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was being vilified in the media, as an astounding ichly florid, bordering human being who “should be on turgidly fervent, at least given a chance.” tributes were poured As defences go, perhaps out for beleaguered Sahara the occasion left much to degroup chief Subroto Roy in sire, as a feisty battery of jourMumbai yesterday , at a press nalists tore in to the panel of conference apparently called character attesters. As a show by playback singer Sapna of support, it was much more Mukherjee. Attended by film successful as speaker after director Ramesh Sippy, co- speaker declared that Mr Roy, median Johny Lever, lyricist currently in police custody in Sameer, actor Fardeen Khan, a state guest house in Kukrail Indian Idol runner up Rahul Forest close to Lucknow, was Vaidya, and singers Nitin a man to speak about mostly Mukesh and Sadhana in superlatives. Sargam, at the v ery start it He will be produced in the was made clear that the sole Supreme Court on Tuesday in reason it had been organized the run up towards the conwas to reveal the man who clusion of the legal battle his


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firm is locked in with market regulator SEBI. In Mumbai yesterday, the warmest of sentiments were expressed by each of the panelists even as they made it clear that no discussion was to be held on any aspect of the case itself. Kicking off the proceedings, Sippy declared that the press conference had been called to talk about his personal relations with the man. He is a man of great magnanimity who has helped in numerable people without advertising the fact, in all fields of sport, he said, Continued on pg 9 «

Another shameless cop More taint for Maria’s men, as a newly promoted API is caught red-handed by ACB while accepting measly bribe By Zuber Ansari


No sir, there is no motorable road over here! Still, the toll tax is being collected very regularly.

leuths of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) have arrested a newly promoted Assistant Police Inspector (API) red-handed while he was accepting a bribe of just Rs 5,000 from a complainant inside the Goregaon West police station. Bhaignath Jagannath Aadav was promoted to API a few weeks ago from Police Sub Inspector (PSI), and has been with the Goregaon police station for the past two years. According to ACB sources, the complainant

API Bhaignath Jagannath Aadav has an auto garage in Goregaon West located on the ground floor of an SRA Continued on pg 9 «

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rangabad, Kolhapur, Amravati, Nashik, Latur and tarting today, around Konkan regions will appear 17,11,214 students from for the 750 marks State 20,160 schools all over the School Certificate (SSC) exstate, comprising 9,46,298 aminations. Mumbai alone male students and 7,64,916 has 3,75,000 students from female students from Continued on pg 9 « Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Au-


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Burns centre received 30 skin donations in Jan

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Do you think the new captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli, can bring back the country's winning streak in the game? Neha Shinde PR executive Yes. He has won a match and with his innings, he will make us win.

Shreedhar Chavan Businessman No. He is too young to take the responsibility of leading Team India.

By Shwetha Kannan


he year 2014 seems to be a good start for the cause of skin donation. The National Burns Centre at Airoli saw 30 people donating the skin of their near and dear ones in January this year. While this might not seem to be a big number, it is definitely an improvement, when the average number of donations in 2012 and 2013 are considered. Speaking of numbers, Dr. Sunil Keswani, Medical Director, National Burns Centre, said, “In 201213 the average number of

donations were approximately eight per month. Then in 20132014, it rose to an average of 22 per month. But January 2014 has been a good month. We were surprised to have 30 donations, and on one day in February, we got four calls for skin donation which in itself is a record of sorts.” Dr. Keswani said that two donations can help one person in times of need, and so, with 30 skin donations, 15 people stand to benefit. “Skin donation is extremely important because it not only helps in quicker healing of burn injuries, but also helps in survival in several

cases,” said Dr. Keswani. Dr. Keswani also added that recently, his centre operated upon four people who were suffering from burns ranging from 60 per cent to 80 per cent, caused due a mishap. It was the skin harvested in the National Burns Centre that came to their rescue. “One had suffered 80 per cent burns, while the others had 75 per cent, 67 per cent and 60 per cent burns. The surgeries had to be done as soon as possible. We removed the dead skin and used the harvested skin for them. This will speed up the healing process. Each




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First Goan woman to be sworn-in as Bombay HC judge today R

The Public Health Department of the state government launched the Maharashtra Emergency Medical Service (MEMS) in the city on Saturday. The ambitious scheme to serve 11.8 crore people of the state was launched by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. Altogether 937 ambulances, including 233 Advanced Life Support (ALS) and 704 Basic Life Support Ambulances (BLS), with over 6,500 professionals, will be working in the scheme. State Health Minister Suresh Shetty and Mumbai's Guardian Minister and Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil were also present during the occasion.

egarded as an upright and impartial judicial officer during her tenure of almost two decades, the North Goa principal district and sessions judge, Anuja Prabhudessai, will be sworn in as judge of the Bombay High Court today. Interestingly, Judge Anuja Prabhudessai will be the first Goan woman to be a High Court judge.Prabhudessai is known to be talented, well-mannered, Judge Anuja soft-spoken, yet firm in the disPrabhudesai pensation of justice. Even though years ago, she was suspended for using her discretion in awarding compensation in a petition over a motor vehicle accident claim and disbursing amount given by another judge, the Bombay High Court later, cleared Prabhudessai of all charges, and had her re-instated as the district and sessions judge. The legal fraternity – including several lawyers who had protested against this decision – had then suspected her suspension to be a conspiracy to sideline and abort her, as she was to be elevated as a Judge of the Bombay High Court. There are reports that even when posted as Law Secretary of the Goa State, she refused to bow to the illegal and unjustified designs of the politicians. This in all probability, earned her more than her fair share of powerful enemies.

Activists demand transparency in appointment of Information Commissioners By Philip Varghese


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Abha Dhole Law Student No. It is hard to say, as his captaincy has won and also lost a match.

Hardik Tanna Interior Designer Yes. Looking at his winning start with Bangladesh, and his century, he will get us back to winning ways.

surgery lasted for four hours,” he said. Dr. Keswani attributes this spike in skin donation to the awareness programs conducted by communities and NGOs. “This is the effect of the awareness programs conducted by NGOs and communities like the Jain community. They talk about skin donation and have encouraged people to go ahead and pledge their skin. We wish that more such awareness programs are conducted and that every community comes forward to take this cause ahead,” said Dr. Keswani.


nly days after the state government appointed four Information Commissioners, activists have now demanded that there should a transparent process for selecting them. Shailesh Gandhi, RTI activist and former Central Information Commissioner (CIC) said, “Maharashtra has appointed four Information Commissioners. This is good news since there is now hope that the 30,000 pendency will be brought down. But it is bad news considering all of them are retired bureaucrats appointed without any process. Activists should now work to get a transparent process for selecting them. The government should advertise openings to appoint Information Commissioners depend-

ing on the need atleast six months in advance. Eminent individuals could apply or be nominated by others. A search committee consisting of (possibly) two members of Parliament, Chief Information Commissioner, one Vice Chancellor, one Supreme Court Shailesh Gandhi judge and two RTI activists could be formed to shortlist a panel which could be three times the number of Commissioners to be selected. These could be announced with the minutes of the meeting at which the short listing is done”. Gandhi added, “The search committee mem-

bers could be picked from a large panel in each category. An interview to be conducted by the search committee in public view, to give citizens and media the opportunity to hear the views of the prospective candidates. Citizens could give feedback and views to the search committee. Subsequently the search committee could present its recommendation for twice the number of Commissioners to be appointed. Based on these inputs, the final decision to select the Commissioners could be taken by the Committee as per the Act consisting of Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition and one Minister. (A similar process could be adopted for State Commissions with MLAs instead of MPs and High Court judge instead of Supreme Court judge)”.

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By Suyash Padate


HE BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has no national vision and the way Arvind Kejriwal ran away from the battlefield in New Delhi, the Aam Admi Party's (AAP) graph is in a sharp decline. After the sad demise of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, the Sena seems to be like a ship adrift in an open sea. Against this backdrop, the people of Maharashtra will certainly stand by the Congress because they are aware that UPA II has taken India forward. This is what Congress national campaign committee member and the party's national media panel member Anant Gadgil, said very confidently. He spoke in length on various aspects of his own party as well as the opposition.


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Tell us why you are so confident that the people will vote for the Congress. Believe me, a majority of the people of this state are still with the Congress. There might be some resentment but the downtrodden and the people from minority community have full faith in the Congress party. Also, our party's base is very strong in the rural parts of Maharashtra. Cooperative sugar factories, banks and other institutions are the backbone of the rural economy and many Congress leaders are at the helm of affairs in these institutions. We have our network up to the last man. This will certainly help us in the elections. But how about the rampant corruption, not only at the national level, but also at the state level? As far as some of the cases of corruption are concerned, the Congress took the initiative to take punitive action against those involved. In a coalition government, sometimes your are forced to defend your alliance partner. The opposition has blown some of the cases out of proportion and unfortunately, we failed to bring the reality in front of the people. But the fact remains that the present situation is not favourable to the Congress. There are certain measures taken by the UPA government which cannot be ignored. The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has already brought some of these issues before the nation. The improved performance of economy making the growth process more inclusive is the major highlight of our report card. Apart from this, delivery of better governance, welfare and development programs, improved relations with the changing and challenging world. The UPA government has taken our country forward on all these four fronts. Faster growth is necessary to provide opportunities to the young generation and the growth slowed down to 5 per cent in


in our neighbouring state. You cannot ignore Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. After the sad demise of Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, the party has become directionless. Many leaders are deserting the Sena.

2012-13, but it was a doable phenomenon. GDP declined in Euro zone, grew very slowly in Japan and US, slowed down in China. Last year, the economy in India did slow down, but it was a temporary effect. India was among the fastest growing economies with average growth rate of 8 per cent in nine years, including years of slow growth. Economic situation in the country is turning around and inflation is under control, you have to accept this. Don't forget that the Congress has taken steps against corruption through the RTI Act, Lok Pal Bill. The Food Security Bill was the rev-

olutionary decision of this government. At the same time, you cannot overlook the achievements of the state government. The monorail has virtually attracted the attention of the entire country. For the first time, such a major transport project has come up in India. The Metro will start shortly. Eastern Freeway is another achievement.

the media, has created this in some of the urban areas. But this is an exaggeration. The man who is running for the top post of the country has no vision at all. He never talks about the economic and foreign issues. His one point programe is to attack the Congress party and its president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi. This will not work out and Despite all this, Narendra one day Modi will be exModi's popularity is on rise posed. His propaganda of the and the BJP seems to be the Gujarat development is also frontrunner. misleading. According to one I don't see any so called Modi report the Gross State Dowave in the state. The BJP, mestic Product, Maharashwith the help of sections of tra's share is 14.7 per cent

whereas Gujarat is 7 per cent. Industrial Output: Maharashtra 18.4 percent, Gujarat 15.54 per cent. FDI Share: Maharashtra 35 per cent, Gujarat 6 per cent. Export share: Maharashtra 27 per cent Gujarat 22 per cent. School dropout rate in Gujarat is 57.9 per cent. As far as state hunger index is concerned, Gujarat is behind Jharkhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. The credit-deposit ratio in scheduled commercial banks in Gujarat is 4.7 per cent whereas in Maharashtra it is 26 per cent. Now look at these figures and then you decide what is the situation

What about AAP? AAP graph is on a sharp decline. Arvind Kejriwal is 'ranchoddas'. He literally ran away from the arena. There was an opportunity for him to deliver and make some impact. But he preferred to be in the limelight instead of working for the people of Delhi. I don't think AAP will have any impact in the state. Some of the names of AAP's candidates are doing the rounds – Mayank Gandhi, Meera Sanyal, Anjali Damania – who is the 'aam aadmi' among this lot. After the fiasco in Delhi the AAP factor will not work anywhere. How do you view the strained relationship between the Congress and NCP? There might be some differences but nothing serious. We will enter the arena unitedly.


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I have changed my name from Parshotham Devaram to Purushottam Devaram Goyal as per Affidavit dated 25/02/2014. C-37753

I have changed my name from “Mr. Sauras. H. Jagdeesh Chandappa Ail” to “Mr. Saurabh Jagdeesha Chandappa Ail ” as per Affidavit dated 13th February, 2014. C-37767

I have changed my name from Ritadevi to Rita Jagdish Gupta as per Affidavit No: KP 277847.

I have changed my name from Rajayya Bhumayya Shrimal to Raju Bumayya Shrimal as per Affidavit. C-37754

I have changed my name from “Mr. Jagdeesh Chandappa Ail ” to “ Mr. Jagdeesha Chandappa Ail” as per Affidavit dated 13th February, 2014. C-37768

I have changed my name from Hemantkumar Bhagwandas to Hemantkumar Bhagwandas Lad as per Affidavit dated 28/02/2014. C-37755

I have changed my name from “Mr. Pramod Kumar Gopal Baranwal” to “Mr. Pramod Gopal Baranwal” as per Affidavit Dated 13th February, 2014. C-37769


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I have changed my name from Archana Budhdev to Archana Singh as per Affidavit No: KP 277844. C-37741 I have changed my name from Trishla Kirit Budhdev to Trishla Singh as per Affidavit No: KP 277845. C-37742


I have changed my name from Jagdish to Jagdish Ramkishan Gupta as per Affidavit No: KP 277848. C-37743 I have changed my name from Satyendra to Satyendra Jagdish Gupta as per Affidavit No: KP 277846. C-37744 I have changed my name from Priyanka Yohan Kharat, to ‘Priyanka Rohit Pagar’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U- 67173) Dated: 13/02/2014. C-37745 I have changed my name from Mahesh Bhalchandra Gadve, to Mahesh Bhalchandra Gadhave as per Affidavit Dated: 01/03/2014. C-37746 I have changed my name from Mamta Ramakant Mishra, to ‘Mrs. Shukla Mamta Surajdev’ as per Affidavit Dated: 26/02/2014. C-37747

CHANGE OF NAME I have changed my name from Usman Gani Mohammed Saheb to Usman Gani Mohammed Saheb Shaikh as per Gazette No. U-16236 dated August 4-10, 2011. Ornate-C-37734 I have changed my name from Ashvin Ambavi Vaviya or Ashvinkumar Ambavi Vaviya to Mr. Ashwin Ambavi Vaviya as per Affidavit dated 23-1-2014. C-37735 I have changed my name from Vahida & Anjum to Wahida Anjum Mumtaz Ahmed Ansari as per Affidavit KL-452286. C-37736

I have changed my name from Imran Mohammed Ekbal, to ‘Mohammed Imran Lakhani’ as per Affidavit Dated: 28/02/2014. C-37748 I, Venkatesh Yedidha have changed my Son’s name from Vikyath Venkatesh Yedidha, to ‘Vikhyat Venkatesh Yedidha’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U-67493) Dated: 13/02/2014. C-37749 I have changed my name from Surjana Venkatesh Yedidha, to ‘Srujana Venkatesh Yedidha’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U-67494) Dated: 13/02/2014. C-37750

I have changed my name from Chandra Kala Devi to Chandrakala as per Affidavit dated 1st March, 2014. C-37737

I have changed my name from Maitreyi Nikhil Daftary, to ‘Zenaikah Maitreyi Nikhil Zaveri’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U- 68363) Dated: 20/02/2014. C-37751

I have changed my name from Firoz Mohmed Husen Mohmed Ameej Khureshi to Firoz Husain Qureshi as per Affidavit dated 28/02/2014. C-37738

I, Suleman Selot have changed my Daughter’s name from Missba Suleman Salot, to ‘Misba Suleman Selot’ as per Affidavit Dated: 01/03/2014. C-37752

I have changed my name from P Balaji to Balaji Pallapotu as per deed poll Affidavit No. KL 736671 dated 28th February 2014. C-37756 I have changed my name from Ramamohan Rao to Pallapotu Ramamohan Rao as per deed poll Affidavit No. KL 736672 dated 28th February 2014. C-37757 I have changed my name from Heena Begum Mohamed Mustak to Heena Mohamed Shahzad Zariwala as per deed poll Affidavit. C-37758 I have changed my name from Mr. Asgarally Nooruddin Kathawala to Mr. Asgar Nooruddin Kathawala as per deed poll Affidavit. C-37759 I have changed my name from Mrs. Nafisa Asgarally Kathawala to Mrs. Nafisa Asgar Kathawala as per deed poll Affidavit. C-37760 I have changed my name from Yogesh Prakash Pandey to Yogesh Prakash Kamble as per Maharashtra Gazette No (U 29654). C-37761 I have changed my name from Ali Ahmad Ali Jan to Ali Ahmed Ali Jaan Saifi as per Affidavit. C-37762 I have changed my name from Ensha Shaukat Ali Khan to Insha Shaukat Ali Khan as per Gazette No-(X-102853). C-37763 I have changed my name from Shana Kaushar Shaukat Ali Khan to Sana Kausar Shaukat Ali Khan as per Gazette No (X-102863). C-37764 I have changed my name from Narkar Sunita Ram to Mugdha Sandeep Kamerkar as per deed poll Affidavit Dtd. 01/03/2014. C-37765 I have changed my name from “Hardik Jayantilal Mistry” to “Hardik Jayantilal Vadgama” Vide Maha. Govt. Gazette No. (U-57738). C-37766

I have changed name from Amir Mohd Sharif Ansari to Mohammad Aamir Mohd Sharif Ansari as per Affidavit. C-37770 I have changed my name from Mohammed Gulam Haji Abdul Khalique to Gulam Husain Abdul Khalique Ansari as per Maharashtra Gazette No. ( U69036) dated: February 20-26, 2014. C-37771 I have changed my name from Saima Gulam Husain Ansari to Saima Abdul Aziz Qureshi as per Maharashtra Gazette No. ( U-67923) dated: February 2026, 2014. C-37772

I have changed my name from Shekar Ramanna Shetty to Shekhar Ramana Shetty as per Affidavit. C-37781 I have changed my name from Khan Mohammad Zuber Parvez Khan to Zuber Parvez Khan as per Affidavit. C-37782 I have changed my name from Rita Ramanlal Shah to Reeta Vinod Shah as per Affidavit. C-37783 I have changed my name from Malliga Raman Kutty Nair to Mallika Raman Kutty Nair as per Affidavit. C-37784 I have changed my name from Dontul Onkaram Mahadev to Dontula Omkar Mahadev as per Affidavit Dated: 25-02-2014 C-37785 I Azizulhasan Baitulla Choudhary have changed my minor daughter name from Farida Khatoon D/o Ajijulhasan Baitulla Choudhari, Farida Chaudhary to Farida D/o Azizulhasan Choudhary as per Affidavit. C-37786 I have changed my name from Mushtaq Khan , Mustaq Khan to Mushtaque S/o Iqbal Khan as per Affidavit. C-37787

I have changed my name from Saleha Mohammed Gulam Husain Ansari to Saleha Gulam Husain Ansari as per Maha. Gazette No. ( U-69014) dated: February 20-26, 2014. C-37773

I have changed my name from Hamid Rahim Sayed , Sayed Hameed , Sayyed Abdul Hamid to Hamid Pasha Rahim Sayyed as per Affidavit. C-37788

I have changed my name from Saud Ahmed Mohammed Gulam Husain Ansari to Saud Ahmed Gulam Husain Ansari as per Maharashtra Gazette No. (U-69015) Dated: February 2026, 2014. C-37774

I have changed my name from Mohd Sufiyan S/o Hamid Rahim Sayed, Sayed Mohd Sufiyan S/o Hameed, Sayyed Sufiyan Abdul Hamid to Mohammed Sufiyan Hamid Sayyed as per Affidavit. C-37789

I have changed my name from Sadiqali Ibrahim Bakrolwala to Sadik Ibrahim Bakrolwala as per Affidavit. C-37775 I have changed my name from Sehnaz Sadik Bakrolwala to Shehnaz Sadik Bakrolwala as per Affidavit. C-37776 I have changed my name from Sadikali Ibrahim Bakrolwal to Sadik Ibrahim Bakrolwala as per Affidavit. C-37777 I have changed my name from Shenaz Jainuddin Petiwala to Shehnaz Sadik Bakrolwala as per Affidavit. C-37778 I have changed my name from Mehboob Mohammed Rasool to Mehboob Mohammed Rasool Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-37779 I have changed my name from Neelam Hirakant Patil to Nilofar Siddique Khanbande as per Affidavit. C-37780

I have changed my name from Syed Munnawar Basha to Munnawar Basha Rahim Sayyed as per Affidavit. C-37790 I have changed my name from Mrs.Fatmabai Asgarali Agharia to Mrs. Fatimaben Asgarali Agharia as per Affidavit dated 28/02/2014. C-37791 I have changed my name from Vasant Salve to Vasantrao Salve as per Affidavit. C-37792 I have changed my name from Panchal Parshotam Shamji to Pitroda Purshottam Shamji as per Affidavit. C-37793 I have changed my name from Panchal Sarika Parshotam to Pitroda Sarika Purshottam as per Affidavit. C-37794 I have changed my name from Parshotam Panchal to Purshottam Pitroda as per. C-37795

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hatever the Election Commission of India (ECI) may do to try and create a level playing field for all the candidates and political parties, it all seems to be coming to naught, given the kind of sops and freebies being announced by those in power. Who cares if the ECI is asking political parties and candidates to spell out how they plan to fund and implement their freebies? Voters the world over may be envious of their Indian counterparts who, come election time, are drenched to the bone with showers of freebies galore.

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raw deal by the Congress-RJD in Bihar. The RPI-Athawale faction, which had been all too critical of the BJP-Sena alliance, now has fully embraced the saffron alliance after having played second fiddle to the ruling CongressNCP combine. Then the unthinkable is being plotted by the BJP - it has offered a Lok Sabha ticket to NCP minister Dr Vijaykumar Gavit’s daughter, Dr Heena Gavit, from Nandurbar ST constituency, In 2002, Ram Vilas Paswan all just to defeat the Congress suddenly found his secular which has been winning the which is in its last days of granting 20 per cent reserva- soul awakened and walked seat since Independence. Barely a month ago, Sena power, office or facing elec- tions to Maratha community, out of the ruling BJP-led NDA tions soon, it cares little for will be subject to legal alliance over the Gujarat riots. president Uddhav Thackeray, the long-term consequences scrutiny, since all these deci- Only to return to the NDA fold in a desperate bid to keep his its decisions might cause to sions are either pending be- now after having been given a haystack of wayward Shivsainiks together, had them the state exchequer in gen- fore the court of law, or the tied in knots with his ‘Shivaeral. If the anti-incumbency courts have put a ceiling as in bandhan.’ Now, two of his sitmood against the ruling dis- the case of granting reservating MPs, Bhausaheb pensation is strong, then it tions. Then you have deciWackchaure and Ganesh has least botheration as it sions like giving free Dudhgaonkar, have walked knows fully well that the new medicines at government out of the party fold. Many ruling dispensation will have hospitals or BMC clearing have since left the party in to roll back its populist meas- proposals for road repairs. search of safe passage to the ures. The unmistakable bottomline legislature or parliament, deElections can make politi- is Voters and Elections. pending upon the emergent cians do strange things, all to The government in power political situation at the conlure the voter in voting them is fully aware that no politistituency level. Sadashiv to power. Despite the fact that cian worth his salt will be Mandlik who, with the help of its decision to regularise tempted to oppose populist Swabhimani Shetkari Sangslums up to the year 2000, decisions for the fear of losing hatna leader Raju Shetti, had regularising pre-1995 slums popular support. Not so long won the Kolhapur Lok Sabha purchased post-dated or ago, Chief Minister Prithviraj Ram Vilas Paswan


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Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan You have had the Centre, the state government on one hand, and on the other, even the Shiv Sena-BJP ruled BMC too joined in the mad race to push through sops, legislations and schemes, some of which, according to the bureaucracy and legal experts, might not stand the scrutiny of law. For the government,




Chavan had admitted that the pressure of migration and slums on cities like Mumbai had much to do with the 1995-99 decision of then Shiv Sena-BJP government of providing free housing to 40 lakh slumdwellers in Mumbai. Who cares about the hardships of the people, the squalid conditions, creaking infrastructure, et al.

Strange Bedfellows

Uddhav Thackeray seat is now in the Congress fold. His son Sanjay Mandlik has jumped onto the Sena bandwagon. Gauging the direction of which way the poll winds are blowing, politicians are quick to adapt to the changing political equations. Sena sitting MP Subhash Wankhede from Hingoli, who was almost on the verge of hobnobbing with the NCP, has retraced his steps backwards after sensing the pro-NDA wave. Then there are cases of weak candidates being fielded against strong candidates despite the anti-incumbency factor going in their favour. Such actions of political accommodation by political parties makes one wonder whether these elections too are ‘fixed?’ Seems so, with politicians encouraging their kith and kin to embrace different political ideologies just to keep the political power flowing through in their homes.

NCP stumps BJP with SS support Rift widens between saffron alliance partners in Mira Bhayandar


here are no permanent friends or foes in politics and the ongoing ‘cold war’ between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena is a recent example. A day after the Shiv Sena leadership confirmed Rajan Vichare’s name as the saffron alliance candidate to wrest the Thane Lok Sabha parliamentary segment, the widening rift between the BJP and Shiv Sena, major constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), stood virtually exposed in the general body meeting of

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the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) on Saturday. In what is being seen as a fallout of a tactical understanding with the NCP, a section of Shiv Sena corporators mysteriously abstained from the house, paving way for the NCP-led ruling alliance to successfully pass a resolution on the virtue of their wafer thin majority in the house, leaving the BJP-members red faced. The resolution moved by NCP’s Dhruvkishore Patil, affirming the nod of the house

All is well, says Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik In a defensive and carefully worded statement, legislator and local Shiv Sena supremo, Pratap Sarnaik, said, “Some of our corporators were unaware of the general body meeting which had been scheduled at the eleventh hour. However we will enquire into the matter and initiate strict action against anyone found to have deliberately abstained. The BJP is our senior partner and elder brother of our party. I will personally pacify the BJP leaders and ensure that relations are not strained between both the parties.�

Shiv Sena back-stabbed us, fumes BJP Fuming after members of alliance party- Shiv Sena members snubbed him for not turning out during the crucial vote on-account to counter the NCP’s resolution, BJP district president and Leader of Opposition, Narendra Mehta launched a scathing attack on the local Shiv Sena leadership. “They (Shiv Sena) are our alliance partners but when we need to stand united in our fight with the NCP-led rulers, they have preferred to backstab us. If the erring corporators are not punished, we will teach them a lesson in the ensuing elections.� threatened Mehta.




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06 CHANGE OF NAME I have changed my name from Mohammed Husain Mohammad Yusuf to Mohammed Husain Mohaammad Yusuf Sayyad as per Affidavit. C-37796 I have changed my name from Rukaya Khatun Anisu Rehaman to Rukaya Khatun Anisu Rehaman Shaikh as per Affidavit dated: 01/02/2014. C-37797 I have changed my name from Latabai Kashinath Gadge to Ratna Bansi Vishwasrao as per Affidavit. C-37798 I have changed my name from Premal Vasant Nagda to Premal Vasant Shah New Name as per Affidavit. C-37799 I have changed my name from Shaminabi Abdul Rafique Shaikh to Samina Abdul Rafique Shaikh as per Affidavit

CLASSIFIEDS I have changed my name from Sophia P.P to Sophia Abraham Thekkemazhuvencheril as per Affidavit. C-37812 I have changed my name from Nurul Hasan Abdul Mannan to Nurul Hasan Abdul Mannan Khan as per Affidavit. C-37813 I have changed my name from Afroj Shakeel to Afroz Shakeel Khan as per Affidavit. C-37814 I have changed my name from Mohanlal Vishindas to Kundnani Mohanlal Vishindas as per Affidavit. C-37815 I have changed my name from Mohammad Julfikar Tahir to Mohammad Zulfekar Mohammad Tahir as per Affidavit. C-37816


I have changed my name from Sonia Bathija to Soni Bathija as per Affidavit. C-37817

I have changed my name from Rupa Mukesh Vader to Rupaben Mahesh Wadher as per Affidavit. C-37801

I have changed my name from Chanda Singha To Chanda Sinha As Per Affidavit. C-37818

I have changed my name from Mukesh Dhirajlal Vader to Mahesh Dhirajlal Wadher as per Affidavit. C-37802

I have changed my name from Surendra Kumar Singha to Surendra Kumar Sinha as per Affidavit. C-37819


I have changed my name from Rizwan Usman Sheikh to Rizwan Usman Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-37820

I have changed my name from Sanjay Kumar to Sanjay Achhelal Vishwakarma as per Affidavit. C-37804

I have changed my name from Ajijabe Usman Sheikh to Azizabi Usman Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-37821

I have changed my name from Omkar Bipin Shelar to Omkar Bipin Shetty as per Affidavit.

I have changed my name from Dilipkumar Eshwarbhai Patel to Dilipbhai Eshwarbhai Patel as Per Affidavit. C-37805 I have changed my name from Sudhirkumar Pandurang Shinde to Sudhir Pandurang Shinde as per Affidavit. C-37806

I have changed my name from Javhid to Javed Abdul Ansari as per Affidavit. C-37811

I have changed my name from Bijoy Chandra Roy to Vijay Shivaji Dedhia as per Affidavit. C-37831 I have changed my name from Jyoti Bijoy Chandra Roy to Jyoti Vijay Dedhia as per Affidavit. C-37832 I have changed my name from Narendra Panchanan Roy to Shivaji Panchanan Dedhia as per Affidavit. C-37833 I have changed my name from Kanchan Narendra Roy to Kanchan Shivaji Dedhia as per Affidavit. C-37834 I have changed my name from Santosh Shambhu Madbula to Santosh Shambhu Madbul as per Affidavit. C-37835 I have changed my name from Mohammed Ali Abdul Subhan to Mohammed Ali Abdul Subhan Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-37836 I have changed my name from Nikhath Haidarali Siddique to Nikhat Sarfaraz Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-37837 I have changed my name from Franky Augustine Joseph to Francly Augustine Joseph as per Affidavit. C-37838

I have changed my name from Khan Shabir Nazirahmad to Shabbir Nazir Khan as per Affidavit. C-37840

I have changed my name from Nabab Ali Jabbar Ali to Nabab Ali Jabbar Ali Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-37825


I have changed my name from Rinaben to Rajeshree Pinal Patel as per Affidavit. C-37830

I have changed my name from Dilip Ray & Dilipray Ramsingh Jaiswal to Dilip Rai as per Affidavit. C-37823

I have changed my name from Rafique Saifuddin Kazi to Saifuddin Kazi as per Affidavit

I have changed name from Nasir Banu to Nasira Bano Abdul Ansari as per Affidavit.

I have changed my name from Asmitaben to Asmita Nirav Sutariya as per Affidavit. C-37829

I have changed my name from Ramchandra Dnyaneshwar Koli to Ram Dnyaneshwar Koli as per Affidavit. C-37839

I have changed my name from Shaikh Aisha Hasan to Hajwani Aisha Hasan as per Affidavit. C-37824



I have changed my name from Usman Basiruddin Sheikh to Usman Basiruddin Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-37822

I have changed my name from Naleni to Nalini Devchand Bahira as per Affidavit. C-37807

I have changed my name from Rafique to Saifuddin Kazi as per Affidavit. C-37809

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I have changed my name from Hina Aasi to Haanaahh Aasi as per Affidavit. C-37826 I have changed my name from Nilima Jagannath Shirodkar to Madhura Mahesh Kode as per Affidavit. C-37827 I have changed my name from Niravbhai Sutariya to Nirav Manjibhai Sutariya as per Affidavit. C-37828

I have changed my name from Parveen Bano Shaikh to Naaz Parveen Shabbir Khan as per Affidavit. C-37841 I have changed my name from Pawse Hanuman Sitaram to Pawshe Hanuman Sitaram as per Affidavit. C-37842 I have changed my name from S. Ananth to Anand Shankar Shankaran Cherugunnu as per Affidavit. C-37843 I have changed my name from Sankaran to Cherugunnu Krishna Shankaran as per Affidavit. C-37844

I have changed my name from Pankajkumar Babulal Raval to Pankaj Babulal Raval as per Affidavit. C-37845 I have changed my name from Mayankkumar to Mayank Shantilal Jain as per Affidavit. C-37846 I Bhupatray Babulal Shah have changed my name to Bhupat Babulal Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14. C-37847 I Patel Satish Kanubhai have changed my name to Goudani Satish Kanubhai as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 26/02/14. C-37848 I Rupesh Pradip Bheda have changed my name to Pranav Pradip Bheda as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 22/08/13. C-37849 I Sarita Madhukar Panchal have changed my name to Shubhada Suhas Salaskar as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 28/02/14. C-37850 I Mr. Vinodgiri Balwantgiri Goswami have changed my minor son’s name from Harsh Vinodgiri Goswami to Harshgiri Vinodgiri Goswami as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 01/03/14. C-37851

I Mr. Yogeshgiri Balwantgiri Goswami have changed my minor son’s name from Priyansh Yogeshgiri Goswami to Priyanshgiri Yogeshgiri Goswami as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14. C-37852 I Mr. Yogeshgiri Balwantgiri Goswami have changed my minor son’s name from Prince Yogeshgiri Goswami to Princegiri Yogeshgiri Goswami as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 01/03/14. C-37853 I Nayanaben Balwantgiri Goswami have changed my name to Nayana Vinodgiri Goswami as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14. C-37854 I Jayshreeben Bhikupari Goswami have changed my name to Jayshree Bharatgiri Goswami as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14. C-37855 I Bharatgiri Balwantgiri Gosai have changed my name to Bharatgiri Balwantgiri Goswami as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14.

I Yogeshkumar Balwantgiri Gosvami have changed my name to Yogeshgiri Bharatgiri Goswami as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14. C-37858 I Zahirunnisha Amirullah Siddique have changed my name to Jahirunnisha Amirullah Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14. C-37859 I Kalpeshbhai Naranbhai Patel have changed my name to Kalpesh Naranbhai Patel as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37860 I Irfan Yunus Dadhukia have changed my name to Irfan Yunus Sorathiya as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37861 I Shrikhalid have changed my name to Khalid Ahmed as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37862 I Ku. Reena Rameshchand Thakur have changed my name to Zarina Mohammed Hussain Zariwala as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37863

I Rameshkumar Khushalchand Suthar have changed my name to Rameshkumar Khushalchand Mistry as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37868 I Naveen Ramulu Goute have changed my name to Naveen Ramulu Gouti as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37869 I Mr Harshal Sureshkumar Pandhi have changed my name to Mr Harshal Sureshkumar Thakkar as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14. C-37870 I Mrs Hemlata Sureshkumar Pandhi have changed my name to Mrs Hemlata Sureshkumar Thakkar as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14. C-37871 I Mr Sureshkumar Pradhudas Pandhi have changed my name to Mr Sureshkumar Prabhudas Thakkar as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14. C-37872 I Mangala Dattatray Jadhav have changed my name to Maya Mahesh Naik as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37873

I Anil Kumar Shah have changed my name to Anil Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37864

I Maheshwar Kenchya Naik have changed my name to Mahesh Kencha Naik as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37874

I Harendrakumar Babulal Shah have changed my name to Harendra Babulal Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37865

I Vivek Kumar Samadhiya have changed my name to Vivek Samadhiya as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37875

I Saneet Nemchand Sumaria have changed my name to Saneet Nemchand Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37866

I Yasin Farid Shaikh have changed my name to Yaseen Farid Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37876

I Manjula Nemchand Sumaria have changed my name to Manjula Nemchand Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37867

I Saida Farid Shaikh have changed my name to Saeeda Farid Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-37877

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C-37856 I Komalben Balwantgiri Goswami have changed my name to Komal Yogeshgiri Goswami as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 01/03/14. C-37857


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ACP or BMC sweeper? Afternoon Despatch & Courier


By Khushboo Panjabi


query from the BMC under the Right to Information (RTI) has revealed that Assistant Commissioner of Police (Dahisar) Vijay Bagwe’s name appears as a member of the Savitribai Phule Mahila Bachatgat scheme and thus he gets paid Rs.5,500 per month

for cleaning roads under this scheme. The president of this scheme currently is Vrushali Bagwe, the ACP’s wife. This group was initiated by the civic body under the women and child welfare programme for women below the low socio-economic line. Sheetal Mhatre, Congress corporator from Dahisar RNorth ward, managed to get

some crucial documents from the Solid Waste Management Department of the BMC. She said, “The ACP seems to be cheating the civic authority and the state government as he has claimed to be a sweeper who earns from this scheme.” “I have written a letter to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Home Minister R.R. Patil, as well as the Mumbai Police


lmost a year after Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Vasant Dhoble made headlines for his crackdown against bars and restaurants in the city, another ‘moral cop’ from the Social Service Branch (SSB) seems to have tightened his noose around bars and restaurants operating illegally, or violating norms in the city. DCP Mahesh Patil, who was earlier posted as DCP Zone XI, is known to have closed down 30 bars operating illegally in the Borivali area, before taking charge as DCP of the SSB, and as spokesperson of the Mumbai Police. Patil took charge as the DCP of the SS branch on February 20, and till now, has registered around 60 cases, most of which are against bars and restaurants found violating the IPC and Bom-

and my colleagues in the SS Branch, we intensified our operations against bar and restaurant owners who have been operating illegally in Mumbai.” “We will not be partial to anyone, and our operation will be transparent, as always. From February 20 to now, I have registered approximately 60 cases, out of which 28 are against bar and restaurant owners, while 17 are against hookah parlours. The rest are against people running prostitution and DCP Mahesh Patil online betting dens,” he added. bay Police Act. Patil also admits to having Talking to the ADC, Patil shut down 30 bars in Borivali said, “In the last one month, when he was DCP, because with the guidance of my su- they were allegedly operating periors, including the Joint without proper documents. Commissioner of Police When asked why the SS (Crime), Sadanand Daate; Branch is not taking action Additional Commissioner of against road side eateries that Police (Crime) Niket Kaushik, operate till the early hours of

Commissioner Rakesh Maria regarding this and I am awaiting their response,” added Mhatre. In the letter, Mhatre has stated that she had defeated Bagwe’s wife in the 2011 BMC elections and thus fears a planned revenge, now that Bagwe is the Dahisar ACP. Mhatre added that Bagwe also calls himself a member of the

Asst. Commissioner of Police Vijay Bagwe also draws salary from the civic body as a sweeper Shiv Sena political wing in his Facebook profile. Rahul Shewale, Standing Committee chairman said, “The investigation in this regard has begun and all the transactions made will be examined and if he is found guilty, relevant action will be taken against him”. Azad Shrivastav | ADC

Is DCP Dr. Mahesh Patil another Vasant Dhoble? By Zuber Ansari



A fire broke out in the Cargo Complex of the Mumbai International Airport on Sunday afternoon. Two fire tenders which were pressed into service are seen fighting the fire. the morning, like the former ACP of the SS Branch, Vasant Dhoble, had done, Patil said, “The local police are taking action against these eateries, but if we receive a complaint, we will definitely act against those involved.” A hotel owner, who spoke to the ADC on condition of anonymity, said, “From the time Dr. Patil has taken charge as DCP of the SS Branch, we are more alert. In fact, we see Dhoble in him.”

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Anguished residents of the sprawling residential complex built by Rashmi Housing, staged an agitation at the construction company’s office in Nalasopara (East) on Sunday morning, protesting against the builder’s failure to deliver the promised water connections. Carrying placards and shouting slogans, the agitators, mostly women, alleged that three years after occupying the flats, they were still forced to remain dependent on water provided by private tankers.

—Pic and text by Suresh Golani

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Sena names Cong MP’s son from Kolhapur, BJP allocates two of its seats to its allies CITY


By Prashant Hamine


hiv Sena yesterday nominated Sanjay Sadashivrao Mandlik, son of sitting Independent MP Sadashivrao Mandlik from Kolhapur Lok Sabha seat which is represented by his father. While it has nominated its sitting MLA Babanrao Gholap to contest the Shirdi Lok Sabha seat which was held by its sitting MP Bhausaheb Wackchure who recently quit the party and joined the Congress fold. Meanwhile, according to senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde the party has allocated the Madha Lok Sabha seat to its Swabhimani Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray handing over BEST bus passes to freedom fighters at his residence, Shetkari Sanghatna (SSS) Matoshri, in Bandra on Sunday.

Azad Shrivastav | ADC


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leader Sadabhau Khot and the Baramati Lok Sabha seat has been allocated to Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP) which is likely to nominate its founder president Mahadev Jankar from that seat. Khot will take on NCP’s MLC Vijaysinha Mohite-Patil in Madha. The Madha seat was until recently held by NCP chief Sharad Pawar who was recently elected to the Rajya Sabha. While Jankar will take on sitting NCP MP and party chief Sharad Pawar’s daugther Supriya Sule in Baramati, the BJP feels that both Jankar and Khot are quite capable of giving a tough fight to the NCP in its stronghold. It may be recalled that Sadashivrao Mandlik who

had won the 2009 Lok Sabha elections with the support of the Congress defeating the NCP candidate wanted the Congress to stake claim for the Kolhapur seat. However, with the NCP contesting the seat this time also, Mandlik threatened to have electoral tie-up with any other political party other than the NCP. Yesterday, he spoke to Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray while his son Sanjay joined the Sena and was immediately awarded the Lok Sabha ticket. In the case of Shirdi Lok Sabha seat, the Sena decided to opt for its own trusted veteran MLA rather than going for importing a leader from any other political party.

‘Help me with answers’ AAP believes in merit’ Says Meera Sanyal while speaking at a panel discussion in Mumbai. The Congress and BJP delegates however, had other things to say

By Yatin Ingle


couple of years ago, the state board set up helplines run by counselors, to solve the problems of troubled students, and almost a week into the board exams, these helplines are proving to quite a hit with students and parents. However, apart from being asked the usual questions on stress and anxiety, counselors are also receiving between 10 and 15 calls a day from by students asking for important questions, and if easy papers can be set.If this is not enough, the helplines also receive calls from students asking for the reasons behind a tough paper being set. Although these questions may seem funny, counselors try their best to provide students with appropriate answers. The state board established the board helpline in 2010 with the aim of counseling

and guiding students during the board exams. Although these helplines – that are operated by counselors – are operational only during the board exams, they receive almost 100 calls from across the state about papers, exam centers, hall tickets or exam related issues. However, the recent calls from students regarding help with answers and assurances of receiving easy question papers, have caught the counselors off guard. Chandrakant Munde, a board counselor who operates the phone line said, “When we get calls from troubled students, we try and calm them down. However, when we get calls from students asking for for answers or important questions, we make them understand that this is a different department, and that they should actually concentrate on their studies, than fall prey to doing wrong things due to which they might lose

a year.” Last year, the Mumbai Division recorded 2,000 calls on the helpline numbers, which is the highest received since the establishment of this facility. On February 26, the phone lines received 300 calls regarding issues related to Physics, which were soon solved. The call tally show that approximately 70 per cent students and 30 per cent parents call up the helpline number. When the ADC spoke to Laxmikanth Pandey, Chairman, State Board, MSBSHSE, he s2aid, “We have set up helplines to guide and assist students during their exams. These help lines also work as emergency lines for students when they have issues related to their exam centers, hall tickets and other problems. At times there are funny questions about easy questions and important questions, which are calmly resolved by the counselors”.

By A Special Correspondent


enowned banker and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from South Mumbai, Meera Sanyal, has made it clear that her party believes only in merit, and that should be the only criterion for the selection of candidates in the election. Sanyal was speaking at a panel discussion on ‘VoteYour Right’ organised by the Rajasthani Mahila Mandal on Saturday. She said, “A deserving person should get the chance, no matter if the candidate is male or female. The performance has to be considered, and that should be the only yardstick. Not other standards, which we normally consider”. However, two other pan-

elists, Piyush Goyal of the BJP and Narendra Varma of the NCP insisted that 33 per cent reservation be arranged for women. Goyal said, “The BJP is the only party which has always tried to give maximum representation to women. We have often given them more representation than the prescribed quota, and even in the future, we will try to accommodate more women”. Significantly, Varma pointed out that his party is trying its best to field 33 per cent women candidates. If voted to power, what they will do, was the prime focus of the discussion, and in the question-answer session, all three speakers preferred to stick to their party lines. On the issue of corruption and unemployment, Sanyal spoke

vociferously, whereas Goyal cautiously played the same tune, and Varma tried to put on brave face. On the question of farmers’ suicides and the prices of agriculture produce, Varma preferred to shrug off queries. The mandal also felicitated Sushila Sable, a rag picker, who heads an orgnisation of waste pickers in Mumbai, which helps these rag pickers to save money and create a zero waste situation in Mumbai. Sable was felicitated by former MP Jaywantiben Mehta and Lalit Kanojia. The mandal’s trustee Damayanti Pittie, president Chandralekha Roongta, Urmila Roongta and Manju Lodha were among others who were present at the occasion.

Vishwanath Salian | ADC

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Say HSC students to counselors on HSC helplines

The Rajasthani Mahila Mandal felicitated Sushila Sable, a ragpicker, who heads an organisation dealing in waste paper in Mumbai. Sable was felicitated by former MP Jaywantiben Mehta and Lalit Kanojia, in the city,

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Another shameless cop

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met a human being like him. Actor Fardeen Khan said, adding, “I am very upset at the “We are all gathered here way he is being portrayed in today to defend him. There is media. It is important to em- a trend towards mounting an phasise his good points. I onslaught on the character of know him as a wonderful anyone who is in legal trouman, ever ready to do any- ble. ” Personally, I know him thing for anybody.” as a man of immense inIf Sippy stressed his magna- tegrity, conscientious, a best nimity, lyricist Sameer went a friend, a man of bravery, step further and spoke of courage and honour, and a Roy’s concern for his employ- patriot who has kept the Inees, numbering around 11 dian flag flying.” lakhs. In Aamby Vallery, he Similar sentiments were exsaid, they treat him like a god. pressed by the other speakers, To this singer Sapna Mujkher- with Johny Lever going on jee concurred heartily, refer- record to say in his 20 year rering to him as a bhagwan, lationship with Roy, he has readding that she had never ceived nothing but love and

respect from him. It was also pointed out that this was a man upon whom the lives of perhaps 50 lakh people ultimately depended as his empire, which sustained all these souls was under serious threat as a result of the action taken against him. Nothing loth, the journalists present in large numbers, who had come in expecting also the presence of Rajya Sabha stalwart Hema Malini and actor Jitendra (neither landed up in the end!), asked several uncomfortable questions. Why, for instance, was there so much support and sympathy

for Saharasri when lakhs of small investors in his company were suffering the loss of their money as a result of the case. To this Mr Sippy replied that Roy must be considered innocent till proven guilty and in any case, he knew no-one who had actually suffered as a result of Mr Roy’s business decisions. In turn, a journalist offered to take him to Vakola and introduce him to around 100 such people. Where was the bravery, courage and honour that was being spoken of when, in the last week, Roy had done everything in his power to thwart a Supreme Court di-

percentage. This has raised the passing percentiles of stumore than 350 schools. dents but has also increased Around 3,750 examination competition to book seats in centres have been allocated colleges. For the physically for the SSC this year. Since challenged, the state board 2008, the SSC examination has arranged facilities like adpaper pattern has been made ditional time, allotting of the easier and divided into oral nearest examination centres and practical exams. The best and attending to other medof five system wherein the top ical requirements after the five subjects as per the scores High Court passed an amendare considered for the passing ment regarding the same.

rective ordering him to be arrested, was another question. To this Sippy replied that the questioner was free to draw his or her own conclusions, that it was a matter of perception. The close relationship between Bollywood and Sahara also came up for discussion, as did the manner in which the industry and the company had been of close and enthusiastic benefit to one another over the years. Sippy said he personally had never benefited from Sahara and had no business dealings with Roy, merely great admiration for the man himself.

Delhi hotels one of the worst-rated in world

SSC exams begin today Continued from pg 1 «

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Sarjerao Jadhav, Secretary, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, said, “Studentd should not indulge in any malpractices or unwarranted means during the examinations”. Helpline numbers: 022-27893753 022-27881075 022-27893756

otels in Delhi are considered as one of the worst in the world as per the trivago Reputation Ranking of 100 destinations which places them in the 90th position, while those in Mumbai have fared better. The ranking is based on over 82 million reviews compiled by Trivago from over 200 online booking websites. Trivago is the world's largest online hotel search site which compares rates

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building. Last week, API Aadav, along with a constable, visited the garage and asked the complainant to produce documents relating to his garage. When the complainant submitted his documents, the API told him he would have to verify the documents and asked him to come after two days. When, after two days, the complainant landed up at the police station to collect his documents, Aadav told him that the documents were not in order, because the actual shop owner’s name was not mentioned in them. He also told the complainant to bring the actual owner across, otherwise he would take stern action. The complainant asked for two days’ time and offered to bring the actual owner within 48 hours. ACB sources said, “When the complainant, who could not locate the original owner of the property, went after two days to the police station and requested to for return of the garage documents, the API demanded Rs.10,000 for release of the documents. The complainant refused to pay the bribe and filed a complaint with us. On the basis of his complaint, we laid a trap and caught him red-handed as he was accepting the bribe of Rs 5,000.”

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Signs galore of the impending fall of the Congress!

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Ponder awhile... “Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.” – Frank Herbert

DMK's desperate plan to get a national ally F

ORMER allies in the UPA government and supporters – outsiders and perhaps insider also – appear to have stated moving away from the Congress. Almost all political parties appear to think that the Congress is a spent force and has very little chance in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. The Congress is making belated efforts to shed its corrupt taint and emerge as a clean party. So far it has totally failed in this regard. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam – DMK – was a close ally of the UPA government. It's party had representation in the cabinet. A Raja, a DMK minister resorted to a 2G scam which was revealed by the CAG and he had to resign. The DMK, however, stayed on in the alliance. DMK's Karunanidhi appears to be politically a shrewd person. He holds the view now that the Congress is a spent force and any poll arrangements are not likely to be beneficial to his party. He has to face the challenge of his strong political opponent who has successfully tried out a new experiment. He gives free household equipments to people in exchange for their vote. By itself, the DMK cannot face the challenge of the formidable AIADMK. In the past, he has said he will have no truck with the communal BJP. He, however, appears to think that Narendra Modi is a different kind of person – who believes in governance and growth. That is why perhaps he has chosen to make a contact with Modi. He has significantly said Narendra Modi is a “good person”. The provocation for saying this is not difficult to see. The BJP on its part will not be in a hurry to invite Karunanidhi to join it. The BJP's presence in Tamil Nadu is zero and hence it may not be very enthusiastic about inviting DMK to join it. The scenario in Tamil Nadu appears to be quite clear now. Chances are Jayalalithaa's AIADMK will sweep the polls. The BJP does not have anything to lose by joining with DMK because it has a zero presence in the southern state.


HE sharp pickup in the political traffic on the eve of the parliamentary poll has but one clear message written all over it: The Narendra Modi-led BJP is on a winning streak. There can be no mistaking about it. Opinion polls, even the ones tainted by hidden cash payments, cannot all be wrong. Nor can the antennae of the grassroot politicians be emitting wrong signals. A virtual electoral gale is blowing against the ruling Congress Party and in favour of the BJP. Leave aside the real numbers for the moment. The usually reliable satta market has punters staking on Modi winning a minimum of 223 seats. Yes, two hundred and twentythree Lok Sabha seats. And the operative word is minimum. If more proof was needed of the rout that awaits the Congress, consider the return of the Great Secularist Ram Vilas Paswan to the NDA this week. Do not forget he has dumped the far bigger secular warriors Sonia Gandhi and Lalu Prasad Yadav to team up with Modi. And once you consider that Paswan had tuttutted a lot about the 2002 riots while leaving the NDA, you realize the true import of his action. Reading the mood of the voters in Bihar, Paswan has chosen well, never mind those opportunistic noises about the Gujarat riots a decade or so ago. There are other notable political players who are headed for the BJP in UP, Bihar and in other states. At least three sitting Congress MPs from UP were reportedly in talks with the saffron party, while significant leaders of the scheduled castes were already committed to contest the poll on the BJP symbol. Udit Raj, a long-time champion of the Dalit cause who had frontally challenged Mayawati for having turned the BSP into a real estate company, is now a covenanted member of the BJP. This is big as far as political messaging goes. Again, notable Muslim leaders have shown readiness to consider Modi anew, and not only through the propagandist prism of the Gujarat riots. In this context, the public call by a leading light of a renowned Islamic seminary in UP to vote for the BJP is important. The politics of fear — Darr in Hindi is a more evocative word — which had hitherto chained the largest minority to the Congress’s Hand has only produced more and more socio-economic distress for the community. Public memory being proverbially short, not many readers would recall what the Congress megaphones had said at the time of Modi’s anointment as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. Well, the return of Paswan to the NDA fold has belied those claims.

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he Buddha’s teaching goes round and round like a great wheel that never stops, leading to the central point of the wheel, the only point which is fixed, Nirvana. The eight spokes on the wheel represent the eight parts of the Noble Eightfold Path. Just as every spoke is needed for the wheel to keep turning, we need to follow each step. 1. Right View. The right way to think about life is to see the world through the eyes of the Buddha — with wisdom, compassion. 2. Right Thought. We are what we think. Clear thoughts build strong character. 3. Right Speech. By speaking kind words, we are respected and trusted by everyone. 4. Right Conduct. Before we criticize others, we should first see what we do ourselves. 5. Right Livelihood. This means choosing a job that does not hurt others. The Buddha said, “Do not earn your living by harming


that should he quit the service within three years of his return he would reimburse about Rs.8 lakh which was the cost to the taxpayers of his study tour. But he actually quit before completing the mandatory three years in service. When asked to reimburse the amount, he cried foul, alleging vendetta because he was agitating for the creation of a strong Jan Lokpal. He hummed and hawed. Finding no legal escape, he paid up. But, hold your breath. The money did not come from his or his family’s accounts. No, according to Kejriwal himself, his well-meaning friends came to his HE news report that the saintly Arvind rescue, coughing up the required sum. A true Kejriwal wants to retain the official house servant of the people, in our book of morals, given to him in Lutyens’ Delhi as Delhi Chief would not have relied on other people to fulMinister for a few more months beyond his fill his private commitments. In the case of actual entitlement was only unusual for the Kejriwal, not only was he a middle-level inperson it originated from. You expect this come tax officer, but his wife too earns a dekind of request from a ‘normal’ politician, and cent sum as a full-time government servant. certainly not from someone who is selfTherefore, he ought to have paid the cost of avowedly the champion of a new politics, an the study tour from his own savings, having unselfish politics. The ground cited by Kejri- benefited personally from it. Or he ought not wal for seeking extension in the CM’s house to have gone on the study tour. But having that his daughter is to sit for an important gone, he ought to have stayed on in government till the end of the bonded three-year period. Getting his friends to pay because he was in the business of social and political work was a clear no-no. True public service, it should be noted, involves a lot of self-denial. While still on the poseurs and pretenders of AAP, how come the moment they come to control some well-funded NGOs, the first thing they do is to charge it rent by turning their own residences into NGO offices? This seems a convenient ploy to make money while being in the business of do-gooding. For example, Manish Sisodia, a minister in the mercifully short-lived AAP government, Virendra Kapoor charges the NGO under his control Rs.12,000 per month as rent for using his own flat as its exam is again not unusual. It is normal for office. The rent is apparently paid by Sisodia’s children of other politicians too to sit in such NGO to his wife. Would Sisodia like to rent exams. It is so bad that Kejriwal found it that space to someone else for that amount? politically expedient to resign when he did. If Or it is just an accounts entry while the the people of Delhi are being made to pay the entire house remains in the occupation of the price of his opportunistic politics, why should Sisodia family? his daughter expect to be singled out for Lest the genuine social workers take ofpreferential treatment? fence, we ought to make it clear that the idea We have always maintained that there is a of social workers relying on NGO funds for lot of artifice, a lot of self-righteousness about personal use seems repugnant to us. Most the AAP boss. Remember that originally NGO bosses are known to run private cars, Kejriwal had sought two five-bedroom pay rent and other expenses from its achouses in the heart of New Delhi. Only when counts. That may be a much abused modern the ‘aam aadmi’ protested did he settle for a concept, but a genuine social worker would well-appointed single flat. spend his own time and money to rid the soAgain, it bears telling that while still in gov- ciety of its various ills and shortcomings. In ernment service, he had gone on a foreign short, NGOs have become a cottage industry, study tour after giving a sworn undertaking providing gainful employment to tens of thousands who may or may not have found work otherwise. others. Do not seek happiness by making others unhappy.” 6. Right Effort. A worthwhile life means ERE is tomorrow’s news today. Robert doing our best at all times and having Vadra is reported to have become an goodwill toward others. This also means NRI. Which essentially means that for the not wasting effort on things that harm purpose of taxation he would no longer be ourselves and others. governed by the Indian law. However, speculation that he has started a motorcycle garage, or is working as a gym trainer is completely untrue. He need not do anything for a 7. Right Mindfulness. This means being living. After all, he is the son-in-law of you aware of our thoughts, words and deeds. know who? 8. Right Concentration. Focus on one thought at a time. By doing this, we can be quiet and attain true peace of mind. Following the Path can be like cultivating a HE interview that Rahul Gandhi gave to a garden, but in Buddhism one cultivates one’s television news channel has spawned wisdom. The mind is the ground and many a spoof on the internet. This one is parthoughts are seeds. Deeds are ways one cares ticularly cruel. for the garden. Our faults are weeds. Pulling Arnab Goswami: “Mr Gandhi, you keep on them out is like weeding a garden. The referring to RTI, RTI. What does it stand for?” harvest is real and lasting happiness. Gandhi: “Return to Italy, of course.” Ha, ha. Secularism and communalism have become like swear words which politicians fling at one another to advance their opportunistic designs. In the fully de-ideologized polity, pursuit of power is the only game in town. Better players are bound to win. Politicians, voting with their feet, have already left no one in doubt as to which side is set to emerge a clear winner in the coming election.

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Roy should be punished for cheating investors THIS has reference to your article "Sahara chief lodged in forest dept. guest house” (Mar 1). The indelible stamp of VIP culture in our nation, is one reason why India can never aspire to be a true democracy. The picture accompanying the article speaks a thousand words. Observe the look of deference on the face of the senior police officers escorting the 'prisoner' to his place of confinement. And how many arrested accused are lodged in a comfortable guest house, instead of a holding cell? You can be sure that Subrato Roy will find his "prison" very comfortable; with his jailors falling all over themselves to provide him with the little luxuries he is accustomed to – for a fee, of course. In India, if you have enough money and clout, you don't need to bother about niceties like honesty and fair play. In some cases, you can even literally get away with murder. — Firoze Hirjikaka, Colaba

FINALLY CAUGHT: Roy must be tried for fraud and cheating, and as per the law must get the minimum six month jail term. The Supreme Court must also ensure that his trial be put in a fast track court, so that innocent investors are given quick justice.

THE long of arms of the law have finally caught Sahara India Chief, Subrato Roy, after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him by the Supreme Court. Roy – whose Sahara group has assets worth about Rs.1.5 lakh crore and has a net worth of about Rs. 68,000 crore – has been held for contempt of court for failing to refund Rs. 24,000 crore. Roy, however, denied any fraud on his part against shareholders, and said that he will return the entire amount in cash. This is utter nonsense, since repaying such a huge amount in cash is impossible. I strongly feel that Roy has cheated many, including small investors, and does not deserve any sympathy. He must be tried for fraud and cheating, and as per the law must get the minimum six month jail term. The Supreme Court must also ensure that his trial be put in a fast track court, so that innocent investors are given quick justice. — Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai

pressed for even one. The Leader of Opposition, Arun Jaitley, mumbled something about 'constitutional impropriety', but never pressed the point home, when Kapil Sibil made some innane comments, in reply. Venkaya Naidu, asked for 'division' a few times. But he never insisted on his right when the Dy. Chairman expressed helplesness to 'clear the lobbies', to facilitate 'division'. It is quite surprising that an experienced columnist like Kapoor could not see the shameless 'match-fixing' indulged in by BJP and Congress. BATTERED: It is high time that the Indian team is changed drastically, so that we play better cricket, rather than remain on the backfoot.

Team India in tatters

Valley civilization, reserachers have arrived at an interesting conclusion. TEAM India is in total disarray. By The research paper says that the changing the captain or the compo- settlements gradually met their end sition of the team, we are not going due to major climatic changes, like to win matches on a regular basis. It the weakening of the monsoon, is team work that will give us an which led to widespread droughtedge, and the will win to win like conditions. If these findings are matches away from home. Indian indeed corroborated by further resupporters can say that the India- search, it would totally debunk the Sri Lanka match was a narrow win hitherto held secular-Marxist thefor Sri Lanka. But this was our sev- ory of the Aryan “invasion” being enth defeat in the last 10 matches, the likely cause of the decline of the and shows where we stand. Virat “Dravidian” culture. — Arun Malankar, Santacruz Kohli's negative approach put up our hopes, but he played no better than Dhoni. Instead of going for the kill, our pathetic performance brought us back to square one. As THIS refers to Virendra Kapoor's 'A World Champions we ought to have lesson: how not to ramrod Parliagone all out to win all the matches ment into dividing a state' (ADCat least at the Asia level. However, February 24). Those who had our struggle continues at all levels witnessed the live telecast of the even after changing the captain. fish-market type proceedings in the The main reason for the defeat is Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, would poor batsmanship. We create definitely vouch for the 'legislative records at home, but take nearly 20 atrocity' of Telengana, hammered in balls to get off the mark, showing by the Congress Party and the UPA our callous approach to the game. It dispensation. Be that as it may, is high time we change the team Kapoor seems to be too kind todrastically and play better cricket, wards the BJP; which incidentally rather than remain on the backfoot. did play a very obnoxious role in the — C.K. Subramaniam, Sanpada whole murky affair of Telengana formation. Even a school boy knows that without the BJP's connivance, the Congress could have never AS a result of an exhaustive research passed the Telengana Bill, especially project, a team of experts from in the Rajya Sabha. The 'nautanki' Cambridge University has come out in the Rajya Sabha, was the nadir of with its findings. After a detailed Indian democracy. It was a well restudy about the likely cause of the hersed script, where the BJP moved decline of the 5,000 year old Indus amendments galore, but never

Telengana Affair

Climate ended ancient culture

— Chandramohan, Ghatkopar

Strengthen your heart DO this, and your heart will always be happy.  No heart burn (Let small things not upset you)  No heart ache (Try to be content)  Don't eat to your hearts content (Moderation)  Have a heart-y laugh! (Best medicine)  Exercise heartily


LETTERS Go for a date, its good for your heart! Win hearts, try not to break some Pray with all your heart Listen to the hearts of the pained Mantra "Dil toh pagal hai"

eras, are our politicians. Paswan who quit the NDA 12 years ago be cause of the Gujarat riots – came  back to the NDA, and that too to  strengthen the same man because  of whom he had quit. Sadly this is — Altaf H. Ladiwala, Bandra not an isolated case of shameless opportunism.Each election throws new light on the question that there is no ideology but just one 'laksh' THIS refers to the report 'Hall ticket which is the kursi. The other comhorrors' (ADC, February 28) which mon factor is Manifesto – well, a deals with the delay in despatching long time ago, it was spelt like that, the hall tickets at the board office. but now its Money-first -ho. The The hall ticket is a very important sooner the aam aadmi realises this, document for SSC students, and it will be better for him. He should they are understandably eager to not blame the party that comes to get them in time. Any power for neglecting his needs and delay in receiving them, LETTER OF problems, as the same was conputs students in a lot of THE DAY veyed to him via the Money-first-ho. — Abdul Monim, Vashi tension. Whatever be the reasons, the board will do well to send the hall tickets as fast as possible. As the educationist, Sudhir Dani has suggested, the board should decentralise the work of preparing the hall tickets, and share THE surname Sharma seems to be this with schools, which will cer- existent in almost every field. Whertainly accept this responsibility in ever you go, particularly in North India, you come across Sharmas the interest of their own students. — Dr. V. Subramanyan, Thane aplenty. They are hardworking, enterprising, perseverant and humble. As a tribute to the Sharmas, I compose the following poem: IN the run-up to the Lok Sabha For Batting, Rohit Sharma elections, political parties can be For Fast Bowling, Ishant Sharma seen setting their agendas. Leaders For Leg Break Bowling, Rahul are busy charting out stratagem to Sharma make it to Parliament. Their focal For Space exploration, Rakesh point is largely on vote-bank poli- Sharma tics and they are keen to segregate For President, Dr. Shankar Dhayal the electorate on the basis of region, Sharma religion, caste and other factors. PaFor Sanskrit Scholar, Mahamatriotism, social well-being and other hopadhyaya Pandit Ram Avatar issues of national interest seem to Sharma have taken a backseat. Not a soul For Santoor, Shivkumar Sharma speaks on iconic leaders akin to For Singing, Anuju Sharma Subhash Chandra Bose, Vipin For Commentary, Charu Sharma Chandra Pal, Lal Bahadur Shastri For Writing, Robin Sharma and Sardar Patel. And if anyone For Bollywood, Karan Sharma & does, it is only for vested interests. Anushka Sharma What a mockery! The NOTA button For Film Direction, Anil Sharma should be used sensibly to discard For Commerce & Trade, Anand candidates. There should be no Sharma room in Parliament for the frauduFor Comedy, Kapil Sharma For Homeopathy, Dr. Vikas Sharma lent and greedy. — K.V. Raman, Malad For Ayurvedic Medicine, Dr. Akilesh Sharma For Astrology, Ankit Sharma, Harish Sharma & Rishi Sharma THE only clan in the world who For Panchatantra, Vishnu Sharma even after having experienced a sitAnd Yet-To-BeA-Real Sharma, My uation of "spit on their faces", have Colleague Amit Sharma! the courage to have sweets with a Viva, All Sharmas! — Lakshman Sundar, Vashi smile and in front of beaming cam-

Hall ticket hiccups

Goodness, gracious & 'Sharma'cious!

Vote-bank politics

'Courageous' politicians

Admiral's resignation sad THE relinquishing of the office of the admiral of the Indian Navy is indeed sad and unfathomable. The revelations clearly indicate that unabated pathetic procrastination of the decisions and the corresponding implementations by the ministry of defence, triggered this unwarranted resignation of D.K. Joshi, the former Indian admiral. In fact, in August 2013, there was an underwater accident of an Indian submarine, which claimed the lives all of those on board. This incident, which took place at the outer coast of the Mumbai harbour, caused considerable ripples in the defence ministry then, and even out of India. Learning about the physical status of the submarine fleet currently possessed by India, it shows that most of these are nearly outliving their lives and are thereby accident prone, due to material fatigue and malfunction. Antony, the Indian Defence Min-

ister, should not take it lightly, as it is him who is more responsible for this pathetic situation, more than anybody else. The ministry should also consider the strength of our neighbours like China and Pakistan, who are better off than us in this respect. Admiral Joshi's frustration has reached this stage, after observing the degree of inaction by the ministry, thus leaving him with no other option than letting go of his services to the country. — Bikram Banerjea, Mumbai

THE news of the fire accident and the subsequent loss of lives on the submarine Sindhuratna, has come as a shock to the entire nation. I am not aware as to whether the submarine was indigenously built or purchased from Russia. If the latter is true, then this class of submarines could be termed as “watery graves”, like the instances

FRUSTRATED: Admiral Joshi's frustration has reached this stage, after observing the degree of inaction by the ministry, thus leaving him with no other option than letting go of his services to the country. of frequent accidents met by MIG 21 planes, which have come to be labeled as “flying coffins”. — Vineet Phadtare, Borivali

YouTube FanFest finds new stars


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By Verus Ferreira


an you imagine anyone going around the world in 30 seconds? Michael Stevens aka VSauce made that possible at the YouTube FanFest held at Bandra’s amphitheatre. Streamed live on YouTube, Stevens, who explores the history, science and psychology behind seemingly ordinary, everyday phenomena, set a record for those watching all around the world to type in their country in a set frame of time. And believe it or not, YouTube made the world go round. In an age where digital platforms are making all kinds of music more accessible to the public,YouTube has proven to be a blessing to not just the general public, but to established and new artists as well. Eighteenyear-old Shraddha Sharma, who uploaded music videos of her songs a few years ago to show her friends her singing skills, has today joined fellow YouTube stars like Justin Bieber and Psy, when she released her debut album ‘Raastey’ at the event, becoming the first ever Indian YouTube

(Left to right) Shahrukh Khan delighted the audience with a surprise appearance. Shraddha Sharma, the first ever Indian YouTube singer to release an album. American beauty guru Bethany Mota shared tips on fahion and style, and Canadian singer and rapper Lily Singh, who is known for her comedy videos. singer to release an album. Besides Sharma, there was a galaxy of YouTube discoveries. The biggest of them all was Canadian Lily Singh aka Superwoman, who found

fame through her hilarious and inspiring comedy videos that centre on various topics. A singer and rapper, this was Singh’s first trip to the country. “I find the country really inspir-

Nirali Kartik, vocalist of Mumbai-based indie band, Maati Baani, enthralled the audience, with some excellent back-up.

BMC’s paperless concept fails

ing. A lot of my work is influenced by my Indian heritage, which I am very proud of. So you would probably see me playing characters inspired by my Punjabi parents. I play a double role and take on the role of my mother very often for some wise cracks, all for a good fun,” states the 25-year-old, who has 172 million views and 2 million subscribers on her channel. Star-struck and screaming fans just couldn’t get enough of Singh who literally brought the house down. American beauty guru, blogger Bethany Mota from the US was another big draw with fans who shared tips on fashion and style. You also had our very own Scherezade Shroff doing on the spot makeup in three minutes. The Parsi blogger also has her own YouTube channel offering makeup tutorials. The event also saw live performances by local artists like The Viral Fever (TVF), who recreated a debate on the ‘Aam Aadmi’. You had Biswajit talking like Arnab Goswami in conversation with an Arjun Kejriwal lookalike. The spoof got loud cheers and a huge round of applause from the audience for their catchy punchlines. Maati Baani, a Mumbai-based indie band, played some soulful music, blending folk with sufi, funk and traces of jazz. Nirali Kartik on vo-

cals was excellent.We also had American clarinetist and composer, Shankar Tucker, performing four tracks from his music video series, The ShrutiBox. Shankar is not new to Indian music and claims that his parents named him Shankar “maybe because of the great sitarist Ravi Shankar,” laughs the 20-something, who fuses Indian classical music and jazz, adding “or even maybe Shankar Mahadevan.” On a serious note, Tucker stated that his first name was suggested by spiritual guru Mata Amritanandamayi, who his family follows. Hosted by four of India’s most popular stand-up comedians that go under the name All India Bakchod (AIB), YouTube FanFest was a super success. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who made a surprise entry to drop his kids for the show, came back again for the finale, joining TVF and AIB for a bit of fun on stage. He stated, “Anybody who mimics me should never say, ‘I love you Kkkk...Kiran.’ This should end officially here on YouTube.” It was an evening to remember for YouTube fans. But considering the massive fan following the video sharing website garners, the amphitheatre proved to be rather small for a gig this big. It was sad to see that many fans couldn’t get a chance to watch their YouTube stars in the flesh.

A great artist who lit up the world of art

By Khushboo Panjabi

However, corporators have alleged that a software named ‘SAP’ he Brihanmumbai Municipal has not been updated because of Corporation (BMC) had given which there is no information upSony Vaio laptops to all its 232 date since December 2013. Samacorporators at a cost of Rs.7.76 jwadi Party leader Rais Shaikh crore in 2013. This was a part of said, “We are not able to figure their paperless concept and to out what is going on in our reprovide corporators online access spective wards”. to various proposals coming up Corporators are finding it diffifor discussion in different com- cult to carry out their ward work mittees of the civic body. with no meeting schedules in the This concept kickstarted by software and no proper agendas municipal commissioner Sitaram are despatched to them. A senior Kunte in 2012 has now almost civic official said, “Almost 45 per gone for a toss. The corporators cent of the corporators are using were provided laptops free of the laptops”. cost, and are supposed to return Some corporators have also them after the end of their tenure. asked the civic authority to conBut, the corporators have been duct special training so that they facing a tough time with no can learn the software. proper software upgradation and low internet connectivity.


Prafulla Dahanukar, one of India’s top modern artists, passed away on Saturday in Mumbai.


ue to a fracture, she was hospitalised last week and could not attend the inaguration of the 122nd Bombay Art Society’s Annual Exhibition, recently. Prafulla was the President of the Bombay Art Society. A sensitive creative person, she always took up the welfare of artist and the promotion of art. About the new art place in Mumbai in the building of which she had a big hand, she said only a few days ago: “I am proud to say this year, we would be opening our own building on our own land at Bandra. I have no doubt with the distinguished ac-

tivities of our society, and the unique architecture of our building, it will soon become an outstanding landmark of Mumbai.” She has helped hundreds of promising struggling artists. A simple and modest lady, life for her was art. Many of our masterpieces – she did mostly landscapes with newer forms – have been exhibited not only in Mumbai and elsewhere in the country but also at many art centres of the world. Many who were close to her will find it difficult to accept she is no more. – Arkay

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Real Estate Awaits Election Pass Through Sector experts believe that the sluggish demand in Mumbai will pick up once the new government is formed, paving way for more investments and liquidity in the sector


he coming general elections which have been touted as a potential game changer is being awaited not only by political watchers in India and abroad but also by the various industries and sectors, including the real estate. The struggling industry is going through varied emotions of nervousness and anticipation about the outcome of the election results and widely speculating the impact it could have on the industry; perhaps more positives than negatives. It is been widely speculated that the sluggish demand will pick up once the general election in the country gets over and the new government is formed, paving way for more investments and liquidity in the sector . “A stable government, motivating leader, can move the entire economy. Sentiments alone in this case will drive the market,” says Lalitkumar Jain, CMD, Kumar Urban Development Ltd (KUL) and Chairman, CREDAI. According to him, there is pent up demand, but what is needed is a stable economic outlook and confirmation of growth oriented governance, reduction in interest rate, job security and reduction in inflation to make it happen. “I see a huge surge in demand and rate increment post election,” he reiterates. According to Anuj Puri, Chairman & Country Head, Jones Lang LaSalle India, the outcome of the upcoming general elections will definitely have some bearing on whether the market will pick up speed, continue at the current pace or slow down further. “The reason is that the political stability and proactive reforms that can come on the heels of a general election can render the real estate market more conducive to growth. In other words, the results of polls can have a direct bearing on market sentiments,' he says. Continued on pg 14 »

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Maharashtra Housing Regulation and Development Act 2012


By Mayura Shanbaug

ith the Maharashtra Housing Regulation and Development Act 2012 for the real estate sector being implemented, Maharashtra has surged ahead of all states and even the centre, in regulating the largely unregulated sector so far. Yet, there are a lots of ifs and buts regarding the effective implementation of the act. But all said and done, nobody is denying the fact that it is a step in the right direction....


Maharashtra will become the first state to have a regulator. Builders will have to disclose titles, layouts, construction schedule and date of possession. Builders will have to make all the details available on the Regulator’s website. Developers will be reprimanded for false or misleading claims. The developer will have to take flat owners consent before doing any alterations in the plan. In case of delay in completion of the project ...regulators can take over the project and give to any competent body for completion. Developers can face up to 1 crore fines or imprisonment for 3 years in case of non compliance with the rules laid out by the regulators.


New regulations has similar features as Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act No control on pricing of Flats Sale component of redevelopment project is not included. No criminal proceedings against erring builders ..prison term only in case of non-compliance


Why have separate state law when there is going to be a central regulator body soon The regulator is merely consumer redressal forum and not a comprehensive authority. Civil and consumer courts are capable of handling cases or litigation.

Accountability And Transparency... “The introduction of the Maharashtra Housing (Regulation and Promotion of Construction, Sale, Management and Transfer) Act can potentially have a very positive impact. It is certainly a concept whose time has come,” says Anuj Puri, Chairman & Country Head, Jones Lang LaSalle India. Puri says the biggest advantage that it offers to buyers as industry stakeholders is that there will be an arbitrating body available to attend to their grievances and redressals. “There has to be accountability at all levels of the approval process, and it needs to include all stakeholders involved with real estate - including the architect, the contractor and the developer. The housing regulator can potentially benefit buyers as well as all other stakeholders,” says Puri. As of today, the real estate industry faces issues in terms of insufficient transparency over cost and timeframes and also lacks sufficient depth when it comes to credible developers. “Hopefully, the State-level housing regulator will implement systems which will mitigate risks and increase accountability. It can potentially boost

transparency by standardizing practices, streamlining procedure systems and attending to consumer grievances in a decisive and timely manner,” Puri adds . Pankaj Srivastava, COO, Maitreya Realtors & Construction feels that this act will provide a level playing field for

all players, and also give the buyers a realistic view of what they are paying for and will get finally, as this was an ambiguous area so far. The bill seeks regulating and promoting the construction, sale, management and transfer of flats on an ownContinued on pg 14 »

(L to R) Mr. Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE Ltd., Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, Wife of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, Mr. Sudhakar Rao, Chairman, BSE Institute Ltd. and Mr. Stewart Beck, High Commissioner of Canada present at the lighting of the lamp at the Opening Bell Ceremony on Friday, 28th February, 2014 at BSE Ltd.


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Puri explains that one of the reasons that foreign funds that have deferred deployment into Indian real estate are waiting for, is political stability and a more investment-friendly environment. “To enable the Indian real estate sector to meet its massive capital requirements and capitalize on the opportunities for large-scale real estate developments, the sector needs investor-friendly, streamlined policies from the Government,' he says. Important regulations related to the real estate sector are still hanging fire and awaiting full approval and implementation. “Regardless of which party is voted into power, I am confident that the dire need for seeing these regulations through is recognized and acknowledged in the right quarters,” adds Puri. As per Bharat Dhuppar CMO, Omkar Realtors, real estate buying is a large ticket item and any kind of stability brings back the investors’ confidence ensur-

ing sales. “In this country general elections are always linked to uncertainty in the markets. The formation of a new government results in potential upside clubbed with a bounce in customer confidence resulting in positive momentum attracting

more investments and boosting sales in this sector,' says Dhuppar. “The demand is likely to be in the range of 10-15% annually,' he says. Dhuppar feels that the demand will always be there across the city for projects which offer world class amenities, strategic location, having easy access to road, railway & improved infrastructure for faster commuting in the city


A first by an Indian Housing Finance Company, Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC), India’s largest housing finance company with assets of over US$ 35 billion and a market capitalization of US $ 20.5 billion has raised External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) of US$ 300 million from a consortium of 4 lenders, State Bank of India (SBI), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. and DBS Bank Ltd. The ECB which is in the form of a syndicated loan facility under the low cost affordable housing scheme of Reserve Bank of India. RBI in December 2012, permitted to HFCs/ NHB to raise ECBs for financing prospective owners of low cost affordable housing units. Low Cost Affordable Housing units have been defined as units where the property cost does not exceed Rs 30 lakhs, loan amount is capped at Rs 25 lakhs and the carpet area does not exceed 60 square meters. RBI has prescribed an aggregate limit of USD 1 billion each for FY 14 & FY 15 for ECBs to be drawn under this window. HDFC’s borrowers are predominantly middle class individual households.

clubbed with health quotient. Pankaj Srivastava, COO, Maitreya Realtors & Construction explains that the demand for homes has always been high in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, as only a limited supply of land is available.”However with the focus on the infrastructure development the connectivity to places has improved a lot, and people are looking at places beyond the city for investment limits,' he says. “South Mumbai / Lower Parel / Dadar / Worli / Bandra are the places where you could look for investments in the higher end from Rs 4- 5 crore onwards, says Srivastava. Some of the other areas would be developing with the new infrastructure projects getting completed are along the Metro route of Versova – Andheri – Ghatkopar. The Mono rail would boost the demand along Wadala, Chembur area. Navi Mumbai with the metro and upcoming airport makes Nerul Seawood Panvel areas good for investment. The Multi Modal Virar- Alibaug Corridor opens up good investment opportunities in Virar / Bhiwandi, he explains. Tanveer Shaikh, Principal Consultant, Acumen Business Consulting, says that the segment that has taken the biggest hit in the recent times is commercial real estate in Mumbai. “Buyers/leasers have been postponing their decisions and have been on a ‘wait and watch’ mode in these uncertain times. This is one sector which would see better light post elections,' says Shaikh.“BKC and Parel are the areas that will see better absorption if developers are smarter on their pricing strategy,' he says.

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ership basis, and also for the first time in India, a two-tier regulatory and appeal mechanism in the realty sector. “The proposed act, is a step in the right direction, it could have been further strengthened by providing more stringent provisions to curb prevalent malpractices. However, the proposed Act still encourages the scope for transparent practices in the real estate market,” says Srivastava. However, he feels that to make the provisions of the act truly effective and bringing in transparency it needs to be supported by an effective judicial and administrative mechanism. Tanveer Shaikh, Principal Consultant, Acumen Business Consulting also agrees that regulatory bodies in all other sectors have helped the sector to become more organised, thereby enabling that industry to grow. “The case in point is the telecom sector. We all have witnessed the tremendous growth, that this sector has seen post the regulatory bodies came into picture,” says Shaikh. Contrary to the popular view, Lalitkumar Jain,CMD, Kumar Urban Development Ltd (KUL) and Chairman, CREDAI says that capturing economic data (numbers, built up area, category of accommodation, consumption pattern) will be perfect but possibility of corruption in registration formality is very high. “The regulator is merely consumer redressal forum and not a comprehensive authority,” complains Jain. “There should have been regulator having authority to direct all stake hold-

ers if needed to achieve regulation of the sector,” he says. Jain complains that maximum delays occur due to the regulator. “It has to have comprehensive powers to govern all the stake holders where by issues of delay in possession due to delay of approvals and funding can be addressed,” he says. Jain further explains that the regulator has to have teeth, “in the sense that it should have been able to direct other government agencies and taken into account other stakeholders that actually cause delay in project delivery such as the environment approval body, high-rise committee, financial institutions,” adds Jain. Pricing... According to critics, the regulators will have no control over pricing, which is a major issue with the buyers especially in Mumbai. This might be the reason for home buyers having to pay extra money,” says Laitkumar Jain. “With government agencies getting to control the registration process, there are chances of corruption. If the developer gives into them, he might pass on the cost to a home buyer,” he says. “If registration becomes an online process, without the involvement of any human interface, who is a plough in the hands of the government to extort money from developers- only then will the regulator become truly meaningful,” explains Jain. “Pricing is going to remain a concern,” feels Tanveer Shaikh. “There can’t be regulations on the procurement price of land. And since it is scarce in supply, basic economics will

play a role,” he says. Shaikh feels that with the SRA and Redevelopment rules, some amount of indirect price controls may be brought in. “But it is going to be difficult to implement direct control on prices with the kind of risks involved in real estate development. If there is a guarantee of more streamlined process of approvals, then real estate developers may consider more transparency in pricing as well,” he adds. However, Pankaj Srivastava feels that the ready reckoner rates fixed by the government to certain extend does take care of this, “but as the land supply is limited due to the geographical layout, this is an issue,” he says. “If the correct processes are followed as outlined, developers will benefit as much as buyers,” says Anuj Puri. Then there are other Loopholes. “As things stand today, developers have to go through very tedious, time-consuming and indefinite approval procedures. While it is not certain whether the Act will provide single-window clearance of projects, it would be ideal if such a system were also introduced,” explains Puri. There is however another criticism that the act covers only new projects (projects yet to receive occupation certificates or re-development projects that will market or offer for sale new flats or buildings in the open market). “Another Deficiency is that the act excludes from its purview Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) and boards established under the MHADA Act, 1976,” says Srivastava.

Canada To Help India Turn Ideas Into Enterprises Governor-General David Johnston Inaugurates Accelerator Facility At BSE


By Dominic Rebello hough India and Canada look like a study in contrasts, there are many things in common like shared traditions of parliamentary democracy, commitment to pluralism and strong people-to-people ties. Canada is keen on increasing business linkages with India, with particular focus on infrastructure, energy, food security, education, innovation and entrepreneurship, “ said Governor General of Canada David Johnston last Friday at the inauguration of BIL-RYERSON DMZ INDIA, the entrepreneurship incubator in Mumbai, set up as joint venture between the Ryerson University, Toronto and the Bombay Stock

Exchange Institute Ltd. The new facility will help fast track start-ups and connect with mentors, customers and investors. “BIL Ryerson DMZ will offer expert guidance and mentoring to young entrepreneurs with ideas to refine their concepts, set up businesses and also connect them with investors for securing capital” said Sheldon Levy, President of Ryerson University. Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone is one of Canada’s largest incubators, that has so launched 142 projects, since its inception in 2010. The MoU for the India based incubator was signed in July 2013. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, also partici- <<Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston and High pated with great delight, in ring- Commissioner Steve Beck at the Bombay Stock Exchange

ing of the bell to announce start of trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange at 9.15 a.m. Upon seeing the stock indices appearing on computer screens, Johnston remarked “of course, stock trading is now very high tech, but the stock exchanges remind us of the importance of meeting in person, even in an era of instant communications.” During his 10 day visit to India, covering Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, the Canadian Head of State has focused on education, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has also held high level meetings with business leaders in New Delhi, and will interact with business leaders in Mumbai on Saturday, when he participates in the

Indo-Canadian Business Chamber’s annual convention. Canada and India have long standing bilateral relations. With more than one million people of Indian origin in Canada, most of them from Punjab and Gujarat, the two countries also have strong inter-personal connections. The trade between India and Canada, valued at approximately US $ 5 billion in 2011-12 is set to grow substantially in the years to come. In India, Canada is represented by a High Commission in New Delhi and two Consulates General in Mumbai and Chandigarh. Besides a Consulate office in Kolkata, it has trade offices located in Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.


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aking cue from an ever-growing number of people using Internet for banking, shopping and ticketing needs, Sebi wants mutual funds to increase the use of online medium for sale of investment products. The regulator is of the view that a greater use of Internet as a distribution channel can help increase the penetration of mutual funds, especially among young investors. Under its new longterm policy for mutual funds, which has been approved by the Sebi board and will soon be made public, the fund houses would be asked "to enhance the online investment facility and tap the Internet savvy users to invest in mutual funds." The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said that online phenomenon is increasing rapidly as more and more people especially younger generation prefers to carry out most of transactions online such as Internet banking, shopping and ticketing. "This phenomenon brings opportunities for mutual funds to tap this segment of population by offering them an option to invest online using Internet," Sebi said in its draft proposals. At present, many fund houses are offering facility for online investment, but Sebi said there is a need to promote and make it more user friendly for investors by improving the infrastructure and

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he USD/INR pair continued to trade range bound last week also, Indian equities traded strong and closed on a positive note for the second consecutive week as investors gained confidence after the government's budget assured to maintain fiscal deficit. FIIs were also the net buyers this week which helped Rupee to trade strong despite of the sustained dollar demand from oil importers and banks. The tussle between the oil importers and FIIs forced the Rupee to trade in a tight range. Expect Rupee to trade range bound in the absence of any major domestic or global triggers. The trading range for the spot

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efficiencies. "Online distribution not only increases customer convenience, but also significantly improves distributor economics," Sebi said. The regulator would also ask mutual fund players to tap burgeoning mobile-only Internet users for direct distribution of investment products. According to an estimate, number of Internet-enabled mobile phones in the country is expected to increase from 10-15 millions in 2010 to 300-400 millions in 2015.


Kotak Mutual Fund launches Kotak Medium Term Fund Kotak Mutual Fund has launched a new fund as

Kotak Medium Term Fund, a open ended debt scheme. The investment objective of the scheme is to generate regular income and capital appreciation by investing in a portfolio of medium term debt and money market instruments. The New Fund Offer (NFO) will be open for subscription from February 28, to March 13, 2014. The New Fund Offer price for the scheme is Rs 10 per unit.

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dividend on the face value of Rs 10 per unit will be Rs 3.00 per unit as on the record date. Tata Balanced Fund declares dividend Tata Mutual Fund has announced dividend under the monthly dividend option under Plan A and Direct plan of Tata Balanced Fund. The record date for declaration of dividend is March 05, 2014. The amount of dividend will be Rs 0.20 per unit under each plan on the face value of Rs 10 per unit.

Sundaram MF appoints new Deputy CEO Sundaram Mutual Fund has appointed Sunil Subhramaniam as Deputy CEO. Mr. Subhramaniam, Director Sales and Global Operations, has been elevated to the position of Deputy CEO of Sundaram Asset Management Company Limited with effect from February 19.

HDFC Debt Fund for Cancer Cure 2014 HDFC Mutual Fund in association with Indian Cancer Society (ICS) announced the launch of HDFC Debt Fund for Cancer Cure 2014 (HDFCC14) that would help the investors preserve their own capital and also donate for the cause of cancer cure. HDFCC14 will remain open for subscription from February 25 to March 11. Investors will get a receipt and an 80G certificate from Indian Cancer Society.

Rupee To Trade Range Bound

USD/INR pair is expected to be within 61.50 to 62.80. It is recommended to be cautious and Buy USD/INR (Futures) on dips with the appropriate stop loss as overall Rupee is expected to depreciate. The Pivot Point for the Pair is at 62.27 and below is the Support and Resistance levels. Japan's monthly data dump provided the market with a glimpse into the world's third largest economy. On the whole it appears the once struggling economy is finding its feet. During January industrial production increased at its fastest pace since 2011, retail trade and housing spending smashed expectations and core inflation matched a five-year high. Industrial production increased 4.0% m/m and 10.6% y/y, smashing the mar26th Mar (Futures)


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However, digging into the inflation data it's obvious that the economy still has a long way to go. Real inflation is far less than the headline figure suggests. Japan's need to import significant quantities of food and energy (all of its nuclear power stations remained closed), combined with a lower exchange rate, distort the headline CPI figure. In other words, the rise in import prices can largely be attributed to a weaker yen, as opposed to a stronger economy. US data was mixed but Wall Street continued to climb higher. Fed Chairman Janet Yellen in the testimony suggested that recent weakness in the economic data flow could be driven by weather impacts, though she stressed the central bank would pay attention to upcoming indicators so as to ensure that there's no fundamental slowing. On the commodity sector, the WTI crude is heading towards its first weekly loss in seven & Gold continued to gain for the fourth consecutive week despite tapering would likely go on.

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here are times in the consumer’s life where the greatest benefit he seeks is sensitive caring and compassionate behaviour from the marketer. Money is no consideration and the consumer is willing to pay a substantial price as long as his family member’s feelings are sensitively handled. These opportunities come in times of immense joy or extreme sadness, during times of grief or happiness, during times of birth, life and death. Services marketing is spreading far and wide, whether in telecom services, banking, hospitality, medicine, courier, airline or any other field. However, services which do not show sensitivity during special times of joy or grief may not last long as brands. This has to be considered especially so that the brand is remembered as a caring, thoughtful brand rather than an insensitive, cold brand. Brand personalities are recalled and felt based on whether they are sensitive or not. In India, during the death of a loved one, people have to run from pillar to post, in some cases for completing formalities or getting certificates. Some service departments whether at the medical, law or hospital services are good and caring, others are simply cold and indifferent. Our family went through a major tragedy. A few years ago, I lost my younger and only brother Sandeep at the age of only 31 years at New York. The family was grieving and my parents were shocked and were to be taken care of medically as they saw their young son cremated. This was a moment of grief for all of us. Gracefully, the funeral home at New York offered their help and services in a very sensitive manner, causing virtually no pain or effort to run about for the certificates or the remains. This process was serene, without any trouble or need for greed. This definitely helped soothe the family. Further, the security and customs at New York, London and Mumbai were very thoughtful in their approach. British Airways the airline went out of its way to get tickets reserved in a busy season making the journey of the family full of caring, sensitive actions and thoughtful behaviour. These brands would be remembered and used well for their ‘sensitive’ services marketing. The travel agent’s constant help and monitoring too showed immense care. In the service industry, there are umpteen opportunities wherein an urgent medical parcel has to be couriered which could be save a life, an important message of joy has to be conveyed in a timely manner and telecom services help, a birthday or an anniversary celebration has to be handled by a five star restaurant and many more such consumer opportunities could be used to market services’ sensitively. ‘Sensitive’ services marketing will go a long way to build consumer loyalty and franchise. After all, consumers like all human beings are emotional people governed by the heart as well as the mind. The same service, offered sensitively whether by action, tone of voice or gesture could go long way in being humane as well as thoughtful. This is what good marketing is all about. In my opinion sensitive marketing begins at home. If values are inculcated to respect your parents and to be loving and caring, then the service providers has a natural flair for sensitive marketing. It is important that a customer not only looks good with the product usage but that he also feels good with the brand experience. There are times when the deep need of the consumer needs to be understood carefully and served in a fragile manner rather than in a callous manner. In India, we are fortunate that family values are given good importance. The customer is actually an extension of your family and actually provides for the family, because he purchases and pays money. Therefore, it is our duty to sensitively provide good service to our providers. Consumers love brands with their mind and heart, if they are treated well and in a thoughtful manner. Be sensitive to consumers. Practice sensitive service marketing. And build positive, lovable, caring brands. Copyright © 2013, All rights reserved. Jagdeep Kapoor can be contacted at

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people migrate from country to city across Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa, attracted by the wealth of these new economies. By 2020, this migration will be firmly established. Cities in these regions will swell and some entirely new ones will spring up. In China, India and Middle East, entire new cities will be built using eco-efficient technologies to reduce their environmental impact,” he added. Governments and the investment community may need to work together to fund and build these cities and their infrastructures. But, at the same time, its unlikely that all of the new cities planned will attract the resident forecast, as the high vacancy rates in some of Asia’s newest cities already show. Meanwhile, the growing middle class and ageing populations in these emerging economies are increasing demand for newer types of real estate. While office, industrial, retail and residential will remain the main sectors, affordable housing, agriculture, healthcare and retirement accommodation, will become significant sub sectors in their own rights. As real estate is a business with long development cycles, now is the time to plan for these changes. Says Shashank Jain, “Global megatrends will change the real estate landscape considerably over the next six years and beyond. While these trends may already be evident, there’s a natural tendency to underestimate how much the real estate world will have changed by 2020. By 2020, real estate managers will have a broader range of opportunities, with greater risks and new value drivers. The changing landscape will have major implications for real estate investment and development. It will increase the size of the asset pool, yet change the nature of investment opportunities.” Success factors for the future will include: a global network with local knowledge and good government relations, specialist expertise and innovation, and a focus on cost management and scale. And above all there is a need to have the right people: to attract, retain and invest in them.The response to the coming changes in the real estate industry that PwC has identified will require considerable thought in order to form a winning strategy. The successful real estate managers of 2020 will have already started to shape their responses to some or all of these changes. Shashank , further adds, “It’s an exciting time for the real estate sector, in an emerging country like India. Private capital is in huge demand for development and investment, yet competition for the prime assets is intense. Never before has the local knowledge, specialist expertise and good governance relations been more important.”

The international mega trends will change the real estate landscape considerably over the next six years and beyond, including in India. While these trends may already be evident, there’s a natural tendency to underestimate how much the real estate world will have changed by 2020. By then, real estate managers will have a broader range of opportunities, with greater risks and new value drivers


apid urbanisation and demographic changes, especially within emerging markets, will lead to substantial growth in the real estate investment industry over the next six years, says a new report from PwC titled 'Real Estate 2020: Building the future'. At the same time as the industry’s opportunities grow, so too will assets invested into the sector. The report predicts that the global stock of investable real estate will rise by more than 55% to around $45.3 trillion by 2020, from a 2012 total of $29.0 trillion and will expand again by a similar proportion by 2030. The expansion will be greatest in emerging economies, where economic development will lead to better tenant quality and, in some countries, clearer property rights and will play out across housing, commercial real estate and infrastructure. The report also finds that private capital will play a critical role in funding the growing and changing need for real estate and its supporting infrastructure. Intense competition for prime real estate will force real estate managers and investors to seek out new opportunities for yield. Yet the growing and changing real

estate world will present them with a far wider range of risks, which they must be equipped to manage. Regional growth in investable real estate in Developing Asia-Pacific PwC predicts that total investable real estate in developing Asia-Pacific countries, which includes India, will rise by 140% to $10.2 trillion by 2020, from a 2012 total of $4.3 trillion. The increase in percentage terms is the highest when compared to other regions such as USA, Europe, Latin America, Developed parts of Asia Pacific and even Sub Saharan Africa and Middle East & North Africa. Shashank Jain, Executive Director & Leader – Real Estate Transaction Services at PwC India said, “Real estate is an integral part of the emerging markets’ growth phenomenon. In India, for example, real estate has played a large part in driving economic growth. Globally, the real estate industry is at the center of rapid economic and social change, which is transforming the built environment. Already thousands of

Real estate managers will need to respond and adapt…  Real estate managers will need to think more globally as global investable real estate will expand substantially, especially in emerging economies.  Real estate managers will need to understand the underlying economics of cities: Fast-growing cities will present a wider range of risk and reward, ranging from low risk/low yield in advanced economy core real estate, to high risk/high reward in emerging economies. The greatest social migration of all time – chiefly in emerging economies – will drive the biggest ever construction surge. The real estate investment community can deploy urbanisation strategies ranging from higher risk opportunistic development, to lower risk prime investment. But no matter which approach they choose, they’ll need a clear strategic view of why a city will be successful.  Factor technology and sustainability into asset valuations: Some buildings without competitive sustainability ratings will suffer a ‘brown discount’. Technology will disrupt real estate economics, increasing the danger of obsolescence.  Decide where and how to compete: Competition for prime assets will intensify further. New wealth from the emerging economies will intensify competition for prime assets. Real estate managers will need to think laterally, while concentrating more than ever on the basics of local knowledge and tenant demand.  As the nature of real estate investment changes, becoming more global and specialist, more risks will emerge. Risks will include those of partnering with local developers or governments in emerging economies, as well as risks associated with regulation and tax in an ever more globalised industry. Real estate managers will need to assess these opportunities to reflect the broader range of risks.

The Great Convergence, Can India Make It? DR. RAKESH SINGH

is Economist and Founder, Institute of Supply chain Management, Mumbai



he world is seeing a great convergence providing opportunities for India to be able to take advantage rather than fritter it away. This remark was made by noted geopolitics expert Prof. Kishore Mahbubani. According to him, as global poverty is waning, the middle class number is growing rapidly,

free market economics and multilateralism is also rapidly closing the gap between west and the east. This tectonic shift provides a great opportunity for countries like India, but its full participation in the great convergence is dependent upon a number of factor including a proactive government which understands this and has a long term plan towards achieving these objectives. But before looking at what needs to be done, let’s talk about this great convergence and the advantage India enjoys in the global economy. As the global economy sees this convergence, the middle class in India and other Asian economies become the driving consuming class of the world economy. India along with China and other Asian giants will not just be the hub of global outsource production, but will see its own production largely catering to the domestic consumers. This complemented by the demographic advantage India enjoys and will continue so that India enjoys, vis a vis China an investment surge in its economy. About

65 percent of the work force in India is a working population. China on other hand is exiting the demographic dividend corridor. A recent article in Business World documented the start of this trend with some businesses locating their production base to India and quite a few contemplating to shift in near future. India according to Prof Mahbubani has a successful diaspora. This Indian diaspora represent an immense store of human capital. In the United States, it was Chinese, Jews and Indians. And now the Indian diaspora in the US leads the race with 18 percent of new technology and engineering start ups. India needs to persuade these successful people to come back home and use their success model back home to provide the right kind of impetus to the growth process that is required. China’s success to a great extent was fundamentally directed by their successful diaspora willing to comeback and grow in their own country with its proactive state under the dynamic leadership of Deng. The Indian diaspora clearly brings out the view that there are enormous synergies between

Bangalore and Silicon Valley. This diaspora keeps pressure steadily in favour of more reforms. India’s productivity has seen a steady improvement not only because of synergy between Bangalore and Silicon Valley but also because of economic reforms and steadily opening up to the world economy. Openness has paid dividends. India is also benefiting from multilateralism. Prof Mehbubani points out that not only do our politicians and diplomats benefit from networking by understanding the threats and opportunities as well compromise that is needed to take interest of partner nations forward but, East Asia according to him has been able to understand this and hence they have minimised inter nation conflicts benefiting Asean countries. India has now understood this and is trying to become proactive in multilateral institutions and their meetings. Indian reforms are irreversible and multilateralism the desired direction. According to another noted economist, India has a huge competitive advantage vis a vis China. The steady rise in manufacturing is leading to a rising

labour demand and supply remaining stagnant due to one child policy and hence as India is behind the curve. He supplements these arguments with saying that “China is full of samizdat: it cannot have software development to a point where people can communicate freely and even dare to undermine political control.” Indian democracy provides an important advantage over China. But all these arguments remain merely baby talk due to the nature of pork barrel politics in India, where the political parties are marred by the political sociology of cheap money and easy status. The General elections are pointing towards a very healthy trend of developmental politics. Perhaps, the new party and prime minister like Deng in 1979 should look at other countries and copy what they do the best and are hell bent on putting Indian into the map of those nation states that matter. Without the will of the ruling party, the nation state will fritter away this opportunity like the UPA government has done in last 10 years.




is a Senior Journalist, Author and Industry Analyst

Markets Inching Upwards


ith the vote on account out of the way and the fact that the Election Commission will announce the Election dates on March 3rd, soon after which the present Government cannot take any major decisions or cause any major damage to the already stuttering economy by announcing any more populist measures, the rally in the stock markets seemed almost like a relief rally. The range of market which was earlier 6000 to 6150 on the Nifty has now moved a notch higher and it now seems to be a range with 6100 as a support on the lower level and 6250 as a resistance on the upper side. Of course, if there is a convincing close above 6250 in weeks to come, then the range could move up. Global cues like an aggressively continuing QE3 withdrawal have not affected the stability of the Indian Rupee and that too has helped markets. No great inflows from FIIs, but definitely inflows in February, better than those in the previous month. Besides, IT and Pharma, now the current stocks and infrastructure stocks showed decent and at times sharp upmoves. The likes of ACC, India Cements, ABB, Siemens and L&T are showing decent upmoves.

Also, NBFCs likely to get Bank licenses like L&T Finance, LIC Housing, Bajaj Finserv, JM Financial have all shown signs of an uptick, following Bimal Jalan’s last meeting and final recommendations to the RBI. Watch out for Tech Mahindra and CESC (Calcutta Electric Supply Co), which will replace Ranbaxy and JSPL in the Nifty fifty. There is a distinct possibility of Tech Mahindra taking over Financial Technologies, as talks are on between these two companies and which has seen Financial Technologies rising sharply and doubling from around Rs. 172 a few weeks ago to Rs. 350 plus currently. There is also a sense that as inflation is trending down, the rate cycle reversal may not be too far away. Therefore, FIIs are taking positions in private banks, like HDFC, ICICI, Axis, Indusind and others. There aren’t too many triggers in the near future, except the likelihood of a possible stable government. The information of the third front does not look like a credible one with AGP and BJD, conspicuous by their absence. Even Jayalalitha was not seen sharing the dais. Meanwhile, AAP’s credibility has also taken a plunge. So the market is discounting a Modi wave and there could be a preelection rally as we get nearer to the actual voting in April. Apart from all that, I have always been saying that the best way to have a permanent fix to reducing CAD is to reduce dependence on oil imports. Look at how USA has turned an energy exporter from a big importer of crude by its shale gas resolution. India’s strength is its huge coal reserves and hydro and thermal electric potential. Therefore, electric and hybrid cars must be subsidized and encouraged. It is a matter of shame for our country that a small country like Bhutan has decided to aggressively promote electric cars. It is already talking to Renault Nissan and M&M. Mahindra’s e-car will almost certainly be used as a taxi in Bhutan and the Government is not only giving incentives to M&M, but also setting up the infrastructure for charging such cars. Indian Government is sleeping over this matter for decades and that is the reason why Indian companies are investing abroad and not in their own country. In fact, M&M is also in the process of setting up an assembly plant for electric cars in Australia.


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Intraweek Support and Resistance Levels Based on the “Pivotal Point” theory of Techincal Analysis PP Points indicate the level where the trend is likely to change during intra-week.


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« TOP VIEW Only a fraction of enterprises today has the skills, risk appetite and resources to avail of the opportunities offered by globalisation. We need to change this state of affairs. — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on MSMEs


Uptrend Continues

NSE India : CNX Nifty — Daily Market Report for: Monday (March 3, 2014) By Dominic Rebello


The Nifty rose moderately on Friday (February 28, 2014) a net 38.15 points (0.61%) and closed at the 6276 point level. The market opened down at the 6228 points level. It then rose sharply into the green turned into a range bound movement until 3.00 p.m. The index then rose sharply and registered the day’s high at the 6282 points level at 3.06 p.m. and then turned into a range bound movement until closing at the day. The Nifty moved in a range of 55 points. Sentiment was bullish and amongst the 50 Nifty stocks 28 were gainers, 21 were losers and 1 remained unchanged. All the sectoral indices barring consumer durables, FMCG and oil & gas closed in the green. Substantial buying was seen in healthcare, IT, auto, technology and capital goods stocks. Technical Analysis: Volume: Volume (Qty shares) increased 1.25%. This change is small and indicates a moderate participation by investors.

Market Breadth: Overall Market Breadth on the NSE was neutral. Amongst all the traded stocks, 744 were gainers, 737 were losers and 64 remained unchanged. Slow Stochastic Indicator: The Slow Stochastic Oscillator has risen in 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).

ADX Indicator & DI Lines: The +DI line is above the – DI line and both lines are diverging (positive if it continues). The ADX is flat while the Market Index is rising. No signal here.

market with a positive /bias.

Support Levels: For short-term traders the immediate main support is at the 5958 points level. The next support is at the 5877 points level. Resistance Levels: The immediate main resistance is at the 6372 points level. The next resistance is at the 6424 points level.

Pivot Point Analysis: For intra-day traders the support and resistance levels are calculated according to the pivot point theory and are: Pivot point = 6263 (This is the level where the trend is likely to change during intra-day). Support (1) = 6242. Support (2) = 6208. Resistance (1) = 6297. Resistance (2) = 6317. OUTLOOK FOR TODAY: On Japanese candlestick patterns the index has formed a second consecutive long white body candle on higher volumes. In fact, yesterday’s candle is almost like a white body Marubozu candle. (A White Marubozu forms when the open equals the low and the close equals the high). This is positive. Further, the 15 days moving average has crossed above the 25 days moving average. The index is above its 5, 15, 2 5 and 200 days moving averages and all the four averages are positively trended. The velocity parameters continue to indicate strength. All these indicate a positive bias and the possibility of a further upmove unfolding. Investors are advised to hold long positions.

Work with strict stop losses on all positions

MOVING AVERAGES (TREND INDICATORS) The index: Is above its 5-day average (at 6211) Positive. Is above its 15-day average (at 6120) Positive. Is above its 25-day average (at 6107) Positive. Is above its 200-day average (at 5987) Positive. All the four averages are positively trended. Positive. Overall Market Strength/Weakness: The indicators and oscillators discussed here are indicating a strong

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.

CMP: Rs. 108 Target Rs. 135 Aarti Industries is a specialty chemical company manufacturing benzene intermediates which find applications with various polymer / agro chemicals & pharmaceuticals manufacturers. Aarti is a ‘strategic supplier’ to the world’s top chemical & agriculture companies, and ranks in the top 1-5 globally for most of its key products. Promoters of the company are first generation chemical engineers. Company is consistent performer in last 16-17 years. There was not a single year since 1998 when company posted loss. Company is not only reporting positive net income but also positive cash profit since 1998. There was only one occasion when company’s Cash flow from operation was negative in last 15 years. There was not a single year since 1998 when company missed dividend. AIL is continuously paying dividend. Aarti is currently quoting at 4.5% dividend yield which we believe is very attractive. In last 5 years promoters have increased stake from 46.6% to 60.83%. In last 12 months promoter’s share has increased to 60.83% from 55.90% in Dec,12 which also reflects promoters confidence toward their business. Diversified revenue mix from different products and from different geographies makes business less vulnerable to slowdown. AIL is associated with world giants like BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, Taro, Sandoz, Dow chemical, Du Pont, Micro Inks, Huntsman etc. At CMP of Rs. 103, the stock is available at a very attractive valuation of 5.6x its FY15E EPS of Rs. 17.26. Our target is based on DCF valuation is Rs. 135. Investment Thesis: Diversified Product Mix: AIL manufactures more than 150 products. Performance chemicals – Used in polymers/ transportation, dyes, paints; Agro ingredients – Essentially used for the manufacture of fertilizers, nutrients and herbicides; Pharmaceuticals – One of the fastest growth areas for the company, as per management, wherein it is does CRAM and API formulation for both domestic and international generic companies; Home and personal care (HPC) – A relatively low margin segment, wherein it services some of India’s top MNC like HPC companies such as Unilever/Reckitt who use concentrates in products for manufacturing of soaps/ shampoos and dish washers.


CMP: Rs. 799 Target Rs. 900 Key Takeaway: Singapore complex GRM has improved to US$6.6/bbl so far in 4Q against US $4.3/bbl in 3Q with pick up in all product cracks, particularly gasoline and fuel oil which had seen a sharp decline in the previous quarter. We estimate Reliance’s GRM in 4QFY14 to date to be ~US$10/bbl against US$7.6/bbl in 3Q. FY14 GRM till date is ~US$8.2/bbl. Every US$1/bbl change in GRM impacts RIL’s FY14 EPS by 10%. Improvement in regional GRM QoQ to US$6.6/bbl: Singapore complex GRM which declined to US$4.3/bbl in 3Q has improved since December, has averaged US$6.6/bbl so far in 4QFY14 and is currently around those levels. All product cracks - gasoline, diesel, naphtha, fuel oil and jet kerosene, have improved QoQ with gasoline and fuel oil cracks in particular seeing the most improvement on pick-up in demand. Reliance’s GRM likely to be close to US$10/bbl in 4Q till date against US$7.6 in 3Q: We estimate Reliance’s GRM to be around us$10/bbl in 4Q till date implying a premium of ~US$3.4/bbl over the regional benchmark, similar to 3Q levels. While a higher uptick in gasoline and fuel oil cracks compared to diesel and naphtha is negative for Reliance’s premium over benchmark, this is offset by a widened discount for heavier crude – Dubai light-Arab heavy spread has averaged US$2.2/bbl in 4Q against US$1 in 3Q. FY14 GRM till date is ~US$8.2/bbl, in line with our estimate - every US$1/bbl change in GRM impacts RIL’s FY14 EPS by 10%. Maintenance shutdown of one CDU likely in March: We also note that Reliance is expected to take a shutdown on 1 of its 4 Crude Distillation Units (CDUs) in the current quarter which would impact utilization by 3-5%. Valuation/Risks: Our fair value of Rs900 implies P/E of 11.6x on FY15 EPS and 1.5x P/B on FY13 BVPS, in line with its growth and return profile. Key risks: 1) downstream margins; 2) new discoveries; 3) currency; 4) regulations. Please send all business and corporate related mails to


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How can I Plan for my children’s higher education? I do not wish to invest in risky products for higher returns. —Vijay Hate, Parel

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Lok Sabha polls likely in seven phases from April second week

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EW DELHI: Polling in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is likely to commence in the second week of April and may be spread over seven phases, the longest so far, highly placed sources said yesterday. The probable dates for the commencement of polling are between April 7 and 10, the sources in the Election Commission told PTI while emphasising that the poll schedule was still being “fine tuned”. As of now, the plan is to have vot-

ing, involving over 81 crore voters, in seven phases but efforts are on to reduce that to six phases. The 2009 polls were held in five phases from April 16 to May 13. The much-expected announcement of the schedule is expected in the middle of this week. The Model Code of Conduct for governments and political parties will come into force from the date of announcement. However, the Election Commission has ruled out advancing the

schedule or compressing it to avoid the summer heat, a demand put forward at the all-party meeting convened by the Commission last month. The term of the current Lok Sabha expires on June 1 and the new House has to be constituted by May 31. Along with the Lok Sabha polls, Andhra Pradesh, including the regions comprising the newly-carved out Telangana, Odisha and Sikkim will go to polls to elect new assemblies.


BRIEFS 1,950 illegal pistols seized, three held in special drive

Highly placed sources in the Commission said finishing touches were being given to the schedule. Consultations with the Union Home Ministry, state governments, para-military forces and Chief Electoral officers of states have already been completed. There was speculation that the announcement may be slightly delayed for the Centre to promulgate some of the ordinances it plans to bring out against corruption and on some other issues. —PTI

Lalu sticks to 11-seat offer to Congress ing at former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi’s official residence here. “I have no feeling of disrespect toward Sonia Gandhi,” he said, appealing to her to ink an alliance with his party. “I promise to you I will stop the communal forces from coming to power at the Centre,” Lalu said. Defending the 12-seat offer, the RJD supremo argued that he had to accommodate his party leaders and workers who too wanted to contest the elections. Lalu, in a veiled threat to the Congress, in the eventuality of it not concurring to the proposals, said, “It is not my responsibility alone to stop the communal forces... others too should be accommodating.”

POLL CRAZY: Bharatiya Janata Party supporters during an election campaign rally in Lucknow on Sunday. —PTI

ATNA: Sticking to his offer of 11 Lok Sabha seats to Congress and one to NCP, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad yesterday appealed to Sonia Gandhi to agree to the seat-sharing formula asserting that he would deliver results in Bihar and Jharkhand in the general elections. “Through you (media), I appeal to the Congress President Sonia Gandhi, to agree to 12 seats being offered to the Congress and NCP in Bihar, and leave it to me to deliver the results in Bihar and Jharkhand in the general elections,” he told reporters here. Lalu was briefing media after nearly two-hour meeting of the RJD parliamentary board meet-



Making stalking criminal offence was hurried decision: Delhi court Says it is Govt’s knee-jerk reaction, to assuage the public anger after the December 16 gangrape incident


BLIND AGITATION: Police personnel carry away a blind person, during a protest over various demands, near the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi on Sunday.

EW DELHI: Making stalking a non-bailable offence after December 16, 2012 gang rape case was a hurried decision as several facets were missed out, a Delhi court said seeking a mechanism in place to look into the matter. The observation was made by the court of Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau while sentencing a man, who was obsessed with his exgirlfriend and used to stalk her even after her marriage, to two years of jail for molestation. The court also directed the prison authorities to get him treated for “psychotic obsessiveness”. On the issue of stalking, the court said after the Delhi gangrape case, the government hurriedly swung into action and brought about an ordinance which culminated into an act (Criminal Law Amendment Act 2013) making stalking a specific offence under the IPC. “However, most unfortunately it was a knee-jerk reaction in order to assuage the public anger but in that hurried process certain facets connected with stalking have not been taken care off and there is an urgent need to put in place a mechanism

which could take care of several aspects,” it said. Hearing the case, judge Lau observed that convict Ashok Singh’s compulsive obsessive behaviour resulted in disbalanced conduct and the possibility of him repeating it even after his release and perhaps with more vengeance, cannot be ruled out. “Therefore, to ensure the safety of the woman there is a desirability of keeping him out of circulation of the society at least till such some time he receives a proper treatment for his stalking behaviour,” the court said while holding him guilty of offences of molestation and criminal intimidation. “During this period convict Ashok Singh be got checked and treated for psychotic obsessiveness for the woman, preferably from Institute of Human Behaviour and Applied Sciences (IHBAS) under intimation to this court. “I am informed that NGO Sampurna has been got involved and is providing psychotic help to both the woman and the wife of the convict in order to help both of them to cope up with their lives,” the judge said.

MUNGER (BIHAR): In a major drive against illegal weapons, police seized 1,950 pistols from Bihar’s Munger district and West Bengal’s Howrah district, a police officer said here yesterday. While 450 pistols were seized from Kasim Bazar in Munger district, 1,500 ones were recovered from Dasnagar on the outskirts of Howrah, Munger SP, Barun Kumar Sinha said. Acting on a tip off, the police raided a house in Hazratbara locality in Kasim Bazar and seized 450 pistols on Friday. House owner Safaraz, his father Hasan Imam and another person Md. Azhar Sabri were arrested from there, Sinha said.

Anti-naxal op: 50 kg IEDs defused in Odisha

NEW DELHI: Security forces yesterday defused IEDs weighing 50 kg during an anti-Naxal operation in the Rayagada district of Odisha, a senior official said. The incident occurred in the early hours when troops of CRPF and state police were out for an operational task in the TikarhamsaSeshkal area of the district. Two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) weighing 25 kg each, 32 gelatin sticks, as many electric detonators and other bomb making items were recovered from a Naxal hideout, the official said here. The IEDs were later defused by the paramilitary personnel.

Suspected IM activist held for Bodh Gaya blasts

ARWAL (BIHAR): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) activist in connection with Bodh Gaya serial blasts from a village in Bihar’s Arwal district, police said yesterday. Acting on a tip off, the NIA team arrested the suspected IM activist Md Irfan from Auwgila village late last night, Superintendent of Police (SP) Shafi-Ul Haque said. Immediately after his arrest, the NIA team took Irfan to Patna in a vehicle under tight security for questioning in connection with the Bodh Gaya serial blasts, the SP said.

Dreamliner blues: Boeing likely to submit action plan

NEW DELHI: Aircraft manufacturer Boeing is likely to submit a timebound action plan to fix the perennial technical problems being faced by the Dreamliners in Air India’s fleet to aviation regulator DGCA next week. The US airplane manufacturer would submit this plan after being hauled up by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) two days ago over the continued engineering snags faced by the Boeing 787 Dreamliners, official sources said yesterday. Air India so far has 12 Dreamliners in its fleet out of the 27 it has ordered.





 The highly skilled Federale

Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he’s about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he’s been set up. He barely survives the sniper’s bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his brother Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren’t you! HBO, 9 p.m.



 Ishita lashes out at Raman, what kind of man he is, a man not

giving blood to his own daughter who is so critical. Ishita calls Shagun to give the blood, Ashok sees an opportunity and comes along and he shows his generosity by saying that I will give my blood its of same group. Raman on hearing this gets more agitated. Finally the doctors give the blood to Ruhi by arranging from the blood bank as they couldn’t have waited more. Ishita spends time with Ruhi all throughout, Ruhi recovers. Ruhi comes back home and everyone is happy. Raman is also relaxed and happy to see Ruhi out of danger & just then he gets a call from Aditya, Raman’s son. He tells Raman that he is at Ashok’s place and wants to meet him as soon as possible... Star Plus, 11 p.m .


 In tonight`s episode we will see, Suraiya makes a ruckus regarding the missing jewellery and she humiliates Aaliya. Suraiya gives her time till next morning to get the jewellery back or else she will tell Osman about it. Zain also reprimands Aaliya for selling the jewellery for the sake of paying her lover. Next morning Suraiya is about to tell Osman about the missing ancestral jewellery when Zain walks in with the jewellery saying he had put it in the bank locker for safety and saves Aaliya. Color s, 9 p.m.


 On understanding that Raghu is actually concerned for her

well being, Shivani confesses her love for Raghu. Will Raghu accept her love? Zee T V, 8.30 p.m .


 Tara goes to Rudra’s room looking for the Bhagvat Gita, while

Kalavati is in the pink room trying on new drapes. Suddenly Tara realizes there is another room attached to Rudra’s bedroom and that Rudra is Kalavati. Tara confronts Kalavati only to find out that her life is going to ger more difficult. What will Tara do now? Will she tell Mrityunjay the truth and Rudra and Kalavati? Life Ok, 8.30 p.m.



Ye Hai Mohabbatein, Star Plus, 11 p.m.  Tune into Discovery Science’s SPACE MONTH as it unveils the universe, mankind’s exploration of space and close encounters of the third kind. Discover y Science, 9 p.m .


 This series dramatizes some of the scariest stories of super-

natural activity, revealing a world in which tragedy, suicide and murder have left psychic impressions so powerful that innocent people have become forced to deal with them decades later. Through mesmerizing first-person accounts, the mystery and origin of each haunting is powerfully unraveled. Discover y, 11 p.m.


 The best way to understand a creature is to BE THE CREATURE;

follow the Kratt Brothers on Animal Planet’s BE THE CREATURES as they throw themselves into the wild lifestyles of animals to discover what it’s like to live with animals around the globe. Ani mal Pl anet, 9 p.m.


 Furious that her late father only willed her his gloomy-looking

mansion rather than his millions, Carrigan Crittenden is ready to burn the place to the ground when she discovers a map to a treasure hidden in the house. But when she enters the rickety mansion to seek her claim, she is frightened away by a wicked wave of ghosts. Determined to get her hands on this hidden fortune, she hires afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from the mansion. Harvey and his daughter Kat move in, and soon Kat meets Casper, the ghost of a young boy who’s “the friendliest ghost you know.” But not so friendly are Casper’s uncles—Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie—who are determined to drive all “fleshies” away. Zee Stu dio, 8.30 p.m.


 King (Nagarjuna) belongs to the royal dynasty of Coimbatore.

He has a doting mother (Geetha) and a loving brother (Deepak). He has three brother-in-laws who are after the blood of the king in order to get a share in their property. In this scenario, King gets killed when he visits Dehradoon for a project work.. M ax, 9 p.m .


 Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) a con-man and petty thief, gets in the bad books of Jogia Seth (Paresh Rawal) and ends up owing him money, which he does not have. In order to get money, Sanju decides to pose as a member of the Shastri family, so that he can gain their confidence and help himself to their wealth. But fate has something else in store for Sanju. Filmy, 9 p.m.


 Phir Hera Pheri (Hindi:is an Indian comedy film sequel to 2000

classic Bollywood film Hera Pheri directed by Neeraj Vora. The film stars the three men from the previous film Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty. Bipasha Basu and Rimi Sen are the leading actresses of the film. The movie released on 9 June 2006. The movie was inspired from Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and a sequence inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus. It was one of the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2006. The film was the first commercially successful sequel in Bollywood, starting a trend of sequels. Zee Cinema, 8.30 p.m.


Afternoon Despatch & Courier

 In early afternoon, four armed men hijack a subway train in

Manhattan. They stop on a slight incline, decoupling the first car to let the rest of the train coast back. Their leader is Ryder; he connects by phone with Walter Garber, the dispatcher watching that line. Garber is a supervisor temporarily demoted while being

Casper, Zee Studio, 8.30 p.m.

investigated for bribery. Ryder demands $10 million within an hour, or he’ll start shooting hostages. He’ll deal only with Garber. The mayor okays the payoff, the news of the hostage situation sends the stock market tumbling, and it’s unclear what Ryder really wants or if Garber is part of the deal. Pix, 9 p.m.


 A woman discovers that becoming attracted to the wrong man

can have deadly consequences in this taut and tense thriller. Janvi is a woman whose life would seem ideal on the surface: she runs a thriving business and is married to Dr Adi Merchant (Shreyas Talpade), a psychiatrist. But a faint air of discontent has begun to creep into her relationship when Aryan, joins Janvi’s company. For the first time Janvi impulsively gets drawn into an acquaintance, which she believes will give her something to live for. But in a strange twist of events she realizes that she has stumbled badly and tries to break off her affair. Aryan, however, is not willing to give her up so easily, and his attraction to her soon becomes a dangerous obsession threatening to wipe out Dr Adi’s existence forever. Aggar is a story of electrifying Passion, Betrayal and Terror. B4U, 9 p.m.


 Babli is a street smart car mechanic living in a Delhi orphanage. He is charming and lives life to the fullest. He also steals cars to support his orphanage. He has no sense of right or wrong till he unwittingly hurts the love of his life, Tara (Pallavi Sharda) and is chased by cop couple Chulbul Chautala ) and Bulbul Chautala. Babli realizes that there is no right way of doing the wrong thing. Babli sets out to fix all the wrongs in his life and he continues to be shameless about it. CVO, 9 p.m.



P.M. 2.00 Ek Nanad Ki Khushiyon Ki Chaabi..Meri Bhabhi 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 Saraswatichandra 5.00 Ek Veer Ki Ardaas-Veera 5.30 Ye Hai Mohabbatein 6.00 Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon-Ek Baar Phir 6.30 Ek Ghar Banaunga 7.00 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 7.30 Saraswati Chandra 8.00 Ek Nanad Ki Khushiyon Ki Chaabi..Meri Bhabhi 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 2.30 3.00 4.00 4.30 5.00 6.00 7.00 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.00

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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 Ek Mutthi Aasmaan 5.00 Jodha Akbar 5.30 Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya 6.00 Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se 6.30 Pavitra Rishta 7.00 Ek Mutthi Aasmaan 7.30 Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke 8.00 Jodha Akbar 8.30 Do dil Bandhe Ek Dori

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Raaj Kumar Rishton Ke Bhanwar Mein Jljhi Niyati Jai Jai Jai Bajarangbali Aakhir Bahu Bhi Toh Beti Firangi Bahu Haunted Nights: Kaun Hai Who? Jai Jai Jai Bajarangbali Aakhir Bahu Bhi Toh Beti… Rishton Ke Bhawar Mein Uljhi Niyati Firangi Bahu Jai Jai Jai Bajarangbali. Aakhir Bahu Bhi toh Beti Hee


P.M. 2.00 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah..

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Food Factory Magic of Science Man vs Wild World’s Top 5 Factory Made How Do They Do It? Man vs Wild Jungle Gold Megaguake: Hour That Shook Japan 9.00 Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell 10.00 Man Woman Wild 11.00 A Haunting P.M. 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00


How It’s Made How Tech Works Massive Engines Moon Machines Deadliest Space Weather

The Crazy Ones Raising Hope Castle Suburgatory Two and A Half Men Boston Legal Castle Koffee with Karan Suburgatory Two And A Half Men Boston Legal Almost Human Castle



Musaffir : Film Love Dosti dua Raavi Nadaniyaan Jai Shree Krishna Mahisagar Love Dosti Dua Raavi Mahisagar Nadaniyaan Love Dosti Dua Jai Shree Krishna Nadaniyaan Mahisagar


CID Crime Patrol: Dastak Main Naa Bhoolungi Ek Nayi Pehchaan Desh Ki Beti Nandini Kehta Hai Dil Jee Le Zara

Beintehaa, Colors, 9 p.m. 9.00 9.30 10.00 10.30 11.00

Se Pavitra Rishta. Qubool Hai Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya Doli Armaano Ki Jodha Akbar


P.M. 2.00 Best of Savdhaaan India 7.00 Tumhari Paakhi 7.30 Gustakh Dil 8.00 Devo Ke Dev Mahadev 8.30 Ek Boond Ishq 9.00 The Adventure of Hatim 9.30 Tumhari Paakhi 10.00 Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai-Ajab Sa Risk Hai 10.30 Savdhaan India P.M. 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00 5.30 7.00

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Sasural Simar Ka Balika Vadhu Rangrasiya Beintehaa Madhubala Sanskaar Dharohar Apnon Ki Bani – Ishq da Kalma Comedy Nights with Kapil Sanskaar: Dharohar Apnon Ki Sasural Simar Ka Balika Vadhu Madhubala Beintehaa Rangrasiya Uttaran Bani – Ishq da Kalma Balika Vadhu


P.M 2.00 Aakhir Bahu Bhi Toh Beti Hee Hai 2.30 Firangi Bahu 3.00 Heer Raanjha: Film.

Ek Boond Ishq, Life Ok, 8.30 p.m. 2.30 3.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00 10.30 11.00

FIR Taarak Mehta Ka… Pritam Pyare Aur Who Baal Veer Taarak Mehta… Chidiya Ghar Jeanie Aur Juju Lapataganj-Ek Baar Phir FIR Taarak Mehta


P.M. 2.00 Tu Tithee Mee 2.30 Eka Lagnachi Tisari Goshta 3.00 Honar Suun Me Hya Gharachi 3.30 Juluni Yeti Reshimgathi 4.00 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 5.00 Tu Thithe Mee 5.30 Honar Suun Me Hya Gharachi 6.00 Eka Lagnachi Tisari Goshat 6.30 Home Minister 7.00 Tu Tithe Mee 7.30 Javai Vikat Ghene Aahe 8.00 Honar Suun Me Hya Gharachi 8.30 Juluni Yeti Reshimgathi 9.00 Eka Lagnachi Tisari Goshta 9.30 Saregamapa 10.30 Juluni Yeti Reshimgathi 11.00 Honnar Suun Me Hya Gharachi


P.M. 2.00 4.00 5.00 6.00 7.00 8.00 9.00 10.00 10.30 11.00

Animal Planet A to z Wild Planet Bad Dog AP Safari Most Extreme AP Safari Be The Creature Extreme Animals Planet Wild Austin Steven



P.M. 2.30 News in Marathi 3.00 Katha Sarita 3.30 Daivacha Ha Khel Nirala 4.00 Mazi Maye 4.10 Bheti Lagi Jiva 4.35 Sansar Maza Wegala 5.00 News in Marathi 5.05 Aatmabhan 6.00 Krishi Darshan 6.30 Amachi Mati Amachi Manasa 7.00 News in Marathi 7.30 Bharat Ek Khoj 8.00 News 8.15 Samachar 8.30 Pavitra Bandhan


P.M 1.00 3.30 5.30 8.00


Road To Perdition Tangled Jurassic Park The 86th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars): Red Carpet 9.00 The 86th Annual Academy Awards (Oscar) A.M. 9.30 Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown 11.30 Underworld P.M. 2.35 4.55 7.10 9.00 10.50 A.M. 8.55 11.00


Air Force One Burlesque Bloodsport Machete Firewall Burlesque Bloodsport


P.M 1.00 The Lion King 2.45 Born on the Fourth of July 5.45 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 8.30 Casper 10.30 Fighting A.M. 8.00 The Fourth Kind 10.00 Melancholia


P.M. 2.00 The Secret Life of the American Teenager 3.00 House of Cards 4.00 American Funniest Home Videos 4.30 Just for Laughs 6.00 The Secret Life of the American Teenager 7.00 House of Cards 8.00 American Funniest Home Videos 8.30 Family Tools 9.00 Being Erica 10.00 The Secret Life of the American Teenager 11.00 House of Cards P.M. 12.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00 6.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 10.30


10.00 Maharana Pratap 10.30 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 11.00 Crime Patrol

9.00 Sanyasi 9.30 Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum 10.00 Bhart Ki Shaan 11.00 M aati Maay: Marathi Film. Mukta Barve, Nandita Das, Kshitij Gavande, Atul Kulkarni

DDII(METRO CHANNEL) P.M. 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00 5.30 6.05

News in Hindi. News. Sports News Repoter’s Diary Samachar. The News. Samachar. Rajyon Se Samachar. Metro Scan

Maati Maay, D DI, 11 p.m.

6.30 Business Wrap 7.00 Samachar 7.30 News 8.00 Samachar 8.15 News in Hindi. 8.30 News Night 10.00Charcha Main 10.30Raat Saddhe Dus 11.05 Khel Samachar

6.30 Strangest Weather on Earth 7.00 Nextworld 8.00 Superhumans 9.00 Space Month 10.00 How It’s Made 11.00 How Do They Do It?


P.M. 2.00 101 Things That Changed The World 3.30 Ancient Aliens 4.00 American Daredevils 4.30 Modern Marvels 5.30 Axmen 6.30 Pawn Stars 7.00 Counting Cars 7.30 Baggage Battles 8.00 Cosentino 9.00 Ultimate Soldier Challenge 10.00 Pawn Stars 10.30 Counting Cars 11.00 Dangerous Persuasions


P.M. 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00 7.00 7.30 8.00

Secrets of Wild India Megastructures Incredibly Small World The Last Maneater Mega Factories Customs The Indestructibles Cheetah Blood Brothers 9.00 Brain Games 10.00 Air Crash Investigation 11.00 Taboo


P.M. 1.00 2.45 4.35 6.32 9.00 A.M. 9.05 11.25 P.M. 2.25 5.25 8.00 10.15 A.M. 8.10 11.00


P.M. 2.00 Abierto Mexicano Telcel 14 3.00 Barclays Premier League 7.00 Liga Bbva 13/14 7.30 Serie A h/ls 8.00 Premier League Review 9.30 Superstar BPL h/ls 10.00 The Football Review 10.30 Football Today


P.M. 1.00 Aus Tour of SA 14 h/ls: 3rd Test Day 2 2.00 Aus Tour of SA 14 3rd Test Day 3 10.30 Great Centuries: Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith 11.00 Aus Tour of SA 14 h/ls: 3rd Test Day 3.

The Terminator The Spy Next Door


Hera Pheri Chalo Ishq Ladaaye Dhammu The Great Veera

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Ben 10 Tom and Jerry Kids Show Roll No 21 Bas Karo Henry


Chhota Bheem Marathon Bheem Ki Jai Ho Mr Bean Chhota Bheem Marathon Chhota Bheem Ki Badi Duniya Mr Bean Chatur Chetan Takeshi’s Castle MAD

The 86th Annual Academy Awards, Star Movies, 8 p.m.

Aashiqui Kurukshetra



Naseeb Apna Apna Taarzan: The Wonder Cars Chandramukhi Ki Pratigya Phir Hera Pheri The Gentleman Karma



P.M. 12.00 Aur Pyar Ho Gaya: Bobby Deol 3.00 Ghar Mein Ram Galli Mein Sham: Govinda 6.00 Mawaali: Jeetendra 9.00 Khoobsurat: Sanjay Dutt A.M. 9.00 1947 Earth: Aamir Khan


P.M. 12.00 Hiraasat: Shatrughan Sinha 3.00 Keemat: Akshay Kumar 6.30 Aaasman Se Ooncha: Jeetendra 9.00 Aggar: Tushar Kapoor A.M. 8.00 Hote Hote Pyaar Ho Gaya: Jackie Shroff

All programmes on this page are as per the official schedules of the various channels. Afternoon is not responsible for any last minute changes.

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Oggy Special: Bhai Bhai Oggy and the Cockroaches Darr Gaya Oggy Ben 10 Alien Force Beyblade Mental Fury Johnny Test Tom and Jerry Kids Show


P.M. 2.00 Maidan-E-Jung: Mahesh Babu 5.30 Merraa Ghar Mere Bachche: Raj Babbar 9.00 Be Sharam: Amitabh B A.M. 9.30 Papi Gudia: Avinash W

P.M. 1.20 Asia Cup 2014 Afghanisatan vs SL 9.30 Cricket Extra 10.00 Jai Ho 10.30 Switch Hit 11.00 Star Power


P.M. 1.00 3.30 7.00 9.30 10.00 10.30 11.00 A.M. 8.00 9.00 10.00 11.00

Wild Things: Foursome Men in Black 2 Shrek Forever After Total Recall The Taking of Pelham

P.M. 1.00 Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar: Aamir Khan 5.30 Amar Akbar Anthony: Vinod Khanna 9.00 King No 1: Nagarjuna A.M. 7.00 Loafaar: Ravi 10.30 Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega: Paresh Rawal P.M. 2.00 3.15 6.25 9.00 A.M. 7.45 11.00

4.30 Bhau Majha Pathi Rakha 7.00 Mee Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy 9.30 Zapatlela


P.M. 2.00 Kutumb

Aggar, B4U, 9 p.m. A.M. 8.00 8.30 9.30 10.00 10.30 11.00 P.M. 2.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00 10.30 A.M. 8.00 9.00 9.30 10.30

Thomas and Friends Kumbh Karan Mr Bean Obachama Kun Mr Bean Chhota Bheem

DISNEY CHANNEL Doraemon Phineas and Ferb Gravity Falls Art Attack Doraemon Gravity Falls Doraemon Phineas and Ferb Vicky Aur Veetal Ishaan Best of Luck Nikki Slokk Best of Luck Nikki Slokk Doraemon DJ-JATNP Doraemon DJ-Sofia The First


P.M. 1.30 Kiteretsu 5.30 Iron Man Armored Adventures 6.30 American Dragon Jake Long 7.00 Phineas and Ferb 8.00 Ultimate 8.30 Tron Uprising 9.00 Hulk and the… 9.30 Big Bad Beetleborgs A.M. 8.00 Space Goofs 8.30 Rekkit Rabbit 9.00 Space Goofs 9.30 American Dragon Jake Long 10.00 Super Robot.



Afternoon Despatch & Courier


Savita Prabhune is a popular Marathi and Hindi film, television and theatre actor known for her films like ‘Chaukat Raja’, ‘Tere Naam’ and TV Shows like ‘Pavitra Rishta’ and ‘Mala Sau Havi’. Now her latest comedy show ‘Javai Vikat Ghene Aahe’ is all set to make the audiences roar with laughter. It which will be telecast on Zee Marathi from March 3, Monday to Saturday at 7.30 pm. We caught up with the veteran actor to know more about her new show By Sandeep Hattangadi What is your character in the show? I play a very rich woman called Veena Pradhan and my husband is Ulhas Pradhan who has too much money. Veena has raised her daughter with lots of love and care and also pampered her with all her material wants and now she wants a ‘Ghar Jamai’ husband for her daughter because she doesn’t want her daughter to get married and go away from her since she loves her daughter way too much. Does your daughter share the same views? Unfortunately no. She is a simple girl called Pranjal who finds joy and happiness in small things and is not very ambitious either but only dreams of getting married to her Prince Charming and go into a new family and meet new persons and raise a family. But she fears her mother too much to express her views. Tell us more. It’s basically about two families, the rich Pradhan’s and the middle class Chitanvis family consisting of Kalindi who is a homemaker and Madhav who is a bit of a miser. Their house comprises the eldest son Madhav, younger son Rayya, a studious sister, an unmarried Mangya Kaka and grand parents who fight a lot but also love each other. Rayya has just finished his college education and is out to search for his dream girl whom he often sees in his dreams and her house and some faces. What made you accept this show? It’s producers are Sangeeta and Rakesh Sarang of CAMS INTERNATIONAL and directed by Sachin Gokhale who is very promising. Who are the other actors? Raya is played by Niranjan Kulkarni and Pranjal is played by Tanvi Palav. The other cast includes Milind Phatak, Sneha Raykar, Sanket Tatkare, Sachin Deshpande, Kanchan Phatak, Pooja Tawde, etc.

TV TATTLE Intelligent show

What happens when you pit the funniest man in India, against the biggest trickster known to mankind? Fireworks and crackling chemistry, of course! And that’s exactly what was witnessed in the battle of wits between Arshad Warsi and Brian – the ‘Brain’ mascot, when Arshad came on board the Nat Geo journey as the face of the channel’s latest infotainment series, ‘Brain Games’ premiering on March 3.

Human Interest show

Two years ago, CNN Freedom Project documentary ‘Chocolate’s Child Slaves’ exposed the plight of young Africans forced to harvest the beans that make the chocolate we eat around the world. Many of the children made to work in the cocoa plantations in countries like Ivory Coast are forced to work long hours in appalling conditions, most have never even tasted chocolate. Now CNN host Richard Quest has returned to the plantations, with José Lopez, the Executive Vice President of Nestle, to find out if chocolate producers are willing to eradicate slavery from their industry. Will air on Monday, March 3 at 6.30 am, 10 am and 2 pm and on Wednesday, March 5 at 11 am.

Blessed Arpit

Arpit Ranka who plays Duryodhan in Siddharth Kumar Tewary's 'Mahabharat' is one happy guy with the decision of doing 'Mahabharat'. He says, “Duryodhan is a very important character in Mahabharat which has interesting shades. He is the only one who wanted to fight and hence Mahabharat was a war. The show is turning out nicely. The best part is I can very well relate to Duryodhan as nature wise I am very similar in beliefs and behavior. He is very human and emotional. This series comes 24 years after the legendary first rendition of the epic and has made its own unique space in the minds of the viewers.

New show

Shortly after Ekta announced the replacement of her hit show 'Pavitra Rishta' at the 9 pm slot on Zee TV by another fresh show ‘Kumkum Bhagya’ produced by her own production house Balaji Telefilms, there were reports of how her blue-eyed boy Shabbir Ahuwalia has been locked to play the role of rockstar Akki and the talented Sriti Jha has been signed on to play a serious, deep, thoughtful, if somewhat geeky character of Pragya on the show. The latest buzz is that Ekta has signed on the beautiful and vivacious Mrunal Thakur to play Pragya’s younger sister Bulbul.


Sahyadri Channel honours women


By A Staff Reporter

he 10th Sahyadri Hirkani Award Ceremony was organised at Mumbai Doordarshan Kendra on Wednesday evening (February 26). A brainchild of Mukesh Sharma (ADG – Doordarshan), Sahyadri Hirkani Awards honoured nine distinguished women from across Maharashtra who with sheer grit and determination left their stamp in a maledominated arena and brought the desired social change in the society. Doordarshan – Sahyadri’s western division convener ADG Mukesh Sharma presided over the programme. Jawahar Sircar, CEO of Prasar Bharati graced the occasion as the Chief Guest for this evening.

THE NINE HIRKANI AWARD RECIPIENTS WERE: Sushama Deshpande (An acclaimed writer, director, and a performer in a play about Social Reformist – Saviribai Phule, Worked in the field of Micro Credit for rural women as a Chairperson for Mahila Vikas Sahkari

Patsanstha, Pune District) Adv. Vijaya Bangde (Member Rajya Mahila Aayog and associated with Saraswati Shikshan Mahila Mandal) Shraddha Belsare Kharkar (Writer, Poetess and Social Worker, Started 'Mahanews', the first internet government magazine, associated in Prawasi Shatak Abhiyan) Shubhagi Bhadbhade (Awarded as 'Rashtriya Charitra Upnyaskar' and wrote 72 books, novels and plays) Anuja Sankhe (First blind journalist and working as Programme Officer in Community Based Rehabilitation Forum) Alka Kubal – Athalye (Renowned Senior Marathi Film/ TV and Theatre Personality)

Sushila Sabale (Head Incharge of Parisar Bhagini Vikas Sangh and a member of Alliance of Indian Wastepickers) Prof. Sadhna Zadbuke (Writer of many books related to women, a social reformer working for Women – Devdasis though 'Sanvedana' organization) A special 'Hirkani Vishesh Sanman' is given every year to an upcoming talent for appreciating the work done by a woman in her respective field and this year Rahi Sarnobat was honoured in this particular category for winning a Gold Medal for India in AVISA and a Bronze Medal at London Games in shooting. As a part of the cultural programme, musical performance by saxophone sisters M.S. Lavanya and M.S. Subhalakshmi, Devistooti by Bhargavi Chirmule and Group, a ballet dance performance by Ryan Foundation, Dance Performance by Manisha Jeet and Group and a stunning Roop Malkham performed by the students of Samarth Vyam Mandir which entertained the audience. '“Sahyadri Hirkani Sanman Sohala' will be telecast on DD Sahayadri Channel on Sunday, March 9 at 4 pm.

The team of popular serial TMKOC (Taarak Mehta) is shooting in real slums in Kandivili East for the current track. Naturally there is a major issue of crowd collecting at the location. Says Asit Kumarr Modi, “Iit is difficult but we wanted to get the real feel. So instead of creating a set we have gone to the real slums. There were many fans who had gathered there. They wanted to click pictures but allowed us to shoot without interference nevertheless”.

Yummy show

TLC, the pioneer of cuisine programming in India presents a refreshing food series ‘Rachel Allen's easy meals'. The charismatic and famous chef Rachel Allen returns to her roots back home in Ireland to cook simple and enjoyable dishes. Whether the cupboards are bare or a fabulous fuss-free meal needs to be cooked, Rachel will have all the answers. One can always trust Rachel to help cook a delicious and doable dinner on the table. Premiering on March 3, the hsow will air every Monday to Friday only on TLC.

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Afternoon Despatch & Courier



ach time, a high-profiled, influential entity finds itself in the news ‘vital’ incriminating files go ‘missing’ particularly when needed for investigation. The Coalgate Scam, Adarsh Scam, the 2G Spectrum Scams are just a few of the recent cases where files have gone missing or are untraceable. Missing files are the ‘easiest excuse’ officials use when they don’t want to disclose information to the public. After the introduction of RTI Act in 2005, it became almost impossible for officials to refuse to share most of the official data with the public when demanded. So, the pretext of a “file going amiss,” became the favourite reply used by the official each time an RTI application was filed asking details of such a case. Just a while ago, a compendium of best practices on implementation of RTI Act was released by Union Minister V Narayanasamy. A press release by issued by the Ministry of Personnel read, “The best practices covered in the compendium include write-ups by public authorities or citizens on areas such as transparency provisions in certain government schemes, use of information technology tools to facilitate citizens for more effective use of RTI and innovative methods to create awareness about RTI.” Looking at the way things are going, this ‘compendium’ might just be the right thing officials need to ‘encourage public authorities to adopt similar practices for effective implementation of RTI Act.’ Recently, Central Information Commissioner Madabhushi Sridhar said that the baseless claim of ‘file missing’ would invite a penalty under RTI Act. While hearing the case of a husband allegedly cheated upon, found

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A Central Information Commissioner’s assertion that baseless claim of ‘file missing’ could invite a penalty nails the real issue, writes Gajanan Khergamker It was almost a year ago when, in a statement on the issue of alleged rape and murder of three minor girls in Bhandara, Maharashtra, Shinde had made public the identity of the victims. The RTI applicant had asked whether an inquiry, as suggested by Shinde, was conducted in the matter and also about other details related to the purported inquiry. But, the ministry did not respond to the applicant, neither was the joint secretary level appeal, filed by applicant, given any hearing. So, the applicant approached the transparency panel with a complaint against the CPIO seeking imposition of penalty as mandated under the RTI Act. The Commission directed the CPIO to show cause within 30 days “why action should not be taken against the respondent under secCentral Information Commissioner Madabhushi Sridhar said that the baseless claim of tion 20(1) of the RTI Act for contra‘file missing’ would invite a penalty under RTI Act vening the provisions of the Act.” In the last few years, a lot of such that the information sought by the An RTI application was filed by an cases have made the headlines and appellant was essential for a de- activist regarding this matter. After later files have gone “missing.” The fence against the criminal cases maintaining silence on an applica- coal scam files too were ‘misplaced’ filed by his wife. tion for nearly six months, the min- during the investigation on the In an order issued, Sridhar said istry has admitted before the matter. It was in August last when “claiming that a particular file is Central Information Commission files containing ‘crucial’ informamissing establishes the fact that the that the ‘concerned files’ were not tion about the coal blocks allocafile was with them, till it was found traceable in the ministry. tion deal went amiss. missing or misplaced or deliberThe ministry was issued a showIt was reported that records of apately removed…thus it is the re- cause notice demanding an expla- plications for 45 coal blocks allosponsibility of the Public Authority nation for not responding to the RTI cated between 1993 and 2005 were to share that information.” application in the mandatory pe- nowhere to be found. This order can act as a precedent riod, “It is clear from the hearing And, it wasn’t just that, apart from for all the upcoming cases where and the material on record... that the fact that applications and ‘missing files’ is often used as an ex- the respondent (Home Ministry) records for coal blocks issued from cuse for various reasons. had contravened the legal provi- 1993 to 2005 having turned unEarlier this month, it was revealed sions,” Information Commissioner traceable, recommendations made that the file carrying details of pro- Vijai Sharma was reported saying. by Congress MP Vijay Darda and posed inquiry into Home Minister The Central Public Information Of- subsequently forwarded to the Sushilkumar Shinde’s blunder of ficer (CPIO) when asked about this PMO for the bander block were redisclosing names of Bhandara had responded stating that they ported untraceable as well. minor rape victims in Rajya Sabha could not send any response as the It must be noted that, in connecis not “traceable” in the ministry. file was not traceable. tion with Coalgate, the Central Bu-

reau of Investigation (CBI) had raided Mr. Darda and registered a case against him last year. Also, records of at least 157 private companies, which applied for the coal blocks but were not allocated to them, had gone missing. A few months back, it was reported that the CBI had managed to recover the ‘crucial’ missing files pertaining to coal block allocations done between 2006 and 2009. The CBI, reportedly, has also found Congress MP Vijay Darda’s letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh advocating allocation of a coal block to one of his companies. In 2009, the Central Information Commission (CIC) had rebuked the Delhi government’s department of women and children for allowing a critical file linked to the purchase scam to go missing and ordered that the appellant seeking the file as part of a reply to an RTI be compensated with Rs 10,000. “The unsuccessful efforts made by the department to search and trace the file early show that the appellant’s right to seek information has not been duly honoured in the letter and spirit of the Act, for which he needs to be compensated under section 19 (8)(b) of the Act for all kinds of losses and detriment suffered by him,” the CIC had noted back then. The officials or departments responsible for ‘misplacing’ official files need to be held responsible for every file that goes missing for reasons within their control. Claiming a file has gone missing and then shrugging off all responsibility has gone on too long for comfort. The government needs to ensure the RTI Act is not mistreated by some officials with vested interest. (With inputs from Prerna Pandey)

Readers keen on seeking help on drafting RTI applications may write in to or call Gajanan Khergamker on 022-22841593 for any assistance on RTI or to have their findings / issue featured on this page

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Mid-day meal scheme should not be teachers’ responsibility: HC “The said duties entrusted to the headmasters/ teachers have nothing to do with education. The scheme may be a welfare measure adopted by the state but teachers cannot be burdened with non-educational work,” said the judges

work'. Putting such non-teaching responsibility on teachers would amount to violation of section 27 of the Education Act, a division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka ruled last week. Section 27 provides that "no teacher shall be deployed for any non-educational purposes other than the decennial population census, disaster relief duties or duties relating to elections to the local authority or the State Legislatures or Parliament, as the case may be", the court noted. The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by women's organiBy A Staff Reporter sations challenging two Government Resolutions regarding n a significant order, the Bombay implementation of the mid-day High Court has asked the Maha- meal scheme, reports PTI. rashtra Government not to impose The court referred to the State the burden of managing mid-day Government guidelines dated July meal scheme for students on teach- 22, 2013 which provide that the ers, calling it 'non-educational headmasters or the senior teachers


shall visit central kitchens (where meals are prepared) in urban areas once a month to ensure hygiene. Teacher are supposed to taste the food before it is served to the students every day. "The said duties entrusted to the head masters/teachers have nothing to do with education. The scheme may be a welfare measure adopted by the state but teachers cannot be burdened with non-educational work," said the judges. The High Court also directed the state Government to create, within a month, an independent authority consisting of expert agencies for periodical supervision of central kitchens in urban areas to ensure quality of the food. However, the court refused to interfere with the policy decisions which were a part of the Government Resolutions under the challenge.


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Anna Supports Mamata for Prime Minister

Santosh Bhartiya


AMATA BANERJEE has extended support to Anna Hazare. Not only support, he has also said that he will campaign for Mamata Banerjee and he would want that Mamata Banerjee becomes the next Prime Minister of the country. Anna Hazare stayed away from politics all his life. He has never extended support to any political party, has never gone on the platforms of political parties, and has never allowed any political party to come anywhere near him. The question is, why has Anna Hazare extended support to Mamata Banerjee for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections? This question is in the minds of all the people who just see Anna Hazare, but do not listen to what he says and nor do they want to understand the significance, the essence hidden in what he says. Till three months ago Anna said that he does not consider sides or parties to be in accordance with the Constitution. He says that the words ‘political party’ are not mentioned in the Constitution of India and nor is there mention of the party system. The words ‘democratic republic’ are there in the Constitution of India. Then where did these political parties come from? What was it that then happened to suddenly make Anna Hazare indicate in Delhi on February 8 and 9 that he believed Mamata Banerjee was an honest personality who was committed and dedicated to the people? When he returned from Delhi on the morning of Feb-

ruary 10 and reached Poona, he said in a special interview to India TV that he wanted to see Mamata Banerjee as the Prime Minister of the country and that he would strive for this as much as possible. On January 30 last year Anna Hazare held a big rally at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan. It was a splendid rally with almost 1,75,000 people in attendance. There Anna Hazare had said that his objective is to bring the Jan Lokpal, the Right to Reject, Right to Recall, but the

his forehead. He bowed his head before the monument to martyrs and started out on his country wide tour. Anna toured Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He travelled about 28 thousand kilometers. He addressed more than 750 meetings. At every meeting, he reiterated his resolution to change the country and said that he was in favour of sending to Parliament people with character, people who

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biggest thing is to bring about a change in the system and the meaning of change was to bring about a complete change in the entire policies of the country. The current market-based economic policies in the country are like poison for Anna. He believes that till the time villages in the country become strong and village-based industries are established unemployment in the country cannot be tackled. Nor can corruption be fought and neither can inflation be controlled. Anna explained these thoughts of his in detail at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan rally. Then from March 30, Anna began his countrywide tour. Anna went to Amritsar. He went to Jallianwala Baug, which he calls ‘martyr’s land’, applied its soil to

are energetic and honest instead of political parties. Anna kept awakening the people on the Jan Lokpal too. In fact, while on the one hand this country wide tour was a strong campaign for awakening the people, on the other hand for Anna too it was a medium for understanding himself, and more than that, understanding the country. During this tour, Anna saw the pains and suffering of the people, the attitude of the governments and political parties. Anna saw too that the very people he had inspired to stand by him in 2011 at his fast unto death at the Ram Lila Maidan in New Delhi, some amongst those very people were opposing him at places, because by that time

Arvind Kejriwal had announced forming his political party and people wanted Anna Hazare to do nothing new, but to support Arvind Kejriwal’s new political party. For Anna, it was a faith breaking situation, but without losing patience he explained to people everywhere why he was against political parties. During his speeches throughout the tour, significant meanings began to emerge. Anna announced during his meeting in Varanasi that he would go on a fast unto death from the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament if the Jan Lokpal Bill was not passed. In all this churning Anna also said at one place that he was in search of a third force which would stand against the market based economy and develop the villages in the form of powerful legislative centres. Village-based industries should be set up, nobody should go outside the village-block or district for employment, farmers should get the full and correct prices for their crops, no land of the farmers should be acquired and the rights of water, forest, and land should be under the Gram Sabha. Anna began voicing his thinking in his speeches. When he came to Delhi, Anna wrote a letter to political parties. He wrote in the letter that everyone should sit together and make a plan for the development of villages and the poor. For this Anna suggested an initial 17 points. These 17 points were the milestones for a changed path in the country, they were the signs of making a new history, but no political party responded to these points. He had written with great feeling that if these issues were included in the election manifesto, a new confidence will be generated in people to be freed from long standing mismanagement, corruption, unemployment and inflation that has been prevailing for more than 60 years.

Black day in Parliament can prove dangerous! F

EBRUARY 13 will be remembered in history in two ways. Anna Hazare made the biggest announcement of his life – that in the next Lok Sabha elections, he will support Mamata Banerjee for Prime Ministership and he will also carry out an election campaign in favour of her party, the Trinamool Congress. But the day will also be remembered as a dangerous black day on which chilli spray was used in the Lok Sabha, there were fisticuffs, and a knife was brandished, though some say it was a broken microphone that was brandished. Is this the beginning of the end of democracy or should it be considered that the country has reached the final steps before the end of democracy? In our country, the face of Parliamentary democracy is the Lok Sabha. It is expected that people who go to the Lok Sabha will be more intelligent than goons moving on

the streets, will be more principled than snatchers and other such elements on the streets, and will be more mature than goons who pull out a knife against each other at every disagreement between themselves. But after seeing what happened in the Lok Sabha on February 13, it seemed that such people are now a part of the Lok Sabha who have no respect for democracy nor do they have any confidence in debate and dialogue, but can go to any extent for the sake of publicity for themselves. Is this failure a black blot on the faces of political leaders? None of the parties teach their MPs how to behave and conduct themselves in the Lok Sabha. None of them explain to the MPs the place the Lok Sabha occupies in the country’s democracy, and instead more often than not place emphasis on how Parliament can be used in the form of a base for kickbacks. And

when, along with the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the leaders of most other parties too will begin using Parliament to fulfill their selfish and vested interests, February 13 will be repeated. The Parliament is a proud chapter in Indian democracy, in which people like Acharya Kripalani, Nath Pai, Bhupesh Gupta, Raj Narain, Chandra Shekhar and Indira Gandhi have witnessed debates linked with people and this list is quite a long one. But today’s MPs neither know what happened in Parliament, nor do they know how they should behave in Parliament. It is unfortunate that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lal Krishna Advani, who has long experience of parliamentary life, does not tell the MPs of his party how to behave in Parliament, nor what kind of debates took place and the people who participated in them.

Neither are Congress leaders, who have experience without knowledge, able to tell their MPs how to behave in Parliament. There is no point talking about other parties because they use Parliament not for the nation, but for their own party. One is having to write all this, albeit with sorrow, because we feel that any crazy person can take advantage of such a situation to end democracy. People sitting in Parliament are using democracy to create hatred against democracy. This means that they are cheating the country in two ways. One, they are giving ground to those people who believe in using weapons to end democracy and solve the problems of the people. And two, they are paving the way for people who have no faith in democracy and to whom it seems that the way of fascism is more correct. — Santosh Bhartiya




AAP’s Babu Fears

EFORE Kejriwal’s resignation, the UPA government could not have been expected to make things easy for his AAP sarkar. Perhaps the next flashpoint could well have been the transfer of key bureaucrats of the Delhi government, some of them hand-picked by Kejriwal, by the Union Home Ministry. The Home Ministry, which Kejriwal was already battling on other issues, transferred some 17 IAS officers of the AGMUT cadre barely 10 days after the AAP government took over in Delhi. Sources say that Kejriwal wished to retain the babus at least until the Lok Sabha elections. It is believed that Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting cancellation of the transfer order but the Home Ministry had not responded. Meanwhile, among the babus who are facing transfer are S.S. Yadav, S.C.L. Das and Prashant Goyal – brought in by Kejriwal to helm key projects. The Home Ministry is unlikely to act in a hurry.


Fixed Tenures

OLLOWING the furore over allegedly motivated transfers of Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka and UP officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, not to mention the Supreme Court’s deadline to the Centre and states to set up a civil services board to manage tenures and transfers of officials,a two-year fixed tenure for IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service officers has been notified. The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) order issued by director (services) M.K. Dwivedi states that these officers will hereon spend “at least two years” in every post during their career. All states will now constitute a civil services board headed by the Chief Secretary to manage transfers of civil service officials. However, sources say that there is a rider in the order wherein the board’s recommendation can be rejected by the ‘authority’, though the reasons will have to be recorded. The question is whether this will check rampant political interference in administrative functioning.


Washington Calling

ORGET the spat with the US, a posting to Washington DC is a highly coveted position in babudom. As D.P.S. Sandhu, adviser to World Bank executive director Mukesh N. Prasad leaves his post, the search for his replacement has begun in full earnest. Going by the past, most likely Sandhu’s replacement will be from the Prime Minister’s Office or the Finance Ministry, though nothing can be said for certain. Sources say that State Chief Secretaries and Union Secretaries have been asked to nominate names of officers at Deputy Secretary and Director level. Another adviser to the World Bank and 1994 batch IAS officer Anuradha Thakur is also leaving Washington in March, which leaves only two senior advisers Manoj Pant and LK Atheeq to work with the Executive — Dilip Cherian Director.


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ACROSS: 1 Brummie is shut out of London tourist attraction (7,6) 10 Composer employed in hotel garage (5) 11 A famous explorer or a cool M. P. perhaps (5,4) 12 Not the cost of living, apparently (5,4) 13 A deadly sin for many lions (5) 14 Atmosphere, with right leader, help in any attack from above (3,4) 16 Always a negative rise for some sportsmen (7) 18 Getting what you're striving for, that's it! (7) 20 Unhappy liaison is extremely tedious, but not for them, perhaps (7) 22 Fly enough to get a safe return from the poet (5) 24 Could you bear to be like this, by the sound of it? (2,3,4) 26 For which an actor obtains only a fraction of his income ? (5,4) 27 Peacekeepers counter open (5) 28 See what art thief intends to do (3,3,7) DOWN: 2 Tease blondes about where they buy old clothes ? (3-4) 3 A little light competition run in antiquity (5,4) 4 Indian grub shedding chrysalis finally to emerge in independent state (5) 5 She takes life seriously (9) 6 A son taking on house-work certainly makes news! (5) 7 Visionary to sit up with difficulty (7) 8 It needs a corpse to provide seating accommodation for the XV (4,4,5) 9 Fail to retain a single female skill when falling in love (4,4,5)


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: Tusked



15 Lavish with one's drink in time (9) 17 Latest issue bound to have affected Ulster (3,6) 19 Odious way to see how far things disagree (7)

21 Sleepy head to walk clumsily and doze off (7) 23 Inflamed again by a litre cocktail (5) 25 To express disapproval, Italian rejected all the performers (5)

SOLUTION TO FRIDAY’S CRYPTIC CROSSWORD ACROSS: 1 Cream puff, 8 Congregations, 11 Reign, 12 Haifa, 13 Waist, 16 Aye aye, 17 In-line, 18 Lying, 19 Iritis, 20 Oyster, 21 Honan, 24 March, 26 Samoa, 27 Prince valiant, 28 Lipsticks. DOWN: 2 Regan, 3 Agenda, 4 Pearls, 5 Faith, 6 Mobile library, 7 Antihistamine, 9 Organisms, 10 Face cream, 13 Welsh, 14 Ixion, 15 Tigon, 22 Osiers, 23 Askari, 25 Hanoi, 26 Skink.


ACROSS: 1. Bar food 6. By oneself 7. Composer Erik 8. Mine drainage shaft 9. Affirmative responses


MATH PYRAMID 716 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. Attitudinal 2. Winged 3. Addictive flower 4. Weak, old womanish 5. Considers



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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MOON : Pisces TITHI : 2nd/3rd Phalgun Shuklapaksha NAKSHATRA : Purvabhadrapad RASHI : Meen (Pisces) D.Ch.Z. LUCKY COLOUR : Pale Yellow LUCKY NUMBER : 9

BIRTHDAY FORECAST: You have a remarkably successful period ahead. You will get various opportunities to improve your financial position and you will accomplish your objectives with relative ease. You will receive cooperation from others that makes your task much easier. Personal affairs run smoothly. Youngsters have an exciting romance with someone they meet during the course of their travel. BABIES BORN TODAY: Will be plump, good-looking and magnetically beautiful eyes. Will be cordial, respectful and adaptable. After basic education, an interest in a wide range of subjects and a knack of putting across ideas in a convincing manner leads to many opportunities. A career in marketing or academics will lead to gains. Will also be interested in fine arts. ARIES (March 21 - April 20): You seem to be in doubt about your own decision. Do not give in to reverses so easily. Carry on with your work, success is assured. Unexpected news from an unknown source will make you feel good about yourself today. You may not find yourself totally in rapport with a new romantic companion. It takes time for relationship to mature.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 20): Do not hesitate if you get an opportunity to get into something much bigger than anticipated. Do not waste your time and energy in chasing small benefits. Aim for something spectacular howsoever difficult it may appear. You will have the guidance and financial help that you will need. Good news concerning your mate or partner will add to your joys.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): You are assured that all you attempt will have a favorable outcome. Efforts put in now will definitely lead to gains that may take a while to fructify. Be patient, you are headed in the right direction. Do not miss a good opportunity to be out with friends or loved ones this evening.

CANCER (June 21 - July 21): All is not lost, you are may be feeling low today accept your limitations but think about what is in your favor and pursue your goals. You will have all the help that you need. Try to be patient with people who care for you and be just concerned about the way you are today. Relationships could suffer if you let minor irritants upset you.

LEO (July 22 - August 21): Money matters are very good. Social engagements and business meetings are bound to have encouraging results. New alliances made now will prove lasting and profitable. You will be able to combine business with pleasure. A journey for work or religious function is likely and will be fruitful.

VIRGO (August 22 - September 21): You may now progress much faster than you had thought possible. You may receive good news, which will create an atmosphere of happy expectations. Some problems you have been facing in your business are likely to be sorted out soon which will add to your enthusiasm and energy.

LIBRA (September 22 - October 22): You are assured gradual growth though the slow pace could be annoyingly frustrating. Try not to take shortcuts for they could mean trouble. There may be a chance to create an alternate source of income. An opportunity arrives for you to try your hand at commission work. Find time for fitness to remain healthy.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): A busy day at work, but you will be able to complete your assignment. A friend, or someone from out of town, will be visiting you or will be in touch. Fresh investments will register gains faster than you had anticipated. With most activities scheduled for afternoon, you could end up feeling quite tired by evening.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 December 20): Be assertive in your approach to work or in business negotiations. You will earn the respect and support of those you meet. Financial backing and co-operation of others will help you to implement your new plans and schemes. If seeking favor through government or state agencies, you are sure to receive positive response. A dinner meeting with your sweetheart will be memorable.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): There could be some unexpected funds coming your way. Be careful about your things. You could misplace something important today. A hasty and rash decision could land you in trouble. It may not be easy to solve all problems. But at least you can tactfully convey that you can make amends.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): You can achieve much more than you think. You seem to be underestimating yourself. An earlier project gets renewed profitably. Don’t rest contented in your current success. You need to consolidate your position in order to ward off any competition. Relationships need careful nurturing for harmony at home.

PISCES (February 19 - March 20): Your efforts directed towards expansion will bear fruit .you may be able to recover some money which you had practically written off. Students will do remarkably well in written tests or interviews. Romance is in the air and some of you are likely to get attracted to two persons at the same time. Tread the romantic path cautiously.



QUICK CROSSWORD 4907 ACROSS: 3 Absorbent pads used in surgery (5) 8 Loose hairnet - "on sod" anagram? (5) 10 A word having a sound similar to another; meter (5) 11 Mongrel (3) 12 Confused conflict, brawl or skirmish (5) 13 RK's 1949 superhit (7) 15 Rips, rends or wrenches (5) 18 High-pitched (3) 19 A stinging insect, like a big wasp? (6) 21 Set in order, correct (7) 22 Change direction (4) 23 ___ up : arranged or finished dealing with, colloquially speaking? (4) 24 Brassard (7) 26 Thin plate (6) 29 Actress Gardner (3) 31 Effeminate, not manly (5) 32 Combined or fused into one (7) 34 "If __ a Rich Man" (5) 35 ___ up : arrange, organise or accommodate? (3) 36 Singer Marie (5) 37 Hipbone (5) 38 Convoluted fold of the brain (5)

DOWN: 1 Open, as a bottle (5) 2 A pirate; a fast moving vessel (7) 4 __ the appetite : make one more eager (4) 5 Native of Britanny (6) 6 ___ off : go away, especially from person one hates? (5) 7 Game played with deck of 40 cards (5) 9 Belonging to you and me (3) 12 Famous city in Uttar Pradesh (7) 14 H.S. subject (3) 16 Coughed up (5) 17 ___ deaf : totally deaf? (5) 19 Poisonous plant with unpleasant smell (7) 20 Cricket ground shapes (5) 21 Measures of sheets of paper (5)


SUDOKU 2093 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: B equals P

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

23 A bit; steal (colloq.) (7) 24 Come what may (6) 25 Audio video interleaved, acronym (3) 27 Buenos __ (5)

28 "_ __ the body electric" (1,4) 30 Bond, connected group (5) 32 A Pakistani language (4) 33 Latin trio (3)

SOLUTION TO SATURDAY’S QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS: 4 Pass by, 7 Headache, 8 Sniffs, 10 Raids, 13 Soot, 14 Rafi, 15 Russ, 16 DOT, 17 Daub, 19 Idol, 21 In between, 23 Ssts, 24 Yore, 26 Uae, 27 Expo, 29 Dams, 32 Mire, 33 Islet, 34 Paella, 35 Yodelled, 36 Attics. DOWN: 1 Shirr, 2 Calif, 3 Gags, 4 Pesos, 5 Snit, 6 Befool, 9 Nosier, 11 Aal, 12 Didnt, 13 Subtype, 15 Rue, 16 Don, 18 Abseil, 20 Deeds, 21 Ise, 22 Woo, 23 Savant, 25 Mme, 28 X-rays, 30 Alula, 31 Study, 32 Mlii, 33 Ices.

IRREGULAR SUDOKU 1912 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: Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied

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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: 16 average; 18 good; 20 outstanding. SATURDAY’S SOLUTION: alike, kale, kilt, kite, lake, leak, like, take, talk, TALKATIVE, talkie, teak.



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Rafael Nadal, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna to represent Mumbai in ITPL

UBAI: World number one Rafael Nadal will play for the Mumbai team, which will also have India's doubles stars Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, in the inaugural International Tennis Premier League (ITPL) according to the players' draft released by the organisers. The team owners met in today and a tentative schedule with four confirmed teams, including Mumbai, Singapore, Dubai and Bangkok, was released. So far, the team owners have spent USD 23,975,000 on getting the players in their side. The league, brainchild of Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi, will begin on November 28 in Singapore

and conclude on December 14 in Dubai. Initially, it was said the league will be played in five Asian cities and surprisingly India's top singles star Somdev Devvarman is not part of any team so far. The 2014 season will feature 24 matches across the four host cities. The four teams will compete in a round-robin format in each of the four cities. Frenchman Gael Monfils, American great Pete Sampras, former world number one Ana Ivanovic and Fabrice Santoro are the other players to play for Mumbai. World number two Novak Djokovoic will spearhead the challenge of Dubai. Caroline

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Temperamental Afridi holds on to his nerves as Pakis give India a knockout punch

Wozniacki, Goran Ivanisevic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonic, Malek Jaziri and Martina Hingis will be his teammates. Reigning Wimbledon champion and world number seven Andy Murray has been taken by Bangkok, which also has, Jo Wilfred Tsonga, Victoria Azarenka, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya and Kirsten Flipkens. World number one among women players, Serena Williams will lead Singapore. Yesteryears American super star Andre Agassi, Tomas Berdych, former world number one from Australia Lleyton Hewitt, Bruno Soares, Patrick Rafter, Daniela Hantuchova and Nick Krygios

complete the Singapore team. The matches will be played in one city for three days, beginning in Singapore from November 28. From there it will move to Bangkok (December 2,3,4), Mumbai (December 7,8,9) and Dubai (December 11, 12,13). Former world number one Carlos Moya, who attended the draft, said, "I'm very excited to be part of this competition, and look forward to playing for Bangkok. I have fond memories from the days I've played there." The owners can have up to 10 players on their roster and they will make their own announcements in their relative cities over the next few weeks.


IRPUR: India paid the price for costly blunders at crucial junctures to suffer a nervewracking one-wicket defeat at the hands of arch rivals Pakistan, who rode on Shahid Afridi's brilliant cameo to virtually assure themselves a berth in the final of the Asia Cup here. In a tense encounter where fortunes fluctuating from one team to other till very end saw Afridi the turn the game decisively in Pakistan's favour by hitting successive sixes in Ravichandran Ashwin's last over to overhaul India's modest total of 245. Afridi, who has been very inconsistent with the bat hit the first six over deep extra cover and the next over long on as he scored 34 not out in only 18 balls with two fours and three sixes. Dinesh Karthik's woeful work behind the stumps again cost India dearly as he missed the easiest of stumpings when Ashwin fired one down leg side with Sohaib Maqsood (38), then batting on 21 coming out of charge. Karthik failed to gather the ball and missed the stumping with Pakistan on 167 for four. Mohammed Hafeez (75) and Maqsood added 87 runs for the fifth wicket and after IPL's new million dollar man Karthik fluffed his lines, they added another 37 runs which proved to be important in the context of the game. From 200 for four, Pakistan slumped to 203 for six but then winners had couple of profitable couple of overs ---45th and 46th when Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar went for 13 runs each. Hafeez for his all-round show (two for 34 and 75) rightly got the man of the match award. Hafeez's innings had three fours and two nicely hit sixes including a pulled one off Mohammed Shami's bowling. With this defeat, India's chances of making it to the finals are all but dashed while a Pakistan versus Sri Lanka summit clash looks imminent. For India, leg-spinner Amit Mishra (2/28 in 10 overs) bowled a brilliant spell getting into the playing XI after a long time while Ashwin was also pretty good even though it all got spoiled in the end due to those two sixes hit by Afridi. It can now be safely concluded that Karthik has blown away a golden Pakistani cricketer Sahid Afridi celebrates after winning the match off a six during the opportunity he had got in Dhoni's Asia Cupmatch against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

absence with two absolutely shoddy performances with the big gloves. In the last game, he missed Kumar Sangakkara's stumping chance and it cost India the match. Maqsood's missed stumping helped Pakistan score extra 30 runs and who knows a wicket at the stage would have helped India. Ravindra Jadeja (52) hit a timely unbeaten half-century as India recovered from a mid-innings collapse to post a modest 245 for eight in 50 overs. Opener Rohit Sharma (56), who finally found his touch after a lean patch, and Ambati Rayudu (58) also did their bit but none of the batsman could make it big. However, India had at least something on board to fight for. Rayudu scored 58 from 62 balls, while Jadeja was unbeaten on 52 from 42 balls (4x4, 2x6) Experienced spinner Saeed Ajmal (3/40) bowled nicely in the death overs to remove three batsmen while debutant pacer Mohammad Talha (2/22) and off-spinner Mohammed Hafeez (2/38) took two wickets apiece. Jadeja made full use of his reprieve on 12 when Hafeez dropped a sitter to post his ninth century. It was Hafeez, who trapped Dhawan to give Pakistan their first breakthrough but India had the match in control with Sharma and Kohli in the middle. Sharma's approach was different from what he looked after a poor outing in South Africa and New Zealand. He pulled Gul over square leg to break free and he showed no mercy against pacer Junaid Khan, punching the left arm pacer for consecutive six and four. Victim of Sharma's assault, Khan conceded 25 runs from his three overs before being taken away. BRIEF SCORES: India 245/8 in 50 overs [Rohit Sharma 56, Ambati Rayudu 58, Saeed Ajmal 3/40] lost to Pakistan 249/9 in 49.4 overs [Mohammed Hafeez 74, Shahid Afridi 34 not out] by one wicket.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Giantkillersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Afghanistan await Lanka test

MIRPUR: After steamrolling Bangladesh for their first major win over a Test-playing nation, giantkillers Afghanistan would look to continue their flirtation with cricketing history when they take on leaders Sri Lanka in their Asia Cup cricket match, here today. Buoyed by their spirited effort of taming Bangladesh by 32 runs in their own den at Fatullah last night, the gutsy team from the strife-torn nation would be eyeing another major upset against Sri Lanka. The minnows would find it difficult to achieve further glory in the five-nation tournament against an increasingly stronger opponent Sri Lanka, who are sitting comfortably atop the points table with eight points after scoring back-to-back victories against Pakistan and India. With two wins and a healthy runrate of +0.168, Sri Lanka have virtually assured themselves of a berth in the finals of Asia Cup, while Afghanistan's hopes of further progress in the tournament would depend on the outcome of the match today. Afghanistan have four points from two matches with one win and a loss in their kitty. However, they don't have anything to lose from this tournament as they are featuring in the Asia Cup for the first time in its history. Should Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka, it would complete a fairytale journey for them in the tournament, giving the war-torn nation a desperately needed boost. Their victory over Bangladesh was wildly celebrated back home on the streets.



back to my longest speech ever, it wasn't rehearsed and just came from my heart," he said. Asked about his plans to return to the game in some capacity, Tendulkar said, "I have just retired. I can't start thinking of coming back again." The former India captain said he was enjoying his life post retirement and has played cricket at home with his 14-year-old son Arjun. "I am enjoying my life after retirement. I haven't played cricket...Just a couple of times with my son Arjun and his school friends in the house itself. Other than that, I have not played cricket but with this big bat and wagon wheel, I am tempted to have a go," he said referring to the large steel bat which has been unveiled as a monument near his residence on the Carter Road Promenade. The steel bat stands more than 25 feet high and weighs over two tonnes. The "Bat of Honour" is Sachin Tendulkar during unveiling of a monument in Bandra 'Bat of Honour' to pay crafted out of stainless steel - and tribute to cricketer in Mumbai on Sunday morning. Tendulkar's emotional farewell speech has also been etched on a all the names and rest of the and affection he received from plaque below the installation. things came from my heart. I his fans after announcing his reDescribing the structure, Tenknew I would get emotional and tirement left him feeling "unreal". dulkar said, "It's a two tonne bat, hence for safety, I was carrying a "The love and affection which I so you can imagine how much efbottle of water as well which kept received over a period when I an- fort it has taken for the curator to me going. But those things you nounced my retirement was un- put this together. So this is what cannot script. It's the Almighty's real. I had never seen anything the idea was, his thought was. wish. Everything went off much like that. The way people greeted And the wagon wheel, all these much better than what I had ex- me, it was a special moment and things are special. To have this pected," he added. something which goes beyond mega structure, it's really heart The 40-year-old said the love what I couldn't express. Coming warming." Azad Shrivastav | ADC


UMBAI: He delivered his farewell speech with such emotional conviction that many were left wiping tears but retired batting legend Sachin Tendulkar today said his only preparation for the stirring address was to remember the "important" names he wanted to mention. The 20-minute speech, which Tendulkar delivered after his final Test in Mumbai last year, was lauded by one and all for its emotional clarity so much so that the spectators at the Wankhede Stadium and the millions glued to TV sets were left teary-eyed. Reflecting on it, Tendulkar revealed that he planned on delivering a speech after his penultimate Test on a flight from Kolkata to Mumbai. "I was flying back from Kolkata to Mumbai and then I realised that this is going to be my last match. I was sitting alone and you know I better think of something, think of people I need to mention because before I realise, Mumbai match would also be over and all of a sudden, I would be standing in front of my peers," Tendulkar said at a promotional event hosted by Network 18 Group here. "Then the whole world would be waiting for me to say something. Something, which I didn't want to do was to miss out on any name, any important name that I wanted to mention. It was a special moment for me. I mentioned

For Improving Players By Anant Bhagwat


his hand from a local tournament will be bread & butter for a good player, but I saw a few improving players flounder while making the contract.

BRIDGE S- 9 8 5 H- Q 9 7 5 3 D- A J 5 C- K 8

S- A K Q 10 6 H- J 2 D- Q 3 C- J 5 4 3

You are south. You open 1 spade, LHO bids 2 diamonds, partner bids 2 spades RHO & you pass, but west makes a nuisance of himself by bidding 3 diamonds. Partner persists with 3 spades which becomes the final contract. West finds the lethal lead of a trump. How do you continue? The lead tells you that trump break is benign, because nobody leads a trump from 4 cards or singleton. Assuming that, you have 5 spade tricks. Diamond King must be with west so you have 2

diamond tricks. Club Ace has to be right so that is your 8th trick. For the 9th trick you need to ruff a club in dummy. Once you think along this line the hand looks simple. But you have to be careful about the timing. If you win the lead in hand & finesse the diamond immediately you will go down in this simple contract. You have to lead a club towards the king then come to hand after cashing the club King & then ruff a club. But the only entries to your hand are trumps. So how do you manage? After winning the first trick in hand play a small club to king. West will win & persevere with a trump. Now you can cash the club king but you are in dummy with no entry to hand. You must overcome this problem by playing the diamond Queen at this point. West will cover you win in dummy, & cash the club King. Now you cash the diamond Jack & ruff a diamond to enter your hand at the correct time to ruff a club in dummy. You exit from dummy with a heart & eventually enter hand with a heart ruff to draw the last trump & claim 9 tricks. Then you can point out to your partner that a double of 3 diamonds will fetch at least 300 points.

Gangolli soars in to the lead M

UMBAI: The defending Champion Kishan Gangolli of Karnataka shot into sole lead with 7.5 points after the conclusion of the 9th round in the 13 player Round Robin National A Chess Championship for the blind, which is underway here at Vasai. Closely following the leader are Darpan Inani (GUJ) with 7 and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan (ORI) with 6.5 points. Sachin Lahu Wagmare (MAH) with the white pieces played King’s pawn opening against Ashvin Makwana (GUJ). Sachin’s passive play allowed white enormous space advantage. Ashvin sacrificed a pawn on move 35 to open up the position and Sachin resigned when he was about to lose a piece. Prachurya Kumar Pradhan (ORI) with the white pieces played the Queen’s pawn opening against Swapnil Shah (MAH). The game was equal till move 25 when Swapnil went wrong and posted his Knight on a wrong square. Prachurya played aggressively and forced his opponent to resign soon. Shidad M (KER) with the white pieces opened with his Queen’s pawn against Vilesh B. Bhatt (MAH). Though Shidad got a better position in the middle game he could not capitalize on it and eventually the players signed for peace. Yudhajeet De (WB) went wrong

early in his Trompowsky opening against Soundarya Kumar Pradhan (ORI). Soundarya, the youngest player in the championship, exploited his space advantage adroitly to win the exchange and won the game comfortably. Sirish Patil (MAH) with the white pieces played Queen’s pawn opening against Kishan Gangolli (KAR). Patil chose to play defensively and did not allow his opponent any break through. The leader Kishan had to accept the inevitable draw. Whereas, Darpan Inani (GUJ) with the white pieces played the Queen’s pawn opening against Madan Bagayatkar (MAH). The game was equal until middle game. But Madan committed a mistake in the 24th move and Darpan played tactically to force resignation on 33rd move.

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IN BRIEF Catholic Gym rally to subdue BARC

MUMBAI: Catholic Gymkhana showed great character and solid fighting spirit as they rallied splendidly to inflict a 4-1 defeat on BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre) SC in a Second Division match, of the Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd. (MHAL) League, at the MHAL Stadium, Churchgate on Sunday afternoon. Carl Patel, Gavin Vandrine, Karan Kapoor and Sushant Khandagale, all struck a goal each for Catholic Gym, while BARC got the lone goal through S. Kapoor. After conceding a goal in the fifth minute, Catholic Gymkhana immediately regrouped and got their act together. Skipper Gavin Vandrine played a pivotal role in leading Catholic Gym’s charge towards victory. BARC rocked the Catholic Gym boat when against the run of play S. Kapoor hammered home in the very fifth minute to open the scoring. However, BARC’s joy was short-lived as prolific scorer Carl Patel scored from a field effort in the very next minute to put the Gymkhana side on level term. Catholic Gym gradually took total control over the proceedings and in the 16th minute found the target through Vandrine to snatch the lead before Karan Kapoor scored another field goal two minutes later to increase the lead to 3-1. Khandagale successfully converted a penalty stroke in the 22nd minute to complete the margin of victory. Thereafter, Catholic Gymkhana relaxed the pace and came up with just a few raids at the rival goal. Results – at MHAL ground, Churchgate Second Div: Catholic Gymkhana 4 (Carl Patel, Gavin Vandrine, Karan Kapoor, Sushant Khandagale) beat BARC SC 1 (S. Kapoor).

Shravan Shetty steers Atlanta into final

MUMBAI: Atlanta FC produced a strong determined performance to blank Friends FC 2-0 in a Third Division semi-final encounter of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) league at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Sunday evening. Enterprising striker Shravan Shetty once again came up with two opportunistic goals to seal Atlanta’s win and ensure their progress to the final. In the second semi-final, IIT Powai held their nerves to pull off a 6-5 sudden death victory against SSS Jolly Boys after the teams were tied 1-all at the end of full-time and 5-5 in the tie-breaker. Meanwhile in a Second Division match, Datta Krida Mandir overcame Challengers FC by a 1-0 margin. Bernanrd Rosario netted the winning goal. Results – at St.Xavier’s ground, Parel – Div-III (semi-finals): Atlanta FC 2 (Shravan Shetty 2) beat Friends FC 0; IIT Powai beat SSS Jolly Boys 6-5 via the sudden death. Div-II: Datta Krida Mandal 1 (Bernard Rosario) beat Challengers FC 0.

Falcon Bros soar to victory

MUMBAI: Falcon Brother, Mulund managed to pull off a hard earned 2-1 win against Millat FC in a First Division match of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) League, played at the Goan Sports Association ground, Cross Maidan, on Sunday evening. The Mulund outfit scored once in each half through striker Abiddon Joshua in the 16th minute and Dhiraj Sawant in the 60th minute, while Millat scored through Farhan Khan in the 19th minute. In another First Division contest, Dhobitalao SC got the better of Hearts FC by a narrow 1-0 scoreline. Kenneth D’Souza struck the winning goal for the Dhobitalao side. Results - at Goan Sports Association ground, Cross Maidan– Div-I: Falcon Brothers, Mulund 2 (Abiddon Joshua, Dhiraj Sawant) beat Millat FC 1 (Farhan Khan); Dhobitalao SC 1 (Kenneth D’Souza) beat Hearts FC 0.

Indian Railways move down Karnataka


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EW DELHI: Indian Railways women had a thumping 91-39 win over Karnataka on the last day of the league matches in the 64th National Basketball Championship being held here at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex. The defending champions are table toppers in Group A women winning all four league matches. They looked strong from the start and were leading 51-15 in half time. Raja Priyadarshni scored 20 points (11 Rebounds), M. Pushpa 16 and Anju Lakra finished with 13 points (three 3-pointers) for Indian Railways. Geetu Anna Jose added eight points to the Railways total. Kruthika from Karnataka was the only player from her side to score in double digits. Savitha L scored 7 and Navaneetha P finished with 6 points for Karnataka. Amritpal Singh scored 28 (17 Rebounds), Yadwinder Singh 20 (16 Rebounds), Paramjit Singh finished with 15 (Five 3-Pointers)

Uttarakhand (Amritpal Singh 28, Yadwinder Singh 20, Paramjit Singh 15) bt Chhattishgarh (Karanpal Singh 30, Ajay Pratap Singh 15, Sameer Rai 9) 79-67 (17-3, 25-17, 17-16, 20-31). Kerala (Abhilash Ts 23, Basil Philip 21, Albin Babay 13, Ajeeth Sugunan 12, Monish Wilson 11) bt Rajasthan (Vinod Kumar 20, Kamran Khan 17) 89-68 (26-23, 27-11, 19-17, 17-17). Tamil Nadu (Pratham Singh 23, Prasanna Venkatesh 23, Rikin Pethani 16) bt Indian Railways (N Singh 13, P Mishra 13, Ankur Anand 12) 83-62 (24-17, 24-13, 17-19, 18-13). Women - Indian Uttarakhand and Railways (R.Priyadarshni 20, Chhattishgarh the 64th M.Pushpa 16, Anju Lakra 13) bt National Basketball Karnataka (Kruthika L 11, Savitha L.S Championship on Sunday. 7, Navaneetha P.U 6) 91-39 (30-7, 218, 14-15, 26-9). Tamil Nadu (Soniya and Uttarakhand have finished Railways in their last league Joy 12, V.Srividya 12, R Ramya 12, their campaign with a 79-67 win match. Pratham Singh scored 23, R.Algu Tamil Mozi 11) bt Madhya over Chhattisgarh winning three Prasanna Venkatesh 23 and Rikin Pradesh (Jhilik Roy 11, Sakshi Pandey out of four league matches. Pethani finished with 16 for Tamil 11) 84-34 (21-14, 34-10, 10-7, 19-3). Karanpal Singh scored 30, Ajay Nadu. N Singh scored 13, P Punjab (Kiranjit Kaur 23, Kirandeep Pratap Singh 15 and Sameer Rai Mishra 13 and Ankur Anand Kaur 19) bt Chhattishgarh (Sangeeta finished with 9 for Chhattisgarh. added 12 points for Indian Rail- Kaur 13, Deepa L 10, Anjana Daisy Tamil Nadu Men lead group A ways. Ekka 10) 64-52 (28-16, 18-8, 8-16, with four wins beating Indian Results: League Match: Men – 10-12).

Arvind enters finals of German Open GPG


ERMANY: Former national champion Arvind Bhat entered the USD 120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold finals after registering a thrilling three-game victory over Chinese Taipei's Tien Chen Chou in the men's singles here. The 34-year-old Indian shuttler took 55 minutes to prevail over his 15th seeded rival 21-12 12-21 22-20 at the RWESporthalle here. The Bangalorean will now lock horns with 12th seeded Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in the summit clash. Vittinghus defeated fourth seeded German Marc Zwiebler 21-16 21-

13 in the other semifinal clash. World number 24 Tien Chen Chou has beaten Arvind twice in the past but that didn't count for much as the Indian dug deep from his experience to show the Taiwanese the door. Arvind had no problems in disposing off Chou in the first game after taking a 6-3 lead with a five-point burst and then maintained the distance. Chou, however, meted out the same treatment to Arvind in the second game when he broke off at 6-6 and marched ahead. But in the decider, Arvind fought till the end after Chou had stepped up the competition. The duo battled from 6-6 to 14-14 with the lead changing hands frequently. The Indian was ahead by a point lead after that and even though Chou caught up at 20-20, Arvind successfully staved off the challenge in the end. Arvind has won six International titles, including the Scottish Open 2004 and the Czech International 2007. He participated in the 2010 Asian games in Guanzhou, China and was in the Indian team for Sudirman Cup 2011.

Subrata Roy is a patriotic man: Kapil on Sahara chief ’s arrest N

EW DELHI: Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev has expressed concern over the arrest of Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy and hoped that an "extremely patriotic person" like him will come out of this situation soon. "In Bangladesh, I came to know though TV channels that Saharasri has surrendered and is in police custody. I have known him as an extremely patriotic man who has done so much for the country. I wish that he comes out of this situation soon," Kapil said in a letter addressed to the media. Roy was arrested on Friday by Uttar Pradesh police after nonbailable warrant was issued by the Supreme Court for his failure to appear before it in a case of non-refund of Rs 20,000 crore to investors. He would be produced before the apex court on March 4. Roy has been kept at Kukrail guest house in Lucknow following court orders. Kapil, the 1983 World Cupwinning captain, said he has known Roy for a long time and that he tried getting in touch

with Sahara Group chairman and his wife after his arrest. "I have tried hard to call him, but could not get in touch with him nor his wife. In the same context, I contacted a senior worker of Sahara as I was very worried for a possible negative reaction of Sahara Workers, for I know very well that his workers take him as their God," said Kapil. Kapil said he wrote the letter, supporting Roy, in the best interest of the country. "This I share in the best interest of the people of the country."

Bidding process for Indian Super League opens today

MUMBAI: The Indian Super League is set to roll again with the bidding process of the muchanticipated IPL-style football tournament starting today. IMG-Reliance, the tournament organisers, will be floating a tender through 'Invitation To Bid' documents, inviting bids for nine cities across the country from which eight franchises will be finally selected. The league was to begin in January but had to be postponed owing to scheduling problem and

lack of a window. Promising to revolutionise the sport in the country, the league has the backing of All India Football Federation, and is likely to see big names such as former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo and former England forward Michael Owen. The nine cities in the reckoning are Bangalore, Chennai, Dehli, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. "International Management Group Worldwide

and Reliance Industries Ltd.'s joint venture in India, 'IMGReliance', together with Star India Pvt. Ltd. announced its plans to commence the bidding process on Sunday for Indian Super League clubs through 'Invitation To Bid' tenders starting Monday, 3rd March 2014," IMG-R said in a statement. "The ambitious Indian Super League – an unrivalled football championship to be staged from September to November 2014, will foster local talent and feature

international stars with the aim of making the game one of the country's flagship sport," it added. "Off these nine cities, winning bidders for the top eight cities will be granted the right to own and operate a new football club and participate in the Indian Super League." Ernst & Young, the advisory firm, has been entrusted the responsibility of evaluating the bid documents, following which the winning participants will be announced by first week of April.


IN BRIEF IPL venue decision on March 5: Shukla

NAGPUR: The suspense over the venues for this year's IPL is all set to end on March 5 when the BCCI will take a decision on the matter in a meeting here, Board vicepresident Rajiv Shukla revealed on Sunday. "The BCCI president has been authorised to take a decision," Shukla told reporters, adding that the matches may not be played in the country because of the general elections due in April-May. The Home Ministry has already made it clear that in view of the Lok Sabha elections, providing security for IPL matches will not be possible for it. Therefore, the BCCI has options of holding the matches in South Africa, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates, said the Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs. "We are in touch with the Home Ministry and a decision will be taken on March 5. Sri Lanka, the fourth venue which was under consideration, has been ruled out for hosting the matches due to prospect of rains in the island country during the period.

Gangpur register fourth win in hockey nationals

LUCKNOW: Hockey Gangpur, Odisha thrashed Tripura 9-0 in Pool C to register their fourth consecutive win in the fourth Hockey India Senior Men National Championship, at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium. Gangpur, Odisha took an early lead in the ninth minute through a field goal scored by Ashish Anmol Minz. Ashish struck four goals in the match, while William Xalxo scored three goals and Banamali Xess and Roshan Minz scored one goal each. Hockey Gangpur, Odisha is heading the pool table with 12 points from four matches. Earlier, N Sellamuthu struck three goals to give Puducherry their first win in the championship when they beat Assam 11-1 in another Pool C league match. Other scorers for Puducherry were M Harikrishnan and N Kamalakannan, who scored two goals each while R Aravindn, S Sivaganesh, V Karthikeyan and G Senthilkumar contributed a goal each. Vinod Kumar Mishra scored Assam's lone goal.

Bhullar skips, Kapur moves up in South Africa

CENTURION: Gaganjeet Bhullar faltered in the third round as he stumbled to a two-over 74 and dropped from overnight ninth to tied 35th at the the Tshwane Open. Bhullar, with three bogeys and a double bogey, had three birdies in reply. Meanwhile Shiv Kapur improved on his overnight position with a round of two-under 70 to get to tied 41st up from overnight 51st. Kapur had four birdies against two bogeys. Ross Fisher will take a five-shot lead into the final round as he looks to secure a first European Tour title for four years. A member of Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup team in 2010, the 33-year-old carded a five under par 67 at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate to reach 18 under for the week.

Bangalore couple put consistent show in rallies

JAIPUR: Bangalore couple Satish Gopalkrishnan and Savera D'Souza have redefined 'teamwork' in motorsport by being the only couple to consistently win rallies across the country. The duo topped Rally Ndure (TSD category) at the prestigious 12th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm, which concluded yesterday. While the champion TSD rallyists of the country did not find a strong footing at the Desert Storm, Satish and Savera raced on a sure pitch from day one.


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