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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

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THE GREEN MOVEMENT

GHMC is organising a Tree Plantation Drive at Gachibowli. Where: Goshai Kunta, near Q City When: 14-07-2013 (Sunday), 7 AM Contact: 9700335101

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Just for fun History of India Viritten will be performed by stand-up comedian Vir Das. Where: N-Convention, Madhapur When: July 27 Contact: 8790432354

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Newborn handling A workshop for expecting parents. Where: The Birthplace, Banjara Hills When: July 13, 3 pm to 5 pm Contact: 80086-24949 Weekend workshop Oakridge International Schools to host weekend experiential learning workshops — ‘Weekend Voyager’. Where: Oakridge Gachibowli and Bachupally campuses. When: Every Saturday, 9am to 12pm Contact: 1800-200-8171 Website: www.oakridge.in

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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

news BODHGAYA BLASTS

Hyd lab to test DNA samples

PATNA: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent eighteen samples to Hyderabad for DNA test in connection with the serial bomb explosions at Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi temple in Bihar, a police official said Friday. The NIA, which is probing the case, is yet to make any breakthrough. "Five days after the serial bomb explosions, no concrete leads (have come up) so far and NIA has sent 18 samples collected as evidence for DNA touch test to Hyderabad," said a police official in Gaya, about 100 km from here. The NIA officials also began to question private security guards of the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee who are responsible for the internal security of the temple complex. Though NIA began a probe into the serial bomb explosions Sunday night itself, it formally took over the investigation after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar requested the Union home ministry Tuesday. The NIA detained six people and released all of them after questioning. The Bodh Gaya temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is where the Buddha, who was born in neighbouring Nepal, attained enlightenment around 2,550 years ago. IANS

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CRIME

What of Jagan, ask politicians in State SC ruling on those incarcerated for serious crimes has created a flutter among political community. And the prime question is how will it affect the fortunes of YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Md INKESHAF AHMED ahmed.m@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: The judgement of Supreme Court of India over barring jailed leaders from contesting elections has rocked the State as it affects the most prized person in jail — YSRC chief and Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. The news carried by a section of media following the judgement of the apex court hinted that YS Jagan Mohan would not be able to contest the next General Elections as he is being kept in jail and facing serious allegations. However, the legal community of the State itself is confused a lot over the issue. Speaking to Postnoon, senior High Court advocate Sri Ranga Rao said that Thursday’s SC judgement clearly bars YS Jagan from contesting the future elections. “SC judgment made it clear that leaders kept in jail for a long time and facing serious criminal charges can’t contest the elections. Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan also comes under the same category,” he said. However Rao hastened to add the judgment of the SC would not stand upon appeal as it would be reviewed by the

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TIT FOR TAT

Contract killer shot dead by victim! GHAZIABAD: In a daring and quick response, an injured businessman shot dead the contract killer who came to murder him in Modi Nagar town of this Uttar Pradesh district, police said. The incident occurred Thursday night in Manavta Vihar colony of Modi Nagar, 40 km from Delhi. According to police, the contract killer, who was identified as Babloo Tyagi, fired about seven shots from an automatic pistol at Dhanesh Tyagi and his brother Paresh, also a local businessmen, at their home. Both were injured but Dhanesh managed to take out a AROUND THE

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same SC bench. Another senior advocate Rajender Reddy said that court reports carried by various media organisations created a wrong impression among the people of the State. “Some media organisations said that the SC judgement barred lead-

ers from voting. How can it be so? No law can bar anybody from casting their vote unless they are convicted,” he said. TDP leader Peddi Reddy said that the SC judgement would apply to all, including YS Jagan. Another lawyer, who wants to be anonymous, says the ruling needs to be read well and its implications understood before making comments. At this juncture it is unwise to come to a conclusion, he said.

pistol and fire back at his assailant, killing him on the spot. Three accomplices of the contract killer, however, succeeded in fleeing in a car. Babloo Tyagi had killed Dhanesh’s uncle in 2005 and was in jail for the crime. He was currently out on bail. “Babloo had sustained three gunshot injuries. Dhanesh and Paresh have been admitted in a local hospital in Ghaziabad. Three big bullet holes were found on the wall of their house" said Superintendent of Police (Rural) Jagdish Sharma. “Both brothers also sustained gunshot injuries. A criminal case for attempt to murder has been registered against Babloo’s three accomplices,” police said. IANS


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News FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013 LAST YEAR... HERE

EDUCATION

Make a difference

Silent revolution in Vikarabad

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ast year we had reported how in seven out of ten houses in Old City, there is a woman who is a victim of domestic abuse. Keeping in mind this horrific statistic, an organisation took it upon itself to make a change. Ignoring hardship, threats, danger and closed mindsets, the brave volunteers at Shaheen are determined to make a difference.

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NUMEROLOGY

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person was killed and three were injured when a house collapsed in Mangalhat area in Hyderabad because of the incessant rains all of Thursday.

If tomorrow, even any small house collapses, people will point fingers at us. We are doing our duty of demolishing all the buildings that have been listed. GV Raghu, Chief City planner on the GHMC’s latest demolition drive See Pg 8

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THINGS WE LEARNT TODAY

The column that teaches everyone something new about the way the City functions.

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What of Jagan, ask politicians in State. SC ruling on those incarcerated for serious crime has created a flutter among political community. And the prime question asked is how will it affect the fortunes of YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

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VIP visits: Disruption, not consolation. While the local leaders could be of some help in times of disaster, VIP visits to accident sites serve hardly any purpose except disrupting rescue work.

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Old enough to rape, young enough for leniency. Postnoon gets reactions from celebrities and social activists regarding the deferred verdict on the Delhi gang-rape-accused juvenile.

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Binge drinking on rise among college students. After heavy rains in the City yesterday, the CM reviewed the flood situation in the State.

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Microsoft helped NSA, say reports. Microsoft claims it only co-operates when it receives subpoenas.

Principal Marlene Mannas with chief promoter Dr K Rajasekhar. The Swami Vivekananda Gurukul of Human Excellence aims at providing quality, affordable education.

MD INKESHAF AHMED ahmed.m@postnoon.com

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n a small village called Dhannaram in Vikarabad, about 70km from Hyderabad, a trailblazing trend in education seems to be in the making. Proving the fallacy that quality education is always expensive, Swami Vivekananda Gurukul of Human Excellence, a CBSE-affiliated school, has pledged to give rural kids the best of facilities a City corporate school offers at an amazingly cheap fee. A bonus point, says the chief promoter and educationist Dr K Rajasekhar, is the education will not be a heretic move aiming at a tech degree but one that inculcates the core values propagated by the great saint-patriot Swami Vivekananda. “If the nation had taken Vivekananda’s course on education, much of the trauma the youth face today could have been avoided,” Dr Rajasekhar is sure. The school is run by YAGNA (Youth Awakening for Glorious Nation), which is striving towards instilling core values in budding citizens to make them responsible sons and daughters of India. The foundation takes inspiration from the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is significant that the foundation is instituted by medical practitioners “Even parents in villages today want their children to study in English medium schools but can’t afford it. We would meet their aspiration,” says Dr Rajasekhar. “It would be a quality education with human values so that a future citizen bearing ethical values is moulded. The school motto reflects the Swami’s three core values for a good citizen: Purity, truth, and

The best of corporate school education in a village for just `3,500 a year! This amazing news comes from a nondescript village in Vikarabad, where a physician is trying to heal the ills of present-day commercialised education.

selflessness. “These three core values are very important for the development of every child. They would help in bringing out innate qualities of every student. These qualities have the power to change the entire world by turning children into great leaders of tomorrow. It is because of this we call our gurukul as the School of Human Excellence,” he adds. Dr Rajasekhar did not hide his anguish at the present-day commercialised education, AROUND THE

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“Some private schools are charging lakhs of rupees even to admit students in nursery. There is really no need for them to charge such huge amounts. We want to change this system by showing the world right to acquire knowledge and right to avail quality medication do not require huge amounts of money as it is an inherent principle prescribed by our Constitution,” he said.

POLITICIANS AND MERCHANTS Dr Rajasekhar blamed the politi-

cians for the existing commercialisation of education. He has already made several enemies in Vikarabad by offering CBSEstandard education at cheaper rate. The fee in the school ranges from a paltry `3,500 to `5,000 for all the classes up to Class VII. But the doctor seems unperturbed. He said that he is ready to take on anybody for achieving the vision of implementing the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. “I know that many people would become my enemies for offering quality education at a very low price. But I am ready to take on anybody as I have undertaken this mission with a vision,” he said.

FIGHTER TO THE CORE

He is not worried because he has been a battler even in his student days. He was a very active student leader during medical college days. He led a huge agitation of junior doctors in 2004 and succeeded in removal of user charges imposed by the State government in government hospitals and also played a key role in removal of Non Resident Indian (NRI) quota from government colleges in order to help many aspirants of medical education. “The government had implemented the draconian policies

to extract money from poor people of the State. How can the State, which is responsible for the welfare of people, charge money to provide medicare? We protested against this as junior doctors and our agitation was a great success as it forced the State to fulfil our demands,” he recalled. It was then that Dr Rajasekhar, along with some of his friends, resolved to change society by inculcating the values of Vivekananda. To achieve this vision, he set up YAGNA in 2007 and started serving orphans and other needy people. Advocating another great need to offer medicare at affordable prices, the doctors have plans to set up an exclusive hospital. “Our proposed hospital would provide healthcare at very low prices. For example, we will only charge `2,000 for a surgery which cost `70,000 at another hospital. Our idea is to tell the people that healthcare is as cheap as any other free service,” he says.

CONFRONTATION

The revolution pioneered by the school has angered commercialminded education institutions. When the school authorities, led by its Principal Marlene Mannas, went to nearby villages as part of their campaign to admit rural students into their school, parents gave them a warm welcome and admitted their children, who were studying in other private schools, into the gurukul. Seeing this sudden change, the private school managements, who were charging exorbitant prices, quarrelled with the parents. But thanks to the guidance of Marlene, the parents, most of them semi-literate, gave befitting answer to the confronting private school managements.


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News FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013 CITY BRIEF Vundavalli rapped for inciting Seemandhra

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RS senior leader Harish Rao today rapped Rajahmundry Congress MP Vundavalli Arun Kumar for his baseless allegations against TRS and party chief K Chandrasekhara Rao. Talking to the media on Thursday, Rao said there was no substance in Vundavalli’s speech, except sarcasm. Harish described him as modern-day Dyer “as he suggested that tribals should be shot dead for constructing the Polavaram project.

KCR floated TRS for selfish gains: Jagga

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overnment whip Thoorpu Jayaprakash Reddy alias Jagga Reddy on Thursday alleged that KCR floated TRS for his political interests. He also made it clear that bifurcation of the State would not benefit Medak district in any way. He apprehended that people of the district would face problems of drinking water and irrigation if the Andhra Pradesh state was bifurcated.

JAC leaders threaten fast unto death

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eaders of the JAC threatened to go on fast unto death from July 13, if the Congress core committee meeting does not take a decision keeping the State united on Friday. Leaders said ignoring the sentiments of twothird of the State population was unjust. Police in the Andhra area made elaborate security arrangements to prevent untoward incidents during the bandh.

Railways cracks down on litterers

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outh Central Railway detected and penalised 19,754 persons for violating the provisions of Indian Railways (Penalties for Activities Affecting Cleanliness at Railway Premises) Rules2012 during the first quarter (AprilJune) of 2013-14. They included 5,644 persons in Secunderabad Division; 2,292 persons in Hyderabad Division; 5,229 persons in Vijayawada Division; 1,979 persons in Nanded Division.

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eports from Delhi say Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister PC Chidambaram may not be able to participate in the meeting of the Core Committee which would discuss the Telangana issue today. However, the Congress sources point out that since the party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi would be present, there would not be a hitch taking a decision.

CRIME

Two college girls go missing in City Police take their own time, disregarding the great agony parents suffer.

Mohd SUBHAN mohd.s@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: Two degree students have gone missing from different places in Secunderabad in the last two days. According to complaints their parents lodged with the police, in the first instance, a businessman, Mohammed Rizwan, a resident of Regimental Bazaar, stated that his daughter, Afreen Begum who studies in degree second

year in a private college was missing for two days. He suspected a youth named Khaja Mansoor Ali, a resident of Hasmathpet, has kidnapped AROUND THE

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her as she had rebuffed his advances. Gopalpuram police have registered a case and are investigating. In second incident, one

more degree student, J Sunitha, was missing from her home. Her father, J Narsing Rao, has lodged a complaint at the Chilkaguda police station. Rao, a resident of Warasiguda in Secunderabad, stated in his complaint that his 18-year-old daughter Sunitha is a second-year degree college student. She has not returned home since July 10. In this instance also, the father suspects the involvement of a youth, Ram Naresh, who

seems to have been trying to inveigle her into love affairs but she had been resisting the move. It is believed that the youth has organised a kidnap of the girl to get married. The investigation is on, said the Chilkalguda police. In both the instances, parents have been frantically trying to locate their daughters but so far their efforts have been in vain. Police said the probe has begun and the two would be traced soon.

BILATERAL TIES

India, US to hold talks on trade and investment The US envoy underscored the importance of India's constructive engagement to a successful outcome at the WTO meet this December.

WASHINGTON: With a growing trust deficit muddling their business relations, India and the United States have agreed to prepare for a policy dialogue on trade and investment issues at the ministerial level. Visiting Indian commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma and the newly appointed US trade representative Michael Froman agreed to such a dialogue at a two-hour meeting here Thursday — their first since President Barack Obama's former top economic advisor took over his new role last month. Discussions in the TPF are generally organised around five focus groups covering Agriculture; Innovation and Creativity; Investment; Services;

TARIFFS AND NON-TARIFF BARRIERS. Froman assured Sharma that USTR "stands ready to engage immediately with our Indian counterparts on concrete steps to strengthen our bilateral and

multilateral engagement." The meeting covered a full range of trade and investment challenges and opportunities of interest to the US and India, both bilaterally and multilaterally, it said. Sharma and Froman "discussed the importance of a positive innovation climate for all sectors, including green technology, pharmaceuticals, and information technology, and agreed to continue these discussions AROUND THE

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under the framework of the Trade Policy Forum." Froman also underscored the importance of India's constructive engagement to a successful outcome at the World Trade Organization ministerial in Bali, Indonesia, this December, according to the readout. In raising issues of interest to the US, Froman welcomed the announcement that India's

Preferential Market Access policy is to be reviewed and modified. Froman noted, however, "the continued concern of the United States and other trading partners regarding the growing number of other localization barriers" that "seek to favour India's domestic manufacturers, suppliers and innovators at the expense of foreign firms and workers."

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For example, he cited incountry testing requirements for information and communications technology equipment, and preferential treatment for indigenous intellectual property. He also expressed the US concern regarding the recent developments in India's climate for innovation and protection of intellectual property-intensive goods and services. IANS

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SPYING ROW

Microsoft helped NSA: Report Microsoft claims it only cooperates with US intelligence services when it receives subpoenas and does not ‘participate in ... a broader voluntary national security program to gather customer data’. LONDON: Microsoft cooperated closely with US intelligence agencies to facilitate the interception of private messages from its users, according to National Security Agency (NSA) documents revealed on Thursday by The Guardian. New information leaked by former CIA analyst Edward Snowden reveals how the Silicon Valley giant helped the NSA bypass the encryption system that protects conversations between users on the Outlook.com chat website. According to the documents, the agency was already able to access e-mail messages sent via Outlook — which includes the Hotmail service — before the program encrypts them for secure sending. Microsoft also worked this year with the FBI and the NSA to facilitate indiscriminate and mass access to information archived in the cloud-based

South American leaders to discuss US spying MONTEVIDEO: Leaders of a South American trade bloc will meet Friday for a summit that will focus on allegations of US spying that have outraged US allies and rivals alike. The region has been consumed by reports that the NSA conducted electronic espionage in several Latin American nations, notably allies Mexico, Brazil and Colombia as well as rival Venezuela. SkyDrive service, which has some 250 million users. In addition, the Skype videochat service, a company Microsoft acquired in 2011 for about $7.86 billion, helped the US intelligence services intercept video and audio conversations, The Guardian said.

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The companies whose names appeared in Snowden's leaked documents denied that their programs contain backdoors to enable others to access the private information of their servers. The newly revealed information, however, indicates that Microsoft provided technical

WINDS OF CHANGE

Malala defies Taliban to take world stage She has already been UNITED NATIONS: named as one of Time Malala Yousufzai took over magazine's most influenthe United Nations on tial people in 2013 and has Friday, nine months after a reportedly secured a $3 Taliban gunman put a bulmillion contract for a book let in her head believing he on her life story. was ending the Pakistani Malala is expected to teenager's campaign for use her speech at UN girls' education. youth assembly to lecture The young woman will AROUND THE WORLD UN Secretary General Ban mark her 16th birthday Ki-moon and any listening with her first public speech since making a near miraculous world leaders on the need to keep a recovery from the attack on a school bus promise to provide universal primary near her home in Pakistan's Swat Valley. education by the end of 2015. She will also hand over a petition to Doctors had to place a titanium plate over the hole in her skull and her hear- Ban signed by more than 330,000 people ing has been badly affected. But Malala calling on the 193 UN members to has become a global superstar and a finance teachers, schools and books to favourite to become the youngest ever meet the education goal. Nobel Peace Prize winner. AFP

Irish deputies back abortion DUBLIN: Irish lawmakers voted early Friday to back controversial new legislation that will allow abortion in limited cases, after the death last year of an Indian woman due to complications from her pregnancy. One junior minister quit her post after voting against the Bill, the focus of bitter debate in mainly Catholic Ireland. She faces exclu-

sion from the ruling Fine Gael party. Weary lawmakers voted through the bill, by 127 to 31 against, after marathon discussions on 165 amendments, which ran until 05:00am Thursday and 00:30am Friday (23:30 GMT). The Bill will now go to a vote in the Upper House, where the government has a majority. AFP

solutions to the intelligence services to permit them to acquire direct access to conversations encrypted on Outlook.com. A document dated December 26, 2012, that The Guardian says is an internal NSA communication says that Microsoft, working with the FBI, developed the monitoring ability to handle the problem, adding that the solutions were successfully tried and entered into operation December 12, 2012. Another memo describes how the company headed by Steve Ballmer worked "for many months" with the secret services to give the Prism program access to SkyDrive without previous authorization. That access capability means that analysts no longer have to make a special request of the SSO - a department within the NSA to obtain such access, the document says. IANS

US, China clash over Snowden WASHINGTON: In wideranging annual talks on Thursday seen as important by Beijing, the United States openly criticised China for not extraditing Snowden after he fled to Hong Kong. President Barack Obama, in a statement on a meeting with the Chinese envoys, voiced "disappointment and concern" that Snowden was allowed to leave Hong Kong on June 23 for Russia. State Councilor Yang Jiechi, speaking at a joint press event, said Hong Kong enjoyed autonomy and the special administrative region's decisions were based on its laws and "beyond reproach." AFP


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REPORTERS’ DIARY

The quirky ways of civic workings L ook at the two pictures. One is of Mahalakshmi Mansion on MG Road and the other is G Block of Secretariat. The mansion is a spooky, mossy place that spells murder at night. Trees are sprouting from craters and air conditioners are whirring from the cracking walls — all at the same time! This sangam of nature and machine can be found in our City because of rabid corruption among civic officials and police. While City Light hotel, which ignored the warnings of creaking edifice, was placed on the ‘fit’ list, this mansion that sees thousands of footfall a day too remains intact. But as a wit pointed out, what could one say if the nerve centre of the State’s governance, the Secretariat, ignored warnings? G block has been waiting to be pulled down for years and underneath are scores of vehicles parked each day. Was this what Lord Krishna meant by “Sambhavami Yuge Yuge?” NSK

WHERE’S THE MAYOR?

the TDP and Congress towards YSRC but the flow has dried up. Why? Grapevine has it that Jagan’s incarceration is telling on the party’s functioning. Until Jagan comes out and the promises renewed, the leaders looking for greener pastures are contented to stay put. AA

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It is but true that many patriarchal posts the West bequeathed to us are not properly understood. One of them is mayoralty. A mayor in a city is the first citizen who holds the city and its population with parental care. What use talking about them when we don’t understand the basics of such positions? When a crisis or a massive tragedy happens, Hyderabad mayor Mohd Majid Hussain is not seen. When Dilsukhnagar blasts took place, the CM was the first to be there but the mayor, who should have been the inspiring presence, was not seen. This time, when City Light collapsed, it is said the mayor is on an Umrah pilgrimage. Fine, but we did not see even a formal condolence message from him to the victims. When a party is born with a narrow bandwidth this would happen PK

convulsions in State politics. The Secretariat is empty of all important leaders and bureaucrats while the ding-dong battle for Telangana takes up much energy of political leaders. Talking to the Congress leaders, one gets the idea of desperation. Meanwhile, sources say some 17,000 files are piling up in CMO and 23,000 in finance ministry. Other ministers have a fair number too. Leaders believe both the crucial events should not have happened simultaneously. “The party high command goes North and the State leaders to the South. Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” sings he, borrowing from Rudyard Kipling. PK

THE KIPLING BALLAD

FLOW DRIED UP?

The panchayat polls announced in a hurry and Telangana issue raked up in a flurry are causing

What happened to the GHMC camp-crossing? A few months ago, there was a great rush from

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VIP VISITS Leaders’ presence at a scene of tragedy is usually reassuring. But the trouble is our leaders have nothing meaningful to say despite all the trouble the security takes to ensure their safety. While local leaders could be of some help in times of disaster, VIP visits serve hardly any purpose. This was once again witnessed at the City Light crash site when the CM’s visit threw the security to apoplexy. Wish VIPs retained the interests they show initially, or is it just for the sound and byte? PC (Contributed by N Shiva Kumar, Padmini C, Aleena Alice & PK Surendran)

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Infosys net up 3.7 per cent in first quarter

Jet to compensate those who missed flight

DEHRADUN: Six people were killed in a landslide in Uttarakhand’s Nainital district Friday. The landslide came after a heavy spell of rain in Bheemal area. Five people of a family and one other person were buried following the landslide. Seven people, all labourers, were killed two days back in Chamoli when a JCB machine fell in a gorge.

CHENNAI: The stalled Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu today got the clearance for commencing controlled nuclear fission process from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), moving a step closer towards power production. Some internal formalities are due to be done at the controversy-hit project.

PATNA: At least 10 people, including nine children, were killed after an overcrowded boat capsized in a flooded tributary of the Kosi river in Bihar, police said. The incident occurred Thursday night when the victims were returning from a nearby village after attending a function, a district police officer said.

BANGALORE: Infosys Ltd posted `2,374 crore net profit for the first quarter (April-June) of this fiscal (2013-14), registering a marginal increase of 3.7 per cent year-on-year (YoY) as per the Indian accounting standards. The company said consolidated revenue for the quarter under review (Q1), however, grew 17 per cent YoY to `11,267 crore.

NEW DELHI: Jet Airways has been penalised for a Jaipur-Mumbai flight delay which resulted in two passengers missing its international flight to Hong Kong. The consumer court has hauled up the airline for deficiency in service. The airline was directed to pay two passengers `50,000 with costs of `25,000 and reimburse the cost of tickets .


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CIVIC BODY DRAMA

Bulldoze small fry, spare the big GHMC fishes for mackerels, ignoring whales in the post-City Light ‘demolition show’.

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very day scores of old buildings are being demolished in various parts of the City under the demolition drive launched by the GHMC after the City Light Hotel incident. But what’s surprising is that while most of the age old buildings, which are on the verge of collapsing, are left untouched, the GHMC seems to be in a hurry to bring down houses in which people have not been residing for years now. Since Tuesday, the GHMC has demolished 111 old structures which are in a dilapidated state. Out of them more than 80 structures are residential houses, interestingly even among those 80, more than half are just small rooms country tiled which were constructed years ago and people no longer live in it. Postnoon visited few of such spots and found that most of these residential structures that have been demolished are not as harmful as the big buildings that have not yet been identified and left untouched. Moreover these houses have a common compound wall and the demolition is effecting the adjacent houses. “Nobody is living in the house next to ours, it’s just one room that was constructed by the owners so that the land does not remain vacant and turn into a dump yard. Yesterday the GHMC officials came without any prior notice and demolished the house. Since my house is right next to it, the common compound wall too was demolished and, now it is inconvenient for us,” says Nagender who lives right next to the house at Banjara Hills, Road no. 4. On Thursday the GHMC officials had to face the wrath of a few local residents who stated that the civic body did not give them any prior notice about the demolition. “Why is the GHMC

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overlooking the huge buildings that are in the heart of the City and demolishing small houses of poor people. Despite our protest the GHMC demolished the house, which would not cause any danger since nobody lived n the house. Neither is the GHMC paying compensation for these poor people to at least construct a new compound wall in this land. They will have to spend more money now to clear the debris and reconstruct. The civic authorities are being very insensitive to the poor said,” Gowardhan a local leader of Attapur village. Similar is the case in Kapra, Cherlapally and other such areas where the GHMC seems to be targeting houses where no one lives. One reason social activists say could be because of the resentment from influential occupants, hence easy target could be houses where no one loves anymore. “After what happened at City Light Hotel, the civic body did not want any fingers to be raised at them. So immediately they took up the

demolition drive. In order to show big numbers the GHMC is going and demolishing big houses first. From years together old buildings including various government offices are left untouched. Why is the GHMC not demolishing those and going to areas so far from the City to demolish the houses there?” questioned social activist V Ramchandraiah. The GHMC authorities, however, state that they are going by the list of the identified dilapidated buildings and big or small will demolish all those builds on the list. Speaking to Postnoon the GHMC Chief City Planner GV Raghu said, “If tomorrow, even any small house collapses, people will point fingers at us. We are doing our duty of demolishing all the buildings that have been listed.” When asked why the civic body has not yet recognised prominent buildings under the dilapidated condition he said. “Every day our town planners and engineers have been identifying new buildings that are in a dilapidated state. Slowly big or small we will make sure that all the old buildings will be demolished so that there would be no danger and threat to lives,” he added.

tures. During the process, the ball is either dropped onto or swung into the structure that is to be demolished. The ball and crane, however, is unsuitable for all demolition applications.

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WORLD BRIEFS Mexico troops kill 13 crime suspects in clash

N Korean missiles ready Egypt policeman killed in Five dead in Indonesia for military parade: report Sinai attack: officials prison riot: police

Happy when migrant boat sinks, says Italian leader

MEXICO CITY: Mexican troops killed 13 suspected criminals in a gun battle in the northern state of Zacatecas on Thursday, authorities said. The gunmen were travelling in pick-up trucks in the rural town of Sombrerete when they ran into the soldiers, sparking a shootout. A man who survived the clash told authorities he was a member of the Gulf Cartel.

SEOUL: North Korea has mobilised a variety of missiles in preparation for a massive military parade in July to mark the 60th anniversary since the end of the Korean War, a report said Friday. Satellite imagery has revealed more than 10,000 North Korean soldiers practising for the parade at Mirim Airport near Pyongyang, Seoulbased Yonhap news agency said.

ROME: A politician from Italy's Northern League party sparked off a controversy when he said he is "happy" whenever a migrant boat sinks at sea. "I am happy when a migrant boat sinks," Erminio Boso said. "I couldn't care less about the Pope, in fact I ask him to donate funds and property to house immigrants in," said Boso, a former senator.

CAIRO: Militants killed an Egyptian police officer on Friday when they attacked a checkpoint in Sinai with rocket-propelled grenades, security and medical officials said. The attack, which targeted a police armoured vehicle at a checkpoint, also wounded a police conscript, the officials said.They also attacked a police station in the town of El-Arish.

MEDAN: At least five people have been killed in violent riots at a jail in western Indonesia and about 100 prisoners, including terror convicts, are still on the loose, police said Friday. Security forces were still struggling to regain control of the prison in Medan city on Sumatra island on Friday after riots erupted the previous day.


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changed your life. Do you keep thinking about those days or have you deleted it from your memory? What’s your earliest memory in After a point, you can’t really forget anylife? thing that easily, although I would like to One thing which I remember from my childwipe out a lot of things including exhood is the night when my dad took me out boyfriends (laughs). On a serious note, for an ice cream. I think I was in the fifth when I was in Chennai recently to shoot an standard back then. Honestly, I’m not quite ad for Saravana stores, I met my co-ordinafond of my childhood and I have this habit tor, who had seen me years ago, struggling to of deleting everything from my memory get a big break. There was a time, when I if I am not happy about. I didn’t have a would earn `2,500 for working the whole picture perfect childhood. I had two day and now, the same person comes back to elder brothers who were very rough with me and offers me 100 times that amount. I me, got whacked a lot (laughs). I was a very haven’t forgotten that and I haven’t changed weak student till my fifth standard and I as a person at all, even if I have, it’s only for even used to fail in Hindi. It’s only after that the better. My first film was Moscowin I began doing well in school and aced I won’t call it as a bad expeall my exams thereafter. V E I RS Kaveri. N rience, because after that film I N decided what I don’t want to be You have come a long A and how I’ll never be. I was way now, but growing scared and there was always a up in a middle class fear. Things like that make family must have left you do stupid things. Working quite an impact on in that film taught me how you you. Has it? should never take advantage of I think that was what made me your position or treat people the person I am today. I believe badly. That was something I needthat it was destiny that I happened ed really, because if I had a dream to be at the right place at the right debut, maybe I would have thought that time. I don’t think you can take credit for everything goes on quite smoothly in the being where you are in the film industry. film industry. After that I knew exactly how This is not a climb up the ladder gradually like a corporate set up. You can become a star people are, how I should behave and shouldn’t behave. overnight and one day, before you know, it’s all gone. It’s not something which one Being a successful actress does should be really proud of or be arrogant sound like a never ending party, about, because it’s not you. And that’s why I apart from all the pressure that believe that when we have so much, we need comes with it. But, what do you to giveback. I have seen really difficult dream about? times, where I was struggling to make ends I dream about being happy all the time. meet. That has all changed now. That is After few films, you realise that happiness something which I hold on from my has nothing to do with money or fame in the past, that I should never forget where I industry. If you are not able to see happiness came from. And I also realise that in little things, then I think the purpose is there are lot of people out there who lost. So smile often. I don’t really need to need that help and who probably have a large amount of money or become were just like me. That’s why I reach the most successful star but I yearn for all out as much as the small things in life. There needs to be possible. love, kindness and sharing and when I’m working in a film, there has to be a comfort What did you level with everyone on the sets. aspire to be when you were a kid? You have spent quite a lot of More than a particular time in Hyderabad. What is it that profession, I aspired to you find quite unique about the be successful. I didn’t City? want to let the situation As much as I love Chennai, I have never I was born into decide seen such loyal, genuine, loving and caring my future. I come from people like I have come across in a suburb like Hyderabad. I can warm up to everyone on Pallavaram, near the sets here. They all have a sense of dignity Chennai where no one and respect irrespective of their educational has big dreams. As a child, background. They are very classy and digniI have had this drive to be fied and I have not seen this anywhere else. successful in life and work towards it. Even in college, One thing which you wish was I wasn’t the most intellidifferent in the film industry? gent but I certainly was the I wish the Telugu film industry also makes most hardworking. more small experimental films like what’s Thankfully, that trait has followed me into my profession as happening in Tamil cinema these days. Vijay Sethupathy is my favourite actor and he’s the well. face of the new wave of cinema in Tamil. I would love to do a low budget film which is You would have spent content-driven. I sincerely want to several years trying to be part of that change and I can see it find a breakthrough happening slowly. before Ye Maya Chesave

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RAIN ON YOUR PARADE It rained constantly for hours across Hyderabad Thursday, causing traffic to pile up and forcing people to wade through flooded streets to get to work. The rains claimed one life on Thursday night, when a house collapsed in Mangalghat.

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CRIME

He’s old enough to rape, young enough for leniency Postnoon gets reactions from celebrities and social activists regarding the deferred verdict on the Delhi gang-rape-accused juvenile.

POOJA BEDI, ACTRESS

A juvenile and a barbarian are two different things. There was nothing petty, unaware or childish about what the accused did. He is just a few months away from being an official adult. I personally think that such technicalities should be shot down. There are many cases where minors have got a death penalty or life imprisonment and this case should follow suit. We cannot let monsters like him back to hurt more innocent people. Will courts take responsibility if he commits another heinous crime? A bad person is just a bad person. And needs to be punished severely.

Rather than complaining, I think people should start respecting the law of the land and have trust in our judiciary system. Judges are more aware about the laws and the repercussions of their action than we do. They study the case thoroughly and take all the facts into consideration before

RAJANI GUDURI, PRINCIPAL MAGISTRATE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD

The Juvenile Justice Act as it stands today provides that a juvenile can’t be sentenced for and disturbing. Even if the juvenile gets 14 years of imprisonment, the situation that persists in India today will remain the same.

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RENSYL DE SILVA, DIRECTOR AND WRITER

I think this should be treated as a special case and the accused must considered as an adult for the sentence. This particular crime is no act of a child, but that of a vicious adult. This must be considered as rarest of the rare case. Such crimes are bound to happen in this country since women are still not treated on par with men. They are objectified and from childhood boys are not taught to treat girls with respect.

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in helping with the problems, many of the situations such as the Delhi rape case can be averted.

passing the judgement. In general not pertaining to this particular case, I think that a juvenile’s mind is not completely formed and there are many idiotic things that a 17-year-old can do and later regret. They deserve a second chance. Having said that, in this particular scenario, this might not be the case.

I think more than the number of years that the juvenile will be sentenced to I am worried about the attitude of the society. In spite of the hue and cry after the death of the girl in Delhi, rapes still happen in the most gruesome fashion in different parts of the country. And the society has adopted a ‘chalta hain’ attitude towards these crimes. It is quite disheartening

Great many changes can be brought about if the police which is the law enforcing body in the country fall in line. Many a time have I noticed that cops are unaware of the amendments made on the act. This is ridiculous since these are the very officers who are responsible for implementing

more than three years. But an amendment must be made to the Act, so that there can be exceptions made in heinous crimes and sentences extended, like in this one. The court should not be lenient because he was minor, as he was reported to be the most bbrutal. Three years is not severe enough, he deserves a harsher term. He should held be in a protective custody with special provision for reformation.

K KRISHNA, CHILD WELFARE COMMITTEE, RR the amendments. For instance, according to 2006 amendment in the Juvenile Justice Act, one is not produce a child between the age-group of 12 and 15 rescued from prostitution in front of a magistrate but the child welfare committee. However, the practice is being followed and when asked about it both the cops and magistrate were clueless about the amendment. I think that if the law enforcing body is aware and more active

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For a person capable of such brutality, three years is not going to be enough for him to reform or repent. The term must be extended. In fact, age should not be a criteria for the law. We have cases of 12-year- olds attacking and raping five- year olds. Should they be let go easily? Punishments should be case by case depending on the severity of the crime. Otherwise there can be no justice done and the juveniles will have no fear of the law.

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SHEHLA RASHID, SOCIAL ACTIVIST

We can't change our legal system in reaction to one or few incidents. As we have seen in Kashmir, where the juvenile age bar has now been raised to 18 from 16, the justice system is biased against the underprivileged. Be it death penalty or punishment for juvenile delinquency or communal hatred laws, at the receiving end are always the marginalised. Rather than cracking down on our children with a vengeance, we, as a society, must also introspect on the environment that we provide to our children. Add to that the apathy of the state and the society. Crime stems from social injustice.

CHINMAYI, SINGER A person cannot be tried twice for the same crime in our country. There are plenty of loopholes in our laws. If initial reports are to be believed, this juvenile was the worst of them all, but we don't know the complete truth. It's not just this rape case, there is so much that needs to change and at so many levels. We keep blaming the system while as a society itself we are a failure. It does seem unfair that the law lets him off with only three years, but on the flipside we can be happy that he's going to be in a correctional facility, while thousands of rapists walk free, perhaps taking the same routes to work as we do.

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Summer sizzle fizzles The downfall of flippant dreams began when the Tom Cruise-starrer Oblivion bombed like a Scientologist at a conspiracy theory conference.

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t was supposed to be the year the box office records tumbled like a drunken trapeze artist. The titles sent shivers of glee through every fanboy on the planet and beyond (yes some do live on a rock in the darkest recess of the universe, usually referred to as ‘their parent’s basement’): Oblivion, After Earth, World War Z, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, et al. And so when summer began studio execs were already signing off on their new homes in Malibu and on the banks of Lake Como…oh how those majestic temples to avarice will now lie vacant. The downfall of flippant dreams began when the Tom Cruise-starrer Oblivion bombed like a Scientologist at a conspiracy theory conference. Oblivion was so devoid of anything remotely resembling emotion that even Cruise’s famous smile seemed dimmer under the harsh postapocalyptic sun. Then there was ostensibly M Night Shyamalan’s

comeback flick, After Earth. One thing is now for certain, M should simply stop directing and take up something he’s better at, like talking about how he sees ‘dead careers’. The vehicle turned out to be nothing more than a melodramatic acting class conducted by Will Smith for his gratingly serious son Jaden (of course the ‘have-date-willwear-iron-man-costume’ incident tends to put a dent in that idea). A documentary on String Theory narrated by Keanu Reeves seemed veritably spellbinding after that. So hopes rested on Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. He, under the watchful eye of Christopher ‘I’m Batman’ Nolan, was set to make sure the underpants remained on the inside this time. Well, in that, he did succeed. But if you thought The Avengers had too much over-the-top action, then Man of Steel would send you into a state of stunned catatonia. The abandon

with which Snyder and his ripped, but still dopey, superhero and his nemeses ripped up Metropolis and its suburbs was reminiscent of the Battle of Stalingrad (yes, the ACTUAL battle). Man of Steel proved once and for all that no matter what you do with the Superman storyline, he’s still essentially a boy scout in a cape. Would Brad Pitt’s World War Z save the summer? Fingers were crossed and big toes snuggled against that one next to them (we could have looked it up, but why bother). World War Z certainly had its moments, but in the end, Max Brooks’s brilliant book was discarded for a franchise-generating piece of Hollywood hokum that even zombies wouldn’t watch. Glum Brad, equals Bad Brad. I can assure you that

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is going to basically be Godzilla versus Giant Robot and Idris Elba’s ‘we have cancelled the apocalypse’ speech will have Bill ‘El Presidente’ Pullman gnashing his teeth in anger. It’s too much to hope that Hollywood will finally realise that bigger is not always better, but at least the shellacking the studios have taken this summer, should make them sit up and realise that if it hasn’t come from Marvel, it’s not worth doing. Thankfully we have Martin Scorsese riding to the rescue. Wolf of Wall Street looks like an absolute stunner. Thank god for Leo eh (and no, we won’t mention Jay Gatsby now will we ol’ sport)

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AND IT is said that the Princess returned to her father’s kingdom. That she reigned there with justice and a kind heart for many centuries. That she was loved by her people. And that she left behind small traces of her time on Earth, visible only to those who know where to look.

MISSED IT? Everyone’s always harping on about ‘classic cinema’, what a load of pompous tosh. Here are a few recent films you may have missed that are well worth watching. Lawless Dir: John Hillcoat Cast: Shia LeBeouf, Tom Hardy Penned by Nick Cave and centring around a gang of moonshine runners in Prohibitionaddled America, Lawless is a corker of a film. Fast-paced, well written and featuring one of Hardy’s best performances it’s a standout of the genre in recent times. Gary Oldman is a cracking kingpin, Guy Pearce a menacing psychopath and John Hillcoat’s (The Road) direction keeps things ticking along nicely. Violent it is, but then again so is Man of Steel and you watched that didn’t you.

SHORT FLICKS TV of the week

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Luther: Season 3 dris Elba does so much more than kill giant sea creatures…so much more. Season 3 of the acclaimed British TV series Luther began last week and if you’ve already seen the previous two seasons you’ll know it’s darker than a moonless night, blindfolded. Playing Luther, a cop who works in shades of grey, Elba is a superbly brooding protagonist surrounded by a sea of bleak that only the East End of London can deliver. This series once again proves that when it comes to TV the Brits are the best.

Killing Season Dir: Mark Steven Johnson Cast: Robert De Niro, John Travolta orget, for a moment, that Mark Steven Johnson directed Daredevil, and concentrate purely on the star wattage created when you pit two Hollywood legends against each other. In Killing Season, De Niro plays and American veteran and Travolta plays a Serbian veteran who find themselves involved in a lethal game of cat and mouse in the mountains. A sort of Deliverance meets Goodfellas. Epic!

Ruth Wilson he was the one that gave Idris Elba a run for his money in Luther where her seductive sociopath had men drooling in fear and lust in equal measure, and then she stole the show in The Lone Ranger. Ruth has come a long way since her role as Jane Eyre in the TV mini-series. Don’t miss her opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks, releasing in December this year.

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hen the Pakistani Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head, their message to the world was simple: girls have no right to an education and their dreams of a better future should be crushed. The attack portrayed the world’s only Muslim nuclear power in an appalling light as Western leaders and celebrities fell over themselves to turn Malala into a global icon of child rights. But while she gears up to address the UN General Assembly on Friday -- her 16th birthday and nine months since the shooting -- more girls than ever in her home, Pakistan’s northwestern Swat valley, are in school. Educationalists say it has less to do with Malala’s fame and more to do with a growing confidence that far from being resurgent, Taliban influence is declining in Swat. “Many students were actually scared when the government named a college after Malala,” said Anwar Sultana, head mistress of Government Girls High School No 1, the oldest in Mingora, the main town in Swat. Last December, around 150 girls at another school protested against the renaming of their college after the injured schoolgirl, fearing it would make them a target for militants. They tore up and stoned pictures of Malala, since nominated for the Nobel Peace prize and now being privately educated in Britain, accusing her of abandoning Pakistan. But Sultana says more girls are now going to school because people feel more liberated as more time passes since the Pakistan army quashed a 2007-9 Taliban insurgency in the valley. AFP

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS The demand of the LDF and BJP for Oommen Chandy’s scalp seems mundane considering it is almost a clone of the BJP leadership at the Centre creating ruckus over many scams and scandals and then demanding the resignation of the PM.

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ven in hopelessly divided Washington, everyone is agreed, something must be done about immigration reform — the big ticket political issue of the year. But as often in the treacherous ways of the US capital, what the power brokers say may disguise reality rather than clarify it. “Inaction is not an option,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. “This is a problem that demands addressing,” said Republican Senator John McCain Thursday. “Speaker Boehner and the Republican leadership realize that doing nothing is not an option,” said Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer. And Boehner himself said: “a vast majority of our members do believe that we have to wrestle with this problem.” So does the sudden outbreak of bipartisan agreement herald a breakthrough in the stodgy political inertia? Unlikely. The agreement on action to fix what everyone believes is a “broken” immigration system is more accurately a smokescreen to disguise the fact there is no

consensus on exactly what to do. A bipartisan coalition passed a massive immigration bill in the Senate, which includes a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, and a $46 billion border security effort. For President Barack Obama, the bill would offer a historic bauble for a second term legacy that is worryingly thin — and would honor promises that won millions of

Hispanic votes in 2008 and 2012. National Republican leaders meanwhile know that blocking immigration reform — a project dear to increasingly important Hispanic voters — could hurt in presidential elections for a generation. That is why Republican starlet Senator Marco Rubio took the perilous decision to work for the reform bill, despite the risk

of alienating the conservative grass roots. Ironically, a majority of votes in favor of the Senate bill seems to exist in the House. “At this moment, if votes were called for comprehensive immigration reform there are more than 218 votes,” Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez said. A Huffington Post analysis pointed out that if all 201 Democrats back the bill in the House, only 20 or so majori-

ty Republicans would be needed to secure passage. But the political calculations are decisive — such a solution would likely splinter Boehner’s already tenuous hold on his restive caucus. So the Speaker says he will not pass any immigration bill, without a majority of Republicans voting in favor —

meaning around 118 members would have to back reform. But the political logic of doing so is lost on Republicans from solidly conservative districts with few Hispanic voters, where the idea of “amnesty” is reviled. National political considerations also pale for Republicans who fear nothing more than a nominating challenge from the right. The White House is working hard to up the political pain for Republicans should they block the bill, stressing its economic and moral benefits. In effect, the argument is a preview of a 2014 mid-term election campaign theme for Obama, should immigration reform fail. “It would be a shame if this important piece of legislation ... would be blocked because of concerns by some House members in the Republican Party about primary challenges from the far right,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Some observers still believe reform is possible — even if it falls short of the ambitious plan Obama wants. Insulating themselves from the charge they are doing nothing, Republican House leaders are taking up immigration not in the comprehensive form favored by the Senate, but stepby-step. AFP

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hat if the body is delivered without soul? The reported move of the Congress to declare a Telangana State sans Hyderabad comes on the time-tested theory — buy time and postpone trouble for immediate gain. If it finally comes to that, the Congress knows very well that the idea would be rejected by the TRS instantly. Hyderabad holds half the revenue of the entire Telangana. To set up a capital of Hyderabadcalibre will take 10 years and tons of money, it is said. “Telangana without Hyderabad is economically unviable,” say economists too. In fact this move was in the air when the party had disallowed ministers from Hyderabad Mukesh Goud and Danam Nagender to attend the ‘Telangana Sadhana Sabha’ along with other MLAs and MPs from

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Hyderabad a while ago. This made it clear that the Congress would declare Telangana without Hyderabad and when the TRS starts agitation for Hyderabad, the process can be delayed further and dragged on till 2014 or 2015. There are risks in giving up Hyderabad for Telangana, especially for the industrialists from the Seemandhra and Rayalaseema. For one, the infrastructure Hyderabad has today is not easy to be re-created elsewhere. At the same time, as the T minus H is rejected, the stalwarts from Seemandhra-Rayala regions will get enough time to collect their wits and ask for impossible compensation in lieu of Hyderabad, which will stall the issue further and the Congress can look the injured party. Congress is angling for a win-win situation, it seems.

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Living spaces FACTS ABOUT UPPAL SCHOOLS

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Uppal growing into another IT belt of City

With government plans to merge many nearby villages like Boduppal and Peerzadiguda into GHMC limits, the location is set to see big-time growth in the near future. PRUDHVI RAJU K prudhvi.k@postnoon.com

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ppal and its peripheral areas are slowly emerging as the second IT belt of the City after the sought after Hitec City. Residential development will only flourish with growth of industries and infrastructure in the surroundings of that area.

“IT SEZs like NSL, Raheja IT Park (Pocharam), Infosys, Genpact have created a lot of employment opportunities here. Government organisations like National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), The Centre For Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) are also driving the real estate growth in this locality. A

Metro rail from Nagole to Shilparamam, connecting east of the City to the west, passes through Uppal and its peripheral areas like Survey of India, NGRI and Habshiguda,” said J Venkat Reddy, MD, AV Constructions who is also the president of Uppal Builders’ Association. “This Metro line can bring a huge difference in time. For instance, a commuter can travel

from Uppal to Hitec City in around 30min. The locality will also be well connected to all other corners of the City through Metro rail. In a way, it will wipe of distances as commuters can travel to any corner of the City within minutes,” he said. Generally, the traffic moves to west from all other parts of the City during peak hours. With the IT industry growth in Uppal, the

Infrastructure ROAD

Connected to Hitec City (25-60min) Ghatkesar (20min) LB Nagar (10min) Warrangal (around 2 hours) RAIL

Metro (upcoming) Secunderabad station (20min) AIR Shamshabad Airport (30km)

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinemax Multiplex (upcoming)

HARERAM RESIDENCY – MEDIPALLY n 60 flats n 2 and 3BHK – 1,045sft to 1,425sft n AC gym n Indoor play area n Mini function hall n Guest room n Drivers’ rest room are provided in cellar n Children’s play area n Car wash area n Security room provided in stilt floor n Power back up by Mahendra/Kirlosker GenSet for water pump sets, lifts and common areas n Price: Rs2,200 per sft plus 2.5 lakh for amenities

AV INFO PRIDE – MEDIPALLY n 1,100–1,800sft n 210 flats in a gated community n Club house n Gym n Spa n Mini function hall n Meditation room n Indoor play area n Guest rooms n Baby care centre n Provision store n ATM n Swimming pool n Jogging track n Children’s play area n 24-hour security

n Intercom n Old age homes (ground floor) n Guest car park n Tennis court n Shuttle court n Open-air theatre n Power backup n Waste management n Water softener n Rainwater management n Disable friendly township n Price: Rs2,500 per sft + 3.5 lakh for amenities


YOUR WEEKLY GUIDE TO HYDERABAD REAL ESTATE SRINIVAS SETTY

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Will rupee fall bring NRI investors home? Table-1 Incremental FX-return for investment form

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traffic around surrounding areas will be limited to this part of the City. “Even the government’s is intending for bring a balanced growth by creating another IT hub to this (East) side of City. Availability of government land also adds to this,” Reddy said. Evolution of IT industries along the Warangal national highway is also pushing the growth of the residential sector. Already major SEZs are spread out around the peripheral areas of Uppal like Pocharam (Warangal national highway), Habisguda and Ramanthpur. For instance, the Infosys campus at Pocharam will be spread over 447 acres with a total investment of Rs1,250 crore. This campus is expected to seat over 25,000 people and will be completed by 2017 in three phases. More than 10,000 people are already working in the campus. Similarly, the other SEZs like Raheja IT park also huge capacities. Along with this, develop-

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40 per cent: IT and other private employees 40 per cent: Government employees 20 per cent: Business community

ment of thousands of affordable residential flats in Sanskruthi Township in Pocharam gave spur to the residential growth. Talking about the property values, Reddy said, “Land and flat prices in this area are affordable as compared to the west of the City. The flat prices are around Rs2,200 per sft and Rs2,500 per sft in standalone apartments and in a gated community respectively. Recent real estate growth in the City increased the values of this locality by 20 per cent in the last six months. Any employee who earns a salary of Rs50,000 can buy a property in this area.

However, to afford a house in the west, a person has to earn more than Rs1 lakh every month. But, one has to realise that the prices in the City whether it is east or west are low as compared to the other cities like Bangalore and Chennai,” Like many other areas in the City, underground water levels are a worrying factor in this locality. “Builders could only find water at a depth of over 1,000 feet in most of the areas of this locality. However, the difficulty for peripheral areas here can be sorted out to an extent with the availability of municipal water in the future. There will be municipal water. Work is in process connecting Mediapally to Uppal. However, this may take time as the process is in the tender stage,” Reddy added. The State government is also working at starting operations of the 150-bed Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in the Bibinagar campus.

RACS SAI BRUNDAVAN, BANK COLONY n 1,138 sft & 1,212 sft 2BHK flats n Multipurpose hall n Gym/meditation hall n Children’s play area and lawn n Power backup generator n Intercom system n 24-hour water supply n Ample car park n Drivers’ rest room n As per GO 86 n Ideally located n Quality construction n Excellent ventilation n 100 per cent vaastu compliant n Price: Rs2,900 per sft plus amenities

DUBAI: which is touted to be the most popular and worldclass property investment destination in the Middle East, has started to witness a recovery of its property market post the financial crisis. In 2012, real estate prices recovered for the first time, growing by 10% y/y, according to the Dubai Land Development (DLD) authority’s data and as quoted in various regional media. Real estate transactions in Dubai had increased by 8% to Dh154 million in 2012. Not surprisingly, this recovery is backed by huge investments been made by expatriates, particularly from India. Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are comfortably amongst the top five investor communities in the region. With their natural affinity towards India, and against the depreciation of the Indian rupee against the US dollar, could the NRI community’s real estate investment decisions be changing in favour of the Indian market? For Indian real estate, general perception amongst buyers/ investors is that prices have increased dramatically over the last few years. Immediately following the Lehman-collapse period, Indian property prices witnessed increases — averaging ~40-42% across all major markets (as per Jones Lang LaSalle India’s Real Estate Intelligence Service data — see chart). Even in cities like Mumbai, where capital values are already high, returns stood at 66% during the same period. As against this, DLD data for Dubai suggests property prices witnessed a 65% slump in the four-year period prior to 2012, thereby justifying the question whether a 10%

UAE (Dirhams) Saudi Arabia (Riyal) Oman (Rail) Kuwait* (Dinnar)

12.7% 12.6% 12.0% 12.2%

rally in 2012 is all that significant. More recently, the Indian rupee (INR) has seen ~12.0% depreciation against the US dollar since the start of May till June 2013, thereby forcing its value down against all other currencies pegged to the US dollar — including the UAE Dirham (AED). As a consequence, the Indian rupee has also depreciated against the AED by ~12.0% during the same period. Merely the incremental return of ~12.0% owing to exchange rate fluctuation is comparable to the 10-12% of total returns expected by DLD in the near-term from investment in Dubai real estate. Similar incremental returns can be expected from investments made by NRIs from other parts of the MiddleEast where the local currency is mostly pegged to the US dollar (see Table 1). Apart from strict visa rules in the Middle East region, there are certain regulatory obstacles in buying a property in the Emirates. These are also other critical factors that can help sustain NRI interest in Indian property market – including: n The higher economic growth in India n Improving infrastructure and renewed political focus on timelines for new infrastructure initiatives n Rising demand for commercial space in the market n Social infrastructure n Price trends Putting these findings into perspective, the recent fall in the Indian rupee could potentially act as a trigger for the NRI community in the Middle East to switch focus towards properties back in India.


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spotlight HAIR CARE

S BALAKRISHNA

Meet the new stylists Anoo's International beauty school sent out 115 professionally trained technicians into the industry at its seventh convocation. The ceremony was held at Anoo's, Somajiguda, on Thursday.

FANCY RIDE

The Piaggio Group, on Thursday, announced the launch of the much awaited Vespa VX in Hyderabad. Actor Rana Daggubati unveiled the Vespa VX in two distinctly different colours metallic green and dual tone red and pink.

SHINING BRIGHTLY

Actress Monika Singh (2nd R) displayed the Luxury Jewel Line of Bollywood Jewellery designer Farah Khan during a press meet of Jewels of Asia at Hotel Margold, Ameerpet.


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health

CHEERFUL PEOPLE LESS LIKELY TO SUFFER HEART ATTACK People with cheerful dispositions are less likely to suffer a coronary event such as a heart attack or sudden cardiac death, says a study. Previous research has shown that depressed and anxious people are more likely to die of heart attack than those who are sunnier.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR STOMACH-PART V

The stomach is one of the most prominent but least understood of all the organs. We bust some myths about the digestive system's star.

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Myth 3

You need to lose a lot of weight to counter acid reflux. FACT: Even losing a couple of kilos will help reduce acid reflux. And since most people lose belly fat first, the slightest bit of weight loss helps relieve this condition.There should be a significant reduction of heartburn within weeks of starting a weightloss programme.

Don't go by gut feelings Myth 1

Myth 4

Eating less causes your stomach to shrink.

Eating spicy foods cause stomach ulcers.

FACT: The size of an adult's stomach remains the same, unless it is surgically altered. The stomach expands to hold the food you intake, but less food will not make it shrink. Cutting down on food will cause your appetite to reduce, not your stomach.

FACT: Most cases of stomach ulcers are caused by a gut bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. While some foods aggravate stomach ulcers, they do not cause them. There is a higher possibility of getting stomach ulcers if you consume a lot of nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin.

Myth 2

Thin people have smaller stomachs than fat people.

Myth 5

Digestion takes place mainly in the stomach

FACT: The size of the stomach has nothing to do with weight. Thin people have stomachs the same size as, or sometimes larger than, the stomachs of fat people. People who have undergone bariatric surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs have been found to still put on weight.

ANEWS PP-LYBRIEFS YOURSELF

FACT: The small intestine is where most of the digestion takes place. The stomach takes in the food, then churns it and breaks it into tiny particles called "chyme." The chyme are then released in small batches into the small intestine, where most digestion occurs.

HOUSECALL

DID YOU KNOW?

PIONEERS

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Repetitive Motion disorder

Necessary antibiotics?

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Figure 1, allows doctors to share interesting images or photos of unique medical conditions, while building what could become a huge visual reference library. The app, which is available through iTunes. Patient privacy is paramount: no faces, tattoos or other identifying information are permitted.

Repetitive motion disorders are a family of muscular conditions that result from repeated motions performed in the course of normal work or daily activities. RMDs include carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis and trigger finger. RMDs are caused by too many uninterrupted repetitions of an activity or motion, unnatural or awkward motions such as twisting the arm or wrist, overexertion, incorrect posture.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 18 million courses of antibiotics are prescribed for the common cold in the United States per year. Research shows that colds are caused by viruses. 50 million unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed for viral respiratory infections.

Invented formula 606 to fight syphilis and pioneered the field of chemotherapy. The German medical scientist known for his pioneering work in hematology, immunology as well. He traced a specific chemical reaction in the urine of typhoid patients, tested various medications for reducing or removing fever, and made valuable suggestions for the treatment of eye diseases.


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Technology FIXED PRICE Apple case cracks open e-books, digital goods pricing

SURFACE PRICES CUT Microsoft is planning to cut the price of its Surface RT tablets. The cut could occur as early as next week, with each model being cut by $150. Microsoft's move to cut prices on its Surface RT tablets follows slow sales, and efforts to sell the devices elsewhere at lower rates. The software maker recently launched an education program to sell the Surface RT to schools at $199, and it has been clearing stock of its devices at its Tech-Ed and Worldwide Partner conferences recently. The price cut will come just days after the company hinted at replacement Surface RT and Surface Pro models during its Worldwide Partner Conference on Wednesday.

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ruling by an American judge that Apple illegally conspired to fix e-book prices could boost competition in the market for all kinds of digital goods, including music and movies, analysts say. Wednesday's decision by a federal judge also may allow online retail giant Amazon to cement its dominance, though pricing models are still evolving. "The consumer is the huge winner," said David Balto, a Washington antitrust lawyer and former policy director for the Federal Trade Commission. "Apple's policies clearly increased prices, and if permitted Apple would have used this formula to raise prices in numerous markets. This is a landmark decision that demonstrates the value of strong antitrust enforcement." US District Judge Denise Cote's ruling followed a three-week trial in New York in June. She concluded that Apple was liable for "facilitating and encouraging" a collective effort by five publish-

ers to end price competition for e-books. She has ordered a new hearing to determine damages. David Crane, a University of Michigan specialist in

Amazon is believed to control around twothirds of US e-book sales — down from 90 per cent a few years ago — while Apple's share is said to be around 20 per cent. antitrust law, said Apple would now be heavily impeded from influencing the pricing of content. "Whether it's music or movies or newspapers or whatever it is, basically Apple wants to be heavily involved in reformulating the business model of how pricing is set and who decides on release dates and so forth," Crane said. "This kind of precedent says 'Apple: be very careful with anything other than having one-on-one negotiations with content providers.'" The Justice Department

has said it will seek interim relief and a court-ordered independent monitoring trustee. A group of 33 states are seeking unspecified damages against Apple. A class-action suit against the technology giant could also be bolstered by judge Cote's ruling. Apple has said it will appeal and "continue to fight against these false accusations." Some analysts noted that the court decision could help Amazon assert its dominance in electronic books, and that the online retailer has moved to the "agency" model which Apple helped impose. "Everybody is on agency now," said Roger Kay, analyst at Endpoint Technology Associates. Before Apple came on the scene, Amazon used a "wholesale" model and sold e-books at the cut-rate price of $9.99 for most titles. "Amazon was taking profit out for everyone else is well," Kay said. "Now it's busted open. But Amazon also benefits from higher prices." Amazon is believed to control around two-thirds of US e-book sales — down

from 90 per cent a few years ago — while Apple's share is said to be around 20 per cent. E-book sales have been cooling after a few years of sizzling growth. A survey by the Association of American Publishers said 2012 growth in such sales was 41 per cent — an impressive figure but below the red-hot pace of recent years including 2011, when e-book sales doubled. Michael Weinberg, vice president at the digital advocacy group Public Knowledge, said the marketplace is still sorting out the model for e-books and other content. He hopes the case will raise awareness that the ebook market is being constrained by digital "locks," sometimes called digital rights management, which keep electronic content tied to one device. "If you have all these files on your Kindle, and can move them to other devices, that would help the market grow," he said. "While no one would argue that major publishers have fully come to terms with this lesson it is encouraging that they are at least aware enough of it to discuss it." AFP

SHOW ME THE MONEY

Mozilla has rolled out a new Firefox OS simulator tailored to the wouldbe money makers. Firefox OS Simulator 4.0 brings a new feature for receipts. For each app’s dashboard, you’ll now find a dropdown menu for selecting receipt types. You’ll then get a test receipt and download and reinstall the app with the simulator add-on. The nascent mobile OS is a long way from generating App Store-like revenue for developers. But it’s good that Mozilla is thinking about monetisation and distribution from Day 0.

CHANGES AT TWITTER Three of Twitter’s top execs are moving away from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, charged with overseeing international offices across multiple countries. The changes, noted in the three executives’ Twitter profiles on Thursday, are likely an effort to continue building out the company’s international presence, while potentially grooming Twitter’s US-based executives for expanded roles within the organisation. While Twitter has obviously seen significant traction in the United States over the past seven years, the company needs to beef up its user base and advertising accounts overseas, areas that have the largest potential for growth.


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Entertainment A STAR IN THE MAKING

THERE’S A BIT OF ME IN EVERY FILM : RAHUL HEMANTH KUMAR Hemanth.k@postnoon.com t’s been nearly 11 months since Rahul was last seen onscreen, but he is unperturbed by this long break of sorts, which he terms as inevitable for a newcomer like him. His debut film Andhala Rakshahi might not have done quite well at the box-office, but did manage to make an impact and more than anything it has set the ball rolling for Rahul’s acting career in Telugu. “A film like Andhala Rakshahi, in a way, is the best thing to have happened to my career. I still keep getting several tweets and messages from a section of the audience who says that it’s among their all-time favourite films. Even those who didn’t like it, still talk about several scenes which didn’t work for them, which means it actually made an impact on them too. In that sense, it wasn’t a film which people would easily forget and despite my long break, I haven’t lost out much. I wanted to wait till Andhala Rakshahi was released and see what it does to my career. I signed my second film two months after Andhala Rakshasi released. I have kept myself busy over the past few months and I have four films in the pipeline,” Rahul reveals. His latest film Pelli Pusthakam, which is releasing today,

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revolves around a guy who gets married at a very young age. “Pelli Pusthakam is a simple film about simple people for the simple person inside you. More than the craft, what’s important here is the emotional graph and the message it tries to convey. The whole take on how I get married and deal with marriage is quite funny,” he says. It couldn’t be more different from the character he had played in Andhala Rakshasi and Rahul admits, “In Andhala Rakshasi, I played a very intense role and it’s never clear what’s going in his mind, whereas in Pelli Pusthakam, I am a fun loving and hyper energetic guy who’s just out of college and all of a sudden, he has to deal with marriage. It’s complete opposite of what I have done in my previous film.” So is this character closer to his offscreen persona? “I don’t know what to say. I guess, there’s a bit of me in every film I do. In terms of how I behave, perhaps I can relate to my character in the film.” His next film Nenem Chinna Pillana? is being produced by D

Nearly a year after Andhala Rakshashi released, Rahul Ravindran is back with a host of new films this year. He talks about his latest film Pelli Pusthakam and working with D Ramanaidu.

Ramanaidu under Suresh Productions banner. Ask him what his reaction was when he got a call from Ramanaidu’s office, he confesses, “I didn’t come here to become a star. When I get a call from a banner like Suresh Productions, which is steeped in tradition, it’s a no brainer for me. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. Last year, I saw a room in Ramanaidu studios adorned with pictures of every star who has worked with Suresh Productions banner and when I got a call from Ramanaidu garu, deep down in my heart, I knew that I would be part of a great heritage. It’s a huge privilege,” he says

CINE BYTES Nithya Menen’s bilingual film launched

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ithya Menen is back in action after a brief hiatus. Her upcoming film in Sri Priya’s direction was launched recently in Chennai. Krish, a Tamil actor, is playing an important role. The film is the remake of a Malayalam film, 22 Female Kottayam and it’ll be made in Telugu and Tamil.

Ram Charan’s next film to begin soon

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am Charan’s upcoming film in Koratala Shiva’s direction is likely to go on floors on August 22. Catherine Tresa is the lead actress and Bandla Ganesh is producing it. The film is expected to be yet another action entertainer.

Shruti Haasan returns from Milan

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hruti Haasan has returned from Milan, where she had been shooting for couple of songs for her upcoming film Race Gurram. “So excited to get back home n promote d day at ramaiya vastavaiya! Can’t wait for you’ll to see both! #pleaseflyplanefaster (sic),” she posted on Twitter.


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fashion

FOREVERMARK AND TARUN TAHILIANI CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP

FOREVERMARK, a diamond brand from the De Beers family and world’s most carefully selected diamonds, is collaborating with the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition for the fifth consecutive year. Forevermark will work in close partnership with the Tarun Tahiliani Design Studio to create a distinctive bridal aesthetic that combines India’s cultural richness.

Here are some suggestions on how you can

This is subtle while being peppy. It is hard to choose one of the two. Braid your hair and you will remind someone of the good ol’ days.

NEON

AMY ROSE THOMAS AND KANCHAN AGARWAL

You can also go for a red bag. In any case, keep your lips red and 'diva' will be the word.

The key word to doing 'neon' just right is balance. Neutral shades of white, black and beige are your Get your sexy on with this flirty lime green skirt. Throw in a white shirt and the heartbreaker is on the loose.


SMYTHSON ARRIVES AT LONDON FASHION WEEK

SMYTHSON has joined the London Fashion Week schedule for the first time. The British luxury leather goods label will host an event on Sunday September 15, between the Preen, Mulberry and Margaret Howell shows. The outing will celebrate the brand's key bag of the season — the Panama — a tote designed in both red and blue.

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do the neon, even as you colour block it.

With this white blouse above, and a pair of wellfitted blue/black jeans, you can walk into office making heads turn.

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best companions if you love to wear it bright and neon but don't want to look too colourful.

As feminine as it gets, you can go wild with this pair of blue pants. Try a navy blue blouse, or a lacey pink one, even. Keep the shoes white, and sling on a blue/black/fuchsia pink bag. Oh! There is so much you can do here. Get creative.

Aztec prints reduce the 'pop' effect of neon. Even if you throw in a black jacket, you will do just fine.


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Chai Time

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mould reality in the light of their purposes. Henry Kissinger

KAKURO

QUICK CROSSWORD

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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.

ACROSS

PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

SCRIBBLING PAD

1 They may dangle near a grill 6 Wash very hard 11 ‘Steal My Sunshine’ one-hit wonder 14 Nanook of the North, eg 15 Native of Nigeria 16 Inseparable 17 One seeking political favors 19 Uncle Sam lives there 20 Fan components 21 Accumulate, as a bill 23 Movie theater needs 26 Twilled, worsted cloths 27 Guitar-book diagrams 28 A final defender 30 Love archer 31 Elude 32 ‘Well, whaddya know!’ 35 Match-taking game 36 Type of restaurant 38 ___ canto (singing style) 39 Winter hrs in Florida 40 Birch tree 41 Gangland gal 42 Egglike 44 Company of performers 46 Something to get back to 48 Itty-bitty (Var) 49 Indian coin 50 Addictive drug 52 Turkish military title 53 They know their cues 58 Certainly not a purebred pooch 59 Ax relatives 60 Nation on the equator 61 Afore’s poetic cousin 62 In the poorhouse 63 Advanced with care

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1 Up to, in adspeak 2 Palindromic Beatles figure 3 Short piece of pencil 4 Chatters inarticulately 5 Fashioned 6 Drops, as pounds 7 Put in an appearance 8 Plays masseuse 9 Ultimate application 10 Went full speed 11 One way to spend a lazy day 12 Follow an event 13 Bimonthly tides 18 Takes control of 22 Swiss canton 23 Public tiff 24 Hilarious Rock 25 Ample space 26 Pudding starch 28 Errand runner 29 Dead fish carry one 31 One of baby’s first words 33 Lends a hand 34 Where you can hear pins drop 36 Cook’s implement 37 Right-angled extensions 41 Well-off 43 Toss one’s hat in the ring 44 Blue-winged duck 45 Director’s prerogative 46 Neckwear worn after an accident 47 Predict by signs 48 Stewed 50 Exude, as confidence 51 Appealed in court 54 Homage in verse 55 A connected twin 56 Whole wheat alternative 57 Not even on cloud one


Chai Time FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 13-7-2013

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

ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Happy events are likely to take place at home. Be careful while talking as you might be blamed for no fault. Influx of visitors is likely. Financial inflow will be good and from multiple channels. You are likely to get ancestral property.

STRIP TEASE AGNES

Expenses are likely to go up, which might upset you. Employees are likely to be entrusted with new responsibilities. Help through women and luxurious lifestyle is likely. New friends will be added to your circle through who you will benefit.

Be careful in implementing your plans, as disappointment is likely. Some are likely to get a respectful position in the society. Businessmen are likely to face problem from govt officials, so need to be careful. Blood relatives’ support will cheer you.

Some might face problems in govt-related work; be careful. Newlyweds will be blessed with an offspring soon. You will be successful in all undertaken work, even those with hurdles. Happy events are likely to take place in the family.

Avoid unwanted arguments with family members. Trips undertaken will all be successful. Financial constraints and consequent mental tension likely; hence, be extra cautious. Health problems are likely, so avoid unhealthy food habits.

Good turning points in life will make you cheerful. Financial position will be very strong with which you will be able to progress. Hurdles in performing good events will be over. Debt issue will be under control. Avoid unwanted arguments.

Delayed marriage talks will resume and end successfully. Avoid bad friends and stay out of trouble. Employees are advised to execute work with proper plan and in stipulated time. Businessmen are advised to keep a watch on their staff.

Court verdict is likely to go in your favour, which brings joy. Medical expense for parents is likely to go up. You are likely to get a vital position in society as well as at workplace. You will succeed over your enemies and gain respect.

Be careful while driving as a minor accident is likely. Couples will remain cordial and lead a happy life. Father’s business will flourish. Sudden and unexpected events taking place to your benefit will surprise you and make you cheerful.

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ARIES:

GEMINI:

The Emperor – You meet an interesting member of the opposite sex. There is immediate chemistry and much passion in the relationship. Enjoy this time together.

LEO:

Ace of Swords – Those who smoke or consumer alcohol or have any other lifestyle behaviours that are detrimental to health must stop at once and take care.

LIBRA:

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The High Priest – You will go through some soul searching. You may have been too critical with another person and that person may not have liked it. Be kind.

SAGITTARIUS:

Page of Swords – The jury is out. And it is all in your favour. Someone who has been unfair to you will make a U-turn and accept her/his fault.

TAURUS:

The Tower – You feel like your space is being intruded upon. The person intruding does not realise it. You have to talk about it and explain your need for space.

CANCER:

The High Priestess – There are thoughts and ideas forming in your head right now. You cannot pursue all of them. Filter the ideas and chase one that works best.

VIRGO:

Judgement – You may have to wait for the right opportunity to come your way. You have been waiting long and it is getting frustrating. But do be patient.

SCORPIO:

Nine of Wands – You are in an ideal situation where no one bothers you much. You are given a free hand to do what you like. Identify this freedom and savour it.

CAPRICORN:

Queen of Swords – You are in the line of fire. Someone is going to ask you some very uncomfortable questions and you have to be prepared to respond.

PREVIOUS SOLUTIONS

PISCES:

Ten of Wands – Listen to music, calm your senses and do things that you like. You are very stressed out and need to manage your life better.

NUMBER GAME

The Devil – You’re tempted to follow what everyone else in your age group is doing. But you have to realize that you have better opportunities than they have.

SCRABBLE

AQUARIUS:

POOCH CAFE

Avoid following women’s advice for trouble is likely. Expenses are likely to go up and deficit inflow will upset you. If you act with a proper plan in the present circumstances, you will be successful. Avoid unwanted discussions.

for 13-7-2013

Two of Wands – You will get an opportunity to lead a project. This will be good for your image in the office. Others will respect you more, too.

NON SEQUITUR

Colleagues will change their attitude and co-operate with others. Unnecessary tension is likely to upset you. You are likely to face opposition in the family. Try to be polite and solve issues wisely. Children will make you proud and happy.

SUDUKO

Comforts in life are set to improve. Enemies will become inactive and you will gain an upper hand. Unexpected financial fortune is likely. Avoid being selfish and pursue innovative plans. Success is certain for you. Health problem is likely.

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LITTLE EFFORTS

Great to see 'Shorts' reach big screen: Huma Qureshi A ctress Huma Qureshi says she it makes her glad to watch the "little" effort of the team of Shorts make it to the big screen. Shorts, which has five short stories by five directors — Neeraj Ghaywan, Shlok Sharma, Siddharth Gupta, Anirban Roy and Rohit Pandey — is co-produced by Guneet Monga and Anurag Kashyap. It releases Friday. "I feel so happy and proud that finally you (can) see that little effort, those baby steps we took, where we made a film with so much passion and love and very little money. To see them on the big screen and hear all the applause, it feels great," the 26-year-old said on Wednesday at a special screening of Shorts. Huma, who is one among the various actors who feature in the movie, feels the new directors will leave an important mark on the industry with their films. "I'm so proud of all my friends, all the directors who have come together and made these films. These are new voices, new directors and I really feel that in the coming years, they all are going to leave a very important mark in the kind of films that we make," Huma said. The five short films are titled Sujata, Epilogue, Audacity, Mehfuz and Shor. IANS

CINE BYTES

Kunal sends telegram for animal welfare

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Zareen Khan tones up

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areen Khan wasn't the conventional slim and trim Bollywood actress when she entered the film industry with Veer, but if a source is to be believed, she has been trying hard to shed any extra weight for a perfect shape. Zareen is said to have been switching between power yoga, cardio bootcamp and weight training to get into shape. IANS

Nargis prepares item number with full force

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ctress Nargis Fakhri is said to be doing the best that she can for her debut item number in Phata Poster Nikla Hero. Nargis will shake a leg with Shahid Kapoor for the number, composed by Pritam, and choreographed by Bosco-Caeser. Details of the number are being closely guarded, but one hears that the actress will be presented in an all-new avatar. IANS


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TOUR DE FRANCE

NBA

Kittel gives Germany a further boost

Marcel Kittel’s latest stage win made it yet another day to remember for German cycling at a time when the sport needs all the help it can get. ANDY SCOTT Agence France-Presse TOURS: Marcel Kittel’s latest Tour de France stage win on Thursday made it yet another day to remember for German cycling at a time when the sport needs all the help it can get to restore its image in the country. Kittel edged out British sprint star Mark Cavendish by half a wheel on the line at the end of stage 12 in Tours to record his third stage win on what is just his second Tour de France. The 25-year-old previously won the crash-marred opening stage in Bastia and then pipped compatriot Andre Greipel on the line to win stage 10 in Saint-Malo on Tuesday. With Greipel winning stage six in Montpellier and Tony Martin underlining his time-trialling superiority with his victory at Mont-Saint-Michel on Wednesday, Germany now has five stage wins altogether on this year’s Tour, while the hosts have yet to record any. And yet the country’s success

Germany’s Marcel Kittel celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 218 km twelfth stage of the Tour de France race on Thursday between Fougères and Tours, northwestern France. AFP/JEFF PACHOUD

comes at a time when the sport’s popularity at home is at a low ebb, with the long line of doping scandals involving German riders leading television networks to turn their back on cycling’s greatest race. From Stefan Schumacher’s positive test for the banned blood booster CERA on the 2008

FORMULA ONE Honda to set up racing base in Britain

TOKYO: Japanese automaker Honda said on Friday that it will build a European racing operations base in Britain ahead of its return to the Formula One scene in the year 2015. Honda had said in May that it will return to the sport as an engine supplier to British team McLaren in a bid to revive their championship-winning partnership. On Friday it said it will

build a new facility in Milton Keynes, 80 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of London, that “will rebuild and maintain the power units developed at Honda (research and development) centre” in Japan. “The UK is an ideal location; it is the home of McLaren, many F1 suppliers are UK based and with seven of the 19 races taking place in Europe (in 2013),” Honda said in a statement. AFP

LEAGUE CRICKET A-1 THREE DAYS Group A Day 3 Falakhnuma 215 and 27/1 in 12 overs drew with R Dayanand 308

Group B Day 2 Hyderabad Bottling 205 and 98/1 drew with AOC 232 EMCC 153/5 in 48.2

overs drew with BDL India Cements 135 and 156 in 60 overs (Faiz Ahmed 37, T Suman 6/55) lost to SBH 324.

Tour to the recent admission by 1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich that he had cheated during his career, cycling’s name has been dragged through the mud in Germany in recent times. So much so that public broadcasters in the country continue to shun the chance to show live coverage of the race.

“The only thing we can do is keep on winning races. That is the best publicity you can do for your own sport,” Kittel said after his victory in Tours. “We still have to do our job and that is what we will carry on doing. Personally I am very proud of my win today. I showed I can beat the best sprinters and we as a team showed that we are one of the strongest lead-out teams,” added Kittel, who is riding for the previously unheralded Dutch outfit Argos-Shimano. Having pulled out of his debut Tour last year during the fifth stage because of a viral infection, Kittel is hoping to survive the coming Alpine stages to complete this year’s race. Thursday’s win saw him equal former German sprint star Erik Zabel’s best showing of three stage victories in a single Tour, and he could now go one better with more opportunities set to present themselves to the sprinters on Friday and on the last stage on the Champs Elysees.

World Peace headed to China LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Lakers waived Metta World Peace (above) on Thursday under the NBA’s “amnesty” clause, the 14-year veteran promptly saying on Twitter he would play “for Yao Ming’s team in China”. World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, played a key role in the Lakers’ 2010 NBA title run, in his first season with the team. “It’s tough to say goodbye to a player such as Metta, who has been a significant part of our team the past four seasons,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in comments he posted on Twitter. “For anyone who’s had the opportunity to get to know him, it’s impossible not to love him.” AFP

MOTOGP

Jorge aims to break Dani’s grip Jorge Lorenzo, 26, hopes to challenge Dani Pedrosa’s three-year winning streak at the German MotoGP. BERLIN: Jorge Lorenzo (in pic) is hoping to challenge Dani Pedrosa’s three-year winning streak at the German MotoGP in the wake of the Spaniard’s heroics at the Netherlands MotoGP. Lorenzo, 26, second in the overall standings, produced a superb effort at Assen a fortnight ago to finish fifth, just 36 hours after surgery on a broken collarbone following a crash in practice. The reigning world champion is just nine points behind Honda’s Pedrosa in the standings, but having won four of the last six races on the German track, current world leader Pedrosa starts as favourite. Lorenzo has yet to win at Sachsenring and will find the anti-clockwise circuit a challenge for his recently injured shoulder, but the Mallorcan is determined to give his all. “Sachsenring is going to be a little tough for me after the crash

at Assen,” he said. “It is true in Holland we achieved a stunning result, but I have to be realistic and I have still a long way to go to recover my collarbone. “I made a huge effort to race

at Assen and finally I could manage a really difficult weekend. The situation is still that I need more time to fix the injury though. I won’t be at 100 percent in Germany, but I’m pretty confident I can make a good weekend.”


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TRI-NATION SERIES SCORECARD

Sri Lanka Tharanga c Dhoni b B. Kumar 11 Jayawardene c Ashwin b B. Kumar 22 Sangakkara c V. Kumar b Ashwin 71 Thirimanne c B. Kumar b I. Sharma 46 Mathews c V. Kumar b I. Sharma 10 K. Perera st Dhoni b Ashwin 2 D. Chandimal c Ashwin b Jadeja 5 R. Herath st Dhoni b Jadeja 5 S. Eranga not out 5 L. Malinga c B. Kumar b Jadeja 0 S. Lakmal st Dhoni b Jadeja 1 Extras (4b, 6lb, 13w) 23 Total (all out, 48.5 overs) 201 Bowling: B. Kumar 8-4-24-2 (1w), V. Kumar 6-1-15-0, I. Sharma 8-145-2 (1w), Kohli 3-0-17-0 (1w), Raina 6-0-25-0, Ashwin 10-0-422 (1w), Jadeja 7.5-1-23-4 (1w) India R. Sharma b Herath 58 Dhawan c Sangakkara b Eranga 16 V. Kohli c Sangakkara b Eranga 2 Karthik c Jayawardene b Herath 23 Raina c Sangakkara b Lakmal 32 M Dhoni not out 45 R Jadeja lbw b Herath 5 R Ashwin lbw b Herath 0 B Kumar lbw b Malinga 0 V Kumarc sub (Senanayake) b Mathews 5 I Sharma not out 2 Extras (b2, lb2, w11) 15 Total (9 wickets; 49.4 overs) 203 Bowling: Eranga 9.4-2-50-2 (1w), Lakmal 10-1-33-1 (3w), Mathews 10-1-38-1, Malinga 10-1-58-1 (3w), Herath 10-2-20-4 Result: India won by 1 wicket

LPGA CLASSIC Matthew, Stanford on top WATERLOO: Angela Stanford birdied her last three holes to join Catriona Matthew (below) atop the leaderboard on eight-under par 63 on Thursday after the first round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Scotland’s Matthew had nine birdies and one bogey in her round at the Grey Silo Golf Course, while Stanford played without a bogey on a layout that was softened by heavy rain earlier in the week. World number one Park InBee, seeking her fourth victory in as many LPGA starts, led a chasing group of five players on sixunder, that included fellow South Koreans Park Hee-Young and Meena Lee, Spain’s Belen Mozo and American Irene Cho.

Captain Cool to the rescue Captain Dhoni dragged his side to a pulsating one-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the final of the Tri-Nation Series. PORT OF SPAIN: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni dragged his side to a pulsating one-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the final of the Tri-Nation Series at Queen’s Park Oval on Thursday. Returning to the team after seeming to be ruled out from the rest of the tournament with a hamstring injury eleven days ago, the inspirational wicketkeeperbatsman smashed 16 runs off three deliveries in the final over, bowled by Shaminda Eranga, to take the tournament favourites to 203 for nine in reply to Sri Lanka’s 201 all out off 48.5 overs. Less than three weeks after lifting the Champions Trophy to add to the World Cup title of

Indian cricketers celebrate with their captain Mahendra Sing Dhoni (C) following their victory during the final match of the Tri-Nation series against Sri Lanka in Port of Spain on Thursday. AFP/JEWEL SAMAD

2011, Dhoni held a rapidly imploding innings together in compiling an unbeaten 45, carting the hapless Eranga for a six, a four and then a six off successive deliveries. “I thought I could target the bowler in that last over because he’s not as experienced as some of the others,” said Dhoni. “I didn’t want to take any

chances against someone like a (Lasith) Malinga or a (Angelo) Mathews. I think I’m just blessed with good cricketing sense.” Last-man Ishant Sharma was only required to survive at the other end and managed to achieve just that, although there were a few anxious moments between his arrival at the crease at 182 for nine and when the cap-

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

BULL FIGHTING

Zach, Camilo share lead SILVIS: Colombia’s Camilo Villegas deployed a “chill” attitude and a hot putter to seize a share of the firstround lead Thursday at the John Deere Classic alongside defending champion Zach Johnson. Villegas, who claimed the last of his three US PGA Tour titles in 2010, has struggled through an indifferent 2013, with just two top-10 finishes in 16 starts. But he looked every inch a contender on Thursday, however, especially on the TPC Deere Run greens. His round included a stretch of five consecutive oneputts, and he opened the back nine with four birdies in five holes, nabbing the last of eight birdies at the par-five 17th. “Made some great putts and just kept out of trouble,” Villegas said. “I was very

tain took responsibility to win the match on his own in the final over. India were actually cruising along at 139 for three in the 32nd over in the best weather of the tournament. But the dismissal of Suresh Raina triggered a collapse which saw four wickets falling for 13 runs, left-arm spinner Rangana Herath turning the screws with two wickets in two balls to finish with the best figures of four for 20. Opening batsman Rohit Sharma’s top score of 58 was inevitably overshadowed by Dhoni’s heroics. Sri Lanka endured an even more calamitous collapse after they were put in at the start of the day, losing their last eight wickets for 30 runs after at one stage being promisingly poised at 171 for two in the 38th over. A 122-run second-wicket partnership between Kumar Sangakkara (71) and Lahiru Thirimanne (46) had placed their side in that excellent position. However a succession of injudicious shots saw batsman after batsman gifting his wicket away. AFP

pleased with the way I handled myself out there. It was a nice, relaxed, chill attitude, and I enjoyed every single bit of the round.” Villegas said he’s made a concerted effort to find that enjoyment, even as his victory drought continues. “This job is great when you’re playing good,” he said. “It kicks your butt when you’re not performing. But you can kick your butt even harder when things are not going good. So I’m trying not to be that guy that kicks his butt a little bit harder, just enjoy every second of it.” Johnson had seven birdies with no bogeys to find himself back atop the

John Deere leaderboard. Johnson, of nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa, notched his 17th straight round in the 60s on the par-71 Deere Run layout. “I have always felt comfortable here,” Johnson said. He and Villegas were one stroke in front of Matt Bettencourt, Daniel Summerhays and Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge, who all carded 65s. Colonial winner Boo Weekley led a group of seven players on five-under that also included Australian Matt Jones, Canadian David Hearn, Jim Herman, Vaughn Taylor, Kevin Streelman and Robert Streb. Steve Stricker, who had his three-year winning streak in the tournament snapped by Johnson last year, was in a group of 13 players on 67 which also included South Korean K.J. Choi and US veteran Davis Love. AFP

Camilo Villegas of Colombia hits a drive during the first round of the John Deere Classic held at TPC Deere Run on Wednesday in Silvis, Illinois. Michael AFP/COHEN

Pamplona feasts on bull run beasts PAMPLONA: After chasing festival-goers through the cobbled streets of Pamplona, a huge black fighting bull now hangs from one leg, blood gushing out of its throat. The half-tonne beast is being drained of blood in the patio of the bullring where it was slain by a matador following the morning chase. Like all the bulls killed in the San Fermin festival in this northern Spanish city, it will soon head to a slaughterhouse to be prepared and then sold in butcher shops. “It’s very common here in Pamplona for a housewife to buy 10 kilos, 15 kilos and freeze it to eat at Christmas or on special occasions,” says one local butcher, Patxi Jimenez Arellano, 44. A former sociologist, he now stands behind the counter in the butcher’s shop founded by his father in the historic heart of Pamplona. “People experience the bull during the whole process. They look at it in the holding pen, watch it in the bull run and in the ring, and finally they eat it. It’s like closing a circle,” he says. AFP


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THE REPORT

MAN TO WATCH

We picked him as the Man to Watch yesterday and he did us proud. His 98 after coming in as 11th man made sure that the Aussies were back in the first Test.

KEVIN PIETERSEN

SCRORE BOARD England 1st innings 215 All out SR Watson c Root b Finn 13 CJL Rogers lbw b Anderson 16 EJM Cowan c Swann b Finn 0 MJ Clarke* b Anderson 0 SPD Smith c †Prior b Anderson53 PJ Hughes not out 81 BJ Haddin† b Swann 1 PM Siddle c †Prior b Anderson 1 MA Starc c †Prior b Anderson 0 JL Pattinson lbw b Swann 2 AC Agar c Swann b Broad 98 Extras (lb 15) 15 Total (all out; 64.5 overs) 280 Bowling O M R W JM Anderson 24 2 85 5 ST Finn 15 0 80 2 GP Swann 19 4 60 2 SCJ Broad 6.5 0 40 1 England 2nd innings AN Cook* not out 37 JE Root c †Haddin b Starc 5 IJL Trott lbw b Starc 0 KP Pietersen not out 35 Extras (b 1, nb 2) 3 Total (2 wickets; 43 overs) 80 Bowling O M R W JL Pattinson 9 3 27 0 MA Starc 13 4 15 2 AC Agar 9 3 29 0 PM Siddle 9 4 8 0 SR Watson 3 3 0 0

Could this be Ashton’s Ashes?

JULIAN GUYER Agence France-Presse

NOTTINGHAM: Australia’s new teenage sensation Ashton Agar said he’d enjoyed the best day of his young life so far on Thursday after his recordbreaking 98 turned the first Ashes Test against England upside down. “It’s been a great day, it’s probably the best day so far in my life,” said Agar after stumps on the second day at Trent Bridge. And it certainly vindicated his decision to opt for cricket over Australian Rules football because he became tired of being “the little fat kid ... getting smashed around”. Australia were in dire straits at 117 for nine in reply to England’s first innings 215

It certainly vindicated his decision to opt for cricket over Australian Rules football because he became tired of being ‘the little fat kid ... getting smashed around’. when 19-year-old Western Australia left-arm spinner Agar, making his Test debut, walked out to bat. But betraying few, if any nerves, the teenager struck a superb 98 off just 101 balls to record the highest ever score by a No 11 batsman in Test history, topping Tino Best’s 95 for the West Indies against England at Edgbaston last year. Together with Phil Hughes (81 not out), he also shared a

5 THINGS WE LEARNT ON DAY 2

1. AGAR IS NO MUG WITH THE BAT

Ashton Agar’s 98 proved that he’s got far more talent with the bat than Pattinson, Starc and Siddle. In the second innings he should be brought up the order and given a chance to play himself in. The risks minimal, rewards great.

2. ENGLAND’S BOWLERS FAILED

With Australia at 117 for 9 and debutant Agar fresh in, England’s bowlers should have attacked the stumps. Instead they tried to bounce Agar out. They bowled too short and threw Australia a lifeline, which they took.

3. SIDDLE STILL HOLDS THE KEY

Peter Siddle’s probing line outside the off to Cook and Pietersen will yield rewards. At some point Pietersen is going to have a go. The Aussies have been exemplary with line and length discipline, with Siddle leading the way. BY ANDREW JOSEF

Test record last wicket stand of 163 that took Australia to 280 all out and a 65-run first innings lead. At the close, with Agar still to take his first Test wicket, England were 80 for two in their second innings — a lead of 15. “It’s a dream come true. Forever, I’ve dreamt of playing Test cricket for Australia,” said Agar. He also thanked new Australia coach Darren Lehmann for giving him the confidence to keep faith with his natural game. Among the spectators at Trent Bridge were his parents John and Sonia and brothers William and Wesley. “They were on a plane straightaway, once they found the news out [that he had been picked to play],” said Agar. “To have them there today made that extra-special to me.”

4. KEVIN’S LEFT-ARM BLUES ARE GONE?

Pietersen is a classy player, but of late left arm spinners have been having their way with him. The way he played Agar, however, shows that he has worked on his balance and tempered his natural game very well.

5. EVEN TECHNOLOGY CAN COLLAPSE

Third umpire Marais Erasmus’s decision to give Jonathan Trott out LBW, based on inconclusive hotspot coverage proved that even with technology glaring mistakes can be made. The ICC have since apologised to England.

Kevin is the sort of batsman who likes to dominate bowlers, but when he came into bat on the second day with England teetering at 11 for 2 his focus was on occupation of the crease. Kevin showed amazing patience, especially when it came to leaving balls outside the off stump. If the sun comes out today expect Kevin to get stuck in to the bowlers.

NUMEROLOGY

169

Was Ricky Ponting’s score for Surrey in his final innings against Nottinghamshire even as the Aussie batting was crumbling at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

POSTNOON PREDICTS TRENT BRIDGE is notorious for crumbling on the 4th and 5th days of a Test, but if the sun shines bright on Day 3, we can expect the pitch to be pretty good for batting in the first two sessions at least. Australia’s four pacers (we’re including Shane Watson here) should leave pretty heavy footmarks, which Graeme Swann will be looking at closely, as will Ashton Agar. If Kevin Pietersen and Alistair Cook can see off the first few overs then expect the runs to flow. Australia need early wickets, because anything over 250 is going to be a tough chase, and their batting has been wobbly.

We’ve shown we have some fight and we’re not going to lie down and die. Hopefully the attitude of that young fellow [Agar] will go through the camp. Glenn McGrath former Aussie bowler


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GIACCHERINI LEAVES JUVE FOR SUNDERLAND

Italian international midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini on Thursday joined English Premier League side Sunderland in a nine million euro ($11.7 million) deal from Serie A champions Juventus, the Italian club’s coach Antonio Conte said.

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ROONEY ‘GUTTED’ AFTER INJURY Wayne Rooney said he was “gutted” after a hamstring injury forced him out of Manchester United’s Asian tour on the very first day with questions still unanswered about his future. TALEK HARRIS Agence France-Presse BANGKOK: Wayne Rooney (right) said he was “gutted” on Friday after a hamstring injury forced him out of Manchester United’s Asian tour on the very first day with questions still unanswered about his future. He insisted the small tear, which flared just hours after United touched down in Bangkok and looks set to rule him out for a month, was not serious. But Rooney’s departure will not help new boss David

Moyes’s attempts to win over the highly paid star, who has not confirmed his intentions after departing manager Alex Ferguson said he had asked for a transfer. “Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury especially as training was going so well, heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about,” Rooney wrote on his Facebook page. Rooney will now miss United’s friendlies in Thailand, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and

Rooney insisted the small tear, which flared just hours after United touched down in Bangkok, looks set to rule him out for a month. Sweden, and is in doubt for the Community Shield on August 11 and even the Premier League opener at Swansea on August 17. He might also be sidelined for England’s friendly against Scotland on August 14.

COSAFA CUP

Lesotho squeeze into last eight

DAVID LEGGE Agence France-Presse JOHANNESBURG: Lesotho squeezed into the Cosafa Cup last eight on Thursday as Group B favourites Kenya were eliminated. Mojela Letsie and Tsepo Seturumane scored in the first half to give Lesotho a 2-0 victory over fellow minnows Swaziland in Lusaka. Jerome Ramatlhakwane of Botswana became the leading scorer in the south-

ern Africa national team championship with the late goal that sank Kenya 2-1 in Kitwe. Lesotho and Botswana finished the threeround minileague with five points from one victory and two draws each. But the Likuena (Crocodiles) from Lesotho took first place thanks to a plus-two goal difference, one goal better

than Botswana. Kenya, rebuilding under Algeria-born coach Adel Amrouche, collected four points from a win, a draw and a loss, and Swaziland just one. Lesotho face Angola Sunday in the quarterfinals of a tournament revived this year after a three-year absence owing to lack of sponsorship. Trailing Kenya by

Probe into bribe attempt

two points before the final round of group fixtures, Lesotho surived early Swazi pressure at Nkoloma Stadium to grab the lead. Letsie took advantage of a defender failing to cut off a through ball to beat goalkeeper Nhlanhla Gwebu from close range for his first Cosafa Cup goal. Gwebu was at fault for a soft second goal just before half-time when his poor positioning allowed Seturumane to score off a speculative angled shot.

LOS ANGELES: CONCACAF officials say they have identified someone who attempted to bribe two Belize footballers prior to their Gold Cup match against the United States on Tuesday. In a statemen, football’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean praised the two players for immediately coming forward to report the attempted offense. “We want to thank Woodrow West and Ian Gaynair and recognize them for their bravery and commitment to preserving the integrity of our game,” CONCACAF’s statement said. The two told officials they were approached two days before the contest, which the United States won 6-1. Gaynair scored Belize’s lone goal. AFP

CLUB TRANSFER

Southampton in record swoop LONDON: Southampton signed Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama (in pic) from Scottish champions Celtic for a fee reported to be a club record £12.5 million ($18.9 million) on Thursday. Wanyama agreed a fouryear contract with the Premier League club after lengthy negotiations and his arrival is believed to have broken the previous record fee Saints paid for Bologna’s Gaston Ramirez last year.

The 22-year-old’s move surpasses the £9.5 million Spartak Moscow paid Celtic for Aiden McGeady three years ago, making Wanyama the most expensive export from Scottish football. His deal is also the largest fee ever involved in a Scottish football transfer, breaking Rangers’ long-standing record £12 million outlay for Tore Andre Flo. Wanyama had been with Celtic for two years, having

The injury, announced in a two-line statement on the club website, comes after Moyes said Rooney was in his best shape in years and spoke glowingly about his relationship with his former Everton protege. “I have met Wayne two, three, four times,” he told talkSPORT radio this week. “A lot has been said about myself and Wayne over the years but we have a really good relationship.” Moyes added: “I will say he is training great. They are telling me it is the best shape they have seen him in for a long time.”

arrived as a relative unknown from Belgian side Beerschot. Choosing the number 67 jersey in appreciation of the Hoops’ European Cup triumph, he quickly became a fans’ favourite. Wanyama shone for the Glasgow giants and his Champions League performances saw his stock rise and persuaded Southampton manager Maurico Pochettino to make his record out-lay. AFP


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