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Against a larger than life portrait of father and supremo Bal Thackeray, Shivaji Park rally sees Uddhav offering to hang up boots if sainiks lose trust in him, endorsing Modi against Pawar for PM, embracing hindutva by criticizing minority appeasement, and weighing Ishrat Jahan against sadhvi PragyaSingh
Before his ignominous exit, Sena stalwart Manohar Joshi (extreme left) shared the dais for a short while with Uddhav and Aditya Thackeray.
By Prashant Hamine
ddressing the 48th annual Dusshera rally at Shivaji Park, Dadar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray made an emotional appeal to Shiv Sainiks
telling them that if they did not have faith in his leadership he was ready to hang up his boots. But the rally was marked by unceremonious exit of senior Sena leader Manohar Joshi who was heckled by the crowd, forcing him
to leave the venue. Later on, speaking to newspersons at his residence close-by, Joshi stated that it all was the result of a misunderstanding and there was no Continued on pg 6 ÂŤ
PUT IN HIS PLACE Police Commissioner pulls up top cop for not heeding transfer order By Neel Shah
he was transferred to, with immediate effect. Singh, in aking serious note of an his order, has specifically officer not taking charge stated that the concerned deof the new post to where he partment looking after the was transferred more than a transfers should inform him month ago, Mumbai police about Alaknure taking charge chief Satyapal Singh came of the new post by Monday, down heavily on Anti-Extor- added the sources. Last month, apart from tion Cell (AEC) senior inspecAlaknure, Singh had transtor Nitin Alaknure. Sources close to Singh in- ferred two more officers, informed that on Sunday, he or- spector Sudhir Dalvi and dered Alaknure to take charge of the Special Branch, where Continued on pg 6 ÂŤ
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Just when Sachin declared his retirement, he has also announced his decision... I mean, about his comeback in active politics.
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37 pc of registered urban voters are online
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“The Internet will play an important role in influencing the large undecided urban Indian population in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.” By A Staff Reporter
oogle India recently released a study titled ‘Urban Indian Voters’, compiled to understand the impact of the Internet in the Lok Sabha elections 2014.The offline survey done by TNS for Google India, covers 108 constituencies, representing 20 of the total constituencies and underscores the role of the Internet in influencing citizens when it comes to their decision to cast votes. The study covered 41,000 people, with a focus on 7,042 respondents who were registered voters in the same constituency and are active users of the Internet. 68 per cent of the respondents were in the age group of 18-35. An official said, “The study revealed that 37 per cent of urban Indian registered voters is already online and accesses the Internet regularly. Contrary to the popular belief – the study found that young urban Indian voters are heavily engaged online and actively involved in the electoral process with 85 per cent of respondents saying that they have voted in previous elections, where 64 per cent of the respondents for this question were in the age group of 18-25 years. In terms of the forth-coming elections, 94 per cent of the respondents said that they will vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Interestingly, a large proportion of registered urban Indian voters (42 per cent) were undecided about whom to vote for in the upcoming elections.” Both, party and local candidates got equal weightage from urban Indian voters in terms of influence on their voting decision. 35 per cent said their decision will be based on the party while 36 per cent said that a local candidate matters to them.
Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India Interestingly, 11 per cent said the Prime Ministerial candidate of a political party will play an important role in their final voting decision. In the West, the preference for a local candidate was the highest at 45 per cent and was the lowest in the East at 27 per cent. These findings were consistent across all age groups. Speaking about the study, Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India, said “A significant population of registered urban Indian voters are now online and spend an equal amount of time on online and offline media. The findings reveal that the Internet will play an important role in influencing the large undecided urban Indian population in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. There is an opportunity for political parties and candidates to engage the urban Indian youth on the Internet. From Google’s perspective, we are already seeing a massive growth in election related search queries.” Voters were not satisfied with the information about political candidates on the Internet at this stage. They felt that they would be more empowered to take decisions about candidates whose information is easily available online. In terms of a
wish list, 45 per cent of urban India voters said that they would like to see more information about political parties on the Internet to help them make an informed decision. 57 per cent said that they would like to see information on local issues, 48 per cent said that they would like to see updates on development activities undertaken in the constituency and 43 per cent said they wanted to see information on a party’s manifesto. The respondents also said that they would like to actively engage with the politicians online and that politicians should allow citizens to comment online and also respond to their comments on social media platforms. Political leaders with a strong online presence were per-
ceived as progressive and dynamic. A high percentage of respondents (65 per cent) said that they do not actively share their political views on social media platforms. Over one third of urban Indian voters consciously start looking for election and politics related information more than three months prior to the elections. This was in line with the search trends on Google. Election related search queries on Google start peaking three to four months in advance and there was a 500 per cent growth in the overall query volumes during the last Lok Sabha elections. This year though with growing Internet penetration, there is an 800 per cent
growth in the query volume already. Cellphones are becoming an important source of accessing the Internet with 25 per cent election related queries coming from mobile phones. In addition to the survey, we also looked at election and politics related Google search trends for the last 6 months: 1 March 2013 to 31 August 2013
Most searched politicians in the last 6 months:
Rahul Gandhi Narendra Modi Sonia Gandhi Manmohan Singh Arvind Kejriwal Jayalalithaa Akhilesh Yadav Nitish Kumar Sushma Swaraj Digvijay Singh
Most searched political parties:
Bharatiya Janata Party Indian National Congress Aam Aadmi Party Bahujan Samajwadi Party Shiv Sena
Top elections related ‘how to’ queries:
How to get election card? How to find electoral roll number? How to get election card online? How to vote? How to track/check status of election card?
Telangana issue may force early LS elections: Pawar By A Special Correspondent
he Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has predicted that the country may face early elections. The NCP president, has pointed out that Telangana issue is going to have major political implications. “As far as I know many MPs from Andhra Pradesh are planning to quit from the Lok Sabha. If this happens, elections may have to be held much earlier than scheduled,” he told reporters last week. While speaking to reporters at Roha in Raigad
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district on Saturday after a public function organised by state’s Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare, he said, “The developments over the Telangana issue are all set to take a different turn. This might result in Parliament elections happening earlier than scheduled.” “It is already decided that we will fight the elections in partnership with the Congress party but there might be some changes in the
seat sharing pattern. Some seats might be exchanged. The leaders and office bearers have to sit and decide about it. I have announced earlier that I will not contest for Lok Sabha. I will become a Rajya Sabha member in February 2014,” he made it clear. When asked about the recent controversy over an ordinance being withdrawn by the central government, Pawar refused to comment. When reporters asked about why he decided to contest the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) elections Pawar said, “I am contesting because I want to win”.
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HAS LIFE, WILL DANCE
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It’s pretty much par for the course where Astad Deboo is concerned. Off to participate in the International Cervantino Festival in Mexico (currently on from October 9 to 27), he takes time off for a Facebook post, not congratulating himself for achieving what is a difficult thing but announcing how glad he is that “his kids” get a chance to showcase their talent.
By Carol Andrade
he countdown has begun working towards this tour. It has taken me 10 months to prepare and now the young dance members accompanying me are totally excited. A total of 12 and out of that, eight are travelling for the first time; a decade ago most of them slept at Delhi railway station. Feeling good, seeing the excitement of these young men who are going to embark on a new experience”. For Astad, arguably India’s best known contemporary dancer, this is going to be a longish trip in a year that has seen him spend just 100 days in the country. Even that has become par for the course over the past several decades. Ask him how come and the shrug is eloquent. “It’s the work. I go where it takes me”. This particular trip is taking him to Mexico for the 18th time since 1974. In between, there was a lull, from 2002 so this is the first trip to dance after 11 years. The Cervantino, incidentally, is one of the world’s most important cultural festivals, central to the culture of Mexico since it was established four decades ago. Besides Cervantino, Astad and his boys will be performing in seven other cities, then they will go to Bogota in Columbia for three performances, Spain for performances in two cities, and for the first time for an Indian group, in Andorra (hilly and cold), a principality that is also a ski resort. “His boys” are the young men who started life completely disadvantaged, street kids whom Astad took over through the Salaam Balak Foundation and began mentoring in dance six years ago. Aged between 18 and 27, they are talented, hardworking and utterly loyal, and have begun to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve. Even so, many of them found it hard to believe that they would actually get special white passports to travel abroad, thanks to the Indian Council for Cultural Research (ICCR) which is sponsoring them for the festival. Talking to the ADC before the journey, Astad described the work that had gone into making this dream a reality for the boys of the group. Briefly, the exhaustion shows but then his natural optimism takes over robustly. He details the route they are going to take – Mumbai – Frankfurt – Mexico – Bogota – Spain. First there was the Mexican festival, then the others came on board. That’s the way it works for him. Already work has begun for next year as well and so far he can count on Sweden in April, then try to Norway, Denmark. “Every time it is the Westerner or people in the Far East or the Americans or the British who seem to understand the import of my work. It’s true impact is still to strike at home – so I keep traveling.” He marvels at the way cultural festivals are organised abroad, making them very exciting. “It’s the prospect of meeting people who understand your work, making new connections. And I enjoy the carefully arranged events, all the details taken care of, the press conferences, the very photo calls.” He laughs as he mentions the last, as I remind him of his often harsh reaction to photographers at performances in India. “They don’t seem to understand how upsetting it can be for a performer to have flashes go off all the time in the midst of a physically challenging piece that requires concentration.” So he has stopped performances from Hyderabad to Kolkata, Bangalore to Bhopal, and most recently in Bhubaneshwar, to shout at the “flash men”, sometimes ordering them out of the auditorium, to the delight of audiences. He does a particularly amusing take-off, on himself worked into a fury one second, while the next requires him to smoothen out his expression as he tries to get back into the spirit of the dance! “My Kathakali training”, he says airily. What does he think of the contemporary dance scenario in India in general? “It has improved”, he says, albeit a bit cautiously, “There are many more
artists looking at expressing themselves under the contemporary dance umbrella. But (and I am sorry to say this), the world contemporary itself is used so loosely as to verge on the blasphemous. You ask most of these so-called contemporary dancers what their backgrounds are and most often, it is laughable. They have taken a few classes here, a few classes there, watched and tried to mimic their favourites. Combined, this is some level of talent and then they go on stage. This just does not qualify to make them contemporary dancers And it shows in their vocabulary of movement which is so limited, so lacking in imagination.”
He adds, “Also, I see in the present context of young choreographers that there is more emphasis on physical theatre but very few have reached that level of excellence here that takes them into the realm of true dance. They are mediocre – fit for reality shows and television competitions where judging is also done by people who are not the best in the field. This is what they aspire to.” Nor are the audiences that fill the auditoria at these performances exactly connoisseurs of modern or contemporary dance, he points out quietly. So, are there any contemporary dancers that he likes? “Preethi Athreya”, he says promptly. “She is a Bharatnatyam dancer who did a post graduate course in dance studies in London and now works out of Chennai. Then there is Sanjukta Wagh from
Mumbai and Surjit Nongemikapam from Imphal. I regard these as thinking dancers.” He considers the Mumbai scene for real contemporary dance rather bleak, especially with its lack of platforms to promote the genre. Other cities he feels are marginally better. There is certainly plenty of room to grow. “Not in terms of turnout”, he observes drily. I always get a very good turnout.” The traveling never seems to end. He got back recently from Washington where he participated in the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the Dakshina Dance Company, arriving just before the shooting at the Naval shipyard just two blocks from where he was staying. So roads were blocked, rehearsals could not take place and he reached the Shakespeare Theatre at the Sydney Harman Hall in Washington three hours before the show, just in time to work out the light arrangements for his performance with the engineers. He was in Boston when 9/11 shook the world, in London when the Underground was attacked, but in Beirut when he heard about 26/11. He had gone there from Damascus, for a couple of days. When he returns in November, the traveling will continue. He performs in Ahmedabad, Varanasi, back again in Ahmedabad. He will attend to every detail as usual, and keep on trying to uncover new talent, keep mentoring his “kids”. And in his mind, he will keep on perfecting new work, stretching it as much as he carefully stretches his body that still amazes people who watch him. Dance is all he knows.
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Change of Guard
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MUMBAI | MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013
n a way, it is a change of guard at the Shiv Sena with the younger brigade taking over the reins of the party. And only Manohar Joshi appears to be sulking about it. It was not that Uddhav Thackeray had been entrusted with the reins of the Sena only last
year. Uddhav Thackeray has been carrying the mantle of the party president ever since November 2005, when the late Bal Thackeray chose him as his successor and his estranged cousin Raj Thackeray walked out and formed the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena in March 2006. Only a month later, after the traditional Dussera rally last year in which the late Sena chief made an emotional appeal to Sena supporters to take care of his son and grandson Aditya, the death of the Sena patriarch on November 17, 2012 really thrust Uddhav into the full-fledged role of Sena president. In the last seven years that he was at the helm of affairs under the watchful eyes of his father, Uddhav has tried his best to transform the image of the party from being rabble rousers to that of an entity with a serious political outlook. It is little wonder then that senior Sena leader Manohar Joshi, miffed at being sidelined, has retorted that had it been the Sena of old, then the memorial of the late Sena chief would have been cleared in a jiffy. It is also
side the confines of Maharashtra and whether the BJP is ready for it. In a way he is on the cusp of history which could end in the redefinition of the Sena. Whether he succeeds remains to be seen.
SIMHASAN Prashant Hamine | ADC a fact that Joshi was asked to make way for a younger brigade and not insist on contesting elections. He may lack the oratory skills of his late father or be unable to match those of his estranged cousin, but over the last one year, he has been taking pains to personally hold regional party conclaves and appointing grassroots booth level workers. Besides taking note of the younger electorate and its multi-lingual transformation, he has been trying hard to build bridges with the North Indian community with cultural (very basic) initiatives like ‘Laee-Chana’. The task before Uddhav is an onerous one, having to lead a younger looking party into the Lok Sabha elections next year with the Assembly elections following later. Over the years much of the old
guard, barring Joshi and Subhash Desai who still hog the limelight, have, like Pramod Navalkar, Dattaji Salvi and Datta Nalawade, died or are no longer with him. The rest, like Narayan Rane and Chhagan Bhujbal, have of course left the fold for greener pastures elsewhere. If he does manage to turn around the electoral fortunes of the Sena in the next years elections, it will end all speculations not just about his leadership but also about his rapprochement with his estranged cousin and alter the political equations with the BJP which now plays Big Brother in state legislative assembly too. Although he has made his desire known to lead the NDA as its convenor, it remains to be seen as to whether he is inclined to really spread Sena wings out-
Banyan Tree HE was one of those typical Shiv Sena MLAs who was simply plucked out of the blue by the late Sena chief Bal Thackeray and thrust into the hurly-
burly world of electoral politics. Shantaram Ambre from the Amboli assembly constituency in Andheri, back in 1995-99 during the Shiv Sena regime in the state, was christened as the Great Banyan Tree (Bodhi Vriksha) and that too for a reason… Even after becoming an MLA in 1995, Ambre did not
05 let go of his habit of hanging out under a banyan tree at a junction close to his house. People simply came up to him and, taking him to be a local, would ask for directions to the addresses they were searching for. And an everobliging Ambre would not mind it ever ready to help out. Only a handful of the passersby later on came to know who they had met. Another of his traits, that of a child like innocence that often remained oblivious to what was going around, both irritated and amused many. It so happened during a heated debate on the Justice Srikrishna Commission report back in 1995-99, then Sena chief minister Manohar Joshi was battling hard, arguing forcefully, defending his government on the floor of the house with all his attention focused on the Speaker’s chair. Amidst all this heated exchange and disruptions, Joshi was constantly feeling a nudge from the back at his waist. Irritated, he turned back to see who was poking him. It was none other than a grinning Ambre, armed with a piece of paper wanting Joshi to oblige him with his signature. The rest you can very well imagine what must have transpired then. Joshi was flabbergasted.
City nightlife proposal gets Cutting away life’s problems backing of MTDC panel State govt. under pressure as heads of central and other agencies support the suggestion which will boost entertainment and leisure tourism in city
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is giving hope to thousands who had slowed down in life due to obesity
By Vishnudas Sheshrao By A Staff Reporter Pressure is mounting on the state government to approve the proposal of ‘24x7 night life’ in Mumbai, the brainchild of Sena youth wing chief Aditya Thackeray, as a committee consisting of heads of various central and state govt agencies recommended to ‘liberalise rules and regulations with regard to nightlife in Mumbai to boost entertainment and leisure tourism in the city. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) constituted a committee consisting of heads of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), Regional Tourism dept, port authorities and other important authorities to boost tourism in the city. The committee suggested ‘Evening & Nighttime Economy Development’ as one of the seven pillars to boost tourism in the city, in their report — Tourism Development Plan, Mumbai Suburban Draft Copy. The committee posted the report draft on official website for public opinion. Junior Thackeray had pro-
posed an idea to allow eateries and other commercial establishments to function at night. Amid stiff opposition from opposition parties, the proposal was passed in the general body meeting of the BMC, earlier this month. The Municipal Commissioner is supposed to forward the proposal to urban development department of the state government for sanction. Congress had opposed the idea in the corporation due to security issue, so Congress is not likely to pass the move in the state government. Besides liberalising the rules and regulation with regards to night life, the committee further opined that destinations need to broaden the tourism offering in terms of lives, music, entertainment and a vibrant and cultural scene, to
provide more choice for visitors in crucial period from 6 pm onwards. The committee also said, “This will also include the development of hospitality in the city, with the need to increase the range and quality of its restaurants. And building a progorame of cultural events, extending cultural animation programmes later into the evening in summer further utilising performance space and encouraging festival and events to be spaced out through the year. Dr Jagadish Patil, MD, MTDC said, “Committee suggested night life after 6pm. We believe it will increase the tourism industry in the city as well as in the state. We are planning to make a palika bazaar where people could shop late in the evenings.
or Sarla Thakkar, a 46year-old working professional, this Navratri was really special as it is after eight years that she got a chance to play garba and dandiya this year. Obesity, the reason that kept her away from participating in the Navratri festivities, is no longer a concern for her as she underwent Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy a year ago and is now all set to indulge in her favourite dance moves.
Sarla’s History: Sarla, who is a beautician by profession, was suffering from Obesity grade II. Her weight was 95 kg and her Body Mass Index (BMI) was 35. She had been overweight since childhood and gradually kept putting on weight after marriage. This gradual weight gain started giving rise to several complications. Dieting and exercising hardly helped. She used to lose some weight but was unable to maintain the attained weight loss. She used to end up gaining back
Sarla Thakkar before undergoing Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.
Sarla Thakkar, all smiles after the surgery.
much more than what she had lost. Complaints like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, severe knee pain, severe acidity, depression due to obesity, poor willpower, were affecting her life.
all the necessary tests and counselling her, it was decided that she should opt for bariatric surgery and so she underwent Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy a year ago,” said Dr. Motwani.
Medical Assistance: Seeking medical help, Sarla approached Dr. Manish Motwani, Obesity Surgeon at Aastha Health Care in Mulund. “Sarla was a diabetic and hypertensive. She had lack of confidence that was affecting her work. After doing
Results: “After losing forty kilograms, her weight has come down to 55 kg from 95 kg. She is a changed person altogether. Her medical problems are under control too. Her efficiency at work has also increased. In a nutshell, her quality of life has improved,” said Dr. Motwani.
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ill-will against him in the party cadres. Importantly enough, Uddhav sat quiet during the slogan shouting and only asked the agitated workers to have patience. Pledging full support to the candidature of Narendra Modi for the post of prime minister, the Sena president launched a scathing attack against NCP chief Sharad Pawar who still aspires to be the prime minister. Commenting upon the anti-superstition ordinance promulgated by the government, in the wake of the death of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, he declared that the Sena would not support the ordinance till both the Warkari’s and the supporters of the ordinance agreed on its contents. Raising the Hindutva pitch, Uddhav lashed out at what he called Congress-led UPA gov-
Posters of babas, tantriks in local trains on the wane
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By Kainaz Choksey
U An unruly section of the crowd at Shivaji Park that raised slogans against Manohar Joshi being calmed down by Rashmi, the wife of Uddhav Thackeray. ernment’s minority appeasement policy. He criticized Sharad Pawar for declaring Ishrat Jahan as innocent even before the trial had begun. The Sena president wanted to know as to why no word was
being uttered over the detention of Sadhvi Pragyasingh Thakur and Colonel Purohit without trial. Uddhav also questioned why the state government was not ordering a judicial probe into the
Rs.70,000 crore irrigation scam in the state. He urged the cadres to vote for the lame duck UPA government at the centre out of power in the ensuing 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Telephone counseling service launched Sushil Kadam | ADC
based counselling services. In the last one year the helpline has catered to around 4,100 people with about 10-15 calls on average per day with a majority of calls from Mumbai. Another interesting fact revealed was that 64 per cent callers were men and 36 per cent were women with most callers being young adults (ages 19-30) and middle aged adults (ages 31-45). The launch was followed by a panel discussion featuring prominent professionals from the field of mental health in India. Helpline – 022-25563291 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Monday to Saturday (10am to 10pm)
nder the Right to Information Act-2005 (RTIA) filed by Mansoor Umer Darvesh, a member of Passengers & Traffic Relief Association (PATRA), in March 2013, Western Railways has supposedly seen a decrease in the number of illegal advertisements including stickers, handbills and posters of tantriks and babas in the railway compartments. During the period from January 2011 to January 2012, totally 283 persons were arrested and prosecuted and Rs.77,000 was realised. As per the RTI reply, special drive was undertaken and all the illegal posters were removed, however, Sr. Divisional Security Commissioner had intimated to undertake a special drive in night stabling spots to nab the culprits to avoid such illegalities. In response to the same questions through RTI by Darvesh, the Central Railway had replied that 320 cases were registered till March 2013. Rs.1,61,400 had been realised and 320 people were nabbed out of which 15 accused were sent to jail. On October 8, 2013, ADC had reported that babas and sadhus pasting ads inside trains could get seven years’ jail, thanks to the Anti-Black Magic Bill, thus relieving commuters who travel by
The Railways Act says...
Persons defacing the Railway Properties by pasting posters illegally are apprehended by Railway Police Force (RPF) under Section 166 of Railways Act and prosecuted in the court of law. As per Section 166 (Defacing public notices) of the Railways Act, 1989 — If any person without lawful authority: (a) pulls down or willfully damages any board or document set up or posted by the order of a railway administration on a railway or any rolling stock; or (b) obliterates or alters any letters or figures upon any such board or document or upon any rolling stock, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.
the Western Railway from ‘Bangali’ baba ads. ADC had reported that from January 2013 to August 2013, 156 cases of illegal pasting of stickers were detected in the Western Railway’s suburban trains during which Rs.1,52,300 were realised as fines, while six persons were sent to jail. email@example.com Azad Shrivastav | ADC
Prof. S Parasuraman at the launch of the campaign
o mark World Mental Health Day, iCALL, a telephonic counselling service, a field action project of the Centre for Human Ecology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) launched their new public awareness campaign ‘I Talk, I conquer, iCall’ on October 11 at their Chembur cam-
pus. Aimed at raising awareness on psychosocial issues, the campaign features posters depicting the different themes of the psychosocial issues most commonly affecting their callers. The most dominant among these are the issues of Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Body Image
Put in his place Continued from pg 1 « inspector Satish Mayekar, from the AEC. Dalvi and Mayekar were immediately relieved from their posts in the AEC and took the charge of their new posts in the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). However, senior inspector Alaknure continued to head the AEC. Such harsh steps by the po-
lice chief against an officer of the stature of PI Alaknure, who has been heading the AEC from more than past four years, is surprising as well as unusual, believe officers of the crime branch. Moreover, the sudden transfers of the three officers from the paramount wing of Mumbai’s crime branch was something that did not go down well with the officers of the
issues, Depression and Study related anxieties, stated Paras Sharma, Programme Coordinator, iCALL Psychosocial Helpline, TISS. The helpline provides information, referral linkages and emotional support and is managed by trained counsellors. They also offer email crime branch, as well as crime branch chief Himanshu Roy. The reason for this was that the officers were not transferred a few months ago when the other routine transfers took place. Before heading the AEC, Alaknure was attached to the AEC as inspector under the leadership of slain encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar. Dalvi and Mayekar were also a part of the AEC headed by the slain cop. firstname.lastname@example.org
Devotees immerse the Goddess Durga at Dadar Chowpatty on Sunday.
Bike thief arrested Chaining the Afternoon Despatch & Courier
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By Tariq Khan
smail Javed Shaikh (35), a bike thief specialised in stealing Activa scooters was arrested by Chembur police under section 379 (theft) of the IPC. Ismail is a resident of Rafique Nagar in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi. Police recovered 11 stolen Activa scooters from him. During the investigation, Chembur police found that the accused has 12 cases of theft against him under Deonar, Byculla, Santacruz, LT Marg, Pydhoni, Dongri and Bhoiwada. While investigating a case of scooter theft under Chembur police jurisdiction, API Pradeep Wani through his network of informers, laid a trap for Ismail and apprehended him. The police team recovered 11 Activa scooters amounting to Rs 5 lakh from the thief. Ismail admitted to stealing Activa scooters. While elaborating Ismail’s modus operandi, Wani said, “Ismail stole only Activa scooters as he knew that during nakabandi police do not stop female motorists or ask them vehicle documents. Ismail easily sold stolen scoot-
After Navratri’s successful Operation Romeo, lady cops in mufti will now flaunt jewellery to trap chain snatchers in Bhayandar By Suresh Golani
entered the grounds as revellers,” said Pingle. Confiolstered by the success of dent that deploying female their elaborate method constables as decoys would to keep a tab on eve-teasers act as a deterrent, the and mischief mongers dur- Navghar police is now planing the nine-day Navratri ning to carry the move furperiod, sleuths of the ther in order to curb the Navghar police station in menace of chain-snatching. According to the police, Bhayandar are all set to take the initiative to the next level, women constables would now aimed at putting an end wear saris and imitation jewto the chain snatching men- ellery to give the impression of being on their way to atace plaguing the region. The measures initiated by tend some function or festiSenior Police Inspector val. While these lady cops Dinkar Pingle to tackle such will crisscross the streets, exuntoward incidents had in- posing themselves as targets cluded deployment of lady to chain-snatchers, male cops, dressed in traditional constables dressed in plainattire, mixing with the clothes will provide back-up. “Once a chain snatcher crowds to keep an eye on mischief mongers and the tries to make his move, the ‘Romeos’ at garba venues. accompanying male cops Eve teasers who tried to mis- will pounce on him and apbehave with girls were im- prehend him at once. The mediately taken to task by arrest of a single chain these on-duty lady cops. snatcher helps solve several “We decided to keep a cases. This exercise will be watchful eye on crowds, and done mostly in the areas nofor this, our lady cops, torious for such incidents,“ dressed up in garba attire, said the senior inspector.
Ismail Javed Shaikh in the custody of the Chembur Police ers to women buyers for Rs 30,000 or Rs 40,000 depending on its condition and promised to provide documents within three to four days, but he never did. We are investigating if he has any accomplices and we may still
recover four to five stolen scooters from him.” Prahlad Panaskar, the Senior PI of Chembur Police said, “Through ADC I request victims whose scooters have been stolen to approach Chembur police station. Al-
ready we have given eight stolen Activa scooters to their real owners. From 2009, till date, Ismail has 12 cases of theft against him. He has been produced in court and has been sent to police custody till October 15.”
Blackmailed, robbed and raped for 7 years engaged and was about to tie the knot with a youth of her own community. In an apparent attempt to break the marriage, Nanda posted the objectionable photographs to the girls- wouldto-be-husband and his family members. Following a complaint registered by the victim, the Nalasopara police station arrested Nanda and booked him under sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation)
and 328 ( causing hurt by means of poison) of the Indian Penal Code and under the section 66-A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. The accused has been remanded to police custody till October 14 by the Sessions Court, Vasai. However after allegations levelled by victim stating that the Nalasopara police led by Senior Police Inspector Mukund Mahajan were going
soft on the accused, the case was handed over by the SP to a Lady Assistant Police Inspector R.L. Puri of the Valiv police station. However top police officials have said that since the matter had to be investigated by a female cop, it was handed over to Puri as the female staff at Nalasopara were deputed for bandobast duty at Mata Jeevdani Temple in Virar for the on-going festive season. Manoj Singh
Girl was forced to submit to sex on threat of her nude pictures being circulated among family and friends; clips were posted to her fiancé. Victim alleges that Nalasopara cops were going soft on accused
The accused, Nitin Nanda, being led away by the Nalasopara police.
By Suresh Golani The Nalasopara police have arrested a 39-year-old man on charges of raping a raping a 17 year-old-girl (now 24 years old) repeatedly over a period of seven years from the year 2006 to 2013 at Vasai. Nitin Sahuji Nanda (39), allegedly photographed nude pictures of the victim and blackmailed her into sleeping with him for seven years. According to the police, Nanda, who is a resident of the posh Shankar Lane area in Kandivali (West), works as a manager in a switch making company at an industrial area
in Vasai. He came into contact with the girl in 2006 and after a brief courtship, allegedly spiked her drinks at a flat in Evershine City, Vasai, and clicked nude pictures of her, which he later used to blackmail the girl, offering to keep silent in return for sexual favours. It has also been alleged that Nanda extorted Rs 2 lakh from the victim. Nanda threatened to circulate the nude photographs to her parents, relatives and friend circle whenever she attempted to resist his demands for sex. The matter was reported to the police after the victim, who is now 24-years-old, got
Police personnel perform a puja of their weapons to mark ‘Shastra Pujan’ on the occasion of Dussehra, in Thane on Sunday.
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Girl involved in 17 cases, including Rs.55 lakh robbery, distributes greeting cards among police officers, promising to turn over a new leaf
By Zuber Ansari
CCTV. While the main accused, Shakir Haider Sheikh alias Guddu, 36 and his colleague Vinod Sunil Tayde alias Shubham committed the crime, Gurprit Singh kept watch outside the office. At present, all the accused
ussehra day seemed to have had a profound effect on a criminal, recently arrested in connection with a 55-lakh robbery at a private SRA office in Sanatcruz, prompting her to create greeting cards for police officers, with messages of remorse over her criminal acts and a determination to correct herself, and henceforth lead a proper life. 20 year-old Gurprit Singh was arrested by Crime Branch Unit 7 along with her two accomplices from Mumbra, and is currently in custody of the Vakola police. She asked the lady police at the station for a few sheets of paper and a pen and prepared greeting cards for the officers. In each card she wrote something about her feelings
of regret for her crimes, apologized to her family members, and praised lady constables with whom she is spending her time in custody, said Senior Police Inspector (SPI) from Vakola Police station, Vinayak Mule, adding that the girl has wished all
staffers and has promised to become a good girl after she comes out on bail. On August 27, there was a Rs.55 lakh robbery from a private city survey office of Mahadev Andurlekar in Golibar, Santacruz East. The whole incident was recorded on
are in the custody of the Vakola police station, which is investigating the case and attempting to recover the cash they had robbed.
Prices of goats, bulls in Deonar slaughterhouse rise by 20-30 pc; security tight By Zuber Ansari
Deonar slaughter house, which is known as Asia’s he increasing price of biggest animal market is exRupee, seems to have not pecting more than two lakh only taken its toll on the food goats this time, along with prices but also the festivities in 12,000 bulls this year. Talking to ADC, General the city as prices of goats have shot up by 20-30 per cent Manager of Deonar Slaughter compared to last year for the House Pramod Dethe said that Bakri-Eid celebration which till Sunday evening around falls on Wednesday. Sources 1,64,000 goats and more than informed that with just two 9,000 bulls we have allowed days has left for the festival, them to enter inside the prices are expected to increase slaughter house, and in coming two days the figure of goats further.
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Rudy rides rough where does it come from? So the moot point is merely introducing presidential democracy in India, is not the panacea to the present problem, nevertheless it may reduce corruption, said Rudy. Kumar Ketkar, Chief editor of ‘Divya Bhaskar’, did some sort of hedging when he said, I am not here for or against the introduction of presidential democracy system, I am here because the Convener Jaswant Mehta has done a lot of research on By Edrich Miranda the subject, which still ember of Parliament needs some deliberations. Pratap Rudy can- I would say corruption in didly admitted that politi- government may come cians could not come out under scrutiny; but want of the whirlpool of corrup- about Corporate corruption. He was addressing tion or corruption in The National Forum of N.G.O’s who under the Presidential Democracy at guise of scholarships for the Yeshwantrao Chavan foreign education grant Auditorium in Mumbai on approve funds to a senior government official’s son, Saturday. Stating his itinerary dur- for study abroad which of ing the earlier part of the course is within the objecday, while amongst the tives of the trust, there is masses on the streets, at no give or take but some Bihar, he said people corruption has occurred. posed questions such as, In order to introduce this lack of electricity, lack of change the constitution itwater, bad roads etc; self will have to be Funds and sanctions for amended, now who dethese jobs are with the ad- cides that naturally the ministration; but nobody treasury benches, so we questions the Collector the are again caught in the orbit. Captain State Secretariat. Are we same MPs supposed to legislate S.Thakur resident editor of in Parliament, or answer Nav Bharat Times, vehesuch rudiment questions, mently castigated the he lamented? If we don’t, British legacy inherited the electorate hits back at and religiously adhered to us, by saying, “You come by us, that was okay for for votes, we will see you”, those times. Present amongst the therefore we have no option but to please the elec- prominent politicians was torate, irrespective of MLC, advocate Ashish which political party we Shelar, Sardar Tarasingh, Shetty and other BJP party are with. Another reason we can- workers. The NCP and the Connot dispense corruption is we need funds for our- gress (I), were conspicuselves and our party, ous by their absence.
The greeting cards designed and decorated with drawings by Gurprit Singh while in custody of the Vakola police, wishing the officers and staff on the occasion of Dussehra.
Pay more to get your goat! and bull are likely increase because increasing demand. A goat weighing 12-15 kg is available for Rs 10,000 which is costlier compare to last year. Prices of animals have shot up this year as compared to last year, Dethe added. Meanwhile, a Santacruz based scrap dealer Hafizullah Khan who bought two goats this year said, “last year I paid Rs 12,000 for two goats but this time I had to pay Rs. 16,000 for one and Rs 34,000 for two, a
30 per cent rise in the price.” Another buyer, Asif Shaikh said, this time the extra burden has fallen on the people as this year he had to pay Rs. 42,000 for two goats weighing over 30 kg each. Dethe further said that for security reasons, the abattoir had to fix over 41 CCTV cameras all over the premises. Around 241 security guards excluding police officers have been posted to keep an eye on every anti-social aliments.
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The effigy of Ravana is put to flames at the Shivaji Park ground on the occasion of ‘Vijay Dashmi’, on Sunday.
Raj Thackeray, the MNS chief, addresses his followers during the bhoomi pujan and inauguration of a sports complex at Nare Park, Parel on Sunday.
Unsure of hygiene in public transport? Afternoon Despatch & Courier
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Country’s 68 per cent people believe that public transport is the riskiest place for infectious diseases, says a study
By A Staff Reporter
he Global Hygiene Council (GHC) 2013 study reveals that over three quarters (76 per cent) of adults are concerned about themselves or their family contracting an infectious disease. The level of concern varies greatly between countries, with respondents from India showing the most concern (95 per cent) compared to just 54 per cent in Germany. The survey of more than 18,000 adults across 18 countries, including India, has revealed that the biggest (30 percent) infectious disease concern across the world is seasonal flu. Despite this unified concern, the data from individual countries shows that infectious disease priorities do vary widely across the world. For example, in India the top three concerns are illnesses that cause seasonal colds (47.3 per cent), skin infections (37.1 per cent) and seasonal flu (31.9 per cent). In UK it is stomach upset (e.g. E. coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella) (42 per cent); diarrhoea and vomiting (33 percent); and staph infection/MRSA (30 per cent). While the priorities in Nigeria are seasonal colds (49 percent); waterborne illnesses (e.g. Cholera and Typhoid) (44 per cent); and skin infections (42 per cent). Despite these differences, the one common theme is the important role that hygiene has in all countries in helping control and preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Chander Mohan Sethi, Senior Vice President – South East Asia, RB commented, “Dettol is considered as the gold standard in germ protection and a leader in the hygiene and health care segment. It is our responsibility to educate con-
Members of the public in the country and across the world are concerned about infectious diseases and impact they have on their health. sumers about the importance of adopting correct hygiene practices to ensure a healthy lifestyle. The focus of the study this year was to get inside the consumer psyche and understand their concerns about the risk of infectious diseases or infections that can pose a potential threat to their health as well as that of their family both at home and while engaging with communities outside. More than 3/4th of the respondents from India ensured that they and their families wash their hands with soap and water after going to the toilet and before eating to prevent infections or infectious diseases. We are happy to see that our consistent effort over the years to educate the consumers about hygiene practices is somewhere
contributing to the results we are witnessing today”. Professor John Oxford, Chairman of the Hygiene Council and Professor of Virology at Barts and The London School of Dentistry said, “It is clear from our latest study that the infectious disease concerns of members of the public vary considerably, depending upon the country they live in. In some countries respiratory illnesses, such as seasonal influenza and common colds are of most concern, whilst in others gastrointestinal illnesses, caused by pathogens including E. coli and Salmonella are of more concern. Despite these differences, it appears universally recognised that good hygiene is an important way to stop the spread of infectious diseases. Simple hy-
giene measures, such as hand-washing with soap before handling and eating food and after using the toilet, and targeted surface disinfection are essential in helping to break the chain of infection.” Dr. Narendra Saini, India Representative of GHC said, “We know from our studies that members of the public in India and across the world are concerned about infectious diseases and the impact they have on their health and the health of their families. It is also apparent that the home is
consistently seen as the least risky place for picking up infectious diseases. However, we know that infectious diseases, including respiratory illnesses like influenza and food-borne illnesses, such as Salmonella, are regularly transmitted in the home between family members, through improperly cooked food and via contamination from unhygienic kitchen surfaces. I urge members of the public not to be complacent about the safety of their homes. In order to help protect the whole family against potentially harmful infections, thorough and regular hand-washing with soap and cleaning and disinfection of food contact surfaces and commonly touched areas is essential”. When asked why they are concerned about themselves or their family contracting an infectious disease, 64 per cent stated that it is because of the long-term effect on health, whilst more than half (51 per cent) said they are worried by an increase in antibiotic resistance, which they believe is making infections caused by bacteria more difficult to treat. Overall, 68 per cent of adults think public transport is one of the riskiest places for picking up infectious diseases, compared to just 11 percent who view the home as risky. In addition to these concerns, 73.8 percent respondents in India believe that it is because it affects the family’s long term health. 51.6 percent believe infection spreads easily to other family members and 48 percent think that this is because viruses are becoming more resistant to drugs and so are harder to treat. Despite varying infectious disease concerns between countries, 77 per cent of
adults said they ensure that they and their family wash their hands with soap and water after going to the toilet and before eating and over half (55 per cent) of adults affirmed that they also regularly clean and disinfect surfaces in the home (e.g. toilet and kitchen surfaces), demonstrating an understanding that good hygiene can help to prevent infection. India is relatively better than the global average with 57 per cent of adults regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in the home (e.g. toilet and kitchen surfaces) while 77 per cent Indians endure that they and their family wash their hands with soap and water after going to the toilet and before eating. Notwithstanding this data, previous Global Hygiene Council studies such as the Dettol HABIT Study have indicated that although people know good hand hygiene is important; in reality they do not always practice it correctly. 83 percent of adults said they intend to wash their hands every time they go to the toilet, but just 68 per cent actually end up washing their hands with soap and water. A good 49 per cent of adults around the world (including India) perceive mass gatherings (e.g. sports matches & music concerts) as some of the most risky places for picking up infectious diseases. In addition to this 20 per cent said they avoid attending mass gatherings as a measure to help prevent them from picking up infectious diseases. 68 per cent of all survey respondents, and 75 per cent of the respondents in India, perceive the most risky place for picking up infectious diseases to be on public transport.
BJP demands third party audit of state agri pumps By Prashant Hamine
Mahavitaran in an earlier statement has already rubbished Bhantate BJP spokesperson Madhav dari’s claims as baseless, which Bhandari has demanded a third Bhandari argued against saying party audit of the exact number of that the clarification was more poagricultural pump sets in the state, litical than official. how many of them are metered He stated that a three to four and how many are unmetered. member committee of independSpeaking to newspersons last ent experts be appointed to ascerweek, he alleged that the state tain the existence of actual power supply utility Mahavitaran agricultural pump sets in the state. was overcharging farmers on Bhandari added that the governHorse Power (HP) pump sets and ment should exercise powers conat the same time pocketing gov- ferred on it under Section 108 of ernment subsidies by projecting the Electricity Act 1999 and immenegative distribution losses. The diately stay the recent power hike.
He also extended the party’s support to the statewide mass bonfire of electricity bills called by power consumer associations on October 18. Commenting upon the Mahavitaran’s clarification on his earlier charges, Bhandari issued a letter from Mahavitaran’s Executive En-
gineer from Akola to his subordinate Assistant Engineer for lower side billing which has caused abnormal losses, asking the latter about why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. Giving further proof, Bhandari stated that the executive engineer of Morshi in Akola, in his latest letter of September 29 this year, states that for a power supply load of 800 HPT tariff and 1,700 metered consumers, the billing has been raised from 3 HP to 5 HP. Bhandari revealed that this has been going on for the last 13 years
and farmers and other Mahavitaran consumers have been oblivious to the sudden rise of their electricity bills. He disclosed that out of the 35 lakh agricultural pump sets in the state around 16 lakhs of them are metered while the rest are unmetered, which are the most affected by abnormal billing. The state BJP spokesperson claimed that the power utility has in the last 13 years pocketed about Rs. 6.500 crore of government subsidy and has defrauded agricultural and other consumers to the tune of about Rs. 53,500 crore.
Rahul Gandhi inspires truth-telling — and how Narendra Modi’s S
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“Politics have no relation to morals.” — Niccolo Machiavelli
rally in Bihar
ATER this month, BJP’s PM nomL inee Narendra Modi will be addressing a rally in Bihar. It is certain to be one of the biggest ever held in the state. Even the President of India, who was scheduled to visit the state, has decided to postpone his visit. Modi’s Bihar poll campaign is going to take off in a big way. The BJP in the state needs the support and guidance of the PM nominee. There is clearly a threat to Nitish Kumar’s rule in Bihar. A fiery leader like Modi can galvanise the party and get it set for posing a big challenge to the JDU government. Nitish Kumar claims that there has been progress in Bihar and that the people will stand by him in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. This, however, is not true. The poverty line is quite high in Bihar and the worsening situation is driving people out of the state. The chief minister is trying hard to persuade the Centre to give Bihar a special status. During the last election when the BJP decided to ask Narendra Modi to participate in the poll campaign in Bihar, Kumar stoutly opposed the idea. He declared openly and stridently that he would not allow Modi to campaign in Bihar. It is to be seen what his reaction will be now: Will he produce some excuse and stop the rally? Nitish Kumar appears to think that Bihar is his private property. He cannot stop political activities by opposition parties. With the arrival of Modi, the stage appears to have been set for a battle between the BJP and the JDU. Chances are that there will be violent clashes between the two parties during the next few months.
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PEAKING in Aligarh last week, Rahul Gandhi justified his ‘nonsense’ intervention which alone killed the move to protect convicted netas via an ordinance. “Is there a time to speak the truth? We have to speak the truth. I said what I felt,” he asserted with a rhetorical flourish at a public rally in the minority-dominated town in UP which has witnessed recurrent communal strife over several decades. Indeed, he blamed the ruling Samajwadi Party and the BJP for the recent riots in Muzzaffarnagar. Since Gandhi has set a great store by truth-telling, never mind the rather rude manner of its telling, his critics have targeted him for having remained completely mute when the UPA Government unleashed one corruption scam after another, when communal riots much worse than those in UP occurred in Congressruled Rajasthan and Assam Selective truthtelling does not enhance the Congress leader’s credibility. But we will leave it at that. What should concern us is his refusal to countenance truth when it is told by others. After all, the best way for the people to know the truth in a democracy is when the Opposition speaks it about the ruling party and vice versa. Truth thus lies somewhere between the opposite versions. Unfortunately, what invariably emerges from these contrary ‘truths’ shows up both sides in rather unsavory light. For example, no one is ready to own up the blame for the virtual paralysis of normal life in Andhra Pradesh. But if you consider the version of every player in the Telangana drama, it is hard to escape the conclusion that the Congress is a major culprit. It single-handedly messed up Andhra Pradesh. Yes, barring the BJP, all other parties have played ducks and drakes with the demand for Telangana. The Congress, in fact, is guilty of reviving the long dormant demand on the eve of the 2004 parliamentary poll because it was desperate to win. Once in power in Hyderabad and New Delhi, it sought to put Telangana again on the back burner. Having taken the sting out of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi campaign with the usual goodies which most politicians find very hard to resist, the Congress felt obliged to play the Telangana card once again because it feared a certain rout in the coming parliamentary poll. It was expedient to try and partially salvage the situation by conceding the new State. But an abrupt declaration without any homework was a sure recipe for disaster. Now, as things are, even Telangana may not be a reality by the time the Lok Sabha polls are held. In that case, the party would end up a loser in both Telangana and Seemandhra regions. But we were on Rahul’s new-found zeal for truth-telling. Having established so very publicly his veto-power over the Union Cabinet and its superior, the core committee of the Congress, chaired by none other than his mother, Sonia Gandhi, the people on both sides of the divide in Andhra await with bated breath for the Gandhi scion’s truthful take on the situation in the troubled State. Between further deterioration of the situation, with the Congress chief minister egging on protests, and the return of a semblance of normalcy lies the word of Rahul Gandhi. Should he tick off the central government for the shoddy manner in which the new
State is sought to be created it might help calm tempers all around. So, why doesn’t he make truth-telling a habit? Otherwise, it would confirm the popular belief that the ‘nonsense’ outburst was a one-off intervention meant to salvage whatever he could from a potentially disastrous situation for the Congress Party. While still on Telangana, it says a lot about what we have made of our institutions that an hon’ble member of the Lok Sabha has had to approach the Delhi High Court to have his resignation accepted by the equally hon’ble Speaker, Meira Kumar. Last week, Lagadapati Rajagopal, the Congress MP from Vijayawada, felt obliged to seek the intervention of the judiciary
INSIDE STORY Virendra Kapoor when his entreaties in person to Kumar in August to accept his resignation fell on deaf ears. We do not have to tell you why the Speaker would not do the needful, nay, do what is mandated by law, and whom her refusal to do the right thing is meant to help. Only two short points need iteration here. One, it undermines the prestige of the Speaker’s office. And, two, it nixes the oftheard charge by politicos that judiciary interferes in the domain of other constitutional functionaries. If these authorities refuse to do what the Constitution has entrusted them to do, someone has to necessarily fill the vacuum. Thankfully, very often the judiciary steps in.
An epidemic of truth-telling HETHER it is the epidemic of truthtelling that has broken out following W Rahul Gandhi’s ‘truthful’ stand in the matter of the ordinance on convicted netas is hard to tell, but we can at least be grateful that the Congress leaders no longer feel obliged to hide behind the shield of secularism while wooing the minority voters. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s missive to chief ministers, asking them to ensure that the youths from the minority community (read Muslim) are not wrongfully held by the police can be seen in the light of that new ‘truth’. It may be a blatant attempt to curry favour with the Muslim voters on the eve of crucial Assembly and parliamentary polls, but at least Shinde cannot be accused of hiding his real motive. Unmindful of the constitutional bar on injecting the virus of religion in the administration of the country, Shinde had no problem openly playing the communal card. It is the minority community which, in fact, seems to lack the requisite political wisdom to see through such a blatant ruse. Again, we must doff our non-existent
hats to the Karnataka Congress chief, G. Parmeshwara, for telling the minorities to freely avail of institutional loans and not to bother about paying back. Parmeshwara, according to reports, exhorted members of the party’s minority cell that instead of taking small loans they should go for `big amounts like Rs. 50 lakhs.’ And then he went on to say, “… never bother to repay the loans. Many people and officials have duped government agencies of several thousands of crores of rupees. It is part of the development process.” It was, however, not clear whether the privilege to borrow big from the banks without any obligation to repay was to be available only to members of the Congress’s minority cell or it was to be extended to all Muslims nationally. Given that the banking sector is groaning under a mountain of non-performing assets, it will be interesting to know what P. Chidambaram thinks of his esteemed party colleague’s clarion call to the minorities.
One ‘feku’ bigger than the other OME elections, all politicians become ‘fekus.’ The Ashok Gehlot Government C in Rajasthan, on the eve of the Assembly election, launched a media blitz, highlighting its supposed achievements. One of the claims made in full-page advertisements in all national dailies concerned the two-fold increase in Rajasthan’s gross domestic product between 2008-09 and 2013-14. However, the truth is that the actual growth in the State GDP is only half of the claimed growth, to be precise, 107 percent as against the 207 percent as claimed in newspaper ads. Likewise, the full-page flyers inserted on behalf of the Delhi Congress Party on the morning Narendra Modi addressed a huge rally in Rohini, North Delhi, recently gave credit, among a host of other such things, to Sheila Dikshit for the Delhi Metro. This was again not borne out by facts. If the truth be told, it was the BJP Chief Minister of Delhi, Madan Lal Khurana, who had initiated the move to build a metro rail in the capital while it was the Deve Gowda Government at the Centre which had finally approved the project. In fact, it is not uncommon for one government to approve, say, the construction of a bridge or a power plant, and for another government to inaugurate it after its completion. Dikshit is right to claim credit, but the truth is she merely inaugurated the Delhi Metro while the in-principle approvals and necessary outlays for the project were made by the non-Congress governments. While on the Dikshit Government, its claim of superior development as against Gujarat was fully belied by the recent CAG report which revealed that more children in Grade I and II are malnourished in Delhi than even in relatively poor States like UP, Orissa, M.P. Chhattisgarh, etc. Delhi reported 49.87 percent malnourished children in that age group while the comparative figures for UP, MP, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat were 40.72, 26.61, 36.50 and 34.21 percent respectively. Time Dikshit toned down that rhetoric about ‘vikas dikhta hai.’ As they say, ‘jo dikhta hai, woh sahi nahi hain. Jo nahi dikhta, who sahi hai.’ At least in the case of Delhi.
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TAKE A BOW LITTLE MASTER THE God of Cricket – Sachin Tendulkar – finally calls it a day as he announced his retirement after playing his 200th match which will be in the coming series against the West Indies. He has plenty of records and tons of runs which no other cricketer would ever be able to touch in the near future. His retirement will be an immense loss to Indian cricket and his absence will be felt for a long time to come. However, age catches up with everyone and Tendulkar has timed his retirement to perfection. A ton in his farewell game will be the icing on the cake and one hopes and prays he makes it. Sachin, your fans will miss you once you hang up your boots, but here’s wishing you good health and fortune in your life after cricket and hoping you will still be a part of the Indian cricket team in some form or the other.
has been confirmed repeatedly by his colleagues and contemporaries. He will remain as a legend forever and we are proud that he is an Indian cricketer who had achieved such a rare feat. We wish him all the best in his days of retirement. — Bikram Banerjea, Mumbai
on a happy note. The BCCI has temporarily cancelled the South African Tour only to pave way for the highest century maker to make the most of an easy paced wicket at Nerul and go with a happy memory. With a fight for the venue of the final match on, we hope that the monsoon rains do not spoil Sachin and his fans’hopes. — Jayanthy S. Maniam, Sanpada
THERE are a number of claimants to host Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th test match and bid goodbye to him. The Gujarat Cricket Association has already expressed its wish to host the farewell match at Motera, Ahmedabad. The Delhi District Cricket Association revealed its intention of having the
SANDEEP PATIL has handled the situation well in that Tendulkar who was seemingly refusing to retire announced the inevitable. It is, however, not clear as to why the BCCI’s International pro-
— S.N. Kabra, Goregaon
SACHIN came down to the pitch many a time, but this time will be his last as he quits after his 200th test in India. The BCCI tried all tricks to ensure that his final match will be in India so that he can retire peacefully before his fans at home. The BCCI’s plan to ask Sachin to retire after his 200th test in November this year is a right step in the right direction. However, had Sachin played his last innings against South Africa against the likes of Steyn and scored a half century or even less in a winning cause, it would have mattered more than him making a century against a weak West Indies and bidding the game farewell. He is a living legend and should quit in style rather than doing so on compulsion. — C.K. Subramaniam, Sanpada
SINCE yesterday the electronic media has been continuously abuzz with news of the retirement of the world’s most legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. It was not however a surprise as it was coming anyway. It is certainly a wise decision by him as he realised that he is being exploited with the game. In fact, the records that he has set in the batting department have been termed an extraordinary bench mark by cricketers all over the world. Sachin has always been a humble and friendly cricketer as
Pointless denial PAKISTAN’S denial of infiltration at the LoC is utter nonsense. The fact is that the Indian forces have killed eight terrorists at Keran and captured a large quantity of arms and ammunition over the last few days has proved that it was the biggest infiltration bid by Pakistan whose PM is talking abut peace and a good relationship with India. Pakistan has made a laughing stock of itself all over the world by ignoring the reality at the LoC. The question is whether Pakistan has a larger destabilisation programme for India which will be handled with an iron
BOWLED OVER: Sachin’s amazing performance over two decades will be sorely missed after he hangs up his boots at the conclusion of his final match in November. memorable match at Ferosha Kotla. Further both the MCA and the CCI are willing to have the 200th Test Match at Mumbai. Dalmiya also provided the Eden Gardens stadium at Kolkota to host Sachin’s final match as it has a maximum capacity. As a resident of Navi Mumbai and a fan Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar from his fist test at Karachi in the year 1989 I would like to see him finally call it a day at the DY Patil Grounds in Nerul, Navi Mumbai. His fans in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune and all Maharashtrians can watch him in action for the last time in our back yard and enjoy the game of the master blaster at close quarters. DY Patil Stadium is the fifth best stadium in the world and is picturesque enough for the gentleman’s game. Sachin has not played a Test Match at this venue and can bat freely as this is a batsman’s paradise. He can also sign of with a hundred against the weak West Indies bowling attack. It would do a world of good to end his career
gramme was rescheduled so that the West Indies were suddenly invited to play two Test matches on Indian soil ahead of the ‘scheduled’ tour to SA which is said to have been ‘altered’ allegedly owing to an ego problem between the Boards. The second of the two Test matches on Indian soil will coincidentally be the 200th Test for Tendulkar. It gives the impression that Tendulkar must have expressed his desire to play his 200th Test to retire. Cricket, however, will go on and one shall look forward eagerly to the SA tour. Let us look ahead to promising talent that is in abundance but waiting in the wings to prove themselves.
hand by the Indian armed forces in coming days.
LS remaining. He will be losing very little if he does.
— Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai
— Vineet Phadtare, Borivali
— T.M. Uday Shankar, Mumbai
PERFORMANCE wise both Tendulkar and Lara have achieved many records in International cricket. But if you go deep into their career statistics, it becomes clear that they have not been able to give 100 per cent to their teams.
Where’s the selflessness?
Rahul is unqualified to lead
A CONGRESS legislator from Vidarbh has challenged his BJP counterparts to resign over the separate State issue. He has promised to follow suit if Saffron party MPs and MLAs heed his advice. But, why does this gentleman not take the lead by setting an example of his ‘selfless nature of putting the region’s cause before individual interests? After all, there are only a few months of the term of the current
AS reported Rahul Gandhi has aplogised for his remarks made at a press conference that he unceremoniously barged into. He has also stated that his apology is because his mom told him that his harsh language was uncalled for. The fact that he had to be admonished by his mother to realise what he had done raises the question of whether such a person can be a national leader. It is an open fact that Rahul Gandhi
international cricket with such aplomb. — Murugesh Iyer, Thane
I am a fan of Sachin Tendulkar and have compiled his innings by innings record from his 1989 Karachi Test to his mixed form in 2013. Whenever he achieves something great in International Cricket it is mostly against lower rung sides or against sides without star performers. But against Zimbabwe his record was not up to the mark. At one point of time in 14 consecutive ODI finals, in which Team India lost all 14 matches, his performance was well below par particularly in the second innings. He scored well in patches in his final performance with a win against Australia at Sharjah or in the VB final played in Australia against the home team. During later stages in his career he ought to have switched his position according to the situation and give young blood more chances to bloom instead of occupying the top slot all the time. Thus he ought to have extended his career for a couple of years more and played the 2015 World cup also. Instead of playing for records most of the time he should have batted to win most of the games with his individual performance. After a disastrous show in the 2007 World cup the entire team blamed coach Greg Chappell and Sachin joined the bandwagon. As a sportsman he should have taken it in his stride instead of blaming the guru. — Calicut K. Subramaniam, Sanpada
SACHIN TENDULKAR is remembered as the God of Cricket all over the world for his remarkable 24 years in the game. The whole nation looks forward to see him playing in his last test match at Wankhede and will miss him when an International Match will be played by the Indian Team. His calibre, strokeplay, and patience coupled with the tough time he gave the Australians will always be remembered. Sachin is remembered by stalwarts like Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Sir Vivian Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Dilip Vengsarkar and many cricketers of his era and the current Indian team for his batsmanship and his advice to the team whenever they found themselves in turmoil. His presence on the field was a great support and a morale booster to the younger cricketers. Sachin’s Guru Mr. Ramakant Acharekar will also be very proud when his ‘shishya’ retires from the is unfit to be a national leader as projected by the Congress party. He has no qualifications,merits,experience or caliber that is required of a national leader nor he has provided a solution for national issues,inflation,scams,scandals,security an d terrorism. His only qualification is that he is the son of Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president. His disapproval about the Ordinance makes one wonder why he was quiet and did speak up earlier when it was in the making. It is high time that the Congress projects and declares its leader or its Prime Ministerial candidate for the
IF an Indian is admired, adored and appreciated by everyone, it is Sachin Tendulkar. He combines his ability with humility which is why he has a fan following not only in India but across the five continents. Without dispute, he is the most elegant right- handed batsman to grace the cricket field. His quick leg glances, dashing cover drives, cute arrow straight drives, dancing down the wickets to loft the ball and sweet on drives have all been embedded in the software of a cricket lover’s brain. When he bowls, he turns the ball more acutely than other Indian spinners. He is a good all rounder contributing in all three areas on the field. When master blaster Vivian Richards when asked how he would like to be born in his next life he is reported to have said,“Like Sachin in India, with so much adulation and a huge fan following. In my playing days not even a chewing gum company came forward to sponsor me or my team!” That explains Sachin’s greatness in a nutshell coming from a great West Indian batsman. Sachin will surely be placed alongside cricket greats in the Cricket Hall of Fame. He is un-corrupted by fame, unperturbed by criticism and unwavering in his commitment to play for the country and therefore truly deserves a Bharat Ratna. Viva, Sachin Tendulkar! — Lakshman Sundar, Vashi
CRICKET is a team game where performance is the name of the game. Sachin Tendulkar dominated the scene of action till 2011 and the World cup win was the icing on the cake. However, he had a hard time later and now the selectors have put pressure on him to quit. The Number 10 Jersey which belongs to the Little Master should not been allotted to any one else in Indian Team. It is a sad end to an illustrious career for the God of Cricket. Had he retired after the World Cup win in 2011 as many of the senior cricketers observed, he could have left voluntarily and with satisfaction. He bid his time and his fans also encouraged to him to continue and now the BCCI has made him say goodbye to cricket. At 40 Sachin should have thought that he needs to pave the way for youngsters. Better late than never is correct as far as Sachin is concerned. — C.K.S. Maniam, Vashi
forthcoming elections as the BJP has. If they project Rahul Gandhi as their leader, it will definitely prove to be the last nail in the coffin of Congress party in the forthcoming election.In fact all his speeches have been very childish and puerile and he has rightly been called a political jester. — S.P. Sharma, Mumbai
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Chapter 6 Political Parties
3) The Election Commission reserves election symbols for the recognised parties.
INTRODUCTION: In the present chapter, we are going to learn about the meaning of a political party, the types of political parties and the major political parties in India. Political parties are important in the representative democracy.
NATIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES IN INDIA
Political Party: Political party is a group of people. The members of the group share similar views on the particular topic and come close to each other as a group. The people who share common opinion on political matters come together and form a political party. Political parties decide their strategy about various public questions. This is known as programme or policy of the party. The people who agree or accept this policy come together as its members. Thus citizens are connected with political parties. The party (or parties) winning the majority of seats in the elections is known as “ruling party” that forms the government. On the other hand the party which is not able to get the majority is known as “opposition party”. The ruling party gets the opportunity to implement its policies and programmes.
Party System Political parties operate in a system. The party system is classified according to the number of parties existing and the capacity of the number of parties which can capture power at a time.
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1) In one party system, single party is in existence or only one party is effective for example Communist Party in China, Russia and Singapore. 2) In a two party system, two parties are effective. Both the parties have the capacity to form the government. They get political power alternately. This is called as bi-party system eg: USA 3) When two or more than two parties form the government, it is called as multi-party system. The government formed with this method is called as coalition or alliance government eg Brazil, Canada, France and India.
Regional Political Parties The regional parties are those which are influential in a region/state and advocate interests of their states. Their significance has increased in national politics since 1989 as no single party is able to secure majority. At present there are 146 members of regional political parties in the Lok Sabha.
Election and Political Parties The main aim of a political party is to secure and retain power. Therefore, they contest elections. They offer ‘tickets’ to the candidates of their party. They are assigned election symbols. The political parties in India are known by their symbols. This enables the illiterate voters to identify the parties and exercise their votes. Types of political parties in India The political parties in India are classified as the national and regional/state parties. Functions of political parties 1) Participation in policy formulation 2) To form and to run the government (Ruling Party) 3) To participate in law making 4) To create awareness/to educate people 5) To perform the role of opposition party 6) To work as link between government and the people
Recognised political parties 1) The political parties in India are grouped as: a) Recognised political parties b) Recognised state party c) Registered unrecognised party 2) Those parties, which secure minimum prescribed votes/seats are given recognition by the Election Commission.
1) Indian National Congress: Established in 1885, it is the dominant party in India. Palm is the symbol of the party. It supports secularism, welfare of the weaker sections and minorities. It is also known as Congress Party. 2) Bharatiya Janata Party: Established in 1980, the aim of the party is to build strong and prosperous modern India and preserving ancient Indian tradition and culture. The party emphasises cultural nationalism of Hindutva as the important factor in Indian politics. It is the second largest party. Lotus is its election symbol. 3) Bahujan Samaj Party: Established in 1984, the aim of the party is to secure power for bahujan samaj. Bahujan Samaj includes dalits, adivasis, other backward classes and religious minorities. The party aims at welfare of the dalits and the oppressed classes in India. Elephant is its election symbol. 4) Communist Party of India: Established in 1925, the party wants to promote the interests of workers, farmers and the poor. It believes in secularism and democracy. Hammer and sickle is its election symbol. 5) Communist Party (Marxist): Established in 1964, it supports secularism, socialism and democracy. It strongly opposes communalism and imperialism. The party is influential amongst the industrial workers, poor, agricultural workers and farmers. 6) Nationalist Congress Party: The party was formed after the split in Indian National Congress in 1999. Nationalist Congress Party supports democracy, equality, social justice, Gandhian principles and federalism. It also supports the empowerment of weaker sections of the society. The party insists on the rule that the high offices of the party should be given to the natural born citizens of India.
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There are two state level parties: 1) Shiv Sena: Established in 1966 in Mumbai under the leadership of Balasaheb Thackeray, the party emerged out of the movement based on the ideology that Maharashtra is for Marathi people. Gradually, the party broadened its base by adding to its ideology Hindu nationalism. 2) Maharashtra Navnirman Sena: Established in 2006 in Mumbai under the leadership of Raj Thackeray. It was a breakaway group from Shiv Sena. The party is committed to raising the state of Maharashtra, its people and the Marathi language. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) wants to bring the people of Maharashtra together irrespective of caste, religion, sect or class under its flag for the development of Maharashtra. Apart from the above parties in Maharashtra there are various other parties; Peasants and Workers Party, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi, Jansurajya Shakti, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Lok Sangram Party, Rashtrija Samaj Party etc.
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HC acquits man tried for killing wife The HC set aside the life imprisonment verdict given by a lower court as the eye witness turned hostile B
ombay High Court has set aside a lower court order sentencing a 50-year-old man to life in prison for murdering his wife by setting her ablaze as his daughter, the only eye witness in the case, turned hostile. Although the daughter, Kajal, had turned hostile and did not support the prosecution’s case that her father had torched her mother, a trial court in Sangli convicted
Shamshuddin Alisab Momin on the basis of the testimony by a neighbour, Ashok. Ashok had told the trial court that he was informed by Kajal that her father had set her mother on fire after dousing her with kerosene. However, a high court bench headed by Justice PV Hardas, on October 9, gave the benefit of the doubt to the convict on the ground that Ashok’s
version could not be relied upon as it was hearsay evidence. Moreover, the bench noted that Kajal had turned hostile saying her mother had poured kerosene over herself and set herself ablaze. The convict had also himself gone to Miraj police station to lodge an FIR about his wife sustaining burn injuries. High court ordered that the con-
vict may be released from jail unless wanted in some other case. The convict had filed an appeal through jail and it was heard out of turn. Advocate Arfan Sait was appointed by court to defend the convict. Kajal, Sait argued, had admitted during cross-examination that her mother had set herself on fire and that her father was not responsible for the death.
On May 19 last year, there was a fight between Momin and his wife Rameja over domestic chores and, in a fit of rage, the latter tried to burn herself by pouring kerosene over herself. However, according to the prosecution, the accused had doused the victim with kerosene and set her on fire. She died the same day from 60 per cent burns. PTI
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Real Estate Investment Trusts
BROAD OPERATING GUIDELINES
By Mayura Shanbaug
llowing Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in India has been a long pending demand of the sector. After 5 years of waiting, the Securities and Exchange Board of Indiaâ€™s move to issue a consultation paper hopes to revive substantial investor interest from domestic and global investors in Indiaâ€™s currently subdued real estate markets, as it moves towards more organised and globally well accepted practises of funding real estate development. REIT is a security that sells like a stock on the major exchanges and invests in real estate directly, either through properties or mortgages. REITs receive special tax considerations and typically offer investors high yields, as well as a highly liquid method of investing in real estate. â€œAllowing REITs to operate in India would be a sign of the maturity of the Indian RE markets as globally REITS are found in mature economies,â€? says Sanjay Dutt , Executive Managing Director, South Asia Cushman & Wakefield . â€œThis is because it reduces individual speculation in real estate assets and allows for more professional investment and management in the sector,â€? explains Dutt. According to him, several developers and real estate funds eyeing Singapore for REIT may potentially look at doing REITS in India. â€œGlobal investors who are risk or development averse in Indian real estate market may find ready leased assets with least risk
and easy exits through REITS. Some of RE Funds already invested in offices would certainly welcome the move,â€? he says. The draft regulations on real estate investment trusts (REITs) could benefit listed firms such as DLF, Prestige Estates and Phoenix Mills as well as unlisted ones such as K Raheja Corp and Embassy group, which have large rent-generating assets. According to analysts, these realtors would get a new avenue to cash out their assets by floating REITs and listing on the stock exchanges. Corporate and IT companies who own large office buildings and parks could potential unlock value and invest in businesses through REITS. If implemented, the timing would be great as many developers are faced with liquidity issues as they have large amounts of capital locked in commercial assets and are finding it difficult to sell due to the large ticket sizes. Investments by REITs in these and other assets would indirectly reduce the exposure of banks to risky assets as they had provided construction finances to many projects. India has 400 million sq ft of office and mall properties valued at $60 billion), according to Morgan Stanley. Overall, experts believe, REITs would also bring in more transparency in the RE sector as they would have to abide by laid down procedures and obligations. â€œHence, we can expect better compliances for RE projects and developments through professional audits, valuations and management. Importantly
for corporate occupiers leasing offices and retail spaces, there will more stability and security in dealing with REITs as landlords, than with individuals, sometimes many individual owners for the same spaces,â€? says Dutt. The step has received thumbs up from all quarters. â€œSebi seem to have taken a very pragmatic approach at the REIT regulations.A Continued on pg 14 ÂŤ
The eligibility criteria for REITs that have been spelled out suggest that initially, only large and established asset management firms can participate. The minimum asset size of REITs should be INR 1000 crore. The REIT shall have parties such as trustee (registered with SEBI), sponsor, manager and principal valuer. To begin with, all REIT schemes will have to be close-ended real estate investment schemes that will invest in real estate with an aim to provide returns to unit holders. Returns will be derived mainly from rental income or capital gains from real estate. The minimum size of an initial public issue will not be less than INR 250 crore, of which at least 25% has to be publicly floated. Low leverage and limited participation seem to be the initial safeguards. While the 25% public float criteria exists, SEBI has limited participation in REIT IPO to HNIs and institutions until the market develops fully. Thus, the minimum ticket size for investment is kept at INR 2 lakhs. Also, in order to safeguard against over-leverage, the borrowing limit for REITs is limited to 50% of the asset size. If the borrowing limit crosses 25%, an approval must be sought from investors and a credit rating must be obtained from a reputed rating agency. Also, any transaction that exceeds 15% of the asset value needs investor approval.
Criteria for investment remain intact from last draft: 90% of the investment must be done in â€˜completedâ€™ revenue-generating properties The remaining 10% can be invested in other assets as deemed fit by the REIT manager There will be no investment by REITs in vacant or agricultural land 90% of the net distributable income after tax is to be distributed to investors (the issue of double taxation, as raised by industry participants reacting to the previous draft, still exist) These guidelines amplify in some greater detail what was shared in the previous draft.
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Deductions On Housing Loans
I have taken a housing loan for a property which is under construction. The bank is regularly disbursing the loan for the installments demanded by the builder. I am asked to pay interest on a monthly basis towards this loan. Regular EMI would start after the construction is completed and the flat is handed over to me. Can I claim any deduction for the interest paid by me? —Ramkumar Taneja, Colaba The interest paid by you on the housing loan before the regular EMI starts cannot be claimed as deduction in the same year. You need to spread this interest over a period of 5 years and then claim deduction accordingly in all 5 years.
I am a salaried employee working for a private company. During F. Y. 2010-11 I had changed my employment and my previous employer settled the PF and other dues. I received the amount after TDS deduction, but did not receive the Form 16 in respect of this transaction. I have not declared these facts in my tax return. Now I have received notice from Income Tax Department asking the reconciliation of TDS. What should be my stand? —Bhavesh Shah, Charni Road It is unreasonable on part of the employer for not furnishing the form 16 to you in respect of PF transaction. However, it is not correct to assume that this transaction is not to be included in your return of income since form 16 is not received by you. All income taxable or otherwise need to be declared in the return of income and exemption should be claimed separately. You will be required to furnish the reconciliation of all your income and TDS. If any additional Tax is required to be paid, then you will have to pay the same along with interest. I am going to complete 60 years on 31.3.2014. Whether I will get the benefit of senior citizen for the financial year 2013-14? —Arjun Kamdar, Tardeo As per Income Tax Act, 1961 if the assesse completes 60 years any time during the previous year then he gets the benefit of senior citizen for that year. Since you are completing 60 years on the last day of the previous year you shall be eligible for the benefits of senior citizen for financial year 2013-14. If you have any Tax Query email it to us at Business@afternoondc.in
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lot of emphasis has been given to transparency and disclosures,” says Bhairav Dalal, Associate Director, PwC India. As per Dalal, Indian investors will get an additional investment opportunity to invest in real estate. “It will also benefit real estate developers who will be able to transfer their developed assets into a REIT,” he says. According to Anshuman Magazine, Chairman & MD, CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd, Once in place it (REITs) will provide an additional exit route for investors and enable retail money to be channelised into India’s realty sector through a regulated network. “The introduction of REITs in the long term would propel the sector, spurring capital inflows and bringing institutional credibility,” he says. In spite of all the hype and hoopla, the bottom line according to experts is the preparedness of the government and the regulator to move quickly and ensure the momentum remains by completing the necessary processes to allow REITs to be actually setup and ensure that much needed institutional funding and liquidity in the real estate sector comes in at the earliest. With approximately 132 million sq.ft of additional office space demand by 2017 and approximately over 200 million sq.ft. of investable Grade A leased office assets “not sold”, which would be quickly monetized through REITS at a cap rate of 9% to 10.5% feel experts. Lalit Kumar Jain, Chairman, CREDAI, an apex developer’s body, expressed the hope that REIT will also result in increased supply of
FACTORY OUTPUT GROWTH SLIPS TO 0.6% IN AUGUST
Industrial output growth slowed in August after staging a tentative recovery in the previous month, dragged down by continued weakness in the manufacturing and mining sectors, raising fresh worries for the government. Official data released on Friday showed industrial output rose 0.6% in August compared to a 2% expansion in the year earlier month and slower than the July’s upwardly revised 2.75% growth. The manufacturing sector fell 0.1% in August compared to 2.4% expansion in August 2012 while the mining sector contracted 0.2% compared to a decline of 0.3% in the previous year-ago period. India Inc stepped up calls for cutting interest rates to boost demand and jumpstart industrial activity. The capital goods sector, which is a key gauge of industrial activity, fell 2% in August compared to a contraction of 4.4% in August 2012 while the consumer durables sector fell 7.6% in August compared to an expansion of 1% in the year earlier month. The factory output data remained volatile, making it difficult to derive a trend but there is agreement that the sector is passing through a prolonged slowdown. The industrial segment has been hit hard by a combination of factors ranging from stubborn inflation, high interest rates, slowing demand, regulatory and policy delays. Economists said there is need to resolve issues related to the mining sector and undertake urgent reform steps to reverse the trend in the industrial sector. Rating agency Crisil said excluding the exceptionally high growth of over 25% in ‘wearing apparel’ and ‘electrical machinery and apparatus’, industrial production in fact fell by 1.1% in August, compared to a year ago. “The output of consumption-oriented
foreign funds for the sector that it is struggling for funds in view of the RBI restrictions and negative weightage given to real estate. Jain feels that REIT will also give a big boost to the rental housing sector. However, Jain called for some clarity on taxation issues around of the instrument. “The finance ministry will have to come out with the necessary guidelines,” he said. Another concern is with regards to the strengthening of the legal framework surrounding real estate in India, which is a prerequisite for REITs to thrive here. The Real Estate Regulatory Bill, which was approved by the Union Cabinet in June 2013, is therefore seems to be a move in the right direction.
« BUSINESS BRIEFS industries is expected to pick-up in the second half of 2013-14 due to higher rural incomes, on the back of a good monsoon and consequent high agricultural production,” Crisil said. “However, a sustained turnaround of industrial output hinges on a resolution of issues plaguing the mining sector, addressing supply-side bottlenecks in infrastructure and the ability of the government to speed up clearances of projects,” the rating agency said. Industry group said there is a need to cut rates to boost festival demand. “Looking at the negative growth in consumer durables, at this juncture increased lending to consumers at lower interest rates will greatly benefit industry by encouraging festival season demand,” said Naina Lal Kidwai, President Ficci. “Ficci-PwC’s recent survey has found that high interest rates are considered a key factor in limiting growth in the next twelve months,” said Kidwai.
NET FDI INFLOWS GREW 50% IN Q1 FY14 ON REFORMS
Driven by the government’s recent reform measures, India’s net foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows recorded over 50 per cent growth during the April-July quarter of the current fiscal. Net FDI inflows rose to USD 8.2 billion during the period April-July 2013 from USD 5.4 billion during the corresponding period of the previous year, according to a study by PHD Chamber of Commerce. “Increase in net FDI inflows is attributed to the recent reforms undertaken by the Government enacted in the FDI policy regime where it opened up various sectors of the economy to foreign investors,”
And as Sanjay Dutt puts it: “ our expectation is that this consultation exercise will be a thorough one that takes care of all concerns and leads to a well thought of policy. The Government has to ensure that there are sufficient incentives for investors, especially individual investors subscribing to REITs and that there will be no roll backs of any measures after some time as was the case of introduction of MAT and DDT in SEZs or the intention to introduce GAAR retrospectively. ‘ “These are perceived as knee jerk reactions by institutional investors and portray the country in poor light and affect investment inflows adversely,” Dutt adds. President of PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry Suman Jyoti Khaitan said.
INDIA INC’S 9-MONTH M&A DEAL TALLY AT $24 BN
Indian M&A market showed moderate levels of deal activity in the first nine months of this year with 377 deals amounting to USD 23.9 billion. According to a survey by tax advisory firm Grant Thornton, with just 377 transactions, the deal activity during the period was significantly lower than the previous years. Correspondingly, in the JanuarySeptember period of 2012, corporate India had announced 438 deals, while in 2011 it was as high as 461. In terms of deal value as well, there has been a significant decline in the last two years. In 2012, it was USD 28.16 billion and in 2011, USD 37.31 billion.
VOLKSWAGEN INDIA EXPANDS ITS EXPORT ACTIVITIES
German engineering made in India by Volkswagen is in great demand worldwide. After having entered two continents – Asia and Africa – the Volkswagen Vento, manufactured at Pune Plant, will now be seen on the streets of a third continent – North America. Volkswagen India commenced export of cars manufactured at its Pune Plant in 2011 with the export to South Africa and entered the Left-Hand Drive market in 2012 with the export to Middle East countries. The next big step in the growth strategy of Volkswagen India is the expansion of exports of the Left-Hand Drive Vento to the Mexican market. In a full production year, every second car from the export volumes manufactured at the Pune Plant will go to Mexico, thus making it the single largest export market for Volkswagen India.
Rupee To Appreciate Against Dollar
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« FOREX ast week also, Rupee has continued to appreciate; it has strengthened for the sixth week in a row with the help of central bank’s necessary steps which has not only defended Rupee but has helped to gain and fight back strongly against the mighty dollar. Also some better than expected data has helped Rupee to come out of the worse
as it has raised hopes for a significant reduction in the country’s gaping current account deficit, which has hurt Rupee more in recent time. The trading range for the Spot USD/INR pair is expected to be within 59.50 to 62.50. Recommended to be cautious and Sell USDINR Futures on rise with the appropriate stop loss as Rupee is expected to appreciate against dollar. Pivot Point for the Pair is at 62.10 & below is the Support & Resistance levels. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and other officials plan to meet this week in the United States with big fund managers to gain entry to benchmark indexes for emerging market debt in hopes of attracting billions of dollars in investment and may ease some restrictions on foreign inflows in order to do so. Inclusion in popular government bond indexes could attract $20 billion$40 billion in additional flows into India over a year. We can expect the positive outcome from this meet which will strengthen the Rupee in coming weeks & is expected to trade below 60 levels. Market participants have turned bearish on gold
since Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted reduction in QE purchases months ago. While the absence of such an announcement at the September FOMC meeting disappointed the market and sent gold higher, the rebound was limited. The minutes signaling policymakers’ conviction that tapering would begin later this year against have raised speculations of Fed’s tightening, a
factor negative for gold. While a central bank under the leadership of Janet Yellen should continue with the dovish stance in recent years, tapering would be inevitable as economic activities recovered and the job market improved sustainably. Several investment banks see gold price lower next year, largely depends on Fed’s tapering and hence strength of the US dollar.
HDFC Mutual Most Profitable Fund House In 2012-13
By Dominic Rebello
DFC Mutual Fund has emerged as the most profitable fund house in 2012-13 with a profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 319 crore, amid weak equity markets, pushing rival Reliance Mutual Fund to the second slot. According to an analysis of profit figures for fund houses available with industry body Amfi, HDFC MF, country’s largest fund house, posted a PAT of 319 crore for the full year ended March 31, 2013, while Reliance MF registered a PAT of Rs 198 crore during the past fiscal. In 2011-12, HDFC MF had a profit of Rs 269 crore, while Reliance MF had witnessed a profit of Rs 276 crore. For the full year ended March 31, 2013, UTI Mutual Fund registered a PAT of Rs 149 crore and ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund’s PAT stood at Rs 110 crore. Of 44 fund houses, 23 made losses in the past fiscal, while overall the industry has posted a profit of Rs 758 crore. Interestingly, only six Asset Management Companies’ (AMCs) profit after tax has been Rs 50 crore. Among other top fund houses, Franklin Templeton MF’s profit after tax stood at Rs 90 crore, Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund (Rs 87 crore), SBI MF (Rs 86 crore), DSP BlackRock MF (Rs 57 crore), IDFC MF (Rs 27 crore) and Kotak Mahindra MF (Rs 3 crore). The top five AMCs profit grew up by only 2.25% in the past fiscal, while profit of top 10 AMCs went up by 4%, as per Amfi data.
MUTUAL FUND UPDATE
IDBI MF changes the exit load of IDBI Short
Term Bond Fund IDBI MF changed the exit load of IDBI Short Term Bond Fund from the previous 0.50% on redemptions within 2 months to 0.50% on redemptions within 9 months. The change will be effective from October 14.
L&T MF changed the exit load of L&T Short Term Opportunities Fund L&T MF changed the exit load of L&T Short Term Opportunities Fund from the previous 0.25% on redemptions within a month to 0.25% on redemptions within 3 months. The change will be effective from October 8.
ICICI Prudential MF declares dividend under Interval Fund II-Quarterly Interval Plan FRetail Quarterly ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund (MF) has declared dividend under the dividend sub option of ICICI Prudential Interval Fund II-Quarterly Interval Plan F- Retail Quarterly Dividend Payout. The record date for dividend is October 15, 2013. The recommended rate of dividend will be Rs 0.2067 per unit on the face value of Rs 10 per unit.
IDFC MF introduces Fixed Term Plan Series-44 IDFC Mutual Fund has launched the New Fund Offer (NFO) of IDFC Fixed Term Plan Series -44, a Close Ended income scheme. The NFO opens for subscription on Oct 10, 2013, and closes on Oct 17, 2013. No entry load or exit load will be applicable for the scheme. The minimum subscription amount is Rs 10,000 and multiples of Rs 10 thereafter. The scheme’s performance will be
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HDFC MF introduces FMP 572D October 2013 (1) HDFC Mutual Fund has launched the New Fund Offer (NFO) of HDFC FMP 572D October 2013 (1), a Close Ended income scheme. The NFO opens for subscription on Oct 10, 2013, and closes on Oct 17, 2013. No entry load or exit load will be applicable for the scheme. The minimum subscription amount is Rs. 5,000. The scheme’s performance will be benchmarked against CRISIL Short Term Bond Fund Index and its fund managers are Shobhit Mehrotra and Rakesh Vyas. Tata MF introduces Fixed Maturity Plan Series 45- Scheme A (369 days maturity) Tata Mutual Fund has launched the New Fund Offer (NFO) of Tata Fixed Maturity Plan Series 45Scheme A (369 days maturity), a Close Ended
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Union KBC MF to be profitable in 5 years Union KBC Mutual Fund aims to be profitable in the next five years driven by innovative product offerings coupled with focus on retail segment, a top company official said. “Earlier, we thought we would breakeven in the first five years of operations. But, due to the prevailing tight market condition we now hope to breakeven in the next three-five years,” Union KBC Chief Executive G Pradeepkumar said.
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Business Restructuring I
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n the life of every business entity there comes a time when you need to trim the sails according to the winds of change blowing across the global business environment. Business Restructuring entails a holistic change process that pervades all levels of the organization, both on the micro and macro levels across the board,” observed Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker, Justice BN Srikrishna, Retired Judge, Supreme Court of India, at the one day`Conference on Business Restructuring’, organized by the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC), jointly with the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), addressed byeminent speakers from top corporate and consulting firms in the midst of leading luminaries and executives from the business and corporate world. Addressing a jam-packed audience while sharing his views on Business Restructuring, Justice BN Srikrishna, in his frank, candid and humourous style, said, “Restructuring means keeping abreast and in line with the changes in business, government and regulatory laws, taking place in these dynamic times. A successful restructuring process
calls for restructuring measures in all areas of company activities like finance, property, production, sales, purchases, organization, information and personnel. The need of the hour for every business organization is to function like a well-oiled machine, which is alert and flexible to adapt to these changes. The ability to realign has become an integral part of every business philosophy. Post liberalization, the government has realized the importance of creating an environment that is conducive to the growth of the economy. However, the mere ad hoc methods or patch work, which our government is fond of doing, is not enough. A lot needs to be done.” Earlier welcoming the gathering Shailesh Vaidya, President, IMC, highlighted the need for Business Reorganization particularly in respect of familyowned enterprises in India, given the changing dynamics of businesses in India. Giving an overview of the changes on the economic scenario over the past two decades, he said, “After the opening up of the economy in 1992, India has become a part of the global village. Many MNCs have started businesses in India and numerous Indian corporate have started operations abroad. Pitted and competing against global players, only efficient corporate organizations, delivering quality products and services will survive in India. To support Indian businesses and make them competitive, the Government has taken several measures for permitting them to reorganize and restructure their businesses. As a matter of principle, the Government intended to make business reorganization tax neutral. However, it has not yet fully percolated down to all levels of Government authorities. This Conference will share and disseminate information under various laws and provisions affecting Business Restructuring.” The Conference saw eminent speakers from top corporate and consulting firms taking centre stage and address related issues like Changing Regulatory Landscape – Impact on Business Reorganization
INFRASTRUCTURE OUTLOOK APPEARS BRIGHT CLIFTON DESILVA
is an investment expert and a Director at Altina Securities.
nly a few weeks ago, sentiment on the Indian economy was one of gloom; but over the last few weeks there has been a sea change in terms of sentiment. In fact from September 4 onwards when the new Reserve Bank Governor took over reins the sentiment has turned positive. The RBI Governor recently stated that the news on the Indian Economy is expected to get better from now. The bullish assessment is based on a host of factors; the major contributors being the expectations of rising exports in the second quarter and indications of a strong pick up in auto exports. The other factor cited is the possibility that the problems in the US would be temporary and that law makers in that country would arrive at a fiscal deal. The good monsoons so far are another factor which would lead to strong agricultural production, which in turn
could result in cooling of food inflation providing RBI space for monetary easing. Another positive is the revival of many projects that were stalled.
The first signs of revival are likely to surface in the sector that went down first - large infrastructure projects. It was in 2010-11 that the first large projects started stalling and when these projects are revived, benefits will start
accruing from the projects themselves. The liquidity that is released into the market will have a spillover effect on supplies. The first set of stalled projects was revived in January and the impact is beginning to show now. Power is likely to start picking up and there has been a robust power production in the last core IIP (Index of industrial production) numbers. The governor is also of the view that two
central pillars of monetary policy are controlling inflation and maintaining financial stability. Growth is incidental because control over inflation creates the best environment for growth. India needs two transformations: more investment and less consumption at least for some kinds (Gold) and more savings – financial savings. A number of things are happening on different fronts as far as infrastructure is con-
cerned. The first of course is that now there is a renewed push at the top level. Various ministries are working in setting up targets and timelines. Some mega projects have been selected and there is a lot of effort to get them through. The Cabinet Committee on investment has been trying to remove the various impediments like environments clearance, land acquisition and various other government clearances.
Electricity is one area where a lot of investment is required and in this regard the Ministry of power is rolling out two mega projects of 4000 MW each, which means an investment of about of $5 billion in each of these two projects. Further investments are planned in expressways, railway projects and a host of other infrastructure projects. Also the ministry of civil aviation currently is very active and in an advanced stage of inviting participation in further development and management of six big international airports at Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmadabad, Jaipur and Guwahati. Many Fuel supply agreements (FSA’s) have also been signed. The government has put coal production on high priority. Coal production has shown a reasonably impressive growth compared to the previous year. Now the government is trying to get private participation in coal production. The RBI governor is aiming to build sophisticated financial infrastructure in three years that will facilitate trillion dollar core sector investments leading to sustained economic growth. With all these initiatives being planned and implemented, the outlook for the infrastructure sector appears bright in the years ahead and infrastructure stocks which gave huge negative returns over the past three years seem now poised to provide handsome returns to investors over the next two to three years.
Transparent Marketing Is The New Mantra
he year has begun well. The mood in India is upbeat. The economy is growing and the Indian consumer has great aspirations and is looking forward to improve his quality of life through brands. In this entire growth phase, I would strongly recommend that Transparent Marketing should be practiced. I would like to recommend my model with this new term, which I have created, called Transparent Marketing. The Transparent Marketing Model has 6 elements, which if used well and completely can lead to not only increase in sales, market share and profit for the marketer but also faith and trust for the consumer. Transparent Marketing is all about honesty, openness and leading consumers to a better life and not misleading them. We often hear this word used loosely but I’m recommending the phrase Transparent Marketing to be taken seriously in all its aspects. Let me now share with you, my Transparent Marketing Model and explain each of the 6 elements in the model. TANGIBLE: Any brand that gets marketed has tangible elements which need to be transparent to the consumer. The consumer must know as to what he is supposed to get and gets knowing what is expected and getting what was excepted. This is very strongly the tangible component in Tangible Marketing. It could be the case of buying a laptop and not being given a case along with it and later on being told that there is a separate charge for that or that it is not available. In this case it would be better to be transparent and say that the total cost of the laptop with the case is ‘so much’. Thereafter it could even be explained in terms of a break up saying that the laptop cost is ‘so
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much’ and the case cost is ‘so much’ and the total cost obviously, ‘so much’. This is transparent. However, if on the other hand a consumer buys a laptop, an expensive one, and after purchasing it when he is about to take the delivery, he is told that ‘so much’ is the extra charge for the case in which the laptop will be put, he feels cheated. This is because in the mind of the consumer his expectation is that the laptop will come with the case. In fact he does not mind paying the total amount as long as he is transparently told that the total cost is ‘so and so’ and the break up for the laptop and the case is ‘so and so’. Transparent Marketing in the tangible element looks at the expectation of the consumer and not the practice of the marketer. In fact the marketer should be providing what is expected by the consumer. This is the tangible element of Transparent Marketing. If this is not followed, there are fights, ill-will and acrimony at the point of purchase or delivery. The entire experience of buying the laptop gets unpleasant because of non transparency. On the other hand Transparent Marketing leaves behind a pleasant taste in the mouth.
INTANGIBLE: The second element of my Transparent Marketing Model is the ‘INTANGIBLE’. This relates to attitudes, beliefs and perceptions. Many a times a brand marketer may provide information about what his brand will do. He provides information about what his brand will deliver. He provides information about how his brand will perform. To my mind, this information is necessary but not sufficient. In my opinion, if Transparent Marketing was followed the brand marketer should inform the consumer about not only what his brand will do or deliver or how it will perform but also what his brand will not do, will not deliver and in which circumstances it will not perform. This transparency is critical for building up a positive, trustworthy relationship with the consumer. It may so happen that intangibly the consumer may assume that certain things will be done or performed and this may later on lead to dissatisfaction. It is better to be transparent in a complete manner, specially keeping in mind the attitude and perceptions of consumers in a particular culture, region. It is better to transparently define expectations.
PRODUCT: The third element in my Transparent Marketing model is the, “PRODUCT”. It is heartening to know that in today’s world certain products are able to put nutrition information as well as ‘best before’ information on the pack. Some also go ahead and inform the consumer when to use a product and how to use a product. Some go further and inform when not to use a product and the caution areas. Information on the product and its packaging should be as transparent as possible so that the consumer is able to make a fully informed choice. That is Transparent Marketing. This would help build a better rapport and relationship between the consumer and the brand.
SERVICE: The fourth element of my Transparent Marketing Model is ‘SERVICE’. Service could be of a car or a consumer durable. Service could be of an airline or the hotel kind. Service could be in a bank or in a multiplex. Transparency in marketing of services is very significant. I do not agree with the ‘fine print’ practice. If some information about a service is important to be given to the consumer, then it should be bold enough and transparent enough to meet the consumer’s eye. It should not be hidden somewhere wherein the consumer misses it out. That is not transparency in its true sense. In fact the brand would benefit more if the consumer of ‘services’ is told upfront about all the benefits that he can expect and all the caution areas along with those benefits. Even in a ‘theme park’, which is a service for enjoyment, certain rides clearly indicate as to what benefits are available and what the caution areas are and who is eligible and who is not eligible on these rides. This is transparent marketing and consumers choose to take that service or choose not to take that service with open eyes.
VISIBILITY On a more specific and lighter side, Transparent Marketing can also be extended to products, which can be seen through the pack. Experience has shown that packs which are physically transparent through which the consumer can see, are packs which are more desirable to the consumer whether they be a biscuit pack or a beverage bottle or a shirt or a pack of rice or any other product. Actually physical transparency enhances the appeal of the brand whether it is aesthetic appeal or appetite appeal. Recently a brand of small cheese bis-
cuits is doing extremely well because of its tall transparent jar which is virtually irresistible as well as of course its great taste and content and pedigree. The real catalyst for the huge sales has been the ‘transparent jar’ not only because of its utility, but also because of its desirability through appeal.
CREDIBILITY: The sixth and final element of my Transparent Marketing model is the most important element. This is the element of ‘CREDIBILITY’. Transparent Marketing leads to increase in trust and credibility. Consumers move away from commodities to buy brands. They buy brands because of trust and trust can be built only though a transparent relationship. Any hidden agenda or ulterior motive can be easily discovered by the consumer, leading to the loss of credibility. It is therefore important that my Transparent Marketing strategy and model be used as a ‘way forward’ to increase and sustain credibility of brands thereby removing misunderstandings and doubts in the minds of the con-
sumers. After all, both the marketer and the consumer stand to mutually benefit if there is Transparent Marketing. I would recommend using Transparent Marketing so that credibility remains high on the agenda of the marketer and in the mind and heart of the consumer. After all, brands are built in the minds and hearts of consumers, in my opinion. Transparent Marketing is strongly recommended by me, as India grows. Ultimately in Trans ‘parent’ Marketing there is a ‘parent’ who would nurture the brand like a child in an honest and mutually beneficial manner. Copyright © 2013, All rights reserved. Jagdeep Kapoor can be contacted at email@example.com
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Economy In Revival Mode?
he markets have already been inching upwards courtesy the IT sector and certain Indian global companies like Tata Motors (Read Tata JLR) M&M (Read SsangYong), better tractor sales due to monsoon and Autos in expectation of festive season sales. But I believe the major factor in the rise of market is a drop in crude oil prices which has temporarily reduced CAD. However oil prices are unpredictable. Another factor is that the rupee which was volatile pre September seems to have stabilized due to good measures of the RBI like a swap window for oil companies, etc. These measures have led to reduced speculative run on the Indian Currency. Another initiative being taken by the Government and RBI is to include Indian Debt in Asian Debt Indices which could help bring an inflow of about 20 billion US dollars and deepen the Indian Debt Market, whether it is Government paper or Corporate Debt. The stability of the INR is likely to be tested when QE taper begins but this time with less severity and volatility. This will cushion the impact on the stock markets too. The US shutdown is showing signs of resolution. For all the drama and posturing about the US Debt ceiling which will <<RBI Governor be hit around 17th October it should get sort- Raghuram Rajan ed out as it can affect the fragile US recovery, for which neither the Democrats nor Republicans want to be blamed. The earnings season meanwhile will make Indian stock markets inch higher as expectations are low and therefore any negative surprises in major Indian manufacturing company’s results will not cause a significant dent in the markets. The IT sector gains will take markets higher but there would be profit booking at higher levels after which I see a phase of consolidation. The markets will then have to negotiate QE taper and then the May 2014 elections in India. It is only after elections that we could see policy action and growth returning to Indian economy if a stable government is formed. Currently it is too difficult to call, with more fragmentation in Andhra. Before the elections one may not see diesel prices raised significantly. They could, however, be increased by Rs.1 a month instead of 50 paisa per month. If the RBI feels that Food Inflation is not linked to raising rates it may lower rates post its October review or keep repo rate unchanged in October and later reduce rates to nudge growth in the economy even before the polls. This could take the markets higher. World over people watch Central Bank action for growth, unlike in India. But with the proactive governor, who is going to deal with the next dispensation at the Centre he is trying to spur growth without having to wait for Government action. When pressure is off the government, it will lead to better long term policies instead of adhoc decision making and quick fix solutions which is happening now with the present government.
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F&O SCRIPS WEEKLY SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE LEVELS FOR OCTOBER 14-18, 2013 Close
256 88 47
FEDERALBNK FINANTECH FRL
183 142 177
64 99 24
IOB IRB ITC
884 926 879
135 98 24
120 20 85
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Intraweek Support and Resistance Levels Based on the “Pivotal Point” theory of Techincal Analysis PP Points indicate the level where the trend is likely to change during intra-week.
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« TOP VIEW
We need to build completely new organisation charts within government, leading to sharply focused agencies that can be held accountable for delivery on specific objectives. Those are the first few lines of an absorbing new story that I hope will begin in the near future. And that is the story that I am sure will captivate the world in the next ten to twenty years, as India takes its place as the third or fourth largest economy in — Finance Minister P Chidambaram the world.
« BROKERAGE RECOMMENDATIONS RELIGARE CALLS A ‘BUY’ ON INFOSYS TECH
NSE India : CNX Nifty — Daily Market Report for: Monday (October 14, 2013) By Dominic Rebello
REVIEW OF THE PREVIOUS DAY:
The Nifty rose substantially on Friday (October 11, 2013) a net 75.25 points (1.25%) and closed at the 6096 point level. The market opened up with a gap at the 6104 points level. It then rose further and registered the day’s high at the 6107 points level at 9.16 a.m. The index then declined and registered the day’s low at the 6046 points level at 9.26 a.m. It then rose and turned into a range bound movement until closing at the day. The Nifty remained above its previous close throughout the session and moved in a range of 61 points. Sentiment was bullish and amongst the 50 Nifty stocks 27 were gainers, while 23 stocks closed in the red. Substantial buying was seen in IT, banking and capital goods stocks, while some selling was seen in metal, power, healthcare, FMCG and consumer durables stocks. TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Volume: Volume (Qty shares) increased 9.43%. This change is moderate and indicates a moderate participation by investors. Market Breadth: Overall Market Breadth on the NSE was positive. Amongst all the traded stocks, 720 were gainers, 624 were losers and 96 remained unchanged. Slow Stochastic Indicator: The Slow Stochastic Oscillator has risen in the neutral zone. The Slow K line in the Stochastic Oscillator is above the slow D line (positive if it continues). RSI Indicator: The RSI is above the 60 level and is now rising (positive if it continues). MACD Indicator: The MACD is above zero and is rising (positive if it continues). It is above its 9-day Average (positive). ADX Indicator & DI Lines: The +DI line is above the –DI line and both lines are diverging (positive if it continues). The ADX is flat while the Market Index is rising. No signal here. MOVING AVERAGES (TREND INDICATORS) The index: Is above its 5-day average (at 5991) Positive. Is above its 15-day average (at 5911) Positive. Is above its 25-day average (at 5886) Positive. Is above its 200-day average (at 5843) Positive. All the four averages are positively trended. Positive. Overall Market Strength/Weakness: The indicators and oscillators discussed here are indicating a strong market with a positive bias. Support Levels: For short-term traders the immediate main support is at the 5692 points level. The next support is at the 5561 points level. Resistance Levels: The immediate main resistance is at the 6123 points level. The next resistance is at the 6223 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 = 6083 (This is the level where the trend is likely to change during intra-day). Support (1) = 6059. Support (2) = 6022. Resistance (1) = 6120. Resistance (2) = 6145. OUTLOOK FOR TODAY:
On Japanese candlestick patterns the index has formed a Dragon fly doji. These patterns form when the open, high and close are almost equal and the low creates a long lower tail. The resulting candlestick looks like a "T" with a long lower tail and no upper tail. Dragon fly doji indicate that sellers dominated trading and drove prices lower during the session. However by the end of the session, buyers resurfaced and pushed prices back. This candle also indicates that the indecisiveness amongst investors continues. The next candle formation will confirm whether the bias is towards the buy or sell side of the market. However, the index is above the 5, 15, 25 and 200 days moving averages and all the four averages are positively trended. Further the 5, 25 and 200 days moving averages are rising. Moreover, the velocity parameters too are positively trended. All these indicate a positive bias and the possibility of a further up move unfolding. Incidentally, the index is approaching a major resistance level at the 6123 points level. There is a possibility that it could find some resistance there. However, if it crosses above it then a further rise can be expected. Investors are advised to hold long positions.
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CMP: Rs. 3274 Target Rs. 3700 INFO reported a strong Q2 with US$ growth of 3.8% QoQ (RCMLe 3%) led by 4% offshore volume growth. Margins adj. for one offs were flat QoQ broadly inline with expectations. Further they raised the low end of guidance to 9% but maintained the top end at 10% growth. We believe that the guidance is conservative and strong growth metrics this Q raise the probability of beating the guidance at top end. We remain positive on the stock given improving growth trajectory and reasonable valuations. Maintain Buy. Healthy Q2FY14- growth ahead of expectations: Revenues at US$ 2.07bn, up 3.8% QoQ, were ahead of expectations of US$ 2.05bn, driven by a strong 4% offshore volume growth. Growth was broadbased with NA up 3.9% QoQ CC and Europe up 3.8% QoQ CC. BFSI grew 3.9% QoQ and Manufacturing grew by 6.6% QoQ. EBIT margins adjusted for one-time visa provisioning were flat QoQ (inline with expectations) as wage hikes offset benefits from currency depreciation. Blended pricing was up 0.6%. PAT at Rs 24bn (up 2% YoY) was 7% behind expectations due to lower reported margins and lower other income. View: Overall a healthy topline performance and most operating metrics show a broadbased growth performance something which has been missing in Infosys results over the recent past. For FY14, we see marginal increase to the US$ growth expectations, but a marginal EPS downgrade due to one-time expense. We don’t see any significant change to FY15 estimates. BUY target price of Rs3,700.
KOTAK SECURITIES CALLS A ‘BUY’ ON INDRAPRASTHA GAS
CMP: Rs. 283 Target Rs. 305 Expansion plans: IGL has entered into an agreement with all the three OMCs (IOC, BPCL and HPCL) for setting up of CNG facilities. This will significantly reduce IGL's investment in setting up new outlets. Currently, OMCs retail outlets contribute ~22% of CNG retail business. We believe this is a prudent strategy as this will boost revenues, margins and ROE of IGL. In FY14E, IGL is planning to invest ~Rs. 4 Bn in its CNG and PNG business. The next date of hearing of the case in Supreme Court between PNGRB and IGL is due by end of Oct'13. The outcome of this judgment will have a significant bearing on the future prospects of the Company. IGL's case seems strong with the government supporting its contention that the regulator does not have the authority to fix the company's tariffs. Based on this, we believe the judgment can be in the favor of IGL. We expect FY14E EPS of Rs. 24.9 and Rs.24.2 for FY15E. The management believes that the strong trends in CNG and PNG segment will continue and IGL is best placed to benefit from rising gas consumption in India. Based on our estimates, the stock at current market price of Rs. 280 is trading at 4.9x EV/EBIDTA and 11.20x P/E on FY14E earnings. Based on our DCF valuation model, the fair value of IGL is Rs. 305 and we maintain our Accumulate rating.
HDFC SECURITIES CALLS A ‘BUY’ ON THOMAS COOK
CMP: Rs. 65 Target Rs. 78 Conclusion & Recommendation: TCIL’s net sales & PAT are expected to grow by 87.9% & 31.6% respectively over CY12-14. The sales growth is likely to be driven by consolidation of Ikya & a rebound expected in company’s travel & tourism and forex business. Despite challenges of slowdown in economic growth, sharp rupee depreciation, which have resulted in slowdown in the consumer travel spending, TCIL’s travel business has displayed strong resilience and has been growing at a decent rate. Further, stabilization in rupee level is likely to help the forex business. TCIL is expected to maintain its leadership position in forex business. We feel TCIL is a good investment bet in a volatile & uncertain market conditions. Valuing the stock at 22xCY14E EPS, we arrive at a price target of Rs. 78. One can buy this scrip at current levels and average it further on dips in the price band of Rs. 51-54.5 (14.5-15.5xCY14E EPS) for our price target over the next 2-3 quarters. Please send all business and corporate related mails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Secure Home Loan Through Insurance Afternoon Despatch & Courier
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I have purchased a ready to move flat in Faridabad on loan. I wish to buy an Insurance cover to secure my Home Loan. I have heard there are two options. 1. Insurance Company will pay the remaining loan amount to bank at the time of death. 2. Insurance company will pay Sum Insured Amount to the Nominee of the Insured at the time of death / partial or full disability. Please guide me. —Ramesh Chauhan, Thane If you are looking for a purely Loan Protect Plan, then you have quite a few options at your disposal. If the purpose for purchasing your
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Protection Plan is only Loan Coverage, then it makes sense to purchase Loan Protect plan as the premium would be less since the coverage decreases over time with reducing liability. However, if you need uniform coverage for the purpose of protecting your family as well, then you must opt for Term Plan with level coverage. At the time of your Home Loan, you can opt for a Loan Protect Plan, such that if anything happens to your before the loan is paid off, then entire amount is paid to the Bank, from where you have availed the loan and the hypothecation is removed and your family will not have to bear the burden of your home loan. You can opt for HDFC Home Loan Protection Plan, which is a good and reputed plan. You can also avail a pure Loan Protection plan like SBI Saral Shield or SBI Smart Shield Decreasing Loan Protection Plan, Aegon Religare Decreasing Term Plan or LIC Mortgage Redemption Plan, such that the protection amount decreases as the outstanding loan amount also decreases over the years. Alternately, you can opt for a Term Plan of equivalent amount to your loan amount, and if anything happens to you, your family would receive the money which they can pay to the bank, from where you have availed the loan and remove the house from their hypotheca-
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I have a family floater of Rs 5 lakh and my company covers me and my family for Rs 2.5 lakh medical but I want to increase my family coverage to about 12-15 lakh which is 5 to 7 lakh more. What are my options? —Rajnikant Shetty, Matunga There are quite a few options that you have to increase your coverage. 1) Increase your existing Family Floater Plan by another 10 lacs
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« PRODUCT REVIEW: LIC JEEVAN AKSHAY VI PLAN
By Manoj Aswani IC Jeevan Akshay VI is an Immediate Annuity plan, which can be purchased by paying a lump sum amount. The plan provides for annuity payments of a stated amount throughout the life time of the annuitant. Various options are available for the type and mode of payment of annuities.
tion. You can avail LIC Jeevan Amulya I Plan, Kotak Preferred Term Plan, iCare Plan from ICICI Prudential, etc.
2) Buy another Family Floater Plan from the same company or a different one for Rs 10 lacs 3) Take a Top Up or a Super Top Up Plan. Among the 3 options mentioned, the best Option is to go for a Super Top Up Plan as you would be able to effectively be able to increase the coverage without much increase in premium and heavy medical requirements. A Top Up Plan provides for coverage of expenses arising from a single illness or disease in one year but only after the initial cover has been exhausted and the premium is usually much less than normal plans. A Super Top Up Plan provides coverage of expenses for all illnesses in one year after the certain threshold level has been exhausted. This limit is called Threshold Limit. The premium for a Top Up Plan or a Super Top Up Plan is usually much less than a fullfledged Health Insurance Plan. Bajaj Allianz Top Up Plan, Star Health Super Surplus Plan, United India Top Up Plan and United India Super Top Up Plan are some of the common Top Up and Super Top Up Plans that are available in the industry.
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Phailin leaves trail of destruction, intensity weakens Afternoon Despatch & Courier
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OPALPUR/SRIKAKULAM: Severe cyclonic storm ‘Phailin’, which forced the evacuation of over eight lakh people, left a trail of destruction in coastal areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and disrupted communication lines before weakening considerably today. Though seven deaths have been reported in Odisha, they took place as uprooted trees fell on locals before the cyclone made a landfall, Odisha Revenue and Disaster Minister S N Patro said in Bhubaneshwar. There were no major casualties though Phailin was no less than a super cyclone as large-scale evacuation of people to storm shelters prevented a repeat of the 1999 super cyclone that claimed nearly 10,000 lives. The National Disaster Response Force said no casualties have been reported so far due to the cyclone, which had pounded the Odisha coast yesterday, bringing in its wake torrential rains and wind speeds of over 200 kmph in the state and in
A woman rests near her damaged house after Cyclone Phailin hit Podampeta village on the Bay of Bengal coast in Ganjam district, Odisha on Sunday. neighbouring north coastal Andhra Pradesh. “Our teams are out in both Odisha and Andhra Pradesh for rescue and relief opera-
tions. So far we have not received any report of casualties anywhere,” NDRF chief Krishna Chowdhary told PTI in New Delhi. — PTI
The cyclone left a trail of destruction with massive damage to property reported in Odisha. Thousands of trees and poles were uprooted in
Bhubaneshwar, the Odisha heavy rains coupled with strong winds continue to lash Minister said. Several big buildings were most parts of the coastal area. Srikakulam Collector shaken in Parampur town, above 20 kms from Gopalpur, Saurabh Gaur said 39 villages when the cyclone hit the area, in the cyclone-affected areas are surrounded by water. Parto said. The Srikakulam district adNational Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) vice- ministration heaved a sigh of chairman M Shashidhar relief as no casualty has been Reddy said, “Wind speed in reported in the past 12 hours Gopalpur where the eye of the after the cyclone made a landcyclone passed through has fall. Prashant Dar, Commancome down to 90-100 kmph at 8 am. We are still trying to as- dant, National Disaster Relief sess the devastation caused by Force, said people, who have been given shelter in relief the disaster.” Presently, the system is camps, have been provided close to Phulwani in Kand- with food, medicine and other hamal and is moving at a essential material. The teams of NDRF, which speed of 20 kms per hour, the IMD said. “The system would is tasked to minimize the loss move northwards for some on all fronts, intensified their more time and weaken gradu- operations since morning ally into a cyclonic storm by while the Indian Navy has also noon today and into a deep been put on alert. “We have started rescue opdepression by evening,” said IMD Bhubaneshwar Director erations since 6 am as the weather relented a bit. We Sarat Sahu. However, rains will continue have received reports the 110 people stranded in two locain interior part of Odisha. In Srikakulam in Andhra tions where our teams are on Pradesh, relief operations have their way to rescue them,” he been launched in full swing as said.
Brutality can’t be sole criteria for awarding death: Supreme Court N
Devotees take part in a procession with knives in their hands on the last day of Navratri celebration at Soudamman Temple in Coimbatore on Sunday.
89 dead, 100 hurt in MP temple stampede A
T least 89 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede after a bridge collapsed near a remote Hindu temple in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. A large number of devotees gathered to celebrate the holy festival of Dussehra at the Ratangarh temple, in a forest outside the town of Datia, 390 km (240 miles) north of the state capital, Bhopal. But a bridge leading to the temple collapsed, triggering the stampede. “At the moment we can confirm the death toll at 70,” Dilip Arya, a deputy inspector general of police, said. “More than 100 people are injured and being treated in nearby hospitals.” As the bridge collapsed, people began rushing towards the temple and got killed in the stampede, Arya said, adding
A scene after the stampede at the Sindhu River bridge through which pilgrims were heading towards the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday morning. that a few devotees drowned as they jumped into the Sindh river. Some local media said the police used batons to control the crowd, prompting many people to panic. Inept handling has led to stampedes
on previous occasions. In February this year, a stampede killed at least 36 Hindu pilgrims, who were part of the world’s largest religious festival which attracted some 30 million people.
EW DELHI: The brutality of a murder or the ageold concept of ‘an eye for an eye’ cannot be grounds for terming a case as ‘rarest of rare’ and awarding death penalty, the Supreme Court has held while commuting to life term the capital punishment awarded to a man for a triple murder. A bench comprising justices H.L. Dattu, S.J. Mukhopadhaya and M.Y. Eqbal made the observation while cautioning courts to act with utmost responsibility when awarding death penalty as it is the exception and life sentence is the rule. “In a civilised society, a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye ought not to be the criterion to clothe a case with rarest of the rare jacket and the courts must not be propelled by such notions in a haste resorting to capital punishment... “Our criminal jurisprudence cautions the courts of law to act with utmost responsibility by analysing the finest strands of the matter and it is in that perspective a reasonable proportion has to be maintained between the brutality of the crime and the punishment,” the bench said. While modifying the trial court verdict awarding death to the appellant, Gudda alias Dwarikendra, which was upheld by the Madhya Pradesh High Court, the bench said, “We cannot lose sight of the fact that brutality also cannot be the only criterion for
determining whether a case falls under the rarest of rare categories. “The degree of brutality has to be ascertained in contrast with other cases and the criteria and the tests laid down (by the apex court in other cases).” It said while awarding death, the courts should have due regard to the nature of offence so that “the punishment is not disproportionately severe or manifestly inadequate”. Dwarikendra had been convicted and awarded capital punishment for stabbing to death a man, his pregnant wife and their five-year-old son after inviting them to his home for lunch.
The apex court, while commuting to life the death penalty awarded to Dwarikendra, said that though he had planned to murder Gupta, suspecting him of having an affair with his wife, he had killed Gupta’s wife and son “due to his sudden realisation and extreme fear of being caught”. “Indeed victims of the crime include an innocent child of five years and a pregnant lady who were assaulted by the appellant who was then in a position of trust having invited them to his house for lunch. But this alone would not be sufficient to place the crime in category of rarest of the rare,” the bench said.
Afternoon Despatch & Courier
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A series of articles designed to hand hold SSC students as they revise towards the Boards 2014
TODAY’S BEST VIEWING
In the year 2054 A.D. crime is virtually eliminated from Washington D.C. thanks to an elite law enforcing squad “Precrime”. They use three gifted humans (called “PreCogs”) with special powers to see into the future and predict crimes beforehand. John Anderton heads Precrime and believes the system’s flawlessness steadfastly. However one day the Pre-Cogs predict that Anderton will commit a murder himself in the next 36 hours. Worse, Anderton doesn’t even know the victim. He decides to get to the mystery’s core by finding out the ‘minority report’ which means the prediction of the female Pre-Cog Agatha that “might” tell a different story and prove Anderton innocent. HBO, 9 p.m.
SOAPS & SERIALS
Everybody is happy to learn about Pandu’s victory, but are shocked on seeing Madri arrive with Pandu as his wife. Though everybody is happy on Pandu’s victory, Pandu gives credit of his victory to Dhritrashtra. Madri apologises to Kunti for taking her place but later she cunningly shows her true colours. Gandhari feels bad for Kunti. Gandhari gets stunned when Dasi informs that Dhrit has called her. Star Pl us, 8.30 p.m.
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The next potential killer on Vogel’s list is A.J. Yates, institu-
tionalized at 15. Vogel tried to channel his hostilities much as she did with Dexter but was unable to do so. When Dexter sees a huge scar on his head, he learns from Vogel that Yates had surgery to remove a brain lesion. He breaks into Yates’ house and finds something interesting in the closet. He also finds something that affects his relationship with Vogel. Dexter meets Cassie, from the next door apartment. The police have a murder victim, Norma Rivera, who Dexter believes was killed by someone she knew. Star Wor ld, 10 p.m.
Charismatic, intelligent and with emotions that mirror the human world, elephants are truly astounding animals. From the wild and remote shoreline of the Skeleton Coast, via the towering sand dunes of the ancient Namib Desert, to the coastal islands of Andaman, Animal Planet takes you on a fascinating journey with these unique groups of animals. Ani mal Pl anet, 8 p.m.
THE UNEXPLAINED FILES
Spontaneous infernos in Italy, a town in Argentina plagued by hundreds of unidentified aircrafts, and bizarre hairless, blueskinned, blue-eyed and hunch-backed dogs roaming the southern U.S.—across the world, baffling phenomena has occurred which science and logic fail to explain. THE UNEXPLAINED FILES investigates what lies beyond the shock and awe through eyewitness accounts, leading scientific experts, vivid first-person accounts and a healthy dose of journalistic skepticism. Discover y, 10 p.m.
COMBAT COUNTDOWN showcases the biggest and best war
machines on battlefields around the globe, tune in as the show
Mahabharat, Star Plus, 8.30 p.m.
gets bigger and better as it travels the world to see the elite technology from the land, sea and air - and meets the brave soldiers who operate them every day. Discover y Science, 10 p.m.
AAKHIR BAHU BHI TOH BETI HEE HAI
Everyone’s waiting for Sia to come and do the first pooja after marriage, while Sia has got up very late. Naulakha Devi calmly tells Gini to teach Sia the rules of the house. Sia is praying for her life and marriage to become better while Samar has decided to break the marriage. Sahar a On e, 9 p.m.
EK BOOND ISHQ
Mrityunjay is hurt that Nirmala is upset with him because of Tara’s lie. Mrityunjay decides to teach Tara a lesson. Further Kalavati is happy to know that things are not very good between Mrityunjay & Tara. What will happen to Tara? Will Mrityunjay trouble Tara? Life Ok, 8.30 p.m .
Naomi has constant flashbacks to her rape and begins
taking sleeping pills in order to sleep through the night. Mr. Cannon invites Silver over to his apartment to watch his new documentary and secretly slips something in her drink, Big CBS Love, 10 p.m.
MOVIES OF THE DAY
An extremely silly comedy about a self-indulgent private in-
vestigator who winds up on a cruise-ship full of rich patrons, gorgeous women, murderous terrorists, and scarce food. Starring Jackie Chan, Richard Norton, Joey Wang. Star M ovi es, 9 p.m.
Bobby Boucher is the lowly waterboy for a college football team, until the coach discovers his amazing talent for tackling people much bigger than him. He signs the Waterboy as the new star player, but Bobby must keep it secret from his overbearing and domineering mother. Starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk. Zee Studio, 8.20 p.m . Somiya Mathur lives a middle-class lifestyle with her dad and
The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. During five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a legend by the Indian press. Although the press tended to make her the optimal hero with blue eyes, dark hair, being tall and beautiful she was in reality an average Indian which makes it hard for the movie to fulfill the expectations of the audience and tell the truth at the same time. Later in her life,She entered into the politics and was assassinated in 2001. Fi lmy, 9.30 p.m.
On September 11, 2001, while talking to their U.S. based
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mom in Mumbai. At the age of five her parents go through a bitter divorce and she moves out to live with her mom. After she matures, her mom passes away, and she swears never to see her dad again. She rents a room with a middle-aged couple, who she calls ‘Aai’ and ‘Baba’, and is friendly with Niti, who runs a restaurant. Somiya decides to enter in a beauty contest, competes, and is crowned the city’s beauty queen. This gets her unwanted attention from a strange male, and a wealthy bachelor, Karan Malhotra, comes to her rescue. Both fall in love with each other and get married. They live an idyllic, wealthy, and harmonious lifestyle, and a few years later they become parents of a girl, Sarah. B4U, 6 p.m .
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Deven Bhojani’s Bh Se Bhade!
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Deven Bhojani is a popular comic star on television with popular shows like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Office Office, Sarabhai VS Sarabhai, Baa Bahoo aur Baby to his credit. Now he is all set to play another simple guy in Zee TV’S forthcoming sit-com Bh Se Bhade soon to be telecast every Saturday and Sunday, produced by Jamnadas Majethia’s Hats Off Productions, with whom Deven shares a long standing relationship. We spoke to the easy-going actor about his new show. By Sandeep Hattangadi
Anything special about this show that made you accept it? Yes. The concept is totally fresh and never seen before on prime time. My character of a do gooder who solves other people’s problems which get him into problems of his own is quite a unique character. He is a kind, lovely character, a complete family man with a loving wife played by Sucheta Trivedi.
Did you prepare for your role in any way? Yes. My character is that of an elderly man and from one month before the start of the shoot I began observing elderly men, the way they walk, their mannerisms, the way they speak, and I tried to imbibe these traits into my act.
How was it like working with Atul Parchure? Atul plays my foodie boss and we share a good working relationship with no hassles and we always try and work on the scenes together. We vibe very well. He is a fantastic actor and a person.
And Sucheta Trivedi? I know her from my theatre days and that makes us comfortable during the shoot. She is a wonderful actor and a person. It’s a privilege to work with her. There is also the veteran stage actor Sarita Joshi who plays my mother-in-law.
This is another of your shows with J.D. Majethia? Yes, we are like brothers and share a wonderful working relationship. I think people will always term me as a Hats Off-boy for all my comebacks have been with J.D. and his production com-
Talented actor Mazher Sayed will be seen in an upcoming emotional episode of Crime Patrol (Optimystix Productions) on Sony Entertainment Television. Talking about his experience, Mazher says, “This was one of the most difficult shoots I have ever done. It was emotionally draining as a performer and as a person. It was seriously epic; I have never attempted something like this.” He further says, “The story is about an inter-caste married couple who lives happily with their three-year-old child, when suddenly the man turns up at his house to find his wife dead and child kidnapped. He files for a case and as the investigation starts, the entire story unfolds in an interesting way.”
pany. It is fabulous to once again be a part of the troupe since I pick up shows very rarely. But each time, I’m approached by J.D., I cannot refuse him, his narration prowess about the character always convinces me that I should do the role!
How many episodes are we looking at? That depends on whether the show is liked by the viewers and whether the channel is pleased with the show’s performance.
Any other projects on hand? No. Since the episodes of this show are one-hour long, the shooting is hectic and I am too busy with this show which makes it difficult to accept anything else.
Your opinion on ZEE TV? I share a good working relationship since the popular show Tara was beamed on the channel, when Zee was the first private channel. I have also done some other shows for them.
What about your directorial debut? I am finalising my script and will soon be approaching actors and Vipul Shah will be producing the film.
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ET NOW, India’s No.1 business news channel in association with DuPont India, a leader in market driven science and innovation is launching an inspiring television competition series ‘The Power of Shunya: Challenge for Zero’. This unique show will give university students the opportunity to present their best ideas and innovations that will help India achieve progress against the goal of Shunya or zero - a country of zero hunger, zero malnutrition, zero accidents, zero lives lost, zero carbon footprint. The 10-part series will be hosted by popular television anchor Gaurav Kapur and will premiere on Saturday, October 12, at 6:30 pm on ET NOW. ‘The Power of Shunya: Challenge for Zero’ is an invitation to the best minds from science, technology and business schools to come together to showcase ground-breaking innovations and their go-to-market strategies across key sectors like food, agriculture, nutrition, health, energy, mobility, infrastructure, safety and sustainability. Jury: Vani Kola– MD, Kalaari, Harish Hande - MD Selco India, Rajeev Karwal - Founder & CEO, Milagrow and Homi Bhedwar -Technology Director, South Asia & ASEAN, DuPont-Special judge for the grand finale: Kiran Karnik – Member, National Innovation Council. After a nationwide call for entry from science and technology institutes, 24 of the most impactful innovations have been shortlisted from 250 entries to make it to the series. These 24 innovators have now been each paired with a student of an eminent business school to help develop robust business plans and marketing strategies that will enable these innovations to reach the market and help achieve their Shunya impact. The grand award: For the winning team - INR 1,000,000 and paid experience to the global DuPont Headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US. For the 1st runner up - INR 500,000 and a paid experience to DuPont India.
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Asit Kumarr Modi’s super successful show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has become one of the most sought after show for films and celebrities. Latest to join the long list of celebs is Akshay Kumar who joined the Gokuldham society members in their Dandiya celebration. “This time we had decided to celebrate dandiya in a traditional manner and besides the clothes, we had also decided to get dholwala instead of DJ. But somehow the dholwala did not turn up. Akshay came to our rescue and brought in musicians from his event to help us celebrate”, laughs an excited dayaben aka Disha Wakhani.
The Buddha actor
Over the last few weeks, Zee TV and Spice Studio’s historical magnum opus Buddha has beautifully captured the early life of Prince Siddharth and attempted to answer some of the questions people may have about the young man who went on to become one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders. Now, as the show gets ready to delve into the life of Prince Siddharth as he matured into a fine, young man, the time has come to reveal the actor who has been chosen to play this coveted role; it is Himanshu from Jaipur.
Ratan rues taking part in ‘Big Boss’
TV star Ratan Rajput, who became the fourth contestant to get evicted from reality show ‘Bigg Boss’, is relieved to be out of the house after 28 days as she was finding it hard to survive the politics between the inmates. The actress says she overestimated her strength but staying in ‘Bigg Boss’ has taught her that she can’t handle fake people and indulge in politics. “People there had come with a plan. It was uncomfortable for me to stay there because 14 strange people were thrown together and you cannot trust anyone because there are groups. Also, there was a class system as some people (I don’t want to name them) would think they were special because they came from a film family. “But, I think everyone was equal there as we all were the part of same show. It is not like they were participating in ‘Big Brother’,” Ratan told PTI in her post exit interview..
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Horror stories, by definition, are scary but when you know they are based on real life incidents, does the fear factor increase? Bhoot Aaya is Sony Entertainment Television’s latest offering, which attempts to explore the unexplained forces of the dark world and their encounters with humans. Produced by Akashdeep Sabir and Sheeba’s Cinetek Telefilms Pvt. Ltd, the show will depict real life, spine chilling experiences of ordinary people.
Comedy reality show
The popular comedy reality show on Zee Marathi Fu Bai Fu will start its new season from October 14 every Monday – Tuesday at 9.30 pm. The participants will be Bhalchandra Kadam, Anshuman Vichare, Atul Todankar, Priyadarshan Jadhav, Ananda Karyekar, Supriya Pathare, Sagar Karande, Meghna Erande, Bharat Ganeshpure and Vijay Patwardhan. The judges will be Swapnil Joshi and Ashwini Kalsekar.
CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will host a special broadcast event on Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old girl shot by the Taliban because she wanted to go to school. “The Bravest Girl in the World”, airing on CNN International Monday, October 14 at 7.30 pm, will reveal a Malala you haven’t seen before, featuring material exclusive to CNN. Malala tells her story – of campaigning for girls’ education, of the day she was shot, of her struggle to recover from her injury – but most of all, of her dreams and her drive to help millions of other girls go to school.
Maximum children go missing in the state
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A majority of these missing children are exploited for prostitution, slavery, abducted for organ trade and some are even murdered. each passing year but the cases remain unsolved. The increase in numbers and lesser detection rate only suggest that children are not exactly considered a priority. States other than Maharashtra are not any better when it comes missing children. Of the 2,887 children reported missing in Delhi this year, only 832 have been traced. In Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, untraced children far outnumber those reunited with their families. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), one child goes missing every eight minutes. There are officially over 55,000 children missing. Maharashtra has the largest annual average of 13,881 missing children. A majority of these missing children are exploited for prostitution, slavery, abducted for organ trade and some, even murdered. Then there are those who are kidnapped for ransom or simply run away from their homes. Street children are more vulnerable to kidnapping. Kidnappers usually find it easy to lure these children with promises of food, sweets and new clothes. Once kidnapped, these children are later maimed and forced to beg. And, when the parents of such children go to report their missing children, the police, more often than not, don’t take them seriously. And, if the case is reported as a mere ‘missing person’ complaint, it
cases is given priority, the home department has sent out circulars to all city police stations asking them to follow the new rule. According to this new rule, every incident of missing children under the age of 14 will be treated as a kidnapping case. “This move comes after an order given by the Supreme Court, which has asked us to treat these cases more seriously. Now, the children’ names won’t end up in the list of missing persons, and the case will be pursued as a kidnapping one,” Home Minister RR Patil was reported saying earlier last week. The home ministry department MISSING ON THE RISE http://youtu.be/F05WNjoCPog had already issued a circular on the development on this issue development in April, but it had not WHERE ARE THE MISSING? been implemented as yet. Accordhttp://youtu.be/QkSsyI8bsK8 ing to the earlier system, when the parents of a missing child lodge a SAVE INDIA'S CHILDREN complaint, it would first be put in http://youtu.be/dXFlNt9Xuew a register comprising details of missing people. Then, judging by MISSING CHILDREN FROM UP the circumstances of the case, the http://youtu.be/4GlrXEKnZzE police would decide what type of case is to be lodged. In most of cases, the names of the children is only noted down in the missing end up in a missing register. Maperson’s list. An FIR is filed only harashtra had been rated as the when the parents/guardians report state with the highest incidence of the complaint as a kidnapping missing children. So, for a state case. In Mumbai, only 98 out of topping the list of missing chil5,198 cases of missing children dren cases, this move seems like a good initiative to curb numbers. since 2010 were filed as FIRs. Only recently, to ensure the Around 1.77 lakh children were redetection rate in kidnapping ported missing in India between
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irst the elderly, then women and now it’s children. Recent reports from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has revealed that Maharashtra is no longer a safe place for children. Earlier in May, an RTI application filed by activist Chetan Kothari revealed that nearly six children, on an average, went missing from Mumbai every day of the last three years. And, many of them are still untraceable. Maharashtra has been rated as the state with most number of missing children cases in the country. Reportedly, the Mumbai police recorded 6,345 cases of missing children (aged up to 14) from 2010 to 2012. That is a 65 per cent rise, with 149 cases registered in 2013 against 90 in 2012. While the majority of those disappeared were eventually discovered, about 10 per cent of the cases remained unsolved. The police failed in tracking down 11 per cent missing boys and 10.5 per cent missing girls. And. worse yet, one per cent of the missing boys were found dead. Crime against children seems to be rising rapidly, and it isn’t just about a city or a state. The entire nation is dealing with an almost similar situation. Data from 24 states suggests that so far, 15,130 children went missing this year itself and only 6,269 were found. This does not include information from four major states - West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra— which have larger populations and more cases of missing children. Last year, in 2012, 65,038 children were reported missing and 41.35 per cent of them could not be traced. The numbers, keeping in mind those missing children who aren’t reported at all, are a matter of huge concern for the nation. The figures don’t provide any indication of what happens to the children who go missing. It is only when the children are found or information about them procured, do the police figure what happened to them. With the recent trend of young girls going missing – more girls have been missing as compared to boys – experts speculate that child traffickers are getting smarter and ensure they stay a step ahead of the police. So far, till July this year, almost half the children reported missing, haven’t been traced. The home ministry’s report suggest there are higher chances of missing boys being found than missing girls. Report suggests that around 63 per cent girls found missing this year (till July), could not be traced. The reports of the past three years also paint a grim picture showing an increase in number of cases with each passing year. The numbers keep piling on with
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Crimes against children seem to be rising rapidly, and it isn’t just about a city or a state. The entire nation is dealing with an almost similar situation, writes Gajanan Khergamker
2009 and 2011. Of them, the Supreme Court pointed out, a majority were from Maharashtra, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. Apart from Maharashtra, the Centre too has been taking measures to insure that the safety of the children is not taken lightly. National Tracking System – is an web portal that the Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched. This is expected to help track missing children in the country, through the internet. Reports suggest the government will shut down the Zonal Integrated Police Network (ZIPNET) and, in its place, employ the National Tracking System to track missing and vulnerable children. This website contains details of missing children along with their photographs. And, apart from information from the Centre, the website will also provide data of missing children from all the major states across country; it allows informing a sighting. The website already seems like a big hit, so much so that neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bangladesh are planning to introduce such web tracking systems in their countries by next year. The Indian government has promised to help these counties in setting up such websites in their own countries. (With inputs from Prerna Pandey)
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By Santosh Bhartiya
The facial and body language of such people is not aggressive; int present the country is di- stead they believe in moving ahead vided into pro-Modi and anti- by taking everyone along. The youngest Prime Minister that Modi camps. People with Modi are true nationalists and those the country has so far had was Rajiv who are not with him are not true Gandhi. Along with the Congress, nationalists – this is the kind of at- the Sangh also lauded the fact that mosphere created. One is reminded Rajiv Gandhi was young. Many peoof a tale from the Panchtantra, in ple believe that he did a lot for the wherein a jackal paints himself like good of the country, but it is a a lion and declares himself the king strange irony that out of all the of the jungle only to later reveal his agreements that Rajiv Gandhi eftrue self. Similarly, people who call fected could not reach its logical themselves great patriots of the outcome – be it the pact between country are actually tyrants in dis- Rajiv-Longowal or the pact with the Asom Gana Parishad. guise. Rajiv Gandhi’s haste broke the The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) took up the propa- force named the LTTE which his ganda that the aged should be re- mother had created. On the other moved and the reins should be hand Prabhakaran’s men – who given into the hands of the youth. were also our people – were killed The RSS has neither the ability to and the ones, who got killed on this analyse the situation nor the intelli- side, too were members of our gence to learn from the past. It has army. The Kanyakumari segment of not been able to understand that it India was safe only because of Prabis the experience and wisdom of the hakaran, as it was because of him people whom it is calling useless that China was not being able to because of their age, which in fact is gain entry into Sri Lanka. Rajiv their real strength. It is only after Gandhi’s decision gave China a long years of hard work that a Lal place in Sri Lanka. One wall of our Krishna Advani or a Murli Manohar security fell because of this. Had there been an elder person, Joshi is shaped – before whom there is the whole country, in which we he would not have taken the hasty have Hindus, Muslims, Dalits and decision that Rajiv Gandhi took bemany more. Such people do not re- cause of his youthful mentality. ject the truth; instead, they handle Against Advani and Joshi, the RSS the language of truth graciously. gave Narendra Modi the benefit of
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being young. Narendra Modi has the same excitability and hastiness that Rajiv Gandi had. It is courtesy a marketing campaign that Narendra Modi has created a myth that he is very successful in Gujarat and what he has done for Gujarat he will do for the whole country. The reality is that there is one stain on Modi and that too is of Gujarat. Let us believe that Modi was not behind the Gujarat riots or that Modi had no hand in fuelling the riots. We can also accept that laying the blame for the riots only on his shoulders is an injustice to him, because riots occurred even during the Congress rule and today Akhilesh Yadav too finds himself surrounded by such allegations. If we take riots as the base, then there will be a polarisation of votes. So let us keep Modi and the riots separate and then talk about him, because if Narendra Modi’s strategy had been to just create riots, then they would have occurred in Gujarat even after 2002. Modi is vilified in the name of the riots, but what does Narendra Modi himself say? He projects himself as the person who has done the most development work in the country. Therefore, Modi should be assessed in terms of development, and not of the riots. For the 2014 elections, some people want to make the riots a parameter, but Modi himself wants to
All this means clearly that industrialisation in Gujarat has been a natural process, and Modi is not behind it. The setting up of the new factories which he deems as his ‘progress’ came because there were land and sales tax benefits. But, yes, there is certainly a new ‘wonder’ of Narendra Modi. He broke down the structure of the Sangh in Gujarat, or in other words the flood waters ate up the field itself. Narendra Modi does not have just the allegations of the Ishrat Jehan case against him. If we look at the reports of the investigating agencies we are reminded of the Hiren Pandya murder case too. The CBI had submitted its final report saying that it could not find any clue about the case, but the case is being reopened at the behest of the Supreme Court. At the root of this is the Tulsi Prajapati case too, and now the truth is about to emerge that the officials involved in the Ishrat Jehan case, had taken the murderers of Hiren Pandya in their custody and make development a parameter. had safely left them at the Nepal There is therefore a need to exam- border. Even if one allegation is subine and assess the claim that he is stantiated, it will be believed that making. Gujarat was in the forefront Narendra Modi does not spare even of industrialisation of the country his associates in his greed for power. even as long ago as the 50s. The Some newspapers have even excountry’s biggest company – Re- pressed possibilities like a Prime liance – is in Gujarat. All the big re- Minister against whom there are alfineries, big power projects are in legations of murder. Modi did not become the Prime Gujarat. Gujarat is the only coast in India from where trading has been Ministerial candidate because of done since ancient times. Therefore any pressure from party workers; it is but natural that Gujarat will be neither did the party make him the most industrialised. It is not so their candidate enthusiastically. because of Narendra Modi. It is be- The circumstances just got created. cause of Gujarat’s traditional eco- On the one hand was the money nomic strength in relation to being spent blindly on the media business and trading. If 1.5 crore and the media did not raise any people are settling in Delhi, the questions about the source of the credit will not go to Sheila Dixit, but money. The claim is that Modi is an to the big offices in Delhi. The entire honest person. Perhaps the definicountry is run from Delhi so people tion of honesty has changed. The BJP had seen the outcome will naturally come and settle there. Even if Narendra Modi had not of making Lal Krishna Advani their been the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Prime Ministerial candidate: there the state would have developed. had been a decrease in their seats. The Reliance plant was set up be- This time they had only two faces fore Modi came to power. In the be- before them – Sushma Swaraj ginning it had a capacity of 120 among the women and Narendra million tonnes, and it has the same Modi among the men. Swaraj did capacity even after Modi came to not have the money, power and power. If Gujarat had witnessed ac- strength to create the hype. She tual progress, new ideas and inno- only had her voice. Modi, on the vations would have come into other hand, had everything. Arun Gujarat. What is new that came in Jaitley and Uma Bharti do not fall Narendra Modi’s rule? Tata’s Nano into any category. That is why made an appearance in Modi’s rule Narendra Modi emerged as the candidate. and turned out to be a flop.
Today’s Journalism Must be Cleansed: Bring Back The Purity And High Ideals
e want to talk about some of our reports, the first of which dealt with the coal scam. We were the first in the country to publish it, before which we had published the Ranganath Mishra Committee report and challenged the government to say that this report was a lie. There was a hullabaloo in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha over this report. Ultimately, for the first time in the history of the Lok Sabha, 45-50 parliamentarians stood up with the
‘Chauthi Duniya’ newspaper and asked the Prime Minister to reply to the questions raised in it. The PM had to give an assurance that he would put out the report of the Ranganath Commission in Parliament and in public. It is another matter that the Government has not taken any action on the recommendations of the report. In the same manner, we were the first to bring the coal scam to light and clarify that it was a scam of 26 lakh crores. This disclosure brought it to the notice of political parties after which the Public Accounts Committee started investigating it. The Supreme Court took it very seriously and today the coal scam has become the biggest corruption issue in the country, which the goverment is repeatedly lying about. Files go missing without the government’s knowledge. It is a coincidence that the Supreme Court adopted a tough stance on this and an FIR was filed,
or how many files on sensitive subjects would reach foreign powers and reach our enemies cannot be said. We were the first ones to reveal that the former Chief of Army, General V.K. Singh, was offered a bribe of Rs. 14 crore. It’s interesting that eyebrows were raised, the CBI – which was entrusted with the investigation – states that because the CD that they were given was corrupted, they did not gain any information. One cannot understand this argument because technology is so advanced that information can be recovered. Why did the CBI not do it? It can be surmised that people involved in underhand dealings have more weightage than the secret service agencies and the honour of the Government of India. We are talking of these reports not only because we published most of them before anyone else did but also because they shocked people who genuinely wanted to know the news
and the reasons behind it. Today, when there are bribes in journalism to benefit some and suppress the interest of others, instead of being journalism of courage, it is the journalism of middlemen. Such journalism should be opposed but those who are not opposing it are not cowards. They are certainly disheartened and disappointed at the state of journalism. To all such journalists, it is our request that if the clouds of disappointment are not removed today, they will turn into a storm of disappointment tomorrow. The matter of greatest regret is that this is the newspaper that had been honoured by for upholding the highest ideals of journalism and being miles away from the flattery of those in power, and for Ramnath Goenka who never believed in power as his ideal. Today, it is under the leadership of the same Ramnath Goenka’s heir that this newspaper is being run and is now not only pandering to
those in power, but have all its reports go against the standards of journalism and are published in favour of corruption. This newspaper does not have anything to do with the problems of the people; neither does it have anything to do with Goenka’s ideals. It is proceeding with the kind of journalism which has money in it irrespective of whether the money comes from brokering, mediating in arms deals or from writing reports in the favour of foreign powers. The good thing is that a majority of journalists in this newspaper are against this policy of their newspaper and are just doing a job. It is true that in today’s day of capitalism and rising prices, a job is a big thing, but one’s conscience and ideals also have some place. Those who want purity in journalism must in some way make this voice heard so that the journalism of liasoning and treason can be reined in.
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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 638
ENIGMA CODE 638
ACROSS: 1 Does he have a hell of job to make an impression? (7'1,5) 8 One who makes a picture of carrier holding beam (9) 9 A lariat used by the Spanish thus (5) 11 Navigator at sea between Australia and New Zealand (6) 12 Employ completely and beneficially (8) 14 Old hands see this as a sign (4) 15 Old gas bags? (8) 17 Sweet new peas Dig in! (8) 18 Hope to find a way to bring about his undoing (4) 20 Slide down to the marsh and take the horse up (8) 21 Such games will never be played out (6) 23 Pays attention when he is with newspaper chiefs (5) 25 Tennis shots popular with audiences? (5,4) 26 Revolutionary means of giving guidance (8-5)
DOWN: 1 Father's sailor is well up in rock charts (3,4) 2 Not caring if one can't provide an answer? (13) 3 Making the neat ring look as if it may be troublesome (11) 4 Get a lift when the sun rises? (4) 5 It's all put on for spades, perhaps (4,4) 6 She is amongst the rivals (3) 7 Opens my translation of Hamlet and Faust, for example (7) 10 No reason for helping others? (7,6) 13 Shapes the way new clothes are presented (7,4)
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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: Ace; pro
P P P
SOLUTION TO FRIDAY’S ENIGMA CODE ENMITY, ENTITY, ENTREE, INTENT, INTERN, MITTEN, NINETY
MATH PYRAMID 638 16 Cleaners out may use it! (8) 17 American sportsman in jug (7) 19 A girl so giddy, showing fire-opal (7)
22 Observed the first notch being cut (4) 24 Not the boy in the suede; the girl! (3)
SOLUTION TO FRIDAY’S CRYPTIC CROSSWORD ACROSS: 1 Pearl harbour, 8 Mooning, 9 Freezer, 11 Origins, 12 Laconic, 13 Thyme, 14 Alexander, 16 Loose-leaf, 19 Whoop, 21 Soybean, 23 Chimera, 24 Deputed, 25 Iterate, 26 School keeper. DOW N: 1 Prodigy, 2 Asinine, 3 Legislate, 4 Awful, 5 Brescia, 6 Unzoned, 7 Immortalised, 10 Record player, 15 Effective, 17 Olympic, 18 Electro, 19 Write-up, 20 Open-air, 22 Nodal.
QUICK CROSS 638
ACROSS: 1 Baseball equipment (3) 4 Paleozoic, for one (3) 5 Approval marking (5) 7 Strike, rap (3) 8 Essays (5) 10 ___ ton soup (3) 11 Be delinquent (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 Pulsates (5) 2 ___-twist, pressure (3) 3 Dance, in a way (3) 5 Come rain or ___ (5) 6 1-1 (3) 8 "Power"ful number? (3) 9 Brouhaha (3)
The goal of Hidato is to fill the grid with consecutive numbers that connect horizontally, vertically, or diagonally from first to the last number in the grid. The first and last numbers of a puzzle and a some other numbers are already filled in. FRIDAY’S SOLUTION
Place numbers into the puzzle cells in such a way that each row and column contains each of the digits from 1 up to the size of the puzzle (4,5 or 6). Like a Sudoku puzzle, no number is repeated in any row or column. Each bold-outlined group of cells contains a hint consisting of a number and one of the mathematical symbols + x - /. The number is the result of applying the mathematical operation represented by the symbol to the digits contained within the domain. The solution to each puzzle is arrived at logically and is unique. FRIDAY’S SOLUTION
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COFFEEBREAK MOON TITHI NAKSHATRA RASHI LUCKY COLOUR LUCKY NUMBER
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Moon in Capricorn till 4.23 p.m. 10th Ashwin Shuklapaksha Dhanishta Makar (Capricorn) J.Kh. Maroon 1
BIRTHDAY FORECAST: Work proposals increase and you will be busy with expansion plans. If you are working towards financial independence, you are sure to achieve your objectives. Creative interests and artistic aspirations are fulfilled and you will get wide recognition. Those completing their education will get favorable offers of work from reputed institutions. Happiness in love is assured. BABIES BORN TODAY: Healthy and long-lived. Will be tall, slim, in extreme cases stout. Very independent, intelligent and good at logic. A career in law or government services is best suited. Family life will be happy and contented. Should avoid putting trust in people.
B.C. JOHNNY HART
BEAU PEEP THE ADVENTURES OF LEGIONNAIRE BEAU PEEP
FRED BASSET ALEX GRAHAM
PHANTOM LEE FALK
MODESTY BLAISE PETER O’DONNELL
ARIES (March 21 - April 20): Financial gains and important dues will come your way. Life is full of things pleasant and unpleasant. You will respond magnificently to any crisis cropping up, whether family, social or pertaining to work. Genuine appreciation and understanding is bound to come your way. This is the time to make it up to your beloved and restore faith and confidence in those who love you.
TAURUS (April 21 - May 20): Social events, get-togethers, discussion and trips, all augur well for you. Those who love you seem to expect only the best from you. Of course you know that you will be able to fulfill their expectations. Being more thoughtful and finding time for your mate will certainly go in your favor. A trip is in the offing for some of you to see a loved one.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): You may be given a large amount of money as an advance payment. Even though your financial position is strong, extra money will help to put a key plan into action. Overseas influences are strong and will lead to gain. A change of location is indicated for some. Meetings will be successful. In love matters come to a head but this time you will have all the right answers and win the day and the affections of your mate.
CANCER (June 21 - July 21): You feel the need to reorganize work. It is the right time to follow your instinct for you are inspired by an inner urge to succeed. You feel an urgent need to break away and do something new or different. Someone could do with a boost of positivism from you. You will have your disputes with your mate or beloved but you have a way of bringing people round to your way of thinking.
LEO (July 22 - August 21): Try to do one thing at a time to get best results. Consolidate recent gains and try to strengthen your position at work. Those waiting for news from overseas will get favorable response. Employment-seekers will get a temporary job offer, which should be accepted. You may now realize the futility of long-standing personal association. A parting of ways cannot be ruled out. Keep a check on your health.
VIRGO (August 22 - September 21): Your will be Made aware of some information which could go against you, but with right advice your may be saved from an embarrassing situation. At an outing or get-together you may come across another person who shares your interests. The possibilities are phenomenal but take one day at a time.
LIBRA (September 22 - October 22): A problem seems to crop up in your work, which requires putting in more money and time to resolve it. Do not overlook this issue. You may be a bit more touchy than usual. Sometimes in personal relationship it is difficult express yourself. An innocent remark by you could hurt the sentiments of a loved one. Do not be impervious to others feelings. Be the first to apologies and make amends.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): Approval for a particular assignment will come through now. Otherwise too it is a rewarding day at work. Financial gains will accrue from work done earlier. The ability to make the most of a situation and take quick decisions leads to a contract that is likely to add to your name and profit. A family problem could surface which has been brewing for some time. Your mate or beloved will be supportive and help to find a solution.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 December 20): You may encounter a few hurdles at work. Don’t worry yourself unnecessarily. Try to relax; the situation will improve sooner than you think. If it is finances that you are worried about, your problems will soon be over. Meet new people and widen your horizons. Being a warm and likable person people are easily attracted to you. At a social gathering you will be the toast of the day.
CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): Things may not move, as you want them to. Be resolute and concentrate on working out an alternate strategy for the future. The future is not as depressing as you imagine it to be. There is a silver lining so wait for the appropriate time when things begin to happen. Those in love have a strong bond and will share intimate moments of togetherness.
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): More work is coming your way with extra benefits but this could mean that you are compromising on a lot of important things in your life. Delegate works to people you know can be trusted and plan your strategies well. You will feel more confident and secure this way. Try not to offend near and dear ones and do not get carried away by hearsay or else it could affect your relationships.
PISCES (February 19 - March 20): You will now make rapid progress in your career after a lull. Fresh investments and new projects are sure to prove profitable. Appreciation from seniors gives your morale a great boost. Carry on with your hard work and sincere effort for promotion is likely. Love relationships are strengthened. The single will get news about a marriage proposal through someone known. You do not have to compromise.
QUICK CROSSWORD 4790
ACROSS: 1 Lazy, not at work (4) 4 East (6) 8 Roman 1200 or famous cricket club (3) 10 English exclamation (1,3) 13 Cooper/Kelly 50s Western (4,4) 14 A ramjet (7) 15 Indian off-spinner Ravichandran _____ (6) 17 Use soap and water on oneself? (4,1,4) 21 Tease, josh or rib (3) 22 Feldspar for one, pyrite for another (3) 23 "No" vote in the Parliament? (3) 26 Exactly the same (9) 27 Mad or crazy (6) 28 Winnie-the-Pooh's creator (1,1,5) 32 Eccentric persons, geeks? (8) 34 Deprivation, personnel casualty (4) 35 Recipe amt. (3) 36 Monasteries or convents (6) 37 Superstar of West Indies cricket (4)
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SUDOKU 1976 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.
DOWN: 1 Showy flower or its plant (4) 2 Jacobs first wife (Gen.29) (4) 3 Sore, as muscles (4) 5 Rework or go over old material (6) 6 Outer as a prefix? (3) due to lack of sleep? (5) 29 Helper: Abbr. (4) 7 Moderating or tempering? (6) 25 Benign tumor (6) 30 "Damn Yankees" temptress (4) 9 Dev Anand thriller of yore (3) 26 Wicked reputation (6) 31 Ms Deol or Ms Gupta of Bollywood 11 A thick slice of meat or fish (5) 28 Height in short, especially in (4) 12 Enslaved (5) physics or geography (3) 33 Confer knighthood on (3) 15 Egyptian symbol (4) SOLUTION TO SATURDAY’S QUICK CROSSWORD 16 W.W. II participant (4) ACROSS: Across: 1 Kohima, 7 Maintain, 8 Epee, 10 In vain, 11 Tokens, 14 Eld, 16 18 Teases, joshes or ribs (4) Longe, 17 Agra, 19 Mimas, 21 Koran, 22 Grume, 23 Stew, 26 Genii, 28 Che, 29 19 Foretoken (4) Agassi, 30 Bailey, 31 Html, 32 Japonica, 33 Toasty. 20 "Is" in the plural? (3) Down: 1 Kavita, 2 Impala, 3 Amen, 4 Angolan, 5 Daven, 6 Inuse, 8 Ever, 9 Eid, 12 23 This meant nothing to Nero (5) KOs, 13 Ngwee, 15 Firma, 18 Grieg, 19 MOU, 20 Mae, 21 Krishna, 22 Gis, 23 24 Opens one's mouth in boredom or Shimla, 24 Tell, 25 Waylay, 26 Ganja, 27 Nappe, 28 Cat, 30 Bhat.
IRREGULAR SUDOKU 1795 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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Today’s clue: W equals P
The Cryptoquip is a substitution cipher in which one letter stands for another.
C P Z H P B P
F J A Z R H I
W P J W Z P
X Z H B P
U K P G P
W P T X Z U N
U K X U
F P G P -
U J R X N X
R P X U K
T X T E N
G P X V X T
SATURDAY’S SOLUTION: I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true
Afternoon WORD MINE
P S T
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: 40 average; 45 good; 50 outstanding. SATURDAY’S SOLUTION: aver, avert, envoi, invert, move, mover, movie, naive, native, NORMATIVE, nova, ovate, oven, over, overt, rave, raven, ravine, rivet, rove, tavern, vain, vane, varmint, vein, venom, vent, vermin, veto, vine, vomit, vote, voter.
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Wish Sachin played few more Tests as game needs him: Ranatunga
We don't censor commentators: Srinivasan
NEW DELHI: BCCI President N Srinivasan has rejected accusations that the Indian Cricket Board censors commentators employed by it, insisting that it does not "interfere with the freedom of the press". "We don't censor commentators. This word censorship is incorrect. BCCI doesn't tell the commentator you say this, you cannot say this and things like that," Srinivasan told 'ESPN Cricinfo'. A controversy was triggered recently when former Australian captain Ian Chappell refused to take up a commentary assignment in India after being presented with a set of dos and don’ts. Srinivasan refused to be drawn into that matter, saying Chappell was not employed by the BCCI. "What has he said? Ian Chappell is not employed by us. We have never said anything to him. We are talking about people employed by us. BCCI doesn't tell the commentator anything," he said. "BCCI in no way interferes with the freedom of the press. But, a commentator should be a commentator, and a journalist should be a journalist," Srinivasan asserted. Asked why the BCCI ventured into TV production, Srinivasan said, "Television production was disorganised. It wasn't professional. There were lots of freelancers involved, the production house was not coordinating things. We wanted to make it systematic and we wanted the domestic cricket covered professionally so that we can monitor performances, evaluate umpires," he added.
Australians hard on Indians as they go 1-0 up in ODI series
P NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka's World Cup winning former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels that Sachin Tendulkar could have continued playing Test cricket for some more time which would have only benefited the traditional format of the game. "I wished that he (Sachin) could have played Test cricket for a bit more time as the game needs people like Sachin Tendulkar more than ever. My sincere hope is that Sachin will continue to support Test cricket even in retirement as he has done during his playing days," Ranatunga said during a media interaction after a seminar at the FICCI. About a player's decision to retire, Ranatunga said in his case, it took him three days. "When I decided to call it quits, it took me around three days to decide. At that point of time, I was an insurance broker, a businessman, part-time politician. But for Sachin, it must have been more difficult. Not only does he eat, sleep and breath cricket but I feel he even thinks about cricket in washroom," the 49-year-old Lankan said in jest. For Ranatunga, Tendulkar is an epitome of humility which makes him stand out among his peers. "Sachin hasn't changed one bit in all these years. I don't think he would have changed even if he would have scored 100,000 runs! He is so humble and is always thinking about the game." WE CAN'T LEARN FROM INDIA ANYMORE, FEELS ARJUNA RANATUNGA There was a time when the budding cricketers of Sri Lanka looked up to India for learning the nuances of the game but former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels this can no longer happen due to the advent of Twenty20. "It's unfortunate that most youngsters only want to play the shorter version for financial gains. Let's be very clear that India won't have any more Sachin Tendulkar or a Sunil Gavaskar. You won't find the elegance of Tiger Pataudi," the World Cup winning Lankan captain told a select gathering after a seminar at the FICCI here. “It was a part of our learning process as youngsters to look up to Indian cricket. I don't think we can learn from India anymore.” Ranatunga said.
UNE: Australia rode on a dominating all-round display to thrash a lacklustre India by 72 runs in the first cricket one-dayer here. Electing to bat, the visitors piled up a mammoth 304 for eight relying on captain George Bailey's 85 and Aaron Finch's 72 and then shot India out for 232 in 49.4 overs to take 1-0 lead in the seven-match ODI series. The Indian run chase under lights at the MCA Stadium never get going against the sustained and aggressive Australian bowling attack. The visiting side, who were handed a four-wicket defeat in the one-off T20 International at Rajkot on October 10, bowled a disciplined line and length and choked the Indian batsmen in the middle overs. Chasing 305 for a win, India needed to fire on the top of the order but they failed to do so, losing both the openers Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Rohit Sharma (42) for 66 on board in the 14th over. Virat Kohli top-scored with 61 from 85 balls with six fours, while Suresh Raina contributed a 45-ball 39. Ravindra Jadeja (11) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (19) could not pull the team around after India slumped to 166 for five by the 35th over just before the power play and their dismissals in successive overs effectively ended the match. For Australia, James Faulkner grabbed three wickets for while Clint McKay and ShaneWatson chipped in with two wickets apiece. Mitchell Johnson, Aaron Finch and Adam Voges got a wicket each. Australia had lost by four wickets in the opening game of their short tour, the oneoff T20 International at Rajkot on October 10. The two sides now moved to Jaipur for the second ODI on October 16. India began the stiff run chase on a cautious note against some very accurate and aggressive bowling in the initial power play overs by left-arm pacer Johnson, who was rested for the T20 game, and right-arm pacer McKay. Dhawan and Rohit were tested with some three quarter length balls interspersed with short rising ones and the latter was lucky to edge one just short of wicketkeeper Brad
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is cleaned up by a Clint McKay delivery for 19 during the opening one-day match against Australia in Pune. Haddin off McKay. The opening stand was broken by young left-arm pacer Faulkner who lured Dhawan with a ball that swung away a bit for the batsman to edge to stumper Haddin. The stumper, however, got hurt while celebrating the fall of the wicket and had to hand over the wicket keeping duties to Phil Hughes to take treatment in the dressing room. Rohit slowly grew in confidence and struck Faulkner for three fours in the ninth over to pep up the
run rate. The second wicket duo of Rohit and Kohli had added 40 runs with the former looking in good touch before he threw away his wicket by top-edging in an attempted slash to stop-gap wicketkeeper Hughes who took a good catch. The Mumbai batsman hit six fours in his 47-ball knock. Rohit's dismissal brought in Raina together with Kohli, but the run-rate dipped. It needed some aggressive batting from the young duo and Kohli set the tone by striking succes-
Ojha scalps six as South enter Duleep final with crushing win C
HENNAI: Test specialist Pragyan Ojha's deadly spell (6/48) of left-arm spin bowling enabled South Zone record a crushing innings and 38 runs victory over Central Zone to clinch a place in the Duleep Trophy final. South Zone, who had virtually sealed a final berth on the third day itself after ensuring a first innings lead, declared at 467 for nine having played one over in the morning. Needing 258 runs to avoid innings defeat, Central Zone again batted poorly as they were all out for 220 in only 57.2 overs even before tea on the final day. The innings was ter-
minated after the fall of ninth wicket as veteran Mohammed Kaif didn't come out to bat as he was injured. In fact, all the nine Central wickets were snapped up by the spin trio of Ojha (20.2-5-48-6) and off-spinners Baba Aparajith (2/35) and Malolan Rangarajan (1/58). It turned out to be a great outing for young Aparajith, who backed his double century in the quarter-final against West with another solid show against Central. A century and four-wicket match-haul (2/13 and 2/35 in two innings) will definitely keep the selectors interested when they announce the next assignment for India 'A' team. Only Vineet Saxena (67) and Piyush Chawla (73; 56b, 10x4, 2x6) were the two notable contributors for Central. Ojha struck a disci-
plined line as he also got a few to classically pitch on the leg-middle and turn towards off-stump. The India left-arm spinner got three quick wickets of Robin Bist (20), Shalabh Srivastava (2) and Naman Ojha (0) in a space of four overs to set up an outright win. In fact, one particular spell of his read 6-3-8-4. Having conceded a big lead on the third day itself, the Central batsmen didn't have any motivation left as the will to grind it out there in the middle was completely missing. Brief Scores: Central Zone 209 & 220 in 57.2 overs (Piyush Chawla 73, Vineet Saxena 67, Pragyan Ojha 6/48, Baba Aparajith 2/35) lost to South Zone 467/9 decl (Abhinav Mukund 111, Baba Aparajith 109, Piyush Chawla 4/159) by an innings & 38 runs.
sive fours off part-time spinnerVoges while Raina, who scratched around till then, stepped out and lofted Doherty over the straight field for his first six. The duo's half century stand brought India back on track in the run-chase. But the dismissals in quick succession of Raina and Yuvraj Singh (7) for the addition of just five runs pushed India on the backfoot again. Kohli, who reached his fifty in 64 balls, was trapped leg before at the team score of 166 by Watson. After a brief partnership of 26 runs for the sixth wicket, Jadeja was caught brilliantly at mid on by Australian skipper Bailey. Then Dhoni lost his off stump to McKay in the 41st over at 196 to signal the end. Brief Scores: Australia: 304 for 8 in 50 overs (George Bailey 85, Aaron Finch 72; Yuvraj Singh 2/34, R Ashwin 2/55)beat India: 232 all out in 49.4 overs (Virat Kohli 61; James Faulkner 3/47) 72 runs.
Billiards will always remain my first love: Advani
EW DELHI: Even as Pankaj Advani gears up for the World Snooker Indian Open, starting here tomorrow, he insisted that his priority would always remain billiards. Seven-time world billiard champion Advani had skipped the World Billiards Championship in Leeds this year to focus on the major snooker ranking event in Chengdu, China from October 27 to November 3. "This time I have given World billiards a miss and my action would suggest that my priority has shifted to snooker but that's not the case. Billiards will always remain my first priority, my first love, even though I am concentrating on snooker at the moment," clarified Advani.
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MSSA to invite Tendulkar to promote local cricket By Neil Joshi
UMBAI: The fall in the consistency of Mumbai cricketers representing India over the past few years has prodded the Father Jude think-tank of the Rodrigues, president MSSA. Mumbai School Sports Association [MSSA] to attempt to rope in Sachin Tendulkar as a brand ambassardor baton to promote cricket at the local level in Mumbai. The MSSA’s decision to secure Tendulkar’s services in becoming their brand ambassador for the Giles Shield and Harris Shield may take a while since he is preparing for his finl hurrah from international cricket with his 200th Test match to be played on his home turf at the Wankhede Stadium,
IN BRIEF Davinder Kumar fires 3 for Air India ‘B’
India and UAE players vie for possession of the ball during the Asia Sevens held at the Bombay Gymkhana.
UMBAI: The India Sevens team beat UAE to win the Shield at its home tournament, the HSBC Asian Sevens Series’ at the Bombay Gymkhana. It was the second shield win for India after their HSBC A7S series debut last month in Thailand. India also beat the UAE on that occasion, winning 31-10 and this time bettered its margin of victory by a single point, winning 22-0. Indian captain Hrishikesh Pendse, who has played rugby professionally in New Zealand and Japan said the team did well despite the hectic scheduling with playing four matches in a day. “It was a great win considering we had to play an unprecedented four matches on day one in the round robin with Pakistan not being able to attend. We were a bit tired after yesterday and I think that was the difference in our opening loss in the bowl quarter final to Kazakhstan. But we regrouped after that match and I’m
proud that we finished with a win,” said Hrishikesh Pendse. India then had a bye in the first shield semi final while UAE beat Afghanistan 19-0 to advance to the final. “I’m really proud because for a second time we have beaten one of the core international teams on the series in the United Arab Emirates. They play at every event on the Series and for us to beat them after making only sporadic appearances on the Series shows our potential. To win in front of our friends and families who were here today is always sweet and I want to thank everyone who showed up to support us over the last two days. Rugby will now host on the final leg of the Asian Women’s Sevens Series which will be held in Pune on November 9-10, 2013.
India Scorers in the Shield Final: Hrishikesh Pendse, Bikash Kumar Jena, Sukhdeep Singh, Vikas Khatri [All try] Conversions: Sujai Lama (1).
MUMBAI: Davinder Kumar scored three goals to lead Air Indian ‘B’ to a 7-0 win against Companeroes SC in a one-sided encounter of the MHAL Senior Div League encounter, at the MHAL Stadium, Churchgate. Madan Viswanathan, Harjeet Singh, Jarryd Nunes and Cornelius D’Costa chipped in with a goal each to complete the demolition. Results – Mumbai Magicans-MHAL Super League: Air India ‘B’ 7 (Davinder Kumar 3, Madan Viswanathan, Harjeet Singh, Jarryd Nunes, Cornelius D’Costa) beat Companeroes SC 0.
Chedda Nagar storm to big win
MUMBAI: Chedda Nagar stormed to a in a facile 4-0 win against Air India Western Region in a Second Division encounter of the MDFA (Mumbai District Football Association) League
By Anant Bhagwat
MSSA EMBRACES BIPIN FOOTBALL ACADEMY Bipin Football Academy who Mumbai. The authorities, which handles over the last 26 years has been imall the city’s schools sports activi- parting free football coaching to ties will send an invitation to him boys and girls below 16 including today, since he is currently in the holding special camps for slum city. Father Jude Rodrigues, presi- dwellers and under privileged childent MSSA confirmed the same dren has got a shot in the arm as stating that there was a need to up- the Mumbai School Sports Associlift the present cricket structure in ation has decided to embrace them school and to prepare better crick- into their fold. 2013-14, at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel. Dictating the proceedings from the start, Chedda Nagar got their goals through V Fernandes, Vijay Menon, Munish Panchal and S Pawar who contribued one goal each to seal their win.
Pratik Patil scores hat-trick in Sacred Heart win
MUMBAI: Pratik Patil scored a hattrick to help Sacred Heart ‘B’, Worli snatch a close 3-2 win over St. Joseph’s, Vikhroli in a well-contested men’s match of the 26th Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana (WCG) annual Inter-Parish Rink Football Tournament, played under floodlights at the WCG tennis courts. Clifton Colaco and Frank D’Souza were on target for the Vikhroli side. In another match, St. Paul’s ‘B’, Dadar overcame Sacred Heart ‘B’, Santacruz 4-1. Sanket Bhagat fired in three goals and Shrey Sawant one for the winners, while Arnold Fletcher got the lone goal for the losers.However, St. Paul’s ‘C’ team suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Dominic Savio ‘A’, Wadala.
Harmeet Singh netted the winning goal.
India register best ever performance in Asian Youth Championship
NEW DELHI: Indian shuttlers bagged the Asian Youth badminton championship titles in both Under15 and Under-17 categories to wrap up the tournament with two gold and two bronze, their best ever performance at the competition, in Kudus (Indonesia).Fourteen-yearold Siril Varma first registered a 21-11 21-17 victory over local favourite Putra Gatja in the boys U15 singles final before the top seeded boy's U-17 doubles combination of MR Arjun and Chirag Shetty defeated Thai combination of Mak Narongrit and Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-16 2115 to clinch the title. Bangalore's Daniel Farid (boys U-17 singles) and Krishna Prasad/Shreya Bose (U-15 mixed doubles) finished with a bronze medal each after losing their respective semifinals yesterday.
Separate Men from the Boys
t is often said “Don’t send a boy to do a man’s work” The following hand which came up in an international tournament proves this, as far as Bridge is concerned. S- K 6 H- A 9 6 4 D- 7 5 4 C- K 8 6 2
S- 9 3 H- K Q J 8 3 D- A K 6 C- A J 4
Irfan Khan from Mumbai defeated Manoj Chauhan by submission in the flyweight bout during the Super Fight League over the weekend.
eters for the future. “We are going to invite Sachin to join MSSA to uplift grassroots cricket and to be the ambassador of the Harris and Giles Shield, which had given him recognition in his career, so he can come and nurture future Sachins like him,” said Father Jude Rodrigues. Savio Abrahim, the director of administration, MSSA said the invitation would be sent today. “We will be sending out the invitation on Monday to Sachin Tendulkar.”
The bidding:S W 1H P 4H All Pass
You are south & reach 4 spades. West leads the 8 of spades. East
BRIDGE wins 2 tricks & shifts to diamond Jack. Take it from there. It is obvious that you cannot avoid a diamond loser. So it boils down to the fact that you must avoid a club loser. The simplest way is to draw trumps (which break 2-2) & play a small club to your Jack hoping east has club Queen. That is how a beginner would play. The good player looks a little deeper into the bidding & the play so far. He knows east must have 7 spades to bid at 3 level. He has produced 2 trumps. So south forms some hazy idea about end play. He hopes that east has 4 cards in diamonds, & he is void in clubs. He plans to exit by playing Ace, King & a small diamond to east. When east has 4 diamonds he is end played forced to give a ruff &
discard. If west has 4 cards in diamonds he is also end played forced to give a ruff & discard or play a club into declarer’s A J 4 of clubs. The expert delves still deeper into the position. He takes into consideration the possibility that east may have 3 diamonds to an honour & a singleton club. In that case he will win the 3rd diamond & safely exit in clubs. In the above scenario the good player will fail. But the expert takes insurance. He cashes the king of clubs before exiting by cashing Ace King & 6 of diamonds. Now whoever wins the 3rd diamond is end played. If east wins he is left only with spades & has to give a ruff & discard. If east wins he also has to give ruff & discard. But he has the additional choice of playing into south’s A J of clubs... That is why he is known as an expert.
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Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit in Suzuka, Japan, Sunday. At left is second placed Red Bull driver Mark Webber and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean.
IN BRIEF Randhawa finishes second in Korea
YEOJU, KOREA: Jyoti Randhawa, who took time off to work on his game, showed that he made a wise decision as he registered his first top-10 finish in more than two years in the CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi. Randhawa closed the USD 750,000 tournament with a fine 67 to tie for second. His 67 was similar to his first round score, which was flawless, but, he dropped one shot against six birdies. He finished at seven-under 281 and was a distant second tied with Kim Tae-Hoon, as another Kang Sung-Hoon, who had a stranglehold on the event finished as winner by five shots. Kang, who had four birdies in a row from third to sixth, could afford two bogeys on eighth and 16th as he carded 70 and totaled 12-under 276.
Bangladesh's Gazi grabs hat-trick as Test drawn
CHITTAGONG: Bangladesh's Sohag Gazi followed a maiden Test century with a hattrick to light up the final stages of the first Test against New Zealand which ended in a draw here. The 22-year-old off-spinner had Corey Anderson leg-before, Bradley-John Watling caught behind and Doug Bracewell caught in the slips off successive balls at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Gazi's hat-trick, which gave him his sixth wicket in the innings, saw the Black Caps slump from 260-4 to 260-7 in their second knock after lunch on the fifth and final day. The tourists declared the innings closed at 287-7, leaving Bangladesh a target of 256 runs in a minimum of 45 overs to win the Test and take the lead in the two-match series.
Pakistan's Ajmal wants to be best against the best
ABU DHABI: Prolific Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal today vowed to regain the title of world's best Test bowler by punishing South Africa in the two-Test series starting here today. "I will try my best and want to be the number one Test bowler," said Ajmal, who wrecked the then top Test team England with 24 wickets here last year but has a decidedly less glorious track record against South Africa -- now the world's best team. His superlative show against England lifted Ajmal to the top spot in the International Cricket Council rankings for a brief period but he has since slipped to fourth place. The Faisalabad-born bowler, who celebrates his 36th birthday on the first day of the upcoming test, played down the pressure of being Pakistan's main weapon against the Proteas.
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VETTEL WINS JAPAN THRILLER,
WORLD TITLE ON HOLD S UZUKA, JAPAN: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel stormed to a fourth victory in five years at the Japanese Grand Prix but will have to wait to celebrate a fourth successive Formula One world title. Vettel reeled in his departing team-mate Mark Webber in the closing stages as well as Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, who wound up third for Lotus after a flying start at Suzuka. But Fernando Alonso's fourth place means Vettel's celebrations stay on ice at least until India in two weeks, despite the German's career-best run of five straight race wins. Webber began the race on pole for the first time this year but Grosjean's scorching start from fourth saw the Frenchman sneak into turn one ahead of the Australian. Both men had their
chances but ultimately Vettel proved too strong and, after roaring past Grosjean on the home straight on lap 41, went in front when Webber pitted for the third time and was never seriously threatened thereafter. "Ichiban (first)!" whooped Vettel over the radio as he took the chequered flag for the ninth time this season. "You're the best team in the world. I love you guys. Yes! Ichiban!" Webber's three-stop strategy cost him and, although he finally passed a determined Grosjean with two laps of the 53 left, it was too late to catch his team-mate and claim a first victory of the year in his last season in F1. Grosjean finished on the podium for the fourth time this season by matching his third place at last week's South Korea
race. Vettel, on the brink of becoming only the third man to win four Formula One titles in a row after Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio, now holds a 90-point lead over Ferrari's Alonso with 100 available from the last four races. His coronation a virtual foregone conclusion, Vettel had a hair-raising start, clipping Lewis Hamilton in the squeeze and leaving the Briton's Mercedes with a shredded right rear tyre and floor damage which forced his retirement early in the race. Vettel's decision not to pit for a third time looked a stroke of genius at the end but there were some tense moments before he slowly clawed his way into the lead. "It was not easy to make the two stops work but I want to enjoy this win first," said Vettel.
Miguel, Mahindra make racing history in Malaysia
SEPANG, MALAYSIA: Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira made history for Indiaâ€™s first and only motorcycle constructor in international motorcycle racing today, fighting back from a weak start to claim a first-ever top-three podium finish for Mahindraâ€™s MGP3O Moto3 racer. The 18-year-old from Pragal qualified on the second row, but bogged down off the line, near the back of 32 riders into the first turn, and finished the first lap in 14th place. But he was already cutting his way through, and by lap five was with the big leading group and still gaining places. On lap three, he set a new lap record, for the third time this year. By the mid-point of the 18-lap, 99.864km race at the Sepang circuit outside the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, Miguel was moving to fourth in a fearsome close group, and then to third.
Djokovic masters Del Potro in Shanghai title defence S
HANGHAI: World number two Novak Djokovic produced a magical display to overcome the ferocious hitting of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and successfully defend the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday. The Serbian triumphed 6-1 3-6 7-6 (3) to complete a brilliant fortnight on the Chinese hard courts after he defended his China Open in Beijing last week. It was the 26-year-old's 20th consecutive win in China. After Del Potro defeated world number one Rafa Nadal in Saturday's semi-finals with some powerful hitting, Djokovic was eager to avoid giving the Argentine any room to find his rhythm in the early stages. The Serbian took command of the centre of the court, moving his taller opponent from side to side by taking the ball early and pressuring the Argentine's serve with some crisp, deep returns. Djokovic broke twice to race into a 5-0 lead before sixth seed
Del Potro finally held for the first time to register a game. The Argentine's first serve percentage dropping to 56 percent as the pressure from Djokovic's brilliant returning told. Djokovic quickly wrapped up the set in 34 minutes but a rejuvenated Del Potro fought back gamely in the second, turning the tables on the Serbian with some powerful hitting of his own. The 2009 U.S. Open champion scored a crucial break early in the set thanks to some booming winners as he opened up a 3-0 lead with an improved serve also providing cheap points. Djokovic, though, had three chances to break back at 2-4 but the Argentine's monstrous forehand offered some clean winners as he crucially held before serving out for the set in the next game. Neither man gave an inch at the start of a tense third set where the hitting intensified as Del Potro sensed his first Masters title. Del Potro had break point on the
Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses his trophy during the award ceremony of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Sunday. Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3).
Djokovic serve at 2-2 only for the Serb to come up with a huge ace and hold before it was the turn of the Argentine to feel the heat. More pressure hitting from Djokovic fashioned two break point chances in the next game but Del Potro came up with more forehand winners to hold as the crowd rose in appreciation at the display of the two ATP Tour World finalists. Djokovic then had two match points at 6-5 only for Del Potro's forehand to once again dig him out of a hole as he somehow hung on to his serve and forced the tiebreaker. But the Serbian's renowned athletic steel finally came through though as Del Potro, who won last week in Japan, finally appeared to tire. A careless forehand was pushed wide setting up match point which Djokovic took on the first with a backhand winner down the line to seal his 15th Masters title.
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