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NITISH DUBEY, AS PER ROLL NUMBER

1727: Failed, 1721: Passed Student nearly loses semester after varsity goofs up in roll numbers

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itish Dubey, a final year student of Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) of the Mumbai University was shocked when he

CHINESE? NO, IT IS URDU

MUMBHAI Vikas Sabnis

No, he is not here! He has gone to lead the agitators!

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here are 209 Urdu medium schools with 1,03,093 students and 2,857 teachers in Mumbai. But the future of all the students is at stake as their teachers are allegedly not very capable and the way they talk is not understood by the students. Shaikh Mohammed Siraj, Corporator from Ward no 1 in Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, raised this issue saying, “Out of thousands of teachers, 430 were recruited by BMC and then 130 names were shortlisted, out of which 90% of the teachers belong from areas like Malegaon. The Mumbai kids are already not able to understand what the teachers are saying and

now BMC is repeating the mistake of recruiting teaching staff from rural areas.” He added, “Why is the BMC not giving first preference to Mumbaikars who hold good degrees and good communication skills. Staying in Mumbai and using Mumbai idiom, they should be given the priority. The teachers should not be judged on the basis of percentages but on their local capabilities and skills.” Additional Municipal Commissioner MM Adtani said, “The 130 teachers who have been shortlisted will be given their posting soon and there will be computerised examinations held Continued on pg 8 «

checked his fifth semester exam results online as they stated that he had been unsuccessful in the examination. But the shock doesn't Continued on pg 8 «

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AAP forms committee to probe electricity prices in state

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CITY OPINIONS

Given the fatalities, have railways failed to keep up with Mumbai's rush? Rachna Kuradia PR Executive Yes, the railways have not improved at all. The hapless commuter still has to board crowded trains. Tejashvi Dalvi Singer Yes, the railways have failed us. Commuters are just losing their precious lives because of railway apathy. Snehal Shinde Actor The number of trains or compartments should be increased to ensure safety of commuters.

Hitesh Bhandari Gym Trainer It's pathetic. I do not understand why they wait for such fatalities to happen. The measures should be taken well in advance to avoid such fatalities. Sagar Gamre Disc Jockey Suburban railway journey is traumatic these days. Everyday we hear of some accident or the other happening. Don't know whom to blame for it. Readers wishing to participate in ‘Opinions’ may send us their name, day-time telephone number with a passport-size photograph to letters@afternoondc.in Your Subject line must be: opinion

VASTU TIP OF THE DAY One should not build any room; such as kitchen, bathroom or Pooja- Kaksh etc. under the staircase. by Dr. Prem Gupta (9820045774/9930318119, www.drpremgupta.com)

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ven as political parties fight it out in the battle for reduction in electricity pricing, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has constituted a committee to research the pricing of electricity in Mumbai and Maharashtra. This committee will soon meet consumers, activists, NGOs, experts, and representatives of the power ministry and power companies to understand the exact cause of price rise and the methods of reduction. According to a release by the AAP, “Imitation is the best form of flattery and the AAP appreciates how mainstream parties are picking up

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issues that we brought to the fore. Citizens across the country are struggling with rising prices and the chief among them is spiraling electricity prices ever since electric supply has been privatized. In Delhi, AAP laid bare the nexus between the Delhi Government and the discoms – how they shameless fudged expenses, raised rates and avoided all scrutiny. We examined their pricing with the help of experts and concluded that the prices need to come down by 50 per cent. We are curious to know what is the scientific reasoning behind Sanjay Nirupam’s demands and the immediate reduction on behalf of the State Government. Was it really a reduc-

tion? Or were temporary surcharges waived to make it look like a price reduction? AAP strongly suggests that the Congress should stop fooling the public. AAP has constituted a committee to research the electricity pricing in Mumbai and Maharashtra. Led by Satish Jain, Member, Aam Aadmi Party, the committee is meeting consumers, activists, NGOs, experts, and representatives of the power ministry and power companies to understand the exact cause of price rise and methods of reduction. The committee will hold a Seminar on 29th January to flesh out AAP’s stance on electricity issues and the way forward. Post that that the State

Electricity Policy will be drafted and adopted by the State Executive.” The release further said, “Mahagenco has spent more than Rs. 15,000 crore on capex in the past five to six years while actual generation in terms of units has fallen indicating massive inefficiency and corruption The state has suffered immensely in terms of revenues and employment opportunities as several medium and large industries have moved to other states where tariffs are friendlier and AAP believes that Maharashtra could regain its past glory of industrialisation. The seminar will debate such issues and much more. In February AAP will launch its Bijli Andolan.”

BNHS to set up a Vulture Safe Zone soon By A Staff Reporter

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NHS-India in association with Rio Tinto and Birdlife International signed an MOU in Mumbai on January 23 for setting up a Vulture Safe Zone (VSZ) in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. The Vulture Action Plan 2006 of Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India and South Asian Vulture Recovery Plan 2004, recommended a complete ban on the use of diclofenac (a drug that is fatal for vultures) for veterinary purposes. Even if a vulture feeds just once on a diclofenac laced carcass, it dies. Another area of focus was the identification of vulture safe drugs and establishment of Vulture Conservation Breeding Programme to save vultures from extinction. Today, though attempts

Bunder Diamond Project of Rio Tinto in Madhya Pradesh is partnering with BNHS for conservation of vultures in the state. This fiveyear partnership that will work in an area of 30,000 sq km is identified as a potential VSZ where targeted awareness activities and cattle carcass sampling will be conducted. This will help ensure that no diclofenac or other veterinary drugs toxic to vultures are present in carcasses. A VSZ so created can be an in captive breeding of vultures at ideal place to reintroduce captive centres run by BNHS and RSPB and bred vultures back into the wild. In identification of safe drugs such as future, other areas nearby can be meloxicam have been successful, converted into similar VSZs so that vultures continue to be under a combined larger area is eventuthreat of diclofenac poisoning, ally available for vultures to survive since human diclofenac is still ille- and multiply as a self-sustaining gally used for veterinary purposes. population. A dedicated team will The concept of VSZ will play a vital work for the creation of VSZ in close role in the long-term survival of association with local NGOs and vultures in South Asia. the government.

The objectives of this partnership project are:

To establish diclofenac free zone in an area of 30,000 sq km near the Bunder site, including parts of Chattarpur, Tikamgarh, Ashoknagar, Vidisha, Sagar, Damoh, Panna and Satna districts  To implement a targeted advocacy and awareness programme  To monitor the prevalence of diclofenac and other NonSteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) in cattle carcasses in the proposed VSZ  To monitor Gyps vulture populations in the proposed VSZ 

Amway, BMC tie up for ‘Empowering the Girl Child’ project Company sponsors selfdefence training for 250 girl students of civic schools

ipal School at Andheri East.Present on the occasion were Sunil M. Dhamne, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Education, Sandeep Prakash, Regional head, Amway India, Prachi Jambhekar, Assistant

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n order to combat the burning issue of harassment on women, Amway India joined hands with the Corporate Social Responsibility wing of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) in first of its kind project on 'Empowering the Girl Child'. Under the ageis of this project MCGM announced its pilot project “Self-defence training for girls of Municipal schools” in Mumbai. The first phase of this project will begin in two municipal schools of Mumbai. A memorandum of understanding was signed between MCGM, Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd and Sports Karate &Kick Boxing Association to impart training for 250 girl students from class 7th to 9th of R.K. Marg Municipal School and Chakala Munic-

Staff members of Amway and the BMC at the recently organised self defence training camp for girl students. Commissioner (Planning) & Head of the CSR Cell, Ashish Vaidya, Regional Manager, Corporate Affairs, Amway India Westand Amway staff and distributors.Speaking on the occasion, Dhamne said: “The ob-

jective of this program is not only to discourageviolence of any kind but to build confidence amongst our girls by providing this self-defence training and thus equipping them to face adverse situations.

Collectively, it is our moral responsibility to respect our girls and support them in all walks of life. We appreciate Amway India for extending support for this noble cause.”


TRANSGENDERS, ORPHANS SHORTCHANGED Afternoon Despatch & Courier

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BELONGING TO THE MARGINALISED SECTIONS OF SOCIETY, THEY ARE UNABLE TO ENROL AS VOTERS

By Prashant Hamine

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he Election Commission of India's attempts to include marginalised sections of the society like Transgenders seems to have hit a road block. Under its flagship programme of Systematic Voters Education And Electoral Participation (SVEEP) the ECI has been making efforts over the past several years to ensure enrollment of transgenders into the voter list. Now even the adult orphans are bitterly complaining that they are finding it difficult to enroll themselves as voters. At the heart of the matter for both the transgenders and the orphans is the insistence of the ECI to submit proofs of their residence. In a bid to give them the status of the voter, the ECI incorporated the column of 'Others' category in voter registration Form 6. However, despite this in January this year the ECI could only manage to enroll 30 transgenders in Nalasopara, Thane district. According to Urmi Jadhav of Humsafar Trust, the transgender community lives mostly in slums and is scattered all over Mumbai. The transgenders live in slum dwellings whose real ownership belongs to their Guru’s. The biggest problem for the transgender community is that in most cases their

initiative. Another problem that the transgender community is apprehensive about is the possible misuse of the registration facility by others who might fraudulently claim to be transgenders. The problem for the transgender community has been further compounded by the fact that the court has refused to revoke the contentious section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The transgender community in Mumbai is around 5,000 to 10,000 and is spread in localities like Kamathipura, Vikhroli, MaladGuru’s are not willing to part-take with the agreement copy or deposit receipts out of the fear that it might be misused by their 'chelas' who they also suspect of possibly rebelling against them, added Jadhav. Speaking to ADC on condition of anonymity an ECI official admitted to the problems faced by transgenders in furnishing proof of residence. He added that the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) needs to have some documentary proof of residence so as to enable registration of voters in 'Others' category. Commenting upon the recent conclave in which the state government agreed to look into the community demands, Jadhav stated that it was the result of the community own

Malwani, Reay Road, Darukhana, Govandi and Mankhurd, disclosed Jadhav. It is not just the transgender community that faces problems in enrolling themselves as voters, even orphans who turn 18 years of age are finding it difficult to enroll as voters. Be it applying for a passport, ration card, enrolling as voters, adult orphans are at their wits end to furnish proofs of their residence and nationality. Maharashtra ranks third with 16.17 lakh orphan children in India behind Uttar Pradesh (47.56 lakh)

Total Number of Orphan Children in India – 20 million (according to SOS Childrens Village India) Uttar Pradesh Bihar Maharashtra West Bengal Madhya Pradesh

– 47.56 lakh – 22.47 lakh – 16.17 lakh – 15.19 lakh – 15.23 lakh

Total Number of Voters – 7,99,19,274 Cr (EC data as on September 13, 2013) Male Voters Female Voters Others

– 4,22,71,042 Cr – 3,76,48,232 Cr - 30 (which includes Gays/Lesbians/Transgenders).

and Bihar (22.47 lakh). Sadly, even the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act of 2000 and its amendment in 2006 are silent on this specific problem that these children face when they grow up. However, there is good news round the corner for these orphan children according to Advocate Rajendra Anbhule who has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of India over this specific problem. According to Anbhule the state government in an affidavit filed before the apex court stating that it will provide government documents like ration cards, passport, PAN Card and other government documents. Chinmay Bhandari who works for NGO Citizens for Accountability in Governance (CAG) amongst orphan children in Pune disclosed that when police pick these young orphans they keep the 'Nationality' column blank. Later on as they grow up and leave the care of the orphanages they find it extremely difficult to get official documents like ration cards, passport, PAN cards and other such documents. A Government Resolution (GR) of July 2012 does guarantee them 1 percent reservation in employment and a certificate declaring their status as orphans”. Aditya Charegaonkar, himself an

orphan from Pune now works as programme coordinator for Pratham Infotech admitted to the problem being faced by orphans like him. He pointed out that the Juvenile Justice Act is silent on this issue. Beyond offering some vocational courses for adult orphans who leave the care of orphanages, there is no help from the government. For all government documents you need proofs of residence and nationality. Since most of the adult orphans live in rented accommodations, they do not have permanent addresses. Besides this the owners of the accommodation also seldom provide address proof. On the similar problem faced by orphans, the ECI official again pleaded helplessness pointing to the provisions in the electoral laws that demand submission of residential proof. He pointed out that in the past there have been court cases over the issue alleging that illegal Bangladeshi immigrants getting enrolled as voters, hence we seek proofs of residence. Ironically enough at present the destitute people are enrolled as voters after the Booth Level Officer (BLO) who thrice verifies the place of their usual residence before including their names in the voter list.


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THANKSGIVING O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need, to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present urgent petition, in return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. Say three Our Fathers, three Hail Mary’s and Glory be. St. Jude pray for us and all who invoke your aid. Amen. (Publication must be promised). C-31073

PUBLIC NOTICE

CHANGE OF NAME I have changed my name from Hafiza Begum Hasan Ali to Hafiza Raeesuddin Qureshi as per Maharashtra Government Gazette No. X-14941. C-31951 I, Ayaan Afzal Phansopkar, have changed my name to Bryce Buena Arumugam as per Maharashtra Government Gazette No. U-59342 dated 1622 January, 2014. C-31952 I, Rajendrakumar Sudarshan Racharla, have changed my name to Rajendra Sudarshan Racharla as per Maharashtra Government Gazette No. U46416 dated 14-20 Nov., 2013. C-31953 I have changed my name from Kishore Pitamber Thakurel to Kishore Pitamberdas Thakural Vide Affidavit dated 22-1-2014. C-31954 I have changed my name from Ravinder Singh Sohan Singh Dilam to Ravinder Singh Dhillon as per Maha. Govt. Gazette No. U-58651. C-31955 I have changed my name from Arif Shaikh S/O Abdul Shaikh to Arif Khatri S/O Abdul Khatri as per Affidavit dated 22/1/2014. C-31956

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I have changed my name from Ashwini Avinash Shinde to Nasreen Kamruddin Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-31977

I have changed my name from Shrikant Nandkumar Daunde to Dhananjay Nandkumar Daunde as per Affidavit No: KG 258959. C-31963

I have changed my name from Imtiaz Ahmed Ishtiyaq Ahmed Shaikh to Imtiyaz Ahmed Istiyaque Ahmed Shaikh as per Gazette No(U-45266). C-31978

I have changed my name from Kiran Rameshwar Agrawal, to ‘Kiran Sumit Dalmiya’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U- 58079) Dated: 09/01/2014. C-31964

I have changed my name from Badie Alam Syed to Badray Alam Syed as per deed poll Affidavit Dtd.23/01/2014. C-31979

I have changed my name from Mohandas Mangharam Chablani to ‘Mohan Mangharam Chablani’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U-53519) Dated: 19/12/2013. C-31965 I have changed my name from Trisha Nandi, to ‘Trisha Samanta’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (X-15368) Dated: 19/07/2012. C-31966 I have changed my name from Sunayana Ramesh Vaigankar, to Bhavika Bhushan Mandavkar as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (X-7508) Dated: 13/07/2006. C-31967 I have changed my name from Jijabai Babusha Koyte, to ‘Sakshi Dnyaneshwar Shelke’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U-59932) Dated: 16/01/2014. C-31968 I have changed my name from Hasib Rafat Khan, to ‘Khan Abdul Haseeb Rafat’ as per Affidavit Dated: 22/01/2014. C-31969 I have changed my name from Farzana H Khan, to ‘Khan Farzana Abdul Haseeb’ as per Affidavit Dated: 22/01/2014. C-31970 I have changed my name from Farzana Hasib Khan, to ‘Khan Farzana Abdul Haseeb’ as per Affidavit Dated: 22/01/2014. C-31971

I have changed my name from Eti Raj Srivastava to Eti Vikesh Raj as per Affidavit. C-31957

I have changed my name from Shabanabanuben Ajitbhai Khandhar, to ‘Hingora Shabana Ashraf’ as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No. (U-58802) Dated: 09/01/2014. C-31972

I have changed my name from Salome Dharmarufus Kanchan to Salome Dharma Kanchan as per Affidavit No: KG 258953. C-31958

I have changed my name from Amina Mohammed Bashir to Amena Asrafali Patel as per Affidavit. C-31973

I have changed my name from Rufina Rufus Kanchan to Rufina Dharma Kanchan as per Affidavit No: KG 258955. C-31959

I have changed my name from Ishaq Mohamed Usman to Ishaq Mohamed Usman Momin as per Affidavit. C-31974

I have changed my name from Rufus Venkatesh Kanchan to Dharma Venkata Kanchan as per Affidavit No: KG 258957. C-31960

I have changed my name from Sakirabi Abdul Rauf to Sakirabi Abdul Rauf Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-31975

I have changed my name from Sonia Dharmarufus Kanchan to Sonia Dharma Kanchan as per Affidavit No: KG 258954. C-31961

I have changed my name from Yunusbhai Miyanji Kadiwal to Yunus Miyanji Kadiwal as per Affidavit. C-31976

I have changed my name from Sabia Badie Syed to Sabiya Badray Alam Syed as per deed poll Affidavit Dtd.23/01/2014. C-31980 I Sudha Mehta w/o Sharad Mehta would like to declare that my other name is Smita Mehta ie. Sudha and Smita are my names only vide Affidavit dated 20 April 2010. C-31981 I have changed my name from Ivan Kenneth Milton Fernandes to Ivan Kenneth Fernandes as per Maharashtra Govt. Gazette No (U-53732). C-31982 I have changed my name from Ali Asgar Hassan Ismail Mankar to Asgar Hasan Mankar as per deed poll Affidavit. C-31983 I have changed my name from Kutbuddin Ismail Saddiwala to Kutbuddin Ismail Sitpurwala by deed poll Affidavit. C-31984 I have changed my name from Mohammed Soofyan Hanan Mubarak Hasan to Muhammed Sufiyan Hannan Niyazi as per Affidavit. C-31985 I have changed my name from Shanta Chandrabhan Kamble to Shanta Sohil Maredia as per Affidavit dated 08th January, 2014. C-31986 I have changed my name from Husen Zamani Begum to Zamani Begum Mohammed Zamir Ahmed as per Affidavit dated 23th January, 2014. C-31987 I have changed my name from Soj Pawalu Aton to Paul Anthony Dsouza as per Affidavit dated 23th January, 2014. C-31988 I have changed my name from Chandrashekara Rama Kotian to Chandrashekar Rama Mulky as per Affidavit dated 23th January, 2014. C-31989 I have changed my name from Rashmi Harishchandra Karkera to Rashmi Harischandra Karkera as per Affidavit dated 07th January, 2014. C-31990 I have changed my name from Shri. Umesh Pratap Barnwal to Shri. Umesh Prasad Barnwal as per Affidavit dated 22th January, 2014. C-31991

I have changed my name from Amina Barkatali Fomakiya to Aminabai Barkatali Fumakeya as per Affidavit dated 23th January, 2014. C-31992 I Miss. Lataben Purshottamdas Sheth have changed my name to Mrs. Lata Rajesh Kantawala as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 23/01/14. C-31993 I Mr. Tikamram Keshraji Patel have changed my name to Mr. Tikmaram Keshraji Patel as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 21/01/14. C-31994 I Chandar Sadhuram Bhambhani have changed my name to Chandur Sadhuram Bhambhani as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 20/01/14. C-31995 I Chander Sadhuram Bhambhani have changed my name to Chandur Sadhuram Bhambhani as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 20/01/14. C-31996 I Susan Cheryl D’souza have changed my name to Suzan Cheryl D’souza as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 23/01/14. C-31997 I Miss Chanda Ramkewal Chauhan have changed my name to Chandadevi Sanjay Chauhan as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 15/01/14. C-31998 I Mr. Anilkumar Shantilal Vasa have changed my name to Mr. Anil Shantilal Vasa as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 17/01/14. C-31999 I Kishor Premjibhai Patolia have changed my name to Kishorbhai Premjibhai Patolia as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 18/01/14. C-32000 I Kishorkumar Premjibhai Patolia have changed my name to Kishorbhai Premjibhai Patolia as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 18/01/14. C-32001 I Smita Unnikrishnan Nair have changed my name to Smita Girishkumar as per Maha. Govt. Gazette No. U60251 dated: 16/01/14. C-32002 I Atul B. Thaker have changed my name to Atul B. Thakar as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 22/01/14. C-32003 I Dhruv Atul Thaker have changed my name to Dhruv Atul Thakar as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 22/01/14. C-32004 I Poornima Atul Thaker have changed my name to Purnima Atul Thakar as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 22/01/14. C-32005 I Champat Jain have changed my name to Sampat Ganeshmalji Jain as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 23/01/14. C-32006

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Zurich airport officials keen on projects in state

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BMC to fine Mumbai Marathon organisers The organisers owe Rs.1.80 crore to the civic body, says Addl Municipal Commissioner M.M. Adtani

Express strong interest to participate in the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport

By Suyash Padate

ties of their participation in the upcoming aviation projhe Zurich airport offi- ects in the state. The CM had cials have shown strong a brief tour of the airport interest to participate in which is a major transportaupcoming Navi Mumbai tion hub for Zurich and airport. Zurich airport, neighboring regions. The airwhich is already in partner- port has three runways inship with the GVK group for cluding the capability of Bangalore airport is now keen landing A380s. to participate in the upcomChavan has discussed at ing projects in the state. length the upcoming investAccording to the CM’s sec- ment opportunities in the retariat, Chief Minister three airports, Navi Mumbai, Prithviraj Chavan met Pune and Nagpur. The offiThomas Kern, CEO, Zurich cials of Zurich airport exAirport and his senior team pressed strong interest to and discussed the opportuni- participate in the upcoming

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Navi Mumbai airport which has already received essential clearances including environment approval, forest approvals and coastal clearances. The high level delegation under the leadership of Chavan explained the position on the land acquisition and other related aspects. The CM also had a meeting with global breweries major SABMiller, the multinational brewing and beverage company. The company is interested to develop their key markets in India including

Aditya, BMC is ignoring you By Philip Varghese

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early a month after Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray asked Mumbai Mayor Sunil Prabhu to cancel any approvals given for the construction of a swimming pool on the site of the Sabina Chandrashekhar Memorial Municipal Garden and playground in Colaba, formerly called Wellington Garden, the residents of the locality, along with members of the NGO Aadhar, local football clubs including FIFA Colaba, and hundreds of aggrieved parents of all schools in the vicinity, on Thursday protested at the Azad Maidan, seeking action against the construction of the swimming pool. It will be recalled that the ADC, in its report on December 27, 2013, had highlighted that the residents of Colaba, under the banner of ‘My DreamColaba,’ a citizen’s initiative, had written to BMC

Commissioner Sitaram Kunte to immediately stop the construction of pool. Also known as the ‘Back Garden,’ the space was being used by students of Campion, St. Annes, St. Josephs, Scholar, Holy Name, the Colaba Municipal School, and many residents of Colaba. Subsequently, on December 30, 2013, Aditya Thackeray had called the Mumbai Mayor Sunil Prabhu and asked him to cancel all approvals given to the said construction of the swimming pool. However, the residents now are demanding that the BMC should expedite the paper work in the cancellation of the approvals for the swimming pool. “In 2004, local politician Vinod Shekhar came up with the plan for a BMC swimming pool on this ground but this was quashed due to protest by the locals. Since then, this plan is being brought up time and again by him and the last

time a big protest was made by local schools and residents in 2011 at the Azad Maidan. While Shekhar had assured all that he would not go ahead with his plan unless he had the full backing of the people, he has now managed to convince the BMC to get a plan approved for this pool. According to this plan, the existing gym will be demolished even though it is fully operational and in use. In addition to a swimming pool, a car park will be made which will make further in-roads into the ground. This open playground is used extensively by school children of Campion, St Annes, St Joesph, Holy Name from where Shekhar himself has completed his schooling, the Colaba Municipal School and thousands of Colaba residents and local football players. This is the only green lung in the heart of Colaba which is in a safe and enclosed area,” said Cynthia Dmello of My Dream Colaba.

HC bench recuses itself in Adarsh case By Philip Varghese

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n an interesting development in the Adarsh housing scam case, the division bench of the Bombay High Court, on Thursday, recused itself from hearing a petition which sought a direction to CBI to make former Maharashtra minister Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar as an accused in the case of alleged benami transactions in Adarsh Housing Society. This came as the bench of Justice N. H. Patil and Justice V. L. Achiliya were about to hear a petition filed by activist Praveen Wategaonkar which

had come up for hearing. Justice Achiliya said told the petitioner that he was the Secretary of Law and Judiciary before becoming a judge of the High Court, and in that capacity had dealt with the files of Adarsh Society. Hence, it would not be proper for this bench to hear the matter. The petition had alleged that the minister Patil, during his tenure as state revenue minister, had granted certain approvals to the society illegally. “In fact, in return, his son-inlaw was allotted a flat in the plush high-rise building in south Mumbai. Wategaonkar alleged that CBI was sup-

pressing certain facts from the court regarding Patil-Nilangekar, who was also the chief minister of Maharashtra earlier. The state government has partly accepted the findings submitted by a judicial inquiry commission which probed into the Adarsh case and hence CBI should also be directed to look into the findings. The commission, in its report, has named several bureaucrats and ministers for alleged favouritism towards the society. CBI should look into these aspects,” Wategaonkar said. philip.varghese@afternoondc.in

Mumbai. SABMiller shared the details of global investment plans with a focus on investment in newer technologies and manufacturing facilities in Maharashtra. Considering their interest in Agro based brewing, particularly in barley, Chavan invited them to participate in the agriculture festival organised by the agriculture department at Nagpur in February this year. The company has agreed to explore the possibilities of additional investment in the state.

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he organisers of Mumbai Marathon have not been paying their dues since quite some time now leading to a dispute between them and the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The marathon was launched in 2004 and the organisers owe a crore and 80 lakh is to the civic body. Additional Municipal Commissioner M.M. Adtani said, “We are still calculating

the amount of fine to be charged for not maintaining cleanliness this year. The route of the marathon comes under four wards – A, C, G South, G North and D and H West. The amount of waste gathered there will be checked and it will take another two to four days”. He added, “The decision over what action will be taken if the dues are not paid within time, is not made yet”. khushboo.panjabi@afternoondc.i


06 CHANGE OF NAME I Jigneshkumar Kirtikumar Shah have changed my name to Jignesh Kirtikumar Shah as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 22/01/14. C-32007 I Amitkumar Mahipatrai Gopani have changed my name to Amit Mahipatrai Gopani as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 22/01/14. C-32008 I Sanjaykumar Chettier have changed my name to Sanjay Chettier as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32009 I Lalita Ganesan Chettier have changed my name to Lalitha Ganesan Chettier as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32010 I Divya Chettiar have changed my name to Divya Chettier as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32011

CLASSIFIEDS I Ritenkumar Manojkumar Somani have changed my name to Riten Manojkumar Somani as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32024 I Shezin Usman Vakharia have changed my name to Sigin Usman Vakharia as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32025 I Shazin Usman Vakharia have changed my name to Sigin Usman Vakharia as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32026 I Shehzin Usman Vakharia have changed my name to Sigin Usman Vakharia as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32027 I Minaxiben Ranchhodbhai Leuva have changed my name to Meenakshi Danji Revar as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32028

I Ganesan Chettiar have changed my name to Ganesan Chettier as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32012

I Sanjay Navnitlal Shah have changed my name to Sanjaykumar Navnitlal Shah as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32029

I Lalitha Ganesan Chettiar have changed my name to Lalitha Ganesan Chettier as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32013

I Naseem Ahmed Khan @ Nasim Khan have changed my name to Nasim Ahmad Khan as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32030

I Momin Raisa Bano Ansar have changed my name to Raeesa Bano Rizwan Ansari as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32014

I Umme Salma Naseem Ahmed Khan @ Umesalma Nasim Khan have changed my name to Umesalma Nasim Ahmad Khan as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32031

I Bhagwatiprasad\ Bhagwat Tripathi have changed my name to Bhagwatprasad Tripathi as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32015 I Cheryl Misquitta @ Sherley Misquitta have changed my name to Sheryl Misquitta as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32016 I Darsita Virchand Dand have changed my name to Darshita Virchand Dand as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32017 I Khamavantibahen Damji Vora have changed my name to Jaya Kantilal Maru as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32018 I Hansaben Purushottamdas Darji have changed my name to Hansa Dilip Mistry as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32019 I Vipinkumar Sureshkumar have changed my name to Vipinkumar Sureshkumar Jain as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32020 I Sneha Nilkanth Housnur have changed my name to Deepa Nilkanth Housnur as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 23/01/14. C-32021 I P. Raghuram Ramdas have changed my name to Pandit Raghu Ramdas as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32022 I Mohammad Shahid Mohammad Hamid have changed my name to Mohammad Shahid Mohammad Hamid Farooqui as per deedpoll Affidavit. C-32023

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I Nidhi Ajay Joshi have changed my name to Nidhi Ajaykumar Joshi as per deedpoll Affidavit dated: 23/01/14. C-32032 I have changed my name from Hasmukh Mangaldas Somaia to Hansa Jagdishchandra Tanna as per Affidavit. C-32033 I, Mrs. Jagruti Suken Mehta have changed my child’s name from Akash Suken Mehta to Aakash Suken Mehta as per Affidavit. C-32034

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I have changed my name from Mushrat Jahan Bashir Khan to Mussarrat Maqbool Khan as per Affidavit. C-32041

I have changed my name from Bukhari Saiyad Rafiqali Tafajjulali to Saiyad Rafiqali Tafajjulali as per Affidavit. C-32059

I have changed my name from Mohd Rizwan Mohamad Ayoob Kazi to Rizwan Ayyub Kazi as per Affidavit. C-32078

I have changed my name from Chishtiya Maqbool Pathan to Chishtiya Maqbool Khan as per Affidavit. C-32042

I have changed my name from Mohd Sayeed Ansari to Mohammed Saeed Ansari as per Affidavit. C-32060

I have changed my name from Mohamad Ayoob Kazi to Ayyub Kazi as per Affidavit. C-32079

I have changed my name from Abdul Rehman Khan to Maqbool Murtuza Khan as per Affidavit. C-32043

I have changed my name from Jaideep Juneja to Jaideep Singh Juneja as per Affidavit. C-32061

I have changed my name from Asma Bi Mohammed Altaf Qureshi to Asmabi Mohammed Junaid Qureshi as per Affidavit. C-32044 I have changed my name from Hirji Megha Dubariya to Hirji Meghji Patel as per Affidavit. C-32045 I have changed my name from Ms. Elsanna Joseph to Ms. Elsamma Joseph as per deedpoll Affidavit No-Kl 174428. C-32046 I have changed my name from Qasim Abdul Jabbar to Kasim Abdul Jabbar shaikh as per Affidavit. C-32047 I have changed my name from Mr. Ajitkumar Vyankat Jadhav to Mr. Ajit Vyankat Jadhav as per Affidavit. C-32048 I have changed my name from Ms. Alka Vishwanath Kamat to Mrs. Ashwinee Ajit Jadhav as per Affidavit. C-32049 I have changed my name from Shyamsunder Baliram Chandnani to Shyam Baliram Chandnani as per Affidavit. C-32050 I have changed my name from Afsara Zakir Husain Khan to Afsari Zakir Husain Khan as per Affidavit. C-32051

I have changed my name from Tarasankar Durgaprasad Maity to Tarapada Durgaprasad Maity as per Affidavit. C-32062 I have changed my name from Tara Durgapada Maity to Tarapada Durgaprasad Maity as per Affidavit. C-32063 I have changed my name from Dipak Harji Verat to Dipesh Harji Verat as per Affidavit. C-32064 I have changed my name from Harji Naran Patel to Harji Naran Verat as per Affidavit. C-32065 I have changed my name from Dahiben Harji Patel to Dahiben Harji Verat as per Affidavit. C-32066 I have changed my name from Tapaskumar Madan Manik to Tapas Madan Manik as per Affidavit. C-32067 I have changed my name from Achlaram to Achlaji Malviya as per Affidavit. C-32068 I have changed my name from Viraj Navnitbhai Vadhvania to Viraj Navnit Soni as per Affidavit. C-32069 I have changed my name from Haardik Mukesh Shah to Hardik Mukesh Chhadwa as per Affidavit. C-32070

I have changed my name from Subhash Chopda to Subhash Chopra as per Affidavit. C-32052

I have changed my name from Mukesh Bharmal Shah to Mukesh Bharmal Chhadwa as per Affidavit. C-32071

I have changed my name from Ali Abdul Kadar to Korchankandil Ali Abdul Kadar as per Affidavit. C-32035

I have changed my name from Rukhshana Imtiaz Khan to Rukhsana Mohammed Naimuddin Khan as per Affidavit. C-32053

I have changed my name from Kasturben Karsanbhai Satra to Kastur Mukesh Chhadwa as per Affidavit. C-32072

I have changed my name from Roopmati Narayanrao Arte to Rupamati Pradeep Khaire as per Affidavit. C-32036

I have changed my name from Mohd Hanis Khan to Mohammed Anis Khan as per Affidavit. C-32054

I have changed my name from Kasturben Mukesh Shah to Kastur Mukesh Chhadwa as per Affidavit. C-32073

I have changed my name from Lakhiben Nanji Tank to Lalita Nanji Tank as per Affidavit. C-32037

I have changed my name from Mohd Naimuddin Mohd Hanis Khan to Mohammed Naimuddin Khan as per Affidavit. C-32055

I have changed my name from Vimladevi Motilal Jain to Vimla Vinod Jain as per Affidavit. C-32038

I have changed my name from Nadar Jaculinjiji Enose to Jaculin Jiji as per Affidavit. C-32056

I have changed my name from Arshiya Maqbool Patel to Arshiya Maqbool Khan as per Affidavit. C-32039

I have changed my name from Varghese Vadekke Mundakathil to Varghese Vadekemundakathil Varghese as per Affidavit. C-32057

I have changed my name from Oobaidullah Maqbool Pathan to Oobaidullah Maqbool Khan as per Affidavit. C-32040

I have changed my name from Hosmar Mamatha to Mamta Dayanand Shetty as per Affidavit. C-32058

I have changed my name from Manibai Bharmal Shah to Meenaben Bharmal Chhadwa as per Affidavit. C-32074 I have changed my name from Mrs Samrudhi Sandesh Chopdekar to Miss Namita Mahadeo Sarang as per Affidavit. C-32075 I have changed my name from Kannan Sriram to Sriram Kannan Iyer as per Affidavit. C-32076 I have changed my name from Mukeshkumar to Mukesh Khathuria as per Affidavit. C-32077

I have changed my name from Jamilabanu to Jamila Kazi as per Affidavit. C-32080 I have changed my name from Reshma Ramesh Pednekar to Sunita Ramesh Pednekar as per Affidavit. C-32081 I have changed name from Devender Pratap Kumrah to Devendrapratap Kumrah as per Affidavit. C-32082 I have changed my name from Mitthily Sasidharan Pazhaur to Geeta Sasidharan Pazhayur as per Affidavit. C-32083 I have changed my name from Sham Laxman Sankpal to Shyam Laxman Sankpal as per Affidavit. C-32084 I have changed my name from Hareshkumar Nanji Dubariya to Haresh Nanji Dubariya as per Affidavit. C-32085 I have changed my name from Abdul Hamid Babu Khan to Hamid Babu Khan to as per Affidavit. C-32086 I have changed my name from Dineshkumar Ramji Darad to Dinesh Ramji Darad as per Affidavit. C-32087 I have changed my name from Sushilaben Lakhamshi Parmar to Sushila Dinesh Darad as per Affidavit. C-32088 I have changed my name from Iftekhar Asadullah Khan to Iftekhar Ahmad Khan Asadullah Khan as per Affidavit. C-32089 I, Mohd. Jamaluddin Mohd. Idris Khan have changed my name to Mohd. Jamaluddin Mohd. Idris Ansari vide Govt. Gazette No. (U-54796). C-32090 I, Rehman Sana Fazlar Rehman have changed my name to Sana Fazlur Rehman Ansari vide Govt. Gazette No. (X-45461). C-32091 I, Rehman M. Majid Fazlur Rehman have changed my name to Mohammed Majid Fazlur Rehman Ansari vide Govt. Gazette No. (X-45460). C-32092 I have changed my name from Mohamed Shabbir Gudusab Mujawar to Mohd Shabbir Gudusab Mujawar as per Affidavit. C-32093 I have changed my name from Sajid Mehboob Shaikh to Saddam Mehboob Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-32094

I have changed my name from Muhammad Rasool Makthoom Sahib to Mohammad Rasool Makthoom Sahib Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-32095 I have changed my name from Sunil Kumar to Sunil Kumar Verma as per Affidavit. C-32096 I have changed my name from Durgesh Verma to Sheela Verma as per Affidavit. C-32097 I have changed my name from Gyanti Devi Lal Bahadur Vishwakarma to Indu Lal Bahadur Vishwakarma as per Affidavit. C-32098 I have changed my name from Bakhtyar Mahiyar Navalmaneck to Bakhtiyar Mahiyar Navalmaneck as per Affidavit. C-32099 I have changed my name from Madhavji Nanji Bhadra to Velji Nanji Bhadra as per Affidavit. C-32100 I have changed my name from Rameshkumar Ghisulal Jain to Ramesh Ghisulal Jain as per Affidavit. C-32101 I have changed my name from Jayshree Ramesh Jain to Jenta Ramesh Jain as per Affidavit. C-32102 I have changed my name from Jayanta Ghevarchand to Jenta Ramesh Jain as per Affidavit. C-32103 I have changed my name from Dhawal Girish Bhanushali to Dhawal Girish Bhansali as per Affidavit. C-32104 I have changed my name from Mr. Shaikh Aabid Ajmuddin to Mr. Abid Anwar Rangrez as per Affidavit. C-32105 I have changed my name from Mr. Ajmuddin J. Shaikh to Mr.Anwar Rangrez as per Affidavit. C-32106 I have changed my name from Mrs. Noorjaha Ajmuddin Shaikh to Mrs. Noorjahan Anwar Rangrez as per Affidavit. C-32107 I have changed my name from Mr. Mazhar Mohammed Kasim Shekhani to Mr. Mohd Mazhar Mohammed Kasim Shekhani as per Affidavit. C-32108 I have changed my name from Miss. Smritee Devdatta Yadav to Mrs. Alia Irfan Khan as per Affidavit. C-32109 I have changed my name from Miss Mahreen Mohd Rafik Khan to Miss Mehreen Rafique Khan as per Affidavit. C-32110 I have changed my name from Mr. Mohd Rafik Murtuza Khan to Mr. Rafique Murtuza Khan as per Affidavit. C-32111 I have changed my name from Mrs. Shahin Begum to Mrs. Shaheen Rafique Khan as per Affidavit. C-32112

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Builder arrested for duping flat buyers

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Seven persons were allotted flats but not given possession since more than a decade

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he Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of Mumbai’s crime branch on Thursday arrested a builder/developer for cheating people by falsely selling 19 flats. The accused, identified as Nitin Mehta, is the first person to be arrested in the cheating case, confirmed Addl. CP (EOW) Rajvardhan Sinha. Speaking to the ADC, Sinha said, “Yesterday police arrested the accused in the case and more arrests are likely in future.” According to the police, the accused cheated seven people by giving the allotment letter of 19 flats. In return, Mehta took almost 75 per cent to 80 per cent costs of the flats from the victims, said the investiga-

tors. However, the accused from more than one decade did not fulfill the promises, which he had made to the victims, added police. In this regard, the accused also violated the Maharashtra Ownership of Flats (MOF) Act, in which the builder or the developer has to give the possession of the flat by the mentioned time in the allotment letter or the agreement. In 1995, Mehta, builder/developer of Anamika Real Turf Pvt Ltd, had started the construction of a building on a private land in Borivali (E), said police. As the years passed on, the prospective buyers purchased the flats from Mehta but did not get the flats till today, informed police.

Considering this, the victims approached the EOW and on July 31, 2013 a case of cheating and criminal breach of trust was lodged against Mehta and the concerned people who cheated the victims. The total cost of the 19 flats is approximately Rs.1.5 crore, said police explaining that the cost of the flats in the late 90s were quite low in comparison with today’s real estate scenario. Meanwhile, the accused would be produced in the court on Friday and the EOW would seek his further custody. Mehta has been arrested under section 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (Cheating) and 34 of IPC. neel.shah@afternoondc.in Vishwanath Salian | ADC

Truck driver held for injuring constable By Zuber Ansari

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he Kasturba Marg police on Thursday, arrested a truck driver, after a constable, who was riding on his two-wheeler, crashed into the heavy vehicle while it was parked in the middle of the Western Express Highway (WEH) in Borivali (East). According to the police, the truck – carrying painting equipment – was parked on the flyover, while workmen were painting the divider near Sanjay Gandhi National Park around 2.30 pm. Shivaji Kumbhar, a constable with the local armed police force, was on his way to Dahisar on his motorbike, when he crashed into the rear of the truck. “The truck was wrongly parked on the slope of the flyover. Kumb-

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ven as the Thane (Rural) police claims to have taken measures to keep a tab on fake cops who target senior citizens by relieving them of their gold ornaments, another elderly woman was conned of her gold ornaments worth more than Rs. 40,000, by two members of the notorious Bol Bachan gang in Nallasopara, early on Wednesday morning. The matter was reported at about 9 am near the Jain Temple in the Taaki Road area of Nallasopara (East). The woman, Vidya Bhogilal Shah (80), was returning home

been asked to deliver the mobile phones to someone in Mumbai. On this information, we laid a trap and picked up Wasim Shaikh, the person to whom he was going to deliver the mobiles. Wasim, who hails from Delhi, had been residing in Apex Guest House in Mumbai Central since January 6 and when we searches the room we found 27 IPhone phones, said Trivedi. By Zuber Ansari (28) was spotted by a GRP constable During interrogation, the two reat Mumbai Central railway station, vealed that after delivering the mohe Mumbai Central Govern- who stopped him and asked him to bile phones in Mumbai, another ment Railway Police (GRP) have show the box he was carrying. gang would make some changes in arrested two youth, including a GRP officials got suspicious when the mobiles with the help of some Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani train at- he refused to open the box claiming mobile shop owners in Heera Panna tendant, who playing the role of a that he shouldn’t be checked as he Shopping Center in Haji Ali. It is a conduit between Delhi and Mum- was an attendant in the Rajdhani big racket operating between Delhibai based mobile robbers. They Express. The officials then took him Mumbai mobile robbers and more have seized around 37 high-end to GRP office and opened the box arrests may be possible in this case, phones, including ten IPhones where they found 10 Smart IPhones. Trivedi said further. found in their possession. According to Senior Police InThe value of each seized mobile is Ahead of the Republic Day, secu- spector (Mumbai Central-GRP) Ra- around Rs.35,000 to Rs.40,000, rity check-up have been tightened jendra Kumar Trivedi, “When we which means that the mobiles were by GRP personnel who are checking asked him from were he bought collectively valued at Rs.15 lakh. everyone on the platform. Rajdhani these mobiles, he couldn’t give any Pintoo revealed that he was getting attendant Pintoo Prabhat Sarkar satisfactory answer, saying he had the Rs.2,000 to Rs.3,000 per delivery.

SMART ROBBERY Alert GRP officials nab Rajdhani train attendant who was conduit between Delhi and Mumbai based gang of robbers who stole only high-end phones

har, who was riding on the northbound stretch down the slope, crashed into the vehicle as he was unable to control his bike,” said Bharat Worlikar, senior inspector, Kasturba Marg police station. Kumbhar suffered fractures on his leg along with head injuries, and is currently recuperating at Surana Hospital in Malad (West). The police said that the truck driver took no caution while parking the truck in the middle of the road while the painting work was in progress. “We have arrested the truck driver Bajirao Jogdand, for negligence on his part as he had parked his truck on the road, resulting in an accident. He has been booked for causing grievous hurt under Section 338 of the Indian Penal Code,” said Worlikar.

Senior citizen conned by Bol Bachan gang By Suresh Golani

Pintoo Sarkar and Wasim Shaikh seen along with officials of the Mumbai Central GRP.

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from the temple, when a duo – claiming to be cops from the local police station – informed her about a murder that had taken place ahead and advised her to remove all her jewellery. Under the pretext of helping her, the duo took her ornaments and exchanged the packets containing the gold with stones. “ We have registered a case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code, against unidentified miscreants,” said an investigating officer, who issued an advisory to the public – especially women and senior citizens – not to interact with persons who approach them claiming to be police personnel.

Undertrial hangs self in Taloja jail By Khushboo Panjabi

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27-year-old undertrial was found hanging in the toilet of Taloja Jail yesterday, at around 4 am. Pankaj Awad Narayan Singh, a resident of Dahisar, was arrested by the Rabale police almost 20 days ago for extortion, and was sent to Taloja jail. Pawan Chandak, an officer of

the Navi Mumbai police, said, “Singh committed suicide by hanging himself with a bedsheet. We found a suicide note next to his body in which he alleged that the Matunga police had arrested him earlier for no reason in the bike theft case.” Singh’s body has been sent to the J.J. Hospital for a postmortem. khushboo.panjabi@afternoondc.in

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group of drug addicts attacked a tempo driver for flashing his vehicles’s headlights on them while they were busy inhaling smack at Navpada, Manickpur in Vasai. The tempo driver ran into a housing locality and sought protection from the residents, resulting in a riot as they fought off the

drug addicts, who entered the house of Guddu Yadav and assaulted his wife on the head with a stick. Sunita Yadav, the victim, has been admitted to the I.C.U. at Golden Park Hospital, Vasai, while Balu, Guru, Sham and Baba, the four accused whose full names are not known, have been arrested and remanded to police custody till Friday, January 24.


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CLASSIFIEDS I have changed my name from Pandharinath Motiram Joshi to Pandit Motiram Joshi as per Affidavit. C-32130

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I have changed my name from Nakik Khan to Naki SabirHusain Khan as per Affidavit. C-32114

I have changed my name from Ansari Aazra Khatoon Mohammed Afzal to Ansari Azra Khatoon Mohammad Afzal as per Affidavit. C-32131

I have changed my name from Kureshi Shahenaz Munir Ahmed to Shenaz Abu Saeed Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-32149

I have changed my name from Mr. Navab Bhati to Mr. Nawab Bhati as per Affidavit dated 23/01/2014. C-32115

I have changed my name from Prasad Prabhakar Dalavi to Prasad Prabhakar Dalvi as per Affidavit. C-32132

I have changed my name from Mr. Mohd Amer Navab Bhati to Mr. Amer Nawab Bhati as per Affidavit Dated 23/01/2014. C-32116

I have changed my name from Shetty Vinodkumar Vishwanath to Shetty Vinod Vishwanath as per Affidavit. C-32133

I have changed my name from Mohammad Waseem to Siddiqui Mohammad Waseem as per Affidavit Dt. 23-01-2014. C-32117

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I have changed my name from Fahim Kapadia to Fayeem Kapadia as per Affidavit dated 22-01-2014. C-32118 I have changed my name from Salim Javed Zamir Hussain Ansari to Salim Zameer Hasan Ansari as per Affidavit dated 23-01-2014. C-32119 I have changed my name from Zamir Hussain Abdul Gafoor Ansari to Zameer Hasan Abdul Gafoor Ansari as per Affidavit dated 23-01-2014. C-32120 I have changed my name from Juber Ahmed Hamid Shaikh to Zuber Hamid Shaikh as per Affidavit dated 23-01-2014. C-32121 I have changed my name from Fakih Shamrez M Shareef to Shamrez Mohammed Shareef Faquih as per Affidavit. C-32122 I have changed my name from Abdul Khaliq Hafiz Abbas to Abdul Khalique Hafiz Abbas Momin as per Affidavit. C-32123 I have changed my name from Chaudhry Abdullah Nizamuddin to Choudhary Abdullah Nizamuddin as per Affidavit. C-32124 I have changed my name from Ajijulhasan S/O Baitulla Choudhari to Azizulhasan Choudhry as per Affidavit. C-32125 I have changed my name from Farida Khatoon D/O Ajijulhasan Baitulla Choudhari to Farida Azizulhasan Choudhry as per Affidavit. C-32126 I have changed my name from Atiulla Riyasat Khan, Allullah Khan, Alliullah Khan, Aliullah Kha to Aliullah Riyasat Khan as per Affidavit. C-32127 I have changed my name from Aswin S/O Vasantha Shetty to Ashwith S/O Vasanth Shetty as per Affidavit. C-32128 I have changed my name from Rajesh Singh to Rohit Singh as per Affidavit. C-32129

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I have changed my name from Bhawna Devi Dineshkumar Jain to Bhawana Dineshkumar Jain as per Affidavit. C-32168

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I have changed my name from Rohit Pritam Paryani to Rohit Prem Paryani as per Affidavit. C-32136

I have changed my name from Mazhar Akbarali Chokwala to Murtaza Akbarali Chokwala as per Affidavit. C-32154

I have changed my name from Chawla Naresh Maheshkumar to Chawla Naresh Mahesh as per Affidavit. C-32137 I have changed my name from Dominica Gregory Fargose to Domnicka Alex Almeida as per Affidavit. C-32138 I have changed my name from Ratanlal Vaishanav to Ratandas Vaishnav as per Affidavit. C-32139 I have changed my name from Deepesh Ratandas Vaishanav to Deepeshkumar Ratandas Vaishnav as per Affidavit. C-32140 I have changed my name from Mohamed Islam Bashir Shaikh to Islam Bashir Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-32141 I have changed my name from Shekh Layak Ali Mira to Liyakatali Mira Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-32142 I have changed my name from Abbas Mohammad Baggamule to Abbas Mohammed Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-32143 I have changed my name from Chandrikaben Shivlal Shah to Sudha Nitin Gandani as per Affidavit. C-32144 I have changed my name from Altamas Faruk Tamboli to Altamash Faruk Tamboli as per Affidavit. C-32145 I have changed my name from Shehnaz Abu Saeed Shaikh to Shenaz Abu Saeed Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-32146 I have changed my name from Shahenaz Shaikh to Shenaz Abu Saeed Shaikh as per Affidavit. C-32147

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Battle of Robots in Bhayandar By Suresh Golani

compete for the title on January 24 and 26. he grand finale of the first This is the first edition of edition of the National the Robotic Olympiad-2014 Robotics Olympiad-2014 which is being held under the championship will be held at aegis of the Eduprime Techthe Ram Ratna Vidya Mandir nologies Pvt. Ltd in affiliation in Uttan, near Bhayandar. with Bombay Industries AsTwenty-four qualifying sociation. teams comprising students The event is aimed at (Std V to Std X) from various building a stronger technical schools across the country expertise amongst the young will go through a boot camp enthusiasts who will also on Friday (January 24) to have a virtual learning expelearn three disciplines of ro- rience in the field of Physics, botics including -- Hu- Robotics, Information Techmanoid, Terrestrial and Aqua nology, Mathematics and Enand use the knowledge to gineering via Prime -- an make their own robots and unique educational model.

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NITISH DUBEY, AS PER ROLL NUMBER... Continued from pg 1 « end here, when Nitish collected his mark-sheet from the university, he found that he had cleared all the subjects in the exam with 58 per cent. The MU had registered his mark-sheet with a roll number that was different from the one on his hall ticket. The MU declared these results online in December 2013. Dubey entered his roll number '1727' which had failed the exams according to the varsity's website. Dubey thus did not attend his sixth semester lectures for a month but fortunately

visited the examination department to collect his mark-sheet later just to realise that he had cleared the exam. The MU had registered a wrong roll number (1721) against Dubey's name. Nitish said, “After the online results said that I have flunked the exams, I gave up all hopes. Had I not collected the mark-sheet I would have lost out on a lot of classes”. Dr. Padma Deshmukh, Controller of Examination, MU said, “I will personally look into this issue. Such errors should not occur. Some relevant action will be taken soon”.

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and are teaching the students with zero level of now onwards for the teach- knowledge. If at all one inRs.100/ - per Sq.cm ers.” terview's them, they will not Rayiz Sheikh party leader be able to answer any quesSamajwadi Party, adding to tion.” what Adtani said, explained, All the corporators pres“The teachers who will be re- ent in the meeting were in cruited from the next time, support of both Siraj and the BMC should have a pol- Sheikh, and Adtani assured icy of taking a decision keep- that there would be a verifiing in mind the future of the cation of all the certificates DESPATCH & COURIER students and their ability to of the teachers, and if any Janmabhoomi Bhavan, understand the language of was found bogus, a police 3rd Floor Mumbai city itself.” investigation would be done Janmabhoomi Marg, Fort, Siraj added, “Further, and the teachers would have Mumbai 400 001 there are a lot of teachers to leave their jobs.” TEL: 40768999 FAX: 40768916 who hold bogus certificates The ADC spoke to Shaikh Khadilja Rafiq, Principal of Imanwadi Municipal Urdu School in Bhendi Bazar, MIRA BHAYANDAR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION which is run by the BMC, Public Works Department who said, “All the teachers Indira Gandhi Bhavan, Chhatrapati Shivaji in this school have experiMaharaj Marg, Bhayandar (W) 401 101, ence of more than 15 to 20 Tal. Dist. Thane. Tel. 28192828 years, are qualified and till No. MBMC/PWD/Tender/171/2013-14 Date: 23-1-2014 date, we have not appointed teachers from rural TENDER NOTICE (FIFTH EXTENSION) areas, because for us, the Tender Notice No. MBMC/PWD/105/2013-14 future of the student and Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation invites sealed the grasping power through tenders of various work in MBMC area. Advertise No. communication process is MBMC/ PRO/ Adv/ 199/ 2013-14 dated 02-11-2013. In the very important.” same tender Notice, the Tender ID No. 21273 has been BMC has signed a MemoFirstly extended to 20-01-2014 upto 12.00 p.m. The same randum of Understanding works has been again extended (Fifth Extension) from (MOU) with the British 27-01-2014 to 03-02-2014 upto 12.00 p.m. This notice will Council from 2013-2018 for be available on MBMC’s e-Tendering website as five years, in order to train https://mbmc.eproc.in. If possible the tender will be open the teachers in the English on the last day with Tenderer or their representative. language so that the future Place: Bhayandar of the students is more seDate: 23-01-2014 cured. The training of the Sd/teachers will start in a few Executive Engineer (PWD) days and the BMC has spent Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation Rs.3,28,98,000 for this.” M.B.M.C./PRO/Advt/320/2013-14 Date: 23-1-2014

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Super-rich RS contender!

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Independent candidate Sanjay Kakade is just Standard VII pass and worth Rs.437 crore Sanjay Kakade’s wealth  Total Asset Value: Rs.437 crore  Total Liabilities: Rs.304 crore  Total Income: (as per 2012-13 IT Returns)  Sanjay Kakade – Rs.91 lakh  Wife – Rs.1.02 crore

 Educational Qualification: 7th Standard (passed in 1982)

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test the polls there is every possibility that the biennial e is just 7th Standard RS polls will be an unoppass, has total assets posed affair. Sources close to worth Rs.437 crore Kakade disclose that he enand liabilities worth Rs.304 joys the support of 16 MLAs crore and is just 46 years old. and hence is confident of That’s Pune based builder roping in support of 12 MNS Sanjay Dattatraya Kakade MLAs and few other Indewho has thrown his hat in the pendent MLAs to add up to bullring of the Rajya Sabha the quota of 37 votes required elections for seven seats from to win the elections. Maharashtra due to be held The quota of votes needed on February 7. By filing his for the seven candidates to nomination papers, Kakade get elected from Maharashtra has queered the pitch some- is 37 votes. Although the BJP what for the second candidate has 47 MLAs in the lower of the Shiv Sena. His candida- house, it will need the 10 surture has been mostly sup- plus votes to be transferred to ported by Independent MLAs. its ally the Sena which needs Kakade had also tried to them to add up to get its seccontest the Rajya Sabha elec- ond candidate elected. The tions earlier in 2008 only to Sena which has 45 MLAs withdraw his candidature. needs 74 votes to get its two However, this time NCP pres- candidates elected. It needs ident Sharad Pawar and Adv. 19 more votes to ensure its Majid Memon are also in the second candidate gets fray. Sources disclosed that elected. since Pawar senior is to conThe Congress which has 81

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MLAs can transfer its surplus 7 votes to NCP which will need additional 3 more votes to complete the quota of votes. But both Kakade and Sena’s second candidate need 21 and 19 additional votes respectively to ensure their own victory. The list of MPs whose term is set to expire on April 2, 2014 include – Husain Dalwai and Murli Deora (both Congress), Y.P. Trivedi and Janardhan Waghmare (both NCP), Rajkumar Dhoot and Bharatkumar Raut (both Shiv Sena) and Prakash Javadekar (BJP). NCP has denied tickets to both its sitting MPs. Both NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Adv. Majid Memon are all set to file their nomination papers on January 24. The Sena is most likely to renominate its sitting MP Rajkumar Dhoot, while its is not decided on whom to nominate for the second seat.

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ying the 'Shiv Bandhan' (a rakhi like thread), Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray administered an oath to lakhs of party workers, asking them to protect the last depressed person in society. However, activists have criticised this move by him, as he ironically, did not respond to the call of lady councillors who alleged that they were being harassed by local legislator. While addressing party workers on birth anniversary of Shiv Sena supremo late Bal Thackeray on Thursday, Uddhav said “Shiv Sena – Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) alliance will come to power in the Center as well as in Maharashtra state.” Thackeray said, “This will be last term for Congress in Delhi

and this will be last Republic Day parade for Prime Minister Mahmohan Singh to address the country from the Red Fort.” Actually, Prime Minister's address happens on August 15, on Independence Day and not on Republic Day. While talking about the PM, Uddhav said, “Everyone thought he would bring the derailed Indian economy back on track. However, things went from bad to worse under his leadership.” While describing political instability in the country, Uddhav said, “For the betterment and the prosperity, the country needs a strong government. Today, the nation has no option except the face (Narendra Modi) we have given. Congress has no PM candidate, they were supposed to declared Rahul Gandhi as the PM candidate, but realised that he is not capable enough

so gave up. He (Modi) is the last and only hope.” He reiterated that Hinduism would be an integral part of their party manifesto. Uddhav criticised Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's letter to state government directeing the state not to put innocent Muslim youth in jail. Uddhav said, “He should have said don't put any innocent person in jail. Why does he have special love for Muslims?” NCP’s Nawab Malik said, “For a month, my sisters Shubha Raul and Sheetal Mhatre, lady councillors, are bring harassed by seniors in the Shiv Sena. Uddhav should have solved the problems of lady councillors. He could not do it.” Talking about Shiv Bandhan, Malik said, “People cannot be put together just by tying some threads.'

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NCP calls Nirupam’s hunger strike ‘misplaced’ The issue of power tariffs with regard to Mumbai will be taken up in the next cabinet meeting, says NCP’s Nawab Malik By Suyash Padate

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he NCP has criticised Congress secretary and MP Sanjay Nirupam terming his indefinite hunger strike for reduction of power tariff as a misplaced one. Speaking to reporters, Malik said, “The government, which lowered power tariffs in the state by 20 per cent, has already announced that the issue of electricity charges with regard to Mumbai will be taken up in the next cabinet meeting. So what is the point of the hunger strike?” “It is not Reliance Energy, the power company which supplies electricity to Mumbai suburbs, but the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) and the state government which will take the decision. Hence, even though Nirupam’s intentions are genuine, the place of ag-

of Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply Transport (BEST) which supplies electricity to the island city of Mumbai. Meanwhile, Reliance Infra has also made its position clear over this issue. According to Rinfra, In Maharashtra, tariffs for all distribution licensees are determined by MERC (Maharashtra Electricity Commission) as per Electricity Act 2003. The Supreme Court has also ruled that determination of tariff should be left to the MERC. Present tariff structure of RInfra has been determined by the MERC vide Nawab Malik its order dated August 22, 2013. This revision was itation is incorrect”, Malik made after a period of more added. than four years. Tariffs of On Sena’s demand to slash low-end consumers, conpower tariffs by 50 per cent, suming up to 300 units per Malik pointed out that the month, are subsidised for saffron party which controls Rs.830 crore. However, the Brihanmumbai Munici- Mumbai consumers receive pal Corporation (BMC) no subsidy from the state should first reduce the tariff government.


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Nuisance of being Arvind Kejriwal

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Ponder awhile… “Many criminals believe what they say is true; they could pass a lie detector test.” – Michael Moore

A criminal as A pramukh of panchayat? M

ONSTROUS happenings in our country make us wonder whether India has emerged at all from the Dark Ages. The government sits back and proudly claims that it keeps taking steps to strengthen democracy in the country. One of them is the creation of panchayats and giving it maximum possible powers for governance. We have panchayats in all the states. The panchayats apart from other work, is giving assistance to the police in ensuring law and order in the villages. There is evidence to believe that there is no democracy in the way the panchayats are functioning. Actually they have become autocratic institutions. The pramukh (big chief) gives orders and the poor people have no choice but obey. He has become lord and master in the village scenario. And they hold trials and pass verdicts which cannot be questioned. A girl who had an affair in a village was put on trial and the panchayat pramukh passed a most horrible judgement: He ordered that for the crime she has committed, she should be raped. As many as 13 men were selected and asked to rape the hapless girl. All the 13 rapists have been booked. The main culprit, the panchayat pramukh, is in police custody as well. The gruesome incident makes one wonder whether it is desirable to give powers to the panchayat. The horrible incident shows that it is necessary to cut down the powers of the panchayat. The pramukhs must be placed under the control of some other authority. What is also necessary is that a study has to be conducted how the panchayats are functioning across the country. Are the pramukhs ensuring that the villagers are free and not persecuted by the pramukhs. Panchayats are empowered to ensure that people in rural regions are not exploited and harassed. In reality, a pramukh, however, throws democracy to the windows and functions like a dictator.

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T the fag-end of the 2013, many journalists were filing their stories and essays on 'Importance of being Arvind Kejriwal'. Now the same bunch of journalists, political thinkers and analysts are contemplating to write 'Nuisance of being Arvind Kejriwal'. Strangely the backdrop of both the stories remain same. However, after three weeks, the situation has changed drastically and thus the entire screenplay has taken a Uturn, in which heroes of last year have taken the role of villains. As 2013 folded, a new star emerged on the legislative horizon of the nation. A 45-yearold former babu, Arvind Kejriwal took the nation by shock and grabbed the power of the capital state of Delhi. His year-old political outfit Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) shook the political system and emerged as the second largest legislative group, only after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). More surprisingly, the Congress that enjoyed unabated rule of 15 years, was reduced to a meagre third and of no serious consequence. In the situation of having a hung Assembly, the natural option was that the largest group, though in minority forms a government. However, the BJP decided not to play the gamble and thus, AAP was the second option. Congress being the most shrewd political force, unilaterally declared 'unconditional outside support' to AAP government. Had Kejriwal too had rejected the offer, the Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, would have been forced to either keep the House in suspended animation or dissolve the Assembly and call for free elections. Here, Kejriwal decided to take the chance and form the government with all fanfare. However, hoping that the Congress would pull the rug under their feet and defeat the government sooner than later. This would have given Kejriwal the natural advantage of being under-dogs.

Inexperienced people This was the beginning of Kejriwal's slide. The inexperienced people in the new government started goofing up from 'Day 2'. They came for the swearing-in function and later on the first day of the new Assembly with white caps displaying the name of their party, which is clearly against the norms and practices of the Parliamentary system. This 'error' was gracefully ignored by the media. But this was not enough. The next day, the loud-mouth Law Minister Somnath Bharti stirred the hornets' nest by ordering his office to summon judges of Delhi court for a meeting in his office. Though being a law graduate and a practicing lawyer, little did Bharti knew that a meeting of judges can be convened only by the Chief Justice and not by anyone in the government. This was also pardoned. However, Bharti was not in a mood to go slow. He, perhaps, took his job of being a people's representative a lawmaker too seriously and took up night vigil in his area along with party activists and police. As he had the 'information' that drug and prostitution joint was run in one of the buildings, he ordered the accompanying police officer to conduct search of the house. As there was no search warrant, the police officer refused to oblige. The ugly scene that took place on the road in mid-night was captured by cameras and was seen by millions of TV viewers for the next couple of days. Ideally, Bharti should have expressed apology and kept quiet. However, he went after

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families of Uganda nationals in New Delhi and accused them of being involved in drugpeddling racket. He forced the Ugandan women to undergo urine and blood tests, which proved to be negative. Amidst the controversies surrounding AAP ministers taking police protection, using red beacons, occupying government accommodation were also appearing in print and electronic media. This started showing the new government in a bad light. Instead of doing an introspection and try to improve the behavior, Kejriwal decided to take on the police department, as it comes under the control of Central Home Ministry.

PERSPECTIVE Bharatkumar Raut He called for a 'Dharna' in front of the Home Ministry office. As the Home Ministry is housed in front of Prime Minister's office and the Rashtrapati Bhavan, it was predictable that Kejriwal and his men would not have been allowed to march on the Raj Path and near the famous Vijay Chowk. As the bandwagon was stopped near the Rail Bhavan, half a kilometre away from North Bloc, Kejriwal put up a drama and began his 'Dharna' on the street blocking the roads leading to Parliament, Sena Bhavan, Rail Bhavan, Udyog Bhavan and Kendriya Sachivalaya, apart from at least four busy metro stations. Obviously, the AAP leader was expecting use of police force to disperse them that would have come handy for him to spread the influence of his party. The Centre on the other hand, decided to 'wait and watch'. Delhi experienced chilled winter and showers that night. This natural calamity reduced the mob drastically on the morning of the second day as not many Delhiites were as enthusiastic to dare the chilled weather. Had the Lt. Governor waited for a few hours more, the 'Dharna' would have fizzled out on its own? But for some strange reason, against the will of the party high command, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde sent an amicable settlement formula to Kejriwal that he grabbed with both hands and withdrew the agitation, calling it 'victory'. The agitation that began with a demand of handing over the police department to the Delhi government and suspension of five so-called 'erring' policemen, ended with a forced leave to two policemen. Now the question arises, is Kejriwal serious in running the government with the 'support' of Congress, or he is expecting that the Congress at some point would pull it down. Actually, AAP and Congress are strange bed-fellows and no theory of political science can envisage a situation where the two prime arch rivals in the election campaign, come together to form the government and to keep the largest single group out on the Opposition benches. However, Congress has perhaps decided to continue with this strange partner-

ship only with a single objective of keeping the BJP at bay. Here, the Congress has two-edged advantage; it can keep bitterly criticizing the government as it is not a part of the government and secondly, this can deprive the main Opposition party -- BJP – from ruling the capital state at the time of national elections.

Sights set on Lok Sabha On the other hand, Kejriwal, after winning sizable success in Delhi, has now set his sight on the national elections, as he and his colleagues have national ambitions. Therefore, he would like to remain in the saddle for a couple of more months and force the Congress to get out of the alliance. That would result in fall of the government and Kejriwal can ride on the sympathy wave. However, to running of the government with all fat and unrealistic promises that the AAP had pronounced during the campaign, seems to be becoming more and more difficult with every day passing. Now, sooner than later, AAP will have to bring and pass the much-talked-about Jan Lokpal Bill. With only 28 members in the 70-member House, will he be able to take the controversial bill through? What happens to his announcement to take major decisions in 'Jan Sabha'? Will he be able to convene Jan Sabha at Ramlila Maidan of Delhi to pass the bill? Will he convene Jan Sabha to decide the fate of Bharti? Though AAP is a political party, in actual terms, it’s a one-man army and it is only Arvind Kejriwal who matters for the party and the people. Will he be able to run for national future with very little ground work and a force of over enthusiastic and inexperienced workers? The social media and electronic media did play a vital role in Kejriwal's success. Will he be able to continue his sway over the media and the next six months also? The success of Kejriwal would depend on his stamina to run a marathon, as what he is running is not a 100-metre race. Hope, Kejriwal and his men are aware of these bitter truth. (The writer is a Rajya Sabha member of Shiv Sena)

The Way of the Heart

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he word courage is very interesting. It comes from a Latin root cor, which means ‘heart’. So to be courageous means to live with the heart. And weaklings, only weaklings, live with the head; afraid, they create a security of logic around themselves. Fearful, they close every window and door – with theology, concepts, words – and inside those closed doors and windows, they hide.

MATTER & SPIRIT The way of the heart is the way of courage. It is to live in insecurity; it is to live in love, and trust; it is to move in the unknown. It is leaving the past and allowing the future to be. Courage is to move on dangerous paths. Life is dangerous, and only cowards can avoid the danger – but then, they are already dead. A person who is alive, really alive, vitally alive, will always move into the unknown. There is danger there, but he will take the risk. The heart is always ready to take the risk, the heart is a gambler. The head is a businessman. The head always calculates – it is cunning. The heart is non-calculating." — Osho


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Railwaysneedtointroducereforms THE Railway authorities’ gross neglect towards the safety and comfort of the travellers citing administrative reasons in repairing/ reducing the gaps between platforms and the local trains is costing the passengers dearly. The increase in the fares have no bearing on any kind of improvement in any domain of the travel. The Indian Railways are equipped with the barest minimum facilities and its standards are deteriorating. The question of cleanliness does not arise. The number of trains is not at all adequate in any part of India and the fact that there are still single tracks in many parts including on the trunk route of Mumbai-Chennai speaks volumes about the negligence. Corruption is mounting day-byday. It is, therefore, imperative that the Railways should take their responsibilities seriously and make a comprehensive study and gauge the effect to meticulously raise the levels of the platforms. This brooks no further delay and is required to be done on top-most priority to prevent any more accidents. —T.M. Uday Shankar, Mumbai







COMMUTING by local trains is a

Misuse of the Tricolour

HARDLY SAFE: The Mumbai suburban railways are being blamed for poor safety measures while dealing with emergencies and lack of basic facilities for commuters. nightmare during peak hours with packed compartments and ith many commters often managing to barely have their feet on the footboards. The stations are in poor shape and the gap beween platforms and footboards so wide that a slight misjudgment results into fatal falls on tracks often resulting into deaths. The roof over platforms are non existent at most stations resulting into hardships during the rainy season making travel risky. Signals are faulty at most times, chains to stop trains are not functional and most safety measures feature only on paper. Even the basic facilities like

Save the common man

ONE fails to understand why our Tricolour should be allowed to be waved liberally by protesters in their agitations, making it appear as though their demonstrations are of great ‘national’ importance. In all, the AAP rallies, including the latest ‘dharana’ by its chief minister and his cabinet colleagues, huge flags were laboriously held on poles and waved conspicuously for no understandable reason. Their own party flags should be used on such occasions and there needs to be a strict code for the use of the national flag by individuals and groups. The tricolour has a great sanctity attached to it and stands for the honour of the country.

ALLOW me to share my thoughts on the politics of today: The hungry asked for food they gave them morsels of Religion The poor asked for houses to live they gave them more Temples and Mosques The women asked for protection they gave them spiritual gyaan The youth asked for affordable education they showed them the capitation route The sick asked for cheaper medicine they got lesser beds in hospitals They pleaded to arrest inflation they got rotten imported onions They said “we can’t afford travel” — Dr. V. Subramanyan, Thane they said walking is good for health As the elections draw near, people fear all this talk of progress and TELUGU Cinema’s matinee idol governance Nageshwar Rao is no more. He hails all these promises of economic from a poor farmer’s son to one of boom the most loved and respected actors may put them to further gloom. — Altaf H. Ladiwala, Bandra of Indian cinema, Akkineni Nageswara Rao’s journey, which lasted over seven decades, could very well make an interesting story of a film. A. Nageswara Rao, who as ON January 17, Congress president a youngster walked bare foot in Gu- Sonia Gandhi had wrongly accused divada in Krishna district of coastal the BJP of communalism and dividAndhra, rose to the dizzy heights of ing the people of India on basis of stardom and became a symbol of religions. She forgot very convethe Telugu film industry, or Tolly- niently that her mother-in-law and wood as it is popularly called. ANR, former Prime Minister late Indira as fans fondly called him, died of Gandhi had initiated to divide Indicancer at a private hospital plung- ans into Hindus and Muslims since ing the industry into gloom. ANR 1969 by giving special favours to was the last of the most popular first Muslims for education, jobs, pilgeneration actors of Telugu cinema grimage etc., obviously for the vote and was considered one of the two bank. This step of Indira Gandhi is all-time greats of Telugu cinema, being followed by Sonia and Rahul the other being N.T. Rama Rao Gandhi even today with the same (NTR) who died in 1996. His loss has idea of preserving the Muslim vote not only created a vacuum in Telugu bank for power forever. This antifilm industry but in the Indian film people communal and therefore, divisive menace inevitably reindustry as a whole. — Chitra Krishnan, Kharghar minded crores of Hindus that they

Telugu matinee idol no more

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toilets and ticket vending machines are not available at many places. The administration aspect of local trains should be given to private bodies for proper management and accountability. People don’t mind paying a little extra if safety measures are improved by the Railways. Railways should ensure that fares are collected from all commuters to compensate the families of victims of unfortunate eventualities. Also, medical facilities like first aid should be available at all stations and ambulance at hand to rush people in case of major ccidents. — S.N. Kabra, Goregaon

are not the Indians, but they are Hindus. This vote bank policy is also followed by NCP, RJD, JD (U), SP, BSP and the Left parties. This is how they all break India’s unity and solidarity. Pseudo secular Sonia Gandhi’s own Congress-men had massacred more than 3,000 Sikhs in the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi in 1984. Is this not communalism? — Hansraj Bhat, Borivali

An overconfident BJP? WHICH of these is more dangerous and damaging - being overconfident or lack of confidence? Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani had warned

Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi a couple of days ago. A lack of confidence can still be revived if you work hard and believe in yourself but overconfidence is surely going to lead you to disaster without you even realising it. According to BJP think-tank (led by their chief strategist late Pramod Mahajan), India was shining and in their overconfidence preponed the elections only to realise later that Congress whose confidence was (almost) over pulled up an extraordinary win. Today too the scenario seems to be similar as NaMo is riding high and his relatively novice political opponent RaGa is on a terrible low. Will overconfidence trip at the finishing line once again leaving the one whose confidence was (almost) over a surprise winner!

LOSING GROUND? Team India, currently at the top spot in world cricket, is feared to be losing its rank with the poor performances and some incorrect decisions. ALL along Team India worried about the number one spot and tried to retain the top spot by playing most of the matches in the sub-continent and making

— Arun Malankar, Santacruz

Impressive state CM

APROPOS ‘CM to interact with Facebook, Microsoft at Davos’ (ADC, Jan. 22), it is indeed heartening to learn that Prithviraj Chavan is the only Chief Minister in India to — Abdul Monim, Vashi be a member of the Indian delegation to Davos in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF). Being a learned technocrat, AFTER the nasty spat between India he would be able to interact with and US over the detention of Indian the world corporate giants like diplomat, the emergence of Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Jananta Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, may cause even more tension between the two countries. Narendra Modi who was denied visa due to his involvement in the 2002 Gujarat riots and his hate speech to instigate communal violence has been blacklisted by the US who is bent on holding the charges against the Indian diplomat case and may target Indian leaders in near future. I strongly feel that if Modi wins in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elec- THE TECHNOCRAT: Prithviraj Chavan is tions he will be the first person to be the only Indian CM to be a member of the targeted by the US administration Indian delegation to Davos, Switzerland, to which may escalate the problems attend the World Economic Forum (WEF). between the two countries. It is high time that the Indian government Facebook, Microsoft and others must keep quite and not make any ably. He is one of the most qualified statements against the US which technocrats in the CM’s chair of a may jeopardize any important state wherein the financial capital – Mumbai – is located. It would be agreements and deals. — Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai sincerely expected that he would use this famous world business forum effectively to deliberate and initiate business and thereby enPOLL survey agencies are busy in hance the economic potential of working out the likely outcome of this financial capital of India. In fact the Lok Sabha elections of 2014. there are many gigantic civil infraThough nothing can be said with structural projects on the anvil for any degree of precision at this stage, which he should utilise his knowlthe results of the 48 seats from Ma- edge as a technocrat. — Bikram Banerjea, Mumbai harashtra can easily be predicted.

US-India ties

Who will take 2014?

Team India losing trend

Who is communal?

The secular combine of CongressNCP can remain assured of a minimum of 40 seats, the highest from any other state; courtesy a large number of candidates in the fray fielded by the MNS and the AAP. Paradoxically, these two spoilsports will totally fail to open their account in the process and will derive only a sadistic pleasure by not allowing their arch rivals, the SSBJP-RPI Mahayuti, to cross even a double digit figure.

the top spot in the Indian side despite repeated failures. Dhoni is trying his best to keep his right hand man in the side by using his influence. Raina has been a use of the home condition to remain on top. But all of a sudden liability in the side and Dhoni is trying to push his man by using the tables have been turned with the Indian Team’s performance in him as a bowler. Thus we lose the South Africa. We blame Ashwin all services of Pujara and we play a the time but the overall weakness passenger in the side. With nearly 400 runs in the last 20 one-day of the bowling attack is exposed games, Raina does not deserve a not once or twice but four times place in the team any more. in the last five matches. Again, overseas record of the test team is Former Indian cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi alleged bias in BCCI’s also below world standards. For remuneration policy and all this, the main weakness is the questioned skipper M.S. Dhoni’s sub-standard batting line up, which click only in home matches cult status. Bedi said logic defies the difference in salary of some of and the top order generally fails the cricketers. Is it possible to on overseas pitches. This was compare Cheteshwar Pujara and witnessed in England, Australia, Suresh Raina? If you can’t then in South Africa and now in compare, then how can Raina be New Zealand. The top order falls like a pack of cards, middle order in Group A of BCCI’s central shows inherent weakness against contract while Pujara is in Group B. Presently some people get a the moving ball and the lower crore for not playing any order batsmen succumb to matches a single match. In pressure. — Calicut Krishnan Ramani, Sanpada those times famed spinners use to get Rs.250 per Test match at    Rs.50 per day. SURESH Raina continues to get — S. Abhisheck Ramaswamy, Sion


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Home sweet Home What better time than Republic Day to take a look at Mumbai’s many iconic spaces?! Priyanka Singh & Shirley Mistry bring you a roundup of the city’s many hotspots, old and new…

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crawford Market Named after Arthur Crawford, the first municipal commissioner of Bombay under the British, this market is a maze of sorts. Erected in 1868, this market can be a onestop shop for all your needs. Right from fresh fruits and vegetables, pets and pet related merchandise to baking goods, imported foods and cosmetics, the variety here is exhausting — literally. You can also pick up plastic household goods, some artifacts and wooden knickknacks here.

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This causeway was built by the British way back in 1838, to connect the two islands of Colaba and the Old Woman’s Island to the rest of what was then Bombay. Until 1839, the road was accessible only during low tide but a century later, the sheer magnitude of development that has taken place has changed that. Today, Colaba Causeway is a cultural hub with several museums and art centres dotting its surroundings, while the causeway itself is a treasure trove for budget shoppers looking for affordable clothes, artifacts, shoes and jewellery that can then be washed down with a chilled beer at Café Mondegar or Leopold, which have achieved an iconic status over the years.

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Juhu Beach & chowpatty They are probably the two most loved spots in all of Mumbai and you see throngs of people flocking to the beaches every evening. With tons of food stalls and hawkers dotting the landscape, a visit to either of the two beaches is nothing short of paying a visit to a carnival. Indulge in butterladen street food, wash it down with fresh coconut water and stroll along the shore (we only wish it were cleaner). If you are visiting with children, from balloons to bubble-blowing apparatuses, there is a lot to keep them entertained.

elephanta caves Located on Elephanta Island about 10km away from Mumbai, the Elephanta caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The caves are divided into two sections, the larger Hindu section and the smaller Buddhist section. The Hindu section houses rock cut stone sculptures, representing the Shaiva Hindu sect, dedicated to God Shiva. The caves date as far back as the 5th century and it is sad that the identities of the craftsmen behind this marvel are still unknown. Head here for a day trip to steep yourself in culture. It is also ideal if you want to introduce young children to history as well. continued on pg 14 «


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Mani Bhavan Between 1917 and 1934, Mani Bhavan was home to Mahatma Gandhi. Today, it has been converted into a research centre and museum. Situated at Laburnum Road, Non-Cooperation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements all took shape here. Periodically, the venue hosts seminars, talks, lectures and screenings of movies on Gandhi’s lifetime and while here, you can also browse through their collection of books on Gandhi’s life and ideologies. >> The Queen’s Necklace is perfect to gaze at when you are sitting at Marine Drive to enjoy a breezy evening

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Central Railways in Mumbai, both local and outstation trains make their way to CST, making it one of the busiest railway stations in the city. Head here simply to soak in the rich architecture and like most visitors, don’t forget to carry your camera along.

kala GhoDa PreCinCt This crescent-shaped stretch is home to Mumbai's best art galleries and museums. It offers a variety of options in art, history, education, as well as great places to eat along the way. Starting at the southern end of M.G. Road, it stretches to Mumbai University going northbound. Along this road, you will find the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Jehangir Art Gallery and Max Mueller Bhavan. It’s also filled with cultural spaces, including some wonderful pavement galleries near the Jehangir Art Gallery. Also, next month the Kala Ghoda Association will host their annual nine-day Kala Ghoda Arts Festival here, which is an amalgamation of various cultures from across the nation being represented during the event.

suited to multimedia music and dance programs. NCPA hosts a number of events in a year and has become a hub for promoting India’s art and cultural traditions. Lately, they have started hosting a lot of renowned international and national plays as well. You can’t miss this spot if you want to get a good dose of culture, albeit with a touch of sophistication.

BanDra Worli Sea link The cable-stay bridge connects Bandra with Worli in South Mumbai. This amazing structure is not only a fantastic way to cross the channel, but makes for a great drive. The scenery is beautiful and the structure itself is breathtaking as it was built to not only work, but to look stunning as well. It’s worth a drive through, both during the day and night. However, we would suggest that you take a look at it in the evening as it is entirely lit up, conjuring a visual treat for its spectators. >> The Gateway of India

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Sanjay GanDhi national Park Previously known as the Borivali National Park, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts more than two million visitors every year. Not many know that the national park also houses the Kanheri caves, that are over 2,400 years old! This park is a great place to visit if you love flora and fauna. Bittu Sahgal, wildlife activist and editor of Sanctuary magazine, in a recent interview with Mumbai Boss, said that the park is his favourite Mumbai landmark and he loves to go birding here, to get away from the city.

ChhatraPati Shivaji terMinuS (CSt) Formerly known as the Victoria Terminus, CST, another UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1887 to mark the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. Headquarters to the

Opened in 1978, in memory of actor Prithviraj Kapoor, the establishment situated in Juhu strives to promote theatre. There are also much awaited annual affairs in their calendar such as the Prithvi theatre festival, memorial concert, summertime plays and workshops for youngsters. They host over 550 plays in a year and when you’re around, there will be at least some play on that won’t fail to pique your interest. While there, don’t forget to visit their café for the famous cutting chai.

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GateWay of inDia Mumbai's most recognised monument, the Gateway of India, was constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city. It was completed in 1924 and remains as a striking symbol of the British Raj era. After this era ended in 1947, the last of the British troops departed through the Gateway of India. The looming Gateway is designed to be the first thing that visitors see when approaching Mumbai by boat. >> The view of the sea in the evening at Carter Road in Bandra

Situated in Nariman Point, at the southernmost tip of Marine Drive, the windswept, vast green expanse of NCPA (National Centre for Performing Arts) is Mumbai’s renowned cultural centre. The 1,109 seated Jamshed Bhabha Theatre here is equipped with modern stagecraft and engineering

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From the National Gallery of Modern Art, cross the road and keep walking north. On your right, you’ll find the Mumbai Prince of Wales Museum (now called the mouthful Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya). Its overwhelming architecture makes the building hard to miss. Designed especially as a museum, its construction commenced in 1905 with the laying of the first stone by the Marine Drive then Prince of Wales. The architectural style is known as This 4.3 metre-long boulevard situated in South Mumbai Indo-Saracenic — a mishmash of Moorish Spain, Islamic was built almost 73 years ago and it is still a sight to behold. domes and Victorian towers. The museum was opened to the Head here to take in the sunrise or sunset or to simply sit public in 1922 and its collection has grown to include here and watch the world go by. If you are into outdoor ancient items excavated from the Indus Valley, Hindu and fitness, Marine Drive is a great place to sneak in a run or Buddhist sculpture, miniature paintings, weaponry and brisk walk. If you want a relaxed evening, stroll down the natural history (including a variety of stuffed animals). promenade and plenty of food vendors will supply you with tangy snacks to keep you company. Prithvi theatre

>> The CST station’s building is indeed a daunting architectural marvel

Carter roaD Another amazing promenade located in Bandra (Bandstand being the other one)! Completed and opened to the public in 2002, the promenade not only offers another great view of the sea, but offers a park, a small jogging track and a popular hang-out spot. Bandra in general offers a variety of sights to be seen, including Mount Mary’s Basilica or the Castella de Aguada fort, which are older structures well worth a visit. It’s a nice place to go for a stroll, take pictures, or get good food.


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Dev Goswami tells you why you should head to Worli to be part of Asia’s largest non-fiction festival

>> The non-fiction festival will see people such as Tavleen Singh speak

>> Lesle Lewis will be performing on Saturday at 8.30 pm at Worli Sea Face

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sia’s largest non-fiction festival, the India NonFiction Festival is gearing up to blow you away with its second year of lectures, discussions and launches. This weekend you can look forward to enlightening talks and discussions, interesting events and exciting book launches. The festival, which kicks off today, will begin with Kiran Rao, Ajit Balakrishnan and Subroto Bagchi who will hold a panel discussion titled India: Our Time is Now. Other personalities who will be a part of the festival include sociologist Dipankar Gupta, spiritual guru Radhanath Swami, documentary filmmakers Pankaj Butalia and Anil Zankar, international authors Sumantra Bose,

Rana Dasgupta, Somnath Batabyal and Faith Johnston, Raghu Ram of Roadies fame, chef Vicky Ratnani, authors Ashwin Sanghi, Geeta Anand, Jerry Pinto, Naresh Fernandes, Hussain Zaidi and Shankkar Aiyar as well as several senior journalists such as R. Jagannathan, Sachin Kalbag, Indrajit Gupta and Peter Griffin. The line-up already has us spell-bound and they also have a couple of interesting events such as an exhibition of cartoons and caricatures by Shreyas Navare and the celebration of National Votes Day and Republic Day. Festival founder, Kumaar Bagrodia, says, “The India Non-Fiction Festival is in many ways a platform for not only authors but also practitioners,

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his weekend, head over to Gallery 7, the contemporary art gallery that has become a haven for upcoming artists and continues to be a great showcase for already established artists. Brainchild of Arun Sachdev and Chandra Doshi Sachdev, the gallery has been supporting artists and art for close to 30 years. Now, they are playing host to another great exhibition that you won’t want to miss. Titled Silent Windows, this is an eclectic collection of works, created by India’s leading contemporary artists who specialise in abstract work. Artists contributing to the work at the exhibition include Manish Pushkale, Pandit Khairmar, Akhilesh, Vijay Shinde, Prakash Waghmare, Rajendra Patil, Amrish Malvankar, Pradeep Nerukar and Rajwant Kaur Mann. Head over to see some great abstract work. When Up to February 10 Where Gallery 7, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda Contact 22820608

columnists and the media to discuss and debate on a plethora of issues and subjects of interest to the general public. After our successful inaugural edition in Mumbai last year, we are now very excited to present the initiatives and celebrations around Republic Day and National Voters Day through this second edition. For more information on the speakers, the various events and the complete schedule, log on to their website. Entry is free, but seats are limited, so make sure you get there on time. When January 24-26, from 12pm to 7pm Where Nehru Centre, Worli Contact www.indianonfictionfestival.com

t’s festivals galore this weekend, with Worli Festival being another exciting event to look forward to. The three-day festival, which promises to be an amazing mash-up of music, food, performances, movies and more will be held at the charming Worli Sea Face as well as the Racecourse Turf at Mahalaxmi. While they have a number of events schedule, highlights include Mumbai Vision 2020 (art installations by art students across the city on the theme Mumbai vision 2020), Worli’s Got Talent (residents of Worli showcasing their various skills), Worli Food Festival (some of the best food establishments of the city will offer gastronomical delights at the Racecourse turf), the Republic Day Colour Run and the Worli Short Film Festival. Apart from these events, the festival will also see a number of artists and performers entertaining you with music and dance performances. A tentative list of performers who can be expected at this year’s festival include Shibani Kashyap, Milind Datte, Usha Uthup, Udaan, Ravi Iyer, Rodney Fernandes, Shalmali Kholgade, Kavita Seth and Zia Nath. It sure promises to be an exciting festival at a picturesque location. Don’t miss out on this one! When January 24-26 Where Worli Sea Face Promenade and RWITC’s Racecourse Turf Contact www.worlifestival.co.in

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his Republic Day, Broken Compass, a firm dedicated to curating unique travel experiences, gives you a chance to spend a day amidst different gods and experience a sense of togetherness, social freedom and the feeling of being Republic. The Shrine Hop will encompass and cover various important places of worship for all communities which include Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis, Jews and Buddhists. Shrines on this list include Knesseth Eliahoo Synagogue, St. Thomas Cathedral, Babulnath temple, ISKON, Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, Magen David Synagogue, Kwan Tai Shek Chinese temple and the Mumbadevi Temple. When January 26, from 9am to 2pm Contact info@brokencompass.in or call Manjari Verma on 9819355116 for registrations Tickets `1,500 inclusive of travel

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hpongle is an English psychedelic group formed by Simon Posford and Raja Ram. They are two progenitors of the psybient genre — a genre that combines world music with psychedelic trance and ambient. Their sound is a mix of mainly eastern ethnic samples and western contemporary psychedelic synth music. Posford is responsible for the synth and studio work while Raja Ram contributes with flute arrangements. As mentioned in an interview, they visualise the music together before and during the creation process. Psychedelic, ambient and psytrance zealots, brace yourselves for a visual and sonic phantasm. Tickets `1,500 When Tonight, from 10.30pm onwards Where blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel (W) Contact 24955009






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COLOUR PROFUSION BY HOLII This Republic Day, style yourself with a unique collection from Holii. With an assortment of colourful crossbody bags and wallets, the aim of the collection is to express the style of a modern Indian woman. Bright hues such as red, blue and green juxtaposed with arresting locks create the mood of easy glamour. Kastoori Rai Dewan, a spokesperson from Holii, says, “Colour Profusion, our Holii Republic Day collection, celebrates the modern Indian woman who expresses herself through colour. A very practical collection, these bright colours are matched with elegant locks and are what bring out the glamourous side of her, every day.� Where www.holii.in AAA2963338

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REPUBLIC DAY WITH KAZO To celebrate Republic Day, Kazo has conceptualised tricolour scarves especially for the occasion. Check out the latest collection of scarves from Kazo blended in saffron, white and green. As you step out in this chilly season, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to wrap the Republic Day special scarf around your neck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Representing Indian democracy, the colours of our national flag come alive with Kazoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tricolour scarf collection in vibrant saffron, serene white and lively green selections, bringing out the Indian in every woman,â&#x20AC;? says Deepak Aggarwal, managing director from Kazo. When Ongoing Where Kazo outlets across the city

TEA PARTY AT SANCTUM To celebrate Republic Day, Sanctum, the home dĂŠcor store, is holding a tea party. The event will include a variety of teas by Tea Trunk and freshly brewed coffee sourced from across the world. They also have a menu of cookies and savoury snacks by home bakers and chef. Sandhya Gorthi, the owner of Sanctum, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea is a wonderful beverage. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than just a brew, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance to relax, reflect and reconnect with friends. Sanctum is the perfect happy place for an evening of tea treats!â&#x20AC;? When January 26, from 3pm onwards Where Sanctum, Vasant House, 19th Road, Khar (W) Contact 26495775/6

A SLICE OF TAGOREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LIFE Fragments of one of Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most legendary writers, Rabindranath Tagore, will be given life onstage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a perfect event for you to attend during the Republic Day weekend. The play Colour Blind beads in a few misshapen pearls from Tagoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long and winding journey of life. The play taps his childhood or what he himself quirkily termed the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;servocracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; period, his restless and conflicted youth, his writings and their myriad inspirations, his controversial and achingly beautiful relationship with Victoria Campo. Colour Blind isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an encyclopaedic biography but rather a poetic, impulsive and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;more heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; play that intends to discover the ordinariness behind the extraordinariness, the emptiness, vulnerability and pain of a human being who became the legendary â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gurudevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the world. Speaking about the play, director Manav Kaul says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I first started reading and researching on Tagore, it seemed that a lifetime was less to learn about him and it would take a marathon play to depict his lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey. That is when I decided to work on aspects that excited me the most and that I felt were the experiences that shaped Tagoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thoughts, feelings and works significantly.â&#x20AC;? When January 25 Where NCPA Experimental Theatre, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point Contact 22824567


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Afternoon Despatch & Courier

MUMBAI | FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

« store review: portsidecafé & the best designer saLes

Looking portside

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e’ll admit, when we first heard the name — we thought there would be food involved too. But, PortsideCafé (aptly named for the area it’s in) is actually a colourful, contemporary blend of two home décor stores — Fusion Access, Furniture by Design and Portside Café, Furniture Studio. With designs by Shilpa KalanjeePastala from Fusion Access and Bobby Aggarwal for PortsideCafé, the store is a heady mix of leather, pop art, quirky lights and modern furnishings. It’s not easy to find the store, especially if you’re not familiar with the by-lanes of Colaba, since it’s in a building and up a flight of stairs. However, ask

bystanders near Radio Club and you’ll be pointed towards the right building. A larger sign outside would have been helpful though. They’ve managed to acquire a really large space in posh Colaba, so you know you’re going to enter a world of up market, highly priced furniture and exclusive furnishings. As soon as you walk in, you will see a large, empty space with walls that crave furnishing. This, we were told, is their gallery space, which will soon be used to promote photographers,

designer wear on sale! Ritu KumaR If you’re looking for great ethnic wear, look no further than the collections by Ritu Kumar. Label By Ritu Kumar, RI and Ritu Kumar are all on a great season’s clearance sale up to a whopping 70%! With vibrant kurtis, tops, suits, tunics and dresses, hurry because the sale gets over this weekend! When Up to January 25 Where Ritu Kumar outlets across the country

NiKi mahajaN Delhi-based designer Niki Mahajan is offering her collection of tunics, anarkalis,

sarees, formal and wedding wear on an impressive discount. The entire collection is on an end-of-season sale, with up to 70% off on all the merchandise at her store. Those who don’t live in Delhi can avail of the sale from her online store. The brand also retails in stores across India. When Ongoing Where Vasant Vihar, New Delhi and retail outlets across India

atosa This one is especially for those in Mumbai. Atosa’s end-of-season sale has great discounts on fantastic designer wear such as James Ferreira, Savio Jon, Priyadarshini Rao, Ravage, Krishna Mehta, Kallol Datta, Gaurav Gupta, Pero, Vaishali S, Anaikka and Nikhilthampi. With discounts of up to 70% and a

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and coffee tables take up the floor space while paintings and wall art adorn the walls, flanked by colourful Moroccan lamps containing strings of fairy lights that give the entire store a twinkling glow. The lamps start from `980 and are available in a variety of colours and shapes — they were the first things we fell in love with. Most of the store is heavily accented with wood and leather furnishings but don’t expect an overdose of brown, as they’ve incorporated a lot of colour into their designs. The emphasis on leather is further stressed by a prominent accessories section, with rows of fabric to pick and choose from when you’re planning your home. You can request the help of an interior designer and we absolutely love the fact that every single thing under PortsideCafé’s sizeable roof is customisable — right from shapes and colours down to sizes. This means that a lot of their products are price on request, but it helps knowing you’ll get exactly what you want when you visit. Another favourite, as I weaved through the laid out dining rooms and studies, were the colourful leather trunks, starting from `15,400 — attractively displayed stacked on top of each other. They also have a range of coffee tables and dining tables in unique shapes, with funky designs on the countertops. We especially loved the Rose Bloom designers and coffee table (`71,100). Those with products related to home bar aspirations will not be left home décor. The newly launched store doesn’t disappointed because they have throw up any surprises as far as the contemporary bars, traditional bar layout is concerned. Neatly trolleys and funky flower-power art displayed beds, sofas, bar cabinets bar barrels, especially in their >> You’ll find a lot of colour at PortsideCafé. (Inset) We love their cute lights that come in a range of colours

Where 2/21-3/22 Kamal Mansion, 1st Floor Arthur Bunder Road, Next To Radio Club, Colaba contact 22821143

Newly opened furniture store, PortsideCafé in Colaba has great designs if you’re willing to pay the price for good décor, says Rhea Dhanbhoora

>> Their leather trunks are adorable Leather & Wood-stock collection. There is also a range of wall art from Fusion Access (`43,500 onwards) and PortsideCafé paintings (`16,000). Although most items at their store are not the sort that walk-ins can just pick up, they do have a beautiful range of handmade diaries for `450. The furniture store is not for people with very traditional tastes, because most of their designs are eye-catching and unique, though you will find a few traditional sofas and run-off-the-mill chairs. As far as designer décor goes, everything seems pretty reasonable, even though prices blend easily into lakhs for chairs, bar cabinets and even study tables. For the average Joe, getting more than a pretty lamp might be a bit of a stretch. But, if you’ve got the money and are willing to dish it out on decorating your home, you’ll find several great designs at the store.

Want a designer piece in your closet that won’t empty your pockets? Rhea Dhanbhoora tells you what fashionable sales to head for this month

collection that includes a mix of Indian and western wear, this is one sale you don’t want to miss out on. When Up to January 31 Where Atosa, Khar (W)

the ColleCtive Can’t choose what designer you want to wear today? Fulfill all your designer wear needs at this great end of season sale by The Collective. With designers such as Armani Collezioni, Hugo Boss and Versace on sale, you can get your hands on fashion for men and women at great prices, with discounts of up to 50%. When Up to January 31

Where The Collective stores across India

Payal jaiN Designer Payal Jain is back with a great collection for you to revamp your wardrobe with this season. And the best part about it is that it’s all on a great end-of-season sale, with discounts of up to 40% on select merchandise. Step into the store and pick from the western wear, ethnic prints and even some great corporate picks. When Up to January 31 Where Payal Jain stores across the country


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Afternoon Despatch & Courier

Holding its own >> Nico Bombay has a warm and buzzing environment

Where Nico Bombay, 105 Apollo Street, Bombay Samachar Marg, Kala Ghoda Meal for two `2,000 (without alcohol) alcohol served Yes (Beer pint: `185 onwards) Contact 22624466

>> Caramelised Apples, Créme Anglaise, Apple Cinnamon Parfait, Candied Star Fruit

>> Balsamic Baby Beets, Caramelised Walnuts, Burrata

With a quaint charm and delicious food, Rhea Dhanbhoora sees how Nico Bombay fares in Kala Ghoda which is already peppered with great restaurants

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ombay seems to have a new obsession with the Jazz Age, what with 20s movies, jazz festivals and a sudden foray of jazz bar-esque restaurants in the city. Nico Bombay is the latest entrant, complete with warm lights, low slung chairs (very uncomfortable for shorter people), bar stools, pretty candles and suited up staff. It’s chic and modern with a heady antique vibe and the menu, though just a single page, looks appetising. Ladies, head to Nico before 8pm and you’ll be served a glass of wine in a crystal wine glass. There’s also a chance you’ll run into Nico, enjoying a meal with his friendly family and playful son, all contributing to a bubbly restaurant feel, complete with the chatter of a crowd, glasses clinking and knives scraping.

GET YOUR GOAT ON: If you’re a fan of goat cheese, you should try the first two dishes that we did. First was a highly recommended Goat Cheese, Caramelised Onion, Sour Cream Puff (`325). The buttery puff was deliciously chewy and the tomato sauce had a delectable tang. The messy Pulled Goat Meat, Red Onion, Micro Greens (`275) will remind you of mini falafels, with delicious, tender pulled goat served in little pita pockets. Prawn lovers will appreciate the Kadaifi Wrapped Prawns, Citrus Mousseline (`450). These are huge prawns, wrapped in a crispy, shredded phyllo pastry, accompanied by a delightful mixture of egg, butter, lemon and cream. The health conscious must not miss out on the Balsamic Baby Beets, Caramelised Walnuts, Burrata (`350). The beetroot was tender but crunchy and the walnuts add a much-needed crunch. The best part about this is that the original Italian burrata (mozzarella and cream cheese) is made locally,

Him, Her &HShots! >> The alfresco section of He Said She Said will make you feel like you’re sitting in a park (because of the Astroturf flooring) that also has shots on offer! (inset) Don’t miss trying their Coco Chanel shot

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especially for the restaurant, making the yummy soft centered cheese even more impressive. The Wild Arugula, Baby Artichokes, Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Parmesan Shavings Salad (`365) was also delicious, but the vinaigrette can be a bit much for those who prefer a lighter dressing. PIZZA PERFECT: We’d heard a lot about their Neopolitan Flat Breads and the base of the pizzas did not disappoint us. The Gorus (`645) was well-flavoured, though the bitter honey will not sit well with anyone who doesn’t like honey in their meals. The Ajijul’s Duck (`925) was our favourite — duck drizzled with oil and yummy cheese. Don’t miss out on the Beef Fillet, Pomme Purée, Baby Carrots, Pearl Onions (`600). The slow cooked beef is tender, delightfully pink on the inside and served with pomme purée (waxy potato mash that’s thick and smooth on your tongue) instead of the usual mash. DREAMY DESSERTS: After such lovely food, we weren’t sure if any run-off-the-mill desserts could wow us, but we were proved wrong when we sampled the Chocolate Fondant, Strawberry Granita (`450). The chocolate fondant was expectantly tasty, but the strawberry granita took our breath away! The semi-frozen dessert tasted like a field of fresh strawberries and was so refreshing that we polished it off, edible bowl included! Although Nico Bombay isn’t spectacularly different, it’s a great place for a couple of drinks (they have a range of fun cocktails) and unquestionably good food made with fresh ingredients.

Delhi’s shot bar He Said She Said opened its first Mumbai outlet in Andheri. Priyanka Singh survived their shots to tell you her tale

e Said She Said. But why not She Said He Said? That’s because the pickup line is mostly dropped by a man at a bar, so placing ‘him’ first and then ‘her’ seemed logical. Or at least to me. However, my complex back-story was ruined by Harshvardan Samor, one of the three owners, when he said that this shot bar was supposed to be a café meant for conversations, thus, He Said She Said. Why a shot bar then? The loop of this question ties back to Harsh visiting New York and realising that the most raucous but unadulterated fun takes place at shot bars. Delhi’s shot bar He Said She Said opened its doors in Mumbai in the form of a large alfresco section and a relatively constricted inner quarter. We loved the spacious open-air area with two bars and décor dominated by white seating arrangements (high rise chairs and tables, park benches) and colourful upholstery. Most park benches come with a speech bubble that can be written upon — a unique and apt addition to the bar. Early evening, there’s soft rock/pop music playing in the background, trying not to disturb you, the volume of which steadily increases with the ink in the skies as it takes a turn towards EDM. Specially curated for He Said She Said, the alcohol menu quite obviously has an extensive list of shots divided in eight categories: Layered, Chocolatey/Creamy, Fruity, Spicy, Balls of Steel, Its Different, Ice-cream shots and Mumbai Special. We tried six shots in all. The first two were from the Mumbai Special section and are called Maja Ma Che (`120), which is vodka with strawberry syrup and Cha Maila (`150), a combination of caramel and whiskey. While we could hardly taste the strawberry syrup, Maja Ma Che proved to be a potent shot, going quite well with its name. However, Cha Maila was a little too sweet for us. Coco Chanel (`199, Chocolatey section) has a delectable pairing of dark rum with chocolate, accompanied with a stick of Kit Kat. Melon Water (`149, Fruity section) was a refreshing shot that included vodka and watermelon juice. We also braced ourselves to sample two items from the Spicy section — Aam Panna (`149) and Red Hot Chilli Pepper (`199). Aam Panna is a vodka based shot with masala and a hint of mango (a slice of raw mango to go with it

would have been nice). But, our favourite was the Red Hot Chilli Pepper — green chillies muddled with sugar and pepper vodka — spicy, sour and so much fun! Most shots come with a piece of fruit or something which acts as a palate cleanser, making things even better. Finger food dominates the multi-cuisine menu and we ordered for Pepper & Olive Cheesy Parcels (`300), Lemon Chilli Meatballs (`255) and Murgh Malai Tikka (`204). Though disappointed by the quantity (two pieces), these little parcels of deliciousness, stuffed with cream cheese and topped by tomato and balsamic sauce, will make you order a second one (we did!). The meatballs were spicy as promised and well-cooked — we’d say, wash down the spiciness with a Melon Water shot! The Tikka was a bland for me, but my companion enjoyed every bit of the soft chunks. There will also be a fine dine/studio (where still shoots will be arranged) opening on the first floor by the end of this month. When you come for a regular drink here, don’t forget to sample their shots, which are undoubtedly the highlight of this bar and are priced reasonably, starting at just `120. With its warm ambience and youthful vibe, He Said She Said can indeed be an ideal hotspot for your shot induced drunken conversations. Where Remi BizCourt, Behind Yash Raj Studios, Off link road, Veera Desai Road, Andheri(W) Meal for two Approximately `1,200 (with alcohol) alcohol served Yes (pint of beer: `145 onwards; shots: `120 onwards) Contact 30932030 ext:356

What’s CookIng? Ironmaiden inspired beer at Jamjar Diner

Jamjar Diner will now stock Old Tom and Trooper — a brew by the metal band Iron Maiden! The typical British pale ale by Iron Maiden has finally made its appearance in India, inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons Brewery. The beer is being introduced in India by Yeast India Company along with the ale Old Tom, which is also from Robinsons Brewery. Both are priced at `496, plus taxes. Where Jamjar Diner, Aram Nagar, Versova Contact 26368880


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Travel

Afternoon Despatch & Courier Special

MUMBAI MUMBAI | FRIDAY, | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER JANUARY 24, 03, 2014 2010

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railing through Europe is a must-do on every keen traveller’s list. However, with prices sky-rocketing like they are, only a few can actually afford to spend the kind of money you need to jet-set to the popular, touristy spots Europe has to offer. But, if you are looking to give the glitzy, trendy places a miss, there’s a lot more to explore in Europe for a fraction of the money you’d spend if you picked Rome, for example. Read on to find our picks of the best European budget holiday destinations you can pick.

Istanbul >> The Buda Castle, perched atop Castle Hill in Budapest and the Market Square in Krakow, are some of the stunning places you can visit if you are planning on exploring Europe on a shoe-string budget

pocket-friendly europe

If London, Paris and Rome are out of your wallet’s reach but you’d still like a slice of Europe, Shirley Mistry has a list of five European destinations that will make for great holidays, without costing you the earth

>> It is picturesque sights like this one, with the Galata Tower peeking over the rest of the city, that make Istanbul a great place to visit

A destination rich in culture and heritage, Istanbul is a great place to holiday in, if you are really keen on getting a taste of ethnic culture. Perched on one edge of Europe, Istanbul is packed with heritage sites that vie for attention. The incredible beauty and attention to detailing in this country’s architectural structures is sure to soothe your eyes. While in Instanbul, be sure to pay the imposing Hagia Sophia — a church turned mosque and now a museum — a leisurely visit. Being a major air hub, flights to the city are cheap compared to other parts of Europe. Also, if you don’t mind slumming it, there are plenty of budget stay options available, making the city extremely backpacker-friendly. Lastly, Istanbul boasts of a rich food culture, so be sure to sample their traditional delights during your stay here.

bosnIa If your heart’s after a laidback, quaint holiday, head straight to Bosnia. The cobbled streets and picturesque landscapes of Sarajevo, the capital, are absolutely enchanting. Soak in the sights of lush mountains, crystal clear rivers and thermal water springs. Moreover, Bosnia is touted to have amazing thermal spa facilities at much cheaper prices than many of its other European counterparts. You can feast on artisan bread, cheese and wine and spend the afternoons exploring your surroundings on foot, making this destination ideal if you want

some serious R&R.

KraKow The cultural capital of Poland, Krakow is the place to head if you are a food enthusiast. Pay Krakow Market Square, the largest medieval market in all of Europe, and St. Mary’s church a visit, before you settle down for a hearty meal. Krakow is rather cosmopolitan when it comes to the cuisines it offers. So, not only will you get to try a whole range of cuisines, but, if you are travelling with a fussy eater, there is a lot of variety on offer, that it will be impossible for them to not find something that appeases their taste buds.

budapest Budapest is extremely travel friendly if you are on a tight budget. While in the Hungarian capital, cruise down the Danube and stroll around Castle Hill and soak in the breathtaking sights. For those on the lookout for affordable spa treatments, Budapest promises not to disappoint. With several spas centered around the natural hot springs, these treatments are easy to find and light on the pocket. Also, Budapest has some great food to be sampled and you, the budget traveller, are especially in luck. The variety here is amazing and so are the large-portions — perfect for those looking for a culinary adventure while on holiday.

lIsbon Lisbon is a hilly city is fully of old world charm. Set across seven hills, this destination is much, much cheaper than places such as Madrid or Barcelona. Packed with heritage architecture, there are numerous sights to see and for relief, you can always turn to the endless ocean, if you tire of marveling over their quaint buildings. Slightly more ‘proper’ than the other Spanish cities, Lisbon offers some great cuisine at decent prices. Also known for its roaring nightlife, we suggest a night out clubbing and assure you that the prices mean that you will have a great time, without spending a fortune. >> Lisbon offers breathtaking sights, without it costing you a bomb

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MUMBAI | FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

TODAY’S BEST VIEWING

 A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. Starrring Jamelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Star Mov ies, 11.30 p.m.

SOAPS & SERIALS

C.I.D

 Tune in to watch two day special episode of a murder mystery woven around the backdrop of the famous International Kite flying festival in Ahmedabad. CID will reach Ahmedabad in search of their missing officer Shreya and encounter another murder case. CID with the help of Ahmedabad police will hunt for this criminal all over Ahmedabad from the beautiful locales of the Sabarmati Lake, to the gullies and the heritage houses in the city. Will the CID be able to find their missing officer? Sony T V, 10 p.m .

WILD ARABIA

 Animal Planet unveils what lies hidden in the mystical and mysterious WILD ARABIA. Watch this spectacular show as it gives an authentic illustration of Arabia’s dramatic and varied landscape, its rich and extraordinary wildlife, its ancient culture and its remarkable transformation. Animal Planet, 8 p.m .

WORLD’S STRANGEST

 It’s all new, all true and what’s even weirder we can explain it all. 60-minutes of international science that takes an intelligent

KILL BILL: VOL. 1

ZEE CAFÉ

CID, Sony TV, 10 p.m.

and witty look at some of the strangest things mankind has created, been affected by, or is intrigued by. We’ve got the world’s strangest stories, but we can also show you why and how it all works and what it all means. D iscovery, 8 p.m.

FUTURE WEAPONS

 FUTURE WEAPONS reveals the latest incredible range of weapons developed using state-of-the-art science and technology. Discover y Science, 10 p.m.

EK VEER KI ARDAAS – VEERA

 The electricity crisis deepens in Pritampura and the villagers blame Veera and Karan for the same. Veera is asked to leave the village to avert this crisis. What will happen now? Star Plus, 10.30 p.m .

MOVIES OF THE DAY

 Uma Thurman and David Carradine’s ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’ is an action crime movie about a bride who wakes up from a four-year coma. The child in her womb is gone. And now she is desperate to avenge on her assassins. HBO, 9 p.m.

DORIAN GRAY

 A naïve young man. A lovelorn artist. A corruptible Lord. A deal with the Devil. It all paints a dark picture of a Victorian London and how the rich and infamous party at their peril. Here, the telling of time and its consequence of experience for life’s treasures’ takes its toll on the body, mind and soul. The haunting and bleak tale of power, greed, vanity and inevitable selfdestruction is ever present amongst the deceit, opium dens and sin. Zee Studio, 8.15 p.m.

ATISHBAZ

 Shamsher Singh Rajput lives a poor lifestyle in British India along with his widowed mom, a sister, Asha, and makes a living through crime. He is in love with a gypsy dancer, Reshma, and wants to marry her, but has to content with her suitor, Jagga. He is arrested by the corrupt British Police, jailed, and beaten mercilessly. When the British leave India, he gets out of prison, finds out that his mother will have nothing to do with him, seeks the assistance of Vijay, locates Jagga and kills him. He returns and finds out that Asha is living a wayward life, locates her in a bar with several men, and brings her home. When Vijay shows an interest in Asha, Shamsher warns him, and their friendship ends. Vijay and Asha, in love with each other, seek the permission of Asha’s mom to let them get married, are refused until such time Vijay gets a good job. Fil my, 9 p.m .

YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI

 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is the story of the relationship between two characters, Bunny & Naina, at two separate but defining times in their lives... first, when they are just out of college and standing on the crossroads of multiple decisions that will shape who and what they become... and then later on, in their late-twenties when they meet again, holding on to certain fulfilled and certain unfulfilled dreams, at a crossroads of another nature this time... how these two characters affect, change, befriend and eventually fall in love with each other is the journey the film aspires to take us on... Max , 8 p.m .

ZOMBIELAND

 Searching for family. In the early twenty-first century, zombies have taken over America. A shy and inexperienced college student in Texas has survived by following his 30 rules: such as “look in the back seat,” “double-tap,” “avoid public restrooms.” He decides to travel to Ohio to see if his parents are alive. He gets a ride with a boisterous zombie-hating good-old boy headed

Kill Bill, HBO, 9 p.m.

for Florida, and soon they confront a young woman whose sister has been bitten by a zombie and wants to be put out of her misery. The sisters were headed to an LA amusement park they’ve heard is zombie free. Can the kid from Ohio get to his family? And what about rule thirty one? Pix, 9 p.m.

APRADH

 While in Germany, gorgeous looking Rita, who belongs to a gang of thieves, cons a jeweler into parting with a very expensive necklace, and is on the run from the police. She hitches a ride from ace Grand Prix racer, Ram Khanna, and plants the necklace on his person. He later graciously returns the necklace to her, and she in turns it in to her gang-leader. When the gang-leader has the necklace appraised it turns out to be a fake, and Rita is now on the run from her own gang. She again takes shelter with Ram, tells him the truth and that her real name is Meena. Ram wins the Grand Prix, and both return to India. CVO, 9 p.m.

HUM TUM AUR GHOST

 Armaan's (Arshad Warsi) life is picture perfect; a loving girlfriend and a great job as a fashion photographer. Yet things aren't as perfect as they seem to be. He is a chronic patient of insomnia though his sleeplessness is not a function of a sleeping disorder. The truth is that he hears voices - voices that torture him, voices that don't let him have his peace, and voices that nobody else can hear. While his friends sympathize with him, his girlfriend, Gehna (Dia Mirza), is irritated with his weird behavior while her father constantly berates him for his fondness for the bottle. No one seems to understand Armaan's predicament. What is even more puzzling is the fact that he talks to himself...or rather, to people, whom no one can see! B4U, 9 p .m.

P.M. 2.00 Switched At Birth 3.00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 4.00 Crazy Hidden Camera 4.30 Just for Laughs 6.00 Switched At Birth 7.00 The Mentalist 8.00 The Big Bang Theory 8.30 The Middle 9.00 Being Erico 10.00 Switched At Birth 11.00 Perception P.M. 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.00 P.M. 2.00 3.00 4.00 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00 11.00

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LISTING

Pavitra Rishta Qubool Hai Ek Mutthi Aasmaan Jodha Akbar Bh se Bhade Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se Pavitra Rishta Ek Mutthi Aasmaan Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke Jodha Akbar Do dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se Pavitra Rishta. Qubool Hai Aur Pyar Ho Gaya Doli Armaano Ki Jodha Akbar

LIFE OK

P.M. 2.00 The Adventure of Hatim 6.30 20th Annual Life of Screen Awards-Ab Life

Mein Uljhi Niyati 10.00 Firangi Bahu 10.30 Jai Jai Jai Bajarangbali. 11.00 Aakhir Bahu Bhi toh Beti Hee

SAB TV

P.M. 2.00 Taarak Mehta.. 2.30 F I R 3.00 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah 8.00 Baal Veer 8.30 Taarak 9.00 Chidiya Ghar 9.30 Jeanie Aur Juhu 10.00 Lapataganj-Ek Baar Phir 10.30 FIR 11.00 Taarak Mehta

ZEE MARATHI

P.M. 2.00 Tu Tithe Mee

BIG CBS LOVE

Britain’s Next Top Model NCIS Maximum Exposure The X Factor USA 90210 Jamie’s 30 Min Meals Maximum Exposure Jamie’s 30 Min Meals Rules of Engagement Chaos Life Unexpected NCIS

SONY TV

CID Ekk Nayi Pehchaan CID Main Naa Boolungi Ek Nayi Pehnchaan Nandini Jee Le Zara CID Crime Patrol: Dastak

ZEE TV

P.M. 2.00 Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se 2.30 Doli Armaano Ki 3.00 Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke

How Do They Do It What Happened Next World’s Strangest You Have Been Warned Last Man Standing Destroyed in Seconds

SCIENCE

P.M. 2.00 How It’s Made 3.00 Time Warp 4.00 Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman 4.50 Dark Matters 5.40 How It’s Made 6.00 The Gadget Show 7.00 Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman 8.00 How It’s Made 9.00 Time Warp 10.00 Future Weapons 11.00 Tech Toys 360

HISTORY CHANNEL

P.M. 2.00 Baggage Battles

DDI (Main Channel)

News in Marathi Jini Ani Mini Sukh Pahata Lochani Tiwalya Bawalya News in Marathi Dail 100 Mohini News Samachar Pavitra Bandhan-Do Dilon Ka 9.00 Dil Jo Keh Na Saka 9.30 Saraswatichandra 10.00 FERRARI KI SAWAARI: Film. Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritwik

MOVIE CHANNELS

P.M. 12.22 2.46 5.02 6.48 9.00 11.32 A.M. 9.32 11.23 P.M. 2.03 4.44 6.50 9.00 11.04 A.M. 7.30 9.36 11.46

STARMOVIES

Chinese Zodiac Me, Myself and Irene Mr Bean’s Holiday The Big Boss Jurassic Park\ Oz the Great and Powerful

Aladdin Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow

HBO

Minority Report Abduction Act of Valor Kill Bill Argo Abduction Act of Valor Kill Bill

ZEE STUDIO

P.M. 1.00 The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2.50 Land of the Dead 4.40 The Hitcher 6.20 SAW 6 8.15 Dorian Gray 10.30 Cassandra’s Dream A.M. 10.20 Fighting

Madhubala, Colors, 8.30 p.m.

Hog Ok Gustakh Dil Devo Ke Dev Mahadev Ek Boond Ishq Do Dil… Ek Jaan Tumhari Paakhi Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai-Ajab Sa Risk Hai 10.30 Savdhaan India 7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00

P.M. 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00 5.30 7.00

7.30 8.00 8.30 9.00 9.30 10.00 10.30 11.00

COLORS

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

SAHARA ONE

P.M 2.00 Firangi Bahu 2.30 Aakhir Bahu Bhi Toh Beti Hee Hai 3.00 Vardaan: Film. Vinod Mehra 6.00 Rishton Ke Bhanwar Mein Jljhi Niyati 6.30 Jai Jai Jai Bajarangbali 7.00 Aakhir Bahu Bhi Toh Beti 7.30 Firangi Bahu 8.00 Haunted Nights: Kaun Hai Who? 8.30 Jai Jai Jai Bajarangbali 9.00 Aakhir Bahu Bhi Toh Beti… 9.30 Rishton Ke Bhawar

The Front Row..., Star World, 8.30 p.m.

2.30 Eka Lagnachi Tisari Goshta 3.00 Honar Suun Me Hya Gharachi 3.30 Juluni Yeti Reshimgathi 4.00 Sherjari Shejari Pakke Shejari 5.00 Tu Thithe Mee 5.30 Honar Suun Me Hya Gharachi 6.00 Eka Lagnachi Tisari Goshat 6.30 Home Minister 7.00 Tu Tithe Mee 7.30 Radha Hi Bawri 8.00 Honar Suun Me Hya Gharachi 8.30 Juluni Yeti Reshimgathi 9.00 Eka Lagnachi Tisari Goshta 9.30 Pakke Shejari 10.30 Juluni Yeti Reshimgathi 11.00 Honar Soon Me Hya Gharachi

ANIMAL PLANET

P.M. 2.00 3.00 3.30 4.00 5.00

6.00 7.00 8.00 9.00 10.00 10.30 11.00

Wild Recon Predator’s Prey Natural Born Hunters Wildest Island Animal Planet’s Most Outrageous AP Safari: Great Rift Animal Strategies Wild Arabia Wild Recon Predator’s Prey Natural Born Hunters River Monsters

DISCOVERY

P.M. 2.00 Secrets of…. 3.00 World’s Strangest 4.00 Stephen Hawking Special 5.00 Food Factory 5.30 American Digger 6.00 Wildest India

DOORDARSHAN

P.M. 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00 7.00 7.15 7.35 8.00 8.15 8.30

7.00 7.30 8.00 9.00 10.00 11.00

STAR WORLD

Castle Suburgatory Two And A Half Men Boston Legal Castle Koffee with Karan Suburgatory The Front Row with Anupama Chopra 9.00 Boston Legal 11.00 Castle

 Superstar Rapper and music producer Yo Yo Honey Singh talks about music, his explosive hits and beyond in conversation with show’s host and film critic Anupama Chopra. Sta r World , 8.30 p.m.  In tonight’s episode we will see, KRK confesses his crime and assures Madhu that he will help get RK out of jail. On the other hand RK manages to escape from the Jail. Now what will happen next? Colors, 8.30 p.m.

STAR PLUS

P.M. 2.00 Ek Nanad Ki Khushiyon Ki Chaabi..Meri Bhabhi 2.30 Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon.. 3.00 Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha 3.30 Diya Aur Bati Hum 4.00 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 4.30 Saraswatichandra 5.00 Ek Veer Ki Ardaas-Veera 5.30 Ye Hai Mohabbatein 6.00 Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon-Ek Baar Phir 6.30 Ek Ghar Banaunga 7.00 Saath Nibhaana... 7.30 Saraswati Chandra 8.00 Ek Nanad Ki Khushiyon Ki Chaabi..Meri Bhabhi 8.30 Mahabharat 9.00 Diya Aur Bati Hum 9.30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hain 10.00 Pyar Ka Dard Hai…. 10.30 Ek Veer Ki Ardaas – Veera 11.00 Yeh Hai Mohabbatein P.M. 3.00 4.00 4.30 5.00 6.00 7.00 8.00 8.30

THE FRONT ROW WITH ANUPAMA CHOPRA

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DDII (Metro Channel)

P.M. 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00 5.30 6.05 6.30 7.00 7.30 8.00 8.05 8.20

Samachar. News Sports News News Samachar The News Samachar Rajyon Se Samachar Metro Scan Business Wrap. Samachar News News Night Parliament News Sansad Samachar

2.30 Stan Lee’s Superhumans 3.30 The Universe 4.30 Modern Marvels 5.30 Duck Dynasty 6.00 Baggage Battles 6.30 Pawn Stars 7.00 Axmen 8.00 101 Things That Changed The World 9.00 Big History 9.30 Shipping Wars 10.00 Pawn Stars 10.30 Baggage Battles 11.00 How Sex Changed The World

NAT. GEOGRAPHIC

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

IC 814 Air Hijack America’s Money Vault Man Hunt Most Amazing Moments Dangerous Encounters Most Amazing Moments The Indestructibles Secret Life of Predators 9.00 IC 814 Air Hijack 10.00 Killing Kennedy

STAR SPORTS1

P.M. 2.00 Carlton Mid ODI Series 4th ODI 4.40 Ashes Heroes 5.00 Believe 2013 5.30 Masterclass: Wasim Akram 6.00 Believe 2013 6.30 Switch Hit 7.00 Star Power 7.30 Believe 2013 8.00 Switch Hit 9.00 Carlton Mid ODI: 4th ODI 10.00 Believe 2013 11.00 Star Power

STAR SPORTS4

P.M. 2.00 Aus Open 14-Men’s Singles semi final 4.30 The Football Review 5.30 Liga Bbva 13/14 7.00 13/14 Barclays Premier League 9.00 Total Italian Football 13/14 9.30 Superstar BPL Hlts 10.00 Aus Open 13 h/s

TEN CRICKET

Ferrari Ki Sawaari, DDI, 10 p.m.

8.30 10.00 10.30 11.00

News Night Aamne Samne Raat Saddhe Dus Khel Samachar

P.M. 2.30 ICC Cricket 360 3.00 Aus Tour of SA 11 highlights 5.00 Great Centuries 5.30 Australia Tour of SA 11 h/ts 1st ODI 7.30 Ram Slam T20 Challenge 14 h/ls: Titans vs Warrors

P.M. 12.01 2.37 5.10 7.07 9.00 10.48 A.M. 8.54 11.00 P.M. 1.50 5.10 8.00 10.50 A.M. 8.35 11.35

PIX

Laxmikant Berde 4.30 Pachadlela: Bharat Jadhav 7.00 Baalak Palak: Subodh Bhave 9.30 Hasyasamrat Season

CARTOON NETWORK

P.M. 2.00 8.00 9.00 10.00 11.00 A.M. 8.00 10.00 10.30 P.M. 1.00 4.00 5.00 6.30

Oggy Friday Fun Roll No 21 Ben 10 Alien Force Johnny Test Tom and Jerry Show

Bhoot And Friends Angry Birds Tom and Jerry Blast of to Mars

POGO

Chhota Bheem Marathon Mr Bean Chhota Bheem: Mayanagri Khoj Beta Khoj Special Mighty Raju Mr Bean Scan 2 Go MAD

8.00 9.30 10.00 11.00 A.M. 8.00 Chhota Bheem 9.00 Chatur Chetan Special 10.30 Mera Bheem Special

DISNEY CHANNEL

P.M. 2.00 Doraemon

Mission Impossible III Mission Impossible II Shrek Forever After Hisss Zombieland Terminator Salvation

Sniper 2 Underworld: Evolution

STAR GOLD

Mela Thank You Sivaji The Boss Qayamat: City Under Threat Humraaz Housefull 2

MAX

Dorian Gray, Zee Studio, 8.15 p.m.

P.M. 1.00 Dil Bole Hadippa: Rani Mukherjee 5.30 Karan Arjun: Salman Khan 8.00 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Ranbir Kapoor A.M. 7.00 Namak Halaal: Amitabh B 10.30 Main Hoon Wanted: Darshan

ZEE CINEMA

P.M. 2.15 Gupt: Bobby Deol 5.30 Bulandi: Anil Kapoor A.M 11.45 Tu Chor Main Sipahi: Akshay Kumar

CVO

P.M. 2.00 Jagan Mohini: Raja 5.30 Sanjay: Ayub Khan 9.00 Apradh: Feroz Khan A..M. 9.30 Khalifa: Randhir Kapoor

FILMY

P.M. 12.00 1947 Earth: Aamir Khan 3.00 Aur Pyar Ho Gaya: Bobby Deol 6.00 Rajani: Upendra 9.00 Atishbaz: Shatrughan Sinha A.M. 9.00 My Name is Anthony Gonsalves: Nikhil

B4U

P.M. 12.00 Superstar: Kunal Khemu 3.00 Prey: Peter Weller 6.00 Hote Hote Pyaar Ho Gaya: Jackie Shroff 9.00 Hum Tum Aur Ghost: Arshad Warsi A.M 8.00 Apna Desh: Rajesh Khanna

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ZEE TALKIES

P.M. 2.00 Balache Baap Brahmachari:

Zombieland, Pix, 9 p.m. 3.30 Phineas and Ferb 4.00 Gravity Falls 4.30 Have A Laugh 5.00 Doraemon Edit 6.30 Gravity Falls 8.00 Vicky Aur Veetal 8.30 Ishaan 9.00 Best of Luck Nikki 9.30 Slokk 10.00 Best of Luck Nikki 10.30 Slokk A.M. 8.00 DJ-MMCH 9.00 Art Attack III 10.00 DJ-Sofia The First 11.00 Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers

DISNEY XD

P.M. 2.00 Kiteretsu 4.30 Tron Uprising 5.30 Iron Man Armored Adventures 6.30 American Dragon Jake Long 7.00 Phineas and Ferb 8.00 Ultimate Spiderman 8.30 Kiteretsu 9.30 Big Bad Beetleborgs A.M. 8.00 Kick Buttowski 8.30 Kid vs Kat 9.00 Phineas and Ferb 11.00 Big Bad Beetleborgs


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TOP VIEW Ringing alarm bells is not right for a country that is already growing at 5% and has potential to grow over 6% and even 7.5% in the long term.

Planning Commission Dy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia

BROKERAGE RECOMMENDATIONS Karvy Stock Broking calls a ‘Buy’ on Ashok Leyland CMP: Rs. 18

Markets Flat

NSE India: CNX Nifty — Daily Market Report for: Friday (January 24, 2014) (Based on the activity of the previous trading day) by Dominic Rebello REVIEW OF THE PREVIOUS DAY: The Nifty rose marginally on Thursday (January 23, 2014) a net 6.70 points (0.11%) and closed at the 6345 point level. The market opened down with a gap at the 6325 points level. It then declined further and registered the day’s low at the 6316 points level at 9.16 a.m. The index then rose and turned into a range bound movement until 1.55 p.m. It then rose sharply on positive European market cues and registered the day’s high at the 6355 points level at 2.25 p.m. The index then declined and turned into a range bound movement until closing at the day. The Nifty moved in a range of 39 points and closed above the psychologically important 6300 points level for the fourth consecutive session. Sentiment was mixed and amongst the 50 Nifty stocks 25 were gainers, while the other 25 closed in the red. Substantial buying was seen in consumer durables and capital goods stocks, while substantial selling was seen in auto stocks.

oscillators discussed here are indicating a strong market with a positive bias.

Market Breadth: Overall Market Breadth on the NSE was negative. Amongst all the traded stocks, 635 were gainers, 833 were losers and 69 remained unchanged.

OUTLOOK FOR TODAY: On Japanese candlestick patterns the index has formed a second consecutive but small white body candle. This is positive.Further, the index continues to remain above its 5, 15, 25 and 200 days moving averages and all the four averag es are rising. Moreover, the velocity parameters too are positively trended. All these indicate a positive bias and the possibility of a further upmove unfolding. Investors a re advised to hold long positions but with a strict stop loss at the 15-day average at the 6253 point’s level.

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

Pivot Point Analysis: For intra-day traders the support and resistance levels are calculated according to the pivot point theory and are: Pivot point = 6339 (This is the level where the trend is likely to change during intra-day). Support (1) = 6323. TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Support (2) = 6300. Volume: Volume (Qty shares) decreased 3.88%. This change is small Resistance (1) = 6362. Resistance (2) = 6378. and indicates a moderate participation by investors.

Slow Stocha stic Indicator: The Slow Stochastic Oscillator has risen in the over-bought zone. The Slow K line in the Stochastic Oscillator is above the slow D line (positive if it continues).

RSI Indicator: The RSI rose and crossed above the 60 level and is now rising (positive if it continues).

MACD Indica tor: The MACD is above zero and is rising (positive if it continues). It is above its 9-day Average (positive).

Work with strict stop losses on all positions

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 flat. No signal here.

Moving Averages (Trend Indicators) The index: Is above its 5-day average (at 6312) Positive. Is above its 15-day average (at 6253) Positive. Is above its 25-day average (at 6260) Positive. Is above its 200-day average (at 5953) Positive.

Overa ll Market Strength/Weaknes s: The indicators and

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Target Rs. 21

Ashok Leyland (ALL) has reported dismal performance in Q3FY14 mainly due to 27% YoY plunge in M&HCV volume that dragged its EBIDTA margin by 926 bps YoY & 717 bps QoQ and turned negative to -5% (vs. our estimate of -1.1%). Discount on trucks – at historically high – is the prime reason for deterioration in profit. Its revenues dipped 19% YoY & 23.4% QoQ to Rs. 19.5 bn. Its raw material/sales ratio grew 862 bps YoY & 339 bps QoQ to 79.7%, while its other expenses/sales ratio rose by 149 bps QoQ (down 75 bps YoY) to 13%, due to low volume. Higher working capital and rising cost of debt resulted in high interest outflow. ALL has posted Rs. 1.67 bn net loss – including Rs. 256 mn tax credit, VRS expense of Rs. 436 mn and net exceptional gain of Rs. 1.35 bn on sale of assets/investments – excluding which, its adjusted net loss stood at ~Rs. 2.85 bn vs. Rs. 1.35 bn net loss in Q2FY14 & Rs. 847 mn net loss in Q3FY13. Its adjusted EPS stood at Rs. (1.07) in Q3FY14. The Company’s inventory has begun correcting and its cash-flow started improving on account of gain from sell of long-term investment and capex tightening. Despite ongoing slowdown in South, ALL managed to increase its market share in M&HCV trucks by 150 bps YoY to 20.5%. Its debt dipped to Rs. 54 bn from its peak level of Rs. 61.6 bn in Aug’13. Its capex tightening strategy and focus on divesting un-related investment would lower its debt burden and interest outgo, going forward, which may provide partial relief to stretched balance sheet. We expect healthy volumes owing to success of its new launches in LCVs & ICVs and pan-India launch, going forward. Outlook & Valuation: As we expect slowdown to continue in Q4FY14E and strong recovery in FY15E, we lower our FY14E estimates and maintain our volume, revenues and EPS estimates intact for FY15E. Currently, the stock trades at P/E of 6.4xFY15E. On account of valuation comfort and likely CV upcycle in FY15E, we reiterate our “BUY” recommendation on ALL, and maintain target price of Rs. 21 per share, valuing the stock at 8xFY15E EPS. Net Profit Growth: ALL has posted Rs. 1.67 bn net loss – including Rs. 256 mn tax credit, VRS expense of Rs. 436 mn and net exceptional gain of Rs. 1.35 bn on sale of assets/investments (Rs 1 bn on account of gain on sale of long term investment and Rs 0.34 bn on account of gain on sale of immovable property) – excluding which its adjusted net loss stood at ~Rs. 2.85 bn in Q3FY14 vs. Rs. 1.35 bn net loss in Q2FY14 & Rs. 847 mn net loss in Q3FY13. Volume & Market Share: ALL reported total volume of 18,453 units, down 18.8% YoY & 23.4% QoQ in Q3FY14 mainly due to decline in M&HCV segment by 27% YoY to 10,698 units. However, its volume in LCV segment dipped by 11% YoY. Its domestic M&HCV volume dipped 30.8% YoY to 8,979 units vs. industry decline of 31.1% YoY. Its truck volume dipped 26% YoY to 6,857 units, while bus volume fell 43% YoY to 2,122 units.

Religare calls a ‘Hold’ on Emami CMP: Rs. 457

Target Rs. 500

Emami’s Q3FY14 net sales/EBITDA/adj. PAT grew by 6.6%/29.1%/30.4%, with topline growth moderating due to a delayed winter and weak CSD sales. However, margins saw a strong 525bps expansion on lower mentha prices and a cut in A&P spends. Amid a weak macro, we remain concerned on the company’s slower topline growth, and believe any stock out performance hinges upon a revival in growth rates. Maintain HOLD with an unchanged Sep’14 TP of Rs 500. Net sales up only 6.6% YoY: Emami reported a below-estimated net sales growth of 6.6% YoY to Rs 5.85bn, as the domestic business grew merely 5.1% YoY growth and CSD sales declined 14.1% YoY. International business was the saving grace, up by a strong 37% YoY. Management attributed the dismal performance to unfavourable winter season sales, but expects FY15 sales growth to recover to ~15%. Volume growth was muted at 1.5%, with winter brands seeing a 3.5% YoY volume decline and the non-winter portfolio a 5% volume growth. EBITDA margins surprise positively: EBITDA grew 29.1% YoY to Rs 1.77bn with margins expanding 525bps YoY to 30.2%. Gross margins improved by 300bps YoY on lower mentha prices, while the company also cut down on A&P spends (which declined by 360bps YoY to 15%, or down 15% in absolute terms). Management expects A&P spends to remain in the 15.5-16% range in FY14 but to spike to 18% in FY15 on account of new launches and brand extensions. Adj. PAT grew 30% YoY to Rs 1.5bn, ahead of our estimates on lower A&P spends. Maintain HOLD with a Sep’14 TP of Rs 500: We maintain HOLD on the stock with a Sep’14 TP of Rs 500. Key upside risks include a pickup in volume growth and a further drop in input prices (leading to higher-than-estimated margins), while downside risks include a volume slowdown, and lower international business growth/intensity impacting margins.


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NEWS FLASH

Sensex ends at all time closing high  Sunil Healthcare lists on BSE  Global VC funding in wind sector up 44%  NCDEX GOLDHEDGE contract posts 773 cr in first week of trade  KPIT Technologies Q3 net profit up 20.5% to Rs 60.77 cr  Dish TV Q3 loss at Rs 38.25 cr  Sebi imposes Rs 12 lakh fine on Rajoo Engineers' promoter.

Organized Retail Real Estate Supply Witnesses 78% Y-O-Y Growth In 2013 As retailer demand remained positive

By A Business Reporter

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emand from international and domestic brands as well as retailers continued to strengthen throughout 2013; with the second half of the year witnessing an increase in demand for quality retail space in Delhi NCR, Pune and Chennai. According to the findings of CBRE’s latest report, India Retail Market View H2 2013,demand from global retailers in the Delhi NCR and Mumbai markets remained buoyant, as more retail groups sought space in prime shopping centers, as opposed to standalone high street outlets, says the report. The total organized retail supply in 2013 stood at approximately 4.7 million sq. ft., witnessing a strong yo-y growth of about 78%, over the total mall supply of 2.5 million sq. ft. in 2012. Most of the supply in 2013 was concentrated across Tier II cities; however 2014 is likely to witness supply addition in the key hubs of NCR and Mumbai. Commenting on the report, An-

shuman Magazine, Chairman and Managing Director of CBRE, South Asia Pvt. Ltd. said, “Despite ongoing uncertainty, retail real estate witnessed good activity during 2013 with a number of international brands entering and expanding across key cities. The year 2014 is expected to remain positive for the retail sector, with existing brands expected to ramp up operations and new brands look to making their India entries. Although domestic retailers have been performing steadily, they face competition from global retail groups, especially in the apparel and F&B segments.” Prominent global players—such as Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Forever 21, Zara and Superdry—expanded their presence across the country’s leading cities; while retailers in the luxury and bridge-to-luxury segments were particularly active, with brands such as Brook Brothers, Missoni, Michael Kors and Emilo Pucci making inroads into the country’s market places. Rental values displayed mixed

trends across the top cities during H2 2013. While traditional high street markets—such as Khan Market (Delhi) and Brigade Road, Commercial Street (Bangalore) witnessed an increase in rental values, the shopping hubs of Eastern Mumbai and South Bangalore observed a rental decline in H2 2013 compared to first half of the year. Cities such as Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata largely witnessed stability in pricing across most micromarkets; while Pune saw an increase across its high streets, even as its mall rentals remained stable. Going forward, the limited availability of quality retail space in core locations is likely to pose a greater barrier to new retailer entry in a number of key markets—including Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore—as opposed to prohibitive rentals. On account of such constraints in quality supply, select developments are likely to witness greater than average increment in rentals because of retailer preferences for such spaces.

Anti-Dumping Duty Likely On Chinese, Korean, Thai Alloy Wheels By A Business Reporter

It further said the import duty has been suggested for alloy wheels of overnment is likely to impose diameters ranging from 12 inches to anti-dumping duty on a certain 24 inches. The restrictive duty is rectype of aluminium alloy auto ommended by the Commerce Minwheels imported from China, Thai- istry, while the Finance Ministry land and Korea, to protect domestic imposes it. The Directorate’s recomplayers from below-cost imports. In mendation comes on the basis of its its preliminary findings, the Direc- findings that the product has been torate General of Anti-dumping and exported to India from these counAllied Duties (DGAD) has recom- tries “below its normal value, thus mended imposition of duty ranging resulting in dumping of the prodbetween USD 1.18 and USD 2.15 uct”. “...Imposition of anti-dumping per kg on imports of cast alu- measures would remove the unfair minium alloy wheels from the three advantages gained by dumping countries, the Commerce Ministry practices, would prevent the decline said in a notification. of the domestic industry and help

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Dubai Exports Opens Office In Mumbai By Dominic Rebello

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ubai Exports (DE), the export promotion agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED), Government of Dubai, formally opened its overseas office in Mumbai, as part of enhancing its overseas support in key markets capable of reinforcing Dubai’s position as an export and re-export centre. The Dubai Exports office in India will significantly enhance the visibility of goods and services from Dubai and provide vital on-theground services to small and medium size firms in their pursuit of overseas markets. The new office will work in co-ordination with the representative office of the Department of Tourism and Commerce

maintain availability of wider choice to the consumers of the goods,” it added. However, it said that the imposition of the duties might affect the price levels of the products manufactured using cast aluminium alloy wheels. The DGAD, which is under the Commerce Ministry, has initiated the investigations in December 2012. “Authority considers it necessary and recommends imposition of provisional anti-dumping duty,” it said. Import of the wheels from China, Korea and Thailand increased to 12,497 tonnes (during July 2011 to June 2012) from 3,066 tonnes in 2009-10.

business community in coming to Dubai from around the globe. We applaud the initiative by Dubai Exports in India and we support them Marketing (DTCM) in Mumbai. “India is the leading trade partner in encouraging the business comof Dubai and our total bilateral munity from key overseas markets trade during the first nine months to use Dubai as their trade hub,” of 2013 was worth over AED 111 bil- commented Major-General Molion. Dubai Exports opening its of- hammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director fice in Mumbai is a milestone by all General of the General Directorate means as it marks a consolidated of Residency and Foreigners Affairsmove by government agencies to Dubai. In 2012, goods worth over AED 32 optimise opportunities in a strategic market,” commented His Excel- billion were exported to India from lency Sami Al Qamzi, Director Dubai while re-exports crossed AED 50 billion. Exports and re-exports to General of DED. Dubai Exports also received ex- India recorded during the first nine tensive support from the General months of 2013 were valued at AED Directorate of Residency and For- 24 billion and AED 31 billion reeigners Affairs (GDRFA), Jebel Ali spectively. Pearls, precious metals Free Zone Authority (Jafza), DP and stones, copper, iron and steel, World, and Emirates SkyCargo in es- plastics and aluminium are some of tablishing its presence in Mumbai. the top commodities exported to “We fully support assisting the India through Dubai.

BUSINESS BRIEFS Tata Chemicals Celebrates 75 Years Of Glorious Presence

Tata Chemicals Ltd, yesterday achieved a historical milestone by entering the 75th year of business. The company has interest in providing solutions that focus on LIFE: Living, Industry and Farm Essentials, Founded in 1939 at Mithapur, Gujarat, Tata Chemicals has become a global company with presence across four continents with sustainability and innovation at the core of its businesses. Commemorating this historic moment, the company, along with its former and present management team, senior executives and other employees, rang the Opening Bell at the Bombay Stock Exchange. On this occasion, former company Managing Directors Vadgama, Prasad Menon and Homi Khusrokhan, were present along with R Mukundan, Managing Director and P K Ghose, ED & CFO and Ashish Chauhan, MD, Bombay Stock Exchange.

India Remains World’s 4th Largest Steel Producer

India’s position in world’s steel production remained unchanged at the fourth slot in 2013 with an output of 81.2 million tonnes. This is despite India logging the second highest growth of 5.1% among the top five producers. There was no change in the order of top three steel producing nations with China, Japan and the US retaining their slots in the respective order in 2013, the World Steel Association (WSA) data revealed yesterday.

Stable To Negative Outlook For Power In FY’15

Improvement in fuel availability as well as the financial health of distribution companies has helped the power sector but certain concerns continue to be a drag, India Ratings & Research said yesterday. It assigned a stable to negative outlook to the power sector for financial year 2014-15. The outlook reflects the pending policy level issues, manifestation of risks undertaken in earlier years, mismatches in coal demand and supply and continued tariff pressures, India Ratings said in a statement.

‘Packaging Industry Turnover To Touch $32 Bn By 2020’

The total turnover of India’s packaging industry, which is growing at about 15%, is expected to touch USD 32 billion by 2020 on increasing demand. “Indian packaging industry is growing at the rate of 13-15% annually. The total turnover of the industry is about USD 24.6 billion. It is expected that by 2020, the turnover will reach USD 32 billion,” Director of the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) N C Saha told PTI.

RBI’s Guidelines On Gold Jewellery Positive Says Crisil

The Reserve Bank of India’s two recent guidelines on lending against gold jewellery are overall positive for the sector. They bring in a level playing field for gold loan non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and banks on the loan-to-value ratio, a key parameter for competitive dynamics in the sector. Furthermore, the guidelines provide clarity on valuation norms to be used for the underlying collateral. Together, these measures will enhance stakeholder confidence. Therefore, the gold loan NBFC sector, which has witnessed volatile phases in growth, asset quality, and profitability in the past two years, will move to a regime of stable growth and predictable asset quality. CRISIL, however, believes that the profitability of gold loan NBFCs will continue to be under pressure over the medium term due to an expectation of heightened competitive intensity in the sector, higher operational costs of complying with these regulations, and performance of loans lent at relatively high LTVs in the past.

Kelkar Says No Incentive To RIL To Gold Plate Or Under-Produce By A Business Reporter

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n a validation of Reliance Industries’ stand, an expert committee led by former finance secretary Vijay Kelkar has said that there is little incentive for oil and gas explorers to ‘gold plate’ costs or wilfully under produce. The much-awaited report of the Kelkar panel on ‘Roadmap for Reduction in Import Dependency in Hydrocarbon Sector by 2030’ cites examples of Oil and Natural Gas Corp’s (ONGC) western offshore Neelam oifields and its Russian asset Imperial Energy to say not just RIL’s KG-D6 but fields around the world have experienced unexpected production declines.

RIL’s Bay of Bengal KG-D6 fields, which began gas production in April 2009, had hit a peak of 69.43 million standard cubic meters per day in March 2010 before water and sand ingress led to shutting down of more than onethird of the wells. Last month, the output dipped to around 11 mmscmd as opposed to a projected 80 mmscmd. Currently, it is around 13.7 mmscmd. “Typically, the range of uncertainty around the recoverable resources reduces but does not disappear as a field is appraised and developed. This uncertainty can result in unexpected production declines,” the panel said in Part-1 of its report that was submitted to the Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily.


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INEWY superstar Salman Khan is optimistic about his latest movie ‘Jai Ho’ - a clever remake of Telugu superhit ‘Stalin’. Enthuses the ‘Dabangg’ dude, “Besides all the realistic action, romance and amazing music, our movie ‘Jai Ho’ directed by Sohail Khan, has a subtle social message. The theme also relates to the potential power of the ‘aam aadmi’ and inspires the audience to start helping each other in a multiplier-three chain-relay system, as they fight against evil. Unfortunately, most people are so occupied with their careers, that they rarely have the time and inclination to help the needy. We need to spread the mes-

Making Music Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao have the distinction of being assigned to direct the song of the much spoken about Salman Khan starrer ‘Jai Ho’. Sandeep Hattangadi spoke to the talented duo about their special talent and also their forthcoming films.

winning visual and iconic poster design for ‘Dabangg’. Our personal favourite however, is “Dagabaz Naina” in ‘Dabangg-2’, where we added a special visual element to the song again by flying in Kathakali Dancers from Chennai to shoot with the superstar and setting a trend.

Were you satisfied with the performance of ‘Lucky...No Time For Love’? Sure we are. Before starting to direct “Lucky… No Time For Love” we directed songs for Ustad Sultan Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Jagjit Singh and others. And then ‘Lucky... No Time for Love Happened’, which went on to become one of the smart films of Salman Khan with outstanding visualization and music to die for. How did you bag the song picturization for ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Dabaang’? After watching our work in ‘Lucky... No Time For Love’, T-Series called us and signed us again to direct their next. And then Salman made the turn around in our careers when he called and asked us to direct songs for his blockbuster ‘Dabangg’ where he was launching Sonakshi Sinha.

Which among your songs are your favorite ones? I guess our favourite song would be “Mast Mast Do Nain”, as we created the iconic visuals of Chulbul Pandey’s glasses with hearts in it, which was also a

How do you relate to a superstar like Salman Khan? Salman is a complete prototype of Prince Charming, straight out of a fairy tale. So with him in mind, the concepts flow easy. However, the difficult part is the setting to put him in, as he is such a big star. Create the Geography for him, is a challenging task. Do you have a storyboard for picturising songs? Yes we do. The song should be unique and it should also go with the story line. We love the way “Tere Naina” of ‘Jai Ho’, which was shot in Romania, has shaped up, with Salman looking his dashing best. On the other hand, “Tere Naina” is visualized as Salman Khan’s return to an innocencent song.

What’s happening on the ‘I Love New York’ front? It’s been delayed for so long? As far as I know now, the film is slated to release in April 2014.

What are your forthcoming projects? As of now ‘Jai Ho’ is close to releasing, and we pray the film becomes a hit. We also have other projects in hand, but will talk about them when the time is right.

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sage among all Indians to ‘befree-to-help-three’”. Salman was popular as the anchor of ‘Bigg Boss’ and now has discreet plans to launch his own ‘social awareness’ telly show during this year. For a change, however, a Salman Khan blockbuster is not scheduled to release during Eid this time, but has a pre-Republic Day week release. “Actually, predictable consistency can be boring. Sometimes we need to deviate. In fact, this time the music of ‘Jai Ho’ has not been heavily hyped in advance, like it was done for my previous films. But we are sure, all the songs, especially the ‘Tere Naina’ and the ‘Photocopy’ number will emerge as chartbusters, once cine-goers start watching the

movie. Instead of casting established stars, we have introduced a new talented, photogenic actress Daisy Shah as the lead heroine in ‘Jai Ho’, the same way we had launched Sonakshi Sinha in ‘Dabangg’,” shrugs Salman. Wasn’t he donning the mantle of a ‘mentor-godfather’ of sorts ? “Arrey, aisa kuchh nahin hai. Saara kismat ka kamaal hai. Every promising talent needs a breakthrough, just the way I was allowed to make my debut with ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’(1988). Whenever I have felt that someone has the caliber, I have always tried to be a modest catalyst, whether its Himesh Reshammiya or Sajid-Wajid or even Amal and Arman Mallik, who just got their big break with ‘Jai Ho’. But I am sure that Daisy, who plays this gorgeous Gujju girl, will have the masses going crazy,”chuckles Salman.

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ANBIR KAPOOR is all set to do a cameo in megastar Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Bhootnath Returns’. Bachchan, 71, took to Twitter today to express his joy at sharing screen space with the ‘Barfi!’ star, reported PTI. “Ranbir Kapoor on set at ‘Bhoothnath Returns’, a small cameo for him... Generous of him!,” Bachchan tweeted with a picture. ‘Bhootnath Returns’ is a sequel to the 2008 horror-comedy film ‘Bhootnath’, which also starred Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan, besides Bachchan as the friendly ghost. Bachchan also posted on the micro-blogging site, that he attended the the premiere of ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ in Mumbai along with South African actors Atandwa Kani and Terry Pheto. The film, starring Idris Elba as Mandela, chronicles the journey of the anti-apartheid icon. “Caught up with work and then to be present at the release of film on Mandela .. A moment of reflection starting from 1990..!! Two specific meetings with this great man Nelson Mandela in South Africa! Such humility and dignity to his bearing... Unforgettable,” Bachchan tweeted. Mandela died in December last year at the age of 95.

Subhash Ghai back in his element

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CE film-maker Subhash Ghai, the man who gave us memorable films like ‘Kallicharan’, ‘Karz’, ‘Ram Lakhan’, ‘Karma’, ‘Vidhaata’, ‘Pardes’ and others celebrates his birthday on January 24. Subhash Ghai, the master filmmaker, is finally coming out with his new directorial film ‘Kaanchi’ which is releasing in in the next couple of months. Ghai – ‘The Showman’ – who is known for launching new faces and big dramas, is back in his element. ‘Kaanchi’, a musical thriller with a love backdrop, has a new star cast with veteran actor Rishi Kapoor playing the villain and Mithun playing an imprortant role. ‘Kaanchi’ is the story of a 17-year old girl’s journey from the mountains to the city. Ghai admits, “Yes, it is the story of a young innocent girl’s journey from the mountains to the city. She’s a girl on a mission.” Ghai is kicked about returning to direction after four years. “I directed ‘Black & White’ and ‘Yuvraaj’ in 2008. Then I got busy with my film school Whistling Woods. Now I am directing again.” Mukta Arts – his production banner – will be launching three more films this year, and one of them will be ‘Ishq De Maare’, which will star Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. Ghai introduced a lot of fresh talent and groomed each one, making their journey to stardom easier. That’s probably why he set up Whistling Woods in 2006, an international quality film and television training institute. Sharing his thoughts Subhash Ghai insists that “we must share our knowledge and experience with the younger generation of film makers and keep learning from contemporary cinema to keep pace with time and values”.

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U P E R S TA R Shah Rukh Khan today suffered an injury while shooting for an upcoming film in Juhu and has been admitted to a hospital here. Shah Rukh, 48, was admitted to Nanavati hospital after he was injured while shooting for Farah Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ at a five-star hotel here, sources close the film said to PTI. Apparently, a hotel door crashed on him, following which the bleeding actor was rushed to the hospital. Further details are awaited.

CTOR Sanjay Dutt, whose wife Maanyata is currently undergoing medical treatment at a hospital, visited a temple and dargah to pray for her recovery. Earlier this month, Maanyata was admitted to a private hospital in suburban Mumbai after being diagnosed with a tumour in her liver and a suspected heart ailment. Dutt, who is under emotional distress because of his wife’s ill-health, recently visited the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir in Dadar and the holy Sayyed Haji Abdul Rehman Shah Baba Dargah in Dongri to pray for her recovery, reported PTI. On December 21, the 53-yearold Bollywood actor and 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case convict, was granted a month’s leave from Yerwada Jail in Pune after he filed

an application citing his wife’s illness. Earlier this week, the Maharashtra government extended his parole by another 30 days, on the grounds of his wife’s illness. Dutt is currently undergoing the remaining 42 months of his five year sentence in prison.


THE CLASSIC PUZZLE

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N the recent past, one has come across random films labeled as classic, or, one better, cult classics. And one has to strain the memory to try to remember if the said film had even made a ripple, let alone a splash when it was released; if it was released. To quote the dictionary definition of what constitutes a classic: “1. An artist, author, or work generally considered to be of the highest rank or excellence, especially one of enduring significance. 2. A work recognised as definitive in its field. Now try to apply these to any of the films that have recently been called classic. Except perhaps for ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ or ‘Sholay’, none would qualify. That raises the question, who decides what film is a classic? The obvious answer is time. People often mistake popular-

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ity or success for quality and the two, as we have repeatedly seen, are mutually exclusive. Not always, but more often than not. Decades down the line, a 1943 film called ‘Kismet’ directed by Gyan Mukherjee and starring Ashok Kumar with Mumtaz Shanti is considered a classic, and rightly so. It was a trendsetter, ahead of its times, pushed the boundaries of what the public would accept (an anti-hero?) and had the plotting and pace that makes it watchable even today. But every film that makes it to the top-grosser list is not a classic, many are quite ordinary—

climb. And now, more than ever before, money has overridden all other criteria for judging the worth of a film, but a great opening weekend can never guarantee that the film will be remembered, valued, admired and loved by generations to come, like ‘Sholay’, which is a certified classic, its lines have passed into popular vocabulary. But how many so-called classics have passed this test of time? Barely a handful. Every film that is remade is not a classic and every film that is restored and reissued is not a cult. But a film like ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’, defiantly forges its own destiny despite all odds being against it—the mark of a classic. Once in a while it films that were successful be- happens that an influential critic cause of a combination of fortu- raves over a film, everybody folnate circumstances; a star’s lows (more out of laziness than ascendant time, good music, anything else) and a classic is right time of release, lack of com- born. A few decades later, film pletion and so on. buffs watch it and wonder what it And, unfortunately, every film was that their parents or grandthat is considered a classic in ret- parents saw in this film, and they rospect was not a blockbuster can’t even remember the title. when it was released. But in the Anyway, the debate can go past, critical acclaim was a pretty on… but if a film can, years later, accurate gauge of a film’s quality instill in the viewer a sense of and possible longevity in the wonder and a feeling of having pages of movie history. Not so witnessed something extraordimuch now, when the most unde- nary, then no labels or endorseserving films get four and five star ments are necessary, such a film ratings and have to be pushed up has made its place in cinema parthe pedestal they so desire to adise.

Ash to mark comeback It’s Hrishida’s Mili for with Mani Ratnam’s next? Sonam’s ‘Khubsoorat’ A

ISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN took a break from acting post the birth of her daughter Aaaradhya, but now we hear that the Bachchan ‘bahu’ is all set to mark her comeback with Mani Ratnam‘s next. A source has been quoted saying that Mani is planning to make a film with a strong female protagonist and he only wants Ash for the role. Though Mani also shares a great rapport with Aishwarya’s husband Abhishek Bachchan, Ratnam feels that there is little room for Junior B in his next. Reportedly, the former Miss World too has given her nod of approval for the film, as her two-year-old daughter Aaradhya is now ready for playschool. Aishwarya had marked her acting debut with Mani’s ‘Iruvar’ and she has also worked with him in ‘Guru‘ and ‘Raavan‘.

Bips exposes her price (tag) T a recent award function, Bipasha A Basu looked stunning in a blue gown. When the actress was asked whose creation she was wearing, she promptly replied Manish Malhotra. The sexy actress looked hot and glamorous but she forgot one minute detail removing the price tag! Sources say that it was labelled Rs.23,000. What could be the reason for such a faux pas? Last minute shopping or over excitement about attending the event?

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ONAM KAPOOR whose father was the last lead actor to work with the much-missed Hrishikesh Mukherjee in ‘Jhooth Bole Kauva Kate’, is quite a chip off the old block. Sonam not only stars in a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s beloved film Khubsoorat, she has decided to name herself after another beloved female protagonist from another Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic ‘Mili’. Happily revealing this nugget of information Sonam says, “Yes, that’s right. My director Shashank Ghosh, my producer Rhea who also happens to be my sister (laughs) and I, we all decided not to name my character Anju. That was the name Rekhaji was given by Hrishida in Khubsoorat. We decided to name my character Mili.” When probed on why the crossover was made from one beloved Hrishida heroine to another Sonam Kapoor said: “We are all huge fans of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. My dad worked in his last film. Unfortunately I couldn’t work with him. Shashank waited four years to do his own take on ‘Khubsoorat’ with me. And since ‘Mili’ is another favourite of film of mine by

Hrishida, I decided to incorporate that as well into our ‘Khubsoorat.’” Sonam says her ‘Khubsoorat’ is very different from the original.

BOLLY BRIEFS Hrithik hires life coach to overcome personal crisis

THE buzz is that Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan has employed the services of a life coach to help him tide over his recent separation from wife Sussanne Roshan. As per sources, Hrithik has hired life coach Arfeen Khan and pays him a huge amount every month to keep him focused on work and keep his mind off the separation. Arfeen surrounds Hrithik at most times and his job is to keep Hrithik Roshan up beat according to close sources. Last month, Hrithik had announced that he and his wife Sussanne had parted ways after their long 17 years’ relationship. The ‘Krrish‘ star has been suffering bouts of headache too and last July, he had undergone a brain surgery for removal of a clot at the Hinduja Hospital.

Benares to unveil music of Madhuri’s ‘Gulaab Gang’

DHAK DHAK diva Madhuri Dixit who recently made a comeback to Bollywood films with ‘Dedh Ishqiya‘ with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi made her presence felt with her superlative performance in the film. She will next be seen in Anubhav Sinha’s production, ‘Gulaab Gang‘ where she will be pitted opposite former rival and contemporary, Juhi Chawla. In keeping with the rather unconventional theme of the film, the makers of the film are planning to have the music launch in Benares, Uttar Pradesh as per the buzz doing the rounds. A source close to the film says Madhuri will recite a Hindi poem by Dushyant Kumar at the event. Since ‘Gulaab Gang’ is based on the atrocities faced by women, Madhuri, who plays the lead role in the film, will recite a poem about women’s empowerment,’’ says the source. From playing a pretty wallflower to roles of substance, Madhuri has surely come a long way!

Kay Kay Menon to play negative role in ‘Haider’

KAY KAY MENON has recently bagged some interesting movies like ‘Bombay Velvet’, ‘Shaatir’ and now the actor will be seen reprising a prominent role in ‘Haider’. Being an Indian onscreen adaptation of Hamlet, ‘Haider’ will have Kay Kay Menon’s character inspired by Claudius, the evil uncle of Hamlet. However, the actor revealed that his role will be very different from the Shakespearean characterisation and is far more interesting than the original one. ‘

Alia to romance Dhanush in Tamil?

AFTER the success of their superhit films ‘Polladhavan’ and ‘Aadukalam’, director Vettrimaran and South superstar ‘Dhanush‘ are coming back together for a film and if sources are to be believed, then ‘Alia Bhatt‘ has been signed as the leading lady of the Tamil film.


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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 696

ENIGMA CODE 696

ACROSS: 5 Don't accept a negative reaction when you come to water (5,2,7) 7 Where a man with a red tongue may come from (6) 8 An appetising drink (8) 10 It needs a corpse to provide seating accommodation for the XV (4,3'1,5) 14 Powerful individual accommodates American doctor connected with parts of hospital drama (5,10) 17 Deficiency preventing one being a god (5,8) 22 Some rain upset the gypsies (8) 23 A non-drinker accepting split but making a stand (6) 24 Not very active judge of furniture? (8,6)

DOWN: 1 Use a sour mixture for one philosopher who contributed to the French Revolution (8) 2 Not set for United Nations aboutface? (6) 3 Following chips, finished with dessert (6) 4 Prophet is first-class, given a head start (6) 5 Rabid wretch around to keep an eye on flight-arrivals (4-7) 6 Rope at air manoeuvres? (5) 9 Form of ice fits this when fixated (11) 11 Minister's house with only male quarters (5) 12 Norwegian of some minor skills (5) 13 Plus a hundred further examples unspecified (3) 15 Childish interior (3) 16 Favoured strong drink to

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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.

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The Clue: Secret or hidden

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SOLUTION TO YESTERDAY’S ENIGMA CODE CLOSET, CLOSES, COSSET, ELECTS, LOOSES, SETTLE, STOOLS

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MATH PYRAMID 696 invigorate (8) 18 Fears a man has weapons (6) 19 Squirm, and turn whiter (6)

20 Musician's very Italian (5) 21 Don't miss it once it has changed (6)

SOLUTION TO YESTERDAY’S CRYPTIC CROSSWORD ACROSS: 1 Not all there, 9 Made, 10 Trump again, 11 Leap frog, 12 Enlace, 13 Eastwards, 15 Frail, 17 Skirt, 18 Paralytic, 21 Mikado, 22 Leg-break, 24 Oesophagus, 25 Byes, 26 Malevolence. DOWN: 2 One up, 3 Arterial, 4 Lounged, 5 Hopper, 6 Regularly, 7 Bare-back-rider, 8 Discriminated, 14 Tarragona, 16 Largesse, 19 Allegro, 20 Bothie, 23 Rebec.

QUICK CROSS 696

ACROSS: 1. Chair-factory employee 6. By oneself 7. Fine fiddle 8. French count 9. Donkeys

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

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DOWN: 1. Character in Julius Caesar 2. Choir members 3. Standards 4. Growing out of 5. Counsels

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HIDATO 696

The goal of Hidato is to fill the grid with consecutive numbers that connect horizontally, vertically, or diagonally from first to the last number in the grid. The first and last numbers of a puzzle and a some other numbers are already filled in. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION

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


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TIGER BUD BLAKE

TODAY’S FORECAST

JAGJIT UPPAL

WIZARD OF ID PARKER & HART

B.C. JOHNNY HART

BEAU PEEP THE ADVENTURES OF LEGIONNAIRE BEAU PEEP

FRED BASSET ALEX GRAHAM

PHANTOM LEE FALK

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Libra Kalashtami Swati Tula (Libra) R.T. Black 7

BIRTHDAY FORECAST: A more positive and pragmatic approach to work will prove rewarding. The first few months are indicative of major changes in job and residence. If desirous of going abroad you will soon get an opportunity to work overseas. Love or marriage relationship passes through a difficult phase. You need to be more understanding and considerate towards your mate who is very sincere towards you. BABIES BORN TODAY: Good looking, elegant, soft spoken, healthy and long-lived. Will have sensitive feet. Independent, at times rigid but will attain all good things of life. Will be helpful caring to love ones. A career in an artistic or creative field or diplomatic sphere will lead to gains. ARIES (March 21 - April 20): You are now much closer to achieving goals in your career or profession. Meetings and new business proposals planned for today will go off well. You can expect good results and you can expect an immediate response. Rapport with Colleagues will also improve. Personal relationships take a turn for better. Your beloved may be feeling low and could do with tender loving care from you.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 20): Financial deposits bring gains. You may get a tempting assignment and if you work out the deal properly it will be of great benefit to you. The employed will be relieved when a dilemma at work is resolved amicably. In a business venture or investments cash your profits early. A surprise a waits you from your beloved or best friend. Don’t be embarrassed but enjoy the attention showered indulgently on you.

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Financially, your position is quite stable and you should check further investment on fresh projects. Health and domestic affairs too need your attention. There could some news of a loved one that could be distressing. Soon you will get to hear that all is well and things have worked out.

CANCER (June 21 - July 21): Your new proposals will do well and bring in profits A good financial position is indicated. A purchase of some property or house will be an asset that you have been planning for long. Try to concentrate on one thing at a time. You may not need to take loan after all. Happiness and excitement is all around. You will be making important plans for the future with loved ones or your mate.

LEO (July 22 - August 21): Banking on a single project could result in a loss or you could block your money indefinitely. Large investments should be made in different projects. Those in entertainment or show business will make huge profit through some quick transaction, which may require substantial investment. There will be distances between you and you’re beloved, real or imagined but they will be there. You will have to find a solution.

VIRGO (August 22 - September 21): It would not be in your interest to take up assignments, which were left halfway for some reason, or other which may if delayed may hurt your reputation. Travel though expensive will be successful and you will be able to reap its benefits later. You will meet a lot of interesting people today. There are opportunities to use your networking skills to garner support for something that is close to your heart.

LIBRA (September 22 - October 22): You have to put in extra time to accomplish the task on hand and done full justice to it. You have a tendency to feel cheated or be taken for granted by others. You need to change your perspectives to suit the circumstances and change will be a step in the right direction. Normally you are not one to be tongue-tied but you could face a situation like that today when you meet a new over-whelming person.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): You will come across a good offer for a joint venture, however, try to avoid any large investments at this point of time. Benefits are foreseen through international trade or through exports. Travel could have favorable implications both in your work and personal life. Choose your friends carefully as there is some deception likely. Some of your associates are not what they appear to be.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 December 20): The success of the current task that you are involved in will lead to subsequent financial gains and an enhanced position. Colleagues and associates will respond positively. Some investments you have made will translate themselves into a good profit for you. Other things in your life are going along fine but your love life could be in the doldrums. You are not finding quality time to spend with your beloved.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): You have to put off few activities that you had hoped to conclude today. Delay in payment will also cause a financial crunch which will be overcome soon. To make an important payment t you may have to dip into your savings. Be positive and good will follow. You may invite friends home for an evening together. It is a good opportunity for you to introduce a special person to family.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): Travel plan proceeds smoothly. You will do your task successfully and earn substantially. Situation at work improves with more responsibilities and increase in salary. Some will get to an opportunity for a part time business. A prompt decision in a new business transaction will yield good results. At home things are getting better but continue the efforts for you will find solutions with a few compromises.

PISCES (February 19 - March 20): You have energy and vision. Improve your position by doing something effective and worthwhile. It will be a stepping stone for success soon. Developing a smart idea for a new business or work will give you immediate returns. Cash in the favorable phase without hesitation. Socially, you have a busy time when you will be meeting a lot of people. The single can look forward to something exciting coming their way.


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QUICK CROSSWORD 4876 ACROSS: 4 Rao or Arora of Bollywood (6) 7 The act of reviewing (8) 8 Guru's home and hermitage? (6) 10 Monetary unit of India (5) 13 Australian birds (4) 14 ____ Balsam : soothing ointment? (4) 15 Nerve fiber core (4) 16 Cricket legend Kapil ___ (3) 17 The Mounties: Abbr. (4) 19 Assault, attack or bombardment (4) 21 Ex-Chief Minister of West Bengal (5,4) 23 Put on a layer of paint, perhaps (4) 24 They may be alpha, beta or gamma? (4) 26 Dried grass for fodder (3) 27 A three in cards, dice or dominoes (4) 29 "Maps" changed into electrical units (4) 32 Empty, vacant or invalid (4) 33 Young salmon (5) 34 A flowing outer garment of the Japanese ladies (6) 35 Baker's dozen (8) 36 Even wild ___ won't drag me there : nothing will drag me there? (6)

DOWN: 1 Burial vault (5) 2 Serve, do or suffice (5) 3 "Able" to change into a local girl? (4) 4 A poplar (5) 5 Cheering words (4) 6 Melted or softened (6) 9 Sunbeam (6) 11 Ancient Order of the Shepherds (3) 12 Hindu sun-god (5) 13 Ceased, lapsed or terminated? (7) 15 Invoice fig. (3) 16 Union territory Daman & ____ (3) 18 Plant, its fibres for yarn (6) 20 A state in North Eastern India (5) 21 ___ Adamson : famous authoress of "Born Free" and "Living Free"? (3) 22 Bring to ___ :approach in pursuit,

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SUDOKU 2062 Sudoku is a number placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid such several given numbers.To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every digit from 1 to 9 must appear in each of the nine vertical columns, in each of the nine horizontal rows and in each of the nine boxes.

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Difficulty Level 

CRYPTOQUIP

Today’s clue: Y equals T

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

trap? (3) 23 Gambling house (6) 25 A Programming Lang. (3) 28 Disturbances created by mobs (5)

30 A roadside dwellings for travelers (5) 31 Astounds, amazes or bewilders (5) 32 Makes a promise (4) 33 Dried up (4)

SOLUTION TO YESTERDAY’S QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS: 1 Aspens, 5 Imp, 8 Atom, 9 Legs, 10 Isobar, 11 Necessity, 13 Look, 15 Tod, 16 Saucy, 17 Sprit, 20 Mar, 22 Rep, 23 Dally, 24 Oasis, 26 Aft, 27 Meat, 28 Tartuffes, 31 Rouble, 32 Blur, 33 Imam, 34 Mix, 35 Levels. DOWN: 1 Acidly, 2 Proposal, 3 Naan, 4 Stretch, 5 Imbed, 6 Plus, 7 Ego-trip, 12 Coy, 14 Karl, 18 Prim, 19 Resemble, 20 Manacle, 21 Lateral, 24 Off, 25 Stress, 26 Affix, 29 Term, 30 Some.

IRREGULAR SUDOKU 1881 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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IN BRIEF Warne to coach Aussie T20 spinners for world bid

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MELBOURNE: Bowling great Shane Warne was named as spin coach ahead of Australia's World Twenty20 campaign starting in Bangladesh in March. Cricket Australia said the 44-year-old would support head coach Darren Lehmann as a consultant, providing specialist training for the squad's spinners. The Australia T20 squad begins a three-match series against South Africa on March 9, before heading to compete in Bangladesh. "We believe our national teams can really benefit from more specific skill-based coaching as and when it is needed," Lehmann said. "This will mean that from time to time we will enlist the support of experts in their craft to work with our players and share their experiences." Lehmann said spin bowling would be crucial to eighth-ranked Australia's chances in Dhaka.

Swiss ace Stanislas makes maiden Grand Slam final, awaits winner of Federer vs Nadal tie

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ELBOURNE: Stanislas Wawrinka backed up his upset of four-time champion Novak Djokovic by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (37), 7-6 (7-4) win over Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday. Wawrinka ended a 14-match losing streak against Djokovic with a dramatic five-set, fourhour win in the quarterfinals, then followed that with a dominating performance against Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist. “I don’t know what to say. I’m speechless,” he said. “I didn’t expect to make a final in a Grand Slam — tonight it’s happening.” Wawrinka will meet the winner of Friday’s semifinal showdown between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the 33rd installment of their rivalry and the first at a Grand Slam since Nadal knocked Federer out of the Australian Open at the same stage in 2012. Whoever he plays, Wawrinka will go into the final as an under-

dog. He has never won against Nadal in 12 meetings, and he has lost all but one of his 14 matches against his countryman, Federer. Wawrinka has long been in Federer’s shadow as Switzerland’s less-heralded No. 2, but he’s been slowly gaining confidence in his game since narrowly losing a heartbreaking marathon match to Djokovic in Melbourne last year. In April, he hired a new coach — Magnus Norman, a former Swedish player once ranked as high as No. 2. Since then, he’s risen to a career-high No. 8 in the rankings and reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the U.S. Open. Now he’s taken the next step into the final of a major, where he could meet his good friend and sometimes doubles partner, Federer. Federer, who has reached his 11th consecutive semifinal at the Australian Open, said he’d love to see an all-Swiss final at Melbourne Park. “I’m worried about my match

clearly, but I’ll definitely watch his first,” Federer said after his quarterfinal win over Andy Murray on Wednesday night. “Hopefully he can make it.” Wawrinka jumped out to the early lead against Berdych, getting the only break of the match when the Czech player, looking tentative at the start, made several misses on his forehand before driving an easy overhead long. With neither player giving anything on their service games after that, Berdych was the first to crack in the crucial tiebreakers. He double-faulted twice in the third-set tiebreaker, including on set point, and then again in the fourth-set breaker. Little separated the two players in the match — Wawrinka won total 143 points and Berdych 142. The Swiss player served a bit more consistently, though, facing only one break point in the match. On the women’s side, Li Na has advanced to her third Australian Open final and will have to beat

KXIP appoint Sanjay Bangar as assistant coach Dominika Cibulkova to win her first title at Melbourne Park. No. 4-seeded Li won the first five games to set up a 6-2, 6-4 win over 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the first semifinal Thursday before No. 20-seeded Cibulkova trounced 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2. Li, the 2011 French Open champion, was the only major winner in the semis after the fourth-round upsets of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova and defending champion Victoria Azarenka’s quarterfinal loss to Radwanska. Cibulkova has been the biggest surprise of the tournament. The diminutive Slovakian has won all but one of her matches in straight sets — her win over Sharapova went to three. She completed three of those wins in an hour or less, including her 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal victory over No. 11 Simona Halep. But even Cibulkova was stunned that her first win in a Grand Slam semifinal took only 1 hour and 10 minutes.

‘Shot selection is an area Raina needs to work on’ By Chetan Narula

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pursued for their IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. For a short time, Indian hopes were up again, only to be dashed when Raina holed out. The frustration on Dhoni’s face told quite a tale. "Raina is someone who plays aggressive cricket but it is important to have control over your mind as to what are the areas you want to hit. If it is not there to be hit, what are the other options you have got?," said Dhoni, talking about Raina's batting. "It is not like you want to try and hit something and even if is not there to be hit, you still go for a big shot." There was nothing extra-ordinary about Raina’s innings, except that it was his second highest score since the 2013-14 season started for the Men in Blue with the sevenmatch ODI series at home

against Australia. He has had a poor run these three months against West Indies and South Africa thereafter – 39, DNB, 17, DNB, 16, 28, 0, 23, 34, 14, 36, DNB, and now in New Zealand 18 and 35. On Wednesday evening at Seddon Park, however, coming in at number six, Raina was faced with a do-or-die situation. He did not have time to settle down and think about countering the short stuff aimed at him, in order to preserve his wicket. The need of the hour was scoring runs and he looked to do so, hitting some aggressive pullshots and earning three of his six boundaries in such fashion. Not having to worry about playing for time, he almost looked a different batsman, at least in comparison to the last twelve months.

CHANDIGARH: Kings XI Punjab have roped in former India all-rounder Sanjay Bangar as their assistant coach for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League. Former Railways skipper Bangar has been instrumental in leading his Ranji team to victory at various platforms. Commenting on his appointment, Bangar said it would be a challenge for him to train the young cricketers for the upcoming season. "It will be interesting to have a new team this year and a great challenge and opportunity to train some of the young and inspiring cricketers. I am looking forward to working with the team and am sure they will please the fans in season 7 with their exceptional performance," said Bangar. "It is a pleasure being associated with Kings XI Punjab and I would like to thank them for giving me an opportunity to step in as their assistant coach," he added.

Set to gain from ICC overhaul, BCCI backs revamp

CHENNAI: Set to benefit immensely from the structural overhaul of the ICC, the BCCI unanimously backed the plan which would cede executive decision-making in world cricket to India, Australia and England. In an emergent meeting called here, the Indian Board reviewed the proposals of the ICC Commercial Rights Working Group, which have created quite a flutter in international cricket. "The committee discussed at length the proposals of the ICC Working Group and felt that this proposal was in the interest of cricket at large," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement after the meeting.

Keshavan hopes to peak at 'right time' for Sochi Games

NEW DELHI: He might have failed to defend his Asia Cup title, but luge athlete Shiva Keshavan is hoping to peak at the right time for the Winter Olympics, starting in Sochi on February 6. The winner of Asia Cup gold in 2011 and 2012, Keshavan had to settle for a silver in Nagano, Japan last month. "I have been training non-stop since the end of September 2013. I have not been home for over four months now. I wanted to use all the time on the track available to us. My physical condition is good, having undergone intensive training this year. I hope I can peak at the right time for the Olympic Games," Keshavan told PTI. Keshavan, who has represented India in four Olympic Games, has had a scratchy season so far as his equipment hasn't been up to the mark.


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Important to revive Indo-Pak hockey tests: Harendra

M MUMBAI: Former world number seven Nalin Patel was the toast of the opening week when he fired the highest billiards break, in the Bombay Gymkhana Premier League billiards and snooker tournament. Patel of Bombay Gymkhana Phantoms hit 123 against NSCI Thunder Hawks who snatched a thrilling 3-2 win over the hosts in Group 2. Thunder Hawks earned four points for their effort, while Phantoms got two. State selection senior billiards champion Arun Agrawal also fired a brilliant 121 billiards break as his team Matunga Gymkhana NaMo overcame PJ Hindu Gymkhana Cue Bulls 3-1 in another Group 2 tie. NaMo earned four points, while Cue Bulls got one. Dadar Parsee Colony Gymkhana Roaring Tigers, JVPG Achievers, MCF Dark Knights and Central Railway Mechanical Institute Star Blue all earned five points for registering 3-0 wins that included a bonus point for the clean sweep.

Kamal Chawla fires 123 break

MUMBAI: Title contenders Shahbaz Khan and Laxman Rawat were shocked on a dramatic day of upsets, in the Matunga Gymkhana-Dadar Club Open Snooker Tournament on Thursday. Khan of Bharat Petroleum lost to Railway cueist Dilip Kumar of Tamil Nadu 2-4 in the best-of-seven frames pre-quarter-finals that triggered an ominous day for the favourites which included the premature exit of twice Asian champion Yasin Merchant who went down to Faisal Khan in the quarter-finals. Asian 6Red bronze medallist Laxman Rawat of CCI went down to state selection sub junior champion Ishpreet Singh Chadha in another pre-quarter-final. But Chadha’s challenge ended in the last eight where he lost to Pushpinder Singh of Delhi in a 4-3 thriller even after constructing breaks of 74 in the first frame and 93 in the third. It was also a day of the big breaks with Kamal Chawla of Bhopal firing the competition’s highest of 123 while ending Dilip Kumar’s campaign in the quarter-finals. Chawla was on course for an unfinished 136 until he missed the pink in the second frame.

Mumbai University retain title

MUMBAI: Defending champions Mumbai University overcame former champions Delhi to retain the title, in the All India InterUniversity Squash Championship, organized by H.R. College Sports Council, at the Bombay Gymkhana. Puneet Pareek gave Mumbai the perfect start with a 3-1 win over Anshul before Ashray Ohri pulled one back for Delhi by winning the second tie, in the best-of-five championship round. But Mumbai earned victory the hard way when their star player Shashi Pandey was stretched all the way into the decider in a gruelling encounter before he overcame a gallant Utkarsh Kumar 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 12-14, 14-12 in a pulsating third tie. Tushar Kothari sealed victory in the crucial fourth but not before earning a hard-fought 11-6, 11-8, 11-13, 7-11, 11-4 win over Harshid Muchal that also stretched into the decider after he enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 advantage.

UMBAI: In a bid to revive the sporting ties between Indian and Pakistan in hockey, the Pakistan Hockey Federation has sent a memorandum to Hockey India to stage a bilateral event between the two nations. Speaking at an event of Star Sports where they are slated to invest Rs 1500 crores in the sport over the next eight years, Pakistan Hockey Coach Tahir Zaman confirmed this development stating that the government of Pakistan has backed this move. “Before coming (to India), we had sent a memorandum to Hockey India for a bilateral series. Pakistan has approved it, being the national coach of Pakistan Hockey team, I can mention this. We are waiting to get a letter of understanding from Hockey India. Soon, we want not only the senior team, but the junior, u-14, u-16 even state level teams, we are thinking of playing on that level. The interaction should happen on a regular basis. We are waiting for clearance from the government side,” said Zaman. Zaman said he was optimistic about the Indian side reciprocating and hoped that regular series will help the Indian and Pakistani help increase the following for the game. He also said that the PHF has given certain dates and were ready to play according to any dates decided by Hockey India. “I am very much hopeful. Soon we will see Pakistan take on India, with some matches in Pakistan and some matches in India as well on every level. We are very serious about it and Hockey India is also very serious about it. This can be an event that can increase the number of hockey players and viewers. We have written about the suitable dates, so that we can discuss. There are going to be many events in India. So whichever date is suitable for them, we will try to play accordingly,” he said.

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Actor Vidya Malvade, former Indian hockey skipper Viren Rasquinha and Pakistan’s hockey coach Tahir Zaman during a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday. PRESSURE MATCHES GOOD FOR BOTH TEAMS Part of the Barcelona bronze medallist winning team, Zaman said that the pressure which is created helps bring out the best from both countries. “When Pakistan and India play, there is so much interest from the public, it ultimately creates pressure on players. When players play under pressure, they improve psychologically. When we play more matches, players learn to play under pressure, then on the international level which improves their hockey skills,” he said. RUES ABSENCE OF PAK PLAYERS IN HIL “It would have been good had Pakistan players played in the

league. I request Hockey India to include Pakistani players in HIL (in future). They would add colour to the tournament,” he added. Former Indian skipper Viren Rasquinha who was also present at the event said that Indian and Pakistani players were more talented that the European counterparts but failed in delivery when it came to countering the teams at the senior level. “The skills of Indian and Pakistani kids are superior than others but to do well at the international level many more things are needed like strategy, physical fitness etc. What I learnt as a 15-year-old is still being taught by Indian coaches. We have to move ahead (in coaching),” said Rasquinha.

UMBAI: Former Indian coach Harendra Singh emphasised the need for the restoration of the India-Pakistan hockey test series which at one point of time used to drag huge crowd gainer. However, both countries haven't played a test series since 2006 which was won by Pakistan in Pakistan. Harendra said the restoration of the series will be a shot in the arm for Indian hockey. “It is a very important point. I feel it is vital to promote Indian hockey. It will generate huge interest in hockey. The India-Pakistan series is known as the clash of titans and that has generated a huge atmosphere. Once the series gets underway, huge amount of kids will pick up the sticks and play because of its live telecast and that will help promote the game,” said Harendra. He said that the absence of the Pakistani at this edition of HIL won't be so huge since there are top Olympians from various corners of the world taking part, but added that it would have increased the glamour quotient because people love to watch the skills of Indians and Pakistanis. “It wont be a big impact. But if they were allowed to play, it would have increase the glamour [in the sport] and the impact of the league. Over the period of time, Hockey India will work on this aspect and find a way out.” Singh felt Walsh who took over from predecessor Michael Nobbs is taking the Indian team in the right direction but cautioned not to expect too many results too soon.

Champs D.Y. Patil lose opener against Jain Irrigation M

UMBAI: Defending champions D.Y. Patil produced an uninspired batting display and paid dearly as they suffered a four-wicket defeat to qualifiers Jain Irrigation in Group A league match of the 10th All India Dr. D.Y. Patil T20 Cup played at the D.Y. Patil Stadium, Nerul, on Thursday. The home side, boasting of a reputed batting line-up which included leading IPL stars, failed miserably with the willow and could only muster a score of 121losing seven wickets from their 20 overs. Except for Siddharth Chitnis who did well to score 32 runs none of the other top-order bastmen got amongst the runs. Manpreet Juneja (20) and Saurabh Tiwari (15) were the

Biplap Samantray scored 57 for CAG against Western Railway in the D.Y. Patil T20 Cup.

next best scorers. Left-arm spinner Akshay Darekar (2/11) and medium pacer AzharAnsari (2/28) picked up the wickets for Jain Irrigation. Later, the Jain Irrigation batsmen were steady in the reply. They did not take too many risks which ensured that they completed the march to victory. Krunal Nar 39 runs was their topscorer, while Mansingh Nigde and Rajiv Mishra contributed 23 and 21 runs. For D.Y. Patil, Praven Tambe scalped three for 22 and Udit Patel got two for 13. Meanwhile, Air India scored their first win as they managed to score a narrow 18-run win against State Bank of Hyderabad in a close Group-C encounter. Air India, had lost to BPCL by seven

wickets on Wednesday. Put in to bat first, Air India, who were yet again well-served by their reliable and dashing opener Sushant Marathe 78 runs (55 balls, 5 fours and 4 sixes) piled up a challenging total of 193 for the loss of 6 wickets from their 20 overs. Prashant Naik 44 runs (29 balls, 3x4, 2x6) and Paul Valthaty’s quick-fire 38 runs (16 balls, 6x4, 2x6) contributed to the score. Alfred Absolem grabbed two wickets for 35 runs. State Bank of Hyderabad began well and were well on course towards clinching a win. Opener T Suman took on the responsibility of leading the chase and batted sensibly in scoring 81 runs from just 44 balls with four sixes and six boundaries.


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What made you decide to take up golf? It is a long story. My father used to work on the golf course, so it started that way. My elder brother also played golf professionally and I received my early tutions from him. I have been playing golf since I was seven-years-old. As I played and improved, I reached a roadblock and I realized that purchasing the required equipment was very expensive along with finding a sponsor. Due to cash constraints, I couldn’t go for tours either. That journey was tough, so I decided to be a caddy and I learned the many lessons of golf by being a caddy. When amateurs used to play, I used to guide them as a caddy. So when they made mistakes, I learned from that too. When the right time came to move out, I had no golf sets, so I saved the money from what I earned as a caddy.

SHIV SHANKAR PRASAD CHOWRASIA aka "Chipputtsia" because of his elegant short game has come a long way. It all runs in the family for Chowrasia. His father was greens keeper at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata, while his brother was a professional golfer. Starting out as a caddy, and picking up his first golf club at the tender age of 10, Chowrasia has win two European tour golf titles, including the 2008 Indian Masters emerging triumphant in a field that included Ernie Els, Thomas Bjorn and Ross McGowan. That was his biggest pay day as he won £239,705, which doubled his earnings over the past decade. In an exclusive chat Kolkata is a football crazy city, with NEIL JOSHI, the 35-year-old Chowrasia affirms what brought about your interest in a niche sport like golf? that all is well with the game in India as he People are still crazy about football but there is a change in the way people perceive goes for the ‘flags’ in an all-out bid to and see golf. I see golf among the fastest growing sports in the country. Cricket will always be regain his form there but golf is improving quite a lot as there are lot of professionals playing on the tour with many of them are coming from abroad and also some competing overseas.

The year 1999 was very important for you, as you finished second to Arjun Atwal ... Was that a big achievement for you? It was a big achievement as I had turned professional in 1997 and in the course of that year I somehow played but couldn't travel anywhere in the country or out of it due to financial constraints. However, I established myself during the next year and I felt that I can play on the Indian tour. So I felt if I need to move ahead then there will be a need to put in a lot of practice and focus whole-heartedly on my game. During that year, I put lot of effort in my game and then came the Indian Open in 1999 and I didn't expect that I would finish second. I didn't realise I would be in such good form during that time. Things were falling in to place. That changed my entire career. Playing your last tournament of year in Calcutta, you had an unwelcome friend on the greens? I was at hole number eight and I struck the ball and it went near the shrubs and people were moving from one place to another as they saw a snake in order to avoid it. So I went near it and tried to move the snake, but it decided to stay put and didn't budge from its position. Around three-four times, I tried to move it with my club as the ball was lying right next to it but it showed its resilience. It showed its face and sat down again. I thought let me not trouble it and dropped another ball and played my shot.

my career took another step forward and got an opportunity to play on the European tour. Do you feel you are presently in your best form? As of now I feel I am playing well and my performance has improved. I just need to be positive in my mindset. How has been 2013 for you? Honestly, I did do not do well as I lost my card to the European tour. My next target is to regain that.

How do you see Indian golf going in the next 3-4 years? Indian golf is in a strong position. The amateurs, juniors and the professionals – all are seeing lot of golfers. There are many Indians on the Asian tour and I see at least four-five players on the US Tour.

Anirban Lahiri is looking good and among the top ranked Indians at 111. how difficult is it to be in the top 50? Jeev Milkha Singh was in the top 50 a while ago. Now at least you find someone in the top 50 or near to that. Earlier, there wasn't anyone in the top 50 and Indian golf is looking quite positive. We will see the rankings improve in due course of time.

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You have played a huge part at the Calcutta Golf Course, have you had any similar encounters with snakes? There has been several times that snakes came on the greens. However, there weren't poisonous as being over there and working at the golf course, we learned which ones had poison and which weren't poisonous. This happens usually during the winter season.

You finished the last tournament in December in 17th position during the PGTI Championship. How upset were you with the result? I wasn't happy with the way I finished because I was the defending champion and expectations were high from me. I was playing really well, right through the tournament. The putting didn't work for me during this tournament. I experienced an off week. You have won eight titles so far, which title has been the pick of the lot and in which year did you feel you were at your peak? In 2008, I won the Emaar MGF European Golf Open and came second in the Indian Open in 1999, I felt it was now I could play at the international level. I felt that

Your story is quite similar to another golfer Raja Sardar. With players from middle-class backgrounds adopting the sport. Do you feel, it still can be touted as a rich man's sport? It is an expensive sport. If we speak about myself or Raja Sardar, we were involved with the club and hence got an opportunity to learn the sport and work our way up the ladder. However, if someone wants to play and is not associated with the club then he won’t get an entry. Here we were working in the club. If you want to promote the sport, then it is necessary to have a number of public golf courses in the country. Only then will players from the middle class turn to the sport.

This year won't see the Avantha Masters, with the sponsors pulling out, how will it affect the tour? It will certainly affect the tour. It is a bad phase and the economic situation isn't very healthy. I was checking the schedule in 2014, you have some tournaments making exits and some tournaments starting. The first tournament of the season is the PGTI Rs. 50 lakh prize money event, which is in a new entry to the calendar year. The situation will improve as time goes on. What will be your area of focus this season? I want to head to Europe and play as many events possible. So as of now things seem set.

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