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Six months after illegally chopping down healthy trees, government body compounds error by justifying act, citing risk of bird flu
Mayor Sunil Prabhu and civic officials inspect the ‘illegally’ chopped a number of trees at the Aarey Colony.
By Vishnudas Sheshrao
Earlier this year, the CPDO had chopped down dozens of trees under the premise that the trees would offer nesting place to crows and migratory birds that would then spread bird flu in the city. After the ADC carried a report on this illegal and mindless felling of trees in its issue dated January 10, Mayor Sunil Prabhu had visited the site where trees had been cut
n what is being seen as bizarre by leading environmentalists, the Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO), run by the Central Agricultural Ministry, justified its act of 'illegal' cutting of scores of decades-old green and healthy trees as a control measure to prevent an outbreak of bird flu at the Aarey Colony in Goregaon East.
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Taximen rebel against their union leader and get court censure over non-transparent and autocratic functioning By Neel Shah
n a major setback to Mumbai’s taxi union in general, and A.L. Quadros in particular, the Mumbai High Court has upheld the order passed by the Registrar of Trade Unions to follow the rules
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NO NOC, NO POWER NCP leader’s move to get rid of ‘NOC’ rule fails after MBMC chief take tough stand against illegal constructions
By Suresh Golani
dopting a Zero Tolerance Policy against illegal constructions in the Mira Bhayandar region, civic chief Suresh Kakani, in the monthly general body (GB) meeting held here on Saturday, made his stand clear that No Objection Certificates (NOCs) will continue to be a must to procure electricity connections. Kakani’s move is being seen as a clear setback to NCP corporator, Liyakat Shaikh (right hand man of legislator Gilbert Mendonca) who had moved a resolution in March this year, following his call-toattention motion, mandating power supply be given to all, including those structures which had sprung up without valid permissions from the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC). Although the resolution was passed in the GB, the civic administration, anticipating its adverse consequences, chose not to implement the decision and instead sought scrapping of the resolution under section 451 of the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation Act, 1949.
MBMC Chief Suresh Kakani “Yes, we have requested the state government authorities to scrap the resolution. How are we supposed to control the illegal construction menace when we ourselves allow them to flourish with basic facilities,” said Kakani, adding unauthorized constructions not only destroy the concept of planned development, but also severely strain the infrastructure for providing basic amenities to the existing populace. To check the proliferation of illegal constructions in the twin-city, the then civic chief, Vikram Kumar, had written to the power supply providers to insist on production of civic NOCs at the time of accepting forms to install new electric connections. Although the NCP corporator relied on the Central Government directive, that power
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supply companies are bound to install electrical connections within a month of submitting applications, power,sans NOC is bound to encourage illegal constructions, said an official. As per rules, the MBMC denies occupancy certificate and completion certificate to buildings with violations. Other utility departments of the civic body including water supply and fire services department clearance, toe the line, setting up a framework to keep a tab on illegal construction activities.
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The first tab on the home page of the website – www.salmankhanfiles.com, has info on the 2002 hit-and-run case, as alleged by Hemant Patil.
Now contempt of court case against Salman for putting up hit-and-run case info on the net By Philip Varghese
Was 'Power sans NOC' a bid to promote illegal constructions in “Tourism Zone”? Immediately after the resolution, moved by Liyakat Shaikh alias LG, was passed on March 20, 2013, his supporters had put up banners across the twin- city congratulating him for playing an instrumental role in getting rid of the mandatory civic NOCs to get power supply. However, LG, who was basking in the glory of his 'so called achievement,' received the shock of his life on Saturday when the civic chief informed the House that process to scrap the resolution had been initiated. A recently inducted member of MMRDA’s committee, LG represents Uttan, a coastal belt near Bhayandar (falling under the Tourism Development Zone). However, thanks to authorities turning a blind eye, the land mafia is transforming the green zones into a concrete jungle, by constructing illegal chawls, bungalows and even slums. All these illegal structures need power supply which can only be done after getting rid of the NOC rule, sources revealed. “ If the power supply providers issues connections without a valid NOC from the civic body, we will not hesitate to take action against them.” said an official.
wo weeks after the Sessions Court in South Mumbai rejected the review petition filed by actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case, in which he had appealed against the magistrate’s order directing a retrial of the case under the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, a social activist has approached the Magistrate Court, LIJJA AT AD. AGENCY 8811/LA A Eng. claiming that the actor recently has launched a website with information on the case which is still ‘sub judice’. According to the complainant Hemant Patil, the actor has launched the website – www.salmankhanfiles.com recently and uploaded all the information on the case and alleged that it could attract case under violation of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. Salman has been given one month’s time to appear before the sessions court and face trial in the case, Sessions Judge U.B. Hejib had said in his ruling delivered in an open court on June 24. The date for starting the re-trial has been fixed for July 19. Khan had appealed against the magistrate’s order directing a retrial of the case under the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The arguments in the case had concluded in early May, and Khan’s lawyer Ashok Mundargi had contended that the lower court`s order was “erroneous, bad in law, and contrary to evidence on record.” Earlier, Khan had been tried under the less severe Section 304A of IPC, relating to causing death by negligence, which stipulates a maximum two years in jail. According to the complaint filed by Patil through his lawyer Wajid Khan this weekend, he said, “When the case is underway and matter sub-judice, how can he use the Internet to spread information about the proceedings? I was forced to approach the Magistrate’s Court as the officials of the Bandra Police station were refusing to register a complaint against Salman in this issue. This website is being used by Salman to spread information about the court proceedings and inviting comments from the public when the matter is still sub judice. This is also a violation of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. This attempt of actor may prejudice the mind of court which has yet not delivered its final verdict in the case. The dates of the posts on the website indicate that the website was being updated from May 2, 2013.” In his case, Patil has relied on the case of Anuja Parbu Desai v/s State of Goa in which court had made certain observations to maintain the dignity of the court. After hearing Patil’s contention, the Magistrate has accepted the complaint and posted the matter for further hearing on August 5. email@example.com
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MUMBAI | MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013 Pics: Sumesh Rajan
The civic body has developed the parking space by concreting an open nullah. This space can now accommodate more than 180 four wheelers and 272 two wheelers at a time, apart from 26 kiosks offering services or commodities for sale. The project began in 2011 it was completed around four months ago, but the civic body is yet to start it up. “The project was unique as it was developed in an area which is one of the premier locations in Vashi. This area not only houses offices but also shopping centres which ensure a continuous flow of people,” said NCP Corporator Raju Shinde. Residents welcomed the decision when the project was conceived in 2011. “The area had long been a reason for grievance because of the lack of hygiene and the strong odour emanating from it,” said a resident. But the greediness of civic body has left motorists to park their vehicles at unauthorized places which often create traffic issues. firstname.lastname@example.org
Civic body develops modern parking space over open nullah in Vashi, but fails to get bidder because of the high minimum price it has set By Amit Srivastav
on both occasions, bid drastically low. “On both occasions, all the bidhe cash rich Navi Mumbai ders quoted below Rs. 10 lakh for Municipal Corporation one year, and Rs. 40 to 50 lakh for (NMMC) has become very un- five years,” said an official of the realistic while floating a tender for NMMC, requesting anonymity. According to bidders, the price its swanky parking space at Sector 16 A in Vashi. All the bidders for the quoted by the civic body is unrealproject have been disqualified twice istic. “The parking space is on the by the civic body, as their tenders opposite side of the shopping cenwere much lower than the mini- tre which already has its own parkmum price quoted. The NMMC is ing space. Motorists will cross the now planning to float the tender for road to park their vehicles in the modern facility only if they do not the third time. According to sources, the civic get space in the mall,” said a bidder. body had quoted Rs. 2 crore for the He added that with the price, the contract of the parking space for bidders would not be able to refive years. However, all the bidders, cover their investment. This space has no takers, thanks to the NMMC asking for a very high minimum tender price.
6,000 RTI queries unanswered By Amit Srivastav
ooking at the rate at which the state information commissioner (SIC) of Konkan division has been disposing off queries under the Right to Information Act (RTI), it will take several years for a common people to get its queries addressed in the second appeals. At present, around 6,389 queries have been pending in the second appeals till the end of May 2013. It seems that the very purpose of RTI Act to make information available for a common man is dying in the region. The number of second appeals pending with the commission has been growing with each passing day and is likely to touch 7,000 by the year-end. The fact came to light when RTI
activist Ravi Srivastava from Navi Mumbai took up the matter (RTI delays) with the SIC, Mumbai, and sought information on efficiency of SIC of Konkan Region. Srivastava discovered that the office bearers have been taking shelter of the provision that there is no definite time frame to reply to RTI of the second
Yearwise second appeals under RTI Act
2010 2011 2012 2013 (till May) Total
appeal. The RTI Act says that the commission should provide a person with the required information within 30 days of filing an application. But on many occasions, the information is not enough or requires more information. When the applicant goes for add-on information, which is
2,850 3,060 3,294 1,909
None 418 2,987 1,319
Because there seems to be no time to hear second appeal under RTI in Konkan Division which is without an information commissioner known as second appeal, the SIC is not bound by any time limit by which to provide its reply. “The SIC has been taking shelter of the provision which demises the purpose of the RTI Act,” said Srivastava. It may be recalled that the post of Konkan division SIC fell vacant when the existing incumbent got transferred in May 2011. The state government gave additional charge of Konkan region to Pune SIC M.B. Shaha. Interestingly, under the RTI, it has been revealed that Pune SIC Shaha has made only 73 visits to Konkan division office in the last 23 months since he was given the additional charge. “It is a very hard fact that the SIC Pune is available for average three days at Konkan division office in Belapur each month,” said Srivastava.
Under unavailability of SIC, the number of second appeals has been growing. Since 2010, the commission has received 11,113 queries under the RTI and a total 4,724 were addressed. As on May 2013, the total number of second appeals stands at 6,389. “If the commission is addressing issues on the first come first out basis, the new applicants will need years to get their queries addressed,” said Srivastava. The state government should immediately appoint separate SIC for Konkan division to clear the backlog. “It is very unfortunate that there are several Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers sitting idle, waiting for appropriate assignments at the cost of taxpayers money,” says Srivastava. email@example.com
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Government business – selling vegetables!
ing them are even more dangerous for the body polity.
OVERNMENT, that is, the state government, is back in business selling vegetables on no profit no loss basis after it realized that veggie prices were rising alarmingly. Although the intervention of the government is a welcome move it would have been much better had it taken steps to ensure that the supply was adequate and acted against the profiteers. The government now blames the soaring prices on the
drought conditions in the state. If that were to be considered then it should have intervened in the nick of time to offer relief to the farmers and ensured that the transporters and middlemen did not milk the crisis to their advantage. The role of the government ought to have been that of interventionist rather than that of a businessman. The socialist model of the pre-liberalisation era is almost derelict and defunct now. There was a time when the government was in the business of producing products ranging from safety pins, bread and milk to heavy industry products. Even though private and cooperative players have taken over the market space, the government is still in the business of marketing milk brands like Aarey. White ele-
SIMHASAN Prashant Hamine | ADC phant corporations like the Maharashtra Agricultural Development Corporation in Pune, which were set up to
Jahan encounter happened in Gujarat, its political reverberations are also being felt in Maharashtra. The Lakhan Bhaiya case does not figure on the political horizon, even though we are already in poll mode for the ensuing 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Encounter killings or extrajudicial killings have now begun to be politicized to suit the political interests of the powers that be and especially when elections draw closer. It is only when the courts have intervened that the skeletons have begun to tumble out of the closet. But what is worrying is that intelligence agencies are being set up against each other, while politicians, who
IN our country, any crisis or problem has to have a bureaucratic solution with virtually little or no say from the stakeholders whom the solution on offer ultimately affects. The Online Admission process put in place by the government for the FYJC has caused more distress to the students and parents, rather than being a hassle-free option. In most cases, students have been allotted colleges in the first round which were far away from their residence. And in the subsequent two rounds in most cases students were neither allotted a college nor a junior college near their homes. At the end of it all, most of the parents had to shell out from their pockets to get an Off Line admission for their wards in the colleges of their choice or nearer to their residence. The examination system, especially for the special children, has been a nightmare with hand written question papers being offered to
promote farming techniques have still not been wound up and shut down despite recommendations to that effect.
Close Encounters IT is a tale of two police encounters which have different narratives, but the role of the trigger happy cops in both cases has been shady to say the least. The Ishrat Jahan case of June 2004 and the Lakhan Bhaiya case of November 2006 offer stark contrasts. The first has drawn national attention while the other has evoked astonishment as to how encounter specialist cop Pradeep Sharma was acquitted. It shows how shoddy our investigative methods are and the need for witness protection laws. Although the Ishrat
CM Prithviraj Chavan (right) with his deputy, Ajit Pawar. any serious debate on the education system, fees, donations, or the weight of school bags in the Legislative Council, where we have reserved constituencies for Graduates and Teachers.
Back to School ON June 17, when the schools in most parts of the state reopened after the summer vacations, some school children in Pune had the bewildered look on their faces as they found Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar ushering them in. Most of them for years together surely must have never encountered such a royal treatment. Politicians visiting schools and putting children to inconvenience is not news anymore, it is common. But in the US of A, it was former President George Bush Jr who
was brought to his senses, as it were. It so happened that during his Presidency one day happened to visit a primary school. As he entered one of the classrooms, most of the children and teachers greeted him. But not an AfricanAmerican kid who was busy in a corner doing Math. Stuck by his studiousness, George Bush Jr went up to him and inquired as to what he was doing. Pat came the reply from the kid who pointed to the sums he was doing. Then he introduced himself as the President of USA. Even that did not move the kid. So George Bush Jr pointed to the US Presidential seal embossed on his leather jacket, trying to tell him that he indeed was the President of USA. To which the kid replied, “Even my father has such a jacket of his own, with a seal like that on it!”
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otherwise interfere in police transfers, find it convenient to dump trigger happy cops if things get too hot for them. Extra-judicial killings are downright condemnable but the consequences of politiciz-
them. The textbooks have proved to be more of an embarrassment with glaring omissions like the Arunachal Pradesh map going missing from the Geography textbook. There never has been
Attention! Print & Photo Journalists The Press Institute of India (PII), Chennai and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), New Delhi are organising a competition for the best article and photograph on a humanitarian subject on the theme:
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BIRD-BRAINED LOGIC Continued from pg 1 « and directed the police via the Tree Authority to lodge an FIR. The Aarey Colony police filed a charge sheet against the organisation and legal proceedings are being initiated against the Director of CPDO, on the basis of the complaint filed by the Tree Authority, which is headed by the Municipal Commissioner. CPDO authorities are worried about the FIR as it will create a problem in their service records and promotions. The senior officers however, have continued to justify their actions and have approached the mayor seeking his 'personal intervention.' A two-page long official letter to the mayor, dated July 5, 2013, signed by the Director of CPDO reads, "..migrating birds and nesting birds have been stated to be one of the most promi-
nent causes of spreading of avian influenza virus. Biodiversity measured of trimming of trees and cleaning of unwanted vegetation taken were necessary to prevent the spread avian influenza or bird virus in Mumbai." The CPDO property is spread over 27 acres of open land in the Aarey Colony area and healthy trees there were chopped from the root area (see photographs), even though the letter claims that trimming was done. At the time of the mayor’s visit, no officer from the CPDO was present, though basic protocol and courtesy required that an officer accompany the mayor. Mayor Sunil Prabhu who was surprised by the logic given by CPDO said, "We have referred this matter to health experts to verify the justification given by authorities. The case is in the court and law will take due action." email@example.com
NOTICE Shrimati USHA J. SHAH a Member of the Marathon ERA Co-operative Housing Society Ltd. having, address at 2/142 Veer Santaji Lane, Off G. K. Marg, Mumbai 400013 and holding flat # 2802-2 in the building of the society, died on 13/5/13 without making any nomination. The society hereby invites claims or objections from the heir or heirs or other claimants/objector or objectors to the transfer of the said shares and interest of the deceased member in the capital/property of the society within a period of 15 days from the publication of this notice, with copies of such documents and other proofs in support of his/her/their claims/ objections for transfer of shares and interest of the deceased member in the capital/property of the society. If no claims/objections are received within the period prescribed above, the society shall be free to deal with the shares and interest of the deceased member in the capital/property of the society in such manner as is provided under the bye-laws of the society. The claims/ objections, if any, received by the society for transfer of shares and interest of the deceased member in the capital/property of the society shall be dealt with in the manner provided under the bye-laws of the society. A copy of the registered bye-laws of the society is available for inspection by the claimants/objectors, in the office of the society/with the secretary of the society between 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. from the date of publication of the notice till the date of expiry of its period. For and on behalf of Place : Mumbai The Marathon Era Co-op. Housing Society Ltd. Date : July 7, 2013 Hon. Secretary
History-sheeter, just five days out of jail, gets murdered by building watchman
By Zuber Ansari
aged to nab one of them, and hit him on his head with a n a shocking incident, a wooden stick, killing him on 36-year-old watchman the spot. The deceased has been was arrested by the Kasturba Marg police in Borivli identified as Rajesh alias for allegedly killing a history- Nagpurya Patel, 21, and posheeter with a bamboo stick lice say he had five cases regafter catching him robbing istered against him at the scrap from an under-con- Kasturba Marg Police Station struction building in Rajen- itself, of which four were of dra Nagar in Borivli (East), house break-in and one of motor vehicle theft. Interestearly on Sunday morning. Three persons had report- ingly, Patel was released edly gone to loot scraps from the jail just five days items, when the watchman ago. He and the other two posted at the building man- accused are history-sheeters
After losing hand in accident, man commits suicide
30-year-old man, injured in a train accident and admitted to a hospital two weeks ago, on Sunday allegedly committed suicide. Shankar, the deceased, had been admitted to St George Hospital on June 26 after an accident on the railway tracks. His left hand had to be amputated as a result of the injuries, police said. On Sunday, the cleaning staff of the hospital found him hanging from ceiling of the toilet inside his room, they said. Police have registered a case of accidental death. No suicide note has been found so far, whereas, the post-mortem report is awaited, police sources said, adding that neither the hospital nor the police know his or his family’s address. Continued from pg 1 « member of the union, requesting anonymity. One important violation of rules, among several, is the periodic selection of the office bearers of the union through democratic means rather than through nomina-
ctor Hrithik Roshan successfully underwent a brain surgery at a hospital here on Sunday and will be discharged in a couple of days, his father and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan said. “The surgery just got over. He (Hrithik) is doing fine now. He has been shifted to a room and will be discharged in two days,” Rakesh Roshan told PTI after the two-hour long operation. Hrithik was admitted to Hinduja Hospital in Khar yesterday morning. The 39-year-old ‘Krrish’ star was suffering from Subdural Hematoma, often caused by bleed-
tion, added the member. “Several such failures to observe the provisions of the trade union act on the part of taximen’s union have en-
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bers, saying he had managed to nab one of them and had tied him up at the site. When the cops reached the spot and found Patel lying in a pool of blood, Shukla first denied having hit him. Worlikar added, “In the post mortem we found that Patel was hit on the head. We interrogated Shukla who then confessed to the crime. We have arrested him under section 302 of the IPC for murder. He will be produced in the court on Monday.”
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and drug addicts based in Borivali, said the cops. According to senior police inspector Bharat Worlikar of Kasturba Marg Police Station, “Watchman Ram Shukla, 36, was posted at the under construction site, when the three persons came there to loot scrap items. Shukla hit Patel a few times on the head with his wooden stick, while others managed to escape. Shukla then went to the police station and informed the cops about the three rob-
raged a section of the members in the union. The enraged members, led by Jay Shri Singh and Masuq Shaikh, to mention few, have raised a banner of revolt against Quadros and have challenged his autocratic style of running the union,” informed Taufique Shaikh, also a member of the union. The objection was raised before the Registrar of Trade Unions and taking cognizance of the complaint, the registrar immediately started making enquiries into the matter. Fearing the negative outcome from the registrar, Quadros had filed an appeal before the Bombay High Court with a prayer to stay the proceedings initiated against them by the registrar straightway. However, while hearing the matter, the HC passed strictures against the taximen’s union, observing that every union has to comply with the provisions of the Trade Unions Act and further directed the Industrial Court to expedite the matter and pass the necessary orders in accordance with the Trade Unions Act. Fearing the similar outcome, the taximen’s union further went into an appeal before the Supreme Court. However, while hearing the
In the process of privatization, all kinds of new taxis have come including Meru taxi, Meru plus, Mega cab, Easy cab, Tab cab, Priyadarshni, etc. These new luxurious taxis have negatively impacted the livelihood of the humble taximen who number around 40,000 in Mumbai alone. These new taxis are being run by corporate houses that aim to replace the black and yellow taxis that have been on the roads of Mumbai for nearly 50 years. Moreover, due to the wrong policies of the government and the airport authorities, it has become just impossible to operate the old black and yellow taxis for the humble taximen to earn a living, informed Singh. matter on July 4, apex court judge Justice R M Lodha, summarily dismissed the appeal filed by the Mumbai taximen’s union. “This recent order of the apex court is a big jolt to the taximen’s union led by Quadros, who has been enjoying the privileges since last 40 years without fighting for the cause of poor taximen,” said Singh, while talking to the ADC. Meanwhile, most of the members in the higher echelons of the union are against Quadros and his operating style, and want the latter to quit from the post of union leader. firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAZY ABOUT LAPTOPS Afternoon Despatch & Courier
Pics: Sumesh Rajan
MUMBAI | MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
By Amit Srivastav
he Koparkhaiarne police have arrested seven accused and have busted a racket of burglars who posed as members of a social organization working for the upliftment of disabled children, and after doing an initial survey, would burgle several houses in the city, and make off with laptops among the valuables. The police claim to have solved at least 16 house break-in cases that took place in the city in the last four months period of which two cases were with Nerul police, one with Rabale and one with Khandeshwar police station. To check the rising cases, the Navi Mumbai police Zone I formed a special team of offi-
An officer displayingarticles and ornaments seized from the burglars. Right: A whole collection of laptops which was recovered from them. cers to check house breakins, and last month, the team led by Purshottam Karad, deputy commissioner of police, Zone I, arrested seven persons found to be in pos-
session of stolen items. Upon interrogation, they revealed that they executed their crimes in a planned manner. Sr PI Mukund Hatote informed that the group used
Only 40.86 pc turnout for Mira Rd by-poll
recorded a voter turn-out of just 40.86 per cent on Sunday. Apart from a couple of stray incidents of scuffles and verbal duels between By Suresh Golani party activists, especially y-polls for election to those representing the NCP ward number 36 (a) in the and the BJP, no major untoMira Bhayandar Municipal ward incident was reported Corporation (MBMC) during the voting process
which was held under tight police security. In the fray were Seema Jain (NCP), Seema Shah ( BJP), Varsha Gopani (Congress) and Pushpa Soni (Independent). Counting will begin at 10 am on Monday and the final results are expected to be declared by 11 am.
FOUR HELD FOR HOUSE BREAK-INS By Amit Srivastav
he Panvel police have arrested four persons who allegedly broke into a hotel in Panvel and stole valuables worth Rs.50,000 and some cash on the Friday night. In the last one week, this was the tenth case of break-ins reported in Navi Mumbai police commissionerate. According to police, four professional burglars broke into Ratnadeep Hotel in Panvel in the wee hours of Friday and stole valuables including one LCD television, two mobile phones and Rs.10,000 in cash. Krishna Gauda, the owner of the hotel, came to know of the burglary only on Friday morning. “After initial investigation, we anticipated that the culprits would not be residents of Panvel and they might try to flee either by bus or train. So we deployed our officials at the bus depots and at the Panvel railway station,” said Ajit Shinde, police sub inspector of Panvel police station. “Around 8.30 am on Satur-
day morning, we noticed four persons waiting for a train at the railway station. They were also carrying bags with them. We asked them about their destination, but all four replied different destinations which raised our suspicion. We then frisked them and checked their bags and found the TV set. They were then taken to the police station,” Shinde said. They were later arrested and identified as Keru Shaha (22), Amit Khan (19), Imran Khan (21) and Imzara Shaikh (19), all were residents of Wadala. They had stolen one LCD television, two mobile phones and Rs.10,000 in cash from the hotel. The police have booked them under sections 380, 347, 457 of the Indian Penal Code. They were presented before the judicial court on Saturday afternoon sent on police remand for three days. “Upon interrogation, they have confessed to the crime. We have recovered the stolen goods and the cash from their possession. We are now
interrogating, if they have committed similar crimes in the city earlier,” another officer from Panvel police station said.
Total `2.55 crore property loss till May in 2013
As per the data provided by the crime branch of Navi Mumbai police, in the first five months of 2013, a total 215 cases of house breaks in was reported and estimated Rs.2,55,41,090 property was lost. A major part of the property loss was reported during the night house breaks in. In 2012, a total 564 cases of house break in were reported. Total cases of house breaks in: 2013 (Jan to May) 2012 215 564
Total property loss: During day Rs. 44,57,170 At Night Rs. 2,10,83920 Total Rs. 2,55,41,090
to survey houses which are normally closed during day while they went about collecting donation for their organization. “They posed as members of Sai Gopal Chari-
table Centre, which works for underprivileged and disabled children, and sought financial donations and old garments from the homes which had occupants. At the same
07 Koparkhairane police bust racket by thieves from ‘social organization’ who targeted homes after doing survey time, they would watch out for houses where owners were working and therefore not available during the day, so that they could enter such houses and steal valuables. They also prepared certificates of the organization which they would show when demanded,” said Hatote. Police have recovered 34 laptops, two cameras, three computers, two LCD TVs and 50 grams of gold ornaments worth Rs.10 lakh. The arrested were identified as Rajkumar Makhaji (24), Kran Dafiya (20), Arvind Madan Nat (22), Lala Bhuputiya Nat (24), Shankar Patwari (22), Mithun Bhupatiya Nat (24) all are residents of Dombivali while Kamlesh Harish Haswani (24), is a resident of Ulhasnagar in Thane. email@example.com
TRAILER BEFORE TRIAL SSC, HSC exam
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MUMBAI | MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
Internships for law students to help them get better when they take up the profession
By Kainaz Choksey
training, law students will be introduced to subjects like forensic sciince no internships are in- ence, juvenile law, preventive laws cluded in the syllabus at the such as Terrorist and Disruptive Acundergraduate level for law tivities (Prevention) Act (TADA), students pursuing an L.L.B. course Prevention of Terrorism Act(POTA), in Maharashtra, students lack the Motor Accidents Claim Tribuexpertise of the subject and hence nal(MACT). At present, a batch of 40 most of cases do not reach an effec- students from the Government Law tive judgement in the actual court- College is availing of the opporturoom. To make that change in the nity of legal internships, which have interests of justice, Professor Dipak been approved by the Bar Council Chatterjee of Lala Lajpatrai College of Maharashtra and Goa.” “Since law students studying in has started legal internships for law students at the undergraduate level. law colleges in Maharashta are According to Chatterjee, never given practical knowledge “Through seminars and practical and have never visited courtrooms,
they have no idea about how important it is for both the prosecution and the defence lawyers to put forth their arguments which will help the case reach its conclusion,” said Chatterjee who added that he will be roping in several retired judges, police officers and lawyers for the internship programme. Chatterjee spoke about how police now rely on forensic reports and lawyers today don’t know much about the subject and hence cannot deliver the right arguments in a court of law, which is very important for a case, as there has to be corroboration.
Pothole politics By A Staff Reporter
he Bharatiya Janata Party, which is the alliance partner in the Sena-led combine in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), filled up potholes in various parts of the city on Friday, as part of a protest against the civic administration’s lethargic attitude about the condition of the roads in the city. This constructive idea of protest was the brainchild of former councilor and MLC Advocate Ashish Shelar, who asked his party workers to fill potholes in their respective wards to register their protest against the civic body and the contractors. Shelar had also come to meet Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte in his capacity as head of BJP Mumbai and gave him memorandum on 20 various points relating to the development of the city, earlier this week. The opposition quickly criticized this move as a publicity stunt, with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena group leader in the BMC, Dilip Lande, saying, “It clearly shows that the Shiv Sena and the BJP which are ruling in the BMC have failed to control the civic administration.” He added “Filling pothole is the responsibility of the administration and they have crores of rupees as budget provision for the same. I guess there is no communication between the Shiv Sena and the BJP, and that is why they had to come down to the roads.” Every year, the civic body has been spending an estimated Rs.800
By A Special Correspondent
early twenty percent of the states IAS officers, including BMC Commissioner Sitaram Kunte and MHADA Vice President Satish Gavai, have not declared their assets this year. An RTI query has revealed this reality. According to the information provided by the state government to the RTI application moved by Pune-based activist Vihar Dhruve, as many as 56 of the 294 IAS officers did not declare their assets in 2012, as was made mandatory by the Central
By Yatin Ingle
teacher of Hansraj Morarji Public School, Andheri, who said, “It’s is a he state board of education al- great idea by the state board auready having declared results thorities. Prior issues regarding the and having done the First Year Jun- delay in submission of forms from ior College (FYJC) admission the schools to the board offices ocprocess online, has moved one curred due to which the hall tickmore step ahead. Students who ets were delayed. If at all errors will be appearing for the State Sec- took place, the forms were held ondary Certificate (SSC) and back for corrections. Finally, it Higher Secondary Certificate seems an automated work for the (HSC) will have to fill their exami- state board.” The ADC spoke to Laxmikanth nation forms online. It is the first time that a state school examina- Pandey, Chairman of Maharashtra tion form will be filled online by State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, who the students. Since the beginning, the SSC said, “After carrying out the declaand HSC examination forms were ration of SSC and HSC board refilled by the students in their re- sults online along with the FYJC spective schools. The school then online admission process, the forwarded these forms to the State board has now decided to Board office of the state education start the board examination forms department. As the forms were to be filled online. The process is still under plansubmitted, within a few months, students would receive their hall ning and development.” When tickets from the board. Now that asked about the implementation the process will be carried out on- of this process, Pandey said, line, it seems that students will not “Mostly the process might start have to wait any more to receive from this academic year, but it totally depends upon its finalizatheir hall tickets. Talking to Uday Nare, senior tion.”
ACCIDENTS NO MORE? Centre assures state on quadrupling Mumbai-Goa Highway By Prashant Hamine
nion Minister for Surface Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes has assured Minister for Public Works Chhagan Bhujbal about undertaking the expansion of the 366 km Mumbai-
BJP’s Sardar Tara Singh filling potholes as a mark of protest against BMC negligence. crore on road repairs, but there is no improvement noticed anywhere. Ashish Shelar clarified, “Being in the power, our (ruling party) job is to pass the tender on time. After pass-
ing the tender, it is the administration’s responsibility to supervise the work and get it done by the contractors. We are filling potholes as a protest against the administration.”
ASSETS UNDISCLOSED government. As per the Central directive in 2010, bureaucrats have to submit their investment details to government every year on January 1. As per the reply to the query, twenty per cent of the state’s bureaucrats failed to submit their investment details last year. Interestingly, the 2010 and 2011 records of investment details of bureaucrats were destroyed in the Mantralaya fire. The state govern-
ment has no records if the bureaucrats had submitted their investment details earlier in 2008 and 2009. Apart from Kunte and Gavai, Valsa Nair Singh, Sumit Mallick, S K Srivastav, Amitabh Joshi, Nand Kumar, Debashish Chakravarty, T S Thekekara, S S Zende, S D Shinde, Rajgopal Deora, Sonia Sethi, Jagdish Patil are some of the other officials who have failed to declare their assets.
Union Minister for Surface Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes
Goa Highway stretch between Indapur and Zarap. The assurance to this effect came after Bhujbal called on Fernandes yesterday at Sahyadri state guest house and drew his attention to the fact that the narrow stretch of the highway has often witnessed fatal road accidents in the state. The PWD minister also spoke of the hardships vehicle owners and commuters have to face on the narrow stretch of the highway. Bhujbal stated that, considering the situation, there was urgent need to expand this road. Fernandes then assured Bhujbal that the Centre would immediately expedite the highway expansion work. Bhujbal also discussed the need for similar expansion of the Sinnar to Khed stretch of the Pune-Nashik National Highway. The state is expected to get Rs.760 crores by way of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for expansion of road networks under its jurisdiction under privatization from the Centre. Fernandes assured Bhujbal that he would to look into this matter as well after Bhujbal urged the union minister for maximum allocation of funds from the Central Road Fund for taking up construction of road networks in the state.
‘FLIRTING’ WITH DEATH
Afternoon Despatch & Courier
MUMBAI | MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
Couples canoodling by the sea are a big headache for Bandra Police, especially during the monsoon
Lovers jump off moving train as parents, commuters watch in horror By Suresh Golani
whereabouts of the couple, he, along with other family members, landed up at the he love story of a young couple from Nalasopara flat on Saturday. After being convinced by an assurance Malad ended on a tragic note after the 17-year-old girl jumped off from a moving that they would be married at the right local between Vasai and Nalasopara rail- time, the couple agreed to return home way stations late on Saturday evening. and all of them boarded a ChurchgateWhile the girl was fortunate to survive bound local. However even before they with a fractured leg, her 25-year-old reached Bhayandar, Panchal and Disha’s boyfriend who also jumped behind her, father got into a heated argument, succumbed to deep head injuries before prompting the couple to alight from the he could be admitted to a private hospital train at Bhayandar station in order to return to their flat in Nalasopara. in Vasai. They boarded a Virar-bound train, only According to the police, the girl, Disha (name changed), a resident of Kurar vil- to be followed by their parents. As the train lage in Malad (East) was in love with left Vasai station, Disha jumped off from Jayesh Panchal, a 25-year-old youth resid- the footboard of the train, a shocked ing in the same locality. As both the fami- Jayesh got up from his seat and he too lies were opposed to their relationship, the jumped off, even as their family members couple eloped and got married at a and fellow commuters watched in temple before shifting to a rented horror. Disha survived as she apparently accommodation in Nalasopara just jumped when the train had just moved out of the platform, however when three days ago. While Disha is a standard X student, Jayesh took a leap, the train had picked Jayesh assisted in his father’s business. The up speed, officials said. “A case of girl’s father had refrained from registering accidental death has been registered a police complaint as he was aware that and Jayesh’s body has been over to his his daughter had voluntarily eloped with family after the autopsy,” said GRP PSI P. Jayesh. When he came to know about the S. Bhangare.
By Zuber Ansari
easide locations are a favourite among youngsters throughout the year, but the famous Bandra Bandstand is infamous as the most dangerous. The many warning and notice boards placed all over and at the entrance to the beach area do not deter couple from entering and going to the rocks by the sea. The BMC's disaster management cell keeps issuing high tide alerts and many NGOs, including the Maharashtra Christian Forum, Bandra Band Stand Residents Association (BBRA), etc have taken the initiative to stop
couples from going near the rocks during the monsoon season, but couples still ignore warnings. The bandstand at Bandra has therefore witnessed numerous cases of drowning in the recent past, with several young couples dying after getting trapped on the rocks during high tide. Talking the ADC, a police inspector from Bandra police station, on condition of anonymity, said that during the monsoon, we intensify our patrolling at the Band Stand to keep a watch on couples spending time on the rock every evening after 6 pm, requesting the couples to come out, but they ignore us.
We have requested local fishermen, who are accomplished swimmers, to help with quick response in cases of accidents due to the sudden rise in sea levels during high tide, he added. Maharashtra Christian Forum president, Agnelo Fernandez, said, "I have already written to the BMC as well as other authorities, to stop these couples as well as other persons from going inside the sea. Many outsiders, who are migrating to Mumbai for the first time, also try to go inside the sea as they are not aware about high tides and do not know how save themselves when overcome by the waves.
ALERT AT CHAITYABHOOMI…
Azad Shrivastav | ADC
Following nine low-intensity serial blasts targeted at the pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya and Maha Bodhi Temple complex, in Bihar, on Sunday. Plainclothes policemen and security personnel inspecting the precincts of Chaityabhoomi, in Dadar, yesterday.
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Ponder awhile... “Cyber terrorism could also become more attractive as the real and virtual worlds become more closely coupled, with automobiles, appliances, and other devices attached to the Internet.” — Dorothy Denning
Congress-DMK ties as close as ever T
he Dravida Munnetra Mazhagam (DMK) had to do one better than Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK with regard to the Tamilian Sri Lanka issue which caused a lot of anger in Tamil Nadu. DMK’s Karunanidhi had no go but to end the association with the UPA which was seem by people as siding with the Sri Lanka government. The DMK would have become unpopular and Jayalalithaa would have gained a lot of political ground if it had continued to be an ally of the ruling Congress party. The UPA government evidently appreciated the compulsions faced by the DMK and let it to. To the Congress, the DMK was a big reliable supporter. With the exit of the DMK, it had to face several problems relating to mustering of majority support in parliament. It is evident it was waiting for the return of the DMK. It has seized an opportunity to prove that it wants the DMK back: It has extended its support to DMK’s A. Raja and Kanimozhi and helped them become Rajya Sabha members. It is a clear indication that the Congress would like to cooperate with the DMK with regard to the 2014 poll. In all probability, DMK will continue its association with the Congress. Jayalalithaa will be supporting the BJP a “friendly party.” After the Rajya Sabha elections, Kanimozhi met Congress President Sonia Gandhi. This meeting was described as a courtesy call, but evidently there is more to this courtesy call than meets the eye. One thing becomes clear: friendship between the Congress and the DMK has been firmly sealed after the former made two DMK leaders members of the Rajya Sabha.
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resident Pranab Mukherjee would have been fully within his constitutional right if he had said no to promulgate the food security ordinance. His fidelity, in word and sprit, to the Constitution would have prevailed had he asked the Cabinet to reconsider the move. Yes, once the Cabinet were to return it, as it would certainly have, he would not have had any other option than to sign on the dotted line. But he would still have made an important point. The founding fathers did not envisage the ordinance route to present the Parliament a fait accompli. That would mean shortchanging the Parliament. Notwithstanding what its members have made of it in recent decades, there can still be no denying the supremacy of Parliament in our democratic system. Bypassing it to push through a highly questionable vote-seeking ordinance is an affront to Parliament. And was a challenge to the Head of the Republic to exercise his discretion in sending it back to the Cabinet, especially when the monsoon session was only a couple of weeks away. Alas, Mukherjee too took the path of least resistance. Heavens wouldn’t have fallen had the food security bill been debated openly in Parliament and outside and then approved. Or disapproved. Almost overnight, that chief megaphone of the decrepit Government, Manish Tiwari, seems to have discovered that 67 per cent of Indians need cheap cereals. Having ruled for more than half a century, that confession about the extent of hunger and poverty still prevalent in the country is a stinging self- indictment of the ruling party. If for sixty-plus years you failed to feed the poor and the hungry, a couple of weeks would have hardly made any difference, especially when the intended beneficiaries were not desperate for the next freebie from the Congress’ Mother Bountiful. The real motive behind the ordinance is not to provide succour to the needy. No. It is to claim the exclusive ownership of a potentially disastrous scheme whose immediate objective is to hoodwink the voters into reelecting the UPA. Instead of seeking a fresh mandate on its performance in 2014 — what performance, did you say? — the 10 Janpath Establishment seems to have latched on to the food security stratagem as its electionwinning ‘Brahmastra’. They hope that the poor will be sufficiently grateful for the free food and vote en masse for the ‘mai-baap sarkar’ resident at 10 Janpath. We are afraid even the poor have come a long way from the early 70s when mesmerised by Indira Gandhi’s promise of ‘garibi hatao’ they had given her an unprecedented mandate. Since then they have not only acquired greater political wisdom but thanks to the rise in literacy and the communications revolution, even the 67 per cent that Tiwari wants to lure with the promise of cheap rations have come to treat electoral promises with great distrust and suspicion. The food security promise was part of the 2009 Congress manifesto, wasn’t it? Why, at the fag end of the Lok Sabha should the lotus eaters in New Delhi suddenly remember the hunger pangs of the poor. Clearly, the elections are upon us. The poverty and hunger of the masses is to be used as an instrument for winning that election. Period. How the hare-brained scheme would distort the entire food economy, pressurise the fisc, encourage the culture of entitlements, create huge administrative bottlenecks, lead to huge leakages, etc., apparently, is of no concern to those who see the measure purely as a vote-security ruse. Notably, some of the Scandinavian countries having put in place the most effective social security system in the world are now hard put to scale it down a bit, now that their economies are under
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stress. Here in India we are way off from their per capita incomes but are piling on nearfree entitlements on citizens with the sole purpose of buying votes at the expense of honest taxpayers — and probably not on those who self-confessedly steal taxes like a spokesman of a leading political party. Instead, the same money can be better spent on providing ‘pukka’ school buildings, paying salaries to lakhs of teachers on time, providing healthcare to the poor, imparting vocational skills to them so that they can be self-employed, and a thousand other things that can truly empower the deprived sections of the people. Free rations is an assault on good sense. By the way, the poor too cannot live on rice, or wheat alone. They need firewood, cooking oil, clothes, soap, a roof over their heads, cheap transport, reasonably priced water and electricity, et al. How about taking care of that too? The consumer price inflation is still running in double-digits. But the anti-poverty warriors are distributing cheap rations, while indiscriminately raising
But the more significant giveaway is the grant of 40,000 bilateral rights (seats) to the Jet-Etihad airline and the permission to fly from some 20-odd regional airports. It will inflict lasting damage on the entire domestic aviation industry. But Ajit Singh is an honorable man. He must deliver on the deal. And, therefore, please note, he has gone to Sonia Gandhi to demand that it be implemented. Manmohan Singh, meanwhile, can create post-deal correspondence and records to claim that he kept himself at arm’s length when his Civil Aviation Minister initialed a one-sided agreement with Jet-Etihad. We will be unfair to Naresh Goel if we failed to acknowledge his tremendous persuasive skills.
Chi, Chi… not done
s Sushma Swaraj so insecure about the growing presence of Smriti Irani in the BJP that her side-kick who invariably clings to her as if he were her security guard has to threaten Irani in the foulest language possible? Apparently, Irani, who is turning out to be a surprise package what with an equal amount of histrionics and intellect on display on the nightly television debates, gave it back to him as good as she got, telling him to repeat his threat in public so that she could give him the benefit of her fist. Well done, Smriti. Batting for Modi might be a crime in this boorish man’s lexicon, not hers.
ormer Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla’s hopes of becoming the Lt. Virendra Kapoor Governor of Delhi were peremptorily shot down by Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit. She the price of water, electricity and other es- would not have him at any cost. Even Presisential services and goods. dent Mukherjee was not enthusiastic for a If the truth be told, the ruling politicians head of a constitutional body to be rewarded have a very poor idea of the collective wisdom with a post-retirement sinecure. Dr. K.K. Paul of the poor. They still suffer from a feudal was keen on Delhi. But Paul, whose wife, mindset, treating the poor as dumb cattle, to Ometa, is the Secretary to the President, too be kept in good humor with an occasional met resistance from Dikshit, who argued that crumb from their table. Fortunately, the voter having served as the head of the Delhi Police has acquired an uncanny sense to be able to not long ago she would not like to have him sift the chaff of false election-eve promises now as Delhi’s Lt. Governor. from the grain of good governance. He is unAnother name for Delhi was of senior likely to forgive the loot and plunder, the Supreme Court advocate, K.T.S. Tulsi. But at crony capitalism, the non-performance of the the last minute they wanted him to take up last five years merely because they want to the governorship of a north-eastern State. He fob him off with a bag of cheap rice. Such said no. It would be Delhi or nothing. Tulsi cheap transactional politics is bound to recoil may still be rewarded with a ticket from one on its practitioners. of the seven parliamentary constituencies. He is in the good books of the Congress leadership.
Ajit does an A. Raja on PM
jit Singh has done an A. Raja on Manmohan Singh. And, true to type, the latter is belatedly protesting his innocence and fortifying himself against a possible charge that he too was complicit in the decision-making process leading up to the one-sided Jet-Etihad deal. And, not unlike Raja, the Civil Aviation Minister too is hell-bent on pushing through the deal, which gives almost gratis some 40,000 Indian seats per week to the Abu Dhabi flag-carrier. Without that sweetener, mind you, Etihad would not have picked up 24 per cent stake in the loss-making Jet. That there is more to this deal than meets the eye is confirmed by the fact that with mere 24 percent, Etihad would be in the pilot’s seat in Jet and would shift the operational headquarters to Abu Dhabi. Between Naresh Goel and Ajit Singh it is hard to say who is more devious. Remember it was after the advent of Ajit Singh in Civil Aviation Ministry that domestic airlines were allowed to charge extra for window, aisle seats, etc., and, more importantly, the free baggage allowance was reduced from 20 to 15 kilos.
Receptacle for plants
propos the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. Apparently, someone high-up in the Home Ministry has post-haste deleted a vital paragraph from the testimony of the Pakistani-American terrorist, David Headley, wherein he had confessed that she was a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and was recruited by the ISI to eliminate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. But because the record of Headley’s testimony is present in more than one place, including with the Americans, it will not be hard to pin down the Home Ministry once the new regime is in place in New Delhi. These things are not so easily obliterated from official files whatever be the ulterior motive of the current political masters. Meanwhile, the ruling Congress has used its favourite receptacle in the media to plant twisted versions of the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. Its owners are only interested in buying up pieces of real estate in exotic locations and have become immensely wealthy by undertaking suchlike commissioned jobs.
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Food Bill will be another failure
A LOT of hue and cry has been created by the opposition parties about the Congress Party’s food bill which became an ordinance after receiving the President’s nod. I am of the opinion that this bill will not be a financial burden on the country’s economy and will actually help to battle malnutrition and hunger in the nation, a promise which was made by the Congress in their 2009 poll manifestos. I strongly feel that the opposition parties, who are criticizing the food bill, do not want the poor to prosper with a minimum supply of grain for their daily survival, and in fact want to dictate their own terms and conditions over the poor and helpless farmers. With this ordinance, 80 crore poor people will definitely receive food grain under the central scheme; something which has never happened in the history of the India. It is the Congress-led UPA government who has always believed in the welfare of the poor and has taken this step with out the support of the selfish opposition parties who only seek to further widen the gap between the rich and the poor for their selfish political gains. The urgent need of the hour is that the food bill ordinance must be implemented with immediate effect for the progress and betterment of the poor and of the country. — Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai
Bills, like the one on Food Security, are primarily designed to lure voters. people living on or below the poverty line, in their favour. The Congress is doing exactly what Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and several other states are doing, by offering freebies to voters at the people’s expense. In the name of public welfare, such schemes are designed to lure voters, which is unfair. The Congress government which has ruled India most of time after independence must share part of the blame for the ever increasing numbers of people below the poverty line, caused by their flawed policies and their agenda of preventing people from being self sufficient. If after seven decades of independence people are still starving and need the state’s help to survive, then there is something seriously wrong the model of growth we have adopted. The government must work towards making people self-reliant rather than keeping them with a beggar’s bowl in their hands permanently.
This has reference to your editorial ‘Ordinance: Why the Govt. is in a hurry’ which appeared recently. You have rightly questioned the wisdom of the government in hurrying up a bill by passing the ordinance in haste. A bill of such importance which will have a huge — Ashok Goswami impact financially should not have been pushed through in such a hurry. The government thinks that As reported it is indeed very by pushing this bill they may be shocking to note that the UPA govable to influence a vast majority of ernment is trying to pass an ordi-
Awareness drive is a must THE monsoon makes life miserable in Mumbai and increases the number of building collapses. The incessant rains loosen the soil, and if the foundation of a particular building is not strong enough then the chances of the building collapsing are even higher. While the Bhiwandi collapse highlighted the issue of substandard construction posing a danger to lives, the recent CAG report has come down heavily on the shoddy repair and reconstruction work carried out by MHADA in dilapidated buildings in Mumbai, endangering thousands of lives. The Bhiwandi collapse could have been avoided had the builders taken remedial measures by using good quality construction material and creating a strong foundation. This callous attitude is the root cause for all major
The callous attitude of builders is the root cause of building collapses in the city.
construction related mishaps. The BMC’s method of tackling builders in cases of illegal constructions is an upside down approach to the problem. However, it is time to call a spade a spade and take stringent measures wherever needed, to make things move in the right direction. It is time to set up a drive to vacate people staying in dilapidated buildings at the beginning of the monsoon, to save as many lives as we can. — Subbu Jayant, Khargar
SRA is a flawed concept THIS is with reference to your cover story ‘32 packs of cards’. It is hardly surprising that tenements constructed under the Slum Relocation Authority (SRA) scheme keep collapsing at regular intervals. None of the builders who quote for these schemes have LETTER OF any genuine concern for THE DAY the slum dwellers they are meant to house. Their primary interest is the extra FSI granted by a magnanimous government and the free sale flats where they can make exorbitant profits. The compulsory tenements are regarded as a nuisance to be disposed of as cheaply as possible. Invariably they subcontract the tenements to fly -bynight architects and structural engineers and to the least qualified con-
nance for a food security bill at break-neck speed without presenting it in Parliament, whose session is due hardly 10 days from now. This is ironic considering on several occasions in the past, the UPA government headed by the Congress party has always claimed that the Parliament is supreme and that several bills, particularly the Lok Pal bill should be presented in Parliament first. One reason to explain this decision would be the elections which are due shortly and are waking the government up from a deep slumber. This bill is as unnecessary as almost all the bills of the Congress party which have ended in complete failure. We cannot forget the Farm Waiver Bill which was a total failure giving way to naked corruption and prevented the money from reaching the rightful people. The SC in fact had directed the government to distribute the kilos of grain lying in storage, among the poor, a directive which was not heeded by the government. If the SC order was followed there would probably be no need for a food security bill. — S.P. Sharma, Napean Sea Road
tractors who have almost zero engineering knowledge and are little more than construction foremen. The only virtue these gentlemen possess is that they come cheap. Naturally they recover their costs by using adulterated cement and concrete and previously used steel reinforcement bars that they buy as scrap. The authorities who are supposed to supervise the construction are also least bothered, since they have made their money while awarding the contracts. The whole SRA scheme of providing free or highly subsidised housing to encroachers is a flawed concept. These slum dwellers occupy public land and footpaths with total immunity. Instead of being penalized for their illegal act, they are handsomely rewarded. In effect, the vote bank grabbing authorities are laying out a welcome mat for outsiders to come and make hay in an already overcrowded city. Before the bleeding hearts shout themselves hoarse, they should know that many of these “poor” sell off their free houses and go back to erecting more slums; plus many slum families possess a refrigerator, color TV and other gadgets. One could perhaps condone the government if its intention was genuinely philanthropic. It is well known however, that the SRA scheme is used as yet another mulch
cow to be milked by public officials their hour of grief, those who have been rescued by these brave perfor illegal gratification. — Firoze Hirjikaka, Colaba, sonnel and reached their homes safely would always owe deep gratitude to their rescuers. It is also shocking to read reports that inspite ‘BOIL your water’ (ADC, July 5), re- of the weather bureau issuing an adveals the alarming condition of the visory of heavy rain; the Government quality of water supplied by the of Uttarakhand took no steps to preBMC after the monsoon has set in. vent the influx of tourists. It would As the Hydraulic Engineer men- therefore be in the fitness of things tioned, this is a regular feature every and as a mark of respect to the memmonsoon where the water turns tur- ory of the brave pilot of the helicopter bid and is generally yellow in that crashed, that the recently inaucolour. However, this year, the qual- gurated Eastern Express freeway in ity seems to have further deterio- Mumbai is named after the son of the rated considering the increase in the soil, the late Wing Commander Darryl cases of gastroenteritis, cholera and Castelino, putting to rest any controother water borne diseases. The versies of it being named after politiBMC needs to test water samples as- cians whose followers so demand. certain fitness for usage and — Apurva Parekh, Mumbai also conduct a visual inspection to see if there is any leakage in the water supply mains which may lead to water contamination. In fact this UTTARAKHAND’S Himalayan should be done before citizens find Tsunami has wreaked havoc causing themselves seriously ill. It is easy to a major loss of life and property. Naadvise people to boil their water and ture delivered its knock out punch filter it before use, but many might to India’s most sacred centre leading not be able to easily afford this kind to devastation on a scale rarely seen of luxury during the entire mon- in Indian history. Over 10,000 were soon season in view of the BMC’s stranded in pockets and clusters on shortcomings. Today, water filters hills without food and water for sevand gas are all rather expensive for eral days, clinging to precious life in those who live from hand to mouth. the hope that relief will come and — Bikram Banerjea, Mumbai they will be evacuated to safety. The torrential rains and unfriendly weather also hampered rescue operations. It is to the credit of the InTHE ‘Afternoon…’ deserves to be dian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border congratulated for giving the readers Police that most of the survivors a detailed account and report of the have been transferred to safer zones tragedy faced by the local inhabi- through their whole hearted efforts. tants, tourists and pilgrims to the The holy place was made a forsaken Chardham in Uttarakhand and Hi- ‘samshaan’ with dead bodies littered all over while survivors had a tough machal Pradesh. Never before has a rescue mission time managing in a rain ravaged of this magnitude been undertaken place. Raging waters have swalby the Indian Airforce, Navy and lowed their families, homes, liveliArmy. It speaks volumes of the hood and hope of a secure future. courage and bravery of the officers What does future hold for them? carrying out the rescue work and How they will rebuild their lives saving as many lives as they could amidst devastation and depression. in inclement weather and rough Relief, rescue and rehabilitation are terrain risking their lives. These offi- their only hope. Several roads have cers should be given appropriate re- been washed away in the cloud wards for their selfless sacrifice and burst and entire stretches of land going beyond their call of duty. were made inaccessible. Epidemics While those who have lost their loom large. The nation now beckons near and dear ones would be in a its citizens to the call of the hills, to state of mourning and only condo- respond generously in the relief and lences of their relatives and friends rehabilitation efforts. would give them some solace in — Anandambal Subbu, Kalina
Fix leakages in water mains
Can they rebuild their lives?
Bravo, brave men
What is the motive behind Ishrat’s murder? IN every murder case there is always some motive for murder. That is why the police always considers this and investigates a case accordingly. In the case of Ishrat Jahan Shaikh, what is the motive for her murder and that of the three other terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Toiba? The government’s parrot CBI and all Ishrat’s supporters cannot figure this out. If the motive was to kill Muslims, the there are so many Muslims all over the city. Why to go to a far off place like Mumbra? This surely means that Ishrat was also a terrorist, as was revealed by David Coleman Headley, the LeT terrorist and mastermind of the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai, who has been sentenced to 35 years of rigorous imprisonment by a Chicago court. — K.G.Acharya, Mumbai
WHY should Diggy Raja seek a clarification from the MHA about whether Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist or not? The CBI has clearly
Ishrat’s killing, accidental or planned? stated in its affidavit to the court that she was not a terrorist, but her associates were. Can the MHA take a stand contradicting the one taken by the CBI before a designated judicial tribunal? After all, how reliable could David Headley’s statement be about Ishrat’s alleged links with the LeT? He is also undergoing a trial for his suspected terrorist connections. — Arun Malankar, Santa Cruz
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MUMBAI | MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013 Q.2(B) B.I Activity for testing factual understanding (2) Non-Textual Passage B.2 Activity for testing comprehension/question/s (2) B.3 Activity for testing contextual meaning of words (2) B.4 Activity for testing grammar in context (2) B.5 Personal response/Thinking skill based question (2) Total: 10 marks Section II: Poetry Q.3 (A) A. 1 Activity for testing factual understanding (2) Extract from a Textual Poem A.2 Question on understandin Interpretative/Complex factual/Inference (2) A.3 Activity for testing meaning of a word/s in context. Poetic Devices (1) Q.3 (B) B. 1 Activity for testing factual understanding (2) Extract from a Textual Poem B.2 Question on understanding, Interpretative/Complex factual/Inference (2) B3. Activity for testing meaning of a word/s in context/Poetic devices (1)
MAKING THE STUDY OF ENGLISH ENJOYABLE
e have more words than nations - we have a dozen words for the same thing. This is the beauty of the English language. English language is global and occupies a special place in academics. Maharashtra state has always been a pioneer in new changes in education and facing new challenges. The English books of Std. 9 and Std. 10 are of A4 size with the cover page and back page which symbolize the illustrations, pictures and photographs of the text. Also, websites and Internet has been used in the language. The book is activity-based and therefore contributes towards fun–learning. Learning by doing and constructivism in learning have been extensively used. This will definitely eradicate rote learning and generate learning by thinking, applied learning and pragmatic approach with the frill of communicative methodology. The multi-coloured book has sprinklers of activities, which has made the learning of language enjoyable. The students love to take the course book in hand and actually read. The integrated and enquiry–approach of grammar has been well-woven into the fabric of the language. Std. 9 book has all the objectives of the various skills outlined. The book is skill-based and has activity approach. The four major skills of language are Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing have been explained through the objectives outlined and therefore the learning outcomes are clarified. The selected text is contemporary and authentic. It has reference to the core components of NPE and has done justice to NCF, SCF, and RTE. Even Environment has been given its due importance. The language of Std. 10 book is thematic, ranging from WIT and Humair (Unit 1), Nature and environment (Unit 2), Sports and Adventure (Unit 3), Science and Technology (Unit 4), Food and Health (Unit 5), Art and Culture (Unit 6), People and Personality ( Unit 7), India and Neighbours (Unit 8) and Rapid Reading with Story, one-act play and an article. Truly, the coursebook has a variety, making, interesting, reading. In the Std. 9 coursebook, Human Relations, Travel and Tourism are included. Also the map of each unit has helped to read the unit carefully, making it very clear about the various skills of communicating and thinking intertwined in it. The activities included for learning has raised its bar of excellence. The course book is excellent as a tool of teaching and learning. For the first time every writing task has been explained in terms of ‘HOW TO’ which is the most important aspect of writing. The Writing Tasks range from letter-writing, speech, dialogue, report expansion of alia, developing a story, framing 10 questions for Interview, fact file, flow charts to recipe writing (process). The vocabulary running through the book engulfs vocabulary related to science, nature, sports, nutrition, cookery giving a holistic approach to language development. Let me now throw light on the skills of language development and learning.
Shailaja Mulay Teacher Counsellor ENGLISH (FIRST LANGUAGE) A.3 Activity for testing contextual meaning of words (2) A.4 Activity for testing grammar in context (2) A.5 Personal response/Thinking skill based question (2) Total: 10 marks Q.I (B) B. 1 Activity for testing factual understanding (2) Textual Passage B.2 Activity tor testing comprehension/question/s (2) B.3 Activity for testing contextual meaning of words (2) B.4 Activity for testing grammar in context (2) B.5 Personal response/Thinking skill based question (2) Total : 10 marks Q.2 (A) A. 1 Activity for testing factual understanding (2) Non-Textual Passage A.2 Activity for testing comprehension/question/s (2) A.3 Activity for testing contextual meaning of words (2) A.4 Activity for testing grammar in context (2) A.5 Personal response/ Thinking skill based question (2) Total : 10 marks
1) What is reading? It is the mental process of understanding a writer’s message. Reading is for various purposes: Information, Education, Acquiring physical skills, instructions, interests, pleasure or entertainment, taste and refinement. 2) What is listening? It is the ability to pick up the word based on intonation, phonetics, accent, identifying sound and thus understanding its meaning in the context. 3) What is writing? It is the skill to express in words, taking care of spellings, punctuation and the purpose of the activity. 4) What is speaking? It is the skill of oral presentation of views, opinions, judgments. Now, let us have a look at the question paper. It will be called activity skill. It will look like a leaf from the course book. Marks : 80
Time : 3 hrs. ENGLISH (First Language) Std.X Question Paper Format
Section I: Reading Skill, Vocabulary and Grammar Q.I (A) A. 1 Activity for testing factual understanding Textual Passage A.2 Activity for testing comprehension/question/s
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Total: 05 Marks Section III: Rapid Reading Q.4 A. 1 Activity for testing factual understanding (1) Extract from Rapid Reading Section A.2 Comprehension activity (2) A.3 Question testing personal response/thinking skill (2) Total: 05 marks Section IV : Writing Skill Q.5 (A) Letter writing A.I Infonnal OR A.2 Formal = 4 Writing+ 1 Grammar Q.5 (B) B.I Report writing OR B.2 Dialogue writing = 4 Writing + 1 Grammar Q6 (A) A.I Information Transfer (Non-verbal to Verbal)/(Verbal to non verbal)/Process/Diary/Interview/Factfile Q.6 = 4 Writing + 1 Grammar B.I Speech = 4 Writing + 1 Grammar OR B.2 View and Counter-view Q.7 Expansion of ideas/Developing a story = 4 Writing 4 + 1 Grammar Total : 25 Marks Grand Total : 80 Marks The QP is activity based, based on situations, relevant to life. The activity has to be real, not imaginative, it has to be relevant to life and yet nurtures HOTS - Higher Order Thinking Skills. Guidelines will be given as facilitation to set the thought process rolling. The student will be encouraged to use the vocabulary from the text and beyond so as to feel free to express. Effective reading will have weightage, thus inculcating reading habits. Also, the ability to read between the lines is encouraged with view and counter view. All in all the course book and the paper pattern will encourage the learner to read, think, express with personal choice of vocabulary. Also, these activities which are not for evaluation but for learning and familiarity e.g. Book Reviews, Film Reviews. This will sharpen the analytical thinking of students and encourage appreciation and constructive criticism. Thus positive approach will be inculcated. On the whole, a through study of the English books 9,10,11,12 Stds. will definitely prepare them for all competitive exams, especially Verbal Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and of course, opinions of facts and expressions of views. That’s language! Well, English language has undergone a transformation globally. In Maharashtra we have also brought out a ‘dynamic’, radical change with great effort and challenge. I’m sure, the change will be well- accepted, the book will be wellreceived’ and the paper pattern will be taken with a smile! The book is student friendly, learner centric and therefore English is a no-fear, but only ‘comfort- zone’ subject! Hoping English will be accepted as the most important and relevant subject in today’s time, because nothing is possible without language and communication! Language is a foundation of all Science, Research, Technology, Culture, Communication and Commerce!
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FOOD SECURITY BILL
After being deferred incessantly, the ordinance to implement the food security bill comes at a time when India is trying hard to get back on the path of fiscal consolidation. The government plans to spend Rs 1,25,000 crore every year to supply 62 million tonnes of rice, wheat and coarse cereals through the public distribution system. However, some economists believe that it could cross around rupees two lakh crores per year and may end up becoming a major burden on the nation’s economy. Deepak Sahijwala reports…
hile there is no denying the fact that right to food and attaining proper nutrition should be the basic provision for every citizen in the country, but the recent announcement seems a little premature and that the country is not yet full prepared to roll out such a program”, says Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI. FICCI feels that the actual execution of the scheme would be marred by challenges besides ofcourse, questioning the fiscal sustainability of the Bill. The Bill is expected to cost the exchequer about Rs 1, 25, 000 crore annually. The budgeted amount for the food subsidy this fiscal year is Rs 90,000 crore and an additional Rs 10,000 crore have been budgeted for Bill this year. However, going ahead the fiscal cost is expected to rise substantially. “One of the biggest issues that come to fore is the access and it is quite surprising that the government is willing to fall on the old Public Distribution System to allocate food grains under the Bill. The PDS has not been streamlined over the years and remains plagued with inefficiencies. In fact a survey conducted by CAG in 2007 on the effectiveness of the Centre's Public Distribution System revealed that 40 % of beneficiaries were kept away from the scheme by denying them ration cards and 99 % of those who availed the benefits reported they had not received food grains regularly”, added Dr. Singh. The Indian Merchants Chamber also is not enthused. Says IMC
“The country is not yet fully prepared to roll out such a program”
—Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI
“India's current macroeconomic position does not provide the space to implement this policy.”
—Sonal Varma, Economist, Nomura The ballooning subsidy, in particular, could impact the already precarious fiscal deficit and display its adverse repercussions on the nation’s inflationary scenario. —Shailesh Vaidya, IMC President
President, Shailesh Vaidya, “the IMC extends a cautious welcome to the proposed decision Union Cabinet’s to move one step forward to implement the important Food Security Bill, which is projected to benefit almost two-thirds of the country’s population. However, we need to keenly watch as to how the execution of the same will occur. There is no doubt that when implemented fully, this momentous Bill will affect grain production, procurement, distribution logistics and the nation’s
subsidy burden. Its implication on each of these four key areas needs to be carefully examined. The ballooning subsidy, in particular, could impact the already precarious fiscal deficit and display its adverse repercussions on the nation’s inflationary scenario. While the intent behind this Bill is good, all its economic repercussions need to be clearly understood at the outset.” This and similar sentiments are being echoed, not by politicians, but by various industry associations and corporate leaders. Clearly, most of them believe that the timing is suspect and no cognizance has been taken of the actual impact it can have on India’s economy. Says Nomura economist Sonal Varma "While this bill is justifiable on welfare grounds, the macroeconomic implications of the bill are quite significant …India's current macroeconomic position does not provide the space to implement this policy. The global brokerage firm feels that the bill would not have a substantial impact in the current financial year (FY13-14) as it is likely to be implemented in phases and three months of the fiscal year have already passed. "However, the mediumterm consequences of the bill could be far reaching and will be clear from FY15 onwards," Nomura said. Nomura estimates the bill would raise the government's food subsidy burden to an estimated 1.0-1.2 per cent of GDP per annum from 0.8 per cent currently. There would also be additional expenses on creating the infrastructure needed to implement Continued on pg 14 «
THE NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY BILL, 2011
A Bill to provide for food and nutritional security in human life cycle approach, by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people to live a life with dignity and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Right to receive foodgrains at subsidised prices by persons belonging to priority households and general households under Targeted Public Distribution System. Nutritional support to pregnant women and lactating mothers. Nutritional support to children. Prevention and management of child malnutrition. Implementation of schemes for realisation of entitlements.
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the food security bill. In case of a deficient monsoon, the country may need to import grains, which could send global food grain prices higher. As the government would procure a substantial part of the domestic food grain production, there would be a scarcity for the private sector, which in turn would push prices higher. Consumption demand for other items would rise as a lower amount of disposable income would need to be spent on grains. "Therefore, the overall fisIt (the food law) has global significance…I believe it is an important movement for the right to food in India. It can inspire many countries to do the same thing."
—Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur cal and inflationary consequences of the Food Security Bill are large," Nomura said. Then there are Implementation challenges. “Although the food security bill entitles 67 per cent of India's households to subsidised food grains, it does not throw much light on how these households will be identified,” says Crisil Research. It believes that the welfare benefits intended in the FSB can only be realised if all poor households are correctly identified and receive access to subsidised food. Responding to this the government has said “The Bill as introduced in the Lok Sabha in December, 2011 provided that guidelines
for identification will be prescribed by the Central Government. State Governments during interaction with them expressed the view that they should have a greater role in determining the criteria for identification of households. The Standing Committee also recommended that Government should devise clearly defined criteria in consultation with the State Governments. These opinions and recommendations have been carefully considered. Keeping in view the wide inter-State variations in the socio-economic conditions, it was felt that any criteria evolved by the Central Government for the country as a whole may not properly reflect these diversities, and therefore invite criticism. It was also difficult to evolve a consensus with State Government over the issue of criteria to be adopted. Therefore the work of identification is now proposed to be left to States, which may develop their own criteria.” Then there are other issues. States have been complaining about additional financial burden that the legislation on food security imposes on them. The question is: How will the Central Government bring States on board as it is the States who have to implement the Ordinance? In its reply the government states that “These concerns were based on provisions of the original Bill, which was introduced in Lok Sabha in December, 2011. However, keeping into consideration the recommendations of the Standing Committee and views of the State Governments, the Ordinance now provides that Central Government will provide assistance to States in meeting the expenditure incurred by them on transportation of food grains within the State, its handling and FPS dealers’ margin
Brother International Sees India As A Big Market As the printing, communication and digital imaging technologies business grows..
By Dominic Rebello
t is an exciting time for Brother in the APAC region as we continue to remain motivated and pursue the growth opportunities available here, says Atsushi Iwamoto, General Manager, Brother Industries, Ltd. He was speaking about Brother International’s India, growth plans for the Indian market. The company, a global player in the development, manufacturing and marketing of printing, communication and digital imaging technologies for Home, SOHO and Enterprise, has announced its intention to further expand Brother’s penetration in the Indian market and establish deeper connect with the Indian consumers. The company in this context has announced the addition of 3 new Mono Laser products to its existing wide portfolio of Mono Laser, Colour and Inkjet multifunction centers and printers. This new range of 2 MFCs (Multifunction Centers) and 1 Single Function Laser printer boasts of being highly reliable, affordable and efficient for home, SOHO and enterprise. These new models are specifically targeted at Emerging Countries. The company aims to achieve over 15% market share in the Mono Laser category by 2015. With our “Customer First” approach, we aim to deliver superior value by providing high quality
and feature rich products to make a meaningful difference in our customer’s lives and set industry benchmark. Additionally, with the launch of these new products, we re-iterate our focus to the Indian market and ensure we continue to accelerate growth in the region.” Atsushi Iwamoto added. Yoshiji Matsui, Managing Director, held a similar view and said, “This is a very significant launch for Brother in India and is a resultant of constant innovation in developing and improving on technologies for the needs of each market. We have always had an encouraging and enriching experience with customers in India and our new range of products are examples of evolved engineering that meets unique demands of Indian customer.” Alok Nigam, General Manager – Sales, Marketing & Service, Brother International India Pvt. Ltd., commented, “Brother International India is committed to introduce products that cater to the needs of Indian consumers. Our strategic alliances, partner recognition and education programs help us achieve objectives of outreach towards masses and enterprises. As a step towards rewarding high performance, we would continue to support our partners with evolved technological products that offer an enriching experience.”
“Although the Food Security Bill entitles 67% of India's households to subsidised food grains, it does not throw much light on how these households will be identified.”
as per norms to be devised for this purpose. “ Incidentally, the bill has come under praise at the international level and from non other than the United Nations organisation. Says Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur, "It (the food law) has global significance…I believe it is an important movement for the right to food in India. It can inspire many countries to do the same thing." "What this bill will do is it will protect as a legal right what otherwise are benefits given away as charity by the government. I think it is
of great and symbolic significance," he told reporters after meeting the Food Minister K V Thomas in New Delhi on Friday. Asked if food inflation would escalate with the procurement of grains by the government, he said, "The debate that the food law will have a huge cost must be put in the right perspective. The law has a fiscal cost and it also has a cost for consumers because taxpayers are financing this programme." Schutter is preparing a report on world food security and is in India to study the country's food law.
The Curse Of Rising Food Prices Forces People To Switch Over To Pre-Cooked Foods
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he steep rise in prices of fruits and vegetables have forced over 55 per cent of middle and low income groups to switch over to pre-cooked and ready-to-eat food items to keep the kitchen budget intact, says a survey by industry body Assocham. Over 88 per cent of middle income group and lower income group find difficult to manage the household budget and are squeezing families’ finances to the lowest level due to uncertainty of rains, said the country-wide survey conducted under the aegis of Assocham Social Development Foundation covering over 5,000 people. During the last three years, the salary of the average common man has gone up by 10-15 per cent, but on the other side the prices of
vegetables have also gone up by 250-300 per cent, it added. The survey was conducted in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Bengaluru and other places. The maximum impact was felt in major cities like Delhi (first), Mumbai (second), Ahmedabad (third), Kolkata (fourth), Chennai (fifth), Hyderabad (sixth) and Pune (seventh). Around 82 per cent of lower middle class families have been forced to skip or squeezed their budgets for vegetables. The prices of most of the widely consumed vegetables have shot up during the last two weeks in most parts of the country with the early onset of monsoon rains, seriously hitting the common man mainly in the metro cities, D S Rawat, Secretary General, Assocham said releasing the survey. The survey said 86 per cent of the respondents said that rising food prices have made their life even tougher. According to the survey, 75 per cent of household’s women said the soaring prices of fruits and vegetables have put their household budget in a state of disarray. Eighty-seven per cent of respondents said they forget the season’s exotic fruits and vegetables, even the common potato, tomato and onion are now beyond the middle class family reach.
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Debt Funds AUM Crosses Rs 1 Trillion Mark I
By Dominic Rebello
ndian mutual funds’ average assets under management (AUM) rose to a new high of Rs 8.47 trillion in the April-June 2013 quarter, up by 3.68% or Rs 300 billion from Rs 8.17 trillion in the previous quarter (excluding fund of funds) as per the latest numbers released by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI). It marks the industry’s fifth successive quarterly AUM gain. The rise was led by heavy inflows into debt mutual funds on the back of interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Assets of long-term debt and gilt funds rose in the June quarter due to continued inflows into the category with investors expecting the interest rate scenario to ease in the coming months. AUM of long-term debt funds have now risen for the past eight consecutive quarters. The category’s average AUM rose by Rs 265 billion (or 31%) during the quarter - the highest absolute gain for the category since AMFI started declaring average AUM data in September 2010 – to Rs 1.12 trillion; this is the first time that the category has crossed the Rs 1 trillion mark. Gilt funds too rose for the third straight quarter with assets rising by Rs 8 billion (or 10%) to Rs 86 billion in the quarter. The RBI has cut its key interest rate (repo rate) thrice in the current calendar year (25 basis
points each time) till May 2013. According to Crisil Research “As bond prices and yields move in opposite directions, bond prices rise as interest rates fall and positively impact gilt and long-term debt fund NAVs (returns).” The categories of long-term debt and gilt funds represented by the respective CRISIL Fund Ranked categories as of March 2013 have returned 12% and 13% respectively over the past year ended June 2013. Short maturity debt funds (short-term debt and ultra short term debt funds) saw a rise in their assets due to improvement in the banking system’s liquidity in the first quarter of the new fiscal. Volatility in other primary asset classes such as equity and gold also acted as a positive for inflows in to these categories. Shortterm debt funds rose by Rs 115 billion (compared with Rs 22 billion rise in the previous quarter) to Rs 728 billion in the June quarter while the ultra short term category’s average AUM gained by Rs 56 billion (compared with fall of Rs 131 billion in the previous quarter) to Rs 1.05 trillion in the latest quarter. Equity mutual funds’ average AUM fell for the sixth quarter in a row by around 5% or Rs 100 billion in the June quarter to Rs 1.99 trillion led by heavy outflows despite mark to market gains seen during the quarter. The underlying market, represented by the CNX Nifty, rose by 3% during the quarter on hopes of monetary
easing and the subsequent repo rate cut by 25 bps in May 2013 by the RBI; internationally, positive economic cues from US also helped domestic equities. Average AUM of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) witnessed a record fall (down Rs 13 billion or 11%) to Rs 106 billion in the June quarter due to outflows as well as mark to market losses. Investors withdrew their investments from the category in recent months amid a weak trend in underlying asset prices. Local gold prices, represented by the CRISIL Gold Index, fell by 15% in the June quarter. Gold prices fell in the quarter on worries of supply glut, a sharp rise in the dollar internationally, and weak domestic demand. Measures by the Indian government and the RBI to reduce gold import in the country in their bid to reduce the current account deficit (CAD) also dampened sentiments for gold prices.
UTI MF announces appointment of MD UTI MF announced the appointment of Mr. Leo Puri as Managing Director of UTI AMC Ltd. Mr. Puri, 52, is a dual Masters degree holder from Oxford and Cambridge University, UK. In his professional career, spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Puri has worked as Director and Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company and as Managing Director with Warburg Pincus.
JP Morgan MF revises exit load JP Morgan MF has revised the exit load structure under JPMorgan India Short Term Income Fund and JP Morgan India Active Bond Fund. Accordingly, a load of 0.75% will be charged for JPMorgan India Short Term Income Fund if the units are redeemed within 3 months from the allotment date. For JP Morgan India Active Bond Fund, a load of 1% would be charged if units are redeemed within 12 months from the allotment date. The revised exit load structure will be effective from July 2. Daiwa MF appoints new CEO Daiwa MF has announced that following resignation of Mr. Sethuram Iyer as Director and Chief Executive Officer of the fund house. Mr. Takashi Yamaguchi has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer, with effect from July 1.
BOI AXA MF announces change in fund manager under its schemes BOI AXA MF has announced that Mr. Gaurav Kapur ceases to be the fund manager to be the key personnel with effect from June 28. Accordingly, Mr. Saurabh Kataria has been designated as Fund manager of BOI AXA Equity Fund, BOI AXA Tax Advantage Fund and BOI AXA Focused Infrastructure Fund with effect from June 29.
Rupee Expected To Trade Above 62 PRAMIT BRAHMBHATT is CEO of Alpari FinancialServices (India)
ast week, as expected Spot Rupee depreciated and traded over 61.00 levels taking cues from dollar demand from importers and strong dollar. The Reserve Bank of India intervened this week and was selling dollars through state banks. The Rupee traded above all time low and closed at an all time low of 60.24. The Rupee has weakened for the 9th consecutive week and has depreciated above 13.50% during these nine weeks. Looking at
the current scenario the Rupee is expected to go down further as the oil prices are going up which will widen the current account deficit resulting in the rupee to trade weak. Spot Rupee is expected to trade above 62 levels in the coming days, the range for the same is expected to be within 59.80 to 60.80. It is recommended to be cautious and Buy USD/INR Futures on dips with the appropriate stop loss as the Rupee at this stage is expected to depreciate more against dollar. Pivot Point for the Pair is at 60.20. Both the Bank of England (BoE) and European Central Bank (ECB) kept benchmark rates unchanged last week with all the easy going statements setting the stage for the dollar to trade strong across the board, also the June’s non-farm payrolls rose by an impressive 195k, surpassing market expectations of 165k. U.S. treasuries sold-off following the release, as the 10-year rose by 20 basis points and are currently at 2.7%. U.S. markets were closed on Thursday that shifted the attention to overseas, as both the Bank of England (BoE) and European Central
Bank (ECB) made interest rate announcements. As expected, both central banks kept rates unchanged, but each announcement came with its own twist. Under the guidance of newly appointed governor, Mark Carney, the BoE broke from tradition and released a full statement accompanying its decision to leave the benchmark rate unchanged. Shortly there-
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Business Optimism Index Touches 17-Quarter Low
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he Dun & Bradstreet Composite Business Optimism Index stands at a 17-quarter low of 130.6 during Q3 2013, a decrease of 7.8% as compared to Q2 2013, and a decline of 4.0% as compared to Q3 2012. Based on the responses received, it was observed that each of the six optimism indices – namely, Volume of Sales, New Orders, Selling Prices, Net Profits, Inventory Levels and Employees have registered a decrease as compared to Q2 2013. “Corporate confidence continues to wilt as the Indian economy remains saddled with several macro-economic challenges such as slowing industrial growth, elevated interest rates, weak FII inflows in June’13 and higher current account deficit. The prolonged economic uncertainty has been further compounded by the rupee’s sharp slide in recent period. The D&B Composite Business Optimism Index for Q3 2013 stood at a 17-quarter low of 130.6, recording a decrease of 4% (y-o-y). Much of the decline stemmed from the steep fall in optimism with regard to selling prices. Weak demand conditions are deterring firms from raising
prices even as input costs remain high”, said Kaushal Sampat, President & CEO, Dun & Bradstreet – India. “Going forward, there is an urgent need to rejuvenate the confidence of domestic and foreign investors. While the government has again started initiating reform measures, a strong and urgent push from the Government towards resolving supply side issues and project implementation bottlenecks will send out the right signals and pull the economy out of its current slump.” he added. While majority of the respondents expect volume of sales to increase (72%) in Q3 2013, cautiousness persists, with the resultant Optimism for Volume of Sales (63%) registering a decline of 5 percentage points as compared to Q2 2013, and also standing at a 4 quarter low. However, on a y-o-y basis the resultant Optimism for Volume of Sales has registered 12 percentage points increase. Profit expectations of companies remain subdued for Q3 2013. Around 66% of the respondents expect an increase in their net profits during Q3 2013. While 27% of the respondents are anticipating a fall in their net profits, 7% expect no change in net profits during Q3 2013. The resultant Optimism
Resultant Optimism for Volume of Sales, New Orders & Net Profit lowest in four quarters
Highlights Composite Business Optimism Index stands at130.6 during Q3 2013, a decrease of 7.8% as compared to Q2 2013 Composite Business Optimism Index declined by 4.0% as compared to Q3 2012 Resultant Optimism for Volume of Sales stands at 63% - a decrease of 5 percentage points as compared to Q2 2013 Resultant Optimism for Net Profits stands at 59% - a decrease of 2 percentage points as compared to Q2 2013 Resultant Optimism for New Orders stands at 64% - a decrease of 2 percentage points as compared to Q2 2013
anticipate no change in the new orders received, the remaining 6% of the respondents expect new orders to decline. The resultant Optimism for New Orders stands at 64% – a decrease of 2 percentage points when compared to Q2 2013 and an increase of 1 percentage point when compared to Q3 2012. About 39% of the respondents expect the level of stock to increase during Q3 2013. While 50% of the respondents expect the level of inventory to remain unchanged, the remaining 11% expect the level of stock to decline. The resultant Optimism for Inventory Level stands at 28% – an increase of 5 percentage points when compared to Q3 2012, but a decrease of 8 percentage points when compared to Q2 2013. More than half of the respondents (57%) anticipate no change in the size of their workforce employed during Q3 2013. Around 38% of the respondents anticipate the size of their workforce to increase, while about 5% anticipate the number of employees to reduce. The resultant Optimism for Employees stands at 33%, a decrease of 5 percentage points when compared to Q2 2013 and a decrease of 2 percentage points when compared to Q3 2012.
FROM HELPER TO ENTREPRENEUR Charting A Success Story Etiquette In Sales « PROFILE
By Khushboo Panjabi
udheer Nair CEO Eresource Infotech Pvt. Ltd. started his journey as a helper and turned out to become a successful businessman without having any business background. In 2006, he established Eresource Infotech Pvt. Ltd. Nair was supported by Vivek Jingade in starting this firm. “It is the journey that matters, not the destination, a lesson I have learned from my own experience,” is his philosophy. Born in a middle class family with no business background, while doing many odd jobs, he landed working with a computer consultant; typing software programs and software codes independently for his company. Thereafter, understanding the user’s requirement, designing the requirements, creating tables and databases, coding, compiling the codes, testing application, training and implementation was his routine job. During this process, he developed a bunch of software applications, including accounting package called “Quick Accounts” and some others. His second job was with the Afternoon Despatch & Courier, an evening daily in Mumbai in. The company had all manual working systems. Over the years, he managed to automate most of the systems from advertisement scheduling to Circulation and billing. Accounting was also integrated with his billing module. Nair later joined Lloyds Finance Ltd, a public listed company where he had developed a completely integrated system on Oracle. Planet Optical Disc FZCO in Dubai was his last job. His job profile included looking after the overall implementation of ERP. Working on Enterprise solution, you learn a lot. “And, I did”, says Nair. Wanting to do things on his own, forced him to quit the job and return to India. In that period, the ERP concept was finding its ground in India and he thought of diverting his drive on that path. With the little money that he could save from his Dubai stint, Nair started Eresource Infotech, a software firm that developed ERP software for mid Sized Companies. Eresource Products focused on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), with a Web-based solution. His basic focus was specific products across three different models: On-the-Premises, On-the-Cloud and the Saas Model. All Industry Specific ERP offered by Eresource is available out of the box for our customers. Eresource addresses the unique core processes of number of Industries.
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Today his ERP system serves Manufacturing, the Printing & Packing Process Industry, Project Industry and Trading & Distribution “A lot of operational management which we do wherein, we help the customers know where they are going wrong. We help the customers know the return on investment after the implementation. We have implemented projects in Jammu, all over the North and South. We also have customers in the Middle East and Europe and it’s all because of the value added services, our success is 98%”, says Nair. ERP training is also given to different students and customers on different verticals because of demand and supply. 20million manufacturing units in India producing of about 40million different products out of which 7% is using enterprise software. Vivek Jingade is the person who has helped Nair to start his venture “It’s been 10 years that he is with me now and he holds a loyalty bonus of 15% stake in the company”, says Nair. And he has received many applauds too. Eresource Infotech is the only ERP organization in India, which has been awarded the Udyog Rattan Award along with Business Excellence Award for the year 2008. It was followed by the Business Leadership Award conferred by Institute of Industrial Development, New Delhi. Says Nair, “SE3B is the rating and awards are true recognitions and we understand its value and are really happy to receive them. Apart from these awards what makes us more confident and inspirational is the feedback we get from our customers. Therefore awards make us more responsible towards our customers and commitment towards the product’s success”. As regards the future he says “it lies in the hands of hand held devices enterprise. On this front, Eresource is launching a new EXV2 solution that is Express version 2which is going to be an enterprise solution which will schedule to get launched in the month of October this year. This device will be available on mobile phones wherein, customers can download the application and carry out the activity of mobile computing in order to access information of what is happening back office from anywhere, and any point of time. When asked for his final words, “We believe in respect, from vendors, from the government of land of the society, customers and that’s all about value system. Today if we make a statement people say “we believe it,” exclaimed
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hrough the Corporate Lens (Conversations with Ganesh Natarajan) is unlike the many efforts that pepper the lists of books in the Business, Management and Leadership categories. It is about one individual who deserves wholesome praise and more for having positively impacted the careers, and therefore lives, of thousands in corporate India, through his successful business enterprises, and through his interactions with workers and colleagues at various seminars and workshops at the national and international levels. Success was never handed over to Natarajan on a platter; it was hard fought and hard won. And touchingly, this is no Type ‘A’ aggressive personality we are describing, but one who has had the most humble of middle-class origins in the country. This in itself should serve to give most readers of this excellent book the assurance that integrity and dedication are definitely the paths to the top of a career, and also in life. Natarajan’s family hails from a small village in Tamil Nadu’s Nagercoil district, and his father had to shoulder responsibilities of a family of thirteen siblings - three brothers and nine sisters - from very early on in life, after his grandfather passed away.
Perhaps, watching his father’s competent handling of this genealogy, and his leading and managing the factory of (car polish giant) Waxpol in Ranchi, where he also took center-stage in the cultural and social life there, laid the rock-solid foundation in the young Natarajan, and rendered him capable of starting from scratch and progressing with all humility. Being interested in manufacturing and production-related subjects, he found his calling in Mechanical Engineering, from where he joined Tata Motors, and then pursued a Masters in Industrial Engineering at NITIE in the sylvan surroundings of Mumbai’s Vihar Lake. The next job at Crompton Greaves gave him his wonderful wife, Uma, and led to some great learning and job opportunities. After a great stint at APTECH, which grew from a Rs.4 crore loss-making outfit to a Rs.500 crore enterprise, with 1,200 centres in 30 countries, Natarajan found himself in the software exports business when he took over the reins of Punebased Zensar in March 2001. Publisher Vishwakarma Publications
From then on it has been a glorious journey for him and the thousands of young people from India and across the world who have interacted with him in the workplace. The hallmark is Natarajan subscribing to the Five ‘F’ culture - Fast, Focused, Flexible, Friendly and Fun. This book charts a success story which readers will believe is very achievable.
for Net Profits stands at a 4 quarter low of 59% - a decrease of 2 percentage points compared to Q2 2013, but 9 percentage points higher compared to Q3 2012. Around 33% of the respondents expect the selling price of their products to increase during Q3 2013. While around 9% of the respondents anticipate the selling prices to decline, 58% of the respondents expect no
change in selling prices. The resultant Optimism for Selling Prices stands at a 14 quarter low of 24% - a decrease of 16 percentage points when compared to Q3 2012 and a decrease of 6 percentage points when compared to Q2 2013. Around 70% of the respondents expect their order book position to improve during Q3 2013. While 24% of the respondents
Resultant Optimism for Selling Prices stands at 24% - a decrease of 6 percentage points as compared to Q2 2013.
is a Brand Guru and CMD of the successful Samsika Marketing Consultancy
ustomers like to buy from people who are pleasant and who have a physical appearance, which is pleasant and likable. By physical appearance, I do not mean that you have to be a Julia Roberts or a Hrithik Roshan. Infact, if you are good looking that is an advantage, but it does not give you an edge because more important than “good looking” is that you have to be “well meaning” and “good doing” and just not “good looking”. After all handsome is what handsome does and beautiful is what beautiful does. Thus a clean neat physical appearance, with positive etiquette and good manners is what is desired. By research it has been shown that people with good etiquette and physical appearance earn about 40% more than others in sales, this means that they sell more, which means that consumers buy more from them which means consumers like to buy more from them. In today’s world, with extremely high competition and very high mortality rate of brands it is important to be presentable not only in your looks but also in your thoughts, words and actions. In sales, many a time, the sales professional feels that his aggression or a lower price is what gets him the conversion.
Hence, he does not pay attention to his own physical appearance or etiquette, which could be disastrous and affect his career. This in turn could reduce his self-esteem and sense of self worth which in a spiraling effect could bring down his confidence and further bring down his sales. The important elements to be considered for a positive physical appearance are simple and inexpensive. A clean set of clothes A smart set of footwear Well groomed hair and nails Fresh breath and pleasant body odour A pen that works to take down orders
Further, the important elements in the area of etiquette are Good manners A pleasant tone of voice Humility Special consideration for ladies, children and senior citizens Abundant use of the magic words – Please, Sorry, Thank You. Though it may seem unimportant, the significance of physical appearance and etiquette cannot be underestimated. We strongly recommend that of all elements in marketing and sales, the element of good physical appearance and positive etiquette definitely does help in increasing sales and satisfying customers. Copyright © 2013, All rights reserved. Jagdeep Kapoor can be contacted at email@example.com
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Is Gold A Fading Asset Class?
ast Monday gold prices at the LME dipped below the psychological 1200 dollars/ounce mark to 1192 dollars/ounce. Commodity experts predict that Gold would eventually dip to1100 dollars/ounce pretty quickly. This roughly translates to Rs. 22,000 to Rs. 23,000 per 10gm on MCX. Gold is likely to remain volatile like other asset classes including currency, equities and bonds. There is always a time lag between LME prices and Indian prices, ranging from 3 days to a week. The government believes that Indians should not be buying gold due to the huge CAD plaguing our economy. As a result many restrictions have been placed by RBI, which has banned banks from selling gold coins and bars. The Government of India has also restricted large importing agencies to only buy gold for jewellery, which is exported back. But one should not buy excessive gold jewellery during weddings. Instead parents should help the couple by diverting some money from gold to help the newly-wed couple in buying a home. But certainly for individual small investors at least 10% of their allocation should be to buy gold in small quantities 1 to 2gm in coins with a 3 year horizon. Save your money and buy on dips in today’s volatile market. These coins will always be available with reputed gold jewelers who have instant displays of gold prices. It is the easiest and most liquid form of investment. It is useful in emergencies and when one has a sufficient amount one can convert it into a small property, either residential or commercial, along with a bank loan, which will also appreciate in 3 to 5 years. This advice is particularly for lower middle income groups. Coming to the Immigration Bill passed in the US Senate, which is definitely likely to hurt Indian IT Companies, it is important to remember that it will only become law when the US Congress approves it, which is a much larger body with Republicans having a majority. They are busy drafting their own amendments so that US companies don’t lose out and Indian IT majors, who are lobbying with them, are hopeful that it will be less harmful than the current bill passed by the Senate. Whatever be the case, nearer to the time the bill is being introduced in the US parliament, IT majors TCS, Infosys, HCL Tech and others are expected to fall. That is a good time to pick up these stocks because they are sitting on huge cash piles and they will slowly and gradually manage to pass on the cost to their US clients and still remain competitive, vis-à-vis US software companies like IBM and others. This will also be set off by growth in US GDP which is expected to pick up steam in H2 calendar 13. The rupee might also depreciate further which will increase the ability of IT & ITES companies to stabilize their rupee profits, despite the higher costs of employing more locals. Time will tell, but in the long run one should not worry too much.
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Afternoon Despatch & Courier
MUMBAI | MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
« TOP VIEW “I think as much as 90% of gas discoveries have been made by the public sector companies and remaining 10% by private companies. Hence, 80% of the income or profit from these explorations will come back to the government as revenue,”
— M Veerappa Moily, Oil Minister
« BROKERAGE RECOMMENDATIONS AXIS SECURITIES CALLS A ‘BUY’ ON DISHMAN PHARMA
Markets Firm Up
NSE India : CNX Nifty — Daily Market Report for: Monday (July 8, 2013) By Dominic Rebello
REVIEW OF THE PREVIOUS DAY:
The Nifty rose moderately on Friday (July 05, 2013) a net 30.95 points (0.53%) and closed at the 5867 point level. The market opened up with a gap at the 5889 points level on positive global cues. It then rose further and registered the day’s high at the 5900 points level at 9.31 a.m. The index then declined and turned into a range bound movement until 2.00 p.m. It then declined further on weak European market cues and registered the day’s low at the 5858 points level at 2.11 p.m. The market then rose marginally and turned into a range bound movement until closing at the day. The Nifty remained above its previous close throughout the session and moved in a range of 42 points. Sentiment was bullish and amongst the 50 Nifty stocks 30 were gainers, while 20 stocks closed in the red. All the sectoral indices barring technology and IT closed in the green. Substantial buying was seen in FMCG and metal stocks.
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: Volume: Volume (Qty shares) decreased 25.72%. This change is substantial and indicates a less than full participation by investors.
Market Breadth: Overall Market Breadth on the NSE was positive. Amongst all the traded stocks, 705 were gainers, 667 were losers and 61 remained unchanged. Slow Stochastic Indicator: The Slow Stochastic Oscillator has risen in the neutral zone. The Slow K line in the Stochastic Oscillator is below the slow D line (negative if it continues).
RSI Indicator: The RSI is above the 40 level and is now rising (positive if it continues).
MACD Indicator: The MACD is below zero but is now rising (positive if it continues). It is above its 9-day Average (positive).
Overall Market Strength/Weakness: The indicators and oscillators discussed here are indicating a strong market but with a positive bias.
Support Levels: For short-term traders the immediate main support is at the 5581 points level. The next support is at the 5478 points level.
Resistance Levels The immediate main resistance is at the 5965 points level. The next resistance is at the 6108 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 = 5876 (This is the level where the trend is likely to change during intra-day). Support (1) = 5851. Support (2) = 5834. Resistance (1) = 5893. Resistance (2) = 5918. OUTLOOK FOR TODAY:
On Japanese candlestick patterns the index after having formed a long white body candle has formed a small black body candle as the Nifty opened at a higher level and closed below that level. The index has crossed above the 5 day’s moving average. The index is now above the 5, 15, 25 and 200 days moving averages, while the 5, 15 and 200 days moving averages are rising. Further, the velocity parameters, which were neutrally trended, are now turning positive. All these indicate a positive bias and the possibility of a further up move unfolding. Investors are advised to hold long positions but with a strict stop loss at the 15-day average at the 5756 point’s level.
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 rising. No signal here. MOVING AVERAGES (TREND INDICATORS) The index: Has crossed above its 5-day average (at 5846) Positive. Is above its 15-day average (at 5756) Positive. Is above its 25-day average (at 5794) Positive. Is above its 200-day average (at 5831) Positive.
Disclaimer: Investment recommendations made in ‘ADC’ are for information purposes only and derived from sources that are deemed to be reliable but their accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. ‘ADC’ or the analyst/writer does not accept any liability for the use of this column for the buying or selling of securities. Readers of this newspaper who buy or sell securities based on the information in this newspaper are solely responsible for their actions. ‘ADC’ and/or its affiliates and/or employees and/or the author, his company or his acquaintances may have interests/ positions, financial or otherwise in the securities mentioned in this newspaper.
CMP: Rs. 56 Target Rs. 81 Dishman Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals Ltd. (Dishman) is a prominent contract research and manufacturing (CRAMS) player in India. From being a predominant manufacturer of API/intermediate; Dishman has successfully transformed itself into a company offering a complete CRAMS basket. The company’s long standing relations with pharma majors such as GSK, AstraZeneca, Abbott is testament of Dishman being a partner of choice for CRAMS. nvestment Rationale: In CRAMS sector: back on track: Global pharma outsourcing market to grow @ CAGR of 12% from about US$ 85bn in 2011 to US$ 150bn by 2015. Pharma MNC are increasingly focusing on R&D & saving cost by outsourcing bulk drug manufacturing to countries like India & China. Global R&D spend is expected to increase from US$ 116bn in CY 2011 to US$ 132bn in CY2015. Generic API:- emerging opportunity: 40-50 products are currently under development of which company has already readied filing for 20 DMF’s. Dishman is targeting revenue of Rs 100cr -125cr in FY15 from its generic API business. Over the next 5 years, Management is targeting their generic API revenues to match their CRAMS revenues. Dishman China & SEZ land:- Up for sale: Dishman is aggressively pursuing to hive off non-core (SEZ land) and non performing assets (China facility) which the company had created during the financial crisis in 2008-09. We believe this is a step in the right direction; as it will assist the company to invest in performing assets, deleverage its Balance Sheet and focus on core business going forward. Dishman is expected to receive ~ Rs100cr post the deal closure of land sale; which the company will utilize for debt repayment. Revenues are expected to grow at CAGR of 12%, EBIDTA at 10% and PAT at 15% over the FY13-FY15E. We value Dishman at 5x FY15E earnings to arrive at a price target of Rs 81 giving an upside of 42% over CMP of Rs 57.
NIRMAL BANG CALLS A ‘BUY’ ON NMDC CMP: Rs. 104
Target Rs. 147
NMDC has cut the prices of lumps and fines by Rs200/tn (4.3%) and Rs100/tn (3.8%), respectively, for the month of July 2013 because of weak demand from the steel sector. The price cut remains a bit surprising considering the steady volume growth of 5.8% witnessed in 1QFY14, but we believe that 14% and 39% correction in the share price over the past one month and six months, respectively, (as compared to 1% and 3% fall, respectively, in Nifty in the same period), factors in the subdued pricing environment. Valuation turns attractive: NMDC stock currently trades at P/E multiples of 6.6x and 6.5x FY14E and FY15E earnings, respectively, while EV/EBITDA multiples are at 2.4x and 2.6x, respectively, for the same period. Post follow-on public offer of shares in March 2010, the stock traded at average P/E and EV/EBITDA of 11.8x and 7.2x, respectively, while the current multiples are 2SD below average. Considering the attractive valuation and high dividend yield, we have retained our Buy recommendation on the stock.
PRABHUDAS LILLADHER CALLS A ‘BUY’ ON NTPC CMP: Rs. 144 Target Rs. 179 NTPC has been allocated four coal mines by the Ministry of Coal (MOC) with an aggregate reserve of 2bn tonnes. Two of these mines are in Chhattisgarh and two are in Orissa. A total of 14 mines were allocated with estimated reserves of 8bn tonnes & production capacity of 159mt p.a that should support 32000WMs. Valuation and Recommendation: NTPC commissioned close to 4000MWs (including JVs) in FY13 and is expected to add close to 1875MWs (including JVs) in FY14E. CCEA’s acceptance of coal price mechanism will help the company to import coal to mitigate the shortfall in the Coal India supplies, if any. Though host of reasons delayed NTPC’s plans to develop captive mines, allocation definitely provides fuel security for the future. NTPC offers one of the safest bet in the current scenario as it has a generation assets earning regulated returns; thus, safe guarding earnings shocks at a P/BVx of 1.2x FY15E. We maintain ‘Accumulate’. Please send all business and corporate related mails to firstname.lastname@example.org
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MUMBAI | MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
Insurance Ombudsman Verdict Is Binding On Insurance Cos MANOJ ASWANI
is VP at MyInsurance Club.com
I have been tricked into purchasing a Unit Linked Insurance Plan as a Fixed Deposit. Now, I am in a fix. I need my money as soon as possible. —Prashant Sharma, Colaba Firstly, you need to relax because if you are tensed, matters can only get worse. Secondly, please check if you are within the Free-look Period of 15 days from the date of receipt of the Policy Document. If yes, then you can walk into the closest branch of the Insurer and cancel your policy free of cost and you would be refunded back the entire money without any charges. Only the mortality charge for the last few days and cost of medical test, if any, might be deducted from the amount. However, the remaining amount would get credited back into your account immediately. But, if the Free-look Period is over, there are more severe steps you might have to avail. Firstly understand that the Plan might NOT be all that bad and you might consider the same. However, if you still want to cancel the policy, you can surely do so very easily. You need to first write a complaint to the Insurance Company and provide them about 30 days of time to resolve the same. You can complain to Insurance Ombudsman who is a non-judiciary body who will listen to your query and resolve it within 90 days and their verdict is binding on the insurance company as they have to listen. Please visit this link and locate the office of ombudsman as per your location http://www.irdaindia.org/ombudsmen/ombud smenlist_new.htm Write an email or letter stating all facts and attaching all relevant documents and present
the entire case. Once you do this, the ombudsman will inform the insurance company to respond to this query. This process should get you the necessary action in less than one month’s time from the date of your complaint.
I need travel insurance for a vacation to Europe. I need to cover my family – wife and 2 kids who 12 years and 15 years old respectively. Please tell me best travel insurance plan which will cover for our holiday abroad? —Rakesh Gokhale, Santacruz Having a Travel Insurance Policy is one of the best ways to safeguard the worries of any loss that might play a spoilsport to a vacation. There are many overseas travel insurance plans that would meet your requirements. Tata AIG Travel Guard for Overseas Travel should be a good pick for your needs as it has good features and very competitive rates. The features of this policy are Coverage of Medical Expenses Compensation for the loss of checked in baggage. Compensation for Baggage delay Loss of Passport Personal Liability: Compensation for damages to be paid to a third party, resulting from death, bodily injury or damage to property; caused involuntarily by the insured. Hijacking In-hospital Indemnity: Daily benefit for each day you are an inpatient in a hospital due to injury or sickness Reimbursement of additional expenses occurred due to trip delay Automatic-extension of the policy up to a period of 7 days Personal Accident Sickness Dental Relief I want to have a personal accident insurance cover which will cover medical expense due to accident and earning compensation for the period of hospitalisation. —Raja Sengupta, Andheri Since you are looking for Accidental Insurance Plan, you can opt for Personal Accident Plan. Personal accident insurance refers to an insurance which offers compensation in case of death, bodily injuries, total/ partial disability or
dismemberment resulting from an accident caused by violent, visible and external means. Some personal accident policies that you may consider are: Tata AIG Accident Guard Insurance Plan Apollo Munich Personal Accident Plan National Insurance Personal Accident Policy One convenience here would be that some of the policies could be purchased online without any manual intervention or medical tests. We hope that you have a comprehensive health insurance policy already in place.
I have a health insurance cover of Rs. 500,000 for over 10 years now. I made a claim application of Rs. 405,000 and submitted all the required documents. This is my first ever claim. The treatment was done in one of the top 5 hospitals of the city. The insurance company approved only Rs. 212,000 and sent me the cheque. My agent had told me that they will not approve the entire claim and deduct around 15 – 20% of the claim but this is almost 50% deduction! How do I respond to this? Can I ask them to reprocess my claim? —Smita Bhatkar, Kurla
« PRODUCT REVIEW: BAJAJ ALLIANZ LIFESTYLE PROTECT PLAN
A Term Insurance Plan Without Bonus Facility
By Manoj Aswani
ajaj Allianz Lifestyle Protect Plan is a NonParticipating Term Insurance Plan. Thus, it is a Traditional Plan without Bonus facility. In this plan, premium needs to be paid for the entire Policy Tenure of 10 years in yearly, halfyearly, quarterly or monthly mode. If the Life Insured dies within the Policy Tenure, the Sum Assured is paid as a fixed income to the family in the form of “Monthly Income” for a Fixed Tenure of 60 months as Death Benefit and the policy terminates thereafter. For example, if Mr. X takes a Bajaj Allianz Lifestyle Protect Plan of Rs 10 lacs and dies within the tenure of 10 years, then his family would receive Rs (10lacs/60) = Rs 16667 per month for the entire Benefit Tenure of 5 years, i.e. 60 months. Monthly Death Benefit Installment = Sum Assured / 60 for a Tenure of 5 years or 60
months. However, if he survives the entire Policy Tenure, then nothing is payable to him as Maturity or Survival Benefit.
Key Features It is a simple Term Insurance Plan without Bonus facility This is a fixed tenure plan of 10 years If the Life Insured dies within the Policy Tenure, a fixed “Monthly Income” Benefit is payable to the family for a Fixed Tenure of 60 months as Death Benefit and the policy terminates thereafter Being a Pure Term Plan, there is no Maturity Benefit in this plan There is High Sum Assured discount in this plan
BENEFITS Death Benefit: If the Life Insured dies within the Policy Tenure, the Sum Assured is paid as a fixed “Monthly Income” Benefit is payable to the family for a Fixed Tenure of 60 months as
Death Benefit and the policy terminates thereafter.
Maturity Benefit: There are no maturity benefits under this plan as it is a pure protection plan. Income Tax Benefit Life Insurance premiums paid up to Rs. 1,00,000 are allowed as a deduction from the taxable income each year under section 80C. The Maturity Proceeds are also tax free under section 10(10)D under the mentioned clauses. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS
Riders: There are no riders available in this policy
Surrender the policy: There are no Surrender Benefits in this plan. Loan: Loan facility is not available under this policy.
Most of the insurance companies have a clause of sub-limits in their health insurance policy whereby it is not a blanket cover of Rs. 500,000 but there will be further limits on categories within the policy like a limit on the room rent per day, doctor’s fees, nursing charges, therapy etc. So it is important to first see whether your claim amount meets all these individual category limits or not. For example, if your policy allows room rent of Rs. 1,500 per day, and you have claimed Rs. 4,000 then the insurance company will only approve Rs. 1,500 of your claim and the rest Rs. 2500 will have to be borne by you. So go through the document they would have sent along with the cheque, which will show the section-wise break-up of your processed claim. After that, if you still feel that the insurance company has not approved up to your limits, then you can approach them. Preferably, every communication with the insurance company or TPA should be in writing (letter or email); it always helps to maintain a record. (The author is Vice President at www.MyInsuranceClub.com, insurance comparison website in India. You may write to him at email@example.com).
Eligibility Sum Assured (in Rs.)
Policy Term (in years)
Premium Payment Term (in years) Entry Age of Life Insured (in years)
10 Equal to Policy Tenure 18
Age at Maturity (in years)
Annual Premium (in Rs.)
1045 (Yearly) 533 (Half-Yearly) 272 (Quarterly) 94 (Monthly)
16014 (Yearly) 8167 (Half-Yearly) 4164 (Quarterly) 1441 (Monthly)
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MUMBAI | MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
Terror strikes Bodh Gaya, 2 monks injured Security personnel inspecting the explosion site after a serial blast in Mahabodhi temple complex at Bodhgaya on Sunday. eAn injured Buddhist monk being treated at Bodhgaya.
AYA (Bihar): In a well coordinated terror attack by suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives, nine low-intensity serial blasts on Sunday targeted the world renowned pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya and Maha Bodhi Temple complex, one of the holiest Buddhist shrines, early in the morning that left two monks injured. The temple and the Bodhi Tree, under which Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment, did not suffer any damage in the blasts which shook the holy
town frequented by Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the whole of southeast Asia. Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami told PTI in New Delhi that serial explosions inside and outside Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar were a terror attack and NIA and NSG teams have been sent for post-blasts investigations. Security has been beefed at the temple and adjoining areas, Director General of Police Abhayanand told reporters, adding CCTV footage was being examined for leads
to the terrorists. The explosions, the first of its type to target the town and the temple, a UNESCO heritage site, took place between 5:30 and 5:58 a.m. The explosives were set off by timers. Last year, the Delhi Police claimed to have foiled a 'fidayeen' attack in the town with the arrest of suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) elements to avenge "atrocities" against Muslims in Myanmar. Security agencies suspect that IM may be behind yesterday's multiple blasts. However, no group has
Delhi Police had alerted on terror plot
Gujarat on alert after Bodh Gaya blasts
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police had alerted its Bihar counterpart and intelligence agencies about Bodh Gaya temple being on the radar of terror outfits, according to senior police official here. "The input was given on the basis of information we had obtained from a group of Indian Mujahiddin (IM) terrorist arrested in 2012 in the Pune blasts case," said the Delhi police official. According to the police, IM operatives had told them that they were planning Pune-like blasts in Delhi and Bihar for which they had specifically spent around two weeks doing a recce of the temple town. The officer also said that a team of Delhi police is planning to visit Bodh Gaya to share the information it had received from IM operatives with the security agencies investigating the blasts.
AHMEDABAD: An alert has been sounded across Gujarat in the wake of the serial blasts that rocked Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya district on Sunday, Gujarat Director General of Police (DGP) Amitabh Pathak said. "An alert has been issued across the entire state ahead of the Rathyatra procession on Wednesday and also in the wake of the blasts in Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar. All police units in the state have been alerted," Pathak said. When asked whether security would be increased across temples and other religious places in the state, he said, "Security is already there. As of now, we don't have any apprehensions and things are under control." PTI
claimed responsibility for what the Centre and state government have described as a terror attack in a region where Maoists have a strong foothold. "While four blasts took place inside the Mahabodhi Temple complex, three occurred in Karmapa monastery, one each near near the famous 80-ft Buddha statue and at the bus stand near bypass," DIG Magadh range Nayyer Hussnain Khan told PTI. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said two live bombs were defused in the town. A third bomb, hidden in a cyclinder, was recovered from a village near Body Gaya hours after the blasts and defused. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who rushed to the blast site from Patna, about 100 kms from here, demanded deployment of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for terday. security of the shrine. The DGP said no harm has come to the sanctum sanctorum of the famous Buddhist temple, but some peripheral damage has occurred. He said security has been Mahabodhi temple, the tar- stepped up at the Mahabodhi get of serial blasts, has been temple, which is visited by closed for general public but lakhs of people each year, and the prayers will continue to adjoining areas following rebe held as usual, Bihar police view meeting between the chief Abhayanand said yes- Bodh Gaya Temple Manage-
Prayers continue, visitors barred for now
Taxpayers to get unique number for complaints N
People with their motorcycles travel on a boat to across River Brahmaputra from Majuli to Jorhat on Saturday.
ment Committee (BTMC) members and police brass after the serial blasts at the shrine and surrounding areas. The DGP said that he has also acceded to the BTMC's request for allowing evening prayers at the temple. He said prayers by the monks will be held as usual, but the temple premises will not be opened to common people for the time being.
EW DELHI: Taxpayers having grievances regarding their I-T refunds and tax computations will now get a unique acknowledgement number with an assurance that their complaint will be resolved within two months time. The newly introduced number will not add to confusion and will be different from the existing unique numbers issued by the Income Tax department to taxpayers, like the PAN, TAN and Unique Transaction Number (UTN), authorities said. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which frames
policies and rules for the I-T department, has asked all its Chief Commissioners across the country to ensure these new facilities for taxpayers with "immediate effect". The CBDT, according to sources, has issued these directions on July 5 after the Delhi High Court recently passed orders with regard to fine tuning procedures followed by the department on receipt and disposal of 'rectification applications' which are filed by taxpayers under Section 154 of the I-T Act. "Whether the taxpayer files his rectification application by
ordinary post, by hand or online, the receipt counter of the department will generate a special and unique acknowledgement number for the taxpayer by which he or she will be assured of solving the grievance within a stipulated time. The taxpayer can quote this number in any further communication with the department," a senior I-T officer said. It has also been instructed by CBDT that rectification applications are "decided as far as possible within a period of two months from the end of the month in which application is received."
TODAY’S BEST VIEWING
After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The exsoccer player helps reconcile with his five brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist. H BO, 9 p.m.
SOAPS & SERIALS
RISHTON KE BHANWAR MEIN ULJHI…NIYATI
Niyati challenges Ishwar to reach the terrace in 30mins if he wants to be considered as brave else he has to surrender in front of her. When Ishwar reaches, Niyati performs on a song specially for him. Sah ara One, 9.30 p.m.
ONE TREE HILL
It’s confrontation time in Tree Hill, as Lucas confronts Peyton about her nasty behavior towards Lindsey and Brooke must confront Victoria about meddling with Peyton’s record label. Nathan begins to grow closer to Nanny Carrie, Haley continues to struggle in dealing with Quentin, and Mouth must choose sides between his co-workers or Alice. Star Worl d, 10 p.m .
NO KITCHEN REQUIRED
In this action-adventure cooking competition, three wellknown chefs leave the comforts of their kitchens and are dropped into remote locations around the world. They must work with the locals to hunt, forage and collect ingredients to create a locally-inspired meal. Their meals will ultimately be judged by the locals and one will be crowned the winner. Discover y, 10 p.m.
SPECIAL CHAT SHOW WITH FARHAN
On occasion of the release of the much awaited biopic, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, HISTORY TV18 presents a chat show with India’s finest track and field runner - Milkha Singh and Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar. Catch them in a stimulating conversation on what it takes to be an exceptional sportsperson – with some of the famous Indian Olympians, likes of Vijay Kumar, Krishna Poonia and Zafar Iqbal. The program showcases some rare archival footage of Indian athletics and has tributes to Milkha Singh from greats like Michael Ferreira, Leander Paes, Abhinav Bindra, Anil Kumble and Anjali Bhagwat. H istor y, 7.30 p.m.
Mankind’s greatest engineering feats are often its most powerful weapons. Helicopters, stealth technology, guns, bombs, planes are the tools of war, and they often provide the key ad-
Niyati, Sahara One, 9.30 p.m.
vantage that secures victory on the battlefield. Tune into COMBAT TECH as it takes an in-depth look at the greatest military engineering accomplishments, revealing how they work, how they came to be, and how they made a difference in the theater of war. Discover y Science, 10 p.m.
Saras does not pay any heed to Kumud’s pleading and refuses to marry her. Heartbroken Kumud, discloses this to her family and everyone is shocked. Star Plus, 7.30 p.m.
PYAR KA DARD HAI MEETHA MEETHA PYARA PYARA
Avantika & Pankhuri argue over Aditya. Aditya decides to lead a normal life. Rubel meets Sadanand & brainwashes him to get the papers signed. Pankhuri and Aditya are having a sweet moment Harish sees and hopes nothing goes wrong. Star Plus, 10 p.m.
Amanda puts Ella in charge of a lavish party at her house to celebrate the arrival of her billionaire boyfriend Ben Brinkley (guest star Billy Campbell). However, after Amanda spies Ella and Ben together in a compromising position, she lashes out. Big CBS Love, 9 p.m .
MOVIES OF THE DAY
A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy’s passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. Starring Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano. Star Movies, 9 p.m .
MERI JUNG — ONE MAN ARMY
Meri Jung: One Man Army is a story of one man’s encounter with evil and his perseverance to fight and win. Starring South Indian Super Stars Nagarjuna along with Charmi, Jyotika, Rahul Dev and Raghuvaran This action-packed drama is directed by Dharmesh Darshan and produced by Ganesh Jain. Max, 9 p.m.
The local King has surrounded himself with enemies, which include his own trusted men who plot to overthrow him, in vain, as the King’s loyal employee, Samadh Khan, and the King’s brotherin-law, Arjun Singh, come to his rescue. But events take an unfortunate turn when the King’s newborn son is abducted by Jalal Khan, for which Samadh Khan is branded a traitor, is arrested, but escapes dramatically. After abducting the newborn prince, Jalal turns him over to the Sardar of a local gypsy band, and loses consciousness. The queen is distraught over the disappearance of her son, and Arjun offers his son in exchange, which she accepts. But Bhavani finds out about this, and switches his son with that of Arjun Singh. Years later, the Prince, Shamsher Singh, has grown up, and like Bhavani is a tyrant, womanizer and alcoholic. He soon imprisons his very own mother until such time she announces that he is to be the new king, and inflicts all kinds of atrocities on the people in the region, in her name. Fil my 9 p.m .
SHREK FOREVER AFTER
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A bored and domesticated Shrek pacts with deal-maker Rumpelstiltskin to get back to feeling like a real ogre again, but when he’s duped and sent to a twisted version of Far Far Away — where Rumpelstiltskin is king, ogres are hunted, and he and Fiona have never met — he sets out to restore his world and re-
Ratatouille, Star Movies, 9 p.m.
claim his true love. Pix , 9 p.m .
I AM NUMBER FOUR
Extraordinary teen John Smith is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing eventshis first love (Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. Zee Studio, 9 p.m .
Despite of cricket fever, there are two people in India who dislike it’s influence over their lives. The first is Dr. Satyajit Chavan, who will not permit anyone in his home nor the hospital to view nor hear anything related to it; and the second is Kashmira, who is recently married to Sarabjeet Singh, and hates cricket as her husband is obsessed with it and has even neglected to be attentive leave alone take her for a honeymoon. Then there is Hemandra Patel, located in England for over 10 years, works as an airport Janitor, but has told everyone he is a Customs Officer, is awaiting word on his becoming a Citizen, but his fate rests with Immigration Officer, Cook, who hates all Patels, including Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Watch how the world cup influences them, and the shock that awaits Hemandra when he finds that his daughter is secretly seeing an English-African male by the name of Silver. B4U, 9 p.m.
MUMBAI | MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
P.M. 2.00 Ek Nanad Ki Khushiyon Ki Chaabi..Meri Bhabhi 2.30 Ek Veer Ki Ardaas-Veera 3.00 Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara 3.30 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 4.00 Saraswatichandra 4.30 Diya Aur Bati Hum 5.00 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 5.30 Dancing Superstars 6.00 Ek Veer Ki Ardaas-Veera 6.30 Ek Gahr Banaunga 7.00 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 7.30 Saraswatichandra 8.00 Ek Nanad Ki Khushiyon Ki Chaabi..Meri Bhabhi 8.30 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behnaa Hai 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 Saraswatichandra P.M. 2.00 3.00 4.00 4.30 5.00 6.00 7.00 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.00 P.M. 2.00 3.00 4.00 6.00 7.00 8.00 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.00 P.M. 2.00 2.30 3.00 4.00 5.00 5.30 6.00 7.00 7.30 8.00 9.00 10.00 11.00
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Sa Risk Hai Savitri Devo Ke Dev Mahadev Do Dil… Ek Jaan Best of Savdhaan India Savitri Do Dil… Ek Jaan Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai-Ajab Sa Risk Hai Amrit Manthan Devo Ke Dev Mahadev Savitri Do Dil…Ek Jaan Junoon-Aisi Nafrat, To Kaisa Ishq Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai-Ajab Sa Risk Hai Savadhan India
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3.00 America’s Book of Secrets 4.00 IRT Deadliest Roads 5.00 Jurassic Fight Club 6.30 Pawn Stars 7.00 Amazing Moments 7.30 Special Chat Show with Farhan 8.00 Shark Wranglers 9.00 Heavy Haulers 10.00 Pawn Stars 10.30 Addicted
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A Few Good Men The Bone Collector
Judwaa No 1 Doodh Ka Karz Bhatti On Chutti Dushmano Ka Dushman
Shrek Forever After, Pix, 9 p.m.
Aakhri Baazi Desi Boys: Akshay Kumar Laawaris: Amitabh Bachchan Bichhoo: Bobby Deol
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What is so special about the new show? It’s an entirely different set up with the story beginning in Kashmir and then moving to Mumbai. It shows a huge contrast in cultures, lifestyles, outlook, upbringing and perception between Kashmiris and Mumbaikars. It also touches upon sensitive Kashmiri issues with newness.
TV TATTLES SMITA BANSAL CELEBRITY GUEST
Waah Waah Kyaa Baat Hai is having television’s very famous motherin-law Smita Bansal as the celebrity guest. This show also unleashed the hidden poetess in her. Says this very famous saas of the small screen, “I am really enjoying this show as celebrity guest. Besides entertainment this show also gives a good platform to all poets. I too, have a poet hidden in me.” Smita also added that in these times everything is changing in TV shows. Clothes change, looks change, behaviour changes and even the actors playing the character change.
How different is it from your previous roles? A new show itself carries a lot of freshness, particularly with the new working atmosphere and new fellow actors. With regards to my character however, I play a lower middle class yet desirable woman who is love struck by the lead of the show. Since I’m part of a Maharashtrian family onscreen, this is the first time I will be speaking in Marathi.
Ridheema Tiwari, who has done shows like Rishton se badi Pratha, Sasural Genda Phool and Arranged marriage Ya love marriage, is currently seen as Rasika in Do Dil Ek Jaan on LIFE OK. Ridheema spoke to Sandeep Hattangadi about her new show. What is so special about your look? I am going to be wearing beautiful sarees with deep necked blouses, a kamarband and a simple mangalsutra. I can’t say if the look is special, but it’s certainly different from my other shows. What is particularly interesting with this show is that all the women are depicted in a very simple way, so that each character stands out. I guess this will make it special. How much do you relate to Rasika? Rasika is a young girl who is married to the ‘chacha’ of the house (Manohar) for some reason. She is the best looking girl in the ‘basti’ and dresses glamorously. She speaks English albeit not too well and often uses it to get an upper hand. She likes the lead of the show (Raghu) and blatantly shows her affection for him. This is a reel life character and therefore I don’t think we could compare the two. However I do add my own glamour quotient and attitude to the character. What has your experience been
Ashnoor Kaur DOES A CAMEO
Ashnoor Kaur who was last seen in the young role of Ashok Sundari (the daughter of Shiv and Parvati) will be now seen in the cameo role of Dushaala in Swastik Productions’ Mahabharat. She had got her first break at the age of five and has done prominent shows like Jhansi Ki Rani, Shobha Somnath Ki and Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha. She turned eight year old in May. She is best recognised as Nanhi from Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha, Season 1. It’s ironical but true that same kids are seen in different mythological shows and they look different in each because of the role and costumes. Dushaala was the sister of Dhuryodhan.
LOVE STORY! like working in this industry? Every actor feels lucky to be a part of the industry because very few of us have the opportunity to chase and fulfill our dreams and even fewer get to do what they really love or are passionate about. Mine has been a rollercoaster ride. I never got work easily and initially had to really struggle. I had never attended acting school nor done any acting course and everything about the camera was Greek and Latin to me. With time and constant effort, however, I kept filling my cup of learning by observing people around me, and till today I empty my cup in the mornings so I can learn something new everyday. This industry has made me more confident and gifted me the art of loving myself while also teaching me to have patience. Who are your favorite actor and actress? Irrfan Khan and Kareena Kapoor Name one telly actor you want to work with? The entire Sasural Genda Phool team. Is there an encounter with a
fan you hold close to your heart? Four years ago when I was at a mall in Pune, a simple girl working at a branded designer bag store came up to me and said she watches my shows. She bought me a small keychain and pouch from her store and insisted that I keep it as a memory. I smiled to myself, because for the first time I felt loved and recognized for my work. Do you have a phobia? I’m afraid of water because I don’t know to swim. But I hope to overcome it someday. Any special fetish? Animal prints as a part of bags, footwear and clothes. You are considered stylish and glamorous off-screen as well. How do you feel? I guess people form opinions from the kind of roles we play in on screen.I have mostly played glamorous roles, but am otherwise a simple girl who is very ‘desi‘ at heart. Deep down however, I love to be mysterious and moody. Ridheema is definitely an actor to look out for!
It’s celebration time in Sony Entertainment Television’s popular show Amita ka Amit. After the high level of misunderstanding prevailing between Amita and Amit, it’s time for some love to blossom. Love is in the air in this love story and soon a cupid will make an appearance to get them all the cloer. Prateik Babbar will be making an appearance with his beautiful co-star Amyra Dastur to promote their upcoming movie Issaq. Prateik and Amyra who have played love birds in the Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Issaq will come to spread more love and romance. With this new-fangled romance blooming between Amita and Amit, what new twist will it take? To find out tune in to Amita Ka Amit Monday to Friday at 8.30 pm on Sony Entertainment Television.
RAISING KIDS UNCONVENTIONALLY
In the process of raising their kids in a modern environment, Gary, Chris and Nick explore their share of adventures. The episode reflects Gary’s inability to effectively communicate with his son. Witnessing this situation, Marny imposes her stern services. Eventually, this leads to unconventional disciplinary measures. The episode also sees how a school project brings out some unhealthy competition in Nick. Tune into ‘Guys with Kids’ on July 8, Monday to Wednesday at 10.30 pm exclusively on Comedy Central.
ENCHANTING REEL PICNIC
Shooting for daily soaps can get stressful but this doesn’t apply if your cast is well bonded. Recently the cast of Star Plus Meri Bhabhi were shooting for an outdoor picnic sequence and before they knew it the picnic turned into a personal bonding affair. “We forgot that we were out on a shoot, it was literally a personal picnic. Games, food, fun conversations and pranks made this a very special trip and as a team we had a gala time,” says Esha Kansara who plays the role of the bhabhi, Kritika in the show. This cast is definitely a very well bonded team.
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City cops ill-prepared for Gaya-like attack A
series of bomb blasts occured inside and outside the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya, Bihar yesterday. These were low intensity bombs that didn’t cause much damaged. Two monks were reportedly injured but later, said to be out of danger. The Intelligent Bureau confirmed the blasts as an act of terror but the attack has not be pegged on any terror outfit as yet. The attacks happened in the early hours of the day when security in the area was reportedly low. But, it is still a matter of concern that bombs were planted inside and around such a famous religious place with such uncanny ease. This, once again, brings back memories of the serial train blasts that occurred in Mumbai in 2006.
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For the police to fail each and every mock-drill held to check their preparedness is a matter of shame. They should stop trying to dodge the onus before it’s too late...again, writes Gajanan Khergamker
Blast Accused Uses RTI To Quash Police Claims IT HAS been over seven years since serial bomb blasts occurred in Mumbai local trains that killed more than 200 people left over 700 injured. But, the case is far from closed as new findings about the blasts continue to emerge every now and then. Reportedly, one of the blast accused, Ehtesham Siddiqui had recently filed a Right to Information (RTI) application that revealed the witnesses’ claim in the July 11, 2006 train blasts did not match the information revealed by the RTI application. Reports suggest a blast witness had deposed in court that he had Should Mumbai register a Gaya-like terror attack, the city police may be left twiddling their thumbs on issues of jurisdiction, intelligence failure and so on and forth boarded the 05:15 p.m. train from though the city’s security easily and Churchgate to Mira Road on July 11, 2006. But, the railway department, had said in the court that he had documents. This is the state of investigation of plant fake bomb on the Bandrain a reply to a query filed under RTI, travelled in the train, in which the said that there was no train at 05:15 bomb blasts had taken place and the serial blast that occurred Worli Sea Link without any hurdles p.m. on the day of the blast. Ehte- before boarding the train, met a around seven years ago. With the whatsoever. Apparently, the police were ‘consham Siddiqiui, an accused in the friend who was working as a secu- blast accused procuring ‘evidence’ of the police tampering with facts fused’ about under whose jurisdic7/11 Mumbai train blast, revealed rity guard in the nearby hospital. Siddiqui has reportedly filed and exposing loopholes in the ATS tion the area, where bomb was this while deposing before the Spearound 68 RTI applications to ‘re- investigation that has been going planted, fell and when it was later cial MCOCA court as a witness. On July 11, 2006, RDX-laden veal the loopholes’ in the Anti-Ter- on for years now, the case doesn’t found out that it was under Worli bombs had ripped the first class rorist Squad investigation. Earlier, seem like it will be solved any time Police jurisdiction, they maintained that they could not patrol the water compartments of seven local trains he had filed an RTI application that soon. area as it was the coastal police’s rein the Western Railways during peak had reportedly revealed inconsissponsibility! They continue to inhours, in the evening. The blasts tencies in the prosecution case took place within the span of 11 against him. Carrying on with exdulge in the same old blame game, minutes killing hundreds of people amination-in-chief as a defence over and over again. witness, Siddiqui had submitted while injuring many. And, this is just a two-day mock The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) documents retrieved through RTI in WITH the 26/11 terror attacks that test conducted within a stipulated has arrested 13 ‘members’ of Stu- court earlier which revealed his sig- shook Mumbai in 2008 and triple time period and yet the city police dents Islamic Movement of India nature on a statement expressing bombs blast that occurred in South continue to fail indicating how ill(SIMI) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) his willingness to confess could Mumbai in 2011 still fresh in peo- prepared the force is should terror for allegedly carrying out the blasts have been forged. The prosecution ple’s memory, the city doesn’t seem strike Mumbai again. and charged them under various argued that the signatures of the ac- any safer than it was several years The police have failed almost sections of Indian Penal Code, cused showing his willingness to ago. When the Mumbai police con- every mock drill that has been conMCOCA and Unlawful Activities confess were taken before his re- tinue to fail mock terror attacks ducted in the city. Last year too, the ported confession on October 6, done to check the preparedness of police failed the two mock drills (Prevention) Act. The accused had also submitted 2008. the city police, it only vindicates carried out, first in April then again TERROR ATTACK ROCKS GAYA Apparently, Siddiqui has submit- popular fears. the documents obtained under the in October. RTI Act that contradict the state- ted documents in the special Each time, the city police fail the The city police have been failing http://youtu.be/7fmISS3V1gw ments made in front of the court by MCOCA court as evidence, which mock drills over the years now and drills it reveals just how vulnerable CALL RECORDS DON'T MATCH another witness. Siddiqui, while de- includes DCP Gutta Karale’s letter this time it was no different. In a re- the city is. And, if this is how the posing in front of the court, also acknowleding that Siddique’s signa- cently held marine operation, the things continue, it won’t be long behttp://youtu.be/tC8NaoRWreI said the hospital records that were ture featured on the first page of the officials participating in the two- fore Mumbai registers a Gaya-like POLICE FAIL MOCK DRILL obtained through the RTI applica- document. However, a copy of the day mock drill Sagar Kavach, plant terror attack. The city police, on tion indicated it did not have any document procured by Siddiqui stickers symbolising bombs in their part, will be left twiddling their http://youtu.be/P-jsBvHGRjA security guard of the identity, the under RTI Act shows no trace of his places to check the city police’s thumbs on issues of jurisdiction, in26/11 STILL FRESH IN MINDS witness claimed to have met on July signature on any page of the docu- awareness. telligence failure and so on and 11, 2006 before boarding the train. ment. Siddiqui claims that the poThis time around, the officials forth. http://youtu.be/lkfeUKUUz5M With inputs from Prerna Pandey Apparently, one of the witnesses lice had tampered with the posing as terrorists managed to get
The Mumbai Police And Their Blame Games
With An Attack Imminent, Police Remain Unprepared
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NOTES FROM NEW DELHI
DILLI KA BABU Unsure at MEA
same thing. The Swayamsewaks of the Sangh were dreaming of an orthodox Hindu nation, but Vajpayee and Advani had understood that a Government could not be formed on the principles of orthodox Hinduism, because the Government could not be formed on the strength of Hindus alone. About 20 per cent in the country are Muslims and they can neither be eradicated nor can Santosh Bhartiya they be made politically ineffechat with Narendra Modi tive or irrelevant. They therefore being cheered in Goa, a adopted a policy of psuedo-exisnew upheaval has been tence for ‘wielding’ power and initiated in Indian politics. The maintained a balance. Under this, Vajpayee adopted a new troika of the Janata Dal United, Mamata Banerjee and liberal face and Advani adopted Naveen Patnaik has come to the an orthodox, fundamentalist forefront and their coming to- face. Going by Advani’s desires, gether began after Lal Krishna Ad- Madan Das Devi tightened the vani talked to Nitish Kumar. What reins on the Vishwa Hindu did Advani, one of the cleverest Parishad (VHP) and brakes were ‘players’ in Indian politics say to applied on the Ram Mandir Nitish Kumar, that talks about the movement. With this ended the formation of the Third Front credibility of the VHP. The sentipicked up such speed? We’ll give ments of the Sangh were also you information about this a little ‘detonated’ by people in it, belater, but first, let us tell you how cause at that time talk had alat Goa the Sangh imposed its de- ready started of Muslims being sires on the Bharatiya Janata Party. brought into its ‘shakas’. The The story begins from the time Swayamsewaks who had spent of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. After Vaj- their golden years steeped in orpayee became the Prime Minis- thodox Hindutva, felt that when ter, the hold of the Sangh on the their party has come into power BJP gradually reduced or weak- and when their people have beened. To weaken this hold, Bra- come Prime Minister and Home jesh Mishra and Ranjan Minister respectively, if a Hindu Bhattacharya were working from nation has not been formed now, Vajpayee’s side while on the other when will it be formed? In this sithand Suresh Soni was doing the uation, the morale of people in
the Sangh fell from sky high to ground level. It was then that Vajpayee was defeated. The BJP went out of power and a struggle began for the post of Leader of the Opposition. Advani knew and understood very well the importance of power and its moves. He was able to understand that the wave would come once again, his boat would touch the shore and he would certainly become the Prime Minister. At that time a special situation had formed in which, to make Advani the Prime Minister, Vajpayee had disappeared from the scene. Therefore Advani felt that he should immediately ‘correct’ his image and instead of being orthodox should become ‘secular’. Advani then went to Pakistan and praised Jinnah. He already had family ties with Muslims, because his daughter had been married to a Muslim. In this process, his image became secular to quite an extent and at this point, at the behest of the Sangh, Sanjay Joshi asked Advani’s resignation. The Sangh has always had the habit of stepping aside in the face of trouble. An example of this is of Sanjay Joshi himself: When Narendra Modi started a campaign against him and for attending the session in Mumbai put forward the condition of his expulsion; the Sangh left Sanjay Joshi alone. Madan Das Devi and Suresh Soni had asked Joshi to get
the resignation letter from Advani. In those days Modi was Advani’s special ‘lieutenant’. To take revenge on Joshi, there was the CD case in which Joshi was falsely implicated and trapped. From here a new tradition started in the BJP that without inquiry or a show cause notice, action was initiated against senior office bearers, and it seemed that the saying “it is loved ones who ‘eat’ their own loved ones” or that “it is the ground nurturing water itself that turns into a flood and destroys the fields” is correct. In those days apart from Modi, Advani’s ‘lieutenants’ also included Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Ananth Kumar and Venkaiah Naidu. With their support, Advani staked his claim on Prime Ministership but year after year the BJP’s seats became fewer and fewer, support dwindled and Advani’s dream began to get shattered. Advani’s supporters began leaving him soon Madan Das Devi and Mohan Bhagwat also left him without support. Bhagwat openly declared that no supporter of Advani’s would be given command of anything, after which Nitin Gadkari became the BJP President. After Gadkari’s arrival on the scene, despite all the efforts of the Sangh numerous conspiracies continued against him. The Sangh was committed to making Gadkari the President again and nobody could think otherwise.
By Santosh Bhartiya
know it would rain, because there are rains every year. They also knew that there was a chance of floods. What sort of Govt is this which did not prepare the state for possible destruction due to floods? What is its disaster management plan not only for Uttarkashi, but for the entire country? Perhaps floods, drought and earthquakes are new ways for people to make an earning. People from Uttarakhand are calling me up and saying that out of the Rs.1000 crores of Central assistance, at least Rs. 400 crore will be lost to corruption. This means that this time the infrastructure that will be rebuilt far worse than before will not be able to withstand another flood or even a light surge of water. The people want the monitoring and responsibility of new construction and relief work to be handed over to the Army. They think that if the Army undertakes it, perhaps things will be set up correctly, rather than risking it with civilian construction companies which might raise the risk of even more corruption. The news shows no pain or trouble apparent on the faces of
officials in Uttarakhand. This is because during the entire disaster, the civil administration was seen only sending reports. The Army stepped forward and worked and that is why soldiers lost their lives. Till these lines were written the PM had not declared the Uttarakhand disaster to be a national disaster. People are going to Uttarakhand on their own, taking whatever assistance they want to offer along with them, but hardly anyone, apart from Ministers and Chief Ministers, are giving their ‘assistance’ to the Government Disaster Fund, Chief Minister’s Fund or the Prime Minister’s Disaster Fund. Earlier, at the time of any national disaster, people would come forward and donate to these funds. This is a clear example of the waning credibility of Governments. The reality is that the people of Uttarakhand are our own people, poor people. They come down from the mountains to the plains for their livelihood. Left behind in the villages are their wives, children and old parents and it is these people who have gone through danger and lost their lives.
U’khand calamity: An opportunity for people to help
s the Uttarakhand disaster a divine disaster? Is it the result of God’s annoyance, or is it the result of Ganga Maa’s anger? We the people of India, after suffering a loss, for our own satisfaction place the responsibility of the tragedy on God, and it is this habit which saves those who are responsible for the disaster. This time also it is the same story. Anna Hazare’s recent ‘yatra’ of Uttarakhand lasted from 13 May to 24 May. As a journalist, I took part in this ‘yatra’ which involved us traveling to every place where, today, a massive disaster has taken place. Whether it is Srinagar or Chamoli, Rudraprayag or Bageshwar, there are scenes of destruction all over. All together, the portion that is Garhwal has become a witness to the most massive destruction in history. During this ‘yatra’ we saw that there are no medical facilities are available at the district headquarters. We also saw that in Uttarakhand there are no arrangements at all for taking care of basic infrastructure. Nei-
ther are there units of maintenance, nor concern of them being absent. I will speak of Uttarkashi as an example. When we went to Uttarkashi, fellow journalists and citizens told us that just about a year ago because of a flood in the area there had been massive destruction with most of the houses collapsing into the river. To clear up the debris and clean up the river, arrangements for money were also made, but deliberately, no work was started before the rains. The residents also told us that this time Uttarkashi would be destroyed. They explained that because of corruption the rivers had silted up and no cleaning work had been undertaken. The river banks were also eroded. This fact was also mentioned in Anna Hazare’s ‘common’ meeting, but nobody nobody paid any attention. The Government of Uttarakhand, which includes Ministers, the Opposition and the bureaucracy, deliberately devastated and destroyed Uttarkashi. The conditions are the same in Srinagar, Tehri, Gopeshwar, Bageshwar and Chamoli. It wasn’t as if they didn’t
hile a little whisper of a possible extension hovers in the hallowed portals of South Block, the future of many senior MEA officials, including ambassadors, hinges on who will replace Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai after (and if) he retires next month. The stakes are high, with an added frisson created by the uncertainty surrounding the matter. Traditionally the announcement of a successor is made ahead of the incumbent’s retirement. Traditionally also, the senior-most IFS officer is named Foreign Secretary, as was done in the case of Mathai and his predecessor Nirupama Rao. But will this practice be followed this time around as well? Observers point out that the present National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, who was Foreign Secretary before Ms Rao, had superseded 16 officials when he was appointed in 2006. His appointment had created a minor revolt in the diplomat ranks. This, many feel, is the reason for the heightened sense of uncertainty prevailing in MEA corridors at present. Will it be Sujata Singh, the senior-most officer and India’s ambassador to Germany or S. Jaishankar, ambassador to China and reportedly the PMO’s favoured diplomat? Or someone else who may just pip the post first?
A new conflict
he UPA government has a history of disputed appointments. And with the appointment of Shashikant Sharma as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the Government has predictably run into yet another controversy. Sharma, a 1976-batch IAS officer from the Bihar cadre, was Defence Secretary before being named Vinod Rai’s successor and the nation’s top auditor. When Sharma’s name first surfaced in connection with the position, it was pointed out that there could be a conflict of interest when he presides over the audit of the Defence Ministry, where during his tenure, he was a key decision-maker in military purchases, some of which are now under the scanner. Of decidedly greater concern now is that Sharma’s appointment has been challenged in the Supreme Court in two separate PILs. There is now concern that Sharma’s appointment could go the way of P.J. Thomas, who was named Central Vigilance Commissioner despite a corruption taint.
The CBI has a tough task dealing with its “masters” in Government. Even as the agency which is investigating the coal scam prepares to question a retired IAS officer A.K. Basu in connection with the scam, its probe has run into a wall in another case involving the coal sector. The sleuths plan to interrogate Basu, who was Chief Secretary of Jharkhand during the Chief Ministership of Madhu Koda between February 2008 and August 2009, which could make matters difficult for Koda, who is now an independent MP from the state. If that spells progress for the CBI in the multi-crore coal scam, it has been stymied by babus of the Law Ministry in another case. The CBI had sought permission to chargesheet former CMD of South Eastern Coal Limited (SECL) M.P. Dikshit in a bribery case, but that permission has been denied. — By Dilip Cherian
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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 584
ENIGMA CODE 584
ACROSS: 1 Mass in its full version (13) 8 Out to make one uneasy (3,2,4) 9 Fare needed to board a bus perhaps (3,2) 11 Embrace that really fixes things (6) 12 You find them comfortable banana skins! (8) 14 Swallow up a lot of water in Mexico? (4) 15 Looks closely - about time to be wearing glasses, we're told (8) 17 Plant in a container accordingly (8) 18 Wild dog returned from the stream (4) 20 Needing a smashing Swiss resort (8) 21 Humourless nonsense, but it could bring the house down (3,3) 23 State Edward found rather confining as a school boy (5) 25 A woman loved what a Roman is content about (9) 26 Old fellow getting extended support as a flier (5-4-4)
DOWN: 1 Aid for singularly poor vision ? (7) 2 Jack to obtain, after resting, an easy victim (7,6) 3 Said to have joints? (11) 4 Story book bear returns ring (4) 5 Taking offence (8) 6 The name of the game ? (3) 7 Hemingway and his namesake together (7) 10 Not leaving digs to do battle? (6,7) 13 Many like to give give to it (7,4)
Each colour in our code represents a letter. When you have cracked the code you will be able to make up seven words. The clue to first word is given to help you get started.
The Clue: Separated
SOLUTION TO FRIDAY’S ENIGMA CODE ORNATE, AERATE, EARNER NATTER, ORATOR, RETORT TARTAR
MATH PYRAMID 584 16 What a lot we have here! (8) 17 Points to the grave and has his revenge (7) 19 Injured girl with sword (7)
22 Such a long way round could be a gamble (4) 24 He gets nothing for going round the wall (3)
SOLUTION TO FRIDAY’S CRYPTIC CROSSWORD Across: 1 The last trump, 8 Embargo, 9 Migrant, 11 Erosion, 12 Selkirk, 13 Rider, 14 Interment, 16 Porbeagle, 19 Annat, 21 East end, 23 Titmice, 24 Eliding, 25 Bambini, 26 Single-seater. Down: 1 Tabloid, 2 Earlier, 3 Abounding, 4 Times, 5 Regular, 6 Moabite, 7 Telegraphese, 10 Take to the air, 15 Treatable, 17 Rossini, 18 Evening, 19 Attempt, 20 Noisier, 22 Dogie.
QUICK CROSS 584
ACROSS: 1 Tennis replays (4) 5 Farm fraction (4) 6 Cereal grain (5) 8 Watering hole (5) 10 Ocean currents (5) 12 Romantic encounter (4) 13 Lest (4)
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The goal of Math Pyramid is to fill the given pyramid with numbers such that the following three rules are satisfied. 1. A cell value must be sum or difference of the two cells below 2. A row cannot have duplicate numbers 3. A number cannot be less than 1 or more than the grid size
DOWN: 1 Order's companion (3) 2 Feedback (4) 3 Actor Williams (5) 4 Coast (7) 7 Kind of bore (5) 9 Fixes (4) 11 Bishop's bailiwick (3)
The goal of Hidato is to fill the grid with consecutive numbers that connect horizontally, vertically, or diagonally from first to the last number in the grid. The first and last numbers of a puzzle and a some other numbers are already filled in. FRIDAY’S SOLUTION
Place numbers into the puzzle cells in such a way that each row and column contains each of the digits from 1 up to the size of the puzzle (4,5 or 6). Like a Sudoku puzzle, no number is repeated in any row or column. Each bold-outlined group of cells contains a hint consisting of a number and one of the mathematical symbols + x - /. The number is the result of applying the mathematical operation represented by the symbol to the digits contained within the domain. The solution to each puzzle is arrived at logically and is unique. FRIDAY’S SOLUTION
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Gemini Amavasya till 12:43 pm Ardhra Mithun [Gemini] K. Ch. Black 6
BIRTHDAY FORECAST: A good year for students or those starting out in their career. An opportunity early this year will take you overseas for higher education or for work. Business people will sign fresh contracts on highly lucrative terms. Love and married life moves along smoothly. Your health will be good throughout. You may be shifting residence, and may even plan to move to another city. A change will be for the better. BABIES BORN TODAY: Good looking, prominent nose and Charming eyes. Will be healthy and long-lived. Will be responsible, witty, intelligent, critical but helpful. After a good education, career in research, shipping, communications or industry is indicated. Success and gains are indicated perhaps, away from place of birth. ARIES (March 21 - April 20): An increase in work activities will bring in money but take its toll on your health. By taking it easy, you will not lose advantage. It is necessary to maintain cordial relations within the family so that you are able to keep a check on outside influences that harm your personal interests. Trust goes a long way in cementing ties where frequent journeys and distances are unavoidable.
TAURUS (April 21 - May 20): It’s hectic but rewarding day at work for you. An expected approval comes through unexpectedly. Try to cash in on the fortunate professional phase. You will get a chance to handle work independently. Good results and gain are certainly indicated for you today. Your light- hearted approach will minimize the bad effects of some tension at home. Lovebirds can look forward to a wonderful evening.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): You Be cautious today and don’t be too vocal about your future plans. Someone close may be looking for an opportunity to take advantage of you. Expenses mount and demands on your time and money from the family could be awkward. Try to balance work and home affairs more cordially in your own interest.
CANCER (June 21 - July 21): Work and financial prospects are bright. Partnership is offered to you on lucrative terms. Investment made now yields profit. There will be new developments around you. Those looking for new opening will get a good chance. You will be busy with out-of-town guests. You may have second thoughts about a recent love interest. Perhaps you are judging the person too much. Relax, give love a chance.
LEO (July 22 - August 21): A Maybe the way you’re handling difficult situations is becoming counterproductive. Don’t hedge your bets simply take up something that needs attention. You stand to benefit from short term deposits. A leisure pastime could lead to great achievements and could propel you into the limelight. There is someone interested in you romantically but you have not noticed. A certain development might show you the way to proceed.
VIRGO (August 22 - September 21): You will have a very busy today, though you may not achieve much. If you have to wait a bit longer for rewards, it would be worth it. Be careful when signing agreements or contracts. You have tendency to trust the wrong kind of people. Remain alert. Your mate may caution you on the choice of friends. It may be difficult for you to see reason at the moment.
LIBRA (September 22 - October 22): You may want to increase the scope of your work now and this will mean a lot of publicity. It is time that those around you sit up and take note of your skills. Offers from abroad are exciting but do not promise everything that you would want fromthem.Yourfears about thefutureof your relationship with your beloved could create some insecurity. It may have to do with a change of location. Rest assured that your will get some good news about it soon.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): 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.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 December 20): Social events, get-togethers, discussion and trips, all augur well for you. Those who love you seem to expect only the best from you. Of course you know that you will be able to fulfill their expectations. Being more thoughtful and finding time for your mate will certainly go in your favor A trip is in the offing for some of you to see a loved one.
CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): You conclude your work on schedule and decide to leave early to take it easy at home. Perhaps you are waiting for some news about work related activities. Have confidence in yourself and your destiny and will certainly get good news that you are waiting for. You are too preoccupied with yourself to notice the caring support that you have been getting form someone close.
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): You will create a new approach in work, which improves efficiency, and yields increased profits. Stick closely to your new plan of action. Do not resort to borrowing; you are capable of raising your own resources. A celebration is likely in the family. You meet up with someone you may have met in different circumstances. The present setting seems to be more conducive for a friendship to develop.
PISCES (February 19 - March 20): Try to work hard if you wish to achieve goals that you have set for yourself. Once that is done you will be an acknowledged winner. But you may have to take the initiative in sorting out an old issue with a co-worker. You will get the assistance you need. The ordeals and snags of everyday life can be stressful and affect you. However you can look forward to a relaxed evening with your mate or beloved.
QUICK CROSSWORD 4708 ACROSS:
4 7 8
13 14 15 16 17 19 21
23 24 26 27
29 32 33
34 35 36
2 3 4 5 6 9
11 12 13 15 16 18
South Indian or Sri Lankan of Dravidian origin (5) Dried grass stalks (5) Mr Abdullah of J&K (4) Started (5) Attired (4) Indian state - the land of five rivers (6) Victoria ___ or Elizabeth ___ (same word) ? (6) No objection certificate, acronym (3) Progeny (5) Fights, battles or attacks (7) School subject, in short (3) I love Latin (3) Danish money (6)
Today’s clue: A equals O
The Cryptoquip is a substitution cipher in which one letter stands for another.
20 Find the sum of; make sense ? (3,2) 21 A cry of discovery or of understanding, in a way (3) 22 Wrath or anger (3) 23 Seasonable or opportune (6) 25 Air traffic control (3)
28 30 31 32
Strangely (5) Hot spiced port drink (5) Giraffe-like animal (5) Horse with coat sprinkled with grey and white (4) 33 Audible exhalation (4)
SOLUTION TO SATURDAY’S QUICK CROSSWORD Across: 1 Orissa, 5 Ebb, 8 Utug, 9 Oval, 10 Bookie, 11 Take place, 13 Task, 15 Lid, 16 Onion, 17 As mad, 20 Duo, 22 Tee, 23 Potty, 24 Oared, 26 Oct, 27 With, 28 Paragraph, 31 Uakari, 32 Beam, 33 Herr, 34 Amo, 35 Attest. Down: 1 Orbits, 2 Irons out, 3 Suit, 4 Ate a lot, 5 Egged, 6 Boll, 7 Bacchae, 12 Kin, 14 Knot, 18 Stew, 19 Meditate, 20 Donated, 21 Satpura, 24 Oca, 25 Shrift, 26 Ortho, 29 Alma, 30 Hart.
IRREGULAR SUDOKU 1713 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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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.
Arm muscle (6) Operate by automation (8) Coarse and granular - "in gray" anagram ? (6) Prevalent or generally present ? (2,3) Gave a signal to an actor ? (4) Exchange figures (4) Dull resonant sound (4) Exclamation of surprise (3) Read superficially (4) A metrical foot consisting of a short or unstressed syllable followed by an accented syllable (4) Sri ___ set up a famous Ashram in Pondichery (9) Lt. Kojak (4) Rumanian city (4) US spy bureau (3) Of ___: of prominence or of importance ? (4) Biblical preposition (4) Communists, colloquially speaking (4) A very small spot or bit of something (5) Put into other words (6) Sand-pit leap (4,4) Capital of New South Wales (6)
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Saturday’s solution: Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be.
Afternoon WORD MINE
How many words of four or more letters can you make from the letters shown in today’s puzzle? In making a word, each letter may be used once only. Each word must contain the letter at the top of the pyramid. There should be at least one nine letter word. Plurals, foreign words and proper names are not allowed. Today’s ratings: 26 average; 29 good; 32 outstanding. SATURDAY’S SOLUTION: afar, BAREFACED, beef, cafe, carafe, deaf, deface, defer, facade, face, faced, fade, farce, fare, fared, fear, feared, feed, free, freed, reef
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Airport officials were forcing me to take off my clothes: Azad
EW DELHI: Having encountered a nightmarish experience at the Heathrow Airport in London yesterday, former India cricketer Kirti Azad is yet come to terms with the ordeal that he along with his wife and son had to encounter before taking a flight back home. Azad today claimed that airport authorities “harrassed” him alleging that there was an item in his luggage which was explosive in nature. “I was dumbfounded when I was taken to a separate room for questioning and the duty officer told me to take off my clothes for frisking. I told them that I carry a diplomatic passport and if they indeed want to do this, they will have to forcibly take off my clothes,” an angry Azad told PTI today. “I was absolutely stunned when they alleged that there is a hint of explosives in my checkin luggage. There was a bottle of mineral water which my wife Poonam had inadvertently kept in the bag. In fact, I told the security officer that you can throw the bottle away. He had a look at my passport and then after consultation with his senior informed me that there is hint of explosives in my bag.”
Charleston scores two for Ave Maria UMBAI: Ave Maria SC M scored a comfortable 5-2 win against Warrior’s SC ‘A’ in
First Division match of the Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd. (MHAL) League – 2013, at the MHAL Stadium, Churchgate on Sunday. The key player for Ave Maria was Charleston Lobo who netted two goals, while Devanshu P, Nivren P and Narendra S chipped in with a goal each. For the losers, Depak Patil scored both the goals. Results Div-III: Western Railway Mumbai Division beat Coorg XI 7-3; Bombay Republicans beat Maharashtra Military School 7-2.
here are some positions in Bridge which are very rare. One may wait for a decade to execute an intricate squeeze or an end play & miss it when it actually occurs. Deepak Pradhan fulfilled his ambition on this hand. S- K J 2 H- A 8 7 6 D- 8 6 4 C- A Q 8 S- Q 10 9 3 H- 5 D- Q 9 7 5 3 C- J 9 5
Muzaffar steals march over big guns SPORTS
UMBAI: Like the Championships at Wimbledon, the big guns took a beating in the 24th edition of the Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally on Sunday. The Gulf Oil Corporation sponsored and Sportscraft-organised event saw the emergence of a new champion in Bhopal’s Muzaffar Ali. Having placed second last year, the 32-year-old rider went one better, leaving last year’s champion Rustom Patel, and former champions Manjeet Singh Bassan, Avtar Singh and Shamim Khan in the shade as he won the grueling 25 kms monsoon challenge over the backwoods of Navi Mumbai in 28 minutes, 50 seconds in penalties. Nashik’s Shamim Khan (Mahindra Rodeo), who was champion in 2003 and ’04, finished second with 0:29.02 seconds in penalties and Bangalore’s R Natraj (TVS Wego) of TVS Racing was third with 0:29.08 seconds. Defending champion Rustom Patel (Honda Acrtiva) was fourth and 2011 champion Avtar Singh (Honda Activa) fifth. Four-time champion Bassan, who won in 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, finished sixth.astride a Suzuki Access, Muzaffar Ali overcame unyielding conditions and a strong field of 32 riders to emerge triumphant. After the riders started from Our Lady’s Home in Parel on the 35 km transport sector, Ali rode with gay abandon over the dirt tracts on the competitive sector of Navi Mumbai to turn tables on the favourites.
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A MIGHTY MUDDY SPLASH: Riders stream through the slush as they negotiate a tricky path in the Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally. Though it did not rain heavily during the rally, riding on the gravel-laden, slushy course was dicey. The riders had to exercise extreme caution while negotiating the steep inclines and hairpin bends. Practically all of them took a tumble or two and some even damaged their scooters.
It was certainly also difficult riding through water-logged areas but almost all riders went through the exercise rather efficiently. Mention must be made about Loretta D’Lomen, the only female rider in the fray. She battled over the course, completing the final leg with a flat tyre to finish with a
creditable 1:41.47 seconds in penalties. DehraDun’s Shradul Sharma, astride a Honda Dio, was adjudged the best first timer and awarded the late Firdosh Vajifdar trophy for his spirited riding. Vikramjit Boparai was adjudged the best Thane-Navi Mumbai rider.
Bolt fires Gay broadside as Dibaba shines P
ARIS: Usain Bolt fired out a warning to American arch-rival Tyson Gay by scorching to a world-leading time of 19.73 seconds in the 200m at the Paris Diamond League meet. The 26-year-old Jamaican, a two-time Olympic and world champion over the distance, held off the attentions of compatriot Warren Weir yesterday to streak past the field in emphatic style. Edging Gay’s season best by one-hundredth of a second was the perfect broadside in the runup to what promises to be a keenly contested World Athletics Championships in Moscow be- sive performances from a stellar line-up on the track and in the field. Grenada’s Olympic and tween August 10-18. “All is building up towards a great world cham- world 400m champion Kirani James ran a seempionships, you will see a big show there, it will be ingly effortless world leading time of 43.96sec, holding off a late surge from American LaShawn the climax,” warned Bolt. Merritt, the man who previously held both titles. “And I want to be ready for that.” James, who became Grenada’s first Olympic In perfect conditions with temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius (81F), Bolt led a host of impres- medallist in any sport in London, said it was im-
S- A H- K Q J 10 2 D- A K J C- 10 7 3 2 Deepak was south. He opened 1 heart & soon found himself in 6 hearts. West led heart 5. To score 12 tricks, one needs fortuitous placement of cards. Basically if west has club King tripleton it is very easy so Deepak won in hand went to dummy with the Ace of hearts & drew a 3. These discards set Deepak thinking. Why has west made such a risky lead? A singleton trump is almost
A Rare Animal never led in any contract let alone a slam. This meant he had vulnerable holdings in unbid suits. Keeping this in mind Deepak played a small
BRIDGE club to queen but east won & returned 10 of diamonds. Deepak won & cashed the spade Ace. Then he cashed 1 more trump. West’s dis-
possible to nail down one thing as essential for winning gold in Moscow. “Weather, shape, conditions, all that will play a role and there will be seven other guys in the final,” he said. “You always need to pay attention to runners like LaShawn — if he were far too ahead, it’d be tough to catch and beat him.” Ethiopian long-distance superstar Tirunesh Dibaba flew to a meeting record of 14:23.68 in the women’s 5000m - the seventh fastest of all time behind her own world record. Dibaba, twice Olympic 10,000m champion and twice world champion at both 5,000 and 10,000m, had compatriot Almaz Ayana for company as she broke with 800m to go, but she was never in danger as she sprinted home. “With more pacemaking, I could have run even faster,” Dibaba said, adding that her Moscow goals were clear.
C- 10 7 3 comfiture was evident. He squirmed & discarded a spade. Now Deepak played a small club to Deepak turned the screw on by cashing the last trump. In order to Ace. Then he cashed the spade guard the diamond Queen west had King. The Queen came tumbling to discard another spade.. Now down. On this he discarded a club Deepak knew he had his victim. from hand. On the spade jack he threw another club, & west was This was the position squeezed again. Forced to guard the diamond Queen he threw the S- K J club Jack, & the club 8 became the D- 8 12th trick. Had he chosen to disC- A 8 card a diamond, Deepak would have played a small diamond to S- Q his King catching west’s queen & D- Q 9 diamond Jack would have been the C- J 9 12th trick. D- K J
Vettel wins on home soil for first time
Force India’s point streak ends at Germany
CHAMPION AT HOME: Sebastian Vettel with his team after his victory at Nurburgring, where he finished ahead of Kimi Raikonnen.
URBURGRING: Sebastian Vettel finally won a race on his home soil on Sunday when he survived spells of intense pressure to steer his Red Bull to victory in the German Grand Prix. The 26-year-old German, who also had never won a race in the month of July, came home narrowly ahead of fast-closing Finn Kimi Raikkonen and his Lotus team-
mate Romain Grosjean of France. Vettel’s win was his fourth this year and the 30th of his career and it lifted him 36 points clear of nearest rival, Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, in the drivers championship. Alonso came home fourth ahead of Britons Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Jenson Button of McLaren with Australian Mark
Webber seventh in the second Red Bull. Mexican Sergio Perez finished eighth for McLaren ahead of Germans Nico Rosberg in the second Mercedes and Nico Hulkenberg of Sauber. Vettel became the first German to win a German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in the history of the Formula One world championship.
URBURGRING: Sahara Force India’s six-race point streak ended at the German Grand Prix as Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished 11th and 13th respectively, here today. Di Resta, who was in point contention till the very last lap of the 60-lap race, has missed out on scoring points for only the second time this season. Before today’s race, only at the Malaysian Grand Prix the Scott had missed points, when he was forced to retire. For Adrian Sutil it was his home race and no-points was a disappointing result for him. It’s now the fifth time that he has come out without adding to the team’s score sheet. Today’s nopoint show also means that Force India’s lead over McLaren has been reduced to 10 points. Force India remain in fifth place with 59 points even as Jenson Button and Sergio Perez added 12 points to McLaren’s kitty with sixth and eighth place finishes respectively.
After the drama of four exploding tyre blowouts in last Sunday’s British Grand Prix, the race was run without similar incidents other than when an errant wheel flew off Webber’s car during a pit-stop and struck a tv camerman in the back. He was taken to the circuit medical centre, but later said to be bruised and shocked, but not seriously injured.
Karun and team ends 4th at FIA GT Series at Zandvoort Z
ANDVOORT (Netherlands): Indian racing driver Karun Chandhok achieved his best FIA GT Series result when his team, Seyffarth Racing, finished fourth in Round 3 of the racing series, here today. The former Formula One driver alongwith team-mate Jan Seyffarth had initially qualified in 16th position. They finished eighth in the qualifying race before finishing fourth in the main race. The race pace for Seyffarth Racing seemed to be a lot better than qualifying as they moved up the order in the qualification. In the main race Chandhok had a great start as he quickly moved up to sixth place at the end of the first lap. His team-mate Jan Seyffarth took over for the second half of the race and held off Alvaro Parente off Loeb Racing to finish in a brilliant fourth place. “I am extremely happy to finish in 4th after our qualifying
fastest lap in the race which clearly showed our car improved,” Chandhok said. “It was tough as the cars ahead of us were much faster. Jan also drove well and did a great job holding off Parente in the last part of the race. After the Le Mans recovery it was good to have my best finish in the FIA GT Series. Meanwhile, Indian racing driver Armaan Ebrahim and BMW Sports Trophy today rounded off their strongest weekend of 2013 with a third place finish in the Pro-Am category and tenth overall. Having scored their maiden podium by finishing second yesterday, the team was on their way to go one better but a delay during the driver change threw a spanner in PODIUM STARS: The top three finishers pose proudly after the race in Zandvoort. the works. “We were really on it position yesterday. We could not as the car was much better in the today, the car was really strong and find any grip in qualifying and had race.“To move up from 16th to 8th we could have won the class and to make a host of changes for the in the race was excellent and the car finished top five overall,” said Arrace. The changes seemed to work felt great. I managed to set the 5th maan.
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Raj Bharath finishes on podium at Formula Masters China
RDOS (China): Indian racing driver Raj Bharath rounded off his race weekend with a podium finish in race one while engine issues in race two didn’t allow him to finish better than sixth at round three of Formula Masters China, here today. Driving for Meco Motorsport, the Bangalore lad had posted his maiden win of the season on the last outing at Shanghai International circuit. At Ordos, though, mechanical issues which first surfaced in qualifying, prevented him from showing his pace. But the 19-year old manage to hold on through the opening race of the weekend to finish third.
“The car seemed to lack acceleration out of corner exits, so I was losing speed on the straights and couldn’t catch up to my rivals ahead,” said Raj. Things took a turn for worse in race two and Raj found it difficult to maintain his position, having started third. So despite a bout of defensive driving, he could only cross the line in sixth. “It was much harder in the second race as drivers behind me were quicker, as our issues had become more pronounced,” he said. “I did the best I could but there was no way of holding them back when you’re lacking a lot of speed on the straights,” he added. Race three of the weekend was cancelled due to safety issues on the circuit, which turned out be a blessing in disguise as it limited the amount of points that could have been further lost in the championship standings. The cancelled race will be held at the championship’s next outing scheduled at Inje Circuit in Korea. “Honestly it was a relief that one race got postponed, so hopefully we’ll get to the bottom of the issues and we’ll be back to our usual competitiveness in Korea,” Raj concluded.
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TRUE BRIT: Andy Murray sinks to his knees after outplaying Novak Djokovic in the final.
ONDON: Andy Murray ended Britain’s agonising 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men’s singles champion on Sunday when he destroyed world number one Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the blistering heat of the All England Club. The 26-year-old became the country’s first male winner since Fred Perry in 1936, the year the Spanish Civil War started, Jesse Owens defied Hitler at the Berlin Olympics and Gone With The Wind was published. It was Murray’s second Grand Slam title to follow his breakthrough triumph at the US Open in 2012 which followed his Olympic gold medal as well as a heartbreaking, tearful loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. However, Sunday’s title showdown, between two men who have now contested three of the last four Grand Slam finals, rarely lived up to expectations. Both struggled in the stifling 40-degree heat and the top-seeded Serb, who had beaten Murray in the Australian Open final in January, looked jaded after his record four hour 43-minute semi-final victory over Juan Martin del Potro. And despite leads of 4-1 in the second set and 4-2 in the third, he was out-hit by Murray who finished with 36 winners to 31, with 21 unforced errors to the Serb’s 40 and having carved out 17 break points. Inside a baking Centre Court, and watched by Victoria Beckham, Wayne Rooney as well as Hollywood stars Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper, the first point of the match was a punishing 20 strokes. Murray, who has played in the final of his last four majors, had break points in the first and third games, with the Scot finally pouncing on his seventh for a 2-1 lead. Djokovic levelled at 2-2 but Murray was the more aggressive, positive man and broke to love for a 4-3 edge firing almost four times as many winners than the top-seeded Serb.
Dhoni turns 32, Indian women clinch gold in 4x400m relay on final day laid low by injury By Philem Dipak Singh
ARTISTIC IMPRESSION: An artist makes sketches of M S Dhoni on his 32nd birthday in Moradabad.
EW DELHI: Hailed as the most successful Indian cricket captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrated his 32nd birthday today. “Here’s wishing a very happy birthday to our captain @msdhoni #HappyBirthdayMahi,” said the BCCI on its twitter handle. Dhoni, under whom India won the Twenty20 World Championship in 2007, the ODI World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013), is currently in the West Indies with the national team for an ODI tri-series. The skipper is, however, laid low by a hamstring injury which he picked up during the ongoing series which also features Sri Lanka. Dhoni began his career in 2004/05 against Bangladesh, a rather forgettable debut considering that the player from Jharkhand was run out for a duck. But his career graph has only headed northwards after that and he is easily one of the most revered sportspersons in the country right now. Hard to know what goes on in Dhoni’s mind...But I am guessing he backs temperament the most when he promotes a talent,” tweeted former India player Sanjay Manjrekar. The wicket-keeper batsman has played 77 Tests so far, scoring 4209 runs at an average of 39.70.
UNE: India clinched a gold medal in women’s 400m relay in a sensational race to finish sixth overall as the curtains were drawn on the 20th Asian Athletics Championships with China confirming their supreme status in the continent here today. The home team came up with a rich haul of eight medals, one gold, two silver and five bronze on the fifth and final day to give the housefull Shivchhatrapati Stadium crowd a lot to cheer. India ended the Championships with two gold, five silver and 10 bronze, a much improved performance than the last edition in 2011 in Kobe, Japan where they had finished seventh with one gold, three silver and eight bronze.
GOLDEN SMILES: Golden quartet in the 4x400 m of Luka Tintu, Nirmala, Anu Mariam Jose and Poovamma show their gold medals after the victory ceremony. Vikas Gowda had won India’s other gold in men’s discus throw on the second day on Thursday. Besides, the gold from relay team comprising M R Poovamma, Tintu Luka, Anu Mariam Jose and Nirmala, India
won a silver and a bronze in men’s triple jump through Renjith Maheswary and Arpinder Singh. India also bagged a silver and bronze in women’s 200m through Asha Roy and Dutee Chand respectively.
Gowda finishes fourth in IAAF League N
EW DELHI: Newlycrowned Asian champion Vikas Gowda finished a creditable fourth in the ninth leg of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League athletics series in Paris. Gowda hurled the iron disc to a distance of 64.45m which he achieved in his third attempt at Stade de France last night. He was second after the third round but slipped to
fourth after a foul throw in the next round. Gowda had won the Asian Championships gold in Pune on Thursday with a best throw of 64.90m. Germany’s Olympic and world champion Robert Harting won the gold with 67.04m in still wind conditions which did not provide much help for the throwers. He took the lead
straightaway with 64.97m, extended his advantage with 66.80m in round three and threw 67.04m with his penultimate effort. Iran’s 2012 London Olympic Games silvermedallist Eshan Hadadi was second with 65.53m. Estonia’s 2008 Beijing Olympic winner Gerd Kanter was third with 65.30m.
SILVER LINING: Triple Jump silver medalist Renjith Maheswary in action. Luka, Satinder Singh and Jithin C Thomas added a bronze each in women’s 800m, men’s 400m hurdles and men’s high jump respectively. The women’s 4x400m relay team, shone on the final day.
Rain stops play in SL-WI ODI P
ORT OF SPAIN: Rain stopped play in the crucial one-day international match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in the trination series here today. Sri Lanka were 60 for three in 19 overs after being inserted by the West Indies when the heavens opened up. Lahiru Thirimanne (13) and Kumar sangakkara (11) were at the crease. Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 60 for three in 19 overs (Lahiru Thirimanne 13; Kemar Roach 2/19).
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