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Fooling All the People All the Time! Domlur: People in India have begun living with corruption as if it is a normal practice. Not that they do not resent it but seem to feel that when the topmost leaders are part of it, they know there is probably no remedy. Mr Kuldip Nayar took part in the workshop to talk on 'Is Indian Democracy in Danger?' at the Bangalore International Centre. Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human right activist and author, noted for his long career as a leftwing political commentator. He was also nominated as a Member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament in 1997. India has been astir because one scam after another has tumbled out of government's cupboard. The democratic system and relatively free media in the country have instilled confidence among neighbouring nations that once the bandwagon rolls out from Delhi, they too would be able to jump into it, without losing their entity, to fight against corruption in their own states.

The Lokpal bill has been meeting the same fate for the last 42 years. The governments, mostly those of the Congress, have found one pretext or the other to see that there is no legislation which may force rulers or their cohorts face justice. Even when the Lok Sabha had passed the bill and the Standing Committee of Parliament discussed it, the government blinked and had the house adjourned on the other pretexts. This time it was the same drama but with a little more twist added to the script. Jaitley, who was a vociferous opponent so far, too went along with the government. So did the BJP. I can understand Mulayam Singh Yadav rescuing the chestnuts from fire for the Congress because there are several CBI cases pending against him. It is now for the people to take (Cont. on Page 4)

Festive Season to Push up Demand for Essential Commodities B angalore: Pr ices of essential commodities like sugar, edible oil, milk and its products may see a sharp rise at the retail level in the ensuing festive season because of a combination of factors, mainly including shortfall in rains in many parts of the country, an ASSOCHAM study forecasts. Consumers are likely to feel the pinch of rising food prices in the upcoming festive season, as shortage of

rainfall in growing areas with high demand could push up prices further. In the 2012-13, sugar production is expected to be lower at around 25 million tonnes as Maharashtra and Karnataka have received very less rains so far this year. Karnataka is estimated to produce 3.8 million tonnes of sugar this year. However, sugar production in (Cont. on Page 4)

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Nero Fiddling while Rome Om Lord’s Grace Ashram Inner Circle, Near Whitefield Park, Whitefield, Bangalore - 560066 Burned B a n g a l o re : K a r n a t a k a C h i e f Minister Jagadish Shettar directed a group of legislators touring South America to cancel the visit and return immediately. This event followed the public outrage especially when the state is facing a severe drought.

around Rs.700,000 for the trip.

People in the state, however, have begun to term the blame game as "match-fixing' since all three political parties, facing elections in the next few months, have kept their legislators happy while making a public display of outrage and A group of 12 legislators pointing fingers at each other. belonging to all three main political The CM also announced parties - the ruling Bharatiya Janata cancellation of similar 'study tours' to Party and the opposition Congress Russia and Scandinavian countries and Janata Dal-Secular - left by two more groups of legislators Bangalore last Thursday for a two- scheduled for in the near future. week tour of Argentina, Chile and The state has already Peru. They were accompanied by declared 146 'taluks' or revenue three officials. subdivisions out of the state's 176 The tour was costing the drought-hit and has sought Rs.2,000 public around Rs.1 crore as each crore from the central government legislator was entitled to spend for short-term relief measures.

Toyota to Raise Production Bangalore: Japanese automobile Toyota decided to invest Rs.900 crore by next year to increase production capacity at its Bangalore plant. "We will be investing Rs.900 crore to expand capacity of our Bangalore p l a n t b y M a r c h n e x t y e a r," "The production capacity will increase to 3.1 lakh annually from the 2.1 lakh units at present," said

Vikram Kirloskar, vice chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor to reporters in the annual summit of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) here. He added that most of the new investment will be made to increase production of multi-utility vehicles (MUVs) like Innova and Etios.

Hoskote: As part of the future growth, the city will be reoriented towards the west and the south. According to Suresh Kumar, Minister for Urban Development, the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority will plan to build seven ring roads

to facilitate the growth of the cities. This project will cover the towns of Kanakapura, Anekal, Hoskote, Devanahalli, Magadi, Nelamangala and Ramanagara. All the roads will eventually be connected to the NICE or the Peripheral Ring Road when required.

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B u s S t r i ke Suburbs to Grow Rapidly Commuters Bangalore: A strike by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC ) and B a n g a l o r e M e t r o Tr a n s p o r t Corporation (BMTC) demanding a hike in pay crippled life in the city. About 6000 buses were off the road in the city itself while the impact was felt across the state too. Besides pay hike, the employees demand that many temporary workers should be made permanent. Commuters in Karnataka were greatly inconvenienced with some of them waiting for a bus for long time while most other buses were overcrowded.

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Eat That Frog – Book Review Water Woes to Thwart Public Brian Tracy suggests 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time. There just isn't enough time for everything on our "to do" list—and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get done. There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day—the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also probably the one that can

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Barfi – Movie Review Anurag Basu's Barfi is a wellcrafted script with an intriguing back-and-forth narrative but it all goes south towards the end. Romance is never easy. Anurag Basu can roll up his sleeves and whip out one peachy moment after another, keeping things wonderfully endearing while poking the audience ever so forcefully in the gut with a m o n k e y - w r e n c h . The movie creates genuine characters and a truly charming relationship before, alas, one of his lead characters chooses not to follow the director's example and instead mistakes sympathy for love, making for a lesser film than it deserved to be. Named after the onceubiquitous old-timey Murphy Radio sets, the deaf-mute Murphy is born in Darjeeling to a chauffeur and his wife who dies moments after childbirth. An exceedingly sprightly fellow -- the sort who would constantly whistle if only he could hear himself do so -- the film's leading man has much silent-movie charisma as he, goofily and gorgeously, wins over everyone from townspeople to audience members. He introduces

himself with an eventually shrill but sweet "brrpheee" sound, and thus the world calls him Barfi. And one fine, bracing afternoon, this Barfi falls quite madly in love, hook, line and sinker. The object of his affections is a young Bengali girl new to Darjeeling, and from what we see and the loving way Basu and his superbly fluid cinematographer Ravi Varman capture their actress, we can't blame the boy an ounce. Shruti Ghosh -- a striking girl with disarming, Bambi-sized eyes -is soon grateful for Barfi's magic touch, and the chord the two strike, as they share bicycle seats and horse-saddles, is one of rare tenderness. Yet all is never as idyllic, and there is much concern, involving engagement rings to the kidnapping of an autistic young woman called Jhilmil (which is that central plot, fashioned purely out of hokum.) And things change gears faster than Barfi or those of us rooting for him would like.

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Borewells that have been dug get completely dry in summer, increasing the water woes in the city. BWSSB officials say that they have already started working on this issue. the residents of Ramamurthynagar back They say that the pipelines have been in 2004, but this has not been put into laid, and that water will be supplied effect till date. within a month, as promised, to the Residents complain that they are residents. forced to buy water from private water

Pension Scheme for Overseas Indian Workers Government, this scheme encourages and enables Overseas Indian Workers to save for their return and resettlement and to save for their old age. This also provides a free life insurance cover against natural death during the period of coverage, under the scheme. Talking to newsmen, he said though the 'Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana' (MGPSY) for Indian Nursery Teachers wanted to teach in a British Nursery workers holding Emigration Check Required (ECR) Passports and a valid located near Shantiniketan work permit in an ECR country has been building (Hoodi/Whitefield) launched, its implementation has 'gone slow'. Bangalore: Union Minister for Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi said that he has co nve n e d a m e e t i n g o f I n d i a n Ambassadors on September 17 to discuss measures to take up the pension scheme for Overseas Indian Workers in a big way.

He said the Government wanted to accelerate enrollment by such workers and the 'resettlement' scheme to 'take-off' as it would give them a sizeable amount when they return and provide pension. 'I will have a meeting of Ambassadors on September 17 and there we will make announcements,' he said. According to officials, by providing a co-contribution from the

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past one year. According to ASSOCHAM Research report, the price of groundnut oil and mustard seed oil has gone up by 25% in a year's period. The shortage oilseed for crushing has raised the price Traditionally, India's economy of the oil in the domestic market. witnesses a busy season with the Edible oil companies are onsetof festivals mainly, Diwali and Durga Puja and then Christmas towards expecting an increase in demand from the end of calendar year. They will boost institutions and retail consumers. Edible demand for sugar, edible oil, pulses, oil demands by institutions (biscuit and snack manufacturers and restaurants) milk etc. may further increase at the retail level by "The price of milk and milk10-15 per cent in the festival. In based products in India is set to surge on consumer packs, edible oil demands will the back of a variety of natural and increase by 20-25% due to seasonal human factors, including shortage demand. Due to a fall in pulses acreage during monsoon months, added the owing to deficient rainfall, prices have ASSOCHAM paper. In the last one year, increased by 10% to 15% in the recent prices of milk have increased by about few months. Moong acreage has fallen 25% and any further rise in rates could by about 50% in major growing states have an adverse impact on food like Rajasthan, Maharashtra and inflation, which rose to 10.6 per cent for Karnataka. The rising moong prices have the week ended July 12. lifted tur prices by Rs 10 per kg during The chamber said fodder the last one month. Urad prices have scarcity and export of cattle fodder are increased Rs 10 per kg to Rs 15 per kg some of the main reasons which had since July. pushed up the milk prices in the Tea prices have already inched country. "With milk prices going up, the up by Rs 20-25 per kg as production is prices for milk-based products like lower. "Since arrivals have been low at butter and cheese will also increase," the auctions, prices are likely to go up said Mr. D S Rawat, Secretary General during the festival season as demand ASSOCHAM. will multiply several times," reveals the India is the world's largest milk ASSOCHAM paper. Similarly, basmati producer with more than 110 million companies anticipate an increase in tonnes of production. However, the demand. Families prefer quality basmati growth in production is lower than the for festival delicacies. It is also witnessing rise in demand. With rising demand and increase in demand in export and falling production, edible oil prices domestic markets by 30-35%, highlights climbed tremendously in India for the the ASSOCHAM paper. Uttar Pradesh, the country's second largest sugar producing state, is seen to be at around the current year's level of 6.8 million tonnes.

Diesel Price Hike Raises Rage price by Rs.5 per litre, state levies such as 16.75 percent sales tax, 5 percent surcharge and 5 percent entry tax push the retail price by an additional Rs.1.13 per litre. Unlike in other states, diesel will cost Rs.51.19 per litre in Karnataka post-hike as The hike will burden the people against Rs.45.06 till Thursday, which already reeling under high prices is an increase of Rs.6.13 at the retail and severe drought in the state. level. Though the central About 30 million litres of government late Thursday diesel are sold across Karnataka per increased the high speed diesel month, with Bangalore accounting Bangalore: Transport associations, chambers of commerce and industry and common people across Karnataka Friday protested against the sudden hike in diesel price.

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the decision. Political parties, except for the Left, do not want the Lokpal. They are afraid lest their leaders are exposed or punished for their acts of omission and commission. I wish the Anna Hazare movement had not been stopped because then the entire parliament was forced to authorize the government to convey Hazare, the “sense of the house” that favoured a strong Lokpal.

abroad. Yet the government has listed a one-time tax amnesty to recover funds. This has been tried earlier with no concrete results. True, real estate, bullion and financial markets are most vulnerable. But the leading players in these fields have great influence on the media and political parties.

Mr Kuldip Nayar adds, “I have no doubt that the movement will gain momentum. People's resentment, which was Hazare's strong point, has not diminished. My o n l y w o r r y i s t h a t s o m a ny undesirable elements have come to surround Hazare that an honest, secular front may be difficult to rebuild.”

Ministers in some states are themselves involved. The government cannot take action against them for political reasons while the Lokpal can. That may well have been the reason why the Lokpal drama was enacted in the upper house. The ruling Congress, the BJP and other parties should realise that they cannot fool all the people all the time.

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for about 30 percent of the total input cost. consumption in the state. Protesting the hike, the "The hike is aimed at fiscal consolidation but will be an additional burden on the common man due to increase prices of essential commodities and cause more inflationary pressure as transportation cost will go up," Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce Delicious Lunch offered between and Industry (FKCCI) president K. 12 and 3 pm Opposite to Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Shiva Shanmugam said in a Hospital statement here. The hike will also impact Egg Curry, Briyani, Rice Bath, manufacturing and processing Bonda, Tomato Rice,etc sectors as it would add to the Contact Ravi & Venu operating cost of power Brothers at 9742107759 generators in the energy-starved state like Karnataka. Even farmers Bulk orders also accepted from using diesel generators or tractors companies will also be affected with rising

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