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TJAC will be shifting its base to Delhi soon in the wake of rumours that the Congress is considering various options for the status of Hyderabad. “Give us Hyderabad or see it burn,” warns a TJAC leader.


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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

city events

DOUGHNUT DELI

Savor the classic combination of gourmet coffee and doughnuts. Where: Hyderabad Baking Company at Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre When: All September Contact: +91 40 2752 2589

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES WORKSHOPS

Swarathma concert Renowned Indian Folk Fusion Rock Group, Swarathma is coming to Hyderabad Where: PBEL City Grounds, Near APPA Junction When: Sept 14, 7pm Contact: 66335533, 64646262

Confidence-building A two-day workshop for working women to acquire smart look and confidence Where: Colorama Printers, Begumpet When: Sept 14 and 15, 10am to 4.30pm Contact: 8008634949 / 8008885493

Western Classical Guitar Recital Dolce Music Institute presents Western Classical guitar recital by Akram-ul-Haque Where: La Makaan, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills When: Sept 22, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Robotics A robotics workshop will be organised. Where: Kamala Nehru Polytechnic College, Nampally When: Sept 14 and 15, 10am Contact: 9849857584 / 9440508195

DINING Food fest Indian Tapas is on offer Where: Altitude Lounge Bar, Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre. SEEKING BLESSINGS: Actresses Simran Kaur Mundi, Sakshi Choudary, Anu Priya along with actor Manchu Manoj, the cast of upcoming Telugu film Pottugadu, got together to perform aarti and sought the blessings of 92.7 BIG FM’s eco-friendly Lord Ganesha at IMAX.

Styling workshop Roopaantar, a makeover and styling workshop will be held. Where: Sutradhar School Of Acting, Himayatnagar When: Till Sept 13, 6.30pm to 8pm Contact: Sophie, at 8790791295 Comic Con Workshop A special workshop with Ramya Sriram on simple and minimalistic style of drawing. Where:Redpoint Climbing Cafe, Raheja Mindspace, SBI building When: Sept 13, 7pm onwards Contact: 8099093992

When: Sept 13, 6.30pm Contact: 9391020243 Photo exhibition Landscapes of Ladakh - Photo exhibition by Kishor Krishnamoorthi will be held. Where: The Blue Door, Road No. 45, Jubilee Hills When: Till Sept 19 Contact: 9908228822

Film festival Screening of the movie Above The Street, Below The Water Where: Sarathi Studio, Ameerpet Commissioner & Spl Officer

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Play pursuits Barbareekudu, a play By Saudaaruna Theatre Group will be staged. Where: NTR Auditorium, Nampally When: Sept 14, 6.30pm Contact: 23230641 / 23230435

Musical evening Konkan association, Hyderabad on its 50th anniversary celebrations organising famous musician Anup Jalota Nite. Where: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, King Koti When: Sept 13 and 14, 7:30pm Contact: Deepak Kumta 9848136840, Vaman Rao 9848921573, Mohan Hemmadi 9346724422

Play Evam Indrajit, Hindi play by Badal Sircar will be staged. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills When: September 13 and 14, 7:30pm Contact: 99598-07901

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Creative strokes Palettes & Palates, art exhibition by Jaya Baheti will be held. Where: Park Hyatt, Banjara Hills When: Till Sept 13, 11am Contact: 49491234

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BLOOD BANKS Blood Bank,Narayanguda Chiranjeevi Blood Bank Blood Bank Mediton Goal Red Cross, Vidyanagar ADRM Blood Bank Mythri Charitable Trust NTR Memorial Trust Care Banjara Hills

Kashmir food fest ITC Kakatiya is paying ode to the delectable Kashmiri cuisine. Where: ITC, Begumpet When: Till Sept15 Contact: 40081801 Refreshing Daiquiri’s Refreshing cocktails of rum, citrus and sugar all at the Seasons Bar Where: Taj Krishna When: Till Sept30, 11:30am to 11:30pm Contact: 6666232

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AMBULANCES Apollo 23548888, 23607777 Kamineni 24022222 Medwin 23202902, 23204616 Smile Line Dental Hospital 23747979 Red Cross 27627973 Niloufer Hospital 23314095 Gandhi 23320332 AIRLINES

When: Till Sept 19 Contact: 27522556

Airport Director 27903785, 27906001 For Air India Flight Information Toll free (from any network) for IC Flights 18001801407 And for All Flights: 1800227722 Air India has revised its flight timings. For more information call (Toll free) 18001801407, 1800227722 from BSNL/MTNL 04023430334 from other lines and mobile Website; www.airindia.in TOURISM OFFICES AP Tourism, Hyd 23262152/53/54 Sec-bad 27893100 Dept of Tourism 23453110 India Tourism 23261360 AP Tourism information Centre (24x7) 23450444, 23455999 UK VISA OFFICE VFS India Pvt Ltd Building, 8-2-542/A, Sunil Chamber, Road No. 7

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Justice declares war on law!

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BIG BREAK 3 AISFM students get a break in Tollywood

In a recent development, two police officers of Ranga Reddy district are facing the judicial ire for ‘insulting’ the court. MOHD SUBHAN mohd.s@postnoon.com ARUN D YELLAMATY arunyellamaty@postnoon .com

HYDERABAD: A magisterial court of Ranga Reddy district is miffed that a sub-inspector who as investigating officer is supposed to be present when suspects are arraigned and produced before court ignored the convention and repeatedly brushed aside the court warning against its summons. Finally, the other day the court sent a non-bailable warrant against the SI, Shanker Reddy.

A Ranga Reddy court has issued show cause notice against Assistant Commissioner of Police Alwal for ‘insulting’ judiciary using some unprintable words.

HYDERABAD: It’s a dream come true for Kaushal Sharma, Srikar Chittarbu and Krishna Yadavin who now will feature in MANAM is Telugu industry’s most eagerly awaited film in which three generations stars Akkineni Nageshwara Rao, Akkineni Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya working together for the first time. While they were always passionate about acting, the newcomers came from very different backgrounds. Srikar completed his LLB and worked as a junior advocate before enrolling at AISFM. Kaushal studied mechanical engineering before taking the plunge with acting training. Krishna had already tried out a short acting course and acted in short films. Then he thought that the AISFM course and its detailed curriculum would help him. A visibly excited Kaushal who got this big break to be part of this wonderful film remembers fondly, “My acting course covered both acting for theatre and for the camera. Training in both these fields

really helped me to enhance my abilities.” Srikar who too is thrilled to get this break to work with the film industry stalwarts warmly recalls, “AISFM was just awe-inspiring. There I learnt the technique of watching films in a nuanced manner. The interactions with other artistes and filmmakers and an international student representation changed from my perspective towards life.” AROUND THE

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Speaking on introducing the students in the film, Actor Nagarjuna, said, “I am really proud to announce the names of 3 students from AISFM who gets to be part of this milestone Telugu Cinema. These young talents deserved a place in the film. They have applied themselves throughout the six-month training course learning the intricacies of acting, dance, diction as well as grooming. They also studied audition skills which helped them to win these roles. Going forward I am confident the school will roll out new talents in every sphere of film making.”

nobody knew. At the next hearing too the SI was absent and the court issued a warning to him to be present at the next time case came up. But this time too he was absent. Angry at the continued ignoring of the judiciary, the court issued a non-bailable war-

rant. Now, since the NBW was issued, the SI is said to have used some expletives against the magistrate. In another similar incident, a Ranga Reddy court has issued show cause notice against Assistant Commissioner of Police Alwal for ‘insulting’ judiciary using some unprintable words. The notice is returnable by September 29. These together has created a flutter among the law keepers.

‘Celebrate Sept 17 as Liberation Day’

Consult parties before RR expansion: TRS

Sonia splitting State to make son PM: Sharmila

Aadhar adds to our woes, rue students

Taunted Chinese man creates ruckus, held

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The LB Nagar police had recently arrested a gang of thieves and solved the a theft case of Alkapuri Colony. They were remanded and sent to prison. When the suspects were arraigned and produced before the magistrate the convention demanded that the investigating officer be present. Reddy was not present. Asked where he was,

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CITY BRIEFS JP senior leader Ch Vidyasagar Rao today demanded the State government of officially celebrating September 17 as Hyderabad Liberation Day. As the people fought against the dictatorial rule of the erstwhile Nizam, all political parties should unitedly celebrate September 17 at Parade grounds in Secunderabad, he said.

RS MLA Harishwar Reddy has demanded that the process of merger of village panchayats of Rangareddy District in Hyderabad metro be initiated only after holding an all-party meeting and ascertaining their views. Otherwise, the TRS would launch an agitation against the merger move. He suspected the hands of the CM in the merger.

SRC leader Sharmila alleged that Sonia Gandhi divided AP with an intension to make her son Rahul Gandhi Prime Minister of India. She made this charge during her bus Yatra in Guntur district. Opposing the formation of Telangana, she held both the TDP and the Congress responsible for putting people AP in difficulties.

he condition of presenting Aadhar card has raised the worries of the students while registering their application for scholarships. Many students have filed their applications for Aadhar card but they have not yet received it. Students allege that the social welfare department has been unnecessarily adding to their burden.

Chinese national, who created ruckus by throwing stones at DD Colony on Tuesday was arrested by Amberpet police. However, unconfirmed reports said he was illegally detained for a few days at the police station before his arrest was made public. Interrogation revealed that he was living in DD colony but some people teased and harassed him.


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News FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 LAST YEAR... HERE Niloufer, a death trap

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ast year we had reported on the shocking state of affairs at the State’s primary maternity hospital — Niloufer. Twenty five children this month last year due to an outbreak of dengue in the districts, lack of manpower, resources and facilities at the hospital. Sadly, not much has changed in the government hospital as the death toll continues to rise every month but seems to have no effect on the powers that be.

NUMEROLOGY

6.6 mn

children perished before their fifth birthday last year, compared to 12.6 million in 1990, said the report by UNICEF, the World Bank and the World Health Organization.

When we see that the US truly desires stability in our region and stops threatening and seeking to invade, as well as stops arms supplies to terrorists. Bashar Al-assad, Syrian president See page 9

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

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What happens when law enforcement angers judiciary A non-bailable warrant was issued against SI, Shanker Reddy for repeatedly ignoring the summons of a magisterial court.

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The IPO bug bites Twitter; to go public soon The most hotly anticipated stock offering in the tech sector since Facebook's last year is almost here. Twitter announced Thursday, in a tweet, that it has submitted papers to go public.

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North Korea's nuclear heart beats again As military tensions soared on the Korean peninsula, Pyongyang announced complete overhaul and upgrade of its Yongbyon facilities —including the plutonium reactor.

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Gang poses as police to dupe citizens The ‘Irani gang’ poses just like the Task Force and goes around extorting money from people

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Weapons can be transformed into art In Liberia, a German blacksmith is transforming weapons of war into pieces of art and symbols of hope.

SCHOOL CHILDREN AT RISK

Pedestrians endangered Removal of foot over bridges has worsened the misery of pedestrians who are already short-changed in our traffic system. ALEENA ALICE aleena.t@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: There are hardly any more footpaths left on the city roads; but whatever is left is available for everything except walking. Footpaths are gladly and madly used by push-cart vendors criers, squatters, beggars and urban idlers. Changes being made in the name of infrastructure development calls for removal of Foot over Bridges (FOBs). These FoBs for sure had been urban monsters which are not pedestrian friendly but they still presented an alternative to those who bear the burden of climbing up 150 steps if for nothing else for safety. Out of all the six places that have been affected because of the removal of the FoB, the most affected are Khairatabad junction, St. Ann’s High School (Secunderabad), and the one in Ameerpet near Chermas. With the removal of FoB the situation is worse for those who are unable to perform circus in the busy junctions. It is becoming a fearfully tiresome job to cross roads, pedestrians complain. With no alternative arrangements for the removed FoBs, the risk of people getting knocked down by speeding vehicles has increased. Added to it with the maddening traffic, pedestrians complain of how it takes them more than 20 minutes to cross the road now. “I have to wait everyday for nearly 15-20 minutes to cross the road from Khairatabad bus stop to reach my office on the other side of the road. Especially in peak hours in the morning and evening scores of pedestrians have to risk their lives and

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Removal of FoBs at two major junctions, i.e, St. Ann’s High School and HPS has made it precarious for school children to cross these roads. wait on the roads dangerously to cross the roads. This is a busy junction and a foot over bridge is very essential. The officials should provide alternative measures for pedestrians,”says R. Tirumal a private firm employee. The FoBs at two of the major junctions, i.e, St Ann’s High School and Hyderabad Public

School have been removed making it precarious for school children to cross the road. “After the tragic incident of a child losing her life while crossing the road from St. Ann’s high school, the FoB was constructed. It was safe as children would not have to deal with the over-speeding traffic. However now, with no proper zebra crossing, a huge road divider and the speeding traffic it has become risky for little children to cross the road,” says Premalatha a parent. Same is the case of students crossing the road at HPS. though there is a traffic signal monitoring the traffic, the removal of the FoB is causing great inconvenience to pedestrians. “The lives of pedestrians are at the mercy of speedy cars. They have to put up their hand to cross

the road. Alternatively FoB’s should be put up after proper planning immediately,” says activist Ramkrishna Murthy. Meanwhile the Hyderabad metro work department officials state that the new FoB will come up after six months. “We have temporarily removed six FoBs and will be restoring them in different locations after six months. New FoBs at Care Hospital, Banjara Hills, Mahaveer Hospital, Koti Hospital, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Zoo Park and Jubilee Hills Road No 45. have been suggested. We have made special arrangements like ensuring zebra crossing and additional traffic police to help pedestrians cross at places where these FoBs have been removed,” said Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) managing director NVS Reddy. PHILIPPINES, Zamboanga : A resident looks at burning houses during a fire fight between government forces and Muslim rebels as standoff entered its fourth day in Zamboanga City on the southern island of Mindanao on September 12, 2013. Philippine forces were fighting Muslim rebels on two fronts on September 12, as troops launched an offensive to retake parts of a key southern city besieged by guerrillas opposed to peace talks with the government, officials said. AFP


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POLITICS

WHAT GOES AROUND...

War for Hyderabad begins TJAC is shifting its base to Delhi soon in the wake of rumours that Congress was considering various options available for the status of Hyderabad. “Give us Hyderabad or see it burns,” warns a TJAC leader

Tiger Woods’ girlfriend cheating on him?

Md INKESHAF AHMED ahmed.m@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: In a fresh political development, Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), the umbrella organisation of all pro-Telangana groups, has decided to go to National Capital Delhi next week. The decision of the TJAC comes in the wake of the recent statement of Union Home Minister Susheel Kumar Shinde that the Centre was mulling over three options for the status of Hyderabad city. According to highly placed sources of the Congress party, the three options before the Central government over Hyderabad status included making it a separate state, turning it into a Union Territory or keeping it as Joint Capital on a permanent basis. The news of these options shook the TJAC and forced it to immediately chalk out an action plan to prevent government from taking any course except declaring it the capital of Telangana State. The TJAC leaders have primarily decided to meet Leader of the opposition of Sushma Swaraj and urge her not to support options like making Hyderabad as UT or making it a separate state or joint capital of both the states. “We came to know that the Congress leader Digvijay Singh asked his Seemandhra colleagues to secure BJP’s support to make Hyderabad a UT or a separate state. This was also confirmed by BJP state president G. Kishan Reddy and others. We will not agree to any option except keeping Hyderabad as an integral part of Telangana state. The City will burn if the Centre went ahead with its proposed options by

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A senior MIM leader said that the party would launch huge agitation if the Centre went ahead with the decision of making the city a UT. The party is worried about losing its ground in case of Hyderabad became a Union Territory. changing its earlier stand,” a TJAC leader on the condition of anonymity told Postnoon. Another TJAC Leader said that the Telangana people would throw the Congress party into the Bay of Bengal if it made Hyderabad as a separate

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state or UT. “Why would we lose Hyderabad city which is the largest revenue grosser for the Telangana region. It is an integral part of Telangana state and should remain so even after the division,” he quipped. The leader further added that they would meet the BJP and other pro-Telangana parties in New Delhi and request them not to support any attempt of congress to separate Hyderabad from Telangana state. The political spectrum from Telangana region also seems to be united on the issue. The ruling congress party leader Pyata Ramesh scoffed at the reports of making UT and separate state

and alleged that some antiTelangana forces and leaders were spreading such rumors. “Our party is committed to give Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital. It would never go back on its promise,” he affirmed. TDP state organising secretary PL Srinivas also expressed similar views. He said that the TDP would never agree to the proposal of making Hyderabad a UT or separate state. The main stake holder in Hyderabad politics, the AIMIM also reiterated its opposition over making it a UT. A senior MIM leader said that the party would launch huge agitation if the Centre went ahead with the decision of making the city a UT. The party is worried about losing its ground in case of Hyderabad became a Union Territory.

LOS ANGELES: Golfer Tiger Woods’ girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, ski champ, has reportedly been caught cheating on him. Vonn was spotted locking lips with a mysterious man backstage during Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert in Miami Aug 16, reports radaronline.com. “After the concert was over, Lindsey and a group of female friends, carrying drinks, made their way backstage, and Lindsey spotted a guy she very obviously knew well,” a source told US tabloid, The National Enquirer. “She threw herself into his arms and they started on a long session of deep kissing that went on for several minutes. He was a tall, good-looking man, in his mid-40s, with graying temples. “They were really going at it. They were both holding drinks, and Lindsey’s free hand was around his neck, drawing him closer, while his hand was gripping her rear end,” the source added. IANS

NATION BRIEFS Reject papers if assets, criminal past hidden: SC

Curfew in Shopian, restrictions in Srinagar

Cong takes dig at RSS over decision on Modi

Naxals amassing hi-tech weapons: Chhattisgarh

No one can blackmail party: SP on Azam Khan

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Friday said that the nomination papers of a candidate would stand rejected if he does not disclose the details of his assets or his criminal antecedents in his nomination papers. The apex court bench said the returning officer had the power to reject the nomination papers on these grounds.

SRINAGAR: Authorities continued curfew in south Kashmir Shopian, Kulgam and some other towns of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to maintain law and order. Tension had gripped Shopian town on Wednesday, when a civilian was killed allegedly in CRPF firing in Gagaran village, adjacent to Shopian town.

NEW DELHI: Congress today accused RSS of forcing a decision on BJP over declaring Narendra Modi as its PM candidate. After a go-ahead from RSS, BJP has decided to hold a meeting of its Parliamentary Board today on the issue of declaring Modi as the PM candidate despite opposition from LK Advani and other senior leaders.

RAIPUR: The recovery of hightech arms, ammunition and gadgets from Maoist hideouts has set alarm bells ringing as police apprehend that the ultras are working on strengthening mobile warfare strategy against security forces in the Naxal-hit state. As per intelligence sources, the devices were earlier never found with the ultras.

AGRA: As controversy continues over senior UP Minister Azam Khan keeping away from its Agra meet, Samajwadi Party today said no one can “blackmail” the party as nobody has the stature which SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav enjoys among the Muslim community.”No one can blackmail us...”, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said.


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ART

Return of the prodigal son Hyderabad’s best-known sculptor Ravinder Reddy was in the City recently. While here, he spoke about his art, heart and mind to Postnoon in a rare interview. AROUND THE

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ARUN DANIEL YELLAMATY arunyellamaty@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: The man known as the most expensive artist in the country, Ravinder Reddy, was in the City for the two-day contemporary art exhibition, First Edition, organised by Shalini and Dai Bhupal in collaboration with Sakshi Art Gallery at Taj Krishna. Ravinder Reddy’s brightly coloured, large-scale sculptures of modern city girls are an audacious and curious mix of contemporary and traditional convention. He embodies his protagonists in larger-than-life heads and nude figures, characterised by wide-open hypnotic eyes, glorified in gold, bright blues, striking reds and kitschy, oily pigments. Talking about his sculptures and his work, he said, “I make recognisable images, which people are familiar with; anyone from a layman to up-class people should be able to relate to it. They all can respond. That is why I think it is very popular because it appeals to different kinds of people in the society.” He added, “I displayed three sculpt heads of different sizes. It's nothing but the same heads we see on streets. I have moulded them, embellished them and decorated them with flowers, design and everything possible, and made them something that's nice to look at. It is an easy way to communicate. People

audiences have grown. The opportunities have grown and people should make use of all of this for their benefit. During our time there was nil exposure; it is a better field now and the competition has grown up too.” Talking about how sculpting is still growing unlike painting, which has already set a market for itself, he said, “Sculpting hasn’t opened up as much as painting has in today’s times. Reasons being, physical constrains, material constrains and space constrains. But it has grown; acceptance has grown among the people. Things are looking better than in the past.” His take on Sakshi Art Gallery: “Sakshi is a very respected gallery in the country. They keep hosting art shows, not only in major cities but in small cities too to educate people of art. I am happy to be part of Sakshi. I am happier that we are here in my home city.” want something to easily connect to, so I decided to make a face which people could recognise and easily connect to. Apart from features, I looked up to different hair-dos of people and played with the volumes and shapes.” The female heads in particular are steeped in Indian symbolism with complex hair-dos and garish ornaments. Despite their boldness and seemingly vulgar portrayal, the sculptures exude a serene charm and physical immediacy with a sense of mischief and mystery combined with sensuously nuanced details that make them soft, feminine and sensitive at the same time. “I reflect what I see in my sculpting,” he revealed. Talking about how his journey as a sculpture began, he said, “I am a trained sculpture. When you join an art school you have to choose an art form you like the most. I chose to do sculpting because I can feel what I am doing. I enjoy playing with the volumes and the form, so I ended up in three-dimension sculpting. In course of time, and it takes many years and a lot of hard work to reach what I am doing, I got here.” Sharing some tips for upcoming sculptors, he said, “We were trained in an old-fashion way; technologies weren't available, but now the medium has changed. Things have become more available than before and there are many materials easily available. The

Despite their boldness and seemingly vulgar portrayal, the sculptures exude a serene charm and physical immediacy with a sense of mischief and mystery combined with sensuality.

Ravinder grew up in Hyderabad; after his post-graduation here, he moved to Visakhapatnam. “I grew up here and am very much a Hyderabadi,” he declared proudly, going on to add, “My parents were not artists, so I have given a lot of freedom to my children to choose what they want to become. It’s their life. I never force them to do what I do.”


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REPORTERS’ DIARY

‘Kaash, Hum bhi pseudo policeman hote!’

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his reporter had a ticklish experience the other day when he went to collect information on pseudo police gangs busted by police recently. The officer on duty, who is about to retire, said in a half-jest half-serious mood, “Kaash hum bhi hote pseudo police!” He reflected the frustration in uniform where corruption is rewarded and honesty comes at a discount. The officer said the ‘Irani gang’ which goes around collecting illegitimate money wear safari suits just like the Task Force and keep a wireless phone to make it sound like official. The phone will be announcing serious matters of crime and the officers behave before their quarry in a serious and hurried manner of spiking criminals. Those whom they corner have little time to think of checking the veracity of the gang, and would like to wriggle out from some law breaking things they may have done. Who wants to have a quarrel with the law? These pseudo gangs operate because the constabulary is not above board and the judiciary lacks in fixing such criminals. These gangs have been active

in West Marredpally, Trimulgherry, Tukaram Gate, Karkhana, Sainikpuri and Monda Market of Secunderabad. (MS) ‘Niraadhar’ public and netas Voters of Andhra Pradesh are a dismayed and orphaned lot. Their netas have no time to think of the common man’s woes like unbearable price rise of vegetables and lately of cooking gas. While prices of fuel jump like mad and the Congress government seems unperturbed, the leaders are playing only one tune — opposing or supporting the bifurcation of the State. All political parties in AP are busy agitating either to keep the State united or demanding for the division but no one has time to spare for the dark deeds of the government that calls itself the protector of aam aadmi. As if this were not enough, comes the trouble of the Aadhar card. This card, forcibly thrust on the public to justify the millions of rupees wasted on it by the government, is the latest woe of the citizen. They are to link the Aadhar card with gas, for what? Nobody understands why the government wants to band this card onto the public. In what

Few people can take success in showbiz with humility. Randeep Hooda is not one of them. The other day, media persons had a taste of his egoism.

expand its wings but it also has to make a try at Seemandhra. The party believes the discontent of the people against the Congress government could work to an advantage for it. Well, it remains to be seen how far this strategy works. (IA)

way does it make a difference? Illegal migrants pour in from Pakistan and Bangladesh borders and Myanmar, and there is nobody to check this, but the government is just too keen on harassing its own public. What a country, wonder many! (IA)

Very few people can take success in showbiz with humility. Actor Randeep Hooda (in pic) is not one of them. The other day, media had a bitter taste of his egoism at its worst when he insultingly answered some questions of the scribe on the occasion of the release of JohnDay. In most instances when media persons interacted and put up queries, Randeep got personal and was insulting in the way he answered those asking questions. Beating his own drum over one question, he said that the reporter did not understand the film or his acting. The PR team had one hell of a task preventing the scribes from walking out. Many wonder what some budding talent think of themselves. The fact remains that stars come, dazzle for some time and fade away. These people

LOTUS LOVES MUDDY PONDS While most other political parties are fighting the T battle for or against it, the saffron party has silently put up two units — one for T and the other for Seemandhra. The party believes that the confusion created and the subsequent troubles the political parties face could be turned to its advantage if the party goes about its task much ahead of others. The BJP has been unequivocal about Telangana and sees a scope to

TWINKLE, TWINKLE ‘LITTLE’ STAR...

lack philosophy, that’s the trouble. (AD) Don't walk when you can run Recently, a college student tried to board an APSRTC bus from Sainikpuri. But she was frustrated by the hawkish eye of the driver who without batting an eyelid lied to her that the bus was not going her way. This should make AK Khan sit up with a start who recently claimed that he had made a much-needed change in the attitude of drivers and conductors of the APSRTC. The driver, on seeing the girl stroll towards the bus, asked her where she wanted to go. Politely, she said she had to go to the next stop. But the driver lied, saying, “No, I don't take that route,” and drove off. When this reporter sought to know why he had pulled a fast one, his reply was, “These students are so lazy they cannot run when they see a bus coming towards a bus stop. She came strolling towards the bus lazily. I will stop readily for those who come running from a distance,” he said. Howzzaat! (AA) (Contributed by Aleena Alice, Mohd Subhan, Arun D Yellamaty, Inkeshaf Ahmed and pic by Srinivas Setty)

WORLD BRIEFS Early childhood deaths halved since ‘90: report

Police clash with protesters in Istanbul

Syria moving around chemical weapons

American sets off for Europe in balloon

Snowden leaks sparked debate: US spy chief

WASHINGTON: Early childhood deaths around the world have been cut in half since 1990 but some 18,000 children under five still die every day, according to a new report out on Friday. Around 6.6 million children perished before their fifth birthday last year, compared to 12.6 million in 1990, said the report by UNICEF, World Bank and the WHO.

ISTANBUL: Turkish police used water cannon and tear gas late Thursday to break up fresh anti-government protests in Istanbul, amid anger over the death of a demonstrator earlier in the week. Officers faced 2,000-3,000 angry protesters on a second consecutive day of demonstrations in the Kadikoy district, an opposition stronghold.

WASHINGTON: Syria has scattered its stockpile of chemical weapons to as many as 50 sites in a bid to complicate US efforts to track them, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. A secretive Syrian military unit had been given responsibility to shift the arsenal of poison gases and munitions, questioning viability of a Russian plan to secure the weapons.

WASHINGTON: In a scene reminiscent of the Pixar movie "Up," an American adventurer set off Thursday in a daring bid to drift across the Atlantic in a wildly colorful cluster balloon. By sunset local time (2300 GMT), Jonathan Trappe was approaching Corner Brook, on the west coast of the Canadian province of Newfoundland.

WASHINGTON: Leaks from former US intelligence contractor E Snowden triggered a much needed debate about surveillance in the US, even if they jeopardised national security, the country's spy chief admitted on Thursday. National Intelligence Director James Clapper said, "Some of the conversations actually needed to happen."


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FRIEND IN NEED...

QUAKE SHIP

Shiv Sena to support BJP’s PM nominee The Sena’s change of heart comes a week after Thackeray’s appeal to the BJP to let Modi remain Gujarat CM till 2017.

Japan’s deep-sea drilling vessel Chikyu is anchored at a pier in Shimizu port, Shizuoka prefecture. A Japan-led team of seismologists set off today on a mission to drill deep beneath the seabed in the search for the origin of earthquakes. Last year, Chikyu set a new world record by drilling and obtaining rock samples from deeper than 2,111 metres below the seafloor off Shimokita Peninsula of Japan in the northwest Pacific Ocean. AFP/ TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

NEWS AND NUMBERS

Link between gun ownership and homicide WASHINGTON: Researchers in the United States claim to have established a convincing statistical link between gun ownership and homicide, according to a study published AROUND THE

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Thursday. Covering 30 years from 1981 and all 50 US states, it determined that for every one percentage point in the prevalence of gun ownership in a given state, the firearm homicide rate increased by 0.9 percent. Firearms were involved in 11,078 of the 16,259 homicides in the US in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AFP

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena Friday said it will support Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi or “any other candidate” named by the BJP as the prime ministerial candidate. The assurance came after a brief late Thursday night telephonic talk Modi had with Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray. Modi’s name is likely to be announced Friday by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the country’s top post. The Shiv Sena has been sitting on the fence over it and in the past, it had rooted for Sushma Swaraj as PM nominee. Party spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut said that the Shiv Sena has decided to support Modi or any other person its ally the BJP puts forth as PM nominee. However, he refused to disclose the details of the conversation the two leaders had Thursday night. Interestingly, the Sena’s change of heart comes exactly a week after Thackeray had urged the BJP to let Modi remain as Gujarat CM till 2017. “Narendra Modi has publicly declared that he has no prime

UP cancels nod for BJP rally

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ministerial ambitions. He has been given public mandate to rule Gujarat till 2017 and would continue to serve the people of that state,” Thackeray had said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece “Saamana” last Saturday. To a query on the differences within the BJP over Modi’s nomination, Raut distanced the Sena from the issue, saying: “It is their (BJP’s) internal matter and we shall not comment on it.”

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government late Thursday ordered the cancellation of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally scheduled for Sep 15 in Fatehpur Sikri near Agra. Officials said that the district administration cancelled permission after reviewing the situation in the state in the wake of communal riots in Muzaffaranagar. The rally was to be addressed by party patriarch Lal Krishna Advani and BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi. As the news spread, angry BJP workers raised anti-government slogans and charged CM Akhilesh Yadav and his government of working under the pressure of state Minority Affairs Minister Mohammad Azam Khan. Sources say the party has decided to take the matter to the streets and ensure the Samajwadi Party government is exposed and cornered. IANS

SECURITY

Taliban bomb US consulate

The US embassy in Kabul confirms all consulate staff are safe. Four Afghan policemen found to be among the wounded. HERAT: Heavily armed gunmen in suicide vests detonated a truck bomb outside the US consulate in the Afghan city of Herat, sparking a shootout with American forces early Friday, officials said. US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said there were no American casualties and the US embassy in Kabul confirmed on Twitter that all consulate staff were safe. Afghan officials said at least one person had been killed and 18 others wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that there were several casualties on the Afghan and US side but the militia is known to exag-

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gerate its claims of injuries. Four Afghan were among the Herat hospital

deaths and policemen wounded, spokesman

Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai said. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP in a telephone call that the militia carried out the attack.

“Our mujahedeen, armed with heavy and light weapons, attacked the US consulate in Herat. There are several casualties to Afghan and US forces,” he said. Herat is considered one of the cities in Afghanistan least troubled by the Taliban insurgency. The Afghan government has called on the Taliban to engage in peace talks but the militia publicly refuses to deal with President Hamid Karzai, branding him a puppet of Washington. AFP


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SYRIAN CRISIS

‘Time to prove it’, US tells Assad The Syrian leader cast fresh doubt on how committed he is to a plan to secure Syria’s poison gas stocks by demanding that Washington first drop its threat of military action. JO BIDDLE feedback@postnoon.com GENEVA: President Bashar alAssad confirmed for the first time that Syria plans to give up its chemical weapons as the United States urged him and his Russian allies to quickly make good on his promise. But the long-time Syrian leader cast fresh doubt Thursday on how committed he is to a hastily-hatched plan to secure Syria’s poison gas stocks by demanding that Washington first drop its threat of military action against his regime. “When we see that the United States truly desires stability in our region and stops threatening and seeking to invade, as well as stops arms supplies to terrorists, then we can believe that we can follow through with the necessary processes,” Assad told Russian television.

ARSON?

New Jersey pier goes up in flames NEW YORK CITY: A stretch of boardwalk in New Jersey was destroyed by a massive blaze on Thursday, nearly a year after the area was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The fire broke out at a frozen custard shop on the Seaside Park boardwalk at 1830 GMT and spread rapidly, engulfing dozens of businesses and sending thick smoke billowing into the sky. Local television stations reported that parts of the boardwalk destroyed by the fire had AROUND THE

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been rebuilt after being hit by superstorm Sandy last October. “It’s just devastating to the area. It’s just heartbreaking to see. After what we just went to almost a year ago, and now this. I’m just in disbelief and shock over this. I can’t believe it,” New Jersey police chief Francis Larkin told NBC television. A building collapsed Thursday as it was consumed by flames, with only the word “Funtown” remaining. AFP

Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the media about Syria’s chemical weapons

“Syria is handing over chemical weapons under international control because of Russia,” he said. “US threats have not affected the decision.” Top US and Russian diplomats and weapons experts

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launched high-stakes talks late Thursday to pore over the details of the Russian plan, and were to

huddle again in their Geneva hotel early Friday. But US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Assad that “the words of the Syrian regime in our judgement are simply not enough”. Any deal to bring Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile under international control “has to be credible. It has to be timely and implemented in a timely fashion,” he said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he believed the “solution” to the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons “makes unnecessary any strikes on Syria”. Pending the talks, US President Barack Obama has put on hold plans for limited military strikes against the Syrian regime to disable its chemical weapons capability, but US officials have repeatedly stressed that the option still remains on the table.

Syria jumps on wagon UNITED NATIONS: Syria on Thursday sought membership of the global convention banning chemical weapons, in a move that could help head off a western military strike. Damascus said it now considers itself a full member of the convention. While UN leader Ban Ki-moon welcomed the application, the United Nations would not immediately confirm it had been accepted. Diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was possible there were missing elements and the application could be sent back to President Bashar al-Assad. AFP

RAY DOLBY 1933–2013

The day the music died

Ray Dolby suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years, and was diagnosed with acute leukemia last July. The Oscar-winning scientist died at home. SAN FRANCISCO: Ray Dolby, who pioneered noise-reducing and surround-sound audio technologies which are fundamental to the music and film industries, has died aged 80, the company which bears his name announced Thursday. Dolby had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years, and was diagnosed with acute leukemia last July, it said, adding that the Oscar-winning scientist died at home in San Francisco. “Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary,” said Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO of Dolby Laboratories, the company which the young Dolby created in 1965. “Ray Dolby founded the company based on a commitment to creating value through innovation and an impassioned belief that if you invested in people and gave them the tools for success they would create great things. He added: “Ray’s ideals will continue to be a source of inspiration and motivation for us all.”

Graduating from high school in San Francisco and from Stanford University, Dolby became chief designer at Ampex Corporation, developing the electronic side of the first practical videotape recording system, the company said. After founding his own company in his early 30s he

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went on to spend decades developing technologies that have become the audio gold standard in recording and movie studios. He held over 50 US patents,

including most recently for his Atmos system, which sends commands to individual speakers, so that sounds — whether rain drops, footsteps or explosions — appear to come from specific spots in a movie theater. Last year, his firm sealed a deal to have its name on the venue of the annual Academy Awards, rebranding it as the Dolby Theatre after bankrupt camera company Kodak was forced to end its sponsorship of the Hollywood landmark. Over the years Dolby and his company won 10 Oscars and 13 Emmy Awards for its groundbreaking achievements. “My father was a thoughtful, patient and loving man, determined to always do the right thing in business, philanthropy, and as a husband and father,” said David Dolby, son and member of Dolby Laboratories’ Board of Directors. “Our family is very proud of his achievements and leadership. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy of innovation will live on.” AFP


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BUILDING HOPE

THE ART OF WAR

implement the recommendations. A decade after the war, no money has been made available and the only Liberian to face trial is Charles Taylor, and that was for his role in neighbouring Sierra Leone's civil conflict, not that in his own country.

In Liberia, a German blacksmith is transforming weapons of war into pieces of art and symbols of hope.

Liberia: A bloody past n Liberia is the only country in Africa founded by United States colonization while occupied by native Africans. Beginning in 1820, the region was colonized by blacks from the United States, most of whom were freed slaves. These immigrants established a new country with the help of the American Colonization Society, who thought former slaves would have greater opportunity in Africa.

ZOOM DOSSO feedback@postnoon.com MONROVIA: German blacksmith Manfred Zbrzezny and his apprentices hammer, file and weld in a steamy, dark workshop on the outskirts of the Liberian capital Monrovia, surrounded by parts for AK-47s, bazookas and other deadly arms. In another lifetime, these weapons were the cause of untold misery in a nation scarred by ruinous back-to-back civil wars, but now they are being transformed into symbols of hope for Liberians. Since 2007, Zbrzezny and his team at Fyrkuna Metalworks have been gathering parts of weapons decommissioned during the disarmament process after the conflict ended ten years ago to turn them into ornate flowerpots, lamps, furniture and sculptures. AROUND THE

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“It was strange from the beginning to work with weapons or instruments of destruction and suffering. The first two years I was working on this it remained very strange to me,” Zbrzezny said. “When I had a piece in my hands I would think about what was happening now to the perpetrators who used these weapons, and what was happening to the victims, and I would put the piece down to go drink a cup of coffee because it was a little bit oppressive.” Today, as he holds each weapon part, Zbrzezny is able to focus on its potential for bringing healing to the people of Liberia. “I do some thinking on how to transform it into something different, how to transform something that was destructive into something constructive, how to transform something negative into something positive,” he said. Deep psychological and physical wounds remain in Liberia after two civil wars which ran from 1989 to 2003, leaving a quarter of a million

people dead. Numerous rebel factions raped, maimed and killed, some making use of drugged-up child soldiers, and deep ethnic rivalries and bitterness remain across the west African nation of four million. Zbrzezny, who had worked as a blacksmith in Italy and Germany, came to Liberia in 2005, two years after the end of the rebel siege of Monrovia that brought a fragile peace to the west African nation. He failed initially to make money out of his trade until in 2007 he was approached by the owners of a riverside restaurant who asked if he could put his skills to transforming the parts of old weapons into a marinethemed banister. The project was such a success that he began making other pieces for the restaurant with parts from rocket-propelled grenade launchers and submachinegun barrels — then still

They were killed by guns. These are the same guns I am transforming today into something else. commonplace in Monrovia. He began collecting weapons parts from a German charity involved in Liberia's disarmament process and made a business out of transforming instruments of war into candle stands, bookends, bells and bottle openers. “So it was by chance that I got into this. Now I employ five young Liberians who are learning the trade at the same time,” said Zbrzezny, who calls his work “Arms into Art”.

One of Zbrzezny's most ambitious projects was a “peace tree” fashioned in 2011 from weapons parts on Providence Island, part of Monrovia where freed slaves from the US landed in the 19th century to found the new republic. Momodu Paasawee, the caretaker for the area where the tree is exhibited, said it had become a symbol for reconciliation in postwar Liberia. “Seeing this tree reminds Liberians that the war has ended and never should we return to war... Tourists and Liberian students come here to see the tree,” he said. “Sometimes people come here believing that this is a real tree but I have to tell them that this is a peace tree made out of the barrels of guns.” Zbrzezny, who is married to a Liberian woman who is expecting their second child, says most of his customers are expats, with few Liberians buying his wares. Keen to expand his work, Zbrzezny has been trying to convince the United Nations mission in Liberia to donate its weapons scrap.

LEAVING THE PAST BEHIND

A Truth and Reconciliation Commission was set up by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to probe war crimes and rights abuses between 1979 and 2003, and particularly during the brutal conflicts that raged in 1989-96 and 1999-2003. The commission said a war crimes court should be set up to prosecute eight ex-warlords for alleged crimes against humanity but the government is yet to

n The First Liberian Civil War was an internal conflict in Liberia from 1989 until 1996. The conflict killed over 200,000 people and eventually led to the involvement of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and of the United Nations. The peace did not last long, and in 1999 the Second Liberian Civil War broke out. n The Second Liberian Civil War began in 1999 when a rebel group backed by the government of neighbouring Guinea, the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), emerged in northern Liberia. In early 2003, a second rebel group, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia, emerged in the south, and by June–July 2003, Charles Taylor's government controlled only a third of the country. The capital Monrovia was besieged by LURD, and that group's shelling of the city resulted in the deaths of many civilians. Thousands of people were displaced from their homes as a result of the conflict. The Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed by the warring parties on August 18, 2003 marking the political end of the conflict and beginning of the country's transition to democracy.


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RADIO DAYS

ZIGGY RETURNS

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PANDORA’S BOX Internet radio giant Pandora has got a new man at the helm, Brian McAndrews, just as Apple gears up to launch iTunes Radio on September 18. We take a look at how we listen to music.

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The winners of the award will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 30. LONDON: Rock icon David Bowie’s re-emergence into the limelight continued on Wednesday when he was named on the shortlist for the Mercury Prize, one of Britain’s most prestigious music awards. The winners of the award, for the best British or Irish album of any genre released in the year to July, will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 30. Also on the list are former winner Arctic Monkeys, folk singers Jake Bugg and Laura Marling and Oxford art-rockers Foals. Bowie reconquered his home charts in March by scoring his first number one album in 20 years with The Next Day. Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys, winners in 2006, said they were “delighted and hugely flattered” at being nominated for their latest release, AM, while Jake Bugg’s self-titled album secured his first nomination. Two-time former nominee Laura Marling makes the list again for Once I Was an Eagle. Bowie and the Arctic

Mercury Prize claims it is Europe’s top arts award in terms of influence and media coverage. Being shortlisted, usually sparks a surge in sales. Monkeys emerged as early favourites with British bookmakers. The Mercury Prize organisers claim it is Europe’s top arts award in terms of influence and media coverage. Winning, or even being shortlisted, usually sparks a surge in sales. The prize is known for representing an eclectic range of styles, but usually leans towards indie and rock music. AFP

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SPACE ODYSSEY

Nasa looks for rock in a hard place Nasa has indentified three prospective asteroids for capture. They could be used as a defense system or to launch deep space missions. KERRY SHERIDAN feedback@postnoon.com WASHINGTON: The US space agency has narrowed its hunt for an asteroid to capture to three, NASA said Wednesday. The asteroids fit the requirements of being between seven to 10 meters in size, and further study should be able to narrow the choice even more, scientists said at a conference in San Diego, California. "We have two to three which we will characterize in the next year and if all goes well... those will be valid candidates that could be certified targets," said Paul Chodas, senior scientist at the NASA Near-Earth Object Program Office. The plan is to send a robotic spacecraft to capture the asteroid and drag it into orbit around the Moon. Once there, astronauts could visit the asteroid and take samples of it back to Earth for study. The spacecraft used for travel there and back would be the Orion multipurpose vehicle, which is being built but has not yet been used, as well as a new deep space rocket launcher. The program aims to break new ground by increasing NASA capabilities beyond low Earth orbit, where the International Space Station circles the globe.

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NASA has touted the planetary defense capabilities the project would build toward protecting the Earth from a potential hazardous asteroid collision, as well as the technology it would boost for future human missions to deep space.

NASA has touted the planetary defense capabilities the project would build toward protecting the Earth from a potential hazardous asteroid collision. President Barack Obama has proclaimed the project would be a key step on the way to sending humans to Mars by the 2030s. Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, described the asteroid mission as "pretty compelling." "If you think about grabbing an object in space and then manipulating it for our use and putting it into a destination where we could go back and

routinely visit and let commercial companies go visit, I think that is a pretty compelling activity." Obama's 2014 budget for NASA asked for $100 million for the asteroid project, but the overall costs may be as high as $2 billion. "It's a little different way than just a date and a destination. We are really good at just picking dates and destinations. But that's really hard in this budget environment where things are constrained and we have flat budgets, et cetera et cetera, to pull that off," said Gerstenmaier. "It is not just a one-time thing. It actually feeds forward into the broader context of what we want to do with humans in space." The launch could happen as early as 2017 or as late as 2019. After launch of the robotic mission, the journey to the asteroid would take a year and a half, and the act of towing it toward the moon could take another three and a half years, NASA said. The project would use a new fuel technology called solar electric propulsion. "We are talking about engineering the solar system, in a way. We are talking about taking an asteroid which was once here, and then putting it into a useful orbit for our purposes. This is a very large idea here that we are talking about and I think it will reinvigorate interest in the space program," he said.

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he Asteroid Retrieval and Utilization (ARU) mission, also known as the Asteroid Initiative, is a potential future space mission proposed by Nasa. What is its purpose? The ARU is a mission to bring a small nearEarth asteroid into lunar orbit, where it could be further analyzed both by unmanned craft and by a future manned mission. Anytime soon? NASA hopes to complete the mission, which may take anywhere from six to 10 years, in time to accomplish its stated goal of landing humans on an asteroid by 2025. How much will it cost? The Asteroid Retrieval and Utilization mission, excluding any manned missions to an asteroid which it may enable, is predicted by a Keck Institute for Space Studies study to cost about $2.6 billion, of which $105 million has been proposed for 2014. How will the spacecraft be powered? The as-yet-unnamed spacecraft will use a Hall effect thruster (HET) which is a relatively low power device that is used to propel spacecraft once they get into orbit or farther out into space. In the HET, atoms are ionized and accelerated by an electric field. A radial magnetic field established by magnets on the thruster is used to trap electrons which then orbit and create an electric field due to the Hall effect. A large potential is established between the end of the thruster where neutral propellant is fed and the part where electrons are produced, so electrons trapped in the magnetic field cannot drop to the lower potential. The Neutral propellant is pumped into the chamber and is ionized by the trapped electrons. Positive ions and electrons are then ejected from the thruster as a quasineutral plasma, creating thrust.


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Business

OIL PRICES CLIMB AFTER IMPROVED DEMAND OUTLOOK Global oil prices climbed on Thursday after the International Energy Agency raised its demand outlook for next year. The continuing geopolitical uncertainty over a diplomatic solution to Syria's chemical weapons underpinned the market, analysts said.

THE NEXT BIG THING

Twitter IPO news has tech sector in a tweet

Twitter's market value has been estimated around $10 billion based on early venture capital investments, but the initial public offering (IPO) is likely to bring a higher amount. Tweeting history

GLENN CHAPMAN feedback@postnoon.com

Twitter came to life on March 21, 2006 when co-founder Jack Dorsey's account (@jack) automatically sent out the first tweet, which read: "just setting up my twttr."

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter announced on Thursday, in a tweet, that it has submitted papers for the most hotly anticipated stock offering in the tech sector since Facebook's last year. "We've confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale," the company tweeted. Moments later, in typically breezy style, the company tweeted a picture of its staffers, and said: "Now, back to work." Twitter's market value has been estimated around $10 billion based on early venture capital investments, but the initial public offering (IPO) is likely to bring a higher amount. "We expect @Twitter to price

Dorsey followed it up with the first "human-generated" tweet: "inviting coworkers." Since then, more than 170 billion tweets have gone out worldwide, and Twitter has 500 million users, according to Dashburst.com, a website that monitors the social media industry. Officially, Twitter has only said it has "well over 200 million" users. Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) has the most followers with 44,418,729, as of 2200 GMT Thursday, followed by Katy Perry (@katyperry) with 42,603,233 and Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) with 40,094,580. US President Barack Obama (@barackobama) is fourth with 36,493,643 followers; the announcement of his re-election victory in November 2012 was re-tweeted 802,624 times. The average Twitter user has 208 followers and spends 170 minutes on the site every month. There are more than 200 million active Twitter users. Eighty percent of all users access Twitter on mobile devices. China is the country with the most Twitter users with 35.5 million, according to Dashburst. About 20 million Twitter accounts are believed to be fake.

The social network started by Mark Zuckerberg, which now has more than 1.1 billion users around the globe, had a rocky debut after it went public at $38 a share in May 2012 with a valuation of $16 billion. Facebook shares fell below $20 over the past year and only climbed back over their offer price in July.

LINKEDIN The social network for professionals and job-hunters, LinkedIn has been one of the biggest stars of the technology sector since turning to Wall Street in May 2011. Shares of LinkedIn more than doubled from their offer price of $45 on the first day of trading. LinkedIn, launched in 2003,

VODAFONE BUYS KABEL

LONDON: Shareholders of German cable operator Kabel Deutschland on Thursday gave the go-ahead for a 7.7 billion euro ($10 billion) takeover by Vodafone after clearing the 75 percent acceptance hurdle, both companies announced. "Vodafone announces... that the 75 per cent minimum acceptance condition has been met," the British company said in a statement. As a pre-requisite of the deal Vodafone needed to secure at least 75 percent of shares to succeed. Vodafone added it would publish the final proportion of shares offered on September 16. Kabel Deutschland also confirmed the shareholders' decision.

NUMEROLOGY

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#IPO conservatively at 20-30x revenue, or $15 billion, with about $500 million in revenue," said a tweet from the private company research firm PrivCo. The firm added in another tweet: "Unlike $FB (Facebook)

which waited too long to IPO (growth rate decelerated) Twitter will IPO at just the right inflection point." Lou Kerner at the Social Internet Fund, said he expects a big reaction from investors. AFP

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Canada and western Europe.

GROUPON

PANDORA

Online daily deals sensation Groupon went public in November 2011, raising $700 million in what at the time was the biggest initial public offering by an Internet company since Google.

YELP Shares of restaurant and business review website Yelp have soared since the San Francisco-based company went public in March 2012 with a $15 initial public offering price. Yelp shares closed at $63.77 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. Yelp, founded in 2004, offers user-generated reviews of service businesses by city across the US

Internet radio Pandora made its Wall Street debut in June 2011, raising $235 million with stock priced at $16 a share. Pandora, which creates personalised radio stations for users based upon their favorite artists or songs, traded below its offer price until recently but closed at $23.97 on Thursday.

GOLD`29,815 10g SILVER `49,955 1kg

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COMPENSATION TALKS GENEVA: A two-day meeting of high street clothing brands and pressure groups aimed at reaching a compensation deal for victims of two Bangladesh factory disasters ended in failure, organisers said. The Geneva talks came after a building housing garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh in April, killing more than 1,100 people. They were aimed at agreeing compensation for the families of those victims and those of other factory disasters. Campaign groups that organised the meeting said only around a third of the firms invited had even turned up.

THUS SPAKE

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HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS Our penchant for the mundane is all-encompassing. Google just announced that its Street View will also cover the Galapagos Islands. Well bully for them. Watching iguanas and tortoises clamber about rocks may be somebody’s cup of tea, but it ain’t ours. Here at HFT we prize our ignorance highly.

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IN YONGBYON, NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR HEART BEATS T he Yongbyon nuclear complex has been the beating heart of North Korea’s nuclear programme for more than 50 years — a source of great domestic pride and global anxiety. The mere suggestion that its main plutonium reactor may be back up and running has been greeted with grave concern and Russian warnings of a Chernobyl-like disaster. The founder of North Korea’s ruling dynasty, Kim Il-Sung, launched the country’s nuclear programme in the 1950s, sending scientists and engineers to the Soviet Union for training. With Soviet help, the complex at Yongbyon was established north of Pyongyang in the early 1960s and a Soviet-made twomegawatt reactor came on line in 1965. For the next 15 years, North Korea slowly weaned itself off its initial dependence on Soviet technology and fuel and, in 1979, construction began on the fivemegawatt reactor that is now back in the headlines. The gas-cooled facility began operating in 1986. At the time, the North told the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that its sole purpose was electricity generation. But suspicions of a dual military purpose were immediately aroused, given that the reactor’s design meant it could easily produce weapons-grade plutonium. North Korea signed the

nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1985 but didn’t allow any inspection of the Yongbyon facilities until 1992. When IAEA inspectors eventually got access, their findings fuelled the dual-use suspicions. Moves in 1994 to remove spent fuel rods from Yongbyon triggered the first nuclear crisis with the United States. The Pentagon drew up plans to bomb the facility but diplomacy involving former US president Jimmy Carter and others averted a clash and led to an

eight-year shutdown. Under a 1994 ‘Agreed Framework’ deal with the US, an international consortium started work on two proliferation-resistant lightwater reactors. The US also provided an interim 500,000 tonnes a year of heavy fuel oil, although shipments were often delayed. The deal collapsed in 2002 when Washington accused Pyongyang of running a secret programme to produce highly enriched uranium. North Korea denied the charge but restarted Yongbyon,

expelled IAEA inspectors and announced it was leaving the NPT. In 2006, suspicions were turned into reality when North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. But just four months later it reached a six-nation deal which promised energy aid and major diplomatic benefits in return for full denuclearisation. Yongbyon was shut down in July 2007 and Pyongyang began disabling key plants there, publicly demolishing the plutonium reactor’s cooling tower in 2008.

Six-party negotiations later stalled because of disputes about ways to verify the North’s declared nuclear activities. In April 2009, Pyongyang said it was leaving the talks, again expelled IAEA inspectors and announced it was resuming its nuclear weapons programme. A month later it exploded its second nuclear device. North Korea then announced its intention to build an indigenous experimental light-water reactor and, in 2010, revealed it was enriching uranium when it allowed foreign experts to visit a centrifuge facility at the Yongbyon complex. The development fuelled international concern that the North was developing a twotrack nuclear weapons programme of both plutonium and uranium bombs. Pyongyang’s see-saw strategy shifted again in February 2012 when, after talks with the United States — it offered a moratorium on further nuclear and missile tests and on its uranium enrichment programme. The deal was short-lived and the North carried out a successful long-range rocket launch followed by its third — and most powerful — nuclear test in February this year. As military tensions soared on the Korean peninsula, Pyongyang announced in April a complete overhaul and upgrade of its Yongbyon facilities — including the plutonium reactor.

EDITORIALS Now Voyager! Saying goodbye to a very old friend

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hen the Voyager-1 spacecraft was launched in 1977 it was meant to give us insights into our celestial neighbours, namely the planets in our solar system and their moons. Voyager accomplished this task with all the aplomb of Buck Rogers, and now it’s time for us to say goodbye. Last night Nasa announced that Voyager-1 has left the solar system and is now heading deep into the galaxy, frolicking in the stuff that makes up the beating heart of the Milky Way. We can barely begin to imagine the things this machine will see as it travels into the night sky, cut off from its masters who created it and sent it forth. For the scientists who built it, they will be feeling an Empty Nest

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syndrome of truly cosmic proportions. It is unlikely that we will ever see Voyager-1 again. It is unlikely that man as the species alive and kicking today will ever reach the stars, which is where Voyager is heading. Nano-tech self-replicating robots, however, may certainly do so. What will they make of that ancient technology slowly spinning its way through space? What will an alien species make of the hunk of metal? Voyager is the first bit of humanity’s galactic legacy. Long after we’re gone and our Sun has died, Voyager will still be out there. An integral part of the background noise that comprises the magnificence of our universe.

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


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music THE JOY OF MUSIC

NEW ALBUM

A striking blend Fusion music band Ananda struck the right chord with the audience during its performance in the City. We speak to the band members to know more about Ananda.

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fter over two decades of making records, Sheryl Crow enters into a new phase of her recording career with the Warner release of Feels Like Home. Her decision to release an all-country project might surprise some, but a closer look at her music suggests that the genre has always been close to her heart. On her 1993 Tuesday Night Music Club album, the closing cut No One Said It Would Be Easy had a country influence, as have many of her works over the years — including Picture with Kid Rock, and appearances on tribute records to Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash. The verdict: She does shine in her country debut. Source: Billboard

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ity-based band Ananda enthralled the audience with a fusion of contemporary and classical music when they performed at Hydourite Festival last week. The band members Bhanu Prakash Umapathi, Pramod Umapathi, G Prakash, Balaram and Sai Prakash struck the right chord and the audience couldn’t stop raving about the band. On the day, the band started with the composition Bliss of Life based on Raga Hamsadhvani; followed by a keethnana on Lord Krishna Pawana Guru Keerthana in Raga Hamsadhvani. Sound of Nature — performance by Pramod Umapathi on flute was a folk style composition with flavours of Hindustani style music. Also performed were a keerthana of Lord Rama and another composition on flute Simply Joy based on Raga

Mohanam. They also performed their own composition, The Mystical Journey in Raga Hemavati which was dedicated to the Hydourite event. One of the band members Bhanu Prakash talks about how the band was formed and why brothers, Bhanu Prakash and Pramod Umapathi teamed up for the band. “Both of us, Pramod Umapathi and me, have been performing individually for a long time now. My brother, who plays flute, is a well known

name in the music industry. So we decided to join hands and form a band. Ananda was formed in 2012,” he says. Within a year since its inception, Ananda has made quite a splash in the City. Bhanu couldn’t agree more. He says, “The journey has been good. We have done many shows for the corporate crowd and this concert has been the highlight. After the show, we had many people coming down and appreciating our performance.” Bhanu credits his grandfa-

ther as the reason why he became a singer for it was he who taught Bhanu how to sing. While his brother Pramod learned to play the flute from his father. “I learned to sing very early, thanks to my grandfather. He spotted my talent very early and trained me. My brother is a student of our father. Pramod has performed with a lot of well known musicians and his guru is Pandit Ronu Majumdar. My first solo album, Inspirations was launched by SP Balasubrahmanyam.” Bhanu says his dream is to make the band a renowned name not just in the City but all across the country. “We have performed a lot in the City, but we have big plans for the band. Maybe one day we will perform in other countries too,” he says. The literal meaning of the word Ananda is joy and the band aims to provide the same through its performances. Ananda as a band tries to bring joy through the universal language of music.

Ariana Grande has been ordered on vocal rest. The 20-year-old singer was forced to keep quiet by doctors after learning she had fried her vocal cords this week. The star is not allowed to even talk while she tries to get her throat back to normal, according to TMZ. After rushing to a medical expert, Ariana was told to stay mum for at least four days

Miley Cyrus found making the nude video for her new single 'an emotional experience'. The singer strips down for the visual accompaniment to her track Wrecking Ball and even sheds a tear during it. The singer insists that the recording process was genuinely tough for her.


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spotlight FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA

WHAT A KUMBHBACK! Fashion designer Tarun Tahliani presented his Autumn-Winter Collection 2013-14 along on the ramp at Kaveri, in association with Trident, Hyderabad.

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health

BOTOX FOR CROW’S FEET

Adults bothered by the appearance of crow’s feet — lines at the outside corners of the eyes — have a new treatment option. The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the use of Botox Cosmetic for temporary improvement of moderate to severe crow’s feet.

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WEIGHTY CAUSES

Obese people may be at higher risk for episodic migraines, a new study suggests. It found that the risk of painful headaches rose with body weight, especially in younger women.

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pisodic migraines — the more common type of migraine — occur 14 days or fewer per month, while chronic migraines occur at least 15 days per month. Migraines involve intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head, according to the American Academy of Neurology. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines affect more than 10 per cent of the population. In the study of more than 3,800 adults, those with a high body-mass index (BMI) — a measure of body fat determined using height and weight — were 81 per cent more likely to have episodic migraines than those with a lower BMI. This was particularly true among women, whites and those under the age of 50. The cross-sectional study doesn’t prove that obesity

causes episodic migraines, but it does demonstrate that people who are obese have an increased risk of having more of them, even low-frequency ones, said lead author Dr. Barbara Lee Peterlin, director of headache research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore. “These results suggest that doctors should promote healthy lifestyle choices for diet and exercise in people with episodic migraine,” Peterlin said in a statement. “More research is needed to evaluate whether weight-loss programs can be helpful in overweight and obese people with episodic migraine.” The study was published in the Sept. 11 issue of the journal Neurology. The researchers also presented the findings in June at the International Headache Congress in Boston. Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, director of the headache treat-

ment and research program at the University of Toledo, in Ohio, said she found the findings interesting because previous studies had looked for connections between obesity and chronic migraines. “That the researchers were able to show an association between obesity and episodic migraine lends more credence to some of the earlier studies that found similar things,” she said. She pointed out, however, that it still isn’t known which came first — the obesity or the migraine. There are many possible scenarios, Tietjen said. “Maybe the person had the migraines first and then started taking medications like amitriptyline or valproic acid,” she said. “Those medications are associated with weight gain.” The possible connection between obesity and migraines is still under debate. One theory supporting the link centers on inflammatory substances from fat tissue (adipose) that are released into the system, Tietjen said. Premenopausal women have more total adipose tissue in general than men, and women have more superficial and less deep adipose tissue, Peterlin said. But after menopause, adipose tissue is more similar between the two sexes. Adipose tissue secretes different inflammatory proteins based on how much tissue there is and where it is located. Since younger women and obese people have more adipose tissue, this could, at least in part, explain why they get more headaches.

On the other hand, Peterlin also suggested that a possible connection may be related to the brain. “Previous imaging data in migraine patients have shown activation of the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that controls the drive to feed,” she said. Alternatively, it could be that people who have migraines may be more inclined to behaviours associated with weight gain, such as being less active. Would losing weight mean migraines will decrease in frequency? Although weight loss is generally encouraged for people who are obese, that won’t necessarily result in migraine relief, Peterlin and Tietjen said. At least two small studies have evaluated migraines in people who were obese and underwent bariatric surgery to lose weight, Peterlin said. Although these studies did find that s o m e

patients experienced fewer headaches, the studies were small and more research needs to be done to see if this is consistent. It’s possible that the lifestyle changes needed for weight loss cut the migraine frequency, rather than the weight loss itself, the experts said. People who eliminate processed foods, high-calorie foods and alcohol — all of which can be migraine triggers — could end up experiencing fewer headaches. Unfortunately, the opposite could also be true if dieters introduce new foods that are migraine triggers. Some people may develop migraines when they consume certain sugar substitutes, for example. There also is limited data suggesting that people with severe obesity who exercise may have fewer migraines, Peterlin said. Source: WebMd


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Technology SMOULDERING TROUBLE

China fire rattles world chip supply chain The scale of production now means that a fire or strike taking one factory out of action can reverberate around the world. SHANGHAI: A fire at a giant Chinese factory making almost one sixth of the world’s supply of a key high-tech component shows how vulnerable global manufacturing chains can be to an unexpected event, analysts say. The vast SK Hynix facility in Wuxi city produces dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips, used to store data in personal computers and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The South Korean firm is the world’s second largest manufacturer of DRAM chips, and says it has a 30 percent market share, with the factory in eastern China accounting for half its output. Foreign firms have flocked to China, the workshop of the world, to take advantage of cheap labour, good infrastructure and accommodative local governments. Economies of scale gained through massive factory complexes help lower costs, but also bring with them risks should a company rely on a limited number of plants. The scale of production now means that a fire or strike taking one factory out of action can reverberate around the world. Hynix — whose customers include smartphone giants such as Samsung and Apple, which has just introduced two new iPhones — has only one other

DELL MAY GO PRIVATE NEW YORK CITY: Dell

shareholders approved a proposal led by company founder Michael Dell to take the iconic computer company private as it attempts to navigate a fastchanging technology market. The proposal, worth about $25 billion, won an unspecified majority of votes from the holders of Dell stock, Dell said in a statement. The buyers consortium sweetened the deal in recent weeks in response to criticism from activist Carl Icahn and others, who had complained their offer undervalued the company. The deal comes against a backdrop of profound change in the technology sector.

RENAULT GOES ELECTRIC

PARIS: French automaker Renault and the Bollore family group that runs a succesful pay-as-you go electric car network in Paris, are teaming up to develop technology. In a statement, the groups said they had agreed to develop car sharing systems for electric cars and cooperate on the manufacturing of the Bollore Bluecar. French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg said the tie-up was "necessary", and would allow Renault to take advantage of the Bollore-developed battery.

facility producing DRAM chips, in South Korea. Partial production in Wuxi resumed three days after the September 4 blaze, which was reportedly caused by a gas leak, but a spokesman at the company’s headquarters told AFP: “It’s still too early to give the estimate of the damage and to predict when full operations may resume.” Analysts say such supply chain shocks can push up prices and potentially delay shipments for finished products. “As global smartphone shipments are at a high level...supplies (of memory chips) are sought-after,” said Wang Jun, of consultancy Analysys International. “Hynix is in a relatively advanced position in the global memory chip market, so even a single incident at one plant will have a domino effect.” Chip values spiked after the fire and are expected to remain buoyant, according to analysts. “Memory chip prices surged mainly because of expectations”

The facility produces dynamic random access memory chips, used to store data in personal computers and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. of short supply, said Kevin Wang, director of China services at market research firm IHS iSuppli. “Prices will likely remain on an upward trend towards year-end.” A huge shortage of memory chips was unlikely in the next two months because of high inventories, he added, but the longer-term impact would depend on how soon Hynix could resume full production, which could take up to four to six months. In July Hynix posted record second quarter profits on the back of robust chip demand and strong semiconductor prices. Its operating profit for April-

June jumped to 1.1 trillion won ($1.0 billion), a sharp increase from 5 billion won a year earlier. No smartphone producers are known to have announced delays yet due to the fire, but analysts said it would inevitably have some impact. “Mobile phone producers related to Hynix will surely be affected, but shipments will gradually stabilise as other suppliers in the global supply chain will come in and fill the gap,” said Wang Jun. Global shipments of smartphones jumped 52.3 per cent annually to 237.9 million units in the second quarter this year, the strongest growth in more than a year, according to market intelligence firm International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC has forecast 40 per cent annual growth in worldwide smartphone shipments to over one billion units this year. But such explosive growth assumes other suppliers can meet demand for DRAM chips to fill the gap left by the Hynix fire, analysts said. AFP

VOYAGER IS GONE! WASHINGTON: Never before has a human-built spacecraft traveled so far. NASA's Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system and is wandering the galaxy, US scientists said Thursday. The spacecraft, which looks like a combination of a satellite dish and an old television set with rabbit ear antennas, was launched in 1977 on a mission to explore planets in our solar system. Against all odds, Voyager kept on moving and now is about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from our Sun in a cold, dark part of space that is between the stars, said Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist.


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Entertainment LASTING IMPRESSION

Minugurulu should be shown in schools: SEKHAR KAMMULA

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ilmmaker Sekhar Kammula is so impressed with upcoming Telugu drama Minugurulu that he wants the government to screen the film in schools.He also admits that he wouldn't dare to make a film like that. Directed by debutant Ayodhya Kumar, Minugurulu is about a blind 14-year-old orphan, who, with the help of other orphans, makes a documentary. "It's a powerful film. I wouldn't dare to even attempt a film like that. Kudos to the director and I wish the government screens this film in schools. It will be a great source of

inspiration for young school children," Sekhar told IANS. "I also wish films like these get a wide theatrical release. As much as we need entertaining commercial films, we occasionally need a creative film like 'Minugurulu' too," he added. The film, which is slated to release soon, also features Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Ashish Vidyarthi, Raghuvir Yadav and Deepak in lead roles. Meanwhile, Kammula is busy wrapping up Tamil-Telugu bilingual, Annamika, a southern remake of Vidya Balan-starrer - Kahaani.

CINE BYTES Filming of Vai Raja Vai starts

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ishwarya Dhanush, daughter of superstar Rajinikanth, started filming her second Tamil directorial titled Vai Raja Vai on Thursday. The film stars Gautham Karthik and Priya Anand in lead roles. Comedian Satish will also feature in an important role – IANS

Mystery over Pawan’s AD release continues

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he release of Pawan Kalyan’s upcoming film, Atharintiki Dharedhi seems to have come to a halt. Scheduled to release on September 26, “the movie will release only after the buses get back on the road in Seemandhra,”officials said.

Suriya’s secret plans

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fter the success of Singham 2, Suriya has acquired a higher status in the business. Suriya, with his new-found stardom has become choosy with his scripts. He believes that it is content that draws the audiences. Buzz is that he will soon be working with Nalan Kumarasamy, of Soodhu Kavvum fame.

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fashion

HOTEL STAY COMES WITH FREE BURBERRY TRENCHCOAT

When in London…. a girl needs a trench, right? Make it a Burberry one if you’re going for a proper dose of Brit style. Luckily if you’re staying in a suite at Claridge’s, The Connaught, or Berkeley hotels, you’re in luck. A free Burberry trench in your size will await you in your wardrobe when you check in.

PROENZA SSCHOULER Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez presented their spring 2014 collection Wednesday afternoon in a raw space on an upper floor in a midtown skyscraper, with floorto-ceiling windows on the surrounding buildings providing an urban backdrop. The look was Sophisticated bohemian. “Understated domesticity,” according to the show notes. The mood is serene and polished, juxtaposing hard and soft, technology and craft, according to the show notes.These American classics are in league with the designs of Calvin Klein and Halston. They may be pared down and modern, but they have a story to tell, namely the extraordinary technique behind each piece.

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scar de la Renta’s collections always contain a few key components: ladylike separates, colorful, sweeping ballgowns, and high drama. In true de la Renta fashion, the collection began with ladylike separates: checkered pencil skirts and conservative black and white coats embroidered with leaf-prints. Things just got more colourful from there. Out came an army of colorful cocktail dresses, just as bright and sunny as the show’s soundtrack, The Beatles.


AND’S WINTER COLLECTION OUT

Break the myth of “all work and no play” with the new Autumn- Winter(A/W) collection available at AND. Keeping in mind the new-age, multi-tasking woman, AND offers a range of stylish contemporary outfits and accessories that can easily transform from a “day at work” look to a “night about town” look!

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AMERICAN SPRING Continuing our look at New York Fashion Week Spring 2014, we give you four more designers who made headlines at the event.

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rue summer romance. A juxtaposition of sports and romance, sharply tailored meets soft and fluid, according to the show notes. Feminine, fresh, confident and effortless with exquisite tailoring and details. The precise, ever so slight puff to the sleeves on a cream silk georgette blouse, tucked into wide sand gabardine trousers with pleated legs. The softly sculpted-at-the-waist shape of a white belted linen blazer over a swishy skirt. The delicate raffia hand-embroidered flowers on a linen dance dress. Michael Kors proved he is the word on American sportswear with the knockout spring 2014 collection.

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inspiration at J Crew. Burgundy hibiscus beaded track pants; neon starburst floral embroidered sundress; neon hibiscus jacquard pant and matching Sophia Webster for J. Crew pumps; white cotton laser-cut eyelet maxiskirt with drawstring waist; floral neoprene flippy skirt; big wave intarsia sweater worn with rainbow-stripe satin track pant; “Aloha” T-shirt worn with iridescent mint lace skirt. High-low, dressed-up casual at its best.


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Chai Time

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. George Bernard Shaw

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.

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PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

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1 Way to go 5 Accumulate 10 ‘The Swedish Nightingale’ Jenny 14 Tommie of Mets history 15 Row in a bar, perhaps 16 Pelvic bones 17 Blacken, in a way 18 Lazybones 19 Burgundy et Bordeaux 20 Pre-baptism instruction? 23 Recant 24 Like some trigger fingers 25 Former German chancellor Willy 28 Lovelorn sound 30 Em, to Dorothy 31 Antique shop item 33 Frat-row letter, say 36 Loosen up 40 ___ Butterworth's 41 ‘Did ___ something?’ 42 Persia, now 43 ‘The Simpsons’ disco guy et al 44 Three ___ to the wind (plastered) 46 More mellow, as wine 49 Flowing cravat 51 Stay calm 57 Blather wildly 58 Practice public speaking 59 Greek letter after theta 60 Recessed section of a church 61 Muslim's religion 62 Cradle alternative 63 ‘Leave unchanged’ 64 Farm equipment name 65 Sound from a snake

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1 Treaty of Versailles, eg 2 Ottoman official (Var) 3 Hard wood

4 Legalese adverb 5 Among 6 Sorceress who aided Jason 7 Bowling site 8 Leak slowly 9 Certain Balkan 10 Dwells in the past? 11 Region of 16-Across 12 Final Beethoven symphony 13 Elegantly showy 21 Common conjunction 22 Severity 25 Healing ointment 26 Regretful one 27 Workers in a column 28 Mmes of Mexico City 29 One of the ‘Rocky’ films 31 A couple CBS spinoffs 32 Pause fillers 33 A sweater utilises it 34 Attack, as a gnat 35 Places to stay when away 37 ‘Glycerine’ opener 38 Bird in the bush? 39 ‘The Blue Angel’ star 43 Seven-piece band 44 Nefarious plan 45 ___ polloi 46 They might get into stews 47 Jumped forward 48 Like pea-soup fog 49 ‘We're having ___! Everything must go!’ 50 Relatively cool red giant 52 Villain to ‘avoid’ in vintage Domino's Pizza ads (with ‘the’ 53 Gaelic language 54 Spelling or Amos 55 Elisha of elevator fame 56 Collars


Chai Time FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 14-9-2013

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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

Money will come from all the expected sources but at the same time there might be deficit. Keeping your cool and staying focused will bring you out of this trouble. Be cordial with all. Avoid anger and emotional outbursts.

STRIP TEASE AGNES

Debt issues get cleared and let you relax. Avoid arguments as the outcome might upset you. Some are likely to fall in love and feel happy. A strong financial position is likely. Employees will have a favourable time at workplace.

Misunderstanding between couples will end. You will win over enemies and march ahead. Employees will heave a sigh of relief, on hearing news of transfer of a trouble-creating superior. Your difficult phase will soon come to an end.

Financial planning is a must or you will face a deficit situation. Businessmen will get promising opportunities. Avoid executing important works as you face resistance. Employees will feel comfortable. Avoid making new debts.

Separated couples are likely to get together with efforts of elders in the family. Some have a bright chance to receive part of the ancestral property, which will make them comfortable. Some are likely to go abroad on official work.

Health looks fine. Businessmen will plan expansion by adding machines. You will feel upset as expenses overtake income but you will be in a comfortable financial position. Pay hike and elevation are likely to materialise for employees.

You will succeed in all efforts and march ahead with a determination. Employees will be entrusted with additional responsibilities and prove themselves. Prestige and respect are important for you rather than your financial position.

Written-off dues will get collected to your surprise. Irrespective of trouble, you will take a clear-cut and decision that yields desired results. Those worried about postponement of marriage will get favourable news. Family will be cheerful.

Businessmen need to put in hard work to retain the profit margin. Confusion in the family might depress you, but keep your cool and solve the problem wisely as you are capable. Avoid a third person’s interference in family issues.

TAROT READ

Sumaa Tekur

tarotreadhyd@gmail. com

ARIES:

GEMINI:

Page of Swords – You have a special gift of knowing the future. It’s highly intuitive knowledge that comes from nowhere. Use this well to chart out a course.

LEO:

The Hierophant – Every job comes with a caveat. Deal with it and move on. There will be times when you wonder if you could do better. Maybe you could.

LIBRA:

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

The Hanged Man – You tend to get spiritual at this time of year. Another year is slowly drawing to a close and you’re already wondering how you fared this year.

SAGITTARIUS:

Six of Swords – You’re teaming up with someone with very different value sets. It’s like chalk and cheese working together. It makes work life more interesting.

TAURUS:

Queen of Pentacles – This is the dawn of a new time in your life. Things are going to change and you may not be happy with all the changes. Just go with it.

CANCER:

The Empress – Stop if you find yourself muttering about things that are inane and have no use for your future. Try to be as coherent as possible in interactions.

VIRGO:

The Star – You need a break from the city and wish to go away to a quieter place that runs on village time. A slower pace will make you reflect on your life.

SCORPIO:

Three of Cups – There is some certainty in the direction you’re headed. Whichever path you choose, success is certain. You feel empowered by help from family.

CAPRICORN:

King of Pentacles – Stop to conduct an evaluation of accomplishments and failures. See where you went wrong and what you need to do to get back up.

PREVIOUS SOLUTIONS

PISCES:

Your computer may need a thorough cleaning. Run the debug programmes and clean up the system so you’re sure of it when you open new files.

NUMBER GAME

– By deciding to not show your true emotions, you come across as someone with a heart made of stone. This is certainly not true. Change your tack.

SCRABBLE

AQUARIUS: Knight of Cups

POOCH CAFE

Courage and self-confidence levels will be at their high. Your determination to win in all undertaken tasks will make you successful. You will feel happy as you will find a way to solve debt problems. Those in search of a job will get one soon.

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Justice – It’s a toss between two choices before you. You’re well aware of the consequences of both. Then why delay decision? One is not better than the other.

NON SEQUITUR

You might face criticism over inept handling of family issues. Talks regarding marriage might not yield favourable results. Better postpone these efforts. Delay is inevitable in getting the financial help, which might upset you.

SUDUKO

Success is certain in all undertaken work. Marriage talks will progress well and get finalised. Happy atmosphere will prevail at home. Those without a job will get a career opportunity soon. Business will expand. Good events likely in your life.

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Entertainment FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 Prabhudheva titles next as Action Jackson

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rabhudheva has locked the title of his next directorial venture — it will be called Action Jackson. Prabhudheva has teamed up for the movie with Ajay Devgn for the first time. The film will have three heroines, of which Sonakshi Sinha and Yami Gautam have been confirmed. The third name is yet to be finalised. IANS

‘Shah Rukh can come to Bigg Boss 7’

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alman Khan who will be hosting the seventh season of Bigg Boss says that Shah Rukh Khan is welcome to come on the show and promote his films. “Of course, he can come. If he is promoting his next film, he is more than welcome,” Salman said. IANS

Gautami nervous about leaving kids behind

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ctress Gautami Kapoor, who is making a comeback on TV after six years with new show Khelti Hai Zindagi Aankh Micholi, says she was nervous to leave her two children back home. Gautami, who raises two children — Sia, 7, and Aks, 4, — with actor husband Ram Kapoor, plays the role of a mother to a teenage daughter on the show.IANS

TRUE INSPIRATION

KARAN JOHAR: ‘GORI TERE PYAAR MEIN IS A TRUE STORY’ K

aran Johar has revealed that the romance Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is based on a true story. The film sees Imran Khan playing a young man who trav-

els to a distant village to find the love of his life (Kareena Kapoor). He told IANS: “Very honestly, this is a true story. It happened to Punit [Malhotra, director]. He did actually lose a

relationship. He tried to pursue this girl, he crossed a few parts of the country to reach the heartland to woo this woman. She is married and settled with children.

“This is an autobiographical film. Gore Tere Pyaar Mein is Punit’s love story. He never shared the details but we knew there was a girl.” Johar said this week that he wishes Imran

Khan and Kareena Kapoor were romantically involved in real life. In November, he said that he was keen to challenge himself despite being famous for his romances.


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FIXING TROUBLE Another set-back for Srinivasan NEW DELHI: Narayanaswami Srinivasan’s hopes of chairing the Indian cricket board’s Sep 29 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chennai suffered another set-back as the Supreme Court Thursday postponed the hearing of the case between the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB). The next hearing will be known on Saturday when the apex court finalises the schedule for next week. “The case was scheduled for Wednesday but it came up today (Thursday) very late around 3.40 p.m. Since the hearing was not possible in 20 minutes, it was postponed. The next date of hearing will be known on Saturday when the court prepares the schedule for next week,” BCCI counsel Radha Rangaswamy said. Asked about the chances of the case coming up next week, Rangaswamy said: “We don’t know. It is up to the court to decide.” The BCCI is challenging the Bombay High Court’s decision that had termed illegal the two-member probe panel comprising retired high court judges T. Jayaram Chouta and R. Balasubramanian. IANS

BCCI to discuss fate of tainted RR cricketers

NEW DELHI: The fate of Rajasthan Royals’ players S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, who have been chargesheeted by the Delhi Police in the IPL spot-fixing case, will be discussed on Friday when the cricket board’s disciplinary committee meets to discuss the report submitted by AntiCorruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani. These players have been suspended by the BCCI for their involvement in the spot-fixing

The three players have been suspended by the BCCI for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League. scandal. They were arrested by the Delhi Police after a midnight raid in Mumbai on May 16. Sawani, who is also a former chief of ICC anti-corruption unit, was asked to investigate the alleged involvement of the three cricketers in conceding a pre-determined number of runs

LEAGUE CRICKET Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Final DAY 3

TNCA 294/4 (S Anirudha 78, B Aprajith 123, S Suresh Kumar 31, P Awana 2/46) bt DDCA 206 all out (Mohit Sharma 32, Jagrit Anand 33, Milind Kumar 40, Punit Bhist 44, Rahil S Shah 5/40, S Suresh Kumar 2/43) A division three days

DAY 1

Deccan Chronicle vs R Dayanand (Day called off without a ball being bowled due to wet ground conditions) A division two days Megacity 197/4 (Sreekar 89no, Amrit 31) vs P&T Colony Jai Bhagwathi 267 (Rahul Patangay 35, Avinash Goud 72, Saurav Kumar 4/102) vs Pasha Beedi National 146 (Sachin Naidu 65, Mohit Soni 6/29) vs MCC 69/2 (Rayan K 39) Brothers XI 145 (Ekender Kunwar 54, Saalam Bayas 51, Abhishek Kumar 5/39, Venkatesh 3/33) lost to Nizam

per over in exchange for money during the IPL. The players are currently out on bail after serving time in the Tihar jail. Sawani, a former CBI officer, had submitted his report to the Board during its Working Committee meeting in Kolkata

last month. Sawani’s report will be scrutinised by Board vicepresidents Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah before coming up with a final verdict. The players may face life bans. The disciplinary committee will present the findings at the

BCCI annual general meeting slated for Sep 29. Sawani had interrogated both Sreesanth and Chavan but had not spoken to Chandila, who was released from custody earlier this week. All the three cricketers have maintained their innocence. IANS

AMERICA’S CUP

College 149/1 (Sai Kumar Yadav 77no, Sharath 44no) Ours 220 (Md Nadeem 84no, Prasanna 57, Yash Agarwal 3/27, Tim Anuraag 3/20) vs Sai Satya Inter District under-19 one day Medak 235 (B Vikram 39, Naveen 38, Sameer Ahmed 44, Navarsan 3/35, Bharath 4/41) bt Warangal 101 (Raghupathi 35, Prashanth Kumar Shastry 4/13) Karimnagar 131 (Haren Rao 79, Sajid 5/19) lost to Nizamabad 133/3 (Satiyakhi 40no) Khammam 115 (Arjun 67, Sk Javeed 4/12, Sk Sazidh 4/14) lost to Nalgonda 116/4 (Md Taufeeq 34, Mahesh 4/29) A division one day Vijaypuri Willowmen 296/9 (Shakir 78, Vikram 56, Ajit 54, Vikram 3/59, Abhishek 3/74)) drew with Tarakarama (Match washed out due to rain) Navjeevan Friends 130 (Rayazs 73, K Srikanth 3/51) lost to Amberpet 131/4 (Shabbir 31, Mubhasher 32no, Randheer 4/82).

Kiwis notch two more wins SAN FRANCISCO: Emirates Team New Zealand won back-toback America’s Cup races on Thursday, thwarting efforts by defending champion Oracle to gain a desperately needed win. “They’ve almost got this thing in the bag,” Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill said after the Kiwis notched two more victories. “Imagine if these guys lost from here what an upset that would be,” he added. “That would be one hell of a comeback, and that is the kind of thing I would like to be part of.” The victories on Thursday brought the number of Kiwi victories to six and puts the challenger just three wins away from wresting yachting’s cherished prize from the hands of Oracle, which has won only one race in the series. “It feels great,” New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said of the lead his team holds ahead of the next Cup races, which are set to take place on Saturday.

Emirates Team New Zealand races against Oracle Team USA during the 34th America’s Cup Thursday in San Francisco. Emirates Team New Zealand won race six and seven. AFP/DON EMMERT

“But, it is only two-thirds of the way to actually winning the America’s Cup,” he continued. “Three more races is still a lot of hard work; one bad day out there and things can be quite different.”

Barker said he avoids reading about the mounting fervor in New Zealand as his team dominates on the San Francisco Bay. “I will definitely join them in the bar if things go well,” Barker quipped. AFP


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BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

TOUR OF SPAIN

Snedeker seizes lead Snedeker fired an 8-under 63 to grab a one shot lead over Zach Johnson.

CHICAGO: Brandt Snedeker fired an eight-under 63 that included a sizzling stretch of seven straight birdies on Thursday to grab a one-shot lead after one round of the BMW Championship. Snedeker defied gusty winds on the par-71 Conway Farms Golf Club course — hosting a PGA Tour event for the first time — and held a onestroke lead over fellow American Zach Johnson. Johnson, a two-time winner this year, had seven birdies in a flawless seven-under 64 and was two strokes in front of world number one Tiger Woods, former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, Steve Stricker and Kevin Streelman. Reigning Masters champ Adam Scott, of Australia, posted a four-under 67, and shared seventh place with John Merrick, Ryan Moore and Nick Watney. Snedeker opened on the back nine and his run of seven straight birdies began at 13. “One of those days where everything seemed to go right in the middle of the round,” Snedeker said. The American came into the penultimate event in the US

Brandt Snedeker hits off the fourth tee during the First Round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on Thursday in Lake AFP/MICHAEL COHEN Forest, Illinois.

tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs ranked ninth in the standings and already in line to become the first player to return to the Tour Championship the year after winning the playoffs crown and its $10 million bonus. Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, who shot to the top of the playoff standings with his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship two weeks ago, carded a oneover 72. Woods, who came into the week at second in the playoff race, said his score could have been better but for a trio of missed putts from within five feet — two of them leading to bogeys. “I’m not exactly real happy,” said Woods, who had seven birdies to go with his two bogeys. “I played well and I just didn’t get much out of that round.” Woods failed to birdie any of the three par-fives, although he finished on a good note with a long birdie putt at the par-four ninth, his final hole of the day. “One of those days,” Woods said. Defending champion Rory McIlroy, who won this title last year at Crooked Stick, struggled to a seven-over 78 and was tied for 66th place. AFP

Nibali still in red, Kiryienka wins stage MADRID: Italian Vincenzo Nibali clung on to his narrow lead of the Tour of Spain after a gruelling 18th stage on Thursday. Sky’s Belarusian rider Vasil Kiryienka won the stage after breaking away at the end of the 186.5km ride from Burgos to Pena Cabarga that featured five categorised climbs, including a tricky final ascent. Kiriyenka’s breakaway to the summit of Pena Cabarga almost cost Nibali his lead atop the general classification, now cut to just three seconds. The Sicilian, who rides for Astana, couldn’t respond to a push by the Katusha team in the final ascent, and then the attack by RadioShack’s 41year-old American rider Chris Horner, who was sixth across the finish line. Nibali, who finished 10th 25sec off Horner, also gave away time to Spaniards Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), now third in the overall standings at 1:10, and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), fourth at 2:24.

DAVIS CUP Djokovic, Pospisil to open semis

Nadal to lead Spain in play-offs

BELGRADE: World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia will play against the 41st ranked Canadian Vasek Pospisil at the opening match of a Davis Cup semifinal showdown on Friday in Belgrade. Djokovic, who suffered his third loss in four consecutive trips to the US Open final against Spain’s Rafael Nadal on Sunday, will try to get his team off to a good start, as Serbia eyes Davis Cup glory after their victory in 2010 against France. The trophy was a prelude to a magnificent 2011 season for the 26-year-old Serbian, which saw him win the US and Australian opens and Wimbledon. The first match, starting at 1400 GMT, will be followed with by a rubber between Montenegro-born Canadian Milos Raonic, the world number 11, and the 23rd-ranked Janko Tipsarevic. In the doubles on Saturday, Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac will face Pospisil and his team-mate Daniel Nestor. Zimonjic plays against Nestor, his former partner with whom he won Wimbledon twice (2008 and 2009) and the 2010 French Open. AFP

MADRID: Fresh from winning his 13th Grand Slam title at the US Open, Rafael Nadal (in pic) will lead Spain in their Davis Cup World Group play-off against Ukraine this weekend. The 27-year-old world number two, who has not played for Spain since their 2011 Davis Cup triumph against Argentina, will play on his favourite clay surface in the tie at Madrid’s Caja Magica. Nadal will face Sergiy Stakhovskiy in the second singles rubber on Friday, after Fernando Verdasco and Alexandr Dolgopolov meet in the first match. Elsewhere, Andy Murray will make his Davis Cup return for Great Britain in their tie against Croatia. The Wimbledon champion will face Borna Coric in the first singles rubber on Friday in Umag. Roger Federer will not feature for Switzerland in their tie against Ecuador, but world number 10 Stanislas Wawrinka, a semi-finalist at the US Open last week, will feature for the Swiss. Meanwhile, Philipp Kohlschreiber will play the opening rubber for hosts Germany in Friday’s Davis Cup World Group play-off against Brazil’s Rogerio

Davis Cup World Group play-offs this weekend: At Madrid: Spain v Ukraine At Groningen, Netherlands: Netherlands v Austria At Umag, Croatia: Croatia v Great Britain At Neuchatel, Switzerland: Switzerland v Ecuador At Neu-Ulm, Germany: Germany v Brazil At Warsaw: Poland v Australia At Antwerp, Belgium: Belgium v Israel At Tokyo: Japan v Colombia Dutra Silva, ranked 102 places below the German. The 29-year-old Kohlschreiber, 25th in the world, takes on the 127th-ranked Brazilian indoors on hard court in Ulm, south-west Germany, with Florian Mayer playing Thomaz Bellucci in Friday’s second singles rubber. And Poland will be without their leading player, 14th-ranked Jerzy Janowicz when they face an Australia team led by Lleyton Hewitt in Warsaw.


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ENGLAND VS AUSTRALIA

Strauss backs Pietersen as ‘mentor’

With many key players missing from the current England ODI squad, Strauss believes that Kevin Pietersen can act as a mentor. JULIAN GUYER Agence France-Presse BIRMINGHAM: Andrew Strauss believes Kevin Pietersen can act as a “mentor” to an inexperienced England one-day side despite his own sometimes difficult relationship with the star batsman. Pietersen was briefly cast into the international wilderness last year after being accused of sending derogatory text messages about then England captain Strauss to South Africa players. England lost that Test series to the Proteas and Strauss, who’d been struggling for runs, promptly retired from all senior cricket -- a decision he insisted had nothing to do with the fall-out from the controversy sparked by Pietersen, the man

RETIREMENT

Jones bows out of first class game LONDON: Glamorgan seamer Simon Jones, one of the stars of England’s 2005 Ashes triumph, announced his retirement from first-class cricket on Thursday. The 34-year-old Welshman’s contract with county side Glamorgan expires at the end of the current season, but he intends to make himself available to play Twenty20 cricket.”My current contract with Glamorgan finishes at the end of the season, so it’s given me a chance to reflect on what I do next,” Jones said. “I missed some games early season, so to come back in and be part of getting the team to Lord’s (for the domestic 40-over championship final) has left me hungry to continue playing. The Yorkshire Bank 40 final is a fitting opportunity to stop playing the longer forms of the game and concentrate on T20 cricket, where I know I can still be at my explosive best.” AFP

he succeeded as England skipper. Pietersen, however, was soon back in the England fold and now finds himself the senior player in a one-day squad where his fellow recent Ashes-winners Alastair Cook, now the regular captain, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann have all been rested ahead of the return Test series in Australia starting in November. England are 1-0 down in a fivematch series, with their convincing 88-run loss at Old Trafford separating rain-ruined no results at Headingley and again at Edgbaston on Wednesday. But whatever the outcome of the series, which continues in Cardiff on Saturday, Strauss believes the experience of playing alongside

Pietersen, whose 2013 has been blighted by injuries, can only benefit the likes of 22-year-old all-rounder Ben Stokes. “He can be really good with young players, actually,” Strauss told reporters at Edgbaston on Thursday when asked about the 33-year-old Pietersen. “I think it’s good that he’s playing this one-day series, and him opening the batting in one-day cricket is an interesting and potentially quite explosive option for England to use. “Given that he’s had injuries, and whatever, it’s quite nice for him to have a good run of cricket.”I hope he is playing that mentoring role and playing it well.”

ZIMBABWE VS PAKISTAN

Late strikes give Pak hope HARARE: Three late wickets gave Pakistan renewed hope after Zimbabwe played themselves into a strong position on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club on Thursday. A five-wicket haul by Brian Vitori and a century stand between Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza put Zimbabwe on top before both partners and nightwatchman Tinashe Panyangara fell in the last three overs of the day. Zimbabwe were 121 for four at the close, an overall lead of 185 on a wearing pitch which has made stroke play difficult for batsmen of both sides. Left-arm fast bowler Vitori took five for 61 as Pakistan collapsed to 230 all out, losing their last six wickets for 19 runs and giving Zimbabwe a first innings lead of 64. Stand-in opening batsman Prosper Utseya was caught at midwicket off Rahat Ali for five when Zimbabwe batted again with regular opener Vusi Sibanda feeling ill. But Mawoyo and Masakadza added 104 for the second

Brendan Taylor (R) celebrates a wicket with bowler Brian Vitori (L) during the third day of the second Test against Pakistan. AFP

wicket with some of the most impressive batting of the match. Mawoyo made 58 off 165 balls before he was trapped leg before wicket by left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman shortly before the close. Masakadza followed up his first innings of 75 with 44 before he too fell leg before, to left-arm fast bowler Rahat Ali. Rehman claimed a

second wicket in the last over of the day when Panyangara was caught at short leg. Rehman took two for 20 in 15.2 accurate overs. Earlier, Pakistan were wellplaced to overhaul Zimbabwe’s first innings total of 294 until Asad Shafiq was fifth man out shortly before lunch, bowled by Tendai Chatara with the total on 211. The match swung dramatically in Zimbabwe’s favour after lunch when Younis Khan, the mainstay of their innings, clipped Panyangara to midwicket after making a patient 77 off 223 balls with nine fours. Rehman was leg before wicket to Panyangara off the next ball and Vitori ripped out the last three batsmen to give Zimbabwe an important lead on a tricky pitch. Only 48 runs were scored in 28 overs during the morning’s play for the loss of two wickets, while six further wickets fell while 49 runs were scored in 22.5 overs between lunch and tea. The scoring rate picked up slightly after tea as 91 runs were scored off 36.2 overs. Pakistan captain Misbah-ulHaq made a laboured 33 off 120

balls before he fell victim to the second delivery with the second new ball shortly before the morning drinks break., caught at first slip off Vitori. AFP

SCORECARD Zimbabwe first innings 294 Pakistan first innings (overnight 163-3) Y Khan c Mawoyo b Panyangara 77 Misbah-ul-Haq c Masakadza b Vitori 33 Asad Shafiq b Chatara 10 Adnan Akmal c Taylor b Vitori 6 Abdur Rehman lbw b Panyangara 0 S Ajmal c Mutumbami b Vitori 7 Junaid Khan b Vitori 3 Rahat Ali not out 1 Extras (b4, lb6, nb1, w2) 13 Total (104.5 overs) 230 Bowling: Panyangara 22-9-43-3, Vitori 26.5-8-61-5 (1w), Chatara 27-10-45-1 (1nb), Masakadza 12-5-24-0, Utseya 12-0-41-0, Chigumbura 5-2-6-0 Zimbabwe second innings T. Mawoyo lbw b Abdur Rehman 58 P. Utseya c A Shafiq b Rahat Ali 5 H. Masakadza lbw b Rahat Ali 44 T. Panyangara c A Ali b A Rehman 0 B. Taylor not out 0 Extras (b3, lb6, w5) 14 Total (4 wkts, 50.2 overs) 121 Bowling: Junaid Khan 11-3-26-0 (1w), Rahat Ali 14-2-37-2, Saeed Ajmal 10-2-29-0, Abdur Rehman 15.2-3-20-2


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DE GEA GRATEFUL FOR UNITED PATIENCE

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea recognises it was the support of his team-mates that helped him adapt to the unique challenges of life at Old Trafford. The Spaniard struggled to get to grips with the Premier League but he has steadily progressed to rediscover his form.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Ozil braces for Sunderland cauldron The Germany star became the Gunners’ record signing when he completed a $66 million move from Real Madrid.

SUNDERLAND: Mesut Ozil is expected to be handed an immediate introduction to life in the Premier League when his new club Arsenal tackle Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. The playmaker is expected to be thrust into action at the first opportunity after finally joining up with his new team-mates following the international break. Ozil insists he is ready to take on the challenge after moving from the less physical Spanish league. “I look forward to playing in this league,” he said. “Of course, it’s very physical, it’s a man’s sport, and I want to prove myself in England.”

LA LIGA

Bale set for

Villarreal test

It is not expected that coach Carlo Ancelotti will start his new star at El Madrigal, but Bale is hoping to be involved at some point. MADRID: After a prolonged transfer saga that reportedly made him the world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale could finally make his debut for Real Madrid on Saturday when Los Blancos travel to Villarreal. It is not expected that coach Carlo Ancelotti will start his new star at El Madrigal, but Bale is hoping to be involved at some point. “I have had two good training sessions and I am improving. I hope to be up to

Jose has made us whole: Terry LIVERPOOL: Chelsea captain John Terry believes manager Jose Mourinho has instilled a unity in the dressing room that will drive the club’s Premier League title challenge. Mourinho’s side face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday as they attempt to extend an impressive start that has delivered two home victories and a valuable point

at Manchester United. And it already seems clear that the atmosphere around the club has been transformed from last season, when interim coach Rafael Benitez failed to appease sections of fans despite guiding Chelsea to success in the Europa League. “We are looking fit and very much together and Jose brings that,” Terry said.

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speed as soon as possible,” he said at a promotional event on Thursday. And should Bale be involved there has been much conjecture as to where he will fit into Madrid’s system with Cristiano Ronaldo occupying his preferred spot on the left side of the attack. “I will play in the position that the coach tells me and for the team. I hope that my integration into the team will be good and that you’ll be able to see that on the pitch.”

SERIE A

Inter hope to thwart Juve charge MILAN: Defiant Inter Milan host champions Juventus for their first major home game of the season while Serie A leaders Napoli look to tighten their grip against visitors Atalanta. Three years after an historic treble of league, Cup and Champions League trophies, Inter finished a lowly ninth last

season and are desperate to make amends under new coach Walter Mazzarri. While a number of Juventus players were on international duty nearby in midweek, when Italy stamped their ticket for the 2014 World Cup with two qualifiers to spare, Inter also had a number of stars in action.

BUNDESLIGA

Bayern bosses turn heat on Pep

Bayern are second in the Bundesliga behind rivals Borussia Dortmund and launch the defence of their Champions League title against CSKA Moscow next Tuesday. BERLIN: Bayern Munich’s bosses have put pressure on coach Pep Guardiola ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga home match with Hanover 96 as the European champions enter a tough few weeks. Bayern are second in the Bundesliga behind rivals Borussia Dortmund and launch the defence of their Champions

League title against CSKA Moscow next Tuesday. Then follows an away trip to Schalke 04, home matches against Hanover, again, in the cup, Wolfsburg in the league, then a Champions League away trip to Manchester City before facing Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga — all in the next three weeks.

Despite their punishing schedule, Bayern’s top brass expect their side to prove they are just as strong under Guardiola as they were under his predecessor Jupp Heynckes. Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said there can be no more excuses. “We’re at the stage where you can’t allow for any more weaknesses”, he said,

refering to Bayern’s 1-1 draw at Freiburg a fortnight ago. Stern-faced director of sport Matthias Sammer also described the result as “reckless and annoying” after Guardiola fielded a weakened side. Dutch winger Arjen Robben believes Bayern must quickly turn their attentions back to the league.


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