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SIKH RIOTS: US COURT SUMMONS SONIA On a complaint by a Sikh group, a US federal court has issued summons against Congress president Sonia Gandhi for shielding party officials allegedly involved in inciting attacks on Sikhs in November 1984, an attorney said. In a class action suit filed on Tuesday before the district court of Eastern District of New York, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), a US-based human rights group, and other victims of the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence have sought compensatory and punitive damages against Gandhi.



ONE OF THESE LADIES IS ‘JUST LIKE ANY OTHER WOMAN’. THE OTHER IS THE HOTTEST MODEL ON THE PLANET. CAN YOU GUESS WHICH IS WHICH? P25&28 ‘I’LL INK SOME TOLLYWOOD STARS SOON’ Sameer Patange, one of India’s most popular tattoo artists, was back again at The Park for the Tattoo Fest. He talks about his work and the increasing number of people getting inked.






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Robotics workshop will be held. Where: Holy Mary Institute Of Technology & Science (Hits College Of Engineering), Secunderabad When: September 6 & 7, 10 am; Contact: 98850-45203

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Where: Aalankritha Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills When: Till September 6 Contact: +91-40-23113709; 40207171

Eco-friendly Workshop on making eco-friendly Ganesha idols. Where: Treasure House, Jubilee Hills When: September 7, 4 pm to 6 pm Contact: 2355-0118, Story telling Creative story telling workshop by Deepa Kiran will be held. Where: Shwaas - Centre For Inspired Learning, Jubilee Hills When: September 6, 10 am to 1 pm Contact: Salil, at 94405-00277 or Anita, at 99593-83947


ALL SMILES: Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay smile for camera during his visit to CII – Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad on Tuesday. Music concert by French singer Norig will be held. Where: Taj Banjara, Banjara Hills When: September 7, 7 pm Contact: Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, at 2355-4485 / 86 Movie fest German movie Puss in Boots will be screened. Where: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Banjara Hills When: September 5, 6 pm Contact: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, at 2335-0443

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Play time Sutradhar’s Biryani Aur Haleem will be staged. Where: Lamakaan Banjara Hills When: September 4, 8 pm Contact: Sutradhar, at 98480-52541

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Where: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Banjara Hills When: September 4, 6 pm Contact: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, at 2335-0443

Film screening A Separation will be screened. Where: Hyderabad Central University, Gachibowli When: September 4, 5 pm Contact: 2313-0000 / 2313-3216 Movie fest German movie One Minute Of Darkness (Eine Minute Dunkel) will be screened.

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Telugu play Telugu play Adventures Of Chinnari will be staged. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills When: September 7, 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm Contact: 83411-20303 Play pursuits Half a Cup full, a play by Torn Curtains will be staged. Where: DST Auditorium, Gachibowli When: Sepetember 4, 5 pm Art show A group show titled Krishnastuti is on.

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Magic moments Photography exhibition by Dr Mukesh Batra is on. Where: Kalakriti, Banjara Hills When: Till September 6, 11 am to 7 pm Contact: 6656-4466

WORKSHOPS Tea flavours Try the tea flavours of Budlabeta, Hapjan and Sessa. A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to WWF India. Where: Oxford Bookstore, The Park, 22 Rajbhavan Road When: Ongoing; Contact: 8790432354

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TN jeweller robbed, beaten MOHD SUBHAN HYDERABAD: A man, Balakrishna, 52, who claims to be a gold jeweller from Tamil Nadu was allegedly conned and robbed of jewellery worth `38 lakh by a gang of four. Mahankali police, investigating the case, said Balakrishna frequented Hyderabad jewellery shops with designed gold jewelleries for many years. He would come with or without orders once a while and sell ornaments. Recently, he was on his rounds with gold jewellery worth around `40 lakh. He was put up at a lodge in the RP Road area in Secunderabad. During Balakrishna’s stay there, a person who introduced himself as Vijay contacted him on phone and showed interest

Two men barged into the room where the sale of gold was being negotiated, beat up the jeweller and fled with the ornamnents worth `38 lakh. AROUND THE


in buying his gold. The two arranged a place to meet in Miyanpur. Balakrishna carried the gold in his briefcase. Vijay took him to a second person, Raju, who was having cash and once there, the duo took him to a place in Bachupally. Balakrishna told the police

that the he was taken to an isolated location. The duo then bargained for the gold and the price was fixed at `38.63 lakh. As Balakrishna was relieved that at last a business deal was struck, in walked a couple of strangers who threw chilli powder in his eyes and gave him a

thrashing. After snatching the bag they escaped unchallenged. The complainant said he suspected the unknown persons were accomplices of Vijay and Raju as they made no attempt to stop the robbers. The two however pleaded innocent and that they left Balakrishna commiserating with him for the loss. Later Balakrishna tried to contact them on the mobile phone but they were switched off.


n Why did a jeweller trust a stranger that too on phone? n Why did he not invite the prospective buyer to his lodge rather than going out with the load of gold? n If it is legitimate gold how come he is having no helping hand with him?


2 held for theft POSTNOON NEWS

HYDERABAD: The Mirchowk police have arrested two property offenders who were involved in many theft cases. Police have seized valuables such as jewellery, camera, watches and AROUND THE


mobile worth `2.20 lakh after arresting them. The arrested are Hyder Ali Razvi, a wall painter by profession and Mirza Riyaz, 23, a casual worker. The police, on interrogating them, found out that both belong to poor families and they turned to crime to make a quick buck. They were caught while disposing off stolen property.


News WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 LAST YEAR... HERE Losing our greens


ast year we had reported how the City was losing its green cover in the name of development and nothing was being done to control this activity either. Road expansions, constant land aquisition for metro rail projects and personal landscaping reasons were the reasons for the incessant felling. The story this year is nothing different.




people in Japan have been advised to evacuate due to threats of landslide and flooding caused by a typhoon, authorities said.

This is not the time for armchair isolationism. This is not the time to be spectators to a slaughter. Neither our country nor our conscience can afford the cost of silence.


Roof for homeless on snail’s pace A group of beneficiaries of JNNURM had come to the Collector recently saying the houses the government had promised have not materialised as yet. MOHSIN ALI


any families are forced to live in rental houses in Azad Chandra Shekhar Nagar and Addagutta due to delay in Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project. The state government implemented the scheme to provide the roof for homeless in 2010 in this area but only half the blocks were completed while the remaining are to be built within a year as per the government orders. A group of homeless, suffer-

ing from various problems due to this delay, approached the Hyderabad collector the other day seeking redress to their problem. The Collector Mukesh Kumar Meena, ordered the Revenue Divisional Officer to look into the matter and he assured the locals that their problem would be solved soon. The residents of Addagutta, who are waiting for their houses for more than two years, told Postnoon that more than 300 families are staying in rental houses from the time they evacuated their huts for the flats. Mallamaa, a 55-year-old resident said that she was living



with her family but they gave up the home which was indeed a hutment, on the promise of the government of providing them houses under JNNURM scheme in the same area. But since then they have been living on rent for `2,000 a month.” D Swarna, another resident of the same area said her husband is an auto rickshaw driver and his monthly income is not more than `5,000. “We have to manage with this amount everything from rent to food and the


FOOD AND CULTURE Pure Vegetarian, a book by, Prema Srinivasan, published by Westland Ltd., was released yesterday and is available at all leading book stores across the country. A retrospect of the ethos of vegetarian food, this work has been created with a unique cultural perspective: one which delves into religious and cultural beliefs and practices that are embedded in the preparation and consumption of food.

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JNNURM fails,people suffer The state government’s planned to provide roof for the homeless in Azad Chandra Shekhar Nagar and Addagutta in 2010 but only half the blocks were completed while the remaining are to be built.


How McCain beats boredom Senator John McCain was caught playing poker on his smartphone as top administration officials planned whether to go ahead with Obama's plans to bomb Syria.


Japanese wrestler in Sudan A Japanese man wrestling with the locals in Sudan to foster peace between the various tribes.


Rediscovering Angkor Angkor treasures are coming out of storage to be rediscovered in a Europe that first shunned them.


Battle against Kala Azar A group of Indian scientists has taken a giant step to develop a potential therapy by using tiny molecules present in the body to battle against Kala azar.

kids’ studies.” Manohar, a local leader said that there are total 12 blocks to be built in Addagutta out of which only eight blocks of G+3 were completed but four more blocks are in litigation as people who are living there in huts are not ready to move. The deputy executive engineer JNNURM Ikram Ahmed Khan said that under this scheme GHMC sanctioned 78,746 houses for construction of which 61,437 houses had to completed in 2012 but due to some technical reasons it was delayed and while 85 per cent work is done, the remainder will be done by March 2014.

Official drowned by investigators BEIJING: A Chinese official was allegedly drowned by investigators who stripped him naked and held him down in a bathtub as they attempted to extort a confession to corruption, state-run media reported Wednesday. Yu Qiyi was held down by graft investigators in a tub full of "icy water" several times after his questioning failed to produce satisfactory answers, the Beijing Times said, citing a court filing by prosecutors. They only stopped when Yu, 42, the chief engineer of a stateowned company in the eastern city of Wenzhou, stopped struggling, the report said. He was taken to hospital and died a few hours later. Relatives also found multiple bruises on his body after his death in April, it added. He had been detained since early March over suspected wrongdoings in a land deal, a report said. AFP

CITY BRIEFS Harikrishna demands salaries for strikers

CM lobbies for a united Andhra Pradesh

Police announce extension Jagan given clean chit of prohibitory orders from NIMS




ormer member of Rajya Sabha Nandamuri Harikrishna has demanded that the State government release salaries to the employees participating in Samaikyandhra agitation in the Seemandhra region immediately. He said a strike is a legitimate weapon and withholding salary was unfair. .

he Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy reiterated his stance that the people of AP could achieve glory and power if the state is kept united. He said political parties are responsible to the people. He said this while inaugurating a training program for those selected for Central services in the Marri Channa Reddy Human Resources Development Institute on Tuesday.

ven as the police are pondering over whether to grant permission to proposed protests by Telangana activists and Samaikhyandhra supporters for September 7, it announced the extension of prohibitory orders in the city, for a week from today. The order prohibits processions and people gathering on roads or public places in such a way that threaten public order and peace.


he authorities of Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences issued the discharged orders for ailing YSR Congress Party Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy this morning. The orders were issued after ascertaining the fact that Jagan has recovered from all illness. Following the order of the hospital authorities, he was being shifted to the Chanchalguda Central Prison.




APNGOA achieves what politics couldn’t The Association, which is actually meant for non-gazetted employees, has raised the bar for itself and attained the status of a numero uno body in the Seemandhra region. Md INKESHAF AHMED HYDERABAD: The role played by Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers Association (TNGOA) during the Telangana struggle has been valuable to the cause. Now, a similar role is being played AP Non-Gazetted Officers Association (APNGOA) in the ongoing stir by Seemandhra people. The Association, which is actually meant for non-gazetted employees, have raised the bar for itself and attained the status of a numero uno body in the entire Seemandhra region. The status and influence of the Association has grown so much so that even key political parties have begun to follow its commands. A classic example of this is the sudden about-turn premier players like Telugu Desam and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) did over the division of the State. Both the political parties have openly extended support to the demand of United Andhra Pradesh (Samaikya Andhra Pradesh) and kicked off their bus yatras in Seemandhra region. The TDP adopted a Januslike strategy — extending support to the united Andhra Pradesh cause in Seemandhra region while maintaining a proTelangana stance. The YSRCP however, chose to give up T and has sided with the Seemandhra in demanding a united Andhra. The entire credit in forcing these two political parties to take a clear stance goes to APNGOA. The association president P Ashok Babu issued an ultimatum to both the TDP and the YSRCP that they should say yes to a United Andhra Pradesh



The status and influence of the Association has grown so much so that even key political parties have begun to follow its commands. before embarking upon the bus yatras and warned of facing severe consequences if both parties failed in doing so. Following the ultimatum from the APNGOA, both the TDP and the YSRCP have blamed the Congress for messing things up. Reacting on this, the Association president P Ashok Babu told Postnoon that they were only highlighting the emotional issue of cutting up the state. "Our struggle reflects the emotional angst of the people of Seemandhra. We never expected

that the Centre would announce the division of the state without considering our feelings. We will not accept the division of the state at any cost as it would ruin the lives of all the people of Seemandhra region," he said. According to Babu, the Seemandhra employees are ready to sacrifice anything to achieve their goal. The organisation also played a key role in bringing together all pro-united Andhra Pradesh organisation on one platform and agitate for a single cause. It also succeeded in keeping up the pace of the agitation alive even after 36 days after the beginning of the stir.

A joyful fusion Ananda Fusion Band will be performing in the City to celebrate the spirit of the City. POSTNOON NEWS HYDERABAD: The next event as part of Hydourite 2013, an initiative celebrating the spirit of Hyderabad with ‘100 days of celebrations’ will be a performance by Ananda Fusion Band. Ananda is a Hyderabadbased Indian Fusion Band and is an outcome of an idea of the musical brothers Bhanu Prakash Umapathi and Pramod Umapathi who come together, to give a form to the innovative and creative possibilities in music in the form of Fusion. The word ‘Ananda’ literally means joy and one can surely experience it when the traditional Carnatic vocal meets the Hindustani flute. Add to that the subtle western instrumentation joins in to take the audience on a blissful musical journey. Ananda as a band tries to bring in happiness and all other emotions through the universal language of music. The band comprises of be Bhanu Prakash

GEAR UP TO SAVE AP The organisation is now gearing up to hold a massive public meeting with 'Save Andhra Pradesh' slogan on September 7 this month in Hyderabad. The organisation has decided to hold the meeting at LB Stadium. The meeting is likely to take the image of the association to the next level.



he program organised as part of the 2nd edition of Hydourite will be held from 7pm on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Our Sacred Space, SP Road, Secunderabad. The entry to the event is free. However, entry passes needs to be obtained prior to the event from Hydourite. For information and passes, please call on Tel: 66335533 or 64646262.

Umapathi (vocals), Pramod Umapathi (Flute), Prakash (Tabla), Balaram (Drums) and Prakash (Keyboards). Hydourite meaning Our Hyderabad, Our Favourite an initiative celebrating the spirit of Hyderabad with ‘100 days of celebrations’ in the coming days, will play host to exquisite performances from varied fields of art, dance, music, theatre and much more. Apart from bringing in artists from across India to perform in the city, Hydourite will promote local talents too, inform Achanta V. Ramakrishna, Manoj Chandrasekhar and Capt. Anand, the people behind Hydourite. It was conceived to get together all the Hyderabad loving people on to a single platform, to feel the rich diversity of this great city through various events and thereby feel proud of being a Hyderabadi.

NATION BRIEFS Samajwadi national meet venue changed

No more offshore casinos GSAT-7 satellite placed in in Goa: Green tribunal geosynchronous orbit

Fuel price hike: Motor strike in Kerala partial

Son shoots dad dead over property dispute

LUCKNOW: The Samajwadi Party has shifted the venue of its national executive meet from Haridwar to Agra, as the situation in Uttarakhand was "not conducive" after the floods in June that killed hundreds of people, a party leader said. During the meet, party leaders will brainstorm on the strategy for the Lok Sabha polls scheduled for 2014.

PANAJI:The Pune bench of the National Green Tribunal has directed the Goa government not to allow any more new offshore casinos functioning in large boats in the Mandovi river, citing pollution issues. The interim order also asked the Goa State Pollution Control Board to inspect offshore casinos and restrain the casino management from dumping garbage and "hazardous waste" that pollute the river.

TIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The dawn-to-dusk strike called by motor workers' unions in Kerala today demanding roll back of the recent hike in fuel prices evoked partial response across the state. Initial reports from different centres said private buses, trucks, taxis and autos are largely keeping off the roads in most places, affecting the mobility of people.

HAPUR: A man allegedly shot dead his 80-year-old father in the district over a property dispute, police said, here, today. Brijpal was shot dead last night by his elder son Papu and his accomplice in Pilkhuwa area here, they said. Police said that Papu wanted his father to transfer his property on his name, but he didn't, which angered Papu.

BANGALORE:India's advanced multi-band communication satellite GSAT-7, launched from French Guiana by European space consortium Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket on August 30, has been successfully placed in the geosynchronous orbit with an altitude of about 36,000 km above earths surface. Isro successfully completed the last of the three orbitraising manoeuvres from Hassan.





People pay the price


Private motorists had a field day today but commuters without a vehicle of their own had to face trouble following the strike by auto-rickshaws across the City. But the APSRTC which could have cashed in on the situation sat tight. ALEENA ALICE HYDERABAD: Around one lakh autorickshaws including school auto rickshaws, auto trolleys and minivans, have gone on strike from midnight. The strike’s is in protest against the state government’s not cancelling GO 108, which has raised the minimum penalty for traffic violations to `1,000. The unions on strike are Trade

Md Amanullah Khan, convenor of Auto Drivers Union Joint Action Committee, said the strike would go on until the GO 108 is scrapped and the eChallans are cancelled. Union Congress; International Federations of Trade Unions; Centre of Indian Trade Unions; Telangana Auto Union Joint Action Committee; Telangana Auto Union; and Telangana Trade Union Congress. Md Amanullah Khan, convenor of Auto Drivers Union Joint Action Committee, said the strike would go on until the GO 108 is scrapped and the eChallans are cancelled. “We had given a representation to the Transport Commissioner a week ago. Then, the Commissioner supported us and promised to help us. However, no action has been taken yet.” Auto-rickshaws unattached to any union plied early morning. But, later, they too withdrew fearing reprisals from unions. However, some are plying on the sly on roads away from the main



roads, however, at double the charge, commuters complained. “The auto rickshaw driver who dropped me to workplace justified his asking double the fare citing the strike. He also told me beforehand that he would drop me midway if they were spotted by the unions than have his auto’s tyres deflated and windshield shattered,” said Ganesh Tati, a resident of Ashok nagar. Passengers, especially those who came to the city from other places were seen struggling for public transport at railway stations and bus depots. “The private taxi drivers at railway stations and bus stops are fleecing people. From Secunderabad Railway station to East Marredpally, a taxi driver demanded `750,” complained Muniraju, who had come to the city from Kadapa this morning. Auto-rickshaw drivers threatened to intensify the strike if their demands were not met. Nagesh Babu, leader of the AITUC said, “Since it’s the first day, it’s a little lax. We will intensify the strike from tomorrow,” he said. Nagesh Babu slammed the GO as baseless. “With no infrastructure facilities provided to the public, how can the government implement such an order?” he asked. “We make only `400-`500 a day: how can we pay hefty fines with that income?” He pointed out that there were no parking areas and if they were to take a break by stopping on the roadside, they are fined. “If we pay all we earn as fines, what will we eat?” he asked.

An auto-rikshaw driver, Shiv Kumar, suffered serious injuries when his vehicle and a speeding car taking a right turn at the unmanned crossing before Nova Hospital on Jubilee Hills Road No 92 collided head-on this morning. The impact threw the auto driver and two women passengers onto the road. The women suffered minor injuries, it is reported. This crossing has neither a policeman manning it nor a speedbreaker, as the traffic coming from Check Post to Road No 92 take an illegal turn to the right in the absence of regulations.




‘I’ll ink some Tollywood stars soon’ Sameer Patange, one of India’s most popular tattoo artists, was back again at The Park for the Tattoo Fest. He talks about his work and the increasing number of people getting inked. ARUN D YELLAMATY HYDERABAD: The Western Tattoo industry is heading to India. India has a great promise for them, says Sameer. Talking about his return to Hyderabad he says, “I like coming to Hyderabad and my motive of coming here is to promote the art form of Tattooing as Hyderabad is an infant in knowing the tattoo art and the city ought to get matured on what the tattoo art is all about. I have decided to make an annual stop in Hyderabad. “I get a lot of complaints on how the tattoo artists are not that good, but Hyderabad has only a few hand-picks artists, but the demand is more for variety and quality. So I keep coming here due to the demand from people.” Sameer also is set to endorse a German tattoo company which is coming to India soon and says that Indian tattoo market is growing big time. “The tattoo culture in India is on the rise. A lot of foreign tattoo players are identifying India as a potential market. Many new companies are coming to India.” Sameer, known to be the favourite celebrity tattoo artist has worked with stars like Hrithik Roshan, Vivek Oberoi, Kangana Ranaut, Ajay Devgun and Sanjay Dutt, Sushmita Sen and many more, “Hrithik is a great guy and stands out from many people I have designed for. There was this one time, after his work was done, to keep goodwill we asked him not pay, but he insisted and paid for the work done for him. Again Sushmita Sen is more like a friend, she spends a lot of time with our team. My experience with the celebrities has been great and I am glad that I am given the respect an artist deserves.” Sameer likes to do portraits and work on tattoos which has

Tattoo tips n




Anyone who intends to get a tattoo needs to invest considerable amount of time doing proper research on what is that one element they wouldn’t mind having on their body for the rest of their lives. It could be anything - an abstract piece of art, a freehand motif or even a photo. Browse through as many design patterns as possible the web is an ocean of unlimited inspiration. Spend days and nights going through what you personally connect to. Check out and research the artist’s work, preferably while they are at work. Always ask them to show you their work. Speak to the artist about your design as much as you can




and make sure he provides you all the information you need. A good and professional artist will have the patience to talk to you and guide you in the right direction. If you are unable to find your design as a ready image, ask the artist to create one for you. A skilled artist will be able to come up or customize something exactly based on your idea and concept. Check out the sanitation and hygiene conditions at the studio where you intend to get the tattoo done. Most important, they need to decide on the tattoo after a lot of thinking, marriages can be mended or life partners can be changed, but a tattoo stays forever.

sentimental values and strong social values. “Those works draw a lot of time and attention.” He says he gets many requrests from people on sentiment based tattoos and he works on close to 15-20 tattoos in a month. ‘It is the maximum I could manage.”

Talking about clients from Tollywood, he says, “Namrita, wife of Mahesh Babu once told me that Mahesh wanted to get a work done last time I was here, but couldn’t do it, but will surely work on some stars soon.” Sameer has been creating masterpieces on skin for the past 15 years. “I was 18 when I started. It was at a time when tattooing in India was in its initial stages. I started it as a part time job when I was in college and later I made it my profession. Sameer, who likes to paint apart from tattooing plans to have an art exhibition soon. “People keep having some wired tattoos, later they came up and want to change it, I suggest people think hundreds times before they get a tattoo. “ he says.

WORLD BRIEFS Pakistan to get $2 billion bailout from IMF

7 Al-Qaida members killed in Yemen

56 killed in attacks across Iraq

One killed in Philippine bombing

S Korea to vote on arrest of lawmaker

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government is likely to receive over $2 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week under its new three-year bailout programme. The IMF’s executive board will make a decision after evaluating the Pakistani government’s policies and actions required for the assistance package.

ADEN: At least seven al-Qaida militants were killed in armed clashes with pro-government tribesmen in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan on Tuesday, an official said. The pro-government tribesmen repulsed a surprise attack by a group of Al-Qaida gunmen against a key checkpoint manned by tribal fighters in Abyan’s suburbs.

BAGHDAD: At least 56 people were killed and 170 others wounded in separate attacks in central and eastern Iraq Tuesday, police said. At least a dozen of car bombs struck Tuesday evening the national capital Baghdad, mostly-Shiite neighbourhoods, killing 47 people and wounding 163 others, Xinhua reported citing a police source.

MANILA: A suspected bomber was killed when an explosive device he was trying to plant exploded near a police station in the Philippines, an official said Wednesday. The bomb exploded Tuesday night on a highway in Labangan town in Zamboanga del Sur province, Capt. Jefferson Somera, a spokesman, said.

SEOUL:Riot police Wednesday stood guard around South Korea’s parliament where politicians were set to vote for the arrest of a leftist lawmaker accused of plotting an armed insurrection in support of Pyongyang. Rival political parties were expected to join forces to approve the arrest of Representative Lee Seok-Ki on charges of sedition.





Rich nations must not harm emerging economies: PM The remarks come at a time when the Indian rupee has dipped below 68 to a dollar, economic growth is at four-year low and stock markets have taken a hit, among other gloomy signs. NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said rich nations, which are showing signs of recovery, must not pursue policies that hurt the growth prospects of emerging economies. Ahead of his departure for St. Petersburg for the G20 Summit, the prime minister said the collective focus of rich and developing countries must be on job creation and investment promotion in a bid to spur growth and sustain it. “Though there are encouraging signs of growth in industrialized countries, there is also a slowdown in emerging economies, which are facing the adverse impact of significant capital outflows,” he said. “I will emphasise in St. Petersburg the need for an orderly exit from the unconventional monetary policies being pursued by the developed



world for the last few years, so as to avoid damaging the growth prospects of the developing world,” he added. “It is also important that G20 encourages and promotes

TERRORISM Al-Qaeda techies working on tech to down drones WASHINGTON: Al-Qaeda’s leaders have set up cells of engineers to try to shoot down, disable or hijack US drones, The Washington Post reported late Tuesday citing top-secret US intelligence documents. The Al-Qaeda leadership is “hoping to exploit the technological vulnerabilities of a weapons AROUND THE


system that has inflicted huge losses against the terrorist network,” the Post said online. “Although there is no evidence that Al-Qaeda has forced a drone crash or successfully inter-

fered with flight operations, US intelligence officials have closely tracked the group’s persistent efforts to develop a counterdrone strategy since 2010,” the report said, citing the secret documents. The Al-Qaeda commanders are keen to achieve “a technological breakthrough (that) could curb the US drone campaign, which has killed an estimated 3,000 people over the past decade,” the Post reported. Drone strikes have forced alQaeda operatives to limit their movements in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and other places. They have also taken a toll among civilians in those countries, something that has fueled anti-US sentiment. AFP

policy coordination among major economies in a manner that provides for a broad-based and sustained global economic recovery and growth.” On his part, the prime minister said, India has taken steps to pursue reforms, create a more investment-friendly environment, stabilise the rupee and strengthen macro-economic stability. “At the same time, a stable and supportive external economic environment is also required to revive economic growth,” he said. “The G20 Summit, therefore, is an important forum to seek an international climate that is beneficial for all countries.” On the margins of the Summit, the prime minister is also scheduled to meet with leaders of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa, which, along with India, form the BRICS

Cleveland rapist found dead in cell WASHINGTON: Ariel Castro, sentenced to life in prison for holding three young women captive and raping them for a decade, has been found dead in his prison cell, news reports said. CBS television and other US news outlets reported that the former Cleveland, Ohio school bus driver, who was sentenced to life in prison last month, was found dead in his cell late Tuesday. The 53-year-old Castro was found hanging in his cell and officials tried but failed to resuscitate him, according to a statement from the Ohio Department of Corrections, according to TV station KTLA of Los Angeles. At his sentencing hearing August 1, Castro had insisted he was not evil but rather addicted to sex. “I’m not a monster. I’m sick,” he pleaded. Despite having pleaded guilty to 977 charges related to his victims’ brutal decade-long ordeal, including many rapes and the murder of a foetus through beating its mother, Castro said he was not a violent



Despite having pleaded guilty to 977 charges related to his victims’ brutal decadelong ordeal, including many rapes and the murder of a foetus through beating its mother, Castro said he was not a violent man. man. Castro said he had himself been sexually abused as a child and had grown up obsessed with sex, addicted to pornography and a compulsive masturbator. He said he had not plotted the three kidnaps, but had acted on impulse. “I am not a monster. I am a normal person. I am just sick. I have an addiction just like an alcoholic has an addiction,” he said. AFP


A dog sitting next to flood waters outside a house in the township of Khorpinsky in the Russian Far East city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Russian authorities said yesterday 36,000 more people needed to be evacuated as the floodwaters rose to over eight meters in some of the region’s biggest cities. AFP/VLADIMIR KOSAREV




The Clouds of war gather The bipartisan measure approved by US lawmakers bans the deployment of any US troops on the ground in Syria, where fighting now in its third year has claimed more than 110,000 lives.

McCain’s poker face WASHINGTON: Senator John McCain, a longtime advocate for forceful military intervention in Syria, was caught playing poker on his smartphone as top administration officials testified at one of the most pivotal congressional hearings of the year. The photographic evidence of McCain making poker bets on his iPhone during the hearing itself offered a startling counterweight to the seriousness in Washington as senators debated whether to sign on to President Barack Obama’s plan to bomb Syria for chemical weapons use. “Scandal!" McCain tweeted sarcastically after an alert Washington Post photographer posted the photo that rapidly made the rounds on Twitter. “Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!" he quipped.

JO BIDDLE & MICHAEL MATHES WASHINGTON: Top US lawmakers Tuesday began rallying behind President Barack Obama’s plan to launch military strikes against Syria to warn the regime and nations like Iran that the world will never condone chemical weapons. After a passionate plea by US Secretary of State John Kerry not to succumb to “armchair isolationism” after last month’s attack in a Damascus suburb, lawmakers drafted a bipartisan measure imposing a 90-day deadline for any US military intervention. It would also ban the deployment of any US troops on the ground in the war-torn nation, where fighting now in its third year has claimed more than 110,000 lives. The dramatic developments came as the UN refugee agency released grim new statistics revealing more than two million people had now fled the violence in Syria. “This is not the time for armchair isolationism. This is not the



time to be spectators to a slaughter. Neither our country nor our conscience can afford the cost of silence," Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations committee. He warned that other countries such as Iran and North Korea, under fire for its suspect nuclear programs, were closely watching. “They are listening for our

silence," Kerry intoned, during a sometimes heated debate with his former Senate colleagues. His words were echoed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who said a US refusal to act after Obama had clearly set chemical weapons use as a “red line” would undermine America’s credibility abroad. “The word of the United States must mean something. It is vital currency in foreign relations and international and allied commitments," Hagel stressed.



Smuggling gold, just for us Almost all of India’s gold is imported, making it the second-biggest contributor after oil to the current account deficit — the broadest measure of trade. DEEPAK ADHIKARI KATHMANDU: After a long drive from across the border in China, the white truck arrived in Nepal’s capital at dawn with a seemingly innocuous cargo of Chinese-made clothes. But hidden in a cylinder inside the vehicle’s front bumper was the latest haul of gold smuggled from Tibet — bars weighing some 35kgs and worth several million dollars on the black market. Nepal’s police were waiting for the truck and its 24-year-old driver just inside the city, after tracking them for several days along the highway that connects Nepal with China. Nepal’s police and inland revenue department say the illegal shipment was ultimately destined for India, where



seizures of smuggled gold, including from its closest neighbours, have reportedly soared this year. In Nepal, police have seized far more illegal shipments bound for India this year compared with 2012. Its organised crime unit cannot say whether

Both men are due back at the Congress on Wednesday for a further slew of both public and classified briefings. At earlier White House talks with congressional leaders, Obama said he hoped for “prompt” Congressional votes next week on authorizing “proportional” and “limited strikes” against Syria. He was speaking before he left late Tuesday for Sweden and a G20 summit in Russia, where he will lay out the US case for strikes.

Indian consumers and traders are turning to the cross-border black market as a direct result of efforts to discourage legal imports. But making it harder and more expensive to import gold certainly presents smugglers with opportunities.

“There is a growing demand for gold in India. So the smugglers are cashing in on that," the department’s deputy director general Anand Raj Dhakal said. In a typical smuggling run, trucks transport the hidden gold overland from Tibet into Kathmandu, where the stash is shifted to freight trucks that ply the roads between Nepal and India, says Silwal, who singles out the Indian border town of Raxaul as a smuggling hub. India is the world’s biggest consumer of gold, followed closely by China. Almost all of India’s gold is imported, making it the second-biggest contributor after oil to the current account deficit — the broadest measure of trade.

German leaders visit massacre site ORADOUR-SUR-GLANE: French President Francois Hollande and German counterpart Joachim Gauck on Wednesday pay a landmark visit to the ghost village of Oradoursur-Glane where 642 people were massacred by Nazi troops during World War II. Gauck is the first German leader to visit the site in westAROUND THE


central France, where ruins from the war have been preserved as a memorial to the dead. Hollande praised Gauck’s visit as a symbol of FrancoGerman reconciliation. “The visit honours you, and at the same time it forces us, once the past has been acknowledged, to go boldly into preparing the future," Hollande said.




Hong Kong’s needy children wait for homes Mary was taken into foster care when she was three years old, her biological parents addicted to drugs and unable to look after her as they drifted in and out of prison. housewife who has two daughters aged 18 and 21 and another nine-year-old foster daughter, it was a love of children that inspired her. “I just thought it was a good thing to do and I didn’t worry about money,” she says. “My biggest stress was about how other family members would adjust. But I was very happy at my own daughters’ openness. They used to have arguments with each other, but now they have a better relationship.” Promoting the benefits fostering can bring to family life may be one way to encourage more people to sign up, says Yu, as well as giving more public recognition to the role. “There is very little recognition or appreciation for foster families,” she says, suggesting tangible benefits such as tax exemptions might also be an incentive. In Mary’s eyes, it’s simple — life with Carmen has brought her



LAURA MANNERING Agence France-Presse HONG KONG: Life could have turned out very differently for Mary, who like many other 12year-old girls in Hong Kong enjoys shopping, music and going out with friends, while she dreams of one day travelling the world as a flight attendant. Mary was taken into foster care when she was three years old, her biological parents addicted to drugs and unable to look after her as they drifted in and out of prison. But she is one of the luckier ones in a city where a growing number of children are waiting for care as the number of couples who can afford to provide it is falling, social workers say, due to high property costs, a lack of space in the city and the fact that

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The number of foster care referrals rose from 333 in 2010-2011 to 462 in 2012-2013, while the number of available homes has fallen. both partners often have to work to support a family. “In the past there were more extended families that could help relatives in need,” says Jenny Yu, senior social worker at Hong Kong’s largest fostering NGO, the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society (HKFWS). “But the family system has started to break down. People live apart from each other and even neighbours don’t tend to help each other. So more children need community services like foster care.” She adds that children have to wait up to a year before they can be placed in a family. Had it not been for the bond Mary has built with her foster mother Carmen, the opportunities she now has might never have come her way. Carmen, 47, who Mary calls “auntie”, describes how the little girl was

Foster carers are currently paid $770 a month for each child they take on.

withdrawn when she first took her in five years ago — her second foster home since leaving her parents. “She was afraid, she wouldn’t say anything. She would just sit there without smiling,” she said. Now the two are obviously close, holding hands when they speak and laughing together. “We go to the beach to look for crabs and small fish — we catch them with our hands and let them go,” says Mary, describing her favourite weekend activity. “The weather is sunny and I play with my auntie, and I feel very happy.” The number of foster care referrals rose from 333 in 20102011 to 462 in 2012-2013, while the number of available homes has fallen. HKFWS estimates that the waiting list is around 100, including those already going through the matching process

and those that are deemed “hard-to-place”. The government says it is trying to broaden the criteria for foster parents, to encourage more people to come forward. Foster carers are currently paid $6,000 (US$770) a month for each child they take on. “Some families may find that the allowance is limited,” said Yu. “The other reason I think is the practical problem, because

the living space in Hong Kong is also quite congested and normal families may not have extra bed space for children.” Asked whether a bigger financial incentive would help, Gordon Poon,officer in charge of the central foster care unit said: “Foster care is not employment, it’s not a job — we sell it as a love service, not for money.” Professor of social work at the University of Hong Kong, Nelson Chow, says today’s foster parents are more likely to be be older, with younger couples unable to afford the space they need. “Twenty years ago NGOs were looking at couples in their 30s with one child to become foster parents. Now they are looking for more mature adults whose own children have left home,” Chow told AFP. For Carmen, a full-time

the affection and stability her biological parents were unable to provide. “I think of my parents sometimes and I want to rely on them, like other children do,” says Mary. “But they promise to buy me something or take me somewhere and they often miss the appointment or cannot be reached, which makes me upset,” she says. “I don’t have contact with them that often.” Instead she now has a loving family home and an environment that may help her to one day get the job of her dreams. “I hope that Auntie can try her best to take care of me until I’m 18. After that, I can leave, be by myself and start working. If I manage to be a flight attendant, I’ll fly everywhere and be very happy. My dream would come true.” AFP * Mary and Carmen’s names have been changed.




WRESTLING FOR PEACE Never before in the history of Sudan has such a thing has happened: a Japanese man wrestling with the locals to foster peace between the various tribes.

IAN TIMBERLAKE Agence France-Presse KHARTOUM: Never before in a thousands of years of Sudanese Nuba wrestling history, has there been anything like it: a barefoot Japanese diplomat in a tight-fitting blue singlet stepping onto the sandy pitch to take on Sudan’s toughest. Four times this year, Yasuhiro Murotatsu has challenged the Sudanese... and lost all four times. But “Muro” is not giving up. He says his wrestling diplomacy highlights this “precious culture” and can help unite a divided country. The Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan state are home to a linguistically and religiously diverse group of people collectively known as “Nuba”. Wrestling is central to their farm-based society, but for more than two years a more modern form of combat has devastated the region. Non-Arab rebels from South Kordofan have joined with other insurgents from Darfur, in Sudan’s west, in rising against the Arab-dominated regime which they complain has marginalised the regions. “Sudanese wrestling can be a symbol of a united Sudan,” says Murotatsu, 33, a Japanese embassy political officer who tries to spend one hour a day training for his bouts. “That’s why I am fighting. I will be very happy if all tribes... come to Haj Yousef to support Sudanese wrestling. This is my intention,” he said before his latest match at the stadium in the Khartoum district. More than one million people in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states have been



displaced or severely affected by fighting in the area, the UN says. At the same time in Darfur, tribal violence has worsened this year, leaving hundreds dead and uprooting hundreds of thousands more. Murotatsu has competed since February in special “friendship” matches during the regular Friday evening card in


Haj Yousef, a poor neighbourhood of mud-brick houses. He says the Sudanese sport is similar to the more widely-known freestyle wrestling, in which he finished among the top eight when he was in junior high school. “I read about wrestling in Nuba Mountains before I came to Sudan... I became quite interested” and wanted to challenge them. Murotatsu’s opponent is a thin, muscular high school student, Saleh Omar Bol Tia Kafi, who says he has been wrestling since the age of 12. “I would come to the ring, watch the matches, and after that I wrestled with other young boys,” says Kafi, 18. He competes under the nickname “AlMudiriya”, the same moniker used by his father, a wrestler who is “one of the heroes of the Nuba Mountains” — and Kafi’s inspiration. Nuba men would hold impromptu matches while in the fields caring for their cows, Kafi says, wearing a tracksuit in the colours of the Sudanese flag. The war has hit the sport hard in its Nuba homeland but wrestling still takes place, officials say. It is now formally known as “Sudanese” wrestling because it has grown beyond the Nuba community, says Hassan Abu Ras Saliem, deputy chief of the local wrestling federation. “We are fully convinced that this wrestling can unite Sudan,” says Al-Tayeb Ahmed Ajoan, the federation’s secretary general. And that is Muro’s wish, as he sits on the edge of the circular red-earth pitch, stretching before his latest match.

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Fans have taken up every inch of the stadium, which was built by the Khartoum state government a year ago. A Darfur native, Abdurrahman Tajideen, said he supported local boy Mudiriya because “he is representing Sudan.” The widening appeal of the sport to people like Tajideen from other ethnic groups means it could help bring peace to the country, and the Nuba region in particular, said wrestling fan Hafiz Sulaiman, a Nuba. Sulaiman was hoping for a Muro victory “because he lost three matches and still came back. This means he has good will”. Hands raised, concentrating in a halfcrouch, the two wrestlers move cautiously, pawing each other like cats as the match begins. The pace picks up. Mudiriya holds Muro around the waist and pulls him into the dirt before the Japanese twists around. Mudiriya is on his back. Muro raises his arms, as if in victory. No, not yet. They play on, Mudiriya’s left shoulder dusted with dirt. After about three minutes he puts Muro on the ground again. Game over. Mudiriya wins. “A lion! He’s a lion!” a female fan calls in his honour as the two athletes are hoisted up by others. “He’s a very good wrestler,” Muro says, vowing a return to the ring. “I cannot withdraw until I get at least one victory.” A win in Khartoum would, he hopes, pave the way for a bout in the wrestling heartland of Nuba itself. “It will be a very good message for peace,” Murotatsu says.






Angkor’s secrets unveiled The statues, reliefs and temple decorations in the style of the original ninth to 15-century monuments at the site in northern Cambodia are to be exhibited in Paris' Musee Guimet. PASCALE MOLLARD PARIS: Forgotten and abandoned for over 70 years, casts of the art treasures at the Khmer temple complex at Angkor in Cambodia are coming out of storage to be rediscovered in a Europe that first shunned them. The statues, reliefs and temple decorations in the style of the original ninth to 15-century monuments at the site in northern Cambodia are to be exhibited in Paris' Musee Guimet in all their splendour. The casts made between 1870 and the late 1920s were commissioned by Frenchman Louis Delaporte (1842-1925), a member of the expedition team who "rediscovered" Angkor nearly 150 years ago. Displayed at Paris' Indochina Museum at Trocadero until its closure in 1936, the works were passed from one storage site to another over the next seven decades, some becoming damaged in the process. A year ago, the Musee Guimet took the pieces to a secure warehouse where they were inventoried and in certain cases restored, ready for

the exhibition entitled "Birth of a Myth. Louis Delaporte and Cambodia" that opens October 16. Some 250 works will be shown including the casts and original Khmer art plus photographs and drawings. For several centuries the Angkor complex, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the centre of the powerful Khmer Empire. Stretching over 400 square kilometres (250 square miles), the park contains remains of Khmer capitals, with the impressive 12th-century Angkor Wat temple its bestknown treasure. Delaporte's collection features reliefs of Angkor Wat with extraordinary detail that far eclipses what visitors to the original can see. "At the site, the original (reliefs) are high up and barely visible from the ground," said Pierre Baptiste, exhibition curator and head of the Musee Guimet's southeast Asia section. Among the casts is a plaster tower covered with smiling deities, like the one of the Bayon temple, a major monument at Angkor. It was sawed into bits after 1936 but will be partially put back together for

Temple City

n Angkor Wat is a Hindu, then subsequently Buddhist temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. n The modern name, Angkor Wat, means ‘Temple City’ or ‘City of Temples’ in Khmer. n The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura. n It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

One of these temples might take a place beside our most beautiful buildings. It is grander than anything left by Greece or Rome, and presents a sad contrast to the state of barbarism in which the nation is now plunged. Henri Mouhot French naturalist and explorer

the exhibition.


Angkor had already been visited by Europeans including a French naturalist, Henri Mouhot, who wrote of the wonder, before Delaporte joined the 1866-1868 Mekong expedition. Delaporte was stunned by the sights he discovered and was determined that Europeans see the Khmer art for themselves. AROUND THE


In 1873 he organised a collection of statues, reliefs and architectural pieces found in the temple ruins to be sent to French museums. At the same time, he commissioned the casts. At first they were ignored by Europe. "When his 102 boxes of Khmer pieces, including originals, arrived in France in 1874, nobody wanted to know," said Baptiste. Even the Louvre refused them. In the end, the works were sent to a chateau north of Paris at Compiegne where Delaporte opened a museum of

Khmer art. Eager to complete his museum collection, Delaporte sent his sculptors to work in Cambodia and produce more casts. But as the 20th century arrived, interest in casts waned and, after the closure of the Trocadero museum, Delaporte's collection was homeless. In 1973, after nearly 40 years, the casts were finally housed in an abbey in northern France but were kept in "dreadful conditions" in humid cellars, said Baptiste. Finally, in late 2011 the French culture ministry took up the cause, moving the casts into proper storage and treating some for fungus. It is hoped the casts, at last proudly displayed in a complete exhibition, will seduce a 21st-century public. The signs are positive: already, people responding to a request by the Musee Guimet for public funds to help restore the cast of a door at Angkor Wat have given thousands of euros. Nearly 20,000 euros in crowd-funding has also been donated through the MyMajor website, with 10,000 euros more needed to include the door in the exhibition. AFP




The US dollar pushed higher for the fifth straight session Tuesday helped by fresh signs of firm growth in the United States and another push higher in dollar bond yields. At 2100 GMT, the euro slipped to $1.3170, from $1.3193 late Monday.




The return of Kodak The company’s re-emergence opens a new chapter for an enterprise that helped launch photography for the masses in the 20th century. NEW YORK CITY: A slimmeddown Kodak announced that it had emerged from bankruptcy protection and would specialize in technology focused on imaging for businesses. During a 20-month bankruptcy reorganization, Kodak divested many of its most iconic businesses, including its retail film products, its photography paper products and some 105,000 kiosks worldwide. The company’s re-emergence opens a new chapter for an enterprise that helped launch photography for the masses in the 20th century but stumbled amid the digital revolution. The newly-remade Kodak now has about 8,500 employees, a Kodak spokesman said, down from 120,000 workers in 1973. The new company has manufacturing and technology centers in 10 countries and sells products in more than 130 countries. “We have emerged as a technology company serving imaging for business markets — including packaging, functional

printing, graphic communications and professional services," said Kodak chief executive Antonio Perez in a statement. “We are setting a trajectory for profitable growth," Perez said. “We have the right technology at the right time as printing markets increasingly transition to digital." The company has net cash of $695 million above its net debt, a Kodak spokesman said. Kodak divested many of its

operations during the bankruptcy. In the biggest deal, Kodak sold its personalized and document imaging business to the UK Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), its largest creditor. Under the agreement, announced in April, the pension plan agreed to pay Kodak $650 million in exchange for the settlement of $2.8 billion in claims against Kodak. KPP is housing the products under a new company known as Kodak Alaris. The operation will

have some 4,700 employees in about 30 countries, said a KPP news release. Kodak also divested its digital imaging patents for $525 million A New York bankruptcy court had approved Kodak’s reorganization plan on August 20, but the company said at the time it still had some final steps before exiting Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors in January 2012, after 131 years in business, as the company fell behind rivals in digital photography. At the time, Kodak had not reported a profit since 2008 and had accumulated billions of dollars in debt. The Rochester, New Yorkbased company, started in 1892, led the way in popularizing the cameras, film, slide projectors and home videos. Kodak was among the early developers of digital imaging, but lost ground to rivals as the company failed to adapt its business lines.


Cigniti expands City operations Cigniti is the world’s first independent software testing that helps improve quality of software for global enterprises and technology companies using proprietary smart tools. HYDERABAD: Cigniti Technologies Limited, the world’s third largest independent testing services company has expanded its operations by adding one more Global Test Engineering Centrespread over 34,000sqft at the Ascendas ‘V’ Park in Hyderabad. This facility is in the same campus as the current Global Test Engineering Centre. Speaking on this occasion

and declaring the facility open, CV Subramanyam, chairman and managing director, Cigniti Technologies said, “With the addition of this new facility, we now have a total of 95,000 square feet of space

across Hyderabad, Dallas and Toronto with world-class infrastructure, delivery facilities and cutting edge technology labs. This facility is another milestone in our journey and mission to become the world’s largest and most respected independent testing services company by 2015”. Sudhakar Pennam, CEO of the company said, “With the addition of this new glob-

al test engineering centre, we are well equipped to meet our current and future growth needs while we continue to expand our operations further. Today Cigniti is an 800plus people organisation worldwide and we plan to hire another 400 by 2014 as we move forward. This facility also has a new world-class cloud-enabled performance test lab.”

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Life Insurance Corporation of India that completed 57 years of its incorporation this week, continues to be the frontrunner in the industry in terms of market share despite the entry of private insurers for over a decade now, disclosed AK Sahoo their zonal manager. With over 29 crore plus policyholders, with life fund to the tune of Rs14,33,103.14 crore and assets of over Rs15 lakh crore, the company commands a market share of 82 per cent. LIC claims to have a near-zero per cent of outstanding claims. “We settle three claims every second,” he said, adding, “We have products for every segment of society, and individual.


33 is the number of publications to be sold by News Corp to a group led by Fortress Investment Group.

HI-TECH A4 CUTTER The Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills Ltd has announced the inauguration of a new Bielomatick A4 sheeter at its Rajahmundry unit. The new equipment will enable the mill to increase the conversion capacity of branded copier paper. The state-of-the-art sheeting line installed at the new facility is designed to convert paper reels into A4, A3 and FS size products. The automated process installed in the facility has advanced ream wrapping, carton packing and palletising capabilities. The conversion capacity of the new facility is 265 MT/day. The facility was built in 13 months with an investment of over `100 crore.

THUS SPAKE I am not sure in the long run that [Microsoft] buying Nokia will achieve the goal of making Microsoft a leader in mobility. JACK GOLD, analyst with J GOLD ASSOCIATES


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HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS A friend of HFT had a horrifying thought last night, and rang us up at the oddest hour to tell us about it. This year could be the year when a generation’s icons fade away. Roger Federer, Sachin Tendulkar, the last vestiges of Shane Warne’s old face...all could be gone. We will never sleep again.





acing around the track at breakneck speed, Formula One drivers remind film-maker Ron Howard of combat pilots, or even gladiators. His new movie Rush is about the death-defying thrill of F1 racing and the legendary rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda and Britain’s James Hunt in 1976. “The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel," says the flamboyant Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth of action hero Thor fame. For the film’s director, it’s almost like they’re going to war. “At the beginning of every year they would have a drivers’ meeting... and a number of people from that time [1970s] told me that you would look around the room and know that a couple of those faces were not going to make it, weren’t going to live through the year," says Howard in a recent interview in Paris. “And that’s what combat pilots talk about." The 59-year-old Hollywood director, bearded and youthfullooking in his usual baseball cap, admits he likes stories where the characters take life to the edge, “putting themselves on the line” - like in Apollo 13. His box office hit was based on the true story of three US astronauts orbiting the Earth in a crippled space capsule,

with that unforgettable line: “Houston, we have a problem." Whether a comedy, drama or true story, “you’re always looking for the test, how are the characters being tested and I’m always interested in seeing how people reach for something that is really, really challenging," Howard says. Rush is set in what he calls the “recklessness” of 1970s F1 racing which was “a golden age for fans, because a lot of people were dying, which made it more gladiatorial and so the danger was with the audience and the

fans every lap.” The film captures the almost ghoulish fascination with racing and the tension on the track in recreating the famous fiery crash of Niki Lauda — played by multi-lingual German actor Daniel Bruehl. Lauda was left disfigured from severe burns but he went on to become an amazing comeback Grand Prix champion. Howard’s next project In the Heart of the Sea tells the tale of the whaleship Essex in 1820 which was attacked by a sperm whale leaving the crew adrift for 90

days, resorting to cannibalism to stay alive. “It’s the events that inspired Herman Melville to write MobyDick 30 years later.... When I learned about it, and their survival story which is both tragic and heroic, really remarkable, I felt like it was a very original kind of story to tackle." Howard is a son of Hollywood having started as a child actor in popular US television sitcoms, first as the young boy Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and then teenager Richie on Happy Days, and what he

wants is to entertain. “I try to choose movies where I think I understand something, but also make me curious enough that I want to learn, and then offer back to audiences in an entertaining way what I think I’ve come to realise." He made his first movie in 1977, another car flick Grand Theft Auto, and won a directing Oscar for the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind. His credits also include Cocoon, Frost/Nixon, and the screen adaptations of Dan Brown’s bestsellers The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. He recalls how he was encouraged to pursue directing by iconic actor Henry Fonda, whom he worked with “in the 70s on a television series that was a complete disaster." But Fonda gave him some advice. “He said to me: ‘If you don’t make creative decisions, where you feel you’re risking your career, every 18 months or two years, you’re playing it too safe, and you’re not going to grow as an artist'." “But you asked me earlier about my interest in stories that are about risk, there’s a lot of emotional risk in being involved in a high-profile way in movies and television... It’s nothing like Formula One or going to the moon... but it’s your life’s work and it sometimes feels like it’s emotional life or death...," Howard tells AFP as he prepares for a screening of Rush at the Toronto film festival on September 8 and its general release later this month.

EDITORIALS The issue of Hyderabad must be decided sooner, rather than later Unlike Fifa, the IOC still has standing


o now the rumours are that Hyderabad could well become a Union Territory, something this paper suggested months ago, but it’s too little too late. We have always believed that the creation of a new state, especially one that is home to a burgeoning metropolis like Hyderabad, is not something that can be taken lightly. It is a gargantuan feat of logistics and pragmatism, something that our current crop of politicians wouldn’t know anything about if it slapped them in the face and ran away with their moustaches. The Telugu people deserve more than politicians at the centre and in the state playing roulette with their livelihoods and heritage. They deserve so much better. Now that a separate Telangana is done and dusted, it’s time for the focus to be on the people who live and work in Hyderabad and how to make their lives as safe and easy as possible. All these padyatras and empty rhetoric serve no purpose other than to embellish the image of a politician who will be forgotten faster than a minute thorn in a very large side. People will learn to adapt to whatever situation they are cast in, that is one of humanity’s great virtues. But if they are constantly told they are being shortchanged they will never know the peace they crave.



he media were up-in-arms agains at what they perceived to be a slight against India, after the IOC stated it would be looking closely at the number of hangers-on that accompanied athletes to international events. Is this a trumped-up charge? Hardly. Our bureaucrats are notorious freebie hunters, and even our own athletes have complained about how this ‘entourage’ expects stellar treatment at the expense of the real stars of the show...the athletes. While the world’s other large sports governing body Fifa is mired in corruption charges reaching up all the way to boss Sepp Blatter, The IOC still retains a semblance of purity, and we use that word loosely. If India wants to be a global sports player, in something other than cricket, it needs to get its house in

We invite you to write to us comments, suggestions, viewpoint or just about anything to or # Plot No 550-A1,3rd Floor, Road No 92, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-500033 Landmark – Volkswagen showroom or even by way of a call on 4067 2222. Editor: Dean Williams







era Naam Joker is the story of an entertainer. His life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make people laugh and be happy, no matter how unhappy he is within. The range of emotions and the subtlety through which he portrays them is something few actors can match today. Badshah Shah Rukh Khan comes close to doing that role. His ability to emote and give a scene his own special touch is what makes him the best contender to play the part. Like Raj Kapoor, Shah Rukh’s personality too will take the role to greater heights.

his is a movie that revolved around the life of a tour guide. It became synonymous with Dev Anand’s persona. It is believed that Dev Anand was at his best in this movie. His effortless good looks, often likened to Gregory Peck, combined with charisma and characteristics that were his trademark, proved to be an unbeatable recipe for success. Today in Bollywood we have another hero of that similar nature — Ranbir Kapoor. His boyish, good looks, thanks to the Kapoor genes, effortless charm with the ladies, his smooth-talking ways and his dancing skills make him a serious contender for the role, if the film were to be remade.




f the many beloved roles that Rajesh Khanna played, perhaps none is etched into the public consciousness more deeply than Anand, the terminally-ill but permanently cheerful cancer patient who teaches Amitabh Bachchan — and, indeed, all of us — important life lessons with the lines: “Ae Babumoshai, zindagi aur maut uparwale ke haath hai. Usse na aap badal sakte hain na main”. A philosophy few can understand. We think if the film were to be remade, perfectionist Aamir Khan would be apt for the role. His comic timing as he has already shown in movies like Andaz Apna Apna, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, etc, his romantic self and his super successful films like Taare Zameen Par and Rang de Basanti definitely gives him an edge over the others. That he believes in espousing such causes is another plus in his favour.


alking of Sholay, how can one forget its single iconic female character who could not only stand up to all the testosterone, but who was also feisty enough to handle some action on her own? Basanti in Sholay was Hema Malini’s crowning moment — the pick of her long and very successful career. Talkative to a fault, and independent she is definitely not the stereotypical village belle, there only for the romance and the mandatory songs and dances. In today’s actresses none other new entrant Parineeti Chopra fits the bill. Her films like Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and Ishaqzaade have proved how she can light up the screen with her antics. Her character in Ishaqzaade was bold, brash, talkative and had the right amount of innocence to it as well. Whereas in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl she was seen as the talkative Delhi lass who just can’t keep herself out of trouble and can chat up even a fly.

Bringing back the icons Tollywood actor Ram Charan is making his debut in Bollywood with a remake of Zanjeer. He is essaying Amitabh Bachchan’s role from the original. Will he do justice to it? Friday will tell us. Meanwhile, we take a look at five iconic characters in Hindi cinema and who we would like to see play these roles.

Seth Rogen vs Zac Efron in Neighbors


VANDANA TRIPATHI IN ARADHANA - VIDYA BALAN Dashing pilot Arun romances Vandana Tripathi, and both in love with each other, become very intimate, and as a result Vandana gets pregnant. Unfortunately, Arun is killed while on duty and Vandana unable to convince anyone of her marriage with him relocates to hide her shame. She gives birth to a baby boy, Suraj who is adopted by someone else. She spends her whole time trying to be a dedicated mum and never let Suraj know of his

true identity so that he is never embarrassed because of her. Her role at that time was considered quite bold, since women who conceived outside marriage were considered immoral; She broke the mould. Another actress who is bent on breaking stereotypes and moulds today, is Vidya Balan. She promises to give only entertainment and one can already picture her doing the song Roop Tera Mastana. Sensual yet tasteful that’s Vidya for you, she cares two hoots about fashion, but when it comes to acting she’s a can teach you a thing or two.


ith James Franco getting the celebrity roast treatment tonight on Comedy Central, Seth Rogen has taken the opportunity to give audiences a preview of his new film. A red band trailer for the upcoming comedy Neighbors — formerly known as Townies — has arrived online courtesy of MTV. Directed by Nicholas Stoller, who previously helmed both Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five-Year Engagement, the new film centers on a young couple (Rogen, Rose Byrne) who have just had their first child and are looking to start living a nice quiet life in the suburbs. This plan is interrupted, however, when a frat house from the local university moves in next door. While the couple initially try to recapture their youth and hang with the college kids, eventually the relationship between the two houses completely deteriorates and they find themselves in all-out war. The weirdest thing about this red band trailer is the simple fact that it completely lacks anything red band. The only bit in the entire spot getting anywhere near Rrated is the scene where Christopher Mintz-Plasse is having sex with a girl in the bushes next to the house, but the truth is that we’ve seen more risque stuff in greenband trailers.








Inauguration of Dr Mukesh Batra's photography exhibition was a well-attended do. His works will be on display till September 6 at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Banjara Hills. 1 Giresh, Prashant, Dr Batra

2 Lisa, Aishwarya

3 Sharma


Writer Richard Ford (below), actress Jena Malone (above) and producer Sam Fleischner (right) pose for the shutterbugs at the 39th Deauville American Film Festival in the French northwestern sea resort of Deauville.


Tollywood actress Isha Chawla inaugurated De’charms Spa & Salon at Jubilee Hills.



HOW TO EASE ACHES WITHOUT A PILL Sore from your last run and can’t quite kick the pain? A recent study says reflexology may be a natural remedy for relief. Reflexology—pressure applied to specific points on the hands, feet or ears—can reduce pain by 40% and might be as effective as drugs, suggests a new study from the University of Portsmouth in England.




It may feel like a mild tingling, dull ache, or burning sensation. In some cases, the pain is severe enough to make a person unable to move. If you have these symptoms then be sure you have injured your sciatic nerve. Dr Ravinder Reddy, MD Star Homeopathy, tells us more about this problem.

That tingling ache What is Sciatica


ciatica or Lumbar radiculopathy is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to sciatic nerve or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves.

Scope of Homeopathy



ymptoms include lower back ache, pain in the buttocks, numbness or weakness in various parts of the leg and foot. Other symptoms include tingling sensation and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg.




ciatica is typically diagnosed by physical examination and the history of the symptoms. Imaging tests such as CT and MRI can help with the diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation.



hen the cause of sciatica is due to a lumbar disc herniation, most cases resolve spontaneously over weeks to months. Simple physical exercises may sometimes be helpful.

omeopathy has good medicines for this kind of neurological problems but homeopathic treatment focuses in the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution.


ith drug resistance threatening the battle against kala azar, which afflicts 350 million in 88 countries, a group of Indian scientists has taken a giant step to develop a potential therapy by using tiny molecules present in the body. Around 65 per cent patients in India have stopped responding to sodium stibogluconate — the drug of choice for the lifethreatening visceral leishmaniasis or kala azar, says Neeloo Singh, senior principal scientist, Central Drug Research Institute Lucknow. Provisional figures by the union health ministry show that kala azar claimed 11 lives and afflicted 7,776 people this year till July. Upping the ante against drug resistance, researchers at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology have pioneered a new strategy to increase the cholesterol level in blood, that in turn significantly slashes the parasite’s numbers. It involves channelising some small molecules that are the direct products of genes. “When we administered the micro RNA (micro Ribonucleic Acid — the small molecules) in excess it increased the cholesterol and at the same time induced clearance of the parasite. It emerged as the potential molecule in combination with other drugs,” Suvendra Nath Bhattacharyya of the Molecular and Human Genetics Division of the IICB told IANS. These micro RNAs (or miRNA) are important for regulating key metabolic processes, including cholesterol metabolism in the liver, and are composed of 22 units of organic molecules called nucleotides. In the body, these mini machines regulate expression of genes and help control production of functional products like proteins. What was of interest to scientists was that the Leishmania parasite (that infects the liver and multiplies in the spleen) brings down the miRNA levels by “targeting an enzyme called dicer that is responsible for the production of these micro regulators”. When the parasite brings down the microRNA, this in turn lowers cholesterol — a condition that is favourable for the parasite to thrive,” Bhattacharyya said. IANS



Technology MARKET WAR

Apple’s the target in MS-Nokia deal Investors cheered the news, as Nokia’s share price soared by 45 percent in opening trading on the Helsinki stock exchange to 4.3 euros.


RAINE TIESSALO Agence France-Presse HELSINKI: Nokia said on Tuesday it was selling its beleaguered mobile phone unit to Microsoft for 5.44 billion euros ($7.17 billion) as the US tech giant tries to fight back against rivals Apple and Google. Investors cheered the news, as Nokia’s share price soared by 45 percent in opening trading on the Helsinki stock exchange to 4.3 euros. Nokia, once the world’s leading mobile phone maker, will grant the US software giant a 10-year non-exclusive licence to its patents and will itself focus on network infrastructure and mapping services, which it called “the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders.” With Tuesday’s announcement, Microsoft is following in the footsteps of its internet rival Google, which already invested in hardware when it bought US phone manufacturer Motorola. Nokia and Microsoft entered into a partnership in 2011 to create Nokia smartphones using Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer told reporters the Nokia acquisition “will accelerate our success in smartphones.” He said Windows Phone was “the fastest growing smart platform today, growing by 78 percent last year.” Analysts saw Tuesday’s

HERE COMES KITKAT Google on Tuesday said the next version of Android will be called “KitKat” in keeping with its penchant for giving tasty names to its software for powering mobile devices. “Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert," the California-based technology titan said in a blog post.chocolate. “As everyone finds it difficult to stay away from chocolate we decided to name the next version of Android after one of our favorite chocolate treats."The list of Android software names over the years includes Cupcake, Donut, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean.

move as a bid to compete with Google and Apple. “The trigger behind this is without a doubt the current restructuring of business at Microsoft in which the tech giant attempts to stem the decline in global product sales,” ETX Capital analyst Ishaq Siddiqi said in a comment. Microsoft “is still behind Apple and Android based handset devices in the global mobile phones market share but under this deal, Microsoft can start to take control of the operation and turn Nokia’s declining handset business into a formidable competitor in a competitive market,” he said. Nokia also announced the immediate departure of chief executive Stephen Elop, who was hired from Microsoft in 2010 to turn the company around. He will be replaced in the interim by Risto Siilasmaa, Nokia’s chairman of the board. Elop will take over Nokia’s mobile phone unit, and will transfer back to Microsoft once the deal is completed, Nokia said, triggering speculation that he could take over as head of Microsoft after Ballmer’s scheduled retirement within the next 12 months. “We expect Elop becomes a

Long, long reign


okia dominated the mobile phone market for 14 years, until it was overtaken by Samsung in 2012 as the top-selling brand, as it struggled to establish winning business models and mobile devices amid increasing competition from Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy. more viable candidate for Microsoft chief executive, given the obvious importance of devices,” Citi Research said in a comment. Nokia dominated the mobile phone market for 14 years, until it was overtaken by Samsung in 2012 as the top-selling brand, as it struggled to establish winning business models and mobile devices amid increasing competition from Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy. Rumours of a Nokia sale have swirled in recent months. Nokia dramatically changed its strategy in February 2011 when Elop warned the company was “standing on a burning platform” and needed to shift course immediately. The shake-up involved

phasing out Nokia’s Symbian platform in favour of the partnership with Microsoft, and Nokia bet its future on its new line of Lumia smartphones. But Tuesday’s announcement marks the end of Nokia’s days as a phone manufacturer. “Management concluded that there was no improvement in sight anytime soon. From that point of view, the sale could be a wise decision,” Pohjola bank analyst Hannu Rauhala told the online edition of business daily Taloussanomat. Some 32,000 Nokia employees are expected to transfer to Microsoft, including some 4,700 people in Finland, the company said. The operations affected by the transfer generated approximately 14.9 billion euros in 2012, or almost 50 percent of Nokia’s net sales, it added. Nokia will book a gain on the sale of some 3.2 billion euros, which will “clearly strengthen our financial position and it will provide a solid basis for future investment in Nokia’s continuing businesses,” Siilasmaa said. Last month, Nokia finalised the purchase of German engineering giant Siemens’ 50-percent stake in Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for 1.7 billion euros.

US online giant Amazon on Tuesday unveiled an improved version of its market-dominating Kindle e-reader. The latest Kindle Paperwhite boasts higher contrast, speedier performance, and enhanced touch-screen technology. “Kindle is the best-selling e-reader in the world for six years running," said Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos. “No one is investing on behalf of readers or pushing the boundaries of hardware, software and content for readers like this team."

NTT DATA’s new lab NTT DATA, a leading IT services provider, today inaugurated a SAP Solutions Lab located in the Hitech City area of Hyderabad, to support its growing SAP services business. This innovation lab intends to build best-of-breed solutions based on SAP HANA platform using next generation technologies including analytics, user experience and mobility to offer end-to-end business solutions to NTT DATA clients across the globe. The SAP Solutions Lab will deliver a wide gamut of SAP solutions, spanning from SAP ERP to latest technologies such as SAP HANA and SAP FIORI, and will focus on solving real business process issues.



Entertainment CINE BYTES

Collections good for Toofan in Nizam


he political situation in the state maybe volatile, but that is not going to affect theatre collections of Ram Charan starrer Toofan. The theatre count in Nizam region is much higher than what was expected and Dil Raju is personally monitoring the screens acquirement to make sure thatToofan opens to record breaking opening collections.

Veeru Potla shooting Doosukeltha in Hampi


eeru Potla, director of Bindaas, 2010 is currently working on Vishnu Manchu's upcoming film Doosukeltha. The director, who toured several Southern parts of the country to shoot an important sequence of the film, says that the valley of kings, Hampi in Karnataka excited him the most.

First look


amil superstar Dhanush's Anegan, which started its shoot fromSeptember 2 has come up with its first look. Anegan's makers started shooting the movie in Puducherry, on Monday. The film is directed by KV Anand, and has Dhanush and Amyra Dastur in the lead roles.





asking in the success of his recent blockbuster Balupu, Telugu actor Ravi Teja will start shooting for his next untitled project from September-end onwards. Bobby, who was the scriptwriter of Balupu, has been roped in to direct this film."The film was officially launched a few days back. Regular shooting starts from this month-end. Bobby is all set to give Ravi Teja's fans another hit soon. It's an action entertainer laced with comedy in appropriate proportion," the film's producer YVS Chowdhary said.Chowdhary had earlier produced the Ravi-starrer Telugu action-drama Nippu, but the film turned out to be a disaster. "Success and failure is part and parcel of any profession. A director or an actor can't be blamed for the failure of a film because so many other factors are taken into consideration. I don't let these things affect me," he added. The hunt for the rest of the cast is on. Meanwhile, it is being reported that Ravi Teja will soon make his Bollywood debut with Yamla Pagla Deewana director Samir Karnik. IANS


Entertainment WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013


SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT: Shuddh Desi Romance addresses gender issues S

ushant Singh Rajput has revealed that his latest film Shuddh Desi Romance looks at issues affecting modern India. The Kai Po Che actor stars opposite Parineeti Chopra in the Yash Raj Films release. Rajput said of the movie: “I’d say that our youth are confused whether to stick to Indian traditions and culture, where many contradictions and hypocrisy come from stereotypes, male chauvinism and gender bias.” He explained that his latest project is the type of Hindi film that makes audiences think. “The unique selling point is that it’s very real and a one of it’s kind film, it is not an escapist film and took a lot of research,” he said. Actress Vanee Kapoor — who makes her debut in the movie — added: “The film speaks of modern love, infatuation and live in relationships. “A rarely explored subject in Bollywood cinema but shown in a very entertaining way.” Shuddh Desi Romance is out September 6.


Buddha gets Satyamev Jayate time slot on TV


orthcoming mythological TV show Buddha will be showcased in the same slot as Aamir Khan’s popular show Satyamev Jayate. “We are very excited to come in a prestigious slot of Ramayan, Mahabharat’and now Satyamev Jayate. Journey of Buddha is a historical that people can watch with their families,” BK Modi, the show’s producer told IANS.

Mahabharata will revive handicrafts


scar-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya has been roped in as a consulting faculty for the look of the upcoming mythological show Mahabharat. She believes the show will help in the revival of Indian handicrafts and traditional weaves. She said that ancient techniques have been used to create various looks for the show. IANS

Shekhar keen to work with Indian Idol juniors


hekhar Ravjiani is overwhelmed by the response to the first edition of singing reality show Indian Idol Junior. The singer-composer, who judged the show, says he wants to work with the talented youngsters in future. Ravjiani shared the judges’ panel with Vishal Dadlani and Shreya Goshal. IANS

Entertainment WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013


Entertainment WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013



Entertainment WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013



Kate Upton to receive Model of the Year Award


s if anyone else could win! Kate Upton has won the coveted title of 2013 Model of the Year. The buxom blonde will formally accept the award at Wednesday night’s 10th Annual Style Awards in New York City. The event, which kicks off New York Fashion Week, will celebrate the two-time Sports Illustrated model in all her bikini glory.

Fame doesn’t bother


Amanda Bynes’ twitter hacked


t turns out Amanda Bynes isn’t tweeting from her room at the UCLA Medical Center. Thought a tweet appeared on Amanda’s account Saturday, one day after her psychiatric hold was extended, Amanda’s lawyer says the message was sent by a hacker. “Amanda’s Twitter account was hacked," her lawyer Tamar Arminak says in a statement to the New York Daily News.


op star Lady Gaga says she does not concentrate on fame as much as she does in putting all her energy into creating music instead. The 27-year-old, who underwent a hip surgery in February, admits that her time away from work made her reevaluate her priorities. “I really enjoyed the down time because it rejuvenated my creativity and I figured out a lot about myself after the last few years," quoted Gaga as saying. “I realised I am not in it for the fame. I don’t need to go out and be recognised to feel alive. I do miss being on stage and singing and dancing. I didn’t miss getting dressed up," she added. The Poker face singer had previously said that being on stage makes her feel alive. IANS

Fifty Shades...casts Dakota Johnson, Hunnam


he search is over: Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate, The Social Network) will play Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) will take over the high-profile role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey. Author EL James tweeted the news this morning. The movie will be released on August 1, 2014.


Chai Time


If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends. Charlotte Bronte




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 Bourbon barrel 5 Nuclear power plant units 9 Cause to laugh 14 First word of ‘The Raven’ 15 Toil in the cutting room 16 Barbers shave them 17 Straddling 18 Musical conclusion 19 Ready to be drafted? 20 Where even grown men have to go sometimes 23 Some Wordsworth works 24 Longboat propeller 25 Bring ruin on 29 Cold-water diver 30 Home-builder's buy 33 Counters with beads 34 Hair preparations 36 Classic TV clown 37 Healthy delivery, often 40 Run in place 41 Annoys with constant complaints 42 Worth or Dunne 43 March Madness souvenir 44 Utmost (Abbr) 45 Walk unsteadily 46 Mudpack offerer 47 Whitman sampler? 49 Comment from a mom with rowdy sons 56 ‘The Lower Depths’ writer Maxim (Var) 57 ‘Father,’ in toddler talk 58 Orchestral ‘tuning fork’ 59 Seeped slowly 60 ___ and terminer (hearing or trial) 61 Light quality in music 62 The written word 63 Long and lean 64 Inquires


1 Black vein contents 2 Prefix with ‘bacterial’ 3 Aberdeen native 4 Held on to 5 Move back 6 Baked-brick building 7 Mischievous pranks 8 Reprieve from the governor 9 Inuit outerwear 10 Plantation house 11 Step ___ the plate 12 Baseball part 13 Telepathic gift (Abbr) 21 Aristotle's forte 22 March master 25 Israeli Nobel Prize-winner 26 Habitation 27 Place for jewels 28 Teen's skin woe 29 Clerical robes 30 Like human ears 31 Certain atmospheric layer 32 One who's not playing seriously 34 Teeny biter 35 One of a dozen at the grocery store 36 North Pole explorer 38 Eloper's acquisition 39 Ecological community 44 Encouraging aspect 45 Leave, as a ship 46 Wanda of comedy 47 ___ Del Rey, Calif 48 ___ days (yore) 49 Country bumpkin 50 Rice-shaped pasta 51 Pedestal percher 52 Gaucho's weapon 53 Kimono sashes 54 Albumen adjunct 55 Studio structures 56 US political party

Chai Time WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 5-9-2013


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













You might face a dilemmatic situation in certain issues but will get resolved shortly. Avoid unwanted arguments or disputes with anyone. Pregnant women are advised to avoid journey to the maximum extent possible.


Maternal relatives will extend their help and keep you cheerful. Changes are likely in your planned journey. Those deprived of a child since long might get favourable news soon. Artists are likely to perform very well.

Those working abroad will get a chance to visit their native place. Ego clashes between couples will be over and they lead a happy life. Employees will be happy. Though income is good, expenses too will increase to upset you.

Real estate deals are likely to bring good gains. Drastic changes are likely to take place and meeting with VIP friends will be beneficial. Expenses are likely to go up. Those in a depressed mood will cheer up as the situation changes.

Both expenses and happiness through children are likely. Delayed marriage talks will resume. Employees will be overburdened, which will result in more travel and exhaustion. Businessmen are advised to be careful of their partners.

You will be able to sell old property at the expected price. Good news from your daughter or son is on the cards. Influx of close relatives and well-wishers will keep you and family members cheerful. Confusion in you will clear.

Your self-confidence and willpower levels are at their high. Couples will be more affectionate towards each other and a happy atmosphere will prevail at home. Construction of your house will start as loan gets sanctioned.

Good and constructive thoughts will come to you. Unwanted apprehensions and worries will get cleared letting you relax. Employees will get recognition and rewards at their workplace for their sincere and hard work.

Chances are that you will go on a pilgrimage with family. Depression and confusion will vanish. Employees will be happy as atmosphere at workplace will change. More expenses towards fulfilling children’s demands are likely.


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King of Cups – Be careful of others’ feelings. You don’t want to hurt anyone or do anything that will make them see you in bad light. Be sensitive.


The Tower – People around you may preach about the right way to go about life. But each of us has a different path to follow. Take the advice with a pinch of salt.



Three of Wands – Success is imminent. All your plans are working out fine and your patience in the last few weeks is paying off. Don’t be in a hurry.


Nine of Pentacles – You’re afraid to get out of comfort zone. You don’t want to try anything new or explore and experiment with new ideas. Don’t be rigid.


The Empress – This is the card of love, romance and fertility. Women looking to get pregnant have a good chance now. Those in love will have a great phase.


The High Priest – Intuition has the answers to all your questions. Look within, introspect and you will find what you need at this point. Meditate for answers.


The Star – Though there have been many ups and downs on the personal and work fronts, they’ve all been for a reason. It’s all working out in your favour.


The Hanged Man – Spiritual awareness will ease pain of some of the grudges and unnecessary thoughts you’re holding on to. Open your heart and mind.


Three of Cups – It’s celebration time! Be prepared for a string of good news, regarding work and family life. Time to relax and undo the year’s stresses.



Six of Swords – A foreign trip is possible. There is a strong chance that you’ll meet someone attractive during the trip. Singles have a chance of commitment.


You’re in control of all aspects of your life and you’re admired by your peers for these very qualities. Your leadership skills are put to the test.


AQUARIUS: The Emperor –


Drastic but favourable changes are likely to take place. Plan to purchase land or house will materialise soon. Delayed works will resume and get completed without further difficulties. A long-pending court verdict will go in your favour.

for 5-9-2013

Four of Wands – There’s an internal conflict you’re dealing with at the moment. Sort it out yourself. No point telling the whole world how confused you are.


You will maintain your cool and get work done with patience and without emotional decisions. Vehicle maintenance will go up. Travel, expenses and tension are inevitable. Good news from daughter about arrival of offspring brings cheer.


Hurdles in finalising your son’s or daughter’s marriage will be cleared. You might have to raise new debts on an urgent basis. As your attitude is in for a change, you will take clear cut decisions without any confusion.

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Entertainment WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013


I’m like every other woman: NICOLE SCHERZINGER S

inger Nicole Scherzinger believes she ain’t special. She says she is like any other woman, and so, she had her own share of dark moments following her split from from Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton. The duo parted ways recently after their hectic work schedules put a strain on their five-year-long relationship. Scherzinger, 35, believes her breakup encouraged her rediscover herself. “I’m just like every other woman, I’ve had a blanket of tissues over me many a night. Ordered a random, ginormous pizza for myself,” quoted Scherzinger as saying. “In any relationship, it’s easy to lose yourself and it’s important to come back to who you are. And you can live your life in freedom and happiness when you’re happy with who you are. “I definitely

have my dark moments, but I want to be a light. That’s what I strive to be. And really, it’s a choice. And sometimes, when you’re sad, you bring the pizza and you make that choice,” Scherzinger added. The Don’t hold your breath singer believes the sudden breakup forced her to find her inner character again and concentrate on her work. “It’s these times that build a character. I’ve tried hard to keep it together, for my work,” she said. IANS

CINE BYTES Kurt Russell in talks for Fast and Furious 7


urt Russell is eyeing his first major film role since 2007’s Death Proof. The actor is in talks to join the cast of Fast and Furious 7, taking on an unspecified role previously offered to Denzel Washington, according to Variety. If he signs on, Russell will join returning cast members Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson, among others.

Will Smith to sell dream house?

Ang Lee to head Golden Horse Awards jury


aiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013, has announced that Ang Lee will head this year’s jury. Three other leading Taiwanese and Hong Kong filmmakers have been tapped for the Golden Horse Film Festival.


ctor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinketh Smith have reportedly put their dream home in Calabasas, California up for sale. They have put up the house for sale in the market for $42 million. They have lived there for two years, reports They had reportedly taken seven years to build the 25,000 sq ft property. IANS






Justin Gatlin out trumped in Zagreb In a top-notch field in the men’s 110m hurdles, American world champion David Oliver shared the honours with teammate Ryan Wilson in 13.25sec, with Cuba’s 2008 Olympic champion and former world record holder Dayron Robles in third (13.30). Reigning Olympic champion Dawn Harper won the 100m hurdles in 12.63sec ahead of Australia’s Sally Pearson (12.75), who won silver in Moscow behind Brianna Rollins. The women’s 800m saw a rare outing for Caster Semenya, but the South African could only finish fifth in a race won by Ekaterina Poistogova in 1:59.03.

ZAGREB: World silver medallist Justin Gatlin (in pic) of the United States was outtrumped by compatriot Mike Rodgers in the 100m at the World Challenge meet in Croatia on Tuesday. Rodgers, who won silver in last month’s world championships alongside Gatlin in the 4x100m relay, clocked 9.97sec. Jamaican Kemar BaileyCole, a training partner of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, came in second in 9.99sec, with Gatlin in third (10.01). The American now faces a run-out against Bolt, who won treble gold in Moscow, at the Brussels meet of the Diamond League on Friday.



Goa CA 244 vs DDCA 373/8 (Mohit Sharma 126, Jagrit Anand 63, Milind Kumar 47, Manan Sharma 35no, Sumit Narwal 53, Amit Yadav 3/89) Hyderabad Presidents XI 339 vs Karnataka 343 (Mayank Agarwal 85, KV Avinash 96, Shreyas Gopal 42, Abrar Kazi 36, M Ravi Kiran 4/57, Akash Bhandari 3/106, Kanishk Naidu 2/63) Kerala 312/8 vs Hyderabad XI 359 (T Suman 103, P Akshath Reddy 141, Akshay Chandran 5/125, Abhishek Mohan 3/84) Tamil Nadu 261 and 19/2 bt Services SCB 77 all out (M Mohammed 3/23, R Rohit 2/14, S Suresh Kumar 2/21, J Kowshik 2/17) and 202/5 (Sumit Singh 71, Nakul Varma 51, Anshul Gupta 42, Rahil Shah 3/57)


Falaknuma 208/4 (Abhishek Ashok 37, Pratyush Reddy 34, KSK Chaitanya 90) Vs Evergreen


P&T Colony 209 lost to Visaka 210/8 (Rakesh 57, Prasad 39, Majeed 42no, Md Taquiullah 4/25) SBI 353/7 bt Budding Star 277/4 (Gireesh Goud 46, Nikhil Parwani 57, Manish Parashar 56no, Nikhil Yadav 87no) CCOB 225(SK Nafeez 61) lost to Gouds XI 226/7 (Yenikapati Harish 70no, Radhakrishna Yadav 37no, Abdul Ela Bin Adil Al Qureshi 4/84) Cambridge XI 489/9 vs Telangana 137 (Jayasurya 50, Kamran Khan 6/37, Sunny Pasta

Team USA penalised SAN FRANCISCO: Defending champ Team Oracle USA was slapped with a two-point penalty for illegally modifying catamarans in a cheating saga that has rocked the 34th America’s Cup, the organizers announced on Tuesday. The decision by the international jury to dock the Americans two points, ban three crew members and levy a $250,000 fine is the harshest in the 162-year history of sailing’s marquee event. The Americans will now have to race without one sailor and two shore crew members in the 34th American’s Cup which

The decision to dock the two points, ban three crew members and levy a $250,000 fine is the harshest in the 162-year history of the event. gets underway on Saturday. It also means Team USA must win 11 races to defend their title while their opponent Emirates Team New Zealand will need just nine wins in the best-of-17 format event. “The breaches of the Class

Rule were implemented with the intention of increasing performance of three AC45 boats,”the jury wrote in their 14-page decision. “The modifications were used in the field of play, they were multiple and were put into place over a period of time in several ACWS Regattas. “The conduct relates to on-the-water breaches whilst racing in multiple regattas and according an onthe-water penalty is appropriate.” The penalties are another black eye for the regatta which got off to a tragic start in May after British sailor Andrew Simpson died. AFP

3/49) Mega City 327 bt Hyd Titans 138 (Abhishiek 70, NV Nithish 6/40) Gujrathi 295 lost to Gemini Friends 298/8 (Chandra Shekar 73, G Ganesh 89, Abdul Shakeel 40no, Parvath Singh 38, Afzal Biyabani 5/76) Nizam College 196 bt Sultanshahi 159 (Venkatesh 5/34) Venus Cyber Tech 386 (Vamshi Reddy 36, Yesudas 46, Taran 66, B Naresh Kumar 109, Abhimaan 37, Prathik Sangle 5/65) bt Sai Satya 176 (Mikhil Jaiswal 92, Vijay Singh 6/70) Kosaraju 364/8 (D Lohit 94, Charan Sai Teja 174, Jaffar Baakra 3/76,. Mohammed Khaleed 4/55) bt Saleemnagar 293 (Zameeruddin 103, Harsha 47, Jaffar Baakra 53, Charan Sai Teja 4/74, Lohit 4/38) Charminar 286 (Chai Prasad 131, Mujeeb 70, Satya Narayana 3/79, Dinesh Kumar 3/46) bt Osmania University 242 (Abhinav 31, Santosh Reddy 42, PN Raju 69, Younus 3/75, Mujeeb 3/28) Vijay Hanuman 224 (Omer 37, Rohan Varkey 42, Shilpa Brahma 3/42, Navjot Singh 3/48) vs Balaji Colts A division one day SK Blues 239/9 (Hasan Yamani 94, Suman Goud39, Indranel 3/42) bt AB Colony 184/9 (Satish 77, Ashwin Kumar 4/33) Deccan Colts 202/3 (Santosh Goud 89, Prateek Pawar 59) lost to Yadav Dairy 206/5 (ML Purusotham Naik 35, M Abhishekk Reddy 58, N Surya Teja 61) Greenlands 253/1 (M Pratyush Kumar 125, E Sree Charan 102 no) bt Noble 98 (E Sree Charan 4/24).

Corporate Badminton League to being from Friday POSTNOON NEWS HYDERABAD: India’s first National Inter-Corporate Badminton Tournament Corporate Badminton League (CBL) – is all set to begin in Hyderabad this Friday i.e. September 6. An initiative by Tech Mahindra Ltd. and Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, ‘CBL 2013’ has got overwhelming response with registrations coming in from 400 plus corporate executives from 68 corporate entities viz. TCS, Qualcomm, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Wipro, IBM, HSBC, Deloitte, Microsoft, Accenture, GE, etc. and others from different places across

India such as Hyderabad, Pune, Tughlaqabad, Vadodara, Bangalore, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Vizag, etc. The three-day national event will be held from September 6 to 8 at Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy (PGBA) at Gachibowli. To be inaugurated by Padma Shri Pullela Gopichand, the tournament will see players (all non-seeded individuals working in corporate companies) competing in Men’s Singles and Doubles Championships and Women’s Singles and Doubles Championships. The tournament will be conducted in a knock-out format of best of 3 Sets (Singles & Doubles) with a 21-point system.





Eoin plays a captain’s knock IAN CALLENDER Agence France-Presse MALAHIDE: Eoin Morgan came home to Malahide and scored a match-winning hundred as England eased to a sixwicket victory over Ireland in the one-off, one-day international on Tuesday. On the ground where he once played senior cricket in front of a handful of spectators as a 13year-old, the Irishman took centre stage with almost 10,000 people watching to finish 124 not out, winning the match with his fourth six. England captain Morgan, leading the side in the absence of the rested Alastair Cook, shared a world record fifth-wicket ODI partnership of 226 with Ravi Bopara, who deservedly reached his century before England chased down their victory target of 270 with an almost ridiculous seven overs to spare. Morgan’s sixth ODI century (five for England and one for Ireland), made seven days short of his 27th birthday, saw him face 106 balls in total during his innings, with eight fours and four sixes. Bopara’s run-rate was even faster, the all-rounder facing 75 balls in all and hitting 15 boundaries, five of them clearing the fence as England enjoyed a morale-boosting win ahead of the five-match ODI series against Australia starting on Friday. “Today has been magnificent to get time in the middle, runs under my belt and to contribute

England captain Eoin Morgan (R) plays a shot as Ireland wicketkeeper Gary Wilson (L) looks on during a ODI match AFP/PETER MUHLY between Ireland and England at Malahide Cricket Club in Malahide, Ireland, on Tuesday.

to an England win,” Morgan told Sky Sports 2. “Time in the middle as a batsman is crucial going into big series. “I was more nervous in the changing-room than I was in the middle. The wicket was tough and challenging. It was a challenge with ball and bat.” Morgan wasn’t the only Irishman in English red on

Sutherland lashes out at racist abuse SYDNEY: Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has lashed out at “racist comments” directed at Muslim Fawad Ahmed (right) after the leg-spinner asked not to wear a kit displaying the logo of beer brand VB. Pakistanborn Ahmed, who became an Australian citizen in July after his application was fasttracked, did not have the logo on his shirt during his international debut in last week’s T20 matches against England. It emerged Tuesday that he had “expressed discomfort with the conflict this created for him, due to his religious beliefs”. Cricket Australia agreed with his request to wear an unbranded shirt, but this sparked critical comments on the Cricket Australia website

and other social media. “Legitimate reason RELIGION, no its not, it’s a game of cricket, not praying at a church,” said one reaction. “It is driven by money and fans not by religious fanatics. Those who don’t like the Australian culture should leave, or keep misguided values to themselves.” Sutherland said he was disgusted with such comments. AFP

Tuesday. Boyd Rankin, after 38 ODIs for Ireland, was given his debut and was England’s most successful bowler, taking four wickets for 46 runs as Ireland were restricted to 269 for seven. Ireland captain William Porterfield dominated that innings, scoring 112 — his 10th century for Ireland but his first in an ODI for three years since his

115 against Bangladesh at Stormont, still Ireland’s only victory over a Full Member or Test nation on home soil. “It was nice to get a hundred, but a shame it was in a losing side,” said Porterfield, who denied this loss hurt more than most because of the key roles played by two former teammates in Morgan and Rankin.

Finch, Marsh slam tons in Oz win EDINBURGH: Hundreds by Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh propelled Australia to a 200-run win against Scotland in the lone ODI in Edinburgh on Tuesday. Finch made 148 — his maiden ODI century — and Shaun Marsh 151 as the duo shared an Australia record 246 for the first-wicket as the visitors piled up a colossal 362 for three in their 50 overs. Finch’s latest hundred followed his T20 world record 156 against England at Southampton on Thursday. The total was the highest Scotland — a largely amateur side — had ever conceded at this level, with Finch’s runs coming off just 116 balls with 16 fours and seven sixes before he holed out off spinner Majid Haq. Marsh, whose father Geoff helped set the previous Australian firstwicket record of 212 together with David Boon against India at Jaipur in 1986, was slightly more sedate. He faced 149 balls including 16 fours and five sixes. While Finch and Marsh’s individual scores were well down the record list of highest ODI innings, their stand was the sixth highest by an opening duo at this level. AFP

Bowlers shock Pakistan

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s unheralded bowling attack plunged Pakistan into deep trouble on the first day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday. Pakistan were floundering at 182 for eight before tailenders Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan added an aggressive 67 for the ninth wicket to enable the tourists to finish the day on 249 for nine. Opening bowlers Tendai Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara, who went into the match with only five Test caps between them, started the Pakistan slide with some disciplined bowling at the start of the day. They were well backed up by off-spinner Prosper Utseya and medium-pacer Shingi Masakadza. But Chatara and Panyangara were guilty of some loose bowling with the second new ball as Ajmal (49 not out) and Junaid

Zimbabwe players celebrate an early wicket on Tuesday during the opening day of the first Test match against Pakistan at the Harare Sports Club. AFP/JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

(17) gave the Pakistan innings some respectability. Junaid was out to the fifth ball of the final over of the day when he flashed at Panyangara and was caught behind.

Azhar Ali, who made a patient 78 off 185 balls, and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (53) were the only Pakistan top-order batsmen to shine. They put on 93 for the fourth wicket. AFP





Djokovic, Murray in quarters

DAVE JAMES Agence France-Presse

NEW YORK: World number one Novak Djokovic raced into the US Open quarter-finals for the loss of just three games on Tuesday while defending champion Andy Murray was again involved in a four-set duel. Top seeded Djokovic, the 2011 champion, wrapped up a place in his 18th successive Grand Slam quarter-final when he crushed Spanish world number 43 Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 in just 79 minutes. Andy Murray, the third seed, reached the quarter-finals for a third successive year with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin, the 64th-ranked Uzbek. Djokovic will next tackle Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny, a semi-finalist in 2006 and 2010, over whom he has an 5-3 career lead. Youzhny carved out a fourhour, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-5 win over 2001 champion Lleyon Hewitt after trailing 4-1 in the

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 win over Marcel Granollers of Spain during their US Open men’s singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Tuesday, in New York. AFP/STAN HONDA

fourth set and 5-2 in the fifth. Swiss ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka reached the last eight by eliminating Czech fifth seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist last year, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2. Wawrinka will now face Murray for a place in the last four, trailing 8-5 in their series, although he did win their 2010 US Open third-round meeting. The 26-year-old Murray took his record in the majors this year to 17-1 with his second win of 2013 over Istomin after also seeing off the Uzbek player on his way to the Brisbane title in January. Istomin, who has been coached by his mother Klaudiya since his junior days, sported a bright orange shirt for the encounter and he had Murray dazzled in the first set. “It was tough with a strong breeze and we both struggled with our timing,” said Murray. “I tried to dictate the points after the first set when I had the wind with me and use my forehand more.”

Get off Federer’s No mercy for birthday girl back: Novak JIM SLATER Agence France-Presse

NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic leaped to the defense of Roger Federer (in pic) on Tuesday, telling critics of the slumping Swiss to give the 17time major winner a break. Federer suffered a stunning US Open fourth round straight-sets upset at the hands of Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo on Monday. It is the first year since 2002 that the 32-year-old has not made a Grand Slam final and sparked feverish speculation over his future in the sport with the loss to Robredo coming on the heels of a second-round exit at Wimbledon. “Roger did not play close to his maximum level so it’s always a question of why is he not playing well. People need to give him a break a little bit, because I think it’s normal to expect that he’s not moving as well as he did when he was No. 1 and he was so dominant,” said the Serb. “For me, he’s still playing really well and definitely deserves to be one of the top five players in the world, no

question about it.” Djokovic said he would not be advising Federer on what his future plans should be. “How long he’s going to play? That’s a question for him. But he’s what, 31, 32 years old? Tommy Haas is 35 and close to the top 10. So I think people are seeing Roger always being a top three, top two guy and competing for Grand Slam titles.” AFP

NEW YORK: Defending champion Serena Williams inflicted the most lopsided US Open women’s quarter-final defeat in 24 years on birthday-girl Carla Suarez Navarro to reach a semifinal against China’s Li Na. Williams routed the 18thseeded Spaniard 6-0, 6-0 in just 52 minutes on Tuesday, Suarez Navarro’s 25th birthday, to reach a matchup Friday with Li, the 2011 French Open champion who ousted Russian 24th seed Ekaterina Makarova. Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam winner seeking her fifth US Open crown and ninth title of the year, has dropped only 13 games in five wins on her way to the semis for a fifth US Open appearance in a row. Asked if this was her most dominant US Open performance, Williams said, “I guess so. I haven’t thought about it yet. I’m still in the tournament and I’m not thinking about, like, ‘I’m really dominant now.’ “I’m just thinking, ‘OK, I just have a really tough match in the next round and I really want to do well.” Williams, who would be the oldest women’s champion

Serena Williams of US shakes hands at the net with Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain after their women’s singles quarterfinal match at the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Tuesday in New York. AFP/MATTHEW STOCKMAN

in US Open history at age 31, matched the worst rout in US Open women’s quarter-final history, Martina Navratilova’s 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Bulgarian Manuela Maleeva in 1989. Suarez Navarro, who has never taken more than three games off Williams in three

career meetings, was the first Spanish woman in a US Open quarter-final since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998. Williams hit 20 winners while Suarez Navarro managed only 18 points in the match, just three off winners on a windy night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. AFP




Buckingham Palace will stage its first football match in October as part of the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the FA announced Tuesday. The match was arranged with the help of Prince William in his role as president of the FA.



‘Lack of confidence was the issue’ New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil admits that he had no intention of leaving his former club Real Madrid until he realised that he risked being left on the sidelines.

BERLIN: New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil (right) admits that he had no intention of leaving Real Madrid until realising that he risked being left on the sidelines in the Spanish capital. Ozil saw Gareth Bale complete his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to the Santiago Bernabeu earlier on Monday before agreeing to move to the Emirates Stadium for a reported £42.4 million ($66 million, 50 million euros). And the Germany playmaker later said in an interview with the German Football Association’s official website,, that he agreed to the move after it became clear that he no longer figured in the plans of Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. “At that moment (a few days

I realised that the coach and the board no longer had confidence in me. I’m a player who needs that confidence, said Mesut Ozil.

ago), I was certain that I would stay at Real Madrid, but afterwards I realised that the coach and the board no longer had con-

Bale short of fitness LONDON: Wales manager Chris Coleman said on Tuesday that Real Madrid new boy Gareth Bale cannot play for 90 minutes in the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia. Bale (below) flew to the Welsh capital Cardiff on Monday evening after being presented to Madrid fans at the Bernabeu earlier in the day following his move from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of around £80 million ($124 million, 94 million euros). Reports in Britain say Madrid paid a worldrecord fee of £86 million for Bale, but Spanish estimates put the fee at around £77 million. Speaking to the media after his presentation, Bale said he wanted to use the time with Wales in order to build up his fitness, but as he has not played since July, Coleman plans to handle him with care. “If he is not ready we will not risk him, regardless of whether it is a world-record fee,” Coleman told a press conference in Cardiff. “We are aware a lot of people will want to see him play in the home game against Serbia. But he has no chance of playing 90 minutes on Friday or on Tuesday.” Wales play Macedonia in Skopje in European qualifying Group A on Friday before tackling Serbia at the Cardiff City Stadium next Tuesday. AFP

fidence in me,” he said. .”I am a player who needs that confidence and the possibility came up to go to Arsenal, which is

why I chose to go there.” Now he is looking forward to linking up with international colleagues such as Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski in north London, as well as working for Arsenal’s German-speaking manager Arsene Wenger. “Arsene Wenger showed confidence in me and now I will be able to continue progressing as a player. I want to be on top form for the World Cup,” the for-

mer Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen player, 24, said. “I spoke to him for a long time on the telephone and he explained to me how he thinks football should be played. “Naturally, I am delighted to now be able to play with Podolski and Mertesacker. I am really satisfied with this new challenge, I know already that they have brilliant supporters, that the stadium is super and that there is class in the team.” Ozil is currently with the Germany squad preparing for the World Cup qualifying double-header against Austria on Friday in Munich and the Faroe Islands away next Tuesday. His Arsenal debut could come in their next Premier League fixture, at Sunderland on Saturday, September 14. AFP

United overtaken in transfer rush

TOM WILLIAMS Agence France-Presse

LONDON: After an unconvincing start to the season, Manchester United supporters witnessed the equally unusual sight of their club frantically scrambling for players in the closing moments of transfer deadline day. Their patience was finally rewarded, three hours after the deadline passed, when United confirmed the signing of midfielder Marouane Fellaini from Everton. But for all his rugged qualities and eye for goal, the gangly Belgian with the afro haircut was not quite the stellar acquisition the club’s fans had been hoping for, and the details of the transaction made for uncomfortable reading as well. Everton revealed that United had paid £27.5 million ($42.7 million, 32.4 million euros) for the 25-year-old, which was £4 million more than they would have had to part with had they exercised an option in the player’s contract that expired at the end of July. United had also seen a joint-bid of £28 million for Fellaini and his Everton team-mate Leighton Baines rejected in late August, suggesting the English champions were forced into a corner when they returned for the Belgian late on Monday. With Uruguayan Guillermo Vare-

Manchester United’s dealings could not be judged an outright success when framed against the flurry of arrivals elsewhere. la the only other close-season arrival at Old Trafford, it proved a chastening first transfer window for new manager David Moyes and incoming chief executive Ed Woodward. United saw tentative approaches for players including Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara knocked back in the early stages of the transfer window, while last-ditch moves for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera came to noth-

ing. There were also reports of a late approach for Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, but when the dust settled, Fellaini was the last man standing. “Good player fellaini.... But just not a man utd player,” was the damning Twitter verdict of former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler. The Daily Telegraph newspaper spoke of “humiliation”. Moyes, however, claimed that Fellaini, with whom he worked at Everton, was “one of the best midfielders in the Premier League”, while his most significant piece of transferwindow business may yet prove to be persuading unsettled striker Wayne Rooney to stay at the club. Nonetheless, United’s dealings could not be judged an outright success when framed against the flurry of arrivals elsewhere. In total, England’s top-flight clubs lavished an unprecedented total of £630 million on new players, as confidence sparked by a new £5.5 billion television rights package translated into a glut of expensive signings. Tottenham Hotspur were the most conspicuous market actors, spending around £110 million on seven new players, but they also lost star forward Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and had their thunder stolen by Arsenal’s audacious capture of German playmaker Mesut Ozil for a club-record fee of £42.4 million.

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