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Gavan Pada, near the Eastern Express Highway in Mulund (East), early on Sunday morning. Total seven labourers of Shriram Private Contractor were working to connect sewerage lines between Mulund


hree private contract labourers died due to suffocation and one remains in a serious condition after being exposed to hazardous gases while working on the interconnection of a sewerage line project at

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Doubts raised over Metro Line 3 technology

By Prashant Hamine

Stop fighting for cabinet ministership and for minister of state posts! The election results are yet to be declared.

have revealed that the planning and designing of erious questions are such a huge and eminent being raised over the project has been made in technology being haste due to the forthused for the proposed coming state assembly 33.5 km long and elections due in October. Rs.23,126 crore worth CoAccording to sources laba-SEEPZ Mumbai Continued on pg 3 « Metro Line 3. Sources


Gold: `29,940  Silver: `42,440  US Dollar: `60.04 Temperature: 330C/270C  Humidity: 59%

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Do you think you will buy mangoes after the European Union has banned them stating that they were found to be contaminated by pests such as fruit flies? Neha Shinde PR executive YES, surely, it doesn’t matter if the fruit has pests. It happens at times, all the mangoes cannot be as you expect, I will buy them. Shreedhar Chavan Businessman YES, Mango is the king of fruits and is in demand in every Indian home. Not all of them have pests or insects, so I will buy mangoes. Guari More Media YES, you cannot give a guarantee of a fruit being affected by insects or rotten. It will be great if the mangoes are sent back and we can buy more of them this year.

Hardik Tanna Interior Designer YES, mangoes and vegetables too, at times, have insects or pests. That does not mean that we will stop buying. I will surely buy the king of fruits, the Mango. Abha Dhole Law Student YES, you cannot predict whether it's good or spoilt before it's cut open. Mangoes being my favourite, I will surely but them.

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Gayatri Sahasrabuddhe hile sparrows seem to be slowly disappearing, one bird species that has taken over the city is the pigeon (the rock pigeon). The population of this species is booming and has been on a steady rise and is proving to be a silent health hazard, that many people don't seem to be aware of. According to Mohammed Dilawar, Founder and President of Nature Forever Society, “According to the findings of the Common Bird Monitoring of India, the commonly found rock pigeon in Mumbai is one of the most common birds across the country. Previously it was not so but this has happened due to the proliferation of Kabutar Khaanas”. While the city doesn't have too many legal kabutar khaanas, many have popped up, and it has turned into a lucrative and commercial


RTI activist claims that the scheme which was made mandatory by BMC for new buildings several years ago has failed to elicit due response

By Philip Varghese


ncreasing water problem in the city has forced the BMC to make rainwater harvesting mandatory for new buildings. However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) 14 years' Rain Water Harvesting scheme data seems to be still in a bouquet. This was revealed by RTI activist Anil Galgali who had alleged that he is being tossed from one department to the other seeking a reply for his RTI query on how many buildings in the city have followed the rain water harvesting scheme. According to Galgali, “In 2007, the BMC made rain water harvesting mandatory for the new buildings. Without it, they would not be given occupation certificate. I wrote to the BMC via the RTI query asking the BMC from the Rain Water Harvesting department regarding progress and data of rain water harvesting scheme. Mahadev Shinde, Executive Engineer of Rain Water Harvesting department replied to me that on October 1, 2002, the BMC imposed the rain water harvesting scheme for the newly constructed buildings, a plot measuring more than 1,000

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square metres must have rain water harvesting scheme. This was amended on March 10, 2005 and made mandatory by the government. Again on June 6, 2007, it was made mandatory for all new buildings constructed on a plot measuring more than 300 square

scheme. “Shinde claimed that this query comes under the jurisdiction of Chief Engineer, Development Planning Department and transferred my plea to that department. The Administrative Officer, G.B. Lokhande of Chief Engineer's office transferred my plea to all Deputy Chief Engineers of City and Suburban Division. Now, both the departments have no record and so they are transferring my plea from one office to another. I feel that the civic administration is not doing enough to save water. Rain water harvesting could be a solution for the city, for at least nondrinking purpose. I have written to the BMC Commissioner, Sitaram Kunte and have asked him to take strict action on Chief Engineer Rajeev Kuknur's department which has to ensure the water conserving system is in place in new buildings. I have also demanded that an inquiry should be carried out on the responsible officer and metres to have rain water harvest- he should be fined. The BMC’s ing system in place.” building proposals department Galgali again asked the BMC on has to ensure the water conservhow many buildings have imple- ing system is in place in new mented the rain water harvesting buildings,” said Galgali. scheme and how many buildings' Attempts to contact Chief EngiOC was rejected due to non-imple- neer Rajeev Kuknur turned futile. mentation of rain water harvesting

BMC to collect water bill payments on-the-spot By Khushboo Panjabi


he Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is in plans to make the payment of water bills an on-the-spot process, which will be a great relief for the consumers as they will not have to stand in long queues for paying their bills. However, the tenders will be prepared in two months. Ramesh Bamble, chief engineer,

Last week, the officials of the water department prepared a draft tender for the new billing system and also visited professors from IIT-B to seek advice on technical aspects. The department is also in further plans to track the progress for consumers who have been applying for new water connections online. Hydraulic department, BMC said, “In order to make it easier for the consumers, the civic ward officers will go around with a water meter reading instrument and handover

the bills to the consumers who can make the payments and collect the receipt on the spot.” “We are also in plans to track the tankers online to know who has ap-

Pigeons ‘rocking’ the city business. This is only increasing the species population which is detrimental in a number of ways. Dilawar stated, “The BMC and government agencies need to take immediate action to close down Kabutar Khaanas across the city keeping in mind the welfare and health of people and to maintain ecological balance”. The droppings of the pigeons cause bronchial and respiratory damage, especially to children and elderly women and of course the individuals who come in close contact and are constantly exposed to them. Often women who clean the droppings bear the brunt of this. When asked about the health hazard to humans, Dr. Ashok Mahashur, Consulting Chest Physician

the number of people affected by this, there are a large number of lung fibrosis cases in the city, possibly caused by this. Many people in the city feed pigeons for religious reasons and it has also turned into a popular tourist activity at quite a few locaat Hinduja Hospital said, “This is a tions. So how does one safeguard very important and serious issue themselves from the constant expoand can lead to a life threatening sure to pigeons and their dropcondition”. pings? The pigeon droppings contain Dr. Mahashur points out that certain antigens which cause aller- using adequate masks while cleangic alveolitis in people who are ing pigeon droppings will help. hyper sensitive. This causes breathApart from the health issues lessness, the ability to take in oxy- cited, the pigeon population has gen is reduced, causes a cough, also affected the ecological balance fever and gradually leads to Fibro- and the number of many other sis, damaging the lungs, he ex- tinier birds especially the sparrow, plains. While there are no figures of as the pigeons eat into their food re-

plied for it and enable us to send them an SMS. At present the requests are sent to the concerned ward offices for tankers, and then after the procedure and the permission it is difficult to keep a track whether the tanker has reached the right consumer or not”, he said. “Also, there will be a special system wherein the consumer will be able to inform us if the tanker has reached.”

sources and nesting spaces. Another major problem is that of maintenance and cleaning of buildings and homes. Pigeon droppings need to be cleaned constantly and this is an expensive and cumbersome exercise, not to forget unhealthy. Pigeon droppings are acidic and damage building surfaces while the nesting material cause blockages and structural damages. Keeping homes and buildings pigeon free is an expensive considering people spending thousands on nets and grills to keep the birds away. So how does one tackle the pigeon issue in a humane way? Dilawar said, “The only solution to the pigeon problem is to close Kabutar khaanas, that’s it! London has dealt with its pigeon problem and they no longer face it. In many parts of the world commercial and mass feeding has been closed down”.

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within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the project cost could exceed the limit if it is not executed efficiently. Sources argue that the choice of traction voltage, Alternating Current (AC) (instead of the earlier option of Direct Current) which is intended to be used in this line is unviable. Sources pointed out that the choice of AC power lines would require digging of much larger tunnels which would add 15 per cent to the cost of the project. The dumping of the extra debris would not only be expensive but will also endanger the ecological system of the city. The design also does not address the safety concerns of the commuters. The AC lines tend to waste more power in comparison to DC power. A single depot for such a large project will create chaos once it becomes operational. The world over, 97 per cent of the underground Metros run on DC, which is a known, preferred and successful, model. The DC current model has many advantages over AC in the underground metros. The 33.5 km route is partly underground and partly elevated. According to MMRDA there are 14 bidders who have placed their bids for the project, including IL&FS, J. Kumar, Larsen & Toubro, Gammon, Unity Infrastructure, Hindustan Construction Company and others in joint ventures with companies from China, Russia, Spain and other Metro Line 3 route from Colaba to SEEPZ countries.


By A Staff Reporter


he Airport Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Mumbai Airport on Sunday arrested two passengers, in two different operations, on their arrival here from Dubai and seized over 25 kg gold worth Rs 6.5 crore. This is the highest seizure of smuggled gold from the airport in a day, claimed Milind Lanjewar, Additional Commissioner, AIU. In the first case, Mohammed Aboobacker arrived from Dubai via Muscat and was intercepted with 13 gold bars of one kg each and two gold bars of 10 'tolas' (100 gms) each, worth Rs 3.39 crore. In the second case, the sleuths apprehended passenger Mavin Keezhil Aslam, who arrived from Dubai, and seized 12 gold bars of one kg each and 2 gold bars of 10 tolas each, valued at 3.14 crore. "Our investigations show that they

used similar modus operandi and they were working at the behest of the same person in Dubai," Lanjewar told PTI. According to officials, the two passengers were carrying the yellow metal in their bags and in their pockets and to avoid Customs net they had worn an identity card on their neck. "They pretended as if they were some airport staff, however, after crossing the Customs counter when one of the sleuths called them, their faces turned blank and we grew suspicious and checked their belongings," said an official. Customs officials also said that the identity cards they were wearing turned out to be their driving licenses. "We are investigating and finding out as to who was the intended recipient," said a source. Both the passengers were subsequently arrested, Lanjewar said.

Agro-economists to be felicitated in city By A Staff Reporter

Agriculture Economics department head of Karnataka University, Prakash, Agro rominent agri-economists will be fe- One news editor Anand Gade and Ramlicitated by Pheonix Foundation on pal Jat from Rajasthan will be felicitated May 14 here for their contribution to- by BJP leader Gopinath Munde, reports wards upliftment of farmers and rural PTI. In last 10 years, over 1.5 lakh farmers economy. have committed suicide and we have The Foundation president Pasha Patel been demanding that farmers get a price said in a statement that Maharashtra equivalent to what they have spent on Agriculture Economic Council president production of crop, Patel said. Prakash Mahindre, Agriculture economThe awards are being given to create ics department chief at Mahatma Phule awareness among people about the work Agriculture University Dadabhau Yadav, being undertaken in this field, he added.


Not knowing its 40 families living in darkness ‘e’ from its ‘a’ Indifferent landlord used the wrong power cables and hasn't bothered to rectify the situation for more than a week

By Zuber Ansari


By Yatin Ingle


s if the existing goof-ups by the Mumbai University aren't enough, the ADC has now come across mistakes in the MU's study material too. The books provided to the post-graduate students of the Institute of Open and Distance Learning (IDOL) are replete with spelling mistakes, wrong contexts as well as other grammatical errors. Students taking admission to the correspondence courses of the university are issued study material which they are supposed to selfstudy along with a few lectures conducted by the varsity. The errors in most books start right from the cover page. A book for MA in Sociology read 'THEORATICAL PERSPECTIVES'. (Theoretical is spelt with an 'e' not an 'a'.) A student pursuing her MA from IDOL, on the condition of anonymity, said, “I was shocked when I went through the books. The sentences are not only grammatically incorrect but there also exist major glitches in the subject matter which is haphazardly arranged and sometimes even repeated. Some

Theoretical is Theoratical on this cover. names of places and sociologists have also been misspelt.” This year (academic year 201314), 73,000 students have taken admissions at the IDOL. Dr. Harishchandra, Director, IDOL, said, “Till now the institute has not received any complaints about the errors or mistakes. We will definitely look into this matter thoroughly now.”

bout 40 residents of a chawl in Santacruz (E) filed a complaint with the Vakola police on Saturday against their landlord and power supply company, frustrated that no one had turned up to repair their metre boxes which caught fire from a short circuit a week ago. All the residents of Musa Pathan Chawl near Chopra building submitted their complaints in writing, stating the problems they've been facing due to the lack of electricity, including claims of children falling sick, and being hospitalised. One of the residents said, “About a week ago, more than 40 meter boxes suddenly caught fire and since then, we've been spending our days and nights with no electricity. Our landlord has to take responsibility because he has rented many rooms to garment traders and because of an overload, these metre boxes burned.” Three months ago, the residents and the landlord together set up a heavy metre cable. In spite of this, the extra load burned the cables. The residents claim that the landlord is asking them to contribute more money if they want electricity.

A view of the burnt meter boxes at Musa Pathan Chawl, Santacruz (East) One of them said, “The power supply company who's turning a blind eye towards our problem and the contractor who has taken lots of money from the landlord are

equally responsible.” Sources from Vakola police station said, “We got the complaint in writing from the residents and we will work on it accordingly.”

04 THANKSGIVING Thank You St. Jude for the favour granted. O Holy St. Jude Apostle & Martyr great in virtue & rich in miracles near kinsman of Jesus Christ faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart & humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present urgent petition in return I promise to make your name known & cause you to be invoked. Say Our father three Hail Mary & three glory be's St. Jude pray for us & all who invoke your aid AMEN - Sonal Patel C-4489


I have changed my name from Ismail s/o Abdur Razzaq to Shaikh Mohd Ismail s/o Shaikh Abdur Razzaq as per Affidavit dated 30/04/2014. C-5715 I have changed my name from Parveen Bano Rojan Baux w/o Rojan Baux to Parveen Rojan Baux w/o Rojan Baux as per Affidavit dated 30/04/2014. C-5716 I Gurpreet Kaur Makhan Singh have changed my daughter name from Aleena Umesh Nandlal Mistry to Aleena Kaur Gurpreet Singh as per Affidavit dated 09/05/2014. C-5717 I have changed my name from Abdul Rasheed Kunni (Old Name) to Abdul Rashid Kunni (New Name) as per Affidavit : KS 568435. C-5718 I have changed my name from Aboo Backer Abdul Rasheed Kunni (Old Name) to Abubacker Abdul Rashid Kunni(New Name) as per Affidavit: KS 568435. C-5719 I have changed my name from Nasarath Abdul Rasheed Kunni (Old Name) to Nasrath Abdul Rasheed Kunni (New Name) as per Affidavit: KS 568435. C-5720 I have changed my name from Mahesh Jamiatrai Lund to Maheshlal Jamiatrai Lund as per Deed Poll Affidavit. C-5721 I have changed my name from Ghanshyam Motumal Chandwani to Ghanshyamdas Motumal Chandwani as per Deed Poll Affidavit. C-5722 I have changed my name from Basavaraj Vaijinath Mhetre to Basavraj Vaijinath Mhetre as per Deed Poll Affidavit. C-5723 I have changed my name from Kasheppa Mareppa to Vaijinath Mareppa Mhetre as per Deed Poll Affidavit. C-5724 I have changed my name from Dhano Tarachand Dodeja to Dhanu Tarachand Dodeja as per Deed Poll Affidavit. C-5725

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CLASSIFIEDS I have changed my name from Bhavdeep P. Jadeja to Bhavdeep Pravinsinh Jadeja as per Govt. of Maharashtra Gazette No (X34635). C-5726 I have changed my name from Zubeda Mohammed Saif Ashrafi to Zubeda Chakna Pidiyal as per Deed Poll Affidavit KM 474624 dated 30 / 4 / 2014. C-5727 I have changed my name from Zubeda Mohammed Saif Ashrafi to Zubeda Chakna Pidiyal as per Deed Poll Affidavit KM 474623 dated 30 / 4 / 2014. C-5728 I have changed my name from Mrs. 'Hanifa Mohamed Saeed' to Mrs. 'Haneefa Mohammed Saeed Sirkhot' as per Affidavit Dated 05.05.2014. C-5729 I have changed my name from Pravinkumar Shamjibhai Shah to Pravin Shamjibhai Shah as per Affidavit dated : 07.05.2014. C-5730 I have changed my name from Razi Vasihaidar to Razi Vasihaidar Sayyed as per Affidavit dated : 10.05.2014. C-5731 I have changed my name from Wasim Abdul Majid Suleman to Wasim Abdul Majid Karlekar as per deedpoll Affidavit dated 15/4/2014. C-5732 I have changed my name from Mohd Arslan Hasan Khan to Muhammad Arsalan Hasan Khan as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-5733 I have changed my name from Mohd Numaan Hasan Khan to Muhammad Nomaan Hasan Khan as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-5734 I have changed my name from Maria Waheed Ahmed Pijvi to Mariya Adil Parvez Shaikh as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-5735 I have changed my name from Arbaz Dilawar Chikte to Arbaz Dilawar Chikate as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-5736 I have changed my name from Yusuf Huzaifah Bengally to Yusuf Huzaifah Bengaly Bamboat as per Maharashtra Gazette No : (U-9184). C-5737 I have changed my name from Burhanuddin Huzaifah Bengally to Burhanuddin Huzaifah Bengaly Bamboat as per Maharashtra Gazette No : (U-9185). C-5738 I Mr. Manubhai Gaurishankar Purohit & Mr. Manishkumar Gaurishankar Purohit have changed my name to Mr. Manish Gaurishankar Purohit as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 09/05/14. C-5739 I Ajij Bahadur Khan have changed my name to Aziz Bahadur Khan as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 09/05/14. C-5740


I Hina Arvind Shukla have changed my name to Heena Tushar Vyas as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 30/04/14. C-5741

I Mukthar Chogle have changed my name to Mukhatar Chogale as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5758

I have changed my name from Walia Parminder Paramjeet to Parminder Kaur Walia as per Affidavit. C-5775

I have changed my name from Sukhdeo Singh Jogindar Singh to Sukhdev Singh Joginder Singh as per Affidavit. C-5794

I Kirankumar Shiva Suvarna have changed my name to Mr. Kiran Shiva Suvarna as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 28/04/14. C-5742

I Shahnaz Chogle have changed my name to Yasmeen Chougle as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5759

I have changed my name from P Asok Devendra to Kuppuswamy Punnuswamy Devendra as per Affidavit. C-5776

I have changed my name from Ranjit Singh to Ranjeet Singh Sukhdev Singh Khaira as per Affidavit. C-5795

I Yasmin Chogle have changed my name to Yasmeen Chougle as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5760

I have changed my name from Muduthota Shambhu to Shambhu Narashima Poojary as per Affidavit. C-5777

I have changed my name from Samina to Saminabano Mohammed Shamim Ansari as per Affidavit. C-5796

I have changed my name from Mohd Yashin to Mohd Yasin Shakil Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-5778

I have changed my name from Mazid Hamja Malbari to Abdul Majeed Hamja Malbari as per Affidavit. C-5797

I Daksha Ramji Waghela have changed my name to Daxa Ramji Waghela as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 10/05/14. C-5743 I Ramjibhai Keshavbhai Waghela have changed my name to Ramji Keshavbhai Waghela as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 10/05/14. C-5744 I Jetal Himatkumar Jadav have changed my name to Jetal Himatbhai Jadav as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 10/05/14. C-5745 I Nirmala Pramod Singh have changed my name to Nirmla Pramod Singh as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 09/05/14. C-5746 I Mr. Dilip Badalchand Mehta have changed my name to Mr. Dilipkumar Badalchand Mehta as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 09/05/14. C-5747 I Miss. Sapana Subhash Narvekar have changed my name to Miss. Sapna Subhash Narvekar as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5748 I Mr. Hafiz Md. Bashir Ansari have changed my name to Mr. Mohd Hafeez Md. Bashir Ansari as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5749 I Najmunnisa Mohamed Husain Shaikh have changed my name to Najmunnisa Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5750 I Rifat Mohamed Husain Shaikh have changed my name to Rifath Mohamed Hassan Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5751 I Mohamed Husain Shaikh have changed my name to Mohamed Hassan Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5752 I Satishbhai Vadilal Shah have changed my name to Satish Vadilal Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5753 I Satishbhai Shah have changed my name to Satish Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5754 I Satishkumar Vadilal Jadhav have changed my name to Satish Vadilal Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5755 I Jayshreeben Satish Shah have changed my name to Jayshree Satish Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5756 I Muzammil Chogle have changed my name to Muzzamil Chogle as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5757

I Mukhtiyar Chogle have changed my name to Mukhatar Chogale as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5761 I Vilas Shriniwasrao Rajendra have changed my name to Vilas Shriniwasrao Jahagirdar as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-5762 I Swetaben Sanjay Sarang have changed my name to Sweta Sanjay Sarang as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 10/05/14. C-5763 I Rajeshriben Maganlal Morkar have changed my name to Rajeshri Sanjay Sarang as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 10/05/14. C-5764 I Rajeshri S. Sarang have changed my name to Rajeshri Sanjay Sarang as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 10/05/14. C-5765 I Sanjaybhai Narayanbhai Sarang have changed my name to Sanjay Narayan Sarang as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 10/05/14. C-5766 I Rajeshriben have changed my name to Rajeshri Sanjay Sarang as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 10/05/14. C-5767 I have changed my name from Yash Sunil Thakur to Aahan Sunil Dogra as per the Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No (X-91360) dated: March 21- 27, 2013. C-5768 I, Atiya Parvin have changed my name to Atiya Arif Siddique vide an Affidavit dated 09-052014. C-5769 I have changed my name from Pradeepkumar Balchand Kothari to Pradeep Kothari as per Affidavit. C-5770 I have changed my name from Ritikesh Anand Chikne to Rishikesh Anand Chikane as per Affidavit. C-5771 I have changed my name from Vandana Devi Jai Prakash Rai to Nidhi Singh as per Affidavit. C-5772 I have changed my name from Ajaykumar Rajaram More to Ajay Rajaram More as per Affidavit. C-5773 I have changed my name from Richaro George Viegas to Richard George Viegas as per Affidavit. C-5774

I have changed my name from Noorjamal to Noorjamal Shakil Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-5779 I have changed my name from Priyasi Shivkumar Tiwari to Meghna Shivkumar Tiwari as per Affidavit. C-5780 I have changed my name from Sanghvi Dilip Bhailal to Sanghavi Dilip Bhailal as per Affidavit. C-5781 I have changed my name from Sanghvi Geeta Dilip to Sanghavi Geeta Dilip as per Affidavit. C-5782 I have changed my name from Ruchika Umesh Sharma to Ruchika Bhardwaj as per Affidavit. C-5783 I have changed my name from Shafiq Ahamed Mohd. Khalil & Shaikh Shafik to Shaikh Shafique Ahmed as per Affidavit. C-5784

I have changed my name from Anupreeta Singh Shikarwal to Anupreeta Singh Shikarwar as per Affidavit. C-5798 I have changed my name from Parnini Singh Shikarwal to Parnini Singh Shikarwar as per Affidavit. C-5799 I have changed my name from Ajaysingh Shikarwal to Ajaysingh Shikarwar as per Affidavit. C-5800 I have changed my name from Sahezad Ahemad to Shahzad Ahmed Rais Ahmed Ansari as per Affidavit. C-5801 I have changed my name from Rahish Ahemad Idayat Rasool to Rais Ahmed Hidayat Rasool Ansari as per Affidavit. C-5802 I have changed my name from Qutubuddin Abdul Husain Ghadiyali to Kutbuddin Abdul Husain Ghadiyali as per Affidavit. C-5803

I have changed my name from Khan Sajid Ahmed & Khan Sajid Ahmed Husain to Khan Sajid as per Affidavit. C-5785

I have changed my name from Tasneem Qutubuddin Ghadiyali to Tasneem Kutbuddin Ghadiyali as per Affidavit. C-5804

I have changed my name from Munni Begum to Khan Kadri Begum as per Affidavit. C-5786

We Kutbuddin Ghadiyali & Tasneem Ghadiyali have change our daughter’s name from Arwa Qutubuddin Ghadiyali to Arwa Kutbuddin Ghadiyali as per Affidavit. C-5805

I have changed my name from Niclav Philip Cruze to Niclav Philip D’cruz as per Affidavit. C-5787 I have changed my name from Anisa Husain Khot to Aneesa Anees Mukadam as per Affidavit. C-5788 I have changed my name from Shivaram Hegde to Shivarama Hegde as per Affidavit. C-5789 I have changed my name from Shailesh Kumar to Shailesh Shivarama Hegde as per Affidavit. C-5790 I have changed my name from Kasturi to Kasthuri Hegde as per Affidavit. C-5791 I have changed my name from Amla Nita to Nitakumari Jadulal Thakker as per Affidavit. C-5792 I have changed my name from Rajvindra Kaur to Rajvinder Kaur as per Affidavit. C-5793

I have changed my name from Aslam Ali Mohd Ali Bhojani to Aslam Mohamad Husen Bhojani as per Affidavit. C-5806

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polling booth. For more than a year, the ECI has Listening to former Chief been crying hoarse urging Election Commissioner Dr. the people to check their S.Y. Quraishi the other day, names. We might question the sceptics realised that it is as to why names from Ineasy to pillory come Tax, Sales Tax and the Election other such lists do not get Commission deleted and why only from of India (ECI) the voters list. We have been for the miss- guilty enough of not checking names ing the voter list as we treat from the vot- elections as a one-off affair ers' lists, poll held once in five years. If code violations to reigning elections are a celebration of in the political bigwigs to the power of the voter, ensure there is a level play- shouldn’t the voter then be pending with the governing field during elections. alert and responsible to- ment. Most of the reforms Consider this, it takes just a wards his rights and duties? like giving statutory backing to the model code of constaff of 300 people and supduct, curbing money power port staff to pull off a near and some other issues do blemish free general elections across the length and Although the ECI is consti- not even require amendbreadth of this country. With tutionally an autonomous ment to any laws. And yet an error factor of just 0.5 per body, unlike other statutory they are stalled. Dr. Quraishi cent in the deletion of 50 bodies, it does not have a is right when he slams the lakh names, the ECI man- proper administrative and political establishment for aged to register record voter enforcement arm of its own taking the piece-meal apturnouts in all the phases of and has to depend upon the proach in banning Exit & Opinion polls and trying to elections. pass the buck on to the ECI, Pity that some high profile when it is for the governpersonalities missed out ment to act. from taking part in this great Obviously there are sevfestival of democracy. De- state machinery to do its spite the constant efforts at bidding. The issue of Elec- eral lacunae in the system. increasing voter awareness, toral Reforms is one such Certainly it takes two to some chose to be some- case. For the last two tango and the ECI machinwhere else other than the decades the matter has been ery does have its pitfalls.

Electoral Reforms

Over 6,000 cases pending in special courts across the state By A Special Correspondent


n the one hand the government has taken serious cognisance of the sudden spurt of atrocity cases against Dalits and decided to expedite the process of forming new fast track courts dedicated for cases of anti-Dalit atrocities, a statistic by the Law and Judiciary department has revealed that more than six thousand cases of such atrocities are



most experienced psephologists in a fix. Because the voting percentage puts a question mark over the ageold yardstick of if it was less then it would benefit the ruling party and if it was more then it benefits the opposition. Until now the voting percentage which saw a minimal fluctuation of just two to three percent either ways, but this time the phePrashant Hamine | ADC nomenal average increase of nearly 10 per cent is mindboggling. Nobody, not even Election campaigning the seasoned politicians and though is now nuisance free, political experts are hazardpolitical parties and candi- ing a guess. The new young voters and dates have evolved dubious women apsurreptitious ways like paid pear to have news, staging fake wedding registered parties, to distributing cash their large through newspapers. Now presence at the campaigning has moved the polling on to the next level – that of booth. It is social media. As our electoral democracy evolves this chunk of voter who has with time, so should the sys- voted for the first time in tem of checks and balances. large numbers, and it is difficult to gauge his mood right away. This election has seen more vitriol than ever The voters have locked their before, underlining the fact verdict in the EVMs. The that the stakes are so high voter turnout has been phe- that the politicians did not nomenal to say the least. mind in stooping to conAnd that has put even the quer the voter.


Anti-Dalit atrocities

pending in the special courts across the state. Last week the Cabinet had decided to call upon an immediate meeting of a high-power committee for atrocities against Dalits. In addition to it the Cabinet also decided to formulate a scheme on the lines of Tantamukt Gaon Yojana (dispute-free village scheme). Chief Minister CM Prithviraj Chavan

Awaiting May 16

Prithviraj Chavan asked the Home, Social Justice and Rural Development departments to work jointly on it. During the meeting the CM also directed the officials of the Home department to expedite the process of forming fast track courts dedicated to cases of Dalit atrocities. Significantly, the sources in the Law and Judiciary depart-

This election could prove to be a watershed as it was in 1977, 1984 or for that matter 1995. One hopes that this time at least any dispensation that comes to power has a decisive and clear mandate rather than a fractured one. A fractured mandate with coalition partners constantly snipping at the heels of the dominant partner and dictating terms is not a good sign for the polity as it has often led to policy paralysis and rampant corruption. Elections are the test of the political party, the candidate and their poll machinery’s ability to ensure that their committed voters, go out and vote.The higher voter turnout besides the increased voter awareness can also be due to the anti-incumbency factor and the desire of the electorate to really effect a change. What better way to sum up than in Dr. Quraishi’s own words, that in the last six decades we have seen governments come and go, power changing hands without a grudge. And it took 2013 in Pakistan for a elected government to be voted out for the first time and a new one voted in.

ment have pointed out that many cases of atrocities are pending and piling up in the special courts. The sources further said that the issue of increasing anti-Dalit atrocities was raised by Water Conservation Minister Nitin Raut. He expressed his fear over the perception among people with respect to such cases and

even demanded immediate precautionary steps to curb such incidents. He stated that a wrong message is spreading among the public owing to such incidents and that needs to be stopped by taking corrective measures. Nevertheless, Raut was the only Minister who has openly accepted rise in cases of antiDalit atrocities in many parts of the state. He was supported by the Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Cooperation Minister Harshwardhan Patil. Even Home minister R.R. Patil was keen that such incidents be prevented, sources added further. PTI

House-to-house search for the missing By Khushboo Panjabi


he Shiv Sena has started a drive wherein the party members are going from door to door and collecting the data of of voters whose names were missing from the voters' list for the Lok Sabha election. A fresh enumeration will be undertaken so as to correct the rolls ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls due later this year. The number of complaints for missing and deleted names are in large numbers. Trushna Vishwasrao, corporator of Shiv Sena and leader of the house of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, “In my ward (Wadala), In my own

family only my son's residential address was correct. Rest of us had for wrong addresses”. She added, “We have realised that several people who could have voted, did not have their names on the list, so we have decided to fill their forms on May 28 so that the problem does not arise during the Vidhan Sabha elections”. According to the data, 2,800 names in Wadala, 2,000 names in Dharavi and 1,100 names in Mahim have been missing. While filling the forms on May 28, the residents have to bring two passport size photographs and a copy of their residential proof.

VINTAGE BEAUTY... Bollywood actress Waheeda Rehman and filmmaker Subhash Ghai at the special screening of the late actor-filmmaker Guru Dutt's 1962 magnum-opus 'Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam' in the city on Saturday night.

Naxals hit back at arrest of Prof G.N. Saibaba 06

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7 die; state caught unawares despite being forewarned

The seven martyred jawans Sunil T. Madavi (Chandrapur) Rohan H. Dambre (Gadchiroli) Subhash R. Kumre (Gadchiroli) Duryodhan M. Naktode (Gadchiroli) Tirupati G. Allam (Gadchiroli) Dipak R. Vidhave (Gadchiroli) Laxman P. Munde (Parbhani)

By Prashant Hamine


even Jawans were killed and two were badly injured in an early morning landmine blast engineered by Naxals in the jungles of Gadchiroli district in the state yesterday. The blast took place at around 9.40 am between Pavimuranda and Murmuri villages of Chamorshi tehsil, killing the jawans who belonged to the C-60 Anti-Naxalite Force of the state. As the exchange of fire continued, additional forces were rushed to the site. The injured have been airlifted to the government hospital in Nagpur. Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Vinod Tawde has issued a statement demanding a high level probe into the Naxal attack. The attack took place just days after the Maharashtra police arrested Delhi University professor

The two injured jawans

Pankaj S. Siddam (Gadchiroli) Hemant M. Bansod (Gadchiroli). attack, he said. He insisted that the police operating in the Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district ought to have been provided with the latest equipment. He said that the government should draw up a Above: The remains of the vehicle which flew into the air and turned turtle with the impact. Right: Wires and a detonator from the site. permanent plan to tackle Naxal activities in the state. Tawde furG.N. Saibaba for his alleged links Sunday evening, Tawde termed the people that, soon after the arrest of ther demanded that the governwith Maoists from Delhi. The Nax- death of the seven Jawans as a “re- professor G.N. Saibaba from Delhi, ment take responsibility of the als had warned retaliatory attacks grettable incident”. Slamming the the Naxals had vowed a retaliatory families of the martyred cops and following the arrest of the professor. government for its failure to pre- attack. The state government compensate them, cutting off the Speaking to the media here on vent the attack, he reminded the ought to have anticipated such an red tape.


anjunath: Idiot Tha Saala’, directed by Sandeep Verma, is a movie that lingers in your mind long after you leave the cinema hall. This is the story of Manjunath, an IIM Lucknow student, later the Sales Manager for Indian Oil Corpn who was killed by the oil mafia in UP for sealing a corrupt petrol pump. The sto ry is told in flashbacks when his friends remember the kind of person Manjunath was. Despite knowing the outcome of his story – the assassination – the suspense is nicely built up to the inevitable end. The acting by some of the supporting actors, especially Seema Biswas and Kishore Kadam, the parents and Yashpal Sharma, the corrupt petrol pump owner Golu, deserves a special mention. Biswas plays the role of the worried mother Continued from pg 1 « and Bhandup. The deceased have been identified as Sonu Pradhan (32), Dhanshra Samadhi (30), and Ramkishan Bimrath (47). Santosh Sahu was admitted to Sion Hospital in a serious condition. The incident occurred at around 2 am on Sunday morning, when the seven descended into the trench dug for the interconnection of old sewerage line with the new one. They began opening the mouth of sewerage line by removing the sacks put on it, when they were overcome by the gas. According to officials, “As soon as these labourers removed the bags covering the opening of the sewerage lines, hazardous gas came out. They did not have any gas mask. Four of them who were closest to the spot inhaled the hazardous gas and lost consciousness.” He added, “All were rushed to Ra-

the back of their belts. Kadam and Sharma both convincingly play the helpless and saddened father and the corrupt petrol pump owner who is not fully bad but goes into grey territory. Towards the end though, after Manjunath’s assassination, the movie loses a little bit of its momentum with the spirit of Manju giving moral talks and ‘India’ coming out in support of him. Overall, ‘Manjunath’ adheres to all the trimmings a suspense thriller should have; it is fast paced, mysterious and has its fair share of emotional moments with the track ‘Amma’ playing in the background. It is a good one time watch for the subject it deals with.Director: perfectly, when sometimes all she Sandeep VermaStarring: Sasho can do is nod her head in fear Saraathy, Yashpal Sharma, Seema after seeing the men at the petrol ca- Biswas, Kishore Kadam, Divya sually carrying around pistols in Dutta.


By Neha Shende

jawadi Hospital, where three were declared brought dead. Another labourer, who was in a serious condition, was sent to Sion Hospital for treatment. The other three labourers were released after initial screening.” Local councillor Nandkumar Vaity, who rushed to the spot, said, “The incident occurred very early morning. I am afraid the work was not properly supervised by the


‘Manjunath’ is made with hard work and honesty: says Seema Biswas

National-award-winning actress Seema Biswas feels that the industry is gradually changing and actresses above 30 are being offered better roles. However, the versatile actress, 49, who has been in the industry for over 20 years, feels that in India, an actress receives a lot of mother's role after 30. Biswas, who was seen in the recently released film 'Manjunath', has been getting good response from critics. 'Manjunath' is based on the real life story of young IIM-Lucknow graduate Manjunath Shanmugham, who was killed on November 19, 2005, allegedly after he threatened to revoke the licence of a Lakhimpur Kheri, UP petrol pump owner for selling adulterated fuel. The film is a heart wrenching story which Biswas thinks needs to be told to the audience. "I feel people should talk more about meaningful films based on true stories and should know about the types of corruption we have in our country. 'Manjunath' is not great from a publicity point of view, but I hope it receives a positive response in the coming days. I am sure it will do well," the actress said. "A lot of films resonate and connect with audiences and so I hope it does well in the coming days. The film has been made with sincerity, hard work and honesty," she told PTI. In the film, Biswas plays the role of Manjunath's mother who is very encouraging and supportive. She experienced the feeling of insecurity for him. "Sandeep Verma, the director of 'Manjunath', approached me and narrated the story. He explained the background of the oil mafia to me. This was an eyeopening experience. The manner in which he narrated the story, moved me," Biswas said.

contractor. While working on sewerage lines, such accident have happened in past too. So the sewerage department had specified that standard operating procedure be followed while working on such projects. They might not have followed the guidelines properly.” The Local Ward officer, Assistant Commissioner Chanda Jadhav (T ward) did not respond to repeated call and text messages, while Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Zone VI) Suhas Karvande was out of station.

The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012:  Prohibits the employment of manual scavengers, the manual cleaning of sewers and septic tanks without protective equipment, and the construction of insanitary latrines.  It seeks to rehabilitate manual scavengers and provide for their alternative employment.

Two newborn girls found abandoned By A Staff Reporter


he police found two abandoned new born baby girls in Thane on Sunday from two different locations, sources said. In the first incident, the highly decomposed body of a newborn baby girl wrapped in a blanket, was found in a marsh near the Korum Mall. The body has been sent for postmortem, the Thane police said. In another incident, a female child was found abandoned in Dahisar Mori near a petrol pump, wrapped in a green petticoat, the police told PTI. The child is being treated at Kalwa Civic Hospital, the police said.

Insider hand in Mulund murder?

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Crime branch sleuths arrived at the conclusion of an inside job from the manner in which the senior citizen was gagged and murdered By Neel Shah


nvestigators in the murder of 70year-old senior citizen of Mulund are now suspecting that a close family member may have killed the lady for robbery. According to the crime branch, which is also probing the case, the deceased, Laxmi Naik, used to stay with her younger sister Leela (60) and was killed on the night of April 17 inside her house at Pragati CHS in Gavanpada area of Mulund (E). Investigators strongly suspect that the accused, who is very much known to the deceased, entered her house to rob her and then killed her to prevent disclosure of identity. In this regard, sleuths from the crime branch have inquired and questioned more than 50 people, who are

relatives of the deceased. The reason for which the accused is not an outsider is that, if the robber who takes the risk of killing a person while robbing he would strike at rich people's house, in which the buildings besides Pragati CHS are the perfect targets for such robbers. Secondly, the killing by professional robbers only happens when they are afraid that the victim would call somebody for help. But in Laxmi's case, the killing was premeditated, in which the robber before robbing had tied her hands with strings and the mouth was stuffed with handkerchief, said police. This usually happens when the accused is very much known to the deceased and just to prevent he or she would get exposed in future the victims are deliberately murdered.

Officers at the Navghar police station, who are also investigating the case said while Laxmi stayed at home, Leela worked as a domestic help and usually returned home by 10.30 pm. The murder was discovered by the victim's granddaughter, Kavita Kamthe, (26), who came to visit her at night. When she found the door locked and got no response despite knocking several times, she left only to run into Leela downstairs, who had a spare key to the flat. When Kavita and Leela entered the flat, they found Laxmi's body in the kitchen of the one-room-kitchen flat. The deceased's earrings, bangles, a chain and Rs 1,400 in cash were missing. The total valuables looted were worth Rs.46,000.


Gutkha worth Rs.4 lakh seized By Suresh Golani


ontinuing its crackdown against the illegal trade of banned tobacco products, officers of the Thane (Rural) police, in a joint operation with officials from the Food and Drug Department of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC), seized a consignment of gutkha worth more than Rs.4 lakh from a shop in the Naya Nagar area of Mira Road (East), late on Saturday night. One person has been arrested. Deputy Superintendent Chandrakant Joshi had recently issued standing instructions to personnel of all five police stations to keep a tab on illegal trade and storing of the banned products. According to the police, following a tip-off on a huge consignment of banned gutkha and other tobacco products being stocked in a shop in Pooja Nagar, a joint

team led by API Prafful Wagh and MBMC Food Inspector Manek Jadhav, raided a shop in Matru Darshan building on Saturday night, and confiscated a consignment comprising thousands of sachets of gutkha, pan-masala and scented tobacco of various brands including Goa, Rocket, Pan-Vilas, Vimal and Rajshri. The estimated value of the seized consignment, which is said to be more than Rs.4 lakh, was meant for distribution in and around the twincity. The police have arrested the owner of the shop identified as Azim Ahmed Shaikh (35) in this connection. A case under sections 488, 272, 273 and 328 of the Indian Penal Code and under the relevant regulations of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011 has been registered at the Mira Road police station. Further investigations are on.

‘WhatsApp’ used to trace ‘whereabouts’ Starstruck minor By Suresh Golani

police station, led by Assistant Police Inspector Asif Baig, launched an intenn a unique technolsive search operation and combed ogy-based initiative, through railway stations, bus stands sleuths of the Virar poand nearby areas. lice station, apart from “Immediately after receiving the launching a routine complaint, we launched search opersearch, are also making ations to trace the missing teenager. use of popular mobile Apart from flashing the boy’s photomessaging service, graph in local newspapers, we have Prateek Shankar WhatsApp, to trace a also uploaded and circulated contact Mahapadi 16-year-old boy who A first year junior college student, details via different service providers has gone missing from Prateek left his house at around 5 pm on WhatsApp, hoping that someone his Nalasopara home. According to the but failed to return through the night, will locate him and alert us or the police, Prateek Shankar Mahapadi following which his parents registered family,” said API Baig, who expressed mysteriously disappeared from his ten- a missing persons complaint with the his confidence of tracing the missing ement in the Sai-Mauli Chawl of Man- Virar police station the next day. student soon. Further investigations velpada in Virar (East) on May 7. An investigating team from the Virar are on. Azad Shrivastav | ADC



On the occasion of Mother’s Day, Siddhi, Vaishnavi and Atharva celebrate the day by showing their unconditional and endless love to their dearest mother, in Parel, on Sunday.

lured and raped Valiv cops come under scanner for keeping mother, victim at station throughout the night By Suresh Golani.


n-duty police personnel from the Valiv police station in Vasai have come under the scanner for their alleged delay and reluctance in filing a First Information Report (FIR) of a 16-year-old girl who was raped inside a flat in Oshiwara on May 7. However the police have denied of any such charges and asserted that due process of law was followed in the case. Under the pretext of showing her the Film Studio in Goregaon and introducing her to leading film celebrities, the 21-year-old accused rapist took the 16-year-old girl to a flat in Oshiwara on May 7. After violating the girl, the accused was absconding. When the girl failed to return home that night, her parents filed a missing persons complaint at the Valiv police station. On Friday, May 9, the girl somehow managed to find her way back home and narrated the whole incident to her parents. Then she, accompanied by her mother, went to the Valiv police station to file a com-

plaint. However, they were not only forced to wait at the police station for the entire night, but were also allegedly discouraged from filing a complaint by the on-duty police personnel. “The charges are completely baseless. Since there was no facility of conducting medical examination of the girl during the night, the girl, who was accompanied by her mother, was asked to take rest in the restroom. Once the medical examination was complete, we duly registered a case of rape under the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from the Sexual Offences Act, 2012. Since the incident took place at Oshiwara, we transferred the case to the concerned police station for further investigations,” claimed Police Sub-Inspector Pradeep Pawar. Investigations revealed that during an ongoing film shoot, the victim came in contact with the accused who lured her to a flat in Oshiwara under the pretext of an extensive tour of the film set and a chance to have a glimpse of Bollywood stars. The Oshiwara police have launched a manhunt to nab the accused.

Meeting of the most faithful


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Azad Shrivastav | ADC

NUPTIALS... 14 couples were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony at a Mass Marriage ceremony held at St. Peter's Church in Bandra on Sunday. The marriages were solemnized in the presence of Bishop Agnelo Gracias, Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai.

By Edrich Miranda


atholics of Mumbai congregated at Marol to pray at an ancient Church. In the year 1973, the Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ), was formed, carved out of an area includ-

PILGRIMAGE: Entry is permitted only once a year to the Church of St John The Baptist at Marol. ing the church, which was acquired by government. History has it that the church, which was enjoined by a large lake and other forested land, was built by the Portuguese missionaries in the year 1759. However, due to an outbreak of an epidemic, the then

parishioners built a new church on the outskirts of Marol village. Ever since, the old church at SEEPZ was abandoned and neglected. There has been a long struggle to regain the church from the government, but due to efforts from some

catholic activists, the government has conceded to allow worship at the church once a year.That day was yesterday, and the mass and celebrations were held with great religious fervor by the thousands who converged there.

Siblings turn sleuths Lapses in police procedure while investigating the hit-and-run accident spot of their sister motivate the seven brothers and three sisters of the victim to run a parallel investigation By Zuber Ansari


eena Rebeiro, a woman who was based in Kurla, was knocked down by a speeding vehicle on the Western Express Highway (WEH) about two weeks ago. She was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital. The identity of the vehicle and its driver, though, remain a mystery. Leena's relatives were shocked to learn of her death, because, only about a year ago, she had lost her husband. Speaking to the ADC, Leena's younger sister Jesita Joseph Milar said, “Due to lapses in the Police procedure, I lost my sister. They hadn't done a spot panchnama for my sister's body and the many people who were present when the accident took place are refusing to help us. It's horrid. I have met with the ACP Milind Bharambhe and SPI Vinayak

gation by the police. Jesita said that she has made daily visits to the accident spot, along with her siblings, to inquire with the locals if they saw anything. But they have been unsuccessful so far. According to Police Sub Inspector (PSI), the investigation officer in the case, Somnath Kale from Vakola police station said, “On April 27, we got a call from the control room asking us to look into an accident that took place on the WEH northbound road, opposite ‘Panbai Leena Rebeiro died on the WEH. International School’. When we reached the spot, around Mulay of Vakola.” 15-20 people had gathered But the family is sceptical round and were looking at of the police investigation. So the woman's body.” they have been doing their Kale said that though she bit. To ensure justice for was bleeding, no one was Leena's untimely death, her helping her. The police imseven brothers and three sis- mediately rushed her to the ters have taken it upon them- civic-run V.N. Desai Hospital selves to investigate the where she was declared 'dead death, parallel to the investi- on arrival'. Her identity was

established with the help of her belongings and her family was informed. The investigation into the case has intensified, said Kale, but no one has volunteered any information. The man who phoned the control room, Francis D’souza, also said that he did not know what vehicle knocked Leena down. Kale said that the CCTV footage from Kherwadi Junction to Dahisar has been checked, but since the cameras are installed in the opposite direction, nothing of use has come to light. On the day of the accident, Leena's sister Jesita said, “She was returning home from a community programme at Good Sheperd Church in Andheri.” Sub Inspector Kale said, “We have taken this case on priority and hope to catch the culprit soon.”

Plan ready to quench Mumbai’s thirst

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domestic distribution. "The project is vital for Mumbai, as it would be a n ambitious plan to major source to meet the quench the thirst of water requirements of the Mumbai residents has city expected to witness masmoved a step forward with sive growth in the coming the completion of the De- years," NWDA Director Gentailed Project Report (DPR) eral S. Masood Husain told by the National Water Devel- PTI. opment Agency (NWDA). As per the assessment of The project envisages pro- Brihanmumbai Municipal vision of 579 million cubic Corporation (BMC) the dometres of water annually to mestic water demand for the rapidly expanding finan- Mumbai in the year 2041 will cial capital of the country by be about 6680 MLD, widenlinking Damanganga River in ing the gap between demand Gujarat with Pinjal River and supply, the DPR said. flowing in neighbouring MaThe Damanganga-Pinjal harashtra. Link Project aims to provide Surplus water from about 1600 MLD for augmenDamanganga basin would be tation of domestic water suptransferred to Pinjal basin ply to Mumbai. This apart, an through three dams pro- additional 865 MLD (million posed and two tunnels, be- litres per day) is proposed to fore reaching Mumbai for be drawn from the proposed

Pic for representational purposes only

Project envisages provision of 579 million cubic metres of water annually to Mumbai by linking Damanganga River in Gujarat with Pinjal River in Maharashtra

By A Staff Reporter


Pinjal dam, raising the total quantum of available water to around 2450 MLD. The demand of domestic water in the year 2012 in Mumbai, which has a popu-

lation of over 18 million, was 4529 MLD, whereas the available supply was 3675 MLD, creating a gap of 854 MLD, the DPR said. "The DPR was completed

by March 31 this year, four months before the actual date of completion. In fact, we were able to finish four DPRs within one year, which is a record of sorts," Husain said. The project at an estimated cost of around Rs 2,750 crore could be executed in five years after obtaining clearance from the Central Water Commission and raising funds to execute it. The project comprises two dams at Bhugad and Khargi hill. Two tunnels connecting Bhugad with Khargi hill reservoirs and further to Pinjal covering a distance of about 42 km have also been proposed. According to NWDA sources, the Maharashtra government may explore various options for funding the

project. The state government could execute it through the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNRUM) or approach the 14th Finance Commission. It could also avail financial assistance from institutions like the World Bank or Asian Development Bank and through internal borrowings. "We have sent the DPRs to the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat, besides the Municipal Corporation in Mumbai for their perusal. It is the prerogative of the state government to proceed with the project," Husain stated. A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat and the Centre for preparation of DPR in May 2010.

Pawar meets Congress, NCP leaders By A Staff Reporter

Awhad were present at the speedily," he said. would be decided on elective meeting. "It was also decided (at the merit (of prospective candinion Agriculture MinisPawar had held a meeting meeting) that swap of seats dates)," he said. ter and NCP chief Sharad with NCP ministers and Lok Pawar on Sunday met leaders Sabha candidates yesterday. Maha Council: Cong, NCP join hands to contest 5 seats of the ruling NCP and Con- Congress too had held a By A Staff Reporter gress alliance in Maharashtra meeting of the district unit that the party will contest to discuss the political situa- chiefs recently to plan the Pune Teachers, Nagpur he ruling alliance part- Graduate and Amravati tion ahead of the Lok Sabha strategy for the Assembly ners Congress and NCP Teachers constituencies, election results, and the polls.Both the parties have alwill jointly contest the elec- while NCP will contest Aupreparations for the Assem- ready said that they would tions to the five seats of rangabad and Pune Gradubly elections. fight the Assembly elections Maharashtra Legislative ate constituencies. Maharashtra Assembly in an alliance. Council. The term of five polls are due later this year. The decision was taken Thakre told PTI that both sitting MLCs, including BJP on Sunday at a meeting Chief Minister Prithviraj the parties had decided to leader Nitin Gadkari, will where NCP chief Sharad Chavan, state Congress pres- prepare jointly for the Assemexpire on July 19. ident Manikrao Thakre, bly polls. Pawar, Thakre and Chief State Congress president Minister Prithviraj Chavan Deputy Chief Minister "Whatever decisions are Manikrao Thakre told PTI were present, he said. Ajit Pawar and state NCP's pending, the state governworking president Jitendra ment should act (on them)



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GRAND PARADE... Popular Imagica characters like Tubby, Roberto, Rajasaurus and Mogambo participate in 'The Grand Imagica Parade' held at Khopoli on Saturday. The parade was flagged off by popular actors Rana Daggubati and Pallavi Joshi. Starting Sunday, a 'Celebration Parade' is being held every evening.


NOTICE IS hereby given that my clients are in the midst of discussions to purchase a piece or parcel of land or ground with a bungalow or dwelling house standing thereon, the details of which are mentioned in the schedule given herein below from the owners of the said property. 1) Mr. Mohammed Salehbhal Rangwala 2) Mr. Saifuddin Salehbhal Rangwala 3) Smt. Batulbai Yusuf Fidvi Nee Batul Salehbhai Rangwala 4) Smt. Sherebanu Shaikh Taherbhai Saasa Nee Khatun Salehbhai Rangwala 5) Miss Fatemabai Salehbhai Rangwala 6) Miss. Zakiyabai Salehbhai Rangwala All, the owners are residents of Mumbai except owner mentioned at Serial No. 4 who is resident of Dubai. All the owners from Serial No.2 to 6 have executed a Power of Attorney in favor of owner at Serial No. 1 Authorizing him to sell the property on their behalf. Any person or persons claiming any interest in/on the said property or any part thereof, by way of sale, exchange, mortgage, gift, trust, inheritance, bequest, possession, lease, lien, easement or otherwise is/are hereby required to communicate the same, along with documentary evidence, to me at the below mentioned address within a period of 7 days from the date of publication of this notice hereof, as otherwise the said sale and execution of conveyance may be completed without any reference or regard to any such purported claim or interest, which shall be deemed to have been waived to all intents and purposes. . SCHEDULE OF THE PROPERTY All that piece or parcel of land or ground with the Bungalow messuage tenement or dwelling house standing thereon and situate, lying and being at Hassanabad First Lane, Santacruz in the village in the Registration Sub-District of Bandra in the District of Bombay Suburban containing by Admeasurement 815 square yards or there abouts being portion of a larger piece of land bearing Survey No. 97 Bandra and Survey No. 58, Survey No. 6 Danda and N. A. No. 277 of Danda and Municipal No. H 3825(1) 2, H3825(2) 2A. Hassanabad First Lane and bounded as follows that is to say: On or towards the East : By B. B. & C. I. Railway line, On or towards the West : By Public Road, On or towards the North : By property of Parmesharibai, Bisandas Raheja, On or towards the South : By Municipal Market. Sd/-

Place : Mumbai Date : 12/5/2014

DANIEL ARIF Advocate 52/53. 2nd Floor. Ashoka Shopping Centre. Loakmanya Tilak Marg. Mumbai - 400 001.


Take-aways from the poll: Rise of a new leader, eclipse of a ‘born leader’

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Ponder awhile... "When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." — George Washington Carver

EC has done a splendid job I

ndia can be proud that the largest democratic country in the world has conducted and completed national elections smoothly. For the Election Commission, it must have been a massive operation. A lot of planning must have gone into the holding of the election in which millions of voters participated. Each region of the country required special arrangements to be made; security threat, intimidation, violence must have been anticipated and solutions found. A great deal of details with regard to arrangement for candidates to conduct their campaigns must have been worked out. The Election Commission deserves praise for doing a good job. It carried out its work with a great sense of responsibility and in an impartial manner. There were dozens of complaints: It had to take each one of them and find satisfactory solutions. Not all his reactions met with approval. There were a large number of objections - with accusing fingers pointing at the constitutional authority. It is a fact that there were some state governments - like Uttar Pradesh which caused him embarrassment. A returning officer in UP raised a 'security threat' and recommended that the permission for holding a rally not be given. At the same place however some parties were favoured and no mention of any threat was made. The permission withheld by the CEC was later granted just a day before the end of the campaign. The returning officer is said to be a relative of the chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav. Such happenings however were few. One thing became clear as the elections went on for a month by stages: The Chief Election Commissioner had to carry out a complicated huge, nation-wide operation and that was by no means easy. In a democracy, it is finally the people who are victorious. On Friday, we will know what is people's choice - what is the kind of government we will have for the next five years.



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RE we on the cusp of a great and meaningful change, or is it going to be more of the same after the elections? Well, for the future of democracy, nay, country, we do hope what emerges from the ballot box on May 16 serves two immediate and clear objectives. One, it rids the country of easily the most corrupt non-government that we have had since the founding of the Republic. And, two, it paves the way for the establishment of a strong and stable government led by a prime minister who is a genuine leader of Indians, and not a listless chair-warmer for the heir apparent of the family-controlled Congress Party. Every Indian has a stake in the poll, even those who pressed the NOTA button or who did not care to press any. Only those embedded with the venal Congress regime, and that includes a few high-profile editors, too, would hope against hope that the front-runner in this election is somehow thwarted from becoming the prime minister. Maybe a small portion of the loot amassed in the last ten years will be used to try and frustrate the popular will. But because the public mood is so strong against the Congress, because even Congressmen are beginning to question the need to remain subservient to the Gandhis when the latter cannot help them win elections, any attempt to block the elevation of Modi to the prime minister’s office would be foiled by the newly-elected MPs. Remember that most politicians are practical people, they will necessarily choose to bow before the rising sun. And if there is one big take-away from this election it is the rise and rise of Narendra Modi. He is now a pan-Indian leader, having reached even those parts of the country where his party has a negligible presence. Never before has a BJP leader found such large and appreciative audiences as he did in Mizoram, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Seemandhra, etc. It is to his credit that he survived the most vicious, most persistent campaign of calumny ever undertaken by a central government and its agents in the cottage NGO industry. Even in the dying days of the UPA Government, there seemed to be no let-up in Operation Fix Modi. That educated bumbler, Kapil Sibal, whose mouth is his worst enemy — remember his zero loss in the 2-G scam — tried desperately to endear himself to the Gandhis by trying to shop around for a judge for yet another inquiry against Modi. When he failed, he took off on a holiday, thus providing welcome relief all around from his loud but silly interventions in the political sphere. Now, back to Modi. Indeed, the question ‘after Vajpayee-Advani who?’ in the BJP was effectively settled in this election. Whatever the outcome on May 16, Modi’s grip on the BJP is bound to get stronger. This should put


on notice all those who refuse to heed the inexorable march of time and still cling to ministerial ambitions in their dotage. Also, it should put paid to the outsized ambitions of the relatively young leaders like Sushma Swaraj who had taken for granted their place at the top following the eclipse of Advani. However, the bigger take-away from the election could be the near-irrelevance of the Gandhis to the future of the Congress Party. Let us concede that given its name and history, even without the Gandhis the Congress would enjoy some traction in various parts of the country. After all, the party had appropriated the entire goodwill resulting from the freedom movement waged under its banner. That banner ought to have been abandoned to form an ideology-based party after Independence. It was not done for opportunistic reasons. But, at long last, the non-Congress parties have succeeded in ensuring a level playing

INSIDE STORY Virendra Kapoor field insofar as the name Congress no longer guarantees residual goodwill stemming from the party’s long forgotten past. It is the new and ambitious voter, who does not want the freebie of worm-infested PDS rations but, instead, craves for the freedoms, joys and opportunities which urban life offers, who is challenging the old political order. This new voter, armed with the ubiquitous cell phone, again a tool of political education, has become quite picky in his voting preferences. And the Gandhis are ill-equipped to connect with the new voter. Indira Gandhi might have got away once selling the dream of poverty removal but her grandchildren cannot successfully recycle that sales pitch because the average voter has got smarter, more ambitious and more discerning. Now the Gandhis have to fight for every vote in the election bazaar. For proof, witness how the Crown Prince hot-footed to Amethi on the day of the polling, though he had found it infra dig to be there in the last two elections. Thanks to fierce competition in the political marketplace, such condescension has few takers even among the poor and the wretched of

Meditation boosts self-confidence, efficiency N

aam-Shabd is a simple yet very powerful method of mediation that stills one’s body, emotions and mind; integrating them as a unit; and aligning their vibrations with God. Imagine, light becomes a powerful laser once all its constituent particles share a common resonant frequency. Similarly in terms of Physics, if all the misdirected vectors align into one common direction and focus, how much more powerful the resultant force becomes. And when it comes to aligning the vibrations with the God, the Supreme Power, the inner peace and tranquility that one experiences, is beyond our wildest imagination. With continuous practice, one perceives God’s sound and light and in the process becomes aware of the true purpose of one’s life. Human beings are goldmines of potentialities and capabilities

Amethi. Which is a tribute to the deepening of Indian democracy. In the age of 24x7 news television, the Gandhis could not have succeeded by following the old rules of a feudal and hereditary politics. If Modi, a mere tea-seller, had to struggle for half a century in social and public spheres to reach where he has, the Gandhi children could not have impressed the voter by merely playing the inheritors to a great name and wealth accumulated over decades of control over the levers of power in New Delhi. Indeed, even son-in-law Robert Vadra’s stupendous success as a businessman would have proved an electoral asset had he made his billions honestly. For, new-age voters celebrate genuine success. Notably, in this election Mr Priyanka Gandhi was nowhere to be seen. He went missing even from the family pocket boroughs of Amethi and Rai Bareily. In 2009, he not only led the family retainers on the campaign trail but talked of taking the plunge in politics whenever, as he had put it, ‘the people want me.’ The people may not want the Gandhis anytime soon unless they give up the pretence of being the sole surviving royalty in India’s most competitive, most acrimonious democracy. The days of `born leaders’ are, happily, behind us. Privilege stemming from family name is an anathema in any democratic order. You have to earn your spurs through hard work, though nobody grudges you the head-start you have had due to your name.

Opportunists all


OW, whether or not Modi becomes the prime minister, it is undeniable that a number of opportunists have come to sing his praises and are doing the rounds of the BJP office in Delhi and Gandhinagar. Among them are two former journalists, both of whom had managed to get key positions in the Vajpayee Government. Soon after the surprise defeat in the 2004 election, this worthy had asserted in a television interview that he was no longer a member of the BJP and had nothing to do with the party. But of late, he is arranging to give TV interviews and pontificating on what Modi should do as prime minister and how he should do it. As for the other journalist, well, he never stopped exploiting his RSS connection for personal advancement even when the BJP was no longer in power at the Centre. He now aspires to regain the position he had held in the Vajpayee Government in the Modi Government as well. Of course, Modi being a stickler for performance and merit, he is unlikely to patronize less-thanmediocre persons merely because they have had a RSS connection.

True meditation removes stress and creates a sense of peace, joy, and strength within oneself. Scientific tests have shown that it strengthens that is never put to use in actual terms. Mod- one’s immune system and keeps one healthy. ern science believes that we are able to use With enhanced level of consciousness, it awakonly 15-20 per cent of our intellectual capacity. ens one’s intuition, repairs the body, and helps one flush out negative emotions. True meditation is a proven alternative therapy for not just common ailments but also incurable diseases. Through true meditation, these inherent pow- This unlocks higher healing powers unknown ers unfold and we are able to utilise a much to any system of medicine. higher percentage of our brain for solving our Many prominent doctors of our country problems. With this, solutions and answers ap- not only recommend this meditation for their pear from within even to the problems that ap- patients but are also practitioners of this peared insurmountable earlier. meditation themselves. A combination of The first and foremost benefit of the medi- meditation with Praanayam has miraculously tation is an increased self-confidence and ef- high cure rates in asthma, high blood presficiency in one’s daily life, be it at home, office, sure, stress and anger.True meditation not or any other place. The increased will power only helps us live a happy, healthy and conand positivity brings with it success in every tented life but also ultimately helps us realise endeavor that one embarks upon. our Creator, God. — Dera Sacha Sauda


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Jignesh Shah arrest too late, an eyewash THE arrest of Financial Technologies CEO Jignesh Shah and former MCX chief Shreekant Javalgekar is an eyewash. One wonders what the CBI and other investigating agencies were doing all this while as the payment scam at National Spot Exchange (NSEL) was unearthed many months back and these two are the main kingpins in the whole wrongdoings. Thousands of investors lost billions of rupees in the scam which was cleverly planned in conjunction with many top broking houses who made a lot of money which was siphoned out of the system. Powerful people are involved in this whole imbroglio and these arrests are an eyewash more so because they have been taken into custody after so many months of the scam. These people have cleared all their misdoings

Cong must probe Snoopgate IF the Congress is so much confident about the “involvement” of Narendra Modi in the Snoopgate scandal, then it should overrule the opposition to it from its own ranks as well as from its supporting parties. Let the Commission be appointed as early as possible and be asked to make public its "findings" before May 16, 2014. Remember the episode of Lalu-appointed Commission to enquire into the Godhra riots which came out with its “revelations” just one day before the first day of polling to the then Bihar Assembly elections? — Arun Malankar, Santacruz

Politicising human tragedy THANKS to the road drama at Varanasi on May 8 which had the entire BJP top brass in full attendance that the Goa bomb blast (in a parcel) went practically "unnoticed". This blast would certainly had been termed a conspiracy to target NaMo (even though it was thousands of kilometers away) and an attack on his growing wave which according to some has already become a tsunami. One had seen how the recent blast in Chennai was exploited by all the political parties in general and BJP in particular to score some brownie points. Will our politicians exercise some restraint and stop politicising human tragedy for petty gains? — Abdul Monim, Vashi

Who’s afraid of the EC? ON seeing the nonchalant way in which the Gujarat chief minister went about flashing the miniature cut-out of the Lotus symbol right outside a polling station and, as if this was not enough, addressed a press conference there immediately, slamming the mother-son duo of the Congress, I am only reminded of the Broadway play, Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf? of 1962 and the Hollywood flick of the same name featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton of 1966. So, who is afraid of the Election ComReaders are requested to e-mail letters to the editor and add their neighbourhood as well. Please mail letters to

JUST A FORMALITY! Arresting Jignesh Shah will not yield much as so much time has passed since the scam surfaced and all his fraudulent deeds might have been covered up by now. mission? My sympathies go with the Chief Election Commissioner for doing a great job of conducting the elections fairly well so far. — Dr. V. Subramanyan, Thane

Name not on voter's list I AM a proud citizen of India, and yet on voting day I was humiliated and disgusted, since my name was not on the voter's list, and I was denied my basic 'right to vote'. What I cannot understand is that for the last 25 years I have been voting, I was even issued a new identity card by the Election CommisOF sion of India, which was LETTER THE DAY delivered to my residence three weeks ago, so for what reason was my name deleted from the list? And what is the reason for the deletion? Is it just hearsay from 'friendly neighbours', or just simple laziness to check out each flat? Were the names knocked out on the whims and fancies of the Electoral Officer? Or I hate to believe it, but seems that there is a larger conspiracy behind it. Appreciate if we can some answers, since this is simply not acceptable. — W. Dsouza, Mumbai

Absolutely foolish acts THE recent faux pas by the Shiv Sena mouthpiece, the retraction by the boss and the reiteration by his son was totally avoidable at a time as volatile as now. From the time when the SS was born, all they have striven for is to make the language a major factor as if it has anything at all to do with governance of a country. Then there was the MNS when the nephew broke away but even he emphasises that language is all important. The attack this time on Gujaratis is just an addition to several attacks on North and South Indians or Bangladeshis. It is as if these language enthusiasts created what Bombay is today. By merely changing its name, they cannot hide the wondrous structures gifted to the city by our oppressors when compared to the horrid structures erected by our own citizens that need redevelopment within a couple of decades. — Jamshed Irani, Mumbai

Ramdev should be chastised THE shocking third grade statement made by the yoga guru Baba

and books involving corruption and what is the use of bolting the stable after the horses have fled? Also, financial scams cannot be unearthed by cops and the governement should appoint a special panel of men like Deepak Parekh, as it was done in the Satyam scam to trace the money and punish the guilty. It is not all that difficult to trace the money where it had been siphoned off and if the government shows willingness to punish the guilty, money lost in the scam can easily be recovered and returned to poor investors who lost their lifetime savings and earnings. Big broking houses involved in the scam too should be taken to task and one hopes the scam is not forgotten in the new bullish euphoria in the markets.

3. 4. Once you file a complaint on the traffic police website or on the above email ids, you will receive a complaint number for your grievance. The complaint is then forwarded to the senior inspector of the traffic police outpost where the offence took place and the area’s deputy and assistant commissioner of traffic. Once the authorities take action, they will inform you and the Joint Commissioner of Police, traffic department. If the police do not get back within a week, you can call them on telephone number (landline) 24954443, by giving them your complaint number. — Jubel D'Cruz, Dombivili

Two anti-national news

THERE were two anti-national news recently in the newspapers. — S.N. Kabra, Goregaon Their headings are, ‘Pakistan violates LoC third time in nine days” and “IM terrorist, SP’s Abu Azmi’s Ramdev at the press conference in former worker.” — Hansraj Bhat, Borivali Lucknow that the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi goes to Dalit houses during the campaign to enjoy the picnic and the honeymoon is the greatest insult to Dalit IT has been our desire to assist the women across the country and disadvantaged to be the equal of should be condemned by all includ- others in the struggle for livelihood. ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who What we have created, instead, is a is totally silent in this issue. I vested interest in our people to not strongly feel that Baba Ramdev, the only contrive and claim but emagent of BJP has lost his mental bal- brace a "backward" status, not realance for making such a low and ising that in this vicious bear hug it third grade statement against Rahul is they, themselves, and not their Gandhi and should be arrested for backwardness that is being annihihis insulting remark. BJP must take lated. — Phiroze B. Javeri, Mumbai strong action against its 'political agent' Baba Ramdev and see to it that he must is disciplined, failing which people of this country will not spare him and ruin his entire SO the government has suddenly woken up to truth in advertisebusiness and career permanently. — Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai ments by celebrities. But what about the truth in government ads, press releases, etc? What credibility can we accord them? Here is a clear Now you can register a complaint case of the pot calling the kettle against taxi or auto rickshaw drivers black. — T.R. Ramaswami, Kandivali who refuse to take you to your destination on any of these email ids: 1. I HAVE an account in UCO Bank. I 2. rtotardeo@trafficpolicemumhad a Visa debit card which was

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Rupay debit cards valid


GENUINE: As per the RBI directive, the Railways should accept Rupay debit card. valid upto December, 2013. UCO Bank issued a new debit card in lieu of the old one valid from 1.1.2014. This debit card is 'Rupay' and not 'Visa'. I went to Mumbai CST Railway Reservation office to book a ticket and was told that this 'Rupay' card is not acceptable to them and only 'Visa' and 'Master' cards are acceptable. When I reported this to the UCO Bank I was told that the RBI has given directive to issue 'Rupay' debit card for 'residents' and, accordingly, 'Rupay' card has been issued. Coming as it does reportedly from the RBI the 'Rupay' debit card should be acceptable to the Railways for the reason that this is a valid debit card issued by a Scheduled Bank in the first place and, more so, as long as the transaction is approved by the bank and the payment is received by them. — T.M. Uday Shankar, Mumbai

Educating the girl child I HAVE always believed that it is very necessary to educate the girl child. A few thoughts... Hey papa, my buddy will you help me study will you buy me a pen I want to script my destiny will you take me to a gurukul education is a helpful tool will you give me wings I want to see the world, learn a few things will you push me at every hurdle want to make my mark, add some sparkle and when I reach my goal I shall be independent, shall be in control no fear will overtake me no insecurity will trouble me your doll shall smile a journey worthwhile — Altaf H Ladiwala, Bandra

Konkan Railways should ensure passenger safety AS a frequent traveler to my native place at Kerala, I travel through Konkan route on regular basis. I find the services are getting regularly delayed due to various reasons. During heavy monsoon we come across delays due to landslides and the crater falling on the track etc. But during severe summer season when the passenger numbers are more the accidents are also increasing. The last one took place within the tunnel harming many rail passengers on this route. Definitely such human errors, rail fracture, derailments all give jitters to the passengers. However, there is no place for reservation when you open IRTC website. Trains are jam packed, Konkan Railways is reaping profit but the facilities are not up to the desired standard. Foreigners are travelling by these train to visit 'God's Own Land' and such delays paralyses the travelling plans very much,

SAFETY FIRST: The railways should make sure that the delay in train services are curbed and proper care should be taken to make the journey safe for passengers. which include hotel booking etc. Information regarding the delay of trains is very poor and the passengers are kept in the dark for unduly long hours before getting some confirmed information about the late arrival/departure. As some of the trains are having single service on odd days, the resultant delay

further makes it a mess for the passengers returning through the Konkan route. Passenger safety should be ensured and for which the number of accidents should come down drastically giving confidence to passengers on this route. — C. Krishnan Subramaniam, Sanpada



NEWS IN BRIEF Modi’s security enhanced

Security agencies tasked to secure BJP's PM nominee Narendra Modi have deployed a 'special security' protocol around him. Sources said as part of the special measures undertaken for securing the Gujarat CM during the over twomonth long political campaign, the number of NSG 'black cat' commandos have been increased and the Advanced Security Liaison (ASL) teams have been provided with experts from bomb disposal and intelligence for the first time.

EC notice to Kejriwal for remarks against Cong, BJP

The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday issued a show cause notice to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for his alleged remarks in Amethi that even if a single vote is cast in favour of Congress and BJP, then it will be "treachery against God and the country". Noting that prima facie he violated provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the Commission has given him time till May 13 to present his views on the matter failing which EC will take a decision without further reference to him.

Special placement drive for women inmates of Tihar

For the first time, Delhi's Tihar jail will organise a special campus placement drive for its women inmates, which is to take place by next month. The decision came after the recent encouraging outcome of a similar Tihar campus placement endeavour which helped its male inmates bag packages as high as Rs 4.5 lakh per annum.

CBI to form SIT to probe Saradha scam

Last phase of LS polls today

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The CBI will form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) soon to probe the Saradha chit fund scam in which investors in West Bengal, Odisha and Assam were allegedly duped of Rs 10,000 crore besides examining the role of SEBI and RBI. "We will form the SIT as soon as the legalities in the case are finalised," CBI Director Ranjit Sinha said.


EW DELHI: The marathon Lok Sabha elections, one of the most bitterly fought in recent memory, will come to a close on Monday when polling will be held in 41 constituencies in three states where stakes are high for BJP and regional parties Trinamool Congress, SP and BSP. Over nine crore voters are expected to decide the fate of 606 candidates, including BJP's Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal (both Varanasi) and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav (Azamgarh) in tomorrow's ninth and final phase


of polling. Campaigning in the election that started on April 7 came to an end on Saturday with Rahul Gandhi taking the battle to Modi's turf in Varanasi while other top leaders including Modi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav addressing last minute meetings. Counting of votes in all the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies will be taken up on May 16. An average of 66 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the last eight phases. The whole elections were spread over 35 days. Of the 41 seats, heartland Uttar Pradesh will witness polling in 18

seats. Of these, ruling Samajwadi Party has six seats, followed by BSP 5, BJP 4 and Congress 3. West Bengal has 17 seats in which polling will be held. Of these, the ruling Trinamool Congress has 14 seats, while Congress, CPI and Independent have one each. In neighbouring Bihar, six seats are up for grabs. Of them, BJP and JD(U) have two each, while RJD and Independent have one each. Prominent among those in the fray in today's polling are Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary (Behrampur -- West Bengal), BJP leader Jagdambika Pal (Domariyaganj), Union Minister RPN Singh (Kushi Nagar -- both UP) and former minister and RJD leader Raghuvanh Prasad Singh (Vaishali – Bihar). The last phase of the campaign also saw BJP mounting an all-out war on the Election Commission over refusal of permission for Modi

to address a public meeting at a spot of his choice in Varanasi. The Commission rejected all charges of bias levelled by BJP and said its decisions in Varanasi and elsewhere were unanimous. There were no differences in the Commission. Polling was by and large peaceful in the previous eight phases barring incidents of Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. The country registered a record turnout of voters, surpassing the previous record in 1984, as 66.27 per cent voting was reported in 502 Lok Sabha seats where polling has been conducted in eight phases that began on April 7. The 2009 elections recorded a 57.94 per cent turnout. Modi spearheaded the BJP challenge and criss-crossed the country addressing nearly 6,000 meetings, mixing traditional methods of holding rallies with innovative use of technology, 'chai par charcha' meetings and 3D video campaign.

Ship with Rs.1,600cr heroin sailed from Guj coast: Cong N

EW DELHI: Congress on Sunday alleged that heroin worth Rs 1,600 crore seized by Australian maritime force off the Kenya coast last month originated from Gujarat and sought to punch holes in Narendra Modi's claims of providing strong national security. Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi alleged the seizure has exposed the 'total laxity' of the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government on the issue of coastal security, reports PTI. "For Narendra Modi, national security is nothing but a stick for political gain... It is something to whip up jingoism and chest thumping," he told reporters, adding the recent incident has shown how 'hollow' his claims are. Singhvi also claimed that the ship was chartered to Jamnagar-based Haza Bhai Kathiriya in October last year, whose two brothers Haji Ajij Kungda and Haji Abdul Karim Kungda are prominent BJP leaders in the state.

"Who is responsible for security lapse in permitting coastal region of Gujarat to be used for narcotics smuggling," Singhvi sought to know and reminded that its coast was used by terrorists involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. "You are allowing this coastline to be brazenly used by smugglers, and certainly terrorists are and will take advantage of this laxity. This is real national security issue on the ground. It is in your backyard. "You have full assistance from government of India. You have special boats, special equipment. You are not using the manpower properly and not distributing it properly," Singhvi said cornering Modi on the issue. Gujarat DGP P C Thakur said on May 2 that a CID probe has been ordered to find out whether the heroin seized near Kenyan coast was shipped from Gujarat or any such consignment was delivered here in the past using sea route.

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Exit polls could trigger another sharp up move. But, Friday will be the big day...



the next week, we would have the IIP and Inflation data to be announced. On the global front, stimulus measures by EU if any could be a positive. However, focus will be firmly on the exit poll numbers due today evening as


By Dominic Rebello ast Friday the Sensex rose by 2.91% to close at 22994, while marking the day's high at 23048 points level. The Nifty also rose by 2.99% to close at the 6858, before registering an all time high of 6871 points level. With these figures, the indices have registered their all time closing highs. Market experts are of the view that a select few influential traders from the market had some knowledge of the nature of results expected from exit polls. The exit polls will start projecting figures by different agencies by today evening. After consolidation over the last two weeks, Foreign Institutional Investors (FII), expecting an NDA win, took long positions in huge quantities. Most market participants were caught unawares as the indices kept rising throughout the session to mark their respective highs. Many brokers and small traders were expecting the same to take place on the first day of the week, when the exit polls results were expected to be delivered. “It was an exceptional day for the benchmarks as they were seen surging almost vertically last Friday and formed new record highs. Renewed buying in

index heavyweights kept the momentum intact till the end; Banking, Realty, Power and Capital goods counters attracted maximum interest from participants. The sentiments were buoyant since the beginning on the back of continuous inflow of foreign funds and expectations of a stable government after this general election. We were in profit taking phase for last two weeks and Friday’s abrupt rise ended the same. Now, all indications are in the favor of this northward rise to continue ahead as well. However, one should remain focused and keep the long positions hedged as elections are set to conclude today and exit polls may bring in some surprises,” said Jayant Manglik, President-retail distribution, Religare Securities. While many technical analysts had predicted resistance levels on the Nifty and Sensex, the uptrend paid heed to none as the election euphoria gained momentum and the expectation of a business friendly, stable government at the centre, helped the indices to cross over major resistance levels in a single stroke. “The Nifty on Friday broke two major resistance levels of 6740 and thereafter 6820, on the way to touching a new high of 6871. Last Friday’s move was led by Large Caps, while the

Mid-cap and Small cap indices were clearly lagging. While there were absolutely no global or economic reasons to attribute the move to, the trigger was clearly the expectations of a better than expected outcome for the NDA in the Exit Polls. The rally was led by banks, cyclicals and rate sensitives. The Bank Nifty gained 5.19%, the BSE Cap Goods gained 3.24%, while the CNX Realty Index gained 4.60%,” said Arun Gopalan, Vice President-Research & Investments, Systematix Shares While market participants and people across the globe eagerly wait for 16 May, the day the results will be declared by the Election Commission, the exit poll reports will continue to have an impact on the market, apart from the global cues and IIP and inflation data that is expected to be released this week. “Unmistakably, the focus remains on the approaching D-day i.e. 16th May when the election verdict would be announced. But even before that, the market would react to exit polls numbers as it starts trickling in once the final phase of polling gets completed by 12th May. Sector-wise, the market behavior was in line with pattern of past few weeks – cyclicals gained at the expense of defensive’s. Going into

well as on the final election results on Friday. A decisive verdict from the elections will be a long term positive for the markets,” said Sanjeev Zarbade, Vice President- Private Client Group Research, Kotak Securities.


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« BRAND GYAN JAGDEEP KAPOOR is CMD of Samsika Marketing Consultancy

The Summer Marketing Opportunity


ummer is upon us. This opens a very large opportunity for marketers for being able to sell their products and services. In fact for the next 30 days there would be a focused marketing effort to be able to win the minds and hearts of the consumers. To begin with the heat will be tackled. There would be tremendous emphasis on advertising and promotions for various brands of Air Conditioners, whether in the room Air Conditioner category or the split Air Conditioner category. In fact all consumer durable brands whether they be Carrier or Voltas, or whether they be LG or Samsung, they would all be focusing on a common theme to “beat the heat”. This is a period of time when consumers look forward to the Air Conditioner brands so that they are able to be comfortable in this tropical country. The fan manufacturers would not be far behind whether it be Orient or Bajaj whether it be Crompton or other brands, they will all be turning around at full speed all their marketing strategies in a breezy effort to woo the consumer. In fact there are many households in India where both fans and Air Conditioners co-exist and therefore this summer would be a great opportunity for brand marketers. If summer is here the cold drink sector can’t be far behind whether it be aggressive marketing by soft drink concentrate brands like Rasna or Sunfill they would all want to appeal to consumers. The giant cola brands Coke & Pepsi along with all their variants would be aggressively advertising and distributing at attractive price points to lure the consumer to cure him of his heat. This year the aggression has already started with cricket being a major area of promotion. Right from Colas, to mango drinks like Frooti, to Lemon drinks will be quenching consumers’ thirst. There are other product categories like talcum powder wherein high level of advertising spends is already being witnessed through brands like Ponds. There is also a very strong emergence of the local home-made ‘nimbu pani’ market, which is definitely going to have a substantial share of the beverage consumption. Fruits are not far behind. The mango season is on and that brings with it a huge opportunity for marketers. It is also important to note that this year the bottled water market with brands like Bisleri, Bailley, Kinley, Himalayan and Aqua Fina would definitely make inroads in terms of consumption penetration. When summer is here the ice cream market would definitely make a huge aggressive campaign. This appeals to both kids and elders and whether it be a conventional lolly or milk based kulfi it definitely makes hearts melt and mouths water. Kwality Walls, Amul, Mother Dairy, Magnum and a number of other brands would be fully charged up to increase their market share. Summer marketing is one of the most exciting times during the year for brand and marketing companies. It is important to have a good strategy and to build your brand during this time. I’m sure the consumers are in for a cool summer. Copyright © 2013, All rights reserved. Jagdeep Kapoor can be contacted at


Beyond Financial Issues

With changing demographics, high inflation and ever increasing rising real estate prices, first-time home buyers are struggling to take informed decision on making the biggest investment of their lives. ABHISHEK AGARWAL

is Co-founder and Director, Creditvidya



n most occasions, analysts argue about the choice of going on rent to buying a house. These analysts have their own set of assumptions about interest rates, rental yields, opportunity costs, and inflation in property prices. Their decisions also change with the change in the variables in their set of assumptions. While these are the discussion and thinking points of a few informed individuals, there is a considerable bunch of individuals which give importance to certain other set of variables. These are: how much home loan you would require if you plan to buy a house? Are you eligible for a home loan? Do you have a good CIBIL score? Does your credit report point out to some default in past transactions? Can you afford to pay your equated monthly installment (EMI) through your existing cash flow? These questions are valid and they do play an important role in your decision about going on rent or buying a house. Interestingly, with changing demographics of cities, rising real estate prices and scarcer employment opportunities due to stiff competition, there are some factors that are crucial than aforementioned variables. Here is a low-down on these:

The location: If you like to stay closer to your office, you may have to pay very high rent on an accommodation situated near a business district. These houses are high-priced and most cannot afford it. If you are comfortable travelling an hour in one way, there maybe houses available at a lower price, which are easy to buy and afford. How is your Financial Health, including your Cibil score: Are you are financially prepared to buy a home? Is your Cibil score good? Do you have the margin money amount to be paid for the property which you plan to buy? Lenders will fund around 85% - 90% on the cost of the property. If you're Cibil score is not good it would be difficult to get approvals for Home loan and you may have to postpone this decision till you build your

score. As a rule of thumb your mortgage to income ratio should not exceed 28% of your monthly income. Amenities: If you are looking for properties that come with some exotic amenities such as Olympic size swimming pool, state of art gyms, it may make sense to have them on rent since they are steeply priced. Of course, there is not much scope for customization in a rented flat. If you want amenities of particular type, say jaguar shower units of particular configuration, better own a flat first. External amenities also include access to malls, banks, gardens and other recreational facilities. There are integrated townships that offer you such amenities. But the prices of such flats are a bit higher than the flats out of integrated townships but the rentals can be low, especially if there are many investors owning flats in the township.  Stability: Owned-flats offer you stability. You need not have to look for one every year. However they also bound you to the property. If you are in a job that leads to transfer at regular interval, say every three or five years, owned home could be a problem as selling a flat is not an easy task. Less responsibility: Rented flat means you have to pay your rent on time and that is the maximum expected of you. However, if you own a house, you have to pay for the taxes, maintenance charges if you stay in a co-operative housing society or some such similar arrangement. You have to maintain your property and also have to insure it. You are also responsible for the upkeep of the owned property. As a tenant you just have to ensure that you won't damage the property, there is no need to go beyond this.

India Asks UN To Set Own House In Order, Implement UNSC Reforms I

By Yoshita Singh ndia has said the United Nations should "set its house in order" and implement the muchdelayed reform of the Security Council before it seeks to embark upon an ambitious post2015 development agenda. It also said the relevance of the world body is at stake if the UN is not reformed to be more effective and representative. India's Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji yesterday said an "over-riding view" of a majority of participants in the previous five rounds of talks is that the requirement to reform the Council to make it more effective and representative cannot be delayed any longer. He was addressing an informal plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on 'Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the

Security Council and other matters related to the Council'. "During these past months, even as we have engaged in making statements at each other, the Security Council has been paralyzed by its inherent flaws. The result of this paralysis is visible. The failure of the Security Council to respond to eruptions of crises, and create sustainable frameworks of political stability, whether on the continent of Africa, or in Asia and in Europe, has been starkly documented for the wider public. "This failure has already extracted a huge human and material cost, which the UN can ill afford at a time our organization is poised to articulate the blueprint for the post-2015 Development Agenda for the World. At stake is the relevance of the United Nations to embark upon such an ambitious exercise when it has not been able to set its house in order," Mukerji said.

The sixth meeting of the IGN saw participation of 64 speakers, of which more than 40 spoke in favour of India's position for early UNSC reforms. There was broad convergence on expanding the Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories of membership and for delivering concrete outcomes by 2015, a position supported by countries such as Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Germany, UK, France, Nicaragua, Palau, Benin, Malawi, St. Vincent and Grenadines and nearly 30 more countries. Mukerji said the mandate for "early reforms" of the UN Security Council was given by global leaders at the 60th anniversary Summit of the United Nations in 2005 and UN member states must build on the convergences to carry the negotiations forward and concretise outcomes for adoption by the 70th Anniversary Summit of the UN in 2015. (PTI)


Mutual Fund Assets At A New High Afternoon Despatch & Courier



By A Business Reporter

ndian mutual fund industry’s assets under management (AUM) rose to a record Rs 9.45 trillion, up 14.6% or Rs 1.20 trillion, according to the monthly numbers released by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI). The spurt in the AUM – also the largest absolute gain in the last one year – was primarily due to inflows into liquid funds, according to a latest Crisil report.

Liquid funds see biggest inflows in last three years Liquid funds, which posted record outflows of Rs 1.17 trillion in the previous month, snapped the trend by attracting inflows of Rs 1.24 trillion -- the biggest in last three years; as corporates and banks/ financial institutions ploughed the surplus money back into the funds that were withdrawn in March (due to advance tax and financial year-end requirement), liquid funds’ assets rose by 94.6% in April to Rs 2.59 trillion.

Income funds register highest outflows since December 2012 Income funds recorded outflows of Rs 99.27 bn, their highest in the last 16 months, mainly due to outflows from closed ended and interval funds. The fall in the category’s AUM was capped at Rs 26.62 bn (down 0.6%) due to mark-to-market gains led by a rise in underlying asset prices during the month. The category assets closed at Rs 4.58 trillion at the end of April compared with Rs 4.61 trillion at the end


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Gilt funds see outflow for fifth consecutive month Assets of gilt funds declined for the fifth straight month as investors shied away from the category citing uncertainty in the interest rate environment. Rise in March inflation numbers and expectation of further increase due to below-than-normal monsoon forecast has raised concerns that the Reserve Bank of India may not ease its key interest rates soon. Gilt funds’ AUM fell by Rs 2.20 bn or 3.6% to Rs 58.95 bn amid outflows of Rs 3.73 bn during the month. Gold ETFs saw total outflows of Rs 24 bn in the last 11 months Investors continued to exit gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) for the eleventh straight month

with consolidated outflows amounting to Rs 24 bn till April. For the latest month, assets of Gold ETFs fell by 1.7% to Rs 85.27 bn amid outflows of Rs 1.46 bn in April. Of late, the popularity of the category has waned due to a subdued performance by the underlying assets. Equity funds’ AUM gains for the third consecutive month Assets of equity funds (including ELSS funds) increased for the third month in a row with April witnessing a gain of 0.6% or Rs 11.39 bn to Rs 1.92 trillion. The gains were led primarily by mark to market gains in the broad market; the underlying market reflected by CNX 500, CNX Small Cap and CNX Mid Cap saw gains of 0.6%, 6.5% and 2.0%, respectively, in April. However, outflows of Rs 1.60 bn in April although sharply lower compared with Rs

19.35 bn outflows in March - capped the gains. Other ETFs and global fund of funds report outflows Other ETFs saw record outflows of Rs 12.13 bn and assets declined 18.20% to Rs 37 bn in April. The category had seen a sharp rise in assets in the previous month due to the launch of Goldman Sachs CPSE ETF, which garnered Rs 30.9 bn. However, profit booking during the current month finally led to the overall decline in assets. Fund of funds investing overseas too saw outflows (of Rs 30 mn) after witnessing inflows for ten months on the trot. The category’s AUM fell by 0.2% to stand at Rs 31.86 bn as of April.


Axis MF files offer document to launch Axis Medium Term Fund Axis MF has filed offer document with SEBI to launch Axis Medium Term Fund, an openended debt scheme. The scheme will be benchmarked against CRISIL Composite Bond Fund Index and will be managed by Devang Shah.

Principal MF launches Principal Index Fund – Midcap Principal MF has launched Principal Index Fund – Midcap, an open-ended index scheme. The issue will remain open for subscription from May 7 to May 9. The scheme is benchmarked against CNX Midcap Index and will be managed by Rupali Pandit.

Rupee Expected To Be Volatile In Coming Days PRAMIT BRAHMBHATT is CEO of Veracity Group



ast week we saw tussle between the corporates and oil importers. Corporates were seen selling dollar and dollar demand from oil importers forced the rupee to trade in a tight range. Though it hovered around the psychological figure of 60.00, the next immediate support for the USD/INR pair is at 59.80. On a

monthly basis the Rupee has posted its third monthly gain in four with the help of strong local equities which also posted its third monthly gain in four and at the end of last week it closed at all-time high. The Rupee is expected to trade volatile in coming days as we are moving near towards the date of election outcome. The trading range for the Spot USD/INR pair is expected to be within 59.50 to 61.00. It is recommended to be cautious and Buy USD/INR (Futures) on dips with appropriate stop loss as overall the Rupee is expected to depreciate. The Pivot Point for the Pair is at 60.03 and below is the Support & Resistance levels. Last time the Fed chief Janet Yellen had stat-




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the further reductions will be implied as the economy improves. After this statement, investors traded with the positive sentiments which helped global markets to move forward and trade strong. The Dollar index also tried to recover from its lowest level since 17th Sept 12, in the last three trading days, and is heading towards to post its first weekly gain in three. At present dollar index is trading near its intraday high $ 79.65. Gold prices continued to trade low for last week also. As global equities traded positively after Fed Chief Janet Yellen stated that the central bank will continue to support the U.S. economy. Investors shifted their focus towards the strong equities as an alternative investment option which curtailed the demand for the precious metal. Gold prices traded high from December 2008 to June 2011 after the Federal Reserve commenced bond buying and cut interest rates to a record to boost the largest economy. At present gold is trading at $ 1290.

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European Business Community Awaits Formation Of New Government The Indian economy is regarded as a rapidly growing power house and the prospects are much better. However “Retrospective Taxation and GAAR Provisions ward-off European Investors from India” says Dr. Cravinho, Ambassador of the European Union to India


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By Dominic Rebello ndia is a land of great potential and possible future. We will have to make this a proper and decisive future of the 21st century. The Indian economy is regarded as a rapidly growing power house and the prospects are much better. However, the economy is sparse with regard to funds. The European Union can make a useful contribution to help India with its capital requirements. Also, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the nations in its finalization stages is expected to generate trade opportunities and investor friendly climate between the nations But issues such as retrospective taxation and GAAR compliance play hindrance,” said Dr. Joao Cravinho, Ambassador of the European Union to India during an interactive meeting organised by All India Association of Industries and MVIRDC World Trade Centre. The European Union wants to promote growth and employment in India through FDI. Foreign investments are a measure of confidence in a country and crucial for GDP growth. Europe can play a central role in helping the Indian economy grow. Over the years, the EU has been by far the largest investor and trading partner of India with FDI inflows worth $ 13.15 billion during 2011-12. But during 2012-13 the inflows dropped to $ 4.93 billion. The decrease in the FDI inflows has been led by widespread opposition in the form of retrospective taxation, GAAR provisions along with overall bleak macroeconomic prospects. The European business community awaits the formation of the new government for clear provisions of investing in the Indian economy. However, limited FDI provisions and restrictions on joint ventures need to be done away said Dr. Cravinho echoing the views of the European business community. The European Union invests 5 times more money in Brazil, China and US than in India, he said. Elaborating on prospective sectors for EU’s investment in India Dr. Cravinho said that India plans to invest US$ 1 trillion in its infrastructural sector. Indian banks being highly leveraged are not in a position to invest. India may look upto the EU for these investments. Secondly, European FDI may flow into technology transfer, know-how and experience as well. Further, Dr. Cravinho appreciated the role of MVIRDC World Trade Centre and All India Association of Industries in outlining avenues for European investments in India through seminars, conferences and interactive meetings. Lastly, Dr. Cravinho said that the European Union awaits the election results of the Indian economy. It is felt that India requires a proactive government which will aid rural and urban growth, manufacturing, create employment and a conducive economic environment. The Union has no bias towards any Indian political party and will work in harmony with the Narendra Modi government as well. Also, the European Union respects the judiciary system of India. The measures that the new government will take can change the view of the European

Expectations From The New Govt



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<<Rupa Naik, Executive Director, All India Association of Industries and Director-Projects, MVIRDC World Trade Centre, Domingo Manso, Consul General Of Spain, Dr. Joao Cravinho, Ambassador of the European Union and Vijay Kalantri, President, All India Association Of Industries. Union that India is interested in business and attracting businesses, he added. Speaking on the mango ban by the European Union, he said, “The European Union had warned the government and the mango exporters in 2013 regarding the issue of fruit flies. They had also alerted the authorities about fruit flies way back in 2010 when an European Union team came to India to inspect the process of packaging mangoes for exports.” Despite that warning there was no change in the atti-


In order to foster greater trade and bilateral relations between India and the EU, Rupa Naik, Executive Director, All India Association of Industries and Director-Projects, MVIRDC World Trade Centre announced the formation of an EU Desk jointly by All India Association of Industries and MVIRDC World Trade Centre Mumbai during an interactive meeting with Dr. Joao Cravinho, Ambassador of the European Union to India. The Desk is formed on the similar lines of a previously formed “China Desk” by the organizations. The EU Desk is expected to facilitate bilateral trade, enhance communications, and disseminate information, exchange trade delegations and host trade fairs amongst the nations.

tude of the Indian Government, leaving us with no option than to ban the fruit. Fruit flies are not indigenous to Europe and could change ecological life there, he added. Earlier, in his welcome remarks Vijay Kalantri, President, All India Association of Industries and Vice-Chairman, MVIRDC World Trade Centre said that the European Union is a prominent trading partner of India with India’s Export to European Union worth US $ 50.42 bn and India’s imports from the European Union worth US $ 52.27 billion. Trade in services amongst the countries stands at € 22.2 bn. Also, the EU is also one of the largest sources of Foreign Direct Investment for India. FDI inflows from the EU into India increased from €3.5 bn in 2009 to €7.5 bn in 2010 and €14.19 bn in 2011. Major Exports from India to European Union are mineral fuels, precious & semi precious stones, appeals & clothing, iron & steel, footwear, plastic articles, coffee, tea, spices etc. Major imports by India from the European Union are natural or cultural pear, precious & semi precious stones, nuclear reactor, boilers, machinery, electrical machinery & equipments, iron & steel, organic chemical, plastic & articles, etc. The rapidly growing Indian economy provides a land of opportunities in the sectors of infrastructure, manufacturing, logistics, etc. However, the economy needs to initiate investor friendly policies in the form of tax holidays, proactive and transparent bureaucratic policies, permission to form joint ventures, etc. The European Union has an advantage in the form of physical proximity in comparison to the USA and Australia, Kalantri added.


is Chairman and Managing Director, Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd.

strong leadership with clarity so that an enabling environment can be created for the businesses to prosper. From a practitioner’s perspective, I feel that in order to build momentum into the growth process the new government at the Centre needs to address 3 issues on a war-footing after swearing in:

Review the Companies Act 2013 



he result of India’s 15thLok Sabha election is turning out to be perhaps the most awaited event in recent history, especially for India Inc. and, to be more specific, for the infrastructure fraternity. The last two years have been a nightmare for the infrastructure sector. Project costs have escalated on account of implementation delays resulting from policy flip-flop and a high interest rate regime. Revenue generation capability has been severely impacted throwing project economics for a toss. This, in turn, has resulted in mounting amount of stressed assets in the books of Indian commercial banks which have the highest exposure to India’s infrastructure sector. The sector has almost come to a standstill. The recent trend of contraction in manufacturing sector and slowdown in services sector indicates a gradual slowing down of domestic demand. When supply-side problems get further aggravated by demand-side issues, it is genuine cause for worry. This needs to be reversed, and very quickly. Many of our present problems can be traced back directly or indirectly to a severe infrastructure deficit which is widening by the day. Urgent capacity addition in infrastructure is the only way forward now. This can set in motion a virtuous cycle which will stimulate domestic demand and increase productive capacity of the economy thereby helping the economy creep back to a high growth trajectory in a few years’ time. Quite naturally, the entire infrastructure fraternity is looking forward to having a government at the Centre which is capable of reinvigorating the sector by taking some quick decisive action. What is needed at present is a

The Act, aimed at punishing the handful of guilty entities in the system, has introduced a plethora of new rules which has ended up making life extremely difficult for the vast majority of innocent players. Compliance has become immensely cumbersome. We must not forget that India is a land of entrepreneurs and they form the backbone of the India Growth Story. If this concern is not addressed, it is likely to breed further corruption. Post Companies Act 2013,unlisted companies are now expected to comply by multiple norms which earlier appliedonly on the listed companies. Numerous small unlisted players neither have the expertise nor the wherewithal to understand and comply with these norms. Leave aside the smaller players, even the bigger entities are finding it difficult to comply with all the norms. Norms pertaining to independent directors, rotation of auditors, new filing requirements, restrictions on transactions between a holding company and its subsidiaries, the cap in terms of layers of investment companies, etc. are bound to make operations extremely difficult for India Inc. Precious entrepreneurial talent will get nipped in the bud. On top of that, non-compliance with one or more of these norms can be equated with criminal offence on part of the company executives who would then be subject to punishment including imprisonment. Certain provisions of the new Act make the companies vulnerable to corporate blackmailing by groups with ulterior vested interest. Corporate litigation is bound to increase. World over, optionally convertible debenture (OCD), an interesting hybrid between equity and debt, is used to encourage fixed income investments. OCDhas been used in the past by several Indian companies to reduce the cost of debt. The new Act has virtually killed OCD. The new


rules have essentially deprived NBFCs (one of the major financiers in infrastructure) from tapping the bond market, that too at a time when Ministry of Company Affairs is trying to deepen the bond market. In this backdrop, Companies Act 2013 needs an urgent review. Not only can it discourage international investors, it can also prompt domestic companies to relocate their businesses abroad. We simply cannot afford this to happen.

Early roll-out of GST by building consensus

India’s fiscal deficit remains a worry area. While the target for fiscal deficit has been set at 4.6% of GDP for FY14, the target has already been breached in April-January FY14. This indicates how much government is constrained in terms of undertaking fresh investments in infrastructure. While wooing private investment in infrastructure is on, government also needs to explore avenues for generating new resources so that it has more money at its disposal to give a big push to infrastructure. In this regard, rolling out the Goods & Services Tax (GST) at the earliest is a must. GST has remained a pipedream for several years now and government must do everything possible to build consensus in making GST a reality. The complex state lax laws which exist today make it very difficult for movement of goods. It is more difficult in many states to move goods to another state, but easier to import or export overseas. Introduction of GST will help in bring in some degree of uniformity. Not only will it increase government’s kitty, it is also expected to bring in a lot of clarity and transparency in terms of tax implication on business. That is why India Inc. is also looking forward to the implementa-

tion of GST. But there are issues which need to be ironed out, that is why I emphasised on the consensusbuilding process. Presently, Centre has some disagreement with some of the states over certain technical aspects. There is still no consensus on whether or not to include petroleum products under the ambit of GST. Some states are not in favour of including petroleum products in GST. But, by keeping petroleum products out, GST cannot be a full-fledged GST and its efficacy will be compromised. Another issue is the flexibility given to states to have differential rates, i.e. states will have floor rates and can move the rates up or down. This is likely to cause high compliance burden on taxpayers, as for the same product/service the tax-payer may have to deal with different rates in different states. This can lead to unnecessary complications. Therefore, Centre has to build consensus on such tricky issues and it has to do it quickly. A strong leadership at the Centre can make it possible.

Empower state governments

I sincerely feel that time has come when Centre should allow more power to state governments in terms of framing their policies for attracting investment for infrastructure projects. I will mention here 2 areas where it is imperative for state governments to have a greater say: I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight here, that there are three areas where the States can work along with the Centre to create an enabling environment for businesses to flourish irrespective of whether they are small or large.  Land - I think it is important that land issue be delegated to the states and let them set out a policy which is conducive for the business. A number of factors can influence the land policy of a State – it can be the topography, it can be the percentage of population dependent on agriculture, it can be the ownership pattern, etc. Centre can lay down just a broad framework, and based on that State governments can customise, in framing their own policies. Unfortunately, the present central Land Act would result in almost no land being available for any development to the private sector and even so the cost would be prohibitive which would make the business or infrastructure creation unviable.

Environment clearances - I think this should also be delegated to the states with full decentralisation. Again, a broad framework can be laid downby the Centre. It is for the states to decide what is good for their people and state governments should be best placed to strike a balance between environment protection and employment generation. It will again lead to creating an enabling environment for business and trade in the respective States. These are areas where the states can work along with the Centre to create an enabling environment for business. A strong leadership at the Centre can make that happen.


On the infrastructure front, I feelgovernment should initially focus on fast-tracking capacity creation in Power and Road sectors. 100% fuel linkage to all power plants has to be ensured which calls for serious reforms on the coal-mining front by allowing entry of private sector for mining development. This has to be supplemented with distribution sector reforms by revisiting tariff-setting norms which should adopt a principle of not passing through the AT&C losses beyond a certain percentage. On the road front, government needs to explore new financing techniques which can address the mismatch between loan tenure and concession period (the former much shorter than the latter thus leading to problems in servicing loans). For BOT projects, a financing structure can be thought of where the repayment schedule is such that 50% of the total debt is repaid during the loan period and balance 50% is to be repaid by way of bullet payment at the end of the end of the loan period. The bullet payment shall be made by arranging refinancing of the balance 50% debt, repayable over the remaining concession period. This would enable practically spreading out the repayment of the debt over the entire concession period. Steps like these can help in improving investment sentiment quickly.

My view...

I think if the new government at the Centre can make substantial progress in the above-mentioned areas during the first 3 months in office, that would send out a very strong signal to the business community, both in India and abroad.

Election Results Could Spark A Revolution In The Stock Markets RAGHU KUMAR is Cofounder, RKSV



he stock markets, over the long run, tend to be somewhat predictable. We can see from the following chart that from 1997, it has been a relatively smooth ride for the BSE Sensex apart from the 2008 global financial crisis which adversely impacted stock markets around the world alike.

Sensex: 1997-Present (chart) The 2008 blip simply could not be avoided: since India's economy is so dependent on the economy of the USA, and when it went through its worst economic recession since the Great Depression in the 1930's, there was little the Indian government could have done to prevent the stock markets from tumbling. Now, as we enter a new era post-elections, it brings us to the all-important question: what can we expect from the markets in the near future? As the famous saying goes, "the proof of the pudding lies in the eating". On Friday, 9th May, the Sensex shot up almost 3 percent (700 points) and hit an all-time high. The reason for the huge surge? A survey conducted by Bloomberg showed that it was widely expected that a BJP led government would win the elections on May 16th. When the markets shoot up on such news, it's a sign of good things to come. The Fundamentals: A Healthy Economy India is now at that critical stage where, you

could say, all the plumbing work has been done to allow the economy to charge forward in the coming few years. With a pro-business government in charge, an economy can only really improve if all fundamental indicators are under control. These economic fundamentals include the GDP, inflation, interest rates, current account deficit, and stability of the currency. In India's case, all indicators are quite healthy at the present moment. India's GDP stands at 4.8%, which is less than where it stood in 2010; but it is primed to grow as the economy grows with a pro-business government leading the way. India's inflation figures have dropped considerably, which is a healthy sign. Since RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan took over the reigns in September of 2013, his main focus areas were to bring down India's inflation and to bring stability to the Rupee. Since then, the WPI inflation figure has come down from 6.1% to below 5%. The Rupee has also stabilized, from hitting dangerously low levels of almost 70 in July of 2013 to stabilizing at

check; India's CAD has dropped significantly, from a record $88 billion in FI 2012-2013 to just $32 billion in FI 2013-2014, while its GDP stayed put. This gives the incoming government a lot of leeway to invest heavily in projects such as infrastructure and education reform while bridging economic disparities. This all translates to GDP growth and, ultimately, a boost in the markets.


60 for the past two months. Similarly, the current account deficit (CAD)- which measures the general health of the economy by measuring its net imports versus exports, paints a positive picture. Generally speaking, a healthy economy is able to bolster its GDP while keeping its CAD in

Nifty: What to look out for Look for the Nifty to cross 7000 very soon as election results are released. Soon afterward, the government is likely to propose the types of projects it will invest in to boost the economy. With GDP numbers being released on 30th May and interest rates unlikely to be cut for the remainder of the year, staying put at 8%, Foreign Institutional Investors would continue flocking to India as their preferred destination to invest their funds . The result? We could very well see the Nifty crossing 8000 in a year's time.


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We control, of course, the monetary policy. I determine the monetary policy. I say what it is. Ultimately the interest rate that is set, is set by me. —RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan in reply to a question in St. Gallen, Switzerland


Markets Rejoice In Anticipation; Close At New High NSE India : CNX Nifty — Daily Market Report for: Monday (May 12, 2014) By Dominic Rebello


The Nifty rose substantially on Friday (May 09, 2014) a net 198.95 points (2.99%) and closed at the 6858 point level. The market opened down with a gap at the 6654 points level. It then declined further and registered the day’s low at the 6652 points level at 9.19 a.m. The index then rose sharply into the green and turned into a range bound movement until 2.35 p.m. It then rose further and registered the day’s high at the 6871 points level at 3.27 p.m. and then turned into a range bound movement until closing at the day. The Nifty moved in a range of 219 points and closed above the psychologically important 6800 points level. Sentiment was extremely bullish and amongst the 50 Nifty stocks 46 were gainers, 3 were losers and 1 remained unchanged. All the secotral indices barring healthcare and consumer durables closed in the green. Substantial buying was witnessed in banking, realty, power, PSU, oil & gas and capital goods stocks.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Volume: Volume (Qty shares) increased 50.79%. This change is substantial and indicates a wide participation by investors. Market Breadth: Overall Market Breadth on the NSE was positive. Amongst all the traded stocks, 941 were gainers, 589 were losers and 57 remained unchanged. Slow Stochastic Indicator: The Slow Stochastic Oscillator has risen and has exited the over-sold zone. The Slow K line in the Stochastic Oscillator has risen above the slow D line (positive and a buy signal). RSI Indicator: The RSI rose and crossed above the 60 level and is now rising (positive if it continues). MACD Indicator: The MACD is above zero and is now rising (positive if it continues). It is below its 9-day Average (negative). ADX Indicator & DI Lines: The +DI line is above the – DI line and both lines are diverging (positive if it continues). The ADX is flat while the Market Index is rising. No signal here. MOVING AVERAGES (TREND INDICATORS) The index: Has crossed above its 5-day average (at 6717) Positive. Has crossed above its 15-day average (at 6744) Positive. Has crossed above its 25-day average (at 6742) Positive. Is above its 200-day average (at 6152) Positive. Overall Market Strength/Weakness: The indicators and oscillators discussed here are indicating a strong market with a positive bias.

Support Levels: For short-term traders the immediate main support is at the 6543 points level. The next support is at the 6446 points level. Resistance Levels: The immediate main resistance is at the 6874 points level. The next resistance is at the 6933 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 = 6794 (This is the level where the trend is likely to change during intra-day). Support (1) = 6717. Support (2) = 6575. Resistance (1) = 6936. Resistance (2) = 7013. OUTLOOK FOR TODAY: On Japanese candlestick patterns the index after having formed a doji pattern (indicating indecisiveness amongst investors) has formed a long white body candle on substantially higher volumes. In fact, yesterday's candle is almost like a white body Marubozu candle. (A White Marubozu forms when the open equals the low and the close equals the high). This is positive and indicates that the bias has shifted towards the buy side of the market. Further, the index has crossed above its 5, 15 and 25 days moving averages. The index is now above its 5, 15, 25 and 200 days moving averages. Moreover, the velocity parameters which were negatively trended have now turned positive. All these indicate a positive bias and the possibility of a further upmove unfolding. Technically, since the downwards risk seems to have reduced, Investors may consider buying in small quantities in shares that are fundamentally sound and have a long- term potential. Incidentally, the index is approaching a major resistance level at the 6874 points level. There is a possibility that it could find some resistance there.

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CMP: Rs. 211 Target Rs. 240 Godrej Properties posted weak PAT of Rs 484mn in Q4FY14, 7% below estimates. Revenue was 36% above estimates at Rs 4.3bn helped by Kolkata commercial sales, though this also meant soft margins (18% vs. 30% RCMLe). Pre-sales were healthy at Rs 10bn on higher sales in the Chembur (Mumbai) project. But cash flows remain negative due to land, project and construction costs. GPL’s upward debt spiral also remains a short-term worry, but this should be arrested once launches pick up and commercial projects are sold. Maintain BUY. PAT lower on weak margins in Kolkata commercial project: GPL’s Q4FY14 revenue of Rs 4.3bn grew 38% YoY on account of a sum of Rs 1.7bn booked from the sale of a commercial project in Kolkata. However, PAT at 484mn fell 9% YoY due to weak margins in the aforementioned project. Going forward, margins should improve as new projects start contributing a higher proportion of sales. Net D/E worsens: In Q4, GPL merged a few subsidiaries into itself which reduced shareholder funds by Rs 3.5bn. This, coupled with higher net debt of Rs 1.7bn (Rs 1.5bn in Q3), led to net D/E of 0.95x vs. 0.69x in Q3FY14. Management attributes higher debt to launch delays and project acquisition-linked expenses (advances+initial constr. cost+approval costs), but expects debt to reduce as launches pan out. Maintain BUY: While rising debt and launch delays are near-term stock overhangs, strong project acquisition in FY14 should mean better operational numbers if the regulatory (approval-related) environment turns favourable. BUY.

ELARA CAPITAL CALLS A ‘BUY’ ON CANARA BANK CMP: Rs. 286 Target Rs. 355 Core performance above expectations: In Q4FY14, Canara Bank (CBK IN) reported a core operating income (NII and core fee income, excluding oneoff tax refunds income) of INR 1.1bn at INR 27bn, 3.7% above our estimates of INR 23.6bn. The NPL accretion rate remains stable but fresh restructuring has fallen. We maintain our positive stance on the stock. Better NIM after excluding one-off income: If we exclude one-off income tax refunds of INR 1.1bn, CBK reported a slight expansion in NIM by 5bp QoQ and by 3bp YoY to 223bp, calculated on yearly average balances. Expansion in NIM was mainly led by lower liability-side cost; it declined by 34bp QoQ to 777bp on yearly average balances. Valuation– downgrade to Accumulate with a new TP of INR 355: At the CMP of INR 304, the stock trades at 0.63x FY15E P/ABV. We factor in higher balance sheet expansion and traction in return ratios from credit cost and MTM depreciation. We increase our earnings 11% for FY15E and 6% for FY16E, and raise our TP by 16% to INR 355 at 0.74x FY15E P/ABV. We downgrade our rating to Accumulate from Buy, due to a sharp run-up in the stock price.


CMP: Rs. 326 Target Rs. 380 We believe Bajaj Electricals (BJE) is heading towards an electrifying turnaround following the completion of legacy projects and a change in the business strategy of the Engineering & Projects (E&P) segment (26% of 9MFY14 revenue), which coupled with its strong consumer product portfolio, would propel the earnings by 6x over FY14E-FY16E. We expect a sharp revival in profitability of the E&P segment, which suffered losses over the past two years because of cost over-run in legacy projects, leading to 75.6%/148.6% CAGRs in EBITDA/PAT of BJE, respectively, over FY14EFY16E, despite factoring in a decline in margins in the consumer durable/lighting segments by 40bps/50bps, respectively, over the same period. In addition, healthy improvement in working capital after the release of Rs1.8bn retention money (17.6% of FY14E debtors) likely in FY15E along with improved profitability would lead to strong operating/free cash flows and a sharp recovery in return ratios over FY14E-FY16E, providing a further re-rating trigger. We have assigned Buy rating to BJE with a target price of Rs380 based on 16xFY16E EPS. Please send all business and corporate related mails to


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I had taken a policy Reliance Life Insurance Guaranteed Money Back Plan which I had taken last year. Now I wish to surrender the same. How much will I get and how much will they deduct as commission? Also, suggest me how much money back would I receive if I were to continue this plan. My policy was taken for 15 years with 5 years premium paying term. Sum Assured is Rs 250000. —Amara Tripathi, Andheri Surrender Benefit: There is surrender benefit under Reliance Guaranteed Money Back Plan only if at least 3 years premiums have been paid. Guaranteed Surrender Value = 30% of all premiums paid – 1st year’s premium However, if after paying only 1 year's premium, you wish to surrender the plan, there is nothing payable under this plan.

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Is Canara HSBC OBC eSmart Term Plan the cheapest term plan in the market? Could it be for a specific sample because premiums vary for large sum assured, policy tenure chosen, etc. —Suryakant Modi, Worli You need to choose a term plan, NOT just for the cheap premium but for other reasons as

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well. Some of the reasons could be: Additional riders  Policy Tenure  Continuability  Claim settlement ratios You could check our compilation of the Top 10 Term Plans in India in terms of popularity. Some very good Online Term Plans which you can definitely consider are  ICICI iCare II  HDFC Life Click 2 Protect  SBI eShield 

Continuing Benefits: If you continue the plan till the end, you would get 15% of Sum Assured as Money Back every year from the 11th to the 14th end and on maturity the remaining 40% would be paid along with Accrued Guaranteed Loyalty Additions + Guaranteed Maturity Additions. This plan has Guaranteed Loyalty Additions of upto 40% of base Sum Assured and Guaranteed Maturity Addition of upto 20% of base Sum Assured is paid in this plan. Weighing the pros and cons, it makes most sense to continue the plan till the end instead of letting go of 1 premium.

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Be Careful What You Wish For By Jeffrey Archer And the Mountains Echoed By Khaled Hosseini

Asura: Tale of The Vanquished By Anand Neelakantan The Mahabharata Secret By Christopher Doyle Sycamore Row By John Grisham

Two books make it to the reviews page. They dwell on burning issues, figuratively and otherwise. The election process concludes today, and fittingly, Unreal Elections by C.S. Krishna & Karthik Laxman makes for compulsive reading. Those of us who imagine them as being downtrodden and incapable of improving their lot, must definitely read Dalit Millionaires: 15 Inspiring Stories by Milind Khandekar, Reenu Talwar, Vandana Singh to get their perspective right. The information comes as a heartening surprise.

A satirical take on 2014 elections

The Cuckoo's Calling By Robert Galbraith The Lowland By Jhumpa Lahiri Inferno By Dan Brown

Fifty Shades of Grey By E. L. James

The Immortals of Meluha By Amish Tripathi


The Accidental Prime Minister By Sanjaya Baru Flash Boys By Michael Lewis

The Art of Thinking Clearly By Rolf Dobelli Byculla to Bangkok By Hussain Zaidi

The Decision Book By Mikael Krogerus

Crusader or Conspirator? By P. C. Parakh The Secret By Rhonda Byrne

Don`t Lose Out, Work Out! By Rujuta Diwekar I am Malala By Malala Yousafzai


HY can't Kejriwal get rid of his shawl in the Delhi' summer? Does Sonia G reshuffle her Cabinet with a little help from Britney Spears? Is Modi's favourite movie 'The Lion

Jaya : An Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata By Devdutta Pattanaik Divergent Film Tie in By Veronica Roth

The Fault in Our Stars By John Green Diary of a Wimpy Kid:


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King'? And what enrages Manmohan Singh? Queries such as these are not ones that are sought to be answered on prime time debates in the run-up to the elections but 'unreal' questions about the ongoing General Elections, emerging from actual reports of scams and rhetorical faux pas, documented in a new book. 'Unreal Elections' published by Penguin is a brainchild of a pair of engineers-cum-MBAsturned-political spoofers -- C S Krishna and Karthik Laxman, who run the satirical portal The UnRealTimes.Com. After three years of writing spoofs on Indian politics, the duo decided to pen down a hilarious account of 'unreal' yet 'somewhat real' facts and anecdotes about the ongoing biggest political saga in the country. "Writing Unreal Times gave us not only a better understanding of the politics of our country but also skilled us in the art of writing spoofs without getting into legal hassles," Krishna told PTI. I observed there are so many real facts about the elections which are ignored in public domain and so many unreal facts which are viral out there. Hence for the public, the line between 'real' and 'unreal' is little blurred amidst an overdose of information from all mediums, he said. Even if politics isn't your favourite topic, you will still be able to get the gist of the book's plot as it takes you through the political developments of the last few years and has hilari-

Inspiring stories of Dalit millionaires




ultimillionaire Ashok Khade did not have even four annas to replace the broken nib of his pen when he was about to sit for his Std XI board exams; Kalpana Saroj worked at a hosiery factory for a measly Rs.2 a day before owning a business empire of Rs.1,000 crore. These inspiring stories are among a collection of profiles of 15 Dalit entrepreneurs who have braved both societal and business pres-

sures to carve out profitable niches for themselves. The book 'Dalit Millionaires: 15 Inspiring Stories' by authors Milind Khandekar, Reenu Talwar, Vandana Singh is a vivid chronicle of how the battle has moved from the village well to the marketplace. These individuals faced several obstacles only to set up multi-crore business empires in the past few years. These entrepreneurs are from every sector of the economy. Saroj turned around Mumbai's Kamani Tubes Limited which had shut down, and transformed it into a profit-making company. Khade's company DAS Offshore Engineering Private Limited manufactures platforms used at Bombay High refinery for oil extraction. Hari Kishan Pippal of Agra runs People's Heritage Hospital, and Devkinandan Son runs the Taj Plaza hotel, located close to the Taj Mahal. Savitaben Kolsawallah of Ahmedabad makes tiles, while Devjibhai Makwana of Bhavnagar manufactures filament yarn. Sanjay Kshirsagar moved on from a 120-foot tenement and now seems well on his way to become the emperor of a Rs.500 crore firm. "The success of Dalit businessmen in the 20 years following liberalisation of the economy has come as a ray of hope. Many Dalits have finally been able to achieve economic equality, owing to their own hard work, rather than help from the government," the book, published by Penguin Books India, says. Khade's father mended shoes near Chitra

ous 'unreal' conversations between the 'real' political characters. The events mentioned in the book are twisted to dwell on the backroom machinations and intrigue within various political parties, media houses and government bodies. Some of the incidents discussed in the book include Arvind Kejriwal's scam-exposes, the DLF-Robert Vadra controversy, the ensuing damage control measures, the Coalgate scandal that rocked the Congress, Narendra Modi's rise to power, the Snoopgate controversy where Modi was accused of spying on a woman, and the Modi-Rahul Gandhi war of words, among others. "We wanted to maintain the flavour of 'Unreal Times' writing style in the book but we got the book legally vetted too in order to ensure it hits the right target audience and makes a comic read and not an exposing read," Laxman said. Since the social media has been adding an interesting dimension to the current polls, the book also has spoofs of political candidates' Facebook wall pages. The book isn't just a comic saga about the politicos but also has spoofs on media persons including Rahul Kanval, Arnab Goswami, Sagarika Ghosh and Barkha Dutt among others, who are active in reporting and debating the turn of political events in the country throughout the year. Unreal Elections by C.S. Krishna & Karthik Laxman Penguin Books India Rs.199

Talkies at Dadar while his mother worked in the fields for 12 annas a day. In 1973, when he had to appear for his Std XI board exams, he didn't have even four annas to replace the nib of his pen. His teacher had to give him the money to have the nib changed so that he could take the exam. With sheer determination, Khade moved on and is now the managing director of the company that has a turnover of Rs 140 crore. Saroj, a child bride, was tortured by her husband's family and she tried to commit suicide but survived. She moved to Mumbai where she got a job for Rs 60 a month, which was later increased to Rs 225. She then worked her way and now runs a business empire of Rs 1,000 crore. Pippal, who worked as a labourer in three different companies in Faridabad, and also plied a cycle rickshaw, heads a group of companies that own a hospital, a shoe export factory, a Honda dealership and a publication house. According to the authors, Dalit businessmen are no longer begging for jobs, they're actually creating jobs. "The Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an organisation that brings all Dalit entrepreneurs under one umbrella, reveals that Dalit businessmen pay as much as Rs.1,700 crore as tax to the government. Their total turnover is Rs.20,000 crore and they provide employment to 5 lakh people," the book says. Dalit Millionaires: 15 Inspiring Stories

by Milind Khandekar Penguin Books India Rs.250





A government department known as the Six Panels appoints their best officer to infiltrate a special force called the Divine Constabulary, to ensure their way in stopping the circulation of counterfeit coin currency in the capital. HBO, 9 p.m.



 In tonight’s curtain raiser episode, the madness, fun and dhamkedaar performances are ready to hit the small screen as your full on entertaining show Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega is all set to return with five times more pagalpanti! And the curtains will be raised with our most beloved judges Anu Malik and Farah Khan along with hosts Mona Singh and Krushna Abhishek. Not only this, the opening episode will be an impressive affair with Krushna’s dhamakedaar dance entry on the song ‘Tune Maari Entry’ and ‘Gori Gori’. Additionally, the first act of the season presented by FAB group will enthrall one and all. Sony T V, 9 p.m.


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 At one time at least 300 species of rhino existed on this planet. Now through loss of habitat and illegal poaching only five species remain. On an adventure that will take him around the globe, Nigel Marven embarks on an incredible journey to meet the world’s five species of rhino, before it’s too late. In an actionpacked hour, Nigel gets up close and personal with the modern rhinos, and using CGI footage even meets some extinct ones. Nigel reveals why these armoured giants are threatened and meets some amazing people who are using science to help them survive. Animal Planet, 9 p.m .


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 Sandhya successfully foils the plan of kavita to take out black money for elections. Sandhya tries to break the ice with her staff. Sooraj tries to learn driving. At home sooraj doesn’t feel well. Bhabho switches off sandhyas wireless. Sandhya reaches late for her meeting with SP. SP reprimands her and cuts her staff salary. Staff is angry at sandhya. Star Plus, 9p.m.


 New York City Detective John McClane has just arrived in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his wife. Unfortunatly, it is not going to be a Merry Christmas for everyone. A group of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber is holding everyone in the Nakatomi Plaza building hostage. With no way of anyone getting in or out, it’s up to McClane to stop them all. Star Mov ies, 9 p.m.

 Aidan Breslin is a bitter detective emotionally distanced from his two young sons following the untimely death of his devoted wife. While investigating a series of murders of rare violence, he discovers a terrifying link between a chain of murders and the Biblical prophecies concerning the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death. Zee Stud io, 8.10 p .m.


 Professionally qualified as a lawyer, Somen lives a wealthy lifestyle with his mom, Parvati, and dad, Dharam Bhushan, who presides over the town of Shripuri as an upper caste Hindu Priest. During the Dassera fest, Somen meets with village belle, Kajri, and falls in love with her despite of the fact that she is of a much lower caste. After seeking his mom’s permission, he goes to bring Kajri to meet her, but finds out that she has left for an unknown destination. Unable to stand his dad’s hypocrisy and Bhagwan Shri Ram’s temple being misused by Kedar Nath, Somen leaves home to go to the city but is unable to get Kajri out of his mind. A year later he returns home to the same fest, but is still unable to locate Kajri. Zee Cinema, 5.45 p.m.  Sunil and Ashok are two close friends. They are of marriageable age. One day Ashok’s mom tells him to introduce himself to Shalu. But Ashok is reluctant to do so. He asks Sunil to impersonate him, and somehow reject Shalu. That way his mom will be satisfied and not pester him any more. In the meantime, Shalu and Nisha have also decided like-wise, and planned to fool Sunil. But when the two couples meet, Sunil and Nisha fall in love, but are unable to tell each other of their impersonations. When they do so, they are already in love, and after meeting each other’s parents, they get married. Enter Sunil’s elder brother Anand, and complications abound. Anand is involved in criminal activities, he wants to give up those, but his partners will not allow him to do so. Nisha works for Anand and he is in love with her and would like to marry her, but when he finds out that his brother



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 Police Inspector Sonia Mehra is married to her subordinate Siddharth, and both are employed by the Goa Police Force. They share a fairly harmonious relationship. Then one day, a woman named Anna Verghese goes missing and is believed dead. To add to this mystery, there is also the question of a suitcase full of cash that is also missing. Sonia assumes charge of this investigation - and the deeper she probes the more sure she is that Siddharth is also somehow involved with both Anna and the missing cash. What she does not know that Siddharth was having an affair with Anna, and is also responsible for stealing the cash. B4U, 9 p.m.


 Wealthy Janki falls in love with poor Jaiprakash, much to the displeasure of her parents, and ends up getting married, and living with her husband. She subsequently gives birth to a daughter. Differences surface between the couple, and Janki leaves Jaiprakash and moves back in with her parents. Jaiprakash wants to see his daughter, but is prevented by Durgaprasad, Janki's dad, so he assumes the guise of a woman, calls himself Laxmi, and starts working as a nanny for his daughter. Complications arise when Durgaprasad gets attracted to Laxmi and wants to marry 'her'. Fil my, 9 p.m .


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Diya Aur Baati Hum, Star Plus, 9 p.m.

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Laughs galore in ‘Dhabal – Ek Taas Time Pass’ Swapnil Joshi is one of the leading stars in Marathi cinema and television with hit shows like 'Fu Bai Fu' and many others. Now he plans to entertain us with his new innovative creation 'Dhabal - Ek Taas Time Paas' on STAR PRAVAH which begins on May 12, every Monday and Tuesday at 9.30 pm and here is what he says about it By Sandeep Hattangadi What does the word 'Dhabal' indicate? In Marathi, the word ‘Dhabal’ indicates a place for youngsters’ hangout like a college corner where youngsters come together and have a blast and a good time together and let their hair down. What is the format of the show? The one-hour episode will be woven around everyday situations but in a humorous manner giving the viewers an hour of rib-tickling fun and enjoyment. Swapnil will be accompanied by Siddharth Chandekar and each episode will see some more known faces like Viju Khote, Suhas Deshmukh, Atul Todankar, Vijay Patwardhan, etc. adding to the fun in their inimitable styles. What made you accept this show? As an actor, I have always tried to add a new dimension to everything that I do. 'Dhabal' is a very unique concept and probably the first time on Marathi television that we will see fiction and non-fiction merging in a single show. I am extremely excited to be a part of 'Dhabal' where I will be the host, the actor and the narrator. Other characters are also interesting and will add a spicy flavor to the show. This is challenging and I am truly looking forward to it. Also, Srirang Godbole, the producer and writer of the show, is a big name in Marathi television. Is it an original concept or a formatted show? It's totally an original concept and developed by the in-house STAR PRAVAH team led by Amit Phalke and developed by the team. How do you vibe with other actors on the show? We all know each other for a long time and our comic timing and vibes are gelled very well with each other. We do our comic punches as per the script but sometimes we do take liberties for the betterment of the show but we don’t steal each others' lines. Why is the show positioned only on Monday and Tuesday? Our research shows that the viewers are the most stressed out on a Monday or Tuesday and they need something to drive their blues away, so we are slotting the show accordingly. What next? I have a film coming up directed by cinematographer director Sanjay Jadhav called ‘Pyaar Wali Love Story’.

‘Amrita is a religious follower of my show’ A


MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

ctress Preetika Rao, better known as Aaliya from TV soap 'Beintehaa', said that her elder sister and 'Vivah' star Amrita is a keen follower of her debut show. "Amrita feels that TV today is a big platform and she feels proud when people talk to her about me. She is a religious follower of my show and if she skips any of the episode then she makes it a point to catch up on youtube. She gives me feedback and even praises me when I give a shot nicely”, Preetika told PTI. 'Beintehaa' which airs on Colors, is a passionate love story of Zain (played by Harshad Arora) and Aliya. Having started her career in showbiz with modelling, Peetika got her first film offer in 2010. Her debut was a Tamil romantic film, 'Chikku Bukku', where she played the role of a Tamil Brahmin girl. Preetika said that the Muslim backrop of 'Beintehaa' attracted her to try her luck on the small screen. "The best part of the show is its Muslim backdrop. There are only few shows on TV that focus on the Muslim traditions. More-

TV TATTLES ‘Ekk Nayi Pehchaan’

ON the occasion of Mother's Day, the fans of Sony TV’s 'Ekk Nayi Pehchaan' will witness a double bonanza of entertainment and excitement. The Mother’s Day special episode will be packed with emotions and will celebrate the spirit of motherhood. In the upcoming track, Karan-Latika will make Sharda’s day special in the most unexpected way. Witnessing a bitter fight between the Modi siblings will deeply sadden Sharda. Sakshi will be at her best and teams up with KaranLatika in planning something special for Sharda for Mother's Day. Watch it from Monday to Thursday on Sony TV at 8:30 pm.

KBC is back

THE biggest game show – 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' (KBC) – with its inimitable host, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, is all set to return on Sony Entertainment Television. The call for participation communication for this season has kicked off with the line - “Iss manch se koi bhi khali haath nahi jaata”. KBC is not just a quiz show about winning money for participants; it is about gaining knowledge, respect and also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their idol, Amitabh Bachchan. The programme will begin on May 5 at 9 pm everyday.

Mommie dearest

Capturing mother Sarla Arora’s quest of getting her two daughters, as different as chalk and cheese, married to suitable grooms, Zee TV’s show 'Kumkum Bhagya' has struck the right chord with its audience. While the daughters Pragya (played by Sriti Jha) and Bulbul (Mrunal Thakur) are being loved and adored by the audience, it looks like the two are having a complete blast shooting with their onscreen mother Sarla Arora (Supriya Shukla). Planning a special surprise for her on Mother’s Day, both Sriti and Mrunal are putting their minds together on how to delight their onscreen mother.

Twin special

THE special week-long Mahasangam of ‘Ek Mutthi Aasman' and 'Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke’ on ZEE TV is on. After surpassing all odds, the much-in-love couple Raghav (Ashish Chowdhry) and Kalpi (Rachana Parulekar) are now finally looking forward to tie the nuptial knot. The Jadhav household is gearing for their marriage and there’s naach-gaana galore, as you head into the finale of this Mahasangam week, the audience will be in for loads of entertainment. “We had a wonderful time shooting for the Mahasangam. It was a special performance for Raghav and Kalpana and we enjoyed it to the core”, says Ritwik Dhanjani.

Well disguised

THE latest comedy show ‘Pritam Pyaare Aur Woh’ on SAB TV is having its own share of fun among the crew members. Pritam played by Siddharth Sagar is the tech savvy partner in a pair of ghost hunters in this new TV series. Pyaare played by Prasad Barve is the gullible brother who listens to everything that Pritam says. In a recent track, Siddharth and Prasad had to disguise themselves on the set as a woman and an old man. The track also involves school children who are fans of Pritam and Pyaare but could not identify their favourite comic actors because of their new look.

over, it's a prime time show. It has a glamorous set-up with an intriguing storyline”, she said. The actress' love–hate relationship with her co-star Harshad on the show has been widely appreciated by the audience. “Harshad and I were actually called by the channel for some other show. But it didn't materialise and we again met for 'Beintehaa'. Initially, we did not get along well but now we have developed a friendship”, Preetika said. The model-turned-actress has made a fan base outside India too and said life has changed a lot after the show. “My popularity quotient has become quite high and it feels good when I get mails from young college going girls who consider me as their idol. Today when I step out people call me by my character's name. I also get mails from Pakistan, US, UK and Canada and they appreciate my work”, Preetika said.


‘Sex and the City’ on AXN

'Sex and the City' offers many women across the world the representations they crave for through the strong characters. Carrie Bradshaw herself began as the mirror for another woman. Carrie and her friends — Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte — are odder birds by far, jagged, aggressive, and sometimes frightening figures. Revoke the nostalgia, or evoke revelations from Carrie's world. Give in to the power of being a woman as you sashay down Manhattan from your living room from May 12 – every Monday to Thursday at 11 pm on AXN India.



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World’s largest polls marked with EC violations W

hen Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi defied the State orders, he called ‘unjust’, and embarked on a road show in Varanasi despite being prohibited by the district administration, it was perceive as a ‘violation of the Code of Conduct Rules.’ Narendra Modi was supposed to hold a rally in two places in Varanasi but was only given permission for one just road show. According to the State and Election Commission, Modi was denied from holding the rally for security reasons. But, the BJP termed it as a ploy to stop their Prime Ministerial candidate from canvasing and accused the Election Commission of being ‘biased’ and working under pressure of other political parties. Narendra Modi is contesting from Varanasi against Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal and Congress’s nominee Ajay Rai. A little earlier, Modi was accused of ‘influencing voters’ after he posed for a ‘selfie’ showing his ‘voting finger’ while holding the BJP election symbol in hand. Also, he made a public speech when he came out after casting his vote. First Information Reports (FIRs) were file against him and the Election Commission booked him for violating the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Some dubbed the Election Commission of being ‘too harsh’ on Modi for booking him for violating the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The opposition had a field day after the selfie incident but BJP maintained that Modi had not flouted any laws. The party’s claims however seemed founded when the day after the selfie incident the police affirmed that Modi did not flout any rules since he made the speech outside the restricted 100-metre radius. Going by the way thing did, they seem that Modi is the only one violating election rules day after day and with flagrant disdain for the law. But, it’s not just the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate who has been booked for not adhering to the Code of Conduct Rules. Political aspirants and leaders from every other political parties have been charged with flouting election rules.

Charged With ‘Baised’


Picture for representational purpose only

Charged with bias, the Election Commission - a constitutional authority with colossal powers - has blinked. It could be perceived as an affront to democracy itself, writes Gajanan Khergamker

A little earlier, Modi was accused of ‘influencing voters’ after he posed for a ‘selfie’ showing his ‘voting finger’ holding the BJP election symbol in hand while Congress’ prime ministerial candidate too made news when he was seen at three polling booth just hours before the election process began. Just a few days back Congress’ Prime Ministerial candidate too made news when he was seen at three polling booth just hours before the election process began. Reportedly, he had gone near the EVM area to ‘inspect’ the EVM machines in Amethi. Rahul Gandhi is the sitting MP from Amethi. Election Commission maintained that entering the polling area is a violation of rules. A candidate can talk to the voters outside the polling booth but entering the voting compartment is only for the voters, polling officer and the presiding officer. Congress, however said that it ‘believes’ that merely examining the EVM machines in the polling booths is not a cognisable offence. And, even though EC agreed that entering the polling area was an offence, it decided not to book Gandhi because he was only there to inspect the ‘faulty’ EVM machine (at Phoola polling station at Amethi) and left before the new machine came or the polling began. The EC reasoned that “since Rahul left the polling station before polling began, he did not violate the secrecy of ballot and also did not hinder the polling process in any way.” When asked about Gandhi’s presence at two other polling stations Ashtabhuja Vidyalaya, Sahamau and Prathamik Vidyalaya, Koora – where there was no broken EVM machine, the EC said that ‘Rahul’s presence at these polling stations was not examined as the formal complaint made to the poll panel related only to the Phoola polling station.” It is essential to note that the EC has the power to suo moto take up matters where politicians are found violating the Code of Conduct, it doesn’t ‘need’ formal complaint to act against anyone violating rules,

but the EC chose not to act against it. In April, West Bengal Chief Minsiter Mamata Banerjee got into a spat with the EC when it had asked the West Bengal state government to transfer eight of its officials. Banerjee even termed the commission’s decision as a conspiracy hatched by the central government, the poll panel, the Congress, the BJP and the CPI-M and a media group. The Tamil Nadu State Election Commission recently reported that it has received over 3,000 complaints of Model Code violation. It also stated that efforts are being taken to ensure that a maximum number of charge-sheets are filed before May 16. From this, charge-sheets for around 1,200 complaints were being readied and would be filed in the court before the election result day Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar said to a section of media. The Tamil Nadu Election commission aims to file a maximum number of cases in court before the Poll result declaration day. Flouting Election Commission’s orders and failing to pay heed to the Code of Conducts Rules is not a new phenomenon. Every election, whether state or national, political parties and politicians are known to flout norms and try to find loopholes in the Code of Conduct Rules to try and campaign/influence maximum voters till the day of voting. But, this time around, considering the 2014 Lok Sabha poll is being touted as the biggest-ever democratic election so far, there’re correspondingly myriad complaints being filed against parties and political leaders across the nation. RTI activist Anil Galgali, filed an RTI query with Chief Electoral Officer in April, seeking information

about the status of cases filed during the three earlier parliamentary polls. The reply that followed hardly provided any information. The GAD (General Administration Department) under the Chief Election Officer (CEO) replied all the records of action taken on violations in the past elections were destroyed in the fire incident at Mantralaya in June 2012 thereby quashing any hope of figuring out the action taken against past Code of Conduct Rules offenders. Every political party flouts some norms, files complaints against the competing parties, feels cheated and claims that the Election Commission is being soft on opponent parties. This time around, it has been no different. Every party had their share of rule breaking and calling upon Election Commission for other parties’ faults. The poll panel in early April had ordered the transfer of five police superintendents, one district magistrate and two additional district magistrates from their posts. But, Banerjee up till now had relented saying that she will resign but will not transfer her officials. But just a couple of days ago, Banerjee agreed to transfer the officers as per the EC’s orders ‘till the time of election duty.’ She, however, maintained that the Election Commission ordering the transfer of state official was ‘unconstitutional’ and it needed to be looked in to. Even Union Ministers were found flouting Code of Conduct Rules. References to ministers/politicians on the ministries portal are prohibited during elections. But, many Union Ministers were found to be violating this rule. Right from Corporate Affairs minister Sachin Pilot to other Union Cabinet ministers like telecommu-

nications minister Kapil Sibal, civil aviation minister Veerapa Moily, health and family welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and human resources development ministries Pallam Raju - were found to be promoting their ‘achievements’ and political careers on the national portals. According to the EC circular, all references of the ministers, politicians and political parties on the official websites have to be deleted during the election period of general/assembly and bye-polls. The circular explains the section 7 (4) of the model code of the conduct which ensures the ‘party in power’ doesn’t use its official position for the election campaign. The ministries didn’t even comply with the other notices the EC sent to the cabinet secretary, chief secretaries and chief electoral officers of all the state and union territories towards March end. In its notice the commission has expressed displeasure over noncompliance of the rules. “It was observed that many ministries and departments and government organisations are ‘eulogising’ their achievements as the personal achievements of the ministers and politicians.” The authorities were asked to ensure ‘strict compliance’. Almost in vindication of allegations of bias after being charged with the same, following the election commissioner HS Brahma’s ‘public criticism’ of Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath with regard to the handling of the BJP’s Varanasi rally dispute, a special poll observer has been appointed for overseeing the polling in Varanasi. The seemingly-selective discretionary attitude of the Election Commission has risked thwarting its Constitutional basis. (With Inputs from Prerna Pandey)

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Battle for Varanasi, a thriller!

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Dr. Manish Kumar


constitute around 3.5 lakh. Apart from some Shias BJP supporters, Muslims in general would vote against BJP. They would prefer a candidate who is most strongly poised to defeat the BJP. In Varanasi, whoever gets the maximum support of the Muslim community will become the main challenger to Narendra Modi. The competitive road show of Con-

Many local political commentators believe that among the NonMuslim voters Congress candidate Ajay Rai is running ahead of Kejriwal. Ajay Rai is a local MLA and also a popular name in Varanasi. If Kejriwal fails to get maximum Muslim support then he may land up at third or fourth position. An India-Today Group survey predicts 41 per cent Muslim vote to

main challenger to Narendra Modi. Aam Aadmi Party is fully aware of this reality that’s why they have put all their energy to woo Muslims and specially weaver community in Varanasi. NGO workers from all over India are working in Muslim localities. There are many Muslim clerics and representatives of religious organizations

Ajay Rai

Narendra Modi

Arvind Kejriwal

gress, Aam Admi Party and Samajwadi Party was in fact aimed at wooing Muslim voters. Whereas Aam Admi Party’s road show had mostly outsiders, party workers from different states, Congress’s road show had mostly local supporters and voters. The moot question is that who will the Muslims vote for?

Congress. Local Muslim leader and a known 'Bahubali' Mukhtar Ansari announced his support to Congress. Many Muslim clerics are also campaigning in favour of Congress. With Rahul Gandhi campaigning in Varanasi, it has become a prestige-issue for Congress as well. So, in all probability, Ajay Rai might turn out to be the

and institutions are campaigning for Kejriwal. If Kejriwal fails to garner maximum Muslim support then he may be relegated to third or fourth position. The tussle for second place is nail biting. Muslim voters are holding their card close to their chest. That makes the battle of Varanasi a thriller.


hat will happen in Varanasi? Who will win and what will be the margin? The Most important battle in 2014 General Elections is of course being fought in Varanasi. People’s participation, media, road-shows, hustle-bustle and enthusiasm in Varanasi has made it the Election Capital of India. It is important because Narendra Modi is fighting his first election outside Gujarat and also he is the Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP. For media it became a focal point because Arvind Kejriwal is challenging Modi in this holy city and a bastion of BJP. With a successful rally of Rahul Gandhi, Congress has proved that they are not far behind in the race. Given the mood of the general people and euphoria and also caste based support it is not difficult to conclude that Modi is far ahead of his competitors in terms of votes and support. The contest in Varanasi is for the second place. The Muslim votes in Varanasi

Challenges for Modi: Hopes and expectations

Santosh Bhartiya


t this moment, on almost every news channel in the country there is mention about BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. TV channels have accepted that Modi is about to become the prime minister. Those conducting the interview are asking questions with the same surmise and in a manner as if they want to show how much they are eligible for or entitled to Narendra Modi ‘grace’. Newspapers are conducting interviews through emails and newspapers are writing that Modi’s answers are explicit, frank, and clear. If TV channels and newspapers are making this claim, how can one disagree, but in all these questions the country’s poor and deprived, Dalits and Muslims are missing. How can the condition of these sections be improved, there is no question about this nor is there any statement on it from the Prime Ministerial candidate. There is another section which is missing – the higher class which includes Brahmins, Thakurs, Kayasthas and

traders. The poor stratum amongst them, how will their lives improve, no answer can be found to that either in these interviews. Till now a big question about the poor in the upper classes has kept being raised and political parties, particularly people from the Bharatiya Janata Party, have kept saying that the ‘poor’ does not mean only Dalits, Muslims or tribals. Even in upper classes there are poor people and for them what is any Government doing? But now, when the Bharatiya Janata Party itself is indirectly and Narendra Modi seems to be directly coming to power, even then no answer being given to these questions creates many kinds of doubts. The first doubt is that to take the country out of the labyrinth of poverty, neither does the Bharatiya Janata Party nor does Narendra Modi have any clear map. I am looking very carefully at magazines and newspapers. None of them are raising any questions about economic policies, even after we raised the question that goods from China are stacked up in the bazaars in the country. When we get mobile phones or mobile phone headphones or hands-free wire from China and no resolution comes from Narendra Modi or the Bharatiya Janata Party to make such items in India, then what will be the economic map or the map for development can be understand. As soon as we wrote this,

the people from the Bharatiya Janata Party started shouting that we will make mobiles in our country itself. This means that neither is there any kind of idea or any kind of road map before them. In Narendra Modi’s interviews the Indian farmer is missing. How farmers will get good remuneration for their crops, how their crops or farming will yield benefits, how will the land for agriculture be saved from being snatched away, and how will the farmers crops be saved from the net of middlemen and reach consumers directly, the map for this too could not be seen in any of Narendra Modi’s interviews. Even today agriculture is the largest industry in the country, which contributes more than 70 per cent to the economy of the country. Not only this, it is only because of agriculture that our economy is stable. In other countries where there is no agriculture, Governments and traders together ruined their economies and made every effort to ruin the economy of our country too but it was only our agriculture which saved it. That agriculture is not visible anywhere in Narendra Modi’s economic development map. Can the basic centre of production not become the primary centre of an industrial unit? Can a plan not be made to process the raw material in the same block where the raw material is produced and then the finished product be taken to the market? If such

a scheme is evolved, the exodus of youth from the villages to the cities will stop and villages will get help in becoming self-reliant. Opportunities for employment will also be generated in every village in a block and the use of technology will start for villages. All these things cannot be seen anywhere in Narendra Modi’s interviews. In the last 10 years, the country’s water, forests and land have been sold in a terrible way into the hands of multinationals, amongst many of which there are the faces of capitalists from our country. Water, forests and land are a national asset and wealth and will not be sold to either capitalists from our country or to foreign capitalists, no resolution for this can be seen in any of Narendra Modi’s interviews. In the last 10 years water, forests, land, that is, natural wealth and mineral wealth have been consistently looted. So much so that even large rivers have been sold to capitalists. Even today people in the villages of the country or the majority of the population cannot understand how rivers can be sold. Rivers are a gift from nature, or a divine gift, but these rivers have been sold. In selling these rivers there have been billions of rupees as brokerage. In the same manner, mineral wealth has been looted in an arbitrary manner and in looting them both the Central Government at the central level and at the State level the State Governments are involved.


DILLI KA BABU Done dirty

IN its chequered existence the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been called all sorts of things, for the sin of being a pliant tool of whatever political dispensation happens to be in power. But must have come as a shocker to the CBI brass was the agency being described as 'department of dirty tricks' by former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi -- to their face! The occasion was the 5th D.P. Kohli Memorial Lecture for CBI on 'Eclipse at Noon: Shadows Over India’s Conscience' with nearly 3,000 officers of the agency in the audience, including CBI chief Ranjit Sinha and other top brass. Gandhi made this observation during his lecture. He described CBI as “department of dirty tricks (DDT)” which had gained disrepute for being the "government's hatchet", clothed in opacity with a perfume of mystery. The poetic imagery notwithstanding Gandhi’s comments left many in the audience squirming with embarrassment. Clearly running the agency is no joy-ride. Just ask Ranjit Sinha!

The show goes on

WE may in the throes of a general election but far away from the tumult, the business of government goes on as usual. Next week commerce secretary Rajeev Khar is leading a delegation of Indian businessmen to Hong Kong for an “India Show”. Khar, a 1980-batch IAS officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, may be hoping to notch up some business deals but he is likely to field questions about the likely outcome of the elections. Potential investors have been taking a keen interest in the political developments in India and are obviously hoping that a more investor-friendly regime comes to power. Meanwhile Khar has the unenviable task of convincing foreign investors that the “India Story” is still happening, and also make efforts to rebuild India’s trade volume with Hong Kong, which has dipped in recent years. There are also some in Dilli who feel that doing an India Show in Hong Kong during a national election is nothing more than an excursion for some babus and businessmen. Do you agree?

Energised babus

In anticipation of Narendra Modi becoming the next Prime Minister, several babus in Gujarat are already making plans to shift to Dilli to be with him. While inevitably there will be large-scale changes in the bureaucratic structure after a new government is formed, many observers believe that the energy sector is going to witness drastic changes. Among the babus who are likely to shift out of Gujarat if Modi comes to power are the present state energy secretary D.J. Pandian, a 1981 batch IAS officer, Tapan Ray, a 1982-batch officer who heads the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation, and Atanu Chakraborty, who heads Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals, a state government undertaking. Seeing their preparations, many believe that the energy sector will be a core focus area of the Central government. Of course there is still the small matter of Modi becoming the Prime Minister! — Dilip Cherian


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ACROSS: 6 Not doing much work, but apparently making a crust (7) 7 Impossibly rich, as revealed in the song (5) 9 A dependant drawback (4) 10 True lies or made up in two minds (10) 11 Way-out supporter (8) 13 Jack in a tearing hurry (6) 15 Proper parking, by the edge (4) 17 Boasts and grabs drunkenly (5) 18 Melon's gone bad (4) 19 Unit of measurement, a thousand one hundred, right on (6) 20 Quality of a sort? (8) 23 One's standing was enhanced by drink in prohibition days (10) 26 Not quite so sick out in the garden, for instance (4) 27 A swell operator doesn't get on (5) 28 One minute it's not a timely measure (3-4) DOWN: 1 Doesn't he have night vision? (37) 2 Splendid child with love for martial art (6) 3 I turn on top row, Sikorsky (4) 4 Variety of liquorice (3-5) 5 A rally beginning at sea (4) 6 Luxembourg's a capital (5) 8 On reflection, it's a great help for night drivers (4,3) 12 Change direction to hold right course (5) 14 Prediction in favour of song and dance movement ! (10) 16 Disastrous game in America, securing no score (7) 17 Indulged in badinage with sixlegged queen in bed (8)

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: One living in solitude



21 Any row could cause trouble in this country (6) 22 Grin visible on sergeant major in foreign waters (5) 24 Exhaust one of four in the car, do

you hear? (4) 25 For heaven's sake, try and keep quiet (4)

SOLUTION TO FRIDAY’S CRYPTIC CROSSWORD ACROSS: 1 Wessex, 4 Chip in, 9 Coco, 10 Protesting, 11 Twicer, 12 Smash hit, 13 Congested, 15 Both, 16 Tool, 17 Onlookers, 21 War chest, 22 Draw in, 24 Dictaphone, 25 Glow, 26 Echoes, 27 Droops. DOWN: 1 Who's Who, 2 Stoic, 3 Exports, 5 Hee-haw, 6 Patchwork, 7 Nunnish, 8 Consternation, 14 Good catch, 16 Teatime, 18 Old year, 19 Ruinous, 20 Kewpie, 23 Anglo.


ACROSS: 1 Ask for divine help (4) 5 Asian food staple (4) 6 Bar, SAT, ACT (5) 7 Airport exits (5) 8 Cooks cookies (5) 9 ___-tempered, easy-going (4) 10 Be inclined (4)






MATH PYRAMID 755 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 Let on (7) 2 Ascends (5) 3 ___ the fool, plays around (4) 4 Affirmative reply (3) 6 Got ___, lost money (5) 7 Contributed (4) 8 Gamble (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. FRIDAY’S SOLUTION


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

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Moon in Virgo till 7.49 p.m. 13th Vaishakh Shuklapaksha Hasta Kanya (Virgo) P.Th. Lilac 4

BIRTHDAY FORECAST: You will succeed in every endeavor and achieve excellent results in your work and career. An improvement in financial position spurs you on to take risks in new ventures that prove immensely profitable. Personal affairs run into lots of problems. A misunderstanding with your mate or beloved could lead to separation. You will also be away from home most of the time due to travel. BABIES BORN TODAY: Will be tall, attractive, with beautiful eyes and a glowing skin. A magnetic, smile will lead to many friends and admirers. Disciplined, helpful and well educated. A profession in law, administration or land development will lead to gains. ARIES (March 21 - April 20): Circumstances are turning in your favor. Concentrate on the target you wish to reach. Your accomplishments so far have been quite remarkable. Though you have not achieved your goal you are moving ahead in the right direction and it is now within your grasp. Matters at home are happy and joyful. There will be a celebration where the family is likely to be reunited after a long time.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 20): With the help of a colleague you will be able to catch up with pending work with a particularly difficult assignment. You may have an opportunity to travel on a professional assignment. Improve your stance which seems intimidating right now. You will have a good chance of winning over an opponent if you use a bit of tact and set aside your ego.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): If you are thinking of starting a new venture this is the right time provided you have completed all preliminary work in advance with an eye to the details. Be more practical and less emotional while taking a decision which conflicts with what you believe and what you should do. A happy relationship is a twoway fare. Your mate may need to be assured of your love and care today.

CANCER (June 21 - July 21): You will be expanding your horizons into areas, which are new and challenging. You will get one such interesting offer today. There will be many other proposals coming your way so you can afford to pick and choose what you want. Take up work that lends prestige to your profession. Romance adds color and charm to the evening. An outing or get-together with the family may also have something to do with a marriage proposal coming through someone known to you.

LEO (July 22 - August 21): Your own inhibitions and lack of confidence in your abilities stand in the way of your progress. Take corrective measures. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. This way others may come closer to you and share your problems. You will buy something expensive for the home and yourself. Feeling emotional you need extra caring and company of those who love you. Open your heart and talk about what is on your mind or what ails you.

VIRGO (August 22 - September 21): You are doing well in your career and profession. Yet a feeling of unease creeps in. This is just a passing phase. Bide your time. An interesting proposal from out-of- town may need a trip. Wait until you receive a more concrete offer. Do not show your anxiety. Your attitude may puzzle a person who is ardently drawn to you. Perhaps it has not struck you at all. Discreet damage control is needed.

LIBRA (September 22 - October 22): New business proposals lead to gain. Investments made now will grow fast but you should not hang on to gains for too long. At business meeting or on negotiation table your ideas and plans will be received well. You may have to attend social gathering to fulfill an obligation to a family member. You will meet some new interesting people.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): Keep yourself busy with routine activities for new ventures are fraught with delays and problems. Do not be in a rush to complete your work which you seem to be lagging in. Do not take short cuts as this could lead to further delays and even a personal setback. Your beloved may be right that you have not been attentive of late. You seem indecisive about what you really want out of a relationship.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 December 20): New ideas and improved methods for completing difficult duties may bring benefits. Make use of opportunities for increased prestige. It is a good day to catch up with your responsibilities to the family and some friends. You are loved and respected there is no doubt but you can be a control freak. Take time off to relax and let your hair done for some fun with loved ones.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): There will be certain new developments around you, which bring an opportunity for growth. If not bound by any contracts, this could be the right time to change your job for improving your career prospects. Accept fresh proposal for a job or business, which entail a lot of travel. A more positive approach does wonders in rapport with others. Try to improve your relations with those that matter to you.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): A chaotic schedule will leave you exhausted with fatigue. It is better to seek the help of others and not try to work day and night to catch up with lost time. In trying to showing your sincerity and working hard you could only be harming your health and also not produce quality results. Personal relationships are good, though you will not be able to give personal attention and care to someone very dear to you.

PISCES (February 19 - March 20): Give in to your creative urges and look forward to good times ahead. Your creations or ideas will get recognition leading to some prestigious Award or membership to a Committee. As an entrepreneur your ideas of restructuring and innovation will be highly rated. Physically you will be feeling a lot more active than you have been.



QUICK CROSSWORD 4966 ACROSS: 4 Positive note (6) 7 Have good intentions about or for (4,4) 8 Prolific century-scorer for South Africa in Test cricket (6) 10 Throw (5) 13 One of the Channel Islands (4) 14 ___ Bank : one of the major nationalised bank in India? (4) 15 Agog (4) 16 FDR's successor (3) 17 St Paul's cathedral has a famous one (4) 19 City near Padua (4) 21 An old person (9) 23 Search for extraterrestrial intelligence, acronym? (4) 24 Experimental (4) 26 Was successful in combat (3) 27 Author Silverstein (4) 29 From (2,2) 32 _ __ state of affairs (1,3) 33 Draw, drag, or stream along behind (5) 34 Period of five years (6) 35 Agnomen (8) 36 Hole through which lace is passed (6) DOWN: 1 Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (5) 2 Music from Louisiana (5) 3 "Return of the Jedi" creature (4) 4 Forearm bones (5) 5 Arab marketplace (4) 6 State of neglect (6) 9 Decrees or commands (6) 11 With it, once (3) 12 West Point attendee (5) 13 ___ it out : put in too much of hard work and attained something? (7) 15 Mon ___ : my friend, but in French? (3) 16 Taiwanese cellphone manufacturer (3) 18 Eastern state of India (6) 20 Indian stringed instrument (5) 21 Information, colloquially speaking (3)


SUDOKU 2152 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: G equals B

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

22 ___ Aviv : capital of Israel? (3) 23 Exclusively (6) 25 Colourful form of the common carp (3) 28 Common contraction (5)

30 Malaysian dish (5) 31 A bird or maybe a pilot? (5) 32 Ex-Delhi paceman Wasan (4) 33 A small child or a pup (4)

SOLUTION TO SATURDAY’S QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS: 1 Tam-tam, 5 Luv, 8 Lara, 9 Azad, 10 Shtetl, 11 Old master, 13 Lope, 15 III, 16 Haiku, 17 Aught, 20 Dos, 22 Goa, 23 Berth, 24 Mould, 26 For, 27 Yarn, 28 Willpower, 31 Aerate, 32 Duke, 33 Torn, 34 Die, 35 Motion. DOWN: 1 Tussle, 2 Metaphor, 3 Alto, 4 Mallika, 5 Laxmi, 6 Vans, 7 Ganesha, 12 Diu, 14 East, 18 Ugly, 19 Godavari, 20 Devious, 21 Forearm, 24 Mow, 25 Intern, 26 Forte, 29 Lied, 30 Reno.

IRREGULAR SUDOKU 1971 To solve an Irregular Sudoku puzzle, every digit must appear once in:  Each of the vertical columns  Each of the horizontal rows  Each of the regions

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SATURDAY’S SOLUTION: We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts

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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: 35 average; 40 good; 45 outstanding. SATURDAY’S SOLUTION: evil, level, live, love, LOVELIEST, olive, sieve, solve, stove, svelte, veil, vest, veto, vile, violet, vole, volt, vote.



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UTTACK: Skipper Gautam Gambhir again led by example with a match-winning half-century as Kolkata Knight Riders remained in contention for playoff berth with a comprehensive nine-wicket win over table toppers Kings XI Punjab in an IPL encounter. Chasing a modest target of 150 on a featherbed, Gambhir anchored the chase to perfection with a wellcrafted unbeaten 65 after Robin Uthappa provided the momentum with a 28-ball-46. Such was their domination that the match ended with two overs to spare. Credit should also be given to legspinner Piyush Chawla (3/19) for his brilliant bowling in the middle overs after Virender Sehwag had set the tone for Punjab with a 50-ball72. KKR now have eight points and remain in the mix while KXIP got a timely wake-up call ahead of their bigger battles in the knock-out stages of the competition. It's been a roller coaster ride for Gambhir who started the tournament with a hat-trick of ducks and now has completed a hat-trick of half-centuries. He now has 23 halfcenturies across seven IPL editions --- maximum by any player till date. He changed his approach letting Uthappa dominate in the beginning and played himself in before going for the attack. Gambhir faced 45 balls hitting seven fours and more importantly finished off the match staying at the crease right till the end. He added 82 runs for the unbroken second wicket with Manish Pandey (36 not out). Uthappa continued in blazing form as he hit a flurry of boundaries

KNIGHTS RAISE THEIR ARMOUR Gambhir guides KKR to a nine-wicket win over KXIP

in the Powerplay overs with skipper Gambhir holding one end up. The floodgates opened in the third over bowled by Sandeep Sharma in which Uthappa got three boundaries. A flick, followed by two lovely drives. The next over from Mitchell Johnson was even better as he started with a pulled six. The shot was mist-

imed but had enough meat to carry it over the ropes. It was followed by three punchy boundaries as 19 came of that particular over. The powerplay yielded 55 runs and by then KKR had won half the battle. Earlier, Virender Sehwag showed glimpses of his usual attacking self during his knock of 72 but Kings XI Punjab had a rare batting collapse

Understood my role wasn't needed as captain or player: Sammy By Faisal Kamal


EW DELHI: Asserting that he had no choice but to retire from Test cricket, hard-hitting West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy said his role was not needed as captain and player in that format and IPL had nothing to do with his decision. "It was something I thought about after I discussed with the selectors. After listening to the management and teams' views about the way they needed to move to the next level in Test cricket, I understood that my role wasn't needed as captain or player. This was the way forward," Sammy told PTI in an interview. Sammy, who remains as the T20 skipper, decided to retire from Test captaincy on Friday when the selectors anounced Denesh Ramdin as his replacement. The 6 feet 5 inches tall player said it's best to read the writing on the wall. "Now West Indies cricket is at a new dispensation. It has a new force and direction and I am no longer required to play a role in Tests. I had no choice but to retire from Test cricket," said Sammy. The news of his Test axe might have been bitter pill to swallow for the Sunrisers Hyderabad player, who is busy with IPL, but Sammy insists that the lure of T20 cricket is not the reason behind his decision. "I am having a great time in IPL. But my decision was not based on IPL or things like this. It was solely on the direction the Test team was heading and there were no plans for me as a captain and as a player," clarified Sammy.

It is the first time that West Indies cricket has different leadership in all the three formats with Dwayne Bravo as the ODI skipper. Sammy opines that it's always better to accept change. "It is not about right or wrong. I was captain at point of stage of all formats. I was aksked to captain at a time when the team needed stability. Change is inevitable. Sometimes we might not like it. Sometimes we may not agree with but we have to accept it," said the medium-pacer. While Sammy's Test career may have lasted just 38 matches - 30 as captain, new skipper Ramdin is already a veteran of 56 Tests and 109 ODIs. Sammy believes that Denesh's choice is the way forward for the West Indies Test cricket.

as they managed a below-par 149 for eight after being put into bat. KKR captain Gautam Gambhir's decision to field was vindicated by his bowlers. While Sehwag's 50-ball-72 was the highlight of the Kings innings, the failure of the middleorder, once Maxwell was dismissed, became apparent. Gambhir's decision to include Morne Morkel

BRIEF SCORES: Kings XI Punjab 149/8 in 20 overs [Virender Sehwag 72, Piyush Chawla 3/19] lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 150/1 in 18 overs [Gautam Gambhir 63 not out, Robin Uthappa 46] by nine wickets.

I stopped stepping out of my house after IPL snub: Praveen questions. But slowly, I started getting out and all the negativity faded off. I was gutted that I hadn't got a chance to play on a platform where I have been playing for so long," added an emotional Praveen. But fate had other plans for Praveen as MI management opted to replace an injured Zaheer Khan with him and the Meerut-born player was relieved to be back in the IPL dugout. "I was extremely happy when I got a call from Mumbai Indians to represent them in the IPL. I couldn't sleep that night, and all of a sudden, I became a lot more positive. It was a great moment for me when I realised that I will be back in action," said Praveen. The Uttar Pradesh pacer used all his experiUMBAI: After missing out on ence to good effect at the Wankhede initial IPL action, Praveen stadium here on Saturday night Kumar made an instant impact against CSK when he picked up two against Chennai Super Kings, albeit wickets at an economy rate of just in a losing cause, but the Mumbai over seven. Having scalped the Indians medium-pacer said he still prized wickets of dangerman gets the goose bumps when he Dwayne Smith and Brendon Mcthinks about his snub during the Cullum, Praveen revealed that he February auctions. had done his home work. "I was very disappointed when I "I was watching the IPL matches was not picked in the auctions. It at home. I was watching how was a shocking moment for me. I Dwayne was going about his batting was dejected for the first week-and- and kept a tab on his weaknesses. I a-half, but started to calm down as noticed that he was playing the inthe days passed by," Praveen told swinger well in all those matches IPL's official website. and had difficulties playing the "There came a point at that time outswinger. It was strange that when I actually stopped getting out tonight he was playing the of my house, thinking what people outswinger better and had probwould talk about me and feared if lems playing the inswinger," said they would ask me different kinds of Praveen.


Royal Challengers Bangaloreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yuvraj Singh plays a shot during his innings of 83 runs off 38 deliveries against Rajasthan Royals at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. The Bangalore team scored 190/5.

(2/20) and Piyush Chawla (3/19) in the playing XI was justified as they picked five wickets for 49 runs in eight overs between them.



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UMBAI: Miffed at the IPL Governing Council's sudden decision to shift the final of the ongoing T20 league from here, the Sharad Pawar-headed Mumbai Cricket Association appears set to take on the BCCI and has called for an emergency meeting today to discuss the Board's snub. "There will be a managing committee meeting of the MCA to discuss the IPL issue," MCA's media manager and treasurer Vinod Deshpande told PTI. Protesting the Cricket Board's

move, officials of the MCA have already handed over their IPL accreditations to the tournament organisers. The meeting is apparently being convened at short notice to decide on the future course of action with some members not willing to take things lying down over what they perceive as a slap on the face of one of BCCI's permanent Test centres. The convening of emergency meeting of MCA's managing committee comes close on the heels of the office bearers and panel members'


decision to hand over their IPL accreditations. "We have handed over all our IPL accreditations. The office bearers of MCA, managing committee members and the volunteers connected with the tournament have done so as we are not happy that the final has been taken away without assigning proper reason," said Deshpande. On Saturday, MCA president Pawar had shot off a letter to the IPL Governing Council and all BCCI members demanding the real reason behind shifting the June 1

final from the Wankhede Stadium to Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium. "The letter by Mr Pawar has asked for the reason for this decision by the Governing Council," Deshpande informed. In a decision that came as a jolt for MCA, IPL's GC got involved in a teleconference and decided to allot the final to the Karnataka Cricket Association. The May 30 Qualifier 2, however, is scheduled as per original fixture at the Wankhede Stadium, which has already hosted three home games of Mumbai

Indians and is set to host two more on May 23 and 25. The May 28 eliminator has been allotted to the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium. One top official of MCA has said that they now want all the remaining matches scheduled at the Wankhede to be shifted elsewhere. With the stand-off between MCA and its parent body BCCI assuming serious proportions, Monday's managing committee meeting could decide how the state body plans to target BCCI's bigwigs.

Swarda sends top seeded Prerna packing Double crown for Nashik XI Results: Girls singles (Semifinals):Swarda Parab bt Prerna Vichare 6-4, 6-4; Durva Deo bt Bela Tamhankar 6-0. 2-6, 6-1. (Quarterfinals): Prerna Vichare bt Kiara D’ouza 4-1, 4-0; Tanvi Nair bt Aishwarya Kailaje 4-1, 5-4 (4); Swarda Parab bt Koyena Sircar 4-0, 40; Taanaya Sah bt Jiya Lodha 4-0, 4-1; Mitali Shetty bt Sanika Kamble 4-1, 4-2; Shanaya Naik bvt Sakshi Mishra 3-5, 4-2, 7-1; Durva Deo bt Sanjana Nair 4-0, 4-0. Boys singles (Semifinals): Rahul Verma bt Amaan Tezabwala 6-3, 1-0 (con); Darren Pereira bt Aryan Sharma 6-5 (5), 6-2. (Quarterfinals): Aryan Sharma bt Aditya Balsekar 4-1, 1-4, 7-5; Darren Pereira bt Parth Nehe 4-1, 4-0; Amaan Tezbwala bt Ahaan Melmane 4-0, 0-4, 7-4; Rahul Verma bt Leston Vaz 4-1, 4-0.


UMBAI: Swarda Parab ousted top seeded Prerna Vichare 6-4, 6-4 to storm into the girls singles final of the All India Ranking Championship Series (Under-12) Tennis Tournament, hosted by Chembur Gymkhana here on Sunday. However, in the corresponding boys singles final will see the top seeded Rahul Verma taking on second seeded Durva Deo. Rahul did not have to sweat it much as his opponent tired- looking Amaan Tezabwala conceded the tie after losing the first set. On the other hand, Darren after being stretched fully by Aryan in the first set, which went to the tie breaker, steamrolled past his rival, winning the tie 6-5 (5), 6-2.

ONGC down Western Railway to move on top M

UMBAI: Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) romped to a 3-2 win against Western Railway in an Elite Division ‘Super Six’ play-off match, of the MDFA (Mumbai District Football Association) League, played at the Cooperage ground, here on Sunday evening. All the five goals were scored in the second half. ONGC enjoyed a good outing against a jaded Western Railway, who were playing for the second time in three days. The oilmen enjoyed more of ball possession and created the better chances which helped them to cruise to victory. The first goal was a gift from Western defender Prabal Chakraboty who in an attempt to cut off F. Lalmuanpuia’s powerful low centre from the right despatched the ball into his own goal in the 62nd minute. The second goal for ONGC, scored 11 minutes later was from a swift counter. ONGC striker Lavino

Fernandes did well to beat the offside trap as he chased Sachin Gawas’ through pass before confidently finishing with deft left-footer past goalkeeper Nessarulla Khan in the Western goal.

W. RLY TO MEET TN XI IN OPENING GURU TEGH BAHADUR TIE TODAY Recent winners of the All India InterRailway Championship, Western Railway, the Mumbai challengers, will set the ball rolling when they take on Tamil Nadu in the opening match of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gold Cup All India Hockey Tournament, which commences at the MHAL stadium, Churchgate today. National champions Air India and runners-up Comptroller & Auditors General (CAG) along with Indian Oil, Army XI, and South Central Railway will be the other star attractions of this seven-day event. Besides Western the second team from the city is Indian Navy

who will be seen in action in this eight-team event to be organized under the auspices of Hockey India. Defending champions have been drawn in Group-A along with Army XI, Tamil Nadu XI and Western Railway. CAG, Indian Oil, South Central Railway and Indian Navy are placed in Group-B. JUHU SPARKS HELD BY BOMBAY GYM 3-3 Juhu Sparks conceded three goals in the final six minutes and were held to a 3-3 draw by Bombay Gymkhana in a Super Division match of the MDFA (Mumbai District Football Association) League, played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Sunday. The Juhu outfit help the upper hand and snatched a commanding 3-0 lead at the end of the first half. Reynold Murzello scored in the 12th minute and 27th minute before Nickel D’Souza struck the third in the 40th minute.

Lead narrows to five players in chess tourney


UMBAI: At the end of fourth round, the lead in the Kotak Mahindra Bank International Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament has narrowed done to five players. Leading the charge is third seeded, IM Vikramaditya (ELO 2346) followed by FM Akash Thakur (ELO 2297), Deepak Katiyar (ELO 2182), Likhit Chilkuri (ELO 1998) and Surpiya Joshi (1834). All these players are on 4-points apiece after as many rounds.On the top-board, IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni

made short of Rajababu in just 30 moves from the white-side of Queen's Gambit declined opening. On board two, Ketan Boricha (2129) made of mess of his opening advantage by blundering in time pressure against FM Akash Thakur in the Two Knight's Opening. Parnali Dharia, who had created the flutter in round three with an upset win over the top-seeded, IM Aditya Udeshi, continued her impressive run by holding IM-elect, Rakesh Kulkarni (ELO 2223) with a

creditable draw in a game lasting 48-moves. On board four, Deepak Katiyar of Delhi stopped the winning spree of Atharva Godbole while lowly rated Supriya Joshi has come as a surprise in this event by defeating Satkar Chirag after an impressive win over higher ranked, Saumil Padhya.The leaders are followed by Rakesh Kulkarni, Parnali Dharia, Purushothaman and Atharva Madkar who are trailing by half-apoint.


UMBAI: Nashik XI emerged victorious in both the girls and boys groups in the 35th Annual WCG Rink Hockey Tournament organized by the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana. In the girls group, Nashik XI overcame the stiff challenge of St. Teresa, Santacruz 3-2 to be crowned the champions. At the half time, the match was interestingly poised at 2-2 with the teams evenly matched. St. Teresa could not score a single goal in the second half whereas as a decisive goal by Rachna Ekhande helped the girls from Nashik win the trophy. Chetana Hitange of Nashik scored two goals playing a major role in the victory. For the losing side, Jessica D'costa and Nehal Shigwan were the goal scorers. In the boys finals, Nashik XI trailing 1-4 at the half time came back strongly to beat St. Stanislaus 5-4 to win the championship in an exciting final played at the floodlit WCG tennis courts. Rohit Sonawane and Abhishek Mahajan with two goals each played a crucial role in the victory receiving good support for Saqlain Shaikh

who netted a goal. For the St. Stanislaus side, Kirsten D'Almeida scored three goals with Kevin Barnes scoring one but, their efforts went in vain as they lost the finals. In the women's semi finals, Central Railway trounced Valchandsons 10-0 to cruise through to the finals where interestingly they will clash with Western Railway. Central Railway started off in style taking a strong 4-0 lead at the half time and then never looked back. The Valchandsons side just could not match up to the playing standards of the CR women. Kavita was the star performer for the CR side netting four goals receiving able support from Rashmi (3), Apoorva Wishwa (2) and Jameela Bano (1). In the men's group Western Railway will clash against Indian Oil in the finals of the tourney. In the first men's semi finals, a determined Western Railway staged a major upset defending Air India 6-2 with Stanli Minz being the star performer for the winning side, while Indian Oil overhauled Central Railway 5-3.

Record-breaking Aryan sets the pool on fire M

UMBAI: On a day when a record 35 new records were established, Khar Gymkhana’s Aryan Makhija and Monique Gandhi proved to the star performers in the GMAAA Age group Swimming championships, held at Tata Power Swimming pool at Chembur here on Sunday. Aryan bagged gold medals in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m free style events as well as 400m Individual medley gold. Monique emerged best in the 200m freestyle, 100m breast stroke, breaststroke, her teammate Avantika Chavan, topped in the girls under-17 section, winning three golds and a silver. Among other record-breakers were Otters Ishaan Jaffer won five golds to top the under-17 boys section, while Ishaan Mehra of Wellingdom Sports Club, was second best with four golds, a bronze with four new meets marks to his credit. Results: Boys: U-17: Ishaan

Monique Gandhi won four gold and a silver. Jaffer(Otters) – 35 pts; U-14: Aryan Makhija (Khar Gym) – 35 pts; U-12: Vinit Mane (Ozone) – 28 pts; U-10: Aramaan Sikka (Otters) – 33pts. GIRLS: U-17: Monique Gandhi (Khar Gym)– 33 pts; U-14: Sanah Bhabha (Khar Gym) 39 pts; U-12: Kenisha Gupta (Radio Club) – 28 pts; U-10: Seeya Bijlani (Khar Gym ) – 24 pts.



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ARCELONA: Lewis Hamilton took over the leadership of the Formula One drivers championship on Sunday when he made it four wins in a row by grabbing a heart-stopping victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. He finished just 0.6 seconds ahead of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to move on to 100 points for the season and into the lead of the title race ahead of Rosberg, on 97. Australian Daniel Ricciardo came home third for Red Bull ahead of his team-mate, defending four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany, who had started from 15th on the grid. The win was Hamilton`s fourth this year, his first in Spain and the 26th of his career while Mercedes one-two stamped their complete supremacy on the constructors` championship which they now lead by more than 100 points. Finn Valtteri Bottas finished fifth for the resurgent Williams team, ahead of local hero and two-time champion Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari team-mate 2007 champion, Kimi Raikkonen of Finland. Frenchman Romain Grosjean was eighth for Lotus, signaling their return to some form after a dismal start to the year, ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez and his Force India team-mate German Nico Hulkenberg, who was 10th. The race began in balmy, but slightly more humid conditions after overnight rain. The track temperature was 37 degrees Celsius and the air 24 shortly before the lights went out.

Mushtaq all set to be appointed Pakistan's spin consultant

KARACHI: The PCB is all set to appoint former test leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as the spin consultant of the national team as his contract with the England team has expired. Reliable sources close to the former leggie said that the ECB has already released Mushtaq as new chief coach Peter Moores along with skipper Alastair Cook is keen for a new support staff. "Mushtaq has been on the ECB payrolls since 2008 but now he has been released by them and is free to take up the PCB assignment," a source said. Mushtaq incidentally was first appointed as spin bowling consultant with the England team by Moores in 2008, who has now returned as head coach. Mushtaq and Pakistan's former off-spin great, Saqlain Mushtaq have both applied for the position of spin bowling consultant and one of them is expected to be appointed this week. Saqlain had also applied for the head coach position but the board has already appointed Waqar Younis for that post.


IN BRIEF Exuberant Orissa gear up to take on seasoned Manipur

GOLAGHAT (ASSAM): A heady mix of youth and experience will rub shoulders when Manipur and Orissa renew acquaintance in the final of the 20th National Women's Football Championship here today. "We have nine National Team Players in the first team, and Orissa is full of U-19 Footballers. What better than to see the next generation of Footballers playing with their Senior counterparts in a Cup Final," Oinam Bembem Devi, who's captaining Manipur, said. "Orissa have done exceptionally well to reach this far. I believe that this Final will further pep up the future India senior team players to give their all against their incumbents. This is healthy competition," added the AIFF Women's Player of the Year who has been part of all of Manipur's incredible adventures in the nationals.

Shooter Manavjit signed by Anglian

Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates his win at the Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain on Sunday. This is his fourth win out of five races. At the start, the two Mercedes made a clean joint departure while behind them Bottas moved forward to claim third ahead of Ricciardo on the run to the first corner, the longest start straight of the season. Hamilton opened up a 1.1sec lead on the first lap as the two Mercedes pulled clear of the field by around a second a lap. By the end of lap two, his lead

over Rosberg was 1.9sec, a gap that he struggled to increase. Rosberg remained determinedly on Hamilton`s tail through the early laps as Vettel, from 15th at the start, worked his way to 13th before making an early pit-stop on lap 13, emerging at the back of the field to start a renewed charge. As this unfolded, Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado added to the

Lotus team`s repair bill and frustrations by colliding with Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson`s Caterham. He damaged the car and collected a five-second penalty. Ricciardo, in the second Red Bull, pitted after 15 laps and had to wait until Bottas came in six laps later to take third place, by which time Hamilton, on lap 19, and most of the rest, had also been in.

Brazil races to be ready for Ronaldo and Messi R

IO DE JANEIRO: One month from the start of the World Cup, Brazil is scrambling to get the stage ready for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi while dousing lingering anger at the multi-billion dollar price tag. As championships around the world draw to a close, Ronaldo and Messi are bracing to headline a galaxy of stars at the four-week showpiece which kicks off on June 12 in Sao Paulo. Organisers hope Brazil's opening game against Croatia at the futuristic Corinthians Arena will draw a line under the pre-tournament chaos, allowing football to finally take centre-stage. The stadium has itself become emblematic of the problems faced during the build-up, where the logistical complexities of staging the 32-team extravaganza have at times appeared overwhelming. Construction of the $424 million stadium ground to a halt in November, when a giant crane toppled over and killed two workers. A third labourer died in an accident in March. The 68,000-capacity venue is one of 12 World Cup stadiums that were supposed to be ready by the end of December. Only six were completed on time, with final delivery to FIFA pushed back to May 15.

Twelve stadiums are being built and renovated for the World Cup later this year. The Estadio Governador has finished on time but the rest have been plagued by delays.

FIFA'S â&#x20AC;&#x153;HELLâ&#x20AC;?

The estimated $11 billion Brazil is spending on the tournament has Eight workers have died so far angered many in a country grapduring construction of World Cup pling with chronically undervenues, with the most recent in- funded health and public volving a 32-year-old man electro- services, poor transport and viocuted at the Pantanal Arena in lent crime. The scale of the Cuiaba on Thursday. "We've been protests at the Confederations through hell," FIFA general secre- Cup appeared to catch Brazilian tary Jerome Valcke said last week authorities off-guard, and a masas he reflected on the campaign sive security blanket will be to press Brazilian officials to draped across the World Cup in speed up construction. "We're an effort to avoid similar scenes. supporting Brazil to ensure that Around 150,000 police and solit's a success because the whole diers and some 20,000 private seof FIFA is based around the suc- curity officers will be deployed cess of the World Cup," Valcke across the 12 host venues to said. "If the World Cup is a failure counter protesters whose slogan then we, FIFA, are in trouble." is "the Cup will not take place."

NEW DELHI: A gold medallist at the Tucson World Cup in USA last month, ace trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu has been signed up by Anglian Medal Hunt in a year that will see him take a shot at earning a quota place for the 2016 Olympics, besides competing in Commonwealth and Asian Games. "I am glad to be associated with Anglian Medal Hunt Company which has taken great steps towards the development of Olympic sports in India. They have taken some fantastic initiatives to help sports people and have a different approach, which is very refreshing to see," the shooter said. Manavjit produced some excellent shooting to clinch the men's trap gold medal ahead of a two-time Olympic champion and another equally proven marksman at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Tucson. With big international events lined up, the time ahead is going to be busy for Manavjit, who is currently training in Italy.

Chand completes a double, Kerala regains overall championship

CHENNAI: Orissa's Dutee Chand exhibited great athleticism to win the gold in 200m and complete a sprint double on the final day of 12th Junior Federation Cup athletics Championship. The 18-year-old equalled former Tamil Nadu sprinter Velu Pandeswari's 17-year-old national junior record with her timing of 23.95 secs in the 200m event at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. The Odisha sprinter, who earlier eclipsed the 100m record, is confident of doing so in the longer sprint when she would take part in the Asian and World junior championships later this year. Her impressive 100m time of 11.63 secs helped her earn the "Best Athlete" award in the three day meet that concluded here. Local girl Archana Suseendran (24.70s) and Bengal's Himashree Roy (24.86s) went home with silver and bronze medals respectively.

SAI beat Assam 6-0 in Sub Junior Men's Hockey C'ship

VADODARA: Sports Authority of India (SAI) registered their second consecutive win by defeating Assam 6-0 in the second match of Pool A of the fourth Sub Junior Men National Hockey Championship. Sports Authority of India looked composed and attacked from the very 1st minute of the game. They did not let Assam to score a single goal throughout the match. It was Abdul Hussain who scored the first goal for Sports Authority of India in the 6th minute of the game through a field goal. In the 17th minute, Shubhan Verma scored another goal for SAI and took a lead of 2-0. Soon after in the 20th minute, Minaj Ali, the captain of SAI scored another goal for the team through a field goal.


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