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By Prashant Hamine

The canteen in JBIMS, one of Mumbai’s top MBA institutes, is in a terrible condition, and can actually be harmful for students By Yatin Ingle


he Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), which has already seen its fair share of trouble for giving out wrong question papers in the university exams, is now in the spotlight for an unsanitary canteen. The dirty floor, left over

ormer BJP MP Dr. Kirit Somaiya yesterday, slammed the Central Government for proceeding with the auction of the Indian Maritime Ship (IMS) Vikrant after the state government expressed its inability to maintain the decommissioned aircraft carrier. Speaking to newspersons here, he disclosed that the deputy leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, Gopinath Munde, will lead a delegation of party leaders to the Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony on December 5 to ask him to halt the auction and implement the government’s decision to convert the IMS Vikrant into a war museum. The senior BJP

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The woman, who was missing for two years, is now held for kidnapping her daughter and niece By Zuber Ansari

All of them are very curious to look at you sir, since you are not involved in any scam or sex scandal.

The accused, Kiran Sudhakar Salunkhe.


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Former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya slams government over IMS Vikrant auction

leader stated that the then Union Defence Minister, George Fernandes, had signed an agreement with the then BJP-Shiv Sena government about handing over the decommissioned aircraft carrier to the state. The Defence Ministry was supposed to have allocated Rs.40 crore out of the Rs.64 crore needed to repair and refurbish the ship. However, the Congress-NCP led Democratic Front government, in 2003-04, sought permission to build a helipad, a 7-star hotel and a casino on the ship. However, the Navy objected to the proposal for constructing a helipad. Somaiya slammed the state government over its inability to even allocate Rs.64 crore for the war museum. Terming the IMS Vikrant as the pride of the nation, he lamented that the government now wanted it to die. He wanted to know why the Congress-led government could not implement the project in the last 10 years. Somaiya sarcastically remarked that the Congress-NCP-led state government could indulge in a Rs.70,000 crore irrigation scam, but could not find Rs.64 crore to convert the legendary ship into a war memorial.


New CEA for state

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Do you think medicos and staffers at public hospitals behave inhumanly with patients the way a doctor has described in his blog? Varsha Ganesh Student No. The staff at public hospitals might be rude, but I don’t think they would slap a pregnant lady or do something similar to that.

Punit Bhavsar Working professional No. This seems difficult to believe. Had this been the situation, public hospitals wouldn’t be crowded with people the way they are today. Suresh Raja Banker No. I have heard of cases where the staff has been rude and cases of assaults are also heard off. But slapping pregnant women or totally refusing treatment is unheard of. Mohit Alva Working professional No. It is hard to believe that such behaviour is meted out to people at public hospitals. Rashmi Iyer Student No. Public hospitals may not be the best places to expect courtesy and chivalry but slapping patients and refusing treatment is hard to believe.

By Shwetha Kannan


t looks like the state government’s decision to adopt the Central Clinical Establishment Act (CEA), 2010 might be put on hold for some time, as talks of giving Maharashtra its own CEA are on. Dr. Anil Pachnekar, President, Indian Medical Association, Maharashtra said, “We had a meeting with the Health Minister and other officials on December 3, where the need for a new CEA for the state was discussed, and it has been agreed that the Central CEA will not be applied to Maharashtra.”


The decision of applying the Central CEA to Maharashtra had faced opposition by stakeholders like health activists, NGOs and doctors, as it was felt that the Central CEA has a few major drawbacks and would not suit the needs of the people of Maharashtra. The reservations that the medical fraternity and other stake holders had about the Central CEA being directly applied to the State were that the provisions were neither people friendly nor doctor friendly. Explaining why the Central CEA shouldn’t be applied to the state Dr. Pachnekar said, “The provisions are

very stringent. For instance, the Central CEA says that if a general physician gets a cardiac emergency, he should stabilise the patient before referring him to a specialist. Now, if something happened to the patient while a general physician tries to stabilise him, other than being beaten up by the family of the patient, the court of law will also question his decision. This is just one example out of several others that can be cited. This is why we need an act that suits the needs of people of Maharashtra. Also, one has to keep in mind that health is after all a state prerogative.”

Health Minister Suresh Shetty confirmed this development and said, “Yes, this issue has been discussed and a new Central Establishment Act suitable for Maharshtra will be made within the framework of the existing Central Act. The opinion of the law and judiciary department of the state government will be sought. Once the draft is ready, it will be presented before both houses of the legislature.” The draft for a new CEA will be prepared within fifteen days added Dr. Pachnekar.

37,059 street children in Mumbai By A Staff Reporter


he Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Center for Criminology and Justice, School of Social Work) in collaboration with Action Aid India released a report entitled ‘Making Street Children Matter: A Census Study” carrying major findings and recommendations by the TISS teams about street children in Mumbai. This report, based on a study conducted between November 2012 and February 2013, with the support of NGOs and the Co-ordination Committee for Vulnerable Children (CCVC) along with TISS students, was released on Tuesday by Varsha Gaikwad, Minister for Women and Child Development and Justice V.M Kanade, Judge, Bombay High Court at the Indian Merchant Chambers Hall in Churchgate. The report states that a total of 36,154 children were found on the streets across 24 wards during the time of enumeration. An additional 905 children were found on railway trains and platforms of the Mumbai suburban rail network. Finally, a total of 37,059 street chil-

dren were enumerated in Mumbai through this census, out of which 70 per cent were boys and thirty per cent were girls. The study further states that 65 per cent of these children lived with their families on the street. Around 24 per cent of those found to be of school going age was illiterate, while only 31 per cent of children between 4 and 6 years of age attended balwadis. Street working children constituted 24.44 per cent. Around 15 per cent of these children appeared to be addicted to drugs including whitener, tobacco, shoe polish and other such substances. 2.5 per cent were identified with disabilities and 25 per cent were unable to eat regular meals due to a lack of funds, dependence on others for food, illness, injury and lifestyle. While half of the street children used paid toilets, 40.2 per cent used public toilets. About 44 per cent of the sample in the survey witnessed verbal, physical or sexual abuse, torture and forced starving while 77.7 per cent of children were unaware of the scope of any assistance from the police, government agencies or NGOs

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VASTU TIP OF THE DAY One’s name plate should not face the lift. by Dr. Prem Gupta (9820045774/9930318119,

DOGS’ DAY OUT.... Participants of the ‘Think Dog’ workshop organised by canine behaviourist Shirin Merchant in Bandra, last weekend.

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instructions to cut it into 11 equal slices. It took us three pizzas to get it right, and even then I’m not sure how we did it. Assuming you didn’t have a protractor or other measurement device unlikely to be found in a kitchen, how would you accomplish this?” A: “Take a wrist watch. Position the watch hands to noon and put in the center of pizza. Cut in the direction of watch hands. Advance the watch until next overlapping of its hands Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all pieces are sliced. You will get 11 equal pieces.” Thank you Predrag Minic!

Shangri La calling

WE were showing off a little in the caption to the picture, but we could not resist it. The Dzongkhag merely means a district, and Trongsa seems worth a visit, centrally located and playing a major part in the administration of the country which equates its wealth in the happiness of its people. In the past it was a critical location to hold in order to control the eastern and western regions of the country. By tradition every crown prince must first hold the

HANDCRAFTED WITH HEART: Visually impaired students of The Happy Home & School for the Blind in Worli get ready for the annual exhibition and sale of products made by them. Exquisite and utilitarian, the show opens today and will be on till Sunday, December 8.

If you’re happy, it shows LOOKING at the kind of stuff that the blind children of Happy Home in Worli produce, is always an awesome experience, and this year is the same. Lovely ceramics and pottery, exquisitely modeled

Ganeshas, delicate trays and flatware, it is all there, evidence of the way they face up to life, seeing with their inner senses since their eyes have failed them. It is a school like no other, home

to 200 children with a highly developed sense of feel and touch. The school spans the years from Montessori to SSC, the children invariably do extremely well. Then they go to college. But while they are residents, they are part of a life that literally buzzes with activity as they pursue interests ranging from music

The season of art and culture is upon us

“I’M looking forward to the next three months when we can enjoy key art, theatre and music shows. Artists (like relatives) descend upon us from all parts of the world and country because this is the only season they sweat less profusely while performing. They love the Mumbai audiences who are as serious about fine arts as they are about their socializing. It’s almost therapeutic,” writes Suhasini Ahluwalia, who also does public relations stuff for arty things and knows a bit about the subject! While not in the league of Chennai’s ‘season’ of heavy duty culture in December and January, Mumbai still has much to offer. “For now, a walk around South Mumbai’s art galleries is the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon preceded by a leisurely lunch at Fountain Restaurant (hope their Turkey sizzlers are on) or Cafe Churchill. Tea of course must be had at Taj’s Sea Lounge, my favourite corner being the non-ac section on the balcony overlooking the

Last year at the Kala Ghoda Art Fair, Mumbai got in its season of culture. This year promises to be even better and it’s only a couple of months away.

sea and with boats bobbing up and down”, she adds. New art galleries are coming up in lovely, old buildings. Paresh Maity’s classic art works will be on display at Jehangir. For music lovers, there is a Jazz concert at St Andrews and a concert by Abhijit Pohankar with his father Pt Ajay Pohankar coming up. To drive away the blues, welcome the weekend with a comedy show at the Canvas Laugh Factory. Otherwise catch Vir Das’s ‘Battle

of the Sexes’ which is not as good as his History of India but can be endured or ‘Blame It On Yashraj’ if you don’t mind a pinch of Bollywood mixed with theatre. If nothing else, there’s even a Bengali one act play competition at Navi Mumbai! “ ‘Tis the season to be outdoors and do more than just trains, traffic and tension. And in February, there is the Kala Ghoda festival to look forward to. Thanks for reminding us Suhasini!

through pottery to drama, carpentry and weaving. Expect to hear their choir during the coming Christmas season as well! We remember making a visit to the institution some years ago, to see the dynamic and completely committed head, Meher Banaji. It was evening and we were taken around the school and also to the dormitories where the children spent some recreation time. And here we had the strange experience of hearing a completely normal sounding gaggle of energetic kids talking, laughing, some reading, playing board games, razzing one another and generally acting up. Except that everything was happening in the dark! Since the children were blind, there was no need for the lights and residual illumination was more than enough for the sighted to manage their work. But the situation underscored the sheer normalcy of a life lived without sight, provided other senses were trained to compensate. Truly, the Happy Home and School for the Blind, which was established almost 90 years ago in 1925, is aptly named.

Serious about pizza

THIS from Quora, the Q and A website that everyone must join, not least because it can be serious about anything, even the easiest way to cut a pizza into 11 portions. One question like this got more than 2,300 answers, in three categories, exact, iterative and approximate. We kid you not. Q: “I was working as a pizza cook in high-school and some joker ordered a pizza with specific

You haven’t seen anything till you visit the country of Bhutan and take in the sights, like this wondrous little fort in the Dzongkhag of Trongsa, and we do hope we’ve got it right.

position of Trongsa Poenlop (guardian? crown prince?) before ascending to the throne. The area around Trongsa Dzong (fort) is characterized by deep gorges and thick forests with a main town on steep hill slopes. There are lots of hotels and restaurants to visit and each one offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Other things to see are the Watchtower of Trongsa Museum, or the Trongsa Dzong itself, an imposing sight atop a mountain and surrounded by deep ravines. It was built in 1648 and was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Then there is Kuenga Rabten Palace, the winter palace of the 2nd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 23 km from Trongsa. And yes, we think the urge to show off our knowledge is returning, when actually it is only from a Bhutan newsletter with some of the most stunning landscape pictures we have seen. And it certainly beats going to Pattaya or Langkawi or wherever you can head for the New Year weekend.



LOST & FOUND Smt. Chandrikaben M. Gohil member of Flat No. 605 address Ashirwad Bldg., 3/C, Dhanjiwadi, Malad (East) & holding Share Certificate No. 1257, Distinctive Nos. 6281 to 6285 which has been lost, if any one founded contact to Secretary or contact to 9920489237. Dhanjiwadi Chawl Group CHS., C/o. Ashwin Jain. C-25258

THANKSGIVING May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world. Sacred Heart of Jesus thy kingdom come. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us. St. Jude the worker of miracles pray for us. St. Jude the helper of the helpless pray for us. Say this prayer for nine times nine days. Your prayer will be answered by the eighth day. Publication must be promised. C-24799 Thank you Jesus Mother Mary Holy Spirit St. Jude St. Anthony for all the favours granted and your blessing on us. P.B.A. D.B.A. C-25259


Afternoon Despatch & Courier


NOTICE is hereby given that the Share Certificate Nos. 30 for 5 Ordinary Shares bearing Distinctive Nos.2016 to 2020 of Lok Prakash Bhuvan Co operative housing Society standing in the names of Dr. Sushila Ramchandra Sathe have been reported lost / stolen and that an application for issue of duplicate certificate in respect thereof has been made to Lok Prakash Bhuvan Society 38 J. P Road, Dadar (E) Mumbai-400014 to whom objection, if any, against issuance of such Duplicate Share Certificates should be made within 15 days from the date of publication of this notice. Share certificate is not mortgaged or any loan taken against the flat. .

Public Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that the Share Certificate Nos. 01 for 5 Ordinary Shares bearing Distinctive Nos.01 to 05 of Rock Dale Cooperative Society Ltd standing in the name of Mrs. Nisha Merchant have been reported lost /misplaced and that an application for issue of duplicate certificate in respect thereof has been made to Rock Dale Co-Operative Housing Society Ltd, Plot No.93, St. Sebastian Road, Bandra(W), Mumbai -400 050 to whom objection if any, against issuance of such Duplicate Share Certificates should be made within 15 days from the date of publication of this notice. Share Certificate is not mortgaged or any loan taken against the flat.

I, Antony Jullian Fernandes, have changed my name to Anthony Jullian Fernandes Vide Affidavit dated 28th Nov. 2013. C-25263

I have changed my name from Mr. Hanif Mohd. Yusuf Chappalwala/ Halai, to ‘Mr. Mohammed Hanif Halai’ as per Affidavit Dated: 30/11/2013. C-25277

I have changed my name from Abhijit Manojit Das to Abhijit Biswas as per Affidavit dated 3rd December, 2013. C-25264

I have changed my name from Smreety Cyril Biswas, to ‘Loretto Cyril Biswas’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U- 44476) Dated: 31/10/2013. C-25278

I have change my name from Sathnaur Somashekar Karthik to Sathanur Somashekar Karthik as per Deed Poll Affidavit AX 104642 dated 4 / 12 / 2013. C-25265

I have changed my name from Mahendrakumar Sitaram Bhilare, to ‘Mahendra Sitaram Bhilare’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (X- 44758) Dated: 10/10/2013. C-25279

I have changed my name from Abdul Haq Umar Gojariya to Abdul Haq Umar Ghojariya (as per Gazette No. X-47349 dated October 17-23, 2013). C-25266 I have changed my name from Hawa Abdul Haq Gojariya to Hawa Abdul Haq Ghojariya (as per Gazette No. X-47350 dated October 17-23, 2013). C-25267 I have changed my name from Nafisa Mohammed Yaseen to Nafisa Yasin Dhukka (as per Gazette No. X-50851 dated November 7-13, 2013). C-25268 I have changed my name from Mohammed Yaseen Adam to Yasin Adam Dhukka (as per Gazette No. X-50852 dated November 7-13, 2013). C-25269 I have changed my name from Hamida Mohammed Yaseen to Hamida Yasin Dhukka (as per Gazette No. X-50850 dated November 7-13, 2013). C-25270 I have changed my name from Taherali Fidahusain to Taherali Fidahussain Ujjainwala as per the Affidavit. C-25271 I have changed my name from Bilqis Sajjadhussain to Bilkis Sajjadhusain Kanchwala as per the Affidavit. C-25272

CHANGE OF NAME I have changed my name from Kavita Chandrakant Dicholkar to Manaswi Mahesh Panchal, as per Maha. Govt. Gazette No. (X-4167) dated 03-07-2013. C-25260 I have changed my name from Sharukh Sadat Khan Deshmukh as per my birth certificate and then Hashir Ahmed Gulnoor Khan to Haashir Ahmad Sadat Khan Deshmukh as per Affidavit. C-25261 I have changed my name from Ali Kashif Sadat Khan Deshmukh as per my birth certificate and then Ali Kashif Gulnoor Khan to Ali Kaashif Sadat Khan Deshmukh as per Affidavit. C-25262


I have change my old name from Hemlata Pedeewal to Hemlata Periwal as per Affidavit No. HZ 955984 dated 14 Nov 2013. C-25273 I have changed my name from Nadeem Ahmed to Nadeem Zuber Ahmed Khan as per Gazette No (U-44367). C-25274 I have changed my name from Mohammed Amin Abdul Sattar Panja, to ‘Mohmmed Amin Abdul Sattar Patni’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U- 47755) Dated: 21/11/2013. C-25275 I have changed my name from Devendra Javerchand Daglia, to ‘Devendra Javerchand Jain’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U- 44320) Dated: 31/10/2013. C-25276

I have changed my name from Neeta Narayan Wadkar, to ‘Neeta Mahendra Bhilare’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (X- 44759) Dated: 10/10/2013. C-25280 I have changed my name from Sarfunisha M Imamsha, to ‘Sharfunisha Mohd Imamsha’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (X- 42064) Dated: 26/09/2013. C-25281 I have changed my name from Safiulla Jainullabdin, to ‘Shafiulla Jainuddin Shaikh’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (X- 42065) Dated: 26/09/2013. C-25282 I have changed my name from Mehmood Mouladat Khan, to ‘Raza Mehmood Mouladat Khan’ as per Affidavit Dated: 03/12/2013. C-25283 I have changed my name from Anita Akbar Ajani, to ‘Anita Amin Hajiyani’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U- 47278) Dated: 29/11/2013. C-25284 I have changed my name from Sheila Akbar Ajani, to ‘Sheila Fayyaz Panjwani’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U- 47279) Dated: 29/11/2013. C-25285 I have changed my name from Farooq Ahmad, to ‘Mohammed Farooq Khan’ as per Affidavit Dated: 04/12/2013. C-25286 I have changed my name from Munnawar Sultana Abdulla, to ‘Munnawar Sultana Abdulla Pathan’ as per Affidavit Dated: 26/11/2013. C-25287 I have changed my name from Shamshad Hussain, to ‘Shamshad Hussain Mehar Ali Shaikh’ as per Affidavit Dated: 25/11/2013. C-25288 I have changed my name from Nasreen Begum Shamshad Hussain, to ‘Nasreen Begum Shamshad Hussain Shaikh’ as per Affidavit Dated: 25/11/2013. C-25289 I have changed my name from Guman Singh to Guman Singh Rajput as per Affidavit. C-25290

I have changed my name from Arjuman Bano Shaikh to Aaisha Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-25291 I have changed my name from Khan Ali to Khan Ali Jahangirpurwala as per Affidavit. C-25292 I have changed my name from Shereen Bai to Shirin Khan Ali Jahangirpurwala as per Affidavit. C-25293 I have changed my name from Nasim to Nasim Banu as per deed poll Affidavit. C-25294 I have changed my name from Ali Raja Khan / Ali Raza Khan to Ali Raza Choudhary as per deed poll Affidavit. C-25295 I have changed my name from Shashikant Shyamlal Chaure to Shashi Shyam Chaure as per Maharashtra Gazette No (U-47436). C-25296 I have changed my name from Vicky Sureshkumar Soni to Vicky Suresh Hedau as per deed poll Affidavit. C-25297 I have changed my name from Prashant Janardhan Hagwane to Prashant Janardan Hagavane as per the deed poll Affidavit dated 2 Dec 2013. C-25298 I have changed my name from Devindra Singh Pabla to Devinder Singh Pabla as per Affidavit. C-25299

I have changed my name from “Nirajbhai Vinodbhai Patel’’ to “Niraj Vinodbhai Patel” as per Affidavit dated 04th December, 2013. C-25307 I have changed my name from Mohammed Rafiq Nizamudeen Bopari to Mohammed Rafique Nizamudeen Qureshi as per Gazette No. X-64979 dated 29/11/2013. C-25308 I have changed my name from Ranga Kanaya Pillai to Salima Ibrahim Shaikh as per Gazette No. X-52641 dated 10/10/2013. C-25309 I Mr. Kuvarji Premji Chauhan have changed my name to Mr. Kuvarjibhai Premji Chauhan as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 04/12/2013. C-25310 I Miss. Manisha Prabhakar Rane have changed my name to Mrs. Ankita Ajit Nigudkar as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 03/12/2013. C-25311 I Naishadh S. Joshi, Naishad Kumar Shashikant Joshi have changed my name to Nishant Shashikant Joshi as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 08/11/13. C-25312 I Leela Jayaram Shetty have changed my name to Leelavathi Jayaram Shetty as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 04/12/13. C-25313

I have changed my name from Sakir to Mohmmad Sakir as per Affidavit. C-25300

I Rahat have changed my name to Shaikh Rahat Abdul Shamim as per Deedpoll Affidavit Dated: 03/12/13. C-25314

We father Devinder Singh Pabla and mother Manpreet Kaur Devinder Singh Pabla have change our minor son's name from Gurbindar Singh Pabla to Gurvindar Singh Pabla as per Affidavit. C-25301

I, Smt. Shaikh Razia Banu Abdul Shamim have changed my minor daughter’s name from Bushra to Shaikh Bushra Abdul Shamim as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 03/12/13. C-25315

I have changed my name from Gurudayal to Gurudayal Gehlot as per Affidavit dated 30.11.2013. C-25302 I have changed my old name Raeen Gulnar Mohd. Bux to new name Gulnar Lala Shaikh as per Gazette No. (U-50918). C-25303 We Mr. Anwar Abji Bakhtaria & Mrs. Shehnaz Anwar Bakhtaria change name of our minor son Shef Anwar Bakhtaria to Saif Anwar Bakhtaria as per Affidavit dated 04th December, 2013. C-25304 I have changed my name from “Nehal Ravindra Singh” to “Nehal Kishor Sata” vide Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No (U-29408). C-25305 I have changed my name from “Arpitaben” to “Arpita Niraj Patel” as per Affidavit dated 04th December, 2013. C-25306

I Karan Piyushkumar Mehta have changed my name to Karan Piyush Mehta as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25316 I Nirmal Shyam Sunder Bansal have changed my name to Nirmala Shyam Sunder Bansal as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25317 I Pyaridevi / Pyari Jain have changed my name to Pyaridevi Sampatraj Sankhlecha as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 04/12/13. C-25318 I Sampatraj / Sampatraj Jain have changed my name to Sampatraj Banshidhar Sankhlecha as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 04/12/13. C-25319 I Vishaka Sampatraj / Jain Vishaka Sampatraj have changed my name to Vishaka Sampatraj Sankhlecha as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 04/12/13. C-25320

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State Cabinet agrees to sugarcane board

Afternoon Despatch & Courier



By Suyash Padate


gainst the backdrop of the recent violent agitation by sugarcane farmers, the state cabinet yesterday gave its nod for the establishment of a sugarcane control board. Henceforth, the cane price will be fixed by the board and will be binding on sugar factories. This new authority will function on the lines of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission and will have powers to penalise errant sugar factories. As per the cabinet’s decision, this proposed board will be headed by the Chief Secretary and will comprise secretaries of various departments. The Co-operation and Revenue Minister however, will not be a part of this board but the state sugar commissioner will be mem-

ber secretary. The proposed board will be set up by tabling the Maharashtra Sugar (Purchase & Supply) Bill 2013 which is expected to be tabled in the upcoming winter session of the state legislature starting from December 9 in Nagpur. After the bill is approved, the law will be executed under the provisions of the Sugarcane Control Order. The Rangarajan Committee has suggested the formula of 70:30 to fix the price of cane. As per this formula, sugar units without any business of by-products will have to pay a cane price of 70 per cent of their revenue realization, while they will have to spend 30 per cent on their functioning. On the other hand, sugar factories with by-product businesses will have to pay a cane price of 75 per cent of their revenue

realisation. In future, it will be mandatory for sugar factories to pay a fair and remunerative price as well as the cane price fixed by the sugarcane control board. According to the new law, it will be binding on the sugar factories to pay the cane price within 14 days to the growers which will be made on the basis of the recorded weight of the cane at the factory. Failing this, the sugar factory will have to pay a fine of Rs. 25,000. The state has 202 registered cooperative sugar factories and over 65 private factories which contribute 35.3 percent of the national sugar output. Among the Indian states, Maharashtra tops in sugar production as well as in the recovery of sugar, followed next by Uttar Pradesh.

No hoardings on buildings The BMC’s new civic policy on hoardings lays down strict guidelines for putting up hoardings atop buildings By A Staff Reporter


t is yet to be confirmed whether the ill-fated Aftab Manzil, a fivestoryed building, had collapsed due to an ‘illegal hoarding’ atop the building; however, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has thankfully learnt a lesson – no more hoardings atop buildings. The new civic policy on hoardings, which has reportedly got an approval from the Municipal Commissioner Sitarm Kunte but is yet to be officially declared, prohibits putting up of hoarding atop buildings in the city. “In case of breach, the culprit will

be prosecuted under 328 of BMC Act and Section 3 of Property Defect Act which will attract fine up to Rs.5,000 or three-month imprisonment or both”, said Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adatani. Altab Manzil that collapsed on June 10 this year took the lives of ten of its residents and the matter is subjudice. Investigation is on whether the collapse was caused due to tampering with columns or heavy hoardings atop the building. However, Adtani said, “The new policy has no relation with the Altab Manzil issue”. Besides, the Bombay High Court had also observed that illegal

hoardings have been mushrooming in the city and tampering with the city’s beauty. At least on two occasions, the court had called senior civic officials and asked for justification over the issue. In the new policy, the civic body said that no permission will be given for hoardings atop buildings henceforth. The distance between two hoardings must be between 20 to 100 metres. The existing buildings that have permissions for hoardings are obliged to make structural audits after every two years. If the structure is more than 30 years old, the sanction will be squashed automatically.

Cops hope seized oil will help nail mafia The police are waiting for reports from the Forensic Science Laboratory By Zuber Ansari

a highly secure place, the police were not easily allowed in by the ellow Gate Police, who have CISF and other agencies that proseized three lakh litres of oil tect BPT. from the city’s biggest oil mafia The cops took an oil tanker into group, will now send a reminder re- their custody and have taken the port to Kalina Forensic Science Lab- statement of Amit Sharma, the peroratory (FSL) on Thursday about son who was involved in the deal. the oil report which they had sent The police have sent samples of oil last week. to FSL (forensic science laboratory) On November 26, the city police and are waiting for reports. raided and seized the oil. The deal Senior Police Inspector from Yelwas being done inside Bombay Port low Gate Police station Pandurang Trust (BPT) for oil from a huge ves- Dhoke said, “We have seized more sel which had been taken to scrap than 300 tonnes of oil which is three by the country’s leading shipping lakh litres of oil. By the time we corporation company. could manage to get in, we could The police got tip-off about the seize only 11 oil tankers”. dealing and thus raided BPT. As it is We have recorded the statement


of Amit Sharma and his statement has revealed that he had taken the oil from the country’s leading shipping company ship which was going for scrap. We will book the concerned people under various sections including Essential Commodity Act, Dhoke informed. Sources revealed that Amit Sharma is the son of Purshottam Sharma, who is the biggest face of oil dealers in Mumbai. He has a refinery factory in Palghar and in Wadha near Bhiwandi, and does not have the license to accept oil officially from BPT. Sources from Yellow gate police station revealed that it is a big consignment which has been seized.


This stretch is earmarked for a makeover in a fresh coat of paint and new lighting.

Colouring the Queen’s Necklace By Vishnudas Sheshrao

Jairaj Phatak who had suggested one common colour for all buildn a renewed bid to attract ings with special lighting. It was tourists and increase foreign hoped that would attract national currency, the Brihanmumbai Mu- and international tourists, and nicipal Corporation is going about consequently, generate some revwith some additional decoration enue for the city. of the Marine Drive stretch, popuHowever, nothing much could larly referred to as the Queen’s be done due to several reasons, inNecklace. cluding who would bear the cost of The Corporation had already ap- the repainting and the enhanced proved a proposal regarding the electricity bills. Improvement same in earlier August during a Committee chairman Ram Barot general body meeting. suggested, ‘If the local residents The civic body had put forth dif- paint their buildings at their own ferent ideas which are yet to get cost, the civic body will give them any consent from the local resi- some concession in the property dents and relevant civic depart- tax. Similarly, the civic body or ments. One idea is to colour all the BEST will give some concession in buildings along the route in one their electricity bills.” particular shade and rework the Additional Municipal Commislightings and illuminations on all sioner Mohan Adtani said, “We are of them. meeting the local residents over This idea was the brainchild of the same issue and e are hopeful former municipal commissioner that it will all work out.”


State PWD denies having a proposal for Kopari Bridge expansion By Prashant Hamine


senior official from the Public Works Department (PWD) on conditions of anonymity yesterday disclosed that there was no proposal before the department for expansion of the Kopari bridge on the Eastern Express Highway. Two months ago on September 30, the Executive Engineer PWD, Multistory division had in a reply to citizen activist Nilesh Ambekar informed him that the proposal for seeking approval of the Central Railway for expansion of the Kopari bridge had been forwarded in 2003. Ambekar has warned of agitation if the proposal is not cleared soon. The Kopari bridge over the Central Railway line serves as a connector between Thane and Mumbai on the Eastern Express Highway. Currently, the bridge

having 2x2 lanes on either side is used by motorists going to Thane and beyond. However, with the flyover at Majiwada junction becoming operational, the area at Kopari witnesses traffic bottlenecks during rush hours. It takes more than 15 minutes for motorists to cross the 250 meter stretch of the bridge. Citizen activists Nilesh Ambekar and Satyajit Shah had recently launched a signature campaign drive demanding that the bridge be expanded with two lanes being added on either side. Former BJP MLC Sanjay Kelkar too had urged the PWD to ensure speedy clearance of the proposed expansion of the flyover. According to Ambekar and Shah a decade ago the expansion of the bridge would have cost Rs.9 crore which will now cost to Rs.50 crore. They argued that if there is any further delay the cost will increase to Rs. 100 crore.

06 CHANGE OF NAME I Babu Krishnadhan Banik have changed my name to Motibabu Krishnadhan Banik as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 04/12/13. C-25321 I Saraswathi M. R. have changed my name to Saraswatidevi Nadiminti as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 19/09/13. C-25322 I Pankhi Bokadia have changed my name to Pankhidevi Narpatchand Jain as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 03/12/13. C-25323 I Mr. Samir Mohammad Hussain Shaikh have changed my name to Mr. Samir Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 04/12/13. C-25324 I Mrs. Sangeeta Jahir Ansari have changed my name to Mrs. Sanjida Jahir Ansari as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 04/12/13. C-25325 I Mr. Jahir Ahmerd Ansari have changed my name to Mr. Jahir Ahmad Ansari as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 04/12/13. C-25326 I Margub Alam have changed my name to Margub Alam Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25327 I Shaikh Jamil Akhtar Mujirbur Rahman have changed my name to Shaikh Jamil Mujirbur Rahman as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25328 I Mohammad Sultan Mohammad Suleman have changed my name to Mohd Sultan Mohd Suleman Manihar as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25329 I Mahadev Jeevan Patel have changed my name to Mahadev Jeevan Bhushan as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25330 I Dhanshukh Kumar Mahadev Patel have changed my name to Dhanshuk Mahadev Bhushan as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25331 I Mana Mahadev Patel have changed my name to Manaben Mahadev Bhushan as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25332 I Sunil Dutt Shree Ramswarup Ojha have changed my name to Sunil Ramswarup Ojha as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25333 I Heena Kanaiyalal Shah have changed my name to Hina Jayesh Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25334 I Firdous Mohammed Hasan Ansari have changed my name to Firdaus Mohammed Faroque Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25335

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CLASSIFIEDS I Pankaj Lalitkumar Panchal have changed my name to Pankajkumar Lalitkumar Panchal as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25336

I have changed my name from Mangal Anandrao Nalawade to Mangal Baban Patil as per Affidavit. C-25351

I Riziya Naieem Shaikh @ Riziya Naieem Jiyauddin Shaikh have changed my name to Raziabanu Mehboob Saab as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-25337

I have changed my name from Sameena Abdullah Shaikh to Samina Sajauddin Ansari as per Affidavit. C-25352

We Mr. Dilip Bhanwarlal Lodha and Mrs. Ritu Dilip Lodha have changed our name from Lovee Dilip Jain to Lovee Dilip Lodha as per Affidavit. C-25338 I have changed my name from Mohamed Hassan to Mohamed Hasan Surti as per Affidavit. C-25339 I have changed my name from Nasreen Bano Usman Ghani to Nasreen Usman Ghani Khan as per Affidavit. C-25340 I have changed my name from Md Rehman Seikh to Rehman Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-25341 I have changed my name from Pirmahammed Bhikhabhai Chauhan to Pirubhai Bhikhabhai Chauhan as per Affidavit. C-25342 I have changed my name from Antonia Anju Gonsalves to Antonia Xavier Gonsalves as per Affidavit. C-25343 I have changed my name from Jai Mahendrabhai Shah to Jay Mahendra Shah as per Affidavit. C-25344 I have changed my name from Jaykumar Mahendra Shah to Jay Mahendra Shah as per Affidavit. C-25345 I have changed my name from Mahendrabhai Chunilal Shah to Mahendra Chunilal Shah as per deed poll Affidavit. C-25346 I have changed my name from Jasbir Kaur Gumit Singh Sanhatra to Jasbir Kaur Gurmit Singh Sanhotra as per deed poll Affidavit . C-25347 We As A Parent Mr.Sunil Ashokkumar Mehta(Father) and Mrs.Kanan Sunil Mehta(Mother) have change our minor daughter name from Paulami Sunil Mehta to Paulomi Sunil Mehta (as per Gazette No U-45240). C-25348 We as a parent Mr. Sunil Ashokkumar Mehta(Father) and Mrs. Kanan Sunil Mehta(Mother) have change our minor daughter name from Janhavi Sunil Mehta to Janhvi Sunil Mehta (as per Gazette No U-45241). C-25349 I have changed my name from Maghna Mahanand Karekar to Shailaja Mahanand Karekar as per deed poll Affidavit . C-25350

I have changed my name from Mr.Hafiz Sayed to Mr.Hafiz Azimulla Sayyed as per Deedpoll Affidavit No-KD 069244. C-25353 I have changed my name from Sakir Sayyed to Shakir Sayyed as per deed poll affidavit. C-25354

MUMBAI | THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013 I have changed my name from Vijendra Khanka to Vijendra Singh Khanka as per Affidavit. C-25368 I have changed name from Sujataben Ramakant Kadam to Sujata Ramakant Kadam as per Affidavit . C-25369 I have changed my name from Mansuklal Valji Patel to Mansukh Valji Patel as per Affidavit. C-25370 I have changed my name from Amirullah Abubakar Shaikh to Amirullah Abubakar Choudhary as per Affidavit . C-25371

I have changed my name from Shamal Somasekharan Pillai to Syamala Somasekharan Pillai as per Affidavit. C-25384

I Mala Suchendra Patil have changed my minor daughter’s name from Arpita Patil to Aditi Patil as per Affidavit. C-25402

I have changed my name from Nadim Ahmad to Mohammad Nadeem Ayyub Ansari as per Affidavit. C-25385

I have changed my name from Avadhesh Kumar to Avdhesh kumar Kanojiya as per Affidavit. C-25403

I have changed my name from Rajeshkumar Babulal Thacker to Rajesh Babulal Thakkar as per Affidavit. C-25386

I have changed my name from Krishna Kumar to Krishna Kumar Kanojiya as per Affidavit. C-25404

I have changed my name from Mrs.Shila Sunil Lalka to Mrs.Sheela Sunil Lalka as per Affidavit. C-25387

I have changed my name from Bafna Sushilkumar to Bafna Sushil as per Affidavit. C-25405

I have changed my name from Pushpalatha Thottathil to Nambiar Pushpa Gangadharan as per Affidavit. C-25355

I have changed my name from Abubakar Issi Mohd Shaikh to Abubakar Issi Mohd Choudhary as per Affidavit . C-25372

I have changed my name from Yogita Meghraj Gind to Yogita Menghraj Ghind as per Affidavit. C-25388

I have changed my name from Shabir Basheer Shaikh to Sabir Bashir Shaikh as per deed poll Affidavit. C-25356

I have changed my name from Banu Bi Abubakar Shaikh to Banu Bi Abubakar Choudhary as per Affidavit. C-25373

I have changed my name from Meghraj Chaitram Gind to Menghraj Choitram Ghind as per Affidavit. C-25389

I have changed my name from Basheer Abdul Kadar Shaikh to Bashir Abdul Kadar Shaikh as per deed poll Affidavit. C-25357

I have changed my name Vikram Singh to Vikram Singh Satye Singh Panwar as per Affidavit. C-25374

I have changed my name from Chawla Duru Naresh to Chawla Jaya Naresh as per Affidavit. C-25390

I have changed my name from Nasrin Bano Mohammad Yaqoob to Nasreen Bano Bashir Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-25358

I have changed my name from Asaridevi to Yashodadevi Vikram Singh Panwar as per Affidavit. C-25375

I have changed my name from Shama Parveen Aziz Shamsi to Shama Aziz Shamsi as per deed poll Affidavit. C-25359

I have changed my name from Reshma to Reshma Sakhani as per Affidavit. C-25376

I have changed my name from Kavita Narsinha Mangalli to Kavita Narasimha Mangali as per deed poll Affidavit. C-25360 I have changed my name from Valli Durga Narsinha Mangalli to Valli Durga Narsimha Mangali as per deed poll Affidavit. C-25361 I have changed my name from Deepa Ritesh Chakraborty to Deepa Madhukar Shenoy as per Affidavit. C-25362

I have changed my name from Riyaz Hasham to Riyaz Hasham Sakhani as per Affidavit. C-25377 I have changed my name from Usha Keshav Mandake to Urmila Keshav Mandake as per Affidavit. C-25378 I have changed my name from Prashant Kumar Kailash Shaw to Prashantkumar Ranjan Kailash Shaw as per Affidavit. C-25379

I have changed name from Chetan Shah to Chetankumar Shah as per Affidavit. C-25363

I have changed my name from Rajesh Kumar Agrawal to Rajesh Omprakash Agrawal as per Affidavit. C-25380

I have changed my name from Sanjaykumar Ramanlal Shah to Sanjay Ramanlal Shah as per Affidavit . C-25364

I have changed my name from Isalam Shamshudin Shaikh to Mohammed Islam Shamshudin Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-25381

I have changed my name from Siddharth Adhikrao Sarghade to Prathmesh Adhikrao Saragade as per Affidavit. C-25365 I have changed my name from Rakeshkumar Agarwal to Rakesh Mittanlal Agarwal as per Affidavit. C-25366 I have changed my name from Rukhmini Ravikumar Menon to Rugmini Ravikumar Menon as per Affidavit. C-25367

We Mr. Mohammed Islam Shamshudin Shaikh and Mrs. Sairunissa Shaikh have changed our minor daughter’s name from Alisha Isalam Shaikh to Shadia Mohammed Islam Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-25382 We Mr. Riyaz Abdul Razak Baugwala and Mrs. Aasiya Riyaz Baugwala have changed our minor daughter’s name from Anam Riyaz Baugwala to Alfiya Riyaz Baugwala as per Affidavit. C-25383

I have changed my name from Kamlesh Ram to Kamlesh Shechan Jaiswar as per Affidavit. C-25391 I have changed my name from Negi Gajendar Singh Thep Singh to Gajendra Singh Thep Singh Negi as per Affidavit. C-25392 I have changed my name from Sandip to Sandeep Sudarshan Kurmi as per Affidavit. C-25393 I have changed my name from Ramswari to Ramswari Sudarshan Kurmi as per Affidavit. C-25394 I have changed my name from Mrs.Nayna Jagdish Patel to Mrs. Nayana Jagdish Patel as per Affidavit Dated 04/12/2013. C-25395 I have changed my name from Shabhaz Majid Sheikh to Shabaz Majid Sheikh as per Affidavit. C-25396

I have changed my name from Amar Singh to Amar Singh Saini as per Affidavit. C-25406 I have changed my name from smita Patil to Pratibha Patil as per Affidavit. C-25407 I have changed my name from Prabhakumari Cherukara Gopalakrishnan to Prabha Anil Pillai as per Affidavit. C-25408 I have changed my name from Kesav Narayan Ambekar to Keshav Narayan Ambekar as per Affidavit. C-25409 I Saba Anjum Mohammad Hasham Shaikh have changed my minor daughter’s name from Saima Binth to Saima Mohammad Hasham Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-25410 I have changed my name from Poojary Shantharaj Somaiya to Palan Shantraj Somaiya as per Affidavit. C-25411 I have changed my name from Poojari Shantraj Somaiya to Palan Shantraj Somaiya as per Affidavit. C-25412 I have changed my name from Neetu Shantraj Poojari to Neetu Shantraj Palan as per Affidavit. C-25413

I have changed my name from Noorjehan Mohamed Shaikh to Noorjahan Mohamed Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-25397

I Shantraj Somaiya Palan have changed my minor son’s name from Aniket Shantraj Pujari to Tanay Shantraj Palan as per Affidavit. C-25414

I have changed my name from Hemraj Chhaganlal Lohar to Hemraj Chhaganlal Rathod as per Affidavit. C-25398

I have changed my name from Shantraj Somaiyya Pujari to Shantraj Somaiya Palan as per Affidavit. C-25415

I have changed my name from Nareshkumar Kanjibhai Bhanushali to Ashok Kanjibhai Bhanushali as per Affidavit. C-25399

I have changed my name from Nitu Shantraj Pujari to Neetu Shantraj Palan as per Affidavit. C-25416

I have changed my name from Zahida Begum Yunus Ali Shah Qadri to Jahida Salim Patel as per Affidavit. C-25400 I have changed my name from Khadija Bi Mohammad Ahmad Khan to Khadija Bi Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-25401

I have changed my name from Varadachari Sowmiya Chari to Soniya Taranjit Sehgal as per Affidavit. C-25417 I have changed my name from Ansari Abdur Rafeeque to shaikh Abdul Azeem as per Affidavit. C-25418


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Victims of NSEL scam assured of getting their money back at the earliest

By Neel Shah


day after the Mumbai’s crime branch attached National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) director Jignesh Shah and his right hand man Joseph Massey’s properties, the crime branch chief assured the victims that the money would be distributed on pro-rata basis. The assurances were given to around 50 investors, the victims of the NSEL payment crisis scam, who met Jt.CP (Crime) Himanshu Roy. During the meeting with the JCP, the investors demanded stern action against board of

Horror killing was well planned crime Monster hubby’s monstrous excuse: Wife hated India, wanted to go back to France

said an investigating officer. Things turned worse when Madhuwanti repeatedly threatened to leave the country and settle in France with her son. Gripped by insecurity, Girish apparently planned the crime. Four days before committing the murder, Girish left their two-year-old son with his paternal grandparents in Thane. “The severed body has been sent to J. J. Hospital for an autopsy. A case under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) has been registered against Girish who has been remanded to police custody till December

By Suresh Golani


Jt.CP (Crime) Himanshu Roy

The Mumbai police has attached NSEL Director Jignesh Shah’s bungalow in Juhu, in Mumbai on Wednesday.

directors and sought immediate arrest of former MD of MCX Shreekant Javalgekar claiming that “he was aware of everything from the beginning, along with Shah.” After meeting the investors, Roy said, “As per law, we will do everything to liquidate attached assets at the earliest and consider the option of distributing money on a pro-rata basis.” Indicating more arrests in the case soon, an officer from Economic Offences Wing (EOW), who is supervising the case, said, “We are making a watertight case as accused will use every possible trick to

weaken the investigation.” Moreover, some investors also brought to the notice of the police that they are in utmost need of money to meet their emergency requirements. In this regard, Roy said, “We are doing our best within the legal purview to ensure the investors receive their money back as soon as possible.” The EOW on Tuesday attached the properties of Shah, Massey, also a director at the now defunct spot exchange firm, NSEL non-Executive chairman Shankarlal Guru and former MD of MCX Shreekant Javalgekar. So far the police have at-

tached about 206 properties (of accused and defaulters) valued at around Rs.2985.90 crore. Investigators have found Rs 170.97 crore in 322 bank accounts which were frozen during the probe. EOW has invoked the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act in the case, which empowers them to attach immovable assets of the accused. An FIR was filed on September 30 by the EOW against Shah, Massey, other promoters, directors and defaulters charging them with cheating, forgery, breach of trust as well as criminal conspiracy, among

Daring robbery in Navi Mumbai, ornaments worth `4 lakh looted

By Khushboo Panjabi

five of the thieves, their faces ticed something amiss at the covered with masks, looted shop and informed the pourglars gained entry into the vault and fled from the lice, who rushed to the crime a jewellery shop in Navi spot, but the entire crime has scene. Mumbai yesterday by remov- been captured by the surveil“A case has been registered ing the grills and using dupli- lance cameras in the shop and a special squad has been cate keys, looted 1,200 gm of and outside too.” formed to nab the unidentigold jewels worth Rs.4 lakh. The incident came to light fied burglars,” added Pathak. This daring robbery at Vishal when some passersby no- Jewellers, located in the busy market area in Juinagar, where many shops have surveillance cameras, has come as a shock to the trading community here. According to Shrikant Pathak, DCP (Crime): “Most of the ornaments in the shop displayed during the daytime are kept in a safe vault when the shop closes for the day.” He added, “The incident happened at 9:15 pm when Cops outside the jewellery shop which was looted on Wednesday. Pic by Sumesh Rajan




he brutal murder of a 33year-old woman at her apartment in Bhayandar and the spine chilling way in which her body was disposed off on Tuesday has turned out to be to be a coldblooded crime planned by an unemployed husband who was denied money to start a restaurant. According to the police, 29-year-old Girish Shrirang Pote murdered his wife Madhuwanti (33) by slitting her throat in their apartment in Nakshatra Tower near Golden Nest Circle. He then walked to a nearby mall, returned with a set of knives, phenyl and room-freshening sprays, cut Madhuwanti’s body into pieces and hid it in the refrigerator. Girish then called up his cousin Nitin Gadre, confessed to killing his wife and sought his help in dispose off her body. Gadre immediately alerted the Navghar police who reached the spot, recovered the severed body and arrested Girish. A prima-facie investigation revealed that the mother of the deceased was a French national who was married to an Indian, Shyam Bihari Phatak. Girish and Madhuwanti tied the knot in 2011 after a brief courtship while they worked at a mall in Mumbai. The couple, who have a two-year-old son,

Top: Madhuwanti, the victim. (Below) Girish Pote, the unrepentant monster husband, with the Bhayandar police, yesterday. had moved into the rented accommodation just seven months ago. “It appears that Madhuwanti had recently sold off property in Mahim owned by her parents and received Rs.62 lakh from the sale. Girish wanted to start a restaurant and constantly pestered his wife for money, leading to quarrels and sometimes violent fights,”

12,” said SPI Dinkar Pingle. Girish, who is now cooling his heels in the lock-up of the Navghar police appears to be calm and remorseless of the heinous crime he has committed. He reportedly claims that Madhuwanti would constantly issue threats of leaving for France with their son Adrian and settling there with her aunt as she hated India.


Indira Gandhi Bhavan, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Bhayandar (W) 401101, Tal. Dist. Thane. Tel. 28192828

TENDER NOTICE Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation invites sealed tenders form for following works. The tender form and other relevant document will be available for download on MBMC’s e-Tendering website as from 06-12-2013 to 13-12-2013 till 1.00 p.m. Tender form fee and EMD should be submitted through online Receipt System, failing which the tender will be disqualified. The last date for submission of tenders completed in all respects on 16-12-2013 up to 4.00 p.m. on the above mentioned website, Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation. If possible the tenders shall be opened in the presence of the bidders or their representative on the same day at 4.30 p.m. at the tender cell of Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation. Hon. Commissioner of Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation has reserves right to reject any or all online bids, without assigning any reasons. Sr. Name of work No. 1.

Annual Maintenance contract for Desktop Computers and Servers at Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation.

Cost of Tender Documents (in Rs.)

Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) (in Rs.)

Rs. 653/(Non Refundable)

Rs. 4,000/-

Note: 1. Tender Documents shall not be sent or received via post. 2. Tender Submission is online only. 3. EMD and Document Fees shall be submitted through online receipt system available on e-tendering website. Sd/System Manager Computer Department MBMC/PRO/Advt/241/2013-14 date: 4-12-2013


Navi Mumbai receives a pleasant shower

By Khushboo Panjabi


ednesday afternoon saw heavy rainfall in Navi Mumbai leaving people scampering for cover. The weather had a sooth-


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ing effect after the November heat and citizens were seen indulging themselves at roadside eateries. A heavy downpour began at 2 pm and the showers lasted for well over 30 minutes, which also sadly led to water logging in several residential areas in Sanpada. There was an average rainfall of around 20 mm, the disaster management cell informed. The maximum rainfall recorded at Nerul was 42 mm, followed by Sanpada (24 mm), and Vashi (22.5 mm).

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food, and unhygienic cooking environment has created an unhealthy environment for students. On Saturday, a team of MU senators visited the JBIMS institute to meet the institute’s director about a particular issue. On their visit, the senators inspected the canteen and were shocked to see the low level of hygiene. The kitchen was unclean and the food was kept un-covered. The cooking gas had food spilled on it and the leftovers and garbage were placed in containers while egg shells and rotten vegetables were found lying open. Pradeep Sawant, Senate Member, MU, told the ADC, “JBIMS is a top institute in the state which students opt for as their first preference and this is what the canteen provides. This canteen is a risk, because if food cooked here is consumed by students, they may fall ill. The JBMIS should look into this matter before it’s too late”. As per the rules and regulations, a college canteen should hold a food and health license from the Municipal Corporation. If at all a college does not hold this license, the Municipal Corporation can close down the canteen. When the ADC tried to contact Dr. Kavita Laghate, Director, JBIMS, she was not available for comment. When the ADC spoke to Dr. Naresh Chandra, Pro Vice Chancellor, MU, he said, “Colleges and institutes are responsible for the condition of the infrastructure and should provide students with a hygienic and healthy environment. MU has got to know of the condition of the JBIMS canteen and the varsity will soon send a committee to inspect it.”


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Indira Gandhi Bhavan, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Bhayandar (W) 401101, Tal. Dist. Thane. Tel. 28192828

TENDER EXTENSION NOTICE Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation invites sealed tenders form for following works. The tender form and other relevant document will be available for download on MBMC’s e-Tendering website as from 06-12-2013 to 13-12-2013 till 1.00 p.m. Tender form fee and EMD should be submitted through online Receipt System, failing which the tender will be disqualified. The last date for submission of tenders completed in all respects on 16-12-2013 up to 4.00 p.m. on the above mentioned website, Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation. If possible the tenders shall be opened in the presence of the bidders or their representative on the same day at 4.30 p.m. at the tender cell of Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation. Hon. Commissioner of Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation has reserves right to reject any or all online bids, without assigning any reasons. Sr. Name of work No. 1.

Cost of Tender Documents (in Rs.)

Supplying Desktop Computers to Bhayandar Rs. 653/Secondary School (Corporator Fund) (Non Refundable)

Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) (in Rs.) Rs. 4,000/-

Note: 1. Tender Documents shall not be sent or received via post. 2. Tender Submission is online only. 3. EMD and Document Fees shall be submitted through online receipt system available on e-tendering website. Sd/System Manager Computer Department MBMC/PRO/Advt/239/2013-14 date: 4-12-2013

napping her own daughter and niece. The woman arrested by the Malwani po- landed at gate number one lice along with her near the BMC township boyfriend for allegedly kid- school in Malwani where the girls used to study and asked them to come along but when her own daughter failed to recognised her, she got angry and forcefully tried to push them into an auto rickshaw. Passersby assembled as the girls screamed for help and took the duo to Malwani police station. Senior Police Inspector (SPI) from Malwani Police station Abdul Rauf Shaikh said, “We have arrested two accused including a woman Kiran Sudhakar Salunkhe in a kidnapping case. Kiran claims that she is the mother

of one of the victims but the girl has denied to recognise her, and other one according to her is her elder brother’s daughter”. On the basis of the complaint filed by victim’s father Sudhakar Salunkhe, Kiran and her boyfriend Hasiburrehman have been arrested. The victim’s father revealed that around two years ago Kiran had left her husband and daughter. Sources from Malwani Police station suspect that Kiran might have plans of pushing the two into prostitution. The two accused have been booked under various sections of the IPC and they will be produced in court on Thursday.


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Explain toll policy: HC By Philip Varghese

months after the Thanks to BVA’s Raju Bhoir’s absence, BJP’s Sharad Patil Eight Bombay High Court suggested that the condition of becomes Chairman of Standing Committee in MBMC roads should be taken into

By Suresh Golani


he saffron alliance scored an emphatic victory against the ruling Nationalist Congress PartyCongress coalition in the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Sharad Patil was elected chairman of the crucial standing committee. The BJP's win is being seen as a huge setback to the NCP, and the Congress party was left red-faced after one of the members, owing loyalty to the NCP, mysteriously remained absent during the election process which was held at the main administrative building of the MBMC on Wednesday under the supervision of Mumbai city collector Chandrashekhar Oak. Given the fact that the ruling NCP-Congress alliance and BJP-led opposition command an equal strength of

BJP leader Sharad Patil with his supporters after he was elected chairman of the Standing Committee in MBMC, yesterday. eight members each in the 16-member standing committee, the chairman was expected to be elected by through a lottery draw. However, thanks to the mysterious absence of outgoing chairman Raju Bhoir of the Bahujan Vikas Party (BVA), the election became a virtual cake-walk for Sharad Patil, who bagged eight votes, defeating Congress nominee Hansu Kumar Pandey, who garnered seven votes.

Interestingly, Boir himself had filed his nomination papers on the virtue of the support lent by two BJP members who had proposed and seconded his nomination papers, indicating at a calculated game plan of backing the BVA nominee. For the BJP, Patil’s win was crucial as it would tilt the power scales in the MBMC which has been under the control of the NCP-Congress for a long time now.

Kidnapped for ransom at Virar He was put into a sack, which was transported on a motorbike and then hidden under a bed at a guesthouse By Edrich Miranda

bed at the Rainbow Boarding & Lodging guesthouse. 12-year-old child playing The accused phoned the near his house inVirar, was child’s parents from different kidnapped, put into a sack, PCOs at Kandivli, Mira Road transported on a motorcycle to and Virar, demanding a ranVasai and hidden under the som of Rs.1 lakh for his release.


Plain lucky to be rescued, the boy is seen here with his father.

Vinod Kewat, the victim’s father, had earlier lodged a missing persons complaint, which was being probed; after scrutinizing close circuit cameras in the vicinity of the PCOs from where the calls originated and other details, police narrowed down on Chandrashekar Dayanand, alias Chhotu who was taken into custody on suspicion, who on interrogation revealed where the child was held. A police party under the guidance of the Addl Commissioner Sangransingh Nishandar, raided the lodge and rescued the child. The kidnappers have been charged u/s 364 of the I.P.C. as per FIR No T-504/2013,said senior police inspector, Chandrakant Jadhav of Virar police station.

Vashi RTO to display unclaimed VIP numbers By Khushboo Panjabi


he deputy Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Vashi has decided to display a list of unclaimed VIP registration numbers on their television screens. Those interested, however, will have to shell out much more than before in order to obtain a VIP registration number. As compared to the previous charges of Rs. 1 lakh

and Rs. 25,000 for four and two wheelers respectively, the current price for the number one is Rs. 4 lakh for fourwheelers and Rs. 50,000 for two-wheelers. For other numbers like 99, 111, 222 and others, one will have to pay Rs. 75, 000 for four wheelers and Rs. 50, 000 for two wheelers as against the earlier Rs. 50, 000 and Rs. 10,000. Sanjay Daygude, Dy. RTO, Vashi, said, “An order has

been received from the transport commissioner and the system will be installed at the earliest which will display all unclaimed VIP numbers”. Only 5 per cent of motorists are choosing VIP registration numbers at present. While 350 cars were registered at Vashi deputy RTO in the first quarter, only 20 motorists applied for VIP numbers.


account while charging toll from the public, the court on Wednesday asked the state government to explain its policy on charging tolls within two weeks. In March this year, while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the division bench had said that it expected the state government to come up with a policy to ensure that the public does not suffer because of deficient or incomplete work by the contractor. The court was hearing a PIL filed by one Shashikant Changede, represented by advocate Uday Warunjikar, regarding incomplete work

on the state highway between Pune and Shirur. According to the PIL, the contractor, Ashoka Buildcon Ltd, won the bid to construct the 64-km stretch between Pune and Shirur, for which work started in 2003. The company was allowed to collect toll in 2005 despite the work being incomplete, with a condition that the project should be completed within the next 60 days, the PIL stated. Thousands of commuters refused to pay the toll, leading to arguments, following which the contractor filed complaints against around 70,000 people. While hearing the petition on Wednesday, the bench asked the state government to file an affidavit and explain why the contractors appointed by the government were collecting a toll

despite a letter written by the Public Works Department (PWD) to stop the levying of such an amount. Ashutosh Kumbhkoni, a senior lawyer who has been appointed as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in this case, suggested today that in view of allegations raised in the PILs, the renewal of the quarterly period for collecting road tax for the next term beginning January 2014, should be allowed by the High Court only after hearing all parties. The court said, “If the state collects toll from private citizens, it is obliged to maintain the roads. The government does not seem to have any established norms for dealing with situations where the contractors continue to collect toll on bad roads.”


We must rethink Article 370 and the persistent J&K issue

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Ponder awhile... “All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.” — Mahatma Gandhi


T could be because I had just returned from Srinagar when BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi made his comments about Article 370 that I found them so noteworthy. Unfortunately, what he said was immediately misunderstood by almost everyone. Farooq Abdullah saw it as an attack on Kashmir’s special status and pronounced in menacing tones that Article 370 could never be abrogated no matter what. His son, Omar Abdullah, the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, said that Modi was wrong when he said that Kashmiri women were discriminated against because of this Article. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saw his comEOPLE of Delhi appear to have shown a ment as a watering down of its long-standing lot of interest in the assembly elections. position that Article 370 must be abrogated The turnout has been big – perhaps a record. altogether so its senior leaders went on naThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has whipped up tional television to announce in embarrassed interest in the poll: It has campaigned vigor- tones that Modi had not weakened the BJP ously and holding long brooms, the candi- stand. And, sundry political pundits pontifidates have gone from door to door. It is a fact cated, as they usually do whenever Modi that the ‘aam aadmi’ in Delhi has got the im- speaks, about what a danger he is to India’s pression that at last a party has arrived which ‘secular fabric’. is taking interest in him. The exit-poll opinion is that the larger turnout indicates the AAP has done well in the elections. There is even a conclusion by All he said was that it was time to examine sesome poll pundits that AAP will get a working riously whether Article 370 has benefited the people of Kashmir or not. The reason why I majority – 36 to 37 seats. It is verily said that: “You can fool people found this interesting is because having gone sometime, but you can’t fool them all the to Srinagar after an absence of ten years I mytime” - both the Congress and the BJP appear self came away feeling that the people of Kashmir deserve better than they have so far to have lost the trust of voters. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s reign seems had. They have been betrayed over and over to have come to an end. This time too, she has again by Kashmiri political leaders, by politimade promises: She is convinced that Delhi cal leaders in Delhi and even by the militant has progressed and that it will make further groups who promised them azadi when they began the insurgency in 1989. progress if Congress is elected. Having written a book called Kashmir: A It seems to be clear, however, that she is not certain about her party being elected. She has Tragedy of Errors on the struggle for basic postated that the Delhi election result has noth- litical freedoms that the people of Kashmir ing to do with the perceptions of voters with have fought for, I need to admit here that I regard to the UPA government’s performance. was sympathetic to their cause when I wrote It is crystal clear that the AAP has moved the book. I believed then, and continue to, into the poll space of both the Congress and that it was bad policies made in Delhi that the BJP. In all probability, it will fare well, but turned a straightforward, basic political deit may not get the majority needed to form mand into a secessionist movement. But, the government. It will indeed be a stunning when this movement acquired an ugly jihadist character, I lost sympathy with it and surprise if it does. The number of seats in the Delhi assembly this is one of the reasons why I did not go is 70 and to form the government, the AAP back for ten years there. If I went this time it was because my friend, has to get at least 36 seats. It is most unlikely Lady Nadira Naipual, asked if I would go with the AAP will get so many seats. The BJP will fare well – definitely better her because she longed to see the land where than the Congress. A coalition may be diffi- her grandmother came from. So it was that we arrived in Srinagar on a cold, autumn cult to form – almost impossible! morning filled with soft grey mists and the

Who will form govt in Delhi?



colours of autumn. In the Shalimar Gardens the Chinar trees that had not yet lost their leaves were luminous with sunlight glinting off gold, yellow and orange hues. We wandered up to Pari Mahal and took pictures of fat, overblown roses and we shopped for shawls and chain stitch rugs and on our second day in Kashmir drove out to see the magnificent ruins of Avantipora. On the way we stopped to buy freshly harvested saffron in a shop that also sold almonds and walnuts and honey from Afghanistan. And, wherever we went people told us that the Kashmiri people now wanted peace and normalcy and that it had almost returned. “Nobody wants the militancy to continue,” they said “everyone wants peace.” But, we also met people who told us that Kashmir had never been part of India but only a colony that had been cruelly exploited.

‘Pampering’ of Kashmir

Militant groups

ON THE SPOT Tavleen Singh And, we both sensed under the surface calm a disturbing, ill-omened tension as if violence lay just below. It will continue to lie under the surface until there is a more lasting solution to Kashmir’s political problems. This is the context in which we need to see Modi’s comments on Article 370. Personally, I have no idea whether he thought deeply before saying what he did but if he did not then it could be time for him to start doing so. This is because if he does become prime minister he needs to be sure that he does not make the mistake that Atal Behari Vajpayee did which was to continue with the same Kashmir policy that Congress governments have followed since Jawaharlal Nehru made the mistake of sending Sheikh Abdullah to jail in the fifties. History will see it as a very serious mistake because had it not been for

‘Know thyself, and thou shall know God’ Afternoon DESPATCH & COURIER


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T is said in the Hadith, “God is beautiful, and He loves beauty.” This expresses the truth that man, who inherits the Spirit of God, has beauty in him and loves beauty, although that which is beautiful to one is not beautiful to another. Man cultivates the sense of beauty as he evolves, and prefers the higher aspect of beauty to the lower. Man has worshipped God, beholding the beauty of sun, moon, stars, and planets. He has worshipped God in plants, in animals. He has recognized God in the beautiful merits of man, and he has with his perfect view of beauty found the source of all beauty in the unseen, from whence all this springs, and in who all is merged. The Sufi, realizing this, worships beauty in all its aspects, and sees the face of the Beloved in all that is seen and the Beloved’s spirit in the unseen. So wherever he looks his ideal of worship is before him. “Everywhere I look, I see Thy winning face; everywhere I go, I arrive at Thy dwelling-place.”

Sheikh Abdullah’s adamant stand that Kashmir would rather be part of secular India than Islamic Pakistan the Kashmir story may well have been a very different one. When I was researching my Kashmir book I could come up with no valid reason why the Sheikh should have been jailed at all. And, it was while I was researching this same book that I interviewed militant leaders who said they thought Vajpayee could find a lasting solution if he became prime minister. He was not prime minister at the time but had said on national television that if mosques were used to launch political movements then you could be sure that Hindu temples would be as well. The militant leaders I talked to said they found Vajpayee’s frankness refreshing, especially when they compared it with the ‘duplicity’ of the Congress Party. It is India’s bad luck that after becoming prime minister, Vajpayee found no time to make a new Kashmir policy.

Hazrat Ali says, “Know thyself, and thou shall know God.” It is the knowledge of self, which blooms into the knowledge of God. Self-knowledge answers such problems as: “Whence have I come? Did I existed before I became conscious of my present existence” if I existed, as what did I exist? As an individ-

MATTER & SPIRIT ual such as I now am, or as a multitude, or as an insect, bird, animal, spirit, jinn, or angel? What happens at death, the change to which every creature is subject? Why do I tarry here awhile? What purpose have I to accomplish here? What is my duty in life? In what does my happiness consist, and what is it that makes my life miserable? Those whose hearts have been kindled by the light from above, begin to ponder such questions but those whose souls are already illumined by the knowledge of the self understand them. It is

So if Modi does end up as the BJP’s second prime minister then he should already start thinking about what needs to be done beyond rethinking Article 370. A good start would be for him to examine the historical mistakes that were made and that included rigged elections and the denial of basic political rights in exchange for cheap rice and the ostensible ‘pampering’ of Kashmir. This socalled pampering caused hostility towards ‘ungrateful’ Kashmiris in the rest of India and did very little to improve living standards in Kashmir. He needs to look very carefully at why a new phase of the Kashmir problem was created after the toppling of Farooq Abdullah’s government in 1984. If he does, he may discover that the historical Kashmir problem had died by the eighties and that it was reborn only because people were denied their fundamental democratic rights. And, Modi needs to examine why jihadists have so changed the culture of the Kashmir Valley that cinemas remain closed even today and little girls are forced to wear the hijab in a state where women with uncovered faces once prayed beside men in mosques. So much blood and water has flowed down the Jhelum since then that there will be no real peace in Kashmir until there is a fresh approach taken towards solving India’s oldest and most intransigent political problem. they who give to individuals or to the multitudes the benefit of their knowledge, so that even men whose hearts are not yet kindled, and whose souls are not illuminated, may be able to walk on the right path that leads to perfection. This is why people are taught in various languages, in various forms of worship, in various tenets in different parts of the world. It is the same truth; it is only seen in diverse aspects to the people and the time. The Sufi recognizes the knowledge of self as the essence of all religions; he traces it in every religion, he sees the same truth in each, and therefore he regards all as one. Hence he can realize the saying of Jesus; “I and my Father are one.” The difference between creature and Creator remains on his lips, not in his soul. This is what is meant by union with God. It is in reality the dissolving of the false self in the knowledge of the true self, which is divine, eternal, and all pervading. “He who attaineth union with God, his very self must lose,” said Amir. — Hazrat Inayat Khan

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No lessons learnt DON’T GIVE A DAMN! Even five years after the terror attacks on Mumbai, not much has changed in terms of security in the city and across the nation. FIVE years ago, Mumbaikars witnessed a gruelling terror attack starting late night on November 26 and lasting thereafter for several hours and thereby in the process taking nearly 200 lives and injuring a couple of hundreds of this financial capital of India. One of the world’s best hotels got ravaged beyond recognition and took several months to bounce back to what it is today in view of the owner Tatas’ indomitable spirit and exemplary courage. However, till date we despair on the fronts of coastal security which is imperiled by a lack of care by the state and the centre. Pricey boats were ordered but are

hardly operational for an abysmal lack of maintenance. It is indeed essential to protect our coast with a more intrusive and vigilant effort to obviate such attacks in future. I pray in respect of the souls of those who laid down their lives during this unprecedented catastrophe on that fateful day. — Bikram Banerjea, Mumbai

NOTHING has changed even five years after 26/11. The security lapse continues and there is no one to call a spade a spade. The blame game continues. The Home Minister got a clean chit and

ically; he is undoubtedly trying to ease Iran’s uncertainties and enTHERE were state assembly elec- hancing its safety, as the editorial tions in Chhatisgadh on November “Iran deal makes Iran safer”(29 No11. But its result will be out only vember 2013) states. Rowhani and on December 8. This gap of 28 days Obama need to stick to robust pragbetween the voting and the actual matism to fend off extremism. The counting of votes may result into world, at large, awaits the future of tampering with the EVMs. There the Geneva understandings with was a gap of 42 days between the apprehension and hope. — Ranajoy Sen, Kolkata voting and counting of votes during the latest Himachal Pradesh state assembly election and Congress had ‘won’ the same. Only God knows how this became possible THE appointment of a commission though people are fed up of the by the Gujarat government to look daily spiraling food inflation and into the snoop-gate scandal has corruption by the grace of Congress. been termed by the Congress as a Recently in Iran there were general time buying tactics on the part of elections, on completion of which Modi. The 128-year-old party seems the counting of votes was started to have conveniently forgotten its immediately in the evening, without own record in similar types of situaany delay. Why is this not possible in tions. During the height of the BoIndia, a well-developed nation? fors controversy, how many committees and commissions were What are the ‘secret reasons’? — Hansraj Bhat, Borivali appointed by the secular party with the sole purpose of stone-walling and insulating the then top leadership from a possible fall out? All IRAN has agreed to curb some of its these Congress strategies backfired nuclear activities in return for about when the party with 400-plus majorseven billion US Dollars in sanc- ity in the Lok Sabha lost the election tions relief in Geneva after confabu- in October/November 1989, which lations between Iran’s saw the late V.P. Singh being crowned representative and those of the as PM with the outside support of major powers led by the USA. It is the BJP and the Left parties. — Arun Malankar, Santa Cruz definitely a historic beginning between Iran and the rest of the world, led by the United States to bring about a thaw in the frigid relations which marked more than the past THE Aarushi trial is indeed a landthree decades. There was a flicker of mark case. I am reminded of a sighope when Hassan Rowhani began nificant observation made by the legendary Sherlock Holmes. He said negotiations with the EuOF – “when you have eliminated all ropean Union in 2005, as LETTER THE DAY possibilities through fact and/or Iran’s then representative, to arrive at a mutually accept- logic, whatever remains, however able nuclear deal. Sadly, that improbable it may appear to be, is attempt came to naught. Iran’s rela- the solution.” In that story of course tions with the outside world re- the crime was solved – but Holmes verted to square one. As Iran’s newly was all stories, not real cases. In the elected President amid great do- Aarushi case all the evidence seems mestic fanfare and international to be of the type “no one else could hope, President Rowhani is proba- have done it”. Therefore ipso bly seeking to resolve the Iran’s nu- facto only the parents could have clear dilemma once and for all, and done it. But is that how our system also trying to redeem himself polit- works? And will this principle be ap-

EVMs may be tampered with

What about Bofors?

Making Iran safer

Picture abhi baaki hai

assumed office as Home Minister once again. Law and order problem persists and the police force is trying hard to bring peace in the business capital. But the bureaucrats and politicians have other ideas. The symbol of Mumbai, Hotel Taj had gone to pieces. The jawans who suffered injuries are still waiting to get aid from the government. The victims’ kin could not get funds allotted to them by the state and central government. The hanging of Kasab is the only consolation. Everyone has vested interests. The NSG is a force to reckon with. However, in the terror attack, they killed our own hostages by throwing hand grenades and petrol bombs. It is time to take corrective steps and punish the erring people. —Anandambal Subbu, Sanpada

TERROR Threat: Even though Mumbai is lauded as a business centre, the 26/11 terror attacks tell a different story. No commercial capital of a country would be so ill equipped to not be able to detect and prevent such attacks on time. While some may argue that Manhattan was a victim of 9/11, I point out that Mumbai has been a soft target since times immemorial. Terror has sneaked up on us not once, like our US

counterpart, but thrice -1992 riots, 2006 blasts and 2008 attacks; all caught Mumbai unawares. In short, for Mumbai to truly become India’s commercial hub, the quality of life, quality of infrastructure, quality of security and attitude – all need improvement. — Chitra Krishnan, Seawoods

26/11 was the most horrifying day in the history of our country in general and Mumbai in particular as a handful of terrorist sent shock waves across the globe with acts of terrorism which still send vibrations up our spine when we recollect the events. Five years down the line and nothing seems to have changed in our city which remains as vulnerable as it was. Mumbaikars are often praised for their bravery in a manner in which we deal with the situation and the city normalises in a matter of days from the shocker which is untrue. Do people really have an option? CCTV cameras are non functional at most places and so are other security measures like scanning machines etc. Cops are still without weapons. It is time to beef up all security measures to international standards as there is no dearth of capital and money in the city.


Mumbai. The presence of mind of a police constable and an officer saved the cricketer from collapsing due to a heart attack. Having saved the life of a human being with their presence of mind both should be recommended for police medal during the next Republic Day celebrations. Generally it is observed that the police department takes a long time to file an FIR in accident cases and make the driver suffer to file a complaint. But in case of Kambli, better council prevailed and he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital and en route to the hospital, Patil alerted the control room, decongesting the way. It was a remarkable act and the timing of the constable calling the senior to make things work before the patient collapsed inside his car was amazing. It was not only an act of bravery but also an example of humanity. — C.K.S. Manian, Sion

Controversy over Shakya Muni

THE recent archeological findings in Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, may again revive the controversy about the year in which the Shakya Muni was born. For long, a section of the Indian historians have opined that the period to which the Siddharth Gautam belonged to, was deliberately shown as 4th Century BC by Mckauly and Max Muller. This Indian school of — S.N. Kabra, Goregaon thought, by historian P.N. Oak, believes that the Bhagvan Thathagat plied to all cases, including scams? ble Shedge and Sujata Patil, Vinod had lived in much ancient times But this is only the trial court. There Kamble would have been in precar- than is being thought at present. — Jorhat Singh, Kandivli are two more levels to go. So we ious condition in the streets of have only seen Act I Scene I. Picture abhi baaki hai! And if they are really guilty then the death sentence is the correct punishment. Even their daughter would have agreed. — T.R. Ramaswami, Kandivli THE Tejpal drama enacted in the sessions court in Goa had all the ingredients of a Bollywood blockbuster with action and SINCE Narendra Modi became the suspense. But it needs to be said Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) prime to the credit of the honourable ministerial candidate, he began crelady-judge that she had done a ating hatred in the minds of people by very thorough job in criticising the Congress-led UPA govpronouncing the verdict. It was ernment and others with wrong inamusing to see the defence formation and misleading people for lawyer, another woman, trying his own selfish political gains. His all the tricks in her book to statements at various political rallies prevent her legal employer from prove that he wants to spread lies and being taken into custody by the hatred among people and destroy the Goa police, giving assurances on country by using bitter words. I behalf of her client and even strongly feel that this is the first time questioning the conduct of the in the history of Indian politics that a victim after the alleged incident. BOLD ACT: Rapes occurring at prime ministerial candidate is However, all these gimmicks did workplace are rarely reported for the fear of losing the job. The victim in the not cut any ice with the honourable judge who delivered Tehelka case should be appreciated for fearlessly raising her voice. her verdict after giving killings. Now if the rape happens considerable thought to the at the work place, the woman arguments of the prosecution has the additional pressure of and the defence. The moral of losing her job. And the pressure the story is that the body of is even higher if she is the only another woman is a veritable, live fire which will not brook any bread winner or a significant contributor to the house undesired touch and that the expenditure. We need to salute sexual infatuation which blinds the woman who had the guts to one to the consequences has to complain against Tarun Tejpal, a be guarded against under all high profile figure, though she circumstances. DREAMING BIG: Narendra Modi — Dr. V. Subramanyan, Thane has a bedridden father. The law should take suo motu    dividing India and making his own actions against the statements THE percentage of women filing made by any woman though way the top which is a distant dream a complaint of rape is miniscule. belatedly and I hope more for him in the current confused And the same percentage political situation where many of women come out in the open becomes even smaller if the rape and address the issue. the his old allies and other secular occurs at the workplace or by parties will not support him. It is Post Nirbhaya case the the employer. It is rarely high time that Modi must talk about maximum punishment for rape reported due to the extreme his political agendas rather than is life imprisonment and the social stigma cast on women spreading hatred. more persons who have actually — Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai who have been raped, or the fear done this inhuman crime are of being disowned by their punished the more it would be a families, or subjected to deterrent to potential rapists. — Chandrakant Kotian, Vikhroli violence, including honour BUT for the quick action of consta-

The need to address rapes

Spreading hatred

Kudos to Mumbai Police





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Something new! Whether you’re the bride, close friends or family of the to-be-newlyweds, if you haven’t bought your finery as yet, you’re probably panicking right now. Take a deep breath and bring out your wallets as Rhea Dhanbhoora & Priyanka Singh bring you bridal jewellery for every budget...

in the lap of luxury Yes, we know you’re looking to spend, spend, spend for your special day and we’ve got the perfect extravagant pieces for you! Take a look:

green with envy

This diamond encrusted necklace from Diagold has the right amount of colour thanks to the by emeralds and is perfect for brides as well as for the close relatives of the bride and groom. price On request

pink parade

This necklace, by Jasani - The Jewellery Lounge, is modern yet perfect to wear for a wedding ceremony. price On request

ruby all the way

Who wouldn’t want this gorgeous rock of ruby called The Marinier ring! It is available at price `83,753

simple & subtle

If you like understated elegance then opt for this simple diamond ring by Style My Diamond. price `69,658

bangle & bracelet

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sleek & shiny

uP to `50,000

We love these Mirari earrings for their contemporary appeal. Price `37,000

Are you a bride on a budget? Then this category is perfect for you. Choose from these great pieces at even better prices:

Jazz it with Jhumka

This traditional Alpana jhumki will suit indo-western outfits perfectly. It’s available at Price `37,381

as Pretty as a Peacock

tie it uP

Made from gold, this Freida necklace has a very appealing modern design. You can buy it from Price `49,717

for the day after wedding

These earrings are great to wear as well for post-wedding celebrations. Price `31,533

This intricately designed pair of earrings, from, are regal. Price `41,726

uP to `30,000

uP to `15,000

Family to the bride or groom? You need a statement piece. Whether it’s a ring, a pair of earrings or a bracelet, here are a few pieces that won’t ruin you financially or upstage the bride:

So, you’re close enough to the bride and groom to need new jewellery for their wedding, but not so close that you want to spend too much on your finery. Here are a few great budget options:

deeP blue

A bracelet from the brand Isharya, this is an excellent option if you are looking for something in gold that is not too expensive. It is available at Price `6,930

statement Piece

mirror magic

This Maria Khan ring reminds us of the royal Rajasthan! Price On request

for the younger sister

Available at www.perniaspopups, this one is a designer piece. It has been designed by Manish Arora for the jewellery brand Amrapali. Price `19,250

bauble babe

This ring, available at, is by Isharya and is a great accessory. Price `2,030

Keep your other accessories to a minimum when you wear this maang tikka by Amrapali. It is available at www.perniaspop Price `2,300

ornate & colourful This 18 karat gold and rhodium plated necklace set is nothing short of royal. It is available at Price `15,500

for the classy mother

After all, the bride’s mother should stand out! This lush, white gold piece is available at Price `26,000

through & through indian beaded delight

A Maria Khan necklace, this quartz piece with agate and jade, plated with silver and gold will be ideal for an indowestern look. Price `9,800

This set has a beautiful Indian design. You can pick it up from Shopper’s Stop outlets across the city. Price `2,990


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WOMEN ON THE WORKFORCE Want to go back to work after you’ve given birth? Anjali Gulati tells Rhea Dhanbhoora how she encourages new mothers to do just that with Rize @ People Konnect

>> Anjali feels that once you come to terms with leaving your child at home, with reliable house help, the journey becomes much easier.


with a small team and we opened office two years ago. It is now a 20 women strong organisation operating from five locations. We are proud to be an all woman organisation, with 70% returning to being career women. We began our journey as a recruitment service provider in September 2009, with the aim to provide search solutions across levels and sectors for our clients. In our endeavour to become a complete HR Solutions provider, we launched our Learning & Development vertical: Extra Mile Infomatics: HR Advisory Rize @ People Konnect Pvt. Ltd. is a woman and Analytics. Since our organisation oriented company. Tell us about it and how constitutes a majority of women returning to careers after motherhood, we are passionate you decided to start it. In the age of EMIs and double income being about encouraging women to get back to essential, I knew I had to do something. work. Also, the fact that there have been However, at the same time, I did not have the increased demands from our clients to hire heart to leave my son at home in the care of for diversity has made it possible for us to unreliable house help. My husband gave me launch Back to the Front, which will facilitate seed capital of `10,000 to buy a second careers for women by guiding them membership for a month. Fortunately, I did to incorporate work back into their lives. my first closure all on my own in that time! I have been fortunate to have a great women How difficult is it for working mothers to get brigade as part of People Konnect and in back into the working environment? four years we have moved from strength to One thing that all working mothers face is strength, all thanks to them. I am fortunate the guilt of leaving their children at home. that I have been able to make my work fit However, the strong and determined ones into my childrens’ schedules. There are days have come to terms with the thought of when I have to attend meetings or leaving a crying child behind to go to work. conferences and on those days my husband Once you make peace with this, it becomes chips in. We try and work out our schedules much easier. Managing your support system so that at least one parent is around to is another challenge that deters most women from returning to work. The thought manage the kids. of leaving your child with domestic help for Tell us a little bit about Back to the Front the entire day and not knowing what your child is eating or doing… it’s something that and your organisation? Rize started as a work-from-home setup, a lot of mothers are not comfortable with. ust last week, Anjali Gulati’s company, Rize @ People Konnect Pvt. Ltd., held an event at The Hilton called Back to the Front which aimed to inspire, motivate and guide women to return to work. The event culminated into a job fair for such women. Anjali runs a women only organisation that strives to include women in the workforce, no matter what and help them maintain a work-life balance. She tells us more about Rize, the event and being a working mother.

maternity break. In the second month, once I figured what motherhood was about, I would call my husband a dozen times. He would tell me that he had a job and had to work, unlike me who had nothing to do! This break turned out to be a blessing in disguise, when I got time to think about my core competence and about my long-term goals. The second time around, I didn’t get a single day off. My daughter was born on a Friday and I was back on my laptop by Monday! But, when you are passionate about something, and you have put in so much What do you think is the cap on how many effort to make your endeavour reach a years women can be away from the job certain level, you do everything in your power to just want to make it grow. scene for and still make a return? There is no cap on the number of years. But, I think that as years go by, confidence and Have you, as a woman, faced any challenges skill definitely deteriorate. That’s why, in your career? Do you think offices are women must try and keep themselves getting increasingly friendlier towards updated with recent trends in their space of women in India? work, or develop a hobby which they could I don’t believe in differentiating on the basis turn into a career whenever they want to get of gender at a workplace. It should be about back. The reason why women find it difficult merit and not about whether I am a woman to rejoin work is not so much because of the or not. Having said that, I do not, for even a lack of opportunities or unsupportive second, doubt the fact that a woman, employers as much as their own relevance to especially a mother, has multiple the workplace, which is bound to have responsibilities to handle. As organisations changed tremendously in the years that they slowly understand this, the number of women who quit at the middle management have spent away. level in many companies will drastically What is your take on people saying there reduce. Companies like Accenture, Marico, the Tata group, IBM, Deutsche Bank and should be reservations for women in jobs? I do not agree to reservations. Let merit Kotak Mahindra Bank are doing so much to help tackle attrition at this level. decide alone. British couples are going to get paid paternity leave from 2015. Do you think introducing this policy in our country is necessary to make it easier for women to go back to working after giving birth? Yes, definitely. Fathers also need time to bond with the child and raise a happy child. It also makes it much easier for the mother to know that the baby is comfortable with the father and she knows that if, for some reason, she is not around, she has the father to fall back on.

You’re a mother yourself. Tell us about how Anything else you’d like to tell us? A happy mother raises a happy child. Invest you got back to work? The first time I had a baby, I had a full in yourself, be happy within!





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Wedding trends


o, you’ve got your outfit sorted out and we just helped pick out your jewellery, but what about your makeup? Glitter, smoky eyes, glossy makeup and bold, berry lips are the latest in bridal makeup trends and if you’re finalising your look, make sure you get some of this in it. We speak to makeup expert Subhash Shinde who tells us about the trends and brings you some tips to look like a star on your wedding day.

trends to watch out For Subhash, who has a list of celebrity clients including Sushmita Sen and Raveena Tandon, tells us that the recent trend for brides is to follow their favourite celebrities. Makeup with an indo-western touch is also in style, though a lot of brides opt to go completely traditional for the ceremony itself. He tells us what trends are making it really big this season:


lip enhanceMents: This is a trend that’s very common among both Bollywood and Hollywood actresses. Lately though, it seems to have caught on with brides as well! Subhash tells us, “Brides get a lip enhancement injection done just two days before their wedding. This gives them the perfect pout and helps to get their lips in shape.” sMoky eyes: There’s a reason why Subhash recommends this trendy look for brides this season. “As it’s an emotional day for the bride, they usually cry, spoiling their eye makeup. So, instead of mascara, it’s best to wear artificial eyelashes.” This will give you a sultry, smoky eye look without causing your mascara to run down your face. Also, to make your eyes look more appealing, the trend for this season is heavy kajal to perfect the smoky eye look.

We know you’re going to want to look your absolute best as a bride and making sure your makeup is perfect is an important step in the right direction. Rhea Dhanbhoora tells you about the makeup trends that are all the rage this season

dia Mirza

For the party girl who wants to dress up like Barbie, this pink, subtle gold and silver outfit is just for you. Even though the work is heavy, the overall design is still fun and young. However, we wish that the jewllery worn here would have been a little simple.

Okay we know it looks half sherwani and half ball gown, but we actually like it. It’s unusual and Dia carries it off well. The colour and drape of the skirt is beautiful and doesn’t take away from the intricate coat, which we would have preferred cropped.

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glossy Makeup: Since bridal season is mostly during winter, Subhash says there’s a chance of your look getting ruined because of dryness. In order to avoid this beauty blunder, he suggests sticking with a trendy, glossy look. Leave matte effects for the day and indulge in glossy makeup to make you look as glamorous as a celebrity on D-Day.

get going l Sport a bold lip for the wedding season. Colours such as rich plum and bold berry are good options. Wear lip liner to help keep the colour in place. l There’s no better time to get a little shimmer into your look. A little sparkle on your eye lids or a glitter lipgloss over your lipstick will do the trick. Remember not to overdo it; add glitter to either your lips or your eyelids, not both. l If you wear your hair loose, remember to keep your makeup minimal so that it doesn’t clash or look over-the-top. l Natural pink is a good colour for your cheeks. Make sure that if it’s not matte, you get an oil control foundation so that your skin doesn’t look extra oily on your big day. l Enhance your brows with a touch of liner as it will give them more definition in your bridal pictures. l Don’t forget to contour your cheeks with a bronzer. l If you want a soft look, a rose palette is really in style right now. Complement a rose lip with soft blush and sparkly nude eye shadow. l Emerald eye shadow is really big too — especially in metallic tones. This goes perfectly with most Indian bridal outfits. l If green isn’t your colour, opt for a glossy lilac look as that’s also in style. l If you want to be a colourful bride, opt for shades of turquoise.

« the top 5: ear cuffs we love 1. diagold This jewelled ear cuff from Diagold, although slightly heavy, is exquisite and perfect for a fancy event or a wedding. Pair it with a gown and minimal makeup for a formal look that exudes class. price: On request

« just out! vlcc Mani-pedi kit The kit contains a cleanser, cuticle oil, scrub, cream and an anti-tan pack. The first thing I tried was the Pediglow Hand and Foot scrub. It has a pleasant lemongrass and walnut smell and promises to remove dull, dead and dry skin. While it effectively scrubbed off the dead skin on the soles of my feet, my hands didn’t look any different, even after two weeks of use. The hand and foot cleanser is really impressive though — it shows magical effects and not only lightens the skin colour of your feet but also smoothens and cleans it thoroughly. It also made my hands softer. The hand and foot cream, with cocoa butter, is a little more greasy than necessary and takes some while to get absorbed in the skin. However, once absorbed, the moisture stays on for approximately six hours. price `475 for the entire kit where Beauty stores across the city star rating ** (scrub) ***** (cleanser) *** (cream)

« 5 ways to rock: ear cuffs Ear cuffs are hot this season. Shirley Mistry tells you how to wear them best 1. Fuss-Free hair The whole purpose of wearing an ear cuff is to show it off! Choose a hairstyle that keeps your hair away from your ears. For a softer look, side-swept hair works well. Alternatively, a top knot, loose bun or even a simple ponytail will do the trick.

2. house oF chic If you’re aiming for a look that’s more edgy and rock-chic, this ear cuff from House of Chic is your best bet. The chains give it some weight and are the perfect addition to your look. price: `4,300

2. pair it well There are plenty of ways to wear an ear-cuff. Pair it with a floral dress or a sari to give your look an edge or team it with a simple white shirt and jeans. Go extreme and pair a chunky ear cuff with a white tee, leather jacket, jeans and boots to channel your inner rocker. 3. Makeup essentials A clean look works well. Winged liner, or a smoky eye works wonders to draw attention to your ears. Alternatively, skip the liner, pile on mascara with a bold plum or burgundy lip to let your ears do all the talking.

3. toniq For a more feminine accessory to a flowy maxi or dress, pick this ear cuff from Toniq to lend a bohemian vibe to your look. We love the sparkling dangles and the cute star at the top. price `239


chitrangada singh

There’s too much going on with this outfit, which makes it stand out for all the wrong reasons. And if Chitrangada manages to look frumpy in it, imagine what we mere mortals will look like? The top is too poofy which distracts from the skirt, which is actually lovely.


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This one’s for the traditional bride. The gold and red is a classic combination and the elaborate detailing on the skirt is sure to make you stand out. It’s also the right mix of sexy and classy. Perhaps you could omit the flower basket on your head though.


urvashi rautela

A good example of east meeting west, this outfit has all the touches of an Indian wedding but with a western silhouette. The bead work on the bodice is the focus of attention, but we can’t help but marvel at the delicate skirt. A lovely look!

4. accessorise The ear cuff works best when worn by itself. When choosing to wear one, skip other accessories. Necklaces and chains add clutter and tend to overpower an ear cuff. For maximum impact, let it be your sole accessory or pair it with a statement ring or a cuff bracelet.

4. toniq Paired with a white shirt and denims, this pretty leaf inspired ear cuff will set you apart from the rest. Pick up this pair from Toniq to add some spunk to your plainJane look. price `269 5. perniaspopupshop.coM With enamel work and stones in bright colours, this pair of ear cuffs from Pernia’s pop-up Shop is cute and easy to wear. Pair it with a crop top and shorts. These cuffs are easy on the eyes and great if you’re just getting comfortable with the trend. price `2,000

pond’s Face wash Pond’s Complete Solution Pimple-Clear face wash promises to fight pimples and brighten your skin. I didn’t have acne spots, so I can’t say how effective the face wash is against existing acne. But, I did observe a small spot that would have otherwise turned into a full-blown pimple. Using the face wash twice a day made the spot disappear in one day. It takes care of excess oil really well; my face felt smooth and fresh. And, it does have visible skin brightening results. Overall, it delivers everything that you’d expect from a face wash — it prevents acne, brightens your skin and leaves your face feeling fresh and soft. It gets a big thumbs up from me. price `135 for 100g where Beauty stores across the city star rating *****

>> Jessica Alba keeps her ear cuff in focus by sporting minimal makeup and a sleek top knot hairstyle

5. pick the right one Ear cuffs make for great conversation starters, but only if you pick the right ones. If you’re pairing them with a basic outfit, opt for something that isn’t too chunky. Leave the heavier stuff for a night out. Studded or spiked ear cuffs add an interesting contrast to your outfit. Also, ornate ear cuffs, with jewels and elaborate detailing, such as a bunch of leaves, make for interesting accessories to match a maxi or gown you may wear for a formal event.


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Child’s play


rom the pure innocence of childhood to the love and affection that children display, working with them is fulfilling. If you’ve always enjoyed being around children, there’s a good chance that you’d be happy working with them as well. There are several places looking for responsible adults to help out with childcare and teaching. Take a look at some options:

assist at a school


Love being around children? Then we’re sure that you’ll love working with them. Dev Goswami tells you how you can do so without having a specialised degree >> You can hold workshops at home to teach children arts and crafts

This is one of the simplest ways you can work with children without being a babysitter. From an extra hand during school trips and functions to assisting in preschool classes and playgroups, schools often need help from parents of their pupils. Visit PTA meetings or contact a school to find out how you can help.

volunteer at an ngo Volunteering at NGOs might take up a lot of your time but the rewards can be fruitful. The best part is that no matter what your background, there is always something you can do. NGOs, such as Make a Wish Foundation India and Akanksha, are good places to start. While the former has openings for volunteers, the latter lets you teach. We recommend you visit and for more information on how you can help.

tutor them at home Let us be clear. We are not fans of 5-year-olds going for tuitions. So, we are not suggesting that. This is for those who excel in a particular subject and want to share their expertise with students. This job will come with a lot of responsibilities. So, only take it up if you’re confident you can handle it.

hold workshops & classes Feel that you have skills which don’t fall under the regular school curriculum? Then organising a workshop is the way to go. You’ll need to figure out the logistics and will have to rent a space if your house isn’t big enough. If you can manage that, a workshop can prove to be fun. From arts and crafts to cooking and baking, there’s a lot that you can teach. And with social media, spreading the word about your workshops will be easy.

help at a vacation camp This is for those who can’t take out time from their daily lives. But, looking for vacation camps to help out at will takes a while. The best way to go about hunting for one would be to look up social media for ongoing camps and contact them to know how you can be a part of them in the future.



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At my workplace, we have a common area where employees eat their lunch. Most of us spread a newspaper below our plates before we eat, to keep the area clean. However, I have noticed that one of my colleagues doesn’t use newspaper, spills food on the table and doesn’t bother cleaning up! It is uncouth to leave the table so dirty, making it uncomfortable and off-putting for the others to eat after she has used the space. How do I tackle the situation? — chandni mehta, andheri dear chandni, It seems like your colleague is extremely inconsiderate. Not only is her behaviour inappropriate and unhygienic, it is also disrespectful to everyone else who may need to use the space. Next time you see her eating at

the same time, try to make some small talk with her. Once she leaves, go up to her after some time and explain to her that you noticed that she had “forgotten” to clean up after she ate. If she fails to take the subtle hint, try putting up a notice in the lunch room or send a mail out with rules to be followed while eating at office. If all else fails, you and another colleague should take her aside and tell her firmly that she needs to be clean. I work for a small setup where there are only 12 of us in the entire office. Every morning, before we start working, my team leader insists that we all pray together. Although I go along with the group prayer every morning, I don’t want to be a part of it, as it’s not my idea of religion or spirituality. What is

the best way to deal with this situation? — sunanda khera, Bandra (w) dear sunanda, The best way to deal with this situation would be to simply go along with it. Protesting or complaining may make you come across as stubborn and nit-picky. Be a part of the ceremony in good spirit, even if it is only out of sheer respect for the others’ faith — you don’t have to believe in it. Alternatively, if it is really bothering you, you can have a word with your team leader and explain the situation to him if you think he will receive it well. Ideally, see it as a team building exercise and don’t let it affect your sentiments. send your questions to before wednesday

We like’s collection of recycled goods that will make for quirky home décor items. The collection includes recycled items such as the headlight of a scooter, used hammers, door latches and other seemingly useless things. Some of the products include an orange hi-beam scooter light lamp (we really love this one!), a cycle seat that has been used to make a bar stool and a cute paper weight that has been crafted out of a hammer. These products are pretty interesting and are sure to add a bit of fun to your home. where price `1,200 onwards


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MUMBAI | THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013 >> Before your toddler ruins the freshly painted walls, opt for natural paint brands which are easy to clean

« 5 WAYS TO: USE EMPTY WINE BOTTLES With the festive season upon us, we’re sure you have more than your fair share of empty wine bottles lying around after the parties. Priyanka Singh tells you how to use empty wine bottles creatively 1. vase Wine bottles are the perfect shape for a vase if you ask us. Create your own flower holder by covering the bottle in twine, yarn, magazine pages or only fabric for a standout look. >> Vase made with wine bottles are easy. look amazing and make for a great DIY project

Home improvement It’s exciting to decorate a new home, but if you’ve got small children, your new furniture could take a beating or be victim to a crayon or two. Rhea Dhanbhoora shows you how to plan a kid-friendly home


et’s face it. No matter how much you discipline your child — your furniture and furnishings are going to see accidents, spills, marks and dents while your children are growing up. Instead of getting worked up about your ruined couch and crayon stained wall, we suggest a little renovation. If you’re planning for a new home, a new baby or just re-doing your home, here are a few tips you should keep in mind to make it more child-friendly:

sofas Keeping your sofas from getting ruined with spots, marks, scratches and scrapes is hard when you’ve got a precocious child to deal with. Invest in microfibre sofas as they’re easy to clean and have water repellent properties which make them hard to stain. They also last much longer and don’t snag or fray. Also, they’re durable as well as easy to maintain. If your children are well-behaved, you could opt for leather or vinyl (faux leather). Vinyl is cheaper but cracks faster than leather. Both can be cleaned easily but if your child has a habit of plucking and scratching, you’ll need a new sofa in no time. The best option is to get a slipcover, so you can change and wash it when needed.

paint If you’re buying a home, you should paint it sensibly, even if you don’t have children

yet. Think of crayon marks, dirty hands trailing along the wall and crazy ball marks denting your coat of paint. Natural paints are a good option. You also get paints (from any major paint brand in the market) that don’t contain lead and mercury that harm your health and are safe for children. An added advantage is that they keep your walls safe from your children’s grimy hands. You get stain resistant paint, paint that’s easy to wipe clean with soap and water and scrub resistant to prevent marks and chipping.

Chairs If you can afford heavy, good quality wooden chairs, your children probably won’t be able to get to them. Durable options are oak and cherry. But, anything lighter and you’ll see them digging out holes in the framework sooner rather than later. If you have a big house, you can have separate plastic chairs for children. There are firm plastic chairs that look great and work well as far as withstanding endless tugging and pulling goes. The only problem is that they might not match the rest of your décor. A good alternative are the currently stylish metalwork chairs. You can pick them up in attractive colours and designs and they’re extremely durable, especially when they are to be used indoors. Place a cushion on the seat and you’ve got perfect

chairs that your children won’t be able to bite, poke, scrape or scratch through.

Curtains & Covers Rugs, cushion covers and curtains — think of them combined with an extremely naughty child. Wool is a bad idea because it requires dry cleaning. Cotton is your best bet because it can be cleaned easily. But, if your kids are prone to spillages, it will absorb everything very fast. Polyester does well in this department, as it resists waterborne stains and won’t be that hard to clean. Again, microfibre is best but if you want cotton or lace curtains, just make sure that they’re not floor length. As long as your little one can’t reach up to ruin them, they’ll be just fine. If you can get your hands on Crypton fabric, you should, as it’s extremely stain resistant.

tabLes The most important thing to remember when you’re buying a new table is not to get one with a loose top. It may be tempting to get a glass topped table but unless it’s fixed permanently, it can spell disaster if you’ve got children running around as they have a habit of leaning, shifting around and tugging at things. Try getting a coffee table with a chalkboard surface. This way, you won’t be heartbroken when your children start to scribble all over it — which they will. It is just a matter of time!

2. Lamps This is the most popular way to use wine bottles. Get an inch wide hole drilled from a glassware shop on the bottom of the bottle. Once the hole is drilled, push fairy lights into the bottle. Use a flattened out hanger with a small hook at the end to help you bring the lights up into the bottle. Leave the last bit of cord and plug free. You can also add glass beads to the bottle for another look. 3. for shapeLy shoes Tuck bottles into the shafts of winter footwear so that they stay upright. Sneakers, pumps and peep-toes made of soft materials tend to lose their shape if kept in shoe boxes. In order to keep them in shape, slide them atop standing bottles. 4. JeweLLery stand Turn everyday bottles into jewellery holders in under a few minutes. How? Just stack bracelets around the neck for an effortless display. 5. CandLe hoLders There are many ways to turn a wine bottle into a candle holder depending on what look you are going for. A quick, easy and effective look is to stick a tapered candle in the lid of the bottle (instead of the cork) and when the candle burns, the wax will melt down the bottle creating a romantic and rustic looking candle holder.




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Kavita and I are Jacki’s bridesmaids. Jacki is the sweetest girl and bride-to-be ever! We have both gladly been running around for her. Her sister-in-law to-be has often offered to help, but...

If you’re going to get married soon, chances are you already have your heart set on a ring. Shirley Mistry tells you how to get the engagement ring you want

We barely know her and to be honest, don’t really like her. She is quite fake. But, she really wanted to help and when she insisted (with lots of guilt giving) that she hosts Jacki’s bachelorette party, we pretty much were rail-roaded into saying, ‘Okay.’ Uh...uh.. okay..? Come on! Let me!


Yesterday was the ‘BIG DO’... Jacki was so excited! But, when we got there it was literally a bunch of balloons, fruit punch, a small bowl of guacamole and a bowl of chips. That was it. For twenty of us. Luckily, someone brought cake and games and we ordered pizza. The night was not a total disaster, but it was pretty bad...


f you’re making a lifetime commitment to someone, there are bound to be a thousand things you’re juggling at the same time. While we know you’d be perfectly happy — ring or no ring, it is the one piece of jewellery that will stay with you for the rest of your life. More than an investment, it commemorates your relationship. You don’t want something sitting on your finger that will make you cringe every time you look at it. We tell you how to get the engagement ring you really want.

Customise Choose this: If you are a new age, non-conformist couple Who said you have to pick a ring from a catalogue? If you want something that’s special to the two of you, go ahead and customise it. This way you will get the kind of ring you want and in all likelihood; it will be the only one of its kind in the world. Customisation lets you pick the best from the lot and gives you the opportunity to craft something that is a reflection of your relationship, with an engraved message perhaps.

Loud & CLear Choose this: If you tend to be a bit of a control freak

If you’re one of those women who have had your dream wedding planned since you were a five-year-old, chances are, you wouldn’t want anyone messing with your plans. You have a folder with ring options for every budget and if your partner wants to choose, he can do so from the list you have committed to memory. Show him pictures, post it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or leave your laptop open with the picture as your background or screensaver. Basically, go all out and do whatever you want, just stopping short of asking him for it directly.

Let Fate deCide Choose this: If you are a hopeless romantic Throw caution to the wind and wait for your partner to do all the hard work. If he knows you well, he’ll know what you like and what your tastes are. Waiting for the ring can lead to an amazing surprise and will result in a story you will be able to tell for years to come. While being a diehard romantic is brilliant in theory, make sure you mention in passing things you absolutely dislike in a ring. This way, the ring you eventually get will be picked by your partner, but will not have any of the things you dislike. Best of both worlds, we’d say.

orChestrate it Choose this: If you want to take the subtle route If you’re slightly more traditional and want a surprise, but still want the ring of your choice, get a friend or sibling to go along. Brief your ally on the exact kind of ring you’d want to wear and make sure they have a steady stream of photos from your end. They are the people who know you best and will be able to pin point the things you like. Get them to get in touch with your partner and casually offer to go ring shopping with him when the time is right.

do it YourseLF Choose this: If you are the wise, practical one You love your partner and his taste, but you would much rather go pick out the ring with him. This way you get exactly what you want and it takes the pressure and stress off your partner without you having to compromise on any front. Browse through catalogues with each other and visit plenty of stores to make sure you get the best deal possible. If you’re in this together, might as well shop for the ring together too! This way you’ll can get matching rings that can further add to your romantic journey.


After a romantic dinner, my new boyfriend and I started making out. Unfortunately, while kissing him, I accidentally burped in his mouth. I started crying and judging by the look on his face, he was really grossed out. He left soon after and texted me when he got home saying it was okay. He hasn’t messaged or called me since. I don’t know what to do! —-- Kanika Jain, Chembur

dear Kanika, Trust me; this story will be funny in a few years. But right now, I understand how horrified you must be considering you’ve just started dating the guy. Sadly, you handled the situation wrong. Crying might have been your natural reflex but you should have held it down and laughed out loud. I’m sure it would have lightened the mood and bitter taste in his mouth. But, what’s done is done. So now,

I could tell that Jacki was disappointed. Heaven knows Kavita and I were kicking ourselves for letting the sis-in-law-to-be take charge. But, being Jacki she was still so gracious and sweet... and made such an effort to see that everyone had a nice time in spite of the obvious effort to sabotage what should have been a fun night.

you need to call him up and tell him you want to meet him… face to face. Tell him that you like and care about him and that you would want to take the relationship forward and forget about what happened. If he’s a nice guy, he’ll laugh, reassure you and continue as normal. If he makes a big deal, he’s really too stuck up. You’re better off without him. Send your questions to

Then, as we were leaving, sis-in-law-to-be corners Kavita and me and hands us a slip of paper. Basically, the bill for the balloons, punch, chip and dip! Hee hee... since you’ll are the bridesmaids. Was fun, no?

"And I swear she had marked up everything by at least 50%! We are furious! And so disappointed for Jacki. What can we do to make it better and take away this bitter taste?” — Furious a) First things first. As there is still time, organise a super fun bachelorette party for Jacki. She deserves one. And, don’t invite her sis-in-law! Then ask sis-in-law for actual bills, not her own. b) What’s done is done. Make sure Jacki knows who was in charge of the fiasco. And keep sis-in-law away from anything else that is important. c) Have a word with the sinister-in-law. DON’T PAY! LAST WEEK: Janice should pick option A: You need to make it clear to her that you have a life beyond her wedding. Do it gently though, because brides can be very emotional as it is a very stressful time for them. But, don’t let her bully you!

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After a hiatus, Manav Gohil has re-surfaced with Sudhir Sharma's ‘The Buddy Project’ on Channel V and is also seen on ‘Zindagi Khelti Hai Aankh Micholi’ on Zee TV. Sandeep Hattangadi spoke to Manav about his career plans.

What have been the landmarks of your career? When I won ‘Man of Gujarat’ and moved to Mumbai to try my luck. My first look test was approximately in 1999 for a Ponds commercial which I was pathetic in and rejected for. I learnt to be better from all my failures. How did you get The Buddy Project? I auditioned and got selected. The producers are professional friends of mine and we have been wanting to work together for so long. Finally things have worked out.

Manav Gohil is back

How much do you relate to your character? Basically, every character of mine has a bit of Manav in them. This time I figured there's a bit of Anirudh Jaitley in Manav. I explored the character and discovered that it's a part of me. How is it working for producer Sudhir Sharma (Sunshine Productions)? It's been super. What a

team! It's always been absolutely comfortable and a partylike atmosphere to be working with the producer. He's so creative and is 100 per cent involved in every activity.

What was your experience working in ‘Mahadev’? It was a cameo and the shoot lasted for just 15 days. So I spent my time trying to get to know people and getting into my costume and character. I didn’t have much time to mingle, but the experience was nice. It's a rewarding show and role and I'm glad I took it up. You had three shows on air, ‘Mahadev’, ‘Khelti hai Jindagi Aankh Micholi’ and ‘The Buddy Project’ which is a co-incidence. Many years ago you had a similar experience with ‘Kkusum’, ‘Sara Akash’ and others. How do you feel? It feels really nice! I feel young again. Work keeps you going. There's a sense of satisfaction and I hope it continues. What are your interests other than acting? I love watching films and am a complete sports person. I love soccer, cricket, swimming and I'm lately into daddyhood.

Does having a wife from the same industry help? What are your common interests? It does because you get a fresh insight from someone who is in the same profession and is yet close to you. We love watching movies together. She's like my buddy who accompanies me. Who are your close friends in the industry? Is it easy to be friends with people from the same industry? I have friends – but not close friends – in the industry. I am friends with Hussain Kuwajerwala, Sharad Kelkar and others.


‘Yeh Hai Aashiqui’ – the show that brings unconventional and touching love stories to its viewers every week – will be taking things a notch higher with its next episode where actors of the upcoming movie ‘What the Fish’ – Manjot Singh and Anand Tiwari – will play an integral part in the story. The episode revolves around a popular college boy Parth, who while wooing the girl of his dreams, falls in love with a sweet and plump girl from his college. Apart from Manjot


distinctive day in the Singh household starts off with an excited Dolly jumping at the opportunity to write for a teenage blog as part of her college project. However, things soon begin to go haywire as she reveals to Himani that she is short of time to complete her story. As Himani goes through Dolly’s unfinished work, she comes to the startling realisation that she used to write for the teenage blog when it was a magazine back in her college days. Things take an interesting turn when Himani decides to write her own story for the blog and submit it on Dolly’s behalf, without Dolly’s knowledge. Incidentally, the local television channel takes notice of her blog and decides to do a feature on it, but as always, there’s a catch. Himani now has to pretend to be Dolly, and Dolly has to play Himani, or they will end up losing a golden opportunity. Meanwhile, Rohan has some news of his own to share with Avtaar and Himaani, which might not generate a very positive response from them. To add to the ongoing chaos, Avtaar accidently sets loose a rare species of termites all over the house, putting the very foundation of their house in danger. Will Dolly be able to clean up the mess? Can Himani and Avtaar rescue their house? Does Rohan finally muster the courage to break the news to Avtaar and Himani? To find out, watch the one hour special Season 3 finale of ‘Best of Luck Nikki’ on Sunday December 8, 2013 at 10.30 am on the Disney Channel.

Do you have 4 am friends? Do you feel one needs to have close friends? My 4 am friend is my wife! Yes, one should have close friends, but in the end it's personal choice. What programs do you love to watch on TV and why? I like informative shows and the news. I also occasionally like thrillers. My favorite channels are HBO and Star Movies.



‘Bade Achhe Lagte Hain’ on Sony Entertainment Television will witness a new entry in the show. However, this will not be a new character, but a dog that will enter the Kapoor Mansion. According to sources, Myra, Pari and Pihu decide to gift their mother Priya, a cute dog as Priya really loves animals. Although Ram is allergic to dogs, when he sees the happiness on Priya’s face, he decides to tolerate the dog. Well it seems that love does make you do anything.


and Anand, Parth Samtaan will be seen as the male protagonist while Heli will play his college sweetheart, along with Gurneet, who will play the girl next door. Watch Anand Tiwari and Manjot Singh on Bindass’ show ‘Yeh Hai Aashiqui’ at 7pm on December 8, 2013 only on Bindass.

the decade is strung together through a series of interviews with established journalists, culturists, film-makers and eminent researchers, unforgettable archival footage and photographs will give the audience a chance to revisit the most defining moments from the ‘retro’ era.



Anang Desai and Vandana Pathak of ‘Khichdi’ fame have been roped in for a special mahaepisode of Big Magic’s ‘Mahisagar’ where they will be seen fighting the forces of corruption. This special episode will air at 7:30pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Any actor would like his character to climb the popularity charts and this is precisely what happened when actor Piyush Sahdev entered the popular show ‘Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke’ as fashion designer Kabir. Talking about the role he says, "The role and the look is stylish and after a long gap I will be doing a character which has contrasting shades. He is stylish and very aggressive, but at the same time has a romantic side to his life which will be shown eventually." Talking about his fashion quotient he adds, "I have a decent sense of fashion and have been always fond of designer Rohit Bal and his creations.”



After a successful six week run of ‘The 80s’ series, the National Geographic Channel presents ‘The 80s: India’. Premiering on December 7, the one-hour special will take a look back at key events and moments from the decade across politics, economics, television, film and sport, that have had an impact on the India of today. While the story of


Zee Talkies presented its annual ‘Maharashtracha Favorite Kon’ Awards at a suburban five star which was dominated by the colossal Zee Talkies hit ‘Duniyaadari’, directed by Sanjay Jadhav. The movie won awards in most categories based on a voting poll by viewers. The show was emceed by Pushkar Shrotri and Swapnil Joshi and will be telecast soon on Zee Marathi and Zee Talkies.

Yash Gera who replaced Ather Habib in ‘Yeh Ristha Kya Kehlata Hai’, ‘Palampur Express’, ‘Bairi Piya’, ‘Pyar Ki Ek Kahani’, ‘Kuch Toh Log Kahenge’, ‘Fear Files’, ‘Jai Ma Vindyavasini’ is experiencing fame. He says, “I have done many shows in the past but this show has been running for the last five years and is still very popular and it makes a lot of a difference when you work in a hit show. The audience has accepted me as Shaurya with open arms and I am doing the role in my own style with my uniqueness”.


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Hold With Stop Loss At 15 DMA

NSE India: CNX Nifty — Daily Market Report for: Thursday (December 5, 2013) (Based on the activity of the previous trading day) by Dominic Rebello

REVIEW OF THE PREVIOUS DAY: The Nifty fell moderately on Wednesday (December 04, 2013) a net 40.90 points (0.66%) and closed at the 6160 point level. The market opened down at the 6187 points level. It then turned into a range bound movement until 1.30 p.m. The index then rose sharply into the green and registered the day’s high at the 6209 points level at 1.48 p.m. It then declined sharply into the red and registered the day’s low at the 6149 points level at 3.05 p.m. The index then rose and turned into a range bound movement until closing at the day. The Nifty witnessed a volatile session, moved in a range of 59 points and closed below the psychologically important 6200 points level. Sentiment was bearish and amongst the 50 Nifty stocks 29 were losers, while 21 stocks closed in the green. Some buying was seen in power, metal, technology, IT and consumer durables stocks, while substantial selling was seen in realty, FMCG and auto stocks.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Volume: Volume (Qty shares) increased 31.84%. This change is substantial and indicates a wide participation by investors.

Market Breadth:Overall Market Breadth on the NSE was negative. Amongst all the traded stocks, 600 were gainers, 776 were losers and 69 remained unchanged. Slow Stocha stic Indicator: The Slow Stochastic Oscillator has declined in the over-bought zone. The Slow K line in the Stochastic Oscillator is above the slow D line (positive if it continues).

RSI Indic ator: The RSI is above the 40 level but is now declining (negative if it continues).

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

ADX Indicator & DI Lines: The +DI line is above the –DI line but both lines are converging (negative if it continues). The ADX is falling while the Market Index is falling, which indicates that the present down trend is decreasing in strength.

a strong market but with a negative bias.

Suppor t Levels: For short-term traders the immediate main support is at the 5921 points level. The next support is at the 5834 points level.

Resistance Levels: The immediate main resistance is at the 6217 points level. The next resistance is at the 6357 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 = 6173 (This is the level where the trend is likely to change during intra-day). Support (1) = 6138. Support (2) = 6114. Resistance (1) = 6197. Resistance (2) = 6233.

OUTLOOK FOR TODAY: On Japanese candlestick patterns the index af ter having formed a doji pattern has formed a black body candle on s ubstantially hi gher volumes. This is negati ve and indicates that the bias has shifted towards the sell side of the market. Fur ther, the index has dropped below its 5 days moving average. Both these indicate a negative bias. However, the index is still above the 15, 25 and 200 days moving aver ages. Further, the velocity parameters c ontinue to remain positively trended. Both these indicate a positive bias As such these are mixed signals. I Investors are advised to hold long positions but with a strict stop loss at the 15-day average at the 6109 point’s level.

Work with strict stop losses on all positions

Moving Averages (Trend Indicators) The index: Has dropped below its 5-day average (at 6169) Negative. Is above its 15-day average (at 6109) Positive. Is above its 25-day average (at 6148) Positive. Is above its 200-day average (at 5871) Positive.

Overall Market Strength/Weakness: The indicators and oscillators discussed here are indicating 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.

GSM mobile operators have added 16.6 lakh new subscribers in rural areas in October to take the overall base in such areas to 27.43 crore, industry body COAI said yesterday. “GSM rural subscribers net additions in October 2013 stood at 1.66 million with 0.61 % increase from previous month,” the Cellular Operators Association of India said. Vodafone added the maximum of 7.7 lakh new users, taking its rural subscriber base to 8.39 crore at the end of October. Bharti Airtel, which has maximum rural subscribers, added 6 lakh new users during the month and its base stood at 8.74 crore. Idea Cellular and Aircel added 3.7 lakh and 60,000 new users to take their respective base to 6.95 crore and 2.33 crore. Uninor, however, lost 1.4 lakh rural subscribers during the month, which led its base shrinking to 1.01 crore at the end of October. The total rural subscribers as on September 2013 stood at 35.66 crore of which 35.03 crore are wireless and 63.1 lakh are wire line users. The total rural teledensity stood at 41.70 % as on September 2013.

No Hike In LPG Price Hike

The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has clarified that the News reports being carried by a section of media yesterday about an LPG price hike is not correct and is misleading. “There is no decision or proposal to hike price as is being reported”, the ministry has said in a statement.

SEBI Seeks Clarification On Great Eastern Energy’s IPO

Market regulator SEBI has sought clarifications from the merchant banker of Great Eastern Energy Corp, a coal-bed methane explorer, regarding the company’s proposed initial public offering (IPO). Without disclosing the details of the clarifications sought, the SEBI has said that “clarifications are awaited from Lead Manager” for the proposed public offer. The regulator had received the draft offer documents on September 17 through its lead manager ICICI Securities Ltd. The company plans to come with a public issue of up to 82 lakh equity shares of face value of Rs 10 each.

NSEL Defaults For 16th Time

The crisis-ridden National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) yesterday paid around Rs 9 crore against the scheduled payment amount of Rs 174.72 crore, defaulting for the 16th straight time. With yesterday’s pay-out, NSEL has so far settled about Rs 244 crore against Rs 5,600 crore dues to 13,000 investors. The Exchange, which is engulfed in a Rs 5,600-crore payment crisis, had previously defaulted for 15 times. On its seventh pay-out date and thirteenth pay-out date, the bourse was unable to make any payment.

Fund Raising Via Primary Market Rises To Rs 7,200 Cr

Fund raising by Indian companies through the primary market route jumped 89% to more than Rs 7,200 crore in October over the preceding month. With this, the cumulative fund mobilisation by companies for the first seven months (April-October) of 2013-14 fiscal was Rs 18,636 crore compared with Rs 9,484 crore raised during the year-ago period.

Private Sector Output Drops For Fifth Successive Month India’s services sector activity witnessed a moderate improvement in November over the previous month, even while indicating the fifth successive monthly contraction, an HSBC survey said today. The HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers Index for the services industry inched up to 47.2 in November from 47.1 in October, the fifth sub-50.0 reading and indicated an output contraction across the Indian service economy.

BROKERAGE RECOMMENDATIONS Sharekhan calls a ‘Buy’ on Sun TV Network CMP: Rs. 378 Target Rs. 515 Morgan Stanley calls a ‘Buy’ on Reliance Industries CMP: Rs. 856 Target Rs. 1156

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CAD Likely To Remain Lower In Q3 And Q4 India Will Be Largest Source Of NEWS FLASH

RBI launches the 34th Round of Inflation Expectations Survey of Households  Power Grid FPO issue fully subscribed  PM asks CoalMin to ramp up production of fuel  Godrej Prop buys back Red Fort's 49% stake in Kolkata project  Jyothy Lab shares surge nearly 7% on fund raising  Naukri App reaches 2.9 lakh downloads in a month's time.

By A Business Reporter


he pick-up in exports and decline in gold imports are likely to keep the country’s Current Account Deficit lower during the rest of the fiscal as compared to the same period last year. We expect the CAD to be lower in the remaining quarters of the FY’14 than the corresponding quarters in FY’13 in view of a pickup in exports and a significant drop in gold imports,� India Ratings said in a research report, yesterday. In the July-September quarter, CAD narrowed to USD 5.2 billion, or 1.2 % of GDP, as against USD 21 billion, or 5 % of the GDP, in same period of last fiscal. Gold imports in Q2, 2013-14 dropped to USD 3.6 billion, from USD 16.4 billion in the April-June quarter due to hike in duties and other measures taken by the government to curb the inward shipments of the commodity, the report said. The report believes that despite the uneven global recovery, the momentum witnessed in exports growth will continue in the near

term as there are signs of improvement in both the US and the core economies of Eurozone. According to a recent estimate by International Monetary Fund, the US economy is expected to grow at 1.6 % in 2013, while Germany and France are expected to grow at 0.5 % and 0.2 %, respectively. “An improvement in the demand conditions in advanced economies coupled with rupee depreciation is helping merchandise exports,� the report said. Merchandise exports increased 11.9 % to USD 81.2 billion in Q2 FY’14 from USD 73.9 billion in the first quarter. The depreciation of the rupee has improved competitiveness of Indian exports, particularly of textiles and textile products, leather and leather products and chemicals, the report added. It further said that though some increase in imports growth in second half of this fiscal is expected, it will be limited due to stable crude prices and lower gold imports. However, the report said that due to the nuclear deal with Iran, the tension in the Middle-East is likely

to ease leading to reduced volatility in crude prices. Despite lower CAD in Q2, FY’14, there was a drawdown of forex reserves to the tune of USD 10.4 billion from a drawdown of USD 0.2 billion in the same quarter last year, and USD 0.3 billion in Q1 FY’14 on a balance of payment (BoP) basis. “A decline in CAD alone is not going to shore up the BoP, attracting inflows through the capital and financial account is equally important to improve BoP and reduce the pressure on rupee to depreciate,� the report said. Although attracting inflows through foreign direct investment (FDI) is always better, the other routes including the swap window introduced by the RBI will be helpful in the short term, the report said. The Reserve Bank had mobilised USD 34 billion through a special swap window for FCNR (B) funds and banks’ overseas borrowings. The central bank closed the swap window that was opened in September this year to garner forex reserves and to help rupee stabilise, on November 30.

Sharp Dip In India Inc’s Outward Investments By A Business Reporter

On the other hand, between April-September of 2013-14, the uch against the general notion money repatriated home by Indian that Indian firms were invest- businesses was much higher at USD ing more abroad because of the pol- 3.23 billion than USD 2.29 billion in icy paralysis at home, a study says the comparable period of the previthat net outward foreign investment ous fiscal, as per official data. “The by Indians declined sharply in the numbers clearly show how the first half of 2013-14, as compared to bogey raised by some people that the same period of the last fiscal. fresh investment was going outside “This makes the argument of the country is without any foundasome sceptics fall flat on its head tion... On the contrary, investments since it was being contended that have declined both in the domestic Indian firms were investing abroad economy and the international because of the policy paralysis at markets,� Assocham President Rana home,� the Assocham study said. Kapoor said. Net foreign investment by India to Moreover, portfolio investment the rest of the world stood at USD outflows by Indians were negative 952 million in the first half of the to the extent of USD 191 million in current fiscal, which is far less than the first half of FY 2013-14, which USD 3.4 billion in the same period implies that domestic investors pulled back money from the overlast year, an Assocham study said.


seas markets, against a positive portfolio investment of USD 581 million in the same period last fiscal. The net FDI by Indians globally in 2012-13 was robust at USD 7.13 billion. However, going by the H1 trends, the money going abroad as FDI could exceed USD 2 billion, the study said. “Although because of the financial stress in most parts of the world the assets are going rather cheap, the propensity to buy them is also less along with the increasing risk aversion. Besides, a few companies in India are cash-surplus as most of them are highly debt-leveraged,� it said. Even in terms of pure equity play, the FDI by Indians abroad was much less in the first half of 2013-14 at USD 1.78 billion as against USD 2.91 billion during the corresponding period last fiscal.

Oil Demand Growth After 2020

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sponse to the oil shock of 1973-74, IEA advises its 24 member counndia will become the largest sin- tries on issues related to energy segle source of global oil demand curity. IEA’s World Energy Outlook growth after 2020, the Interna- 2013 predicts the global oil detional Energy Agency said yester- mand to reach 101 million barrels day. The Paris-based IEA in its per day (mbpd) by year 2035 from annual World Energy Outlook said today’s around 87 mbpd. India’s oil the centre of gravity of energy de- consumption will exceed 8 mbpd mand is switching decisively in by 2035, which is more than curfavour of emerging economies, rent consumption of Japan, Korea particularly China, India and the and Australia put together. Middle East, which drive global energy use one-third higher. “China dominates the picture within Asia, before India takes over from 2020 as the principal engine of growth... The shifting geography of demand is further underlined by India becoming the largest single By A Business Reporter source of global oil demand s increasing number of congrowth after 2020,� IEA said. sumers are opting for smartTalking to reporters on the sidelines of the 8th Asia Gas Partner- phones with large screens, ship Summit here, IEA head Maria research firm IDC has revised its van der Hoeven said India’s energy global tablet shipments downdemand will double by 2035 on wards by over 6 million units to back of economic growth and rise 221.3 million this year. Earlier, it had projected worldin population. “When we look at India, we see that in 2035, India wide tablet shipments to touch will be the largest importer of coal, 227.4 million units in 2013 from will be second (largest) importer of about 143.7 million units last year. oil next China and will be number “Worldwide tablet shipments are four in importing gas after Euro- expected to reach 221.3 million pean Union, China and Japan,� she units in 2013, down slightly from a said. While the energy demand will previous forecast of 227.4 million double, per capita consumption in but still 53.5 per cent above 2012 India will still be one-fourth of the levels,� IDC said in a statement. Shipment growth is forecast to OECD average, she said. The IEA says China is about to slow to 22.2 per cent year over year become the largest oil-importing in 2014 to a total of 270.5 million country by replacing US and India units, it added. “In some markets will become the largest importer of consumers are already making the coal by the early 2020s.Coal im- choice to buy a large smartphone ports will rise primarily because rather than buying a small tablet, India uses the fossil fuel for gener- and as a result we’ve lowered our ation of electricity. “Coal is single long-term forecast,� IDC Tablet Relargest source of power generation search Director Tom Mainelli said. Meanwhile, in mature markets in India. 68 per cent of electricity in India comes from coal,� she like the US where tablets have been shipping in large volumes since said. Electricity generation will grow 2010 and are already well estabby 5 per cent per year, the IEA pre- lished, IDC is less concerned about dicted. Set up by the Organisa- large phones cannibalising shiption for Economic Cooperation ments and is more worried about and Development (OECD) as a re- market saturation, he added.


Smartphones Eating Into Tablet Sales


Indian Firms Ahead Of China, Brazil Globally By A Business Reporter


ndian manufacturers are significantly more likely to operate multi-nationally than their Chinese and Brazilian counterparts, according to a study which also said they are at par with globalisation efforts of those in Germany and the US. The study ‘The Product Mindset 2013’ conducted by safety science company UL said as much as 88 % of Indian manufacturers operate globally as compared to 68 % in China and 64 % in Brazil. The study further said Indian manufacturers (55 %) are at par with those in Germany (50 %) and the US (54 %) on aspects of global operations such as sourcing, manufacturing, distribution/sales and marketing/promotion, leaving behind their counterparts in China (32 %) and Brazil (31 %). The study shows globalisation in-

fluencing manufacturers and consumer priorities such as transparency and ethical sourcing, a UL statement said. Now in its third year, the study seeks to better identify the concerns and priorities of manufacturers and consumers. According to the study, Indian consumers are becoming more and more conscious about eco-friendly products. A very high percentage of Indian consumers (81 %) are willing to pay more for eco-friendly products than their counterparts. Nearly three-quarters (73 %) of Indian consumers believe that manufacturers use eco-friendly processes. Seventy-seven % of India’s consumers believe that product quality has improved in the past five years, but 54 % believe manufacturers use low-cost materials regardless of quality.


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What the cards say: Look back and grow Path: Connect with the inner and the outer will follow Don’t be angry. Give leeway and tolerate Ally: Pisces will make you mellow. Avoid Scorpio and their sting Card for the week: Tarot key no. XVII The Star. Insight and understanding bring new opportunities and growth. Joy and satisfaction

What the cards say: Plan and consult, listen and learn Path: Open up yourself to other perspectives and advice. Don’t be absorbed in only yourself Ally: Libra will show you efficiency. Capricorn will show you hard work. Avoid lazy Leo and cunning Gemini Card for the week: Tarot key no. VII The Chariot. Victory is within reach. Conquest over weaknesses and enemies indicated. Time for complacency is over. Jump into the fray and win

What the cards say: Face the truth. Path: See your mistakes. Don’t fool yourself Ally: Libra will help you see things. Avoid critical Virgo who pulls down your spirits Card for the week: The Tarot key no. VIII Strength. Look at the beast within and you will be able to tame it. The card highlights the need to be strong and not falter. Face what comes. You have the strength

What the cards say: Loss is sometimes necessary to learn Path: Move in the direction of the spirit and connect to inner truths. Don’t cling to your perspective. Know there are others who have suffered from them Ally: Sagittarius who will be sympathetic. Avoid Leo and Libra who will tell you unpleasant truths Card for the week: Tarot key no. XVI The Tower. The outer façade that you have carefully built is about to crumble but it will bring in its wake a flash of insight that will help you to grow and learn.

What the cards say: You are coming out of the woods Path: Stay away from your family problems as they could depress you more. Don’t spend too much money on pleasure. But do simple things with people that you love and care Ally: Pisces will understand your emotions and will give you warmth. Avoid Gemini who could be critical Card for the week: Tarot key no. II The High Priestess. She is saying look inwards and know yourself

What the cards say: You could be burdened with responsibility Path: Stand up for what you think is right. Don’t brood and give in. Your weakness is their strength Ally: Taurus will make you feel secure. Avoid Aquarius and clever arguments Card for the week: Tarot key no. 1 The Magician. Indicating that you have the strength and the will to see things through. You need to realise it

What the cards say: Return of the old love Path: Learn to remain independent. Don’t make the same mistake again Ally: Be stronger. Signs like Virgo will show you the balanced way Card for the week: Tarot key no. VI The Lovers. Love and passion could lead to choice and harmony

What the cards say: Revival of passion and love Path: Surrender and do not allow your ego to come in the way. Don’t hide your feelings but say what you need to Ally: Taurus will understand you. Avoid Gemini who could make you more self-centered Card for the week: Tarot key no. XXI The World. Liberation from your weaknesses and the ego. You could achieve anything with your power

What the cards say: Support all constructive initiative of people Path: Generosity will win undying gratitude. Don’t hold grudges. Heal relationships Ally: Connect with stable Capricorn. Avoid flighty Libra Card for the week: Tarot key no. VI The Lovers. Choices, harmony and love — all coming your way

What the cards say: Your envy and jealousy are unfounded Path: Let go and accept. Don’t chase only money Ally: Aries could lift your spirits. Avoid Cancer Card for the week: Tarot key no. XII The Hanged Man. Surrender and in letting go, win the kingdom of heaven

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Large turnout in Delhi, snag in EVMs delays polling

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Voters allege anomalies in electoral rolls, many use the NOTA option


THE VOTE IS CAST! UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit after casting their votes for Delhi Assembly elections at Nirman Bhawan polling station in New Delhi on Wednesday.


EW DELHI: Around 65 per cent polling was recorded in the Delhi Assembly election yesterday even as long queues of people were seen at the booths past the voting deadline of 5 pm. “Around 65 per cent polling has been recorded. But the figure may change as we are compiling all the data. Around 70,000 people are still standing in queue,” a senior official of Delhi Election Commission said. He said people who queued before

5 pm are being allowed to vote. Polling has also been extended in booths where voting started late due to snag in electornic voting machies. In 2008 assembly polls, the overall voting percentage was 57.58 per cent. Earlier, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said he expected the final percentage of voting to be between 70 and 75 per cent. There were reports of malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVM)

EW DELHI: A section of voters here chose to exercise the newly-introduced ‘None Of The Above Option’ (NOTA) option yesterday saying they have “little expectations” from any of the political parties engaged in the electoral battle. “This election has given us a unique opportunity of pressing the NOTA button,” said Arvind Tyagi who listed a host of problems faced by his colony in Vikaspuri in West Delhi. Also, a large number of people in several areas of the capital today complained that they were unable to exercise their franchise in Delhi polls as their names were missing from electoral rolls despite having valid voter ID cards.

in some parts of the city but they were rectified, election officials said. Time of polling has been extended by an hour in all the booths where voting started late due to snag in EVMs.


Asaram Bapu’s son Narayan Sai arrested in sexual assault case N

EW DELHI/SURAT: Self-styled godman Asaram’s son Narayan Sai, who was absconding for the last 58 days in connection with a sexual assault case filed by a Suratbased girl, was on Wednesday arrested by the Delhi Police from the Delhi- Haryana border. “He (Sai) was arrested today morning by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police from the Delhi-Haryana border. He was produced in a court in Rohini in the afternoon where his transit remand was sought for being brought to Surat,” Surat Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana told media persons. Four disciples of 41year-old Sai—Bhavika, Vishnu, Ramesh and Hanuman—were also arrested along with him, he said. Delhi Police sources said Sai had disguised himself as a Sikh man to evade being caught. A reward of Rs.5 lakh had been announced for information leading to his arrest. “He was sporting a red colour turban and a beard. He was wearing a T-shirt, pant and sports jacket in order to conceal his real identity,” they said. The Surat Police had registered two complaints by two sisters -one against Asaram and the other against Sai -- of rape, sexual assault, illegal confinement and other charges. The younger of the two sisters had filed the complaint against Sai, accusing him of re-

FINALLY…! Narayan Sai, accused in rape case, emerges after a medical check-up at a hospital in Delhi, following his arrest near the Delhi-Haryana border early on Wednesday morning. peated sexual assault between 2002 and 2005 when she was living at the Surat ashram. Asthana said in Surat, “Bhavika was the manager of Asaram’s ashram in Ahmedabad. She was in constant touch with Sai. We had put her under surveillance, following which we were able to net her.” Dismissing reports that Sai had fled to Nepal and Bangladesh, he said that the operation was successful because of human intelligence and technical surveillance. Pics: PTI

Tehelka: Shoma Chaudhuri, 3 other staff may be summoned P

ANAJI: Goa police plans to summon Tehelka’s former Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury and three other employees in connection with the probe in the sexual assault case against Tarun Tejpal even as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the chargesheet will be filed in about a month. Chaudhury and three witnesses, in whom the victim had confided about what transpired between her and Tejpal at a five star hotel on two occasions when he allegedly sexually assaulted her, may be called to record their statements Tehelka ex-MD Shoma Chaudhari

HERE’S THE X’MAS SEASON: A pair of Badrika birds at Alipore Zoological Garden in Kolkata on Wednesday.

Tejpal taken for second round of medical tests


ANAJI: Tehelka magazine editor Tarun Tejpal, arrested for sexually assaulting a woman colleague, was today taken for a second round of medical tests here. Tejpal’s medical examination was earlier conducted on December 2 at Goa Medical College and Hospital. Various tests, including potency examination, was conducted on him. “He has been taken again for further medical examination this morning,” a senior police officer said.

before a magistrate. “We have sought permission from the court to summon Chaudhury and three witnesses to record their statements before a magistrate,” a senior crime branch officer said. A team of Goa police had already recorded Chaudhury’s statement in Delhi before she quit as managing editor amid outrage over her attempts at covering up the raging scandal. Chaudhury’s statement is “very crucial” as she was the first person to have come to know of alleged sexual assault on the young journalist by Tejpal. Any statement or confession recorded by a metropolitan or judicial magistrate under section 164 of CrPC is admissible as evidence in a court.

EXCELLENT FEAT: President Pranab Mukherjee presenting Best Sportsperson with Disability (Female) award to Soma Kundu of West Bengal during the National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities2013 function in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Sacked employee cannot ask for re-employment after acquittal: SC N

EW DELHI: An employee, sacked following disciplinary proceedings, cannot seek reinstatement as a “matter of right” after a criminal court acquits him in the case based on the charges similar to the departmental inquiry, the Supreme Court has ruled. “There is no rule of automatic reinstatement on acquittal by a criminal court even though the charges levelled against the delinquent before the Enquiry Officer as well as the Criminal Court are the same,” a bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and A K Sikri said. It said the sacked policeman of West Bengal could not provide “any rule or regulation applicable

to police force stating that once an mployee has been acquitted by a criminal court, as a matter of right, he should be reinstated in service despite all the disciplinary proceedings.” The bench also cited a provision of the Police Regulations of Calcutta which provides that the outcome of the criminal trial will have no bearing on the punishment awarded to an employee in departmental proceeding in respect of the same case. It set aside the decisions of the Calcutta High Court and the West Bengal Administrative Tribunal which had asked the Kolkata police to reinstate sacked cop Sankar Ghosh after his acquittal by a criminal court in a case of dacoity.


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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 667 ACROSS: 1 City circles in which wine is imbibed (6) 5 Their arrival will give their parents little pride (4,4) 9 Smoothest sets somehow incorporating beat..... (8) 10 Show around Venice (6) 11 Discusses the talk of the town as a dog might do (5,3,4) 13 Military cover provided by some of those who take pity (4) 14 Where there's no spring, and not in free fall (2,6) 17 Russian writer opening up about press (8) 18 "An old Etonian in the afternoon...", that could be the first line of one ! (4) 20 Declare writers have one on retirement (5,7) 23 Give directions about drink as a means of getting going (6) 24 Puts in jeopardy of prime trouble when they follow in France (8) 25 Though the plane is not wrecked, get rid of it? (8) 26 Lack of employment is unacceptable for the Home Counties (3-3) DOWN: 2 A lot money on the carpet (4) 3 Making further use of troops using man-power (9) 4 It's nothing to me to allow the making of a dish (6) 5 News story that's only just been thought of (6,9) 6 How you find out it's not in America when listening (8) 7 Get high? (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: Tropic of —




8 Bet the song is out of date (4,6) 12 Clean truce brought about despite unwillingness (10) 15 Advice on how to leave a waiter a halfpenny? (3,3,3)

16 19 21 22

They photograph fish (8) John a citizen of renown ! (6) Blemish vulgarly denied (5) A positive indication to the mathematician (4)

SOLUTION TO TUESDAY’S CRYPTIC CROSSWORD ACROSS: 5 Stare into space, 7 Inters, 8 Lollipop, 10 Off ones rocker, 14 Orderly sergeant, 17 Three-quarters, 22 Rearming, 23 Pegtop, 24 Tobacco planter. DOWN: 1 Green fee, 2 Fiasco, 3 Ostler, 4 Maniac, 5 Ships doctor, 6 Tulle, 9 Paratrooper, 11 Noyau, 12 Swear, 13 Kea, 15 Dor, 16 Enraging, 18 Enrobe, 19 Quince, 20 Anglo, 21 Tipple.


ACROSS: 1 __ sleeping dogs lie (3) 4 Propel a boat, row (3) 5 Come-ons, often (5) 8 Diva's place, for short (3) 9 Tabloid,e.g. (5) 12 ___ jacket, sailor's coat (3) 13 'Ready, --, go!' (3)





MATH PYRAMID 667 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 Abraham's nephew (3) 2 Brother, of a sort (3) 3 Chaplin portrayal (5) 6 For each, or for every (3) 7 Dance moves (5) 10 ___ red, seethe (3) 11 Sabbath, for some (3)


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. TUESDAY’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. TUESDAY’S SOLUTION

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Sagittarius/Venus in Capricorn 3rd Margshirsh Shuklapaksha Purvashada Dhan (Sagittarius) Bh.F.Dh. Variegated and Light Brown 3

BIRTHDAY FORECAST: Positive trends in your work and career will continue and you will make further progress in your job. You will indulge in your favorite pastime and also enjoy extravagant luxuries. You deserve to take it easy and owe it to yourself. Your mate or beloved will be loving and affectionate. A recent romantic association gets more intimate and meaningful. BABIES BORN TODAY: Good looking, healthy and long-lived. Will be generally fortunate, intelligent and a go-getter. Will be fond of outdoor activities and friends. Humble, honest and adaptable. Does well in most fields especially medicine, media, communication, philosophy and occult services. Success from overseas is indicated.






ARIES (March 21 - April 20): A profitable day is indicated. You need to put in all efforts to remain ahead in your work and business. You will benefit by working in co-operation with others. At times you may feel partners are not doing enough in terms of money and efforts put in. Avoid changes right now. Love life is happy and gratifying.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 20): Do not waste your time in salvaging but rather follow up with dynamism a new project which needs hard work and attention. You will get opportunity to expand your work. There is a chance to make profit through an additional work or through some commission.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Some earlier projects get concluded and give you sizeable returns. You will take over new responsibilities. There may also be an opportunity to make some fresh investments. There are too many changes happening around you, and a wait and watch attitude would be the best thing for you to do.

CANCER (June 21 - July 21): Financially you are doing okay and a chance to fulfill a personal dream presents itself. Monetary rewards are also indicated. Whatever the circumstance, an updated technology is bound to help you score over your rivals. There will be cordiality at home.

LEO (July 22 - August 21): You feel confident about a new project and make rapid progress in concluding the same. Love and family affairs tend to get neglected. There seems to be a communication problem somewhere Avoid misunderstandings with your partner over a small matter.

VIRGO (August 22 - September 21): Look forward to some gains today. Temptations to invest your money are likely but avoid long term plans, for it could delay gains. Cash inflow is not a problem. Decide what to do and whom to trust on the basis of what you feel. Your decision will be the right one.

LIBRA (September 22 - October 22): News from overseas is favorable, and some of you will be traveling abroad on invitation from your business associates. You will be offered a large contract that you have been pursuing for a long time. An expected payment, perhaps from someone, who is away, is a surprise.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): You will receive a bonus or a favor as payment in appreciation of the work done earlier. Some of you are likely to travel on work, which will prove beneficial. An unpleasant argument at home could be upsetting Plans for an outing in the company of your friends or beloved will help you to relax and unwind.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 December 20): Don’t get involved in quick profit schemes. You can make good profits in ventures on which you have been working. A hectic social life could now prove exhausting. You could even be neglecting your work and personal life. Correct the situation at once for your own sake.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): The entire day will be spent in meetings and appointments and trying to stick to time schedules. There may be some urgent documentation also to be done. Do not get tied down by any promises, especially regarding money matters. Someone will borrow money and not return it at all.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): You will have to work harder to retain your position of advantage. Someone is trying hard to supersede you by showing excellent results. Love life is full of excitement and pleasant surprises. You can look forward to a pleasant evening with your beloved or friends.

PISCES (February 19 - March 20): You have a very hectic period ahead. Fresh projects started now will yield immediate benefits. Authors, writers and those in creative fields will be in the limelight. More interest in occult or religion is also indicated. Some of you will form new friendships.



QUICK CROSSWORD 4834 ACROSS: 4 By a little amount (6) 7 Expression, vocabulary or wording (8) 8 Cloth made by weaving, etc. (6) 10 Perplex, stagger or astonish (5) 13 Delves, excavates or unearths (4) 14 Fable, story or fiction (4) 15 A stringed instrument, not unlike a guitar (4) 16 Append or join (3) 17 Slope or declivity or hillside in Scotland "bare" anagram? (4) 19 Current information (4) 21 Down-to-earth, efficient and business-like (9) 23 An animal, especially a horse, having a coat sprinkled with white or gray (4) 24 ___ with : treats rather light-heartedly, in a way? (4) 26 In short, third working day of the week (3) 27 Foreboding or portent (4) 29 Every one, considered individually (4) 32 Campus court (4) 33 Narrow passage, especially between or behind buildings (5) 34 A person designated to act for or assist a sheriff (6) 35 Try harder (4,4) 36 The middle point of something, especially of a circle (6) DOWN: 1 A small fish, like a herring (5) 2 By __ and error : by a hit or miss method, in a way? (5) 3 A tightly packed bundle of cotton, etc. (4) 4 Suit, harmonize with; become (5) 5 ____ in : emphasises, repeats embarrassing facts, etc. (4) 6 Scottish landlords (6) 9 An organization that does business for others (6) 11 Very expressing opportunity or permission, as in , "You ___ enter"? (3) 12 Kind of crossing (5) 13 Sang together (7) 15 Line of actual control, acronym? (3) 16 A tool used to make holes in leather (3) 18 Expired (3,3) 20 A blackboard support (5) 21 A small herd or school, esp. of seals or


SUDOKU 2020 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: U equals I

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

whales (3) 22 An electrically charged atom (3) 23 Adore, worship (6) 25 Skate on thin ___ : behave rashly, in a way? (3)

28 Perhaps (5) 30 Authorise, concede or permit (5) 31 A carrion-feeding carnivore (5) 32 Give up, let go or abandon (4) 33 Atmosphere, air or emanation (4)

SOLUTION TO YESTERDAY’S QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS: 1 Rustic, 5 Nod, 8 Iago, 9 Earp, 10 Strewn, 11 Indelible, 13 Minx, 15 Eat, 16 Gears, 17 Agley, 20 Hun, 22 Roy, 23 Depot, 24 Sinew, 26 Uke, 27 Yell, 28 Everglade, 31 Orsino, 32 Flat, 33 Rowe, 34 ETA, 35 Niggle. DOWN: 1 Resume, 2 Spring up, 3 Iiwi, 4 Cannery, 5 Nonet, 6 Desi, 7 Trolley, 12 Das, 14 Xeno, 18 Grey, 19 Lowering, 20 Heavily, 21 Lie down, 24 Ska, 25 Alcove, 26 Ultra, 29 Rote, 30 Ere i.

IRREGULAR SUDOKU 1839 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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V O B V - I U A U Q G

Y U V V Q V .



D U G Z - A U M D N




YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: If gophers become extinct, the hole ecosystem will die.

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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: 22 average; 24 good; 26 outstanding. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: dour, drum, dump, odour, POMPADOUR, pour, proud, puma, pump, pupa, rump.





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EW DELHI: A day after his return to Sahara Force India, Nico Hulkenberg today insisted on doing a good ‘homework’ before the 2014 season, which will mark beginning of a new era in Formula One due to change in regulations. From 2014, F1 will have new regulations in place with the return of turbocharged engines for the first time since 1988. The new engines will be a 1.6 litre V6 format, replacing the 2.4 litre V8 engine configuration, used between 2006-2013. The engines will be limited to 15,000rpm and engine units must last for at least 4,000 km before being replaced. Earlier, engined were required to last for just 2,000 km. Hulkenberg, who raced for Force India’s closest mid-field rival Sauber in 2013, said he and

the team were aiming to get better results. “There are a lot of questions because we are entering a new era of Formula One and the regulations change quite drastically next year. All we can do is make sure we do our homework very well and hope we are doing the right things.” “The aim is always to get better. So much is changing and it’s impossible for anyone to predict what will happen next year. We should concentrate on ourselves and make sure we do our homework. Have to wait and see how competitive we are next year. Won‘t know until after the first couple of races,” the German racer said in a teleconference. Hulkenberg was earlier tipped to move to Lotus, where Pastor Maldonado eventually replaced Kimi Raikkonnen, but the deal

could not materialise. The German said the Indian team wanted him back so this was the best option for him. “I’m excited to be back. It’s a team I know very well. I’ve spent two years here before in 2011 and 2012, which will help me adapt back to the team quickly. Still a lot of people who I know from my time here. We have high aims together for next year. I hope we can meet those expectations. “During the later stages of the year (2013) I needed to make a decision on my future. Sahara Force India was able to give me the answers and the information I needed and wanted, different to other teams and I also really felt that they wanted me back and that they were pushing to have me back, so I made the decision to come back,” he said. Azad Shrivastav | ADC

Read your opponent’s mind: Staniforth’s advice to goalies


EW DELHI:A goalkeeper should be able to read into the opponent’s game to understand his next move, feels Indian coach Dave Staniforth. Staniforth, goalkeeping coach and strategic analyst of the Indian senior and junior men’s teams, said keeping is the most important job in hockey as well as being the most difficult position to master. “While all the players in the team understand their role, it is the goalkeeper’s role which I feel is in the most odd as he always has to be alert. My tip to the goalkeepers is to always be focused and wherever possible try reading the mind of the opponent which will help understand his next move or shot,” said Staniforth. The Indian junior team underwent a tough practice session at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in the capital today ahead of their World Cup opener against The Netherlands on December 6. Staniforth said players of all teams are under “pressure” to perform well in the tournament. “The entire team is aiming at making the strategies work on the day of play,”he added.

TRAIN ‘EM YOUNG: English footballer Alex Williams (L) with a team member of the Manchester City Football Club puts the youngsters through their paces at a coaching clinic at Cooperage on Wednesday.

Sunil Jain, Shahbaz Khan sail ahead M

UMBAI: Elphinstone Cricket Club cueists Sunil Jain and Shahbaz Khan fashioned contrasting wins to advance to the senior snooker elite round robin, in the Malabar Hill Club Maharashtra State Selection Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Wednesday. Formidable Jain overcame Sanjeev Bijlani of Park Club 2-0, while Khan rallied to beat Rishabh Shah of Mandpeshwar

Civic Federation, Borivali 2-1. Senior billiards champion Arun Agrawal and junior billiards and snooker champion Jaiveer Dhingra were the significant winners who also advanced to the round robin. It was not easy for Dhingra who was taken the distance by a determined Pankaj Khatri who experienced good form on the day including a break of 46 in his first round win over Vishal

Gehani of Park Club. Nikhil Ghadge of Matunga Gymkhana was the significant first round winner. Results: Senior Snooker: Final qualifying round: Jaiveer Dhingra (PJ Hindu Gym) bt Pankaj Khatri (NIWEC) 2-1; Sunil Jain (Elphinstone CC) bt Sanjeev Bijlani (Park Club) 2-0; Shahbaz Khan (Elphinstone CC) bt Rishabh Shah (MCF) 2-1; Arun Agrawal (Matunga Gym) bt Pranav Sangave (NIWEC) 2-0.

We’ve worked on different strategies for each team: Pak coach N

EW DELHI: Pakistan have worked on different strategies for each team and would look to execute their plans in Hero Hockey Junior World Cup which begins here tomorrow, their coach Anjum Saeed said today. “We have worked on different strategies for each team in the tournament and I believe that following the same will help us win matches,” Saeed said after his

team’s practice match against Malaysia today. “The team showcased good rhythm and teamwork during practice. The understanding and bonding amongst the players and their fitness levels will prove to be an advantage for us when we take on opponents. The players are very enthusiastic and I see no single disadvantage in this team,” he said. Captain Umar Butta said his

team was ready for the big challenge.“World Cup is the biggest challenge for any team and we as a team are ready for it. Players are getting in scheme of things in terms of environment, weather and practice session. We have always believed in experimenting during practice which helps come out with newer ways of playing and unique strategies, which helps in taking the opponents by surprise,” he said.


IN BRIEF Naylor appointed trainer and physio of Pak team

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board has sacked the local trainers and doctors attached with the national team and appointed Englishman Dale Naylor as their new physiotherapist and trainer for the next four months. The move comes ahead of the “home” series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates. “Naylor is a qualified physiotherapist, trainer and bio-mechanics expert and will remain associated with the team until after the World T20 Cup in Bangladesh,” the Board said in an announcement.The Board also announced the rest of the team management for the SL series which begins from December 11. The board has retained former captain Moin Khan as manager while Shahid Aslam returns as assistant coach. Australian head coach, Dav Whatmore and fielding coach, Julian Fountain will also be with the team.

AIFF lifts life ban on UP footballer Naseem Akhtar

NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation today lifted the life ban imposed on Uttar Pradesh Santosh Trophy captain Naseem Akhtar who was handed the punishment by his state association for asking better facilities for his team members. The Disciplinary Committee of the AIFF which met here with N A Khan at the chair “unanimously” decided to lift the ban on Akhtar who early this year had demanded better facilities for players like AC-III train travel for Santosh Trophy instead of sleeper class, among others. The Committee also found that the complaints of alleged racism made by Shillong Lajong’s Cornell Glen and Sporting Clube de Goa’s Boima Karpeh could not be proved.

Modi’s lawyer Abdi to appear before Justice Mudgal panel

MUMBAI: Ex-Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi’s lawyer Mehmood Abdi has been asked by the Supreme Courtappointed Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee, probing the IPL match fixing allegations, to appear before it tomorrow morning in New Delhi. Abdi had filed certain inputs with the Justice Mudgal Committee after it had called for all concerned to provide info/inputs of alleged betting and match fixing, a media release issued on his behalf said today. “In his statement filed with the Committee he sought to explain role of Gurunath Mayyapan as team owner who was issued accreditation/appointment etc. By the BCCI/IPL in the capacity as the owner/principal of the Chennai Super Kings an IPL Team - and he also relied upon documentary evidence from the BCCI records to this effect,” said the release.

Arun reaches junior nationals final

CHANDIGARH: Third seed Kerala’s Arun George saved six match points before upsetting top seed and defending champion Harsheel Dani of Air India to reach the under19 singles final in the 38th Junior National Badminton championship, here today. Arun, who had staged a similar comeback in the pre-quarterfinals yesterday, made the most of the net exchanges in the business end of the match to win 17-21 21-16 25-23.




DELAIDE: Captain Michael Clarke today told his Australian team not to gloat after their emphatic first Ashes Test victory over England, and focus on winning again in the second match in Adelaide. The Australians trounced the Ashes holders by 381 runs in the opening clash at the Gabba for their first Test win over England in almost three years to make the early running in the five-Test series. Skipper Alastair Cook admitted his England side were “totally outplayed” in Brisbane, but Clarke urged his team to stay grounded heading into what is shaping up as a crucial Test in the series on Thursday. England fought back to draw the opening Test of the corresponding series in Brisbane three years ago before thumping Australia by an innings and 71 runs in Adelaide and going on to take the series 3-1. Clarke said the Australia side was a long way from being the team they wanted to be. “I’m excited by the way we played in Brisbane. But, if you look at our results over the past 12 months, we have no reason to brag, or gloat or be over the top,” he told reporters. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.

UMBAI: Dimunitive Mihika Yadav, an Andheri girl knocked out top seed Simran Kaur Sethi 6-2 36 7-5 to breeze into the girls singles quarter-finals of the CCI-ITF junior tennis tournament, hosted by Cricket Club of India here on Wednesday. Undeterred by the top seed Simran’s ranking, which at present stands at 126 as compared to her’s (910), Mi-

Every single player, their feet are well and truly on the ground. “Our celebration after Brisbane wasn’t anything like I’ve seen Australian teams celebrate when we’ve had big wins like that. “I think that’s because everybody knows we’re a long way from being the team we want to be. It’s only one Test win and we’ve got some work to do in this second Test and throughout the series.” Clarke named an unchanged team for Adelaide, the first time he has been able to do so since the corresponding match last summer against South Africa. “We looked at the wicket and thought about the extra bowling option with James Faulkner in the team,” he said. “But having Wato (Shane Watson) there, who is back to 100 percent fit, and capable of bowling in both innings is a real positive for the team. “We’ve seen through his career that his overs are crucial for this team. On good flat wickets like this wicket looks here I think his bowling is going to be very handy not just for taking wickets but also building pressure from one end.” Clarke vowed to maintain the same hard-nosed approach that Australia used to damaging effect against

hika was on the attack from the word go and won the first set with ease. However, the top seed found her rhythm thereafter and dominated the second set. She broke Mihika early and stayed ahead to win the second. But Mikhika controlled the tempo in the decider to edge home. Thailand’s lefthander Chanudom Wiriyajanyong was very aggressive as he controlled the match nicely to


England at the Gabba. The skipper was fined 20 percent of his match fee for threatening England tailender James Anderson with a broken arm in the first Test, while Cook was upset at opening batsman David Warner calling his team frightened, singling out batsman Jonathan Trott as “weak”. Trott withdrew from the Ashes tour after the first Test to deal with what was widely reported to be depression. “We’ll continue to play a tough brand of cricket on the field, but as we’ve all said, we know there’s a line you can’t cross,” Clarke said. “The respect hasn’t changed one bit. We still have the ultimate respect for our opposition. They’re a very tough team. I think you’ll see the England team come out bigger and stronger after losing in Brisbane and make it a real tough challenge for us in Adelaide.” Clarke said he was fit to play after turning his ankle during training on Monday. He batted in the nets Wednesday and reported no problems. “The ankle feels fine,” Clarke said. “I think not training yesterday obviously gave me an extra day.... I feel fine”.

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send Anurag Nenwani packing. The Thai won 6-2 3-6 6-1 win. Chonudom’s Thaimate Yinglak Jittakot too found the going tough as she was fully stretched by Jennifer Luikham, a wild card, before advancing to the last eight stage with a 6-3 2-6 6-4 win. Results: Girls singles (Pre-quarterfinals): (6) Mihika Yadav bt (1) Simran Kaur Sethi 6-2 3-6, 7-5; Nidhi Surapaneni bt Thanushree Vale 6-2

6-3; (3) Nermeen Shawky (Egypt) bt Nida Kamal 6-2 6-3; (6)Karman Kaur Thandi bt Avika Sagwal 6-1 6-1; (5) Sanjana Sudhir bt Madhumita PVRajan 6-2 6-0; Anastasiya Klymenko (UKR) bt (4) Vasanti Shinde 6-2 6-1. Boys’ singles (Pre-quarterf inals): Alexey Prokopchuk (UKR) bt Lakshmanan Balaji 6-2 6-4; Chanudom Wiriyajanyong (Tha) bt Anurag Nenwani 6-2 3-6 6-1; Paramveer Singh Bajwa bt Mayuk Rawat 7-5 6-4; S.D. Prajwal Dev bt Nishangan Nadaraja (SRI) 6-4 6-2.

Manan, Sanchis qualify for knock-out phase in World Snooker


AUGAVPILS (Latvia): Manan Chandra and Arantxa Sanchis today entered the knock-out stage of the IBSF World Snooker Championship even as other Indian cueists experienced a mixed day here. The duo joined Varsha Sanjeev and two-time bronze medallist Vidya Pillai, who had qualified yesterday. Chandra blanked Spain’s Francisco Rodriguez 4-0 in his last league match to top the six-player group with five wins. Sanchis, though, lost her final league match to China’s Chunxia Shi 0-3 but the 23-year-old joined her other countrymates in the knock-out phase after finishing second in her group with five wins. In her previous outing, Sanchis had beaten The Netherlands’ Manon Melief 3-0. National champion Pillai is still to play her last league match but has qualified with five wins from as many outings to top her Group. Neena Praveen failed to make the cut even after defeating Jana Mitova of Bulgaria 3-0 for her fourth win in six matches. Neena finished third in her group. Varshaa also came up triumphant in her league match against Ukraine’s Maria Buckaraska, beating her 3-0. In the masters section (above 40), S A Saleem bowed out of the competition after losing 2-3 to Ian Sergeant from Wales. Nigel Lazar, too, lost to Murat Ayas 1-3. Results: Men’s: Manan Chandra bt Francisco Rodrigruz (Spain): (4-0) 88-9 80-28 126-0 85-1; Shahbaaz Adil Khan lost Brenden O’Donoghue (Ireland): (2-4) 72-50 16-68 88-6 5625 33-61 71-15; Brijesh Damani lost Roman Dietzel (Germany): (2-4) 70-41, 5-82, 64-69 61-49 69-44 65-31. Women’s: Neena Praveen bt Yana Shut (Belerus): (3-0) 64-47 66-38 58-18. Arantxa Sanchis lost Chunxia Shi (Hong Kong): (0-3) 49-68 36-74 44-65. Neena Praveen bt Irina Gorbataya (Russia): (3-1) 55-13 56-43 39-70 8158.

Chance: Dreams Of You, Ashwa Yodhaa, Song Saa By Timur


here are eight races today and the first starts at 1.30 p.m.


1. The Desert Lightning Plate (Class IV) 2000 M 1.30 P.M. 1. Dreams Of You 59 S. Zervan 2. Bonobo 55.5 Kavraj Singh 3. Snowing 53.5 A. Sandesh 4. Senor Hill 50.5 Shrikant Kamble Win: Dreams Of You, Snowing

2. The Etna Plate (Class V) 1600 M 2.00 P.M. 1. Edge Of Glory 60 Malcolm Kharadi 2. Adams Prince 58.5 Wdr On Compassionate Grd3. Ibis 54 C. S. Jodha 4. High Returns 53 Amyn Merchant 5. Ashwa Yodhaa 51 Neeraj Rawal

6. Blue Swallow 50 Shrikant Kamble Win: Ashwa Yodhaa, Edge Of Glory 3. The Sir Charles Forbes Trophy (Class II) 1200 M 2.30 P.M. 1. Myla Rose 60 C. S. Jodha 2. Emerald Valley 56 S. Mosin 3. Rosie Sunshine 56 A. Sandesh 4. Catharsis 54 S. Sunil 5. Ice Empire 53 S. P. Ranjane 6. Wings Of Glory 50 Neeraj Rawal Win: Ice Empire, Rosie Sunshine

4. The Nauvkhal Plate (Class V) 1000 M 3.00 P.M. 1. Herzeliyah 60.5 Sandeep Jadhav 2. Mahima 60.5 R. Shelar 3. Blush 59.5 B. Nikhil 4. Arabian Glory 59 A. Sandesh 5. Captain Smart 58 Prasad 6. Prince Arius 56 S. Mosin 7. Rising Angel 56 Zameer Sayyed 8. Rio Del Ray 51 Amyn Merchant

9. Daredevil 50 Altaf Sayyed Win: Daredevil, Herzeliyah

5. The Mayor's Trophy (Class III) 1200 M 3.30 P.M. 1. Fortune Hunter 59 Kavraj Singh 2. Awesome Smile 58.5 A. Sandesh 3. Gloria 57.5 Shrikant Kamble 4. Oriental Dawn 57.5 Amyn Merchant


5. Mountain Song 57 S. P. Ranjane 6. Titleist 56.5 B. Nikhil 7. Classic Ruler 53.5 D. A. Naik Win: Mountain Song, Oriental Dawn

6. The Free Radical Plate – Div II (Class IV) 1200 M 4.00 P.M. 1. Champakali 60 S. Mosin 2. Calypso Queen 56.5 Neeraj Rawal

3. Holiday Dancer 56 Amyn Merchant 4. Three Roses 56 J. E. Pereira 5. Monte Carlo 55 S. Sameer 6. Essence Of Love 54 S. P. Ranjane 7. Miracle Of Mercy 54 Kavraj Singh 8. Ice Gate 53.5 C. S. Jodha 9. Earth Orbit 52.5 Hanumant Singh 10. Song Saa 52.5 S. Zervan 11. Speed Up 52.5 Satish Nayak 12. Star Prince 52 J. Chinoy 13. Mt Tianmen 49.5 S. S. Baria Win: Song Saa, Miracle of Mercy 7. The Blue Pencil Plate 1000 M 4.30 P.M. 1. Double O Seven 57 S. Sunil 2. Open Offer 57 Neeraj Rawal 3. Smart Raider (Blk) 57 S. Mosin 4. Artiste 55.5 J. Fortune 5. Cumbre Vieja 55.5 Shrikant Kamble 6. Gyahana 55.5 Zameer Sayyed

7. Miss Miracle 55.5 Fr'co F Dasilva 8. Say When 55.5 Altaf Sayyed Win: Open Offer, Artiste

8. The Free Radical Plate – Div I (Class IV) 1200 M 5.00 P.M. 1. Ice Age 62 Sandeep Jadhav 2. Marengo 61.5 B. Nikhil 3. Protector Of Paris 61.5 S. Zervan 4. One Kept Secret 61 A. Sandesh 5. Achieve 60.5 N. S. Parmar 6. You're The Boss 60.5 S. Mosin 7. Ice Skates 60 Prasad 8. Mr Morrison 58.5 J. E. Pereira 9. Dreamland 58 J. Pradeep 10. Seven Seas 58 Dharmendar 11. Wind Craft 57.5 S. P. Ranjane 12. Speed Baby 57 C. S. Jodha 13. Earth Tamer 56 Hanumant Singh Win: Ice Age, Protector of Paris



Afternoon Despatch & Courier


By Chetan Narula


OHANNESBURG: Gaining in confidence with every series, India’s in-form young batsmen are set to be put through their sternest test this season when the team takes on the mighty South Africa in a three-match ODI series starting here tomorrow. It is an ODI contest with context but that has got nothing to do with the political intrigue that led to this tour being shortened. Nor is it just another three-match series between the number one and number five ranked sides. This affair has a certain context, all of it pertaining to what happens within the boundary ropes. For Team India, it will be an exercise to reaffirm faith in their young batsmen. This is the same bunch that has been busy lighting up cricket grounds with some breathtaking stroke-play. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, each have scored more than thousand runs in ODIs played this calendar year, each of them averaging over fifty. There can be two ways to look at this statistic. First, they have scored runs in India, England, West Indies and Zimbabwe, in different conditions. Their confidence is sky-high at the moment and in their respective purple patches, all they can think of is playing the next match and batting on. Their great run has meant that

the Indian batting has started to look top-heavy, and this is the second point, albeit a bit worrisome. In 31 matches this year, Suresh Raina averages only 36. In 21 matches, Yuvraj Singh has scored at only 21.23. In the last nine matches (seven completed innings each) against Australia and West Indies, they have fared worse — Raina has scored at 22.42 and Yuvraj at 19.66, facing the same bowling as Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli, on the same pitches. Along with the inform top-order and below Yuvraj and Raina, is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who too has maintained his touch this year. In 23 matches, he averages 66.90. Of course, the small print is that he has been not out eight times. But his conversion rate after getting a start has been good, with four fifties and a hundred. It highlights that hole of poor form in the middle of the batting order, which South Africa will look to exploit. Particularly, when Team India is likely to play only six frontline batsmen. This will be a test unlike any other in the 11 months gone by, on pitches which will afford more bounce and are likely to cater to the hosts’ traditional strength — pace. The hosts will be eager to unleash Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis at the first available opportunity. Both Steyn and Kallis have been included in the squad for this three-

match series, after sitting out the third (and last) ODI against Pakistan. South Africa lost that threematch rubber, a first loss against Pakistan at home. Similarly, India too have never won a bilateral ODI series in South Africa and the Men in Blue will want to take heart from their archrivals’ success. For the Proteas, going up against the top-ranked ODI side, this is a chance to ascertain their own plans in this format after some patchy display in the past year. In fact, South Africa have only beaten Pakistan in two bilateral series (out of three against this opposition) in 2013, failing to impress in the Champions Trophy and losing to New Zealand and Sri Lanka elsewhere. After Gary Kirsten stepped down as coach, and AB de Villiers’ none too impressive captaincy run so far, the team is still trying to find its feet under current coach Russell Domingo. His biggest aim will be to find a cure for this team’s pain-point — failure to handle pressure and close out games. It is a fact that they have just one win in their last eight games while chasing. While Indian batsmen versus South African bowlers will prove to be the key contest, the Indian bowlers too have a chance to get onto the stage. For them, it is a chance to regain confidence lost in the last couple months.


Rival captains A B de Villiers and M S Dhoni pose with the ODI series trophy.

Getting used to pace and bounce is a big challenge: Dhoni J

OHANNESBURG: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said that “getting used to the pace and bounce” in South African conditions will be the biggest challenge for his young team, which is here to play three ODIs and two Tests. “One of the big challenges is to get used to the pace and bounce. If you are just new to the international circuit, then it becomes more of a challenge. The reason being, in India even on the best of wickets you don’t get the same pace, or even bowlers who can generate similar pace and bounce. “So it makes slightly more difficult for the players who have just made their debut in the international arena,” Dhoni told reporters at the pre-match press conference. He, though, also believed that there are some players who have had international experience.

“But at the same time there are few players (in the side) who have been playing for the last few seasons and have had a decent outing all over the world. When you come to the same venue, you know how the situation or condition will be, and it gives an edge to adapt quickly. At the end of the day experience always counts.” Young they may be, but this Indian lot is also very enthusiastic about their cricket. And now, they will be raring to take on the challenge of facing against some of the best fast bowlers in world cricket. The battle then essentially will be between Indian batsmen and South Africa bowlers, and how they cope up with the likes of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander will be intriguing to say the least.

Taylor double ton puts Playing under pressure at home Kiwis in firm control is unusual for us: De Villiers D UNEDIN (New Zealand): Ross Taylor smashed a maiden double century against the West Indies today as New Zealand racked up an imposing 609-9 declared, taking a vice-like grip on the first Test in Dunedin. The tourists made a shaky start to their reply, reduced to 24-2 before recovering to reach 67 without further loss by the close but they face a monumental task to avoid defeat. Taylor, who a year ago was in the doldrums when dumped as New Zealand captain, proved that disappointment was well behind him as became only the 13th New Zealander to reach 200 in a Test innings. Along the way he shared in a 195run partnership with replacement skipper Brendon McCullum which signalled a record fourth-wicket stand for New Zealand against the West Indies. Taylor was at the crease for more than eight hours, faced 319 balls and hit 23 boundaries without risking a lofted shot. Four of those boundaries came in one over from Shannon Gabriel as the workload told on the West Indies quicks after a leg muscle strain forced Darren Sammy out of the attack.


OHANNESBURG: South Africa’s ODI captain AB de Villiers didn’t make any bones about the fact that the hosts are indeed “under pressure” going into the first of the three-match ODI series against a formidable Indian side led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “We are under pressure, playing in our own country and that is a bit unusual for us,” De Villiers said during the pre-match media conference. While admitting that losing the ODI series against Pakistan 1-2 has dented their confidence, the South African skipper made it a point to state that they are certainly not underdogs as being dubbed in some quarters. “We have just lost a series at home, so the confidence is not very high. Some of the knowledgeable people will say that we are underdogs. But there is no way we will stand back and allow that to happen. There is no chance we will accept that. At home we cannot afford to be called the underdogs,” De Villiers tried putting up a brave front. The skipper expects his team to perform to their full potential at

home against a team that’s not known to do well in these conditions where there is a lot of pace and bounce on offer. “If we play to our full potential, no one can stop us here, especially in South African conditions. That’s the kind of mindset I want the guys to go in with for tomorrow’s game. We need to show the right attitude, good body language. “Most of all, we need to remember that we are playing against a sub-continent team that has come to South Africa and they have a very bad record against us here. Even though we just lost a series,

we have the confidence and belief to beat the world number one side,” he added. It is definitely a sound warning for MS Dhoni and his boys, as they prepare to take on South Africa in the first ODI at the Wanderers. Given this aggressive tone, the pitch rolled will obviously be of much interest, not just in this match but throughout the tour. “I have had a look at the wicket and there’s a lot of grass on it. It hasn’t seen a lot of sun yet. But it should play the same over the course of 100 overs. Whether we bat first or second, or bowl first or second, I am not too fussed about that. We are playing the number one team in the world and we will have to play well to beat them,” said the South Africa captain. Even if the pitch doesn’t change its nature for the duration of the match, given the form of Indian batsmen, it is not unlikely that scores might touch 300. However improbable chases as seen against Australia might be elusive. Perhaps this is something that concerns South Africa more than India, for they haven’t crossed 300 for sixteen ODIs now.


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