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LAGERFELD MIXES ART AND FASHION AT CHANEL SHOW The walls of Lagerfeld’s gallery — built inside Paris’s Grand Palais — were dotted with abstract works, some already in demand from real art galleries.



ANOTHER LPG SUBSIDY SCAM IN THE MAKING? The centre’s recent decision to pay LPG customers directly into their bank accounts has proved a major hassle for many and customers complain they have not received the promised subsidy for months. Earlier, the gas company directly passed on the subsidy to the customer without any issue. So why fix what ain’t broke?


NOW, IT’S BJP’S TURN TO FEEL THE HEAT BJP’s aggressive pro-T stance was fine until recently. Now, the party is facing the ire of Seemandhra, which faults it for favouring Telangana. Pouring fuel on the fire is Sushma Swaraj’s speech at Mahboobnagar where she tactlessly sided with T and accused Seemandhra for agitating against the new state.



Masters of Sex carefully balances itself without becoming unreasonably dirty or even drily academic. It’s sex in its purest form.


SLAUGHTER HOUSES MAKE HAY ON GANDHI HOLIDAY GHMC officials had no qualms in violating its own directive to keep all slaughterhouses closed on Gandhi Jayanti. Many slaughterhouses, and even some wine shops, were open and did brisk business.




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Do you want to test your brain power. Well, then the wait is over. Landmark, the bookstore, is organising a Quiz called the Landmark Quiz 2013. Be sure to check it out. Looks like a lot of fun! .Where: Sri Satya Sai Nigamamam, Sri Nagar Colony When: Oct 6, 3:30pm Contact: (040) 23741450/ 40505000

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES When: Oct 3-5, 10am onwards Contact: (040) 23112121


Family Bazaar Discover holistic health ideas and products and find fresh, organic fruits and vegetables at the GoodSeeds Sunday Family Bazaar. Where: Saptaparni, Road No. 8, Banjara Hills (next to Kalpa School) When: Oct 6, 10:30am to 2:30pm Contact: (040) 66667707/ 9177882260


Sacred Saffron Art exhibition by Sanjay N Raut and Suryanarayan J is on. Where: Aalankritha Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills When: Up till Oct 5, 11am to 7pm Contact: +91-40-23113709; 40207171 Music Evening “The Spirit of Giving” Concerts Instrumental & Semi Classical music by Jayawanth Naidu and friends. Where: Our Sacred Space, 9-184/1/C, Sardar Patel Road, Secunderabad When: Oct 4, 7pm to 9pm Contact: 9030013344/ 8897541237 Spiritual Mapping Exhibition of Painting by artist Surekha Sadana. Where: IconArt Gallery (Dr. Avani Rao Gandra, Artist Studio), SBI Building, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills When: Until Oct 3, 11:30am to 7pm Contact: 9849968797

SCORING GOLD: Tollywood actress Esha gave away gifts to bumper draw winners at Bajaj Showroom, Panjagutta on Wednesday. Banjara Hills When: Oct 5 onwards, 7:30pm to 10pm Contact: (040) 23392323/ 66293306

DINING Navratra Menu This Navratri, the chefs from Firdaus present to you the finest delicacies like kuttu ki puri, aloo ki tari, shingara ki sabzi, that need to be savoured during this festive season. Where: Taj Krishna, Road No. 1,

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BBQ Friday Sizzle up your Friday with juicy steaks and kebabs at the Alfresco’s Friday Barbeque. Where: Alfresco, Hotel Taj Krishna, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills When: Oct 4, 7pm onwards

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Contact: (040) 66662323 Food for Change As part of the Joy of Giving Week, a charity dinner is being organised for the who’s who in the city in aid of education for 200,000 needy children. Where: N Convention, Lane opp Shilparamam, Hi-tech City, Madhapur When: Oct 3, 8pm to 11pm Contact: 9949351874/ 7893377333 Nizami Spread The Nizami Express lunch promise to take you back into the era of the Nizams. With authentic and flavoursome food, the buffet is a must-try.. Where: Jewel of Nizam, Hotel Golkonda, Masab Tank When: Until Oct 4, 12:30pm to 3:30pm

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EXHIBITION Silky Smooth The Silk Mark Vanya Silk Expo 2013 will showcase some of the best silk sarees which are unique and beautiful. Where: Shilpakala Vedika, Next to Shilparamam, near Cyber Towers, Madhapur When: Until Oct 4, 11am to 8pm Contact: (040) 23112704/ 08/ 23553337/ 9573553337 Electri Expo 2013 A conference which aims to discuss the new ways to conserve power and electricity is being held. Where: HITEX, Hitex Fair Grounds, Madhapur

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German Film The German film Soul Kitchen will be screened. The film revolves is a true narrative of the screenwriter’s experiences as a owner of a Greek tavern named Taverna. Where: Goethe Zentrum, Road No.3, Journalist’s Colony, Banjara Hills When: Oct 10, 6pm onwards Contact: (040) 23350473/ 23350040 Lover boy The screening of the film is happening. Be sure to check the film out! Where: Sarathi Studio, Ameerpet When: Oct 11, 6:30pm onwards Contact: 9391020243/ 23732050 K-Circle Quiz Fest Try out your luck at solving the most intricate of problems. The K-Circle Quiz Fest is a challenge. Where: Birla Planetarium When: Oct 5-6, 10am onwards Contact: 23235081

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Cab owner beaten, robbed of his vehicle Police advise cab drivers to verify the residential or office address of the person who engage the car for overnight journey MOHD SUBHAN


man who hoped to make a living by driving his on cab found himself beaten, abandoned, robbed and his car

stolen. Police said a driver by name Haji, 32, is a professional driver residing in Bazaarghat. He had recently purchased an Innova car and put it at the Nampallay bus stand area thinking he would henceforth be his own boss and earn for himself. Little did he know what was in store for him. On October 1 a person approached him and said he wanted to go to Gulbarga. Accordingly he asked to come and pick him from Gachibowli next day. The unwary Haji reported

As the vehicle crossed Zaheerabad, they asked him to stop in an isolated place for urinating. Soon, the trio caught hold of him, thrashed him and put him back in the car before driving away. They pushed him out of the car by some woods and sped away. and he saw three men in all waiting. As it was not his place to question a hirer, he allowed all three to get in. As the vehicle crossed Zaheerabad, they asked him to stop in an isolated place for urinating. Soon, the trio

caught hold of him, thrashed him and put him back in the car before driving away. On the way near some forested area, they pushed him out of the car and sped away. Haji says he was unconscious and when he woke up it was forest. He struggled to walk up to the nearest road and asked the help of passers-by. Some took pity on him and helped him to reach Zaheerabad police station and lodge a complaint. When police verified the address the procurer of the car gave, it was found fictitious. Nampally police are informed and asked to keep a tab on the possible gang going around duping unwary drivers. Police have also advised cab drivers to verify the address of the hirer if he is engaged for overnight journey.

IN SYNC Indonesian air force commandos conduct security exercises ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar on Bali island Thursday. AFP/SONNY TUMBELAKA


City woman conned



woman who earnestly wanted to a job in LIC fell for a bait of an unscrupulous person and lost her hard-earned money in the process. Chikalguda police are investigating the case involving one Rakesh Pattu who posed as an influential officer with the LIC and made one Priya, 32, pay him two lakh rupees and bunked. Priya said she worked for LIC but wanted to be a staff. As she was leaving the LIC office recently, this man came up and struck up a conversation. Rakesh told her he could get her in but has to entertain some officials. She was eager to get a job in LIC and she paid him `50,000 in the first instalment. They met regularly when he spun stories of her job getting through the right channel.


Scientists discover supervolcanoes on Mars LONDON: Scientists analysing images of Mars have discovered a network of supervolcanoes that could have buried the red plant in ash when they were active billions of years ago, Sky News reported Wednesday. The discovery by researchers at London's Natural History Museum and NASA suggests that early Mars was more active than previously thought with massive volcanoes that may have rivalled supervolcanoes on Earth. The finding described in the journal Nature suggests that such massive volcanoes spewed huge clouds of lava and ash in the Martian northern highlands, a place not known to be active in the past.

CITY BRIEFS Kavuri chides Seemandhra supporters

Run organised for wildlife conservation

Gandra urges the Jagan party to abandon meet

GHCC to hold meeting to discuss legal problems

Man hit by train in old city






nion Textiles Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao has said that the Centre will take a decision on the status of Hyderabad city. Kavuri asserted that the government has the powers and right to decide the status of a city after bifurcation. He was indirectly chiding at the Seemandhra leaders who said they have toiled for Hyderabad.

n connection with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Nehru Zoological park, a special run was organized in the park on Wednesday, to create awareness among the people on conservation of wild life. Zoo friends Forum and the State Forest Department organised the run, which received good response from the people.

overnment Chief Whip Gandra Venkatramana Reddy has alleged that the proposal of organising Samaikya Shankaravam in Hyderabad city by YSRCP Chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy, is nothing but destroying the sentiments of Telangana people. Gandra urged the YSRCP leaders not to conduct meeting in Hyderabad.

he Legal cell of Greater Hyderabad Congress Committee is holding the Twin cities’ lawyers convention on Saturday at Gandhi Bhavan to discuss various problems in Judiciary and the organizational aspects. Cell chairman C Damodar Reddy advised all the advocates of twin cities to participate in it.

man was hit by a train at Dabeerpura railway station in old city. According to railway police Kachiguda. An unidentified 25-yearold man, while trying to cross the railway tracks near Dabeerpura railway station, was hit by a speeding train and died. Railway police have registered a case of trespass and are investigating.


News THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013 LAST YEAR... HERE Science talk


ast year we had reported how nations were attempting to handle the difficult issue of hammering out a universal legal framework for the safe handling and transportation of living modified organisms (LMO) at the plenary session on Day 3 of Cop-11. Also many aspects of the agenda item, that included security concerns and the importance of biosafety clearing houses were raised.

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The Jacksons wanted AEG Live to pay $85 million to each of the star’s three children for emotional loss, and an unspecified amount for economic losses, estimated at up to $1.6 billion.

The jury’s decision completely vindicates AEG Live, confirming what we have known from the start — that, although Michael Jackson’s death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of AEG Live’s making Marvin Putnam AEG lawyer See page 9

THINGS WE 5LEARNT TODAY The column that teaches everyone something new about the way the world functions.


Big tobacco companies gun for cooler e-cigs The electronic cigarette is seducing Europe and America, luring millions away from traditional tardepositing tobacco.


The new LPG subsidy scheme is highly suspicious The Centre’s recent decision to pay gas customers directly in their bank account has proved a hassle and people complain not having received the subsidy.


AEG not responsible for MJ death A California jury dismissed a lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson’s family seeking massive damages from tour promoter AEG.


Slaughter houses, wine shops work as usual GHMC officials went to no pains to enforce its own directive to keep all slaughter houses closed on Gandhi Jayanti.


Supervolcanoes on Mars Scientists analysing images of Mars have discovered a network of supervolcanoes that could have buried the red plant in ash.


Another scam on LPG subsidy? Any new scheme is highly suspicious. The Centre’s recent decision to pay gas customers directly in their bank account has proved a hassle for many and they complain not having received the promised subsidy for months. MOHSIN ALI


Hyderabad: Even though the consumers have linked their Adhar number after suffering much hassles, most of the city LPG consumers are not getting the subsidy amount in their account, giving rise to suspicion that the government has hoisted on them another scam. The direct benefit transfer of LPG scheme is implemented in five districts— Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Anantapur, Chittoor and East Godavari from June 2013. Adhar linkage had given a lot of troubles to the common public who had to give up a day’s job and undergo all the discomfort of waiting in the queue and filling up a dozen forms. Even after that some would receive and many would not. After all this trouble, now the Supreme Court has declared Aadhar non-essential. Now the situation is that nobody is responsible to pay the subsidy to the customers. Gas company says it is no longer the authority. Banks plead until they receive the amount from the district authorities what could they do? b on the other hand is supposed to pay full amount in advance, `1024.50 and wait for the subsidy. Now the situation is that gas agencies are free to indulge in black marketing of cylinder. “Any scheme this Congress government brings give rise to scandal,” lamented a bank official who is harassed for nothing by his account holders asking where is the money? Ajit, a gas agency owner from Kulsumpura said he has more than 300 cus-


tomers in the area, but since one month the supply boys are taking back three to four cylinders daily without delivery, as the customers are unable to pay the amount fixed by the oil companies, refusing to take cylinders, due to which we are returning the cylinders to the gas company.


Murtuza Ali, aged 55, from Kulsumpura, who has a mobile recharge shop, told Postnoon, “I am unable to afford gas anymore. This recharge shop is my only source of income. I get `6,000 to `7,000 a month. We are five members in family. How could I pay the amount gas company is asking for? I did not receive the subsidy amount yet, I booked my cylinder on September 4 and it was delivered on September 16 but even after that, I have not received any subsidy amount though I have provided my Aadhaar number,” G Chandrasekhar, a resident of Vasantha Nagar Colony , Kukatpally, said. The consumers who have provided their Aadhar number to both, the bank and the gas agency, will get the subsidy amount in their bank accounts after they purchased the cylinder at market price, the government announced. Not more than 50 per cent consumers linked their Adhar in city, but seven out of 10

people who have linked their Aadhar card with their bank accounts and gas agencies, saying that even after the confirmation message of Adhar link the government is failed to provide the subsidy amount in our account. District supply officer Vijay Rao said, “The agencies and the banks have bunches of Adahr Xerox to linkup with users accounts. The procedure is still continuing. People are yet busy in connecting their Aadhar with banks, it will take some time to become the situation normal. Chief Rationing Officer Dr Padma told to postnoon that nothing is in our hands, Government put all it efforts to help the customer, provided Aadhaar kits to the gas agencies, people who ensured the Adhar with banks getting the subsidy, though it is taking some time to credited. More she added that, oil companies will cross check after cylinder delivered to the customers whether their Aadhaar linkage has been properly done with the gas agencies and bank accounts, then they issue the subsidy amount for all this it will take minimum of five to 20 days.


Making eye contact not always good VANCOUVER: Making eye contact, long considered an effective way of persuasion, might be counterproductive when the listeners already disagree, according to a new study. The study, published recently in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, was the result of collaborations among researchers from Canada, Germany and the US. “There is a lot of cultural lore about the power of eye contact as an influence tool,” said University of British Columbia



professor Frances Chen, one of the first authors of the study. “But our findings show that direct eye contact makes skeptical listeners less likely to change their minds, not more, as previously believed,” Xinhua reported Chen as saying. With the help of recently developed eye-tracking technology, the researchers investigated the effects of eye contact in situations involving

persuasion in a series of experiments. They found that on various controversial issues, the more participants watched a speaker’s eyes, the less persuaded they were by the argument of

the person speaking. Spending more time looking at someone’s eyes as they spoke was only associated with greater receptiveness among participants who already agreed with the speaker on that issue, according to the researchers. “Whether you’re a politician or a parent, it might be helpful to remember that trying to maintain eye contact may backfire if you’re trying to convince someone who has a different set of beliefs than you,” said co-author Julia Minson of Harvard’ s Kennedy School of Government.




Now, it’s BJP’s turn to feel the heat BJP’s aggressive pro-T stance was fine till recently. But now, the party is facing the ire of the Seemandhra which faults it for favouring only Telengana. Pouring oil in the fire is Sushma Swaraj’s speech at Mahboobnagar where she tactlessly sided with T, faulting Seemandhra for agitating against T. Md INKESHAF AHMED HYDERABAD: The ongoing bitter agitation for a United Andhra Pradesh seems to have hit the pro-Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too. The party which has been successfully agitating for the creation of separate Telangana state finds itself in the midst of a crisis due to the revolt of party’s Seemandhra leaders. The Seemandhra leaders have begun to aim their missiles at the state party leader G Kishan Reddy and Lok Sabha Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj for working and speaking against Seemandhra. The leaders say while the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi thoughtfully spoke of a strong Andhra Pradesh these leaders forget there are two more regions apart from Telangana, said party’s detractors in Andhra. Recently the vexed seemandhra leaders had gatecrashed into the party’s meeting and asked why are they partial to Telangana and against Seemandhra. Sushma’s speech in

Recently the vexed seemandhra leaders had gatecrashed into the party’s meeting and asked why are they partial to Telangana.

Mahbubnagar was provocative and insulting to the Seemandhra region, they pointed out. The most worried are the BJP



leaders in Seemandhra who find themselves orphaned with the party taking a strong stance in favour of Telangana. The party’s Seemandhra leaders had raised some issues with the party chief Rajnath Singh. They asked the party leader to rein in the state leaders and Sushma Swaraj who care not for the party and its leaders in Seemandhra. “Our party seems to have forgotten about us. They are not worried about the status of the party in Seemandhra region. They only want to cash in on the separate Telangana state issue,” another Seemandhra leader said. The Seemandha leaders are strongly mulling over undertaking pro-united AP programmes in coming days albeit indirectly. However, the central leadership seems to be adamant not to give any liberty for the Seemandhra leaders as it doesn’t have any strong cadres and leaders in the region.


Botsa buys peace with promise of Antony panel visit POSTNOON NEWS HYDERABAD: The longawaited Antony committee will come soon, said the State PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana. Antony’s visit was long overdue but his illness has deferred it. The committee is assigned to assess and convey the feelings and apprehensions of Seemandhra region against bifurcation. When Seemandhra stir continued, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the panel would listen to the protestations. Contrary to the views expressed by some Seemandhra ministers, Botsa explained that CM Kiran Kumar Reddy has only requested for a review of the CWC decision and rejected allegations that Kiran has opposed the CWC decision. He denied reports that some ministers in the State are running a camp against the CM. “Neither the CM nor any of our ministers are working for their self interest. All of us are working with a

Though a detractor to CM, Botsa defended Kiran Kumar Reddy saying he was not revolting against the party but has only asked for a review of the CWC decision to divide the state AROUND THE


sense of collective responsibility,” he asserted. During his recent meeting with Central leaders, Botsa apprised him of the crisis-like situation in the State and people suffering from untold miseries due to strike by government employees. He informed Singh that APSRTC is on the brink with huge losses. Referring to TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, Botsa said that Babu backtracked on his decision on Telangana issue in 2009 and the same situation is repeating now.


New leak at crippled Fukushima TOKYO: Another leak of radioactive water has been found at Fukushima, the plant’s Japanese operator said Thursday, the latest setback for the troubled clean-up at the broken nuclear power station. Tokyo Electric Power said highly-polluted water, which spilled out of a storage tank as it was being filled, may have made its way out to the Pacific Ocean.



The utility, whose efforts to fix the mess at Fukushima have been derided as sloppy, said 430 litres with a radioactive load of up to 580,000 becquerels per litre, had leaked from one of the 450-tonne tanks because of recent typhoonbrought heavy rainfall. AFP

NATION BRIEFS 28 killed in Assam road accident

Eight policemen injured in Srinagar gunfight

Girl dies, three injured after being hit by tractor

IPS officer Ranjit Sahay succumbs to burns

Casino ship owned by Kanda’s company towed

GUWAHATI: At least 28 people including women and children were killed and nine injured in a road accident in Assam’s Barpeta district Thursday morning, police said. The accident took place when two passenger vehicles coming from Bhubri district were hit by a truck near Dahla para area on National Highway.

SRINAGAR: Eight policemen were injured in the overnight gunfight Wednesday between a holed up guerrilla and the security forces in outskirts of Srinagar. It is reported that the police had a tough time ensuring that no civilian in the residential area gets injured because of the exchange of gunfire.

AZAMGARH: A 17-year-old girl was killed and three others injured after being hit by a tractor in Saraimeer area here, police said today. “Kala died on the spot and three others were injured, when the tractor hit them while they were crossing the road last evening,” they said. The injured were rushed to a hospital, where they were stabilised.

MUMBAI: Senior IPS officer Ranjit Sahay, who was hospitalised with severe burns after he allegedly attempted suicide at his residence, today succumbed to his injuries. Additional DGP (Police Housing) Sahay suffered a partial loss of kidney function and was battling for life due to “extremely critical health conditions,” a police officer said.

PANAJI:: Goa government has towed away the casino ship of a firm belonging to former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda, accused of abetting suicide of an ex-airhostess, for failing to pay Rs 12 crore fees to authorities. State Ports department recently shifted the ship from Mandovi River near Panaji to South Goa in a yard.




Slaughter houses, wine shops work as usual on Gandhi Jayanti GHMC officials went to no pains to enforce its own directive to keep all slaughter houses closed on Gandhi Jayanti. While few in the City remembered the essence of the day, the UN observed it as a day of peace.

ALEENA ALICE HYDERABAD: Gandhi Jayanti, a day meant as a tribute to the ‘Father of the Nation’, was just a public holiday for some. The celebration of Gandhi Jayanti is not restricted to India only but is also observed by the United Nations as the International Day of non-violence that aims to disseminate his philosophy, principle and believe in nonviolence through proper education and public awareness. While the rest of the world is remembering the day, people of our country seem to have forgotten the essence of October 2. As a mark of paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi who considered consumption of alcohol as a social evil and practiced ahimsa, liquor and meat shops ought to remain closed. The GHMC, under section 533(b) of HMC Act (1955) issued orders for the closure of the Modern Abattoir at Chengicherla (Sheep & Goat, Beef Section) and the retail meat and beef shops within the GHMC limits. However disregarding the orders and not keeping up to the importance of the day, many meat shops in the City remained open and continued to do business.



Disregarding orders and not keeping up to the importance of the day, many meat shops in the city remained open and continued to do business. The GHMC officials who were more engrossed in enjoying their public holiday. What is surprising is that meat shops within a stone throw distance from the GHMC zonal offices also remained open and the officials failed to take any action against them. Blaming the government for the failure in implementing the prohibitory orders, TDP Floor Leader Singireddy Srinivas Reddy said, “It is very sad that people forget about the importance of this day. I don’t think it is difficult to abstain from meat for one day, and shop keepers wanted to make business on that day too. The lack of awareness among people to keep the sanctity of this day, and the laziness of the officials to take any action is disregarding the sanctity of this day.”

On Monday afternoon, the GHMC officials only raided a few meat shops in Kukatpally and booked cases against the owners. The rest of the areas were not touched. When Postnoon contacted GHMC authorities one of the Assistant Medical Officer said during Gandhi Jayanti selling of meat or fish is not permitted. "There should be no sale of any non-veg food, whether it's chicken, mutton or fish. We have come to know that there is illegal sale of meat in various areas, and the officials in charge were told about it. A few shops were raided in

Kukatpally, and some in LB Nagar. Compared to last year, this year there has been a more strict enforcement of the law,” he said.


While GHMC officials failed in it’s directive to enforce the closure of meat shops, so did the police department. Many alcohol shops in the city remained opened after 2 pm. The police, however, raided shops in Hayat Nagar, Vanasthalipuram and LB Nagar and seized the liquor.





A danseuse’s tribute

Popular Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi dancer and Padmashri awardee, Ananda Shankar Jayant has come up with her new production called ‘The Goddess Within’ to celebrate the festival of Dussera. Ananda says she wanted to dedicate this dance to Goddess Durga as she got a lot of strength through her when she was fighting with cancer. ARUN D YELLAMATY

Empire State Building owner raises $929 mn SYDNEY: New York City’s iconic Empire State Building went public Wednesday as part of a real estate trust traded for the first time on the New York Stock Exchange. The Empire State Realty Trust, which owns the landmark skyscraper and 17 other buildings in the New York area, closed 10 cents higher (0.8 percent) at $13.10 after being introduced to the markets at an IPO price of $13 a share. Shares traded as high as $13.49 earlier in the day. The company sold 71.5 million shares raising $929.5 million. It said it may offer an additional 10.7 million shares in the next 30 days. The Malkin family, which AROUND THE


Ananada who set a trend of performing the popular classical dance with various forms, also performed on various western stories. She even used dance to tell stories on a human eye and numbers. Ananda Shankar is also popular for using the dance form to tell various stories without limiting only to traditional story line. A lot of the group participating in the event are the students of her popular dance school, Shankarananda Kalakshetra. The school will also be accepting new students this month and for which another event will be held soon, she adds. Ananda also runs a school for underprivileged children who want to learn dance but can’t afford it.

Goddess outside us, but the goddess that resides within us and how we deal with the Goddess within us.” Ananada who had a tough time when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, survived and her fight has inspired a lot of people. She adds, “ I have been doing better after the whole

episode and Durga has been my biggest strength during the time I was fighting with Cancer. So, this is the best way I thought I could offer my gratitude by dancing about her.” Ananda Shankar, along with her group post their traditional dance on October 4 . They will be putting in contemporary dance but will also be performing their very popular productions, Dancing TalePanchatantra, which talks about animals at the 50th annual celebrations on October 9 at the Zoo. She says, “the Dancing TalePanchatantra, was produced In 2006, after which we have been pondering about taking the dance all over the globe. “We have been asked to do the same performance at the zoo, which we are again excited about.”

12 killed in Pakistan suicide attack

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Diplomats could be thrown out: Maduro

Golden Dawn leader in pre-trial detention

ISLAMABAD: At least 12 militants were killed and eight injured Thursday morning in a suicide attack in Pakistan, according to media reports. The incident took place when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the central building of a militant group Mullah Nabi Hanfi in Tul area of Hangu district.

TOKYO: The United States, South Korea and Japan will hold joint naval exercises next week in waters around the Korean peninsula, a US defence official said on Thursday, as fears grow over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.The US defence official called it “increasingly common” and “designed to strengthen coordination and improve readiness.

JAKARTA:Indonesian anti-corruption investigators have arrested the constitutional court’s top judge for allegedly accepting a bribe of more than $250,000 in a case linked to a disputed election, an official said on Thursday. Akil Mochtar was shortly detained after a business man, allegedly handed him around three billion rupiah.

CARACAS: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the United States anew Wednesday, ewarning after he xpelled three US diplomats in Caracas that the rest could be next. “First, I threw out their advance team working to destabilize the nation. Now if they push it with funny stuff, I will throw them all out,” Maduro said. .

ATHENS: The leader of Greece’s Golden Dawn neo-Nazi party Nikos Michaloliakos was placed in pre-trial detention early on Thursday after delivering a lengthy testimony in court, the state-run Athens News Agency said. Michaloliakos is “accused of running a criminal organisation”, according to the agency.

HYDERABAD: Talking about the new production, which will presented at the Ravindra Bharathi, on Friday at 7pm, she says, “its a big production, close to 25 dancers are talking part in the dance, the idea has been there with me for a long time. “As a child we get to learn a myriad things about Dussera, so, I decided to come up with a unique production to make an offering for Dussera, and decided to dedicate my performance to three known GoddessesLakshmi, Sarasvathi and Durga. To bring in three aspects that are well being, knowledge and the character goddess Durga embodies, fight against evil. She opines, “when I say Goddess, I don’t mean to say the



A lot may of the group participating in the event are the students of her popular dance school, Shankarananda Kalakshetra.

controls the Empire State Building, filed initial papers to take the venture public in February 2012. However, the effort was delayed for several months due to legal wrangling. At 381 meters (1,250 feet) and 102 floors, the Art Deco-style building is one of New York City’s most popular tourist destinations and the city’s second tallest building since the May 2013 opening of One World Trade Center, which reaches 541 meters. It was the world’s tallest building from its opening in 1931 until 1974, when the 442-meter Sears Tower was completed in Chicago. AFP






Arguments begin on Lalu sentencing

Narayanasamy rules out another Kargil The Army on Wednesday foiled what is described as the largest bid this year to infiltrate into the Valley by 30 militants from across the Line of Control in Kupwara District. AROUND THE


NEW DELHI: Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanasamy on Thursday ruled out chances of another Kargil like war with Pakistan. Asked if the increase in infiltration attempts and violations of ceasefire may lead to another

Kargil like war, the minister said: “Don’t imagine things.” “Infiltration is not there. Our army officers have made it very clear that in Jammu and Kashmir they foiled the attempt of infiltration by gentry of the militants,” Narayanasamy told


Australian building giant in graft scandal SYDNEY: Australian construction giant Leighton Holdings, which operates in more than 20 countries, said Thursday it was “deeply concerned” by allegations of bribery and widespread corruption within the company. A six-month investigation by Fairfax Media, which obtained hundreds of confidential company documents, exposed what it said were “plans to pay alleged multiAROUND THE million dollar WORLD kickbacks in Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere, along with other serious corporate misconduct”. In one case, it alleged, former chief executive Wal King approved a Aus$42 million (US$39 million) bribe to a firm in Monaco nominated by Iraqi officials who gave Leighton an Aus$750 million oil pipeline contract. Fairfax cited a memo written on November 23, 2010 by then-acting chief executive David Stewart, in which Leighton International managing director David Savage had revealed he and King knew of the massive kickback “I asked did Wal K approve this? And he said ‘yes’,” the memo reportedly said. King, who was the company’s chief executive for 23 years before retiring in late 2010, refuted the allegations. AFP

reporters here. The Indian Army Wednesday foiled what is described as the largest bid this year to infiltrate into the Kashmir Valley by 30 militants from across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Keran sector of

Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. On September 26, four soldiers, six policemen and two civilians were killed in Jammu and Kashmir in an audacious terror attack that also left three militants presumably from Pakistan dead. A violation of ceasefire was also recorded September 27 in Rajouri district of Jammu.

RANCHI: Arguments on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, former Bihar chief minister Jagannth Mishra and others convicted in a fodder scam case began at 11 am in a Special CBI court here Thursday. The sentence will be pronounced to the convicted men through video conferencing in the Birsa Munda Central Jail of Ranchi. The arguments began in the Special CBI Court of Pravas Kumar Singh. The sentence is likely to be delivered at 2.30 p.m. According to legal experts, Lalu Prasad could be sentenced to a jail term of four to seven years. His lawyer told reporters that he would seek minimum sentence. IANS



The Australian-built replica of James Cook’s HMB Endeavour sails in front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Harbour on Thursday, on the eve of the International Fleet Review. Warships from 19 countries will steam into Sydney Harbour on October 4 for a nautical extravaganza to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet into Sydney Harbour. Ships from countries including China, Thailand, the US, Malaysia and former colonial power Britain will pass through the heads into the harbour AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN where they will join tall ships from around the world.



‘Glee star Monteith’s death was accidental’

MONTREAL: Cory Monteith, the Canadian star of the wildly popular TV musical series “Glee”, died of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol, the British Columbia coroner’s office said Wednesday. The office earlier had released the drugs involved at the time of his death but had not stated if the death was believed a suicide or an accident. “Coroner Claire AROUND THE



AEG not responsible for MJ death

A California jury on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson’s family seeking massive damages from tour promoter AEG Live over the pop legend’s 2009 death. AROUND THE


Thompson concluded that Mr Monteith, aged 31, died of mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol,” coroner’s office spokeswoman Barb McLintock said. “The death has been ruled accidental,” the statement added. Monteith, who had struggled in the past with substance abuse and checked into a rehab facility in April, was found dead July 13 in his Vancouver hotel room. Monteith starred on Glee as Finn Hudson, a star high school football player who joined a motley crew of students in the glee club. In the most recent season, he returned as a graduate coaching new singers. Off-screen, Monteith dated his co-star Lea Michele, with whom he sang the show’s signature cover of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’. AFP

MICHAEL THURSTON Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES: A California jury on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson’s family seeking massive damages from tour promoter AEG Live over the pop legend’s 2009 death. At the climax of a five-month trial, the 12-person panel agreed that AEG Live hired doctor Conrad Murray, but found that he was not unfit or incompetent for the job he was hired to do, a key requirement for the Jackson lawsuit to have succeeded. The jury had deliberated for three days in Los Angeles, after a trial in which the Jackson family alleged that AEG Live negligently hired and supervised Murray. AEG Live lead lawyer Marvin Putnam welcomed the verdict. “The jury’s decision completely vindicates AEG Live, confirming what we have known from the start — that, although Michael Jackson’s death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a

Upset supporters of the Jackson family react outside court after the AEG Jackson trial verdict Wednesday October 02, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

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Conrad Murray


ackson died on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, given by Murray at the star’s rented mansion in Los Angeles, where he was rehearsing for the shows at London’s O2 Arena.

urray, a Grenada-born cardiologist, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a criminal trial in 2011 for giving the drug to the star — who suffered from chronic insomnia — to help him sleep. He was jailed for four years.

tragedy of AEG Live’s making,” he said in a statement. Kevin Boyle, one of the Jackson family’s lawyers, voiced disappointment at the verdict, and did not rule out an appeal. “We are of course not happy with the result as it stands now. We will be exploring all options legally and factually and make a decision about anything at a later time,” he told reporters outside court. Jackson died on June 25, 2009

from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, given by Murray at the star’s rented mansion in Los Angeles, where he was rehearsing for the shows at London’s O2 Arena. Murray, a Grenada-born cardiologist, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a criminal trial in 2011 for giving the drug to the star — who suffered from chronic insomnia — to help him sleep. He was jailed for four years. In the civil trial, the singer’s


at the


What Jacksons wanted?


he Jacksons wanted AEG Live to pay $85 million to each of the star’s three children for emotional loss, and an unspecified amount for economic losses, estimated at up to $1.6 billion. AEG’s lawyers called the figures ridiculous.

mother Katherine Jackson, 83, alleged that AEG Live negligently hired an inappropriate and incompetent doctor and missed a series of red flags about the star’s failing health in the run-up to his death. The “This is It” tour was Jackson’s bid at a comeback four years after his infamous child molestation trial. He was acquitted, but his image was destroyed, and he desperately needed to make money.






BIG TOBACCO COMPANIES PAUL HANDLEY Agence France Presse WASHINGTON: The former Playboy centerfold strikes a sultry pose in a bar, the sleek black cigarette in her hand and a handsome dude at her side. “I love being single. But here’s what I don’t love: a kiss that tastes like an ashtray. Blecch,” she says. “Now that I’ve switched to blu, I feel better about myself. And I feel free to have one almost anywhere.” Sex and freedom: the slick advertisement for Lorillard’s blu eCigs, starring TV personality Jenny McCarthy, shows how Big Tobacco is pushing into electronic cigarettes. They are seeking to take

command of a market they fear could one day supplant traditional tobacco. In just the past few months British American Tobacco, Lorillard, Reynolds American, Altria and others have launched e-cigarettes, with a message that they can be smoked or “vaped” anywhere that regular cigarettes are banned or disdained. “We see huge potential for this market, both domestically and globally,” said Richard Smith, spokesman for Reynolds American, parent of tobacco powerhouse RJ Reynolds and producer of the VUSE ecigarette, which it recently introduced in Colorado to test the market. “Adult tobacco consumers are making it known that they

E-cigarette inventor fights for financial rewards

want convenient tobacco products they can use in a variety of settings, giving them the freedom to enjoy tobacco on their own terms,” he said. Lorillard’s blu — a brand it bought for $135 million (100 million euros) in April — has stolen a march in the US market on competitors. Altria, parent of Philip Morris, has test-launched its MarkTen in Indiana, and BAT kicked off the Vype across Britain in July. Meanwhile NJOY, an independent with Silicon Valley and Hollywood startup capital, has also carved out significant market space. B o n n i e Herzog, an indus-

try specialist at Wells Fargo Securities, forecasts $2 billion in e-cigarette sales in the United States by the end of this year — two percent of the tobacco market — and $10 billion by 2017. “Consumption of e-cigs could surpass consumption of traditional cigs within the next decade,” she said. Companies say the recognition level of e-cigarettes is already widespread in the United States and Europe. Some 37 percent of smokers in Europe have sampled them. But the takeup rate is still low, and the big tobacco firms say their challenge is to figure out why. “The experience is quite different than a cigarette,” said Des Naughton, man-


Five percent of Europeans have tried the electronic cigarette once or twice, and two percent either use it occasionally or regularly, according to a Eurobarometer poll last year of 26,751 people in the then 27nation European Union. Smokers in Denmark, Greece, Romania and Poland were the most enthusiastic converts. French tobacco addiction specialist Bertrand Dautzenberg says about 23 million Europeans tried the device in 2012, but “this figure probably doubled in 2013”.

TOM HANCOCK Agence France Presse BEIJING: The Chinese inventor who dreamed up the electronic cigarette in a nicotine-induced vision says that despite its global popularity, copycat versions and legal disputes mean he has battled to cash in on his creation. “Smoking is the most unhealthy thing in people’s everyday lives.... I’ve made a big contribution to society,” said Hon Lik, 57, in a cramped office in Beijing, sending tobaccoscented smoke into the air as he puffed on a battery-powered pipe. “But I don’t live like a rich person, because of all the troubles our company has faced.” Hon, a soft-spoken man from northwestern China, is the cofounder of Ruyan, a company which

aging director of Nicoventures, the BAT subsidiary behind Vype. “The product and how it performs is quite different from a cigarette. Obviously there are people who try it and find it’s not for them.” The products available are diverse: disposable and rechargeable, some designed to look like old-fashioned cigarettes and some striving to be different. Some stick to traditional tobacco flavors while others, like blu, explore tastes like those in an ice cream parlor: “Cherry Crush”, “Java Jolt” or “Pina Colada.” “The opportunity remains for companies like ourselves... to understand the potential, the

Use of the e-cig is governed in fragmented fashion by EU states. Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta and Slovenia prohibit its use in public places where smoking is also not allowed, Italy and France prohibit its sale to minors and Lithuania bans its sale as a product that imitates tobacco. In Russia, where almost a third of the population smoke cigarettes, the electronic version has not proved a hit. Moscow adopted a law this year to ban tobacco and ecigarette smoking in public places.

has produced electronic cigarettes and cigars — starting at 68 yuan ($11, eight euros) — for more than a decade. His patents are set to be sold in a $75-million deal with Britain’s Imperial Tobacco, but Hon says he will see little of the windfall, and that years of copyright disputes and negative publicity have eroded his profits.

UNITED STATES E-cig sales in the United States multiplied nine-fold from 2010 to 2012, while the number of people who tried them at least once quadrupled from 2009 to 2010, studies have shown. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the gadget’s use had doubled among teenagers from 2011 to 2012, when the number reached 1.78 million. Turnover, says financial services company Wells Fargo, will reach between $1 and $1.7 billion (700 million and 1.3 billion euros) by the end of this year. By comparison, the turnover of the tobacco industry is about $80 billion per year. Regulation differs between US states, but its sale to minors is mostly prohibited. “Vaping”, or inhaling the vapour produced by the battery-powered device, is prohibited on all US planes and trains.

OTHER REGIONS The cigarette has not really caught on in other continents, especially in markets where conventional cigarettes are cheap or anti-tobacco laws are relatively muted. Prohibitions are in place in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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GUN FOR COOLER E-CIGS a basketball game when you want to,” Dorff says in a TV spot. “We’re all adults here. It’s time we take our freedom back.” The big companies are expected to squeeze aside scores of small e-cigarette pioneers as they push into the market. “There are great advantages to scale in this industry,” said blu’s president Jim Raporte. “Innovation will be a key factor in the success of the players within this space.” The big challenge is regulation. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to propose to regulate ecigarettes like tobacco in the coming weeks. European regulators are trying to determine whether to control them like pharmaceuti-

technology involved, and improve what’s on offer,” said Naughton. ‘You can smoke at a basketball game’ Marketing too is still in infancy. NJOY, in a pioneering television ad during the hugely watched Super Bowl championship in February, emphasized “the look, feel and flavor of the real thing.” Naughton says the focus for BAT is still in enlightening consumers, persuading them to “give it a go.” Blu however has gone the lifestyle route, long a sure winner for cigarettes, emphasizing freedom and fun with McCarthy and actor Stephen Dorff. “With blu, you can smoke at

The signs are there for all to see, that traditional cigarettes may be replaced with the cooler, safer electronic ones. The big firms have already made the move: airing ads that portray the cousins of traditional ones as hot and sexy sans being smelly.

cals, regular cigarettes, or other products. Regulation could limit distribution, sales and advertising. For instance, tobacco ads have been banned from US television since 1971, but so far e-cigarettes can advertise. Naughton backs regulating them like over-the-counter drugs. But he warned that if ecigarettes face tight controls on testing and review, it could stifle quick product innovation and development. Reynolds’ Smith said they believe the FDA will regulate ecigarettes “based on sound science.” Since Reynolds’ other products compete under strict regulation, he added: “We have no reason to believe that (VUSE) cannot do the same.”

Regulatory cloud hangs over e-cig revolution OLIVIER THIBAULT Agence France Presse PARIS: The electronic cigarette is seducing Europe and America, luring millions away from traditional tar-depositing tobacco with a battery-powered alternative that claims to be satisfying and harmless. And while many smokers have swapped tobacco for a plastic gadget that emits a vapour inhaled like smoke, the “e-cig” faces a threat in Brussels and Washington, where policymakers fret it exploits a legal grey zone. The e-cig claims to mimic the look, feel and flavour of the real thing — minus its tar, ash, smoke and most of its toxins. The gadget contains a liquid that is heated and inhaled as a vapour. The liquid usually has propylene glycol, nicotine and flavourings; there are also nonnicotine versions. E-cigarettes first emerged in China in 2003 as an alternative to tobacco, which is said to kill nearly six million people a year and inflicts tens of billions of dollars annually in health and productivity costs. Smokers, anti-tobacco campaigners, policy advisers and many medical practitioners have hailed the device as a valuable aid to quitting tobacco, whose perils have been known

since the mid-1950s. Others, though, question the e-cigarette’s safety. “Vaping”, as the practice is called, is banned in nearly a dozen countries, led by Latin America, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has “strongly advised” against it. “The potential risks they pose for the health of users remain undetermined,” the UN’s health organ states in guidelines on its website, adding the device’s safety “has NOT been scientifically demonstrated”. European lawmakers want to classify e-cigarettes as medicinal products that can be sold

only in pharmacies like nicotine patches, chewing gum and other tobacco-quitting aids. For now, e-cigs can be sold on the internet or in specialist stores, depending on the country — in some places also in tobacco shops and pharmacies. Opponents say the move to regulate the e-cig as a medicinal product will limit availability, push up prices and force millions of nicotine addicts back to traditional cigarettes. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates tobacco products, is also expected to unveil proposals in October to govern the sale of e-cigarettes.




All that Jazz: Buffaloes get royal treatment at Italian dairy The half-tonne black water buffaloes spend their days lounging on rubber mattresses, munching on organic hay or looking forward to cooling off in vaporised showers. DARIO THUBURN Agence France Presse CAPACCIO: A queue forms for rubdowns as jazz piano tinkles out of the speakers: some of the best buffalo mozzarella in the world starts with in-stable VIP treatment. Ducky, Sweety and Lady lumber towards the sound system, attracted to the smooth Keith Jarrett licks at the exclusive Tenuta Vannulo dairy in southern Italy. “The music helps them produce more milk because the animal feels more relaxed,” said 25-year-old Valentina Michelucci, a tousle-haired stable hand, who said she wants to try out some disco hits too. “They’re very curious when they hear it.” The half-tonne black water buffaloes spend their days lounging on rubber mattresses, munching on organic hay or looking forward to vaporised showers that form a fine cooling mist from overhead pipes. When they feel the urge, they saunter into a special pen for automatic milking by a unique machine that knows the exact shape of each udder thanks to a code emitted by the electronic collars the buffaloes wear. Or they can head to large round brushes that twist into action when the animals come into contact with them, providing a soothing back and shoulders massage. “Animals have to be treated well to produce stress-free milk,” Antonio Palmieri, owner of the 500-acre farm, told AFP in an interview. The dapper Palmieri, wearing a panama hat, a collarless linen shirt and loafers, is seen as a pioneer for environmentally sustainable buffalo dairies. “They can’t speak for themselves so it’s up to us to understand how they want to be cared for,” he said, sitting in a manicured garden next to his three stables, which house 500 buffaloes. The farm sells around 300 kilogrammes of mozzarella per day for 13 euros a kilo. There’s just one catch: If you want it, you have to drive to the farm, 50 kilometres south of Salerno, to buy it, as Palmieri does not bother with distribution — or marketing, for that matter. Business is brisk anyway, thanks to the dairy’s word-of-mouth fame and international reputation among jet-setting buffalo milk aficionados. Around 45,000 customers visited the on-site farm shop in August alone. On a recent visit by AFP, dozens of cars were in the parking lot and a group of German tourists were touring the farm. Business has boomed despite Italy’s economic crisis.

“You can really taste the buffalo milk. It’s a bit far away, but it’s worth it!” said one customer from Salerno, Anna Orzano, clutching her bag of ricotta and mozzarella. The staple remains mozzarella but Vannulo also make a range of buffalo milk-based products including yoghurt, ice cream and, starting next year, chocolate. A workshop on the farm even produces buffalo-leather handbags and belts, and Palmieri said he plans to open a restaurant serving up buffalo steaks. Vannulo’s “is widely regarded as the best mozzarella,” said Piero Sardo, president of the Foundation for Biodiversity at Slow Food, an Italy-based international gourmet and eco-friendly farming group.




“The well-being of animals is an important issue,” said Sardo, a cheese expert, although he admitted that the link between better treatment and tastier milk was scientifically “difficult to prove”. The history of buffalo dairying in Italy has been traced to the 12th century, but it remained a mainly local affair until relatively recently because of the difficulties in refrigerating the milk. Before the 1980s, most dairies in the region were small producers like Vannulo. But in recent years, buffalo mozzarella has gone international and is now prized in the best restaurants from Dubai to Moscow to Sydney. The coveted cheese sells for 30 euros a kilo in Russia. Expansion has brought problems too, including reports of large imports into Italy of buffalo milk from Central and Eastern Europe and the use of frozen or powdered milk. But Domenico Raimondo, head of Italy’s buffalo mozzarella consortium, which tries to enforce strict rules on the sector, said a return to the local market like Vannulo would be “anti-economic”. From Vannulo’s stables, the porcelainwhite milk is poured into large vats for curdling. Its high water content is filtered off before a team of three workers begin transforming it into mozzarella. “Milk is not simple, it is a living thing,” said Donato Brinca, 46, chief cheesemaker, as he stirred the milk into a paste and kneaded it to make mozzarella. “A good mozzarella needs to have a sweet taste and a hint of hazelnut,” he said. The lip-smacking result is a tough sell for the diet-conscious. Fresh buffalo milk is about 8 per cent fat — more than twice as much as cow’s milk. Palmieri, whose family has been rearing livestock for generations, conceded: “Buffalo mozzarella is definitely tastier, but it’s not exactly dietary.”




Asian markets mostly rose on Thursday but eyes remain fixed on the budget gridlock in Washington that has shut down the federal government as President Barack Obama warned Wall Street over the crisis.



The breakdown ensured that the United States heads into a third day of a dramatic government spending freeze Thursday, with no end in sight and the economy in peril. STEPHEN COLLINSON WASHINGTON: Talks between an exasperated President Barack Obama and top Republicans failed to end a government shutdown, with both sides accusing the other of refusing to negotiate. The breakdown ensured that the United States heads into a third day of a dramatic government spending freeze Thursday, with no end in sight and the economy in peril. Ramping up tensions, Obama had sent Wall Street a blunt warning that the political crisis that has paralyzed the federal government could yet trigger a US catastrophic debt default. But when he met for more than an hour with Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, there was no sign of a breakthrough. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers home, museums and national parks are shut, much scientific research is on hold and the shutdown is now threatening already sluggish economic growth. "The president reiterated one more time that he will not negotiate," Boehner said, emerging empty-handed into a warm Washington night to address reporters after the West Wing talks. On that point at least, the two sides agreed. Obama said in an interview with CNBC that he would not negotiate on budget matters until Republicans had passed a bill to reopen the government and raise the $16.7 trillion-dollar US debt ceiling. The cap must be raised within two weeks or



NEW YORK CITY: US defense contractor United Technologies said it could be forced to furlough thousands of staff if the government shutdown persists. The company, which includes aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney and helicopter builder Sikorsky, said its operations could be stalled by the shutdown of the Defense Department's Defense Contract Management Agency, where auditors and inspectors have been placed on unpaid leave due to Congress's stalemate over a new budget. "Without the required DCMA inspectors certain defense manufacturing work must be halted.”




is the amount New York City's iconic Empire State Building raised as it went public on Wednesday as part of a real estate trust traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

US House Minority Leader Rep Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media as US Senate Majority Leader Sen Harry Reid (D-NV) (Center R) listens, after a meeting with fellow Congressional leaders and US President Barack Obama.

Washington could default on its government debt and payments for the first time, result that could hurt the credit rating of the world's largest economy. After the talks, Obama's spokesman Jay Carney issued a statement saying that his boss still hoped "common sense" will prevail. Senate Democrats have repeatedly blocked Republican House funding bills that seek to dismantle or delay Obama's signature health care reform bill, widely known as "Obamacare." The impasse left the government without a budget for the new fiscal year, and the shutdown with go into a third day on Thursday. Reid emerged from the talks complaining at Boehner's atti-

tude, and vowed never to allow Republicans to overturn the health care law. "We are locked in tight on Obamacare," Reid said. In his CNBC interview, Obama reached his opponents to directly address the already nervous financial community. This time's different Obama was asked whether Washington was simply gripped by just the latest in a series of political and fiscal crises which reliably get solved at the last minute. In unusually frank comments on issues that could sway markets, Obama warned that investors should be worried. "This time's different. I think they should be concerned," he said.

"When you have a situation in which a faction is willing potentially to default on US government obligations, then we are in trouble." Obama said he would not negotiate until lawmakers pass a temporary financing bill and raise the debt ceiling, but that after that he would be "prepared to have a reasonable, civil negotiation around a whole slew of issues." The president warned it would set a terrible precedent to allow lawmakers of any party to hold a White House to ransom over the government's borrowing limit. "Absolutely I am exasperated, because this is entirely unnecessary," Obama said. Hopes of an early exit to the shutdown are fading.

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CIGGY LIGHTERS FADE OUT SEOUL: Hyundai Motor said it would stop putting cigarette lighter sockets in cars made for the domestic market in favour of a USB power point. The South Korean auto giant said its decision would affect all passenger cars and SUVs sold at home from this month. A company spokesman said it was "the first auto company" to make the change. He said the company would survey consumers in other countries to see whether the change should be adopted elsewhere. Hyundai's decision followed a domestic survey that showed many drivers used the lighter jack to charge mobile phones.

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Comment Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi, Father of India

‘Shield’ law prompts soul-searching by news media ROB LEVER Agence France-Presse


media “shield” law being debated in the US Congress, in a bid to protect reporters with confidential sources, has divided journalists and free-speech advocates. Earlier this year, the White House lent its backing to legislation aimed at strengthening the rights of journalists, after a political firestorm over the government’s seizure of reporters’ phone logs. The proposal — which aims to allow journalists to protect their sources from law enforcement — initially drew praise from journalists and organisations. But some have second thoughts now. A bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and pending in the full Senate, offers protection for “persons connected with the news media” who are served with subpoenas or other court orders seeking unpublished information. But some reporters and media watchdogs say the bill, however well-intentioned, may not help journalists protect their sources, and might even erode press freedoms. “A shield law for journalists might seem like a good idea, but it isn’t — it’s actually a terrible idea,” says Matthew Ingram, a senior writer for the tech news site GigaOm, writing on the affiliated blog Paid Content. “What it really does is allow the government to define who gets to be a journalist and who doesn’t. And that’s dangerous.”

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS Indulgence redefined! A gold-plated, diamond encrusted Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, tourbillion timepiece with over 4,144 diamonds, finely jewelled travel spray, and the world’s first gold-plated iPhone 5s were some of the things hosted in the palatial Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, at the third World Luxury Expo.




What was surprising was when she heard that I often got out of bed at 7.30am and was at work before 8.00, and this after my shower.


Ajay Hotchandani


ebates about the differences between men and women have been around as long as men, women and corrupt politicians have existed…eternity. In just about every aspect of life one can find a way to argue which of the two sexes is superior and why; medicine, law, parenting, cooking, telling jokes. Then there are those where it’s clearly obvious that women and men are different and they not only embrace these differences but proclaim it to be the appropriate response or action. In a conversation regarding work, several of us started talking about the dreaded task of waking up in the morning (both parties equally agreed that neither are fond of it). However, it got interesting when I discovered a co-worker gets up an hour earlier than I do so she can get ready for work. I always knew women (usually) take longer to get ready than men so this wasn’t too big of a surprise. What was surprising was when she heard that I often got out of bed at 7.30am and was at work before 8.00, and this after my shower. “There’s no way you shower in the morning?” she stated. I realised why she came to this conclusion (no, I don’t smell). So I broke it down for her.

A guy’s shower should have two things — soap and shampoo. Anything more than that and he might lose his Man Card. If you got toothpaste and shaving equipment there, that’s fine, but other than that, a man doesn’t need anything else. So showering is simple and timely, water + soap + water = done. This includes scrubbing those ‘hard to reach places’. Unless you are obese and need to lift up fat rolls, most places are not that very hard to reach. So that’s

it, I really don’t think there is much that really needs to be done. Yes, you can sit under a hot shower, relax while listening to Miley Cyrus, I mean Metallica, and exfoliate your pores, but really, who has the time for all that these days. After explaining it to her I tried to figure out why she thought two minutes was not enough time to take a shower — silly me, trying to figure out women. Then I realised why two minutes might seem

improbable. According to the United Nations’ Things You Must Have In Your Bathroom Convention held at Bath and Body Works, a resolution was unanimously passed by the Security Council that each women’s bathroom should have the following item: two loufa sponges — one must be on a stick for those hard to reach places, one shampoo to make your hair curly, and shampoo to make your hair straight, one shampoo that smells like a fruit that is red in colour, one conditioner to give your hair volume and definition, one body scrub that contains mango and sand (don’t try to taste it; it taste nothing like it smells, trust me), one face soap made from cucumber but cost 50 times more than if you had just rubbed fresh cucumber on your face, three different types of soap, one fruit, one vegetable, and one of a purple flower. It is absolutely necessary that you use a minimum of 75 per cent of these products each time you take a bath or else the world’s economy will collapse. Seriously, I’m going to go shower now.

EDITORIALS Multi-pollutant crisis in Hyderabad


study commissioned by the Centre for Science and Environment to study pollution levels in major cities across the country has found that Hyderabad faces an unprecedented multi-pollutant crisis. Not just nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that cause pollution, but also high levels of toxic benzene is in the City’s air. Even tier-II cities in the state such as Guntur and Vijayawada also experience high levels of pollution. Levels of particulate matter in areas like Uppal, Balanagar, Charminar and Paradise junction have been officially classified as ‘critical,’ while it remains ‘extremely high’ in other areas like Tarnaka. The environment ministry should address the issue as 47 per cent of the air pollution in the City is caused by vehicles, while the remaining can be attributed to sources like industries. The AP Pollution Control Board has recorded dust pollution levels at 87 micrograms per cubic metre, exceeding the permissible level of 60 micrograms per cubic metre. Bad roads contributing to air pollution also need immediate attention.


Saving the certificate


t comes as a relief that the Finance Ministry and the RBI will launch inflation-indexed saving certificates for retail investors to protect savings of the poor and middleclass people from inflation, and offer them an alternative of investment in gold. These securities should be designed to provide returns in excess of inflation. The government should not add on to its interest burdens but raise government securities at lower interest and balance additional burden with these certificates.

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The science of sex

Masters of Sex carefully balances itself without becoming unreasonably dirty or even drily academic. It’s sex in its purest form. SANA MIRZA


f you are wondering whether there is a deeper meaning to Showtime’s latest offering, Masters of Sex, then stop thinking so hard. It’s what the title suggests. It’s packed with sex, entertainment and some more sex. This does not mean that viewers will/should/are going to be using the show as a form of surrogate pornography. The show will whiplash you into taking sex seriously (which makes things clear about how YouTube’s antiboob rule didn’t apply here) and view it only as a clinical infer-

ence. Wind back a scene and you may observe it only for study purposes. Ahem. Masters of Sex which aired on September 29, 2013 reveals the fascinating story from the 1950s about the “explosive” findings of sexologist Dr William Masters and his assistant-turned-partner, and later wife Virginia Johnson. Based on the book of the same name by Thomas Maier, the show explores the science behind human intimacy which debunks longstanding misconceptions about sexual behaviour. In the series, Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) takes the title role of Masters, a rather peculiar per-

sonality who is trying to build his study around understanding sexual behaviour in humans. His personal life, however, is completely the opposite. Masters is unable to conceive a child with his wife Libby (Caitlin Fitzgerald) which creates a

Masters of Sex reveals the fascinating story about the “explosive” findings of sexologist Dr William Masters and his assistant and later wife Virginia Johnson.

rather tense atmosphere on the personal front. Living in denial, Masters brushes his own shortcomings under the carpet while Libby who may not even be infertile is made to undergo several, painful treatments. As part of his “work”, as he repeatedly justifies to his wife, Masters even hides in a closet at a brothel to watch a prostitute have sex with a man. The same prostitute, Betty, suggests that he should get an assistant to assist him in his study at the hospital. Enter Virginia “Ginny” Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), a onetime singer, twice divorced with two children, whose views on sex are best served, impeccably

raw. Her unruliness drives Masters mad but he knows he needs her — in more ways than one, even if Masters fails to admit it with his unscathed emotions. Created by Michael Ashford, the show puts forth a thoughtprovoking and titillating new series, complete with complicated characters and lots of sex, in an era where openly engaging in a discussion about sex always attracted a glare. What Masters and John find together is what keeps you intrigued, but the drama needs to evolve eventually in the later part of the series for the show to secure a fan following.



spotlight RETAIL THERAPY Fruitful endeavour National Textile Corporation Limited launched Indian Republic (a retail chain initiative) at Taj Krishna. Ministers Dr KS Rao and Dr K Chiranjeevi were present at the do.

FASHION & GLAMOUR Fashion’s finest labels including Varun Bahl, Karan Johar and Anushree Reddy were showcased at Splurge held at Taj Krishna on Wednesday.


Landmark hosted a reading session of the book Maximo and the Big C by Viji Venkatesh. She is a well known cancer advocate who heads The Max Foundation in India.

Ladies trooped to The Park Hotel on Wednesday and partook in the Day and Night Bazaar organised by Akritti Elite.











1 Farah 2 Sonali 3 Pavani 4 Suman 5 Amrutha, Mamtha 6 Nikitha 7 Sushila 8 Saritha Reddy 9 Akansha 10 Latha Reddy




Most of Australia’s classical musicians are suffering from performancerelated physical pain, anxiety and depression, according to a study released Wednesday by the University of Sydney. Half of the respondents said they suffered moderate to severe-performance-related anxiety while a third had symptoms of depression.




Pregnant woman’s weight gain linked to kid’s obesity A

study has suggested that women who gain excessive weight in pregnancy are more likely to have overweight and obese children. The findings, published in the US journal PLoS Medicine, suggested pregnancy may be “an especially important time” to prevent obesity in the next generation, Xinhua reported. Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital looked at 41,133 mothers with two or more children to find out whether childhood obesity was resultant because of the conditions during pregnancy or other factors, such as diet and genes, also played a role. They linked the birth records of mothers with two or more children to school records that included the child’s body mass index (BMI) at an average age of 11.9

years, and then made statistical comparisons between siblings. The researchers feel comparing siblings minimises the conventional sources of confounding, because on average, siblings have

the same relative distribution of obesity genes, the same home environment and same socioeconomic and demographic influences. The study showed that for each kilogramme of weight gain during pregnancy, the body mass index of a child at age 12 increased by 0.02 kg per square metre. “Excessive pregnancy weight gain may make a significant contribution to the obesity epidemic,” senior author David Ludwig, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. The researchers, however, noted that additional research was needed to learn how best to advise pregnant women on managing their weight in pregnancy. IANS



Technology EVOLUTION

Internet meets fashion

GLENN CHAPMAN Agence France Presse


odels wearing Google Glass eyewear, Pebble smartwatches and other hot gadgets strutted a catwalk late Monday as Internet technology continued to merge with the world of fashion. A Digital Fall fashion show here marked the close of the first Glazed Conference devoted to setting the stage for wearable computing startups to become billion-dollar businesses. "It looks like technology for the sake of technology is dead," said Eliane Fiolet, co-founder of popular technology news website and organizer of the fashion show. "People want a great piece of technology that works well and looks great." Companies are increasingly tuning into desires for sophisticated gadgets that also let people express personal styles, she noted. Jawbone lets people customize colors of Jambox wireless speakers that synch wirelessly to smartphones, tablets, or laptop computers. Nike allows people visiting its website to design their own ahtletic shoes, and matches some sports attire with wearable devices that track daily active for those chasing fitness goals. She believed that Google has

Companies are increasingly tuning into desires for sophisticated gadgets that also let people express personal styles. touched on a winning formula with Google Glass Internetlinked eyewear, which have become a fashion trend in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. "We are in the next stage of human evolution," said Glazed Conference organizer Redg Snodgrass, co-founder of Stained Glass Labs startup accelerator devoted to revving

up the wearable computing industry. "Entrepreneurs aren't those nerds living in a closet anymore," Snodgrass said as the fashion show was about to commence in a club not far from Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco. "They are out there pushing the limit. Anything that is technologically fascinating is sexy, and fashion is tied to that." While fitness has been a winning theme for early wearable computing devices, such as UP and Fitbit bracelets for providing feedback on whether people are hitting activity and sleep goals, Snodgrass thinks films and games will be the next areas to catch fire. The one-day Glazed

Conference was intended to bring together entrepreneurs, investors and others to explore ways to realize ideas and make money in the world of wearable computing. Among the attendees was self-described 'cybertechnician' Tyler Freeman, who sported Drum Pants lined with sensors that let him play percussion beats by slapping various spots on his legs. The sensor strips are held in place with Velcro, meaning they can be swapped between pieces of a wardrobe, he explained. "The goal is to get banned in public schools; then we know we are a success," said the San Francisco-based entrepreneur. Tapping on Drum Pants sends signals wirelessly to smartphones, which then direct thumps or synthesised sounds to come from speakers. The sensors could be used to control PowerPoint presentations or Google Glass cameras with casual touches of a leg, according to Freeman. Fiolet already has her sites set on next year's show, with hopes of being able to showcase creations of London-based CuteCircuit, the cyber chic fashion house that wowed the world with a "Twitter Dress" worn by a celebrity to a 4G mobile network launch event in Britain in late 2012. LED lights designed into the gown displayed posts from the messaging service.

US WARY OF DISCLOSURE WASHINGTON: A request by major technology firms to disclose more about US intelligence services' data requests would "cause serious harm to national security," the government said in a court filing. The Justice Department, responding to petitions from major US Internet firms, said it opposes the move for more transparency in the role of the companies in vast data collection programs. The requests "would permit damaging disclosures that would reveal sources and methods of surveillance potentially nationwide," said the filing to the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

BANGLADESH GOES ATOMIC DHAKA: Energy-starved Bangladesh inaugurated the opening phase of work for its first ever nuclear power plant using Russian technology. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in the country's northwest, which will have two 1,000 megawatt reactors costing up to $4 billion. The impoverished South Asian nation signed a deal in November 2011 with the Russian state-owned nuclear giant Rosatom to build the power station.

OBAMACARE’S GLITCHES WASHINGTON: A key stage of President Barack Obama's health care reform law hit a stumbling block Tuesday when millions of people flocked to browse online insurance but were frustrated by technical glitches. The launch of went ahead despite a US government shutdown incited by Republicans opposed to the law, and Obama vowed that six in 10 people could find insurance there for less than $100 per month. But many of the 2.8 million users the government reported having counted for the day were blocked from entering the site due to heavy traffic.







Deepika Padukone is flattered


ollywood actress, Deepika Padukone is acting along side Rajnikanth in Vikram Simha. Sharing her experience on the shoot, Deepika said “I took part in the shoot of the film only for three days. But I had the privilege to learn a lot from Rajni Sir during those three days. He is so down to earth without any starry tantrums and is very friendly,” she said.

Ravi Teja helps out Vishnu Manchu



awan Kalyan-starrer Telugu actiondrama Attarintiki Daaredhi, which has turned out to be a blockbuster nationwide, has collected Rs.9.53 crore in its opening weekend in the US, according to a trade analyst.”’Attarintiki Daaredhi’ has created history in the US, smashing all previous records and setting new ones. (It) features in top 15 grossers this weekend. It collects Rs.9.53 in its opening weekend,” posted trade analyst Taran Adarsh on his Twitter page.” What most Hindi films don’t collect in entire lifetime from overseas, ‘Attarintiki Daaredhi’ has collected in three days flat from US alone. The glorious (business) in US will prove to be an eye-opener for not just Telugu film industry, but for Hindi industry too,” he further tweeted. Directed by Trivikram, the movie features Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Pranitha in the lead. In its opening weekend, the film collected over Rs.30 crore all over and it is fast racing towards the Rs.50 crore-mark. IANS

avi Teja lent his voice to Manchu Vishnu starrer Doosukeltha. Teja dubbed for the childhood part of the hero and the scenes are hilarious. Director Veeru Potla was excited with this development and said that Ravi’s voice will be used in the beginning part of the film.

Ashok Selvan’s transformation


shok Selvan, who plays a writer in upcoming Tamil horrorthriller Pizza 2: Villa, says he had to transform himself into a man from a boy to play the role., which also acquired him to grow a beard and gain weight. Pizza 2 is being directed by debutante Deepan Chakravarthy. Ashok recently completed shooting for Tamil murder-mystery Thegidi. IANS




NEW YORK designer Jen Kao is closing her six-year-old ready-to-wear company due to ill health. The 32-yearold designer plans to take a leave of absence from the fashion industry, a company spokeswoman said although she declined to elaborate on the designer's condition.


rt met fashion on the Paris catwalk as designer Karl Lagerfeld conjured up a vast modern art gallery full of Chanel-inspired works as the backdrop to his latest collection. The walls of Lagerfeld’s gallery — built inside Paris’s Grand Palais — were dotted with abstract works, some already in demand from real art galleries. Paintings bore the famous Chanel logo while sculptures included a classic black quilted handbag suspended upside down with its chain trailing on the

ground. Singer Katy Perry was among those on the front row along with fashion photographer Mario Testino and model Ines de La Fressange. On the catwalk, colour took centre stage with silk print dresses inspired by an antique German paint chart and suits that came in the usual flattering shapes but with plenty of modern detail for spring/summer 2014. Other looks that stood out included pink knit dresses and loose black trousers with a wide black and pink woven knit around the waist.

Following on from the “stocking boot” of Lagerfeld’s earlier 2013 collections, footwear consisted of woolly socks attached to black and white patent leather court shoes. Speaking afterwards, Lagerfeld highlighted the collection’s “jackets with no front, sleeveless dresses looking like suits... and prints (with) over 150 colours”. The designer said he had wanted to create a sense of light-heartedness. “There should be a relationship between fashion and art because art shouldn’t take itself too seriously and fashion either,” he said.




MARC JACOBS is leaving Louis Vuitton to focus on his own label as it heads towards an IPO. The news was confirmed by LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault this morning, following the show, and brings an end to the designer's 16-year-long tenure at the brand.

“So it’s about a kind of likeness between the two, like in the days of Andy Warhol — he was the only one who saw that fashion and art could go well together. After that they became too serious,” he said. Art galleries had already been in touch about many of the works created for the set, Lagerfeld said, adding however that they were not for sale. The Chanel show came on the penultimate day of the Paris collections. Nine days of ready-to-wear fashion shows for spring/summer 2014 are due to wrap up on

The walls of Lagerfeld’s gallery — built inside Paris’s Grand Palais — were dotted with abstract works, some already in demand from real art galleries.

Wednesday. The highlight of the final day is expected to be Marc Jacobs’ show for Louis Vuitton amid speculation it could be the last of his 16-year tenure at the French luxury brand. Industry journal Women Wear’s Daily on Monday reported that contract negotiations between Jacobs and Louis Vuitton and its parent company, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, could see Jacobs call time on the collaboration to concentrate on his signature brand, possibly with an initial public offering.

It said that Jacobs would need to be fully focused on his own brand in order to ensure the highest possible valuation for any eventual IPO. Louis Vuitton, meanwhile, is understood to have held talks with former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere about succeeding Jacobs as artistic director, sources told the journal. AFP

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Chai Time


Be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare




SUDOKU How to play kakuro Kakuro is a popular game similar to sudoku in some ways. But is also suitably different. The key question: ‘How do you play kakuro?’, well here are the rules of kakuro. The answer: The kakuro grid, unlike in sudoku, can be of any size. It has rows and columns, and dark cells like in a crossword. And, just like in a crossword, some of the dark cells will contain numbers. Some cells will contain two numbers. However, in a crossword the numbers reference clues. In a kakuro, the numbers are all you get! They denote the total of the digits in the row or column referenced by the number. Within each collection of cells — called a run — any of the numbers 1 to 9 may be used but, like sudoku, each number may only be used once. Let’s have an example to explain this concept more clearly: In the image above, which shows a section of a kakuro puzzle, you will see the numbers ‘26’ and ‘14’ in the top row. Look at the 14. This means that the total of the three cells underneath must sum to 14. Therefore 9, 4, 1 could be the answer, or perhaps 7, 4, 3 and so on... So, how do you work out the actual combination? Well, this is done through elimination and cross-referencing. For instance, as you work out the answers for other kakuro clues, this will naturally limit the valid combinations, and hence the answer for this particular run. Note the second cell in row two — it contains two numbers, 30 and 11. The 30 refers to the vertical run underneath the number 30 and the 11 refers to the two cells to the right, horizontally, of the number 11.




1 Nursery powder 5 Hold the same view 10 Ring around a castle 14 White-centered snack 15 Swag 16 ‘___ la Douce’ 17 Be this close to having in-laws 20 Place for a tiny flag 21 Like some horror film settings 22 ‘Honky ___ Woman’ 25 ‘___ we forget’ 26 Gibson of Tinseltown 29 Everything’s downhill from here 31 Wedding reception tributes 35 ‘___ got my eyes on you’ 36 Doesn’t receive for nothing 38 Spring’s opposite, tidewise 39 Typical mall anchor 43 Not even a semipro? 44 ‘Toodle-oo!’ in Honolulu 45 Exploit 46 Deprive of nourishment 49 Black & Decker item 50 Garbage can part 51 Muddy the waters 53 Ever so proper 55 Hymnal’s kin 58 Gymnast Comaneci 62 Be self-evident 65 Encircled by 66 Tedium 67 Villain in the Batman series 68 Guitar string tighteners 69 Catches one’s breath 70 Word after ‘who,’ ‘what’ or ‘where’


1 Charge down the highway 2 Flooring measure

3 Sudden transition 4 Really fancy? 5 Org that accredits law schools 6 Took revenge on 7 ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ novelist 8 Neighbor of Lucy and Ricky 9 Hole for a shoelace 10 Vigorously aggressive, as in support of a cause 11 Doggie-bag items 12 Asian au pair 13 ___ Heel (native of North Carolina) 18 Miss on the run 19 ‘Before I forget ...’ 23 Without water, to a mixologist 24 Destiny or fate, to some 26 King with a golden touch 27 Word with ‘main’ or ‘blessed’ 28 Greek penny, once 30 Got down to be dubbed 32 Capital of South Korea 33 Ankle bones 34 What some people do when they’re over 55? 37 Privacy violator 40 Strikes from on high 41 Odin’s thunderous son 42 County seat in central Kansas 47 GM’s electric car 48 ‘Both work for me’ 52 Spaghetti Western maker Sergio 54 Indecisive response 55 Fleshy fruit, as an apple or pear 56 Drink heartily 57 Takes a few laps, say 59 Rotary phone feature 60 Respites for the road-weary 61 Tommie or James 62 Spark-plug specification 63 Egyptian boy king 64 Family girl, for short

Chai Time THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 4-10-2013


As per Hindu panchang thiruvaikumar@yahoo. co. in, 040-27177230 / 9177596118













After facing a dull period you are likely to enjoy good effects. Though you face hurdles in certain work you have the capacity go ahead with determination. Employees need to work hard to achieve recognition at workplace.


Difficulties will be over. You will complete all work successfully and at a fast pace. Dull period that existed for businessmen will be over and they march ahead on the victory path. You will express your opinions without hesitation.

Businessmen will succeed in implementing pet projects. Though minor setbacks are likely, there will be a happy atmosphere at home. All worries and confusion in the family will end. You will be courageous in completing all undertaken work.

You act wisely and complete all work in a clear-cut way and get appreciation from all. Unexpected minor tensions and disputes likely but you will be able to come out wiser. New efforts might get delayed. A happy situation will prevail at home.

Good effects are likely to take place to the maximum extent. Disturbances because of children’s wrongdoings will get resolved. Avoid commitments to anyone as there are chances of disappointment. New and innovative efforts will succeed.

You will give due respect to others’ feelings and suggestions. All work will be successfully accomplished. Comforts are likely to improve. Your influence is set to rise and as bad phase in your life ends. Financial position looks more comfortable.

Businessmen will achieve greater heights and their innovative efforts will be successful. Your administrative capabilities will get sharpened. Be alert and deal with them carefully. Minor financial losses are likely for some.

Transfer is on cards for employees. Minor misunderstanding with spouse is likely but will be resolved. Financial situation is likely to be strong. Debts will be cleared letting you relax. As expenses go beyond expectations, curb spending.

Happy events are likely to take place. Employees will be entrusted with additional responsibilities. Financial position will become comfortable. Good turning points are likely to take you to dizzy heights. A blood relative will extend help.


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The Star – There’s too much confusion and negativity around but there is also a silver lining It’s for you to recognise that silver lining and make a move.


Ace of Pentacles – Your strength is your focus and intent to get a job done. Your coworkers may be quite jealous of this ability of yours. But your bosses love you.



Queen of Wands – A pet may need care and attention. Take special care to spend more time at home so your pet feels secure and does not feel low.


Page of Cups – You prefer all things glamorous and want to live the lush life. There are many sacrifices you must be willing to make to reach there.


Seven of Cups – You’re confused and not thinking clearly. Avoid making any decisions now because they will most likely be not what you intended.


Ten of Wands – If you’re a manager at work or home, learn to delegate responsibilities. Even that is a lot of work. You cannot do it all by yourself.


Page of Pentacles – You’ve been doing a lot of planning of lately and it is likely to do you a world of good in the near future.


The Wheel of Fortune – Nothing ever stays the same. What goes around comes around, too. So make your choices based on these universal but apt statements.


The Magician – Intuition is heightened and you’re at the phase where not logic but feelings explain many things. Go with the flow and enjoy while it lasts.



Three of Cups – Success is indicated. Your plans are finally working out and the patience has paid off. Celebrate this success with family and loved ones.


Wands – You’ve just had a stroke of good luck and things are looking up. But you need to upgrade your skills and work harder if you want it to last.


AQUARIUS: Eight of


Employees will get recognition at workplace. Misunderstanding with friends and relatives is likely. Only by working hard will you taste success. However, you will do it with ease and earn a good name for yourself from all in your circles.

for 4-10-2013

King of Pentacles – You’re bored of the drudgery and the mundane expectations of daily life. You want some excitement. Meet new people and expand your social circle.


Employees are likely to attain greater heights with sincere efforts. Those staying away from family on deputation are likely to return. Marriage talks will progress towards finalisation. Businessmen will flourish and expend their horizon.


Good turning points and improvement likely in the family. Financially, a comfortable position is predicted. Hurdles will end and work will get completed. Avoid arguments, which might land you in trouble. You fulfil needs of the family.

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JOLIE’S double rings spark secret wedding rumours H as Angelina Jolie followed in the footsteps of stealthy brides Kerry Washington, Blake Lively and Zoe Saldana? Rumors are swirling that the actress has secretly tied the knot with Brad Pitt. The speculation stems from recent photos of Jolie wearing a new ring on her wedding finger. The Maleficent star rocked the lighter band while shopping with her children in Bondi Beach, Australia. The Oscar winner has been wearing the other gold band on her left ring finger since March. Jolie, 38, and Pitt, 49, announced their engagement in April 2012 after seven years of dating. The Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-stars have downplayed wedding talks in the press ever since. “We get a lot of pressure from the kids,” Pitt told E! News in November 2012. “We didn’t realize how much it meant to them.” This isn’t the first time Jolie and Pitt have been the subjects of wedding rumors. The mom of six most recently shot down reports in March, flatly telling reporters her gold band is “not” a wedding ring.

CINE BYTES Katy Perry releases new track


op star Katy Perry has released the latest song Walking on air from her upcoming third album Prism. The album will be out October 22, reports The new song, produced by Klas Ahlund, and will take on the elements of club music. IANS

Burke shoots nude photo for PETA


ritish singer Alexandra Burke has lent her support to PETA’s fight against animal cruelty. She has shot a nude picture which reads- ‘I’d rather go naked than wear fur’. Burke tweeted the picture with a caption on Twitter. IANS

Stacy Keibler moves on from George Clooney


ctor George Clooney’s exgirlfriend Stacy Keibler has reportedly moved on from her past relationship as she was seen enjoying a cosy dinner with businessman Jared Pobre. The two were seen together in Paris recently, quoted a source as saying. IANS





Dettori out with injury Jockey Frankie Dettori will miss his ride in Europe's most prestigious race after suffering an injury.

LONDON: Italian jockey Frankie Dettori will miss his ride in Europe's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, on Sunday after suffering a season-ending injury, his business manager said Wednesday. The 42-year-old Dettori, long based in Britain, had to be helped off the track in a wheelchair after a fall before a race at Nottingham, central England, earlier Wednesday. Peter Burrell, Dettori's business manager, said his client would miss both the Arc at Longchamp, near Paris, and the remainder of the European flat season. "It's bad news, not good news," Burrell said in a statement issued to Britain's Press Association. "He (Dettori) went to Cambridge Hospital and Xrays found that he had suffered a fractured ankle. "He was extremely disappointed on the phone and did not want to discuss it much more than that. "It's an extremely painful injury. Sunday is out - as is the season." Dettori was due to partner leading contender Treve in the Arc -- a race he has won three times and in which he has competed in the last 25 editions. At Nottingham, he was unshipped from Eland Ally prior to the Handicap and was unable to put any weight on his right leg as he attempted to get to his feet.

42-year-old Dettori, long based in Britain, had to be helped off the track in a wheelchair after a fall before a race at Nottingham. Despite the course doctor feeling an X-ray was unnecessary, Dettori decided to have one of his own. Had Dettori won the Arc this weekend, he would have equalled the record for most wins in Europe's premier all-age horse race by a jockey of four. The ride on Treve -- unbeaten in her four starts including impressive wins in the French Oaks and the Group One Arc trial the Prix Vermeille a fortnight ago -- has brightened up a trying year for Dettori. He served a six month suspension for testing positive for cocaine -- he failed the test at the Arc trials last year -- but picked up the lucrative contract with Sheikh Joann al-Thani, younger brother of Qatar's emir, at the end of June. The sheikh bought Treve after her win in the French Oaks for a reported 7million euros ($9.4million dollars) and the filly is seen as the likeliest threat to Japanese favourite Orfevre. Following Dettori's withdrawal, Treve's trainer, Criqu-

A picture taken earlier shows Frankie Dettori of Italy gesturing on his horse 'Mastery' as Emirati-born trainer Saeed bin Suroor (R) stands by, following his win in the Hong Kong Vase race of the Hong Kong International Races AFP

ette Head-Maarek said French jockey Thierry Jarnet, who rode the horse to victory in her first three races before she was sold, would be on board for the Arc. Only on Tuesday Dettori, who blamed his cocaine-taking

on his deteriorating relationship with Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, for whose Godolphin Operation he had ridden for 18 years, told AFP how lucky he felt to have his new position. AFP


‘India favourites to retain title’ DUBAI: With exactly 500 days to go before the first ball is bowled in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, batting wizard Sachin Tendulkar has predicted that the trophy will remain in the subcontinent and India are favourites to retain the title. Tendulkar, who along with Pakistan’s Javed Miandad is the only player to play in six World Cups, hoped that if Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side successfully defended the title, then it will once again provide tremendous joy to the nation while making it only the third country after the West Indies and Australia to win back-to-back titles. “Along with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also good

sides,” said the champion batsman, adding: “I am partial towards India and want them to do well. That would be really exciting. It will give so much happiness to the entire nation. “That is something I would want, along with a billion plus people who will also be expecting the same thing to happen,” Tendulkar said in an ICC release Wednesday. The Indian icon retired from ODI cricket in December 2012 as the leading run-getter with 18,426 runs. Tendulkar had a lion’s share in India’s historic victory in Mumbai in April, 2011 when he finished as his side’s top scorer with 482 runs from nine matches.

I am partial towards India and want them to do well [retain the World Cup title]. That would be really exciting. It will give so much happiness to the entire nation. Sachin Tendulkar Indian cricket player

India, which leads the Reliance ICC ODI rankings table by a distance, has been drawn in Pool B and will open its campaign against Pakistan in Adelaide Feb 15. Tendulkar, who is also the highest run-getter in the history of ICC Cricket World Cup with 2,278 runs from 45 matches (1,195 runs more than Miandad), hoped India players will quickly adjust to the conditions in Australia and New Zealand. “Well I think most of our guys have been to Australia. They know what to expect, (as) they have played there already,’’ said Tendulkar who was part of the squad that toured Australia in 2011-12. IANS


USA takes a jab at Tyson NEW YORK CITY: Mike Tyson's signing of a US teen amateur boxing star to a professional contract has sparked verbal jabs from USA Boxing president Charles Butler after losing a top Olympic prospect. Former world heavyweight champion Tyson, now a fight promoter, signed Erickson Lubin on Tuesday, the young prospect's 18th birthday, according to a Twitter posting by the fighter, who said, 'My pro career starts now." Butler wrote an open letter to Tyson asking him to stop trying to lure Olympic prospects into the pro ranks. "You are offering these athletes pennies on the dollar of what they could be worth with an Olympic medal or even potentially just being an Olympian," Butler wrote to Tyson. "You are also undermining the next United States Olympic boxing team in the process." USA Boxing said it will seek action from lawmakers to stop "professional promoters from attempting to sign athletes in the Olympic pipeline." No US boxers won Olympic medals at London last year and the lone medal from 2008 at Beijing was a bronze by Deontay Wilder. Not since reigning super-middleweight world champion Andre Ward won Athens gold in 2004 has a US male fighter collected gold. Lubin had been offered a residency training program spot at the US Olympic training center in Colorado, all at no cost, whereas his pro training figures to be financed by future fight income. AFP





Rookies boost Cup morale: Scott

JIM SLATER Agence France-Presse

COLUMBUS: World number two Adam Scott feels rejuvenated about the Presidents Cup, with seven newcomers helping bring a relaxed but determined mentality to the Internationals squad against the United States. The Masters champion from Australia will be paired alongside Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama against Bill Haas and Webb Simpson when the biennial matches begin Thursday at Muirfield Village. “It has been very relaxed, but I think the mood is good,” Scott said after Wednesday’s final practice round. “Seven guys have never been here before and they are extremely excited and we can feel that and we’re using some of their enthusiasm for team morale.” The Americans own a 7-1-1 edge in the all-time rivalry, the only Internationals win coming in 1998 at Australia. Scott has had enough of being thumped by US rivals and said as much before the event, saying the Internationals needed to start winning to make the event competitive. “It’s really important for the Internationals to get a win,” Scott said. “We need to make this thing really relevant. It has got a bit lopsided the last few outings.


n 11:45 a.m. (15:45 GMT): Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (USA) v Jason Day (AUS)/Graham deLaet (CAN) (Internationals)

n 11:59 (15:59): Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (USA) v Adam Scott (AUS)/Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) (Internationals) n 12:13 p.m. (16:13): Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (USA) v Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)/Charl Schwartzel (RSA) (Internationals) n 12:27 (16:27): Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (USA) v Ernie Els (RSA)/Brendon de Jonge (ZIM) (Internationals) n 12:41 (16:41): Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (USA) v Angel Cabrera (ARG)/Marc Leishman (AUS) (Internationals)

International Team Captain Nick Price (C) waits with Hideki Matsuyama and Shigki Maruyama of Japan and Adam Scott of Australia during a practice round at Muirfield Village Golf Club prior to the start of The Presidents Cup on Wednesday in Dublin, Ohio. AFP/DAVID CANNON

“We have got a team that can win this week, but the only way we can do it is by playing good and wanting it more than the Americans. “The last few days have been about building our spirit and our feeling to the point where we want it badly.” That grit blends newcomers

and veterans alike around a single goal. “Everyone is determined,” Scott said. “The guys who have not been here want to start on the right foot and the guys who have played in several want to turn this around and get a win. “I see seven guys here for the first time pumped up and ready

to go and that is giving me a great feeling about the Presidents Cup after having as run of some really big defeats. The atmosphere in our room is great this year. “Everyone is coming in determined to put ourselves in front and try and win as many sessions as we can.”

n 12:55 (16:55): Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (USA) v Richard Sterne (RSA)/Branden Grace (RSA) (Internationals) That effort starts with Thursday’s six four-ball matches, in which Internationals captain Nick Price counts on Scott’s experience to steady Matsuyama, 21, in his first pro pairs match. “It’s a strong pairing we’ve got. I think we’re expecting to win points together,” Scott said.


Nadal, Li, Radwanska through NEIL CONNOR Agence France-Presse BEIJING: Rafael Nadal’s bid to return to the top of the world rankings remained on course Wednesday as he progressed to the quarter-finals of the China Open, overcoming stubborn resistance from Philipp Kohlschreiber. The current world number two could return to the top spot for the first time since July 2011 if he reaches the final in Beijing, and he moved a step closer following his 6-4, 7-6(7/3) victory. But his German opponent ensured the second seed Spaniard had to dig deep to ensure his passage to the last

Li Na of China hits a return against Sabine Lisicki of Germany during their women’s singles match at the China Open tennis tournament in AFP/GOH CHAI HIN Beijing on Wednesday.

eight in a game that lasted 1 hour 55 minutes. Nadal took an early 2-0 lead before being pegged back at 33. But he took the first set by breaking Kohlschreiber’s serve in the final game. The intense competition continued into the second set, where neither opponent broke serve, forcing the tie-break. Nadal could unseat Novak Djokovic from the top spot, no matter what the Serb does in the competition. He will face Fabio Fognini in the quarter-finals, after the Italian ruthlessly swept aside Australia’s former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in a crushing 6-0, 6-2 defeat.

In the women’s tournament, Li Na’s bid to claim her first major tournament on home soil remained on course as she progressed to the quarter-finals after defeating Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki. The home crowd favourite dumped out her German opponent 7-5, 6-4 in a cool-headed display of efficiency at a packed National Tennis Centre in Beijing. Meanwhile, world number four Agnieszka Radwanska had earlier powered through to the third round with a convincing victory over American teenager Madison Keys defeating her 6-3, 6-2.





T&T beat CSK, in semis The Caribbean side will now face Mumbai Indians in the second semifinal while the Super Kings take on Rajasthan Royals.

NEW DELHI: Trinidad and Tobago eased into the Champions League Twenty20 semifinals beating Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets to top Group B at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Wednesday. Trinidad and Tobago achieved their first objective as they bowled out Chennai Super Kings for 118 in 19.4 overs after putting them in to bat. In response, they chased down the target in 15.1 overs. The Caribbean side will now face Mumbai Indians in the second semifinal here Saturday while CSK take on Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur Friday.

Openers Lendl Simmons (63) and Evin Lewis (38) gave a solid start to Trinidad and Tobago’s chase, striking a 79-run partnership.

Lendl Simmons of Trinidad & Tobago celebrates with teammates getting Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni wicket during thier CLT20 match held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on the Wednesday. CLT20/SHAUN ROY

Openers Lendl Simmons (63) and Evin Lewis (38) gave a solid start to their chase, striking a 79-run partnership. After the in-form Lewis was caught in front of the stumps by part time bowler Suresh Raina, Simmons continued his onslaught. The right hand bat Simmons anchored the innings with his 41-ball knock which included five fours and four sixes while Darren Bravo (11 not

out) saw the team home. There was not much to talk about the Super Kings’ bowling as only Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin managed to clinch a wicket each. Earlier, the Super Kings batsmen were really not in their elements as they collapsed for a measly 118 with only three of their batsman getting into double figures. It was more of dismal batting from the two-time Indian Premier

Not concerned about Sachin’s form: Rohit NEW DELHI: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said he was not worried about his teammate Sachin Tendulkar’s form, after the batting great got out without scoring against the Perth Scorchers at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Wednesday. Tendulkar has scored 15, 5 and 0 in the three Champions League Twenty20 games he has played so far, a poor performance by the 40-year-old. “I am not concerned about his form as he is hitting the ball well. Unfortunately, he got out without scoring today. I don’t think we need to worry about him. A batsman of his experience can come good anytime he wants to. Hopefully, he will play a big knock in the semifinals,” Sharma said of Tendulkar, who will probably play his last T20 game Saturday. Chasing 150 in 14.2 overs to qualify for the last four, Sharma said that they had decided to go after the bowling right from the start.

League (IPL) champions than a good bowling performance of T&T, which led to the result. Only opener Murali Vijay (27), skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25) and Raina (38) showed some potential in the otherwise drab batting show by the 2010 CLT20 champions. Pacers Ravi Rampaul and Lendl Simmons clinched two wickets each as all-rounder Rayad Emrit took three with his medium pace. IANS

MI cruise into next round

NEW DELHI: Mumbai Indians outclassed Perth Scorchers by six wickets at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Wednesday, ensuring three of the four Champions League Twenty20 semifinalists will be Indian sides. Chasing 150 in 20 overs, the reigning Indian Premier League (IPL) champions needed to reach home in 14.2 overs to qualify for the last four stage. Opener Dwayne Smith (48) and skipper Rohit Sharma (51 not out) led from the front as the team romped home in 13.2 overs at a whopping run rate of 11.4 in a Group A clash. West Indian Smith took off brilliantly, hammering 11 runs off the first over. A packed house on a national holiday (Gandhi Jayanti) wanted to see batting legend Sachin Tendulkar provide some sparks but he failed, getting caught for a duck as he flicked one to deep square leg. However, Smith’s 25-ball knock increased the decibel levels in the stadium as he sent the Scorchers bowlers on a leather hunt, smashing five fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Sharma who played a responsible 24-ball knock, hitting the poor deliveries into the stands and showing due respect to the good balls. After Smith’s dismissal, Kieron Pollard hit a brilliant 18-ball 23-run cameo while Sharma continued drubbing the Perth bowlers, finishing with three boundaries and four sixes. Middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu hit two sixes of the last two deliveries to seal the tie. IANS


Clarke in doubt for opener

SYDNEY: Australian captain Michael Clarke on Thursday admitted he may not be fit for the first Ashes Test against England next month, with his long-standing back problem needing extended treatment and rest. Clarke was ruled out of Australia’s one-day tour of India this month and while desperate to be ready for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on November 21, the star batsman is pragmatic. “Where I sit right now is I don’t know when I’ll be back playing cricket,” he said. “We have no idea how long it’s going to take. “There’s certainly no guarantee (for the first Test) at this stage. It’s hard for me to say that because I’m trying my best not to look at it like that. “I’m always positive and if they ask me, I’ll say I’ll be fit in a week’s time. But you ask Alex (Kountouris, team physio) who

knows me very well, and he’d say there’d be doubt I won’t be right.” Clarke has been plagued by back problems for years and they flared up again before Australia’s final ODI in Southampton last month at the end of a gruelling five-Test Ashes tour to England, which Australia lost 3-0. He played in that game, but selectors were reluctant to take any more risks given the big home summer coming up, and ruled him out of the India tour, with Kountouris warning of an “extensive rehabilitation period

Clarke was ruled out of Australia’s ODI tour of India this month and while desperate to be ready for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on November 21.

before returning to competitive cricket”. Coach Darren Lehmann said all he could do was hope Clarke would be fit to face arch-rivals England, who are bidding to

win a fourth straight Ashes series — something they last achieved in the 19th Century. “I hope he improves his back pretty quickly,” Lehmann said. “(The Ashes) is a long way off so hopefully with all the medicos behind him getting it right he should be right. “But only time will tell. I can’t worry about that. What I can worry about is making sure all the other players are ready to go as well... getting the right side for the first Test match.” In a further blow, fast bowler James Pattinson also revealed he had no hope of being fit for Brisbane as he battles a back stress fracture, with the third Test in Perth seen as his likely earliest return. “I won’t be back for the first Test. I don’t think I’ll be right for the second,” said Pattinson, who broke down after the Lord’s Test in July. AFP




Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted he is not concerned about the general fitness of Gareth Bale after the Welshman missed Real’s 4-0 win over FC Copenhagen due to a thigh strain. It is the second time in two weeks that Bale has been sidelined by a thigh problem.



Bayern outclass Man City

Playing in England for the first time since their victory over Borussia Dortmund in last season’s final, Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich, gave Manchester City a lesson in relentless attacking to take control of Group D. TOM WILLIAMS Agence France-Presse MANCHESTER: Defending champions Bayern Munich proved they remain the team to beat in the Champions League with a classy 3-1 win at Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Playing in England for the first time since their victory over Borussia Dortmund in last season’s final, Pep Guardiola’s side gave City a lesson in relentless attacking to take control of Group D. A goalkeeping error from Joe Hart helped Franck Ribery give the visitors a seventh-minute lead and they added further goals from Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben in the second half. Substitute Alvaro Negredo replied in the 80th minute, before former City player Jerome Boateng saw red for a last-man foul on Yaya Toure, but on the ground where they had crushed derby rivals Manchester United just 10 days ago, City were deservedly beaten. Victory sent Bayern three points clear at the top of the group and consigned City to a first home defeat in Europe since 2008, four days on from an unexpected 3-2 loss at Aston Villa. Guardiola boldly elected to

Manchester City’s Gael Clichy (R) and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller jump for the ball during their UEFA Champions League group D match at The City of Manchester stadium in Manchester on Wednesday. AFP/PAUL ELLIS

play without a recognised striker, bringing Toni Kroos into his team to replace Mario Mandzukic and deploying Mueller as a ‘false nine’. Pellegrini handed Micah Richards only his second start of

the campaign at right-back, but if the Englishman was selected to help muzzle Ribery, the plan quickly backfired. David Alaba ran in behind Richards to cross for Robben to head wide in the third minute

Late blow forces draw

DONETSK: Brazilian striker Taison’s goal 14 minutes from time denied Manchester United a second successive win in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday as Shakhtar Donetsk grabbed a 1-1 draw. The draw — which sees Shakhtar remain unbeaten at home to English teams — leaves both sides unbeaten after two games with four points. The point — United took the lead through Danny Welbeck early in the first-half — will ease some of the pressure on manager David Moyes, whose side have made their worst start to a league season since 1989. “That was a good point coming

here and getting one isn’t easy,” said Moyes, who was handed the unenviable job of replacing the legendary Alex Ferguson as manager when he stepped down at the end of last season. “Shakhtar have a great record here so to get a point is no mean achievement. “I thought the team stood up well tonight and we defended very well.” Shakhtar head coach Mircea Lucescu said he considered the draw to be a fair result. “We allowed Manchester to score an early goal after a series of mistakes in defence,” he said. “We had to chase them down to

and moments later, Bayern went ahead. A sweeping pass from Rafinha found Ribery wide on the left and he brought the ball down, cut inside Jesus Navas, and dispatched a fierce right-foot

put pressure on them so we could equalise. “In the late stages we took more risks but luckily we managed to equalise. “I consider the draw to be a fair result, which gives both sides good chances to make it into the knockout stage.” Moyes, who made his reputation by keeping Everton competitive despite having little money to spend, said that the result did not have any greater significance. “It is another point in the Champions League that is all, nothing more. It doesn’t take us any further along the line.” AFP

Shakhtar’s Taison celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match FC Shakhtar vs Manchester United in Donetsk on Wednesday. AFP/SERGEI SUPINSKY

shot from 25 yards that beat Hart at his near post. It was another moment to forget for the England goalkeeper, who has committed several blunders since the turn of the year, but his team-mates were faring little better. With Bayern pressing high, City were unable to get a foot on the ball, leaving Edin Dzeko as a lonely outpost in the visitors’ half and causing rumbles of discontent to roll around the arena. Save an early header from Richards that Manuel Neuer easily caught, City were almost nonexistent as an attacking presence. Dzeko headed wide during a succession of City corners early in the second period, but Bayern were soon back on the attack, with Robben seeing a shot deflect wide off Vincent Kompany. Two goals in the space of three minutes put Bayern out of sight. They scored their second in the 56th minute, with Mueller ghosting in behind Gael Clichy to bring down Dante’s lofted pass, evade Hart’s star jump, and tuck the ball home. Moments later, Fernandinho was robbed on halfway by Mueller, who fed Robben, and the Dutchman streaked past Matija Nastasic before beating Hart at his near post.

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