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His appointment is illegal, says Joint Action Committee, even as Welukar admits to publishing only 5 research papers whereas his application states he has 12 of them By Yatin Ingle


o add to the goof-ups in exams, infrastructure issues and administrative problems in the Mumbai University (MU), comes a report that the Vice- Chancellor of the varsity could have faked his way to the post. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) for improvement of Higher Education in Maharashtra has stated that the ViceChancellor of MU, Dr Rajan Welukar, has Continued on pg 8 «

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THE POOR CAN NOW CLIMB SEVENHILLS Hospital finally relents and agrees to allow beds for the underprivileged in its wards; also free medicines By Vishnudas Sheshrao


No, not a rag picker! He has been appointed by the Adarsh Inquiry Committee to search for missing files.

wo years after it was first commissioned, the administration of the SevenHills Hospital, a super specialty facility in Andheri, will come to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation HQ to sign an agreement. Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar, who is handling the contentious issue, said, “Alls well that

ends well.” Notably, the hospital authorities had inaugurated and commissioned the facility even before the agreement was signed. Further, as a pressure tactic against the civic administration, hospital authorities had invited the then President, Pratibha Patil, for the inauguration of the facility that could Continued on pg 8 «

BMC schools fail to educate... See Pg 3


Metastatic breast cancer

Afternoon Despatch & Courier


Do you think Section 377 should be amended? Ajay Valecha Photographer I think the judgment should be overlooked so that there are necessary changes made which will be acceptable for all.

Meghna Kuradia Student Section 377 should be amended as eunuchs should not be relegated to the lowest rungs of society.

Snehal Shinde Actor The law should be amended as hijras also hold a stand in society. No matter what they are, at the end of the day, we are all human beings. Sagar Gamre DJ instructor The law should be amended as hijras are a part of society. In fact, laws should be made in favour of vulnerable sections. Ritika Mishra Student The section should be considered and they should get their rights and police officers who do not care for them and take their complaints should also be made aware. Readers wishing to participate in ‘Opinions’ may send us their name, day-time telephone number with a passport-size photograph to Your Subject line must be: opinion

VASTU TIP OF THE DAY One should always sit facing towards east or north in the office. by Dr. Prem Gupta (9820045774/9930318119,


Study will help oncologists realise that surgeries are unnecessary and expensive

By A Staff Reporter

parameters. The outcome of this eight year long trial was that there was no difference between the survival rates of both the groups. The average life span was 18 to 20 months for both the groups. “Till date, there was no standardised method to decide whether a lady with metastatic breast cancer requires a surgery or not. The decision depended upon the treating doctor. But after this study, the decision for not suggesting a surgery can be backed up with scientific evidence. This study will help oncologists in avoiding unnecessary and expensive surgeries,” said Dr. Sudeep Gupta, Medical Oncologist at Tata Memorial Centre. This study was presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium which was held between December 10 and 14.


recent study by the Tata Memorial Centre at Parel says that women with metastatic breast cancer who underwent surgery for the removal of the tumour had no long term benefits when compared to women who did not undergo surgery. This study was a randomised clinical trial done with 350 women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer where the participants were divided into two groups. Both the groups first received six full cycles of chemotherapy and then one group underwent surgical removal of their breast tumour and local radiation while the other group did not undergo any treatment. The groups were similar with regards to age, clinical tumour size, status of disease spread and other essential

The Tata Memorial Centre in Parel.

India’s ‘Fountainhead of Architecture’ set for centenary celebrations Alumni Association of Sir J.J. College of Architecture plans to infuse more power into the institution Azad Shrivastav | ADC

By A Staff Reporter


he Alumni Association of Sir J. J. College of Architecture in collaboration with Sir J. J. College of Architecture is celebrating the Centenary Year of the college tomorrow (Saturday, December 14) on the college grounds from 3-30 p.m. Rajiv Harmalkar, vice-president of Alumni Association of the college said that the necessity of an ‘Alumni Association’ was felt as even some of the best institutions like IIT have their own. “The need for an alumni association of the college has been felt for a long time. Attempts were made in the past but they did not fructify. Our college, being a government college has probably the lowest fees. Also 50 per cent of the students have free-ship or concessional fees. Because of this the college attracts best students from the middle-class of the society. Even with reasonable fee structure, architecture is an expensive course for most students, because of stationery and printing costs, commuting, hostel and mess expenses etc. The alumni association intends to offer financial aid to the needy students.” Harmalkar added, “Situated in the beautiful JJ Arts campus and constructed in the British Colonial style in 1857 from the grants donated by the great philanthropist, late Sir Jamshetji Jejeebhoy, as an arts campus. It was the first and only college imparting education in architecture in the whole of South Asia region for the first 40 years since its inception in 1913. The institution initially started as a draftsman’s course in 1884. The col-

(From left): Raju Harmalkar (vice-president and AAJRA Alumni), Raju Mishra (principal, Sir. JJ School of Arts), Mahesh Desai (Member of AAJRA Alumni), Prem (Filurex Group) at a press conference announcing the centenary celebrations of J.J. College of Architecture. lege drew students from all over India as well as from East Africa to Philippines. It had a reserved quota for overseas students for a long time. Therefore, it has an alumni base spread ‘over many countries and all over India and is larger than any other college of architecture due to its long innings. The institution was an internationally known college whose students could easily get admitted to any college abroad for their higher studies.” “Sir J.J. College of Architecture, therefore can justly be described as the ‘Fountainhead of Architecture in India’. Some of the senior most architects of India have graduated from the college and served the country in many prominent positions in government and other professional bodies like Council of

Architecture and Indian Institute of Architects as presidents,” he said. Harmalkar added, “The upkeep of the college building, which is heritage structure is in pathetic condition now. The strength of the faculty which is required to be around 26, are only around 12. This inadequacy is somewhat mitigated by the appointment of visiting faculty paid on clock hours, who are often alumni teaching at the college. The college is controlled under multiple authorities. It is a University-managed Government Grant in Aid Institution, academically controlled by University of Mumbai. It is 100 per cent financially provided for by the Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra. The salary

grants/funds are released to the University who pay the staff salaries and do other expenditure. Non-Salary Grants are not given by the Government. The Land as a property is owned by the Director-Directorate of Arts, Government of Maharashtra The property is required to be maintained by Public Works Department(PWD). Worli division which has several important works to be done in its region. These multiple agencies lead to a confused and confrontative attitude towards our college, ultimately resulting in a poor or no response to its requirements, both academically and infrastructurally. Garbage of the entire campus is dumped right in front of our college gate as if to taunt us.”

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A white paper exposing BMC’s mismanagement of funds and resources for education, states that in comparison to private schools, BMC schools are richer and spend more on students, but they fail to give better education

Azad Shrivastav | ADC




By Yatin Ingle


hile the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has been providing education since the 1890s, the funds and resources have been wasted by the corporation. Though civic students are provided with maximum facilities, there is minimum education being imparted to the students. Researching upon the education and studies provided by the BMC schools, the Praja Foundation released a ‘white paper’ on the state of education in the MCGM and government schools in Mumbai. Considering the rules and norms of the Right to Education (RTE), the report states that though the RTE lays great emphasis on infrastructure of schools, and 100 per cent of the BMC and government schools meet the required criterion of infrastructure as per the RTE, the passing percentage of students from these schools remains as low as 60 per cent. Every year, the state and central governments conduct scholarship exams, and only 0.4 per cent students from the BMC schools succeeded in standard IV whereas barely 0.1 percent succeeds in standard VII. This record of scholarships awarded to BMC school students is lowest than the least successful from private schools. Milind Mhaske, Project Director, Praja Foundation, says “Private schools, many of whom do not even meet the 100 per cent RTE infrastructure norms, show a high 80 per cent passing rate!” Last year, of the 26,649 students

Mayor Sunil Prabhu

17 EVALUATION OF CIVIC SCHOOLS… (From left): Nitai Mehta (managing trustee) and Milind Mhaske from Praja Foundation at a press meet to evaluate the report on municipal schools, at the Press Club on Thursday. who appeared for the middle school scholarship exams (standard IV) , only 23 BMC school students qualified, while 1,954 private school students were awarded the scholarship. In the high school scholarship exam (standard VII), out of 24,473 students, only 6 from BMC succeeded, where as 1,611 private school kids bagged the scholarship. “The inspection reports of schools in each ward tell the story in no uncertain terms. In the inspection report for M East Ward (Chembur east area) most of the 90 per cent of 543 teachers received great remarks for attributes like education experience and teaching methods. But the passing per-

centage in M East ward municipal schools is a mere 38 per cent!” said Nitai Mehta, founder trustee of Praja Foundation. In the last four year, the average gap of students passing their secondary exams between BMC schools and private schools is 20 per cent. The annual municipal budget for education has gone up from Rs.1,761 crore in 2010-2011 to Rs 2,600 crore in 2013-14. The per capita budget allocation for BMC school students (per student per year) has gone up from Rs.40,213 in 2010-11 to Rs.59,828 in 2013-2014. The Praja Foundation, along with Hansa Research, conducted a

Mayor-speak “As compared to the last 6-7 years, in recent times, the drop-out ratio has gone down. Municipal schools have adopted modern educational technology like virtual schools and computer labs in the schools. Consequently, the number of student has considerably increased. Besides, the civic body has been providing 27 education items to all students and also mid-day meals. Municipal school students come from the lower strata of society. They overcome dozens of hurdles everyday. In that case, we cannot compare them with private English medium school students.”

survey which stated that 89 per cent of the families surveyed, whose children went to BMC schools, want to send their kids to private schools, but the high expenses of private schools inhibit them from doing so. Praja’s report has also taken BMC corporators to task, said Mehta, “Our elected representatives need to ask pertinent and incisive questions to the BMC administration on the quality of education being imparted. 164 out of 227 corporators did not ask a single question regarding education at the BMC committee meetings. Only five corporators asked more than five questions on education during the entire year.” L ward (Kurla and Sion) and R North (Borivali and Dahisar) wards saw the maximum drop-outs at 15 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. Only five questions were asked by the corporators from L ward and while R North corporators asked only nine question during the entire year on education. Further, Mehta added, “It is time that we stop making excuses and take some tough decisions. The school inspection reports need to be audited by independent autonomous bodies for veracity and efficacy. Surely, that would put the accountability of education right back to where it belongs- on the teachers themselves and this should be the first step”.

per cent respondents have children going to BMC schools; while 78 per cent of children of shop owners, self-employed professionals, salesmen, supervisory levels and 68 per cent from homes of unskilled workers, petty traders are going to private schools.


per cent respondents sent their children to English medium private schools, of which 58 per cent respondents were shop owners, self-employed professionals, salesmen, supervisory levels. 43 per cent of unskilled workers, petty traders sent their kids to private English medium schools.

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per cent students from BMC schools take tuitions from their own school teachers. There is one teacher allocated for 41 private school students and 65 students for BMC schools.

questions were asked by all Mumbai Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) on education during Monsoon 2012, Winter 2012 and Budget 2013 sessions. An average of 793 questions were asked by MLAs on education issues in the last two years. This year the number has come down to 521 questions.

04 LOST & FOUND Life Insurance Corporation of India. Notice having been given of the loss of Policy numbered 910754108/ 109/ 110/ 900960233. on the life of Yogesh Keshavlal Rajput issued by L.I.C. of India. Duplicate Policy will be issued unless objection is lodged with us within one month from this date. Place: Mumbai. Date: 12-12-2013. C-26352 Mrs. Savitri Babal Pednekar Sudarshan Co-op Hsg Soc, 18/402-A (old room No. 524), Pant Nagar, Ghatkopar (E), Mumbai-400 075. Share certificate No.14, five shares bearing distinctive numbers 66 to 70, has been lost. Mobile: 9421168855. C-26353 Mr. Babal Ladu Pednekar, Sudarshan Co-op Hsg Soc, 18/ 403-A (old Room No. 525), Pant Nagar, Ghatkopar (E), Mumbai -400 075. Share Certificate No.15, five shares bearing distinctive numbers from 71 to 75, has been lost. Mobile: 9421168855. C-26354


May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored glorified loved and preserved now and forever. St. Jude worker of miracles pray for us. Thanks. Rekha C-26351


Notice of Loss of Shares of Hindustan Unilever Limited (Formerly Hindustan Lever Limited) Regd. Off. Hindustan Unilever Limited, Unilever House, B.D. Savant Marg, Chakala, Andheri (E), Mumbai-400 099.

Notice is hereby given that the following share certificates have been reported as lost/misplaced and he company intends to issue duplicae certificates in lieu thereof, in due course. Any person who has a valid claim on the said shares should lodge such claim with the company at its Registered Office within 15 days hereof. Name of the holder: Rajkumar Bhagwandas Amar; Folio No.: HUL2811966; No. of shares (Rs.1/-f.v): 640; Certificate No.(s): 5185932; Distinctive No.(s) 909232381-909233020.

Place: Mumbai Date: 12-12-2013

Afternoon Despatch & Courier


Notice is hereby given that the Share Certificate Nos. 11, Distinctive nos. 201 to 220 of Vitthal Co-op Housing Society Ltd. standing in name of Shri Arvind B Nadkarni have been reported lost/ stolen and that an application for issue of duplicate certificate in respect thereof has been made to Vitthal Co-op Housing Society Ltd. (138, Hanuman Road, Vile-Parle (East), Mumbai- 400057) to whom objection, if any, against issuance of such Duplicate Share Certificates should be made within 15 days from the date of publication of this notice. Share certificate is not mortgaged or any loan taken against the flat. The original share certificate if found, please return it to 11, Vitthal Co-op Housing Society, Vile-Parle (East), Mumbai- 400057.

PUBLIC NOTICE Public is hereby informed that my Client MR. CHANDRESH M. SONI, who is owner and member of Flat No. 201, Second Floor, in GANESH DHAM CHS. Ltd., Village-Khari, B.P. Road, Bhayandar (E), Dist.- Thane, The Agreement for sale executed by M/S. TRIMURTI BUILDERS V/S MR. BIPIN NAWALAL DOSHI, on dated 18/03/1981 is missing and not traceable as lost, and leaving behind his legal hears and applied application to become for membership of society in respect of above said flat Premises. If any person has any objection/claim of any nature whatsoever for the said lost of above mentioned documents shall intimate the undersigned in writing at the under mentioned address within 15 days from date of the notice along with the documents in support of such objection otherwise such objection/ claim shall be considers as waived. Or any parson has found the above mentioned Agreement for sale, you are requested to kindly return the same to the below address. R.L. Mishra, Advocate High Court, Office-23, 1st Floor, Sunshine Height, Near Railway Station, Nalasopara (E), Dist. Thane.

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that Shri: Joel Pascoal Gama , Owner of Flat No. B/412 , Mayur Pankh Co-Op. Hsg Society Ltd, Navghar Road , Bhayander ((Esat) Dist: Thane & holding Share Certificate No. 62 having distinctive nos. from 306 to 310 which has been reported lost/misplaced . If any one having any claim/objection should contact to the Society's Secretary within 15 days. Thereafter no claim will be considered & Society will proceed for issue of Duplicate Share Certificate . Member have registered the complaint of lost / misplacement of said certificate with the Navghar Police Station , Bhayandar (E) vide Regn. No2019/2013 dt. 08/12/2013. Secretary / Chairman

Mayur Pankh Co-Op. Hsg. Society Ltd. Navghar Road, Bhayandar (E), Dist. Thane - 401105.

CHANGE OF BIRTHDATE I Anand Ramakant Prabhu have changed my date of Birth from Tenth December Nineteen Eighty-Seven to Tenth January Nineteen EightyEight as per Maharashtra Government Gazette No. X-14953 dated : 14/09/2006. C-26388

CHANGE OF RELIGION I, Chandulal Kanhaiyalal Soni have changed my Religion from Hindu to Jain. As per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (X- 63286) Dated: 21/05/2009. C-26369

MUMBAI | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013 CHANGE OF NAME I have changed my old name Chetan Dayalji Chandan to new name Chetan Chandn as per Gazette (U-4282). C-26355 I have changed my name from Ahmad Ali Khwaja Hussain to Shaikh Ahmad Hussain Khwaja Hussain as per Affidavit No. C-26356 I have changed my name from Aaysha Khatun D/o Abdraraf Khan to Ayesha Abdul Rauf Khan D/o Abdul Rauf Abdul Aziz Khan as per Affidavit dated 10/12/2013. C-26357 I have changed my name from Sunny Kumar to Sunny Kumar Walia as per deed poll Affidavit. C-26358 I have changed my name from Chandanmal Chhogmal Solanki to Chandan Chhogmal Solanki as per deed poll Affidavit. C-26359 I have changed my name from Meenakumari Shashikant Shah to Meeta Deepak Bakhai as per Affidavit. C-26360 I have changed my name from Sandeep Baldevsingh Guraya, to ‘Simran Sanjay Batra’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U- 47707) Dated: 21/11/2013. C-26361 I have changed my name from Vanisha Krishna Dhamapurkar, to Snehal Krishna Dhamapurkar as per Affidavit Dated: 12/12/2013. C-26362 I have changed my name from Swati Manohar Khandekar, to ‘Swati Mitesh Bandi’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (X- 48226) Dated: 24/10/2013.

I have changed my name from Premlata Brajesh Rajpal Alias Naik to Premlata Brijesh Rajpal as per Affidavit dated 07th December, 2013.

I Fasila Rasheed Shaikh have changed my name to Fasila Rasheed as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 11/12/13. C-26383


I Natwarlal Nanubhai Parmar have changed my name to Natubhai Nanubhai Parmar as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 17/11/2012. C-26384

I have changed my name from Manojkumar Thakur to Manoj Thakur as per Affidavit dated 12th December, 2013. C-26371 I have changed my name from Sanjeev Mathur to Sanjivv Maathur as per Affidavit dated 12th December, 2013. C-26372 I have changed my name from Neelam Jahan Ahmad Hussain to Nilamjaha Shananawaz Khan as per Affidavit dated 12th December, 2013. C-26373 I have changed my name from Ashilkumar Jatashankar Mishra to Ashil Jatashankar Mishra as per Affidavit Dated: 12th Dec. 2013. C-26374 I Bina Dean D’souza have changed my name to Bina Sureshchandrarao Kumble as per Maharashtra Government Gazette No. U-29047 dated: 22/08/13. C-26375 I Bina Sureshchandrarao Kumble have changed my minor daughter’s name from Avidna Dean D’souza to Mamata Rao Kumble as per Maharashtra Government Gazette No. U-29048 dated: 22/08/13. C-26376 I Bina Sureshchandrarao Kumble have changed my minor daughter’s name from Chrisanne Abigail D’souza to Medha Rao Kumble as per Maharashtra Government Gazette No. U-29049 dated: 22/08/13. C-26377

C-26363 I have changed my name from Pushkar Narayan Poul Mother name Chaya Poul, to ‘Pushkar Narayan Poul Mother name Chhaya Poul’ as per Affidavit Dated: 09/12/2013. C-26364 I have changed my name from Mohamed Hasib Rafatulla, to Khan Abdul Haseeb Rafatullah as per Affidavit Dated: 10/12/2013. C-26365 I have changed my name from Farzana Mohamed Hasib, to ‘Khan Farzana Abdul Haseeb’ as per Affidavit Dated: 10/12/2013. C-26366 I have changed my name from Parekh Muhammad, to Parekh Muhammad Adil as per Affidavit Dated: 07/12/2013. C-26367 I have changed my name from Mohamad Ali Haji Akhtar Ali, to Ashrafi Mohammed Ali Haji Akhtar Ali as per Affidavit Dated: 12/12/2013. C-26369

I Amir Mamad Gujarati have changed my minor son’s name from Aiman Amirali Gujarati To Aiman Amir Gujarati as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 10/12/13. C-26378 I Akshaykumar Arun Agarwal have changed my name to Akshay Arun Agarwal as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 11/12/13. C-26379 I Amirali Mamad Gujarati have changed my name to Amir Mamad Gujarati as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated: 10/12/13. C-26380 I Shirin Amirali Gujarati have changed my name to Shirin Amir Gujarati as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 10/12/13. C-26381 I Mohamed Shoieb Iliyas Khan have changed my minor daughter’s name from Nausheen Bano Shoieb Khan to Nausheen Shoieb Khan as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 10/12/13. C-26382

I Kirtikumar Shah have changed my name to Kirti Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 11/12/13. C-26385 I Mizben Ebrahim Mahimi have changed my name to Misba Ibrahim Mahimi as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26386 I Ebrahim Abdul Rehman Mahimi have changed my name to Ibrahim Abdul Rehman Mahimi as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26387 I Mrs. Fernandes Agnes Anitha have changed my name to Fernandes Anita Agnes as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 11/12/13. C-26389 I Mr. Ramakant Shridhar Devaji have changed my name to Mr. Ramakant Shridhar Prabhu as per Maharashtra Government Gazette No X-1963 dated : 24/12/1987. C-26390 I Mr. Pravinbhai Lallubhai Panchal have changed my name to Mr. Pravinchandra Lallubhai Panchal as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 10/12/13. C-26391 I Vrundaben Kishor Valia have changed my name to Vranda Kishore Valia as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 12/12/13. C-26392 I Kishor Kumar Valia have changed my name to Kishore Kantilal Valia as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 12/12/13. C-26393 I Tina Ashish Telisara have changed my name to Teena Ashish Telisara as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 12/12/13. C-26394 I Gita Sanjay Dihora have changed my name to Geeta Sanjay Dihora as per Deedpoll Affidavit dated : 12/12/13. C-26395 I Sanjaykumar Bawanbhai Dihora have changed my name to Sanjay Bhawanbhai Dihora as per Deedpoll Affidavit date: 12/12/13. C-26396 I Teenakumari Kiranraj have changed my name to Teena Ashish Telisara as per Deedpoll Affidavit date: 12/12/13. C-26397 I Datta Kashiram Dabilkar have changed my name to Datta Kashiram Dabhilkar as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26398

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ENGINEERS DEMAND ACQUITTAL OF COLLEAGUES Protest against engineers being held responsible in building collapses and being consequently arrested By A Staff Reporter


good 30,000 thousand buildings in the city are dilapidated and 6,000 of them are in the most dangerous conditions. ‘So will the Briahanmumbai Municipal Corporation send all its engineers one by one in the prison?’ asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Engineers’ Association at their protest on Thursday. All engineers attached to the civic engineering departments of BMC went on strike as the civic body held local engineers responsible for the Babu Genu market building and Altaf Manzil collapse. These engineers and civic employees were arrested under article 304 of IPC – culpable homicide. All engineers were seen shouting slogans at the Azad maidan consequently paralysing routine work in all 24 civic wards across the city on Thursday. Officials said that only emergency services were manned by the stand-by staff. The Engineer Union demanded that engineers and employees sent to police custody should be acquitted and reinstated in the civic services as they were not responsible for the policy decision due to which the Banu Genu market building collapsed. It was negligence on the part of

policy makers, alleged the union. The Municipal Commissioner had constituted a committee to investigate the Babu Genu building collapse. On this board, Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte appointed Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adtani. The Engineers’ Union alleged that since Adtani was from the state government service and was then promoted to IAS, he cannot give justice to this case and should therefore be removed from the board of enquiry and a senior IAS should be put on board. In recent times, engineers were subjected to attacks from locals as well as politicians. Recurring attacks have been affecting their morale and hence the union demanded that attacks on engineers be made an unbailable crime. Sainath Rajadhyaksha of Engineers’ Association said, “We have strongly demanded that all engineers should be acquitted and reinstated within 72 hours. Henceforth, in any mishap occurs, the concerned engineer should get natural justice to explain his side, which was denied in recent cases and engineers were held responsible and were consequently arrested by the police”.

74-year-old killed in accident By Tariq Khan

diately surrounded the vehicle, dragged driver Dattaram 74-year-old woman died Pal (43) out and began asafter being run over by a saulting him, after which speeding tanker in Chembur some personnel from the on Wednesday afternoon. Traffic Police intervened and The truck driver was subse- took him to their chowkey quently arrested by the nearby. Meanwhile, Pagar police. was rushed to the Shatabdi The police said that the vic- Hospital in Govandi, where tim, Parvati Pagar (74), was she was declared dead before crossing the street at the admission. Pal was later Gandhi taken to the Chembur police Market in Chembur, when station where he was placed she was run over by the under arrest, the police tanker. Eyewitnesses imme- said.


Mid-day meal food poisoning: FDA examines colour preservatives in cakes CITY

By Philip Varghese

used in the preparation of the cake. wo weeks after 400 chilStudents of Anjuman dren were treated for Noor-ul-Islam High School in food poisoning after Saki Naka had to be admitted they consumed cakes pro- to neighbouring hospitals vided under the mid-day after they had complained of meal scheme at a Saki Naka uneasiness and nausea on school, the Food and Drugs November 25. Administration (FDA) is now Maharashtra has had 557 examining the content of the such cases over the last 10 colour preservative that was years, followed by Delhi which


has 525. This is the first time that such a large number of children were reported ill from a single school since 2003. An officer in the FDA, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “Immediately after the incident, samples of the cake were sent for testing and the colour preservatives are suspected to be the problem area”.


Even as Suresh Annapure, Assistant Commissioner of FDA, refused to comment on the issue, sources said, “The content of the cake is being examined as preservatives are used to make cakes softer and tastier. There is a chance that the ratio of the colour preservative used in the cake was high or it must be of a bad quality”.

Two senior citizens killed in road accident Sushil Kadam | ADC

Two others injured, dumper driver surrenders himself By Zuber Ansari


and stayed in the filter Pada locality when in Mumbai. SPI More further said that the dumper driver Ravi Pal (23) was not drunk at the time of the incident and blamed the narrow roads for the accident. He also said that he tried to save the auto

n another road accident, two persons who were on their way back to their native place in Uttar Pradesh (UP) were killed after a speeding dumper hit the autorickshaw in which they were travelling in Safed Pool area on Andheri-Kurla Road on Thursday. The two were on their way to Tilak Nagar Terminus to board Ratnagiri Express. Two Victims Teju Yadav and Hublal Yadav (right) were killed by a speeding dumper on the Andheri-Kurla Road others including a fellow pas- yesterday. senger and the auto driver Senior Police Inspector in their dead on the spot but lost control and dashed were also injured in the acci- from Sakinaka Police while auto driver Ashok Gaur it. dent, one of whom is critical Prasanna More said, “The de- (32) and their neighbour We have checked all his and recuperating at the civic- ceased were cousins and Ramsingar Yadav who was documents including license run Rajawadi Hospital. After were senior citizens. They travelling with them was in- and he has been booked the incident, the dumper were identified as Teju Yadav jured seriously. under various sections of the driver were fled the spot but (65) and Hublal Yadav (60). At Deceased Teju Yadav IPC including 304 (A), 336, was later arrested when he around 4 am on Thursday, a landed in Mumbai along with 279 and Motor Vehicle Act surrendered himself to the speeding dumper hit their his cousin Hublal after his 134 (A, B). He will be proSakinaka police. auto from the front, resulting son invited him to Mumbai duced before the court soon.

Navi Mumbai police to deploy all-women patrolling teams across the satellite city

Women for women!

has taken this initiative and this drive will stretch from Vashi to Rabale. By Khushboo Panjabi DCP Karad said, “One such team will comprise a lady pohe Navi Mumbai police lice sub-inspector or assishave deployed women tant police inspector along patrolling teams in different with five lady constables. The zones of Navi Mumbai to en- patrolling team will be on sure the safety of women in duty turn-wise in two shifts of the satellite city. Deputy 12 hours each”. Commissioner of Police “Public places, parks, and (zone-1 jurisdiction) P. Karad markets will have strict sur-


veillance to ensure that women are free to go such places at any time of the day. A strict watch will be kept on college campuses, picnic spots and other hangout places usually inhabited by youngsters. With these precautionary measures, women in the city will feel safer while travelling late in the evening”. The special women police patrolling team can be con-

tacted by women in distress by either dialing the control room’s telephone number 100 or the emergency toll free number 18002002122, specially meant for registering complaints regarding crime against women. Crime against women in Navi Mumbai has gone up in 2013. Rape cases in particular have increased by 90 per cent and molestation cases by 120 per cent. Street lights have been installed in the MIDC area which is prone to such crimes”.

06 CHANGE OF NAME I Vimal Dharma Kadam have changed my name to Shailaja Yashavant Pawar as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26399 I Ganesh Kumar Deepak Patil have changed my name to Ganesh Deepak Patil as per Deedpoll Affidavit Dated: 11/12/13. C-26400 I Nilima Kumari Kishor Sharma have changed my name to Nilima Kishor Sharma as per Deedpoll Affidavit date: 11/12/13. C-26401 I Dipika Diwakar Shirodkar have changed my name to Deepika Diwakar Shirodkar as per Deedpoll Affidavit date: 11/12/13. C-26402 I Nuranie Abdul Majeed Khan have changed my name to Noorulain Abdul Majeed Khan as per Deedpoll Affidavit date: 11/12/13. C-26403

CLASSIFIEDS I Shahnaz Habibali have changed my name to Shahnaz Ali Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26415 I have changed my name from Vimalkumar Chothmal Lahoti to Vimal Chothmal Lahoti as per Affidavit. C-26416 I have changed my name from Padma Sundari Sista to Padma Murthy Sista as per Affidavit. C-26417 I have changed my name from Faij Ahmed Dilawar Kapdi to Faiz Ahmed Dilawar Kapadi as per Affidavit. C-26418 I have changed my name from Sajida Faij Ahmed Kapdi to Sajida Faiz Ahmed Kapadi as per Affidavit. C-26419 I have changed my name from Aashiya Shabbir Rakhangi to Aasiya Shabbir Rakhangi as per Affidavit. C-26420

I Ramesh Kumar Megharam have changed my name to Ramesh Megharam Choudhary as per Deedpoll Affidavit date: 11/12/13. C-26404

I have changed my name from Marie Vijay Kumar Kotayan to Vijay Kumar Mari Kotian as per Affidavit. C-26421

I Nikhil Wilson have changed my name to Nikhil Wilson David as per Deedpoll Affidavit date: 11/12/13. C-26405

I have changed my name from Jeetendra Lal Singh Rawat to Jitendra Singh Lal Singh Rawat as per Affidavit. C-26422

I Nilpaben Himatlal Kothari have changed my name to Nilpa Nimesh Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26406

I have changed my name from Ajit Ashok Manwani to Ajeet Ashok Manwani as per Affidavit. C-26423

I Kahkashan Abdul Hamid Malvankar have changed my name to Kehkashan Salmaan Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26407 I Zaibunnisa Abdul Gani have changed my name to Jaibunisha Latif Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26408

I have changed my name from Ashaben to Asha Shailesh Modia as per Affidavit. C-26424 I have changed my name from Alpaben Bharat Parekh to Alpa Bhavesh Mehta as per Affidavit. C-26425

I Latif Rajjab Ali have changed my name to Latif Rajjab Ali Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26409

I have changed my name from Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz to Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziy Coatwala as per Affidavit. C-26426

I Hena Andrew Joseph have changed my name to Hena Andrew as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26410

I have changed my name from Sabiha Hasan Miyan Panker to Sabiha Hasan Miyan Penkar as per Affidavit. C-26427

I Panchal Nirubahen Naranbhai have changed my name to Niru Tushar Panchal as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26411

I have changed my name from Shhabaz Ahmed to Shehebaz Ahmed Ansari as per Affidavit.

I Devang Rameshchandra Sadiwala have changed my name to Devang Rameshchandra Shah as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26412 I Shirin Habibali @ Shrina Ali Shaikh have changed my name to Shirin Ali Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26413 I Habibali have changed my name to Ali Shaikh as per Deedpoll Affidavit. C-26414

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C-26428 I have changed my name from Haresh Amrutlal Barot to Hareshkumar Amrutlal Barot as per Affidavit. C-26429

We Mr.Krubakar Sankar Naidu and Mrs. Aradhana Naidu have changed our child's name from Krubakarsankar Shimantha Jyothi to Shimantha Jyothi Naidu as per Deedpoll Affidavit No-HP 991752. C-26432 I have changed my name from Mr. Janarthanan Krubakarsankar to Mr. Krubakar Sankar Naidu as per Affidavit. C-26433 I have changed my name from Pradeep Nair to Pradeep Jaya Chavan as per Affidavit. C-26434 I have changed my name from Jayalaxmi Nair to Jaya Harishchandra Chavan as per Affidavit. C-26435 I have changed my name from Mr. John Kennady to Mr. Kennady as per Affidavit. C-26436 I have changed my name from Mr. Velkumar Chelladurai to Mr. Velkumar Chelladurai Nadar as per Affidavit. C-26437 I have changed my name from Mr. Shaikh Babu to Mr. Babajan Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-26438 I have changed my name from Bharat Ranka to Bharatbhai Ranka as per Affidavit. C-26439 I have changed my name from Rishabh Ranka to Rushabh Ranka as per Affidavit. C-26440 I have changed my name from Jayant Kumar Madhusudan Sudame to Jayant Madhusudan Sudame as per Affidavit. C-26441 I have changed my name from Ravindra Sadashiv Bagave to Ravindra Sadashiv Bagwe as per Affidavit. C-26442 I have changed my name from Bhual Sharma to Bhuval Balikaran Sharma as per Affidavit. C-26443 I have changed my name from Miss Nasreen Begum Nasir Babu Shaikh to Mrs. Nasreen Ismail Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-26444 I have changed my name from Sugandh Bhardwaj to Sugandh Rajbhar as per Affidavit. C-26445 I have changed name from Gulli Bhardwaj to Gully Rajbhar as per Affidavit. C-26446 I have changed my name from Saleen to Ileen Mangers as per Affidavit. C-26447

I have changed my name from Suresh Waman Wangade to Suresh Vaman Wangde as per Affidavit. C-26430

I have changed my name from Devashi Sadanand Patil to Devashish Sadanand Patil as per Affidavit. C-26448

I have changed my name from Aksa Siddik Nagpurwala to Aqsa Khalid Khan as per Affidavit. C-26431

I have changed my name from Vinod Kumar Yadav to Vinod Rajendra Prasad Yadav as per Affidavit. C-26449

MUMBAI | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013 I have changed my name from Mohd Farooq to Farook Mohiuddin Inamdar as per Affidavit. C-26450

I have changed my name from Rajkumar Singh Gautam to Rajkumar Gautam as per Affidavit. C-26467

I have changed my name from Mohd Mohiuddin Inamdar to Mohiuddin Inamdar as per Affidavit. C-26451

I have changed my name from Dolly Kamal Sharma to Divya Kamalkishore Sharma as per Affidavit. C-26468

I have changed my name from Rajeshri Anil Gupta to Rajeshree Anil Gupta as per Affidavit. C-26452

I have changed my name from Muntazim Feroz Shaikh to Muntazim Fakir Mohammed Khatik as per Affidavit. C-26469

I have changed my name from Mr. Qureshi Md Tarik Abul Rashid to Mr. Qureshi Mohammad Tarique Abdul Rashid as per Affidavit. C-26484 I have changed my name from Abdul Rahim Samiullah to Abdul Rahim Samiullah Khan as per Affidavit. C-26485 I have changed my name from Juber Ahmed Mustak Ahmed to Zuber Ahmed Mustak Ahmed Choudhary as per Affidavit. C-26486

I have changed my name from Anilkumar Kailash Gupta to Anil Kailash Gupta as per Affidavit. C-26453

I have changed my name from Md. Siddique Sayani to Mohomed Siddique Sayani as per Affidavit. C-26470

I have changed my name from Sadam Husen Mullani to Saddam Husein Mulani as per Affidavit. C-26454

I have changed my name from Pragna Prasanlal Dagli to Pragnya Mukesh Kajalia as per Affidavit. C-26471

I have changed my name from Dilipkumar Mendhey to Dilip Mendhey as per Affidavit. C-26455

I have changed my name from Manish Mohan Mirchandani to Hitesh Mohan Mirchandani as per Affidavit. C-26472

I have changed my name from Darshana Kahinath Thakur to Darshana Deepak Roundhal as per Govt. of Maha. Gazette No. X-14337. C-26489

I have changed my name from Pratiksha Prashant Raorane to Leena Prashant Raorane as per Affidavit. C-26456

I have changed my name from Sushil Suresh Niwlakar to Sushil Suresh Nivalkar as per Affidavit. C-26473

I have changed my name from Naidu Gayathri Kannan to Kommireddy Gayatri Maheshwar as per Affidavit. C-26490

I have changed my name from Ahire Shirish Ravindra to Ahire Shirish Ravindranath as per Affidavit. C-26457

I have changed my name from Niwlakar Suresh to Nivalkar Suresh as per Affidavit. C-26474

I have changed my name from Khalife Ahmad Hamid Mohammed to Abdul Hamid Mohamed Khalife as per Affidavit. C-26491

I have changed my name from Kotoli Kanta Thomas to Kottoly Kavita Thomas as per Affidavit.

I have changed my name from Akbar Badsha Nizmuddin to Akbar Basha Nizamuddin Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-26475


I have changed my name from Ambreen Khan to Ambrin Khan as per Affidavit. C-26487 I have changed my name from Kommireddy Saikrupa Taradevi to Kommireddy Saikrupa Maheshwar as per Affidavit. C-26488

I have changed my name from Rubina Mohd Hashim Muqadam to Rubina Mohd Hashim Momin as per Affidavit. C-26492

I have changed my name from Kotoli Thomas Joseph to Kottoly Thomas Joseph as per Affidavit. C-26459

I have changed my name from Lalitkumar Kishinchand Tahiliani to Lalit Kishinchand Tahiliani as per Affidavit. C-26476

I have changed my name from Rushak Lalji Gashatta to Rushabh Lalji Ghaskata as per Affidavit. C-26460

I have changed my name from Sohan Ratnalal Brahm Khatri to Sohanlal Ratnalal Khatri as per Affidavit. C-26477

I have changed my name from Mr. Abid Ali Ansari to Mr. Abid Ali Khan as per Affidavit. C-26494

I have changed my name from Kunda Raghunath Brid to Seena Shankar Bane as per Affidavit. C-26461

I have changed my name from Tuljo Muchand Tanwani to Tuljaram Mulchand Tanwani as per Affidavit. C-26478

I have changed my name from Mrs. Jabrunnisa Abid Ali Ansari to Mrs. Jabrunnisa Abid Ali Khan as per Affidavit. C-26495

I have changed my name from Shalaka Prakash Jadhav to Sanika Sagar Bane as per Affidavit. C-26462

I have changed my name from Kadar Aabeda Mohd. Hanif Abdul to Abeda Mohd Hanif Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-26479

I have changed my name from Mr. Khan Mohammed Ashfak Ahmed to Mr. Ashfaque Ahmed Khan as per Affidavit. C-26496

I have changed my name from Meenaben Vishram Gori to Meena Jayesh Bhanushali as per Affidavit. C-26480


I have changed my name from James Henry Dsouza to James Ignatius Dsouza as per Affidavit. C-26463 I have changed my name from Amaro Philip Gonsalves to Ambrose Philip Gonsalves as per Affidavit. C-26464

I have changed my name from Jayesh Jagmal Katambal to Jayesh Jagmal Bhanushali as per Affidavit. C-26481

I have changed my name from Ani Filip Ghonsalwis to Anny Sylvester Miranda as per Affidavit. C-26465

I have changed my name from Nooriyya Shabbir Akolawala to Nooriyya Suhaan Bahrainwala as per Affidavit. C-26482

I have changed my name from Dipak Eknath Chaudhari to Deepak Eknath Chaudhari as per Affidavit. C-26466

I have changed my name from Ashatai Baburao Mane to Asha Vasant Gaikwad as per Affidavit. C-26483

I have changed my name from Mr. Ansari Mazhar Ahmed Abid Ali to Mr. Mazhar Ahmed Abid Ali Khan as per Affidavit. C-26493

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Sofia Hayat’s FIR transferred to Lonavala

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Santacruz police transfer FIR of British singer-actress against fellow Bigg Boss inmate, Arman Kohli, to Lonavala police

By Zuber Ansari


day after British actresssinger Sofia Hayat filed a complaint about being allegedly manhandled by actor Arman Kohli inside the Bigg Boss house in Lonavala, the Santacruz police have transferred the case to Lonavala police after registering the FIR on Thursday morning. On Wednesday night, actress Hayat landed with her advocate at the Santacruz police station and filed an FIR against Kohli alleging that he had manhandled her in the house in front of the other contestants. Eliminated last week, Hayat had repeated fights with Kohli inside the house. She alleges that during one such fight which took place during a task, Kohli beat her up and abused her in front of the other contestants. Hayat added that she wanted to leave the house at that very moment, but was convinced by Bigg Boss to stay. However, she was elim-

police station Hayat said, “Kohli attacked me and it was difficult to stand in front of him. He repeatedly abused me. He said that I should fix my face and that I’m fat. His behavior was disgusting and it was a disturbing moment for me.” However, she denies that she was touched inappropriately by him. After the police registered the case based on her complaint, Hayat was sent to Bhabha Hospital in Bandra for a check-up. Talking to the ADC, Senior Police Inspector from Santacruz police station, Arun Chavan said, “Based on Hayat’s complaint, we have filed a case under Sections 324 and 509. As the incident took place in Lonavala, we have transferred the case after filing a Zero FIR to the Lonavala police, who will investigate it further.” Sofia Hayat filed a FIR against Arman Kohli. Several people have termed this a publicity stunt by Hayat. She howinated last week, while Kohli stayed. ever, has told media persons that Infuriated, she approached the San- she was happy at the way police tacruz police and filed a complaint. treated her and has faith that justice Speaking to the media outside the will be delivered. Azad Shrivastav | ADC



Accountant murdered in Bhuleshwar flat By Neel Shah


35-year-old man employed as an accountant with an angadia firm, was found murdered in his home in Bhuleshwar in South Mumbai on Thursday morning. The unidentified murderer also stole Rs. 3.7 lakh from the home of the deceased, informed the police. According to the police, the deceased, identified as Vinod Patel, lived on the first floor of Bhagatwadi Chawl in Bhuleshwar. He was staying with two other colleagues and had been employed with an angadia firm located nearby. The police have questioned his colleagues, but they state that they were not at home when the incident took place. “The accused seemed to have targeted the flat because he knew who lived there and was confident of finding money. We are questioning the neighbours to find out if they saw anyone enter Patel’s home on Thursday. We are also speaking to his family to know if they suspect anyone,” said Anant

Jadhav, ACP (Girgaum Division). Police learnt about the incident from one of Patel’s co-workers, who lives in Borivali. He had come to Bhuleshwar on Thursday afternoon and found Patel lying on the floor in a pool of blood. He then informed the police and rushed Patel to G. T. Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Patel had his throat slit eight times and had another slit on his wrist. “We believe that he was killed between 9 am and 10 am,” said Inspector Shrikant Desai of the V. P. Road police station. A case of murder has been registered against an unidentified individual. An inspection of the crime scene showed that a safe in which Patel had stored money was open, said the police. The police have called Patel’s employer, the owner of the angadia firm, from Surat to record his statement. Meanwhile, police say that the door of Patel’s home shows no signs of forced entry and the safe was opened using Patel’s key.

Going by the book Is Usmani diverting investigations as per instructions detailed in terror manual routinely being used by terrorists? By Philip Varghese


ALL FOR ‘ANGRY’ ANNA… Supporters of social activist Anna Hazare, who is on an indefinite hunger strike at Ralegan Siddhi, gathered at Dadar (East) on Thursday to push the government for the immediate passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill.

A case of ‘Right to Wrong Information’ By Edrich Miranda


n a reply by Nagpada police station, to an RTI application, reveals the accused in a particular case are not traceable. Narula Khan S. Khan, Saifulla Abubakar Galib and others, who are sought by police, are reportedly not staying at the address given by the complainant, but strangely these accused’s ration cards, electric bills, Aadhar cards and other documents contain the address provided by the complainant.

It would be an irony of ironies, to say the accused who live just 100 meters away from the Nagpada police station and just in front of the chowkey cannot be traced. Infact they were seen brazenly roaming the area and also frequent the ‘E’ ward office of the BMC and the Maharashtra Housing Repair Board, at Kalachowkie. Inquiry with the ACP and DCP of that jurisdiction, about the nonavailability of the accused, meets a stoic reply, an e-mail and a letter sent to Home Minister R.R. Patil ap-

prising him about this issue receives ‘No reply’, till the time of going to the press. The complainant has now approached local leaders like Ashish Shelar, Sardar Tarasingh, Vishnu Savra, Dr. Sujit Minchikar, B. Muller, Vivek Pandit and more than 20 MLA’s to raise the issue in the state assembly. It is assured that at least six MPs will raise the issue at Parliament regarding the state of affairs of the Maharashtra’s Home Ministry.

bout a month ago, fugitive Indian Mujahideen operative Afzal Mutalib Usmani, who had escaped from the sessions court in Mumbai, was rearrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) from a place near the IndoNepal border, just as he was trying to flee into Nepal. Usmani now seems to be using different techniques to confuse the investigating and judicial authorities. In one such latest move, Usmani has written a letter to the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court, claiming that he hadn’t escaped from the court premises but was taken away by the ATS for extracting confession. This happened as the MCOCA court was hearing charges being framed against Usmani and other 22 men in connection with emails purportedly sent by the IM taking responsibility for blasts in Delhi and Hyderabad in 2008. It will be recalled that he had fled from the Sessions court on September 20 and was rearrested on October 28 near Indo-Nepal border. In his letter to the court, special MCOCA judge A. L. Pansare, Usmani said, “On September 20, I was talking to my nephew in the court premises when two ATS officials took us out of the court premises. They disclosed their identity and told the escort police to inform the MCOCA court that I have fled. Later, we were taken to a farmhouse in Kasara, and they left me alone there, while my nephew was taken

Afzal Mutalib Usmani somewhere else. Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Raja Thakare told me that if I become an approver then I would be let off from this case as well as the case of fleeing from the court. And I agreed to become an approver, thinking that I would be anyhow produced in the court. After I was produced in the court, someone advised me to write this letter to the MCOCA court.” Alleging that the ATS officials and Thakare had visited him, Usmani has stated, “The ATS officials visited me few times and even asked me to become an approver in this case. SPP Raja Thakare also visited me and asked me to become approver.” Reacting to this, an ATS official said, “I don’t think there is any need to give any importance to his statements. He has come out with this statement almost over a month after being rearrested and we have statements from his nephew on how he managed to reach the IndoNepal border and other things. This letter is nothing but a plan to divert the investigations.”

Travelling dangerously


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Student dies after head hits railway pole, college-mate critical

By Suresh Golani


has suffered multiple injuries all over his body, he is however out of danger,” said Dr. Rajeev Agarwal.

19-year-old college student died, and his friend was critically injured, after they both hit against a railway pole between Mira Road and Bhayandar stations on Wednesday evening. The incident took place at around 5.30 pm when the deceased, who has been identified as Ali Akbar Hussain (19), and his college-mate, Paras Chedda (20), were returning home to Bhayandar after meeting friends in Borivli. The two friends boarded the second class compartment of the Virar bound local at Borivli station, and were apparently standing on the footboard and leaning outside, when they hit against a railway pole. While Ali died on the spot, a profusely bleeding Chedda was rushed to the Kasturi Hospital in Bhayandar. “Chedda

By Anil Vishwakarma


hree passengers escaped death in a rickshaw that caught fire near Majiwada Bridge on Thursday. The passengers and the auto drivers jumped out as the rickshaw, and managed to save themselves. The rickshaw was moving from

Roof-top traveller battling for life

A 40-year-old man who was singed while trying to get atop the roof of a Dadar-bound local train at Mira Road railway station on Thursday afternoon, is battling for life at the Umrao Hospital. Vinod Kamat (40) came into contact with an overhead wire and sustained an electric shock. The incident occurred at about 3 pm. In the absence of an ambulance, a severely burned Kamat was put on a hand-cart and ferried to Umrao Hopsital, where his condition is said to be critical.

ESCAPING AN INFERNO Thane station to Majiwada, and had reached the bridge when smoke started coming from the engine. A biker alerted the rickshaw driver and within minutes, as the three

CITY BRIEFS All India Association of Industries: Interactive meeting with Mr Antoni Vives, Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat, Barcelona City Council and the accompanying official delegation, at Centrum, 1st floor, Centre 1 Bldg WTC Complex, Cuffe Parade, 3.30 p.m. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan: Gita Jayanti Celebration -- Gita-recitation and lecture on Bhakti-yoga by O.N. Ravi, Gita Mandir Hall, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chowpatty, 2 p.m. Venus Academy: ‘No Excuses’ by International Motivator Mr John Foppe, Americas Young Achiver, International speaker and motivator, author of ‘What’s Your Excuse?’, The Hilton, near Intl Airport, Andheri (East), 6.30 p.m. Confederation of Indian Industry: Valves and Actuators Division organizing ‘CII Valve Conference 2013’ with the theme ‘Indian Valves for Global Market’, at Hotel the Lalit, Sahar, 10 p.m.

Crossword: Launch of ‘Follow the Arrow -- Feng Shui Your Life’ by Dimple Luniya, singer Anup Jalota, Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, Actor Suchitra, Crossword Bookstore, Kemps Corner, 6.30 p.m. Nehru Centre: ‘The 21st Indian Master’s Retrospective’, an exhibition of cartoons and caricatures by Padma Vibhushan R.K. Laxman, Governor K. Sankaranarayanan will inaugurate the exhibition and release the catalogue, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Worli, 11.30 a.m.


while in his application for the post had stated that he has 12 research publications and 25 years of teaching experience. Dr Neeraj Hatekar, Convener, JAC, says “Its is very unfortunate that a person claiming to be the highest academic officer of the University should have only five research publications. We are really scraping the bottom here. Even these five are doubtful and the case is in court now! Welukar has provided false and misleading information in his application for the post of VC”. The order on A.D Sawant’s petition on Welukar has been reserved by the High Court even after three benches. The next date to deliberate upon his petition is on December 16, 2013. Clarifying the JAC’s report, Welukar said “These reports have been given out by vested interests. There is no truth in these reports. This is just misleading information.”

Continued from pg 1 « faked documents in his application letter for the post ofVC. The committee has released an affidavit statement of Welukar, in which he has agreed that he has only five research papers, whereas, in his application for the post of VC, he has mentioned he holds 12 research papers. In the year 2010-2011, Welukar was appointed as the VC of MU. After his appointment, various academicians raised serious doubts about his academic credentials, and soon, former pro-Vice Chancellor A.D Sawant filed a PIL against Welukar claiming that Welukar was ineligible for the post. Yesterday, the JAC released a statement citing an affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court where Welukar had agreed that he holds only five research publications,

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passengers and the driver scrambled out, the vehicle burst into flames. A police team and a fire brigade engine rushed to spot and brought the situation under control.


Field day for robbers Another mobile store burgled as robbers have free run in Vasai-Virar region By Suresh Golani


dding to the statistics robberies and thefts in the Vasai-Virar belt, another mobile shop in Nalasopara was burgled by unidentified thieves during the wee hours of Thursday morning. According to the police, the break-in was reported from Prabhat Enterprises, situated in the Vartak Nagar area in Virar (West). The miscreants broke into the shop at about 2:30 am and decamped with mobile handsets and other gadgets worth more than Rs.1.70 lakh. The CCTV installed inside the shop has captured the footage of miscreants. While the spate of thefts and break-ins in the Vasai-Virar region has given local residents and shopkeepers sleepless nights, the efficiency of the Thane (rural) police has also come under question. It may be recalled that a gang of unidentified robbers had struck at Mobile Zone, a mobile store located

A CCTV footage of the burglery in progress. just outside the railway station in Virar and had decamped with highend cell phones worth more than Rs.10 lakh. Assistant Police Inspector Pradeep Gite is carrying out further investigations in the case.

Chemists to go on three-day strike By A Staff Reporter

diabetes, arthritis etc. If the patient does not have the hemists in Maharashtra have valid prescription written by a decided to observe bandh from qualified doctor, the chemists will December 16 to 18 due to the al- not be able to dispense the medileged draconian interpretation of cines. Drug & Cosmetics Act, 1940 by the FDA had asked chemists to sell Maharashtra FDA. medicines on prescription that fall The chemist associations are under the schedules prescribed by protesting the FDA's crackdown on the Centre. chemists operating without qualiThe patient will have to get the fied pharmacists. There are prescription only from qualified alaround 55,000 chemists in lopathic doctor to get allopathic Maharashtra of which 7,000 medicine. The people from the operate in Mumbai. slum and interior areas will suffer Chemists are now agitating most as there are hardly any alloagainst the Maharashtra FDA new pathic doctors practising in the rule, under which the patients will said areas, the Retail & Dispensing have to get new prescription every Chemists Association said in a time they visit a chemist shop to statement. purchase regularly used mediIn rural areas, the problem will cines, to be taken for life time dis- be more pronounced as in a radius eases like asthma, blood pressure, of 20 kms there are hardly any

qualified doctors, the release said. Though prescriptions written in hospitals sometimes are not as per the FDA's new norms, the chemists, on humanitarian ground, dispense the medicines to the patients. Sometimes at late night, the chemists, sensing emergency, dis pense medicines without looking into whether the patient has a proper prescription or not. But, according to Maharashtra FDA, the law has to be followed even at the cost of the patient's life, which may drastically affect the health care system of the society, the association said. If the FDA doesn't stop implementing the law in a ‘draconian’ way without looking into practicality, the chemists will be forced to go on an indefinite strike, it said.


leged patients. SevenHills hospital authorities later refused to allot 20 per cent of the beds on every floor for the civic patients, instead they agreed to reserve beds fro them in a separate section, but no free medicine would be provided like it was being done at other civic hospitals. The matter then went before the Bombay High Court. In 2010, in the first petition, the SevenHills Hospital challenged the BMC move to get seven acres of land vacated. However, this September, the hospital withdrew its petitions against the civic body, and told the High Court that a settlement was on the cards. Mhaiskar said, “The hospital authorities have agreed to all the points as per the Corporation resolution passed in the general body meeting of corporation and in the Improvements Committee.”


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wise could not have afforded medical treatment, will get best treatment facility here. Besides, well have been termed ‘illegal’ as they will get free medicines too.” its agreement was yet to be In 2004-05, the Brihanmumbai signed. Mayor Sunil Prabhu said, Municipal Corporation (BMC) “The agreement will be signed on and the SevenHills authorities enDecember 13. Henceforth, the un- tered a contract to establish a derprivileged patients, who other- super specialty hospital under public-private-partnership (PPP). As per the contract, the civic body was suppose to give land for the hospital and, in turn, the newly built hospital was required to give free treatment and free medicines to underprivileged patients. The BMC passed a resolution in the Improvement Committee and in the Corporation general body meeting. As per the resolution, the SevenHills hospital was supposed to give some annual revenue, 20 per cent beds reserved and free medicine for underprivi-

Sena slams MNS over BMC footing Vikrant maintenance

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By Prashant Hamine


hiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has slammed the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for raising questions over allocation of Rs 100 crore BMC funds to save the Indian Maritime Ship (IMS) Vikrant from going to scrap yard. In a statement in party mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, the Sena president termed MNS as “socialist earthworms”. He said that those who have no standing in their own back alley are making the loudest noise over the issue. He said that following the state government expressing its inability to maintain the decommissioned aircraft carrier, the navy had no option but to send it to the scrap yard. Thackeray stated that the Sena has always sided with popular public senti-

BMC has allocated Rs.100 crore to save IMS Vikrant, says Uddhav (inset). ments and has held that the former warship should serve as a source of inspiration for generations to come. The Sena president stated that between 2010 to 2014 the BMC has been allocating Rs 25 crore every year for the

maintenance of IMS Vikrant. This year the Sena-BJP ruled civic body decided to additionally allocate Rs 75 crore for the maintenance of the decommissioned warship. Thackeray wanted to know as to why the MNS felt agitated


hief Minister Prithviraj Chavan yesterday assured the legislative assembly that the government will take a decision within a month on the

gans for cluster development scheme for Thane, to raise the attention of the House. As the uproar continued assembly speaker Dilip Walse Patil ad-

WINTER SESSION OF STATE ASSEMBLY plan for cluster development journed the proceedings for scheme in Mumbai. The lower 30 minutes. As the house reassembled, house witnessed uproarious scenes with opposition mem- Chavan said the government bers from Sena, BJP and MNS, was expecting a report of a sported white apron with slo- sub-committee by December

No affidavit on Adarsh report tabling


hief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in a letter addressed to legislative assembly Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil stated that the government has not filed any affidavit in the Bombay High Court on the tabling of the Adarsh inquiry commission report in the state Legislative Assembly during the ongoing winter session of the state legislature at Nagpur. Devendra Fadnavis (BJP) raised the issue through adjournment motion arguing that the state government had assured the High Court, during the hearing of a writ petition filed by former BJP MLA Atul Shah and sitting BJP MLA Yogesh Sagar, that the said report

will be tabled in the Assembly during the ongoing winter session. Fadanvis demanded that the Speaker direct the government to table the report this week so that the Opposition gets sufficient time and opportunity to discuss it in the House. If the government tables the report next week, there will be no time left to discuss it, he said. Thereafter, the Speaker read out a letter from Chief Minister saying the High Court during its hearing wanted to know when the report will be tabled, to which state government assured orally and not through an affidavit, that it will be done during the current session.

Inter-state gang busted Rajasthani trio duped electronic shop owners by placing orders and fleeing with gadgets By Suresh Golani

if the Sena wanted the war memorial to be preserved. He added that nothing concrete can be expected from those who have the penchant for raising hue and cry for no apparent cause. Thackeray stated that there are public and national sentiments attached to IMS Vikrant and to oppose its conservation is like committing national treachery. Those who cry hoarse over the potholed roads in Mumbai should first fill the potholed roads of Nashik and then accuse the Sena-BJP. The decommissioned warship had played stellar role in the 1971 Indo-Pak war and protected the nation and Mumbai then. The Congress led government which has decided to scrap IMS Vikrant, itself has been sent to the scrap yard by the people, he said.

Decision on Mumbai’s cluster development soon

he Local Crime Branch (Kashimira unit) of the Thane (rural) police claim to have busted an inter-state gang of cheats who duped local electronic shop owners by placing orders and vanishing with high-end electronic gadgets. Three members of the Rajasthan-based gang, identified as Puranchandra Bhawarlal Jain alias Pravin (42), Bhomaran Nenaji Kumbhar (40), and Dinesh Somaram Patel (24), have been arrested and booked under sections 420 and 34 of the IPC. According to the police, following a spate of cases in the Thane (rural) region in which cheats, posing as customers, approached local electronic shops and placed orders for high-end electronic gadgets, an LCB team led by PI Kishore Khairnar formed a special squad to nab the culprits. Throwing light on the

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16 and would be taken up during the next Cabinet committee meeting and a final decision will be taken within one month. He said the cluster development scheme did not evoke much response from the builders in Mumbai. The government will soon hold a meeting with contractors and builders to discuss the cluster redevelopment scheme. The chief minister said that once the cluster scheme of


modus operandi of the gang, investigating officer API Sachin Gavas said, “The accused carried out a recce of the area to be targeted. After accepting delivery at a particular address, one of the members, under the pretext of handing over the payments, would escort the delivery-men to some other place, while his accomplices would disappear with the electronic goods.” Following a tip-off, the police laid a trap and arrested the trio. After rounds of sustained interrogation, the accused confessed to their involvement in over a dozen such robberies, which they executed in Gujarat too. The police have also seized a SUV. The LCB team, led by API Yashwant Solse, comprised of Avinash Shinde, Machindra Pandit, Chandrakant Khutale. B.V. Patil, Vinayak Kawde, Santosh Surve, Vijay Nilange, Bhimrao Patil, Umesh Patil and Adik Ghadge.


Jaitapur N-project won’t affect fishing: CM stated by Deputy Chief Minister and Energy Minister Ajit Pawar. Raising the issue during question hour, Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena) stated that the project is located in the ecologically sensitive coastal area, and local fishermen feared adverse impact on their fishing activities. He demanded that government should declare the fishermen as project-hit people so that they get the compensation. However, Pawar said the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan project will not affect fishing. The Energy minister he proposed nuclear further stated that the land power plant at Jaitapur acquisition process for the village in Ratnagiri district proposed nuclear plant was will not have any adverse complete and state was impact on fishing in the pushing for speedy concoastal town, this was struction of the plant.


Mumbai is thoroughly discussed and a decision taken, only then the government will take up cluster development issues of neighbouring areas like Thane, Mumbra, Pimpri Chinchwad and others municipal corporation’s. There were a number of irregularities, encroachments and illegal construction activities found in Thane and therefore, the government will study the issue and take a practical decision.


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Ponder awhile… “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” — Ayn Rand

Scrap Sec 377, bring ordinance immediately I

T was in 2009 that the Delhi High Court decriminalised homosexuality by a landmark judgement. Nearly eight crore members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community rejoiced as they looked forward to a life without fear and police harassment. Section 377 of the IPC which dates back to the 18th century British rule, however, remained in the statute book. The Congress government which was in power then did not think it was necessary to drop the section or amend it. That was a big mistake. When the matter came up before the Supreme Court, the judges found the section was very much there. They had no go but to declare – as per Section 377 – homosexuality was illegal and attracted life imprisonment for those who violated the law. Now once again, the police can round up the ‘criminals’ and bring them to trial. It is estimated there are some eight crore homosexuals in the country and naturally they have been shocked by the decision of the Supreme Court. There is, however, a big chance of Section 377 being amended by the Parliament. Any bill in this regard is likely to be passed without much opposition. The Winter Session of the Parliament, however, will end on Monday. The Congress, busy passing poll-oriented bills one after the other, appears to have realised something should be done about it. According to reports, the Congress will promulgate an ordinance in this regard. The UPA government is reported to be busy preparing the ordinance and it is likely it will be promulgated within the next few days. The Supreme Court is being blamed for declaring Section 377 as illegal. It has done its duty and it is the UPA government which is to be blamed for the lapse. We can do without the blame game: What is necessary is an effort to bring relief to the members of the LGBT whose number appears to be increasing with the passing of each day. A realistic approach is necessary and certain fundamental rights of the citizen should be recognised. Each citizen has a right to do what he wants with his life – without causing any hurt to others.


ITTING at my table and looking at the pile of papers and magazines in front of me, I feel truly like an ignoramus. There is so much to learn and there is so little time. Forget the fact that India has more than 35,595 newspapers (I get my facts from Wikipedia) and one learns that India happens to be the biggest newspaper market in the world with over 100 million copies sold each day! I have no idea how many books are sold and by how many booksellers round the country nor am I aware of how many films are made and how many dramas are acted, but I understand there are over 350 weeklies and journals which may be an under-evaluation. Among them are journals covering a wide range of subjects like science, technology, medicine, sports, politics, social events, history, philosophy, literature – the list is endless – and so it seems are the number of journals.



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incomparable. At least one of them like Issues & Concerns is a one-man show, brilliant, thoughtprovoking and highly original in thought and content. High credit should go to its publishereditor J. Shriyan, for his commitment and concern for human values. Hindu Vision, which is in a class in itself, is a thin 16-page quarter size journal published by the Vishwa Samvad Kendra but for that reason not to be taken lightly. It seeks to present a Hindu point of view on many social and political issues with great understanding and scholarship. Or take a monthly journal which was recently started and guided by my late friend P.K. Ravindranath like Kerala in Mumbai, an intriguing title, and which claims to be the only

Bhavan’s Journal is a publication of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and is now an unbelievably 60 years old and still going strong. Its continued success and popularity is a tribute not only to its founder, Kulapati K.M. Munshi and his close administrative associate S. Ramakrishnan but to its current editor V.N. Narayanan, an outstanding journalist with deep roots in Indian culture and tradition. Mangalore Today is a city-based publication and its publisher and editor V.U. George is an enterprising journalist with a large vision to help make Mangalore, one of the truly marvellous port cities of India into a place distinguished not just for trade and commerce but for education and intellectual development. As it is, it is the headquarters of a district known for its high degree of literacy and economic enterprise, notably banking. That may well explain its popularity.

Standard English weeklies

Remarkable editors

We have the standard English weeklies like India Today, Outlook, Frontline, Tehelka not to mention the one and only Economic & PoliticalWeekly, all highly in demand. But there are a series of journals enjoying high respect in intellectual circles that are seldom noticed and to me they mean a lot like Freedom First, Uday India, The Radical Humanist, Issues & Concerns, One India One People, Bharatiya Pragna, Hindu Vision, Aseema, Jan Sangh Today, not to speak of New Swatantra Times, Bhavan’s Journal and Mangalore Today, and I would not know what I would do without them. I am deeply conscious that there are other journals, too that I receive periodically like college magazines and can one ever forget journals associated with the world of women – Femina – and films? No two journals are happily alike and they bring a wealth of information, knowledge and intellectual content to make reading them sheer joy. Some of them, of course, are branded and are the product of established publishing houses like Bennett, Coleman & Co. Some are the efforts to popularise issues and ideas like Radical Humanist which is the monthly journal of the Indian Renaissance Institute. Some of them like One India One People are supported by highly socially conscious business houses like Fouress Corporation and are

New Swatantra Times is edited by P. Vaman Rao, a worthy successor to such all-time greats as Chalapathi Rao and Khasa Subba Rao, the latter having been the Founder-Editor of Swatantra and Swaraj. Andhra Pradesh has produced some of the most remarkable editors in or times. Aseema – Transcending Foundaries, as it summaries its aims and objects, has recently re-invented itself and comes out as an extremely readable monthly published by the Jnana Bharathi Prakashana and one is reminded by it of the old and most highly popular magazine of another day and time, The Illustrated Weekly of India, though not sizewise. Particularly commanding is an article in the November issue entitled ‘A Cancer Called Paid News’. That might give one some idea of the new trend in English-magazine journalism. There are many more such magazine attention to which I would be happy to draw the readers’ attention to but the point I would like to stress is that in today’s world of Indian journalism we have enough magazines to cater to public needs. Sadly, I do not find good magazines for children and school-going boys and girls, but perhaps I am only not aware of them. I would be happy if there are some to which my attention can be drawn.

MEDIAWATCH M.V. Kamath English/Malayalam magazine linking Mumbai Malayalees. Few realise the tremendous contribution made by Malayalees to the growth and sustenance of Mumbai. An outstanding Malayalee is Capt. Krishnan Nair, Chairman Emeritus of the Leela Group of Hotels. There are few – indeed hardly any – to challenge him in the field of 5-star hotels though this is not to underestimate the contribution of the Tata Group worldwide. How one wishes there were similar magazines exploring what contribution was made similarly by Kannadigas, Gujaratis, Tamilians, Andhraites, Bengalis, Punjabis and Biharis to the glory and greatness of Mumbai! They would then put the Shiv Sena in its place. Mumbai is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic city and the services rendered by every community needs to be recognised.

uous. Its instrument is the human body, because it can be audible through it; although it is all-pervading, yet it is unheard. It manifests to man as he purifies his body from material properties. The body can become its proper incurled, and its colour is red. It is heard in the strument when the space within is opened, falling of the thunderbolt and in a volcanic when all the tubes and veins in it are free. Then eruption, in the sound of a fire when blazing, the sound, which exists externally in space, bein the noise of squibs, crackers, rifles, guns and comes manifest inwardly also. Ecstasy, illumicannons. All these have a tendency to produce nation, restfulness, fearlessness, rapture, joy fear. The sound of air is wavering, its form and revelation are the effects of this sound. To zigzag, and its colour blue. Its voice is heard in some it manifests of itself, to others when they are in a negative state caused by weakness of the body or mind; to neither of these is it a benefit, but on the other hand it causes them to become abnormal. This sound only elevates storms, when the wind blows, and in the whis- those who open themselves to it by the sacred per of the morning breeze. Its effect is break- practices known to the mystics. ing, sweeping and piercing. The sound of air The mingled sound of earth and water has a finds expression in all wind instruments made tenderness and delicacy. The sound of earth of wood, brass and bamboo; it has a tendency and fire produces harshness. The sound of to kindle the fire of the heart, as Rumi writes in earth and air has strength and power. The his Masnavi about the flute. Lord Krishna is sound of water and fire has a lively and anialways portrayed in Indian art with a flute. The mating effect. The sound of water with ether air sound overpowers all other sounds, for it is has a soothing and comforting effect. The living, and in every aspect its influence pro- sound of fire and air has a terrifying and fearduces ecstasy. some effect. The sound of fire with ether has a The sound of ether is self-contained, and it breaking and freeing effect. The sound of air holds all forms and colours. It is the basis of all with ether produces calm and peace. sounds, and is the undertone which is contin— Hazrat Inayat Khan

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HE earth has various aspects of beauty as well as of variety in its sound. Its pitch is on the surface, its form is crescent-like, and its colour is yellow. The sound of earth is dim and dull, and produces a thrill, activity and movement in the body. All instruments of wire and gut, as well as the instruments of percussion, such as the drum, cymbals, etc., represent the sound of the earth. The sound of water is deep, its form is serpent-like, its colour green, and it is best heard in the roaring of the sea. The sound of running water, of mountain rills, the drizzling and pattering of rain, the sound of water running from a pitcher into a jar, from a pipe into a tub, from a bottle into a glass, all have a smooth and lively effect, and a tendency to produce imagination, fancy, dream, affection, and emotion. The instrument called jalatarang is an arrangement of china bowls or glasses graduated in size and filled with water in proportion to the desired scale; more water lowers the tone, and less raises it. These instruments have a touching effect upon the emotions of the heart. The sound of fire is high pitched, its form is


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AAP’s forward march APROPOS ‘After Delhi , AAP eyes Mumbai’ (ADC , Dec 11), it is indeed very heartening to learn about the sweeping win of the debutant Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi assembly elections. I am strongly of the opinion that the AAP should certainly target Mumbai and other places to drive out inept, lousy and corrupt political parties and bring India back on track. They should cautiously plan their strategy and focus on the election manifesto by considering the problems encountered by voters in each individual location. The Delhi victory of the AAP indicates clearly, that Kejriwal’s spade work and the exhaustive door to door interaction with the voters worked well; something that even the defeated Congress accepted. Middle class Indians certainly deserve a party like the AAP, who should be able to make a corruption, scam and rape free India for posterity. Although the task ahead is tough, integrity and sincerity makes everything achievable. —Bikram Banerjea, Mumbai

IT has often been seen that success goes to the head of a person, who then starts acting abnormally and the new political outfit, the AAP, is no exception.

—Altaf H. Ladiwala, Bandra

Judges and human rights SEX scandal accused former Supreme Court Judge and Chairman of WBHRC, Ashok Ganguly, is adamant about spelling what he thinks is ‘right’ against all odds. Here is a learned retired judge who refuses to pay heed to any norms practiced by high ranking officials when they have been accused of a crime –to keep away from power and co-operate with the investigation to find the truth. If, as he claims, the allegations are false, what is stopping him from facing a fair trial? There is harassment in all workplaces – some reported, others unreported – where members of the

enough to take on Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha polls. For all that, the party has not explained satisfactorily any of the many accusations made against it so far. All these only go to justify the observation of Arun Jaitley that this ‘common man’s party’ is only a freak phenomenon riding on its many untenable promises. It needs to realize that it is totally new to politics and governance of any type. — Dr. V. Subramanyan, Thane

SWEEPING VICTORY: After an unprecedented victory in Delhi, the AAP should certainly target Mumbai and other places to drive out inept, lousy and corrupt political parties, and bring India back on track. Within a few days of its phenomenal success, it has turned into an ‘Arrogant Aadmi Party’ with its men speaking in many voices and pulling in different directions. One of its new legislators, Koli, chose to celebrate his success right in front of the house of the defeated former Congress MLA, bursting crackers and allegedly teasing the womenfolk also. This was played down as usual by its chief. Then Prashant Bhushan, a senior member, made a statement on conditional support to the BJP which was again shot down by the boss. But the worst was the arrogant statement from Sisodia that Kumar Viswas would be

IT is given to understand that neither the BJP nor the AAP is willing to take some initiative to form the Government, due to the lack of sufficient MLAs. This is likely to result in fresh elections in 6 months which will then result in an avoidable expenditure of taxpayers’ money, at a time when the monetary stringency is acutely felt and the country frankly cannot afford another round of elections, with the guarantee that there will be a decisive out-come. The President’s rule should be implemented not merely for six months, but for five straight years. Kejriwal, who was concerned with the difficulties of the people, should not let them down since this will result in a criminal waste of the same people and add to their woes and the miseries. The onus seems to be more on him to provide a clean and efficient government, and hence, he cannot afford to be passive. — T.M. Uday Shankar, Mumbai

press. It shows how the print media is working as an agent of change in a limited space. In the sense, the space constraint faced by magazines and newspapers in not being able to publish all the letters they receive, is also understandable. Here lies the success of newspapers as well as its readers.

Red light for red beacons THE Honorable Supreme court has observed that only people with constitutional authority, and high level dignitaries should be allowed to carry red beacons on their cars. A few limericks grip me and here they are... Red light for red beacons Discipline, it weakens So say the courts After misuse reports Netas protest, may cut hair la Mohicans Politicians may go on strike Our red light you cant strike So what if we disturb traffic ? So what if you panic ? We will have beacons, even on our exercise bike What will happen to our luxury cars ? You can’t make them light less avtaars Light adds to my prestige With light I go for my siege We will sound a ‘red alert’ from Jupiter to Mars



— Key Eswaran, Chembur

Mandela’s timeless appeal ADAMANT: Former Supreme Court Judge Ashok Ganguly, who has been accused of being involved in a sex scandal, is adamant about spelling what he thinks is ‘right’ against all odds. other sex are humiliated or even abused. However, the sophistication of the security and the transparency prevailing in law and order because of the support by the RTI and the alert media, has made it easy to charge and punish the guilty. The adamant attitude of high ranking public servants when they are accused is absurd and should be condemned. — Govindan Unny, Malad

Newspapers are revelations NEWSPAPERS are the backbone of the media and its readers are the fulcrum round which the political, social and the other strata of society revolve. The pen is mightier than the sword and the readers express their views to give newspapers an added edge in world of print media. Newspapers are doing an excellent job by printing letters of the unheard voices of their readers. The changes in society norms, law and national policies are in, in many ways, the result of the letters of the common man published by the

NELSON Mandela will always be cherished for the following reasons: a) He survived imprisonment for a cause that he believed in – the equality of all citizens in South Africa. b) After 27 horrendous years in prison he rose to be president of the country. c) On becoming president, he sought no vengeance against his captors, but focused on building a new country. d) He remained focused and positive, without bitterness and hatred in his heart. e) He became an international symbol and leader of positive resistance. He was revered by Presidents, Prime Ministers and ordinary citizens across the world. — Rajendra K. Aneja, Lower Parel

Economist jokers MANI Shankar Aiyar called Narendra Modi a joker as the latter had erroneously ‘changed’ India’s history and geography in the recent past. But this forget- LETTER OF ful Congress leader forgot THE DAY very conveniently that two of his party’s greatly knowledgeable ‘economist stalwarts’ – Harvard University qualified Prime Minister and Finance Minister –

have unbearably changed the economic face of India by means of anti-India-pro-US economic reforms, thus pushing the aam aadmi into the valley of spiralling inflation and nationwide corruption. The result of these economist jokers’ antipeople economic policies has been reflected in the latest four state assembly elections by crores of smart aam aadmi voters. All can’t be fooled all the time. — Hansraj Bhat, Borivali

BJP should be ready THE newly installed BJP governments in three states should be wary of the activities of their political opponents. The Congressmen are so addicted to enjoying power that they just cannot entertain the thought of living without it. They will try every trick in their repertoire to overthrow these governments. This can happen during the remaining four months of the UPA II rule at the Centre. The Saffron party has to stay vigilant and be ready to face any eventuality. — Vineet Phadtare, Borivali

Dangerous liposuction AS reported, it is indeed very sad and to note that Mr. Wadiyar, a member of the royal family of Mysore, died at a young age because of being overweight and having allied ailments. This is not the first victim of liposurgery – a treatment which involves a person going under knife to reduce fat – which has been proved an unsafe and lethal method by previous deaths. Lately, it has been noted that instead of dangerous liposuction, Bariatic Surgery is a much safer

option. While bariatic surgery takes time to reduce a person’s weight, across the body, it also allows the body to adjust to the treatment safely. There have been no instances where bariatic surgery has been dangerous and hundreds of people undergo it safely all over the world. — S.P. Sharma, Mumbai

Realty on the rise IT is a step in the right direction as SEBI paves the way for setting up a REIT market in the domestic real estate sector. Leave alone a financial crisis, the realty sector should go all out and make a green revolution by not only reducing the rates, but also initiating a green cover in the construction sector. Leading real estate developers have pioneered several innovative concepts in green building technologies. The groups have come to be known for their far sighted policies –their green buildings take into account, ways and means to conserve energy, reduce emissions and avoid waste. Their homes as well as business parks can adapt to the changing environment, making them safe and secure. People should become more aware and create an infrastructure to encourage indigenous innovation in a green space. To prevent pollution, solar panels should be laid on the roof. Most building materials should be sourced locally, so as to cut down on the carbon footprint and gas emissions. Based on the usage of state-of-art technologies till completion, the facility should be treated as a live example that will change we look at construction. — C.K. Subramaniam, Sanpada

SC right in calling homosexuality criminal HOMOSEXUALITY is a disease and the Supreme Court judgment – overturning the Delhi High Court order – making sex between people of the same gender an offence and a punishable act is right. I wonder what satisfaction one derives through homosexuality, which probably happens due to a poor mental condition. Even animals are better, as they never indulge in it despite having access to any sort of instruction. Gay activists are doing this for publicity and to seek unnecessary attention. People

PUNISH HOMOSEXUALS: Homosexuality is a disease and the Supreme Court is right in making sex between people of the same gender an offence. attracted towards others of the same sex need medical attention. They are a threat to society and inappropriate touches in public transport frighten us. Nature and the Almighty have laid down certain laws which human beings should respect and follow. The SC has now put the ball in the Parliament’s court,

asking it to amend the constitution, if it wants to safeguard homosexuality. The media too should not publicise the outcry by a small group and instead educate people about this disability and force them into counseling or medical treatment to treat the abnormality. —S.N. Kabra, Goregaon

I WELCOME the judgement of the Supreme Court in making gay sex illegal and awarding a punishment up to life imprisonment. This move is in right direction and a timely one. It has been observed that sex between two adults of the same gender is an influence of Western culture and unnatural as per the wishes of God. It should therefore not be tolerated any where in the world, and those who talk about the freedom of life are nothing but hypocrites and are making a mockery of an ancient culture. I strongly feel that since the Supreme Court has directed the government to amend the law, the parliament must discussed this issue on a priority basis without allowing dirty politics to be played by any political party and its leaders. The apex court’s order should be implemented immediately to save Indian culture which is heading for disaster. Whoever is found guilty of unnatural sex must be given a severe punishment. —Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai


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Life’s Internal Secrets Nutrition, respiration, excretion, transportation, reproduction, sensitivity and growth are some of the life processes which are common to all living beings and help them to survive. Nutrition: The process of intake of nutrients and their utilization by an organism is called nutrition. Types of Nutrition: Autotrophic Nutrition: The mode of nutrition in which organisms synthesize their own organic food is called autotrophic nutrition. Heterotrophic Nutrition: The mode of nutrition in which organisms depend on other organisms for their food is called heterotrophic nutrition. Different organisms use different strategies to obtain food depending upon their body design, organization, functioning and also availability of food material. Ingestion, Digestion, Absorption, Assimilation, Egestion are the basic steps in the process of nutrition which is common for all animals. Nutrition in human beings: All the processes involved in nutrition in human beings take place in the digestive system which consists of the alimentary canal and digestive glands. The alimentary canal begins with the mouth, where large food particles are broken down and also the digestion of food starts in the mouth. The partly digested food is passed through the oesophagus to the stomach then to the small intestine where digestion process is completed. Digested food materials are also absorbed by the walls of the small intestine. Then the undigested food and the residue of the digested food is passed to the large intestine where most of the water and salts are absorbed by the walls of the large intestine. The undigested food is thrown out of the body through the anus. Nutrition in plants: Green plants prepare their own food by a process called photosynthesis. During photosynthesis plants take in carbon dioxide and water and convert them into carbohydrates in the presence of chlorophyll and sunlight. Respiration: The process of release of energy from the assimilated food is called respiration. Types of respiration: Aerobic respiration: Respiration that takes place in the presence of oxygen is called aerobic respiration. Anaerobic respiration: Respiration that takes place in the absence of oxygen is called anaerobic respiration. Respiration is a complex process. It involves the following phases - Breathing or external respiration and Cellular or internal respiration. Gills, lungs, skin etc are the respiratory organs that are used by different organisms for the process of respiration. Respiratory system in human beings: It consists of the respiratory tract (breathing tract) and Respiratory organs (breathing organs). - Respiratory tract includes nostrils, larynx and trachea. - Respiratory organs include the lungs which lie in the thoraic cavity on both sides of the heart. Mechanism of breathing in human beings involves inhalation of oxygen and exhalation of carbon dioxide. Cellular respiration is a biochemical process in which the simple nutrients are oxidized within the cell to release energy. Cellular respiration varies in different organisms yet the first process glycolysis i.e. conversion of glucose into pyruvate is common to all. Plants are stationary so their energy requirement is less and the process of respiration is slower as compared to that of the animals. Transportation: The process in which the substance synthesized or absorbed in one part of the body is moved to the other part of the body is called transportation. Transportation in human beings: Transportation of materials in animals is called as circulation. Blood and lymph help in this process. Heart is a muscular organ which pumps blood. Human heart is covered with a double membrane called pericardium. It consists of four chambers i.e. right atrium, left atrium, right ventricle and left ventricle.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – 10&11 Transportation in plants: Plants are stationary, they also have many dead cells in their body. Therefore their energy requirement is less and transportation system is slow. Transportation of water and minerals in plants take place through the xylem. It is a process in which loss of water vapour takes place from the aerial parts of the plants like stomata of leaves. Transportation of food and other substances take place through the phloem by the process of translocation. Excretion: The process by which unwanted and harmful waste products are eliminated from the body is called excretion. Excretion in human beings: The excretory system in human beings include a pair of kidneys, a pair of uterers, urinary bladder and the urethra. Excretion in plants: Excretion in plants is much simpler than in animals. No definite excretory system or organ is present in plants for removal of waste. Rubber, latex, gum, resins are some of the excretory products of plants.

The Regulators of life

For meticulous functioning of an organism there has to be a perfect co-ordination among different systems or organs and various stimuli from their surroundings. These attributes to an organism’s proper growth and development. The maintenance of the steady state by different systems of an organism for its optimal functioning because of a perfect co-ordination is called homeostasis. Co-ordination in plants: In plants there is no nervous system or muscular system. Hence they exhibit the movements mainly in response to the stimulus. Plants exhibit 2 types of movement : Growth dependent movement. Eg. movement of seedling because of growth (seismonastic movement). Growth independent movement. Eg.mimosa leaves in response to stimulus of touch (tropic movement). The movement or growth of any part of a plant in response to an external stimulus is called tropism or tropic movement. Phototropic movement: During the growth of plants. When the shoot system of the plant responds towards the stimulus of light i.e. it grows in the direction of source of light it is called phototropic movement. Gravitropic movement and Hydrotropic movements: When the root system of plants responds to the stimulus of gravity and water, these responses are called gravitropic and hydrotropic movements respectively. Chemotropic movement: Chemotropism is the movement of plants in response to certain chemicals e.g. the growth of pollen tubes towards the ovules. Plants produce certain chemical compounds called hormones which regulate the growth of a plant body. Some of these chemicals stimulate growth while others retard the growth and are called growth regulators. Some of the important groups of hormones are auxins, gibberllins, cytokinins and abscissic acid. Movement in plants (growth independent): Hormones bring about various responses in plants in response to the

changes occurring in their surroundings. Plants use electrical or chemical means to transfer information from one cell to the other as there is no specialized tissue present for conduction of information. Eg.plants change their shapes by altering the amount of water in them, lotus opens in the morning and tuberose in the night, leaves of insectivorous plants like drosera curl inwards at the touch of the insect and trap the insect, explosive fruit of balsam plant bursts open at an appropriation time thus scattering the seeds. Co-ordination in human beings: In human beings different activities are taking place simultaneously. Thus the coordination of different body activities is controlled by twp mechanisms namely -Nervous control -Chemical control Human nervous system is divided into: 1.The Central Nervous System (CNS): Comprises of the brain and spinal cord. Regulates all activities of the body. 2.Peripheral Nervous System (PNS): This includes nerves and network of nerves spread throughout the body connecting all parts of the body to CNS. 3.Autonomic Nervous System (ANS): Comprises of all the nerves present in the involuntary organs like heart, stomach, lungs etc. The Human Brain consists of three parts: -Forebrain: Consists of cerebrum and other parts. It is concerned with thinking and memory. -Midbrain: It is the middle part of brain. It governs some of the involuntary actions. -Hindbrain: Consists of medulla oblongata and cerebellum. Medulla oblongata controls involuntary actions like heartbeat. Cerebellum coordinated voluntary movements and maintains balance of body. Based on their functions the nerves are classified into afferent and efferent nerves. The nerves are composed of neurons and neuroglia. The neurons are specialized cell capable of creating and transmitting electrochemical impulses. According to their functions the neurons are classified into 3 groups namely sensory neurons, motor neurons and association neurons. Reflex action : Any sudden action in response to some happening in the environment is called as reflex. There are some other responses which are immediate and which do not need processing by the brain. Reflex action is the name given to such a response which is at the level of spinal cord itself e.g. blinking of an eye immediately after the entry of unwanted particle in the eye. Reflex arcs are formed in the spinal cord, although the messages reach the brain, in many animals, specially lower animals, the complex neurons network needed for thinking is not there or not well developed. Hence reflex arcs have been evolved as efficient ways of functioning in the absence of the true thought processes. Chemical control : The chemical control is brought about by chemical substances called hormones. These hormones are secreted by endocrine glands also known as ductless glands. The production of these hormones are directly released into the blood stream. The endocrinic system shares its responsibility of control and co-ordination with the nervous system. Both the systems work in co-ordination to integrate and control various body activities. The significant difference between the two systems is that the nerve impulses are rapid and are usually of short duration. While the hormones action is much slower and long lasting.

Nirmala Joseph Chettiar St. Thomas Academy, Goregaon (W) On Monday: Geography

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pg 18 We tell you about Raymond Weil’s latest watch for women

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>> Buy a wedding gift based on what you know of the couple rather than gifting them something run-off-the-mill


Buying wedding presents can be a challenge — especially if you want to gift something a little less traditional. Rhea Dhanbhoora & Dev Goswami help you find the perfect gift for different kinds of couples


earching for the perfect wedding gift isn’t easy — especially if you know the couple well. You can’t get away with giving cash in an envelope and even a simple, meaningful card and silverware won’t do. If you know what type of couple you’re gifting, take a look to see what you can buy as a wedding gift that they’ll really appreciate.

for the romantic couPle

If the couple you know enjoys long walks on the beach and is planning their honeymoon on a tropical island, this is the category you should be looking at. From couple getaways to knick-knacks for their home, here’s what you can get them:

#2: knick-knacks for their new home For new couples, nothing is more exciting than decorating their new home together. Home décor is a good option, but for more romantic couples, head over to Episode at Lower Parel to buy a range of cute boxes, vases and champagne flutes that are perfect for a couple that loves romance. Price Celebration Flutes `3,150, Heart Vase and Heart on a Stick `1,790 and Ribbed Box `3,500

#3: a bottle of wine Nothing spells romance more than a bottle of wine. If you don’t want to spend exorbitantly but know a romantic couple that loves spending the evening together over wine and an intimate dinner, help them get started with Aspri Spirits’ great collection of wines. Pick from ruby red Riunite, Lambrusco Emilia IGT Amabile (`1,150), delicate Zonin, Prosecco Special Cuvee Brut (`1,995), the sweet, fruity Zonin, Asti DOCG, Dolce (`1,950) or floral Mateus Rose Sparkling (`1,695). If you want to spend a little extra, there’s nothing better than the strawberry and cherry Bird in Hand Sparkling, which retails for approximately `3,000. Price `1,150 onwards

#4: a romantic night #1: a weekend break What’s more romantic than a hideaway on a sunny beach? It doesn’t matter if they’ve already planned their honeymoon, you can gift them a weekend stay at the Grand Hyatt in Goa. They have gift packages for new couples that include a complimentary continental breakfast, evening cocktails and canapés at their lounge. Book them a room in one of the couple suites, with petal decorated plunge pools and a range of spa treatments. Price Call 08323011234 for details and pricing

If the couple you know loves romance but doesn’t want to head out of the city, this is the perfect gift for them. Gift them a romantic night at Waterstones, with sparkling wine and cake along with complimentary breakfast in bed and a 25% discount on treatments at Bliss + the Spa. They can also indulge in the happy hours at On The Rocks. Price `9,999 + taxes

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for the intellectual couPle

#2: book voucherS

Forget romantic dinners, this couple will be solving the crossword together and love curling up in bed with a good book. What better gift to get them than something to complement their hobbies! Here are a few great options:

Yes, we know. An actual book will make for a better gift. But, you can never be sure if the couple will like them. So, instead, just get them a gift voucher from any of the bookstores in the city. Crossword and Landmark vouchers can be purchased from any of their outlets and begin from as low as `500. Flipkart has an e-gift voucher option and you can use that if the couple you’re gifting is tech-savvy. Price `500 onwards

#1: get them writing Whether it’s to write a letter, scribble ideas or sign important documents with — everyone needs a good pen. Italian brand Montegrappa, available at, has great pen sets for couples and we particularly love their series of Elvis Presley writing pens — it’s a great gift for intellectuals who also love music! Available in four models, the pens have resin bodies with silver accents and engravings of Elvis at the microphone. Each pen is accompanied by a CD of Elvis’ Greatest hits. They also have other icons and stars in their collection. Price `1.75 lakh onwards

for the adventurouS couPle

#3: Something PerSonal If you want to combine gifts to give them something a little more personal, log on to They have a great collection of gifts for a new couple that’s business oriented or likes a little game. From gold plated playing cards to card holders, you’re sure to find something that they’ll love. Price `990 (gold plated playing cards)

#1: a memory All newlyweds will be off on a honeymoon they’ll want to remember. We’re sure they already have a camera, but we can’t help but think that Fujifilm’s instant cameras in his and hers options are a great gift! They print photos instantly in the size of business cards and are available in two variants, with a one-year warranty. In this digital era, a hard copy of your adventures is a great thing to gift someone. Find out more about the pink and blue cameras, at Price `5,299 to `8,299

Of what? Of their time in the wild or their promise to travel. Most adventurous couples will appreciate a little reminder of the outdoors at home, which is why we think the animal sculpture collection from Sanctum in Khar (W) is a great option for such couples. We especially love this wooden seahorse figurine on the left. Price `1,550

for the traditional couPle

for the fun couPle

So, the couple you know wants to settle down, have a couple of kids and spend every holiday at a big family dinner. Well rejoice, because this type of couple is the easiest to shop for. From items for their new home to a little something for their kitchen, we’ve picked a few of our favourites to help you out:

They’re always cracking jokes and you’re surprised they’re taking the plunge, as they’ve made a lot of fun about marriage. If the newlyweds you know enjoy a good laugh and are laidback about most things in life, choose from some of these options:

While off traversing the globe on their adventures, it’s a good idea to help the new couple keep track of time! Available in a moss coloured camper edition, as well as a brown coloured field chronograph, the watches from Timex’s Expedition range are a great gifting option. Price On request

#1: jewellery

#1: like clockwork

Who said jewellery had to be traditional, boring or only for women? Mirari at Worli has a range of extremely cute cuff links for men and studs for women that are perfect for couples who still have a childish streak in them. We suggest picking the elephant cufflinks for the groom and pairing them with the cute elephant studs for the bride. Price On request

Timepieces and wall hangings make for pretty traditional gifts for new couples. While has a great collection of lampshades and lighting options, we suggest choosing one of their wall clocks. We particularly liked their black wood wall clock (left). Price `5,800

#2: a hamPer Giving a couple a gift hamper is a great idea. Just make sure not to put in too many perishable items, just in case they don’t open their gifts in time! Foodhall is a great place to customise your own hamper for the couple. The gourmet hampers include food items from across the globe and include a number of special couple hampers with acclaimed kitchen appliances and ingredients. Visit the store at Palladium in Lower Parel or place your order on Price `999 onwards

#3: the gift of time

#2: a reminder

If you’re always listening to them talk about their next big adventure and their honeymoon is a jungle safari or a challenging trek, chances are, you know a really adventurous couple. Forget traditional gifts and opt for one of these:

#3: Show voucherS #2: for the bedroom

#3: indian dÉcor For a truly traditional couple, you could always opt for no-fail gifts such as the traditional wedding gift range from From a floating floral candle stand (`4,250) and a silver sindoor case (`4,850) to a really nice looking gold plated vastu yantra (`900), there’s a lot to pick from for your traditional friends or family. Price `900 onwards

Want to gift the new couple something fun for the bedroom, but don’t want anything kinky? It’s a good idea to head to Spaces-Home & Beyond at Khar to buy them bed linen from the Boho Chic collection. It’s a step away from the usual, boring bed linen. From chess themed to biking trip and clock themed linen, the fun pop art collection is a great option. Price Bedsheet for `2,795 and quilt for `4,495

Does the new couple you know loves going for comedy events, stand-up shows, plays and movies? The best gift to give them would be a card to help them do all of this for free! has a range of gift cards that you can send to a new couple. Choose your denomination and put in their email address and they’ll have their wedding gift in 24 hours! It saves you the packaging and is eco-friendly too. They can then use this card to buy tickets to any shows that they wish to attend as newlyweds. Price In any denomination you choose

#4: a little token For colleagues of the new couple who don’t know them well enough to spend exorbitant amount of money on them, the little tokens from Sanctum at Khar (W) are a really good buy. From wash basin themed paper clip holders to little pink tape dispensers and tooth themed pencil stands, get them something for the office that they can use once they’re back at work. Price `1,055 (tape dispenser)


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« ExhiBition shalan dErE’s cEramic ExhiBition


CeramiC dimensions Rhea Dhanbhoora tells you about Shalan Dere’s first solo show, Ceramic Dimensions and why you shouldn’t miss it

« EvEnt BEst in stand-up comEdy



ant to watch clay come to life? Head over to Shalan Dere’s first solo show, where she showcases her journey with clay that spans two decades. With murals, sculptures, tiles, pots and installations, she’s used clay in every medium possible. Her work is colourful and meaningful.Coming from an MBA background, her encounter with clay is one she describes as the best accidental happening of her life. She tells us, “Clay is so malleable, so

responsive to every touch, it’s totally interactive. I take a ball of clay without any specific plan, and we go along, things happen, take shape and clay is soon molded into a mischievous kid or a thoughtful reader or just a regal free formed Ganesha.” Titled Ceramic Dimensions, her exhibition is a testament to the long, laborious art of ceramic making and working with clay. She adds, “I am in love with clay. It has completely changed my life. At the age when

people get into “senior” bracket and wonder what to do with life, I am engaged in creation, mesmerised by clay.” The art form, which according to her is yet to be recognised in the city, is a great way for her to educate and inform in society. When Up to December 21 Where Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Bajaj Bhavan, Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, 226, Nariman Point Contact 09773095005/

he Comedy Store brings celebrated international comedy star Phil Nichol to Mumbai to perform at the Best in Stand-Up Comedy alongside Indian comics Kunal Rao, Kenneth Sebastian and Neville Shah. The comedy brand’s popular show Best in Stand-Up Comedy features some of the country’s best comics, who bring their accomplished repertoire of making audiences laugh out loud through their uproarious brand of humour. Phil Nichols, a Canadian comic, is extremely popular and versatile having a variety of pop styles. He is known to have had audiences at the Comedy Store screaming with laughter. For the past three years, The Comedy Store has been a onestop shop for some rib-tickling laughs and it continues to propagate the culture of stand-up true to it’s name. Don't miss this for anything! When December 15, 8:30pm Where The Comedy Store at blueFROG, Lower Parel Contact 39895050/

« EvEnt vikhroli skin — a pEEk into thE futurE


his Saturday, Godrej Culture Lab is playing host to a single-day pop up event that you just have to check out. Called Vikhroli Skin, the event follows last year’s successful event, Museum of Memories. The event aims to showcase the different dimensions of creativity in Mumbai. Spread over a massive 200 thousand square foot area, Vikhroli Skin will see a number of activities, displays and exhibitions which will cover areas such as technology, fashion, beauty and art. Some of the exhibits that you can look forward to include Brahma3, India’s first indigenous 3D printer and Rahul Inamdar’s walk through 3D mural, which is set to be India’s largest. In the fashion department, designer Karishma Shahani will be creating the country’s largest handbag. Also, celebrity stylist Pearl Shah will bring together India’s leading fashion designers, including Abraham & Thakore, Pero and Rahul Mishra to celebrate Indian handlooms. There are also artists such as Jayaram Gopale and Aditi Kulkarni, who will be presenting sculptures and motion based art. That’s not all, the event also has a range of interactive activities such as mehendi tattoos, make your own soap events, postcard making and a chance to churn out lassi through a washing machine courtesy Godrej Appliances. Also, don’t forget to check out the performances by Voctornica and a mini-version of the Mahindra Blues Festival. The entry for the event is free and the lineup is truly exciting. Do not miss out on this one! When December 14, from 11am onwards Where Godrej Campus, Pirojshanagar, Eastern Express Highway, Vikhroli (E) Contact

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auction for a GrEat causE IndiaBUILDERS NIGHT — an evening of hope and inspiration


o celebrate its 30th anniversary in India, Habitat for Humanity under the leadership of Rajashree Birla and Pramit Jhaveri is hosting a gala charity dinner and auction of high-end products and experiences. Habitat for Humanity is aiming to raise a sum of two million dollars through this event, which is being held for donors and prospective donors.The proceeds will go towards the efforts made by them in restoring the lives of those affected in Odisha and Uttarakhand this year. At the auction, you stand to win a chance to spend the day with John Abraham, take a helicopter ride with Jacqueline Fernandes, win earrings by Maharani Jewels, saris from JADE by Monica and Karishma and an Essex vintage car. When December 14 Where Regal Room, Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, 7pm onwards Contact 9821157350/




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vintage tHali at puranmal reStaurant

JapaneSe Food FeStival at Skky

In a mood to taste some food from the royal era of Maharajas? Then head down to Puranmal restaurant, where they have introduced with a one-of-a-kind vintage thali. This thali will include recipes such as Nawabi Sabzi, Maharaja Cholle, Shahi Palak Hari Bhari and Peshwai Puranpoli. Director of Puranmal Food India Pvt. Ltd., Deepti Chawla says, “The Puranmal Vintage Thali will tantalise your taste buds with the flavours of royal era. We have created and conceptualised vintage recipes by using ingredients and techniques which were predominantly used in the past era.” When Up to December 31 Where Puranmal Restaurant, Near Mithibhai College, Juhu and R-City Mall, Ghatkopar Contact 67178888

If all the pan Asian restaurants that have recently opened up in the city have failed to satisfy you, then you should check out the Japanese food festival, taking place on this weekend at Skky. From understanding the history of the cuisine to learning about what goes into preparing the dish, there’s lots in store for you at the food festival. A spokesperson for Skky, says, “Our chefs are specialised in the culinary art of Japanese food. The presentation and the taste has been tried and tested to ensure that we deliver the best to our patrons.” You can look forward to foods such as Yakitori (picture on the right), a delicacy created with Mirin, soya, sake marinated skewered grilled chicken and Tempura Vegetables, classic Japanese style fritters of vegetables and lotus stem with daikon and tempura sauce. When Up to December 15 Where Skky, Ramada, Powai Hotel & Convention Centre, Saki Vihar Road, Powai Contact 67776000


JoHnnie Walker’S tHe Journey Johnnie Walker is bringing to you a one-day festival called The Journey. The festival will showcase inspiring performances by Ouroboros - The Handspring Puppet Company, The Alan Parsons Live Project, theatre producer John N. Hart Jr and creative director Shane Carruth. Bhavesh Somaya, marketing director of Diageo India, says, “We are confident that Johnnie Walker’s The Journey will set a new benchmark in the industry and lead a progressive movement among the Indian audiences. The festival will present a wealth of cultural knowledge and content that will be narrated by artists, who have an intriguing story of personal progress.” Where Mehboob Studios, Hill Road, Bandra (W) When December 14 Contact

SundoWner at HakkaSan While the sun sets over Hakkasan, their retractable roof will let in the cooling evening breeze. Hakkasan is bringing to you evenings of utter decadence with Mumbai’s very first uber-exclusive Sundowner. Launching with DJ Anish Sood, known for his trademark bootlegs and big room bass lines, the event will see the glitterati from around the city. Ketan Gohel, general manager of Hakkasan Mumbai, says, “After having launched the Ling Ling Nights at Hakkasan on the same lines of its London predecessor, Hakkasan as a brand has been synonymous with introducing international sound and technique in this city. The Sundowners will have renowned national and international DJs playing underground, lounge, house and techno music, adding to the ever-evolving music scene in the city.” Tickets are priced for `1,500 and include full cover. When December 15, 5 to 8pm Where No. 206, Krystal, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) Contact 26444445

Jolly ranCHer Hershey India Private Ltd. is bringing the iconic North American sweets brand Jolly Rancher to India. India is the first international market for the Jolly Rancher outside of North America in the brand’s 65-year history. Jolly Rancher lollipops will be the first of the candies introduced in India. The lollipops offer a long lasting fruit-like taste experience that is distinct from the typical lollipops currently available in India. The lollipops will come in three flavours: green apple, watermelon and mango. “We’ve tailored our new Jolly Rancher products for India to appeal, specifically, to local palates with bold, fruity flavours that are unlike any other candy available in the market,” says Atul Razdan, general manager of marketing, Sweets & Refreshments, Hershey India. Where Major retail outlets across the country

StraWBerry FeStival at otto inFinito Winter is here! And that just means that it’s the season of strawberries. If you’re a fan of this juicy delight, head down to Otto Infinito where they are holding a strawberry festival. You can choose from their quirky creations such as the Strawberry Pizza, Chilled Strawberry Soup and drinks such as Rosemary and Strawberry Martini or the Berry Cheesecake cocktail. Executive chef Azad Taslim Arif says, “With winter, comes the princess of all fruits, strawberry. Don’t be deceived by its size because with such distinct flavour and taste, it is one of the most loved and cherished ingredients of all.” When Ongoing Contact 26567777 Where Otto Infinito, Raheja Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E)



Bridal treatmentS at tHe Spa

Flag marCH mumBai art at tHe art gate

Holiday pop up at Four SeaSonS

Veteran artists such as Tathi Premchand, Rahul Vajale, Gajanan Kabade, Archana Mishra, Pradeep Nerukar and Prakash Waghmare are coming together to promote different art forms on a single platform. Flag March Mumbai Art is a series of art shows that will be held annually. Speaking about the concept, Tathi says, “Flag March Mumbai Art is a concept of art movement bringing together different forms of art such as abstract, contemporary and drawing.” The first of this series of exhibition will be held at The Art Gate. When Up to December 21 Where The Art Gate, Above Satyam Collection, Chedda Sadan, J Tata Road, Churchgate

This Wednesday, The Living Room at the Four Seasons Hotel will play host to The Whimsical Wardrobe (TWW), a pop up that curates young and upcoming designer labels which specialise in western wear. Brainchild of designer and entrepreneur Sandhini P., The Whimsical Wardobe will be featuring Sandhini herself along with Morphe, Ela, Pooja Aggarwal and Bodice by Ruchika Sachdev. Sandhini says, “Whether it is lunch at Tiffin, a sundowner at Aer or even a holiday dinner at Wasabi, we have the perfect outfit in store for you. We have some beautiful labels by young people creating the perfect clothes for every occasion. TWW is an experience that enables you to wear something beautiful with unique pieces made by some very talented designers, as opposed to our basic high street shops.” When December 18, 11am onwards Where The Four Seasons Hotel, Worli Contact 24818000

This wedding season, The Spa offers the bride-to-be, as well as her entourage, a selection of bespoke spa treatments designed to instill a sense of calm and inner confidence for the big day. ILA, the signature brand of products used for treatments, is an internationally renowned UK-based, award winning skin care and beauty line made by artisan producers from natural plant and mineral ingredients. From stress relieving massages to rose petal baths and brightening facials, this Bridal Beauty Journey at The Spa is the epitome of ultimate luxury and relaxation while leaving the bride looking radiant. The various packages are priced between `6,000 to `15,000. According to Deepti Dadlani, director communications, Palladium Hotel, “At The Spa, you will find tranquillity, skill and something a great deal rarer — the detailing and attention to every patron that comes straight from the heart. We believe in treating our brides to be like royalty. We have put together a unique experience of pure decadence that also has deep rooted benefits.” When Ongoing Where The Spa, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel Contact 61628299

WORKSHOP danCe aWay Studio Balance is conducting a line dancing workshop this weekend. International winners and co-founders of DanceSport India, Shannon Benjamin and Priti Gupta, will personally be there to teach you and interact with you while dancing. Ask Shannon and Priti about line dancing and the reason for choosing this form and they are quick to comment, “Line dancing, as the name implies, is a type of country and western dance where dancers line up in a row without partners and follow a choreographed pattern of steps to music.” At the end of the class, you can enjoy performances by professionals and mingle with the others in a social dance, set to country music. Best of all, this class is absolutely free! When December 15 Where Studio Balance, Krishna Kunj 29/30, K.M. Munshi Marg, Behind Wilson College, Opposite Gogo Snacks, near Anokhi Handicrafts, Chowpatty Contact 32227931

Technology iCouCHapp

Love talking to your friends about your favourite TV shows? Then, the iCouch app is perfect for you. This application doubles up as social networking for television. iCouch, while bridging the gap between the channels and audience, also adds a layer of complete engagement in real time while the show is on air. Angel funded by the likes of Rajan Ananda, head of Google India, iCouchApp lets you play alongside shows such as Comedy Nights with Kapil and Bigg Boss via your mobile phones. “Initially it was all about live TV chat while watching your favourite TV shows (initially only with partner shows). But, now we have extended this to a complete TV interaction application that includes a number of polls, contests, leaderboard, TV buddies and stickers. The icing on the cake is that live TV chats can be moderated and shown on TV too,” says co-founder and developer, Rabi Gupta. Where Playstore for android


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vans’ Palisades vulC

Vans has come out with the Palisades Vulc as part of their autumn-winter collection. The shoe has a contemporary design with a slight vintage touch thanks to the washed canvas treatment. The footwear comes in colours such as neon pink and blue and has a classic fit silhouette that makes it comfortable. We think that the designs are cute and are perfect for an evening out. Price `2,999 where Vans stores in the city, and

raymond weil’s lady urban blaCk

Got some money to burn? Raymond Weil has added a new watch to their collection. The extremely feminine, Freelancer Lady Urban Black timepiece is classy, sophisticated and elegant. The watch features 86 diamond pieces set around the bezel with an all-back design. The contemporarily designed watch uses light reflection that results in a unique colour progression from grey to black. Price `1.67 lakhs where

« Store reviewS: Premier dead Sea & cat

SecretS of the Sea

Premier Dead Sea, an international cosmetic brand, opened its first store in the city. Priyanka Singh dropped in and was delighted (and glowing!) by the end of her visit


rust legendary Egyptian queen Cleopatra to go out of her way for the sake of vanity. It is believed that she travelled to Israel to build the world’s first spa at the Dead Sea. And so, before delving into the specialties of the Premier Dead Sea (PMD) products, we tell you why the Dead Sea is so well-known. Its water is made up of 35% of minerals per litre of water. This mineral composition helps with several skin problems and beautifies your skin. PMD uses the effective beautification properties of the Dead Sea in its products in an ozone friendly way. The reason why I say effective is because whatever I tried at this store showed me jaw dropping results. The store’s décor is not flashy and lets the products do the talking. On offer are face, hair, body, eye, makeup and grooming products (for men too). Two aspects that stand out about the brand: you can try samples and they are upfront about the description. For instance, while describing The Cinderella Mask (`6,000), which is for instant stretching and lifting of your skin, I was told that this gives a superficial result and doesn’t nourish your skin. Seldom do you see such candour displayed by cosmetic brands. I started with their Beautifying Nail Kit (`2,200) that has cuticle oil, nail filer, hand cream and a ‘magic’ buffer block. ‘Magic’ because after rubbing it on my thumbnail for 20 seconds, my nails were shining more than they do after a French manicure and the lustre lasted for more than a month. Their Salt Scrub (`2,200), the store’s bestseller, has natural Dead Sea crystals absorbed in aromatic oils. My hands were exceptionally soft and moisturised after just a 30-second scrub. Next, I applied their Milk & Honey Body Butter (`2,200) — just a pinch covers both hands, making it cost-effective. Their Professional Peeling Mask (`7,000) removes dead cells and dirt, leaving behind a moisturised sheen. Lastly, I tried their Miracle

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>> Premier Dead Sea is an impressive store and while treatments are expensive, they’re totally worth it

where Premier Dead Sea India, Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel (W) ContaCt Noir Mask (`8,000) that has the famed mud from the Dead Sea. Claiming to give you younger looking skin, its effects were still active eight hours after being removed. I was told that removing the mask by washing it, also decreases the cosmetic properties of it. This mask comes with a small bar (also made of the mud). Wrap it in tissue, glide it over the mask and it peels away with no effort at all, leaving behind skin that is evidently shining, with no rinsing required. Another display of

sincerity — customers here are told that this mask shouldn’t be applied often and you must maintain an interval of at least 60 hours before another application. PMD uses natural elements of the Dead Sea, restricting the use of chemicals drastically. So, your skin doesn’t get addicted to the products and their effect is visible after every use. It is one of those rare cosmetic brands that are expensive, but their results won’t make you regret swiping your card.

the cat’s out of the bag

Renowned international clothing brand, CAT has opened up on Linking Road. Dev Goswami checks out the store and their latest collection

>> The shoes at CAT are interesting and we were tempted to pick up a few


a pair of blue jeans unique? CAT’s range gets the AT recently opened up a new store on job done. The jeans here employ brightly coloured Linking Road in Santacruz. The store is stitching and bright metallic yellow rivets which simply laid out with an interesting, will make you stand out. Their chinos are warehouse-like décor. When you enter, you’re available in colours such as green, brown and flanked on either side by ankle-length boots. beige. I tried on a comfortable, well-fitting pair Options vary from simple, hard black boots to soft and was almost tempted to pick it up. cloth ones, all with a similar design. That is not to The rest of the store is devoted to t-shirts, polos say that the collection is lacking; we loved the and casual shirts. The t-shirts have an interesting designs on offer and one of their USPs is their mix of graphics — all of which showcase the brand range of steel toed boots. The range starts from name in some way or the other. One t-shirt that `3,999. Unfortunately, their women’s collection of instantly stood out featured an old advertising shoes is limited to under five pairs, all with heels. billboard. With a slightly faded look, I was really Hopefully, they’ll update that soon. tempted to buy this tee. The apparel is priced at Next to their range of shoes, you’ll find a small `1,099 onwards collection of bags (`1,499 onwards). While it We’re glad CAT has finally set up a standalone includes satchels for daily essentials to laptop store in the city as their shoes are great, durable shoulder bags, the designs don’t particularly and will last you for years! stand out and we’ve definitely seen better bags in other stores. where 65E, Moonstone Apartment, Linking Further inside you’ll see jeans, corduroys and Road, Santacruz (W) ContaCt 26057950 the currently in-trend, chinos. How do you make


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>> The best part of Copa for us was its outstanding and innovative décor

Chao time Glynda Alves tells you about the relatively new Chinese restaurant, Chao Ban, in Fort


hao Ban will obviously be compared to its predecessor Joss. Which restaurant is better? Which one is more reasonable? And so on. But, it’s best to leave your comparisons at the door and enjoy Chao Ban for what it is — a Chinese restaurant that’s easy on the eye, pocket and palate. The two-level restaurant is unassuming and has a simple, if borderline predictable décor. Amidst the classic browns and beige, you’ll find Chinese vases and cherry tree wall hangings. There’s also a lovely waterfall wall next to which we bagged a table. We started off our evening by ordering the Crunchy Prawn Cheung Fun (`395), Baked Chicken Puff (`250 — they also offer pork for the same price), Prawn & Chicken Sui Mai (`250), Pan fried Chicken Dumpling (`225) and Glazed BBQ Chicken (`295). All the starters were good but what stood out had to be the Crunchy Prawn Cheung Fun. Although it looked more soft than crunchy, thanks to the outer layer, when I bit into it, it was an explosion of texture and flavour. It’s quite unlike other Chinese starters I’ve had. The Baked Chicken puff is also delicious due to the buttery pastry and mildly

Where Near Natural Ice Cream. Juhu Alcohol served Yes (Pint of beer from `165 onwards) Price `1,200 (with alcohol) Contact 9920055059

Where 30, K. Dubash Marg Near Chetana Restaurant Kala Ghoda, Fort Alcohol served Yes Price `1,500 Contact 022-4915 0055

>> (From bottom left) We couldn’t detect any hint of rum in the Old Monk & Coke Glazed Chicken. The Molten Cheddar Veliyappam would have tasted better if not for excessive salt in it. The Red Velvet Martini, made of vodka and chocolate syrup, was average as well

Cheers to Copa! Copa in Spanish means a glass that is raised to celebrate occasions. Priyanka Singh is happy to raise her copa to celebrate this Juhu resto-bar too


ike most resto-bars in the city, Copa has an al fresco section and an indoor, air-conditioned zone. However, unlike many such joints, Copa also has well thought out décor that voluntarily makes you observe things beyond your table and whether there’s ample leg room or not. I’d suggest that you make yourself comfortable in the outdoor section as it is more interesting than the indoors. With a sprawling bar in the corner, that could do with a little more light, you’ll see a variety of seating arrangements — from cane couches and coffee tables surrounded by plush sofas, to wide garden benches and typically tall bar chairs around sleek drink tables, Copa is a mixed bag. Whether you’re on a date or with a big group, you will find a snug spot here. The highlight of this warmly pleasant, open-air section is undoubtedly the two tables flanked by four swings each; we can foresee it being a favourite among Instagram fanatics. After all this visual pleasure, we thought — the more stunning an eatery, the less stunning the prices on its menu. However, Copa is happy to disappoint you in this area. We started with Molecular cocktails (priced at `475) and ordered Cotton Candy Cocktail, Hazelnut Air, Magnum Force and from their House Specials’ (priced at `295 each) section, The Red Velvet Martini. Made of vodka mixed with bubble gum and sour mix, it is poured over candy floss. Frankly, it was too sweet for my liking and the vodka-bubble gum combination didn’t rock my boat. Hazelnut Air is a delicious drink, which has whiskey blended with coffee and crème brulee topped with delectable hazelnut foam, that will make you smack your lips in

delight. Magnum is a refreshing summer drink with vodka, watermelon and peach. Red Velvet made of vodka and chocolate syrup, again, was a miss, with no pop rocks (mentioned in the description) on the rim of the glass. Moving on to the food, their munchies are a mix of Indian and European dishes, with some recipes having a ‘Copa twist’ to them. We tried Toastie Tower (`180), Molten Cheddar Veliyappam (`180) with curried salsa, Old Monk and Coke Glazed Chilli Chicken (`180), Malgudi Prawns (`240) and Haute Sauté (`180). Toastie Tower is two stacks of sandwiches, each having three sandwiches with different stuffings such as mushroom and garlic and spicy mix of tomato and onion (our favorite). It is a filling dish and a great accompaniment to beer. Veliyappam are south Indian bhajiyas stuffed with cheddar. This dish had the potential of becoming a bar food favourite if it wasn’t so salty. Our palate detected undercooked chicken at the centre of the Chilli Chicken, which had no Old Monk flavour to it. The prawns were supposed to be spicy but were not and a tad bland. Haute Sauté is a mouth-wateringly light and crunchy salad, tossed in olive oil, herbs, soy and basil — it was a hit with us and its tanginess made us crave more alcohol. With popular retro and rock music playing in the al fresco section and EDM indoors, Copa’s strength lies undoubtedly in its upmarket décor and the reasonably priced à la carte. There is a vast range of improvement that can be done to their food though. Will I go back to Copa? With an ambience that oozes a relaxing, laidback vibe and a pint that will cost me `165, why won’t I?

>> The interiors of Chao Ban (above) are not too flashy, but a tad predictable. The Steamed Dim sum (inset) are perfect for those who want something light spiced chicken filling. The Sui Mai is well-presented and is value-for-money. The dumplings and BBQ chicken were good and exactly what you’d expect. For main course we ordered the Udan Noodles (`425), Pork in Black Bean sauce (`450) and the Balinese Curry (`750). Presentation and flavour is good, but the food isn’t as exciting as the starters. It’s a nice meal but nothing out of the ordinary. We recommend you skip the usual mains of rice-noodles-gravy and fill up on starters. And like most Chinese restaurants, Chinese dessert is nowhere to be seen and so we had to settle for the not-so-traditional Toffee Walnut Pie (`250) and Chocolate Mousse (`250), which were surprisingly good. Rich, decadent but not cloyingly sweet. Chao Ban also have a full bar and good selection of mocktails. We tried their highly recommended Ginger Fizz and Lemon Cooler (both `200). While pleasant, they didn’t round off well. Chao Ban is a great family restaurant and you won’t come away disappointed with your meal. It may not be very exciting but with the great service and tasty food, you can’t go wrong. And we’ll be back to try their Peking Duck (`1,400 for half).

WhAT’s CookiNG? Glynda Alves got some good news and some not so good news for you this week... The Good News

For those who’ve heard about Amrut Fusion, you’d know how hard you’d have to beg friends coming from Banglore to get you a bottle… but we have good news! The world’s third best whiskey has made it to Mumbai. Three varieties of Amrut Single Malt whisky namely the Amrut Peated, Amrut Fusion and Amrut Single Malt are now available in Mumbai. Though thanks to tax, the price ranges between`3,000 to `4,000. The whiskey is already available in leading wine stores across the city.

The Not-so-good News

If like us, you’re a fan of Yellow Tree Café, you’ll be sad to find out that their Bandra branch has shut down. We didn’t even get a chance to eat our last Horse Riding Steak! But, the silver lining is that Smoke House deli is opening up in its place. Watch this space for the review soon.



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Once upOn a clOud

The mist-laced valley town of Paro is Bhutan’s delicious little secret that Raul Dias recently stumbled upon as he traipsed though the fascinating landlocked Himalayan country >> (Below) You will find a pleasant film of mist everywhere in Paro. (Left) Bhutan’s national animal, Takin

>> (Right) Kyichu monastery is extremely well maintained. (extreme right) Most traditional establishments in Bhutan have a typical architectural style with sloping dual level roofs


started my Bhutan innings in a severe state of confusion. Was it mist that seemed to shroud everything in sight? or Was I actually in the very womb of a cloud? As my car cut through the veil of apparent nothingness, I ran these two questions on a loop in my mind. Realising that I’d never really know the truth, I reluctantly let my chariot deposit me in the very lap of paradise — the Paro Valley. At 2,250m above sea level, this tiny Himalayan town is home to Bhutan’s only airport and enjoys the status of being one part of the country’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of popular tourist spots along with Jakar and Punakha. I was there in early September, just after the last raindrops had fallen off the pine tree leaves, leaving the entire valley carpeted with budding flowers that seemed to revel in their lush newness. With a gentle 18°C nip in the air, I literally gulped in the fresh, pollutant-free oxygen that my city-assaulted lungs were craving. So, holding Paro up to its promise of wowing me with its dazzling cultural jewels, I started

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HoW to get tHeRe There are daily direct flights from both New Delhi and Kolkata to Paro on Druk Air. However, one can also reach Paro by road using the Jaigaon (West Bengal)Phuntsholing border crossing that India shares with Bhutan. Entry permits into Bhutan for Indians are free and easily available on showing your passport, Aadhar Card or voter’s ID at the check point at Phuntsholing or at the Paro airport. WHen to visit The months from September to May are the best time to travel to Bhutan, when the country experiences a pleasant to chilly climate. accoMMoDation Paro has a decent variety of hotels to choose from with en suite room rates ranging from `1,500 to `5,000 for double occupancy with breakfast included. For value-formoney accommodation, try the following: • Hotel Pegyel • Hotel Drukchen

Money saving tips

Very conveniently for us Indians, the Bhutanese Ngultrum is pegged at exactly the same rate as the Indian Rupee and both currencies are equally accepted all over the country in all denominations. Yes, even our good old `5 coin!

my sojourn at the Drukgyel Dzong that is an erstwhile fortress and one that seemed to have a lot of secrets. One little sliver of information my guide, Kemey Dorji, plied me with, was that the dzong once also doubled up as a monastery, long after it was built in 1649, to serve as a commemorative monument of Bhutan’s victory over an invasion from Tibet. But sadly, like most Bhutanese monuments of yore, the Dzong fell prey to a fire in 1950, leaving it the rubble-ridden shell of an edifice that it is today. But that’s not to say that it is bereft of beauty. The five feet tall, red and gold prayer wheel intricately inscribed with mantras in the local Bhutanese language of Dzongkha, is the first thing that one sees at the base of the fortress. From here, a neat flight of stone steps leads you up to the very top via a pathway lined with fluttering, multi-coloured prayer flags that worshippers have festooned in the hope that their wishes will be conveyed to the Gods in the skies above with every passing breeze. After a leisurely Bhutanese lunch of boiled red rice along with a strange, yet delicious

preparation of cheese-chilies-potatoes called kewa datshi, shakam pa or dried beef jerky with chilies, all washed down with the local sweet red wine that I had at a cosy restaurant called Nima on Paro’s main street, I set off once again. My pit stop this time was the 7th century ‘young’ Kyichu Monastery. Superbly maintained and belying its age, the monastery was built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. But like most edifices in this land, this one too comes with a neat little back story ,replete with demons and warriors. The story goes that a giant ogress lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas to prevent the spread of Buddhism, much to the consternation of King Songtsen Gampo. So, to subdue her, the king, decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed upon strategic points of her body to pin her down, this one was built over her left foot. And to prove that good had triumphed over evil, an orange tree sprang up in the Kyichu’s courtyard that, till this day, bears fruits all year round. And just as the sun began threatening to take a dip in the craggy horizon, I snuck into

The National Museum. Built in 2008 — opposite the original 1968-built museum that was damaged in the 2011 earthquake — with the Indian Government’s aid, the museum is a handsome structure. Kitted out in the typically Bhutanese architectural style of sloping dual level roofs with carved wooden jharoka-like windows and bas reliefs, the museum is a study in elegance and traditional masonry. Besides housing indigenous Bhutanese arts and crafts like ceremonial masks and a Thangka Painting gallery, the museum also has other galleries giving visitors a sneak peek into the country’s fascinating flora and fauna. Speaking of fauna, the country’s national animal, the Takin, is a rather weird-looking beast with its goat-meets-cow physical structure and horse-like temperament. And, as it is an endangered species, the closest I came to seeing one was the stuffed Takin in the museum’s life science wing. Back on Paro’s one and only main road, all I wanted to do was take in that moment of nothingness. Something I highly recommend you partake in when in magical Bhutan.

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 In 709 AD, in the Iron Age, a spacecraft crashes in the Viking kingdom of Herot, Norway, and the pilot Kainan survives. He turns the beacon on; learns the language and culture of the planet using a machine; and finds that the predator, Moorwen, that he was transporting, had escaped. While chasing the alien monster, he finds a village completely destroyed and is arrested by the warrior Wulfric, believing that he killed the locals - Kainan is brought to Herot as a prisoner. HBO, 9 p.m.



 In tonight’s episode, as Raja and his men get ready to blow up the entrance of the detention facility, Jai realizes that the doors are electronically powered thus won’t shut to secure the prisoner. That’s when they hear an explosion and everyone is thrown to the ground. At the police station, Shashank and Hardik bait Veer into losing his temper making him react with his military training to hold them in a deadlock. As Raja and his men enter the detention facility, Jai and Murad are getting away with the prisoners. Meanwhile, Nikita informs Gill that they have learnt about the Sub Station, powering the National Park being blown up. Nikita and Mihir discover some shocking information which they send to Jai. Nikita then calls Gill and they watch the video that Mihir has managed to decrypt from Singh’s files. It is a video of plastic surgery being conducted on someone. Col or s, 10 p.m .


 A client’s major real estate project is slowed to a halt when a lawyer, Denny’s son (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), files a temporary restraining order to save an endangered fish; Lori supervises Alan in a sexual harassment case where opposing counsel happens to be Christine; Sally is nervous about her first jury trial, especially when it becomes clear her client is guilty. Star Wor ld, 9 p.m.


 THE GREAT RIFT takes one on a breathtaking journey to explore its incredible array of wildlife and the people who inhabit one of the world’s most diverse landscapes. Tune into the show as it delves into the heart of this valley and discovers what makes it such an amazing geographical phenomenon. Ani mal Plan et, 10 p.m.


 For the past eight years, the U.S. Army’s Sniper School at Fort Benning, Ga., has hosted the International Sniper Competition; where elite two-man teams compete to earn the coveted title of Top Sniper. Tune into MODERN SNIPER as it explores the science of making quick and accurate shots by examining precision riflescopes and ballistic calculations. Viewers will see the vital

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skills necessary for modern urban warfare and follow the competitors as they undergo the stresses of a city-turnedbattleground. Di scover y Sci en ce, 10 p.m.


 Resolving the issue of child marriage with the help of Akbar, Jodha writes a letter of expressing her gratitude to him. Jalal thinks of it to be a love letter and makes romantic advances towards Jodha. Will Jodha reciprocate the love or will she clear Akbar’s misunderstanding of her kindness being misunderstood as love. Zee T V, 8 p.m.


 Anshuman and Paakhi return home from the ballroom party. Since Paakhi is victorious, she demands a gift from him. But Anshuman is hiding divorce papers from her. Will Anshuman be able to hide the divorce papers from Paakhi? Life OK, 9.30 p.m.


 Veera, upset with the fact that Karan is living with Baldev, invites Karan to her place for dinner. What will happen when Ranvi and Karan come face to face? Will Ranvi recognize Karan as the guy who misbehaved with him in Delhi? Star Plus, 10.30 p.m .



In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, CharlizeTheron, Star Movies, 9 p.m. The film starts with the kidnapping of three nuclear scientists by Pralayanath Gundaswamy as he plans to build nuclear missiles for an invasion on India. Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner of Police Rudrapratap Chouhan (Suresh Oberoi) an honest police officer is murdered by Pralayanath Gundaswamy since he has been on his hitlist. Rudrapatap’s son Harish is the only witness of his murder. When scientists are gone missing police calls Brigadier Suryadev Singh to take matter into his hands. Suryadev allies with hot-headed police Inspector Shivajirao Wagle who spends many time being suspended due to his temper. When Central Minister Jeevanlal Tandel who is an ally of Pralayanath Gundaswamy sets up a meeting with him to inform him about Suryadev Singh, Pralayanath Gundaswamy questions why is there information about his glory and not a single photograph of his face. Zee Cinema, 9 p.m.


A tough detective’s mother comes to visit him, and promptly starts trying to fix up his life, much to his embarrassment. For his birthday she buys him a machine gun out of the back of a van, and begins to further interfere with his job and love life, eventually helping him with a case he’s on. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Estelle Getty, Jobeth Williams, Zee Studio, 8.40 p.m.


Seven friends - Sam alias Samrat, Magesh, Achint, Neel, Neena, Sonia and Magi reunite after several years apart to celebrate the farewell of one of their friends, who is going abroad in order to pursue his career and fulfill his goals. The group soon learns about an abandoned hotel with strange stories around it. Much against warnings, they decide to spend a night at the hotel, and soon realize the mistake of their lives. Max, 9 p.m.


Malaamal Weekly is the story of Leelaram (Paresh) a lottery ticket vendor in a small town. One day, Leelaram learns that from


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105 lottery tickets sold from his shop, one of the villagers has won the lottery. To find out who it is, he throws a party at home, where you have to flash your lottery ticket at the entrance like an invite. At Leelaram’s party, 104 people turn up. He tallies up the numbers and realises the missing man — a certain Anthony — is the winner. He heads to Anthony’s house and finds him dead in front of the television set. Filmy, 9 p.m.


The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s Kaun Banega Crorepati?(2000) (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. Each chapter of Jamal’s increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show’s seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really.. Pix, 11.36p.m.


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Afternoon Despatch & Courier




...To me what is positive is that proactive action can reverse the situation and that is the reason why I believe the RBI Governor also talked about continuing on the appropriate bills that need to be passed even during the run-up to the elections so that we can keep up the momentum.

Retail Inflation At 9-Month High CII President And Co-founder Of Infosys S Gopalakrishnan

By A Business reporter


Correction Underway

ostlier fruits and vegetables such as onions and tomatoes pushed retail inflation to a ninemonth high of 11.24 % in November, making it harder for the Reserve Bank to lower interest rates. Inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for October was revised upwards to 10.17 % from the preliminary estimate of 10.09 %. Vegetable prices rose 61.6 % in November from a year earlier, compared with a 45.67 % increase

Indian Corporates Invested USD 2.28 Bn Abroad In Nov

NSE India: CNX Nifty — Daily Market Report for: Friday (December 13, 2013) (Based on the activity of the previous trading day) by Dominic Rebello REVIEW OF THE PREVIOUS DAY:

The Nifty fell substantially on Thursday (December 12, 2013) a net 70.85 points (1.12%) and closed at the 6237 point level. The market opened down with a gap at the 6276 points level. It then rose by a few points and registered the day’s high at the 6286 points level at 9.17 a.m. The index then declined and turned into a range bound movement until 2.54 p.m. It then declined sharply and registered the day’s low at the 6230 points level at 3.16 p.m. and then turned into a range bound movement until closing at the day. The Nifty remained below its previous close throughout the session, moved in a range of 56 points and closed below the psychologically important 6300 points level. Sentiment was extremely bearish and amongst the 50 Nifty stocks 40 were losers, while 11 were gainers. All the sectoral indices barring power closed in the red.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Volume: Volume (Qty shares) decreased 5.64%. This change is small and indicates a moderate participation by investors. Market Breadth: Overall Market Breadth on the NSE was negative. Amongst all the traded stocks, 492 were gainers, 860 were losers and 80 remained unchanged.

Slow Stocha stic Indicator: The Slow Stochastic Oscillator has declined and has exited the over-bought zone. The Slow K line in the Stochastic Oscillator is below the slow D line (negative if it continues). RSI Indicator: The RSI fell and crossed below the 60 level and is now declining (negative if it continues).

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

Overall Market Strength/Weakness: The indicators and oscillators discussed here are indicating a strong market but with a negative bias. Suppor t Levels: For short-term traders the immediate main support is at the 6198 points level. The next support is at the 5958 points level.

Resistance Levels The immediate main resistance is at the 6424 points level.

Pivot Point Analysis: For intra-day traders the support and resistance levels are calculated according to the pivot point theory and are: Pivot point = 6252 (This is the level where the trend is likely to change during intra-day). Support (1) = 6216. Support (2) = 6196. Resistance (1) = 6272. Resistance (2) = 6308. OUTLOOK FOR TODAY: On Japanese candlestick patterns the index af ter having formed a doji pattern (indicating indecisiveness amongst i nvestors) has formed a blac k body c andl e. This is negative and indicates that the bias has shif ted towards the sell si de of the market. Fur ther, the i ndex has dropped below its 5 days moving average. Moreover, the velocity parameters which were positively trended have now turned neutral. All these indicate a negative bias. H owever, the i ndex is above its 15, 25 and 20 0 days moving averages and all the three averages are ri sing and also positively trended. This is positive. Investors are advised to hold long positions but with a strict stop loss at the 15-day average at the 6187 point’s level.

Work with strict stop losses on all positions

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

Moving Averages (Trend Indicators) The index: Has dropped below its 5-day average (at 6300) Negative. Is above its 15-day average (at 6187) Positive. Is above its 25-day average (at 6152) Positive. Is above its 200-day average (at 5883) Positive. All the four averages are positively trended. Positive.

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in the previous month, according to government data released yesterday. Fruit prices rose 15 %. Pulses were dearer by 1.2 %, cereals by 12.07 % and milk products by 9.06 % in November. The price rise of protein-rich items such as eggs, meat and fish was 11.96 %. Inflation in the food and beverages segment was 14.72 % compared with 12.56 % in the previous month. The data showed that the provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas for November were 11.74 % and 10.5 %, respectively.

By A Business Reporter


verseas direct investment by Indian companies rose to USD 2.28 billion in November against USD 1.22 billion in the previous month, according to the RBI data released yesterday. JSW Steel, REI Agro, Larsen & Toubro, Pearl Global Industries, Dr Reddy’s, TCS and Tafe Motors and Tractors were among the major investors which put money into their foreign units during the month. JSW Steel invested a total USD 444.27 million in its wholly-owned subsidiary in the Netherlands and in a US-based joint venture. REI Agro made an investment of USD 227.63 million in its wholly owned company in the United Arab Emirates which is into manufacturing. Construction major Larsen &

Toubro invested USD 160.80 million in its wholly owned unit in the UAE for business in financial services. Pearl Global Industries, in two different investments, put USD 109.82 million into its wholly owned units in Bangladesh and Mauritius for retail, wholesale and hotel business. Pharma firm Dr Reddy’s invested USD 105 million in its wholly owned manufacturing business in Cyprus and Tata Sons made an investment of USD 89.60 million in wholly owned wholesale, retail trade and hotels business in the UK. IT behemoth TCS invested USD 75.70 million in its wholly owned venture in the UK and Tafe Motors and Tractors made an investment of USD 57.79 million in a joint-venture in the US, according to the RBI data.

National Consumer Helpline Resolves 1227 Complaints By A Business Reporter


he National Consumer Helpline (NCH) for redressal of grievances received a total 6604 calls on their helpline number: Help Line No. 1800 -11-400, during November, 2013. In addition to these telephonic calls, 2096 complaints were also received through the online complaint system on the NCH website: As per responses to complaints/feedback received from 1294 callers, 1227 complaints were resolved under convergence by

various companies. The ‘Product’ sector recorded maximum complaints i.e. 25.76%. It was followed by ‘Telecom’, ‘ECommerce’, ‘Weights & Measures’, Non Banking Financial Companies & PDS System’, ‘Banking’ and ‘Education’, says a release issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. The maximum calls were received from Delhi followed by Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.

BROKERAGE RECOMMENDATIONS First Call Research calls a ‘Buy’ on Bank Of India CMP: Rs. 215

Target Rs. 275

Emkay calls a ‘Buy’ on Sun TV Network CMP: Rs. 365

Target Rs. 463

Govt May Go Slow On FDI In E-Commerce Retail

Afternoon Despatch & Courier




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By A Business Reporter


ith the political fortunes of the Congress taking a beating in state assembly elections, the government is unlikely to move forward on the proposal to allow FDI in e-commerce at retail level. At present, 100 % foreign direct investment (FDI) is allowed in business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce but not in retail trading. “The Commerce and Industry Ministry has planned to float a discussion paper on the matter to engage with stakeholders. However, in view of the current political situation, the government is likely to go slow on this,� a source said. The decision to allow 51 % FDI in multi-brand retail, which generated lots of controversies, has not yielded any investment in the sector, the source added.

This decision was announced in September last year and the ministry has not yet received any proposal from foreign players to open super market stores in the country. The US retail giant Walmart, who was in partnership with Bharti Group, has also ended its joint venture.

Meanwhile, the Indian IT-ITes industry body Nasscom had favoured FDI in e-commerce in the retail sector, but wants the government to make some amount of local sourcing mandatory. The Commerce and Industry Ministry has prepared a draft discussion paper on allowing FDI in ecommerce activities, which will also include selling of insurance and shares, besides retail. Global online retailers such as Amazon.Com had sought relaxations in the FDI policy which restricts such companies from offering services directly to retail consumers. As per the foreign direct investment policy for multi-brand retail trading, at least 30 % of the value of procurement of manufactured/ processed products shall be sourced from Indian ‘small industries’.

LS Approves Rs 18,594 Crore Additional Govt Spending By A Business Reporter


he Lok Sabha yesterday gave its approval to the government for Rs 18,594.27 crore additional spending in the current financial year to meet expenditure, mainly towards petroleum and fertiliser subsidies. The House gave its nod to the second batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants 2013-14, piloted by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, amid pandemonium

and without any discussion. The proposals involve a net cash outgo of Rs 13,126.93 crore and gross additional expenditure, matched by savings of the Ministries and Departments or by enhanced receipts and recoveries, of Rs 5,466.25 crore. Of the total demand of Rs 18,594.27 crore, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas will get Rs 10,336 crore for releasing payments to oil marketing companies (OMCs) and meeting establishment related expenditure of the Petroleum Regu-

latory Board. OMCs will get Rs 9,000 crore for sale of petroleum products and Rs 1,336 crore for direct transfer of cash subsidy of LPG consumer schemes. As much as Rs 2,000 crore will be provided towards fertiliser subsidy as an additional amount, while Rs 500 crore has been sought for Development Bank of India to set up a credit guarantee fund in consonance with the Factoring Act, 2011.

USD 343 Billion Has Been Illicitly Sent Abroad since 2002 By Lalit K Jha



ndia was ranked the fifth largest exporter of illicit money during 2002-2011 with over 343 billion sent abroad, and it was placed third when nearly USD 85 billion was exported within a year in 2011, a new report said yesterday. Crime, corruption and tax evasion drained USD 946.7 billion from the developing world in 2011, up more than 13.7 per cent from 2010, when illicit financial outflows totalled USD 832.4 billion, according to the report titled ‘Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2002-2011’. The findings — which peg cumulative illicit financial outflows from developing countries at USD 5.9 trillion between 2002 and 2011 — are part of a new study published yesterday by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washingtonbased research and advocacy organisation. India was ranked fifth largest exporter of illicit money in 2002-2011, with a total of USD 343.04 billion sent abroad, and in 2011 itself the country was placed third when USD 84.93 billion was exported, the report said.

BUSINESS BRIEFS RIL, GAIL Get Freedom To Fix Marketing Margins

In a significant development, the Oil Ministry has given freedom to firms, including Reliance Industries and GAIL, to fix the marketing margin they want to charge on sale of natural gas to consumers other than urea manufacturing units and LPG plants. The Ministry, which has been for past two years grappling with the issue of marketing margin charged by gas producers and sellers like Reliance Industries and GAIL India, last month ordered that the margin to be charged over and above the gas sale price be fixed between seller and buyers in sectors other than urea and LPG.

18 CMDs Posts In Central PSUs Lying Vacant

A total of 18 Chairman-cum- Managing Directors post in top Central Public Sector Undertakings, including NHPC, National Minerals Development Corporation, are lying vacant, Rajya Sabha was informed yesterday. Those PSUs where the CMDs posts are lying vacant include Minerals Metal Trading Corporation, National Fertilisers Ltd, National Hydro-electric Power Corporation, NMDC, Shipping Corporation of India, National Textiles Corporation and the Power Finance Corporation.

Airlines Financial Outlook Strengthens

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revised its industry’s global financial outlook. For 2013 airlines are expected to return a global net profit of $12.9 billion. This is expected to improve to a net profit of $19.7 billion in 2014. Both are improvements on the September forecast which anticipated an industry net profit of $11.7 billion in 2013 increasing to $16.4 billion in 2014. The upward revision reflects lower jet fuel prices over the forecast period as well as improvements to the industry’s structure and efficiency already visible in quarterly results this year.

Commerce Ministry Seeks Change To Duty Exemption

The Commerce Ministry has sought changes to a notification that exempted duty on goods from special economic zones (SEZ) sold locally to remove ambiguities and plug revenue losses. The development follows after it was found that goods from an SEZ in Mumbai were sold in the domestic market without paying the 4 per cent special additional duty (SAD) after an exemption clause was misinterpreted, the Customs sources said.

Heidelberg Board To Consider Raising Rs 370 Cr

Heidelberg Cement India’s Board will meet on December 16 to consider raising Rs 370 crore by issuing non-convertible debentures (NCDs) on private placement basis. “... A meeting of the board of directors of the Company will be held on December 16, 2013, inter alia, to consider issuance and allotment of the debentures aggregating to Rs 3,700 million,� the company said in a BSE filing yesterday.

Big Data, Cloud, Mobility To Enable New Business Capabilities

IT-ITeS industry body Nasscom yesterday said it expects emerging technologies like Big Data, cloud and mobility to create a new platform for enterprises to develop new business capabilities across verticals. At the first edition of its annual technology conference 2013 (ATC 2013), the industry body focused on emerging technologies with an objective to transgress conventional limits and disperse significant information.

“As the world economy sputters Hemisphere (Mexico and Brazil) and along in the wake of the global fi- one is in the MENA region (Iraq). — Washington, PTI nancial crisis, the illicit underworld is thriving—siphoning more and more money from developing countries each year,â€? said GFI president Raymond Baker. “Anonymous shell companies, tax haven secrecy, and trade- based money laundering techniques drained nearly a trillion dollars from the world’s poorest in 2011, at a time when rich and poor nations alike are struggling to spur economic growth,â€? he said. The USD 946.7 billion of illicit outflows lost in 2011 is a 13.7 per cent up tick from 2010 — which saw developing countries hemorrhage USD 832.4 billion — and a dramatic increase from 2002, when illicit outflows totalled just USD 270.3 billion.The study estimates the developing world lost a total of USD 5.9 trillion over the decade spanning 2002 through 2011. The report said six of the top 15 exporters of illicit capital are in Asia (China, Malaysia, India,                    Indonesia, Thailand and the Philip         !         "       pines), two are in Africa (Nigeria #   $$   %  &'$(  )*  and South Africa), four in Europe (Russia, Belarus, Poland and Serbia), two are in the Western

‘Serious roles are boring;

comedy is scoring’



By Chaitanya Padukone


ge and motherhood hasn’t taken its toll on stunning Bollywood diva Dimple (Bobby) Kapadia, who still retains her dignified aura. The acclaimed actress will be seen playing a much-older pivotal character in this maverick Hindi movie ‘What the Fish’ directed by Gurmmeet Singh. Wasn’t Dimple feeling any discomfort like a fish-out-of-water since her grumpy, divorcee ‘aunty’ character is pitted mostly against a bunch of boisterous rebel youngsters in the movie? She counters, “On the contrary, I enjoyed the experience of shooting for this film because my role is so different yet impactful. Both my daughter Twinkle and damaad Akshay Kumar are delighted with ‘What The Fish’ (WTF) and they both loved my bossy character”. Kapadia has her funda for accepting this film which strangely has a ‘fish’ playing the title-role! “Of late, I find serious roles boring and pathetic. In contrast, ‘WTF’ is a funny, hilarious engaging drama with high scores. My character is a shrewish stickler for

gharelu discipline and hygiene. When she goes out of town, she entrusts her niece’s fiancé as a care-taker of her house with a list of demanding dos and don’ts in her absence. Finally, when she returns from her month-long holiday all hell breaks loose, as she discovers that all rules have been broken. The house and bedroom is in a mad mess and occupied by a string of unwanted

By Sandeep Hattangadi arle Pyaar Karle’ is an adrenaline gushing, action-packed, edgy love story of two rebels, Kabir (Shiv Darshan) and Preet (Miss India Hasleen Kaur), playing the game of life. The unstable environment within their homes manifests into their daring attitudes towards life. Right from their childhood, Kabir and Preet indulge in playing borderline dangerous games trying to defy the fear and complexes within. In a desperate moment, eight-year-old Kabir indulges in an act that leads him to the doors of a juvenile home. In a bid to protect Kabir, his mother decides to leave town to escape the harsh punishment. After traveling from one city to another for 12 years, the family returns to their home town where Kabir and Preet reconnect beginning a mad chapter of dares, games and fun. The film is a journey of their unbridled games as they discover themselves and the essence of romance. When asked what made him an actor he says candidly, “I’m an actor because of Akshay Kumar. I never wanted to be an

guests and I blow my top. Audiences may love to hate my ‘khaddoos’ character”, she chuckles. What was the relevance of the unusual title ‘WTF’ and how would today’s fast-forward ‘whatsapp’ youth connect with the movie? After a brief pause she responds. “In this movie, there is my favourite fish-bowl with a gold-fish called ‘Mishti’ which needs to be attended to, during my absence. It also refers to the ‘fishy’ freakout.


Eijaz Khan gets ‘lucky’! Eijaz Khan is a familiar face in TV shows like ‘Kavyaanjali’, ‘Kussum’, ‘Kahhin To Hoga’, and films like ‘Kucch Na Kaho’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu’. Now his big role in the forthcoming film ‘Lucky Kabootar’ is all set to make Eijaz a star. Here is his chat with Sandeep Hattangadi What is ‘Lucky Kabootar’ all about? Lucky Kabootar is about a guy played by me called Lucky who wins a big lottery and his life turns upside down with all the characters running after me and my money and how comic situations arise out of this. How was it like working on the film? It was great because the banner is of the late Raj Kanwar who has made stars like Shahrukh Khan in ‘Deewana’, and Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta in ‘Andaaz’. Now his son has taken on the mantle and he has handled it manfully. How was it like working with your co-star Kulraj Randhawa? She is a nice girl and we have worked previously in some TV shows and so we had a comfort level with each other.

The debutant director? Shammi Chhabra is a very talented director and knows his craft and he has been assisting Raj Kanwarjee for a long time and has done a good job. Will you still doing TV shows? I am here to do good work and television shows are a good way of doing good work.

Shiv Darshan debuts with ‘Karle Pyaar Karle’ ‘K

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actor, but one day when my dad Suneel Darshan (producer director of ‘Andaaz’, ‘Lootere’, ‘Ek Rishta’ etc.) was shooting for ‘Talaash: The Hunt Begins’ (2003) with Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor, Akshay could not make it on the set as he was unwell, so my dad called me for one shot in his place. That time I had long hair and I had to cut it for the scene”.

Nawazuddin wants to do characters with grey shades Actor Nawazuddin says that he now wishes to do lead roles rather than parallel roles. Talking about giving Khans of Bollywood competition, he says that he doesn’t want to compete with anybody. He only wants to get satisfaction from the work he does. Siddiqui became a household name with ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. His performances in ‘Lunch Box’, ‘Kahani’ and ‘Talash’ were highly acclaimed as well. Rajesh V. Gaur and Suneel V. Gaur interview the talented actor You are doing a comedy film ‘Goom Ketu’? I have worked in many comic plays. As far as the film goes, though it is a comedy, it is a very different film since it will bring a smile on your lips without taking recourse to any kind of vulgarity. I am essaying the character of a writer from a small town who wants to try his luck in tinsel town. It talks of the failure of a person, so I am sure the audience will identify with him. Would you like to recall your days of struggle? The directors were not ready to accept that a hero can be a person of average looks like me. The struggle against this mind set was tougher for me than remaining hungry for days. How did ‘Gangs of Waseypur’ change things for you? GOW changed things overnight; it broke the myth about how the hero should look. Thanks to Anurag (Kashyap) ki usne mere jaise aadmi ko hero bana diya. [He made a hero out of a person like me]

What is your criterion for choosing a film?

A good director is very important as he can go beyond the script with his talent for storytelling. The other vital aspect I consider is the role I am enacting. I love characters with grey shades since they are closer to reality.

People in the industry say you prefer offbeat films? My films have done good business, so how are they not commercial? In the present times it is the business that decides whether a film is commercial or not, rather than content. How difficult is character transformation for you? It’s certainly quite difficult. In fact, it takes a long time to switch from one onscreen role to the other. I don’t believe in doing similar kind of roles in films. I get inspired from people around.

Is Bollywood all about the Khans, Kapoors and the Bachchans? I wouldn’t like to comment on this. Today, if Ranbir Kapoor is acting well, then I would say he’s a good actor. It doesn’t matter if he hails from a filmy background.

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atching Spike Lee’s remake of Korean director Park Chanwook’s cult movie Oldboy (2003), some questions came to mind, about the need, efficacy and end results of remakes. Interestingly, this film was remade — rather, plagiarized — by Sanjay Gupta as Zinda (2006)—which was as much of a watered down hash as Lee’s film.

RINGSIDE VIEW Hrithik Roshan in ‘Krrish 3’

Deepa Gahlot Cinema all over the world dips into films from other countries; Bollywood does it all the time, mostly without permission—but Hollywood does it too, in the correct way, after buying the rights. Depending on who the director is, sometimes the remake is much better that the original. Martin Scorsese made The Departed, a superb remake of Wai-keung Lau

and Alan Mak’s Chinese-Thai film Infernal Affairs. Some films just travel better— like the remakes of Akira Kurosawa’s Japanese classics made for greatWesterns—Seven Samurai as The Magnificent Seven by John Sturges and Yojimbo as Last Man Standing by Walter Hill and A Fistful of Dollars by Sergio Leone. But Korean cinema is hard to

Katrina: Kareena called me her sis-in-law in jest


areena Kapoor Khan made headlines when she openly called Katrina Kaif her sister-in-law, in Karan Johar‘s popular chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’. However, Katrina, who is rumoured to be dating Kareena’s first cousin Ranbir Kapoor, says that Kareena didn’t mean it and it was said in jest. At a recently held event, when Kat was asked if she’s getting married to Ranbir and about Bebo’s remark on Koffee With Karan, the British beauty said, “I’m not getting married, I’m not engaged. I think that was said as a joke. Kareena and Ranbir are cousins and everyone knows when you go on ‘Koffee With Karan’, you are meant to pull the other person’s leg. You must have seen in so many previous episodes that people say things about each other and I don’t think they are serious while saying all that. These things are said in jest so, I would like to clarify I’m not getting married.” Meanwhile, Katrina is busy with the promotions of her upcoming film ‘Dhoom 3’.

Ali Zafar to be crowned as sexiest man in Asia li Zafar is gearing up for the release Ashooting of ‘Total Siyapaa’, he is also for ‘Kill Dil’. Meanwhile, he

has also been crowned as Numero Uno in Eastern Eye newspaper’s list of the 50 Sexiest Asian Men In The World. In the process, he went on to beat Hrithik Roshan into the second place while also shrugging past many other notable celebrities from India. “To beat actors of the likes of Shahid Kapoor, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Shah Rukh Khan, Jay Sean and Varun Dhawan amongst others is indeed something,” says a source.



emulate. Full of graphic violence, sex and a lot of bizarre mind games, films that often have their origins in Manga, it makes filmmakers from other countries squeamish. Hindi cinema has to go by relatively stringent censor guidelines, which means sex, violence, profanity has to be curtailed and the KoreanOldboy’s incest theme would be absolutely forbid-

den. Surprisingly, even the Hollywood remake has diluted the disturbing plot points and nauseating imagery of the original (like the scene of the protagonist stuffing a live octopus into his mouth). But if a filmmaker can’t deal with the subject, why make the film at all? When Bollywood remakes (or steals) from Hollywood, France, Italy (or Korea, for that matter), there is the added pressure of adding the Indian film elements of song-and-dance in it, an item number if possible, and a romantic track whether needed or not. By the time the film has been Indianised, it is often difficult to find traces of the original. The Bhatt Brothers Mahesh and Mukesh have built their careers on plagiarism and unabashedly declared that “nothing is original.” (They even took a swipe at Kurosawa, remaking the Japanese Master’s Ikiru as Kabza). Keeping in mind the saying that stealing from one is theft, stealing from many is research, Krrish 3 is almost entirely made up of bits and pieces from dozens of Hollywood superhero films, and by the time the Mummy, Daddy, Bhaiya, Granny, Kiddie angles are added, it’s as Indian as vada pao. It still doesn’t answer the question why? But success renders all ethical issues unnecessary.

Aamir Khan not worried about box-office numbers A

amir Khan is gearing up for the release of his much-anticipated film ‘Dhoom 3’ and trade pundits have predicted that the film will set new records at the box-office. However, Mr. Perfectionist claims that box-office numbers don’t matter to him. At a recently held event when Khan was asked if he feels that his upcoming next will break the records set by Shah Rukh Khan‘s ‘Chennai Express’, the superstar said, “I have no such expectations nor am I thinking about that. What is most important to me is that when the audience buys the ticket, I just want them to have the greatest time that they have ever had and I just want them to love the film and that’s what I’m concerned about.” “I don’t think the audience is interested in numbers and neither am I. When I look at the films that I love like ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, and ‘Pyaasa’, I have absolutely no idea what their earnings were and it doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me is the way those films touched me, the kind of emotions they evoked in me and that’s what stays with us. Films are not about numbers, films are about stories, emotions, characters and that’s how I like to look at it,” he further added. Aamir will play the antagonist in ‘Dhoom 3’, which is slated to release on December 20, this year.

BOLLY BRIEFS Amitabh has a gala time with Aaradhya

TWO-YEAR-OLD Aaradhya Bachchan is the apple of everyone’s eye in the Bachchan ousehold and doting grandpa Amitabh Bachchan recently bought some large balloons for his granddaughter, who got very excited on receiving them. “Stopped by on the road and bought some large balloons for Aaradhya! Squeals and screams of excitement as they bounce about! Ecstasy,” he tweeted. Aaradhya was born to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek on November 2011.

Sunny to re-enter Bigg Boss House

SUNNY Leone, who shot to limelight with her stint in ‘Bigg Boss 5’, is now all set to re-enter the house. Sunny’s upcoming film ‘Jackpot’ is releasing on Friday and the IndoCanadian adult entertainer will also enter the house that day to promote her film. Kushal Tandon, Armaan Kohli and Ajaz Khan will be seen dancing and singing for her in the episode. Meanwhile, Kamya, Andy and Sangram will still be trying to win a task named ‘Big Box’, which requires them to be inside a big box for long in order to win the ticket to the show’s finale. Interestingly, Sunny bagged her first Bollywood project courtesy ‘Bigg Boss’. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt spotted her in the reality show and offered her ‘Jism 2’. Sunny agreed to do the film and the rest as they say is history now...

Fardeen blessed with a baby girl

ACTOR Fardeen Khan and his wife became proud parents to a baby girl, on Wednesday. The couple has christened their little bundle of joy Diani Isabella Khan. Fardeen’s cousin Farah Khan Ali confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “Woke up to wonderful news. My cousin Fardeen and his wife Natasha were blessed by a beautiful baby girl Diani Isabella Khan yesterday.” “God bless my little niece with loads of health, wealth and happiness. Congratulations to the parents,” she further added. Fardeen tied the knot with veteran actress Mumtaz‘s daughter Natasha in December 2009.

Ayushmann croons for ‘Bewakoofiyan’

SINGING along with acting has become Ayushmann Khurrana’s trademark act for his films. Particularly after the success of ‘Paani Da Rang’, this actor has been flooded with offers for singing and his next with Sonam Kapoor titled ‘Bewakoofiyan’ will again see Ayushmann crooning for it. Revealing about his track in the film, Ayushmann stated that this is a conversational song between him and Sonam and he accepted it only because he believed that his voice was very suitable for the song. Bewakoofiyan, directed by Nupur Asthana and produced by Yash Raj Films, is slated to release in March 2014.


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ACROSS: 7 Creeper-covered boast of a competitive first person (5) 8 A beaten-up P.O.W. with a black eye has the right of possession (9) 9 Cell with a string attached - you have to smarten it up (5) 10 Hints from close friends (9) 12 Pioneer to light the street lamps? (5,1,5) 16 Drive to form a branch (4) 17 Cancel due to having entered before (5) 18 Expected to carry cash for fool (4) 19 Smith was a marrying man here (6,5) 22 Equine understanding (5-4) 24 Alternative for the lodger is another alternative (5) 25 Giant car rental company with a great deal of frequency on radio (9) 26 I fool with some of the surviving Shakespeare manuscripts (5)

DOWN: 1 Spent too long in the top bunk? (9) 2 Freezing with nothing on top (5,4) 3 Bird that sings a last farewell? (4) 4 Tribal healer came in denim to work (8,3) 5 A graceful bird just makes an Egyptian dam (5) 6 More disgusting than liver could be (5) 11 He wasn't invited to be a party member (4,7) 13 It ran around laughing (5) 14 Love getting an allowance after some trouble (9)


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: Preserve a dead body







MATH PYRAMID 672 15 Showing irritation at fault in pencil set (9) 20 Asked for toast but had cold and was given medicine ! (5)

21 A very big automobile - a symbol of success in Hollywood (5) 23 Aware of ducks around the Northern Territory (4)

SOLUTION TO YESTERDAY’S CRYPTIC CROSSWORD ACROSS: 1 Snow job, 4 Hopeful, 8 Maroquin, 10 Keen on, 11 Screechy, 12 Tidily, 15 Neolithic, 17 A bit fishy, 19 Seethe, 20 Admiring, 22 Gramme, 23 Unending, 24 Splayed, 25 Martlet. DOWN: 1 Sumps, 2 Orrery, 3 Brightness, 5 Precipitation, 6 Fanlight, 7 Land yacht, 9 Queen of the may, 13 Molybdenum, 14 Star signs, 16 Live rail, 18 Finial, 21 Gigot


ACROSS: 1 Opposite of sings. (3) 4 Poetic contraction (3) 5 Connery and Penn (5) 8 ___ Speedwagon (3) 9 Acquires by work (5) 12 Profs' helpers: abbr. (3) 13 Balaam's beast (3)

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 Foot (3) 2 Enter the Dragon, star (3) 3 Animal trap (5) 6 Natl Edu Assoc. (3) 7 In a way, in slang (5) 10 Natl. Acad. of Sciences (3) 11 Snake sound (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. YESTERDAY’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. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION

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Aries Mokshada Ekadashi Ashwini Mesha (Aries) A.L.I. Pink and Grey 1

BIRTHDAY FORECAST: A special job or project will be in the immediate offing, spelling a busy but immensely rewarding time. You will mingle with a different set of people and will be accepted in the inner circle of a special club or organization. You have support from your superiors who will be cordial towards you. Love life will be enchanting. The married will enjoy conjugal bliss. If single a marriage proposal is likely, this will be accepted by you.

BABIES BORN TODAY: Will have bright eyes, broad forehead alert, energetic and selfopinionated. General all round good knowledge will lead to many good opportunities. Will do well in public life, marketing, business, agriculture or land development. Overseas influences are strongly indicated and favorable. Will be loving and attached to family.






ARIES (March 21 - April 20): Be practical in matters concerning money. Pending issues get sorted out and you will be better organized. Find time to renew old ties with associates. You may be traveling to a place of religious or spiritual interest. You will feel recharged and exultant with your experience.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 20): You may want to take a risk in completely new enterprise and may even succeed in your gambit. Follow your instinct for you are certain to do well. An unexpected monetary gain is foreseen. You may receive a large signing amount for a new project. At a formal function you may get some honor. Romance brings someone new into your life Look forward to an exciting and novel evening which is very different to anything you may have experienced.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): You will find an easier way to get work done faster but make sure your actions are not something that could lead to embarrassment later. Too much criticism and high expectations can sometimes ruin a perfectly good relationship. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

CANCER (June 21 - July 21): Some gains in your business dealings are indicated as you are quick to grab an opportunity. You will also recover your old dues. You could get dragged into a controversy for no fault at all. Honesty and truth will win the day eventually. Happy times with your beloved are foreseen for you. Do not discuss any past associations for this could mar the felicity of your love life.

LEO (July 22 - August 21): If you are now thinking of launching an independent career this is the right time to work in on it. You can start on a modest scale and can always expand later after gaining more confidence. Hard work may result in a bit of stress. Relationships are fine and without problems but hectic schedule leave you with not much time for romance or your loved one.

VIRGO (August 22 - September 21): You have a good chance of improving your image at your work place by coming up with a neat solution to a problem. In your business if you wish to make optimum use of your capital cut some wasteful expenditure and improve productivity. For Property issues wait for a more opportune time.

LIBRA (September 22 - October 22): Gain of landed estate or property is indicated. At an important business meeting maintain your poise and try not to be too biased. Accept whatever terms are being offered in your own interests. You will have to work a little harder to create the right kind of environment for a relaxed and enjoyable evening in the company of your family.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): You may now progress much faster than you had thought possible. You may receive good news, which will create an atmosphere of happy expectations. Some problems you have been facing in your business are likely to be sorted out soon which will add to your enthusiasm and energy.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 December 20): Financial gains will accrue to you through travel related work. You will sign fresh contracts and agreements, which will prove profitable. Students starting out in a career will receive a lucrative offer. Sports persons will do well in competitions.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): Your financial position is good. You will be interested in buying a vehicle or investing in property. Real estate matters need to be put off for now. Do not rush into something your may regret later. Your will not lose out; there will be better opportunities later.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): Travel on a business tour to an important centre is likely and will prove profitable. Besides work use this opportunity to renew old ties with business associates. Socially you will have a very busy day when you will be attending a lot of functions and meetings. A long distance call on phone may bring in pleasant news. You will be rushing to complete formalities for a happy occasion to be celebrated.

PISCES (February 19 - March 20): To meet the challenge you will have to be ready to bring about some radical changes in the way you do things to get where you want to be. In the evening others may feel that you are not being too social. You may just be tired and wanting to have an early night.



QUICK CROSSWORD 4841 ACROSS: 3 River of India, Pakistan & Tibet (5) 8 -- & Omega (5) 10 Former South African paceman Makhaya ___ (5) 11 Aerospace Industries Assoc. (3) 12 Cessation of hostilities (5) 13 Amerind tribe (7) 15 1936 Olympics hero (5) 18 It may finish second (3) 19 Fate, destiny (6) 21 Of or pertaining to breastbone (7) 22 Native of Thailand (4) 23 Never, poetically contracted ? (4) 24 Barge; one needed by smoker (7) 26 Support for camera etc. (6) 29 __ the lawn : cut grass ? (3) 31 Fighting female from Israel (5) 32 Less complicated (7) 34 ___ -effect : delayed effect of a drug, etc. ? (5) 35 Sep sequel (3) 36 Fry lightly in hot oil (5) 37 Do __ __ : last ditch effort (2,3) 38 German painter Max (5) DOWN: 1 Gable or Kent (5) 2 Very thin Indian bread, should we say ? (7) 4 Emperor, "burnt" Rome (4) 5 Unwind (6) 6 ___ in one's own juice : suffers the consequences of one's own misdoings ? (5) 7 Fatuous (5) 9 Actress Zadora (3) 12 Neck gland (7) 14 Part of verb to be (3) 16 A dying coal (5) 17 Bird which brings the babies, children are told ? (5) 19 Indian state and tourist attraction (7) 20 Numerical facts in short (5)


SUDOKU 2027 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.


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Today’s clue: S equals D

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

21 Indian form of address (5) 23 A city in England - is it a strange place for sailors ? (7) 24 An idler or a wastrel ? (6) 25 Jerry's comic-strip companion ? (3)

27 Aircraft tracker (5) 28 Babble (5) 30 Admit (3,2) 32 Large water bodies (4) 33 Liquid Crystal Display (3)

SOLUTION TO YESTERDAY’S QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS: 4 Audial, 7 Unnerved, 8 Eragon, 10 Chums, 13 Flub, 14 Hake, 15 Moab, 16 AAS, 17 Solo, 19 S Dak, 21 Kshatriya, 23 Abid, 24 A one, 26 Otc, 27 Eggy, 29 Racy, 32 Pale, 33 Ascii, 34 Sahara, 35 Rakehell, 36 Sholay. DOWN: 1 Kutch, 2 Anouk, 3 Arks, 4 Adela, 5 Drab, 6 Anorak, 9 Rubs in, 11 Had, 12 Messi, 13 Footage, 15 MLA, 16 AAA, 18 Ohdear, 20 Dyers, 21 KBC, 22 Roy, 23 Attach, 25 DCI, 28 Glary, 30 Acred, 31 Yield, 32 Pall, 33 Avec.

IRREGULAR SUDOKU 1846 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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YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society

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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: 17 average; 19 good; 21 outstanding. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: alloy, ally, carry, clay, cloy, coolly, COROLLARY, lacy, lorry, loyal, orally, racy, rally, royal.







UMBAI: Top seed R M V Gurusaidutt and second ranked B Sai Praneeth led the rest of the seeds, barring the notable exception of Subhankar Dey, into the second round of the USD 15,000 Tata Open India International Challenge badminton tournament, here today. Guru, ranked 22nd in the world currently, took some time to warm up against an erratic Oscar Bansal before stepping on the pedal in the second game to carve out a facile 21-16 21-7 win in half an hour. He will now meet compatriot Mohit Kamat tomorrow for a place in the quarter-finals. “I play the counter-attacking game rather than go on all out attack or defence,” said Guru after his easy victory. Sai Praneeth was too good for little known rival Mayank Behal and clinched the match in emphatic style for the loss of ten points in each of the two games. Dey, seeded 7, was the lone casualty among seeded Indians as he was knocked out by former junior national champion Harsheel Dani in straight games, earning the winner a shot at Taipei’s unseeded player Shen-Jie Yang. Other Indian seeds to sail through to round two were No. 3 H S Prannoy, No. 4 Sourabh

Results (all from India unless stated otherwise) Men’s singles (1st round): R M V Gurusaidutt (1) def. Oscar Bansal 21-16 21-7; Mohit Kamat def. D G B T Dullewa, SRI, 21-13 21-16; Anup Sridhar (8) def. Nathaniel Ernestan Sulistyo, INA, 21-12 21-5; Chia Hung Lu, TPE, def. Abhimanyu Singh 21-15 12-21 22-20; Sourabh Varma (4) def. P Vinay Kumar Reddy 2117 21-12. Yi-Hsiang Yang, TPE, def. C Rohit Yadav, 16-21 21-15 22-20; Neeraj Vashist def. Prakash Jolly 21-19 22-20; Aditya Joshi def. Sameer Verma 21-19 16-21 21-19; Chetan Anand (6) def. Ketan Chahal 21-18 21-17; Talar Laa def. N V S Vijetha 17-21 21-14 21-15; H S Prannoy (3) def. Nigel D’Sa 21-12 2112; Sheng-Jie Yang, TPE, def. K Ajay Kumar 21-19 15-21 21-14; Harsheel Indonesia’s unseeded Ana Rovita in India’s top seed R M V Guru Saidutt got Dani def. Subhankar Dey (7) 21-16 21action against Arundhati Pantawini. the better of Oscar Bansal. 12; Aditya Prakash def. Deepak Khatri 17-21 21-14 21-9; B Sai Praneeth (2) Varma, No. 6 Chetan Anand, for- unseeded Indonesian rivals Ana def. Mayank Behal 21-10 21-10. mer four-time national singles Rovita and Dinar Dyah Ayustine Women’s singles (1st round): Febby title winner, and No. 8 Anup Srid- respectively with Arundhati, a Angguni (1), INA, def. Aditi Mutatkar 21har, a seasoned campaigner and former national champion, win- 10 21-6; Arathi Sara Sunil def. Sara Olympian. ning the opening game and then Naqvi 21-16 22-20; Wen Chi Hsu, TPE, In the women’s singles, top losing the other two. def. Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa, SRI, seed Febby Angguni of Indonesia Seventh seed Trupti Murgunde 22-20 21-19; Dinar Dyah Ayustine, INA, knocked out India’s Aditi Mu- won an all-India first round tie def. Tanvi Lad (3) 21-14 21-17; Yu Chieh tatkar in short shrift to enter against Sanskriti Chhabra to sail Cheng, TPE, def. Dhanya Nair 21-8 21round two. Two other Indian into round two. 13; Chia Hsin Lee (6), TPE, def. Mudra seeds to be dumped out early Also through to the pre-quar- Dhainje 15-21 21-18 21-10; Mohita were second seed second seed ters were 4th seed P C Thulasi, a Sahdev def. Reshma Karthik 11-21 26Arundhati Pantawani and third former winner, and 8th seed Say- 24 21-16; Riya Pillai def. Juhi Dewangan seed Tanvi Lad. ali Gokhale, an ex-national sin- 21-18 21-19; Trupti Murgunde (7) def. Both crashed out after losing to gles title holder. Sanskriti Chhabra 21-9 21-17.

Triple gold for Amish Khamkar and Leon Poorekhorsandi M

UMBAI: Savio’s Amish Khamkar and Leon Poorekhorsandi of Track Masters bagged triple gold in their respective boys under-20 and under-18 categories in the Arjun Prabodhani-Mumbai Suburban Athletic Championships, hosted by Arjun Prabodhani at Sports Authority of India Sports Complex at Kandivali here on Thursday. Amish added another gold today, as he pipped

teammate Anthony Coutinho at the post, clocking 23.1 secs. Track Masters’ Leon Poorekhorsandi was the hero in the under18 section. He added 200m gold to his golds in the 400 and 800m. Lanky Deepak Gupta, of Sports Authority of India, sent the javelin soaring to 45.35 mts to clinch gold in the boys under-16 category. Rustomjee International’s Vishakha Upadhyay did her

school proud by winning the Winners in the various events 100m and long jump golds in the were: girls under-14. SAI’s Ankita Bhu- BOYS: U-20: 200m: Amish Khamkar vad struck triple gold by winning (Savio SC) – 23.1 secs. U-18: 3000m: 100m hurdles, high jump and long Atul Salunke (SAI) – 10:00.4 secs. jump in the girls under-16 sec- 10,000m Walk: Vipul Thombre (Dr tion. Also sharing the day’s hon- Naravane’s SA) – 1:04:14.6 secs.200m: ours with them was Track Leon Poorekhorsandi (Track Masters – Masters’ Abhirami Prasannan, 22.8 secs. U-16: Long Jump: Amey who emerged best in the 100m Kulkarni (Children’s Aca) -5.67 mts. hurdles and 800m in the girls 200m: Alden Noronha ( Savio SC) – 23.9 secs. under-16 section.

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UMBAI: Kashmira Choksi grabbed the first medal for India in the sixth Karate-Do Gojukai World Championship by winning a bronze in the individual women’s Kata technique category here today. Kashmira, a student of Vispy Kapadia, defeated Australia’s Gail Marie in the first round, Hong Kong’s Li Yuk Wah in the second and Namibia’s Sabine Newman in the third to win the first medal for the hosts in the championship at the NSCI’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in Worli. In the men’s category, Iran’s Kavirada Zeh won the first gold medal of the tournament in the individual Kata technique. The silver medal in this category was also won by an Iranian, Mohmadi, while Brazil’s Sabricio D’Souza took home the bronze medal.

seven-point win over Amit Sapru, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Thursday. Septuagenarian Rajani, a great on the domestic circuit in his heyday, continued the winning ways of the veterans after 80year-old Jal Singporevala created a stir on the opening day. Rajani, who has a famous win over the legendary Michael Ferreira to his credit, prevailed over Park Club’s Sapru, who is almost half his age, 199-192 in his opening Group G tie. Rajani set the trend for a day of upsets and close encounters as his club mate Deepak Khubchandani stunned Rovin D’Souza of Bombay Gymkhana with a narrow 173-166 win in a Group D thriller and Sunil Ghadge of Cen-

tral Railway Mechanical Institute shocked R. Girish of MIG 183-179 with a break of 65 in another pulsating finish. Meanwhile Farhad Tengra of

Elphinstone Cricket Club cruised to his third straight win to top Group C and qualify for the next phase, while Singporevala registered his second win in Group F.

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IN BRIEF Noel, Omkar, Mamta make the knock out stage of TT qualifier

MUMBAI: Maharashtra’s top ranked players Noel Pinto, Omkar Torgalkar and Indiaranked Mamta Prabhu along with former veterans national champions Prakash Kelkar and KK Rao made the second stage of the Rs 1 lakh All India World Hardbat table tennis qualifiers, hosted by Sports Reconnenct at Juhu Vile PArle Gymkhana here today. The top 16 from the 24 groups in the first stage played on league basis, now go into the second stage with the added advantage of a first round bye. Those who came out second best in the 24 groups, will go into the main knock out draw. Noel, who has been in roaring form this season, found the going rather peculiar in this contest. “ Unpredictability is the essence of this competition. Any of the top players can be beaten by lesser lights,’’ said Noel, after topping his group A.

MSSA-Bipin football tourney on Dec 14-15

MUMBAI: The MSSA - Bipin Football Academy, Inter-Center Free Football tournament for boys & girls under-16 will kick off on Saturday, December 14 at the MSSA grounds, Azad Maidan at 7.30 a.m. The two-day tournament shall mark the culmination of the free intercenter winter vacation coaching camps held at Dahisar, Kalyan, Vikhroli, Churchgate, Churchgate slums, Colaba, Colaba slums boys & girls, Naigaon – Vasai & Kandivali centres Twenty trainees selected from each of these centres shall compete for the coveted Trophy. Former International, Jacinto D’Silva will inaugurate the Tournament. The final is slated for 3.00 p.m on Sunday, December 15. A panel of former footballers of repute comprising A. P. Rodrigues -Ex RBI, Henry Almeida- former international, S.S Narayan Double Olympian & living legend of Indian football and Ratnakar Shetty former Junior India Captain, have been entrusted with the responsibility of selecting the Best player of each side and other individual winners. Although this is the 26th year in running for the BFA, it’s their maiden venture with MSSA, who govern the School sports activities in the city.

Swamp Soccer to make bow

MUMBAI: After the success of Twenty20 cricket, Swamp Soccer is a new entrant that will create ripples among the sports enthusiast in India. Swamp Soccer, as the name suggests, is a soccer game played on a wet marshy swamp pitch and it is currently played in eight different countries Belgium, Finland, Brazil, Iceland, Sweden, Spain, Turkey and China. Mumbai-based Convergence Events Pvt Ltd, has signed exclusive rights with the Scotland-based company, Swamp Soccer UK Ltd, for Swamp Soccer India. “Swamp Soccer India is a shorter, fun and faster version of football. Play dirty and go back to your childhood days. The format of the game is very interesting and ever since I came across this sport, I decided to get this exciting event property to India. I see a very strong potential in this format of the game in India. We plan to kick-start the event in four metro cities of India and in the subsequent years we will extend it to 10-12 cities of India,” says Kamlesh Sharma, Managing Director, Convergence Events Pvt Ltd. The first-ever swamp soccer tournament will be held in four metro cities – New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Mumbai – in April 2014. The competition will be kicked-off on 5th April, 2014 in New Delhi and will end with the championship match on 27th April, 2014 in Mumbai.



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EW DELHI: France will face Malaysia, while The Netherlands will lock horns against defending champions Germany in the semifinals of the Hero Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, here tomorrow. Jean-Laurent Kierffer scored a brace as France stunned European champions Belgium 5-4 in a nailbiting quarterfinal match, while Malaysia beat Korea 2-1 in another last-eight match to register their place in the semifinals of the megaevent after a hiatus of 28 years. Earlier in the day, The Netherlands eked out a hard-fought 3-2 win over New Zealand to progress to the last-four stage, and holders Germany edged past Australia 4-3 in the final quarterfinal. In the quarterfinal between France and Belgium, the Frenchmen scored through Victor Charlet (15th minute), Hugo Genestet (40th), Kierffer (48th, 65th) and Theophile Ponthieu (58th) to register a hard-earned victory. Belgium’s first goal was an own goal in 29th minute, while Maxime Plennevaux (37th, 47th) and Dorian Thiery (42nd) were the other goalgetters. It was an exciting clash between Belgium and a French team that had only lost to them on an overtime golden goal in semi-finals of the European Cup. Belgium earned a penalty-corner via a video-referral in the second minute, only to shot wide. Pieter Van Straaten had the first

McGrath hails Aussies ‘dogged’ approach


ERTH: Test great Glenn McGrath has hailed Australia’s rediscovery of “bit of mongrel” in the Ashes series and said they were starting to resemble the top teams of the past. Australia are 2-0 up in the fivematch series against England and could take an unbeatable lead if they win the Perth Test starting tomorrow after humbling the tourists in Brisbane and Adelaide. Since meekly losing the Ashes in England earlier this year, Australia’s performances have been defined by fierce fast bowling, dogged batting and a more aggressive attitude. McGrath said it was good to see. “Australia play best when they’ve got a bit of mongrel about them, when they play hard out in the middle, when they don’t give an inch, when they play an aggressive brand of cricket,” he said in a column for a betting website. “It’s something that has been missing for a little while and they’re back there now. They are a team I’d be proud to be a part of.” McGrath, who took 563 Test wickets at 21.64, credited paceman Mitchell Johnson for “injecting Australia’s psyche with a bit of confidence”.

A tense moment during the France vs Belgium quarter-final match. chance for France with a high backhand shot that was deflected by Arnaud Flamand in the Belgian goal. France wasted their first penaltycorner but Charlet was bang on target in the 15th minute to give the lead to Les Bleus. Belgium immediately turned on the heat and equalised in the 29th minute through an own goal as both the teams went into the breather locked at 1-1. After the crossover, it rained goals as both France and Belgium were in no mood to give an inch to each other. Plennevaux gave Belgium the lead in the 37th minute, but Genestet brought France back on par three minutes later with a well-executed penalty-corner conversion.

Thiery put Belgium back in the lead two minutes later and then Plennevaux scored a spectacular diving goal to give the team a twogoal cushion for the first time in the match.But the Belgians were in for a rude shock as France scored two goals in a span of 10 minutes to level the scores. Kieffer brought France back within reach and then Ponthieu tied the score in the 58th minute. Both teams threw caution to the wind in the final 10 minutes of the match.Belgium seemed to have an upper hand but France earned a penalty-corner with a video-referral and scored their third goal in a row that came from the sticks of Kieffer, his second of the match and the seventh goal of the period, to take

the lead with four minutes to go. Belgium replaced their goalkeeper with a field player two minutes from time, but the French defence stood tall to make their maiden appearance in the semis of the tournament. Meanwhile, in the first quarterfinal of the day, Netherlands had to toil hard to beat New Zealand 3-2. For The Netherlands, Thierry Brinkman (28th, 39th) scored two field goals, while the other came via penalty stroke from the sticks of Tom Hiebendaal in the 42nd minute. The Black Sticks fought hard and scored through Nicholas Woods, who converted a penalty corner in the 38th minute and a field effort from Benedict van Woerkom (60th) but it was not enough to earn them a place in the semifinals. Malaysia, on the other hand, continued to impress in the tournament and secured a place in the semis, first time after 1985 Vancouver edition, by beating Korea 2-1. Shahril Saabah (18th minute, 62nd) scored in either side of the break for Malaysia, while Korea’s lone goal came in the 29th minute though a penalty corner conversion by Sinuiju You. In the entertaining last quarterfinal of the day between two heavyweights of world hockey, Germany rode on goals from Christopher Ruhr (21st minute), Dieter-Enrique Linnekogel (55th), Mats Grambusch (58th) and Niklas Wellen (65th) to get the better of the Kookaburras.

ONDON: Viswanathan Anand put behind the disappointment of the world championship loss and started his campaign by turning the tables on England’s Luke McShane and later drew with another Englishman Michael Adams in the preliminaries of the London Classic here. Five times world champion Anand, who turned 44 yesterday, did well to beat McShane who is known as the world’s strongest amateur. Anand then followed it up with an easy draw against Adams to share the lead with the latter. With four rounds still to come in the prelims, Anand and Adams have an identical four points apiece from two games under the soccer-like scoring system in place here.McShane is not far behind on three points, while Andrei Istratescu of France is yet to open his account. With 16 players taking part this year, the Classic is divided into four groups and the top two from each group will reach the knockout stage after a double round robin. Having made a good start, Anand is almost sure to find himself in the knockout stage reserved for top two finishers in each group. Anand started the day as black against McShane and opted for the Caro Kann defense. McShane, agile and innovative as ever, came up with a fine pawn sacrifice in the early middle game putting Anand in a spot of bother.

Australia look to seal dramatic Ashes turnaround P

ERTH: Australia look poised to seal one of the great turnarounds in Ashes history when they take on reeling England in Perth from tomorrow after bulldozing their way to a 2-0 lead. The Aussies went into the Test series just months after a 3-0 loss in England but the incredible revival of fast bowler Mitchell Johnson trig-

gered big wins in Brisbane and Adelaide. The home side can take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series on the famously fast pitch at the WACA — Johnson’s home ground — while shell-shocked England, winners of the past three series, are desperately searching for answers. Rival captains Michael Clarke and

Alastair Cook will both play their 100th Tests but it is unlikely both men will be celebrating at the end of it. England coach Andy Flower has warned that he is not afraid to ring the changes after batting failures in both of the first two Tests and some unconvincing bowling. “We have taken some serious hits

but we do have a squad full of people who are determined to turn the ship around, and that’s what we must do,” Flower said. “There will obviously be changes in Perth. I’m absolutely ready to make tough decisions. “We’ll assess those conditions and see who will best be able to help us take 20 wickets.”

I want to win in personal best timing: Edwin Kipyego N

EW DELHI: Defending champion Edwin Kipyego of Kenya reckons that Sunday’s 2013 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon would be the “toughest” ever field he has competed in his career but said he was confident of winning the event by clocking his personal best. “The field is very strong. It is the toughest that I have competed ever. But I have trained hard and I will look to better my personal best here,” Kipyego told reporters here today. The Delhi Half Marathon will witness the best-ever elite field, which will include four men and women currently in top 10 of 2013 rankings. “I don’t think about the competition, there is no fear, I want to improve and I want to clock sub 60 on Sunday. I am just four seconds shy of the mark,” said Kipyego, who has a personal best of 60.04 which he

recorded at 2013 Philadelphia Half Marathon. “I have good memories of last year. It was hot and humid but still I won. I am thankful to the organisers for pushing it to December. It favours us, it feels cool but not really cold, so it is better for competition,” he added. His compatriot Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang, who has the fastest time of the year to his credit, is also in the field. Ranked number one in IAAF top lists after turning in his personal best of 58:54 in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half Marathon this year, Kipsang is rearing to go on Sunday. “I was here in 2011, I was second. But I am here again and I want to do well this time. I have been preparing hard and hope good things happen on Sunday,” said the former world junior cross country cham- MARATHONERS: (L to R) Meseret Hailu from Ethiopia, Lucy Kabuu from Kenya, pion, who is also the star of a movie Defending champion Edwin Kipyego from Kenya and World’s fastest Man Geoffrey Kipsang from Kenya. called “The Unknown Runner”.

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UALA LUMPUR: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal faced the prospect of an early exit after suffering a second consecutive defeat, going down to Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in a Group B match of the BWF World Superseries Finals here today. A bad season only got worse for Saina as the world number six, who did not win a single title this year, failed to recover from the opening match lose and suffered a 9-21 14-21 defeat to the world number one Chinese in women’s singles competition at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium here. The 23-year-old Indian had defeated the Chinese twice in the past during her 2012 Indonesia Open triumph and in 2010 Singapore Super Series but those two victories could not spur up Saina enough as she went down in just 27 minutes to defending champion Li. In the first game, Li did not give much chance to Saina as the Chi-

nese first opened up a massive 81 lead and even though the Indian did well to claw back to 8-10, Li soon stamped her authority to nose ahead rather easily with eight straight points from 13-9. Saina raised hopes of a fightback early in the second game but Li broke off at 5-5 and did not allow the Indian to come close before sealing the issue without much ado. It was Saina’s sixth defeat to Li, the silver medallist at Guangzhou World Championship this year. The Indian had lost to Minatsu Mitani yesterday. She will next play Yeon Ju Bae of Korea in the last group match tomorrow. Plagued by injuries and inconsistent form this year, Saina made early exits in tournaments throughout the year but she had hoped for a change of fortune in the extremely competitive Super Series Finals, where the top eight shuttlers compete for the coveted title.

New Zealand take Need to make a few adjustments on SA pitches: Zaheer command against B West Indies W

ELLINGTON: New Zealand claimed the upper hand in the second Test today with the West Indies on 158-4 and key batsmen Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul back in the pavilion. At the end of the rainabbreviated second day, in which only 63.1 of the scheduled 90 overs were bowled, the West Indies trailed New Zealand’s first innings of 441 by 283. Only Kirk Edwards and Marlon Samuels provided any stern resistance with well compiled half centuries. Samuels was not out 50 and Narsingh Deonarine was on 11. New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, in only his fourth Test, made the crucial breakthroughs for his team, removing first Test double centurion Darren Bravo for four and later getting Edwards for 55. The West Indies made a positive start as Edwards and Kieran Powell progressed to 46 with New Zealand new-ball partners Trent Boult and Tim Southee moving the ball around and finding plenty to appeal about but nothing that impressed the umpires. Southee was eventually rewarded with an lbw decision against Powell on 21 while Boult came back in his second spell to remove Chanderpaul. Bravo, unable to reproduce his marathon innings of the first Test, faced 12 balls before he edged Anderson to second slip Peter Fulton.

ENONI: Veteran speedster Zaheer Khan, who will be spearheading the Indian pace attack in the two-Test series, feels that one needs to make some adjustments on the “hit the deck” kind of surfaces in South Africa having done bulk of the bowling on the subcontinental featherbeds. “For a seam bowler, it is important to get the ball in the right areas. The wickets here are more on the sort of hit-the-deck kind of wickets. That adjustment you will probably have to make as a bowler coming from India,” the 35-yearold said during a press conference on the eve of India’s warm-up game against SA Invitational XI. A veteran of 88 Tests, Zaheer has been a part of both the Indian teams that won a Test match each during their previous tours of 2006-07 and 2010-11 respectively. On the first occasion, it was a comeback tour for the talented left-arm pacer when they won a Test match under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy in Johannesburg. On the second occasion, it was a victory in Durban under MS Dhoni’s leadership.

ENTURION: South African skipper AB de Villiers said his team is proud of beating the world number one ODI side 2-0 in the just-concluded series but should not rest on its laurels as the upcoming Tests will be a “different ballgame” altogether. South Africa beat India by 141 runs in the first ODI at Johannesburg and then inflicted a 136-run defeat in Durban, before the third ODI at Centurion was washed out. “We were very keen to get a result tonight,” he said after the abandonment. “We wanted to maintain our momentum, since we have been


Sreesanth ties the knot

GURUVAYUR (Ker): Tainted Indian Cricketer S Sreesanth exchanged wedding vows with Bhuwneswari Kumari, hailing from a royal family in Rajasthan, at a simple ceremony at the famous Sri Krishna temple here this morning. Sreesanth tied the sacred ‘thali’ (mangalsutra) around his bride Bhuwneswari alias Nayan’s neck at 0745 am at the temple after which Tulsi and flower garlands were exchanged by the bride and groom. The simple ceremony was attended by close relatives only. The bride, a jewellery designer, and Sreesanth knew each other since the past 6 years. A reception will be held this evening at Kochi. Sreesanth fell from grace after he was arrested on spot-fixing charges in May this year and is now out on bail.

Shiv Kapur shoots 71 in rain-hit Mandela Championship

South African century-makers A B De Villiers and Quinton Kock congratulate each other during the course of the rain-hit 3rd ODI. Incidentally, India’s both Tests will be held at these two venues and Zaheer’s mantra is “self-belief”. “First of all, you have got to back yourself and play good cricket. For any team to do well anywhere, you

need to have good days together and keep coming back all the time and have the belief. So I would say that was our success mantra during the earlier tours and this tour also we will look to do the same,” Zaheer further said.

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playing some good cricket. We didn’t start well today but we recovered to get runs on board, which could have allowed us to exert pressure once again. “So we were very keen to go out there and try our skills against a strong Indian batting line up. It would have been a strong batting run-chase I think. It’s a shame it finished like that. But we are happy with the 2-0 result.” The hosts had scored 301 for 8 in 50 overs and the match was abandoned without the Men in Blue facing a single delivery. “It was important to win this series. We played against the

number one ranked team in the world, and we need to play well in our home conditions to beat them. We are very proud of the way we handled the big moments and came out on top,” de Villiers added. Now that the first part of the tour is done, the longer format takes over. India play a twoday practice game at Benoni this week, before the two Test series gets underway in Johannesburg next week. “I really hope the aggression we have shown in the limitedovers spills onto the Test arena. We spoke about it as a team at the start of the series.”

DURBAN (South Africa): Indian golfer Shiv Kapur opened with a one-over 71 in the weather-affected first round of the Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPA Handa here. A flawless eight-under 62 saw Daniel Brooks claim the lead after heavy rain disrupted the first round. Play began seven hours later than planned on Wednesday after rain left many of the fairways waterlogged and as a result more than half the field could not complete their rounds. The Englishman, who retained his European Tour card at Qualifying School last month after a disappointing rookie campaign in 2013, had four birdies in five holes around the turn to surge to the top of the leaderboard. Kapur, who started from the tenth, had birdies at the 11th hole, first and fourth holes.

Aga Hussain elected as an Executive Committee Member of ARFU

PHNOM PENH (Cambodia): Aga Hussain, who is the Vice President of the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU), was elected for a 2nd term to the 10 member Executive Committee of Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU). In 2011, he had made history when he became the first Indian ever to be elected to this position. The election took place at the Council meeting of ARFU in Phnom Penh on Sun 8th December ’13. Rugby India has grown from strength to strength. It has hosted the 12 Nation Asian Women’s Sevens Championship in Pune three years in a row and The HSBC Asian Men’s Sevens Series, in Mumbai twice. Aga Hussain, who led the country in its very first International tournament in 1998, has worked tirelessly to popularize and develop the sport of Rugby in India.


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