citing her unnamed fans and devotees? If Kejriwal can take money from his IIT friends to pay for the rent for the flat occupied by him, the BSP boss had claimed that the crores in her possession were ‘donations,’ all in small denominations of Rupees ten, twenty, fifty, etc., given by her followers who were impressed by her campaign to lift up the socially downtrodden.



to read about him not having a room of his own in Parliament House, not having a prominent seat in the Lok Sabha, not finding a suitable role in the Narendra Modi dispensation. At the very least, Advani can put an end to the series of embarrassing reports by categorically stating that he is not hankering after any post, any position in the Government. The fact is that at no stage was he considered for the Lok Sabha Speaker’s post. No, not even for a moment. The speculation in the media was all the handiwork of his aides who were keen to find relevance yet again. You have European kings and queens abdicating in favour of younger members, you have the extraordinary example of a Pope resigning for the very first time in living history, but old dodos of Indian politics voluntarily retiring remains an unattainable objective. Unless death or paralyzing illness forces them out, no Indian politician seems ready to quit. That is sad. Advani cuts a sorry figure, desperately trying to remain relevant while his legions of admirers and well-wishers, including this columnist, would want him to retain dignity and grace and withdraw quietly from active politics.

Virendra Kapoor

Times are changing, indeed

Indeed, when the tax authorities questioned the transfer of a house in central Delhi to Mayawati, insisting that it was grossly undervalued, she again resorted to the same ploy. Apparently, the sellers, a lower-middle class Jain couple, were so taken up with her pro-Dalit crusade that they had virtually donated the only house they owned in all of Delhi to the BSP boss. What are we driving at? That the use of political donations for personal benefit is a nono, whatever good the recipient might be doing for the larger cause of the society. That way lies personal corruption. Whether Kejriwal likes it or not, his first walking away with-

out reimbursing nearly Rs. eight lakhs to the Government he was oath-bound to reimburse in case he quit service within three years of his return from a foreign study tour and, when compelled to do so, to make his ‘well-wishers’ cough up that sum was a dishonest act. Politicians do not have the license to use other peoples’ money for purely private ends. They must face the same hardships as ordinary people in all other walks of life do when their daughters need to sit for a board exam or when they are asked to respect a lawful contract and pay up. There is a lot of artifice about Kejriwal. He pretends to be saintly while all the time keeping his own self interest foremost in mind whether it is in money matters or in gathering the AAP pieces postelection. In sum, Kejriwal is wrong insofar as he encourages politicians to dip into public funds for private use.

Go gracefully and tend your garden


UITE clearly, in Indian politics nobody retires gracefully. The almost daily humiliation of L. K. Advani raises a simple question: why doesn’t the octogenarian leader call it a day and contemplate life in the company of his near and dear ones. It is embarrassing

Patience is not a burden, it’s necessary R

inpoche made the following comments on practicing patience. Anybody who experiences anger needs to practice patience. If you have a sickness, you need medicine. Like that, patience is needed. It is not a burden; it’s necessary. When you practice patience, anger becomes gradually more and more rare. Eventually, there is no anger, and then there is no enemy to destroy your merit. That is how you can achieve liberation. When there is no enemy to destroy your merit, you can have realisations. Realisations come, liberation comes, then enlightenment, and you will be able to liberate so many sentient beings from cyclic existence. That is the benefit. Each time

you practice patience, the benefit is as vast as the sky. This is really an opportunity to practice the path of patience. The purpose of practicing

MATTER & SPIRIT patience is to have immediate peace and happiness within you. That moment when you don’t get angry means you don’t harm yourself, you don’t cause yourself unhappiness. When the mind becomes negative, it is like a bomb inside you. Even if you are killed in a war by a bomb, it


HE saffronisation of Parliament is so thorough that in the Central Hall the only people most noticeable this past week were the first-time BJP MPs. Like curious children they were keen to acquaint themselves with their new surroundings, some so overwhelmed with emotion that they confessed that they had in fact never dreamed of making it to the sanctum sanctorum of Indian democracy. But, then, when you have a prime minister who is a first-time MP, is it any surprise that more than three hundred odd Lok Sabha members are first-timers. However, you have to give it to Narendra Modi for his self-confidence, his self-assuredness. He walked gingerly into the Central Hall, greeted a few members, calling some by their first names, spent some time with them before going back to his office. This was in sharp contrast to the always hurried manner in which Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi would walk through the hall to rush to their offices without bothering to linger for a few moments to accept greetings of party members who dutifully stood up like schoolchildren with hands folded and shoulders bent as if in prayer without either Gandhi batting an eyelid in acknowledgement. As Bob Dylan sang, ‘The Times, They Are A- Changin.’ doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be born in the lower realms; you can be born in the upper realms. The bomb of anger is billions of times worse for you than any external bomb. When it arises, you create negative karma and throw yourself into the three lower realms, where you have to experience terrible suffering for an incredibly long time — for eons! It is said by Shantideva in 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life' that the negative karma created by one second of anger causes us to experience the three lower realms for eons—one can’t be reborn in the realm of a happy transmigratory being. There is no need to mention the negative karma collected from infinite past lives. — Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Riding in testing times THE recent road accident of Union Minister Munde in Delhi has scared road users. It is indeed unfortunate to note that the drunken driving has taken a heavy toll of lives. People generally drink during the night and the hangover continues into the early morning hours also. The main reason for all this road rage is speeding and irritating fellow drivers by overtaking from the wrong side of the road. Kiran Bedi has had rich experience in handling road-related problems in the past and should be pressed into service to prevent regular road accidents. She did a marvelous job by painting have head lights with black paint on both sides to prevent blinding passengers coming from the opposite side. Such remedial measures can save human lives. 

No country for women APROPOS 'WR unsafe!' (ADC, June 6), it is read with huge anguish and serious concern to observe how callous the GRP is despite their informing the public about enhanced railway security, especially for the women at large . However Thrusday's attack on a lone woman travelling in the wee hours reveals how hollow these promises are. Within six weeks of a woman brutally killed on a WR train, it has occurred again. We are not also aware how many such inhumanely attacks are made on women each day, which go unreported . It is prudent that the WR, along with other sections of the Indian Railways, should effectively engage adequate GRP who can cope with these demons who prey on women, particularly in the odd hours of travel on a war footing. Electronic surveillance needs to be geared up at the vantage points to pin these rogues.

SERIOUS MEASURES: Since the death of Gopinath Munde in a road accident has made us all sit up and pay attention, it is time someone, like Kiran Bedi for example, with rich road maintenance experience be brought aboard as a consultant to put remedial measures in place

QUOTE: It is a little scary to think of what happens to your work after you die. Look at all the Che Guevara T-shirts that people sport these days. That in itself is his biggest defeat! — Appupen

Akhilesh Yadav who is immature, inexperienced and insensitive is politicising the issue rather than looking at it as a law and order problem. Miscreants and goons in U.P. are emboldened by the attitude of patriarch MSY who has condoned the perpetrators of rape as 'young delinquents' prone to 'mistakes'. It would be foolhardy to expect to safeguard the integrity of women in U.P.. The centre needs to intervene and issue an ultimatum to the state government to improve their law and order position which it is bound by the constitution. It's a shame that MSY has not even condemned the incident which speaks — Bikram Banerjea, Mumbai volumes of his complacency and tacit approval of such acts. 

killed. Shouldn't we now take serious measures to deal with these road accidents? Firstly, penalties should be made more stringent and heavy fines imposed, and they should be implemented irrespective of who the offender is. Secondly, a strict emergency lane should be maintained so that in case of an accident. Thirdly, and finally, we have to educate our children by showing them ourselves to be disciplined citizens.

could then be termed as 'The Election of the Century' in the financial capital of the country. The final outcome would be the most eagerly awaited result in all of Maharashtra. — Arun Malankar, Santacruz

Cleaning the Ganga

— Abdul Monim, Vashi

— Maniam Ramani, Kharghar

IT'S heart breaking that we take notice of our own pathetic approach to the system's shortcomings only after the 'sacrifice' of a high profile individual. Lakhs of people get killed in road accidents every year, but then it becomes a topic of discussion (sadly it never goes beyond that) only when someone like Gopinathji gets



tion of employment and deploy effectively the utility values of the unemployed youth. There is no gainsaying the fact that there are complexities and abstract problems on hand but given the PM's ability there is definitely optimism all around.

APROPOS 'Rape issue worsens' (ADC, June 2), what happened in Badaun was barbaric and cruel but what is happening after the incident IT is gratifying that the dream of is even more unfortunate. CM crores of Indians to ensure Modi as PM has become a reality and Modi Pic for representational purposes only has commenced his long journey. The goodwill pleasantries are heartwarming. The public are anxiously looking forward to Modi to get to business, to take stringent measures to contain the retail inflation and bring it down. The discerning and well-meaning people also would like the PM not to shun English altogether, merely because Vajpayee did earlier. There is no need NO SAFE PLACE: It's both an urban to stress the importance of English. and a rural problem that women are It is fondly hoped the the PM will targeted for just being the vulnerable sex, take stock of the demographic prowhether they possess valuables or not, file of this country as a preamble to which brings citizens to question, where set the tone to design the policy should the women go to be safe? framework for a progressive genera-

Go Modi!

— C.K. Subramaniam, Sanpada

KEEPING IT PRACTICAL: With hundreds of factories polluting it every day, it is not possible to clean the mighty river completely, rather, efforts should be made to keep the bathing ghats reasonably clean APROPOS 'Some more crores to go down the Ganga' (ADC, May 31) in which you hgad pointed out quite rightly that Rajiv Gandhi's plan to clean the Ganga at a cost of Rs.400 crore did not succeed at all. The holy river was left as filthy as ever. It is not possible to clean up a mighty, flowing river like the Ganga with hundreds of factories polluting the river every day. It is not like cleaning up a lake by clearing the hyacinths floating on its water but a lot more difficult. It will be enough if the bathing ghats are kept reasonably clean by appropriate measures. Anything beyond that will not be feasible, just a colossal waste of money. —Dr. V. Subramanyan, Thane

Stop this controversy!

— T.M. Uday Shankar, Mumbai

Rains delayed; reasons

"A FEW showers here and there, otherwise I see a delay in the rains," said my friendly rain forecaster and here are the reasons...  No BMC permission  Monorail tickets are costly  Long queue to pay LBT  A local party says...outsiders not allowed  No pan card and electricity bill  Can't ride over JJ flyover on a bike  Baba Ramdev has not given yoga lessons  Raincoats and umbrellas need to get cheap  Drains and gutters still choked — Ashok Goswami, Mumbai  Applied to Modi: "Ab ki baar, Modi sarkaar"

BY not wearing helmets, bike riders are risking their lives. Even pillion riders have to wear helmets. The helmet is an insurance to life, after all most accidental deaths are due to head injury. While a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report declares that motorcyclists are about 18 times as likely as car occupants to die in a traffic crash, and three times as likely to be injured, a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore has also confirmed that the severity of head injury was higher among those who were not using helmet. As the monsoon rains are expected and road repair work is not complete, it is dangerous to travel on the roads. Transport authorities should pay heed to this fact early.

—Altaf H Ladiwala, Bandra

‘Election of the Century’ AS both the warring cousins have decided to enter the poll arena, it would very interesting to imagine a situation like this: Both the leaders happen to be born and brought up in the Dadar/ Mahim areas of Mumbai. Should they choose to fight from either of these constituencies, then Mumbai can witness an electoral Mahabharat of sorts. If such an eventuality indeed becomes a reality, then all other parties should withdraw from the field, including the major ones like Cong-NCP and the BJP. The straight fight battle of ballot in Dadar/Mahim constituency between the two estranged cousins

DIVIDED OPINION: A part of the population fond of Smriti Irani or Arun Jaitley are backing their positions in Modi's cabinet on the basis of competency, however, others find it to be a failure of the electoral process that unelected candidates get to hold high profile positions in the government despite being rejected by the voters IT is high time the controversy relating to HRD minister Smriti Irani is laid to rest. Governing a huge country like ours is very difficult as compared to handling a particular ministry. When a nongraduate could become the Prime Minister of India, why can't an undergraduate become the HRD minister? Going by Ajay Maken's contention, the Health Minister must be a doctor, a Civil Aviation Minister a pilot and a Defence Minister must be either a General or Air Chief Marshal or Admiral. This is not pragmatic in modern politics. What matters is knowledge, intelligence and competence, not just qualification. — Prof. K.H. Karkera, Mumbai

THE beauty of Indian democracy is that those who win the elec-

tions become MPs and those who lose, ministers. Is it not a mockery of the electoral process? People are not against Irani and Jaitley. In fact, Arun Jaitley is a thoroughly knowledgeable person. But the fact remains that he and Irani have been rejected by the voters. If Modi had particular affection for Jaitley and Irani, he should have asked them not to contest. Ours is a country where even Deve Gowda can become Prime Minister. It is surprising that Modi could not get a single person from 125 crore people eligible to head the HRD ministry. The department is not a TV serial that one needs a person like Smriti who is a very good actor. But alas! It is India. Deve Gowda shines and Manmohan fades away. — M.H. Nayak, Mumbai

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Pricey food at Mumbai Metro stations


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By Prashant Hamine


orget the stand-off between Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) and the state government over ticket pricing, even the eatables that went on sale yesterday across the 12 Metro stations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro One Line drilled holes in the commuters' pockets. Vada pav, icecreams and other eatables ranged between Rs.30 to Rs.120. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday inaugurated the Metro for which the promotional one-way fare for the first 30 days will be just Rs.10. The commercial service itself started against the backdrop of a showdown between MMOPL and the state government over the fare structure. Whereas the MMOPL has fixed a rate structure of Rs.10, Rs.30 and Rs.40, the government wanted it to be Rs.9, Rs.11 and Rs.13 as stated in the concessionaire agreement that was signed with the MMOPL. The showdown between the state government and MMOPL has been such that no state government or any representative from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) turned up at the trial run between DN Nagar station to Jagruti Nagar station on June 7. In a move to outsmart BJP MPs Dr. Kirit Somaiya and Gopal Shetty, the MMOPL, in-

Okay to travel, but not to eat here. First time Mumbai Metro commuters feel so about the vada pav costing Rs.30. stead of operating the train between Versova to Ghatkopar, chose to operate it only between DN Nagar and Jagruti Nagar station which is the second last station be-

fore Ghatkopar, leaving no chance for Somaiya and Shetty to board the train and claim to have inaugurated it. The CM had earlier laid down the

Burglar ‘rat’ triggers panic in Mira Road bank

Online bike sale racket: Police move forward The cops, through investigations, have now figured out the modus operandi of the Nigerian nationals who had planned the entire racket By Neel Shah


itherto investigations into the online selling of bikes racket has revealed how well the Nigerian nationals had planned their con. The arrest of a duo last month had led the police to learn that the accused had opened multiple accounts in several banks across variPic for representational purposes only

ous cities in India. Further, sleuths from the crime branch had come across 46 debit cards and 26 pan cards obtained by the cartel through fictitious documents, said the police. In this regard, now the police are hunting for three Indians and two Nigerians, who are considered the main accused of the entire racket. While talking to the ADC, a highly placed crime branch officer, requesting anonymity, said, “Considering the details coming to the fore

in the ongoing probe, it is evident that the cartel has very well orchestrated the entire racket. For this, the police had to rope in a few cyber as well as accountant experts to understand the modus operandi.” Mumbai's crime branch last month had arrested two Nigerian nationals identified as Mohammad Kalam Gafar and his aide Mohammad Inshad Mansuri. The duo was arrested by the Property Cell department of the crime branch. They had cheated a Vile Parle-based businessman, in which the latter was promised, through a website, that he can purchase high-end foreign bikes officially at low rates. It was claimed that these bikes belonged to the people working in foreign consulates posted in the Mumbai branch. It was further projected that the employees were moving to another country and could not take their bike along and were thus willing to sell their highend foreign bikes at low rates. The complainant was shown some photos of the foreign bikes and when he got interested, he was told to deposit a few lakhs in a bank account. Soon after the complainant deposited the money, he was never contacted again by the bike sellers.

pre-condition that he would only attend the inauguration if the MMOPL stuck to the fares structure in the agreement. Chavan even charged the MMOPL and BJP of

being in hand-in-glove in hiking the fares. However, MMOPL director Debashish Mohanty argued that it was the state government that had requested the government of India to enact the Metro Rail Act. Under the said act, as the Metro Authority, it was MMOPL's duty to fix the tariff rates. Arguing that the Rs.10 fare was the cheapest in the world, he added that the fares cannot be raised beyond the existing rates. To raise the fares, the MMOPL will have to approach the fare fixation committee that comprises a sitting judge, retired judge, government of India nominee and a nominee of the state government. The latter is yet to appoint its own representative to the committee. The MMOPL is expecting a daily footfall of about 11 lakh commuters. It plans to operate anywhere between 270 to 280 services per day at an interval time of four minutes during peak hour (8.30 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 7.30 pm) and eight minutes during non-peak hours. The MMOPL will operate services between 5.30 am to midnight. The Metro Depot at DN Nagar has a yard measuring just eight hectares and can house 16 trains. One of the unique features of the VAG Metro is that the MMOPL has installed noise reducing springs on the route whereby minimal noise generated affects the local residents.

By Suresh Golani


hen the cat is away, the mice are at play, goes the proverb. Policemen and staff of a nationalised bank in Mira Road learned it the hard way when the burglar alarm went off late on Saturday night, triggering panic in the area. It was a half-day and the Mira Road

branch of Indian Bank closed down as usual at about 12:30 on Saturday. However, the emergency siren went off at about 8 pm triggering panic amongst locals who suspected a burglary attempt underway inside the bank premises. Alert beat marshals immediately reached the spot and informed their superiors and bank staffers about the incident,

following which bank personnel and a team of officials from the Kashimira police station arrived at the spot. The loud noise made by the alarm had by then attracted a crowd of curious onlookers. The cops heaved a sigh of relief when the burglar turned out to be a rat, which had apparently nibbled on the cable of the burglar alarm.

Govt to enact law to stop attacks on press: Javadekar Governor comes down heavily on NOTA at the RedInk Awards function By A Staff Reporter


peaking at a the Mumbai Press Club's National RedInk Awards on Saturday evening Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the increasing attacks on journalists was a matter of concern and indicated that the Union Government is considering bringing in a Central Act to punish attacks on media professionals. He said the government is studying the impact of state laws against media attacks. “We will then look at the possibility of a central law,” he said. The NDA government, he said, was fully committed to ensure full freedom of the Press. But there is nothing like absolute freedom and

Prakash Javadekar

the society expects the media to be accurate, balanced and fair in its approach. In this context, he said he favoured self restraint by the media, rather than the much talked about self regulation.Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, chief guest at the awards function, abandoned his prepared speech and had the audience in splits with his wit and sarcasm. Coming down heavily on NOTA (None of the Above) as a vote option, he said: “In a democracy, NOTA has no place. It is nonsense. The person who does not go to vote expresses his feeling of NOTA anyway,” he said and pointed out that “It is a sheer waste of time for him (to go to the polling booth) and vote for NOTA.”

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Afternoon Despatch & Courier


By Deepak Sahijwala

he European Central Bank (ECB) announced unprecedented measures in its monetary policy review meeting last week and has announced that it will continue its ongoing stimulus programme in a bid to promote growth and deter the region from entering the deflationary trap. Its major focus was a significant reductions in interest rates even as banks were signaled to increase lending. So will it impact India? Yes, to a certain extent believes Care Ratings. Clearly, growth continues to elude the Euro region and has remained a serious concern with the economy recording only 0.2% real GDP growth on a quarter-over-quarter basis in Q1 2014. Growth has remained stagnant rather than recovery oriented, with prospects of growth in the ongoing second quarter of 2014 also appearing weak. Spending has been low especially with strict curbs being put on fiscal deficits of member countries. Hence, an accommodative monetary policy by virtue of a lowered interest rate is expected to make way for more lending and thereby, hopefully fuel growth even as the continued improvements in the financial systems of the countries work their way through to the real economy. The motivation to continue with the stimulus is also to implicitly reduce the pressure on the Euro which has been strengthening over time. This will subsequently foster a trade advantage for the Eurozone. The high Euro in international markets has been a factor attributed to the weak economic recovery. Another thing and in sharp contradiction to India is that while we are worried about high inflation, the region is haunted by low inflation. Yes, actually, they

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The Euro could weaken, while the dollar could gain, possibly diluting the Rupee's anticipated appreciation. Gold could nudge upwards in the international markets, while Emerging economies could continue to remain the favored destination for FIIs But there are positives also. Emerging economies will continue to remain the favored destination for FIIs. Firstly, given the macro economic situation in the Eurozone with low growth and low inflation, it is unlikely that the Euro area will offer competition to the emerging economies as regards FII inflows. Extremely low interest rates will be a deterrent to foreign investment inflows in the region. Secondly, the Eurozone contributes to only 12-13% of the total foreign currency inflows in India as majority foreign currency inflows come from the USA. Hence, this scenario is unlikely to be changed going ahead. Gold also stands to gain. Care Ratings is of the view that “ Owing to the easy monetary policy stance of the ECB driven by the lack lustre growth situation, gold is likely to rise in appeal thereby pushing up its value in international markets.


The “European Central Bank has taken an extraordinary action: It's moved its deposit rate from zero to - 0.1%. What does that mean exactly? It means that from now on, if European banks want to leave money at the ECB overnight, they'll be charged a 0.1% fee for the privilege. The goal is to encourage banks to lend more, and thus stimulate the Eurozone's wayward economy” says Jason Simpkins, veteran analyst, investment strategist, prognosticator and Assistant Managing Editor of the highly circulated newsletter; The Outsider Club. “You see”, he says “Europe's economy has been in terrible shape for some time now, struggling against low growth and deflation. GDP growth has stalled, registering just 0.2% in the first quarter. And this is after the ECB cut its benchmark lending rate in half to 0.25% in November. More troubling, inflation has softened to 0.5%, raising the specter of deflation. Hence the drastic action by the ECB. It's a Hail Mary. Unfortunately, it could backfire — not just in Europe, but the United States as well. Indeed, we may be on the brink of yet another financial crisis. If you squint hard enough, you can see logic behind negative interest rates. Rather than lose money by placing it on deposit with the ECB, banks will lend it out for even just a marginal return. However, there are obvious flaws in this strategy. The biggest is that the central bank is essentially forcing banks to lend out money that they weren't comfortable lending in the first place. As you probably recall, this was the genesis of the last financial crisis. U.S. banks issued a bunch of loans to unqualified borrowers who bought houses that they couldn't afford, until, eventually, the whole thing came crashing down. The same thing could happen in Europe. ” are pushing for higher inflation. Inflation in the region declined to 0.5% in May ’14 from 0.7% in the previous month. “If inflation continues its downward journey, the economy will face a serious threat of entering the deflationary zone (negative inflation). While anticipation of continued low inflation are abound, the ECB appears determined to achieve its target of 2% inflation going ahead. The move of lowering the interest rate on refinancing operations and marginal lending rate signals that the ECB is monitoring the economy from slipping into deflation” says Care. A question which still remains unanswered is whether or not this reduction in interest rates would actually lead to higher lending. While banks will have more funds to lend, there needs to be demand for such credit or else the funds would remain in the system and used in treasury operations. The crisis in Europe is to a large extend driven by low consumption and investment, which cannot be reversed easily by lowering interest rates, especially when the LTRO, which injected a lot of liquidity, did not quite succeed to turn the economy around. The present fallout of a weak euro may not be viewed favorably by USA or Japan, which could also tend to consider weaken-

ing their currencies at a time when the world economy is attempting to recover within the limited space being provided by global trade flows. For India the spillover effects could be of concern as the US Dollar looks set to gain. Given the ongoing tapering of the Quantitative Easing (QE) programme of the Federal Reserve Bank of USA, the easy supply of USD is on a reversal. When juxtaposed with the continued stimulus by the ECB and thereby higher Euro flows in the market, the US dollar is imminently expected to rise against the Euro. This was evidenced post the announcement of the ECB’s policy on that day as the Euro fell overnight from €1.36 per dollar to €1.37. The “rise in the dollar in international markets will impose pressure on Rupee to a slight extent and it may witness volatility with slight risks of depreciation against the USD if international forces dominate over the prevailing domestic factors (FII flows)”. Care believes that the “The Indian trade basket may contract: As of FY13, India’s exports to the European Union were about 1720% of the total export basket. In the event of growth in the Eurozone slowing down exports would tend to get affected – though the impact will not be too severe”.


Afternoon Despatch & Courier


By Dominic Rebello

ed by optimism about policy reforms by the new government, the BSE Sensex rose by 1,179 points or 4.87% to 25,396, while the NSE Nifty surged by 353 points or 4.89% to 7,583 after registering historic highs of 25419 and 7592, respectively last Friday. The hope of policy reforms in oil, finance and food ministries is the key driver for the markets. Twenty indices, owned and managed by India Index Services & Products, a subsidiary of NSE Strategic Investment Corporation Ltd, closed at record high levels last week. The indices that ended at a record high include CNX Nifty, CNX Midcap, CNX Nifty Junior, CPSE Index, CNX Dividend Opportunities, CNX Consumption, CNX 500, Bank Nifty, CNX Auto, CNX Finance, CNX MNC and LIX15 Midcap. "Buoyant cues from both domestic & global front alongside with continu-


ous buying helped benchmarks to gain nearly 5% this week. Participants were seen utilizing every opportunity to accumulate quality stocks from across the segment,“ said Jayant Manglik, President-retail distribution, Religare Securities. Led by positive sentiment after the release job data, the Dow Jones Industrial index rose 88.17 points or 0.52%, to 16,924.28, the S&P 500 gained 8.98 points or 0.46%, to 1,949.44 and the Nasdaq Composite added 25.17 points or 0.59%, to 4,321.40 helping them register their all time high figures. The effect of this positive development is expected to spill on to global markets when they open today. “The markets rose sharply for the week, reaching new all –time highs. Announcement of stimulus measures by ECB and continued optimism on economic reforms in India led to big gains on several stocks, large cap or

markets. We feel that, a progressive budget as well as other reform initiatives will likely lead to continued outperformance of Indian indices v/s emerging market peers,” said Dipen Shah, Head- Private Client Group Research, Kotak Securities.

mid-cap. Expectations of resolution to the gas pricing issue helped stocks like Reliance and ONGC register big gains. We see the monsoon progress and the budget to be the two important triggers for the

Echoing similar sentiments, Jayant Manglik said, “Considering the prevailing sentiments, we believe that markets will continue to march further northward in the coming week. And, any intermediate pause or decline can be considered as opportunity to buy fundamentally sound stocks from Banking, Auto, Media and Midcap space. However, traders should be aware that we have two important data IIP and Inflation lined in the coming week and that may result choppy intraday moves. Now, we are eyeing 7800 in Nifty with noticeable support at 7350 levels in case of any profit taking, which may take place in coming week." Ever since the Modi-led NDA government has taken charge foreign investors have invested about Rs 6,600 crore and the markets have gained about 3%. This week the markets are expected to take cues from the April industrial production data and May CPI inflation which will be announced on June 12.


Paradip Port Plans For 2020


Will invest Rs 16,000 crore to double capacity in 10 years By A Business Reporter e will be seeing investments of around Rs 16,000 crore to take our total capacity to over 270 million tonne per annum in capacity expansion. We aspire to be the mother port for Eastern India," said S. S. Mishra, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, while addressing an investor roadshow in Mumbai. Government-owned Paradip Port has announced that it will be investing Rs 16,000 crore in multiple projects over the next decade which will more than double its existing capacity to over 270 million tonne. Located between Haldia and Vishakapatnam Ports, this Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated port has come a long way. Apart from having the advantage of being in the hinderland of mineral rich states, it has seen immense growth in steel, thermal power and container cargo. The port is well connected by road as well as rail and has recently received the final forest clearance from the Centre to develop a 10 mtpa oil jetty and 5 mtpa multipurpose clean cargo berth.

The 52-year old port's current capacity stands at 108 mt and it is the sixth largest bulk handling port in the world. The projects include an investment of up to Rs 6,500 crore for the upcoming Western Dock, Mishra said. Six new captive berths of more than 10 mn tonnes per annum (tpa) capacity each will be developed as part of the Western Dock complex. Other major investments will include a Rs 1,357.02 crore outgo on the mechanisation of the container quays 1 and 2, a Rs 5,600-crore investment for an LNG terminal in two phases and Rs 1,651.09-crore towards other mechanisation of the eastern quays 1, 2, and 3, he said. Additionally, investments have also been lined up for dredging works, setting up a warehousing facility, truck terminal, a coal berth and a new iron ore berth, Mishra said. Majority of the works will be carried out through the public private partnership route. They are in different stages of development at present, right from technical studies to finalisation in some projects, he said.

<< Masalaking Dr. Dhananjay Datar receiving the Forbes Award as one of the top Indian Leaders in the Arab World, from T.P. Seetharam, Ambassador of India to UAE, at a glittering function held recently at Emirates Towers, UAE.


By A Business Reporter t is a great honour and privilege to be recognized by Forbes Middle East,” said Dr. Datar, who is popularly known as the ‘Masala King’. Acknowledging and appreciating their passion and contribution to the advancement of the Arab region, Forbes Middle East revealed its eagerly-awaited list of the Top 100 Indian Leaders in the Middle East at an impressive ceremony held recently at Emirates Towers, UAE. Guests of honor at the event included Shah Rukh Khan, the king

of Indian cinema, as well as H.E. T.P.Seetharam, Ambassador of India to the UAE. The ranking is the result of in depth research and analysis into Indian professionals residing and/or operating businesses in the Middle East. Forbes Middle East serves as a major reference point for business information and collaboration, supporting key decision makers and investors across the region’s sectors, as well as furthering the economic development of the Arab world. This recognition is bound to yield good results for the global economy.

Al Adil Trading under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Dhananjay Datar has been instrumental in bringing 8500 Indian products in the UAE. In Dubai Investment Park he has set up a massive 150 thousand sq ft factory to manufacture and package spices as well as flour. It also has an Indian arm named Masala King Exports in Mumbai. Al Adil has a network of 27 supermarkets, 2 flour mills and 2 spices factories in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman and also a branch of Mumbai Export Division in the name of Masala King Exports (India) Pvt. Ltd in Mumbai, India.


AMFI Seeks Dedicated Tax Slabs For MF Investments Afternoon Despatch & Courier



By A Business Reporter

top body of mutual fund industry has urged the new Government to earmark a separate slab for MF investments along with an increase in the income tax slabs for individual investors in the upcoming Budget. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely is likely to present the first Budget of the Narendra Modi Government in early July and like other sectors, the Association of Mutual Funds of India (AMFI), too, has come out with its wishlist. "We have urged the Government to increase the income tax slabs. Within the total slabs, we have also requested the Government to dedicate some amount for the MF investment only," AMFI Chairman Sundeep Sikka told reporters last Friday. Sikka, who heads Reliance Mutual Fund, said the industry has sought capital gain benefit for select MF products. Talking about other demands, AMFI Chief Executive H N Sinor said the industry body has requested for tweaking of Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS). "We have also requested for MF-linked pension plans, which will help in channelling retail money into capital market," Sinor said. The industry, which crossed Rs 10 lakh crore of average assets under management (AUM) in May, is hopeful of attracting more retail investors into the market going ahead. AMFI is the apex body of all the registered Asset Management Companies.


Reliance MF launches Reliance Corporate Bond Fund Reliance MF has unveiled a new fund as


Birla Sun Life Pure Value Fund - Growth Birla Sun Life Treasury Optimizer Plan - Growth IDBI Nifty Junior Index Fund - Growth HDFC Multiple Yield Fund – Plan 2005 - Growth ICICI Prudential LTP - Growth Escorts Liquid Plan - Growth IDFC G Sec Fund - Short Term – Reg - Growth HDFC Prudence Fund - Growth


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*Note:- Returns calculated for less than 1 year are Absolute returns and returns calculated for more than 1 year are compounded annualized. NAV as on June 06, 2014

Reliance Corporate Bond Fund, a open ended income scheme. The investment objective of the scheme is to generate income through investments in a rang of debt and money market instruments of various maturities with a view to maximizing income while maintaining the optimum balance of yield, safety and liquidity. The scheme would focus its investments predominantly in corporate bonds of various maturities and across ratings for the purpose of achieving regular income and capital appreciation. The New Fund Offer (NFO) will be open for subscription from June 06 and close on June 20, 2014. The New Fund Offer price for the scheme is Rs 10 per unit. ICICI Prudential Fixed Maturity Plan Series 74 - 370 Days - Plan S Floats On ICICI Prudential MF has launched a new fund named as ICICI Prudential Fixed Maturity Plan Series 74 - 370 Days Plan S, a close ended debt scheme. The tenure of the scheme is 370

days from the date of allotment. The New Fund Offer (NFO) price for the scheme is Rs 10 per unit. The new issue opens for subscription from 06 June to 10 June 2014. SBI Debt Fund Series A - 31 Floats On SBI MF has unveiled a new fund named as SBI Debt Fund Series A - 31, a close ended debt scheme. The tenure of the scheme is 367 days from the date of allotment. The New Fund Offer (NFO) price for the scheme is Rs 10 per unit. The new issue will be open for subscription from 11 June and close on 16 June 2014.

SBI Dynamic Bond Fund announces change in exit load SBI MF has announced change in exit load of SBI Dynamic Bond Fund, with effect from June 06, 2014. Accordingly, for exit within six months from the date of allotment: For 10% of Investment: Nil For remaining Investment: 0.50%. For exit after six months from the date of allotment, the exit load will be Nil.

ICICI Pru MF launches ICICI Prudential Growth Fund-Series 1 ICICI Prudential MF has launched a new fund as ICICI Prudential Growth Fund – Series 1, a close ended equity scheme. The tenure of the scheme is 3 years (1095 days) from the date of allotment. The investment objective of the Scheme is to provide capital appreciation by investing in a well diversified portfolio of equity and equity related securities. The New Fund Offer (NFO) opens for subscription from June 02 to June 16, 2014. The New Fund Offer price for the scheme is Rs 10 per unit. The scheme is proposed to be listed on BSE.

Reliance Interval Fund - Quarterly Interval Fund - Series III Announces Dividend Reliance MF has announced 11 June 2014 as the record date for declaration of dividend on the face value of Rs 10 per unit under Dividend Option, Institutional Plan-Dividend Option & Direct Plan-Dividend Option of Reliance Interval Fund - Quarterly Interval Fund - Series III. The amount of dividend will be Rs 0.0001 per unit under each plan / option. JPMorgan MF launches JPMorgan India Top 100 Fund JPMorgan MF has launched a new fund as JPMorgan India Top 100 Fund, an open ended equity growth scheme. The primary investment objective of the Scheme is to seek to generate capital appreciation, from a portfolio that is substantially constituted of equity securities and equity related securities of the top 100 companies, listed in India. The New Fund Offer (NFO) opens for subscription from June 02 to June 16, 2014. The New Fund Offer price for the scheme is Rs 10 per unit.

USD/INR Faces Major Resistance At 59.80

it will create an opportunity for an easing of the policy stance." Taking cues from this the Rupee Spot Open High Low Close ended near its previous week’s close. The major Resistance for USD/INR pair is at 59.80 USDINR 59.19 59.45 59.00 59.18 is CEO of Veracity and on downside the support is at 58.50. The Group trading range for the Spot USD/INR pair is EURINR 80.67 81.08 80.26 80.75 expected to be within 58.80 to 59.80. It is recommended to be cautious and Sell GBPINR 99.14 99.60 98.83 99.55 USD/INR (Futures) on rise with appropriate stop loss as overall the Rupee is expected to JPYINR 58.07 58.15 57.59 57.81 appreciate. Pivot Point for the Pair is at 59.21 and below is the Support & Resistance levels. Last week we witnessed two major Central ratio (CRR) unchanged at 8 percent and 4 perBanks in action, RBI and ECB made some cent, respectively. The reverse repo rate too ast week as expected the Rupee traded was held at 7 percent, while the marginal range bound. The Reserve Bank Of India's important announcements; firstly RBI standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate announced the credit policy in line with expeccredit policy came as a breather to remain untouched at 9 percent. On the other investors, as Governor Raghuram Rajan left the tations. RBI kept repo rate and cash reserve interest rate untouched and also issued a positive statement saying that "If the economy Spot 1st Support S2 S3 1st Resistance R2 R3 stays stable, further policy tightening will not be necessary. On the other hand, if inflation USD/INR 58.9700 58.7600 58.3100 59.4200 59.6600 60.1100 comes down faster than currently anticipated,






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hand SLR was slashed down by 0.5 percent to 22.5 percent which will release Rs 40,000 crores of liquidity, ideally kept as government securities. Then later in the week ECB reduced the deposit rate to minus 0.10 from zero in addition with new stimulus measures by introducing a 400-billion targeted LTROs (long term refinancing operation) to strengthen the bank lending to small companies. ECB became the first central bank to use a negative deposit rate. After trading negative during its previous weeks, last week gold gained in the latter half of the week after Mario Draghi reduced the deposit rate to minus 0.10 from zero in addition with new stimulus measures. The measures gave some haven demand to the metal and revived its worth as a hedging instrument against inflation, which helped gold to trade slightly positive for the week and closed on a positive note for the week. For the week spot Gold prices settled at $1253.16.

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‘Woman of the Year’

Roopa Kudva of Crisil and Shanti Ekambaram of Kotak Mahindra Bank have risen in their respective fields and merit the coveted IMC award LEENA VAIDYA

is President, IMC Ladies Wing



spire or dream to create and achieve the unusual in spite of all the difficulties and obstinate situations and then inspire others to tread on the same path. The objective of IMC Ladies’ wing “Woman of the Year” award is to recognize and encourage the potential of a woman for her outstanding contribution in various fields by making use of her academics, technical knowledge and skills. They set a benchmark for the other women to dare to walk on the untraveled path. Every year the Award is conferred on a self-made woman, who has been successful in her business or professional work and has motivated other women to achieve excellence in their chosen fields. The Wing received nominations from women from diverse fields and backgrounds each one of them doing exemplarily work in their respective fields. However after a lot of debate and thought being put, the jury found its winner in Ms. Roopa Kudva as the woman of the year 2013-2014 while Ms. Shanti Ekambaram was conferred with an Award for a woman for her contribution in the fields of Banking and Financial Services. Both these women have taken their respective organizations to great heights.

<<Roopa Kudva Ms. Roopa Kudva is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of CRISIL. CRISIL has evolved under her leadership into a diversified analytical platform with a global client base and delivery footprint, while remaining the undisputed thought leader in all its segments. During her tenure as CEO, CRISIL’s profits have more than doubled and its customer-base has grown from 1,000 to over 50,000. Its operations now cover more than 30 countries across the globe, and within India, its reach has expanded from 9 Indian cities to 150. During her tenure, CRISIL has pioneered several innovations including rating of mid-sized and small Indian companies, and the publication of independent equity research in India, and has ramped up rapidly in these segments. CRISIL’s research centres have now expanded to Argentina, China, India



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and Poland. Earlier, she led CRISIL’s ratings business, and also led CRISIL’s foray into global research and analytics. She joined CRISIL in 1992, and has more than two decades of global experience across sectors, in India, Middle-East, Eastern Europe, and Mediterranean countries, including a secondment to Standard & Poor’s, Paris, as Director, Financial Institutions Ratings. She regularly features in lists of the most powerful women in business compiled by prominent publications, including Fortune and Business Today. She was chosen as ‘Outstanding Woman Business Leader of The Year’ at CNBC TV18’s ‘India Business Leader Awards 2012’.




is CMD of Samsika Marketing Consultancy

As the Metro sets to roll, its impact is expected to positively affect the city's realty landscape RAMESH NAIR

is COO – Business, JLL India

<<Shanti Ekambaram She is a member of several policy-level committees relating to the Indian financial system, including committees of the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the Reserve Bank of India. She has also been a member of the Executive Council of NASSCOM. She is a regular speaker at global conferences and seminars by multilateral agencies, market participants, and leading academic institutions. Ms. Roopa Kudva is an aspiration and a perfectionist. She has soared to great heights in her career on the grounds of her merit and is a perfect example of a thinker, innovator with immense leadership qualities. Ms. Shanti Ekambaram is the President Corporate & Investment Banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. When she was the Executive Director and CEO of Kotak Investment Banking she along with her team, steered the firm to a position of market leadership. She established a franchise recognised for executing innovative deals, including pioneering the first book-built IPO in India, which ushered global standards into the Indian capital markets. Ms. Ekambaram has rich and varied experience in almost all sectors of banking and finance. Which includes Investment Banking including Capital Markets (IPOs, Private Equity, Strategic Equity), M&As, Fixed Income, Fixed Income Syndication & Advisory, the Proprietary Fixed Income Government Securities business and Corporate Banking including Working Capital & Project Financing, transaction banking services and treasury products. She manages to juggle several hats. She is a philanthropist at heart and has been supporting several NGOs. She has raised pledges for causes close to her heart through Mumbai Marathon for the past few years. She was recognised as the Highest Individual Woman Pledge Raiser in 2011 and as the Second Highest Individual Pledge Raiser in the Corporate Challenge category in 2013 and 2014. These are the women, who invigorate the theme of the year as they aspire to do exceptional work, achieve it with determination and become an inspiration for million others.



everal years after New Delhi, the country’s political capital, witnessed a transformation with the implementation of the Delhi Metro, the financial capital of Mumbai is set to experience a similar phenomenon with the imminent commissioning of the Versova AndheriGhatkopar (VAG) corridor of the Mumbai Metro. With equity participation from Reliance Infra and Veolia (a French transportation major), this PPP initiative has all the hallmarks of a game-changer for the city’s transportation and realty landscape. Many facts about the VAG have already been well documented : A project investment of USD 720 million, a fleet of 16 rakes with 4 fully air-conditioned coaches with an individual capacity of 375 passengers, travel time reduced to 21 minutes from the current 90 minutes between Versova and Ghatkopar - and of course, improved EastWest connectivity. However, the impact on the Mumbai realty market is likely to be far more pronounced. Transportation infrastructure economics have historical-


ly proven to have a positive impact on real estate values in a city like Mumbai – residential and commercial properties located close to transportation infrastructure tend to command a premium. Independent analysis of pricing reveal that proximity to a Metro station can single-handedly account for a 22% variation in land values, the other factors being location, distance of the land from the central point and income groups. On the back of the execution of a string of surface transport infrastructure projects – viz. the JogeshwariVikhroli Link Road (JVLR), the Santacruz Chembur Link Road (SCLR) and the Wadala-Chembur Monorail - the VAG corridor will further stoke the already buoyant Mumbai realty market. Each of these transportation infrastructure initiatives have had a tonic effect on the adjoining realty micro markets – for example the expected implementation of the Monorail had pumped up property prices in Chembur and Wadala by more than 100% in a short span of 4 to 5 years. This also applies to the SCLR, with which the Chembur micro-market again witnessed a perceptible price rise due. The areas which will benefit from Metro connectivity have already seen price rises of 400% over the past eight years, and this trend is set to continue with this imminent launch. A more detailed impact analysis follows below:

Near-Term Impact: Developers’ interest in projects near the Metro has been increasing since the start of construction. With the commencement of the project, the surrounding region will definitely experience a certain boom in terms of new offerings and price hikes. Rates on both the commercial and residential market will increase, as the properties of northern SBD, BKC and SBD central are the most preferred locations for investors.


CBD – Already losing out to BKC and SBD Central, SBD North will now also pose a strong contender as a business destination alternative to CBD. Absorption could reduce due to the trend of shifting away from CBD, which will lead to a correction in prices. SBD Central – SBD North might not be able to compete with BKC, but it will pose a challenge to SBD Central. Residential and commercial spaces in SBD North may start becoming preferred over SBD Central, especially when favourable prices are found in SBD North. SBD BKC – BKC will remain largely unaffected - even factoring in the effect of the Metro on SBD North, the advantages that BKC already has will keep it firmly in the #1 position. Absorption and prices will remain steady. SBD North – The maximum positive effect will be seen in SBD North, as the Metro runs across its entire width, covering practically all the important destinations. Absorption and supply are set to increase rapidly along with capital and rental values. The residential market in certain key areas will see a boost in activity, especially in Andheri West. Western Suburbs – The Metro will also have a positive impact on the Western suburbs due to the faster connectivity to the Eastern suburbs. Absorption rates and supply will increase marginally. Residential markets will also take off in areas closer to the Metro. Eastern Suburbs – Besides SBD North, this micro-market is going to see the maximum impact from the Metro. Rental and capital values are set to increase as absorption rates move up. The residential market in areas like Ghatkopar will derive the maximum benefit. Thane-Navi Mumbai – If at all, Thane and Navi Mumbai will see only a marginal positive impact, as commuting to the Western suburbs and SBD North and back becomes faster. Otherwise, these markets are will remain largely unaffected. The commissioning of the VAG corridor of the Metro is like to transform the dynamics of the Mumbai transportation, as well as its realty market. In conjunction with the SCLR and the Monorail, the Metro is certainly poised to become a major game-changer for realty investments in Mumbai.

Medium - Term Impact: Intra and inter-connectivity in SBD North and the Eastern suburbs will increase tremendously, given the capacity of 7 lakh passengers per day added by the Metro. Concurrently, East-West connectivity will benefit the maximum by this project, which will reduce the burden on JVLR and SCLR (the current East-West corridors). Travelling to the Eastern suburbs and Navi Mumbai from the Western suburbs and SBD North and back will become faster and more convenient. Among the series of mega-projects such as the Eastern Freeway, SCLR and Monorail in the past one year, the Metro is the

biggest so far. The combined effect reflect positively on Mumbai’s real estate market - the residential and retail markets in Andheri, Jogeshwari and Ghatkopar will witness tremendous growth, especially those near the Metro stations.

Long-Term Impact Long-term value capture would be possible through increase in FSI. If the proposal of granting FSI of 4 to areas near the Metro is approved, it will have a far-reaching impact and potentially transform the entire landscape of areas surrounding the Metro.

Hard Sell But Do Not Over Sell While Hiring For Your Startup

sk any founder of a startup about the biggest challenges one encounters in running a new business and most likely the reply would be to hire the best fit. It is the team that matters at the end of the day. It is the biggest differentiator between an average and a superb company. Why is hiring such a big deal? While there are several reasons, one of the important ones is finding the right fit. It is because anyone looking for a job has a tendency to look for an established company, if not the leading global MNC. A startup, especially in the early stage, is still figuring out lot of things – one being the exact business model itself. While the Founder may be in love with the concept, the new person coming into the team may or may not share that vision. Add insecurities of losing job if the startup gets sold off to a bigger company or worse still gets shut, significantly reduces the number of people applying for jobs in a start-up.

RITU KANT OJHA is Founder,


But then how are the start-ups doing so well in India? It is because the smart entrepreneurs do not hire anyone and everyone they can get their hands on. A hard look at the team of the top e-commerce and

technology start-ups would show that average age of their core team is less than 28 years. Why do start-ups tend to choose younger ones has a strong reason. A fresh mind is willing to work hard, is flexible with the timings and also would be eager to learn. The problem on the other hand with some of the experienced lot is that they “know more”. And there is a fair risk that they would undermine the authority of the founders leaving not much scope for innovation. Though being young is not a guarantee for being a better fit in a start-up, the fact is that most new businesses do prefer young team. As a start-up one needs a team member that discusses, debates and brings in new thoughts and not becomes a drag on day-to-day working claiming, “s/he has been there, done that”.Founder of a new venture should not be swayed by the fancy degrees of the applicants. When a company is new, it grows really fast. It needs “doors” that get the job done, irrespective of which big brand they

come from. At the interview stage itself, the focus must be more on the “culture-fit” than on the work experience. A college dropout might do wonders for your company than an Ivy league graduate. An avoidable mistake many start-ups make in order to convince a good talent is by over-selling the benefits of working in their company. In over-zealousness the Founder might promise them bigger roles, better paypackages, big incentives and promotions, even though they themselves might not be fully convinced whether what they are proposing is right or not. This might be suicidal for your business. Complete transparency while hiring would help in better hiring. It is okay to hard-sell but over-selling is always harmful. Both for those looking to work in a start-up, as well as a Founder looking to hire a talent. The Writer is a Founder,– a platform that connects startups across the globe

arketers try to understand their own market via varied analysis. They try to find out contribution of sales from various towns, regionality, as well as seasonality for the relevant product category. Just as summer is an extremely potential season for product categories like soft drinks and ice-creams and winter is an excellent season for sweaters and other warm cloth offerings, the rainy season, the monsoon provides an exciting opportunity to some marketing people. Certain product categories look up to the rains for their gains. If we try to understand this slice of the year as a segment to be marketed to, we must also first understand what segmentation means. The concept of a market as a set and a segment as a subset is the basis on which the process of segmentation is carried out. But relationship of a segment to a market is also one of means to goals and this has two implications. First, since means for accomplishing goals can be varied, different segments of a market may demand radically different offerings, with buyers in one segment not regarding what is being offered in another segment as being an adequate substitute. For example, an umbrella for a raincoat. Secondly, since people choose within the context of what is available, they are not satisfied with what they buy. A possibility always remains of designing an offering better suited to the segment. Earlier, all umbrellas were black, but today you get branded, colourful and easily portable folding ones. Similarly, in the case of raincoats, the shapes and designs and colours now cater to modern, contemporary tastes. Marketers start planning their ‘Rain Campaign’, quite early. Since the clear benefit provided to the consumers is one of protection from rain, shoes also fall in the same category. Other product categories, who look forward to rains, are a mixed lot. On the industrial product side, major contractors would be awarded road contracts filling pot holes on the roads. On the consumer durable front, cars and two wheelers need to be geared up to meet the onslaught of the monsoons. On the pharmaceutical side, this is an important season for some companies. Cough and cold remedies, start advertising rather heavily during this season. The entire range of cough and cold remedies, whether in the form of balms, rubs, lozenges or syrups, start aggressive marketing and sales exercise, with brands competing fiercely with each other. Without this splendid monsoon marketing exercise some of the hotels would have landed up closing down for a three month period during monsoon. It definitely is an illustration of using positioning to create a perception of a beautiful ‘Goa Experience’ in the rains and making it a much to be desired location and time. The other area of activity during the rains involves sales promotion. A branded umbrella free, along with every purchase of some consumer durables, also uses the rains effectively to their advantages. Thus, we see that whether through the route of relieving pains or exciting campaigns there exist gains during the rains, for some marketing companies. Copyright © 2013, All rights reserved. Jagdeep Kapoor can be contacted at


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« TOP VIEW My 3 (power, coal and renewable energy) ministries learned a lot about the power issues faced by the states and will address all such policy issues on a fast-track basis. We also understood the Jyotigram Yojana in great detail and will leave no stone unturned for our dream of 24x7 power, pan India in every home. —Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal



Achche Din Here; Markets Flare To New Highs… NSE India : CNX Nifty — Daily Market Report for: Monday (June 9, 2014) By Dominic Rebello


The Nifty rose substantially on Friday (June 06, 2014) a net 109.80 points (1.46%) and closed at the 7583 point level. The market opened up with a gap at the 7521 points level. It then turned into a range bound movement until 11.05 a.m. The index then declined and registered the day’s low at the 7497 points level at 11.22 a.m. The index then rose steadily throughout the session and registered the day’s high at the 7592 points level at 3.18 p.m. and then turned into a range bound movement until closing at the day. The Nifty remained above its previous close throughout the session, moved in a range of 95 points and closed above the psychologically important 7550 points level. Sentiment was extremely bullish and amongst the 50 Nifty stocks 40 were gainers, while 10 stocks closed in the red. All the sectoral indices barring IT, metal and technology closed in the green. Substantial buying was witnessed in realty, oil & gas and PSU stocks. TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Volume: Volume (Qty shares) increased 1.63%. This change is small but indicates a wide participation by investors.

Market Breadth: Overall Market Breadth on the NSE was positive. Amongst all the traded stocks, 1113 were gainers, 496 were losers and 25 remained unchanged. Slow Stochastic Indicator: The Slow Stochastic Oscillator has risen and has entered the over-bought zone. The Slow K line in the Stochastic Oscillator is above the slow D line (positive if it continues).

RSI Indicator: The RSI is above the 60 level and is now rising (positive if it continues).

MACD Indicator: The MACD is above zero and is rising (positive if it continues). It is above its 9-day Average (positive).

Is above its 200-day average (at 6300) Positive. All the four averages are positively trended. Positive.

Overall Market Strength/Weakness: The indicators and oscillators discussed here are indicating a strong market with a positive bias.

Support Levels: For short-term traders the immediate main support is at the 7043 points level. The next support is at the 6846 points level.

Resistance Levels: The immediate main resistance at the 7497 and 7569 point’s level was crossed above in the previous session.

Pivot Point Analysis: For intra-day traders the support and resistance levels are calculated according to the pivot point theory and are: Pivot point = 7558 (This is the level where the trend is likely to change during intra-day). Support (1) = 7523. Support (2) = 7463. Resistance (1) = 7618. Resistance (2) = 7653. OUTLOOK FOR TODAY: On Japanese candlestick patterns the index has formed a second consecutive white body candle on higher volumes. The body of this candle is above and outside the body of the previous candle indicating a range expansion and acceleration. This is positive. Further, the index in above its 5, 15, 25 and 200 days moving averages and all the four averages are rising and also positively trended. Moreover, the velocity parameters too indicate strength. All these indicate a positive bias and the possibility of an up move unfolding. Investors are advised to hold long positions.

Work with strict stop losses on all positions

ADX Indicator & DI Lines: The +DI line is above the – DI line and both lines are diverging (positive if it continues). The ADX is rising while the Market Index is rising, which indicates that the present up trend is increasing in strength. MOVING AVERAGES (TREND INDICATORS) The index: Is above its 5-day average (at 7447) Positive. Is above its 15-day average (at 7343) Positive. Is above its 25-day average (at 7171) Positive.

Disclaimer: Investment recommendations made in ‘ADC’ are for information purposes only and derived from sources that are deemed to be reliable but their accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. ‘ADC’ or the analyst/writer does not accept any liability for the use of this column for the buying or selling of securities. Readers of this newspaper who buy or sell securities based on the information in this newspaper are solely responsible for their actions. ‘ADC’ and/or its affiliates and/or employees and/or the author, his company or his acquaintances may have interests/ positions, financial or otherwise in the securities mentioned in this newspaper.

Target Rs. 890

We maintain high conviction Buy rating for Aurobindo Pharma (APL) and enhance the target price to Rs890 from Rs730 based on 11xFY16E EPS of Rs80.5. Though the revenues for Q4FY14 were in line with our expectations, EBIDTA margin and net profit exceeded our expectations. APL achieved strong growth of 130%YoY in US formulation segment led by generic Cymbalta. Entry into new segments of penam and peptides will help improve margins further. Sales growth driven by US formulations: APL’s formulation business (68% of revenues) grew by 76%YoY to Rs16.14bn from Rs9.18bn due to strong growth in the US market. US formulations grew by 130%YoY to Rs11.16bn from Rs4.86bn partly due to the strong performance of generic Cymbalta. Formulations in EU & RoW grew at 21%YoY and ARV formulations grew by 7%. APL’s API business (32% of revenues) grew by 13%YoY to Rs7.55bn from Rs6.67bn driven by 35% growth in SSP and 13% growth in non-beta lactam segments. The management expects growth momentum in Cymbalta to continue in Q1FY15 and expects entry of two more players. Attractive valuations & key risks: We have revised our EPS estimates for FY15 and FY16 upwards by 33% and 21% respectively due to strong formulation growth in the US led by generic Cymbalta. At the CMP of Rs639 the stock trades at 9.4x FY15E EPS of Rs68.3 and 7.9x FY16E EPS of Rs80.5 and 6.6x FY17E EPS of Rs96.9. We maintain Buy rating on the scrip with a target price of Rs890 based on 11x FY16E EPS of Rs80.5 with an upside of 39.3% from CMP. Key risks to our assumptions are delay in integration of acquired Actavis formulations business and regulatory risks for its various manufacturing facilities.


Target Rs. 370

Q4FY14 results were below expectations primarily due to losses for the fertilizer segment on account of non clarity on above cut off production. APAT stood at Rs 786mn lower than our estimates of Rs 1.7bn. Restructuring of Magadi operations undertaken in the current quarter. Management has decided to mothball its premium ash Magadi plant operations with a view to ensure cash profitability. Management has taken further write offs to clean the balance sheet in Q4FY14 which led to an EO of Rs 13bn for Magadi restructuring, UK restructuring cost and reduction in value of investments. We have introduced our FY16E and believe that the restructuring pain could be coming to an end and management focus will now shift on debt repayment. Maintain Buy with a revised target price of Rs 370. Non clarity on above cut off production impacted profitability: Q4FY14 consolidated revenues at Rs 37bn were up 9%yoy and in line with our estimates. The inorganic chemical segment revenues stood at Rs 21.2bn up 14.7%yoy and marginally ahead of estimates. Restructuring of non profitable operations approaching completion: With a view to ensure long term viability of the business, the company had restructured its UK operations in the early part of FY14. As per the earlier guidance, the company has announced plans to restructure its non profitable Magadi operations by mothballing its high energy cost, premium ash Magadi facility, which will lead to a reduction of ~200 employees. The company has taken the necessary write offs in the current quarter (~Rs 13bn) and expects very small restructuring related costs in FY15. The restructuring efforts thus are coming to an end with focus now shifting on debt repayment.De-leveraging of the balance sheet next catalyst, maintain Buy With the restructuring efforts coming to an end, the management is now focused on repayment of debt. The management has guided for a gradual debt repayment schedule over the next 5 years across all its operations. We have introduced our FY16E. Debt repayment will act as the next trigger. We continue to maintain our Buy rating on the stock valuing the company at 10x FY16E EPS with a upgraded target price of Rs 370. Please send all business and corporate related mails to


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A Song of Ice and Fire: Box Set By R. R. Martin The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

Asura: Tale of The Vanquished By Anand Neelakantan Fifty Shades of Grey By E. L. James The Lowland By Jhumpa Lahiri

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The Target By David Baldacci




The Accidental Prime Minister By Sanjaya Baru Capital in the Twenty-First By Thomas Piketty

Narendra Modi: A Political Biography By Andy Marino

Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service By Nissim Mishal The Decision Book By Mikael Krogerus

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This week we have two excellent books which are already at the top of the bestsellers lists in many countries. They are literary efforts and have been hailed for being very well-written evocative novels. The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is the story of Ajay and little Maya, and their world, which is a bookstore. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue is about how a feisty friend can become a catalyst and trigger for freedom

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ife much more meaningful with a baby This book is a hearty delight for booklovers, as life here rotates mostly inside and around a bookstore called Island Books, with its owner’s house located above. Among the many memorable characters is a baby, Maya. She has turned up as an 25-monthold in a pink ski jacket, sitting between the rows of shelves with a book in her hand, at closing time. Pinned to a doll the baby has brought along is a note from the mother asking him to care for the baby named Maya. A.J. Fikry, the owner, is a recluse of a man, who barely manages to take care of himself. Down and out with depression after the death of his pretty, young wife who is killed while driving back to their home on Alice Island. She was probably speeding to catch the last automobile ferry. A.J. is very remorseful and feels he should have gone and dropped the author home that fateful night instead of allowing her to do it. The bookstore was his wife’s idea, and dreams get further shattered when he passes out after polishing off a bottle of wine only to wake up and find that a rare book, Tamerlane, has gone missing from its high security climate controlled glass case.Returning from a run, he stumbles upon Maya sitting in his store and promptly changes her diaper (a twenty minute exercise) before taking her across to Police Chief Lambiase, another adorable character in this book. A.J. presents the baby to the police officer. ‘Someone left this in the store,’ A.J. whispers so as not to wake Maya who has fallen asleep in his arms…’ Do you know anything about child care?’ Lambiase asks. ‘It’s only for the weekend. How hard can it be? I’ll call my sisterin-law. Anything she doesn’t know, I’ll Google.’ By the time they arrive at the apartment, Maya is full-on crying, a sound somewhere between a New Year's Eve party horn and a fire alarm. A.J. deduces that she is hungry,

but he has no clue what to feed a twenty-five-month old. He pulls up her lip to see if she has teeth. She does and she uses them to try to bite him.You can read this book for its gentle story and for its language. There is an Indian connection, A.J. is Ajay! Lambiase keeps dropping by at Island Books and to justify these visits, he buys books which he then reads because he doesn't like wasting money. A.J. has met at the most

momentous occasions of his life, during the days of his wife's death and when his rare book gets stolen. They keep discussing writers and A.J. keeps upgrading him to many better authors who he himself favours. He also exchanges pleasantries with Maya, picking her up whenever he can. The two are hopelessly in love with the child. Sister-in-law Ismay is unfortunately having her second

A quilt of fact and fiction


his story is set in 1876. The place Chinatown in San Francisco. The characters: Blanche Beunon, a French prostitute who looks after Arthur Deneve, her pimp who was her co-performer at a circus in Paris, and also his friend, Ernest Girard, who is something of a free-loader and a cad. Jenny Bonnet is a vivacious woman who stumbles into their lives and is everything that Blanche had wanted to be. Jenny is suddenly murdered, felled by a bullet fired through a window. The people are probably close to some real folk in those times, and the book is a product of intense and painstaking research about an

unsolved murder at a time when there was a heatwave compounded by a smallpox epidemic. Blanche has to 'service' other men and also Arthur and Ernest, to keep them all alive in a world hopelessly skewed against women. Jenny is a rebel, and sells frogs to French and Chinese immigrants – that is how the title to the book. Blanche finally has to try and stand up for herself – she first has to retrieve her little son who she has put into foster care at the behest of Arthur. Is there liberation? Frog Music by Emma Donoghue Picador (Pan Macmillan)Rs.599

miscarriage just on the day when she has become Maya's godmother at a 'non-denominational christening' event, and she has been some help in her own way right from the first day A.J. came upon Maya sitting in a corner between bookshelves. Her hubby Daniel Parish is also a writer, and a known philanderer. Those of us who nose our books will love this adorable excerpt: The first way Maya approaches a book is to smell it. She strips the book of its jacket, then holds it up to her face and wraps the boards around her ears. Books typically smell like Daddy's soap, grass, the sea, the kitchen table and cheese. She studies the pictures and tries to tease a story out of them. It is tiring work, but even at three years old, she recognises some of the tropes...When children come into their rows, she always makes sure to stick a book into their hands. This book has been extensively reviewed across the globe, and invariably there have been some who have been restless over a child growing in a bookstore, and the absence of a real plot. But most have seen it as a story of love and have revelled in the author's narrative style. Once, someone had asked A.J. if Maya was his. 'You're both black but not the same kind of black.' Maya remembers this because the remark had made A.J. use a tone of voice she had never heard him use with a customer. 'What is the same kind of black?' A.J. had asked. 'No, I didn't mean to offend you,' the person had said and then the flip-flops had backed their way to the door, leaving without making a purchase.Reading about A.J. taking Maya in a stroller in the evening, reading to her in the night until she falls asleep, tending to her when she joins kindergarten, and contracts chickenpox brings out a whole deal of caring in the heart and mind. The romance between Amelia Loman, who markets books for Knightley Press, and A.J. is the result of an association sustained by her more than by A.J. She is four inches taller than him: That spring Amelia takes to wearing flats and finds herself making more sales calls to Island Books than the account, strictly speaking requires. If her boss notices, he does not say. Publishing is still a gentleperson's business, and besides, A.J. Fikry is carrying an extraordinary number of Knightley titles, more than nearly and other bookstore in the Northeast corridor. The boss does not care whether the numbers are driven by love or commerce. This good book sees some more heartening romance but that would be telling. The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin Hachette Rs.350





 Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and lessthan-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. HBO, 9 p.m.



 In tonight’s episode, the different and unique performances of dance, balancing, singing will surprise you. Not only this! The entertainment quotient level will reach a new level when judge Anu Malik too will be seen matching steps with the Volcano group and trying his hands on Kathak. Sony TV, 9 p.m.


 From wrestling a saltwater crocodile, to wrangling a deadly inland Taipan or milking a Funnel-web spider to make anti-venom; it’s all in a morning’s work for reptile park operations manager and wildlife expert Tim Faulkner. Tune into THE WILD LIFE OF TIM FAULKNER and experience some wild adventure. Animal Planet, 9 p.m.


 Dave Salmoni meets the true survivors of the natural world, when he journeys to some of the globes most remote islands. These islands have developed unique ecosystems and species and these animals have adapted perfectly for their environment. In this unique new series, Dave’s skill will be tested to the limit, as he lives alongside a host of animals that exist in total isolation. By living alongside these wild animals, he will learn from them how a man can survive in some of the remotest places on Earth. Viewers will discover that nature’s castaways are the ultimate survivors. Discovery, 8 p.m.


 MYTHBUSTERS, Hosted by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, uncovers the truth behind popular myths and legends by mixing scientific method with curiosity and style of experimentation. Can Christmas trees lights cause house fires? Or can combining Diet Coke and Mentos make the stomach explode? Tune into this fascinating episode of MYTHBUSTERS as it reveals the answers of all these questions. Discovery Science, 7 p.m.


 Durga refuses to take Dev to meet Payal owing to the adverse reaction that Payal had after meeting Shaurya. She also tells him


Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch....Sony TV, 9 p.m.

that Nitya is dead. Shaurya makes his very first presentation as the chief architect of the Cancer research project that starts on a hilarious note, but he eventually manages to wow everyone. Durga keeps wondering why Shaurya is behaving so coldly with her. Shaurya on the other hand is very happy that his game of not being too available for Durga is working in his favour. To rattle Shaurya, Durga tells him that Dev had come to meet her. A furious Shaurya takes off on Sakshi for not handling Dev properly. Sakshi wonders what Durga is upto playing both the brothers against each other. Star Plus, 8 p.m.


 For some time now, Sooraj has been learning driving in secret as he plans to give a big surprise to Sandhya and by taking her on a long drive. Sandhya on the other hand cracks down on errant tourist taxi drivers who fleece customers and openly flout rules. Sandhya punishes them but in return the entire taxi union creates a huge media furore by staging a dharna outside the police station. At the same time, Sooraj who is driving Sandhya’s official jeep to surprise her ends up causing an accident just outside the police station. Star Plus, 9 p.m.


 As Brody finds himself in increasingly desperate straits, he returns to his faith for guidance in an unexpected way. Star World, 9 p.m.


 IN New York, unemployed and divorced Larry Daley is a complete loser. His son Nick is very disappointed with his father who is going to be evicted. Larry accepts the job of night watchman in the Museum of Natural History and takes the place of three old security guards that have just retired. On his first shift, Larry soon realizes that everything at the museum is not as it seems as the statues begin to come to life after the sun sets. The Museum transforms into complete chaos as Larry learns that an old Egyptian stone that came to the Museum in 1950 brings these statues to life until dawn. Star Movies, 11.30 p.m.  WHILE Ben Gates is presenting new information about John Wilkes Booth and the 18 pages missing from Booth’s diary, a man by the name of Mitch Wilkinson stands up and presents a missing page of John Wilkes Booth’s diary. Thomas Gates, Ben’s great-grandfather, is mentioned on the page. It shows that Ben’s great-grandfather was a co-conspirator in Abraham Lincoln’s murder. When doing more research, the conspiracy takes Ben, Abigail Chase, and Riley Poole to Buckingham Palace. They discover a plank that has early Native American writing on it. The symbol is Cibola, meaning the City of Gold. In order to define the rest they have to go to Ben’s mother, Patrick’s divorced wife. After that the other clue is in the President’s desk in the Oval Office in the White House to discover that the clue lies in The President’s Book. Zee Studio, 10 p.m.


 FORMER CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend’s three kids (who haven’t exactly warmed to their mom’s beau). When one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob’s longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family. Pix, 9 p.m.  IN 1609 AD, Mitravinda, a princess, and Kala Bhairava, the warrior that she loved, die. 400 years later, the warrior is reincarnated as Harsha, a motorcycle stuntman. He brushes hands with a girl and sparks fly as he begins to recall his past life. Knowing that he is destined to love this young woman, he sets about trying to identify her. Indu does not remember her past life and keeps Harsha at a distance; playing tricks on him until she gets to know him better. However, just as the two begin to fall in love,



P.M. 2.00 Ek Hasina Thi 2.30 Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon.. 3.00 Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha 3.30 Diya Aur Bati Hum 4.00 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 4.30 Ek Hasina Thi 5.00 Ek Veer Ki ArdaasVeera 6.00 Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon-Ek Baar Phir 6.30 Suhaani Si ek Ladki 7.00 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 7.30 Saraswati Chandra 8.00 Ek Hasina Thi 8.30 Mahabharat 9.00 Diya Aur Bati Hum 9.30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hain 10.00 Pyar Ka Dard Hai…. 10.30 Ek Veer Ki Ardaas – Veera 11.00 Ye Hai Mohabbatein P.M. 2.00 3.00 4.00 4.30 5.00 6.00 7.00 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.00

House Once Upon A Time How I Met Your Mother Two And A Half Men Homeland House Koffee with Karan How I Met Your Mother Two And A Half Men Homeland House Once Upon A Time


P.M. 2.00 The Secret Life of the American Teenager 3.00 The Good Wife 4.00 American Funniest Home Videos 5.00 Just for Laughs 6.00 The Secret Life of the American Teenager 7.00 Pretty Little Liars 8.00 The Big Bang Theory 8.30 Two and a Half Men 9.00 The Good Wife 10.00 The Secret Life of the American Teenager 11.00 The Big Bang Theory P.M. 12.30 4.00 8.00 8.30 9.00

Night At The Museum, Star Movies, 11.30 p.m.

a sinister force from their shared past returns! Max, 9 p.m.


 RAGINI MMS is a sensuous paranormal film, shot as if in real time! The quintessential couple, Ragini and Uday, set out to have a dirty weekend at a friend’s farmhouse. The weekend getaway quickly changes gears as they find themselves in a house that has been rigged with cameras in Bigg Boss style. The cameras that were meant to capture love-making are witness to something that is beyond the realm of human understanding...something metaphysical.... Filmy 9 p.m.


 THE film opens in India. It is the early 20th century, when India remains part of the British empire. The opening sequence shows a group of British soldiers plundering an Indian fort and taking its riches by air to England. They are stopped by the valiant Raja Azad Singh. Raja Azad Singh is immensely strong, and manages to lasso the light aircraft, subdue several English soldiers and recover the stolen jewels. Around this time, Raja Azad Singh’s wife Rani Durga a Roy gives birth to a baby boy. The Raja carves the word mard (man, intending to convey strength and bravery) into the newborn’s chest, noting proudly that the baby is smiling throughout, and can apparently feel no pain. Zee Cinema, 9 p.m.


5.30 Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya 6.00 Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se 6.30 Pavitra Rishta 7.00 Ek Mutthi Aasmaan and Suhane Ladakpan Ke 8.00 Jodha Akbar 8.30 Do dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se 9.00 Pavitra Rishta 9.30 Qubool Hai 10.00 Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya 10.30 Doli Armaano Ki 11.00 Jodha Akbar


P.M. 2.00 Savdhaan India 7.00 Baawre.. Chal Jahan Challen Mann Ke Paon Re

P.M. 2.00 Jai Malhar 2.30 Eka Lagnachi Tisari Goshta 3.00 Honar Suun Me Hya Gharachi 3.30 Juluni Yeti Reshimgathi 4.00 Fu Bai Fu 5.00 Jai Malhar 5.30 Honar Suun Me Hya Gharachi 6.00 Eka Lagnachi Tisari Goshat 6.30 Home Minister 7.00 Jai Malhar 7.30 Javai Vikat Ghene Aahe 8.00 Honar Suun Me Hya Gharachi 8.30 Juluni Yeti Reshimgathi


P.M. 2.00 Joe Rogan Questions Everything 3.00 How It’s Made 4.00 Mythbusters 4.50 Strangest Weather on Earth 5.15 How It’s Made 6.00 Prophets of Science Fiction 7.00 Mythbusters 8.00 How It’s Made 9.00 Tech Toys 360 10.00 Deadliest Tech 11.00 The Greatest Ever P.M. 2.00 3.00 4.00 4.30 5.30


Top Secret Recipe Ancient Aliens Vice Human Weapon Modern Marvels



CID Crime Patrol Main Naa Bhoolungi Ekk Nayi Pehchaan Entertainmetn Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega 10.00 Maharana Pratap 10.30 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 11.00 Crime Patrol




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P.M. 2.00 Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya 2.30 Doli Armaano Ki 3.00 Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke 3.30 Pavitra Rishta 4.00 Qubool Hai 4.30 Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se 5.00 Jodha Akbar

P.M. 2.00 Treat Ice Cream Swad Yatra 2.30 News in Marathi 3.00 Apradh 3.30 Daivacha Ha Khel Nirla 4.00 Bheti Lagi Jiva 4.30 Sansar Maza Wegala 5.00 News in Marathi 5.05 Sanyasi 5.30 Krishi Darshan 6.00 Amchi Mati Amchi Mansa 6.30 News in Marathi 7.30 Saraswatichandra 8.00 Gaon Connection 8.30 Pavitra Bandhan 9.00 Malgudi Days 10.00 Main Khayal Hoon Kisi

P.M 1.00 3.00 5.30 7.00 9.00 11.30 A.M. 8.30 10.30

Homeland, Star World, 9 p.m. 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00

Gustakh Dil Devo ke Dev Mahadev Ek Boond Ishq Nadaan Parinde Ghar Aa Ja 10.00 Baawre.. Chal Jahan Challen Mann Ke Paon Re 10.30 Savdhaan India P.M. 2.00 2.30 3.00 5.30 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00 10.30 11.00 P.M. 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00


Sasural Simar Ka Rangrasiya Aamna Saamna Rangrasiya Balika Vadhu Beintehaa Uttaran Sasural Simar Ka Balika Vadhu Madhubala Beintehaa Rangrasiya Uttaran Bani – Ishq da Kalma Balika Vadhu


Taarak Mehta Ka FIR Pritam Jo Biwi Se Kare Pyar Taarak Mehta Ka Pritam Pyare Aur Who Baal Veer Taarak Mehta Ka Chidiya Ghar Badi Door Se Aaye Hai Lapataganj-Ek Baar Phir 10.30 F I R 11.00 Taarak Mehta Ka


Jai Malhar, Zee Marathi, 10.30 p.m.

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Barkha slams TV entertainment shows P

Rajshri in search of love


opular television actress Barkha Bisht, who was seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie 'Ram Leela', feels that TV has not progressed because top mass entertainer shows are the typical daily soaps. “TV has not progressed as much as I had thought. Though there are a couple of shows that are different, the top mass entertainer shows are still the typical daily  Is the show youth-centric? soaps. Unfortunately, TV How will I meet my soul mate? What would it be like to fall in love? How will I know that it’s true love? - These are the most has not moved much dominant questions in the mind of the young and restless as ‘Love and Friendship’ engulf their world! Keeping this in ahead in terms of mind, Star Plus is set to present an endearing young tale of friendship and romance set in the hinterland of Allahabad. content,” Barkha told PTI. Actor Anil Kapoor's '24'  What is the show all about? and megastar Amitabh Bachchan's upcoming TV 'Suhani Si Ek Ladki' explores the intertwined lives and worlds of three vivacious, fresh and diverse personalities – Suhani, Soumya and Yuvraj. Each of them is as different from the other as chalk and cheese but is connected show 'Yudh' should be by a bond of companionship and love. Produced by Panorama Entertainment, this light-hearted and youthful offered to the audience, fiction show is all set to premiere on June 9 at 6.30 pm on Star Plus. I play Suhani. she feels. “I don't know how much good the show  Tell us more... '24' has done in terms of 'Suhani Si Ek Ladki' traces the journey of Suhani, Soumya and Yuvraj and their differing ideologies of TRPs. I liked the show. I love. Suhani, an innocent, simple and average looking girl, wants a man who may not be good-looking feel different kind of shows or rich but is blessed with a heart of gold and who would love her for who she is. In contrast to Suhani, should be provided to the is her extremely beautiful best friend Saumya who lives in her own dream world and believes that audience. Presently, the true love is all about being pampered by your partner. On the other hand, Yuvraj is a handsome mindset of the audience is and rich scion of a business family whose ultimate dream in life is to marry the most beautiful blocked with certain shows. girl in the world, his belief being that external beauty alone is the marker of a good heart. There should be a departure What happens when their three lives collide, intertwining all of them within a common from regular shows,” she said. thread of friendship and love. The result is a very interesting, heart-warming story with Barkha has been keeping away multiple twists and turns which will alter the lives of Suhani, Soumya and Yuvraj from the daily soaps because of forever. their content. “I was offered shows on TV but I  Who are your co-stars on the show? couldn't relate to them. I want to get back to TV but for me the story, role has Neha Yadav and Sahil Mehta. to be different, it shouldn't be stereotypical.  What’s next? I am not sure, if I would get something I am waiting for the viewers response to the show. different to do. I might just end up doing some Talking about the show, Nikhil Madhok, senior vice-president, marketing TV show,” said the actress. and programming strategy, Star Plus, said, “With 'Suhaani Si Ek Ladki', we She would be seen in a TV show soon but is not hope to further strengthen our bond with the youth. Over the last one year, Star Plus' keen on sharing details about it. viewership amongst all demographics has increased significantly over fresh “I should be doing a TV show, and to some extent it is engaging content. However, progressive young women have forged a different. I can't talk more about it,” she said. Barkha started especially strong bond with us. This show will resonate with them, her career in TV with 'Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi'. Then she appeared on 'Pyaar ke do naam... Ek Radha Ek Shyaam' and was also seen in a cameo highlighting their dreams and aspirations and a take on love that they will find refreshing.” appearance in 'Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi'.

Rajshri Rani Pandey has a significant role in Star Plus's new show ‘Suhani Si Ek Ladki’. Sandeep Hattangadi spoke to Rajshri about her new show which involves a refreshing tale of friendship and romance. Here are excerpts


The ‘other woman’ syndrome on TV

By Sandeep Hattangadi

here was a time when Hindi cinema was obsessed with the portrayal of ‘the other woman’ in popular films like ‘Silsila’, ‘Chandni’ ‘Arth ‘, ‘Souten’ and ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ but now it seems that the character of the other woman has filtered down to the small screen in popular shows like Mouli Ganguly in ‘Kya Hua Tera Vaada’, Pooja Pihaal in ‘Pavitra Rishta’, Ayesha Kapoor in ‘Bade Ache Lagte Hain’, Padmini Kolhapure in ‘Ekk Nayee Pehchaan’. What is it that the ‘other woman’ clicks in the minds of the viewers and sets the ratings of the shows spiralling. We spoke to a cross-section of the TV industry about this new trend. Popular producer Manish Goswami of shows like ‘Kitty Party’, ‘Parampara’, ‘Daraar’, ‘Sarkaar’ reflects, “ This trend is a mirror of the society that we live in today, especially the youth and newly married young couples who are

promiscuous and this reflects in the shows we are making and the audiences identify with such shows and characters because that’s what they see in the environment around them. I hope this trend doesn’t continue but as long as the TV audience is growing, this trend will continue.”

Poonam Dhillon, popular Sharada of ‘Ek Nayee Pehchaan’ says, “Padmini will be in a glamorous look as compared to my homemaker role and I am sure the audiences will like her debut in television as much as they liked her in films.” Rajan Shahi, popular producer of shows like ‘Bidaai and 'Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ takes a different stand and says, “One swallow doesn’t make a summer and if the other woman features in one or two shows it doesn’t mean there is a trend.”

Anup's triple avatar

'Lapataganj – Ek Baar Phir' is a lively TV series which shows daily life happenings in a small village and the funny happenings amongst the different families that reside in it. Anup Upadhyay plays the character of Mama, a fun loving person. In the recent track of the show, Anup will be seen in a triple role. He will be essaying the role of Mama as usual and will also be seen in two different avatars of goons which will create a comedy of errors on the show. Tune into 'Lapataganj – Ek Baar Phir' to catch all the fun and comedy, from Monday to Friday at 10 pm only on SAB TV!

TV TATTLE DD's dance show

DoordarshanIndia’s only public service broadcaster is soon going to be telecasting its new dance reality show ‘Close up Bharat Ki Shaan – Let’s Dance’ to be aired on DD National from June 7. The show will see the king of Ballroom dancing, Sandip Soparrkar, as the grand judge. This seems to be yet another unique concept of Gajendra Singh of Saai BabaTelefilms, who is known to bring shows like 'SaReGaMa', 'Music ka Maha Muqabala', 'Voice of India' as well as the last dance reality show on DD National - 'Bharat KiShaan - Rum Jhum'.

Food fight club

TLC, India’s favourite lifestyle channel, presents an exciting new food show that brings together two popular food aficionados and old school chums - Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty. Jamie and Jimmy take their food fight out on the road, travelling abroad to take on big food challenges and see how their culinary creations measure up against the best of the rest of the world. The two Essex natives appear together for the first time in the four-part series 'JAMIE AND JIMMY'S FOOD FIGHT CLUB', which will air every Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm on TLC.



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Modi’s ‘toilets first’ stand vindicated


The dearth of functional ladies’ toilets at the city’s railway stations underlines the nation’s need for the same. The Badaun rape vindicates Narendra Modi’s ‘toilets first’ stand, writes Gajanan Khergamker

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ocial media enthusiasts had deemed it as the ‘funniest video ever’ when John Oliver made a mockery of Indian Politics and particularly Bharatiya Janata Party’s election manifesto. Oliver dished out ‘witty’ remarks like “Wow! That’s a bold move, coming out as protoilet” or “So, who are you gonna vote for? Modi.Why? Because he appeared to me as a hologram and told me he’d give me a toilet,” and for many it was ‘hilariously funny.’ The video went viral and with it the ill-placed sarcasm aimed to belittle Modi’s poll plank. While the lesserviewed Oliver’s spiel wasn’t supposed to be taken seriously, it surely provided for rather mediocre entertainment. That it became hugely viral espoused the fact that most viewers completely missed the point. Satire is associated with verbal onslaughts that don’t quite qualify for penal action but risk being starkly insensitive to culture and gender issues. But then, for Oliver as with an equally-insensitive viewership, the satire was at worst … funny. Oliver and most of his giggly viewership were unaware of the impending risks that half of India’s population –a whopping 1/12th of the world’s – has to face while venturing out in the open at odd hours of the night or early morning for some private time in a wholly unsafe public space. So, the promise of ‘a toilet in every home’ may not feature on a US politician’s list of poll planks, it is the need of the hour for a country like India where every house does not have a toilet of its own. It’s of little wonder then that Narendra Modi, the-then Prime Ministeral candidate had earlier last year said that ‘Toilets were needed more than temples,’ in a statement that hit the nail on the head. Recently, when two minor Dalit girls were found hanging from a tree in Badaun District in Uttar Pradesh, the entire nation was horrified and Modi’s concerns vindicated. Reports confirmed that both the girls were raped and injury marks were found on their bodies too. The girls were sisters and abducted by the perpetrators when they were on the way to relieve themselves in the fields. This rape once again highlighted the fact that there is a dearth of public toilets and proper sanitation in India and that, the worst affected with women who were at the highest risk. The sad fact is this is not a case in isolation. There have been many such cases reported across nation, in the past, when a vulnerable target has been abducted, raped and/or murdered by crime perpetrators when s/he goes to relieve herself in the open fields. Last year, United Nation released a report suggesting around 53 per cent of India’s population still defecate in the open. And, it is not just rural areas; cities too contribute to this huge percentage highlighted in the UN report. Having to fear for one’s safety every time a person needs to answer nature’s call should not be a ‘regular’ occurrence. But, in rural areas where one has to go searching for a deserted farms or fields or wait for it to get dark to relive oneself in a nearby jungle, safety is always compromised and the one’s at the highest risk continue being women and children. A while back, the founder of the Sulabh sanitation movement Bindeshwar Pathak reportedly wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi detailing how the number of

Last year, United Nation released a report suggesting around 53 per cent of India’s population still defecate in the open.

rapes can be brought down by just building toilets for women who make themselves vulnerable to attacks by defecating in the open. “This is the only measure as they do not have toilets in the home and they have to go outside, even at night. If toilets are going to be built then our women would be safer,” Pathak said addressing a section of the media. Pathak, while attending a hygiene conference by the Institution of Public Health Engineers, also suggested that he would appeal to the PM to increase government funds meant for sanitation. “The funds allocated at present are not at all adequate. I would request him to end open defecation in the country in the next five years,” he said. Adding to it he also said that “Many girls don't go to school because they have no toilets meant for them. There are around 50 diseases, which are caused to poor sanitary practises. All this can be eliminated.” He said he is ready to offer advice and other kinds of support, which the government needs to build toilets. Earlier in February 2014, PM Modi, while campaigning in Kolkata, West Bengal, pointed out a worrying fact that only 60 per cent of the schools in West Bengal have toilets for girls. Although West Bengal State Government claimed that 82 per cent of the schools have separate toilets for girls, data acquired from the District Information System for Education (DISE), a central data collection set up of the Ministry of Education, even though the state does have around 74.9 per cent toilets for girls in school, only 59 per cent are functioning. Concurrently, news reports in January 2013 suggested that 30 per cent of the schools in Gujarat don’t have functional girls’ toilets. But according to the DISE data, 97 per cent of the schools in Gujarat have girls’ toilet and all of them are in functioning condition. There are several other reasons why immediate at-

tention should be given to sanitation and toilet facilities in India. The UN report states, “Our research showed that sixyear-olds who had been exposed to India's sanitation programme during their first year of life were more likely to recognise letters and simple numbers on learning tests than those who were not,” said Dean Spears, lead author of the paper ‘Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Sanitation on Childhood Cognitive Skills’. The paper studies the effects on childhood cognitive achievement of early life exposure to India's Total Sanitation Campaign, a national scale government programme that encouraged local governments to build and promote use of inexpensive pit latrines. “This is important news, the study suggests that lowcost rural sanitation strategies such as India’s Total Sanitation Campaign can support children’s cognitive development,” Spears said. The study also suggested that open defecation is an important threat to the human capital of developing countries and that a program accessible to countries where sanitation development capacity is lower could improve average cognitive skills. “Open defecation lies at the root of many development challenges, as poor sanitation and lack of access to toilets impact public health, education and the environment, Manager of the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Project Jaehyang So reportedly said. In September 2011, UN rapped the USA in a report suggesting the USA does not provide adequate sanitation facilities for the homeless in its country. In an official report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a top UN investigator said that the United States’ failure to provide homeless persons access to water and sanitary facilities “could …amount to cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.” “The United States, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, must ensure that everyone (has access) to sanitation which is safe, hygienic, secure and which provides privacy and ensures dignity. An immediate, interim solution is to ensure access to restroom facilities in public places, including during the night. The long-term solution to homelessness must be to ensure adequate housing.” In May 2012, in Oregon, a US Jury awarded two workers a compensation of $332 K for not being provided with ‘an on-site toilet.’ The workers who claimed they were forced to urinate in a bucket have been awarded $332,000 after a jury found they were fired for complaining to Oregon regulators about the lack of an onsite toilet. The men performed mechanical work at Portland International Airport. Reportedly, the Juror said the company’s treatment of the men was ‘definitely despicable.’ The Juror also stated she and other jurors believed that having easy access to a toilet was ‘a basic human right.’

On similar lines, just earlier this May, in Mumbai, a Consumer Court penalised local Western Railway for failing to providing free and accessible toilets for women commuters on railway stations. Reportedly, in 2007, the complainant was humiliated and abused when she requested to use the railway staff toilet at Dadar Railway Station after she started menstruating on a local train. According to the complainant, she was on a local train on January 3, 2007 when she started menstruating. So, she alighted on Dadar Railway Station and desperately began to look for a toilet. She was informed about a toilet near the booking office counter on the footbridge. But, the toilet was locked and none of the railway staff at the station could help her. Unable to wait any longer, she requested the staff if she could use the facility provided to them. But she was refused by the staff and was told that they were afraid she would plant a bomb in the toilet. Apparently, it was only when the chief booking supervisor arrived at the scene after 35 minutes, did he allow her to use the toilet. The woman took the matter to Consumer Court which held that Western Railway was guilty of deficiency in service for not providing free and accessible toilets for women commuters and directed the Western Railway to pay Rs 25,000 in compensation to the woman. Last year, in August 2013, two women journalists - Nitali Sarmah and Sulakshana Mithi Kachari - from Gauhati filed a PIL asking court to direct government agencies to maintain separate toilets for women in all locations under the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC). The Gauhati High Court on basis of this PIL issued notices to the state government, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to respond to the PIL that appealed for adequate arrangements of separate public lavatories or toilets for women in the city. The two journalists, referring to data accessed through RTI applications, informed the court that there were toilets, constructed by the GMDA and run by Guwahati Naba Udya Society, an NGO, at Machkhowa, Tarun Ram Phukan Park, Nehru Park, State Zoo, Chandmari, Ulubari and Silpukhuri. But there were no separate toilets for women. When asked through RTI applications, the GMC had informed that there was a toilet inside Fancy Bazar market and at Adabari bus terminus, too, but without separate facility for women. The situation is no better in the nation’s capital. Reports suggest, in June 2013, there were 5,383 public toilets for 17 million citizens and, of them, there were just 391 toilets earmarked for women. Rape is a serious issue and, back in India, ensuring a safe and secure toilet is within reach of each and every woman is a gargantuan task. On the importance of toilets, the Prime Minister is on the right track. However, implementation holds the key to ensure safety of women. Each state will need to pull up its socks and ensure the basics are provided. And, this applies to all, even states not ruled by the BJP…UP and Maharashtra for instance. (With Prerna Pandey)

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Underground sewer project eludes rural Bhayandar By Suresh Golani


illagers residing in the rural parts of Bhayandar (West) are up in arms against the unjustified tax imposed on them in the form of 'Sewage Facility' tax by the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC), despite the fact that the Underground Sewerage Project is to be implemented only for the urban localities in the twin-city. The MBMC had awarded a multi-crore contract for laying underground sewer lines in the twin-city (excluding rural areas). However, due to technical reasons, the rural and coastal areas including Rai, Murdha, Morva, Pali, Chowk and Uttan villages were

not included in the scheme. Describing the tax as unjustified, NCP group leader, Bernard D’Mello said, “I have already submitted a resolution under Rule-J of the BPMC Act to be taken up in the upcoming General Body meet. The tax should either be rolled back or the deprived areas must be granted an alternate development package.” Designed on a completely decentralised system across 10 zones, the scope of work includes underground sewerage facilities in a radius of 24 area including laying a network of 107 kms of sewer lines and commission of 10 pumping stations supported by an equal number of sewage treatment plants.

Two primary schools declared illegal By Suresh Golani


ays after most of the schools reopened for their new academic session, the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) woke up to the existence of illegally operating private schools in its jurisdiction. Like an annual ritual, the administrative head of MBMC’s Education Department, B.M. Mohite, released a list of un-recognised primary schools on Saturday. The list carries two names -- Chatrapati Shahu Vidyalaya, a Marathi medium primary school in Penkarpada and King George School, English medium primary school in the posh Kanakia Complex of Mira Road. Interestingly, both these educational institutions had been featured in last year's list of illegal schools, exposing the unwill-

ingness of the MBMC in taking stern action against habitual offenders who continue to play with the future and life of students. Urging parents to refrain from enrolling their children into unregistered private schools, Mohite said, “Once we find that the schools are accepting admissions despite our warnings, we will issue closure notices to the managements and those who fail to comply will face police action.” However, the Education Department, which is empowered to initiate criminal proceedings under Sections 420 and 406 of the Indian Penal Code against erring school managements, has failed to do so. While the names of illegal primary schools have been declared, the list of secondary schools is yet to come out, officials said.

Govt, Oppn must restore Parliament’s relevance

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By Kamal Morarka


arendra Modi was sworn-in as Prime Minister on Monday 26 May, with an initial Cabinet of about 45 Ministers. The portfolios were announced later by a Rashtrapati Bhawan communiqué as per the practice. Already, comments have started about whether the Cabinet team is competent etc, etc. I think it is misplaced. The people have elected the BJP to power and not only the BJP, in this election it was a personal vote for Narendra Modi – that goes without saying. Whether some of us like it or don’t like it, that is a different matter. The performance will be of Narendra Modi and it has to be judged on that basis. As far as the Cabinet is concerned, he has innovated a new device, by which he has taken senior colleagues of the party into the Cabinet, but given them limited responsibility, considering their seniority, their age, etc. On the other hand, he has appointed a number of Ministers of State from the younger lot in areas which need a lot of work, like, power, coal, petroleum, etc. This is a matter of management. Probably during the election campaign a lot of issues were raised about non-delivery of targets in infrastructure and other areas. He wants to ensure that those targets are met through younger Ministers who can be overseen by the Prime Minister’s Office. He has appointed his trusted lieutenant Arun Jaitley as the Finance Minister and naturally he will lean heavily onto Arun Jaitley for advice. At this stage, to comment whether this Cabinet is good or bad or indifferent doesn’t make sense. As we all know in politics, first of all, all regions have to be represented, people from all the States have to be taken, seniority and ‘juniority’ has to be kept in consideration. All Cabinets are formed in that manner, right from Independence till now, and after the 1980s things have become more complicated because of many other castes making their claim, unlike earlier. So, to balance all regions, religions, castes, etc – it is a difficult task. And whoever is the Prime Minister does it in his own way. He has done it in his own way and one cannot understand how that becomes a subject matter of debate. After six months or 12 months, actually 12 months, one can reasonably make an assessment whether this Government is moving in the right direction or not, but to start commenting within three days

The PM’s babus Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hugely successful “Presidential” style poll campaign is likely to translate into a Presidential style of Government, which in turn makes the Prime Minister’s Office even more important in the scheme of things. So, Modi’s new handpicked Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra will be the most powerful bureaucrat in the new regime, despite the fact that he has no Gujarat connection, which surprised some observers.

PM Narendra Modi in Parliament

shows people who have been defeated are not taking their defeat sportingly. A stupid comment came from a non-political person that Smriti Irani should not have been made HRD Minister because she has only cleared the 12th Standard. It is stupid because the Indian Constitution doesn’t provide any educational qualification to get elected to Parliament. You have to be a citizen of India, in sound mind, that’s all. She has been elected; she is in the Rajya Sabha. She is an MP and every MP is entitled to become a Minister. We can’t sit in judgment, whether this Minister is competent to handle this portfolio or not. This is a new innovation. If we take out a list of Ministers in the Congress Government, they will be less qualified than this. But that doesn’t mean their performance is bad. Nobody has said education makes a person intelligent. It is a sad comment. The people whom we think are illiterate in the villages they have elected this Government, so what about that? The Congress Party especially should not talk like this, because it is a political party. And I understand non-political people like Madhu Kishwar talking but the Congress Party talking like this is not at all proper because after Jawaharlal Nehru no member of the Nehru- Gandhi family is educated up to graduation level. That doesn’t mean they are not intelligent or they can’t run the country. I don’t say that. Indira Gandhi ran the country very well. Rajiv Gandhi

came before people. And who has said and from where this sudden logic has come that a person who is elected by a majority has to stand a test of being an academician. Tomorrow you will put some panel of teachers to assess a person’s education – that this person should be Prime Minister or not. Who said so? That is not according to the Constitution. I stand for election, I win, I run the country within the Constitution. That’s it. Similarly the choice of Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra. I happened to know about him since the days when Mulayam Singh was Chief Minister of UP and he was his Principal Secretary. He was an outstanding officer, upright, competent, no nonsense. I am surprised how Narendra Modi thought of him and brought him out of retirement to appoint him. It is a good sign because he will give good leadership to the PMO, but the law had to be amended because he has been the Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) between 2006 and 2009, and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997, forbade a Chief of the regulatory body from "further employment under the central and state governments". So they have amended the law by ordinance. Again the Congress Party said what was the hurry? The Principal Secretary can’t be appointed three months after Parliament comes into session. It is urgent. Now if the Congress says it is wrong to appoint him, again it is very petty.

The legal “hitch” in his appointment may turn out to be a mere trifle, but one fanned no doubt by hopefuls left out in the cold. Misra, a UP cadre officer of the 1967 batch, is highly experienced and honest babu who retired as Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in 2009. He was Telecom Secretary in UPA-1 and a crucial witness in the 2G scam case. Observers have been right that Modi will choose former Intelligence Bureau Chief Ajit Doval as his National Security Advisor. From the backrooms of intelligence work to the limelight has been a long journey for the former Kerala cadre IPS officer. The fact that both have been handpicked by Modi and vetted by

DILLI KA BABU his Delhi-understanding mantri, say insiders, indicate that power will continue to stem from the PMO and all major policy decisions will emanate from there, in future.

Diplomatic coup The BJP Government was off to a running start from the flawless swearing-in ceremony itself. It was a diplomatic challenge to host SAARC leaders invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the MEA rose to the occasion and pulled off a grand event that was virtually of the scale


Every Government chooses its Ministers, its officials, the key positions and I do not understand how Opposition party and other parties should comment on that and how it will help. They could comment if they have some objection about a person, if they have some charges against him or her, it’s something, which can’t be a case with Nripendra Misra. And the Congress Party, the best it can do is to train its 44 MPs, divide the subjects and when Parliament opens, subject by subject attack the Government on substantive issues, not on whether some MPs are graduates or not, these are all childish matters. If you want to be a serious Opposition, the Congress should act like one. The Congress is a serious party. It is a very old party. The Congress knows the game. They know how to be in Government, they know how to be in the Opposition. They have been in both. Certainly, there is no reason to get so demoralised and start talking about irrelevant things. That will not help. Apart from the Congress, unfortunately, there is a vacuum of the Left. The number of the MPs of the Left are negligible. However, one thing about the Left is good that even if they have five MPs, they speak their mind, they stick to their line, they stick to their policies and are serious about what they are talking. The presiding officer of both the Houses should give them an adequate chance to raise their views. Unfortunately, in the Houses we have a system of duration and timing of speech according to the strength of the party. But we have a lot of parties with one member, two members, three members. They must have their say. We do not know what their views are – they may support the Government, they may oppose the Government. But Parliament is a matrix. Jawaharlal Nehru used to sit throughout the day in Parliament and when people used to ask him why do you spend so much time here instead of doing your work, he said by hearing MPs I keep my pulse on the state of the country. That was his honour to Parliament. For him, Parliament was a forum which helped him to understand the country. Now, unfortunately we see people like to devote less and less time to Parliament, the session timings are reduced. The number of hours of debates are reduced. There is a lot of shouting and counter shouting. Nothing comes out of it. I hope that will be a thing of past.

That has happened in the last Parliament but I hope there will be a new beginning. There is an old saying in Parliament, the Government will have its way, but the Opposition must have its say. If you do not allow the Opposition to have its say, then the Opposition will not allow the Government to have its way. This was in the past. In the last few years, MPs troop to the well of the House, this does not add to the credibility of Parliament. What we need is a proper Parliamentary procedure. I think the Government should call a meeting of all party leaders and figure out a way of functioning so that Parliament can use its time properly. After all, a lot of public money is spent, let business be done properly. There may be contentious issues. That is okay. Wherever there are Bills, there is a Standing Committee where all parties are represented. They go into all the Bills. Everything is done properly. However, I think I should not say the freedom of the press is of course very good, but the way the TV channels are talking does not help anybody. I have seen the channels talking to Nawaz Sharif. You cannot discuss external affairs and security issues on the TV channels. You cannot conduct the Indo-Pak negotiations on the TV channels. And, it is a very sad way, something should be done about it, but only the Press Council can do it, it is not the job of Parliament or the Government. But something should be done where whoever is on stage in the country, Government, Opposition, Parliament, press, they should make a positive contribution. You may agree or disagree. This is the greatness of democracy. You may disagree but it must be done in a proper way. To disagree does not mean you have to be disagreeable. You can talk in polite language. Here I see less light is shed and more heat is generated which does not help. I only hope all the Opposition people also take their responsibility seriously instead of getting demoralised that the BJP has got a big majority. Just as a reminder, in 1952, 1957, 1962 the Congress always had more than 300 and 350 people but the Opposition never felt demoralised. Even 5-6 members of the Socialist party would raise their subject, the CPI would raise their issue. Today, what is the reason to get demoralised? I do not know. But I suddenly see that people are losing patience and raising irrelevant issues. Zeal is more important than arguing the case properly.

of a summit. Interestingly, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh roped in former Chief of Protocol Ruchira Kamboj from Paris to oversee protocol duties and micro-manage the event. The suave and graceful Ms Kamboj is a topper of the 1987 IFS batch, and had just moved to Paris as India’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO. Between her gruelling schedule she still found time to update her Twitter handle regularly with photos and activities about the event. In crusty babu form, Sujatha Singh followed up the flawless per-

formance. She singed a few sensitive media feathers during her rare press conference post Modi’s meetings – brooking no silly queries and giving away very little. All in all, a great start for the IFS under new boss Sushma Swaraj. This impressive feat does however disguise the fact that the Indian Foreign Service often gets short shrift in the bureaucratic scheme. The MEA is hamstrung by a severe shortage of diplomats, to fully serve India’s global ambitions. India has only 800 foreign service officers when even smaller nations have many times that number. This was a good occasion for the IFS to remind the new Government about the issues they face. By Dilip Cherian


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Mild cabin grind I botched during such felonious reactions to auctioneers (8,7) The best, the greatest and the highest! (7) Go nearly crazy getting top up on lobster trap (7) Poisonous plants making a section sick (8) Territory to visit as tourist, by the sea (6) He has until break to produce a sunflower (10) Warrior who has no mortal end to sing of (3,7) The mad ape went ahead and gave a ring (6) Sort of drawing produced by an unoccupied worker (4-4) Routing must be carefully arranged for it's success (7) A paper hanky, some say, needed after this? (7) Profit by the experience of discovering a person has taken some cloths off (5,4,6)

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Where the ills of poor accommodation are remedied? (7,8) Little devil, learning to beg (7) 100 percent emblematic (6) Prepared a table, but not competent to take cash (2,3,5) Forces to enlist in the cavalry (8) Accuse him of not aspiring to get the lovely girl (7)


Each colour in our code represents a letter. When you have cracked the code you will be able to make up seven words. The clue to first word is given to help you get started. The Clue: Disregard







MATH PYRAMID 771 7 Go to bed, duck (3,4,4,4) 12 Fanciful plans conveyed much (4,6) 14 Union raising racket near

company hospital (8) 16 A blood count? (7) 17 Conflicts when he is in form (7) 18 Catty (6)

SOLUTION TO FRIDAY’S CRYPTIC CROSSWORD ACROSS: 8 Inca, 9 Altar-piece, 10 Combat, 11 Pointing, 12 Book club, 14 Endues, 16 Zion, 17 Stubs, 18 Pips, 19 Tipped, 21 Stewards, 23 Utricles, 26 Exists, 27 Parking fee, 28 Loom. DOWN: 1 Anno domini, 2 Lambskin, 3 Dactyl, 4 Step, 5 Cruisers, 6 Minted, 7 Scan, 13 Blurs, 15 Expedition, 17 Side line, 18 Placidly, 20 Pricks, 22 Evener, 24 Trap, 25 Soft.


ACROSS: 1. Plays, musicals, etc. 6. Attacked (3,2) 7. Wanted poster word, of old 8. Find a new tenant 9. Fabric workers

The goal of Math Pyramid is to fill the given pyramid with numbers such that the following three rules are satisfied. 1. A cell value must be sum or difference of the two cells below 2. A row cannot have duplicate numbers 3. A number cannot be less than 1 or more than the grid size



DOWN: 1. Glass fragment 2. 'Roots' writer 3. Tchaikovsky's swan 4. Fluctuate 5. Cancels a dele



The goal of Hidato is to fill the grid with consecutive numbers that connect horizontally, vertically, or diagonally from first to the last number in the grid. The first and last numbers of a puzzle and a some other numbers are already filled in. FRIDAY’S SOLUTION

Place numbers into the puzzle cells in such a way that each row and column contains each of the digits from 1 up to the size of the puzzle (4,5 or 6). Like a Sudoku puzzle, no number is repeated in any row or column. Each bold-outlined group of cells contains a hint consisting of a number and one of the mathematical symbols + x - /. The number is the result of applying the mathematical operation represented by the symbol to the digits contained within the domain. The solution to each puzzle is arrived at logically and is unique. FRIDAY’S SOLUTION

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Libra Nirjala Ekadashi Chitra Tula (Libra) R.T. Red 1

BIRTHDAY FORECAST: This will be a positive year to start a new job or to launch a new business enterprise. You will have the necessary support and financial resources to implement your fresh plans. Those desirous of working overseas will receive a favorable offer. Home and family life is comfortable and happy. Some of you are likely to move into a new residence. Those in love and eligible will get married towards the end of the year. Health wise, you are fine. BABIES BORN TODAY: Good looking, plump attractive eyes and soft curly hair. Intuitive, expressive and artistic. Will be stubborn, assertive, and have a quiet ambitious streak. Will be fortunate, comfortable, happy and successful. ARIES (March 21 - April 20): You may want to take a risk in completely new enterprise and may even succeed in your gambit. Follow your instinct for you are certain to do well. An unexpected monetary gain is foreseen. You may receive a large signing amount for a new project. At a formal function you may get some honor. Romance brings someone new into your life Look forward to an exciting and novel evening which is very different to anything you may have experienced.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 20): You seem to be in no mood to work today. A break from your regular routine should help to lift your spirits. Some of you are likely to drive out of town to a nearby resort in the company of your family or you’re beloved. Try to leave all your cares and worries behind and enjoy yourself.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Boredom or stagnation where work is concerned is overpowering. This may be upsetting especially since you like things new and challenging. You will have to focus on work if you wish to meet deadlines. Try to reorganize yourself and try a new approach. To maintain peace at home avoid any arguments which can lead to conflict and end in a quarrel.

CANCER (June 21 - July 21): Work proceeds at a brisk pace. Some of you are likely to travel overseas on sales promotion or for some training program. Business people will sign new contracts on lucrative terms. Students will have to work hard to make the grade. After a busy schedule at work, you will be relaxing in the evening with friends.

LEO (July 22 - August 21): You will sign new agreements and contracts on profitable terms. Seek short-term benefits. You are likely to gain from speculative ventures. Of late you may have found yourself being thrown together with a person whether for work or otherwise. An attraction could develop.

VIRGO (August 22 - September 21): You will find plenty of time to devote to extracurricular activities and to your favorite hobbies. Some of you may even visit a place of entertainment or holiday resort. Health remains good even though you may be attending a lot of social function and going on occasional binge. You will plan a surprise visit to your beloved or mate. This will add an atmosphere of romance to your lack luster romantic life.

LIBRA (September 22 - October 22): Take it easy with money matters. What you get today may not be quite what you expected but it is also not something to complain about. Patience will pay eventually. Changes around will have you rescheduling everything. You are likely to benefit from a cautious outlook.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): At work you have to be bit careful and avoid involvement in any power game by joining one group or another. Keep a low profile and stick to regular work. A minor tiff can get blown out of proportion and create a problem at home. Your mate will make an effort to resolve the situation.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 December 20): You will receive a bonus or a favor as payment in appreciation of the work done earlier. Some of you are likely to travel on work, which will prove beneficial. An unpleasant argument at home could be upsetting Plans for an outing in the company of your friends or beloved will help you to relax and unwind.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): Don't get involved in quick profit schemes. You can make good profits in ventures on which you have been working. A hectic social life could now prove exhausting. You could even be neglecting your work and personal life. Correct the situation at once for your own sake.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): You will be able to wrap up an important business tie-up. Plans for expansion will get all the support needed, but you may have to wait for a confirmation. At home children bring good news and contribute to a good atmosphere. A dinner or an outing with loved ones will be enjoyable but tiring.

PISCES (February 19 - March 20): While you will put in enough efforts, the task undertaken is not likely to be completed. You may have to wait a little longer for its satisfactory completion. Any move involving estate or legal matters should be undertaken with care and caution. New decisions can wait until you are more confident of yourself.




ACROSS: 4 Sweet coating for an apple, maybe (6) 7 Author of Artha Shastra, a genuine book on statecraft? (8) 8 Mythical sea monster (6) 10 An instrument similar to a guitar (5) 13 Strange person (4) 14 Canadian province - "Lata" anagram? (4) 15 ___ tide : tide at times of month when there is least difference between high and low water? (4) 16 Altar affirmation (1,2) 17 A vessel used by a milkmaid, perhaps (4) 19 Old time English measures - "sell" anagram (4) 21 Eastern state of India neighbouring Bangladesh (9) 23 Org. (4) 24 Makes a lace (4) 26 In short, the most commonly used title for a married lady (3) 27 _ __ in a poke (1,3) 29 Island near Kauai (4) 32 "Note" the change to famous English school? (4) 33 Killed (5) 34 Jug (6) 35 Powder or detergent used for removing dirt, etc. (8) 36 Save your ____, its useless discussing it? (6)

DOWN: 1 ___ - diving (daredevil sport) (5) 2 A pleasant outing or journey (5) 3 A circle of light around the head of a saint or angel (4) 4 ___ _ chance : dare? (4,1) 5 An anti-aircraft fire (4) 6 Corrects text (6) 9 ___ itself : occur in the same form? (6) 11 High mountain - "lap" anagram? (3) 12 Pranks (5) 13 A glutinous substance - "elating" anagram? (7)


SUDOKU 2176 Sudoku is a number placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid such several given numbers.To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every digit from 1 to 9 must appear in each of the nine vertical columns, in each of the nine horizontal rows and in each of the nine boxes.


Difficulty Level: 


Today’s clue: Q equals T

The Cryptoquip is a substitution cipher in which one letter stands for another.

15 Not Invented Here, acronym (3) 16 ___ Arun : playback singer? (3) 18 Related on the father's side (6) 20 "Solly" anagram for a pesticide? (5) 21 Ed's pile (3) 22 Go too slow, not keep pace (3) 23 A metal covering to protect the body in

battle (6) 25 A letter of Greek alphabet (3) 28 Patio, terrace or veranda (5) 30 City in central Belgium (5) 31 Render harmless, demilitarise (5) 32 Able was I ere I saw ____? (4) 33 ___ of Iran: the ex-ruler of Iran? (4)

SOLUTION TO SATURDAY’S QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS: 1 Sleaze, 5 CLX, 8 Inca, 9 Erat, 10 Roping, 11 Categoric, 13 Ford, 15 Gib, 16 Totem, 17 Digup, 20 Dev, 22 FAR, 23 Wires, 24 Tuffs, 26 Rae, 27 Yo yo, 28 Elections, 31 Napier, 32 Cero, 33 Evan, 34 Par, 35 Skiers. DOWN: 1 Strife, 2 Exporter, 3 Zinc, 4 Engages, 5 Caleb, 6 Xero, 7 Manipur, 12 Tim, 14 Dove, 18 Iffy, 19 Gasoline, 20 Dialled, 21 Duennas, 24 Tao, 25 Courts, 26 River, 29 Co-op, 30 Sank.

IRREGULAR SUDOKU 1995 To solve an Irregular Sudoku puzzle, every digit must appear once in:  Each of the vertical columns  Each of the horizontal rows  Each of the regions

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SATURDAY’S SOLUTION: A problem is a chance for you to do your best

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How many words of four or more letters can you make from the letters shown in today’s puzzle? In making a word, each letter may be used once only. Each word must contain the letter at the top of the pyramid. There should be at least one nine letter word. Plurals, foreign words and proper names are not allowed. Today’s ratings: 07 average; 08 good; 10 outstanding. SATURDAY’S SOLUTION: apart, atop, AUTOGRAPH, graph, group, harp, part, path, port, pour, pout, rapt, tarp, trap




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Dadar XI coach Francis Fernandes in tossed in the air by his players and supporters after they won the First Division title in the MDFA League at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Sunday evening. Dadar XI defeated Sellebrity FC 3-2 via the sudden death in the final.


UMBAI: Dadar XI shot down Sellebrity FC, Bandra 3-2 via the sudden death to lift the First Division title of the MDFA (Mumbai District Football Association) League – 2013-14, at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Sunday evening. In a hard fought final, the Dadar side survived several anxious moments during normal period which ended in a goalless stalemate and later in the tie-breaker that finished deadlocked at 2-all. But the Dadar team were rewarded for their gritty determination as Sellebrity once

again failed to score from the penalty spot in the sudden death and they managed to score the decisive winning goal through stopper back Anthony Fernandes to trigger celebration among his teammates and supporters. Sellebrity have to blame themselves for the loss. They showed good teamwork and dominated the proceedings against the experienced Dadar side. They also created the better goal-scoring chances, but were not able to transform their superiority into goals and quite rightly paid the penalty. In the final minutes of the match, Sellebrity defender Pratik Kadam had the best chance to kill the match but he clumsily headed wide from close with an open goal in front. In the nervy penalty shootout Alex Ambrose, Kevin Kerr and Anthony Fernandes found success for Dadar XI, while only Joshua Fernandes and Karan Kapoor could convert for the losers. Earlier, West Zone United overcame Guru Nanak SC 3-0 in the Third Place match. Faizan Shaikh netted a brace and Abdur Samad one for the winning side. Dadar XI received the First Division trophy and a cash award of Rs 35,000 from chief guest Alvin Saldanha, a social worker. Sellebrity received Rs 20,000. Results, at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel – First Div semi-finals: Dadar XI 3 (Alex Ambrose, Kevin Kerr, Anthony Fernandes) beat Sellebrity FC 2 (Joshua Fernandes, Karan Kapoor). Third Place: West Zone United 3 (Faizan Shaikh 2, Abdur Samad) beat Guru Nanak 0.

Mistrust Mr. Badhir

By Anant Bhagwat


hat day a second murder on account of Bridge very nearly occurred at our club. That of Mr. Badhir (The Numb) at the hands of our club expert! It was indeed fortunate that there were kibitzers at the table. But there usually are, when Mr. Badhir is playing. There is no better entertainment than to watch him play Bridge. This was the hand which caused all that commotion.

BRIDGE S- A K 7 6 4 H- Q D- 6 C- A K Q J 10 2 S- J 10 9 5 2 H- J 9 6 5 D- A K 9 5 C- Void

The expert was south. His partner opened 1 club, & on hearing a bid of 1 spade launched into Blackwood, finally settling at 6 spades. West led the Ace of hearts Upon seeing the dummy expert lauded his partner for his restraint & was about to claim 12 tricks, after cashing a spade honour of

course. He was rudely brought down to earth when Mr. Badhir played the King on the Ace. West continued with a small heart. Now the expert went into a trance. Finally emerging, he ruffed the small heart with Ace of spades & was startled to find Mr. Badhir produce the 4 of hearts. He sensed something was amiss. He came to hand with the Ace of diamonds & hoping to find west with spade Queen, ran the spade Jack. Alas! Mr. Badhir won with Queen & an ironclad contract went down. The kibitzers started clapping & patting Mr. Badhir on the back. The expert was astonished beyond words by this highly deceptive false card by the worst player in town. At that point someone asked Mr. Badhir how did he find the deceptive play? Mr. Badhir was incensed. He retorted” Sarcasm in kibitzers is a trait I abhor. What deception are you talking about? I was just telling my partner that I was doubleton heart. And I don’t understand why the expert finessed for the spade Queen when all he had to do was, cash the Ace & King of spades” at this point a roar ensued from the expert’s throat & he pounced on Mr. Badhir. When the kibitzers separated them the expert was foaming at the mouth & Mr. Badhir looked bewildered.


EW DELHI: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly joined the Supreme Courtappointed Mudgal committee, which is probing the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, as an expert on cricketing affairs. The panel is headed by Retd Justice Mukul Mudgal and includes advocates L Nageswara Rao, Niloy Dutta and senior IPS officer B B Mishra. "We had requested Sourav Ganguly to join the IPL probe panel and he has agreed to join us in the investigations. I had telephoned Sourav and he confirmed me about coming on board. We haven't yet decided on the day when we will meet," Justice Mudgal told PTI today. "Since our committee member L


next," he added. The Supreme Court had directed the probe committee to select a cricketer of 'impeccable integrity' who would help the committee on the cricketing matters related to IPL betting and spot-fixing. The expose led to arrests of former CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan as well as India discard S Sreesanth, first-class cricketers Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila along with Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh to name a few. Ganguly's name was doing the rounds for quite some time as he is one of the contemporary cricketers having played in IPL till 2012. He is Nageswara Rao was not present conversant with the modern day today, we couldn't fix the date of game and has an unquestionable our next meeting. We will let you reputation when it comes to inknow when the committee meets tegrity.

Indian IM Sharma tops GM Gevorg of Armenia M

UMBAI: Indian IM Himanshu Sharma continued his fine run of form to record another creditable win, this time against Armenian GM Harutjunyan Gevorg and with 6.5 points is in joint second place, a close half point behind sole leader GM Pantsulaia Levan of Georgia at the end of the eighth round of the 7th Mumbai Mayor’s Cup International Open Chess Tournament being played at the Thakur College on Sunday. On the top board, Levan (ELO 2577), the overnight joint leader with GM Aleksandrov Aleksej of Belarus, scored over Indian IM Swayams Mishra (ELO 2457) in King’s Indian defense, classical variation, winning in 49 moves to snatch a point which propelled him to the top. On the second board, IM P Shyam Nikhil (ELO 2444) held GM Aleksej (ELO 2554) for a draw. Aleksej slipped to joint second with Himanshu. IM Sharma (ELO 2372), who is having a good tournament, out-

Another Indian IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh R (ELO 2412) also held GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil (ELO 2632) for a draw in a game of Sicilian Defence which lasted for 46 moves.

played his opponent GM Harutjunyan Gevorg (ELO 2434) in an Old Indian Defence game. The Indian was in total control and with regular exchange of pieces he managed to take four pawns for a knight. However, on the 48th move Himanshu made a mistake of capturing his opponent’s knight with a Rook rather than a Bishop which extended the game to 76 moves. But the Indian still held the advantage before Gevorg resigned as he was unable to halt Himanshu’s pawns from reaching the last line.

Top 10 results (round 8): IM Swayams Mishra (IND, 2457) 5.5 lost to GM Pantsulaia Levan (GEO, 2577) 7, GM Aleksandrov Aleksej (BLR, 2554) 6.5 drew with IM Shyam Nikil P. (IND, 2444) 6, IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh.R. (IND, 2412) 6 drew with GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil (GEO, 2632) 6, IM Himanshu Sharma (IND, 2372) 6.5 beat GM Harutjunyan Gevorg (ARM, 2434) 5.5, IM Anurag Mhamal (IND, 2414) 5 lost to GM Amonatov Farrukh (TJK, 2609) 6,Visakh Nr (IND, 2340) 5 lost to GM Gagunashvili Merab (GEO, 2562) 6,WGM Kulkarni Bhakti (IND, 2231) 5.5 drew with GM Paichadze Luka (GEO, 2544) 5.5, GM Ovetchkin Roman (RUS, 2535) 6 beat IM Narayanan Srinath (IND, 2414) 5, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. (IND, 2509) 5.5 drew with CM Prince Bajaj (IND, 2333) 5.5, Sardana Rishi (IND, 2316) 5.5 drew with IM Gagare Shardul (IND, 2446) 5.5.

Shrusti stars in Khar Gym’s upset win over Santacruz Gym M

UMBAI: Bespectacled junior Shrusti Halengadi, playing aggressively, shocked fancied Akshi Sancheti 11-7, 11-5, 3-11, 11-6 as hosts Khar Gymkhana upset last year’s finalist Santacruz Gymkhana in the women’s division tie in the Catapult Sports–Khar Gymkhana MSDTTA Inter-Club table tennis league, hosted by Khar Gymkhana here on Sunday. Shrusti won both her singles, while Aditi Sinha’s 1210, 11-3, 11-9 win over Neha Gupta in the decider secured them the ultimate victory. The strong Santacruz Gymkhana outfit, boasting of India ranked Divya Deshpande, paid the price for underestimating the Khar Gymkhana juniors. Divya herself opted to play only in doubles, hoping Akshi win her singles ties. But Shrusti, countered her rival with a flurry of forehand smashes and backhand jabs to make it 2-all, after the Santacruz Gymkhana pair of Divya and Akshi had won the doubles. Earlier Shrusti had beaten

Neha Gupta 3-1. However defending champions Mulund Gymkhana steamrolled all their rivals without much ado. The action in the men’s premier division revolved around the top two unbeaten sides - defending champions Andheri YMCA and Santacruz Gymkhana. Their final clash against each other will decide the winner.Debutants Powai’s P3 Sports of former junior international Moonmoon, won the third division title, beating Kandivli Recreation Club 3-2. Results: Women’s Div.: Khar Gym ‘A’ bt

Santacruz Gym ‘A’ 3-2: Aditi Sinha lost to Akshi Sancheti 4-11, 6-11, 10-12; Shrusti Haleangadi bt Neha Gupta 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6; Shrusti/Divya lost to Divya Deshpande/Akshi 11-13, 6-11, 7-11; Shrusti bt Akshi 11-7, 11-5, 3-11, 11-6; Aditi Sinha bt Neha 12-10, 11-3, 119.Mulund Gym bt Khar Gym ‘A’ 3-1; Santacruz Gym ‘A’ bt Khar Gym ‘B’ 3-1. MEN: (I Div): Santacruz Gym ‘A’ bt Gomantak ‘A’ 3-0; Santacruz ‘B’ bt Gomantak ‘A’ 3-0; Santacruz Gym ‘A’ bt Supreme TT Academy 3-1. Men (III Div.) Final: P3 Sports ‘A’ bt KRC 3-2: Debesh Sanyal bt Jay Jani 11-13, 11-3, 11-9, 411, 14-12; Rishi Malik bt Parth Thakkar 11-8, 3-11, 11-8, 12-10; Shirish Sinha lost to Sanjay Mehta 7-11, 9-10, 10-12; Rishi Malik lost to Jay Jani 10-12, 11-4, 911 6-11; Debesh Sanyal bt Parth Thakkar 11-5, 11-4, 12-10. Men (IV Div.): P3 Sports ‘C’ bt Chembur Gym 3-2: Kaustav Ganguly bt Rohit Malhotra 11-4, 13-11, 11-7; Rutuj Sonawane bt Sailesh Kulkarni 11-9, 11-9, 11-4; Rohit Agarwal lost to Shanker Ganesh 10-12, 11-5, 5-11, 9-11; Kaustav lost to Sailesh 8-11, 11-9, 5-11, 8-1q1; Rutuj bt Rohit 19-17, 11-7, 11-8.





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he Cameroon squad reportedly refused to board their flight to Brazil for the World Cup in an ongoing dispute over their bonuses for the tournament. L'Equipe are reporting that the squad played their recent friendly matches in the hope that the issue of their share of FIFA's bonus money would be resolved before the World Cup began. But the Cameroonian government's most recent offers have still not proved satisfactory, causing greater

and greater disquiet. This week the players refused to take the national flag from the prime minister in their traditional pretournament ceremony, forcing coach Volker Finke to step in to avoid too much public embarrassment. And now it seems that the squad have opted to stay in their hotel rather than heading to the airport, despite supporters urging them to get on the plane. The latest offer on the table was put forward on Friday, proposing that players would

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receive six per cent of the FIFA bonus for the first round, 20 per cent for the second round, 30 per cent for quarter-finals, 40 per cent for the semi-finals, and 50 per cent for either the final or the third-place play-off. This is not the first time the Cameroon squad have had disagreements with the authorities over bonuses - the same thing happened in 2002 when it took days of negotiation to secure mutually satisfactory participation fees, and in 2011 they refused to play against Algeria.

Cameroonian skipper Sameul Eto and his team are protesting and seek a hike in wages.

David Beckham appealed on Saturday for support for his plans for a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami, insisting that he doesn’t want public money and will create "something special" for the city. Beckham and his backers are currently negotiating around a waterfront site next to the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami after plans for a venue at the PortMiami met local political resistance. The second proposal, which involves filling in a large boat slip and placing the stadium in a new park area, has also come up against some local opposition despite Beckham's team offering to pay for the arena entirely out of private funds.

Gullit hopes for African surprise in Brazil

Villa's brace lifts Messi on the mark Spain over El Salvador for Argentina


ASHINGTON: David Villa scored twice as Spain defeated El Salvador 2-0 in their final World Cup warm-up match before they launch the defence of their title in Brazil. The Atletico Madrid striker netted a header in the 60th minute and added the clincher in the 87th minute, producing his 57th and 58th career goals for the Spanish national side yesterday. The Spaniards kick-off their World Cup Group B campaign against the Netherlands on Friday in a rematch of the stormy 2010 final they won in South Africa. Spain's other first round opponents are Chile and Australia. Villa opened the scoring after a pass to Sergio Ramos pulled Salvadoran goalkeeper Derby Carrillo to his left and away from the posts. Ramos headed the ball back into the heart of the penalty area and Villa nodded it into the unguarded goal.

Villa, who is set to play in Australia later this year before joining a new Major League soccer team in New York next year, made sure of the win three minutes from time. Spanish striker Diego Costa, who lasted only nine minutes for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final against Real Madrid due to a right hamstring problem, started and played until the 74th minute with no signs of trouble. Spain dominated play early on but had nothing to show for it. A foul by Carrillo set up a fourth-minute penalty for Cesc Fabregas, but the Barcelona striker curled the ball over the crossbar. Spain time and again pressed the attack early against the Salvadorans, owning the ball more than 80 percent of the first half but unable to score, while the Central American side struggled to even gain possession across the midfield line.

David Villa of Spain shoots towards the goal during an international friendly match between El Salvador and Spain at FedExField.

Ricardo Alvarez and skipper Lionel Messi scored goals for Argentina against Slovenia.


A PLATA (ARGENTINA): Argentina's footballers inflamed their country's rivalry with England on the eve of the World Cup, unfurling a banner claiming sovereignty of the Falkland Islands before defeating Slovenia 2-0. Goals from Ricardo Alvarez and skipper Lionel Messi ensured a winning send-off for the home side at La Plata, north of Buenos Aires, before they head to Brazil. But the Argentinian squad will have raised eyebrows in Britain showing off their politicallycharged banner declaring "Las Malvinas Son Argentinas (The Malvinas are Argentine)" to the 52,000 crowd before kick off. The banner is regularly put on show before Argentina's games. But the proximity to the World Cup brought new attention. The South Atlantic islands have been ruled by Britain since 1833 but Argentina claims them and in 1982 attempted to seize control, sparking a brief but intense war. Tensions have resurfaced in recent years with Argentina infuriated by the Falkland's government's

search for oil in surrounding seas. Diplomatic tensions over the Falklands have added a confrontational edge to a series of titantic battles between England and Argentina at the World Cup. Four years after the World Cup in 1986, Diego Maradona outraged the English with his punched "Hand of God" goal in the 2-1 quarter-final victory in Mexico. Maradona later said bitterness over the Falklands conflict had motivated the Argentines against England. "I know publicly we all used to say football has nothing to do with war, but intimately we knew a lot of our boys had died, shot down like little birds," Maradona said. "And subconsciously, we were aware of that." In 1998, an epic last-16 match at the World Cup in France ended in a 2-2 draw with Argentina prevailing in a penalty shoot-out. The tie was famous for the red card shown to England's David Beckham for kicking Diego Simeone. Beckham avenged the loss at the 2002 finals in Japan, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory.

Ruud Gullit hopes a team from Africa will perform well and be the surprise package at the World Cup in Brazil, the former Dutch footballer told Reuters on Sunday. Four years ago in South Africa, Ghana were the only one of the continent's six representatives to reach the knockout stage, where they beat the United States but lost to Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-final. Gullit, who played at the 1990 World Cup, but missed the 1994 competition after walking out of the pre-tournament training camp, picked hosts Brazil as the favourites. "Well I think Brazil of course is favorite. They're playing at home. It's a lot of pressure on them winning it," the 51-year-old said. “I hope that Holland will do well, they have a less experienced team. They have a lot of youngsters in the team, especially defensively.”

Altidore strikes as USA beat Nigeria

Jozy Altidore found some goalscoring form as USA beat Nigeria 2-1 last night in their final warm-up game on US soil before heading to Brazil. Sunderland’s much-maligned striker, who was without a goal in 2014, scored in each half as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side made it a hattrick of wins after victories over Azerbaijan and Turkey. It was a fitting final dress rehearsal for the American squad and a confidence-boosting game for Altidore, who seems to have rediscovered his form at last. Except for a stumble late in the first half when they gave up a couple of chances, SA put together a complete display. Altidore opened the scoring in tha 32nd minute, finishing from close range after a deft pass from Fabian Johnson.

We don't fear Dutch: Del Bosque

Defending champions Spain leave for Brazil optimistic about their chances of a repeat triumph and undaunted by Friday's opening game against the Netherlands in a rematch of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. "We don't have any fear. But we do have respect," Spain manager Vicente del Bosque said. "They are runner-up from the last World Cup so we have full respect for Holland." After the Spaniards kick-off their World Cup Group B campaign on Friday against the Dutch in the flashback to their stormy final four years ago, they face Chile and Australia in later firstround matches. "We're very optimistic after our training and two friendly matches," Del Bosque said. "We are meeting our expectations. We are confident heading into the World Cup." Del Bosque also said injuries which have sidelined stars such as France's Franck Ribery and Colombian Radamel Falcao would not detract from the World Cup. "A couple of world stars are not going to be at the World Cup but I don't think because of that the World Cup is going to be less attractive," he said. "That's not going to diminish the World Cup from being a great event."





David Villa, Spain's all-time goals leader, lifted his total to 58 with two goals to give his side a 2-0 win over El Salvador. Coming into Brazil as defending champion brings only a sense of pride for Spain, now the target for 31 rivals trying to dethrone them. "It's important but it doesn't give you any advantage or something like that," Villa said. "I'm proud of having done it and (I'm going) to work to try to repeat it." Del Bosque saw some areas he wanted to improve upon after the El Salvador match, as his rivals played a defensive style that took until the 60th minute for Spain to crack open for a goal. "We need to have better creativity, be able to have better chances in the attacking third," Del Bosque said. "We always want to be on the attack and to control the pace of the game." Spain does not expect similar defensive-minded tactics from World Cup foes, but Del Bosque said the victory shows the players are ready to overcome it if necessary. "That's not what we expect in the World Cup but if we do see that, we're always looking to find space and make the initiative and be attacking the ball," he said. One area that drew top marks from Del Bosque was defence. "We worked well as a defensive group considering we haven't had a lot of work with the whole group," Del Bosque added. "I was pleased with our defence."

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hey may have lost their past three games against Italy at major finals, but England will not be looking for a draw in their FIFA World Cup opener against the same opponents next Saturday. After three weeks of preparation in Miami, Portugal and in the heat chambers of St George’s Park, England arrive in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday for the meat of their summer. The last time the two sides met was two years ago, when the Italians knocked England out of UEFA EURO 2012 on penalties after a 0-0 stalemate in which Hodgson’s team were passed off the park. Unlike last time, a goalless draw would not result in a shootout lottery from 12 yards. Instead it would give England a

solid base on which they could go into their next games against Uruguay and Costa Rica. But there is certainly no suggestion from the England camp that a draw will be good enough.

ATTACK “We never ever discuss [playing for a draw],” the England coach said. “Steven Gerrard has never heard me once before a game say, ‘Listen lads, a 0-0 might suit us today’. We just concentrate 100 per cent totally on how are we going to attack and how are we going to defend. I’d like to win it.” England captain Gerrard echoed those comments during a briefing at Barry University, where England had been training in Miami ahead of last night’s goalless draw with Honduras.

Gerrard has been impressed by how the new additions to the England squad have settled into the international scene and he sees no reason why Italy cannot be beaten. “A win is better,” he said. “You are never going to go into the game trying to get a draw. You always reach for the stars, we go in there trying to get the three points. We have our game plan and if we perform to the best of our ability, there is no doubt about it, we can beat this team, although we certainly won’t under-estimate them. “If we fall short and end up with a 0-0 draw it’s not the end of the world. It’s an OK result but it’s not the result we want because if we get three points in that first game we are in the driving seat in the group.”

Mexico can surprise people: Moreno W

hen Hector Moreno talks about the Mexican national team, he speaks from experience. Despite being only 26 years of age, he has been through it all with his country since his two appearances at FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™. The central defender’s continued selection has provided much-needed stability for El Tricolor, over what has otherwise been a turbulent four years for the team. As Brazil 2014 draws ever closer, the Espanyol player is therefore perfectly qualified to analyse the state of the current

LEADING PASSER When England and Italy last met, it was Andrea Pirlo who ran the show. Pirlo was by far the game’s leading passer with 131 passes, 87 per cent of which found their target. England's Ashley Cole made 44 passes, the most on the team. Pirlo ran 11.58 kilometres, more than any England player, and he also chipped an audacious penalty over Joe Hart in the shoot-out win. As a fellow midfielder, Gerrard has a lot of admiration for Pirlo and he concedes England must do all they can to shackle the 35-year-old. “I’ve been a big fan of him for many, many years. Even when I was an attacking midfielder I still used to watch his game as a controlling midfielder and was a huge fan,” the England captain said.

WC worth the wait: Cahill

FIRST it was a blood clot, then a broken jaw, but at last Gary Cahill A BUMPY ROAD can look forward to his first major The journey to Brazil 2014 international tournament with proved to be a somewhat turbuEngland. The 28-year-old centrelent one for Los Aztecas, who at back has come a long way since various points seemed on the verge of missing out on the tourthe 2010 FIFA World Cup, when nament. But those experiences his chances of making the squad have left the centre-half appreciwere extinguished by a blood clot ating the opportunity to play in in his upper chest. his second FIFA World Cup even At that time Cahill was an more: “In all honesty, I’m very exoutside bet, but when UEFA EURO cited. Although we always be2012 came around two years later he was guaranteed a place lieved in ourselves, we went in the squad until sustaining a team and to assess their chances through some difficult moments. double fracture of the jaw at the biggest event in world Now we feel that the worst is bein a warm-up match football. caught up hind us, and we’re so motiYS TO GO against Belgium. with the defender to hear all his vated to get out there and A D thoughts at first-hand. play a great tournament.”

Ox boost as England head to Brazil

MIAMI: England winger Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain will be fit to take part in the World Cup after making good progress with his knee injury, manager Roy Hodgson said after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Honduras. Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up the injury in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Ecuador and Hodgson had said he may have to wait until 24 hours before England's Group D opener against Italy on June 14 before deciding whether the Arsenal wide-man could be part of his squad. But yesterday Hodgson took a much more positive tone.

In the history of the FIFA World Cup, only two players have scored in four different editions - and both did so between 1958 and 1970. The first member of this duo is perhaps obvious, with Pele the outstanding player of the era and arguably the star man at both the


'58 and '70 editions. The second, though, is a legend very much in his own right, and Germany's Uwe Seeler not only beat Pele to become the first to reach this particular milestone, but is also the only player to have scored twice or more in four separate World Cups.



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MUMBAI | MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014 THERE HE GOES AGAIN... Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts as he wins against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France on Sunday.

Nadal wins his ninth French Open and 14th Grand Slam overall


ARIS: Rafael Nadal clinched his ninth French Open and 14th career Grand Slam title on Sunday with a brutal 3-6, 7-5, 62, 6-4 victory over a battling Novak Djokovic. The world number one also became the first man to win five Roland Garros crowns in succession as the 28-year-old took his record at the tournament to 66 wins against just one defeat.

His tally of 14 majors equals the mark of Pete Sampras and puts him just three behind the all-time record of Roger Federer who is almost five years older. Defeat was cruel for world number two Djokovic, the 2012 runnerup, who still needs a French Open title to become just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam. The Serb dominated the early stages

of Sunday's final, the pair's 42nd meeting, seemingly immune to the sweltering 30-degree heat on Philippe Chatrier court. But Nadal, playing in his 20th Grand Slam final to Djokovic's 13th, grew stronger as the final wore on as he ended a four-match losing streak against his old rival. The 3hr 31min duel ended on a sour note when Djokovic double-faulted on match

point, shaken by a shout from the crowd. In a tense opening to their seventh Grand Slam final meeting, the steadier Djokovic, sporting a white cap against the fierce sun, pounced to break for 5-3, after Nadal put too much zip on a forehand. The Spaniard had two points to break back in the ninth game but two more ballooned forehands kept

Djokovic, who had even served and volleyed at 0-30, in the picture. He took the opening set when Nadal, off balance and stranded behind the baseline, went long with a slapped backhand. It was only the second time the champion had dropped the opening set of a final in Paris -- in 2005 against Mariano Puerta and in 2006 against Roger Federer. However, he regained the advantage with a break to lead 4-2 in the second set with an inside-out forehand stretching the Serb who could only net a desperate return. But back came Djokovic for 3-4 after a sloppy Nadal service game punctuated by an untimely second double fault. The world number two saved a break point to go to 4-4, Nadal then held before Djokovic suffered his first serious lapse which was as sudden as it was surprising. A wild forehand gifted Nadal two set points and the top seed converted with a merciless, crunching forehand. Djokovic was rapidly wilting in the Paris heat as a 22-shot rally laid the foundation for a Nadal break for 2-0 in the third set, courtesy of a weary backhand volley into the net. A love service game followed for 3-0 with Nadal having taken five games in succession. Djokovic had break points in the fifth game as well as an 11-minute seventh game but had no response to Nadal's iron will and rock-solid defence. As the sun disappeared, so did Djokovic's hopes as Nadal claimed the third set off a long forehand from the Serb. Djokovic appeared to vomit early in the fourth set and he was feeling even worse when he was broken in the sixth game as Nadal again turned defence into scintillating attack. In keeping their gripping eightyear rivalry, however, Djokovic ensured another twist with a break back for 3-4. But Nadal clinched victory on Djokovic's third double fault with his second serve interrupted by a scream from the crowd.

Clay made my day says Sharapova Walsh wants the Indian

team to have ‘self-belief ’


ARIS: Maria Sharapova's second French Open title on the claycourts of Roland Garros left her scratching her head as to how she ever got to that point in her career. Reared on the hardcourts of Russia and Florida, and happiest on the green grass of Wimbledon, the biggest name in women's sport is a late convert to the joys of the slippy red surface. She once described her early outings on clay as being akin to a "cow on ice", but since her thrilling 6-4, 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 win over Romania's Simona Halep yesterday in the finest Paris final in many a year, she is now a claycourt legend. Asked at her post-match press conference if she found it bizarre that it had turned out that way, Sharapova replied: "I'm with you on that one. "If somebody had told me that I'd have more Roland Garros titles than any other Grand Slam, I'd probably go get drunk. Or tell them to get drunk, one or the other. It's really amazing. I feel that I worked to get to this position. There's nothing else. There is no substitute in winning these titles. You can't just go out there and just do it without putting in the effort, putting in the work.” “You're not just born being a nat-


Maria Sharapova poses on the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower after her second French Open win. ural clay?court player. Okay, maybe never shied away from since leaving if you're (Rafael) Nadal. But certainly her mother country and her mother not me. I didn't grow up on it, didn't at the age nine to further her career play on it. I just took it upon myself in the tennis heartlands of Florida. Her precocious first Grand Slam to make myself better on it. There is no one else that was going to do that victory as a 17-year-old at Wimbledon 2004, was quickly followed up for me. I had to do the work." Hard work and sacrifice is some- by a US Open win when she was still thing that the Russian superstar has a teenager in 2006.

HE HAGUE (THE NETHERLANDS): Indian coach Terry Walsh wants Indian team to have self belief as it braces for the last preliminary league fixture against defending champions Australia in the FIH Men's World Cup, here today. Australia have already made the semi-finals with four thumping wins, while India are in the fourth place in Group A with four points after posting their only victory over Malaysia yesterday. India defeated Malaysia 3-2 for their first win in four matches. India's other point came from a 11 draw with Spain. "India are a young team and we are moving positively. We need to keep belief in our ability to put up a good contest against the best sides in the world," said Walsh, motivating his players to go into the game against Australia with a positive mindset. "Our first objective is to ensure we don't allow chances in the closing stages, and we should start taking our chances and play to a plan that we have prepared," he said. "I want the team to look at least

Indian skipper Sardar Singh during the match against Malaysia. India take on the Aussies today. for one point against Australia, but try for three points," said Walsh, when asked what targets had he set for the team against the world champions. "If you ask me today whether we have the capacity, I would say "no", but asked about potential, I would say "yes"," said Walsh. The coach said a positive mindset in the players can transform this team.

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